School: Kerrykeel (roll number 6849)

Location:
Carrowkeel, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Séamus Mac Gabhann

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1086, Page 220

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I have never seen Jack-stones nor any of the other games mentioned played since I came here. Tag or tig, and rope skipping are the games played by the girls and football is practically the only game I see the boys indulging in.

Some people still believe in fairies, nearly always referred to as the "wee folk." They believe that the fairies come out at night usually under thorn bushes. Many people wouldn't dream of cutting down a lone thorn bush. They believe that bad luck is sure to follow the cutting down of one of these bushes.
I knew a man who had a large thorn hedge between two of his fields. The hedge had grown very tall and was injuring the crop in the fields.
I advised him to cut it down but he resolutely refused to do so. I asked him why and he said there might be a "gentle" bush among the hedge and to cut it down would bring him all sorts of bad luck.
The 'Banshee' is still believed in by some families. I have heard people say, when a death has taken place in the district, that they weren't

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Some people still believe in fairies nearly always referred to as the "wee folk".

Some people still believe in fairies, nearly always referred to as the "wee folk." They believe that the fairies come out at night usually under thorn bushes. Many people wouldn't dream of cutting down a lone thorn bush. They believe that bad luck is sure to follow the cutting down of one of these bushes.
I knew a man who had a large thorn hedge between two of his fields. The hedge had grown very tall and was injuring the crop in the fields.
I advised him to cut it down but he resolutely refused to do so. I asked him why and he said there might be a "gentle" bush among the hedge and to cut it down would bring him all sorts of bad luck.
The 'Banshee' is still believed in by some families. I have heard people say, when a death has taken place in the district, that they weren't

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Collector
Séamus Mac Gabhann
Gender
male
Occupation
múinteoir
Informant
Cormac Logue
Gender
male
Age
74
Address
Ranny, Co. Donegal
Language
English