School: Feilm (roll number 10786)

Location:
Farm, Co. Galway
Teacher:
T. Ó Domhnaill

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There are five tailors in the parish of Williamstown and they all work at home.
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There are five tailors in the parish of Williamstown and they all work at home. Long ago most tailors went through the country and lodged in the country houses but scarcely any tailors travel now adays.
Woollen garments are spun in most homes. The wool is first washed and carded it is then spun on a wooden wheel and made into thread which is coloured and then knitted into several garments, such as stockings, socks, sweater, caps and many other articles. The tailors in my district make mens coats, and suits, ladies coats and costumes and skirts.
In some homes skirts are made from linen. Some time ago the flax from which the linen is made was grown in the district but it is not any more. When the flax was scutched it was spun and sent to the weaver and woven such as, shirts, sheets, spreads, and tablecloths.
Socks and stockings are made in the homes from wool and they are sometimes coloured and sometimes left white.
On certain occasions different garments are worn such as on St. Patrick's green garments are worn on Easter Sunday yellow is worn.
It is said why the reason

Informant
John Flanagan
Gender
male
Age
72
Occupation
farmer
Address
Farm, Co. Galway
Language
English