We are Our Past

We are Our Past

Author: Doreen McBride
€5.95
Did you know? - That people not all that long ago in Ireland really kept pigs in the kitchen and that some of them were even house-trained? - That thistles and rowan branches were used to ward off evil? - That Ireland's population was halved by death and emigration in the 1840s? - That people believed (sometimes with reason) in fairies both good and bad? - That Ireland supplied the armies of Europe with horses?- - That mouldy bread was used (effectively) to cure festering wounds and that cobwebs were great for stopping bleeding? - That children rolled painted eggs down Cavehill in Belfast on Easter Sunday and dressed up as queens on the first of May? Doreen McBride's book allows us to relive the not-so-distant past. In a lively but scholarly way she recreates the Ireland of our great-grandparents with its smoky chimneys, .its traditional fairs, its festivals that celebrated the four seasons of the year. As we read her account of life in city and country at the turn of the century we recognise in some mysterious way what she so colourfully describes and accept the truth of her title: we are our past!
Book Title We are Our Past
Author Doreen McBride
Did you know? - That people not all that long ago in Ireland really kept pigs in the kitchen and that some of them were even house-trained? - That thistles and rowan branches were used to ward off evil? - That Ireland's population was halved by death and emigration in the 1840s? - That people believed (sometimes with reason) in fairies both good and bad? - That Ireland supplied the armies of Europe with horses?- - That mouldy bread was used (effectively) to cure festering wounds and that cobwebs were great for stopping bleeding? - That children rolled painted eggs down Cavehill in Belfast on Easter Sunday and dressed up as queens on the first of May? Doreen McBride's book allows us to relive the not-so-distant past. In a lively but scholarly way she recreates the Ireland of our great-grandparents with its smoky chimneys, .its traditional fairs, its festivals that celebrated the four seasons of the year. As we read her account of life in city and country at the turn of the century we recognise in some mysterious way what she so colourfully describes and accept the truth of her title: we are our past!