Bang Bang biography

Bang Bang

Male, Deceased Person

– 1981


Who was Bang Bang?

Bang Bang was an eccentric elderly gentleman in Dublin in the 1950s and 1960s who achieved fame as a character in the city. A fan of cowboy films, Bang Bang used to travel the buses and trams of the city staging mock shoot-outs with passing people. He carried a large church key in his pocket which he used as a 'gun'. Dubliners, who enjoyed his good-natured antics, used to participate in his games, sometimes "returning fire" by pretending they had a gun in their hands and shouting "bang bang" back at him, or by falling down "dead" on the city streets when he suddenly appeared at the back of a bus or tram and "shot" them. On occasion Bang Bang even interrupted plays on stage by "shooting" the actors, generally to the amusement of actors and audiences alike. Radio and television presenter, Paddy Crosbie, wrote of 'Bang Bang' in his book "Your Dinner's Poured Out":

"Bang Bang" died in 1981 but is widely remembered by some of the older Dubliners. His death was recorded by the Irish Independent, a notice which Paddy Crosbie also details in his book.

He was raised in an orphanage in Cabra, Dublin. He lived most of his adult life on Mill Street, in the Coombe, Dublin.

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Also known as
  • Thomas Dudley
Lived in
  • County Dublin
Jan 12, 1981

on July 23, 2013


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