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Thousands of years before the time of St. Patrick or before the true faith was introduced into it, Ireland was a famous island. When other countries like France and Spain were unheard of Ireland was famous for her brave men and great warriors.
When St. Patrick came to Ireland in the year 432 she welcomed the true faith with a whole-hearted enthusiasm. In a very short time the country was studded with churches and schools. She sent her sons and daughters all over the world to preach the true faith until at last she won for herself the title of “The island of Saints and scholars.” St Patrick had many monasteries which were occupied by his priests and monks. The ruins of many of those are to be seen even to the present day. When the Danes came to Ireland they banished and murdered as many of those monks as possible, and burned their monasteries. There are many of those ruins in this district.
There are the ruins of a church and the remains of an old cemetery in Churchhill. There are the ruins of another monastery in Cloonymeaghan which we are told was founded in the year 1488. Some people think that this monastery belonged to the Dominican convent of
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2020-08-12 22:05
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have only to tell the tailor, and he would come to the house and make it. There were not many tailors in the country that time. There was only one in every parish. Now the men have to go to the tailor to make a suit. There are a lot of tailors now in the country. Some of the tailors long ago used have a shop and they used sell cloth.
There was only a few weavers in the neighbourhood long ago. There is one weaver left yet called Mary Mannions. She weaves quilts. If any one wanted to get a quilt woven he would only need to get woollen thread and bring it to her and he would weave a quilt for you. Some of the people in the neighbourhood used sow flax long ago but they do not sow it now. The people in the neighbourhood make woollen stockings. They get the wool from the sheep and then they spin it with a spinning wheel. After that they knit the stockings. Some of the people make their own shirts
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2020-08-12 22:02
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would go to Australia, and perhaps may get some account of his father, and that it was a great place for anyone able to ride horses and as he was a trained jockey that he may get a job. His mother was satisfied, and away he went. His poor mother was very lonely after him, but she was sure he would come home sometime. He wrote to her after landing there, and told her, that he was fine, and not to be lonely after him. The first job Willie got was by a rancher herding sheep, and being such a great horse man the rancher was delighted out of him. He used train wild horses and ride them, and they would not throw him off the saddle. The rancher was a great friend of the landlord, who kept 400 horses, the best in Australia, and some the best in the world. The rancher told the landlord about the clever young man he had, and he told the rancher that he had the best
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2020-08-12 21:58
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The people long ago had not the sort of shoes they have now. They used not wear any shoe till they were sixteen years of age. Then they used get a pair of clogs. Some people used make clogs themselves. Some people used have a piece of skin under their feet and they used have straps around their feet in the frosty weather. Some of the people wear clogs now also, The young people go barefooted now also,
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2020-08-12 21:50
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but they only go a little while in the summer. Long ago that is not how the story was. The people used not be happy long ago only when they used have their shoes off. They used not tan any leather around here long ago.
Long ago when the people used wash their feet they used keep the water in a bottle or a bucket and they used leave it there for three days. Then they used throw it out. They said it would not be right to throw it out. The people throw it out immediately now.
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2020-08-12 21:49
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race horses in England. He bought a large residence, and got married to a rich young lady her name was Ciss Musgrave, luck deserted him, and before two years all he had was lost in betting horses. He sold his fine residence and had to live in a small house. He felt very sad to be so poor again, they had only one son two years old. William told his wife, that he would go to Australia and after five years he would come home, and would have plenty of money to buy a residence again. His wife did not wish to prevent him, so she gave him permission . Months passed and she did not get any letter from him, years passed and he never wrote to her. She felt very sad, and she gave him up to be dead, as surely if he was alive that he would write to her. When her son Willie was fourteen years he learned to be a jockey, and like his father, was a great judge of horses. He saved some money and he told his mother, he
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2020-08-12 21:47
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them and keep them within at night, but they used take the pipe and tobacco from them for fear they would smoke and they might light the house and they used give them to them next morning and then they used give them their breakfast and put them on the road.
When the tinkers come they say God bless all here and then if the people of the house given them a charity they would say May God rest your soul, but if you did not give them a charity they would curse you and you would not have a bit of luck because it is not right to refuse them. They go around in carts and vans and trucks. Some of them are rich and others are very poor.
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2020-08-12 21:44
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In olden times people suffering from Rheumatism used to rub goose grease of the effected joints. This goose grease was always kept in a jar in the house & the older it was the better; also they boiled lamp oil and rubbed it for Rheumatism.
Toothache. Often long ago tobacco was rubbed of the bad tooth, this caused any amount of water to fall from the mouth, easing the pain. If the face was swollen, boiled loaf bread was made into a poultice and tied up around the face where the swelling was, relief was obtained.
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2020-08-12 21:42
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daoine salann ar an uachtar nuair a thosnuigheann siad ag déanamh maighistriugh.
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2020-08-12 21:41
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Cuireann na daoine clár ar an gcuinneóig nuair a bhíonn siad ag déanamh maighistreadh. Cuireann said maide síos tríd an chlár nuair a bhíonn siad ag déanamh maighistrín[?]Cuireann siad an bainne síos san gcuinneóig agus tosuigheann siad ag bualadh an uachtair. Díolann na daoine atá thart timcheall na h-áite seo a lán im. Gheibheann siad sgilling agus trí pingine air an punt. Nuair a bhíonn na ba amuigh bíonn níos mó bainne aca ná mar a bhíonn nuair a bhíonn siad istigh agus bíonn an t-uachtar níos fearr. Coinnigheann m'athair dhá bhó bainne. Fadó do deirtí go raibh na sidheóga ag tabhairt an im leo. Deireann na sean daoine nach ceart maighistriú do dhéanamh Dia Domhnach. Nuair a thagann stráinséar isteach agus na daoine a bheith ag déanamh maighistriú tosuigheann sé ag bualadh an uachtar ar eagla go dtógadh sé an t-im leis. Fadó do chuireadh na daoine splannc faoi'n gcuinneóig nuair do bhíodh siad ag déanamh maighistriugh. Cuireann na daoine cómhartha na croise ortha féin nuair a bhíonn siad ag déanamh maighistriugh. Cuireann cuid de na
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2020-08-12 21:33
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There was a young man from this parish went to Liverpool years ago, his name was William O'Sullivan. He got a job as a stable boy over several horses. After a time, he was a great judge of horses, and a great man to ride them. The horses he rode, nearly won every race. He bought one horse and it made him very rich, and after some years he kept the best
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2020-08-12 21:29
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Tradition says that St Senan banished a monster from "Inis-Chathaigh" and he took three leaps, one to Tullabrack lake one from that to Cahermurphy and then to Doolough Lake. It is said that he died in the lake and rises to the surface once every seven years. Some say there is a green spot at the western end of the lake where he was killed. It is said that he was seen a few years ago by somebody in the locality.
It is also said that when he was banished to Doolough he was only allowed a trout and a half and after a while he died of hunger. There is a green spot at the western end of the lake where he was killed.
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2020-08-12 21:25
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About twelve o clock one night a man from Clooneyogan was going home from a dance. He heard the walk behind him and he looked back to see who was in it but he saw nobody. After a while he heard it again and he stepped aside to let out that person. When he heard the footsteps passing him out he saw nothing but after a while ten fingers were put up before his face. It is said that many people get frightened in that district.
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2020-08-12 21:25
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candle. It was standing in the middle of the road and burning brightly. It stayed there until he came up to within two feet of it. Then it was swept up into the air and after a while he looked back and it was in the same place.
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2020-08-12 21:21
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One night a man who lived at the northern side of Miltown Malbay was coming home from his "Cuaird". He saw a light a good way off and when he came near it, it was a
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2020-08-12 21:21
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One night a man and his wife were coming home from Miltown Malbay. They were a good piece of the way home when they came to a "spa" well near the road. It is said to be a lonesome place around there. When they were passing out the well a fierce hairy monster arose and caught the woman by the waist. The man was sitting on the rider and the woman on the seat so that the man did not see the monster. The woman when she felt the monster near her freed her right hand and blessed herself so that the monster disappeared. The woman began to moan and groan and the man heard her and when she was brought home she died in a few days.
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2020-08-12 21:16
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Not so long ago there lived a man near Tullabrack Lake. His brother lived with him. Every night he used to go on his "Cuaird" and he always had a companion with him. Sometimes he used to go teeming the Lake. One night as he was coming home from his Cuaird he parted with his companion at a cross road. Then he proceeded homewards.
As he was going in the Avenue into the house he heard the flapping of wings behind him. There was four or five gates in the way and he avoided the first two but jumped the others. When he came up to the house he did not shout to his brother to open the door but he hit a blow on the window and landed it in the middle of the room. He went into bed then and covered his head but he never again recovered. He remained in bed for about two months and then he died.
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2020-08-12 21:09
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the others are round. There is a fence of trees around each of them. There is an entrance hole in the centre of them all and I have gone into them many times. There are like pits inside with trees all around.
There was supposed to be a black pig seen in Delaney's fort. Money is supposed to be buried in "The Money Pit" on my father's farm. Fairy folk were supposed to live in these old forts.
The owners of the land on which these forts are never interfere with them.
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2020-08-12 21:04
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The local roads around my district are the Lodge Rd., the Old Rd., the Laughton Rd., and the Bog Rd. The main trunk road passes through Moneygall leading
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2020-08-12 20:59
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when he threw it from the chapel door would settle the ends of the two parishes and it fell at Rutland.
There was a chapel in Brosna when General Lloyd's grandfather was living there. He is supposed to have taken a fountain that belonged to the chapel and made a trough out of it for a very valuable home he had. When he came out next morning the horse was dead.
When the chapel was being pulled down the priest told a man that was living there to pull down the slates.
When the people heard the chapel was going to be pulled down they said they would throw stones at the man This man told the priest and the priest promised the stone would not hit him and they did not.
The slates were taken off
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2020-08-12 20:50
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Leap Castle. The driver of the carriage was a Catholic and his master said "I bet you would not go the wrong side of the bush and the driver said he would not. His master got into the driver's seat beside the driver. When he was just past the bush the horses bolted. The Catholic was landed in the ditch and he was not hurt. His master and the party were all scratched and torn. The horses broke the harness but they were not hurt. The master was in bed for weeks after.
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2020-08-12 20:47
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St Patrick told St Kieran to build a chapel and he gave him a bell. He told him wherever the bell would ring he was to build the chapel. The bell rang when he was near a bush and the bush was called Bell Bush. The present chapel is built beside the bush.
When you are passing the bush of St Kieran you are supposed to go your own side of the bush if you don't you will meet with an accident. Long ago a man and a party of friends were going to a dinner in the
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2020-08-12 20:44
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but went to bed and never got up for six weeks. He never told anyone where he had been. His name is Denis Wrafter. He is still alove and tells the story. He is almost eighty years of age.
Daniel Leonard.
This was told to me by my father Daniel Leonard, Ballinasragh. Farmer Age 58.
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2020-08-12 20:43
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About two hundred yards from our house there is a crossroad called the Rahan cross although it is three miles from Rahan. My father told me that there was a priest hanged out of a tree there during the Penal days and that during the "Black-and-tan" time that tree was cut down to block the road.
One night a man who was then living in Ballykilmurry was going home from town and as he was passing where the priest was hanged five men stepped out before him and said he would have to carry the coffin with them. When he came home next morning his wife asked him where he had been. He said nothing
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2020-08-12 20:42
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night still his book appeared very bright and he read away behind this strange being on to the old castle and when he came to the castle walls he said stand "Devil." It stood and he said "into the cellar of this castle until Peter sounds his trumpet on the "Last Day" so he read away from his book for some time then the ghost said "Oh, only for the bit of cloth around your neck I would have you killed." Now I must go and he gave three more great screams and in a ball of fire he dashed into the cellar and the priest went home then on foot all scraped and bleeding. The next day he got some of the peasants to build up the cellar.
This cellar is to be seen to the present day and the old castle ruins are to be seen also. They are
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2020-08-12 20:39
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break of day for nine mornings, they would be cured.
Brigid McDonald,
Ballycowan,
Tullamore.
I was told this by my father Terence McDonald, Aged 56.
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crom Peig síos agus do thug sí solas du, acht nuair a d’fhéach siad thimcheall ní raibh táisg nó tuairisg de’n strainséar in aon áit.
Do thosnuig siad ag siubhail abhaile agus Éilis ag rádh le Peig go raibh an fear sin á leanamhaint ó Lá Bealtaine, agus gur chuir sé a dá shúile dubha tríthí cosamhail le snáthaid géara, gac uair a buail sé léithí. Bhí siad an-uaigneach ag dul abhaile, agus ní misde a rádh go raibh áthas ortha nuair a srois siad tigh Éilis.
Cúpla oidhche ‘na dhiadh sin, bhí rinnce mór i dtig na gcómharsain, agus bhí Éilis agus Peig ann. T’réis tamall do dhéineadar dá line, agus bhí na buachaillí ar ceann amháin agus na cailíní ar an gceann eile. Bhí brón mór ortha go léir nuair a chonnaic siad an strainséar dubh ag teacht isteach ‘dir an dá line, agus nuair a thóg sé Éilis leis.
Tamaillín ‘na dhiadh sin do chonnaic na daoine iolar mór agus rud cosamhaill le corp cailín aige ag éitilt tríd an aer. Nuair a tháinig Oidhche Nollaig bhí deuch uisce ag teasdáil ó deirbhsiúr Éilis, agus thánaig sí go dtí an gcistin. Ós cóir na teine do chonnaic sí Éilis ag téitheadh a láimhe. Do rith sí ar ais go dtí an seómra go h-an tapaidh, agus níor connaic Éilis as sin amach.
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St. Brigid's Well
St. Brigids well is on the South side of the Grand canal in Maguires fields in front of St. Brigid's Church Kilbride. There was no canal the time that Kilbride Church was being built. There was no water to wet the mortar. St. Brigid made a well in the callows in Kilbride. The water keeps springing up the whole time. The well is about four yards square. The water is very nice to drink. The people got water out of the well to make butter and to make tea.
The old people believed that if anyone suffering from a decline visited this well and drank the water at
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2020-08-12 20:37
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Kilcolman. This priest was a great and brave man so he ordered his servant man to saddle his horse at eleven o clock at night and with a black thorn stick or shillelagh he set out for Ramore and he said he would put down old Nick. Just as he came to Ramore turn, his horse spun around and refused to go. Then a tall black man sprang out and attacked the priest. He tried to use his shillelagh but his horse bolted throwing him on the road and got away. He then put his stole on his neck and a great fight took place but the priest gained the upper hand. Then the Black man gave three great screams and turned away before the priest. He then turned. The priest then got out his book and it was a very dark
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2020-08-12 20:35
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have sufficient water for each of you. They went up and got the water as was desired and from that day to this, there has been the same complement of water and no more to be had in the well.
Emily Scully.
I was told this by my father Edward Scully, Aharney.
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Holy Wells
The college of Rahan built over 120 years ago by three brother priests names St. Ledgers. John was the principal man and took charge of the work. One very warm day as they were raising material from the sand-pit the men complained of the thirst saying "If we only had a drink of water". St. John was reading his office far above the men and hearing the men complaining he scraped back the sand and clay from under his fett and immediately there was to be as much water as a man would drink. He called on the men saying "come up here one by one. I
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2020-08-12 20:32
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and knees and the marks of the teers are on it. The bell was ringing near the spot and he built his church next night.
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2020-08-12 20:31
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The priest asked where was he the second time he called him, he said he was coming up. The priest asked him where was he the third he said he was in the middle of the floor. Some people say that the relations begged the priest to put the man back to hell, but others say he is in that room still and can be heard screaming. That room is locked away from the rest of the hosue anyway.
Emily Scully, Aharney, Tullamore.
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2020-08-12 20:30
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When St Keiran came to build his church he was told in a Vision to build it in a place where he would hear a bell ring. So at night on a special date he came to a place called Cooleshal so he got a lot of stones and had them all got together. Then he took of his boots to rest and wait for the bell to ring so being tired he fell asleep. When he awoke he heard the bell a far way off and when he looked for his boots they were gone and he said there would always be a thief in Cooleishal. Then he took a big stone and started for where the bell was ringing so he came along the road until he came to a part of the road near where the bell was ringing now known as "St Kierans bush." He met a red haired woman so he dropped the stone on the middle of the road and knelt down and cried and prayed on the stone
The stone is on the road yet and the marks of his hands
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2020-08-12 20:29
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A few years ago there was a young man who did something wrong. When this man died the priest said he was damned. The people belonging to this man made up a great dinner and invited the priest. When the dinner was over the people got rifles and spears and asked the priest to prove that this man was in Hell. The priest said he would prove it and he went down to the kitchen and he called the man three times in the middle of the kitchen floor. The floor opened and the man came up. The priest asked him where was he the first time he called, he said he was in the lower pit of Hell
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2020-08-12 20:26
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During the time of the "Blacken Tans" an ambush was organised by the Republican army at Poll-lee.
The teachers were told to go to school but not to come out again. Scouts were placed on Peak hill to give the signal when the lorries began to leave town.
A certain person got to town and told the curet or one of the priests. The priest went to the barrack and warned the tans, and therefore they were by Balinlough instead.
It saved a lot of blood-shed and people were very thankful to the priest.
The Irish stayed in Poll-Lee til three o'clock, till at length word arrived about the tans.
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water in the well. When the people began to get the water the water went back to its place.
Knock - There is a mass stone here where Mass was read in the Penal Days. It is said if you passed this rock at twelve o'clock at night you would hear the consecration bell ringing.
Raheenmore is a district quiet near Ballinagore school. There is an ancient mound here.
Ballyhast - There is an ancient fort here.
Teernacreeve is a district not far from the old castle of the Mac Geoghains. It was here the first cannons were used by the Mac Geoghains against the Geraldines.

Killard - There was a church here long ago. The foundation stones are still to be (seen) in this district . It is sometimes called the high church.
Glengorm - This is a little district near Ballinagore; it is sometimes called the Blue Glen.

Church Yard - A field in Knockmore. It is
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1. Soft words often serve in a hard argument.
2. The wise man changes his mind, but the fool never.
3. A cat may look at a king.
4. Practice makes perfect.
5. Still waters run deep.
6. The cock crows but the hen delivers the goods.
7. Water is a good drink if taken in the right spirit.
8. Once bitten, twice shy.
9. Out of sight, out of mind.
10. Discretion is the better part of valour.
11. A used key is always bright.
12. Tis easier for a camel go to the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man go to heaven.
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2020-08-12 20:01
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Uair amhain fadó bhí bean darab ainm Peig Ní Néill ar cuaird le’n a gaoltaibh i gCo Cill Coinnig. Do casadh cailín óg uirthi darab ainm Eilís Ní Riain, agus bhí an beirt aca ana-mór lena céile. Bíodh siad ag imtheacht le chéile gach tráthnóna ag siúbhail agus ag rinncibh a bhíodh ag na crois bóithre go minic.
Bhí glean darab ainm Gleann an Uata a bhí an-uaigneach ar fad giota beag uaidh. Tráthnóna amháin bhí Peig agus Eilís ag siúbháil fé déin na gleanna agus bhíodar ag cainnt go dithcheallagh acht go h-obann cad a chonnaic Peig nuair a d’fheach sí thar a gualann ach fear mór an-árd. Bhí éadaigh dubh air agus a agaibh cómh bán le cailc. Bhí dhá súil uathbhásach air, agus teine ag preabadh asta, i’s bhí fiacla fada buidhe i n-a bhéal. Bhí h-ata bog dubh ar a ceann, aguis gruaig ag tuitim ó imeall an h-ata go dtí a guailnibh.
Leigh Peig scread aisti, nuair a chonnaic sí é. Nuair a tháisbeán sí do Éilis é, do thuit sí síos le neart scannradh agus í ag radh—“A Muire Dé, cabhruigh liom, agus slánuigh mé ó baoghal.” Do
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2020-08-12 19:55
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There are a lot of people around called tinkers, tramps, and gypsies. They sell; a lot of things strainers, sauce-pans, pictures, statues, comb, pins, tables, egg-stands, sugar, bowls, and other little articles. Some of the people buy things of them. It is flour the most of them ask. They carry it in a flour bag that is twisted around their neck. For tea and sugar and their pipe and tobacco they have a little bag sewing on to their skirts and all beautiful buttons and stones sewn on the out side. Nearly all of them smoke. There is no welcome for them now but there was great welcome for them long ago. The people long ago used make a bed for
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9. A snowy Christmas makes a graveyard green.
10. Smile and suffer on.
11. You might as well sing grief as cry it.
12. While the cat is out the cat can play.
13. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
14. It's no use crying over spilt milk.
15. Far-away cows wear long horns.
16. When God kills he cures.
17. You can't judge the book by the cover.
18. The early bird catches the worm.
19. There's no strength until it is put together.
20. Between the saddle and the ground pardon is often asked and is often found.
21. Happy is the bride that the sun shines on, and happy is the corpse that the rain rains on.
22. Beg from a beggar and you will never be rich.
23. Better late than never.
24. A used key is always bright.
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2020-08-12 19:53
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The Chapel was built in about 8th or 9th century. It was thrown in the Penal Days. It was the Bishop's chapel and it was the seat of the Bishop St. Dermot. And St. Dermot was interred in the Bishop's Island at Glen Lough with other Bishops one named Adam (Aidan) Lyons who was murdered in a house in a bog near Rathowen. And the BIshop's Chapel is in the present graveyard of Rathaspic. One end of the wall of the old ruin is standing and the foundation can be visibly seen. The end wall is about 10 or 11 feet high.
St. Dermot's well in Rathaspic is a blessed well and it was from this well that the Saint drew water for Sacramental purposes.
There was no wall before this present wall was built. It was only a clay ditch.
And there was a convent of Brigidine Nuns in the present townland of Caurane, and there was a sister convent of Brigidine Nuns in Tristernagh and the Abbess was a Miss Tuite. The Tuite family became Protestant and lost their religion.
There are no doorways to be seen in the Chapel of Rathaspic. The monastery in Caurane was built in the very early days. It was thrown
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2020-08-12 19:49
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sin. Ní raibh san teach sin ach aon dhoras amháin agus dhá fhuinneóigh bhig. Ní raibh gloine aca an t-am sin. Bhí adhmadh ins na fuinneógaibh ins an oidhche agus ní raibh aon rud ionnta san ló.
Ní raibh teine gúail na teine móna aca.
Bhí adhmad mar teine aca. Bhí sgolb mar solas aca. Seo é an caoi a dhéinidís é. Ar dtú gearradaís an sgolb. Annsin cuiridís cúnlach ins an sgolb. Geibhidís rud déantús na coinnle agus cuiridís gúr síos tríd an sgolb. Bhí coinneal aca annsin.
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Ní raibh na tighthe fadó mar atá siad anois. Bhí said déanta de clochail agus moirteal. Bhí cuma cruinn ar cuid aca. Bhí sgraithe agus firaoch mar ceann tuighe orra. Bhí an teine a lár na tighthe ar cuid aca. Ní raibh mórán teinteán ins na tighthe. Bhí leabha ins an coinneal aca agus tugtar leabha na Sean Caillighe ar sin. Bhíodh muinntir an tighe na gcodhladh ins an leabha
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1. There's a silver lining in the dark cloud shining.
2. There's many a slip between the cup and the lip.
3. It's a long road that hasn't a turn.
4. What is home without a mother.
5. There's no home like your own home.
6. God is nearer than the door.
7. Home sweet home.
8. Far away hills are green.
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FUACHT A h-É - fucht tea hé (?)
An old woman in Leitrim many years ago at Confirmation was asked a question in the Catechism by the Bishop. She said it was in Irish she learned it. He then put the same question in Irish and the above was the answer he got.

O WIRRA STRUE - A Mhuire is truagh
Caora - the oul CAORA - a soft easy going person
Gág (gawg) - a hack in the hand
Sceabhach - slant wise

Clib
- a young horse - sometimes applied to a cute young fellow

STAILC
- sulk - stoppage of work etc. - he took the STAILKS

Spádach - wet bad quality turf (peat)

TRIOMA - TRAMA
- all confused mixed up - in disorder
they were all TRIOMA-TRAMA through other(?)

Baintreabhach (bantra) - widow

CHURA MO CHAIT ?
theres where the CHURA MO CHAIT was
thats what caused uproar, confusion etc.

Truch truf (truk truff) - dealings etc.
have no TRUCH (truf) with them
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There were a lot of trades long ago. They are nearly all gone now. There was an old thatcher going around long ago thatching houses, called Sgube Burke. Some of the people called him thatcher Burke. Weaving was also a great trade in every village with the old people. The people long ago used make all their own clothes out of woollen thread it was what they used knit some with knitting pins and they used make some also by crochet. Hardly any of the people had knitting pins. It was what they used catch a hen or a turkey and pull a few feathers off her. Then they used pare all the feathers off and split the roots and make four knitting pins out of them. Long ago the people would not waste money buying
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1. Distant hills look green.
2. Foreign cows have long horns.
3. United we stand, divided we stand.
4. It is too late to lock the stable door when the steed is stolen.
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in a bundle of straw.
6. A stich in time saves nine.
7. When the cat is out the mouse can play.
8. There is no use in shutting the door when the robbery is done.
9. Never count your chickens before they're hatched.
10. When the dog is out the rat can look for food.
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2020-08-12 19:30
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knitting pins. They thought if they had a penny they would be rich. They also made hairpins out of feathers, and that is how they saved money. Thatcher Burke is going around yet thatching houses. He does not get much to do now, because nearly all the men are able to thatch their own houses and most of the houses are slated. That is how he made his living long ago going around thatching houses. It would cost about seven shillings to thatch a house long ago and it would cost about fourteen shillings to thatch a house now.
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There was once a girl who had a fine farm of land and no one would marry her because she used to be talking very loudly. There was a man who had no land and he said he would marry her. He married her them. When he out working he saw a big stone in the field and he said
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he would shift it. She asked would it cosy much and he said a shilling. He and some more were raising it, and he fell over and he was Anionted he let on he was deaf. He got all right and one night her mother was at the house and they were talking very loudly and they said they would burn him and he heard them they reddened a hat pin he was ready and he heard them coming and he stole out on them. When the mother went home he came in he got a hat pin and a bunch of forgetmenats and he tied them to the rafter and every time she would be shouting he would look up at the forgetmenots and she would stop.
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2020-08-12 19:22
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tie the twine to a stick. Then we stick the stick in the ground near a stream in frosty weather so that the snare is over the stream. The following is the way we snare rabbits. We buy snare wire and make a running loop with it. We tie one end of the wire to a stick. We stick the stick at the side of the rabbit's trail so that the loop is 2 inches from the ground.
We also make catapults. First of all we get a fork of a stick and we tie two pieces of rubber of an old motor tyre to it. Then we tie the rubber to the tongue of a shoe. We place a stone in the tongue. Then one of us pulls the tongue backwards and lets go so that the stone shoots forward like a bullet from a gun.
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2020-08-12 19:19
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would go out again and would tap at the door and the person's in side would open it. The man at the door would say, "Téigighidh ar bhúr glúnaibh agus abraigidh bhúr bpaidreacha agus leigigidh brigidh Nomtha isteach." The people inside would do so and then he would be invited to a meal. After the make they used make the crosses.
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2020-08-12 19:16
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Long ago it was the custom of the people to make crosses out of rushes on Saint Bridget's night. Early in the evening before the sun would set the man of the house would go out an cut a lot of long rushes and would bring them in to the house. After a while he
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2020-08-12 19:13
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hand. There used to be lines one side of the slate for writing dictation and transcription. There used to be no lines the other side. It was used for doing sums. The children used to get a slap if they were heard speaking Irish. The English were trying to put down the Irish that time. They had no pens or ink in the schools that time.
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The old people when setting hatching eggs used put a cross on each egg with the burnt end of a hazel stick and put them in the nest with the left hand for luck.
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2020-08-12 19:12
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Freak eggs are called 'four-penny-alls'. They are tiny and are usually round in shape. There is no yolk in them. They are laid at the end of a session of laying. The old peole used to put those freak eggs in the roofs of thatched houses in order to keep away fire. They are also used as nest eggs.
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2020-08-12 19:11
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teachers used to spend one night with one scholar and another night with another scholar and so on. That is how they used to get their lodging. The scholars used to have goose quills for writing with and they used to have slates for writing on. There used to be two holes on the slates and they used to put a strong piece of twice in the holes and put it around their neck. They used to write on the slate with chalk or pencil. When they would have the slate full they would rub it off with their
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and bore a hole through each end of the two sticks. Then get two pieces of Osier and pass them through the holes so that the four sticks form a square. Then wind a length of lighter Osier around the corners of the square and bring them up slantwise and tie them at the top. Then get Alders and drop them into the space made by the slanting Osiers. Weave light Osiers around the top of the crib so that it is made firm. Fix a light Osier, called a "bough" to the inside of the crib. Then rest a fork, called a "guilleóg" against the side of the crib and put one end of a bent stick between them so that the other end rests on the bough. Then the crib is set.
We also make snares for catching snipe and rabbits. In order to snare snipe we get a piece of horsehair and form a running loop of it. This we fasten to a twine and
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Made from ash. Tree cut in lengths and these were split with an adze to make staves. Latter shaped, ends tapered by means of what was called "Horse" and then left in dry corner to season. After some time "tress" hoop placed on floor and staves arranged around; then hoop was drawn up; other hoops put on to keep staves in place and then fire was lit inside firkin to get the proper shape. The final hoop was then put on, also top and bottom. Firkins cost about 2/- each. When filled firkins weigh 56 lbs and would hold 48o lbs of butter.
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2020-08-12 19:08
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Still used in most houses in this district. Leaf of table attached to wall. Two legs on outside. When folded against wall table is used as a seat.
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2020-08-12 19:07
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Best straw for thatching. Sown same way as wheat, but before it begins to turn yellow it is cut as all good goes in grains when yellow. Spread along ground to dry. Stored up and after a short time is ready for thatching. Rye straw is grown occasionally for thatching purposes.
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2020-08-12 19:06
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Tom Cunniffe from Bushtown is the strongest man around here. Once a crowd of men were betting who would break a bar of iron, and he said he would break it. The people said he would not and he took it and and broke it. After that they said he was the strongest man.
Garret Kelly from
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2020-08-12 19:05
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Clay dug from a dyke or river is spread over the land to enrich it. Substance spread is called top-dressing.
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Turnip seed is usually sown in drills, the drills being made before the seed is sown. Turnip seed can be down with the hand or by machine. When sown with the hand a slight furrow along the top of the drill. Seed is placed in furrow and covered with fine clay.
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2020-08-12 19:04
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In olden days, potatoes were set in ridges with a spade. The ground to be planted was marked out in ridges of equal width usually about four feet. Two sods were dug at each side of the ridge, and the middle space was filled in with clay from the furrows. The manure was then spread on the ridge, and the sets or sgiolláns were put into holes made with a spade, three or four across the ridge. When the stalks appeared the furrows were dug out and the clay was put on the ridge between the stalks with shovels. There were scarcely any drills made. All this work was done by men with spades and shovels.
This method of potato planting is still adopted in kitchen gardens.
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2020-08-12 19:01
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The ground is first ploughed and harrowed till all lumps of clay are fined out. The ground is then opened into drills with a double plough. The potatoes are cut into sgiollán's - the large potatoes being cut into two or three parts. When cutting seed the cutters must be careful to leave at least one eye in each sgiollán. The seed potatoes are brought out to the field in bags. They are then laid in the drills about a food apart. Byre and stable manure are then spread over them. (Manure is spread over the potatoes to prevent crows from picking of sprouts while drills are open.)
Drills are then closed with a double plough and in course of time potatoes spring up.
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2020-08-12 19:00
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Knickanes is the best singer in this place.
He used to be singing for the other boys when he was young.
At dances in the country houses he used sing.
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2020-08-12 18:59
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The people used to have schools in barns long ago. The
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(1) Tumbling, (2) Dray, (3) Tram Cars.
(1) When a lever is pulled cart heaves up and tumbles out its contents. Used for carting potatoes and manure.
(2) Used when going to creamery, and for carting bags. Long and flat.
(3) Used for bringing home trams of hay.
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2020-08-12 18:58
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Made of best of steel - about 3" wide.
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the same thing until they would listen out side every house in the village. One night a girl got a mouth full of water and listened out-side a house and the woman of the house heard her walking out side and the woman started to sing about John Flanigan because she knew the girl did not like to hear her sing about an old man. So when she heard her she threw the water there and went off laughing.
The people also light twelve candles and whatever candle quenches first the people say that the person to whom the candle belonged to would die first.
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2020-08-12 18:58
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Blade is long and thin about 1" wide.
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2020-08-12 18:57
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Used for twisting hay when making sugans or ropes. The old type was a forked stick or gawlóg (gabhlóg). The one most commonly used now consists of a curved wire which revolves in a timber handle. As it revolves it twists hay. Two people are required to make sugans - one to draw out the hay from the hay rick and the other to twist the hay.
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2020-08-12 18:56
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Formerly set in ridges. When a farmer wished to 'break' a grass field he simply set the potatoes on the grass - three rows in each ridge. He then made a furrow between every three rows, and with the clay which he unearthed in the furrows he covered the potatoes. When the potatoes were ploughed up in the Autumn the field was 'broken'.
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2020-08-12 18:55
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On small Christmas night the people make a cake of boxty and put a ring into it. When it is baked they make tea and then they share the cake between every-one and the first person who would get the ring the people say that person would get married the first one of the crowd of people that would be in the house.. One night a woman got the ring and every-one said she would get married first and she got married a few months after.
The young girls get a cup of water and go to every house. Then one of the girl takes a mouth full of water and goes near the door and listens and the first man the people of the house speak of the girl would marry him.
Then another girl would take another mouth full of water and go to the next house and do
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2020-08-12 18:54
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In olden times wheat was sown in ridges. This method prevented the land from being water-logged as the surplus was drained off in the furrows between the ridges.
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2020-08-12 18:53
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When the old Church behind the "Pound" ceased to be used a Protestant named Constable lived in Rock Lodge. (Rock Lodge stood near Conway's corner opposite Vaughan's of Carrick Street) Constable kept pigs in the Sanctuary of the old Church. The pigs always lived to be fat, but when Constable went to sell them he always found them dead.
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2020-08-12 18:52
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A quern is an old machine for grinding wheat. It is made of two large round stones one over the other. The top stone fits into the under-neath one. There is a timber handle fitted in the side of the top stone. There is a hole in the middle of the top stone where the corn goes in. The handle of the top stone is twisted round until the corn is crushed into meal. This meal is called praupeen. The wheat to be thus crushed has to be first dried on a pan over the fire until a dark brown.
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Basket making was very much in evidence in Mullinahone in the past. There is still alive a member of the Keating Family who did a big trade in basket making.
The type of basket mostly made by this family was the round one with two handles. It took two people to carry it and it was mostly used for the picking of the potatoes and mangolds. The baskets were made of sally sticks which are to be found in great quantities in a swamp called the Mill Pond which is about a half mile from the Village of Mullinahone. They used to spend the summer months making baskets and had no trouble in disposing of them in the months of September and October at the fair of Callan.
Tom Keating of Mullinoly is the only member of the family who now earns his living by basket making.
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2020-08-12 18:49
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by striking the holes. Next the yard manure is put over the ridges with a horse and cart and next spread on the ridges. Next a man brings two horses and a plough again and cuts each dyke twice. Next the mould is put over the ridges with shovels. Then when the stalks are coming up over the mould the dykes are cut again with a horse and a plough. The second mould is put up with a shovel. Then they are finished until spraying. It is done about the 20th June. The spraying is done by using a spraying machine. Then they are sprayed with bluestone and washing soda mixed.
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There are several nice games which we like to play in the evenings when we are let home from school.
The principal one of these games is spinning tops. We have Spinning Tops and Flogging Tops. The former we spin with pieces of twine and the latter we flog with whips. The following is the game we play with Spinning Tops. First of all one player makes a ring on the ground. Then he spins his top in it. The other player throws his top at the one in the ring in order to put it out. This he has to do three times. If he fails the first player tries to break his top.
The following is the way to make a crib for catching birds. First of all get two pieces of Alder about a foot long,
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2020-08-12 18:46
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Long ago the people had no iron ploughs to turn the land. They dug it up with spades and they did all the tilling with spades. But now they have iron ploughs and they harness two horses into each plough. They plough four scribes to make a ridge. Next they harness one horse into a harrow and he brings the harrow four times over each ridge. Then they are ready for the seed potatoes. The potatoes are cut into two or three parts leaving one eye in each part. The slit with one eye is the best because the stalk would be stronger and the potatoes would grow bigger. (They) Then holes are dug with a spade and the slits are dropped into the holes and closed with a shovel
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2020-08-12 18:29
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There was once a man in this parish by the name of Sullivan who was very poor and he had a large family to support. One day as he was going to town to pay a debt which he owed to a shopkeeper. As he was nearing the wood he saw a piece of iron on the road at first he passed it by but he turned back again and he picked it up and put it in his pocket. When he was gone a few more steps he saw another piece of iron the road and he picked up also and put it in his pocket. When he was going back Moore Street he met a man who kept with him and when he went into a house and when he came out the man was waiting outside and kept with him for two days and never spoke a word. The man was taking in an underground channel and there was food and drink there. After being there for a number of days he was brought back again and he found himself near a fort and his two shoes were thrown across his shoulders and the soles of his feet were full of blisters and when he went home he told the story to everybody and the priest came to hear of it and he went to him and he told him not to tell the story to any other one.
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2020-08-12 18:19
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Once there lived in this parish a man who could cure people by drinking a few drops of their own blood. Whenever anybody would be taken seriously ill the people of the house sent for him and when he came he ordered everybody out of the room except the sick person.
Having procured a vessel of some kind he proceeded to open the person’s hand near the wrist. When he had a few drops in the vessel he bandaged the wound again. He then took the vessel in his hand and said strange words over it. He then gave the few drops to the patient to drink and no sooner had they drunk than they fell into a deep sleep and awoke completely cured.
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2020-08-12 17:52
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Before national schools were established in Sneem area the people were taught in little thatched cabins during the Winter, and during the Summer months they were taught in the open-air under hedges or fences.
There was one of these thatched cabins situated in Derryleigh and another in the village of Sneem. Nora Casey from Gerrah taught in Derryleigh and Patrick Brien taught in Sneem. Patrick Brien lived in his own home, and Nora Casey lived for a week or so in the house of each pupil.
As payment they got a bag of wool and a few potatoes from the
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2020-08-12 17:35
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It is supposed that gold is hidden in certain places in our locality. Some people hold that there is gold hidden is Sherkey Island which is an island lying to the east of Parknasilla about two and a half miles from our village of Sneem. A body of local men went searching for the treasure once. As they were searching and digging a towing boat came along and a group of small men in it. As they were nearing the shore they began to screach and howl and the men that were digging got such a fright that they ran and left the gold there, and no one attempted
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2020-08-12 17:32
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Hickey is a game which any number of children may play. It could be played on the road or on a clean flag.
Six squares must be made with chalk fairly big, and they must be marked, one, two, three, four, five and six. Each player must have a small piece of slate and put it at the edge and
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2020-08-12 17:28
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girls hold hands because they are two that must break off.
When the children are going around they repeat a rhyme such as "Climb the mountains one, two, three, Climb the mountains one, two, three. Then the two big girls break off and they go backwards and meet and they hold hands again and repeat the rhyme again.
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2020-08-12 17:24
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In this game any number of children may play; they call catch hands and form a ring. The two biggest
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I will get". Then when the leader refuses to give the cock and the hen the girl begins to run around her but the leader keeps running also and all the girls hold tightly to one another and go in the direction fo their leader but if the other catches one of them she has to go with her.
She keeps running around the leader until she succeeds in getting all the girls from her.
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2020-08-12 17:22
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In this game any number of children can play and one girl is to be the leader. The girl who is the leader stands at the top of the line and all the other girls stand behind her in a straight line and hold each other.
Then one of the girls comes and says to the leader "My father sent me for the cock and the hen" but the leader answers "The cock and the hen you won't get" but the girl answers "The cock and the hen
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2020-08-12 17:20
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and if she doesn't catch it she is out. Every child gets her turn and whoever does not let the ball fall when her turn comes becomes the winner.
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2020-08-12 17:20
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A class was once waiting for the late Dr. Maguire when he was professor in Maynooth.
Some lively young students found a stray donkey in the grounds and for a joke brought it in and tied it to the pulpit (or tub as they called it) where the Doctor was to lecture.
The doctor came in and began his lecture as usual. He never pretended to see the animal and the joke fell flat.
Considerably taken aback, a number of students then got up and with considerable pushing and confusion proceeded to put the donley out.
Then the Doctor paused and watched for a while.
In his usual deep voice he remarked:-"He came in unto His own and His own received Him not".
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2020-08-12 17:20
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Any number of children can play this game but one child is chosen to start the game. A ball is needed and the child holds the ball in her hands and when "one two three" is counted she throws the ball up and says "Oliver Twist cannot do this, what's the use in trying so, tip my to under it goes, Oliver, Oliver Twistie Oh. While she says these words she puts the ball under her feet and then throws it up
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2020-08-12 17:18
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"No because you're dirty you" Then they answer "Just as clean as you sir". The King says "Up and down the bannister" and she repeats it twice. Then she goes around the girls repeating it and brings each girl to her side, and what ever girl is the last to be brought over is the King for the next turn.
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2020-08-12 17:16
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This game which is called "There came a gipsy riding" is a favourite game played especially by the school children. This is how it starts. Six girls stand in one row and one girl who is called the King stands in front of them, and while going back and forward she says "There came a gipsy riding" and repeats it twice. Then the six girls say "what is he riding here for" and the King says "I am riding here to marry" and repeats it a few times. Then the girls say "Will you marry me, sir, me sir, me sire, and the King answers "No, because you're dirty, dirty, dirty
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2020-08-12 17:15
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had no hope of finding the people in the chapel on his return.
He went there however to see if everything were safe.
To his surprise he found the chapel still lighted up and his clerk still "going strong".
The priest quietly approached a window to listen, when he heard his deputy announcing with great fervour:_
"The 47th Station - Pontious Pilate stabs Judas in the Back"
(The above is a common story here)
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2020-08-12 17:13
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will make poor Johnny well
Johnny is sick and is going to die
and that will make poor Mary cry.
Mary, do not cry for Johnny will be with you by and by
This is said to each player and the one to whom it refers turns her back until all are finished.
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2020-08-12 17:12
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The priests are held in great veneration. Nevertheless funny stories are sometimes told about religious matters.
These stories however are never irreverent.
Example of This Kind of Story.....
Once during the course of Evening Devotions the local priest got a "sick call".
He hurried off but instructed the parish clerk to go on with the Stations of the Cross. He intended to return before devotions were over, so he quietly whispered the clerk "to drag out Stations for as long a time as possible"
The priest however was detained and
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This game is very simple and interesting. This is how it is played. The players form a ring and then the game begins. While playing the children sing this song .
Wall to wall to wallflowers,
Growing up so high
We are all young ladies
And we are sure to die
Then if you purchase
Tell the fellow's name
Johnny(or any other name) is a nice young man
He stands at the door until his hat in his hand
Up comes she all dressed in white
A rose in her bosom and her hearts delight
Doctor doctor can you tell what
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Once upon a time a fairy was going back to fairy land. Night over took her on her way so she crept into a daisy to sleep, and she was nice and warm till early on the next morning the daisy opened its petals and dew fell in on her. She was very angry and began to socld the daisy for lettling the dew fall on her.
The daisy blushed with shame and that is how the daisy got its pink petals.
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A few evenings ago I visited an old woman. This old woman lives in the village of Greencastle. She is about 85 years of age and she remembers a good few local happenings. I asked her to tell me something that happened in her own district. She told me a story of a house being burned. I told her that the master told us to write some good local happening. Her name is Mrs Philip McKinney She said this disaster occurred in the year 1923. This house was owned by the late Mr. John Cavanagh who lived in Drumaweir. It was rented to a man named Bernard Gormley who lived int he village of Greencastle. This man let the house every year to English visitors who came to it when they got their
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Good till morning." Night came, and men slept, but the hand of God was at work. As it drew near morning O'Donnell was rudely wakened by a loud rapping on the window. He called to his wife to get up and said "Get up they have come to knock it down." However it was Ormsby's coachman who said "What will you give me for good news in a voice of all concealed joy "Begorn" says O'Donnell I will give you the best pair of brogues I can make" "Ormsby is dead" said the coachman "So your little house can stand." The Tyrant, Ormsby who had spoken so stiffly yesterday, was powerless to execute his command today, and so, side by side on the banks of the Morning Star, his ruined castle and O'Donnell's cabin stand.
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Mass was celebrated on Leifrin Hill.
This is a conspicuous hill - quarter of a mile from Churchhill on Letterkenny road.
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the country said if she had got engines she might have been saved. The boat was owned by a man named McCorkell, who lived in Derry. Everyone was sorry about the disaster.
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I visited a man named Hugh Herrold. He is one of the very old fishermen and he knows a good few things that happened on the sea. He told me about a shipwreck that happened in the year 1884. The name of this boat was the Nocomas. She left Derry in the year 1884 to sail to New York This ship had no cargo when she was going to New York. But she was going out for a cargo. When she reached the metal man near Shrove the sea was so rough that she had to anchor there. The Derry tug boat came down to see where she was anchored. The tug boat found her at the Metal Man. The captain of the tug-boat asked the captain of the Nocomas to let him tow the boat into shelter. The captain of the Nocomas refused. The tug boat left him and went back to Derry. The storm got worse and a gale arose. The Nocomas broke her anchors and she drifted on the Toms Banks and was wrecked. The people on the shore saw flares on the boat before she sank. No one left the shore to go to the wreck. All the crew were drowned and the most of them were young boys. The people of Portstewart found pieces of the ship washed up on the shore. The people in
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For a chronic cold and "pains" some local people make a plaster of "the good of the cow" (Cow manure)
Once a man here in Crockraw was very ill and the local landlord went to see him. The landlord was tipsy as usual. He found the man in bed with a plaster of this kind on him, He got the man to get up. And he was a very hairy man. The landlord took him home and turned a hose on him. Then he clipped him with a horse clippers.
The man took the landlord to the law but the case was settled on payment of £50.
Record from Old Court House Churchhill
(Burned during the Tan war)
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Undoubtedly truth is often stranger than fiction, as in the case of this story although many years have passed since the occurence. It was in the bad days when people of Ireland were crushed and oppressed as no other race on Earth ever were, that there dwelt near the Village of Athlacca, in Co. Limerick a cruel tyrant called Ormsby. One day as he sat smoking in one of the magnificent rooms of his castle, the smoke from a local shoemaker's house wafted into his presence by slight breeze. In uncontrollable rage he sent an order to shoemaker O'Donnell to have his house knocked down before morning. Such was the law in those far off days. Picture poor O'Donnell that night all his hopes blasted for ever, his home doomed to be broken, and all because a whiff of smoke displeased Ormsby.
Still when he heard this unjust command all he said was "God is
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Just pull a hair out of your head and put it fair across your hand when the "maister" is going to give you a "pandy".
Then his ould cane will break in two "shares".
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My home district Ballykilroe is situated in the barony of Moycashel. It formerly belonged to Captain Smyth of Gaybrook. This extends from Casey's land to Deegans land. There are ten families living here. The Seerys, Piggots, Robinsons, Briens, Kennedys, Bakers, Rickards and Gannons. There are thirty-five people living in Ballykilroe and seven of these are over seventy. There names are Mrs Seery, Mrs Robinson, Mrs
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Mickey the Runner ran so fast he had to tie up one of his legs. But he was poor and had to hire out as a herd.
He went for a job in Glendowan. The farmer to try him out, asked him to bring home some mountain sheep from the far hills.
Micky said he would do that same and welcome.
The farmer waited for Micky and right enough he came back with all the sheep.
The farmer was well please and asked Micky if he had a hard job. Micky assured him that all the sheep were quite eeasy "but there was one wee brown devil among them that took a brave run out of me".
And the farmer when he looked found "the wee brown devil" was a hare.
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My home district Ballykilroe is situated in the barony of Moycashel. It formerly belonged to Captain Smyth of Gaybrook. This extends from Casey's land to Deegans land. There are ten families living here. The Seerys, Piggots, Robinsons, Briens, Kennedys, Bakers, Ricklards and Gannons. There are thirty-five people living in Ballykilroe and seven of these are over seventy. There names are Mrs Seery, Mrs Robinson, Mrs
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but there are not many now. Stockings and socks are usually knit by the woman of the house in my district.
Mrs Collis who lives in Lahanagh has a knitting-machine which I believe is splendid for knitting socks and stockings. Spinning wheels are few and far between.
People wear black on the ocassion of the death of a relative and for some time after. On St. Patrick's day people wear something green.
In olden times the tailor used a particular kind of measuring tape. It was a long sheet of brown paper, and when he was measuring a man for suit of clothes he would put the sheet of brown paper up on him. Then he would get a scissors and put a "nick" in the paper to mark where his knee and hips were.
There are no stories or sayings connected with tailors or tailoring of any importance.
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The Donegal greatly venerated The Swan.
They consider it very unlucky to kill a swan. They consider it unlucky even to have anything to do with one of these birds.
Some years ago Professor Kingsley Porter (of Harvard University) bought Glenveigh Castle. Some local person gave him some young swans and swan's eggs as presents. The eggs were hatched out by a goose and mothered by this bird.
They were kept in a pond in the grounds. The Professor was afterwards drowned (or lost) in one of the Donegal islands.
The local people are convinced that this happened because he kept the swans in his place.
(Local comment at the time of his death.)
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The townland in which I live is Mabrista. It is in the parish of Castletown Geo. and the Barney of Moychasel. It is a small townland only five families living in it. Two families of Dalys a family of Keegans and a family of Finleys and Rocks. There is a population of twenty three people in Mabrista. There are four houses in Mabrista two thatched houses, and two slated houses. Tim Carey owns the greatest part of Mabrista. There are 68 acres in Mabrista and Tim Casey owns 30 acres of it. Jim Finlay, Mary Rock, Bridge Rock and Maggie Daly left Mabrista and went to England. Mabrista is mentioned in a song. John Finlay is the best singer in Mabrista. He is 64 years of age. The land of Mabrista is fairly good. There are two acres of it under bog.
Mabrista means the broken plain. It got its name after the time when all Ireland was covered with ice. When the ice was melting it gathered stones and gravel with it, and as it was passing Mabrista it left some behind it, and so divided the plain.
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The townland in which I live is Mabrista. It is in the parish of Castletown Geo. and the Barney of Moychasel. It is a small townland only five families living in it. Two families of Dalys a family of Keegans and a family of Finleys and Rocks. There is a population of twenty three people in Mabrista. There are four houses in Mabrista two thatched houses, and two slated houses. Tim Carey owns the greatest part of Mabrista. There are 68 acres in Mabrista and Tim Casey owns 30 acres of it. Jim Finlay, Mary Rock, Bridge Rock and Maggie Daly left Mabrista and went to England. Mabrista is mentioned in a song. John Finlay is the best singer in Mabrista. He is 64 years of age. The land of Mabrista is fairly good. There are two acres of it under bog.
Mabrista meqans the broken plain. It got its name after the time when all Ireland was covered with ice. When the ice was melting it gathered stones and gravel with it, and as it was passing Mabrista it left some behind it, and so divided the plain.
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The teacher at the time was reputed to be a good Classical scholar.
The teacher had two sisters. They were very good to the boy. They subsequently lived in Letterkenny. The Cardinal on his visits to Letterkenny invariably visited those old people and sat at their little kitchen fire for a long chat.
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There are no tailors in my district. There was a tailor called Smith about a quarter of a mile from our house but he died about a year ago. He wasn't a merchant tailor that is to say the material was brought to him and he made it into suits. A merchant tailor keeps his stock of materials and makes the suit to order. A tailor when sewing with his hand sits on a table with his legs crossed under him. His thimble has no bottom in it and he draws the needle and thread up straight through his hand . When the tailor is at work he uses a long-shaped iron called a "goose" a sewing-machine, an ironing-board, scissors, and measuring-tape. Some years ago there usd to be journey-men tailors. They used to go around from house to house doing any sewing that people wanted done
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holidays. The visitors sent a letter to Mr. Gormley to say that they were coming to the house the next day. One night the women were cleaning the house for the visitors. They left some bedclothes at the fire and when they were at home a fire arose. A man named Lynott who also lived in Greencastle got a ladder and he threw down the slates with a pitchfork from the roof and he saved the house. Everyone was saved.
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Measles - Nettle water. The nettles are washed and boiled. The water is given to the patient. The local people refer to it as "Nettle Bree".
Whooping Cough - If the patient goes to a house of a husband & wife who were of the same surname before marriage. If he gets a piece of bread and butter without asking for it he will be cured.
The seventh son is reputed to have a cure for most complaints.
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My father told me some local happenings. Here they are. There is a rock about 200 yards outside of Inishowen Head and it is called Mad Man's Rock. About 40 years ago a steamer was leaving Derry called the Mad Man, bound for some English Port. After the steamer left off the pilot she went off to sea and she hit the rock and was lost. The crew was saved by the life-boat.
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Knockmore
Is so called because there is a very high hill there. There is a Mass rock near this hill where Mass was read in the Penal days.

Fir-na-Ree
In this field there are stones standing which represent the men of the King

Bealrath
There is a mound here and that is why this field is called Bealrath.

Aughaveen
A man was ploughing here one Sunday and the horses ran away. There was a well in this field and the horses ran into it and they were never got.

Raheen
is situated near Ballinagore. There was a well here and the man who owned it refused to let the people get water. He built a high wall around it. One night the well overflowed and flooded his land and went into his house. He told the people to get
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There is a rock down in the tide facing the Fort Hotel and it is called the Soldiers' Rock. Long ago there were soldiers stopping in the fort. One of them went down in this rock and fell in and was drowned. That is how it got its name.
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When a person has mumps a donkey's halter is put on his head.
Then a husband & wife who were of the same surname before marriage lead him round a well three times.
Then he was cured.
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I got this folklore from John Bradley of Balleighan In the year 1900 there was a ship built in Derry. A tug took her down from Derry. The tug was taking her to get an engine in her. When she went out to the rough water she had to turn and come back again. When she was on her way back she went on the rocks at the Warren Light-house. There were some men on her. She was called the Neratie. The life-boat went out to her and took the men off her The ship was badly broken and she had to be fixed. The men that were working at her put cement in the holes. Then they took her to Derry and got her fixed
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Once during a battle near Letterkenny and near the side of the present L. & L.S Railway line the O'Donnells buried a foal's skin filled with gold
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I got this story from John Bradley, Balleigham. He is about 50 years of age. He works on a farm. This happening happened about 80 years ago. One time a man went down a "secrent" bray in Shrove. When he went down the bray he never was seen again. no body ever saw him after that. It is called Murderhole bray since that
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1. "Gentle" places are places haunted by the fairies.
2. Holly trees especially if growing in "gentle" places must not be cut.
3. The same applies to hazel.
3. I have seen women in other districts marking with a cross eggs about to be hatched. The cross was made with a burnt stick. The practice is not common here. They do not go around to "bless the crops" on St. John's Night".
These customs are common in other districts especially in the South
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2020-08-12 16:39
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My granny lives next door to us and I asked her did she know any local happening She said she did. She is 85 years of age. Her name is Mrs Donnelly. She lives in the village of Greencastle. This is what she told me. There is a rock below the old fort hotel. Soldiers fished there long ago. The rock got its name from the soldiers. It is called the Soldier's Rock. One day a man went down to fish with a rod. His name was Robert Beard. When he was fishing a fish came to his line and he
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"Angel" then. The "Devil" is treated in the same way. The "Angels" then fight with "Devils" and whoever wins has the game.
Indoor Games:-
The Last Letter:-
All the players sit down on the floor and form a circle excepting one who remains outside, walking round and round with a letter in his hand singing as he goes, I wrote a letter to my love and by the way I droped it, and some of you have picked it up "not you" "not you" "but you". The one he leaves the letter on must run and try to catch him before he gets in. If he fails then he must remain outside and take up the letter and go round singing as before.
Forfeits:-
At the begining of the game each player must pay a "forfeit". The are taken charge of by one of the company. Then he sits down on a chair and another person kneels beside the holder of "forfeits" placing his head on his lap, face
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In the last generation half or more of the marriages of the district were "run away matches". The young man and his "intended" went to a local dance. They danced together most of the night. Then during the course of the final dance, both slipped quietly out of the door.
They were married next day and quietly after a suitable interval, returned to their homes.
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was not thinking and he fell in. His body was never found.
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My father was once fireman in a small tug boat This tug boat belonged to the Moville Steam Shipping Company. One day One day while the boat was towing a large ship or steam trawler ran into her and sank her The name of this tug boat was the Earl of Dunraven It was at Inistrahull sound that this disaster happened. No one was lost in this accident. it happened in the year of 1920. The crew got into the small and hastened to the shore. No one ever tried to pick her up again. It was this tug's first ship to tow.
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Liobar - (a) soft-mouthed (b) untidy
Rísín (reeshin) - a thin heifer
Stag - withered old potatoe - a heartless person
Meágram - a lightness with the head
Strug - milk out dry (strig)

Cabóg - a rustic

Griscín - broiled or fried portions of meat - heart, liver etc of animals

Éara (aira) - rough sore skin from harsh wind
Gríosadh - hot ashes with small live coals
Súilíni - little pieces or eyes of fat on soup
A Thaisce - my love - my pet

Congnamh work
- helping widows or helpless neighbours with farm work - often done on Sunday mornings (Free)

LAMAS WIND - around 1st August - Makes game fly
LAMAS FLOOD
A certain kind of boggy hay if not cut before it gets the Lamas Wind is said to lose quality

Gíc (geek) - a movement or noise
Clert - a stroke
D (?) - a stroke

Dairt - clod
- the old DART - the old home neighbourhood

Párdóg - a large loosely woven creel (Cliabh) for hay - also called a "Fly"

Sugán - hay or straw rope
Cúplaí (couples) - rafters

Finiú (finoo) - life or sparkle
there's not the right "FINIÚ" in that fire
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the well. They drink some of the water there. There is a cure for sore eyes in Kilmaley blessed well. Those who want to cure their eyes must go there on Thursdays. Some people rub the water on their eyes and others drink the water. There is a tree near Kilmaley blessed well and the people leave beads and flowers there. Kilmaley blessed well also removed across the river. There is no fish in it.
Loughburke blessed well removed from where it was at first. A woman took water out o fit to boil potatoes. The next morning it had removed across the lake. We can still see the space where it crossed the lake, it is of a dark colour. There is no fish in Loughburke blessed well
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The former local landlord here drank more than was good for him. During his lifetime he took a huge delight in mocking people drunk - especially if they were old men and "characters".
One morning an old man called with him and the landlord proceeded to make him drunk as usual. The old man however was aware of his games and shammed drunk after a drink or two.
He lay down, gave a few unearthly groans and then lay still as death. Frequent shakings failed to get him up and the landlord became alarmed.
He took the old man on his back and made for his home, for he was afraid lest the old fellow die with him. After frequent rests and much blowing and puffing he arrived at the back of Churchhill. Here there is a green "knoll". For a final rest before entering the old fellow's house the landlord let old James down here. Then the old chap jumped up as brisk as a youngster and said "Thank you Mr H------. Very kind of you to "trait" me so nicely and it was just too nice of you. Will you not come in now and rest yourself"
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I visited the home of Mrs William Carey who lives in the townland of Ballymacarthur and whose age is near 63. I asked her to tell me why is Durnog Rock called such a funny name. She told this one. Not far from my home there is a rock. The name it is called by everyone is Durnog Rock. It seems a very funny name. The rock is in a sucoh and it is on a height. It is a great size and it is so high that if you were in under it you would think it was going to fall on you. When rain comes the water comes gushing down over the rock. The water has a good height to fall. The rock sits in a very funny position. It is on a great big bray. The old people used to say the reason it was called Durnog Rock is because it was the old belief that long ago ten men began to fight near that rock. They fought for a long time. One of the men caught the rock and threw it at the other man but he did not kill him. It is always since called Durnog Rock and it is believed that it must have been a giant that threw it
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There are three blessed in my townland namely Kilmaley blessed, Knocknakilla blessed well and Lough Burke.
Kilmaley blessed is dedicated to the blessed virgin. The days for performing the rounds are Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The rounds are performed in this manner. Come to the statue of blessed virgin and say Our Father and five Hail Marys. Then go to the next statue and say the same prayers. Go all around the boitrín and say one Our Father and five Hail Marys. When that is finished take off your shoes and come along on your knees to
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Outdoor games:-
Trades
First of all the children get into a line and then two of them choose equal number of children and then each sides take hands. One of the sides goes away and chooses a trade such as:- Wood Cutters, Bottle Washeres, etc. They give the other side the initials of the trade and then they have to work it. If they guess right the run after the others and whoever is caught first must stay on the other side. Then the other side does the same.
Colours:-
The children form a line and then three of them stand out. One of them must be a "Devil" and the other an "Angel" and the latter the "namer". The "namer" whispers a colour into each child's ear. Then he calls the "Angel" and makes him turn his back to the children, then the "namer" asks what colour did he want. When the "Angel" answers a colour the "namer" must ask the children which of them is it. They go along with the
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name of it is Saint Daras. It is supposed there is an eel living there. The water of it is good for curing eyes and people perform rounds there on Sundays and Thursday. There were a lot of old houses in the parish. Most of the people had no land and they left and went to other lands. There was a lot of old trees in the parish. There are a lot of Irish names in our land.
Páirc an copair, An gleann bog, An Riaoig, Páirc and laog, páirc a bócair, bócair, bócain buidhe.
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My granny lives in Greencastle. SHe is 85 years of age. her name is Mrs Donnelly. I asked her did she know of any local happenings. She said she did. So this is what she told me She told me that she had a son in a schooner called the Scotchman. She ran from Derry to Maryport. On her last voyage in the year 1906 she sank. There were seven men on board this schooner. When she was coming to Derry with a load of coal she sank. it will be 31 years on the fifteenth of February. The names of the local people who were aboard her were, Hugh Donnelly, Pat McGonagle, Dan Begley, Captain Rockford and John Steel. My granny does not know the names of the others. The schooner went with the wind. She had no engine. This boat was built in the year 1899 and she was built in Belfast. Neither the Scotchman nor the bodies were ever found. So that was the end of the Scotchman. My uncle joined the Scotchman in the year 1803. It is said that Pat McGonagle's body was found at a place called Inishturk, an island off the coast of Galway.
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One day St Kevin happened to visit Glendalough. He was introduced to the king who lived there at that time. St Kevin noticed that the king looked sad and asked him what troubled him. The king said that his favourite bird died that morning.
Then St Kevin asked the king what would he give to the man who would bring the bird back to life "I would give him all the land that it would fly over" said the king. St Kevin asked for the bird and having rubbed it three times the life came back.
The bird was let fly but to the king's the bird flew over all his land. the king got so angry that he called for his six sons to kill St. Kevin. Just as the six sons came out St Kevin raised his hand and changed the king and his six sons into the seven churches of Glendalough
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I often heard my Aunt talking about the food they had long ago. At breakfast they used to have stirabout. Sometimes they had to go out and cut the corn. The women of the house had to go out and cut the corn and bring it in. They used to have potatoes and milk for their breakfast also. They used to have no coats going to school but shawls. The old people sowed flax. We have a lot of fields at home and these are the names of them. Field of the fort, the cuilín, the big meadow, the paipcín, the Inch, The Cuppough, An pae mór, Poll na caillúip because a tailor was drowned there long ago.
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(1) What coloured letters do we eat? Green Peas.
(2) Why is your nose in the middle of your face?
It is the scenter.
(3) Why is the letter "O" the noisiest of vowels?
Because all the others are inaudible.
(4) Why is the letter "D" like a wedding ring?
Because you could not have wed without it.
(5) What is it a cat has and no other animals?
Kittens.
(6) What goes most against the farmer's grain?
A Reaping Machine.
(7) Why is a Schoolmaster like a man with one eye?
When he has a vacancy for a pupil.
(8) If the Father is head of the family, what is the oldest son? The heir of course.
(9) What is it that has a tongue but cannot talk? A Shoe.
(10) What is it that has an eye but cannot see? A Needle.
(11) What is it that has feet but cannot walk?
A Bed.
(12) What is it that has ears but cannot hear?
A Pot.
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Penal Days are so called because harsh laws were made by the English Government for the Irish people. During those Penal Days this certain thing happened. Three wicked men made a plan to kill a Priest. They hired a jarvey's Car and arriving at the Priest's House late one night, and told him that they wanted him to come on a sick call. Immediately the Priest got ready and went with them on the car to a place called Kilneer a few miles from Drogheda. They then got off the car and went up a narrow land which ran along the top of a quarry.
The Priest being on the side next the quarry, they did not go far up the lane until they shove the Priest into the quarry and they ran away thinking they had killed the Priest.
The next morning a workman going to his work happened to look over the side of the quarry and saw the Priest standing on the briars unhurt. He went to a near-by house and got a rope and pulled the Priest to the top of the quarry.
Very soon after these men got terrible deaths. One hanged himself, one cut his throat and the other man fell down the stairs and broke his neck.
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my house is it was the O'Brien's who were living there a long time ago. From mostly all of the old ruins that we see to-day the inhabitants were evicted. There was a house very near us and we can still see the place where it was situated. There was a crowd of people going around with the sherriff evicting the people. These were called the Crowbar Brigade. When the people were evicted some of them joined the Brigade and others emigrated to America. They had to go because they were very poor and they could not make a living at home. They had to go rather than die with hunger. A lot of them had to go begging because they had no money to pay their way to America.
There are a lot of old people in my townland but only a few of them can speak Irish. The following is a list of these who can speak Irish. Tom McMahon and Mrs. McMahon, Pat Lynch and Mrs. Lynch. It is very nice to hear an old person telling stories of long ago.
The land is fairly good in my townland. There was a forest going through the valleys of Kilcolumb long ago. We see at present the sticks peeping over the ground.
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ran out and the priest got away
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In olden times the yoemen were always trying to capture priests.
One man said he would pretend he was sick and he sent a messenger for the priest and he had the yoemen waiting outside
When the priest came the yoemen ran to catch him but the priest said let him go the man was very bad. The yoemen let the priest in to see the man He was dead and there were beetles coming out of his nose ears eyes and all over him and they gave them such a fright that the yeomen
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I got this story from a man who is dead now. He gave it to my father. When the English were after the Irish there were two pipers hiding on the English because the English would kill them. So they had to hide. They made a trench to hide in. The trench is from Balybrack shore to Piper Hill. It starts exactly below Ballybrack Cottage. It ends at Harry Diver's house. These two pipers had pipes with them. This man who is dead and his ancestors and fore-fathers told him that they have heard the music. The said that it was the nicest music ever they have heard, in their lives. At first one of them could not play the pipes but the other fellow taught him to play. Then he was better than the fellow that taught him. These were two brothers. Their father and mother were killed by the English. These pipers got old and died in the trench. Ever since that, that place has been called Piper Hill.
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''Now my man '' she said '' you shall suffersfor your blaguards trick'' and while saying so she lifted a small clothes brush from a shelf nearby and threw it at the man striking him between the two eyes with it. From that day till he died - the man was blind and so he was well punished for digging the fairy fort.
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Long ago a priest by the name of Father O'Keeffe lived over at St Kierans. He used to have to go to Fancroft to say Mass. One morning his horse went home lame. He met a protestant near his house and he asked him to drive him to Fancroft. He said to go and get some of his own crowd. The priest said "You will be there when I come back."
When the priest came back that
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There are certain nights of the year when all the fairies and all the evil spirits and "pookas" are free to roam the country-side and to pass from one fort to another. These nights are as follows "Halloween", "Christmas Night" "Mid Summer Eve" and the "Bone Fire Night".
I have often heard old people tell a story about a man who lived in the village of Ballintogher, Co. Sligo. He was a very courageous man and would never believe in "fairies" or "ghosts" and neither would his wife.
On one occasion a few days before "Halloween" he ploughed a fort which was on his land.
On "Hallow Eve Night" his wife and two daughters went visiting a neighbour's house. All fared well until about eleven o'clock he heard a loud, smart, vicious knock at (came) (to) his door and without futher notice a small red-haired lady came right into the hall.
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When the chairs and tables crack it is the sign of rain. When the wind comes from the South it is a sign of warm weather.
When the crickets sing loudly it is the sign of stormy weather
When the Northern lights appear in the sky it is the sign of wet weather
When the moon and sun have golden circles round them it is a sign of a change in the weather.
When the ducks quack it is sign of rain
When there is a dark cloud hanging over the hill top it is a sign of rain.
When the moon is cloudy it is a sign of rain
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When there is a ring around the moon it is a sign of bad weather.
When the sea birds come inland it is a sign of bad weather
When the cat sits with her back to the fire it is a sign of bad weather
When there is a blue flame in the fire it is a bad sign of the weather.
When there is a rainbow in the east it is a sign of stormy weather
When the cat scrapes it is a sign of stormy weather.
When openings show in the sky it is a sign of wild weather.
When the walls are damp and the cricket sings it is a sign of bad weather
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Boru left Tara for the great fight with the Danes his army passed over Carrick Hill south of Roscrea and some of the chieftains made for a hill called "Knock na Mace" now known as "Golden Grove Hill. This hill was used by them to light signal fires to call all his clans of the six counties together. Any one can see these six counties on a clear day, and all the clans marched to Kildare to join Brians forces for the great fight that broke the power of the Danes in Ireland. After the fight as the clans marched home the O'Connors camped on Eagle Hill, and a dispute arose between Ely O'Carroll and O'Connor had a fight followed in a hallow known as the Giants hallow. There is a large mound of earth in this hollow with a lot of small stones on it. This is believed
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To see a rainbow in the morning is the sign of bad weather.
To see a cat with her back towards the fire signifies bad weather.
A cloudy moon is the sign of a storm
The soot falling down the chimney signifies stormy weather.
If the wind comes in an easterly direction in the beginning of the year is the sign of good weather in Ireland
When the sea is rough it is the sign of bad weather.
To see the sky with stars twinkling in it is the sign of frosty weather.
To see the sheep coming home is the sign of a storm
To see a cat scratch a table or chair is the sign of bad weather.
When birds go about in clusters it is the sign of stormy weather
A rainbow at night is the shepherd's delight
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Situated in the parish of Kilmaley. There are twelve houses in it but there were seven more long ago. There were a lot of ruins to be seen a few years ago but there are very few to be seen at present. The commonest name in my townland is Connellan. My father told me of what's happened to the people long ago. Where
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I got this story from my uncle Charles. he is 70 years of age. He tells me when you see the stars very bright it is a sign of rain or frost. When you hear the birds singing it is a sign of good weather.
When there is a blue blaze in the fire it is the sign of a storm.
When it is very cold in the evenings it is a sign of good weather the next day.
It is an old saying that when you see the moon coming and going away again it is a good sign of the weather.
It is an old saying that when you see the waves and the sun out and the birds going mad it is a sign of a spill
Old people said in olden times that when they saw a ring around the rainbow it was a sign of ice and frost and snow.
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The floor of the old houses were made of mud, and daub, and when there cabins were first erected, all the young boys and girls of the neighbour-hood gathered in and danced all the night so as to harden the floor, and to make it fit for walking on. The cabins were always built in the shelter of a hedge, wood, or valley, just as the hedge-schools were built.
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Upper stone revolves within lower one. Top stone is on a kind of pivot and can be raised ore lowered according as meal is required coarse or fine.
(1) Praupeen is used on new milk.
(2) " " " to fill puddings.
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When the sun shines on the rocks, it is a sign of showery weather
When there are openings in the sky at night it is the sign of a storm.
When the crane leaves the shore and goes to the hill there is going to be rain.
When the weasels run about it means a coming storm
When the morning is grey and the evening red the next day is going to be good.
If the smoke goes up straight in the evening. the next three days are going to be good.
When the frogs are out at night there is going to be lain.
When the hens stay out late in the evening it is going to be a bad day the next day
When there is a frog on the hill there is going to be rain.
When it is raining and the stars shining it is the sign of a storm.
When there is fog on the shore it is for good weather.
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In olden times the houses in which the people lived were much more old-fashioned than those exisitng nowadays. In olden times nearly all the houses were thatched but some of them were only roofed with mud and sticks. Nearly all the old houses had a bed in the kitchen and this was called a "kitchen-bed" or a "Pooch-bed". This bed was usually placed in the corner along the fire place. In ancient times the houses had no glass in the windows but instead they used kind of mats made from straw. Such mats were used for mattresses in their little bed.
Half-doors are not now common in my district, but they were in former times. The doors which existed long ago were not made of wood, but they were made from some kind of sods know locally as "flakes". Turf and sticks were used for fire, and the light was procured from rush candles made locally, and every house-hold made hundreds of rush candles every Summer for Winter use.
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a distance of one and a half miles every Sunday unaided, without making a mistake. People used often go to see him cutting the scallops, but they should always keep a certain distance from him, for if he thought he was being watched, he would immediately down tools.
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Thatching was very common in this parish up to a short time ago. Nearly every farmer's house was a thatched one, and in addiiton each farmer had a couple of cocks or reeks of hay to thatch every year.
There was a very exceptional case in this parish in connection with thatching. A blind man named Thomas Ryan lived in Mullinoly who was not only a first class thatcher but he used to actually go out to the ditches with a scallop knife and cut and prepare all the scallops required for the job on hands. The same man used to come to Mass in Mullinahone,
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what did he see but a great dance and music and about fifty fairies with their little queen sitting in the middle. Then a small man came over to him and said mortal what brought you here. He never spoke then the fairy said. "this is a great wedding between the faries of Lis na Neeran and the Lis of Geera., come you must give something to the bride and bridegroom and take something instead. The fairy took him to the centre where the faries were he looked all around him at a loss to know what he would give. Then he noticed one small fairie looking and winking at him and she stepped over to him and said Tom take nothing but give the screw of your fiddle so he took out one of the screws and offered it with best wishes. Now in return the bridegroom handed him a lovely fiddle of course he refused on the
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I asked a man in the neighbourhood if he remembered any local happening. I asked him if he would relate one for me. He said he would with pleasure. His name is Patrick Burns. The Warren Lighthouse, Greencastle, aged about 53. He said he remembered the night of December, 11th, 1900 which was a very stormy night. The wind was blowing from the North east. The new, ship Neritea, which was built in Derry for an Austrian Company was being towed to Newcastle to be engined, there being no engines put in ships in Derry at that time. Owing to bad weather outside the headlands she had to put back to Lough Foyle again. But on the way up the Lough the tug lost control with the result that the ship ran on the rocks at a place called the Cove. She was no sooner on the rocks than a number of men ran to report the wreck to the lifeboat coxswain shouting; "big ships on The Cove"
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the top rung of the chair. The rows being kept close together. The work is continued from the front rung to the back rung until it is completed.
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the top rung of the chair. The rows being kept close together. The work is continued from the front rung to the back rung until it is completed.
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Sugan chairs are still used in all the farmers' houses around Mullinahone.
The sugan or rope is first made. A little hazel stick wtih a crook on it called a philibeane is used. A little loob is made of the hay into which the philibeane is stuck. The sugan is then twisted to the required length. It is then folded into a ball and taken into the kitchen.
The sugan is then wound around
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The thatcher gathers hazel sticks and cuts them into scallops. Then he draws the straw and places it in bundles, wheaten straw being the best. When he is ready he places a ladder on the house. Then he puts up what he calls a streak - about one foot wide. About four streaks is considered a day's work.
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This story was told to me by Aunt. Her name is Ellen McCann. His age is 74. She lives in Drumaweir. There is a place in the townland of Carrohugh called Murderhole. It is said that bailiffs came to evict a family at this place. The neighbours all gathered to try to stop this eviction. It resulted in a fierce fight, in which one of the bailiffs was murdered, and the place is known as murderhole ever since.
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In olden times, and before slates and tiles were known, houses were covered with thatch. Heather from the mountains and reeds from the bogs were the first materials used for thatch. Afterwards the people began to grow wheat, and the wheat being very long was more suitable for thatch.
Then men turned specially to thatching so that it soon became an art. A thatcher's outfit consists of a long iron needle to sew the first layers of straw to rafter by means of tar rope, a pairing knife to point the hazel sticks, a wooden mallet to drive the hazel sticks into position, a wooden rake wtih iron teeth for combing the straw, a shears for trimming the eaves.
The thatcher commences by laying the straw at the bottom or eaves, packing it firmly in regular breadth, 12 inches wide, until he reaches the top. The layers of straw are held down by means of hazel pegs.
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I went a few evenings ago to a man whose name is John McLaughlin. I asked him did he know of any folklore. He told me he did He is over 90 years of age. He lives in Drumaweir. He told me how Ballybrack got its name. This is what he said. One time there was a man in Drumaweir and he had an old horse and he called him Ballymore and from that on that is how Ballybrack got its name. The old man told me that man came in the time of the war. The man faces the south of the world.
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About 40 years ago there lived in Glenagivney a man named Edward McLaughlin. He went to Moville fair with his horse and cart. He stayed in Moville until it was night. When he reached the top of the hill at a place called Barnes about a mile from his home it was a very dark night and his horse could
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My great-grandmother remembers to see this group of houses knocked and she said they were a lot better than the ones that were built instead of them. The new houses that were built there it added to the greatness of the town. Afterwards shops were set up there and lamps and oil and wicks were sold there so that the people here or elsewhere did not want the old lamps any more.
These old fashioned lamps are still to be found in remote parts of Kerry but it is seldom they are used. I don't think there are any of them around Abbeydorney.
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butter make a very good ointment for healing.
The Ash leaves when boiled on water are good for rheumatism and for the heart.
The Ivy leaves are good for dieing or claning.
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Long ago the houses were far different to those of late years, because the people were too poor to have big mansions, and the people had not the proper means to build them.
The houses were generally made of mud and thatched with straw or rushes, and some of them had [?] mud roofs. Very few people had stone or mortar houses except the landlords or English people.
These mud houses were very dark inside, and most of them were very low, and it took a long time to build them. The farmers that time
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There is a lot of forts around Laccamore, and Abbeydorney. There is one in Cloghers, Ardfert near my grandmother's. It belonged to Mr. Pierce last year. But he sold his farm, and he bought out Palmer's old house. He is not living in it yet. But soon he will
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not see the road. There was no ditch on either side of the road. And his horse went off the road and tumbled. So the cart upset and the poor man was under the cart. He was a long time lying there helpless. His daughter came to meet him. They were frightened and the ran to the nearest house for help. And with the aid of two men they carried him. There he lay for over two weeks suffering until he died. He left a widow and two daughters
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were pulled off then and they were then left there until they were dry. Then the bricks were stocked and made into ricks like ricks of turf and then when they were dry they were drawn into a kiln and then they used to make arches with the bricks inside in the kiln and throw turf down in them and burn them.
They stayed up at night watching for fear the fire would go out and when the bricks would be a long time burning they would be taken out, and they made very heavy solid bricks.
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There is a road leading from Greencastle to the Crossroads and it is called the Pound Road. In olden times there was a field called the Pound Field. I think it is the field at the back of Smith's House. I understand this field was kept specially for animals found by the police on the roadside or animals that were trespassing on other people's property. When such animals were put into this field, the owners could not take them out without paying a fee to the caretaker. That is how the Pound Road got its name.
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There were bricks made above in Drownocunnig once. There was a kiln there. They chose that place because the land was all yellow mud or boulder clay from which the bricks were made.
First of all they dug the mud and wet it with water and danced down on it and mixed it and re-mixed it to toughen it and next they put a man up on a table and a tub of water on the table also and the mud was put on the table and the man put it into moulds and dipped the moulds in the water and put them down on the table again and then the bricks were taken and placed on the grass and the moulds
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I was told this story by a man named Mark Brown. His age is 54 in April, Mark Browne, Drumaweir Moville, Co Donegal. He has been in that place since he was born. He is a farmer. He is a farmer since his father died. His father left him the farm.
There was a woman one time called Elizabeth Knox. Her house was burned at four oclock in the morning. No body knew how it was burned. She was burned herself and two young children. The very parts were melted and the few coppers she had were melted also. She lived in Ballingham.
There was a piper one time who went down to the shore and went up a cave. He was heard playing his pipes in Ballybrack Hill. That is the reason it got the name of Piper Hill. When the piper was going up the hill the tune that he played was "The farther in the deeper, the piper's in the hole" He went on playing till he went out at a hill called Crack a Oualien. When he reached Crack a Oualien he came out of the cave and went over and sat on a heap of stones. He played his pipes. After he was done playing he sat down and looked all round the whole place. It is a very very long time since the
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Away out in the Shrove Mountains there lived a man named Neil McLaughlin known as Clenane. One day in January, 1880 he left home with a few sheep he had, to sell them in Moville fair. After selling them he made purchases of household goods in the shops and having something to eat set out for home. While on the way a terrible snowstorm came on, blotting out all landmarks. When he was some distance out in the mountains he lost his way and after wandering about for a time he became exhausted and lay down in the shelter of a rock and was soon fast asleep. The people at home were not anxious about him as they naturally thought that when the night was so stormy he had put up for the night in some neighbour's house. Towards evening the next day his wife became anxious that Neil did not come home. The neighbours all collected from far and near and made up several parties with lamps. They searched the mountain parties with lamps. They searched the mountain sides until dawn but failed to find any trace of Neil McLaughlin. Eventually they set out again and at nightfall they found the dead body of Neil under a rock where he lay down to rest
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The house was burnt by the I. R. A. in 1923.
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their lands. The principal reason on this was that he did not like to have too many small farmers in his territory and he used to evict them pull down their houses and out of the small farms make big farms. In this way he put many poor people out of their lands, and of course they weren't thankful to him.
Many of the houses in this village belong to the Crosbie's and mostly all in Ardfert. "Billy the Leveller" levelled houses around Ballysheen.
Some of the Crosbie's are buried near the great house and others of them are buried in Ardfert Abbey.
The grand gate is nearly middle ways in the village. This gate is leading to the house. The house was built about 300 yds from the main entrance but it is now in ruins. The grand gate in standing still but is not very well kept.
The ruins of the great house are still to be seen.
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on that fatal four night. Ever since that rock is known as Neil Glenane's Rock.
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In the Ballymacarthur hill there is a big rock called the Marwoman Rock. It got its name because about 60 years ago there was a woman who went about the country. Every night she came to sleep at this rock. She frequented this for a long time. At last she died and her body was found under the rock one cold morning. They people of that neighbourhood are afraid of he ghost.
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In the penal days our priests were not allowed to say Mass in our Churches as they were hunted by protestants. There is a quarry of rocks in Ballymacarthur. In this quarry the priests often said Mass. And since that time it is known as the Altar Rocks.
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Crosbies and others were sent here and large ranches of land were given to them. These estates were divided up into farms and rented to farmers.
Mr. Crosby the last of that family and his friends left about 20 years ago and went to Glasgow. The people around the districts drove them away from their home and soon after their home was burned. This house was commonly known as "the Great House".
Mr. Kelly of Ardfertwas his agent. He used go round to all the farmers in his territory and collect the rent. When Mr. Crosby went to Scotland he left Mr. Kelly and Mr. Lawlor in charge of the place. After a time people bought out farms from him and now own them themselves. Others bought parts of his own demesne farm and are living on them.
The present Mr. Crosbie's grandfather was called "Billy the Leveller" because he used knock down people's houses and put them out
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There is a well in Ballinghan known as the Tonbrage Well. There is a cross on the top of the well. The well is shaped like a house. And the priests often said Mass at this well. Any anyone who uses the water that is in the well will get a cure.
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There is a ship-wreck in the mouth of the old channel at Moville. She was sunk by a steamer and the steamer that sank the ship drove on and did not come to the rescue. The Moville stamer heard the crash and went to her rescue. They saved all the crew. The remains of that ship is there yet. She was a sailing vessel, called the Randa, and they put a buoy on top of her which they call the Wreck Buoy
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(continued) paper was in Ballybrack Hill
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This story was told to me by my grandfather who is 80 years of age.
There is an old cave near the Ballybrack Hill. Years ago it is said that an old priest was saying Mass outside this cave. It was the time the jews were in Ireland. The jews saw the cave and the wondered what it was. They went up to is and there they found the priest. And they were going to kill him. But before they put him to death the priest put his bare foot on a stone that was beside the cave, and the footmark still remains. When some people are going to the hill they put their bare feet on the stone because there is a cure in it. There was a little church in the same place and there was a statue in the church. The jews smashed the statue and set the church on fire.
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This story was told to me by my aunt, Katie. She lives in Carrowhugh and her age is 50 years. There is a well in Tardrum known as the Talridge. It was blessed by Saint Patrick. There was a cure for warts in it. The people used to rub a spittle on a ribbon and tie it on the cross. The people used to visit the well. There was a man who tried to break the cross of the well. A week later he was found drowned.
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I was told this story by a man named Mark Brown. Her age is 54 years in April: Mark Brown, Drumaweir, Moville, Co Donegal, Ireland. He has been in that place since he was born. He is a farmer since his father died. His father is 10 years dead in May. He had one daughter. She is in America now. he had three sons counting him. There is a place in Mark Brown's garden where the old priests used to say Mass in olden times. An old chapel of which the ruins are not to be seen. It is round about a hundred years ago since the priests said Mass in the old chapel. The old priests said Mass along the Moville road. There was a chapel up there too. The name of the man who owns the field it is in is Dan Lafferty. It is an old fort. It is round about 200 years since the chapel was up there.
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Up to about thirty years ago bachelors were chalked outside the Chapel door on the first Sunday of Lent. The day was known as "Chalk Sunday."
When poor people are getting married they borrow a ring. Formerly (up to 30 yrs. ago) marriages took place in the evening. The marriage feast was held during the day and in the evening all the guests drove to the Chapel. The bride drove in a carriage and the others in horse-drawn cars. All drove as quickly as possible, i.e. opposite manner to that of a funeral.
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I visited my grandfather. His name is Charles Doherty. His age is about 60. He lives in Greencastle.
Near the seashore, along the banks of Lough Foyle on the lower road leading to Shrove, about a mile from Greencastle there is an old graveyard of which little is known at present. But tradition says that in the early Christian times a church was built there by Saint Finian and it was called Saint FInian's Church of Kilblaney. Very little of the ruins of the church stand at present but a good many of the graves are easily traced. On a large slab or tombstone there are Latin letters of figures but no one is able to know what they mean. But tradition has handed down that this grave is of some dignitary of the Church of the earl, Christian times. The local people around Kilblaney treat this old graveyard with great respect and would not interfere with any of the graves. All that is known about the graveyard is that it is called Killblaney.
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I went a few evenings ago to a man whose name is John McLaughlin. He is living in Drumaweir. He is living in Drumaweir this 40 years. He is over 96 years of age I asked him did he know any folklore. He told me he did. This is what he told me. He told me there is a place where a priest was standing one day. One night a person came to the priest and made a well; It is very good water to drink. It gets its name Crackcalling.
There is a stone in Ballybrack Hill to be seen where a priest was standing. While he was standing on this stone one of the soldiers slipped up and cut off the priest's head. The priests head fell on this stone and the priests head is to be seen yet. The soldiers left a cup on this place and it was on till this year. People going to the hill drink water out of this well.
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I went a few evenings ago to a man whose name is John McLaughlin. He is living in Drumaweir. He is living in Drumaweir this 40 years. He is over 96 years of age I asked him did he know any folklore. He told me he did. This is what he told me. He told me there is a place where a priest was standing one day. One night a person came to the priest and made a well; It is very good water to drink. It gets its name Crackcalling.
There is a stone in Ballybrack Hill to be seen where a priest was standing. While he was standing on this stoneone of the soldiers slipped up and cut off the priest's head. The priests head fell on this stone and the priests head is to be seen yet. The soldiers left a cup on this place and it was on till this year. People going to the hill drink water out of this well.
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I went a few evenings ago to a man whose name is John McLaughlin. He is over 90 years of age. he lives in Drumaweir. He is living in Drumaweir these 40 years. I asked him did he know any folklore. He told me he did. This is what he told me. There is an old place in Ballybrack hill. There is an old place where soldiers had their cave. This cave is between Drumaweir and Ballybrack Hill. The soldiers were so bad in olden times. One night one hundred went to a place, down beside Johnny Kelly's park an made a hole there and an lot of water came there. So some of the priests and people were drowned. And from that on there were a lot of ghosts to be seen
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I went a few evenings ago to a man whose name is John Mclaughlin. He is over 90 years of age He lives in Drumaweir. he is living there this 40 years. I asked him did he know any folk-lore. He told me he did. This is what he told me. As told me when the priests hid in olden times. There is an old placed in Ballybrack Hill. It shows you the altars where they said Mass. The place is facing down to the shore. They had a place where they went in and got down to the church in Greencastle. One day they went out at 8 oclock to say 8 oclock Mass. On that day one of the priests was going in and when he was going in and he was caught by one of the soldiers. They made a well in the same place. The priest's footmark is to be seen there in the same place. People going to the hill drink out of this well. Then in the same place a stone is as flat as an alter cloth. Ballybrack hill is full of places where priests hid and people too. This is to be found in Cruckcalling to this day a lot of people came to see it
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hardly walk there. Also in one of these steep places there is an old quarry from which stones were drawn to build a mill at Clouncat This mill was used for grinding corn. The stones of it were taken and put building Hurleys and Gleesons houses.
There are two roads in the townland one running north and south and the other east and west. The second one was only an old bohreen till it was lately repaired by the Irish Land Commission. The other is said to be made about eighteen twenty six. It meets another road about a half a mile to the north of my house and at the cross it is said that Synge had a proselytising school.
Under a certain bush in the townland the body of the son of Richard De Clare, who fought at the Battle of Dysart is said to have been buried. He came to intercept O'Loughlan of Bourne from coming to the help of O'Dea, and was slain. It is believed that it is by an old road which runs by the church of Rath that he came. This road is now unused except for cattle.
In the very highest point of Scumhall
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I was told this story by William McFaid. He is 59 years of age. He lives in Drumaweir to the North West of Greencastle. He told me about a man who annoyed the fairies. The man was one night coming from the town and he saw a light in a bush. It was in his own field he saw it. He went to her neighbour's house and told him about the light in the field. He asked him to go over to the field with him. The man went with him to the field. When they went there they saw nobody only the red light shining brightly. It was a holy bush that the light was in. The man went to catch the light and it burned him very much. He went home and the people of the house told him that it was a fairy bush. He said that he would root it out and throw it away. He started next morning and he cut a piece off the trees and as soon as he did the hand fell off him. He went home and never annoyed the bush again.
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The following story was related to me by my uncle Dan. His age is 44.
On my grandfather's farm, in the town land of the Eleven Ballyboes, in the centre of a field there is a large rock standing about 4 feet above the ground. There are many stories told relating to the antics of the fairies around this rock and the great crock of gold supposed to be hidden under the great Crag na Fairy as it is locally named. Some years ago at a ceilidh in a neighbour's house the usual run of fairy tales were spun around. The crocks of gold in Crag na Fairy exitest the most inerest, so much so that a few of the boys decided to proceed the next day arrived with picks and various other tools to recover the hidden crock of gold. All day long they toiled with a strong will until night came on. Then they sat down in conference so to the next day's operations. Suddenly they were surrounded by a bright ray of light, and so terrified were they that they could not move for a considerable time. After a time the strange light disappeared and a most beautiful sound of music filled the air around them and so fascinated were
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I went a few evenings ago to man whose name is James Rawdon. He is over 90 years of age. He is living in Ballybrack. He is living in Ballybrack this 30 years. I asked him did he know any folklore. He said he did. This is what he told me. He told me that there is an old place in McLaughlin's field. They made a quarry there. His father saw ashes where the fairies made their homes. Fairies were to be seen at the foot of the field. There are stones to be seen yet where the fairies were. A lot of people come to see it.
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they they got to their feet and commenced dancing and danced until cock-crow in the morning promising each other never to tell any person of the experience they had while searching for the crock of gold in Crag na Fairy.
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In my uncle John's farm their is a rock called the Fairy Rock. One time my uncle John forbade his sons to quarry the rock. So they quarried the rock and they carted the stones to where they were making the drains and they put the stones into the drains. And they went home. At night one of them was going on his ceilidh and he looked up into the field and he saw the field on fire. So they arose in the morning and went up to the field and they saw the rock all gathered up. And the field is covered with fairy rocks.
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Once upon a time there lived a man in the Credagh named John Mooney, who has a small farm on which he lived very comfortably nearing a large family. In time her cattle increased in number and he decided to build a larger cowshed. Having selected the site he set to work and very soon he had erected a most up to date house for his cattle. But in the course of a year his luck took a turn and at intervals a calf or a cow would suddenly take ill and die. Another would break a leg and so on until in the course of a few years his fine cattle had all gone except one old cow. The poor man was in despair as to what was the cause of his bad luck. His neighbours sympathised with him in his misfortune and some suggested with him in his misfortune and some suggested to him that it must be fairies he had interfered with in some way. One night while he sat by the fire a gentle knock came to his door. he got up and opened the door and asked who was there. An answer came from a feeble old woman. he asked her to come inside as the night was cold. He placed her beside the fire and gave her a cup of black tea apologizing for having no cream and related to her the misfortune that came on his cattle. The old woman listened
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There is hardly any of the old customs
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day the people used to make a cake of wheaten flour, just as a person nowadays would make a currant cake.
I have heard what I have just written from a person who saw it all and remembers it.
Nowadays the kinds of bread used most commonly are mixed bread, flour bread, and baker's bread commonly known as white bread and currant bread for Christmas and the stations, when the priest goes round to the farmers houses to say Mass, hear confessions and administer the sacrament of Holy Communion to the people of the district around and who cannot leave their homes because of bad health.
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thickened with more meal, and eaten with skimmed milk and spoons.
The grain was ground long ago by means of a quern, every farmer having one of his own, but afterwards it was ground by means of a water mill. Then the quern was only used by the poor class or those who were too far away from the mill. The nearest mill to Abbeydorney where the ruins of it can be still seen, was above at Farran at the end of Pat Shannahan's farmhouse, but the ruin is now very small because it was lately knocked and drawn out of the road by the Shanahan family who made a heap of stones out of it at Brídeog Bridge, which was broken by the stone breaker last year.
A very curious thing is said about the mill. It is said that when there was no road the people used to go up to the mill by the river because they would not find a more suitable passage to drive horses' cars on. There was also a mill in Causeway, and another in Seán Pat Shanahan's farm near Kean's gate.
Long ago for every feast
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timber was nearly always glazed over with soot. It was covered with thatch which was from rushes or sometimes from reed which was made from wheaten straw. Thatching was a great trade at that time. Every - line of thatch put on parallel with the rafter was called a "baw" and the man who could thatch so level as to conceal the dividing line between the "baws" was supposed to be competent at his trade. The fuel which was used in this part of the country was turf or faggots of furze which the poor people gathered from the fences beside their huts. The light was got from splinters made of bogdeal but those who were so fortunate as to kill a cow or sheep made candles with the tallow derived from the animals in an appliance called a mould.
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Lá amháin bhí sagart na paróiste agus Peadar Beag Ó Baoighill as an Tulaigh ag geárradh cainnte fá fhir bhreaghtha sa tsean am. Má bfhíor do'n Chléir, siad Clouin Mhic Rabhartaigh a d'iomchrochadh leabhar Cholm Cille ag gabhail chun troda, fadó.
Acht d'innis Peadar an ceann seo fa thréithre na mBaoghallach. Dálta go leor eile, ní mian le Peadar sgeal a innse do pháisde scoile. "Nil an cheann aige", nó "Á, rinne mé dearmad daobhtha uilig."
Bhí mé féin ag éisteacht, agus ghread mé síos annseo mar ceann cuid cainnte Pheadar Bhig.
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An old man who frequents our house often converses with my father about the old cabins in which the Irish peasantry lived about a half-century ago. At the time when Ireland's population was at its peak--point all the country was studded over with small cabins. In the close vicinity of my home there are situated the ruins of many of these little "botháns" as the little huts were called. Some of them were only twelve feet in length thus affording only bare space for one room. In this room there were usually two beds against the opposite gable-end from the fire-place and if the family was large there was often an improvised hammock near the fire. The chimney was at the other gable-end and there was a flag placed on its end for a mantle-piece which was carried up to the top with mud-mortar and stone.
The majority of them were only lighted by interstices of wicker-work which was kept firm in a hole in the wall by mortar. The roof which was of the roughest and rudest kind of
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him from starving. The boy, being struck with pity for the poor man, succeeded after a lot of trouble to get a saucer of stirabout for him. He devoured it ravenously, thanked him, and went his way. About an hour afterwards the poor man was found lying near a fence, dead, about a hundred yards from the house. It seems that being without food for so long, the amount he took was too much for him, and caused his death
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attentively to the tale and told the farmer to sit down while she was telling the cause of his bad luck. It was that the site of the near cowshed was the fairies' amusement ground. Urine from the shed flowed down to where their queen lived and annoyed her very much. She advised him to change his cowshed and she would find his luck would return. So afterwards the old woman said she must be going and opened the door and disappeared in the darkness. The farmer next day changed the cowshed and in course of time his cattle increased tenfold. The old woman was a fairy because no one in the neighbourhood had ever seen any old woman answering to the description given by the farmer in the Credagh.
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custom of having the feast at an hotel has come into vogue. "Straw-boys" do not visit the houses in this district. The bride is not supposed to return to her father's house for at least a month after her marriage. When the "monthly Sunday" comes the "hauling-home" is held at the house of the bride's parents. All the invited friends assemble and the night is spent in merry-making.
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Many stories are told of the terrible effects of the famine of '47 & '48. The following stories were related by a man now dead. He was the eldest of a family of eight and was only 12 years at the time of the terrible visitation. The whole family were stricken down with fever. Fever was then raging in the country. They were laid up for a fortnight; and how they got through he couldn't explain, as not one of the family was able to see to the wants of the others, and neighbours, who were not themselves stricken, were terrified of visiting any place where the disease was known to exist. He thinks, they owed their lives to the occasional secret visit of a kind aunt. At the start of the sickness, they happened to have a good supply of Indian meal and some flour stored in. Being the first to be knocked up himself, he was the first to recover, and after looking round him, he found that all the provisions had been stolen except some small share of meal and flour.
About midday of the first day that he was able to get out of bed, a poor man came almost creeping into the yard begging for something to eat. His face and lips were green from the juice of nettles and herbs which he had tried to eat to keep
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Marriages most frequently take place during Shrove. May is an unluckly month -
"Marry in May and you'll rue the day."
"Monday for health
Tuesday for wealth
Wednesday the best day of all,
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
Saturday no day at all."
Most people marry on Wednesday in this district. Nobody gets married on Sunday or Saturday".
Matches are still sometimes made, money being given as dowry.
Marriages took place in houses up to about 90 yrs ago. The bridegroom is supposed to be in the Church before the bride. The bride should wear
"Something old and something new,
Something borrowed and something blue."
Formerly rice was thrown on the newly-married couple as they were leaving the Church to wish them luck, but now confetti is used. An old brogue is usually tied out of the motor which conveys bride and bridegroom from Church. A wedding-feast is held, sometimes at the bride's house though for the past fifteen years the
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"Row-tags" - small fish found under stones of river. Turn up stone and stick a table fork in fish.
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1. Bait fishing with Rod and Line.
Hook driven through ordinary worm. Trout fished for in this way when river is in flood and water clouded.
2. Using artificial flies.
3. On rare occasions natural fly is caught and put on hook.
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1. Snare. Snare made from cow's hair and tied to thin end of rod. It is worked over fishe's head.
2. Groping. Man lies down on back, puts down his hand and searches roots under the water for fish.
3. Netting. Net is long like a bag - made of sallies - called a staragawn. Man catches it and holds it open. Another man prods the river higher up - fish swim down and are caught in staragawn.
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There are not as many forts in our district except one or two but in other districts there are more. There is a fort in the top of Tom Barrys hill and the people used to see light around it every night long ago.
Long ago a young boy went to rise the wall around the fort when he got his father gone to town in the morning the wall was knocked and the boy went to rise it again. After that the boy got sick and died. Then after a month when his father was coming home in the night he saw him coming down from the fort. There are two walls around Tom Barry's fort and there is a round mound of earth in the middle.
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The people long ago used to make their own candlestick
They got a sod of turf and got a bit of a stick and split it and put a bit of a string and stick it in the string.
This was called the tailors candle stick.
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There were several wheel makers in this Parish who were fairly good, but Dan Breen was an exceptionally good wheel-maker. It is said that wheels made by him were only bound once, and that the bands would never loosen again. His secret was that he never used timber unless it was properly seasoned.
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The stocks and fellows [redacted] are made of elm and the spokes are made of oak. Six fellows [redacted] and twelve spokes are needed to make each wheel. The spokes are mortised into the stocks and into the fellows [redacted] also. They are then taken to the forge and there a band of iron is placed outside which is called binding. There are two small bands placed on the stocks.
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a river flowing through Templeglantine and it is still to be seen.
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Like every other part of Ireland, Clare Castle suffered from the effects of the big wind in 1839. This storm is known as "The Great Wind" and it caused much damage. Not only were reeks of hay and straw scattered, trees uprooted and chimneys blown up, but the roofs of houses were also stripped. The people were so frightened that they left their homes and went under the shelters of the walls and bushes.
After the great wind came a dreadful storm of thunder and lightning which rooted up roads and quarries. Trees were rooted up and were lying across the roads and lives were lost and struck with lightning.
In 1910 there was a great snow-storm which came very suddenly. A number of
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There are several tales told about the Fianna. Fionn was the leader of the Fianna, he was noted for his kindness his wisdom and his love of truth. Fionn had a son named Oisin a tall well shaped youth, handsome and brave. Fionn was glad to see his son grow up in strength and nobility, and he was even more glad to know that Oisin loved learning music and song. It was a proud moment for him to hear the people say, "Thus sang the bard Oisin". It was said that Oisin was taken away to the land of Youth.
The Fianna were very strong men. The old people say that when the Fianna were in Ireland, One of them stood up in the top of a high hill he was near Templeglentine going to throw a huge rock up on top of a hill opposite him but it fell in the hallow, into the middle of
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Once upon a time there was a fiddler who used to play at all the dances around. One night he played in the monastery Guest House before the monks got it. On one occasion he was coming from the great house and he was coming through the domain and by the Round Grove and it was past twelve o'clock at night. He heard noise and went in to see what it was all about and just as he put his foot across the bank
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About eighty years ago lime kilns were built on every farm as lime was then spread on the land to aid the growing of wheat, [redacted: as] fertilizers [redacted: were] being unknown at that time. Wheat then realized £3 per barrel
A lime kiln is built of yellow clay and stone. It is round with an opening in the centre the shape of a funnel, large at the mouth and small at the bottom. In this there is a fire started with sticks and culm with interlayers of culm and limestone broken small. This is allowed to burn until the stone is converted into lime which can be slacked to form lime [redacted:-stone]. While the fire is burning it must be drawn twice a day.
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Tá beirt tailliúir ins an gceanntar seo. Tá ceann aca i Dubhlinn. Sé an ainm atá air ná Ó Seanáin. Tá ceann eile i Lios-duin-bhearna darb ainm Mac Iain. Ceannuighthear an t-éadaigh
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In local times when there were no doctors the people cured themselves with herbs, plants and many other ways. But since medical aid has been produced all these old cures have left the minds of the people. There is
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out of his nest until he is certain there is no one in sight.
The water birds build their nests beside lakes, and streams, and also in bogs and marshes.
It is said that the robin was at the foot of the cross when our blessed Lord was crucified and that a drop of the sacred blood fell on its breast. That is how he is red in breast, and got the name Robin Red Breast. he makes his nest with hay on the side of the road.
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uisge.
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aca ná caith aon bróga riamh. Téigeann na paistí cosnoituice ins an Samhradh anois.
Do bhí bróga admadh ag na sean daoine fado. Do bhí dhá gréasuidhe ins an ceanntar seo Seán agus Tomás Rághnaill. D'imthig go dtí Inis Díomáin, agus tá siad ann fós.
An uisghe a nigheann duine a cosa ann ní ceart an uisge sin d'fhagaint istig is oidhche mar téigeann na daoine maithe ag ól
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The birds of this district are larks, thrushes, blackbirds, linnets, gold finches, swallows, sparrows, crows, scare crows, pigeons, cuckoos, swans, sea gulls, robin red breasts and wrens. Most of the birds migrate to warmer climates, when the winter sets in here. The swallows collect in large flocks when they are going away. Among the water birds are wild ducks, water hens, and curlews.
The crows and magpies build their nests on the top of a big chestnut tree. The people say they are very birds, because boys cannot get at their nests up so high.
The thrush and blackbird build their nests on the top of a wall, but they always make sure it will not be seen by anyone. The lark builds his nest in a meadow and he will never rise
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When the scheme for the new cottages was started in Mullinahone about two years ago Jams O'Brien of Ballylanigan began making tiles and blocks for them. Though he originally intended working solely for the cottages he soon had orders from various people in different parts of the country.
Two kinds of tiles were made, roofing and ridge. Sand and cement are used in making the tiles while colourcrete blended with mineral oxide gives the desired colour.
The mixture is first put into a mould where it assumes the desired shape. When firm it is taken out and allowed to set for a couple of days.
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About sixty five years ago a family named O'Dwyer lived in Fethard St. in the house now occupied by Edward Crotty. These people carried on an industry of their own on a very small scale. Childen used to gather wool from the fields and hedges which the O'Dwyers cleaned and spun into thread. They then used to knit stockings with the thread and sell the stockings.
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Fado ní raibh aon bróga ag na seana daoine, go dtí go mbeadh siad seacht bliadain déag d'aois. Tá cuid eile
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The hide was first put into a pit of lime where the action of the lime softened the hair. It was then taken up and rubbed with a sharp board to remove the hair. It was next put into a pit with the bark of the oak, the hole being known as the "bark hole", and was left there for about nine months to colour. The leather was then hung up to dry and harden.
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ann. Fear maith dobh eadh é. Nuair níor cur sé aoinne as a gcuid tailtí.
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of our national pastimes. These pastimes were carried out as friendly that it was nothing new to find the teams hurling Sunday after Sunday for the love of the game, and the honour of their parish.
In olden times there was a match played between Clare Castle and Kilnamona, but the former won the match. The players used never wear "shorts" like the hurlers of today, but they wore their own pants and the well known "banneen."
IN 1926 there was a game of hurling between the people of the townland of Barefield and Killoo, and the Barefield men won, The Killoo team scored 3 goals and the Barefield team scored 4 goals 1 point.
The Killoo team were dressed in green togs and the Barefield team were dressed in red togs. It was played with timber hurleys and a leather ball.
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fear ana cruaidh dobh eadh é. Do cur sé ceathrar lionrighe as a gcuid tailthi. Siad an ainm atá orta ná síoda. Gáirneár Hiubhard agus Cuileannáin.
Nuair a bhi an tigh mór dá tógaint do leagh sé na tigthe in aice leis. Do cuaidh Seamus O'Briain go dtí Bla Cliath agus dfág sé an tigh agus an talmhan le a mach Torlach. Do bhí sé i-na tighearna talmhan is deirneach a bhí
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Hurling as a refined game and as played today was not the sort of game played long years ago. In olden times there no regularly shaped hurleys, no particular playing pitch, and no special dress for the players.
It was more of a trial of strength when a certain number of men would be selected out of a parish and another selection from another parish. these men were strong and healthy.
A lot of people from both parishes would assemble at the appointed hour, when the ball was thrown in, and the winning side was that which hurled the ball farthest into its opponents parish. It is often recorded that these matches lasted the whole day. The enthusiasm of the winning side was only occasioned by the disappointment of the losing side.
Although it was amusement in a rough from it laid the foundation
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But no windows or doors to let me in to eat?
A An egg
Q As round as an apple as flat as a pan, on one side a woman on the other a man?
A A penny.
Q There is a thing and it sits in the hall and if you go near it will roar and bawl?
A A Bell.
Q why does a poor man wear a short coat?
A Because it might be a long time before he gets another.
Q Why does a cow look over the wall?
A Because he cant look under it.
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riddle me this and I'll bye you a pair of breeches
A A head of cabbage.
Q Headed like a thimble, tail like a rat you may guess for ever but you will never guess that?
A A pipe
Q One half dead but the other half living and a tail wagging what is that?
A A dog with his head in a pot.
Q Deep it is and damp it is and fit for any Lord?
A A Grave.
Q Why is a stick of toffee like a racehorse?
A Because the more you lick it the quicker it goes
Q What fruit is on a penny?
A A date
Q How can a sailor prove there is man in the moon?
A Because he has been to sea (see)
Q A little red head and a wooden leg?
A A Match.
Q What has teeth but cannot eat.
A A Comb.
Q A little round hut that is full of meat
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down of a swan?
Q When a the streets greasy?
A When the rain is dripping?
Q What gets things put into its mouth yet never eats a thing?
A A letter box?
Q Why is bad news like a rotten egg.?
A Because both should be broken gently.
Q What can you fill a box with to make it lighter?
A Holes of course.
Q Why did the penny stamp?
A Because the threepenny bit.
Q Why is the letter T like Easter?
A Because it comes at the end of Lent.
Q What is the most dangerous time of the year?
A Spring, because the cow slips about, the Bullrush is out and all the birds are shooting.
Q What has twelve wings and cannot fly?
A A Shilling.
Q What goes round the house and round the house and sleeps in the corner all night?
A A Brush.
Q Patch over patch without any stitches
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asked the other man how did his father die. The other man stopped up and told the long story, but the other fellow was eating in his best. when he had finished talking he asked the other fellow how did his father die at which he replied "he died altogether" and he had the plate of food eaten.
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around and wears out boots but never has any boots to wear.
A A Football?
Q When is a boy not a boy?
A When he's a little cross?
Q What can you divide, but not see where it has been divided?
A Water."
Q What has an eye and cannot see?
A A needle?
Q What walks with its head down?
A A nail in a man's boot?
Q What's the difference between an oak tree and a tight boot?
A One makes corns and the other makes corns ache?
Q When does a black hen turn white?
A When it is plucked?
Q What's the difference between a cat and a kitten?
A A kitten will grow a cat and the cat will not grow a kitten?
Q What does the largest ship in the Navy weigh?
A She weighs her anchor?
Q Why is a cook cruel?
A Because she beats the eggs and whips the cream?
Q How would you get down off a donkey?
A You dont get down off a donkey you only get
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left hand. His name was josh Browne. There was a man by the name of Jack Dudie and he could jump a horse with the saddle on the horse.
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2020-08-12 12:55
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Long ago two men were going to a wake, and a woman dressed in white, came out of the fort, and she walked with them until they came to a cross and she then went away. The bannsshe is always crying near the forts.
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around the place but they are in a very bad condition. However there is enough of them standing to show the size of the rooms which are about eight feet square. There are many others but there is no trace of them
The oldest people in the townland are Michael Kenny and Catherine Hehir. Both of them remember the "bad times". They also remember to see their mothers spinning wool. Catherine Hehir is about eighty years and Michael Kenny is about seventy six years.
The crops that can be sown are potatoes, turnips, mangels oats and barley. The western part of it is black ground and the eastern part is red. The western part is the best for tillage. Hay is the best crop that grows there.
Nearly in every part of it the sign of ridges can be seen, because it was all tilled long ago. The most remarkable thing about the ridges is that they can be seen mostly in places so steep that a person could
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The Mullinahone boots were all hand-pegged, little timber pegs being used instead of nails. The making of eight or nine pairs per week was considered good work, but John Norton (about 70 years of age) states that in one day during the busy season he made four pairs.
While Norton's business was in being, Alexanders, Whytes, McGraths and Kickhams carried on the same trade but on a much smaller scale. Richard O'Connell of Fethard St., John O'Brien of and Michael Nolan (senior) of Killaghy St. are the only surviving employees of Nortons. O'Brien and O'Connell still carry on the trade, each in his own house, but their business is confined to repairing.
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Q Why may you trust a negro with a secret
A Because he can be depended to "keep dark"
Q Why is an irritable man like an unskilful doctor.
A Because he is apt to lose his patience (patients)
Q When is a turkey like a ballot box
A When it is stuffed
Q What is the difference between a spendthrift and a feather-bed.
A One is hard up and the other is soft down.
Q Whish is the most difficult punctuation?
A Putting a stop to a woman's tongue.
Q Why is a vain lady like a confirmed drunkard?
A Because neither of them can get enough of the glass.
Q There is a little house and it would not hold a mouse and it has as many windows as the Lord Mayor's house
A. A thimble.
Q Who is the only man that likes being laughed at.
A A Clown.
Q How many sides has an egg.
A. Two the inside and the outside.
Q What gets the worst treatment in the house
A Matches because they are always getting stuck.
Q What is it that has ups and downs and travels
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men went to him and they were cured. He was widely known in Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Clare and Waterford the people mourned at his loss when he died.
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2020-08-12 12:47
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When Charles Kickham's house in Fethard Street became vacant Nortons moved into it and carried on the boot-making industry there. The industry seems to have been in a flourishing condition at this time as people can rememer seing both sides of Fethard St lined with rolls of leather.
During the world war (1914 - 1918) the trade began to decline. Leather became so dear that the price of boots went up to 33/- and 35/- per pair. People began to wear a lighter type of boot, and so there was very little demand for the heavy expensive Mullinahone brogue. At the time of the Civil War Nortons had 2,000 pairs of boots on the premises. These they disposed of by selling them at a very reduced price or by giving them away gratis. They have still several pairs of uppers, principally ladies'.
In the early days of the industry the uppers were made in Mullinahone, but later they were bought ready-made.
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Q What people never live long.
A Dwarfs
Q Which is the cleanest letter in the Alphabet
A H because it is in the midst of washing.
Q What are sugar plums like race horses.
A Because the faster you lick them the quicker they go.
Q What is sympathy like blindman's buff.
A Because its a fellow-feeling for a fellow-creature.
Q Why is it not true that Robinson Crusoe was alone on his island.
A Because there was a heavy swell on the beach, and a little cove running up into the land.
Q What is the difference between rain and Sunday
A Rain falls on any day of the week and Sunday falls on the first day of the week.
Q Why does a Miller wear a white hat
A To cover his head
Q What is under the fire and over the and still never touches the fire
A A Cake.
Q Through the wood and through the wood and never touches the wood.
A A knife in a man's pocket.
Q When are flowers out of breath
A When they are fully blown
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engaged in the boot-making industry. When Michael Norton died as his children were young the business was taken over by Lyons, their uncle, and the firm was then known by the name of Lyons-Norton.
The Mullinahone boots were at this time in great demand. They were cheap and the quality was good. Men's boots were sold at 9/- per pair, and Ladies' at 5/6 and 6/- per pair. Buyers walked from Cashel and the surrounding country, from Bansha, Tipperary town, Urlingford, etc. for the Mullinahone boots, and in the month of October as many as fifty pairs were sometimes sold in half an hour. It is interesting to note that at this time Nortons paid for their leather in gold sovereigns.
In later years the tanning of boots was abandoned in Mullinahone, and the leather for the uppers was purchased at Meyers, Clonmel, and still later at O'Callaghan's, Limerick. Pigs' hair was used in stitching the leather, a bundle of hairs being obtained for a penny at that time.
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How many cows tails would reach the sky
One if it was long enough.
I went out a slippery gap to meet my uncle Davy
I cut off his head and left his body standing easy.
A head of cabbage.
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The extensive boot-making industry carried on for about seventy years by Nortons of Mullinahone, came to an end in 1922. When the industry was begun Nortons lived in Carrick Street in the house which John Dunne now ownes. The leather for the uppers was prepared in their own tannery which was situated at the back of their house, while imported leather which was used for the soles was obtained from Meyers of Clonmel.
During the Plan of Campaign, Nortons were evicted from their home in Carrick Street, and took up residence in Killaghy Street in the house now occupied by the Duncans. Here the boot-making industry was again carried on, but as the workshop was small many of the employees worked in their own homes, clamping, etc. There were about thirty men employed at this time.
Michael Norton (grandfather of the present Michael) married Miss Lyons from Tipperary town whose people were also
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Q What it that which cannot run though it always has three feet.
A A yard
Q. What is the difference between a watch maker and a gaoler.
A One sells watches and the other waters cells.
Q. What four letters would frighten a thief
A O I C U (Ok I see you)
Q. There is a white hill and under that white hill is a yellow flower.
A An egg.
Q. What is that which is full of holes and yet holds water.
A A sponge.
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5. Humphrey O'Sullivan (May 1st 1780 to November 20th 1838) whose Cinn Lae is so famous spent most of his life in Callan. He taught for a while opposite Michael Fitzgerald's place in Ballintaggert. He had a good knowledge of Latin. When the National School known as the Academy was opened in Callan, Humphrey was its first master.
6. William Meagher who taught at Coolagh was the publisher of the first volume of Ossian's Verse (printed by Lynch of Carrick)
7. James Egan a hedge schoolmaster taught Charles Kickham. School was taught in the house where Egan's of Kylotlea now live, the hedge-schoolmaster being father of the present James Egan.
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1. John Dunne (1813-1890) taught in the present Poulacapple School for a number of years. He resided at Quirkes of Poulacapple. His nephew, Cahill, is still living in Poulacapple.
2. A schoolmaster popularly known as "Half-head Flynn" who died about 1860 taught Bishop Brennan of Ballycullen. Flynn lived at Michael Mullally's of Chapel Street, Mullinahone.
3. James Brennan a schoolmaster, who is buried in Cloneen taught in Ballycullen and Cloneen. The original inscription in French on his tombstone was in the form of a geometrical pun (a triangle) dealing with the course of human life.
4. Greek was taught among other subjects by some itinerant teacher at Ballylanigan in 1826.
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they carried it to the weaver then they brought it home and made clothes out of it such as large cloth shirts.
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Feedy!" and for the turkeys "Beebe, beebe" the accent is on the first syllable. The call for the pigs is "Dhuck! Dhuck! Dhuck!" and for the sow is "Hurrish, Hurrish". To call the calves we say "suck! suck! suck!" and the goats "jin! jin! jin!" To call the dogs we make a peculiar sound with our tongues, inside the teeth and at the side of the mouth. To call the cat we make a whispering sound with our lips. When calling the horse we say "Pooch, Pooch!"
There is an old saying that "June chickens are always bawling". It is said that it is unluck to hatch eggs in June. Sometimes the hatching eggs are numbered.
Lena Hammersley 12.7.1938
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1. John Dunne (1813-1890) taught in the present Poulacapple School for a number of years. He resided at Quirkes of Poulacapple. His nephew, Cahill, is still living in Poulacapple.
2. A schoolmaster popularly known as "Half-head Flynn" who died about 1860 taught Bishop Brennan of Ballycullen. Flynn lived at Michael Mullally's of Chapel Street, Mullinahone.
3. James Brennan as schoolmaster, who is buried in Cloneen taught in Ballycullen and Cloneen. The original inscription in French on his tombstone was in the form of a geometrical pun (a triangle) dealing with the course of human life.
4. Greek was taught among other subjects by some itinerant teacher at Ballylanigan in 1826.
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Q Why is D like a crying child.
A. Because it makes ma mad.
Q How many sides are there on a cup.
T Two, the inside and the outside.
Q What is the quickest thing going.
A A bondmaster because he beat's time.
Q What goes on one foot.
A A stocking.
Q When is the sun cruel.
A When it give you a good tanning.
Q What has six legs.
A A chair when someone is sitting on it.
Who wears the biggest hat.
The man with the biggest head.
If you were going down the road on an ass, what fruit would your both represent.
A beautiful pair.
What is the favourite word with women.
The last word.
What traveller doesn't neat a porter.
An elephant because he carries his won trunk
Up and down the ladder in and out I hop, I draw my long tail after me until the the whole I stop.
Darning a stocking.
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2020-08-12 12:34
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Long ago when a person would get a tooth ache they would catch a frog and put his leg under the tooth that you would have the pain in it and you would break his leg and it cure it.
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2020-08-12 12:33
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if a person had warts in his hand, get a potato and cut in to as many parts as you have warts in your hand and put it into a parcel and place it the side of the road and the firt person that would take the parcel would take the warts, but if you removed the parcel before anyone would take it you would take them back again.
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2020-08-12 12:32
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The names of our animals on the farm are:- horses, cows, calves, goats,hens, ducks, pigs, turkeys and geese. Some of our cows have names:-
1. The Kerry cow
2. The Bawny
3. The Goan - this name is given locally to a cow which calves a year too young
4. The Tipperary cow
5. The White Head
6. Bessy
7. Crooked Horn
8. The Rogue
9. The white-back
When driving the cows we say "How How". The cowhouse has a galvanized iron roof and a stone wall and is whitewashed. The cows are tied to a stake by means of a chairn. This chain is put round their necks. The stakes are made of timber and the chains are made of iron. The horse has a stable for himself. The horse has to be taken to the forge to be shod and has to be clipped in the winter. The call for the hens is "Tuk! tuk! tuk" and for the ducks is "Feedy
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Hody, dody with a round black body.
A pot.
Twenty sheep went out a gap, twenty more following that, a man, a dog, how many feet was that?
Two.
I saw an empty cart in which there was something (in).
Plenty of room.
What the most luggage.
The elephants.
What is it that is too short and to cut off a piece it will make it long enough.
A grave.
If you went into the king and he at his Christmas dinner. You upset the table what three nations would that represent.
The downfall of Turkey, the over flow Greece the breaking of China.
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Sloth like rust consumes faster than Labour wears
Handle your tools without mittens
Work while it is called today for you know
not how much you shall be ended tomorrow
Windows open more, keep the doctor from the door.
A poor man's labour is never done
God speed all travellers
The load often breaks a horses back
Empty pockets make bad housekeepers
12. There are no gains without pains
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Ely O'Carroll was a large landlord and he also kept a large number of workmen, and any of his tenants or workmen who disobliged him in anyway the punishment he gave them was death by hanging them out of a large oak tree which is known by all the people around as the Hang Man's Tree.
This stands on a hill on the South side of the road. He sometimes got them
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2020-08-12 12:23
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protestants were going to build a church. When they were digging they got a skull. This protestant said he would bring it home. Another protestant said that he should not touch the dead but he did not believe him. He took home the skull and the house after that was full of rats it stayed like that until the man died and then the skull was put back in the grave again.
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house twenty-five years ago. The flannel for petticoats was dyed red.
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2020-08-12 12:22
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spears of the tops (castle-tops as they are called) made at the forge.
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The people long ago were always having parties. They asked this young priest to a party one night. When they got him in they tied him to this big hot iron thing. A protestant that was there when he saw him he cut the ropes and let him go. The priest was all right and he was not burned.
Over at St. Kieran's the
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part of the money perhaps a shilling back as luck money. They believe it will bring luck to the stock.
Mary Naughton,
Cloon-Line,
Kilconly,
Tuam.
The story-teller,
Michael Quinn (age 43 years)
Kilconly,
Tuam.
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their dinner they went over and there were no potatoes gone.
One night there were two men out rambling and as they were coming home one man looked back and he saw a dog on fire and he told the other man and he said Dont look back and he just gave a glimpse back and he saw the dog on fire.
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2020-08-12 12:19
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As round as an apple, as plump as a ball can climb the church over steeple and all.
The sun.
What is it always walks with its head down?
A nail in your boot.
What goes away between two woods and comes home between two waters?
A man fetching water in pails.
What goes away above the ground and return under it?
A man with sods on his head.
Middy-moddy round body, three feet and a wooden hat?
A pot.
One half dead; the other half living and a tail wagging?
A dog with his head in a pot.
What goes round the wood and round the wood and never gets into the wood?
The bark of a tree.
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evening the man was still there although his people came and tried to get him away. His wife had to say she was sorry to the priest and then the man went away.
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2020-08-12 12:17
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There was a man and he was called the Slasher. because he was always cutting ditches. A man said to him one day that he would not cut a branch off St Kieran's Bush. He said he would. He did & the branch hit him in the eye. He nearly died with the pain and he lost his eye.
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but they dont know which was St Kieran
A tree grew on the road where the coffin was left and it is there still.
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the church for Clonlisk School
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Belfield got that name because there is a bell hidden in a field there The bell was taken from Kilmurray church and used at the yard at Belfield to call the men to work.

One day when the man who owned Belfield came out he thought the place was on fire and it stayed like that until the bell was taken down and it was hidden and has never been found.
In Kilcommon St. Cuimin had a church and St Cronan wanted to see where their districts ended. One morning when St Cuimin was shaking Holy water outside his church St. Cronan came to him and said wherever the sprinkler landed
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2020-08-12 12:12
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Once upon a time four men were stilling on Derry-veigh mountains which was known at that time as Mrs Adair's estate.
They were stilling in a part known as Poison glen.
They were always in the look out for police and gaugers.
So one evening they were stilling and a gauger caught them. They planned to kill and bury him. When they had him buried they saw a man standing on a rock above them.
He was herding sheep.
The men knew he
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was with his arms around the old cows neck and him chattering to the old cow. Saying poor old braney you will be loosed some time, but I am tied for life.
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have the coffin in a horse and cart bringing the corpse to the chapel. When they would be gone nine of ten yards from the house they would strip the horse from the cart and go around the cart three times tracing in the horse to the cart. They would bring the corpse to the graveyard and bury him. The same two men that brought the cloth "Brac na (?)" to the corpse hours would have to leave it in the chapel.
Joe Roche,
Cloonbar,
Kilconly,
Tuam,
Storyteller:-
John Moran (aged 76 years)
Cloonbar,
Kilconly,
Tuam.
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to each of the children. Tin mugs were used before cups became common. A piece of sweet cake was eaten at Easter and at Christmas.
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Food in olden days was much different to the food nowadays. They used to have three meals a day. The breakfast was at 9 o'clock. This consisted of potatoes and salt and milk. The dinner was at 12 o'clock. Potatoes, cabbage, flour-dip (a kind of white sauce) and sometimes bacon were eaten for dinner. Red herrings cooked on the tongs over red coals were usually part of Fast Day Dinners.
About an hour after dinner people drank one cup of tea and ate one slice of bread. Later on this habit was dripped and the four o'clock tea takes its place now. A train passes from Limerick Junction at about four o'clock, the passing of this train was a signal for the four o'clock tea.
When the men used to be working in the meadows before the introduction of Summer time they used to keep a look out for the four o'clock train. When they used to see the trail of steam in the distance they used to say "There's the four o'clock - are they coming with the tea?". The supper was at six o'clock - this consisted of stirabout and sour milk. They sued to sit around the table in the middle of the floor. The bread was made of barley, and salt and soda and sour milk. They did not eat late at night. The used to eat eggs on Easter Sunday, three to the father, two to the mother and one
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to be a giants grave, but it is in reality a large grave where the bodies of those slain in the fight were buried and people will not cross this hollow after dark for there is a large giant set to guard this mound of earth with a Pike
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In olden times keeners used to attend at all the funerals and it is believed banshees still follow very old families so there is a pass between the town-lands of Lisnageeragh, Dromakeenan and [Cunnear?]. This pass goes by "Perrys mill" and when any person of these old families dies the banshee cries all along this pass. It has been heard even very lately. It always cries loudest on a hill known now as "Eagle Hill" or The nest-of-the-Eagle. This hill is a land mark as it used to be one of the places where Ely O'Carroll used to light his Beacons or signal fires to warn his clansmen of South Offaly and on Knock Hill for North Offaly. It is believed that lights are seen at night even up to the present day on these Hills. When Brian
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We set half an acre of potatoes every year. Sometimes the amount varies. First the groud is ploughed up and manure is spread on it. Then it is shaped into drills with a plough. The "skillains" are then spread on them and the drills closed.
Sometimes potatoes are grown in "bawer". Bawer is a green field which is ploughed into ridges. The skillains are set with a spade. An iron spade with a wooden handle is used. A hole is made with the spade and a skillain is dropped into the hole. Then a piece of sod is pounded over the hole with a "pounder". A pounder is made of timber. It is round like a pastry roller and has a handle like a brush. During the summer the stalks are sprayed to prevent blight.
In Autumn the potatoes are dug with spades. They are picked and put into pits and clay is put on them to prevent the frost harming them.
There are different kinds of potatoes. Some of them are :- Champions, Aran-banners and Irish Queens. Irish Queens are the commenest in this district.
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Wakes and Funerals 25-5-38
Long ago the people had different customs at wakes and funerals from what they have now. At a wake long ago some person of the corpachouse would give a clay pipe to every one in the house filled with tobacco and every one of the men would be smoking during the night.
The milk they would be gathering for churning when a person would die would be given to the pigs. They believed that it was not right to churn it when a person would die. They would not sewwp the dust off the floor or throw out the cakes until the person that would be dead in the house be buried.
Long ago it used to be on a table in the kitchen they would put the dead person overboard. When they would be going to bury the dead person the morning of the funeral two men would have to the chapel for a cloth called " Brac na (?)" and they used to cover the coffin with it and put two women sitting on top of it. They would
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weather. But when they fly to the mountains it is the sign of rain.
A rainbow in the morning is the sailor's warning, and a rainbow at night is the sailor's delight.
The west wind brings most rain to this district. The wind from the east is not good for man or beast. Rain from the east twenty four hours at least.
If the swallows fly low it's a sign of rain. If a cat sits with his back to the fire cold weather is expected. If the dog eats grass it's the sign of rain. Most rain in this district comes from the west.
If smoke from the chimney of a house goes up straight it's the sign of fine weather and if it curls down it is a sign of rain.
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was but hew was not told.
Next morning seeing his brother did not return the man was told the story. He went to the house to find him dead on the floor. That was the last trick played in that house.
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Weather Lore
When the sun sets coppery colour it's the sign of wet weather, and when it sets with streaks of clouds across the sky it's also the sign of bad weather. But when it sets a light red, it is a good sign.
There is also a great many signs in the moon by which people can foretell the weather. Sometimes a ring comes round it. If that ring is near the moon, wet weather is far off. But if the ring is far out wet weather is near at hand.
There is a hill called Keeper Hill in Co. Tipperary which can be seen from this district. If a cloud is seen resting on it, the day will be wet and if there is no cloud on it the day will be fine.
When the wild geese fly to the Shannon it is the sign of fine
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On a cold Winter's evening it is very nice to sit by the fireside telling stories especially about ghosts.
One time a man lived with his parents. They lived in a lonely part of the country, there were no houses near except one a little way down the road. This was supposed to be haunted and no one would live in it.
This man went to a club every night and did not come home until late. He had to pass the haunted house and it is said that he saw a ghost in the window. He was not a bit afraid and used to bid it 'goodnight' every night as he passed. His parents tried to make him come home early but could not. so they hit on a plan to make him do so.
The brother went one night to the haunted house and sat in the window with a sheet around him. When the man was coming home he saw the two "ghosts" and, "Hallow, there are two of you there tonight." Immediately the brother fell back into the room.
The man went home and did not notice anything wrong. He asked where his brother
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Little yellow cup, full of peoples meat?
A thimble.
Forty sheep went out a gap, fifty more followed them, five and seven, twice eleven, three and two - how much is that?
Five.
Useful useless instrument often bought but never lent?
A coffin.
Bigger no doubt of it, the more you take out of it?
A hole.
Did New Year's Day and Christmas day ever fall on the one year?
It always does, if you begin at January and count to the end of the (new) year.
Michael F. McMahon,
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Co. Galway.
Got from Mr. M.F. McMahon
Woodford
Co Galway
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I live in Millmount Square and there is a ghost story connected with it. It is said that during the time of Cromwell in Drogheda one of his officers said that he would ride through the breach in the wall towards the height on which the windmill was built and to cry out "God save England."
But on his way he met a rider dressed in woman's clothes. The rider turned out to be an Irish officer. The officers made known to the each other their errands. Swords were drawn so that the one who won the fight could carry out his errand.
The English officer was killed but the Irish officer was seriously wounded. In a dying state he rode towards the mill and raised his sword saying "Long live Ireland" and then expired. In the dead hour of the night if you keep awake you will hear the clank of swords.
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Riddles
Why is a cook like a barber?
Because he dresses hair (hare).
Why is Chancery Lane like your eye?
Because it is near the Temple.
When is a man over head and ears in debt?
When he has a hat on that is not paid for.
Why is a beggar like a baker?
Because he needs (kneads) his bread.
When does a man resemble a wheel?
When he is tired.
Why is a pig like the letter N?
Both makes a sty nasty.
Which side of the jug is the handle?
The outside.
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Old Crafts
In ancient times there was an iron foundry in Upper Forge. The iron was found in a field there & was only two inches from the surface.
Weaving was also carried on. One of the weavers lived on Barkhill where the Boys School is now built & another lived in Lowertown.
Candles were made of rushes. Spades, gates & wooden ploughs were made by smiths that lived in Upper Forge & it was on that account that it is known as Upper Forge.
There were men from Scotland working in Derrycrag Wood. They cut down the oak trees & took them back to Scotland & made clogs from them. These clogs were sent back to Woodford & sold there.
Men also came from Wales & built forges for the smelting of iron & this was shipped away to England. The only crafts that are now carried on are the burning of lime & thatching of houses.
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Many different stories are told about ghosts. Old people believed more in these stories long ago than they do nowadays.
At lonely parts along the country roads people will tell you there were ghosts there long ago.
I know of a house between Drogheda and Duleek and for many years no-one has lived in it as they say there is a ghost in it. The family who resided there last had to leave, as every night when they retired to bed they used to hear loud knocking at the walls.
When the husband got up to look around for the cause no-one could be seen. This would not be a very pleasant place to reside in.
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The Penal Times
There is a place in Loughataorick, near Woodford, called the "Old Church". In ancient times there was an old Church built there. It was thatched, and a huge rock served as an Altar. A priest from Looscaun went there on horseback to read Mass. There was a Mass path leading from Woodford by which the priest used to travel.
It is said that a man living near by took in the Altar Stone in hopes that it would bring him luck. That night none of the family could sleep with a terrible noise in the room where he had the rock. Next morning at daylight he had to leave back the rock again. The ruins are still to be seen, also the stone Altar steps.
From 49 to 57 obtained from Thomas Kearney.
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Many years ago some men were returning from fishing very late at night. On their way home they were stopped on the lower road below Craig na Ferry Rock by a little man whom they did not know. These men had some fish with them. The little man asked them for some fish and the men took him to be a little fairy and they gave him the fish and the fairy disappeared.
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There are many strange stories connected with various old ruins and houses. An Drogheda is rich in ruins it is also rich in tales.
In Mary Street during the time of Cromwell. When Cromwell made his attack on the town one of his soldiers was knocked against the well and was killed instantly
According to tradition there were men coming home late one night when suddenly they heard a cry of pain. On looking around they discovered a soldier of the seventeenth century lying against the wall. One of the men took courage and went in the direction of the well. To his surprise the soldier had vanished
This story has come down to us from generations past and it is said that if one goes out at midnight they are sure to see the soldier too.
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There was a little girl who lived in Drung and one day a little fairy came and rook her away. A long time after this her people were searching for her. Then she came back but she could not speak. The little fairies had left her like that. Her people said she was no used to them. One little fairy said to another to kill a cock and take the blood of its comb. The people heard the fairies saying that and they did so and the girl spoke again
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Emblems and Objects of Value
It is the custom in this district to kill a fowl in honour of Sts. Michael and Martin, as the old women say the saints would be vexed with them if they did not do so.
Another custom is the making of crosses from the straw taken out of the crib at Christmas. One of these crosses is nailed on the ceiling of each bedroom, and one over the door of the kitchen to protect the family from sickness and misfortune during the New Year. These crosses also, are often placed in outhouses. The crosses are made by plaiting straw on a cross cut from a piece of strong cardboard.
Water from holy wells is brought at certain times of the year, and is kept by the people in their homes. It is used in times of sickness and trouble.
Another custom is the sprinkling of holy water on the doors and windows during thunder and lightning.
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Old Phil Boner of Ballymacarthur told me this story
In a field belonging to John Burns there is a Rock called the Mass Rock. It is said that this rock got is name because of Mass being offered at it during the penal times when a priest's life was in danger as there was a reward for his head. So a priest and a few people would assemble and on this rock a priest offered Mass and that is how it got its name
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There is in the locality in which I live a large estate owned at present by Capt. E. Boylan and it was formerly owned by his father Capt. Boylan.
Now this old man was very fond of his property, which is called Hilltown and when he was drawing near the end of his life, the priest was summoned to his bedside. His bed was placed in such a position in his room that he could see his lands, and he would say "Hilltown, Hilltown how shall I leave you." The priest consoled him by telling him he was going to heaven, but he replied "I prefer Hilltown to Heaven" and he thus died.
After some days it is said his spirit began to roam through the house and moans and groans were heard by the occupants. The family asked the priest to pray the Ghost out of the house. He did so and he died one week after. The room in the house is now closed and the spirit is silenced in a Greenhouse some distance from the dwelling house. He is still said to be there.
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I was talking to a man named John MacLaughlin. This man lives in Ballighan. I asked him what was his age and he told me he was seventy eight. He said that this rock got its name from a man named Sam Smith. He also watched his cattle from this rock. He cut out his own name on the rock and his father's and his mother's also. He would not let anyone touch the rock. Sam told all his friends to call this rock after him and ever since it is named Sam's Rock
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The Local Roads
The oldest road in this district is called The Mail Coach Road or Sarsfield's Road because it was the route taken by Sarsfield and his men on their march to Limerick after Aughrim. It is said that when he was passing the Piper's Pier at Derrycrag Wood he threw some of the heavy guns into a pool, about thirty feet deep, in the middle of the wood. The pool is still to be seen. He also reversed his horses' shoes in order to outwit the enemy. This road is thirty feet wide and in ancient times it was the direct route for travellers from Woodford to Limerick but it is now in very bad repair.
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It was told to me by Harry Diver. he lives in Ballybrack and he is about 45 years of age. This is what he told me. There was an old fairy bush along the road and it belonged to the fairies. One day a man was walking along the road and he had a bill hook in his hand to cut bushes. And he saw this fairy bush on his way and he thought it was no harm to cut the fairy bush. So he cut it. He went to his bed that night and when he awoke in the morning his cow was dead. The next morning his horse was dead and the next morning his wife and daughter were dead. And the next morning he went to the priest about it and he told him all that he had done and he told the priest that he had cut a fairy bush. And the priest said that he would never had a day's rest in his life. So this man went home and he began to pray and the next morning he himself died. One day this was a girl coming along the road and she had to pass the house and when she was passing she saw a ghost.
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Old Schools
During the penal laws there were hedge schools in this district. Teachers and pupils meet at sequestered places, generally under a hedge or in an old barn.
Local teachers taught in these schools. All the pupils were seated in rows under the hedge and each one had his or her slate and chalk for writing and doing sums. The blackboard was usually a large flat stone. These teachers taught many subjects and were greatly loved by the peasantry for they enabled many an Irish boy and girl who would otherwise have been illiterate to acquire a smattering of education.
There is an old ruined house in Lowertown where the teachers and children used to meet. There was also a hedge school in a place called King's Hill outside Woodford and another in
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A Travelling Man
John McLaughlin told me of a man who used to come to his grandfather's. He was a travelling man. He came there every night. He was very fond of smoking. One night he had no tobacco. He got things that grow in the fields and he smoked them. When he did so he fell dead.
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Stones
I was told this by John McLaughlin. He is 60 years of age. He is living in Ballybrack 20 years. This was told to him by his grandfather. He is dead now 55 years. In olden times they had to hold stones in their hands and where that was done was in what is now Paddy Carney's field. The stones are the same as the headstones. That was 100 years ago.
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The name of my townland is Scumhall. It is in the Parish of Rath and the Barony of Inchyquin. It got its name because it is hilly and Scumhall means a hill or a cliff
There are seven houses in it all of which are near the road. They are all thatched and consist of two or three rooms and a kitchen. Some of them have a back door others have not. The windows are fairly large.
The families are two Mc Guanes, two Kennys, one Custy, one Kelly and one Kehir. The most prevalent names are Mc Guane and Kenny. The two Mc Guanes are of the one family but the two Kennys are not
The population of the townland was much greater in times gone by. There were about seventeen houses in the townland then, now there are only seven. The reason for this great fall in the population is that they were evicted by the landlord or they went to America.
There are a couple of old cabhalls
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It is said that the Danes have plenty of gold buried in this vicinity.The greatest amount of gold in this vicinity is said to be buried in Lough Graney.It is said that the Irish were in pursuit of the Danes and that they were getting the upperhand of them .The Danes would rather throw the gold into the lake than than to give it to the Irish ,so they threw the coffin of gold into it and it is said to be there ever since.
One morning as the sun was shining gloriously in the heavens and the waters glittering like the diamonds of a lady's ring under the beautiful rays of the sun,it is said that two fishermen heard of this coffin of gold to be buried in the lake so they said they would go in search of it. They rowed out into the deep and as they were in the middle of the lake they kept an observing eye to the bottom of it.
At last one of them noticed a long narrow long coffin coming towards them .At first they did not know what it was but after a while they recognised it and knew that it was the coffin
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after the battle. These would be the ridges.
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A Death
There were two women one time. They had no home and they wandered around this locality. One day they went on a message. They were lodging along the road. When they were coming back they lost their way and they did not know what to do. So one said to the other that they would sit down along the road and ask the first person who would pass by to show them the way to go. They were a long time waiting. At last two men passed. The asked them what way would they go for that they had lost their way. So it began to rain and the two women were lost. When their friends went to look for them they found them dead. This was told to me by maggie McLaughlin of Ballinghan.
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There is a graveyard in Ballykilmurry in a field belonging to Mr Bracken. The graveyard covers about a quarter of an acre of land. It is under a big hill facing for Brien's ditch. It is about fifty yards from the railway. You would remark it if you never of a graveyard being in it because it has three ridges on it and a bank about two and a half feet high around it. There is also the mark of when there was a gate some time or other. In bygone days my father said there was a funeral to that graveyard. He did not see the funeral himself but Thomas Smollen, a man who died last year of at the ahe of 80 told him when he was only a young man. The old people always said that Conn the Hundred Fighter and Magh Nuadaí fought their battle there and that big long trenches were dug for the dead.
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The name of my townland is Scumhall. It is in the Parish of Rath and the Barony of Inchyquin. It got its name because it is hilly and Scumhall means a hill or a cliff
There are seven houses in it all of which are near the road. They are all thatched and consist of two or three rooms and a kitchen. Some of them have a back door others have not. The windows are fairly large.
The families are two Mc Guanes, two Kennys, one Custy, one Kelly and one Kehir. The most prevalent are Mc Guane and Kenny. The two Mc Guanes are of the one family but the two Kennys are not
The population of the townland was much greater in times gone by. There were about seventeen houses in the townland then, now there are only seven. The reason for this great fall in the population is that they were evicted by the landlord or they went to America.
There are a couple of old cabhalls
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A Trick
There was a man in Carrowhugh one time and he was a great jumper. There was another man from Glenagivney. The Carrohugh man was in America. He was full of tricks. The Glen man invited the Carrowkeel man to come to the Glen to a jumping match. The Glen man dug a hole in the ground and it was six feet deep. He filled it with water and he covered it over with sods and grass. The Glen man jumped first and he jumped to the edge of the hole. Then the Carrowhugh man jumped and he jumped into the hole. He was all wet.
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would happen. After a few minutes he saw this gentle-man draw a revolver from his pocket, and present it at the priest saying I am going to take your life. When the butler heard this he sprang out of his concealment and drew a revolver from his pocket and said if you lay a hand on that priest I will blow your brains out. Drop your revolver and release this priest and the priest was realeased and went home. Sometimes after, the butler took ill, the priest heard that he was bad, he visited him thinking that he would be converted to the true faith because he was a Protestant but he would not resist. He did everything in his power to convert him but he would not, and he was dying very fast and the priest said to him I will do all in my power for you I will leave you on earth, until the end of the world, you will be inside in Winter and on Summer nights you will have power to be out walking about. People will see you and will not be frightened of you. So people time after time say that is what the priest lay down on him for saving his life.
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There was an old man who used to go to rake. His way was through a hill and it was very rough. One stormy, dark night he was returning, he stumbled and fell and broke his neck.
Next day he was found dead. It happened that on the night of the death, there was a girl died in the same townland. The two funerals were on the same day.
The girl who died had a sister called Mary. One day Mary was at the well and she saw her dead sister on the hill at the place where the man was killed. She
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A Travelling Man
Some sixty years ago there was a man who annually travelled around these parts known as Heatherington the Blacksmith. He would go into shops along the way and work at any kind of iron, making tongs, pot-hooks, putting handles in spades, feet into pots and mending shot guns and clocks. As a matter of fact he was a genius at this kind of work. The people of the district around when they cracked or broke an article would carefully lay it aside with the remark that it would be mended when Heatherington the Blacksmith called on his rounds at night he would sit in the forge until bed-time and tell stories of his rounds to the crowds of men and boys
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you have washed your feet before throwing it out, it is said that you will never take corns.
When anyone is afraid at night it is said that there is a ghost within three yards of them. If they look over their left shoulder they will see whatever it is.
It is unlucky to cut your nails on a Sunday.
If you burn heather or to strike anyone with it you will have seven years bad luck.
If a young person stoops under anything, it is said that their growth is stopped.
It is unlucky to cut a tree which grows in the middle of a field.
It is unlucky to spill salt.
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A Monument
There is a monument in Ballybrock called the Standing Stone. How the Standing Stone came was one morning when the people got up they saw the Stone. They say that a giant threw it from the far side. Many people say that there is a gold under it. Others say that there is somebody buried under under it. Nobody knows what it is there for. All they know is that the Stone came there when they were sleeping
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A Fair
There used to be a fair in Greencastle village and there were gooseberries sold at that fair. The people would have a dinner of poundies before they would go to the fair. There were cattle and sheep sold at the fair too. The children would all go to see the gooseberry fair and they went in the bare feet.
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It is said that if you catch a weasel and kill it and make a purse of its skin, you will never be without money.
If you put a pin in the water in which
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There was once upon a time there lived a cruel gentleman he was a tyrant to all catholic clergymen he gathered up some friends of the same type and said that they would invite a certain priest for the purpose of killing him. They sent him an invitation to tea after some time this tyrant gentleman stood up from his chair and said everything was going well.
A butler and a servant had a conversation regarding the tea and the servant overheard this gentleman saying that he would kill this clergyman. The butler said things would be all right that he would be there and would see that nothing happened to the priest. He concealed himself in a press in the dining-room and he was watching to see what
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Lynally is about four miles from Tullamore. St Colman Clo was the St of Lynally. He built a monastery there and there was a round tower about one hundred yards from the monastery and there was a tunnel leading from the monastery to the round tower. When the enemy came the monks went over to the round tower through the tunnel. There is an old graveyard there and there is a moat there also. There is money and precious articles supposed to be at the moat and a black cat minding them and there is a life lost before the money can be got.
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Long ago there used to be a fair held in Greencastle village. The fair was chiefly devoted to the selling of sheep but there were also cows sold at it. The Mailligan people came over to the fair and bought their sheep and took them back to Magilligan in ferry boats
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A Monument
There is an old monument in Glenagivney. It is called Kinego Monument. It is said that a great man was buried there in olden times and that that is a mark to let every one see that someone is buried there. There is one large stone standing with a little pile of others. No one would trod upon it or interfere with it in any way. So it is there for years and the place would not be noticed if there was no monument on it.
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There is a Giants bed in Willie Smollens field next to our field. It is on the top of the hill and you can see it from the road. There is a shape of a bed in the middle of the stones. There are two stones each side and one at the top for a pillow. The stones each side are about a ton in weight. Long ago the people used to say that giants lived in it, but it is only children that believe it in now. There are trees all around the giant's bed. The field that the giants bed is in was never ploughed.
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until something would happen. He was only gone a hundred yards when his horse fell and they could not get it up and the priest sent back the boy to her and she told him when he'd get back the horse would get up. When he went back the horse got up, that priest never interfered with her anymore. She is dead about fifty years and there are a great many tales told about her, too numerous to mention
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On Christmas Night there was a candle lit on the window of every house and the door is left open. On New Year's Day the people do not through out the ashes or spend money or
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take it or he will bring the butter When my mother is starting the churning she puts a grain of salt in the fire and the rest in the churn so that no one can bring the butter.
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An Old Kind of Food.
I got this story from John McLaughlin and he told me about an old class of food that the old women used to make. The class of food that they would cook was called "sowings". They would put them on in a pot and they would boil them for three hours and a half and then they put sweet milk over them and kept stirring them for twenty five minutes. No people took them except the old people and they liked them better than any other kind of food. They came off the oaten corn when the oaten-meal was made. Sowings are done away with now. The young people said that "sowings" were no good.
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Blacksmith. There is only one blacksmith round hear, He shoes horses and asses. The door is not shaped like a horseshoe but like an ordanory door. Long ago the blacksmith supposed to have the pour of turning the anvel on anyone he did not know.
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of gold and a cat minding it. There is to be a life lost before it is got.
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There is an old castle in one of the Scully's fields. It is this side of Scully's about half a mile from our house on the right hand side of the road. It is said that there is a tunel going from it to Ballycowan Castle. There is another field beside it my father told that Tullamore used to be there. The ruins of it are there still. It was there the stones for the town of Clara were got. He told me that there is a crock
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An Old Fair
I asked my father last night did he know or did he hear of any old fair and he said he did and this is what he told me. About 40 years ago there used to be an old fair in Greencastle. This fair was held every year. The farmers brought their cattle sheep pigs. It was a great day of the year for everybody. An old man named Philip McKinney liked to see this day coming because the dealers from what is now the Six Counties would come over on this day to buy the cattle and pigs and this old man would ferry them over the River Foyle.
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Stephens. They carved a stone cross and a flag and put it on his grave.
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told her she nearly delayed too long in coming then she gave her back the use of her arm but her thumb remained numb.
A man that was reared in Ballywilliam near Nenagh and afterwards lived in Scariff five miles from the home of Biddy Earley had something wrong with him he called to a man to direct him to Biddy Earley. He said he was forbidden to tell anyone by the clergy but he said he would go some of the road with him they brought a bottle of whiskey and in a certain place they drank two glasses of whiskey and he showed him the house from a certain place, he said he would wait for him. When he went to Biddy Earley she asked him where did he leave his friend and he told her. So she said she would not do anything for him until he brought his friend. When he brought his friend she said to the friend it was very hard to get you to come to me and ye drank two glasses of whiskey on you way. Then she went into a room and she left the door a little open and he saw her shaking the bottle and she saw him looking in and she closed the door. Then she told him to go home and he was cured.
A parish priest and a boy passing her house one day and he treatened her with a whip she told him he wouldn't go much farther
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Tá mórán liosanna in ár bparóiste (paróiste Clann Labhráis). Tá lios i Loch Dhá Bhall, lios i dThúirín na Ghréine agus lios eile i gCuradh. Tamall maith ó shin cuaidh buachaill isteach i lios a Churadh agus coinneal ar lasadh aige. Théigheadh an coinneal i n-éag air cé gur las sé é trí nó ceithre
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An Old Monument
I visited my granny last night and I asked her did she know any folklore. She said she did. Her age is eighty five. This is what she told me. Near the "Dog Hill" at Inishowen Head there is a large rock near a house. It is on the top of a mound and a stone cross on it. It is said that a sailor was washed ashore and that he was buried there. It is to be seen yet. There is another one in Glenagivney, the same as this one. It is three and a half miles from Drumaweir school a man was washed ashore there. The coastguards of Kinego got him on the strand. They found a note in his pocket having this, "bury me at the place where I am found". His name was James
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that he could run through a a town with a revolver in his hand and he could fill bullets into it and fire a bullet into the key-hole of every door.
One day a man was measuring the height of of the hills of Flagmount because he wanted to know would he be able to make the lake overflow all Flagmount by blocking the river draining it when Firbolg saw him and shot him from the island
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An Old Custom
In writing about ancient customs there are a few which live to the present day among a great number of the people of this neighbourhood First - The Rush Cross: On Candlemas Eve, the people make them and on Candlemas Day after some Holy Water had been sprinkled on them one is placed in each house in the farmyard. This custom came down to us from Saint Brigid when she was visiting a farm-house when she was told that some bad luck had come on the cattle and a good many of them had died. She told the people to go out and cut some rushes and make them into rushes and place one in every byre. This they did and thus cattle lived and good luck came to them. So that is the meaning of making the Rush Cross.
Second another custom was on the first of Mar.
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barn but if he did they changed themselves into turkeys and began to pick the grains of wheat Just as they were going to pick Jack he changed himself into a fox and killed them all. He got married to the girl of the palace and they lived happily together and if they did not that we may

This man is the only story teller of note in the district.
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before returned and gave her a bottle which enabled her to know the future and past of different persons who lived in different counties. In Ireland fifty years ago people were very firm believers of witchcraft and fairies. If a farmers cattle or crops went wrong, they went to Biddy Earley and she gave them a charm to restore them and told what happened to them. Priests were up against her and forbade people to go to her or show any strangers her home. Several people went to her. Once upon a time a man went to her that lost the sight of his eyes and he lived fifty miles away from where she lived, she was able to tell him where he came from and she asked him did he remember the clod he got in his eye he said he did and she said that he got it from the blind window was on his house and she cured him.
Another girl who lived in the Slate Quarries and she was going home from Portroe. On her way she had to pass a fort, she had to go over a style called Kithogue style and she was thrown off it and lost the use of her arm and she was persuaded to go to Biddy Earley. When she went to her she told her that she knew it was very hard to get her to come to her and she asked her wasn't it going home from Portroe she got hurt, she said it was and then she said weren't you threw off Kithogue style, she
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There is an old castle in our fields built by Sir Jasper about 332 years ago. There is one wall standing about 25 ft high. there are a lot of bushes and briars around it and it is very hard for you to get in to it. It is said there is a cave running from Aharney castle to Ballycowan castle. It is situated about 250 yards from the road. It is said that it is not lucky to take any bushes or stones to build stables from these ruins.
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The Famine
The year of the famine was a very bad year. All the crops were lost. It was in the year 1847. Some of the potatoes rotted and those that did not rot nobody could eat them. The corn was all blown through the fields and any corn that was saved it was Christmas before it was saved. One man's corn was in another man's field and when he would go to take it out the other man would not let him because it was in his field and he would prove it to be his own. When the man had the corn stacked the other man went when he was in bed and took what he thought was his own and that was all that was about it. My father told me about it and his mother told him.
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There was a great lady lived in Ballycowan castle. She called herself the High Queen of Ireland. She disputed with all the other Kings and Queens in Ireland and had a army of 400 soldiers including officers and generals. The other Kings and Queens of Ireland cameto the conclusion to put her to death. They dragged a cannon with horses from a place in Tipperary called Ballyglasson and plased it on Glashill hill at house of one o'clock at night and fired at Ballycowan castle and knocked down her castle and killed Herself and nearly all her men.
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A Cure
This was told to me by Harry Diver Ballybrack, Morille. There is a well in Ballybrack. It was blessed by a Saint or a priest. This well is always full of water. It is a very deep well. If there is anything wrong with you and you want to get cured you must go every morning for nine mornings to the well. Many people went to the well for nine mornings and got cured. You must not miss one morning for the nine mornings. If you miss one morning you will not got your wish. You must take three sips of water every morning. This well never wants water the whole year round.
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A Old Cure
It was told to me by my grandmother May Kelly. She told me that there is an old rock as you go to Ballybrack Hill. She told me that there was an old priest and he was very old and he was fit to say Mass and no more. One day the old priest was saying Mass and he was very Nervous. In the morning when he went to his room to get his breakfast there was a great big blazing fire and he fell against the fire and burned his foot. This old priest did not know what to do. At last he thought on a plan
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uaire. Buaileadh breoidhte an buachaill ceadhna agus níor mhair sé i bhfad. Buachaill de mhuinntir Dúnaidhe ón gCuradh do b'eadh é. I bhfailleacha móra iseadh bíonn na macalla agus fó uair oscaileann a ndhóirse.
Tá macalla i gCeann-sean-bhó i gCuradh Dubh agus i mbó Cárna. Aon uair amháin do dhóigh ceap atá 'na comhnaidhe i gChuradh Dubh na drisleacha a bhí ar an macalla. Do bhí an bó do b’fhe[?] a bhí aige marbh ar maidin roimis. Deirtear gur cómhradh aimsir bhreágh má bhíonn glór ag na macalla. Tá cilíneach i mbhaile na Cille agus tá sé beannuithe. Leanbhaí gan baiste a cuirtear ann. Dhóigh daoine éigint na drisleacha a bhí timcheall air agus thógadar na clocha a bhí ar an gclaidhe acht má dheineadar do buaileadh breoidhte iad agus gach aoinne eile bhí na dthigh. Chuireadar thar n-ais na clocha mar a bhíodar. Tá falla mór deanta mór timcheall air anois.
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There is a castle called Leap Castle about three miles from Roscrea it is noted for treasures and was burnt down in the time of the trouble in 1921. The O'Carroll's lived there and had a brother a priest. He was told not to say mass until a certain time but he said mass and his brother came and shot him saying mass. They used kill all the servants and there was a trap that they were let down in and ground up by a machine with spikes which was down there. A lady and a gentle-man stayed there from twelve o'clock one night until six o'clock the next morning and the lady was blind but she felt them and they wrote stories about it, the ruins of this castle is to be seen at the present day and the spirit and ghosts are to be seen also.
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The plan that he thought of was to go out to a rock that was outside his door. The reason he thought on this plan was because he had heard of another man having been cured who had a sore foot also. This old priest went out to the rock to see what would happen. So he laid his foot on the rock and he was cured.
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le bolgam a bhaint as agus ar sise ag tabhairt freagra air :
“Ólaim do shláinte a “Mhinic-a-Thig”
Fá tuairim sláinte an “Mhinic-nach-dTig”,
Is truagh nach é “Minic-nach-dTig”
A thigeas comh minic le “Minic-a-Thig”.
D’éirigh “Minic-a Thig” a gcliseadh, dfág slán aicí, agus bhain as amach agus níor chualathas scéal nó scuan uaidh ó shoin.
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Bhí sin ann agus is fad ó bhí. Bhí cailín ann aon uair amháin agus bhí beirt bhuachaillí ag suirridh léithe. Is cosamhail go dtigeadh buachaill aca ar cuairt chuici go h-an mhinic ach chá dtigeadh an buachaill eile ach go h-annamh.
Tharla uair eigín go rabh siad araon i láthair an oidhche chéadna agus ar a theacht dóbhtha chuir sise fearadh na fáilte rompa. D’ullmhuigh sí féasta fa n-a gcoinne agus ní magadh nach rabh oidhche shubhailceach aca. Ach sul ma rabh deireadh leis an fhéasta labhair duine de na buachailli agus dubhairt; “ó tharla go bhfuil sinn araon i láthair caithfidh tú innse dúinn ciacu againn is feárr leat nó an bhfuil gean níos mó agat ar dhuine againn thar an duine eile. Ní féidir go bhfuil sinn araon mar an ionann”.
Bhí sise ar tí an cupa a thógail
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A Sea Story
It was supposed that in Ireland long ago there were mer-maids. There was one married to a man in Terrymore. She had a cloak. While she wore the cloak she could do anything she liked and no person could stop her. She had four children. One day while she was out visiting her husband got her cloak and hit it on her. The man hid it in a corn-stack. She was very grieved at the loss of her clock. One day the man was thatching the roof of the house. The children were out playing as he was going to thatch the house. One of the children saw the cloak and ran in and told the mother. She was overjoyed. She called the husband in for his tea. Then she went out to the place where the children said it was. She went down to the tide with the children and the cloak. She called the children one by one until they were all in the tide. She and the children disappeared and were never heard of more.
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There is a place called Sentry Hill two miles from Borris-In-Ossory during the rebellion of 1798 and about five hundred rebels were executed there, and that was how it got its name
On Tinderry Hill over the Holy Island, there is a large oak tree growing and from that tree it was the custom of Cromwell to hang his Irish prisoners, the place goes by the name of Gallow's Hill to the present day and the tree which is still growing is called "Hangman's Tree"
There was a woman in the Holy Island who knew the monks hiding place and betrayed them to Cromwell, she was baking a cake at the time and she was turned into a pillar of stone and the cake was turned into stone also and placed on her
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eel and went away into the sea. When he landed in Ireland he changed himself into a man again and went into a palace that stood near the sea. There was a girl in the palace and Jack said to her that Gabha na Gcleas would come after him and that he would kill him if he caught him. So he said he would change himself into a ring and that she should put it on her finger but if it went too hard on her to throw it into the ashhole. When Gabha na Gcleas went to kill Jack there was no sign of him. He and his servants changed into water dogs and followed after him. When they landed in Ireland they changed themselves into men and went into the palace. They ordered the girl to hand out the ring but she said she got no ring. They said they would draw the sea in over the house if she did not give it to them and she said she threw it into the ashhole. They went down to the fire and searched for it and, just as they were at the last grain jack changed himself into a grain of wheat and went into the
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at it or a "Crash" as it is called.
It would be considered unlucky if they left without helping.
The churning usually takes three quarters of an hour, but sometimes less in summer. The churning is done by hand and the dash moved upwards and downwards. When the butter is formed it sticks to the dash but when the churning is done the dash looses the bits of butter. Water is used in Winter which helps the churning because the milk is much colder in that season.
After the churning is done there a little block of wood or stick placed under the side of the churn and the churn is shaken from side to side this shaking causes the butter to gather in little lumps. Then the butter is lifted by means of a big strainer and placed on a wooden dish, which has been prepared before hand. Then the butter is salted and washed. After that it is made into rolls or shaped with butter spades. The butter (folk) milk is used for making break and for feeding calves.
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was no door between the rooms. (nor is there yet.)
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44. What bus have found the most room for people.
"Columbus."
45. Why is thief a reasonable man.
"Because he is always open to conviction.
46. How would you take 45 from 45 and leave 45.
123456789 = 45
987654321 = 45
935802468 = 45
47. What small animal when behead becomes a big animal.
Fox becomes ox when F is taken from it.
48. What is the most modest piece of furniture.
"The clock because
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eel and went away into the sea. When he landed in Ireland he changed himself into a man again and went into a palace that stood near the sea. There was a girl in the palace and Jack said to her that Gabha na Gcleas would come after him and that he would kill him if he caught him. So he said that he would change himself into a ring and that she should put it on her finger but if it went tool hard on her to throw it into the ashhole. When Gabha na Gcleas went to kill Jack there was no sign of him. He and his servants changed into water dogs and followed after him. When they landed in Ireland they changed themselves into men and went into the palace. They ordered the girl to hand out the ring but she said she got no ring. They said they would draw the sea in over the house if she did not give it to them and she said she threw it into the ashhole. They went down to the fire and searched for it and, just as they were at the last grain jack changed himself into a grain of wheat and went into the
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it covers its face with its hand.
49. Mrs d, Mrs i Mrs ffi, Mis c, Mrs u, Mrs lty.
"Difficulty."
50. Why was Martin Luther like an invalid sparrow.
"Because the Diet of Worms did not agree with him."
51. Why are birds in Spring like a banking establiskment.
"Because they issue promissory notes, and rejoice when the branches are flourishing.
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39. Why are stocking like mice.
"Because they always go into holes."
40. Why is a man about town like the sun.
"Because each turn night into day."
41. When is an apple never yellow.
"When it is green."
42. Why is Ireland the richest country in the world.
"Because its capital is always Dublin.
43. When does soup like to run out of a saucepan.
"When there is a leek in it."
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in nearly every house, long ago there was only oil lamps on the street which did not show much light but now that is replaced by the electricity. There are four streets in the town namely :- Main Street, Pound Street, Broad road and Longford Street. There are a few fine buildings in the town, there are three large dances halls namely "st Patricks hall", "Moonlight Pavilion" and "Memorial hall".
The guards barrick, the post office, three banks, a chapel and a church.
There is a fair held once a month in the town and a market each week.
In the summer evenings the young people play tennis, camogie, football and lots of other games and in Winter there are many amusements such as pictures, dances, and concerts.
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sound of woe."
35. Say in one word how you would have refreshment between nine and eleven.
"At-ten-u-ate."
36. Make one word from the letters of two words 'new door'
"One word."
37 When did London begin with an "L" and end with an "e".
London always begins with an "L" and "end" begins with an "e".
38. What is the half of two and two.
"Three" half of two is one, and one and two is three."
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Sé Seamus O Briain an tighearna talmhan a bhí ins an ceanntar seo fadó.
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in-acor.
Do bhí min dá tabhairt amach an tam sin ins an ceanntar seo.
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slippers last for ever.
"Because your never wear them out."
31. What poet was never slow.
"Swift."
32. Your Initals begin with an "A" There is an " at the end of your name.
It is the same backwards and forwards. What is the name?
"Anna."
33. What is the difference between a new penny and an old shilling
"Eleven pence."
34. Why is a kind-hearted man like a horse.
Because he (alwal) always stops at the
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acht neannteóga agus tuirnipí agus meachain le n-ithe ag na daoine.
Do fuair a lán duine bás ar taobh na bóthairí leis an ócras. Táinigh an dubha ar an bprátaí agus do loitheadh an barraí go léir.
Do bhí na daoine ag fágail ar taobh na bothair agus ní téigheadh aoine ar an sochradh acht duine chun iad do chur. Ní beadh fíos ag aoine an raibh siadh marbh
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25. What runs fast but has no legs.
"A tap."
26. What is that which you and everyone else have seen and will never see again.
"Yesterday".
27. What word is that of of fivteen letters from which you can subtract twelve and leave ten.
"Pretentiousness."
28. When were there only two vowels.
"In the days of Noah before "U" and I were born.
29. Who is the patron of spectacles.
St. Eusebius."
30 Why should your house
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Ní raibh aon rud le ithe ag na daoine aimsear an gorta
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Tógann sí an t-im amach leis a lámh agus nigheann sí é. Déinímidh arán leis an bláthai.
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Ní'l aon báirrle aginn acht do bhí. Do bhí sé
i-na seasamh i dhá mbinnse.
Nuair a bhíonn m'athair ag déanamh an cuiginn chuireann sí an t-uachtar isteach sa báirrle ar dtúis agus chuireann si an claudhach air. Annsan casann sí an h-ainnla tógann sé leath-uair chun é go dhéanamh.
Nuair a bíonn an t-im déanta leigheann sí an blátha amach.
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Arvagh is a small village in Co. Cavan on the borders of Leitrim and Longford.
There was an awful battle supposed to have been fought on the place where the town now stands, in olden days, and that is the reason the word Ármach was put on it, this word when translated into English means the place of slaughter.
The village is surrounded by several lakes namely, Gartelough, Gowna, and Hollybank lakes.
The town was supposed to have been swallowed up by the lake long ago and is prophesised to be swallowed again.
A river runs through the lake which works the wheel of the mill.
There is electric light in the town which brightens it very much at night, there are lights along the streets and
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19. Why are bakers very self-denying people.
"Because they sell what they knead themselves."
20. What kind of monkeys live on Vines.
"Grey apas."
21. What kind of table do we cook and eat.
"Vegetables."
22. When is a rock not a rock.
"When it is shamrock."
23. To what question you answer nothing but Yes.
"How to spell Y.E.S.
24. When is a baby like a cup and saucer.
"When it is a teething"
A tea thing."
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Several of the old people in this neighbourhood are positive that certain signs indicate both good and bad weather.
I have often heard it said that some of these signs are quite true.
When a new moon appears on its back it is reckoned to be the sign of a rainy month.
When the moon is of a red colour it is regarded by this locality that there will be rain.
A pale moon denotes fair weather.
A red sunset is a sign of fair weather.
Clouds in the shape of hairs is a sign of bad weather.
The east wind brings influenza.
When the north wind doth blow we shall have snow.
When wild geese fly southward it denotes that winter storms are approaching.
When swallows fly low above the water it is said to be a sign of rain.
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siad ceangealta le ropa an mór timcheall a mhúineál. Píosa iarann i bhfastódh isteacht sa faille. Cuirimidís laina ar a cos tosaig go dtí a chos deirg chun í do coimheadh as gáirdín.
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several hours he released them and he had peace afterwards.
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14. What is half the moon like.
"It is like the other half."
15. What the three things a man would die without.
"Earth, water and fire."
16. Why do the cow cross the street.
"To get to the other side"
17. As round as an apple, as deep as a cup and all the men in the world would not pull it up.
"A well."
18. What river reversed becomes a fish.
"Lee." eel".
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na sciolláin. Bíonnn aprún againn chun iadh do leath. Bíonn sé oscailthe ar an dhá taobh agus ceanghailthe mór timceall ár cómh. Nuair a bíonn na sciolláin leatha againn tághann mo athair i ar-diadh ag cur cré ortha. Cúpla lá i-na-diadh sin cuireann sé an spréidh ar na gaisanna óga ar eagla an dubh. Cabhruigheann na comharsain le na céile. Cuirtear cré
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My home town is Arva and it is situated in the parish of Killishandra and in the baroney of Tullychunco[?]. Over one hundred families live there and six hundred and fifty people. The family name most common is Reilly. The houses are all slated except one which is thatched.
The word Arva means the "Plain of Slaughter". There was a big battle found in the district long aho and a big number of people were slain thus giving it the name Arva. There are very few old people living in the town. They do not know Irish but they can tell English.
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warned his father not to sell the bridle if anybody bought him. They went away until they reached the fairgreen. At the gate was a man who had a sack of gold and he offered it to Jack's father for the horse. He gave the horse to him but he never thought of the bridle. This man was Gabha na Gcleas. When he had the horse he said, "You will not get away from me so easy this time" He brought him away with him and when he landed at his own palace he put him into a big stable with some other horses and ordered his servants to prepare to kill him. One of the servants was passing in with a "gabháil" of hay and Jack begged for one sop of it but he would not give it to him. He said that if he did his master would kill him. Another man was passing in with a bucket of water. Jack begged for one drop of the water but he said he could not give it to him. Jack begged so hard that the man took pity on him and gave him one drop of water. As soon as he got it he changed himself into an
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him loose and sat behind the ditch to see what would happen to the priest. The priest had a red handherchief in his hand and the bull ran at it. He just hit the animal on the snout and it fell dead. He left the man sitting there until his wife came and begged him to release her husband. He did so on one condition, and that was if she knew of any plans against him she would tell him.
One night she heard that thirty protestants were going to surround the house and shoot him and she warned him. He told his housekeeper to have all the windows barred and the doors bolted. When they arrived he was going to mass and he spoke to them and they could not answer him. He took them with him until they reached the river and he left them standing in it. After
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2020-08-12 09:43
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M'athair a cuireann na prataí gac bliadhan le sluasaidh a deineann sé na driollaí. Ar dtúis treabhanna sé na gáirdín le capaill agus ceacht. Cuireamair luacra fé na mbó agus is é an aoileach a bíonn againn. Cuaireann sé an aoileach ins na claiseanna agus gearran na mná na sciolláin. Nuair a cuadhamar leataimid
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me. "Heneghan".
10. What does a donkey eat thistles.
"Because he is an ass."
11. Two "o"s an "l" an "s" and a "c" put them together and spell them for me.
"School."
12. What is it that is under the fire and over the fire and the fire never sees it.
"A cake in an oven."
13. Under gravel I travel over ground I run. I trained a house with a bridle in hand.
"A train."
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supposed to have great powers and many stories were told about him. He used to have to go to Coronea to say mass and cross a river on the way. He lived in a protestant district and they did not like him.
He owned a horse that used to go trespassing. One man went to complain and he said he would take the animal to the pound, He was riding it and when he reached the town instead of his face being towards the head he was facing the tail. The horse kept trotting round the town and would not stop so the man decided to return home. He told the priest that he would not send the horse to the pound this time but to keep it at home.
On Sunday when the priest was going to say mass he had to pass through the other man's field. His name was Mr. Blair. He had a wicked bull and he let
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2020-08-12 09:38
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Seo cuid de na nóiseanna atá ag na sean duine le
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2020-08-12 09:37
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ortha sar a tághann na gais suas agus cuirtear cré dhá uair nuair a bíonn na gais suas.
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Feilí Brighde:
Cuireann na duine cros beag adhmadh ar an seiléal. Téigeann cuid mór go dtí tobhair Brighde.
Máirt na h-Inidhe:
Deineann mná pancakes.
Domhnach na Cailce:
Cuirtear cailce ar na duine na mbeadh pósadh.
Domhnach na Cásca;
Bíonn féisthe mhór ag na páistí an lá sin.
Lá Bealthaine:
Ni cearth bainne a tabhairt amach as an tigh. Cuirtear
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2020-08-12 09:34
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The local landlord long ago was Lord Gosford the Earl of Gosford and his name was the Right Honourable Archibald Sparrow Brabazon. He was a very good landlord and the people all liked him. His people were settled in the district for generations.
There is a story told about how his ancestors got possession of the lands. In Cromwell's time when he was dividing the land among his own followers one of his soldiers got a lot of land in the district. He was coming to see it and he met a man riding a horse and he asked him the way. When he heard where the
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2020-08-12 09:32
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Tá dhá mbó againn sa baile sé an ainm atá ortha ná an bó bán agus "Tail off" a tughamar ortha. Bíonn
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2020-08-12 09:31
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When your country upon you did call,
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called the "Iron Brigade. If the rents of the houses were not paid within a certain time he used to get these men to burn down the houses.
When he saw that the people could fix up the houses that were burned he tried another plan. He got the men to knock the houses down to the ground.
One day the whole people of this district held a meeting called the "Secret Socity" to see which of them would shoot this Lord Leitrim. It is suppose a man named Kelly had to shoot him. He was arrested and transported to Spike Island. There is a song about him and a verse of it is as follows :-
I am lonely to night for you Kelly
You sleep in Spike Island's cold walls
There say it was you shot Lord Leitrim
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2020-08-12 09:30
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craobh glas ós cíonn na doirse.
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2020-08-12 09:22
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and when the flag was a short distance from the shore it split in two and one part went down with the people and the remaining part went on to the graveyard with the coffin and never returned to the shore again. There is another graveyard at Gowna called Church island. It was believed in olden times to belong to Catholics but the protestants took it over and burned it. It is believed that there is a passage under the lake from this graveyard to Inch island.
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2020-08-12 09:20
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na Gcleas. He asked Gabha na Gcleas why did he not bring home his son but he said to him "I paid you well for your son but however I will give you one chance of him He laid a dilldarn of oats on the floor and in came thirteen ducks. Jack's father took the last one and said "This is my son so I will bring him with me. "Bad luck to your adviser" said Gabha na Gcleas The duck turned into a fine young man and this man was Jack. Himself and his father went into the ship and sailed away over the sea. When they landed in Ireland they saw a great crowd hunting. Jack said he would change himself into a hound but he warned his father not to sell the chain or the collar that was around his neck, if anybody bought him. It was not long until he had a buyer for the hound, and he got two hunderd pounds for him. It was not long until Jack changed himself into a man again and came back to his father. The next day there was a fair in Galway and Jack said he would change himself into a horse and he again
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One of the oldest landlord that ruled over this district was Lord Leitrim. He was a very cruel ruler. He had an army of men
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few miles from here on Inch Island in Lough Gowna.
It is round in shape. There are oak, willow and yew trees growing around it. Certain families in Columcille bury in it yet. It is said that there was a Monastery there long ago. People say that long ago there was a flag or stone on the shore and when a furneal would come on its way to the graveyard in the island the coffin would be placed on the flag and two people went along with it. The flag moved across the water to the graveyard.
As soon as the corpse was buried the people got on the flag and came on it back to the shore. The flag remained there until the next funeral. It is said that on one of these occasions there was a coffin going across to the island the who went with it we not good living people.
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2020-08-12 09:16
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Oidhce Nódlagh:
Lasthar coinneal mór ins gach tígh an oidhche sin mar is ins an oidhche sin a rughadh an Íosa Críost.
Lá le Stiopháin:
Téigheann alán daoine an lá sin ins na bailthibh agus ins an tuaith ag iarraidh airgheadh d'fhágáil. Bíonn craobh cuilin agus dreoilín marbh acu.
Lá le Brighdhe:
Téigheann buachaillí agus caíliní ó áit go háit ag bailiú airgheadh an lá sin.
Lá le Pádhraigh:
Bíonn seamróg ag gach éinne an lá sin. Bíonn cuirmeara ceoil ins na báilithe an oichche sin in onoir do patrún Naomh na nGaidheal.
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na Gcleas. He asked Gabha na Gcleas why did he not bring home his son but he said to him "I paid you well for your son but however I will give you one chance of him He laid a dilldarn of oats on the floor and in came thirteen ducks. Jack's father took the last one and said "This is my son so I will bring him with me. "Bad luck to your adviser" said Gabha na Gcleas The duck turned into a fine young man and this man was Jack. Himself and his father went into the ship and sailed away over the sea. When they landed in Ireland they saw a great crowd hunting. Jack said he would change himself into a hound but he warned his father not to sell the chain or the collar that was around his neck, if anybody bought him. It was not long until he had a buyer for the hound, and he got two hundred pounds for him. It was not long until Jack changed himself into a man again and came back to his father. The next day there was a fair in Galway and Jack said he would change himself into a horse and he again
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stories. The oldest ones are Mrs Kiernan, and Mrs Cully both over eighty. They live in Main St. Arva.
In former times houses were very scarce in the town and were all small and thatched. About a mile outside the town there us a small wood. Beside it there is a lake called lough Garty. It is supposed that Arva was situated where the lake now is and that t was drowned. It is said also that the real name for the town is Drumalt. People used to go to America, Scotland, Australia and England from the district.
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2020-08-12 09:07
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There are two graveyards in this parish Cornea, and Killeshand there is another graveyards a
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2020-08-12 09:05
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Bhi an droc saoghal ann san bliadhain 1846 agus 1847 i ndeireadh na bliana 1848 chuir an mear-dúbh ar na prátaí. D'fás an coirce maith go leor acht nuair a tháinig baint na bpreátaí ní raib aon prátaí ann acht scidíní agus an prátaí sin fein tobra. Taréis bliadhain no mar sin bhí na daoine ag fághail bhás leis an ocras mar adheir an seanfocal "Is giorra cabhair Dé na an dorus". Dimthigh na mílte thar sáile go Aimeiriocha acht do bhris pláig amach agus na mílte bás leis an galar sin.
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Although Arva is only a small village there are three forges in it presently.
One is in beside our school, one in Broad Road, and another in Longford Street.
James Smith works in the one opposite us. Patrick Calders has one in Longford Street and the third is owned by John Jones.
The forge owned by James Smith is a very old building it is said that Arva was built around it. I have often heard that it is the oldest building in the village. It is quite small and built of stone with a thatched roof. The others forges are attached to other houses they are bigger than the first mentioned.
The forge has the usual tools the bellows is quite old looking. As well as being a good smith Jim is famous as a footballer, local badminton player, and a good shot. He plays at all the football matches.
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mar is ansin a geibheadh na daoine na lucra cun na padóga do déanaimh timceall caoga blian ó shoin.
Gairdín na srutha:
Tá an aimn sin ortha mar tá na seacht srutha uisghe ag rith gairidh dé.
Mathar na Coille:
Tá an ainm sin ortha mar tá siadh i lár na coille.
Gairdín na Laogh:
Tá an ainm sin air mar fadó cuirthí na daoine na laogh isteach ann.
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Ta alán áiteaca timceall mo thig féin.
Tobar na gCaorach;
Tá an ainm sin air mar fadó taghann na daoine ann cun an caoire do níg gach bliain.
Poll Dorca:
Tá an ainm sin air mar tá poll ana mhór ann agus tá an poll sin ana dorca.
Coilin Peadhar:
Tá an ainm sin air mar is é Peadhar an ainm an duine a deineadh é timceall seasca blian ó shoin cun caora do bhailiú agus sin an fáth ina bhfuil an ainm sin air.
Gleann na Padóg:
Tá an ainm sin air
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2020-08-12 08:33
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Is goire cabair Dhé ná an doras
Sé an bríg atá leis an focal sin ná, gach áit a cuaid tú béid an Dé ann, agus má bíonn aon cabair le teastáil agus níl act paidir do cuige.
Níl luibh ná léigeas in aigid an báis
Tá na focalí soe go h-ána ceart mar tuitfid gach aoinne báis an duine bocht com mait leis an duine uasle.
Níl aon tinnteáin mar do tinnteáin féin.
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na tobar Naomh Cróineán agus geibtear léigeas na súla as an tobair sin. Agus tá séipéal eile san paróiste agus is é an ainm atá air na séipéal Naomh Croineán act níl ann anois act an Ráth.
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Is é Naomh Cróineán an Naomh pátruin sa paróiste seo,Tá séipéal inaice na sgoile agus is é an ainm atá air na séipéal Naomh Cróineán. Tá tobar beannuigte san paróiste seo agus is é an ainm atá air
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I love to dream of my native place, and think of it with pride.
Where I first saw the light of day in a cot by the roadside.
'Twas there my youthful days were spent, so joyous, young, and free.
And now an exile far away from Ireland dear, and thee.
O, Time, why do you hurry so, and leave us but the past.
While life remains, though far away, fond memories shall last.
Of all the places I have seen, none to me appeal.
Like the love I have for my native place Rockchapel - on - the Feale
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and Point" If very poor, a herring would be placed on the centre of the table. Before eating the potato each person would point the potato at the herring. It used do them as much good as if they ate the herring.
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used to strain the milk with a cloth which they called a nopigan. When they would be milking they used sing.
When she would be milked they used put a cross on the cow with froth. When they would be driving the cow they used say "hurch." They used have a horse shoe hanging inside on the back door for luck. When a person would be milking and if the cow did not stay quite he would say, "Fan an socair."
When they would be bringing the cow in the evening they would stand at the gate and say "hurch, hurch," and cow would come to them. When a cow would be after calfing they used boil milk and it used to get hard this this used to be called "beastings" milk. They used boil bread in the milk which was called sops. This custom is still observed in neighbourhood. When a cow would be after calfing they used tie a red rag to the calf's tail. This custom is still observed in my locality for the past thirty years.
They had no lanterns at that time. They used put a lighting candle in a can to show them light. They used
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2020-08-12 00:01
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only on Sundays. At that time if the Landlords caught them eating meat they would raise their rents.
Long ago the people used not have any fish. They used to eat cabbage, turnips, and potatoes. The people used to eat yellow meal. Long ago the people used to eat potato bread, but at present they eat flour bread. The people used to eat their food about nine o clock every night before they would go to bed.
They used to have special foods. One Easter Sunday they used to eat eggs, and for Christmas Day they used to have a goose for their dinners. Long ago there was no tea here. When the people got tea first they did not know what to do with it They used to put the tea into pots and hang them over the fire, and leave it there until it would be like porridge, and then they would eat it.
After the famine tea was first used. the vessels used long ago were wooden saucepans, and wooden spoons, and wooden eggs-stands. They were called piggins.
One meal was called "Potatoes
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One time the people had many beliefs about the cow. They used to bless the cows on the hip bone after milking them so that they would give them milk. When a person used to go milking a cow and if the cow would not stand still he would say to her fan socair. Sometimes when people used to be selling cows they used to milk them into their shoes to take away the butter from them so as to have it in the next cows they would buy.
The cow used to stick her head into a hole in the "bails" and a board used to be pushed back so that she could not pull her he
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The name of my townland is Tromoroe which means Trom Ruadh, Red alder. It got its name because of all the trees that were growing in it long ago. It lies to the west side of the parish of Kilmurry Ibrickane.
At present there are seventeen houses in this townland but there were more in it long ago. The most common surname is Shanahan. A few generations ago the most of the land was owned by the Shanahans but some of the names have changed since.
There are about seven old pensioners in the place namely. Mrs. Ryan, Mr. James Haren, Mr. Patrick Shanahan, Mrs. Shanahan, Mr. Andrew Shanahan, Mrs. Gallagher and Mr. Moloney. They have a good many Irish and English stories of the great deeds of the
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In olden times the people used not eat many meals a day. They used to eat tow meals a day. They used to eat raw oaten meal and drink thick milk for their breakfasts. They used eat potatoes and drink thick milk for their suppers.
They used to work before their breakfasts. The strong healthy people used to eat meal and drink milk. When they would not have potatoes they used to eat gruel, and when they would not have gruel they used eat vegetables.
They used to have sour milk almost at every meal. They used to put the pot of gruel in the middle of the floor and eat it. Some people were so poor that they used not have any tables.
Long ago the people used to eat potato bread. They used to grate the potatoes, and knead them into the cakes. The people had no ovens at that time, and they used to bake the bread in griddles.
They used to eat
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“Bhal, siubhal leat anois”, ar seisean, “agus póssaidh mise thú”.
D’imthigh sí leis agus cheannuigh sé culaidh éadaigh díthe ó bun go bárr agus pósadh iad. Agus bhí sí in a sáith de’n t-saoghal ó sin amach. Ach bhí athrú scéil ag a chuid leas deirbhsiúracha nó ní rabh aca-san ach an cruaidhtean agus an t-anás agus an t-ocras go deireadh a saoghail.
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D’fhiafruigh sí do cia fhad a bhí a thriall anocht. D’innis sé díthe go rabh sé ar lorg na giorrsaighe a bhí ag caitheamh na bróige a bhí in a láimh.
“Bhal”, arsa’n t-sean bhean, “tá fhios agam-sa cia h-áit a bhfuigh tú an ghiorrsach sin: Siubhal leat, agus na gabh anonn nó anall go rabh tú ag a leitheid seo de theach - ag innse do an áit a rabh an teach agus an bealach a bheirfeadh ann é. Nuair a thug an-leas-mhathair fa dear é ag tionntughadh aníos bealach a’ toighe chuir sí íochtar an trunnca ar a cuid inghineacha fhéin. Bhí an dílleachta bocht in a suidhe sa chlúdaigh agus gan uirthi ach na bratóga. Nuair a tháinig seisean isteach rinne an leas-mháthair forbhfailte mór roimhe. Annsin d’amharc sé thall agus i bhfas ar na giorrsachai uilig agus fa dheireadh chuaidh sé fhad leis an dílleachta agus dubhairt sé léithe :
“An tusa chaill an bhróg ag geafta thoigh’ an phobail Dia Domhnaigh seo a chuaidh thart?”
“Is mé, go dearbhtha”, ar sise.
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i nganfhios mar bhéadh eagla uirthi go bhfeicfidh í. Bhí a leas-máthair agus a cuid leas-deirbhsiúracha ag teacht amach in a diaidh agus a gcinn tógtha in áirde go h-uaibhreach aca. Bhí mac an Riogh in a sheasamh ag an doras ag breatniughadh ortha do réir mar bhí siad ag teacht amach. Thug an dilleachta giorrsaighe iarraidh theacht thart ar a chúl ar eagla go bhfeicfeadh sé í, ach fuair sé a shúil oirthí, agus thug sé iarraidh í a leanamhaint le ceileabhar a chur oirthi. Ach sul ma dteachaidh aige fághail fhad cainnte léithe, bhí an rópa sgaoilte aici-se agus thug léim suas ar an chliobóg.
Shín seisean a lámh ag saoilstín go bhfuigheadh sé greim láimhe uirthi, ach caidé a fuair sé greim air ach ar an bhróig do bhí ar a cois, agus bhí an bhróg leis, in a laimh. Dubhairt sé annsin nach bpósfadh sé a’n bhean go bráthach ach an bhean a d’fhóirfeadh an bhróg díthe. Bhí sé ag siubhal thart annsin feuchailt an bhfuigheadh sé bean ar bith a rabh bróg de’n chineal céadna aicí. Casadh an t-sean bean bacach seo dó tráthnóna amháin go h-an mhall.
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