November 2003

Christmas lights Switched on.

Sunday saw the Christmas lights switched on by none other than Linda Martin. With building work going on at the Square the ceremony took place at the Community Centre. A large crowd gathered from 3 to hear Carols sung by St Theresa, St Mologas and The Convent girls. Also there was the Local Brass Band, Church Choir and a new up and coming band who's name escapes us. Also some street theatre and of course Santa himself. 

St. Georges Church Restoration Fund.

St. Georges Church launched their Restoration Fund on Thursday 27th Nov in the Credit Union building. Terry Redmond, as Chairman of Sponsorship & Events Committee presented the church, with a Cheque for €5000.00 to Robert Cashell.

Jean Knight, Maureen McGovern and P Collum

Colin Hughes, Therase Fingleton and Michael Quiery.

Judith Shavasse, Cormac 
& Teresa Murphy

T.J. Cleary, Monica Cullen, Ciaran McLoughlin, Pat Doyle, Michael Horan Jim Purcell and Councellor Ciaran Byrne

Fr David Brannigan, Mary White, Elaine Dunne, Patsy Halligan & Monica Cullen.

Terry Redmond with Robert Cashell

Robert Cashell with Rev. Alan Ruffli

Special Olympics

Ireland staged the Special Olympics, the first time ever outside the USA. Balbriggan was the host town to the Pakistan delegation and through this much friendship and love was formed with athletes and minders alike. Martin Fanning from the town was a volunteer for the two weeks and he used his love of photography to capture the joy that infected everybody concerned. We at are only too delighted to lend our hand and we have dedicated two pages to Martins' project.  Click on the Special Olympics Button

Street Map of Balbriggan.

If there is one thing a web site representing a town needs, is a street map. And its here, after much driving, walking, drawing and scanning, we at have put together a detailed street map of the town. There are still some areas we have to include, Pinewood, Chapel Gate but this will be addressed shortly. The Map isn't to scale but we think it will be a big help for those new to the town and visitors alike


The festival came to an end on Friday night where the Adjudicator Brid McBrid announced the winners.

The Festival of Arts came to an end on Wednesday night(29 Oct)when Camille O'Sullivan sang and performed to a packed audience at the Bracken Court Hotel. She certainly made a huge impression on a spellbound audience who were treated to over two hours of her talent. Born in London of a French mother and Irish father, Camille moved to Cork when she was a child and the songs she sang were from the 20s to the 50s with interpretations of Jacques Brel, Kurt We ill to name but two. She toured with Jack L on his Irish tour. She sings in English, German and French, songs like Amsterdam, Lilac Wine and whatever Lola wants.

Chairman Tommy Monaghan brought the festival to a close with a presentation to Ann Gallen for all her hard work in making the festival so successful.

Terry Redmond Balbriggan Credit Union with Derek Pullen St Patricks Dalkey

Best supporting actress Marion Murphy with Terry Redmond

Gus kennedy presenting the kennedy cup to Vivienne Evers of Dry Ice theatre for the Adjucators award 

Ned Pyne Balbriggan Town Council presenting The Mc Cormack Cup to kilmant Players as Winners of the Confined section

Ned Pyne Balbriggan Town Council with Barbra Seery accepting The Joe Fox Cup
On behalf of straight Make Up
Drama group for set design

Terry with Derek Pullen
Best actor

Kitty Reilly presenting the Hughie Reilly trophy to Derek Pullen of St Patricks Dalkey for best Director

Kilmant players with the mc cormack cup, winners of the Confined Section.

Georges Street/Church Street

Balbriggan & District Historical Society presented "An even Briefer History" on this town centre street. Pauline O'Hare gave a most enjoyable account of a street from 18th century. Using the latest technology to project maps/photos on a screen of the street before it was dissected by the railway in 1844, Pauline did the Historical Society proud with her vast knowledge of this street. Rochford House, Napper Tandy, Hot Baths, Lord Hamilton were all discussed in detail. A Question & Answers session finished off the evening with Trevor Sargent TD adding his knowledge on the subject along with residents who live on Seapoint Lane. Tommy Monaghan as Chairman of the Festival Committee presented Pauline with Bouquet of flowers. 

Chairman Tommy Monaghan Presents Bouquet to Pauline O'Hare.

Elizabeth O'Brien, Sarah Walls Leech & Kay Kearny at the Georges St/Church st presentation.

Trevor Sargent TD with Joe Curtis

Michael Feeney, Trevor Sargent TD & Jack Benton

Photos Galore.

A fantastic display of photos on view at "Harry Hire" Dublin Street, attracts a big crowd. Present were Trevor Sargent TD along with esteemed photographers Jack Benton, Joe Curtis, Michael Feeney and Martin Fanning on hand to answer any questions.

Martin Fanning & Michael Feeney

St Georges Square


Work has well and truly commenced with the expansion of the Bracken Court Hotel. Demolition is well under way, with the Town Hall expected to be flattened within days. Already closed are the Tourist office, Candons and Brownes Boutique.

Changes are coming to the Square and already "Candons" shop closed its doors on Sunday 28th Sept 2003 to make way for major renovations to the "Bracken Court Hotel". This work is expected to take 18 months to complete by which time David and Bernie Candon will re-open their shop on the same spot. To mark the occasion of the shop closing, a glass of wine was made available to the customers on the saturday evening.


Left, Miriam, Dave & Bernie and Cathline and below Joe & Pat Finnegan(Far right) along with Grace Morrison and others join the "Candons" in saying farewell to the shop.


Site Demolished

DoubleCrest, Healthex, are just two of the names of companies that occupied the site at Seabanks. They made men's underwear here for the British & Irish markets. Special care had to be taken as the roof was made from asbestos.