School: Lathaigh (Laghey)

Location:
Laghy, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Proinsias Mac Pháidín

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1032, Page 087

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Long ago people used no lamps like us today. Instead of lamps they used old candles that they made themselves. These candles were not like the ones we have today. They were made of fat and a cord was pulled up the middle of them for a wick. Then they were left to harden and this was all the light the people for a long time. There were other of kinds of candles called Rush Candles. The were made of green rushes stept [sic] in the oil of butter. The green skin was pulled off them and they were left in for a while. When the oil soaked in them they were taken out and left away in some dry place to season. Some people did not know how to make the candles and they had to sit by the fire all night lighting bits of fir sticks to give some light.

Collector
Liam Gorman
Gender
male
Address
Greaghs, Co. Donegal
Informant
Michael Tunney
Relation
unknown
Gender
male
Age
60
Address
Golard, Co. Donegal
Language
English