Johnny Hannon
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Johnny Hannon


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Johnny Hannon was born in a thatched house in Monasteraden and grew up on a farm. He explains how Monasteraden got its name and he recalls a time in the local area when everybody knew everybody. He also recalls a game called ‘pitch and toss’ which was played when he was young. Johnny remembers the mowing machines and the mowing of meadows with the scythe and describes a typical day mowing. He talks about his hobby of basket weaving and says that everybody could make a basket when he was young and there was a creel outside every back door at one time. He made his first basket when he was around eleven years old. There was a lot of skill involved in making a creel and it was put to great use for holding potatoes and also turf in the bog. Johnny details the process of making the creel with the ‘sally rods’ or willow. He makes many baskets from different types of willow for ornamental use and he loves his past time. He has won a country craft award for making creels and has featured in a programme called ‘Hidden Treasures’ on RTÉ television.

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Audio series:

Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series


160 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

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16.32 MB, 17.99 MB, 17.42 MB, 15.51 MB

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A Basket Weaver

Recorded by:

Joe McGowan