A daily hang-out for the Irish in London since 1952, with musicians like Massive Tom and Joe Dolan making appearances, the fond reminiscences of excellent occasions at Galtymore dance corridor in Cricklewood, proceed to stay on.
There are various Fb websites arrange by Irish individuals dwelling overseas. Firstly of December 2019, I posted an article on three of those about having been in The Galtymore ballroom in London, in the summertime of 1970.
The response to this piece has been phenomenal. A number of hundred Irish individuals dwelling in London wrote feedback about their expertise of emigration. I’m including only some right here to provide you an thought of how a lot they nonetheless bear in mind the heartache of leaving residence and the enjoyable that they had within the well-known Galtymore.
“All of the Irish meals might be had on Kilburn Excessive Highway. For those who have been fortunate sufficient to satisfy some Irish ladies in The Galtymore you may get a feed of rib ‘n cabbage on a Sunday, after the pub. You’d meet half your own home city within the Crown. Going residence at Christmas on the ferry with just a few bob in your pocket for the mom was the most effective ever feeling.”
“Was within the Galtymore usually occasions once I first arrived in London. I used to be 17 and fascinated by England after rising up in a farm in County Cork. I labored in pubs to start with.
“At half 5 within the night, because the pub opened, a gentle stream of older Irish males who labored on the constructing websites arrived in. Most have been bachelors who stayed till closing time or when their cash was gone. Then they returned to their bedsits to go and do all of it once more.
“For these males, I assume the streets of London weren’t paved with gold. No day goes by that I don’t take into consideration my childhood and the place I grew up.”
“Sadly that was the downfall of among the hard-working Irish. They cashed their cheques for liquor.”
“Each man and lady that ever left Eire had one ambition – that was to return residence for good sooner or later.”
“The homesickness of my grandfathers (each of them) burns equally fierce in me. Fortunately, they have been born in Eire, and so I now have my citizenship and passport and might go to as usually, and for as lengthy, because the financial institution supervisor permits.”
“Was there St. Patrick’s night time, 1987. Massive Tom one aspect and Joe Dolan different aspect. The gang have been hanging out of the rafters. What a spot.”
“My father left Kinlough, County Leitrim, for London within the late 50s, met my mom within the Galty within the early 60s, married and lived in north London. I labored there first within the tea bar then transferring onto the dance corridor bars the place I met my now spouse. The Galtymore might inform just a few tales just like this I’m certain!! Nice music. Nice occasions.
“I felt so many issues studying this. The reminiscences poured again into my thoughts of the happiest occasions ever as a baby. I had just a few dances on the Galtymore and cherished each minute. Thanks for bringing again such poignant reminiscences, largely completely satisfied but additionally some unhappy. “
“I even have some nice reminiscences of the Galtymore in Cricklewood within the mid-sixties watching Massive Tom and all of the present bands that might play there throughout lent. It had two dancehalls and a balcony with the most important bar I’ve ever noticed. Oh, how a lot I loved going there. Would not we love to show the clock to these timelessness days of innocence and enjoyable at solely seventeen years previous?”
“Many completely satisfied reminiscences, I used to be solely 16 once I arrived there on a really chilly January Sunday morning. I used to be gone two weeks earlier than anybody missed me. I’m 71 now and by no means seemed again. I had an exquisite life however I labored from the time I arrived until I retired. I by no means claimed a penny in my life or been on the dole. I’m now having fun with my life, acquired my daughter her husband and my grandchildren residence from NZ for Christmas.”
“I ponder is it only a dream. Lots of people returned to Eire and located that they couldn’t settle therefore returned to UK. It’s an enormous change of tradition.”
“The Craic was good in Cricklewood.”
“My dad was a doorman there once I was a baby. He wore an emerald inexperienced uniform, they usually had a tea dance each Sunday afternoon, with no alcohol. That is unimaginable now, no booze.”
“As of late you wouldn’t meet many English males round Kilburn or Cricklewood. I returned for Champions League Ultimate in 2011 and my God it had modified. It was ‘Spot the Irish Man.’ Many of the Irish pubs had gone together with the Crown, now a resort. How time have moved on.”
And a neighbor of mine, dwelling in London added the next remark:
“Jean. Not all of us have been heartbroken Irish males. They have been great days. I bear in mind the time you and your Athlone mates got here to London to work the summer season holidays. I used to be working within the nice Galtymore from 1968 to 1972. We acquired 5 kilos for a shift, plus free entry plus ideas. And I met my spouse there. Nice occasions.”
What amazed me is how, in January 2020, the a number of hundred who commented, nonetheless bear in mind these early days in London so very very clearly.
*Initially revealed in January 2020, up to date in April 2020