School: Ráth Maoláin (roll number 16131)

Rathmullen, Co. Sligo
Laoise Ní Ruairc

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The Farmwork

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0185, Page 0646

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The Farm Work
In Spring I have to work hard at home at the potatoes In Spring the land is ploughed then the potatoes are split and then the man gets a bag and staps it to his side. He carries about a stone of splits in his bag. He makes a hole with a spade and drops a split in to it. Then a small boy comes along to close the holes with a mallet. after that the dig the furrows or shoughs and mould the ridges.
When the stalks come up they mould them again. after a while they spray them Some people sprays them twice or three times to keep the blight from harming them. The spray consists of a mixture of bluestone(?), washing soda and water.

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Micheál Ó Concubhair