School: Eaglais

Location:
Burren, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
S. Ó Mongaigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0089, Page 019

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My father and my uncles and aunts were weavers There was a loom in my father's about 20 years ago. Flannel is worked by two sticks you use your feet and a shuttle. You need four ears for a blanket four treddle sticks. Four ears are needed with linen. The yarn is beamed and worked with a shuttle.

Collector
Nóra Ní Chuinneóghain
Gender
female
Occupation
pupil
Address
Burren, Co. Mayo
Informant
Martin Cunningham
Relation
unknown
Gender
male
Age
60
Address
Commauns, Co. Mayo
Language
English

Long ago the people here used to grow flax. First they used to till the ground as they would for oats. Then they would set the seeds. After a while a thin straight stem would grow and a pink blossom on it When it would be ripe they would pull cut it and stook it Then they would bury it in a boghole After a few weeks they would lift it. and dry it and stack it. Then they would beetle it and hackle it and clove it. Then they would spin it and send it to the weaver.