School: Garrdha (roll number 12721)

Garra, Co. Galway
Liam Ó hAnnracháin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0026, Page 0070

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  1. Every year we sow about two acres of potatoes. My brother prepares the ground for them and makes the drills.
    When the drills are made we put out farmyard manure and throw it in little heaps along the drills. Then two or three of us go along with forks and spread it along the drills. All this time my mother has been cutting slits, that is cutting potatoes into two or three with two eyes in each out of which the gas grows. When she has enough cut we sow them, that is: We get a bucket full of slits each and spread them along the dyke within a foot of each other. Then we come along and close them with the double-plough.
    Almost every household sow a small amount of early potatoes for example: Epicures and Homerilers (?).
    The others are chiefly: Cerries Pink, Champions, Golden Wonders, Skerries, Donaghues, Aran Banners, Aran Chiefs, Aran Victors, Up to Dates and Sharps Express. They are dug in October with a digger and plough or a spade.
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    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. agriculture (~2,659)
          1. potatoes (~2,701)
      2. social activities (~7)
        1. entertainments and recreational activities (~5,933)