In the old days, people used to get up at 6 o’clock to work. Oatmeal bread was generally eaten as flour was not known in the parish. The oatmeal was mixed with water and kneaded flat and placed on a griddle to bake. Boxty was another food that was popular and was used for supper. People considered it a very healthy food. The old people say that Champions and Pinks make the best boxty. Tea was not known until about 100 years ago and it was used in very small quantities.
Collector: Mary Edwards, Pollaneyster, Co. Galway
Informant: Bean M. Uí Bhreathnach, Pollaneyster, Co. Galway
Place: Ballyroe, Co. Galway
Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie