School: Kilskeer (C.) (roll number 1563)

Kilskeer, Co. Meath
Máire, Bean Uí Fhithcheallaigh

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There was a man living in Crosakiel named Thomas Donnelly who used to make baskets. He would make them with sally rods. He was blind. He used to distribit them in Crossakiel.
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Rose Darby
Kells, Co. Meath
My mother Mrs Darby told me thse crafts

My father told me that he saw my great-grandmother make "rush candles". First of all he said that she would gather bundles of rushes, (tall ones). She would cut about 6 ins of the top of them - the withered part of them. She would get sheeps fat and melt it in a "grisset". A "grisset" was a thing like the bottom of a pot with three legs on it. It was shaped like a boat. She would get the half of each rush and dip them in the fat. She would leave them up to dry on a "hurdle". There were candle-

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Monica Darby