School: Knocktemple (B.)

Knockatemple, Co. Cavan
W. Tuite

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The Still-House

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0998, Page 152

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About a mile from the New Bridge or as it is known the Nine-eyed-Bridge, along the shore of Lough Ramor there are the ruins of the Still-house, in the corner of Mr. Gilsean's land.

Here poteen was made for some years long ago; the house is situated in a small plantation. There is a noted fishing place which goes by the name of the Still house Rock. A number of men would come to this place and fish and make the poteen the whole day long. About a half mile from the Still house there is a spot in which poteen used to be hidden and kept in jars.
Nobody knew about this poteen-making and this was later on found out. The smoke caused no comment so it was thought the men were cooking the fish they caught.