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Hi ann thanks for the info on my aunt Ria,my dad died 1993 n mom 1980.its great you still have your dad with you, give him our best wishes n god bless. R

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Hi theresa my uncle Joe McElvogue came from
Cookstown Co Tyrone.

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CHARLEY McKIBBEN FOUND £50 AND LOST IT.
Some years ago a Pound Loney man by the name of Charlie McKibben was walking down College Street with his hands dug deep in his pockets, this was the 1950’s and like most men Charlie had been out of work for a long time,and had gone for a “wee Dander” to pass the day.He kicked the folded big white enevelope that lay on the pavement in front of him and was curious as to the weight of it, glancing round to see that no one was watching he bent and picked it up,he opened it and couldn’t believe his luck. .inside was 5 crisp $10 notes. he slipped it into his pocket and turned to make his way back to the Pound Loney. What a God send,he thought,I’ll have a few “Yard and a Halves” in McCorry’s and a bet at “Blink” McCloskeys”, his fist tightened round the roll of money in his pocket as he thanked God for his windfall. He walked up Albert Street by Quadrant Street and Brook Street and as he got to McAleese Pawnshop a group of women whom he recognised as neighbours were comforting this woman who lived only a few doors from him,”Oh Mary”, he heard one woman say to her,”That terrible. .where did you lose it”?..Charley froze on the spot...”What did you lose,Mary?” he asked,Mary was crying so uncontrolably one of the other women answered for her, ”Ah,Charley,poor Mary poor Mary was going into the town to pay for her Daughter's wedding dress with money she had just borrowed from the moneylender and she lost it”. Charley’s eyebrows knitted...”Was it five crisp £10 Notes?’,Mary quietly said,”It was son. .it was!”, Charley licked his lips and gulped,he crossed his fingers while they were still in his pockets and asked, “Was it in a Big White envelope?”, Mary lifted her tear stained face and whimpered,”It was Son, I dropped it some where in Castle Street or maybe even College Street..why do you ask,Son?”. Taking the envelope from his pocket he handed it to Mary,saying,”Because I found a big white envelope with five crisp £10 notes in College Street. .and it’s got to be yours”,with that Charley turned on his heels to finish of his “Wee Dander” to kill time.. .for you see,Pound Loney people were like that.

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I grew up in Ballmurphy, our next door neighbours were, the Laverys and the McDonnaughs, (not sure on spelling) my older sister was Pearl, and she sung at many places throughout Belfast, esp. with Edmund Heath/singers, dancers, etc..myself and my younger sister Josephine and brother Philip went to St. Kevins, we moved over to Turf Lodge, oh, in the 60's then moved over to England, now in USA. Putting on basic info. so that perhaps I can get great feedback. Love this site, will certainly enjoy it. And, yes, great times, great memories, they never die.

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My sister Ella and her husband
john
houston lived in Varna Street at the corner of Varna, n Leeson st? I also remember Felix Robb n Tom Lappen.

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Joe Graham
CHARLEY McKIBBEN FOUND £50 AND LOST IT.
Some years ago a Pound Loney man by the name of Charlie McKibben was walking down College Street with his hands dug deep in his pockets, this was the 1950’s and like most men Charlie had been out of work for a long time,and had gone for a “wee Dander” to pass the day.He kicked the folded big white enevelope that lay on the pavement in front of him and was curious as to the weight of it, glancing round to see that no one was watching he bent and picked it up,he opened it and couldn’t believe his luck. .inside was 5 crisp $10 notes. he slipped it into his pocket and turned to make his way back to the Pound Loney. What a God send,he thought,I’ll have a few “Yard and a Halves” in McCorry’s and a bet at “Blink” McCloskeys”, his fist tightened round the roll of money in his pocket as he thanked God for his windfall. He walked up Albert Street by Quadrant Street and Brook Street and as he got to McAleese Pawnshop a group of women whom he recognised as neighbours were comforting this woman who lived only a few doors from him,”Oh Mary”, he heard one woman say to her,”That terrible. .where did you lose it”?..Charley froze on the spot...”What did you lose,Mary?” he asked,Mary was crying so uncontrolably one of the other women answered for her, ”Ah,Charley,poor Mary poor Mary was going into the town to pay for her Daughter's wedding dress with money she had just borrowed from the moneylender and she lost it”. Charley’s eyebrows knitted...”Was it five crisp £10 Notes?’,Mary quietly said,”It was son. .it was!”, Charley licked his lips and gulped,he crossed his fingers while they were still in his pockets and asked, “Was it in a Big White envelope?”, Mary lifted her tear stained face and whimpered,”It was Son, I dropped it some where in Castle Street or maybe even College Street..why do you ask,Son?”. Taking the envelope from his pocket he handed it to Mary,saying,”Because I found a big white envelope with five crisp £10 notes in College Street. .and it’s got to be yours”,with that Charley turned on his heels to finish of his “Wee Dander” to kill time.. .for you see,Pound Loney people were like that.
Great wee story Joe ,I love hearing stories about the POUND LONEY ,as I lived there ,and not far from MC CURRYS pub corner of Baker st and Blinks bookies corner of Cullingtree rd and Albert st .

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there you go. I get into a banter with Desi and it turns out he's my neighbour. Small world.Thats us loney ones. Have a nice day Desi

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Willie is my dad's brother. We have been living in Australia since 1962. my dad is Sammy.

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Does anyone remember a tailor by the name of Baxter coming from Falls Road - would be a long time ago though around the 1940's.

was there even a tailor shop on Falls Road then?

I am looking for any information possible about this.

Thanks

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Ann D
Willie is my dad's brother. We have been living in Australia since 1962. my dad is Sammy.

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yes I agreeg the pawn shop on monday was the norm, i also worked at greaves mill in my first year after leaving school ( milford st)1958. but it seem that we who left old belfast seem to relise what we had in the GOOD OLD DAYS, they were great days for me,

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john you must have lived in ballymurphy road on whiteclif cres, that was all was there in 1956, my uncle tommy kearney moved in to no 12 whiteclif cres around that time.

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mitchels lived in no1 their da was a seaman

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mitchels lived in no1 varna st their da was a seaman

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yes, i remember Helen Creighton. a lovely tall girl with long hair. I was only 12 when I left belfast so they are only fleeting memories.

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Yes, Ollie,it is my uncle Willie. He is my dad Sam's brother

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Rose Fitzpatrick my Gran minded me every day not a day goes past dont miss her x

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ANN THOUGHT YA LIVED IN VARNA ST NXT DOOR 2 ME GRAN WHEN YA SAID HER NAME THATS WHY I ASKED U HAVE 2 BROS SAM AND ROBERT AND A WEE SIS LOL X

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ANN your bros names Robert and Sam x

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Roberta, I remember when Rosie's son called in to our house in 39 Varna to say that Rosie had passed away. I was only 11 or so but I mourned her very much. I loved going into her house and listen to my mother and her talk. And I can remember when she died, her coffin in the living room. It was hard to comprehend. Oh Roberta, I can remember now. You were only a child yourself weren't you. I have a lovely photo of her and my mother outside their houses which I will endeavour to send to Rushlight. Regards, Ann Delaney

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yes me Uncle Johnny'S Son and Ella moved in2 me Grans they were a lovely couple Johns DAD AND ME GRAN Where Brother n Sister they lived ajacant 2 us in Abyssinia x

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had 2 giggle at that lol

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ME AUNT Rita lived in fam, home in lady st, she used 2 sing only the loney lools x

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ANNE ME STILL THE SAME DONT GIVE WAY 2 BULLIES

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An interesting thread.

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ANNE ME GOT A THICK EAR FROM MR GRAHAM LOL ME GONNA TELL ME MUM THAT SORT HIM OUT LOL X

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john taggart
hi margaret i grew in the lower falls.our family up stairs and anotner down stairs 8 of us in 1 bed and the water tap behind the hall door.my granny worked in greeves mill iremember going to get pay 7/6 every week god knows how hours she had work that.my mother got a new house in ballymurphy i think it was in 1956 it was great 3 bedrooms and abathroom we didnt know we were liveing. we loved ballymurphy and had great times there.my mates and i would get up every morning at 6 and go to barney hughes bakery with our pillow case and for 6d u got it filled with buns and small bread.some times hafe the buns were eat before we got to ballymurphy.we also went to work at the spud fields them days u would for few bob and it was only a few we got 8bob a day.aaaaoooooooo my back still hurts.margaret they where the innocent years.good night and bless.
Hi john i remember your wee st very well in lived in peel st good times and hard times for all familys back when we were ween's. like margaret says kids to day do have to much... great posts on here by you all all the best x

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IT KILLS ME 2 GO 2 GRAVE IT DONT GET EASIER X

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ANNE WHEN KAY DIED HAD A DOUBLE WHAMMY THATS ALL I CAN SAY ITS GOOD 2 SEE YOU OK LONG TIME LOL 4 GIVE ME GOING IN2 TXT MODE.. ME IN ME 2ND CHILDHOOD HA X ME WELL AND HAPPY SO R THE KIDS N GRANDKIDS ONCE THEY GET RID OF ME THAT IS LOL MUCH LOVE FROM ME XXX

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yes

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