An Irish Dresser, and Other Pictures from My Kitchen.


In honour of St. Patrick’s weekend,and as part of ‘Begorrathon 2015, I am re-blogging a post I did some time ago on The Irish Dresser,.

Retirement and beyond

One of the pictures in my kitchen is a big framed poster called ‘An Irish Dresser’ and it’s a picture taken in an old Irish kitchen, of the dresser, or sideboard, which held everything from a needle to an anchor!   This picture is typical of rural Irish life in the 50s, or early 60s, and everything in it has some significance.

At this time, cooking was done on an open fire, on a range or on a paraffin cooker; in any case, the work was very hard, with the cleaning and lighting of the fire often taking place before first light, and with no labour saving devices anywhere, or even thought of.  Water was heated in the same way, over the open fire.  There was no television, and those who had radios powered them by means of batteries.  Light came from oil lamps and candles. and water was drawn from…

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  1. Roy McCarthy
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 18:08:53

    That’s a great original post Joan, even down to the hen pecking around the dresser! I well remember the range, the dresser, the outside lav etc in the old family homestead in West Cork when I was young.
    Around the House and Mind the Dresser! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfkykplPAjg

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  2. knittingwithheart
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 06:51:56

    So interesting… and truly, an authentic Irish post for St. Patrick’s Day 🙂 ♥ ❤

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