School: Baile na Mín (roll number 14925)

Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon
Tomás Ó Conchobhair
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0238, Page 398

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0238, Page 398

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  1. The travelling folk of nowadays differ very little from the travelling folk of olden times. They have the custom of going around from house to house begging for alms. They travel from place to place in caravans. These people are not at all poor. Some of them sell small articles namely, pens, brushes, cans, jugs and sauce pans.
    Usually the travelling folk are not welcomed in our homes If the people chance to see them coming, the door is at once closed. They are not admitted into the house.
    As a general rule they sleep in tents on the road sides or in the lanes.
    They carry no food with them at all. They depend on the food they obtain in each house. The alms they usually obtain are flour, bacon, tea, sugar, eggs, etc. Some of the travelling folk go around on bicycles. The best known among the travelling folk or tinkers who visit our district are Stokes,
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    1. agents (~1)
      1. people by social grouping
        1. travellers (~3,023)