School: Coillte Bó (roll number 15984)

Location:
Kiltybo, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Michael S. Ó Ceallaigh

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Homemade Toys

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0107, Page 466

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Every boy and many girls find amusement in making toys. Girls make strings of flowers into chains or girdles or else they make dolls. Boys make tops, bird cradles, water guns and snares for rabbits. Water guns are made from elder branches with a hole through the stick and another stick to fire the water out of the gun.
Bird cradles are made from elder branches and strings and a frame to keep the sticks together. Boys make little gates out of turnips and matches. Boys make tops from spools. Snares are made from thin wire and are set in a hole to catch rabbits.

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Collector
Tom King
Gender
male
Address
Cloonmore Lower, Co. Mayo
Informant
Mrs King
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Address
Cloonmore Lower, Co. Mayo
Language
English