Photography by Anne Cuffe

Coiste an Chillín, Maigh Cuilinn

An Cillín in the heart of Moycullen village stands as a reminder of our Christian heritage and culture. Today’s display presents a collection of cooking utensils and accessories used in the kitchen of most traditional Irish homes in our grandparents time.
The two skillet pots on display were used by my grandmother, one in which to roast fowl, reared on the farm and the other to bake bread. The iron skillet pot was greased with home made butter and sprinkled with flour, put on a trivet over hot coals to preheat in preparation for the handmade brown soda bread. A mix of brown and white flour with breadsoda, salt and buttermilk added to mix to a soft dough, lightly kneaded and shaped. A prayer was recited and a CROSS was cut on top as a sign of blessing on the food and the household, before putting bread into the hot skillet pot. The lid was then covered with hot coals, keeping temperature high, ensuring a soft beautifully risen soda bread.
The prayer used on this occasion together with many prayers recited during daily activities – PAIDREACHA DE RÉIR ÓCÁIDE, on lighting the fire, prayer before and after meals, blessing the cow, are recorded for posterity, to be found in a compilation of traditional prayers, ‘Ár bPaidreacha Dúchais’  by Diarmuid Ó Laoghaire. S.J.

Our display also incorporated fresh free range eggs as would have been available in traditional homesteads together with delicious homegrown fresh vegetables and preserves.
Fine china and embroidered cloths, made by my mother in law (who died in her 98th year in 2011) were used to decorate tables on the occasion of Parish Station Masses, a tradition enjoyed to this day around the country.
Coiste an Chillín endeavours to celebrate our rich heritage and culture which has clearly been influenced by a strong Christian faith. All are invited to reflect and celebrate our past at An Cillín.

We hope our efforts for the Galway Gastronomy Festival was useful and worthwhile. We thoroughly enjoyed our participation in the event on 16/3/’18

This page was added on 21/03/2018.

Comments about this page

  • A very interesting display. It is important to remember and record the ways in which daily activities were carried out in the past, before those of us who can recall them are gone!

    By Cloda Ryan (02/04/2018)
  • Hello and thanks for the pictures of the French visitors on your site. We had a nice and very interesting time with Maureen and Anne. We spent 3 days in Galway for St. Patrick’s Day. Nice parade then we watched the England Ireland match in a pub. A great moment !
    We visited Ireland in 2015 and will always have wonderful memories of the people and of their traditional songs.
    Dominique et Gérard – Lyon Area

    By Dominique (24/03/2018)
  • The bread and jam look delicious!
    Whether in Ireland, Ohio or California, eating the bread alongside a hot cup of tea makes me feel like I’m back at home with Mom.

    By Kathleen (23/03/2018)

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