Category Archives: colour

Sallied Forth In Your Drawers

In October 1900, when asked his opinion on what ‘national costume’ should be adopted in a soon-to-be-independent Ireland, the Republican Pádraig Pearse had this to say: Frankly I should much prefer to see you arrayed in a kilt, although it may be … Continue reading

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Abundantly Happy When They Can Afford An Athlone Hat

Do you remember this post I wrote about Swift’s 1720 pamphlet called the Proposal for the Universal Use of Irish Manufacture? Well, here is another quote from it: I think it needless to exhort the clergy to follow this good … Continue reading

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The Junior Spinning Champion of Ireland and the Entente Cordiale

Front page of Le Petit Journal, 20 August 1905. On the 8th of April 1904, the United Kingdom and the French Republic signed the Entente Cordiale. This set of agreements essentially formalized the peace that had been between the countries … Continue reading

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Faith the Shinners Have Made Canaries of Ye

The new Nike Low Black & Tans. They should have used the tagline ‘Wear some history on your feet!’, or ‘Walk in the shoes of a traumatized World War 1 veteran who has been sent to a volatile country to give the guerrillas a … Continue reading

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Gossip

On 24 March 1793, Lady Mary Boyle Roche wrote a letter (National Library of Ireland Manuscript 5391). In it, she described Lady Pamela Fitzgerald (pictured above) who had just married Lord Edward Fitzgerald a mere three months previously. I came … Continue reading

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Donegal Socks: Just For Men

(Dooey Cove, Rosguill Peninsula, Co. Donegal, c. 1936) Townsend Gahan reported from Rosguill on the 1st of September 1892. “Trousers and Sunday suits of the men are almost always bright. The vests, shirts and drawers etc are home-made flannel or tweed; … Continue reading

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