Old Crafts Etc.
Thatchers were in great demand, and tried to rival each other, both in speed and pattern.They (the farmers) cut, dried and pointed their own scallops, and except in rare cases, they thatched their own outhouses.The women spun the thread for the socks and stockings at night, and often "Arnaning" was carried on 'till the early hours of the morning.They told the time by certain stars or bodies of stars at night, and went milking in the evening, when the sun was at a certain mark on the kitchen floor. They had no clocks or watches.A sort of a thick liquid found in certain mountains was used for dying flannels. They called it "Black". It was just like jam, but black and more greasy. It was lifted in buckets into barrels on the mountains and brought home in carts. In Knockadulan mountains, about 5 miles from Glin one of these "Black holes" was much sought for in ancient times.
(leanann ar an chéad leathanach eile)