School: Breac-chluain

Location:
Brackloon South, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Liam Mac Gabhann

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Houses in Olden Times

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0107, Page 069

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Most of the dwelling houses in olden times had roofs thatched with clay, sedge, and straw. Each house had a bed in the kitchen and it was called a "hag" or a clocadh. The fireplace was always in the gable of the house. The windows were without glass; a few sods of turf were put into them at night. Animals, including the hens, were always kept in the dwelling houses. When people went into a house, sedge was lighted; it was peeled and greesed with butter, and then a few of the sedge were put together and left on a sod of turf.

Collector
Bridie Fahey
Gender
female
Address
Gorteen More, Co. Mayo
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
grandparent
Gender
female
Age
75
Language
English