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Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:22 am
by Micheál
This picture is of a Retirement Party given by Staff of Lees (Where Dunne's Stores Drapery is now) in late 50s/early 60s. The Caption on the back seems to refer to a Miss Cleary or Clancy or maybe Curry

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Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:06 am
by grammer
Great photo Michael (with the fada) can never remember how to do that :D :D

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those were the days when you were someone of importance -
if you worked in the likes of Lee's or Findlaters


great photo :D :D

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:40 pm
by Enviro500
I cannot see Paddy Gibney amongst the "Chosen"...He was window dresser there !!!

Enviro

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:08 pm
by Micheál
I have the pleasure of knowing Pat Gibney from his time in Lees and for many years since. He'd be delighted to know that this was long before his time. Or if he was around he'd probably have been much too young to be included. It seems the function was staged by the staff, not the management.

My aunt is in the photo. I inherited her photos when she died some years back.

M.

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:39 pm
by Enviro500
Micheal,

Myself and Paddy were dear great pals until I left ireland in 1967, always beliieving he would come with myself and Chris Hudson...His Da was a force to be reckoned with.. Still, life goes on and I visited his Mam every trip home until she died last year at over 90 years. A great Mam and good heart.
I rarely see him now and we moved on.
Enviro

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 10:44 pm
by Thomastown
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Came across this old Lees Paper Bag.
Brings back memories.

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 10:46 pm
by grammer
Well that surely is a blast from the past
great find -TT

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 11:11 pm
by Rocker
Thomastown,

Great find. We shouldn't be so quick to clean out the attic.

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 11:14 pm
by Thomastown
grammer wrote:Well that surely is a blast from the past
great find -TT


Indeed it is,it reminded me of Jim Byrne who was a messenger boy in Lees. He wore full uniform with a peek cap with the Lees logo on it.
That was in the late 40s. He moved on to become a van driver for Lees. He was also a member of the Civil Defence.He was a small man but always looked very smart in his uniforms.

TT

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:33 am
by Rocker
With the 1913 Lock out celebrations looming I have been reading up a bit on the happenings. Have to say I knew nothing much about the lock out. One interesting snippet I read is that Mr Lee was very much on the side of the workers in the dispute.

My mother was of the old school and shopped in "decent/ethical" shops. She always said things had to be bought in Lees even if they were a bit more expensive than other shops...'cause Lees are a decent family! We never knew what she meant it must be because of Lee backing the workers(we were a big Union family...my da ran the Union in his job).

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:26 pm
by Denis Cromie
Yeah Rocker me Mother would always be proud to say she bought her furniture in Lees.They were a well respected family in Dun Laoghaire.

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:44 pm
by Micheál
One of the Lees decendants is giving a talk on this - Sun 25 August 5:15 pm. (somewhere in the town)

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:52 pm
by Gulliver
Below is an advert and picture of Lees at Nos 22-24 from a 1920 magazine. The Avenue Hotel is overhead, with it's entrance visible at the side on Northumberland Ave. The hotel was a temperance hotel - no alcohol allowed. The hotel was still there in the late 1950s - I don't know when it ceased. Lees also had premises at the other end of that block just before the site of the old Bank of Ireland at Anglesea Buildings - Lees furniture showrooms 30-31 Upr Georges St

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Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:33 pm
by Micheál
The Avenue Hotel was there well into the 60s. In addition to an Aunt working in Lees, I had another Aunt who worked in the Hotel.

Near the end of its life, it was mainly customised by permanent residents - mostly elderly.

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:38 pm
by grammer
Never knew it was a temperance hotel -
I know someone who worked there in the 60's too Micháel -your right there it was mostly elderly residents-
must ask I she has any photos from that time-

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:34 pm
by Strum
Micheál wrote:The Avenue Hotel was there well into the 60s.


It was still there well into the late 70's because I worked in Mooney's pub as a lounge boy and if we ran out of Ice that's where we would run over for some. ;)
The "temperance" thing must have been lifted later on cause I'm pretty sure I drank in there?

Great photo Gulliver. Another rare one. :D

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:05 pm
by Gulliver
Just look at the phone number on the ad from 1920 - Phone 77
From the days when phones were hand-cranked.

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:25 pm
by Jemser
I remember the Avenue Hotel well into the 70s, so I agree with Strum. But I never knew it was a temperance hotel. Great photo and information.

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:26 pm
by Rocker
Gulliver,

That is a great photo and ad. Lees must have owned the Hotel? it seems to be part of their ad.

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:37 pm
by Rocker
Strum wrote:If anybody is interested a friend asked me to scan and post this brochure, so there you go. :D



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Found the information leaflet that Strum posted. Am able to read it now on my large computer. Mike Lee is the man , venue DunLaoghaire Club, Eblana Ave.

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:00 pm
by Sinead
Coincidences again - yesterday I happened to meet Mr. Lee, he is on the
1913 Commeration Committee.

Sinéad

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:48 am
by Sputnik
Speaking of the 1913 Lockout. Has any of you ever heard the term "Kingstown Scabs"?
I wonder if it has anything to do with Father Flavins union.
My father used to tell us a story of when he was a fisherman in the '30's or '40's. He was with a Dun Laoghaire boat in Kinsale and all of the crew were laid off, some money problems with the owner/skipper. The crew were all given temporary work on Kinsale trawlers for a few weeks so that they could afford to go back home and have a few bob when they got there. However, he said that the Kinsale fishermen reminded them everyday that they were "Kingstown Scabs".
I believe it was something to do with men from the town breaking the Lock-out.
Anybody got any idea?

Lock Out

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:33 am
by Rocker
Sputnik,

Never heard of "Kingstown Scabs". I'm only starting to get to grips with what happened in the Lock Out..here is an interesting Union article

http://www.siptu.ie/media/media_17016_en.pdf

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:23 am
by Jemser
Rocker, what a great find, I've only read the first four pages and already I am entralled by the action. Page four ends with a powerful quote from Jim Larkin, thanks for posting, a lot more reading there.

Re: Lees of Dun Laoghaire

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:14 pm
by Denis Cromie
That's brilliant Rocker,there was so much cruelty inflicted on workers who were just asking for a decent life.