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Archive 2005 News Page

Balbriggan.Net 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.

Balbriggan,Faces & 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


AGM 30th November 2004

Venue: Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan


03rd November

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.

26th October

The 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.

Bairbre painted 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.


12th October

We are delighted to link you to the Balbriggan Festival of Arts 2004 web page which is part of site.

05th October

Well 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


Also our Christmas Cards are on sale now!

©Balbriggan & District Historical Society

They 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.

28th September

The 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.

Well 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.

28th Sept presentation will be on @8:30pm in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan

05th Septembers 2004:

Heritage Week 2004 - 5th Sept - 12th Sept

Heritage 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.

The 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)

For further Information on all events taking place during Heritage Week you can log on to or callsave 1850 200 659

Book Launch 07th September

As 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.

We hope to have some photo's of the Launch Night was a hugh success and copies of the book are for sale from Skerries Mills, Ardgillan Castle, Spar shops in Balbriggan and the Balbriggan Library.

photo's courtesy of Tony Healy from the Team

Flag 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

The committee 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

July/August 2004: - The society has it's summer break from the events calendar.

The 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.


June 2004:

Summer Outing - Day trip to Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford - Saturday 12th June 2004.

Well 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.

The National 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 all started.

Before heading 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.


Our next stop was Vinegar Hill were Brian gave us an exceptional description of events which took place on Vinegar Hill.


The 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.


The 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 team were on the trip also, so check out for more photo's of the trip from Tony Healy & Martin Fanning.

photo's courtesy of Richard Corr

More News:

We 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.

If you wish to contact Balscadden district community council you can email them on

Click on the logo below to enter the site.

May 2004:

Our 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.

The 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.

We 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 Park!

Also this month! We have made some changes to our website. Our address is now 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 homepage.

Web 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 into your favorites. You will also see that our email has changed to

April 2004:

Our 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.

The Committee look forward to seeing you their with you friends and family. All are Welcome. Watch this page for updates after Jim's presentation.

Other 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.

March 2004:

Colm 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 Worldwide".

February 2004:

Our 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 inquizive questions.

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