RTÉ seeking Johnny Cash footage and fans for new TV documentary

(Above) Johnny Cash at the Crystal Ballroom, Dublin, in 1963.

RTÉ has launched a call-out for any home movie film footage of Johnny Cash from his tour of Ireland in 1963.

If you think you might have filmed Johnny Cash or if you saw him perform in 1963, RTÉ would like hear from you for a TV documentary.

Cash played ballrooms in Mullingar, Cavan, Dundalk, Mallow, Limerick, Kilkenny, Athy, Galway, Rush and the National Stadium, Dublin.

At 31 years of age, Cash had sold 11 million records and had played the biggest venues throughout America, so why did he choose to play 12 concerts to small audiences in ballrooms across Ireland? What was it like to see this international country music star perform at your local townhall?

Cash toured Ireland with the love of his life June Carter, who he later married, and supporting them were the Showband, Eileen Reid and The Cadets.

If you think you have film footage of Johnny Cash or any mementos of the 1963 tour, contact RTÉ at docresearch@rte.ie or phone 01 208 3519.

This is how the Johnny Cash show was advertised in the Westmeath Examiner in October 1963.

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Venues and dates for Johnny Cash shows

09/10/1963 Granada, Kingscourt, Cavan

11/10/1963 The Hangar, Salthill, Galway

13/10/1963 Adelphi, Dundalk

15/10/1963 Lakeland, Mullingar

17/10/1963 Jetland, Limerick

18/10/1963 Majestic Mallow

19/10/1963 National Stadium

19/10/1963 Palladium, Rush

20/10/1963 Carlton Ballroom, Kilkenny

20/10/1963 Dreamland, Athy

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