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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0963

Clothes Made Locally

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Page 516
Long ago most of the tailors travelled about from house to house. They used to make and sell clothes. There were no sewing machines in this country and the tailors had to do all their sewing with their hands. There was a man the name of Philip McGovern who used to make the whole clothes for the people in this district. The people used to make their own linen in this district.
They used to make it from flax. The people spun their own wool in this district, and knitted their own socks and stockings. There is a few spinning machines in the district.

Collector: Eileen O' Reilly
Address: Gortmore, Co. Cavan
Informant: Mrs O' Reilly
Age 40
Address: Gortmore, Co. Cavan
School: Tomena
Teacher: T. Mac Uidhir
(Chris Maguire)



Thanks to Bernadette McGovern who transcribed this and a great many other pages of the The Schools' Collection, from the National Folklore Collection Archives.

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