School: Donabate (B.)

Location:
Donabate, Co. Dublin
Teacher:
L. Ó Briain

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A Burrow Tale

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0789, Page 299

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When I was a lad 77 years ago there were no candles or matches. But I remember Betty Howard from Swords selling the torch. This torch was made from the rush. This rush grew in bogs and commons. It grew about three feet high. When they got this rush they cut a piece off the top and bottom. Then they were dipped in oil and they were sold at three a penny. They had no matches and the way they used to light the rush was:- they got a piece of flint against a stone and they struck the flint on the stone and with the sparks they lit the touch paper and then lit the rush. This touch paper was soaked in saltpetre. Sometimes perhaps they might have no flint. When they get up in the morning and would be in a bad way for want of a light

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Collector
James Rogers
Gender
male
Occupation
pupil
Address
Ballymastone, Co. Dublin
Informant
Laurence Smart
Relation
unknown
Gender
male
Age
86
Address
Burrow, Co. Dublin
Language
English