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Title: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Christopher on February 07, 2009, 05:16:05 PM
If you're an exile from east Belfast the East Belfast Herald might like to hear from you.
It could be a good way of contacting old friends still living in that area of the city. 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on February 11, 2009, 11:48:38 PM
I am an exile from East Belfast, Castlereagh Road living in Essex, for 30 years :) ;D
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Post by: ulsterstan on February 18, 2009, 01:28:44 AM
I  lived opposite the Ulster Creameries on the Castlereagh Rd.  till my family left for Calif. in  1958. Also lived in Bloomfield and Sydenham.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on February 18, 2009, 10:23:27 AM
Ulsterstan:, was the Creameries between Grand Parade and Loopland, I also remember Dobson's Dairies somewhere there. I lived off Grand Parade.
Do you remember Mrs Rainey's wee shop, in her house, she was open all hours for sweets and cigs, and sold the boys one cig at a time !!
What age were you went you left there, our paths may have crossed. ??? :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: deke on February 19, 2009, 08:26:05 PM
Rosielee     Dobson's Dairies where on Montgomery Road which ran between the Castlereagh and Cregagh Roads.       :)
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Post by: EllCee on February 19, 2009, 11:53:26 PM
 . Montgomery Road which ran between the Castlereagh and Cregagh Roads.       :)

Still does   ;)  :D  :

No dairy now, though  ... it's townhouses and apartments.

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Post by: twocoats on February 19, 2009, 11:56:23 PM
Rosielee     Dobson's Dairies where on Montgomery Road which ran between the Castlereagh and Cregagh Roads.       :)

Deke. Do you remember the Dobby van coming around the estate in the evening. He used to stop at the corner of Cooneen Way and the Straight.

Ice cream and Candy bars and Sweets. Coats
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: deke on February 20, 2009, 02:56:53 AM
Yes   remember it well TC     O0
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: twocoats on February 20, 2009, 03:04:40 AM
Yes   remember it well TC     O0

Did they park near you. I remember he used to serve out the back of the Van.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: deke on February 20, 2009, 03:12:10 AM
I think he stopped at different parts of the estate TC, I believe he stopped at the upscale part of the estate first (Mt Merrion) before heading up your way.         :yes:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: twocoats on February 20, 2009, 03:17:23 AM
I think he stopped at different parts of the estate TC, I believe he stopped at the upscale part of the estate first (Mt Merrion) before heading up your way.         :yes:

I lived at the corner of Bannagh Corner and Cooneen Way. Close to upscale Rosetta ;)

I think he pulled in our way around 9-30 PM ;)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: IRISHAL on February 20, 2009, 03:24:13 AM
ANYBODY KNOW WHAT YEAR THE CREGAGH ESTATE WAS BUILT.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: deke on February 20, 2009, 03:28:38 AM
Between 1945 and 1950
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Post by: twocoats on February 20, 2009, 03:39:13 AM
The Cregagh Estate from the Rocky Road. The field where George Best first played for Cregagh Boys Club.

Whoops. Sorry. Made the photo a wee bit too big.

I think the building was started a little after 1945 Deke.

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z83/johnnietwocoats/798px-Cregagh_Estate1.jpg)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: twocoats on February 20, 2009, 03:43:14 AM
I think we moved in around 1948. I remember the top part was built first though I wouldn't bet the house on that.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: deke on February 20, 2009, 03:46:57 AM
Just Googled this TC    although the link is dead

The Cregagh Estate was built by the Northern Ireland Housing Trust between. 1945 and 1950. The design and layout of the buildings were influenced by ...
www.planningni.gov.uk/AreaPlans_Policy/Plans/BMA/draft_plan/pdf/Part4V5/MetropCastlereagh/Urban.pdf - Similar pages
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: twocoats on February 20, 2009, 03:55:58 AM
There you go. They must have started right after the war ended. It was ahead of its time and was a beautifully laid out plan.

I enjoyed being brought up there. O0
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Post by: twocoats on February 20, 2009, 04:02:12 AM
Looking from outside my old house down Cooneen Way towards where you lived Deke.

We could see the Cave Hill from our house.

The trees at the bottom weren't there when I was a kid. Or they were very small

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z83/johnnietwocoats/IMG_2148.jpg)
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Post by: IRISHAL on February 20, 2009, 04:42:43 AM
THANKS FOR THE PHOTO T.C. MY SISTER LIVED THERE ALSO. MURIEL AND JIMMY HALLIDAY.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: twocoats on February 20, 2009, 04:50:09 AM
THANKS FOR THE PHOTO T.C. MY SISTER LIVED THERE ALSO. MURIEL AND JIMMY HALLIDAY.

I knew Muriel and Jimmy Halliday very well. They started out in the bottom flat two doors from me before they moved to Lissan close.

Lissan close is the first street on the left of the photo.

The lamp post on the right hand side of the photo was the entrance to their first flat.

I babysat for them when they lived in the Flat. Coats

Who was your sister. You can PM me if you prefer.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Newton_In _My_Heart on February 20, 2009, 05:42:36 AM
If I'm wrong in posting please tell me, I'm a native from the good old E of B.
Still living in the east, although away from my roots on the Newton and now in Dundonald.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: 2537 on February 20, 2009, 05:04:58 PM
My name is Patsy Mathews (nee Ferguson) I used to lived on Hillfoot street, have lived in California for the last 50 years,  I lost contact with my friend Lillian Morrison who lived on Strandburn drive, after I emigrated (1st to Canada in 1954) she became an airline hostess with South African airlines, :)  does anyone have any information regarding the family/ friends, I know she had 2 sisters 1 older and another younger called Eileen  I would love to get any information. Thank you.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Jon B on February 20, 2009, 08:39:15 PM
If I'm wrong in posting please tell me, I'm a native from the good old E of B.
Still living in the east, although away from my roots on the Newton and now in Dundonald.

  Opposite of wrong in posting, you are more than welcome,
  enjoy the forum
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: 2537 on February 20, 2009, 08:50:56 PM
My name is Patsy Mathews (nee Ferguson ) I lived on Hillfoot st, I would love to hear from anyone including family/friends who could give me any news on Lillian Morrison who lived on Strandburn drive, I lost contact with her when I emigrated to Canada/States, she had 2 sisters one older, one younger called Eileen, Last I heard from Lillian she became a flight attendant with South African airlines, any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sas2347 on February 22, 2009, 12:42:38 AM
John Stewart born Church Street East.1941. moved to Aigburth Park Sydenham 1954. Now Live in Australia
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on February 22, 2009, 03:01:47 AM
Hi my name growing up in East Belfast was Betty Ferguson lived in Hillfoot St and hung out with my
brother Jimmy down the Larkfield Rd Left Belfast in 1959 and am now living in Toronto but spent
several years in California
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sas2347 on February 22, 2009, 10:50:44 PM
Hi betty you lived pretty close to me. i lived at number 3 aigburth park second house from pimms ave. remember millers shop. used to play old john miller snooker at dan's billiard hall in park ave.       john stewart
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Dancer on February 22, 2009, 11:14:14 PM
Hi,  The Dobsons ice cream van used to stop outside the Tudors Store in Mount Merriion Avenue.  They sold ice cream on a stick frozen solid, lasted for ages.
I lived in Knockeden but spent my time mostly in Cooneen Way and South Bank.

The photograph of the estate shows Kilbroney House which was not built until the middle 1960's

regards
Dancer
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Dancer on February 22, 2009, 11:22:03 PM
Sorry, Made a mistake.  Kilbroney house was built in the 60's was not thinking. The estate was built around the end of WWII 1945.  It was built before the house in Flush Park and Knockeden.  Senior moment  LOL

Dancer
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on February 22, 2009, 11:33:22 PM
Hi John of course I remember Millars Shop they were the best people and I think of them to this day
Do you remember the wee lane and the plots Did you know my chum Kathleen Greer she is out here
in British Columbia and we stay in touch Did you remember the penny drinks and broken biscuits we
used to get at Millars also John Sinclairs My brother Jimmy delivered the papers for
Sinclairs It is so good to hear from you   Please keep in touch    Betty
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sas2347 on February 23, 2009, 12:43:05 AM
remember the wee lane very well, used to go and get a big bag of tomatoes from the man with the greenhouse. sinclairs sold the best belfast sliced ham i ever tasted. greers i think lived in first house in pimms ave her bror=ther was called bobby? which house did you live in at hillfoot street
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: twocoats on February 23, 2009, 12:49:35 AM
Sorry, Made a mistake.  Kilbroney house was built in the 60's was not thinking. The estate was built around the end of WWII 1945.  It was built before the house in Flush Park and Knockeden.  Senior moment  LOL

Dancer

Hi Dancer.
You probably did not make a mistake.
The High Rise Flats which you call Kilbroney were probably not built until the early sixties.
I don't remember them when I was going to Cregagh Primary in the Fifties.
True, the estate was built in the late Forties but Kilbroney house was an afterthought I think.
Perhaps Deke would remember.
Coats
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: twocoats on February 23, 2009, 12:50:18 AM
If I'm wrong in posting please tell me, I'm a native from the good old E of B.
Still living in the east, although away from my roots on the Newton and now in Dundonald.

You are certainly not wrong in posting. Welcome. Coats
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: deke on February 23, 2009, 01:29:45 AM
Kilbroney House completed in 1967

http://ukhousing.wikia.com/wiki/Kilbroney_House

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: twocoats on February 23, 2009, 01:38:59 AM
Kilbroney House completed in 1967

http://ukhousing.wikia.com/wiki/Kilbroney_House


I knew you'd know the answer Deke. O0
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: deke on February 23, 2009, 02:07:53 AM
I knew you'd know the answer Deke. O0

Had to look it up TC     wasn't there when I left in 66
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: twocoats on February 23, 2009, 02:36:08 AM
Another problem solved.

I was in the Merchant Navy in the sixties so don't even remember it being built.

I usually stayed in the upper part of the Estate even when I was home on leave.

Pretty impressive for something built in the sixties.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on February 23, 2009, 11:42:08 PM
Hi John I lived in No 22 Hillfoot the first old house after the new ones. The Greers lived in the second
house on Pims the first house was the Dempsters you might have known Artie and his sister was
Roberta. What was the name of the family beside you that were in the Salvation Army. They were
nice people.   Betty
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Post by: sydenhambetty on February 23, 2009, 11:56:56 PM
Hi Stan Rember me Betty Ferguson glad to find you again and I am so enjoying that there is a
Sydenham chat place What happened to Georgy that you put  me in touch with   Keep in touch Betty
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on February 25, 2009, 03:30:44 AM
Hi Twocoats I noticed that you live in Whiterock and have a cabin in Birch Bay Well Well my oldest
friends Sammy and Kathleen Grimason also live in Whiterock and have a cabin in Birch Bay Do you
know them Sammy is from Dee St and Kate is from Sydenham you also said you were a Plaza hopper
me too and I knew Joe Miser very well also Skinny Reynolds used to dance with both of them I was
at the Plaza every day and twice a week at night if you hung out to the left of the stage facing it you
should know me . Also my brother Jimmy Ferguson lived in No Vancouver and sang with the Iriish
\\ Rovers Let me know where you came from    Cheers Betty  { Sydenhambetty}
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: twocoats on February 25, 2009, 03:43:58 AM
Hi Twocoats I noticed that you live in Whiterock and have a cabin in Birch Bay Well Well my oldest
friends Sammy and Kathleen Grimason also live in Whiterock and have a cabin in Birch Bay Do you
know them Sammy is from Dee St and Kate is from Sydenham you also said you were a Plaza hopper
me too and I knew Joe Miser very well also Skinny Reynolds used to dance with both of them I was
at the Plaza every day and twice a week at night if you hung out to the left of the stage facing it you
should know me . Also my brother Jimmy Ferguson lived in No Vancouver and sang with the Iriish
\\ Rovers Let me know where you came from    Cheers Betty  { Sydenhambetty}

Hi Betty. Yes I know your friends. I have sent you a PM. Coats
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: deke on February 26, 2009, 02:23:48 AM
Small world     ???
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: twocoats on February 26, 2009, 02:39:36 AM
Small world     ???

The good part of the forum Deke. It is indeed a small world.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sas2347 on February 27, 2009, 09:26:17 AM
betty i sent you a couple photo's by email one of the plaza. iwould have put them on here but i could not work out how to do it    john
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on February 27, 2009, 10:57:16 PM
John got the pics and they were lovely. Were they paintings ? The photo of the Plaza was great. The
last time I saw the Plaza it was boarded up then I heard that it housed civic offices. If those walls could
talk. How are things in Oz ? The family I asked you about were the Youngs and then the last house
was the Kirkwoods and their garden came right around unto Pims. We were always in there
getting back our ball.  Take care and once again thanks for the pics.    Betty
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Post by: larsson195 on February 27, 2009, 11:09:23 PM
ilived  on the falls rd  servia st
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Chicago on March 14, 2009, 06:09:59 AM
Know as Jeanette Cameron when I lived in 121 Church Street East, before moving to Tullycarnet, then on to Canada and the USA.

-Jen :yes:

 
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Post by: jauntyjohnston on March 25, 2009, 10:58:51 PM
I went to elmgrove school before serving my apprentice ship in the Yard.Then immigrated to the States in1958.
Would love to hear from anyone from the Beersbridge Road area.
Jaunty.
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Post by: Strath_Roy on March 26, 2009, 02:55:03 PM
I went to elmgrove school before serving my apprentice ship in the Yard.Then immigrated to the States in1958.
Would love to hear from anyone from the Beersbridge Road area.
Jaunty.

I served my apprenticeship in the yard (patternmaker) Went to Park Parade. Night school Euston St. Emmigrated in 1958
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jauntyjohnston on March 26, 2009, 08:21:32 PM
I went to elmgrove school before serving my apprentice ship in the Yard.Then immigrated to the States in1958.
Would love to hear from anyone from the Beersbridge Road area.
Jaunty.

To IRISHAL, I received your email and it brought back memories of having teachers like Scott and Harison.I didn't appreciate just how good they were until I had to make a living.My name is Jim Johnston and I lived in Grove Street East.I left Elmgrove in 1951.I'm not sure but I think I remember some one called Lorimer at that time
Jaunty
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: IRISHAL on March 26, 2009, 09:11:43 PM
WHEREABOUTS IN THE STATES ARE YOU IM IN SO.CALIF'
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jauntyjohnston on March 27, 2009, 06:54:02 PM
WHEREABOUTS IN THE STATES ARE YOU IM IN SO.CALIF'
I currently live in Rochester Michigan but spend the winters in Florida.I'm very familiar with California as that is were I immigrated to before enlisting in the US Air Force.I spent a few years in Sacramento then went to the Far East and finished up near San Bernadino  Both my son and daughter are Californians  but there work keeps them in Michigan.When I was working I made a lot of trips to the L A area and liked it very much. Since you are from the old neighbor hood do you remember Bills Milk Bar at the top of Aveniel Road?
We loved having pie and beans there on the way home from a dance.
Good to hear from you.
Jaunty.
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Post by: IRISHAL on March 27, 2009, 08:08:03 PM
YES JAUNTY THAT SHOP WAS NEAR THE ELIM CHURCH. DO YOU REMEMBER BOWLES CHIPPER AND HARPERS SHOP FACING TEMPLEMORE ST.WHO WERE SOME OF YOUR SCHOOLMATES.IKNEW BOBBY ERVINE HE PLAYED FOR DUNDELA AND THEN WENT TO THE BLUES.HE WON AN IRISH CUP MEDAL WHEN DUNDELA BEAT GLENAVON IN 1955.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Bloomfieldgirl on March 29, 2009, 06:31:29 PM
I lived in Elmdale Street and went to Avoniel Primary.  I had friends who went to Elmgrove.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jauntyjohnston on March 30, 2009, 08:47:31 PM
YES JAUNTY THAT SHOP WAS NEAR THE ELIM CHURCH. DO YOU REMEMBER BOWLES CHIPPER AND HARPERS SHOP FACING TEMPLEMORE ST.WHO WERE SOME OF YOUR SCHOOLMATES.IKNEW BOBBY ERVINE HE PLAYED FOR DUNDELA AND THEN WENT TO THE BLUES.HE WON AN IRISH CUP MEDAL WHEN DUNDELA BEAT GLENAVON IN 1955.

Yes I remember Bowles Chipper and the Elim Church and of course Bills School where the Pipe Band practiced.I also remember Bobby Irvine I think he went to the States ? My school mates came from the immediate araea of the school.
Geordie Car Raymond Grey Bobby Rainey Billy Rooney Teddy Daffin,to name a few.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jauntyjohnston on March 30, 2009, 08:50:30 PM
I lived in Elmdale Street and went to Avoniel Primary.  I had friends who went to Elmgrove.

Where do you live now? I played football at Avoniel School
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: IRISHAL on March 30, 2009, 09:01:04 PM
HI JAUNTY. DONT RECALL ANY OF THOSE GUYS. BOBBY ERVINE DID COME TO THE STATES WE PLAYED ON THE SAME TEAM HERE ALONG WITH DEREK LAWTHER AND TOMMY WAUGH REMEMBER THE WEE SCOUT HALL AT STEENS ROW. ALL THE BEST.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: wb54 on April 17, 2009, 02:10:13 AM
hi you exiles ,i was born in frankfort st 1954 then moved to apetta pde and left for shrewsbury england 1974. still get home afew times a year. if anyone wants you can look up google maps for ireland . its like you are there and atleast its dry.
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Post by: ali-cat on April 18, 2009, 09:18:01 AM
I grew up in the Knock/Ormiston area & wondered if there is anyone out there from the same area??!!

Although we are only in France now, we rarely go back to Belfast due the lack of direct flights & the fact that I won't put the cats in a cattery again!!  I'm a big softie!!  :yes:
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Post by: Epona on April 20, 2009, 04:32:09 PM
I was born in Castlereagh, but I left Belfast when I was four, so I don't remember much of my life in Belfast.  I remember a little, but not a lot!
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Post by: Liliantu on June 28, 2009, 09:37:30 AM
Hi, we lived in cable street on newtownards road. have lived in melbourne since 1973. went to beechfield street and templemore ave. schools from 1948 - 1956 when we moved to sandbrook park and i went to strand school for 1 year. anyone remember the teachers names from these schools.? cheersjavascript:replaceText('%20:)',%20document.forms.postmodify.message);
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Post by: john h on June 29, 2009, 06:18:48 PM
i was born chamberlian st 1957 moved to glenallen st moved to england about 1969 .been back on hols a few times .went to templemore av then ashfield sec school still miss the old place.
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Post by: BJK on June 29, 2009, 11:23:03 PM
Hi, does anybody know anything about the Kirkwoods who lived in the Pims avenue area(have a read at sydenhambettys post. these kirkwoods may be related to me and im keen to know a bit more about them.
Thanks
Bill
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Post by: billnl on June 30, 2009, 06:08:58 PM
Come from Hillsborough Gardens between the Woodstock and Castlereagh Roads.
Left in 82 and have lived in Holland since 1988
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Post by: mcd on June 30, 2009, 07:08:08 PM
lived in bloomfield st  went to elmgrove school and orangefield girls  school living in ont canada for 36 years now :yes:(http://http: [img])[/img]
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Post by: doddsy47 on June 30, 2009, 08:56:03 PM
Hi my father went to elmgrove he was from lechempher street and his mum lived in church street east originanally from pitt street and my mum
came from saunders street behind st patrcks church off newtownards road those were the days so much has changed now in east belfast.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on July 01, 2009, 11:37:04 PM
BJK Sorry I just noticed your inquiry about the Kirkwoods. Yes I knew them they lived at the corner of Pims Ave and Aigberth Pk.
What I remember was that they were really nice because we were always losing our ball into their garden. I hope you have some
luck getting more info.     Betty
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Post by: BJK on July 02, 2009, 09:29:27 PM
Hi Betty,
Many thanks for getting back to me. Aigburth park i think has two exits onto Pims avenue, can you remember which 'end' the Kirkwoods lived at? I think they were David and Hilda, do those names ring any bells? How long ago was it when you were getting your ball from their garden, sorry for bombarding you with questions, im trying to get an idea of when they were living in the area.
Many thanks
Bill
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Post by: btom on July 03, 2009, 04:02:07 PM
Hi my father went to elmgrove he was from lechempher street and his mum lived in church street east originanally from pitt street and my mum
came from saunders street behind st patrcks church off newtownards road those were the days so much has changed now in east belfast.
[Hi I have just came across this site and this is my first time using it. You were writing about the Newtownards road and Saunders street. Iwas born and reared in Saunders street but now live at Dundonald
/quote]
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Post by: vespamum on July 03, 2009, 06:46:25 PM
lived in 53 connsbrook ave left there in 69 to live in sandhill park, remember sliding down aigburth on tea trays in the winter. remember the Baxters who lived in Hillfoot street
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on July 05, 2009, 12:08:20 AM
BJK sorry only getting back to you I left in 1959 but they were still there wheen I would come home on vacation. The house was at the
Connsbrook Ave end the other exit was up near the Holywood road. I will call my friend who lived on Pims Ave at Aigberth and see
if I can find out more, hang in there   
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Bloomfieldgirl on July 15, 2009, 10:17:12 PM
I lived in Elmdale Street and went to Avoniel Primary.  I had friends who went to Elmgrove.

Where do you live now? I played football at Avoniel School

Hi Jaunty, sorry for delay in replying.  Been living in England for many years now, and in Kent for the past 30 odd years.  I was at Avoniel School from 1956 to 1962.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: btom on July 19, 2009, 01:45:52 PM
hI  I went to templemore avenue from 1950 until 1954. Then left to start work as you did then. I was born and reared in Saunders street but now live in Dundonald.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on July 20, 2009, 05:54:30 PM
Vespamum, noticed that you said you live 63 Connsbrook Ave. I lived in Hillfoor St. Where was 63 Connsbrook?
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: vespamum on July 21, 2009, 09:47:21 PM
betty i lived at 53 it was beside dessy gastons shop on the corner , i remember a choc machine on the wall . my aunt vera small lived in the house first then we moved in .  :P she lived beside willie lucas. i also remember a wee wool shop ? I remember the Baxters . and the chippy down brandon parade?
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Post by: vespamum on July 21, 2009, 09:54:29 PM
oops forgot to say my late mum sylvia grew up there , so that would have been elizabeth, vera , maureen, sheila , and sylvia cox.  :P
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on July 22, 2009, 02:58:08 PM
Vespa mum, the name Vera sounds very familiar think my sister knew her. Knew Willie Lucas and of course knew Desi Gaston. Yes there
was a wool shop called Whittons and the Brandon chip shop was owned by a brother and sister John and Margaret. Lovely people.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: vespamum on July 22, 2009, 08:00:32 PM
thank you for replying betty, i have many nice memories of connsbrook, my aunt vera helped bring up her sisters after my nana died when my mum was only 4. think my granda died when my mum was 12. i loved the chips  in that chip shop., used to be sent over to the butchers for 3/4 of mince steak , and a carrot and an onion, . its funny the things that come to mind. i remember a lady in the street behind us that had a gorgeous collie dog , we thought it was the real Lassie.  :D  ;)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: ravengirl on July 22, 2009, 08:27:03 PM


I was wondering if any of the ladies from Connsbrook remember a girl named Marion Redpath? She was a good friend of mine when we both attended Park Parade. I would love to know how she got on in life!!
I think she had a brother called Gordon.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on July 23, 2009, 05:37:58 PM
Raven, the name sounds familiar, but can,nt say that I know her. Where abouts on Connsbrook Ave did she live ?
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Post by: vespamum on July 23, 2009, 08:02:29 PM
raven, i recall that name , my younger sister went to park parade, (judy kelly), did marion live near the stranex's ? can anyone recall my friend florence lowe, who lived with her dad in station road sydenham?  ;)
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Post by: kathy lewis on July 23, 2009, 09:10:35 PM
hi kathy here, an exile from east belfast lived in island street, now live in wales.  i remember a chip shop in brandra street as my grandparents lived there.  i went to mersey street primary and then onto ashfield girls, left belfast in 1974.  my mothers family were from brandra street and my fathers family lived in island street.  my father also attended mersey street and i am not sure what school my mother would have attended. 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Chicago on July 23, 2009, 10:30:07 PM
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Hi I have just came across this site and this is my first time using it. You were writing about the Newtownards road and Saunders street. Iwas born and reared in Saunders street but now live at Dundonald

Hi, do you remember the Camerons who lived in Saunders Street.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Chicago on July 23, 2009, 10:35:32 PM
hi kathy here, an exile from east belfast lived in island street, now live in wales.  i remember a chip shop in brandra street as my grandparents lived there.  i went to mersey street primary and then onto ashfield girls, left belfast in 1974.  my mothers family were from brandra street and my fathers family lived in island street.  my father also attended mersey street and i am not sure what school my mother would have attended. 

Hi Kathy, I also went to Mersey Street Primary and then onto Ashfield. I lived in Church Street East...did you live in wee Island Street or big Island Street.  I am gong to send you a pm.
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Post by: vespamum on July 24, 2009, 02:16:19 PM
i attended Ashfield Girls for short time. Knew Jean Baine, Frances Lynch, Florence Lowe, Gay Sloan, (lived off Mersey Street, Jennifer Patton. Violet McAdam. Annette Livingston. Elizabeth Pollock.  ; My mum went to Mersey Street primary with the late Derek Dougan. my dads sister Martha Smyth lived in Oakdene Parade.
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Post by: kathy lewis on July 24, 2009, 03:46:35 PM
hi vespamum, kathy here my father went to mersey street school as did i, my father was also in school with derek dougan, remember him recalling his memories of derek.  perhaps your mother would remember my late father John Lewis from island street. 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Chicago on July 24, 2009, 04:54:02 PM
Some of the girls I knew from Ashfield were

Wilma McIntyre
Wilma McCartney
Jean Little
Joan Tweedy
Marjorie Bowman   
Helen Russell
Avril Lamour (sp)
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Post by: btom on July 24, 2009, 06:18:58 PM
Hi, do you remember the Camerons who lived in Saunders Street.

Hi I see Francy cameron now and again at Newtownards Shopping centre. I think he lives in Ards somwhere, His brother Jackie I used to see now and then  but not sure if he is still alive or not.
All the best
Billy
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Post by: Chicago on July 24, 2009, 07:50:18 PM
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Hi I see Francy cameron now and again at Newtownards Shopping centre. I think he lives in Ards somwhere, His brother Jackie I used to see now and then  but not sure if he is still alive or not.
All the best
Billy

Jackie is still alive,  The sisters have both lost their husbands, and my mum died 2 years ago. Other than that all the Cameron clan are still alive and kicking, although getting up there in years.

- Jen
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Post by: vespamum on July 24, 2009, 09:36:19 PM
hi vespamum, kathy here my father went to mersey street school as did i, my father was also in school with derek dougan, remember him recalling his memories of derek.  perhaps your mother would remember my late father John Lewis from island street. 
hi kathy , sadly my mum died 12 years ago at only 58, she always said she loved the wee "mersey" her name was sylvia cox.  sadly theres only one sister left out of 5 . you may be younger than me, im 53,, i loved living and growing up in the east.  ;)
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Post by: kathy lewis on July 24, 2009, 09:55:10 PM
hi vespamum, i am 52 next month, did you go to mersey street school and where in east belfast did you live, if you went to mersey street you would have been there the same time as me. sorry to hear about your mum, she was very young.
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Post by: vespamum on July 24, 2009, 10:23:25 PM
hi vespamum, i am 52 next month, did you go to mersey street school and where in east belfast did you live, if you went to mersey street you would have been there the same time as me. sorry to hear about your mum, she was very young.
i moved into 53 connsbrook ave after my aunt vera moved to Bangor. in 1968  , i didnt go to Mersey st, but i did go to Ashfield. I was the eldest so i had to look after by baby brother Timothy , i have memories of wheeeling him to Vicky Park when i was 13 , manys a time i wanted to wheel him into the water lolol, when your 13 and starting to notice fellahs last thing you need is a 3 year old brother , who will to tour mammy ,i have 2 brothers and 2 sisters, all younger.  :)
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Post by: vespamum on July 24, 2009, 10:24:07 PM
tout to mammy
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: vespamum on July 24, 2009, 10:31:13 PM
ive just remembered a fellahs name billy mcburney, dont know why that came to mind lol , must be me age?  :P
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Post by: Chicago on July 24, 2009, 10:54:12 PM
Hi Vespamum,

you would have been at Ashfield around the same year as me. Do you remember the little variety show we used to put on at the school? I was sang the song Öthe real big spender in itÖ.by Shirley Bassey.
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Post by: vespamum on July 25, 2009, 11:12:09 AM
do you know , something rings a bell. i was never outgoing or anything, i loved art and english , but that was about it. did you have long dark hair? when i was there they were still wearing them robes , they looked like batmen swooshing up the corridor. can i remember a miss bullock? i also remember that from the music room or library we could see the boys walk up the lane to school. at that time , there was a skinhead called Nelty who al the girls fancied. from newtownards road,

He was far to dangerous for me to even think of lolol, my mum was realy scrict !!!. and i remember the rush to get the bus after school. it was taking your life in your hands. And you held onto the pole fro grim death as the drivers would just take off.  i remember a girl called  Peggy Bunn lived off the newtownards road , and Dawn Cardy whose people owned a shopp just up from the school.
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Post by: Chicago on July 26, 2009, 06:00:37 PM
Yes I did Vespamum, but then again so did most of us. I remember the name mrs bullock. OMG that music teacher, I remember she had blond hair. They wore the robes when I went there also. I don't remember anyone called Nelty. I do remember a Kirk Walters.  Oh those buses were really dangerous. I think they took off when there was no more room on them. A group of us started walking home via Vicky Park. What about walking across the road in our navy blue knickers, to get to the hocky field. I bet the kids don't do that today.
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Post by: kathy lewis on July 26, 2009, 06:09:57 PM
yes chicago,  i remember those navy knickers, i remember crossing the road to get to the playing field and the cars would stop, and there we were prancing in our drawers. would'nt be allowed today.  i think the music teacher was mrs underwood, there was also a mrs brian whose class was the art room, and a mrs pollock, mrs semple was the one who wore a wig and a mrs thompson who taught PE.  Mrs agnew taught maths.   
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Chicago on July 26, 2009, 06:20:19 PM
Hi Kathy,

Was Mrs Agnew the one, who if you got her started on her daughter, she would talk about her the whole math class?  there was also another math teacher came over from England. Lovely woman she was. I had forgotten about mrs semple and her wig. Do you think that the wee flat is still there, I only saw it the once, but I thought I would have loved to live in it, as it was so clean, quiet and very tidy. 7 of us in a two up two down house, was never that quiet and tidy. lol.
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Post by: kathy lewis on July 26, 2009, 07:15:56 PM
yes chicago, thats the one, when we did'nt feel like working we would start to ask questions about her daughter  :)
i don't know if the little flat is still there.  have you tried looking at google earth, you can see ashfield as it is today. 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jauntyjohnston on July 27, 2009, 04:48:06 PM
Hi my father went to elmgrove he was from lechempher street and his mum lived in church street east originanally from pitt street and my mum
came from saunders street behind st patrcks church off newtownards road those were the days so much has changed now in east belfast.

Hi I GREW UP IN GROVE ST EAST WHAT WAS YOUR DAD NAME I'M SURE I WOULD KNOW HIM
JAUNTY
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Post by: vespamum on August 02, 2009, 01:49:50 PM
 :Pjust a wee request ,wondering if anybody remembers my friend Florence Lowe of Station rd Sydenham. she  lived there with her dad, i went to school with Florence, and would love to know what happened to her. last seen her in early 80s . thanks
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Post by: fitzy on August 05, 2009, 09:37:08 PM
hi girls im only new to this forum and its been great reading your lovely memories i went to mersey street school and my family lived facing the mcburneys in witham street my big brother Raymond played with them. i still see billy mc burney from time to time i also know kay slone her mum died a few months ago she still lives in severn st over the railer. ill tell billy to get on the forum bye for now marie formally crothers
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Post by: vespamum on August 06, 2009, 07:52:48 PM
do i remember a gay sloan?, think she went about with an anette eakin. anyway its great to hear all the names mentioned.  :P
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Virgo on August 08, 2009, 11:21:41 PM
hi girls im only new to this forum and its been great reading your lovely memories i went to mersey street school and my family lived facing the mcburneys in witham street my big brother Raymond played with them. i still see billy mc burney from time to time i also know kay slone her mum died a few months ago she still lives in severn st over the railer. ill tell billy to get on the forum bye for now marie formally crothers
  :) Hi Vespamum and Fitzy, I am also a newbie on the Forum and I am enjoying reading all the postings too. I just had to butt in here because even though I know I am most likely not related to Billy McBurney  I had felt I had to talk to you both. I had a cousin and an uncle and a granddad with that name. My maiden name is McBurney. I was born in North Belfast (Oldpark Road area) and my family moved to the then new Braniel Estate in 1959. Wouldn't it be fantastic If it turned out were we are related? Just a thought, hope you don't mind my ramblings  ::)
Virgo
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Nodak on August 09, 2009, 01:29:19 AM
Christopher do you remember a Noel Wills he has an older brother, Alec. Noel went to Australia but I heard he might be back in Belfast. He was a good mate of my brother and worked at the GPO as a postman for a time. I know he is from East Belfast somewhere. Also do you know a Morris and Vi Richardson?
Maureen
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Post by: vespamum on August 09, 2009, 01:13:16 PM
there is a good chance that , you could be related to mcburney, as happened in 50 and 60s people moved out of towns and into suburbs, (better housing etc , the reason i know billy mcburney is i had a date with him when i was 13 , total disastor as my mum decided to dress me like doris day instead of me usual wranglers and ben sherman shirt with baseball boots, he took one look at me and ran, its hilarious now  but then i wanted to die.  :D
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Post by: Nodak on August 09, 2009, 08:21:59 PM
If you're an exile from east Belfast the East Belfast Herald might like to hear from you.
It could be a good way of contacting old friends still living in that area of the city. 
Christopher do you know a guy by the name of Noel Wills and his brother Alec. Noel was in Australia but I heard he might be back home again. He was a postman in the 1960s....also did you know Morris and Vi Richardson?
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Post by: Jon B on August 09, 2009, 08:26:45 PM

  Bad news Nodak,

  Christopher passed away.

  http://www.belfastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=21463.0 (http://www.belfastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=21463.0)  

  Good luck anyway

  JonB
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Virgo on August 10, 2009, 02:40:51 AM
there is a good chance that , you could be related to mcburney, as happened in 50 and 60s people moved out of towns and into suburbs, (better housing etc , the reason i know billy mcburney is i had a date with him when i was 13 , total disastor as my mum decided to dress me like doris day instead of me usual wranglers and ben sherman shirt with baseball boots, he took one look at me and ran, its hilarious now  but then i wanted to die.  :D

Hi Vespamum,
Him running away was his loss because although I don't know you just reading your reply to my posting made me laugh. I can tell you have a great sense of humour :) I know what you mean about having to wear what your mother told you to wear. That's the way it was done then, what thirteen yearold would do that these days  :o  Anyway thanks for your reply, as for being related to Billy McBurney I don't hold out any hope as I don't think there are any of our family left in Belfast but I hope I'm wrong.
Take care  :)
Virgo.
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Post by: Kazzie on August 10, 2009, 09:53:07 AM
hi you exiles ,i was born in frankfort st 1954 then moved to apetta pde and left for shrewsbury england 1974. still get home afew times a year. if anyone wants you can look up google maps for ireland . its like you are there and atleast its dry.

I was born in Frankfort st - 1963! Moved to Australia in 1972, been here ever since.
Was back in 2006 but only for a couple of days.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: vespamum on August 10, 2009, 08:17:51 PM
Hi Vespamum,
Him running away was his loss because although I don't know you just reading your reply to my posting made me laugh. I can tell you have a great sense of humour :) I know what you mean about having to wear what your mother told you to wear. That's the way it was done then, what thirteen yearold would do that these days  :o  Anyway thanks for your reply, as for being related to Billy McBurney I don't hold out any hope as I don't think there are any of our family left in Belfast but I hope I'm wrong.
Take care  :)
Virgo.
thanks for your quote , virgo  :P believe you me you needed a sense of humour in those days, i mean when your name is Grace Kelly , manys a time , when i told people my name , it was "aye right wee doll, and im john wayne"  , but i have to say i wouldnt be a youngster in this day and age , god love them , theres so much pressure on them. They were hard times and scarey at times , but all in all. you learnt how to survive.

I loved growing up in the east , i went to belmont youth club. great wee place, and to think i was allowed to go out 3 times a week until 10.30 at night , my kids laugh at me. But i honestly dont feel as if i missed ouon anything. anyway thats  enuff waffling from me, hows about some of your memories. Nice to meet you  ;)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: fitzy on August 11, 2009, 01:45:37 AM
hi girls billy mc burney now lives in belvior estate,  i was talking to a neighbour who goes to his sisters every week. so hes going tell her you were asking. i also seen gay slone on saturday on the road with her grandgrand children but she was to far ahead ill let her know aswell. Gay ill probley join in sometime. you probley shopped in neely stewarts years ago or stanley brooks.
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Post by: vespamum on August 11, 2009, 08:21:59 PM
 :P
hi girls billy mc burney now lives in belvior estate,  i was talking to a neighbour who goes to his sisters every week. so hes going tell her you were asking. i also seen gay slone on saturday on the road with her grandgrand children but she was to far ahead ill let her know aswell. Gay ill probley join in sometime. you probley shopped in neely stewarts years ago or stanley brooks.
hia fitzy . great to hear gay and bill  doing good. i have 2 grandkids meself now. i love it, you get all the benefits without the responsibilty  ;)  i remember my mum taking me to a big department store , it wasnt brookes it was further down the road , facing were the Belvoir Bar is now. she got me a school pinafore for Ashfield it nearly hit my ankles , cos she said it had to last me. and the humiliation of wanting mocassins and she made me get plain "nun" shoes as we called them. we still had to wear  berets then , omg it was like frank spencer in drag, and the number of times mine was thrown under the bus by the boys . and the ultimate humiliation the bra fitting , i was still quite tomboyish , but me body was saying summfin else. i got 2 black ones for school and a white one for sunday.   now madonna would have been proud of those connical wonders. i gurned the whole way home saying i was keeping my liberty vest on. !!!! Ahhhhhhh happy days , when i go shopping with my grandaughter its . accessorise this and match that .  :-*
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Post by: sydenhambetty on August 13, 2009, 02:38:32 PM
Hi ya all, Vespamum know what I was thinking about last night the sponge cakes we used to get in the Brandon bakery. 2/6 they were. We
got them when company was coming. Wonder if the bakery is still there also do you remember Mrs Millars shop at the corner of Hillfoot St
and Pims Ave or was that before your time.
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Post by: vespamum on August 13, 2009, 07:43:42 PM
hi sydbetty, dont remember the wee shop on corner , do remember the laundry off pimms ave. and the bakery we used to get butter biscuits they were gorgeous. Consbrook was great for shops , the only time we needed to go down the 'road' was on sat  to get the beef shin, and soup veg in that veg shop thats still there ,down from the CON club, if we behaved we got desanos ice cream.,  :P
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on August 13, 2009, 07:51:13 PM
Hiya girl. we got our soup veg from Nora,s across the road from your house next door to Sinclairs and then the meat from Robin,s next
door. When we went down the road it was to the Paragon for material, the wool shop at the arches and Whites bakery just under the
arches, then on to Fuscos for the 99. God I wish I could relive those days even for a day. I loved my neighbourhood and had a grat time
growing up there. I am still in touch with my oldest friend in the world who lived at 3 Pimms Ave corner of Aigberth Pk. She lives out
in BC but we talk on the phone and I have been out to visit her several times.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: vespamum on August 14, 2009, 04:33:05 PM
 :Pim 53 sydbetty but  as i said i had been going to my aunt veras  53 consbrook ave. from a baby ,then we moved in in 1967, when she went to Bangor to live. Do you recall Eunie Strip?  she lived next door to us. oh do you remember the llovely vegatable roll from the butchers? dont eat much red meat these days , but i know we loved it with champ and cabbage, fried of course. i was just talking to my sister last night , and she remember a horrible house fire in a big detached house off Consbrook ,in about 1968, a mother and child perished? I remember everyone standing crying. very sad. hope your well, and enjoy the weekend  :-*
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: fitzy on August 18, 2009, 09:46:01 PM
hi vespamum the shop down the road was called Burks, i got my Ashfield uniform from there aswell, mummys were always discracein ya i was kissing a fella called stewarty in crew street and my mummy was out side our door in her nightdress and rollers shouting for me to come in. do you remember phillip Rolstons chipper in Armitage st.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: vespamum on August 18, 2009, 11:05:08 PM
iya fitzy , i remember it vaquely, i know what you mean about mums, god forbid a fellah called for you. my mum would invite him into the parlour , and the grilling would begin, im telling ya caslereagh would have given  you an easier time. and god forbid he said he had a car, then he would be told to have me back for a certain time, Only the brave chanced a second date , lol. But  you see she had a built in safety device as far as boys and i were concerned in the shape of a wee brother who was 10 years younger than me , he would tell everything ,,,,,,  >:(i was the eldest of 5 . do you recall violet mcadam and june bain they chummed together , vioolet lived in derwent street, and jean in hornby street .
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: vespamum on August 18, 2009, 11:06:13 PM
sorry bout spelling got me wrong specs on  :D
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: lizzie on August 19, 2009, 10:29:08 AM
i am looking for the fultons whose family lived in beersbridge road in the 1940s their names were robert, maggie jane, nessie, does this ring a bell with anyone. thanks lizzie
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: fitzy on August 29, 2009, 10:18:22 PM
hi vespamum ill ask my brother and big sis if they remember them i was telling gay i was talking to you but i forgot your name was grace. did you have an aunt susy and uncle bobby if so my mum worked in the rope works with susy. like your brother i was nine years younger than my big brother and 5years younger than my sister jean, my mummy was hyper protective with us because we grew up in witham st during the troubles. they were lumbered with me to i remember followin my sister and a boy called tom sanderson from connsbrook ave, they were going for a walk in vicky park she was going to kill my and my mate marion.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: fitzy on August 29, 2009, 10:21:16 PM
they probley do remember them my great aunt jean emerson lived in stoneyford street, we were always in her house.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: fitzy on August 29, 2009, 10:31:04 PM
hi vespa mum ive just remembered my brother went about with a fella callad john greenaway who lived in derwent street, they all played football for the methodist church or east belfast mission now.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: vespamum on August 29, 2009, 11:27:01 PM
no uncle  bobby or  auntie susy. i had aunt vera , maureen, betty sheila . i know what you mean about troubles , although to be honest i know this sounds weird but im more afraid now, maybe we were aneathetised with all that trouble , or im just not as brave as i was, lol. Names keep popping back into my head. Like Anne Beck, Frances Lynch, Annette Livingston.  my mum was good friends with dessie hamilton and his wife. hope your well.  ;)
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Post by: jay on August 31, 2009, 03:20:39 PM
To Jaunty Johnston ,My name is jim smith i came from Elmdale st.we were a big family and went to Elimgrove school ,teachers i remember Sullivan the headmaster Preston and Scott nicknamed tarsan ,Annie Archer and baldy Marks .I knew Billy Rooney and Geordie Carr I kept in touch with Geordie until lately but he is in poor health .Ah well good memories poor but happy.
   JAY
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Danny Boy on September 01, 2009, 08:15:45 PM
Hello all,

my dad was born in Island St, then they moved to Bloomfield in the 1940s. my dad is one of 10 kids and they all went to Elmgrove school only 2 left in Belfast.
If all the exiles moved back our wee island would sink.

In east Belfast where George knew Best
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: madness on September 02, 2009, 06:54:31 PM
well people just came acros this site due to having nothing to do. i still live in the east orginaly from the jonesboro , clara and ravensdale street  area from about the 1970s. anyone remember wee alfie at the corner of jonesboro st and clara st #{i say wee because he was about 3ft tall} all he done was whistle.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on September 02, 2009, 08:22:32 PM
well people just came acros this site due to having nothing to do. i still live in the east orginaly from the jonesboro , clara and ravensdale street  area from about the 1970s. anyone remember wee alfie at the corner of jonesboro st and clara st #{i say wee because he was about 3ft tall} all he done was whistle.
I remember wee Alfie standing outside the Castle Picture House, he was there years I remember him when I was in my teens and that wasn't yesterday.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on September 02, 2009, 08:40:16 PM
Does anyone remember the wee shop at the Loopland, Castlereagh Road, Mrs Rainey's, we used to be able to buy sweets and cigs on a Sunday and late at night, and the boys were able to buy one cig at a time.

Richies the chip shop, and the The Park Shop, Castlereagh Road. sweets bought there to go to the Ambassador, I am talking the 50's .
Happy times  :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: madness on September 02, 2009, 10:19:10 PM
what about ms holmes {homesy's} at the corner of Isoline St. you could get your single {ciggie} in there for 2p ---yep 2p---. she sold all kinds of grociery's. when i was a child of about 8 or 9 my parents would send me there to get a loaf or something and you told ms holmes your 'ma' would give her the money later but she could never remember so you always made a bob or two. then what about across the road you had the victory shop and just up a bit there was the polar bear ice cream shop which was owned by fat sam and his wife irene. i think that was maybe in the early 80s though.
the one that gets everyone thinking -- what about the time the airoplane crashed just of the castlereagh road just beside were sunblest is now and at the rear of the andersons haulage yard in channing st. i think that was around 74. i can remember the two pilots coming down with there yellow parachutes
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: madness on September 02, 2009, 10:21:26 PM
sorry about the spelling mistakes above. trying to rush things ::) . i should have had a  preview first
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Post by: maureenr25 on September 05, 2009, 01:57:21 PM
Just Googled this TC    although the link is dead

The Cregagh Estate was built by the Northern Ireland Housing Trust between. 1945 and 1950. The design and layout of the buildings were influenced by ...
www.planningni.gov.uk/AreaPlans_Policy/Plans/BMA/draft_plan/pdf/Part4V5/MetropCastlereagh/Urban.pdf - Similar pages

Deke, Was Clonduff Dr. part of this estate?  I lived there but as a baby, don't remember too much.
I tried your Salmon loaf last night, delicious.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Jon B on September 05, 2009, 02:44:26 PM
what about ms holmes {homesy's} at the corner of Isoline St.   

 Welcome aboard Madness,

 I remember she had a horrible poodle which sat inside a hollowed out old TV on a table in the back office.
 It was clearly visible and close to her bacon slicer,
 todays Environmental Health people would have a fit if they'd seen it.
 
 
 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: madness on September 05, 2009, 07:33:20 PM

  Welcome aboard Madness,

 thanx jon b for the welcome
 
 
 
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Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: madness on September 05, 2009, 07:42:12 PM
jon b.. talking of  the Environmental Health people regarding holmes shop, what about if they had went into "greasey Dans" chippy down at John Longs Corner they would have closed it. But then if they did that i think at the time there would have been a public uproar. Do you remember your food was handed over to you wrapped in newspaper soaked in vingear. One thing was for sure though you got great value then than what you do now if you go to a chippy. You queued up on the dirty floor with hygene never mentioned and it did'nt do any of us any harm.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: deke on September 05, 2009, 10:30:13 PM
Deke, Was Clonduff Dr. part of this estate?  I lived there but as a baby, don't remember too much.
I tried your Salmon loaf last night, delicious.

Maureen      Clonduff Dr was not part of the Cregagh Estate , Clonduff Dr ran off the Castlereagh Rd near Montgomery Rd.   :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: maureenr25 on September 05, 2009, 10:33:32 PM
Maureen      Clonduff Dr was not part of the Cregagh Estate , Clonduff Dr ran off the Castlereagh Rd near Montgomery Rd.   :)
Thanks Deke for clearing that up.  Just wondering where abouts everyone was talking about.  I know that it has a lot of streets that start with C.  I remember Castlereagh Rd. and the Cregagh Rd. and also Carney Cres.  as for the rest I don't remember.  When I visit Belfast I'm usually over in the South where my parents grew up and all my relatives live.  I go by my old house and take pictures.  We usually go to Roselawn to VISIT relatives there.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: olelad on September 07, 2009, 09:36:52 PM
Maureen      Clonduff Dr was not part of the Cregagh Estate , Clonduff Dr ran off the Castlereagh Rd near Montgomery Rd.   :)

clonduff estate is at the top of the castlereagh rd
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: madness on September 09, 2009, 07:46:44 PM
clonduff estate is at the top of the castlereagh rd

Maureen : Clonduff estate is at the top of the Castlereagh Rd on the right hand side. You should pass it on your way to Roselawn. The estate is just before the traffic lights at the top. Clonduff Drive is the street that leads you into the estate and goes as far down to the Robinson Centre { aslo know as Montgomery Bath's}. ::)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: madness on September 09, 2009, 07:51:22 PM
being new this as you all know. The question i have is how do i get the quote that i am trying to answer into the light coloured box ??
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: McNamee on September 09, 2009, 08:17:18 PM
Hit the bottom on the right just above which says Quote O0
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: madness on September 10, 2009, 10:01:29 PM
Hit the bottom on the right just above which says Quote O0

thanx
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: madness on September 10, 2009, 10:06:07 PM
Hi I GREW UP IN GROVE ST EAST WHAT WAS YOUR DAD NAME I'M SURE I WOULD KNOW HIM
JAUNTY

I spent a great time of my life living with my granny who lived in Foxglove st. Do you remember the Mcilroys and one of the brothers called Tinfoil ?. 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Jon B on September 15, 2009, 08:46:19 PM
Do you remember the Mcilroys and one of the brothers called Tinfoil ?. 

 I remember a punk used to run around called Davy Tinfoil, had an unfortunate face injury made him
 stand out.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: josofagus on September 15, 2009, 10:09:15 PM
I spent a great time of my life living with my granny who lived in Foxglove st. Do you remember the Mcilroys and one of the brothers called Tinfoil ?. 
M'uncle owned the shoe shop at the corner of Grove St East.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: josofagus on September 15, 2009, 10:14:39 PM
jon b.. talking of  the Environmental Health people regarding holmes shop, what about if they had went into "greasey Dans" chippy down at John Longs Corner they would have closed it. But then if they did that i think at the time there would have been a public uproar. Do you remember your food was handed over to you wrapped in newspaper soaked in vingear. One thing was for sure though you got great value then than what you do now if you go to a chippy. You queued up on the dirty floor with hygene never mentioned and it did'nt do any of us any harm.

That was the 'Hub of the Wheel' run by Cecil (Blood Vessel), the food was atrocious, but you got tons of it. Welcome aboard Madness.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: madness on September 16, 2009, 05:49:27 PM
I remember a punk used to run around called Davy Tinfoil, had an unfortunate face injury made him
 stand out.
thats him davy tinfoil. he later became Sid Vicious by way of the deed poll and his girl at the time {cant remember her real name} changed hers to nancy {the real sid vicious's girlfriend}. there was quite a few headers running about the area then anyone else you can dig out from the back of your brains :).
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: madness on September 16, 2009, 05:52:08 PM
M'uncle owned the shoe shop at the corner of Grove St East.
that was McAvoys boot menders and not because your were related but in that wee shop he did wonders. At the other side of Grove St was a pet shop if my memory serves me right
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast? Irish Al.
Post by: ulsterstan on October 06, 2009, 12:33:11 AM
Just learned  Irish Al passed away  in  Santa  Mirage  near LA.  his Obit. is in the Monday,s Tele.   I emailed him personally   Albert Lorimer  came from around Ravenhill Ave  and up the Cregagh. think he was about 75  and went to Elmgrove school. Nice guy   his photo is in Facebook. Stan Sloan.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: ulsterstan on October 06, 2009, 12:53:59 AM
 Anyone remember  Dougie McClelland  lived at the other end of the row of houses from  Raineys. After moving from Connsbrook Pk.  we lived in 238 Castlereagh Rd.  for a few years before the family came here in Nov. 58. I was 19.   Also  the Cregagh Dairies was across from Rainey,s  i had a few pals work there.       
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: WULLIE on October 06, 2009, 08:40:49 PM
Hiya girl. we got our soup veg from Nora,s across the road from your house next door to Sinclairs and then the meat from Robin,s next
door. When we went down the road it was to the Paragon for material, the wool shop at the arches and Whites bakery just under the
arches, then on to Fuscos for the 99. God I wish I could relive those days even for a day. I loved my neighbourhood and had a grat time
growing up there. I am still in touch with my oldest friend in the world who lived at 3 Pimms Ave corner of Aigberth Pk. She lives out
in BC but we talk on the phone and I have been out to visit her several times.

NO MENTION OF JACKIE THORMAN OR WILLIE REAH FROM YOU YET
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on October 07, 2009, 02:01:59 PM
Hi Wullie, who are you and where are you from? :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on October 07, 2009, 02:39:10 PM
Right Wullie fess up, I have a good idea anyway.  ;)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: WULLIE on October 07, 2009, 03:34:47 PM
Hi Wullie, who are you and where are you from? :)

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD OF JACKIE THORMAN?
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: WULLIE on October 07, 2009, 05:30:24 PM
Right Wullie fess up, I have a good idea anyway.  ;)
SINCLAIR'S SHOP'S all DERELICT AND BOARDED UP
GASTON'S SHOP A HOUSE NOW AS IS THE WOOL SHOP
BIG CHESTNUT TREE OPPOSITE BAILIE'S SHOP AT CORNER OF PARK AVE, HAS BEEN CUT DOWN.BAILIE'S SHOP GONE
PETROL STATION NOW A LOCK UP LORRY PARK.
DAN'S BILLIARD HALL GONE. ELLIFER'S NOW A MASONIC HALL
PIM'S AVE LAUNDRY GONE BRANDON CHIPPY & BAKERY GONE.A ROW OF TOWN HOUSES NOW.
PLACE IS A MESS SORRY I WENT BACK TO LOOK.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on October 07, 2009, 11:08:36 PM
Wullie met up with Jackie a few years ago. It was great to see her again after so long but have,nt seen her since. OK now it is time
you told me who you are and where you are. If you don,t want to post it send me a PM. You obviously lived beside me or are
you Jackie herself.?  ;)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: WULLIE on October 08, 2009, 12:05:25 PM
Wullie met up with Jackie a few years ago. It was great to see her again after so long but have,nt seen her since. OK now it is time
you told me who you are and where you are. If you don,t want to post it send me a PM. You obviously lived beside me or are
you Jackie herself.?  ;)
SORRY TO SAY NO,
MET JACKIE'S COUSIN GEORGE THORMAN WHILE I WAS THERE ALSO KNOWN AS GEORGE SAUNDERS HE LIVED IN DEVON PARADE
HE TOLD ME THAT JACKIE HAD DIED IN A REHAB CLINIC IN THE STATES AGED 61 SAD & DEPRESSING NEWS
ALSO BUMBE'D INTO HARRY HULL (DRESSED ALL IN BLACK LIKE A TEDDY BOY WHEN HE WAS YOUNG, THE GIRLS LIKED HIM).
HE HAS LONG WHITE HAIR NOW AND IS A PREACHER IN AN EAST BELFAST MISSION
WHAT A CHANGE 50 YEARS MAKE.
I KNEW YOU TO SEE BUT YOU DON'T KNOW ME.  I HARDLEY KNOW MYSELF NOW.
HAPPENED TO SEE THIS SITE BY ACCIDENT & THOUGHT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT JACKIE.

MARION REDPATH MARRIED BRUCE WILSON HE LIVED IN THE ROW OF HOUSES OPPISITE PIMS AVENUE NOTICED SOMEONE ASKED YOU BUT THEY WENT TO LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE.

SO THAT'S ME FINISHED. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

P.S. PLAZA & FIESTA BOTH BULLDOZED FOR REDEVELOPMENT. BEST TO JUST STICK WITH YOUR MEMORIES.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on October 08, 2009, 12:34:36 PM
Wullie, thank you so much for replying. I am shocked to hear about Jackie and very sad. Jackie was here in Canada not that far from
me. So I am confused that she was in the states. Are you sure?. Please, please keep in touch. You mentioned so much that I must
know you. How did you know about Willie Rea. Not many from Sydenham knew him. Please reply even by Personal message. I
must know you.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: WULLIE on October 08, 2009, 04:30:52 PM
Wullie, thank you so much for replying. I am shocked to hear about Jackie and very sad. Jackie was here in Canada not that far from
me. So I am confused that she was in the states. Are you sure?. Please, please keep in touch. You mentioned so much that I must
know you. How did you know about Willie Rea. Not many from Sydenham knew him. Please reply even by Personal message. I
must know you.
PREFER TO STAY ANOMONOUS BETTY YOU HONESTLY YOU WOULD NOT KNOW ME.
(AT FIRST I THOUGHT YOU WERE BETTY FERGUSON WHO LIVED ON CORNER OF CONNSBROOK AVE AND FERNVALE STREET)
I MAY HAVE PICKED JACKIE'S COUSIN UP WRONG( IT CAME AS A SHOCK WHEN HE TOLD ME )BUT NEARLY SURE HE SAID STATES HIS WIFE DIED OF CANCER 15 YEARS AGO HE NOW LIVES ON HIS OWN IN VICTORIA ROAD.IN HIS MID 70'S
JACKIE AND I WERE FRIENDS AFTER YOU LEFT AND WENT TO THE PLAZA AT LUNCH TIME(SHE WAS IN A DANCE TEAM JIVE I THINK)
SAW HER IN THE FIESTA AT WEEKENDS
WILLIE WAS HER BOYFRIEND AT THE TIME ,AND STILL BOXING SO GOT TO KNOW HIM AND JOE MISER,BUT NOT THAT WELL.JUST KEPT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THEM AS THEY SAY.
THE PAST DEPRESSES ME NOW AND I KEEP IT WELL TO THE BACK OF MY MIND.
SO THAT'S ABOUT IT BETTY FERGUSON FROM HILLFOOT STREET HOPE I HAVEN'T DEPRESSED YOU
TAKE CARE.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on October 08, 2009, 04:40:27 PM
Thanks Wullie for getting back to me. Willie Rea has passed away as well. Found that out through the Market thread on here.
I feel though for some reason that you are feeling bad about something and I wish I could help. Everything changes with time
for us all. I hope your life has happiness in it whoever you are I consider you my "Homeie" as the kids would say. Please stay
in touch. I am sending you a big hug.  *
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on October 16, 2009, 11:55:29 PM
Ulsterstan, I was born and brought up off the Castlereagh Road, (Manna Grove)and knew Rainey's well as my brothers used to buy a singe cig from there before we went to the Ambo pictures, do you remember the shop opposite The Park I think it was called.

I don't what side of the road you lived but did you ever come across Maynard and Norman Jones, can't remember the number but it was on the same side as Rainey's near Grand Parade.

Good memories. :) :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: big e on October 17, 2009, 05:52:06 PM
 Hi Rosielee.  Noticed you worked at Shorts cost office. Left you a post on the Dee St thread.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Giannineo on October 22, 2009, 08:55:39 AM
rosielee, did you know Robert Bell in Manna grove?
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on October 25, 2009, 03:39:52 PM
Giannineo, There was a family of Bell's living 2 houses away from us in Manna Grove, but am not sure whether Robert was the father or the son. What age group are we talking about.
 :) ;)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: josofagus on October 25, 2009, 11:06:55 PM
I used to go out with a girl who had a friend in Manna Grove. Her name was Yvonne Jack, she was delicious, I never got past the meet and greet stage, so the undeniable intentions of Josofagus, were thwarted.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: pussy-galore on October 25, 2009, 11:12:29 PM
I used to go out with a girl who had a friend in Manna Grove. Her name was Yvonne Jack, she was delicious, I never got past the meet and greet stage, so the undeniable intentions of Josofagus, were thwarted.

How did you know she was delicious then :P
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: josofagus on October 25, 2009, 11:18:32 PM
Anticipation, but she was beautiful, I used to sit with my girlfriend and wish she'd disappear.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: pussy-galore on October 25, 2009, 11:43:07 PM
Anticipation, but she was beautiful, I used to sit with my girlfriend and wish she'd disappear.

Lovely!  ::)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on October 25, 2009, 11:53:02 PM
I used to go out with a girl who had a friend in Manna Grove. Her name was Yvonne Jack, she was delicious, I never got past the meet and greet stage, so the undeniable intentions of Josofagus, were thwarted.

What year was that, the name is familar  :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: pussy-galore on October 26, 2009, 12:11:05 AM
What year was that, the name is familar  :)

He told me before - 1923.  :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: grannyspice on October 26, 2009, 10:14:44 AM
I used to go out with a girl who had a friend in Manna Grove. Her name was Yvonne Jack, she was delicious, I never got past the meet and greet stage, so the undeniable intentions of Josofagus, were thwarted.
Josofagus - Yvonne's mum is a friend of mine. Yvonne lives in Australia and was widowed shortly after she emigrated. She has since remarried and still lives in Australia
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on October 26, 2009, 10:41:38 PM
Grannyspice, I am curious about the Jack family, did the Dad work in Short & Harlands, and what were their christain names.  :) :) 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Giannineo on October 26, 2009, 11:10:53 PM
Rosielee... Robert was the son..now about 59 years of age...was at Rosetta school with me..lived off Ravenhill Road before moving to Manna Grove
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on October 26, 2009, 11:18:33 PM
Giannineo, Yes that was the family that lived 2 doors from us, If I remember there were 2 girls and 1 boy, one of the girls Kathy I think was a nurse. They moved there when I was about 20 so I didn't have a lot to do with them, by then I was into dancing, boys etc.,
 :) :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: josofagus on October 26, 2009, 11:25:54 PM
Goodness, I didn't expect all this information, Yvonne wouldn't know me from Adam, but she was a very vivacious, beautiful young woman, who I felt could've done anything.

Maybe I was just [censored] off with my girlfriend who didn't look as pretty.

 :-* :-*
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: pussy-galore on October 26, 2009, 11:45:18 PM
Where is MANNA GROVE?  ???
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: josofagus on October 27, 2009, 12:00:20 PM
He told me before - 1923.  :)

About 1972/3.

 :-*
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: josofagus on October 27, 2009, 12:03:40 PM
Where is MANNA GROVE?  ???

Off Castlereagh Rd/Orby Drive. Not far from my old school.

 :-* :-*
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: pussy-galore on October 27, 2009, 12:33:01 PM
Off Castlereagh Rd/Orby Drive. Not far from my old school.

 :-*  *
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: grannyspice on October 28, 2009, 06:39:17 PM
Grannyspice, I am curious about the Jack family, did the Dad work in Short & Harlands, and what were their christain names.  :) :) 

Rosielee,        Yes, Jim Jack did work in Shorts as did his wife Elsie. Jim died several years ago
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kiwipaddy on October 29, 2009, 12:45:32 PM
Hi there josofagus - I just logged on to see this thread after receiving a call from NI telling me about it.  Don't know if it is me or not?? but I'm Yvonne nee Jack who used to live at Manna Grove now living in Perth Australia.  Who are you, can you give me a clue? I am fascinated! Love to hear from you ;)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: BobbieS on October 30, 2009, 12:48:53 AM
Hi there josofagus - I just logged on to see this thread after receiving a call from NI telling me about it.  Don't know if it is me or not?? but I'm Yvonne nee Jack who used to live at Manna Grove now living in Perth Australia.  Who are you, can you give me a clue? I am fascinated! Love to hear from you ;)

Fascinating, I'm Roberta nee Jack, sister of Yvonne and David, formerly of Manna Grove. Curiosity is killing me!!! :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: josofagus on October 30, 2009, 02:00:25 PM
I have owned up ladies.

 :-* :-*
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: grannyspice on October 30, 2009, 04:21:47 PM
I have owned up ladies.

 :-* :-*

C'mon Josofagus the suspense is killing me too  :-*
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: josofagus on October 30, 2009, 09:50:46 PM
C'mon Josofagus the suspense is killing me too  :-*
Well since you let my cat out of the bag, I've replied to a PM from Yvonne.
She will tell you who I am,  have to say though, it brightened my day to hear she is happy, and is the sort of person I thought she was.   :-* :-*
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: grannyspice on October 30, 2009, 11:05:44 PM
ach thanx josafogus I knew you wouldn't let me down. See us east belfast people...we are the salt of the earth eh?? :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kiwipaddy on October 30, 2009, 11:29:42 PM
Fascinating, I'm Roberta nee Jack, sister of Yvonne and David, formerly of Manna Grove. Curiosity is killing me!!! :)

Really got me thinking and searching back in the old memory banks as to who it could be? It was a lovely surprise to find out who he was :-* - a really nice guy from about 28yrs, of course I haven't changed a bit -LOL  God those were the days so young and innocent :)

I will have to keep you in suspense for a little while longer :P Always did like to tease my "big sis"  ;)

 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kiwipaddy on October 30, 2009, 11:38:59 PM
C'mon Josofagus the suspense is killing me too  :-*
Thanks grannyspice, mystery solved - isn't the world a small place?
You never know who's watching you?  :-*
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on October 30, 2009, 11:41:12 PM
Hi Girls from Manna Grove, my home before I married was No: 44, I knew your Mum from the Townswomen's Guild, and didn't you :) have a caravan in Millisle !!!! :)

Enjoy the forum, great way of keeping the memories: :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: grannyspice on October 31, 2009, 10:36:39 AM
Rosielee I ws also a member of Castlereagh Townswomens Guild. The world really is a small place. I joined with Shirley and Elsie in the early 70s
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: josofagus on October 31, 2009, 11:20:51 AM
Really got me thinking and searching back in the old memory banks as to who it could be? It was a lovely surprise to find out who he was :-* - a really nice guy from about 28yrs, of course I haven't changed a bit -LOL  God those were the days so young and innocent :)

I will have to keep you in suspense for a little while longer :P Always did like to tease my "big sis"  ;)

 
Thank you Y for your very kind remarks. Will PM you later.  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: pussy-galore on October 31, 2009, 07:45:29 PM
Fascinating, I'm Roberta nee Jack, sister of Yvonne and David, formerly of Manna Grove. Curiosity is killing me!!! :)

Fascinating indeed  :D I know someone who knows you too - and Yvonne.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on November 01, 2009, 11:15:52 PM
Grannyspice:
I must know you ! Did you live around the Castlereagh area, and do you still live in Belfast ! It was my Mum who got me to join TG we were only in it a short time, but enjoyed it. Do you still belong to TG,  I am a member of our local TG here in Thorpe Bay Essex, which is thriving with 111 members, just finished my 3 year stint as Chairman and have joined the Federation, we are coming over to Belfast in March to the International Ladies Lunch in the City Hall, staying B&B in a hotel for a few days to incorporate a few trips, some of my friends hav never been to Ireland and are so looking forward to it, it is up to me to help them understand the language  -  no problem !!!!! still got my accent  !!! :) ;)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: grannyspice on November 02, 2009, 06:56:11 PM
Hello there Rosielee. I still live at Cregagh. Enjoyed my time at TG and visited  Albert Hall conference twice in my time with TG. Was sorry when the branch closed. I noticed on a separate thread you mentioned Colchester. My nephew and his family live there and I agree it is a most beautiful garrison town. You don't want to lose your NI accent. We speak more clearly and use better grammar than the English !! You will enjoy showing our new regenerated Belfast off to your friends. Belfast is a lovely City and one to be proud of.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: madness on November 03, 2009, 07:20:29 PM
Hi Girls from Manna Grove, my home before I married was No: 44, I knew your Mum from the Townswomen's Guild, and didn't you :) have a caravan in Millisle !!!! :)

Enjoy the forum, great way of keeping the memories: :)

Rosielee you might be interested in this  ;)
http://www.propertypal.com/44-manna-grove-belfast/74994
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on November 04, 2009, 12:15:54 AM
Hi Madness thanks,
I was browsing Google one night  last week and put in Manna Grove, and nearly fainted when I saw our old house up for that amount, I went through all the pictures of the rooms and couldn't see anything left of our life there. My Mum had lived there for 53 years. The yellow hedge at the front that my Dad nurtured from sprigs was the only thing left. My Mum died 16 years ago and I expect those people got it for a song as there was a bit of updating to do. such is life  ::)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: delane on December 03, 2009, 04:04:13 PM
hi,guys..has anyone got info on cregagh-youth club of the 1960,s..[ladies football team] i was told there might be group photo,s of the football team & there coach molly seaton..also was there photos, in the hallway of the youth-club back then?..help needed..cheers,...delane..
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jackiehillis on December 16, 2009, 03:39:04 AM
Hi, we lived in cable street on newtownards road. have lived in melbourne since 1973. went to beechfield street and templemore ave. schools from 1948 - 1956 when we moved to sandbrook park and i went to strand school for 1 year. anyone remember the teachers names from these schools.? cheersjavascript:replaceText('%20:)',%20document.forms.postmodify.message);
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jackiehillis on December 17, 2009, 03:11:17 AM
Hi. Just joined the forum. My name is Jackie Hillis. I was born at 48 Josephine St. 1945. My father's name was Jimmy Hillis, my mothers name Ena Hillis, my sisters name Marie Hillis now Marie Stratton. We moved to Toronto Canada in 1956. I went to Beechfield and Templemore Ave. Schools. I have been looking for a Sarah Kerr from Foundry st. Her sisters name was Beanie. Also Jackie Todd and Sandra Howlett from Josephine St. if you can help please write. My E_mail address is [email protected]
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: paddles on September 29, 2010, 07:58:29 AM
I'm from the Castlereagh Rd, left there in 1980, moved to New Zealand in 1991.  Lived in Blenheim Drive.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on October 03, 2010, 05:23:29 PM
Glad to see this thread is still alive - I was on one -Strand School - but it seems to have ended (too old?) any way I got a nice welcome from
Sydenhambetty but have lost contact or I'm just too dumb to know how to get into this site.
My signon is DMW  aka  Desi Whyte  born and grew up on Connsbrook Ave between Devon Parade and Connsbrook Drive near the CO OP
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on October 03, 2010, 06:19:16 PM
DMW, welcome back. Keep posting. Where are you living now? :smile:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on October 03, 2010, 07:58:43 PM
Sydenhambetty thank for the response. I'm currently living in Hamilton,ON.  Just to let you know back in April when you said you knew Babs Ellis i posted the following
message but it apparently did not register.
"if you  lived on Hillfoot St you would have known Jimmy Ferguson late of the Irish Rovers and his sister. I don't recall her name.  My brother (aka SPUD) and I used
to play snooker & cards at the billiard hall around the corner on Park Ave.       The last time I spoke with Jimmy was after one of the Irish Rovers concerts just about
2 years before he passed away. He said his sister was living in Vancouver.   Babs Ellis was about 2 or 3 years younger than me so I'm guessing you would be too. Jimmy's
sister went to a typing school(I guess we would call that business school now) just beside the City Hall along with Hillary Surgeoner who lived on Strandburn Dr and I
used to ride the 75 Sydenham bus with them on a frequent basis."
That was on the thread of Strand School.---Well imagine my suprise to see you again on this thread  AND that you are Jimmy's sister - was this you or do you have
more than one sister - I saw another post by Pasty Mathews (nee Ferguson) who also lived on Hillfoot St.? I thought Jimmy had only one sister .
 
Good to hear from you
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 03, 2010, 10:07:05 PM
DMW, Yes thats me. There were 7 girls in our family and two boys. My two brothers are gone and two of my sisters are gone. I was the
youngest and yes I was the one that went to Belfast School of Commerce. My sister Patsy lives in California where I also lived for 18 years.
I am back living in Toronto now. I am so happy to be in touch with someone from the old neighbourhood. :air_kiss:
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 03, 2010, 10:18:15 PM
DMW (Desi) I think you should post on the Canada today thread. It has a great bunch of people on there from all parts of Belfast living in all
parts of Canada and a lot more active than this wee thread. We have got together twice now at the Belfast Lounge in Miss. and sure you
will enjoy it. Just a thought as I never get to talk to anyone from Sydenham. :smile: :air_kiss:
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Post by: DMW on October 03, 2010, 11:06:22 PM
Sydenhambetty,great to know I will try that.  Also it really is small world when i worked/lived in Missauaga it was just about 5 minutes away from the
the Belfast Lounge and we frequently went there for special occasions (retirement/birthdays) not that we really needed a "special occasion"
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 03, 2010, 11:16:00 PM
Well it would be great to meet you and exchange names of people we knew. I am glad you got to talk to Jimmy before he passed away.
He was one of a kind and I miss him every day. He loved Sydenham and had great memories of all the great friends we had there. :air_kiss:
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Post by: DMW on October 04, 2010, 03:54:01 AM
Sydenhambetty : I can imagine you missing Jimmy he was such a joker with his craic - I'm sure he tormented you all at one time or other with his sense of humour.
I too have loss couple of brothers over the past few years
If you are getting together with a group let me know and I would like to see if I can make it
 
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Post by: jackiehillis on October 04, 2010, 04:03:26 AM
Sydenhambetty : I can imagine you missing Jimmy he was such a joker with his craic - I'm sure he tormented you all at one time or other with his sense of humour.
I too have loss couple of brothers over the past few years
If you are getting together with a group let me know and I would like to see if I can make it
                (http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u111/mrloki1/hi.gif)   DMW. Betty is probably away watching a movie, she loves her movies. As she said come on the Canada Today thread which is located under Exiles or the Meet thread by Barry which is in the Lounge. They are the greatest bunch of people you will ever meet. 
                              (http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u111/mrloki1/thumbsup.gif)
                       
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Post by: DMW on October 04, 2010, 05:18:47 AM
Jackiehillis,thanks . I will give it a try,I'm only up at this time-( after midnight)- so I could send an early e mail to my daughter to wish her a happy birthday - Mon Oct 4th
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 04, 2010, 01:26:03 PM
DMW, See thats our wee Jackie from the Newtownards Rd. Get yerself over to the Canada Today thread and we will introduce you to the rest
of the gang. I will certainly let you know when there is another get together. Keep in touch. :air_kiss:
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Post by: DMW on October 06, 2010, 03:39:43 PM
Sydenhambetty  -  I was speaking with my sister - also Betty  - not the famous Betty Whyte  - she went a 'Typing School' at the side of
the City Hall - she said at that time -she is 13 years older than me - and it was Miss Dunns is that the same one.
Also do you have a sister by the name of Ruth ?
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on October 06, 2010, 04:38:52 PM
DMW, good to see you on again. The school I went to was Belfast School of Commerce and it was beside the Tech on College street north.
No sister called Ruth. You mentioned the name Surgenor I remember I think someone called Kenneth, would that be the same family? :smile:
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Post by: Kathleen2 on October 06, 2010, 05:08:27 PM
Sydenhambetty  -  I was speaking with my sister - also Betty  - not the famous Betty Whyte  - she went a 'Typing School' at the side of
the City Hall - she said at that time -she is 13 years older than me - and it was Miss Dunns is that the same one.
Also do you have a sister by the name of Ruth ?

Hi DMW. Would that have been Miss Dunn's School for typing ? It was just opposite the side of the City Hall and I went there for a while in my teens.
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Post by: DMW on October 06, 2010, 09:33:15 PM
Sydenhambetty
OK   Thanks
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 07, 2010, 02:01:12 PM
Good morning DMW!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on October 07, 2010, 06:58:57 PM
Sydehambetty  - And you - except its no morning  I just signed in
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on October 09, 2010, 02:25:00 AM
Sydenhambetty  - Kenneth Surgeoner was Hillary's brother very much a ladies man. I think he would have known Jimmy - his buddy at the last I knew wa
Denis O'Neill from Sefton Dr.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 09, 2010, 09:27:09 PM
Desi, Now that you mention it I think Kenny was a bit of a flirt :D The other name is not familiar. Other names I recall Billy (Marty) Martin, Billy Longridge, Junior Stewart (Jimmy,s buddy) Jim Weatherup (Lives here in Toronto) Did you know my pal Jackie Thorman and her
sister Pat who I believe still lives in Strandburn Dr. Ah the good times were many hanging around the Larkfield Road. :smile:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on October 10, 2010, 08:48:01 PM
Sydenhambetty    More familar names - went Strand School with Billy Longridge - he emigrated to Austraila with Geordie Callahan from Devon Parade and they had a TV show (Musical/Variety) for short while.  I knew Junior Stewart although like Jimmy he was a couple of years older than me  he(Junior) also hung around with Kenny Surgeoner,Albert Shepperd and John Cook.  Jimmy Weatherup I beleive was a great footbal player - he may have played for Dundela.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on October 10, 2010, 08:52:17 PM
Sydenhambetty - I feel I should know Jackie Thorman the name is familiar - where about on Strandburn Dr did she live ?
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on October 10, 2010, 09:10:47 PM
Desi Jackie lived in No. 5 Strandburn Dr. next door to Girvan Gappenby (not sure if this how its spelt). Remember John Cook and Albert Shepperd. I believe Jim Weatherup,s brother was a great footballer. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Desi. :air_kiss:
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Post by: ajexp on October 11, 2010, 01:58:33 AM
I am an exile from East Belfast, Castlereagh Road living in Essex, for 30 years :) ;D
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Post by: DMW on October 11, 2010, 04:07:13 AM
Sydenhambetty  - Can't remember which side of Strandburn  Dr No.5 would be.  Two of my brothers friends Malcom Gibb and Robin Hardy lived on the side just behind the Post Office  about two doors apart and there were 2 bothers(twins) cannot recall their names lived directly across the street from them.
By the way I am suprised many of your friends lived near my part of Connsbrook - didn't you go to school(elementary) in Ballyhackamore ?

Wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving too.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 11, 2010, 02:12:35 PM
Desi, yes I went to school in Ballyhackamore. No 5 Strandburn Dr. was on the right hand side. Two doors off Connsbrook. Remember the name
Malcolm Gibb. :air_kiss:
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Post by: DMW on October 11, 2010, 08:57:40 PM
Sydenhambetty -  I probably new Jackie but since I did'nt hang around with your group I don't exactly remember her,although I remember you - dark hair/eyes.  I don't mean to creep you out about the school I just know Jimmy went there and assumed all of your family did too.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 12, 2010, 03:58:19 PM
Hi Desi, Had a great Thanksgiving, a bit hectic but good. Nice to know that you remember me. Will be seeing Jim Weatherup for the first time
since the good ole days on Thursday. Should be a laugh.. It was his brother that played football for Glenavon I found out. Another name you might know Kenneth Newberry. I think he is here in Canada as well, although I have never ran into him but was told that he was here.
How did your Thanksgiving go. Are you married Desi  and what made you come to Canada? Oh another name you might know Tom Mahwinney.
Think he lived close to you one of the street off Connsbrook. I have,nt ran into many people from our area here in Canada or on the Net. So
I am delighted to hear from you. Keep in touch. :air_kiss:
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Post by: DMW on October 12, 2010, 09:28:52 PM
Sydenhambetty - Jim Weather was GOOD football player. He played for our school - He might rememer my brother - Tate ("tatie"- aka SPUD). I do recall the names Kenneth Newberry and Tom Mawhinney  I think they may have been in my sister's(Pat) classes at Strand School. I believe
one of them lived on Devon Parade and Sandbrook Dr also comes to mind.
I came to Canada 1965 - a year after my buddy,then,Eric
Close - another one from Strandburn Dr near Billy Longridge past Strandburn Pk towards the Larkfield Rd end.
He married a girl Joan ? can recall her last name from McMaster St (off Newtownards Rd) . I arrived in June and he wanted me to go back to Belfast to be his best man but that was in August of the same year and I could not afford it then although he was MY best man in Canada in May 1968.  Both of us were later divorced he after 10 years.  Me after 28 years  - Eric remarried and is living in Schomberg- north of Toronto - me I never even considered it.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: ajexp on October 13, 2010, 01:11:06 AM
I am from east Belfast,victor street,no one seems to remember that area around swift street and mount street. Anyway lived in Essex fifty years,and Rosielee I play golf at Thorpe Hall in Thorpe Bay!
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Post by: DMW on October 13, 2010, 02:19:57 AM
ajexp   I dont recall Victor St but there was a Victor Place a little circle of a street off Woodstock Place near The Mount. I knew a couple of guys who lived there and cycled at the Orangefield Cycle Park - is it still there ?. Also I travelled up the Ravenhill Rd to Annadale Grammar School.
and I also worked for about 1 year at McCoys butcher shop on Woodstock Rd just where it turns toward Beersbridge Rd. So back then when we made deliveries I
possibly went through that area too.  By the way you say
you are in Essex - is that Essex England or Essex (ontario)
Canada?
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Post by: ajexp on October 13, 2010, 09:32:04 AM
They pulled all them wee places down and I think Victor place may have replaced some of Victor street,Glenwherry street,and all the other little streets with great entrys that as kids we would spend a fair bit of time playing in. All gone now but the memories. Essex,England.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 13, 2010, 03:34:42 PM
Ajexp, welcome to the Forum. :smile:
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Post by: Skully on October 13, 2010, 04:04:33 PM
I am from east Belfast,victor street,no one seems to remember that area around swift street and mount street. Anyway lived in Essex fifty years,and Rosielee I play golf at Thorpe Hall in Thorpe Bay!

I remember them, lived in Spring St which, unfortunately, has been turned into a little square.   When I went home for the first time in about twenty years I got lost twice in an area where I spent my childhood  :(
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Post by: DMW on October 13, 2010, 05:48:20 PM
ajexp/skully  So many changes - last couple of times I have been home (sydenham) although that area has not changed much except a few houses or shops
I took the bus from the City Hall there and hardly recognised the Newtonards Rd near Short Strand/Dee St. Just about the whole neighborhood was knocked
down and rebuilt.  Also  I Googled (street sites) - Ardoyne where my brother in law grew up is all new. same with other places. yea I remember the entry we used
to play in but how safe are they now - gone are the innocent days
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Post by: ajexp on October 13, 2010, 08:51:49 PM
Sydenham Betty Thanks for the welcome!
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Post by: ajexp on October 13, 2010, 08:59:50 PM
DMW/Skully I remember they moved us out of Victor street to the Garnerville road. Oh! luxury,wooden floors,hot water,and fitted kitchen units(Utility units) would you believe? We still looked for the paving stones with our lolly sticks to play whatever,we had all moved from east belfast,and just carried on with our lives! fantastic memories.
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Post by: DMW on October 13, 2010, 10:01:02 PM
Sydenhambetty  Do you recall the Stannex family - there seemed to be about 12 of them just around the corner from you on Connsbrook also
can you tell me name of the family  across the street from them at the corner of Park Av that sold Candy Apples from thier house.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 13, 2010, 10:17:26 PM
Desi, yes I remember the Strannix family and yes they were a big family. They had a big back garden that we used to play in. I knew Eileen
but don,t remember the rest. Don,t remember anyone selling candy apples though. Remember Dorothy Bradley  that lived next door to them
on Connsbrook. Remember a guy that must have lived very colse to you that Jimmy liked, Geordie something. Does that ring a bell.? :smile:
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Post by: Rosielee on October 13, 2010, 11:59:34 PM
AJEXP, We live in Shoeburyness, and know the golf club well, whereabouts do you live ? :smile:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: ajexp on October 14, 2010, 12:03:42 AM
We live not far away,in westcliff. Hello how are you,what about ye.
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Post by: Rosielee on October 14, 2010, 12:08:10 AM
DMW, The orangefield cycle track is still there but I don't know whether it is used for cycling but they play football in the centre !!!  the park has all been planted with lovely trees and shrubs, and paths going through to Grand Parade and the Orangefield Estate, our garden led down to the park and as kids we used to play for hours in the 'woods' as we called it, and played in the river that ran alongside, watched the prefabs being build, gosh I ancient. :smile:
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 14, 2010, 12:15:13 AM
So happy to see more posters on this wee thread. Keep em coming. :air_kiss:
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Post by: Rosielee on October 14, 2010, 12:17:12 AM
We live not far away,in westcliff. Hello how are you,what about ye.

It's a small world our paths have probably passed a few times. Do you like being over here! I take it your job brought you over. I love it, we have quite a good social life and of course it's great that our daughter has married and settled here, still love going back to Belfast but I have no family there we just go back as tourists, we have not long come back where we had 5 weeks in Ballywalter, took our caravan over. :smile:
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Post by: ajexp on October 14, 2010, 12:36:33 AM
Rosielee! I left home with my family in 1954,to the east end,dodgy times,we used to go home every year once or twice,stayed in Granny's place(two up one down (4 kids 3 adults) great times,looking out to Napoleon's Nose from the upstairs bedroom(granny's)window most of the time through a rain mist! Saying all that I paid a visit to where I was born(victor street),all sadly gone forever,memories left in your heart! I play Thorpe Hall regularly,do you play,or do you know some of the members.
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Post by: DMW on October 14, 2010, 03:41:16 AM
Rosielee - glad to see you here - where in Belfast did you grow up?
Sydenhambetty and I are in Canada about 40 or 50 miles away both from
  each other. In Sydenham about 5 minutes away.
Betty  - yes I remember Dorothy Bradley she was a year ahead of me in
Strand School. I think she had an older brother.   "Geordie"would that be
Geordie Vaughan who lived in the first house - behind where Babs Ellis lived- on Devon Parade?He went School in Ballyhackamore too.
Ajexp  - I remember Napoleans Nose - I lived in a three story house and could look out  from the 3rd floor landing over the shipyard to the Cave
Hill.  Also athough I was young(2 or 3) we could see the barrage baloons
over the shipyard near the end of the war
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Post by: Rosielee on October 14, 2010, 12:05:01 PM
AJEXP, No we don't play golf but have been to the club on numerous occasions, our daughter and family is in involved with the Thorpe Bay Yacht club, John and I have different interests as well as together, his baby is the Southend Lifeboat RNLI and is on the fundraising committee, mine is the Townswomen's Guild, together we are caravan 'anoraks' and dog lovers.
 
I take it you are retired what other things are you interested in, and have you family, sorry for being nosey, but we East Belfast have to stick together. :air_kiss:
 
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Post by: Rosielee on October 14, 2010, 12:19:58 PM
DMW, I was born on the Castlereagh Road, and went to Orangefield Elementary School, then onto Richmond Lodge School, worked in Short & Harland as did my Dad and brother, came over to London, 1962, then home again then back in 1965 met John married and went to live in Surrey, in 1971, we came back to Belfast and stayed for almost 10 years, Karen our daughter went to Orangefield even had had my old teacher, it was a good time as we were near my parents, in 1980 we moved to Essex and have been here every since, can't see us moving again, we do visit Belfast quite a lot, but only as tourists, as sadly I don't have any family there.
Love to hear your story and anyone else. :smile: :smile:
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 14, 2010, 01:53:56 PM
Hi Desi, yes that is the guy Geordie Vaughan, could,nt remember his last name. Jimmy always talked to him. He was older than me so don,t
remember him at school. :smile:
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Post by: DMW on October 14, 2010, 02:52:00 PM
Sydenhambetty   I'm not surprised you would'nt know Geordie in school-he would be about 73 or 74 now. He had an older brother John and sister Helen. Funny story my sister Betty (80 now)told me Mrs Vaughan had her take Geordie for a walk in his pram  and gave her a piece of bread and jam as payment. - could''nt get a babysitter
for that now
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Post by: DMW on October 14, 2010, 03:08:12 PM
Rosielee  I was born on Connsbrook Ave (at home not the Hospital)went
to Strand School then to Annadale Grammar. I had several jobs ,the last one was as a bus conductor (BCT) . Moved to Canada in 1965 - married a Canadian girl in 1968 - one daughter - 1973  Divorced in 1996 Retired in 2007.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on October 14, 2010, 04:09:14 PM
Desi, so Geordie was older than Jimmy. If Jimmy had lived he would be 70 so he will be forever young to me. His other buddy was Bruce Wilson
and he lived on Connsbrook at Parkgate Drive. :air_kiss:
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Post by: DMW on October 14, 2010, 06:28:41 PM
Sydenhambetty I did'nt know Bruce Wilson  - Geordie like so many of us "congregated"at tht billiard hall. 
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 14, 2010, 07:04:59 PM
Thats right Desi, Geordie was always at Dan,s. I only ever went in for my crisps and lemonade :D  If those walls could only talk. :air_kiss:
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Post by: ajexp on October 14, 2010, 10:57:50 PM
AJEXP, No we don't play golf but have been to the club on numerous occasions, our daughter and family is in involved with the Thorpe Bay Yacht club, John and I have different interests as well as together, his baby is the Southend Lifeboat RNLI and is on the fundraising committee, mine is the Townswomen's Guild, together we are caravan 'anoraks' and dog lovers.
 
I take it you are retired what other things are you interested in, and have you family, sorry for being nosey, but we East Belfast have to stick together.

 Rosielee! We are also dog lovers,three shelties.A Caravan may be our answer to the problem of "what to do with your dogs" when you go on holiday!.
I think the Thorpe Bay Yacht Club has quite few members of the golf club! and some of them have been members for many years,you probably know them. I am not actually old enough to "retire" officially.but, the opportunity came along to take a small lump sum and a small pension,at the age 0f 61 I did not want to work any more 15 hour days,so I grabbed it. I am now 63 and not really much worse for it,money is not everthing,"no pockets in a shroud" yep, that said I have a better lifestyle than I did when I was working. Do you no that I have been accused of "being nosey" would you believe it? what a cheeck!. Belfast Trait?
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Post by: DMW on October 15, 2010, 12:35:24 AM
Sydenhambetty  - Yeah  - back in the day (as they now say.)Good girls did'nt go to such places - consider  the
pool halls of today.  Back when I was too young to go there (to play) my eldest brother used to send me there to buy his ciggies
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on October 15, 2010, 01:06:27 AM
 Have you been in Westcliff long, it has changed a lot since we have been here, like Shoebuyness it's all built up now, it used to be all fields, and they call it progress.
 
As for caravanning best thing we did, we used to caravan years ago when we had a static van in Ballywalter but had to give it up when we came here, John always said he would like to have a tourer when he retired, he retired at 62 (5 years ago) and we bought our 1st 2 berth, after a year we decided we loved it and bought a bigger one and it's been all go since,been all over through England up to Scotland and over to Ballywalter(5 weeks on a great site there) great for dogs, we have only one dog a border collie. but saves putting her into kennels, and we get lots of walks. I love shelties they are so dainty. Our daughter has 2 labradoodles, mad as hatters. :smile:
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 15, 2010, 09:10:40 PM
Hope you all have a good weekend. :air_kiss:
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Post by: DMW on October 16, 2010, 12:10:55 AM
Thanks Betty you too.   I'm off to London ,Ont. to visit my eldest sister - Marion 85 - who refuses to visit anyone since her husband passed away two years ago.
All the best to every one.  Just away on Saturday taking another sister and her husband (who no longer drives) who
also live here in Hamilton.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on October 16, 2010, 12:14:47 AM
Desi, enjoy the time with your family. :air_kiss:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on October 19, 2010, 12:10:21 AM
AJEXP, No we don't play golf but have been to the club on numerous occasions, our daughter and family is in involved with the Thorpe Bay Yacht club, John and I have different interests as well as together, his baby is the Southend Lifeboat RNLI and is on the fundraising committee, mine is the Townswomen's Guild, together we are caravan 'anoraks' and dog lovers.
 
I take it you are retired what other things are you interested in, and have you family, sorry for being nosey, but we East Belfast have to stick together.

 Rosielee! We are also dog lovers,three shelties.A Caravan may be our answer to the problem of "what to do with your dogs" when you go on holiday!.
I think the Thorpe Bay Yacht Club has quite few members of the golf club! and some of them have been members for many years,you probably know them. I am not actually old enough to "retire" officially.but, the opportunity came along to take a small lump sum and a small pension,at the age 0f 61 I did not want to work any more 15 hour days,so I grabbed it. I am now 63 and not really much worse for it,money is not everthing,"no pockets in a shroud" yep, that said I have a better lifestyle than I did when I was working. Do you no that I have been accused of "being nosey" would you believe it? what a cheeck!. Belfast Trait?
AJEXP, Did you ever come across a Tom Twyble in the golf club, he was my friend's late husband, a very nice man, him and his wife both came from Belfast. :smile:
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Post by: ajexp on October 19, 2010, 01:20:01 AM
AJEXP, Did you ever come across a Tom Twyble in the golf club, he was my friend's late husband, a very nice man, him and his wife both came from Belfast. :smile:

Sorry Rosielee. I and my wife have only been members  this last year,so,can't say i do. But,there are a few N'iron member there!

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Post by: Rosielee on November 09, 2010, 01:02:44 PM
AJEXP,
How are you enjoying this blustry weather, not good for golf I shouldn't think, nor dog walking mind you dogs never bother about getting wet or dirty, we have been walking our dog on the beach not quite so mucky, it's good now the ban is lifted for the winter.  :smile: :scratch_ones_head:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: richard mccann on December 12, 2010, 03:51:49 AM
I am from harkness parade I went to mersey street school later to ashfield  when it first opened. There seems to be a  lot of people from sydenhaml on this thread. I  would like to know if anyone knows of Desmond [Boyd] mc williams he is an old mate of mine. Desi lived in hillfoot street  the snooker hall was directly behind his house.I have been in australia for 50 yr?s went back to belfast in 77/06 asked around about desi but no luck maybe this time/ cheers
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Post by: sydenhambetty on December 12, 2010, 10:45:04 PM
Richard, I knew the Mc Williams family as I lived in Hillfoot Street. However to my knowledge there is only one
old neighbour left on that street that lived two doors from us. I always remember Mrs. Mc Williams house with
the lovely flower basket that hung outside. Sorry I can,t help you regarding Desi. :smile:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on December 13, 2010, 03:59:08 AM
Richard  - The name Desi Boyd rings a bell - but I cant put a face to the name = my name too is Desi (Whyte) from Connsbrook Ave.  I new lot of people who went to Ashfield
when it first opened. do any of these names sound familiar
Basil McCoy,Kenneth Mcdonald,Billy McManus(he went to Australia 1965/6) Irvin Mullholland - his buddy at Ashfield was a guy by the name of Tom  - can't recall the last name.He went to Mersey St.School and lived I believe it was Meekon or Yukon St. opposite the school
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on December 13, 2010, 04:05:23 AM
Richard, right after I signed out the person who went to Mersey St. School was - Tom Bailey   Dont know where he is now
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: richard mccann on December 14, 2010, 01:35:27 AM
I would like to thank syd/[email protected] for their e/mails. If no one knows the whereabouts of desi  they may know of his older sister Delia mc Williams.I am probably clutching at straws it has been 50/yrs since I have any contact with them.Delia would be around 74/yrs old Desi 70. DMW as for the names you mentioned I dont recognise any of them.The lads in our class who were from [Connsbrook ave ] Bobby houston, a lad called Nicky, Alan Shepard.and a set of twins who,s name I cannot recall. Other names in 3ms were Brian Bennett,JimAndrews,John Whitely,Norman Bamford .David Maxwell we all came fom in and around Dee street and went  to  Mersey street school/cheers
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on December 14, 2010, 01:17:37 PM
Richard, Delia and my sister were friends but don,t believe they kept in contact as my sister is in California.
I knew Alan Shepherd way back when and recently met up with Jim Weatherup and we were talking about the twins (Forget their names) They lived in Strandburn Drive. :smile:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on December 14, 2010, 01:18:41 PM
Richard did you know Sammy and John Grimason from around Dee Street?
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on December 14, 2010, 01:50:19 PM
Richard - OK  seems you were a couple of years ahead of the guys I listed. I too rememeber Alan Shepard and the twins Betty mentioned. They lived just around the corner from me (BIG GUYS) . You can see Betty and I new a few people in common as we lived about 5 minutes away from each other but did not move with the same crowd. You can tell she knew all the handsome guys.(not me)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on December 14, 2010, 02:16:05 PM
Ah Desi but then I was just the girl on the bus to you, right :D
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on December 14, 2010, 06:46:56 PM
Well Betty it wasn't just the bus.I saw you around other places too.  Honestly I wasn't stalking !!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on December 14, 2010, 06:51:06 PM
Desi, had dinner a couple of weeks ago with Jim Weatherup and had a good long chat about days gone by and
he knew your brother. We had a good laugh and we are gonna stay in touch. He is married to the sister of a
friend of mine. :smile:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: richard mccann on December 16, 2010, 12:24:14 AM
To syd/betty I cannot remember anyone with that surname.Heres one for you Tommy Trew from connsbrook he used to sell vegetables door to door .
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on December 16, 2010, 04:33:47 AM
Richard,  I used to help Tommy Trew deliver food from his cart.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on December 16, 2010, 08:13:57 PM
Yes Richard I remember Tommy Trew, wow that a blast from the past. :D
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Denis on December 27, 2010, 10:41:55 PM
hello everyone here
as i knew my uncle jim works in Cregagh dairy in loopland gardens before he went to work in shipyard
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: emerald1212 on January 09, 2011, 09:19:37 PM
Hi

Im Paula Barr from Ballybeen, Dundonald.  We left in 1974 to Toronto.  Did anyone live in Ballybeen and attend Ballyoran Primary School. 

I am really interested in getting any photos of the school and I would also just like to reconnect with some of my own.

Please feel free to get in touch

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on January 09, 2011, 09:40:06 PM
Hi

Im Paula Barr from Ballybeen, Dundonald.  We left in 1974 to Toronto.  Did anyone live in Ballybeen and attend Ballyoran Primary School. 

I am really interested in getting any photos of the school and I would also just like to reconnect with some of my own.

Please feel free to get in touch
   Paula  I just sent you a PM  :smile:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: emerald1212 on January 09, 2011, 09:51:14 PM
   Paula  I just sent you a PM  :smile:

I just answered you.....lol
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Denis on January 09, 2011, 10:05:37 PM
http://www.friendsreunited.co.uk/album.page/album?albumKey=10823&albumType=1&member_key=0&mediaKey=0&commentPage=0 (http://www.friendsreunited.co.uk/album.page/album?albumKey=10823&albumType=1&member_key=0&mediaKey=0&commentPage=0)
 
hoping it will be helpful to you and lots of nice photos of past dundonald primary school
Denis
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on January 09, 2011, 10:07:55 PM
     I just got it  :D   If it is the same person  there was 4 girls and 1 boy in the family he was the oldest and his name is Jim
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: emerald1212 on January 09, 2011, 10:12:17 PM
Hi Denis

thanks for the link.....I did sign up at that site but the school I was looking for was Ballyoran ....there is only 1 or 2 pics of that school.  I attended Carrowreagh for 1 year until they built Ballyoran. I never went to Dundonald primary but they are cute photos

Paula
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: nargaret on January 13, 2011, 06:42:32 AM
Does anyone know the Girvan family who lived at 34 Isoline Street, or former bus driver Sydney Kelso...(Wife named Josie) last known address Berwick Road. NOW ABOUT 75 YEARS OLD

Any help in making contact would be appreciated.

  :smile:   S.H.P.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: bannagh on January 26, 2011, 05:03:29 AM
I grew up on Bannagh Corner in the Cregagh Estate
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: tombrown on February 11, 2011, 11:28:45 PM
tom brown here from isoline street -how are ye doin?
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on February 12, 2011, 12:43:18 AM
Tom Brown did you work in Short Bros and Harland in the 50's :smile:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: tombrown on February 12, 2011, 05:28:50 PM
to Rosielee - Yes i did
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on February 13, 2011, 12:36:48 AM
Tombrown, Did you work in the drawing office?  only I remember a young lad who used to walk home through Dee Street etc., to the Castlereagh Road, I was about 16/17 at the time and sometimes I walked with him. I wonder was this you !! :smile: :unsure:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on February 13, 2011, 12:42:18 AM
AJEXP, hope you are o.k. and enjoying your golf, we were in the club a week ago for a funeral. It's about the only time we go there, they put on a lovely spread. :smile:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: ajexp on February 13, 2011, 10:40:17 PM
Rosielee. Nice to hear from you again! Unfortunately taking into consideration the age of some of the members there,this will be an ongoing situation. I think there has been at least six members die recently. Yes they do a good spread there. How's your dog walking doing? Anita my wife is thinking about another sheltie to add to the three we have! LOL. all the best now. Bruce
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Rosielee on February 14, 2011, 01:06:40 AM
Hi Bruce,
I haven't been on much as I had that dreadful fluey thing going around since before Xmas so missed Xmas etc.,it was my best friend that died and her husband had been a member at the golf club before he died, gosh this is all gloom sorry about that, good for you getting another sheltie, will it be a puppy? we have been taking Susie to Gunners Park, as we can now trust her to let her off the lead and she loves to play ball. Karen takes her 2 mad labradoodles to TB tennis club quite a nice walk there and safe. WE had them round here today so three mad dogs all young running around, still we can clean up tomorrow or even today looking at the time. take care and hope to talk to you soon. Margaret :smile:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on February 21, 2011, 09:28:36 AM
Desi, had dinner a couple of weeks ago with Jim Weatherup and had a good long chat about days gone by and
he knew your brother. We had a good laugh and we are gonna stay in touch. He is married to the sister of a
friend of mine. :smile:

Was Jim Weatherup a Boss on the shop floor in Shorts ??
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: belfast bairn on February 22, 2011, 02:00:37 PM
My first home was on Grand Parade.  My Mum's was on East Bread Street and my Dad's was Chadolly Street.  All three from East Belfast!
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on February 23, 2011, 02:57:07 AM
Bloomfield  -  Don't know if Jimmy Weatherup worked in Shorts - Betty would have contact with him and could find out.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on February 24, 2011, 12:33:43 AM
Hiya Desi, hope all is well with you. There is a Harbour cruise on May 31st to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the launching of the Titanic.
Put on by another Sydenham guy, George Watters. You should think about going. There are a lot of us going including Jim Weatherup. Would love to see you there.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on February 24, 2011, 01:33:35 AM
Betty - please send me details on a PM to see if I can make it.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: screengoddess on April 22, 2011, 05:00:42 PM
If you're an exile from east Belfast the East Belfast Herald might like to hear from you.
It could be a good way of contacting old friends still living in that area of the city.
Maureen dolaghan or frank??
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: william bickerstaffe on May 04, 2011, 02:14:38 AM
didnt jim weatherup play for the glens  billy Betty i just happened to find this thread some very interesting  chat on it  really just being nosey as usuallol great memories  you can never eraze billy
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on May 04, 2011, 01:40:03 PM
Billy, it was Jim,s brother that was the Footballer. I think his nickname was Spud. :smile:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on May 04, 2011, 02:50:45 PM
Betty  -  I think Jims brother played briefly with Glentoran then Glenavon -but- it was my brothers nickname: Spud and he did'nt play football at least not professionally.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on May 04, 2011, 08:37:18 PM
Desi I realized that after I typed it. Jim,s brother was called Sid Weatherup and Jim said he played for Glenavon. :air_kiss:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on May 04, 2011, 08:39:49 PM
There ye go!
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on May 04, 2011, 08:46:07 PM
Desi, Jim remembered Spud but not you :D  I have come to the conclusion that you must have been very quiet and shy :D
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on May 04, 2011, 09:09:34 PM
Quiet maybe - SHY  ?????
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: naumai on May 04, 2011, 10:01:41 PM
[qG/day,Billy,couple of years ago we were on a train from surfers to brisbane and a couple sat beside us,as I heard the belfast spake  I ,stuck my nose in as you do and had a great yarn for an hour .it was jim weatherups brother and wife they had lived in melbourne and had retired to southport.                                                      uote author=william bickerstaffe link=topic=17780.msg885217#msg885217 date=1304471678]
didnt jim weatherup play for the glens  billy Betty i just happened to find this thread some very interesting  chat on it  really just being nosey as usuallol great memories  you can never eraze billy
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: william bickerstaffe on May 04, 2011, 11:45:38 PM
i know jim played for templemore ave and he was about a year ahead of me  Sammy chapman.maurice beattie and bimbo to name a few .they were quite the school team back then ashfield then opened up and took a lot of the good players from east belfast. I could.nt afford to go there as you needed a uniform LOl i believe bimbo married a wee girl called smyth she played in the avenue band(school) Naeme do you keep in touch with the boyde,s at all?Anyway has anyone else out there have the street sign they lived in I have HUNT st on my back fence here. I pour myself a wee drink and just  stare at it sob sob lol
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: william bickerstaffe on May 04, 2011, 11:48:34 PM
Was Jim Weatherup a Boss on the shop floor in Shorts ??
Bloomfield jim served his time in the engine works in h&w as a boiler maker i believe billy
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: naumai on May 04, 2011, 11:59:45 PM
yes billy my wife talks to pat sometimes and we still get christmas cards from betty.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: william bickerstaffe on May 05, 2011, 01:23:57 AM
my younger  brother trevor he passed 3 years ago was a good friend of raymond and god love him he used to call me after trevors passing give them my regards will you cheers billy
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: screengoddess on May 26, 2011, 05:45:11 PM
my younger  brother trevor he passed 3 years ago was a good friend of raymond and god love him he used to call me after trevors passing give them my regards will you cheers billy
could you tell me please if there is a Edith street or Ethal street in Newtownards road area?? Thanks!
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on May 26, 2011, 08:07:40 PM
Screengoddess -   Edith St is off Lord St off Templemore Ave off Albertbridge Rd
                       - Ethel (not Ethal) St is off the Lisburn Rd
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: JIMBOW1 on July 14, 2011, 07:33:44 PM
[qG/day,Billy,couple of years ago we were on a train from surfers to brisbane and a couple sat beside us,as I heard the belfast spake  I ,stuck my nose in as you do and had a great yarn for an hour .it was jim weatherups brother and wife they had lived in melbourne and had retired to southport.                                                      uote author=william bickerstaffe link=topic=17780.msg885217#msg885217 date=1304471678]
didnt jim weatherup play for the glens  billy Betty i just happened to find this thread some very interesting  chat on it  really just being nosey as usuallol great memories  you can never eraze billy

Jim 'Bimbo' Weatherup started out with Crusaders and then moved to Glentoran, becoming a member of the great Glentoran side of the sixties that did so well in Europe against Benfica and others. His brother Syd was with Distillery (briefly), Linfield (briefly) and then two separate spells with Glenavon with a brief stint with Welsh side Merthyr Tydfil in between. Syd won a shedload of medals playing with the Lurgan Blues in their better days when they seemed to win everything in sight, a line-up that also featured Billy Cush and Jimmy Jones.   
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on July 15, 2011, 12:33:38 AM
Jim Weatherup is currently living in Toronto - take a look at previous posts on this thread.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on July 15, 2011, 12:35:42 AM
Hiya Desi, hows things, good I hope. Are you enjoying this heat? :air_kiss:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on July 15, 2011, 12:41:53 AM
Hi Betty -  I'm well -  I have a little trouble with humidity I have COPD.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on July 15, 2011, 12:46:10 AM
Desi I,m not fond of the Humidity and avoid going out if it is bad. It was,nt too bad today. :air_kiss:
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: [email protected] on February 20, 2012, 07:44:11 AM
 ::) i lived in Baltic Street East 1943--1953 does anyone remember Jim Bishop?
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on February 20, 2012, 02:13:21 PM
balticboy - welcome aboard - where was Baltic St. East ?  I came from Sydenham - but only recall Baltic Ave - which is off  Antrim Rd.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on February 21, 2012, 07:17:06 AM
Well, this sent me scurrying for my oldish map of Belfast (approx. 1968, so before all the redevelopment).  Baltic Street, East Belfast.  It's off Rotterdam Street, off Bridge End. 
Welcome Balticboy.  ;)     
Title: baltic street. baltic street east.
Post by: [email protected] on February 21, 2012, 08:38:21 AM
 ::) Thanks DMW  and  KRAFTCHEESE  re; baltic st.   baltic st.east was off memel st. it was the first street on the left going down memel st from bridge end.  baltic st. was the first street on the left going down rotterdam st. memel st and rotterdam st. were joined by laganview st.  other streets off memel st. were donegore  st .landsend st. and a couple of others which i can't remember.the streets on the left of memel st. were dead ends they ended at the side of the sirocco works .baltic st.and baltic st.east were separated by the railway line which went over bridgend near the sirocco works then over the arch at the start of memel st. then over laganview st. the memel st. arch was still there in 2002.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on February 21, 2012, 08:58:57 AM
Balticboy, would you believe Memel Street is right on the crease of my map and I couldn't see that end of Baltic St?  I remember Memel Street.  My dad worked in the Sirocco Works at one time.  My granny lived in Lagan Village, just behind the prefabs.   
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Carole Crumlin on April 23, 2012, 10:05:51 AM
Yes I am an Exile from Belfast.  I left in 1973 to settle in Australia,  I live in Trinity Beach in Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.   I worked in Telephone House Cnr. Cromac and May Streets, Belfast. from 1971 to 1973. I remember all the bomb hoax's almost every day and in particular one Friday evening when the city was closed off and I could not get home.   I am sorry that I did not get a photo of that style of buiding when I was there.  Would anyone know where I might find one.  Cheers  Carole
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: sydenhambetty on April 23, 2012, 03:09:41 PM
Carole if you go on the Belfast History and Memories and go into the Markets thread I believe you might get a picture there of that corner. :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on April 23, 2012, 04:17:31 PM
Carole - welcome to Belfast Forum. I know the area well - sorry I don't have any photos. My dad worked on Cromac St during the 40s and 50s for W G Gamble, then opened his own shop on May St. - farm supply products like milking machines etc. three doors down from the Cafe on the opposite corner from the Telephone Exchange. I also recall I had a Sunday School teacher who worked there. Long before you were there - ancient times - back in the 40s. ----- If you dont mind I am going to send you a PM (personal message) which has nothing to do with this East Belfast thread.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on April 24, 2012, 01:52:49 AM
Hi Carole, there are a few photos of Telephone House on these sites.  Hope you enjoy them. Welcome to the forum.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/johndmcdonald/770337753/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johndmcdonald/770337753/)
http://www.geograph.ie/search.php?i=30753264 (http://www.geograph.ie/search.php?i=30753264)
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=telephone+house+belfast (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=telephone+house+belfast)
 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on April 24, 2012, 02:00:06 AM
Kraftcheese - Great  find, you're a trooper
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on April 24, 2012, 03:02:04 AM
My pleasure DMW.  What would we do without Google?  ;)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on April 24, 2012, 03:10:28 PM
Found these great wee videos of East Belfast.  Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBo9x_P13bc&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBo9x_P13bc&feature=related)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBo9x_P13bc&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBo9x_P13bc&feature=related)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBo9x_P13bc&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBo9x_P13bc&feature=related)
 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on April 25, 2012, 09:30:44 PM
Kraftcheese  - There you go again.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Turkeyone on April 28, 2012, 12:02:49 AM
I notice in the Belfast Telegraph of the death of William Bickerstaffe in Toronto
Is this the same William Bickerstaffe from Hunt Street, who regularly posts on the Forum ?
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jackiehillis on April 28, 2012, 12:25:45 AM
I notice in the Belfast Telegraph of the death of William Bickerstaffe in Toronto
Is this the same William Bickerstaffe from Hunt Street, who regularly posts on the Forum ?
I believe it is Turkeyone. I will have to ask my sister, they were very good friends..
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on April 28, 2012, 12:31:37 AM
 Jackie I looked at the Tele and I cant a notice for Billy
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jackiehillis on April 28, 2012, 12:45:31 AM
Jackie I looked at the Tele and I cant a notice for Billy
Maybe turkeyone could shed a light.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jackiehillis on April 28, 2012, 03:56:42 AM
BICKERSTAFFE, WILLIAM (BILL) 1940-2012 (http://www.lifenews.ca/bramptonguardian/profile/272181--bickerstaffe-william-bill-1940-2012) April 27, 2012 BICKERSTAFFE,   William (Bill) 1940-2012  It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill on Wednesday April 25, 2012 at Brampton Civic Hospital, surrounded by his family. Much loved husband to Louise of 50 years. Loving father of Stephen (Angela), Jim (Maritha), Michelle...
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on April 28, 2012, 04:44:29 AM
Very sad to hear of the passing of one of our much liked forum members.  R.I.P.  Bill.  Condolences to his family.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on April 28, 2012, 06:57:41 PM
Very sad to learn about Billy's passing  R I P
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: andyhandy1 on May 11, 2012, 09:32:03 PM
Hi, Lived in Montrose Street Albertbridge Road with the rest of the family.
I moved to London around 1968. Anyone out there? ??? ???
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on May 12, 2012, 01:19:29 AM
Hello Andy     Welcome to the Forum,  hang in I'm am sure some of the members  who came from around there will be in touch .  Enjoy the craic
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Lifesgood on June 06, 2012, 08:00:32 AM
Hello! New to this forum and enjoying it immensly. Reading about the Cregagh & Woodstock has been fabulous and thank you all for sharing your memories - triggered a few forgotten ones of mine.  Excellent!  :) I am from Loopland and moved to Australia in 1964.  I'm keen to contact Phyllis Murray (had a sister Jean and brother Robert) they lived in Kilbroney Bend on the Cregagh Estate next door to Lillian Morrison. Can anyone help?
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on June 06, 2012, 02:11:20 PM
Hello! New to this forum and enjoying it immensly. Reading about the Cregagh & Woodstock has been fabulous and thank you all for sharing your memories - triggered a few forgotten ones of mine.  Excellent!  :) I am from Loopland and moved to Australia in 1964.  I'm keen to contact Phyllis Murray (had a sister Jean and brother Robert) they lived in Kilbroney Bend on the Cregagh Estate next door to Lillian Morrison. Can anyone help?

  Hi Lifesgood   .I came from the Bloomfield area, but just wanted to Welcome you to the Forum   I am sure someone will have a  answer you  soon . Hope you stay around and  Enjoy the craic.   Take Care
 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Lifesgood on June 06, 2012, 02:42:21 PM
 :) Hello MCD Tks for the welcome.  Friendly - us lot from Belfast.  Can't beat it.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on June 06, 2012, 05:03:03 PM
Lifegood - welcome to the BF - I'm from Sydenham but worked in Thomas McCoy butcher shop on Woodstock Rd where it turns toward Beersbridge Rd almost across from Cregagh Cinema knew the area well as I rode the delivery bicycle all the way up to Upper Knockbreda Rd, and my sister/brother in law lived off Montgomery Rd.  There are lots of nice people here and I'm sure some one will be able to help you.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Lifesgood on June 07, 2012, 12:55:27 AM
 :) Hello DMW.  Tks for the warm welcome.  Do you mean the Ambassador Cinema?  Used to go there regularly.  And yes I recall a butchers on the Woodstock - was it near the Woodstock Post Office?  There was the Cregagh Meat Centre and Co-Op Butchers on the Cregagh.  From memory, those bikes you rode were huge. 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on June 07, 2012, 08:38:00 PM
Lifesgood - Sorry it may have been the Ambassador as I now recall Cregagh Cinema was further up the road. Also I googled that intersection - Woodstock Rd/Beersbridge/R/Cherryville St and see the butcher shop is a car dealership(Holmes?)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: murf on June 08, 2012, 11:39:46 PM
I'm one of the Murphys from number 10.   I live near John o groats.  Next door in 12 were the Hooleys (famous rock manager Terri) then the Garlands. Next door at 14 were Whitesides.  Across the street were the Millers, Ruducks, Wallaces, old Mrs Trotter, the Baxters and further up Betty McCordic new Williams, the Nobel Laureat.  Oh yeah, play wright Paul Years too.

Here's the sad bit, I couldn't tell you who my neighbours are here in the far north of Scotland.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on June 09, 2012, 04:05:50 PM
 :-* Hi murf, obviously you were a neighbour of mine and lived in Hillfoot Street. I grew up in No.22.
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Post by: DMW on June 09, 2012, 07:47:32 PM
murf - I must have missed something - you lived at number 10 - what street? - like Betty we could have been neighbours - I came from just around the corner from her on Connsbrook Ave.
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Post by: murf on June 09, 2012, 11:06:52 PM
Oops.  10 Hillfoot Street was where the Murphys lived.  Dad always had a camper van and the house smelt of perming lotion and hops , the scents of mothers vocation and her vice
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Post by: sydenhambetty on June 09, 2012, 11:55:37 PM
 :D murf, I know. Many an hour I spent having a wee cuppa with your Mom and when I was leaving for Canada she done my hair for me the night before (no charge). I just loved her. Is she still alive? She would remember me. :-*
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Post by: Kentuckey on June 10, 2012, 02:20:04 AM
I see some confusion re "the cregagh cinema". My childhood memories are of spending my time in the Willowfield Cinema (opposite the Beersbridge Road Junction and next door to the Willowside Unionist Club) on a Saturday morning watching? the invisible man. My granda gave me 3d to gain entrance( and possibly give his head peace). The Ambassador (Ambo) was half way between the Willowfieid and Bells bridge roundabout.
If we had any money left after the flicks we would go to Elsies ( The Willowfield Chipshop) chippy and get a poke of chips.
I spent almost every Saturday at my Grans in Willowfield Street that is no longer there.
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Post by: murf on June 10, 2012, 08:40:35 PM
Hi there

I'm afraid both my mum and dad died backbone 2001.Jim and.John still live in Morecambe but Human kids all live in the Isle of Man , not a real job amongst them, they all went into international banking after University.  I reme
mber being down one new year when mum asked me to have a quite, serious word with Jims oldest boy.  Thinking it was about drugs or sexual orientation I asked her what was wrong.  "He wants study accounting".  Great I says but she wasn't happy, "well I told him to study a real subject like engineering like you did!

Hey Ho, he now owns a financial services company in Douglas and l work at the kindest nuclear plant like homer Simpson.  It's just as well she stuck to the hair dressing and not careers advice.

Cheers
Paul
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Post by: sydenhambetty on June 10, 2012, 09:12:41 PM
Hi Paul, so sorry to hear that your Mom and Dad have passed away. I believe that the only old neighbour left in the street is Jean Whiteside. Do you remember my Mom, Mrs. Ferguson? Sounds like everyone done alright for themselves.There was another neighbour that your Mom was very friendly with but I can,t remember her name. Big woman and I think her first name was Margaret. Do you remember the Harbinsons. I am still in contact with David. :-*
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Post by: DMW on June 10, 2012, 09:28:37 PM
Hey murf -  Nice to have another "local" on board.  Is it possible we know each other - Desi Whyte  from Connsbrook Ave between Devon Pde and Connsbrook Dr. Did you go to school at Strand - Strandtown - or St Josephs  or there was a wee school on Lomond Ave?  There is another thread here - Sydenham - where you might come across some folks you knew there.
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Post by: Lifesgood on June 11, 2012, 01:46:41 AM
Hello again.  :) Does anyone know the Davidsons from Avoniel Road (backe in the 50's/60's.  Geordie was a butcher with the Co-Op.
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Post by: ormeau bap on June 12, 2012, 04:06:10 PM
Kentuckey, My Mom worked in Elsies for over 20 years her name was Anne.Do you remember her?
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Post by: eastbelfastbabe on June 14, 2012, 04:56:20 PM

Hi, Lived in Montrose Street Albertbridge Road with the rest of the family.
I moved to London around 1968. Anyone out there? ??? ???

I was born in Hart Street, lived there until I married 1971, moved to South Belfast, now back home in the East. Most of my family still live here.
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Post by: Denis Patterson on July 31, 2012, 12:57:00 PM
hi Betty are you Anne Fagan Auntie. I came from Altcar l street  wee  lived next to the Fagans. Anne and I were good friends.
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Post by: Denis Patterson on July 31, 2012, 01:04:52 PM
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Post by: sydenhambetty on July 31, 2012, 02:54:24 PM
Hi Denis, yes I am Anne,s Aunt. I don,t know if you remember Mairead, sadly she passed away a couple of weeks ago. Malachy, Patsy, and Bernadette live here in Canada. Anne is still at home and lives in Ligoniel. Good to see someone from Altcar Street. :-*
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Post by: Denis Patterson on July 31, 2012, 04:20:46 PM
Betty  i am Marie Devlin  my mother was lila. Tell all the Fagans i was asking about them. Good to hear from you .
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Post by: sydenhambetty on July 31, 2012, 05:02:16 PM
Och Marie, of course I remember you and your brother. His name has slipped my mind at the moment. I will certainly tell them. Bernadette and Patsy are home at the moment as my sister Charlotte had to go into a retirement home. Are you still in Belfast? :-*
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Post by: Denis Patterson on July 31, 2012, 06:26:58 PM
Betty  i live in lisburn my brother Frankie lives here too.Gearldine lives other side town. Bernie and Gearldine were very good friends when they lived in altcar street.
 
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Post by: Denis Patterson on July 31, 2012, 07:08:30 PM
Betty  hows things with Malachy and Bernadette. I send her a little note on the forum got no word back is she still on it. Very sorry to hear about Mairead. RIP.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on July 31, 2012, 07:13:29 PM
Marie, Bernadette was on the Forum for a short while but not on it anymore. She is married and has a son and daughter and also has two Grandchildren. Give my love to Frankie. He always had a smile for me when I would be home. :-*
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Post by: Denis Patterson on July 31, 2012, 08:04:19 PM
Betty  i will when i see him. He is always talking about  the old days lol. you can let me know how your  sister gets on in the home .
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Post by: sydenhambetty on July 31, 2012, 08:27:43 PM
Marie we were all very worried about her going in there but turns out she loves it and Malacy says it is beautiful and the care workers are all lovely people. I am like Frankie I am always thinking about Altcar Street and the great friends I had there before I left for Canada. I have,nt been home since my Mom died but used to go home every year. :-*
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Post by: Denis Patterson on July 31, 2012, 08:46:58 PM
Betty i wish wee could bring the old days back they were happy times. Your sister will settle.What about you Betty any family.
 
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Post by: sydenhambetty on August 01, 2012, 12:55:06 PM
Marie, I have two daughters and one son. Four Grandchildren, two of them in University. :)
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Post by: Denis Patterson on August 01, 2012, 01:55:08 PM
Betty  i have 2 boys 2 girls . 4 grandchildren. Is  Anne keeping well  the last i heard of her she was in hospital .WHAT is her married name so i can look it up in the phone book. many thanks.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on August 01, 2012, 06:39:07 PM
Marie, Anne has,nt been doing too well. Her married name is McAleese and she lives in Ligoneil. She would probably be delighted to hear from you. Is you Mom still alive? I will of course tell the ones here that you have been in touch. Bernie and Patsy should be back any day. They went home for Mairead,s funeral and were just back from home a week when they had to go home again. :-*
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Post by: Denis Patterson on August 02, 2012, 03:07:03 PM
Many thanks Betty i will ring her. My mother past away 7 years ago she was 92. lovey talking to you Betty
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Post by: Denis Patterson on August 03, 2012, 01:18:50 PM
Betty Anne is not in the phone book is there a friend of hers who would be in the book that i could ring. Thank you again..
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Post by: sydenhambetty on August 03, 2012, 02:52:48 PM
Marie, I will check my phone book and send it to you by PM. :-*
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Post by: Denis Patterson on August 07, 2012, 03:51:10 PM
Hi Betty did you get my post. Had a long chat with Anne last nite it was good to hear from her wee went over everything lol. Anne said to ask you when are you coming home for a holiday.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on August 07, 2012, 05:24:55 PM
Hi Marie, glad to hear you got in touch with Anne. No plans to go home at the moment. Have,nt felt the same about going home since my Mom passed away but who knows might decide next year to go just to see Charlotte. :-*
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Post by: Denis Patterson on August 07, 2012, 05:31:25 PM
Hi Betty  do you every see any of the Doggans BETTY MARTHA  ALX ....Are you on face book.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on August 07, 2012, 08:23:27 PM
Hi Marie, seen Betty when she came for the funeral of Evelyn, Martha was also there as was Rose. I heard somewhere that Alex was dead.  Rose and my sister Anna were always very close but I think they have lost touch now. I guess people get busy with their own families. Has your weather at home improved any because I know you guys got a lot of rain this summer. We are in the middle of a heatwave and I am hoping it cools down a bit. :-*
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Post by: irishmary on August 08, 2012, 11:53:35 AM
I live in Scotland but came from East Belfast in Kenbaan Street left Belfast in 1977
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Post by: Denis Patterson on August 08, 2012, 01:38:21 PM
Betty wish wee had your weather rain and more rain here. Not to bad today  going to the caravan with the grandchrildren for a few days thats if i last that long 3 under 7 lol. ::)
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Post by: sydenhambetty on August 09, 2012, 02:12:02 PM
Marie enjoy your time with the kids at the Caravan and I hope the weather is good for you. :-*
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Post by: Denis Patterson on August 11, 2012, 08:08:53 PM
 Hi Betty just back from the caravan turns out the weather was  lovely  enjoyed the grandkids. At the beach every day with them . Betty did you know Maureen Rooney from altcar street  who went to Canada. She is now back home living in Donegal.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on August 11, 2012, 11:16:49 PM
Hi Marie, glad the weather held out for you and the kids. Yes I know Maureen and was aware that she went home when she retired. Used to see her every now and again at different functions. Can,t believe her Mother Tilly is still alive, good for her. Our weather has cooled down today and we had a lot of rain. I am hoping it is nice tomorrow as we have tickets for a concert to see Boz Scaggs and though out tickets are under the Dome it is an open air venue. Very busy at the moment as I am getting ready for company that is coming at the end of the month. A girl I grew up with and her husband coming from Vancouver for a wee visit. Take care love. :-*
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Post by: BillyD on August 12, 2012, 07:44:05 AM
Hi there, left the Tullycarnet Estate in 74 for Vancouver, Canada. The best move my Dad ever made . I was born in the Royal & lived above the barber shop across from the Castle Picture house on the corner of Clarawood St. then down to the Newton. Near Hastings pub on the corner of Templemore Ave. I loved the Rd. it was great place for a kid in the early sixties. We had loads of fun. Raiding orchies up the upper Newton. Anyhoo so glad I am in sunny/ rainy Vancouver but its a wonderfull & absolutely beautiful city. With mountains & the ocean @ yer doorstep. I still love East Belfast & love going home to see the relatives it's always a blast even though I left  38 years ago & still get slugged in Vancouver for my Irish accent . I have to keeping telling them it's Norn Iron. Well that's enough for now so I'll say bye to all my old mates & Glen men oooooops.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on August 12, 2012, 02:56:48 PM
Hi Billy, welcome!!!!!!! I am in Toronto. I came from Sydenham just off Connsbrook Ave. Hope you continue to post on here and might find some old friends. What part of Vancouver are you in. My brother lived in North Van. but has passed away and my lifelong friend lives in Whiterock. Actually she is coming for a visit at the end of the month. We also have a few on the Forum from Vancouver if you go to Canada Today thread. Take care. :-*
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Post by: jackiehillis on August 12, 2012, 04:51:46 PM
Hi Billy. Jackie Hillis Ballymacarrat. Been in Toronto 57 years. here's the link to Canada Today.     http://www.belfastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=42050.new;topicseen#new

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Post by: mcd on August 12, 2012, 06:14:30 PM
Hi there, left the Tullycarnet Estate in 74 for Vancouver, Canada. The best move my Dad ever made . I was born in the Royal & lived above the barber shop across from the Castle Picture house on the corner of Clarawood St. then down to the Newton. Near Hastings pub on the corner of Templemore Ave. I loved the Rd. it was great place for a kid in the early sixties. We had loads of fun. Raiding orchies up the upper Newton. Anyhoo so glad I am in sunny/ rainy Vancouver but its a wonderfull & absolutely beautiful city. With mountains & the ocean @ yer doorstep. I still love East Belfast & love going home to see the relatives it's always a blast even though I left  38 years ago & still get slugged in Vancouver for my Irish accent . I have to keeping telling them it's Norn Iron. Well that's enough for now so I'll say bye to all my old mates & Glen men oooooops.
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  Hi Billy. Welcome to the forum,  what year did you live above the barber shop my husbands uncle Billy had that shop for years  and many years they lived above the shop also.   Did you know any of the family?
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Post by: Denis Patterson on September 06, 2012, 02:47:36 PM
hi  Betty  just seen your photo on Belfast lounge .I pick you out right away . you are the Betty i new. looking good . Are you on face book talk soon Marie.
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Post by: DMW on September 06, 2012, 10:04:28 PM
BillyD - Welcome to Belfast Forum or BF as we call it.  I was born and grew up on Connsbrook Ave. not far from Sydenhambetty.Came to Canada in 1965 never looked back. We have a couple of ladies,on here, who came from Ballyhackamore, down near Earlswood Rd.  Our orchards of choice were usually on Belmont Rd or Old Holywood Rd.  Also my brother used to be a manager in Jim Beck's shop at the corner of Templemore Ave and Major St.  You never know who you might come across here.  I'm in Hamilton,ON but I think everybody has friends or realitives in BC. My niece and her husband live in Abbotsford.
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Post by: DMW on September 06, 2012, 10:11:37 PM
Irishmary - Trying to recall where Kenbaan St is - thinking Woodstok/Willowfield area , is that right.
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Post by: Holland on September 08, 2012, 02:31:04 AM
Hello, I'm a new member. I've been in Canada since 1989. I grew up in Ballyhackamore and attended St. Joseph's and then St. Dominic's on the Falls Road. Next July, I would like to rent a flat in Belfast for a month. Any ideas on the best way to go about this?
Great forum!

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Post by: DMW on September 08, 2012, 03:50:51 AM
Holland - Welcome to the Forum - There is lady under the name of 'Shamie' who also came from Ballyhackamore. She at one time told me she was thinking of doing the same thing-rent a flat/house back home as well. Also I know she also attended St Josephs for a while - you might want to send her a message to see if she can advise you of how to do this.
 
Shamie - I hope you don't mind.  Des
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Post by: Denis Patterson on September 08, 2012, 03:11:28 PM
Hi Betty seen your photo on Belfast lounge looking good there gril . Just as i remember you .
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Post by: sydenhambetty on September 08, 2012, 03:37:28 PM
Hi Betty seen your photo on Belfast lounge looking good there gril . Just as i remember you .
Hi love. Glad you were able to pick me out. It is always good to hear that. :-*
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Post by: Denis Patterson on September 09, 2012, 03:22:30 PM
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Post by: Mrs.C on September 14, 2012, 06:38:22 PM
I grew up on the Castlereagh Road.  I went to Euston St. primary school and then on to Ashfield Grammar School and from their to Miss Dunn's school for typing.  Moved to Canada in 1959 and lived in the Toronto area for a few years - now living about 6km. north of Barrie, Ontario.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on September 14, 2012, 06:43:43 PM
Hi Mrs. Mrs.C, welcome. Keep posting and who knows you may come across some old friends. If nothing else you will get a good laugh. :-*
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Post by: Mrs.C on September 14, 2012, 06:54:39 PM
 
Thanks - I've enjoyed reading all these posts. 
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Post by: DMW on September 14, 2012, 10:36:41 PM
Mrs C   Welcome to the forum  - One of my sister went to Miss Dunn's.
Betty -  I thought you went to Miss Dunn's too ?
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Post by: sydenhambetty on September 14, 2012, 10:59:31 PM
No Desi I went to Belfast School of Commerce. :)
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Post by: DMW on September 15, 2012, 03:06:43 AM
Scuuuuuse me!
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Post by: jean79 on September 15, 2012, 02:26:49 PM
Hi Syenhambetty   I also went to the Belfast School of Commerce in early fifties Mrs Lowther was the teacher then  regards  Jean
 
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Post by: philfluter on September 15, 2012, 04:47:58 PM
Hello, I'm a new member. I've been in Canada since 1989. I grew up in Ballyhackamore and attended St. Joseph's and then St. Dominic's on the Falls Road. Next July, I would like to rent a flat in Belfast for a month. Any ideas on the best way to go about this?
Great forum!

hi holland
my wife and i are from and still in ballyhackamore
both of us went to St Joes and my wife went to st dominics also
what year were you at sT dominics
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Post by: Moorfield Street on September 15, 2012, 11:52:15 PM
Jean.  I have Haunted House in Evelyn Avenue on mp3, it is about 11MB.     David.
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Post by: mcd on September 16, 2012, 03:36:07 PM
Hello, I'm a new member. I've been in Canada since 1989. I grew up in Ballyhackamore and attended St. Joseph's and then St. Dominic's on the Falls Road. Next July, I would like to rent a flat in Belfast for a month. Any ideas on the best way to go about this?
Great forum!

  Hello Holland, Welcome    you were asking about renting flats at home (Belfast) we use the Northern IrelandTourist Board  they have a good site for rentals well worth a look.
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Post by: jean79 on September 17, 2012, 03:12:13 PM
David   I have sent you three e mails and photos did you receive them they are listed as having been sent. the haunted house in Evelyn ave sounds interesting  will be away for a few days from Friday as we have a wedding in Streaky Bay flying to Port Lincoln and then going with family members from there by car  regards   Jean
 
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Post by: Moorfield Street on September 17, 2012, 10:29:57 PM
Jean.  I have not heard from you by gmail since Sunday, Sept 2nd and I have sent 3 gmails to you since then, without reply.   I assumed your computer or your internet account had broken down.    Did you get my emails?  Why don't we exchange phone numbers?    David.   Will email you again now by gmail.
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Post by: cardar on September 25, 2012, 06:13:49 PM
Hi my name is Lorna Adams I lived at 39 Hillfoot Street, I would like to get in touch with a dear friend whom I lost contact. her name is Betty Ferguson, she also lived at 22 Hillfoot Street.  I would love to hear from her or maybe someone her knows her.
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Post by: DMW on September 25, 2012, 06:33:47 PM
Betty - Betty - Betty !!!!!!!
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Post by: Burnsy on September 25, 2012, 06:35:03 PM
Hi my name is Lorna Adams I lived at 39 Hillfoot Street, I would like to get in touch with a dear friend whom I lost contact. her name is Betty Ferguson, she also lived at 22 Hillfoot Street.  I would love to hear from her or maybe someone her knows her.

Lorna,

Welcome to the forum.

Betty is on the Forum. You will find her causing trouble on the Canada Today thread.
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Post by: DMW on September 25, 2012, 06:35:53 PM
Lorna - I should have added - she is all over Belfast Forum - a k a - Sydenhambetty - 
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Post by: cardar on September 25, 2012, 06:56:34 PM
Hi thanks for getting back to me. I lived in Australia and while we were there met Jimmy. Betty's brother it was lovely meeting someone from home.  hope to hear from Betty she is such a lovely bubbly person  XX
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Post by: sydenhambetty on September 25, 2012, 07:07:03 PM
OMG LORNA, so good to see you on here. I recently met your cousin Ann at a dinner and she gave me your address so I could send you a Christmas card. Kathleen and Sammy were here for a week at the beginning of the month and we had a great time. Please send me your phone number by PM as I would love to call you. Hope all is well with you and yours. :-*
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Post by: DMW on September 25, 2012, 07:10:26 PM
Hi - Lorna - Betty should be doing this -WELCOME- to BF. Saw her a couple of weeks ago. I may also have known you, name is Des(desi) Whyte I lived on Connsbrook Ave near the Co-op.    -  Check out the -`Belfast Forum - meet` - Thread- There was a meeting of Belfast Forum members here in the Toronto and environs there you will see photos - that include Betty and friends.  Good Luck in getting together again with old friends.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on September 25, 2012, 07:15:39 PM
Right Desi, I just got so excited and forgot to say A VERY WARM WELCOME TO OUR LORNA :D
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Post by: sydenhambetty on September 25, 2012, 07:20:02 PM

Lorna,

Welcome to the forum.

Betty is on the Forum. You will find her causing trouble on the Canada Today thread.
The only trouble I get into Mister is looking after you. Bring me back a rock from Scotland. :-*
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Post by: Burnsy on September 25, 2012, 09:01:40 PM
The only trouble I get into Mister is looking after you. Bring me back a rock from Scotland. :-*

Done deal :-*
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Post by: DMW on September 25, 2012, 10:30:20 PM
Betty/Lorna  -  Just to let you both know I was typing my last message at the same time as Betty was entering hers, so that is why it looks like I was sending mine after hers.     Betty I knew you would be very excited, you have mentioned Lorna on many occasions.  des
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Post by: sydenhambetty on September 26, 2012, 01:18:37 AM
Desi, Lorna remembers you and said that her brother Winston was friendly with your family. I am so happy that one of us remembered you :D  Hows things going with you? Hope to see you at the next meet. :-*
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Post by: DMW on September 26, 2012, 02:40:48 PM
Betty/Lorna -  I believe Winston may have been friend of my brother.  Again another one from "The Hall" - Dan's billiard hall. 
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Post by: sydenhambetty on September 26, 2012, 02:43:17 PM
Desi, if Dan,s was still standing think of the reunion you could all have :D
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Post by: DMW on September 26, 2012, 02:51:06 PM
Wouldn't be big enough.
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Post by: gubby on September 28, 2012, 12:13:29 AM
hi lorna i had many a game of snooker in dans .with albert  [ack  ack .adams ]probely your brother--he usualy won .     g
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Post by: sydenhambetty on September 28, 2012, 12:57:45 PM
gubby, that was Lorna,s brother. Albert was our leader :D
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Post by: Patsy-Ann on October 01, 2012, 12:07:38 PM
(http://i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd477/patsy-ann7/img134_zps7f728fd7.jpg)
Came accross a few pics and thought someone may recognize some of these fine looking boys.
Cregagh Swifts in the 60's
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Post by: Patsy-Ann on October 01, 2012, 12:10:29 PM
Oh dear I need to resize sorry will try again.
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Post by: pentio on October 01, 2012, 01:15:46 PM
Pat, resized for you.

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Post by: Patsy-Ann on October 01, 2012, 01:31:54 PM
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Post by: Patsy-Ann on October 01, 2012, 01:45:35 PM
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Not sure what school this is?
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Post by: Patsy-Ann on October 01, 2012, 01:53:26 PM
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Post by: Patsy-Ann on October 01, 2012, 01:58:11 PM
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Post by: pentio on October 01, 2012, 03:56:26 PM
Pat, second photo.

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Post by: Patsy-Ann on October 01, 2012, 04:05:45 PM
Thanks Pentio am having real problems posting pics ???
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Post by: phild707 on October 12, 2012, 10:13:39 AM
BillyD - Welcome to Belfast Forum or BF as we call it.  I was born and grew up on Connsbrook Ave. not far from Sydenhambetty.Came to Canada in 1965 never looked back. We have a couple of ladies,on here, who came from Ballyhackamore, down near Earlswood Rd.  Our orchards of choice were usually on Belmont Rd or Old Holywood Rd.  Also my brother used to be a manager in Jim Beck's shop at the corner of Templemore Ave and Major St.  You never know who you might come across here.  I'm in Hamilton,ON but I think everybody has friends or realitives in BC. My niece and her husband live in Abbotsford.

Hi DMW,
My father (Phil Donnelly) and Jim Beck were good friends for some years during the 60's and early 70's.
My dad also had a grocer's shop but Jimmy (as my parents used to call him) had at least two, if not more, shops around that time.
My parents have now both passed and I have no idea what became of Jimmy and his family but he is/was a memorable larger than life character!
I remember he had a very sweet wife named Della and at least two daughters.

There are a few other connections I can make with your post:
We lived in Ballyhackamore from 1960 until 1968 after which we moved to a house on the Old Holywood Road.
My dad was born and raised on Templemore Ave.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: tatybread on October 12, 2012, 06:18:51 PM
Hi DMW would you happen to know the McDowell brothers from Brandon Parade? I noticed your post on the 135th Birthday of the glens and thought you might know them since they were fanatical Glen supporters. The oldest brother John, he would be about 80 now, was a past president of the Glens supporters club. The other brothers were, Alex, Willie and Hugh.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on October 12, 2012, 08:33:06 PM
phild707 - You described Jimmy Beck perfectly-"a memorable larger than life character" I too worked for him - on the Old Lodge Rd. shop. Yes he was very much of a entrepenure. Had shops all over town - Shankill,just before the turn to Woodvale Rd - one at the top of Legoniel hill - Shore Rd near the railway station as well as the one on Templemore Ave. When I worked for him he was living in Bangor and I only met Della one. Nice lady.
 
tatybread -  I remember the names of the McDowell brothers on Brandon Pde- probably knew them to see, but not personally. There was another McDowell family on Oakdene Pde - two ginger headed boys - on was Roy,cant't recall the other ones name. Last I heard (about 1969/70) they were both in the Detroit,Mi. area - I had met their close friend,just coming out of the library in London, Ontario. How time flies.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Mcburney on December 14, 2012, 11:58:36 AM
Hi all just joined and have been reading  some bits ??? nice to be remembered ?? Yes will Billy Mcburney please stand up.... that would be me,  Now back I the country after leaving it around the 70/71 mark, I am sorry to say had enough of those blue knickers round our house as had three sisters, two of which when to ashfield, hope the world is treating you all well. bye for now.x
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Mcburney on December 14, 2012, 12:18:22 PM
Hi again yes there where two Billy Mcburneys I am the one from Banbury Street, the other in Witham street
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Mrs.C on December 14, 2012, 04:28:13 PM
Hi all just joined and have been reading  some bits ??? nice to be remembered ?? Yes will Billy Mcburney please stand up.... that would be me,  Now back I the country after leaving it around the 70/71 mark, I am sorry to say had enough of those blue knickers round our house as had three sisters, two of which when to ashfield, hope the world is treating you all well. bye for now.x
Hi Mcburney and welcome.  I think I met you on the Ashfield thread.  How well I remember those navy blue knickers at Ashfield - it was embarrassing to have to play netball outside the front of the school in them - damned cold too!  Some days our knees would be as blue as our knickers!
By the way, I lived on the Castlereagh Road.
Cheers,
Carole
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: annie49 on July 15, 2013, 06:42:04 AM
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This is a photo of Grillagh Way Gregagh, taken July 1994. I was born in No 6, the white one on the left, in Oct 1949. I don't have any memories of Cregagh as we moved to College square when I was about 3.  But my oldest sister Violet (RIP) always bragged that she used to babysit Georgie Best and that he was a bit of a lad even then.    :) ;) :(  memories from Aussie Girl
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: richard mccann on July 25, 2013, 03:38:13 AM
When I think of all the people who worked in the Shipyards the Ropeworks who walked the Newtownards Road on a Sunday night who went to the Newin, the Pop, the Strand Mersey st School and see how this thread has moved so little in the last few years I can only conclude that most of them have passed on. Its a shame because most of the people I knew were always up for a laugh and a good time. Surely there must be few people from Ballymacarrett still around if so lets hear from you/ Rmc
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jackiehillis on July 30, 2013, 12:42:49 AM
When I think of all the people who worked in the Shipyards the Ropeworks who walked the Newtownards Road on a Sunday night who went to the Newin, the Pop, the Strand Mersey st School and see how this thread has moved so little in the last few years I can only conclude that most of them have passed on. Its a shame because most of the people I knew were always up for a laugh and a good time. Surely there must be few people from Ballymacarrett still around if so lets hear from you/ Rmc
Hi Richard, originally from Josephine Street, Ballymac. Left in 1956 at the age of ten.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jean79 on July 30, 2013, 03:09:47 AM
Richard there are still a few of us around, left Evelyn Ave Upper Newtownards Rd in 1952 but still think of myself as Irish and proud of it I went to Strandtown school  Jean
 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: richard mccann on July 31, 2013, 04:03:58 AM
jackiehillis-hiya goin jackie. As far as I can remember Josephine was of Island Street am I right? I left 4yrs after you in 1961 at the age of 20 . I have seen your posts on the Canada thread so I presume you are the same jackie hillis. I have been in Australia for the past 52 yrs with three kids and nine grandkids. A lot of people from around Mersey Street went to Canada I know two sisters from our street who live in Ontario .good to hear from you Jackie/ Rmc
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: richard mccann on July 31, 2013, 04:22:22 AM
jean 79-good to hear from you jean . Where you lived was a pretty quiet part of the Newtownards Road just above the Holywood Arches the only time I was ever in that area was when we used to walk home from the Astoria. We used to spend our bus fares in the wee bakery just above the Astoria it was a fair old walk as we all lived around Mersey Street. You have the same sentiments as me as far as your heritage goes/Rmc
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jackiehillis on July 31, 2013, 05:02:23 AM
jackiehillis-hiya goin jackie. As far as I can remember Josephine was of Island Street am I right? I left 4yrs after you in 1961 at the age of 20 . I have seen your posts on the Canada thread so I presume you are the same jackie hillis. I have been in Australia for the past 52 yrs with three kids and nine grandkids. A lot of people from around Mersey Street went to Canada I know two sisters from our street who live in Ontario .good to hear from you Jackie/ Rmc
                       Richard, Josephine Street was between Gertrude & Frasier street. It ran from Foundry street up to the Newtonards Road. 26 houses on each side. Island street was right around there. sending you a PM.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on January 13, 2014, 09:54:47 PM
richard mccann -  Forgot to let you know - when we had our MEET on December 28th , a lady said to me - " I see you have been exchanging posts with my brother, Well he's not my brother but we came from the same street - Harkness "  Her name is Ann and her husband's name is Tom and they live north of Toronto in a town by the name of Alliston. I remembered just last week that you had said sometime ago that two sisters from your street had moved to Ontario and was wondering if she may have been one of the sisters. There are a couple of ladies who use the name Ann. (?) on BF so I don't know which one she is. 
There are photos on the Canada Today thread from the Meet - see posts #8580 & #8582( same pictures but brighter) Ann is in the first one, and although it has been over 50 years you may recognize some of her features. Just thought you might like to know if you haven't been in contact with her already.
Ann if you are looking in at this I hope you don't mind.  des.   
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: richard mccann on January 14, 2014, 06:24:59 AM
desi-I had a look at your photographs taken at your meet I recognised [email protected] no problems. When we were young our families were pretty close I still think of her as a sister we shared some good childhood  memories its been over 50yrs but the bond is still there. I dont think  Ann is on the Belfast Forum she prefers Facebook. Thanks for letting me know all the best/ Rmc
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jackiehillis on January 14, 2014, 02:40:42 PM
desi-I had a look at your photographs taken at your meet I recognised [email protected] no problems. When we were young our families were pretty close I still think of her as a sister we shared some good childhood  memories its been over 50yrs but the bond is still there. I dont think  Ann is on the Belfast Forum she prefers Facebook. Thanks for letting me know all the best/ Rmc
       Richard, Ann is a very good friend of mine. She is on the Forum. On the Canada Today thread. AnnB21.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Patsy-Ann on January 14, 2014, 07:46:23 PM
Pat, resized for you.

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Bloomfield, top left Trevor Kelly, top Rt think may be John Stewart, 3rd from left is Stephen? 3rd from left front could be Danny? and there was a tall fellow called big Mac. Thank you for pm this is best I can do also remember washing their kit every Saturday for them :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 14, 2014, 02:44:41 AM
Am I too late to join in here? Is there anyone out there from Woodstock Rd area?  Lots of folk from the Cregagh Estate area,nothing from anyone further down the road.  I went to Roslyn St Primary, lovely wee school and Park Parade in the 50's.  Just new to the forum and thoroughly enjoying all the reminiscences.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jackiehillis on March 14, 2014, 02:50:19 AM
Am I too late to join in here? Is there anyone out there from Woodstock Rd area?  Lots of folk from the Cregagh Estate area,nothing from anyone further down the road.  I went to Roslyn St Primary, lovely wee school and Park Parade in the 50's.  Just new to the forum and thoroughly enjoying all the reminiscences.
      Hi MissBeth. Originally from Ballymacarrat. Josephine Street.  Left 1956, been in Toronto ever since.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Moorfield Street on March 14, 2014, 02:58:52 AM
Am I too late to join in here? Is there anyone out there from Woodstock Rd area?  Lots of folk from the Cregagh Estate area,nothing from anyone further down the road.  I went to Roslyn St Primary, lovely wee school and Park Parade in the 50's.  Just new to the forum and thoroughly enjoying all the reminiscences.

MissBeth.  My wife Hazel (Stevenson) lived at 32 Woodstock Rd and went to Nettlefield and Park Parade 1936-1944.   When we married I moved into her Dad's house in 1952 until we bought a house in 1957 in Stranmillis.   David.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Lifesgood on March 14, 2014, 03:02:56 AM
Hi Miss Beth.  Welcome.  I lived in Loopland.  2 of my neighbors went to Park Parade. In the 50s Sandra & Marcia Moore.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 14, 2014, 03:33:10 AM
Went to school with Sandra Moore, she was one of my chums.  Lovely young girl.  Not heard anything of her from the 60's.

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 14, 2014, 03:52:44 AM
      Hi MissBeth. Originally from Ballymacarrat. Josephine Street.  Left 1956, been in Toronto ever since.
Jackie,haven't a clue if I am doing this right or not.  I was still at Park Parade when you came to TO.  I came here in 1966.

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 14, 2014, 04:00:23 AM

MissBeth.  My wife Hazel (Stevenson) lived at 32 Woodstock Rd and went to Nettlefield and Park Parade 1936-1944.   When we married I moved into her Dad's house in 1952 until we bought a house in 1957 in Stranmillis.   David.
Hi David, so good to hear from someone from my neck of the woods.  You must know the Willowfield Unionist Hall.   My granny and Granda were caretakers, so I spent many hours sitting looking out the window from their very large flat at the top of that building.  I was born and raised  in Gotha St off London Road.

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jackiehillis on March 14, 2014, 04:00:40 AM
Jackie,haven't a clue if I am doing this right or not.  I was still at Park Parade when you came to TO.  I came here in 1966.
    MissBeth, your doing it just fine. Where are you living now.   
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 14, 2014, 04:11:09 AM
    MissBeth, your doing it just fine. Where are you living now.   
Thanks Jackie,got the hang of it now(I think).  Just moved to Cobourg, ON last year.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jackiehillis on March 14, 2014, 04:35:12 AM
Thanks Jackie,got the hang of it now(I think).  Just moved to Cobourg, ON last year.
           MissBeth have a look at this. We have members come from all over Ontario. And points further. You would be more than welcome. We have been doing this three times a year for the last four years.

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Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: naumai on March 14, 2014, 09:42:48 AM
Am I too late to join in here? Is there anyone out there from Woodstock Rd area?  Lots of folk from the Cregagh Estate area,nothing from anyone further down the road.  I went to Roslyn St Primary, lovely wee school and Park Parade in the 50's.  Just new to the forum and thoroughly enjoying all the reminiscences. Hi Beth,I'm from Imperial st,I think you are only the second person I have heard of went to Roslyn st school. I went to nettlefield and park parade late 40's early 50's
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 14, 2014, 04:16:43 PM
Hi naumai,imagine you being from Imperial St. Do you remember the Kelly's.....my cousins. Bertie Cooper,my brother-in-law.  Mary's chippy,sitting in the boxes with 3d worth of chips. You are just  wee bit before my time,you probably remember my sisters,Marg,Ellie and Jean.  Where are you living now?

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 14, 2014, 04:26:30 PM
           MissBeth have a look at this. We have members come from all over Ontario. And points further. You would be more than welcome. We have been doing this three times a year for the last four years.
           MissBeth have a look at this. We have members come from all over Ontario. And points further. You would be more than welcome. We have been doing this three times a year for the last four years.

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Very interesting Jackie. It would be lovely,but awful far.

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Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: naumai on March 14, 2014, 10:23:59 PM
Hi naumai,imagine you being from Imperial St. Do you remember the Kelly's.....my cousins. Bertie Cooper,my brother-in-law.  Mary's chippy,sitting in the boxes with 3d worth of chips. You are just  wee bit before my time,you probably remember my sisters,Marg,Ellie and Jean.  Where are you living now?
Hi Miss Beth,do you mean Eva Kelly and family? Eva ,many years ago she came to nz with my parents and stayed with us. remember Marys well.I stayed with Gerry Meli for awhile when I first came to nz.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 14, 2014, 10:58:29 PM
Hi Miss Beth,do you mean Eva Kelly and family? Eva ,many years ago she came to nz with my parents and stayed with us. remember Marys well.I stayed with Gerry Meli for awhile when I first came to nz.
That's exactly who I mean.  Her brother Eddie emigrated to NZ many years ago,he passed  away some time ago, and his mother has gone too. Eva didn't keep in touch with any of us Kelly's,but we were great chums when we were young girls. Been to NZ myself a couple of years ago, beautiful country. Very impressed by both Islands.Really unusual place,but very far away.  Didnt know Gerry Meli  was there. Love to know if I know you,but understand if you want to project your privacy. Thanks for sharing with me.

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: naumai on March 15, 2014, 06:03:25 AM
Hi MissBeth, it was Eva and Eddies mother who stayed with us,  we took eva down to eddie's to stay with him in Hamilton,he had lost a leg a few years before,and had trouble coming to terms with it. I'll pm you.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 15, 2014, 02:33:36 PM
Hi naumai, remember aunt Eva going, didn't realise wee Eva went with her.  Yes,poor Eddie's life was a struggle.  Thanks for the PM,I did reply, but may have to do it again, as I just had a message that it timed out.
I'm sure Moorefield St and you and I are not the only ones out there from our neck of the woods.

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Skully1 on March 15, 2014, 05:26:05 PM
I lived in Spring St...left there in 1958.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Moorfield Street on March 15, 2014, 08:59:24 PM
MissBeth.    kraftcheese on BF lived in Tamar Street. At the Willowfield Corner and her husband is from Donard St.  Iam sure she would be pleased to know you.  David.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 15, 2014, 09:35:38 PM
MissBeth.    kraftcheese on BF lived in Tamar Street. At the Willowfield Corner and her husband is from Donard St.  I am sure she would be pleased to know you.  David.
Very kind of you David to fill me in on that info.  Thank you.

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 15, 2014, 09:38:37 PM
I lived in Spring St...left there in 1958.
  Knew there must be more of us out there.  You've been gone a long time Skully1.

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on March 16, 2014, 12:26:25 AM
MissBeth.    kraftcheese on BF lived in Tamar Street. At the Willowfield Corner and her husband is from Donard St.  Iam sure she would be pleased to know you.  David.

Hello MissBeth.  I'm from Tamery Street, Beersbridge Road, near Willowfield Corner. Hubby from Donard St. (Norman Dowds).  We went to Nettlefield School and he went to Park Parade, but my family moved to Castlereagh when I was eight and I went to Lisnasharragh.  Nice to "meet" you.  :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 16, 2014, 01:35:00 AM

Hello MissBeth.  I'm from Tamery Street, Beersbridge Road, near Willowfield Corner. Hubby from Donard St. (Norman Dowds).  We went to Nettlefield School and he went to Park Parade, but my family moved to Castlereagh when I was eight and I went to Lisnasharragh.  Nice to "meet" you.  :)
Delighted to meet you too. I've just been reading an old topic about Roslyn Street and was wishing I could put my 2cents worth in, but since it was so old didn't feel I could start it up again. I knew nearly everyone mentioned.  Walked up and down Donard St to school everyday and then to work. Was your husband nicknamed Dowdsie by any chance?

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on March 16, 2014, 07:01:39 AM
Delighted to meet you too. I've just been reading an old topic about Roslyn Street and was wishing I could put my 2cents worth in, but since it was so old didn't feel I could start it up again. I knew nearly everyone mentioned.  Walked up and down Donard St to school everyday and then to work. Was your husband nicknamed Dowdsie by any chance?
Yes, he was.  :D   He has a sister called Maureen, brother Maurice (dec'd), and sisters Sally, May (dec'd) and Sandra.  There was another family called Dowds from Roslyn Street though, and they weren't related.  Don't hesitate to post to any old threads as someone will always join in.  I used to go to the Emmanuel Mission Hall with my wee Granny who lived in Henryville St (off Shamrock). 
 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Skully1 on March 16, 2014, 08:39:40 AM
  Knew there must be more of us out there.  You've been gone a long time Skully1.

Indeed I have.    Not sure when it was but when I went back to visit my sister I found that Spring St and Well St had disappeared and the area was made up of small blocks of houses....quite a shock.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 16, 2014, 08:56:00 PM
Know the feeling well Skully1. Gotha St was demolished for Urban Renewal.  My mother absolutely refused to move and so got a new house in the new Gotha St.  Much grander than the old house,but too late for the family to enjoy as all 5 of us had long flown the nest. She never really liked it as it wasn't on the sunny side of the street!  I have photos of demolition day and it always makes me a bit sad as I was born in that old house.    \

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 16, 2014, 10:05:37 PM
Yes, he was.  :D   He has a sister called Maureen, brother Maurice (dec'd), and sisters Sally, May (dec'd) and Sandra.  There was another family called Dowds from Roslyn Street though, and they weren't related.  Don't hesitate to post to any old threads as someone will always join in.  I used to go to the Emmanuel Mission Hall with my wee Granny who lived in Henryville St (off Shamrock).
I know the Dowds from Roslyn St.  The daddy Eddy used to visit Jimmy Reid,a very good neighbour of ours.  I spent many,many hours in the Emanual Mission. Itís still going strong. Did you ever go on the Excursions to Ballywalter etc.  They were a scream.  We belonged to McQuestion. Presbyterian, but although I went to Sunday school,I preferred Ravenhill (Rosses) and used to go there at the drop of a hat.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on March 17, 2014, 08:56:16 AM
I know the Dowds from Roslyn St.  The daddy Eddy used to visit Jimmy Reid,a very good neighbour of ours.  I spent many,many hours in the Emanual Mission. Itís still going strong. Did you ever go on the Excursions to Ballywalter etc.  They were a scream.  We belonged to McQuestion. Presbyterian, but although I went to Sunday school,I preferred Ravenhill (Rosses) and used to go there at the drop of a hat.

Beth, I didn't go to the Emanuel (sp ?) excursions as I only went to evening meetings with my granny, but officially "belonged" to Mountpottinger Pres, and for Sunday school I went to my dad's family church in the country, as well as the Salvation Army in Mountpottinger Rd.  Norman remembers all those people from Donard St that you mentioned in your PM and he used to go to Ross's also.  His old house in Donard St is still there but is not in his family now as his mum and dad passed away.  My old home in Tamery St is long gone with the redevelopment and there's no Tamery St any more, but there is a Tamery Walk in the general location of my old street.  We left Belfast in 1967 for Oz and have been here ever since.  My oldest sister went to Ontario, Canada in 1966 and lives in Alderwood/Etobicoke. :)   
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 17, 2014, 02:44:39 PM
We used to go to the wee meeting,Tuesday nights it was. The Proctor and Phillips were very good people,basically keeping us off the streets. Remember it all like it was yesterday. Did you mentioned  you also had a sister Maureen? If she played hockey for PP then I remember her. The person I picture in my mind would have been in 4b when I was in 1b or 2. Probably getting her mixed up with someone else.  I have a sister in Hobart,so have been to Oz 3times over the past 50 years.  It was my first choice when I was emigrating, but my mother wouldn't hear tell of me going so far away. So here I sit in The Great White North! Thanks for the PM

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on March 18, 2014, 12:34:15 AM
We used to go to the wee meeting,Tuesday nights it was. The Proctor and Phillips were very good people,basically keeping us off the streets. Remember it all like it was yesterday. Did you mentioned  you also had a sister Maureen? If she played hockey for PP then I remember her. The person I picture in my mind would have been in 4b when I was in 1b or 2. Probably getting her mixed up with someone else.  I have a sister in Hobart,so have been to Oz 3times over the past 50 years.  It was my first choice when I was emigrating, but my mother wouldn't hear tell of me going so far away. So here I sit in The Great White North! Thanks for the PM
Yes, my older sister is Maureen, but she didn't play hockey as far as I know.  She was born 1940 and I think she left school when she was 14 so I don't think she would have done 4th form.  Hobart is a lovely city.  We spent a week touring Tasmania last year.  I'm sure you would have visited Port Arthur.  What a beautiful place that is, but a lot of sadness connected with it.  Your mother is right, we are a very long way away.  :) 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 18, 2014, 01:25:33 AM
Barking up the wrong tree where Maureen was concerned!  I agree with you, Hobart is lovely.  My chum from the TAB went to live in the Melbourne area,  Another Kelly,Helen , no relation, she was from Ardcarn in Dundonald, married a fellow called Billy Kerr from Foxglove St.  They are still there,lost touch with them years ago.  Know It's very unlikely you have met them out there as Oz is big like Canada, but you never know.  Have you been back to Belfast recently?
Don't suppose you have much reason to go back if most of your family went with you.  I have always enjoyed going back, as I enjoy the company of my family and neighbours at home.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on March 18, 2014, 05:07:59 AM
I'm afraid those names don't ring a bell.  It is a very small world though.  Eight months after we'd arrived in Melbourne, I was standing on the steps of the GPO in the centre of the city (4 million people) waiting for Norman after work, and along comes a girl from my class in school who'd only been here six weeks.  She didn't know I was here, and vice versa.  I thought for a minute I was hallucinating as for eight whole months I hadn't seen a single familiar face.    :D 
We've been back to Belfast four times, the last time was in September last.  One sister still lives there in the Braniel, and my sister Maureen came home from Toronto too, and we had a great time. 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 18, 2014, 05:39:27 AM
Our family all went home last year too.  We went in Mid August and had a lovely time. It was so nice to get everyone together for something other than a funeral!  We stayed in Florida St with my eldest sister and my sister from Oz so we had lots of fun with them all.  It's hard to believe we are the eldest generation now,we only have two 90 year old aunts left.  Didn't think you'd know my friends, but it was worth a try!  Meant to tell you we had spent some time in Melbourne a couple of years ago, lovely city.  We stayed right down by the river,so we could walk around everywhere and we're very impressed.  Went to The big market, name escapes me...was it Victoria?  Anyway stopped to check out some shoes and found ourselves deep in conversation with someone with a great deal of knowledge about Ulster.  Amazing really.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on March 18, 2014, 06:03:01 AM
I have no relatives left now from my parents' generation.  The last uncle died about 18 months ago, but I was back in 2011 as well and saw him then and have a couple of lovely photos taken with him.  The Victoria Market is a fantastic one and down by the Yarra River (Southbank) is a brilliant spot to stay and see Melbourne city.  Did you like our trams?  We visited Canada in 1992 (visited sister in Toronto as well as trip through the Rockies to Banff) - beautiful!  A few years ago, I was being transported by ambulance and one of the paramedics asked me where I was from.  He was Australian-born and he told me he'd been away on a trip a year before, including Belfast and he loved it.   I was well chuffed, as they say.  :)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 19, 2014, 03:35:02 AM
Loved your trams!  Made it very easy to get around.  Also loved the parks.  My husband was very amused by a family group having their Christmas get together in the park.  We also went to Phillips Island?? To see the tiny penguins. It was all very enjoyable. Who would have thought growing up in Ballymacarrat we'd see all these lovely places.  Mind you, I still enjoy a walk round the Ormeau Park and the tow path.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 19, 2014, 03:49:32 AM
I  lived opposite the Ulster Creameries on the Castlereagh Rd.  till my family left for Calif. in  1958. Also lived in Bloomfield and Sydenham.
Hi Stan,did I see on here somewhere  you were related to Dorothy Holly?  My eldest sister Margaret Kelly used to go around with Dorothy.  Knew the Hollies well as we lived in Gotha St and they lived up in Roslyn St.  ,lucky you living in sunny California.  Went to San Diego Christmas 2013.  Thoroughly enjoyed it.but the weather was awful.  Cool and lots of rain. Where are you in Ca??

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on March 19, 2014, 04:06:08 AM
Loved your trams!  Made it very easy to get around.  Also loved the parks.  My husband was very amused by a family group having their Christmas get together in the park.  We also went to Phillips Island?? To see the tiny penguins. It was all very enjoyable. Who would have thought growing up in Ballymacarrat we'd see all these lovely places.  Mind you, I still enjoy a walk round the Ormeau Park and the tow path.

Beth, glad you enjoyed our lovely city parks - all beautiful spots for Christmas lunch under the magnificent trees.  We live not far from Phillip Island (a 45-minute drive) and Norman does quite a lot of fishing there on Westernport Bay.  The fairy penguins are very cute, but I see "they" are charging a hefty fee now to see the Penguin Parade - it used to be just a natural event and you just turned up and watched free of charge.  Typical rip-off! 
I  LOVE Ormeau Park and always walk through it when I go home.  It holds many happy memories from childhood and my "coortin'" days.  I remember the Maypole and the "Dummy's Hill" (is that right?)  where we'd roll our Easter eggs.  :D 
Yes, we've seen a lot of lovely places, but Belfast and N.I. in general will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: belbh on March 20, 2014, 12:41:51 AM
From Sydenham,but have been living in Brazil for the last five years.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kraftcheese on March 20, 2014, 08:51:38 AM
From Sydenham,but have been living in Brazil for the last five years.

Welcome to the forum.  :)  Whereabouts in Brazil do you live?  Are you staying there permanently, or are you working on contract?  Don't mean to be nosy - just curious.  I don't know anybody else who lives in Brazil.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: belbh on March 20, 2014, 12:29:53 PM
Hi Kraft,I live in the 3rd biggest city here it`s called Belo Horizonte in the state of MInas Gerais.I plan on being here for another few years yet,as my wife is Brazilian and we have twin toddlers.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 20, 2014, 09:13:56 PM
Hi belbh,just another quick welcome.  Brazil sounds exotic,don't know anyone there either.  Five years away from home and do you enjoy life there in Brazil?  You are bound to find someone you know,or someone who knows somebody you know on here. Hope you enjoy,don't be afraid to join in the chat.  Lots of people will know where you came from.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: belbh on March 21, 2014, 12:41:57 AM
Hi Missbeth and thanks for the welcome.Yeah Brazil is a nice place to live,it`s a completely different way of life compared to back home.Though I still get homesick for Belfast.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 21, 2014, 01:49:44 AM
Good to hear from you again.  Most of us have been homesick.  Hang in there it will pass.  Have you been reading all these threads? You'll get a kick out of them.  Lots of nice people who have a good idea how you feel. How old are the twins? Is it nice and warm there?  I live in Canada and it is VERY cold right now.   The snow is starting to melt,but we have a while to go before we can get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Been here since 1966,so used to the cold,but still don't like it! ::)

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Ballintoy on March 21, 2014, 04:59:15 PM
When I was a wee nipper I went to Belmont Primary School at the corner of the Belmont Church Road.  Any of you too ?

   
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: billnl on March 22, 2014, 04:40:24 PM
Hi David, so good to hear from someone from my neck of the woods.  You must know the Willowfield Unionist Hall.   My granny and Granda were caretakers, so I spent many hours sitting looking out the window from their very large flat at the top of that building.  I was born and raised  in Gotha St off London Road.


An old aunt of mine lived for years in number 1 Gotha Street.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 22, 2014, 05:50:42 PM


An old aunt of mine lived for years in number 1 Gotha Street.
Oh excited!  It's so nice to find "connections". Would that have been Mrs.Davis?

Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: billnl on March 25, 2014, 06:18:16 PM
Oh excited!  It's so nice to find "connections". Would that have been Mrs.Davis?

Yes , she was my great aunt Cissie.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 25, 2014, 07:13:00 PM
Course I remember the name.  Remember John better.  He used to give us a hard time for playing ball against his wall.  Looking back i don't blame him.  We must have driven him crazy.  Small world isn't.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 29, 2014, 12:28:17 AM
Are you going to share with us Frazier were you are from?  
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on March 29, 2014, 02:06:46 AM
 I had a aunt and uncle who lived in Moorgate St  many years ago  surname   Bell
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Margaret McClarin on March 29, 2014, 07:24:26 AM
Hi my name is Margaret McClarin (nee Berry) born Frank street, went to Mountpottinger primary school and then on to Ashfield Girls Secondary School. trained as registered nurse at Musgrave park hospital also worked at The Ulster hospital. married Paul McClarin late of Onslow Parade 1968 lived in Bangor and moved to Adelaide Australia 1978
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Moorfield Street on March 30, 2014, 04:34:39 AM
I had a aunt and uncle who lived in Moorgate St  many years ago  surname   Bell

I cannot recall a Bell family in Moorgate but Ed and Win Bell lived in no.6 Moorfdield in the 1940's
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on March 30, 2014, 03:57:35 PM
I cannot recall a Bell family in Moorgate but Ed and Win Bell lived in no.6 Moorfdield in the 1940's

   That would be them  thankyou
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 30, 2014, 05:07:19 PM
Hi my name is Margaret McClarin (nee Berry) born Frank street, went to Mountpottinger primary school and then on to Ashfield Girls Secondary School. trained as registered nurse at Musgrave park hospital also worked at The Ulster hospital. married Paul McClarin late of Onslow Parade 1968 lived in Bangor and moved to Adelaide Australia 1978
Welcome Margaret.  Lots of girls /woman from Ashfield on here....I'm a Park Parade girl,been living in Canada since 66.  Enjoy the Forum.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Skully1 on March 30, 2014, 09:07:23 PM
Welcome Margaret.  Lots of girls /woman from Ashfield on here....I'm a Park Parade girl,been living in Canada since 66.  Enjoy the Forum.

What years were you in Park Parade MissBeth?
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 30, 2014, 09:42:43 PM
Skully1 I was there 1955 to 59.  Left the Christmas after my 15th birthday as I hated school.  Especially a math teacher,daughter in law to Dutchy. :( :( :(
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Moorfield Street on March 30, 2014, 10:50:14 PM
   That would be them  thankyou

I knew their children Ronnie and Freda and Mrs. Boyle, Winnie's mother, who lived in no.2.      Hendy45 who is a member here is Mrs Boyles grandson.    David.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Skully1 on March 31, 2014, 11:25:09 AM
Skully1 I was there 1955 to 59.  Left the Christmas after my 15th birthday as I hated school.  Especially a math teacher,daughter in law to Dutchy. :( :( :(

Ah, I was there from 1950-1952 then went to the Tech.     I liked Park Parade apart from Mr Neilly...who was a nasty piece of work.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: MissBeth on March 31, 2014, 03:03:55 PM
You may have known my older sisters.  That timing is right for them. Margaret, Ellie and Jean Kelly. :P :P :P   I remember Mr Neilly.   There was a Miss Munroe, who taught Physical Ed who was still around in 2008.   I met a classmate in The Stables in BHolme and apparently Miss Munroe was still frequenting the restaurant there.  Must have been well on in years.  All that exercise must have been good for her ::)
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on April 01, 2014, 06:01:45 PM

I knew their children Ronnie and Freda and Mrs. Boyle, Winnie's mother, who lived in no.2.      Hendy45 who is a member here is Mrs Boyles grandson.    David.

   Eddie was my mum's older brother  I remember Freda with lovely red hair and she moved to England after she married  if memory serves me right   vaguely remember Ronnie . the last time I saw them I think I was about 10 so many many years ago .  Thank you,  it was lovely to hear from you .
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Skully1 on April 01, 2014, 07:32:29 PM
You may have known my older sisters.  That timing is right for them. Margaret, Ellie and Jean Kelly. :P :P :P   I remember Mr Neilly.   There was a Miss Munroe, who taught Physical Ed who was still around in 2008.   I met a classmate in The Stables in BHolme and apparently Miss Munroe was still frequenting the restaurant there.  Must have been well on in years.  All that exercise must have been good for her ::)

Those names do not ring any bells MissBeth, though, given what my memory is like regarding names, this is not surprising.   Where did you live, if that is not too personal a question?
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on April 01, 2014, 09:29:24 PM

I knew their children Ronnie and Freda and Mrs. Boyle, Winnie's mother, who lived in no.2.      Hendy45 who is a member here is Mrs Boyles grandson.    David.

  I hope you don't mind ,but did you know the Little's , one was a Minister in Glemgormney ( ?)   I think 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Moorfield Street on April 02, 2014, 03:30:30 AM
  I hope you don't mind ,but did you know the Little's , one was a Minister in Glemgormney ( ?)   I think

Yes.  Mr.Little Senior,was Caretaker at Bloomfield Presbyterian and I remember the son going to Bible College.  We lived in no.35 and the Littles in no.27, I think.    David Campbell.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on April 02, 2014, 03:49:09 AM
Yes.  Mr.Little Senior,was Caretaker at Bloomfield Presbyterian and I remember the son going to Bible College.  We lived in no.35 and the Littles in no.27, I think.    David Campbell.

    Thank you.       Jean 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Moorfield Street on April 02, 2014, 04:33:59 AM
    Thank you.       Jean

Jean.  You have whet my appetite.    I lived in Moorfield from 1935 until I left to marry my wife Hazel in 1952 and moved to her Dad's house at 32 Woodstock Road.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Moorfield Street on April 02, 2014, 04:38:39 AM
   Eddie was my mum's older brother  I remember Freda with lovely red hair and she moved to England after she married  if memory serves me right   vaguely remember Ronnie . the last time I saw them I think I was about 10 so many many years ago .  Thank you,  it was lovely to hear from you .

Jean.   Colin Henderson (hendy46) and I correspond on occasions and he was in Belfast for Ronnie's funeral last year.  He also told me that Freda had died in Canada, when she was young.  David.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Moorfield Street on April 02, 2014, 07:15:19 AM
Je(http://i62.tinypic.com/jr34on.jpg)an   This is a photo of the Bell family about 1960 sent me by Colin.   David.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on April 02, 2014, 04:26:25 PM
Wow, This is great   Thank you and also Colin for the photo    I didn't know Freda was in this part of the world  ( we came to Ontario April 1971)   sad to find out both she and Ronnie are gone    I lived in Bloomfield St until 1963.    Thanks again David ,   Jean
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Moorfield Street on April 02, 2014, 11:05:16 PM
Wow, This is great   Thank you and also Colin for the photo    I didn't know Freda was in this part of the world  ( we came to Ontario April 1971)   sad to find out both she and Ronnie are gone    I lived in Bloomfield St until 1963.    Thanks again David ,   Jean

Jean.  Check out a Thread started by Colin called "Anyone here from the Moorfield St," by Hendy 1946.   Colin is really a cousin of yours.    You could PM him from BF.   David

http://www.belfastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=43717.0
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on April 03, 2014, 04:42:40 PM
Jean.  Check out a Thread started by Colin called "Anyone here from the Moorfield St," by Hendy 1946.   Colin is really a cousin of yours.    You could PM him from BF.   David

http://www.belfastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=43717.0 (http://www.belfastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=43717.0)

   I will David,  this is going to be interesting how Colin is my cousin.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Moorfield Street on April 03, 2014, 10:38:37 PM
   I will David,  this is going to be interesting how Colin is my cousin.

Jean.  Winnie Bell is your Aunt (your Mums brothers wife) and Winnie Bell is Colins Aunt (his Mums sister)
 
That is Colin's Mum and Dad beside Winnie in the photo.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: mcd on April 04, 2014, 12:18:59 AM
 Thanks David,   I just received your PM.     I am looking forward to talking ( thru email ) to Colin    Jean
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Ann8 on April 04, 2014, 11:14:55 PM
I'm from East Belfast, lived on Lisnasharragh Rd, Castlereagh Rd then Hatton Drive. Moved away over 30 years ago but it feels like only yesterday. I now live in Brighton but have also lived in West Africa for a while. Still consider Belfast to be my home.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Ann8 on April 04, 2014, 11:18:27 PM
Does anyone remember my Dads family shop called 'Pattons' which was off Templemore Ave. It sold everything from sweets, veg, newspapers. Was in the family for many years until the 60's
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Mo-reenT on April 04, 2014, 11:42:30 PM
Hi Margaret, I remember your family wel.  I lived in Frank St from 1960 until 1971, when I moved to England.  My name then was Maureen Moran
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Moorfield Street on April 13, 2014, 04:20:42 AM
Thanks David,   I just received your PM.     I am looking forward to talking ( thru email ) to Colin    Jean

Jean.      Have been waiting to hear what you and Colin talked about?       Anything that you can pass on?   David.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: jillyfred on April 14, 2014, 02:29:19 AM
Does anyone know Eddie O`Brien,Rosemary Thompson (Gilnahirk).Pauline Mills,Cabin Hill Park.

jillyfred
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: ritamccartney on June 29, 2014, 03:57:44 AM
I am from Ardoyne, but spent many  great times in the Cregagh estate.  Does anyone know any where abouts of the Ruddys who lived at 10 Callan Way, Cregagh. Denise was my best friend but we lost touch some years ago. She married Geoffrey Thompson in 1971. She had an older sister called Yvonne, married Robin Maguire. And a younger brother called Wesley, last I believe living in Banbridge. I have been trying to find Denise for a while and would love to get in touch with any of them.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Glenman on August 19, 2014, 02:48:42 PM
Margaret McClarin not too many show up here who went to Mountpottinger but I was one of them. That was back in mid 40's to early 50's.  Lived in Thorndyke St just around corner.  And yes I also went to Ashfield. That was up on hill. We looked down on girls school running around with their shorts on. 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: richard mccann on August 21, 2014, 02:53:40 AM
Glenman- I cannot remember which side of the road Thorndyke St was on .I lived just off DeeSt I also went to Ashfield when it first opened for the last two years I left when I was 14yrs old.I was in class 3ms previously I was at Mersey St Primary. Even better still I supported the Glens. I last seen the Glens play in 2004 when I was back for 3 wks cheers/ Rmc
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: kathy lewis on August 21, 2014, 01:36:03 PM
That was the 'Hub of the Wheel' run by Cecil (Blood Vessel), the food was atrocious, but you got tons of it. Welcome aboard Madness.

I used to work at the Hub of the Wheel lol lol :D I was only a child and used to pick the eyes out of the spuds  :D .  He paid me a reasonable wage. 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on August 22, 2014, 04:13:20 AM
Glenman/Richard.  Richard: you may not recall Thorndyke St. as you lived all the way down(off) Dee St behind the Oval. Thorndyke St is away up Templemore Ave on the other side of Albertbridge Rd.     
Glenman: your mention of Thorndyke St brought to mind a DVD I got from the Glentoran Shop - on line. I found the Glentoran site on Facebook and saw they had scarfs
Beanies( toques to us Canadians) as well as the DVD about the Glens/Oval during the WWII. In it shown is the crater caused when a bomb fell in the Oval - Also it showed a photo of the result of a bomb that fell in Thorndyke St. That was in 1941.
My eldest brother(about 15 years older than me) used to take me to the Glens games when I was 6 or 7 and "lift me over" the gates. That was in the 40s. We lived on
Connsbrook Ave.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: richard mccann on August 22, 2014, 06:35:40 AM
Desi-I used to pass Thorndyke St often as I changed Comics with a guy from Paxton St (innocent days)    I just could not recall which side of the Newtownards Rd it was on.  As for being awaaay up Templemore Av I walk my dog twice as far every day here in Oz. I remember playing in the Oval ruins before it was rebuilt jeez that was a long time ago. I also remember getting lifted over as well as climbing over at the top of our street cheers/ Rmc
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: scotland on August 22, 2014, 11:35:28 PM
If you're an exile from east Belfast the East Belfast Herald might like to hear from you.
It could be a good way of contacting old friends still living in that area of the city.
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Looking for any cousins of the Craig family who lived at 72 Methuen Street, Martha Mollie Robert and Agnes as did our cousins Ann Andrew Jim and Sylvia Watson we also had cousins in Church St East  and the Stevenson family in Grovefield St and cousin BIlly Feeley who lived at number1Well St would love to hear from any of you 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: naumai on August 23, 2014, 08:49:22 AM
Andrew Watson is my brother in law.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: scotland on August 23, 2014, 03:30:40 PM
 Hi had heard sometime ago he had went to live in Canada if you are in touch with him please give him my very best wishes and tell him I would love to hear from him  many thanks for replying to my post
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: naumai on August 24, 2014, 12:36:20 AM
Andy is in Canada 40 years or so,  if you pm me who you are and an e mail address I will send it to him.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: scotland on August 24, 2014, 08:10:54 PM
Hi many thanks for replying to my post I have only started doing this think I'm what they call a newbie will send you a pm ? When I work out how to  please pass on regards to Ann Sylvia and Jim if possible again many thanks Mollie PS did,not realize  Andrew went to Canada so long ago last saw him when we were teenagers and Uncle Davie was a pastor in Church St East.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Glenman on August 29, 2014, 01:18:44 AM
Glenman- I cannot remember which side of the road Thorndyke St was on .I lived just off DeeSt I also went to Ashfield when it first opened for the last two years I left when I was 14yrs old.I was in class 3ms previously I was at Mersey St Primary. Even better still I supported the Glens. I last seen the Glens play in 2004 when I was back for 3 wks cheers/ Rmc
Sorry for slow reply but I see you already found out where Thorndyke St is located.  Don't have too much time for computer as there's lots of work to be done in summer. I went to Ashfield the first day it opened.  Was in 2A. And yes like so many more left at 14 to work in Mackies.  Was down under on three occasions from I retired in99.  In laws in Brisbane area   Still check in on the I Pad each week to see how Glens are doing.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Glenman on August 29, 2014, 01:31:32 AM
Glenman/Richard.  Richard: you may not recall Thorndyke St. as you lived all the way down(off) Dee St behind the Oval. Thorndyke St is away up Templemore Ave on the other side of Albertbridge Rd.     
Glenman: your mention of Thorndyke St brought to mind a DVD I got from the Glentoran Shop - on line. I found the Glentoran site on Facebook and saw they had scarfs
Beanies( toques to us Canadians) as well as the DVD about the Glens/Oval during the WWII. In it shown is the crater caused when a bomb fell in the Oval - Also it showed a photo of the result of a bomb that fell in Thorndyke St. That was in 1941.
My eldest brother(about 15 years older than me) used to take me to the Glens games when I was 6 or 7 and "lift me over" the gates. That was in the 40s. We lived on
Connsbrook Ave.

I know the pictures you speak of. The one in Thorndyke St.shows the Rev Thompson of Mountpottinger Pres. Church standing on the high pile of rubble. I lived same side of the street just 4 doors down from where the homes were wiped out with the bomb.
That's where I played many a game of football.  I went for quite a while to Connsbrook Congregational Church. Spent half the time there talking football with Jimmy Rodgers who later bacame Lord Mayor of the big city.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on September 03, 2014, 02:58:42 AM
Glenman - Your mention of there being only a couple of people here on BF having gone to Mountpottinger and Ashfield schools caught my attention. While I didn't go to Ashfield a buddy of mine did and before coming back to you I thought he might confirm what I had in mind. His name is Eric Close/ we're from Sydenham/, and one of his friends at Ashfield also attended Mountpottinger - back in the 50s.  His name is Eric Wilson who lived on The Mount, his dad(Fred?) was in charge of the YMCA at Mountpottinger. Eric's(Wilson) buddy lived next door, and was called, Bernie Braithwaite. Both of them were good cyclists and raced at the Orangefield  cycle track which is where I first met them. Wilson was also gymnast and got into wrestling. We saw his first bout in hall/gym in Holywood. Lost badly. Also Eric Close also brought up a couple of other names of our Ashfield friends - from Madrid St.-who he thinks also went to Mountpottinger school. -Gordon Charteris  and Walter (?) as well as a couple of Templemore Ave girls he met - Rhoda Peaden and Maureen Meadows..    Just wondering if any of these name ring a bell or bring back memories.

Richard - I had also mentioned your name to Eric and while he can't put a face to it, he's sure the name Richard McCann is familiar. 
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: DMW on September 03, 2014, 03:34:37 AM
Glenman - I forgot to mention Eric Wilson was also known as ' Fuzzy' because of his black curly hair.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Ballintoy on September 16, 2014, 07:59:20 PM
Glenman - I forgot to mention Eric Wilson was also known as ' Fuzzy' because of his black curly hair.
Also went to Mountpottinger School :
George Macullagh (spelling?), Florence Douglas, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, Rex Mercer, Roy McGregor.  Around mid-40's.
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Ballintoy on September 18, 2014, 12:46:50 AM
Also went to Mountpottinger School :
George Mc.Cullough (spelling?), Florence Douglas, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, Rex Mercer, Roy McGregor.  Around mid-40's.
George Mc.Cullough lived in Dee Street, had flaming red hair, delivered newspapers and, later, went to "Inst".
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: richard mccann on September 20, 2014, 06:29:43 AM
Ballintoy- Your post confused me I remember Geordie Mc Coulough and his red hair he sold the papers when I was a wee boy in the 1940/s. He was middle aged then. Did he have a son with red hair ? He lived opposite Saint Patricks Hall in Dee Street the true heart of East Belfast and Ballymacarrett / Rmc
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: Ballintoy on September 20, 2014, 03:20:29 PM
Ballintoy- Your post confused me I remember Geordie Mc Coulough and his red hair he sold the papers when I was a wee boy in the 1940/s. He was middle aged then. Did he have a son with red hair ? He lived opposite Saint Patricks Hall in Dee Street the true heart of East Belfast and Ballymacarrett / Rmc
Since he and I both went to Mountpottinger school at the same time, in 1945 say, he would have been around 15. I lost touch with him after "inst".
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: wilfiet on October 04, 2014, 06:27:46 PM
|Does anybody remember greasy joes fish and chip van that sat the greenway every night in the 60s
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: wilfiet on October 04, 2014, 06:34:56 PM
We moved into Dennet end in the Cregagh estate in 1948.  I was 4 at the time.  Cregagh yout club was started above the greenway shops in the late 50s.  They then moved to a new building near Bells bridge.  The new club was opened by Frankie Vaughan the singer around 1962.  Any other members of that club out there.  I played goals for the senior football team
Title: Re: Any exiles from East Belfast?
Post by: scotland on October 14, 2014, 10:37:51 PM
Hi remember your dads shop also knew the Patons who lived in Methuen St think they were the same family who moved to Tochmonagh Estate  as our family did (Affectionately known as Tintowm) think the mother was called Sissy would they be related to you?
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Post by: Irishizz on October 17, 2014, 09:25:12 PM
Glenman - Your mention of there being only a couple of people here on BF having gone to Mountpottinger and Ashfield schools caught my attention. While I didn't go to Ashfield a buddy of mine did and before coming back to you I thought he might confirm what I had in mind. His name is Eric Close/ we're from Sydenham/, and one of his friends at Ashfield also attended Mountpottinger - back in the 50s.  His name is Eric Wilson who lived on The Mount, his dad(Fred?) was in charge of the YMCA at Mountpottinger. Eric's(Wilson) buddy lived next door, and was called, Bernie Braithwaite. Both of them were good cyclists and raced at the Orangefield  cycle track which is where I first met them. Wilson was also gymnast and got into wrestling. We saw his first bout in hall/gym in Holywood. Lost badly. Also Eric Close also brought up a couple of other names of our Ashfield friends - from Madrid St.-who he thinks also went to Mountpottinger school. -Gordon Charteris  and Walter (?) as well as a couple of Templemore Ave girls he met - Rhoda Peaden and Maureen Meadows..    Just wondering if any of these name ring a bell or bring back memories.

Richard - I had also mentioned your name to Eric and while he can't put a face to it, he's sure the name Richard McCann is familiar.

I am from Sydenham and the name Eric Close rings a bell - Does he have a sister named Violet?  I sent to Ashfield with Violet Close - my name was Iris Hawthorne and we lived on Connsbrook Avenue right across from Strand School.  I moved to California in 1967.  I have been back many times but still get homesick.
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 17, 2014, 10:30:46 PM
Hi Iris, welcome to the Forum. I lived in Hillfoot street but also like you I lived in California for eighteen years but am now in Toronto.  :-*
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 17, 2014, 10:31:37 PM
Iris there is a Sydenham thread also on Exiles. Some people you might know.
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Post by: Irishizz on October 17, 2014, 11:07:57 PM
Thanks Betty.  A friend told me about the Forum.  I love reading all the posts.  I found some on Ashfield school.
It would be great to find some old friends before my next visit.
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Post by: jackiehillis on October 17, 2014, 11:26:54 PM
Iris there is a Sydenham thread also on Exiles. Some people you might know.
       Betty, a friend on the East Belfast Facebook group is looking for a Kim Leyman from Sydenham. Any idea. ????

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Post by: DMW on October 18, 2014, 01:51:45 AM
Irishizz - Iris finally you found us - Welcome to Belfast Forum - I have been communicating with your friend Elizabeth G.  After being in touch with
her - she mentioned you both going to CA years ago. Also mentioned you both to my friend Eric Close. Yes his sister is Vi. and after he mentioned you to her she said "Iris Hawthorne was a great friend in our teens"  Vi lives in Bangor and is a grandmother now.  Also I recall your brother Alec or is that Alex(?) his buddy was also Alex(?) Watty up the street near Strand Church.  I always mixed them up. As Betty and no doubt Elizabeth have told you there is a thread on Sydenham that you might see some friends from there. Two who have recently joined - NORM60 from  Devon Pde. who turns out is my sister Pat's (who lives in Carson City NV) goddaughter and VCDW who comes from Connsbrook Dr. They are both a little younger than you, but you may know them or their families.  You should post on the Ashfield thread. You will also no doubt come across some classmates , not all from Sydenham but probably other parts of East Belfast. Again welcome aboard.
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Post by: DMW on October 18, 2014, 01:57:02 AM
jackiehillis - Is that the right spelling  of Kim Leyman - could it be Leighman(?) - Does the friend on facebook know when she lived in Sydenham?
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Post by: sydenhambetty on October 18, 2014, 02:08:22 AM
Jackie the name is not familiar to me.
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Post by: jackiehillis on October 18, 2014, 02:33:34 AM
jackiehillis - Is that the right spelling  of Kim Leyman - could it be Leighman(?) - Does the friend on facebook know when she lived in Sydenham?
     Desi, he is in our group. That's how he spelt it.
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Post by: Irishizz on October 18, 2014, 02:46:25 AM
Irishizz - Iris finally you found us - Welcome to Belfast Forum - I have been communicating with your friend Elizabeth G.  After being in touch with
her - she mentioned you both going to CA years ago. Also mentioned you both to my friend Eric Close. Yes his sister is Vi. and after he mentioned you to her she said "Iris Hawthorne was a great friend in our teens"  Vi lives in Bangor and is a grandmother now.  Also I recall your brother Alec or is that Alex(?) his buddy was also Alex(?) Watty up the street near Strand Church.  I always mixed them up. As Betty and no doubt Elizabeth have told you there is a thread on Sydenham that you might see some friends from there. Two who have recently joined - NORM60 from  Devon Pde. who turns out is my sister Pat's (who lives in Carson City NV) goddaughter and VCDW who comes from Connsbrook Dr. They are both a little younger than you, but you may know them or their families.  You should post on the Ashfield thread. You will also no doubt come across some classmates , not all from Sydenham but probably other parts of East Belfast. Again welcome aboard


Thank you DMW. I tried to list my email and asked if you could get it to Eric fir Violet. I would love to be in touch again byt the site would not let me post it. I remember Alex Watty. My bro went to canada for a couple of yrs then went home and lives in Newtownards. 
I did find the Sydenham and ashfield threads LOL i spent a couple if hours when i first signed on today looking around. This isa very cool place.
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Post by: jackiehillis on October 18, 2014, 04:31:18 PM
jackiehillis - Is that the right spelling  of Kim Leyman - could it be Leighman(?) - Does the friend on facebook know when she lived in Sydenham?
             Desi, this is what I was told.  "  they had a large family one sister was called Kathy and Kim married a soldier and the last time we seen Kim she had a little girl which she would be around in her early twentys now ". Do you think you might know of her.
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Post by: DMW on October 18, 2014, 06:18:27 PM
Jackie -  I thought I might know them but the Leighman family I was aware of,  only had one child, on Sefton Pk. 
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Post by: richard mccann on October 24, 2014, 12:19:35 PM
DMW- Desi there was a family with a similar name they lived in Chelsea St off Mersey St it was spelt Leeman  she had bright red hair/Rmc
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Post by: DMW on October 24, 2014, 05:32:03 PM
Richard - Thanks I'll pass this info on to the lady who is trying to contact Kim/Kym Leyman/Leighman/Leeman (?) to see of it rings a bell. I also posted on the Sydenham thread about 4 days ago. Your response in the 1st
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Post by: DMW on October 28, 2014, 04:05:35 PM
richard McCann  - That Leeman family you mentioned seems to be the right one.  After I told the lady on Facebook what you had said, she said, "Yes that is the right one" Strange how pronunciations and spellings can change in your mind over the years.   Do you know/recall anything more about that family - e.g. where they are - are they still around ? Des.
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Post by: richard mccann on October 29, 2014, 07:09:06 AM
Desi- The Leeman  family  lived in Chelsea St. The girl was in our class at Mersey St Primary she had a brother I think his name was Harry he also had the red hair and was older than his sister he was a good footballer.I cannot remember her name christian name it has been over 62yr/since I left Mersey St. There was also a  big Leeman family in either Medway or Avon streets they also went to Mersey St. Sorry Desi I cannot answer the questions you asked I just dont know /Rmc
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Post by: scotland on December 06, 2014, 05:08:35 AM
Hi have,not been in touch for a while (health reasons) but thanks to Belfast forum have been in touch with a cousin in Canada other great news I am waiting the birth of my [email protected] great children(boy @girl just before Christmas (1st great granddaughter) Merry Christmas @A happy New Year to the folk of East Belfast M
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Post by: scotland on December 22, 2014, 05:52:22 PM
Greetings from Scotland the twins have arrived Kayla and Cole are 2 little angels A Gift From God Happiness To Everyone hope life is kind to you all M
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Post by: DMW on December 22, 2014, 08:04:51 PM
Scotland - What wonderful news - Just before Christmas. Congratulations to your family. 
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Post by: scotland on December 23, 2014, 06:34:11 PM
Hi DMW many thanks for your post we are in seventh heaven Kayla and Cole have brought so much joy it,s wonderful to see the 4th generation arrive Best Wishes to you and your family
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Post by: scotland on December 29, 2014, 04:57:53 PM
To everyone in East Belfast Good Luck Good Health and happiness for 2015  M
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Post by: richard mccann on January 24, 2015, 11:29:30 AM
scotland-I left East Belfast about 53 years ago live in Australia I came from around Dee Street the true heart of Ballymacarrett and East Belfast a great wee spot to come from. All the best to you and yours in 2015/Rmc
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Post by: scotland on January 25, 2015, 06:44:36 PM
Hi Richard when I was about 5 I remember going up to Dee St  am I right in thinking the men of the shipyard used to come out that way from work do you remember Johnny Darlings tobacconists I used to go there for my Grandas baccy quite a walk for wee girl we lived in Methuen St at the back of St Patrick's church also remember going to the Pop an Newen cinemas happy memories  Best Wishes
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Post by: richard mccann on January 27, 2015, 03:35:52 AM
scotland-I remember Johnny Darlings wee shop it was beside the Vulcan Pub. You  were right about the shipyard workers pouring out of Dee Street I think they worked from 8 to 5 every day or was it 5 .30 I am not sure .Do you remember the women and girls from the Mills and the Ropeworks all linking arms as they walked home from work along the Newtownards Road wearing their headscarves. It is a sad fact that it no longer happens the Yard, the Mills, and the Ropeworks  have all seen better days.I used to run errands for the older women around our district to get their snuff there was a shop on the corner of Ribble St and Newtownards Rd  that was 60 odd yrs ago. I also went to the Pop and the Newin great days. What school did you attend? I went to Mersey St.cheers Rmc
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Post by: scotland on January 28, 2015, 03:54:03 PM
Hi Richard I well remember the girls from the rope works as I'm sure my dad did as he worked there and had some damage to his hand and my cousin lost 2 fingers the other men in the family worked in the yard going back in time my grandfather and great grandfather worked there to on the Titanic grandfather used to tell us some funny stories about working there ,I went to Charleville St primary then moved to Finaghy then to Sandy Row then back to my Grandfathers in Methuen St by that time I had left school all my cousins the Craig's and Watson's went to Mersey St  school  Best Wishes M
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Post by: richard mccann on January 30, 2015, 12:45:43 AM
scotland  - I remember  walking with my mother to the Ropeworks I  would walk with her in the Wintertime when it was slippery. In the summer time when I was on school holidays she would get me into the Ropeworks Canteen it was great. My dad and grandad also worked in the Shipyard he was a Rivetter my grandad was a shipwright.I dont know where Charleville St is sorry.My cousin married a girl called Watson from Medway St any relation?The name Craig rings a bell but I cannot put a face to the name  sorry the old grey matter is not what it used to be./cheers Rmc
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Post by: scotland on January 31, 2015, 09:14:14 PM
Hi Richard  do you remember the ice-cream shop in Temple more Avenue think it was called Fuscos  (don't laugh if I'm wrong) oh alright go ahead have a chuckle I remember Scotch Row the park we went to play on the swings  went to Ballymacarret 2 years ago went into shop on Newtonards Rd was chatting to the owner told him it was the 1st time I had been home in over 50 years and guess what he would,not charge me for goods I,d purchased goes to show the thread is never broken such kind people  going back this year will take him a gift from Scotland  Best Wishes to you all  M
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Post by: scotland on January 31, 2015, 09:31:30 PM
Richard forgot to mention about the Craig andWatson family Grandpa was Andy oldest son also called Andy then Tommy lived in Church St East  dad John(known as Jacky) Alex and Jimmy who was in the Navy and later lived in Island St Andy junior had a very large family 12 plus As did Tommy the Watson side were Aunt Mary and Uncle Davie he was a lay pastor in Church St East mission cousins were Andrew (in Canada since mid 60s Ann who now lives in England Jim and Sylvia  who are in Newtonards NI
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Post by: richard mccann on February 02, 2015, 02:30:40 AM
scotland - I remember a Fuscos Ice Cream shop but the one I knew was on the corner of either Derwent St or Chadolly St. Then there was  Desannos almost facing the Newin and further up the road near the arches I think there was another Fuscos, I remember going to Scotch Row Playground when I was a kid but we went mainly to Severn St it was a lot closer . My own grandparents lived in Newcastle St in the early 1900s. I have cousins from both Newcastle and Derwent Sts.  I remember a girl called Lily Watson from Convention ST you may know her we were in the same class at Mersey St it was a long time ago over 60 yrs ( wow maybe not) I dont know how you can stand the cold weather in Scotland  l couldnt hack it any more my  blood is like lemonade.Cheers Rmc
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Post by: naumai on February 02, 2015, 06:17:18 AM
Richard forgot to mention about the Craig andWatson family Grandpa was Andy oldest son also called Andy then Tommy lived in Church St East  dad John(known as Jacky) Alex and Jimmy who was in the Navy and later lived in Island St Andy junior had a very large family 12 plus As did Tommy the Watson side were Aunt Mary and Uncle Davie he was a lay pastor in Church St East mission cousins were Andrew (in Canada since mid 60s Ann who now lives in England Jim and Sylvia  who are in Newtonards NI
Hi Scotland,did you ever get in touch with Andy in ontario.
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Post by: scotland on February 03, 2015, 04:02:06 PM
Hi Richard know what you mean about Scotland's weather you have to be hardy it would be OK if we got good summers but alas no going home beginning of March will visit the old places and then it's up to the An trim Coast Port rush Giants Causeway Carrick a Reed bridge I bet it will also be Baltic Cheers M
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Post by: richard mccann on February 07, 2015, 02:18:25 AM
scotland-I remember walking around the Giants Causeway in 1977 with my two sisters in law and that was in Winter time . The weather here today is over 100 degs and is forecast to be that way for at least a week oh for a few snowballs the extreme heat is no good for anyone.The air conditioners will be working overtime . Cheers Rmc
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Post by: scotland on February 09, 2015, 08:03:45 PM
Hi Richard wish we had some of your weather even for a wee while I lived in Kuwait in the eighties for several years did,not see rain for 18 months loved it just knowing every day was going to be warm used to start work at7am and finish at lunchtime everything closed until about 5_30 pm then opened until midnight I can almost feel the heat just thinking about it Cheers M
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Post by: richard mccann on February 13, 2015, 02:38:02 AM
scotland - If you had of asked me to guess whereabouts  in the world you used to work Kuwait would have been the last pick . You have got me guessing about your job. Did you have to wear a hajib?It would have been humid there Kuwait being at the top of the Persian Gulf . To me it seems a good idea to get out of the heat at midday . I worked as a Bricklayer for 46 yrs here in Oz we worked through the  heat even at the height of Summer  by the time 3 oclock came you were spent. all the best /Rmc
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Post by: richard mccann on February 26, 2015, 03:38:32 AM
scotland - I do not recognise your friends name however I remember well  big dougie  (Derek Dougan) he went to Mersey St Primary School. He lived in Avon St just off Dee St played for Wolves at the height of his career.Two other good footballers were Sammy McMillan and Roy Bourne both went to Mersey St. When you see your friend ask her if she remembers Joe Bumps and the Stumps also the people who sold Honeycomb at the end of Mersey St./cheers Rmc
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Post by: scotland on March 07, 2015, 06:52:47 PM
Hi Richard just back from my jaunt back home will be in touch when I pull myself together you know what it,s like need a short holiday to recover from the short holiday I just had the craigh was wonderful  Phew M
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Post by: scotland on March 28, 2015, 04:19:40 PM
Hi Richard just as well I had a great time back home after only a week back in Scotland rushed into hospital with a severe asthma attack knocked me of my feet for 7days am home recovering hope to be back to work soon Cheers all the best M
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Post by: scotland on April 03, 2015, 08:56:56 PM
Best Wishes to the folk in east Belfast have a happy peaceful easter wherever you may be M
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Post by: scotland on April 15, 2015, 08:45:17 PM
Hi Richard hope all is well with you  weather slightly improving here  although at times you can have the 4seasons all in the same day Cheers M
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Post by: darryl12kinvara on July 12, 2015, 11:37:23 PM
Lived on Mountpottinger Rd. facing Salvation Army, just down from the Picture Drome cinema!!!! name Dado
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Post by: scotland on October 08, 2015, 12:44:59 AM
Hi  Darryl12kinvara I lived at 82 The Mount in the early 60s and my doctor a great lady Dr Magee,s surgery was on the Mountpottinger Rd many a times I walked along that road cutting down through the streets to my grandparents house on the Newtonards Rd Best Wishes M PS hope I got your post right it's been a long day.
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Post by: darryl12kinvara on October 08, 2015, 02:35:59 PM
Hi Scotland, we lived next door to Dr Magee, three doors down was Dr Gault the dentist, googled Mountpottinger Rd my house is still there no 74,bar 40 gone , sister had hairdressing salon corner Cluan Place i served my time at Mustgrave and Co Albertbridge Rd as heating engineer,nice to hear from you ,hope you are in good health, where in jock land are you?? best wishes, Dado
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Post by: DMW on October 08, 2015, 08:39:31 PM
Scotland - I used to go up and down The Mount every day for a couple of years. I lived in Sydenham and worked at a  Butcher shop just around the corner on Woodstock Rd. Thomas McCoys'. I think there is car dealership there now on the turn to Beersbridge Rd.  Also my buddy who went to Ashfield had a friend who lived on The Mount - Eric Wilson and his close friend :- Bernie Braithwaite. We hung around with them for a few years. They were cyclists and rode at the Cycle track at Orangefield.  Eric's dad was the Physical trainer at the YMCA on Albertbridge Rd, any also have been the manager.   
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Post by: kraftcheese on October 09, 2015, 03:11:16 AM
DMW, I used to go to McCoy's butchers for my mum.  We lived in the first street round the corner off the Beersbridge Road, on the other side, Tamery Street.  After we moved up to Castlereagh, my mum always came "down the road" to shop on a Saturday afternoon and she'd visit her old neighbours.  I'd go to McCoy's for her and also to the bakery a couple of doors up.   :)
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Post by: DMW on October 09, 2015, 04:31:55 PM
kraftcheese - I worked there in the late 50s early 60s, so I might well have served you.  I also was the delivery boy, riding that big heavy bicycle with the basket on the front going all the way up to the top of Cregagh  Rd almost to Knockbreda Rd.
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Post by: kraftcheese on October 10, 2015, 02:12:50 AM
DMW, It's very possible you did serve me.  Those delivery bikes were heavy, but sure we were young and strong then.  Did you know Sam Parkinson who owned the shop on the corner of Pottinger Street? 
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Post by: DMW on October 10, 2015, 02:25:54 AM
kraftcheese - Sam Parkinson's name is familiar, but I can't put a face to him.
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Post by: kraftcheese on October 10, 2015, 05:47:37 AM
DMW, Sam Parkinson owned a great wee shop on the corner of Beersbridge Rd & Pottinger St.  Sold sweets, cigs and basic groceries.  He had two big dogs, a German Shepherd and a Boxer.  When I was only about 6 year old, my chum who loved dogs, suggested to me that we should ask Sam if we could walk his dogs on the leads.  I wasn't keen as I was a bit scared of dogs, but I went along with it.  Over we go to Sam's and he let us two wee girls take his dogs out.  She took the Boxer and I had the Shepherd.  We got as far as Eddie Spence's and wasn't there a dog wandering in Calvin St.  Well, the two dogs took off and we couldn't hold them.  We went around the streets looking for them, then went back to Sam's, crying, saying we'd lost the dogs.  Sam laughed his head off and said "it's okay - the dogs got home before you did".   :D
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Post by: DMW on October 11, 2015, 01:55:53 AM
Kc - Too funny - now !
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Post by: scotland on October 17, 2015, 08:57:44 PM
Hi Dado and DMW oh. what great memories you have brought back to me Dado do you remember when the big flu outbreak occurred in the 50s I remember Dr Magee,s surgery being packed to the gills the parlour was the waiting room but we were sitting two third of the way up the stairs coughing and spluttering I remember on occasions going into the surgery and counting how many people were in front of you so that you did,not miss your turn at the moment we live in Dumfries/Galloway

DMW I remember the butchers lived onb the Mount 1960s before moving to Done gall Red  area Cheers M
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Post by: DMW on October 18, 2015, 04:04:43 AM
Scotland - I just wondered if the names of Eric Wilson or Bernie Braithwaite  were familiar - both lived on the Mount back then too -They were teenagers.
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Post by: scotland on October 19, 2015, 02:01:53 AM
Hi DMW I was a teenage bride when I lived there after 5 months living. there I mentioned to the landlady I thought I. was expecting my 1st child she said we had to look for other lodgings children not acceptable there. Charming lady!!!! did,not get to meet many people Cheers M
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Post by: Ballintoy on November 09, 2015, 07:53:20 PM
I lived on the Belmont road, not far from the Strand cinema.  I lived in Jamaica , Barbados and finally Canada since 1969.  I would like very much, to return to Belfast but it's not practicable.

 :( :( :(   
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Post by: scotland on November 30, 2015, 01:04:10 AM
Hi Ballintoy Greetings from Scotland I remember the Strand Cinema back in the 50s like yourself I have lived in a few different countries but my heart belongs to Belfast  keep on posting I'm sure many others like myself would love to hear from you and also the wonderful places you have lived Cheers M
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Post by: scotland on December 05, 2015, 03:39:26 PM
To the folk of East Belfast Merry Christmas and Good Wishes for 2016 M
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Post by: DMW on February 09, 2016, 07:51:37 PM
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Post by: Thompson on February 09, 2016, 11:21:38 PM
Rosielee     Dobson's Dairies where on Montgomery Road which ran between the Castlereagh and Cregagh Roads.       :)
hi , I lived in Avoniel rd and there was a Dobson's dairies at the top of the street on the Beersbridge road ,
I left in 1973 Albert.
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Post by: Thompson on February 09, 2016, 11:34:19 PM
I went to elmgrove school before serving my apprentice ship in the Yard.Then immigrated to the States in1958.
Would love to hear from anyone from the Beersbridge Road area.
Jaunty.
I was 6years old in 1958, I went to avoniel, we used to go up Clara St and play in the park before we would go and drive wee Alfie mad he used to sit in a wee chair outside his house just before the picture house on the castlereagh rd. years later I became friends with him and would sit in his house and listen to his stories . Albert.
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Post by: Thompson on February 09, 2016, 11:41:02 PM
I currently live in Rochester Michigan but spend the winters in Florida.I'm very familiar with California as that is were I immigrated to before enlisting in the US Air Force.I spent a few years in Sacramento then went to the Far East and finished up near San Bernadino  Both my son and daughter are Californians  but there work keeps them in Michigan.When I was working I made a lot of trips to the L A area and liked it very much. Since you are from the old neighbor hood do you remember Bills Milk Bar at the top of Aveniel Road?
We loved having pie and beans there on the way home from a dance.
Good to hear from you.
Jaunty.
hi Jaunty, my name is Albert and I lived in Avoniel rd we had a mate with the same name as you , we used to climb over bills wall and get the coke a cola bottles take the them into bills and get the money on them and have a
Cup of OXO in the winter, it was great till he caught on !
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Post by: Thompson on February 09, 2016, 11:47:54 PM
Hi Jaunty, sorry for delay in replying.  Been living in England for many years now, and in Kent for the past 30 odd years.  I was at Avoniel School from 1956 to 1962.
hi I went Avoniel rd primary started in 1957, lived everywhere now live in kent, Albert Nelson.
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Post by: Thompson on February 09, 2016, 11:51:12 PM
ive just remembered a fellahs name billy mcburney, dont know why that came to mind lol , must be me age?  :P
lives in Bangor big bill
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Post by: Thompson on February 09, 2016, 11:58:05 PM
do you know , something rings a bell. i was never outgoing or anything, i loved art and english , but that was about it. did you have long dark hair? when i was there they were still wearing them robes , they looked like batmen swooshing up the corridor. can i remember a miss bullock? i also remember that from the music room or library we could see the boys walk up the lane to school. at that time , there was a skinhead called Nelty who al the girls fancied. from newtownards road,

He was far to dangerous for me to even think of lolol, my mum was realy scrict !!!. and i remember the rush to get the bus after school. it was taking your life in your hands. And you held onto the pole fro grim death as the drivers would just take off.  i remember a girl called  Peggy Bunn lived off the newtownards road , and Dawn Cardy whose people owned a shopp just up from the school.
hi , what year are you talking about for every one called me Nelty from the Albertbridge rd and I had a skin head!!
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Post by: Thompson on February 10, 2016, 12:35:05 AM
could you tell me please if there is a Edith street or Ethal street in Newtownards road area?? Thanks!
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Hi there is an Edith St which runs between templemore St and lord St of the albertbridge, I know because a lot of my cousins lived there in the 1950/ and early 1960. Albert.
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Post by: Thompson on February 10, 2016, 01:07:16 AM
Hi, Lived in Montrose Street Albertbridge Road with the rest of the family.
I moved to London around 1968. Anyone out there? ??? ???
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Hi I lived in Avoniel rd , I was 16 y old in 1968. You just reminded me of a guy who lived at the start of Templemore St ( alberts ridge rd end) call baldo Anderson  . He went to London and came back as a hippy in all the flower power gear , I thought he was great , big pop lived facing him. I used to be mates with a guy who lived in the first house on the right in Montrose St. Quote Thompson. My name is Albert Nelson or Nelty.
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Post by: Thompson on February 10, 2016, 01:14:22 AM
I see some confusion re "the cregagh cinema". My childhood memories are of spending my time in the Willowfield Cinema (opposite the Beersbridge Road Junction and next door to the Willowside Unionist Club) on a Saturday morning watching? the invisible man. My granda gave me 3d to gain entrance( and possibly give his head peace). The Ambassador (Ambo) was half way between the Willowfieid and Bells bridge roundabout.
If we had any money left after the flicks we would go to Elsies ( The Willowfield Chipshop) chippy and get a poke of chips.
I spent almost every Saturday at my Grans in Willowfield Street that is no longer there.
hi, we called it the Winky, I remember the pay box , you would try to duck under but the ticket man or women would catch you in the corridor on at the steps before you got in. Albert.
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Post by: Thompson on February 10, 2016, 01:21:19 AM
Hello again.  :) Does anyone know the Davidsons from Avoniel Road (backe in the 50's/60's.  Geordie was a butcher with the Co-Op.
Hi Mrs Davidson lived on the right hand side as if you were coming up the St from the Albertbridge Rd, lovely woman, I was born there in 1952 in my granddads house , did'nt she have a few sons that were older than me. My name is Albert. Nelson

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Post by: Thompson on February 10, 2016, 01:34:17 AM
Irishmary - Trying to recall where Kenbaan St is - thinking Woodstok/Willowfield area , is that right.
Ken an St was off the beersbridge rd, facing the start of Castlereagh rd, pub on the corner, my mate Stewart's Robinson lived there and a beautiful girl called Rebecca Long, god that's going back, broke my heart ! Albert. Nelson
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Post by: DMW on February 10, 2016, 04:49:05 PM
Thompson - Albert - Thanks for the update - although a long time ago.  I worked in a butcher shop (Thomas McCoys') at the junction of Woodstock/Beersbridge/Cherryville back in the late 50s.
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Post by: Thompson on February 24, 2016, 03:42:07 AM
I am an exile from East Belfast, Castlereagh Road living in Essex, for 30 years :) ;D

I am also an exile from East Belfast, Avoniel Road, left 26th September 10am 1973 now living in Kent ( though I still go home quite a lot for elocution lessons, I still want to talk " proper " ) , I have lived in a few places throughout the years.
Albert.
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Post by: Sheriff St on May 30, 2016, 07:06:09 PM
I am from east Belfast. Lived on Mountpottinger Road until 1973. Emigrated to Toronto Canada
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Post by: wxwelder on May 30, 2016, 07:56:43 PM

My late Father was from east Belfast. He was born in Osborne Street 1918 last address there was Arosa Parade. Left in 1940 joined Wimpey.  Used to work at McCue & Dick and Irvin and Sellars.
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Post by: Moorfield Street on May 30, 2016, 11:51:20 PM
Been on this Thread before but here we go again.     From 35 Moorfield Street but born at 32 Avondale Street Bloomfield in 1931.   David.
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Post by: jean79 on May 31, 2016, 11:29:57 AM
Hi David    been some time since last heard from you hope you and Hazel are keeping well Max is struggling a bit at the moment has gout and legs are playing up I'm keeping well we have just had 4 weeks in Perth with the family our son Ian has just moved to Geraldton regards to you both    Jean
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Post by: wxwelder on May 31, 2016, 01:25:14 PM
Sorry to disappoint you or anyone for that matter.
My wife's name is not Hazel.
Are you perhaps mistaking me for some one else?
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Post by: Moorfield Street on May 31, 2016, 10:57:59 PM
Hi David    been some time since last heard from you hope you and Hazel are keeping well Max is struggling a bit at the moment has gout and legs are playing up I'm keeping well we have just had 4 weeks in Perth with the family our son Ian has just moved to Geraldton regards to you both    Jean
   
Jean.   Sorry to hear that Max is not well but it is so good to hear from you.     You would have enjoyed being with your Family again in Perth. 
Hazel and I are good, good for 85, anyway.   Give our best wishes to  Max and you look after yourself.      Evelyn Avenue and Moorfield Street and Bloomfield Presbyterian, was so long ago.  David & Hazel.
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Post by: richard mccann on June 08, 2016, 04:13:15 AM
I am from the true heart of East Belfast Dee Street Ballymacarett . Rmc
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Post by: andylee on June 09, 2016, 12:16:45 PM
Hi. Just recenttly joined the forum.
I attended orangefield  boys school in the 50,s , spent a lot of time in ledleys boys club, and played in william carson accordian band.
Anyone out there with similar ties
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Post by: wxwelder on June 10, 2016, 06:12:08 PM

I said earlier my Father was from the east, north would be more correct
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Post by: vinnym on June 10, 2016, 07:42:32 PM
Any ex Lisnasharragh oldies out there, great pity it has been demolished, although most of us have mixed memories of the old place.
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Post by: kraftcheese on June 11, 2016, 04:04:46 AM
Any ex Lisnasharragh oldies out there, great pity it has been demolished, although most of us have mixed memories of the old place.

Yes, I was there 1958-1962 when Mr Barbour was principal.  A very good school though strict, but that does kids good I think.  Shame it's gone now.  I visited it in 1992 on a trip home from Australia and the then principal, Mr Gallagher, was very welcoming and got two girls to take me on a tour around the school.  Memories!  The school was in perfect condition.
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Post by: jrjr on June 30, 2016, 11:47:58 PM
I lived in Derwent St them moved to Victoria Dr Sydenham. Went to Mersey St primary. School.
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Post by: scotland on July 10, 2016, 06:54:38 PM
Greetings from Scotland reminiscing about my beloved parents who were married 74 years ago today in Willowfield Church we always used to meet up with them on their anniversary  sadly we lost them mum when she was only 55 and Dad at 62  Still within my heart M
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Post by: alex9467 on September 04, 2016, 10:28:46 AM
We used to go to the 'Wee Winki' picture house, our local was 'The Pop' at the lower end of the Newtownards Rd and remember well when it was bombed!  No more 1d Sat.afternoon pictures with the serial at the end of the 'big' picture. We came from Baywood St, just off Memel St and I lived therefrom 1935 to 1945. I remember a lot of people that lived round Memel St , though at my age (86) I doubt if there's many left that remember me. Great days shared with people like John Clarke, Bobby Brown,Sammy Macfarlane,Jim Majury etc.  Wonder where they are now?
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Post by: McNamee on September 04, 2016, 11:08:47 AM
Welcome Alex, hang around and I am sure someone will know something.... ;)
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Post by: wxwelder on September 05, 2016, 08:32:30 AM
Good morning every one. I'm sure I've mentioned this before. My late Father was from north east Belfast. He was born in Osborne Street, lived in Limehouse Road and his last address in Belfast was Arosa Parade where he lived until 1940. He worked at McCue and Dicks and Irvin and Sellars. His Father (my GF) was a docker

Has anyone any old photos of Osborne Street and Arosa Parade ?
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Post by: Moorfield Street on September 05, 2016, 09:08:41 AM
We used to go to the 'Wee Winki' picture house, our local was 'The Pop' at the lower end of the Newtownards Rd and remember well when it was bombed!  No more 1d Sat.afternoon pictures with the serial at the end of the 'big' picture. We came from Baywood St, just off Memel St and I lived therefrom 1935 to 1945. I remember a lot of people that lived round Memel St , though at my age (86) I doubt if there's many left that remember me. Great days shared with people like John Clarke, Bobby Brown,Sammy Macfarlane,Jim Majury etc.  Wonder where they are now?

I helped deliver Co-Op milk  to Memel St and Rotterdam St, Bridge End, Short Strand, Mountpottinger Rd, etc.   1943 to 1946, Saturdays and School  Holidays.     Lovely people.   David.
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Post by: wxwelder on September 05, 2016, 09:29:42 AM
In Belfast has the word sweeper got a meaning other than some one pushing a brush ?
See to recollect it with my Father's name before he left Belfast 1940

I cannot imagine my Da pushing a brush, not even for money.
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Post by: Sootycat1 on September 08, 2016, 09:35:07 PM
I am a newbie and haven't heard anything from anyone from Sydenham since leaving in 1961and there was Iris Hawthorn, my name was Mudd, Linda and we used to play together, I lived in larkfield road, would love to keep in touch as I have moved back to Ireland this June gone and live in Coleraine, found this site by accident
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Post by: DMW on September 09, 2016, 05:42:45 PM
Sootycat1 - Welcome to Belfast Forum. I'm from Connsbrook Ave. in the same row as the CO-OP. FYI Iris Hawthorn has been on here a few times - Look to the Sydenham Thread - you'll find her there. I have communicated with her a couple if times. She is in California. I was actually friends with her brother Alex. Where in Larkfield did you live? Remember the Chippy at the top end of Strandburn Dr. I recall Bud McClure who had the little Newsagent on Connsbrook before moving up to the shop beside the chippy. I delivered papers for him when I was 10 years. Bud and his family lived about halfway down Larkfield below Connsbrook. I left Connsbrook Ave, for Canada in 1965. my name is Des (aka desi) Whyte.    Also , if you post on the Sydenham Thread , Iris might see it a get in touch with you.
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Post by: alfred william on September 12, 2016, 10:36:43 PM
I grew up with john stevenson and billy feeley.I lived in 32 well street, my name is Alfie ground.We used to play guitar together  .I've  been inquiring about john on the forum for  awhile I hope you have some info. thanks Alfie

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Post by: scotland on September 17, 2016, 07:20:03 PM
Hi Alex we went to the Winkie and the Pop and the Newin my brother in law sadly deceased came from Memel St Robert (Bobbie )Boucher a really nice man Cheers M
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Post by: scotland on September 24, 2016, 04:54:32 PM
Hi  Alfie hope you got my PM if I hear anything will let you know and hopefully likewise Cheers M
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Post by: carledgar on October 09, 2016, 11:30:39 PM
I grew up on Grand Parade. A bit down the street, North Parade direction, were the Gardiners, Leslie and brother and two sisters, Irish and Edna - Plymouth Brethren. The kids were OK but I never got to know the religious parents. My mother took me to the Church of Ireland church maybe twice a year to do her parental duty. My father was not involved with religion in any way shape or form nor did any of my relatives appear to have any interest, although they were good at golf and fishing.

Up Orby Drive (this is 1946-1954 I'm describing) lived the lovely Kyle sisters - Lorna, Brenda and Gillian, and Michael Holmes. On Grand Parade lived David Graham, Michael Pritchard and (Leslie Robinson??) and Mervyn Carse who became an automotive engineer out in the States. We emigrated to Montreal in 1954 but when I was back 63-65, Mervyn had a grat motorcycle.

I went to Orangefield Primary (Mss Brownlee), a former konzentrationslager fur luftwaffe offizieren. The Nissen huts were the guards had lived was not occupied by homeless people - who knows, they might have been bombed ut early in the war.

There were brick air raid shelters down the centre of Grand Parade, with flat concrete roofs. No prizes for guessing what they were currently used for.

The tobacconist up at the corner of Grand Parade was called Calvert's (I think) and one time when we were away up to a wee cottage in Islandmagee for our holidays (my first exposure to the Gobbins Path) a girl there gave me a Fry's bar but she was caught and sacked - I was only about 5-7 at the time but when I was older I felt guilty about it.

The area around our house was the inst playing fields - nothing had been built there yet

for my last two years I rode my bike over to Fullerton House - prep for Methody - for the last two months before the qualy we were drilled in English and arithmetic only - all the fripperies were gone - result - we all got the qualy in our sleep

When I got to Montreal they didn't want to know and put me back in fifth standard with a pencil, rather than a fountain pen. It took about two to three years for the work to get as hard as it had been at age 11. I'm sure others here have faced the shock of a North American education system after having their nose to the grindstone in Belfast.

When I was back in the 80s and 90s I lived in England for awhile before going back to Belfast and noticed that the English weren't nearly as smart, or affable (quick on the uptake) as Belfast people - except for a specific elite. It reminded me that Norn Iron people are the salt of the earth and that the province had always punched above its weight all over the world - in engineering, medicine and all kinds of ways - neck and neck with the Scots
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Post by: scotland on November 04, 2016, 02:44:22 AM
Hi Friends logging ,off for a while God Bl as you all M
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Post by: scotland on November 04, 2016, 03:00:53 AM
Apologies last post meant God Bless  M after all these years still trying to get the hang of things(seems I am not hitting the keyboard  hard enough)   soft-touch I am led to believe?? Take care my friends where_ever you are  M

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Post by: Mary K Rossi on November 12, 2016, 07:05:17 PM
I lived on Seaforde Street and spent many happy hours at the Pop, the Winkie and the Picture Drome.  In 1957, I was 13, and got the Asian flu.  I thought I was going to die.  My Mom sent me around to Dr. McGee and asked me to tell him to come home with me and tell her if I had the Asian flu, and he did!  I haven't got the flu since.  TG. There was also a doctor called Eddie Boyd.  I think he was on Madrid St.  I played in Noble's field and remember all of my chums fondly.  I remember the houses on Mountpottinger Rd. across from the Salvation Army.  The had nice rose gardens in front.  My favorite time of year was when the goosgabs (gooseberries) came out and I would take my "pay" of thru'pence to Stewarts and get a bag full. I also miss the cup of willicks and the dulce.  Great times.  Great memories.
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Post by: darryl12kinvara on November 12, 2016, 09:29:49 PM
Hi Mary K, i lived next door to Dr. McGee number 74 she was 76, facing the Sally. my Doc was Dr Thompson two doors from the Sal. Army my name is Scullion, went about with loads of people from Seaford St. Geordie Bell, Harry Thompson R.I.P. Batesons, from Beechfield St. also The Mc Governs from num 11 beechfield were my cousins, went about with John Leonard Bryson St. my name is Marinus Scullion nickname Dado,ring any bells, in Montevideo at moment Uruguay, South America.
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Post by: jackiehillis on November 12, 2016, 10:09:38 PM
I lived on Seaforde Street and spent many happy hours at the Pop, the Winkie and the Picture Drome.  In 1957, I was 13, and got the Asian flu.  I thought I was going to die.  My Mom sent me around to Dr. McGee and asked me to tell him to come home with me and tell her if I had the Asian flu, and he did!  I haven't got the flu since.  TG. There was also a doctor called Eddie Boyd.  I think he was on Madrid St.  I played in Noble's field and remember all of my chums fondly.  I remember the houses on Mountpottinger Rd. across from the Salvation Army.  The had nice rose gardens in front.  My favorite time of year was when the goosgabs (gooseberries) came out and I would take my "pay" of thru'pence to Stewarts and get a bag full. I also miss the cup of willicks and the dulce.  Great times.  Great memories.
              Mary, I was just across the road from you. Josephine Street. 1945 - 1956.
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Post by: carledgar on November 13, 2016, 01:43:18 PM
Ulsterstan:, was the Creameries between Grand Parade and Loopland, I also remember Dobson's Dairies somewhere there. I lived off Grand Parade.
Do you remember Mrs Rainey's wee shop, in her house, she was open all hours for sweets and cigs, and sold the boys one cig at a time !!
What age were you went you left there, our paths may have crossed. ??? :)

I lived at 54 Grand Parade in the 40s and early 50s. It was right beside one of the entrances to the Inst playing fields. About another 10 houses down, Grand Parade ended in waste ground. It hadn't been put through yet. We used to cross the waste ground on the way to Orangefield Primary (as it then was) and then go up the street between the prefabs.  In the woods just before the prefabs there was a big black tarred sewer pipe with the white words "The Wages of Sin is Death", which I suppose gives me something to look forward to. I suppose st. Peter will say "ye di'n't take it seriously, did yiz. You just laughed it off and wassailed and parties. Well, have I got news for you, but."

Anyway, it was great crack living there. In 1954 we took the Head Line to Liverpool and the RMS Ascania to Quebec City and Montreal. I was last back in 2002
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Post by: scotland on December 20, 2016, 02:49:00 PM
Greetings from Scotland to the folk from East Belfast near and far MERRY CHRISTMAS and BEST WISHES for2017 CHEERS M
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Post by: eastbelfastbabe on December 20, 2016, 11:20:53 PM
Thank you.

  Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to you.
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Post by: kraftcheese on December 21, 2016, 02:39:43 AM
Greetings from Scotland to the folk from East Belfast near and far MERRY CHRISTMAS and BEST WISHES for2017 CHEERS M

Thanks Scotland, and the same goes to you and yours.  xx
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Post by: mcd on December 21, 2016, 04:06:21 AM
Thanks Scotland ,  Merry Christmas and a happy Healthy Peaceful  New Year to you and yours xx
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Post by: maureen howarth on January 12, 2017, 12:34:45 AM
Hi I lived in East Belfast till1971. Living in Manchester since then. Lived on Rosebery Gardens off Ravenhill Ave.
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Post by: maureen howarth on January 12, 2017, 12:53:27 AM
Hi .Just saw a post from Dee Street and it reminded me of a guy I used to go out with who lived there! Davey Larmour anyone remember him?
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Post by: maureen howarth on January 12, 2017, 01:00:31 AM
Hi.Saw you came from Dee Street. Did you know a lovely guy called Davey Larmour who lived there?I used to go out with him in the 60s!
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Post by: m-cully on January 12, 2017, 05:40:02 AM
Hi Maureen. Ever hear of the Scott family, John, Divina and Patsy my cousins. They lived round about Chelsey St.
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Post by: maureen howarth on January 12, 2017, 02:38:22 PM
Been away that long that Ive forgotten a lot!, I remember Davey and Maynard Sinclair from Tamar St. Im originally from the Woodstock Rd. All family still live there. Regans. Your family may know the twins.
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Post by: m-cully on January 12, 2017, 06:05:28 PM
Thanks for the response Maureen. My father grew up in Tamar Street. Cully was the name. He left for the states in 1920 but his two sisters lived out their lives in that area. I had cousins in Witham St. called Scott, so a lot of connection to that area. My father returned to Belfast, married, and I grew up there, but left for the states in the early 1960's. No more relatives living in that part of the Newtownards Road any more, but I remember it fondly because of the visits with family long ago.
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Post by: richard mccann on January 17, 2017, 02:29:58 AM
m-cully- I lived in Harkness Parade  Chelsea St ran off it. I remember Divina Scott I am pretty sure she was in our class at Mersey  Street Primary late 40/s early 50/s. The Scotts lived beside the Flynns in Chelsea St I am talking 60yrs ago all those old streets are gone new houses taking their place .I remember the Hoggs from Witham St a lad called Jim Munn from Ribble St and Eddie Crawford from Tamar St Eddie was our coalman. I have been living in Australia for the past 55yrs and like you I still remember the district with great fondness/Rmc
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Post by: m-cully on January 17, 2017, 04:18:53 AM
Thanks for the reply Richard.
So you went to school with Divina! The timing is right. I must remind her of you when next we are in contact. She still lives in Belfast but has moved farther east. You and I left Belfast around the same time but for different shores. Do you get back home ( I am sure I will call it home till I die) often? I was there about three years ago, for a month, and even though much has changed, I felt right at home.
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Post by: richard mccann on January 19, 2017, 06:52:36 AM
m-cully-Another few names you can mention to Divina are ,Jean Flynn, Tilly Kincaid , Margaret Mc Kenzie, all lived in Chelsea St.The last time I was back home was 2004 maybe one more trip who knows
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Post by: m-cully on March 02, 2017, 01:03:36 AM
Hi Richard
Spoke to Devina Scott a few days ago and she was delighted to hear about you. She knew the people you spoke of. Tilly was her chum and Margaret her cousin. She said that you knew her husband Billy Spence, and that you had seen each other back in the 1970's when the Spences spent about a year and a half in Australia. Do you remember? Best regards from the Spences.
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Post by: maureen howarth on March 03, 2017, 07:31:03 PM
Hi there. You sent me a message by mistake. It was addressed to someone called Richard.
Maureen
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Post by: richard mccann on March 09, 2017, 05:05:15 AM
m-cully .I was back in Belfast in 1977 but I cannot remember seeing either Divina or Billy .I remember Billy had blonde hair and lived in Chelsea St . I thought Billy went to Australia before I did . I hope I am not mistaken all the best  Rmc 
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Post by: RayH on March 10, 2017, 12:03:52 PM
I lived in Sydenham Gardens and left in 1970 for Sydney, Australia...Been here ever since...
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Post by: scotland on March 26, 2017, 03:35:24 AM
To all MUMS in east Belfast have a lovely day your family wherever they may be will be thinking of you M
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Post by: Rosielee on May 31, 2017, 06:33:53 PM
Carledgar: Interested to read your post about Grand Parade, I lived in Manna Grove, just off Orby Drive backing onto Orangefield prefabs watched them being built, and the woods, playing in the sandhills,   I also went to Orangefield Primary, and was in Miss Brownlee's Class, in the late 40's having spent a a year in Downey House. Grand Parade was always buzzing my 2 older brothers used to hang around Calverts with their friends trying to make up their minds how far a shilling was going to go. Happy Days
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Post by: richard mccann on July 04, 2017, 03:18:41 AM
How would I get a Ballymac Wind cheater rMC
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Post by: DMW on July 04, 2017, 05:26:29 PM
Hi Richard - Nice to see you back on here.  I tried Googling Ballymacarrett  clothing. Couldn't see anything - lots of books/histories etc. You might try Amazon.com
Good Luck. des
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Post by: richard mccann on July 05, 2017, 05:35:12 AM
Desi-We are into the second month of Winter here in Oz.  As a 77 yr old who has been on blood thinners for 30yrs the cold weather is hard to take . I have a few questions for you how the hell do you survive the cold Winters in Canada?Can you go out walking in the winter?Incidentally that is not why I wanted the windcheater . I am proud to come from Ballymac as I am sure you are. I  would rather have that across my chest than Booklyn or NewYork All the best Desi
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Post by: DMW on July 05, 2017, 09:40:16 PM
Richard -   I used to go out for long walks in the winter, but not any more. 75 this year, but I have C O P D -  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (think  Emphysema if you don`t what this is). - too much smoking for over 40 odd years.  Breathing is difficult in both extra hot or cold weather. I can understand your wish for a Ballymacarrett windcheater.  A few years back I bought a Glens scarf and hat. they called it a beanie I call it a tuque (that`s Canadian) from the Glens on line shop.- Memories - Don`t know if they have jackets, but I`m sure they have. Just a thought you might try them to see if they do not have Ballymac  jackets, they might be able to direct you where to find one.   
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Post by: scotland on July 17, 2017, 04:44:36 AM
Hi folks greetings from Scotland I have a cousin in Canada originally from Methuen St  emigrated around the mid 60,s wondering if anyone knows a John McMordie  back then  cousin would like to know about him  Many thanks M
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Post by: Ray Martin on November 02, 2017, 09:13:42 PM
Stanley Foreman was the Dobby van.  Named because he sold Dobson's Dairies Ice Cream.
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Post by: Irishizz on November 08, 2017, 10:16:46 PM

Hi Desi:
Its been a while since I was on here.  my computer crashed and I lost all kinds of important stuff.
Since you had been in touch with Elizabeth G I thought I would report the sad news that she passed away on March 1st this year from Cancer.  Miss her greatly.  We came to the US together in 1967 and have always stayed close.
Iris


Irishizz - Iris finally you found us - Welcome to Belfast Forum - I have been communicating with your friend Elizabeth G.  After being in touch with
her - she mentioned you both going to CA years ago. Also mentioned you both to my friend Eric Close. Yes his sister is Vi. and after he mentioned you to her she said "Iris Hawthorne was a great friend in our teens"  Vi lives in Bangor and is a grandmother now.  Also I recall your brother Alec or is that Alex(?) his buddy was also Alex(?) Watty up the street near Strand Church.  I always mixed them up. As Betty and no doubt Elizabeth have told you there is a thread on Sydenham that you might see some friends from there. Two who have recently joined - NORM60 from  Devon Pde. who turns out is my sister Pat's (who lives in Carson City NV) goddaughter and VCDW who comes from Connsbrook Dr. They are both a little younger than you, but you may know them or their families.  You should post on the Ashfield thread. You will also no doubt come across some classmates , not all from Sydenham but probably other parts of East Belfast. Again welcome aboard.
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Post by: DMW on November 09, 2017, 04:44:25 AM
Irishizz - Hi Iris - Thank you for letting me know about Elizabeth - I'll pass the information on to Eric and ask him to tell Vi.  So sad that many of our messages these days seem to report of someone's passing. Des.
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Post by: scotland on December 07, 2017, 01:57:26 AM
TO ALLTHE FOLKS IN EAST BELFAST MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A  HAPPY PEACEFUL NEW NEW YEAR CHEERS M 😀😀
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Post by: Irishizz on December 07, 2017, 02:41:25 AM
Thank you and same returns back to you. Miss my home greatly especially this time of year but like many others have kids and grands here so I would miss them if went home.
Right now we are in the middle of some terrible fires in So California.  Keep all our fire fighters and first responders in your thoughts.
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Post by: DMW on December 07, 2017, 05:05:29 PM
Irishizz  -  I hope you and your family are all safe and well =  Safe thoughts for all the first responders, Also Best Wishes to you and your family, for Christmas and the New Year.   des.
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Post by: scotland on December 09, 2017, 02:01:17 AM
Hi  Irishhizz Greetings from Scotland  My thoughts and prayers are with you  and the folks in South California the people on the front line of the fires are angels  God Bless you all my heart goes out to you M 😢😢😢
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Post by: Irishizz on December 15, 2017, 07:09:06 PM
Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers for our fire situation in So California.  Kinda hard to get into the Christmas Spirit with all this and so many families with their homes destroyed.  Thankfully my home and family are safe.

Elizabeth Gardener (also from Sydenham) passed away in Los Angeles March 1st this year.  Her eldest son is here from Washington State battling our fires stretching almost 300 miles from San Diego north to Santa Barbara and close to 28,000 acres burned.   :'(

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Post by: DMW on December 15, 2017, 09:02:36 PM
Irishizz/Iris - Good to know you and your family are safe. des.
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Post by: scotland on January 20, 2018, 12:45:47 AM
To all friends from East Belfast I am signing off for a while will be back as and when possible.I wish you all love peace and contentment Take care of each other Best Wishes M ☺☺
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Post by: DMW on January 20, 2018, 09:55:08 PM
Scotland - Hope to see you back on soon.  Take care.   
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Post by: richard mccann on January 22, 2018, 02:44:15 AM
hi desi - could you please send us a few snowballs the temperature is going to be 42degs celsius here in south oz at the weekend, hate it, no good for man nor beast. rmc
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Post by: DMW on January 22, 2018, 07:43:39 PM
Richard McCann - Quit yer gloating. :)
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Post by: richard mccann on January 24, 2018, 01:51:18 AM
desi -I was not gloating if you ever get the chance to experience 42degs celsius pass it up. I walk my dog every day at 6 30 in the morning when it is cool . I was wondering when the temperature gets below zero  in Canada do you go outdoors?What happens when you meet a bear?The best seasons in oz are spring and autumn. all the best desi /rmc
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Post by: DMW on January 25, 2018, 03:44:43 AM
Richard McCann - Ok I thought you were  extracting the Michael - we do sometimes in parts, of Canada, reach 40 plus degrees, but not where I live.  As for the winter temperatures - we had a "warm" minus 2 celsius to-day. Normally about minus 10c at this time of year. As for meeting Bears - how many Kangaroos do you meet when you go out for a walk in the city ?  I know the seasons are reversed north/south. _ Temperatures below Zero are normal in the winter - you learn to live with it, however when there a freezing wind the temps can feel as low as 20 to 30 degree below zero. You don't want to go outside then.   cheers - g'day des.
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Post by: richard mccann on January 27, 2018, 04:06:47 AM
desi - I live  in a town about 20 mile from the city of Adelaide there are about 30,000 inhabitants the town is called Elizabeth .  I will tell you a true story ,about 2 yrs ago I was walking with my two grandsons along with my dog who was off the lead.   There is a lot of scrubland   where we live I was the first to spot the roo , it looked like it had been lifting weights a  massive animal We were lucky the dog didnt spot him or could all have been in trouble. The first thing I did was put the dog back on the leash and make the kids walk behind me . The roo just looked at us and then hopped away . The second thing I did was change my underpants when we got back home. I used to see a lot of brown snakes but not so much now as the area has been well settled you steer well clear of them [censored].all the best desi /rmc
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Post by: DMW on January 27, 2018, 11:05:41 PM
Richard McCann   
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Post by: richard mccann on January 29, 2018, 01:36:12 AM
desi - your reply ?I dont understand it/
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Post by: DMW on January 29, 2018, 08:11:09 PM
Richard McCann   Sorry, I had 3 smiley faces attached = guess they didn't take  -  re the underware change.  
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Post by: richard mccann on January 31, 2018, 02:01:19 AM
desi - Now it makes sense.cheers /rmc
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Post by: DMW on February 15, 2018, 03:49:45 PM
Richard McCann - Just speaking with a friend (Ashfield student) last week about old buddies who moved to others part of the world- like us- Don't know if I asked you before if you ever came across or recall an Aussie/Irish folk group back in late 1960s,early 1970s . Called - The Leprechauns - comprised of two guys from Sydenham and one Ardoyne.    des.
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Post by: richard mccann on February 18, 2018, 01:23:41 AM
Desi-I have never heard of that group you mentioned. When I lived in Sydney in the early 60s there were a group of guys who played in the local pub they were popular , but never rose to any great heights, and they were from the Shankill Rd.  I also went to Ashfield  when it first opened in 52 but for the life of me I  cannot recall many  names from that time. Rmc
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Post by: DMW on February 19, 2018, 04:07:44 AM
Richard -  Apparently the Leprechauns put out a couple of Irish records - and it was my search for couple of old buddies, who had moved to Australia, brought me to BF. The two guys from Sydenham in that group, but I only learned about that 50 years later. I thought they had gone to Australia together , but no. One had gone with his 1st wife and the other with the guy from Ardoyne. They happened to meet up later and started the group.   They were (then) called Geordie, Billy and George, but to sound being authentically Irish, they used the stage names of Liam, Mick and Sean.   Billy (now Bill) moved back to Belfast in the 80s, but had passed away, by the time I found out.  Geordie (now George) is now living in the Pyrenees mountains in France. The original George is still in Australia, and it was he who told me about the other two.  If you started at Ashfield in 52 , that make you a year older than me. I started at Annadale in 53 and the guy I was talking to was at Ashfield  starting in 1954, so you would not have know him. 
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Post by: richard mccann on February 21, 2018, 03:15:33 AM
desi - I left Ashfield in 54 went to work for my uncle as an apprentice Plumber . I was only getting 23 bob a week,which lasted a few years  I was offered a job at twice the pay working at E.T.Greens on Donegal Quay .What did I know so I took the job it lasted a few years. I then ended up working at Hughes @ Dicksons Flour Mill on the lower Falls Rd  at the Pound Loney . That was my last job before I headed for Australia in 61. I worked with a German bricklayer who offered to teach me the trade remembering my first mistake (Plumber) I jumped at the chance I ended up laying bricks for 40 odd years great job, hard job, but I was made for it I enjoyed moving all over Adelaide building houses. I retired at 66 eleven years ago I keep active walking my dog every day at 6.30/Rmc
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Post by: DMW on February 22, 2018, 04:34:02 PM
Richard - Interesting, your starting at Ashfield. Had I been a little older that year, I too would have started at Ashfield. It was only years later that I realised those of us at 11 or older that year were not given the option of sitting the Qualifying (11 +)  exam as they wanted to fill up the technical school. Thereby negating the possibility of an Academic education. Going to Annadale, I visions of getting some sort of degree, but in my 4th year I had brain abscess  and spent 6 weeks in RVH, which put any visions of grandeur on hold. I had to learn to walk and talk again as I had been paralysed on one side. Lost interest in most things drifted from job to job before deciding to leave Belfast. My eldest brother and I talked about going to NZ or OZ but he backed out a few months later, not telling me why. So I decided to come to Canada - 1965 - as I had family here. Never thought of going back.  By the way my brother (then 39, me 22) only told me after I got to Canada he was getting married - I didn't even know he had a girlfriend. cheers des.
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Post by: richard mccann on February 23, 2018, 04:15:11 AM
desi  I had a go at the eleven plus was not smart enough . There was a lot of lads from around our district who were good enough to pass it . I think I have mentioned their names to you before Billy Docherty , Harry and Billy Smith, (twin brothers) Walter Mc Cracken,Jim Andrews, and Dennis Quinn. They all went to Annadale  and Mersey St Primary. You went through a bit when you were young as regards health but your still here Desi so you must be tough in the head .You said you never thought of going back, I  have been back twice , but its not the same , I couldnt wait to get back to Oz. Desi what did you do for a crust in Canada?Rmc
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Post by: DMW on February 23, 2018, 09:27:20 PM
Richard - When I said I didn't go back, I meant to live, I have gone back few times, but since I no longer have siblings there the pull is not the same. As for work, my last job in Belfast was a Bus Conductor on the BCT.  When I came to Canada, I started working at a Biscuit factory, on the oven and lost about 10 lbs. in a couple of months. Then I saw an ad in the paper for someone with experience in transportation, - I thought - 'Hey, I was bus conductor, so I have experience'  However that ad was for a Trucking company, luckily the manager was English, and probably had a chuckle, but saw my 4 years at grammar school in  my resume and granted me an interview, and I got a job(office) which I stayed with for the next 43 years. Not all with the same company as there is a lot of take overs and bankruptcy's   . One of the take overs was an Australian company - TNT. Never got much higher than office manager, but I enjoyed it and made a lot of friends   
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Post by: scotland on February 24, 2018, 01:36:51 AM
Hi reading through some of the previous posts I really do sympathise with any exile from our homeland who sadly do not have any siblings or family  left there please don't forget the land of your birth there will always be a connection . I have lived in several countries since leaving my beloved Belfast but wherever I am or may go I am drawn back even for a short break  my heart and soul belong to the place of my birth  Best Wishes my friends M☺☺
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Post by: DMW on February 24, 2018, 09:31:35 PM
Thank you Scotland, no immediate siblings - still a couple of nephews in Carrick and cousins in Donegal(whom I have not connected with in over 25 years), so I really don't know who is still there. des.
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Post by: richard mccann on February 25, 2018, 01:31:30 AM
desi - When I read about you losing 10 lbs whilst working in the Biscuit Factory my immediate thought was he should have eaten more biscuits had it been me I would have gained 20lbs in the first week. I have heard of TNT they are a large company here  namely Thomas National Transport.  When you said you enjoyed your job I think we were both lucky to end up in jobs we liked .  I still have cousins in Ireland I even have cousins in Canada that I know nothing about. Rmc
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Post by: scotland on December 19, 2018, 05:36:28 PM
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2019 to all the folk in your neck of the woods from our neck of the woods here in Scotland Cheers 😀   
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Post by: cyndyjones on January 02, 2019, 10:25:47 PM
I am an exile from East Belfast. I was born in Ravenscroft Avenue and my family moved to Gilnahirk.  I went to Grosvenor and  stayed in Belfast until I finished my degree (1979) and then went to study at a college of music in London. Now living in Canada. Mum is still in East Belfast but none of my siblings are.
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Post by: urneygirl on January 06, 2019, 04:24:39 PM
HI cyndy, Welcome to the Forum. I'm sure it won't take you long finding your way around  the Threads.  What part of Canada do you live ? I live in Ajax Ontario, my husband & I immigrated in 1967 after we got married. Enjoy your browsing.
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Post by: Skythetwo on April 23, 2019, 05:01:20 PM
Does the Ravenhill Road count ?, I lived there once upon a time. I'm near London(U.K.) now,retired, with family in
Markham/Toronto. I watched some 'slow' TV recently featuring the Rideau Canal which runs from Kingston to Ottawa, the scenery was breathtaking.
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Post by: jackiehillis on April 23, 2019, 08:10:28 PM
                                                                                                      Ravenhill Road 1980
                           
(https://i.imgur.com/Isp6SDd.jpg)
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Post by: mcd on April 24, 2019, 12:04:43 AM
Does the Ravenhill Road count ?, I lived there once upon a time. I'm near London(U.K.) now,retired, with family in
Markham/Toronto. I watched some 'slow' TV recently featuring the Rideau Canal which runs from Kingston to Ottawa, the scenery was breathtaking.

. Hubby was from Glentoran St .
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Post by: jackiehillis on April 24, 2019, 12:11:01 AM

                                                                                  Glentoran Street 1980 for Morris, Jean.
           (https://i.imgur.com/gU0AQuh.jpg)
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Post by: mcd on April 24, 2019, 12:24:37 AM
Thanks Jackie , Itís long gone now .
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Post by: Bigali on April 24, 2019, 07:35:34 AM
I am an exile from East Belfast. I was born in Ravenscroft Avenue and my family moved to Gilnahirk.  I went to Grosvenor and  stayed in Belfast until I finished my degree (1979) and then went to study at a college of music in London. Now living in Canada. Mum is still in East Belfast but none of my siblings are.

Wonder if you went to the same college of music in London as my sister which would have been around the same time ?
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Post by: Bigali on April 24, 2019, 07:40:48 AM
                                                                                                      Ravenhill Road 1980
                           
(https://i.imgur.com/Isp6SDd.jpg)

OMG ! An orange Austin Allegro, worst car ever , my Dad had a mustard coloured one with a square steering wheel and honeycomb grille , I still remember the registration, KIA 4070  :D
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Post by: Skythetwo on May 03, 2019, 12:08:22 PM
Jackie, thank you for the photos, I lived in Glentoran St.
 (Top end , not in photo), my dad was a mate of
John Kenulty who had the green grocers shop.
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Post by: jackiehillis on May 03, 2019, 05:46:43 PM
Jackie, thank you for the photos, I lived in Glentoran St.
 (Top end , not in photo), my dad was a mate of
John Kenulty who had the green grocers shop.
          Your welcome Skythetwo.   O0 O0
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Post by: macadoo on May 04, 2019, 10:05:22 AM
Dad from Dee St. and Mum from Bright St. I was born Devon Parade. Our family first went to Toronto and spent six years, ended up most of life in Indiana USA
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Post by: macadoo on May 04, 2019, 10:10:13 AM
Slight correction...Dad was from Avon st. just off Dee st.
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Post by: alex9467 on May 05, 2019, 11:21:36 AM
Still no one on from Memel St area  (1935-45)   Feels so lonesome, are they all gone?
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Post by: jackiehillis on May 05, 2019, 04:12:47 PM
         
                                                                                                        Memel Street 1940
                                                                             
           
                                           (https://i.imgur.com/0zOOChS.jpg)
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Post by: alex9467 on May 06, 2019, 07:58:41 AM
Yes I know quite a few of the faces in the picture, wonder where I was when it was took! Yip, all my old school pals and playmates. Thank you for the photo.
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Post by: jackiehillis on May 06, 2019, 05:35:59 PM
Yes I know quite a few of the faces in the picture, wonder where I was when it was took! Yip, all my old school pals and playmates. Thank you for the photo.
                                            Alex. I'm from Josephine Street. 3 doors up from Foundry.
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Post by: jackiehillis on May 07, 2019, 12:01:25 AM

m                                                                                                        Memel Street Arch 1962
                                       (https://i.imgur.com/7bAnYsj.jpg)
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Post by: scotland on May 13, 2019, 05:26:53 PM
Hi Alex my brother in law Robert Boucher came from Memel St sadly passed away some time ago if memory serves me right he had a brother can't for the life of me remember his name he had 2 little daughters just a thought popped into my head the name Stanley seems to ring a bell  Cheers M
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Post by: richard mccann on May 20, 2019, 05:20:33 AM
macadoo - You  mentioned that your dad came from Avon Street. i will mention a few names from Avon St. Wee Tommy Burns , Lupar Mc Cann ,Derek Dougan,Billy Aitkin,Jimmy Watton, and wee Danny Mournin. i am going back 60 yrs maybe its too long ago?  I have been in Australia for 58 yrs. I lived in Harkness Pde off Mersey St. Best part of  Ballymacarett.cheers rmc