Appeal for memories of dance hall for documentary

An East Cork film company wants people with memories of a former dance hall to assist them in the making of a new documentary.

Appeal for memories of dance hall for documentary

Complete Control Films is looking for stories, posters, pictures or even film footage of Redbarn dancehall in Youghal, which was a prime entertainment centre from 1957 to 1978.

The beachside venue, 6km from Youghal town, was the social focus for a 60sq mile area, stretching from Dungarvan to Fermoy and Cork City.

“All the big names — Joe Dolan, Brendan Bowyer, Dickie Rock — regularly played there,” said Complete Control Films co-founder Kieran McCarthy.

“Even Marianne Faithful and boxer Joe Frazier made one-off appearances.”

Kieran said the company is seeking “anything relating to the people, the music, the fashions, the stories”.

He added: “It’s a very exciting project.”

Complete Control Films comprises Kieran, an IT tutor and web designer and local teacher; and author Michael Twomey; while UCC filmmaking student Michael Hussey is also onboard for the project.

The company’s previous documentaries include Town out of Time on Youghal’s industrial decline and Another Way Home — narrated by Jeremy Irons — about a young girl’s positive experience of alternative treatment for mental illness.

Both were highly acclaimed, with the latter featuring in the Cork, Fingal, and Dingle film festivals.

Redbarn ballroom was founded by brothers Murt and Jerry Lucey, who also owned the Majorca in Crosshaven and Cork’s Stardust.

With Youghal factories providing full employment, swelled by a robust tourist industry, attendances of more than 1,000 people were not unusual in Redbarn.

The venue was destroyed by a fire in 1978 and the site now houses a hotel.

Those with information can contact Michael Twomey on 087 211819, email townwalls@eircom.net/completecontrolfilms@gmail.com.

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