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Stella Ballroom

The wonderful Stella Ballroom – the Ballroom of Romance as many knew it in the ’50s and ’60s. Though the Stella is still thankfully very much part of peoples lives today it is mainly as a bingo hall. Many a romantic will look back on the days of the live bands at such venues as the Stella. The McDonogh family owned the ballroom before the Bird family took it over in the ’60s. Ger Cusack recalled some of the great nights at the venue with some famous bands playing there including the BBC Band, the Clipper Carlton, Bridie Gallagher, the Dutch Swing College Band, and the Johnny Quigley Big Band. On the opening night under the Bird family name the Jim Farley Big Band performed with Ger Cusack in support. Other big names included the Royal Showband, the Capitol Showband, the Dixies and the Freshmen. Ger recalls also that he had the pleasure of playing with the likes of world famous names at the venue such as Acker Bilk, Emile Ford, P.J. Proby, Terry Lightfoot, Long John Baldry with one Reg Dwight in support (he later changed his name to Elton John). It is well worth noting the statue to the Blessed Virgin Mary on the upper wall which suggests this picture might have been taken sometime in 1954, the Marian Year. It remained there for several years, though.
Stella Ballroom

Stella Ballroom

The wonderful Stella Ballroom – the Ballroom of Romance as many knew it in the ’50s and ’60s. Though the Stella is still thankfully very much part of peoples lives today it is mainly as a bingo hall. Many a romantic will look back on the days of the live bands at such venues as the Stella. The McDonogh family owned the ballroom before the Bird family took it over in the ’60s. Ger Cusack recalled some of the great nights at the venue with some famous bands playing there including the BBC Band, the Clipper Carlton, Bridie Gallagher, the Dutch Swing College Band, and the Johnny Quigley Big Band. On the opening night under the Bird family name the Jim Farley Big Band performed with Ger Cusack in support. Other big names included the Royal Showband, the Capitol Showband, the Dixies and the Freshmen. Ger recalls also that he had the pleasure of playing with the likes of world famous names at the venue such as Acker Bilk, Emile Ford, P.J. Proby, Terry Lightfoot, Long John Baldry with one Reg Dwight in support (he later changed his name to Elton John). It is well worth noting the statue to the Blessed Virgin Mary on the upper wall which suggests this picture might have been taken sometime in 1954, the Marian Year. It remained there for several years, though.