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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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