motions 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.
Harbour 1980s Sean Tierney
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.
Greystones Harbour 1973
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.
Harbour 1970s. Source: Gary Paine
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 literally hundreds of old harbour shotshere.
Jaysus, miss that bus shelter
Also, check out even more great old harbour shots by local photographers Chris Dobson here, Roderick Carlyle hereand Eamon Flynnhere, plus our September 2019 round-up 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 galahere. Or you could fly over the harbour back in March 2013here, June 2015here, or February 2016here.Oh, and there’s also the history of those gone-but-not-forgottenNorth Beach cottages, and how we actually lost ourstinky old harbour.
Get back to where you once belonged…
Hinde’s Means Beautiful
Harbour & North Beach Dollard 1960
Harbour Postcard 1960. Source: Derek Paine
Ben Doyle sits whilst Michael Fields and Tommy Redmond act casual.
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
Greystones Harbour postcard J Arthur Dixon
Greystones Harbour 1950s. Colourised by GG.
Greystones, eh, Beach. Valentine Series 1903
Greystones Harbour Postcard Source: Indiana Neary
Early Harbour Painting by Constance Rochfort c1900. Source: Enniskerry Antiques
Lick o’paint will sort those feckers out…
Fishermen’s Blues. John Hinde postcard
Greystones Harbour Magic Lantern c. 1900
You can bring a horse to the harbour… Pic: Robert French
Vintage harbour 1911 boats postcard.
Greystones Harbour Postcard #2. Sean Tierney
Vintage Harbour Postcard 1950
Harbour postcard A10134. Source: ebay
Greystones Harbour by John O’Rourke. Available here.
Greystones Harbour & The Sugarloaf Mountains. Source: ebay
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
And the living is easy… Pic: John McGowan
Greystones Harbour Postcard 1968
Greystones harbour 1980s. Source: Unknown
Skiffs On The Harbour by Richard Tillbrook
Fishing boats Spring 1990. Pic: Clare Louise Donelan
Harbour Sunset 2008. Pic: Declan Lynch
Harbour Fishing Competition. Source: Gary Paine
Vintage Greystones Harbour & Bray Head postcard. Source: ebay
In the past, the grass is always greener…
Greystones Harbour. Tuesday. Just after lunch.
The oul’ harbour, with that ever-present red van. Source: Unknown
Let the fun begin…
Busy Day at the Harbour. Pic: John Hinde
Greystones Harbour Postcard 1960s
John Hinde 1966
A John HInde kinda Sunday
Greystones Harbour 21SEPT08 William Murphy
Harbour pier takes a dive. Source: Derek Paine
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 c1950
Adding colour to Pleasantville’s cheeks…
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]
Late In the evening… Source: Unknown
Harbour Fun. Pic Fáilte Ireland Archives
Greystones Aqua Fun Park continues…
Building the North Wall Source Derek Paine
Harbour Sunset 2008 Pic Declan Lynch
And then there were three… Source: Unknown
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
Vintage Sugarloaf From The Harbour postcard
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’…
Greystones Harbour Stretching & Yawning
Sitting on the dock…
The smell, they say, still lingers…
Hurricane Charlie Greystones Harbour 1980s. Pic Robert Hector Kemp
There’s coal on that there pier… Source: Derek Paine
Greystones Harbour with ship & horse cart. Source: Patrick Neary
Velihheli and Reciprocity after the Oct 1910 storm. Source: Gary Paine
Greystones Harbour Ship. Vintage postcard.
Greystones Harbour 1911. Vintage postcard.
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
All Washed Up…
Muddy waters, baby…
Greystones Harbour Boats Source Jackie England
In The Dock 1974. Pic: Roderick Carlyle
Garden of Eden. Pic Luke McGuinness
Clear-out. Pic Luke McGuinness
Messing About In Boats. Nice. Pic Peter Slattery
One busy pier – July 1956. Source Derek Paine
Ivan O’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. Pic Luke McGuinness
Take that, ya feck! 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
Harbour fishing, and the living is easy. Pic: Dave Daly
The Fishing Wall. Pic: Anne Stanley
Greystones Harbour Jumping from the Fishing Wall Pic June Byrne
Pontoon Party #1. Pic: Harry Acheson
Pontoon party! Pic: Harry Acheson
Harbour Boats Pic Robert French
Harbour & Sugar Loaf 1920s Postcard
Harbour 1983 Pic Catherine ‘Chuckles’ Neary
Pier Pressure #2. Pic: Harry Acheson
Pier Pressure #1. Pic Harry Acheson
Slip away… Pic: Roderick Carlyle 1972
Boats On The Jetty. Pic: Peter Slattery
Give ‘Em Enough Rope. Another Slattery beauty. We reckon. Colourised by GG.
Greystones Jetty Pier. Pic: Robert French
Ye Olde Greystones Harbour boat slip, with Arthur Evans Coal Merchants
By the jetty c1900. Source: Derek Paine
Greystones Pier Pic Robert French
Signal Valentine R789 North Beach Fisherman Postcard
Signal Valentine R789 Harbour Fisherman Valentine postcard
Uploading coal on the quay. The Lawrence Collection
Same spot, 1990 – part of the Lawrence Project. Pic: Liam Clare
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 lifeboat gets launched… Source: Unknown
Greystones Harbour Boat Slip Postcard 1940s
That 1940s postcard – in easy living colour
And with a fresh lick of watercolours…
The Promenade, Greystones Pic The Eason Collection
Now in Technicolor!
Darker, and dirtier, but with better detail…
The Talk. At the boat slip.
Harbour Seaweed 2003 Pic Patrick Neary
Bathing Boxes on the boatslip 1948
Greystones Harbour Boating Slip 1926. Colourised by GG.
George Archer and his hiring boats 1910
Two sunken ships Oct 13th 1910 Harbour
Greystones Harbour Mid-1950s Pic Roderick Carlyle
Into the great wide open… Source: Unknown
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
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