School: Valleymount

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

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0917, Page 047

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They would pull the strongest ones and bring them home and peel them.
They had a small pot which they used to call a grisset and they used to put it on the fire and melt grease in it.
Then they would dip each rush in it and leave them up to dry.
After that they would be ready for use. It was an old custom at Twelfth night to light twelve rush candles while saying the Rosary.

Most people in the country live in thatched houses. Thatching is done with either straw or rushes but mostly with straw.
First the straw has to be threshed then it is pulled and water put on it in order to make it damp. Next it is made into bundles and then it is ready for use.
Then the thacher has to get a ladder and by means of this he gets up on

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Collector
Eileen Cullen
Gender
female
Address
Ballyknockan, Co. Wicklow
Informant
Mr L. Cullen
Gender
male
Age
60
Occupation
farmer
Address
Ballyknockan, Co. Wicklow
Language
English