School: An Chúil Árd (roll number 12587)

Location:
Coolard, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Seán Ó Duilleáin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0401, Page 246

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Travelling folk still call at the houses of the district. Long ago they were very poor. They go around selling lace and necklaces and saucepans. Some of them tell fortunes. People buy articles from them. In the town they get their supplies. Some of these travelling folk are very welcome. They get food from the people. They leave their caravans in the side of the road and travel around to the houses on foot. The O'Briens and the Mc Cartys are the people that come around most often. They come around for horse fairs, big fairs and for the Races.

Collector
James Relihan
Gender
male
Address
Coolkeragh, Co. Kerry
Informant
Mrs C. Relihan
Gender
female
Age
55
Address
Coolkeragh, Co. Kerry
Language
English

Long ago travellers visited our district about once a month. When they would come they would stay only one night. They called to the neighbouring houses that day and begged for food, clothing and money. The O'Briens and the Coffeys were well known in Kerry. When they would visit the towns they would play music and sing from door to door. While they would be playing they would have a person gathering money for them. They visit our house all the time.