Pale Green, Light Orange
A Portrait of Bourgeois Ireland 1930-1950
By: Niall Rudd
Publication Date: January 1993
Pale Green, Light Orange: A Portrait of Bourgeois Ireland 1930-1950 by Niall Rudd
The only child of a middle-class Methodist couple in suburban Clontarf, Niall Rudd attended High School, Dublin, 1936-9, Methodist College, Belfast, 1939-46 (its ground floor sand-bagged, its windows permanently blacked out), and completed his studies at Trinity College, Dublin, 1946-50.
Suspended between several worlds-a Protestant in north Dublin; sole Southerner among Ulster-Scots in wartime Belfast; holiday-maker in Ballymoney, Wexford, where ‘the emergency’ and petrol-rationing preserves an idyll of repose; and member of a College transformed by the unexpected cosmopolitanism of Allied-forces veterans-the author’s astringent eye informs and illuminates throughout this delightful memoir. These worlds provide the background to a number of humorous, affectionate, and satiric, pen-sketches relations, school-masters, rugby-players, academics and others who people a carefully lit canvas.
This young Irish scholar and sportman’s rite-of-passage from adolescence to maturity is rendered in a work of delicate scrupulosity which recreates the unhurried atmosphere of mid-century bourgeois Ireland, and reflects the self-interrogation of its citizenry.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Niall Rudd is the author of ‘Pale Green, Light Orange: A Portrait of Bourgois Ireland 1930-1950’, published in 1993 by The Lilliput Press.