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.

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