School: Caimthír (Camphire), Ceapach Chuinn (roll number 15129)

Location:
Camphire, Co. Waterford
Teacher:
Nóra Bean Uí Chradóig

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Travelling Folk

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0636, Page 415

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Travelling people still call to my home and have been doing so for years. Most of them are poor and only depend on alms. In every house these are welcome and receive a meal or a few pence for which they are very thankful. Others sell small articles such as picture frames, carpets, buckets and tin utensils which they make themselves.
Many of the travelling people ask for a nights lodgings and sleep in a hayshed or barn. Some have food with them which they buy in the towns.
The poor classes travel singly on foot but others have horse-drawn caravans in which they live and sleep. The best known families who travel in this way are the Hogans, McCarthys, Delaneys, Fosters and O'Driscolls. They always come in September to buy or sell their houses at

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Informant
Tomás Ó Núnáin
Relation
unknown
Gender
male
Age
70
Occupation
feirmeoir
Address
Camphire, Co. Waterford
Language
English