School: Clara (roll number 16116)

Clara Upper, Co. Kilkenny
Máire Ní Mhathúna
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0859, Page 397

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0859, Page 397

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  1. Very few "travelling folk" come around now. The last one of any note was an old woman who died a few years ago. She was treated with great kindness by the farmers' wives and always given a night's lodging, and plenty to eat and drink. When going she was given clothing not used in the house and boots and even money to help her.
    There is a great tradition of hospitality among a few families in this district.
    Beggars and travelling-folk were always treated by these families with the greatest kindness. They were given lodging and food and clothing and in return entertained the household in the farm-kitchen after supper with stories and news of the happenings in the places
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    1. agents (~1)
      1. people by social grouping
        1. travellers (~3,023)
    Mr Nicholas O' Keeffe
    Clara Upper, Co. Kilkenny