School: Tankerstown (roll number 15304)

Location:
Tankerstown, Co. Tipperary
Teacher:
Thom. F. Meagher

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Homemade Candles and Lamps

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0575, Page 388

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Home Made Candles and Lamps
In the old days candles were made from melted fat which was poured into a mould.
A bit of cotton thread being run down through the middle of the mould: this was the wick.
Through the candles so made were soft they gave fairly good light.
When paraffin oil came into use a certain kind of lamp was used.
This was made out of a bottle with a cork.
The cork had a small piece of tube like a steel pen running through it. This was to carry a wick made of cotton down to the paraffin in the bottle.
These lamps were in common use in this locality.

Collector
Lily Kennedy
Gender
female
Address
Ballygorteen, Co. Tipperary
Informant
Mr Ned Hogan
Gender
male
Address
Ballygorteen, Co. Tipperary
Language
English