School: Valleymount

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

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Spinning Wool

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0917, Page 057

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Long ago all the people about this part of the country used to spin their own wool.
A woman by the name of Mrs Briene used to spin wool. She lived in Carrigacurra. She used to spin the wool at night. When they used to sheer the sheep she would get the wool and card it. When she would have it carded well she would spin the wool with a spinning wheel.
The card is a square with teeth in it for carding the wool.
They would spin it into balls of wool.
When they would have it spun they would start and knit their stockings.
When that would have it spun into balls some of them would send it away to the factory and get blankets made out of it. After a month or two they would send back the blankets and the bill.
The spinning is carried on in Lackan still.

Collector
Cassie Cullen
Gender
female
Address
Carrigacurra, Co. Wicklow
Informant
Mrs John Cullen
Gender
female
Age
39
Occupation
farmer
Address
Carrigacurra, Co. Wicklow
Language
English