School: Bullach

Location:
Castlerea, Co. Roscommon
Teacher:
Máire Ní Fhlannagáin

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Food in Olden Times

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0244, Page 042

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In the olden times, food was not eaten as often as it is to day. Long ago the people worked from sunrise for a few hours before they came in to have a meal. Their meal consisted of a griddle cake a hard oat meal cake baked on a gridiron or put by the side of a stoo? and this was eaten with butter and a noggin of milk. That was the morning meal. The meal was from their own oats ground into oat meal. They worked again till dinner which consisted of potatoes. Those potatoes were placed in a "skib" or basket placed on the floor. They peeled the potatoes with their fingers, and eat them with milk in noggins. Some of the elder people of the house had butter with the potatoes. On a fast day a salted herring was placed on each persons dish. The dish or saucer made of timber and water put on it to take the salt taste away. Sometimes the[y] old people called it "sgadain caoc" meaning blind herring. Meat was

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Collector
Freda Higgins
Gender
female
Address
Tully, Co. Roscommon
Informant
Mrs Brigid Higgins
Gender
female
Age
50
Address
Tully, Co. Roscommon
Language
English