Ballydehob Community Hall, Ballydehob, Co. Cork
As the 1970's came to a close, more modern
community halls and centres were popping up all around the country.
Of course, with the prevalence of dancing at the time, it was only natural that
they would all try their hand at running
dances, usually as a way to fund the building and ongoing costs of running the
hall. Unfortunately, at the time, nobody realised
that the dancing craze would soon be ending in the early to mid 80's.
Additionally, every hotel in Ireland was running exemptions
(serving chicken and chips) and getting to serve alcohol until 1 a.m.. No
ballroom or community hall could really
compete with this. The Ballydehob Community Hall opened for business on October
26th, 1979 with a concert by
Cork favourite Jimmy Crowley in concert followed by a dance. For the next few
years, the hall held regular dances generally mixing
some of the best in country music with pop bands as well and then discos.
Although the hall is still going strong and is an important
asset to the local community, its days as a dancehall were numbered and by the
mid-80's the big bands were a thing of the
past and the hall went back to meetings, sports events, bingo nights and teenage