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iven that he spends much of his working day makes Greystones’ homes that little bit cosier, Maurice Dodd can sometimes unearths the odd curiosity.

Back in July 2016, it was a 94-year-old note hidden in a cottage wall on Trafalgar Road.

And now, it’s a peculiar slice of local memorabilia – namely a plate. Manufacturd for Beggs & Co, House Agents, Greystones, this fascinating little Foley China plate is enough to send the town’s banjo players into a duelling frenzy.

Arthur Evans

You can make out the name Evans on the artwork, which must have been the artist – who, most probably, had no links to the bould Arthur Evans, who had his store just at the top of the jetty pictured.

“It would be wonderful to figure out the where, why and who involved,” says Maurice. “It’s actually a saucer, about seven inches wide, with the picture about 3 inches. What surprised me was the astonishing detail involved. The North Beach cottages are all present and correct – would just love to know more about this…”

Doing a little research, young Fiona Roche discovered that Beggs & Co were based in Greystones back in 1910, which prompted a response from Marcia Cuthbert.

“I am related to the Beggs family. My great grandmother was Maria Beggs, daughter of Ebenezer Beggs. Maria married my great grandfather, Robert Cuthbert of Bray. There was a Nathanial Beggs related to us, and he, I think, was the one with the China shop in Greystones…”

Following Maurice’s posting of the plate on social media, a call has now gone out to another Beggs, based in Canada, who may just know a little more.

Naturally, if anyone out there recognises Beggs & Co, or this non-flying saucer, let us know on hello@greystonesguide.ie.

And Maurice informs us that he’s starting the bidding at €7.63m. With a free I ♥ Greystones mug thrown in.

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  1. Gary Paine says:

    It is my understanding that the Beggs family were the original proprietors of the shops at No.1 Trafalgar Road (Ferns / Baker’s Table) and No.2 (Mooneys). The building was known as “Winton House”, named after the Beggs family home in Dalkey. The 1906 Thom’s Directory lists Edward Beggs, house agent and ironmonger, Winton Stores at Nos. 1 & 2 Trafalgar Road. In my father’s Pictorial History of Greystones (Book No.2), there is a photograph of a wedding party on p.140 taken in front of Mooneys shop and just visible above window are the first two letters of the Beggs name on the signage. This was before the shop became Scott’s Pharmacy (prior to its move to Church Road), later John McKenzie’s newsagents & confectionery shop and in 1955, Mooneys. In the latest Pictorial History Book (No.8), p.287 shows a photo of the cup and saucer from the china set featuring the view from the flagstaff with all the cottages on the North Beach. An advert from 1907 on p.254 notes that the Beggs family business extended beyond house agency, ironmongery & hardware and included also being undertakers and insurance agents. The Beggs family were related to the Doyle family. Edwin Doyle (father of Enright) who ran Stanley Stores on Church Road learned the hardware trade whilst working with Beggs of Dalkey. The Beggs and Doyle family links extended back to the days of importing coal on schooners, with the former serving harbours in County Dublin and the latter, via their ownership of the Greystones built schooner, Belle Vue serving Greystones.

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