Coyne in Glasgow.
We received this email from John in Glasgow. John used to come over
to Balbriggan with the Scouts and they camped near the Martello
for a month and had the time of their lives. John has recently discovered
B.net and is telling everyone in Glasgow about it, even if he doesn't
them. We jest. Thanks John, for the photos, keep em coming. To read
John's email and see the 1985 photos, surprise surprise, click the
more Harbour Photos.
Don't click on the thumbnail if you're fed up with photos of the
Lighthouse, the Harbour, the Viaduct etc. For those who want to
take a peek, it was a beautiful morning in Balbriggan with a very
high spring tide which meant the boats were higher up and more noticeable.
We have 19 photos here.We are so lucky to have a beautiful coastline
in Balbriggan, lets enjoy and be proud of it.29.03.06
Moran & Ken Griffin.
A beautiful morning had team member Tony out with his camera and
he met Sally Moran (89) with her daughter(?) ha ha, who were taking
photos and we obliged by taking a photo of the two with their camera
and one with ours. Secondly he bumped into Ken Griffin and after
a long chat agreed to appear on the web. Click on the thumbnail
to see both photos. 26.03.06
We received the following"I just thought i would pass on
some pictures of a protest at the junction of Moylaragh road and
the road to dunnes stores.As far as I am aware the road from moylaragh
is meant to be a cul de sac and not a through road to dunnes.After
about an hour the gardai arrived to disperse the crowd. Residents
are annoyed as they bought their houses on the basis that the road
was meant to be a cul de sac and not an access road to dunnes as
there is nothing in the plans about an access road. It is a private
road for residents of the Moylaragh estate and not meant for huge
lorrys and trucks to gain access to deliver to dunnes or other places.
Feel free to put them on Balbriggan.net to highlight this problem
for the residents."Click on thumbnail to enlarge and see
two photos 29.03.06
Questions, Questions....Can you help?
Here are a few questions that have come in by email and we don't
have the answers but maybe you do.1. You are the people in the
know about the town,, With all the building going on does any one
know if there is going to be a Gym such as Jackie Skellys opening
? 2.Would you know where in Balbriggan (or surrounding area) I might
get some guitar lessons.3. For many years, around the 1950's - 1960's
the st. Francis boys guild would attend a summer camp in balbriggan.I
believe as many as 300 boys would travl from glasgow!I am sure there
must be many photograhs of the band, or the boys guild, in balbriggan
at the time.I was wondering if you could help us by mentioning on
your web page that we are looking for photographs and any recollections
of the boys in ballbriggan
HERE to read the emails in full
Hughes & William Andrews' houses from 1988.
Two photos today courtesy of Benton/Curtis.The first is a photo
of the house belonging to Neddy Hughes and the second is of William
Andrews' House, both sadly gone now but through the forsight of
messers B&C, we have, at least,a visual record of them. As usual,
click to enlarge. 29.03.06
arrives in Balbriggan.
Fuji have opened a shop in the town on Dublin Street a few doors
up from The White Heart, offering 1 hour photos, Passport Photos
and everything you can think of where photographs are concerned.
As when any business starts up in the town, we wish Catherine and
the rest of the team the best of luck in their new venture. Click
on thumbnail to enlarge. 29.03.06
Postcard to Balbriggan.
Here is a postcard we came across that was sent
from Liverpool in 1917 to Mrs Mongey, The Square, Balbriggan. and
it reads, "Dear Mother, Sailing tonight, rushed all day,
cant say anymore, going west, will probably be a short trip, Jack".
The Ship was the SS Durango and we tracked down a photo of same.
Mongeys had a shop on the square and they sold it to Derhams. Click
to enlarge 24.03.06
Boy on TV Advert.
Ronan Carey (11) from Castlelands
is currently starring in the Irish Life add where decisions have
to be made. In the current version of the add, Ronan is first on
screen deciding which puppy is his favourite. Ronan, son of Brian
& Phyllis Carey is a very talented young lad currently learning
the Piano and taking acting lessons. He appeared on stage with his
uncle Tony in the Rolestown Panto some years back. Ronan has two
talented brothers, Darragh, who is a huge Everton fan(Someone has
to support them) & Sean who is also into acting. If you have
broadband, you can see Ronan in the add by clicking HERE
Allow 30 or so seconds to download. Click on thumbnail to enlarge
We all know where this building is, its beside
St. Georges Church, adjacent the railway line and for years it was
the home for the Table Tennis Club. As you will see from the 1900
photo, the red brick porch was a later addition but recently it
has been the target for vandals and last weekend it suffered its
worst attack. Using a 15 ft scaffolding pole they severely damaged
it probably beyond repair. Our new parking meters are also a target.
Why, Why, Why.............. 23.03.06
- The Towns Wine Club.
Bacchus, The Balbriggan Wine Club, has been in
existance for several years and hold wine tasting parties throughout
the year. Their annual summer Bar-B-Q is the highlight of the year
and today we bring you some photos from an excellent party hosted
by Rita Browne in July 2003. Bacchus is the Roman Wine God. 23.03.06
of Balbriggan 1780 to 1980.
We at B.net are very aware that, almost on a daily
basis, people are moving into Balbriggan. So, for those new to the
town, Smith & Co(commonly known as Smyco) occupied both sides
of the road on Station street, was the main employer in the town
from 1780 to 1980. Here, under garments were made for export all
over the world and as Dublin was the second city of the British
Empire, the underwear for Queen Victoria were made here principally
by Thomas Mangan. Team members Jack Benton & Joe Curtis wrote
an indepth account of the company which you can read by clicking
Today we bring you a seldom seen photo of Charles Dillon who worked
at Smyco from 1844 till he died in 1920. This photo is very similar
to one that appeared in a Smyco 1940's brochure which you can see
HERE. Click on
thumbnail to enlarge.22.03.06
Gleeson or Peter Slaughter.
We received the following email, Hello, I'm
visiting Dublin in the next few weeks and was hoping to visit Balbriggan
to see where my Grandad was from I'm trying to find someone who
would remember him??? I believe that my Great Great Uncle name was
"Pat Gleeson" And His Wife Was "Mary" also believe
I had a cousin called "Mel White" I'm told by my Mum he
would be in his mid fourtys? my Grandad was called "JACK"
his real name "Peter Slaughter" but my Mum remembers them
Calling him gain by a different name again called "percy"!!!!!!
His Siblings were "Emily" and "Tony" Slaughter,
If you think you can help would you please get in touch with me
thank you so much. Billy caine. If you think you can help Billy,
please contact him. 21.03.06
As part of the Urban and Village Renewal Scheme
in Balbriggan, the Water Services Department will start work on
the 22nd March next on the replacement of two watermains along Drogheda
Street, Bridge Street and Dublin Street, between Convent Lane and
the White Hart Inn. More details HERE
We received this email some time ago, apologies
Mylene,The one of myself and Joy Hegarty was taken by Bernadette
Morgan on the diving board on easter sunday in 1974. The next photo
is of the twin daughter's of Jimmy and Cathy Delahoyde. The girl
with the dark hair is Pricella and the blond girl is Michelle she
is the girl who signed the balbriggan guest book. 20.03.06
St. Patrick Day Photos.
Paul Connell from Oldtown was at the parade and
as a keen photographer took some great shots which we are only too
delighted to bring you. If anyone experienced a technical problem
downloading the Gormanston Slide Show, we think we've rectified
the bug. 19.03.06
One of the team was crazy enough to go for a cycle
yesterday and he came across Gormanston train station. Strangely,
our Tony had never been to it before and was taken aback by its
quaintness. Not happy just to bring you a few photos of it, he decided
to add a few from last summer, also from around Gormanston, and
put them to music for your approval. Its 13mb so if you have broadband
it will download in a few seconds, on dial up about 10 minutes.
Hope you enjoy.
Slide Show Click HERE
Patrick's Day Parade.
One of the coldest St. Patrick's day failed to
put a damper on this years parade. Hundreds took part marching from
the church car park to Bath road. The Spanish group, "Esbardu
Pipe & Dance Band" from Aviles, Asturias in northern Spain
entertained the crowds with music and dance. Martin & Tony were
on duty today and to see over 40 of their photos click on the thumbnail.
We hope you enjoy. Click HERE
to hear 30 seconds of the band playing. 17.03.06
1984 Centenary Cup Winners.
Two photos for you today, both of O'Dwyers, the
first from 1984 taken from a calendar the club brought out a few
years back and the second was sent to us by David White and its
a newspaper cutting from around 1988. Click to enlarge. 14.03.06
We received this email recently
"....the council have a draft local area plan on a 60 acre
site with proposed density of 23 units per acre and with buildings
4-5 storeys high which would mean 1300 housing units putting more
pressure on our town,this plan will go ahead but the residents of
that area have sumitted to the council changes which they feel could
be made,so through your wonderful website for balbriggan maybe you
could give some support to this plan at www.rfip.tk
area behind De Bruns.
We see that the area behind De Bruns has been
cleared away for apartments, shops and other buildings. The Canal
and the banks had become very overgrown and wild and it's strange
to see it all cleared. Because of the clearing, we were able to
go down to the banks and get shots hither to impossible. Click to
see before and after photos. 05.03.06
D's Horse Shoe Team.
B.net team member Tony was out and about taking
photos of the work that's happening around the canal area and he
got talking to Paul Traynor. Paul asked "Do you want some pictures?"
and we were only too delighted to oblige. They regularly play here
on a sunday morning around 11am. As promised to the "Shoers"
here are your photos which we hope you like. Click on the thumbnail
to see the photos. 05.03.06
Nite Spot" ? We Don't.
Here is a great photo from
the corner of Mill street and Drogheda street. Eventually it became
the Ivory Coast which in turn was demolished. A reminder to all
those new to B.net, we have literally 100's of photos on this site,
so if it took you an hour or two to go through the site, you have
only seen a fraction of it. 05.03.06
Spotted on Balbriggan Beach.
It just goes to show, always, always, bring your
camera with you when you're out and about in Balbriggan. The strangest
of things happen in this wonderful town of ours. Yesterday, we caught
this photo of a Ryanair Plane on Balbriggan Beach, we wonder, did
anyone else see this?...... It was gone within the hour...
Senior League Second Division Champions 1978/9.
Here is our forth photo taken from the 2002 O'Dwyers
Calander and it features such names as Woodhead, Levins, Donnolly,
Wilson & Lawless to name but a few. See who you can spot. 04.03.06
Waste Water Treatment Scheme Phase 2.
County Council are holding an information day for the Barnageeragh
Treatment Plant Extension and will be on :Wednesday 8th
March from 1.00 to 6.30pm at the old school beside Skerries Community
Centre. Click on thumbnail for photos and more details.
Here is a photo that we received by email from
Michael Guildea in London. The mail was short on information except
that it contained most of the names of those in the photo. Thanks
Michael and we await to see if we get any reaction to it. 04.03.06
Cricket Club 1980's Photos.
Two photos for you today courtesy of Barry Geraghty,"both
from the mid 80,s. 1st team members at home and in Rush in a cup
final." Thanks Barry. If you have photos that you think
would be of interest to B.net surfers, please do contact us.02.03.06
Photo of Square.
Here is another photo very kindly given to us
by Barry Geraghty. This photo was taken from 2000 feet around Christmas
time. In it you can that the work on the square is in it's final
stages. It seems to be going on forever but we think it will be
worth it and hopefully this year we can have the Christmas Tree
back on the Square. As usual click to enlarge. 01.03.06
of the town.
Three photos for you today.
The first shows the area near the toilets where the new apartments
are now. The second shows Smyco before the current work started
and the final photo is of the square with the previous hotel visible
in all its splendour, maybe they should left well alone!!!!!!.
Click to enlarge 28.02.06