School: Gleann Doire (C.) (roll number 10404)

Location:
Glenderry, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Cáit Bean Uí Gléathabhúir

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Old Crafts

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0417D, Page 03_032

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About forty years ago our grandmothers made their own linen out of flax which was planted like the corn crop is now. It was a very hard process to get it manufactured. When it was ripe it was pulled blade by blade with the hand and made into sheaves. It was then placed in a big hole of water for eight or nine days. It was then taken up and spread out to dry. When it was well dried it was put over a fire which they made outside in the open air on a calm day.
It was then cloved with cloven

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Collector
Nora Godley
Gender
female
Address
Dromatoor, Co. Kerry
Informant
Mrs Godley
Gender
female
Age
60
Address
Dromatoor, Co. Kerry
Language
English