School: Loughkeeren

Knockatemple, Co. Mayo
Anna M. Warde
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0120, Page 75

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0120, Page 75

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  1. To thatch a house or a barn a man must get straw, scallops and a ladder. He must begin at the top of the side wall or at the lowest edge of the roof and thatch upwards to the ridge of the roof. Taking with him a breadth of about two feet. He takes a small little sheaf and spreads it over the top of the wall, leaving six inches over-hanging the top of the wall. He then puts in a scallop to hold it.
    He then takes another sheaf and spreads it a little higher up and so on till a streak is finished. He then starts another streak and proceeds in the same way.
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. trades and crafts (~4,680)
          1. thatching (~353)
    Patrick Commins
    Rathrowan, Co. Mayo