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Ballrooms, Hotels & Marquees By County
Antrim through Kildare

To help you locate a county, we have both a map and a list. Please click on the county using the map at the right to take you to a list of venues for that county, or use the table below to find all venues listed alphabetically by county. 

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Ballroom, Hotel, or Festival County Status
Adair Arms, Ballymena Antrim Active
Arcadia Ballroom, Portrush Antrim Saved by locals and converted to a coffee shop
Astor Ballroom, Belfast Antrim Demolished in 2001 now a car park*
Ballyclare High School Antrim (Our thanks to Garth Armitage)
Ballygally Carnival Antrim Ran in September in the late 1960's
Ballymoney Antrim  
Belle Vue Hall, Belfast   Antrim
Betty Staff's Ballroom, Belfast   Antrim
Boom Boom Room, Belfast   Antrim Derelict
Bridge Inn, Dunloy Antrim Active
Carousel Ballroom, Belfast**** Antrim Opened Jan 16, 1970 with Joe Dolan & The Drifters
Carrera Ballroom, Ballyclare*** Antrim Home to Ballyclare Linfield Supporters Club - Jim Nolan
Celebrity Club, Belfast Antrim From Cavan Ferrie
Chimney Corner Hotel, Newtownabbey Antrim Active
Club Rado, Belfast**** Antrim Formerly the Maritime Ballroom
Coates Street Dancehall, Belfast**** Antrim
Cushendall (Glens Hotel)* Antrim Still active
Deerpark Inn (Hotel), Antrim Antrim Closed in 1999, but then burned down
Dunloy Antrim  
Edenmore Hotel, Jordanstown Antrim Nursing Home
Europa Hotel, Belfast Antrim Active
Fiesta Ballroom, Belfast**** Antrim Now an office block - Albert Craig
Flamingo, Ballymena Antrim Church Hall
Floral Hall Ballroom, Newtonabbey Antrim Closed
Fort Royal Inn, Ballymena* Antrim Active - now called the Big House - Tommy Collins
Gala Ballroom, Belfast**** Antrim Now an office block - Albert Craig
GEC Works Canteen, Larne Antrim (our thanks to Glen Brown)
Glenravel Festival Antrim Ran in the late 1960's
Glenside Inn, Belfast* Antrim  
Green Briar, Belfast Antrim  
Grey Abbey Antrim  
Grosvenor Hall, Belfast**** Antrim  
Kelly's-Golf Links Hotel, Portrush Antrim (our thanks to Brian Moore)
King Arthur's Niteclub, Belfast Antrim (our thanks to Declan Colgan)
King George VI Youth Centre, Belfast Antrim
Kings Arms Hotel, Larne* Antrim (our thanks to Glen Brown)
Kingsway Ballroom, Belfast**** Antrim  
Laharna Hotel, Larne* Antrim (our thanks to Glen Brown)
Leighinmore House Hotel, Ballymena**** Antrim
Manor Hotel, Ballymoney Antrim  
Marine Hotel, Ballycastle Antrim Closed in 2009  - Jim Nolan
Maritime Ballroom, Belfast**** Antrim  
Maxim's Ballroom, Belfast****  Antrim Active
Midland Hotel, Belfast**** Antrim  
Neillsbrook Hall, Randalstown*** Antrim Bombed in early 70's, now Maine Fold (Brian Johnston)
Old Lama's Fair, Ballycastle Antrim Active in mid 70's
Orange Hall, Bushmills*** Antrim  
Orchid Ballroom, Belfast* Antrim Restaurant*
Orpheus Ballroom, Belfast* Antrim Opened in 1932, closed in 1970, demolished in 2015
Palladium Ballroom, Portrush**** Antrim  
Parochial Hall, Ballycastle Antrim
Pavilion Dance hall, Larne* Antrim (our thanks to Glen Brown)
Plaza Ballroom, Belfast Antrim Closed 1970, gutted by fire 1975, demolished 8/2/80
Plaza Ballroom, Larne***  Antrim (located in the Victoria Orange Hall, info Glen Brown)
Pond Park Ballroom, Lisburn  Antrim  
Pound Music Club, Belfast**** Antrim Demolished years ago, was 60's-70's rock/blues venue
Quay Road Hall, Ballycastle*** Antrim Active
Queen's University Hall, , Belfast Antrim  
Ramble Inn, Antrim****  Antrim
Richview Ballroom, Islandmagee****  Antrim
Rinka Ballroom, Islandmagee Antrim Turned into a shop some years ago
Romano's Ballroom, Belfast  Antrim Demolished in 2000 and turned into a car park
Rotunda Ballroom, Belfast****  Antrim a.k.a. "The Root"
Sammy Houstons, Belfast**** Antrim  
Shunters Bar, Portrush Antrim Active
St. Clare's Hall, Glenavy (J. Magennis) Antrim Parish hall
St. Clement's Hall, Belfast Antrim  
Starlite, Belfast (see Boom Boom Room)  Antrim Derelict
Strathearn Hotel, Holywood Antrim  
Thrupenny Bit, Balmoral**** Antrim Kings Hall Conference Center runs occasional gigs*
Toomebridge Carnival, Toomebridge Antrim Ran in May in the early 70's
Top Hat Ballroom, Lisburn Antrim Destroyed by a bomb on June 17th, 1972
Top Hat Ballroom, Larne Antrim  
Town Hall, Ballycastle Antrim  
Town Hall, Ballyclare*** Antrim Recently restored
Town Hall, Ballymena Antrim  
Trocadero Ballroom, Belfast**** Antrim Active
Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena Antrim Active
Ulster Hall, Belfast**** Antrim  
Waterfront Hall, Belfast**** Antrim Active
Whistle Stop, Belfast Antrim  
Woodlands Hotel, Lisburn Antrim  
Total Number of venues in County 82  
Ardaragh Armagh Unknown
Armagh City Hotel, Armagh**** Armagh Active
Ashburn Hotel, Lurgan Armagh Active
Ballyargan Armagh
Calypso Ballroom, Lurgan**** Armagh Demolished several years ago - Oliver Burns
Carngrove Hotel, Portadown Armagh Active for weddings and corporate events-Derek Blevins
Community Centre, Silverbridge Armagh  
Drumcairn Carnival Armagh Ran in the early 70's
Drumsill Hotel, Armagh Armagh Closed around 2002, demolished in 2016
Ford's Cross Carnival Armagh Ran in August in the late 1960's
LCA Hall, Lurgan Armagh
Market Hill, Armagh Armagh
Moire Ballroom, Moire Armagh
Orange Hall, Armagh Armagh Still active, dancing every weekend - Derek Blevins
Orchard County Hotel, Lurgan Armagh Demolished
Parochial Hall, Armagh Armagh Demolished
Savoy Ballroom, Portadown**** Armagh  
Seagoe Hotel, Portadown Armagh No dances
Shelagh Carnival, Crossmaglen Armagh Ran in the early 70's
St. Mary's Hall, Portadown**** Armagh Still standing but closed-Derek Blevins
St. Patrick's Hall, Keady Armagh  
Stables, Lurgan Armagh Active - Derek Blevins
Total Number of venues in County 21  
Bagenalstown Carnival Carlow
Barn Ballroom, Tullow Carlow Ran in the late 1960's
Borris Festival Carlow Ran in the early 1970's
Captain Murphy Hall, Tullow Carlow Our thanks to Frank White
Crofton Hotel, Carlow Carlow became the Seven Oaks Hotel
Dolmen Hotel, Carlow**** Carlow
El Ruedo, Carlow Carlow Ran in the early 70's
Garyhill Carnival, Carlow Carlow Ran in the late sixties in April
Green Acres, Carlow Carlow
Hackettstown Carnival, Hackettstown Carlow  
McGrath (Daniel) Hall, Bagnalstown Carlow Our thanks to Frank White
Rathvilly Carlow  
Ritz Ballroom, Carlow Carlow Stands empty
Royal Hotel Ballroom, Carlow*** Carlow  
Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow Carlow Active (formerly the Crofton)
Spellman Hall, Kildavin Carlow Active (Open in 1956 - our thanks to Frank White)
The Towers, Duckett's Grove Carlow  
Total Number of venues in County 17  
Arva Carnival Cavan Ran in the early 70's
Ballinagh Hall, Ballinagh Cavan Our thanks to Regina Burke
Ballyconnell Carnival Cavan Ran in the late 1960's
Ballyhaise Festival Cavan Ran in the early 70's
Bawnboy Carnival Cavan Ran in the early 70's
Belturbet Carnival Cavan Ran in September in the late 1960's
Butlersbridge Carnival Cavan Ran in May and June in 1971
Cavan Carnival, Cavan Cavan Started in 1968, ran for 5 weeks in July & August
Dowra Cavan  
Erne Palais Ballroom, Belturbet Cavan

Opened in 1947 as cinema, ballroom in 1963, still standing

Farmer's Hall, Virginia**** Cavan
Farnham Hotel, Cavan Cavan
Glangevlin Cavan  
Granada Ballroom, Kingscourt Cavan Opened in 1962, closed around 1982, now derelict
Hotel Kilmore, Cavan Cavan Active
Kilnaleck Carnival Cavan Ran in the late 1960's
Kingscourt Cavan  
Laragh Carnival Cavan Ran in September in the late 1960's
Lavey Carnival Cavan Ran in June in the late 1960's
Lakeland Hotel, Cavan Cavan Ran in 70's now knocked down, now flats - John Rahill
Loughan House Cavan  
Lough Ramor Farmer's Ballroom, Virginia***** Cavan  
New Hall, Tullyvin  Cavan  
Milltown Festival  Cavan Ran in the early 70's
Ritz Ballroom, Killeshandra  Cavan Volac, Ltd HQ
Sports Centre, Cavan Cavan  
St. Michael's Hall, Cootehill Cavan
St. Patrick's Hall, Shercock Cavan
Star Ballroom, Ballyconnell**** Cavan  
Stradone Carnival Cavan Ran in late 1960's, community centre on site - E.McEntee
Swanlinbar Carnival, Swanlinbar Cavan Held July 12-August 5th in 1974
Virginia Carnival Cavan Ran in the early 70's
Whitehorse Hotel, Cootehill Cavan Active
Wonderland, Bawnboy Cavan Another Reynolds brothers "land" ballroom
Total Number of venues in County 33  
Anglers Rest Ballroom, Doonass Clare Open in the 1950's
Astor Ballroom, Scariff Clare Opened in 1947, still active but not for dancing
Arch Ballroom, Sixmilebridge Clare
Ballroom of Romance, Quin Clare
Barefield Carnival Clare Ran in the early 70's
Coliseum Ballroom, Portleix**** Clare
Cooraclare Clare  
Corofin Carnival Clare Ran in the early 70's
Doonbeg Carnival Clare  
Ennistymon Carnival Clare Ran in the early 70's
Hyland Ballroom, Newmarket***** Clare
Hydro Ballroom, Kilkee***** Clare Closed in 1968 and converted to apartments-Sean McPartlin
Iniscathaig Hotel, Kilrush Clare  
Jet Club, Ennis Clare Madden furniture
Katy Daly's, Killaloe Clare  
Kilkishen Carnival, Kilkishen Clare
Killaloe Carnival, Killaloe Clare  
Kilmihill Carnival Clare Ran in the early 70's
Kilrush Clare
Kincora Ballroom, Killaloe**** Clare
Kincora Ballroom, Lisdoonvarna Clare  
Lahinch Centre Ballroom, Lahinch Clare Seaworld
Lakeside Ballroom, Killaloe Clare Opened in the early 1960's
Lissycasey Carnival Clare Ran in the early 70's
Lynch's Hotel, Ennis**** Clare  
Milton Malbay Marquee Clare Ran in summer in mid 70's
New Hall, Ennis Clare  
Newmarket-on-Fergus Clare  
Olympia Hall, Kilkee Clare Was Community centre, now apartments (Sean McPartlin)
Paddy Cons Hall, Ennis**** Clare Became the Jet Club (now Madden Furniture)
Parochial Hall, Milltown Malbay Clare  
Queen's Hotel, Ennis**** Clare
Royal Spa Hotel, Lisdoonvarna Clare
Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis**** Clare  
West County Hotel, Ennis Clare Active
Whitegate Carnival Clare
Total Number of venues in County 36  
Adrigole Ballroom, Adrigole Cork Our thanks to Paul Sheehan now Caha Centre we think
Allihies Hall, Allihies Cork Thanks to Paul Sheehan, Local Community Center
Anglum Ballroom, Glanworth Cork Opened in 1924, Unknown status, email us with info
Arcadia Ballroom, Cork Cork Demolished and replaced by Student Apartments
Ardgroom Festival Cork Unknown
Ardgroom Cork Unknown
Ballydehob Community Hall Cork Opened in 1979, ran dances until 1983, still going strong
Bantry Boy's Club, Bantry Cork Opened in 1950, expanded in mid 1980's still going strong
Beara Bay Hotel, Castletownbere Cork Ballroom was demolished and rebuilt as nite club
Buttevant Cork  
Caroline Ballroom, Drimoleague**** Cork opened St. Patrick's Night, 1966
Castle Ballroom, Macroom Cork Fire station
Coachford Hall, Coachford Cork Demolished (info from John McCaffrey)
Community Hall, Castlelyons* Cork
Central Hotel, Mallow Cork  
Charleville Cheese Festival Cork  
City Hall, Cork Cork Major 60's dance venue
Clondrohid Cork  
County Hotel, Midleton Cork  
Cronin's Hotel, Charleville Cork  
Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork**** Cork
Eyries Dance Hall, Eyries Cork Our thanks to Paul Sheehan
Fermoy Cork  
Freemount Cork  
Gaiety Ballroom, Cork**** Cork
Glenbower Festival, Killeagh Cork Early 70's
Good Time Charlie's, Cork Cork  
Grand Hotel, Fermoy**** Cork
Gulf Stream Hotel, Baltimore Cork
Half Moon Theatre, Cork**** Cork  
Hibernian Hotel, Mallow Cork Active
Hi-Land Ballroom, Newmarket  Cork Active - Another Reynolds brothers "land" ballroom
Hilton Club, Cork Cork Formerly the Students Club and then the Oscar Club
Imperial Ballroom, South Mall, Cork**** Cork
Inchigeela Festival, Inchigeela Cork Ran In late 70's
Industrial Hall, Clonakilty Cork  
Kades Kounty, Glenville Cork Still running gigs
Kanturk Boy's Club Cork  
Kildorrery GAA Mid Summer Festival Cork Active
Kildorrery Cork  
Kilworth Cork  
Kinsale Municipal Hall, Kinsale* Cork Ran in mid 1960's
Kinsale Regatta, Kinsale* Cork  
Lepp Festival Cork  
Lilac Ballroom, Enniskean  Cork Now the Lilac Motor Company (car dealership)
Lobby Bar, Cork****  Cork  
Majestic Ballroom, Mallow Cork Now a tyre company and home of C103 radio (K.L.)
Majorca Ballroom, Crosshaven****  Cork Demolished Nov,2005 (thanks to Catherine Dovonan for info)
Maple Ballroom, Ladysbridge Cork
Maple Ballroom, Millstreet**** Cork  
Maudie Mac's, Mallow****  Cork  
Millstreet Festival Cork  
Mayflower Ballroom, Mitchelstown**** Cork
Metropole Hotel Ballroom, Cork**** Cork
Montrose Ballroom, Macroom Cork Demolished in the 2000's - Brian Tobin
Muintir na Tire Hall , Conna* Cork (thanks to Gerard Hennessy)
Palm Court Ballroom, Cork**** Cork
Redbarn Ballroom, Youghal Cork Burned down
Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork Cork
Sheep Shearing Festival, Millstreet Cork  
Showboat Ballroom, Youghal Cork Demolished
Skibbereen Festival Cork  
Silver Springs Hotel, Cork**** Cork
St. Patrick's Hall, Dunmanway Cork Still standing but empty
Star Ballroom, Millstreet Cork  
Stardust Ballroom, Cork Cork Opened Easter Sunday, 1968 by Tony & the Graduates
State Hall, Middleton**** Cork  
Stella Ballroom, Bantry Cork  
Strand Palace Ballroom, Youghal Cork Apartments
Swingers, Cork Cork  
Top Hat Ballroom, Fermoy Cork
Town Hall, Macroom Cork Still very active, although not for dances
Town Hall, Skibbereen Cork Active, but not hosting dances like it used to
Town Hall, Youghal Cork No dances
Twilight Zone, Fermoy**** Cork  
West Lodge Hotel, Bantry Cork Active
Wheel Inn, Castletownbere Cork Derelict
Total Number of venues in County 76  
Agricultural Hall, Limavady*** Derry Now the home of Limavady United football club
AOH Hall, Draperstown Derry
Boathouse, Coleraine Derry Now a Chinese restaurant - Tommy Collins
Cameo Ballroom, Derry**** Derry Became the Stardust Ballroom, still running see below
Castle Ballroom, Dungiven Derry Active?
Community Centre, Derry***** Derry  
Corinthian Ballroom, Derry Derry Shops
Downhill Hotel, Coleraine Derry
Drummond Hotel, Ballykelly Derry  
Embassy Ballroom, Derry Derry Opened in 1956, burned in 1963, now called Fusion
Golden Slipper Ballroom, Magilligan**** Derry Now demolished and the site of new apartments
Gorteen House Hotel, Limavady Derry Active
Guild Hall, Derry**** Derry Active Council Chamber and Civic Centre
Imperial Hotel, Garvagh Derry Now closed (Jan 2012) - Tommy Collins
Inn at the Cross, Drumahoe* Derry Active
Loup Carnival Derry Ran in September in the late 1960's
Maghera Carnival Derry Ran in August in the late 1960's
Marian Parochial Hall, Kilrea*** Derry Active - Tommy Collins
Orange Hall, Kilrea, Co. Derry Derry  
Palais De Dance, Portstewart**** Derry  
Park Derry  
Salmon Leap, Coleraine**** Derry Demolished - Tommy Collins
Silver Slipper, Milligan**** Derry
Stardust Ballroom, Derry Derry The Cameo, now St. Eugene's Hall-still running gigs*
St. Columb's Hall, Derry**** Derry  
St. Oliver Plunkett Hall, Clady Derry Opened 1954 - now local parish hall (Philip McErlean)
Strand Ballroom, Portstewart*** Derry Recently demolished and now site for apartments*
Strand Hotel, Portstewart Derry  
The Loup, South Derry Derry  
Town Hall, Kilrea*** Derry Bombed in 70's rebuilt without dance hall - Tommy Collins
Total Number of venues in County 30  
Abbey Ballroom, Ballyshannon**** Donegal Now the Abbey Centre, the local community theatre.
Abbey Hotel, Donegal Donegal Active
Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran Donegal Still a top dance venue, (from John McGrenra)
Annagry AOH Hall Donegal Ran in the early 70's, still in use today
Astoria Ballroom, Bundoran Donegal Burned down in 2008, was a night club (P.Murray)
Atlantic Ballroom, Ballyliffin Donegal Now a fish and chip shop - from David Savage
Atlantic Ballroom, Bundoran Donegal
Atlantic Ballroom, Clonmany Donegal  
Ballyliffin Hotel, Ballyliffin Donegal Active, but not used for dances
Ballyraine Hotel, Letterkennyn (Fiesta Club) Donegal  
Border Inn, Castlefin Donegal Active
Borderland Ballroom, Muff Donegal Now an outlet store (John MacCrossan)
Bridge End Donegal  
Butt (Isaac) Hall, Ballybofey Donegal Opened July 22, 1920, still going strong today
Castle Ballroom, Rockhill^ Donegal
Cathedral Hall, Raphoe Donegal No longer active, still standing*
Clann Ri Hotel, Letterkenny**** Donegal
Columban Hall, Newtowncunnigham Donegal Active, but not used for dances (John MacCrossan)
Convoy Carnival Donegal Ran in July in late 60's
Corncutter's Rest, Creeslough Donegal  
Country Club, Falcarragh Donegal Formerly the Ray River Inn now a garage
County Club Ballroom, Termon^ Donegal  
Creeslough Hall, Creeslough Donegal Demolished (info from John McCaffrey)
Culdaff Arms, Culdaff Donegal Active
Denver Ballroom, Rathmullan Donegal Closed, formerly run by the Keeney family
Downtown Club, Letterkenny Donegal
Drimarone Hall, Drimarone Donegal Saturday nights
Drumkeen Carnival Donegal Ran in May in the early 70's
Dungloe Carnival Donegal  
Fairyland Ballroom, Termon Donegal
Fiesta Ballroom, Letterkenny Donegal Now an electrical wholesaler - Jerry McGarrigle
Fintra House, Killybegs Donegal  
Fleet Inn, Downings Donegal
Foresters Hall, Killybegs**** Donegal Active
Gildea Hotel, Burtonport Donegal  
Glenbay Hotel, Glencolumbkille Donegal Friday nights in early 80's, now empty (2013)
Glenswilly Carnival Donegal Ran in the late 1960's
Golden Grill, Letterkenny Donegal Still active
Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran**** Donegal  
Highland Ballroom, Ardara, Co. Donegal Donegal Derelict - (James Breslin) Opened 1962, closed 1977
Highlands Hotel, Glenties Donegal Active
Holyrood Hotel, Bundoran Donegal Active
Horshoe Inn, Ballindrait Donegal  
Imperial Hotel, Ballyshannon Donegal  
Inter-County, Lifford* Donegal Derelict 2002, demolished by 2007*
Iona Ballroom, Ardara Donegal Recently converted to apartments - Angela Fisher
Jackson's Hotel, Ballybofey Donegal Active
John Joe's, Kilcar Donegal Active
Kirks, Castlefin Donegal  
Laghey Hall, Laghey Donegal Built in 1906, now derelict
La Roue, Bundoran Donegal Closed in 1970 but reopened in 1971
Lilac Ballroom, Carndonagh Donegal
Legowney Hall, Legowney* Donegal We think refurbished in 2000, still in use but no dancing
Lough Swilly Hotel, Buncrana Donegal Sunday nights in early 80's, now demolished*
Malin Hotel, Malin Head**** Donegal Refurbished and still active*
Manhattan Club, Donegal Donegal  
Marine Hotel, Bundoran Donegal Renamed?
Mary From Dungloe Festival, Glenties* Donegal  
McLinchey Hall, Raphoe* Donegal Still standing but not running gigs
Mecca Ballroom, Lifford**** Donegal Demolished*
Metric Ballroom, Burnfoot Donegal Active for discos and bingo (John MacCrossan)
Milford Inn, Donegal Donegal Big band dancing in the 70's
Moville Carnival Donegal Ran in July in late 60's
Mulroy Ballroom, Kerrykeel Donegal Now a car dealership - John McGrenra
New Hall, Milford Donegal
Newtowncunningham Donegal
Northstar Ballroom, Termon**** Donegal  
O'Carroll's Palais de Danse, Bundoran Donegal Running dances in the late 1950's
Orchid Ballroom, Lifford**** Donegal
Parting Glass, Raphoe Donegal Recently refurbished, currently active
Pavesi Ballroom, Donegal**** Donegal Still active now St. John Bosco Centre - James Breslin
Pettigo Community Centre, Pettigo Donegal  
Plaza, Buncrana Donegal Bingo Hall & Live music venue (J.MacCrossan)
Ray River Inn, Falcarragh Donegal Burned down, rebuilt as a garage (from Martin Gallagher)
River Club, Castlefin**** Donegal  
Rock Hall, Ballyshannon Donegal Opened in 1892, still going strong today
Seaview Hotel Ballroom, Bunbeg**** Donegal
Shamrock Inn, Donegal Donegal  
St. Bridget's Hall, Lettermacward Donegal Still active - James Breslin
St. Dominic's Hall, Glenties Donegal Still active - now Limelight Nite Club - James Breslin
St. Finian's Ballroom, Falcarragh Donegal Ran in the mid 60's
St. Mary's Hall, Dunkineely Donegal Formerly a furniture store and now derelict-Richard Cooke
St. Mary's Hall, Kincasslagh Donegal Still active - James Breslin
Talk of the Town, Donegal Donegal Closed
Termon Ballroom Donegal Active
The Pulse, Letterkenny* Donegal Active website
Total Number of venues in County 86  
Ardmore Hotel, Newry Down Bombed by IRA in 1979, site used for police HQ
Ashleigh Ballroom, Milisle**** Down Amusement arcade, recently knocked for housing
Attical Parochial Hall, Kilkeel* Down Thanks to Gerry Curran
Ballinahinch Down
Ballycran Down  
Ballyhornan Ballroom, Downpatrick Down  
Bannville House Hotel, Banbridge, Down New owners! Still active
Beech Club, Ballyhoran Down
Belmont Hotel, Banbridge Down Still Active  - Derek Blevins
Canal Court Hotel, Newry* Down Still active
Canon's Hall, Downpatrick Down
Caproni's Ballroom, Bangor Down Demolished
Castle Ballroom, Banbridge**** Down (Venue played by the Miami the night of the tragedy)
Central Ballroom, Banbridge**** Down
Central Ballroom, Newcastle Down  
Chestnut Lodge, Moira Down Active
Cloonavine Hotel, Coleraine Down Demolished - now a house site - Tommy Collins
Cloud 9, Bangor Down Demolished years ago (Cavan Ferrie)
Country Club, Annaclone Down  
Culloden Hotel, Cultra Down Active
Dromara Down
Dromore Down  
Drumaroad Hall, Drumaroad Down Closed in 1990's, but recent plans to renovate
Focsle Hall, Bangor Down (Cavan Ferrie)
Hynde's Ballroom, Portaferry Down  
INF Hall, Hilltown Down Active
Kilcoo Parochial Hall, Kilcoo* Down Still Running
Killeavy Youth Club, Newry Down  
Kilmorey Arms Hotel, Kilkeel* Down Thanks to Gerry Curran
Locarno Ballroom, Portaferry*** Down
Memorial Hall, Crossgar Down  
Milano's Ballroom, Bangor Down Now a Mission Hall (Cavan Ferrie)
Millbrook Lodge, Ballynahinch Down Active
Moat Ballroom, Donaghadee**** Down
Osbourne Hotel, Warrenpoint**** Down Bombed and now derelict - Geraldine Turley
Pallidrome Ballroom, Strabane Down Carpet store
Palm Beach, Newscastle Down  
Park House, Ballinahinch Down  
Parochial Hall, Dundrum* Down Thanks to Gerry Curran
Parochial Hall, Newry Down Soon to be  converted into a hotel - Geraldine Turley
Queen's Court, Bangor Down Demolished
Queen's Hall Ballroom, Newtownards**** Down
Quinn's Ballroom, Portaferry Down  
Regal Ballroom, Ardglass Down Burned down in August, 1973*
Royal Ballroom, Dundonald Down
Savoy Hotel, Bangor Down Now used as a retirement home (Robert Hutchinson)
Sheepsbridge Inn, Newry Down Still running gigs
Stradone Carnival Down Ran in late 1960's, community centre on site - E.McEntee
Strangford Carnival Down
St. Aquinas Hall, Dundrum Down Now used for recreation - our thanks to James Valentine
St. Colman's Hall, Newry Down
St. Mary's Hall, Newcastle Down Still Running
Talk of the Town, Newry Down
Tempo Ballroom, Moira* Down Church Hall
Town and Country, Newtownards Down
Town Hall, Newry Down Still very active (our thanks to Mark O'Hare)
Wally's Niteclub, Newbreda, Co. Down Down  
Total Number of venues in County 55  
Adelaide Ballroom, Adelaide Rd., Dublin**** Dublin
AOH, 31 Parnell Square, Dublin Dublin Built in 1905, Now People's College. thanks to Peter Brady
Arus Mhuire, Inchicore**** Dublin Unknown
Astor Ballroom, Dundrum Dublin Run by Eddie Downey in the late 1950's
Ballerina Ballroom, Dublin**** Dublin Became the Town and Country Club (Dusty Young)
Barry's Hotel, Dublin**** Dublin  
Belgard, Tallagh**** Dublin  
Braemor Rooms, Dublin**** Dublin
Castaways Club, Clondalkin Dublin Our thanks to Liam O'Reilly
Chariot Inn, Ranelagh* Dublin Burned down in the 1970's
Charlie Brown's Nite Club, Dublin* Dublin
CIE Hall (ballroom), Dublin**** Dublin  
Clery's Ballroom, Dublin**** Dublin
Country Club, Portmarnock Dublin  
Crystal Ballroom, Dublin**** Dublin  
Father Matthew Hall, Dublin**** Dublin  
Four Provinces Ballroom, Dublin**** Dublin (became the Television Club)
Garda Club, Dublin Dublin Active as disco
Garristown Carnival Dublin Held in July in late 60's
Golden Ball, Kiltiernan Dublin  
Good Time Charlie's, Dublin Dublin  
Grand Hotel, Malahide**** Dublin
Gresham Hotel, Dublin**** Dublin  
Gymnasium, Baldonnell  Dublin Hosted major dances in the 60's
Ierne Ballroom, Dublin  Dublin Closed?
Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin^ Dublin
Irish Club, Dublin Dublin 41 Parnell Sqaure
Kingsway Ballroom, Dublin**** Dublin  
Macushla Ballroom, Dublin**** Dublin  
Matt Talbot Hall, Dublin Dublin Our thanks to Liam O'Reilly
Mayfair Ballroom, Clondalkin**** Dublin
Metropole Ballroom, Dublin**** Dublin
Montrose Hotel, Dublin**** Dublin Now part of the Jurys chain
National Ballroom, Parnell Sq., Dublin Dublin Interior demolished, closed in 1989
Old Sheiling, Dublin Dublin
Olympic Ballroom, Off Camden St., Dublin Dublin Office Bldg
Palladium Ballroom, Rush**** Dublin
Palm Beach Ballroom, Portmarnock^ Dublin
Palm Court Ballroom, Aungier St., Dublin Dublin Our thanks to Peter Brady
Pavilion Ballroom, Skerries**** Dublin Opened in 1949, now apartments call "The Tides"
RDS, Dublin Dublin Active
Red Cow Hotel, Dublin**** Dublin
Red Island, Skerries Dublin
Revolution Club, Dublin Dublin
Ritz Ballroom, Ballyfermot Dublin Our thanks to Peter Brady, run by Eddie Downey
Rolestown Ballroom, Swords**** Dublin  
Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin* Dublin
Sloopy's Nite Club, Dublin* Dublin  
Sound City, Dublin* Dublin  
South County Hotel, Dublin Dublin
Spanish Arch Ballroom, Malahide**** Dublin  
Stardust Club, Artane**** Dublin Tragically burned Valentine's Day 1981, killing 48
Stella House, Mount Merrion Dublin Sportsman's Inn
St. Francis Xavier Hall, Dublin**** Dublin  
Swords Festival Dublin
Tallaght Civic Centre, Dublin**** Dublin  
Tara Club, D'Olier St., Dublin Dublin Closed
Teacher's Club, Dublin**** Dublin  
Television Club, Harcourt St., Dublin Dublin Closed - formerly The Four Provinces Ballroom
Top Hat, Dun Laoghaire Dublin  
Tower Ballroom, Skerries Dublin Demolished
Town and Country Club, Dublin Dublin Reported closed in August, 1972 (Pat Fuller)
Tudor Rooms, Dublin*  Dublin  
United Airlines Club, Dublin*  Dublin  
Total Number of venues in County 64  
Derrylin Fermanagh
Emerald Ballroom, Enniskillen**** Fermanagh
Harp & Crown, Enniskillen Fermanagh  
Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen Fermanagh Active
Manor House Hotel, Enniskillen Fermanagh Mid sixties dance venue - Jim Nolan
Ortine Hotel, Lisnaskea Fermanagh Active
Silver Sandal Ballroom, Enniskillen**** Fermanagh Built by Sean Byrne and Willie Gilleece, Sunflower
Sunflower Ballroom, Enniskillen**** Fermanagh Formerly the Silver Sandal. Bombed iun January 1972
St. Mary's Hall, Maguiresbridge Fermanagh  
Town Hall, Enniskillen (from Les Rigby) Fermanagh  
Total Number of venues in County 10  
Amarillo Ballroom, Tuam**** Galway Was Las Vegas Ballroom, Now a garage (William Brennan)
Bailey's Ballroom, Galway Galway Became Odeon Hotel, then offices
Ballinasloe Carnival, Ballinasloe Galway
Ballyconneely Hall, Ballyconneely Galway (refurbished in 2005, active again - Kevin Gordon)
Ballygar Carnival Galway (Joseph Larkin tells us it is going strong since 1945)
Bealadangan Galway  
Brownsgrove, Tuam Galway  
Carraroe Galway  
Classic Ballroom, Gort Galway Closed/sold
Clifden Carnival Galway  
Clifden Galway  
Club Amarillo, Tuam Galway Unknown
Corbett's Ballroom, Headford^ Galway
Corofin Galway
Craughwell Carnival Galway
Crystal Ballroom, Kiltormer Galway Derelict for years - David Masterson
Derrydonnell Carnival Galway Ran in the late 1960's
Eagle Ballroom, Galway^ Galway Became the Skyline ballroom (William Brennan)
East County Hotel, Ballinasloe Galway  
Emerald Ballroom, Ballinasloe Galway Still In Use
Esker Ballroom, Glenamaddy Galway Became Sound of Music in 1970, now a furniture store
Flannery's Hotel, Galway Galway  
Glenamaddy Carnival Galway Ran in August in 1970
Grand Central Ballroom, Headford Galway Opened January 30, 1944
Great Southern Hotel, Galway Galway Active, now the Merrick Hotel (William Brennan)
Hanger Ballroom, Salthill**** Galway Demolished (William Brennan)
Hayden's Hotel, Ballinasloe**** Galway Still running gigs
Headford Carnival, Headford Galway Ran in August in mid 70's
Kilcrickle Carnival, Loughrea Galway
Las Vegas Ballroom, Tuam**** Galway Opened 1962, became Amarillo Club, now a garage
Leisureland, Salthill Galway No dances
Lenaboy Arms Hotel, Salthill Galway Derelict (William Brennan)
Magnet Inn, Ballinasloe Galway  
Menlough Carnival Galway Ran in the late 1960's
Moore Hall, Ballinasloe Galway  
Mountbellew Galway
Moylough Galway
Murphy's Hall, Athenry**** Galway
Newcastle Ballroom, Dunmore^ Galway
Ocean Wave Hotel, Salthill**** Galway Now apartments (William Brennan)
O'Dea's Hotel, Loughrea Galway Active
Oslo Hotel, Salthill Galway Sold in 89, not active (William Brennan)
O'Sullivan's Hotel, Galway*****  Galway  
Oughterard Galway  
Parochial Hall, Ballymacward Galway
Poteen Still Galway  
Ranch House, Cummer Galway Derelict, but still standing (barely)
Roundstone Galway  
Salt Hill Hotel, Salthill Galway Still active (William Brennan)
Seapoint Ballroom, Salthill, Galway Amusement Arcade and Bingo hall (William Brennan)
Skyline Ballroom, Galway**** Galway Now the Galway Crystal factory (William Brennan)
Social Centre, Ballymacward Galway Active in the 70's
Sound of Music, Glenamaddy  Galway Furniture store
St. Patricks Hall, Cortoon Galway  
Sullivan's Hotel, Gort Galway Active
Talk of The Town Ballroom, Galway**** Galway Now a supermarket (William Brennan)
Teach Furbo, Furbo Galway Now the Connemara Coast Hotel
Temperance Hall, Loughrea Galway Active
Town Hall, Loughrea Galway Built in 1862, Ran in the late 1960's, closed in late 80's
The Quays, Galway Galway Active
Tuam, Galway  
Turloughmore Carnival Galway Ran in the early 1970's in Spring
Waldorf Ballroom, Woodford Galway  
Westpark Hotel, Portumna Galway Rebuilt as Shannon Oaks but badly burned in 2011-idle-D.M
Total Number of venues in County 64  
Ambassador Hotel, Ballybunion Kerry Unknown
Astor Ballroom, Castleisland Kerry Conroys furniture
Atlantic Ballroom, Ballybunion Kerry Demolished
Ballybunion Bachelor Festival Kerry  
Banna Beach Hotel, Tralee Kerry Opened in July 1968, showbands from 1973, now a resort
Central Ballroom, Ballybunion Kerry Opened in 1956 by Matt Sullivan, now community centre
C.Y.M.S., Killorglin Kerry Still active
C.Y.M.S., Tralee Kerry  
Doyle's Ballroom, Ballyheigue Kerry  
Finuge GAA Carnival Kerry Ran in the 70's and early 80's
Gala Ballroom, Killarney**** Kerry  
Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney Kerry Active
Great Southern Hotel, Killarney Kerry Active
Hibernian Ballroom, Ballybunion Kerry Opened in 1967 and run by Dan Kiely
Hillgrove Hotel, Dingle Kerry Active
Horan's Hotel, Tralee Kerry Active
Iveragh Ballroom, Cahirciveen**** Kerry
J.M. O'Sullivan's Ballroom, Firies**** Kerry
Kenmare Carnival, Kenmare Kerry Ran in August in mid 70's
Las Vegas Ballroom, Listowel**** Kerry  
Manhattan Hotel, Tralee Kerry  
Mount Brandon Ballroom, Tralee***** Kerry Major 60's dance venue
Oisin Ballroom, Killorglin**** Kerry Demolished - A bank (our thanks to John & Ina O'Sullivan)
Oscar Ballroom, Killorglin**** Kerry
Palace Ballroom, Aunascaul^ Kerry  
Phoenix Ballroom, Dingle Kerry  
Riversdale House, Kenmare Kerry Active
Rose of Tralee Festival Kerry
Scartaglin Ballroom, Scartaglin Kerry  
Scartaglin Carnival, Scartaglin Kerry Ran in August in mid 70's
Silver Slipper, Kenmare Kerry  
St. John's Hall, Tralee Kerry
Strand Hotel, Waterville Kerry Active
Town Hall, Killarney**** Kerry Demolished now Credit Union & apartments - M O'Reilly
Wavecrest Ballroom, Waterville**** Kerry
White Sands Hotel, Ballyheigue**** Kerry
Woodlands Hotel, Castleisland Kerry  
Total Number of venues in County 36  
Cloncurry Hot Springs Festival, Cloncurry Kildare
Cush Inn, Kildangan Kildare  
CYMS, Kildare Kildare Our thanks to Joe Connolly for the photo
Derby House Hotel, Kildare**** Kildare  
Dreamland Ballroom, Athy Kildare Community Hall
Goff's, Kildare**** Kildare  
Heilby House, Kildare Kildare
Hitching Post, Leixlip***** Kildare Shopping Centre (thanks to Alec Clince for the update)
Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge Kildare Active
Ideal Ballroom, Properous**** Kildare
Johnson House Hotel, Enfield**** Kildare Now a Ramada Inn
Kilcock Festival, Kilcock  Kildare  
Lawlor's Hotel, Naas* Kildare  
Leixlip Festival Kildare Ran in the late 1960's
Naas Carnival, Naas Kildare Ran in June in late 60's
Pedigree Corner, Athy Kildare  
Railway Arms Hotel, Kildare Kildare  
Rathangan Carnival Kildare Ran in the late 1960's
Robertstown Carnival Kildare Ran in the late 1960's
The Hall, Straffan Kildare  
The Westering Inn, Abbyfield Kildare  
Town Hall, Edenderry^ Kildare
Town Hall, Newbridge* Kildare  
Total Number of venues in County 23  

*My thanks to Sean Magee (Chips), Brian "Shorty" O'Kane (Armagh), Colly Graham (Ballymena DJ), Gerard Hennessy (London), Glen Brown (Scotland), Michael Niblett, Jonathan P. Neville (Youghal), Michael Brennan, J. Kieran Magennis, Declan Colgan, Tom O'Connor, Martin Carroll, Gerry Curran, Leslie Thompson, Declan Byrne, Anthony Hillick (Bray), Billy Swann, and Jan Lynch (Shelley) for their help in compiling this list.

A very special thanks to Teddie Palmer for rummaging through his old diaries to help add many venues to this list.

** Photo of Aishling Ballroom, Clogherhead (taken June, 2004) by Martin Carroll.
***Our thanks to Billy Swann for adding several ballrooms to our list!
****Our thanks to Patrick Hoye for adding many many ballrooms to our list!
*****Our thanks to Jan (Shelley) Lynch for adding several ballrooms to our list!
^ Our thanks to Liam O'Reilly for supplying a copy of the 1967 Showband Annual for additional names
 


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