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1950s Ireland was the age of De Valera and John Charles McQuaid. It was the age before television, Vatican II, and home central heating. A time when motor cars and public telephones had wind-up handles, boys wore short trousers and girls wore ribbons. A time when nuns wore white bonnets and priests wore black hats in church. To the young people of today, the 1950s seem like another age. But for those who played, learned and worked at this time, this era feels like just yesterday. This delightful collection of memories will appeal to all who grew up in 1950s Ireland and will jog memories about all aspects of life as it was.
Ireland in the 1950s was, in some ways, closer to the Victorian era than it was to the 21st Century. The new country was wrought by political instability, censorship, religious authoritarianism, and unemployment – but it also saw a rise in education, better healthcare and rural electrification.
Author and historian Ruth Illingworth evokes this era of change through children’s experiences at school, work and play in her new book, A 1950s Irish Childhood.
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