School: Bennekerry, Carlow

Location:
Bennekerry, Co. Carlow
Teacher:
Liam Ó hAodha

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Travelling Folk

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0907, Page 379

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Several people, such as the Berrys and the Cashes, visit this district. They have been coming for years, and especially before the fair days, in Carlow and Castledermott. They sell cans, laces, and vessels. Some of them tell fortunes, and more of them tell stories. A great crowd gathers around them to hear the news. The herring man calls around also, when his fish are getting a bit stale. The poultry man calls coming up to Christmas, looking for turkeys, geese, and chickens. In the Jewish Passover, the poultry man comes, bringing old hens. There is another traveller, a one-legged woman with a basket, which contains anything from a shirt stud to a cup and saucer. She travels in a pony and car.

Collector
John Lennon
Gender
male
Address
Burtonhall Demesne, Co. Carlow
Language
English