In a captivating lecture at the esteemed Irish Social Club, Judge Adams, the County Court Judge of Limerick, provided an illuminating discourse on the subject of Irish humor. His talk ventured into the curious realm of Irish matchmaking, a time-honoured tradition that often defied the idyllic notions commonly perpetuated. Contrary to the widespread belief that marriages are predetermined by celestial forces, Adams wittily pointed out that in Ireland, many unions were forged amidst the warm embrace of public houses. These gatherings, frequently taking place on the occasion of Shrove Tuesday, were characterized by conversations that centred not on sentiments of love, fidelity, or physical allure but rather on practical matters of paramount importance in the agrarian society—livestock, encompassing cows, sheep, and pigs. Surprisingly, it was not an uncommon occurrence for a bride and groom to cast their first glances upon each other at the sacred altar, their destinies sealed in a fleeting moment. Judge Adams’ insightful and humorous account shed light on this distinctive facet of Irish culture, captivating the audience and offering them a deeper understanding of the unique customs that have shaped the romantic landscape of the nation.
Nottingham Evening Post – Monday 08 December 1902