The Potato Crop

Mullagh More, Co. Galway

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We sow about 1 Irish acre of potatoes every year. First, the land is ploughed and then harrowed, and the potatoes sowed in drills, except for boggy land or gardens.  Drills are made between 24 and 28 inches wide. Some people use spades and others use ploughs. When the drills are done, manure is put on using a horse and cart. The woman of the hose cuts the potatoes into pieces called slits, each with an eye. They are put in the ground about 1 foot apart.

Collector: Mai Kilkenny, Drumeyre, Co. Galway

Informant: Owen Donohoe, Gortymadden, Co. Galway

Place: Mullagh More, Co. Galway

Footnote: Duchas, http://www.duchas.ie

This page was added on 13/05/2017.

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