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The Crystal Ballroom, South Anne Street, 1954

The Crystal Ballroom, South Anne Street. Another form of entertainment enjoyed by many Dubliners was dancing, as these comments from some interviewees indicates: “I did like dancing, I could, you know, if I was with someone that could dance I could…

National Ballroom, Parnell Square

For almost seventy years the National Ballroom, Parnell Square was a major dancing venue in Dublin. Most of the top Irish showbands appeared there. (A plaque outside the building commemorates the Miami Showband members murdered by the UVF in Northern…

Seamus Marken remembers his first dance in a ballroom in Galway.

In this extract Seamus Marken remembers his first dance in a ballroom in Galway in Seapoint. He was there when he was training with the FCA and he laughs remembering that he was not a great…

Jim Quinn talks about the dancehalls he went to as a young man.

In this extract Jim Quinn talks about the dancehalls he went to as a young man. He says that everybody went to dancehalls in those days, he laughs and says it was the only place you could meet…

Angela McFarland talks about her love of dancing.

In this extract Angela McFarland talks about her love of dancing. She remembers that when she was younger she would go to the Metropole dance hall every Sunday to see the showbands at the time. She describes the dancehalls and remembers the fun she…

Hugh Smullen remembers when he first started courting his now wife, May.

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers when he first starting courting his now wife, May. He remembers that he used spend his tips from his delivery job bringing her out to the picture house and afterwards they would share a bag of chips and mug of…