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

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

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The Potato Crop

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0487, Page 320

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We grow about an acre of potatoes every year. My father and my brothers prepare with horses and implements. Sometimes we throw the manure on the ground before turning it up.
The potatoes are nearly always sown in drills except in bawn. The ridge is made with the spade but drills is made with the plough. Wooden ploughs were used long ago but not now.
Spades are bought in a shop. People help one another in sowing potatoes, in this way one would cut the seed and another would spread them and another would throw the manure (and another) would close the drills. So one would not have to do everything. Sometimes neighbours would help if rain was going to come.
When the potato crop is sown a certain amount of care is to be taken, weeds and grass are to be kept down and the earth is to be kept fine. They have to be ploughed out from and sprayed two or three times.
When the end of Autumn comes

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Collector
Michael Hurley
Gender
male
Address
Ballinena, Co. Limerick
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
53
Address
Ballinena, Co. Limerick
Language
English