Great to see the tourists visiting every week.No matter where they come from they always admire this lovely building and facility in the town.
This week I use an extract about Lime-kilns from “The Life and Rhymes of Paddy Faley” written by Paddy Faley RIP
Long ago a lime-kiln was built in every farm as burned lime was used extensively in the fertilizing of land locally. The lime-kiln was built with stones in the shape of a cone of various sizes. Generally, they were built into the side of a hill so that the top would be level with the land overhead for feeding the kiln and level at the bottom for the removal of the burned lime. Most of those kilns have been demolished now.
The limestones were transported by horse and cart from a place called Cregarde near Shanagolden. It was then broken into small particles with napping hammers. The kiln was filled by first placing a layer of turf at the bottom of the kiln (small turf or black ciaráns were the best for this job). Next a layer of limestones, then another layer of turf and so on until the kiln was filled to the top. Then the turf at the bottom was set afire and according as the limestones burned they fell to the bottom and were shovelled through the eye of the kiln (the eye was an opening at the front at ground level, expertly built so that the lime could be removed easily). Then another “brat” was added to the top of the kiln as it lowered from the top according as it was taken at the bottom. Once the kiln was set to fire, it had to be kept burning day and night until the required amount of lime was burned.