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On September 12th 2022, we put the call out for St Killian’s memories…
Breakfast after First Communion in 1955.
Markets and Craft Fairs and Whist Drives every Wednesday evening, plus lots of other activities.
Great community venue.!
My Dad Des Mitchlell was caretaker in St Killians Hall for many years .He enjoyed his time there meeting people in St.Killians from bingo, badminton, pioneers,Legion of Mary,St.Vincent De Paul,snooker Hall,.He had many Happy years here.
I have fond memories of Greystones Summer Project.
I remember watching ‘Bernadette’ in the early eighties one evening.
Surprised no one’s mentioned the Tues Morning Mother & Toddler group – I was new to Greystones in 1991 and made friends there which have lasted to this day! Fond memories
Bingo….Beetle Drive….Holy Communion Breakfast….Plays………such happy memories
ballet classes…. 1st class St Brigid’s school… and the thrift (community savings club) on a sunday morning. bingo also and many fairs..
Esther Cullen Hollingsworth
Disco was a great place to Liz Groome johnny Gillian Coffey loads more I could tag good old days back in the day
Greystones Summer Project Disco.
Seeing the Tae Kwon Do practitioners in their doboks going into classes.
Irish Dance classes and feis’s too
Mary Foley Seletsky
Irish Dancing classes! I only had two when I had my appendix removed so I did not have to continue
Being ‘made’ to go to some dance/disco there aged about fourteen back around late 60s…then having a stall at the weekly market there in the early 90s…and bringing my youngest daughter to Tae Kwon Do classes around the same time.
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Omg we had fantastic times there in late 50s 60s Wonderful years
Lots of memories disco’s, feis’, irish dancing music lesson’s with Frank McNamara …..
Miss Fleming (later Coveney) taught me there before St Laurence’s. The steps upto to the main floor with the wooden gate. The hall was separated by a large black felt board on wheels and they used to put large RE picture cards up on it to teach us. Mrs… See more
Used to do teenage discos here back in the day on a Friday and Saturday night from 7-30-10.30 great nights they were and also played badminton here
did ballet classes there in the 70s with Mrs Wigham. Loved them.
Irish dancing with Mrs O’Dalaigh, badminton with Dorothy Fitzpatrick, greystones youth club discos!
St Killian’s Players held plays there.
My 1st school waiting on St Lawrence’s to be built. My 1st Taekwondo Hall, Master Kenneth Wheatley ! Badminton.
Drama with Gladys Sheehan xx
First disco I ever went to
Saturday night disco, loved it!
Paddy Whealely ran the karate there for years. Wasn’t there snooker tables in the other end of it for a few years?
Lots of memories here ..
That’s wen everyone knew each other. In greystones
I went to drama classes with gladas
CBSI meeting hall. Venue for the local Greystones AmDram
GODS (greystones operatic and dramatic society) also played there a few times
Remember it well. Great floor.
My mom had a Montessori school there in the 70’s
The whist club every Wednesday
Ciarán Ó Muirgheasa
Home of 1st Wicklow 2nd Dublin Cubs & Scouts troop for so many years
Sandra White remember our greystones athletic club winters using the hall
Order of Malta Greystones Unit meeting venue in the ‘80s.
I remember the discos
Originally an orange order hall, was called Trafalgar Hall
P&R Disco, cubs and snooker. Venture scouts in shed out the back.
Greystones youth club. Tuesday nights.
Aisling Venables Kenny
Won my one and only game of bingo In there with my Mom very early 80’s I’d say.. I thought it was a sign of things to come.
I was wrong
Supported the Eric Bell Band there back in the 70s with the Doyles
The GODS (I’m a founder member….HMS Pinafore and the Pirates of Penzance) performed there as well as in St Patrick’s. And the Scouts!
Did Taekwondo there for years and played some snooker before class
Feis and school great competition between the two schools st Kevin’s then the Christian brothers and the Holy faith.convemt in the drama .every year the convent always put on the sleeping beauty .
Badminton after school once a week and first disco.
My first school …for a week …waiting on St Lawrence’s to be built
Cubs , scouts , youth club and disco’s…
Plus chipshop across the road Sharnavough ( not sure about the spelling)
Pauline Mitchell Lynch
Not Ken Bobby Wheatley started tae kwon do in Killians Hall,
With Tim Creedon and Donal McGrath on Bs?
The Orange Lodge Hall
David Mc Inerney
Paddy Daly caretaker
Siobhan Morgan Gregg
Anne Marie Gahan
Irish Dancing with Erin O Dailaigh
Wow long time
I can date Mr De Valera’s visit to St Kilian’s Hall as the 19th of June 1955. The Christian Brother pictured with Dev is Brother O’Callaghan who was the Superior of St Kevin’s CBS. I was one of the CBS Tin whistle Band who met De Valera on entering the town by car and we accompanied him to St Kilians. I can remember the day quite well in that I was one of the Tin Whistelers in the individual Feis competition, however when it was my turn to perform the curtains came across prior to my appearance and I recollect Br O’Callaghan “God,Hayden hasn’t been on yet, open the curtains”. They duly opened and I gave my piece with Dev sat in the front seat. It was a reel that I can still Hum but it’s name evades me. I cannot have been that good as a B.Flynn from Monkstown came 1st with Donal Nolan from Killincarrig second.
Mostly the competitions consisted of Dancing, singing, mouth organ, and the previous day conversation in Irish, History and Drama.
De Valera gave the following speech in furthering the Irish language, ‘If you do your part in this generation,the oncoming generation will be able to complete the task. If we don’t,then the task for those coming after will be much harder.Lend your support then,don’t listen to those who tell you that it isin’t worth while.That all Nations are the same.Don’t listen to these people.They don’t represent the ordinary natural human feelings. Listen to your own heart,obey your own feelings of sentiment and do your part to make this nation of ours a wholly Irish nation’
Brother O’Callaghan gave a speech in Irish thanking Mr De Valera and lauding his strong commitment and encouragement of the Irish language and praised him for what he had achieved in his service to the State.
In conclusion can I state that it isin’t that I have a great memory but I subscribe through the British Library Newspaper Archives and apart from my own recollections the other information was gleaned from The Wicklow People Newspaper dated Saturday 25th June 1955.
Top man, Brendan. Great to have that info…
What NO mention of Reggie Dwight in your concluding remarks……..
No Crocodile Rock
Or better still….
Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting !!!!
Paul, The photo of Dev in St Kilian’s Hall was almost certainly taken when he officially opened a feis organised by the Greystones Branch of the Gaelic League, of which I was a member, and for a year or two, Joint Secretary. Doctor Patrick MacCartan, who ran for President against Seán T. O’Kelly of Fianna Fáil in 1946, was our Honarary President – Uachtarán. In that particular year, when the second interparty coalition government led by John A. Costello of Fine Gael was in power, the committee of the Greystones Cumann of Conradh na Gaeilge thought to invite Eamonn deValera to officially open Feis Clocha Liatha. Doctor Mac Cartan suggested asking Sister Gonzaga, the Mother Superior of the local Congregation of the Holy Faith Nuns, and who was an old friend of Dev’s, to approach him. He was pleased to accept our invitation. I could scarcely credit his patience that afternoon. He focused on every individual child as they came on stage to perform, and didn’t leave for the grand supper awaiting him afterwards in the convent until the very last child had finished and the prizes were awarded. For a man who could scarcely see what was in front of him – his eyesight was that far gone – it was some performance. I have always admired him for it. jago Hayden
Far be it from me to let facts get in the way of a good story. However, it’s most unlikely that Dev spoke in the Hall ‘around 1920’. As you mention, the Hall was at that time the meeting place of the local Orange Lodge – hardly Dev’s natural constituency. In any case, he was actually out of the country for much of 1920 – he went to the US in mid-1919 and only returned to Ireland, and to Greystones, in December 1920. The photo above, which presumably shows the famous meeting, seems to show him as an older man – I’d put it in the 1940s or even 1950s. (If you could magnify the photo, someone might recognise one of the worthies behind him.)
Ah, took the info from that eejit Paine. Should have known better.
Did many a Saturday night disco for the teenage contingent back in the 90s in kilians Hall used to be 4 quid in and was 7-30-11 every Saturday night when you had the best dance music
To the author: is it just Protestants that you dislike? Or would you prefer other religions didn’t reside in Greystones too? (It’s 2017 you moron)
I think it might be best to approach such age-old problems as the once-great religious divide in Ireland with a degree of humour, dear Stuart.
Otherwise, we’re just letting ourselves be oppressed by such my-church-is-bigger-then-your-church nonsense.
But, hey, thanks for your thoughtful and insightful comment. Very loving. Very understanding.
I’d say you’re a gas man at the oul’ dinner parties… (It’s 22:37. Go to bed. You dick)