From the candy store to the galtymore book

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from the candy store to the galtymore book

Joe Kearney (Editor of Then There Was Light)

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From the Candy Store to the Galtymore

Whenever the Galtymore is brought up over here in conversation everyone seems to have their own funny, heart-warming or dark tale to tell, whether from first-hand experience or from a friend or family member. The idea came to PJ Cunningham and Dr. Joe Kearney last year when they were making a radio documentary for RTE to coincide with the 70th anniversary of rural electrification.
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From the Candy Store to the Galtymore

From the Candy Store to the Galtymore is a collection of stories from the golden age of the Irish Showband Era that stretched from the s to the s. Those decades saw the emergence of a multitude of celebrity bands fronted by household names. During that time, young people embraced the freedom and vibrancy of this new culture by flocking to hundreds of venues up and down the country every week. This wonderful collection of stories, collated by PJ Cunningham and Dr. Joe Kearney, illustrate the rich tapestry of the era, and give the reader a true insight into the showband era in Ireland in the s, 60s and 70s. This book contains numerous stories with a Mayo connection. Pat Healy is a native of Glenamoy, Ballina, and talks about how his father originally turned a cow shed into a dance hall which is now part of the famed Angler's Rest watering hole.

'From The Candy Store Stories To The Galtymore' is an anthology of stories from the golden age of the Irish Showband era that stretched from.
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Then There Was Light

The book echoes an era of social and cultural uprising in Ireland as the country began dancing the weekends away to the sounds of showbands in newly-built ballrooms. It is a story of sadness but full also of pride in how he turned his life around to die a proud man. One of major interest was how Brendan Bowyer, whilst touring in England and having just received a major musical award, came to play in Liverpool. At that gig, he was supported by a young local band called the Beatles. Lennon and McCartney were in awe of the Royals and their luxury touring wagon. The book, which is dedicated to music man extraordinaire, Ricey Scully, also contains two hilarious stories rolled into one by the former Twiggs and Crackaways member concerning The Singing Nun and U2.

Subscribe to Posts Subscribe to Comments. Eight Offaly people feature prominently in a new book recalling the halcyon days of the showband era, which was launched this week. From The Candy Store to the Galtymore chronicles the s to the s in rural and urban Ireland through the stories of the young men and women who religiously went to their local Ballroom of Romance each weekend. The book echoes an era of social and cultural uprising in Ireland as the country began dancing the weekends away to the sounds of showbands in newly-built ballrooms. In addition, New York-born Peter Nolan, whose father hails from Clara and was a great Offaly and New York footballer of the fifties and sixties and Frances Browner, who spent her youth holidaying in the Ferbane-Cloghan area, also give vivid and incisive accounts of their exploits on the dance floor. The book, which is dedicated to music man extraordinaire, Ricey Scully, also contains two hilarious stories rolled into one by the former Twiggs and Crackaways member concerning The Singing Nun and U2. The sources are mainly ordinary folk with some interesting insights from singers, musicians and band managers as well.

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