School: Yellow Furze

Location:
Yellow Furze, Co. Meath
Teacher:
Síle, Bean Uí Leamhain

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0684, Page 269

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If one went to Navan to day she would not see the sights...

If one went to Navan to-day she would not see the sights so common in Navan 40 or 50 years ago.
I heard that this day was called "Hiring Day" and young boys and girls who were in search of a "place" as employment was called went out to town and stood with their backs to the walls of shops in the principal streets.
People in search of "servant girls" or boys walked around up and down till they saw a suitable looking person.
Then they questioned her or him as to the wages she expected, her knowledge of work etc. etc.
If all was right the girl or boy was engaged & either went home with the new employer or promised to come on a certain day within the week they were "bound" for 6 months.

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