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If drinking, carousing, debates and fights in a place where “men had women, men had men and women had women” is your idea of a good night out, you’d probably have loved the Catacombs. Back in 1940s Dublin, Dickie Wyman’s …

Fri, Jun 1, 2007, 12:44

   

If drinking, carousing, debates and fights in a place where “men had women, men had men and women had women” is your idea of a good night out, you’d probably have loved the Catacombs.

Back in 1940s Dublin, Dickie Wyman’s basement flat off Fitzwilliam Square became a nightclub where such bohemian ravers as Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh and JP Donleavy went for gargle and a good time.

Wyman, an Englishman who moved to Dublin following the death of his boyfriend during the Second World War, made money from his venture by returning empty beer bottles the following day.

Now comes an RTÉ Radio One documentary on the club. Four former patrons of the Catacombs go back to the original site and tell presenter Ciaran Cassidy about what the club was like during its wildest times. The documentary will be aired on June 13th at 8pm.