The Electric Kettle

Michael Kelly, Clarinbridge

Barrack St (Cipín St)
Clarinbridge Heritage
Barrack St in 2012
Clarinbridge Heritage

In conversation with Hedy Gibbons Lynott

“See that house there (the third house from the left): A man called Johnny O’Connell used to live in it. He was a very nice old man. When I was young ( 6-7 yrs old) I used to go in to visit him on my way home from school.

One day he brought me in to show me something new he’d just got. It looked like a kettle. He put water in it, and plugged a wire from it into a thing in the wall. I’d never seen an electric kettle before. You know how long it would take a kettle to boil in the mornings – trying to get wet turf going.

We sat and watched and listened to the noise it made. And then the water was boiled. I went home and told my grandfather what I’d seen.

‘Arrah go on,’ he said. ‘Don’t mind listening to those old piseógs!’ “

All houses in the village at the time had electricity, but for light only. There were no electrical appliances.

This page was added on 23/03/2017.

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