School: Baile an tSagairt (roll number 13985)

Location:
Ballysaggart, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Prionnsias Ua Coilín

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Oils

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1039, Page 55

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Several sorts of oils were made locally such as (1) Seal oil (2) Fish oil (3) Jamey oil (4) Crane oil (5) Pup oil.

Fish oil was really liver oil obtained by boiling or smelting the liver of such fish as cod, ling, whiting.
Jamey Oil
Jamey oil was got from a fish locally called a Jamey Dog. This fish is really an animal for he does not spawn but as the local folk say “he pups.” This oil was got from the liver.
Seal Oil
Seal oil was obtained from the blubber of the seal. The blubber was a fatty webby substance just inside the skin of the seal. The principal use was for suppling [sic] joints of the human bones which might be stiff and aching due to rheumatism.
Fish Oil
Fish oil or liver oil had a dual use. It was sold to a local tannery (the tannery was situated at Buckless about four miles distance) for tanning leather and secondly it was used for producing light. Fish oil was far more common than either of the other

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Informant
Rob Corregan
Gender
male
Age
72
Address
Ballysaggart, Co. Donegal
Language
English