Pat Smyth 21st July 2017 Skylark Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway
Interviewer: Clare Doyle (CD)
Interviewee: Pat Smyth (PS)
CD: And, and did you ever go to the bog and have to bring the bit of lunch with you?
PS: Ah, I’d have go up with bottles of tea
CD: And how would the tea, how would it stay warm?
PS: Well, you drink it the way it is
CD: Right. And it would be warm enough, would it?
PS: It would, because the weather would be fine and…
PS: You couldn’t work in the bod when it would be wet
CD: Right. It would be a sunny, kind of a dry day
PS: You wouldn’t be able to work the animal. A donkey
CD: And what. A donkey! You’d have to bring the donkey and the card with you?
PS: Yeah, yeah, to carry it
CD: And would you feed the donkey during the day in the bog or would be just be fed in the morning
PS: Ah no, you used not feed him at all
CD: What would you give hi, oats or something, or hay?
PS: You’d give him hay
PS: And out him out grazing for the night
CD: Ah, right
PS: He wouldn’t be able to eat it because he had worked so hard
CD: Yeah, he’d be tired
CD: And when you were in the bog and you had your bottle of tea, what would you eat with the tea?
PS: You could eat sandwiches
CD: And would you have a bit of cake?
PS: Tomato sandwiches
CD: Tomato Sandwiches?
CD: That sounds alright! And did you ever work in the fields saving the hay?
PS: I did, yeah
CD: And you’d have the bottle of tea then as well, would you
PS: Yeah. And the oats
CD: The oats as well
PS: And barley, if there was
CD: Yeah. So ye were busy men?
PS: Yeah, we were very busy, my father would go out with the scythe
CD: Oh, right
PS: A scythe he used
CD: And what’s that look like?
PS: A big thing with two handles
PS: And you…
CD: It was for cutting, was it?
PS: Yeah and he had a scythe stone
PS: He used to call it the scythe stone, to sharpen it
CD: And is the stone a big one, is it?
PS: Big, big, long
CD: And it would keep it sharp?
CD: You’d have to be careful, that would be very sharp, I’d say