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- In those days there were factions. One faction would have a number of men and the other would have the same number. There lived two factions, the Cooleens and the Lawlors who were always fighting. Some of the Cooleens came from as far away as Ardfert to Ballyeigh strand, Ballybunion, on a Sunday some time about the 24th June. Horseracing was held on the strand always on the 24th June and those are the races that are held in Listowel at present. "George Sands" was the man who removed them in 1859 because he was struck on the strand. The cause of the fight was - a hurling match was held there and each(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.