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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 1:08 pm 
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This was a wonderfull building, and i am happy to say i did spend some time in it as a child at a couple of family weddings, so I can remember it as it was. It was the first place i had ever come across a lift. This fascinated me, after all the only place I ever saw something like it before was in Star trek, and I spent quite some time playing in it before getting hauled back into the hall for "annoying the residents" I protested my innocence, but I was then told off for "wasting electric" :roll:

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:06 pm 
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Looked like a nice place. What year did it go and why? I remember my grandad telling me about the bombing there he was a fireman.


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It was bought by the Hastings group in 1972, and a few years later it was destroyed by a firebomb (as were all hotels in the area eventually, the only one not to be destroyed was the Osbourne) Your Grandfather Stephen was indeed a fireman for many years 8)


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Brian wrote:
It was bought by the Hastings group in 1972, and a few years later it was destroyed by a firebomb (as were all hotels in the area eventually, the only one not to be destroyed was the Osbourne) Your Grandfather Stephen was indeed a fireman for many years 8)


Yes i heard details of the fire bomb first hand. So thats what happened to the liverpool hotel also? I recall seeing a pic here somewhere.


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Nope, actually I forgot about that one, it can join the Osbourne (and if you want to be really technical the Balmoral) as hotels that were not closed by firebombs.

The Liverpool I understand is also destined to be apartments :roll:


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More appartments, yeah thats what we need *sarcasm* lol Used to go down from primary school and take turns to look through the keyhole as we where all told it was haunted, we wanted to see ghosts :lol:


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top floor middle room above the door. very few people would go in there, including staff as they said you noticed it would always be cold, and you got one of those "weird" feelings as if something was watching you. I am not a huge believer in ghost stories as such, but like yourself I would not discount them out of hand as there is usually something in them.


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Brian wrote:
top floor middle room above the door. very few people would go in there, including staff as they said you noticed it would always be cold, and you got one of those "weird" feelings as if something was watching you. I am not a huge believer in ghost stories as such, but like yourself I would not discount them out of hand as there is usually something in them.


I will say i did see something when i looked in that door once and it puzzled me. Something was moving towards the door a black shape kind of lumbering. Wasnt the power of suggestion as no one else mentioned it and nor did i :shock: could have been a homeless person to will never know. My parents had their wedding reception there though i giggle at the bell bottoms and funky colorful dresses of the guests and dads mustache :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:32 pm 
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Picture of hotel removed by request.


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I think forthroad may have fond memories of this hotel!!!!


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Great pics of the Great Northern... Does anybody have any pics of Ballyedmond Castle Hotel ? It was also destroyed. It was a beautiful building. It would be nice to see some pictures of it.


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correction Brian! Both the Osborne & Balmoral were casualties.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:42 pm 
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Brian wrote:
Picture of hotel removed by request.

which hotel


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In the 70's the Great Northern was covered with a dark red ivy, it looks quite bare in those photos. Anyone remember how it looked then ?


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flyght1 wrote:
correction Brian! Both the Osborne & Balmoral were casualties.


I didn't think the Balmoral was ever
damaged.

Was it?


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My wording was "not closed" meaning they survived the troubles to this day ;) The missing picture was a copyrighted one of the Great Northern.


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I think it was around 1972 (I'm open to correction, may have been '71 or even '73) that the Balmoral was bombed . I remember looking at the extensive damage to the front end of the building. It had a large crack / 'gash' down the middle. That building had to be demolished and a new 2 floor building constructed. In turn this was added to in more recent years with the new 3rd floor etc.

On the same day of the Balmoral bombing another bomb went off out at a house on the seafront at Moygannon....this was within minutes of Balmoral bombing...I cannot remember which came first. Two very loud explosions indeed. Thankfully nobody was hurt (as far as I know).

At the time I was around 11 years old and living in the 'old' Drumsesk place. I had been chatting in our front garden at number 9 with a young neighbour at that time, one Rory Dumigan (now a well known fireman) and I can remember both of us being quite startled. Later that evening I can remember that famous BBC newsreader Robert Dougal relating the story of the bombs in Warrenpoint on the 9 O'Clock News.


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Hard to believe it was Irish Men destroying the beauty of their own country. -













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Pat correct with your post and the house at Moygannon was the home of the then RM Wilson.


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Brian - lovely photo.
It was one of the loveliest hotels
In the area, what a shame it is gone.


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It will live long in the memory
that such a fine building as this
was lost to us, in the manner
it was.
Nothing short of tragic.!


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