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Group of servants in Curraghmore House Co. Waterford
- National Library of Ireland
‘In the 1940s eating arrangements kept the servants apart. The upper servants, the butler, cook, housekeeper and lady’s maid ate in the sitting room or housekeeper’s room, as it was better known, The remaining servants ate in the still room, i.e. the housekeeper’s store room.
During the lifetime of the last Lord Barrymore all of the servants took their meals in the servant’s Hall and had to submit to certain rules therein displayed':
RULES to be observed in THIS HALL
WASTE NOT WANT NOT
1. Breakfast on the table at 8 o’clock A.M.
2. Dinner at 1 o’clock P.M. and all out-door servants to leave the hall at 2 o’clock
3. Supper at 9 o’clock P.M. and out-door servants to leave the hall at half past 10
4. The hour of meals to be strictly attended to, or servants to get none except when absent on their Master’s business.
5. No labourers or mechanics to be admitted into the hall except on business
6. No person to be allowed to sit in the hall with his hat on, or swear, or to make use of bad language.
THE COACHMAN IS PARTICULARLY REQUESTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE RULES ARE STRICLY OBEYED.
JAMES HUGH SMITH BARRY
A Sprinkling of Fota, Eileen Cronin. 1997 Carrig Print Carrigtwohill Co Cork.