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County Cinema Sunday Matinee

Posted by Bernard J Halligan on August 14, 2008 at 16:27:12:

Ah,the memories. Sunday afternoon matinee at the County cinema. How many of us would be scrambling around on Sunday morning after mass, to try and come up with the enormous sum of fourpence as the entrance fee to the Sunday matinee? Many's the time I was stuck on threepence and sweated it out trying to get that extra penny.

I remember that on McHale Road, we used to go up the back road just outside Peter O'Malleys as Peter used to throw stuff out and often times set a fire. I cannot tell you how many times we sifted through the ashes and equally how many times we were rewarded with the treasure of finding a penny, a threepence and sometimes, you really struck it rich by finding a "charred" sixpence. Should we have returned this money to Peter, I wonder, or does the old saying apply "finders keepers, losers weepers"? Well we opted for this as the need to get the entrance fee to the matinee far outweighed anything else, even if we were brought up to be honest.

After the matinee, the streets of Castlebar were plagued by wild cowboys and indians. They were everywhere and so life went on for another week until the time rolled around again to try to come up with another fourpence for the Sunday matinee entrance fee. Oh, the pressure we lived through in those days.

You tell this to the kids of today, and would they believe you!!!!!!!!!

Those, believe it or not, are treasured memories. I would love to hear from all those "cowboys and indians" from the early 60's. It would be great to have a column on the website of "Where are they now". Don't you all agree?

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