School: Borris (C.)

Borris, Co. Carlow
Bean Uí Loinneáin

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Buying and Selling

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0904, Page 525

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Shops were common in olden times but not nearly so plentiful or so up-to-date as they are to-day. The country people had to go to the town to make most of their purchases but now-a-days vans or travelling shops pass by their doors a few times a week. Peddlars an hawkers used to visit country districts periodically but they had not many articles for sale. Sammy Rummer, a pedlar, is still a familiar figure in this locality. It was and is still a custom for buying & selling to be carried on in our village after Mass on Sunday.
Money seemed to be scarce in olden days hence the farmer often bartered teh produce of his land (butter, eggs, corn, potatoes etc.) for groceries, drapery, hardware, and other shop goods. The labourer seldom got money payment for his work: the shopkeeper gave him goods from the shop, whilst

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Kitty Byrne
Borris, Co. Carlow