School: Caisleán Nua (C) (roll number 15772)

Location:
Newcastle, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Máire, Bean Uí Staic

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0079, Page 140

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Those people of long ago did not thatch their houses as the people nowadays. They thatched them as the people nowadays thatch their hay-stacks with rows of ropes straight across their houses. They never used straw, it was always wild rushes. In those days there were no shops but few and I have heard of people who walked up to thirty miles for their necessaries.

There were no candles long ago. The people used to gather rushes that grew on boggy ground. They used to strip off the green peel off the outside and leave them lying on the ground three or four days. Then they used to dip the rushes one by one into tallow and light them. They were sold for a farthing and each one burned for

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Collector
Gertrude Curran
Gender
female
Age
13
Address
Cappaghmoyle, Co. Galway
Informant
John Curran
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Address
Cappaghmoyle, Co. Galway
Language
English