Revolution that touches up our radical roots
Lay of the land
'Let them eat cake," - the advice attributed to Marie Antoinette - might apply this Sunday to many of us who aren't into Easter eggs. Even if those words were actually written by the political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau when that unfortunate aristocrat was just 10 years old.
But how different her destiny might have been had this scapegoat of the French Revolution indeed made that quip - except on these shores. For she might have lost her heart, instead of her head, at a Cake Dance - one of the most popular Easter traditions in Ireland up to a few decades ago.
A cake was placed in a prominent position on a piece of fine white cloth before the music began. The winners were the couple that danced the longest or sprightliest, giving them the right of "taking the cake".