School: Clochar na Trócaire, Béal Átha na Sluagh

Location:
Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Sr. M. Oiliféar

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Old Crafts

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0029, Page 0115

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Rope making. They made ropes out of hay. They were made with hooks they called twisters. They caught the hay in the hook and twisted it round. The rope was then made.
Dye-making. It is made by getting chips of bog oak wood and coprace. They boiled them both together and when they were boiled it formed a mixture which was black.
Ink-making. It is made by gathering alder berries and water. Then boil them both until the skin of the alder berries are melted away. The ink is then formed.
Pen-making. When the old people killed a goose, the big quills which they pulled. They pared the top for a nib to fit it in. This was used for writing.

Got from,
Mr. W. Kilgannon,
Society St,
Ballinasloe.

Informant
Mr W. Killgannon
Gender
male
Address
Society Street, Co. Galway
Language
English