OLD WAYS AND CRAFTS IN IRELAND

Curraghs and Corracles
The curragh is the traditional fishing boat of the Irish western seaboard. The coracle, a basket-like skin-covered boat, has been much more traditional on inland waters.  more...

Some specialist crafts - Sliotars and Shillelaghs
One item which required specialist knowledge was the hurling ball.  more...

Wood Turning
In the old days wood-turners produced mainly objects which were strictly for utilitarian purposes.  more...

Besom Making
A besom was a roughly fashioned short-handled sweeping brush which was reserved for use in the hearth area of the kitchen.  more...

The Irish ciseán - Basketmaking
The Irish ciseán (pronounced ‘cish-awn’) was a very important piece of household equipment in the days before plastic.  more...

The Irish Cart
The traditional Irish cart, as used for transporting turf from the bog and cereal crops from the fields, was a distinctive type.  more...

Dressing Up
In bygone days Irish country people couldn’t afford to dress up very often, but they did make a valiant effort on special occasions.  more...

Calender Customs
Each year we celebrate Christmas, New Year, St Patrick’s Day, Easter and Hallowe’en, all of them colourful calendar customs which have survived from olden times.  more...

Traditional Entertainment: Bodhran & Fiddle
In a blow to undocumented driver’s license holders in New York state, the Pataki administration has appealed a court order which permits the renewal of driver’s licenses without Social Security numbers. more...

 


 
 
 
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