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Thats him on the banjo, along with Kevin Brennan to his right and Brian Lynch to his left
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Belfast Genealogy / Re: McCann of Bangor
« Last post by poacher on Today at 03:07:43 PM »
There was a luke McCann who lived in Alfred Street Bangor he has passed away but i think his widow still lives there
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Connor, I just wanted to say that I knew your dad. I played many a tune and drank a fair few pints with him in the early to mid seventies. I can't tell you much about the family, but I know he had a younger brother, Jim, whom he looked after. There was no other family that I know of, so I presume his mother and father were dead. They lived in Mary Street in the Lower Falls area. If you use Facebook, I'd be surprised if there wasn't a Falls Road group, so it might be an idea to try there. Anyway, I just wanted to say that your dad was a lovely fella with a very dry sense of humour that I really appreciated. He was a very good musician and I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Wishing you the best of luck in your search.

Thank you so much Jim, that sounds pretty much like the man I remember. He didn't really talk about those early years of his life much,  so i appreciate this message all the more. I flew out to see him two weeks before he passed (he'd been given until Christmas of that year,  but im glad we rushed out) and was able to glean some info about those times, but not much. Up until the end he was a joker and though his body had faded badly (he passed of lung cancer), it didn't stop him from cracking wise on his friend Billy,  us his children and the social worker helping him out.

I'll see if I can track down a Falls Road group on FB. If you have any stories or memories about him from that time, I'd love to hear them.

Thanks again
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His DOB was ... 06/10/1947     His DOD was ...  06/01/2009

So he was aged 61 and 3 months old when he passed.
I.E. he would have been 62 0n his next due birthday later in 2009.

Well, records can contain errors, and this may just be a coincidence, but it's worth bearing in mind in case you get stuck.

There is a record of death and burial in Belfast for ...

Gerard Mccann   aged 62 ... DOD 1 June 2009   ... Buried 3 June 2009 in Roselawn Cemetery Belfast.

Last place of residence   12 St Johns Close

Thanks for your help. It could be a coincidence,  but I believe its him.
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Connor, I just wanted to say that I knew your dad. I played many a tune and drank a fair few pints with him in the early to mid seventies. I can't tell you much about the family, but I know he had a younger brother, Jim, whom he looked after. There was no other family that I know of, so I presume his mother and father were dead. They lived in Mary Street in the Lower Falls area. If you use Facebook, I'd be surprised if there wasn't a Falls Road group, so it might be an idea to try there. Anyway, I just wanted to say that your dad was a lovely fella with a very dry sense of humour that I really appreciated. He was a very good musician and I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Wishing you the best of luck in your search.
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Belfast History and Memories / Re: Boy,s Model...
« Last post by Lost Login on Today at 11:29:34 AM »


Another view of the Central Hall where the head of the English department, Trevor Lowe used to give scripture readings and a general talk during Tuesday morning assemblies. If you look at the hall doorway on the right, are those bullet holes or shrapnel marks from one of Ernie's explosive tempers?  The hall was the scene of a teaching award given to Ernie and Mr. Hutchinson. I think he taught woodwork or metalwork.  Anyway, this was a big occasion and my class, amongst others went to the hall to be the audience for this event.  I think they both received clocks - there was a photo captioned "A prize for teacher" published in the Belfast Telegraph.

What was most memorable about this event was Denis Johnston (AKA "The Jant"). Ernie was in a good mood and asked us "Would you like to hear Mr. Johnston play the piano?"  He sat down in front of an upright piano and over the course of several minutes banged out a blues tune on the ivories. Even if you weren't there at the time, I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that he brought the house down. Nobody could believe how a strict maths teacher could be so talented. 

It didn't end there. The Jant also did a stand-up comedy routine in which he made jokes about things like Spam tinned meat and "Miss Suzy Quatro". Ernie's obsession with rugby was also made fun of.  "I got a report that there was some anti rugby grafitti in the toilets. So I ran in, pushing open the door, knocking Truesdale off his perch! Then, when THE SMOKE HAD CLEARED, I saw this slogan "Rugby out. Soccer rules OK!"
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Belfast Genealogy / McCann of Bangor
« Last post by Alan222 on Today at 11:29:22 AM »
Hi, I am looking into the career of Patrick McCann, who was Glentoran captain just over a century ago. I believe he had three children, Patrick, Ellen and Luke and lived in Crosby Street in Bangor. Would there be any relatives still around in the Bangor / Greater Belfast area?
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Belfast Genealogy / Re: Parkinson family, Lisnamallard, Omagh
« Last post by Colin Parkinson on Today at 09:15:34 AM »
JimG, Thank you for your interest and contribution. I can clarify a few points. The earliest known Parkinson in our tree from Hauxton near Cambridge is William Parkinson buried 5 Sept 1801, father of Allen born 1791 (died 1865 both events Hauxton) In the parish records there are several William births and marriages and it is not clear which is which.

Allen's son William Parkinson born 13 Nov 1812 married Mary Jane Eakins in Richmond London in 1853. She would have been born circa 1832, Ireland. William was in the 43rd Reg of Foot and would have been serving in Ireland where he no doubt met Mary Jane. In all subsequent census returns it shows Mary Jane was born Ireland but this is our brick-wall we do not know where. One of their daughters married and lived with her daughters family in Wayne Detroit USA on a US census it shows her mother (Mary Jane) was from Northern Ireland. It would be very interesting if you can let me have the Eakins cluster from Tyrone. Incidentally after William died in 1873 (Darlington) Mary Jane remarried to a John Houston in 1876. On both her marriage certificates it shows her father was James Eakins a Weaver. Mary Jane & John both died in 1910. As I mentioned all census returns (1861-1901) it only shows Mary Jane was born Ireland.

The reference to (Allen) Thomas Parkinson is that his birth registration in the GRO index his birth is shown as Allen Thomas but it seems he only used the name Thomas.

William Joseph Parkinson married Julia Lynch in 1909 Dublin South, she was born Wicklow 1888. They had 2 children, Annie Elizabeth born Tyrone 1910 and Edith born Farnham 1913 (probably Aldershot as William Joseph was in the Army, as many Parkinson's were). William Joseph died 1917, I do not know what happened to Julia or her daughters.

Carl, thank you for your message, I hope your family are enjoying your holiday. JimG gives a good link to the War Records website. It does give some information but you need to subscribe for further information. I do subscribe to Irish Roots and along with the limited information on War Records I can summarise a little on your grandfather and his siblings:-
Edward Reginald Thomas Watkins born 23 Jun 1913 Omagh, RAF 564782 Year 1926.
Victor Eric Watkins born 23 Feb 1917 Omagh, RAF 566941 Year 1926.
Valentine Basil Watkins born 15 Aug 1919 Omagh, RAF 966604 Year 1940.
I don't know if the years refer to. If years of attestation but they would have been very young, boy cadets?

Their father was Edward Watkins born circa 1881 married Amelia Winifred Parkinson 1912 Omagh. Edward was Staff Sgt Army Gym Staff, Irish Fusiliers, reg number 817. On marriage record shows his father was Henry Watkins a Coachman. Carl, do you know if this is an Irish family?

I have just remembered you were considering requesting your grandfathers RAF records. I will send you a separate link to the Ministry of Defence web site that explains the application procedure. As I recall you will need a death certificate and it costs 30. The only one I have seen didn't show a lot of information.

If you are considering a DNA test I suggest AncestryDNA, it will give the most name links and an indication of your ethnic origins. There is a cost, but sometimes Ancestry give discounted offers and a subscription to Ancestry will be necessary, a further cost.   

Best wishes
Colin Parkinson
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Exiles / Re: The Ballad Of Bunnings Karen - Australia
« Last post by JohnKelly on Today at 01:42:53 AM »
This is great John. Thanks. Hope you're doing ok in this terrible time.

Yes indeed, I reckon if we all do the right thing we will get out of this, we are after all, The Lucky Country.

Cheers
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Hi Patricia.

I have replied and messaged you several times, but think I am doing something wrong .
The message shows that it has been sent but no copy on my iPad.

I see that you posted 29 times and when I stopped posting over six years ago and not on this forum, my total was 29.

Life is quirky.

My email is [email protected]

I also be on Facebook from time to time under Brian pollard. Whitehead
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