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The dancehall – a place to forget the tough times

Henry Wymbs goes back in time to recall the early days of the dancehalls which were frequented by thousands of young people every week-end dancing to the latest tunes of the showbands including the Clipper Carlton band who were in very much in tune with the music trends in the UK and Us.

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The Clipper Carlton Band. 04/06/60. (Standing L-R: Fergus O'Hagan, Hugo Quinn, Dom Shearer, Mick O'Hanlon and Terry Logue. Seated/Front L-R: Victor Fleming, Hugh Toorish and Art O'Hagan).

The Clipper Carlton Band. 04/06/60. (Standing L-R: Fergus O'Hagan, Hugo Quinn, Dom Shearer, Mick O'Hanlon and Terry Logue. Seated/Front L-R: Victor Fleming, Hugh Toorish and Art O'Hagan).

The Clipper Carlton Band. 04/06/60. (Standing L-R: Fergus O'Hagan, Hugo Quinn, Dom Shearer, Mick O'Hanlon and Terry Logue. Seated/Front L-R: Victor Fleming, Hugh Toorish and Art O'Hagan).

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In the late 1940’s and early ‘50’s, the local halls were the only venues available for dancing in Ireland.

This was a world without television, mobile phones and the internet, a world where the horse and cart, turf and the obligatory school walk of five miles or more were common place.


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