Christmas 1957 in Wicklow with James Scannell

Mince Pies, Tea and History at Wicklow Town Library Wednesday 20th December @ 11.30am

As the 1950s drew to an end, the country began to emerge from a recession with people finally having money to spend on consumer goods. Rock ‘n’ Roll was having a major impact on youth culture while television from Wales could be received along the Wicklow coast giving viewers a taste of UK goods yet still out of reach to them in the Republic of Ireland.

The year also saw the formation of the European Economic Community and the space race started after the former U.S.S.R. launched the satellite ‘Sputnik’ into space, with the U.S.S.R. and U.S.  competing against each other for decades in space exploration.

In his talk ‘Christmas 1957’ Jim Scannell will be delving once more through the newspaper archive to explore how the people of Wicklow celebrated Christmas that year.

Mince pies, tea and coffee will be served and a selection of historical newspapers will be on display.

Contact Wicklow Town Library branch on 0404 67025 or email to book your place.

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