School: Scrabagh (roll number 11202)

Location:
Scrabbagh, Co. Roscommon
Teacher:
Mrs Rose Ffrench

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Barrel and Churn-Making

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0254, Page 074

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Long ago Coopers were more plentiful than at the present time and had more work to do making barrells, churns and tubs, but now they are not required. For one reason on account of the Creameries being so plentiful they would not get any work to do.
Churns were made from oak and ash. They are set in a "thress" before being hooped. Barrells are generally made from oak, and are used for holding whiskey and wine. Other barrells are made from cheaper woods and some are used for holding herrings and some for holding oils and other liquids.
There are different kinds of churns, dash churns, barrell churns and machine churns.

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Collector
Margaret Duignan
Gender
female
Informant
Edward Kelly
Relation
relative (other than parent or grandparent)
Gender
male
Address
Cuiltyshinnoge, Co. Roscommon
Language
English