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Kinvara Fancy Dress – 1953

Connacht Tribune 25th April, 1953 p.21

The Book Nook, Sextons Kinvara Photo: EO'D
The Book Nook, Sextons
Photo: EO’D

The south Galway genius for colourful characterisation has seldom been better displayed than at the Tostal Dance in Kinvara.
First prize went to Mr Sean Keane of Caherawoneen as “Ould Stock of Gort.” A humourous fantasy, “She’s too fat for me,” by Mr Toddy Byrne and Miss Carmel Sexton, both of Kinvara, took the second award, while Mr and Mrs Tom Doyle of Kinvara took third prize as “The National Pastimes,” with Mrs Doyle as a camogie player and Mr Doyle as a hurler.
Other costumes noted were “The Long Black Hand,” by Miss Martha Leech; “Sheriff O’Sullivan,” by Mr Kieran Moylan; “Sean-Padraig,” by Miss Mary McMahon; “Mr and Mrs O’Sullivan come to An Tostal,” by Mr Alfred Byrne and Mr Michael Connolly; and “The Ould Plaid Shawl,” by Miss Ann Flatley. Miss Dora Quinn was a fetching “Hula-Hula Girl.”



B.A., M.A.(Archaeology); Regional Tour Guide; Dip. Radio Media Tech; H.Dip. Computer Science.

One thought on “Kinvara Fancy Dress – 1953

  1. Kinvara will forever be steeped in a richness of literary and performing arts. Through the decades, artists and musicians have made this small village a mecca for traditional Irish music and dancing. The facades on the shop fronts might be different but the soul surely lives on in an active and healthy music scene where we can see many of the ole tunes and songs still living on as if yesteryear.

    The Auld Plaid Shawl, Crinniu ni mbad, Winkles, Corrliss, Tully, Flatley, Greenes and many more great little pubs all offer music as they did in the past. A trip down memory lane and the times that came before.


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