s we took another dive through Derek Paine‘s seminal seven volumes on Greystones of old, we realised that the pictures that made us smile the most are those of the town’s young ‘uns.
The Flynnstones 1979
Especially when the young ‘un in question grew up to be somebody you know.
Take, for example, that angelic young man above. Look at that face. The perfectly pressed clothes, gleaming white. The prayer book, clutched tightly. The gentle smile, aiming high, to the man upstairs.
Pat Mooney at 4am this morning
The mind races as to where such a bright, loving and clearly caring young man might end up in life. A priest in Africa? A social worker, helping those less unfortunate find a path in life? Maybe even a man of the cloth, fighting the growing darkness of this world with His guiding light?
Anto & Jen on the pull
Or, he could grow up to be Pat Mooney.
Just goes to show, you never can tell when it comes to kids what sort of person is eventually going to come out at the other end. But, right there, deep in childhood, you can always find joy and wonder. Agus laughter.
Arctic Mural May 1985
Below, feast your eyes upon Greystones’ young guns, from little Joe Sweeney already living it large down by the harbour to Derek’s own beautiful children, Gary, Dave and Linda.
We’ll be adding plenty more over the coming months and years, so, if you have any shots of your loved ones back when they were truly loveable, send them in firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just make sure that, you know, you’re not just seeing your kid through a parent’s loving eye. We don’t want any ugly kids messing up our gallery.
Holy Faith Convent Kids May 1960
Greystones National School with Elizabeth McFarland, Brian and Trevor Storey, John Whitton, Telford Evans, Morgan Evans, the Bolton sisters, Hazel Griffin & friends
Greystones National School kids in living colour
Greystones CBS 5th Class 1966/’67. Source Louis O’Meara
Greystones Swimming Club’s prize giving in La Touche Hotel circa 1975 included are Niall and Ciaran Hayden, Aine Carson, Paul Hayden, Marie Gildea, Michael Nolan and Rowena Burke. Source Ciaran Hayden
St David’s Class of ’82, featuring Helene Fallon, Jenny Kuntz, Paul Hayden, Ian Gunning, etc. Source: Jackie O’Brien
St David’s Class Of ’82 #2. Source: Dara Kelly. Fiona Dowling, Stephen Fitzpartrick, Eily Rowe, Gavin McNiff, Maeve Shanley, Adrian Byrne, Helen Magee, etc
St Kevin’s CBS, Greystones, Class of 1945
St David’s Youth Club including Johnny Morrison, David Lang, Jossie Redmond, John Scully, John Moran, Declan Finnerty, Jos Kujovic, Denise O’Moore March 1983. Source: Bray People
St David’s Youth Club 1983 in living colour
Greystones kids get their Community Games art competition prizes 1997 Bray People
The Greystones U11s after beating Arklow Town for the Chadwicks Cup
CBS GAA team 1976. Paddy Broughan, Paul Hayden, Glen Jordan, Colm Martin, Mark Temple, Karl Davis, Declan Kelly, Kevin Keyes, Wally Bealin, Ian McIntaggert, Keith O’Donnell. Pic Paddy Broughan
Confirmation 1954. L2R Back: Michael McGowan, Brendan Lynch, Brian Mooney, Joe Dietrich, Tony Kelly L2R Front: Eddie Barry, Brendan Hayden, Austin Gaskin, Vincent Ovington Pic: Bernie Hayden
Greystones wins the Popplewell Cup Feb 1994
The Greystones Under-10 A Team after beating Fassaroe Celtic 1995
Greystones Under-9s Sheld Champions 1995
Greystones Under-8 champs 1995
Members of the Barbara Donnelly School of Dance 1995
St David’s Class of ’97
Young Delgany ladies – including Kim Gahan, Enid Talbot, Suzanne Halligan & Nicola Barry – learn homebaking from Tess Byrne & daughter-in-law Dee August 1983
Declan Byrne: The Innocence Years
Delgany’s Declan Byrne, the less innocent years
Maeve & Grace Shanley in full Miami Vice mode
The Notorious Hackett Sisters 1960s. Pic Suzanne Hackett Cox
Young Ossie Spurling with his dad John on O’Connell Street c1939
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