School: Caladh (C.) (roll number 8740)

Callow, Co. Mayo
Bean Uí Éaráin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0126, Page 23

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Some people had no tables but they had a big stool, about a yard long, and about a foot wide. Others had a bag on the floor to eat their meals off. They made rod baskets to put their wooden noggans into. Over the cows the hens were kept. This place was called the loft. People made straw mats instead of a door sometimes. The principal food they lived on, was milk, porrage, and also salted herrings. Some people killed young calves, salted them, and ate them when they were cured. Some people also killed sheep, and ate them.