Thursday 26 May 2016

Notable milestones in 2013

Published 09/01/2013 | 10:11

Liam Leech Terrace was built 75 years ago.
Liam Leech Terrace was built 75 years ago.

THERE'S some great milestones coming up in 2013 and for those that might not realise, maybe a celebration of two might be appropriate.

Creeveen Terrace was built in 1938, making it 75 years old this year. It's on the North Road out of Drogheda and consists of some delightful red brick homes.

Who can tell me who was the most famous person to come from the row?

A part of Legavoureen Park is also celebrating. Made up of 22 houses, 12 of them were built 85 years ago and the other 10, 75 years ago.

Another little spot celebrating 75 years is Liam Leech Terrace. Made up of 12 houses, they were named in honour of Section Leader Liam Leech who was killed at Pitcher Hill during the Civil War.

The wonderful Gate Cinema, condemned to make way for the dual carriageway, closed its doors 40 years ago this year - surely there's memories out there of it?

Hillview House on the Newfoundwell Road was built 100 years ago for some £850 for a former editor of the Drogheda Independent, Michael A Casey.

I'm sure Fr Nulty will have celebrations in mind over at St Mary's Church. 2013 marks the 250th anniversary of the very first church built on the site.

A place I often pass is Eddie's Hardware up on Scarlet Street and this year marks the 90th anniversary of its closure as the town jail.

There's a few other special anniversaries also on the horizon and I'll be coming back to them over the coming weeks.

As ever, Jim Garry's 'Streets and Lanes' of Drogheda and the revised version by Deirdre Howard Russell gave me great assistance with some aspects, as well as the files of the Drogheda Independent.

For those keen on doing research, the Drogheda Independent files, dating back over 120 years, are available for viewing in the town library in Stockwell Street.

Anne Keaveney and the team in there would only be too willing to assist with any queries.

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