School: Boulavogue

Location:
Boleyvogue, Co. Wexford
Teacher:
Énrí Tréinfhear

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Homemade Toys

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0890, Page 192

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Home - Made Toys
Wind-mills
There was an old man who used to travel round the country about 1908 selling windmills. He used to make these windmills himself. Children bought these windmills for a half-penny. If they had no money he would take a bone, or rags, or bottles instead. He made these windmills out of sticks.
Daisy - Chain
When the fields are full of daisies we make daisy-chains. We get one daisy, and make a hole in it, and put another daisy in that hole [ in the stalk ]. We keep on doing this until the daisy-chain is big enough to go around our neck.
Turnip
When it comes near Christmas some people get a turnip. They cut out in it, a nose, two eyes and a mouth; they put a candle down in the turnip. They light the candle before they put it down in the turnip.
Whipping Tops
Mr Dan Hayden of Ballytreacy, Boolavogue, Ferns, Co Wexford makes whipping tops. We get a stick, tie a bit of cord on to it, and whip the top.
Elizabeth Armstrong,
Boolavogue, Ferns, Co Wexford.
These stories were told to me by my mother :-
Mrs E. Armstrong.

Collector
Elizabeth Armstrong
Gender
female
Address
Boleyvogue, Co. Wexford
Informant
Mrs E. Armstrong
Gender
female
Address
Boleyvogue, Co. Wexford
Language
English