School: Teach Chaoin (C.) (roll number 6681)

Location:
Tagheen, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Bríd, Bean Uí Áinlighe

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Where I Live - Ballydaff

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0096, Page 93

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I dwell in the village of "Ballydaff," which means the mouth of the ox".
There are about ten houses in the village, all of which are well thatched, white washed houses with the exception of any house which has been lately built, the latter are slated and pebble-dashed instead of being whitewashed. There are the ruins of two old houses, where families resided long ago, and of course each of them are supposed to have its ghost, and it was said that the ghost used to leave one of the ruins and pass through the village of Ballydaff in a coach drawn by a headless horse. The inhabitants of the village were said to hear the nightly mumblings of the coach, as it passed at the hour midnight. They called this coach the "Cóiste Bodhar"
Ballydaff is also noted for its spring-wells. The purest of water is found in them, while one in OBriens' land is said to contain sulphur. A few years ago priests, doctors, and visitors from all parts of Ireland, to visit the well. They partook of its water and all

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Collector
Josephine Hambrough
Gender
female
Address
Belladaff, Co. Mayo
Informant
John Glynn
Gender
male
Address
Garravlagh, Co. Mayo
Language
English
Location
Belladaff