School: Tomena

Location:
Gortullaghan, Co. Cavan
Teacher:
T. Mac Uidhir

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0963, Page 516

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Long ago most of the tailors travelled about from house to house. They used to make and sell clothes. There were no sewing machines in this country and the tailors had to do all their sewing with their hands. There was a man the name of Philip McGovern who used to make the whole clothes for the people in this district. The people used to make their own linen in this district.
They used to make it from flax. The people spun their own wool in this district, and knitted their own socks and stockings. There is a few spinning machines in the district.

Collector
Eileen O' Reilly
Gender
female
Address
Gortmore, Co. Cavan
Informant
Mrs O' Reilly
Gender
female
Age
40
Address
Gortmore, Co. Cavan
Language
English

Long ago people made linen in this district
It was made from flax. First the flax was cut and tied in sheaves which were stooked and left there for about a week

Then the sheaves were brought and left in the bog hole for nine days. After that it was left to dry. When it was
dry it was '' pounded '' and after that it was scutched and sent away to be weaved

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Collector
Brigid Mc Govern
Gender
female
Address
Derryvahan, Co. Cavan
Informant
Francis O Brien
Gender
female
Age
70
Address
Derrynacreeve, Co. Cavan
Language
English