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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Music from The Embankment November 24, 2018

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

Drive up the Blessington Road from Tallaght, past the entrance to CityWest, the road veers right after the turn for Saggart and there on your right is the derelict site of The Embankment. It was a top live venue for Folk acts in the 60’s and 70’s with The Dubliners, Wolfe Tones, Planxty , Clannad and a host of other top acts regularly playing there.
These days with drink driving rules it’s mad to think of such a popular venue in such an out of the way spot, although there were many venues in that era that were only driveable. In the 70’s and early 80’s we had a house in a place called Coolgreaney in Wexford and the local pub Gardiners was packed every Sunday for a jazz session as people drove from Dublin and other spots for the Jazz before driving home. The Jazz sessions are long over.
Incidentally Mick McCarthy, a Kerryman from Listowel ran the Embankment in it’s heyday and had fought in the Battle of Cable Street to keep The Blackshirts out of Londons East End.


1. WorldbyStorm - November 24, 2018

You know, a history of Irish music through venues would be interesting, this fits right into it. There’s a group, was it the Wolfhound, who had a live album and I think they’re photographed at the front of the Embankment. Early 70s.


2. Hector - November 24, 2018

Mick McCarthy was an Official IRA supporter to the day he died.


WorldbyStorm - November 25, 2018

Which reminds me of the ballad outfit, the Men of No Property who seem to have started out as Official supporters and wound up as Provisional supporters.


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