School: Dromiskin (B.), Dundalk (roll number 837)

Location:
Dromiskin, Co. Louth
Teacher:
James Morgan

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Local Sayings and Proverbs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0665, Page 410

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1. "Well agrá;" said Nancy Carr,
"It's many's the crush the poor get" meaning the poor are subject to misfortune and may not be surprised when it comes.
2. "He could play cards with the devil" Very tricky.
3. "He could herd mice on a crossroad" Usually applies to a precocious child
4. "I haven't got a penny between this and Ballybarrack", Ballybarrack near Dundalk is the County Home or Poorhouse.
5. "Like a hen on a hot griddle" Anxious and uneasy.
6. "Watched kettle never boils"
7. "A hungry eye sees far"
8. In exhorting one to hurry we often hear "Run like the son of a gun"
9. "You are as lazy as a God's horse" The black little caterpillar is here known as a "God's horse" and few people injure or kill it intentionally. It crawls slowly, hence the reference.
10. "Long churning makes bad butter"
11. "Night brings the crows home" - this to one returning home late at night as crows return to roost at nightfall.

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