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Title: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Christopher on July 24, 2006, 01:03:01 PM
Are there any former pupils of Mountcollyer among our members?  Sir James Galway was a pupil at the school in the early 50s. There's an onituary for a former teacher, George Power, who taught James at that time in this mornings "Belfast Telegraph". Yes you guys in Canada who used to work for BT there is now a daily morning edition of this paper.

Mr Power was born in 1917 during the first World War. He died recently at his home in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim. He taught musical appreciation to James and his classmates. In the 1950s Mr Power, a quiet dignified man, lived at Upper Cavehill Road. He became the Headmaster of Mountcollyer Secondary.
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Post by: heather1 on July 25, 2006, 03:56:00 PM
My late Mum was a pupil at Mountcollyer.  I reckon she would have been there around 1950 or so.  Her name was Margaret McCausland.  She loved Mountcollyer and used to talk about all her happy times there.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Christopher on July 25, 2006, 03:58:16 PM
Have you been on holiday, Heather ??? The guys were looking for you :D
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Post by: heather1 on July 25, 2006, 04:01:22 PM
Yes, just back from 2 weeks in England.  Weather was fantastic. 
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Christopher on July 25, 2006, 04:07:33 PM
Great. What part of England did you visit Heather?

Will you be able to join us on Saturday. Colette and Joe will be there.
Meeting at the Linenhall Library about 10.00am
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: heather1 on July 25, 2006, 04:15:50 PM
Unfortunately I have plans for Saturday.  Hope you all have a good chinwag.

I was staying in Manchester but we travelled to the Lake District, Southport, Chester etc.  I love the North/Northwest of England.
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Post by: joebhoy on July 25, 2006, 04:17:11 PM
tthat a shame heather i was looking forward to meeting you
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: heather1 on July 25, 2006, 04:19:16 PM
Another time for definate.
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Post by: joebhoy on July 25, 2006, 04:31:01 PM
i will only be over the once heather, maybe on sunday eh?
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Post by: Christopher on July 25, 2006, 04:33:03 PM
Gee Joe, that's a cracker of an idea. You must have a great brain there. Here have a peanut :D
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Post by: joebhoy on July 25, 2006, 04:43:29 PM
bit hard to swallow my friend
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Post by: Mageeka on July 31, 2006, 05:20:22 AM
Went to St Patricks on the Antrim Rd. and used to travel down Nurthumberland St with a kid from Mountcollyer named Surgoener ( If I am spelling it correctly) he lived somewhere off Northumberland St
Anyone remember him?
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Christopher on July 31, 2006, 10:56:13 AM
I met a guy called Charlie Surgeoner around 1990 when the circus with which I worked was in Coventry. He was with a woman named Maebh (Maeve?) and a guy in his late teens or early twenties. I assumed Charlie was married to Maebh and the young guy was their son. I'm not sure whether they came from Belfast or somewhere else in Co. Antrim. 
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: rjl on January 25, 2007, 01:15:15 AM
My late Mum was a pupil at Mountcollyer.  I reckon she would have been there around 1950 or so.  Her name was Margaret McCausland.  She loved Mountcollyer and used to talk about all her happy times there.
hi heather your mums name rings a bell my sisters went to mountcollyer in the 50s i think she may have been one of there friends we lived in lewis st rita and ann long they went on to work in the cigorett factory in york street
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: doddsy47 on June 30, 2009, 02:04:35 PM
My late Mum was a pupil at Mountcollyer.  I reckon she would have been there around 1950 or so.  Her name was Margaret McCausland.  She loved Mountcollyer and used to talk about all her happy times there.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: doddsy47 on June 30, 2009, 02:07:00 PM
hello i  went mountcollyer 1972 till 1978 i lived in mountcollyer street from 76
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Post by: skweeze on July 06, 2009, 11:29:08 PM
Best days ever. I went to Mountie from 1970-1974,and lived in Cosgrave Street.
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Post by: bigchiefdirtybum on July 07, 2009, 01:41:15 PM
MY MOTHER WENT THERE IN THE FIFTIES, NAME WAS CELIA MAHOOD, AND MY DADS COUSIN WENT THERE TOO HER NAME WAS IRENE POLLOCK.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: bigchiefdirtybum on July 07, 2009, 01:48:47 PM
Best days ever. I went to Mountie from 1970-1974,and lived in Cosgrave Street.
SKWEEZE, MY DADS UNCLE EDDIE POLLOCK LIVED IN 23 COSGROVE STREET THO THE ONLY TIME I KNEW OF HIM BEING THERE WAS IN 1969, I GOT THE INFO FROM A STREET DIRECTORY, DOES THE NAME RING A BELL, I AM TRYING TO FIND ANY OF HIS FAMILY, CHEERS.
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Post by: knoxy on July 26, 2009, 05:49:12 PM
Hi
My dad went to Mountcollyer Secondary School and he left it in 1956.   My great grandfather William Evans lived in Cosgrove Street along with my great uncle Billy until 1960s.   :) :)
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: weeman on July 29, 2009, 06:26:55 PM
Went to Curry School until after the Blitz then they transferred everyone to Mountcollyer. P.E.S changed it to secondary school I think about '48. I left '49 and went on to work in Shorts.
Remember Mr Power well a real Gentleman. .Mr Mc Ivor was the principle.
Then there was "STAVO"
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: billyboy on August 27, 2009, 11:43:03 AM
Hi,
I went to Mountie between 1962 -!966 and knew Geordie Power well. He was a music teacher before becoming headmaster, I believe. Not great memories for me as when I got to see him it was usually because I was in trouble. He suspended me in 66 for having long hair along with several other members of my class, so we adjourned to Alexandra park to spend the day messing about before getting haircuts and being allowed back in. Anyone remember Wibur King  ( Maths) or Shanksie ( English and PE)
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: big finn on August 28, 2009, 08:51:54 PM
i was at mountie  1961-1965 rem shanksie well took us for PE in

the old nissen hut beatnik was his nickname

remwilbur +mccartney took us for history+geography

i was in 1ms  2ms  3ms +4ms
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: billyboy on September 01, 2009, 01:01:32 PM
Well finn,
It looks like we were in the same classes, I had forgotten that Shanksie was called the beatnik and the nissan hut but I remember his use of the slipper.
Do you remember Miss Tannahill? or Fanny Hill as we called her. I had forgotten Big Mac with his broken nose which we thought had been broken by a japanese rifle butt in the prisoner of war camps. Billy Hale for woodwork and Henderson for RE with his wee strap for punishment. You can see what a good time I had there by the fact that I remember them all from their favored form of corperal punishment. Still did me no lasting harm but if they did it today, they would probably be up in court for abuse. Mr Thom for Science and Rosko Kennedy for Art, all brings back memories. regards Bill Hewitt
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Post by: big finn on September 02, 2009, 04:14:14 PM
hi bill

rem mr thom+roscoe,doc martin took me for science

he was top man with a size 11 dunlop trainer across

your situpon ;)you are right if they done it today

it would be GBH i used to live in Glencollyer St you?

big finn
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: billyboy on September 07, 2009, 02:04:08 PM
I lived in the Hanna Street flats, but looking at your dates again I think you were a year ahead of me. I was in 1B, 2B, 3MS and 4MS from 62 to 66, no girls just us cannon fodder for the Shipyard and Shorts.
I went to Currie Primary up to 62, so the area has a lot of memories for me which have resufaced since reading these posts.
I left the Province in 1984 and only visit for weddings and funerals now but the saying is very true" you can take the man out of Belfast but you can't take the P**s out of the Belfast man" or words to that effect.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Caolan on September 12, 2009, 08:44:36 PM
Are there any former pupils of Mountcollyer among our members?  Sir James Galway was a pupil at the school in the early 50s. There's an onituary for a former teacher, George Power, who taught James at that time in this mornings "Belfast Telegraph". Yes you guys in Canada who used to work for BT there is now a daily morning edition of this paper.

Mr Power was born in 1917 during the first World War. He died recently at his home in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim. He taught musical appreciation to James and his classmates. In the 1950s Mr Power, a quiet dignified man, lived at Upper Cavehill Road. He became the Headmaster of Mountcollyer Secondary.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Caolan on September 12, 2009, 08:50:48 PM

Does anyone who attended Mountcollyer in the late 50's remember a dark haired girl called Joan Phillips who lived in Henry Street (Behind Yorkgate). I think she may have moved to America.  She hung around with Norman Hamilton, among others, who played football for NI School Boys. Come to think of it I have not seen or heard of Norman since he left school.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: big finn on September 14, 2009, 04:55:03 PM
Norman used to live down our street

(Glencollyer St) Ithink he went to Australia

to join his brother Barry I will find out in next few days

BIG FINN
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Caolan on September 14, 2009, 09:49:37 PM
Norman used to live down our street

(Glencollyer St) Ithink he went to Australia

to join his brother Barry I will find out in next few days

BIG FINN
Thanks Big Finn. Keep me in touch. Caolan
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: xmas43 on September 16, 2009, 10:55:43 PM
Can anyone help... My aunt & Grandmother lived on Glencollyer St (top end) does anyone know of any children of my Grandmother called Turkington who went to Mountcollyer School?
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: big finn on September 17, 2009, 10:22:10 PM
I lived in Glencollyer St at top end

what years are you talking about?

what were childrens names?

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Post by: xmas43 on September 18, 2009, 11:09:15 AM
Thanks Bigfinn for response. Period 1950 and before. My Aunt Irene lived last house near school. I was 7 in 1950 so info about family bit vague. Aunt had 2 kids may have gone to Mountcollyer. Gran & Grandad lived 5-7 houses from Aunt Irene.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: big finn on September 18, 2009, 03:25:33 PM
Sorry Xmas Iwas born in 1950 i vaguely remember the

name i think i rem your Aunt Irenes house at the very

top of street.Dont rem kids. I will ask family members

who are older than me.Will pass on any info if i succeed

all the best Big Finn
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Post by: xmas43 on September 18, 2009, 05:56:41 PM
Hi BigFinn..Turkington was my mothers maiden name(she died in 1947) I am trying to establish my grandparents christian names so that I can trace ancestors. Don't know my Aunt Irenes married name but she  lived at 113 Glencollyer St (last house). Her husband was a seaman. Thanks again.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: big finn on September 20, 2009, 10:48:03 AM
Hi Xmas sorry i did not have much luck

I asked a few people but all they seem

to remember is the house where your Aunt lived

it was the very end house and its gable wall was

in Mileriver St Most said it seemed to be empty lots

of the time and they dont rem any kids about the place

Will keep trying  BIG FINN
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: big finn on September 20, 2009, 10:58:00 AM
Hi Caolan Iwas talking to an old friend of

Normans yesterday and he assures me

Norman is definatley in Australia

Did you know he was a great footballer

and was at Man Utd as part of the famous

Busby Babes era but took a virus i think

and that finished his career Best Wishes BIG FINN
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Post by: Seaviewite on September 20, 2009, 04:48:13 PM
You're spot on. Norman [Junior] Hamilton lives in Sydney and is doing well. I went to the Grove Primary with Norman and sill keep in touch, Christmas Cards etc.
A very good footballer as you say, Schoolboy International and also spent time with Distillery.
Man U.? I don't think so.
You know, Norman has never been back "home" since leaving for Oz as a young man. I'll have to let him know about this topic.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: big finn on September 20, 2009, 08:08:05 PM
Seaviewite what i meant was that Norman was over

at MUFC for trials during the Busby Babe era not that

he played for them  BIG FINN
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: weeman on September 20, 2009, 10:21:43 PM
Went to Curry School until after the Blitz then they transferred everyone to Mountcollyer. P.E.S changed it to secondary school I think about '48. I left '49 and went on to work in Shorts.
Remember Mr Power well a real Gentleman. .Mr Mc Ivor was the principle.
Then there was "STAVO"

Looking over my post again I see a big "Senior moment." When they closed down Curry School after the blitz we were moved to the Grove P.E.S located in Mountcollyer, as the military had taken over the Grove School on the York Road and I think American Troops were eventually based there. When we moved to higher grades we just stayed on the Limestone Road under Mountcollyer.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: xmas43 on September 21, 2009, 10:18:22 AM
Hi BigFinn..Thanks for trying.  Lost contact with mentioned relatives after accident I had with squib on the old brickworks on Glencollyer St. Nearly lost an eye...treated wonderfully at the Mater Hosp. Never seen relatives after that. Don't think my dad got on with inlaws so I may have been banned from visiting. (He didn't know I was visiting until accident)
Couple of other memories. Learnt to ride  bike on Mountcollyer St.  Friend pushed started me of at top of road...fell off near park gates. Back up to top of hill...repeated about 6 times..okay after that. Could'nt do this now with traffic etc.
First girlfriend went to Glencollyer School - Saundra Leckey...nuff said!
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Post by: xmas43 on September 21, 2009, 10:44:50 AM
BigFinn....Last post..Mountcollyer School of course not Glencollyer.
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Post by: samcar on October 12, 2009, 06:13:04 AM
I went to Mounty between 58 and 63 and i would like to hear from friends back then.
Sam Millar
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Post by: ginab on October 12, 2009, 12:04:45 PM
My daddy owned the wee shop up from mountcollyer school on the limestone :-[

from about 1972 onward
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Post by: flashman on October 12, 2009, 12:37:14 PM
Was at Mountcollyer 1952 / left January 1956.    Got to know Mr. McIvor's office too well as was ALWAYS late arriving and was required to stand there 'til assembly was over...    Stavo was favourite teacher, but also recollect Mr Honeyman & Miss McCallion (regarded by pupils as a couple!) Jamesie Lutton ( a master of the earflick technique ) and Abner Peel (Art), among others.
Was standing 3 places along from James Galway when Douglas Dawn and his wife visited Assembly with Ulster Youth Orchestra.    A sobbing James was taken to the platform to meet Mrs. Dawn, where he explained his tears were due to the fact that he couldn't play the flute as well as she...it was the start of something big, as I believe that she introduced him to the right people...
Stavo once asked the class to spell 'Eurasian' before asking what it meant.   We all knew to play 'dumb'
so he then launched into the tale of the current film "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" about an American who fell for a woman of mixed race....     When the bell rang for the end of the period Stavo declared, "When you're sitting with a girl in the back seat of the Dunky you'll be able to say 'That's the doll oul' Stevie was talking about' "
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Post by: dee1 on October 13, 2009, 12:18:01 PM
went to mountcollyer about 74 to 76.G.power was headmaster.he did not like fellas with long hair.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Caolan on October 16, 2009, 09:56:34 PM
Hi Caolan Iwas talking to an old friend of

Normans yesterday and he assures me

Norman is definatley in Australia

Did you know he was a great footballer

and was at Man Utd as part of the famous

Busby Babes era but took a virus i think

and that finished his career Best Wishes BIG FINN
Thanks for that Big Finn. I played against him a couple of times away back all those years. Yes he was a good player.
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Post by: Caolan on October 25, 2009, 07:36:35 PM
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Post by: Alby on November 11, 2010, 11:25:28 AM
hi flashman, my name is Albert Seenan was at mounty from 1950--1954,I started in  1E, played in football team with the Patton bros -Harry Creighton- kirkpratick. mates were Jim Glover - Billy Earley Billy Hamill, I also remember those teachers ,Jamesie Luton was in charge of the football team , Mc Carthy took history - George Power took music. I still keep in touch with Billy Early, do you know of anyone thats got  class or football photos of that era, would be great to see . my e/mail address is [email protected]  been in Australia since1960. cheers Alby
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Post by: Alby on November 11, 2010, 11:48:46 AM
hi seaviewite, my name is Albert seenan I was at mounty 1950--1954,I was wondering if you could give me a contact number or a e/mail address for Norman as I live in Melbourne [ Aust ], my brother Herbet played in the same team , my e/mail address is  [email protected]  would like to hear from you , cheers Alby
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Post by: stormypoodle on January 03, 2011, 04:42:43 PM
Hi,
I am a former pupil of Mountcollyer from 1956 to 1960 in the "Ms" classes Ms1 Ms2 etc. My name is Brian Parker and I have fond memories of mounty of buying a pennyworth of chews (blackjacks etc) and on a few occasions getting back late after lunch break at the risk of the cane. I don't live in NI anymore- but not because of caning!
 My memory for detail is fading but I do remember Mr Powers who I believe taught English at the time and Mr Thom who taught science.
Happy days!
All the best
Brian
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Post by: boardy85 on January 24, 2011, 11:44:18 PM
Hi does anyone know Margaret Mccauslands middle name.
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Post by: Alby on February 21, 2011, 02:37:54 AM
hi RJL, my name is Albert Seenan I remember you and your sister I used to live in Lewis st to num10 in my g/dads house the Greens, would you have any school photos, Interested, cheers Alby
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Post by: Alby on February 21, 2011, 02:47:23 AM
hi Christopher, do you know if any one has any photos, class or football, around about 52/54, very interestedcheers Alby 
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Post by: justlookin on February 21, 2011, 05:39:55 PM
Who remembers Jim Elder who used to live in Mountcollyer St number 57 i think.
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Post by: ali80ca on August 17, 2011, 01:21:23 AM
Does anyone happen to know if Thomas S Harbison was the principal here in 1900 or so?    A street directory says Mount Collyer national school...is this the same place?
 
Thanks
Alison
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Post by: SANDRAM on September 08, 2011, 04:01:32 PM
Hi to all ex pupils of Mountcollyer Secondary School.  Does anyone remember a family by the name of Lavery who lived at 64 Mountcollyer Avenue back in 1974. Parents were Geordie & Maisie and the kids - Terry, Michael & Mark.  I am doing some family research and know that they were connected by marriage to the Murdock family.  Would appreciate any info that might help.  Thanks!
Sandram
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Post by: Bill crawford on January 23, 2012, 08:10:17 PM
Hi alby bill crawford hear played in same team as Herbie at mountcoller u might know some of the players jaimsie gorden jackie caldwell jim blair scottie and big dannaboak hope got last name righy
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Bill crawford on January 23, 2012, 08:31:44 PM
hi brian my names bill crawford i lived at 70 mackey st and i was at mounty from 57 to 60 same time as u mate my e mail is billcrawford 53 @ yahoo.co.uk.
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Post by: hennebryl on January 25, 2012, 07:05:17 PM
My mum used to go to Mountcollyer, would be back in the late 50's. Her name back then was Rita Long. She came from Carnalea St (next door to James Galway), and has a sister named Ann, and two younger brothers named Robert and Dermot. Her parents were John and Lizzy Long. Ring any bells to anyone? Would love to see any old pics with her in them from way back then  :)
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Post by: Harrymul on March 04, 2012, 02:43:43 AM
My name is Harry Mulholland and was apupil at Mounty from 1966-1972 and then worked their with Jimmy Thom as a laboratory technician for a short time. From one of the previous posts I can remember Dermot Long (even though he was quite tall) who was in my class until the end of 4th year--I think. They were the happiest days that i can remember--especially for sport and football. It is now forty years since I left and  I have not met one person from my class--even though I live just outside Belfast. I remember MR. Shanks, Power, Mc Cartney, Black, Sloan, Hale, Kerr, King, Henderson,---Miss Johnstone,  and I would love to hear from anyone who would like to make contact after all this time.
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Post by: Rory on July 17, 2012, 12:55:34 AM
Does anyone remember Billy Hale he was the wood working teacher at Mountcollyer in the 1950's and 1960's, I think he lived around the Donegal Park Ave and the Shore Road area? If he is still alive I think that he would be around the late eighties or ninety. Any info?
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Post by: Katie8 on January 28, 2013, 10:49:22 PM
My name Kathleen McFarland I went to mountcollier school 1974 to1981 headmaster was mr power is there anyone out there who's nos school friends  are crankier keringan crankier walker lAura Prichard Donna Longan? Danny Cambell and Colin Lary??
I would love to get in touch with anyone...
xxxxxxx :) <3
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Post by: xmas43 on March 04, 2013, 11:18:46 PM
Does anyone know of a Jimmy & Roy Adams who may have attended Mountcollyer School..they lived top end of Glencollyer St around 1950.
Also I have tried to get info about the bomb damage 1941 to top end Mountcollyer St. My Gran [who lived back to back to these houses.. on Glencollyer St] told me about this bombing.
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Post by: ronnie0514 on March 31, 2013, 09:21:06 AM
I went to Mountcollyer from about 65 to 69, I was a paperboy and used to deliver Mr Powers papers , also his mums she lived at 66 Upper Cavehill Road. He used to give me a lift back down the road so I would not be late for school. Does anybody remember Mr Stevenson (Stabo) the english teacher  and his cane in the cupboard , I felt that across my hands a few times.
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Post by: Bill crawford on February 03, 2014, 07:02:29 PM
Sorry Rory just to say Billy Hale was my wood work teacher as well I left 1961 mate anyone know Margaret Harrison from Mountcollyer Ave
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Post by: david craig on March 09, 2014, 03:01:23 PM
Does anyone remember a Jean Craig from Collyer Street? She would have went to MountCollyer sometime in the early 60s?
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Post by: brixmis on April 01, 2014, 01:14:14 PM
I didn't go to Mounty. It was inferior to Dunlambert and I was scared of girls.
Mr Shanks or Shanksy taught in Castle High after the schools amalgamated around the early - mid eighties. ;)
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Post by: Paul rainey on July 28, 2014, 09:28:16 PM
Any ex pupils of mountcollyer from 73 to 78 about
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Post by: Harrymul on April 02, 2015, 04:06:44 PM
Sorry to let you know that Mr Hale died around 1967 and he was quite young.  My name is Harry Mulholland... if anyone knows me do not hesitate to contact me.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: billyboy on April 05, 2015, 12:45:59 PM
Hi Harrymul, I went to Mounty between 1962 to 1966, Billy Hale was my woodwork and RE teacher, I left in June 66. He must have been a relatively young man when he died, at the time of my experience of him I did not have a liking for him or his methods, however with experience and in hindsight I can now respect what I think he was trying to do with me, I was not an easy child. I seem to remember knowing that he started in the Shipyard and educated himself later, and so was deserving of respect for that, but I can still remember getting hit with any scrap of wood which was laying around the woodwork room. A very belated RIP
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: JoeR on April 29, 2015, 01:14:01 PM
Hi.all My Granny Nelson lived at no.33 mountcollyer st.for years.I was born at no.39 in January 1947.The very severe winter.
We moved to Yorkshire about 1950 and then to Sydney Australia in 1960,I've never been back since a holiday in 1960.My Granny moved to no.30 Mountcollyer in 1950.My Mum worked at Gallahers for years.I'm a Rainey,Dad and his family came from Ivan St.My Granny used to tell me about incendiary bombs landing in mountcollyer st during the blitz.My Dad was a fire warden on the roof of Jennymount Mill during the blitz.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: mounty on July 09, 2015, 03:55:06 PM
Hi BigFinn..Turkington was my mothers maiden name(she died in 1947) I am trying to establish my grandparents christian names so that I can trace ancestors. Don't know my Aunt Irenes married name but she  lived at 113 Glencollyer St (last house). Her husband was a seaman. Thanks again.

hi I live in mountcollyer street and Irene who may be the same 1 yous are talking about lived there as well a few doors from me. her houses gable wall was in mileriver st. she married tommy neil and they lived there for many years,then when the area was being rebuild 8-10years ago they moved to deacon street,sadly Irene died a few years ago but tommy is still there.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: mounty on July 09, 2015, 03:57:42 PM
My name Kathleen McFarland I went to mountcollier school 1974 to1981 headmaster was mr power is there anyone out there who's nos school friends  are crankier keringan crankier walker lAura Prichard Donna Longan? Danny Cambell and Colin Lary??
I would love to get in touch with anyone...
xxxxxxx :) <3

hi I no danny Campbell and his family.dannys now living in England but has family  here. I also no relations of donna longman.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: mounty on July 09, 2015, 03:59:41 PM
I didn't go to Mounty. It was inferior to Dunlambert and I was scared of girls.
Mr Shanks or Shanksy taught in Castle High after the schools amalgamated around the early - mid eighties. ;)

I was 1 of the 1st first years when the schools amalgamated in 85 n became castle high
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: mounty on July 09, 2015, 04:04:09 PM
My daddy owned the wee shop up from mountcollyer school on the limestone :-[

from about 1972 onward

Boyds?  Mary n Geordie.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: xmas43 on July 12, 2015, 02:54:26 PM
hi I live in mountcollyer street and Irene who may be the same 1 yous are talking about lived there as well a few doors from me. her houses gable wall was in mileriver st. she married tommy neil and they lived there for many years,then when the area was being rebuild 8-10years ago they moved to deacon street,sadly Irene died a few years ago but tommy is still there.
Hi Mounty
Thanks for reply to my posting of Sept 09. The Neil family are not related to me. I wonder if they moved into113 and replaced my relatives there.
Some of the info I gave in 2009 was wrong so I am correcting it now.
The end house was no 113. My Aunt/Uncle Molly Turkington + James Adams (bus driver) & 2 cousins lived there.
My grandparents Turkington lived at 107 Glencollyer St.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: boxer1949 on August 04, 2015, 09:42:41 AM
https://youtu.be/jhDdQI2Pyeg
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: boxer1949 on August 04, 2015, 09:49:01 AM
https://youtu.be/h7LejvOa0EA
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Samwallace on August 31, 2015, 08:00:05 PM
 :) I went to mount collier school in 1978 I lived in mount collier St.would love to hear from any one that new me.Sylvia Wallace.X
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Samwallace on August 31, 2015, 08:06:05 PM
 ;) I went late 70s to mount collyer my sisters went to.i remember Mr b and n haw.2 young male teachers.mrs Curtiss to.collecting news papers.music listening to the beach boys.sylvia Wallace Jenny and Jackie.we lived in mount collier St.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: McCollam on September 01, 2015, 10:02:09 PM
I didn't go to Mountcollyer (went to Seaview then the Belfast Tech) but worked in the brickyard beside the school 1956 to 1959 when I went to New Zealand as a 16 year old. Norman Hamilton went over to Man-u  but did not make it. Played many a game with Norman in Crosscollyer Street. His older brother Tommy got me the job in the brickyard, it was actually McCandlass and McGladerys plastics! I believe Tommy was shot and killed in the Duncairn gardens. I lived in Gainsborough Drive and another great wee player who lived at the top of Gainsborough Drive was Derek Lewis who played for Crusaders! Big Albert Cambell would come up in the summer nights and have a kickabout with us up the Grove! My best mate was Billy Hare who I think went to Canada? In 1961 I married Emma Moore from Fife Street  when she came to New Zealand in 1960, a GREAT wee girl and it's been a MAGIC 54 years! Would love to hear from anyone who may remember any of those names?
All the best. (oh, forgot to say, had a cup of TEA ,YES TEA with George Best when he came out to NZ with Man U in 1967!)
Barry McCollam
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Joan carr on September 03, 2015, 05:57:02 AM
Hi Alby, Norman Hamilton asked me to respond to your last post. He does indeed remember you, and remembers playing football at every opportunity. He lives in NSW with me, his wife of 47 years. If you want to get in touch our  email is [email protected] hotmail.com.

Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Joan carr on September 03, 2015, 06:02:35 AM
Hi Barry McCollam, my last post was meant for you lol.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: xwelder on September 03, 2015, 09:21:13 AM

My Father Samuel Irvine was born in Osborne Street, then lived in Limestone Road then Arosa Parade.

He enjoyed his school days but didn't the school. Are these addresses near Mountcollyer?
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: brixmis on September 03, 2015, 02:35:21 PM
My Father Samuel Irvine was born in Osborne Street, then lived in Limestone Road then Arosa Parade.

He enjoyed his school days but didn't the school. Are these addresses near Mountcollyer?
Hello Xwelder. The school is actually on the Limestone Rd. Arosa Parade is about half a mile away on York Road and Osbourne Street is long gone but was on the opposite side of the Limestone Rd from the school approx 2-300 yds away. The school is now the site of Curry primary school which could possibly have been your father's primary school as it was previously situated on Mervue St which is approx 300 yds from where Osbourne St was. Curry moved to the Mountcollyer site when the secondary school closed around 1984-5.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: xwelder on September 03, 2015, 03:09:35 PM

Thank you,
My posting while correct, I missed a bit,
it should read he didn't name the school.
He was born 1918 and left NI in 1940
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: brixmis on September 04, 2015, 12:40:32 PM
Thank you,
My posting while correct, I missed a bit,
it should read he didn't name the school.
He was born 1918 and left NI in 1940
I'm just wondering when Mountcollyer school originally opened.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: McCollam on September 07, 2015, 09:44:51 PM
Just wanted to say what a great site the Belfast Forum is! In the last week I have been in touch with TWO old Belfast mates, not heard from them in 56 years and it's so good to finally be in touch and relive fond boyhood memories!
So thanks Margret and Joan for taking the time to post and getting me in touch with Billy and Norman!
LOL,
Barry ::)

Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Fisher1235 on November 19, 2015, 11:11:25 PM
My daddy owned the wee shop up from mountcollyer school on the limestone :-[

from about 1972 onward
i went to mountcollyer around 1976-1980 i used to help your dad in the shop carrying potatoes to the local people my name is robert cowan of parkend st i moved to england and would love to hear from anybody who thinks knows me .At school i remember steven taddy ,billy long ,lan skelly our teachers were mr n and b hall and mr shanks the head master was mr powers i was at the school for there 50th annavesery which we let go off 50 balloons  with £1attached on them i also remember we had  our own bank.
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Pat1941 on February 21, 2016, 07:09:21 AM
I didn't go to Mountcollyer (went to Seaview then the Belfast Tech) but worked in the brickyard beside the school 1956 to 1959 when I went to New Zealand as a 16 year old. Norman Hamilton went over to Man-u  but did not make it. Played many a game with Norman in Crosscollyer Street. His older brother Tommy got me the job in the brickyard, it was actually McCandlass and McGladerys plastics! I believe Tommy was shot and killed in the Duncairn gardens. I lived in Gainsborough Drive and another great wee player who lived at the top of Gainsborough Drive was Derek Lewis who played for Crusaders! Big Albert Cambell would come up in the summer nights and have a kickabout with us up the Grove! My best mate was Billy Hare who I think went to Canada? In 1961 I married Emma Moore from Fife Street  when she came to New Zealand in 1960, a GREAT wee girl and it's been a MAGIC 54 years! Would love to hear from anyone who may remember any of those names?
All the best. (oh, forgot to say, had a cup of TEA ,YES TEA with George Best when he came out to NZ with Man U in 1967!)
Barry McCollam
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Grove on May 09, 2017, 11:59:23 PM
I didn't go to Mountcollyer (went to Seaview then the Belfast Tech) but worked in the brickyard beside the school 1956 to 1959 when I went to New Zealand as a 16 year old. Norman Hamilton went over to Man-u  but did not make it. Played many a game with Norman in Crosscollyer Street. His older brother Tommy got me the job in the brickyard, it was actually McCandlass and McGladerys plastics! I believe Tommy was shot and killed in the Duncairn gardens. I lived in Gainsborough Drive and another great wee player who lived at the top of Gainsborough Drive was Derek Lewis who played for Crusaders! Big Albert Cambell would come up in the summer nights and have a kickabout with us up the Grove! My best mate was Billy Hare who I think went to Canada? In 1961 I married Emma Moore from Fife Street  when she came to New Zealand in 1960, a GREAT wee girl and it's been a MAGIC 54 years! Would love to hear from anyone who may remember any of those names?
All the best. (oh, forgot to say, had a cup of TEA ,YES TEA with George Best when he came out to NZ with Man U in 1967!)
Barry McCollam
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: Dark Lady on May 16, 2017, 12:41:29 PM
Hi I didn't go to said mentioned school myself, tho believe cousin of mine may have,(Marshal) I remember corner shop top of Clanchatten street, Greens was the other wee shop next street,I enjoyed reading wee messages, brought back many a happy memory & many smiles, :P
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: jimn on July 04, 2017, 04:41:42 PM
Done my Qualifying Exam 11+ in Mountcollyer  Did anyone know Myrtle Patterson of Osborne St she attended Mountcollyer?
Title: Re: Mountcollyer Secondary School. North Belfast
Post by: belfastlough on April 14, 2019, 08:04:01 PM
I was at Mountcollyer from 64-69. My brother, Trevor, was there too but 3 years behind me.
The names of my friends were Billy Walker, Cathy McCann, Alan and Jean Hopper, Terry Gordon, Neil Haugh, Barry McFadden, Sammy McLean. There are many more but time has faded my memory.
The teachers who helped me the most were Mr Hale, Mr Black, Mr Stewart, Mr King, Mr McCartney, Mr Kennedy, Mrs Nichol, and most of all Mr Shanks to whom I will always be grateful.
It would be really nice to hear from anyone who remembers me. I live north of Aberdeen now and donít get back often enough. I make up by listening to U105 most days.
Howard Boyd.