Taken after demolishing of John Street, the buildings in the background were in Woodhouse Street.

David  Street viewed from West Street. The building on left side of pic was John Bennett's bar, it fronted onto West Street.

Bob Brown's cycle shop in Woodhouse Street, great place for purchasing a few pence worth of Carbide, as kids we used to punch a few holes in the base of an old syrup tin, pop in some carbide, wet it, put the lid on the tin, place tin on ground anchored by a foot, hold a lighted match close to the punched holes, result, an unmerciful bang sending the lid flying quite a distance. Some thought this was dangerous!!  Probably was, we thought it was fun.  

Today, had an email from a viewer, below I quote his remark:-

"Donít know if you ever did it, I remember putting it in the gratings, when the rainwater came down, then setting it on fire and knocking on the door to tell them their grating was on fire, the Smiths must have got fed up with it, they used to say thanks for letting us know, then close the door"

Woodhouse Street looking towards Obins Street. Bob Brown's cycle shop is first one on left of picture. This area is now part of Magown Buildings car park.  The taller white building above the parked car was Eddie Castles general grocery store.


Woodhouse Street, the turn-in on the bottom right of pic brought you into a little cul-de-sac, called Dawsons Court. Most of the buildings in the background remain but have refurbished frontage.

From Castle Street looking into what was Francis Street, to the left of that pillar ran a little river, it is now piped underground directing the water into the Bann River a very short distance from Francis Street. The row of houses on the right was Marley Street. The Regal was the towns main cinema, to the left of the Regal cinema is the 'Pleasure Gardens' they are still there.

Francis Street viewed from Bridge Street and looking towards Castle Street.   A man called Peter Lawless lived in one of the houses about the middle of this row on the left, he was a barber working from the little front room of his home.  That tall building on the left at the far end of the street was a grain mill.  The turn-in on the right brought you into Blakely's Timber Yard, the turn-in to the left brought you down an alleyway onto Marley Street.

Marley Street viewed from Bridge Street. The turn-in on the right brought you onto Francis Street.

Brian Donlevy 1899-1972  Hollyood Star is reputed to have been born in this street. Stop press this is disputed, will update later

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