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In Ireland long ago people tanned the skins of dogs. The skins were steeped in hot lime for two days to take off the hair. Then alum and oak water were used to damp it. Then it was left dry. This was used to make footballs. Bryan McSweeney of Glenamuckla was able to make footballs from dog skins. Whips
Whips were made from four pieces of flax woven together. Some whips were composed of rushes. Nails
Nails were made from rod iron. The rod iron was heated, and from three to six nails were made from each heating. John Hickey of Taur was a nailer.(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.