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Dancehall Days 2014


dancehall days Limerick will celebrate the DanceHalls Days this June! “Are You Dancing? Remembering Limerick’s Dancehalls”, is one of the 109 locally organised Made in Limerick projects for City of Culture. The dances themselves were recreated at a free event on Sunday 22nd June in Johns’ Square and included guest performances from Tommy Drennan, Shaun O’Dowd and Denis Allen amongst others.






Photos by David Woodland for 2014. All Rights Reserved

Photos by Caleb Purcell for 2014. All Rights Reserved.

An exhibition, Limerick’s Dancehall Days, ran in in the Stella Ballroom, Saturday 14th – Saturday 28th June and featured photos and memorabilia from the dancehalls days in Limerick. The exhibition spans the end of the orchestra era in the late ‘50s, when great Limerick acts like the Johnny McMahon and Bud Clancy Orchestras performed, to the end of the showband and dancehall era in the early ‘70s.

Some of the great Limerick dancehalls and showbands featured, along with personal photos contributed by local Limerick people. Personal snaps from Todsies, the Stella, the Jetland and Cruise’s Hotel amongst many more will be on display.

The exhibition was launched on Saturday 14th June at 2pm by Limerick showband legend Tommy Drennan and Paddy Brennan (Editor of “The Golden Era of Irish Showbands”) and there’s were loads of stories from those days recounted!

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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