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 women!

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Where did you maybe meet and socialise with your friends when you were teenage age?

As I said I spent quite a bit of time at sea so in Liverpool I sailed out of Liverpool and coasts I done a lot of coasts … we were pretty well known in Liverpool, probably getting a Liverpool accent by one stage. Eh Liverpool … but when we came back here we’d go off and … we drank of course and we’d go to the local dances and things like that, go to the dances … what everybody done in those days …

Did you like going to the dances?

Well the only place you’d see women was at the dances, what else would you do?!

Did you meet your wife at a dance?

Actually she only comes from down the road but I didn’t know her then, I met her in Clery’s.


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O'Connell Street Area


Dublin City Life, Living, Entertainment, dancehalls



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"Jim Quinn talks about the dancehalls he went to as a young man.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #224 (accessed February 23 2018, 4:52 am)