MY NAME IS GARY GRIBBEN, FORMERLY OF ST. MARY'S PRIMARY
SCHOOL AND ST. PATRICKS HIGH SCHOOL. I LIVED IN BALLYKEEL
TOO UNTIL 1990 AND THEN MOVED TO RATHKENNY. I TRAINED
AS A NURSE IN HOLLYWELL HOSP. AND NOW LIVE IN MELBOURNE
ANYONE FROM BALLYMENA/BALLYKEEL PLEASE CONTACT ME.
Gary Gribben - February '08
Hi Gary. My name is Gary Gribben and live in South Africa.
This is the first time I heard of any other Gribbens. Nice
to know I am not the ony one. Cheers Gary.
Duane Johnston - Apr '07
Lived in Ballykeel 1 and Ballykeel 2. Now in Sydney
Emmeline - Sep '06
Hamer - Are you the Gareth Hamer who also went to St Louis
I'm curious to know if you are and also how you are doing
? If it is you then I would have been in some of your classes
, I'm Emmeline O'Kane otherwise known as hightower for being
exceptionally tall (obviously) I do recall Mrs Callan , I
didn't like her much either. Thankfully I didn't have to be
in her class.
Hamer - Aug '06
Hello Gary, how are you? How I found you - don't ask but good
chance I did. I was born and raised in Ballykeel too, and
lived all over Ballymena we always seemed to end up back there,
My Mother was a Balmer which is the biggest family in Ballykeel
she just couldn't keep away. We'll things have changed now.
I'm living in Dover, working at the train station but always
go home twice a year, more if i could for the drink.
I went to St Paddy's myself, I hated Mrs Callen I started
skiving lessons and meeting up with most off my cousins, lol.
Hey I was a kid! Still hope to speak soon mate, take care.
Gary Gribben - Aug '06
You will love Australia. Have you Have u been here before?
I have been here for nearly ten years and have had no problems.....
best country in the world I reckon.
The best area to look for is the south eastern suburbs (Mount
waverly, Glen Waverly.... established neighbourhoods, good
schools etc. median house price range 350,000 dollars... maybe
You could look at places like Kew and Carlton.... close to
the city...very nice... but very expensive.... median price
closer to 500,000
The other option is Narre Warren, Cranbourne... which are
newly established neighbourhoods...which are still nice with
some good schools but with a bit more travel time....price
Hope this is of some use to you... if u want anymore specific
info let me know.
Tracy Dormer - Aug '06
I used to live in Ballymena. I went to Dunclug Primary and
then Ballymena Academy. I was actually searching for information
on Melbourne when I came across your article.
I live in Scotland now but am in the process of emigrating
to Australia. I am trying to suss out some good Melbourne
suburbs - I have 3 primary school children - so a lot will
depend on good schools nearby. I am just curious to know how
you found the resettlement process and how long you have been
It would be nice to hear from you
All the best, Tracy.
Graham O'Brien - July '06
Is there a snowball chance in hell that I could possibly find
any relative of the GRAHAMS of Rathkenny, circa 1815? Or anyone
to work with on it?
Gary Gibben - June '06
Hi Linda, Thanks for getting back.....
I think I started St. PADDY'S in 79/80 but I can't quite place
ure family - which is starting to annoy me. Can you name some
of the other students in your year to jog my memory.
As far as I can remember Dalriada Walk was in Ballykeel too,
close to Stafffa drive? What primary school did u go to? I
went to St. Mary's in Haryville, I feel I should know you,
do you know me?
Please feel free to send me an e mail to discuss this further.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Linda Millar - May '06
Hello again Gary I started Saint Paddys in 1979 and I lived
in Dalriada Walk where my dad still lives he is called Roy
Millar hope too hear from u soon Linda Millar.
Sean McAuley - May '06
Hey Gary, I replied to your personal email address. Give me
a shout when you get a chance.
Gary Gribben - April '06
Hi Linda, (see below )
Just saw ure message..... what year did u start St. Paddy's
Where did u live in Ballykeel, I lived in Shetland Gdns.
I must know u or ure Brothers.
Would love to hear from u.
Gary Gribben - April '06
Gday Sean, (see below )
Just found your message tonight, had stopped looking for
responses for a while but was excited to hear from you. Sorry
to hear about your Dad... I remember him well.
Also remember well watching the game at my house and also
a game at your house .... I think it was Man u. and Man C......
I have been married to a girl from Bangor (Siobhann) since
1994 and have one Daughter Erin.
Yes a lot has happened since the Ballykeel days... hope you
find this wire... I have included my e mail hopefully u will
get in contact.
All the best,
Bob Brehm - April '06
I have ancestors in Dunaghy, Antrim, Ireland, named MCKIBBEN.
In my genealogical research, others have implied that GRIBBEN
and MCKIBBEN might be the same. Do you, Gary Gribben, have
any comment on that?
My earalist MCKIBBEN is James, b. 1801 in Upper Tullaketagh,
Linda Millar - March '06
Hi Gary, my name is Linda Millar I ALSO lived in Ballykeel
and went to Saint Marys and Saint Patricks. I live in Nottingham,
England now. I was on a web site for Ballymena and saw your
page, you may also know my brothers and sister, Martin, Thomas
and Ivy Millar. I hope you reply back soon.
Sean McAuley - January '06
My wife found your name yesterday on the web and asked me
if I knew you as she thought the name was familiar. Sure enough,
we used to hang around as we lived in Ballykeel II as well.
I also went to St. Mary's and then St. Louis. We now live
in Ottawa, Ontario since January 2000. Please drop me a line
soon Gary so we can catch up. Funny, I'm just watching a live
football match between Manchester United and Liverpool (0-0
at the minute) but I remember watching the cup final once
in your house between Manchester United and Arsenal when Alan
Sunderland scored that last gasp winner.
So much has happened since then Gary. I'm married and have
4 kids now and maybe you already heard, but my Dad died about
7 or so years ago. Our Tony just got married in December so
we were all home for that. Linda isn't married yet but may
as well be.
Anyway, drop me a line Gary.
Gary Gribben, I live in Savannah Georgia,
I recently found a John Gribben's headstone in the colonial
cemetary. He was from Antrim, Ireland. I believe he died in
1848 but I could be mistaken. I have never met or seen another
Gribben other than my own family, so I found it rather exciting.
I know it has nothing to do with your post, but I couldn't
Sincerely Virginia Gribben