Most people ate potatoes regularly and had bread for breakfast. Many though could not afford to keep grain and had to sell it to pay the rent. Those who could afford it could buy American Bacon at 2p per pound. Oatmeal was also boiled in water with salt and slices of turnip added – this was called ‘Stone Broth’. Tea first became available in the area about 70 years ago and people drank it from ‘noggins’ as there were no cups with handles.
Fohanagh, Co. Galway
Informant: Patrick Sweeney, Fohonagh, Co. Galway
Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie