LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
EMAIL FROMK THE STATES
Hi, calling from the States. I was wondering if
any of your readers had heard of the Douglas Cowboys, back in the
late 70s, early 80s? I was a hane noy meself back in
my hay days, curious how they ever got established. May not be
appropriate talk for your readers but thought you might be
interested. Great web page and nice reading.
John Daly, USA.
DOUGLAS CEILI BAND.
Reading in your very interesting Weekly of dances in the 60s, my memories are of the late 50s and the old crystal ballroom in Carrigaline. These dances were held by the late John Reidy. The hall would be packed to capacity. Many people cycled long distances, covered from head to toe in plastic raincoats. Bicycles were left at the roadside, safe in the knowledge that they would still be there when the dance ended. Many a happy night we spend there dancing to the great msuic of the Douglas Céili band (where are they now?)
Great romances blossomed there, under the spell of the crystal ball, which still weaves its magic in the local GAA pavillion.
Oh yes, those were the days.
A Carrigaline reader
Something old, something new! Corks working
class were great supporters of the old Opera House.
My mothers favourite opera was Maritana. Older readers will fondly recall In Happy Moments, Let Me Like A Soldier Fall, and, There Is A Flower That Bloometh.
On a lighter note, comments from the Gods were prices, eg. Youre tiny hand is frozen, Shove it up your jumper! A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse, Would a donkey do?, Pray step forward!
The night the Opera House burned I had a grandstand view from a friends house on Emmet Place.
On to the new. The architects who designed, and councillors who passed the new building have a lot to answer for. North Wall, least imaginative structure ever built in Cork. Rivalled only by Connolly Hall, an eyesore made even more gruesome. Next door to beautiful banking edifice.
Efforts to enhance present Opera House fruitless! Akin to trying to make silk purse from a sows ear!!
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