Thomas Dudley a.k.a. Bang Bang was one of Dublin’s most loved and remembered street characters. Dudley was a big fan of cowboy films and in the 1950’s and 60’s he traveled all over Dublin staging mock shoot outs with people using a large church key as his “gun”.
2011 marked the 30th anniversary of his death and last week the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen, presented Dublin City Archivist, Dr. Mary Clark with a key that belonged to Bang Bang.
The key was presented to the Lord Mayor by Gerry Doherty, a great friend of Thomas Dudley who held the key for many years and will now be available to view in the Reading Room of Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.