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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Strum » Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:57 am

Haha Rocker, you make Corporation Green sound exotic. :D
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Rocker » Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:33 am

Strum wrote:Haha Rocker, you make Corporation Green sound exotic. :D


:lol: there I was this morning phoning my pals asking them what colour they remember !. light blue 2. sea green 3.aquamarine 3lets say 50 shades of green. :lol:
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Postby Denis Cromie » Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:11 pm

It is/was Manchester City's. ;)
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Zirco » Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:36 pm

Rocker wrote:
Strum wrote:Haha Rocker, you make Corporation Green sound exotic. :D


:lol: there I was this morning phoning my pals asking them what colour they remember !. light blue 2. sea green 3.aquamarine 3lets say 50 shades of green. :lol:


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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Sinead » Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:42 pm

The railings were definitely green.

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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby slipper » Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:51 pm

Rocker wrote:I remember those chains as a Tourquoise Blue! maybe my mind is playing tricks. God be with the day I was light enough to swing on them.


Right on Rocker, in the 60s they were certainly blue in keeping with the Corpo's choice of colour as represented by their corporate logo of that time!
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby skins » Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:13 pm

I reckon they were both blue and green over the years, and may possibly have been black at one stage (fot those of you watching in black and white!).
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Rocker » Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:12 pm

skins wrote:I reckon they were both blue and green over the years, and may possibly have been black at one stage (fot those of you watching in black and white!).


:lol: :lol: Do you know I was thinking that too. I'm thinking of the early 60's but, I'd say they were Black and maybe silver at various times. We always did the railings a silver, that was considered posh at one time!!!! :lol: :lol:
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Postby Strum » Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:15 pm

Are they Black now? Can't remember. :)
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Postby keeper » Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:37 pm

They were definitely Blue at one stage when I was a kid, the reason I remember is that I ran to swing on them not knowing they had been painted !! and through the ringing in my ears I heard my Mother roaring " Now look at you and your new trousers covered in Blue paint " I'll I'll I'll kill ya " evillaugh I also remember them painted White and Black !
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Micheál » Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:58 pm

Micheál wrote:Wouldn't you think there'd be someone in the audience who would have known there was one of these in the heart of the town -

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I dont belieeeeeeeve it!!

I've just stumbled upon yet another sign hidden behind ivy and in very poor condition. Too dark to photo.
Watch this space.

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Postby Zirco » Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:24 pm

Ah very nice Micheál....that's a lovely hobby, I'm a bit envious! wuu wuu wuu
How old are the yellow and black signs?
Do you think there are more around DL?
Will you bring a shears to cut back the ivy?
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Holla » Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:06 pm

I saw one yesterday don't know if you have it Smith Gardens York road.
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Rocker » Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:07 am

Holla wrote:I saw one yesterday don't know if you have it Smith Gardens York road.


Well spotted Holla.Just remembered I went to school with a girl from Smiths Gardens one of the Powers, wonder how she is after the 50 years.

Micheál we always think of you when we see the Yellow signs. HID is more observant than I.
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Micheál » Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:50 am

Zirco wrote:Ah very nice Micheál....that's a lovely hobby, I'm a bit envious! wuu wuu wuu
How old are the yellow and black signs?
Do you think there are more around DL?
Will you bring a shears to cut back the ivy?


I'm guessing 1930s - probably erected as part of the City scrub up for Eucharistic Congress.
I used to think they might have been placed by the AA but they would surely have included thier logo. And, besides, there are similar Green ones around Dublin city centre.

Undecided about the shears - Id be fearful exposure might attract wrong interest.

Ive tried to raise awareness of these with Heritage Officer - but no joy

Also, Ive been on to the Irish Typographical Society to inquire about history of their development but only got bold underlined silence.

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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Micheál » Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:03 am

Smyths Gardens?
Or Smyths Villas?

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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Rocker » Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:35 am

Micheál wrote:Smyths Gardens?
Or Smyths Villas?

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I think you are right Micheál ...Smyths Villas is the name.
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Holla » Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:34 pm

Rocker wrote:
Micheál wrote:Smyths Gardens?
Or Smyths Villas?

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I think you are right Micheál ...Smyths Villas is the name.


Smyth gardens are the houses on both sides of the main road and the ones that back entrance are on the lane ,the sign I saw is on the house beside the old mould factory near Barrett street it reads Smyths Gardens.
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Sputnik » Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:57 am

Holla wrote:
Rocker wrote:
Micheál wrote:Smyths Gardens?
Or Smyths Villas?

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I think you are right Micheál ...Smyths Villas is the name.


Smyth gardens are the houses on both sides of the main road and the ones that back entrance are on the lane ,the sign I saw is on the house beside the old mould factory near Barrett street it reads Smyths Gardens.


Ahem!!!
They are SMYTHS Gardens and SMYTHS Villas.
The Gardens face onto both sides of York Road, the Villas's are perpendicular to York Road and are referred to as the Terraces (this includes the front of Brocks Lane houses). To confuse things even further the numbers are a continuum, ie 19 SMYTHS Gardens is followed by 20 SMYTHS Villas etc. The sign you saw is on 15 SMYTHS Gardens (Keoghs). And further trivia, Numbers 1 to 14 are in Dun Laoghaire parish and numbers 15 to 65 are in Monkstown parish.

The Powers live in 20 SMYTHS Villas.
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Rocker » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:23 am

Morning Sputnik I knew you would know. wuu wuu

That is a great bit of local knowledge. Years ago everyone knew the history of their place but, sadly the young people now do not seem to want to know and most thirty/forty year old do not talk about their history. God be with the days when we knew who married who and why :D and what they had for breakfast and who they were related to.
The old Blackrock way of calling everyone by their maiden name was a great one for tracing the maternal side of the family....back on Topic...Micheál now you know the name of the occupant of the house you can knock and ask them if you can trim around the sign...say Sputnik sent you.
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Toss » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:18 pm

Sputnik wrote: The Powers live in 20 SMYTHS Villas.


I had an Aunt who lived in Smyths Villas .... and she was a Smyth !! a great seamstress who kept my arse in my trousers for many years. Carmel used to do the alterations for Shaws and Bryan S Nolan, lovely lady who sadly is no longer with us.
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby bugrock » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:27 pm

I've never forgotten the family in Smyths Villas who were total strangers to me, a young man from Dalkey. I had grave fears because of the infamous name of the residents of that area. Imagine my surprise to find a lovely family who gave me lunch and cleaned the best jam jar for my cup of tea.
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Micheál » Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:42 pm

Sputnik wrote:They are SMYTHS Gardens and SMYTHS Villas.
The Gardens face onto both sides of York Road, the Villas's are perpendicular to York Road and are referred to as the Terraces (this includes the front of Brocks Lane houses). To confuse things even further the numbers are a continuum, ie 19 SMYTHS Gardens is followed by 20 SMYTHS Villas etc. The sign you saw is on 15 SMYTHS Gardens (Keoghs). And further trivia, Numbers 1 to 14 are in Dun Laoghaire parish and numbers 15 to 65 are in Monkstown parish. . .


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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Strum » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:47 pm

Way to go Sputnik. :D Very interesting never heard that before. ;)
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Re: Know yer town do ye?

Postby Micheál » Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:26 pm

Yiz are all wrong!

There are no Smyths Gardens!

Here's what there is . . .

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