August 2004

Another Photo from David Brangan.


This photo was taken in the station about 100 years ago of a station worker. He is standing outside, what was then a water tank. We went to the exact same spot and took a similar photo and by the magic of computer wizardry, have placed this worker in our photo. We intend to take pictures from similar angles to those of the David Brangan collection so you can see how things have changed over a century later. 08.08.04

Gormonston Character.


Here is a photo of a Paddy McDonnell from Gormanston.  07.08.

Butlins Holiday Camp, Mosney.

A trip down memory lane here thanks to Richard Corr of BHSIreland(Historical Society) and messers Benton & Curtis. These have brought back some nice memories for one of the team in particular who frequented Mosney in the mid seventies. We hope you enjoy these images, we have made them big for your enjoyment.  Selection of postcards and photos.07.08.04

Benton/Curtis Collection © 1999

Benton/Curtis Collection © 1999

Benton/Curtis Collection © 1999

Benton/Curtis Collection © 1999

This card is post marked 1964
and is courtesy of Richard Corr 

Diddler

Another of Balbriggan's lost characters and better known by his nickname than his Christian name;
"Diddler" McInerney from Clonard St. Recently we featured a photograph of his brother, Paddy (known as The Dozer) sitting on the same steps at the entrance to the Town Commissioner's Rooms on the Square. Obviously a favourite place to sit in the sun. Although taken just a few years ago every trace of the building is now demolished in the reconstruction of the town centre. Sadly both the McInerney brothers have passed to their just reward.

Convent Lane 1984


An image of Convent Lane, Balbriggan taken by one of the team in 1984, so only twenty years ago. How this street has changed from a quiet backwater into a very busy area, both with business activity and car parking. Most of the car parking is carried out by commuters travelling by train daily who have little space to park in the vicinity of the station. JC 29.07.04

Convent Lane 1984.

Photo courtesy of the Benton/Curtis Collection © 1999

Standing in the porch of the Bank opposite Station street.
Photo courtesy of the David Brangan Collection © 2004.

Station "Car Park" circa 1895.


Time once again for another photo from the David Brangan collection and this is another treasure. It shows a Jaunting car obviously waiting to pick up passengers from the train. Look closely at the Smyco building on the left at the highest point and you will notice that the plaque is not there.2

Engine No.85 passes through Balbriggan.


The Enterprise Express passed through Balbriggan Saturday morning belching smoke like the dragon of olden times. Interestingly she is passing over the street originally called George's St. (now called Church St.) and I waited in vain to see St.George slew this dragon. I guess the train was speeding at about 60 miles per hour and she looked awesome in the early morning.
Steam had a magical charm and I regret it's passing. Well done to the enthusiasts who keep the old trains running.

Who are these guys?........


Our last few photos from the David Brangan collection have all depicted scenes from Balbriggan with people in the distance. Today's offering is a close-up of two gentlemen standing in the porch of what's now the National Irish Bank but at the time of the photo was called "Northern Banking Co Limited". We are at a loss to who these people are, maybe the Bank Manager and his assistant. Any suggestions on how we could put names to these faces, please let us know. We have about another 30 close ups of people in the town which we will be bringing to you over the coming weeks and months. Click on the thumbnail and see if you can see any resemblance to anyone now living in the town, maybe there is a Richardson there, or a Guildea or even a Corcoran. Maybe the present Bank Manager could help us on this one.28.07.04

Balbriggan Small Boat Sea Angling Championship Also 5th & 6th. Leg of the SIFIX League. 24th & 25 July 2004


The Enterprise Express passed through Balbriggan Saturday morning belching smoke like the dragon of olden times. Interestingly she is passing over the street originally called George's St. (now called Church St.) and I waited in vain to see St.George slew this dragon. I guess the train was speeding at about 60 miles per hour and she looked awesome in the early morning.
Steam had a magical charm and I regret it's passing. Well done to the enthusiasts who keep the old trains running.

Balbriggan Boxing Champion


"Looking for something else I found this photo this morning. Being aware that Anthony McMahon is in Balbriggan at present I guess this might prompt a few memories for him. He is at left of seccond row from back. He went on to win Irish titles as did Greg Kenny, Jimmy McIntyre & Niall Guildea. If my memory is correct Dave Hanna is the trainer. Can anybody let me know the year this was taken? " JC.25.07.04

This card is post marked 1964
and is courtesy of Richard Corr 

Remember Us Meet With President McAleese. Sunday 18th July 2004.

On Sunday last the Remember Us group from Balbriggan attended the special “Blessing of the Fleet” ceremony at Howth Harbour, near Dublin.
President McAleese was in attendance and took part in a musical demonstration to the delight of a huge audience. She entered fully into the spirit of the occasion by assisting the Samba Band to the great delight of the Remember Us children who had worked hard to have their section “word perfect” on the day.
Members of the Irish Navy happily posed for photographs with members of the Remember Us group and the children particularly appreciated their involvement.
At the end of a tiring but satisfying day the volunteers and children returned to Balbriggan both as spectators and participants in a wonderful day. Well done Martin. Click on thumbnail to see the rest of the photos 24.07.04

 

Sunshine House, Balbriggan. Opening New Playrooms.

Today 14th July 2004 The President, Mrs McAleese, officially opened a new playrooms area at Sunshine House. Despite an unfavourable weather forecast the Sunshine did win out and all attendees had a wonderful few hours celebrating the opening of this most needed extension to the facilities at Sunshine House. The President obviously enjoyed the opportunity to address her (mostly) young audience and she spoke with great warmth and affection for the work carried out by the organisers of the week long breaks. She spoke about the wonderful support received from the ESB and how the partnership worked between the voluntary and corporate groups to the advantage of all the 120,000 or so children who have been on holiday in Sunshine House during the past 70 years.
An ‘all inclusive’ society where want and hardship is unknown to our children would be her wish and we still have some work to do to achieve this. She spent some time after the official opening meeting the children and made many admirers for the seamless manner with which she addressed both children and adults alike, and indeed made all ‘inclusive’ in the events of the day.
Balbriggan.net were delighted to be invited to the official opening and to the refreshments served, to the usual high standard, afterwards at the nearby Bracken Court Hotel.
Balbriggan.net also adds the request for supporters to remember to add a few Euros to The Sunshine Fund when the Advocate paper is on sale. All the funds go towards bringing children for a one week holiday each year to Sunshine House, Balbriggan. These children are all from families who have fallen on hard times so otherwise could never provide their children with a holiday.   14.07.04

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