You'll Ruin your Dinner: Sweet Memories from Irish childhood

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Hachette Books Ireland, Nov 17, 2011 - History - 256 pages
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Whether your taste was for fiddlestix or Flavour Ravers, Trigger bars or Two and Twos, Marathons or macaroons, Peggy's Legs or Push Pops, Liquorice Allsorts or Little Devils, You'll Ruin Your Dinner has something for you.

From the heyday of Cleeve's toffee to the birth of the Tayto Cheese & Onion crisp, it transports us back to the days when sweet shop windows across the country boasted tempting confectionery displays, when summer was heralded with a visit from the ice-cream cart, and when Grafton Street was the sweet shop capital of Ireland.

And then there was the golden age of Irish-made sweets, when the entire nation downed tools to listen to Fry-Cadbury's soap The Kennedys of Castleross and Gay Byrne cut his teeth on The Urney Programme.

The next three decades brought enduring favourites along with fleeting fads, but the craving for a sugar-rush remained steadfast for generations of Irish kids to come. These mouth-watering memories are captured here across the decades in an assortment that will keep you dipping back in for more - and it won't ruin your dinner.

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About the author (2011)

Born in Dublin some time ago, Damian Corless, one of Ireland's best-known journalists, works with the Irish Independent and is former editor of In Dublin and Magill. He has written television comedy sketches for BBC2's Big Train and RTE's Stew and his acclaimed books include Loose Talk, GUBU Nation, That's Ireland (with Michael Nugent), Party Nation and The Greatest Bleeding Hearts Racket in the World. Born with a sweet tooth, he can claim to have ruined his dinner many times in his younger years - and sometimes still does.

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