School: Ballyloghane, Caisleán Nua Thiar (roll number 8783)

Location:
Ballinloughane, Co. Limerick
Teacher:
S. Condún, Úna Nic Ádhaimh

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The Care of the Feet

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0487, Page 303

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Long ago people did not wear boots until they were twenty years. They used to be barefoot and when the frost would come they would tie a bag around their feet. Children at present go barefoot during the summer.
The water used for washing feet is thrown out before the night would fall. It is said it is not lucky to leave the water inside during the night.
Boots are made and repaired locally. There are two shoemakers in the district. There were more shoemakers long ago because there were no factories for making shoes. Clogs were wore locally long ago. Leather was never made in the district. Shoes were worn by old people. "Nothing like leather when well put together" is an old proverb.

Collector
Patrick O' Neill
Gender
male
Address
Oldmill, Co. Limerick
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
grandparent
Gender
male
Age
96
Language
English