Con and Bridie Hayes
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Con and Bridie Hayes


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This recording was compiled at the Hayes family home, a mud-built thatched cottage which has been in the ownership of the family for a number of generations. It remains today as it was, apart from the addition of running water and electricity. Both Con and Bridie talk about life in the house in days gone by, cooking on the open hearth, and smoked bacon hanging from the ceiling. Con then describes the traditions of butchering locally and details the killing of the pig, from the blood of which Bridie made black puddings. Other topics discussed include hurling, faction fighting, cattle diseases and cures, butter –making for the Cork Butter Market. Further discussion centred on superstitions and local piseogs. To conclude, the couple talked about the local creamery which was built in 1903 and was known locally as the Stokes Creamery.

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Local Customs and Beliefs

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Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore

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Location of Recording

Raheenagh, West Limerick

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