In this extract Jim Quinn talks about grocery shopping in particular he remembers his mother would go to Hafner's Butchers in Henry Street to get sausages and puddings. He says everything you needed was in walking distance of your house, there were two vegetable shops beside his home.

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When … in your house, I don’t know if you had a garden, was there any space to grow any of your own food?

No, it was a little... there was a garden but it was surrounded …

So you didn’t do that?

Well we used to get some of the boxes and grow… get the seeds tomatoes and grow tomatoes and you know just … but not, no you wouldn’t have …

You wouldn’t have the space … how many times a week do you think your mother had to shop for food then?

She hadn’t got the… to think of it like that … she’d go over to Becker’s or she'd go down then to Hafners in Henry Street, that was the famous place where they’d buy black and white puddings and sausages and that they were the sort of the equivalent of the Superquinn sausages at the time now… and everybody’d be down there getting them, you’d go down there and get that… a lot of people would go down to Moore Street, there was about thirty butcher shops on Moore Street and that sort of thing but no, she wouldn’t have to bother, I mean there was two vegetable shops just within... just beside us, you know, you didn’t have to go in and buy your... you'd probably go down and buy a stone of potatoes and things like that, you didn’t have to do… and they’d also sell coal and things like that, logs and turf


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Dublin City Life, Housing, Food and cooking



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"Jim Quinn describes the way in which is mother would do the grocery shopping when he was child.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #199 (accessed February 23 2018, 4:52 am)