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Bann Primary School 1958

This fantastic photo was sent in by Imelda Duffy who says

"Hope the school photo is clear enough for your memory lane page. Imelda Duffy, Ballyvarley. I spent many happy years at that school!"

The caption below the newspaper cutting said:

"Bann Primary School was opening in 1860 and was renovated and a new wing added in 1956
There are 122 pupils on the rolls. The school is reorganised and the 11+ children go to the Intermediate in Banbridge.
Every week after school hours the pupils attend Irish Dancing Classes and have competed with usccess at Aerleachta through the country.
The boys are enthusiastic Gaelic footballers and have formed a team. There is no organised league in their district but they compete with success with other teams in the county.
Principlal of the school is Mr. J. McBreen (Killeavey). His assistances are Miss M. McNeill (Laurencetown), Mrs. M. McShane (Portadown) and Miss P.J. Delahunt (Laurencetown."

Springvale Bleachworks
60 years ago

Back Row:l-r
Paddy Maguire, James McCarteny, John Conlon, James Stevenson, Bob Sargent, Fred Anderson, Jimmey Burns, James Grimes, George Dreening

Second Row: l-r
Sammy Jones, Jack Duffey, Jamey Jones, Bob Thompson, Billy McVeigh, George Craig, Sammy Crangle, Bob Curran, Hugh Beattie.

Third Row: l-r
Harry Turkington, Tommy Craig, Bill McKinnely, James Willis, Kane Hanna, James Clugston, Archie McCormick, Walter Kinley, John Conlon, Jonnie Sands.

Bottom RowL l-r
Billy Grimes, Tam McCafferty, Tam McCart, Tam Coleman, George Berry, Joe Willis, Bob McVeigh, John Scullion

 

Tullylish Tug-O-War Champions

Kevin Murphy, Larry McCartan, Paul Monaghan, Mick Miller
David Broom, Pat Mackin

Recognise any of these upstanding parishioners?

 

Thanks to Mickey Maguire for providing this next photo of a very handsome young local shopowner and
Oliver Moore for providing us with the second photo

 

A long way from "The Point"?
Autographs of the trainer available from the Post Office!

 

This next photograph was taken outside Pat Conlon's butchers shop known as Fred's Market in North Bergen, New Jersey, USA IN 1951.

Patrick Conlon, Fr. O'Rourke, James J Braddock and Pat Sullivan

Those in the photo from left to right

1. Patrick Conlon, born in Castle Hill, Gilford, emigrated to America in 1921. His father, William Conlon was sexton of St John's Church, Gilford for 65 years. The day he retired his wife told him he should never have taken the job for she knew it wouldn't last.

2. Father Michael O'Rourke, born beside Legananny Dolmen, was a curate in Gilford during the 1950's. He eventually became a Canon in the Church and was Parish Priest in Banbridge.

3. James J Braddock was born in 'Hells Kitchen', New York. He became heavyweight champion of the world when he defeated Max Baer on the 13th June 1935. He won the fight on points over fifteen rounds in Long Island New York. Braddock floored the challenger, Joe Lewis, in the first round of a title defence in Chicago on the 22nd June 1937 but Lewis came back to knock him out in the eighth round to take the title. Braddock was nicknamed 'The Cinderella Man' because of his dogged attitude in coming back from being considered a 'no hoper' to be crowned world champion. A film was recently made depicting the life of Braddock who was played by Russell Crowe.

4. Pat Sullivan, of Irish extraction, was an amateur boxer of the time. He won the Golden Gloves championship, the highest accolade in American amateur boxing and was a close friend of Braddock. Carlo Vercelli, who grew up in the company of these boxers in New jersey, remarked 'you have to be a contender to live around here'.

 

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