Domestic life in Ireland
news 28 September 20113:19
launch of Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Section C, special issue on ‘Domestic life in Ireland’, on Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Volume 112, ‘Domestic life in Ireland’, the first special issue of the Academy’s multidisciplinary journal Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Section C, was launched on 20 September by Minister for Housing and Planning Mr Willie Penrose, TD, with a keynote address on ‘Insiders’ Views’ from historian Dr Claudia Kinmonth. Read the special issue online here, subscribe and buy online here.
Keynote Address by Dr Claudia Kinmonth MA(RCA) on ‘Insiders’ Views’
“In England the landlord lays out the farm and builds the farm buildings; in Ireland, he does absolutely nothing. He gives the bare land to the peasant and sends his agent in to collect the half yearly rent; in a word, he allows the peasant to keep him in ease and luxury. In Ireland, every chicken eaten, every glass of champagne drunk, every silk dress trailed in the street, every rose worn at a ball, comes straight out of the peasant’s cabin.” George Moore, 1892–1933.Read more
Speech by Minister for Housing and Planning Mr Willie Penrose, TD
‘Wrong buildings in wrong places, buildings that were drawn, not designed, inappropriate materials that can’t be properly maintained, and poor finishing are some of the sins we are left to repent. Ireland has many fine towns and a strong tradition of good urban design. But in recent years, we lost sight of that. We got ‘developments’ not ‘communities’, unsustainable settlement patterns, and now unfinished estates. Read more