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Annie
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1 of 13  Mon 17th Feb 2020 1:58am  
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Would anyone know of an Irish club that existed in Coventry during WW2? It was run by Paddy Healy, aka his stage name Tony (Topps) Cardona, and his wife Florence. If so, where would club have been? It definitely wasn't Finbars club.
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Helen F
Warrington
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2 of 13  Mon 17th Feb 2020 8:37am  
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Hi Annie. I believe that there were many Irish clubs. Someone may be able to tell you straight away but if not, it might help if you could narrow things down by giving any other clues about location.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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3 of 13  Mon 17th Feb 2020 10:44am  
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Annewiggy, It was once reported in the Telegraph there were about 98 Irish clubs in Coventry. I think it was at the time of the IRA bomb, but I can't be sure now.
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Helen F
Warrington
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4 of 13  Mon 17th Feb 2020 1:38pm  
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Different Anne Kaga, but our resident news paper geniuses (Anne being chief) might find something to pin this down. Thumbs up
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walrus
cheshire
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5 of 13  Mon 17th Feb 2020 1:59pm  
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I remembering in the fifties there was a club in the grounds of St Elizabeth's RC church in Eld Road, Foleshill. While ostensibly a Catholic club that would have been almost synonymous with Irish. There were masses every hour from 6 o clock till noon in those days. The late masses seemed to be popular with many men so that they could nip in the club afterwards. The wooden building is still there. I spoke to my dad today but he can only recall Finbars on Stoney Stanton Road which was formerly The Prince of Wales cinema.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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6 of 13  Mon 17th Feb 2020 3:41pm  
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I had a look but could not find much. Anything that comes up with a search for "Irish Club" in the 1940's only comes up with sports teams. In the 1950 there are adverts for the Bamba Dance Club a private Irish Dance club on the Foleshill Road but that did not open until the mid 1950's, it used to be the Redesdale Cinema.
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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7 of 13  Mon 17th Feb 2020 3:58pm  
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There was/is an Irish Club called the 4 Provinces Club, (commonly called the 4 P's), on the corner of Craven Street & Allesley Old Road, (near the Hearsall Lane Junction), in Spon End. I believe it was attacked in the backlash of the 1974 Coventry/Birmingham Bombings and the fact that the Father Fell IRA Cell was located in the area
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Handyman
Coventry
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8 of 13  Mon 17th Feb 2020 4:03pm  
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Annewiggy I think that was the Banba Club, named after a potato!
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
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9 of 13  Mon 17th Feb 2020 4:27pm  
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Wearethemods - the 4 Provinces is still there.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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10 of 13  Mon 17th Feb 2020 5:46pm  
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Handyman, the CET had Banba and Bamba so I wasn’t sure!!
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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11 of 13  Tue 18th Feb 2020 9:16am  
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Anyone know what happened to Father Fell?
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3Spires
SW Leicestershire
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12 of 13  Tue 18th Feb 2020 1:34pm  
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Fell Died 2011. I met him when he was a visiting priest at St Francis of Assisi, Bedworth, in the late 60's. Edited by member, 18th Feb 2020 1:35 pm
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bohica
coventry
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13 of 13  Tue 18th Feb 2020 6:31pm  
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May he rot in Hell Angry
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