Yellow Candles

Abstract: Story collected by Margaret Farrell, a student at Bailieboro (C.) school (Bailieborough, Co. Cavan) from informant Mrs P. Farrell.

Original reference: 1011/3/28

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Yellow Candles [duchas:5067469]

Tallow Candles   No 29.
When a cow or a sheep was killed the fat was kept to make tallow candles. The fat was melted down in a grisset. A tin mould was made the shape of a candle with a nail in each end of it. A wick of cotton threads was tied on to the nail, passed through the mould and twisted round the other nail. Then the mould was stuck into a sod of turf. It was filled with melted fat and it was then allowed to cool. When it was cool it was a tallow candle. The candle was put in a 'sconce' or tall candle stick sitting on the floor. It had to be 'snuffed' now and again to make it burn brightly.

Origin information
Bailieborough, Co. Cavan
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Physical description
p. 154
Volume 1011
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Bean Uí Cheallaigh.
Residential buildings--An teach cónaithe
Occupations   linked data (lcsh)
Trades and crafts--Gnó agus ceird
Informant location
BailieboroughCoill an ChollaighBailieboroughBailieboroughClankeeCavan
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Original reference: 1011/3/28

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"Yellow Candles"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 <>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Bean Uí Cheallaigh.
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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