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his father King Torlough is buried on the other side.
There is a whispering arch at the door of the cathedral and when visitors come here they whisper to each other at each side of the door. There are three saints over the door, but Cromwell's soldiers knocked off the head of St Francis.
There is a black cellar at one side, but it is locked up now and old stones are kept in it. Over the black cellar there is a room known as the Bishop's room, it has a fireplace with a chimney on it. This chimney has eight sides on it. The Bishop used to live up there. He did not rule the monks. The Abot used to do that.
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Flann but the forgeiners came along and burned it, as often as it was repaired. The old writers tell us it was it was repaired in 1370 by a MacDermott of Roscommon, 1460 by the Dean of Clonmacnois - Odo, and 1647 by Rev. Charles Coughlan. In 1649 Cromwell's soldiers burned it and robbed it of all its precious treasures. So since then it is in ruins. Inside those ruined walls are buried the Coghlans of this district. They were the great ruling clan of this parish.
It is also said that King Rory O' Connor the last King of Ireland is buried on one side of where the altar used to be and
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2019-10-16 16:40
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Church. This tower the local people tell us had a large bell hanging in it, and it disappeared in 1552 when the English completely destroyed Clonmacnois, and it now hangs in the belfry of St Mary's Protestant Church Athlone.
Some people say the Church and tower is Fineen McCarthy's because the local people say it was given to McCarthy as a Mortuary Chapel for his people.
Inside in the little chapel there is a hole in the wall where people put in their heads to cure headaches. They leave something in the hole like a button or a penny and when they do
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2019-10-16 16:35
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the woman died.
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2019-10-16 16:35
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against his beardy face. After a few minutes the man went over to the bed to see if the ghost was in it. He fainted when he went to the bed because the ghost hit him with his hand on the ear. After a week he was better of the fright. People say that if you are walking on the road between twelve o' clock and half-past twelve at night you will be followed by this spirit. The place in question is between Mountbutler Cross and Charleville Cross on the main road between Dublin and Limerick.
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2019-10-16 16:32
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About four years ago there was a man "rambling" at our house and he told us about a ghost he once came in contact with. Here is the story. He was rambling at a neighbour's house about a year and six months before that. It was almost twelve o' clock when he left to come home. Hes bicycle was broken so he had to walk. On going out the gate on to the road a man came up to him. He did not speak a word to him. Our friend began to be frightened but even so he could not go into any house because the man would pull him back every time he tried to enter by the gate. At last he came to his own house. He went up the stairs and into his room but still the ghost followed him. There were two beds in the room. The ghost got into one bed and the man got into the other. He was still more terrified now because he could not see him even though he could hear him rubbing his hand
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2019-10-16 16:27
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2019-10-16 16:25
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and went in the direction of his own house. The ghost appeared to one of themen who still travelled along the land. It continued walking on the side of the other man but he did not see it. The man to whom it appeared at first saw it all the time and it continued walking with them till they came to within a few perches of their own gate. It then disappeared and the man who had seen the strange form fainted. He had to be carried into the house. He got alright after a while and was none the worse of what he had seen.
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2019-10-16 16:25
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A local Ghost Story
About two miles from my home is the remains of one of the old castles of the O'Carrolls of Ely. Some years ago it was burned, and all that now remains are the ruins. The O'Carrolls of ancient days were Catholics, but they thought they could order the priests and people, and that everyone should obey their rules. To punish those who disobeyd
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2019-10-16 16:24
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About eleven o' clock one night a party of men were returning from a card game which was held in Laurelhill House. This place is just a mile north west of Roscrea and two miles from our school. When they came to the entrance gate they stood before parting and began talking about the card game A black bulk, in the shape of a man with no head, appeared to one of the men. He asked his companions if they saw it. They replied that they did not. After a short conversation they parted and went in their different directions for home. Three of the men went in the same direction for about one hundred yards. They came to the end of a lane which led to the houses of two of them. Here one of the men parted with the others
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2019-10-16 16:23
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About eleven o' lock one night a party of men were returning from a card game which was held in Laurelhill House. This place is just a mile north west of Roscrea and two miles from our school. When they came to the entrance gate they stood before parting and began talking about the card game A black bulk, in the shape of a man with no head, appeared to one of the men. He asked his companions if they saw it. They replied that they did not. After a short conversation they parted and went in their different directions for home. Three of the men went in the same direction for about one hundred yards. They came to the end of a lane which led to the houses of two of them. Here one of the men parted with the others
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2019-10-16 16:22
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There is a field belonging to Mr. Fitzgerald of Mt. Bridid called Páircín na Cille which means the little field of the church. There is a white thorn bush growing in the middle of the field. Under this bush there are a lot of big stones.
It is said that unbaptised babies were buried there long ago. It is only the very old people in the place that remember these burials.
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2019-10-16 16:20
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As I went up a hill I met a motor car two white men and one black man the two white men eat the black man what was the number of car? 281.
As round as an apple as plump as a ball can climb the church over steeple and all? The sun.? A.G.E.
Spell broken down hedge in three letters? G.A.P.
What part of you goes in the door the first? Your breath.
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2019-10-16 16:19
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One night a man was coming home from a gamble. It was late in the night. He was walking along the road towards home and he heard steps after him. He stopped and looked behind him and could not hear or see anything. He walked on and heard the steps again. When he came to the cross roads a man jumped over his head. Then he heard pigs screeching in the fields. When he came home he looked into the pig's house and the pigs were there.
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2019-10-16 16:17
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ditch and if you go near Jenny she will bite you?
A nettle.
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2019-10-16 16:16
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What is always behind time?
The back of the clock.
Why is E a laxy letter? because it is
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2019-10-16 16:15
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There is always gold supposed to be hidden in various places in the Cangort estate, Shinrone Offaly. It was supposed to be hidden by the first of the Atkinsons. It consisted of gold bars and plate.
About fifty years ago a local work-man named James Heenan was digging in front of the house when all at once his spade hit something hard and James stooped down to pick it up. He found that it was gold. He placed it on the window sill. All at once he heard a noise at his back like the tramping of a troop on chargers. He glanced round, but could see nothing and then the noise stopped. Then he was going to put the gold where nobody would see it and to his surprise he found that it was all gone.
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2019-10-16 16:10
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one day while he was out in the field he met satan and satan said to the man I have come for your wife I hear she is very troublesome.
Very good said the old man so satan put the old woman on his back and made away for hell. When he got there he set her down and he opened hell gates to let her in.
There were two devils who were tied up in chains the old woman scattered there brains.
So satan put her on his back and started for home. They were seven years going to hell and nine days coming back he said to the old man here is your wife safe and well for the likes of her we would not have in hell.
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2019-10-16 16:06
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Once upon a time there was an old man who had a wife who was always quarreling with him and he was very troubled and he could not stand her
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2019-10-16 16:04
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1. Jack Doyle, Clonaderig, could lift a two hundred weight and put it over his shoulder and carry it a long distance.
2. Pat Guinan: Clonfanlough, was able to go into
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2019-10-16 16:02
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Lá amhaín bhí fear ag siubhal cnuic. Bhí gnota aithride aige i áit eicint. Bhí sé ag subaill agus ag sior imtheact nó go dtanaic sé go dtí cnocan árd sléibhe. Do shuidhe sé síos ag leigint a sgíthe. Is gearr go b'fhaca sé fear dubh ag triall air. Do buail fiathchíos é ar dtus act nuair a bhí sé roinnt gar dó labhair sé leis. Bhiodar ag cainnt i b'fad nuair a bhí a sgíth toighthe aca d'imigh leobh ag siubhal an cnoc arist. Bhíodar ag cainnt is gearr gur dtánaic an oidhche. Bhí siad i gcruadh chás annsin. Is gearr go b'fáca siad solus i bhfad uathaibh. Triall siad air. Nuair a shroich síad é ní raibh glas ar bíth ar an doras. Chuadar isteach. Bí póta feóla ar an teine.
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Sore Eyes - Cold tea and spring water are used as cures for sore eyes. It is also believed that certain holy-wells have a healing power for them.
Boils - Soap and sugar mixed as a poultice and white bread steeped in water are cures for boils.
Sore Ears - The juice of an ash tree, taken from it while burning and poured into the ear when cold is supposed to heal a sore ear.
Headaches - Washing soda rubbed to the forehead gives relief to the person effected.
Stomach Trouble - Dandlion is used many times a cure for stomach trouble.
Sore Lips - Cream is used as a cure for sore lips.
"Whicklows" - The leaf of a dock wrapped about a finger on which a "whicklow" had come was supposed to cure it in former times and so the old people say to-day.
Rheumatism - Stings of honey-bees are good for rheumatism.
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2019-10-16 15:55
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the turnip seeds.
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2019-10-16 15:54
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This bird is a very good singer and will sing as well in a cage as out in the open. It builds its nest in the whin. It lives on the seeds of wild plants and therefore assists in keeping down weeds They often dot he farmer harm by eating
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2019-10-16 15:52
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left the people in want and hunger,. although there were no deaths. At last the small farmers were so poor they sold out all and went to America.
Although many people left the country, the population is as big to-day as it was then. The sites of their old houses can still be seen, but the places are taken, by well built slated cottages. The land is now in the possession of a few landowners.
At that time the potatoes melted away in the ground. Men dug for days without finding any. If a man found one after a hard day's work, he would call to his neighbour that he had found one.
There was a field of newly reclaimed bog land, which had splendid crops these two years, but strange to say it never produced a good crop since.
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2019-10-16 15:50
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Many years ago a giant lived near Lyre. He was a huge man being well over eight feet in height. He lifted many huge stones - chief among them being a large rock, which he put up on a six foot wall. It is said that the stone weighed about eight cwts. He could do as much work in one day as any of the local men could do in a week.
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Mount Hillary - On the top of this mountain which is situated to the south of Banteer there is a large heap of stones known as "Daddy Morey's Castle". It is that an old man named Daddy Morey lived on the top of this mountain long ago. Every day he went out and brought a bag of stones to this place. He intended building a castle. Before he began his work the land-lord died. The new landlord who came raised the rent and the castle was never built since.
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2019-10-16 15:47
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When any of the family went to the barrels for meal they were tumbled into them, and they heard nothing in their ears but stump, stump, stump, At last the murdered sold all his property and set off for America with his wife and family He wished to get away from "Stumpy
When they arrived in America the wife said to her husband. "Stumpy will not be here to night for he cannot cross the ocean. Then a voice spoke out and said yes I am here. The woman then asked how did you come?" Oh said he I came round by the bridge"
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named McSweeney walk out after her, but, were more surprised when they found out that Cliodna compelled him to follow her into the rock.
All his relations were filled with grief and searched everywhere for some person who had the power to release him. At last McSweeney's father was told that there was but one woman in Ireland who could remedy his trouble and that she lived in the North of Ireland. Next morning he set out for her house and the woman agreed to come with him.
In the meantime Cliodna prepared to meet her. She took her horse - a fine specimen of a hunter - to the local forge to be shod. When the smith had done so she asked him his fee, but he, knowing her strange powers, refused to accept any money. Then she told him that she would have a test on the following day and that if she failed the bush which grew outside the forge door would be dead, but that if she won it would be as green as ever.
Next morning the bush was dead and McSweeney walked out of the rock. Cliodna was never heard of again.
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2019-10-16 15:44
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At the time of the great famine of 1846-47, the land of this parish was divided up into small farms. The people were therefore small farmers, but very poor.
Potatoes were their principal food, cooked in different ways, and the had them for breakfast dinner, and supper. There was very little flour used at that time and the bread was made from potatoes. The complete failure of the potatoe crop
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nest of sticks on top of a high tree and rears four young ones at a time. Its usual food is slugs and worms. It is very fond of young ducklings and goslings and is, therefore an enemy of the farmer who shoots it at first sight. It is often known to kill young lambs also.
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2019-10-16 15:38
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The widgeon is like our common duck only it is much smaller. The male widgeon is called the cock and the female is called the hen.
There are f=different kinds of widgeons. The widgeon can fly very fast.
The hen calls like a duck but the cock has a kind of a whistle. Widgeons do not breed in this country. They breed on the islands of Scotland, Norway and Iceland. They are very seldom seen here in summer, but they come here when there is snow in other countries.
Widgeons are splendid divers and are very difficult to shoot in water. It is said they dive when they see the flash of the gun, so that the shot cannot strike them.
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Carraig na gCat - There is a rock at Lacka, in the parish of Banteer called Carraig no gCat. It is inside the dich of the road. There was a kind of cats living there long ago which were strange to the local people. They had a nail on the end of their tails. They were seldom seen. They did much damage to fowl and they killed rabbits also.
Carraig Cliodna - Not far from the village of Beeing in the parish of Glantane there is a townland which bears this name. The story of how it got its name is told frequently in this district.
Many years ago a witch lived in rock there. Her name was Cliodna and all the neigbouring districts dreaded her.
At one time there happened to be a dance at a farmer's house near the rock. While the dance was in progress Cliodna arrived and joined in the sport. When the music stopped Cliodna wiped her face and walked out. All present were surprised when they saw a tall, handsome youth
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2019-10-16 15:34
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The swan is a very stately bird. It is snow white with black feet and legs. It is larger than our common grey goose and has a long neck. It is a water bird and spends its time in it. It is an old saying that the swan would die with pride if it were not for its black feet.
The swan is a very tame bird and never flies fast or high. It builds its nest in swamps. The nest is often as big as a load of hay and is made of branches and withered grass. It is so made that it can float on the water. It lays five or six eggs bigger than a goose egg. It takes four weeks for the young ones to come out.
For the first year they are grey and then they change.
A pair of swans live to-gether for life and when one dies the other goes about alone.
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2019-10-16 15:32
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The peopleof this parish have certain day's for doing all their work. Nobody stirs the soil on May day because the say it is unlucky. The believe that if the drove the cattle across Bow-river on May morning that the would be free from disease throughout the year. The people never begin a job on Saturday. When people are leaving a house to go into a new one the usually leave it on a Friday.
The people always leave a crop to be sown on Good Friday because they say it is a lucky day. On New Years Day if you did a thing wrong you would do it wrong every time again.
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The Paddock - Horses were exercised in this field long ago by a landlord who lived in Lombardstown.
The Bull's Field - It is said that a man was killed by a bull in this field long ago and the name has remained on it ever since.
Pairc Caol - This is a long narrow field. It is from this that the field got its name.
Lalors' Field - This field has got its name from the Lalor family who lived there. They went to America and the house was knocked. The name remained on the field afterwards.
The Passage Field - This field got its name from a stone passage which runs through it.
The Black Field - This is a large field having rich deep, black, surface in it.
The Heathery Field - This field is so called because of its rough, heathery nature.
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2019-10-16 15:29
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This was once a very common but is now almost extinct. Its plumage is black and white. it builds a rough
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2019-10-16 15:28
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of about one hundred miles per hour. In appearance it is like our common duck, but the feathers of the drake are brighter.
They breed in this country and build their nests in swamps and out of the way places. They lay about a dozen eggs, and when the young ones come out they are taken to the river where they will not be interfered with.
During the summer months the wild duck is seldom seen here but in Winter they come in flocks to look for food.
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The Lisheen - This field was once a rath, but, later on it was tilled and so the name has remained on it every since.
The Brake - This name is given to a level field but it was not always so. In olden times it was a furze brake and much furze was cut there as fodder for horses. Later on the furze was burned and the roots pulled. Then it was ploughed.
Twomey's Field - This field got it's name from a man named Twomey who sold it to its present owner.
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2019-10-16 15:27
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There are a lot of old sayings in this parish. Some of which are "Better go to bed supperless than rise in dept.
It is an old saying that it is hard to knock an old dog of his trot.
The divel you know is better than the divel you dont know.
A halfpenny and a timble makes a tailors pocket jingle.
One swallow never make Summer. God is always nearer than the door.
Who ever the cap fits can wear it.
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2019-10-16 15:25
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Pairc na gCoinini - This field gets its name from the huge number of rabbits which are to be found there. As the name indicates, the pest must have remained all down through the ages for many generations.
The Cluain - This field gets its name from its being a large, level field. The word cluain means a plain and this field well nigh represents one.
Cash's Field - A poor man named William Cash once lived in a little house in a corner of this field. When he died the house was knocked down. The name was given to the field and it remained on it ever since.
Paircin - This field gets its name on account of its being very small.
Pairc a' tobar - This field gets its name from a large spring well which is situated in it.
The Kiln Field - This field is at the back of a disused lime kiln. It is said that much limestone was burned here in former times and the lime used by the farmers as manure for the land.
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2019-10-16 15:23
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Head like a timble tail like a rat, you can guess for ever but you will not guess that. = A pipe. The older it gets the shorter it gets. = A candle..
Long legs crooked thighs small head and no eyes. = A tongs.
What goes up a ladder with its head down. = A nail in your boot. What has a tongue and never speaks. = A boot. I have a little cow she sits on the wall, she drinks all I give her, and eat none at all. = A lamp. Hard working father, wee lazy mother, twelve little childre all like one another. = A clock. Middy noddy round body, three feet and a wooden hat. = A pot. Why does
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2019-10-16 15:22
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The wild goose is like our common grey goose only it is smaller. It comes to this place in November when the weather is getting cold and when there is snow on the Highlands of Scotland Iceland and Scandinavia. They lives on these mountains and come here to get food.
The wild goose is a crafty and cunning bird. It is very difficult to get then. It looks for the largest grass field in the district and it feeds in the middle of it. When it sees anyone near it flies straight up into the air.
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2019-10-16 15:19
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The wild or wood pigeons are very good for eating and are greatly hunted by the fowlers.
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2019-10-16 15:19
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In the Penal Times there was a priest at Lyre who said mass on a large stone in the corner of a field. He came to the place very often, at the risk of his own life.
Many years afterwards there was a man building in the district. He saw this stone and he liked it. Some time after he took it to his new construction. He placed it in front of the fire and everybody admired it. They considered it better than plastering. But as soon as they put their feet on it they heard a bell ringing. Then the man found out what the stone was formerly used for. He took it up again and carried it back to where he got it.
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2019-10-16 15:19
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The Swallow is a very quick bird and is of a blue colour. It is noted for its speed through the air. It is a migratory bird and is long and sharp. It always likes to live where summer is.
The Swallow comes to this place about the middle of April and repairs an old nest and lays five or six eggs. It builds its nest of mud and clay and lines it with feathers. Two sets of young ones are brought out in the year. It lives on flys and insects that are found through the air. In September flocks of Swallows are seen on telegraph wires and when you see this it is a sign that they are going away.
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2019-10-16 15:17
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People kill cocks on that day and spil the blood on the door-step. The 25th Decamber is Christmas Day. The 26th is St. Stephens Day. Children go out after the wren on that day. The 27th December is a bank holiday. The first Monday in Augus and Whit Monday are also bank Holidays.
It is said that Christmas Day falls every seven years on a Sunday.
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2019-10-16 15:16
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A story is told in this district about a Catholic Priest and a Protestant who met on a bridge near a graveyard. A dispute rose between them and the Protestant killed the Priest. When this was heard the people put the Protestant to death. His name was Fox and the night after he being buried the graveyard moved across to the other side of the road. The head-stone that was at Fox's head fell into the river and it is said that it can be seen there to this day. The bridge is called Fox's Bridge.
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2019-10-16 15:15
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moon after the 21st March. Chalk Sunday is the Sunday after Shrove-Tuesday. On that day people chalk al marriagable people who were not married during shrove. The first of April is caled "Fools Day". On that day people fool people. On May Eve people stick quickbeam. On May Day nobody redens the clay. Long ago people used to drive their cattle across Bowriver and in doing this they believed their cattle would be free from all diseases for the rest of that year. The 24th June is St. John's Day. People light fires on that night. The 29th June is St Peters and Pauls Day/ The 15th July is called St. Sweeden's Day. It is said that if it rains on this day it will rain for forty days and forty nights. The 15th August is Our Lady's Day. People don't go out boating or don't save hay. On November Eve people go out after "Jackie he Lantren."
The 11th November is St. Martins Day.
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2019-10-16 15:15
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This is a common bird among our fowlers and sportsmen, It has an average speed
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2019-10-16 15:14
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The principal weeds grown in this district are as follows - Dock's, Nettles, Benweed, Chicken weed, Daisy, Seven sisters, Thistles, Colts foot, Redshanks, and Ground Yare.
The Dock.
The Dock is found in good land. It has a long deep root and it takes a lot of food from the ground. It grows from seed and is very hard to get rid of. This weed gives the farmer a lot of trouble. It mixes his oats and destroys them for sale.
The Nettle.
The nettle is the most common of all weeds. It grows about the walls and hedges and it is very troublesome in the garden. It has a spreading root and a little bit of it makes a new plant.
The Benweed.
The Benweed is found in dry land. It is not exactly a weed for sheep can eat it. Where a farmer has no sheep to eat it, it soon makes his
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2019-10-16 15:13
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Scarcely had he half of it read than a company of the Red Coats burst into the cave and siezed the priest. Then a desperate struggle took place. All the people stood in the defence of the priest but they were powerless against the well-armed soldiers. The Red Coats bound him securely and took him away. He was never seen or heard of again.
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2019-10-16 15:10
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In the Penal Times when the priests were hunted and tortured one still lingered in the Beeing district. He went day after day through the locality ministering to his beloved people at the risk of his own life. The soldiers tried many hiding-places for him but each time were unsuccessful. A charmed life he seemed to bear.
At last the British Government placed a price on his head but none of his beloved people would betray the servant of God for the "blood money" as they called it. Many of them advised him to desert the parish, but, he would not, at all, listen to them.
On this Christmas Night at the request of many he was to read Midnight Mass in a cave in the district. A huge crowd gathered into the cave. Just at the stroke of twelve the priest arrived and immediately to say Mass. Men with all sorts of weapons were posted at its entrance so as to protect the priest, in the hour of his need, if necessary.
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land poor.
Chickenweed.
Chickenweed grows in turnips and potatoes and it is very fast at growing. It also makes the land hard to labour. It is very soft weed and withers away when frost gets at it. It is a cure for sprains and swellings.
The Seven Sisters.
The Seven Sister's is a poisonous weed found growing in potato and turnip land. The juice of it is used for taking away warts.
Red Shanks.
The Red shank is to be found growing in potato and turnip land in wet weather. It is fast at growing and it smothers up the crop. It has a sharp pointed leaf and in the middle of the leaf is a red spot like a drop of blood. It is said that this weed was growing beside the cross where Our Lord was crucified. It is called Red shank because it has a red stem.
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It is an old saying that "Candlemass Day throw the Candle and Candlestick away. The second of Feburary is also St. Blaze's Day. If people had soar throaths and to get their throath blessed by the priest on that day. They would never have a soar throath again. The 17th March is St. Patricks Day. It is kept a a holiday obligation in Ireland. All the people wear shamrocks on that day in honour of St. Patrick. The 25th March is the day of the Annunciation. It was kept as a holiday long ago but not nowadays. The 25th March is also St. Caimins Day. Shrove Tuesday is on the first of March this year. This date is uncertain. Shrove-Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, and on that night people make pancakes. On Ash Wednesday ashes are blessed and put on the foreheads of the people. On that day people drink black-tea and use no butter or eggs. On Easter Sunday it is customary to eat a lot of eggs. Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full
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Matches are made in this district at Shrove. The marriage takes place at the bride's church and the reception is afterwards held at her house.
The bringing home of the bride is called "The Hauling Home" and this was very fast driving in former times.
The "staw-boys" who come in during the wedding-feast create great joy and fun, by giving "witty" answers to questions put them by all present.
Long ago men and women who did not get married at Shrove were to be hunted up to the mountains but this custom has long since died out.
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Marriages take place most frequently during Shrove-tide in this district. It is customary that the wedding-feast should take place at the bride's residence, and that the parties should be married in the bride's parochial Church.
During the wedding-feast "straw-boys" sometimes come in and add to the merriment. After some hours enjoyment the newly married couple go to some city, such as the Capital in the hope of spending an enjoyable honey-moon.
There are certain periods of the year that are considered unlucky for marriage. The months of July and August are among those as well as Wednesdays and Fridays.
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Between seventy and eighty years ago there was a school held at the house of Mr. Andrew O'Callaghan who lived at Knock. The teacher used stay in the house and pay the farmer for his lodging out of the money which the children brought him weekly. He taught Irish, English, Arithmetic and Latin. He had upwards of thirty scholars attending this school. The teacher taught those scholars all he knew and on that account he turned out some very good scholars, who had a good store of knowledge when they faced out on the world.
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About a hundred years ago there was a school in a ruined castle near Mourne Abbey. Unlike most other schools in the district it was a girl who taught there. Her name is not known but, the local peasantry are fairly strong in the belief that she was a stranger, giving their grand-fathers and ancestors (as far back as can be traced to-day) as authors for this and other beliefs. She had about thirty scholars attending the school. At the coming of the National Schools she gave up teaching.
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Many years ago there was a school at Nadd in the house of a farmer. The teacher was Mr. T. O'Hanlon and was a member of a well known North Cork family. During the fine weather he taught in a field close by. He began each morning at nine o'clock and most of his scholars were there before him. He taught Irish, English, Latin, and Arithmetic. He depended on the little subscriptions brought him by his pupils to provide him clothes and lodging. He continued his good work for three years and I am unable to find out what became of him then.
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and assisted him greatly in teaching arithmetic. He continued his good work for many years and then as the National Schools became more numerous he had to give up. As a means of living he depended on the little subscriptions brought him by the children. Out of this he had to pay for the use of the farmer's house in which he taught as well as for his board and keep. Some rich people, however, did not do so.
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About sixty years ago a "poor scholar" named Andrew O'Riordan - a grandfather to a labourer who worked in this district for many years - used to go about from house to house teaching the scholars - children of the local peasantry. In the winter he used appoint a certain house in which he used teach, a few hours each night for a week. Then he told the children where he would meet them for the next week and so on.
In this way he travelled almost every house in Lackandarra each winter. But, when Summer used come he held his classes in woods or in bye places. He taught Irish, English, and Arithmetic. He also taught them a little Latin and it is said that he turned out some very good scholars - having taught them all he knew himself.
When used hold his classes in a house he used take off the half-door and lay it in the centre of the floor. This he used as a blackboard,
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About forty years ago a great storm visited this district. It knocked houses and trees and rooted
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There was a storm in this district on 11th February 1887. This day was the feast of Saint Gobnat - "pattern-day" at Abbey's Well. Much damage was done to farmyards - slates, iron and other roof-material being blown down. Trees and ricks of hay and straw were knocked down. Rain then fell heavily so that the low-lying lands became flooded. The hay that was blown about by the storm was carried away by the floods. This was one of the worst storms at sea for many years. Some vessels were lost off the Cork coast and others sought shelter in Cork and Waterford harbours. Sailors will never forget this spell of severe weather.
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The old people of this district tell of a great storm which visited Duhallow about forty years ago. It occurred in the month of January. It blew down trees and houses and effected ricks of straw and hay in a minor way. Horses and carts going and coming from Cork were overturned. Some of the drivers lost their lives. Travellers' vans suffered severely, some being blown asunder. Turnips - the only crop in the ground at that time - were tossed about. Much damage was done in towns - slates and chimney-pots being blown down. High buildings suffered worst during this storm.
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In the year nineteen hundred and twenty-four a great storm spread over the entire of County Cork. This lasted for a few days and did much damage everywhere. Three or four houses were stripped of their roofs in every district. Trees were felled across roads and so people found it very hard to travel. The storm had no sooner died down than it began to rain. The rain continued for some time and the rivers became flooded. Bridges were swept away along the Blackwater and the Bride. The former overflowed its bank close to Mallow town and the streets became flooded. It broke into many houses and so much goods were destroyed. Many merchants had to sell out their goods very cheap owing to they being damaged. In country districts cocks of hay and crops were partially or wholly destroyed. Small animals such as goats and sheep lost their lives they being swept away by the flood.
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Many years ago there was a battle fought on Brittas Hill between a number of Irish soldiers known as the Whiteboys and a regiment of English soldiers.
One night some of the English soldiers dressed as Whiteboys hoping to meet their enemies. Shortly afterwards another batallion met them. Thinking, no doubt, that they were the Whiteboys they opened fire on them and killed their officer named George Bon Lowe.
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During the Anglo-Irish war a sad incident occurred at Nadd, a few miles from here.
Some of the volunteers who were "on the run" were sleeping in the house of Mr. David Herlihy, Nadd. During the night the soldiers came and surrounded the house. The volunteers being asleep were easily disarmed by the soldiers. The soldiers told them then to run for their lives. They did so and immediately the machine-guns were turned on them. Three of them lost their lives. Their names were Kiely, Herlihy and Waters. A fourth man named bongo escaped the line of fire by running in a zig-zag direction until he came to a cliff into which he ran and got safely away.
Kiely also tried to reach the cliff but was shot on its brink. The soldiers removed the dead bodies in their lorry. Some time later Edmond Twomey was shot at Lacka Bridge.
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The driver and fire-man were both injured. Some of the passengers were badly hurt and had to be removed to hospital.
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In the year nineteen hundred and eleven a railway disaster occurred at Lombardstown. There was an express train coming from Killarney and it had a clear line as far as Mallow. There was another train coming from Mallow and it was to stop in the "siding" in Lombardstown until the express was gone past. It happened that the train coming from Mallow was a few minutes late and so it had but very little time to reach Lombardstown. In the meantime the express was coming at top speed. It looked as if both trains would crash at any moment.
The porter at Lombardstown suddenly realising the position of both trains put the signal hand against the one coming from Mallow. This train stopped about half a mile from the station. As the other one approached he caused it to be run into the "siding". The driver realising what had happened applied the brakes. The engine jumped off the rails and tore against the wall.
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Thistle.
The Thistle is a very common weed and grows only in dry land. It has a spreading root and grows from roots and seeds. Its seed is like feathers and goes with the wind to other fields and spreads the plant. The Thistle is a very harmfull weed. It can smother a growing crop and gives a lot of trouble to the farmer because it has very sharp spikes.
Ground yare.
Ground yare is found in wet seasons in mossy land. It grows fast and soon covers all the soil. Very few plants will grow where this plant is growing. It will choke up oats and turnips and before it dies it leaves millions of small seeds so it is very hard to get rid of.
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Not far from the townland where I live is another townland called Glebe. There is a well called St Brigit's well where the people go to pray of 1st February, St Brigits Day. There is a legend told by the old people that the white thorn bushes growing around the well should not be touched. One time a man named Caufile cut some of them for firewood, but when he put them on the fire, a great storm arose which nearly blew down the house. It did not cease, so he had to bring back the bushes and leave them in the same place From that day to this nobody has touched the bushes.
There is another remarkable thing about
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Mr. Caldwell of Ashfield had eighteen cows and a bull which went in on the ice on Drumsheal lake. The ice was over two feet thick and it remained there for two months. Mr. Caldwell had to break the ice every morning to get the cattle
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never touches the fire.
A. A cake in an oven.
Q. What turns, and never moves?
A. Milk.
Q. Whats full of eyes, yet cant see?
A. A potato.
Q. White and black and read all over?
A. A newspaper.
Q.As I went through a gap, I met my uncle Teddy, I pulled of his head, and drank his blood, and left him lying easy.
A. A bottle of stout.
Q. Twenty sick sheep went through a gap, if one died how many left?
A. Nineteen.
Q. Why is toffee like a race horse?
A. The more you lick it, the faster it goes.
Q. What's the difference between a school master, and a station master?
A. One trains the mind, and the other minds the train.
Q. It goes in dry, it comes out wet, the longer you leave it, the stronger it gets.
A. Tea.
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There was a thunder and lightning storm about ten years ago. It killed a horse belonging to Mr. Jordan. It frightened a pony near Newbliss and the pony fell and broke its leg.
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In the Big Wind of 1839 Mr. J. Stewart of Aughareagh had flax spread on a field. The wind blew the flax all over the country.
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There was a big wind about two years ago and it knocked down three or four big trees near Newbliss. They fell across the road.
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away. Another man was in Manch and the priest said that he would not comb grey hairs on his head and he did not for he died. There was a man who lived in Dunmanway by the name of Cox and the priest got angry with him and he kept dancing for two days and two nights.
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About thirty years ago there was a big frost
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There was once a great wind and three forests were blown away near Ashfield.
Fifty years ago there was a big frost. It lasted for seven weeks. Carts of manure were drawn across Drum lake. Fires were also lit on the lake.
There was a great wind about forty-nine years ago. It blew roofs off houses. people built ricks of hay and and corn and flax and the wind blew them down and mixed them together. Everybody's ricks were mixed and nobody knew their own.
About ten years ago there was a very severe storm here. It lifted the roof off a house and it fell in a field on the other side of the lane.
On the 12th November about thirty-five years ago there was a big wind. It took the iron roof off a house and carried it across a lane nearby and set it in the field on the other side of the lane. The wind left it in the field the way it had been on the house.
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Q. The little brown cow, she sits by the wall, she eats all she gets, and drinks none at all.
A. A fire.
Q. Little white nelly with a red nose, the the longer she lives the shorter she grows.
A. A candle.
Q. Flies high, flies low, wears boots but has none.
A. A football.
Q. What is very curious about coal?
A. The buyer brings it to the cellar.
Q. What has a bark, and can't bark?
A. A tree.
Q. Under the fire, and over the fire, but
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Q. What goes round the wood, and never gets into the wood?
A. The bark of a tree.
Q. What are the three quickest ways of sending news?
A. Telegraph, Telephone, tell-a-man.
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Tales are told in our district about the Mass. There are many stories about the Mass. in Cill na Tor the bell of the mass can be heard every Sunday at twelve o' clock. The church was burned the time of the Tans. There were Protestants near Enniskeane who were not friends with the priest and their brother died and the priest said he was in hell the people wanted him to prove it so the priest sent for his books and he began to read. They heard the chains falling and the dead brother appeared so his people believed he was in hell so the priest went back home. Another time the same priest was invited to a house and when he went to the house he was surprised to see a black cat eating at the table and he asked why they were feeding the devil so they asked the priest to show that he was the devil so the priest began to read and the cat began to swell and get ugly and they begged of the priest to take him
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Potatoes are grown on our farm. There is about an acre sown each year. The ammount does not very.
The neighbours prepare the ground. The ground is not manured in any way before being turned up. The potatoes are sown in drills.
First of all when making a ridge you dig a furrow on both sides of the ridges and the clay that you dig out of the furrows you throw it upon the ridges. Then you put the manure on the top of the ridge and lay the potatoes on top of the manure. Then take more clay out of the furrow and throw it on top of the potatoes.
When the potatoes are beginning to peep you throw more clay on top of them. When the potatoes are not yet fully grown you spray them with blue stone solution.
First of all when making a drill you plough the field. You harrow it after you plough it. You
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manure is shaken over, and then the drills are closed. When the potatoes are fairly big they are sprayed to prevent them from blight.
The potatoes are picked in the late Autumn and stored in pits. The pits are heaps of potatoes covered with scraws and straw
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This is the story. Near where I live there is a gentleman's house. Its name is Moystown House, and it stands in thickly wooded grounds and supernatural beings have been seen and heard in the house and in the grounds surrounding it, and also along the road on the outskirts of this demesne. In this place there is this same well is situated. Long years ago, the owner of this place closed the well because the people were making a track in his field. All the lower part of his house became flooded and could not be cleared. He made a promise that if the well would spring up anywhere else he would not interfere with it if only the water left his house. The well sprung up in the next field and is there ever since and has never dried up.
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There is a well near our house in Moystown, Belmont, Offaly. It is called "The Blessed Well"
People go to pray at it and there is a special cure for any persons suffering from toothache. If they go around it nine times, and while going around it nine times, repeat a certain prayer, their ailment is sure of being cured. There is a hood over the well where people leave buttons, hairpins, Rosary beads, medals and coins. There is a story connected with this well too.
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cultivate it after you harrow it. Then you make the drills with a drill-plough. A plough is used when making a drill. A spade is used when making a ridge. Wooden ploughs were used long ago. There are some left.
The spades are bought in a shop. The people help one another when sowing potatoes. One man helps his neighbour to sow his potatoes and when that man himself is sowing his, his neighbour comes and helps him in return. Some people help to dig the potatoes with spades, and some people dig them with a potato digger. The neighbours gather the potatoes from the earth. This is how they are gathered. You pick as many as you can in each hand and put them into a bucket. When the bucket is full you empty it into a pit. When you have the heap big enough you put straw on top of the potatoes. Then you cover it with clay. You make the clay firm on the potatoes so as not to let the frost or wind in or they would not be nice to eat. These are the potatoes that are grown around here:-
Banners, Aran banners, Pinks, Canadians Whites, and Blues. Pinks and Blues are grown best in this district. Potatoes are never used as starch.
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There is a bar of iron with a handle at the end which has to be worked like a pump handle. It was built by the present smith's father about 75 years ago.
The water this is used for cooling the iron in a forge is supposed to be very good for curing chilblains. There has been a forge where our local smith is for years back and it would seem very strange if he gave up his smithy now. His father-in-law had this forge before him and he was reputed to be the best smith for miles around when he was able to carry on his work. A Smith as a rule is rather dirty looking and the leather apron he wears at his work does not improve his appearance. A smith's sledge is very heavy. The door of the forge is square-shaped.
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In olden times the smith had his anvil under a tree and he was supposed to be a very strong muscular man. At the present day our local smith is just a rather small man with no extra amount of strength above any of the rest of the men. His name is William Giligan. He has his anvil in a forge and it is very interesting to see his bellows blowing to make the coals glow in order to redden the iron so that he can make it in to whatever shape he wants.
The bellows are built into a cement stand about two and a half feet high
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Not a mile from the school in the townland of Deerpark, Belmont, Offaly. There is a very rough piece of ground which is called "The Monween" There is a cave there and one day two men went to seek for hidden treasure in this cave.The heard very strange music and dancing coming from the far end and they had to leave this cave and run.
There is an under-ground river there. There is a rock and a key to open it. One day a man found the key and threw it away again.
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Not a mile from the school in the townland of Deerpark, Belmont, Offaly. There is a very rough piece of ground which is called ~"The Monween" There is a cave there and one day two men went to seek for hidden treasure in this cave.The heard very strange music and dancing coming from the far end and they had to leave this cave and run.
There is an under-ground river there. There is a rock and a key to open it. One day a man found the key and threw it away again.
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Field, and the Middle Field.
The \Well Field is so called because there is a well in it.
The Round Hill is so called because it is round.
The Field Behind the House is named this because it is behind the house.
The Long garden is so called because it is very long and the orchard is beside it.
The Rocks Field is named this because there are rocks in it.
The Wee Meadow is so called because it is small.
The Lough Field is named this because it is beside the lake.
The Flat Field is named this because it is flat.
The Middle Field is so called because it is between two of our fields.
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In the time of the "prise hunting" the Protestants had a priest taken prisoner. They were taking him to Bandon. One of the Hosfords said to release the priest. The others said not to let him go so the priest gave them a wish he said that the Hosfords may prosper and so they did.
A vision appeared in Castletown Church about sixty years ago. My grandmother thought she saw the Blessed Virgin over the altar with the Lamb of God in her arms. They had golden hair and crowns of gold on their heads. People came from every part of the country to see the vision.
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Irish Land Commission and divided to the neighbouring farmers but Hunston House is now in ruins.
Old Mills.
There is an old mill about a quarter of a mile from the Tissaran National School, in Moystown, Belmont, Offaly,. It was an oatmeal mill and belonged to a man by the name of L'Estrange who lived in Moystown House. It was a five storey mill on the banks of the river Brosna. There is nothing remaining of it now only the walls. About 500 yards down the river from that mill in Moystown demesne there is another mill in a much better condition. It was another oatmeal mill and belonged to Mr. L'Estrange too.
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The field is called the Double Ditch Field because it has a Double ditch.
There is an Alder Bush in the field and that is why it is called the Alder Bush Field.
The byre is above the field and that is why it is called the Byrne Field.
The back garden is at the back of the house and that is why it is called the Back Garden.
There was a man lived beside this field and his name was James and that is why the field is called James' Field.
There are old walls beside this garden and there was an old man named Reynolds lived beside these walls and that is why the garden is called Reynolds' Garden.
The garden is called the Kiln Garden because there was a flax Kiln on it,
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teacher. He was paid by the scholars according to the classes, a penny a week for the primer, rising according to the classes.
He was teaching in a small house and he used to stay there then. There was no Irish taught to the pupils by the master, but he taught it to old people in return for payment.
The books that were used were the primer book, first class book, second class book and spelling book. Fourth was the highest book.
Writing was done by pen and pencil also by a pencil for a slate The slates were framed and each pupil had his own tied on his neck with a piece of string to take home with him
There were two tables in the middle of the school and the pupils used to sit around those in stools and chairs when writing. There were two stones near each wall and a stick laid on top of these for
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These are the names of the fields on our farm:- The Well Field, The Round Field, the field Behind the House, the Long garden, the Rocks Field, the Wee Meadow, the Lough Field, the Flat
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the castle there is the figure of a man driving in some sort of chariot built into the wall but this is partly broken away now.
Hunston House.
Hunston House belonged to the Burdett family and the Tarlation Family. Mrs Walter Sawyer bought it from the Tarlations. There was a dispute over the dividing of the lands of Hunston and Camass so Mrs. Sawyer got the British soldiers to mind it.
Hunston House was a garrison for the British soldiers in 1921 and 1922.
The first soldiers that were stationed there were the Royal Dragoons who stayed for about three months. They were replaced by the Y. Company of K.S.I. These were there for about six months and were replaced by the Z Company of K.S.L who stayed a month. Then a company of the R.S.F. came and stayed for eleven months. After this the soldiers were all removed and Hunston was sold to the
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This castle was also prominent during Elizabeth's time, as coins and swords of that period with skeletons have been dug up. In 1803 some workmen employed in the barracks discovered a cave in which was a slab covering a sort of coffin containing the bones of two persons. An inscription on the slab reads:-
"Here lays Elizabeth and Mary Bullyn daughters of Thomas Bullyn son of George Bullyn, son of George Bullyn, Viscount Rochford, son of Sir Thomas Bullyn, Erle of Ormont and Willsheere."
These were 2nd cousins of Queen Elizabeth, being related to Anne Boleyn.
This castle was almost intact up to a few years ago when the British soldiers pulled down parts of it to prevent the Sinn Feiners attacking them from it, as several shots were fired at the guards from there. Up to a few years ago one could go up to the very top of the castle by a narrow winding stone stairway. Right over the entrance to
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Clonooney Castle.
This castle is situated about a quarter of a mile from the Tissaran N.S. in Clonooney, Belmont, Offaly. It was erected in 1509, and was the residence of the heir apparent to the prince of the district. In a quarrel, the heir presumptive was killed by the shot of a ball from this castle in 1519. In 1553, there was a quarrel between the Mac Coghlans and the descendants of Farrell and O' Molloy. A peasant entered the castle, slew three warders with an axe, tied a woman and then took possession of the castle.
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Tissaran, in the Parish of Moystown, in the county Offaly, is a very interesting place situated about one mile from our school. There we find the remains of an old church built by Saint Saran, a pupil of Saint Kieran, in about the sixth century.
Every year on the feast of the Patron Saint Saran, people go on pilgrimages to this church-yard, there is a holy well to which pilgrimages are made yearly. The water of this well is used to cure certain diseases.
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The local roads are namely; the Glencrow road, the Terrirone road, the Burntland road, the Cowan road and the Cooley road. There is a very old road leading from Barrs at the Burntland road to the Cooley road. This road is about 200 years made. It is not on the county. It is a right of way. Most of these roads were made during the famine period.The people broke stones on these roads at the rate of four pence per day. There is an old path from Ballylawn to McGroarty's at the Cooley road. The rivers were crossed by means of fords before the bridges were made. There is a ford in the river between the Glencrow road and Anderson's mill. the people drew their corn across the river a this ford to get
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Gleneely is a townland about three miles outside Moville. About sixty years ago there lived a man in this townland of Gleneely. This man was a farmer. One day he went to dig potatoes. His children went out to gather them. When the children were finished gathering the potatoes, he sent them home. Suddenly he saw a fire in the field. He went to put it out. He left his spade near a ditch. He put out the fire and returned to where he had been digging. He found his spade moved away and he saw the fire burning again. He again put out the fire and returned to find his spade again placed a distance away. This went on for nearly two hours. People said it was the wee folk who were fooling this man.
Moira O'Donnell.
Carrick Hse
This story was told by: Moville.
Mrs. Faulkner
Carnagarve
Moville.
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This story was told by:-
Mrs. Armour
McKinney's Hotel
Moville
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A Story of St Patrick.
Bredagh glen is a glen a few miles outside the town of Moville in Co. Donegal. From this glen there runs a small river called the Bredagh River. Long ago, when St Patrick was crossing this river, he slipped on a salmon, and then he cursed the river. From that day to this a salmon was never seen in this river.
Moira O'Donnell.
Carrick Hse
This story was told by:-Moville
Mrs. McAnally
Royal Bank
Moville.
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folk it is said they will not let him or her out till morning.
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About two miles from my home in Moystown, Belmont, Offaly, there is a very big wood which is almost on the banks of the river Shannon called the "Shannon Wood." In the centre of this wood there are the ruins of a Danish castle. Underneath these ruins there is supposed to be some Danish treasure hidden in an urn.
On Midsummer's eve the very old people say that a party of little men with green jackets and red caps is seen and heard playing beautiful music right over the spot where the treasure is said to be hidden. If any person is seen by these
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ducks we say "feen! feen" and the turkeys are called by saying "tee! tee"
When eggs are hatching they are looked in after a week to see if they are good and if they are not good they are marked with ink or soot. Hen eggs are not hatched in June.
When people are calling pigs they sad "ban! ban."
To call the chickens we say "chick! chick." To call goats we say "bet! bet.
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man. Some of the fairies hated the Princess, because she was proud. When this man was returning home from fishing he had to cross a narrow glen. The fairy Princess planned to say at this glen and, when the fisherman would pass by, she would get him and take him to Fairyland. Some of her enemies came and told the fisherman what the princess had planned to do. They also told him if he wished to escape the snare of the Princess, to strike her once and she would die, but on no account to strike her twice for she would come to life again. The following night, when the man was going through the glen, the fairy princess was waiting for him. He struck her and she fell dead. Some friends of the princess came and told the man to strike her again, but the man would not. In one moment all disappeared and the fisherman was left standing alone.
Katheen Barr,
Malin Rd.,
Moville.
This story was told by:- Mrs. McGonigle
Cooley,
Moville
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Q. What do you often return but never borrow?
A. Thanks.
Q, What belongs to you but is used more often by your friends?
A. Your name.
Q. What is the oldest tree in the wood?
A. The elder one.
Q. Why does a hen pick a pot?
A. Because she cannot lick it.
Q. Flies high, flies low, wears boots and has none?
A. A football.
Q. Black and white and read all over?
A. An old newspaper.
Q. I have a little penknife it would kill a calf two would slay a cow and it killed
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Tá meadar againn sá bhaile, an aoirde atá air an meadar ná cuigh troighthe agus an cros tá sé aon órlach deág. Do dheireadh chuidh d'en ná daoine an cuigeann Dia Luain agus an cuid eile acha do dhuneadh siad Dia Shatairn e. Do scoladh
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seats where the pupils used to sit. The master used to sit on a chair near the door and the small classes used to come one by one to read. Near the door were two small sticks about a half foot long they were called the pass. Each pupil took one of those when going out and no more than two could go out at a time. Every scholar when leaving school in the evening should say good evening sir to the master.There was no blackboard or a clock or a watch in the school.
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thousands in the war?
A.Hunger.
Q. What walks with its head down?
A. A nail in a boot.
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The Fairy Princess.
Many years ago there lived in Moville a fisherman. Often when returning home from fishing this man saw hosts of fairies. The fairy Princess fell in love with this
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Taking Milk by Witchcraft.
Some eighty or hundred years ago in the district of Moville, in Co Donegal, some people believed that milk could be taken from the cows by witchcraft. They thought that certain women could, by getting into the byre where the cows were, cast a spell on these cows so that the milk would leave these cows and come to the cows which they had. A strange story is told regarding this belief.
It happened in Carnagarve, which is a townland about one mile outside Moville in Co. Donegal. In this town-land there lived a widow-woman who had several young children. She had one cow, yet it was noticed by the neighbours that she always had plenty of butter and milk. Twice a week she was seen going to the market with a basket of butter to sell.
One man who lived near the widow woman noticed that, on going into his byre in the morning, he often noticed a hare coming running out of the byre-door. He go sucpicious as he had heard that certain women, by witch-craft, could change themselves into hares and take milk from cows. And this man noticed that his cows were not giving as much milk as they should.
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So one morning this man went out to the byre and had with him his big hound. As usual he met the hare coming running out of the byre-door. He sent the hound after the hare. The hound did not catch the hare until it was near the house of the widow woman. There the hound got a hold of the hare and tore all its hind legs. Then the hare disappeared. The man went into the house of the widow woman and found her lying moaning in her bed and her legs all bleeding and torn.
Moira O'Donnell
Carrick Hse
Moville.
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Mrs. M. McGowan,
Carnagarve,
Moville.
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These are the names of the fields on our farm:-
The Road Field, the Big Hill. the Front Garden, the Bull Field, the Turf Stack Field, the Far Meadow, the Double Ditch Field, the Alder Bush Field, the Byre Field, the Grove Garden, the Back garden, Jame's Field, Reynold's Garden, Garden and the Kiln Garden.
The field is called the Road Field because it is beside the road.
The hill is called the Big Hill because it is big.
The garden is called the Front Garden because it is in the front of the house.
There was a bull kept in this field and that is why it is called the Bull Field.
The field is called the Turf Stack Field because there was turf built in that field.
The meadow is called the Far Meadow because it is far away from the house.
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Taking Milk by Witchcraft.
Some eighty or hundred years ago in the district of Moville, in Co Donegal, some people believed that milk could be taken from the cows by witchcraft. They thought that certain women could, by getting into the byre where the cows were, cast a spell on these cows so that the milk would leave these cows and come to the cows which they had. A strange story is told regarding this belief.
It happened in Carnagarve, which is a townland about one mile outside Moville in Co. Donegal. In this town-land there lived a wise-woman who had several young children. She had one cow, yet it was noticed by the neighbours that she always had plenty of butter and milk. Twice a week she was seen going to the market with a basket of butter to sell.
One man who lived near the wise woman noticed that, on going into his byre in the morning, he often noticed a hare coming running out of the byre-door. He go sucpicious as he had heard that certain women, by witch-craft, could change themselves into hares and take milk from cows. And this man noticed that his cows were not giving as much milk as they should.
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My grandmother has a cure for the jaundice.
Mrs. Brown of Violethill has the cure for a sprain.
Mr. Armstrong of Drum had a cure for the bleeding of the nose.
Mr. Madill of Drumgaze has the cure for a sprain.
Miss Mahood of Canninsgstown Cootehill has the cure for cancer.
Mr. Murdock of Magherysharey has the cure for the whooping cough. It is roasted grass-mouse and you have to swallow it in its whole.
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applied to the feet of the patient while hot is a cure for fever.
Milk left by a ferrit cures whooping cough.
There is a holy well in a rock in Inchacurka and the sign of the feet of the Blessed Lady and her son are on the rock. If you washed your tooth in it, it will cure a toothache.
For ring worm rub a dock-leaf to the affected parts.
The juice of dandelions was a cure for rheumatism.
If you suck the juice out of the wild woodbine it will cure a sore mouth.
If you rub a gold wedding ring to a wisp in your eye it will be cured.
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Kathleen Barr,
Malin Rd,.
Moville
This store was told by:- Mr. Denis McCauley
Rosebank House
Moville.
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Fairy Gold
About a hundred years ago many fairies made their abode on the banks of Lough Foyle. One day a boy, who was hired to a farmer, was out in the field. There were many rocks. The boy noticed something glittering in the rock. He went over and to his amazement, found a large piece of gold. There was a note beside the gold and on the note was "Tell no one" The boy went home and during the night, he heard a terrible noise and in the morning, the gold was gone.
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Folklore = The Fairy Cabbage Leaf
In a little town-land, about three miles outside Moville, there lived a man. One day he was out digging in his field, and he lifted a cabbage-leaf. Suddenly a little fairy appeared on the leaf, and asked hi, would he like a ride on the leaf, and the man said "Oh! I would fall through it." and he found himself sitting on the leaf and the leaf was getting harder and bigger, and the fairy then said "You will now go to Derry and to Coleraine and then back to this field again." But the man who told this story, could not tell, if that man got the ride on the cabbage-leaf or not.
Kathleen Barr,
Malin Road,
Moville
A true story told by:-
Mr. Denis McCauley
Rosebank Cottage,
Moville.
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Jack Mahood of Rakenny has a cure for external cancer.
An old cure for warts. Steal a piece of bacon and rub it on the warts nine times and hide the bacon under a stone in the garden and if the bacon has disappeared when you go back
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the warts will disappear.
Mrs. Campbell has a cure for chilblains.
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There are five churchyards in this parish. Drum No. 1 is in the village of Drum and Drum No. 2. and Drumswords in the townland of Drumswords and Magheragh in Magheragh.
They are all still in use. There are none of the churchyards round in shape. In Drumswords and Magheragh the churches are in ruins. In some of them there are threes growing.
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The fairs are held locally in the towns. People still buy animals in the country at crossroads or at farmers' house. This is still done. There are no traditions of fairs on hills in the neighbourhood of cemeteries or castle, forts etc. In the towns the fairs are held in special places. Toll is not paid on sold cattle. Luck-money is given when an animal is sold. It is called a luck-penny. It is not calculated the people give it of their own accord. When a bargain has been made the parties spit on their hands and strike hands. Some people mark the cattle with keel or with scissors.
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There was a fort near my Grandmother's house about a mile outside Rockcorry where there were fairies. They used to take things away and hide them.
In one particular place people found two crocks of gold. One man when he was going to plough found one. It was hidden under a bush.
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2. There was a woman in Newbliss and she had some money hid in the roof of her house. She watched the money until she died. The money might be in the roof of that house yet.
This story was told to me by my father.
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3. A man and a woman who lived near Bunoe Co; Cavan sold their flax in War times. They got £100 for their flax and they buried the money in their garden. The money is there yet. This story was told to me by my father.
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4. A couple of old ladies who lived in this locality hid money in a pot at the bottom of a gooseberry bush. Robbers broke in to the garden and pulled up the gooseberry bush where the money was hidden but they did not find the pot or the money. This story was told to me by my father.
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fagfaid na plátí féola. Fuair sé na plátaí feoil agus chuir sé ós comhair na madraí iad, ach má cuir níor iosad an madra cliste an feóil agus dith an madra eile é. Dubhairt an fear leis an madra cliste gan an feóil dithe go raibh an Aoine ann agus ní ith ac suid sé síos ar an dtalam agus d'ith an madra eile an feóil go leir.
"Anois cad é an ainm a bhí ar madraí cliste. An freagra Dé hAoine.
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Bhí fear thiar in Uibh-Ráthach agus sé an tainm a thaighacois na daoine air ná Diarmuid bán an Phiobaire. Buaileadh breoite é agus ní raibh ar a chumhas dul amach ar feadh trí mí. Bhí ana duil i dtobach aige agus ní raibh an tsiopa acht
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they had not enough people to go to it. There were ornamental doors and windows in it which were taken out and left aside to rot.
The present C.Y.M.S. Hall of Oughterard is made from the walls of the old workhouse (is made). The church was burned the same time as the workhouse and only the walls remained.
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the night. When the priest wwnt to his room the little dog followed him. The priest was getting ready to go into bed, when the little dog jumped in before him. Down went the bed and the dog with it into the river.
The priest knew it was a trap and escaped from the castle. It was the little dog that saved the priest's life.
The ruins of St. Commins church is in the graveyard.
There was an old protestant church once which is now called the Kirk. A man named Jumper owned it. The protestants left it because
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doors, one inside the door and the other is where there once was a bed room. The bed was placed on top of the trap door and who ever went into the bed fell down into the river which is directly under-neath. This little river is called the "Black water".
There is a story about a priest whom the O'Flaherty's wanted to kill. They held a feast and invited the priest to it. He went and brought his little dog with him. When the party was over every one went to their bedrooms. It was the custom that time that who ever was invited should stay
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there is an old castle called "Ac na n-Lubhar castle" in this district. It got it's name from the yew trees which are near it.
It is situated near Lough Corrib. No one lives in it for a good many years past. Mr. Welby had the ground on which it stands. It is very narrow. There are stairs on the inside going right up to the top. There are made of stone and keep going around in a circle. Up till recent years the O'Flaherty's owned it.
The castle has two trap
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braonacha trí uaire dom- sa beidhmuid i n-ár righthe"
D'oscail siad an uaigh agus chonnaic siad fathach mór sínte ann agus buidéal agus claidheamh leagtha lé nar h-ais. Thug siad trí braonacha dhó agus chorruigh sé. Thug siad trí braonacha eile dhó agus chuir sé sgread uathbhásach as agus féachaint feargach ar a aghaidh. Tháinic fatchíos annsin ortha agus dhún siad an uaigh arís agus d'fhág siad annsin é agus is annsin atá sé go fóill. 
Chualaidh mé treácht fresin faoi chath mór a thárla idir beirt fathach síos i gClún-Dealgain. Deirtear gurb' idir Cúchulainn agus a athair a throideadh é. Is amhlaidh a  rinne athair Cúchulainn rud eicínt ar a bhéan agus ó go mba sídheóg an bhéan sin cuir sí draoidheacht air nach mbeadh aithne ag Cúchulainn air ach an oiread is a mbeadh aige ar fathach ar bith eile.
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cow had leave to go where she liked but when the fences were put up the cow lay down and sighed and that is why the cow always sighs when she lie's down.
It is that it was a giant with one eye in his forehead that burned the woods around Oughterard.
Aga ba gCloch was an old hag and she lived between two big rocks in Cloosh
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There were two hags long ago in Oughterard. One of them happened to be one side of the Corrib and the other on the opposite side. They began firing stones at one another until they had two great heaps of stones one at either side of the Corrib. Other people say that it were giants that were buried there.
Cailleach Bhéarac was another old hag that was living in Oughterard. She was always minding a cow.
At that time there was no fence between each person's land and the
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her husband's head in it and she nearly died.
She had a baby in the castle and she was afraid it would be killed. The maid left him out through the window and some one took him and he was reared in Incha Goill.
When he grew up he heard of the O'Flahertys and the Lee's and he said he would revenge it on the Lee's.
One day he made his way to the castle and from that he went to the Lee's. The lee's were spreading turf and when they saw him coming they said that if any of the O'Flahertys were alive that he was one of them.
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He came up to them and they asked him who he was and he told them. They invited him in for tea and he went and when they were drinking the tea the O'Flaherty man killed one of the Lee's and he ran to to the castle and the Lee's killed him there.
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be heard crying in the grave yard and one night a priest was coming home from a sick call and he told the man who was driving the trap to stop. The man begged him not to go in but he went in. He saw a woman dressed in white and he asked her what was she doing. She said that she was crying over the people that were dead belonging to her. "(Go) The priest said "Go out and never come here again". Some people say that she was a spirit and other people say that she was was'nt, that night she walked it to Kilkenny and she never
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was seen after that in it.
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time of the Black and tans. The remains are still to be seen.
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There are five graveyards in this parish. One in Glann and one in Kill-Cummin for ordinary people. There are also three other grave yards, one in Glengola one in Ceannrober and one in Claremount in which the unbaptized babies are buried.
There is a legend about Killcummin. There was a woman who used
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thirteen sons and they were all killed by the English.
Then he (surrended) surrendered to them. He told lies about the chieftain in Achnanure Castle. The English sent an army from Galway and they surrendered the Castle in Achnanure and knocked some of the walls and they took the chieftain prisoner. They built up the walls of the and gave the castle to Morog na dTuaith.
After many years the castle in Fough West fell and when the English captured the place they took it and built a military Barracks out of it. The Barracks were burned the
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Once the OBriens came up to plunder Morog na dTuaith O'Flaherty but Morog and his men were gone to the surrounding hills and had brought all their cattle and sheep with them. The O Briens had to go home without any thing.
Once when Morog was returning from the Co Clare with some cattle the O Briens followed him with a large army. They came up to Morog at Oranmore but Morog defeated them and brought all his stock home. This was the time the English were in Ireland and they wanted to capture the O'Flahertys.
Morog na DTuaith had
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Is cor uair a bhíonn liopreachán lé feicéal ach chualaidh mé sgéal faoi fear a bhí shíos í sean-bhaile mór a ghabh lioprachán. Thug sé é abhaile leis agus do bhagar se air áit ar bith a raibh croca óir ann a thasbeáint dó. Thug an lioprachán an fear go dtí áit agus dubhairt sé go raibh óir faoi'n talamh annsin agus d'iarr se ar an bhfear breith ar an láise agus toisiughadh ag
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McDonagh man from Glann thought he killed the serpent and as he was killing him a drop of the blood went in his hand. When he was riding home on his horse the serpent got up to him and climbed up in the horse and killed him.
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lánamháin nua tar-eis pósadh in Anac Chúan agus bhí na 'daoine maithe' chun an cailín a thabhairt leo. Dúbhairt an fear anois go mbeadh sé féin in einfheacht leó. Tugadar sup dhó annsin agus chuaid sé ag marcaidheacht air. Níor bfada go rabhadar uile ar a h-aistear. Nuair a shroic siad an áit chúadar i bfollach ins na rataí. Annsin tóg ceann acu píosa de théad agus ceangal sé dúbhán-alla ar annsin leig an cailín sráoth aistí acht níor dhubhairt duine tada leig sí an dara sráoth agus núair a leig sé an treas sráoth bhí na sídheóga chun an cailín a thabhairt leo act dúbhairt an fear ' Dia is Muire leat' Caith na 'daoine Maithe' an fear síos i measc na ndáoine gur béigin do siúbhal abaile in ionad marcuidheact a fhághail ar sup.
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Fough castle was built a few hundred yards from my house. It belonged to Morog na dhTuaith O'Flaherty.
He was very fond of war and he often went down to Co. Clare to plunder cattle and sheep from the O'Briens.
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small houses and the people of the castle used to stand when they were shooting out at any body and there were small holes in them for the gun and the houses were called "port houses".
The castle was ornamented in side and all around the windows and doors.
There is a ruin of and old chapel in Ross and the druids owned it and it is called "Altorin"
A serpent used come up from the Corrib through a tunnel he had bored through and he used to eat the dead bodies. A
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During the time of Mac Figgen Dub, there lived a woman in Cuthaigh, who had a great lot of money. One day her husband took a penny; and bought a penny worth of tobacco. A few days later, she was counting her money, and she missed the penny, she asked her husband did he see it, and he said and he said he did not. When he was out, she searched his pockets, and found the tobacco. The next day she met Mac Figgin Dub, and she told him about the money, and that soon her husband would have it all spent."If you will bring it to me to-morrow, I will keep it for you, and then as you want it, you can bring it with you." The next day she brought it to him, and when she had it all given to him, he gave her a grand dinner.
She went home in the evening feeling very satisfied that her money was in safe
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came out from Galway in a lorry and they shot the owner. The tower part of the castle is like a corkscrew with small stairs going up to the top.
Long ago they used to invite people to a party. Once they invited a priest and when the party was over they gave him lodging for the night. When he went up to the bed his dog jumped in first and the bed went down in to the river and the priest's life was saved.
Inside the castle there were a lot of
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tsailm do Lady Fá.
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runs under it into Lough Corrib.
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There is an old castle down in Knockilree about four miles from the town on the north east.
It was built by one of the O'Flahertys about in the middle of the sixteenth century. It belongs to a man named O'Hara. It was attacked once by an army of men that
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The people used lock the cabin doors on May night because the people used be milking their neighbour's cattle and stealing the butter by night. A cow must be milked immediately after calving and if the udder is too hard they should be milked often during the day.
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Aughnanure castle. There is a forge now where the chapel was long ago. The church was made from clay and stones. The church fell and that is the reason it was left.
There was an ornamental door made of glass in it.
There is a story about it. One day the O Flaherty's fell asleep in the chapel and a lizard came to the old man's ear. He came three times one after another and on the third time the old man wakened up and he heard the O,Briens of Thomond coming. Then they made their escape to Glan wood. No body is living in Aughnanure castle now it is in ruins. The black river
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Scéal
Bhí cailín bocht ann uair amháin agus bhí a muinntir go léir marbh. An chéad Domhnach de gach mí thugadh sí airgead don sagart chun Aifreann do léighead ar son na n-anam a bhí i bpurgadóir. Bhí sí tinn uair amháin agus bhí uirthi dul chuig an otharlann agus nuair a tháinig sí amach ní raibh aici ach cúíg sgilleacha. Lá Samhna dubhairt sí go raibh sí bocht ach go dtiubhradh sí an cúig scilleacha ar son na n-anam a bhí i bpurgadóir. Bhí sí as obair agus nuair a bhí sí ag dul isteachchuig teach an phobail casadh fear uirthi agus thug sé cárta dí agus dubhairt sé leithí dul chuig an áit a bhí sgríobhtha ar an gcárta ag obair. Chuaidh sí chuig an teach agus chonnaic sí cailín ag imeacht ó'n teach agus
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Tá beirt táilliúir i gClochán. Siad so na rudaí a bhíonn acu: míosúr, siosúr, méireacháin, snath, snáthad, agus iarann. Ceanuigheann siad an éadaighe insna siopaí agus deineann siad culaith éadaigh. Nuair a theascuigheann culaith éadaig[h] ó éinne téirgheann sé go dtí an táilliúir chun a thúise a thagaint. Deineann an táilliúir an teádhaig do ghearra agus annsan deineann sé an culaith. Nuair a thaghann éinne adiarraid culaich go dtí an táilliúir, deireann an cailliúir, "Is mairig a bhieadh gan brísce, nó is mairig a bhieadh gan casóg". Deineann cuid des na mná a éadac féin anois le olann caorach. Bíonn siad ag sníomh le turn sníomhacháin. San oidhche fada a bionn siad ag sníomh. Bíonn siad ag cniocáite agus deineann siad peire stochaí nó geansaí as an cniotáilt sin. Tá roth agus turn sníomhacháin agus bionn an roth ag casadh mór timcheall agus bíonn fearsaid ceangailte den tromán agus nuair a bhíonn an snáth ag dul mór timcheall bíonn an snáth ag ceangail ar an fearsaid agus deintear é sníomh arís. Nuair a bhíonn sé sin déanta deintear liathróid mór den snáth. Tá turn sníomhacháin ag mo mháthair agus bíonn sí
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in Knockkillarre and that ended the reign of the out law.
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Aughnanure castle is about two miles from Oughterard. It was built by Morog na Maor one of the O, Flaherty's chieftains about nine hundred years ago.
It was attacked by the O,Briens of Thomond. Shane a Diomais was put to death in it.
There was a church down in Old-chapel about a half mile away from
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is surrounded by a high wall twelve feet high four feet thick with niches in the wall for guns incase of attack at the entrance of the cashle.
In the centre of the cashle is the green room which took its name from a green mantlepiece. In each room there was a trap door and through them traps men were lowered into the river and never seen again.
Ó Flaherty had a standing army he had judges.
Within its walls there was a Graveyard for the dead also a chapel with gothic windows and cut stone.
Ó Flaherty was shot by one of his own soldiers and buried
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Bhí bean darbh ainm di Peig Uí Laoinseach ina chomhnuidhe i Sruth-Shaile fadó. Bhí sí in ann cleibh ubh a iomchur ar a druim síos go Cathar na Márt agus a bheith sa mbaile lá ar na bhárach agus an mála lán le earraí tighis ar a druim aici. Trasna na sléibhe rachadh sí.
Bhí bean eile i Sruth-Saile agus gach lá theigead sí chuig an bportach agus bheiread sí cleibh agus mála móna ar a droim abhaile léi.
Bhí fear ar an mbaile seo agus rinne sé a cloc chinn féin, agus ghearr sé treasg ann. As cloch mhór leathan rinne sé é. Tá sé le feiceáil fos os cionn a uaigh i mBéal an Atha Fada.
Bhí fear eile ina comhnuidhe i Leitir Camuis leath céad bliain ó shin. Bhí sé ina Piobaire breágh. Seán Ó Floinn an t-ainm a bhí air. D'imthigh sé go h-Albain suas le triocha bliain ó shoin. Fuair sé bás ann. Bhí go leor snamuidhthe maithe thart annseo freisin. 'Siad na cinn ab' fhearr dóib: Páid agus Maitiú Seóige, Seán agus Marcus Mac an Bhaird, Sean O Domhnaill agus Marcus Ó Uaithnín.
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the principal one was held on the 24th. of June and if people brought cattle to the fair they would have to pay a toll to the owner of the field if they sold the cattle.
When people sell an animal they give luck money. They generally give a shilling. When they have the bargain made the men slap each other on the palm of the hand and some times they also spit on it.
To show the animal is sold they mark it with an iron thing
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The fairs in Oughterard at the present time are held out on the road especially at the square.
Long ago they used be held in a field.
Sometimes buyers go from house to house buying stock from the people.
There is no special field for fairs now but they hold them instead on the road and the biggest part of the fair is at the square.
The fair long ago used to be held eight times a year and
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There is an old cashle named Aughnanure cashle built by one of the Feracious Ó Flaherty's an out law against the king of England
It derives its name from the yew tree that grew at the entrance to the cashle and still blooms there.
It was built about five hundred years ago. It is partly in ruins and no body claims it.
Its in the town land of Aughnanure joining Knockkillaree.
This cashle was built to the heights of six story, of stone on a rock with a river running under neath. The Black river runs into the Corrib. It
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Bhí fear ann fadó agus theastuig bean chabartha uaidh. Ní raibh sí sin lé fághail in aon áit ac[h] thiar í nDúnchaoin. D'imt[h]ig sé leis aon oidhche amháin timcheall a dó dhéag a chlog agus nuair a bhí sé ag gábhail aniar in aice leis an gClasach do chonnaic sé sprid agus d'f[h]iarfuig sí dho cad chuige go raibh sé amuig cómh déanac san oidhche d'innis sé dí. Annsan dúbhairt an fear léthe leigeant leis anoc[h]t go dtí s'oidhche amáireach agus go dtiocfadh sé cuicí annsan. Ní leighfeadh a dúbhairt sí "leig" a dúb[h]airt an fear arís. Seadh dúbhairt an sprid go leigfheadh ac[h] mar dtiocfadh sé amáireach gan a cheann do chuir amach thar doras go deó arís. Lá ar mhaíreach tháinig a dearbhráthair isteach agus d[']fiafruigh sé do' n mnaoí éabhartha cá raibh fear an tíghe agus dúbhairt sí leis go raibh sé thoir í dtig na mba ag caitheamh amach an aoilig. D'imigh sé soir agus nuair a chuaidh sé soir is amhlaidh a bhí a dhearbhriathair ag gol. D'fiafruig an dearbhrathair do cad a bhí air agus d'innis sé do dúbhairt sé leis dul go dtí an saghairt paroísthe do bhéin agus dúbhairt an saghairt leis bheith thuas ar an gClasach ar a dó bhéag a chlog agus buidéal uisce coisreachan a bheith aige do bhéin nuair a tháinig an saghart do chaith sé an t-uisce
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"Spare the rod and spoil the child."
"It is not the day of the wind the day of the spars."
"Set a beggar on horseback and he'll outride the devil"
"A bird in hand is worth two in a bush"
"Necessity is the mother of invention"
"You never miss the water till the well runs dry"
"He who slings mud is losing ground"
"Two many cooks spoil the broth"
"Strike the iron while 'tis hot."
"Patience and perseverance would drive a snail to Jerusalem"
"Enough and no waste is as good as a feast"
"Not dead but gone before."
"Fools rush in where angels fear to thread"
"Tis as good to be out of the world as out of the fashion"
"Possession is eleven points of the law."
"Saying and doing are two different things."
"Work to - day you don't know how much you may be hindered on to - morrow."
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"When you think you are rich you are poor."
"Keep away from the bad person as long as you can."
"Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
"Better to go to bed supperless than to rise in debt."
"A poor man had never too many children."
"Let the young people mind what the old people say, and when danger is near to keep out of the way."
"Lost time is never found again."
"Much requires more."
"What's bound in Autumn is ripped in Spring."
"You cannot get wool in a goat house."
"A cat likes fish but dares not wet his feet."
"A sleeping fox catches no poultry.'
"A stitch in time saves nine."
"Never leave till to morrow what you can do to day."
"He that rises late must trot all day."
"Every ass must carry its own cross."
"Sure bound sure found."
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Bhí bean ann fadó agus oidhche amháin bhí sí ag sníomh go mall ins an oidhche. Tháinigh bean isteach agus bhí adhairce uirthi. D'iarr an bean a tháinigisteach an raibh aon cárta aicí agus dubhairt sí nach raibh thógh sí amach a cárta féin agus thosuigh agh sníomh. Ní fada go raibh an teach lán daoinibh agus adhairce ortha thosuigh siad uilig ag sníomh. Chuaidh bean na tighe chun an tobar agus nuair a bhí sí
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ag teacht abhaile bhuail sí a chos ar cloch, a mháthair léí, "an chaoi a chuirfidh tú amach na sidheóga" abair leobhtha "go bhfuil cnoc Néifinn ar teineadh" tiocfaidh siad amach as an teach agus nuair a bhéadh siad amuigh dún an doras artha. Chuaidh an bean abhaile dubhairt sí le na sidheóga go raibh cnoc Neifinn ar teinead rith siad amach agus nuair a bhí siad amuigh, dún sí an doras ortha nuair nach raibh cnoc Néifinn ar teine.
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Bhí na sidheóga ag iarraidh a cárta a bhaint amach asanteach. Chaith an bean na cárta amach as an teach agus d'imthigh siad.
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an tart uaidh, agus an sampla a fuair sé má raibh an sagart féin ar musge bhí sé ag déanamh a gríthe.
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Bhí fear ann fadó agus lá amháin chuaidh sé go Aifreann agus shíl sé go raibh an sagart ar meisge agus d'imthigh sé amach as an séipéal tháinig tart mór ar an fear agus bhí fhios aige cá raibh go leor tobar agus chuaidh sé chuca agus bhí siad tirme suas. Cuaidh sé go tobar eile agus bhí uisge ag dul isteach i bholg madaidh agus ag teacht amach ar a béal, agus chuaidh sé chun an an séipéal annsin agus d'imthigh
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Críosta ós a cionn céard sin ort a Peadar. "Ó" Thighearna Dia mo fiacail atá tinn. Eirghe suas a Pheadar agus béidh do fhiacail slán ní raibh dí ná Óirsean ar aon fhiacail amháin ariamh.
Beannacht Dé le hanam na marbh
Nuair athá duine marbh deirtear é sin. Goirim a coisreachan cum ar mo leanbh. Nuair atá duine gortuighthe deirtear é sin.
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Tá Peadar ar leath cómharán leac
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Ceithre coirnéal ar mo leabaidh ceithre hAingeal déag d'mo aire ma fhághamse bás sul go dtí maidin i Flaitheas Dé béas mo anam. Brighid agus a brath Micheál is a stír. Dia is a lámh deas.
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Mhuire ar Righ geall na nGrása. Sé deireas mo bhuaidh sa trí uaire aon luain, tiocfaidh an Maighdean Muire ar cuairt thuige trí uaire an lá.
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I ngarraidhe Phárrthais tá an paidrín párrtach molad na mná nár pheacaidh ariamh Íostar Muire agus Righ na nGrása nár leigidh an fán ar mo anam féin.
Is maith an sagart mac Dé is maith an bhaisthighe rinné sé. Bhaist sé Eoghan is bhaist Eoghan é. D'eirigh an Maighdean Muire trí uaire aon lá chuaidh sí chun an tumba ag dúil leis na Grása. Tháinig Aingeal as Flaitheas cros geall na slán leis. Sé do bheatha
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the supposed bird
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In the penal times when the priests were been hunted there was a certain priest hunted for several months. He had escaped several times.
This night he was racin' for his life. The hunters were after 'im. He travelled from Enniscorthy durin' the night keepin' to the hills all the time. It is thought that he hid on the Carrigbyrne rock for some days.
He was hunted again, an' begor he travelled to Sliabh Coillte where he was killed. His horse stumbled on the mountain an' the rider was dasked to pieces. The horses's shoe got cot' in the rock an' it is still there. The shoe is not a bit rusty, an' it is wedged in the rock.
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Two men were walking to a cross road wan Summer evenin', an' when they were passin' by Carrigbyrne rock gate a hedge-hog came out undher the gate. They began to kick her, an' they made a foot ball of her. She made different offers to go over to Courtdale road. In the end they let her off, an' she went into an ould rath in Courtdale.
The men went afther her, but they couldn't see a sign o' her.
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There was a man an' he lived in this locality wan time.
The divel a wan could frighten him. There was a dance in Adamstown wan time. There was a band o neighbours, at the dance. They made up their minds to frighten the life o' him. Wan man had a sheet.
When he was comin' home, they went along before him, until they came to the Churchyard in Adamstown.
They got into the churchyard an' when they heard the other fella comin', wan o' the men put the sheet over him. When he was passing, the prime boy got up on the stile at the chuchyard gate, an' he said "Baa I'll ate you," and the other fella said "Begob I wouldn't doubt you."
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delighted, an his daughter an' Lord Castle Banger got married.
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There was a man named Crawford, an' he was workin' at Boyde's o' Bannow. No matter what anywan would sy he could make a verse out of it.
Wan day he was ploughin', an the master o' the place came up to him an' he said to him
"I bet you wan hundred pounds you wont be able to make a verse out of a word I'll say."
"I will" said Crawford "Alright" said the master. Then he said "Baa", an' this is the song Crawford made. -:
"It is not Crawford but Boyde,
Of wit and manners he is void.
Like a bull among' the rye,
He let "Baa" at folks as they pass-by"
Boyde had to give the money to Crawford.
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There's a small garden which is called the Bullawn belongin' to Mr. Power. In wan corner o' the field there is a big flat stone.
A bad tempered woman wance lived in the house near the garden.
Begor wan day an auld Hussian came to her for shelter. They had some disagreement in the garden an' the auld woman had a churn dash in her hand. They began to fight begor, an' did'nt the woman split the skull with a stroke o' the churn dash. She then dragged him over to the corner o' the field, an' she put a stone on top o' the field, an' she put a stone on top o' him. 'Tis said the divil gave her a hand to put the big stone on top o' him.
As time went on the stone pressed the man down in the ground.
In some parts of the Bullawn, no grass grows, an' 'tis said his blood was spilled in these
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places.
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There's an ould castle in Mr. Ennis' field in Newtown. There's some stone steps in the castle. Goold is supposed to be hid' undher wan o' the steps of the castle. Two men from Newbawn set out wan night to dig for the goold. They dug undher the first step o' the castle an' they found a box o' goold.
They hid it in a ditch covered with briars, near the castle.
'Tis said that anywan who finds the goold in the castle, an' keeps it will die afther a short.
The next day wan o' them was looking at his bull. The bull got mad an' killed 'im.
The other man was at a funeral in Newbawn. The funeral was a very big wan. On the cross of Crush Philip he was crushed to death, between two cars. Philip was his name and it was from him the cross o' Crush Philip got its name. A few years afther
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a man was cleanin' the ditches o' the field an' he found the chest o' goold all covered with briars.
It is said the chest was put in the castle again.
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atin two bits of it when she dropped dead on the moment.
So, the soldier went into the cave an' began diggin'.
After some time he came to an iron, an when he opened it 'twas full o' goold.
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A soldier from Wexford went to Norway. He met a man in some part o' Norway. The man asked him who he was an' where he came from. He tauld him, an' the man said he was just the person he wanted. The man brought 'im to the king o' Norway. The king said, that if he would shave him with an Irish razor, he'd tell 'im where goold was hid in Co. Wexford.
The soldier shaved 'im begor. The king tould 'im, that the goold was hid' in a cave between Tinnecarrig rock, an Carrigbyrne rock. He tauld him as well that a big cat was mindin' the goold, an' that he must kill a bull an' roast it, an put it at the mouth o the cave, in order to get the goold. The soldier came home, an' did what he was tould.
The biggest cat he ever see came out o' the cave an went off to ate the mate. She was'nt afther
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There's a big deep hole in Tinnecarrig rock. It's called Porculan's hole.
There's an underground passage goin from the hole to Carrigbyrne rock.
It's said that wan night a piper strayed into the hole, and he couldn't get out of it. He was never heard of sence. But it is said he is heard every night sence then playin' his pipes undher Tinnecarrig road and from that to Carrigbyrne rock. Some auld people say its the fairies that play the pipes.
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But just a hundred years ago,
Regardless of their fate
There rose a bold avenging power,
The men of ninety-eight.
With victory on their banners
They formed up their encampment
On the Rock of Carrigbyrne.
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But why should I this moralise
On things that's passed away
Another generation picks the fraughans of to day,
The old rock stands with hoary head
As if it seemed to mourn,
For the time when freedom once was seen
Round the Rock of Carrigbyrne.
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Up the steep and rocky road.
To where the fraughan bushes,
An excess of berries showed.
While other youths and maidens
To the summit would adjourn
To view the beauteous landscape
From the Rock of Carrigbyrne.
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In Winter when our work was done
No moments would we lose.
But hasten to John Evoy's forge,
To hear the latest news,
And listen to the great debate
On Grattan, Sheil and Curran.
There were literary giants,
'Neath the Rock of Carrigbyrne.
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And Jimmie King the Fiddler,
How we'd gaze on him with awe,
When he'd take his ancient fiddle,
And the bow across it draw.
The boys and girls in patience,
Would sit waiting for their turn.
To dance the "Star of Munster"
At the Rock of Carrigbyrne.
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The following is a list of the suppersitionjs of the people in this district.
Some people believe that if they see two straws crossed on the kitchen floor that is a sign of a stranger's coming to the house.
Another suppersition they have is if they see a feather hanging from a dog's nose they look on it also as a sign of a stranger coming to the house.
Some people believe that if they put a horse shoe or a donkey's
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My mother usually makes pancakes on the day before Ash Wednesday. They are made much the same as ordinary bread only that sweet milk is added to it instead of butter milk, she then puts it out on the bake board and makes cakes of it and puts it in the oven on the fire and puts the lid on the oven and puts coals on the lid.
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caused their death.
This tragedy was spoken of far and wide, the gap has ever since been called "Synott's Gap" it is supposed to be haunted, no one would pass by it after dark. This is a true story. The men were uncles of my Grandmother.
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There is a small Cave in Manam called "Seán of the moon's Cave" it is situated on the side of the road about a mile east of Glanworth. A hall of about four feet wide and five feet high leads into a little room. It is said that it was an old dwelling house. Frequently in the middle of the night flames are to be seen coming from the cave and going across the road. Those who see the flames are supposed to be going astray during the night hence it is called "Seán of the Moon's Cave". There were other caves in the neighbourhood but they were closed for the safety of animals. Once a cow fell into one of them and they were not able to take her out.
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people visit the place and the stones are to be seen as described.
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About a statute mile from here on the road to Nenagh is situated the Church Field.
In this field there was a church built by St. Culan. The place is called Coolawn after the saint.
Through this field there runs a river. Across this river are stepping stones.
About a hundred years ago there was a bell found in the fork of a tree. It was sent to the London Museum.
During the famine there was a woman coming to the river to wash clothes. In the corner of the field there was a well and when the woman came as far as the well she was too weak to go any farther; so she washed the clothes in the well. The next day the well was dried up and at the other side of the glen there was a new well.
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You wont forget your lover dear
when you are far away.
But if ever you do return again
and me to see the day
Ill embrace you in my arms
On the Greens at Pollan Bay
7th verse
Now to conclude and make an end
I have no more to say.
I do intend to cross the seas bound for America
For Mary she has sent for me
and with her I will stay.
And bid farewell to all my friends
around Sweet Pollan Bay.
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Come all you true lovers
Where ever that you be
I hope you will pay attention
And listen unto me
Until I sing a verse or two that
I composed to day
Concerning that lovely place.
Called Sweet Pollan Bay
2nd Verse
O' sure Pollan, it is beautiful
As every body knows.
For every Sunday evening
There the boys and girls go
And if you want to see your
Love and you to go that way
You will find them all assembled
On the greens at Pollan Bay.
3rd verse
When I go down to Pollan Shore
I look from me far and near
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I was in my grandfather's house one day, and he told me the following story.
"Long ago a man bought a farm. It had not rained for some time and the crop was getting bad. He employed many girls, and he gave them onions to peel on the farm. While they were
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The Headless Coachman:_ Stories of strange happenings which took place on the Castletown Road were told many years ago by an old woman. Here is one of them:
'I lived in a small house around by Camp Street and I remember this strange happening. It was first seen by a man who was coming home from a dance late one night. He told me that it was a coach, whose driver and the
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This is the story as told to me by my grandfather. The story is as follows:
About two miles north of the town of Dundalk there is a mansion which was owned by
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times the stones are all changed into nice white lime.
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miles west of Moate and about a quarter of a mile south of the main road between Moate and Athlone.
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O Mary, lay your basket down,
And rest your weary hand,
And come and hear me sing a song
Of our old Ireland.
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In Sídheog Dún there lived a Lord,
And a mighty Lord was he,
And he did wed a second wife,
A maid of low degree.
III
But he was old and she was young,
And so in evil spite,
She baked the black bread for his kin
And fed her own with white.
This song was composed by Francis Cuniffe. Magheramore, Moate now resident in England.
Sidheog Dún is the name of a fort in the land owned by Denis Galvin, Ballykillroe, about three
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During the Penal times a priest lived at Rafterys house Killuane, Gurteen, Woodlawn, County Galway and he used to say Mass in Michael Burn's field and that field is now called Gorr an Aifrinn. The priest's name was Father Mahon. There is a rock at one corner of the field where he used to say Mass. He says his Grandfather and Grandmother went to Mass at it. The priest was not a native of this district.
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In this district in the year 1847 there was a terrible disease along with the famine. Not many people
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About fifty years ago there lived a man named Kenny of Shanballard, Gurteen, Woodlawn, County Galway who was a great weight thrower. One Sunday there was a sports in Ballymacward, Woodlawn, Co. Galway and the people were throwing a two stone weight. A man from Ballinasloe was the best thrower and some one decided to get Kenny. "What good is he sure he never ate anything but a bog spud, don't mind he is as weak as a kitten', said someone. However a messenger was sent for Kenny and when he arrived he caught the weight and threw it with the first throw two feet outside the farthest mark. "When ye'll beat that send for me again" he said.
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On the morning of the 24th November 1825 Patrick Dooley of Killuane, Gurteen, Woodlawn, County Galway, went to a fair in Ahascragh. He did not know the way very well and he went about twenty miles out of the way to the fair. He went very quick
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showed it to his neighbours, one of whom offered him two cows for it but he would not exchange with him. He brought it to Ballinasloe and got four times the worth of the cows.
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Once upon a time there was a man by the name of Lyons living alone in a very big house. He was (also) the owner of a very big farm of land. One night when he was just going to go to bed he died suddenly and made no will. The the Commissioners took over his estate and divided it into small farms and gave it to a great many people around the place. When his three brothers heard the news they were very angry and they said to one another that they would take possession of the house in spite
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There was a man working alone in a field one day when a hunt came along. Now this man was very fond of hunting so when he saw them coming he said to himself, I wish I could go along with you. No sooner had he spoken the words when a man jumped from his horse and put him up on a calf that was grazing near by in the field. Away goes the horses and calf together until they came to the Shannon. When they reached there they all flew over it on to the other side. Then one of the men began to pet the calf and said what a big jump for a calf and as he was saying it the calf disappeared so the poor man was terribly disappointed and to his surprise had to walk around the road home
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There is an old fort in Doon, near Kilrickle and it is said that there was a man passing by, one night and he met a very small man. He told him that if he dug for a pot of gold he would surely get it. That very same night the man did as he was commanded. He remained digging until day light. When morning came he at last saw a big flag. He laughed to himself and said it is under this flag surely as the little man had told him. He thrust his spade in the ground near where he was digging and went home. The following night he came to the same place and discovered that the field was covered with spades. He did not recognise his
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A Lizard is found in a bog. He is a small animal with four small feet and a tail. Long ago, it was believed if a man had courage to lick the lizard all over with his tongue he would have a cure for a burn on his tongue.
A Black Snail
To rub a black-snail on a wart for nine days and then to hang it out on a bush with a red piece of rag the wart would get cured.
Another cure for warts was to wash them the water that rests in the hollows of stones.
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(1) What has ahead and no legs.
A penny
(2) What has a head a foot and four legs
A bed.
(3) What goes up when the rain comes down
An umbrella
(4) What has eyes but can never see.
A potato
(5) A lazy old woman, a hard working ma
Twelve little children as black as the pan.
A Clock.
(6) What has an eye that can never see
A Needle
(7) What has two hands and never washes them
A clock.
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This our share of the jubilee bounty
A measure, the vilest our land ever saw
Placing each one of our thirty-two counties
Under the scope of an infamous law
Will be submit to this act of atrocity
Will be crushed by this cowardly blow
Will we be frightened by Tory Ferocity
Ireland speaks out and her answer is no.
Dublin will stamp on it
Wicklow will tramp on it
Kerry will drag it about through the mire
Limerick batters it
Waterford tatters it
Wexford will bundle it into the fire
Antrim with hatred profound in rejecting it
Monaghan spurns it as violent unclean
Clare has no notion of ever respecting it
Sligo condemns it as odious and mean
Galway declares tisnt worth a bad penny
Roscommon salutes it with hiss and with groans
'Tis laughed at by Cork an despised by Kilkenny
'Tis slated and stoned by Armagh and Tyrone
Cavan lets fly at it
Louth takes a shy at it
Meath and westmeath in the sport took a share
King's County jeers at it
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This prayer is to be said during Holy week.
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1 Here I lay myself down to sleep
I give my soul to God to keep
If any evil spirit touches me Oh Blessed Virgin Mary waken me. Put four corners on my bed four Angels over head. St Mathew St Mark Luke and John God bless this bed that I lie on for ever more amen.
This prayer is said when going to sleep. I got it from my mother who learned it from her mother.
2 Fold your arms in the form of a cross and say to yourself
I must die I do not know how nor the or where But if I die in mortal sin I am lost for ever. Oh Jesus have mercy on me.
This prayer is also said when
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Christian names in this district are usually those of Irish Saints especially that connected with Patron Saints of local Places.
Vincent Christina
Boniface Rosaleen
Ambrose Meadhbh.
Kevin. Carmel.
Roderick. Delia, (Brigid)
Christopher. Veronica.
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cure it.
Sore Mouth: A child who has never seen his father has the cure. They say certain prayers over the person. A poultice of linseed meal is supposed to be the best cure for any corruptive thing.
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Sa bhliain 1847 chonnaic muintir na h-áite seo ceó bán tiugh ag teacht insteach ón bfarriage agus thar na cnoca. Chuir an ceó san an dubh ar na prátaí agus dá brígh sin do bhí gorta san áit seo agus fuair alán daoine bás leis an ocras.
D'ith na daoine an dúlamán, cupóga agus neanntóga. Nuair a gheibheadh na daoine bás do cuirtí i bpluais mhór iad. Dó bhí ceann de's na pluaiseanna san in Árd na mBráthar i mBeanntraighe.
Le linn an ghorta bheith san áit seo do bhí cuig anairthe i bpáirc sa Bhaile Nua i mBeanntraighe. Do bhí arán agus anairthe ghá thabairt amach annsan dos na daoine a seannsálach a gcreideamh agus do dhein foth duine é sin
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A leanbh, mo chroidhe! A leanbh mo chroidhe!
Sure a "stag" and a traitor you never will be.
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There's no look of a traitor upon the young brow.
That's raised to the tempters so haughtily now;
No traitor e'er held up, the firm head so high,
No traitor e'er show'd such a proud flashing eye.
On the high gallows tree! on the brave gallows tree!
Where smil'd leaves and blossoms his sad doom not he!
But it never bore blossom so pure or so fair.
As the heart of the marytr that hangs from it there.
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himself three times.
A preventative for fever
The eggs that are laid on Good Friday are to be marked with soot in the form of a cross. If a person eats one of these eggs before the sun rises on Easter Sunday morning, he is supposed never to get any fever.
A prevention of Sun-burn.
If a person goes out on a May morning and washes his face in the dew, he is supposed not to get sun burned, the Summer following.
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A cure for warts.
Pull ten ivy leaves and the tenth on you pull throw across your right shoulder and point the rest three times at the warts blessing yourself each time. When the leaves are gone the warts are gone too.
2. Pull rose-tongues and chop them up, boil them in milk. Strain the mixture and rub it on the warts and in a week they will be gone.
A cure for a burn
Get laurel leaves and fry them in grease. When they are cool, put a leaf on the burn and it will ease the pain.
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Come, tell us the name of the rebelly crew.
Who lifted the pike on the Curragh with you;
Come, tell us the treason, and then you'll be free
Or right quickly you'll swing on the high gallows tree.
A leanbh! A leanbh! the shadow of shame has never yet fallen on one of your name;
And oh! may the food from my bosom you drew.
In your veins turn to poison, if you turn untrue.
II
The foul words - oh! let them not blacken your tongue,
That would prove to your friends and your country a wrong.
Or the curse of a mother so bitter and dread.
With the wrath of the Lord - may they fall on your head!
I have no one but you in the whole world wide.
Yet false to your pledge you'd ne'er stand at my side:
If a traitor you lived, you'd be father away.
From my hearth than if true, you were wrapped in the clay.
III
Oh! deeper and darker the mourning would be,
For your falsehood so base, than your death proud and free.
Dearer, for dearer than ever to me.
My darling you'll be on the brave gallows tree,
Tis holy, a gradh, from the bravest (gallon) and best,
Go ! go! from my heart, and be join'd with the rest.
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dying with the hunger. The ships used meet an Indian ship loaded with yellow meal for the starving Irish.
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Get a basin of soft water, and 2 plates of oat-meal and one plate of oat-seeds and put it all into a crock for 4 days and then take it out, and strain it and then put it into a put and put it down to boil.
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to a place now called Athlone. They picked up a stone each and facing South cast them with all their might. They went about six miles, and landed almost side by side, but one was about a yard ahead of the other. When the giants came to measure the distance, one of them stood on a rock nearby, and the impression of his feet can be plainly seen there. This rock is in our field in Magheramore beside Clonmacnois.
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hands. The following year she wanted a little money and she asked him for it. He said "you gave me no money." She then asked him, did he remember the twenty pounds she gave him a year ago. "Is that the money that I gave you the grand dinner for, and surely that was payment enough for it," said he. The end of it was the money was kept by him and she went home without it.
My father told me this story.
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A day before they were expected trees were cut down and thrown across the road to block the way so that the soldiers could not pass.
When the soldiers came the Chapel bell in Clonfanlough was rung to call the people, and men and women attacked them with sticks and stones and bottles. They drove them back, and they did not get to evict anyone. At that time some person composed a song about this fight, but now most of it is forgotten.
Here is the song - about the eviction
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tsailm do Lady Fá.

Mo Athair d'innis an amhrán sin dom.
Eibhlín Ní Laoghaire
A story about Mac Figgin Dub
During the time of Mac Figgen Dub, there lived a woman in Curaq, who had a great lot of money. One day her husband took a penny; and bought a penny worth of tobacco. A few days later, she was counting her money, and she missed the penny, she asked her husband did he see it, and he said and he said he did not. When he was out, she searched his pockets, and found the tobacco. The next day she met Mac Figgin Dub, and she told him about the money, and that soon her husband would have it all spent."If you will bring it to me to-morrow, I will keep it for you, and then as you want it, you can bring it with you." The next day she brought it to him, and when she had it all given to him, he gave her a grand dinner.
She went home in the evening feeling very satisfied that her money was in safe
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alone and that is why the wemen went out also to fight. They used sticks and big rocks and blocked the roads with ash trees and they cut the roads in several places. So the soldiers had to go through the fields and bring their horses and waggons with them. In their retreat some of them got stuck in the bog and were nearly lost. There are many of the men and wemon still alive who were in this great fight.
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Once upon a time the English Soldiers were going to evict the people in Captain William's Estate
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the house said they saw no pig at all. There was no back-door in the house, and he distinctly saw him going in. He never got the pig. He always thought the dancers on the slope of the hill were responsible for the pig's disappearance, and that it was a fine for interrupting their dance.
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About twenty years ago a man from this district named Joe Kelly who is now dead saw an old fairy woman commonly known as the Bean Sidhe. One day he was going to a fair. So he got up at two o' clock in the morning and went into the hills to catch the donkey and have him.
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Once upon a time a man named Bobkin hid a crock of gold in a place called Bobkin's Corner. Two men heard this and went to where the gold was, to try and get it. They dug, and dug for many days, but got no gold. Alas! A stranger came along one day as the men were digging and asked them what they were doing. The men said that they were looking for a crock of gold, a man hid there, "O!" said the stranger "There is a fairy maiden in it, and if ye dig any more that fairy will change into pillars of fire". So the men believed him, and they threw down their tools and went home without the gold.
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coming in the distance. Thinking it was a rider coming from work, he began to whistle, for he felt he had company. The noise stopped suddenly and looking round he saw a large horse with a dog's head coming towards him. It had just crossed over the wall into the field. My grandfather got such a fright, that he immediately blessed himself. The horse turned round and raced across the hill out of sight.
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Once upon a time there lived a man in Creevagh who had a very large plot of cabbage. One morning he went out in the garden where the cabbage was and saw that it was getting smaller
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and did not eat any of the food, as he had heard "Fairies' food must not be eaten." The fairies left him back again and were so angry with him that they swept some thatch off his little house as they were leaving.
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Near the cemetery of Clonmacnois there is a hill called the Pike Hill. Nearly every person who passed by this hill long ago at one or two o' clock at night, saw a ghost. One night at about two o' clock as my grand-father was coming home from Clonlyon, where he had been at a threshing he heard the noise of a horses hooves
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emerge the winner. After dinner both set to work again. At five o clock Pat had the field finished. He went to see had the other man nearly finished but to his surprise he had yet a quarter of an acre to mow. He died a long time ago but his name is still well remembered in the district.
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It is nearly fifty years ago since Patrick Trodden lived. Pat lived at the foot of the Eskers, and he did not know the letter A from the pig's grunt but in other ways he was famous. It was said that there was not a man in Leinster to beat him at mowing.
On one occasion he travelled to Tullamore. No man could get the better of him, but Paddy did. They were put to mow into separate fields, with two acres in each field. They set to work at nine o' clock in the morning, with two scythes and whoever had the two acres mown first would be the winner.
Both men worked hard all day and at dinner-time it was doubtful who would
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all over Westmeath and many other counties. The dances he liked best were the jig and the hornpipe.
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who was also a famous dancer. One Sunday there was a Feis in Kilbeggan and Patrick competed in the dancing competition. There were many competitors in this competition. When the Feis was over the judge announced that Patrick had won first prize which was a silver medal.
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In this district long ago there were many great dancers and one of these was the Dancer Breen from Rosemount. This man was one of the best dancers in Ireland. He won many prizes at Feiseanna all over Ireland. His favourite dances were - The Cork Hornpipe, The Irish jig, and the Rakes of Kildare. He was taught these dances by his father.
Another of these dancers is John McDonald of Donore who was a good dancer, and was well known all over the Midland. He had many victories at Feiseanna
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About thirty years ago there lived near the village of Streamstown a man named Joe Handibode who was a noted step dancer. He won many competitions at numerous Feiseanna and was seldom beaten.
One day he competed against the champion dancer of Offaly, Peter Scally from Tullamore at a Maypole which was erected at Garthy but Joe Handibode was declared the winner after two or three bouts of dancing. His favourite dance was a hornpipe called, "The Leitrim fancy Hornpipe," but he also danced jigs one of them being, "The geese in the bog."
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About two miles from Kilbeggan there lives a man named Patrick Trodden who was a famous dancer. This man's favourite dance was a reel and he was taught the dancing by his father
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One person who will live long in the memories of the people of Streamstown as the champion runner of the district is Joe Mooney. He lived about one mile from the village and was a noted runner in his young days.
His greatest success was perhaps his race against a man named Cunniffe, the champion runner of Ireland and who one time was second
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you don't tell me that I will make you cry.
A. The fire
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as the bones must have got there
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and her weird look startled the riders. In an instant they recognized her. She accused them once more of sending her two sons to a bloody death, and said she would them no more. The next morning she was found dead in the ditch close by where the riders stopped.
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were shot in the fair-green. On the day of their execution they sang cheerfully to encourage their mother. After being shot, their mother was allowed to bring home their bodies for burial.
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When the poor scholar left, the man of the house went out, and dug at the other side of the tree, and found a much bigger pot with twice as much money as the first one contained.
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carts with stones - twice as heavy as the timber. The mules had no difficulty in drawing the stones. On trying them again with the timber - they refused and on forcing them very hard they both lay down and died.
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Early in the 18th century, the land about Killare was owned by a man named Robert Matthias, better known as Bob. He lived in Killare house, a short distance from the village. He kept hunting horses for his sons and daughters. Now, among them was a valuable mule. The mule was often ridden by one of his daughters
The mule when
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In St Brigid's time, there were a great many camps around the well. Some terrible diseases were prevalent among the inhabitants of the camps. Each patient went over to the well and ate some of the water-cress growing on it. As soon as they did so they were cured of the disease
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spring rose again.
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There was an old man who had two mules he went to the well to draw away timber from it. The mules began to bite and plunge and no amount of force could make draw the load, even though it was not very great. The man then loaded the
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Ferley. The priest told him to go home and draw back again to their original place the load of stones he had drawn from the well. He did so, and immediately on emptytying the load of stones at the well the pain left his toe. It never returned again.
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One Sunday during Mass time at Boher Church, an ignorant woman went to Saint Brigids Well and washed clothes in it. When she had finished washing the well went dry. Some people of Killare went and sprinkled holy water in the well and prayed constantly at it. After some time the
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There is a small well near this one. It is situated near a wall with a little bush grown over it. There are two flags for people to kneel on. Pilgrimages to the well are not made nowadays.
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There once lived a man named Hall in Killare. He was a protestant. He drew away a load of stones from the well. When he reached he got terrific pain in his big toe. He visited every doctor in all parts of Ireland but worse and worse the pain got. At last a neighbour advised him to go and interview the parish priest - Father
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Marriage Customs.
In this district in all times, marriages generally took place in shrove time, which extended from Jan 7th to shrove Tuesday - the eve of ash Wednesday. People who did not get married within that period were "sent to Skelligs", if they wished to get married, after that date within the lenten period.
In olden times match-making was carried on in the district. The friends of the girl usually sent "an account of a match" to some man. The land was walked. The fortune fixed, and finally the marriage "writings" were drawn up by a solicitor, if the parties agreed on the fortune.
About seventy years ago the couple were married in the home of the bride, in the evening time. Then a wedding followed, often lasting a couple of days. Plenty drink etc. was given out. During the wedding "straw-boys", also called "soppers", came to the party. These were the neighbouring young men dressed up, and in most cases disguised. They came to dance and wished the couple "joy". They generally took the bride to dance. Food and drink were given them, but sometimes they took no drink. Having wished the couple every blessing, they departed. Often two or three batches of "soppers"
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In the year 1884 there was a school house where our local creamery was burned down recently and it was called the Bird's Nest.
It was run by a protestant clergyman and he was also rector of Rathclarin Church. The teacher was a protestant but the pupils were principally kidnapped children including a large number of Catholics who were converted to the protestant religion. Mr Powell the minister who was in charge of the school offered great enticements to the parents to have their children converted to the protestant religion.
The priests of Kilbrittain parish had not a good word to say about it, including our present bishop who was curate at that time.
The number of children who attended the school numbered about forty but Mr.Powell eeing he could make no headway closed the school and had the children dispersed.
Written by Patrick Keohane
Barleyfield, Kilbrittain
Told by James Keohane, Barleyfield, Kilbrittain, Co.Cork.
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sé amach a lámh ach dubhairt sé go mall. "Cuir mo phóca é." Fuair seisean an réal. D'innis Pádraig Ó Sé ó Cill na mBreac é seo dhom.
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Bailighthe ag Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin Cill na mBreac
Bhí triúr buachaillí 'na luighe ar thaobh an bhóthair lá brothalach. Thárla go raibh duine uasal ag dul thart. Nuair a chonnaic sé na buachaillí, ar sé "Tabharfaidh mé an réal d'on buachaill is leisgeamhla agaibh." "Nach leisgeamhail na buachaillí sibh." "Trom é, Trom é, is mise an buachaill is leisgeamhla" ars' an chéad buachaill agus d'éirigh sé. Níor éirigh an dara buachaill ach shín sé amach a lámh agus ar sé "Trom é, is mise an buachaill is leisgeamhla." Níor éirigh an tríomhadh buachaill cor ar bith agus níor shín
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The weddings long ago were by far different from the wedding they have at present. They used be married in the houses and the priests used take part in the weddings, as well as the people. Sometimes the wedding used take place before the marriage. The weddings used last two days and two nights. It used be a day and a night in the girl's house, and the same in the boy's house.
The fortunes they used get, were cows and calves. They used not give the priests money, but they used give them clothes instead. Sometimes they could not afford to give him clothes, so they gave him hay or something else. They used go to the church on horse-back at that time, and the woman used sit behind the man.
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Some weeds are very harmful to land and to crops. The thistle and dock weeds usually grow in rich soil. They grow up with oats and wheat. If the seeds of these mix with the grain at the threshing it makes it difficult for farmers to get the top price for the grain. The chicken weed and crowfoot and fairy flax grow on poor soil and if there are crops of mangolds or turnips in poor land these weeds, check the crops very much if they are not weeded out early.
Herbs are used in curing animal diseases. There are many kinds of herbs. The leaves of some plants are used in cases. The roots or flowers are used also.
The leaves which are commonly used are those of mountain ash, wild raspberry and senna. The mountain ash leaves are used by people for curing rheumatic fever. The raspberry leaves are used for the curing of rheumatism and sciatica.
The roots which are most frequently used are these of the cranesbill, the dandelion, the lady's slipper, rhubarb and white pond lily. The cranesbill root is used to cure diarrhoea in children and is a tonic for the kidneys. The dandelion root is used
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On every farm there are two or more horses. The food they eat is grass, but the working horses get oats and hay, and they drink plenty of water. The house in which the horses are kept is called a stable. In every stable there are boards between every two horses. There is also a manger for each horse to eat out of.
There are shoes put on the horses hoofs, to protect them from the hard stones and roads. There are old customs connected with horses.
1. If a horse or any other animal has worms the afflicted animal gets cured if a person did "Cleas na Piasta" over the back of that animal nine times and hit the animal with the cord on the back three times.
2. There is a cure in horse's milk for certain diseases.
Most farmers keep a donkey. The food which the donkey eat is grass, hay and oats. The chief work, the donkey does is to take the milk to the creamery, to draw the turf out of the bog and to bring loads of meal and flour from the shop.
Usually there is no special house to house the donkey, but he is put into the stable with the horses. There are stories connected with the donkey.
1. If a donkey roars it is a sign of a tinker's death.
2. A donkey is blessed because it was on a donkey that
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when his wife saw him coming she said :
"I knew this would happen, that cow is a 'martin'.
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had it dotted here and there with bits of wool. The fourth was dressed like the first and I think that it was he that gathered the money because he had a large purse.
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warning to them not to pull any of the bushes or to interfere with the mound.
There are no fairies in it at all now. Most people say it was the fairies that built it. There is another mound a few fields away from "Cnoc na Sideog" just facing it. It is much the same as the other one, round in shape and is surrounded by trees. Fairies lived in it and they used to be dancing on it on a moonlight night from twelve o'clock to dawn. On certain nights one band of fairies from one mound would go to the other mound and they would have a big dance and the next night the other ones would go to the fairies who were visiting them the night before.
On Halloween night a procession would start out from each mound at twelve o'clock in the night with the fairy Queen leading them and when they would meet, one procession would turn back and go with the other back to one of the mounds where they would have a big feast and a dance after it.
There is no sign of any fairies in it nowadays and nobody is afraid to pull a piece of a bush.
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About four years ago there was a ghost seen at different parts of the road between Kill and Mr. John Lenihan's gate. It was the ghost of a woman named Mary Hayes who lived in Ballinlough and was dead for a few months. When she died a man from Dunhill went and lived in her house without asking anyone's permission. One night about a week after he had come to the house, when returning from Kill at midnight the ghost appeared before him at the lodge and also at Ballinlough Cross. When he reached the house he saw the apparition again. He was going to his bedroom but when he reached the door the ghost stood before him and he could not pass. He went back to the fire and when the apparition appeared before him again and he recognised it as Mary Hayes, fear took hold of him and he fled as quickly as he could from the house.
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spacious buildings in which can be kept from ten to thirty cows.
The names of our cows are Bluebell, Rose, Polly, Longhorn, Maol, Purty, Canny, Bettie, White head, Bunny, Blackpus, Strawberry.
There are many old stories connected with the cows.
1. To put an emblem over the cow house door to bring luck on the cows. This was usually a horse-shoe turned upside down, or the image of a black cat or an old boot.
2. The old people believed that it was unlucky to wet the cow's paps while milking them.
3. When a cow is being milked for the first time after calving it is lucky to put a penny into the bottom of the vessel in which she is being milked into.
4. It is thought to be unlucky to give a cow her own milk to drink.
5. It is lucky to burn the hair off the cow's udder with a blessed candle after calving.
6. The beestings used to be taken to the neighbours and the neighbours used to shake a grain of salt in the vessel when returning it.
7. If a stranger or neighbour comes into a house while butter making is going on that person is made strike the churn staff for fear the luck would go out of the butter.
8. A boy or man is not allowed to smoke during butter making.
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The district in which I live is a farming district and the main work going on around us is agriculture.
On every farm there are a good many animals namely:- Cows, Horses, Donkeys, Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Calves, and the different kinds of fowl.
When calling the cows we say Sup, Sup.
When calling the Calves we say Suck, Suck.
When calling the Pigs we say Hursh, Hursh.
When calling the Hens we say Tuck, Tuck.
When calling the Ducks we say Fin, Fin.
When calling the Geese we say Bathy, Bathy.
The house in which the cows are housed is called a cow house. The tyings by which they are tied are called "Súgáin". Sometimes the division for each cow is called a stall and she is enclosed by boards which can be taken up and down. The cow-houses are large
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One night about sixty years ago my father and uncle were in bed together. My father heard the noise going along the street. He tried to look out through the window but could not. He felt as if somebody was holding him around the waist. When the thing passed by he was let go. He thought that the noise was made by people going to Mass. He called his brother and asked him if he had heard the noise. He said he had not. When my father was going to Mass the next morning he met one of the police. My father asked him if he heard the noise last night. He said that he did and that he and the sergeant were sitting on the window-sill of Morrissey's window when it passed. my father told him what happened to him that night.
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and 39 Girls)
8. DERINAGREE taught by W. M. O. Grady at 1/8-8/4 per quarter. The school was a good slated house that cost from £12 - 15. There was an attendance of about 30 pupils (12 boys and 18 girls)
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16th 1826.
2. DROMAGH taught by Menus Begley (Catholic) at an income of £10-12. The school building was of stone and lime and cost £10. The average No. of pupils was 75. (45 boys and 31 girls) all Catholics. The teacher was paid by the pupils but he also got an occasional gratuity form N. P. Leader who also built the school.
3. COOLELOUGH taught by Patrick Horgan at an income of 1/8 -10/- per quarter. He taught in the old chapel and had 44 boys and 17 girls.
4. CURRAGRAIGE taught by Tim Donoghue 1/3 -1/8 per quarter for each pupil. The school was of stone and clay and cost £7. It was attended by 40 boys and 19 girls.
5. FARRANDOYLE taught by Denis Murphy at £12-14. The school was a good thatched Cabin and cost about £12-15. The average attendance was 62 pupils (42 boys and 16 girls)
6. KILLETRA taught by John Murphy at £6-8 in an old mud cabin that cost from £2-3. There were 26 pupils 19 boys and 7 girls.
7. DERINAGREE taught by John Sugrue at about £15. There was an attendance of a 100 pupils (61 boys
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to cure kidney and liver complaints. The root of the white lily is made into medicine and also into an ointment. it is used as a medicine for bowel haemorrhage. It is used as an ointment for bad legs and ulcers.
There are many kinds of seeds used for cures. Celery seeds are considered an excellent remedy for rheumatism. Caraway seeds are used for children's ailments, especially disorders of the stomach. Linseed is used in cough mixture and when it is ground it is used for poultices. People use nettle seeds for chest troubles and as a blood purifier. Herbalists also use the bark of trees for curing diseases. They use the bark of the beech to cure eczema. The bark of the cherry tree is considered a good blood purifier. Medicine is made from the bark of the oak. It cures neuralgia.
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The most remote information I can get regarding the Hedge Schools is about the year 1770. There was a Hedge School held in a one room structure built on the top of COOLCLOUGHER hill. It was built of mud, bogdeal, and thatch for roofing. The first teacher was Con Leonard. He taught for three days of the week in Coolclougher. He had about sixty-six pupils. His fee was 8d per quarter for Reading and a Shilling for Reading and Writing and Arithmetic. The majority of his pupils were full grown boys. The first book was called "Reading made Easy". And the second book
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was "China Tea". He also had a School in Dromahoe where he had about fifty-five pupils. The teacher began school with the consent of the Parish Priest. The teacher was supposed to have one of the different coins in his possession to explain to the scholars money calculation. The coins commonly in use then were farthings, four-penny bits and ten-penny bits and Guineas.
Each scholar had a slate and pencil which was got in some local quarry and the scholar, used carry it to school every morning and also a sod of turf.
The furniture of the school consisted of bogdeal pieces cut roughly and supported as seats along by the wall. Then there was a large box in the middle of the room for those who learned to write.
Con Leonard the teacher, taught up to the 19th Century and then a man named O'Sullivan succeeded him, He also taught in the village of Boherbue and two days in Cullen. The Teacher used to sleep in one of the scholar's houses each night.
Hedge schools in the parish of Dromtarrifee according to the Government report issued October
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Some words are very harmful to land and to crops. The thistle and dock weeds usually grow in rich soil. They grow up with oats ans wheat. If the seeds of these mix with the grain at the threshing it makes it difficult for farmers to get the top price for the grain. The chicken weed and crowfoot and fairy flax grow on poor soil and if there are crops of mangolds or turnips in poor land these weeds, check the crops very much if they are not weeded out early.
Herbs are used in curing animal diseases. There are many kinds of herbs. The leaves of some plants are used in cases. The roots or flowers are used also.
The leaves which are commonly used are those of mountain ash, wild raspberry and senna. The mountain ash leaves are used by people for curing rheumatic fever. The raspberry leaves are used for the curing of rheumatism and sciatica.
The roots which are most frequently used are these of the cranesbill, the dandelion, the lady's slipper, rhubarb and white pond lily. The cranesbill root is used to cure diarrhoea in children and is a tonic for the kidneys. The dandelion root is used
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The most remote information I can get regarding the Hedge Schools is about the year 1770. There was a Hedge School held in a one room structure built on the top of Coolclougher hill. It was built of mud, bogdeal, and thatch for roofing. The first teacher was Con Leonard. He taught for three days of the week in Coolclougher. He had about sixty-six pupils. His fee was 8d per quarter for Reading and a Shilling for Reading and Writing and Arithmetic. The majority of his pupils were full grown boys. The first book was called "Reading made Easy". And the second book
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5. When fog is seen along the banks of rivers.
6. When the frog changes his colour to yellow.
7. "Muisire capped and Clarach clear."
8. When the fire burns brightly.
9. The cocks crowing together without ceasing.
10. When the smoke goes up straight from the chimney.
11. When the Swallows fly high.
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ditch.
17. When the sky is a bright red colour.
18. When the distant hills look near.
19. When the dust on the roadway is rising.
20. When the lakes swell.
21. When the smoke comes down the chimney.
22. When the midges are seen.
23. When the cricket is heard screeching loudly in the hob of the fire.
24. When the soot falls down the chimney.
25. When the salt on the meat turns into pickle.
26. When the floor begins to sweat.
27. When the crows change from one rookery to another.
28. When the frog changes his colour from yellow to black.
29. When the hen is seen picking her feathers.
30. At mid-day when the fishes are seen above the water.
31. When the ducks are quackling.
32. When the spiders leave their webs.
33. The following are those which indicate fine weather:-
1. When the sun is very bright and warm.
2. When a rainbow is seen in the sky in the evening.
3. The Southern wind brings soft fine weather.
4. When the sky is a bright blue colour.
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If you would see a blue flame in the fire it is a sign of rain.
If goats stay near the house it is a sign of rain.
If the train is heard a long distance away it is a sign of rain.
If you would see rats eating [?] it is a sign of bad weather.
When seagulls come inland it is a sign of wet weather.
When the swallows are flying low it is a sign of rain.
When the cricket whistles it is a sign that rain is due.
If the sky is read in the east it is a sign of wet weather.
When the mountains appear near us it is a sign of wet weather.
After some rain if the crows come out flying it is a sign that it is clearing up.
If ducks quack it is a sign that rain is due.
If spiders come out it is a sign of rain.
If [?] are plenty it is a sign of bad weather.
If crows cry it is a sign of rain.
If the hare is found in a "clader" it is a sign of bad weather.
If the moon is on the flat of its back it is a sign of rain.
When the wind rises the dust off the road it is a sign of bad weather.
When a frog comes in to a house it is a sign of bad weather.
After a spell of dry weather if ants are seen on the
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"Plough deep while sluggards sleep and you shall have corn to sell and to keep."
"As long as the night is the day comes at last."
"Rome wasn't built in a day."
"Vessels large may venture more but small boats must keep near shore."
"A rolling stone gathers no moss."
"A good beginning is half the work."
"Never venture never win."
"Too late to spare when all is spent."
"One man's meat is another mans poison."
"Too much bed makes a dull head."
"Empty vessels make most noise."
"Live horse and you'll get grass."
"Give a dog a bad name and you can hang him."
"Small parcels hold good value."
"The more the merrier."
"Faint heart ne'er won fair lady."
"Half a loaf is better than no bread."
"Better late than never."
"When the cat is out the mouse is playing."
"Time is a good storyteller."
"Gods help is nearer than the door."
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There are a great many local beliefs with regards to the weather. The following are amongst those which indicate rain and bad weather:-
1. When the sun is a pale colour.
2. When the moon's disc is facing the opposite side to which it should be.
3. When the clouds are seen running quickly and tumbling over one another.
4. When a rainbow is seen in the sky in the morning.
5. When a great number of stars are seen in the sky.
6. The wind from the north brings snow.
7. The western wind indicates rain.
8. The eastern wind is neither good for man nor beast.
9. The south western wind brings most rain to this district.
10. When the rooks are flying low.
11. When the rooks are making a lot of noise.
12. When the seagulls are whistling.
13. When the cat has his back to the fire.
14. When the dog eats grass.
15. When the cows are running or gadding.
16. When the horse is seen with his back to the
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"Any port is good in a storm."
"Its like the kettle calling the pot black."
"You cannot get blood out of a turnip."
"A good run is better than a bad stand."
"There is no smoke without fire."
"Two heads are better than one even if they were two cabbage heads."
"A burned child dreads the fire."
"Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise."
"Every eye forms a beauty and every heart a fancy."
"A straw shows how the wind blows."
"A shut mouth catches no flies."
"Time and tide wait for no man."
"Its an ill will that blows no body good."
"After a storm there comes a calm."
"Dirty water washes clean."
"Wilful waste makes woeful want."
"The longest way around is the nearest way home."
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He was called a poor scholar.
This was written on the gates of Bandon
"Turk, Jew or Atheist
may enter here
But no Papist"
A poor scholar wrote underneath it
"Who ever wrote this
Wrote it well
For the same is written
on the gates of hell"
There was a hedge school in Fanlobus and Arthur Hennessy was the master. He used teach a subject and he used say to the scholars "Rehearse" "Rehearse". He used teach Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. The four walls are still remaining.
There is a well near the school called the masters well and it must be called after Arthur Hennessy. There was another hedge school at Togher and at Kealkil. A man by the name of Kingston was teaching their. They used sit on two sods of turf.
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No catholic could be educated. As there was £5 on the head of a wolf and £5 on the head of a priest. There was also £5 on the head of a school master. They had to teach secretly. They got their name hedge schools because they used teach by the ditch and by the hedge.
In the Winter time four or five men used build a mud cabin with sods and mud. This was a temporary building. The school master used stop with the farmers. He used remain three nights with every farmer. He was paid a penny a week by his scholar.
The master came from another school where he remained until he knew as much as the school master himself. Then the boy challenged the school master in a literary contest. This was carried out in the chapel green on a Sabbath day. The priest was always the judge. Then the boy would go teaching.
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Ná tugaidh Dia aon an-bhás dúinn ná bás sobal ná bás i bpeachaidh marbh ach bás glan le gol is le h-aithrighe.
Bás ag gol 's ag caoineadh; bás ar stad na ngrásta ar ann Dé is sa comharsa.
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'Sé an tslí beatha a bhí ag Tadhg ná scoltaidheacht pléireacht cainnte ag fuireacht oíche nó dhó in gach aon tig. An oíche seo ráinig chun daoine a bhí sprionnlaithe cráidhte ocrasmhail mí-adhmharach dlúth-mheathach mí-fhortúnach aingis dubh-chroíeach bád-thosach cam cnámhach gan croí ná misneach.
Ráinig an lá roimhe sin go bhfuaireadar bó nua beirithe
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('capper)
the 'capper = Were you successful
In the old days it was the custom to give the person a substantial piece of bread with plenty of butter on it if his errand was fruitful. Hence the question still put even in the Galltacht.

bacan
A wooden peg driven into the ground or into a wall; a tether stick, Cows are frequently tethered in this area to keep them from wandering over crops or another's land. The rope in the tether and the peg which is driven into the ground is the 'bacan'

turas
a journey a pilgrimage. This word is still common here. They say 'Did you make the 'turas' perhaps to a holy well or some such place

Ruaille buaille confusion uproar

nasc
a rope or band on the neck of an animal Put a nasc on the dog. I heard it used in this way.

gríosach
He let it fall in the griosach i.e. in the red hot ashes. I have also heard braosach but I think it is the same word

cnág
I have heard in south Donegal cnág mhór laimhe meaning a big rough hand capable of holding much and in this district I have heard The full of your cnág
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and called "bragers" on others parts of Donegal coast. They are usually caught during the months of July and August.

Glassan Tarrach
This is the fish "glasan" the young of the coal fish or as it called in Inishowen 'Duirseach'
When cooking fish about 30 years ago a glasan was sometimes cooked in the following manner. The inside or guts were taken out taking care to keep the 'melt' intact. The melt was then put inside and the fish closed up. It was then put on coals or on an iron on the coals and rasted. This was called a "glasan tarrach"
tarrach = big bellied

Partan this is the word always heard for a small crab.

Iris The rope hanger of a creel. Plural iriseacha. I have not heard the plural used.

Bórach This is how I heard this word pronounced here. It is the same as buarach = a spancel

cartan
This word is still used here. It is a parasite found on sheep.

ceapaire
The mutilated form I heard was "capper" the same word as ceapaire meaning bread with butter on it. When a cow was taken to the male for the purpose of copulation the usual question put was Did you earn
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ar an ministéar. Ní raibh an ministéar sásta nó gur thosnaigh sé ag suathadh agus ag bogadh agus ag damnú creidimh a bagairt. Bhí árachas dian éigin eatortha ná fuighidís socrú i dtaobh maidin. D'fhiafraigh an ministir dé conus socróidís é agus dúirt sé go bhfágfadh sé fé ráiteachas an chéad duine a thiocfadh ortha.
Ní dheaghadar ró-fhada nuair chonnaiceadar an fear ag teacht ortha go dtí cúpla céad ráinn dóibh. Cé bheadh ann ach Tadhg Gaelach agus de thuras an sagairt a vheith a' moladh Tadhg shíl an ministéar go raibh an bua aige féin.
Rith sé i gcoinne Tadhg agus d'inis sé do Thadhg go raibh a leithéid sin de scéal cruaidhis i dtaobh creidimh idie é féin agus an sagart. D'fhiafraigh Tadhg den ministéar cén ainm a bhí air. Dúirt gurab ainm dó féin ministéar Póil.
'Sé dúirt Tadhg :
"Is bréagach iad Peadar is Pól
Is bréagach é Rí Geal na Glóire 'tá ar Neamh
Is bréagach é Rí Geal na Róimhe
Más ag Ministéir Pól tá an cheart".
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piteog
This word is still used in Parish of Malin. It is given in Dineen as = effeminate but it is used here to mean a man who prys into things in the household or elsewhere that are supposed or understood to belong entirely to the sphere of women.

blath
They say the Blath of the family = The flower i.e. the best of the family. "He took the blath off it" = He took the new appearance off it Made it look worn.

poirin a small potato
Sgidin also means here small potato

Stacan
Anything standing in ground and fairly large as a stick or a stone

Sceamhlaigh
They say here still - "What sceamhlaigh are you at?" meaning squealing

beag a mhaith
I have heard - He is only a beag a mhaith
that is a good for nothing

a thaisge
a term of endearment = literally "treasures" = Dear

A stór also a term of endearment
a chroidhe another term of endearment
m'anam ye literally - My soul you
spág a big foot

spaltar
To walk awkwardly Ive heard "what spaltarin are you at"

clábar mire

clab
a loose tongued person - one who cannot be
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fada go leor an taobh sin.
This phrase is still used in this area. It means literally - Far enough that side or a free translation - That is enough of that or We do not want to hear any more of that.

sgréach a screech

pisreogs
This is how this word is used in the plural. It is the Irish word pireog. I always heard this word used in the plural in south Donegal in the Parishes of Kilcar and Glencolmkille, South Donegal.

Meas
Esteem They say here still 'he a no "meas" on it.

Brúightin
This is the food mashed potatoes which is termed in this area and I think all over Inishowen "Poundies". Halloweve night here is the particular night for this food.

Racan
They say here a Great big 'racan' of a fellow meaning a big long lanky rawboned probably 'rakish' fellow. The primary meaning is a kind of rather rough rake with wooden handle and iron 'teeth' used in rather primitive agriculture for making the soil fine just as the harrow is used in modern methods.

feamnach An (edible) kind of seaweed

Dúlaman
Another edible seaweed somewhat resembling 'Carraigeen Moss' In cooking it is boiled for four hours or more and is said to be really in season after first severe frost in Winter and from then until March.
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The Jaundice : The cure for this is a weed with green leaves and a red flower boiled in either porter or new milk.
Wildfire : The juice of 'torpeen' would cure this.
Stomach Trouble : The dandelion would cure this.
Murrain : The Crobh Dearg would cure this.
The Blúirín Pádraig : It would heal cuts, the fine side to cure and the coarse side to draw.
Goat's milk and sugar and soap would cure boils.
Venus turpentine and flour would also cure boils.
If both parents had the same surname, the blood of any one of the family would cure Wildfire. Mrs. Ryan has a charm for Wildfire. I cannot give this because it is a man who should learn it from a woman.
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in the middle again and so on until the game is finished.
This is how Bingo is played. The children form a ring and sing a verse of Bingo.
'The Mullins dog lay on the floor
And Bingo was his name-o
B I N G O and Bingo was his name-o'
Wall Flowers, Sheep and Soldiers are played much the same as Bingo.
In Spring and Summer the people go fishing for salmon and trout. In Autumn and Winter the people hunt rabbits and hares and shoot all sorts of wild game.
The games I play in the house or around the fireside are playing cards, Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Snap and Beggar My Neighbour. While playing cards the conversation is counting the number of tricks each one gets. There is no conversation while playing the rest of the games.
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fairies. My great grandmother knew the woman that was supposed to be dead, very well. There is a woman still in Lauraugh that knew her two.
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Long ago. There was a woman lived in Ardgroom and she died after childsbirth. She had four little children and they felt very lonely after her. About three? weeks after she died an old woman went to the house and told the husband that his wife was not dead. But was with the good people and she was in certain
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"Hóreigen"
I have heard this word used thus:-
The cow gave the full of the can (of milk) "HOREIGIN"
i.e. she barely filled it
I am of the opinion that this is the phrase Ar Eigin mutilated thus by non Irish speakers

Ceap
I have heard CEAP that cow
= turn back that cow

* Bree
When fish or Bairneacs are cooked the soup is called around the shore "Bree". I believe this is the word Brigh meaning the substance or essence of

Cár
A "face" a contortion of the face. They say in this area He is "CARRING" AT ME = He is making faces at me

Losc On You
Said in the same sense as "Bad Cess" to you
I think it really means LOSCADH on you
to form a malediction
Loscadh = burning (on you)

Boglus
This word is still used here and it is used for a sprain. It is the ox tongue herb

* "Bree"
This word explained above is used in the Scotch dialect. In the poem "John Barleycorn" by the poet Burns I have seen "barley bree" meaning the essence of the barley-whiskey ox-ale(?) etc.

"Cleehy"
I have heard along the sea in "Malin" the expression a "CLEEHY" of gulls a multitude
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The names of the outdoor games I play are Hide and Seek, Trance, Four-corner Stone, Bingo, Wall Flowers, Sheep, Soldiers.
Hide and Seek can be played by any number. One stands aside while all the rest are going to hide. When they are hidden they call 'Whoop' and the child goes in search of them. The one she finds first is to seek for them the next time.
Trance is played by drawing a number of squares on the road and numbering each square 1, 2, 3 and so on until all the squares are filled.
Four-corner Fool is played by putting four stones on the road and a girl stands in the middle and this girl is called the fool. The girls on the stones pass from one to another onto the stones and if the fool is able to step onto a vacant stone before the other person has time to go to it, she is in and the one who has left the stone must stand
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Place with them in some cave in Sneem and that she wanted to come home to the children and to him if he would go for her. The husband said he had not courage enough to go. But his brother said he would go. So the old woman told him to get a strong crew. He did this and the old woman went with them. The old woman told him that she would be in the second last horse that was going to pass through the gap at a place not far from the shore and she would be sitting behind a man. He was to pull her off in the act of passing through the gap and to rush to the boat with her. The others were to be ready to pull out the boat the minute they would get her in. The old woman stayed with them and she sat in the end of the boat and as soon as the got the other woman into the boat they pulled out as hard as they could. The other crowd got into an other boat and went out after them. Then the Ardgroom boat went as hard as they could but the other boat got up to them. The old woman kept back the other boat with her hand until they came half ways in the sea. Then the the boat disappeared and the old woman said they were all right then. They took home the woman that was supposed to be dead and she lived to be very old and had a large family. The old woman name was Mary Murphy she was with the
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of gulls such as in sometimes seen when fish are "gutted" and when the guts are thrown back into the water. This "Cleehy" also follows a shoal of any small species of fish.

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This is the local word for 'Carrageen moss'. I have never heard the latter term especially among the older people. In south Donegal and in other districts of the county the name is applied to a scaly dry growth on the surface of old rocks and from which those engaged in the manufacture of flannel make a dye

Cnuasach
If a person goes to the strand to gather Báirneachs or other beach food they say, "He went to make a CNUASACH or when he came back they would say You got a "right" CNUASACH or "You got a poor CNUASACH the day"
Cnuasach = gathering or collection

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Water-cress. The word is still used here. It is sometimes eaten with pepper and salt and

Geab
Chat. You have too much GEAB is frequently heard in this area

Gabby
One who has plenty of GEAB "Ye GABBY ye" is heard

Kesh
"I was down fixing the KESH I heard this
Kesh = Cis a road over a wet or soft spot of ground
I think the "Kesh" really means the soft rutty (?) part and that the word Kesh as applied to the road comes from this
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Pluchar
I've heard "what 'Plucarin' ar you at"
meaning what coughing (of rather soft nature) are you at

Spadar
The word still in use in the locality meaning soft turf

"Hane"
You should "HANE" that butter meaning spare it. I think this localism is the phonetic rendering of the Irish word Séan from Séanaim = I deny

Gal - Chruadhas
I heard this word in the Malin Head District from a man whose mother spoke Gaelic. He used it with reference to a long period of dry weather with a breeze (wind usually southeast)

"Gopeen"
They say here a "GOPEEN" of potatoes and a "GOPEEN" of meal. This was the quantity sometimes given to the Fear Deirce in the old days when they were often glad to get these commodities. Just now, 1938, they hardly ever gather potatoes or meal - they want money or some dearer commodity than above

Corran Cnuasach
Grammatically this should be Corran Cnuasaigh but this is how I heard it.
Corran - a reaper's hook
Cnuasach = a gathering or collection of something -
the hook used to cut or gather seaweed which is used as manure

Lacthar
The word used in this locality where Éilin
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There are two forts in Ballybawn. Lis a' bhóthair agus Lis a' bhogais. There is supposed to be a crock of gold in Lis a ' bhogais and there are two white hounds minding it. It is surrounded by a fence of earth. Lis a' bhóthair is circular in shape. It is surrounded by a fence of earth and stone. There is a big flag covering the entrance hole. There are about four fields between the two forts Lis a' bhóthair and Lis a' bhogais.
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48. Is náireach an rud an t-ocras, ach baineann an t-ochas an bárr de.
49. Snáithe fada an droch-taillúir.
50. Dá truaighe é bheith bocht, is truaighe e a bheith docht.
51. An té nach bhguil meas aige air féin, níl meas ag Dia na duine air.
52. An té nach múinfidh Dia é ní múinfidh an saoghail é.
53. Is roimhre fuil ná uisce.
54. Níl ar mhnaoi ach féachaint thar a gualann agus bíonn leith-sgéal aici.
55. Culaith síoda ar Shiubháin agus mála ar a mathair.
56. Tosach ceatha ceo deireadh catha gleo.
57. Fág an tír nó bí sa bhfaisiún.
58. Aithnigheann ciaróg ciaróg eile.
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however in each team, a "super-man", whose prowess exceeded by far, that of any other individual member. In the Clondrohid team was Dan O Callaghan of Gleann na n-Earag, and, in the other team, there was a man named Kelly. Each of them heard a few days before the contest came off, that the other man was there, but that was all they knew about each other until they entered the fray. The play was not long in progress when they met "Do rugadhar bhró chabhlaigh ar a cheile." The struggle was short, OCallaghan gave his opponent a swing, some what like Danno Mahony's Irish whip, and brought his back bone to the ground. Dan OCallaghan is the sole survivor of that powerful team, and though his years are many, he is still hale and hearty. John Corcoran of Gleanntan was the goalman, and
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Folklore
Several miles outside Moville in Co. Donegal there is a little village called Clonmary. In this village there is a church. It was built by Saint Colmcille. On a big stone outside the church the marks of the saint's foot, knee, and two fingers, can still be seen.
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A. Because she carries a comb.
Q What is the best thing to put in a sweet cake?
A. Your teeth.
Q I have a wee house, and it would not hold a mouse, and there is more windows in it, than in the Queen's Palace.
A A thimble
Q What turns without moving?
A Milk getting sour.
Q What room is it that you cannot enter?
A. A Mushroom.
Kathleen Barr.
Malin Road,
Moville.
These riddles were told by:-
Mrs. M. McGowan,
Carnagawe,
Moville
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Ré...? : Raydernagh
Millín Bán : Milleenbawn
Mín Teoga : Meentogues
? : The Bower
Béal na Díge : Beelnadeega
Cíll --? : Kilquane
Srón : Shrone
Abha na Sciortán : Aunaskirtane
---- : Freemount
Leath-Sadha : Leacsye
--- : Sheeans
Gniomh go leith : Gneeveguilla
Léim a'Gliosáin : Leamaglissane
Geata Bán : Gathabawn
--- : Quarry Cross
Cnoc na Gaoithe : Knocknageeha
--- : The Lots
Rath-beag : Rathbeg
Raithín : Raheen
Bothar Garb : ---
? : Rylane
Clárach : Clara
Bán na Muclac? : Bawnamucrlagh
Ladhar a' Carthainn : Lyreacorring
Screathan a? : Scrahanaville
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before the boy. She was cured of her rheumatism from that day.
Moira O'Donnell.
Carrick Hse
Moville.
This story was told by:-
Mrs. McGonagle.
Cooley
Moville
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Seven hundred years after Saint Colmcille had the church built, the Protestants of Clonmany took it from the people and it is now a Protestant Church.
Here is a story the old people tell us is connected with this story.
Long years ago near this church there lived a woman and her only son. This woman had rheumatism and could hardly move. One day as two thieves were passing this church one of them said the other. "I will go into this church and light a fire on the floor and you can go and steal a sheep from one of those fields near by." They did so.
It happened that this woman's son was passing the church and noticing the fire thought it was the devil. He ran home and told his mother that he had seen the devil in the church. His mother would not believe him, so he said he would take her as well as he could to see for herself.
He put his mother on his back and made his way to the church. The thief in the church heard them coming and he thought it was the other thief with the sheep, and he shouted out. "Is she fat, is she fat." The woman, on hearing this, thought it was she he meant. She jumped down from the boy's back and ran home so quickly that she was at the house
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About three and a half miles from my home there is an ancient church yard known as Newtownmountlagnal. There is a very interesting story told with regard to this old burial ground. It was the scene of a very remarkable incident some centuries ago. The story has been handed down from one generation to (anon) another and was told to me by my father.
It relates to a man who was a school teacher in Nothren Ireland. He put two of his boy (pup) pupils to fight one day. The fight started innocently enough but both got violent as the duel continued and the end was that they both died as a result. The school master seeing what his folly led to was seized at once with a sudden fear and began to plan a way by which he could escape all blame and punishment.
At this juncture the devil appeared to him and told him he would suggest a way by which he could escape. “I will turn you into a black” pig he said and then you can go where you wish and so avoid the law. The foolish man agreed with the suggestion and was transformed into a black pig. He commenced his journey and travelled till he came near this old burial ground.
The other boys saw him being transfigured
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A. Because she carries a comb.
Q What is the best thing to put in a sweet cake?
A. Your teeth.
Q I have a wee house, and it would not hold a mouse, and there is more windows in it, than in the Queen's Palace.
A A thimble
Q What turns without moving?
A Milk getting sour.
Q What room is it that you cannot enter?
A. A Mushroom.
Kathleen Barr.
Malin Road,
Moville.
These riddles were told by:-
Mrs. M. McGowan,
Carnagawe,
Moville
Folklore
Several miles outside Moville in Co. Donegal there is a little village called Clonmary. In this village there is a church. It was built by Saint Colmcille. On a big stone outside the church the marks of the saint's foot, knee, and two fingers, can still be seen.
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There is a fort in Lisheencreagh. It is called Lis. It is circular in shape and there is a fence of earth around it. Once there was a man driving a cow over it and she was milked. The Danes are supposed to have built it. It is made up of rooms underneath and they are all arched. At midnight there is music and churning heard and lights seen in them. The owners never ploughed it or sat crops on it but they cut hay off it
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Moville Riddles
Q A house full, a room full and yet you cannot lift a spoonful.
A Smoke.
Q Why does a hen cross the road?
A To get to the other side.
Q Why is it that a hen's feathers are always tidy?
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of the cow-house for fear the cows would be milked. They used lock the door of the milk-house for fear the milk or the butter would be removed. They used bring in green branches.
When the first cow used calf they used put the first milk over the fire and make the sign of the cross with the right hand over it.
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A Fairy-Tale of Moville
About twenty five years ago, a man was going from Movile to Gulladuff. It was dark. The man, on his way, heard voices. He looked around ans saw hundreds of little fairies dressed in green tunics. One little fairy saw the man, so he asked him would he like a run on a pony that he had, but the man said he was too big. Then the fairy took the pony near him, and it began suddenly to get big. The man then got on the pony's back, and it galloped to Greencastle, and then it jumped to Magilligan's Point. When the man was on the pony's back, the fairy told him not to speak until he would return. Then the pony set off and galloped to Greencastle and then it jumped to Magilligan Point. The pony then galloped to Belfast and then it returned. When it was jumping across the Lough the man spoke, and the pony was changed into a calf. The man then had to walk from Greencaste to Gulladuff.
Kathleen Barr
Malin Road.,
Moville.
This story was told by:-
Mr. D. McCawley,
Malin Road.,
Moville.
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On May day if you point the staff of a churn through an elder tree towards the neighbour's house. It would take away all the butter from them.
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Long ago the old people on St. Patrick's Day morning used to put a cross on the cows' foreheads, and burn a saileach in the fire and when it would get black they used to make the sign of the cross on their shoulders. They sued turn up the bottom of the churn and make the the sign of the cross with tar on it.
On Mayday morning whoever would be first to the well before the sun gets up should bring in a bucket of water, and should put one basin of it in the milk-house. They should wash the pans with the rest of it for luck.
On mayday morning in olden times the old people used to lock the door
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The next day, when this woman got up out of bed, she found three gold pieces under her pillow. Every morning after that she found the same money under her pillow. All the neighbours noticed her getting very rich and they all asked her where she got the money, but she would not tell them. One night her husband said "If you do not tell me where you got the money, I will put you away from the house." The woman was so afraid that she told him and he was surprised. Next morning when the woman awoke, she found three dead leaves. Then she knew that it was the fairies who left the money for her, and she was sorry she told her husband, for now she would get no more money
Kathleen Barr
Malin Rd.,
Moville
This store was told by:-
Mrs Mc Cawley
Malin Rd,
Moville.
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The next day, when this woman got up out of bed, she found three gold pieces under her pillow. Every morning after that she found the same money under her pillow. All the neighbours noticed her getting very rich and they all asked her where she got the money, but she would not tell them. One night her husband said "If you do not tell me where you got the money, I will put you away from the house." The woman was so afraid that she told him and he was surprised. Next morning when the woman awoke, she found three dead leaves. Then she knew that it was the fairies who left the money for her, and she was sorry she told her husband, for now she would get no more money
Kathleen Barr
Malin Rd.,
Moville
This store was told by:-
Mrs M. Cawley
Malin Rd,
Moville.
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A Story of Poteen
Long ago, before poteen was banned by the church, an old man lived in Moville.
This old man was a constant maker of poteen. The police heard of this, so they went one night to search the house. The man heard they were coming. He had only a pint bottle of poteen. It was all the poteen he had that night. He tied a string around the neck of the bottle, and, hung it on the wall outside the door. The police came, but did not notice the bottle, so they went into the house and searched it but found nothing. The police then thought it was lies which had been told, that the old man was making poteen, so they went away, and the man was never troubled with them again.
Kathleen Barr,
Malin Rd.,
Moville.
This story was told by:- Mr. W. Connolly.
Gulladuff House,
Moville.
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There is a chomhla bhreac in Tráigh Mhara near Jim Downing's shed. One night long ago when the fishermen were fishing they heard the noise. It was like two hills falling against each other. There are two stones standing there. The place was haunted. One night the fishermen were resting there, eating their lunch. There were barrels outside the shed, one barrel was taken off the ground and it rested in the same place again.
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36. An té is fuide a bheas ag ithe 'sé is fuide a bheas beo.
37. Is fearr grádh na faitchíos.
38. Ní náire an boctanas.
39. Bíonn an fhirinne féin searbh
40. Is milies an rud an t-anam.
41. Ní rún é ó tá fios ag triúr é.
42. Is binn béal in a thosct.
43. Ní v=buan cogadh an gcarad.
44. Is maith an t-anlann an t-ochras.
45. Ce tá saor caithfeadh sé cloch.
46. An fear a bhuailfeadh a madadh buailfeadh sé a bhean.
47. Ní fuair cú gortach cnamh ariamh.
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48. Is náireach an rud an t-ocras, ach baineann an t-ochas an bárr de.
49. Snáithe fada an droch-taillúir.
50. Dá truaighe é bheirt bocht, is truaighe e a bheir docht.
51. An té nach bhguil meas aige air féin, níl meas ag Dia na duine air.
52. An té nach múinfidh Dia e ní múinfidh an saoghail é.
53. Is roimhre fuil ná uisce.
54. Níl ar mhnaci [?] ach féachaint thar a gualann agus bíonn leith-shéal aici.
55. Culaith síoda ar Shiubgáin agus mála ar a mathair.
56. Tosach ceatha ceo deireadh catha gleo.
57. Fág an tír nó bí sa bhfaisiún.
58. Aithigheann ciaróg ciaróg eile.
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23. Ní h-éolas go h-aontuigheas.
24. Is maith sugh bó marbh na beo.
25. Ní féidir leis an n-gobadán dá thráigh a freastail.
26. Cúirt géarr. 'sí is fearr.
27. Ní féasta go rósta agus ní céasta go pósadh.
28. Tá caiint soar
29. Is minic uan dubh ag caora bán.
30. Ná comhair na sicíní go dtaga siad amach
31. An té a bíos boct bíonn sé sgéaltach.
32. Bíonn caora dubh sa créad is gile.
33. An té atá síos buailtear cos airinn té atá suas oltar deoch air.
34. Ní féidir fear gan ceann a chrocadh.
35. Bíonn rath ar rópaire.
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If you get up early on May morning before the sun gets up and go out into the garden the first snail you see bring him in and put him on a plate. Shake some flour on the plate and then cover the snail with a leaf of cabbage. After a while the snail will begin to crawl around the plate and make tracks on the flour.
When the sun is up take off the leaf of cabbage and the initials of the man you are going to marry will be written on the flour that was on the plate. If the snail was within in his box the man you are going will be very rich,and if he is half out the man you are going to marry will be very poor.
People get up very early on May Morning before the sun rises and churn or they would have no butter for the year.
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The monks of Eglish Abbey long ago kept doves as messangers to go from one place to another with messages under their wings. When the place was deserted there was one dove who would not abandon the old Monastery but stayed there when the monks went out of it.
One day a local chief or curmudgeon who heard this story said he would kill it. When he killed the dove it is told that he fell off his horse and was killed the place he fell on the top of the hill was in such a state that the people could not touch his body but they had to cover his body with clay and to this day there is a mound there and strange to say there is not anything growing on it.
There is another story told that the monks went on a "Turas" to Saint Cuan's Well and there were seven trees to guide them and that anyone who touched those trees would not have any luck.
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There lived a family in Taughmaconnell and in the house there was always some member of the family sick in bed.
One day a strange woman came into the house and she said, "there is somebody always sick here and will until you stop spreading clothes on those black-thorn bushes over there in that "Lios". They took the clothes off the bushes and the person that was in bed got better that moment and there was never any member of the family sick afterwards.
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In this village there lived a boy and hos other, all their stock were dying. Their kitchen was right opposite an old "lios" and every night they saw from the window a dim light in the middle of the "lios". Somebody advised them to block up the window and their trouble would cease, So they built it up and from that day forward they were very prosperous.
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The Dillon family of Clonbrack got the Clonbrack property from a family of the O'Kellys who were the original owners. The (the Dillons) were created Earls of Clonbrack for their services to the British Government after 1798, AD and the Union 1800 AD. It is told that the O'Kelly were the owners and the Dillons were tanners living in the vicinity. One of the O'Kellys, who was weak-minded, is said to have taken some hides from the tanners and the Dillons reported this matter and got young O'Kelly hanged by the British and their property confiscated and given over to themselves 0 the Dillons.
The mother of the young heir of the O'Kellys "cursed" the Dillon family and prayed that the father might never see the son of age (that is 21 years). This "curse" seems to have fallen on the Dillons for each old Lord Clonbrack was always struck by blindness before his son reached the age of 21 years.
This curse was afterwards removed by the Parish priest of Fohenagh, a Father McKenna, who it is was very friendly with the Clonbrack (Dillon) family. After this the old Lord was able to see his son coming
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of age, but Father McKenna died suddenly and unexpectedly, soon after removing the "Curse".
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The Bride's and Groom's Dress.
The Groom wore a pants to his knees with a blue ribbon tied to the end of it, long stockings and low shoes.
The Bride wore a red shirt, home made stockings and a shawl.
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The usual time for match making is between Christmas and Lent. People say that it is the time that they have not much work to do. When the people are getting married they have many "pisneógas". Long ago there were more "pisneógas" attached to marriages than there are at present. After the day they are married the girl will not go home until a month is over, because they say it is unlucky.
When the month is over the girl goes home and they have a great feast, and it is called the "month's visit".
When they are match making the parents of the boy and girl meet a couple of times in some house in the town.
Sometimes it is on a fair day that match making is carried on. If the people are satisfied with the man will get a fortune with the woman.
On the night he receives the money a great party is held in the girl's house. the people have great fun and a dance also.
The day they get married they hire motors to carry them to the chapel and back home again. When they are married they take a different road home because they say it is
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not lucky to return the way they went.
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Long the schools were called hedge schools. There was an old school in Lisaleen in Lewin's field, but it was Meldon who owned it at that time. Pádhraigh Liong used to teach in it. The scholars used to pay him two or three pence a week. There used to be about a hundred scholars in it.
There was also an old school in Lehid. John Haverty who was teaching in it. Father Mat Levelle went to school to him before he went to College.
It is said that Mat Roach, was teaching in an old house in Kilgevrin near the place where Murray's fields are now.
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About six miles from Tuam there was an old school long ago in Daly's land in the village of Lisaleen. The master who was teaching in that school was mark Roache, he was a native of the place.
He would slap the children if he heard them speaking a word of Irish. The children used to be writing on copies and slates. There were long stools in the school where the children sat. The master sat on an old chair.
The scholars used to hang the ink bottles on their coats, and they used to write with quill pens. The teachers got 1 1/2d a week for their pay, and 1/6 a quarter from the children.
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In this district long ago the teachers used to teach the children in the houses of the people. It was the parents who used to pay them. They got but twelve shillings a year.
There was a teacher in Lehid whose name was Mr. Haferty. He was a stranger and he was a good teacher. He taught no Irish but would slap children if he heard them speak it.
The scholars wrote on slates with slatepencils.
The master taught the children in classes. He sat on a chair when teaching. The children used to have an English book, a catechism and an arithmetic.
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About a hundred years ago there lived in Newboro Kilconly Captain Blake a land Lord. He had a very big family. There were no bicycles motor cars, or trains at that time. If they wanted to go a long distance they would go by horse-back or run it.
These people had a man working for them, by the name of O'Reilly from Castlegrove. This man ran at least once a week into the Galway market for fish and never walked a step. This is a distance of twenty one Irish miles and he often did it in two hours. He wore no shoes.
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Cláipín lake is situated between two very famous hills the hill of Cnoc Ma and the hill of Belmount. There is a story told in this locality of the two giants that lived one on each hill, and who could never agree.
It seems they were afraid to meet each other closely and they fought by throwing large stones at each other a distance of ten miles. Some of the stones that were thrown can yet be seen on our land.
They are huge big stones with the tracks of their fingers stuck into them, more of the stones are on the top of the hills, at least so the story goes, but what happened to the giants is not known.
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Pairc an Carraige
Pairc an Straidh
Pairc ba bláta
Pairc milis ? Knockaclarig
Paírc na Rinnce
The Pounbd
Bualadh
The Rae
The yellow field
Paírc na Noíniní
Pairc an Tobair
Pairc na talmhsin
Berna na Gaoithe
The Bridge field
The wood meadow
Mullach an t'sléibhe
The Graifin field
The Carraigín
The Lug
The Fort
The Mullach
The maca
Pairc an tobair
Paircín
Pairc an Geata
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Fionn Mc Cool went into a certain house and he asked his dinner. So the woman said she had nothing for him only a pot of potatoes so Fionn McCool ordered the woman to go out in the field and hunt him a bullock and kill him and cook him. The woman said she had only two bullocks and she could not afford to give him one so Fionn McCool stood up in the house when they woman would not do what he asked her. He stood up straight and carried the roof off the house and threw it into Robertstown river. When the woman saw what Fionn had down she got very angry with him and as quick
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with her for a week.
Every day he used go out hunting with her, and her said when he came up that he never spent a better week. He said that he had two horses every day hunting.
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for being curious as they did not want anyone to know that they went that road that night. One of the mentook up a stone and flung it at the man that came out of the house looking at them. The stone hit him and he fell flat on the ground "God Help us"
They went to lift him up but found to their great grief that his leg was broken and they were all very sorry for what had happened and the captain called his men together and said "Boys this is a bad omen and in God's Holy Name we will go no further and let us all return to our own homes."
It was well they did for one of their men named Corridan turned informer and told this officer of the attack that was to be made on his house and he had two regiments of soldiers fully armed ready to attack them.
Had the poor white boys continued their journey hardly any of them would reach their own homes alive.
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In Doon townland, in the Co.Limerick, a man by the name of Mr.John Quigley was anle to leap a valley sixteen feet wide and about twelve feet deep. In Copparoe, townland of Rear Cross, parish of Newport, Co.Tipperary a man by the name of Mr. Thomas Kerby, was able to leap a river about eighteen feet wide NO one else about that place was able to keep it. Any time he used to go to leap this river alot of people about the place used to g to see him leaping it.
Material obtained from ;-
Micheal Mackey, Slanbally, Rear Cross, Newport, Co.Tipp
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54: Legends connected with local fort:-
There is a fort at Raheen three miles south west of Hacketstown. It is about five perches in diameter. The owner will not till this circular piece of ground when hilling the field, although it is a great inconvenience to him to go round it when ploughing and harrowing the field, as he regards the place with a kind of supernatural fear.
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No. 54 and 64 got from
(1) Robert Harris
(2) Starlusky,
Hacketstown,
Co. Carlow
(3) Age 65
(4) Farmer
(5) Native of this place and spent his life here
(6) Thomas Harris
(7) Twenty years ago
(8) 57 Years
(9) Tombeagh, Hacketstown, Co. Carlow
(10) Writting in this book 7th July 1934
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The people used lock the cabin doors on May night because the people used be milking their neighbour's cattle and stealing the butter by night. A cow must be milked immediately after calving and if the udder is too hard they should be milked often during the day.
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Farm animals.
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Story of the Whiteboys
In the time of the "white boys" a man named Collis lived in the district. He was an officer in the English Army and he had a find house situated in the Fortwilliam (part of this house is still standing and is now occupied by John Dowd). He had an orchard and plenty of good land still he was never done tormenting the poor Irish.
He became so very cruel that the white-boys made up their minds to put a stop to his bad deeds. The captain of the Whiteboys sent word to his men of the different districts to meet at Kilflynn on a certain night.
Ma bron' his men came from the Lixnaw, Listowel, over the hill from Bally-Mc-Elligott, Kilflynn, and they marched down along towards Shannow bridge.
This was the dead of the night and all the people of the houses near the road were in bed and fast asleep.
But it seemed the tramping of the marching men awakened one man just as they were passing his house. he opened the door and came out and on the road partly dressed to see what was happening.
One of the marching men felt angry with him
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crush. Dashing madly from the the supper room with sword in hand and accompanied by his gallant black steed he proceeded towards Cilín's church.
On reaching the doorstep he called aloud to the spirit to appear. To his first call was made no reply to the second happened the same but on calling the third time she proudly answered in Gaelic tongue, "I'll be with you time enough." On hearing her shrill voice he turned his steed for home, but while crossing the river on his way home, she crossed his path and grasped the horses mane, rising this sword and letting it fall with body strength he severed the hand from the body. The body fell by
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Flaithbhearta i gCill Óla.
2. Bhí ceann eile í gCill Ainbhthín i dteach Seán Uí Conchubhair. Fear as Spidéal darbh' ainm Mac Connamara á múnadh ann. Ta sé seascha bliadhain nó mor sin ó bí sé ann. Ní bfuigheadh sé ach píghinn gac lá ó'na páistí. Bhí cuid mhaith páiste aige ag dul ar sgoil.
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flaitbearta í gCill Ola.
2. Bhí ceann eile í gCill Ainbhthín i dteach Seán Uí Conchubhair. Fear as Spidéal darbh' ainm Mac Connamara á múnadh ann. Ta sé seascha bliadhain nó mor sin ó bí sé ann. Ní bfuigheadh sé ach píghinn gac lá ó'na páistí. Bhí cuid mhaith páiste aige ag dul ar sgoil.
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Nuair a bhíonn duine ag dul a chodladh san oíche deireann sé " Ceithre phosta ar mo leaba. Ceithre aingeal mhac Dé má fhághaim bás as seo go maidin i bhflaitheas Dé a bheas m'anam bocht"
Luighim le Dia agus go luighidh Dia liom
lámh deas Dé fá mo chloigeann agus dhá láimh Mhuire
timcheall orm
Tá crois na naoi n-aingeal geal ó bharr mo chloigeann
Go bun mo sháile
Nár luighe mé le olcas agus nár luighe olc liom.
A Íosa óir ciste déan trócaire orm
A Íosa uachtar ár mbeatha déan trocaire orm.
Nuair chuirtear an chéad fata deirtear
go gcuiridh Dia toradh agus tairbhe ar a gcuirim agus a nglacaimid agus a gabh muid thríd
Nuair fhaíghtear an chéad uan deirtear
"Mo Dhia dhá thárrtháil agus go dtárraigh Dia muid agus go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís
Ag dul thar reilig
Seacht roilig Pádraic agus iomháigh Críost,
Molfar thuas thú agus molfar thíos
agus molfar ag righ na glóire thú
agus go ndéanaidh Dia trocaire ar anamnachaibh na marbh
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To cure epilepsy gather worms, and boil them down in milk. Give the milk to the patient to drink in the name of the Father etc.
To cure kidney trouble gather brook-lime. This is got in spring-water. Drink an egg-cup of it for nine days in succession in the same of the Father etc.
The water from St. Kiernan's Well cures sore feet, sore eyes, and pains in the limbs.
There is also a well in Kilmainham called the Lucky Well and the water of it cures headaches.
There is also a cure in nettles. You put them into a pot of water and boil them, and then drink the nettle-tea. This purifies the blood.
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has to tie a red tape around his neck in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
If a baby girl has the chin-cough the god-father has to tie a red tape around her neck in the name of the Father and of the Son of the Holy Ghost.
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Long ago the old people had cures for pains and all other complaints.
If a child has the chin cough bring it and put it under the she-ass three times and then put a grain of meal in the child's dress and let the ass it and while the ass is eating put three grains of it into the child's mouth.
The old people tell us that goose-grease is a good cure for pains.
If you rub a gold wedding-ring to the wild-fire it will cure it.
If you put a penny or a piece of copper in a cup of milk over night and give it next morning to the person who has the wild-fire to drink it will cure him.
If a baby boy has the chin-cough his god-mother
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give it in spoonfuls to the child. If any of them got a pain in their head they would walk backward and they would be all right.
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Pairc an Glaiscé
The Kiln Field
Paírc Luacra
Paírc an Gaba
Páirc na Láighre
Pairc na Staile
Pairc an Dalaíghe
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You could see seven forts from Ardra fort
It is in Ardra fort the Danish chieftain who had command over the seven forts was supposed to live.
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Carraig a Loinsigh Man named Lynch living there and was hanged there, This rock is on the side of Road at Knockavinna [?]
Carraig a croll: In the townland of Knockaclarig So called because a fiddler used ti be seen at dusk.
Carraig na Giobhal in Knockaclarig so called because a man with very ragged clothes used to be seen there.
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Bhí fear ann fadó agus bhí aon mhac amháin aige. Lá amháin dubhairt sé leis an mac go mbeadh air dul go conndae Mhuigheo le muc. Dubhairt sé go raibh duine uasal ag cainnte leis fhéin an lá cheana agus go raibh sé ag iarraidh muc le ceannacht.
Liam a bhí mar ainm ar an duine uasal agus dubhairt an t- athair leis an mac ' Sir" a thabhairt air nuair a bheadh sé ag cainnt leis.
D'imthigh an buachaill leis nó go dtáinig sé chomh fado le conndae Mhuigheo . Nuair a shroich sé teach an duine uasail tháinig an duine uasal amach roimhe agus d'fhiafruigh sé dhe cá raibh sé ag dul . D'freagair an buachaill mar seo:-'Cuir sir m-athair , sir mise , le sir muice , ag sir Liam".
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Three men who live in the townland - Denis Quinn, Henry Kingston and Floor Mahony explored the inside of the fort. There were steps of slate descending down to the first room. The fort contained three rooms. In the first room the men entered there was a table, on which were a writing pen and paper. The second room contained a fire place and mantel - piece. As they were about to enter the third room, the door closed on them and they were driven back. They got frightened and they came out of the fort.
There is a fort in Ardra, Bantry. It is supposed that there is gold concealed in it. In the year one thousand, eight hundred and eighty eight some sea - men who came to Bantry explored the inside. They worked from Christmas until February, but did not find any gold. They found that the court contained many rooms, which were separated by large walls of stone. Some of the rooms were fifty feet deep.
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cake, the little robin asked him for a bit of bread and he said to her, that she could have all that he would leave after him.
Then the giant came home and he said to his mother, "i smell an Irishman and I must find him." He found the man exam-ining the wonderful front door and he gave him the same choice as his brothers, but the man chose to fight. Then the giant began to get the better of him at the fight, when suddenly he heard someone calling him and when he looked he saw it was the robin. "Seánín," said the bird, "what is wrong with you that you don't put your leg behind him and trip him. He did what the robin told him and he tripped the giant, then he said to him, "now with your seven heads and seven necks, I'm too good for you. I'm going to kill you now, as you killed my two brothers and I will bury you where you are." The giant then began to ask for mercy, he said he would give his eldest daughter in marriage and half his kingdom until his death. After his death then he could take possession of it all. Well said Seánín, "if I kill you I'll be able to get the kingdom without any trouble and perhaps if I left you live you might regret your promise and kill myself. After killing the giant he went back to the palace and
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he could view the inside of the cave.
In the he saw there were five or six robbers around a stone counting a large amount of gold. He quietly left the fort and called the old man in to look into the cave. As the old man looked over the ledge into the cave the Raparee caught his legs and threw him in among the robbers. There was immediately terrible confusion and in there fright the robbers ran away leaving the gold behind them. They soon got sorry and one of them volunteered to return. He did so but was met be Raparee at the door, knocked down while the Raparee cut out his tongue. The robber yelled with the terrific pain and rushing out covered with blood soon frightened away all the other robbers. The Raparee is supposed to have left all the gold himself to the old man in Barnavilla while he himself went to London. This gold was supposed to have been hidden in the fort of Barnavilla.
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his head against the needles. There were also at the door twelve feathers of the same colour and one blue feather, the giant used come out to the door in the heat, and feathers used blow back and forth and cool him. Then the man began to eat his bread, but while he was eating, a robin hopped on the window and asked him for a bit of bread for her young. He told her to clear away, that he hadn't enough for himself and she went. Then the giant came home and when he saw the man he said to him "I will give you a choice, of blowing you to the Indian in one breath or I will fight you." Then the man answered that he had fought gentlemen as good as the giant and then they started to fight. After a while the giant got the better of him and in the end he killed him and buried him in a hole.
After a while when the second son was twenty one years, he said to his mother that he would try and see would he find his brother. His mother then asked him which would he take, the big cake or the small one, he took the biggest with the curse and set off. He came to the giants palace, the little robin asked him for the bread, he refused her, he then fought the giant and was killed.
When the third brother was twenty one he said he would go in search of the other two. Instead of taking the big cake he took the small one, saying that the blessing was better than the curse. Like his two brothers he came to the giants palace and stayed there that night. The next morning when he was eating his
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Q. Why are watches like grasshoppers?
A. Because they both move by springs.
Q. What can be in water without getting wet?
A. A shadow.
Q. Why is the sea ike curly hair?
A. Because it is always in waves.
Q. What has a comb but no hair?
A. A rooster.
Q. What letter does the farmer like best?
A. The letter g because it turns rain into grain.
Q. Why does a dog wag his tail?
A. Because the tail could not wag the dog.
Q. What may be said to be empty but yet it has something in it?
A. A pocket with a hole in it.
Q. Why should old stockings be useful in a fire?
A. Because they often have ladders in them.
Q. Riddle Riddle roy a farmer's fiddle alive at both ends and dead in the
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Another story of a hidden treasure used to be told by Tom Scarry who lived in the house where Miss Katie Kelly Liscune now dwells. Mr. Tom Flanagan tells the story as Tom Scarry told him.
There was a poor man who lived very near the fort that is North of the road opposite Mr. Jack Bleheins old house in Barnavilla. The poor old man was very harassed by the land-lord. One day he was walking along the road and wondering how he could possible get the price of a horse. He met a Raparee on the road and he told him how anxious he was to get a horse. The Raparee told him not to worry that he would give him a hose but that for a few days he would have to keep him hidden somewhere. The horse was brought along and they decided to hide him in an underground cave which was in this fort near Barnavilla. The Raparee went in to the fort and by looking over a ledge which was then in the fort
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This story was told to me by Mr. Patrick Maher of Ballyloughan, Muinebeag, now dead R.I.P. whose father attendted the hedge school for a while. The school was at Ballycormack cross on which site is now a cottage owned by a Mr. Taylor - The 'desks' consisted of huge branches of trees rolled in and placed in position. The Master had a small table and a log of wood for chair. The black board was not very smooth but was black. This morning the scholars trooped in with their slates and lead pencils. Great excitement was written on every face, they had news for the Master. Nearly all the children of that time
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in a circle round the doomed man and at a given signal the twelve raised their sticks and averting their eyes slightly brought the weapons down with tremenduous force on the unfortunate traitor. The idea of picking 12 men was that no one of them would know who struck the fatal blow. Afterwards the wretch was tied by his feet with a long rope to a wild you horses tail, which careered madly down the hill side and feeling the constant tugging, never stopped till it dropped with exhaustion.
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One time Mr O'Kelly lived on the estate now known as the Clonbrock estate. Among the English tanners who used to come to Ireland here to work in the woods were people called Dillons. There was a tannery very near Clonbrock and one day O'Kelly's only son came out to look at the tanners at work. At this time if anybody stole anything valued more than ten pence the penalty was hanging. Some of the Dillons managed to put a considerable amount of leather into O'Kelly's pocket. After a time before he discovered it they charged him with stealing it and he could not defend himself. He was to be hanged but the father offered to ransom him. The ransom asked was the Clonbrock estate. O'Kelly agreed to the ransom and so the estate passed into the hands of the Dillons. The young O'Kelly boy had an uncle a blind Friar. When the latter heard the
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story he asked to be taken to a certain stone near the domain wall on which he knelt and cursed the Dillon family. The curse was that no father in the family should ever see his son come of age. This curse lay on the Dillon family until they asked a priest who was in Fohena some years after, named Fr. McKenna to remove it. This he did while visiting one night in Clonbrock House. Driving out that night in his carrigge he found the gates shut. Suddenly the gates blew open. The priest began to worry and going to bed that night he became very ill and lived only a fortnight.
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Come rise up lovely Sweeney and give your horse some hay
And give to him a feed of oats before you go away
Don't feed him on soft turnips Take him down to my green lawn
And then you might be able to plough the Rocks of Bawn
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I wish the king of England would write for me in time.
And place me in some Regiment all in my youth and prime.
I'de fight for Ireland's glory from the clear day light till dawn
And I never would return back to plough the Rocks of Bawn.
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cailín le biadh ag na muca connaic sí an ministéar. rith sí abhaile agu dinis sí dhá mághaistir é. Tháinic sé sin agus sgaoil sé abhaile an ministéar. agus thug an gadaidhe dubh céad púnt go Jack.
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moch agus deirigh Jack chuaidh sé go dtí an gadaidhe leis an mbráilín agus béigin don ghadaidhe scór púnt a thabhairt dhó.
Bhí sean mhinistéar i na chomhnuidhe ag doras a[n] ghadaidhe dubh agus ní dheanfh[adh] sé tada ach ag magadh faoí an ngadaidhe dubh mar gheall ar an chaoí a chur Jack air. Bhí an gadaidhe thíos sa talamh aige agus gheall sé céad púnt do Jack ach beart eicín a imirt ar an ministéar.
An chéad oidhche eile thug Jack leis bord sgus shocruigh sé é amach ar aghaidh doras an mhisistéir sgar sé bháilín air agus lás sé sé cínn de chaoinle ar an mbord
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Come on you loyal heroes where ever that you be,
Dont hire with your masters till you know what your work will be,
For you must rise up early from the clear daylight till dawn.
And I fear you wont be able to plough the Rocks of Bawn.
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My shoes they are now worn and my Stockings they are thin,
And my heart is nearly broken for fear I'd wear them,
My heart is nearly broken from the clear daylight till dawn,
And I fear I won't be able to plough the Rocks of Bawn.
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My curse attend young Sweeney you have me nearly robbed
You are sitting by the fire side with a pipe stuck in you gab.
you'r sitting by the fire side from the clear daylight till dawn,
And I fear you wont be able to plough the Rocks of Bawn.
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Once upon a time about fifty years ago there lived a man named Charlton in Clonmacnois. One of his workmen lived in one part of the house, and every night he used to hear a horse and cart coming into the yard. Then the man would go out to unyoke the pony and he would see nothing at all.
Each night the horse and cart would come, and when the workman looked out he would see and hear the car going round and round the house three times, and he could see
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the Kilmartins will be the richest in the land then.
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A Long time ago there lived in Ireland two powerful giants, and for strength and bravery they were on an equal. Many a time the rivals stood side by side but one proved himself as great as the other. A wise man said, "Let the giant who throws a large rock the farthest be the champion."
Two rocks of equal size were found, and the giants came
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the noise again. He lit the candle once more, and could see nothing, So he left the candlw lighted every night after and he heard no more noise.
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When St. Ciaran was in Clonmacnois he planted a lot of Ash trees on the Creevaghroad above St. Ciaran's Well. Two of these trees still stand on the road beside Ciaran Curley's house. They are very big trees and they are boast in the centre, and the children often hide in them when playing. Long ago the road went down on the other side of the trees, as well as on the side it is now, and
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plainly a covered-in-car, with the two horses under it and the man driving them. After that night the workman never stayed in Charlton's house any more.
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Dervogiolla's Church or the Nun's Church as it is called is about a quarter of a mile from the Cemetery. It is a beautiful church, and has lovely carvings on its arches.
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this they think they leave the pain behind. It is said that if anyone takes the button or penny away, that he will get the headache, but the children going home from school often look for the pennies and buy sweets with them, and they don't get the headache.
There are other churches, but there are no stories about.
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St. Finian's Church was built in the 12th Century by the monks of Clonmacnois, in honour of the great teacher of St Ciaran of Clonmacnois. A remarkable thing about this Church is, a complete round tower is attached to it, and there is an entrance to it from the ground floor of the
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and it is now a Protestat place of worship.
Beside the church are the vaults of the Malones of Ballinahown Court which court is now inhabited by The O'Donoghue of the Glens of Kerry.
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O'Connor's Church was built in the year 1,000 by one of the O'Connors of Roscommon and is the mortuary Church of 'The O'Connor'. It was destroyed by the English on several occasions and was repaired by the Church-body about twenty-five years ago
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the nun's church.
It is not opened up yet but we expect to see it opened up soon. Nobody is let touch it.
People take away the clay off St Ciaran's grave and shake it in the corners of the corn-field. They say it kills the worm that eats the corn.
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There are several ruins of churches in Clonmacnois, the largest is the Cathedral. A stone church was built on Clonmacnois in the year 900 by Abbot Colman and King
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cross is a representation of the Crucifixion and the vine and grapes.
It is one of those crosses which is very rich in Celtic interlaced work. It is not as well made at all as the cross of the Scriptures but according to Professor Mac Allister it is just as old.
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1.whooping cough
a piece of string tied around the big toe when going to bed is supposed to cure a whooping cough.
another supposed cure for a whooping cough is to walk between two running waters.
2. Sore throat
a sore throat can be cured by putting a hot linseed poultice around the neck.
3. Rheumatism
rheumatism is supposed to be cured by carrying a raw potato in your pocket.
4.boils
venus turpentine put to the boil is supposed
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well. One time a woman went out to a holy well in Ardbraccan and she brought water from the well, put it in the kettle to boil but it never boiled. There is a bush at St. Ultans Well.
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11. A bunch of mint tied round the wrist is a sure remedy for disorders of the stomach.
12. Nettles gathered in a churchyard and boiled down for a drink have the power to cure dropsy.
13. The touch from the hand of a seventh son cures the bite of a mad dog.
14. A son born after his father's death has power over fevers.
15. An iron ring worn on the fourth finger will cure rheumatism.
16. For toothache:- Carry in your pocket the two jaw- bones of a haddock; for ever since the miracle of the
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and throwing the tenth one away.
10. Chilblains could be cured by rubbing them well with snow.
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The name of our townland is Bohey. The parish of Drumlease. The Barony Cloon Lougher. There are 28 families in Bohey and 128 people living in it. Armstrongs and Jamesons are the most common names. There are 3 slated houses in Bohey and 16 thatched houses, and the rest have been reconstructed lately. It is called Bohey because it is situated at the bottom of Benbow mountain. Long ago the people used to graze their cows on the mountain, and then bring them down to be milked, hence bo = a cow tige = a house. There are 8 old people (over seventy) in it. They don't know Irish Mr Tommy Sibbery Bohey Dromahair is a good story teller and Mrs W Duncan Bohey Dromahair and Mrs R Jameson Bohey Dromahair are good storytellers in English. There are 4 houses in ruins. The people nearly always go to America or to Scotland
In July there is hardly a house in Bohey but has Scotch visitors. The land is boggy. there is a wood at Sam Johnson's of Bohey Dromahair
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There was a sturgeon washed in at Enniscrone about 80 years ago, and as he is a 'Royal' fish, he had to be sent to the Queen (Victoria.)
As he lay on the beach awaiting (for) some official to come and get him away, the people gathered around to see what sort of a creature it was.
Among the number, was a little boy of 4 or 5 playing with the pebbles. An old fisherman
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At Enniscrane on Killala Bay, it must be son 80 years ago, a man was washed ashore.
It was found that he was a tailor, and he had some money in his pockets, but was unknown to the people.
However they gave him decent burial - "they buried him decent", and celebrated the occasion in the then usual manner.
Their toast was : "May the Lord send us another tailor".
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Children sit in a ring round the fire. The first child takes the tongs in her hand the right hand and dances them on the floor and says "Can't do little that can't do this, and its' so easy done" she then changes them to her left hand and passes them to her neighbour, who must do the same. If the second child does it wrong, the first child does it again and again until the second does it correctly. The second child passes the tongs to the third child and so on.
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Long ago the people made bread from rye long ago. The rye was ground with two pieces of stone called querns. The rye was poured in between the two pieces of stone co and it ground it. Bread was also made from oats long ago. The flour was also wetted with milk and the dough was kneaded on a bread-board. The bread was baked in a baker. Sometimes propped before the fire it was baked by the heat of the fire. The bread was baked every day long ago. The cake was placed in a baker and the sign of the cross was made on the top of it.
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Long ago people lived in houses much different than they do now. The walls are much thicker
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they baked the bread in an oven.
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There is a fairy fort in Derrycarhoon. It is circular in shape. and surrounded by an embankment of earth. There is another fort in Shronagree. It has an entrance hole in the centre. It is surrounded by an embankment of earth. One day a man was preparing for potatoes in the field where the fort is. A woman came up to him, and asked him if he could not get any other field in which to plant his crops. The man, immediately, went home. He fell sick that night, and he was buried that day week.
There is another fort in Lisheencreagh. A Swanton man, who was buried about eight years ago, was driving cows over the fort one evening. On the way one of them stopped. She remained still for about a quarter of an hour, and he could not make her go. When the man went home, he found that the cow was milked.
There is a fort in Gortnagroe.
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The bread was made from wheat with a small amound of flour long ago. The wheat was ground with a quern and it was grown locally. When people required bread they put down a big fire and made enough of bread that would do them for a week or two.
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rose. Billy Moran got up on a certain morning and went to Rutledge's and Rutledge's dog nearly eat him. There was to be a life lost at the lifting of the treasure. On account of the dog making the attack on Moran he thought that it was his life that was to be lost and he was afraid to lift the treasure no one ever lifted the treasure since. As a reward for not lifting the treasure Billy Moran got a half crown on a stone not very far from the house. He got the same money every day for a long time and his wife asked him where he got the money he told her and after that he got no more money.
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In Kiltoghert one time there lived a man the name of Billy Moran. He dreamt three nights one after another that there was gold hid under a big bush at the foot of Mong and there is a serpant minding it.
In his dream he was to have a man the name of Bob Rutledge and a black dog without a white hair in him to help them lift the Treasure. Rutledge had a dog without a black dog without a gray hair in him and that is why he dreamt of him. They were to lift the treasure before the sun
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for this treasure a light appears to them and when they go it disappears again.
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There is a hidden treasure near our house. It is under a stone tub near a pond. It is said that an old man and three sons lives there some years ago. The old man before he died hid a treasure under the stone tub. When he was dying he told his sons that the treasure was hidden somewhere in his farm. When he died the sons looked for the treasure but never got it. It is also said the treasure is only six feet under the ground. Many people have gone to look for it, but never got it. Every time a person went to search
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There is a Fairy fort in Coosane. It is called fort by name. It is circular in shape. There is a fence of trees around it. There is an entrance hole in the centre. The Danes built the forts in olden times to live in them. Two dogs once went into Gortnagrough fort and they were never seen again. There used to be lights seen in Coosane fort long ago. The Danes were supposed to be making wine out of heath in the forts.
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There is a fort in Shronagree. It is called fort by name. You could see Derrycarhoon fort from it. They are circular in shape. There is a fence of earth around Shronagree fort. There is an entrance hole in the centre.
One day a man went sowing potatoes in Shronagree fort and a woman asked him could he get any other place to sow potatoes only in the fort. The man went home to his dinner and he got sick and he was buried that day week. The owner of the fort never interfered with it when ploughing or planting crops but hay is cut off of it and cattle feed on it.
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stopped at the entrance hole and she was milked when she was crossing the fort.
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There is a Fort in Ballybawn. There is a white hound minding it. It is circular in shape. One night a man was passing it and the hound jumped out over the fence and caught him by the leg. A few days after the man died. The Danes were supposed to live in it. There is another Fort in Lisheencreagh There is an entrance hole in the middle. Once a man was driving a cow across the fort. The cow
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There is a special fair held for horses and pigs. The sheep and cows and calves go together. There are three big fairs in the year. May Fair, July Fair and October Fair. They are all held in Listowel.
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The landlord that was in this district was Lord Listowel. When Lord Listowel got money from his tenants he used to go over to England and spend it. The land was divided into farms under the landlords. They used divide land in case of marriages. They used give half to each party.
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The people long ago had three meals a day. They used have meal bread without any flour and home milk for their breakfast. The people used work in the morning before having their breakfast. The people used always have potatoes for their dinner and supper. They used always have the table in the middle of the floor. Meat was seldom eaten by the poor people but was often by the rich people. They used fresh and salt meat and fish and vegetables. They used eat yellow
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meal gruel before they used go to bed. They used eat a lot of eggs on Easter Sunday more so than now because they used get no eggs long ago until Easter Sunday. Tea was first used in this district about fifty years ago. Timber mags and saucepans and bowls were used before cups were common.
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The local Fairs are always held in towns. A pig and cattle fair is held every fortnight in Listowel. There is a fair held in the village of Abbeydorney once a year it is called the Fair of the Cross. It is three weeks and three days before Christmas. Luck money is always given in the sale of any animal. The animals that are sold are marked with blue or red paint. In some cases the halter or rope is given away and in more cases it is not.
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Long ago children used be up to twelve or fourteen years before they used to wear shoes. I knew one person who never wore shoes or boots in her life. Some children go without shoes in summer and more children go without shoes all the year round. There is no shoe-maker in this district not nearer than Lixnaw or Listowel. In some families they have the turn for the trade. The clogs were made in foreign countries but were worn locally long ago. They are worn yet but are very rare. There was an old saying that it was the life of an old shoe to polish it.
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There are nine forges in this parish. What I know of the smiths the trade has been in their families for years back. There is one at Bolton's cross and another one at the Six crosses and another one beside a stream in Greenville. All the rest are inside in the town. Most of the forges are roofed with corrugated iron. There is only one fireplace and bellows. The smiths implements: a set, an anvil, rasp, pincers, vice, the hoof knife. The smith shoes horses and asses and ponies. The smith makes gates, bands of wheels
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and repairs ploughs and harrows. The smith shoes wheels in the open air. He makes a fire beside a stream. A black smith was always supposed to be strong. On a wet day there used be always a crowd in the forge telling stories.
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always moved up and down. To look into they would see the butter milk splashing out. Water was poured in the warm weather when it was hard to make it. The butter milk would be drained off butter and the butter would be left inside. There would be water put into the churn and the butter would be washed and salted. The butter was put into a tub or pan and taken to the market the following day.
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The churn we had was round with a churn staff dashing up and down. About two feet in height. Butter was made twice a week in summer and once a week in winter. Every one in the house used to take a turn in churning. If any one came in they should take a turn. The old people used to say that the butter would not make if the stranger did not take turn. It would take an hour and sometimes four hours to make the butter according to the weather. It was hard to make butter in thunder. The churning was done by hand. The churn-dash was
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tied to the stakes with chains.
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The following are the animals we have at home - hens, chickens.
When driving cows in or out of a field we say how how.
When calling calves we say suk suk.
I have heard the following names called to cows - Polly, Kerry, Daisy.
Hens. When calling hens we say tuk tuk.
Chickens. When calling chickens we say chick chick.
Turkeys. bee bee.
Geese. baddy baddy.
Ducks. feed feed.
The cow house is made of cement and covered with corrugated iron and two or three airholes. The cows are
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St Martin's day. Long ago it was a custom to draw blood of some fowl on St Martin's day.
Hallow eve. They burn beans that night they would put two beans in a cup of water and if the two went to the bottom they would mention two names and them two would be married.
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Shrove Tuesday. They make pancakes. Any one that would get married Shrove Tuesday should be home before twelve on Tuesday night.
Ash Wednesday long ago there used be no milk allowed in the tea or butter or eggs.
Saint John's day. There used be a bon fire Saint John's night and a dance.
May day. Long ago people would not pick any flowers on may eve they would be afraid that the fairys would carry them away or if any one got sick on that day they would say that it was a fairy stroke.
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