School: An Drom Clochach (B.)

Location:
Dromclogh, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Pártholán Ó Ruadhacháin

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Candle-Making

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0408, Page 158

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Candles were made in my old home at [?], Lixnaw. My mother, Mrs Quilter 76 remembers seeing them made. I remember as a child seeing the mould in which they were made, it was shaped like this.
The candles were made thus. It was the usual custom for anyone with any means to kill a cow at Christmas. The tallow from the cow was hid in "firkins" in the bog until required. The tallow was rendered in a pot over the fire. Linen threads were twisted together to make the wick. This wick was put down through a hole at the pointed end of the mould, and was fastened at the other end by means of a nail placed horizontally across the other end.
The mould was placed on the table invested and held upright by means of two sods. Then the melted tallow was poured into the mould and left there to get solid. When it was solid the mould was brought to the fire and slightly heated, the candles coming out

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Collector
Mrs Norah Costello
Gender
female
Occupation
assistant teacher
Informant
Michael Costello
Gender
male
Age
78
Address
Ballyhorgan East, Co. Kerry
Language
English