Posted by Tempus on February 10, 2012 at 12:01:29:
In Reply to: Tennis Pavillion Memories posted by Brķan Hoban on February 10, 2012 at 00:24:44:
Yes indeed Brian we have the memories. An out of town native contacted me yesterday to say that it's the end of an era and that all the memories of the Pavilion are happy ones. He said that he remembers the hops there but his children just can't understand the term or even the concept.
When one thinks of the many activities held there, from Irish dancing and Mrs Redmond and a story told by Brian Bresnihan of how he ventured to Irish dancing class with a pal, (both in a pair of wellintgtons!)and was banished for good, to drama rehearsals, the Leaders Showband practising on a Sunday afternoon, the Youth Club, the Ramblers Club, jumble sales,the Pioneer Socials, whist drives, sales of work,public meetings and the tennis club hops of course, along with all the other tennis activities.
The building was started in 1951 and completed in early 1952 and was demolished 60 years later, almost on the anniversary of when it first opened. The main contractor was Tom Mc Hugh and practically all the material was sourced locally and local labour built it.
It's difficult for some to understand the impact of the Pavilion while we were growing up in Castlebar. It was the social centre of the universe, where people congregated, and everyone was happy, safe and relaxed. Isn't it great that we have the memories and that we have the health to savour them.
The old Pavilion may be gone, but the spanking new one near Lough Lannagh is certainly an excellent club house and no doubt in times to come, will evoke good memories too.
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