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Emotions run high in Greystones when it comes to our late, great Victorian harbour.

With the new marina bringing an end to the town’s 250-year-old fishing hole in 2008, the industrial wasteland that quickly followed – and is only now, as we time and hard graft does its thing, beginning to bear fruit – brought on an almost-instant nostalgia for the original harbour.

Especially among those who didn’t quite get their act together when it came to protesting the new marina development pre-apocalypse.

There’s more than hope though that beauty will once again grace the heart of our town, as the marina begins to populate its concrete jungle with shrubbery, public spaces and even a few friendly faces. The battle is almost over, and the tidy-up has begun.

Which is why we thought it would be good to pull together the many, many wonderful images of the old Greystones harbour. A little shrine where Greystonians can go and pray. And wail. And growl. And have a good cry.

The hope being that, after a little tender, loving exorcism, a love for that new harbour – our harbour – will slowly, steadily, cautiously break through the clouds…

Below are our fifty or so favourites – you can check out hundreds of old harbour shots here. Also, check out even more great old harbour shots by local photographer Eamon Flynn here. And if the moving image is what really gets you moving, there’s some incredible 1926 Pathé News footage of the Greystones Swimming Gala 1926 right here, and the 1928 gala here. Or you could fly over the harbour back in March 2013 here, June 2015 here, or February 2016 here. Oh, and there’s also the history of those gone-but-not-forgotten North Beach cottages, birthplace of the mighty Joe Sweeney.

Hinde’s Means Beautiful

Harbour Postcard 1960. Source: Derek Paine

Ben Doyle sits whilst Michael Fields and Tommy Redmond act casual. Source Derek Paine

Retired postman Ben Doyle, same spot, years later…

Harbour in the 1980s Pic Brian Keeley

Greystones Harbour in the swinging ’60s

Greystones Harbour. Pic: Eamon Flynn

Harbour Postcard. Source eBay

Valentine Postcard 1903

Harbour 1950s Photocraft postcard Source Patrick Neary

Greystones Harbour Postcard Source: Indiana Neary

Early Harbour Painting by Constance Rochfort c1900. Source: Enniskerry Antiques

Lick o’paint will sort those feckers out…

The Harbour 1904. Source: Derek Paine

Greystones Harbour Magic Lantern c. 1900

You can bring a horse to the harbour… Pic: Robert French

Vintage harbour boats postcard.

Greystones Harbour Postcard #2. Sean Tierney

North Beach Bathing Huts detail from Robert French pic

Greystones Harbour Boats Three Men Robert French

Harbour including Dann’s Shop. Pic: Robert French

Beach House Taxi Rank: The Early Years.

After John Doyle and before The Beach House, John George McEntagart ruled the harbour

Greystones Harbour Postcard 1968

Greystones harbour 1980s. Source: Unknown

Skiffs On The Harbour. Pic Richard Tillbrook

Harbour Sunset 2008. Pic: Declan Lynch

In the past, the grass is always greener…

The oul’ harbour, with that ever-present red van. Source: Unknown

Let the fun begin…

Greystones Harbour 21SEPT08 William Murphy

Bathing boxes, but no Glencoe or Yarra-Yarra yet. Source: Derek Paine

The Harbour sometime around 4pm. We reckon.

Malachy The Old Dope Peddler works The Harbour

North Beach Harbour. Pic: Robert French

Greystones Harbour 1980s. Pic Robert Hector Kemp

Another Eamon Flynn beauty…

Greystones Harbour 1970s. Pic: J. Kennedy/John Hinde

Sailing in the harbour 14APR07 Pic Ramona Farrelly

Golden Harbour 28JAN08 Donal Fitzmaurice Neligan [flickr]

Harbour Fun. Pic Fáilte Ireland Archives

Greystones Aqua Fun Park continues…

Building the North Wall Source Derek Paine

Harbour Sunset 2008 Pic Declan Lynch

The Sun Goes Down. Pic: Declan Lynch

Harbour Sunset 2007. Pic: Declan Lynch

Same old thing in brand new drag…

Greystones Harbour Christmas Postcard Source Patrick Neary

Greystones Harbour Miguel Galeon

Greystones Harbour Pic Shay Murphy

Greystones Harbour Postcard by Ostwind Studios

Harbour Steps. Pic Failte Ireland Archives

Harbour Doc Postcard. Source: Unknown

Greystones Harbour dock. Pic: Luke McGuinness

The dock, 1947 – when the fish were jumpin’…

Sitting on the dock…

Hurricane Charlie Greystones Harbour 1980s. Pic Robert Hector Kemp

Greystones Harbour with ship & horse cart. Source: Patrick Neary

1968 Postcard. Hinde’s Means Tears.

Blue for you… 1960s, we reckon

Lick o’paint will sort those feckers out…

If it ain’t skiffs, it ain’t worth a feck…

Greystones Harbour Low Tide 2003 Pic Patrick Neary

Old Harbour 1980s Brian Keeley

Harbour Buoy. Source Brian Ewan O’Brien

Greystones Harbour. Source Panoramio

Harbour Fishing Pic Muriel Beckett Weaver

Ah, Jaysus…

All Washed Up…

Muddy waters, baby…

Greystones Harbour Boats Source Jackie England

Messing About In Boats. Nice. Pic Peter Slattery

One busy pier – July 1956. Source Derek Paine

Ivan Toole and Gary Campbell make another clandestine drop-off…

Harbour Kish. Pic Fáilte Ireland Archives

Greystones Harbour. Valentine Postcard

Harbour Pier works 1980s. Pic Harry Acheson

The Pier 1980s. Pic: Luke McGuinness

Heavy Weather Feb 2006. Pic: Eamon Flynn

Stormy Harbour Jan 2007 Pic Michael Martin

Take that, ya feck! Pic: Pippins Parkinson

Now, that was a good day…

Give a man a six-pack & a Tayto sandwich, and he’ll fish all day…

Popped out for dinner… Pic: Anne Stanley

Waves? What Waves…? Pic: Anne Stanley

Old Harbour Lonesome Fisherman Pic Anne Stanley

The Fishing Wall. Pic: Anne Stanley

Greystones Harbour Jumping from the Fishing Wall Pic June Byrne

Pier Pressure #1. Pic: Harry Acheson

Pier Pressure #2. Pic: Harry Acheson

Harbour Boats Pic Robert French

Harbour & Sugar Loaf 1920s Postcard

Harbour 1983 Pic Catherine Neary

The lifeboat gets launched… Source: Unknown

Greystones Harbour Boat Slip Postcard 1940s

Pier Pressure #2. Pic: Harry Acheson

Pier Pressure #1. Pic Harry Acheson

Boats On The Jetty. Pic: Peter Slattery

Give ‘Em Enough Rope. Source Derek Paine

Greystones Jetty Pier. Pic: Robert French

Arthur Evans’ Coal Merchant at the boatslip. Source Derek Paine

By the jetty c1900. Source: Derek Paine

Greystones Pier Pic Robert French

North Beach Fisherman Postcard

Uploading coal on the quay. The Lawrence Collection

Carts being loaded. Source: Derek Paine

Half harbour, half factory. Source: Unknown

Harbour Pier before the steps fell into the sea 2nd Feb 1912 Source Derek Paine

The original harbour pier. Source Derek Paine

Harbour Fun Pic Rory Fallon

Wicklow Lifeboat pays Greystones a visit for Flag Day 1936

The Promenade, Greystones Pic The Eason Collection

The Talk. At the boat slip.

The Boat Slip way back when…

Harbour Seaweed 2003 Pic Patrick Neary

Bathing Boxes on the boatslip 1948

Diving off the boatslip, 1962. Source Derek Paine

George Archer and his hiring boats 1910

Greystones Harbour Victorian Times Pic Sean Mason’s 2013 Report

Two sunken ships Oct 13th 1910 Harbour

Greystones Harbour Mid-1950s Pic Roderick Carlyle

Harbour Silhouette. Pic: Shay Murphy

The North Beach 1909. Source: Derek Paine

Far Away, So Close… Pic: Declan Lynch

Greystones Harbour 2009. Pic by Sagat

Harbour’s Old Livery Stables & John Doyle’s coalyard

From a distance… Source: Unknown

Greystones Harbour 1905 Postcard E. Greer

Greystones Harbour 1910 Source Derek Paine

Note single storey house where Spendlove’s is now. Source Derek Paine

The Great Emigration of 1984. Pic: Stephen McDonald

The launch of Shamrock II. Source: Derek Paine

The boats come in… Source: Derek Paine

Greystones Harbour Pic Miguel Galeon

Fog Over The Harbour. Pic: Phil Pankov

Stormy Harbour. Source Unknown

Harbour Wakes Up 2008. Pic: Declan Lynch

The past is orange. Source: Unknown

Harbour July 2005. Pic: Eamon Flynn

A Greystones Bath Pic Gary Acheson

Greystones Harbour Pic Niall Farrell

Greystones Harbour Pic Niall Farrell

When will we ten meet again…?

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Fishermen’s Huts by Peter Growney

A Guide collage of those Fishermen’s Huts 2018

Fisherman’s Huts 1980s Niall Farrell

Cloud 9. And his neighbour.

Greystones Harbour Pic Niall Farrell

Greystones Harbour Pic Niall Farrell

Sean Tierney Harbour 23rd Jan 2008

Greystones Harbour Pic Niall Farrell

Greystones Harbour Pic Niall Farrell

The Harbour 1973. Source: Catherine Nevin

The Harbour 1973. Source: Catherine Neary

Greystones 6th May 2007 8pm John McGowan

Harbour 2011 Pic John McGowan

Greystones Unofficial Youth Club Gets Demolished

Greystones’ Playboy Mansion, in its prime…

Greystones Regatta Aug 22nd 1889. Source Derek Paine

The Colleen Bawn [built by John Spurling] with Bill Spurling, John Spurling, Jack Darcy, James Whiston & George Archer, 1920s

George William Evans Deluxe Taxi at the Harbour

George William Evans Deluxe Taxi at the Harbour

Greystones Harbour The Very Early Years. Source Derek Paine

Greystones Harbour The Very Early Years. Source Derek Paine

Hobby Horses at the Harbour

Hobby Horses at the Harbour

Jim Murphy, N. Murphy, Michael Whiston, Tommy Redmond, Jim Ryan, Tom Quinn, Stephen Redmond, Jim Whiston. Source Derek Paine

Jim Murphy, N. Murphy, Michael Whiston, Tommy Redmond, Jim Ryan, Tom Quinn, Stephen Redmond, Jim Whiston. Source Derek Paine

Emily Paine & Mrs Flo Thompson with Joan Paine (pram), Stan Paine, Bob Thompson, Derek Paine & Doreen Thompson, 1939

Harbour Painting 2003 Norman Teeling

Harbour Painting 2003 Norman Teeling

Willie Dann & Tommy Lawless at the Flagstaff. Source Derek Paine

Willie Dann & Tommy Lawless at the Flagstaff. Source Derek Paine

Peter Hoey, James Byrne, Tommy Doyle and Artie Fox cutting corn at Dann's 1938. Source Derek Paine

Peter Hoey, James Byrne, Tommy Doyle and Artie Fox cutting corn at Dann’s 1938. Source Derek Paine

Thirsty Horses at Dann's. Source Derek Paine

Thirsty Horses at Dann’s. Source Derek Paine

John Whiston, Christy Keegan, Jim D'Arcy & Baker Massey, Dann's coalyard. Source Derek Paine

John Whiston, Christy Keegan, Jim D’Arcy & Baker Massey, Dann’s coalyard. Source Derek Paine

Alfie Taylor, Derek Ferns, Cecil Gilbert, Alec Tucker & Cyril Spurling. Source Derek Paine

Alfie Taylor, Derek Ferns, Cecil Gilbert, Alec Tucker & Cyril Spurling. Source Derek Paine

Thomas Foley collecting gravel at the North Beach. Source Derek Paine

Thomas Murphy collecting gravel at the North Beach. Source Derek Paine

Army battalion staying at the Clyda Hotel gather, 1940. Source Derek Paine

Army battalion staying at the Clyda Hotel gather, 1940. Source Derek Paine

North Beacher Michael Byrne works the thresher at Dann's. Source Derek Paine

North Beacher Michael Byrne works the thresher at Dann’s. Source Derek Paine

Albert Archer outside his garage [now Joe Sweeney's], 1937. Source Derek Paine

Albert Archer outside his garage [now Joe Sweeney’s], 1937. Source Derek Paine

Ploughing behind Dann's - John Dann in the overcoat. Source Derek Paine

Ploughing behind Dann’s – John Dann in the overcoat. Source Derek Paine

Sean Tierney Harbour 23rd Jan 2008

Sean Tierney Harbour 23rd Jan 2008

Harbour In The Snow 2 1982 Source Paula McGuinness

Harbour In The Snow 2 1982 Source Paula McGuinness

Harbour In The Snow 3 1982 Source Paula McGuinness

Harbour In The Snow 3 1982 Source Paula McGuinness

Harbour In The Snow 4 Source Paula McGuinness

Harbour In The Snow 4 Source Paula McGuinness

Harbour In The Snow Source Paula McGuinness

Harbour In The Snow Source Paula McGuinness

Old Harbour Tide Out Pic Anne Stanley

Old Harbour Tide Out Pic Anne Stanley

Harbour Panorama Pic: Joe Houghton Photography

Harbour Panorama Pic: Joe Houghton Photography

The Greystones Rowing Club's Shamrock 1, with cox Niall Hayden August Monday 1992

Shamrock 1, with cox Niall Hayden August Monday 1992

Ronnie Drew & Friends circa 1970 Source Patrick Neary

Ronnie Drew & Friends circa 1970 Source Patrick Neary

Leftover blocks from the North Wall construction

Leftover blocks from the North Wall construction

Wicklow Lifeboat pays Greystones a visit for Flag Day 1936

The North Beach Cottages early 1900s

The North Beach Cottages early 1900s

The aftermath of the North Beach storm erosion 1929

Circus Elephants North Beach 2005

Circus Elephants North Beach 2005

The Harbour 1980 Source Derek Paine

The Harbour 1980 Source Derek Paine

A busy harbour 1980s Source Derek Paine

A busy harbour 1980s Source Derek Paine

Fishing Off The Pier by Anna O'Rourke

Fishing Off The Pier by Anna O’Rourke

John McKenzie, John Redmond & Leslie Redmond early 1950s Source Jago Hayden (JM’s cousin)

Greystones Harbour Kid Pic Peter Slattery

Greystones Harbour Kid Pic Peter Slattery

Willie Redmond photographed by Peter Slattery

Willie Redmond photographed by Peter Slattery

Willie Redmond's workshop - photographed by Peter Slattery

Willie Redmond’s workshop – photographed by Peter Slattery

Derek Paine at play. Pic Jack Clarke

Fishing columnist J. Ashton Freeman circa 1950 - photographed by Peter Slattery

Fishing columnist J. Ashton Freeman circa 1950 – photographed by Peter Slattery

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Heading home Photo: Unknown

willie redmond and sons boat builders greystones plaque

The sign of quality…

Willie Redmond and Jago Hayden Pic Irish Anglers Site

Willie Redmond and Jago Hayden

Greystones Harbour by Helen Magee

Greystones Harbour by Helen Magee

Bejiggers, that's a wave Pic Anne Hogan-White

Bejiggers, that’s a wave Pic Anne Hogan-White

Harbour panoramic Pic: John McGowan

Harbour panoramic Pic: John McGowan

Old Harbour Boats Pic Anne Stanley

Old Harbour Boats Pic Anne Stanley

Old Greystones Harbour sunset Pic Anne Stanley

Old Greystones Harbour sunset Pic Anne Stanley

 

Old Greystones Harbour Pic Anne Stanley (2)

Old Greystones Harbour Pic Anne Stanley (2)

Old Greystones Harbour Bathing Pic Anne Stanley

Old Greystones Harbour Bathing Pic Anne Stanley

Old Greystones Harbour Aerial Shot 2 Pic Anne Stanley

Aerial Shot Source: Anne Stanley

 

 

The Avery Ladies Enjoy A Little Harbour Sunshine Pic Nick Avery

The Avery Ladies Enjoy A Little Harbour Sunshine Pic Nick Avery

Old Harbour aerial shot Pic Anne Stanley

Old Harbour aerial shot Pic Anne Stanley

Old Greystones Harbour & South Beach Aerial Pic Anne Stanley

Old Greystones Harbour & South Beach Aerial Pic Anne Stanley

Old Greystones Harbour with La Touche Hotel Pic Anne Stanley

Harbour Glow Pic: Anne Stanley

Old harbour painting by David O'Reilly

Old harbour painting by David O’Reilly

greystones harbour view 2012

View from above 2012

Harbour Rainbow

Harbour Rainbow Pic: Pablo Photography

The Harbour by Val Byrne (488x348)

The Harbour by Val Byrne

Greystones Harbour by Norman Teelan 2005

Greystones Harbour by Norman Teelan 2005

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The Old Harbour by Mary Marion

Greystones Harbour Val Byrne

Greystones Harbour by Norman Teeling

Greystones Harbour 1959. Source: Derek Paine

Harbour Fishing Contest 1992 Pic Noeleen O'Neill

Harbour Fishing Contest 1992 Pic Noeleen O’Neill

Cafe Marina by the harbour railway bridge Source Derek Paine

Cafe Marina by the harbour railway bridge Source Derek Paine

The Harbour raft 1959 Source Derek Paine

The Harbour raft 1959 Source Derek Paine

Swans in the Harbour Pic Jody Connaughton

Swans in the Harbour Pic Jody Connaughton

Old Harbour Low Tide Pic Patrick Neary

Old Harbour Low Tide Pic Patrick Neary

Harbour Snow Pic Jonathan Ellis

Harbour Snow Pic Jonathan Ellis

Statue Angel Harbour Pic Anne Stanley

Statue Angel Harbour Pic Anne Stanley

A Kind Of Blue Harbour Anne Stanley

A Kind Of Blue Harbour Anne Stanley

Balloons Released Back Into The Wild 5th Aug 2001 Pic Patrick Neary

Trafalgar Road from the Harbour Pic Patrick Neary

Greystones Harbour Painting - Artist Unknown

Greystones Harbour Painting – Artist Unknown

Summer Fun at Greystones Harbour

Summer Fun at Greystones Harbour

Harbour Soft Sand Pic Patrick Neary

Harbour Soft Sand Pic Patrick Neary

The Harbour looking blue Pic Anne Stanley

Greystones Harbour circa 1990 feat Tommy Grealy’s beloved boat Pic Brian Keeley

Dramatic Harbour Shot Pic Anne Stanley

Dramatic Harbour Shot Pic Anne Stanley

 

 

 

 

Harbour Boats 1980s Pic Brian Keeley

Greystones Harbour Pic: Dermot Kavanagh

The transformation begins…

And almost complete…

Looking good. Looking damn good…

Here comes the night…

Harbour Sunset Sunday 18SPT16 Brian Keeley

Now, go check all our Old Harbour beauties – and download them for free – here.

1 Comment

  1. It’s all very well to say the project is ‘bearing fruit’ — but it’s poisonous.

    The elephant in the room is EROSION. The disappearance of the North Beach. Now, there’s a pile of gravel or shingle down there, supposed to fix the loss of the cliffs and the fact that the beach disappears at high tide, something which I never saw before until Sisk arrived in Greystones>

    But guess what?

    It won’t work, because it’s too late. In summer 2008, only months after harbour construction began, Sean Quirke of WCC conspired with Sisk to halt the Bord Pleanala-mandated coastal protection programme.

    Sisk was obliged by planning conditions to place 30,000 cubic metres of shingle along the beach, about 50 to 100 metres north of the Gap Bridge, to offset the effect of the construction of the breakwaters, which all experts agreed would increase erosion. And thereafter to place AT LEAST 6,000m3 per year, for ever.

    Sisk never placed the initial 30,000m3, because Quirke moved the goalposts. At a Harbour Liaison Committee meeting in June 2008, he announced that the 30,000m3 would be placed “during construction”. Of the entire project!

    That’s why there has been such rapid erosion, and why this measure won’t work. And that’s why the North Beach is, effectively, gone.

    Then, let’s look at the work that has been done. And the multiple breaches of planning permission.

    Car park paving: supposed to be granite setts, i.e. cut granite stone blocks. What is it? Some sort of composite — basically, granite dust plus glue. NOT setts.

    Plaza paving: Is it really granite? I’ve been told it’s not.

    Plaza trees: Not as specified in the planning conditions.

    Galvanised railings along Cliff Road: Specified — marine stainless steel (much more expensive).

    The ‘boatyard’ (on south pier): Forbidden to be used for boat storage — and what is it used for? Boat storage.

    Portacabins and shipping containers: No planning permission for these. Not specified in the planning approval.

    Etc, etc.

    And as for those houses? Yuk! Ancient-looking designs from the builders’ Gothic playbook, circa 1970. Ugly, ugly, ugly — and completely out of sympathy with the Victorian environment.

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