School: Málainn (roll number 13949)

Malin, Co. Donegal
Eilís Nic Uilcín

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Food in Olden Times

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1124, Page 300

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Long ago people ate three meals every day - breakfast, dinner and tea.
They usually had their breakfast about eight (and) o'clock, their dinner around twelve o'clock and their tea at [?]
These meals consisted of milk and oat cake for their breakfast and for tea in the evening, and fish and potatoes for their dinner. Buttermilk and sweet milk was drunk. The people sat round a basket full of potatoes and fish in the centre of the floor and ate their dinner. Oaten bread was eaten, it was made on a griddle placed in front of the fire.
Meat was very seldom used. Bacon was also little used. They had a great feast on Easter Sunday.
Some people did not get any eggs until Easter came and then they had a great feast that day.

Isaac Smyth