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Title: RODEN STREET
Post by: melbrook on April 26, 2009, 09:48:03 PM
ANYONE REMEMBER ALECS SHOP IN RODEN STREET .ALEC WORE THESE BIG BI-FOCAL GLASSES.
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Post by: carbolicsoap on April 26, 2009, 09:49:31 PM
Are you talking about the top end of Roden street,at the Donegall Road?
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Post by: melbrook on April 26, 2009, 09:52:20 PM
NO IT WAS IN THE MIDDLE ACROSS FROM BARTON STREET.
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Post by: carbolicsoap on April 26, 2009, 09:53:54 PM
NO IT WAS IN THE MIDDLE ACROSS FROM BARTON STREET.

Ah right!  I wouldnt remember that,was that before the Westlink was built?
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Post by: feejeeks on April 26, 2009, 09:57:03 PM
what about Liggio,s fish and chip shop
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Post by: melbrook on April 26, 2009, 10:08:53 PM
BENNY LEGGIOS . BENNY WAS A WE HUNCHBACK A LOVELY WE MAN HAD THE BEST ICE -CREAM IN BELFAST
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Post by: jemmy hope on April 27, 2009, 07:31:24 PM
I remember Alex and Benny. I would agree that they they had the best ice cream in Belfast.
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Post by: feejeeks on April 27, 2009, 09:39:28 PM
Spent a memorable night in Roden St, barracks many moons ago.
Also remember
Oh Benny Liggio
He sold ice creamio
Sixpence a pokio
Oh Benny Liggio
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Post by: melbrook on April 29, 2009, 07:18:24 PM
anyone remember the wee off licience in barton st. my father used to bottle the wine for paddy mathews.
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Post by: feejeeks on April 29, 2009, 09:43:01 PM
there was a Wards off licence in Roden St run by a brother and sister.Best Drawbridge around
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Post by: melbrook on April 29, 2009, 09:54:27 PM
    yes there was a wards alright across from the police barracks.
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Post by: Shylock on May 06, 2009, 03:11:54 PM
My Uncle Alfie had a shoe repair shop in Roden Street, pretty far down from the Donegall Road on the right hand side of Roden Street and I think if I look thru me old fotos there might be one of him in his wee shop. I still remember the smell of the "solution" they used to glue on the heels and soles of the shoes. Uncle Alfie passed on some years ago now but I often wonder what Roden Street is like - might have to check it out on Google maps street view.
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Post by: Hendy on May 08, 2009, 12:07:00 PM
I remember a shop on Roden St where my Granda took me to get sweets on the way to Windsor, "Castles" I think was the name.
I remember a news item one time where twins died on the same day although miles apart, I think one of them died in a fishing accident, as far as I remember they were the shop owners sons.
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Post by: Mc Corry on May 13, 2009, 02:07:31 PM
i used to go to the barbers facing the police barricks to have my hair cut i am not sure but it might have been called mc courts he put a wee plank across the seat for me to sit on and if he has any of the hair he cut can i have it back
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Post by: Dawson on May 18, 2009, 09:49:30 PM
 :)I remember Roden Street well and all the places mentioned. I even remember Big Dan. Pongo
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Post by: melbrook on May 27, 2009, 09:24:31 PM
the barber shop was sloans
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Post by: Tannybrake on June 05, 2009, 11:47:46 AM
Does anyone remember the Curry family who lived in Roden Street from the 30s up until the 70s?  Stanley, Norman, Edmond, Sammy, David, Jim and Lily.  Jim drowned on the Princess Victoria in 1953. 
I'd be interested to hear from anyone who grew up with or knew my grandfather Curry. 
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Post by: SIXTYNINER on June 07, 2009, 12:36:11 AM
Are you talking about the top end of Roden street,at the Donegall Road?
i use to work in ulidia clothing company, it was at the donegall rd end and walked home every night to the grovener rd to get the bus.
69er
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Post by: dcarswell on July 29, 2009, 11:07:10 PM
Does anyone remember Trevor Rodgers from Roden Street. His mother made the most fantastic rock scones. His dad was one of the nicest men I have ever met.

I served my apprenticeship with Trevor. Des
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Post by: SIXTYNINER on July 30, 2009, 12:51:17 AM
Does anyone remember Trevor Rodgers from Roden Street. His mother made the most fantastic rock scones. His dad was one of the nicest men I have ever met.

I served my apprenticeship with Trevor. Des
hi dcarswell,  hope someone comes on and be able to let you know,  it's been april since our last post..good luck. O0
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Post by: Kathleen2 on July 30, 2009, 01:06:10 AM
I used to walk up and down Roden Street twice a day on my to and from Kelvin school. I only remember a girl called Brenda who lived across from the school gates as she was in my class.
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Post by: hicky on July 30, 2009, 09:41:41 PM
At the top of Roden st to the left before you get to Donegal Rd and into the railway their is a big mound of earth this were we went when we were on the the beak. we found out this ground was the buriel ground for the victims off the last outbreak of cholria in Belfast in the 18th century ..Dose anyone remember this
    place and do the any facts/?? 
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Post by: muckles on November 18, 2009, 04:12:38 PM
I remember a shop on Roden St where my Granda took me to get sweets on the way to Windsor, "Castles" I think was the name.
I remember a news item one time where twins died on the same day although miles apart, I think one of them died in a fishing accident, as far as I remember they were the shop owners sons.

Hendy:  You are thinking of Cassels in Donegall Ave, corner  Kitchener Drive.
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Post by: muckles on November 18, 2009, 04:14:01 PM
i used to go to the barbers facing the police barricks to have my hair cut i am not sure but it might have been called mc courts he put a wee plank across the seat for me to sit on and if he has any of the hair he cut can i have it back

I used to go there too.
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Post by: muckles on November 18, 2009, 04:27:53 PM
i used to go to the barbers facing the police barricks to have my hair cut i am not sure but it might have been called mc courts he put a wee plank across the seat for me to sit on and if he has any of the hair he cut can i have it back

I went there too.
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Post by: muckles on November 18, 2009, 04:32:36 PM
Does anyone remember the Curry family who lived in Roden Street from the 30s up until the 70s?  Stanley, Norman, Edmond, Sammy, David, Jim and Lily.  Jim drowned on the Princess Victoria in 1953. 
I'd be interested to hear from anyone who grew up with or knew my grandfather Curry. 

 I used to Know a Roy Curry who lived in Soudan Street.
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Post by: stephenp on September 24, 2011, 08:11:24 PM
Hi there,
Would anyone on this know anything of a Robert Gregg who lived here in I would imagine the 1950s-1970s?
I know it's a long-shot but I figured it's worth a try.
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Post by: rolohosick on October 02, 2011, 05:14:09 PM


My Uncle Alfie had a shoe repair shop in Roden Street, pretty far down from the Donegall Road on the right hand side of Roden Street and I think if I look thru me old fotos there might be one of him in his wee shop. I still remember the smell of the "solution" they used to glue on the heels and soles of the shoes. Uncle Alfie passed on some years ago now but I often wonder what Roden Street is like - might have to check it out on Google maps street view.

THE shoe shop i lived a few doors from it and your right there was a lovely smell from it ,but aways remembered a faimly liveing at the back of the shop called LEE,

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Post by: SIXTYNINER on November 13, 2011, 12:15:44 PM
Hi there,
Would anyone on this know anything of a Robert Gregg who lived here in I would imagine the 1950s-1970s?
I know it's a long-shot but I figured it's worth a try.
morning stephenp..hope someone can help you.. :)
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Post by: wee ernie on February 26, 2012, 09:09:34 PM
tannybrake  I knew george curry.he was a few years older than me,i played with him,but he whent around with the older boys. one of the brothers we called [skippy]curry.
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Post by: george moore on February 27, 2012, 08:33:10 PM
We lived in Roden St and played football in the entry with the great Joe Bambrick who lived 6 doors up. Joe still holds the British record of 6 goals scored in an international match against Wales at Celtic Park. He scored one with a back heel and was known as Head. Heel or Toe slip it to Joe.
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Post by: Farnsbarn on March 10, 2012, 03:37:28 AM
tannybrake  I knew george curry.he was a few years older than me,i played with him,but he whent around with the older boys. one of the brothers we called [skippy]curry.
   Hi wee ernie, I went to Tintop school with a guy called Geordie Curry, he lived in the first door in Roden St., at the corner of Buckingham St. If you look at the first page of the Excise St., thread started by Dawson, there's a picture of two guys walking up Buckingham St., one of the guys is Geordie Curry.
          Farnsbarn.
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Post by: wee ernie on March 11, 2012, 04:25:16 PM
hi farnsbarn.that,s the george curry i played with.I also went to tin top school.had a look at the photo of the boys walking up buckingham st.Which one do you say is george curry.The one on the outside looks like billy wilson ot me
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Post by: Farnsbarn on March 12, 2012, 01:19:48 AM
hi farnsbarn.that,s the george curry i played with.I also went to tin top school.had a look at the photo of the boys walking up buckingham st.Which one do you say is george curry.The one on the outside looks like billy wilson ot me
  Hi wee ernie, The guy on the right is Geordie Curry. Where did you live, and what age group are you in?
     Regards,
          Farnsbarn.
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Post by: wee ernie on March 13, 2012, 07:55:10 PM
hi farnsbarn I lived in electric st ,there was three streets in a triangle shape,top street was clifford st ,then magnetic st and electric st.  i'm 70yrs old.
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Post by: 650-BONNIE on March 13, 2012, 09:11:20 PM
 :prankster:  I well remember Roden St. I married the best girl in the world, from Brassey St. well the best girl in Beassey St. :-*
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Post by: Dawson on March 13, 2012, 09:21:34 PM
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Post by: colin randell on March 30, 2012, 11:16:22 PM
 your uncle alfies shop was on the corner of burnaby street facing wards wine shop he worked the shop but had no backdoor what we called the yard belonged to the family called lee there was three familys lived next door to his shop murry dornan and lee they had gun dogs out there when the troubles broke out he moved onto the donegall road next to dr. sammy sloan surgery the part of roden street you are looking for is well gone they knocked down about 1,000houses to build about 150houses and part of the westlink i was in roden street just before christmas and its a slum  broken glass bricks littered every were not the place i was brought up in                                               
My Uncle Alfie had a shoe repair shop in Roden Street, pretty far down from the Donegall Road on the right hand side of Roden Street and I think if I look thru me old fotos there might be one of him in his wee shop. I still remember the smell of the "solution" they used to glue on the heels and soles of the shoes. Uncle Alfie passed on some years ago now but I often wonder what Roden Street is like - might have to check it out on Google maps street view.
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Post by: colin randell on March 30, 2012, 11:26:26 PM
 paddys was know for his COMAT red wine blow the head of you they came from all over to bye it there was a gang came from the looney cant remember his name but he wore a patch over an eye                                               
anyone remember the wee off licience in barton st. my father used to bottle the wine for paddy mathews.
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Post by: colin randell on March 30, 2012, 11:35:01 PM
 his name is tommy sloane still alive and kicking run into him about two years maybe more in curleys on the falls road still the same tommy very quiet but didnt have a cigarette in his hand.                                       
i used to go to the barbers facing the police barricks to have my hair cut i am not sure but it might have been called mc courts he put a wee plank across the seat for me to sit on and if he has any of the hair he cut can i have it back
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Post by: colin randell on March 30, 2012, 11:44:41 PM
 would this curry had lived in number 52 was related to the convilles from clifford street i think just across the road ?  Olive conville she was taught fencing by cummings school teacher from kelvin that was her grandmothers house.                                           
Does anyone remember the Curry family who lived in Roden Street from the 30s up until the 70s?  Stanley, Norman, Edmond, Sammy, David, Jim and Lily.  Jim drowned on the Princess Victoria in 1953. 
I'd be interested to hear from anyone who grew up with or knew my grandfather Curry.
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Post by: colin randell on March 30, 2012, 11:58:11 PM
 would you like to share her name with us?                                     
:prankster:  I well remember Roden St. I married the best girl in the world, from Brassey St. well the best girl in Beassey St. :-*
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Post by: olelad on March 31, 2012, 09:49:45 AM
wasnt there a guy named james mcnally who lived there 60s early 70s ?
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Post by: rolohosick on March 31, 2012, 10:35:06 PM
HEY THINGS COLIN,
 I DON'T REMEMBER THAT SHOP IN BURNABY ST WHERE THE LEE'S LIVED EVER BEEN OPEN
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Post by: colin randell on April 01, 2012, 01:45:28 AM
  jamesie mcanally from balmoral street now lives in craigavon the last time i seen him was about 4 or 5years ago my brother should be able to tell you more about him didnt live to far from each orther till the junkies took over then my brother denis moved to portadown maybe get him to answer on jamesie                                                                                                                                                       
wasnt there a guy named james mcnally who lived there 60s early 70s ?
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Post by: colin randell on April 01, 2012, 02:33:37 AM
 hi rolie there was only one shop in roden street which was a shoe repair i didnt know you were related lets see what i can remember then you can tell me if its the same person it was either his son or relation we were in the same juvenile lodge as denis and myself we were in lol32 sandy row his name is still in the back burner maybe denis will remember now that shop was always the same owner till it closed as i said early on he didnt have a yard door god only knows were he a pee as you know the lees had two gun dogs behind his shop and they hung up what ever killed which always had a bad smell around that entry i used go to into the shop when the son was there he had everything in that shop sorry i dont remember the smell of glue but burning rubber when he sanded the shoes even if the shoes were paid for i used to deliver them as i said when they closed that shop down they opened up again on the donegall road were he must have been there for about 10years if i remember the shop was no26. where was your shoe repair shop? just thinking robert caves was in are lodge also      regards colin   hope denis can come up with the answers               
HEY THINGS COLIN,
 I DON'T REMEMBER THAT SHOP IN BURNABY ST WHERE THE LEE'S LIVED EVER BEEN OPEN
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Post by: Farnsbarn on April 01, 2012, 04:20:18 AM
hi rolie there was only one shop in roden street which was a shoe repair i didnt know you were related lets see what i can remember then you can tell me if its the same person it was either his son or relation we were in the same juvenile lodge as denis and myself we were in lol32 sandy row his name is still in the back burner maybe denis will remember now that shop was always the same owner till it closed as i said early on he didnt have a yard door god only knows were he a pee as you know the lees had two gun dogs behind his shop and they hung up what ever killed which always had a bad smell around that entry i used go to into the shop when the son was there he had everything in that shop sorry i dont remember the smell of glue but burning rubber when he sanded the shoes even if the shoes were paid for i used to deliver them as i said when they closed that shop down they opened up again on the donegall road were he must have been there for about 10years if i remember the shop was no26. where was your shoe repair shop? just thinking robert caves was in are lodge also      regards colin   hope denis can come up with the answers             
   Hi Colin,
                  When I lived in Excise St., there was a shoe repair shop in the first door past the `Blackie' bridge on the left hand side of Roden St. going towards the Donegall Rd. The guy that owned it had a short leg, and wore a built-up boot to correct it. I'm almost sure that his name was McGeghey, and he was a really friendly guy, he always had a joke or a riddle for the kids when we were going past.
          Regards,
                farnsbarn.
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Post by: Shylock on April 01, 2012, 08:47:38 AM
My Uncle Alfie had a shoe repair shop in Roden Street, pretty far down from the Donegall Road on the right hand side of Roden Street and I think if I look thru me old fotos there might be one of him in his wee shop. I still remember the smell of the "solution" they used to glue on the heels and soles of the shoes. Uncle Alfie passed on some years ago now but I often wonder what Roden Street is like - might have to check it out on Google maps street view. -

Have just cut and posted my original post from page one of this thread - I was not aware of any other shoe repairer, but that's not to say there weren't any! I returned to Belfast nearly 2 yrs ago [after an absence of 37 years!] and of course, could find no trace of Uncle Alfie's shop. Uncle Alfie was married to my Auntie Sarah and they didn't have any children.  Below is a photo taken in 1978 am not 100% sure if this was taken in Roden Street or after he moved his shop to the front of the Donegall Road. I'll have to check with my sister who took this photo when she was over in Belfast on a holiday back in '78. Perhaps this photo will help people figure out who we're talking about!

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Post by: olelad on April 01, 2012, 02:26:18 PM
  jamesie mcanally from balmoral street now lives in craigavon the last time i seen him was about 4 or 5years ago my brother should be able to tell you more about him didnt live to far from each orther till the junkies took over then my brother denis moved to portadown maybe get him to answer on jamesie                                                                                                                                                       

ran into james in lurgan afew weeks back. i hadnt seen him in donks. he lives in lurgan these days. i meet him first when they moved to craigavon from beechmount. if memory serves me right they moved from the govenor to whiterock ?  im working around that neck of the woods at the min and the amount of belfast people still living in the craigavon area is amazing.

think rawsons and hustons was from that neck of the govenor rd ?
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Post by: colin randell on April 01, 2012, 09:24:48 PM
 Hi farnsbarn the shop you are talking about was facing milner street i hope and when i was coming up i can only ever remember that shop as a sweet shop when you walked across the bridge and the black gate then this shop there also was yet an other sweet shop or house shop so many doors away from this one.                                                                                                                                                         
   Hi Colin,
                  When I lived in Excise St., there was a shoe repair shop in the first door past the `Blackie' bridge on the left hand side of Roden St. going towards the Donegall Rd. The guy that owned it had a short leg, and wore a built-up boot to correct it. I'm almost sure that his name was McGeghey, and he was a really friendly guy, he always had a joke or a riddle for the kids when we were going past.
          Regards,
                farnsbarn.
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Post by: colin randell on April 01, 2012, 09:45:53 PM
  Hi shylock this is your uncle alfie and it is the same person who owned the shoe repair shop in roden street facing neilly street which was beside the police barracks now who was his relation that belonged to lol32 sandy row? would you have somebody belonging to you called hughie? if alfie had no kids whos your dad then or mum they might have that answer for you.if i can find anymore out ill let you kow  regards colin                                                                                                                                                       
My Uncle Alfie had a shoe repair shop in Roden Street, pretty far down from the Donegall Road on the right hand side of Roden Street and I think if I look thru me old fotos there might be one of him in his wee shop. I still remember the smell of the "solution" they used to glue on the heels and soles of the shoes. Uncle Alfie passed on some years ago now but I often wonder what Roden Street is like - might have to check it out on Google maps street view. -

Have just cut and posted my original post from page one of this thread - I was not aware of any other shoe repairer, but that's not to say there weren't any! I returned to Belfast nearly 2 yrs ago [after an absence of 37 years!] and of course, could find no trace of Uncle Alfie's shop. Uncle Alfie was married to my Auntie Sarah and they didn't have any children.  Below is a photo taken in 1978 am not 100% sure if this was taken in Roden Street or after he moved his shop to the front of the Donegall Road. I'll have to check with my sister who took this photo when she was over in Belfast on a holiday back in '78. Perhaps this photo will help people figure out who we're talking about!

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Post by: colin randell on April 01, 2012, 10:46:09 PM
   hi shylock again peter has put a drawing of the old roden street as it was from the grosvenor road to the westlink this was all knocked down and rebuilt for about 100 to 150familys if there is that many built to give you an idea where alfies shop was look up the drawing find burnaby street right hand side can you see the white patch right on the corner well thats were the gun dogs were kept and your uncle aflie owned the shop infront of of that patch.      regards colin                                                                                                                                                                 
My Uncle Alfie had a shoe repair shop in Roden Street, pretty far down from the Donegall Road on the right hand side of Roden Street and I think if I look thru me old fotos there might be one of him in his wee shop. I still remember the smell of the "solution" they used to glue on the heels and soles of the shoes. Uncle Alfie passed on some years ago now but I often wonder what Roden Street is like - might have to check it out on Google maps street view.
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Post by: Shylock on April 01, 2012, 10:49:02 PM
  Hi shylock this is your uncle alfie and it is the same person who owned the shoe repair shop in roden street facing neilly street which was beside the police barracks now who was his relation that belonged to lol32 sandy row? would you have somebody belonging to you called hughie? if alfie had no kids who's your dad then or mum they might have that answer for you.if i can find anymore out ill let you know  regards colin                                                                                                                                                       
Hi Colin,
Uncle Alfie was my father's brother and as both my parents came from large families [9 children on one side, 11 on the other!] I had 20 aunties and 20 uncles and at one stage my daughter worked out I had something like 57 first cousins! The name Hughie doesn't ring a bell but I can ask Dad [whos' now 84!] to see if he remembers. Re the connection to the LOL 32 - not sure but I do have an old foto of my Uncle Trevor [Mum's brother] wearing a sash standing outside my Nanny's house with my Uncle Eddie [mum's sister's husband] who was a member of a 'kiltie' band and now lives in England. Nanny used to live in Wesley Street - the first house in the street on the left hand side coming from the Donegall Road - I also have a foto taken @ Wesley Street when we went to Belfast 18mths ago.  Getting back to Uncle Alfie, I never recall him having any kind of foot deformity but then again, as a young child, maybe I never noticed it? Will check that out with Dad - will be seeing him in the next day or two and I'll ask him bout hughie too. Was just reading earlier posts and was trying to work out how you knew Uncle Alfie - am  i right in thinking you used to deliver the repaired shoes for him? My dad was also a shoe maker/cobbler and used to work alongside him very earlier in the piece I believe, tho not 100% sure on that, will ask dad that question too! My parents both read the forum from time to time, and tho don't often post, they really enjoy reading the posts.
P.S. Just read your recent post that appeared while I was typing this msg! will check out the drawing you mention -I did look before and saw Burnaby street but had trouble working out where Roden Street was! will look again with your pointers in mind, thanks for the help! all the best,
Shylock
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Farnsbarn on April 01, 2012, 10:51:01 PM
  Hi shylock this is your uncle alfie and it is the same person who owned the shoe repair shop in roden street facing neilly street which was beside the police barracks now who was his relation that belonged to lol32 sandy row? would you have somebody belonging to you called hughie? if alfie had no kids whos your dad then or mum they might have that answer for you.if i can find anymore out ill let you kow  regards colin                                                                                                                                                       
  Hi Colin,
        The shop that you mention facing Neilly St., is at the corner of Burnaby St. and Roden St., and when I was growing up in the 40's it was vacant. The other corner was Ward's Wine Stores. As you move along past Ward's, there was `Curly's' barber shop, the reason it was named that was because he was bald, except for a big curl that was waxed and flattened to the centre of his bald head. Next was Ginny Mennary's shop that sold everything. We used to run by and sing `Ginny Mennary had a canary, etc. etc. etc.
   The shop at the corner of Roden St., and Grosvenor Rd. sold wool and materials. I hope you remember some of these places, because I've lots more.
             Regards,
                  farnsbarn.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 01, 2012, 10:58:31 PM
  Hi farnsbarn now im curious im from roden street between excise street and buckingham street the people you have mentioned you must be older than me all my playing was done in excise street till i grew out of that stage i left roden street in the seventys sorry i still cant break your code                                                                                                                                                                 
   Hi Colin,
                  When I lived in Excise St., there was a shoe repair shop in the first door past the `Blackie' bridge on the left hand side of Roden St. going towards the Donegall Rd. The guy that owned it had a short leg, and wore a built-up boot to correct it. I'm almost sure that his name was McGeghey, and he was a really friendly guy, he always had a joke or a riddle for the kids when we were going past.
          Regards,
                farnsbarn.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Shylock on April 01, 2012, 11:06:18 PM
   Hi Colin,
                  When I lived in Excise St., there was a shoe repair shop in the first door past the `Blackie' bridge on the left hand side of Roden St. going towards the Donegall Rd. The guy that owned it had a short leg, and wore a built-up boot to correct it. I'm almost sure that his name was McGeghey, and he was a really friendly guy, he always had a joke or a riddle for the kids when we were going past.
          Regards,
                farnsbarn.
Hi Farnsburn, pardon my 'butting in' to your comment to Colin - perhaps the bloke with the short leg sold/rented the shop to my Uncle Alfie when he retired? or maybe Uncle Alfie learned his trade from the Mr McGeghey you recall? Will definitely have to chase dad up for some questions, re Uncle ALfie's shoe repair business! Funny, I never remember hearing the dogs you've all mentioned! I guess that's just one of the quirks of the human mind!
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 01, 2012, 11:18:02 PM
 Hi farnsbarn i knew you were older than me mckinley owned the wool shop on the grosvenor his store was in roden street or door maybe a flat at one time next opening was danny farrs kept oilcloth and orther things in there then you had tommy sloanes barbars shop i used sloanes till one day he had missed a long hair so he singed it with his fag and burned my neck that was are parting next door was wards across next was alfies shoe repair shop next shop to that was winddrums at the corner of excise street                                                                                                                                                         
  Hi Colin,
        The shop that you mention facing Neilly St., is at the corner of Burnaby St. and Roden St., and when I was growing up in the 40's it was vacant. The other corner was Ward's Wine Stores. As you move along past Ward's, there was `Curly's' barber shop, the reason it was named that was because he was bald, except for a big curl that was waxed and flattened to the centre of his bald head. Next was Ginny Mennary's shop that sold everything. We used to run by and sing `Ginny Mennary had a canary, etc. etc. etc.
   The shop at the corner of Roden St., and Grosvenor Rd. sold wool and materials. I hope you remember some of these places, because I've lots more.
             Regards,
                  farnsbarn.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: jemmy hope on April 02, 2012, 01:03:06 AM
Hi farnsbarn i knew you were older than me mckinley owned the wool shop on the grosvenor his store was in roden street or door maybe a flat at one time next opening was danny farrs kept oilcloth and orther things in there then you had tommy sloanes barbars shop i used sloanes till one day he had missed a long hair so he singed it with his fag and burned my neck that was are parting next door was wards across next was alfies shoe repair shop next shop to that was winddrums at the corner of excise street                                                                                                                                                       

Was Danny Farr's not on the other side of the Grosvenor facing Linview St?
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 02, 2012, 02:24:28 AM
 Hi jemmy hope danny had two shops if you would call it that his main shop was facing roden street one side of him was the venus pub or hannaings on the orther side of him was a house next was a sweet shop then fuscos chippy at the corner of mcdonnell street his second shop was a storeroom were he kept all oilcloth and mats for round your fire plus storage space for his main shop the shop you are thinking of was a hardware but was two shops you could walk from one to the orther and the post office was in the middle cant recall there name at the minute farnsbarn were are you help,sometimes you have to call on the older ones   we have to many dead cells never mind the grey ones lol                                                                                                                                                               

Was Danny Farr's not on the other side of the Grosvenor facing Linview St?
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Farnsbarn on April 02, 2012, 05:36:24 AM
Hi jemmy hope danny had two shops if you would call it that his main shop was facing roden street one side of him was the venus pub or hannaings on the orther side of him was a house next was a sweet shop then fuscos chippy at the corner of mcdonnell street his second shop was a storeroom were he kept all oilcloth and mats for round your fire plus storage space for his main shop the shop you are thinking of was a hardware but was two shops you could walk from one to the orther and the post office was in the middle cant recall there name at the minute farnsbarn were are you help,sometimes you have to call on the older ones   we have to many dead cells never mind the grey ones lol                                                                                                                                                             
    Hi Colin, The sweet shop next to Fusco's was a newsagent and tobacconist, it was called Nelson's. When I was an apprentice, I painted the sign above the shop, it was just at the tram stop (no, not the horse tram) and when the tram stopped, I could feel all the faces staring at my neck, I always had to clean my brush when that happened, I could reach out and touch the tram, it was so close. My Dad asked me had a fly fallen into the paint and landed on the sign. Years later, when I was a journeyman, I went back and painted it again for nothing. About the post office, there's a picture of it in the Excise St. thread, I think it's called Grosvenor St. Post Office, it was facing Arundel St. Next door was an undertakers, and there was a young girl lived there called Valerie Cook. Wasn't there a pawnshop at the corner of McDonald St. and Grosvenor Rd.?
             Ask me another!
                Farnsbarn.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: jemmy hope on April 02, 2012, 04:08:13 PM
I briefly worked for Mr Nelson delivering papers on the w yRy hooden St. route. I quit the job some months later and put in a word for my friend from Blackwater St. That friend was Brendan (The Dark) Hughes. He delivered papers for a couple of years for The Nelsons--funny how things work out.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 02, 2012, 06:47:04 PM
hi farnsbarn 100% right there was a pawnshop there next door was yet an orther newsagent outside the bus stop if you remember and a printing place a wee small shop his far then the gateway and then the hardware shops which you could walk from one to the other without leaving the shops and the post office was between theses two i dont remember a undertaker up this far my undertaker was the corner of venice street owned by the mackies john i think but not sure or was that the sons name .Imust admit you still  have a good memory dont worry when i remember the name i will be right back if dawson doesnt arrive first ha ha                                                                                                 farnsbarn link=topic=20556.msg1107915#msg1107915 date=1333341384]
    Hi Colin, The sweet shop next to Fusco's was a newsagent and tobacconist, it was called Nelson's. When I was an apprentice, I painted the sign above the shop, it was just at the tram stop (no, not the horse tram) and when the tram stopped, I could feel all the faces staring at my neck, I always had to clean my brush when that happened, I could reach out and touch the tram, it was so close. My Dad asked me had a fly fallen into the paint and landed on the sign. Years later, when I was a journeyman, I went back and painted it again for nothing. About the post office, there's a picture of it in the Excise St. thread, I think it's called Grosvenor St. Post Office, it was facing Arundel St. Next door was an undertakers, and there was a young girl lived there called Valerie Cook. Wasn't there a pawnshop at the corner of McDonald St. and Grosvenor Rd.?
             Ask me another!
                Farnsbarn.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: jemmy hope on April 02, 2012, 06:54:13 PM
You are right Colin, there was a pawnshop on the corner of McDonald St.  I think it was called Kanes.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: olelad on April 03, 2012, 01:33:46 PM
the rawsons i mentioned was brian and jim. didnt know them that well but brian was in the same year as me in school. good guitarest to say the least. no idea were on the rd they lived.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: andy on April 04, 2012, 08:01:22 PM
 anyone on here know the rankins from beit street, or their where abouts now
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 04, 2012, 09:28:50 PM
  Hi shylock first of all  danny farr is called farrell sorry about that danny who still has a shop going on the springfield road i dont know if danny is still going or died  secondly hughie was the owner of the shop before alfie his name of was hughie kellaghre lived about durham street or where abouts hope your sitting hughie sold it in 1963 after running it for about five years or more so alfie worked there from 63,64 year till 1973 hope your still sitting was alfie called thompson if not he has been in partnership with c thompson who owned the shop till 1973 then vanished i dont know where but he or she did now i work 12hour shifts so the next time im off the library is were im going to just to see what i can find out. I didnt work for alfie but if i was in the shop with lol32? and you had left shoes in to get mended and you needed them that night alfie would have asked me to deliver them if he was shutting up shop going home also your photo is of the donegall road one because the one in roden street just had the enterance door when you opened the door all you had was his counter all his gear behind it and pigeon holes were he kept all the shoes in as you can see from your photo thats why i said how did he have a pee? nothing there to pee in good neighbours maybe now im still working over the easter break but my first day of im interested find out were c thompson went would you have the number of the donegall road shop? wont matter if you havnt ill soon find out                         regards colin                                                                                                                                                                                           
Hi Farnsburn, pardon my 'butting in' to your comment to Colin - perhaps the bloke with the short leg sold/rented the shop to my Uncle Alfie when he retired? or maybe Uncle Alfie learned his trade from the Mr McGeghey you recall? Will definitely have to chase dad up for some questions, re Uncle ALfie's shoe repair business! Funny, I never remember hearing the dogs you've all mentioned! I guess that's just one of the quirks of the human mind!
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 04, 2012, 10:42:30 PM
 Hi farnsbarn the shop across the blackie bridge next to thompsons yard i dont know what they did in there but it belonged to thompsons of simon street the flagstone people well your shoe shop and my sweet shop was owned by muriel collins well collins anyway                  regards colin                                                                                                                                                           
   Hi Colin,
                  When I lived in Excise St., there was a shoe repair shop in the first door past the `Blackie' bridge on the left hand side of Roden St. going towards the Donegall Rd. The guy that owned it had a short leg, and wore a built-up boot to correct it. I'm almost sure that his name was McGeghey, and he was a really friendly guy, he always had a joke or a riddle for the kids when we were going past.
          Regards,
                farnsbarn.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 04, 2012, 10:50:03 PM
  alex with the big ringed glasses if i remember right was called the roden cash stores  the next shop down was  even better again one or two houses between them 87 i think was John   Devreux  mostly was a green grocer store but sold everything                                                                                                                                                               
ANYONE REMEMBER ALECS SHOP IN RODEN STREET .ALEC WORE THESE BIG BI-FOCAL GLASSES.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 04, 2012, 11:05:24 PM
 Hi feejeeks benny lieghio might have been in partnership with the chippy but never worked in it. it was stanley malinden that run that with his wife and big benny remember him?  stanley sold bennys  icecream from a  three wheeler pushbike and if you can remember i think he pushed it more than rode it there was a woman sold icecream from a threewheeler that lived about drew street she used to bang a biscuit lid of the top                                        regards colin                                                                                                                                     o                                                                                                                                                             
what about Liggio,s fish and chip shop
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Shylock on April 04, 2012, 11:24:09 PM
  Hi shylock first of all  danny farr is called farrell sorry about that danny who still has a shop going on the springfield road i dont know if danny is still going or died  secondly hughie was the owner of the shop before alfie his name of was hughie kellaghre lived about durham street or where abouts hope your sitting hughie sold it in 1963 after running it for about five years or more so alfie worked there from 63,64 year till 1973 hope your still sitting was alfie called thompson if not he has been in partnership with c thompson who owned the shop till 1973 then vanished i dont know where but he or she did now i work 12hour shifts so the next time im off the library is were im going to just to see what i can find out. I didnt work for alfie but if i was in the shop with lol32? and you had left shoes in to get mended and you needed them that night alfie would have asked me to deliver them if he was shutting up shop going home also your photo is of the donegall road one because the one in roden street just had the entrance door when you opened the door all you had was his counter all his gear behind it and pigeon holes were he kept all the shoes in as you can see from your photo thats why i said how did he have a pee? nothing there to pee in good neighbours maybe now im still working over the easter break but my first day of im interested find out were c thompson went would you have the number of the donegall road shop? wont matter if you havnt ill soon find out                         regards colin                                                                                                                                                                                           
Hi Colin,
Nice to hear from you again, now, re Danny Farrell, I have no idea who he is and know nothing about him, but that's ok, it was interesting reading who owned Uncle Alfie's shop before him. so Hughie Kellagher owned the shop, then he sold it to Uncle Alfie back in '63 who stayed there till '73, when Uncle Alfie moved to the Donegall Road shop  - don't know what number it was but my brother pointed it out to me when I was over there 18 mths ago - not too far over the bridge if my memory serves me right - on the left hand side if that's any help. Now here's some info for you - yes Uncle Alfie was a Thompson and the C Thompson you mention would've been his oldest brother, Cecil who lived in Canada - I only ever met Uncle Cecil during the time when he came over from Canada in the early 70's for a holiday with his family.  I would have been around 13, 14, or 15 at the time and we were living in Donegall Avenue in the wee corner shop at the top of Pembroke Street, He had 3 daughters who's names all began with a C as well! Perhaps the 2 brothers formed a partnership before Uncle Cecil returned to Canada?  Uncle Cecil lived in Canada for many years and was a minister over there. He passed away relatively recently [in the last few years] after suffering a severe stroke.
P.S. I suspected the photo was of the Donegall Road shop and your comments prove that it was so - My sister was last in Belfast in '78 when she took the photo and if he moved there in '73 then that would definetly  put him in Donegall Road. I suspect he might've moved there after mid '73 as I emigrated in June of that year and my parents emigrated in April of the same year.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 05, 2012, 12:12:23 AM
 Hi shylock well im glad its all coming together for you you solved the name thompson so now i can try and get photos from the archives if there is such a thing i dont know or even if i did i still dont know how to put them on the forum i have tried before on an orther part of the forum with no luck i just ruined the photos when i scanned them they bubbled up on me so i have never tried again alfies number must be about 332to 340 donegall road but i will find out for you                     regards colin                                                                                                                                               
Hi Colin,
Nice to hear from you again, now, re Danny Farrell, I have no idea who he is and know nothing about him, but that's ok, it was interesting reading who owned Uncle Alfie's shop before him. so Hughie Kellagher owned the shop, then he sold it to Uncle Alfie back in '63 who stayed there till '73, when Uncle Alfie moved to the Donegall Road shop  - don't know what number it was but my brother pointed it out to me when I was over there 18 mths ago - not too far over the bridge if my memory serves me right - on the left hand side if that's any help. Now here's some info for you - yes Uncle Alfie was a Thompson and the C Thompson you mention would've been his oldest brother, Cecil who lived in Canada - I only ever met Uncle Cecil during the time when he came over from Canada in the early 70's for a holiday with his family.  I would have been around 13, 14, or 15 at the time and we were living in Donegall Avenue in the wee corner shop at the top of Pembroke Street, He had 3 daughters who's names all began with a C as well! Perhaps the 2 brothers formed a partnership before Uncle Cecil returned to Canada?  Uncle Cecil lived in Canada for many years and was a minister over there. He passed away relatively recently [in the last few years] after suffering a severe stroke.
P.S. I suspected the photo was of the Donegall Road shop and your comments prove that it was so - My sister was last in Belfast in '78 when she took the photo and if he moved there in '73 then that would definetly  put him in Donegall Road. I suspect he might've moved there after mid '73 as I emigrated in June of that year and my parents emigrated in April of the same year.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 05, 2012, 09:30:16 PM
 Hi farnsbarn again now we will try you the trams up and down the grosvenor road a person was on his push bike and his front wheel got stuck in the track he fell off and the cowcatcher caught him and his bike this was around the albert foundary near turin street people were shouting to stop the tram which the driver didnt do till the next stop when the cyclist and bike was pulled out he was only badly shaken with badly bruised now i dont know what year but would you know he name? the clue is he also had a brother who also rode and raced them and his name was called Billy  its not a trick question this did happen                                      regards colin                                                                                                                                                               
    Hi Colin, The sweet shop next to Fusco's was a newsagent and tobacconist, it was called Nelson's. When I was an apprentice, I painted the sign above the shop, it was just at the tram stop (no, not the horse tram) and when the tram stopped, I could feel all the faces staring at my neck, I always had to clean my brush when that happened, I could reach out and touch the tram, it was so close. My Dad asked me had a fly fallen into the paint and landed on the sign. Years later, when I was a journeyman, I went back and painted it again for nothing. About the post office, there's a picture of it in the Excise St. thread, I think it's called Grosvenor St. Post Office, it was facing Arundel St. Next door was an undertakers, and there was a young girl lived there called Valerie Cook. Wasn't there a pawnshop at the corner of McDonald St. and Grosvenor Rd.?
             Ask me another!
                Farnsbarn.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: spot on April 05, 2012, 09:48:02 PM
  Hi shylock first of all  danny farr is called farrell sorry about that danny who still has a shop going on the springfield road i dont know if danny is still going or died  secondly hughie was the owner of the shop before alfie his name of was hughie kellaghre lived about durham street or where abouts hope your sitting hughie sold it in 1963 after running it for about five years or more so alfie worked there from 63,64 year till 1973 hope your still sitting was alfie called thompson if not he has been in partnership with c thompson who owned the shop till 1973 then vanished i dont know where but he or she did now i work 12hour shifts so the next time im off the library is were im going to just to see what i can find out. I didnt work for alfie but if i was in the shop with lol32? and you had left shoes in to get mended and you needed them that night alfie would have asked me to deliver them if he was shutting up shop going home also your photo is of the donegall road one because the one in roden street just had the enterance door when you opened the door all you had was his counter all his gear behind it and pigeon holes were he kept all the shoes in as you can see from your photo thats why i said how did he have a pee? nothing there to pee in good neighbours maybe now im still working over the easter break but my first day of im interested find out were c thompson went would you have the number of the donegall road shop? wont matter if you havnt ill soon find out                         regards colin                                                                                                                                                                                           

Danny Farrell Died about 15 years ago his family still run the carpet shops
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 06, 2012, 10:21:13 PM
 Hi spot thanks for that info with me not living about the grosvenor now you just assume that people just stays the same                regards colin                                                                                                                                                                   

Danny Farrell Died about 15 years ago his family still run the carpet shops
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: jimboy on April 07, 2012, 11:33:26 AM
Hi folks my gr granfathers sister lived in roden street number 7 her name was Elizabeth (lizzie) Dowds.  She died in June 1962 also my great granparents William and Mary Dowds where buried from roden street.  Would ant one have any infor on them as a am putting together my family tree.    thanks  jim
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 07, 2012, 09:07:11 PM
  Hi jimboy i dont know the dowds from roden street but if you have anything on them let me know and i will try to find out for you this end of roden street was hell for swapping and changing except for the   number 1 piper or pyper you h ad the mallons and mcveighs   theses three familys were still there when we had to leave well two anyway or is this all the info that you have on them?                              regards  colin                                                                                                                                                         
Hi folks my gr granfathers sister lived in roden street number 7 her name was Elizabeth (lizzie) Dowds.  She died in June 1962 also my great granparents William and Mary Dowds where buried from roden street.  Would ant one have any infor on them as a am putting together my family tree.    thanks  jim
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 09, 2012, 10:02:05 PM
 Hi shylock i have just relised what you said the shop in pembroke street was a chipie in my day are you saying it become a shop not a fish and chip shop                                                                                                                                                   
Hi Colin,
Nice to hear from you again, now, re Danny Farrell, I have no idea who he is and know nothing about him, but that's ok, it was interesting reading who owned Uncle Alfie's shop before him. so Hughie Kellagher owned the shop, then he sold it to Uncle Alfie back in '63 who stayed there till '73, when Uncle Alfie moved to the Donegall Road shop  - don't know what number it was but my brother pointed it out to me when I was over there 18 mths ago - not too far over the bridge if my memory serves me right - on the left hand side if that's any help. Now here's some info for you - yes Uncle Alfie was a Thompson and the C Thompson you mention would've been his oldest brother, Cecil who lived in Canada - I only ever met Uncle Cecil during the time when he came over from Canada in the early 70's for a holiday with his family.  I would have been around 13, 14, or 15 at the time and we were living in Donegall Avenue in the wee corner shop at the top of Pembroke Street, He had 3 daughters who's names all began with a C as well! Perhaps the 2 brothers formed a partnership before Uncle Cecil returned to Canada?  Uncle Cecil lived in Canada for many years and was a minister over there. He passed away relatively recently [in the last few years] after suffering a severe stroke.
P.S. I suspected the photo was of the Donegall Road shop and your comments prove that it was so - My sister was last in Belfast in '78 when she took the photo and if he moved there in '73 then that would definetly  put him in Donegall Road. I suspect he might've moved there after mid '73 as I emigrated in June of that year and my parents emigrated in April of the same year.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: jimboy on April 16, 2012, 10:21:00 PM
Hi colin all that i know is that my gr,granfather and gr,granmother and elizabeth where all buried from number 7. GR granparents in the late twenties to early 30's and elizabeth in june 1962.    jim
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 17, 2012, 10:28:08 PM
Hi jimboy i was at the library today but i had no luck for you from 1920 to 1962 there was no name dowds lived in roden street well they weren,t on the register maybe they lived with someone who was registered sorry for this but it was fun looking                    regards colin                                                                                                                         
Hi colin all that i know is that my gr,granfather and gr,granmother and elizabeth where all buried from number 7. GR granparents in the late twenties to early 30's and elizabeth in june 1962.    jim
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 17, 2012, 10:50:50 PM
Hi shylock well i was at the library to-day and here is your info that i found out your uncle Aflie moved to the donegall road in 1974 as we said beforeThis time the  shop went under the name as Classic Shoe Repairs there was no name registered Alfie had this shop till 1984 then it become Annes Hair Stylist the number was 291 and it wasn,t next to the doctors as i though but in the same block next to a friend of mine called mcbride so thats all i can help you with but if you need  anything else give me a shout regards colin                                                                                                                                                             
Hi Colin,
Nice to hear from you again, now, re Danny Farrell, I have no idea who he is and know nothing about him, but that's ok, it was interesting reading who owned Uncle Alfie's shop before him. so Hughie Kellagher owned the shop, then he sold it to Uncle Alfie back in '63 who stayed there till '73, when Uncle Alfie moved to the Donegall Road shop  - don't know what number it was but my brother pointed it out to me when I was over there 18 mths ago - not too far over the bridge if my memory serves me right - on the left hand side if that's any help. Now here's some info for you - yes Uncle Alfie was a Thompson and the C Thompson you mention would've been his oldest brother, Cecil who lived in Canada - I only ever met Uncle Cecil during the time when he came over from Canada in the early 70's for a holiday with his family.  I would have been around 13, 14, or 15 at the time and we were living in Donegall Avenue in the wee corner shop at the top of Pembroke Street, He had 3 daughters who's names all began with a C as well! Perhaps the 2 brothers formed a partnership before Uncle Cecil returned to Canada?  Uncle Cecil lived in Canada for many years and was a minister over there. He passed away relatively recently [in the last few years] after suffering a severe stroke.
P.S. I suspected the photo was of the Donegall Road shop and your comments prove that it was so - My sister was last in Belfast in '78 when she took the photo and if he moved there in '73 then that would definetly  put him in Donegall Road. I suspect he might've moved there after mid '73 as I emigrated in June of that year and my parents emigrated in April of the same year.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: jimboy on April 18, 2012, 11:10:39 AM
Hi colin thanks for looking on weather they lived with someone i dont know but on the their city cemetery record thats where thier last place of residents was.   jim
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: olelad on April 18, 2012, 06:45:46 PM
what schools was the catchment for govenor rd
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 18, 2012, 09:04:30 PM
    Hi jimboy the reason why i asked that question is would you know a walker or mary kane these two names kept coming up for 7 roden street also know away the name dowds is as common as muck the most times it was registered was in 1920 and that was ten times up to 1962 no more than 5 times and this is for the whole of st.annes and an orther thing i found out about roden there was no number13                                                                                                                                                                         
Hi colin thanks for looking on weather they lived with someone i dont know but on the their city cemetery record thats where thier last place of residents was.   jim
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 18, 2012, 09:11:45 PM
   Hi olelad there only was three schools queen victoria in durham street next was slate street and the third was kelvin secondary   is this a trick question?                          regards colin                                                                                                                                                         e
what schools was the catchment for govenor rd
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: olelad on April 18, 2012, 09:44:13 PM
   Hi olelad there only was three schools queen victoria in durham street next was slate street and the third was kelvin secondary   is this a trick question?                          regards colin                                                                                                                                                         e

are these schools primary ? did that area come under the catchment area for st thomas,s ?
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: jimboy on April 19, 2012, 09:59:04 AM
Hi colin yes the name walker is in my family. Elizabeth dowds sister was Mary Ann (minnie) and she married a Samuel walker in 1900. samuel died very young and only married for 5/6 years.  Mary ann died in 1968 and was buried from 16 Eblana street and her daugther jane walker also buried from this address in 1971. All three are buried together in the city cemetery.  On my mothers side of the family there is kane's as thats my mothers maiden name and the came from bakers street.   jim
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 19, 2012, 11:49:47 PM
 Hi olelad   st.thomas was a boys school  facing the belfast city cemetery miles away from the grosvenor road it closed down years ago and become rupbert standley collage its between falls road and springfield road i know only one person from roden street to go there (name withheld )  who be come a priest                                                                                                                                                                   

are these schools primary ? did that area come under the catchment area for st thomas,s ?
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 19, 2012, 11:56:36 PM
  Hi jimboy so all my work wasnt in vain im glad the only thing im sorry for i didnt take the different dates down between the names now i can see that the people who lived there was all related                        regards colin                                                                                                                                                                 
Hi colin yes the name walker is in my family. Elizabeth dowds sister was Mary Ann (minnie) and she married a Samuel walker in 1900. samuel died very young and only married for 5/6 years.  Mary ann died in 1968 and was buried from 16 Eblana street and her daugther jane walker also buried from this address in 1971. All three are buried together in the city cemetery.  On my mothers side of the family there is kane's as thats my mothers maiden name and the came from bakers street.   jim
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 20, 2012, 12:27:29 AM
Hi feejeeks i though bennys song was three d a pokie o  benny wouldnt have been there charging  sixpence  when i was down there bennys 99 might have been 6d   remember a daddies wages was under 15pound a week not unless you were a boss. o by the way my mum though i had a permanent bed in that bloody cop shop there was one person in there (name with held ) hated me playing football court speeding on a push bike court his best was when i was about seventeen got me for beening drunk so he though i beat the bullocks out of him the best ten minutes i ever remember in that barracks o by the way i was left alone after his                 regards colin                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Spent a memorable night in Roden St, barracks many moons ago.
Also remember
Oh Benny Liggio
He sold ice creamio
Sixpence a pokio
Oh Benny Liggio
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: olelad on April 20, 2012, 06:17:05 PM
Hi olelad   st.thomas was a boys school  facing the belfast city cemetery miles away from the grosvenor road it closed down years ago and become rupbert standley collage its between falls road and springfield road i know only one person from roden street to go there (name withheld )  who be come a priest                                                                                                                                                                   

ta colin . maybe im on the wrong thread here ! but what ps and sec did catholics around the grosvenor rd go to ? and was there a rc church on the rd ?
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 20, 2012, 10:34:03 PM
 Hi olelad the grosvenor road was mostly protestant some people might differ with this but it was there was one catholic primary school near the grosvenor road which was Slate street and there was no chapels on it either  this is going to be hard to explain to someone who doesnt know the road well here goes what i can remember the nearest catholic school was St ROSES girls school at beechmont  at one end and a boys school at the orther end (name ? ) next was st thomas boys school  whiterock road next was the( brown bombers ) St louises girls school there also is a collage facing broadway im sorry i just dont know the names of catholic schools wether you know or not these schools are on the falls road or near abouts and by the way protestants churchs and schools was on the falls road also it also was a mixed area at one time                                             regards colin                                                                                                                                                                 

ta colin . maybe im on the wrong thread here ! but what ps and sec did catholics around the grosvenor rd go to ? and was there a rc church on the rd ?
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 20, 2012, 10:40:13 PM
   Hi olelad again you can go onto excise street it will give you photos all from about the grosvenor road district             regards colin                                                                                                                                                               

are these schools primary ? did that area come under the catchment area for st thomas,s ?
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: olelad on April 20, 2012, 11:02:41 PM
Hi olelad the grosvenor road was mostly protestant some people might differ with this but it was there was one catholic primary school near the grosvenor road which was Slate street and there was no chapels on it either  this is going to be hard to explain to someone who doesnt know the road well here goes what i can remember the nearest catholic school was St ROSES girls school at beechmont  at one end and a boys school at the orther end (name ? ) next was st thomas boys school  whiterock road next was the( brown bombers ) St louises girls school there also is a collage facing broadway im sorry i just dont know the names of catholic schools wether you know or not these schools are on the falls road or near abouts and by the way protestants churchs and schools was on the falls road also it also was a mixed area at one time                                             regards colin                                                                                                                                                                 

thanks colin didnt really know that. knew afew catholics who came from the grosvenor rd area but never knew of what schools was about for them to attend.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: henry irwin on April 21, 2012, 06:59:53 PM
 did roy curray have a sister named francis who died very young , sad day ,they lived  on  soudan st  faceing gibsons bakery  roy i think had red hair .
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Dawson on April 22, 2012, 06:42:14 PM
what schools was the catchment for govenor rd
olelad - primary schools for the Grosvenor Road boys was Queen Victoria PS, Donegall Road PS, St Comgalls (Divis Street) and Slate Street (St Josephs???).
Secondary schools were Kelvin & St Thomas's. I knew Ken Davis (Excise Street) and Joe Devine (Burnaby Street) who went to St Thomas's on the Whiterock Road
 
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: olelad on April 22, 2012, 09:27:31 PM
olelad - primary schools for the Grosvenor Road boys was Queen Victoria PS, Donegall Road PS, St Comgalls (Divis Street) and Slate Street (St Josephs???).
Secondary schools were Kelvin & St Thomas's. I knew Ken Davis (Excise Street) and Joe Devine (Burnaby Street) who went to St Thomas's on the Whiterock Road

cheers guys. think that sums that one up. 
the grosvenor  rd is a place i knew very little about. the one place id love to have seen was distillerys ground. sadly i dont remember it at all. now one place i do remember from around the bottom of the rd was a wee sports shop ? if im right it was on the right hand side going up from the centre of town. my dad brought me there and he got me a football top. anyone know what shop it might have been. around 70/71?
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 22, 2012, 10:34:54 PM
  Hi farnsbarn i was doing abit of reserch in the library last week and i can tell you your old grey cells are still very much alive when grosvenor street was built there was a number 187 rented by melvilla & co funeral undertakers when it became the grosvenor road in 1904 it became number 245 melvilla & co funeral undertakers and between 1904 and 1962 it added a car hire to its collection the pawnshop at the corner of mcdonell st was know as alex tougher next door was a laundry run by harrison macbride owned the printers &stationers the two shops which i said you could walk in one door and out the orther but not the same shop was called beatties draper and hardware shops then the post office now if you remember jemmy hope said danny farrell owned two shops and so he did 237 and 273 i still only remember one plus roden street also i said john mackie owned the funeral parlour at venice street he owned the newsagent shop the orther side of venice street before lappins took it over in 1974 so john mackie worked for wilton funeral parlour i also done an orther piece of reserch from 1933 to 1958 number 214 was the maypole which was in the same spot all them years next door to cowan bros bakery and the orther side was mckinleys wool shop i hope still will settle a load of arguments i didnt waste my hour in the library                                         regards colin                                                                                                                                                               
    Hi Colin, The sweet shop next to Fusco's was a newsagent and tobacconist, it was called Nelson's. When I was an apprentice, I painted the sign above the shop, it was just at the tram stop (no, not the horse tram) and when the tram stopped, I could feel all the faces staring at my neck, I always had to clean my brush when that happened, I could reach out and touch the tram, it was so close. My Dad asked me had a fly fallen into the paint and landed on the sign. Years later, when I was a journeyman, I went back and painted it again for nothing. About the post office, there's a picture of it in the Excise St. thread, I think it's called Grosvenor St. Post Office, it was facing Arundel St. Next door was an undertakers, and there was a young girl lived there called Valerie Cook. Wasn't there a pawnshop at the corner of McDonald St. and Grosvenor Rd.?
             Ask me another!
                Farnsbarn.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 22, 2012, 10:47:16 PM
     Hi dawson what about st marys divis street and christian bros in barrack street where jerry adams went to there also is yet an orther one round cyprus street .                              colin                                                                                                                                                           
olelad - primary schools for the Grosvenor Road boys was Queen Victoria PS, Donegall Road PS, St Comgalls (Divis Street) and Slate Street (St Josephs???).
Secondary schools were Kelvin & St Thomas's. I knew Ken Davis (Excise Street) and Joe Devine (Burnaby Street) who went to St Thomas's on the Whiterock Road
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 22, 2012, 10:58:11 PM
  Hi olelad there was a sports shop just pass the ritz picture house facing the grosvenor hall it become a bridle shop on the orther side of the street was value cabs taxi office                               regards colin coli                                                                                                                                                             

cheers guys. think that sums that one up. 
the grosvenor  rd is a place i knew very little about. the one place id love to have seen was distillerys ground. sadly i dont remember it at all. now one place i do remember from around the bottom of the rd was a wee sports shop ? if im right it was on the right hand side going up from the centre of town. my dad brought me there and he got me a football top. anyone know what shop it might have been. around 70/71?
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 22, 2012, 11:21:37 PM
Hi farnsbarn i forget to tell you and everbody less who used fuscos it is no more even the one facing stockmans lane is also closed the only thing that i know they still have going is there ice cream palour beside casement park sorry to be a bearer of bad news                                regards colin                                                                                                                                                                     
    Hi Colin, The sweet shop next to Fusco's was a newsagent and tobacconist, it was called Nelson's. When I was an apprentice, I painted the sign above the shop, it was just at the tram stop (no, not the horse tram) and when the tram stopped, I could feel all the faces staring at my neck, I always had to clean my brush when that happened, I could reach out and touch the tram, it was so close. My Dad asked me had a fly fallen into the paint and landed on the sign. Years later, when I was a journeyman, I went back and painted it again for nothing. About the post office, there's a picture of it in the Excise St. thread, I think it's called Grosvenor St. Post Office, it was facing Arundel St. Next door was an undertakers, and there was a young girl lived there called Valerie Cook. Wasn't there a pawnshop at the corner of McDonald St. and Grosvenor Rd.?
             Ask me another!
                Farnsbarn.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: kate.o on April 23, 2012, 04:34:54 AM
  Hi olelad there was a sports shop just pass the ritz picture house facing the grosvenor hall it become a bridle shop on the orther side of the street was value cabs taxi office                               regards colin coli                                                                                                                                                             
hi colin, I remember the picture house,was it allways called the ritz?,
there was a car place on the same side,I thought it was car sale's.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: cannon on April 23, 2012, 01:10:43 PM
     Hi dawson what about st marys divis street and christian bros in barrack street where jerry adams went to there also is yet an orther one round cyprus street .                              colin                                                                                                                                                           
Hi Colin, some other catholic primary schools which were used by kids of the  Grosvenor Road area   St.Peter's Raglan St. (boys &girls),  St.Catherine's Cavendish St. (girls), St.Vincent's Dunlewey St.(girls), St.Finian's(boys) Falls Road and St.Pauls Cavendish Square(boys).
  I also remember another one on Getty St./Leeson St. corner.   I   think most of these were active until the 1980's,  when there was some restructuring.
                                                                              Cannon     
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: buzz lighthead on April 23, 2012, 02:01:00 PM
There was also a school in balkan street
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: cannon on April 23, 2012, 02:42:39 PM
There was also a school in balkan street
Thanks buzz, couldn't think of the street at the time, I almost typed  Sultan Street but wasn't sure so I left it out.    Cannon
                                                                                                                       
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: olelad on April 23, 2012, 05:57:46 PM
  Hi olelad there was a sports shop just pass the ritz picture house facing the grosvenor hall it become a bridle shop on the orther side of the street was value cabs taxi office                               regards colin coli                                                                                                                                                             

that would mean it was on the left side coming up from town centre ? that being the case my memory isnt as good as i first thought. the shop in question was small and i remember the guy digging through afew boxs b4 pulling out an everton top which back in those days was ablue top with white collar and cuffs. which covered any team in blue :D  any idea on the name of the shop and how long it was there ? also was it the only sports shop on the rd ?
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Farnsbarn on April 23, 2012, 06:43:05 PM
There was also a school in balkan street
   Hi buzz,
       Check out Balkan St. thread started by mmckay, also black and white pictures, started by boxer.
                    Regards,
                       farnsbarn.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Dawson on April 23, 2012, 06:45:43 PM
     Hi dawson what about st marys divis street and christian bros in barrack street where jerry adams went to there also is yet an orther one round cyprus street .                              colin                                                                                                                                                         
Divis Street and Barrack Street was too far for the Grosvenor Road ones.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: tommybeef on April 23, 2012, 06:53:34 PM
Divis Street and Barrack Street was too far for the Grosvenor Road ones.
dawson-a couple of the kids from round our area went to barrack st.-i always wanted to go to slate st because they played football on the roof.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 23, 2012, 08:52:47 PM
    peter are you trying to tell me if i dont live in an area you can go to that school well i came from roden street and had two lollpopmen to get me across the grosvenor and durham street to get me to school and where is barrack street like walking from your house in excise street to less than barton street dont be talking a load of cowpat its in the area and anybody could use it and farther more protestants lived in divis street girls model was in divis street what boys bridge came from albert street for by the 4th ? go and read your history books                                                                                                                                                           
Divis Street and Barrack Street was too far for the Grosvenor Road ones.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 23, 2012, 10:15:52 PM
   Hi kate o your right the ritz then as you walked up a factory cant remember want was in it then you had Belfast hire cars which took you up to a sweetie shop and a barbers shop then durham street across the road was the Coliseum picture house which did become john ireland car sales i used belfast hire cars many a time my mum isnt here any more to shout we would chip in and send the oldest in to hire a car then we headed of to bangor not all the time but most for dance halls pubs darts girls and many a time left to walk home as well                       regards colin                                                                                                                                                               
hi colin, I remember the picture house,was it allways called the ritz?,
there was a car place on the same side,I thought it was car sale's.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on April 23, 2012, 10:24:11 PM
   High cannon thanks for that great i was awere of schools around the area but not that many so everton can read this for himself thanks again cannon                                regards colin                                                                                                                                                         
Hi Colin, some other catholic primary schools which were used by kids of the  Grosvenor Road area   St.Peter's Raglan St. (boys &girls),  St.Catherine's Cavendish St. (girls), St.Vincent's Dunlewey St.(girls), St.Finian's(boys) Falls Road and St.Pauls Cavendish Square(boys).
  I also remember another one on Getty St./Leeson St. corner.   I   think most of these were active until the 1980's,  when there was some restructuring.
                                                                              Cannon     
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: olelad on April 28, 2012, 02:10:46 PM
the rawsons i mentioned was brian and jim. didnt know them that well but brian was in the same year as me in school. good guitarest to say the least. no idea were on the rd they lived.

no one remember the rawsons ? again i only knew them to see. but the name cropped up the other night and brian it seems played back up to eric clapton and is on the live dvd . lives in the good old usa these days.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on May 14, 2012, 11:11:20 PM
  Hi rollie the person who owned it looked after his mother hughie was his name he lived about durham street,john street  about there some were                         regards colin                                                                                                                                                     
HEY THINGS COLIN,
 I DON'T REMEMBER THAT SHOP IN BURNABY ST WHERE THE LEE'S LIVED EVER BEEN OPEN
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Dawson on May 15, 2012, 02:10:14 PM
dawson-a couple of the kids from round our area went to barrack st.-i always wanted to go to slate st because they played football on the roof.

tommybeef - I remember the playground on the roof very well. A very good idea because the school was well surrounded by the streets and there was very few play areas around for the chidren.
I was up at the RVH the other day and was walking down the Grosvenor after my appointment. The boys and girls from St Josephs were all out in the playground playing away together. I think I read somewhere that the Slate Street school had different floors for the boys and girls and I don't believe they played together in the playground on the roof.
Someone will probably inform us soon if that's correct.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: olelad on May 16, 2012, 05:12:14 PM
  jamesie mcanally from balmoral street now lives in craigavon the last time i seen him was about 4 or 5years ago my brother should be able to tell you more about him didnt live to far from each orther till the junkies took over then my brother denis moved to portadown maybe get him to answer on jamesie                                                                                                                                                       

was talking to jamesie earlier on today. told me hed went to st pauls ps when he lived up there. never got talking long to him unfortunalty
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on June 03, 2012, 10:05:27 PM
  i now know his name it is  patchey doyle they say hes a legend why i dont know maybe because he drunk wine from an early age and still at it i dont know maybe somebody else can answer that one               regards colin                                                                                                                                                           
paddys was know for his COMAT red wine blow the head of you they came from all over to bye it there was a gang came from the looney cant remember his name but he wore a patch over an eye                                               
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: boxer1949 on January 04, 2014, 04:25:32 PM
  i now know his name it is  patchey doyle they say hes a legend why i dont know maybe because he drunk wine from an early age and still at it i dont know maybe somebody else can answer that one               regards colin                                                                                                                                                           
(http://i39.tinypic.com/r08aa1.jpg) Heres the guy here Seamie Doyle was his name he was a legend ok was no mug not a bully but a nice guy he died a few years ago
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: chink on January 06, 2014, 04:46:18 PM

tommybeef - I remember the playground on the roof very well. A very good idea because the school was well surrounded by the streets and there was very few play areas around for the chidren.
I was up at the RVH the other day and was walking down the Grosvenor after my appointment. The boys and girls from St Josephs were all out in the playground playing away together. I think I read somewhere that the Slate Street school had different floors for the boys and girls and I don't believe they played together in the playground on the roof.
Someone will probably inform us soon if that's correct.
when i went to slate st it was only girls attended it but before boys used one door and girls used another i played on the roof and p e was held there too most of the schools now are boys and girls  st josephs is the NEW slate st a very good school with high exam passes
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: SIXTYNINER on January 06, 2014, 10:00:09 PM
when i went to slate st it was only girls attended it but before boys used one door and girls used another i played on the roof and p e was held there too most of the schools now are boys and girls  st josephs is the NEW slate st a very good school with high exam passes
hi chink, my dad came from slate st..if that is the one down the falls.. :)
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: chink on January 07, 2014, 02:14:01 PM
it is sixtyniner  loved that wee school  i moved up the road in 71
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: SIXTYNINER on January 07, 2014, 05:03:14 PM
it is sixtyniner  loved that wee school  i moved up the road in 71
hi chink..i remember my granny telling us stories about living in slate st..#8..i think i even have an old photo of my dad when he was young, standing with his arms folded on the corner of slate st..that was many moons ago..is slate st even standing today.. :)
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: chink on January 08, 2014, 03:42:11 PM
no sixtyniner all demolished as is alot of the old streets in the falls

but alot of the old families still live around the area that has been built up
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: SIXTYNINER on January 08, 2014, 06:39:04 PM
no sixtyniner all demolished as is alot of the old streets in the falls

but alot of the old families still live around the area that has been built up
chink i love it when people post old photos..it's so sad as many, like slate st, are gone just like most of the people.. :(
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Brown low on January 08, 2014, 07:11:16 PM
Worked with a Jimmy Coleman from Roden Street, he drove for Harkness Heavy Haulage.

Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: boxer1949 on January 08, 2014, 08:08:43 PM
(http://i44.tinypic.com/2mrgyea.jpg) SLATE ST SCHOOL
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: SIXTYNINER on January 08, 2014, 10:39:41 PM
(http://i44.tinypic.com/2mrgyea.jpg) SLATE ST SCHOOL
boxer, what a great photo.. how long ago would this have been taken.. do you think he's still alive..imagine coming on here and seeing himself... :-*
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: SIXTYNINER on January 09, 2014, 05:53:29 AM
is anyone else having problems with the forum tonight/morning..i know i answered the last post but it does not show it till i come on to reply.. same with a few other threads i've been on...liz
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: jean79 on January 09, 2014, 06:23:04 AM
yes I have not been able to get on until now keptoming up as an error
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: SIXTYNINER on January 09, 2014, 10:06:36 PM
yes I have not been able to get on until now keptoming up as an error
hi jean, just came on so i hope things are back to normal.... :)
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Phyl164 on January 09, 2014, 11:54:45 PM
I lived in Roden Street, near Iverna Street, in 50's 60's when it really WAS a street between Donegall Road and Grosvenor Road. Happy days. Many memories - Alexander's shop (loved their home made buns, iced with glazed cherry on the top, Mrs Adair's shop,  Latimers, the buses lined along the street on a Saturday when the match was on in the football grounds, the bridge over the "Blackie," Dans Bar, the City Mission Hall (lovely Mr and Mrs Orr)  Liggios (is that how it was spelt!) yummy ice-cream, the big chimney, police barracks and the telephone box at the top of the street! I had such good friends - the Tate's, Hardie's, Whitten's, Moore's, Dalzell's and many others. We went to Tintop which was the nickname for Donegall Road Primary school. Are any of you out there? Would love to be in touch. I remember Alfie's shoe repair shop. Knew him well. He was such a lovely man. Sad that Roden Street is so changed, all those streets and houses away.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Phyl164 on January 10, 2014, 12:38:42 AM
Hi farnsbarn, I've just joined the forum and have been enjoying reading through the posts re Roden Street. In one of them you mention my father (how nice to see that!)  Bobby Megahey owned the shoe repair shop in Roden Street just up from the Blackie bridge, beside Thompsons yard. We lived on up the street, no 164. You describe him well. He wore a caliper on one leg and walked with two walking sticks. He loved to tell jokes and was a great person. He passed away in 1997 in his 80's. So thank you for that post - made my day. What a great memory you have! If I can ever work out how to I will post a few Roden St photos.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: DJ on January 10, 2014, 12:50:16 AM
Hi Phyl welcome to the forum. I've sent you a PM.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Dommo on January 10, 2014, 12:51:07 AM
yes I have not been able to get on until now keptoming up as an error
Yes yesterday there were some issues.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Shylock on January 10, 2014, 02:38:09 AM
Hi Phyll, was just reading how you knew my Uncle Alfie, the shoe repairer in Roden Street long ago -  I have a foto of him working in his shop which my sister took back around '75/'76 - Alfie's wee brother David is my father - just celebrated his 86th b'day on new year's day!  My parents used to have the wee shop on the corner of Donegall Avenue and and Pembroke Street - no longer a shop, but now a house!
we're all in Oz. living in Central Victoria,
I lived in Roden Street, near Iverna Street, in 50's 60's when it really WAS a street between Donegall Road and Grosvenor Road. Happy days. Many memories - Alexander's shop (loved their home made buns, iced with glazed cherry on the top, Mrs Adair's shop,  Latimers, the buses lined along the street on a Saturday when the match was on in the football grounds, the bridge over the "Blackie," Dans Bar, the City Mission Hall (lovely Mr and Mrs Orr)  Liggios (is that how it was spelt!) yummy ice-cream, the big chimney, police barracks and the telephone box at the top of the street! I had such good friends - the Tate's, Hardie's, Whitten's, Moore's, Dalzell's and many others. We went to Tintop which was the nickname for Donegall Road Primary school. Are any of you out there? Would love to be in touch. I remember Alfie's shoe repair shop. Knew him well. He was such a lovely man. Sad that Roden Street is so changed, all those streets and houses away.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Shylock on January 10, 2014, 07:34:23 AM
Hi Phyll, was just reading how you knew my Uncle Alfie, the shoe repairer in Roden Street long ago -  I have a foto of him working in his shop which my sister took back around '75/'76 - Alfie's wee brother David is my father - just celebrated his 86th b'day on new year's day!  My parents used to have the wee shop on the corner of Donegall Avenue and and Pembroke Street - no longer a shop, but now a house!
we're all in Oz. living in Central Victoria,

here's the foto I was talking about, tho I know its not real good quality, but you'll be ble to recognise him I think :)

(http://i39.tinypic.com/dpu9l0.jpg)
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: SIXTYNINER on January 10, 2014, 09:30:16 AM
I lived in Roden Street, near Iverna Street, in 50's 60's when it really WAS a street between Donegall Road and Grosvenor Road. Happy days. Many memories - Alexander's shop (loved their home made buns, iced with glazed cherry on the top, Mrs Adair's shop,  Latimers, the buses lined along the street on a Saturday when the match was on in the football grounds, the bridge over the "Blackie," Dans Bar, the City Mission Hall (lovely Mr and Mrs Orr)  Liggios (is that how it was spelt!) yummy ice-cream, the big chimney, police barracks and the telephone box at the top of the street! I had such good friends - the Tate's, Hardie's, Whitten's, Moore's, Dalzell's and many others. We went to Tintop which was the nickname for Donegall Road Primary school. Are any of you out there? Would love to be in touch. I remember Alfie's shoe repair shop. Knew him well. He was such a lovely man. Sad that Roden Street is so changed, all those streets and houses away.
hi phyl, welcome to the forum.. and i feel like you when i see old photos with people in them and wonder where they are today.. old sts gone but you're hoping  the people have moved to newer houses and better living..you know, indoor plumbing.. :D  even then i think there was more comradeship as everyone was in the same boat..sorry for sounding so maudling.. :-*
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: muckles on January 14, 2014, 02:24:16 PM
Worked with a Jimmy Coleman from Roden Street, he drove for Harkness Heavy Haulage.
Hi Brown Low"
Did you know a guy called Wilson.  He drove for Harkness too.
Muvkles
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Brown low on January 17, 2014, 08:17:00 PM
Knuckles was he in the heavy haulage end, I worked only with them on heavy lift jobs in the 70s.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: muckles on January 18, 2014, 03:30:53 AM
Knuckles was he in the heavy haulage end, I worked only with them on heavy lift jobs in the 70s.
Hi Brown low"
He may have been.  He lived in Soudan St  I was a buddy to his son in the 60's
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Giannineo on January 18, 2014, 11:01:26 AM
Did anyoine know the Aikens? -George was a Policeman and became Station Sergeant at Ballynafeigh Barracks.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Nick Keene on November 17, 2014, 05:26:34 AM
I lived in Roden Street, near Iverna Street, in 50's 60's when it really WAS a street between Donegall Road and Grosvenor Road. Happy days. Many memories - Alexander's shop (loved their home made buns, iced with glazed cherry on the top, Mrs Adair's shop,  Latimers, the buses lined along the street on a Saturday when the match was on in the football grounds, the bridge over the "Blackie," Dans Bar, the City Mission Hall (lovely Mr and Mrs Orr)  Liggios (is that how it was spelt!) yummy ice-cream, the big chimney, police barracks and the telephone box at the top of the street! I had such good friends - the Tate's, Hardie's, Whitten's, Moore's, Dalzell's and many others. We went to Tintop which was the nickname for Donegall Road Primary school. Are any of you out there? Would love to be in touch. I remember Alfie's shoe repair shop. Knew him well. He was such a lovely man. Sad that Roden Street is so changed, all those streets and houses away.

Although maybe a tad younger than some contributors here I have fond memories of days after school playing in the streets and alleyways around Roden St. The Whittens to whom you refer are my mothers side of the family and sadly now of those that once lived there, only the children and their children live on. My mother is coming 86 and she lived in Symons Street with her Mum and Dad Lily and Herbie Whitten. Fond memories indeed and until now having seen it confirmed I knew there was a barracks on Roden St for grandad was a B man and many times set me up on the counter, lol, I knew it.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: SIXTYNINER on November 17, 2014, 02:18:18 PM

Although maybe a tad younger than some contributors here I have fond memories of days after school playing in the streets and alleyways around Roden St. The Whittens to whom you refer are my mothers side of the family and sadly now of those that once lived there, only the children and their children live on. My mother is coming 86 and she lived in Symons Street with her Mum and Dad Lily and Herbie Whitten. Fond memories indeed and until now having seen it confirmed I knew there was a barracks on Roden St for grandad was a B man and many times set me up on the counter, lol, I knew it.
hi nick, welcome to the forum..there's always something going on here and someone or something to remember..i don't think age comes into it..well not really..you could have been a small lad/lass and still remember stuff..that's what people want to hear..i didn't live down there but i worked down the donnie and went home down roden st most nights..i don't think my factory is there any more.. like you said it's sad that so many places have gone or moved...liz :)
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Lilian Ashe on November 17, 2014, 06:21:07 PM
Hi farnsbarn, I've just joined the forum and have been enjoying reading through the posts re Roden Street. In one of them you mention my father (how nice to see that!)  Bobby Megahey owned the shoe repair shop in Roden Street just up from the Blackie bridge, beside Thompsons yard. We lived on up the street, no 164. You describe him well. He wore a caliper on one leg and walked with two walking sticks. He loved to tell jokes and was a great person. He passed away in 1997 in his 80's. So thank you for that post - made my day. What a great memory you have! If I can ever work out how to I will post a few Roden St photos.
Hi Phyl 164, Did your daddy ever work for anyone else? My daddy had a shoe repair/ shoe makers shop on the Grosvenor Road and used to have a guy with a caliper working for him, could it have been your dad?
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Jimmy Patterson on November 20, 2014, 12:01:48 AM
Nick there was also a b specials hut in distillery st where they had a shooting range. I think there is a photo on the donegall rd thread and the excise street thread of the b men at the hut. Maybe your grandad is in it.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: chink on November 20, 2014, 03:37:45 PM
Hi Phyl 164, Did your daddy ever work for anyone else? My daddy had a shoe repair/ shoe makers shop on the Grosvenor Road and used to have a guy with a caliper working for him, could it have been your dad?
was his name fitzpatrick do you know

Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Lilian Ashe on November 20, 2014, 06:32:41 PM
was his name fitzpatrick do you know
I will have to ask my sister, she is older than me so might remember but it is unusual to have two shoe repairers with calipers, don't you think. Especially in the same area.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: chink on November 25, 2014, 11:23:12 AM
i remeber a wee man was a shoemaker think he always came down from that part of the road  he was related to my father in law 
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: DHAMILL on November 30, 2014, 01:46:20 PM
Anyone remember Roden Recreation club from the late 40s/50s?
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Nick Keene on December 01, 2014, 04:35:47 AM
Nick there was also a b specials hut in distillery st where they had a shooting range. I think there is a photo on the donegall rd thread and the excise street thread of the b men at the hut. Maybe your grandad is in it.

Jimmy funny you say shooting as I have a few B Specials shooting medals from the 40/50's my grandfather won lol. Was at my mothers too over weekend and she produced a black and white photo of my grandfather and two of his bothers with three others in their uniforms, I will get it scanned and fired on here as well.

Funny talk about the religious breakdown in the area, my father was a Broadway Presbyterian and as a family we attended right up until the unfortunate demise of the church as the troubles worsened. He and his six brothers and twin sisters were raised in Thames St, between Broadway and the RVH childrens hospital.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Jimmy Patterson on December 02, 2014, 09:43:38 PM
Nick one of my best friends john duckett lived in Thames st.he was in the 46th bb also another old mate andy kerr lived in Coates st. I remember me and my mum and my sister standing on broadway watching the Orangemen going to the church service in Broadway prespreterian church.i think the old minister was called reverend scott we used to love getting him on religous instruction day at tintop and kelvin.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Nick Keene on August 22, 2015, 03:33:17 AM
All the King boys were Broadway Boys Brigade Jimmy and my mum went to Tintop, she was a Whitten from Symon Street.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: DJ on August 22, 2015, 06:09:06 AM
All the King boys were Broadway Boys Brigade Jimmy and my mum went to Tintop, she was a Whitten from Symon Street.

Hi Nick, I lived around the corner from Symons St in Connaught St. I knew quite a few of the residents in Symons St and the name written rings a bell. Other names I can recall were, Robinson, Blackender, Buchanan, Steele, Bailey, McLarnon, Johnston. As you say the area has really changed with a number of houses now demolished.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: DJ on August 22, 2015, 06:09:40 AM
Sorry Whitten.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Walter hewitt on June 12, 2016, 09:00:17 AM
Yes, they lived on the left hand side of Roden St almost opposite Lindies factory Davie died of cancer. I chimed with George.
We lived in Clifford St
Regards
Wally Hewitt
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: SIXTYNINER on June 12, 2016, 11:22:23 PM
Yes, they lived on the left hand side of Roden St almost opposite Lindies factory Davie died of cancer. I chimed with George.
We lived in Clifford St
Regards
Wally Hewitt
hi Walter, I never lived down there but for 13yrs I walked down roden st. going home.. I worked in ulidia clothing company but I believe it's not there anymore..we are talking a very long time ago..I've been in Canada since 74. liz x
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Farnsbarn on June 13, 2016, 03:32:20 AM

Hi Nick, I lived around the corner from Symons St in Connaught St. I knew quite a few of the residents in Symons St and the name written rings a bell. Other names I can recall were, Robinson, Blackender, Buchanan, Steele, Bailey, McLarnon, Johnston. As you say the area has really changed with a number of houses now demolished.

  Hi DJ,
      Was the Bailey you mentioned called Ashley?
            farnsbarn.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Farnsbarn on June 13, 2016, 03:35:26 AM
Yes, they lived on the left hand side of Roden St almost opposite Lindies factory Davie died of cancer. I chimed with George.
We lived in Clifford St
Regards
Wally Hewitt

   Hi Walter,
        Did you have a relation called Chrissy?
            farnsbarn.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: colin randell on June 20, 2016, 08:26:43 PM
the barber shop was sloans
Tom sloan was his name still living seen Tom about a fortnight ago waiting on a bus or black taxi still the same 6feet 4or 6 still as tall would have stopped and give him a lift except i dont like stopping in Anderson town road even for lights
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: Belfast girlie on June 27, 2016, 03:45:28 PM
Sorry Whitten.
Hi David,was reading through some of this and noticed the name Whitten from Roden St. I had mentioned the name of Harold Whitten on other thread but no one seemed to know the name. I think Harold was a head boy when he was in Kelvin. I don't remember him from school as he was older than me but we knew each other when we worked in my first  place of work in the  offices of Strains Printers, Athol St, Grosvenor Rd. I think his father was a minister or had something to do with the Prespartarian Church. I have not seen him in a long time but always wondered what happened to him he was a really nice person to know.
Title: Re: RODEN STREET
Post by: ClareKane95 on November 26, 2018, 08:34:39 PM
Hi colin yes the name walker is in my family. Elizabeth dowds sister was Mary Ann (minnie) and she married a Samuel walker in 1900. samuel died very young and only married for 5/6 years.  Mary ann died in 1968 and was buried from 16 Eblana street and her daugther jane walker also buried from this address in 1971. All three are buried together in the city cemetery.  On my mothers side of the family there is kane's as thats my mothers maiden name and the came from bakers street.   jim

Hi Jim, my granny was Mary Kane that lived at 7 Roden Street. She lived there from the early 70s I think. She was married to Henry Kane (my grandfather), and then later married Billy Holden. Henry had 3 sisters, Maggie, Ellen and Mary. I think one of them may have lived in Baker Street. Could I ask what your mum's name was? and her parents? perhaps we are related?
Clare Kane.