Apr 27 2018

The State in 1975…

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‘In my day it cost 1/= into the State in Phibsborough. We always considered it a posh place to go.

Apr 27 2018

‘Another Winner from 1961…’

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‘What a great surprise…’

Apr 27 2018

‘Poor Fella…’

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‘Came across this in the Evening Herald of 1963, wonder did he ever find her…’

Apr 23 2018

‘Rose Brennan…’

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Rose Brennan was born in 1931 and lived with her family on Lower Carnlough Road, (the first Keyhole) in Cabra West. When she was 16 years of age she started singing with the Neil Kearns Orchestra at Dublin’s Olympic Ballroom, Johnny Devlin’s De Luxe Orchestra at the Crystal Ballroom, and the Pavilion (popularly known as “The Hangar”) in Salthill, County Galway. Roy Fox booked her in 1949 for his stage show at the Theatre Royal in Dublin. When Fox moved on, Rose joined the Billy Watson Band at Clery’s Ballroom. She was also a regular voice on Radio Eireann’s Happy Days and Beginners Please series. In April 1951 Elizabeth Batey, vocalist with Joe Loss, fell and broke her jaw. Joe was badly in need of a replacement and remembered hearing Rose Brennan on radio during a visit to Ireland. Within days he had located her and, before a week was out, she was in Manchester rehearsing with the band. She stayed with Loss for fifteen years, before giving up show-business in the mid 1960’s. She wrote many of the songs she recorded under the name Marella, and co-wrote songs with John Harris. Rose sang until 1966 with the Joe Loss Orchestra for weekly programs on the BBC and nightly at the Hammersmith Palais. She gave up show business and retired to run a pub, the Norland Arms in West London, with her husband John Lamb, an ex-policeman…’

 

Apr 23 2018

Tommy Sheridan…

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‘Young Tommy Sheridan probably had his First Holy Communion photograph taken in Jerome’s Studio in Henry Street. My own mother had a photograph taken at the very table Tommy is standing beside in this photo, when she was 16 years old. The First Holy Communion was always a very exciting time for any young boy or girl and sometimes you’d even have twins making it together. My mother would arrange for a loan from Mister Philip Radnor, a Jew-man who had a Loan Office in Mary Street. He’d call to our house every Saturday morning to collect the Ma’s  weekly payment off the loan. I think most children making their First Holy Communion spent the day being brought around to all of their relations by either their father or mother. My Da’ used to bring us into town to visit his two sisters, he come home at the end of the day half sozzled. Do you ever remember all the money in your pocket or your little handbag? Loads of Half Crowns and Florins. We were all spic and span going up tot he Convent Church that morning and half starved because we had to Fast from the night before but we were given a breakfast afterwards by the Nuns. I think one of my cousins got my Communion Suit because my Ma’ said that she had given to my “Uncle”. Great times alright….’

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