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Churning Day

‘After the hot brewery of gland, cud and udder, 
cool porous earthenware fermented the buttermilk 
for churning day, when the hooped churn was scoured’

In the poem Churning Day, Heaney describes and recalls the preparation for and production of the butter making process he observed being made when he was a young boy, at home on the farm.

The poem depicts the boy’s close observation of the technical stages of the process, as well as his description of the transformation, which is suggested to have occurred by magic.
The KS2 programme ‘Churning Day’ offers pupils the opportunity to:
  • Read, understand and enjoy Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Churning Day’.
  • Understand, identify processes involved in butter making.
  • Understand and identify the origins and traditions associated with butter making in Ireland.
To find out more and to book, contact Seamus Heaney HomePlace.
Tel: 028 7938 7444, E: seamusheaneyhome@midulstercouncil.org