School: An t-Éadan Mór

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

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Churning

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0960, Page 302

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[Drawing on the upper left hand side of a churn with the parts labeled)
Churning.
We have a churn at home. It is thirty six inches high. It is twenty one inches in width at the top and it is twenty four inches in width at the bottom.
The churn is not one piece but it is joined about a foot from the top. Our churn is about twenty five years old and there are no marks on it. There is a mark on the lid edge + a corresponding one on the side of the churn. The lid fits best when these are matched each other
Butter is usually made about twice or three times a week in Summer and about once a week in Winter.
When stranger come into the house and the churning is going on they always take a "brash" or in other words they churn for a few minutes before sitting down. Strangers do this because it is supposed to bring plenty of butter on the milk. The churning takes about half an hour. In our house the churning is done by hand. The churndash is always moved upwards and downwards.
People know that the butter is made by lifting up the churn dash. If there is small pieces of butter on the handle and no milk then it is churned. On

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Collector
Annie Murray
Gender
female
Address
Tamlat, Co. Monaghan
Informant
Mrs K. Murray
Gender
female
Age
40
Address
Tamlat, Co. Monaghan
Language
English