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After the war, there was a bit of a building boom of dance halls around the country. Radio had introduced popular music to the general public and more and more people wanted to move to the music, so dance bands began to form. Some of those in Galway were Des Fretwells’ Band, Maxie Dooley’s Musicmakers, The Bill Keaveney Orchestra, and Gerry Cahill’s Dance Band. They played the popular music of the day, were mostly seated on stage and reading the music from stands in front of them. Then along came Bill Haley and rock and roll and everything changed. The showbands had arrived. Music stands were forgotten, musicians played standing up and literally began to move with the times.
When locals in Salthill think of The Galleon Restaurant, there is no doubt that Bridget Molloy and Eileen Greaney immediately spring to mind.
Situated just minutes from the centre of Galway, Salthill is as much a residential satellite suburb for the city as it is a traditional seaside resort.
I have written before about the woeful lack of ambulances that serviced the old Central Hospital, especially in the 1930s. That shortage became acute during the war. Because of the severe rationing of petrol, and the unavailability of spare parts, for a long period only two ambulances were available for the whole county. As they were frequently on the road simultaneously there was no reserve vehicle to answer any emergency.
The death has taken place of Mr James Lydon, popularly known as Jimmy, who in his day was director/owner of LydonHouse, and owner of numerous pubs and restaurants locally, including Tea Time Express, Dublin. He employed more than 360 people. He was a passionate promoter of Galway, and a charming, erudite, man who was always willing to offer practical advice to people starting in business. President Michael D Higgins was in attendance at his funeral on Saturday.
Before vegetarians were introduced to Ireland and before gluten-free was a thing, there was The Galleon. Situated in the heart of Salthill, just a short walk from the Promenade, this restaurant is always busy. It is kept bustling throughout the summer with the tourists who throng this much loved coastal village and it is just as popular with the local residents. The relaxed, cosy, atmosphere and welcoming staff ensure it also enjoys a large share of repeat custom, keeping it full through the winter months.