Return of dance hall days at CMWS

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For one night only, the glory dance hall days of Kildare CMWS (formerly CYMS) will be reignited to mark its 75th anniversary.

For one night only, the glory dance hall days of Kildare CMWS (formerly CYMS) will be reignited to mark its 75th anniversary.

The Davitts Country Band will follow in the hallowed footsteps of Roy Orbison and Slim Whitman to bring those memorable days back to life on August 10. The evening will begin with popular Kfm DJ Liam Kett before the band comes on stage at 10.30pm. Tickets can be purchased from the Kildare town Parish Centre or the Heritage Centre and cost €8.

Committee secretary, Eamon Hennessy explained the event is also tied in with the Gathering.

“You would have had a lot of people who would have gone to the dances in the 60s and 70s, from all over the country and we are inviting all of them back,” he said.

Many couples across Kildare and Leinster met their partners at the CMWS. Eamon recalls making engaement announcements from the stage during those days. A mineral bar will be available just like the old days.

It is a momentous year for the CMWS with another event planned on September 20 to mark the anniversary. A special mass will be held followed by refreshments in the CMWS. The Army Band of the Western Command Defence forces will be playing on the night. A commemorative booklet is also being designed. The CMWS is one of the oldest of its kind in the country. Liam Ryan, former director of entertainment certainly knew how to attract the big names including: The Dubliners, Larry Cunningham, Brendan Boyer, Big Tom, Capitol, Tony Kenny, The Royal Showband, The Miami Showband, Sean Dunphy, Doc Carroll, Smokey Mountain Ramblers, and Bandits, to name but a few.