Irish school strap
It was a relatively short implement (about 18 ″ (46 cm) long) but thick (about 3⁄8 ″ (9.5 mm) ) so quite painful if administered hard. The thickness was achieved by stitching two or more layers of leather together. Sometimes the "business end" was given extra ferocity by weights sewn in. At the non-"business end" a handle was shaped to give a better grip.
Although it was commonly given on the hands it was also sometimes administered across the buttocks. Unlike tawses, there does not appear to have been any standard or approved design of the Irish school strap, although all were of similar dimensions. Some straps were made of tan leather and others of black.
The general nickname used by the Irish Christian Brothers for the strap was the "leather". Spoken in an Irish accent it sounded like "de ledder".
- Congregation of Christian Brothers on Wikipedia (Irish Christian Brothers)
- Congregation of Christian Brothers in New Zealand on Wikipedia
- List of Christian Brothers schools on Wikipedia