School: Glenalla (roll number 10744)

Location:
Glenalla, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Maude McCormack

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Travellers

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1086, Page 40

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Travellers are people that go travelling through they country here and there selling things. These are some of the things they sell, laces, pencils, combs, hair grips, pens, rings, spools, spoons, tie pins, safety pins, pipes, pocket knives, brooches, necklaces, and buttons.

That is what the rich class sell.
The next class sell stocking, laces, shaving sticks, and blackening.
They are always welcomed by every one and they are glad to get even one penny’s sold. They sell things cheap. Some people give them food. There is a traveller going about who was living in Creig, his wife left him, leaving four or five children behind here. All the travellers stay with Johnnie Mc Fadden. They don’t stay more than one night in one place.
These are some of the alms they ask, old clothes, horse hair, bottles and rags. Some of them carry their beds on their back and they put up a canvas tent in a sheltry place. They all come on foot.

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Collector
May Mc Mahon
Gender
female
Address
Glenalla, Co. Donegal
Informant
James Logan
Gender
male
Age
60
Address
Glenalla, Co. Donegal
Language
English