Scoil: Emly (B.) (uimhir rolla 16059)

Imleach, Co. Thiobraid Árann
Tomás Ó Lachtnáin

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Thatched Houses in Emly District

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Bailiúchán na Scol, Imleabhar 0580, Leathanach 095

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There are not many thatched houses in this district. They are getting less numerous every year. People building a new house put slates on it. Some people with thatched houses put galvanized iron on them because it is too hard to keep them thatched.

A coat of thatch would last for about five years. If it was a thick coat it might hold a few years longer. Snow, frost, + birds, affect thatch & then it may not hold so long.
Wheat straw is used for thatch in this district. They cannot thresh it with a machine. A machine would break the straw & it would be no good for thatch. The [sic] switch it with flails or beat it off some barrell [sic]. Then they put the straw into bundles. It is very dear to buy it. It is about £8 or £10 a ton.
Scollops are made of light branches of a sally tree. They are cut short & pointed. Some people grow them themselves & more people buy them at 6/ a thousand. They are grown in a twig yard.
A twig yard must be a very wet place. The big stem of the sally must be cut very near the ground. Then the stem will grow light limbs & these will make scollops.

Thomas O' Shea
Baile an Bhrianaigh, Co. Thiobraid Árann