Savoy in Limerick to Close 1989

Report on the planned demolition of the Savoy in Limerick with plans for a multi million pound development.

This report includes archive footage of Rory Gallagher performing at the Savoy from the programme 'Music Makers' which was broadcast in 1973. Also featured are interviews with notable Limerick people Pat Kearney, Rooney Auctioneers, Foster Kerrisson, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and Benny Franklin about the demolition and concern over the loss of conference and theatre facilities in Limerick.

Rory Gallagher at the Savoy Limerick (1972) Rory Gallagher at the Savoy Limerick (1972)

The 54 year old, 1,492 seat theatre hosted many famous names including Rory Gallagher, Eamonn Andrews, Tom Jones, Roy Orbison and Val Doonican. Opened in 1935 the Savoy became Limerick's main theatrical venue for more than fifty years. The loss of the Savoy was viewed by many as a great loss to the cultural heart of Limerick city.

A RTÉ News report by Michael Lally broadcast on 28 March, 1989.

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