School: Holmpatrick (roll number 14180)

Holmpatrick, Co. Dublin
D. Kevelighan

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Homemade Toys

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0784, Page 94

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The boys (and men) of Skerries are very fond of making little boats with corks, a slender rod and some feathers.
First, they take three corks, and pass the rod through them lengthwise leaving a space of about an inch and a half in between the corks.
They then stick a feather in each cork, as a sail.
If the "boat" is inclined to capsize, a light stone is suspended by means of a cord passed through the middle cork. This, if at all possible, is to be avoided as it somewhat mars the speed of the "boat".
A very favourite toy in Skerries is the catapult.
Boys procure the tube from a motor car tire; and from this cut a long narrow strip. They next get a forked stick and after cutting the rubber in the centre and inserting a circular piece of leather, affix the ends of the rubber to the fork, and the catapult is ready for use.

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Alan Owens