School: Mullach Dubh

Location:
Lisgorman, Co. Leitrim
Teacher:
Pádhraic Ó Blioscáin

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Care of the Feet

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0203, Page 273

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About a hundred years ago the people of this district went barefoot until they were fifteen or sixteen years old. Later on they began to wear a kind of low shoe called a "brog" or "Brogín". A man named McGoldrick who lives in the townland of Kilkoosey is a shoemaker and his father was a shoemaker also. His grandfather was a brogmaker and the tradition has come down in the family for hundreds of years. The shoemakers were a scarce in former times as they are now. It is said that if you keep your feet warm and your head cool you need not give a fig for the doctors

Collector
Brigid Mc Manus
Gender
female
Address
Boggaun, Co. Leitrim
Informant
Mrs Mc Manus
Gender
female
Age
45
Address
Boggaun, Co. Leitrim
Language
English