Welcome to Irish Eyes, website of Kells Media Productions.
Founded in 2003, we are a small home-based production company based in Kells, Co Meath, an area steeped in history. We have a board of seven members drawn from the community, most of whom have wide experience in local development.
We produce documentary DVDs. We hope that our two productions to date – An Early History of Kells and A Job of Our Own - will be the first of many. We intend to distribute items of Irish culture and heritage. It is hoped to expand into book distribution and the promotion of theatrical performances.
Kells Media Productions also serves as an agent to develop new writing talent and research on aspects of Irish life and culture. Our blog will keep our audience up to date with developments in Ireland.
Rural Society in Ireland
In the past rural society was sustained by an agricultural and retail economy. Most towns of any size had a market or fair day when farmers came into town to sell their goods and buy provisions. These towns also had retail outlets, for example Todds of Limerick, Munster Warehose in Tralee.
These shops hired people who wanted to be apprenticed to business, the cost of an apprenticeship normally being €400-500 per year, a lot in those times. But the reward could be a position as a buyer for a store such as Arnotts or Clerys.All these stores had décor which could match similar stores in Bond Street, all mahogany and wrought iron.
Many social outlets were provided by and for what was called “business people”. These included golf, tennis and boating clubs.
The economy was like that of Georgian Britain before the Industrial Revolution. Employment for the new middle-class was usually farm management, retail, teaching or administration. The gardai replaced the old RIC and inherited their social position.
There was a great disparity in wealth between the middleclass and the poor which lasted well into the life time of the new state