School: An t-Éadan Mór

Location:
Edenmore, Co. Monaghan
Teacher:
S. Mac Philib

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The Care of the Feet

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0960, Page 294

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Long ago people did not wear boots until they were about seven years of age. There was a woman about forty years ago who never wore boots in her life. The name of this woman was Mary Rice of Killybough. Her feet became so hard that thorns had no effect on her. To keep shoes in shape a firm[?]-turf was pared to the shape of the shoes and put into them when not in use. Forty years ago there was a man by the name of "Laddy" who never put a shoe on his foot and the soles of his feet were so hard that he could tramp on whins without getting a torn.
Long ago when the people were going to the town or market they would go near the town before putting on their shoes and they would take them off again, when they reached that place coming back.
The children still go barefoot in Summer in this district. They take off their shoes in the month of April, and do not put them on again until the month of September.
There are no superstitions about the water the feet are washed in.
Boots are still made in this district

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Collector
James Treanor
Gender
male
Address
Knockcor, Co. Monaghan
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
50
Address
Knockcor, Co. Monaghan
Language
English