Palmcourt (aka Palm Court) Ballroom, Belmullet, Co. Mayo
Unlike many of the large ballrooms of the
day that were built between or close by large towns, the Palm Court was
built far out in west Mayo nearly 40 miles from Ballina, the largest nearby
town. The brainchild of the Mangan brothers
from Doohoma who had spent sixteen years in England working in the construction
industry, they returned home and bought the
land which was to include a hotel as well (which we don't think was ever built).
The ballroom opened its doors on Easter
Sunday, April 11th, 1971, dancing to the late Jim Tobin and the Firehouse. Over
the years, the Pal Court continued to do good
business ands unlike almost of the ballrooms that were around when it opened, it
Somehow, the ballroom, kept going, growing and changing to suit new audiences as
the years marched on.
In early 1994, it appears the last dances were held in the ballroom as there
were no more ads. Then in mid-1995, the ballroom
was put up for sale (see below). In 1996, the ballroom reopened after getting a
license to sell alcohol. It re-opened as The Web nite club
and did a nice business for several years until the summer of 2005 when it
closed. A short time later it was purchased and
the new owners invested €3.7 million to turn it into the Gateway Leisureplex
Centre it is today, complete with bowling lanes and many
other indoor entertainments.