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Goodness of Guinness : A Loving History of the Brewery, It's People, and the City of Dublin (Hardcover)
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There is no other company, industry, or premises more closely aligned—indeed almost synonymous—with its hometown than Guinness’s St. James’s Gate Brewery and the city of Dublin. From the company’s modest beginnings in 1759 to its heyday in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and its continued strength into the twenty-first century, Guinness has had an enormous influence over the city’s economic, social, and cultural life. In this warm and fascinating piece of history, Tony Corcoran examines the magnitude of the brewery’s operation, and the working lives of the thousands of Dubliners who have depended on Guinness for their livelihood, either directly or indirectly. The company’s unusually progressive treatment of its workers—health care, training, and housing—is revealed in detail, as is the Guinness family’s philanthropy and compassion towards the less well-off residents of the city. Tracing Guinness’s progressive attitudes to their roots, Corcoran also explores the important roles of the strong-willed women in each generation of the Guinness dynasty. A labor of love, full of anecdotes, humor, and historical insights into one of Dublin’s most important and best-loved institutions.“Whenever I bleed, I am always surprised to see that my blood is not black. Certainly, when you consider that I was born into two Guinness families, had two Guinness grandfathers and five Guinness uncles, and was on the premises of Guinness before I could walk, I am as much a product of Guinness as the black stuff itself.”—Tony Corcoran
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Corcoran, whose family has worked for Guinness for several generations, celebrates 250 years of the world-famous brewery in Dublin with a history of the business, the operations, the products, the workers, the customers, and the city. He begins with the family history of the Guinnesses and the role of the wives. The 19th and early 20th centuries pass quickly, then he gets to social innovations, among them the annual entertainment, the medical department, the St. John Ambulance Brigade, and The Great War. Subsequent topics include the athletic union, the Inveagh Trust, the 40s and 50s, industrial relations, the drama group, the film society, the Belview dining rooms, funnels and tunnels, the excise officers, the appliance of science, and looking to the future. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Number of Pages: 15316
Genre: Cooking + Food + Wine
Sub-Genre: Beverages / Beer
Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Author: Tony Corcoran
Street Date: May 26, 2009
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-0067
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