School: Corr Odhar (roll number 14701)

Location:
Corrower, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Aibhistín Ó Coinnigh

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Sowing Potatoes

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0126, Page 524

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Potatoes are grown extensively in this district. He is the way in which they are set:-
The farmer selects the best seed and those are brought into the barn to be made into slits. The potatoes are cut into slits with a knife but the person who cuts them has to be careful to leave a few "eyes" in each slit. When they are all cut they are left in the barn and dry lime is sprinkled on them. They are left there for about a week.
Potatoes are usually set in lea land because farmers have found that they produce a better crop then than they do when they are set in stubble. The lea is ploughed into ridges but stubbles are ploughed flat. They are then harrowed and "scored" with a plough, that is the ridges are marked out.
The potatoes are set in this way: A man has a stíbhín, that is, a bramble with a step on the end of it, and paired so that a hole can be made in the ground with it. With the stíbhín he makes three holes across the ridge. About a foot away he makes three more and slit is throw into each hole he makes by one who is called a pitcher.

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Collector
John Hennigan
Gender
male
Address
Corrower, Co. Mayo
Informant
Charles Hennigan
Gender
male
Age
65
Address
Corrower, Co. Mayo
Language
English