Potatoes were eaten at nearly every meal. The men went to work early in the morning and returned a few hours later for breakfast. For that meal, they ate potatoes with salt and dipped them into milk left on the plate. They peeled the potatoes with their nails. Tea was unknown and bread was quite scarce but there was plenty of wheat. For dinner people ate potatoes with sour milk and at night potatoes with onions and salt. Sometimes herring was taken at mealtime on Sundays but it was rare. Meat was only available on special days – American Meat or Longbottom. Stampy was made from potatoes and was eaten when the potato digging was finished and this was known as ‘Cappa na deireadh’. All the people who helped with the potatoes remained for the Stampy and they had a dance. Tea was first used in this area about 10 years ago and people drank it from bowls.
Killomoran Co. Galway
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