Marie T O’Loughlin (@MarieTherese39)
Posted Saturday 29th December 2012 from Twitlonger
“@LOcculta The Irish equivalent is Red Lemonade, which is not freely available in England. Not so, when I resided there, anyway, in the 80’s.”
Shane mentioned Irn Bru in a twitter conversation, and it got me thinking about Red Lemonade – which I think is the nearest equivalent to Irn Bru. The latter is a red-orange coloured drink that is made and sold in Scotland. I had it on innumerable occasions when I stayed in Glasgow with Esther Brady – who took me out on holidays from Goldenbridge as a wee child. Esther – soon after her marriage – of which I had the pleasure of being a flower page-girl – emigrated to Glasgow. [Irn Bru Tartan.]
I remember when I went back to Ireland (having emigrated to London) in search of my family, I stayed with Alfie Young – who was a brother-in-law of Esther. He handed me a tumbler of Red Lemonade. I asked him if it was Irn Bru, that one drinks in Scotland? He was amazed that I did not recognise the popular Irish beverage. I never saw it in the shops in England.
Alfie R.I.P. went on to tell me that when I was a child – out on visitation from Goldenbridge – that I was mad about Red Lemonade.
The Store-yard. H/t Ciara Drennan
I was gobsmacked. I had no recollection at all. However, upon further venturing into my mind’s distant past, at a later stage, I did recall, at various times, my face bent down into some beautifully nature patterned drinking tumblers, and being mesmerised by the burnt-red sizzling noisy contents which plopped and bounced inside.
The sparkling splashes gave me a lovely facial tingling sensation. To this day, I’ve a penchant for patterned tumblers. I know it obviously stems from those times spent at the Boyne’s humble abode at Boyne St., where they had a beautiful cabinet display of tumblers and delph that I so admired.
Slainte, Shane and to all my twitter followers, and one and all throughout the Twitter-sphere. Here’s to a happy, healthy and more prosperous 2013!