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A Powerful Antidote? Catholic Youth Clubs in the Sixties

  • Carole Holohan
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood book series

Abstract

In 1966 Radió Telefís Éireann, the Irish national public service television station, broadcast a programme about teenagers entitled The Young Ones. Hosted by investigative journalist Michael Viney,1 the programme addressed youth clubs and featured a teenager named Tina:

Tina is just sixteen — a slim … pretty girl who is used to working in back-lane factories, who lives with her mother in a Corporation flat and dreams about the Beatles. Twice a week she goes dancing at St. Dominic’s Girls’ club — and wishes there were more ‘fellas’ to make the club even better. We adopted Tina as a guide to the life and surroundings of the ‘young ones’ who grow up in the heart of commercial Dublin. Through her eyes, we began to see just how grey and dispiriting the back streets of the capital could be … we began to realise just what a youth club could mean in these anonymous — and often very ugly wilds of central Dublin.2

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