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Historical list of Irish gundealers and smiths

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,616 ✭✭✭ deerhunter1


    Grizzly 45 wrote: »
    Steve Normoyle.Yeah he had Steves fishing and shooting,[and occasionaly ladies handbags and shoes] in the Milk market,and then the "I got worms" fishing and very little shooting shop on Ellen st. He is now last I heard the rep for Gowan & Bradshaw in Galway.One of these folks who keep falling upwards!

    Gone from them


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,616 ✭✭✭ deerhunter1


    Grizzly 45 wrote: »
    1st one got caught supplying arms or doing a bank raid with said arms off the rack in the 1970s. Remember that well, as my ol man had had a crow plucking session with him about his gun repair skills about 2 weeks before, and the SB called over for a chat about his relationship with this individual,and taking the .22 for a ballistics test.

    Kearneys, Fruit&Veg, Guns and Ammo, now the playground for the Gael scoil in Johns St.Not well liked by the shooting community for his sharp practises.

    The Gun Room Rathkeale.Peter Donovan.An utter gent and a pleasure to deal with.Tiny little room above his watch&jewellery store on Main St. He had some right treasures in there over the years;

    A Winchester 1897 takedown that looked like it lived IN the Shannon Estuary for 30 years,but worked perfectly. An ultra rare Armalite AR SHOTGUN[ forgotten weapons YT has a video on these] never seen one since,and a SBL 8 bore shotgun with 20 rounds of ammo,and a Unique .22/pistol rifle carbine combo.

    1st one supplied the weapons for the robbery of the GPO
    His son is Leonards Garage Renault Dealer on Mulgrave St

    There was landers in Tralee
    Halpins Listowel

    Kearneys a robbing git, I remember getting my first .22 early 70s, I had a written cover note from mayorstone Bks, Nestors would not give me ammo on the cover note, Kearney did but charged me a fortune knowing I was stuck, when licence came through never darkened his door again after that


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,424 ✭✭✭✭ Grizzly 45


    1st one supplied the weapons for the robbery of the GPO
    His son is Leonards Garage Renault Dealer on Mulgrave St
    :eek::eek: Which GPO was that?I was about 7or 8 at the time when this happened.So wouldn't be that up on the full story.


    Kearneys a robbing git, I remember getting my first .22 early 70s, I had a written cover note from mayorstone Bks, Nestors would not give me ammo on the cover note, Kearney did but charged me a fortune knowing I was stuck, when licence came through never darkened his door again after that

    Was going to let someone else break the ice on that one!:D
    But yes! I heartily concur, as would many others. That SOB diddled me out of an O/U,ok it was a cheap BRNO, but it was the model that was combo and double rifle interchangeable.
    Paid a deposit, and then waited like forever 5 months about then for the grant[pre 06 ] and then had a crisis that I couldn't afford it there and then for the balance.
    The fuker then sold it from under me, never informed me of any of this and then used up the deposit for storage fees.:mad: He went out of business soon after that, about 1993I think? No loss at all.

    Tim Landers..Good man. He stuck with me thru the "arms trials" for my semi-auto rifle, and sorted my first 410 poachers shotgun, that was getting loose in the action Pity he gave up the gunshop, as he did have some exotics betimes in there.
    Are Halpin's gone now as well?

    Confucius say."He who says one man cannot change World. Never has eaten bat soup in Wuhan!"



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,616 ✭✭✭ deerhunter1


    Grizzly 45 wrote: »
    :eek::eek: Which GPO was that?I was about 7or 8 at the time when this happened.So wouldn't be that up on the full story.





    Was going to let someone else break the ice on that one!:D
    But yes! I heartily concur, as would many others. That SOB diddled me out of an O/U,ok it was a cheap BRNO, but it was the model that was combo and double rifle interchangeable.
    Paid a deposit, and then waited like forever 5 months about then for the grant[pre 06 ] and then had a crisis that I couldn't afford it there and then for the balance.
    The fuker then sold it from under me, never informed me of any of this and then used up the deposit for storage fees.:mad: He went out of business soon after that, about 1993I think? No loss at all.

    Tim Landers..Good man. He stuck with me thru the "arms trials" for my semi-auto rifle, and sorted my first 410 poachers shotgun, that was getting loose in the action Pity he gave up the gunshop, as he did have some exotics betimes in there.
    Are Halpin's gone now as well?

    If my memory is correct the GPO Limerick


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,616 ✭✭✭ deerhunter1


    Grizzly 45 wrote: »
    :eek::eek: Which GPO was that?I was about 7or 8 at the time when this happened.So wouldn't be that up on the full story.





    Was going to let someone else break the ice on that one!:D
    But yes! I heartily concur, as would many others. That SOB diddled me out of an O/U,ok it was a cheap BRNO, but it was the model that was combo and double rifle interchangeable.
    Paid a deposit, and then waited like forever 5 months about then for the grant[pre 06 ] and then had a crisis that I couldn't afford it there and then for the balance.
    The fuker then sold it from under me, never informed me of any of this and then used up the deposit for storage fees.:mad: He went out of business soon after that, about 1993I think? No loss at all.

    Tim Landers..Good man. He stuck with me thru the "arms trials" for my semi-auto rifle, and sorted my first 410 poachers shotgun, that was getting loose in the action Pity he gave up the gunshop, as he did have some exotics betimes in there.
    Are Halpin's gone now as well?

    If my memory is correct the GPO Limerick


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,616 ✭✭✭ deerhunter1


    If my memory is correct the GPO Limerick

    We started a pistol club in sarsfield barracks in the mid 70s,Eamon Moriarty (RIP) a international pistol and rifle shooter started it,he had connections,gardai gave us the go ahead for the pistols, Eamon Moriarty went overseas for term and was transferred to other units just as we got the thing off the ground,it fell apart shortly after 🥴☹️


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,424 ✭✭✭✭ Grizzly 45


    Whatever happened to that range in Sarsfield?Heard it was open for awhile for.22 and air rifle up to the 80s?

    Confucius say."He who says one man cannot change World. Never has eaten bat soup in Wuhan!"



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,616 ✭✭✭ deerhunter1


    Grizzly 45 wrote: »
    :eek::eek: Which GPO was that?I was about 7or 8 at the time when this happened.So wouldn't be that up on the full story.





    Was going to let someone else break the ice on that one!:D
    But yes! I heartily concur, as would many others. That SOB diddled me out of an O/U,ok it was a cheap BRNO, but it was the model that was combo and double rifle interchangeable.
    Paid a deposit, and then waited like forever 5 months about then for the grant[pre 06 ] and then had a crisis that I couldn't afford it there and then for the balance.
    The fuker then sold it from under me, never informed me of any of this and then used up the deposit for storage fees.:mad: He went out of business soon after that, about 1993I think? No loss at all.

    Tim Landers..Good man. He stuck with me thru the "arms trials" for my semi-auto rifle, and sorted my first 410 poachers shotgun, that was getting loose in the action Pity he gave up the gunshop, as he did have some exotics betimes in there.
    Are Halpin's gone now as well?
    Ya I believe Halpin is gone, health issues I believe,
    The super in kerry was I believe was anti gun which was the demise of Landers packing in the trade


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,424 ✭✭✭✭ Grizzly 45


    Ya I believe Halpin is gone, health issues I believe,
    The super in kerry was I believe was anti gun which was the demise of Landers packing in the trade

    I can guess which Super that was too.:mad: The one in the witness box who claimed: "no civilians should have any type of firearms at all.":mad: And thus showed himself to be not fit to be an issuing unbiased authority, fortunately, he is gone as well.

    Confucius say."He who says one man cannot change World. Never has eaten bat soup in Wuhan!"



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,616 ✭✭✭ deerhunter1


    Grizzly 45 wrote: »
    I can guess which Super that was too.:mad: The one in the witness box who claimed: "no civilians should have any type of firearms at all.":mad: And thus showed himself to be not fit to be an issuing unbiased authority, fortunately, he is gone as well.

    Correct and Right,a right arrogant prick


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  • Registered Users Posts: 340 ✭✭ feartuath


    Grizzly 45 wrote: »
    Got my 1st gun when I was ten out of there.A single barrel poachers .410.
    Still have it,and shot just about everything with it too.44 years ago this year
    Gus,Joe and Louie,who ran the caamera shop around the corner on Roches st were utter gents,and an utter font of knowledge in things fishing and shooting for a young Grizzly back then:)The shop was an Aladdins cave of stuff in both shooting ,fishing and model aircraft and boats.Could find mad things in there. Was a sad day when they finally closed the shutters on that shop.:(:(

    A friend and I collected his first .22 in Nestors years ago wrapped in brown paper and we hitched a lift home with it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,424 ✭✭✭✭ Grizzly 45


    An old lad here in the district bought and still has a genuine lever-action Winchester 1887 shotgun he bought of Nestors in the 70s for 12 old pounds!:)
    Think it is worth a bit more at this stage.

    Confucius say."He who says one man cannot change World. Never has eaten bat soup in Wuhan!"



  • Registered Users Posts: 340 ✭✭ feartuath


    If I had the cash back then it was Winchester or Eley from Nestors, if not Kearney sold Record which were a few pounds cheaper.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,280 ✭✭✭ tudderone


    Grizzly 45 wrote: »
    An old lad here in the district bought and still has a genuine lever-action Winchester 1887 shotgun he bought of Nestors in the 70s for 12 old pounds!:)
    Think it is worth a bit more at this stage.

    They weren't a great gun though were they ? Not like the Humpback semi-auto's and 1897 pump, all designed by Browning.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,805 ✭✭✭ juice1304


    tudderone wrote: »
    They weren't a great gun though were they ? Not like the Humpback semi-auto's and 1897 pump, all designed by Browning.

    They are a great gun and also designed by browning.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,280 ✭✭✭ tudderone


    juice1304 wrote: »
    They are a great gun and also designed by browning.

    Yeah i know the lever guns were designed by browning, thats why i mentioned him.


  • Registered Users Posts: 218 ✭✭ Dai John


    feartuath wrote: »
    A friend and I collected his first .22 in Nestors years ago wrapped in brown paper and we hitched a lift home with it.

    Bought a Squires Bingham 22 LR about 1985 from Nestors, still using it. Cost £100.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,804 ✭✭✭ Rows Grower


    Only spotted this thread now, TW Murray's on Patrick's Street is a legendary shop.

    You'll get the same level of service and attention in there if you are buying a one euro packet of trout hooks than you would if you were buying a rod or reel or rifle that cost hundreds. The O'Connell family that own it have encouraged more youngster's to enjoy fishing and hunting than any other business or family I know of.

    I was in there decades ago buying some rods and reels as prizes for a juvenile competition we were running and when Mr. O'Connell was totting up the bill he rounded every thing down like they always do and then gave the last item free of charge on top of it. "Herra we have to look after the youngsters, shur aren't they the future of our sport". He still does it, a proper gentleman and a pleasure to do deal with.

    https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Its-for-the-tradition-as-much-as-the-business-that-Ive-kept-it-going-all-the-years-Keeping-shopping-local-in-heart-of-Cork-38281ba9-be8b-4278-bd11-1e02f896bb60-ds

    "Very soon we are going to Mars. You wouldn't have been going to Mars if my opponent won, that I can tell you. You wouldn't even be thinking about it."

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,424 ✭✭✭✭ Grizzly 45


    O "Herra we have to look after the youngsters, shur aren't they the future of our sport". He still does it, a proper gentleman and a pleasure to do deal with.

    Last of the very old school...And his words are incredibly wise on this, and one we should all try and emulate.

    Confucius say."He who says one man cannot change World. Never has eaten bat soup in Wuhan!"



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,220 ✭✭✭ Feisar


    Anyone remember Peter Hussey (RIP) in Tullamore, put a lefty stock on a shotgun for me when I was starting out.

    First they came for the socialists...



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,280 ✭✭✭ tudderone


    Is your man McGee still going out in the west ? The grumpy git who dealt with older guns and repairs ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,424 ✭✭✭✭ Grizzly 45


    Bought my Savage 20ga/22 mag combo gun off him about 20 years ago.:D

    Confucius say."He who says one man cannot change World. Never has eaten bat soup in Wuhan!"



  • Registered Users Posts: 54 ✭✭ Got him!


    That's interesting! I brought it up to Walter Phelan ( Irish Shooting and Fishing Museum) and he estimated around 1850 or so when the case was made! Looks like I might have something quite rare!


  • Registered Users Posts: 54 ✭✭ Got him!


    Thanks all the same , but putting a new label on this case would ruin it in my book.


  • Registered Users Posts: 233 ✭✭ delboythedub


    Jack Carrs in king street and there was moorkens in blackrock


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,280 ✭✭✭ tudderone


    Jack Carrs in king street and there was moorkens in blackrock

    Yes i remember both. Who was in Abbey street ? I always thought it was Carr ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 97 ✭✭ clawback07


    Stephenc66 wrote: »
    Does anyone remember a game fair in Goff's of Kildare maybe very late '70s very early '80s. I seem to remember every second stable decked out as a sporting goods store with firearms, archery and fishing equipment. Thinking back on it there must have been a good number of firearms dealers represented.

    Or maybe it was my youthful amazement that made it seem there was more there :)
    I was there ! Bought a cartridge belt at it and still have it !


  • Registered Users Posts: 210 ✭✭ bluezulu49


    tudderone wrote: »
    Yes i remember both. Who was in Abbey street ? I always thought it was Carr ?

    I am fairly sure I bought my first double barrel in Carrs in Pearse Street, Dublin around 1970. Moorkens and Watts were in close proximity in Abbey Street. Moorkens also had a branch in the old cinema in the centre of Blackrock.

    I was in Watts just before they moved to the Quay and was given a guided tour of their new building which had been an hotel. My abiding memory is of going up the stairs and the carpet sticking to the soles of my shoes.

    Another shop that is now sadly gone was Cleeres who were quite near Rorys. They moved to Clane and finally closed late last year.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,280 ✭✭✭ tudderone


    bluezulu49 wrote: »
    I am fairly sure I bought my first double barrel in Carrs in Pearse Street, Dublin around 1970. Moorkens and Watts were in close proximity in Abbey Street. Moorkens also had a branch in the old cinema in the centre of Blackrock.

    I was in Watts just before they moved to the Quay and was given a guided tour of their new building which had been an hotel. My abiding memory is of going up the stairs and the carpet sticking to the soles of my shoes.

    Another shop that is now sadly gone was Cleeres who were quite near Rorys. They moved to Clane and finally closed late last year.

    Pat was a nice chap, but his business was fishing tackle, he never did much on the shooting front. I bought cartridges there on occassion, but i don't think he even stocked guns in the shop in Temple Bar.

    Rorys is the only place city centre that you can get anything to do with shooting now, he might have an old shotgun or two for sale and he does stock ammunition.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 233 ✭✭ delboythedub


    Jack Carrs was in south King street for a very long time and i think that there was a robbery in that shop and he moved over to Pearce Street after that.


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