Wednesday 18 October 2017

Gaybo takes centre stage as R&R marks century of entertainment

Gay Byrne with author Myles Dungan and his daughter Gwyneth at the launch
Gay Byrne with author Myles Dungan and his daughter Gwyneth at the launch
Terry Wogan (second from left at back)with the society's cricket team in Clontarf in 1961
Denis Roe in 'Student Prince' in 1943
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

It has withstood the 1916 Rising as well as two World Wars and numerous recessions.

So there was no better way for the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society to celebrate their centenary than with a commemorative book, launched by veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne last night.

Over 100 members and friends of the society turned out for the launch of 'If You Want To Know Who We Are ... Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society 1913-2013', in Dublin last night.


Author Myles Dungan said putting the book together was a three-year process – and he admitted that it became something of a family project, as his son Ross took on the workload for several months.

"I was over in the US for a while so Ross actually conducted most of the interviews for me, so my job became a lot easier – I mostly just waded through recordings and transcripts," Dungan said.

"But it was very enjoyable and I really delved back into the history of the R&R. "I found clippings from newspapers dating back 100 years, so they have come through a lot and really grown."

Among the guests last night in the Little Museum of Dublin were actress Glynis Casson, the daughter of Christopher Casson who played the rector in 'The Riordans'. Recently engaged couple Garret Reynolds and Megan McGrath were also in attendance and credit the R&R for their relationship.

"We got to know each other five years ago when we both were in a show at the Gaiety," 32-year-old Reynolds said.

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