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Cow spancel, Co. Kerry; National Folklife Collection

This collection is rich in the hand tools representative of farming on small subsistence farms. It also features horse-drawn agricultural machinery, some tractor-drawn machinery, and four tractors.

There are a number of stationary machines for threshing and pulping in the collection, along with objects connected to animal husbandry and veterinary instruments.

Further Reading

Jonathan Bell and Mervyn Watson, Irish Farming, John Donald, Edinburgh, 1986

John Feehan, Farming in Ireland, UCD Dublin 2004

Olive Sharkey, Old Ways, Old Ways. O’Brien, BAC 1985 7 ó shin

Estyn Evans, Irish Folk Ways, Londain 1957

Lucas, A.T. ‘Furze, a survey and history of its uses in Ireland’, Béaloideas 26, 1-203

Ní Chinnéide, M agus Cussen, C. Bainne na Bó: bainne agus bánbhianna in Éirinn ó thús aimsire. BAC 1986

Majella Flynn, Harvest, A History of Grain Growing, Macroom 1996

Ó Fiannachta, Pádraig (ed). An Bhó. Iris na hOidhreachta 4, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, 1992

Ó Danachair, Caoimhín. The Spade in Ireland’, Béaloideas 31, 98-113

O'Neill, Tim, Machinery on Irish Farms 1700-1981', in Gold Under the Furze, Gailey, Alan, Ó hÓgáin, Dáithí (eds)

Séamas Mac Philib, ‘Folk Tradition and the Rural Environment’ in F. Mitchell (ed.), The Book of the Irish Countryside, 262-8. Town House/Blackstaff Press, Belfast 1987

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