School: Gort an Iomaire (roll number 8379)

Gortanummera, Co. Galway
Liam Sabhaois
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0057, Page 0033

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0057, Page 0033

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  1. The fires of this parish are lit on the hearth. Some people have to light the fire in a grate if the chimney smoked. The old houses have hearth fires. The fires in the hearth are comfortable.
    The fuel the people use is turf. Some people use timber, but very few farmers use timber. Farmers always have bright turf fires a night. Some people have better turf than other people.
    There are sayings about a fire. When a sod falls from a fire it is a sign of a stranger coming to the house, if the sod that falls from the fire is black the stranger will be dark, but if the sod is red the stranger will be fair.
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    Barbara Savage
    Creggeen, Co. Galway