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     Willow, Rush and Straw films available for order:

Rushwork - No. 30

The craft of woven rush-work was revived in Ireland in the 1930’s, and today is a thriving industry. This documentary covers the harvesting of rushes on Lough Ree, and the storing and curing of the sheaves. Mrs. Frances Brennan prepares the rushes and makes a traditional rush basket over a wooden mould that demonstrates the various weaves. Also included is a collection of current and historic rush-work which demonstrates the skills of the weavers as they continue this traditional craft.     Made in 1989.

Commentary- Seamus Ó Cathaín; Music- Terry Odlum;     Running time - 26 minutes

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Basketmaking - No. 31

Tells the story of the Shanahan brothers of Carrick-on-Suir, County Waterford. They are the last of the old-style commercial basketmakers. It shows the cutting of the willows from ‘Sally Gardens’ by the river Suir. The preparation of these sally willows, and the making of traditional baskets including an eel trap, a yeast basket, and a Herring cran. Adapting to changing times the brothers weave baskets for hot air balloons.     Made in 1978.

Commentary- Andy O’ Mahony; Music- Michéal Ó Súilleabháin;     Running time - 26 minutes

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Wexford Thatcher - No. 32

The Rochford family has been growing oats in Cleariestown, Co. Wexford for generations, and providing excellent straw for thatching. We see them using their restored 19th century Marshall steam engine to drive the threshing machine. Tommy McGrath cuts sally willows to make scallops for roofing staples. Master craftsman, Paddy Casey, gets to work near Kilmore Quay using his home-made beating pin to drive home the straw fletchs.     Made in 1981.

Commentary- Diarmuid Ó Muirithe; Music- Jolyon Jackson;     Running time - 26 minutes

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