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

Cloonloogh, Co. Sligo
Ml. Mac Lochlainn
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0188, Page 042

Archival Reference

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0188, Page 042

Image and data © National Folklore Collection, UCD.

See copyright details.


Open data

Available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

  1. XML School: Cluain Leamhac (Cloonloo)
  2. XML Page 042
  3. XML “Churning”

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

  1. We have a churn at home. It is about three feet
    high and two feet wide and it is of a round shape and
    it is divided into parts. The top part is called the
    peck and it is joined together by four iron whoops. The
    milk is put into the churn then the dash and the lid
    and there is a churn cup put on the dash to keep the milk
    from coming up. The milk is churned by lifting the dash up
    and down and you keep churning for about an hour.
    The churning is done about three times a week
    in summer time and twice in winter. In summer time
    if the milk is not churning you put on cold water and
    in winter time hot water. If a stranger happens to come
    in when you are churning he will have to take a "drass"
    because the old people say that the butter would not
    come on the milk if he did not. You know the milk
    is churned when the dash comes up clean and no butter on
    it. When the milk is churned it is rocked for a while.
    Then the butter is taken out on a dish and made into
    rolls of "punts". The buttermilk is used for making home
    bread and it is given to pigs or calves. Buttermilk
    when boiled is called whey and it is given to people
    for bad colds.
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. agriculture (~2,659)
          1. butter and churns (~3,280)
    May Mc Dermott