Bracken River Memories

by Gazette Reporter

BALBRIGGAN residents have a chance to share memories of Bracken River thanks to a unique new oral history project.

The local Tidy Towns group will create a history of the waterway through the recollections of those who have used it over the decades.

For the month of July, locals are being encouraged to record their memories and anecdotes of the river on video.

The oral history project, in partnership with Fingal County Council and Waterways Ireland, will encompass the Bracken – also known as the Matt – and its surrounding streams.

The Bracken is an important part of Balbriggan’s industrial history as it powered the local cotton mill.

“We would love to hear stories of how people used the river in the past,” said Terry O’Reilly, secretary of Balbriggan Tidy Towns.

“They may have worked on the river, fished or swam there, or hold other memories which might have been passed down to them.”

The project forms part of number 16 of the 20 things to do in the first 12 months in the Our Balbriggan Rejuvenation Plan, and the videos will form part of an event to celebrate the heritage of the Bracken.

To record memories of the river, go to, ‘Our Balbriggan’ on social media or email before July 31.

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