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Name: Wally (Chuck) Charlesworth
E-mail address: wallycha@bigpond.com
Comments:Lived at 111 Mersey Street. Went to Mersey St Primary then AShfield class 4T1. Emigrated to Australia Dec 73. Born Nov 47. Is there anybody out there?
Monday, January 20th 2014 - 07:40:36 AM
Name: bertie Maloney
E-mail address: bertiemaloney@gmail.com
Comments:Wow just discovered this site went to park parade 1961 to 1965 lived in imperial st had 2 younger sisters Irene and Carol (also went to Park parade) . Ssadly lost Irene 1998 age 45 . Played rugby for Malone RFC whose grounds were at Daddy winkers lane No park parade anymore pulled down now but remember some teachers Duchy Holland, Sam Cuddy, Bob neely, Humpy Sommerville,Willie Stanfield,Dan Coey, Mr Fieldhouse, Mr Thompson {PE}
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Name: Evelyn McAuley
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Name: Katie
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Name: pauline roberts
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Name: Billy Watterson
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Name: Hello this is jean mc Allister again
E-mail address: Cmcgreevy693@gmail.com
Comments:I am looking for Margaret McCausland she went to Ashfield Girls I think she lived on the Garnervile road near Our school . please if anyone knows about her ,please let me know or ask her to write in. I'm so glad I found this Dream Book also is there a Deborah Harland we went to Mersey st school together . I can still remember your long thick plat .
Sunday, September 16th 2012 - 11:28:36 PM
Name: Maiden name. Jean mc allister
E-mail address: Cmcgreevy693@gmail.com
Comments:I lived in 46 Mersey st from year 58 to68 went to Mersey st school and Mersey st Presbyterian Sunday school three sisters 1brother Ellen ,drew ,Sharon and Marie , there twins . Ellen and me went to Ashfield ,my granny and granda on my mothers side lived in Severn st there name was Gibson .someone said about coral watson that's my mothers cousin . If any one knows me please write in .
Sunday, September 16th 2012 - 07:32:36 PM
Name: heather mcglynn
E-mail address: heathermcglenn123@btinternet.com
Comments:wat a wonderful site ive read names of streets that i forgot abt
Wednesday, August 15th 2012 - 11:16:02 PM
Name: Sean T Traynor
E-mail address: seanttraynor@live.co.uk
Comments:Extract from "Knockdene Park"

What a lovely and informative site. I googled "Glenart Knock Road, which is the address on my Grandmothers 1936 marriage certificate. From the information in the above article here, I can only assume that she was in domestic service here. I would love to know she worked for. Or if any one has picture of the three house terrace that faced the Methodist Church on Knock Road
Friday, July 13th 2012 - 10:39:44 PM
Name: Herb Pollock
E-mail address: shq74@hotmail.com
Comments:Excellent site..... Belfast has changed a lot and many people have left. I am from Beersbridge Road area and drove a trolley bus from 1951 to 1956. I then joined the RAF, traveled the world and retired in Canada.

Some real characters around in those days. Happy days.

Monday, May 21st 2012 - 05:52:31 AM
Name: frances
E-mail address: frances.roll@orange.net
Sunday, March 25th 2012 - 08:34:11 PM
Name: David Campbell
E-mail address: davicampbell@gmail.com
Comments:I live in Australia but lived in Moorfield St from 1935-1952.
I have 12 of the Society Journals from Vol.1 No.1 to Vol.3, No.4,are there more? I still enjoy reading them when something comes up about Ravenscroft school that I attended until the "Blitz', then I went to Elmgove,

I enjoyed Norman Kennedy's The Fallen Arches.
Saturday, March 10th 2012 - 04:47:33 AM
Name: joan cartmill....harmer
E-mail address: joancartmill@shaw.ca
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Comments:i am from MOORFILD STREET came to CANADA 1946went to RAVENSCROFT SCHOOL...my maiden name was HARMERlike to hear from people who knew my family
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Name: jackie dempster
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Comments:I was born in Thorndyke Street 1950 and grew up there untill about 1974 have not found any one on the site yet i know except talk of a girl called dorothy peacock from abbeta parade who went to thorndyke street youth club for a while who i knew vaugely. would be nice to hear from any old friends who remember me.
Sunday, January 1st 2012 - 09:06:57 PM
Name: Dorothy Spridgeon
E-mail address: bonniedanny@rogers.com
Comments:In September of this year I went on this website and asked if anyone knew where I could purchase a book by the name of TRAMP AFTER GOD, written by Willie Mullan. I'm so happy to say that a very kind gentleman from Markham, Ontario, (close to Toronto) was able to loan me a copy and mailed it to me. I truly do appreciate his kindness and have started reading the book already. The beginning - a bit depressing and sad - had many tears in my eyes when Pastor Mullan elaborated on his life as a tramp. I'm at the beginning of his conversion and it is so much more uplifting.
Sunday, December 25th 2011 - 07:19:47 PM
Name: John Beckett
E-mail address: Aj.beckett@virgin.net
Sunday, November 13th 2011 - 03:40:36 PM
Name: PR Wilson
Comments:Hi All,

I am following with interest this thread regarding Daddy Winkers Lane. Daddy Winkers may have been Robert Wilson, a cattle dealer/butcher/flesher. My GG Grandfather Thomas Wilson and his brother Robert stored cattle on land in that area from abt 1875 possibly into the 1920s. Both were the early cattle dealers/butchers for the town of Belfast prior to opening many butchers/fleshers shops in East Belfast. On this land Robert also lived in Glenbanna House and in latter years moved into Glenbanna Cottage. We always knew of him (historically) as Robert from the Cregagh Hills and also seemingly as Daddy Winkers. I dont believe he lived on his own in either house nor did I ever hear the eyebrow story :-). Hope this helps a bit
Wednesday, November 2nd 2011 - 03:19:16 PM
Name: Evelyn Leebody
E-mail address: e.leebody@ntlworld.com
Comments:Hi Lucy, I too remember the swing park at Daddy Winker's Lane as my older sister and brother and their friends always used to take me there when I was quite young. I always remember the 'witches hat'. We only ever knew it as Daddy Winker's Lane although we never knew why it was called that. Coming in from Cregagh Road it's actually Gibson Park Avenue but in an article in one of the East Belfast Historical Society's journals (Vol.3 No.2 1994) Dr. John Wilson Foster recalls his boyhood in Belfast and talks about his old school master who lived in Daddy Winker's Lane and shows a picture of a cottage there. He says that it was named by children after the bushy-eyebrowed lone inhabitant of the lane in the 1880s.
Saturday, October 1st 2011 - 03:55:47 PM
Name: Lucy Caldwell
E-mail address: lucycharmain@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.lucycaldwell.com
Comments:Hello, I'm a Belfast-born novelist & playwright, currently doing some research for a story set in and around the parts of East Belfast where I grew up. My mum remembers taking me to 'Daddy Winkers Park' off 'Daddy Winkers Lane', the colloquial name for Gibson Park Avenue / Ladas Drive. It's such a brilliant name - a gift for a storyteller! I wondered if anyone had any stories or anecdotes of how it came to be known as Daddy Winkers? All that I've been able to find out so far is that a farmer, possibly called Wilson, lived nearby. Anything, however slight it seems, would be appreciated. Thank you!
Wednesday, September 28th 2011 - 11:50:43 AM
Name: Dorothy Spridgeon
E-mail address: bonniedanny@rogers.com
Comments:When I lived in Belfast I attended Bloomfield Baptist Church and was baptized by Pastor Willie Mullan. I know Pastor Mullan has passed away, and I also know that he had written a book called "TRAMP AFTER GOD". I have tried to get his book here in Toronto, both in the stores and libraries, but I understand it has been discontinued printing. If anyone out there knows where I can get a copy, I would greatly appreciate it and would be happy to pay you for it. Many many thanks.
Dorothy Spridgeon in Toronto - Wednesday, September 14/2011
Wednesday, September 14th 2011 - 06:47:43 AM
Name: Lillian Heenan
E-mail address: lillianheenan8@yahoo.ca
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Saturday, June 4th 2011 - 01:30:11 AM
Name: Irene Smith, (White)
E-mail address: ismith1@live.ca
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Name: Lillian Heenan ((Duncan )))
E-mail address: lillianheenan8@yahoo.ca
Comments:Great site thank you so much for the memories
appreciate all the Information about my real home
East Belfast, I've been in Canada since 1966
Been home many many times, loved the 50s and 60s in Belfast
going to all the dances, the plaza, Mitchels, the painters to name a few.
will visit site again
Sunday, July 18th 2010 - 01:49:02 AM
Name: David Stewart
E-mail address: davidstewart10@live.com
Comments:Born in Ardilaun St. NEWTOWNARDS ROAD,joined the army in 1962.Went to work in germany in 1969.If anybody knows me please get in touch.
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Name: Lillian Heenan
E-mail address: lillianheenan8@yahoo.ca
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Name: Lillian Heenan
E-mail address: lillianheenan8@yahoo.ca
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Name: Madeleine Marengere
E-mail address: mado43@live.ca
Comments:I'm looking for Lillian Heenan (Duncan)
We met 40 years ago when I was pregnant with Karen, in Sudbury,Ontario, Canada
Just in case she visits this site, my e-mail address is above
This is our 67th birthday, both of us.
I miss Lillian with all my heart, would very much hear from her. Thanks
I hope it's ok to sign this book, it seems the only way I can locate her
Saturday, June 19th 2010 - 07:48:59 PM
Name: Madeleine Marengere
E-mail address: mado43@live.ca
Comments:I'm looking for Lillian Heenan (Duncan)
We met 40 years ago when I was pregnant with Karen, in Sudbury,Ontario, Canada
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Saturday, June 19th 2010 - 07:45:29 PM
E-mail address: lambert_roberts@hotmail.com
Comments:interesting site.
Thursday, March 18th 2010 - 06:23:16 PM
Name: Carol Ground
E-mail address: antriminteriors@primus.ca
Comments:Hi I found a friend on this site and am looking for anyone else who might remember me.Carol Ground ( Watton )
Monday, November 23rd 2009 - 09:52:27 PM
Name: jim smith
E-mail address: jimsmith99@live.co.uk
Comments:brilliant site.I am doing a family history at the moment and would love to hear from anyone with any knowledge of my family.I am looking for John Smith and or family who lived at Church St.East Island St area around 1910 to 1920.
I would also say HI to Carol Watton in Canada who lived in Convention St when i lived there in the sixties.
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Friday, August 21st 2009 - 04:03:58 PM
Name: Ian McQueen
E-mail address: glmcqueen@sbcglobal.net
Comments: I was born In Sydenham,my father was George from Avon St.and mother was Ethel Graham from Bright St. We emmigrated to Canada in mid fifties and eventually to USA. Would love to hear from anyone who knew the family.
Thursday, July 30th 2009 - 09:33:38 PM
Name: Wally Charlesworth (Chuck)
E-mail address: wallycha@istnet.net.au
Comments:From Mersey St east belfast. Left for Australia 1973.Great site. I wonder if anyone knows the whereabouts of a Gerry Russell(unsure of spelling) He lived in Strandburn Drive, brilliant guitarist, red haired and around 56 years of age. We had a little R&R band together.Would love to locate him.
Wednesday, June 3rd 2009 - 02:46:02 AM
Name: Lillian Heenan nee Duncan
E-mail address: lillianheenan@btinternet.com
Comments:Hi I grew up in Shamrock Street, went to Boyd and Downment
primary school and park parade on Ravenhill Road
born 1943
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Wednesday, May 20th 2009 - 01:37:01 PM
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