School: Valleymount

Location:
Valleymount, Co. Wicklow
Teacher:
Dll. Ó Cochláin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0917, Page 046

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One of the oldest industries around this locality was rush-candle making.
Bundles of rushes were gathered and peeled. a pot of grease was melted then, and one of the peeled rushes was dipped in it and was allowed to harden. This was repeated several times until it was the necessary thickness. Then it was passed through a "rush-runner" which is shaped something like the neck of a bottle. This gives the candle the required shape.
These candles were used in a festival on Twelfth Night.
This method of making candles has now died out.