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A Fair Old Time!

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Full title: The Humours of Donnybrook: Dublin’s famous fair and its suppression

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book / 56p

When Published: 1995

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Academic Press Ltd. / Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

About: This is book Number 4 in the series ‘Maynooth Studies in Local History’. The series presents outputs arising from the M.A. Programme in Local History at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. This particular volume tells the story of the Fair at Donnybrook which officially occurred for more than half a century and may even its origins in pre-Christian times. It was certainly part of a wider European culture of carnival or celebration. Unfortunately the authorities saw fit to abolish it in 1855 as a consequence of what would be known today as ‘anti-social behaviour’. Indeed the word ‘donnybrook’ has entered the Oxford English Dictionary to mean “a scene of uproar and disorder’.

ID number(s): 0716525690

Chapters: Maynooth Studies in Local History — Preface — Introduction and Historical Background — The World of Carnival — Lent Victorious — Notes.

WW Connection #1: The author is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes four illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

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