Central Ballroom, Charlestown
The Central Ballroom in Charlestown opened
its doors on December 11, 1949 to the sounds of the Flying Carlton
Dance Orchestras of Drogheda (see the advert below from the Western People
newspaper). In the mid-1980's the
refurbished with new lighting systems and reopened in December, 1985.
closed in 1997 with a last dance featuring
Big Tom and the Mainliners (photo below)
. This Mayo venue was one of the best around up
through the 1980's. It holds a special place for me personally as it was the
where my Mom met my Dad in the early 1950's and I later played as a member of
the Magic Band in 1974.
Unlike so many others that have been demolished. it has been renovated and is
now an auto dealership.