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    Posted: 11-November-2010 at 22:06
Hiya gang,

Did you have any set routine before you went down to the
Grove?

When myself and my friends started going down first, we'd
queue up like all the other non-members, completely
sober, considering ourselves lucky to get in.

Then, some of the lads 'moved on' and the crew I hung
around with discovered alcohol and the pleasure to be had
especially drinking "down the Annes" and heading inside
for the 'albums' (or with our albums) before the main
Grove started when the singles started.

Then, after my folks figured out that we were drinking
down in St Annes before going in, they gave the Green
Light to drinking in the front room (we were over 18 by
now, obviously). From memory, these were the best Grove
days for me - drinking at home, playing tunes before
heading down to Sybil Hill.

After that, it was hit the Neptune and grab the last bus
back to Raheny/Clontarf for around 11.45pm for the last
bit of the Grove.

Then...I felt too old to be there...

Would love to hear your stories....
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I didn't drink til I was 18, so first year or so was sober. Then the normal routine was to go to Superquinn, buy a naggin of Pernod, naggin of Smirnoff, & a bottle of blackcurrant. Mix them all together at home in a litre milk jug  & head off, slugging it on the way & try to act sober so you got in! Head in for the album Cecil always played before the main crowd got in. Drank a litre bottle of Pernod one night before heading down, got in & the album/headbanging circle got going. I was doing cartwheels in the middle! A mosh started & someone ran into me & the button off my jeans went PING!!!!!! One of the lads had a leather jacket with the long strings on it so I ripped one off & tied my fly up. All was grand til I needed a pee, & got it open just in time before wetting myself! Happy Days!
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Good thread Mel, Great Story Chris!

My first few times at the Grove was with a few from school. None of us drank then. (actually the only time I wasn't let in, I was sober!)
Great times, great music, Then the demon drink was discovered - 2 pints, maybe 3, from Kelly's near the Cosy Cafe, on the Malahide road.

In the cold weather we (4 of us) imbibed in Artanehead's house listening to Floyd, Genesis, Bowie.... then headed down.
In the warmer weather, we headed to St Annes, near the entrance for the beers, sometimes a bottle of Liebfraumilch.

I drank most of a bottle of Dubonnet one time thinking it was ordinary wine. Lovely stuff!
Always had a tube of toothpaste in the army jacket for the checkpoint. We went in in pairs and met in the jacks always relieved we hadn't been stopped.
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Originally posted by Brunswick Brunswick wrote:

Hiya gang, 

Then, after my folks figured out that we were drinking
down in St Annes before going in, they gave the Green
Light to drinking in the front room (we were over 18 by
now, obviously). From memory, these were the best Grove
days for me - drinking at home, playing tunes before
heading down to Sybil Hill. 

Great thread Mel. Time for a confession. I used to do dj at the oasis in ard scoil ris, which finished at 11.30 and then go straight to the grove afterwards. However I always brought a large bottle of black russian into the oasis in my record case (ingredients purchased in martins of fairview and mixed on the malahide road). Having finished the night there with Achiles Last Stand or Trampled Underfoot I would hotfoot for St. Pauls.

On sunday night I used to drink with a crowd in Coles in Fairview (now Smyths) before getting the bus up the howth road. I always prefered Sunday nights at the grove! 

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Originally posted by Uncle Arthur Uncle Arthur wrote:

I always prefered Sunday nights at the grove! 

Me too, although it was a bit weird with the 'extension' closed off on those nights.  I don't know how I got up for school/work on Mondays in those days.

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Usually a few cans before heading down. Used to drink them in St. Annes or on Vernon Ave. The offie on the howth road near the beachcomer was usually good. Being reasonably tall got me served i reckon. One night in the offie, the attendant nodded and said at least he wouldn't have to ask me for id - and proceed to say he got all sorts in there, even Grove Cards as ID.....I tried not to laugh......where exactly he thought I was headed I don't know.

Once or twice we went to Harry Byrne beforehand - lucky to get served and swift 2/3 pints before 10.00 pm.....

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 Liebfraumilch, Roundy....memories!

Never see it on the supermarket shelf these days.I wonder is it still on sale?

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It is still on sale Mary.  Pick up a bottle every now and then.  Always reminds me of the Knacker drinking days and friends parties in and around Artane.
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I just remember it was cheap (wasn't everything then?), very sweet, and had very colourful labels.
Mateus Rosé wasn't too bad either. Oh yes, lots of thought went into pre Grove drinks..

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A few bottles of Carlseberg Elephant and a few Guinness at THE SHEDS and we ready for the walk back up Vernon Ave. to the Grove.
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Originally posted by Grovegirl Grovegirl wrote:

 Liebfraumilch, Roundy....memories!

Never see it on the supermarket shelf these days.I wonder is it still on sale?

GG



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 Thanks for the insight there, Finno! 

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I normally went with 2-3 friends. Spent about 2 hours
getting ready. Well, it takes a while to get the hair and
make-up *just* right when you're a goth. Congregated in
one or other of our houses with a few cans/nagin of vodka
smuggled into the bedroom. Then there was the 'running
the gauntlet' leaving the house and making sure the
parents didn't notice you were a) half cut, b) 'dressed
like a cheap tart'.

I remember one night in particular leaving my friend's
house, her mam decided Karen was wearing way too much
make-up and dragged her into the kitchen to administer
the facecloth before letting her go. She was highly
annoyed!

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 What did YOU do before heading down?

Jesus am i the only one who read this thread title and nearly had a heart - attack ????????????????

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AH Blondie...that thought never even crossed me mind....LOL
Yah dirty minded............

I'm talking Grove circa 60's, hard enough to get a kiss...

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oops!...probably shouldn't have said "hard enough".....the way your mind works....
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Originally posted by BrendanFella BrendanFella wrote:

AH Blondie...that thought never even crossed me mind....LOL
Yah dirty minded............

I'm talking Grove circa 60's, hard enough to get a kiss...

Ah Brendan way before my time Grove in the 60's  as for me having a dirty mind innocent as the driven snow ask any of them

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Originally posted by Blondie Blondie wrote:

 What did YOU do before heading down?

Jesus am i the only one who read this thread title and nearly had a heart - attack ????????????????

Haha! Never thought of that either, Joan.    I can 'edit' the title if you want?

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Well heading to the old Grove, usually started with a hairwash and then plenty of brut aftershave or if that was gone my Dads old spice.

My  2 sisters were  going as well and My Eldest would do her nut if she found out that I intended going on a Sunday, as that was her favorite time.Of course she had a Boy friend from Clontarf and she didn't want me looking at her or meeting her at the Grove.

I remember the guys Name but I will keep Mum on his Name. I had four Girl friends during my stint at the grove.One of them I arranged to meet under Clearys Clock and she was a half an hour late.We missed the Savoy showing of One flew over the cuckoo's nest.. So we ended up looking at the Texan chainsaw massacre( how romantic can you get)

I asked her why she was so late and she said her Dad drove her in and went around a few time just to get a good look at me before he decided to allow Claire to meet me.

Ah those were the days of fun and innocence 

I wasn't drinking then so I would usually meet a few friends on the way down and be early so you had a better chance of getting in.The bouncers were more likley to let you in when you were there early.I remember before I got my card I use to borrow a friends.

The heat of the place when you arrived late But going early and  listening to the music at  it's loudest was great.

When the Grove sadly burnt down we had to endure club 74 and crap music and the fights that broke out.

Everyone seemed to be in tartan or had some piece of tartan on their clothing and the loafers were all in, even on some of the Women. In fact some of the Women in their bomber jackets were more dangerous looking than the guys.

I didn't like the music and it attracted a skin head element then thanfully Cecil came back and things were normal again.

We would have a few pints in the light House in Howth ( it was the only place you could get served ) and then head for the Pauls Grove.

Time or tide waits for no Man and I stop going when then crowd seemed to get younger looking.  

Does anybody remember a character at the Grove who was a major spurs Fan who had  bedecked himself with badges on his scarf and wolly hat,and his denim Jacket



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Mel was there a thread like this one before ??...Defo..must resurrect a few
old threads...HEY - who hasnt done the " Grove Time Capsule" yet..own
up..anyhow....

My better memories are of the Winter Grove Saturday nights..Setting:
cold, dark Saturday evening..guess I would have finished the ecker,
walked the dog, done the bit of baking for my Mum and then sat down for
the Saturday dinner of Roast Grief, Gravy, Cabaiste and Roast Spuds,
followed by Rhubarb Tart and Cream. YUM ( I want some NOW )...

Yep took the bath ( we had no shower ), dried and back combed the hair
and then went hunting for clothes. If I decided to do the indian skirt/dress
I was sorted..but if it was jeans etc I sometimes had to resort to
borrowing my Dads Grandfather style shirt when I was stuck - ( I must
have been )...ridiculous it was his Orchestra Shirt with a removable collar
and must have been massive on me but sure everything was oversized
then, the more you hid the better ( YES we have done a thread like this
before )...
Wud stick my head around the sitting room door, whisper to Mum about
not letting Dad know what I was wearing and could I have her purse
please for some bus fare..


I would get the 2045 ish 29A down to the shops at the Annes and get out
at the Sugarloaf where my buddy lived. Her folks owned that and they
lived over the shop..anyhow I would consult with her and we would maybe
change clothes.
I remember borrowing a pair of skin tight jeans every 2nd week round
about 4th year, she would wear them every other ( gosh we really were
badly off )...in addition to pinching the Dad`s shirt for the night I would
have pinched one of his waistcoats too.
We would apply lots of black eyeliner, sneak in and nick some fags from
the shop - preferably MORE menthol and recomb the hair as it would
have died or flopped invariably with the usual wind howling about..

Back out the door an hour later and get another 29A round to Sybil Hill -
have a smoke outside and head in, head straight for the centre to hassle
the New Romantics from our year and then suss out who was down the
back.

These were the days before we stayed on the 29A to town and headed to
the Plough and returned on the second last bus to Pauls.
Remember the speed of those buses at that hour - drivers all in a hurry to
get to the garage and go for last pints I guess.

Summer Grove Prep was a bit different - the long evening promoted the
whole head to St Annes to hang out on the mound and people watch, a
couple of tinnies on the sly etc. Didnt have to wear so many layers either
which was nice.

Only time I queued for the Grove was for New Years I think and I
defiinitely was never sober.

Bit all over the place Mel but that my bit...

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