School: Gartan (roll number 13755)

Location:
Bellville or Gartan, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Nóra Ní Dhuibhe

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Candle-Making

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1072, Page 367

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IN this district in olden days, people made their own candles. They took for the wick the inside of a rush with a narrow strip of the covering left on, to make it stronger.
At that time most people killed animals for their own use, and they used the fat for making tallow.
Then they took the rush and dipped it in the tallow, and left it out to harden. This candle was not as thick as a pencil. When it was hard they again dipped it in the tallow, and continued this work till the candle was thick enough.
The woman who told me this promised to make me a candle as soon as she gets tallow.

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Collector
Frances Buchanan
Gender
female
Address
Claggan South, Co. Donegal
Informant
Mrs Margaret O' Donnelly
Gender
female
Age
67
Address
Cornagullion, Co. Donegal
Language
English