Apr 24 2009

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  1. John Doeon 27 Jan 2023 at 12:32 pm

    Hi, I have an odd one for you.

    Late 60’s (probably 1969) my Dad dropped my mother off at her house on Bannow Road after being in town at a dance. He started walking home and turned the bend in the road towards the junction of Bannow Road and Fassaugh Avenue and saw a huge light in the sky pulsing colours. There was a large crowd of locals standing at the junction looking up at it. It was completely silent. He was chatting to people about it there for a few minutes as it just hung there silently before it suddenly shot off like a bullet out of a gun, stopped abruptly and then shot off in a different direction towards the Dublin mountains. He was very reluctant to talk about it right up to his death in 2014 as he didn’t want anyone to think he was bonkers. They certainly would in those days! He did say there was something in the paper about it in the following days like ‘Lights seen over Dublin, Waterford and Wexford’. Does anyone recall seeing it or hear their parents/grandparents talk about it?

    The 2nd of May 1962, hundreds of Dublin people reported a ball of fire in the sky…

  2. Paul Longon 24 Jul 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Hello. My name is Paul Long. I’m trying to contact Martin Coffey, as l believe we have common Family ties. I tried to contact him via Ancestry.com, but kept getting an error message. My email address is pandklong@mymts.net. If this could be passed along to him that would be greatly appreciated. Slainte.
    Paul Long

    Hi Paul, send you a message…

  3. Martin Coffeyon 04 Sep 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Never heard of Cabra Parade before…

  4. Ivanon 04 Sep 2021 at 10:20 am

    Can anyone tell me where Cabra Parade used to be from the 1870’s onwards. Does it not exist anymore or goes by a different name? The name (although not on an actual road) is on and old map just north of the Cabra Road in the area of Cabra Park looking as though it still has to be built. Perhaps part of this area was Cabra Parade. It did exist and you can find residents addresses from No. 7 to No. 26 in the Will Calendars. My thanks to anyone who can help.

  5. james jordanon 25 Jul 2021 at 3:33 pm

    hi all

  6. Patty O'Neill Halpinon 21 Jun 2020 at 12:26 am

    Hi Martin hope you and Mary are well stay safe love from Patty

  7. Joon 09 May 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Hello all
    Thinking of you all.
    Able to read a little more.
    Stay home all Stay safe.
    Same here keeping low key and staying home too.
    Hope you are all doing ok too.
    Heartfelt good wishes and wellness to all.
    Life is forever changed.
    Grateful to have all our basic needs end essentials.
    Forever grateful for family friends and neighbors.
    Cheerio for now thinking of you all too.

  8. shay jordanon 29 Apr 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Hi All
    Well I’m back after been months away .
    What a time to return I hope that none of our members have fallen to Covid 19.
    My Babs and I are High Risk so we are on 12 weeks Isolation (Now on Wk 7}.
    We are very fortunate to have Family living nearby .
    Go great Grandson who does main shopping followed by Daughter and Son in Law do the Saturday Bits.
    Shay Jordan

  9. Rita O'Malley McMahonon 11 Apr 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks Martin,
    Well I see back now to Jo’s entry on June 20th so that’s a bit better just don’t want to have missed any requests etc.
    It’s wonderful to read from Patrick 85yrs on here and he has a connection to your Coffey Cabra clan, it feels like a million years since I started checking my O’Malley ancestors on here and I must say Ancestry search for friends/family has been keeping me busy on the dull cold days in Ontario, great to see ye have been having good sunny days.
    Wishing You all a Happy and Healthy Easter, Stay safe Rita

  10. Patrick O’Hanlonon 05 Apr 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing these stories. I think I may have been a neighbor of yours on 15 Killala Road. Do you the remember the O’Hanlon’s? It may have been have your father though. I’m 85 years old now and raised in Cabra West and moved to America in 1955.
    Let me know if I have the right Coffey family. Hope you are all well these days.
    (Hello Patrick, you have the right Coffey family, I’ve just sent you an email, hope it gets through okay. Great to hear from you and amazed that you still feel a connection to Cabra West…MC)

  11. Martin Coffeyon 04 Apr 2020 at 9:40 am

    Hi Rita,

    Thought I had that problem sorted, I’ll give my technician a buzz later…MC

  12. rita mcmahonon 03 Apr 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Good to hear from you Jo,
    Martin: I can still can’t see from Aug 11 on here and I don’t like FB but when I google I can see the Cabra page, but that’s nothing to what is happening all around the World with this horrible virus, just declared a state of emergency in our neck of the woods, the Niagara Region where alot of seniors live, biggest death count is Toronto, Quebec & BC, mostly seniors and travel related who have got it , numbers rising every day just like the Homeland, still some folks not obeying the rules and I expect they won’t until something happens in the own families/friends. But all the wonderful folks make up from them and the good stories and the care workers/medical and all on the front line we can’t praise them enough.
    On RTE player Liveline today was a Margaret Lynch 100yrs of age today, a wonderful Dub what a inspiration to listen to her just listening to her talk to Joe Duffy would put a smile on your face
    Everyone take care and stay safe
    Rita O’M

  13. Martin Coffeyon 29 Mar 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Hello all
    I still don’t get Cabra posts to work. Tho can read other parts. No idea how you are all doing.
    With current virus crisis just hope you are all safe n well. Glad to say we are all safe n well n staying home.
    Regards and love to you all.
    Jo Tony n family.

    (Hello Jo, hopefully everyone is listening to common sense where this Virus is concerned. Take good care of yourselves…MC)

  14. willie Lynchon 28 Mar 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Saturday Morn USA, hello martin i just dropped in to see whats up or down here on the site.

    I think of all the gang once in awhile. i think most are on the Facebook cabra west site.

    life is all different know with CORONA. but we can do it. anyone need help, get me on my wed site. willie lynch band. or Lynchwg@juno.com

    Love to all you as i said Its Saturday end of march 2020.

    (Hello Willie, yes I think most people have switched over to Facebook but I don’t mind as long as they’re keeping in touch with each other. Great to hear from you, keep yourself and family safe…MC)

    willie L. God Bless to all.

  15. willie Lynchon 28 Mar 2020 at 3:17 pm

    satutday Morn USA, hello martin i just dropped in to see whats up or down here on the site.

    I think of all the gang once in awhile. i think most are on the Facebook cabra west site.

    life is all different know with CORONA. but we can do it. anyone need help, get me on my wed site. willie lynch band. or Lynchwg@juno.com

    Love to all you as i said Its Saturday end of march 2020.

    willie L. God Bless to all.

  16. Joon 17 Mar 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Thinking of everyone.
    This Paddy’s day
    Jo USA

  17. Joon 29 Feb 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Ah no problem Martin.
    I can still say hello just the same.

  18. Jo Leonardon 23 Feb 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Still no luck seeing old post’s or poems.
    Wishing everyone all the best
    No idea how everyone is doing but sure hope they know
    They are often in my thoughts.
    All the Mary’s Joan Patty June Olive Rita
    Rita n the girl from Dunnmanus Rd who’s name escapes me right now
    JR Shay Willie all the assorted Tony’s n so many more.
    All the best to one n all.
    Paddy’s day just around the corner again too.
    Cheerio all
    Best wishes everyone n Martin

    (Hi Jo, can’t understand why you can’t see the Posts etc,had a few other people check it out and it seemed okay…MC)

  19. Patty O'Neill Halpinon 07 Jan 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Martin Happy New Year From Patty

  20. rita mcmahonon 01 Jan 2020 at 12:20 am

    Happy 2020 new year Martin and all the cabra folks on here forgive typing with my left hand as broke my right wrist 2 wks back pity they beat my left hand at school writing many moons ago
    still cant see all Comments on the site maybe its still hacked???
    Great story about your parents you were so lucky to have them live to a good age
    luv Rita O’M

  21. Jo Leonardon 31 Dec 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Hello all,
    Still no luck seeing posts
    But if this one goes that’ll be great.
    Last attempt of the year.
    Many thanks to all.
    Wishing Everyone a very Happy New Year.
    Missing those loved ones we lost
    Remembering all our families n friends
    At home and abroad and those we
    lost this year too.
    Extra hugs to all on here.
    Thanks for the memories.

  22. Rita McMahonon 24 Nov 2019 at 12:22 am

    Great Photo & Story Martin Thanks

  23. Rita McMahonon 24 Nov 2019 at 12:17 am

    Hi Martin,
    Good to see you have the site up and running again and hope your keeping well, I was wondering what was happening as I can’t see old posts on the Guestbook for such a long time. One big pain these hackers they are everywhere and Scams on the phone. It’s getting so bad of late I get a least 6 phone calls a day which I don’t answer and even tried blocking but that doesn’t work, Gov over here looking into it for 2020 I hope
    Anyway wishing you all in the USA a Happy Thanksgiving, just had my old Dublin school friend & hubby visit from Wisconsin on theirr way to family in Massachusetts to celebrate Thanksgiving, great catching up. Sad about Gaybo’s passing , followed in all on the RTE international Player & not forgetting Brendan Grace & Niall Tobin.
    Every year brings new changes for sure, we had a first snow fall in Ontario last week a little early indeed.
    Hi to all, & Slan for now
    Rita O’Malley

  24. Joon 22 Nov 2019 at 3:28 am

    Still can’t get any other posts
    Thanks for trying Martin.

  25. Joon 12 Nov 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Last attempt

    Yes Mary n Tony G
    All our posts end up in outer space
    So email might be best now n then.
    Take care all n farewell all.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all in USA followed very soon to Christmas.

    Cheerio all.

    Kindest regards to all
    Thanks for the fun friendships n memories.

    Keep well.
    Looking forward to 2020 some travel
    And seeing family.
    (Sorry about that folks, but some smart alc hacked the site and caused major problems but all fixed now, thankfully…)

  26. Declanon 12 Nov 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Martin

    Excellent website.

  27. willie lynchon 16 Oct 2019 at 2:14 pm

    soory i was kust saying hello . Oct 16 .2019. i can’t pull up the posts.

  28. Joon 16 Aug 2019 at 3:49 am

    Hello Mary
    Same here i can only see first line of your post.
    Greetings to you n yours Good to hear from you.
    Nice to see recent pics of all the Hogan clan.
    Glad you could all celebrate n get together.

    Hello to all.


    I’ll have it checked out asap…MC

  29. Mary Hogan Tarnowskion 11 Aug 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I am having trouble posting on the site. Testing

  30. Mary Hogan Tarnowskion 11 Aug 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Hello Martin , Jo ,Tony, Willie, Rita, Shay and everyone else.
    Long time no see, as the saying goes. I have no words to describe my absence. It must be at least five years since my last post. I have been in my new home for over five years now. All is fine and at last I now have time on my hands again. The nine grand children are all growing fast. The oldest one is Ben who is nineteen year old and Charlie is the youngest at Seven years old. with five more in between those ages.
    My thanks to Jo who always remembers me in her posts. I hope you are doing well and all of your family are well including your sisters and brothers.
    I was shocked Martin to hear of your heart problem. You had better take care and get plenty of the maid service which you richly deserve. I have been reading up on all the stories you have added this year. Amazing tales by you and no doubt you still have plenty more in that computer brain box you certainly still have. I will be in touch again soon. Take care everyone. Mary H T.

  31. Joon 04 Aug 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Hello all.
    Think some things just head off out to the cloud.
    Then maybe over the rainbow
    Just a little activity on here now and then
    Maybe I’ll make a jam sambo

    To all who have aches or pains
    There is no doubt our health is our wealth
    Better go eat my sambo
    Then wash all the nice Delph

    I mentioned some old cabra West games
    To my family and friends this week
    The grandkids thought I was bonkers
    Told them we never bored or gave cheek

    They loved some of the games
    They know how to play ball
    Asking about family history
    They wondered how we survived at all.

    We all agreed about progress
    Technology and so many things
    The turn of the centuries seem to go so fast
    Like revolving doors a blast from the past

    Like diamonds and gems rare and fine
    The stuff of castles and kings
    There’s no finer treasure in all this world
    Than my soulmate and chisslers heartstrings.


  32. Joon 02 Aug 2019 at 8:07 pm

    So long it’s been good to know ya
    Woody Guthrie sang to his hearts content
    Much of his life he busked for a living
    Walking miles or on trains he went

    Oh the times they are a changing
    So sang Bob Joan and others
    From blue grass to green grass
    Number one on the charts could shudder

    Amazing how Alzheimer’s can steal
    The vibrant life and all we feel
    But it didn’t take the music needle
    Or turntable thread thats real

    My sister’s are living proof
    That music is deep in the brain
    You just pull on the heart strings
    To sing together again.

    From the dust bowl and great depression
    You can recall every note or song
    From swing and jazz to rock and roll
    Ballads pop rock or rap any Clapton song

    Beethoven Bach any musicians art
    Alzheimer’s won’t Rob you of this
    We have backbone and brains
    musical heart strings total bliss.

    Alzheimer’s won’t take me out
    When I turn off my Little light
    Music will brighten my day
    Perfect harmony will sound on my way

    Arrivals and departures are as regular as day
    We come and go we rest and play
    Music blasting as we clean our homes
    Summer fun in the garden among the stones

    Devoted sisters come to visit
    They sing and dance and bring gifts
    Alzheimer’s included family close by
    Farewell to all the last song is nigh.

    Dedicated to all my siblings.
    Music is the making of all heartstrings.

  33. Joon 15 Jul 2019 at 1:03 am

    Can’t recall if I said hi to Shay . So hi
    If I missed others sorry.
    Just hope all are doing okay

  34. Joon 12 Jul 2019 at 1:50 am

    A friend

    I went to say farewell
    To celebrate a friend’s life
    To hug and support his wife
    He was their joy and light

    A child’s tribute was a song
    A brother played his guitar
    I sat at the back in the chapel
    With friends who traveled from afar

    This beautiful girls voice broke down
    As she reached the chorus in tears
    I lifted my voice to sing
    Remembering so many good years

    She raised her head a little higher
    Our voices blended awhile
    Till she could sing again for her poppa
    Then our eyes met and she smiled

    I gently faded out my voice
    As she wiped away her tears
    Restoring her strength
    With a voice so clear

    I bet her poppa was smiling too
    As she sang his favorite song
    His preacher said remember eternally
    Tho from us he’s not long gone

    As I was leaving the mortuary chapel
    An old man shook my hand
    He said I saw what you did
    That was beautiful and grand

    To rescue a child in distress
    Was what her poppa always did
    He was a police officer
    Always helped others even as a kid.


  35. Joon 08 Jul 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Forever changing

    Some live at sea level
    Some are rocked by quakes
    Some have assisted living
    Some live close to wakes
    Some live alone
    Some live on a phone
    Some live by a lake
    Some give and take
    Some give their all
    Some answer the call
    Some build friendships
    Some build walls
    Some build technology
    Some a load of cod Ology

    Greetings to all have a great Summer.


  36. Tony Gormanon 04 Jul 2019 at 10:24 am

    Hi Jo
    Glad to see you’re keeping the site going with your poems
    I’ve been very busy over the last couple of months with all my clubs and trips.
    I will put a bit of time aside to catch up on all that goes on on our Cabra Site.
    I will share my little poem with you before I go.

    The Choice is yours

    We learn a lesson in our life
    that all’s not as it seems
    We take a road to happiness
    just like those in your dreams
    But no matter how we try
    Some paths the don’t work out
    Confused and lost at every turn
    You want to scream and shout
    But it’s not all doom and gloom
    You can make a choice that’s right
    To brighten up your darkest time
    Like the moon that shines at night
    For life can be a roulette wheel
    Each spin is win or lose
    Just think before you place your bet
    It’s yours alone to choose
    As life is such a mixture
    Of joy and fears and tears
    It’s a challenge for you overcome
    As you fumble through the years

    Take care xxx
    Tony G

  37. Joon 20 Jun 2019 at 1:57 am

    Farewell Andromeda I heard that song one time
    Johnny Cash sang walk the line
    Patsy Cline sang faded love
    One line mentioned the mating of the doves
    Woody Guthrie sang his way through the dust bowl
    On trains in box cars
    Much like a rolling Stone

    Glen Miller and Vera Lynn
    Did some swing, and got us over the white Cliffs of Dover
    While others helped to nurse us
    After wars were over

    Music can be a healer
    While reminding us of times past
    I’m glad it’s still part of life
    And Alexa I can blast

    Technology connected people
    Now it’s connecting gadgets
    And every household thing
    When the power goes
    There’ll be no more bing

    So treasure your family
    And all your close friends
    Write them a note
    Go back to a pen

    Life now seems to fit in your pocket
    With your DNA and bills and credit
    Most treasured of all can be a letter
    It’s sheer joy when you get it.



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