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‘Irish Dancing in London 1880 – 2014′ by Dr John Cullinane and his other publications are available directly from the author.

Each are priced at £9 plus postage and packaging.

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Dr John Cullinane
55 Bandon Road
Cork City

Photographer: Gerry Molomby, pictures reproduced by kind permission of ‘The Irish World’
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Rthym of the Dance

Irish Spectrum Radio and are delighted to have a special guest reviewer to give you her eye witness view on our featured show Rhythm of the Dance. 
Friend of our programmes, Carly Murphy, an accomplished Irish dancer herself is Head of Dance at a large secondary school.  Carly has a BA(hons) in Dance and professional practice from Coventry University and a Masters of Teaching from The Royal Academy of Dance.  As you can imagine, she sets the bar high!  Here is what Carly told us about Rhythm of the Dance, which she went to see with a group at The New Wimbledon Theatre:
Rhythm of the Dance is a colourful, high energy Irish music and dance spectacular from start to finish.
From the opening haunting Celtic sounds, to the driving rhythms of the finale, the show brought the audience on a journey of Irish music, dance traditions and history punctuated with a modern edge. The up to date beats and a fusion of styles, including the fun and flirtatious Charleston to the tango added another dimension to the dynamics of the production and culture of the music and dance.
The dancers were sensational. Their incredibly fast footwork, synchronisation and seamless transitions into a variety of visually exciting formations brought the music to life. The raw power and energy of the male dancers and grace and precision of the female troupe were impressive and showcased the athleticism of the dance, particularly when driven by the exceptional musicians who pushed the tempo and energy throughout. The musical conversations between the dancers and the musicians demonstrated rhythmical complexity and talent from the whole cast.
The beautiful tones and harmonies of the young Irish tenors were captivating. From their moving ballads to the rousing hand clapping, foot tapping inducing traditional songs, which had the whole audience participating, they embodied the spirit and vitality of Irish music which excites theatre-goers.
A fantastic production, which will entertain fans of the traditional and new audiences alike. Rhythm of the Dance is a show not to be missed!” (Interview with Kieran Cavanagh – promoter) (Interview with Arlene McVeigh – lead female dancer)


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The Lark in the Bower Sang Sad Songs

Tony Horgan

Irish Spectrum Radio review: Tony Horgan’s autobiography, The Lark in the Bower Sang Sad Songs is receiving acclaim from The Irish Post, The Kerryman, Radio Kerry and others.  Irish Spectrum Radio have posted a review of our own  at and would highly recommend the book.  It skilfully, yet charmingly, tells of life in 1930s Killarney, taking in every facet of Irish life – the landscape and local architecture, education, sport and leisure, music, industry and commerce, family life and military experiences.  Of course, rich and colourful descriptions of the local characters are key.  It progresses to Tony’s experience of emigrating to Fulham in 1946, meeting his late wife, Mary, at The Garryowen and details his happy family life with four children and grandchildren, who are proud of him for compiling this significant record of social history.  It also tells of his contribution to the Irish community in west London.  Tony does not shy away from the hardships of the era.  This is not a tale told through rose tinted spectacles and yet it is not a depressing read but highly entertaining.  As Tony says, “I am putting pen to paper because the worst ink survives the best memory.”   You can also still hear the podcast of Tony Horgan’s interview with Radio Kerry at  The book is available on Amazon and from The Killarney Bookshop.

 Synopsis: A social history and autobiography of an Irish boy growing up in Killarney during the hungry 1930’s who eventually boarded the cattle boat from Dun Laoghaire to England.

So gracefully written, so full of interesting and evocative detail. Making so many connections with literary and historical figures. It’s a real tour de force. What an amazing memory he has for places and people… Such an enjoyable read. Priscilla Thomas. Historian. “I read this book in one evening .. it is outstanding ..  it has economy, purpose, character and lyricism .. a lovely homage to Killarney .. important as social history (incredibly, photographically detailed) .. a joy to read”            John Hart  “A rich social history…His memories of old Killarney are still vivid and it shines through in his book” Kevin Hughes,The Kerryman   Satellite Steve View all the World Cup action!!! **** For TV aerial and satellite services call Satellite Steve on 07776 143608.  Steve can help you get peak performance from your HD TV and multimedia technology.  Call Steve now for friendly advice and a no obligations quote, including provision of channels from all over the world, including Ireland. To view the best movies and shows available call Steve – satellite, aerial and international channels provider on 07776 143608 or email ****


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