School: Teach Chaoin (C.) (roll number 6681)

Location:
Tagheen, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Bríd, Bean Uí Áinlighe

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0096, Page 111

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Irishman was digging potatoes one day called "protestants" and an Englishman who was passing by, said to him 'I thought that you Catholics would not eat Protestants". Ah said the Irishman we boil the devil out of them first.
Potatoes were the only food they had and they would have them for every meal in the day and "boxty cake" was also made of them, the potatoes and made of very fine and mixed with flour and baked.
Starch was also made of them and there was no other starch at that time and the men's collars and shirts were starched with it, and it gave a lovely gloss, or shine when ironed.
"The girls of this place
Their eyes are red,
Blowing the fire
To boxty bread"

Collector
Kathleen Mc Hugh
Gender
female
Address
Drumshinnagh, Co. Mayo
Informant
Mr James Mc Hugh
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Address
Drumshinnagh, Co. Mayo
Language
English