Wednesday, May 20, 2020

If you came of age in the late 1980s or early 1990s then you will have fond memories of Ballina’s phenomenal night life scene at the time.

Where there is now no nightclub in the town, back then there were several operating simultaneously and “packing them in” – from every corner of the county and beyond – every Friday and Saturday night in particular.

Local DJ Dermot Rice, who operated under the name NRG2 with fellow DJ John Moyles, was at the epicentre of the town’s famous clubbing scene.

They ran the epic Hothouse club night back then. Dermot has just released a beautiful video featuring footage of the Hothouse in its heyday in a touching tribute to patrons who have since, sadly, passed on.

The video (watch below) identifies seven such patrons namely – Peter Barrett, Colin Moyles, Brian McElwee, Paul McAndrew, Roy Ruane, Evelyn Furey and Martin Mitchell.

“No video can convey what the Hothouse on a Saturday night was like and words can’t either, but it was made special by the people who were there. Sadly, some are no longer with us and we remember them with all our hearts,” Dermot remarked, adding that the footage was compiled in the hope that it would give some small comfort to the loved ones of those now deceased to see them out enjoying themselves, dancing and laughing at what was a very special time in Ballina’s history.

The video, edited by Dermot, features footage recorded by David McCafferty and Kirsty McColl’s cover of the song “Days”, written by Ray Davies of The Kinks.

View it below:

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