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Name:Elena
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Where are
you from:
Russia
Comments: Dear Mr. Weir, My name is Elena, and I'm working, among others, for International society "Memorial" ( http://www.memo.ru/eng/ ). I'm very happy to express my delight at your website and your photos - and, of course, I'm going to ask you for a favour. Now we are preparing a small material in commemoration of Jan Palach's death in 1969. By chance, I found your picture of his and Jan Zajic's memorial: http://portadown.50megs.com/images/Prague_Praha_jan_palach.JPG May I ask you for permission to use it? Of course, with all proper acknowledgement. Thank you in any case, and - many new bright pictures! Elena

21 December 2008 12:57(GMT Time)


Name:Mary Ware
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you from:
Scotland
Comments: Hello Mr Weir ....My name is Mary from Scotland I am doing my genealogy and My great grand father was James Ware born Portadown Lurgan 1868 and they Lived in Marley st . I visited last year it is a beautiful wee place .......... was just wandering if you may have known of Ware/Weir families in Portadown ..........Regards Mary

07 December 2008 00:07(GMT Time)


Name:Tony Bunting
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown
Comments: Well Squire mate, Just thought I would drop you a line hoping your keeping well. I was looking through your photos today again and seen a few faces I recognised from the past. Some of the players in the Ladies football team you have already mentioned but here are another few. There's Paula McAdams, Carol McCann, Tanya Thornbury, the Newell sisters Joan and Sandra, Stephanie Donaldson and Jennifer Terry. I remember going to watch them play once or twice and if I remember correctly I believe Sandra Newell was quite a good player. I can also recall te first girls flute band when it started up. In fact I may have a photo of it, if I do I'll copy and send it to you so you can embarrass some more people. Well bye for now mate and hope to see you soon, maybe organise a day we can both take the cameras out. Good luck and keep up the good work mate. Bunty

04 November 2008 16:17(GMT Time)


Name:Sai Kelly
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Where are
you from:
Portadown
Comments: Hello Mr. Weir, i am shooting a short piece on division in ireland for the C.S.I: Ulster (Cohesion.Sharing.Integration) Conference on the 8th of november and I have been researching places where i could go and capture some footage that would portray division in the community or remnants of division and i stumbled upon this image on your website which would be a great opening shot and closing shot for the piece. Thing is, i've no idea where you snapped it! You mentioned near a park? Can you tell me how to find it please?

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Any immediate help would be much appreciated, as im shooting tomorrow and thursday. Kind Regards, Sai Kelly Video Producer Communications Dept. P.C.I

28 October 2008 10:33(GMT Time)


Name:Terry Szalai
Email:
Where are
you from:
Napa, California
Comments: Hi, Dean - Greetings in Christ! I am happy to see from your website that you are a Christian; God is good! I'm writing because I found and liked your picture of the Prague Cemetery and have used it an Easter presentation (hoping that's OK). I am belatedly working on getting permissions and am assembling a credits page for this presentation. I have a draft (without the recorded vocals) of the first part of the presentation on Godtube, your picture makes a brief appearance at about 1:22 on the video. The presentation consists of the Easter/Passion story with narrated scripture, hymns and worship songs, and is intended to be for a witness and evangelical presentation of the Gospel message (hence the somewhat heavy beginning of the presentation). My wife and I arranged the presentation and arranged and performed the music, but we obviously rely heavily on the visual impact of the pictures as well. We have shared this presentation a few times this past year (its debut was this past Easter at our church in Napa, California), and hope to be able to share it more in the coming years. We plan on putting the final recording on a non-profit DVD (as we did our Christmas presentation) for use as a witnessing tool, with all proceeds going to our church's missions in Mexico. (We've sold maybe two hundred DVD's for $5 over the last three years or so, FYI.) Would you permit us to use your picture in this presentation? If so, please let us know how you would like to list you in the credits portion, and if there is specific copyright information to list. As this is a non-profit presentation If you would not like us to use this picture in this presentation, we understand and will not continue to use the picture, with no hard feelings, of course. Thank you for your time and talents, and we appreciate the opportunity to partner with you in ministry to His glory. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you and God's Blessings, Terry Szalai

20 October 2008 02:23(GMT Time)


Name:Michael Cooke
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Where are
you from:
Portadown
Comments: Well mate. Young Cookie here. Long time no see. Just happened to be on the net there,and i stumbled upon your site. Didn't know you were into photography. Site is good,like the Email address,us Skynyrd fans have got to stick together. Was looking at your Paris photos. Went there earlier in the year and got some belter ones myself,it's a good city to tour round. Got a few crackers of Jim Morrisson's grave. Take it easy!

08 October 2008 20:06(GMT Time)


Name:Jan and Bill Patton
Email:
Where are
you from:
Iowa, USA
Comments: I was so happy to 'stumble' on to your website this evening when I was trying to find something on Seagoe cemetery. My husband and I were in Portadown in 2002, searching for his 'roots'. We found several of his ancestors at the old Seagoe cemetery. A very up-to-date map and extemely helpful caretaker took us to the Patton tombstones. We will be back in Portadown, with our son and daughter-in-law , on September 24th. We have been trying to find any Patton relatives still living in the area but so far no luck. My husbands paternal grandparents were both born and raised there and came to the USA in the late 1800's. There is a large tombstone in the Seagoe Cemetery erected by Thomas Patton for his wife Isabella and several other relatives. Thomas is my husbands great grandfather. If you have any special information for us, please email us. Would love to have contact with a local. Great pictures--enjoyed them. We are Irish from Iowa USA, Take Care, Jan and Bill Patton.

02 September 2008 00:10(GMT Time)


Name:Dave McCann
Email:
Where are
you from:
County St. Clair, Illinois, U. S. A.
Comments: Hello, Dean:

I am an American just starting to get an interest in the geneology of my family. I noticed in some documentation that the McCann family has a long past with County Armagh, and the other night I was looking for towns in County Armagh, and came upon Portadown, and then upon your site. I found a picture of the old graveyard on your site, and my family name on the headstone that you can read to the left of the gates. Since I am planning a family website, I think that picture would be interesting to include on my site. If I was willing to give you credit for the picture, and put a link to your site on my page, would it be all right if I used it on my homepage? If you would rather I not do that, I understand completely. It is just that it makes such a nice link to my family's Irish past that I would really like to use it. Be assured, the site is in no way commercial, and no money will be made off it--it is simply for our family. Please respond to this email, so I can have your permission.

Sincerely, Dave McCann

03 August 2008 22:03(GMT Time)


Name:Barbara Freeburn
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you from:
Comments: Hi Squire , Enjoyed the old photos. Here are a few more names to add to the Baptist Sunday School pic. You mentioned Joan and Nicola Davison - there sister Heather is also there. As are Carol and Susan Stewart . I think it is Rosemary Sleator beside Nicky Davison too. If Rosemary is there I am sure her sister Karen is there also. Steven aka Barley is correct in saying Dawn Beattie is there as are Caroline Brown and Esther Crawford. Possibly Stephen Rowland and Christopher Duff too. Hope you can dig out a few more old photos to jog our middle aged memories. Like yourself I remember quite a few of the faces but only some of the names!!! Keep up the interesting work. Barbara

02 August 2008 02:10(GMT Time)


Name:Brian Beck
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you from:
Comments: Just to let you know my family and I lived in 115 Bridge Street for 25 years from 1957 our old home is now a hair dressing salon. Regards Brian Beck

29 July 2008 11:04(GMT Time)


Name:MATT McCLATCHEY
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown.
Comments: Hi Squire, What a blast from the past this photo was, we have never seen this before. Mum says she doesn`t remember photo being took. First is Davy Carville, John McClatchey, John Mcpolin, Wilfie McClatchey, Roberta Toal is the girl on bike, Joyce McClatchey, Unis McAteer (granny of Roberta Toal), Lizzy Huniford and Mary Thornbury. At bottom is Carol McClatchey, Philip Carville, Matt McClatchey, Betty McClatchey and George McClatchey. We are still going through other photo`s everytime you look you remember someone else. I have marked your site as a favourite so will be back in touch. You must be the first to show Portadown in a good light the whole site is brilliant. Many thanks, MATT.

15 July 2008 23:33(GMT Time)


Name:Steven Robinson
Email:
Where are
you from:
Leeds and Portadown.
Comments: Hello Dean/ Squire,

You may or may not remember me, - barley - but judging by your photos and the names you have already, there's a good chance you will. I came across your site a while back and have just been revisiting today. Just like to say, superb pictures throughout! If I may, I can add a few names to some of the photos from the Killicomaine batch, may help your memory to remember more!

These are a few more: Summer school : 4th from back left Freddie Hyde? - To the right of Jeff Kerr?John McCullagh. Nigel Carville beside Leonard. Next to Glen Speers, poss. Philly Allen? & behind just to right - Raymond McConnell. At front, 2nd from right Paul Love and next to Clixy Clements on his left is Brian Hall.

In Mini Rugby, there's a Glen Burns next to Jim Fulton, and in the centre, a wee face at the back looks like Justin Reid who happens to be a Dr now!

Ladies football, 3rd from left back : Paula McAdam ?

Footballers - missing name - Gary McCormick

Granville Rd - Georgina Hobson?? on bicycle

Seagoe CLB, Front: from left 2nd Ian Liggett?? Front from right 2nd - Dickie McLoughlin 2nd Row next to Trevor, Willie Navan? (RIP) - Brian Burke? 3rd Row - 1st looks like Simon Richardson, 2nd from left Michael Henry , 4th David McLoughlin At the end of this row looks a bit like me? !! 4th Row Nigel & Clive Carson, end of this row - Niall Riley? In the middle of 5th row looks like Jeff Kerr, and just to his left in pic, behind is Sammy Reany. Further left is Wilsy Yellow, wee Bills' brother. Next to Jeff Kerr, could it be Tubby White(Alan)? Right at back left, officer looks like Ronnie Roney and his sister Sylvia is girl officer at front.

There's a few faces in the Baptist pic too, but some of the names are not forthcoming, maybe a Rodney McCann,front of Joan D. in the pic? Think there's a Dawn Beattie there, also at back Mark Allen, maybe also Andy Pepper? Well Dean that's all this time, many thanks for a trip down memory lane, hope some of these names you can fit to the faces. I'm now in Leeds, but I will always want to be back in Portadown, just biding my time!! best regards, Stevie Robinson.. barley

29 June 2008 16:28(GMT Time)


Name:Lisa Egan
Email:
Where are
you from:
San Francisco, California.
Comments: Hi, Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your photos of Portadown! I recently encountered someone from Portadown, and came across your site after googling the city. Portadown looks like a lovely place - it's now on my "must see" list for my first trip to Northern Ireland! I also thoroughly enjoyed your photos of my home city of San Francisco! It's always a great thing to see my beautiful city through the eyes of someone seeing it for the first time. I hope you enjoyed your time here! Come back and visit us again soon! Sincerely, Lisa Egan

25 May 2008 08:22(GMT Time)


Name:Ken and Jan Tedford
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Where are
you from:
Queensland, Australia.
Comments: Dear Dean, Hi!! My name is Ken Tedford and my wife, Jan, and I were visiting Norhtern Ireland in June, 2006. We went to Armagh in search of any evidence of Tedfords. While looking around we met John and Reba Jackson at The Birches near Portadown. We saw the hand of God at work in many ways there - John just "happened" to be near the house that day. We only had that one day to look around. He was really helpful and even took us to see the Church at Tartarghan and we found some Tedfords' names among the gravestones. Since then we've tried to get in touch with him but have been unable to. He expressed a great interest in Australian parrots - he loved all the bright colours. I know it is a great imposition - I am asking a lot, but would you have his address? Do you know of him? Are you able to give this email to him or Reba? I will understand completely if nothing can be done. Our email is kenjan.tedford at bigpond.com Thanking you, Ken

11 May 2008 11:54(GMT Time)


Name:Mark McReynolds
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown.
Comments: HA HA!!!! Hello Squire, what a bout ye? Tis I The macker,(only joking). Mad things, looking up sh$%e on te t'interweb and came across yourself,fanaar, fanaar. I think Gail may have said, I came across loads of old photo's of people and places from the glorious Corcrain, have to dig them all out, but the question is,,,,, how would you like them? Do you want them sent on the old e-mail thingy, or original photos to scan and put up as you like. People include Me, (obviously), Geoff Irvine, John Norton, Micheal Norton, Scones, Luigi, Squealer, the Rowntree's, the Murphy's, etc, etc. Also, like yourself, have recently got into digital photo thingy(Nikon D50) and have taken to photographing local scenes(trying to get alternate shots of our glorious Port'e'up). Anyway, had a few, He he, anyway, how do you want them? Can call and show you originals or can scan and e-mail them, up to you. Chucky Corcrain!

26 April 2008 00:27(GMT Time)


Name:Danni and Maurice Snow
Email:
Where are
you from:
Edithburgh, South Australia.
Comments: I came across your website whilst looking for information on my Great Grandfather Joseph Kidd who,I just found out, was born in Portadown district. Enjoyed looking through your photo's. Thanks Danni Snow

17 April 2008 07:44(GMT Time)


Name:Ricky Thomas
Email:
Where are
you from:
Castleton, Ontario, Canada..
Comments: Hi! Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your site! The photos are beautiful! I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Portadown and area a few years ago and fell in love with the town, very pretty place, and everyone so, so, very friendly! Keep up the good work! Sincerely R. Thomas. P.S. Your site has been added to my favorites!

18 March 2008 20:47(GMT Time)


Name:Dawn
Email:
Where are
you from:
North Carolina.
Comments: Hello! My name is Dawn McConville Green. I know that my family is from Portadown and I still have some family over there. I believe the family name now is Fox. I have been to your site a few times to enjoy your pictures. You do beautiful work. One photo in particular holds my interest. It is in the Winter group and is of the McConville Bros Wine Merchants. I would love to get a copy of this photo for my father. Would you be willing to help me with this? Let me know what you might charge for such. I very much would appreciate it. God Bless, Dawn McConville Green North Carolina, USA

27 February 2008 01:41(GMT Time)


Name:John Fogarty
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown.
Comments: I found your site today.the building "finlandia" inherited it's name from the first one on that site which came from Finland. they tried to teach me french in finlandia.I remember cricket practice on that area I have many happy memories of that school and DWJ woodman the head at the time. keep up the pics

25 February 2008 21:30(GMT Time)


Name:Georgina Collins
Email:
Where are
you from:
Manchester.
Comments: Hi I'm sat waiting for a flight to Dublin, going back to Armagh for the weekend (I'm studying in Manchester). Love your pics of Portydown which i think you portrayed in a very positive light, thank you!! Armagh will always be home, and there will ever be a hole in my heart when I'm not there. It's the people, it's the craic, it's the music... and its people like you who make it all special. God Bless Georgina

22 February 2008 17:14(GMT Time)


Name:Ed Anderson
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown.
Comments: hi dean, do you have any old portadown photos we could use on pca, portadown college alumni? such as 1,,old college building 2,,students with skull caps, headmaster woodman on bike 3,,horse and electric breadcarts 4,,old mcgredys building 5,,bike track in the park 6,,circus at the fair green 7,,old buses 8,,walshes seed store 9,,old railway station 10,,market day, with horses and carts thanks, ed anderson

30 January 2008 18:58(GMT Time)


Name:Ramesh Sharma
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown.
Comments: Hi Dean, You have done a wonderful thing here. To see Portadown in the way that you have portrayed it...brings back to me some of the sweetest memories i have ever had. I was actually born and brought up in Corcrain Avenue No.12(my Grandfathers house, Charlie Hamilton) to be precise and yes actually born in the house....almost 40 years ago. The picture you have on your site of the Plantation in Corcrain is simply amazing and you have brought tears to a grown mans eyes. You can actually see the house where i was born and it was great to see the plantation which i played on for so many years still looking as i remembered it.....although minus a few trees. I now live in Waringstown but it would never hold a candle to the Corcrain i remember......the corcrain in your pictures. Corcrain in the mid seventies was the most sought after estate to live in in Portadown and although it went through a real bad patch in the eighties .... its great to see it returning to its former glory and a real credit to the residents who have fought so long and hard to restore it. Anyway....thankyou for taking time to show the world what Portadown is really like and keep up the good work. Godbless, Ramesh Sharma

25 January 2008 21:48(GMT Time)


Name:Pete Smith
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown.
Comments: Hey Dean. Really like your site and the profile of Portadown and all. Shows our town in a postive light! I would ask if you could change the name of Expressions to Xpression on the Obins St photo, just to give it its correct title. Maybe we'll see you guys joinin us this year?? August 18th - 22nd Check out the Xpression bebo for more amazin photos and info. Blessings. Pete Smith

21 January 2008 18:33(GMT Time)


Name:Janine
Email:
Where are
you from:
Lurgan.
Comments: Dear Sir, I am a 3rd year student at College, where i have been studying Art and Design. Looking through your website i found your work to be very interesting and was inspired by some of your pieces. Throughout my 3 years, i have been very interested in photography, in my course i gained 3 Distinctions, which is equivilant to an A grade in photography. I am hoping to further my career in this topic. However to gain a better understanding of this and get more experience i am looking for a part-time job in photography where i would get the chance to improve my skills and develop photographs. If you have any part-time jobs going i would be happy to show you a portfolio of my work. i am looking forward to hearing from you. Yours Faithfully, Janine

16 January 2008 13:33(GMT Time)


Name:Drew
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown.
Comments: well squire long time no speak, how ya keepin? Drew here. was wondering if y'ad do me a favour and do a wee link exchange, ive just started buildin my own site after months of trying to figure out the html stuff (nitemare), anyway the site is gonna be digitaly based on the town and general areas of my interests that i dont get a chance to do anymore so thought id put the pc till some use. your site is a cracker and ya gimme the idea to start this. im taking loads of pics of everything and anything but still havint got the eye for it yet but im sure it'll come. ive a few pics up but there only testers till fill the spaces till i take some decent ones. anyway if ya wanna swap links my site is www.portadownpics.irishhome.net. also , have ya any ideas on the best way till promote it once i get more done, noticed urs is ranked no1 on google, i tried a few things but sure ya no wat the nets like , theres that much rubbish on it. anyway hopefully ill hear from ya so talk soon. Drew.

14 December 2007 19:16(GMT Time)


Name:Mel Read
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown
Comments: Hi Dean, Iíve just been looking for some photos of the Portadown area and came across your site. Two or three of them are what Iím looking for; Iím looking for 10 overall. Would it be possible to use the pics Ė maybe look at others you have available as well, if you are willing. I will, of course, pay you for their use Ė itís a commercial venture within Portadown. Regards,

Mel Read

P.S. Does the ĎFreebirdí fly free in ĎAlabamaí?

14 December 2007 14:57(GMT Time)


Name:Sue
Email:
Where are
you from:
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.
Comments: I'm very sorry for bothering you . I found your web site and love the pictures. My mother was born in Tandragee and was raised in Portadown. We are planning a family trip to take her back for a visit. I have never traveled outside the US. My question is regarding weather. What time of the year is better? As well as any other little tips you might offer. Thank you very much for your response. Sue

01 November 2007 15:21(GMT Time)


Name:Robert Gibson
Email:
Where are
you from:
England.
Comments: Hi I was researching my grandfather who was born in Corcrain in 1879 and in so doing hit your beautiful site. I first visited Charles Street in Portadown in 1958. (though now demolished and rebuilt). However I did not take to the general atmosphere. Over the last 40 odd years I have made various tours of Ireland and at times I would pass through Portadown and it seemed very depressing. However in July as I took my family to Mayo we stopped off in Portadown. I was so impressed it seemed to be bustling and happy with noticeably immigrants from eastern Europe and I even saw a Polish Deli. Anyway your website suggest further healing. It is great and I will tell others about it. Best wishes to you and Portadown. Robert Gibson ( I have I think a Portadown name!)

18 October 2007 18:42(GMT Time)


Name:Margaret S
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Where are
you from:
Huntly, Scotland.
Comments: Thanks, just had a look at your brilliant website, and really enjoyed all the wonderful murals and photos. I drive through Belfast frequently on my way south to Dublin, must find time to stop off and see more of the murals Margaret S.

12 October 2007 14:05(GMT Time)


Name:Valerie Armstrong
Email:
Where are
you from:
Rhodes, Greece.
Comments: Hi Dean, my name is Valerie, and I live in Rhodes, Greece. I have been here 10 yrs now, but I originally come from Portadown. I have been looking at your photos which have made me quite homesick. I haven't been home for 7yrs and sometimes I miss it. I guess where you're born stays with you forever. I hope you receive this. Nice work. Please keep it up.

01 October 2007 19:56(GMT Time)


Name:Jacqueline Branham
Email:
Where are
you from:
USA.
Comments: Hi I really enjoyed your web pictures of the town. I was last home 4 years ago. Im from there my last name is Clarke. Im trying to reach an old school friend of mine Fidelma Hamill. I don't know her married name. Or Stephnie McBride .I would love to hear from either one of them. I don't know their married name.

30 September 2007 03:23(GMT Time)


Name:Vivien Cooper
Email:
Where are
you from:
Tennessee, USA.
Comments: In looking at your site before, you had a picture of Clonavon Ave. My mother (now 85) lived on that street when she was a child. Would it be possible for you to e-mail that picture to me? I would like to print it off for my mother. We live in Tennessee, USA. We came here in 1958 from Belfast. Thank you, Vivien Cooper

07 August 2007 19:56(GMT Time)


Name:Anne Barr
Email:annebarr38@hotmail.com
Where are
you from:
Fife, Scotland.
Comments: Hi, I enjoyed looking at your site which I have only just come across while looking for information on Portadown where my mother was born and brought up. She left there as a teenager in 1957 ish and moved to Scotland where she met my father and she never ever got the chance to return. She had six of a family - I am the eldest and sadly she died suddenly aged 43yrs in 1984 when I was only 23yrs old and no interest in my background. I am hoping to visit within the next year when I have collected enough information on places I want to visit regarding my ancestors and their whereabouts to make it an ancestral trail collecting all I can which I have always wanted to do and now the time has come where I will be able to afford to spend time travelling throughout the areas and enjoying a lifelong ambition. However, I am wondering if by any chance you have any old photographs of her birth home which was "5 Ballyoran Terrace, Portadown" and if not would it be possible that you could direct me on an address where I may be able to purchase one - or even just a photo of that street. I have had so much trouble finding out about my ancestors as my grandparents both died when my mother was only 6/7 yrs old. I know this may sound like a hardship story at a glance but I have attached a few bits to let you know that it is a genuine request and I don't mind paying for anything in my search. I look forward to hearing from you even if it is only to say that you can't help me or just to give me a few leads as to where I can get some information to help me. Regards and thanks, Anne-marie. P.S. I am looking forward to showing my aunt your page as she is not on computer but I intend to have her here soon to view it as she lives over 30miles from me and I don't see her too often unfortunately. I live in Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland & she lives in Perth, Scotland. She was born in Belfast though.

Does anyone have any photo's of the old Edenderry School or Drumgoose School which my relatives attended. Please email them to me...

06 August 2007 02:50(GMT Time)


Name:Carolyn Hansen-Gotelli
Email:
Where are
you from:
California, USA.
Comments: Hi, A cousin of mine sent me an e-mail with a link to your Portadown pictures. I loved them and really like some of the unusual shots. My Grandparents came to America from Co. Down and Co Armagh Grandpa in 1904 and he worked and sent for my grandmother she came in 1906, to San Francisco arriving right after the big earthquake. So my mom is first generation American. My mom still has a first cousin in Portadown but we have lost touch with him and his children. I have been lucky enough to be in Northern Ireland twice. Once in 1980 and there were stil British tanks in the street and our rental car was stopped and searched several times. Several towns had curfews. I couldn't get into Market Hill when my grandfather came from because of the curfew. I did get to stay in Portadown with my cousins for two days. My sister and I and our husbands were there again two years ago on a Brennan tour and it was great. We stayed two night in Armagh but I couldn't find my cou sin in the phone book. We had planed to leave the tour for a day and hire a car, but since I couldn't contact him that didn't work out. Thanks so much for your little touch of Irish. Carolyn Hansen-Gotelli, California, USA.

27 July 2007 02:59(GMT Time)


Name:Audrey Lundy Austin
Email:
Where are
you from:
USA
Comments: Dean, Delighted to find your website and see photos of Portadown, Belfast and Loveland, Estes, Rocky Mt park. My father was born in Ballymore Parish, 1905, emigrated to the US 1927. One brother older, married, lived in Portadown was James Lundy. James had a son James "Maurice" Lundy , b 1921. The last address we have for him, was 19 Hanover St Portadown N Ireland BT623ER, just a few years ago. He may have died. Also has a son Trevor and daughter Sharon who married a Keith Jones. I know I shouldn't ask, but was wondering if you could check local phone books and see if you can find an updated address for "Maurice " Lundy or possibly his daughter. Or maybe you could tell me and my second cousins how we could possibly find the info in Portadown. By the way, my brother, Don Lundy lives in Loveland, and his son, Douglas Lundy, an Orthopedic MD was living in Ft Collins up to 2006. So wonderful to see your profession of faith on your website. Not ashamed of the glory of God. My name is Audrey Lundy Austin. Thank you Dean if you can be of any help. The Lundy's were all Presbyterians.

27 July 2007 01:53(GMT Time)


Name:Donal O Reilly
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you from:
Comments: Hello, i took part in buskfest 07 and was wondering would you have any photos of my act. we were the only guys with surfboards and sand if that helps you to narrow it down!!! if you havent got any, no worries. cheers, Donal

22 July 2007 22:58(GMT Time)


Name:Doreen Russell
Email:
Where are
you from:
Canada
Comments: Attn; Dean. I noticed a link to your web page on the Portadown site and was wondering if you have any connection to the Weir Auto Parts store at the corner of Bridge St. and Watson. My great-grandfather originally owned that store in the late 1800's and at that time was called "Gibson's", his name being Thomas Gibson. They lived upstairs with their family. If you have any connection please let me know. Sincerely; Doreen Russell.

18 July 2007 19:55(GMT Time)


Name:tracy lawler
Email:
Where are
you from:
Dungannon
Comments: hi dean, i actually found your website about 2yrs ago and thought it was great, loved the pictures on there. At the time id never been to portadown, now i have though. My dad is originally from kildare but i was born and raised in manchester, i now live in dungannon with my partner and son, i also found god and often wondered how i managed before without him. just like you i love taking pictures, im just waiting on a new camera for my birthday a sony dsc-h7 cant wait really excited about the remote ya get with it . well am enrolling on a digital photography course in september and just got a blog page going for my pictures, who knows hopefully i ll be as good as you some day, well maybe i ll leave that 1 up to god. well thanks again for your pictures there great and god bless and take care. regards tracy. www.tracysphoto.blogspot.com maybe you can check them out and leave me a comment thks.

09 July 2007 17:55(GMT Time)


Name:Nancy Boudreau
Email:
Where are
you from:
Ontario, Canada
Comments: Hi, my name Nancy. I enjoyed looking at the pictures you posted on line. I found them while I have been trying to research my family tree. My grandmother had a friend named Sarah White, who lived in Scarva. She passed away the early 1970's. My grandmother lived in Northern Ireland and her aunt's and an uncle owned a Match Box factory. Their last name was Wylie. Some day I will be travelling to Ireland and I look forward to going to Scarva and Portadown. Until then I will keep going to your website to view your pictures. Thanks again Nancy Boudreau, from North Bay, Ontario, Canada.

04 July 2007 18:10(GMT Time)


Name:WILMA MCFARLAND
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Where are
you from:
Pennsylvania, USA
Comments: I am surprised since I have not been to Ireland since 2002 and did not notice the diveristy. To be very frank I am of Irish only heritage and like to see the culture of the country as most Irish Americans do and experience the Irish people. I live in USA and we have lots of diversity and like to see a country of Italians in Italy, Germans in Germany and kind of disappointed that all of Europe will be the same. Sorry if that seems wrong but just how I feel. Attendance Secretary Central Bucks High School West

22 June 2007 20:14(GMT Time)


Name:Kathy Knox
Email:
Where are
you from:
USA
Comments:Hi, We are visiting Ireland for the 3rd time in a few weeks. We have family that still live in Portadown that we have been able to visit each time. This year we have 16 family member coming with us. Back on 2005 we had 15 family members on the trip. My grandfather helped to convert the St. Marks Church to using electricity instead of hmmm... oil/kerosine? Can't quite remember at the moment but he was a big part in the wiring that went within the church. The first time we were there in 2003, only 4 family members went, I came upon this beautiful church and kept taking pictures of it...not realizing that it was THE CHURCH that I came to see in the first place. Anyhoo... I enjoyed looking at the portadown site. Kathy Knox

12 June 2007 02:41(GMT Time)


Name:Chris Dawson
Email:
Where are
you from:
Newtonards and Portadown
Comments: Hi Squire, It's your olde mate Dawsy here, it's good to see you're on top of things. I visited your website, you've got some very good photo's there. I' ve taken quite a few railway photo's myself over the years, from all over the country. I'll maybe hunt some out for you and e-mail them to you. There is one here that I have attached for you of the old and new Enterprise meeting at the old Portadown junction, this one was not taken by me though, it was taken by Bobby Creaney, from James St, i'm not sure if you know him or not. If you were to use it, I don't think he would mind. Anyway Squire, it's good to see you are doing well and i'll maybe talk to you later

Dawsy. ' Come on the wee reds '

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20 May 2007 20:33(GMT Time)


Name:Paul Vennard
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you from:
Comments: Hi there, Just started to try and track down my parents birthplaces. My Dad was from born and raised in Portadown, my mum Tandragee. So it was wonderful to see all your wonderful pictures of my heritage. I hope to be over and see it in person later this year or early next year. Your photoís have given me an incite into where they grew up. I thank you for that. Mum and dad always told me how wonderful it was. I went over when I was a young boy of about 6 yrs of age with dad for my grannyís funeral, but canít remember much about it. I can see my sister and I are from a wonderful place and I canít wait to find out more about Portadown, Tandragee and my family. Thank you so much again. Regards Paul Vennard
12 May 2007 23:56(GMT Time)


Name:Kerstin Plescher
Email:
Where are
you from:
Germany
Comments: Hi you! My name is Kerstin and I'm from Germany! This year in August I'll be going to Portadown as an Au-Pair and I just wanted to thank you for your beautiful pictures. They are able to make me imagine where I'll be going to and they make me looking forward to my new home, for one year, even more! Hope you make lots of new pictures soon! You have a great talent and I hope I'll be able to make so many nice photographs as well! Kind regards Kerstin
02 May 2007 17:25(GMT Time)


Name:Dexter
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown and Poland
Comments: Hi I live in Portadown, I`m polish and i`m webmaster of http://portadown.pl it`s a website about portadown ,dedicated to polish cominity in here. I`m writing to you, becaus i want to ask about premission to use your photos on my site, if you will agree with that i`ll add a photomark with your website address on each photo. Best regards Dexter Portadown.pl
27 April 2007 20:31(GMT Time)


Name:Ann Craney
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you from:
Comments: Hi I found your website while looking for for St Marks church in Portadown. I'm trying to do a family tree which includes the name Creaney/Craney and I know that there is a link with the parish church of St Mark. Your photos are really great and the flowers and creatures are stunning. Congratulations! keep adding pictures. Ann Craney
21 April 2007 16:15(GMT Time)


Name:Diane Green
Email:
Where are
you from:
Milwaukee, USA
Comments: Dear sir: I ma researching ancestors "QUINN". I have a Michael Quinn who came to Oakville, Canada in the late 1840's or early 1850's. I have info down from there. I don't know where Michael came from (he and family were CE) BUT I have a copy of a letter that one of his granddaughters wrote to an aunt on Jan 22, 1941. She states that she has contacted some Quinn's in Killicomaine, Ireland and is waiting to hear back from them. She isn't holding out much hope because it was in the middle of the war. I don't know if she ever heard back and have no furthur info on her inquiry. She mentions the mother of Michael, Margaret Quinn and her sons, (his brothers) Warren , Jopith, John and son to John , another John who died abt 1934 and his daughter, Lavinia married to a MACGOWAN OR MAGOWAN. I was hoping you could help me find a few sources for searching for genealogy info on Killicomaine. Any help appreciated. Thank you Diane Green in Milwaukee, WI, USA
20 April 2007 17:07(GMT Time)


Name:Beef Stew
Email:
Where are
you from:
Connecticut, USA
Comments: Hello, Greetings from Connecticut, USA. I recently found out that my long deceased grandfather was born in Portadown and while searching for information, I came across your web site. It's great to see the photos. Peace, See ya on the radio, Beef Stew, Sunday Night Blues.
06 April 2007 02:58(GMT Time)


Name:Heather Pocock
Email:
Where are
you from:
Reading, Berkshire
Comments: Hello Dean, I have just been viewing your website to get a feel of what Portadown is like as I will be visiting in June with my husband. I am trying to trace my late mother's family who lived at 3 Victoria Terrace in 1916. My mother's name was Maureen Vaughan and her father was William J Vaughan and her mother was Marion Vaughan formerly Cooke. I believe there were several children I know of Joseph who was born in 1912. Her father was a classics teacher I believe he taught at Limavady Academy. Could you advertise on your website for me? Thank you
29 March 2007 22:45(GMT Time)


Name:Nikki Monaghan
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you from:
Comments: Hello i came across your website and i must say your photography is stunning, though i am particulary interested in one photo in particular it has the caption of 'Canal house-An old canal lockhouse on the track to Newry', it is found on the Portadown 3 page. I am wondering if you could give me directions to this place as i would love to my gcse final piece upon this. Please write back a.s.a.p if you have the time. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Yours Faithfully, Nicola Monaghan
27 March 2007 16:44(GMT Time)


Name:Diana Krishtapovicha
Email:
Where are
you from:
Rezekne, Latvia
Comments:Hello))) I see your foto of Portadown)) nice)) I was in Portadown in october)) I like this town)))

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15 March 2007 08:15 (GMT Time)


Name:Sharon Schmitt
Email:
Where are
you from:
Ohio, USA
Comments:Hello, Update: Just a note to let you know that your photography of Portadown is amazing. I visit your site occasionally, wishing I was there of course. As I have not been to Ireland in a few years. So much has changed there and it's nice to know you have captured some of the wonder for all to enjoy. The old and the new. Good luck ,Keep us informed of the 'Portadown Scene' ... I'll be looking for MORE photo's in the future.. and hopefully a visit ! God Bless, Regards, Sharon Schmitt / USA / Ohio...........
14 March 2007 19:40 (GMT Time)


Name:John McKee
Email:
Where are
you from:
Pennsylvania, USA
Comments: Hello, I enjoyed your pictures and thought I might share one with you. My great grandfather was from Portadown. Attached is a picture of his brother Samuel McKee with "the oldest tinsmith in Portadown". This was written on the back of the picture and it was taken about 1926.

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Best Wishes, John McKee Pennsylvania, USA

01 March 2007 18:41(GMT Time)


Name:Cathy Campbell
Email:
Where are
you from:
America
Comments: Hello, My name is Catherine Campbell. I just wanted to tell you how happy I was to find your web site. You see I am a campbell my marriage. My father in law is from Northern Ireland. He was born and grew up in portadown. I love to hear him tell stories about his home town. (we live in america.) And it was good to put some pictures to the names of the places. I was wondering though if you have ever heard of Derrylard. That is where he lived. And if you had any pictures of it. He left Ireland when he was 21 and hasen't been back. I know he misses it so much. I hope to get our family to come home for a visit one day. Your town is beautiful. It would mean the world to us. Thank you, Cathy Campbell
26 February 2007 03:44(GMT Time)


Name:Judy Hall
Email:
Where are
you from:
Australia
Comments: Hi I really enjoyed your photos. Do you have any of Ballysheil More, Richhill or Corlust? I have an interest in these areas. How far is Portadown from these places? Thanks Judy in Australia
24 February 2007 11:58(GMT Time)


Name:Florence Finnegan
Email:
Where are
you from:
North Carolina
Comments: Hello, Dean. I sent a note to your guest book something less than a year ago as I admired your pictures and asked for information about the area. Since then my husband and I have been in Portadown and surrounding area. We loved being there! We'd found the precise location gggrandfather John Finnegan, married to Sarah Weir, lived when he leased his land from the Duke. We also visited St. Mark's, where ggrandfather Benjamin Finnegan married Jane ,and we went to Vinecash Presbyterian Church, where John and Sarah were married in 1841. The pastor there showed us the book recording their marriage. I've just looked at some of your most recent pictures and am extremely impressed with the two pictures of St. Mark's. Do you have objections to my making copies? I have my own photos, but yours far surpass mine. I did get some good pictures of the spot John lived and Benjamin grew up, as well as pictures of Vinecash and that wonderful record book. A distant cousin we met by way of the internet was gracious to meet us at the train station when we arrived from Dublin, and Robert drove us around the area and even took us to Belfast for a day at PRONI and then for a drive through the Mountains of Mourne. Our desire now is to make another visit to Ireland. How can we be homesick for a place we were in for only about two weeks? We, by the way, live in the mountains of North Carolina. Thanks for the web site you've done so beautifully! Sincerely, Florence Finnegan
11 February 2007 01:16(GMT Time)


Name:Don McKell
Email:
Where are
you from:
California
Comments: Hello, I stumbled upon your online photo gallery this evening as I was searching the internet for information about Portadown. It seems that several ancestors of mine lived in Portadown or its environs in the mid 1800's before emigrating -- some to Australia and some to America. For several years I have been spending what spare time I have researching my family line, hoping that I might someday be able to strike up a correspondence with the offspring of a relative that stayed behind. My name is Don McKell, and I live in Los Gatos, California, a Portadown-sized town about a hour south of San Francisco. I notice that you show a few pictures in your gallery of cemeteries in Portadown. Have you even encountered a "McKell" grave marker? Would you be interested in accepting a commission to take a look? Warm regards, Don
07 February 2007 03:12(GMT Time)


Name:Ian McAlpine
Email:
Where are
you from:
Vancouver, Canada
Comments: Hello Squire! A blast from the past... and what a great website. Seeing photos of Portadown brought back many memories, especially Finlandia! It a pleasant alternative view of the town compared to its biased entry in the book "Crap Towns II:The Nation Decides". Today I live in Vancouver Canada with my wife and two daughters. I go back "home" occasionally but when I do visit I drive through the town to see how it has evolved over the years. I have a lot of memories of Killicomaine JHS. Many of us are 40 this year... if not already 40! How time flies. Keep up the great work with the website. Regards Ian McAlpine
31 January 2007 04:45 (GMT Time)


Name:Diana Kostyrko
Email:
Where are
you from:
Australia
Comments: Hello, I was curious about Portadown and so found my way to your page. Very interesting photos with sympathetic comments; clearly you are a good observer. I am fifth-generation Australian on my mother's side which hails from Cornwall but on my father's side my great-grandfather, David England, was born in Portadown in 1833. He would have grown up with at least some of the things you have photographed. So thanks for that information, and now I know about Portadown, Northern Ireland! All the best, Diana.
16 January 2007 08:24 (GMT Time)


Name:William Gilpin
Email:
Where are
you from:
Ontario, Canada
Comments:Hi Dean, Thankyou for you site! I've always wondered what Portadown looked like... Over the years we've heard so much about Northern Ireland in Canada. Actually, Portadown reminds me of my home in Southern Ontario... it's a small town of about 15,000 but, it looks very similar... I was interested in one of your pictures ... the one with the Best store... I've looked at a genealogy of my family name and there are a lot of Gilpins around the area ... especially connected with the Seagoe Parish... one of my relatives married a Best and the immigrated to Canada... So I always wondering about my roots... thanks Dean for your site, all the best in 2007, William Gilpin
Jan 9th 2007 07:40 (GMT Time)


Name:Tommy Lynn
Email:
Where are
you from:
England
Comments:Dear Mr.Weir, I'm a newcomer to the computer business so please excuse my amateur effort at E.mailing. I'm from Portadown but have spent many years in England.Your photos of Portadown are marvellous and thoroughly enjoyable.Just a wee point I'd like to ask about. I was born and reared in a house in Glenmahon Ave.,in the Annagh (8 sisters and 3 brothers who all still live in the Portadown area).Why are there no photos of the Annagh anywhere on the internet ? At least none that my friends or myself can find.Is there any way that you could amend this? May I ask you something else Mr. Weir? When I was a young man going on Saturday nights to the dances in Carleton Street orange hall, my friends and myself used to buy our cigarettes from a gentleman called Tommy Weir who had his wee shop in West St. Are you related in any way to that gentleman ? At that time my parents had moved house to Drumilly Green in Redmanville Estate and I was one of the 60's typical teenagers. I realise that you are a busy gentleman but perhaps someday you will find time to drop me an E. mail. It will be a pleasure hearing from you Meantime my family and myself wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and every success in 2007. Respectfully, TOMMY.
Nov 29th 2006 16:01 (GMT Time)


Name:Rebecca Mc Aleavey
Email:
Where are
you from:
Armagh
Comments:Dear Dean, my name is Rebecca, i am an 18 yr old A level art student at Armagh. I'm currently carrying out a written piece of work on Graffiti and Street Art. I am however finding great difficulty locating graffiti art in northern ireland, until i came across your site earlier today. I am most impressed by the pictures that you took of Street art and particularly by their loctaion. So i contact you in the hope that you may be able to assist me , i understand that the photographs were taken between 2002 and 2005,but i would greatly appreciate the help as i am running out of time.., can you direct me to these locations or to any others not featured on the site? thanks for your time, Rebecca.
Nov 27th 2006 22:16 (GMT Time)


Name:Cliff Thornbury
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown
Comments:Hi Dean I just surfed onto your site again. Glad to see you are keeping it up to date. Country Comes to Town 2006 had a cracker day! I have started with a new company so someone else will have to sort out the intercoms. They need replaced anyway. Best Wishes Cliff
Nov 11th 2006 22:41 (GMT Time)


Name:Campbell McCreadie
Email:
Where are
you from:
Banbridge
Comments:Hi Squire,Campbell here,hope you and your family are well.Its allmost twenty years since I lived in Corcrain,those were carefree times.I saw you on television talking about the murals in Portadown,very good piece. I like your website I wondered were you got to since the demise of Squires Portadown Place. Anyway good to talk again. Very best wishes,Campbell
Oct 24th 2006 13:54 (GMT Time)


Name:Ania
Email:
Where are
you from:
Poland
Comments:Hello! I've read your website about Portadown. Now I live in Poland but on January I'm going with my family to live in Portadown. thanks for this site- now I know that I will be living in a beautifull town. Good work! With greetings, Ania
Oct 1st 2006 12:18 (GMT Time)


Name:Chris Leech
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown
Comments:Hello, I have looked at your web site a few times and the pictures are fantastic. Itís great to see someone bring out the inherent beauty of the area. My name is Chris Leech and I am the pastor of a new church in the area called Upper Bann Vineyard. Our church is modern, casual and cross-community. We have a vision for a community based church for the whole Craigavon / Upper Bann Area, where everyone is welcome. I am looking for images for our website and literature that would encompass this wide area and communicate something positive. I am particularly interested in images of the Bann. Is there any way you could help us? Would this be something you are interested in at all? If so, please get in touch. Keep up the good work! Chris. Upper Bann Vineyard Church
September 29th 2006 23:04 (GMT Time)


Name:Steve Earles
Email:
Where are
you from:
La Grange, Georgia
Comments:Thanks for the great photos of Portadown. My fellow male auditioned choir of about 50 men is hosting their male and boys choir in a month here in Lagrange Ga. for a joint concert Oct 16th-19th. We are also planning a trip there and to England for a singing festival in 2009. Any tips and suggestions would be appreciated from these Southern gentlemen. Sights, golfing, tennis, shopping, etc. How you ever considered coming down this way for photos in the spring? You would like the blooming flowers here as well as the scenery.
September 21st 2006 13:10 (GMT Time)


Name:Kaaron Mitchell
Email:
Where are
you from:
Australia
Comments:I spring from Baltredus / Ralfredus De Vere. My line goes down through to Major Thomas Weir and his (possibily illegitimate) son Thomas Weir. The info I have is this: Major Weir founded by tradition the Tyrone branch of the family. His grandson, or great grandson ( I think there may be a generation missing in my records between Thomas Weir (son of Major Thomas) and John Weir) John Weir of Kildress has a son Andrew, who had a daughter Margaret Weir of Vere of Kildress. It was she who married Archibald Thompson and he suuposedly took the Weir / Vere name, or it was just passed on to their son. Their son Archibald Weir of Kildress married Rachel Stewart of Desertcreat, and had a son Robert born circa 1826. He married Sarah Graham. They had about six children, one of whom being John Weir who married Mary Ann Logan of Logan Manor, Galloway. I have no idea what their occupations were, nor their religion, nor their parish. I am just "shooting blind" and hoping for the correct result. If you can help me with this information I would be most grateful With thanks. Kaaron Mitchell
September 9th 2006 06:14 (GMT Time)


Name:Mark Paige
Email:
Where are
you from:
Boston, Massachusetts
Comments:Hi Dean, Just a word of thanks for your photos of Portadown. My grandfather, Henry Harrison, was born in Portadown, and came with his family to Schenectady, New York, USA around the year 1910! His father's name was also Henry Harrison, and his wife's name (my great grandmother) was Margaret Moore. I was wondering if there are any Harrisons or Moores still kicking around in Portadown? It was also interesting to see your photographs of Prague. My grandfather Henry ended up marrying my grandmother, Helen Kalasarova, whose family came from Prague around 1900. It was interesting to see both sides of my family represented on your site. Too bad about the guest book being closed down. It was nice to read of others who came from Portadown. You should start a site for people looking for geneological information regarding family from Portadown! All the best, Mark Paige
Aug 25 2006 06:08 (GMT Time)


Name:Judy Skellie
Email:
Where are
you from:
Greenwich, New York
Comments:Have just returned from three week visit with family in Portadown...my Grandmother was born in Portadown on Thomas St and attended St Marks church until she came to America as a young bride... I had the great pleasure of attending services there, while on my visit...has been 16 years since I last traveled there... your pictures are lovely and leave such a wonderful memory in my head of my recent trip...thank you so much...Judy Skellie
Aug 12 2006 04:11 (GMT Time)


Name:Sharon Schmitt
Email:
Where are
you from:
Monroe, Michigan USA
Comments: Just a note to let you know I saved your web site from almost the beginning of your journey into photographing Portadown and the surrounding areas. I was happy I discovered such a site and I revisit it often. What splendor you catch for all to mentally record. I am still amazed at the beauty . I have not been for a visit in 10 years and miss it daily. With your photos I can re-descover it and truly enjoy the pace. I have some favorites of course, like the stone path, the stoneworked buildings and I can't leave out the donkey's. I pray the wonderful Irish people never move too fast that they forget to take in the breath taking beauty God has given them. I will be praying for a visit too... I need to walk the streets and be greeted by it all, once again. Keep up the lovely work, and a Big Hello to Orla ,Jim, Cillian and family ! As Always, Sharon
July 19 2006 20:35 (GMT Time)


Name:Peter Baker
Email:
Where are
you from:
Adelaide, South Australia
Comments:Saw your website by chance while surfing the net. I spent some time in Portadown in 1965 while on a working holiday in he UK from Oz. Stayed with the family of a workmate in Oz. The Donaghy family who lived, from memory, at 22 Corcrain Avenue. Their second son John took me around and lent me his car while I was there which made he visit that much better. (I worked with he familyís elder son, Roger, at the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Adelaide, South Australia). Wondering if you knew of he family (the parents would be dead by now). The photos are terrific. Peter Baker
June 18 2006 12:32 (GMT Time)


Name:Ellen-Rae Cachola
Email:
Where are
you from:
San Francisco
Comments:Hello, My name is Ellen-Rae and I work for a non profit called Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP). I am doing an issue based video for HPP to put on our home website. I am writing to ask permission to use an image I found on the website http://portadown.50megs.com/images/homelessman.jpg to incorporate into the video project. The video will be for non-commercial use, and the image will be used as a cutaway from the interview. The projectís objective is to document the lives of staff and clients who positively transformed their lives out of poverty, homelessness, drug abuse, and domestic/community violence. Please feel free to view our website www.homelessprenatal.org to see the work that we do. I look forward to the possibility of collaborating with you on this. Best Regards, Ellen-Rae Cachola
May 22 2006 23:51 (GMT Time)


Name:Stacy Carmichael
Email:
Where are
you from:
Florida
Comments:HI Dean, I ran across your website. Beautiful pictures! I want to come and visit! Can you help me? I am tracking an old friend but am not having any luck. He is from Portadown and know he or his family still lives there. His name is Christopher James Martin Best. Just looking for a phone number, I think his father's name is Martin Best. Not sure where he works anymore. Likes to ride bike and am sure he can be found in a local pub! :) Any assistance appreciated-Stacy Carmichael
May 22 2006 00:31 (GMT Time)


Name:Pam Burgess
Email:
Where are
you from:
Grand Cayman, Caribbean
Comments:Hi Dean, Had to let you know how wonderful it was to have stumbled on your website of Portadown. Your photography work is a credit to you and was a pleasure to look at. I was born in Portadown in 1970 and grew up in Richhill. Im one of the ever expanding Woolsey family from Scotch St. My Mum is the oldest of 13 children so there sure is a lot of us about. I moved away from Portadown to Liverpool in 1996 and have just this year moved my life even further afield to the very hot Grand Cayman in the Caribbean. Viewing your pictures filled me with such warm memories of home and made me realise that its the simple little things in life that mean the most, especially when they are not around to look at. As beautiful and interesting as this tropical Island is I miss things like a blizzard in main street Portadown, old Red Telephone Boxs, ladybirds, Daisies, Furze bushes and those big red berries that I used to burst open and put the itchy contents in my brothers bed ! Theres even a picture of the little "Jesus is Lord" church hall on Scotch St where my Gran used to take me as a kid. Thankyou for my trip down memory lane. I was so impressed by how you captured the colour, shape and beauty in perfect freeze frames of such simple things we take for granted. Keep up the great work, I'll be visiting your site often to remind myself of what a beautiful place my hometown really is. All the best. Pam Burgess
May 21 2006 03:46 (GMT Time)


Name:Tom Hamilton
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown
Comments:Hi Dean: A few quick comments! Is it my imagination or are there fewer people writing in to your guest book? That has always been one of the more interesting parts of your site, for me, and I miss the fact that it updates so slowly! Is this a deliberate ploy on your part? I suspect that your life is a bit hectic nowadays and this limits the time you can put into the site. The site continues to look excellent and all the congratulatory comments from visitors are well deserved. Lastly, I note the switch to biblical quotes! Is there an underlying message here? Are you trying to tell us something!! All the best. Tommy
May 20 2006 20:16 (GMT Time)


Name:Robert Holz
Email:
Where are
you from:
Oklahoma USA
Comments:Hello Dean, I found your site through a Google search of Portadown Northern Ireland. I thoroughly enjoyed your pics and photo tour. Like many of the guests who have signed your guestbook, I too am writing a Family History. My Great Grandfather, Isaac Davidson, was born (1871) and raised in Portadown and came to America (1896) by way of Scotland. I have a sheet of paper listing the 13 Davidson children signed by R.W. Rennison, Curate of Drumeree, but very little else. As a small boy, I wanted to grow up to be just like him. He was a wonderful man. Is there an official records center or genealogy site in Portadown? We hope to eventually travel to Portadown. Any recommendations you might make would be appreciated. My first search of Portadown was your site - and how pleased I was to find it. You, Sir, are a credit to your City. If you have time to respond, it would be most welcome. Sincerely, Robert Holz Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA
May 19 2006 20:25 (GMT Time)


Name:Dupuis Dethine
Email:
Where are
you from:
Belgium
Comments:Being in Portadown, where I spent very nice days,with the Belgian soldiers in 1945 I loved your photos which are really beautifull. DUPUIS Fernand Brussels
April 23 2006 17:06 (GMT Time)


Name:Florence Finnegan
Email:
Where are
you from:
Brevard, NC, USA
Comments:Hello, Dean. I logged on to your photos while searching for information on Portadown. Thank you for some great pictures; my husband and I really enjoyed them. You have an eye for composition. The pictures of roof lines were great, and we especially liked your shots of old buildings. Since you obviously know your way around the area, perhaps you can help us. We've managed to trace my husband's Irish family to the Portadown area. We're coming to Co. Armagh (and other spots in Ireland) in August, and we'd love to walk down the street/road our family walked and sit in the church they attended. The specific locations we're looking for are: Mullantine, Kilmore and Ballintaggart (We've found the latter two on maps.), and the "Portadown Church of Ireland Church" for 1869. We find there are a couple of possibilites for the church, where Benjamin Finnegan and Jane Cregan were married in 1869. Could it be either the Church of the Ascension or St. Mark's? Or at least could one of these churches be on the same site as the 1869 church? We have a 1901 census for a William Finnegan on Jervis St. We're not yet sure this is an ancestor, but time and place seem to be right. Is there still a Jervis St. around? It's Benjamin and Jane's residence we're hunting for, as they are the family that came to the US with their young son in 1871. If you know of any of these places we'd appreciate hearing about them. Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to give, and keep taking those pictures! Sincerely, Florence Finnegan
April 21 2006 21:57 (GMT Time)


Name:Gordon Mullen
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Australia
Comments:Hello Dean, My name is Gordon Mullen. I live in Australia but was born in Edenderry. I was looking at your B/W photos. I prefer B/W's and was taken aback when I saw the one of the old tunnel. Many a times I walked trough there when I lived in Brownstown and Redmanville and went to visit my granny and uncle/aunt in Castle ave [I think!]. It has been a long time and my only visit in 50 years was in 1997. My aunt Winifred and Uncle Joe are still alive in Brownstown. I have visited another 'photo' site [Lyttles?] and found old school photos of me from my 'Hart' days and one of my dad as a member of St. Mark's band. Thanks for the photos and the memories. I'm going back to it to have a more detailed look. Its a pity your Guestbook is not in operation as I'm sure people would be linked together through it Best regards. Gordon Mullen
April 21 2006 07:34 (GMT Time)


Name:shayne o'neill
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Comments:great website squire i was wondering if you could post some info for me. i'm looking for information regarding my family. my granda was james o'neill from william st. and he married my grandma mary magee of mourneview street. any one with information abbout these families would be appreciated. please send to shayne_oneill@sympatico.ca sincerely shayne
April 20 2006 05:00 (GMT Time)


Name:Kellie Reason
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Comments:Hi! I really liked looking at your pictures! I found them very beautiful. Ive always wanted to go to Ireland and visit Portadown. You have inspired me :)
April 12 2006 18:35 (GMT Time)


Name:Valerie (McMinn) Himmelreich
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you from:
Australia
Comments:Thanks Dean I have just been browsing through your photos, stunning!! I was born in Portadown but left in 1960 to emigrate to Australia with my parents. I absolutely loved looking through Corcrain and the town centre, and was very interested in your comments on the natural environment and the photos of the wildflowers, its great to see them surviving. I lived in Graigwell Ave as a child and remember going to Corcrain with my family for walks it must have been the Ballybay River but I didn't know that it was called then. Will keep having a look from time to time. Best wishes Valerie (McMinn) Himmelreich.
March 22 2006 09:53 (GMT Time)


Name:Dawn McConville Green
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you from:
Charlotte, NC, USA
Comments:With St. Patrick's Day approaching I decided to look up Portadown where my family is from. I still have family there, though I am not certain exactly where. Looking through your winter pictures though I saw a picture of the McConville Bros. Wine Importers, what a shock as that is my Fathers name!! very nice indeed. I will be back often, what a beautiful area! Dawn McConville Green
March 14 2006 21:19 (GMT Time)


Name:Leeanne Maclean
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you from:
Inverness ex Portadown
Comments:Hey Squire I contacted you last December I am originally from Portadown but now live in Inverness. I have recently been to Portadown for my Granda's funeral I am sure you will know him, Ronnie White he lived in Corcrain Avenue. Anyway i would just like to say that I saw some big changes to the town as it has been 4 years since I was last there but because I regulary visit your site I had seen the changes beforehand. Keep up the good work! Leeanne
March 11 2006 15:27 (GMT Time)


Name:Dawn Jones
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you from:
Queensland, Australia
Comments:Thanks Dean For the fantastic pictures of Portadown, you can get a feel for the area from your photos. I looked up Portadown as I have discovered part of my husbands family came from there "McKee. Some left in 1885 (Harriet McKee married to Thomas Campbell) and in 1888 (Lizzie and Mary McKee) and Rachael who married Henry Forde came to Australia later. I understand Jim McKee stayed in Portadown and had a large family. I wonder if they are still there? Jim's brother was Samuel (our family leg) and father was William and mother Sarah McFarlane. I can see forom you photos of the old buildings, Portadown must have been an industrious and bustling town. I mainly looked up Portadown to find out what the area or county it belonged to and found a whole lot more. Thank you again. Dawn Jones
March 11 2006 07:43 (GMT Time)


Name:patrick james reavey
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Comments:hi.just been looking at your web site .it's the first time iv'e seen photo's of portadown.im wondering if you could help me. my grandfather left there in 1928. My father was born in 1924 [james] had 3 brothers mick,billy,eddie they all moved to norfolk england. I have no other information. I know it could be a long shot but hope you can find any thing about my family . yours faithfully. patrick james reavey
March 08 2006 18:56 (GMT Time)


Name:Gail Elliott
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you from:
Portadown
Comments:Hi Dean, Gail Elliott here. I just got an e mail from my daughter in Ibiza with a link to your website. I'm really impressed. Macker thinks it's great. He recently found some really old photos of Corcrain before the Woodland Trust planted the trees with local lads playing in the river. Must let you see them sometime. Are you still litter picking; I am but sometimes I think it is a fruitless task and I still get stupid people asking me why I do it but if not me then who? Right I'll have to go to Lidls before they shut or there'll be no tea in this house tonight. Keep up the good work and catch you soon.
March 07 2006 15:51 (GMT Time)


Name:James McFadden
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you from:
Belfast
Comments:Would just like to say that i think your website is really great. Like Tara i have moved away but only to belfast. Still really great to get back the odd weekend to see family. You've done a fantastic job with the illustrations of portadown and look forward to seeing your updates. All the best James McFadden
March 01 2006 10:07 (GMT Time)


Name:Justyna Salach
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Poland
Comments:Hi Dean, You have wonderful site of Portadown :-) It was really nice to see such a lovely and peacefull place. I found your site when I've been searching the net for information how to get to Portadown from Dublin Airport. I am from Poland. My brother is going to have a job in Portadown from March 7-th but we do not know how to get to the city from Dublin where he will arrive from Poland. Could you possibly help us in this matter ? What is the best possible way to get to Portadown form the Dublin Airport ? Thanks for help in advance Justyna (Justine)
February 27 2006 19:51 (GMT Time)


Name:Tara Liggett
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you from:
Spain, ex Portadown
Comments:Hey! I just thought i would drop you a line to say that i think that you have a great site. I myself am from portadown but now am currently living in spain and i think it is wonderful to be able to go onto a site and take a look at so many things people take for granted on a daily basis but are of comfort to me out here. I am also involved in photography but usually on the other side of the camera when i am not working with images in photoshop. It is also good to see that you have not been messing with the pictures in photoshop as this is a refreshing change to so much of photography these days. Anyway i will leave it here. Keep up the good work, Regards, Tara
February 16 2006 09:50 (GMT Time)


Name:Paul Burt
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you from:
Sacramento, California and Austin, Texas
Comments:Dean, I came across your photo's by doing a google search for Portadown. I served about six months of my Mormon mission back in 1978. It has been so long that most of the pictures are not very familiar, but it also seems like there has been a great deal of construction that has gone on. I noticed that you were photographing many buildings that were being demolished. I wonder if the flat that I lived in has gone the same route. I lived at 103 Bridge Street. When I lived there, there was a travel agency on the bottom floor. I'd be interested to know if that building was still there. As I recall one of the bigger arches for the orange day parade (I think that's what it was called) was constructed right outside our flat, and we were able to watch the whole thing by just sticking our heads out the window. Northern Ireland is a beautiful country and hopefully when my wife and I get our kids grown and out the door I can take her back for a visit. Thanks for the pictures, they brought back pleasant memories. Paul Burt
February 07 2006 12:02 (GMT Time)


Name:Anne Blocker
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you from:
Ohio
Comments:Thank you for posting your photographs on the internet. They have been very helpful to me in getting a feel for Portadown. Two hundred years ago, Thomas Kinney and his wife Margaret Carr and their seven children left Portadown and traveled to America -- first to Pennsylvania, then on to Ohio. Thomas was the son of Patrick (born 1738) who was the son of James Nathan Kinney (born 1712). I am writing a history of their descendants. Are there Kinney's and Carr's today in Portadown? Are there photographs among your online gallery of buildings that might have existed in the 1700's? I like your work very much. Best wishes, Anne Blocker
January 11, 2006 17:03:20 (GMT Time)