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Carlow Ballrooms

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There were a number of ballrooms active in and around Carlow town during the 1950's & 1960's namely:
The Crofton Hotel, Carlow
The Crofton Hotel on Athy Road, Carlow.
The Ballroom is on the left of the building.
Deighton Hall on Burrin Street
The Deighton Hall on Burrin Street, Carlow.
The Royal Hotel, Carlow
The Royal Hotel & Ballroom c.1950's,
Dublin Street, Carlow
The Royal Hotel on Dublin Street, Carlow. 1998
The Royal Hotel on Dublin Street had a ballroom built in 1959 mainly for private functions. (Hotel & Ballroom demolished in 2002).

Carlow Town Hall
The Ritz Ballroom, Carlow
The Ritz Ballroom, Charlotte Street, off Tullow Street, Carlow.
(Photo W. Muldowney)
Image taken by Mr W Muldowney2006
St. Fiacc’s Hall (Graiguecullen Hall) and Percy Mac? He could play
Rossmore Dancing Boards 1954
St Dympna's Hospital, Athy Road, Carlow
Green Acres Restaurant
Dublin Road. Carlow
Cars of the period
Ford Zodiac 206E 1960
Morris Minor 1000 Traveller c.1950
Ford Consul Capri
Ford.Consul.Mk2 1960

Austin A30
Ballroom, Hotel, or Festival Status
Abbeyclub, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois Unknown
Bagenalstown Carnival, Co. Carlow  
Barn, Tullow, Co. Carlow  
Borris Festival, Co. Carlow Ran in the early 70's
Captain Murphy Hall, Tullow, Co. Carlow Our thanks to Frank White
Castle Ballroom, Mountrath, Co. Laois  
Crofton Hotel, Carlow, Co. Carlow Seven Oaks Hotel
C.Y.M.S., Portarlington, Co. Laois  
Daingean Carnival, Co. Offaly Ran in the late 1960's
Danceland Ballroom, Portlaoise, Co. Laoise Sixth Reynolds Brother's "land" Ballroom
Dolmen Hotel, Carlow, Co. Carlow  
Dreamland Ballroom, Athy, Co. Kildare Community Hall - third Reynolds Brother's "land" Ballrooms
Durrow Carnival, Co. Laois Ran in July in the late 60's
El Ruedo, Carlow, Co. Carlow Ran in the early 70's
Garyhill Carnival, Carlow  Ran in the late sixties in April
Green Acres, Carlow, Co. Carlow  
Hackettstown Carnival, Co. Carlow  
Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois Active

Source of Ballroom List:

P. J. Tierney & His Orchestra, Carlow

This picture of The P.J. Tierney nine-piece orchestra playing in the Crofton Hotel, Carlow, in 1956. A self taught musician Pa Joe played in many bands before starting his own in 1949. The Glen Miller hit ‘American Patrol’ was the band’s signature tune. Pictured here are, left to right: Michael Foley, Sean Byrne, Jim Downey, John Hutton, P.J. Tierney, Bertie Whelan, Michael Byrne, Colette Dempsey and Bobby Kearns. His idol was the jazz musician Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong. When requested to sing in latter years Pa Joe’s theme song was ‘What a Wonderful World’.

The Michael Foley Combo mid 1960's
Managed by Jay Corcoran of John Street, Carlow.
Photo provided by 'Carloman'


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