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The Baron of Broadway

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John Shelley

There wasn’t much excitement in the drab, grey, post war years of the fifties, but Castlebar could at least savour the annual summer visits of the colourful Baron of Broadway.
John J Hanley was a Limerick native who had emigrated to the US at a young age, made a fortune in the new world, lost it in the Wall Street crash, and built it up all over again. Or so we were told.
In the 1930s, false reports had appeared in the media that he had been gunned down in a hold up in New York city. But his annual appearances in Castlebar - to which he had formed some unexplained attachment - was always guaranteed to generate excitement, colour and extensive newspaper coverage.
The Baron’s mode of transport was a long, sleek, left hand Buick Roadmaster, decorated with the Papal, Tricolour and American pennants,........

© The Mayo News