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Bringing Home the Bacon

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© AskAboutIreland

Full title: The Bacon Curing Industry

Creator / Author: Alexander W. Shaw

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 17p

When Published: 1902

Publisher / Place of Publication: Browne and Nolan Ltd., / Dublin.

Parent Publication [book]: Ireland : Industrial and Agricultural / edited by William P. Coyne / 532p

About: The book from which this chapter is taken is an official handbook detailing agricultural and industrial progress in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. This edition was published following the International Glasgow Exhibition of 1901 in an attempt to give a full and detailed account of Irish industry and agriculture at the time. This chapter appears between pages 241-257 of the book. It briefly looks at the history of bacon curing, provides detailed statistical analysis relating to pig production for the previous 60-year period and relates some of the then current practices in pig processing.

ID number(s): None

WW Connection #1: According to the author of this book chapter, “Tradition has it that the birthplace of the bacon curing industry was Baltinglass in the County Wicklow and that the county was at one time the scene of operations of a large number of small curers, who cured long sides for the Dublin market.”. He does not present any substantial evidence for this, but it certainly opens up an avenue for future research.

Extra #1: Contains photographs and tables throughout the text.

Extra #2: Link to the full text of the book chapter here.

Extra #3: Link to the full text of the entire book at Ask About Ireland.ie [Warning: this is a very large file]

Extra #4: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #5: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

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One thought on “Bringing Home the Bacon

  1. I love bacon AND I’m of Irish descent!

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