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Dressing Up

In bygone days Irish country people, and indeed most of those who lived in towns as well, couldn’t afford to dress up very often, but they did make a valiant effort on special occasions, such as weddings, Christmas and Easter. Most people could afford what they liked to refer to as their Sunday best, which was in most cases a clean version of their everyday garb, but only big (in the context of wealth) farmers and professional people could afford a second best outfit which hung in mothballs for most of the year, and was worn on very special occasions indeed.
 
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