July 21, 2012

An Irish “Wake”

Some extraordinary evidence was given at a coroner's inquest held in Dublin on Thursday respecting the death of a respectable young woman, who fell down a flight of stairs and fractured her skull at a wake held on the remains of a stillborn child.  The entire company at the wake were helplessly drunk, and when the woman's husband woke up in the middle of the night he carried away his wife's remains on his back.  (Yorkshire Post, March 30th, 1878)

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