School: Maigh Ard

Location:
Moyard, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Máirtín Ó Dubhshlain

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0006, Page 142

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I have five cow and nw six calves and fiftey sheep at home. We have a barn for the cow and calves we put "sheg messa" and fems under them in the barn.

Thier names are: the "mouse cow" "homey cow" the "black cow" Juday and Nellie. I milk the mouse cow every morning and every evening. I milk her on the right side. When I drive them I say "Kutha" to drive them. When I have food for the cow I say "neck-suck".
We have a shepp at home whose name is Mam. She is very wise. She was bought from Mrs. Joyce, she was at Streamstown at eleven o'clock and she was at Ungwee at four o'clock. She went in to Mrs Joyce herself and left he[?] lamb out side, she went out again and brought in the lamb.
About 40 years ago there lived near the west coast of Connemara who had a ser certain art for making butter. She had two cows and also preserved a hand of a dead man, before she started the churn she used to around the churn with the hand say certain words while doing so, and then make her churnning.
When she thought it was finished, she took it up and secured it. She had all the butter of the village and the neighbour's had none.
I heard this story from my father who lives in Moyard
Maureen Acton

Collector
Maureen Acton
Gender
female
Address
Moyard, Co. Galway
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Address
Moyard, Co. Galway
Language
English