School: Baile an Daingin (B) (roll number 1676)

Location:
Ballindine, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Séamus P. Ó Gríobhtha

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Old Trades - Candle-Making

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0096, Page 713

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Long ago there were no candles and the people used to make rush candles. They used to go out to the bogs where the thickest rushes grew and used to gather the best ones. The rushes that grew on the land used not be as good as the rushes that grew on the bog.
It was an old custom for the children of the house peel the rushes. A certain amount of them were made each evening to last for the night. First the rushes used to be cut into lengths and the skins peeled off with the peoples nails. The centre of the rush used to be left and the skins thrown away. Then the grizzet was put on the fire and some fat or tallow put into it.
The grizzet was a small oval shaped pot about three inches high with legs under it. When the tallow was melted the rushes were put into it. Then th

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Collector
Louis Mc Hugh
Gender
male
Address
Branraduff, Co. Mayo
Informant
John Mc Hugh
Gender
male
Age
49
Address
Branraduff, Co. Mayo
Language
English