Long ago churns were all made from timber. There are iron hoops on the churns now. The length of our churn is 2 ¾ feet. The top of it is about 16 inches and the bottom is about 2 feet. It is about 13 inches wide in the centre. There is a lid that fits down about 3 inches. There is a hole in the center for the handle of the dasher. There is a splasher let down to stop the milk from splashing. Some people throw salt on the churn before they start churning and other place a coal underneath it.
Informant: Patrick Roche
Place: Caherlistrane, Co. Galway
Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie
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