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Discos – the New Trend of Sophistication in Irish Entertainment -1971


In September last year we posted this advert from 1971 for Europe’s largest mobile Discotheque ‘Star Trek’.
Over Christmas the owner of Star Trek, Hans Lignell, posted a comment on Brand New Retro. Hans, who is now based in Australia, said that …

 We introduced “disco music” to ballrooms all over Ireland at a time when they either danced to a contemporary popular showband such as Dickie Rock, or a country & western one such as Big Tom.

You can see the full comment from Hans here and other comments on Zhivago from Hans & Freddy Bailey here.

I’ve scanned and posted below more information on Star Trek, including a pic of Hans, from the Jan-Mar 1971 issue of Showcase magazine. Also scanned from this issue are pics from 2 Ages and Sloopys and a couple of really interesting articles on the rise of clubs/discos and its impact on the Showband scene.


hans lignell tv club 1971

l to r, Hans Lignell, Go Gos Galore- Mary, Marie Mooney &  Michelle,Sean Sharkey tv club 1971

Update: Hans has posted a comment on this post in which he advises that...The girl dancing at the top of this page is Marie Mooney. Marie was one of the 10 girls that were in the group “Go Gos Galore”. Together with Michelle she would work out dance routines for the other girls.


Located on Georges Quay – the 2 Ages = Cave Age and Space Age



DJ Danny Hughes on Discos v Dreadful C&W


Pat Doyle on Star Trek and emergence of discos

You can view all previous posts on Irish Discos, Nightclubs & Pubs here.

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  1. The girl dancing at the top of this page is Marie Mooney. Marie was one of the 10 girls that were in the group “Go Gos Galore”. Together with Michelle she would work out dance routines for the other girls. I always wanted them to dance as a group instead of doing anything freestyle as it looked a lot more professional on stage………the same way that Pam’s People in England used to dance. They had about 10 different routines, and each time a new record came out they would decide which routine suited it best. The other photograph was taken on the opening night of Star Trek at the TV Club in Harcourt Street and it shows Marie in the middle of, Mary on the LHS and Michelle on the RHS. This was the launch of “Star Trek” and from memory our first gig was in White’s Hotel in Tipperary. I do remember one gig on Christmas night in Athlone, I told the owner of the ballroom that it wouldn’t work but he wanted to give it a go. In those day I had a set fee, or 55% of the door whichever was the greater………..well we set up the show and only 4 people turned up…………..needless to say I did feel guilty, but we did drive there and set it all up, so there were expenses involved.
    I am trying to locate some more printed material and as I do, I will post it here.
    Hans Lignell


  2. The ” 2 Ages Disco” on Burgh Quay – such happy carefree dancing days everytime I hear Thin Lizzy Whiskey In The Jar and Stevie Wonder ” Sunshine of my Life ” my memories go back to the 2 Ages 1973 was dancing there also the night of the bombing of Liberty Hall “………. Across the bridge from there,
    life has changed so much we had nothing but we had everything ……….thanks for this forum, nice to go back from time to time,


    • The two ages also had a night for suede heads. I think it was a Tues. I was 17 in the Irish army so had short hair.. the two ages was the only club that let us in..great times.


  3. As I recall, it Hans Lignell never went on the road. Justin James was the DJ who operated Star Trek mobile discotheque. Credit where credit is due, Hans.


  4. Joan I have no idea who you are, or why you would make such an inaccurate statement as the one above. Star Trek was mine 100%. I designed it, I funded it, I built it, and I went to EVERY ballroom throughout Ireland when I was there.
    At the time Justin James was the DJ and yes he was also at every gig. I left Ireland in 1973 and I am unable to remember what I did with the truck and all the equipment. I may have sold it, and if that was the case and it continued to be utilised by Justin after 1973, then naturally I wasn’t there.
    So please get your facts correct before you say anything next time.


    • Actually, I was on the road with Justin in 1971 and 1972 and we saw a lot of country towns, Carlow sticks in my mind for some reason, but I never met you. The other girls don’t remember you either, like Liz and Wendy, so….? By the way, whatever happened to Justin? The last I met him was in Dublin in 1985, but we both in a hurry, so we didn’t get to renew our acquaintance. Also, he had his wife with him.


      • Joan, I’m not sure if Justin was working for other outfits at the time, but I started Star Trek in 1971, it was during the prolonged bank strike, and he came on board immediately. He was our only DJ so you may be mixing up the dates when you saw him on the road or he may have been doing a gig with someone else. At the same time, I was the manager for John Farrell & The Groundhogs, and yes we had two girl singers, from memory their names were Liz and Wendy. There was also the “Go Go’s Galore” dancing girls, but I don’t think any of them were called Liz or Wendy. We are talking over 40 years ago so my memory is a tad on the vague side. As for what’s happened to Justin, I’m sorry but I have no idea as I have not seem him since those years.


      • And you don’t remember that there were two trucks, on purple with the Star Trek name and one big yellow truck. I think they were bot Bedfords


    • Hans Lignell ,
      launched and funded the Star Trek Disco.Justin James (Jim O’Reilly )disc jockey.
      I believe Justin may have had ieventually owned or was minding the lorry and gear,early mid 70.s.At that stage it was what appeared to have been a Fyffes yellow Bedford.
      Justin had at time driven a Chevrolet Corvair (white).
      Star Trek was innovative and very professional and a wonderful idea.


  5. Would anyone have contact with DJ Danny Hughes who presented “LIke Now “band show , on RTE Jan.19. 1969. RTE have no recordings of the show in archives . I wonder if Danny or anyone might have kept any ? I’ve googled everything can’t find a way to contact him . Has he still got a shop in Tipp town ?


    • Hi there, Danny will I’m sure be delighted to read your comments. Had the pleasure of working alongside him on “Like Now” as guest presenter ‘DJ Lee’. Think all the shows were taped over but I’ve passed on this link to Danny who may have other info on them.


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