Originally Posted by chewed
I was in the pub last night and we were discussing how workers' wages in Ireland used to be paid through the local publican in many towns and villages. So many families went hungry due to the fact the father would inevitably drink everything as soon as he was paid.
I can't seem to find anything online relating to this part of Irish history. Just wondering if this was something the pubs had control over, or was it a deliberate process by the British rulers to keep the workers drunk and families downtrodden to deter any rebellious notions!
If anyone can point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it.
It was a custom in the UK as well.
You'll find it discussed in
he Teetotaler's Companion; Or, A Plea for Temperance a 19th published in London publication. Its mentioned there as a dieing custom.
In that book its mentioned that the custom is dieing except for certain job which were listed. It seemed to me that these job would not necessarily have an office where staff would have worked so the public house may have merely been a convenient place for the office staffers to meet the out of office based staff to pay them.
Another item to bear in mind is that many large landowners had a public house they owned on their lands. Landowners were often employees. The public house may have been the easiest place for the landowner to have staff come to receive wages.