1 this Friday at 8.30pm.
The programme is called "Life without me" and this is
the final episode where one member of the family is taken away for
a week and we see how the rest of the family cope. This week its
a Russian family living in Balbriggan, and some footage was shot
around the town. One part of the show is when the family visit the
local photographers to get a family portrait and our Tony &
Lynnette McNally were the photographers chosen. It will be interesting
to see if they show much of the town and our Tony. Click on the
thumbnail to see some behind the scenes photos and click HERE
to go to the RTE
web site with information on the show.29.08.2006
Force 1941-45 & an OAP photo.
first is a great photograph taken in the early 40's and it shows
the LDF, Gormanston District. We have some names and if we do receive
anymore, we will bring them to you. Our second photo was very kindly
given to us by Gus Thompson and it shows some OAP's. Sonny Keating,
Freddy "Lily" Thompson are just some of the names.
& Places Part 3.
Our annual DVD slide show is in production again, Part 3 is due
for release on Sat. 18th Nov 2006. This DVD has proved immensely
popular over the years and this could be the last. So if you have
a photograph of say, your mother, your father, or anyone deceased
and you'd like it included on this years DVD, please contact us
ASAP. As usual, we will also be creating a USA version of the
DVD to send to those ex-pats stateside.26.08.06
A reminder to all to regularly check the guest book as we update
it every few days. Presently we are getting loads of entries stating
"Great site, keep up the great work etc". We don't put
these on the site as they mean nothing. and they don't appear to
have a valid email address.
At long last we have a hotel to be proud of, one that you can bring
visitors to and give them a good impression of our town. The earliest
photographs we have on the hotel date back to about 1910 when it
was called "The Hamilton Arms Hotel". The other name we
remember it by is"The Grand Hotel". Anybody out there
know the other names? Today we bring you 4 photographs of the hotel
starting in 1910 and then to the 1990's at its various stages of
This book was brought out in 2000 to celebrate the millenium and
on reading it recently we realised what an excellent book it is.
For those of you new to the town, it's an excellent way to get some
of the history of the town, like the "The Sack of Balbriggan"
when the Black & Tans burnt several houses on "Sinn Fein
Alley"(Clonard Street) and several businesses along Drogheda
street in reprisal for one of their members who was shot as he had
a drink in John D's pub.Update. This
book is now out of print. Visit the Historical
Web site for more details.
of The Balbriggan Cycling Club for 1891---The words.
We never knew such a song existed but exists it does. Thanks to
Patsy Casey, who gave Mr. T a photocopy of the song words. As with
most photocopies, the quality wasn't ideal, but using the latest
OCR software we were able to scan and edit the mistakes. So now
we have all the words to this song and so as not to spoil you with
all the words, we will give you the first few verses. Click on the
thumbnail to view. 26.08.06
the words are there now.
Faces by Mylene Delahoyde.
Here are some photos that have been sent to us by local girl, Mylene
Delahoyde. We don't have any names here, but we think Mylene took
the photos telling them to check B.net real soon.So if you know
Mylene, click on the thumbnail and you may see yourself. We bring
you 6 photos here. Thanks Mylene for the photos. 24.08.06.
McMahon meets Bertie.
Anthony, originally from High St but with now living on Church St(during
the summer) and San Jose California for the rest of the year, sent
us these two photos. First one shows him meeting An Taoiseach in
San Jose and the second photo is of a Lighthouse dome up at Carlingford
that is no longer in use. Anthony thinks it would fit perfectly
on the Balbriggan Lighthouse and it does look very like the original
one that we had until 1960. More about the lighthouse HERE
girl ties the knot…..
Congratulations to Sarah Richardson and Aidan Kelly
who recently celebrated their marriage at Balbriggan Church. We
wish the newlyweds every happiness in the future. Martin from the
team was on hand to capture some photos of Sarah & Aidan on
their special day. MF 23.08.2006
McKenna celebrates her birthday.
Well known local woman will celebrate her birthday this coming Saturday,
26thAug. Eileen, from Craoibhin Park, bumped into our Tony and normally
camera shy, she agreed to pose for the camera. We wish her well,
modesty prevents us from disclosing her age.If you know Eileen and
want to send her a birthday greeting, email
it to us and we will print it out and give it to her.Click to enlarge.
Photo of Viaduct.
Here is a photo we came across which shows, what is now the car
park. It was Cumisky's Coal Yard and at one stage gas was made here,
hence the big gas tank in the left of the picture. We don't know
when the picture was taken. Click to enlarge.20.08.2006
of Alan Evetitt and his beautiful wife Amanda......
Martin from the team was at hand to capture some photos of Alan
and Amanda on their very Special Day.Extra special to Martin was
Alan was one of the famous Scads.Also in the photographs are most
of the team known as Balscadden F.C....The connection is Martin,
Tony Evetitt,Alans father and Vincent Barlow was the management
team who looked after the team.A great bunch of lads then and a
great bunch now.Knowing them im sure they enjoyed the day.Best of
luck to you both Alan from the team at balbriggan.net. Photos by
of St.Peter and Pauls Church Balbriggan 19th Aug. 06
A very special event took place on Sat. 19th Aug.when
Diarmuid Martin,Archbishop of Dublin rededicated our church of St.Peter
and Pauls.Built between 1838 and1842 it was extended and improved
between 1895 and 1897.The latest work was carried out between 2005
and 2006.Our church will serve as a house of prayer and a place
of blessing for our generation and those who follow us.Click on
thumbnail to view photos. Photos by Jack Benton and Martin Fanning.
At the end of June this year, we brought you this photo from "The
David Brangan Collection" and we enlarged his face to see if
anyone would recognise him. Well, would you believe it, we found
out his name. His name is Nicholas Markey, he is the brother of
Jack Benton's granny. He is Lily Martin's uncle and he fought for
the Cavalry in the first world war. For those new to the town, Jack
Benton is one of our team and is 80 years young and would be considered
one of the towns best photographers and one who showed immense courage
by changing over to digital at such an age.
BBQ- John Maguire receives recognition.
Sonopress Ire held their annual BBQ recently at Malahide Rugby Club
and local man John Maguire received recognition for work excellence.
Pat Corbett, MD, Sonopress Ire, presented John with his monetary
prize. John has traveled to Sonopress Germany to teach his work
colleagues there and apparently they sang his praises and it looks
as if John will be returning there soon. John is the son of Eamonn
& Amelda Maguire. Well done John. Click to see some more locals
at the Sonopress BBQ.20.08.2006
Cannon celebrates his 50th.
With the start of the premiership upon us, it seemed an appropriate
time to show some photos of Roger Cannon, a huge Liverpool supporter.
Roger turned 50 some weeks ago and had a party in one of the local
establishments. His wife Sandra and three daughters were there to
share the celebration. Thanks to Martin for the photographs. Click
on thumbnail to see them. 20.08.06
McPartlan & Philip Cox tie the knot.
Local couple from Westbrooke tied the knot on Friday at River valley
Church to a packed house, with celebrant Fr. Mackey(Balbriggan priest
in the 90's).Both originally from Swords but now living in the town
were a big hit with the crowds who witnessed the ceremony in Swords.
Best man, David, did sterling work in making the day run so smoothly.
The Bridal party were taken to the Ashbourne House Hotel in a Hummer.
A great day was had by all. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge this
beautiful couple. 14.08.06
There will be a
meeting for parents of children commencing in the school this year
in the Bracken Court Hotel on Monday 14th August. If you have any
questions or queries, members of the Committee will be there to
help you. It is an historic occasion for Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigin
and we are very proud that we will be opening our doors in Sunshine
House in September. We look forward to meeting you all on the night.
Can Kill Sponsored Walk......
Sun.30th July. saw The Sponsor Ursula,s Walk in aid of voluntary
bereavement counseling pass through Balbriggan. Ursula,s walk covers
150+miles over 9 days from Lurgan, Co Armagh to Ballybrittas, Portlaoise.balbriggan
.net was on hand to capture the moment and also to wish Ursula a
safe journey over the miles ahead.Well done to the local Garda,local
politicans and well wishers who joined Ursula on her way through
our main street in Balbriggan.MF31.07.06
damages "Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre" in Naul.
Starting with what had been a local Post Office & Shop in the
centre of the village of Naul in Fingal, north Co. Dublin, a small
group of very dedicated visionaries created The Seamus Ennis Cultural
Centre and after a few years of struggle have now an established
and living testimony to the memory of musician & music collector
Seamus Ennis. more
Blow-in reaches 43.
That's right, team member Tony celebrated his 43rd birthday on
Wednesday, 26th July. Tony and his wife, Yvonne, celebrated his
birthday in the Indian restaurant beside the post office. They
then had a few pints in the hotel with friends and then home to
rest. Click on the thumbnail to see Tony with neighbours Jim &
Popular is Balbriggan.net?
We are not sure but maybe what we show here may help.We are hosted
(all our pages and photographs are on a computer in Germany) by
a company called 1 and 1. Their business headquaters is in London
but thier computers holding all our pages and photographs are based
in Germany. So, every time you view the"News Page", it's
coming from Germany. We have requested, from them, a list of visitors
to B.net on the 25th July, that's from midnight to midnight and
they have sent us the following.
We have received the following from FCC.
"The proposed road closure for harbour road (in todays
paper) will now not be going ahead. The closure was scheduled to
carry out work in relation to switching over the pipework from the
old pumping station to the new one. Unfortunately some ESB work
is required and they (the ESB) are not in a position to complete
this for a further three weeks or so."
Lads fishing at Lighthouse.
Two of the team decided to meet down at the Harbour on Monday night
to get some "Night Shots". Martin & Tony got talking
to the lads who were fishing and they were only delighted to appear
on the web. Click on the thumbnail to see the guys and some scenery
shots. We hope you like them.25.06.07
from the Team at balbriggan.net........
With the completion of phase 1 of the restoration work to St Peter
and Pauls Church 600 to 800 photographs have been placed under the
alter table by the team dating back 80 to100 years and up to the
present day as a record for future generations.The phohographs cover
people, places and events in and around Balbriggan up to the present
day.Click on the thumbnail to see the old and new altar which was
used for the first time on Sat.22nd July 06 MF
Christmas Party at the town Hall 1954.
Today's photograph comes thanks to Pat Callaghan. The quality isn't
great but we've made it as good as we can. Pat has very kindly supplied
us with most of the names. Click to enlarge. We couldn't help noticing
how many hits the site had today, 233 from 6.15 am to 21.00. 24.06.07
wave in Balbriggan.
There seems no end to this heat wave, are we complaining? Certainly
not. Being a coastal town, we never get the temperatures they get
in the midlands or even 20 miles inland, we were probably getting
about 26°C with very high humidity. There was a crack of thunder
in Balbriggan on the 2nd of July at 11.05am the likes we have never
heard before. It was like an explosion and it set off numerous alarms
and the birds panicked. Today's photographs are by local photographer,
Barry Geraghty. If you see a photo of yourself on B.net, and wish
it to be removed, please let us know and we will remove it immediately.
Thanks to Barry for these.23.07.06
Peter & Paul's Reopens.
Today we bring you the first photographs of the changes to St.Peter
and Pauls Church in Balbriggan and the first wedding to take place
since the completion of this section of the work.The happy couple
are William Vickers and Olivia Richardson.On a day a little bit
of local history was made the Team at balbriggan.net would like
to wish the happy couple every happiness in the future
The story goes something like this, Muriel Vaughan in Australia
posted the following on the guest book on the 2nd June, " What
a thrill to see a photo of my dad when he was a lad (national school48)
and also my granddad (Odwyers winners 1924). This is surely a precious
site, and I feel privileged to be connected in some small way to
this lovely town. Keep up the great work team! Muriel ". Because
of this, Muriel made contact with her relations in Balbriggan and
this weekend, in glorious sunshine, got to know her relations. Her
father is Johnny Knight, his brother is Joe. Her mother is Rose
Kelly from Lusk, related to Pat Kelly. Our reporter, Tony, is going
on memory so maybe we don't have everything spot on, so we are open
to correction. Click on the thumbnail to see two photos of the reunion.
The power of the Internet is amazing. The Power of B.net is even
more amazing. 23.07.06
& Sean Farrell Photos.
today come from Maureen Heeney and Sean Farrell both from their
collection of local scout troop, The 34th Dublin.We also bring you
some rare photographs inside Confreys Bar taken by Mylene Delahoyde.Garrett
Cannons 50th birthday.,Just look at the cake folks and the night
the team met up with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.Click on
thumb nail to view our latest selection.MF 21.07.06
Home on a recent visit to Balbriggan local girl Carmel Roberts nee
Fanning sister of Martin and her husband John enjoying a walk around
the harbour.July 06
decoration of St GEORGES SCHOOL.
Here is the photo of the group involved with the decoration of St
We had asked for people in the community who would be interested
in helping out to contact us.Two visitors from the states were very
willing to help out. And , help out they did.We were donated filing
cabinets and theses where very heavy but both theses guys lifted
like body builders. The classrooms needed to be painted. Click on
the thumbnail to read more. 21.07.06
Key-Rings on sale again.
Goughs Gift Shop on Dublin Street have asked us to tell you that
they have received another batch of Balbriggan Key-Rings with various
views of the town. These have proved very popular and difficult
to keep in stock. They also have the new Balbriggan Postcard in
stock again, so hurry, while they last. They also have in stock,
16in by 11in, mounted and framed, a Jig-Saw photo of the harbour.
Click on thumbnail to view it.
to see Key-Rings.
Actually, we know who they are but we wonder do you know. The lady
on the left is still alive, 90 and living in the town. Her daughter,
also lives in the town and works in one of the shops along Dublin
street. Answer in a couple of days. Click on the image to enlarge.
Those of you who are on Email in work , will know that various mails
are sent daily containing some very funny video footage and some
are really hilarious and we have decided to create a page containing
some. We will add to this page over the coming weeks so if you have
some good video footage(non-pornographic or offensive) send it to
Girl Celebrates her 21st in style.
The attached is a picture of ‘the gang’ who recently
spent a murder mystery weekend in Fox ford Co Mayo . It was to celebrate
the 21st birthday of Balbriggan girl Loraine Geraghty from Craoibhin
Park.The picture includes (in full costume) from the top of the
stairs down, Paula, Barry, Trish, Tommy, Gerry, Suzanne, Sinead,
Simon, Cliff, Sarah and birthday girl Lorainne. Thanks to Colm for
this smashing photo. Click on thumbnail to enlarge. 19.07.06
While searching the web lately, we came across a web site on an
Irish band called "Blackwater" and who is a member of
this group, only PJ Cullen. PJ left Balbriggan sometime in the 70's
and headed for Australia. Click on the thumbnail to see his site
and if you contact him, tell him to check B.net. 18.07.06
Today we bring
you a selection of photos of some events and people around Balbriggan
in recent weeks.With some of the team back from holidays and batteries
charged for another year we hope you like the latest group of photographs.
Citizen living in Sandycove wants to swap accomodation to move
Hi, Sorry to bother you , but maybe you could help me. I would
like to place an ad on your website, if possible, in relation
to council house transfer. I don't know if this is possible, but
you can advice me in any way. My father-in-law has an 1 bedroom
council apartment/flat in Sandycove area (senior citizen's accommodation),
5 min walk to dart station, but
he takes care of his grandson in Balbriggan area and it is very
difficult for him to commute between Sandycove and Balbriggan.
He is looking for similar dwelling in near North Dart line (from
Balbriggan to Malahide) and the person should be senior citizen
(60 years over). County Council allow mutual house transfers but
they have no database, nothing for this, and they told me to advertise
by myself. I found your website, which is very popular and a lot
of people in Balbriggan can see it, so it is a great way to make
as many people as possible to see this ad.
If you think you can help, contact us and we will forward your
All the team are very busy at the moment, hence the lack of activity
on the site, but don't worry, things will improve as we leave the
summer and head for the winter, lets face it, who looks at web sites
during the hot months, web is for winter. Anyway, we have updated
the guest book, so check it out HERE.