There has been a long-running conversation here the past afternoon and morning about the kilts servers are wearing at the recently opened Maewyn’s, formerly the Harp & Fiddle, in downtown York.
As a fervent fan of “The Quiet Man,” part of me can’t let this aggression stand, man. The original Harp & Fiddle already had ceilings that were entirely too high compared to that cramped Irish pub in the movie, a pub that was so cool that a man’s horse knew to stop there without prompting. But I got over that.
But kilts? They seem a wee bit gimmicky.
And then, the conversation turned to whether kilts are even Irish to begin with. A lot of time on the Internet – probably too much time, and too many disparate links to post – turned up that there is a lot of circumstantial evidence that kilts might have a history in Ireland, although they are most predominantly Scottish.
However, most of the Irish evidence is pretty strongly disputed, with some sources saying skirt-like cloths were something else entirely in Ireland.
The best decent evidence I found is that some Irish adopted kilts as a way of showing Celtic solidarity, most likely in opposition to the English.
Regardless, I still don’t think it’s right. Then again, I’m just an old Dutchman who is basing my image of Ireland on a John Wayne movie.
And I’ll still probably try the place out, since my first date with my wife was at the old Harp.
What do you think?
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