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Las Vegas Ballroom, Templemore, Co. Tipperary

The newspaper ad announcing the opening of the Las Vegas Ballroom in Templemore is interesting in that it points to
the growth in marquee dancing during the 1950's as one of the driving forces behind the building of the ballroom. Like so many of its
contemporaries, the Las Vegas has a 4500 sq ft maple dance floor which appears to have become the standard in the era of the "big"
ballrooms build in the early to mid-1960's. The ballroom opened its doors on June 9, 1961 to the sounds of Donie Collins. Proprietor Con Hynes
would continue building Las Vegas Ballrooms for a few more years. For over a decade, the ballroom attracted great crowds
to all the top name bands. In 1973, a strange advert announced the ballroom was "closing for the summer season."
The ballroom did re-open again and ran dances over Christmas and into early 1974. In February, we found the last advert for the ballroom
which announced the next dance on February 23rd would feature the Dixies, but no further adverts appeared. Then in November
an article in the Nenagh Guardian announced that planning permission had been given to turn the ballroom into a
factory. A few years later in 1976, Con Hynes placed an advert offering the ballroom to let and as you can see it is now a furniture store.





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