School: Gortermone

Gortermone, Co. Leitrim
Mrs A. O' Reilly

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0229, Page 195

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Those bundles of straw were then placed on a loft in a byre for fodder.
The hand Staff & Suple [souple?]
or búailtÍn were made from whin roots or thick black sally, tied together with the tow previously spoken of. Sometimes it was styled a Flail.

The old people dyed their own linen and flannel. According to the colour required they used different herbs and leaves. Heather boiled & strained & the clothes boiled in the liquid gave a green colour. Briar leaves boiled, the liquid was used for cleaning purposes, navy blue etc. Holly was also used.