Churning With a Barrel Churn

Killallaghtan, Co. Galway

Our churn is a barrel churn and it has an iron stand. It is a low churn, about 15 inches with rounded sides. It is a daisy churn, manufactured by the Beatty Brothers. My mother does the churning, twice a week. If a stranger comes into the house they must help if the churning, for fear they bring all the butter with them when they leave. There is a piece of glass on our churn and when the butter is ready you can see it on the glass. Some time ago, people used to put a piece of coal under the churn for luck.

Collector: Annie Fahey, Lurgan Great, Co. Galway

Informant: Mrs Fahey, Lurgan Great, Co. Galway

Place: Killallaghtan, Co. Galway

Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’,

This page was added on 29/04/2017.

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