Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone!

This is from the Irish Times, 16 March 1912, one hundred years ago. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Some things to note (Pay attention down at the back, there will be a test at the end of the week!):

Our Donegal Guardian, Danny, wanted three glasses of whiskey for gents but only one glass each for the ladies. Gender inbalance.

It had to be "good" whiskey. Did he mean Tyrconnell Whiskey?

St Patrick's Day was a bank holiday then.

The expectation that Home Rule was inevitable and the implication that under Home Rule prosperity would flourish and there would be plenty of whiskey for all.

According to the 1911 Census of Ireland online there were then sixteen Daniel McCarrons in County Donegal.
A check on their addresses would narrow that down and it should be possibly to find our devilment-maker.

There were four Denis Divers in the county, one a nine year old on Tory Island, so our apostle of temperance was one of the other three, presumably the 64-year old living in Inisowen.

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