School: Teampall Mhuire

Location:
Carbad Beg, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Eithne, Bean Uí Mhaonghaille

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The Women of Long Ago

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0144, Page 351

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Long ago the women used to do difficult things that the women of today don't want to do. First of all there was no paraffin oil. They made candles out of rushes, they peeled them, and soaked them in grease or butter. Then they made a candlestick of a little bit of wood, and stuck the end of it in a sod of turf. They split the top of it and stuck the rush candle in it, as it would be wearing they let it up though the stick.
The women then used to spin away at night with that light. At this time they used to spin flannel of all sorts for men's suiting, and linen for sheeting.
They made the sheeting out of flax that they grew themselves.
When the flax would grow, they pulled it, and bogged it in a pond of water. It was left there for a week or

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Collector
Kathleen Mc Hale
Gender
female
Address
Tooreen, Co. Mayo
Informant
Bridget Kearney
Relation
not a relative
Gender
female
Address
Cloonalaghan, Co. Mayo
Language
English