Posted by Johnny Mee on March 08, 2003 at 00:44:13:
In Reply to: Re: Picture house fire posted by Butch on March 06, 2003 at 05:57:44:
I remember the fire in the County Cinema, Spencer Street, Castlebar. Two of the films showing in the cinema at the time were 'What next, Corporal Hargove' and 'Too Hot to Handle' (appropriately!). Jack Flanagan from McHale Road was the cinematograph operator, assisted by Frank Guthrie, also from McHale Road. Willie Ainsworth was the commissaire, assisted by Larry Cresham. They also lived in McHale Road (we really ran the town at the time!). Others employed in the cinema at the time were Kathy Dever (Moran), Station Road, Kathleen McCormack, Charles Street, a Mr. Halligan from Lucan Street (cannot think of his Christian name but he was affectionately known as 'Lordy') John 'Botha'Roach (from, you've guessed, McHale Road.) John was decorated in the First World War and was nicknamed 'Botha,'after a general in the Boer War. Four old pennies to get into the pictures; often had tuppence halfpenny and couldn't get the other penny half-penny. Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd) was the resident cowboy and he made so many appearances at the cinema we had a joke that he and his horse (was it Trigger or Champion?) stayed next door with Tossie Kelly. Lots more about this. The night is getting late. Close those sleepy eyes. Johnny Mee.