Blue Hussars

Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Issue 2 (Mar/Apr 2008), Letters, Letters, Volume 16

Sir,

—I have a little footnote to add to your article on the Eucharistic Congress (HI 15.6, Nov./Dec. 2007). At the time, the country was in severe financial trouble and could not afford new tack for the Blue Hussars. My father, a tailor by trade, was commissioned to make many of the blue saddle-covers for the horses. He is now long dead, but he told me that he had a saddle mounted in his workroom and that the task of fitting the covers properly to the saddles was quite challenging and far more difficult than making a suit or overcoat.

—Yours etc.,
PAULINE WHELAN

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