As Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall makes its way through cinemas, here’s a little known doc that recalls the dances, politics and classes that took place in the hall.
Apparently it had one of the first gramophones in the country. One Youtube commentator, Edwina Guckian recalled how she showed the documentary to her 95 year old grandfather who grew up around Effrinagh:
He was at Drumsna mass that day Fr. Cosgrove told them all to rebel against Jimmy’s people outside. Can remember it like it was yesterday. It’s only ever myself he has told all the stories to. He’s never speaks of it to others, for fear of crossing paths with Fr. Cosgrove again someday! Said this documentary was the best thing he has seen in years!
If you missed it, check out this old Doc On One from the seventies, featuring leftie luminaries like Peadar O’ Donnell and many more that stood with Gralton.
Previously on rabble.ie we looked at the background hysteria around Jazz and dancing and how the 1935 Dancehall Act lingers today.