Christmas and going for the 'Commands'
Interview with Pat ‘Hora, Kilbannon, Tuam, Co. Galway
1st December 2017
POH: Christmas, of course, would be the food high-point of the year.
CD: Yes, yes
POH: Because anything you’d have, you’d have your, your turkey or your goose, but you’d also have things like…I remember a tradition in the village where people used to go…the word they gave it, and I don’t know why, was they go for the “commands”, the commands.
CD: Oh right
POH: I remember hearing a discussion between a man and a woman, a neighbour of ours, who…they’d take the horse and cart or the ass and cart, to Tuam for the commands because they might be buying a bag of flour and they’re would be Christmas boxes…
POH: And there would be a whole lot of things…
CD: Extra bits and pieces they might get
POH: And the horse and cart was that bit bigger. And a most unusual thing, maybe a generation later, I heard their children discussing whether they’d go to New York to do a bit of Christmas shopping!
CD: Imagine! Such a change in such a short space of time
POH: A short space of time