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

Ballyduff West, Co. Waterford
Caitlín Madders
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0650, Page 320

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  1. In the summer time we often hear a little bird making a curious noise like a little bird bawling. It flies through the air very quickly and some people call it the "mórna gaoithe" on account of the speed of its flight. Others call it the "durnín" on account of it being so tiny. It has a small body and a very long thin beak. It is said that it is a sort of "pillbín" or jacksnipe.
    The blackbird is also noted for its orange beak. It is said that when the blackbird was hatching her eggs she felt hungry and she broke one egg with her beak and drank the yolk. Then her beak turned orange from the yellow of the egg.
    Seldom we hear tell of anyone finding a curlew's nest. An old tradition is told about this bird.
    One day our Lord and one of his Apostle's were walking along the strand
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    Mr Michael Aulsberry
    Kilmeadan, Co. Waterford