School: Turlough, Béal an Chloga (roll number 14872)

Location:
Turlough, Co. Clare
Teacher:
Áine, Bean Uí Éalaidhe

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Tinkers are poor people who have no homes, ...

Tinkers are poor people who have no homes, like every class of people. Some of them are better off than each other. Some of them has horses, and cars, some asses and some having neither horse or ass, have to walk wherever they travel. They beg their food and clothes from house to house as they travel from one county to another.
When people give them alms, they pray that God may increase you and they usually pray for the souls of the dead friends of the giver. They sleep at night in tents made of canvas & some sleep under their cars & in fine weather the young men often sleep out in the open air. I have heard it said how tinkers came to be first. When the Danes came to Ireland that killed all the people they met, but some escaped into the mountains and woods & when the time came that they could return, their homes were taken by others so they had to keep moving about, and beg for their own living.

Collector
May Burke
Gender
female
Informant
Mrs Burke
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Age
38
Address
Turlough, Co. Clare
Language
English