School: Turlough, Béal an Chloga (roll number 14872)

Location:
Turlough, Co. Clare
Teacher:
Áine, Bean Uí Éalaidhe

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0615, Page 161

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There used to be alot of houses around here long ago that are...

There used to be a lot of houses around here long ago that are not in it now. There were sixteen above our house and there are only the ruins in it now. All the houses long ago were thatched. Some of them were thatched with "fraoch", others with sedge out of lakes and more with straw. The fire used to be at the side of the wall. Some of the houses used to have chimneys and some used not. Out the door the smoke used to come in the houses without chimneys. The majority of the houses used to have no windows. The beds used to be in the kitchen. Some people used to have a screen going across the kitchen and the beds inside it. All the houses nearby had only one room. The houses were very unhealthy those times and the people used to have very bad sight on account of the smoke.

Collector
John Kelly
Gender
male
Informant
James Kelly
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Address
Kilweelran, Co. Clare
Language
English