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Name:Jan Patton
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Where are
you from:
Iowa, USA
Comments: Just spent an interesting Sunday afternoon looking at your great pictures and learning a bit more about Portadown. Hopefully we will be visiting once again in September. My husbands 'roots' are in the area and on previous visits we have found tombstones of his family in the old Seagoe cemetery. We plan on 'digging a little deeper' on this visit. Gods Blessing on your Rainbow Ministries, Jan Patton, Storm Lake, Iowa USA

1 May 2011


Name:Marilyn Fitchell
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you from:
Edmonton,Alberta
Comments: was on your site and I was very impressed. I will be in Portadown in July.2011 and can hardly wait to walk the same roads and paths that my grandfather and his siblings did. According to the 1901 Census the whole family lived at 74 Hanover Street. My great grandfather was Alexander and his wife was Isabella.. They had 11 children..Mary,Robert,Rachel,Alexander,Emily,Lizzie,Henery,Maggie,Isaac,Joseph, and Hannah. Robert my grandfather married Isabella Hewitt and they had one child Emily before the came to Canada. I am hoping to meet any descendants of the family. Thanks in advance for you help.....Marilyn Fitchell

25 Feb 2011


Name:Kathy Oddie
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you from:
Florida
Comments:Dean, Loved your artwork and pictures. Came across your website when trying to locate some information on my Grandfather's residence on Bachelor's Walk back in the early 1900's. His name was John Maxwell. He lived in a house with some historic meaning as it had a picture of William of Orange's White horse above the front door. Would you be familiar with anything like that? My younger sister and I are planning a visit there this summer to try to connect with some long lost relatives. My Grandfather emigrated to Canada when he was in his early 20's. My family is still there and I am living in the USA at present. I look forward to checking back for updates on your photos of Portadown. Sincerely, Kathy Oddie

1 Dec 2010


Name:Heidi
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you from:
Florida
Comments:Dear D. Weir, I just wanted to let you know how much I love your photo entitled 'Rooftops.' Also, your painting 'Washing.' Thanks for sharing. Sincerely, Heidi (from Florida, USA, of all places!)

24 Nov 2010


Name:Maurice Geddis
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you from:
Nova Scotia, Canada
Comments:Hello Dean, Your website is great! Thank you for all the photos of Portadown. I'm from Killicomaine, Portadown and left for Canada in 1966. Your photos and information brought back a lot of fond memories and I hope to visit friends and family back home in the near future. Thanks again, Maurice Geddis Cole Harbour Nova Scotia, Canada

23 Nov 2010


Name:Billy
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you from:
Portadown
Comments:Hi Dean here are the web pages I spoke about last week.www.lakelandcam.co.uk , www.alamy.com & www.geograph.co.uk ( some of my photos are to be found here by William England )

10 Nov 2010


Name:glenn carlson
Email:baconsthorpe at msn.com
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you from:
Comments:Hi-- My Finnegan and Cregan roots lie in the Portadown region. I'm most interested in knowing about a hotel run by the Wentworths. Can you help me? It would have been in the early 19th century. Thank you. Moreover, your photos are just marvelous!!! glenn carlson

2 Nov 2010


Name:Brian McParland
Email:BRIPARLAND at aol.com
Where are
you from:
USA
Comments:I just discovered and much enjoyed your website - particularly the old photos of Portadown where I was born and grew up. I would like to see some photos of the Regal Cinema, a popular place in the 1940's with its stained glass windows and beautiful foyer. I was a projectionist there in 1947 before I emigrated to the US. Brian McParland

29 Oct 2010


Name:Charles Justice
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you from:
Bloomington, Indiana USA
Comments:Hello: I just accessed your very nice web site for the first time. I'm currently doing some genealogical research involving relatives on my mother's side in Dungannon, Portadown and Newry. My maternal grandfather, William John Reid, was born in Dungannon in 1883. His father, Henry lived in Portadown for many years. He later lived in Newry. Just thought I'd say hello. Best, Charles Justice Bloomington, Indiana USA

2 Oct 2010


Name:Dennis Wiggins
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you from:
Australia
Comments:Hi Squire. Dennis Wiggins of Adelaide South Australia Came across your Photos and they reminded me of when i lived in Portadown. Emigrated to Australia in 1974, have been home for a few visits, having been a postman in the town Your photos of Thomas St, Mournview St, Bann River, and surrounding areas takes me back when i pounded those streets delivering the mail. In Portadown i lived in Westland Rd Redmanville, but lived my early Years in Drumnakelly Mahon Rd with my Grand parents William and Catherine Smyth. Not much fun delivering bills to your own address, ha ha . Portadown has change a lot over the years but has still kept its own unique character, places like St. Marks Church . Looking through Guest Book I read E-Mail from Valerie (McMinn) Himmerich, Valerie lived with her parents next door to me when We were growing up. She Emigrated to Austraila On one visit home we just missed each other by two weeks so if you read this Valerie i hope to go home for a visit early next year mybe we can up then. The photos of Portadown are Excellent so keep up the good work. Hope to keep in touch

Dennis.Wiggins at sa.gov.au

22 Sept 2010


Name:Gordon Mullen
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Comments:Hi Dean, My name is Gordon, formerly of Portadown. I loved looking at your photos of home and although having been home only once in 52 years, I plan to return again this year in October. I'm pleased to hear of your love for God and commend the following 2 sites for your perusal. The first is an American based one, Sojourners and the second much closer to home is Belfast born Gareth Higgins' God is not elsewhere . I particularly like Gareth's as it has an artistic flair as you obviously have too. When does your church have it's services? thanks Gordon and Heather MULLEN.

9 Sept 2010


Name:Ed Anderson
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Comments:Hi dean, Do you have any old pictures of the diamond and kilmore tug o war teams? Sincererly. Ed Anderson

02 July 2010 21:53:32


Name:Linda Herrick
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you from:
USA
Comments:Dear Dean, God is SO good! My daughter is in the photo with you on your web site. She is Hanna Herrick. I talked to her yesterday for the first time since she left and she said she was in Portadown. So, I decided to look up Portadown on the web to see if I could find some phtotos of the town and there popped up her bright and shining face! Thank you and the Lord for that! There's nothing like getting a little encouragement when your daughter is on the other side of the world! What a joy! Please tell her I love and miss her! God Bless! Linda Herrick

26 June 2010


Name:Tom Brennison
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you from:
USA
Comments:Dear Dean, My name is Tom Brennison and I live in the US. I am trying to locate the birthplace of my grandmother, or more precisely, where her birth would have been recorded. What I am hoping is if you can direct me to anyone who can help. My grandmother was born in November 14th 1880 in Portadown, her name was Mary Anne (Minnie) Dickson, to Thomas Henry & Emily Dickson. I do not know what year she immigrated to the US or to what church she belonged to. I apologize in advance if this is an imposition and I understand completely if it is. I have tried several other avenues and to date none have been even close. So, regardless, thank you even if your response is negative. Regards, Tom Brennison

brennisont at bellsouth.net

14 June 2010 22:50:31


Name:Diane Ewart
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you from:
Comments:Hi, sorry to intrude, but I just happen to come across your website, and I have notice a few pics you have and I am sure that my sister Linda and myself (Diane) is on one of your pics, Killicomaine Baptist Church School as I was friends with Julie Hanna, our surname is Ewart, I have spotted my sister, but I was just wondering which 1 is me as you have named a Diane, and if its me please could you let me know if its me,thank you. We used to live at the end of Garvaghy Road at the old carpet mill, its in one of your black and white pics, its brought back so many memories.

02 May 2010 21:53:32


Name:Jessica Keough
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you from:
New York
Comments:To Whom It May Concern-- Hello! My name is Jessica Keough and I am a Master's in Art History student at Stony Brook University in New York. I am currently writing my thesis on graffiti and I came across your page. There is one particular image that I would love to use in my paper. My thesis will only be read by a handful of people and then placed on our school's database. I was hoping that you would give me permission to use this fantastic image. There is one particular part of my paper in which I talk about the interactivity of graffiti and this image would be perfect. Please let me know as soon as possible if you'd be willing to give me permission to reproduce the image. Thank you so much for your time! Sincerely, Jessica Keough

26 April 2010 23:47:01


Name:Steve McAlpine
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Where are
you from:
Perth, Australia
Comments:Hi Dean Loving your pics of "Portydown" as I recall it being pronounced!Went to school at Killicomaine Junior High when you were there. I was (and still am!) one of the Aussie twins that was there, though we might be remembered for all the wrong reasons! Think you were a year ahead of us - we were in 2A when you were in 3A. Now back in Oz for many a year and working as a church planter/theological trainer. Perth is as un-Christian as NI was Christian - whatever that means. A couple from Portadown I met here have also enjoyed the pics. His dad was killed many years back and as a result he and his wife moved here. My hope is that NI has moved away from that violence, but it seems such a delicate situation You really have captured the beauty of a place that many people overlook or view as a boring backwater. Great stuff. Cheers Steve McAlpine

31 March 2010 13:52:01


Name:Christa Craig
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you from:
Bangor
Comments:I tried to sign guestbook but couldnt for some reason , blast from the past or what lol, I left killicomaine in 1984 and moved to Bangor gonna try and dig some photos out lol and will mail u them excellent really made me laugh. Christa

25 March 2010 12:52:13


Name:Christine Robinson
Email:
Where are
you from:
Portadown
Comments:Hi Dean, Question for you if you don't mind me asking ?. What is your favourite verse from the bible ?. All will become clear! Christine Robinson

26 February 2010 13:49


Name:Brian Rawson
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you from:
Comments:Hi Dean, I came across your website while trawling through the net and recognised Gail Elliot's name. We were good friends back in '72 and I thought I'd email you and ask you to say "hello" to her for me the next time you speak with her. Thanks Brian Rawson

22 February 2010 08:21


Name:Franca Sola J.
Email:
Where are
you from:
Africa
Comments:Hello my brother, My name is Fran J.. I have just been offered a job in portadown and have been doing a lot of searching on the net about where my family and I would be going to. We are Africans and a lot of the stuff I have read about NI has been so negative. I have read that foreigners are not welcome, black people are despised and that there is a lot of fighting between people of different denominations even amongst Christians, Lord have mercy on us. To make it worse, I phoned up an Estate Agents in Portadown and more than twice I have been told that I cannot live in certain areas because I am a foreigner. I felt very concerned especially as I have a son who might need to go to Nursery sometimes. The only thing keeping me going is that I beleive God, my father when He says that He will NEVER leave me nor Forsake me, and what David said in the psalms , 'even if I go down to the world of the dead, Your (God's) eyes and hands will be there . That was not a quote on quote , pardon me. So I still have peace about coming as I have the Almighty as my father. Please could you tell me your own opinion about this, you obviously love your town and thank you so very much for the pictures, they were really enlightening. May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always fran

16 February 2010 11:46


Name:Danielle Lutton
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Where are
you from:
Brisbane, Australia
Comments:Hello Dean. Great website. You are very talented! I am hoping you will post more photos from the current big freeze. The new photos on the home page are lovely and more of the same would be great. It is really odd watching it on the news while here in Brisbane, Australia it was 33 degrees today. Also I am wondering if you could tell me more about the Corcrain Woodland. My cousin lives in Selshion Parade in the row of houses overlooking the fields. So if you were standing at his front door, where exactly would you look to see the woodland? I'd ask Drew himself but he takes forever to answer emails. What area does it cover? Has the wee river been cleaned up? Cheers, Danielle Lutton

January 10, 2010 11:20 AM


Name:mountrobbinsby
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Where are
you from:
Charlotte USA
Comments: Sir Your web site has a most appealing countenance of accommodation and hospitality: Well done! And it concentrates on Northern Ireland, where I did graduate work at the Queen's University of Belfast. My wife and I loved County Antrim, Belfast, Northern Ireland and Ireland in general From Charlotte USA, sir, I greet you, salute you, and wish you a Happy New Year Thank you for your web site

January 01, 2010 1:54 AM (GMT Time)


Name:Barbara Morgan
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you from:
USA
Comments:Hi, I am researching my family genealogy and my maternal grandparents. It seems that they lived and were married in Portadown but I am having a terrible time finding records of their parents from before they came to the US. I wondered if the town goes by or was referred to by another name?? I have that one Grandfather lived in Edenderry and the other in Portadown. I also have that they were married in Portadown Church Parrish Portadown. If you are from that area maybe there are still people of these names living there. Sarah McKinley McCaghey (born in County Armagh James Mckinley (her father) lived in Portadown John McCaghey (lived in Edenderry) Joseph McCaghey Any knowledge of the area would be most appreciated. PS. I love you pictures. I would love to visit the home of my ancestors someday. They were horse people and it is amazing to see where they lived. Thank you, Barbara Morgan

December 27, 2009 11:17 PM(GMT Time)


Name:Steven Legge
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you from:
UK
Comments:Hi there, My name is Steven Legge, I work for the Finell Group who own the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown. I am currently designing a new website for the Seagoe Hotel and I whilst searching for pictures of Portadown I noticed your website. You have some interesting photos that I would quite like to use but I didnt want to use them without your permission. I was wondering could we use four or five pictures from your site for our new site? I will give you full credit and a link to your website. Let me know, Many thanks,

November 20, 2009 1:23 PM(GMT Time)


Name:Michael Connors
Email:
Where are
you from:
Buffalo, New York USA
Comments:Dean, My Name is Mike Connors in the 80s I lived in Buffalo New York, One day my Mom befriended three Irish girls Audrey Riley was from 24 knocknamuckley rd portadown, the other two girls were Noreen from Co Tyrone and Carole .. donít remember there last names. anyways they spent the weekend with my Mom at her house in lackawanna New York until the bus company paid them for there lost ruck sack. my wife and I took them to the flea market were they bought earings and watermellon I remember that they had never had watermellon before.. anyways my Mom is now in her 80s and she would like to write to the girls again if you can get a message to any one in Audrey Rileys family I would be very greatfull. Audrey also said that she had two older brothers how were doctors.......... I know this was a long time ago godspeed Thank you so much Mike Connors

October 14, 2009 1:29 (GMT Time)


Name:Carol Jones
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Where are
you from:
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Comments: Dear Mr. Weir, What a delight it was to come across your photo pages! I am an American woman with a very close internet friend who lives and works in Portadown, and I thoroughly enjoyed 'visiting' her area through your camera lens. Your photos give wonderful insight into the fascinating combination of ancient and modern surroundings, friendly residents, and what I consider the magical intrigue of a far-away land. One day I hope to visit and see for myself! For now, I'll be checking back often in the hopes that more of your photos will be available. Keep up the good work! Sincerely, Carol Jones

03 October 2009 16:37(GMT Time)


Name:Amy Seabolt
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Comments: ...just saw your website of pictures while doing a search for metro ministries in new york. how do you get to travel so much to get to all those places in a short period of time? did you do an internship program at metro? amy

28 August 2009 22:07(GMT Time)


Name:Christine Robinson
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you from:
Portadown
Comments: Hello Dean, I just happened to be browsing the web and came across your site fantastic well done you. I didn,t know you were into photography also i love it you have shown me that there is a lot more going on on my very own doorstep . I love the one in Corcrain 3 with the butterfly brilliant ! Also loved the Killicomaine ones being as i was born there. Great to see the old shops in the background. This site has been so uplifting. Thank you Dean Regards Christine Robinson

25 July 2009 23:10(GMT Time)


Name:Nikki McGrath
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Where are
you from:
Portadown
Comments: Hi Dean, I visit your website often to see whats new and I was telling my Dad about it and he produced this photo!!

It is the Good News Club in the Community Centre I think about 1980 Ė I hope you can see it ok!

I can name a few names -

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Billy & Neil Norton, Nigel, Andrina and Gail Watson, Alison & Elaine Cooper, Brian Harvey, Nikki (me), Edward and Paula Magowan and their dad Eddie, Julie Allen and her dad Cecil, Michelle Medlow, Michelle Devlin, Iím sure there loads more you can spot! Hope this photo makes it onto your website All the very best

Nikki McGrath

07 April 2009 16:22(GMT Time)


Name:Kathleen Sarah (Greenway) Mawhirt
Email:
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you from:
USA
Comments: HI! I want to thank you for posting your beautiful pictures of Portadown. I just located the marriage certificate of our ancestors who we now know were married at St Marks Church He lived in Lurgan she in Portadown. It was a wonderful experience to view the countryside and the culture that was once theirs. Thank you ever so much for your wonderful talent and vision and for sharing it with us all. Regards, (Kathy)

06 April 2009 16:51(GMT Time)


Name: Amy Cargill Waltz
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Where are
you from:
USA
Comments: Hello, My name is Amy Cargill Waltz. My grandmother, Isobelle Allen Cargill lived at 33 Mourneview Street and I wondered if any of the photos you have displayed are of that general area. I am very curious to see what she left when she came to the States in 1923. Thank you, Amy

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17 February 2009 02:39(GMT Time)


Name:Louise Davis
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you from:
Comments: I've been trying to get to look at some of the photos attached to your website, especially those with Jeff Kerr et al, but can't seem to find them. How can I do this? Louise Davis Portadown

16 February 2009 11:53(GMT Time)


Name:Arthur O'Hare
Email:
Where are
you from:
Ontario, Canada
Comments: Dear Mr. Weir: I enjoyed your website and pics. very much. I came upon it while searching for clues in Portadown. Clues regarding my paternal grandmother. I have been searching for her since my father died some 25 years ago. My name is Arthur O'Hare and I live in Ontario Canada. My father's name also was Arthur O'Hare. He was born at 117 West St. in Portadown on Jan. 24 1910. He was adopted as a baby by Arthur and Lucy O'Hare Sr. His birth parents were Joseph Irwin and Alice Reidy. Joseph Irwin I know about, however Alice Reidy is a mystery. Who she was, where she came from, where she went after the birth is an unknown. I have spent alot of time and money trying to trace her, all to no avail. I do believe they were not married but I could be wrong on that. I would like to ask anyone who reads your site if they know anything about Alice Reidy who would have been in the Portadown area circa 1910 to please contact me at artshirl@sympatico.ca and believe me I would be most appreciatve. Thank you so much for allowing me to use your site. As I said I enjoy the pictures and will continue to peruse them. Yours truly Arthur O'hare.

02 January 2009 05:55(GMT Time)