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    Arson at the Crossroads!

    Arson at the Crossroads!

    Many people think that De Valera’s famous 1943 St. Patrick’s Day speech outlining his vision of a frugal contented Ireland mentioned comely maidens dancing at the crossroads. It didn’t. But dancing at the crossroads remained a popular form of entertainment well into the 20th century. It faded with the arrival of large rural ballrooms in the 1960s. The Department of Justice files from the 1930s shed a different light on this apparently innocuous past time. Many of the files deal with the destruction for the platforms set up for the dancers, to give them a smooth surface on which to ...


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