School: Cluain Leamhac (Cloonloo) (roll number 12767)

Cloonloogh, Co. Sligo
Ml. Mac Lochlainn
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0188, Page 040

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  1. We have a churn at home. It is about
    twenty seven inches high and eighteen inches wide
    at the top. It is a little wider at the bottom. It is
    made of staves of oak joined closely together by hoops.
    In the making of the churn it is make a
    little narrower about nine inches from the top and
    this is called the peck. On one side there is a mark to
    show you how to put on the lid properly.
    The wonam of the house generally makes
    the churning and it is made by hand. The dash is
    worked up and down and when it is near churned the
    dash is twisted around to help to gather the butter. If
    any stranger comes in during the process they take the
    dash afraid they would delay the churning or that you
    would not get the full return of butter. There is very
    little hot water used in summer but it takes a lot
    more in winter to bring the milk to the proper heat.
    When the milk is churned the dash comes up clean
    without any butter on it. We churn three or four
    times a week in summer and about twice in winter.
    When the churning is made the woman that made
    it washes her hands in hot water and then she takes
    off the butter on a trencer then she washes it with
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    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. agriculture (~2,659)
          1. butter and churns (~3,280)
    Maureen Mc Donagh