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Old 23-06-2012, 12:25 AM
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My sis Chris who died suddenly just two years ago... the last photo taken of her was in Balbriggan the day before she was suddenly taken from us. Next morning she was all talk about the lovely time she had in Balbriggan. So as you might imagine it's a special place for me.
sorry for your loss rashers , its also special for me along the same lines as it was the last place I went on hols with my mam and dad before they died , think thats why I still go there as often as I can
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Old 27-07-2012, 11:07 PM
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Lovely pics. spent a lot of time there when i was a nipper still drop down there ....One of me grannies was from there
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Lovely pics Fitzy, as always. My sister went to the sunshine house there years ago, lol. I have never been to Balbriggan, but maybe I will one day!
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Lovely pics Fitzy, as always. My sister went to the sunshine house there years ago, lol. I have never been to Balbriggan, but maybe I will one day!
What a coincidence, I visited Balbriggan today just see if sunshine house is still there. I went there for a weeks holiday back in the mid 50's and I have great memories of the place.
With the help of 3 gents of my own vintage I met in the main street, I was directed straight to it.
I parked my car at the end of the street and the memories came flooding back.
The walk from the train station with at least 100 other boys, past the sports field to the big 2 story building. Back then this was really exciting.
As I stood outside the locked gates, savouring the memories of way back then, I heard the laughter of many children coming from within the building.
I pressed the bell on the gate and chanced I might be allowed inside to front door.
One of the carers came to the gate and when I explained I had been here in the 1950's he invited me in, where I was teamed up with a really nice man called Danny from O'Devany gardens.
Apologising for disturbing them, I was told think nothing of it, as they frequently get callers with the same story as me and they rarely turn anyone away.
Danny then treated me to a tour of the building, including the dining hall, dormitories, and the concert hall.
It was quite an emotional visit for me, and many aspects of my stay came flooding back. One memory in particular was prompted when Danny said, do you remember being "MADE" to send a postcard home.
As I was leaving we passed the dining hall where they were serving up lunch, and the laughter and sounds that only a gang of kids can make filled the air.
What a lovely experience it was.
I have been meaning to make that visit for so many years now, and today I finally did it.
Without the good people in St Vincent De Paul, the likes of sunshine house would not exist.
I have always held them in high, as they helped our family in ballyfermot back then, and today they were ratcheted up many more notches.
The attached photo shows kids from the 50's in the concert hall, I could easily be one of them.
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