School: Collon (roll number 14579)

Collon, Co. Louth
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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0676, Page 127

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hole in the centre through which the handle of the dash is put is placed on it.
It is then churned until the curds break, then boiling water mixed with cold water is poured into it this is supposed to hasten the butter on the milk.
If a person entered the house while the churning was in progress the common salutation heard is "God bless the work", then the visitor takes a turn at the churning, and if they did not do this they are said to take all the butter with them.
Churning continues for about twenty minutes or half an-hour, then the butter is lifted with a skimmer and put into a wooden dish, then it is washed until no sign of milk appears in the water.

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Brigid Maguire
Leabby Cross, Co. Louth