Dreamland Ballroom, Athy, Co. Kildare
In the early 1960's the Reynolds Brothers
(Jim and Albert) were fast becoming the kings of the ballroom circuit. They
their original Cloudland in Rooskey in 1959, followed by the Roseland in Moate.
The Dreamland in Athy would be the third in the
Reynolds' "land" ballrooms. It opened its doors on Friday, July 14th, 1961 to
the sounds of Victor Sylvester and his Orchestra. The ballroom
was large, boasting a "nearly 5,000 sq. ft." dance floor. For most of the next
20 years, the Dreamland was the place to be for dancing
featuring all the biggest bands. However, at the end of the 1970's, the
popularity of the ballroom scene was waning and the
Dreamland stopped running major dances and the attendance dropped. They were
soon hosting clothing sales and the odd teenage disco.
In early 1982, the ballroom finally went up for sale (see below). The local
Lion's Club raised fun to purchase the aging ballroom and for the last
35 years it has been used as a community centre. It has been renamed ARCH (Athy
Recreational Community Hall) and
continues to play an important role in the local community.