People ate 3 meals a day consisting mostly of potatoes, bread and milk. Eggs, buttermilk and porridge were eaten for breakfast and supper. A small current cake and potato cake was available at Christmas. When tea first became available people only drank it in the morning. They used small wooden mugs without handles, called ‘noggins’. People used the long nail on their thumbs for peeling potatoes when there were no knives. It was a great custom on November’s night to make calley.
Garra, Co. Galway
Informant: Unknown (Teacher was named as Liam O’hAnnrachain)
Porridge, eggs, buttermilk, Christmas, tea, knives, noggins, calley
Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie