The Wake “Sorry for Your Trouble”

By Marie Conlon The Wake was a custom where mourners gathered in the persons own hometo keep vigil over their dead until they were buried. It was an important part ofthe grieving process and was seen as a chance to celebrate the dead person’slife and to offer condolences and support to the family. There wereContinue reading “The Wake “Sorry for Your Trouble””

Memories from Donard Co. Wicklow: Rural Electrification of Ireland

By Urcela Nolan Rural electrification was the greatest thing that happened in rural Ireland. Growing up in Donard before electricity came to our village we used oil-lamps.They had to be filled with paraffin oil, a wick had to be trimmed, and the Globehad to be polished. If we broke the globe, we had to cycleContinue reading “Memories from Donard Co. Wicklow: Rural Electrification of Ireland”

Farming in the 1920 and 1930 Period

– By Maureen Cusack – In the early part of the 20 th century agriculture and the farming population dominated the rural economy. When the 20th century opened rural Ireland was still a society of tenant farmers, but by 1920s this had been changed by a series of land acts from 1880 to 1903 andContinue reading “Farming in the 1920 and 1930 Period”