An Irishman’s Diary on the Belgian refugees of 1914-18
My native Monaghan is famous (nearly) as the “county of the little hills”. Less well known is that for a period after the first World War, it was also the county of the little lace numbers – a brand of high-quality lingerie introduced by Belgian refugees. Actually, the numbers weren’t that little, by today’s standards. And they were more embroidery than lace. Even so, the theory that there was no sex in Ireland until “the bishop and the nightie” affair of 1966 may need to be revisited...