School: Mastersons (roll number 8390)

Location:
Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Teacher:
Gobnait de Búit

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Homemade Toys

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0197, Page 221

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A piece of Sallyrod or any other sappy wood about 3 inches long and not very thick was procured. A cut was put through the skin all round about midway. A slanting piece was cut-off one end and a nick taken out about half an inch below this. Then it was tapped with a knife to loosen the skin which was slipped off from the midway cut. The pointed end had a flat piece removed from the nick to the end and the skin put on again. This made a fine whistle.

piece of wood with a
peel on it.

cut at dotted lines and
tap gently.
peel removed from
half and small strip
removed from nick
to point

complete whistle.
with peel put back
again where it was
originally.
A chestnut had a round hole put in the top of the shell and the pulp picked out to make a whistle.
(Sixty years ago the pupils attending Farnaughs N.S S Leitrim made these whistles.)

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