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This morning.

Greystones, county Wicklow.

The Greystones Town Team including the Happy Pear pair (above centre) launch the #THINKLOCALBUYLOCAL campaign encouraging shoppers to support local businesses.

Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District Cllr Lourda Scott said:

“It has been a difficult time for small local businesses, so please consider your local businesses when deciding on your gifts this year.”


Even Catholics are welcome.



Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Irish-made stocking fillers to broadsheet@broadsheet.ie marked ‘Irish-made Stocking Fillers’.


Knockbawn, The Burnaby,  Greystones, Coounty Wicklow


Is Gene in?

Via GreystonesGuide:

In 1969 the man born Jerome Silberman took a walk through the Burnaby.

There are, of course, many, many fine houses in that particular part of Greystones, but one house in particular caught Gene Wilder’s eye.

And so, being a confident-verging-on-cocky young Hollywood star – The Producers had proven the big hit of 1967 – Gene Wilder walked up to the front door and knocked.

A rather surprised Mr O’Farrell answered.

“Yes,” he said. “Can I help you?”

“Oh, I was just admiring your house,” replied Wilder. “It’s very, very beautiful. And I’d like to rent it.”

“Well, it’s not for rent. We live here. All the time.”

“Oh, but it would only be for three months. I’m shooting a movie in Dublin, and I just need somewhere to stay temporarily. And your house would just be perfect.”

“Are you mad? It is, indeed, perfect. And that’s why we plan to stay in it. All the time.”

“But surely we could come to some arrangement…?”

“Well, I’m sure you Hollywood types normally get your way in such dealings, but you’re far from Hollywood now. You’re in Greystones.”

“Look, perhaps we could go inside, and I can make you a simple offer. It would be crude to talk money out on the doorstep like this…”

And so, family lore has it, Gene Wilder and Mr O’Farrell went inside, to see just how much money this big Hollywood star had in mind when it came to renting the family home for six months.

Shortly afterwards, the O’Farrells went to stay with relatives for three months, whilst Gene Wilder went and spent his days shooting Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx, and his nights sleeping in Knockbawn, right here in sunny Greystones….

Joker Wilder Had A Hideaway In The Burnaby (GreystonesGuide.ie)

Yesterday: Gene Wilder Dead At 83

Wonka pic: Niall N

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This afternoon.

Burnaby Parky, Greystones, Co Wicklow

Grim, gravestone-like proclamation monument installed as part of the national Glór na Cásca 1916 garden project.

Niall Neligan writes:

Burnaby Park is called after Colonel Fred Burnaby, a dashing British Army intelligence officer (a 19th century James Bond) last seen at the Siege of Khartoum in 1885 (see link below).

Although there were some rebels in Greystones, and a gun-running took place there in 1916, loyalist Burnaby residents preferred to deny this fact and, shaking their heads, refer to the Kilcoole gun-running. Perhaps this monument will change things?


Frederick Burnaby (Great British Nutters)

Pics: Niall Neligan


Want to be a link in a Guinness world record breaking five mile long chain AND help fund Irish cancer research?


The Caroline Foundation in partnership with Bray Cancer Support Centre and Greystones Cancer Support need your help for an exciting world record challenge.

Helen from The Caroline Foundation writes:

A system is being set up involving 100 individual ‘cells’ or groups – hopefully Greystones and Bray residents but also CCRT patients and families. Each cell leader will have responsibility for bringing 40 people to line the route. Each ribbon holder will be asked to donate €10 – that means that each cell will contribute a minimum of € 400.


Sunday, 11 May 2014 starting on Bray seafront.

If you would be interested in setting up a ‘cell’ or joining a ‘cell’ please contact Helen O’Sullivan-Dwyer (helen@thecarolinefoundation.com)

The Caroline Foundation Cliff Walk