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Title: MERRION STREET BELFAST
Post by: bluebell98 on July 02, 2008, 12:11:13 PM
Anyone on the forum have relatives from Merrion Street?
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Post by: charles w on July 02, 2008, 01:43:45 PM
Was Mary Kelly from Merrion street?
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Post by: bluebell98 on July 02, 2008, 02:25:34 PM
Dont think Mary Kelly was from Merrion Street but do know Kelly family in Theodore Street.
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Post by: unam on July 06, 2008, 07:30:33 AM
I too remember the Kellys from Theodaore Street can't say I knew any Kellys from Merrion Street
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Post by: arkie on July 06, 2008, 11:21:09 PM
DID U KNOW JOKER KELLY?
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Post by: jimjoe on July 07, 2008, 06:51:53 PM


  Arkie I knew Joker Kelly from a long time ago.  Wonder  what ever became 
 
  of him.?
   
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Post by: Mageeka on July 26, 2008, 06:30:59 AM
What about the Mc Gonigles who came from Merrrion St ?
Anyone remember them ?
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Post by: teragram on July 26, 2008, 11:36:55 AM
I remember a bloke went to St Peters from around there.  I remember, he was always up for a laugh,  Hugh Torbett.
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Post by: bluebell98 on July 26, 2008, 06:52:04 PM
I remember the McGonigles well, Margaret and Mary. Very nice people. Hughie Torbitts granny used to live next door to McGonigles and Hughie was rared I think in No.46 Again, a very nice family.
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Post by: Mageeka on July 26, 2008, 09:03:16 PM
Hi Blue
Is Jimmy MC Gonigle still in Belfast ?   He also had an older brother but I can't remember his name.
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Post by: bluebell98 on July 28, 2008, 02:40:15 PM
Hi Mageeka, havent seen Jim in a long time. Not too sure but see Margaret about.
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Post by: cassidy on July 30, 2008, 01:22:53 AM
Hi Im one of the connollys from merrion st. I knew the Torbitts, there was six boys and two girls in our family. I  left there to marry a wee girl from the w/rock in 55. my father lived there till about 80. Been in Cal. since 72 would like to hear from leeson st.too.
                                                                                                conman
                                                                                       
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Post by: bluebell98 on July 30, 2008, 09:40:45 PM
Hi Cassidy, there were people called Maureen and Mickey Connolly who lived facing us. Dont know if they were related to you.
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Post by: Mageeka on July 30, 2008, 09:43:47 PM
Cassidy
Arkie lived around Merrion and leeson Street.
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Post by: jemmy hope on July 31, 2008, 09:20:14 PM
There used to be a black girl living on Merrion St. Her name, as I recall, was Doreen Fern. Her adoptive parents has a little parlour shop. I ofter wondered what became of her.
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Post by: cassidy on August 02, 2008, 01:06:12 AM
hi bluebell, I knew a mickey connolly, I think he worked in Gibson st. bookies,no relation.would you be one of the Mcveigh's or Mckavanagh's, I used to play with them all when we were kids.  cas/conman
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Post by: Mageeka on August 02, 2008, 01:13:00 AM
Anyone rembener Billi ( Junior Killen) from  around your ayra. ?
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Post by: bluebell98 on August 15, 2008, 03:24:00 PM
Hi Cassidy, My mum was one of the McCavana's from no.30 Merrion Street. Quite a large family. Most of the girls in the family played camogie for Antrim when they were young.
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Post by: cassidy on August 17, 2008, 11:23:25 PM
Hi bluebell, glad to hear from you, the mc cavanas I remember them well. I went to school with Hugh ( hugo) as we called him then, a great guy and a great pal. We used to play k,d.r.f ( kick doors run fast) ask him if he remembers pat connolly. I knew some of the girls, nice family,I forget some of their names but I think one was named Ann and Margaret. hope they are doing well. keep in touch. Cas/conman.
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Post by: bluebell98 on August 18, 2008, 10:37:56 AM
HI CAS/CONMAN,
Sadly hugo just passed away last weekend and was buried on Tuesday.  My mum was Ann.
Ye might have had a wee eye for her   ;) lol
It sure is a small world.
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Post by: cassidy on August 20, 2008, 12:06:18 AM
HI bluebell, sorry to hear about Hugo (RIP),I have fond memories of him,I will have a mass said for him. I hope your mom is doing well,tell her I said HI, how is the rest of the family doing, also I know your mother was good friends with the Morgan's. Would love to hear any news about them. cas/conman.
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Post by: bluebell98 on August 20, 2008, 09:15:50 AM
Hi cas, ah sure its something that comes to us all.
Your not going to believe this but my mum Ann died in 1973 aged 39  :(
It was hard for us at the time but we had a good dad thank god.
The Morgans were a nice family.  I remember their dad Paddy.
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Post by: bluebell98 on August 20, 2008, 11:16:53 AM
Cas, just worked who your family were, I think!  Did you come from the top of merrion street, either No 2 or 4.  I remember Mr Connolly at the top of our street. He was a big tall man as I remember and a very gentleman.  Is that your family?
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Post by: cassidy on August 23, 2008, 03:55:14 AM
Hi Bluebell, sorry to hear about your mom, happy memories of her. and we did live at # 2 Merrion st. there is a few of us passed on, (Gerrard, Mary and John.) Frank, Leo and Vincy are living up the Falls and Glen Rd.Essie living in B'ham. My Dad passed on in 81. So there is still a few of us left.Good to hear from you. cas/conman.
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Post by: Ossie16 on August 25, 2008, 12:13:27 AM
I went to svhool with agirl called Deirdre Allen from Merrion Street - I am still in contact with her and will have to try to encourage her to join this wee site.
I also went to school with Kathleen Kavanagh from Leesaon Street - she is in Canada now.
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Post by: bluebell98 on August 25, 2008, 07:56:31 PM
I am guessing you might be Marie O  :) I know Deirdre keeps in touch with some of her St D school mates. Its a great wee site isnt it.  :) :) hope you are keeping well.
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Post by: Ossie16 on August 26, 2008, 08:43:19 AM
Hi Bluebell - I take it you are Deirdre's sister - we have been friends now for over 40 years (since we started St D's in 1967) and I loved catching up with her. We will have to try and get her on to the Forum.
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Post by: larsson195 on September 16, 2008, 08:04:00 PM
What about the Mc Gonigles who came from Merrrion St ?
Anyone remember them ?

was there a gerard  did he co to slate street school
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Post by: jake2 on September 25, 2008, 03:53:30 PM
Mageeka,I remember Billy [Junior]Killen from Merrion Street,he joined post office as a telegram boy and he sang in several bands.I think he went to  live at  Islandbawn St.Do you remember Lily Maguire from Theodore St,she hung around with Carmel Johnston from Smithfield Square,beside Francis St.Billy Killen had a cousin Tom Hughes from Brook St,off Albert St.There was  also Gerry Walsh and Eamon Hughes from Distillery Street.Jake2
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Post by: Mageeka on September 25, 2008, 03:59:03 PM
Mageeka,I remember Billy [Junior]Killen from Merrion Street,he joined post office as a telegram boy and he sang in several bands.I think he went to  live at  Islandbawn St.Do you remember Lily Maguire from Theodore St,she hung around with Carmel Johnston from Smithfield Square,beside Francis St.Billy Killen had a cousin Tom Hughes from Brook St,off Albert St.There was  also Gerry Walsh and Eamon Hughes from Distillery Street.Jake2

Billy came back to Belfast but seemingly has now returned again to Cornwall
Lily Maguire sounds familiar Jake and I do remember Tom Hughes  I do remember a Gerry Walsh from Bow St and then 2 Eamon Hughes   One was the brother of Larkey and the other had very red/sandy hair
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Post by: the buckcat on September 27, 2008, 09:45:08 PM
Does anyone remember Mervyn Henderson's Chemist Shop on the junction of Merrion Street and Grovenor Road? My father wee Billy worked there for over 20 years. He loved the area and the people.
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Post by: shannagh1 on September 29, 2008, 03:14:42 PM
Hya all,the Nugents lived in Merrion Street.
Eamon Hughes with the red hair was a brother of Sean Hughes RIP.
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Post by: Mageeka on September 29, 2008, 03:17:52 PM
Hya all,the Nugents lived in Merrion Street.
Eamon Hughes with the red hair was a brother of Sean Hughes RIP.

Hi Shaaagh
Did Eamon Hughes move to Namsen St for a while ?
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Post by: BOOTS on October 01, 2008, 05:36:20 PM
HELLO ALL ,young eamon hughes ( flamer ) moved to nansen st for awhile ,
his father eamon (r.i.p )died at xmas 88 aged 49 ,his father was big EDDIE and mum was ELLEN JANE from 82 sultan street .
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Post by: twiggy on October 12, 2008, 09:17:52 PM
What about the Mc Gonigles who came from Merrrion St ?
Anyone remember them ?

   was it noel mc gonigal?
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Post by: Mageeka on October 12, 2008, 09:20:58 PM
   was it noel mc gonigal?

There may have been a Noel,  Twigg but the one I knew was Jim  However Jim had an older brother
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Post by: twiggy on October 12, 2008, 09:31:33 PM
There may have been a Noel,  Twiggy but the one I knew was Jim  However Jim had an older brother
noel would be 60 or 61 ohhhh i'm going back a long time, last time i seen him was the 1960's
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Post by: Mageeka on October 12, 2008, 09:49:40 PM
noel would be 60 or 61 ohhhh i'm going back a long time, last time i seen him was the 1960's

Hi Twiggy
If it is the same family then maybe I am mistaking the first name   Jim Mc  would be 60 or 61 years old now   He had very dark hair,
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Post by: peejay on October 23, 2008, 07:19:15 PM
my brother married a girl from merrion st. she was one of the crossans i think near the grosvenor rd. they moved to england 1961 i still see her now  and again ::)
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Post by: cassidy on October 26, 2008, 10:07:35 PM
Hi I knew Pat Crossan, use to pal around when we were kids and I believe he had a brother named John, hope Pat is doing welll, tell him Pat Connolly said Hi, also the Marley's and Torbits lived faceing them also the Deans. woukd like to know any news about them. cas/conman
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Post by: feejeeks on November 06, 2008, 08:05:19 PM
Mageeka
Jimmy McGonigals brother was called Tony [rip]
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Post by: maggiemay on November 17, 2008, 01:36:12 PM
Doed anyone remembae Mary McCallion from Merrion St.My eldest used to go with her.Lovely girl
Maggie
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Post by: Mc Corry on December 31, 2008, 12:24:16 PM
HI DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE CROSSANS WHO LIVED IN MERRION STREET.  GIRL WAS CALLED ANN
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Post by: cassidy on December 31, 2008, 09:08:06 PM
Hi maggimay, I knew the mc callions, I believe she was an only girl in the family and she lived with her mother ( no father) if it is the same family, I thought the name was Mc Callum but I could be wrong, I think she lived in around 24 merron st. played with the Mc Veigh girls. as far as I can remember that had to be back in the early 40s
                                                                             cas/conman
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Post by: shannagh1 on January 12, 2009, 01:07:18 PM
My mother had a friend from Merrion Sreet called McCallion,then there are other McCallions from there,I think one of them trained the camogs at the Johnnies.
Not 100% but I think she also was a very good handballer
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Post by: Clinkers on February 15, 2009, 06:49:59 PM
Hi Cassidy
Just came across the site while looking for some old photos of Merrion Street.  I used to play with a David McCallion who certainly lived around number 24.  I have a photo somewhere, taken by a street photographer sometime around 1955, showing a group of Merrion Street "regulars", including David, Ernie Benson, Harry McIlmurray and quite a few others.  Must see if I can find it when I go back to visit my sister.  I left Belfast in 1971 and have worked overseas since.  Have seen the place only three or four times since  ~  and was truly shocked when I found out that the street and even its name had disappeared!
Incidentally, I lived at number 42, but no-one has mentioned our family yet!  Maybe someone will put a name to the number!

Clinkers
 
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Post by: pj.s. on February 15, 2009, 07:40:04 PM
 My mum and dad are very good friends with Mary McCallum who came from Merrion Street. She has a sister called Nellie and her parents were called Hubert (in their opinion a gentleman) and Teassie.
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Post by: bozo on February 16, 2009, 11:03:08 AM
 ::) Here anuone know the Boyles from Lincoln St just off Leeson St
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Post by: AL CAPONE on February 16, 2009, 12:38:17 PM
Arthur, Patrick, Thomas, James and john??
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Post by: pj.s. on February 16, 2009, 06:20:28 PM
 Bozo,

My mum remembers the Boyles - Veronica, Teresa, she can't remember the brothers names at the minute. My mum's family lived in Lincoln Street
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Post by: shamrock249 on April 16, 2009, 04:53:16 PM
I used to know Mary McGonicle from Merrion Street who had a friend Bridie Brown who lived in the street closer to Grosvenor rd. I think Mary had a brother Pat. Anyone know where they might be nowadays. Also knew a Pat McLaughlin who lived accroww from Bridie. I am originally from Cape Street ... one of the Cullens.
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Post by: arkie on April 17, 2009, 04:41:12 PM
PTK. DID YOU CHUM AROUND WITH THE LADS FROM GARNET ST?
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Post by: shamrock249 on November 22, 2009, 04:12:36 AM
There may have been a Noel,  Twigg but the one I knew was Jim  However Jim had an older brother

I believe the older brother was called Pat. I knew his sister Mary and was just wondering whatever became of her?
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Post by: Jim B on November 24, 2009, 10:14:42 AM
The binghams. The mother use to do the cabaret circuit. Michael played in various
bands
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Post by: lowerwack on November 24, 2009, 08:53:28 PM
  for shamrock249. :) :) 
         hi shamrock just joined the forum after i spotted your topic while having a quick look through the merrion st
             bit. i am from 43 merrion st and i remember you and the cullens. your mother sadie and your dad jimmy.
                my dad alfie was always great friends with your parents.i of course wouldnt have known you from
                 your photo.my dad alfie died about seven years ago.and i have some old photos he always kept.
                    one is dated about 1953 theres me and you with four other children three boys and one girl taken
                        in belfast zoo at bellevue.the other is of my dad and your mother taken i think at the same time.
                            i would send them on to you if you are interested. in the last few years before he died alfie
                                who was then living in dublin used to travel regularly up to see your mom and dad i think
                                    they were in andersonstown.i remember cape st well i spent a lot of time there as a child
 we palled around as we were the same age.                                   
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Post by: shamrock249 on November 25, 2009, 11:56:41 PM
 for shamrock249. :) :)  
         hi shamrock just joined the forum after i spotted your topic while having a quick look through the merrion st
             bit. i am from 43 merrion st and i remember you and the cullens. your mother sadie and your dad jimmy.
                my dad alfie was always great friends with your parents.i of course wouldnt have known you from
                 your photo.my dad alfie died about seven years ago.and i have some old photos he always kept.
                    one is dated about 1953 theres me and you with four other children three boys and one girl taken
                        in belfast zoo at bellevue.the other is of my dad and your mother taken i think at the same time.
                            i would send them on to you if you are interested. in the last few years before he died alfie
                                who was then living in dublin used to travel regularly up to see your mom and dad i think
                                    they were in andersonstown.i remember cape st well i spent a lot of time there as a child
 we palled around as we were the same age.                                    

Hi Pat, Great to hear from you bud ... I have sent you a private message.  
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Post by: littlemo on March 02, 2010, 01:22:13 PM
my husband went to sea with an Andy Boyle from Lincoln St.
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Post by: Katya on November 24, 2011, 11:26:03 AM
Hi Just found this forum. Am trying to find someone who knows anything about a Bernard Doherty who lived at number 25 Merrion Street pre 1950. I'd be very greatful for any help, thanks
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Post by: doare. on November 25, 2011, 06:55:15 PM
What about the Mc Gonigles who came from Merrrion St ?
Anyone remember them ?
one mc gonigal was in our class in st comgalls tony mc gonigal, i havent a clue where he would be now.
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Post by: shamrock249 on November 25, 2011, 07:00:03 PM
I remember Tony and his sister Mary.
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Post by: geraldine williamson on December 11, 2011, 02:53:26 PM
Hi there, My mother's family came from Leeson Street.They managed a public-house on the corner there.  Her father was called "Darkie" Smith because of his black hair, some of the Smiths also lived in Merrion Street, long long time ago though. One of the relatives Cis O'Hare (a lady) also managed a funeral-parlour on the Falls.  They were the ones who buried my Dad when he died RIP in 1950.

Originated from Newry Co Down.
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Post by: shamrock249 on December 11, 2011, 03:58:50 PM
Hi Cassidy
Just came across the site while looking for some old photos of Merrion Street.  I used to play with a David McCallion who certainly lived around number 24.  I have a photo somewhere, taken by a street photographer sometime around 1955, showing a group of Merrion Street "regulars", including David, Ernie Benson, Harry McIlmurray and quite a few others.  Must see if I can find it when I go back to visit my sister.  I left Belfast in 1971 and have worked overseas since.  Have seen the place only three or four times since  ~  and was truly shocked when I found out that the street and even its name had disappeared!
Incidentally, I lived at number 42, but no-one has mentioned our family yet!  Maybe someone will put a name to the number!

Clinkers
 

Hi Clinkers and welcome to the forum.  I used to chum around with Pat McLaughlin who lived at number 43, across the street from you. I also knew a Bridie Brown who must have been your next door neighbour.
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Post by: kate.o on December 12, 2011, 11:10:56 AM

Hi Clinkers and welcome to the forum.  I used to chum around with Pat McLaughlin who lived at number 43, across the street from you. I also knew a Bridie Brown who must have been your next door neighbour.
hi shamrock, in Leeson street did you know any of the dalaneys, robersons, or hinds, nancy green,  *
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Post by: shamrock249 on December 12, 2011, 01:17:12 PM
Sorry Kate, I did not. I just knew Pat McLaughlin (Pat is now living in Cork and he was able to get in touch with me via the forum) Bridie Brown lived across the street from Pat around number 40 or so and she used to chum around with Mary McGonnicle who lived closer to Leeson St.
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Post by: kate.o on December 22, 2011, 12:59:43 PM
Sorry Kate, I did not. I just knew Pat McLaughlin (Pat is now living in Cork and he was able to get in touch with me via the forum) Bridie Brown lived across the street from Pat around number 40 or so and she used to chum around with Mary McGonnicle who lived closer to Leeson St.
thank you shamrock for your reply
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Post by: live Music on December 23, 2011, 10:13:06 PM
I did know Ann Crossan from Merrion Street 
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Post by: live Music on December 23, 2011, 10:19:27 PM
I do and all the counters seemed very high and almost next to it was John Macs wee shop and facing that was a bus stop and on the other side of the road was Mulhouse Street where I lived
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Post by: arkie on December 30, 2011, 02:39:12 PM
hi shamrock, in Leeson street did you know any of the dalaneys, robersons, or hinds, nancy green,  *
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Post by: live Music on December 18, 2012, 07:05:30 PM
I do and all the counters seemed very high and almost next to it was John Macs wee shop and facing that was a bus stop and on the other side of the road was Mulhouse Street where I lived
can you tell me anything about Ann Crossan where she is living etc
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Post by: mise 1 on December 19, 2012, 01:01:30 AM
Although   not frim  Mewrrion  Street I know it big brains pub a scrumpie house a pint and a game of draughts.on the corner of lesson street and merruion street.across the road the long bar,happy days
 
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Post by: Sally Ann on December 19, 2012, 03:31:13 AM
Although   not frim  Mewrrion  Street I know it big brains pub a scrumpie house a pint and a game of draughts.on the corner of lesson street and merruion street.across the road the long bar,happy days

 ???
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Post by: Pat McGovern on March 15, 2013, 06:56:50 PM
This is going back a bit but would anyone have info. on James Short married to Catherine McKenna.  They lived at 13 Merrion St. during the 1st W.W.  They were still there in 1926 maybe even later.
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Post by: harrymerrion on January 02, 2014, 06:04:31 PM
Reply to Clinker: I would love to have a copy of your picture. David McCallum (McCallion?) lives in the states. I was in contact with him a while ago but my PC got a virus from the site and we lost touch. After the RAF I think he was an engineer. I have a query for everyone - What was the sq. footage of a kitchen house in Merrion Street? Harry McIlmurray
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Post by: chink on January 02, 2014, 06:30:54 PM
very small houses  i lived in granville st
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Post by: harrymerrion on February 01, 2014, 02:18:46 PM
Hi Shamrock/Cassidy - I remember Pat McLoughlin, he taught me the fact of life! As I was about seven so I didn't believe him when he told me what my mam and dad were doing - so no harm done then! Jim McGonigle always wanted to be a projectionist and probably succeeded. I remember Liz McKee and Lily Torbitt who used to torment me about a girl called McKenna who lived beside Dunville Park. David McCallion joined the RAF and settled later in USA - Check Friends Reunited. Charlie Tipping, cobbler, lived beside the McCallions, we were slightly afraid of him. My friend in Merrion St. was Paddy Bradley but we lost touch. He worked for GPO and think he had an accident. Jim McGlinchy now in England. Pat Nugent beside Henderson's Chemists, who always seemed to have a HP sauce sandwich in his hand while we had bread and butter dipped in sugar! Happy days! I remember handball and bottom brickers at the top of the street. Never a thought about who owned the gable end. Slate Street teachers - Mr O'Hara, Mr. Magee, Mr Greer, Mr. Mulligan, Mr. Gordon and Mr Burns - not forgetting Miss Savage who later married Mr Collins (we all thought that George Burns fancied her and were amazed when Collins scooped her up). I left 39 Merrion Street when about 9 for A/town.
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Post by: shamrock249 on February 01, 2014, 02:27:49 PM
Hi Harry. I only knew two families in Merrion Strret. Pat of course and his dad Alfie. I also knew the McGonicles, Mary and I think she had a brother Pat. I also knew Mary's friend Bridie Brown who lived just across the street from the McLaughlins.
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Post by: Des marley on February 11, 2015, 06:32:40 PM
Hi I remember the Crossans extremely well because my brother married Mary crossan
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Post by: Timmo on February 16, 2015, 08:23:21 PM
This is going back a bit but would anyone have info. on James Short married to Catherine McKenna.  They lived at 13 Merrion St. during the 1st W.W.  They were still there in 1926 maybe even later.

Hi Pat you mentioned WW1 are you saying he was in the British Army at that time.

I found three possible James Short's mentioned one was buried in England so you could rule him out.
But two others are

James Short private Leinster Regiment number 2678
James P Short private Royal Irish Rifles Regiment number 11463 and later in the Labour Corps number 621072.

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Post by: Timmo on February 16, 2015, 08:34:04 PM
During some research I was doing on men from the Falls who were killed in WW1 I found these two men who were the Price brothers from Merrion St. Here are their photos.

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Post by: Des marley on February 20, 2015, 12:37:23 AM
hey conman are you pat connolly who knew my brothers frank and jim marley?
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Post by: Liz McKee on June 09, 2015, 09:49:10 AM
Hi liz Mc Kee is my mother in law . We have had a brilliant time reading through these posts especially the one with Liz and Lily.
Many wonderful memories.
Would anyone on this his blog have pictures of Merrion Street and the families in it. Liz only has a small painting she found.
Live to hear from anyone who lived in Merrion at in the 50,'s
Cheers
Bryce
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Post by: Daisie on June 10, 2015, 09:13:38 PM
Hi Liz. I went to school with Deirdre McKee from Merrion Street. She was a very pretty girl and a beautiful singer. She used to sing at St Paul's on Saturday night. I don't know if she is related to you, but if so say hello. Thank you.
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Post by: littlemo on June 13, 2015, 02:07:36 PM
anyone remember the Reynolds family , from Gibson St,
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Post by: annjosephine on June 24, 2015, 10:52:46 AM
Remember  a girl in my class at school  she lived in Merrion  street  her  name was Margaret Boal ,
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Post by: Hayleyann86 on October 17, 2015, 05:52:31 AM
James Reynolds is my grandfather. He lived on Gibson at with his parents Mary and Gerry and siblings Nora, Gerard, Mary, Thomas, Brendan, Patricia and Theresa.

Is this the same family? X
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Post by: littlemo on October 17, 2015, 10:13:00 AM
Yes Haley, we have met ,Brendan, my husband is your grand fathers brother,
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Post by: Pat McGovern on November 08, 2015, 08:00:14 PM
Hi Pat you mentioned WW1 are you saying he was in the British Army at that time.

I found three possible James Short's mentioned one was buried in England so you could rule him out.
But two others are

James Short private Leinster Regiment number 2678
James P Short private Royal Irish Rifles Regiment number 11463 and later in the Labour Corps number 621072.

Hi Timmo, sorry for not have answered you sooner but I've just found your post.  Because the war records are free for access till 11th Nov. I've been doing another search for my Grandfather.  I've copies of the service record of James Short nr. 2678 living at 13 Merrion St., but there's a few things which don't seem to fit.  One being an age difference of about 5 yrs. 
I did see the record of James P. Short but he died quite young in the war (around 17?).  His parents were James & Catherine Short.  He was born in Ligoniel where my GF was also born.  My GF would have been too young to be the Father of John P. 
It becomes more confusing because my GFs first wife (my Grandmother also a Catherine. - Catherine Crosby who died in 1912.  In 1915 he re-married Catherine McKenna.  Both these marriages were in Belfast.  With his second Wife he moved to Scotland. Unfortunately I don't know when or where in Scotland.  He died in Scotland in 1960.  Catherine McK. was still living then.
My Grandfather fought in Gallipoli.  His brother Joseph died in Flanders and a cousin 0f GF. died Gallipoli.
As I mentioned Timmo, the access is free till 11th Nov.  Good luck with your searchs.  I think the War Office gives info. free on W.W. 1
Once again thanks.

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Post by: Pat McGovern on November 08, 2015, 08:02:20 PM
Timmo:
Sorry the second name should be James P. Short (not John).  Parents James & Catherine.
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Post by: Pat McGovern on November 08, 2015, 08:08:09 PM
Hi Pat you mentioned WW1 are you saying he was in the British Army at that time.

I found three possible James Short's mentioned one was buried in England so you could rule him out.
But two others are

James Short private Leinster Regiment number 2678
James P Short private Royal Irish Rifles Regiment number 11463 and later in the Labour Corps number 621072.
Timmo I've just replied to this post but unfortunately deleted it.  Stupid me.  I've asked for it to be re-posted.  Hoopefully you'll get it .  If not I'll write it again.
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Post by: Pat McGovern on November 09, 2015, 08:23:53 PM
Timmo I've just replied to this post but unfortunately deleted it.  Stupid me.  I've asked for it to be re-posted.  Hoopefully you'll get it .  If not I'll write it again.

Timmo. I see my previous mail is still in print.
The two Price brothers who died in WW 1 fighting with the Inniskilling Fusiliers.  Would they have died in Gallipoli?  A cousin of my GF died there (Thomas McAfee)
.  His name is on the Helles Memorial.  You can get info. on graves at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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Post by: boxer1949 on July 01, 2016, 08:31:02 AM
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Post by: Des marley on February 06, 2017, 07:10:42 PM
    i remember the Crossans very well and yes they lived opposite the Deans, Billy, Danny, and Bobby.My brother Joe married Mary Crossan sadly they are both passed on. The one in England Is Eileen living now in Windsor
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Post by: geraldine williamson on February 07, 2017, 03:36:04 PM
    i remember the Crossans very well and yes they lived opposite the Deans, Billy, Danny, and Bobby.My brother Joe married Mary Crossan sadly they are both passed on. The one in England Is Eileen living now in Windsor
Anyone remember the Smiths or O'Hares living here in the 40's????
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Post by: Sally Ann on February 08, 2017, 01:08:11 AM
I'm related till the Connolly Family from Merrion St. 
Sadly most have passed now.  :(
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Post by: ldugan on February 08, 2017, 09:25:50 PM
Reply to Clinker: I would love to have a copy of your picture. David McCallum (McCallion?) lives in the states. I was in contact with him a while ago but my PC got a virus from the site and we lost touch. After the RAF I think he was an engineer. I have a query for everyone - What was the sq. footage of a kitchen house in Merrion Street? Harry McIlmurray

 Hi, Do you know if David McCallum mother was called Susan ?
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Post by: sadie68 on April 19, 2017, 10:29:20 PM
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Post by: sadie68 on April 19, 2017, 10:30:58 PM
i grow up in number 49 merrion street with the McCaffrey/Lyons household remember the moores the lanagans and loads off other old neighbours
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Post by: gemma1994 on August 19, 2017, 07:56:06 PM
My family is the torbitts from merrion street
my dad who passed away is bernard(barney) uncle hughie, uncle john, uncle charlie, uncle william and aunts marie, lily and annie. My grannu and granda were called annie and william torbitt.

Then in abbercorn street family called shortts bridie shortt and frank shortt. There wete my mum dolorrs torbitt/shortt, philomena, frances, kathleen and patricia.

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Post by: gemma1994 on August 19, 2017, 07:58:39 PM
Hi Im one of the connollys from merrion st. I knew the Torbitts, there was six boys and two girls in our family. I  left there to marry a wee girl from the w/rock in 55. my father lived there till about 80. Been in Cal. since 72 would like to hear from leeson st.too.
                                                                                                conman
5 boys n 3 girls
                                                                                       
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Post by: Des marley on November 30, 2018, 10:49:24 PM
Hi Pat
If you are the Pat Connolly that used to live at the Leeson st end of Merrion street then you know my family well especially my brothers Frank and Jim. We moved to wee McDonnell street and you have been in our house many many times. Jim now lives in Toronto  Frank still lives in Belfast I now reside in California Frank is now 90 and Jim is at least 87. both still going strong
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Post by: Maymac on December 01, 2018, 09:16:56 PM
Hi Des Marley,
Long time since wee McDonnell street. Rooney's shop, Fuscos and Tougher's pawn shop. Glad you are well.  I lived at 139. I haven't lived in Northern Ireland in 46 years.
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Post by: boxer1949 on December 01, 2018, 10:01:12 PM
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Post by: boxer1949 on December 01, 2018, 10:01:55 PM
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Post by: boxer1949 on December 01, 2018, 10:22:11 PM
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