From as far back as I can remember, Elsie would talk openly to us kids about the work she did at the convent. She and the other women, she told us, were made to assemble and package popular Hasbro board games.
“Tell us about Buckaroo!, Elsie?” we used playfully mock her, because she always gave the exact same response.
“Oh God, don’t talk to me about that aul Buckaroo,” she’d say.
“And that bloody Mouse Trap, the worst of the lot of them.”
One Christmas, when I was 12, someone gave me a present of a KerPlunk set.I felt confused. Even at that age, I still felt there was something inherently sinister about deriving any kind of enjoyment from a gift that my great aunt could have packaged at the convent in Waterford.
I knew from the stories Elsie told us at home, every Christmas , about how strict the nuns were.
I wonder whether the Good Shepherd Sisters packaged any other board games?
It’s obvious or is it trivial…?
“Two sources contacted me about board games. But these were from an earlier period and not for Hasbro. Nevertheless, the details of working conditions were horrendous”
It would be delicious. We can but hope and wait.
“One year we was all packing a ting called Rampant Rabbit. The sisters told us, it was a newfangled kitchen gadget for making milkshakes or sumpting like dat. They was well strict, kept on taking away random samples fer yer Quality Control, like.”
Well at least the nuns were obeying market forces .Problem is that Pope Francis has pretty well anathematized market forces in Evangelii Gaudium : the world “can no longer trust in the unseen forces and invisible hand of the market.”Thats you lot told- by the bloke who arranges the fast track to damnation.
I used to work for Hasbro in the 90s and often visited the Waterford factory, but there were no nuns there then! Also, Trivial Pursuit was ‘the competition’ at the time.
Lovely place, Waterford. Very nice along the waterfront.
“Problem is that Pope Francis has pretty well anathematized market forces in Evangelii Gaudium : the world “can no longer trust in the unseen forces and invisible hand of the market.”
Not surprising seeing as the bloke is a communist and not a christian.
There’s an intelligent comment.