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A hundred years ago the households vessels were made of wood, no tins pans or buckets. They had iron pots and kettles.
They had tubs and barrels and pigins and every house had a supply of noggins. (These were called gugans too). A nogan held a quart. They were made of staves like a tub, with one long stave sticking up for the handle on the noggin and the piggin. The dishes were made of wood, of one piece and different sizes, by the wheel wright. They were called cops. But the noggin and piggin were made by the coopers in the parish, as well as tubs and churns. There were six or seven coopers in the Parish alone.
The coopers put bulrushes between the staves to make them water tight. The bulrushes were cut in the Loughs from a raft during July or August.
An outline History of Clonmany by: Patrick Kavanagh
Issued by: Clonmany Festival Committee