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jake

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« Reply #30 on: September 08, 2008, 04:42:06 PM »
Lillikins,It was great if you got a Shankhill run on Thursday,Friday or Saturday because you were delivering money-orders and you received a hell of a lot of tips [your admission fee for the dances and your cigs Jake

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« Reply #31 on: September 08, 2008, 05:43:50 PM »
Jake, I was in the P.O from 1978 til 1989, and I remember some of those names you mention.   Barney Boyle.   There was a story about him which I'm not too sure if it was true or not.  He was in charge of the Christmas casuals one year. The post office had hired the kings hall to give them extra sorting space. Most of the casuals were students.   Barney got them all together and told them that the hardest worker over the Xmas period would get a special prize. When Christmas was over he thanked them all for working so hard, and said he couldn't pick one particular person as "the hardest worker", so he got a lot of them to line up, and he proceeded to cut up a couple of Mars bars into slices, and gave them all a bit.

Jake Laird was great with me, but he was a bad man to get on the wrong side of.

My favourite of them all was  Paul Kennedy (Lamumba).

The position I was in in the post office was this. Before I went to work there, I worked in a pub not too far from it, were ( girls of the night) would frequent.  I knew too much about certain top men ( none of the above), and a lot of them used to do a bit of crawling to me in case I'd spill the beans.
If you don't do it you won't get caught.

jake

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« Reply #32 on: September 08, 2008, 06:13:43 PM »
Teragram,do you remember Kipper Hips Tommy Nelson.In the early 60s Barney Boyle set up an ice-cream/sweets/lemonade etc.van at the Orange field when it was at Finaghy Road North,where Orchardville Estate is now ,Barney was the biggest conman from insurance to try to diddle people out of their proper overtime.

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« Reply #33 on: September 08, 2008, 06:16:15 PM »
Do you believe that story I wrote in my earlier post?
If you don't do it you won't get caught.

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« Reply #34 on: September 09, 2008, 08:28:46 PM »
I became a Telegram Boy in October 1967.The two fellas that started with me were Kevin McGarry and Adrian McGowan.I would really love to hear what became of them.There were some brilliant times going to Rupert Stanley College on day release.

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« Reply #35 on: September 20, 2008, 06:16:48 PM »
my name is tom mc dermott i am trying to find out what happened to nipper nesbit he and i werevery good friends so any word?

giannineo

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« Reply #36 on: September 20, 2008, 09:00:12 PM »
Jake, George Kelly was my uncle and had more nicotine on his fingers than Gallaghers had in their factory ;)

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« Reply #37 on: September 20, 2008, 10:51:20 PM »
I became a telegram boy 22-8-1960 and Gerry Hanna the PHG changed my name from John B to Jackie B,Billy Loughheed was in charge of POYC he hated referees,Remember Sam Young,sammy Rainey,Wesley Black,Buckets McGahey,Ray Clarke,Manny Sterling,Minnie McDonagh,Budgie O,Boyle,Plum McCartney,Mo,Maurice Denny,Tich McFall,George Jones,Desi Lewsley,Oliver Philips.and lots more.Bomber Brown the Mechanic in West Street.
        i dont no how 2 use this thing but i hope u get this messae i joined on  the 2 8 1960 so we mustknow each other i was the ginger freak id love to hear from u so from 1069 motercycle no 5337 cheers at least were still alive!

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« Reply #38 on: September 21, 2008, 12:20:05 AM »
Do you believe that story I wrote in my earlier post?
[/quote   yup [ was there!

jake

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« Reply #39 on: September 24, 2008, 06:05:43 PM »
Hi T McD, I remember you as a telegram boy ,you had a brother Jimmy ,I thought Nipper Nesbitt went to OZ ,with Beulah Denny and Fergie.I have only seen a few of the lads over the years.Things have definitely changed here for the worst,at least we were able to socialise anywhere, I recall a crowd of us all mixed religions going over to the bony up the Shankill,it was just for the talent,it was great craic and the only fights were hot air morons with too much drink ,and full of wind .Those days will never be back,they don,t know how to enjoy themselves now.Jake

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« Reply #40 on: September 27, 2008, 05:46:22 PM »
my email is [email protected] id luv to meet up with you again and talk about old times

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« Reply #41 on: October 13, 2008, 07:43:24 AM »

  I was a Telegram boy from 56-59, at that time the "Bantams" were just introduced, I stayed on the pushbike. In `56 there were over 100 telegram boys, when I left the Post Office in `73 there were 5.

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« Reply #42 on: March 25, 2010, 06:00:39 AM »
I was in charge of the telegram boys late 60`s to early 70`s.
they were a breed apart especially during the troubles when there was no postal dely the telegram boys always got through.
I also managed Post Office Youth Club Team and we played in the Dunmurry League
Love to hear from any of the Boys

 :hi:
 
I had toyed with starting a Telegram Boy thread.Very glad that I spotted that it was  already up and running.My time was from approx.October,1967 until late 1969.My Da had forced me out of an apprenticeship which I had found for myself and I  was press ganged into the service.On the morning that I started in the postman's office,I stood with my Da waiting for the first bus from Finaghy.He told me that he would buy me my breakfast after the first delivery.
 
When I returned to Charlemont Street,I left my post bag  in the Delivery Room and made my way "upstairs".I can not recall the name of Alec.Bell's wee 2 i/c and he refused to accept my resignation ,stating that he would have to "see my Da about it".Doubtless the man was well intentioned but I was having none of it.Sign on the line I did and never regretted it.
 
It did bring to an end,however,the most rewarding thing I have ever done and it is really nice to hear someone speak so highly of the Telegram Boys.I sincerely hope that some old saddle mate, sets out once again,as I could write a book (well,maybe a wee pamphlet) on two super years I spent there.Just for a wee taster,as it were,I was inducted in by Arthur McConnell, George Kelly was the Inspector and the adult "controllers" were Geordie Wilson, Bob Morgan and Willie White. I did my motorcycle training with Adrian "Aidso" Magowan and when I was into my last stretch,"won" Peter McCormick's 175cc in the skills test,held at May's market.That old machine,was "T405".
 
Some of the bosses I recall from my era were "Horse Curry and Paddy McSherry" and "Barney Boyle " sold me a life policy! I was a wee
" Buff King" and was like lighting at the "facing table" and NEVER once got "Papered".My Da told me that if I shamed him or myself,he'd wring my neck!!
 
No later than last week I sat down and recalled 42 names of the sixty lads,novices and seniors that passed through in my time,the intention being to start a telegram thread.
 
I hope this wee thread gets a kick start!!
 
 
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« Reply #43 on: March 25, 2010, 09:34:29 PM »
My cousin Jimmy Byrne was a telegram boy back in the fifties. I still remember him on his post office pushbike. I believe he moved on to telephone house.
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« Reply #44 on: April 05, 2010, 05:20:45 AM »
My cousin Jimmy Byrne was a telegram boy back in the fifties. I still remember him on his post office pushbike. I believe he moved on to telephone house.

i`m sure I worked with your cousin, did he live down the "Falls?". If it was, he had a very dry sense of humour, I remember during the "Hong kong flu" i think it was, in the late 50`s every body was going off sick, there was only a handful of us left and Jimmy was the senior man, "you guys stick with me, I`m made of iron" that afternoon he had to be taken home in one of the vans. Wonderful, wonderful days.