School: Corr Odhar (roll number 14701)

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

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Potatoes

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0126, Page 527

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when the potatoes are dug they are put into pit about a foot deep and about a foot and a half wide. Then there is straw or rushes put over them. There is about a foot of clay put over the straw. And it is clapped with a shovel, or a spade, until it is smooth. The potatoes which are frost-bitten are called "stags."

Long ago the "Champion" was the most common potato grown by the farmers, and also it was the best.
When people went out digging potatoes long ago they went out before they ate their breakfast. After an hour or so they came in for their breakfast and it was potatoes they ate. When they finished their breakfast they went out digging and did not come in any more until evening. They made a fire out in the field where they were working and Champions for dinner and those potatoes were called a "Cast."

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Collector
Winnie Mullen
Gender
female
Address
Corrower, Co. Mayo
Informant
Martin Mullen
Gender
male
Age
57
Address
Corrower, Co. Mayo
Language
English