Apr 24 2009

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  1. Greg Arrellon 17 Sep 2018 at 2:51 am

    My Great Grandfather William John Arrell was born in Cabragh in 02/04/1865. He emigrated to Queensland Australia and Died:- 11/06/1935 – Brisbane Queensland, Australia. He was my father’s Grandfather.

    Greg Arrell

    (Hi Greg, is it possible that your great grandfather came from the townland of Cabraigh in County Donegal? I say this because the area this site deals with is spelt as “An Chabrach”. There is also a townland in Dungannon in the North of Ireland called Cabragh. Arrell is a most unusual name On the 1901 census for Ireland this name is mainly found in the North of Ireland…MC)

  2. Joon 14 Sep 2018 at 6:01 pm

    100 years old

    I have a dear friend who’s a 100 soon
    Her name is Bernice she’s like a flower in bloom
    Her smile is contageous
    Her hair shines like the silvery moon

    She always greets me with a smile
    Active in our community
    We chat for a while
    I’m sure she walked many a country mile

    We have had lunches n treats on occasions
    We have shared laughter at our seniors table
    With Dewey and Yvonna and Olea
    We get together when we are able

    A big celebration is underway
    With family and friends galore
    It’s time for a hooley open the door
    It’s time for Bernice to take the floor

    She can still do some tapping
    Rock and roll like before
    Everyone should have a Bernice
    For a hundred years and forever more.


  3. Joon 12 Sep 2018 at 4:05 am

    Best way to have cabbage is deffo stir fry.
    No smell in the house from boiling the divil out of it.
    I chop up a few rashers n add chopped onion then add shredded sliced thin cabbabe n stir fry the lot great side dish with any dinner.
    Nice on the side with shepherd’s pie too .
    Or few more rashers n sausages n spuds.
    The ruu. Bob as we called it is nice with strawberries easier to digest doesn’t give u the skitters if u load it with custard

    Shay I wouldn’t win an argument or at bingo
    But it’s fun.
    Off you go hope you have some lucky numbers.

    Over to Tony G for a verse on Bingo or the skitters
    All are so quiet.
    Cheerio for now Shay n hello to your missus.


  4. Joon 11 Sep 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Hello all,

    With all the chisslers gone back to school it’s so quiet.
    The last roses of summer still blooming
    The bird feeder is busy with a variety of chirping little birds
    A beautiful morning and a gentle breeze today.
    Thinking of family and friends and loved ones.
    Grateful for the now and embracing the moments.

    Cheerio all

    Kind regards to everyone,

  5. shay jordanon 10 Sep 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Jo
    Ma*s Apple Tarts the only thing I loved on Sundays.
    Got fed up with Corn Beef and Cabbage used to make sure I was later.
    Then is was left on top of Pot of Boiling Water to keep warm (Only just hot).
    So I put it in the Pan and Fried it only way I liked Cabbage.
    The Apple TART SMELLED LOVELY but you only got some if you ate your Dinner (Bloody Blackmail).
    I liked Rubbob Tart as well but it did give you the *Runs* (sorry).
    As you say your Apple Crop failed remember doing an Orchard it was Crab Apples .
    We had belly ache for days too frightened to tell the Ma how we got it.
    Ah well run out of time again its Bingo Night so got to get ready (Just make up the numbers).
    Ta Ra All God Bless

  6. Joon 06 Sep 2018 at 5:00 am

    The circle

    I live in a keyhole
    But here they call it a circle
    I like our road too
    Yes it’s still a circle

    It’s also a dead end
    But it’s still a circle
    I drive in and out
    And it’s still a circle

    Kids play a lot
    They say it’s their favorite street
    Pitter patter of little feet
    As they go all around our circle

    Funny the things we see
    And the cars they come and go
    And the good neighbors we know
    That all live in our circle.

  7. Joon 05 Sep 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Hello all,
    Great update Shay.
    Just had a little break away recently.
    A nice breather. It’s nice to slow down a bit. I noticed my local farmers has a huge crop of corn n pumpkins already in huge amounts in his fields.
    Won’t be long till he has them all up n ready for Halloween .
    I see this neighbor work so hard year to year.
    My poor apple trees didn’t make it this year moths n worms devoured them.
    Only managed to save a few.
    I recall with fondness the many lovely apple tarts with cloves
    Stuck in the top of the crust to add flavor n aroma to them
    Baked on biscuit tin lids. Always shared with family n friends on Sundays.

    Hello MC
    Hope you n yours are all well.

    Hello Tony G
    Hope you are okay too.

    Hello to all on here
    Long time no see .
    Greetings to everyone

    Hope you had good weekend to Willie .

    Cheerio all you boys n girls
    Love to hear how everyone is doing.
    Kind regards,

  8. shay jordanon 03 Sep 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Hi All
    Well here we are with another update on what I found out from Home.
    Been a Great Weekend in Dublin we Won the All Ireland by trashing Tyrone .
    Got some great photos of my Nephews at the GAME (lovely Sunny Sunday).
    Well after the Popes Visit they are now Gearing up for Trumps Visit Next Month .
    Who the Hell Invited Him that’s going to stir up Big Protests.
    Outside America He is Despised Everywhere (except Israel ) just look at his record there.
    The Pope had Hundreds in the Park but nothing like Pope John Paul 40 years ago.
    Cant believe Pope Francis said he as unaware of all the lost Babies .
    Particularly in Tuam where Nearly 800 (Still Counting) found in Cess Pit.
    Well the Abused Victims gave him an earful at their meeting .
    Unfortunely on His Plane Home He said He never knew how bad it was (He was Told by an American Archbishop years ago).
    Must admit reading the Books from Victims and Mothers looking for their Babies it does shake my Faith.
    Lets see some Action from Him other than Prayer (Words are Cheap)
    Cant believe the Irish TAXPAYER is Now been asked to Pay For Trumps Visit .
    Never thought Id seen the Day when an American President would Not BE Welcome in Dublin.
    Remember the Great Days of JFK what a time that was.
    Well that’s me off me Soapbox for now.
    Farewell and God Bless You All.

  9. shay jordanon 03 Sep 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Hi All
    Testing my input

  10. kevinon 01 Sep 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I’m just thinking about you my lovely time in cabra west,Lower Carnlough rd,lovely neighbours great women who worked hard and raised large families,I loved Wednesday waiting Day,me Ma would send me to Kearneys for 5 Woodbine give me no money and day tell him to put it in the Red book,I said if you give me one ok I was green for a week and I’m still alive,god bless all the lovely women of cabra west for the love and care you gave us kids

  11. Joon 25 Aug 2018 at 8:33 am

    Some timers.

    Half timers presented itself again
    Some timers suggests I pen
    A word or two is all I have
    Alzheimer’s is trying to grab

    Things I truly should know
    Out the door they go
    Today I realized I forgot an address
    It caused a lot of distress

    Now my post will go astray
    But I suppose that’s okay
    Someday it will find it’s way
    That’s all for today


  12. willie lynchon 24 Aug 2018 at 2:16 pm

    well lads and Lassies.. I was playing last wednesday night at the New Jersey Shore( manasquan ) Reef and Barrel is the name now. it was Edgars for years and years.

    Any way a Fan walked in with her Brother Visiting.. ( I’m on Stage as they are passing by.. she said he’s my Brother Visiting from Dublin. My Ears went UP.,,,,,I said …. from where …he said Cabra…… Jazz I said what Road,,.. he said Carnlough………… Jezzz I said what Number he said Number 11. thats the start off cabra Road..

    Anyway we talked at the End… he just came in that afternoon,, as we all he had a long day, that was 10pm USA time.
    An anyway.. He will be here for three weeks i think,, He’s gone off with family to wild wood NJ thats at the End next ta Cape May,, The next state is the Ferry to Delaware.

    his name is Noel ?? Carlough #11 right at the Beginning next ta swilly. not the Keyhole. as i said he’s coming back.. I never meet anyone from Dublin.. Its all the other countries..

    as the song i recorded says,, IT’S nice to meet some one from HOME.. and from Dublin. and then Cabra West is MIGHTY.

    love to all. stay well..


  13. willie Lynchon 22 Aug 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Donna ..I know the Keyhole well,, I LIVED ON drumcliffe road,, Back to Back to the Keyhole. the McCabbs// the Reddens / The Gormans,, thats about it I was born In 1946,

    Shay.. I did visit Jimmy years ago while i was on Tour in Ireland. I never knew about the wheel chair.. yes lad its a shame. we have to enjoy the moments.

    as for me i’m baby sitting again.. Yes jo Lily now 5 and Gracie 3. Nothing but the best..

    I’ll talk more later they are here beside me.. ya know the story, its all about them Little angels, and why not.
    get ya later.

  14. Joon 20 Aug 2018 at 2:55 am

    Hello to one and all.

  15. Joon 16 Aug 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Hello Donna,
    This site has great people on it and there is a second site with other great people too all form old cabra n cabra West.
    I had a hard time getting on the other site but I’m more use to this one. The other site is called I grew up in cabra try there too.
    Cheerio n good wishes.

    Hi Shay
    Loved reading your post
    Nice to get update on Jimmy Rogers too.
    Good wishes to everyone
    Kindest regards.

  16. shay jordanon 15 Aug 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Hi All
    Well here is the News from home..
    Dublin is getting ready for the Popes Visit at End of the Month.
    Marvellous that the Government can find all the Money to get Roads
    Its all clean up in the Phoenix Park .
    I even read they are removing the Rough Sleeping from the City.
    Maybe they don’t know that before He was Pope he lived amongst the poor in Argentina.
    Last night there was a Big Power Cuts In Cabra West and CABRA down as far as St Peters..
    Must be terrible not only Lights but nearly everything we have is Electric.
    Remember the Old Days everyone had a Oil Lamp or those Hurricane Lamp.
    Think it lasted about 4 hours maybe they were testing the Lights for POPES arrival.
    Well that’s all for now Folks
    Keep Well God Bless

  17. shay jordanon 15 Aug 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Hi All Testing

  18. shay jordanon 15 Aug 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Testing SHAY

  19. shay jordanon 15 Aug 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Hi All
    Just testing if Im on site had a bit of trouble other day

  20. shay jordanon 14 Aug 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Willie
    I was looking for Jimmy Rogers too.
    A Family Relative was looking for him on FB.
    Martin said He thinks Jimmy is not too well and is in a Wheelchair.
    He even has Carers come into him as you know he lives alone.
    I know he loves Wexford and it was great reading about his walkabouts.
    I do hope he is well enough to get back on his Computer.
    Shame that our old bodies let us down but we still feel 25 inside our head..
    God Bless All

  21. Donnaon 12 Aug 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Hello Jo, Thank you so much for your kind reply. So am I understanding your message right in that I’m on the correct site, here for people to reply? As I said before, it is a long shot but worth a go. Donna

  22. Joon 10 Aug 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Hello Donna

    The lower keyhole on Carnlough Rd was close to our house.
    There are lots of people on the I grew up in Cabra site.
    I am sure they would help you lots. Some very nice people
    From there who might help you.
    There’s keyhole top of the road too. So you might be lucky to hear from people .
    Sometimes we knew people to see n others by name
    Wishing you all the best.
    Jo. USA.

  23. Donnaon 07 Aug 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Hi, I’m new to this sight. It’s a long shot but I wondered if there was anyone who might remember the Greene family that lived in the keyhole, Carnlough Road, Cabra. During the 1940’s. Many thanks.

  24. Joon 02 Aug 2018 at 12:25 am

    Hello Willie Bev n fam.
    Hope the lovely Lily n amazing Grace keep you on your toes.
    Good to hear from you too n Shay n we all miss Jimmy on here too.
    Miss all the lads on here and all the girls.
    Ella Ollie Joan all the Mary’s .
    It’s August already time just keeps whizzing by

    Over to Tony G for some great poems.
    Bet you have another one in the works.

    Cheerio all
    Kindest regards

  25. willie Lynchon 31 Jul 2018 at 10:39 pm

    WHERE IS JIMMY ROGERS,, MY OLD PAL. let me know. evern call me. CELL 908 -303-4840 U S A. home 908.534-6398
    would love to know.

  26. willie Lynchon 31 Jul 2018 at 10:30 pm

    May God Shay.. Mulligan and Me,, I sang that for years.. haven’t sang it in a long time.. The Town i love so well That great writer Phil C.. i had a chance to me em in Kerry, Late one night.. In the Hotel i had a crowd our with me all yanks. any he Took my Guitar and sang Steel away. I have a Picture somwe place. also Gold and Silver days.. another great one. with Paddy R ..ya can’t go wrong. sing it with me . In oct 2018 Oct 21st ta Nov 1st ,I have a group coming over..It will Give me reason to sing it again.
    I’m still here ALL>> JUST NEVER GET A minute with the I grow up in CABRA site. Juyzzzz Time is in the fast lane can we pick a spot you canada people and USA,, we are in our 70’s now. the place Or hotel has nothing to do with it. Just having a Glass or Cuppa what ever the hell.. just saying hello.

    love to all. willie L

  27. Joon 30 Jul 2018 at 11:31 pm

    That made me chuckle Martin.
    Vintage from the 1980s
    To me that’s way cool
    But real vintage deffo 1880s or before.

    I hv only one Queen Victoria penny left now
    I’m stoney broke.


  28. Joon 30 Jul 2018 at 6:02 pm


    It’s vintage they say today
    Twas a major need in my day
    Tis chalk paint they say today
    Twas sheer genius back in the day
    Everything is artisan today
    Twas mahony”s dwelling once upon a day
    It’s organic today
    The victory veggie patch in our day
    Twas elbow grease all the way
    It turned out okay doing it our way.


    One day

    Blue sky gentle breeze
    First time to be at ease
    Humming bird comes to feed
    Apricots picked for home made jam
    Plums too ready to can
    Patch work designs put in place
    Old lessons from home
    Proudly take shape
    To think of loved ones
    Far and near
    To channel good cheer
    Those patches will become blankets
    The jams will feed the needy
    I’m glad the mammy taught us to share
    It comes natural to never be greedy


    I have a word or two to share
    Before my mind goes far away
    Cancer has come to visit us
    And insists it wants to stay
    The battle continues for family and friends
    Their determination has no end
    So today I want to send my love
    To all who battle and fight to mend
    Give the battle all you’ve got
    Go gusto like a rockets blast
    Kick cancer right in the ass.

    For my families and friends.

    (Jo, my 16 year old grand-daughter was raving on about a RETRO SHOP that she asked me to take her to. She said it has all 80’s stuff. “1880’s”? says I. “No Grandad, 1980’s” was her reply….MC)

  29. shay jordanon 30 Jul 2018 at 4:24 pm

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  30. shay jordanon 30 Jul 2018 at 4:14 pm

    hi all

  31. shay jordanon 30 Jul 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Hi All
    Heard a lovely Song by Paddy REILLY CALLED * Mulligan and Me .
    I think when they wrote it must have been a Cabra Lad.
    All the LYRICS Fit in to all our Childhood Days during our Summer Holidays.
    Not a day went by in School Holiday that we stayed in the House .
    Sunrise to Sunset it was up by the Silverspoon or Baths we never had money.
    But we begged a few Pennies for Broken Rock off the Women on Kilkernan or Carnlough.,
    Satuday ws trying to get the Picture Money to see the Westerns down Manor Street,

    As we got into our early teens it was helping the Milkman .
    Over the back roads a t 5 am to stand outside Merville Dairies or helping Tony Brockhan .
    Who ever went Strawberry Picking out to the Farms the Lorry used to pick up at 6am at Bolands Corner (I never went).
    Instead got a Saturday Job at Pigeons Grocery on Cabra Rd (Now Downeys Pub).
    What Great Days.

  32. Joon 30 Jul 2018 at 5:05 am

    Lovely Rita
    Loved your update.

    All the best from USA.

  33. Rita McMahonon 28 Jul 2018 at 9:49 pm

    So Nice to read the memories of JOHN & DEBBIE and thanks to this site that I was able to find Cousins all over the World including Canada where I live myself near 30yrs, sure I am only a blow in as they would say in Marino and else where in Dublin. My father’s 3 brothers/ O’Malley families grew up in CABRA and some didn’t even know about each other so thanks to the internet they have got to know some, My Uncle Joe who came to Canada in the 50’s done really well and I was sad to learn of the death of his son, my cousin Eddie O’Malley whom I send your book too Martin and he really enjoyed it but like everything in life age does catch up with us and after death of his lovely wife Norah of 60yrs it was time he joined her. life really is very short, so enjoy each one even the bad ones. It was great I met up with him and in true O’Malley style he gave me a beautiful song which will always be in my memory.
    Yesterday I met up in Toronto with my second cousins on my Mothers side, my Granny Kearney Tierney just loved visits from her Kearney clan in Bray that I would hear the same stories over and over as a child, we laughed so much of times of old that we felt like our own mothers having the chat, sure there is no one can do it like us Irish.
    Have a great Summer everyone and keep up the good work Martin & all on here.
    Rita O’M
    (Hello Rita, as always, great to hear from you in Canada, that place must be half full of Irish people. Over the years I’ve managed to tape record most of my 7 brothers and 7 sisters, about growing up in such a large family, my Ma’ and her sister about growing up in the Monto, cousins and other relations and neighbours. Sadly I never got to record my Da’ and all his stories and songs from his army days.I have videoed all of our family graves and buriel places, I am trying to record everything about my life so that my grandchildren’s children will know something of their families past. I have managed to write many books about Cabra West and growing up as the middle child in a family of 15 kids. And as you say Rita, time is no longer on our side. I feel I am very blessed with extremely good health and enjoying a great lifestyle. So, my advice to all you out there who may not have started yet, write down something of your life for those who will follow on from us. Take care Rita and please do keep in touch…MC)

  34. Joon 27 Jul 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Hello Willie Bev n fam too
    Hope lily n grace n well n running u ragged.
    Keep the music goin any cruise planned for 2019. Maybe your fan club should go on it next time

  35. Joon 27 Jul 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Hello Shay Martin John and Gerry.
    Tony G and happy campers merry
    Greetings to all the missing girls and boys
    Who once played with all their toys

    To the women of the west
    Over the railings a chat and a woodbine
    Multitasking they could combine
    Flashing the ash to the shops they could dash
    A poor man’s stew make in a flash

    The coddle or stew or brown bread too
    The bread and jam no sign of ham
    Sunrose or stork in little ones hands
    For a few Bob could feed an army or clan

    Ham made an appearance at Christmas
    Duck eggs at Easter
    Nuts and fruit at Halloween
    We were grateful for everything in-between

    We learned more at home
    And just as much on our road
    With our pals and our neighbors galore
    The best education was the tone of a mother’s roar

    Oh yes the women of the west were strong
    We’re pioneers from inner city
    Not forgetting those from country farms
    Pushing wheelbarrows and prams babies in arm

    I sing praises for the women. Of the west
    And not forgetting some good men
    Who no doubt did their very best
    All hail to all the children who survived in cabra West

    I heard a quote the other day
    I took to heart and mind
    It touched on the most tender topic
    It even became most graphic

    It said war does not determine who’s right or wrong
    It only determines who’s left
    I thought of some soldiers from cabra West
    And others with medals on their chest

    My heart turned to our mothers
    And the people of cabra West
    The current unrest in our day
    I think they could fix some things their way.

    Heres to you all on this site
    Sharing stories or strife
    Reviewing all the little good things in life
    May kindest prevail take care and good night.

    Tis a fab sunny day at my end great to see a bit of life

  36. Joon 27 Jul 2018 at 3:47 am

    Spot on Shay

    Not a decent monument to our mammies or grannies
    I might have to remedy that myself.

    Hello from the wild west.

    Tony G
    Don’t wait till christmas to email. I was teasing cause I scribble way to much.
    Over to all for an update.

    Hope everyone is good form.

  37. johnon 27 Jul 2018 at 1:13 am

    Cabra, especially St. Peter’s school in 1949/50, in Phisboro. The teachers were like S/S guards, caning, no real instruction, the worst, pushing a hand-cart was their vision of our future! Well the whole family emigrated to America in 1950, all six of us. We went on Irish Shipping (the Irish Pine) a freighter. We arrived in Detroit, da got job in plumbing, Des, plumbing, Gerard, steam fitter, I later became a journeyman printer of local 18 from detroit. .. Bebe, my sister studied business, married. So we were successful, never went on the dole. I live in S. Ca. visit Ireland, Dublin, what happened to that City? Martin Fay of the Chieftains was my neighbor and good friend on Cuala rd. So I remember so many things, the Bohemian, the Phisser, swimming in the Royal canal, the pin mill, as we called it. So many fun times. I wanted to thank St. Peter’s school for St. Vitus dance, nerves etc, also a religious dictatorship, and an aversion of any schooling. I am a happy Ca. I drive my classic M/B roadster in the hills around here in Canyon Country, and remember Dublin “In the rare old Times”.

  38. Tony Gormanon 26 Jul 2018 at 7:56 pm

    The only way that I’m kept quiet
    Is when I’m reading what you write
    Your poems they are my cup of tea
    You know what that means to me
    I look forward to what comes next
    Your style of poems have great effects
    They take us back to our yesteryears
    When we dream or dreams without any fears
    And so I look to you my friend
    To keep writing with that special blend
    Of remembrance of days gone by
    That makes us laugh and sometime cry
    So now I’ll leave it up to you
    To write in the style you always do

    Xx Tony G

  39. shay jordanon 24 Jul 2018 at 5:03 pm

    My Word there are some CRACKING Stories and Poems on the *News Link*.
    They make some very sad and cruel reading .
    Makes me really appreciate our Family Life growing up in Cabra West.
    What makes it all amazing through all their trials they became wonderful People.
    Particularly Granny Burke I bet they could have written a Great Book (maybe even a Film)..
    To think these days with all the Government Benefits Available to Newcomers and what our Ancestors went through.
    Plus the terrible housing and 10 or more in One House, even worst before that.
    LIVING in the Tenements with 5 or 6 Families in same Georgian House all with One Room each and Back Yard Toilets..
    God Bless Our Parents .
    (Welcome back Shay, love your stories also…MC)

  40. shay jordanon 24 Jul 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Hi All
    Can anyone tell me have they Build those New Houses on Cabra Hills yet.
    Would love to see the Photos.
    I know they was a lot of concerns from the Residents of Carnlough Road about Car Parking..
    Hope they treated the INDIAN Burial Grounds with respect,
    Our Gang killed a lot during the Indian Wars of the 1950s ..
    Good Ole Days in Summer Sunshine School Hollers.
    All the Best

  41. shay jordanon 24 Jul 2018 at 4:18 pm

    HI All
    Well Im back I have been locked out for a while but Martin has got ne back in.
    I wondering if Jimmy Rogers is still on the SITE.
    Family member is trying to contact him
    So if anyone can tell him Liz Whittaker is looking for him .
    Thank you all for any info
    All the Best Shay

  42. Joon 18 Jul 2018 at 3:37 pm


    Nature can be very heartwarming
    A new mother and seven babies
    Snuggled up and yapping away
    Caregiving is the order of the day

    At first it’s quite alarming
    Seven babies cute n cuddley
    All cleaned up and so charming
    Yes all look like momma little darlings

    Mia is a huge English mastiff
    A loving caregiver and fantastic
    Her puppies arrived this week
    I’m taking over blankets and take a peek

    Mia is loving and caring
    To my daughter and family and friends
    Her eyes tell you everything
    So for her these words I pen.

    Over to you Tony G
    Our poetry pal n pen pal.
    You and all are gone quiet again.

    Hello Mary HT great t see Phyllis.
    Hello Willie n Shay n all the boys n girls who may pop in here
    From all over the world.

    Kindest regards

    Thanks Martin
    Regards to you and Mary too.

  43. Joon 18 Jul 2018 at 3:13 am

    Hello Gerry,
    I passed on your request. Are you looking for any specific
    Family, writing a book, or doing family tree ??
    Hope in due time can connect you with a former resident.

  44. Debbie Reynoldson 15 Jul 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Ive really enjoyed looking at these pages. My mum Julia Goulding was born in Cabra West 129 Dingle Road, I’ve got fabulous childhood memories from Cabra and beyond. I had the pleasure of revisiting them earlier this year. I always like to visit the church thats where my parents were married. My granny Judy worked in Batchelors (only when my grandad retired).

    Debbie X
    (Hi Debbie, thank’s for dropping by…MC)

  45. Tony Gormanon 15 Jul 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Finbars School/ The School around the corner By/ Tony Gorman

    The Bars it kept us occupied
    In learning what we know
    Some kids would bunk off when they could
    Because they didn’t want to go
    The learning process worked for some
    While others were wayward bound
    The cane was the school deterrent
    With a swish and hurting sound
    But back then in the fifties
    The schools paved the way for you
    You learned to take the knocks in life
    In all that you would do
    Now looking back we see the truth
    Of how it worked for us
    As we’re streetwise in all the things we do
    And carry on without a fuss

  46. Joon 14 Jul 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Gerry,
    Might have a source for you.
    Get back to you soon

  47. Gerryon 13 Jul 2018 at 8:40 am

    I am looking for info on any ex service men’s family’s who lived in Quarry road, from 1930s
    grateful for any info

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