Most churns used in the district are called barrel churns. The body of it is shaped like a barrel. On one hand of the barrel is a hole through which the handle goes. The handle connects with the dash. By twisting the handle the dash inside is made to revolve. There are a few dark churns in the district. At the bottom of each is a hole with a plug in it. In summer, most people churn twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. The churn is scalded with hot water before churning starts. It is left on a chair or the floor while churning.
Place: Lickerrig, Co. Galway
Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie
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