Dancehall Days – 2011

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Dancehall Days

The Dancehall Days exhibition is part of the ‘People’s History of Galway Project’ currently under development at Galway City Museum.  This exhibition looks at an era in Irish history when the shackles of the fifties were being cast off, as mass emigration slowed, and Lemass’ Ireland opened itself up to the wider world. To add to the showband collection, the museum staff are now looking for a loan of that ‘special dress’ and a pair of shoes that would have been worn out to a dance at Salthill. According to contributors to the exhibition a common custom would be for sisters to share the same pair of dancing shoes, with one sister leaving them in a hole in the wall for the other to collect on her way to the dance.

In a time before MTV and mass media, showbands represented major stars such as Brendan Bowyer, Butch Moore and Dickie Rock. Better still, these big names were accessible on a Sunday night at the ballroom (dances were not permitted on Saturday nights as the youth of Ireland were expected to be fresh for Mass on Sunday morning).

Galway musician, Jimmy Higgins, who was central to some of the leading showbands of the time, such as The Raindrops and The Millionaires, is now lending his famous trumpet for this special museum exhibition. Along with his two brothers, Paddy (drummer), and Francieᶧ (who played saxophone), Jimmy is fondly remembered by all those who attended the many dances throughout Galway.

The Dancehall Days exhibition will form a central part of the display of social history on the first floor and Jimmy’s trumpet will be on show, as well as many other objects relating to the swinging sixties and the showband era in Galway.

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Dancehall Days

The Dancehall Days exhibition is part of the ‘People’s History of Galway Project’ currently under development at Galway City Museum.  This exhibition looks at an era in Irish history when the shackles of the fifties were being cast off, as mass emigration slowed, and Lemass’ Ireland opened itself up to the wider world. To add to the showband collection, the museum staff are now looking for a loan of that ‘special dress’ and a pair of shoes that would have been worn out to a dance at Salthill. According to contributors to the exhibition a common custom would be for sisters to share the same pair of dancing shoes, with one sister leaving them in a hole in the wall for the other to collect on her way to the dance.

In a time before MTV and mass media, showbands represented major stars such as Brendan Bowyer, Butch Moore and Dickie Rock. Better still, these big names were accessible on a Sunday night at the ballroom (dances were not permitted on Saturday nights as the youth of Ireland were expected to be fresh for Mass on Sunday morning).

Galway musician, Jimmy Higgins, who was central to some of the leading showbands of the time, such as The Raindrops and The Millionaires, is now lending his famous trumpet for this special museum exhibition. Along with his two brothers, Paddy (drummer), and Francieᶧ (who played saxophone), Jimmy is fondly remembered by all those who attended the many dances throughout Galway.

The Dancehall Days exhibition will form a central part of the display of social history on the first floor and Jimmy’s trumpet will be on show, as well as many other objects relating to the swinging sixties and the showband era in Galway.


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Galway City Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday on four daily timeslots; 10am, 11:30am, 2:00pm and 3:30pm.  Admission remains FREE but visitors will now require a ticket for their visit. Tickets can be booked online by visiting galwaycitymuseum.ie and will need to be presented either in printed format or on mobile phones at the main entrance to the museum.  In light of Covid-19 the number of visitors will be strictly controlled and those attending will have to adhere to correct social distancing and health and safety protocols so that everyone can enjoy the exhibitions in a safe and comfortable environment.

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