School: Tuar an Fhíona, Cluain Meala

Tooraneena, Co. Waterford
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around in crowds but the tramps who walk either go alone or in twos, a man and a woman. Tinkers often come around with their caravans. When they come about a dozen of them come to the same house in the day. There's generally about a half an hour between them.
When they come if they don't receive what they desire to have they start to curse and swear. If you gave them only a half-penny they would nearly 'fire' it at you. But if they got what they wanted they would say prayers such as 'God bless you' 'May the Lord spare you the health' 'May the Lord increase your store'.
When selling those little goods I can assure you that the tramps know how much to ask for them. If they expect to get sixpence for an article they will ask about a half-crown for it. When they see that they are not going to get any more than it is worth they will keep coming down until they come to its real worth. It is very hard to make a bargain. Some of them come in and tell stories endeavouring to get a little more charity. If you had cousins in the other part of the

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Pádraig Teidhirs
Cahernaleague, Co. Waterford