hen it comes to Greystones’ harbour, few today know it better than Joe Sweeney.
Joe Sweeney, Larry Ryan, Jimmy Redmond & friends
Having been born just north along the shore from his iconic fish & chips cafe, the Sweeney family line actually stretches back over 200 years at the seafront.
So, you know, the man knows what he’s talking about when it comes to that particular stretch of Greystones land.
The blood, sweat and Facebook rants that have gone on over the last decade, once it became apparent that multi-national developers SISK were coming in to replace our beloved if decrepit old Victorian harbour with a spanking new, state-of-the-art marina, has meant that Greystones long became a town at war.
That May 1930 letter
Greystonians were at war not only with SISK, and Wicklow County Council, and anyone else who seemed to be benefiting directly or indirectly from this multi-million-euro development, but also with each other. Most objected to the building of the new marina. Others argued that the old harbour was no longer fit for purpose, and something had to be done.
Whether that something was an €80m development by SISK is still being debated by some, but, the fact is, the new harbour is here, and it’s here to stay. And on a sunny day like today, Tuesday, May 31st 2016, it’s pretty darn wonderful, to be honest.
Still, we here at GG HQ were curious to find out what Sir Joe of Sweeney felt about the whole thing. A man who’s never been known to bite his tongue, Joe was unsurprisingly candid in his particular view of the new world right outside his doorstep…
It was before 9pm though, so, thankfully, Joe keeps the language PG throughout…
If you’d like some more Joe, catch our November 2015 video int with the manhere, and his My Greystones entryhere. Oh, and we prove that the man is a vampirehere, and over 150 years oldhere. And celebrate his crappy chipshere.
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