School: Ovens (C.) (roll number 5985)

Location:
Ovens, Co. Cork
Teacher:
Maud Mc Guire

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Old Fashioned Outdoor Pastimes - The Wheel Band Race

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0345, Page 375

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The following account of above was given by Mr. Miah McCarthy, Clashinafrin. "Jimmy Wiseman lived with his mother on the western boundary of Clashenafrin. He was rather a mischievious young lad as famous for sporting ventures as he was for his immense growth of curly black hair. In the evenings, Pat Begley, & Pat Kelleher under the stewardship of old James Horgan raced 4½ foot wheel bands from the hilltop over four fences, a drop of 150 feet, and a quarter of a mile down the hillside to a field called "Bawn - Tulka". Each competitor had his wheel painted in 'his own colours'. The owner of the band that rolled the furthest was the winner. Sweep-stake, one penny per band. Second winner

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Informant
Miah Mc Carthy
Gender
male
Age
65
Occupation
farmer
Address
Clashanaffrin, Co. Cork
Language
English