School: An Churrach (Crogh), Árd Fhionáin (roll number 7911)

Curragh, Co. Tipperary
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Wooden ploughs were used 70 or 80 years ago. All the Plough was made of wood except the sock and the clár. Potatoes were always dug with spades up to 40 years ago. Hyland from "Four-Mile Water" used to come round here selling spades at Michaelmas week.

The neighbours used to help each other selling and digging Potatoes.

Kinds of Potatoes:- Americans: Reds, White Eyes Best.
Ploughs used were, No 1 for 2 horses called a a Swing Plough.
No 2 was a One horse plough.

Potatoes were dug in October. Men came from other counties to be hired.
Their hire was 6/= or 6/6 a week.
A farmer hired 9 or more men.
Their food was Potatoes for breakfast
dinner and supper with sour milk. They started digging at day- break and finished only when it was too dark to see the potatoes.

Potatoes long ago were Black Skins and Leather Coats.

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