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Balbriggan Scouts Put on a Fantastic Fashion Show
16-May-13: Balbriggan Scouts held their first major fundraising event in the Bracken Court Hotel on Thursday 16th May 2013. There were plenty of supporters for the models as they took to the stage strutting their stuff with great poise and finesse. The show ran very smoothly with M.C. for the night Ann Gallen at the helm. A very successful and well organised night. Well done to all involved! Click here for some photos
Host Families Required for Spainish Students
16-May-13: Host families required in Balbriggan,Gormanstown, Naul, Balscadden and surrounding areas to Spanish teenagers for the month of July. Families must have teenage kids as the philosophy is not to give the Spanish kids classes in Ireland but to have them totaly integrated into the host family is the best way for them to learn English, 'another family member' is the motto. For further details click here
2013 Ladies Fingal Tennis League Final
16-May-13: The 2013 Ladies Fingal Tennis League Final between Balrothery/Balbriggan and Sutton Lawn Tennis Clubs will take place at Skerries Lawn Tennis Club at 2:00pm next Sunday 19th May.
We wish the Ladies the very best in the final as they endeavour to retain the trophy they won last year
Balbriggan Community College Presents High School Musical
15-May-13: Balbriggan Community College are busy working on their production of High School Musical and tonight we caught up with the cast before they took to the stage for the final performance and some of the audience members who were settling for a great night of entertainment. The athmosphere in the room was electric and the students were all in great form. Click here for some photos
The Black Captain 'Calling to You'
15-May-13: Local 5 piece band The Black Captain having formed in December have been working hard over the last few months writing and recording new material whilst at the same time gigging around the city, Skerries, Swords not to mention the Balrothery Heritage Centre where they have played a number of charity gigs to a packed house in aid for some very good local causes. Click here to read more and view the video of their first video
Balbriggan Summerfest Short Story Competition
14-May-13: The Balbriggan Summerfest Short Story Competition will take place once again this year. A great chance for budding authors to subit a piece for this annual competition. The winning entry will be announced during the Balbriggan Summerfest Opening Ceremony on Friday, 2nd June 2013 where the winner will be presented with the Breege Tuite Memorial Trophy and a prize. For further details including closing date click here
Sensory Strategies for your Child, A Free 2 hour Workshop
14-May-13: A Talk on Sensory Processing Issues for Parents, a free two hour workshop which will be presented by Rachel Breen and Deanna Dix-Peek, Community Occupational Therapists with HSE will take place from 6:00 - 8:00pm on Tuesday 21st May, 2013, in the Bracken Court Hotel. For further details check out our events page
St George's National School Supports Christian Aid's 'Bites Back at Hunger' Campaign
14-May-13: Pupils of St George's National School, Balbriggan, joined Christian Aid Ireland's 'Bite Back at Hunger' campaign for Christian Aid Week (12-18 May 2013). The local school children learnt about world hunger and also held a photoshoot to raise awareness of how hunger is affecting children like them in poor nations. Click here to read more and view some photos
Balbriggan Youth Service Junior Committee Short film - Sure, Why Not?
14-May-13: The Junior Committee (made up of 16 13-15 yr olds) at the Balbriggan Youth Service recently wrote, filmed and edited a short film entitled 'Sure, Why Not?' as part or the X-HALE Youth Short Film Awards run by the Irish Cancer Society. The aim of the project is to enable and empower young people to spread an anti-smoking message in a fun, accessible way. Click here to read more and view the film
Cuts to Balbriggan Library Postponed
13-May-13: We just received notification from Joe O'Brien, Green Party Representative for Balbriggan, Skerries, Rush, Lusk and rural
Fingal that Fingal County Council's plan to cut the library opening hours for Balbriggan, Rush and Baldoyle has been postponed! He has stated that we are not out of the woods yet as the money to keep the hours as they are still has to be found but at this stage he wants to acknowledge and congratulate you all in standing up for your library, coming to one of the public meetings he hosted or organising or getting involved in one of the actions against the cuts. It is heartening to see people power and democracy at work - albeit only for what is at the moment a small temporary victory. Well done to everyone who supported this campaign!
Glebe North 16A Team Crowned League Champions
12-May-13: Congratulations to the Glebe North 16A Team who won their league today beating Marino FC 2-0 in the final game of the season to clinch the title. This is the teams 5th promotion in five years. A fantastic achievement and a promising future for the club. Click here to view a larger version of the photo
Ciaran Delahan Gets His Head Shaved to Raise Funds for Balbriggan Cancer Support Group
12-May-13: After months of growth, Ciaran Delahan pictured below with his parents Angela & Martin from Balbriggan, took to the floor to have his head shaved in aid of the Balbriggan Cancer Support Group. Ciaran had plenty of supporters present on the night to cheer him on and raised a lot of money for this excellent cause. Well done Ciaran! Click here for some photos
Love Your Library Event in Balbriggan
12-May-13: Concerned residents in Balbriggan came together to celebrate our Library and to show Fingal County Council how important this vital resource is to our town and surrounding areas in an event called 'Love Your Library'. Over a two hour period residents turned up to show their support and posters and love hearts were placed around the entrance to the library. Click here for some photos
Balbriggan Community College Leinster U17 Soccer Champions
10-May-13:Balbriggan Community College under 17 soccer team were victorious in the Leinster final on Tuesday in a sun soaked Leixlip. They beat Blessington Community School in a pulsating game that provided drama from the first minute to the last. It is the first time in the school’s history that they have won a Leinster title at this level and all involved with the school are understandably thrilled. Click here to read more and view some photos
Balbriggan Maritime Museum Marks World Biodiversity Day with Whale & Dolphin Exhibition
08-May-13: Balbriggan Maritime Museum has opened a new public display in Balbriggan Tourist Office on Quay Street near Balbriggan Harbour. On show is a Whale and Dolphin Exhibition, bones, models and general information to celebrate the biodiversity of sea mammals off the coast. This follows the previous popular ‘Cannon Balls Exhibition’. Appropriately, ‘Water & Biodiversity’ is the theme of the 2013 International Day for Biological Diversity which falls on Wednesday, 22nd May. Click here to read more
Balbriggan Tidy Towns Now Working With All Three Secondary schools!
08-May-13: The Balbriggan Tidy Towns team have once again enhanced their secondary schools 'Contact' project. Last week various classes in Ardgillan College undertook daily clean-ups in the residential areas surrounding their school. The tidy Towns team helped by providing gloves, litter pickers and high visibility jackets. Many residents commented positively about the daily cleanups and commented 'its great to see the young people volunteering and looking after the local environment'. Click here to read more and view some photos
Students from Balbriggan Community College Fight Exam Stress
07-May-13: Students from Balbriggan Community College have found the ideal way to fight exam stress "Bootcamp". As part of a Fingal County Council initiative call "Exercise Energise" the girls organised to do an eight week programme with personal trainer and fitness instructor Antoin Morgan. The programme consisted of 1hour boxercise and 1 hour body weight circuits each week. This gave them two afternoons away from the worry of exam preparations, orals and practicals where they could just focus on themselves. Click here to read more and view some photos
Wellie Day for RNLI
07-May-13: Well done to everyone who turned up to support the Wellie Day RNLI fundraiser in Skerries yesterday. A big well done to all of the teams who took part in the tug of war, to all of the children who gave it a go and to all the organisers who did such a fantastic job. Click here to read more and view some photos
St Kevins Win FAI Umbro Under 17 Cup Final in Balbriggan
06-May-13: St Kevin's Boys retained the FAI Umbro U17 Cup on Sunday 5th May with a 3-2 win over Cherry Orchard at Glebe North FC in Balbriggan.
Despite the strong wind which blew across the excellent Glebe North surface, the two teams served up a tightly contested game. Referee Ciaran Redmond’s final whistle signalled the end of a dramatic final and St Kevin’s defender Sean Heany was named as the Umbro Man of the Match. The FAI U17 Cup was presented to St Kevin’s captain Ryan Robinson and vice captain Aaron Ashe by the chairman of the FAI Domestic Committee, Jim McConnell. A great game and a fantastic result for St. Kevins! Click here for some photos
'TAKE ME OUT' Balbriggan
06-May-13: The Bracken Court Hotel was the place to be last night when 21 ladies and 8 lads took the the stage for Balbriggan's 'Take Me Out'. A joint venture between O'Dwyers GAA Club and Balbriggan Rugby Rugby Football Club to raise funds, the event was sold out in record time! The room was packed to capacity with supporters for the contestents and the fun started the minute they walked in the door. Click here to read more and view some photos
Balbriggan Schools Go 'Uniform Free' in Aid of Balbriggan Summerfest
04-May-13: Primary school students in Balbriggan went without their uniforms today to raise funds for this years Balbriggan Summerfest. Students in St. Peter & Pauls, St. Oliver Plunkets, St Molagas & St Georges were all happy to leave the uniforms at home for a day and donate €1 towards the cause. Balbriggan Summerfest relies on voluntary contributions and sponsorship to fund the Summer festival each year. Funding is getting harder to raise and it's great to see the students getting behind their festival. Click here to read more and view some photos
Balbriggan Community College Annual Awards
03-May-13: Balbriggan Community College held their End of Year Awards Ceremony in the Bracken Court Hotel on Friday 3rd May 2013. The room was full to capacity as students were recognised for their achievements throughout the year .The awards covered a wide range of activities, including Science, Rugby, Soccer, Gaelic, Music and Drama to name but a few. Click here to read more and view some photos
Sunflowers/Shorts & Shades Day at St Peter & Paul's School in Balbriggan
03-May-13: St Peter & Pauls School held their annual sunflower day today. All proceeds from this exciting day will be divided between Balbriggan Summerfest and the new building fund. Many thanks to the parents who gave up their morning to help pot over 450 sunflowers. Every child got to bring a pot home so that they can to take care of it, and watch it grow. The children all looked fantastic in their shorts and shades. We hope all their sunflowers grow big and strong!
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St Molaga's N.S. Win Signed Leinster Jersey
03-May-13: St Molaga's N.S. in Balbriggan won a signed Leinster Jersey for their school. Leinster Rugby ran a competition challenging students to design a new friend for Leo the Lion and St Molaga's N.S. won the jersery for the most amount of entries from a school.
Beirne Elma from Leinster Rugby visited the school today to present them with their signed Jersey. Well done St. Molaga's. Click here for some photos
Balbriggan/North County Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs Shades Campaign
03-May-13: The Balbriggan/North County Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs are busy selling “Shade Pins” in Milfield Shopping Centre, Balbriggan on Thursday 2nd May and Friday 3rd of May. The lovely Jessica Corr from Lusk, Home Balbriggan Dublin Rose candidate popped in to lend her support to the Shades campaign. We wish Jessica the very best in the Dublin Rose Selection in June 2013. Click here to read more and view some photos
Balbriggan Credit Union Closed on Saturday 4th May
02-May-13: Balbriggan Credit Union will be closed on Saturday 4th May as a mark of respect to the late Eoin Collum. Eoin was a director of the Credit Union for many years and a volunteer until his passing. Our condolences to Eoin's family & friends.
Balbriggan Rugby Football Club Mini's Season Wraps Up
02-May-13: The Balbriggan Rugby Football Club Mini's had their end of season training session tonight and Isa Nacewa from Leinster Team was there to present medals to all of the players. With so many young players in the club the athmosphere was electric and Isa pulled out all the stops signing jerseys, calendars, brochures, medals and everything else that the young players put in front of him. A great finish to a great season! Click here for some photos
Balbriggan Community College Through to Leinster Soccer Final
02-May-13: Balbriggan Community booked their place in the under 17 Leinster soccer final on Friday last with a very hard found victory over St Kilians Bray. Balbriggan ran out 4-1 winners after extra time, in a game that was played in very windy conditions in the Oscar Traynor centre Coolock. Balbriggan playing directly into the strong wind in the first half got off to a great start and looked the most likely to score. After five minutes Jack Healy game very close to scoring. Click here to read the full story
Railway Street - A New Beginning Launch
01-May-13: The Balbriggan Public Realm Implementation Group held a launch of 'Railway Street – A New Beginning' in the Brick Room on Monday 29th April 2013. The Balbriggan Public Realm Plan "The Heart of Balbriggan" was launched by Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly T.D. on Monday 3rd October 2011 in Balbriggan Town Hall, Georges Square. Local Business people and members of the public attended and CD's where given out with the contents of the plan. Click here to read more and view some photos
Summer Camps 2013
01-May-13: With summer fast approaching we are starting to gather a list of summer camps taking place around the area. If you or your club have a summercamp planned email the details to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion on our SummerCamps 2013 page. Let's make it a good one!
Free WEEE collection days in Rush and Balbriggan
01-May-13: European Recycling Platform in association with Fingal County Council will be holding two Open Days in Rush & Balbriggan on 10th & 11th May where householders will be entitled to bring Batteries and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) free of charge for recycling (Fridge, washing machine, fluorescent tubes, microwaves, stereos, TVs, etc...). For further details click here
St Molagas NS Present Cheque for €600 to Balbriggan Cancer Support Group
01-May-13: On Thursday 21st March St Molaga's NS held a Cancer Fundraising Event in their school in the form of a 'Mad Hair Day'. The students had a lot of fun whilst raising a lot of money for a fantastic cause and a cheque was presented to the Balbriggan Cancer Support Group for €600 on Tuesday 30th April. Click here to read more
Balbriggan/North County Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind AGM
30-Apr-13: Friday night 19th April saw The Balbriggan\North County Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind come together for their 2013 Annual General Meeting which was held in O’Dwyers G.A.A. club and there was a really good turnout. There was a mixture of fundraisers, people with guide dogs, puppy walkers and parents of children with Autism. Click here to read more and view some photos
Balbriggan Community College Students Work with Balbriggan Tidy Towns
29-Apr-13: On Wednesday 24th April students from the LCA2 class in Balbriggan Community College volunteered to work with the Balbriggan Tidy Towns Committee as part of their Vocational Prepartaion - Work and Living Module. The students along with the tidy town members made great headway cleaning up the the banks in the beach area. Well done to all involved! Click here to view a larger version of the photo
Balbriggan Runners Head Off To Take Part in the Samsung 10K at Night Run
28-Apr-13: Best of Luck to the group from Balbriggan who are heading in to take part in the Samsung Run Dublin at Night 10K where they will experience running with 10,000 other people through the streets of Dublin, traffic-free at night! The race starts at 9:00pm and the cut off time for the completion of the 10km route is strictly one hour and twenty minutes. Click here to view a larger version of the photo
Remember Us 15th Anniversary Celebrations
28-Apr-13: To celebrate their 15th Anniversary Remember Us held a party in the Bracken Court Hotel on Sunday 28th April. From the moment they entered the room the children got right into the spirit of the day and got the party kicked into gear. With DJ Mad Cap spinning the disks and Mark the magician with his hilarious magic there was plenty to entertain. Special Disney Guests roamed through the room and were greeted with great enthusiasm. Click here to read more and view some photos
Balbriggan Summerfest Jack Benton Amateur Photo Competition
28-Apr-13: Balbriggan Summerfest are proud to announce that The Jack Benton Memorial Amateur Photo Competition is taking place again this year. It is open to amateur photographers of all ages. Entries are to be submitted in a single envelope clearly marked Balbriggan Summerfest Amateur Photo Competition. The envelope should include your photo, clearly marked with your name and phone number on the back. The theme for the Competition is 'Balbriggan - Faces and Places'. For further details click here
Missing Folder - Can you Help?
28-Apr-13: On Wednesday 24th at 11:00am a white folder was lost in the car park opposite the St.Peters and Paul Church. There was huge crowd of people around as the confirmation mass was about to start in the church. Kasia put the white folder on her car roof was she was trying to put her baby into the car and forgetting the folder was on the roof of the car she drove off. Kasia had important documents in the folder such as her baby's birth certificate , babtism certificate, the date with meeting and christening and her baby diary with all important health information and hospital appointments since her baby was very premature. If anyone can help in anyway please email email@example.com or post a comment on our facebook page. Many thanks!
Balbriggan Community College Win U18 Dublin Football Champions
27-Apr-13: The lads from Balbriggan Community College won a hard fought battle against Colaiste Dhulaigh on Friday the 19th of April. Ideal conditions on the day made for an exciting final, Balbriggan starting strong and taking an early lead. Balbriggan's midfield dominated the game with Andrews and O'Reilly having outstanding performances. Fantastic saves by Nathan Rooney in the first half maintained Balbriggan's solid defense. Click here to read more and view a photo of the winning team
Wedding Ring Lost - Can You Help?
26-Apr-13: A wedding ring has been lost on Thursday 25th of April either at the Bus Eireann stop (second bus stop into Balbriggan when you driving from Drogheda direction, the one outside the school across Garda station, the one which is sheltered) or at the bus stop outside Pavilions in Swords (again Bus Eireann stop). The wedding ring has a sentimental value and it has a name and date engraved on the inside "SLAWEK 12.09.2009. Click here to read more and view a larger version of the photo UPDATE: 07-May-13: The wedding ring has been found and is firmly back on it's owners hand.. Thanks for your help!
Ringcommon Wanderers F.C. are Looking for a Manager
25-Apr-13: Ringcommon Wanderers Football Club are seeking a manager for the 2013/2014 Season. Ringcommon Wanderers are a community based club who play out of Ringcommon Sports Centre. We are affiliated to the AUL since 1998 and play division 2 Saturday football. We have a private pitch, Floodlit Training area & full dressing room facilities. The managers role is a voluntary position with some small out of pocket expenses. Ideally we are looking for a person who has recently finished playing or has coached a senior team. The ideal candidate would be highly motivated, have a good knowledge of the game and would be able to bring players to the club. If you are interested please call Richie Finnegan 0863249562 or Peter Murtagh on 0864035881.
Balbriggan Community College Students Heading to Germany as part of Comenius International Comedy Project
25-Apr-13: The students and staff of Balbriggan Community College are delighted to be involved in the EU funded International Comenius Comedy Project with Germany, Italy and Finland. The aim of the projects is to analyse and share humour! The project is based on the working partnership of the students and teachers from the four nations. During the two year programme 2012 - 2014. Click here to read more
Balbriggan Community College Class of 1993 Reunion
24-Apr-13: Balbriggan community college Class of 1993 20th reunion will take place in The Lounge (O'Shea's) Balbriggan on 21st June 2013. The organisers are finding it difficult to contact some of their classmates as many of them have moved on over the years. If you were in the class of 1993 please get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with the organisers!!
Balrothery/ Balbriggan Community Cardiac Responders Scheme
24-Apr-13: Help save a life in your community. The setting up of the Balrothery/ Balbriggan Community Cardiac Responders scheme is the idea of John McKenna, Emergency Blood Biker and local man from Balrothery. The idea of the scheme is not in itself new as it operates in various parts of the country, usually outside of city’s and large towns where the response times for ambulances is greater than in the cities due to their geographical location. For further details click here
Protest Against Balbriggan Library Cuts
24-Apr-13: Over 100 people turned up to St. Georges Square in Balbriggan today to protest against the planned cuts to the Balbriggan library hours. We are asking the county manager in Fingal County Council to exhaust EVERY possibility imaginable to ensure that our library hours are not cut due to it's importantance to the local community. With unemployment on the rise the library is becoming ever more important, it is an important resource for college students, people looking for jobs or even for the elderly to sit and read their newspapers Click here to read more
Jack Russel Found in Balbriggan
24-Apr-13: We received an email from Thomas who found a Jack Russell in the Brega area of Balbriggan at 12:20am on the morning of the 24th of April 2012. The dog was in the middle of the road and was nearly hit by 3 cars. If anybody owns/or know who owns him can they please call Thomas on 086 7706944
Road Surfacing Works on Harry Reynolds Road
24-Apr-13: Road surfacing works will be completed on the Harry Reynolds Road on Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th April. Traffic management will be in place during the works.
All works will be completed during night works and are to be done under stop-go operations.
Balbriggan Austerity Group Protests Against Cuts to Balbriggan Library
23-Apr-13: On Saturday 20th April a group of protesters from the Balbriggan Austerity Group held a demonstration outside of Balbriggan Library to protest against the planned cuts to the library hours. There is a lot of people very unhappy with these cuts and the only way to STOP these cuts is to work together to show that Balbriggan won't take these cuts lying down! Read more here
Scoil Rince Cualann Annual Show
23-Apr-13: Scoil Rince Cualann held their annual show in the Balbriggan Community Centre on Sunday 21st April. The dancers put on a fantastic display of Irish dancing to a packed audience. Students received certificates from their yearly exam and awards for the various categories. Well done to all of the dancers on a fantastic show and to the teachers Breda, Cliona, Aisling & Ciara. Click here for some photos
Historic Win for Balbriggan Community College
22-Apr-13: Last Thursday the senior rugby team from Balbriggan Community College made history when they beat St Kevin’s to win the Fingal County Council North Dublin Cup for the first time ever. This made it adouble with their junior schoolmates winning the Junior North Dublin Cup four weeks ago. Click here to read the full story and view some photos
Michelle Bennett Celebrates her 30th Birthday in Style
22-Apr-13: Michelle Bennett celebrated her 30th Birthday in style on Saturday 20th April in the Bracken Court Hotel. Surrounding by family and friends Michelle looked stunning and was ready to party the night away. Music was played by DJ Niall from Swords. We wish Michelle a very Happy 30th Birthday and best wishes for the future. Click here for some photos
Stamullen Soccer Academy Girls Soccer Blitz
21-Apr-13: Stamullen Soccer Academy held a Girls Soccer Blitz in Gormanston football pitches on Sunday 21st April. With visiting teams from Clonee, Balbriggan, Hardwicke FC, Rush, and Donabate and of course Stamullen themselves there was great spirit on the pitches today. Well done to all the players who played some outstanding football, keep up the good work... Click here for some photos
Brendan Dunphy Celebrates his 60th Birthday
21-Apr-13: Brendan Dunphy arrived to the Bracken Court Hotel with long time friends Joe and Anne Magee thinking that he was bringing them to a surprise party - for them! Little did he know that the surprise was on him and the room was filled with friends and family to celebrate his 60th birthday. Judging by the numbers in the room Brendan has built great friendships over the last 60 years and we wish him great health and happiness as he celebrates turning 60. Click here for some photos
Bride-To-Be Anna Lynch Has Fun on Night Out With The Girls
21-Apr-13: Anna Lynch headed out for a night on the town with the girls to celebrate her hens night. Anna who is getting married to Robert Marry in June started the night off in the Harvest Balbriggan on an 80's themed night. The ladies really got into the spirit of the night from the get-go and we are sure there will be some great stories by the end of the night. Best of Luck Anna and Robert on your upcoming nuptials and we wish you the very best for the future! Click here for some photos
Jack Harper Honored at Balbriggan Charity Cricket Fun Day
20-Apr-13: Balbriggan Cricket Club today unveiled a memorial plaque at the Club in aid of Jack Harper. Jack established Balbriggan Cricket Club over 50 years ago and worked voluntary for the good of Balbriggan Town. The Club is still successfully run by members of the Harper family who were present today and therefore, the cricket grounds were inaugurated in honour of Jack. Click here to read more and view some photos
Happy 40th Birthday Greg Casey
20-Apr-13: You just can't beat a good surprise and no one was more surprised than Greg Casey when he arrived in the Bracken Court Hotel last night to a room full of people ready to celebrate his 40th birthday. To make sure he had a great night Greg's wife Sharon, his 3 sons, family, friends and Greg's team members St Patrick's Brass & Reed Band and the Balbriggan Dramatic Society were all there to celebrate. A big well done to Sharon,Greg's wife for keeping the party a secret until the night!. Happy 40th Birthday Greg! Click here for some photos
Students from Ardgillan College in Balbriggan Take in the Sights in London!
17-Apr-13: Over the Easter holidays the Transition Year Students of Ardgillan College went on a trip to London. There they soaked up the culture, the atmosphere and the sights and scenes of the city. Highlights of the week included attending the award winning musical ‘Wicked’ in the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The students went around the London Eye where they saw the sights from the height! Another highlight for the students included a visit to Madame Tussauds where they saw famous people in wax! Click here to read more and view some photos
1st Birthday Celebrations at The Brick Room in Balbriggan This Weekend!
17-Apr-13: The Brick Room, Balbriggans only cafe, wine & tapas bar is celebrating it's first birthday this weekend and to celebrate Pawel and Kuba would like to offer every guest a complimentary glass of sangria. There will be live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings to pop down to the Brick Room and help them celebrate whilst sampling their fantastic menu. To view the Brick Room menu's click here
Balrothery Balbriggan Tennis Club Looking for New Members!
16-Apr-13: Balrothery Balbriggan Tennis Club are looking for new members for their club. All levels welcome! Membership is only €50 for an adult and €70 for a family. A great way to spend an evening out on the court especially with the brighter and warmer evenings coming in. For further information contact Godfrey Weir or Katrina Mooney on 0863953759 or for full details check out our clubs and classes page
STOP Balbriggan Library Cuts Campaign Gathers Momentum
15-Apr-13: The campaign to stop the cuts to Balbriggan library gathered momentum tonight at the public meeting which was held in the Bracken Court Hotel. To kick start the campaign we have created an online petition and we need your help to get it off the ground. It will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now. Click here to read more and see how you can help to get involved in this campaign to save our library!
Isabel's Holistic Fair Balbriggan
14-Apr-13: A very successful Holistic Fair to remember little Isabel who lost her battle with cancer took place in the Bracken Court Hotel today in aid of St. John's Cancer Ward, Crumlin Hospital. There were lot's of stall and activities, angel/tarot cards, reiki, IET, auras, psychic/mediumship development, meditation, bio-therapy, massage, homemade bath sales, jewellery and so much more... A well organised and enjoyable fair for a great cause. Click here for some photos
Balbriggan Community Games Athletic Trials
13-Apr-13: Despite the torrential rain their was a fantastic turnout for the Balbriggan Community Games Athletic Trials in O'Dwyers GAA Grounds. The bad weather didn't deter these young athletes from getting out onto the field and giving it their best. A big well done to everyone who competed today - you are all winners! Click here for some photos
Council Fails Again to Consult With its Citizens
13-Apr-13: Local Green Party Representative Joe O’Brien has hit out at Fingal County Council for failing again to consult with the citizens of Fingal in relation to the planned reduction in the library service. He stated: We all understand that economic times are tight but that does not mean you do not consult with the public and cut away regardless. This kind of approach is only compounding people’s anger at the library cuts. Click here to read more and for details of the public meeting
Naul's Next Top Models Fashion Show
13-Apr-13: Naul’s Next Top-Models took to the stage last night in the Bracken Court Hotel to a packed audience. The models strutted their stuff in aid of Clann Mhuire CLG and the event was sponsored by Millfield Shopping Centre. Top exhibiting retailers include: Vero Moda, Jack and Jones, New Look, The Fashion Hall, The Ivory Closet and many more! A fantastic show and a well supported event. Click here for some photos
Balbriggan Youth Service presents' The Nutella Bellas'
12-Apr-13: Balbriggan Youth Service put on a fantastic show tonight as they presented ' The Nutella Bellas' a drama group variety performance in the Sunshine House. The room was full as these young performers took to the stage to perform beat boxing, dress mess, poetry, comedy dialogue and a drama performance. It was definitely a night of great entertainment from these talented performers and we look forward to seeing more from them in the future...Click here for some photos
St. Oliver Plunkett's Primary School Cultural Day
12-Apr-13: The Yellow Flag Committee from St. Oliver Plunkett's Primary School in Balrothery organised a Cultural Day on Friday 12th April so that the children could show off projects that they are working on. The entire school is working towards achieving a yellow flag which is awarded for work done in schools on diversity, culture and anti-racism. Click here to read more and view some photos
Reward Offered for Return of Stolen Pots!
12-Apr-13: A substantial reward is offered for information that hopefully will lead to the return of a large iron pot, a small iron pot-oven and an iron kettle stolen from the front garden of the McKeon family home on Market Green on 8th/9th April. These family treasures which are well over 100 years old have been admired as a garden feature by all who pass by for over 40 years. Click here to read more and view a larger version of the photo
Balbriggan ICA Present Cheque for €1500 to St. Molaga's N.S. for Dyslexia Workshop
09-Apr-13: The Balbriggan ICA recently raised €1,500 for the dyslexia workshop in St. Molaga's N.S. in Balbriggan. The monies were raised from the first nights proceeds at the Balbriggan Dramatic Society's play 'the Hostage'. The Balbriggan ICA are great advocates for raising money for good causes and no doubt the Dyslexia Workshop will benefit greatly from these funds. Click here to read more
Students Launch Petition Objecting to Balbriggan Library Hours being Slashed!
09-Apr-13: Yesterday we posted an article stating that Balbriggan Library Hours are to be Slashed by 40%. As a direct response to this posting the students from Balbriggan Community College have today launched a petition to oppose these cuts and call on the relevant parties to overturn the decision to reduce access hours to Balbriggan Library. The students have instructed that the reduction will deprive them of much needed access (after school hours to research and study facilities and resourses associated with the late opening of the library. Click here to read more
Take Note of Your Mobile Phone IMEI to Render the Phone Useless Should it be Stolen!
09-Apr-13: Over 1,000 smartphones worth €430,000 have been stolen in Dublin city centre since the start of the year, according to Garda figures. About 60% have been stolen in bars, cafes and nightclubs while the rest have been taken off people on the streets, according to figures of thefts reported to Pearse Street and Store Street garda stations. Click here to read more
Balbriggan Library Hours to be Slashed by 40%
08-Apr-13: Balbriggan Library is currently open 56 hours per week from Monday to Thursday the library opens from 10:00am - 8.30pm and Friday and Saturday's from 10:00am to 5:00pm. As a result of these cuts these hours will be reduced to 37 hours per week - opening hours to be decided but that is a reduction of approximately 40%. Click here to read more
Chloe Proving to be a Tough Contender
07-Apr-13: Chloe Gray from Balbriggan's Bracken Boxing Club who won two bouts against Megan Ellis from Right Stuff Boxing Club in Staffordshire, UK who travelled to Balbriggan for the fights. This is fantastic preparation for Chloe's up and coming defence of her all Ireland title in May. Well done Chloe! Read more here
Help Daniel To Get His Assistance Dog!
07-Apr-13:Daniel Cavallero Bruneau is a 44 year old male and lives in Balbriggan. Five years ago Daniel was in an accident which left him with brain damage, epilepsy, lost of gait on his right side of his body and other injuries. Daniel is looking to raise €3,800 to get an assistance dog and he has organised a Big Quiz Table Night & Big Raffle which will take place in the Bracken Court Hotel on Fridfay 26th April at 8:00pm. Click here to read more
Balbriggan Road Race Cycling Series - The Harry Reynolds Memorial Race
06-Apr-13: 99 cyclists took part in the first race of the Balbriggan Road Race Cycling Series, the Harry Reynolds Memorial Race. The sun was shining and the riders were in great spirits as they undertook the 6 laps of the 52.6 km course. Winners of the A1 category were 1st - Javan Nulty - DID Dunboyne, 2nd - Craig Sweetman - Stamullen Donnelly and 3rd - Paul Kennedy - McNally Swords and first lady over the line was none other than Francine Meehan, Killurin, Co. Offaly, silver medal winner in the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Click here to read more and view some photos
Fundraiser for Balbriggan Lourdes Pilgrimage
06-Apr-13: It was all happening at Glebe North last night when the Balbriggan Lourdes Committee with the idea from Paul Sinnott got together to organise a head and leg shave/wax to raise funds to send 8 - 10 people to Lourdes in August for seven days. Corina O'Connor from Monica
Tolan’s Beauty Clinic performed the waxing with her usual charm professionalism. There were plenty of supporters to cheer on the volunteers and a great laugh was had by all! Click here for some photos
Balbriggan TaeKwon-do Academy Are Relocating!
02-Apr-13: Balbriggan Original TaeKwon-do Academy are relocating to Flemington Community Centre [beside Dunnes Stores] in April. Classes will take place from Monday to Thursday from 7.00pm - 9.00pm and on Saturdays from 1.00pm - 2.00pm. They are currently enrolling for beginners. For further details click here
O'Dwyers GAA Club Easter Skills Camp
03-Apr-13: O'Dwyers GAA Club Easter Skills camp is currently taking place at the club grounds and over 90 children are taking part. The sun was shinging as these young players took to the pitches and 'Dwyer' the club mascot was there to greet them. A great four day camp giving these young players a chance to test their skills. Click here for some photos...
Mark's Journey Comes to an End
01-Apr-13: Mark's journey on The Voice of Ireland has come to an end, however, as the saying goes 'when one door closes another one opens'. Mark did a great job and we thoroughly enjoyed following (and voting!) for him and we look forward to seeing more from Mark in the future. Rumour has it Mark will sing at this year's Balbriggan Summerfest so keep an eye out for details...Click here to read more and view all of Mark's performances on the Voice of Ireland
Christopher O'Reilly from Balbriggan's Bracken Boxing Club Wins his 5th Irish Title
30-Mar-13: Congratulations to Christopher O'Reilly from Balbriggan's Bracken Boxing Club who won his fifth Irish title today. Christopher beat Kevin Kehoe from Marble City Boxing Club, Kilkenny 9-5 in a finely balanced contest. Christopher was only leading by one point entering the last round he really put his foot on the gas in the last round dropping Kehoe and closing the bout in style what a performance considering his restricted training with his injury class act. Click here to read more
O'Dwyers GAA Club Introduce their new Mascot 'Dwyer'
30-Mar-13: There was great excitement in O'Dwyers GAA club today when they introduced their new Mascot 'Dwyer' to the younger members of the club. The young players were very excited to meet Dwyer and even pose for a photo with him...The club also held their draw where lucky winners got to take home some great prizes...Click here to view some photos
Balbriggan Summerfest Pub Quiz
29-Mar-13: It was a great kick off to the Balbriggan Sumnmerfest fundraising events when teams gathered for a pub quiz in the Milestone Inn, Balbriggan on Thursday 28th March. There was great banter at the tables as the teams battled it out to be named winners on the night. Questions taxed even the brightest of brains and quiz master Brian Kavanagh had pulled out all the stops to ensure that no one was getting an easy pass. Click here to read more and view some photos
Youthreach Balbriggan Awards March 2013
29-Mar-13: Youthreach Balbriggan held it's awards ceremony where students were presented with their Fetac Certificates. The students received certificates for successful completion of courses which included cultural stidues, art & design, computer literary, personal & interpersonal skills and cookery. A fantastic achievement from the students and a BIG well done to all involved! Click here for some photos
Packed Text-Alert Meeting Signs Up 100 on First Night
28-Mar-13: Balscadden NS gym was a standing-room-only scene for Thurs 21st March 2013, first Public Meeting of Balscadden Community’s new Text-Alert Scheme in Partnership with local Gardai. Supt Noel Carolan of Balbriggan Garda Division congratulated the Balscadden Text-Alert steering group on their initiative. He spoke enthusiastically about the positive results of Garda-Community partnerships already evident in this other parts of the country. Click here to read more
Win Mark's Guitar Signed by ALL four Coaches from The Voice of Ireland
26-Mar-13: Mark is running a competition on his facebook page to Win his Guitar which is signed By ALL Four Coaches from The Voice Of Ireland and a ton of Contestants too :). To find out how you can be in with a chance to WIN the guitar and hear Mark perform a Tell her this - a Del Amitri Cover Click here
Ardgillan College Pupils Support Balbriggan Tidy Towns
26-Mar-13: We reported earlier in the year about a new collaboration between Balbriggan Tidy Towns and Ardgillan Community College. The CSPE students led by teacher Caroline Doherty undertook a bulb planting project with the Tidy Towns team in early winter and then they hosted a member of the Tidy Towns team in the school to do a presentation on 'Community Stewardship' in January of this year. Click here to read more
London Irish Sign Up Jamie Hagan on Three Year Deal
25-Mar-13: London Irish has announced the signing of Jamie Hagan from Irish province, Leinster, on a three year deal. The 25-year old tighthead prop forward joined Leinster from school before moving across to Galway where he spent two years with Connacht, making 50 appearances. Click here to read more
Balbriggan Road Race Cycling Series, 6th & 7th April 2013
25-Mar-13: Balbriggan Cycling Club would like all residents to know that on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2013 the Harry Reynolds, Ben McKenna and Jim “Jazzer” Wherity Memorial Races will be held in and around the area. In the interest of safety, the club would like to request motorists to take care, and if they encounter the cycle races approaching to stop and keep into the left as much as is possible, while the races pass. Pet owners are also asked to keep their pets inside, or under control, for the duration of the races. Over 500 cyclists from all over Ireland will be competing. Click here to read more and see the race maps
Coping with ADHD - Six Week course for Parents & Carers
25-Mar-13: Friends of Autism and ADHD and Fingal Leader Partnership are holding a six week course aimed and parents and carers in the Bracken Educate Together National School starting on 25th April. The course will be ran by Professor Carol Fitzpatrick, Consultant Child Psychiatrist and katherine Moreland, Advocary Worker for people with disabilities and their families. For further details click here
Scoil Rince Cualann Danceathon
24-Mar-13: Scoil Rince Cualann held a Danceathon in Millfield Shopping Centre to raise funds for their upcoming trip in July. The dancers will take part in an Irish Dancing Festival in Erfurt, Germany and the monies raised today will go towards their trip. Well done to all the dancers and teachers on the excellent displays today and we wish them the best of luck when they head to the festival in July. Click here for some photos
Balbriggan Meals on Wheels Sale of Work
24-Mar-13: Always working for the greater good the Fundraising Committee of Balbriggan Meals on Wheels held a Sale of Work on Sunday 24th March in the Order of Malta / Meals on Wheels Hall on Hampton Street. The committee would like to thank everyone who supported the sale of work and came along on the day. Click here to read more and view some photos
March, the Month of Many Weathers...
24-Mar-13: Last March we brought you photos from Balbriggan beach and harbour on 25th March and the temperature gauge was hitting a balmy 18 degrees. The breeze was warm and there were swimmers in the water... Today we bring you the same photo however, conditions are very different, with high winds and temperatures struggling to get above 2 degrees and no one around. What a contrast! Click here to view some photos
Another Great Win for Christopher O'Reilly from Bracken Boxing Club
24-Mar-13: After only two and a half weeks training following his almost catastrophic injury in Russia and having not boxed since September Bracken Boxing Club entered Christopher O'Reilly into the All-Ireland boy4 66 kg class. In his Quarter Final vs. Bernard McDonagh from Titans in Galway he won with the contest stopped after less than 60 seconds Christopher forced two standing counts. Click here to read more
Water, Water, Everywhere...
22-Mar-13: With further heavy rain forecast we took a spin out this evening to see how badly Balbriggan was affected and were amazed at the scenes that met us, the pitch and put at Ring Commons Sports Centre is completely under water and the river Bracken is a raging torrent. With Road conditions in Dublin deteriorating it's best to sit tight and only make that trip if necessary... Keep safe! Click here for some photos
Popular Davy Retires from An Post After 20 Years of Service
22-Mar-13: Staff at Balbriggan delivery service unit bid farewell to one of the most popular members of staff on Friday 22nd of March with the retirement of Davy Lamb. Davy has been one of the most popular members of staff and was very well liked by all who had any dealings with him. Always in good form Davy was great colleague and a great ambassador for An Post. Click here to read more and view some photos
St Molaga's NS Balbriggan 'Mad Hair Day'
22-Mar-13: St Molaga's NS held a Cancer Fundraising Event in their school on Thursday March 21st. The children raised over 1000 euro for The Local Balbriggan Cancer support group aswell as the St John's Ward Crumlin Children's hospital. Thank you to all those who supported our raffle & the event. It was a great success. Click here for some photos
Balbriggan Town Council Presentation to Winners of the Saint Patrick’s Day Art, Essay and Poetry Competition 2013
21-Mar-13: As part of the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Balbriggan Town Council hold an Art, Essay and Poetry Competition for local schools and playschools. An Cathaoirleach Councillor Larry Dunne and the members of Balbriggan Town Council hosted an awards ceremony in the Town Hall on Thursday evening last, 21st March 2013 for the winning participants. Click here to see the results and view some photos
Glebe North Senior Women's Soccer Team is looking for a New Manager/Coach
21-Mar-13: Glebe North Senior Women's Soccer Team is looking for a new manager/coach. We are a very successful team with many titles under our belt our season runs from May until September/ October and league/ cup games are played on a Monday/ Wednesday. If you are interested in taking on the challenge please email Joanne McGee at email@example.com or contact Grace Evers on 0874136453. Click here for more
Balbriggan Community College Wins Prestigious Enterprise Award
20-Mar-13: Last week Balbriggan Community College was the proud recipient of the ‘County Dublin VEC Enterprise Award’ at the recent Fingal heats of the ‘Student Enterprise Competition’. The award is in recognition of the schools promotion of business and enterprise within the school. Click here to read more
Disability Aids Wanted!
20-Mar-13: Some members of the community have requested that staff in the Friends of Autism & ADHD shop keep an eye out for some aids which would help people with Disability. If you have anything which would be of benefit to people with disabilities could you please contact Bernie Hagen or Katherine Mooreland on 01 8020484. Read more here
Balbriggan St Patrick's Day Parade 2013 Video
20-Mar-13: The very talented Eric Campbell has been hard at work editing the video he took at the Balbriggan St Patrick's Day on Sunday and he is the fruits of his labour. Eric truly captures the and what a fantastic day it was with great support from the local community . Click here to view the video
Ladies!!! Do the Women’s Mini Marathon for Remember Us
19-Mar-13: Remember Us Special Needs Youth Group is looking for ladies to participate in the Women’s Mini Marathon on June 3rd in aid of the club. All monies raised will go towards club activities and outings. If you wish to participate, you must enter either online or you can get an application in Evening Herald on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Please give Nora a call on 0860457003 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a sponsorship form. Click here to read more
St Patrick's Day Celebrations in Millfield Shopping Centre, Balbriggan
19-Mar-13: St Patrick's Day celebrations took place in Millfield Shopping Centre much to the delight of the younger members of the public. With face painting, a games zone and storytelling the young members got to partake in a range of different activities. The McFadden/O' Shaugnessy Irish Dancers put on a fantastic show and St Patrick himself was also on hand to tell how he banished the snakes from Ireland. Leprechauns roamed the stores to greet the shoppers making for a very enjoyable day at Millfield Shopping Centre, Balbriggan. Click here to view some photos
O'Dwyers GAA Club Investing in the Future
18-Mar-13: O'Dwyers GAA club has a firm belief that the future success of the club will stem from our vibrant juvenile section. At present we currently field 19 juvenile teams, which continues to grow each year under the guidance of the hard working juvenile committee. In a town which has seen significant growth over the last couple of years and with very little infrastructure present we as a club identified a need for a place where the younger members could gather and socialize in a safe environment. Click here to read more and view some photos
Balbriggan Cancer Support Half Marathon/10K Run/Walk
18-Mar-13: Congratulations to the runners and walkers who took part in the second annual Balbriggan Cancer Support Group run which featured 10km and 21km courses. With over 600 runners and walkers on the day despite the inclement weather the organisers couldn't have asked for better support for this event which has seen numbers more than quadruple in just one year.Click here to read more, view some photos and see the results!!!
Balbriggan St Patrick's Day Parade 2013
17-Mar-13: The people of Balbriggan took to the streets today to celebrate St Patrick's Day with the annual parade. The parade kicked into gear this year starting from Drogheda Street and making it's way south along the main street. The street was awash with a sea of green and the revellers marched along with great energy and a spring in their step. With as many people turning up to cheer on the parade as there was taking part the true Balbriggan community spirit was ever present making for a fantastic celebration. Well done to the people of Balbriggan on a fantastic day! Click here for some photos
Garda FAI Late Night Soccer League Final
16-Mar-13: The final of the spring Garda FAI Late Night Soccer League took place on Friday 15th March 2013 at Glebe North FC, Balbriggan. The winners of the senior category were 'UAE' and the winners of the juniors was 'Rentford Regects'. Both teams will go to the Fingal Finals next Friday 22nd March to play against teams from Skerries, Blanchardstown and Swords in Skerries Community Centre. Another successful league in conjunction with the Gardai, the FAI and youth of Balbriggan. Click here to read more
Bank of Ireland presents Cheque to Balbriggan Cancer Support Group
15-Mar-13: Bank of Ireland in Balbriggan presented the Balbriggan Cancer Support Group with a cheque for €750. The cheque will go will go a long way towards supporting the services provided by the Balbriggan Cancer Support to the local community. Pictured below Tom Quinlan, Balbriggan Cancer Support Group & Paula Marmon, Manager Balbriggan Branch Bank of Ireland and Julianah Alonge, Balbriggan Cancer Support Group. Click here to view a larger version of the photo
Balbriggan Town Council Launches Saint Patricks Day Postcards
15-Mar-13: As part of the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Balbriggan Town Council launched a Saint Patricks Day Postcard for the people of Balbriggan to extend greetings to their friends and family abroad. An Cathaoirleach Councillor Larry Dunne and the members of Balbriggan Town Council launched the postcards at the official opening of Balbriggan Tourist Office on Quay Street last Tuesday evening, 12th March 2013. Click here to read more
Man's Wedding Ring Lost
13-Mar-13: A man's wedding ring was lost somewhere between Dun Saithne and Mount Rochford, Flemington Lane on the evening of Monday the 11th March. It is a gold wedding ring with an inscription on the inside. The ring is of no great monetary value but of great sentimental value and the owner would be grateful for its safe return. Many thanks...
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Sugar Shane Duffy & Tige Boyne Through to Dublin Championships
12-Mar-13: Sugar Shane Duffy with brother Conor and coach Kieran O'Neill after his thrilling win last night v Shaun Watson from St Kevins in the Dublin Championship boy 3 63 kg decider in the Ringside Club the National Stadium after leading by a point after the 1st round he found himself trailing by a point going into the last which set up a thrilling round with Shane coming out on top 11-10. Click here for more
FAI/FCC Soccer Sister Easter Camp - Gormanston College
12-Mar-13:Ireland Women’s internationals Rihanna Jarrett, Lauren Dwyer and Megan Campbell were on hand today to kick off this year’s “Aviva Soccer Sisters” in Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The Aviva Soccer Sisters programme gives girls between the ages of 7-12 years old the opportunity to play football in a fun environment with others within their own age group and ability. FAI/FCC Soccer Sister Balbriggan Easter Camp camp is taking place in Gormanston College on 25th & 26th March from 10:00am-2:00pm. For further details click here
Balbriggan Tourist Office Official Opening
12-Mar-13: The official opening of the Balbriggan Tourist Office took place today. This exciting project marks a significant step forward in the promotion of Balbriggan town for tourists, both from local destinations and from abroad. The President of Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Tolan, stated that this project was made possible by a unique arrangement between Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, Balbriggan Town Council, Fingal Tourism & FAS which is a definite sign of community organisations and Local Government working pro-actively together. Click here to read more and view some photos
Mark Guildea Makes it Through to the Live Show in The Voice of Ireland
11-Mar-13: A large crowd turned up to see Mark Guildea perform with his band in the in the Lounge Balbriggan last night. Mark got through the Battle phase of the Voice of Ireland and will now progress to the 'live' shows. Mark rocked the Lounge with his band the New Halo boyz and he will now need your votes when he will sing live on next weeks show in the Voice of Ireland. Click here to read more and view some photos
Best of Luck on Your Retirement!
10-Mar-13: Rickard (Dick) Coleman from Skerries who has looked after the mowing of the public areas in Balbriggan for many years retired on Friday 8th March. Balbriggan appreciates all Richards hard work over the years and we wish him a very happy and healthy retirement and may all your future expectations be fulfilled.
The Balbriggan Beach Shelters have been Saved from Demolition!
09-Mar-13: Great News - The Balbriggan Beach Shelters have been Saved from Demolition! We received a press release from Cllr Grainne Maguire - Following on from my Motion to Fingal County Council and support from the Town Councillors and local Fingal County Councillors regarding the demolition of the two shelters on the front beach we have now been advised that this will not go ahead. Read more here
Balbriggan Dramatic Society presents The Hostage
09-Mar-13: If you haven't had a chance to see Balbriggan Dramatic Society's staging of The Hostage yet head down to the Bracken Court Hotel for a fantastic night of entertainment. The play switches suddenly between comedy, serious political commentary and tragedy throughout its two hours. The cast delivered memorable and heart wrenching performances during the scenes.. A win for physical resemblance, and a win for performance. All in all this is a great play and we would highly recommended it...Click here to view some photos
Ardgillan’s Got Talent!
08-Mar-13: On Thursday 7th March, talent was on display at the annual ‘Ardgillan’s Got Talent’ show. And talent there really was! From Irish Dancing, to classical flute playing, singing and hip hop dancing, there is no doubt that Talent in Ardgillan just keeps getting bigger and better every year. This year judges were the wonderful Eurovision winner Ms Linda Martin, talent scout Mr Murphy and deputy principal Ms Nuala Ni Mhúrchú. It must have been a very tough decision on the night as the acts provided a very high standard. Click here to read more and view some photos
Balbriggan Community College LCA Students at Display of LCA Student Work in Tallaght
08-Mar-13: LCA students from Balbriggan Community College attended the Co. Dublin VEC Display of LCA student work 2013 which was held in Co. Dublin VEC Head Office in Tallaght on Thursday 7th March. The students were presented with a certificate by the Cathaoirleach of Co. Dublin VEC Gerry McGuire. The students are shown in the photo below proudly displaying their work. Well done to the students on a great display. Click here to view some photos
Free Banking is Coming to Balbriggan Credit Union
08-Mar-13: Nobody likes paying service fees, at Balbriggan Credit Union you can qualify to never pay them again! 99-10-24 is coming!
Now Balbriggan Credit Union can offer even more services to members. Beat the queue and avail of the new EFT services: Have your wages/salary paid directly into your Credit Union account, Electronic Funds Transfer Service (EFT), No cost to members. Click here for further details
O'Dwyers GAA Club & Balbriggan Rugby Rugby Football Presents 'Take Me Out'
07-Mar-13: O'Dwyers GAA Club and Balbriggan Rugby Rugby Football Club have come together for another fantastic night of entertainment 'Take me Out' . This event will take place on Sunday, 5th May 2013 in the Bracken Court Hotel and YOU could be a contestant!!!!! They are looking for 8 guys and 25 gals to participate and who know's you might even find your perfect mate!!!.... Click here to read more and see how you can get involved!
Exciting St. Patrick’s Day Parade Promised for Balbriggan
07-Mar-13: Balbriggan Town Council have organised the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade again this year and an exciting parade is promised. The parade has been transformed this year with a new start time and a new route. The parade will start at 2.00 p.m. from Drogheda Street and travel southbound via Bridge Street to Dublin Street. Participants in the Balbriggan St. Patrick’s Day Parade must complete and forward an application form to Balbriggan Town Council, Town Hall, Georges Square by 5:00pm on Thursday 14th March 2013. Click here to read more
Specsavers in Millfield, Balbriggan teams up with the Balbriggan Branch of Irish Guide Dogs…
06-Mar-13: Specsavers in Millfield, Balbriggan dedicated the month of March to fundraising for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind by offering glass cleaning wipes and sprays in exchange for a €5. There is also a chance to win a huge Easter egg. Specsavers is hoping that the public will help them by supporting the campaign and give generously throughout the month. Click here to find out more and view some photos
Proposed Demolition of Beach Shelter Discussed at Balbriggan Town Council Meeting
05-Mar-13: The discussion around the beach shelters raised by Cllr Maguire took place at the Balbriggan Town Council Meeting this evening and the report from Fingal County Council was read out. The Fingal County Council report stated - Discussions have taken place over the last two years with stakeholders in the Balbriggan Swords Operation Unit with regard to the future of the Lifeguard station and shop on Balbriggan Beach. Both structures which are only operational for 3 months every year regularly attract anti-social behaviour including vandalism and graffiti. Click here to read the entire report and view the Councillors responses...
Balbriggan Lions Club Present €1,500 to Balbriggan Meals on Wheels
05-Mar-13: Many thanks to Balbriggan Lions Club who gave €1,500 to Balbriggan Meals on Wheels to go towards their continuing work supplying meals to the people of Balbriggan on a daily basis from their premises at 14 Hampton Street. Balbriggan Meals on Wheels are always looking for volunteers to please feel free to volunteer at any time by dropping in to see them..... Click here to read more and view a larger version of the photo
Seachtain na Gaeilge Irish night in The Central Bar
05-Mar-13: Here are some photos from the Seachtain na Gaeilge Irish night in The Central Bar on 4th March 2013. A great night was had by all. and the group have a Music Session there every Monday night with a Ciorcal Comhrá beforehand and also a Ciorcal Comhrá on Friday nights. Seacthtain Na Gaeilge continues until St Patricks day so why not try and use any little bit of Irish you have during it. Bain triail as :) Click here for some photos
Remember Us Special Needs Club Co-Founder Nora Celebrates her 50th Birthday
05-Mar-13: Remember Us Special Needs Club Co-Founder Nora, celebrated her 50th birthday on Saturday 2nd March, surrounded by friends and family in a Black and White themed party in the Bracken Court Hotel. Nora was fabulous at 50 and had a ball dancing and catching up with friends and family who traveled from Wexford and Mayo to join in the celebrations. Click here to read more and view some photos
Balbriggan Dramatic Society Working on Final Preparations for "The Hostage"
04-Mar-13: Balbriggan Dramatic Society are working on the finishing touches to their play "The Hostage" by Brendan Behan which will take place in the Bracken Court Hotel from Wednesday 6th March until Sunday 10th March inclusive (Five nights) at 8.30p.m. We caught up with the group at their rehearsal this evening and it sure is going to be some great nights of entertainment with plenty of laughs and a great cast. Click here to find out more and view a larger version of the photo
Zoe Nelson Makes an Application to have the Beach Shelters Designated as Proposed Protected Structures
04-Mar-13: Zoe Nelson (a Balbriggan Resident and member of Balbriggan Tidy Towns) sets the wheels in motion to have the beach shelters designated as Proposed Protected Structures (PPS). Zoe emailed the Balbriggan Town Architect, the Balbriggan Town Manager and Fingal County Council to inform them that this request has been put in place and that it would be both inappropriate and illegal to demolish the structures in the meantime. Click here to read Zoe's email ...
Bracken Educate Together National School is seeking a suitably qualified person for caretaking responsibilities
04-Mar-13: The caretaker will have responsibility for maintaining the building and grounds to a high standard. It is essential that the successful applicant will have proven experience appropriate to general repair and maintenance duties in and around the school building. Due to this post having access to children, shortlisted candidates will be requested to complete and submit an application for a Garda Vetting background check promptly upon notification of shortlisting. Click here to read more
Balbriggan Says 'NO' to Planned Demolition of Beach Huts
03-Mar-13: The people of Balbriggan turned out in force today to show their objection to the planned demolition of the two beach shelters on Balbriggan beach. It was announced last week that Fingal County Council had plans to demolish the shelters on health and safety grounds however no details were given of the health or safety issues behind their reason. Click here to read more and view some photos
Martin McNamara Captures the Moment!
03-Mar-13: Yesterday morning whilst down at the beach at the crack of dawn to catch the sunrise I bumped into Martin McNamara who was heading off towards Gormanston beach. Martin looked like a man on a mission and didn't appear to be phased by the early hour (unlike myself as my face still had pillow marks!). Martin captured some fantastic scenes and has kindly shared them so we can share with you.. I'm sure you will agree they are fantastic shots and they really captured the magic... Click here to view Martin's photos
Dublin Meath Farmers 'DRAG' Hunt End of Season Outing
03-Mar-13:The Dublin Meath Farmers 'DRAG' Hunt held their end of season hunt on Saturday 2nd March 2013 starting at 40 acres in the Naul. With spring in the air the riders horses and took to the fields to follow the scent laid out approx. 30 minutes before the hunt departed. There was a great show of horsemanship as the riders
edged each other on especially when it came to the ditches where some of the horses had slight doubts. A beautiful spring day and a great for the final hunt of the season. Click here for some photos
Balbriggan & District Historical Society Supports Save Our Shelters!
02-Mar-13: Balbriggan & District Historical Society have given their support to the campaign to ensure that the shelters at Balbriggan beach are retained and enhanced. Chairman Brian Howley commented: ‘Indeed we find in incredible that notice of this should only appear by word of mouth and that there would be such blatant disregard of the feelings and opinions of the stakeholders involved including the local people and the Historical Society. Read more here
Sunrise in Balbriggan...
02-Mar-13: Waking early on a frosty morning there was only one thing to do, roll myself out of bed and head to Balbriggan harbour to see the sunrise. This is something I have been promising to do for a very long time however at the weekend (when I have the chance!) I always managed to tuck my head back under the quilt and and take another nap. Click here to read more and view some photos
Seventy-Five Year Old Legacy Funds Skerries RNLI’s New lifeboat 'Louis Simson'
01-Mar-13: Skerries RNLI volunteer crew and station committee have this week received their new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat. The lifeboat was officially put on service last night (Thursday 28 February 2013). The north county Dublin lifeboat station is the beneficiary from a legacy that is three quarters of a century old. The new lifeboat is named in loving memory of Louis Simson, by his widow Charlotte, who passed away in Paddington in 1938. Click here to read more and view some photos
School Exchange Visit by Students of Balbriggan Community College to St.Wendel, Germany
28-Feb-13: Students of Balbriggan Community College have been busy preparing for a return visit to St. Wendel, Germany on a school exchange visit.Fourteen students accompanied by two teachers are heading away on Monday 4th March 2013 for a four day visit to stay with host families and attend school during their stay. Click here to read more and view larger version of the photo
Balbriggan Community College Sports Hall a “Boost For The Entire Town”
28-Feb-13: Brendan Ryan, Labour Party TD for Dublin North, has welcomed the news that the County Dublin VEC has agreed to co-fund the provision of an enhanced Sports Hall at Balbriggan Community College. Brendan Ryan TD said
“I have worked very hard to push this matter to a conclusion. I first contacted the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn back in September 2012 seeking his intervention to allow co-funding for this much needed facility to go ahead. Click here to read more
Fingal Adult Education Open Day in Balbriggan
28-Feb-13: Fingal Adult Education held an Open Day in their premises in Sarsfield House, Mill Street, Balbriggan on Wednesday the 27th of February 2013. There were lots of information and activities for visitors to take part in; Free Beauty Treatments by the Make-up students, Interactive computer demos - Skype, digital cameras, how to send a tweet, using an iPad and more Child friendly activities (for the 0-6 yr old). Click here to read more and view some photos
Help Charlotte Courtney and Michael Power WIN a Fantastic Wedding Reception
27-Feb-13: We received an email today from Ann McHale whose niece has been picked as a finalist to win a Wedding Reception for her mam and dad Charlotte Courtney and Michael Power. The winner will be the person with the most votes so please click here to cast your vote and give them a chance to win this fantastic prize. Best of luck to you both!
Garda/FAI Late Night Soccer League Returns
27-Feb-13: Once again the very susccessful Garda/FAI Late Night Soccer League is running on Friday Nights from 9:00pm to 11:00pm in Glebe North . Teams will play for points with the final will take place on Friday, 15th March 2013. The Winners of both the junior & senior categories and most sporting teams will go through to the citywide final.
The Future of Balbriggan's Bracken Boxing Club Looks Bright!
26-Feb-13: Twenty one young boxers from Balbriggan's Bracken Boxing Club took part in exhibition bouts in Monkstown on Saturday showing that the future of the club is secure with a conveyor belt of talent coming through. Young Patrick Pop born in Ireland to Romanian parents is showing tremendous promise as is Sean Ford a tremendously athletic young kid... Click here to read more and view some photos
Balbriggan Beach Shelters to be Demolished!
25-Feb-13: We received an email from Cllr Grainne Maguire today about the demolition of the beach shelters on Balbriggan Beach. The two shelters are to be demolished with nothing planned to be put in their place. What will happen to the shop and the life guard in the summer? Click here to read the email in full
Flemington Community Centre Balbriggan Open Evening
25-Feb-13: The new €2 million Flemington Community Centre which is due to open it's doors on 4th March in Balbriggan held an opening evening so that members of the public could visit and see the fantastic facilities on offer. The centre which has a large sports hall, dance studio, childcare room, changing facilities, conference and meeting rooms all of which can be rented out to local groups/businesses. A fantasic and much welcomed facility in the heart of Balbriggan...Click here to view some photos
Iron Bootcamp Complete the Martello Challenge
24-Feb-13: The Iron Bootcamp end of course 9km and 12km Martello challenges took place after 9:00am this morning in the freezing cold. Over 20 people took part in the challenge starting at the Martello tower and running north along the coast, across the Devlin river and returning to finish at the Martello Tower. Click here to read more and view some photos
Japanese Akita Needs Good Home!
24-Feb-13: Japanese akita in need of a new home with good conditions. She is a very friendly female dog. For more information please contact 087 9337362 or 086 2563993. Click here to view some mpre photos
Balbriggan Horticultural Society Talk with Supergarden 2010 Winner Mr. James McConnell & Mr John Curran
22-Feb-13: Balbriggan Horticultural Society presented a talk "How to Garden" by Mr. James McConnell (Supergarden 2010 winner and Bloom Silver Medal winner) and Mr John Curran in the Scouts Den on Market Green on Thursday 21st February 2013.You may recognise James in the photo as the gardener who created the garden for the two brothers who owned 10 pet ducks in Artane and the garden was then recreated at Bloom 2010. Click here to read more and view a larger version of the photo
Balbriggan Dramatic Society Table Quiz
22-Feb-13: Balbriggan Dramatic Society held a table quiz in the Bracken Court Hotel to raise funds for their upcoming production of "The Hostage"which will take place from 6th to 10th March. There were 10 rounds of questions delivered by quiz master Brian Kavanagh including music and photo rounds. During the 15 minute break contestents got to catch up on previous rounds and discuss answers. There were prizes for best and worst tables on the night. A great night was had by all. Click here for some photos
Balrothery Ceili Club Present Cheque for €500 to Balbriggan Meals on Wheels
22-Feb-13: The Balrothery Ceili Club held a very successful Ceili in Glebe North, Balbriggan last Sunday afternoon, 17th February, with proceeds going to Balbriggan Meals on Wheels. Pictured are members of the Ceili Club making the presentation of €500 to Meals on Wheels volunteers Maura Morgan and Freda Smith. Balbriggan Meals Limited wish to acknowledge and thank the Club for this generous contribution. Click here for a larger version of the photo
Balbriggan Allotments To Open
20-Feb-13: It has been a long, wet winter which hampered the completion of the Balbriggan Allotment scheme. However, the scheme is to be completed within the next two weeks and access will be provided to all allotments holders early next week. Access to the site will be via an automated gate that you have to ring in order to open it. Only registered numbers can open the gate so if you haven’t send us your telephone number (and of any people that might be assisting you!) please do so as soon as possible. Click here to read more
Friends of Autism and ADHD Offering 10 Educational Assessments
20-Feb-13: Friends of Autism and ADHD are delighted to be in a position to be able to fund an additional 10 Educational assessments for people suspected to have Autism and /or ADD/ADHD. The assessments will consist of an Educational assessment by Dr Ann Prosser, Psy.D. Dr Prosser is a licensed Certified Clinical Educational psychologist. Read more here
Portisham Mine Sweeper to be Removed from Balbriggan Harbour
20-Feb-13: The case brought against the owner of the Portisham Mine Sweeper which is moored in Balbriggan by Fingal County Council was brought to the High Court on Monday 18th February. Shane Kennedy (54) has lived on the former minesweeper Portisham which he bought in Essex, England, in 2007. The boat had been decommissioned by the Royal Navy in 1989. Read the full story here
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NewHaven Bay, A Poem by Christy Geraghty ...
we bring you a beautiful poem by local historian and poet Christy Geraghty. Christy
how in his 86th year was born in Balbriggan and lived in no. 2 Chapel Street.
Speaking to Christy he informed us that his family association with Balbriggan
can be traced back five generations. As we say a “True Local”. A little bit
about Newhaven Bay or sometimes referred to as Cromwell’s Harbour (folklore
only) just beyond the Sailors Grave. This was actually the first harbour in Balbriggan
before Baron Hamilton developed our new and much improved local harbour. At Newhaven
Bay the boats dropped their catch of herrings which was then taken to the village
of Balscadden meaning the “Town of the Herring “
Today’s poem by
Christy is one of a collection he gave me and over the coming months we hope to
feature them on balbriggan.info for your enjoyment. Also included is a photograph
of Christy on the main street in Balbriggan taken after one of his many walks. Balbriggan.info wish Christy health in the future and look forward to
reading more of his work during the coming year. Click
here to read Christy's poem