Available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Note: We will soon deprecate our XML Application Programming Interface and a new, comprehensive JSON API will be made available. Keep an eye on our website for further details.
On this page
- Some twenty years ago there lived in Ballyrush a man who earned his living by making tallow candles or "dip candles" as they were more commonly known.
These candles were made from a rush which was peeled and then passed through a vessel called a candle pan. This candle pan was shaped like a boat and was made of brass and rested on three legs. It was placed on a coal on the hearth and filled with lard or dripping.
When a number of those candles were made they were allowed to dry and when the people were about to eat their supper they were placed in a holder like a pincers and lighted.
There were many other crafts in this district. One of them basket making was carried on until late years but unfortunately the craftsman died.Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
- Liam Lavin