Story of drunken thady

The story of Drunken Thady and the Bishops lady. The full story below. I also have attached some pictures of the marks. Not many younger people in Limerick know about this unless it was passed down through the years like ourselves. It sparked something and it was incredible to see how many different versions of…

Chatelaine

A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. Each chain is mounted with useful household appendages such as scissors, thimbles, watches, keys, vinaigrette, and household seals. They were historically worn by women of many cultures from Ancient Romans, and Roman, French, Dutch…

Social distancing

A little history for your day. Up until about 70 years ago, quarantine and social distancing during the outbreak of illness was a well used precaution. The tactic is not new; the only bit that is unprecedented in our current experience is the length of time needed to quarantine and the number of people affected…

It’s a sobering realisation

The photo is Czeslawa Kwoka a Polish Catholic, a 14 year old girl, a child. She died in Auschwitz extermination camp on February 18 1943 with a phenol injection into her heart. Shortly before the execution, she was photographed by the prisoner Whilem Brasse. Brasse, subsequently went on to testify against Kwoka’s executioner. The photo…

The Forgotten Gypsy Holocaust The World Ignored

During the Porajmos, the Nazis exterminated a quarter of Europe’s Roma population, yet this brutal genocide went unacknowledged for decades. During the Holocaust, the Nazis and their allies killed about 25 percent of Europe’s entire Roma (a.k.a. Gypsy) population. This genocide, known as the Porajmos, remains one of the worst atrocities committed by the Nazis — and…

Thank God times have changed

Gravestones of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried in the same cemetery because of their religion, 1888

Malnourished

A severely malnourished four-year-old in Liverpool in 1900, when starvation, diseases and machine injuries killed many Credit: Liverpool Record Office/News Dog Media

Irish slave trade

Did you know ? The Irish slave trade began when 30,000 Irish prisoners were sold as slaves to the New World. The King James I Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold…

Liquid stockings

Liquid stockings and eye liner used to paint in the seams up the back. ………WWII makes you realise how lucky we are these days 😮😮

Canque

1905 A charitable Chinese man giving food to a criminal in a cangue. Petty criminals were sentenced to wear the canque, often for weeks/months and display themselves in public places. At best they were humbled by dependence on others to be fed, at worst, they might starve to death. The sign on the cangue describes…