Mick was a butcher who lived in Lower Leahive and he would go to the large farms around Creggs 2 or 3 times a week. He would buy any sick or dead sheep for a small sum and ‘he sold or hawked the meat from house to house on a donkey cart’. Before leaving home, he would weigh the meat into chunks and stick a piece of sally rod in each. The rod had marks or nicks signifying the weight in pounds of each piece of meat.
Place: Gortnadeeve West, Co. Galway
Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie