Monday, March 1, 2010

Researching 'Packet and Tripe'

Anita interviews Mrs Mullanne. Her Husband worked in Tracys Butchers and was one of the biggest suppliers of Packet and Tripe in the city. Because of her association she is fondly known to the group of women we interviewed as ‘The Packet and Tripe Lady’

The location of Tracys Butchers across from St Marys Church

Eilish (SpiritStore) has been working with a Knitting Circle in St Marys community centre, she has her own art project running, but was happy to introduce us for a couple of afternoons. We are researching the 'Packet and Tripe' history in Limerick.
The women were knitting patches for Elishes' knitting project and laughed when we told them ‘shes in our gang too’.
So knitting and talking we found the phrase ‘ Mock Tripe’. The poorest of the poor in food terms. It was packet and tripe without the meat, mainly milk, breadcrumbs and onions.

1 comment:

  1. Paddy Mullane actually owned Traceys, taking over the business in the late '50's/early 60's and continuing to trade under the Tracey name. Paddy, ably assisted by his six sons and two of his brothers continued to trade until the early 1990s.