School: Meath Hill (roll number 7166)

Location:
Meath Hill, Co. Meath
Teacher:
Patrick J. Connolly

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0712, Page 144

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The rushes were cut and tied in small bundles
They were left to dry and when dry the tops were taken off.
They were then peeled leaving a small margin of skin on each rush.

They were now drawn through a vessel of grease (hot).
The vessel called a grisset was made of iron in the shape of a boat but both ends alike and about two and a half inches deep in the centre and about one foot in length.
The rushes are now put in a box without top or ends and hung near the fire to dry, care being taken not to break them.

Collector
P.J. Connolly
Gender
male
Informant
John Gearty
Gender
male
Age
86
Address
Rathlagan, Co. Meath
Language
English

The resin was melted in the grisset. A cloth about three quarters of an inch in width and about one foot in length is held in one hand and the hot resin is wound round the cloth with a small piece of stick.
The candle is now laid on a chair

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