School: Dunlavin (B.)

Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow
Mícheál Ó Gogáin

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Travelling Folk

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0914, Page 061

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Only very few travelling folk visit this district. The only people who ever sell goods are people named Wall. The mother of the family walks around the country selling cheap articles such as boot laces, pictures, delph, tiepins, combs, and all tinware.

She journeys to Dublin regularly and brings home large supplies of those articles which she sells around the country, assisted by the younger members of her large family. If anyone called her a "tinker" she would be very indignant.
There is only one tramp who visits this district. He wears a big beard and prefers bread to any other food. If he were offered his dinner he would rather eat it in the yard with the plate on his knee than in the house.
He tells tales of his travels to the people of the house, while he is eating his dinner. Very few musicians visit

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Thomas Norton
Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow