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Belfast History and Memories / Re: Andersonstown
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Belfast History and Memories / Re: Andersonstown
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Belfast History and Memories / Re: Andersonstown
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Belfast History and Memories / Re: Andersonstown
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Belfast History and Memories / Re: Excise Street, Grosvenor Road.
« Last post by Freda Astaire on Today at 12:29:20 PM »
Colin.  I'm not going up.  I have no reason to.  It's a very long time since I have been in the City and I don't know Glenlina.  I went a VERY odd time with my Mother.  My grandfather was a hackle setter and was working on a machine.  There wasn't the same guards on.machines in those days.  The men worked in pairs.  One man set the hackles and the other stayed at the machine.  The girl whose machine it was came back from her break and the man who was suppose to be standing at the machine had moved away to speak to some girls.  My grandfather was underneath the machine.  The girl switched her machine on.  My grandfather was killed. The only part of him in the City Cemetry are his legs.  That's why my Mother very rarely went and why there's no reason for me to go.
Belfast History and Memories / Re: Excise Street, Grosvenor Road.
« Last post by colin randell on Today at 11:57:14 AM »
Colin love.  I don't know Davy Granger, never mind Margaret Dougan.  I just know he was my grandfather's lifelong friend.

CMcG.  Sam told me that Edith Granger was buried in the City Cemetry, not with Davy as I expected, but with Margaret Dougan.  Yes Edith and Margaret Dougan could have been sisters and Davy their brother, and Margaret Dougan could have been Margaret Grangers married name.  But why isn't Davy in the same grave?  Sam told me the grave number in the City Cemetry.  If GOD spares me I'm going to check it out.
Freda Love remember the city isn't the same any more Glenalina most of it is over a hundred years all the head stones are put at the road edge which have not been vandalized the graves can still be found call into the office and they will give you a map of where the grave is.If the right person is on you can look through the records If you want I will take you pick any day except Tuesday that's my grand daughters day (lol)    regards  Colin
Belfast History and Memories / Re: Belfast co op York Street
« Last post by michael.little on Today at 10:33:59 AM »
Hi.  Yes, Sam Mackey was the Central Grocery Manager and Billy Reid was the Butchery Manager.  The pharmacy was also beside the grocery.  The manager there was Tom Curry.  The manager of the Optical was Frank Jackson.  At that time I was the Assistant Accountant.
Belfast History and Memories / Re: DONEGALL ROAD
« Last post by LONE RANGER on Today at 10:31:00 AM »
Hi Ringo better late than never .Regards John Freeburn AKA Flash originally from French park St  wondering is he still around the Donegal Rd area he was my brother in law in the 70s  a nice bloke  Regards M
          As I mentioned before that I knew John Flash Freeburn we both went to Fane Street he was also a very clever guy he was allways at the top of the class while the rest of us lingered at middle or indeed futher down the class .
Belfast History and Memories / Re: Best Teachers we have known
« Last post by Dargan on Today at 09:06:54 AM »
Graymount school had to have one or two things decent about it - that could be under the heading of  the law of averages but as I never did listen too much it's probably neither here nor there. To get on with it: Miss Wallace who taught history was one of the most inspirational characters I ever encountered. She entered one of those old-mansion classrooms with an atmosphere around her that is difficult to describe. It comprised a composed silence with authority and a touch of something which made you feel like she held an important secret. There's no doubt she was remote from us, but that was part of the appeal of it all in that elegant old room. She rarely shouted but when she did it was like thunder, and people would be terrified if they'd any sense. I never got on the wrong side of her for she knew anything she told me about the Industrial Revolution thrilled me to the core for a reason I still haven't fathomed as I'm a country lover. I've never forgotten any of it either but what use it's ever been to recall that a mania for building canals took hold in the 1790s is anyone's guess. However,  I think maybe she did hold an enormous secret of paramount importance, for if people are unable to disguise this by dint of their own personal atmospheres, she was one.

As I'm doing this I've remembered something else about her: one time the English teacher, in an attempt to teach us how to write letters, asked us to write into Downtown Radio to make requests. A lot of girls requested songs for their favourite teachers and Miss Wallace apparently was dismayed, for one or two of the younger teachers confided this to the pupils who had made the requests for them in the first place. Miss Wallace thought this was anti-authority, and I daresay she had a point. She was definitely of an "us and them" mentality but not in a way that you could have found offensive.
Exiles / Re: Sandgroper's sandpit
« Last post by sj on Today at 07:58:07 AM »
Morning tea while you shop.
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