School: Islandanny (roll number 5748/9)

Rea, Co. Kerry
Máire, Bean Uí Chatháin

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Food in Olden Times

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0406, Page 535

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Well to do farmers killed their own meat, cows and sheep.
The meat was eaten salted once or twice weekly, Sunday's dinner being one.
The skins supplied leather and the various other parts were also utilized so there was little left to buy.
Fifty years ago this district produced all the necessaries of life. The County had its corn-millers, flax dressers, tanners, shoe-makers etc. etc.
The railway connection to Mallow made the way easy for the drummers of British, German, American shoddy fashions

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J. O Connor
Rathoran, Co. Kerry