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

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

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Spailpíns

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0417D, Page 08_033

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The labouring men from the poor parts of Ireland used to go to the markets in the towns in the harvest time looking for work from the farmers and they were called Spailpín (Fank) Fánach.
And when the farmers used be digging the potatoes they hired them for seven or eight shillings a week. They used carry their clothes in a red cloth tied on to a piece of (sticks) a stick across their shoulders. They used get up and go out work

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Collector
Nora Lawlor
Gender
female
Address
Ballylongane, Co. Kerry
Informant
Frank Casey
Gender
male
Age
63
Address
Ballylongane, Co. Kerry
Language
English