School: Bouleenshere (C.) (roll number 12865)

Location:
Booleenshare, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Mary A. Walsh

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Old Crafts

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0417, Page 417

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In olden times a kind of rope was made from hay or straw. It was called a súgán. Farmers used it for tying hay and straw to secure it against the storms in winter. It was also used for seats for chairs in farmers' houses.
It took two persons to make the súgán. One letting the straw in little bits and the other twisting either with a piece of timber about nine inches long, or what they called a "castóre". This castóre was in three parts, one part revolving in a "swivel" the two others were permanent.
Seldom this class of rope is now used. It is substituted by stuff called minella woven by machinery much superior to that of the old Súgán.

Informant
Michael Laide
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
54
Address
Dromatoor, Co. Kerry
Language
English