Martin Monahan 21st July 2017 Deerpark Social Services Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
Interviewer: Clare Doyle (CD)
Interviewee: Martin Monahan (MM)
CD: Any when you were very small, did you have a fridge for putting food into to keep it cold?
MM: No, we never had a fridge
CD: And what would you do with milk?
MM: We used to put it in the dairy, the dairy they used to call it, a small, little room
MM: And they used to call it the dairy, there where they used to store the milk. They put the milk into the basins, and leave it there and then when you wanted it, a dropeen of milk, the cream will float on to the top of the milk
CD: So, you could get the nice stuff off the top?
MM: You blow it, if you want to get milk, you blow the cream off it
MM: And then the milk in to the, the…
CD: You could put the milk then in to your tea or whatever you wanted?
MM: Into the jug
CD: Ah, right
MM: And then you have it for your tea
CD: And would the dairy be cold?
MM: It would be cold
CD: It would be colder than the rest of the house?
MM: It would
CD: You could hang your meat and things in there too, could you?
MM: The meat should also be put in a chestnut box. That’s what they used to call it. A wooden box, they used to call it the chest…they used to get it from the shop
CD: And what would be in the box, would it be empty or would there be salt in it?
MM: No, it was empty, then we put in the pig, the stuff, meat into it, but salted it first and leave it in to the chest and seal it then for a while and then when you want to eat it, you open it up and take out the piece of meat, cut it up and serve it then
CD: And everything would still taste fresh?
MM: It would