Summer festivals

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Posted by Murrisk on July 25, 2001 at 06:09:34:

Anybody remember when the summer festivals were introduced in Mayo? Every town, village and cross roads had its festival - sometimes bunting on the street, late opening for the pubs and always a couple of dances. Every night a different venue - Ballina, Foxford (usually O'Hara's), Kiltimagh, Claremorris, Newport, Westport, Louisburgh etc. Friends with cars were in great demand - Neil Kane, Shane Rogers, Tony Conway and many more. What with dances in the 'romance ballroms'(Royal, Starlight & Pontoon)on a Sunday night, and the festivals during the week, it was a very busy social round for ould Mayo - a great place and a great time.

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