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Posted By: GUEST,Tom Finn
22-Mar-16 - 02:10 PM
Thread Name: The Mero (explanation wanted)
Subject: RE: The Mero (explanation wanted)
The Volta was the first Cinema ever opened in Ireland, in December 1909, by James Joyce. It closed in 1919 but re-opened in 1921 as the Lyceum but got the nickname 'The Mero' because it was on Mary St. It closed in 1948. It is now the site of Pennys (Primark) department store.

A tanner is indeed the old name for a silvery six pence coin (6d) not to be confused with a tenner which was an orangy brown ten shilling note (worth 20 times a tanner, two tanners making one shilling).