THROWBACK THURSDAY: Lawlor’s Ballroom opens in Naas

75 years ago

Theresa Murray


Theresa Murray


THROWBACK THURSDAY: Lawlor’s Ballroom opens in Naas

File photo: Lawlor's Hotel

Check out this report in the Leinster Leader from 75 years ago.

The grand opening dance of Mrs Lawlor’s new Nas na Riogh Ballroom, which will take place on Sunday, October 24, promises to be a most enjoyable function, the Leinster Leader reported on October 16, 1943.

All arrangements are completed and patrons can safely look forward to a memorable night. A first class sit down supper will be provided and the music will be supplied by Ralph Silvester and his dance band.

The new ballroom has been beautifully decorated and has some unique and striking features. It is capable of accommodating over 800 guests, and is adjoined by a magnificent supper room, two bars and buffet.

The contractors were Messrs W. Murray and Son, who true to their nationwide reputation as builders have, notwithstanding war time difficulties, carried out a monumental job in this particular line.

Mr Thomas Flanagan, contractor, Naas, and Mr Gibson, Dublin, carried out the painting and decorations. The completed structure will rank easily amongst the finest ballrooms in Eire and will stand as a credit to the splendid enterprise off the renowned firm of caterers who are its owners, Mrs. B. Lawlor and Son.

Meanwhile, the paper reported that at the Naas District Court, Mr Dargan, Solr (Messrs Brown and McCann, solrs) applied for a licence for the opening dance at Mrs Lawlor’s new ballroom, Naas, on October 24.

It was stated by Mr Dargan that the ballroom was so capacious that there was no need to fix a maximum number. The licence was granted.

The previous week’s paper reported on two Naas accidents where two Naas men had narrow escapes from death. Whilst Mr James Farrell, labourer, Harbour View, was engaged in construction work on the new ballroom in process of erection for Mrs Lawlor, Nas na Riog Hotel, at Millbrook, he came in contact with a live electric wire and was badly burned on the hand.
A fellow worker, Mr T Mahon, also of Harbour View, went to his assistance, and the electric current was shut off.

Dr H. Aughney, Assistant County MO. H., immediately treated the injured man, who was removed to the Naas Hospital, suffering from shock and burns. He is progressing satisfactorily.

There was another accident on Friday last, when Mr. Patrick Cavney, labourer, New Row, Naas, was working on threshing operations for Mr Higgins, Rathaskar.

Mr Cavney apparently slipped off a rick and fall on to a fork which penetrated from the lower jaw to the upper jaw.
Other workers ran to his assistance and he was removed to Naas Hospital where he is making satisfactory progress.