A fascinating November 1970 article from the Sunday Independent – published in full:
Members of Dublin’s only skinhead club are out to dispel the image many of the public have of them being drug users, troublemakers and street-corner idlers.
This afternoon 100 of the city’s poor children will crowd into their tiny club, the “Boot Inn”, in Middle Abbey Street for a Halloween party. The basement club has been specially decorated for the occasion and all the members of the club chipped in 10/- each for party hats, balloons, minerals and food.
Yesterday they treated 40 other children to a big party at the club and immediately afterwards the skinheads began cleaning up the place and washing the dishes for today’s party.
The skinheads are planning another big “do” for these children at Christmas. Meanwhile they are in the process of forming their own football team and hope to enter one of the city’s football leagues.
Nineteen-year-old John McKoughlin, Finglas West, who is manager of the club, said: “We just want to try and correct thus bad image which the public has of us. We are barred from every dancehall in Dublin while long haired youths are allowed in. None of our members has ever been in trouble and we have a commitment at all our dances to prevent drug-pushers entering the club. We don’t allow drugs in our club”.
Another leading member of the club, Thomas Caffrey (21), Liberty House, said that other skinheads – there are about 500 in Dublin – had tried to force their way into the club, but they were stopped.
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