School: Clochar na Trócaire, Carn Domhnaigh (roll number 16821)

Ballylosky, Co. Donegal
An tSr. M. Beirín Ní Bhaoighill

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Food in Olden Times

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1114, Page 91

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In the Penal Days the people had no tea except at Christmas. Every day they ate potatoes and buttermilk. They went to their work very early, but they did not get their breakfast till nine o' clock. They got no other meal after that till they came back in the evening. Those who were able to buy meal got some mixed with water and sugar, but those who could not buy any got potatoes and buttermilk again.

1. Fadge - The potatoes were boiled and bruised with a beetle, then mixed with flour to which had been added butter and a pinch of salt. This mixture was made into a dough with milk, then kneaded well until both sides were smooth. It was

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