School: Cloonkeen Kerrill (roll number 15429)

Clonkeenkerrill, Co. Galway
Theresa M. Hurley

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0078, Page 364

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There are two kinds of churns, the dash and the barrel. The dash churn is about three feet high and it is a round one. The dash churn is fifty or sixty years old. The various parts are the handle, lid, dash and joggler where the dash comes through and it is like a bowl. The barrel churn is on a stand. There is a a big handle out of the barrel. There is a glass on the lid and when the glass is clear it is churned. It is churned twice a week in Summer and about once a week in Winter.

It is usually the woman of the house who does the churning. If strangers came in while churning is going on they give a hand at the work for fear they would bring the butter with them. If they did not give a hand the people of the house would put down a sod of turf in order to prevent the butter from going. The churning takes about a quarter of an hour in Summer and half an hour in Winter. When the butter is made it gathers to the top of the milk.
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