School: Baile Uí Dhuibh, Kilmeaden (roll number 13636)

Ballyduff West, Co. Waterford
Caitlín Madders

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Travelling Folk

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0650, Page 300

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In Ireland families travel around the country together in caravans.
This custom of living is the same as the old Irish clan custom.
The tinkers are one class of people who live in families.
Some of these people are rich because they have army pensions, but still they beg, because it is a habit which they have.
They would take any alms which they would get, such as clothes and food such as bread, tea, sugar and eggs.
They often buy tin, and they make pints, and quarts out of it.
Some of them make straw mats which they sell.
When there is a fair in some village or town they stay in some place convenient to the fair.
Generally they sell donkeys, and

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