A Typical Night in the Hangar, Salthill, 1953
THE PAVILION BALLROOM (AKA THE HANGAR)
In 1924, Galway Urban Council purchased a disused aeroplane hangar and erected it in Salthill Park as a dancehall. Although officially called the Pavilion Ballroom, it became more commonly known as ‘the Hangar’.
It was, for a time, managed by the Salthill Development Committee with the profits being used for the improvement of the area. Later, Tommy Nevin from Tynagh, Co. Galway, ran the popular ballroom. The venue catered for a variety of audiences holding dances, ceilidhs, and variety shows and played host to several notable performers including Jim Reeves and Johnny Cash. It continued in use until the early 1970s, when Leisureland was opened next door.
All photographs courtesy of Liam P. Donnelly.