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Wine Alley Days

Wine Alley Days (Paperback)

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BiographyMemoirsHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: Olympia Publishers Publication Date: 27/03/2014 ISBN-13: 9781848974043  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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As my family originated from Moorepark (Wine Alley) I got excited when I heard that this book was due to be released and anticipated someone fondly recalling memories of the good and bad old days of the Wine Alley and its people and how they looked out for each other and about the great community spirit that people still speak about. Instead I was really disappointed to find that the authors perspective of the Wine Alley and its people was standoffish and narrow-minded. There are no warm reminiscences of Wine Alley or its people in the book but plenty of cold contempt and accusations that no one from the Wine Alley would ever amount to anything. I do understand that this was one family's subjective views perhaps justified due to negative experiences of living in Wine Alley, that is fair enough, however I object to the cosy sounding title of "Wine Alley Days" which deceptively conjures up ideas of the day to day life in the Wine Alley and the social intricacies of its people, this is barely touched upon in the book and only one street in Wine Alley is mentioned, the whole book is centred around one tenement close in Kellas Street (the authors home) and the skewed view from it. There are many warm recounts of the family life within the authors home in Kellas Street but rarely it ventures outside and when it does it is to recount negative stories. The author has failed to look at the bigger picture and overlooked the Wine Alley's complex social history as detailed in the book "From Moorepark to 'Wine Alley'" by Seán Damer now a Professor with Glasgow University. I feel that perhaps a more apt title for "Wine Alley Days" would have been "Escape From Wine Alley".

- 11/04/2014
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