A huge and enthusiastic crowd attended Balbriggan and District Historical Society’s October talk featuring May McKeon and also students from Loreto Secondary School. Former County Councillor May, a longtime member of the Society and current committee member, gave us the second installment of her talk called Old Memories of Balbriggan. Anyone who heard May’s talk this time last year already knew how entertaining she was and were delighted to hear more. Her talk ranged from the serious talking about issues like the importance of the ICA to the women of the town to remembering the various characters and nicknames of the town or the vagaries of the phone system in the 60’s, The stories of confession and some hilarious complaints to the council couldn’t be repeated here! We were also delighted to welcome some History students from Loreto Secondary School as guest presenters on the night. These students were the winners in a History competition which the Historical Society’s Jim Walsh and Pauline O’Hare judged in the school. The following were the details of the students and their projects: ‘Jack Rover McCann’ – Hannah Rudden, ‘Rush Church and Library’ – Niamh Daly Alison McGuinness & Rachel Sweetman, ‘History of Newbridge’ – Abbie Hurley. Well done to the five students on their well researched and interesting talks – the future of Historical research is safe.