Tuesday 6 December 2016

Revolution that touches up our radical roots

Lay of the land

Fiona O'Connell

Published 27/03/2016 | 02:30

'Women especially are always being told that they can't have their cake and eat it. Even though they're the ones who usually bake it - as well as make the dinner' Stock photo: Getty
'Women especially are always being told that they can't have their cake and eat it. Even though they're the ones who usually bake it - as well as make the dinner' Stock photo: Getty

'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.

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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".

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