In this extract Seamus Marken talks about food rationing during world war two, in particular he remembers the black market for tea which was heavily rationed in Ireland.

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So you remember food rationing then?

You better believe it! The only thing that we were rationed on was tea.

Was there a black market for it?

You better believe it… on Moore Street! If you turn that off I’ll tell you a good story about the tea that I can’t tell you…

That’s okay…

I’ll tell you afterwards!

Okay, grand.

Oh yeah there was a black market, tea… the maximum price it reached as far as I remember, was 30 shillings, £1 10 shillings, that was a lot of money for a pound of tea at the time, like, it varied from, say, £1 up to… but there was all sorts of ways and means of getting tea, you know.

Like what? What kind of ways and means?

Well I can't tell you... I’m not going to tell you now!


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WW2, Rationing



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"Seamus Marken remembers food rationing during WW2.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #166 (accessed February 23 2018, 4:45 am)