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- Basket - making.In olden times Francie Kehoe of Rathimney, Gusserane, New Ross, Co Wexford, who was my grandfather, made baskets and bee-hive's. He made the baskets out of sallies. He put the sallies in and out through each other. He had smaller sallies for the middle of the basket and one big sally for the mouth of the basket. He put two handles in it he did this by getting a few thin sallies and twisting them around each other.
Then he fastened them to the big sally at the mouth and the basket was complete.
All the farmers in the district bought baskets from him. They used them for carrying the lime to the kiln to be burned and for gathering potatoes.He made the bee-hives out of wheaten straw.
He got bunches of straw and arranged them then he sewed them together. Briars cut in two were used for sewing them this was done like daring.
He continued that until he had all the bunches's of straw and he sowed it around the top
Then the bee-hive was complete.(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.