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No milk for the baby: Lent, from the historic Irish newspapers

The end of Lent is nearly in sight, so for those of you who’ve managed to abstain from a chocolate bar or cheeky tipple, here’s some inspiration to help you through the final days… Search the newspapers   As a predominantly Roman Catholic country, Lent has been of national significance in Ireland for hundreds of years. As the Waterford Chronicle reported on 25 February 1860, “The Chapels of our city were densely crowded with the Faithful, anxious to commence the Holy

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Pancake thrown at American President and First Lady

Keep an eye out for low-flying pancakes today! The Pall Mall Gazette reported that a pancake was thrown at US President Grover Cleveland and his wife during a visit to St Louis in 1887. View the whole newspaper page Pall Mall Gazette – Tuesday 25 October 1887 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  

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Have you heard of Collop Monday?

Did you know that the day before Shrove Tuesday is known as Collop Monday? As this snippet from the Nottingham Evening Post explains, it’s traditionally the day to use up any fresh meat you have in your house before the start of Lent. View the whole newspaper page Nottingham Evening Post – Tuesday 17 February 1931 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

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