A story by Sean Denvir of
I was born in Ballynarry
in 1924. Our house is located across the road where Ballynagarrick
loney ends on the Ballynarry road. This is now called The Glebe
road. Our cousins were ten in number as were the McMullans,
while Magees and our family were six each.
Our house was typical of
many of the farmhouses around the countryside at that time and
had a large open coal fireplace in the kitchen with a metal
covered hob on each side. Mounted on one side of the fire was
a crane with a set of adjustable hangers. Using this apparatus,
either a kettle, a pot or a griddle could be suspended at the
right height and swung around just above the fire.
All the cooking and baking
were done using this fire. The fire served as the main heat
source for the house and was the focal point in most farmhouses.
House lighting was supplied by an oil lamp which had two wicks
and burned paraffin oil. For any work around the farmyard that
required lighting, a storm lamp or lantern was used.
We had no radio, television,
phone or car but we still had a lot of fun. There were lots
of children living nearby and our games were played on and around
the cruck. This is a triangular grassy knoll on the top of the
hill just west of our house. We played marbles and skittles
on the road. Another place to play was Wee Pat's field where
we played rounders, cricket, hurling and football.
Other things we did such
as gathering and picking potatoes, tying and stacking corn,
tying or lapping hay, thinning and snedding turnips, whitewashing
, milking cows and braiding. We also travelled to and from Kilclief
School across the Ballynahgarrick "Pads" five days