School: Cloonkeen Kerrill (roll number 15429)

Clonkeenkerrill, Co. Galway
Theresa M. Hurley

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The Care of the Feet

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0078, Page 372

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The Care of the Feet

The people long ago began to wear boots at the age of sixteen. There is no account of any person who did not wear boots. Children at present go barefoot in summer. The water used for washing feet is thrown out. The people say if you threw out the water after washing your feet and if anyone of the house was out he or she would go astray. If you did not throw out the water after washing your feet you would be dreaming all night. The people used to put a coal of fire in the water before they threw it out.
Boots are repaired by Joe Egan of Kinreask, Ballymacward, Woodlawn, County Galway. There is no boot of shoe maker in this district. Clogs were worn long ago and sometimes now. Leather was not made in this district long ago.