“Ballots And Bile” Lecture

A Tipperary voter in the past declares “I’m a dutiful citizen, a vote I have got, which I’m casting with judgement and care……so that good little boys might create a big noise, and sit on a Dáil Eireann chair”.

A Tipperary voter in the past declares “I’m a dutiful citizen, a vote I have got, which I’m casting with judgement and care……so that good little boys might create a big noise, and sit on a Dáil Eireann chair”.

This and other such verse form part of Des Marnane’s light-hearted talk, “Ballots and Bile: the unorthodox expression of opinions in County Tipperary in the 1920s, ‘30s &’40s”. During the early years of the state, voters casting their votes often made their opinions clear on issues and politicians, in insightful and often amusing verse such as the above.

Ballots and bile is the December lecture from the Tipperary People and Places Series. Des will give some examples of this verse which were included in the ballot boxes. It takes place in Tipperary Studies, The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles on Tuesday 20th December at 7.30 pm. All are welcome.

For further information check Tipperary Libraries website www.tipperarylibraries.ie or contact Mary Guinan Darmody/John O’Gorman at 0504)29278 / studies@tipperarylibraries.ie