Weavers loom on a headstone.

Loom and shuttle

Christy Cunniffe

Evidence of flax growing in the landscape can be identified in many ways. For example in the Slieve Aughty uplands the various place names that occur such as Tooreen in it various forms: Tooreenmanus , Tooreen, Tooreeney are all references to flax growing. The Bleach River near Loughatorick is a reference to the process of bleaching. Similarly words such as bleach green, the bleach etc. are reference to the flax industry. In this instance the evidence comes in the form of a weavers loom and shuttle carved on a headstone in St Thomas’ or Peterswell Graveyard. The headstone was erected to a weaver named Dunlavy (Dunleavy), a Northern name, possibly an Ultach migrant from the flax belt along the Ulster border.

This page was added on 10/03/2018.

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