School: Ballinacarrig, Rathdrum

Location:
Ballinacarrig Lower, Co. Wicklow
Teacher:
Bean Uí Dhubhghoill

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The Care of the Feet

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0918, Page 205

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Long ago people never wore boots until they were 14 years old. Travelling folk never wore boots. Children went barefoot to school in Summer.
Boots are repaired, & some are made by the local shoemaker. There are two shoemakers in Rathdrum. Mr H. Watson & Mr George Ginty.
Clogs were made & worn in this district long ago. There are not as many shoemakers in the district as long ago as boots are made in mass in the factories now.
[?] capped rain boots enables people to walk in snow.
Straw ropes tied round ends of trousers keeps snow out.

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