School: Scoil na gCeithre Máighistrí, Dún na nGall (roll number 14247)

Location:
Copany, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Cathal Mag Fhionntaigh

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Old Crafts - Rush Lights

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1035, Page 332

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Rush lights
Long ago before candles were made the men and women of the houses (the m) used to get long thick rushes and peel the skin off them

Then they used to dip them into boiling suet and hang them up to harden.
One was used each night.
When it was burned out, this was the sign that it was bedtime.

Collector
Ádhamhnan Mag Fhionntaigh
Gender
male
Age
13
Informant
Patrick Gillespie
Gender
male
Age
67
Address
Loughcuill, Co. Donegal
Language
English