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- Mary Ellen Doyle Ballon Hill Ballon, Co Carlow
Long ago the people had no machines to sow their crops. They used to have to sow them with their hands and cut them with scythes, then draw it into a barn and thresh it with a flail, then put it through a winnowing machine to clean it.
Long ago the people had no cars to carry them any where, they had to go on foot. When the people were tilling their lands they had to till it with a spade, also the people had to cut turf and burn it to make a fire because they used to have nothing else.
The old time houses were made of mud and turf. When they (would be) were sowing their seed they sowed them out of a bag which they carried on their backs.Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.