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 ILoveLimerick.com 2014. All Rights Reserved
Photos by Caleb Purcell for ILoveLimerick.com 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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