School: Anach (roll number 13630)

Annagh, Co. Sligo
Bean Uí Bhanáin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0182, Page 353

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  1. 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.
    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. trades and crafts (~4,680)
    Liam Lavin