January 25 1973 AD: Brown Shoe Crisis

This is the day on which a shortage of brown shoes reaches crisis proportions in many parts of Ireland. In Limerick schoolchildren are forced to go to school wearing badgers. Elsewhere individual County Councils cope as best they can.

Some order the painting of schoolchildren’s feet with brown kreosote while one County Council brings in emergency bye-laws requiring inhabitants of Louth to run everywhere in order to make the absence of brown shoes a bit more difficult to notice.

It will be several days before relief arrives in the form of an emergency shipment of uncomfortable slip-ons from Poland.

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