Do you know Daniel Reeves?

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Postby Kelly » Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:39 pm

Hello! I am posting an inquiry on behalf of my Father, Daniel Reeves. My Dad was born in 1932 (he is 82); he lived in Ireland on Burdett Avenue, Sandycove from 1948-1950.

He would love to reconnect with his best friend from the past, when he was a young man living in Ireland.

His friend is Brian Holden. Brian is an Englishman who was a tradesman in construction, modernizing storefronts. His Father was in the awning business. During their friendship, Brian lived with his parents, who resided at 29 Newbridge Avenue Sandymount, Co. Dublin.

My Father and Brian kept in touch for a while, following my Father's move to the United States - but over the years they lost contact.

If anyone knows Brian or can connect us to someone who might be in touch with him, my Dad would be thrilled.

Thank you,

Kelly
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Re: Looking for Brian Holden

Postby Strum » Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:45 pm

Welcome to the site Kelly. Some fantastic reseachers here so you never know. Cheers. ;)
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Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Kelly » Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:45 pm

Greetings!

A while ago I posted an inquiry on behalf of my Father, Daniel Reeves. I am attempting to assist my Dad, regarding his wish to find his best childhood friend, Brian Holden.

My Dad was born in 1932 (he is 82); he lived in Ireland on Burdett Avenue, Sandycove from 1948-1950.

Today my parents reside in the USA (Teaneck, New Jersey.)

So far I haven't heard from anyone who knows Brian - but, just wondered if there is anyone from the area who remembers my Father?

Thank you and happy holidays!

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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Navanman » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:40 am

Kelly Sorry I can't help you. It is a bit before my time. However there are a few Holdens around the area and it is not a very common name really. If you Google Cuala Security Dun Laoghaire (I think there is a Holden involved there) or Cuala GAA Club in Dalkey. maybe it can set you on the right track. Sorry I cannot be of more help.


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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby skins » Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:39 pm

Don't think that they'd be the same Holdens, NM. Tom Holden came to Dun Laoghaire from Kilkenny as a young man, and none of his lads was named Brian.
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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Kelly » Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:28 pm

Good day,
Thank you so much for your responses and for the newspaper clipping!
Unfortunately it seems that this information relates to a different Holden family, without a son named Brian.
Note, my Dad indicated that Brian, who lived with his parents, was originally from the UK - he was an Englishman living in Ireland.
I appreciate your kind notes and assistance in my quest to reach Brian! I remain hopeful that we will find him! ;)
Have a great day - warm regards,
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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby skins » Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:40 pm

Good luck with your search, Kelly. Incidentally, you can tell your Dad that I was born on Burdett Avenue. My parents had a flat there, in a house owned by people named Farrell. We left there when I was aged seven, so I don't remember an awful lot about the folks who lived on the Avenue. The best memories I have, is of it's proximity to Sandycove Harbour, and the many happy hours spent there in Summertime.
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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Kelly » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:52 pm

Thank you for your kind note, Skins!

I read your post to my Dad and he was delighted - this was his response to me:

Thank you for your efforts locating Brian.
Was interesting learning of someone born on Burdett Ave. loving the proximity to Sandycove Harbor.. . .I spent a lot of time there swimming.
Loved the place. . .
Da


Thanks again - happy holidays!

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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby skins » Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:05 pm

And the same to you and your Dad, Kelly.
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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Navanman » Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:49 am

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Would your dad have any photos from his time in Sandycove/ Dun laoghaire?

If he would not mind sharing them.


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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Kelly » Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:06 pm

Hi NM,

I don't think my Father has photos, but I will ask him.

He has mentioned that there were family photos, but unfortunately he's never been able to obtain them.

If he has any pictures, I'll be sure to post them!

Happy holidays,

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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Navanman » Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:55 pm

Thanks Kelly.

Never know who might know somebody in them.


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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Kelly » Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:34 pm

Hello Skins,

Here is a photo of the home were my Father lived - 8 Burdett Avenue.

The garage on the right eventually was converted into a residence.
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Were you born nearby?

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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Kelly » Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:39 pm

Hello NM,

My Dad scanned the attached Sandycove photos, which he took when visiting in the 1980's.

As you suggested, if he can locate photos with him in them (as well as others), I will post them...because 'you never know' who may know my Father or his friend, Brian.

Cheers - and warm regards,

Kelly
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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Rocker » Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:53 pm

Great photos Kelly,

Thank your Dad.
Happy Christmas to you all.
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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby skins » Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:07 pm

Good God, Kelly! We were actually next-door neighbours! I was born at No.7, in 1944, and we left there in 1951. Your Dad would have been a good bit older than me, so it's unlikely that we were playmates during the overlapping years, and I certainly don't remember the name. Funny old world, isn't it?
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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Kelly » Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:54 pm

Hi Skins - WOW!

My Father was really amazed that you had lived right next door. What a small world!

He mentioned another name to me - which might be familiar - he said a girl named Ann lived across the street (I believe her last name was Fitzsimons?).

Have a great day!

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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby keeper » Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:08 pm

Kelly and Skins ! That's incredible !! Just shows what this site is and has been capable of ! Hope this story develops even more.
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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Navanman » Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:40 pm

See Kelly - I told you you never know who might be looking in.


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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Kelly » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:16 pm

Yes, NM and Keeper - I am amazed and thrilled....and this has meant so much to my Father, who speaks so fondly of his years in Dun Laoghaire.

We'll see...perhaps I'll even be able to locate his old buddy, Brian Holden! (New info - Brian's Father was in the awning installation business and Brian began a business of his own, modernizing storefronts).

Happy Holidays!

Warm regards,

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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby skins » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:43 pm

Kelly wrote:Hi Skins - WOW!

My Father was really amazed that you had lived right next door. What a small world!

He mentioned another name to me - which might be familiar - he said a girl named Ann lived across the street (I believe her last name was Fitzsimons?).

Have a great day!

Kelly


No, sorry to say, Kelly, I don't recall the name. The only names I can bring to mind are the Glynn family, Farrells, Keenan the dentist at the top of the Avenue, and Byrne's shop just round the corner.
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Re: Do you know Daniel Reeves?

Postby Navanman » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:49 pm

Kelly
Your father probably remembers the seafront from the baths to Sandycove being "filled in". I think I can vaguely remember it.

I used play cowboys and indians on the littler green at Sandycove (+ Salthill and Longford Terrace). Hard to imagine where we hid.



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