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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Academic work explores the Irish relationship with liquor

'A NATION of Extremes -- The Pioneers in Twentieth Century Ireland' was first published as a hardback in 1999 and as a paperback in 2008.

It explores the Irish relationship with alcohol and the Pioneer movement, which was focused on total abstinence.

The Pioneers formed in 1898, and by the mid-1950s had a membership of nearly half a million.

Prof Ferriter's book examines this temperance movement amid the ambiguities and conflicts within society at the time.

It says that despite the Pioneers, "the stereotype of the Irish as a nation of heavy drinkers continues unabated, aided by vast expenditure on alcohol.

"As the century progressed two diametrically opposed cultures -- abstinence and heavy drinking -- were lying alongside each other."

Irish Independent

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