50th Anniversary Celebration with Gina & The Champions

 

 

50th Anniversary Celebration

with

Gina & The Champions

Saturday, 5th October 2019

Doors: 7.00pm, Show: 8.00pm

 

Fifty years ago, in 1969, Claremorris Town Hall opened its doors for the first time. The Hall served as a Community Centre, Dance Hall, Courthouse, Bingo Hall and meeting place for the area for many years. Profits from the highly-successful dances and general activities of the early years, were distributed amongst community groups in the area, with sports organisations including GAA, Athletics, Boxing, Golf, Badminton, Swimming and Handball benefiting from payments. Other beneficiaries were: Schools, Playgrounds, Community Games, Boy Scouts, St Vincent De Paul, Red Cross, Barnacarroll Complex, Opera, Arts and St Colman’s College.

The venue was bombed twice in the 1970s. On both occasions community volunteers got stuck in and cleared up the debris and got the place functioning again. Initially it was thought that terrorists were involved, however it turned out that the proprietor of a competing venue was behind the bombings – a somewhat unique business strategy to deal with more successful opposition!

The venue was refurbished in 2014 when retractable tiered seating was installed, along with a new roof, a new sound system, additional lighting, the development of The Studio space and the acquisition of a Bar License.  Today, the venue operates as a Theatre, Concert Hall, Arts and Conference Centre with five full-time staff, and is licensed to hold 900 people.

To celebrate the anniversary, we have planned a big night on Saturday, October 5th. We’re bringing back Gina and The Champions – one of the most popular bands to ever perform in the venue.

Gina and The Champions established themselves as Ireland’s top attraction in the late seventies and maintained that coveted position right through the eighties with record breaking attendances at dances and concerts, wherever they performed.  Matching their live success with industry recognition, the band were awarded every accolade there is in the Irish music industry.

As well as relentless touring, they made innumerable television appearances both in Ireland and Britain over the course of their lengthy career.  Appearances on Gay Byrne’s famed ‘Late Late Show’ were a regular occurrence, performing many of their hits, such as, The Greatest Lover, Give me back my Love, Dreams are Good Friends, Drunken Sailor and many more.

The night will also feature a short novelty game of bingo, and comedy in the form of the re-enactment of a court case and other novelty events and guests. There will also be a Showband Memorabilia Exhibition in the Studio, here you will find original posters, tickets and flyers from yesteryear.

MC on the night will be Michael Commins, journalist, songwriter and broadcaster with Mid-West Radio.

Doors open at 7.00pm and the show will go on till late.

 

 

 

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