School: An Clochar, B'l'Áthan Ríogh

Location:
Athenry, Co. Galway
Teacher:
An tSr. M. Treasa Ní Bhriain

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Churning

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0003, Page 115

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The churns people used long ago were different to those used nowadays. Long ago churns were like a small barrell in shape and the churning was done by moving a handle up and down. There was a kid on these churns with a hole in the middle, so that the handle was drawn up and down through it.
The churns used now are square in shape, with a small handle in the out-side. There is a dash in the inside and the churning is down by twisting the handle in the one direction until the cream is churned. There is a another type of churn also a small barrell fixed on a stand and there is a handle on it and the barrell twists around when the churning is being done.
There were many pishrogues regarding churning long ago. It was said if a stranger came into the house where the woman was churning they would have to take a turn at it or they were supposed to bring the butter with them. It was

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Collector
Maureen Dempsey
Gender
female
Informant
Mrs Dempsey
Relation
unknown
Gender
female
Address
Glebe, Co. Galway
Language
English