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Thread #61622   Message #994894
Posted By: MartinRyan
01-Aug-03 - 06:53 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: No Irish Need Apply
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'No Irish Need Apply'
A Phluiméar,

I remember, in the mid-60's, eating chicken on a Friday with the first Catholic "brewer" in Guinness', in their staff canteen. I come from a family whose men worked in the brewery for generations. When I was 14 and stayed on in secondary school, there were parts of the family who literally would not talk to me because I had turned down the chance to go in as a "messenger boy"!. As an undergraduate, years later, I worked one summer in what would now be called the Quality Control Lab - and was duly forgiven.


p.s. Of course, "Protestant" paternalism was infinitely preferable to "Catholic" exploitation, of which there was no shortage.