School: Stackallen (roll number 1309)

Stackallan, Co. Meath
P.T. Mac Gabhann

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0714, Page 071

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Nearly all the people around here have churns. We have an end over end churn at home. It is on a stand and it is round shaped in length and flat on top and bottom. It is about three and a half feet in length and about 2 feet on top and bottom. On the side of the churn the name is written and it is "The Daisy." We bought it about fifteen years ago. We churn twice a week winter and summer.
Long ago the people used to keep the butter in firkins in summer to keep the butter from getting bad. A firkin is like a small tub. The people used to wash it in boiling water and salt and put the butter in it and keep the firkin of butter till winter when it would be scarce. Some people used to bury a firkin of butter in a bank of turf in a bog and it would keep good for hundreds of years. My mother knew people that used to have a red thread tied on each of their cow's tails to keep anyone from taking the butter off the churn.
Here is a story which my mother told me about people taking butter off the milk.
Long ago there were people living near Slane. They were churning one day and they could not get any butter to come on the milk. That

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Rochestown, Co. Meath