Types of Food Eaten During the Day

Garra, Co. Galway

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

Collector: Unknown

Informant: Unknown (Teacher was named as Liam O’hAnnrachain)

Porridge, eggs, buttermilk, Christmas, tea, knives, noggins, calley

Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie

This page was added on 25/04/2017.

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