In my parents' time Ireland was monochrome. Forty shades, perhaps - but monochrome.
It never really occurred to me - until after they were long dead - how even more awful the place was back then, when I read an MIR called "Stealing Sunlight" by Angeline Kearns Blain some years ago. If you think the country is bad now, just try to imagine how grim it was in the forties and fifties - and even the sixties - in orthodox Dev Ireland.
It must have been a big thing when The Beatles vistited the Adelphi Ciniema in Dublin back in 1963 to play "She Loves You" and a few other ditties only to be mistaken, by some, for upstarts ripping off The Royal Showband. But being "with it" in Ireland was not easy at the time.
I was just looking at YouTube earlier and came across Fats Domino. My old dear (natural forces rest her) was well hip back then and was a big - real time - fan. As a young wan she used to frequent one of Dublin's two relative hotspots... a place called "The Crystal" off Grafton Street.
Not too far from Kildare Street and the Dail.
But that was another world completely.
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