School: Kilmore (roll number 16637)

Kilmore, Co. Roscommon
Máiréad, Bean Mhic Giolla Críost
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0254, Page 246

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  1. Candle Making
    There were three kinds of candles made and used.
    Rush Candles
    Dip Candles
    Resin Candles
    All candles were home made and the Dip Candle was most commonly used. In order to make the Dip Candle the woman got cords and cut them into whatever length she wanted her candle. Then she got a grisset and melted fat in it.
    Enclosed is a rough sketch of the old iron gusset. When the fat was melted they got the cords and pulled them through the fat in the grisset. These were left down on flags to cool. This was done separately with each cord. When they were cooled a very thin layer of Fallow was attached to the cords. They were again pulled through the fat in the grisset. After the second pulling they were about the thickness of a led pencil.
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    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. trades and crafts (~4,680)