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This paper examines the children of the slums of Dublin in 1916 for whom a sweet treat was a very rare occurrence. The shop looting that happened during the Easter Insurrection of 1916 gives an interesting insight into the children's priorities at the time. Anecdotal though the accounts of the looting may be, they shed some light on both the children's perception of the event and the beginning of a new era of sweet food consumption. Whilst adults were busy fighting for a free Ireland, a bunch of children were having their own revolution, a taste buds revolution.

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Parallel Session 3, Day 1, 2016

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1916: Dublin Youths' Sweet Revolution

This paper examines the children of the slums of Dublin in 1916 for whom a sweet treat was a very rare occurrence. The shop looting that happened during the Easter Insurrection of 1916 gives an interesting insight into the children's priorities at the time. Anecdotal though the accounts of the looting may be, they shed some light on both the children's perception of the event and the beginning of a new era of sweet food consumption. Whilst adults were busy fighting for a free Ireland, a bunch of children were having their own revolution, a taste buds revolution.