School: Trentagh (roll number 16331)

Location:
Treantagh, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
M. Nic Pheadair

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Beggars or Tramps

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1084, Page 098

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Beggars or Tramps.
It is very seldom that beggars call at our house. Tramps and tinkers call more often. Sometimes strangers come, but the same ones nearly always call. The mames of those who call are the McGinleys and Tom O'Neill and a man called Birney, who sells combs, and coats, and pinafores and other things. The McGinleys sell tins because they are tinkers. Birney buys his goods in shops with the money that he gets. The McGinleys buy sheets of tin, and then they go home and they make pans, and porridge dishes and a lot of other things. Birney carries his goods in an old bag, which he rips out and makes square. He then puts his goods in the centre of the bag, and he knots two opposite ends of the bag together, and then he knots the two other opposite ends together, and he then puts the pack on his back. Tom O'Neill carries his pack in the same way. The McGinleys put their goods in a little van...

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Collector
May Harley
Gender
female
Address
Treantagh, Co. Donegal
Informant
Mrs Mary Harley
Gender
female
Age
47
Address
Treantagh, Co. Donegal
Language
English