School: Baile Uí Mhurchadha, Borris

Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow
Michael Ó Seachnasaigh

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Farm and Domestic Animals

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0904, Page 072

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The following are the animals that are kept on the farms in this district-:
Horses, jennets, Asses, Cows, Calves, Goats, Pigs, Sheep, Dogs, Cats, Fowl

The Horse- A Horse is a big animal. He is a very useful animal on the farm. He eats oats, hay, mangels grass. He is kept in the house in the Winter and he is out in Summer. The house that a horse is kept in is called a stable. There is a loft over it and hay is kept on it. There is a hole on the loft to throw down the hay and that is called a trap hole. There is a partition between the horses
The jennet
The jennet is a fair sized animal. He eats mangle, oats, turnips and grass. He is smaller than a horse. Old people say that jennets were scarce in olden times.
The Ass.
The ass is a small animal. The ass

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Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow