Let’s Go To The Hop for Curragh Pride

The hop. File photo: Stock.XCHNG
If you fancy reliving your dancing days from the 60s and 70s, then head to the Wesleyan Hall in the Curragh this Friday night, February 21.

If you fancy reliving your dancing days from the 60s and 70s, then head to the Wesleyan Hall in the Curragh this Friday night, February 21.

Love is in the air as a special Valentine’s-themed hop with music by the Fifty-Niners will be held to raise money towards a defibrillator for the Curragh Pride Family Resource Centre.

The hop is back on the Curragh by popular demand, according to organiser John Hanlon who is also the singer with the group.

A similar event held in November was such a smash hit that the organisers are holding it again to entice those nostalgic for their dancing days back onto the floor.

Tickets at just €5 are available from the Curragh Pride Family Resource Centre, and will also be available on the door on Friday.

“It’s a chance to renew old friendships and relive memories in aid of the Curragh Family Resource Group,” said John.

Hops were a popular fixture at the Wesleyan Hall during the 1960s and ‘70s and John, a former Army medic, used to take to the stage frequently.

He now performs with the Fifty-Niners as a hobby, joined by Davy Ussher on keyboards.

Kathleen Whelan, nee O’Neill, a former singer at the hops, will perform a guest spot on the night.

The night will start at 8pm and run until 10.30pm, and there will be a mineral bar with tea and coffee.

While the November ‘hop’ raised several hundred euros towards the defibrillator, John pointed out that the medical equipment costs in the region of €2,000 so all support from nostalgic dancers is welcome.