School: Valleymount

Valleymount, Co. Wicklow
Dll. Ó Cochláin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0917, Page 048

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0917, Page 048

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  3. XML “Thatching”
  4. XML “Spinning Wool”

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    the house. Then with a thatching rake he cleans down the already worn thatch.
    Then out of the straw he makes what he calls "dulls" and with a thatching fork he puts those in rows each one fitted in close over each other beginning at the eave.
    Then when he has the thatching done he has to get a long piece of wire and with the aid of switches fasten's it on just a couple of inches above the eave. This keeps it in place and prevents it from rising up during wind storms.
    A good coat of straw lasts about two years without letting in rain.
    Thatched houses are much warmer and cosier than slated houses.
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
  2. A great industry in this locality long ago was spinning wool.
    First of all the wool was shorn off the sheep, then it was gathered together and washed and dried.
    After being washed and dried it was teased
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    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. trades and crafts (~4,680)
          1. spinning and weaving (~482)
    Mrs L. Mc Donnell