Old House

Abstract: Story collected by Kittie Barry, a student at Baile Dubh (1) school (Ballyduff, Co. Waterford) from informant Patrick Gallagher.

Original reference: 0638/2/21

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County The Schools' Manuscript Collection : Waterford County Schools

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Old House [duchas:4378407]

The old people described the older houses around here.  The walls were made of mud sometimes straw was used with the mud.
The chimney part was roughly built of stones and mud mortar.
The timbering of the roof was of awfully crooked sticks for rafters and collar braces.  Branches were placed across the rafters, these were sometimes nailed but more often tied on by súgán.  The thatch was of rushes or straw.
The house usually was of two parts, room and kitchen, lighted by two tiny windows scarcely a square foot each.  The door was very low and there was always a half door.
The bed in the room was made of timber fairly high off the ground, and with a timber canopy.  The settle in the kitchen was a bed by night.
They used everything for fire, including dried cow dung, bodrán.

Old House [duchas:4378409]

the floors were of clay in both room and kitchen.

Origin information
Ballyduff, Co. Waterford
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 59-60
Volume 0638
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Bríd Ní Dhúnaighe.
Residential buildings--An teach cónaithe
School location
BallyduffAn Baile DubhBallyduffLismore and MocollopCoshmore and CoshbrideWaterford
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Original reference: 0638/2/21

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"Old House"in "The Schools' Manuscript Collection," held by University College Dublin, National Folklore Collection UCD. © University College Dublin. Digital content by: Glenbeigh Records Management, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <https://doi.org/10.7925/drs1.duchas_4444016>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Bríd Ní Dhúnaighe.
Supported by funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ireland), University College Dublin, and the National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann), 2014-2016.
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Metadata creation date: 2014/2016 — Metadata created by Fiontar, Dublin City University, in collaboration with the National Folklore Collection UCD and UCD Library. Original Fiontar metadata converted into MODS by UCD Library.

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