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Setting the Irish State Table
Mahon, Elaine
This year Ireland celebrates the centenary of the Easter rebellion of 1916, the event which is generally regarded as having led to Ireland’s independence six years later. Drawing on Irish government archives, this paper presents the beginnings of Irish state hospitality in the 1920s the emergence of diplomatic dining in the 1930s hosted by the Irish head of state and the first attempts to establish inventories of state owned furniture abroad. The paper then discusses how the Department of External Affairs set out to acquire a dinner service for official entertainment by the Minister of External Affairs as a showcase of Irish manufacture, ultimately establishing the material culture of the Irish state table which remains to this day.
Keyword(s): material culture; diplomatic dining; Dublin Castle; Iveagh House; Waterford crystal; Newbridge cutlery; Arklow pottery; Irish linen; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Contributor(s): Dr Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire, Dublin Institute of Technology and Dr Michael Kennedy, Royal Irish Academy; Fáilte Ireland; Fáilte Ireland Research Scholarship
Institution: Dublin Institute of Technology
Citation(s): Articles
Publisher(s): Dublin Institute of Technology
File Format(s): application/pdf
First Indexed: 2016-10-27 09:12:31 Last Updated: 2017-12-14 07:16:36