The old people of the area wouldn’t think it wa Christmas if they didn’t eat Potato Cake on Christmas Night. It was baked on a griddle and could be cut into 4 or 8 slices called ‘cants’. Oaten bread was also baked in a griddle which was supported by 2 iron legs to prevent it failing. Griddle cake was eaten at Halloween and a ring placed in it. Buttermilk was used in the making and it was a very flat cake made to fit the size of the griddle. Some people do not buy currents at Christmas and they use boxty bread or potato cake instead. People in Connemara keep the old customs.
Cappataggle, Co. Galway
Collector: Deirdre Mullarkey, Cappataggle, Co. Galway
Informant: Michael Mullarkey, Cappataggle, Co. Galway
Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie/
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