Archive 2005 News Page
have out done themselves again with yet another DVD, and from the
sneak preview recevied by this website, this DVD is a sure thing
to be snapped up this Christmas. More information below.
& Places" DVD for Christmas.
Due to the overwhelming success of Balbriggan.Net's last DVD,
"Balbriggan, the way things used to be", two of
the team have decided to bring out another DVD and a limited
number of copies will be available from "McGovern's"(Formally
Vision Radio) gift shop. The target date for launch is Saturday
27th Nov. An American version will be available for those
wanting to send to friends there. Martin & Tony are busy
gathering photos of people and places of Balbriggan and McGoverns
shop are now accepting advance bookings, so get your name
in early. This price has not been worked out but we will let
you know as soon as possible. Only 100 copies will be replicated,
so order yours now. Click on thumbnail for more details
30th November 2004
Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan
Earlier in the year we featured the Balscadden District Community
Council Newsletter, well they have now got a website up and running.
Its an excellant site full of local information so we encourage
you to click on the logo below to be directed to their site.
Wreck of the Sailing Barque Bell Hill" By Bairbre Curtis
was by far our largest attendance this year. Apart from a technical
glitch with the over head projector at the start of the night which
ruled out Bairbre's slides. Bairbre delivery a wonder talk, which
was entertaining, interesting, and posed a few questions for the
audience to think about.
us a picture of life on aboard the Barque Bell Hill and its master.
We also listened and learnt about the company's history and its
fleet of ships. Extensive research was put into this paper and Bairbre
deserved the praise which everyone gave her. We hope to have Bairbre
back next year to shows us the wonderful slides we all missed due
to the technical difficulties on the night.
This was out
last event for 2004. Our AGM is next month 30th Nov 8pm in the Bracken
Court. A notice will be sent out in the post in the next week or
two. So if you haven't paid your membership for 2004 don't panic
it's not to late as you can return your membership fee with the
AGM nomination form which are in the post soon. At last year’s
AGM it was suggested that the procedure for electing a new committee
should be broadened out to encourage rejuvenation. As a result,
every member will be posted a NOMINATION PAPER on which he/she can
propose individuals (who must be members) for election. At the AGM,
the members present will then vote on those names proposed.
are delighted to link you to the Balbriggan Festival of Arts 2004
web page which is part of Balbriggan.net site.
our next presentation is on 26th October 2004 -
"The Wreck of the Sailing Barque Bell Hill" By Bairbre
Curtis. This presentation is part of the Balbriggan Arts Festival.
Venue: Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan @8:30pm
our Christmas Cards are on sale now!
©Balbriggan & District Historical
are available from various outlets through out the town (Vision
Radio, Spar Balbriggan, Balbriggan Library, Ardgillan Castle &
at our next presentation in October). See samples of the Christmas
cards below. There are two photos, one of St. Georges Square and
another of Dublin street.
second presentation is on the 28th September "The Antiquarian
Cycle Run" Presented by Joe Curtis. This will be another crowd
puller as Joe's presentations are excellent. We are all looking
forward to this one. We hope to see you all there.
this was another presentation to be marveled at as Joe took us on
three picture postcard journeys. If you weren't there you certainly
missed a wonderful night. There was photos and picture postcards
which were viewed for the first time to the public. We hope to see
Joe present another slideshow in the future for the Society.
Sept presentation will be on @8:30pm in the Bracken Court Hotel,
Week 2004 - 5th
Sept - 12th Sept
Week 2004 , will have more than 500 events taking place throughout
the week. Heritage week is an integral part of European Heritage
Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the Europena
Union. Heritage week is co-ordinated by the Department of Environment,
Heritage and Local Government and many national and community organisations
participate each year.
Principal aim of Heritage Week is to foster awareness of the built,
natural and cultural heritage thereby encouraging its conservation
and preservation, and to raise interest in our European Heritage.(extract
from the 2004 Heritage Booklet)
further Information on all events taking place during Heritage Week
you can log on to www.environ.ie
or callsave 1850 200 659
part of Heritage Week, Balbriggan & District Historical
Society will be contributing to this event on the 07th September
with a short presentation by Stephanie Bourke "The Hamilton
Family & the making of Balbriggan", followed by the
Book Launch, in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan at 8pm.
The book will be launched by Joseph Byrne N.U.I. Maynooth.
And we look forward to seeing you on the night.
hope to have some photo's of the Launch Night soon....it was
a hugh success and copies of the book are for sale from Skerries
Mills, Ardgillan Castle, Spar shops in Balbriggan and the
Tony Healy from the Balbriggan.net
Day: Sat 4th & Sun 5th September
It's Your Society -Please Support Our Flag Day -
We will have
collections at St. Peter & Paul's Church
would like to thank all who contributed to our Flag Day. We hope
you will continue to support the society by attending our events
through out the year
2004: - The society has it's summer
break from the events calendar.
Society recently received a donation of books for our archives from
St. Georges Church. Four books were deposited with the Balrothery
Heritage Society as the books were originally from the church in
Balrothery and will be on display in the center shortly.The
discovery of these books was by Martin Fanning at the strawberry
fair which took place two weeks ago. After some discussion with
Reverend Alan, Martin Fanning and Richard Corr went down last Sunday
11th July to collect the books. And we managed to get some great
photo's of the congregation of St. Georges.
The Society would like to express its gratitude to St. Georges Church
for the kind donation of prayer books. These will be a most welcome
addition to the Society’s archives and should be of great
use in future exhibitions.
Outing - Day trip to Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford - Saturday 12th June
the day started at 9am as a full coach load headed off in
the direction of Enniscorthy. We stopped off briefly at Tullow
to stretch the legs and get some fresh air.
1798 Rebellion Centre was our first port of call where all
enjoyed tea and scones followed by a full tour of the centre.
A must see feature of the centre is the "Bridge of Democracy"
which you cross as you enter the building. The centre brings
you through the full history of the rebellion and where it
off to Vinegar Hill we filled up on soup and sandwiches and
we picked up our guide for the day also at the centre local
historian Brian Cleary.
next stop was Vinegar Hill were Brian gave us an exceptional
description of events which took place on Vinegar Hill.
Father Murphy Centre was the next port of call where we could
enjoy the sunshine and wondered about the centre and its cottages
which depict life back then.
Battle of Oulart Hill and the new monument to the Age of Enlightment
"Tulach a' tSolais was our final site to visit before
we departed back to Balbriggan stopping off at the Poitin
Stil for some well earned food as everyone was full with sights
and delights from the trip but in need of food. Our thanks
go to Tony Mc Namara and Paul Wilkinson from the committee
for organizing such a great trip. We are all looking forward
next years trip where ever that may be.
Two of the Balbriggan.net
team were on the trip also, so check out www.balbriggan.net
for more photo's of the trip from Tony Healy & Martin
courtesy of Richard Corr
have added a new site to our links page. I'm delighted to add that
it's a local site which is what we like to see "Balscadden
District Community Council". It's
an excellent web site with lots of information on the Balscadden
Draft Development Plan, Tidy Towns information, Neighborhood watch,
Village Enhancement Scheme, Community Events and lots more.
you wish to contact Balscadden district community council you can
email them on BalscaddenDCC@eircom.net
on the logo below to enter the site.
Next presentation is "History of the Phoenix Park" by
John Mc Cullen. Well Known for
his regular appearances on the Gerry Daly's gardening programme
on RTE radio and Director of the Phoenix Park, John Mc Cullen
has extensively researched the history of the Phoenix Park. Opened
in 1747, the 1752 acre Park is the largest enclosed city park
in Europe. It is the home to the President, US Ambassador and
the Dublin Zoo, It has a long and varied history which should
make this one of our most interesting highlights of the year.
presentation is on Tuesday 25th May in the Bracken Court
Hotel, Balbriggan @8:30pm. Admission is €5.00 for
adults €3.00 OAP's. Children are free.
would like to thank John for the excellent talk last night. The
good weather ensured a large attendance to the talk. John gave
us a hour & a half insight to the Phoenix Park history and
wildlife. One of the many interesting facts from last nights talk
is that the Phoenix Park is twice the size of New York's Central
this month! We
have made some changes to our website. Our address is now www.bhsireland.net
which will link you to our temporary site until we get the site
up and running on a host company. We have added a guest book,
which we hope you will sign and tell us what you think of our
new web site. If you wish to contact us our details are on the
site update: We
have now completed our change over to our new hosting company
and we invite you to update your link to our site www.bhsireland.net
into your favorites. You will also see that our email has changed
Next presentation is "Balrothery Past & Present"
by Jim Walsh (Hon Chairman) of Balbriggan & District
Historical Society. This is sure to an interesting night, as this
is the first time Jim will present this to our Society. The presentation
is on Tuesday 27th April in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan
@8:30pm. Admission is €5.00 for adults €3.00
OAP's. Children are free.
Committee look forward to seeing you their with you friends and
family. All are Welcome. Watch this page for updates after Jim's
News: the Society plans to do a mail drop around Balbriggan
& District to boost the local interest in Local History &
the Society. So watch your letter boxes as there will be a flyer
coming in your way soon.
Timmins presentation pulled in a 40+ crowd to the Bracken
Court last night Tuesday 30th March. Colm's Mapping Fingal
slide show brought us through "A History of Map
Making in Ireland" And "A History of Map Cartography
first presentation was an exciting and interesting one. Edward
Bourke gave us an insight to ship building and the intriguing
history of the Tayleur ship wreak and how it all came about. There
was a small attendance but all were captivate by this presentation
The Q&A session afterwards brought up some interesting and