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Branch - The Old Days

Branch is known for its large number of singers, musicians and other artists, many carrying on the oral tradition of their Irish ancestors. In the 1950s and early 1960s, before the Shamrock Lounge was opened, people often gathered for a time in the parish hall or on the Bridge crossing the River.

Young people gather for a time on the Bridge

Between the 1950s and 1980s, most of the activity at the Gut happened on the marginal wharf on the west side of town. Even when the boats weren't in, the wharf was a lively place.

Activity on and around the Wharf


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