Tuesday 16 October 2018

Tales from the ballrooms of romance

The book 'From The Candy Store to the Galtymore' is a mirror into the unique time in the life of rural and urban Ireland through the stories of the young men and women who danced in their local 'ballroom of romance' each weekend.

The book offers first-hand accounts from the recollections of ordinary folk who attended the hundreds of ballrooms that sprung up around the country at that time. The anthology is filled with stories of romance, of chance meetings and tales that are funny and, sometimes, mischievous.

Two local short story authors are included in the latest collection of short stories from Ballpoint Press. This intriguing collection of stories from Ireland's show band era of the 1950s -70s is edited by Dr Joe Kearney and PJ Cunningham.

Steven Roche is a native of Rockchapel now living in Kanturk. Steven is a well-known songwriter and entertainer, and he currently organizes the over 60s talent competition, that most successful annual event which greatly benefits the Irish Heart Foundation.

Four years ago Steven made his own CD based on his interesting life, 'My Travels in Story and Song'. His story in this new book is entitled 'A Day That Lasted Forever', a fun filled story of the time and place he met his lovely wife, Joan.

Brigid Daly, a native of Kilkenny now living in Kanturk, was also successful in submitting a story to this lovely book. Brigid's story, 'Blooming at the Rose of Tralee', is connected to meeting her husband, Charles, there. This has great significience this year as their daughter, Teresa, was the Chicago Rose of Tralee 2017.

Brigid also wrote a short story in the book 'Around the Farm Gate' which was published in 2015.

'From The Candy Store to the Galtymore' is from Ballpoint Press and is priced at €14.99; the book is available from Kanturk Bookshop.