Episode 118: Rainbow Ballroom of Romance

This week for Kiss My Arts, Breifne pays a visit to the Rainbow Ballroom of Romance to chat to Niall Speak, the manager of the iconic dance hall.

Originally founded by John McGivern 85 years ago in 1934 the Ballroom has seen many different guises over the years but it now boasts a modern performance venue and dance hall as well as a modernised museum of the history of the venue and showband memorabilia from through the years.

The venue played host to many of the biggest names in Irish music of the years and claims to be responsible for hundreds of marriages of people who first met in the dance hall.

Niall talks us through the new facilities being installed to really provide a fantastic visitor experience and bring the historic old building to life using modern technology and presentations.

Niall gives credit to the numerous volunteers who have ensured that the venue is in such a fantastic condition and also made the entire collection of exhibits possible, particularly Gerry Finneran who is responsible for the gathering of the vast majority of the items on display.


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