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Hugh Smullen remembers how his father would sit in front of the fire and tell stories to the children.

In this extract Hugh Smullen tells us that he didn't have a telephone or even a radio for much of his childhood. He remembers how his father would sit in front of the fire and he would tell himself and his siblings…

Hugh Smullen interview recalls listening to the music of John McCormack on his gramophone.

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers his gramophone and in particular listening to the music of John McCormack. He notes that he didn't have a telephone, television or even a radio for the most part of his early…

Hugh Smullen remembers his first bike which is grandmother bought for him.

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers his first bike which his Grandmother bought for him. He remembers a particular character who worked in the bike shop who would mend his bike for him for a reasonable price. He remembers that as a child he and…

Hugh Smullen recalls his first car which he bought with money that he won on the grand national.

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers winning the money to buy a second hand car on the grand national. He remembers how he used to take the family out for the day on Saturdays with his car. They would all drive to Dollymount Strand in north Dublin…

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…

Carmel O'Reilly remembers when she and her husband first started courting.

In the extract Carmel O'Reilly remembers when she and her husband first started courting. She describes this time as very innocent. She remembers marrying at 20 and she says that they were not 'well up', they were innocent. She remembers also the…

Volta Cinema, Mary St. c. 1950

This cinema is mentioned by a number of our interviewees.

Volta Cinema, Mary St. c. 1950. Liam O'Leary - Irish Film…

Tivoli Theatre, Burgh Quay

The Tivoli Theatre is mentioned by a number of our interviewees.

Source: Tivoli Theatre, Burgh Quay. National Library -…

Theatre Royal, Hawkin's Street

Theatre Royal, Hawkin's Street. The first Theatre Royal opened in 1821 but was destroyed by fire in 1880. A new Theatre Royal was built on the site and opened in 1897. This was demolished in 1930 and replaced by the third Theatre Royal in 1935. This…

The Savoy Cinema, 1954

The Savoy Cinema, 1954 The Savoy is the oldest remaining cinema in the city centre. It was formally opened by President Cosgrave in November 1929 and could seat nearly 3,000 at that time. One of the biggest attractions ever screened there was Gone…

Capitol Cinema, Princes Street 1954

Capitol Cinema, Princes Street began life in the early 1920s as LaScala Theatre and Ballroom. In 1927 Ireland's first talking picture, The Singing Fool starring Al Jolson was presented in the Capitol. The cinema closed in 1972.

The Capitol cinema…

The Metropole Cinema, O'Connell Street. c.1923

This building contained a Cinema, Ballroom, two Bars and a Restaurant. The cinema, which seated 1,000, opened in 1922 with Peck's Bad Boy starring Jackie Coogan. The Metropole closed in 1972. It was demolished and the site is now occupied by Penny's…

Cinema Queue in Dublin c.1944

Before the advent of television, "going to the pictures" was a favourite form of entertainment for Dubliners. A popular film would draw large crowds of cinema-goers who would queue, often for long periods of time, to gain admittance. As interviewee…

Hugh Smullen talks about when he first met his wife.

In this extract Hugh Smullen talks about how he first met his wife. He remembers he and his friends used to congregate at the swimming baths in Cabra. He notes that at the time the boys would get into the baths but the girls wouldn't, they would…

Carmel O'Reilly remembers going to the cinema with her husband.

In this extract Carmel O'Reilly remembers that herself and her husband went very often to the various cinemas around Dublin. She recalls the early years of her married…

Seamus Marken talks about the importance of newspapers in his family.

In this extract Seamus Marken talks about the importance of newspapers in his family. He remembers that his family didn't have a radio or a gramophone nor a telephone and so newspapers were the main source for hearing about the…

Jim Quinn remembers the different books he read as a child.

Here Jim Quinn remembers the different books that he read as a child, in particular Treasure Island and Alice in Wonderland. He remembers going to Green's book shop and buying books on history and geography which were his favourite subjects to read…

Jim Quinn talks about the different newspapers that he bought.

In this extract Jim Quinn remembers the different newspapers that he bought. He remembers that his family relied on newspapers as the main source of news and information. He says that not everybody had a radio at that time, it wasn't until he was…

Hugh Smullen remembers that he was an avid reader as a child.

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers that he was an avid reader when he was a child. In particular he remembers that he was very keen on history and particularly European history. He talks about Capel Street library as being his source for…