Tuesday 25 September 2018

May shared her fond memories of 'Old Balbriggan' in talk

Pauline O'Hare and Jim Walsh at the Balbriggan Historic Society talk in the town hall.
Pauline O'Hare and Jim Walsh at the Balbriggan Historic Society talk in the town hall.

Former town councillor and local history enthusiast, May McKeon presented her 'Old Memories of Balbriggan' at a special talk for Balbriggan and District Historical Society, last week.

May was joined on the night by students from Loreto Balbriggan who were guest presenters for the evening and delivered their own talks on a variety of topics.

A spokesperson for the historical society said: 'Former County Councillor May, a long-time member of the society and current committee member, gave a talk called 'Old Memories of Balbriggan'.

'Anyone who heard May's talk this time last year knew how entertaining she was and was delighted to hear more.

'May shared her memories of life in an ever changing Balbriggan and everyone who knows May will agree that this was certainly something to look forward to, especially if you missed the last one.'

The Balbriggan and District Historical Society spokesperson explained: 'We were also delighted to welcome some history students from Loreto Secondary School as guest presenters on the night. 'It's great to hear such passion for history shown by young people.' These students were the winners in a history competition which the historical society was happy to judge in the school.'

Loreto student, Hannah Rudden presented a talk on 'Jack Rover McCann' on the night while the history of Rush church and library was the subject delved into by students, Niamh Daly, Alison McGuinness and Rachel Sweetman. Loreto student, Abbie Hurley presented the final talk of the evening when she told the historical society all about the history of Newbridge House in Donabate.

In other historical society news, the wildly successful release of 'Balbriggan a History in Maps' by Frank Whearity will soon be available again in local bookshops after a reprint.

Frank study Balbriggan a History in Maps 1657-1900 was a huge success last year and has sold out.

Fingal Independent