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The Landlord.
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Brave Captain O'Rackrent
one evening in June
When all nature lay
smiling beneath the bright moon.
Went out for a ramble the
fresh air to breath.
Where Borora's stream waters
the green plains of Meath.
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In a coat of chain armour
his honour was dressed,
While a six barrell revolver
lay snug in his breast,
For all that his conscience
was no way at ease,
When he thought of the hundreds
he drove o'er the seas.
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And of others who sleep in
their dark workhouse graves
And their bones that lay snug
beneath the bright waves.
The thoughts of his victims -
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2019-06-14 15:26
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The Landlord.
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Brave Captain O'Rackrent
one evening in June
When all nature lay
smiling beneath the bright moon.
Went out for a ramble the
fresh air to breath.
Where Borora's stream waters
the green plains of Meath.
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In a coat of chain armour
his honour was dressed.
While a six barrell revolver
lay snug in his breast,
For all that his conscience
was no way at ease,
When he thought of the hundreds
he drove o'er the seas.
III
And of others who sleep in
their dark workhouse graves
And their bones that lay snug
beneath the bright waves.
The thoughts of his victims
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2019-06-14 14:46
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Long ago where the village of Mullagh now stands was a wood. Some workmen started to cut down the trees to make room to build houses, and Lady Sanderson who was owner of the wood made them spare one of the trees because there was a linnet's nest built in it. That tree remains ever since growing along the side - walk close to the green of Mullagh.
In after years a local poet named Bernard Nulty made a beautiful poem. In it he described the tree and how
"The linnets fluttered wildly about
their leafy home
And the Lady whispered mildly, poor
birds where will you roam."
He went on to say that as kind as her heart was to the birds. She was very cruel to her tenants, she evicted all of them and left them home -
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2019-06-14 14:19
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Brave Captain O'Rackrent one evening in June.
When all nature lay smiling beneath the bright moon.
Went out for a ramble the fresh air to breathe
where Borora's stream, waters the green plains of Meath.
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In a coat of Chain armour. his honour was dressed
While a six barrell revolver lay snug in his breast
For all that his conscience was no way at ease.
When he thought of the hundreds he drove o'er the seas.
III
And of others who sleep in their dark workhouse grave.
And their bones that lay snug beneath the bright waves.
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2019-06-14 09:25
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There is a "warty" well in Bellnacanty. People who have warts on their hands, go to this well and throw a pin or a button or a coin into the well. Then they dip the wart into the well. In a few days the wart goes away.
There is a well on the Clones road called the Jaundice well. It is situated in the townland of Grelliboy. The disease of the Jaundice can be cured by bathing in this water. It is said that St. Patrick quenched his thirst at this well in Summer. He then blessed the water. The foot prints of the Saint and his dog can be seen in the rock adjoining the well yet.
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2019-06-14 09:07
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Our School is a little thatched dwelling. Long ago, during the Penal Days, it was a hedge - school. The teachers were not paid for their teaching because it was forbidden. Up till recently it was hard for the teachers and pupils to get into the school, because the road leading to it was bad, but now it is repaired Monaghan County Council paid £300 to the local men for repairing it. There are 23 pupils at our school at present, but long ago there were 100 if not more. Killelina, as it is called is the oldest school for miles around. The people don't like to see the little school go down because their ancestors went to it too. Mrs McGilly is the principal teacher, and Miss McClave is the assistant. It is a mixed school.
Master McPhillips taught the hedge - school. After him came Master McKeown, Master Rooney, Master Murphy, Master Harte, Master Donnelly and Mrs. Rushe.
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2019-06-14 08:43
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There is a part of our farm which is called "Planxty" Long ago there were three fields in it, but Daddy took out a hedge and made two fields into one. It lies close to the country road and in the smallest field there is a well. The water in this well is the best I ever tasted. On the hottest day it is icy cold, and it never has gone dry. Old people say that long ago people who were sick came from all parts of Ireland on Mid - summer's night and danced round this well. When they were going away they took a bottle of water with them and they were supposed to leave some little thing at the well for the fairies. I have heard that there are two or three wells in Ireland all having the same name as ours. I would like to know where they are and I wonder what the word Planxty means.
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2019-06-14 08:28
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Near Clones there lives an old cattledealer by the name of James Mohan. One night he was coming home from town, and he had taken a few glasses too much so he fell into a boghole. A Protestant neighbour named Jemmie Howe heard him groaning and went down and pulled him out. When he was out he says. "Is that you, Jemmie Howe", "It is," says Jemmie, "Oh", says James, "throw me in again, I would rather be drowned than saved by an Orangeman."
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2019-06-14 08:14
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There was a man in Clones named Frank Morris. He was walking on the street one day and he met the late Dean O'Neill. Frank was after having a couple of pints of porter. The Dean said to Morris, "Drunk again, Morris" and Morris replied, "So am I, your reverence."
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2019-06-14 08:14
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There was a man named Donegan,
Who wandered up and down,
And always in the country stayed,
Unless he came to town.
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The people to him kindly said
"What do you want, my man,"
'Tis work I want, oh, give me work"
Replied bold Donegan.
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But though he wandered north and south"
And travelled east and west"
No work came to brave Donegan"
Who passed his days at rest.
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2019-06-12 12:01
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What goes round and round the house and sleeps in the corner at night? A brush. What goes from house to house and its head down? A nail in a boot What grows in the wood and sounds in the town and earns many a master's pound? A fiddle There's a goose in yonder meadow, she is as large as her size and the men that go with her need to be wise? A ship. Why does a cow look over a ditch? Because she can't look under it. What never was nor never will be? A mouse's nest in a cat's ear. Why is a soldier compared to a young lady? Because one faces the powder and the other powder's the face. What sleeps all night with its finger in its eye? The crook. What goes round and round the house and drags its puddings after it? A hen and a flock of chickens. What has teeth and can't eat? A comb. Up high, down low, up hills, down hollows, wears boots and has none? A football. What has two eyes and can't see? The scissors. What is the skyest thing in the house? The clock because it keeps its hands on its face. Two feet on the ground three feet over head and the mouth of the living in the mouth of the dead? A pot on a man's head
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2019-06-12 11:51
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What goes round and round the house and sleeps in the corner at night? A brush. What goes from house to house and its head down? A nail in a boot What grows in the wood and sounds in the town and earns many a master's pound? A fiddle There's a goose in yonder meadow, she is as large as her size and the men that go with her need to be wise? A ship. Why does a cow look over a ditch? Because she can't look under it. What never was nor never will be? A mouse's nest in a cat's ear. Why is a soldier compared to a young lady? Because one faces the powder and the other powder's the face. What sleeps all night with its finger in its eye? The crook. What goes round and round the house and drags its puddings after it? A hen and a flock of chickens. What has teeth and can't eat? a comb. Up high, down low, up hills, down hollows, wears boots and has none? A football. What has two eyes and can't see? The scissors. What is the skyest thing in the house? the clock because it keeps its hands on its face. Two feet on the ground three feet over head and the mouth of the living in the mouth of the dead? A pot on a man's head
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2019-06-12 11:09
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When the robin is at the foot of the bush it is the sign of storm. When the wild geese come from Scotland it is a sign of storm. When the wind comes from the south it is the sign of rain. When you hear a waterfall very plainly it is the sign of rain. When you see the clouds going towards the sea it is the sign of good weather but when you see them coming from the sea it is the sign of bad weather. When there is a mist on the hill it is a sign of bad weather and when there is a mist on the river it is a sign of good weather. When the dust is rising on the road there is said to be rain coming. When the smoke is blowing straight there will be good weather but if it blows in other directions there will be rain Another sign of rain is when soot falls from the chimney. When the fire is blue there is said to be rain. coming
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2019-06-12 10:45
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When the sky is blue and clear we are going to have good weather but if it is dark and misty there will be rain. If the sun shines with a red glare early in the morning it is the sign of rain. When there is a wide ring round the moon it is a sign of a near hand storm and when there is a narrow ring round the moon there is a far away storm. When the stars are shining bright and the moon clear there will be frost. When the birds fly high it is a sign of good weather but when they fly low it is a sign of bad weather. If you see the dog eating grass it is the sign of bad weather. If you see the cat eating grass it is the sign of wind and if he has his back to the fire it is the sign of storm. If you look out early in the morning and see the sheep feeding you will know there is rain coming and if you see them lying it is a sign of good weather.
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2019-06-12 10:10
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puts her right foot first into the house of her husband she will have good luck. Sometimes she is met in the door with the tongs to show that she has got possession. On the night after the marriage there is a dance held to which all the neighbours are invited. If no dance is held they are "horned" with bottles with the bottoms out of them and sometimes this lasts for a few nights. A wedding feast is usually held at a marriage, but "straw boys" do not visit the houses nowadays. It is an old custom not to come back the same road that the wedding procession went to the Chapel on the wedding day. It was an old custom long ago to race home on horses after the marriage ceremony. Whoever arrives at the house first gets a bottle of whiskey.
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2019-06-12 09:46
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Marriages take place locally in this district during Shrove which is before Lent. Long ago many people got married on Shrove Tuesday but nowadays they do not. May and July are counted unlucky months for marriages. Friday and Saturday are also thought unlucky days for marriage. There are some matches made in our district. When there is some fairly old man living by himself there is generally a match made. Long ago if a girl and boy wanted to get married and if there parents were not willing there might be what is called a runaway. The last runaway in our district was about fifty years ago. Long ago there used to be a fiddler on the car on the wedding day. The married couple are in the first car on which many ribbons are flying. It is said that if the bride
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2019-06-12 09:10
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He was all cuts and bruises and nearly out of his mind. The people who knew John said that the fairies had revenge on him because he cut a lone hawthorn bush which was their shelter. John is still alive and often tells about the night he met with the fairies.
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2019-06-12 09:04
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This happened about twenty years ago. John Kirke was coming home from the fair of Mullagh nine oclock of a November's night. When he reached his own field he saw hundreds of little men, who, immediately rushed at him and gave him a bad beating. He said they lifted him up and beat the ground with him, and then threw him across a wall into his own yard.
His sisters heard a knock at the door and when they opened it they found him moaning and almost unconscious out side. They brought him in and sent to a neighbour's house for help. This man - Andy Matthews - who went to see him says he saw a number of lights around the house and when he went in and saw the man he was sure he would die.
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2019-06-12 08:41
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Brave Captain O'Rackrent one evening in June.
When all nature lay smiling beneath the bright moon.
Went out for a ramble the fresh air to breathe
where Borora's stream, waters the green plains of Meath.
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In a coat of Chain armour. his honour was dressed
While a six barrell revolver lay snug in his breast
For all that his conscience was no way at ease.
When he thought of the hundreds he drove o'er the seas.
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And of others who sleep in their dark workhouse grave.
And their bones that lay snug beneath the bright waves.
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2019-06-12 08:27
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Palmira fort yet but no one ever found it.
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2019-06-12 08:27
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Long ago when Brian Boru was king of Ireland, a Danish chieftain lived in Palmira (about a mile north of the school). Brian Boru ordered all the people that had a Dane living with them to kill him that night. It happened that there was a little girl living in the house in which the Danish chieftain stayed and she told him the tale.
The Dane started out and took nothing with him but a top boot of gold. As he was crossing Palmira fort his tax - payers met him. Brian Boru's son knocked him and as he was lying down said "Die thou dogish chief" "If I die" said the Dane "thou shalt not live to boast". Then they struck blows and killed each other and it is said that the top boot of gold is in
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2019-06-11 09:03
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One Christmas day a man and his wife were having their Christmas dinner when a bird outside attracted their attention "John" said his wife "There's a nice thrush out there" "No Mary" said the man, "Thats a blackbird They had a very serious argument about it. His wife was so angry that she left him for two years. It was Christmas when she returned and she asked him wern't they very foolish to fall out. He said they were indeed and that it was very unfortunate. His wife caught hold of him and said "Aye John" but it was a thrush."
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2019-06-11 08:46
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and load of turf and came home.
Murray sold his potteen, Seán got his money and Larry got up to the gager (peeler).
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2019-06-11 08:43
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turf more", but when Larry said that it was sold and could not give it to him the sergeant took the horse around to the yard and gave Larry £2 for the turf. When he emptied the load he found nothing but turf and Larry went home. That night the turf melted away.
The following morning Larry filled a load of turf into the cart again and this time put potteen in as well. He set out for Kells and pulled up at the barrack. He asked if the sergeant would buy a good load of turf. The sergeant ordered him away and told him to take the load of turf which he bought the day before. Larry sold the potteen
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2019-06-11 08:23
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night and he and the boys had a great laugh.
At that time a man named Larry Brien lived in Killeeter. Larry used to sell turf in Kells and often took potteen for Murray in the load of turf. Seán knew that Larry used to sell the potteen for Murray, so he gave information to the police, that Larry would be going to Kells on a certain day and that he would have potteen in the load.
Larry was a very clever man and was never caught slack, knowing well he might be held up with his load at any time. One morning he filled his cart with a load of turf that was frozen, and went to Kells. The sergeant came out of the barrack to Larry. "Well Larry" says he "I never wanted a load of
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2019-06-11 08:06
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"Now boys I will get a creel and fill it with straw and cover it with a sack." Murray went off with the creel on his back and when the police saw him running with the load they followed him. They chased him till he landed on Skearke Hill. Murray stood there until sergeant came up and said "Well my good man what have you in this creel, or what are you running for, or where are you going"?
"I am going to Lynche's of Newcastle for a pig that I bought in Bailieborough" said Murray "Well Murray" says the sergeant "you tricked us anyway". So, the police went back to Murray's house and searched but they found no trace of potteen. The police went home brokenhearted after following old Murray first instead of going to the house. Old Murray returned home that
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2019-06-10 15:37
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1 = What is full and holds more = a pot of potatoes.
2 = A byre full, a barn full and cant catch a dish full = steam.
3 = Blackie and whitie, went over the hill, Blackie came back and whitie stood still, = a hen and an egg.
4 = What goes up white and comes down yellow = An egg.
5 = Why does a hen pick a pot = because she cant lick it
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2019-06-10 15:28
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1.- Stiff standing in the bed, first white and then red. = a carrot.
2 - Riddle me riddle me, randy roe, my father gave me seed to sow, the seed was black and the ground was white riddle me that and I will give you my pipe. = ink and paper.
3. - As I went through the guttery gap i met my uncle Davy, I cut off his head and sucked his blood and left his body lying easy. = a bottle of whiskey.
4 - Patch upon patch, without any stitches riddle me that and I will buy you a pair of breeches. = a cabbage head.
5. What is the driest thing in the world. = a sponge.
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2019-06-10 15:07
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About sixty years ago a man called Pat Murray lived in Clonarn (about a quarter of a mile to the north of the school). He was nicknamed the Kid Murray and was well known for making potteen. He had two men - Jem Malady and Seán Anthony - watching for him. At that time, anyone giving information to the police about potteen - makers would receive £5 reward.
Seán was a very poor man with a big family. He thought it would be a good idea to inform the police about this brewing, at the barrack of Mullagh. So one day when the brewing was in full swing, Seán crossed over Killeeter Hill and lodged information in the barrack as to where the brewing was carried on, and he recieved £5. Later on in the day Murray saw four police coming down Killeeter Hill. "By Jove I am informed on" said he
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2019-06-10 13:59
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they reached the chaple. When Charley entered the chaple the people fled with terror. On hearing the story the priest came to poor Charley who told him the whole story. The priest had a great laugh and sent the boy in haste for Charley's wife. On hearing the news, Andy Spillane fled, and Charley and his wife went to their home and lived happy until they died.
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2019-06-09 16:59
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wife "Its me" says Charley. She says "Whats troubling you". He asked her if she still had the man that he left with her. "For goodness sake go away I will have a couple of Masses said for you". Charley did not want to frighten her so late at night, so decided to sleep with the sow for the night.
An arrangement had been made with the priest that the newly married couple would give the fat sow to the priest for marrying them. As they did not want the neighbours to know this they told the priest to send his boy for the pig on Saturday night. The boy arrived at the pig house about eleven oclock and opened the door. Charley jumped up with his long gray whisker and asked what was wanted.
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2019-06-09 11:43
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they brought him home and waked him. The country side gathered to the lake lamenting poor Charley. The funeral was the largest ever seen in Cross. After the funeral some friends went to the home of Mrs Farrely to console her. They told her that she could not live in the house alone by her self on account of having a bull and they advised her to, get married. They arranged a match with Andy Spillane The Priest was satisfied and married them privately the third day after Charlie's death.
In the meantime while Charlie was in Ballyjamesduff his sister died and so he stayed until she was buried on Saturday evening. Charley then started for home walking and arrived at Cross about 10 oclock. He tried to open the door and shouted in "Isnt it very early you went to bed" "Who is that" asked his
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2019-06-09 11:43
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they brought him home and waked him. The country side gathered to the lake lamenting poor Charley. The funeral was the largest ever seen in Cross. After the funeral some friends went to the home of Mrs Farrely to console her. They told her that she could not live in the house alone by her self on account of having a bull and they advised her to, get married. They arranged a match with Andy Spillane The Priest was satisfied and married them privately the third day after Charlie's death.
In the meantime while Charlie was in Ballyjamesduff his sister died and so he stayed until she was buried on Saturday evening. Charley then started for home walking and arrived at Cross about 10 oclock. He tried to open the door and shouted in "Isnt it very early you went to bed" "Who is that" asked his
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2019-06-07 18:26
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and you can have them if you give me yours, and I will stay about the house and mind the bull until you return". The two men exchanged clothes and Charley struck for Ballyjamesduff.
The man hoisted the creel of turf on his back and started for Charley's house. On his way he had to cross a river which had a plank across it. While crossing he slipped one side and the creel the other and the rope that was in the creel hanged him by the neck. After a few hours Charlie's wife despaired of his coming home so she started out in pursuit of him. On arriving at the river she saw the man hanging from the plank and thought it was Charley. She started to scream and and alarmed the neighbours who rushed to the scene. As this man wore a whisker and resembled Charley very much
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2019-06-07 18:07
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Once upon a time a man named Charles Farrelly lived in Cross in the parish of Mullagh. He went by the name of Charley the bull. He owned a small farm of land and kept a bull. One day Charley went to the bog for a creel of turf. A strange man called at the house and asked for Charley. Mrs Farrelly told him he was on the bog and told him where he could find him. The man found Charley on the bog and told him that his sister who lived in Ballyjamesduff, (it would be about 14 miles from Cross) was very ill, and that he was wanted there immediately. Charley said that he would have to go home first to tell his wife, and also to change his clothes. The stranger told him that he would not have time to change his clothes as he was wanted at once. The man said "I have a good suit of clothes
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2019-06-07 16:20
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human man that struck him it is thought that he would not have died.
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2019-06-07 16:19
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About ten o'clock on a bright moonlight night in the Summer time many years ago, a man named Brian Smith was coming from the fair of Virginia. As he was passing by Quilca Lawn which is three miles from the school he heard people shouting and kicking football. He wondered why they were out such a late hour but as he liked football he joined them. The ball was just coming down towards him and when he ran to kick it a couple of other men ran to prevent him. When they got near to him he saw that everyone of the footballers was long since dead, but he still continued playing with them and after about an hour one of the men tripped him and he fell to the ground. He was not hurt badly so he left the field and they all left with him. The man went home and went to bed but the next morning he was so stiff that he could not get up. Before dinner time he was so bad that he had to send for the doctor and he died before night. If it had been a
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2019-06-07 15:45
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One time a man was coming home from the fair of Bailieboro. He was a native of Killetter. It was about 10. oclock at night. He saw a big man and a dog out in a field hunting rabbits. The dog ran into the hedge and hunted out a big rabbit. The rabbit ran across the road and the man caught him. He killed it and took it home. When he went home he put the rabbit in a press. The next day he ate it for his dinner. He was walking through the garden afterwards and he fell dead. People say it was Fionn he saw hunting in the field and that it was his big dog he had. I suppose it was a fairy rabbit and that it was from the effects of the rabbit the man died.
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2019-06-07 14:58
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or use their dirty mash.
So forcibly they fed him till they murdered Thomas Ashe
VII
When the Archangel sounds his trumpet which he holds at his command
Arise; Arise; young Thomas Ashe before the Lord now stand
You were murdered for your country.
But on earth your life was clean.
You can enter into heaven where you won't meet Maxwell Green"
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So all good hearted Irishmen at home or in Exile.
Pray for the soul of Thomas Ashe who died for Erin's Isle.
That his soul may rest in Heaven where there's ever - lasting joy
He carried his cross for Ireland the Kerry Fenian Boy
Composed by John Farrelly R.I.P.
Cross Bane Mullagh Co Cavan.
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the foremost in the corps
And for seven years he practised round Dublin Lusk and Sword.
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He was a Gaelic scholar gifted with verse and song.
And in the Easter week rebellion he was foremost in the throng
He headed the Sinn Feiners and was in Chief command.
On Ashbourne field his sword did weal to free our Native Land
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But they sent him off to Lewis Jail where he got his release
And from the Dublin castle spies on earth, he had no peace
He was arrested secondly and sent off to Mount - Joy.
Where the prison board officials killed the "Kerry Fenian Boy"
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For forty eight long hours he was kept naked in his cell
Without sheet or a bit to eat it was an earthly hell
He would not wear the prison garb
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My curse on Dublin Castle has sounded its death knell.
Another bold "Sinn Feiner is murdered in his cell.
On the 25th of September in nineteen seventeen
Young Thomas Ashe was done to death by cruel Maxwell Green.
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Why did you die young Thomas Ashe
Till your object you would obtain
Until you would see poor Ireland
An nation once again
But England's cruel tyrants with their secret service cash -
They bribed the bloody jailers till they murdered Thomas Ashe.
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He died a noble martyr at the age of thirty three.
The finest - type of manhood was from Dingle to Tralee.
He was a national Teacher
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connected with this lake. The best known is one told of a beautiful lady who was going past the lake one dark night. She suddenly stumbled on some object and was thrown into the lake. When the news was spread it caused great regret and sorrow, and the next night crowds gathered to the lake side to see if they could find any trace of the girl but on looking at the lake they saw coming out of the water a beautiful white horse on which the girl was riding.
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2019-06-07 13:37
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Mullagh Lake is about two miles long and one and a half broad. It is situated in a lovely valley and the village of Mullagh stands bear by, and the public road touches its clear reflecting waters. The people of Mullagh take a great delight in fishing along its banks during the Summer months as it abounds in fish.
Mullagh Lake is famous for its beauty. It has very natural feature which is required to beautify it. The Lake is beautifully wooded. The chief objects of attraction are the two large Islands. in the north side, one is known as the Crow Island and the other is called the Green Island. The Green Island lies quite near to the shore and is a great gathering place for swans, for it is there they generally build their nests and rear their young. The crow Island is further in and can only be reached by means of boat. This island is studided with a large cluster of lofty trees and thus forms a great home for the crows.
There are many old legends
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2019-06-06 17:25
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gate. It is said that when four million Garrigans pass that way and throw a stone on the grave she will rise again.
The graveyard is kept in very good condition. People come from all parts of Ireland to see this ancient burial place but it is thought it is going to be closed soon.
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There is a very historical place about four miles from Mullagh called Moybologue. There is a moate there and a graveyard. It is one of the oldest graveyards in Ireland. There was a Bishop buried there and a few priests. The Bishop's name was Doctor Reilly and some of his relations are living about there yet.
The walls of the old chapel where St. Patrick used to say Mass are to be seen yet. At that time people used to go on horseback. On one occassion a woman and her husband whose names were Garrigan were going to Mass and the wife was to receive Holy Communion. Something tempted her to eat a blackberry and when she had done so the devil entered her body and she turned on the congregation and began to eat them all, so St. Patrick who was saying Mass came out with his crozier and cut her in four peices. She was buried outside the graveyard
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had to be boiled and left to dry for nine days. After nine days I paid Jimmy the second visit. I walked up to the door and hanging inside the door I saw a fine new creel which he made from the rods which he was peeling the last time I visited him.
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2019-06-06 14:26
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Basket - making is not as common nowadays as it was long ago. There were a great number of basket - makers in this district, and they were noted for their skill which improved as time went on. Michael Smyth was the most famous basket - making around in this district, and his son Jimmy carried on the trade.
Last year my father wanted a new creel, and he told me to take a walk over to Jimmy's. That evening I went over and I strolled into the kitchen. There was Jimmy sitting at the fire peeling rods. I sat down beside the fire and had a good look all around the kitchen, every inch of the walls was covered with pegs to hang the baskets from. When I told him my father wanted a new creel, he told me that first he had to gather rods then that they
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had such faith in the Holy well. People suffering from any disease or sores take three sups of the water from the well and drink it and say some little prayers. In the stream which flows from the well they bathe their feet to cure corns or tender skin
In a rock near by there are two holes which contain water at all times of the year Toothaches are cured at one hole and headaches at the other. Old people tell us that it was on this rock St Kieran used to pray and that his knees wore those holes that are to be seen in rocks to day.
A strange occurance takes place at the well at twelve o'clock the night before St Kieran's day, two little trout appear in the bottom of the well and they play there for sometime and then they disappear They are not seen again until the following year.
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In the Carnaross district about six miles from Mullagh there is a blessed well It is in a very picturesque place. It is situated on the side of a hill, the road runs at the foot and a railway line at the side. A shining silvery river winds its way through the valley below
Special ceremonies in honour of saint Kieran, are held by the priests of the parish on the frist Sunday in August every year. At a eleven o'clock on that morning High Mass is celebrated in the church and at two o'clock the rosary and Benediction takes place at the well. One of the priests always preaches a sermon afterwards.
People travel from all parts of the country to the well. Some by car others in traps and on bicycles, but years ago they had to walk and they did not like the long journey as they
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on the green island. One day as she was sitting on the edge of the lake she was taken down under the lake by the fairies. After some time she came back again and worked for her people. She decided to go away to America. Her father went with her a part of the way and then came back. The girl was never heard of since.
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2019-06-04 17:45
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Mullagh Lake is situated about a half a mile from the villagh of Mullagh. There is a hill on the north side which is called Mullagh hill. On a bright summer's day it is beautiful to view this lake from the hill. This lake is about a half a mile in breath and threequarters of a mile in length. There are three islands in the lake namely the green Islands and two crow islands which are beautifully wooded. In summer people come from all parts to fish in the lake. There are four kinds of fish caught in it the pike, eel, perch, and trout. A few years ago there was a regatta on the green Island, and boat racing and swimming was carried on.
Once upon a time there was a girl named Smyth who used to spend most of her time
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stood outside the door. He dived down to the bottom of the lake and took one of the pots that stood outside the door. When he was coming back he saw one of the ladies of the house following him until he reached the top of the water Then she disappeared and was seen no more so the man kept the pot.
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stood outside the door. He dived down to the bottom of the lake and took one of the pots that stood outside the door. When he was coming back he saw one of the ladies of the house following him until he reached the top of the water Then she disappeared and was seen no more so the man kept the pot.
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2019-06-04 15:23
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Mullagh Lake is situated about a mile from Mullagh. It is not a very large lake, but it is about half a mile wide and a mile in length. It is very nicely situated and is surrounded by green fields. On one side stands a high mountain on which grow various kinds of trees. Between the mountain and lake the main road passes through.
On the Lake are little islands covered with trees and in Summer the people from the surrounding district hold regattas and all kinds of sports and amusements at the lake.
There are many tales told about this lake. The one which I heard was this. One time a man was swimming on the lake. Down at the bottom he saw a beautiful house and well made pots and ovens
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2019-06-04 14:52
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A long long time ago when electric light or oil lamps or candles were not ever thought of, the people made their own candles to show them light during the long winter nights.
They made the candles themselves. My father says he saw his grandfather make candles from rushes, and this was how he made them. He peeled the green skin off and the white part inside was dipped in any kind of grease and left to dry. When lit it showed very good light. It was placed on the hob at one side of the fire.
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2019-06-04 14:25
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About sixty years ago a man named Thomas Rochford lived in Cloughbally. One night he had a very strange dream, about a treasure hidden in a rock in a field near his home It was guarded by a dog. Rochford was told he would get this treasure on one condition - that he would put his two daughters over board (lay them out as if they were dead). He did so and went out to look for treasure but alas! he got none as something frightened him away.
Another strange incident occurred at Mullagh Lake about seventy years ago. A young girl named Smyth was accustomed to spending most of her time on the Green Island. One night a fairy came to her father and gave him a key which could open a rock in his garden and told him that he could get gold out of the rock whenever he wished, on condition that the daughter was left with the fairies. The man gave up his daughter, and was very generous about the money at first but became miserly about it afterwards. One day when his people were badly in need he refused to take money out of the rock. The fairy took away the key and his daughter was sent back to him again.
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2019-06-04 13:42
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About sixty years ago two brothers named Doyle, were planting potatoes near their home in Killeeter. One of them put down the spade in the ground and it went right into a pot of gold. The man threw up three or four pieces on the ridge, and called his brother to come and see his discovery; but when they both looked, nothing remained of the pot of gold only clay instead. The pieces which had been thrown on the ridge did not disappear however. They were exchanged for money in Dublin, afterwards.
Nearly thirty years ago, Alfred Farrelly was cutting turf in Cornakill bog. When he was about twenty sods down in the bog he discovered a carpenter's workshop. The bench and tools which he dug out were made of oak.
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2019-06-04 11:37
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Once upon a time a king lived near Lougebollaige (in parish of Teerworker County Cavan). When he was about to die, he ordered his servant to put all his gold into a crock and put it on a calf's back, then to drive the calf until it could go no further. At that place the crock of gold was to be buried.
It happened that the calf lay down at Lougebollaige so the gold was buried there. Before he died, the king also said that his own hound was to be buried together with the gold. A deep hole was made into which the hound was put. When all was covered a big stone was placed on top to keep the dog there. Some of the earth which was dug up in making the hole is still to be seen.
Some time afterwards two men in search of the gold, went to Lougebollaige and raised the stone. The kings hound jumped out and frightened the men so much that they ran away and never returned to search for the treasure.
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2019-06-04 10:51
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The is a famous holy - well in Mr. Charter's field in the townland of Mullambly, about a quarter of a mile from the main road leading from Cavan to Arva. This well, is supposed to have been founded in the sixth century. Some women used it for domestic purposes. One woman was washing clothes at it when a strange man appeared to her and told her to not use it. Next day she went back to wash more and he again appeared to her, and told her not to use it for domestic use; but to clean out the well and when she looked round he had disappeared. The woman did as she was told and ever since and ever since it is looked after and kept cleaned. People from around here have visited it with sores and wash them with the water and it is known to have cured many who had belief in it.
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2019-06-04 10:21
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All festival days are observed in Ireland. Among the most notable of these Irish feasts are St. Patrick's and St. Brigids days. On St. Patrick's Day the shamrock and green colours are worn, and shamrocks are sent to our Irish exiles in other lands. On St. Brigids day, the 1st February rush - crosses were made, and distributed among the people, and were left - by, until the return of the feast again.
May - day, is the first day of Summer, and is called "Labour - Day", yet it is kept as a general holiday in other countries. On the eve of May the children erect many bushes in the farmyard. The farmer endeavours to have the manure removed, before "May - day", as he considers it lucky to have the farmyard cleared of manure.
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2019-06-04 09:54
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Signs of Rain: -
When the curlews whistle and the blackbirds are seen on the street we know that rain is at hand. It is a sure sign that rain will come, when there is a fog on the mountain and the donkey stands with his back to the ditch.
Signs of Frost:-
When there is a great heat off the fire and a little blue blaze, between two turf, called wild fire it is a sign of frost. When only a few stars are to be seen in the sky and a north east wind blowing at night it is a sure sign of frost. Frost is approaching when birds gather round the house and door, and when one's feet are cold.
Signs of Storm: -
When the robin comes into the house looking for crumbs, and the sky is red at night, and the cat sits with her back to the fire a big storm may be expected.
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2019-06-04 09:29
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Hurling was played in this locality about sixty years ago. One Sunday there was a match between the Drumambry Dans and the Derry Holy Terrors in a field at Crenagh, and the teams had twenty one men each. It was a townland versus a townland, and the game resulted in a scoreless draw. John Young, Lahard, was the captain of the Drumambry Dans. The players played in their Sunday apparel. There was a referee and an Umpire with each team on the field. There was a leather ball used and two goal posts and there was two goalsmen and two pointsmen.
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2019-06-04 09:14
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they carried on their backs or on donkeys.
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2019-06-04 09:13
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Long ago there were no roads in Ireland but paths in every locality, called mass paths. The mass paths in this locality began in the townland of Drumbess, passed through Lahard and Longhill on to a boreen; the old road - way or right - away leading to the village of Killeshandra. This path can hardly be traced out as the railway demolished it.
The mass path was only a foot - path and had many mearing fences on it. These were crossed by stiles made of stick and sods with with a movable fence on top. Young and old traversed this path to and from mass, often times barefooted in frost and snow, carrying their boots in their hands. When they came near their destination they sat down on the ditch and put on their boots and stockings. On their return they sat down in a similar way and removed them, and went home barefooted, and so their boots lasted many years. It must have been a peculiar sight to see the people sitting on the ditch dressing near the church when the ground was white. with snow; but their love for their religion and mass was so great that they endured all patiently.
People went this path to market in the village and brought butter, eggs, and yarn which
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2019-06-04 08:35
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hand and you will see.
A. The five fingers are not the one length.
Q. I have a little sister her name is pe - weep she sails over water and goes down deep.
A. A duck.
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and white stood still.
A. An egg.
Q. Humpty dumpty sat on the wall humpty dumpty got a great fall all the king's horses and all the king's men could not put humpty dumpty together again.
A. An egg.
Q. As white as milk as black as silk what hops on the road like hailstones.
A. A mag - pie.
Q. What makes a hen cross the road.
A. To get to the other side.
Q. Ink, ink on the bank thirty trapples and one shank
A. A head of corn.
Q What part of a cow goes into a field first.
A. Her breath.
Q. I have a little house and it would not hold a mouse and there are as many windows on it as the Lord Mayor's house.
A. A thimble.
Q. Trip, Tray and Trim which is the bitche's name.
A. Which, is the bitche's name.
Q. What runs deep without legs.
A. Water.
Q. Alive in the front, dead in the middle and baptized behind.
A. A man harrowing.
Q. What never was and never will be, put out your
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for and twenty blackbirds tearing the world asunder.
A. A man harrowing.
Q. Six feet three is my degree, no house can do without me, invert my name and you will find forty perches exactly.
A. A door.
Q. Four stiff standards, four diddly danders, two peepers, two pockers, a licker and a switcher.
A. A cow.
Q A leaper of ditches, a clipper of corn, a bony brown cow with a pair of leather horns.
A. A hare.
Q. Long legs, short thighs, little head and no eyes.
A. The tongs.
Q. As round as a thimble, a tail like a rat, you may guess for ever and you would never guess that.
A. A pipe.
Q. What goes round the house and round the house and peeps in through every window.
A. The sun.
Q. I have two pigs in yonder sty when they get food they roar and cry and when they get none quiet they lie.
A. Two millstones.
Q. Black and white went up the hill black came down
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for and twenty blackbirds tearing the world asunder.
A. A man harrowing.
Q. Six feet three is my degree, no house can do without me, invert my name and you will find forty perches exactly.
A. a door.
Q. Four stiff standards, four diddly danders, two peepers, two pockers, a licker and a switcher.
A. A cow,
Q A leaper of ditches, a clipper of corn, a bony brown cow with a pair of leather horns.
A. A hare.
Q. Long legs, short thighs, little head and no eyes.
A. The tongs.
Q. As round as a thimble, a tail like a rat, you may guess for ever and you would never guess that.
A. A pipe.
Q. What goes round the house and round the house and peeps in through every window.
A. The sun.
Q. I have two pigs in yonder sty when they get food they roar and cry and when they get none quiet they lie.
A. Two millstones.
Q. Black and white went up the hill black came down
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Question. Chip, chip cherry all the men in Derry would not climp chip, chip cherry.
Answer. Smoke.
Q. A houseful a roomful and you could not catch a spoonfull
A. Smoke.
Q. What sleeps all night with its finger in its eye.?
A. A crook.
Q. What goes up when rain comes down.?
A. An umbrella.
Q. What goes up the ladder with its head down.?
A. A nail in a boot.
Q. What goes round the wood and round the wood and never gets into the wood.?
A. A bark of a tree.
Q. What goes round the house and round the house and leaves a loaf in every window.?
A. Snow.
Q. Chip, chip cherry all the men in Derry would not lift chip, chip cherry.
A. A well.
Q. As round as an a apple, as deep as a cup all the men in Derry could not lift it up.
A. A well.
Q What is it that says clink, clink and never drinks.
A. A nail in a horse's shoe.
Q. As I was going up to Dublin I saw a great wonder
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2019-06-01 16:53
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There is a well in the townland of Drumbess, about three miles from Killeshandra. The water is as clear as crystal and is coming out of limestone rock. The well has never been known to go dry and a little stream is always running away from it. Several families take water from this well for domestic purposes and in summer people with carts and creamery cans come along journey to this well.
This well is in a neglected condition and the sides have never been built up or the top covered. A beaten grass path leads away from the well, which is difficult for a stranger to locate.
The water in Drumbess well is said to be a cure for warts. Those with warts on their hands dip the warts in the well, and hang a piece of rag on a bush nearby, and it is said that when the rag rots, the warts disappear. The bushes near the well are bedecked with rags and cloths of various colours and are silent testimony of the traditional faith of the local peasantry. It is to be hoped that the claims made for this well will be fully investigated and if found genuine that the efficacy of the water will be more widely made known.
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2019-05-31 16:18
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It is noticeable in this locality that the people do not change their cattle or other animals into a new abode on Saturday as they believe that "Saturday's flit makes a short sit." Whether this rhyme is true or not the people in this area believe it to be true. They prefer Monday to change into a new homestead, and they think that Monday is the luckiest day in the week. It is believed that if rain falls on St. Switen's day it will rain for forty days.
People should start setting potatoes after St. Patrick's Day and have them set on the approach of Easter. When potatoes are set in the middle of Spring the farmer is sure to have a good crop in harvest, to have good yield.
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but if the rooster begins to crow a good afternoon is sure to follow.
People are very much afraid of thunder and lightning, and when the first peal is heard, they make the sign of cross, hasten home, close all doors and windows and put the tongs in the fire. The shun water and tall trees in a thunder storm, and thunder is said to prevent new milk from ripening and has been known to kill chickens that are nearly hatched.
Old people like to sow flax and cabbage seed when the wind is from the south and east winds are dreaded in the Spring time. A good haw crop is said to betoken a severe winter, and late growth is expected when Easter comes late. Easter week is supposed to be the best time to sow grain crops. The moon is supposed to affect the weather, and changes of the moon are closely watched. The weather is always expected to change from dry to wet or the reverse about the 22nd of June; and a flood is looked forward to about the 13th of August and is called the Lamas flood.
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2019-05-31 14:36
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Old women are good judges of the weather and can tell when rain and storm is coming. Susan Mac Cormac an old woman living in the townland of Lahard a short distance from Corliss school can tell by her aching bones when storm is coming.
The local signs of rain are, a halo round the moon, a gray frost at night, a cap on Bruce mountain, a dog eating grass is a sure sign of rain. Black frogs in the meadows, robins low in the hedges, the sun setting behind a heavy black cloud, or one magpie seen on the road is also a sign of wet weather. Rain also is expected if horses or cattle get drowsy, if the mist rises before it falls, if the swallows skim along the ground, if the fishes do not bite, if the crows go home early, or if a rainbow is seen in the east. Seabirds fly inland, the cat crouches near the fire, the wind howls in the trees, puffs down the chimney or the pigs become restive, high winds may be expected. Some people say that pigs can see the winds and that they get uneasy before a storm.
A further snowfall is expected, when patches of the old snow remain long under the hedges, or when a frost generally follows hail showers or highwinds. When a horse stands under a bush on a wet day the rain is sure to continue;
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26. He that by the plough doth thrive, must either hold or drive.
27. A stitch in time saves nine.
28. He who laughs first laughs longest.
29. It's a long road that hasn't a turn.
30. He is growing by the inch.
31. You will get better before you are twice married and once a widow.
32. Cows across the sea have long horns.
33. Health is better than wealth.
34. He who hides finds.
35. The person who talks most, works least.
36. A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures in a doctor's book.
37. Talk doesn't fill the stomach.
38. A tinker's wife and a tailor's wife are two that never agreed
39. A sloe year is a good year, a haw year is a braw year.
40. The world wouldn't make a race horse of an ass.
41. Deep waters run smooth.
42. It is the empty cart which makes most noise.
43. He would hear the grass growing.
44. He who only drinks water does not get drunk.
45. A friends eye is a good mirror.
46. It is an ill wind that does not blow someone good.
47 It is not possible to be eating meal and whistling at the same time.
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1. Little said is easy mended.
2. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
3. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
4. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
5. He is as ignorant as a donkey
6. The day of the wind is not the day of the scollops.
7. Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
8. It is better late than never.
9. After a storm there is always a calm.
10. One swallow makes no Summer.
11. It is too late to spare when all is spent.
12. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
13. The early bird for the early worm.
14. He is as old as Methusalem's cat.
15. A burned child dreads the fire.
16. The more a man has the more he wants.
17. He would drink the sea dry.
18. As long as a man lives he can alter his will.
19. There is nothing bad but could be worse.
20. He is as hardy as a wilduck.
21. The more the merrier.
22. Never say fail.
23. He is not as bad as he is painted.
24. It's as tight as twopence in a rag.
25. It is late to close the barn door when the steed is stolen.
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1. Little said is easy mended.
2. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
3. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
4. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
5. He is as ignorant as a donkey
6. The day of the wind is not the day of the scollops.
7. Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
8. It is better late than never.
9. After a storm there is always a calm.
10. One swallow makes a Summer.
11. It is too late to spare when all is spent.
12. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
13. The early bird for the early worm.
14. He is as old as Methusalem's cat.
15. A burned child dreads the fire.
16. The more a man has the more he wants.
17. He would drink the sea dry.
18. As long as a man lives he can alter his will.
19. There is nothing bad but could be worse.
20. He is as hardy as a wilduck.
21. The more the merrier.
22. Never say fail.
23. He is not as bad as he is painted.
24. It's as tight as twopence in a rag.
25. It is late to close the barn door when the steed is stolen.
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2019-05-30 15:51
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The upper basin of the river Erne is known locally as the "Valley of the Black Pig." An old legend says that a black pig appeared mysteriously near the source of the river. The people are said to have turned out in pursuit of him, and the pig ran along the present course of the river and a stream of water issued from a small spring well ran in a stream after him and continued in this course every since.
There is some evidence that the original course of the river was Via Gartylough and Arva and the best fall would certainly be in that direction. A battle is said to have been fought on the original river, and one of the armies is said to have built an embankment across the stream so as to flood out the enemy who had encamped in a valley nearby. Old weapons found a few years ago near the spot where the battle is said to have been fought gives support to the story. An old map of Ireland also shows the course of the river to be different from what it is at present.
The site of this battle is said to be near Gowna.
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erysiplas, and a man living a short distance away makes up an ointment for ringworm. Another man in the adjoining townland is brought far and near to lick burns on human beings, and he is said never to have failed in affecting a cure.
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2019-05-29 19:40
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Some old people were very skilful in curing diseases and made up medicine in their own homes. Boiled dock roots were given to persons suffering from chest troubles or consumption. Dandelion leaves were given to persons having asthma. Celery was given for rheumatism and boiled buttermilk was given to cure caughs. Hot gruel is excellent for colds and chills, buttermilk and soda for stomach pains and paraffin for lumbago. The back is to be kept in front of the fire while the paraffin is being rubbed in.
Old people believed in charms and children suffering from mumps were led into a pigstye three times with an ass's halter over their heads. Persons whose father had the same surname before marriage claimed to have a cure for whooping cough. The seventh son in a family claimed to have other cures. Some still claim to have the cure of the sprain, and all who sprain their limbs go to a man who lives near me for a cure. They also bring horses and cattle to this man to get them cured. He says some prayers and massages the injured limb.
Long ago people made their own bowel pills from aloes which they rolled in dough or flour. A women living in Corliss treats people for
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turnips were the chief vegetables; but nettles were sometimes used in Summer.
Up to about twenty years ago tea was only taken twice a day; but now it is drunk four or five times and most people have a tea supper. Long ago the tea was drunk out of tin porringers and later out of delph mugs.
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to the wall and were raised and lowered as required.
Some of the tables are still used in small houses. The oatmeal was kept in chests near the kitchen fire and some of the chests are still in use and are passed on from one generation to another. The bacon was hung on a nail on the hob and was sweetened and dried by the heat of the peat fire. The bacon was fried on a pan hung over the fire and the grease was used for dressing cabbage and other vegetables.
Soda bread baked in a pot oven covered with glowing peat was usually eaten hot; but some people ate it cold so that the bread would have more outcome. Oatmeal bread baked on a gridiron in front of the fire was eaten by the school children and was carried in their pockets. Boxty was made from grated potatoes for Hallowe'en and pancakes of new milk and flour were made at Shrove or when a friend who called unexpectedly. Butcher's meat was hardly ever seen; and a hen or a chicken was sometimes killed to entertain a visitor. Salt herrings were very much used during Lent and on fast days; but fresh fish were never seen except perch or pike caught by some member of the household. Cabbage and
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In olden times people had three meals a day. The breakfast which was about 9 a.m. consisted of oat meal stirabout followed by tea and bread. The men were out in the field at 6 a.m. and had a good appetite for the breakfast. The dinner of potatoes, cabbage and American bacon was generally at 1.30 p.m. In Summer, when the potatoes were exhausted, Indian meal porridge was taken for dinner. The supper of oatmeal stirabout and buttermilk was about 7 o'clock. Poor people, who had no oatmeal, lived almost wholly on Indian meal stirabout and potatoes. Potatoes and buttermilk were often taken for supper in the harvest season. Buttermilk was largely drunk by the people who had cows.
The men took their meals at the kitchen table which was placed along the wall under the kitchen window, while the family sat round a skip of potatoes which rested on a pot in the middle of the floor and peeled the potatoes with their thumb nails. When having porridge or stirabout the people usually sat round the pot and filled their porrengers which they held in their left hands. In some houses tables were hung up against the walls when not in use. They were hinged on posts standing close
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2019-05-29 15:16
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built, and a house at Ballhillen bridge was used for stabling horses in the days of the stage coach.
Roads over the hills were said to be the safest routes when the country was infested in highway robbers. A better view could be obtained from the heights and travellers who carried large sums of money in their pockets were not so likely to be ambushed and robbed on a high road as on one through a valley.
It is a pity that the old roads are so much neglected as they form old landmarks in the country's history and were used as military highways in the days of Ireland's struggle for faith and fatherland.
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2019-05-29 11:15
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The road past Corliss school is called Gartinardress road, is narrow, hilly and winding, well shaded with tall trees, has a poor surface, is suitable for a quiet walk but unsuitable for motor traffic. This road seems to be very old; but there is no record to show when it was made. Foxes bark in the wood on either side, rabbits scamper among the trees, thousands of small birds hop about and sing contentedly in this sanctuary and squirrels climb the trees and look down at those passing by.
A new road linking Cavan and Killeshandra runs parallel to, and about half a mile from the old road. The new road is level and straight and is covered with tar macadem.
There are several disused roads in this neighbourhood. They all run over the hills, are usually very wide, have become very much neglected and are not kept in repair. These roadways were the great highways in ancient times, when the country was undrained and much of the country was under water. Many of them pass near forts and old graveyards and were good enough for traffic before wheeled traffic came into use. One old road passing our house was used as a coach road before railways were
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plenty of good hay and one or two feeds of cotton cake or meal every day; but in summer she can be fed on grass. The cow is subject to many diseases and should be left out in cold or wet weather.
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2019-05-29 10:42
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Some people put names on their cows. A black cow is usually called "Polly" and a cow without horns is called a "maolan." The cowhouse is called a byre. The byres in this locality are not very big except where a large number of cows are kept. The byre has a manger for the hay and a group for the manure.
On Palm Sunday branches of palm are put over the door of the byre to bring luck to the stock. The horse, cow, sheep, goat and pig are our principal farm animals none of which belonged to this country and all of which require to be well cared.
The horse is one of our noblest, most affectionate and most useful animal. He requires to be well fed, carefully groomed and properly shod. He has a small stomach and should not get much bulky food. In Summer he can be let out to grass; but in Winter he should be comfotably housed, well cleaned every morning, watered twice daily, get good hay and plenty of corn, and should be shod once a month.
The cow is a most useful animal on the farm. She gives milk for eight or nine months of the year, has a calf every twelve months, and when fat can be sold to the butcher. She requires
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2019-05-29 09:49
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Long ago the Irish people made baskets and used them for teaming potatoes and such baskets are found at an odd country house up to the present day. The baskets were made of sally and hazel rods and sometimes ash was used in place of hazel. The men first gathered rods and picked out a suitable one for the hoop. This stick was made into a circle and the two ends were spliced one over the other and tied with a wax end or a piece of cord. The circle was about a foot and three quarters in diameter and five and a half feet in circumference. When the hoop was made seven hazel laths were put across and made too long so as to make them saucer - shaped and able to hold the potatoes. Then sally rods were woven across and made tight so that the potatoes could not go down when teaming them after been boiled.
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2019-05-29 09:25
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to curse him because he thought it was to vex him he was blowing. The huntsman hit him with his stick and told him not to curse him and in the twinkle of an eye the raskal was up and gone running.
There was a man who wore the breast of his shirt open and on this account he was called Bare breasted Micky, He went to the houses once a month begging for potatoes which he put in a creel that he had strapped on his back.
John the Pack was a poor man who went around the houses in search of food and looking for lodging at night. He carried his bed and all the delph he wanted for cooking on his back and that is the reason he was called John the Pack. When he came to this locality he got lodging in the house of James Mac. Cormack Drumcullion.
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lived in Drenagh and she came every fortnight around the houses begging and no one welcomed her. She was a very wicked woman and if anyone offended her she would get down on her knees and curse him. The people of this district called her the gipsy.
Cracked Anne was another old woman who lived in the town of Killeshandra. She used to have feathers in her hair and had a blanket for a shawl. She came to the houses once a week collecting pennies. On a Sunday when Catherine Hanlon and Cracked Anne met in the church they quarrelled and cursed each other. The priest often had to separate them and give them a couple of pennies to keep them from quarrelling.
Ragfoot was the name given to a man who lodged in Killeshandra. He got this nickname because he wore rags on his feet instead of shoes. He was a cursing beggar - man and if a person said anything to him he would get down on his knees and curse him. One day he met men going to a hunt and the last man was blowing a horn and this beggar took off his cap and got down on his knees
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2019-05-29 08:39
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Long ago many travellers came to this locality - some monthly and others once a year. Some of these were begging and others were selling small articles such as flowers, cakes and tins.
An old woman called Red Biddy lived in the mountains at Ballyconnell. She came begging twice a year. Catherine Hanlon was another woman who lived in her early days in a house beside Drumgoon bog. She went around the houses every month with a donkey and creel selling knitted stockings and toast cakes. She bought the toast cakes from a baker named Kane in Killeshandra and the people were very glad to see her coming. Catherine got married at the age of about seventy years to a man called John the Lough. On the day of the marriage John had no ring for the bride and he had to get the key of the church door as a substitute to perform to ceremony. John the Lough was a nickname on this man and the reason he got it was because he lived beside Portaliff Lough. He proper name was John Donoghue.
An old woman named Ketty McCabe
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Q. What grows in the wood and sounds in the town and earns for its master many a pound.?
A. A violin.
Q Twenty four white cows standing in a hall up comes a red one and licks them all.
A. Your tongue licking your teeth.
Q. What goes round the house and round the house and leaves a loaf in every window?
A. Snow.
Q. What always covers its face with its hands?
A. The clock.
Q. What is always behind time?
A. The back of the clock
Q. Black, and white, and red all over.
A. The newspaper.
Q. What has teeth and no mouth?
A. A comb.
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Question. What never was nor never will be look in your hand and there you will see?
Answer. Your little finger is not so long as the rest.
Question As round as as an apple as flat as a pan one side a woman and the other a man.
Answer. A penny.
Q. As round as an apple as deep as a cup all the men in Derry would not lift it up.
A. A well.
Q. As I went up to Dublin I saw a great wonder four and twenty wild geese tearing the earth asunder.
A. A harrow.
Q. What is it that the more you take out of it the bigger it gets.
A. A hole in the ground.
Q. Long legs, short thighs, little head and no eyes.
A. The tongs.
Q. As I went up to Dublin I saw a great wonder four pots boiling and no fire under.
A. A spring well.
Q. What goes round the world and round the world and leaves a rag on every bush.
A. The mist.
Q. House full and room full and you. could not catch a spoonful.
A. Smoke.
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About four miles from the village of Killeshandra at a place called Baker's Bridge which crosses the river Erne there was a curragh found some years ago by a man named John Flynn. The curragh was forty feet long and three feet wide and was cut out of the trunk of an oak tree and the wood was in a perfect state of preservation. Many other things were found including a bronze sword which was found by George O'Reilly and it was a little rusted but when cleaned looked like new. He sent it to the national Museum Dublin and got £1..10s for it.
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There are several forts in this locality three of which are in the townland of Drumambry, two in Lahard, one in Dromgoon, and one in Drumbess. From each fort several other forts can be seen.
All the forts are of similar shape, are circular in form and are surrounded by a high mound of earth enclosing about half an acre of land. The enclosed space is quite flat and there is only one entrance which is from twenty to thirty feet wide. The forts are believed to have been built for protection against marauders long before the arrival of St Patrick. They are all on the tops of hills, command a fine view of the surrounding country and were easily defended against robbers.
Most of the forts are covered with bushes, bracken and furze and it is said to be unlucky to cut a bush on or remove any clay or other material from a fort. Cattle wander into the forts where they find good shelter from the scorching rays of the sun or the biting blast of the March winds.
Forts are said to be inhabited by fairies who have crocks of gold hidden there and who are sometimes to be seen near them at night. None of them have ever been tilled or levelled down and the people think it safer to leave them alone.
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We have a churn at home and it is about two and a half feet high and a foot and a half wide in the top and bottom. It is about ten years old and is made of oak staves. The top is called the crib and is also known as the lagan. Most of the people send their milk to the creamery and therefore, they have not so much to churn at home. The people churn about once or twice a week and it is generally the woman of the house that does this work. If strangers enter the house while churning is going on they are supposed to take a brash, as it is considered lucky and is the customary in this locality. It takes about forty minutes to churn by hand. The dash is worked upwards and downwards and some boiling water is poured in during the process, especially in Winter. When the churn is finished the butter is taken off with a strainer and put into a clean tub and all the buttermilk is washed out of it. The butter is then salted and made into prints or rolls with butter spades.
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2019-05-24 14:57
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The chief landlord in my district was named Standford. He lived for fifty years and was a tyrant on the people who did not pay their rents.
If the people could not pay their rents they were evicted and put out on the roadside - and some of them died with starvation and others went to England. If catholics were put out of their lands a protestant got their places and this man kept still watching to see another man evicted out of his land and then he got that place too and some of those men had fifty or sixty acres of land in the end.
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About three miles south of the village of Killeshandra in Lough Oughter stands Trinity Island. In the eighteenth century there was a deer hunt on the island. The deer dashed into the lake and no one would follow it except Hugh Maguire. Before going into the water he swore that if the deer went to hell he would follow it. He was drowned and on a slab in Trinity graveyard may be seen figures of a man on horse - back, a deer, and a fish. It is thought that this is the last resting place of the hero.
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2019-05-24 14:33
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Before the famine this locality was more thickly populated than it is at present and there were also more dwelling houses in it. The inhabitants left and went to other countries in search of food and work and on account of the houses being neglected they fell. Remains of these houses are still to be seen on Sanderson's and on McKeon's hills. The blight was a horrible disease which blackened and destroyed the potato crop.
The food of the people was generally raw turnips but it was only an odd farmer that had turnips. The Government through Parnell gave free meal to the people, according to the size of the families. Before Government relief was given many of the people had died of hunger.
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2019-05-23 17:14
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There are many roads in this district, the main one being the Cavan, Killeshandra road. The Gartinardress road, as it is called, is a branch of the Cavan, Killeshandra road, and meets the Arva, Cavan road at Cornafean cross. The Lahard road is another branch of the main road and joins the Killeshandra, Arva road in Drumbess.
The main road from Cavan to Killeshandra was made in 1846. Another road from Killeshandra to Lahard was made as relief work during the famine but was never finished. The people worked at fourpemce per day, and, being unable to buy boots, wheeled the stones barefooted An old road which joins the main road at Derinacross was in ancient times a coach road. Before bridges were built rivers were crossed at fords. The Erne had fords in the townlands of Slanore, Marahill, and Legaland.
The mass path in this district began in the townland of Drumbess, passed through Lahard and Longhill on to a boreen which was the only road - way leading to Killeshandra. This path can hardly be traced out as the railway demolished it.
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2019-05-23 17:07
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There are many roads in this district, the main one being the Cavan, Killeshandra road. The Gartinardress road, as it is called, is a branch of the Cavan, killeshandra road, and meets the Arva, Cavan road at Cornafean cross. the Lahard road is another branch of the main road and joins the Killeshandra, Arva road in Drumbess.
The main road from Cavan to Killeshandra was made in 1846. Another road from Killeshandra to Lahard was made as relief work during the famine but was never finished. The people worked at fourpemce per day, and, being unable to buy boots, wheeled the stones barefooted An old road which joins the main road at Derinacross was in ancient times a coach road. Before bridges were built rivers were crossed at fords. The Erne had fords in the townlands of Slanore, Marahill, and Legaland.
The mass path in this district began in the townland of Drumbess, passed through Lahard and Longhill on to a boreen which was the only road - way leading to Killeshandra. This path can hardly be traced out as the railway demolished it.
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11. Two magpies is a sign of good luck.
12. A slit put in the ear of a newlyborn calf (in the name of St Mark) is said to keep away blackleg in the grown - up animal.
13. The end of the tongs is put in the fire in a thunder storm as a preventive of damage by the lightning.
14. It is unlucky to walk under a ladder standing up to a house.
15. It is unlucky to build a new house in the foundation of an old house.
16. It is unlucky to cut or root up a lone bush in a field or bushes or trees growing in a fort.
17. It is unlucky to offer a price for a horse not exposed for, or offered for sale.
18. A person going into a house where people are eating, is always expected to say "Much good may it do." Reply is "and you when you eat."
19. A person passing a field where men are working should say "Good speed or good luck to the work."
20. A person describing a blemish or disfigurement on another says "God bless the mark."
21. A person telling about a man who lost some of his cattle always finishes it up by saying "To himself it may be towled."
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11. Two magpies is a sign of good luck.
12. A slit put in the ear of a newlyborn calf (in the name of St Mark) is said to keep away blackleg in the grown - up animal.
13. The end of the tongs is put in the fire in a thunder storm as a preventive of damage by the lightning.
14. It is unlucky to walk under a ladder standing up to a house.
15. It is unlucky to build a new house in the foundation of an old house.
16. It is unlucky to cut or root up a lone bush in a field or bushes or trees growing in a fort.
17. it is unlucky to offer a price for a horse not exposed for, or offered for sale.
18. A person going into a house where people are eating, is always expected to say "Much good may it do." reply is "and you when you eat."
19. A person passing a field where men are working should say "Good speed or good luck to the work."
20. A person describing a blemish or disfigurement on another says "God bless the mark."
21. A person telling about a man who lost some of his cattle always finishes it up by saying "To himself it may be towled."
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1. In this locality it is unlucky for a cock to crow at unusual times.
2. It is unlucky for hens to crow.
3. An animal born at whitsuntide is said to be unlucky, if it be a calf a sod is put on his head to break the spell.
4. If a man sowing a field of corn skips a ridge he is said to leave place for his own grave or some member of the family dies. Every case that has occured has been followed by a death except one where a ridge was sowed later.
5. A whistling woman or a crowing hen is unlucky about a house.
6. A crowing hen should be left on a four cross roads to avoid bad luck.
7. A young person carrying a tool on his shoulder into a house, will never grow any bigger, unless he carries the implement out again in the same manner.
8. Whatever tool a newlyborn infant first takes in its hand it is the one he will earn his living by - a pen is often put in an infant's hand.
9. It is believed unlucky to meet a red -
haired woman, first person, when going to a fair.
10. One magpie on the road in front of one is a sign of bad luck.
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Boys are very fond of making toys from pieces of wood. Some scoop a turnip and form a man's head, by putting two eyes and a mouth in the proper places. The boys used to frighten the ceilidhers when they were returning home at night. They made an artificial man and put a lighted candle in the centre of the head to pretend that it was a ghost.
The young boys still make toys from spools and display great ingenuity in carrying out the work. Some millions of pounds worth of toys are imported into this country each year from Japan, China and Germany. Some home - made toys are nicer than foreign toys, but the young folk prefer bought ones.
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2019-05-17 16:00
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At present there are no poets in this locality but there were a few local poets forty or fifty years ago.
Long ago there was a poet called Mr. Ma - Cabe, who lived in Ballyhillen and he wrote many fine poems. Here is a verse from one of them: -
"The rag - eating heifer,
On my blanket did graze,
And for that same reason,
May God shorten her days,
I hope Mrs. Borrows will pity my case
And send the poor poet another in its place."
Another man named James McKeon who lived in Farrinseer, composed a song on Cornafean Hall. He was born and reared in Farrinseer and died about thirty years ago. He composed the poem in English.
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2019-05-17 15:19
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Farrinseer is the name of my home district and derives its name from the carpenters that lived in it in days gone by, and is in the Barony of Tullyhunco. There was a song composed on this townland long ago but none of the people is able to recite any verses of the song. There was also a song written about Cornafean, our next townland. It was James McKeon a native of this townland that made the song.
There are about twelve families in Farrinseer, there are two families of the O'Reillys, two McKeons and two of Sandersons. The houses are all on one side of a lane except a few which are scattered through the fields. They are not together but there is a very short distance between them. Most of the families are large. All are farmers as the land is suitable for farming and tillage.
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2019-05-17 14:53
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Long ago rush candles were the only kind procurable except resin candles of which we have no account. The making of a rush candle was a very simple process.
Rushes, which were very plentiful in bogy and low - lying land were cut, tied in sheaves. These were brought home and each rush was peeled carefully, leaving a narrow strip on one side to keep the inner portion together. A quantity of home - cured lard was melted in a sort of pot called a grisset. In this, the peeled rushes were dipped one by one, and left aside to dry, and firm, and when firm were ready for use. One of these candles burned about ten or fifteen minutes and that being so there was always a large supply kept in every house.
There was a special candle stick called a sconce, made for holding them, quite a different type from that of the present day. The sconce consisted of a square block of wood which rested on the floor and into which a small upright post somewhat thicker than a shovel shaft was mortised. The post was about four feet high with an iron clip in the top for holding the candle. Weavers and others who required good light kept several candles burning at the same time.
With the progress of time rush candles were superseeded by paraffin oil and wax candles, and now in turn paraffin and wax are being superseded by electricity.
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until thoroughly cooked. These were eaten with melted butter and sugar, or with "flummery". The flummery was made with sweet milk, flour, and sugar boiled together.
The oaten - cake was commonly made with oatmeal wet with boiling water, mixed into a stiff dough thoroughly kneaded with the hands, and flattened out into a big round cake. It was left to firm and harden. Then it was put standing to a bread iron in front of the fire and baked thoroughly. If in a hurry a number of small cakes were made, the turf coals were pulled out, the tongs placed over them, and the small cakes baked on the tongs.
Oatenbread and buttermilk were commonly taken as a meal.
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until thoroughly cooked. These were eaten with melted butter and sugar, or with "flummery". The flummery was made with sweet milk, flour, and sugar boiled together.
The oaten - cake was commonly made with oatmeal wet with boiling water, mixed into a stiff dough thoroughly kneaded with the hands, and flattened out into a big round cake. It was left to firm and harden. Then it was put standing to a bread iron in front of the fire and baked thoroughly. If in a hurry a number of small cakes were made, the turf coals were pulled out, the tongs placed over them, and the small cakes baked on the tongs.
Oatenbread and buttermilk were commonly taken as a meal.
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until thoroughly cooked. These were eaten with melted butter and sugar, or with "flummery". The flummery was made with sweet milk, flour, and sugar boiled together.
The oaten - cake was commonly made with oatmeal wet with boiling water, mixed into a stiff dough thoroughly kneaded with the hands, and flattened out into a big round cake. It was left to firm and harden. Then it was put standing to a bread iron in front of the fire and baked thoroughly. If in a hurry a number of small cakes were made, the turf coals were pulled out, the tongs placed over them, and the small cakes baked on the tongs.
Oatenbread and buttermilk were commonly taken as a meal.
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2019-05-17 13:37
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In olden times bread, (in this district) was made from wheaten meal, barley meal, and oaten meal.
The flour was made locally as mills for grinding corn were very plentiful. No one that I have met ever saw the quern used in the home, but there were small corn mills worked by water and there was one in every couple of miles of each other.
Potato Cake, Boxty Cake and Oatmeal Cake were very common.
Potato Cake was made from bruised potatoes, and either oatmeal, wheaten - meal, or barley meal, and a pinch of salt. If the mixture was very dry a little water was added. It was cut in quarters and baked on a pan. It was eaten either hot or cold with butter and a cup of milk.
Boxty Cake was made from raw potatoes, boiled potatoes, a small quantity of wheaten - flour and salt. The raw potatoes were washed, peeled, rinsed, and grated in a large basin or tub with a grater. Home made graters were always used. These were made from tin, usually the side of a disused gallon. The holes were made with an awl or a nail. Then a
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2019-05-17 13:35
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piece of wood, eighteen inches long, and about six inches wide was got for a back for the grater. The piece of tin was curved in shape and fastened to the back with fine wire nails or tacks. This was placed standing in the basin or crock and the raw potatoes were grated by rubbing them quickly up and down on the grater. A boxty bag made out of calico was next got and the raw boxty in small quantities was put into it, and squeezed until all the water was taken out. The dry boxty was placed in a large wooden dish, and the water squeezed out of the boxty was kept and allowed to stand for some time till the starch fell to the bottom. This starch was kept for laundry purposes. Boiled potatoes were mashed up finely by bruising and added to the raw boxty. Some flour was then added and a good handful of salt. These ingredients were mixed together with the hand and wet with either sweet milk or buttermilk according to taste. Boxty was sometimes spread thinly over the pan and baked on one side, or it was put into a pot oven and baked beside the fire with turf coals under the oven and on the lid. Sometimes the boxty was made into little dumplings and put into a pot of boiling water, and kept boiling
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2019-05-17 11:53
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In olden times bread, (in this district) was made from wheaten meal, barley meal, and oaten meal.
The flour was made locally as mills for grinding corn were very plentiful. No one that I have met ever saw the quern used in the home, but there were small corn mills worked by water and there was one in every couple of miles of each other.
Potato Cake, Boxty Cake and Oatmeal Cake were very common.
Potato Cake was made from bruised potatoes, and either oatmeal, wheaten - meal, or barley meal, and a pinch of salt. If the mixture was very dry a little water was added. It was cut in quarters and baked on a pan. It was eaten either hot or cold with butter and a cup of milk.
Boxty Cake was made from raw potatoes, boiled potatoes, a small quantity of wheaten - flour and salt. The new potatoes were washed, peeled, rinsed, and grated in a large basin or tub with a grater. Home made graters were always used. These were made from tin, usually the side of a disused gallon. The holes were made with an awl or a nail. Then a
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Oh father dear I often hear you speak of Erin's Isle.
It seems so bright and beautiful so rich and rare the soil.
They say it is a lovely land wherein a prince might dwell
And why did you abandon it the reason to me tell
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My boy! I love my native land with fervour and with pride,
Its lofty scenes its valleys green its mountains rude and wide,
Its there I lived in boyhood years and toiled in manhood's prime
Never dreaming that my days would end in a far foreign clime.
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But oh! the blight came o'er my crops, my sheep and cattle died,
The rent ran due, and taxes too, I ne'er could then supply,
The landlord turned me from my cot where born I had been
And that's my boy the reason why I left poor Scibereen.
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To be said going to bed:
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When I go to my bed I go to my grave,
I give up my soul to Christ to receive,
And if there be any danger to come
Oh, sweet Jesus save me.
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O Lord preserve me from the greatest of all evils, a sudden or an unprovided death, and may Thou O Gracious Saviour meet with a meek and merciful Countenance at the moment of my departure out of this world.
III O Holy Mary, my dear Mother, by the love you bear to Almighty God, I ask your help now and at all times especially at the hour of my death. Never leave me till you see me safe in heaven praising you and singing your mercies for ever, Amen.
"Taught by my mother, R.I.P."
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The nineteenth of June being the date of the year,
The brave Mutton Cutlet from Hugh Reilly disappeared.
From four in the evening till eleven that night,
Poor Hughey took the country in a terrible flight.
He whistled, and he called but he got no response,
Then down to the barracks he rushed all at once,
He knocked on the door and he called out the guard
Saying the brave gallant greyhound was stolen from my yard.
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The guards, they drove up in a fine motor car,
And they searched the townland from the grass to the tar,
They took in by the Yankees and down by the Bears,
And up to the Hackler's to see was it there.
Composed by Bernard Rudden Drung.
Hugh Reilly Ardamagh, had a young greyhound it disappeared one evening and tale or tidings of it were never got. He notified the Gárda Redhills, but the search was fruitless.
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Thou wondrous gentle Jesus,
Treat me as heaven pleases,
Save my soul from burning breezes,
Where the unrepentent go.
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In this hut they curse and prattle,
You would think 'twas built for cattle,
Where the windows shake and rattle,
And the roof is white with snow.
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Where religion's cursed and scorned,
I am wretched and forlorn,
And the imp that's hoofed and horned,
Is always there I know.
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Where the Highland's bitter breezes,
Through the cracks and crannies squeezes,
Where it rains and then it freezes.
Till my blood runs cold and slow.
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May the Sacred Heart protect me,
May God's mother ne'er forget me,
May the angels all direct me,
And tell me where to go.
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Empty heads with empty purses,
Dunderprates with sickening curses,
Senseless wrath for ever nurses,
In their ignorance and woe.
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His clothes are rags, his talk is vile,
This spurned of Erin's Isle,
At Mass he hasn't been for years,
He talks of priests with oaths and jeers,
There's no mistake its true and sad,
A navy's life is rough and bad.
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Too much fatigued at night to pray,
Before he knows faith slips away;
Without a comrade or a friend;
His wretched life draws to an end.
This spurned lifeless Cavan slave.
Is buried in a pauper's grave.
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But let us hope that Mary's smile
Will greet a soul from Erin's Isle.
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Mr. John Connolly, who wrote the following song was born at Ballyhaise almost sixty years ago, and educated at Ballyhaise National School. In his youth he joined the British Army and did service in India, but came home penniless. He had no means of living so he emigrated to Scotland and he made the following song while navying over in the Highlands of Scotland.
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Where brutal strength it is required,
Poor Mick and Pat to work are hired,
The brains and strength of Spanish mules,
Is all that's needed in these fools,
'Tis then you'll hear them boast and brag,
The spurned loots with tin and bag,
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In Scotland were all Pats and Mick's,
The Irishmen who write with picks,
Let Cavan's sons be all advised,
That here their class is all despised,
For here they slave in sleeveless shirt
With pick and spade dig Scotland's dirt
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When making oaten cake the tongs were placed across hot coals and the cake was placed on the tongs and kept turned until it was baked.
The potato cake consisted of potatoes oatmeal and a pinch of salt. If the mixture was too dry it was wet with sweet milk. The cake when kneaded was spread out and made in a round shape, then it was cut into quarters and placed on the gridiron to bake. A quarter of the cake was called a "farl." It was eaten hot or cold with a piece of butter spread over it.
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When making oaten cake the tongs were placed across hot coals and the cake was placed on the tongs and kept turned until it was baked.
The potato cake consisted of potatoes oatmeal and a pinch of salt. If the mixture was too dry it was wet with sweet milk. The cake when kneaded was spread out and made in a round shape, then it was cut into quarters and placed on the gridiron to bake. A quarter of the cake was called a "farl." It was eaten hot or cold with a piece of butter spread over it.
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Long ago the people ate only three meals a day, their breakfast, their dinner which was about one oclock, and their supper which was about seven oclock
In the summer time when the new potatoes were fit to be eaten, people ate them three times a day, and they ate them every day till about Christmas; then they ate porridge or stirabout for their breakfast, potatoes for their dinner, and porridge again for supper.
When the potatoes were ready for the dinner, the rod basket on which they were teemed was placed on the pot in the middle of the floor, and the family sat down on very small stools, each was handed a noggin of buttermilk and they peeled the potatoes with their thumb nail. They seldom ever ate meat or eggs except at Easter or at Christmas. They never drank tea except on a very special occasion. There was no tea drunk in this district eighty years ago. They seldom ever ate bread and if they did it was oaten bread or potato cake.
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hands. They catch the dash in their hands and move it up and down but this is the hardest way of all.
Old people have a lot of superstitions connected with churning. If a person came for the lend of anything while they would be churning they would not get it until they would be finished and if anyone went into the house while they would be churning they would have to help with it
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2019-05-14 09:40
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Long ago every body used to churn at home but now most people send to the creamry but we still churn at home.
Our churn is three feet in height and we churn with a hand spring. This consists of a coil of spring steel fastened to the wall with iron pegs. From this coil there comes a wooden shaft and in the centre of the shaft there is a hole through which the dash goes up. Then there is a handle like a T turned upside which we catch in our hands and churn away.
We churn twice a week in winter and four times in summer and we make the butter into rolls. Long ago it was made into firkins and sold in the markets. These firkins were made of wood shaped like little barrels and they would hold seventy five pounds or more.
Some people churn with horse machines. These are worked with a horse and most of the machinery is under the ground.
Most people churn with their
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anywhere now.
Sometimes lights are seen on this fort and the old people who are still in this district believe that it is the fairies be going about.
There is a big lone bush growing beside the fort and it is also said that the fairies planted it.
On the other side of my home there is another fort known as Keelagh fort. This is only a small fort compared with the other one but both forts are round in shape.
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Ireland is dotted with forts. No matter where we go we are sure to see one
Old people say that these were the dwelling places of fairies but now it is said that it was the early people who lived in Ireland that built their houses there and put large walls around them to defend themselves from wild animals.
Not far from my home is Kilnacross fort which was surrounded by two large walls one which is made of earth and the other of stone.
It is a very high fort and a great view can be obtained from it. On a clear day one can see with the naked eye the mountains of Sligo and also the counties Fermanagh, Monaghan and parts of the county Louth and a number of other forts.
There was a great battle fought on this fort between between the Irish people and the Danes. A great chieftain was slain at it. He was buried on the south side of this fort and a large cross was erected at his head. This cross was mislaid and no account of it is to be had
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The hindquarters and uppers are made of strong leather.
In this district there are two men who make clogs - John Reilly Coolcanadis and William Falkner Drumacleaskan.
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In Ireland long ago the old people went bare - foot no matter how cold or wet the days were.
Nowadays the children don't go bare - foot they go slip shod. When the roads are dry it is very hard to walk on them and some time we get stone bruises, crigs, and very often we get a thorn. When our feet are sore we bathe them in hot water and paint them with iodine and cover the wounded part with a clean cloth; they get better in a couple of days.
It is nice to go barefoot in the summer but it is not so pleasant in winter.
My mother told me she knew a woman who never wore boots only when she was going to the chapel
In Connemara the people wear pampooties and indeed they are odd looking footwear.
In winter we wear clogs. These consist of a wooden sole with a little raised heel with iron shods and tips
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she found a shout at the door She went out to see what it was. There was an old woman sitting in the door step crying. Then she away and the woman had never any trouble with her churn after.
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2019-05-13 14:44
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In Ireland long ago the old people were very superstitious if you went to house for anything when churning would be going on they would not let you into the house for they thought you would steal their luck away.
Very curious happenings took place in those days. The people used to churing for hours and no butter would come of the churn and often they had to throw out the milk. It was said that that the witches took the milk.
There was a woman one time churning and she could not get any butter. She went to a fortune teller and told him her story. He told her to get the coulter of a plough put it in the fire and she would soon know who was taking the butter.
She did what she was told, it was not long until
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In most houses in this district there are big wooden churns.
We have a churn at home it is about sixteen years old and is about three feet in height.
When there a churning to be done we put the cream in the churn. Then we put a staff into the churn there is a lid for it also and in the middle of this lid there is a little round hole and we put the lid down on the staff.
When we start to churn we put some boiling water on the milk to bring it to a certain heat. When the churn is done there are little pieces of on the lid.
We get a tub and scald it. Then we take the butter and put it in the tub. then we wash and mix the butter well, we put some salt on in and put it into nice rolls.
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2019-05-10 16:17
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Long ago landlords owned most of the land and they put tenants in the houses and these people paid them money called rents. Of course this was double the price our fathers have to pay now.
Mr. Venable was the landlord for Claragh. He lived in the wood where Mr. Coffey is living now. He had Mr. Winslow as bailiff.
He carried out evictions as was common at that time.
One winter's day the landlord evicted Mrs. Walsh and family. It was terrible to see the family leaving and the house burned down to ashes
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but there is a few wells in it.
There is a big lake in it also, and and island in the middle of it. It also supplies water to the people living near it
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2019-05-10 15:50
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I live in the townland of Claragh, in the parish of Annagh in the barney of Tullygarvy and in the county of Cavan.
It is a big town land. The most plentiful name is Rudden It is believed that a very rich man named Mr. Pat Rudden lived in Claragh a long time ago.
He owned all the land of Claragh. He had thirteen sons and two daughters but four of his sons died when then they were young.
When the father was dying he left part of his farm to each son and daughter and that is why nearly all in Claragh are Rudden.
There is an iron mind in the townland also and there were plenty of iron got in it long ago.
The land is flat but for a few hills here and there. It is well watered also. There is not a
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2019-05-10 15:21
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tradesmen the smith is a strong tall man and has big strong hands so if a spark falls on them it would not take any effect on them He also wears a strong leather apron to protect his clothes and keep them safe.
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There are forges near this place. One is situated in the townland of Drumcarn. It belongs to Mr. Bernard Terney.
The smith works from morning until night shoeing horses mending things made from iron, cooling iron, heating iron, bending iron and putting iron all shapes.
I was in that forge often I saw the smith shoeing a horse. He got a piece of iron and made a shoe out of it Then he nailed it on the horse and he went away as proud as a fairy queen.
The forge is a big room On the entrance there is a big black door so as to let carts and horses into the forges. There is a big pair of bellows in the forge also. When you pull the handle down the wind comes out and brightens up the fire.
Like many such
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2019-05-10 14:53
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In this part of the country the people wear clogs or strong nailed boots to protect the feet and keep them warm when the weather is cold in winter. In summer the people wear light shoes or slippers or some old light footwear.
In winter the children wear woollen stocking's and clogs or boots. There is a clogmaker in this part of the country. His name is Faulkner. He also makes wooden soles.
It is said that you should not throw out the water you wash your feet with until the next morning or it is said that you would not sleep well.
Over in the West of Ireland until the present day the old men and women go barefoot winter and summer. The children wear pampooties when they are walking on the slippery rocks.
Other people have corns
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a byre when the milking was being done you should spit on the cow for luck or otherwise she would not give half her milk. When the person would come in with the milk you should say "good luck to the work".
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2019-05-10 14:34
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In this part of the country the people send their milk to the creamery unless in a few houses where the people churn it and sell it in the shops.
Long ago there were no creameries and all the milk were churned at home. There is a big wooden churn in our house. It is narrow at the bottom wide in the middle and narrow at the mouth. There is a churn dash with it also. This is a long wooden handle and wooden head with holes in it.
My grandmother often told me that she often walked into Ballyhaise with a big firkin of butter and sold it at one and twopence per pound.
If you went into a house when the cream was being put into the churn it is said that if you looked at it the milk would not yield half the butter.
If you went into
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2019-05-08 16:36
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tea. They go away delighted to get a cake or a piece of butter, bacon, eggs or a drop of milk.
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2019-05-08 16:31
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A few days ago a poor woman and a girl came to our house. The woman was selling porringers, basins and gallons.
My mother bought two porringers and a gallon from her. She told my mother that her husband buys the tin and makes the vessels and they are cheap and well worth buying.
When she came she told us stories about the other places in the country and of her adventures as she travels from place to place.
She generally has a little girl with her. She told me that the girls father was dead and the mother was in a mental hospital. The children were in her protection to mind and feed them.
Sometimes two or three travelling people come hungry. My mother gives them
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and he fell asleep. He could see the priest saying Mass at the big rock. Just then he saw the soldiers running up and killing the priest.
This is a true story and the priest's remain were buried under a stone in the fort. This stone can be seen today.
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2019-05-08 15:58
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There are forts in every part of Ireland and they are supposed to be the residence of the fairy folk or good people, but I believe that they were built in the times of the Danes.
There is a fort in Mr. John Smith's farm it is circular in shape with a lone bush growing in the centre of it. At this bush there are two or three carts of stones.
There is a stone ditch round the fort and a big row of trees outside this wall. In the left side of it there is a split and it is said if you left anything in the split at night it would be gone in the morning.
Like all other such places there are stories attached to it. A woman was passing one night and she heard the fairies making shoes.
It is said that a man was lying beside the fort one
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There are forts in every part of Ireland and they are supposed to be the residence of the fairy folk or good people, but I believe that they were built in the times of the Danes.
There is a fort in Mr. John Smith's farm it is circular in shape with a lone bush growing in the centre of it. At this bush there are two or three carts of stones.
There is a stone ditch round the fort and a big row of trees outside this wall. In the left side of it there is a split and it is said if you left anything in the split at night it would be gone in the morning.
Like all other such places there are stories attached to it. A woman was passing one night and she heard the fairies making shoes.
It is said that a man was lying beside the fort one
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2019-05-08 15:33
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Forty years ago there was a boat lost in Claragh Lake. There were three men going out to fish on a Sunday evening They lost the oars and the boat turned over.
They were driven out to the middle of the lake and although there were men on the bank nothing could be done to save the drowning and so they sank to the bottom and were drowned.
Some years ago the boat was found and it was nothing the worse.
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bald pony and ask him for a cure whatever he tells you is said to be a cure. A child who is born on Good Friday and christened on Easter Sunday is said to have a cure for the running evil.
The seventh son or seventh daughter of a family has a cure for some disease.
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2019-05-08 15:14
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In Ireland long ago there was a terrible lot of diseases and some of the old old had the cure of all these.
If anyone took the mumps there would be a halter put on them and the would be led around the pig sty three times and the person leading would say some rhyme in Irish. This was said to be a cure for the mumps.
Another disease was the whooping. When a person would take it there would be milk brought to a ferret and after drinking some of it the remainder would be brought home and given to the sick person and it is said to be a great cure
Another cure for the whooping cough is if you met a man with a pie
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took place in the middle of the day.
At the breakfast the bridesmaid used to break the cake over the brides head.
Then at night the strawboys came to the house dressed in straw and the called out the bride to dance with them.
The bride would give them porter then they would all go home.
The bride always flitted on a Thursday to her new home.
My grandmother often told me that her father and mother walked to Belturbet chapel the morning they were getting married.
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took place in the middle of the day.
At the breakfast the bridesmaid used to break the cake over the brides head.
Then at night the strawboys came to the house dressed in straw and the called out the bride to dance with them.
The bride would give them porter then they would all go home.
The bride always flitted on a Thursday to her new home.
My grandmother often told me that her father and mother walked to Belturbet chapel the morning they were getting married.
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People say it is unlucy to get married in the month of May and it is also said that it is not lucky to get married on a Saturday
The people now get married on Mondays or Wednesdays.
Long ago the people got married in their own houses. The Priest used go to the brides house and marry the bride and groom. Nowadys the marriage takes place in the Chapel.
Long ago the people went riding on horse back or in a coach drawn by two white horses. These horses were very nicely dressed with all kinds of ribbons platted in and out through the horses mane. The people that attended the wedding went also on horse back.
The marriage in those
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People say it is unlucy to get married in the month of May and it is also said that it is not lucky to get married on a Saturday
The people now get married on Mondays or Wednesdays.
Long ago the people got married in their own houses. The Priest used go to the brides house and marry the bride and groom. Nowadys the marriage takes place in the Chapel.
Long ago the people went riding on horse back or in a coach drawn by two white horses. These horses were very nicely dressed with all kinds of ribbons platted in and out through the horses mane. The people that attended the wedding went also on horse back.
The marriage in those
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night they would hear the fairies singing and they would also find them hammering and making shoes.
Another time there was a man coming home from a dance and he had to go by this fort. He heard some very nice music and he stood to listen to it.
Soon he found himself in the middle of the fort and no matter what way he would go he could not get of out.
About six-oclock in the morning he reached home, and he was very tired after his night walking through the fort.
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2019-05-08 10:47
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In this country forts are very plentiful.
It is in the townland of Claragh the property of John Smith. It is situated on the side of a hill It is surrounded by bushes and in the middle of it there is a lone bush growing.
There are traditions relating to this fort. The old people say that there was a priest buried there. When he was saying a Mass one time some spies shot him and when he was dying he said that a protestant would never live in Claragh nor neither did they.
The old people say that it is unlucy to cut down bushes because the fairies lived in these.
Some people would tell you that when they would be coming by a fort at
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Easter is the time they be about mostly because they go around the houses looking for eggs and when they get them they shower God's blessing upon you. If the have no flour to make bread they get some and they ask a little milk to wet the cake and to cream their tea.
Sometimes we give them a home made cake and they be delighted with it.
Sometimes they come to the house for lodging for the night. In the morning they get a warm breakfast and when they have it taken they start on their journey. They have a very hard life but they are very happy.
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2019-05-08 10:07
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There are lots of poor people in this country and these are called gypsies or tramps There is not a day we go road but we see some of these people on it.
Some of these make a living by making tin gallons porringers and a lot of other tin articles and go the road selling them.
Others go about gathering bottles and they give some little thing in exchange for these.
More go out selling beads prayer books, medals of sorts, pictures images brooches and another lot of nice holy things.
If they have a long journey to go they bring a horse and van and walk some of the way and when they are tired they sit on the van to rest their weary limbs.
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2019-05-08 09:45
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I believe old acquentance your certainly right.
The would surely do all in their power
The bedgride us to have a moments delight
Besides to have one leisure hour
But if I ever live to go back to Cootehill
I and my Kate will have a full jill.
And a shake of the hand over poteen.
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IV
You speak much of health when destruction you mean.
Consider the fines you brought on us
You auction my cattle on the public street.
That leaves me to go without brogues to my feet.
That and as much more I could throw in your teeth.
So quite now your boasting of poteen.
V
A t'is your own country's gentlemen causes that all.
Although they have you locked in their chamber.
And for the poor man there's no quarters a tall.
When he is brought forth by the gager.
The'ill next send the sheriff to cease for the rent.
And also the gager your wrongs to repent.
So that is the cause of all your discontent.
And the health of old Ireland is poteen.
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IV
You speak much of health when destruction you mean.
Consider the fines you brought on us
You auction my cattle on the public street.
That leaves me to go without brogues to my feet.
That and as much more I could throw in your teeth.
So quite now your boasting of poteen.
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A t'is your own country's gentlemen causes that all.
Although they have you locked in their chamber.
And for the poor man there's no quarters a tall.
When he is brought forth by the gager.
The'ill next send the sheriff to cease for the rent.
And also the gager your wrongs to repent.
So that is the cause of all your discontent.
And the health of old Ireland is poteen.
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My name and my surname is potteen.
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If you are the villain caused me to come here.
May the curse of my children light on you.
You banished me far from my children and wife.
Put I'm in defence of your malice and strife
And for ever I swear against poteen.
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A you poor silly poet you seem in a rage.
D'ont you know that a glass in the morning.
Is taken by the learned the wise and the sage.
As chiefly as daylight a dawing.
But for the licensed liquor its poison you know.
It burns the enterals where are is does go.
Put my healing balsam has never done so.
And the health of old Ireland is poteen.
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2019-05-08 08:55
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In the year 1765 poet Prady who was a natvie of this district was arrested and put in prison for selling poteen and he made the following song when another man came to visit him in the cell.
Last night as I slept behind Cavan strong wall.
Where I was confined there in prison.
My crime it was such that no law would take bail.
Thank God it was not for high treason.
It was not for perjury larceny or strife.
But simply the selling of potteen,
I lifted my head of my cold bed of straw.
The moment I heard of the poet.
Say pray you good friend where have you seen
This man I'am desirous to know him.
It was in your own house in the town of Cootehill.
Where I got admittance and at your free will.
T'was early each morning your glass I did fill.
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2019-05-08 08:36
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that no could live on.
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2019-05-08 08:36
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that no could live on.
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2019-05-07 15:25
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After the plantation of Ulster landlords were very comon in these districts.
A very noted landlord in this district was Humphry's. He evicted many of his tenants for very little reasons. He was very harsh and cruel and if his tenants had not the rent to the last penny he would not take it, but would evict them the next day.
At every election the landlord would go round and tell all his tenants to vote for a certin man Often he would evict his tenants and they after paying the rent. If the tenants only white - washed his house or did any small little improvement to his house his rent was raised to a highter standard.
If a man was doing well and making money and had a nice tidy farm he was evicted and his farm was given to some - body else and he was given given a few old rocks
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2019-05-07 14:49
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where once a nice house stood.
There is a fort in it also and it is supposed to be inhapited by a race of fairies. Often lights are seen going from the fort to another fort in the town - land of Dresternan and often music is heard in the fort at night.
The land consists of hills and valleys and there is a lot of nice sparkling streams running here and there through them. Most of all the farms are big and most of the houses are slated.
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2019-05-07 14:39
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I love my native district more than any other spot in the world. I live in the town - land of Ardamagh in the parish of Annagh and in the Barony of Tullygarvey. It is a very big townland and there are ten families living there, there are about fifty people living in it The chief name in this district is Reilly.
There is a wood on the borders of the town - land but it is in another townland and it is about five acres in extent.
The chief industry in this district is farming and the soil is good and fertile and raises good crops
In olden times the townland was very thickly populated and after the famine most of the survivors went to America. In several places the remains of old houses are to be seen. The old walls all crumbling away and in some places all that is to be seen are a few small gardens and a heap of stones
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2019-05-07 14:22
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Very often travelling folk call to our house. Some times they call in looking for alms and selling cans and porringers.
They travel all day long and at night they fix up a tent and they sleep in it. The travel mostly in families or bands and they all sleep together in the one tent and live there.
They walk mostly on foot and when they are tired they ride on carts or spring - vans. The chief travelling folk that visit this district is the Doherty families, the usly visit this district around Easter or in the Spring time and at several other times of the year.
When they camp at a place the people come from all parts to hear them telling stories. When the call at our house they bring us news from far off places and we always be glad to see them coming.
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2019-05-07 14:02
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to dream of their future husbands.
There would be great feasting in house that day until the bride and groom would go away on their honey-moon that evening.
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2019-05-07 14:01
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I often heard my grandmother talk of the old local customs at weddings long ago. On the morning of of the wedding the guests would arrive on horse-back most of them riding white horses and they would be nicely dressed up. They would have ribbons platted in and out in the horse's tail and mane.
After the wedding ceremony when the wedding party would be on their way home the horsemen would run races and when they would be near there home, some-body would come out of the house with a quart of whiskey and gave a glass to everybody and then the bottle would be broke over the brides head with a little drop of whiskey in it.
Then when they would go into the house the brides cake would be cut over the brides head and a piece of it given to every-body that was at the wedding and a piece sent a round to all her friends. The young girls would sleep over it that night expecting
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2019-05-07 14:00
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A rainbow in the morning
Is the shepherd's warning
A rainbow at night
Is the shepherd's delight.
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2019-05-07 14:00
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There are many ways in which we judge the weather. In the evenings we watch to see the sun set. If the sun sets down in a bank of clouds we are sure of a wet day the following day. If the sun sets nice and bright we are sure of a good day. When we see the cat sitting with her back to the fire we know that we will have storm.
When the soot on the crook sticks to our fingers or when it falls down the chimney we may be sure of a wet day.
In the Summer time we like to see the swallows fly high for it is a sign of good weather, but if they fly low we may be sure of bad weather.
When there is a mist out if it goes up into the clouds in the morning it will come in rain, but if the mist falls we will have a good day.
We do not like to see a rainbow as it is a sign of showery weather.
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2019-05-07 13:59
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1 Says a child to his father how strange it does come that you are my father and I'm not your son?
- It was his daughter.
2 A man that married many a wife and yet himself lived single all his life. Now tell me if you can who is this very lucky man.
- A priest.
3 Why does the sea get angry.
- Because it is crossed so often.
4 What is it that never was nor never will be look at your finger and you will plainly see
- Your little finger will never be as big as the others
5 What is it, the more you take the more you leave behind.
- Your footsteps
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2019-05-07 13:58
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day there was a hunt and it was Benny Smith who was blowing the horn to call the dogs and woke him up. He could not think of what happened him and he looked around there was no-one in sight. He began thinking for a while, he saw an open grave beside him.
Oh, I have it now this is Resurrection morn and I'm the first man up.
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2019-05-07 13:58
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Sean Mac Dara was a great sport and a jolly old card and very fond of his glass. It was Christmas time and he got a present from his aunt. He went to Reillys public house and he met his old friend Bill Murphy and they went in and the treated each other. Each time they would start to go home the publican would stand them another drink and they would not like to go home after the drink so then they would take another and so the publican kept them to the middle of the night. Then there money ran short and the publican opened the door and put them out and said it was closing time.
The went on the road for a shile and Sean took a near way through the fields and had to go past a grave-yard. So they bid each other good bye and the shook hands a dozen times and parted. Sean got on well but when passing through the graveyard he fell asleep. The next
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2019-05-07 13:58
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but there were no person living there and no one liked to go past it after dark.
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2019-05-07 13:57
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At one time Lisagoan House was the residence of an old gentleman who was a large landlord. He was very hard on his tenants and he evicted many of them. He was a great sportman and fond of huntin. He kept great hunting horses and a pack of hounds. Strange stories were told by the people who lived around Lisagoan that the house was haunted by ghosts. One of the stories I heard was from an old man who lived in the neighbour-hood. About sunset every evening the bell used to ring and ring for about an hour each evening. The owner got a local tradesman to tie the tongues of the bells with wire but each evening at the same time the wire opened out and they rang as usual. The bells rang every evening till they stopped of their own accord.
The owner went to England and died there and after his death many strange things happened. At night horses and carriages were found moving about the place
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2019-05-07 13:56
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This song was composed by a man named Mr. Mullen who was working in a field beside the road when the car overturned.
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2019-05-07 13:52
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VII
Young Sims he lit the latter bit to find out what was wrong.
But of course with some John Jameson his head was not to strong.
He quickly lit the petrol tank it lit up like a star.
And burned his eyebrows to the root and spoiled my motor car.
VIII
When Paddy Cassels saw the blaze he let a dreadful roar.
Saying heavens all my flax is gone i'll never see it more.
My darling wife she'll kick me out away from home so far.
To hell with you John Martin and your Irish motor car.
IX
So now my boys take my advice when you go for a spin.
Don't bring old chaps like this with you for it is a mortal sin.
Whenever you meet with the like of Brown keep away from him so far.
For its him I blame for spoiling my Irish motor car.
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2019-05-07 13:49
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VII
Young Sims he lit the latter bit to find out what was wrong.
But of course with some John Jameson his head was not to strong.
He quickly lit the petrol tank it lit up like a star.
And burned his eyebrows to the root and spoiled my motor car.
VIII
When Paddy Cassels saw the blaze he let a dreadful roar.
Saying heavens all my flax is gone i'll never see it more.
My darling wife she'll kick me out away from home so far.
For its him I blame for spoiling my Irish motor car.
IX
So now my boys take my advice when you go for a spin.
Don't bring old chaps like this with you for it is a mortal sin.
Whenever you meet with the like of Brown keep away from him so far.
For its him I blame for spoiling my Irish motor car.
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2019-05-07 13:26
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IV
Of course I know those chums of mine their names I will pen down.
Pete McCaul, Paddy Cassels and the famous Johnny Brown.
We came along quite gallantly and not the least bit scarred
Till I went right up on the ditch and upset my motor car.
V
It was just beside the quarry on the old Lisarney road,
When Paddy Cassels and his wife had set up their abode.
We were every one pitched on the road and covered o'er with glár.
And some were buried underneath my Irish motor car.
VI
Up came two young youths along their hearts were full of joy.
One of them was named Jack Sims and the other Pat Mulloy.
Their counting up in Tullyvin two maids behind the bar.
And very soon the rightified my Irish motor car.
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2019-05-06 13:11
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I
I am an Irish carman Johnny Martin is my name.
For driving fast and furious I got an awful name.
I'd drive you up to Dublin and round ten times as far.
And you'll always find contentment in my Irish motor car.
II
When driving in my motor to market or to fair,
Or likewise to many a wedding I'd drive the happy pair.
And when there on their on honeymoon they will call at every bar,
And drink a health to Martin and his Irish motor car.
III
One day I chanced to drive a few old friends and chaps around,
First we took the country and then we took the town.
We thought we'd call at every bar for a glass of Three Old Star.
Till I confessed that I was blst when I broke my motor car.
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2019-05-06 12:48
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I
I am an Irish carman Johnny Martin is my name.
For driving fast and furious I got an awful name.
I'd drive you up to Dublin and round ten times as far.
And you'll always find contentment in my Irish motor car.
II
When driving in my motor to market or to fair,
Or likewise to many a wedding I'd drive the happy pair.
And when there on their on honeymoon they will call at every bar,
And drink a health to Martin and his Irish motor car.
III
One day I chanced to drive a few old friends and chaps around,
First we took the country and then we took the town.
We thought we'd call at every bar for a glass of Three Old Star.
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2019-05-06 09:55
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Long ago a landlord lived in every district and each of them owned a large tract of land. The land was divided into small farms and the had a tenant living on each farm. Every May and October they collected the rent of each tenant.
Mr. Humphrey was the landlord over this part of the country. He lived about half a mile from the village of Ballyhaise and in the townland of Lisagoan.
He had an office in his own house for collecting the rent and any of the tenants who failed to pay he visited their home and made a hard time for them.
My father did not always own this place where we are living he has it about twelve years. A man the of Mr. Gleeson owned it before us. The place where my father was born does not belong to him now, he sold it to a man named Murphy.
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2019-05-06 09:36
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house about Easter or Christmas. The men put in some of their time making tin articles and the women go round selling them.
Sometimes only one comes to the house and other times a couple come. If you buy anything of them they do be very thankful and they pray for you and all belonging to you.
The chief party of travelling people about here are the Dohertys. They come about once a month and they sell porringers and other small articles. If they come to the house on a hot day they rest a while before they start on their journey.
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2019-05-06 09:23
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In all parts of the country at present there are people who go about from house to house selling small articles and looking for food.
They are not very common about this district but they come around from time to time. They do be very poor and they depend on the articles the make for their living.
When they come to the house they would be very glad if you would give them a piece of bacon, butter or a home - made cake. The would also be very glad if you would give them some milk as they need some to drink and to put on their tea. They stay for about one night in the same place and they sleep in tents by the roadside,
Long ago the people of the district used to go to hear them telling stories but they do not do so now.
Then they move away and when they go a certain distance the camp there for another night.
They generally come to the
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2019-05-06 09:03
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very large population in Ireland and more than half of them died during the time of the famine. In every field or along every road there would be people got dead or dying.
The black '47 this year was called as it was the worst of the two.
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2019-05-06 08:59
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During the years 1846 and 1847 there was a great famine in Ireland. This famine was caused by the failure of the potato crop.
Before these years the chief food of the people was potatoes. In the year 1845 blight was seen in Ireland for the first time.
The people did not know what to do and at this time they did not know anything about spraying. All the potatoes withered and died.
The next year the same thing happened and the people were dying of starvation and weakness. The food which they ate consisted of tallow, raw turnips, rats, dogs and horses.
The next year Indian meal could be got at a very high price. When the farmers would have any oats they would have to sell it to pay the rent if not they would be evicted. Sometimes if they did pay the rent they would be evicted also.
At that time there was a
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2019-05-03 17:07
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go you can see the ruins of old houses. Some are crumbled away to the foundation and in others the walls are still standing.
Post Hill is the highest hill in the townland. This is how it got its name. The time Ireland was surveyed the surveyors placed a pole on this hill and said it was the highest hill in the district.
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2019-05-03 16:59
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I live in the townland of Mullalogher in the parish of Annagh the barony of Tullagarvey and the County of Cavan.
In the townland of Mullalogher there are thirteen families. Reilly is the most popular name in the townland. The thirteen families are made up of sixty persons.
More than half of those houses are slated and the rest of them are thatched. To separate the townlands from each other there are large wide streams running through the land.
The land is hilly and there are small pieces of bogs here and there throughout it. There are not many people over seventy in this townland. Any of them that are alive at present tell stories in English but none of them can tell Irish stories as there was no Irish when the were children
Some years ago there were twice as many houses in the townland than there is now. Every place you
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2019-05-03 15:39
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neck by a button. She also wore a bonnet and veil and of she went to get married.
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2019-05-03 15:37
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The clothes worn by the people long ago were very different to the ones worn at the present day.
The women wore a big skirt pleated around the waist and very loose round the tail. This skirt was very long and the would have to hold it up when going the road.
Then the women rolled their hair in a ball and fastened it on the top of their head. Of course the hat worn had a very high crown with a small leaf.
There were no shoes worn they were all boots or elastics and when the shoes came out first they were called ankle - jacks.
Most men wore corduroy breeches and these buttoned with six buttons below the knees. The wore woollen socks which was knitted in the homes.
When a young girl was getting married she wore a mantle of black or navy which reached to the ground and fastened at her
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2019-05-02 18:53
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some words and if you believed in them the person would be cured.
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2019-05-02 18:47
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There are five forges in this district They belong to Mr Tierney, Mr. North, Mr McDonald, Mr. Cahill and Mr Brady. These blacksmiths are very strong and can fix anything made of iron.
On each forge there are a few windows which are very hard to keep clean on account of all the coal that is burned. In each forge there is a lot of iron tools and they all are of some use.
It is very easy knowing a forge as there is always a large number of old horse - shoes lying outside the door. In each forge there are large bellows and in some of them there are two pairs. All the blacksmiths can shoe horses and donkeys and they can fix pots and other articles.
Long ago the old people had great belief in getting diseases cured in the forge. If any person took the disease of the rickets he would be taken to the forge and put on the anvil and the blacksmith would would say
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2019-05-02 17:16
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went about barefooted and the thought it hard to wear boots on Sunday. Some of them carried their boots in their hands until they reached the chapel and then they put them on until they were coming home.
People say that when you wash your feet at night you should not throw out the water or if you do, you will get up in your sleep and walk about the house till morning. Some people throw out the water on the street and nothing happens to them.
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2019-05-02 17:08
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The feet are some of the main parts of the body which should be well - cared. Everyone should wash his feet each night both winter and summer. The nails on the toes should be kept cut and there should not be any dirt left under them.
All round this part of the country each person wears boots in the winter but in summer most children go barefooted. Some of them wear slippers or sandals to keep the thorns out of their feet.
In winter the children wear woollen stockings and boots. Some of them wear clogs which are very comfortable.
There are no shoemakers in this district but there is one man who makes clogs. Long ago there was a lot of shoemakers in this district and these all learned the trade from their fathers and grandfathers
Some time ago there were grown - up people who never wore boots either winter or summer. They
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2019-05-02 16:48
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As long as people remember there are a class of people who go around this country looking for alms.
Long ago they used to ask lodging of the person whom they visited last night but now they have tents or caravans which they sleep in along the road
They have several ways of making their livings. Some of them ask food and money and others of them make their livings by telling fortunes.
Some of them make tins of every description and sell them and others make flowers and sell them also.
They also make dainty tables out of willows and sell them to the country people about.
The Doherty family visit this part of the country oftener than any others and two of them generally go together.
They sell paper flowers home - made tables and tins.
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2019-05-01 09:35
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as she did the food raised itself up into the air and there was the ground as bare as ever it was before.
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2019-05-01 09:32
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Once there lived a little boy who had a very cruel stepmother. She put him out to herd cattle and she gave him very little to eat thinking he would die of starvation
One day as this little boy was looking after his cattle his fairy God - mother came to him and she told him he could get anything he wanted to eat in a cow's horn. He screwed off the horn and the first thing came out was a lovely white cloth. Then came all sorts of nice things to eat.
When he had partaken of a good meal he gathered up all and put them back again in the cow's horn and anything he wanted to eat from that time he had only to screw off the cow's horn and he got whatever he wanted.
When his stepmother saw he was not failing she knew he was getting food somewhere so she sent out her daughter to watch him.
When she discovered what was happening she went out to see if she too could get her eatibles in the same way.
She screwed off the horn but she could get nothing to eat. Then she got the boy to screw it off. Out came the cloth and food and she sat down to eat but
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2019-05-01 09:03
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Long ago all the land in Ireland was owned by landlords.
Some of these landlords were very cruel. They made their tenants pay very high rents and if they did not pay it they were evicted. If they did any repairs on their house their rent was raised.
The sheriff was an agent of the landlord and it was he who carried out the evictions. When the people were evicted everything in the house was thrown out on the street and the house was levelled to the ground.
The landlord had another agent near his farms and the rent had to be paid to him and if the tenant did not pay he told landlord and the tenant was evicted.
It was a landlady owned this townland and her name was Mrs. Hettie Blake and she lived in Dublin.
The agent to whom the rent was paid was Mr. Jones.
She was not a cruel landlady and there were no evictions carried out in this townland.
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2019-05-01 08:40
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by Ireland's pangs sent shiploads of Indian meal to the country.
There were large boilers set up in every district in which the meal was boiled and the people went there and brought home Indian meal to the country.
There were large boilers set up in every district in which the meal was boiled and the people went there and brought home Indian porridge to their starving families.
The boiler for this district was at Mullacroghera Cross and it may be seen in the locality yet.
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2019-05-01 08:23
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During the years 1846 and 1847 there was a great famine here in Ireland owing to the failure of the potatoes. These were the first years of the blight. First the stalks began to decay and then the potatoes rotted in the ground.
At that time the people depended on the potato crop for all their food so when this crop failed starvation made its way among them.
The population of this country was twice as thick then as it is now so the disaster was fearful.
Thousands of people were found dead by the roadside and many others went to United states, Canada, England and other countries to escape death from hunger at home.
So great was the want of food that in some places the people were seen eating grass. They drew the blood from the cattle and drank it and in some places the donkeys were killed and ate. This dreadful disaster raged in County Cavan as well as in every other county.
So thickly did they die that sometimes they were buried coffinless in trenches.
The Americans moved to compassion
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2019-04-30 14:57
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night they would not throw out the water until morning, and they would not wash their hands in the same water which they washed their feet in.
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2019-04-30 14:55
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Long ago people gave very little care to their feet. Some of them would not wear boots until they were twenty years or more.
When the girls were going to a fair or market they brought their stockings wrapped up in a large handkerchief. When they reached the road they would wash their feet in a pool of water and dry them in their handkerchief and put on their boots and stockings there. These stockings were hand - knitted and the boots were home - made. A shoemaker who could make these boots lived in a place in Ardamagh called Grove's Turn and another lived in Drumcondra. The boots which these men made were far cheaper than the factory boots which we now get.
They used to wear slip - soles of hay in their boots and when they would be renewing them they would spit on the old ones and throw them behind the fire.
They used to wear clogs every day in winter time and of course these were home - made also. The uppers of them were made of leather and the soles were made of wood with iron shods and tips to keep them from wearing.
When they would wash their feet at
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2019-04-30 14:28
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1 Why does a cow look over a ditch?
Because she cannot look in under it?
2. Head like a thimble, tail like a rat,
You can guess for ever, but you'll not guess that.
A pipe
3. What bridge cannot bear a fly?
The bridge of your nose.
4. Why does a train driver never have a watch?
Because the train would always be behind time.
5. Why may a beggar wear a short coat?
Because it may be long enough before he gets another.
6. Why is a sailor a bad horseman?
Because he rides on the main.
7. What is the smallest county in Ireland?
Cork because you can put it in a bottle
8. If you were up on the highest tower in the world and a goose on your arm how would you get down?
Of the goose's breast
10. What goes over the water and says jink jink, and never takes a drink?
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2019-04-30 14:26
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A chain on a cot.
10. What is it that a poor man has, a rich man wants it, a blind man sees it, and a deaf man hears it?
Nothing.
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2019-04-30 14:23
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1 Why does a cow look over a ditch?
Because she cannot look in under it?
2. Head like a thimble, tail like a rat,
You can guess for ever, but you'll not guess that.
A pipe
3. What bridge cannot bear a fly?
The bridge of your nose.
4. Why does a train driver never have a watch?
Because the train would always be behind time.
5. Why may a beggar wear a short coat?
Because it may be long enough before he gets another.
6. Why is a sailor a bad horseman?
Because he rides on the main.
7. What is the smallest county in Ireland?
Cork because you can put it in a bottle
8. If you were up on the highest tower in the world and a goose on your arm how would you get down?
Of the goose's breast
10. What goes over the water and says jink jink, and never takes a drink?
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2019-04-30 13:54
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Farewell Johnie Currie and the man from Bunnoe
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2019-04-30 13:52
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Being on a bright November morn the wind did gently blow,
When Erin's sons and daughters from their homes that day did go
To a meeting held in Cavan town where friendship did extend,
To gain home - rule for Ireland and free our native land.
This is a verse Mr. Patrick Brady made about a home - rule meeting held in Cavan town
Long ago there was a forge beside Redhills and it was owned by Mr John Currie. One time Mr. Currie made a plough for a man from Bunnoe and on the day he was to come for it Mr. Currie went to Cavan, and he left Mr. Jim Mc Caul in charge of the forge. When he came home he asked Mr. Mc Caul did the man from Bunnoe come for the plough and he replied: -
The man from Bunnoe put the plough on the cart,
When he heard of the charge it near broke his heart,
Five shilling he did pay, ten more he did owe,
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2019-04-29 16:46
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In this country the weather is nice and cool and there are not many diseases. But there are some diseases. For instance when you take a bad cough you can gather blackheads and boil them then you sweeten the juice with sugar and take it your cough. If you take the mumps you could. get a cure by some one putting a halter on you by leading you round the pig sty and saying a prayer.
Some people have great belief in the chicken weed for pains round your head. The chicken weed is brought in and warmed in a cloth and put on the pain and it is said to give instant relief.
If anyone takes heart fever a mug is filled with meal and a white cloth is put on the top If the meal leaves the mug the person is suffering from heart fever.
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2019-04-29 16:27
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A few weeks ago a man was on his way to the town. He was very nervous and a cockcrow would scare him. On his way he had to pass a drinking pool and there was talk there was a ghost seen there each evening.
As he was approaching the pool he heard very heavy steps behind him. He looked around but could see nothing. Then he could see a man drinking at the pool.
After drinking he could see the ghost no more. He had not gone very far when he could find the ghost again at the back of his neck.
Other people have seen the same and were much frightened.
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2019-04-29 15:33
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One day a little boy was coming home from school. When he was going past a lane he heard a voice behind him saying "wait Johnny,". The boy looked around and saw a little man about a foot in height and he dressed in green, behind him. He had a bag in his hand.
He gave it to the boy and told him not to open it till he would go home. He thanked the fairy and then he disappeared.
The boy ran home with his bag of jewels and gave it to his mother. They went to the town next day and spent all the coins. But to her surprise the magic bag filled again and the family was happy for the rest of their lives.
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2019-04-28 19:27
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There are many signs of weather. Birds animals and people know when the rain is coming. For instance the cat knows when the storm is coming. She sits very close to the coals. If she lies in the sun in February she will creep to the fireside in March.
When the rain is coming the crook is sticky and wet. Also the soot comes down in lumps and dirties the hearthstone. On nights when the moon is rising if there is a black shade between us and the moon people say there will be plenty of rain.
If March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb. If it comes in like a lamb it goes out like a lion.
If the apple trees but in March you may search for apples.
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2019-04-28 16:28
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There are three forges in this district. One of these is situated beside the village of Redhills and Mr John North works in it. This is a very small forge with two fires and two large bellows, two anvils and a boring machine for boring metals and irons.
There are ploughs and other iron implements made and repaired at it. Horses are also shod at it and there is a man kept for this work. The man there at present is Mr. Owen Sheenan. The forge is situated beside cross roads.
There is another forge at Gannons cross. Mr. Miles works in it, and it is still smaller than the other one. There is only one fire in it and there is no work done there except shoeing horses. The other forge is in the townland of Drumcarn and Mr Bernard Tierney works in it but there is only one fire in it
A blacksmith's life is a hard one. Vulcan was the first smith's name.
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2019-04-27 15:32
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but whins grow in it. Cattle are fed among the whins.
There is an old saying about our townland and that is if one person dies then will die three inside one year. This has happened many times. I remember Mr. John Mc Mahon and Mrs Costello and Mrs Fitzpatrick to die inside twelve months.
My grandfather and grandmother and Patrick my brother also died before twelve months had passed.
Mrs. Pat Smyth and Mrs. James Smyth and her son died before the end of twelve months.
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2019-04-27 15:21
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I live in the townland of Keelagh and this townland is in the parish of Annagh and the Baroney of Tullygarvey.
There are ten houses and a national school in it and there are also thirty four people living in it. The oldest of these is Patrick Smyth. He can tell very interesting stories about fairies and ghosts and a beautiful one about one night that he was led astray and no matter where he went he could not get the right way and he believed that it was the fairies led him away. There are four other people over seventy.
This townland was more thickly populated long ago than it is now.
There are more than ten houses gone to ruin and there were far more living in these houses than there are now.
It is a hilly townland and there are three lakes bordering it.
All the houses are thatched and most of them have only three apartments.
The next townland to ours is Anna Hois but this is unhabited and nothing
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2019-04-26 16:18
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went out to see could she get milk. When she was out a good while there was no sign of her returning. The people of the house set out to look for her, but she was never seen or heard of again.
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2019-04-26 16:15
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it into rolls.
The people of long ago were very superstitious and the did not want anyone to come into the house whil'st they were churning. If anyone came to the house for the lend of anything they would not get it. Then they were supposed to help with the churning.
Some people who would only have about two cows would have a large tub of butter to sell each week. Some time ago there was a woman who had not much milk. One night there came a woman looking for lodging. When it came to supper - time the woman of the house said there was no milk for the supper.
The other woman said to give her two cans and a riddle. When she got those she went out - side and she came back in a short time. She had the cans full of milk and the riddle full of butter. She gave them to the woman who was very pleased.
Soon after this the milk and butter was used and the woman took the same articles and
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2019-04-26 15:40
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In most houses in this district there are churns in which the people churn the milk. Most of these churns are made of oak.
There is a churn at home which we have about sixteen years. It is four feet in height and it is five feet at the bottom and top. There is a lid on the churn and a hole in the centre for the churndash to come through The churndash is worked up and down.
When churning you pour in boiling water until you bring the milk to a certain heat. When you churn for some time you can see small pieces of butter on the lid then the churn is done.
Then you get a small butter tub and butter plates and scald them well with boiling water. The you get the butter strainer and lift out the butter. Next you get spring water and wash all the milk of the butter and afterwards you mix well with salt. Then you leave the butter to firm and lastly you make
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2019-04-26 08:01
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They have a crock and it is said that if you are able to catch them and ask them where it is that they will give it to you.
There can also be sweet music heard in forts.
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2019-04-26 07:57
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There is a lot of forts in this district They are built on the tops of high hills
It is said that that these forts were built by the Tuatha De Danan. Those people built them with clay. They made a couple of big circles and inside these the built small wooden huts and they lived in them
It is supposed not to be right to till them because they say that good people live in them Light are seen in them at night and some are led astray if the stop to watch them and very often they do not get back till the next morning
The forts were made to keep wild animals from invading the people because when the were made the country was full of wild animals and it was not safe to go outside the walls of these forts because they would be killed and eaten up
Some people say that these good people can be heard working after night and making shoes
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2019-04-25 18:38
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thrown in one on top of another
The people were found dead along the road and their mouths green eating grass
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2019-04-25 18:36
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One of the greatest famines in Ireland was the famine of eighteen forty six and eighteen forty seven
This was caused by the failure of the potato crop. In the Autumn of eighteen forty five blight came on potatoes and when they were dug and put into pits they decayed
At that time the potato was the chief food of the people in Ireland for the oats had to be sold to pay the rent
When the potatoes failed a lot of the people died and others of them emigrated to America
In this district there was a lot of houses and now they are levelled to the ground and made into fields and there is only about half the population now in Ireland as there was a that time
The people were found dead along the road and there were so many dying that a lot of them had to buried coffinless
Sometimes there was a hole dug in graveyard and the dead bodies were
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2019-04-25 17:05
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wheels on it, and two axles. I bring it up to the top a hill and I get into it and it goes down the hill as fast as the train.
Sometimes I get fine wire and I make snares. I set them beside the rabbits burrow and I put two pegs of iron each side of the snares. When the rabbits are coming out or perhaps going into the burrow they run into the snares and cannot get out of them.
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2019-04-25 16:56
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During my leisure hours I always find something to do and something to amuse myself. I make little articles of wood such as tops guns, motors and things like that.
When I am making a top I get a spool and cut it in the middle. I get a piece of a stick and put it into the hole. Then I put it on the table or on the floor, and I bring it round in my fingers and it spins delightfully.
When I am making a gun I get my saw and cut a branch off an elder tree. I bring it into a little house that I have and cut into a half - food length. Next I take the skin off it and I clean the the hole that runs through the centre of it. I put a plug made of paper in one end of the hole and I also put another plug in the other end. Then I get the rod and crushes the two plugs out of it and it lets a shot like a common gun.
Other times when I am doing nothing I get a box and puts four
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2019-04-23 15:33
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The bride would bring all her friends and relatives with her to leave good - bye with them
A crowd of young used to gather up and dress in straw. They used to go to the grooms house and sing and dance and play music on the street. The groom used to come to the door and give them money or sometimes they used to get a couple of bottles of porter.
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2019-04-23 15:24
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People say that it is not lucky to get married in May and they also say that it is not lucky to get married on a Saturday.
Long ago the people used to get married in their own houses. The priest used to come to the brides house and marry the bride and groom. The used to go riding on horse back that day and sometimes the the bride and groom used to go in a coach. The coach used to be drawn by two white horses. The rest who were attending the marriages rode on horseback and the horses were very nicely dressed with all sorts of ribbons platted in their mane. The marriages usually took place in the middle of the day. The bride used not to go to the grooms house on that night but she would stay at home for a week or two. The bride used to go to the grooms house on a Thursday. Before she left some person used to bring her flitting to the grooms house. That night there would be a great crowd in the grooms house and
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2019-04-19 09:11
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In every country the weather does not be the same. There are many signs of the weather and the people know whether we will have good weather or not.
When the wind blows out of the south it always brings rain to us. When the wind blows out of the east and north we always have dry hardy weather. When the smoke comes up straight out a chimney it is the sign of good weather but when it blows about everywhere it is the sign of bad weather.
If you go down to a lake and if you can see all the houses in the district in it it is the sign of bad weather also. Whenever you see the cat scrabbing the leg of a chair it is the sign of rain. If the cat sits with her back to the fire it is the sign of some storm. When you see a sort of vapour rising from a lake it is the sign of rain
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2019-04-19 08:48
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When a person would have wild fire a gold coin was got and put on the spot where the wild fire spread.
When children had the whooping cough it was believed that if a man with a pye bald pony was met on the road anything he would say to give the children was a cure for it.
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2019-04-19 08:40
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Long ago when a child used to have the mumps an asse's halter was put in on his neck and some person brought him round the pig - sty three times to cure him. If a child had the whooping cough he was put in under the asses belly three times and that would cure him.
A person who was born on Good Friday and baptised on Easter Sunday would have the cure of the running evil.
Very often the people would have sore throats and often they would be in great pain. The people of the house would get potatoes and roast them. Then they would get salt and roast it on a pan. All would be put into a stocking and then tied round the persons throat this would give instant relief on the spot.
There are people also who can cure heart fever. The first thing they do is to get a mug of oat meal and put a white cloth over it. Then it is put here and there round the persons heart If the mug is not full when the cloth is taken off this is a sign of heart fever but if the mug remains full this is a sign that the person has no heart fever.
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2019-04-16 15:27
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and the other young girls that were there and they would put it under their pillow the following night to dream of their future husband to come.
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2019-04-16 15:24
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they were going to catch them so they would run away as fast as they could again so there's where the laughs and cheers would be then.
Through time they would leave and the groom would have to give them money or drink or else they would have to get the bride. Then they would go away but they would be sure to sing a good jolly song before they would do so. Then the straw that every man had on him was taken off and put in a big heap and lit a few perches away from the house and when all would be burned they would go away and buy drink and divide it among them. Then everyone would give the bride a present and if she had any land of her own she got it for herself.
When three or four o'clock would come everyone would leave and they would be delighted with the night they spent.
Some other night there would be a party held in the grooms house and they same sport would go on. Then the bride would not return home until after a month because it is said it would not be lucky. The same old things are carried on throughout the districts
Then the brides cake would be divided in small pieces among the friends and
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2019-04-16 14:59
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Long ago the people used to say that it was not right to get married on a Saturday because it was the wort day of the week and that you would never have any luck.
The marriages used to take place during the day. On that day there would be a great bustle and hurry getting things ready to have for the bride and groom when they came home.
The night then would be the best of all, because there was nothing to be heard only cheers and laughter ringing all through the place. All the friends would be there and everyone would eat a hearty meal. After that there would be nothing going on only dancing and singing the whole night.
At about ten o'clock the strawboys would come and they dressed in straw and big sticks in their hands. Then the sport would rise. They would get out and dance and to be sure it would be the bride that they would dance. This would continue for an hour or so and you know some of the smart people would pull of the straws of the boys but they would be wise enough for them. When they would find them coming they would make out
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2019-04-16 09:30
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thought looking out at him and spitting at him. Every night they did the same until in the end he had to leave the house because they came more and more each night.
He left the house and went and lived in a little hut a few perches away from it. The other house fell and from that day till this he never went back near the old house nor never interfered with a bush any more on a fort.
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2019-04-16 09:22
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At the present day forts are very plentiful throughout Ireland. It is said that the fairies built them but I think not.
Long ago there was a class of people in Ireland who used to go about plundering and robbing the country and it was believed that it was they who built them. They made large holes here and there in them and they used to run and hide in these holes for safety when they were attacked by their enemies.
In some forts traces of these holes are to be seen yet. Surrounding every fort there is a high stone wall or ditch. In the centre of the fort one large bush is to be seen growing
People say it is not right to interfere with a fort or anything belonging to it. In the townland where I was reared there is a fort and it is said that Peter Reilly the owner of it happened to go out one day to cut firing. He came to the fort and commenced to cut a bush. He never thought of it being a fort until he had the bush cut.
That night he was sitting round the fire and he happened to look over at the hob and he saw wee things like weasels as he
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2019-04-16 08:54
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she is still with the fairies.
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2019-04-16 08:53
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About seventy years ago in my home there dwelt a man whose name was Mick Connors. At twelve o'clock every night the fairies used to call for him and he used to go on horse - back with them his horse being a buachalan.
There was a large stone opposite the door which he called his throne and while he was sitting on this stone he could tell all tell all that was to happen in the coming generations.
In the neighbourhood there died a woman suddenly and it was believed that she was taken away by the fairies. Her husband came to Mick to know if he could get her back. Mick told him that she was with the fairies every night riding on horse - back with them, and that they would pass through his barn on a certain night after twelve o'clock. He told him to stand one side of the back door and to get another strong man to stand opposite him, and as she would pass through on the fourth horse to seize her and hold her and he would have her back. But the man being too nervous would not do it and so it was believed that
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2019-04-16 08:20
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According to tradition there are many
remarks as to what kind of weather we are going to have.
When the wind blows from the south we are going to have rain. Also when the soot falls down the chimney or when the crooks are damp it is a sign of rain.
When the cat scrapes at the chairs it is a sign of wind
When the crows fly low and go wild through the sky it is a sign of wind.
If the cat sits with her back to the fire that is a sign of storm.
When the hen scrapes a lot in the ground or when the dog eats grass that denotes rain. When the goats and sheep come from the cliff to the house this also denotes rain.
People who have rheumatism or corns ache severely before rain comes.
When there is a mist on the mountain in the morning we are to have a wet evening. It is said a rainbow in the morning is the shepherds warning and a rainbow at night is the sailors delight.
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2019-04-15 14:13
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is placed in roasted potatoes and salt for a soar throat. The potatoes are put on the coals to roast and the salt is roasted on a pan. They they are mixed up together and put into a cloth and put around the throat of the affected person and it gives instant relief.
Some people have a cure for heart - fever. They fill a mug of oat - meal and there is a cloth put over it.
Then the person supposed to have the cure places this mug here and there about the heart of the affected person and he says some prayers. If this person has heart fever some of the meal will leave the mug and if he has not the mug will be as full as ever when taken away.
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2019-04-15 13:56
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As the old people are very superstitious there are many things which the believed to be cures for certain diseases.
It was believed that if a man with a pye - bald pony was met accidently on the road anything he would say to give the children was a cure for the whooping cough.
If a woman is married to a man of the same name they also have a cure for the whooping cough.
It is said to be another cure for the same disease to bring the child in and out under and over a donkey three times.
Some people used to bring milk to a ferrit and let him drink some and then take the remainder home to the children and give it to them as a cure for the whooping cough.
When children were bad with mumps there was a donkey's halter put around their neck and they were led around the pigcrow but this pigcrow must be out in a seprate building by itself and they used to say a prayer in Irish as they led them around it.
The seventh son or seventh daughter of a family have also a cure for some disease.
In some places great belief is placed
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2019-04-15 11:32
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real old mountain dew used to given as a prize
An old custom which is now condemned was straw - boys. A party dressed in straw would come to the house and sing songs dance and play music.
On the Sunday following the wedding there was a "brides drink". The party used to return to the groom's house and they would have a fine time there.
When they would be a month married there was a "month's visit". The bride's people used to go to the groom's house and bring the bride to her native home and after great feasting the groom would come and bring her home again.
In this part of the country it is a custom for the bride to get a dowry. There is a flitting sent on the day they are married. It is supposed to be sent on a horse cart and if the bride passes it on her way to her new home it is considered unlucky.
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2019-04-15 10:47
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Long ago in this country there were many old customs as regards marriage. There is an old rhyme regarding the days on which they were to get married and people paid a lot of heed to it long ago and this is what it is. Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses and Saturday the worst day of all. It was also said marry in May and you'll rue the day. They used to wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
When the couple used to be going out to the chapel to get married it was a custom for the old people in the house to throw an old shoe after them for luck.
When they came home the bride used to be handed the twig and the tongs. She used to sweep the floor with the twig and fix the fire with the tongs and she had possession of the home.
As there were no cars long ago the party used to make the journey to and from the chapel on horse - back. On the way to the groom's house the party ran horse - races and a bottle of whiskey or a bottle of
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1. I went to the wood and got it, I sat down and sought it, and as I could not get it home with me I brought it
A thorn in my foot
2. What is it that no - body cares to have yet no - body cares to lose?
A bald head
3. Why is an engine driver like a school master?
Because one minds the train and the other trains the mind
4. In comes two legs, sits on three legs, takes one leg across his knee, in comes four legs, snaps up one leg, up jumps two legs flings three legs, tosses four legs, and gets his own leg back.
A dog snapping a leg of ham from a man.
5. I have a little house and it would not hold a mouse and there are as many windows on it as are on the king's house
A thimble.
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2019-04-15 09:51
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of his gold that he got of the fairy.
This man lived very comfortable with his gold until he died
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2019-04-15 09:47
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One time a man wanted a crock of gold and he did not know how he could get it. He went to a neighbours and asked the man of the house how could he get it.
The man told him if he would go to a wood about twelve oclock on a moonlit night he would get the fairy sitting on a block of wood and to catch him. When he would get hold of him not to let the fairy out.
The man did as he was told and he got the fairy and asked for the crock of gold.
The fairy said to the man look at that big black dog behind you but the man made sure not to look behind.
The fairy had to give the gold and the man went home very proud
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2019-04-15 09:26
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Soon a faint voice was heard from a hill beyond. All of a sudden the fairies mounted their horses and rode off, and when the boy looked they were out of sight. Then the boy found himself on a hill near to his own house, and he does not know whether it really happened or not.
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2019-04-15 09:20
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Once, there was a woman and her son and they lived in a small hut at the foot of a hill. The boy used to read a lot about fairies and as they were poor he made up his mind to catch a fairy and get some gold of him.
One moonlight night he went to a fort that was in his neighbour's land. It was a beautiful night and he loved to be out. He walked along whistling and soon he reached the fort.
He stood for about ten minutes and soon he was forced to walk up a ladder and jump on a white horse's back. Soon many horses with fairies mounted on their backs started with him. When he thought they were about four mile away they dismounted and before he could speak they told him to dig a hole and there he would get gold.
He was not long working till he got tired and he sat down to rest. They told him to hurry or if he didn't it would be worse for him.
He did not work too hard as he thought he had plenty of time.
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2019-04-15 08:50
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There was once a little girl coming home from school and she was very poor. She heard a voice behind her and she looked round and she saw a little man sitting on the road. The little man called her back and he gave her a purse and told her to go home and give it to her mother. The girl did as she was told when she went she gave it to her mother. Her mother opened the purse and she was glad to find a lot of coins in it
The next day the mother went to the town and spent all the coins that were in the purse. But to her surprise the purse was filled again. And every time she spent the coins the purse would be filled again. The girl and her mother lived happily together for the rest of their lives.
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2019-04-14 15:33
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she will fly what's that?
The fire.
10) What stands outside the wood and eats inside?
A pig
11. Hairy all over thick of the skin two things wagging and one going in.
A pig eating his meat.
12. Patch upon patch without any stiches riddle me that and I will give you my breeches?
A cabbage head.
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2019-04-14 15:21
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she will fly what's that?
The fire.
10) What stands outside the wood and eats inside?
A pig
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2019-04-14 15:16
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1. Forty sheep went through a gap a shepherd and his dog how many feet went through the gap?
Two feet the rest were all paws.
2. What is it that when you cut a bit of it you make it longer?
A Grave.
3. What has a head a foot and four legs?
A bed.
4. What is the shiest thing in the house.?
The clock because it keeps its hands on its face.
5. What goes round the wood and never goes into it?
The bark of a tree.
6. Why is a sailor a bad rider.?
Because he rides on the main.
7. What goes round the house and sleeps in corner at night?
The twig
8. What sleeps with its finger in its eye
The crook?
9. I have a little red cow tied against the wall give her much give her little and she will gobble up all, give her water and she will die give her wine and
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2019-04-14 14:52
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sat up to watch his cows. He saw a hare come across the ditch and commence to suck a cow. He had a sixpence in his gun and he fired it at her and wounded her. She ran to her own house in the next townland. This man followed her and when he went in he saw an old woman sitting at the fire wounded and crying.
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2019-04-14 14:43
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Many years ago it was a common thing in this country for the farmers to lose the butter of the churns. They would churn away for hours and hours but all in vain.
My father remembers one morning when he was going past a house on his way to school to see the shores around the dairy full of milk which the people had being churning for hours and could get no butter so they had to spill the milk and it was believed it was the witches had taken the butter away. Then there was a man who had control over those witches. He came to this house and burned irons in the fire and while he was burning them the person who took the butter came to house for the lend of something but he would not get it as the doors were locked against him and then they knew who took the butter and his spell was broken.
It was common to sit up every May morning to watch the cows as the witches used to come in the form of hares and suck them.
An old man in the townland
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2019-04-14 14:15
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Once upon a time two brothers lived together. Both of them used to go on their céilidhe to a certain house where a story teller used to visit. One night he told that there was a ghost found walking in the house where these two brothers lived.
When the men went home they went to bed in different rooms. Just at midnight one brother wakened and found a sound like walking in the next room.
He got up went over to the door and opened it. He saw a man dressed in white coming towards him. He lit a match and flashed it in his face. Who was it but his brother walking in his sleep. Every night he used to get up and walk and that was what the story teller saw.
They both went back to bed and never was afraid more.
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2019-04-14 14:00
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Some years ago a man went on a visit to a neighbours house. When he was coming home that night he had to come past a grave - yard. Just when he was going the gate he heard something panting behind him. He looked behind but could see nothing.
His heart stopped beating but he walked on his way. Just when he came to a certain house he looked behind him again and heard the panting inside the gate.
The panting changed into a big white goat and it looked at him through the gate. Just then his brother came along and he too heard the panting but did not know what it was because he could not see the goat behind him.
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2019-04-14 10:03
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Tommy Fay was very fond of cardplaying. He went to a cardgame one Saturday night and they played till midnight. On his way home he heard the noise of approaching horses coming towards him
The first man halted and said "hello Tom, did you win much on the cards tonight. We are going to have a game now for for a bottle of whiskey will you join us," and Tom agreed. "Get up on the horse behind me" and Tom was so glad when he heard about the whiskey, that he jumped up behind him. When he was mounted he saw that he wore a red cap. He brought him on through woods and passes that he never saw before till they reached a fort. They all dismounted at the fort and they began the game. First three twenty - fives for the bottle of whiskey. He was two games and twenty for the next and had the five of trump in his hand. All of a sudden the cock crowed and all vanished away. He was siting at the foot of a tree about a hundred yards away from his own home. He is wondering from that day to this whether it was a reality or a dream.
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2019-04-14 09:41
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Once, there was a man called Tom Kelly who every night would be out until three o'clock. One night he said he was going a céilidhe to his neighbour's house but instead of that he went to the village.
This village was three miles away and he did not leave to come home until two o'clock. On his way he had to go past a fort but he did not care about that. He walked on not thinking of anything, when all of a sudden a group of fairies dressed in red with big tall hats stood around him.
One of them a little bigger than the rest asked him who he was and where did he come from. He told them all they asked him and in a moment they took him into the fort and would not let him go.
He stood there all night and in the morning he asked to go but to no avail. They told him to help them to root up a tree because in under it was a sack of gold. They started work and when they got the gold they gave him some of it. He went home very glad of his treasure but he did not like to stay out again.
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2019-04-13 18:03
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About a couple of years ago I happened to be in a house one night where there were people telling stories. Someone of them said that he was talking to a man who told him he saw a ghost one night when he was coming of his ceilidhe. He said the man had to come on the road and just as he was opening the gate that led him on to the road he saw a woman walking along the side of the road.
He began to get afraid but he walked on a head The woman moved into the ditch and walked through the briars on a head with the man and when he came to a certain place she disappeared. Where she went he was not able to tell. You could ring him with sweat at the time when the ghost was walking with him.
He went on home and he was hardly able to stir after what he came through that night.
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2019-04-13 16:32
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Once there was a crowd of lads who went to a country town every night Among the crowd there was one man who was always drinking and he never went home sober. He had to go through a grave - yard on his way home. One man asked him was he not afraid of seeing some spirits or devils in the grave - yard. The other man said "I am not abit," I am going that way for the last twenty years.
Some of the men thought of a grave being opened and when he was going home one of the men went up and he got down into the grave.
When the man was coming up the other man began to groan and he stopped to listen. Then he groaned again and he moved on up to the grave and he looked down, and he groaned again and he said "it is cold down here", Are you cold said the man and he got hold of the spade and began filling in the clay and he said "they must have forgotten to cover you up"?
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2019-04-12 15:19
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Long ago there lived a man in the townland of Corracreenie who went to cut a hedge around a fort. His neighbours advised him not to cut it or the fairies would haunt him, but he said he did not care about fairies.
One morning he set off to cut the hedge and as he lived alone he locked the door. About this time he had got a new suit which he left hanging in his bedroom. When he returned on that evening he found that his suit was burned and the buttons which were on his coat were piled in a little heap on the hearth, the buttons which were on his waistcoat were in another heap, and the buttons which were on his trousers were in a third heap, and from that day until the day he died he never went near a fort, because he believed that it was the fairies burned his clothes
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2019-04-12 14:55
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One night a man was coming home from his ceilidhe at eleven o'clock. It was dark and he could not see his way.
When he was walking through the fields he suddenly found a great noise behind him. He looked round a saw a bright light behind him. The man was frightened and ran on as fast as he could. At last he was almost out of breath and had to stop running.
When he began to walk again the light came and stopped by his side. Every time the man stopped the light stopped too. When he reached his own street the light disappeared. When he went into his own house he fainted on the floor.
The next night he brought his brother with him and when they were coming home they did not see anything.
The following night he went by himself and he saw the light again. The next morning he went and told the priest of what he had seen. The priest said a Mass for him and he never saw the light again
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2019-04-10 16:05
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fields leading to the church, along which the people used to go to Mass, and yet people go to Mass along these paths, and there are stiles and gaps leading from one field to another.
When the County Councillors got into power they got a lot of new roads made and gave work to many labourers.
There are some very old roads in the parish also, that are not used now because they are very narrow and rocky.
There are also paths going through the mountains to the other parishes and not far from one of these paths there is a Mass - rock where it is said that people heard Mass in the Penal Days.
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2019-04-10 15:53
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There are two principal roads in this parish, they are the old road, and the new road which was built about seventy years ago. Before this road was made there was only one main road, and from this, smaller roads were leading into the different townlands, and they take their names from these townlands such as, Glen Road, Ballybogran road, Carrowbaun road, and many others.
Before these bye - roads were made the rivers were used for traffic, horses and carts were brought down the river, but later on the men made roads but these were very ruggety and hard to walk on, and then both men and women came and broke stones and spread them out on the roads, which made them better to travel on.
The rivers were also used to cross from one townland to another, by means of stepping stones.
There are also Mass - paths made through the
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2019-04-10 08:40
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There are two principal roads in this parish, they are the old road, and the new road which was built about seventy years ago. Before this road was made there was only one main road, and from this, smaller roads were leading into the different townlands, and they take their names from these townlands such as, Glen Road,
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2019-04-10 08:17
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Shrovetide is a period from the sixth of January to Ash Wednesday and it is a time in which matches and marriages take place.
Before a marriage takes place a friend to either of the parties go and introduce the match. If the parents are satisfied they meet in town and fix about the fortune. Then the land "is walked" and the day is fixed for the marriage. After the marriage the couple go away on a honeymoon for about a month and when they come home a dance is given.
Wednesdays are the favourite days on which people get married. It is counted unlucky for a girl to marry in green or to tear her dress on the wedding day or to meet her mother the first Sunday after coming home, or to meet a funeral on the day of the marriage.
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2019-04-09 14:35
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snare for fear it would be stolen and if there was a rabbit in it I would bring it home and I would also bring the snare so that dogs, sheep, goats or cattle would not get caught in it, and next evening at twilight I would set it again
There is also a ball - alley in the parish where the young men and boys assemble after Mass on Sunday and here the ball is thrown against the ball - alley and when it comes back again it is hit with the hand and sent back and each person tries to hit it when it comes back.
Girls too have many pastimes such as: - playing "Jack - stones" making "Daisy - chains" "Pici" Swinging between trees commonly called "See - Saw".
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2019-04-09 14:14
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The principal pastimes played in this locality by the young men and boys are: - hurling and hand - ball, and card - playing.
There are two teams namely, senior and junior and both of these teams hurl against other teams especially on, Sundays and they have a large field which is situated in the middle of the parish for hurling.
My favourite game in winter is snaring rabbits and every evening when I come from school I eat my dinner and at twilight my brother and myself take out our snares and where there are many rabbit's burrows we set them and this is how we do it.
We get the snare wire and make a lube with it so that if any rabbit got caught in it, he would pull and tug and tighten the wire around him. I would put a pointed stick deep down in the ground and I would tie the wire to it.
Very early next morning I would go to
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2019-04-09 13:41
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made twice a week as the milk is more plentiful then. When my Mother runs short of butter she makes it in a tin - can or a large tea - pot.
It is said if butter - milk is put into a jar and buried under the ground and left there for about three weeks, then taken up and drank. It is a cure for stomach trouble.
The local shopkeepers buy the fresh butter in lumps, and retail it at a profit
A few farmers who live near the town send their milk to the creamery and get back the separated milk for their pigs and calves but they consider this is not as good as skim milk for them
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2019-04-09 11:02
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When my Mother is making a large quantity of butter she makes it in a churn - barrel. This is a large round vessel and it rests on a stand which is about three feet high. The barrel revolves by means of a handle. While the butter is being made if anyone comes in they are supposed to take a "dreas" of the churn and no one is supposed to take out a coal while the butter is making, because it it said they would take away the butter.
When the butter is made it sticks to a glass which is on the lid. It is then taken out washed and salted. Then the butter milk is emptied into a vessel, and is used in the making of bread and it is also given to pigs, and calves.
In Winter time butter is made once a week, but in Summer it is
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2019-04-09 09:41
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rounds, they also bring home water, which is used after as a cure for sore eyes.
There is a goose killed on St Michael's day, no geese are supposed to be seasonable then.
On St Martin's day a cock is killed and its blood is sprinkled on the four corners of the house and on the stable because it is said that St Martin was a horse - man, and is the patron of stables. A little of the blood is put in tow and preserved and is supposed to be a cure for a pain in stomach.
On Hallowe'en or November's Eve, many tricks are played, especially among young men and women to find out their future. The woman of the house makes a barm brack in which she puts a ring, and when tea is ready they all sit around the table, and a slice of the cake is given to each one, and it is said that whoever gets the ring will be first to get married.
On that night also many other games are played such as Snap - apple, diving for apples, and burning nuts. To play this, two nuts are put into the fire, a girl's name is put on one and a boy's name on the other, and if they part, that boy and girl will not marry, but if they stay together, they will be married.
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2019-04-09 09:16
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on their foreheads, to remind them that it is a time of mortification and penance, during lent.
It is customary on Easter Sunday to eat alot of eggs, and people get up very early in the morning to see the sun dancing as if with joy, at the Resurrection of Our Lord.
Candlemas is so called from the custom of presenting candles to the Church for use during the year. One candle is brought home to be used for the house. It is put in the hand of a dying person.
On St. Patrick's day shamrocks are worn and are also sent to friends in foreign countries. Children wear harps and crosses, and it is lucky to get a four - leaved shamrock on that day.
There are many superstitious customs connected with May Eve. For instance a branch of quickbeam is put over the rafters of the house to keep away evil spirits. Easter water is shaken on crops and cattle, and dairy - doors are locked, fearing that butter and milk might be "taken". by some people who are supposed to be unlucky or have evil intentions.
On Lady Day, or the fifteenth the August people go to Blessed wells, and perform
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2019-04-09 09:14
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rounds, they also bring home water, which is used after as a cure for sore eyes.
There is a goose killed on St Michael's day, no geese are supposed to be seasonable then.
On St Martin's day a cock is killed and its blood is sprinkled on the four corners of the house and on the stable because it is said that St Martin was a horse - man, and is the patron of stables. A little of the blood is put in tow and preserved and is supposed to be a cure for a pain in stomach.
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2019-04-09 08:57
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on their foreheads, to remind them that it is a time of mortification and penance. during lent.
It is customary on Easter Sunday to eat alot of eggs, and people get up very early in the morning to see the sun dancing as if with joy, at the Resurrection of Our Lord.
Candlemas is so called from the custom of presenting candles to the Church for use during the year. One candle is brought home to be used for the house, It is put in the hand of a dying person.
On St. Patrick's day shamrocks are worn and are also sent to friends in foreign countries. Children wear harps and crosses, and it is lucky to get a four - leaved shamrock on that day.
There are many superstitious customs connected with May Eve. For instance a branch of quickbeam is put over the rafters of the house to keep away evil spirits. Easter water is shaken on crops and cattle, and dairy - doors are locked, fearing that butter and milk might be "taken". by some people who are supposed to be unlucky or have evil intentions.
On Lady Day, or the fifteenth the August people go to Blessed wells, and perform
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2019-04-08 15:05
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The most common herbs which grow in this locality are Dandelion, watercress, ground ivy hemlock, garlic, marshmallows, raspberry leaves, comfrey, blackberry leaves, nettles dockleaf
Most of these herbs cure certain diseases for instance when dandelion roots (so called from the shape of its leaves) is boiled in water and sweetened with a little sugar they are said to cure anaemia
Water - cress in a salad is a blood purifier
Hemlock and garlic (both poisonous plants) the former when ground and made into a poultice cures a boundlock, and the latter when crushed and mixed with food cures a dog of fits
Ground ivy when boiled in milk cures a stomach ache
Comfrey (poisonous) when made into a poultice is said to cure
Marshmallows when juice is extracted and rubbed to a boil or swelling gives instant relief
Blackberry leaves when boiled in water is a cure for kidney trouble
Nettles are supposed to be a cure for rheumatism
Dock leaf cures a sting from a nettle.
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2019-04-07 16:43
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the youngest child of the family should light them. There is a Yule log also put on the fire and no one goes to bed till after midnight, and the door is left unlocked.
The next day is St Stephen's day and on that day it is the custom for the small boys of the neighbourhood to dress in old clothes belonging their sisters and mothers and to put old eye - fiddles on their faces and go around "hunting the wren," They also carry a holly - bush in which they have a wren.
They go from house to house and sing the following verse.
"The wren, the wren, the king of all birds.
On St Stephen's day he was caught in furze.
Although she is little her family is great
So up good lady and give us a thrate".
The woman of the house gives them money or a slice of bread, and then they go to the next house. It is generally late when they return home, and they usually hold a dance or give a party with the money they have got.
Easter is also a great feast. It begins with ash - Wednesday. On that day people go to the church and the priest puts "Holy Ashes"
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2019-04-07 16:43
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the youngest child of the family should light them. There is a Yule log also put on the fire and no one goes to bed till after midnight, and the door is left unlocked.
The next day is St Stephen's day and on that day it is the custom for the small boys of the neighbourhood to dress in old clothes belonging their sisters and mothers and to put old eye - fiddles on their faces and go around "hunting the wren," They also carry a holly - bush in which they have a wren.
They go from house to house and sing the following verse.
"The wren, the wren, the king of all birds.
On St Stephen's day he was caught in furze.
Although she is little her family is great
So up good lady and give us a thrate".
The woman of the house gives them money or a slice of bread, and then they go to the next house. It is generally late when they return home, and they usually hold a dance or give a party with the money they have got.
Easter is also a great feast. It begins with ash - Wednesday. On that day people go to the church and the priest puts "Holy Ashes"
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2019-04-07 16:43
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the youngest child of the family should light them. There is a Yule log also put on the fire and no one goes to bed till after midnight, and the door is left unlocked.
The next day is St Stephen's day and on that day it is the custom for the small boys of the neighbourhood to dress in old clothes belonging their sisters and mothers and to put old eye - fiddles on their faces and go around "hunting the wren," They also carry a holly - bush in which they have a wren.
They go from house to house and sing the following verse.
"The wren, the wren, the king of all birds.
On St Stephen's day he was caught in furze.
Although she is little her family is great
So up good lady and give us a thrate".
The woman of the house gives them money or a slice of bread, and then they go to the next house. It is generally late when they return home, and they usually hold a dance or give a party with the money they have got.
Easter is also a great feast. It begins with ash - Wednesday. On that day people go to the church and the priest puts "Holy Ashes"
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2019-04-07 16:43
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the youngest child of the family should light them. There is a Yule log also put on the fire and no one goes to bed till after midnight, and the door is left unlocked.
The next day is St Stephen's day and on that day it is the custom for the small boys of the neighbourhood to dress in old clothes belonging their sisters and mothers and to put old eye - fiddles on their faces and go around "hunting the wren," They also carry a holly - bush in which they have a wren.
They go from house to house and sing the following verse.
"The wren, the wren, the king of all birds.
On St Stephen's day he was caught in furze.
Although she is little her family is great
So up good lady and give us a thrate".
The woman of the house gives them money or a slice of bread, and then they go to the next house. It is generally late when they return home, and they usually hold a dance or give a party with the money they have got.
Easter is also a great feast. It begins with ash - Wednesday. On that day people go to the church and the priest puts "Holy Ashes"
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2019-04-07 16:43
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the youngest child of the family should light them. There is a Yule log also put on the fire and no one goes to bed till after midnight, and the door is left unlocked.
The next day is St Stephen's day and on that day it is the custom for the small boys of the neighbourhood to dress in old clothes belonging their sisters and mothers and to put old eye - fiddles on their faces and go around "hunting the wren," They also carry a holly - bush in which they have a wren.
They go from house to house and sing the following verse.
"The wren, the wren, the king of all birds.
On St Stephen's day he was caught in furze.
Although she is little her family is great
So up good lady and give us a thrate".
The woman of the house gives them money or a slice of bread, and then they go to the next house. It is generally late when they return home, and they usually hold a dance or give a party with the money they have got.
Easter is also a great feast. It begins with ash - Wednesday. On that day people go to the church and the priest puts "Holy Ashes"
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2019-04-05 15:14
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The principal feast days observed in this locality are, Christmas and Easter, St Stephen's day, St Patricks day, May Eve, Lady day Michaelmas day, St Martin's day, November's day, All Soul's Day, Candlemas day.
Of all these feasts Christmas is the most important, and before it many preparations take place. Houses are white washed, chimneys are cleaned and on Christmas eve holly is put up to decorate the house. The woman of the house also writes letters to her friends, and if there are any of her family out in America she expects letters from them and sometimes money to buy the Christmas fare.
People in this locality also get a "Christmas - box" from the shopkeeper with whom they dealt throughout the year.
Candles are lighted on each window on Christmas Eve, and it is said that
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2019-04-05 13:40
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or for what purpose but if he knew the person who did it he would give him something to think about. My father said "You would be right John" and said no more.
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2019-04-05 13:36
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spot they saw in their dreams and started to dig. After digging a hole about two feet deep they met a flat stone and they both said that the treasure was surely under it. My father got the point of the crowbar under the edge of the stone and was about to lever it up when a great noise as if the high stone wall at the upper end of the field was falling. This made the two men look up, and as they did so they saw John Dinan (who was in Limerick at the time) on top of the wall
My father said "Here is John Dinan Run or he will murder us for rooting up his oats."
They gathered up their implements as quickly as possible and cleared out of the field not daring to return.
On the following evening at nightfall who did they see returning from Limerick but John Dinan and then they knew they had lost a fortune.
Later in the harvest John Dinan met my father and told him how he found a hole dug in his field of oats and he could not know how it was done
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2019-04-05 13:00
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because he had a similar dream for three nights also.
They talked about it for a while and decided as they both had dreamt alike to try their luck and dig for the treasure.
Now John Dinan was a very tidy farmer and would not like to see his land or crops damaged in any way.
The field where the supposed treasure was hidden was planted with oats which was fully grown but not ripe and the trouble was how were they to dig up the corn without John Dinan knowing it for they knew if he caught them he would be very vexed as he had a hasty temper.
My father said "he (Dinan) will be taking his butter to Limerick on Friday night for the market on Saturday and when we see him passing we will come to the field and get our money."
Dinan went to Limerick on Friday night and the two men when they thought he had gone a fair distance went to the field taking with them a spade, shovel, pick and crowbar. They pointed out to each other the
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because he had a similar dream for three nights also.
They talked about it for a while and decided as they both had dreamt alike to try their luck and dig for the treasure.
Now John Dinan was a very tidy farmer and would not like to see his land or crops damaged in any way.
The field where the supposed treasure was hidden was planted with oats which was fully grown but not ripe and the trouble was how were they to dig up the corn without John Dinan knowing it for they knew if he caught them he would be very vexed as he had a hasty temper.
My father said "he (Dinan) will be taking his butter to Limerick on Friday night for the market on Saturday and when we see him passing we will come to the field and get our money."
Dinan went to Limerick on Friday night and the two men when they thought he had gone a fair distance went to the field taking with them a spade, shovel, pick and crowbar. They pointed out to each other the
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2019-04-05 11:19
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As my mother tells the story (a true one)
My father James McNamara was a farmer living in Rahena (Parish of OConnelloe) about four miles north of Killaloe.
About one hundred years ago when he was a young man he was saving hay in company with a workman named Pat Moloney, commonly known as "Glove Moloney" because he always had one hand covered.
During the day Moloney was very silent and often stopped working to look at a field of a neighbour named John Dinan. After some time my father asked if there was anything wrong with him and he replied "no".
After a time he looked again into Dinan's field and said to my father - "i had a mighty quare dream about that field for the past three nights". "What was it" said my father and the man replied. "I dreamt that if I went to the hollow in the middle of the field and dug a small hole I would find money.
This surprised my father very much
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I
There was an old man who lived in the West.
His trade it was cutting Greenbroom, Greenbroom.
He had but one son.
His name it was John.
He slept every day until noon gay noon,
And he slept every day until noon.
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The old man arose and put on his clothes,
He swore he'd set fire to John's room, gay room.
If he didn't rise and sharpen his knife.
And go to the wood to cut brooms Greenbrooms,
And go to the wood to cut brooms.
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John said no more but away he did go.
Till he came to the castle of fame great fame,
His courage being great he knocked at the gate,
"Fair maid do you want any brooms, greenbrooms",
Fair maid do you want any brooms.
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The lady being high and John cocked his eye.
He spied her up in her room gay room,
She said to her maid, "do you go down - stairs,
"Bring me up bunny lad with his brooms green - brooms".
"Bring me up bunny lad with his brooms".
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2019-04-01 10:35
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Sweet cake is made by mixing flour soda, baking powder, sugar, butter, and currants, or raisins, together and wetting it with milk. Then it is kneaded and made round and a cross is put on it, so that it will bake well. Then it is put down in an oven and covered with a lid, and on the lid are put coals, and and it takes about and hour to bake, and some - times longer
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2019-04-01 10:21
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In olden times in this parish people sowed their own wheat and made their own bread. For this purpose they kept querns in which they ground flour sufficient for a week. These querns are to be seen in many country houses up to the present day but they are not used now.
Bread used to be made from raw potatoes this is "Stampy Bread" or "Boxty Bread". The biggest of the potatoes are picked, washed, and peeled, and grated on a grater and the water taken from them what is left is mixed with a little flour, and salt. It is kneaded and flattened out and put on a griddle, a brand iron is put under it to keep it up from the "gríosach". "Buck Bread" we call it this is very delicious with home - made butter or honey.
Potato - cake is also made with potatoes, but the potatoes are boiled and the big floury ones are mashed up and mixed with flour, and salt, and butter, then it is put down on the griddle this is also very delicious to eat.
Sweet - cakes and Birthday - cakes are baked in a pot - oven.
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follow their own side, and when the match is hurled they are shouted according if they win or lose.
There were famous hurlers in this parish about thirty or forty years ago. Some of them live yet and they tell many stories about their success in the hurling field
Another outdoor game played in this locality is handball. There is a special place set apart where the boys assemble on Sunday evenings and play hand - ball as a past - time.
Foot - ball is another out - door game played, but it is not very much indulged in, in this locality.
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In this locality the principal game played is hurling. It is played by the young men of the Parish and they sometimes have two teams Intermediate and Junior fifteen men hurl in each.
When they are getting up a team in the Parish those who want to hurl hold a meeting and they select a captain and he selects the men of the team
Then they hurl other Parishes but before they do so they have to get hurling shoes and hurling togs these make them much lighter for running.
When a match is going to be hurled a good level field is selected and two goals are placed a certain distance apart and a man stands in each goal not to let the ball escape. for if it did it would be a goal, won, and if it went over the pole it would be a point A referee is appointed to referee the match, and settle any disputes. Each match lasts about an hour.
There is always great excitement at a hurling, and friends of either teams
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grow around it.
The big field is so called because it is very big.
The long haggard is so called because it is very long.
The middle field is so called because there is a field at each side of it.
The old field is so called because it is grazed every year.
Mac Grath's haggard is so called because it belonged to a man by the name of Mac Grath.
Gulcagh, Creconithan, Second Crop, The new grass The lower field, The far field, The white field. Mammy Nell's.
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In our farm at home we call each field by a certain name, for instance: -
Cusack's, field is so called from a man that lived there
Lisheen's field is so called from a little fort that is in the middle of the field.
Bestaíms's field is so called after a man to the name of Beston who lived there once
Bradán's, field, is so called from a man by the name of Sammon who lived there and the ruins of their houses are still to be seen.
Garrdha na h-abhann is so called because it is swampy and when rain comes, rivers run through it.
Liss field is so called because there is a fort in it.
Cowlclochagh, is so called because there is alot of stones in it.
The road field, is so called because it is near the road
The wheaten field is so called because wheat was often grown there.
Curragh is so called because it is very swampy.
Jackie's field is so called because a man by the name of Jackie lived there
Gleanndoroa, is so called because a lot of trees
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In our farm at home we call each field by a certain name, for instance: -
Cusack's, field is so called from a man that lived there
Lisheen's field is so called from a little fort that is in the middle of the field.
Bestaíms's field is so called after a man to the name of Beston who lived there once.
Bradáns, field, is so called from a man by the name of Sammon who lived there and the ruins of their houses are still to be seen.
Garrdha na h-abhann is so called because it is swampy and when rain comes, rivers run through it.
Liss field is so called because there is a fort in it.
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There are some very old graves in the graveyard also where generations of people are buried the graves are well kept and there are headstones over many of them giving the name age and address of the person.
There are plots in this graveyard which belong to people outside the parish and those people are brought back here again to be buried and there are also people in the parish having graves outside, because they originally belonged to other places and they are taken back to be buried with their forefathers.
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In this parish there are two catholic graveyards. They are situated one at each end of the parish and are surrounded by a stone - wall. There is also a small graveyard in this parish where unbaptised children are buried
"Pháirch an Teampail" which is the name of the graveyard nearest to my house is situated on the ruins of an old church which stood there about two hundred years ago.
It is square in shape and inside the gate a white thorn bush grows.
It is approached by a path leading from the main - road up through the fields. When a corpse is to be buried the men take the coffin on their shoulders, and carry it through the fields. Then they go around the graveyard once before burying it.
The grave is generally opened the day before, and when the prayers are said the coffin is let down by means of a rope, and the same men who opened the grave cover it again.
Then all kneel down and say their prayers and after that they return home.
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On the farm of Denis Mcnamara, Rahena Mór, in the parish of OGonnelloe there is the ruins of a little cabin so common in Ireland.
This little house was built by John Burke years ago for himself. The first night he slept in it he was awakened in the late hours of the night by what he thought was the roar of a bull and as there was no such animal in the neighbourhood he was rather frightened. The following night the same thing happened but the bull seemed to come nearer in a great rage.
On the third night the mysterious bull returned roaring loudly and came right up to the house and seemed to strike the house shaking it from top to bottom.
This gave poor Burke such a fright that he left the house next morning and never returned to it. Its ruined walls are to be seen to this day.
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On the farm of Denis Mcnamara, Rahena Mór, in the parish of OGonnelloe there is the ruins of a little cabin so common in Ireland.
This little house was built by John Burke years ago for himself. The first night he slept in it he was awakened in the late hours of the night by what he thought was the roar of a bull and as there was no such animal in the neighbourhood he was rather frightened. The following night the same thing happened but the bull seemed to come nearer in a great rage.
On the third night the mysterious bull returned roaring loudly and came right up to the house and seemed to strike the house shaking it from top to bottom.
This gave poor Burke such a fright that he left the house next morning and never returned to it. Its ruined walls are to be seen to this day.
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On the farm of Denis Mcnamara, Rahena Mór, in the parish of OGonnelloe there is the ruins of a little cabin so common in Ireland.
This little house was built by John Burke years ago for himself. The first night he slept in it he was awakened in the late hours of the night by what he thought was the roar of a bull and as there was no such animal in the neighbourhood he was rather frightened. The following night the same thing happened but the bull seemed to come nearer in a great rage.
On the third night the mysterious bull returned roaring loudly and came right up to the house and seemed to strike the house shaking it from top to bottom.
This gave poor Burke such a fright that he left the house next morning and never returned to it. Its ruined walls are to be seen to this day.
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"Frog in the middle" is another very popular game played by children at school, and this is how it is played. All the children catch around in a ring, while one who is blind - folded stands in the middle and acts as a frog. The others dance around him and say. "Frog in the middle go round go round." He hops around like a frog, and tries to catch one of them as they go around. If he succeeds in doing so, the other child will have to act as a frog the next time.
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down to the Well, the Wolf follows them and whoever he catches has to act as Wolf the next time. This game lasts for a long time until the children are well tired.
Another popular game is "Corners" and this is how it is played. Four corners are made and a child stands in each and one stands in the middle and represents a fool. The children in the corners give a signal to each other and they change places and while they are doing so the fool tries to get into an empty corner and if he succeeds in doing so the child who is left without a corner has to be the fool.
Another very popular game especially with boys is "Hide and go seek" and this is how it is played. A number of children go and hide and one covers his eyes while they are hiding. The children when they are hidden they say "cú" and the other boy goes and looks for them and whoever he catches first has to go and seek the others, and so on till they are all found.
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At school we play the following games in Winter. "Thread Thread the Needle" "Tig" "Every Man pass by" and "Wolf in the Well"
The game I like best is "Every Man pass by all except the Last one" This is how it is played. All the children catch hands and make a line. Then two bigger children catch hands and make a gate - way. One child takes the name of "Oranges" and the other "Lemons". Then the other children run in and out under the gate - way all except the Last one. He is stopped and asked which would he prefer Oranges or Lemons. If he says "Oranges" he goes behind the girl who has the name of "Oranges". If he prefers "Lemons" he goes behind the girl who has the name of "Lemons" This lasts for a long time until the line is finished then they pull "tug o' war" and whichever side breaks loses the game.
Another game I like is "Wolf In the Well" This is how that is played. One child acts as "Wolf" and goes into a hole. Then the other children are sent out to pick potatoes when they come in their hands are dirty their mother sends them down to the Well to wash their hands and they come home running to her and tell her there is a "Wolf in the Well". She and the children then go
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I cut off his head and let his body go easy.
A Head of Cabbage.
Patches upon patches without any stitches riddle me that and I will buy you a pair of breeches.
A Head of Cabbage.
Riddle me Riddle me Randy o my father gave me seed to sow the seed was black and the ground was white riddle me that before it is night
Ans A Woman writing a letter.
Black and white and read all over.
Ans. A newspaper
Long backed father big belly Mother three little children all the same colour
Ans. Pot and Hanger.
It is in the meadow but it is not cut. It is in the shop but it is not sold.
The suns - light.
As high as a wall, as bright as milk, as black as a beetle, as red as blood.
A black - thorn bush.
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I cut off his head and let his body go easy.
A Head of Cabbage.
Patches upon patches without any stitches riddle me that and I will buy you a pair of breeches.
A Head of Cabbage.
Riddle me Riddle me Randy o my father gave me seed to sow the seed was black and the ground was white riddle me that before it is night
Ans A Woman writing a letter.
Black and white and read all over.
Ans. A newspaper
Long backed father big belly Mother three little children all the same colour
Ans. Pot and Hanger.
It is in the meadow but it is not cut. It is in the shop but it is not sold.
The suns - light.
As high as a wall, as bright as milk, as black as a beetle, as red as blood.
A black - thorn bush.
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to be hungery
Because he always has a bit in his mouth.
The poker the timber and the tongs cost £2 10s 6d what would the coal come to.
Ans, Ashes.
What is it that God never sees. the queen and King seldom see and we see every day.
Ans. His own equals.
What is the best cat in the world
A Trap.
Why is a postage stamp like a lazy school - boy.
Ans. Because both are made stick to their Letters
What walks with its head down.
Ans. A nail in a man's boot.
A messenger from house to house and it stays out at night
Ans A Path.
It never was and never will be look at your hand and you will plainly see.
Ans.- That your little finger will never be as big as the others
Why is a barber the smallest man in the world.
Ans Because he has always to put up a (lather (ladder)
What goes around the whole world and cannot be seen. Ans. The wind.
As I went up a slippery gap I met my uncle Davy
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A man without eyes, saw plums in a tree.
He neither took plums nor left plums and how can that be
A man with one eye.
Twenty white horses tied up in all stall.
Up comes a red one and licks them all
Teeth and tongue.
What is it that is cut and divided but is never eaten
Ans. a deck of cards.
Round the house and round the house and sweeps in the corner.
Ans. A Brush.
The garden was laid to the beautiful maid
As fair as the flowers in the morn
At the hour of life she was made a wife ad she died before she was born.
Eve.
One head, one foot and four legs.
A Bed.
I went up the road and I went down the road and took the road on my back.
A ladder.
Under the fire and over the fire but never touches the fire.
A cake in an oven
Why is a horse, constantly ridden, likely never
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Two n's two o's an L and a D. put them together and spell them for me.
London.
What makes more noise at a gate than a pig
Two pigs.
Why is a pig in a kitchen like a house on fire.?
Because the sooner its put out the better.
What the smallest bridge on earth?
The bridge of your nose.
Why is the letter F like a cow's tail.?
Because its the end of beef.
Ink ank under the bank and ten drawing four.
A woman milking a cow.
Red white olive and green the king cannot get it neither the queen
A Rainbow.
When was beef the highest
When the cow jumped over the moon
Here I stand and far I see
A black bird's nest in a holly tree.
Twill fight the bull and kill the bear.
And conquer all the birds in the air
Hunger.
It is in the meadow and tis not cut.
It is in the shop and it is not sold
The Sun.
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What fish is most valued by a married lady
Her ring.
What fish cannot swim. A dead one.
What country in Ireland is like a candle nearly burnt out
Wicklow.
What house is never dark.
A lighthouse
I have a little house and a mouse would not fit in it and all the women in town would not count all the windows in it
A thimble.
Who dares to sit before a queen with his hat on.
Her coachman.
What bird sings best, what tree blooms first, and on what does the dew first fall.
The thrush sings best, the heath blooms first and on it the dew first falls.
What is the greatest wonder in the map of Europe
That Hungry does not eat Turkey.
A barrel on the sand and its two ends closed
An egg.
It went to America and stopped there it came home again and would not go there. (A Watch)
What must you do before coming down stairs. (Go up).
What is the worst seat a man can sit on. (Self Conceit).
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Mrs D. mrs I mrs FFI mrs C mrs U mrs LTY.
Difficulty.
Riddle Riddle Re. Such a riddle could not be, through a rock through a reel through an old spinning wheel through a sheep - skin bone riddle me that and leave me alone
Moth.
Chip chip cherry, all the men in Kerry couldnt climb up chip chip cherry. Ans. Smoke.
What are the three great wonders of the world that can never be found.
A shoe for the foot of a mountain. A sheet for the bed of the ocean. A towel to wipe the face of the earth.
A man cut a thing, but he cut it too short and he cut a bit off it to make it long.
A Grave.
'Tis damp, tis moist, tis green by the banks and tis fit for a queen to live in.
A Grave.
The king of Manchester sent home to his sister a bottomless vessel to put flesh in.
A Ring.
I have a little man above in the field, and when I pull his leg his nose will bleed. A pump.
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There are six or seven forts in this locality and though in different farms they are all connected by passages or paths.
They are round on the outside and have a mound of clay where bushes and small trees grow. The inside is flat and in some is a rock which has a hole in its side.
No one interferes with these forts as it is thought to be unlucky to meddle with them. Many local stories are told about lights and feasts that are seen in their vicinity.
It is told that a man was passing by one of those forts late at night and he heard singing and music. He remained listening for a while and he saw a lot of boys and girls running and dancing. He did not feel the time passing. The cock crew and the dancers disappeared so he was left alone and returned home very frightened.
It is considered unlucky to build in "a pass" used by the fairies. There are several houses in the locality said to be haunted and lights and noises are often seen and heard there
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descendants would inherit the lands. This prophecy has come to pass as other names and families have come into possession.
The most common surname in the district is OBrien. Farming is the principal occupation but most of the farms are small and some are low - lying.
The old mud houses were replaced by larger and better ones which have a slated roof.
Many of the old people have died and only a few over seventy years of age are alive and do not speak Irish. It appears that English was always the spoken language as it was considered a crime to speak anything else in the presence of the settlers and I fear it was very much anglicised.
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descendants would inherit the lands. This prophecy has come to pass as other names and families have come into possession.
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I live in the townland of Carrowbawn in the parish of OGonnelloe which is about four miles from the town of Killaloe in County Clare and in the barony of Lower Tulla.
The townland consists of about twenty eight houses now though there were upwards of one hundred and fifty there before the famine and the remains of many are still to be met with here and there.
After the famine in 1846 and '47 when the poor people could not pay their rents they were evicted and several families were taken on board the "Jane Black" a boat which left Killaloe and sailed along the river Shannon, put in at Ballycogran quay and took those poor people away to work as slaves in the West Indies
The reigning landlords at that time were the Pattersons and Purdons who owned large tracts of land round about and treated their tenants very badly. It was said that they were cursed and that none of their
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a great watch - dog she barks every time anyone is coming in. She is of a white colour, her name is "Buttons". When she has pups we drown some of them that we do not want, and we keep one or two to give away. The dog eats potatoes and Bread and sometimes we give her a nice bone. We keep the cat out - side in the night time she stays inside in the day time. She sometimes catches a mouse. She is of a grey colour. Her name is "Patsy". She eats bread, and meat, and she drinks, milk and tea. She is very fond of the dog. The young of the cat is called a "Kitten". When she has kittens, we put them into a bag and drown them in the river. It is said that it is unlucky to take a cat when moving from one house to another. A cat is said to have nine lives and the surest way to get rid of one is to drown it by tying a weight round its neck.
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and left there for three weeks or so. Then it is taken out and hung up in the kitchen to be home - cured and some of it is put down with cabbage, for bacon and cabbage is the chief dinner of the country people. When we are calling the pigs we say "Hurrish Hurrish"
We keep the horse in the stable and we feed him on hay and oats and we get him clipped every year at the beginning of Spring. And he does most of the Spring's work, for us. When farmers buy or sell things at the fair they generally give a luck -penny.
We keep the hens in the hen - house and we feed them on potatoes and meal and when we are calling them we say "Chuck Chuck". When my mother is putting down a setting of eggs she puts them in a place where there is no noise because noise kills the birds. When chickens are young they are fed on meal and bread.
When turkeys are hatched out they are very delicate and they are fed on meal and boiled nettles. When we are calling them we say "biadh biadh biadh"
We keep the ducks in the duck house and we feed them on potatoes boiled nettles and meal. When calling them to their food we say, "Feed" Feed" or "Baddi" "Baddi". Ducks are very fond of the water. They lay their eggs on the ground
We also keep a dog and a cat We keep the dog in a kennel in the night - time. She is
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We have a farm at home and we keep cows, calves, pigs, and a horse, and we also keep hens, ducks, geese and a turkey, a dog and a cat
We keep the cows in the cow house and each cow is tied by means of a bale. Each cow has a name of her own such as "The Grady cow" "The white head cow." "The black heifer" and "The red heifer". Sometimes when my mother is milking the cow kicks the bucket and spills the milk my mother says that somebody wanted it. When my brother is driving the cows he says "Habha Habha" When the cow calves oaten meal and salt is put on the calves' back and then the cow licks him and it makes the cow thirsty and she gets a drink of bran. Then she is milked and the first of the beastings is given to the cow to drink and the rest of it is given to the calf.
In the cow - house we keep the calves and we feed them on hay and turnips. When the calves are young they are fed on milk, and when we want to call them we say "Suck Suck", A basket is put on the calves head when he is young so that he would not suck the cow.
The pigs we keep in the Pig - Sty and we feed them on potatoes, boiled turnips, and milk. They are fed in the house out of a "Trough". When they are fattened they are sold but one is usually kept and killed. Then the meat is cut up in flitches and salted and put into a barrel
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We have a farm at home and we keep cows, calves, pigs, and a horse, and we also keep hens, ducks, geese and a turkey, a dog and a cat
We keep the cows in the cow house and each cow is tied by means of a bale.
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will be wet.
"Morning red and evening grey,
Helps the traveller on his way,
But morning grey and evening red,
Keeps the traveller in his bed".
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hobs, the sky gets dark and cloudy and a ring is seen around the moon in the night. Smoke goes crooked, mists are seen over rivers and mountains also.
Old people show signs of rain also, because they get pains in their bones and feel sleepy also,
When alot of stars appear in the sky and the air is sharp and cold it is a sign of frost, then lakes and rivers get frozen over, and the ground gets hard and slippery. A mist rises from lakes and rivers also when frost is coming.
If after bad weather walls and flags weep it is a sign of a clear - up.
Snails and insects creep along the road in rainy weather.
If the cat edges its claws on timber it is a sign of a storm.
If the smoke rises straight from the chimney it foretells fine weather.
If doors and car - wheels creak it is a sign of rain.
When the sun sets red and glaring it is a sign that the next day
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People can tell signs of bad and good weather by observing nature, both birds and animals.
For instance, if horses and cows stand by a sheltry ditch it foretells rain.
If cats and dogs lie by the fire it foretells snow.
If sheep and goats leave the mountain and come down to the hollows it is a sign of a storm.
If birds fly low, and if seagulls come into the land and a blue light is seen in the fire, it is a sign of rain, and also rivers and lakes roar, insects creep on the roads and fly in the air. Bees stay in the hive, and hills and mountains seem near us.
Cattle and pigs get sleepy and drowsy, crickets sing sharply on the
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sick person.
If setting out on a journey a red - haired woman is met, it is supposed to be unlucky to proceed further.
After a house has been built it is supposed to be very unlucky to build a new addition to it from the western end.
It is also considered unlucky to build a house on "A Pass" or on an old roadway, and many instances are known of such buildings having to be pulled down again.
It is not considered lucky to plough or meddle with clay on the first Monday of a New Year.
It is supposed to be lucky to meet a dark - haired man or to have one come into a house on New Year's Day.
If a cock crows at midnight is is believed to be a warning that something is going to happen in the house and is often a death omen.
The banshee (bean - sidhe) is supposed to be heard when a member of a family is going to die. The banshee's cry follows certain family names such as O'Brien's, & Keoghs
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In this parish of OGonnelloe many superstitious beliefs still survive. For instance when a man sells a beast at a fair he must get what is called "a luck penny" from the buyer. This "luck penny" ranges from a penny to ten shillings according to the price of the beast sold and is supposed to bring good luck to both buyer and seller.
Another belief is that no sweepings or ashes should be swept out on New Years' Day or if so all good luck goes out with them for that year.
The first Monday of the Newyear is called "Handsel Monday" and it is believed that it is very lucky to get money from a person on that day. Shopkeepers especially are anxiously awaiting for a customer who is supposed to have "a good handsel to buy something from them on that day. They believe that the success of their business for the year depends on the first customer's "handsel" on that day.
When returning from a funeral it is supposed to be unlucky to call to see a
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In this parish of OGonnelloe many superstitious beliefs still survive. For instance when a man sells a beast at a fair he must get what is called "a luck penny" from the buyer. This "luck penny" ranges from a penny to ten shillings according to the price of the beast sold and is supposed to bring good luck to both buyer and seller.
Another belief is that no sweepings or ashes should be swept out on New Years' Day or if so all good luck goes out with them for that year.
The first Monday of the Newyear is called "Handsel Monday" and it is believed that it is very lucky to get money from a person on that day. Shopkeepers especially are anxiously awaiting for a customer who is supposed to have "a good handsel to buy something from them on that day. They believe that the success of their business for the year depends on the first customer's "handsel" on that day.
When returning from a funeral it is supposed to be unlucky to call to see a
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In years gone by some men were making a road in Cornagnoe at a point where the parishes of Ogonnelloe and Bodyke join. As they were called to the dinner one day, one of the workers stuck his spade in the ground to leave it there until his return.
As he drove the spade down it struck something harder than the earth but not as hard as a stone. He turned up the sod and found a wooden keg beneath. He threw the earth back again thinking he had a hidden treasure and would not tell his comrades anything about it.
When they returned from dinner a rumbling noise, followed by loud shouting was heard under the ground and they all wondered what it was.
The man who found the keg then told them about his find and when they went to look for it it was gone and nothing but earth and stones were left.
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They are dressed gaily also they generally have bright coloured hankerchiefs on their heads. They sell studs, pins, needles, and lace, and they also read fortunes. The men make bamboo tables and other things and the women make paper flowers and sell them at a dear price.
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In the farm at present (A.D. 1938) occupied by John Moloney of Ballybrohan in the parish of OGonnelloe there is a field with a circular hollow. This hollow was the best well in the townland in far off days. One day a woman had some clothes to wash and she was too lazy to bring water from the well so instead she took the clothes to the well and washed them in the water.
Next morning she went for water to the well to make her breakfast and all she found in the well was a small amount of suds and the well is dry ever since and can be seen to this day.
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One night Eddie Courtney was going to Ballybrohan with a horse and car. There is a fort in this place which is haunted and lights were often seen there. When he was going towards the fort he saw two women dressed in white coming near him.
When they were passing him he saluted them but they did not answer. At that minute his car was capsized and he barely escaped disaster. When he went on his cúaird he was told that the women were often seen there. He inquired afterwards and found out that they were not women from Ballybrohan.
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2019-02-21 14:37
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One time my grandfather whose name was John Courtney had a sick cow. He was dosing her for a long time and she did not seem to be getting better. He told Mat Moloney who lived near his house about her.
He came and looked at her. and gave her a dose After a few days she seemed to be getting better. Mat Moloney came again and he said to my grandfather. "John, have nothing to do with that cow, she passed through my yard last night and she was the best of twenty that were with her and if there was one man after her there was a thousand That same day the cow died.
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Biddy Earley was a famous witch who lived in the Parish of Feakle in the Co. Clare about 12 miles from the Parish of O'gonnelloe. She had a cure for all diseases People used to come from far away places to get cures from her and before they came to her she knew their names where they came from and the medicine they wanted.
A man went to her for a cure for his daughter. She gave him a bottle but she told him not to take the cork from it until he reached home He had a horse to carry him. On the way home the horse stood on the road suddenly and refused to go any further. Then he fell on the ground. The man dismounted quickly but found it was impossible to rise the horse without help and there was no house near Then he took the bottle from his pocket and gave a drop from it to the horse. He revived quickly and was able to carry the man home. The contents of the bottle was given to the sick girl. It cured her but she had a lame leg ever after.
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2019-02-20 16:01
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Biddy Earley was a famous witch who lived in the Parish of Feakle in the Co. Clare about 12 miles from the Parish of O'gonnelloe. Shehad a cure for all diseases People used to come from far away places to get cures from her and before they came to her she knew their names where they came from and the medicine they wanted.
A man went to her for a cure for his daughter. She gave him a bottle but she told him not to take the cork from it until he reached home He had a horse to carry him. On the way home the horse stood on the road suddenly and refused to go any further. Then he fell on the ground. The man dismounted quickly but found it was impossible to rise the horse without help and there was no house near Then he took the bottle from his pocket and gave a drop from it to the horse. He revived quickly and was able to carry the man home. The contents of the bottle was given to the sick girl. It cured her but she had a lame leg ever after.
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2019-02-19 16:21
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One night a man by the name of James Ryan was returning from Killaloe. The night was very bright and as it was late he was in a hurry home. He had a donkey and cart to carry his messages. When he came to Foley's Cross a troop of fairies came out of a field near by. They asked him to come in and hurl with them and as he went into the field one of the fairies gave him a hurley. James took off his boots and began to hurl with them.
Two men were going home from their cúaird and they found James' donkey straying around the road but they did not see himself. They searched in all directions and at last they found him in the field. He told them that the fairies had taken him in hurling with them as they were short of a man.
He was shivering with cold as he was half naked and without boots. His friends took him home and he had to remain in bed for a long time.
The man to whom this happened is still living in the parish and is about sixty years of age. He keeps a small shop
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2019-02-19 16:21
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One night a man by the name of James Ryan was returning from Killaloe. The night was very bright and as it was late he was in a hurry home. He had a donkey and cart to carry his messages. When he came to Foley's Cross a troop of fairies came out of a field near by. They asked him to come in and hurl with them and as he went into the field one of the fairies gave him a hurley. James took off his boots and began to hurl with them.
Two men were going home from their cúaird and they found James' donkey straying around the road but they did not see himself. They searched in all directions and at last they found him in the field. He told them that the fairies had taken him in hurling with them as they were short of a man.
He was shivering with cold as he was half naked and without boots. His friends took him home and he had to remain in bed for a long time.
The man to whom this happened is still living in the parish and is about sixty years of age. He keeps a small shop
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2019-02-19 16:21
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One night a man by the name of James Ryan was returning from Killaloe. The night was very bright and as it was late he was in a hurry home. He had a donkey and cart to carry his messages. When he came to Foley's Cross a troop of fairies came out of a field near by. They asked him to come in and hurl with them and as he went into the field one of the fairies gave him a hurley. James took off his boots and began to hurl with them.
Two men were going home from their cúaird and they found James' donkey straying around the road but they did not see himself. They searched in all directions and at last they found him in the field. He told them that the fairies had taken him in hurling with them as they were short of a man.
He was shivering with cold as he was half naked and without boots. His friends took him home and he had to remain in bed for a long time.
The man to whom this happened is still living in the parish and is about sixty years of age. He keeps a small shop
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2019-02-19 16:19
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One night a man by the name of James Ryan was returning from Killaloe. The night was very bright and as it was late he was in a hurry home. He had a donkey and cart to carry his messages. When he came to Foley's Cross a troop of fairies came out of a field near by. They asked him to come in and hurl with them and as he went into the field one of the fairies gave him a hurley. James took off his boots and began to hurl with them.
Two men were going home from their cúaird and they found James' donkey straying around the road but they did not see himself. They searched in all directions and at last they found him in the field. He told them that the fairies had taken him in hurling with them as they were short of a man.
He was shivering with cold as he was half naked and without boots. His friends took him home and he had to remain in bed for a long time.
The man to whom this happened is still living in the parish and is about sixty years of age. He keeps a small shop
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2019-02-19 16:19
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One night a man by the name of James Ryan was returning from Killaloe. The night was very bright and as it was late he was in a hurry home. He had a donkey and cart to carry his messages. When he came to Foley's Cross a troop of fairies came out of a field near by. They asked him to come in and hurl with them and as he went into the field one of the fairies gave him a hurley. James took off his boots and began to hurl with them.
Two men were going home from their cúaird and they found James' donkey straying around the road but they did not see himself. They searched in all directions and at last they found him in the field. He told them that the fairies had taken him in hurling with them as they were short of a man.
He was shivering with cold as he was half naked and without boots. His friends took him home and he had to remain in bed for a long time.
The man to whom this happened is still living in the parish and is about sixty years of age. He keeps a small shop
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2019-02-19 16:19
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One night a man by the name of James Ryan was returning from Killaloe. The night was very bright and as it was late he was in a hurry home. He had a donkey and cart to carry his messages. When he came to Foley's Cross a troop of fairies came out of a field near by. They asked him to come in and hurl with them and as he went into the field one of the fairies gave him a hurley. James took off his boots and began to hurl with them.
Two men were going home from their cúaird and they found James' donkey straying around the road but they did not see himself. They searched in all directions and at last they found him in the field. He told them that the fairies had taken him in hurling with them as they were short of a man.
He was shivering with cold as he was half naked and without boots. His friends took him home and he had to remain in bed for a long time.
The man to whom this happened is still living in the parish and is about sixty years of age. He keeps a small shop
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2019-02-19 16:19
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One night a man by the name of James Ryan was returning from Killaloe. The night was very bright and as it was late he was in a hurry home. He had a donkey and cart to carry his messages. When he came to Foley's Cross a troop of fairies came out of a field near by. They asked him to come in and hurl with them and as he went into the field one of the fairies gave him a hurley. James took off his boots and began to hurl with them.
Two men were going home from their cúaird and they found James' donkey straying around the road but they did not see himself. They searched in all directions and at last they found him in the field. He told them that the fairies had taken him in hurling with them as they were short of a man.
He was shivering with cold as he was half naked and without boots. His friends took him home and he had to remain in bed for a long time.
The man to whom this happened is still living in the parish and is about sixty years of age. He keeps a small shop
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2019-02-19 16:19
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One night a man by the name of James Ryan was returning from Killaloe. The night was very bright and as it was late he was in a hurry home. He had a donkey and cart to carry his messages. When he came to Foley's Cross a troop of fairies came out of a field near by. They asked him to come in and hurl with them and as he went into the field one of the fairies gave him a hurley. James took off his boots and began to hurl with them.
Two men were going home from their cúaird and they found James' donkey straying around the road but they did not see himself. They searched in all directions and at last they found him in the field. He told them that the fairies had taken him in hurling with them as they were short of a man.
He was shivering with cold as he was half naked and without boots. His friends took him home and he had to remain in bed for a long time.
The man to whom this happened is still living in the parish and is about sixty years of age. He keeps a small shop
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2019-02-19 10:45
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"As slow as a snail" is said to a person that is slow and lazy,
"As tight as tuppence." Is said to a person that is very hard about money
"As clean as a new pin". When a thing is done very neat and tidy
"As quiet as a Lamb" Is applied to a person who is very meek and gentle.
"As giddy as a Goat" Is said to a wild person that has no sense.
"How tráithmhail you came" This is said to a person if they came into a house when anything was ready.
"You are as thin as a herring". Is said to a thin skinny person
"You are as bold as a pig" Is used to bold disobedient children
"As sour as gaul." This is used when anything has a bitter taste.
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"You are as stiff as a poker". This is said to a person that you could not get a stir out of.
"A closed mouth catches no flies". This is said to a person that takes in everything but says nothing.
"Hunger is a good sauce". This means that when you are hungary you will eat anything that you wont be looking for nice things
"The man on the ditch is a great hurler". That means that he thinks if he were inside he would hurl great
"As strong as horse" is said to a person that has great strength
"As open - handed as Saint Bridgid" is said to a person who is very generous and gives away things of their own free will
"His Bark is worse than his Bite" That means that its not the dog that is barking will always bite.
"You are as deaf as a bittle" This is applied to a person that does not hear what is said to them.
"As black as soot". This is said to person who is very dirty
"Too many cooks spoil the broth" This is said if too many are at the one job and each has his own way of doing it
"A fool and his money soon parts". This is said to a foolish person that has no hold of money.
"As blind as a bat" Is said to a person that cannot see anything when he is sent to look for it
"As weak as a rush" is used when a person comes in after a hard day's work and is tired.
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"How tráthamhail you came" this proverb is used when one comes into a house when anything is ready.
"As weak as a rush" is used when one comes in after a hard day's work or after a long journey.
"You are as bold as a pig" is used to bold disobedient children.
"You are as strong as a horse" is used to a one who possesses great strength
"As brown as a berry" is used to people who stay out under the sun on a hot summer's day, till they are brown.
"As fierce as a lion" is used to one with a great temper.
"As fat as a fool" is used to a very stout person
"As openhanded as Saint Brigid" is used to a very genorous person.
"As awkward as a horse in a parlour" is used to a very awkward person.
"As cute as a fox" is used to a cute sensible person.
"As slow as a late breakfast" is used to a slow lazy person
"As tough as a gad" is used to a tough person.
"As blind as a bat" is used to a blind person.
"As black as soot" this is used to a black dirty person.
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2019-02-18 16:28
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One night a man by the name of Pat Sullivan was going home from his cuaird and he said he would go home through the fields. As he was going out of one field into another he saw two boys hurling and he stood on the ditch watching them. He thought to himself that it was a late hour for boys to be hurling and he saw the boys running towards him. He got afraid and he ran back to the house where he had been on his cuaird and from that day to this he never went home through the fields.
Not far from this field there is a fort and boys are often seen hurling there in the night.
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2019-02-18 16:16
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There is a certain man near to where I live and his name is Jack Maloney and he is about sixty nine years of age.
One day himself and his wife and his children went to town and on their way home when they were two miles from the house a neighbouring man saw alot of smoke rising up from the chimney and he went to the house and he looked in through the window and he saw a beautiful fire on the hearth and the kettle hanging over it and then he went away.
When the household came home they found that the kettle was boiled and that it was by the side of the fire. In a week or so afterwards the neighbouring man found out that house was built on a fairies pass and that it was the fairies that had boiled the kettle.
There is a lane at the back of the house and they cannot leave any vessel or anything else in it at night or it will be in front of the door in the morning.
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2019-02-18 14:36
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to another.
An old saying is: - "Saturday's beginning has a late ending." Nobody begins any important work on Saturday. If so they get hardship to finish it.
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2019-02-18 14:31
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Friday for crosses,
And Saturday is no day at all."
Hansel Monday is the first Monday in the year. Some people do not believe in paying out money on this day. Others value getting it.
Some do not take out the ashes, or the dirt of the floor on a Monday. They often sweep the dirt into the corner until Tuesday.
Monday is also an unlucky day for making a grave. It is made either on Sunday evening, or on Tuesday morning.
When people are starting to build a house, they always lay the foundation on Friday. This is also the day on which
people change from one house
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2019-02-18 14:18
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"Monday's child is bright of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
And Saturday's child has to work for its living."
This refers to the birth of children.
Here is a rhyme which relates to marriage.
"Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday the best day of all,
Thursday for losses,
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2019-02-18 14:07
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do the cows will milk blood.
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2019-02-18 14:06
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someone picks it up for you they break the disappointment.
When your ears are hot there is someone talking bad about you.
When your nose itches there is someone talking good about you.
If you go astray at night you should turn your coat inside out.
It is lucky to have crickets in the house.
When there are tea - leaves in your cup, there is a visitor coming to your house.
You should not knit or sew on Sunday, because when you die you will rip it with your nose.
You should not rob a swallow's nest, because if you
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2019-02-18 13:49
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cousin before the next year.
When you see a red patch in a field of corn, there is going to be a death in the family.
You should not walk under a ladder, because you will never grow a bit bigger.
If you meet a red - haired woman on the road to the fair you should turn back.
When your right hand itches it is a sign you are getting a letter.
When your left hand itches you are getting a strange shake - hand.
When sparks fly out of the fire, it is a sign the Guards are coming to the house.
If you let your glove fall, it is a disappointment to you, but if
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2019-02-16 16:09
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You should not churn on May Day.
You should not give away milk on May Day.
You should never throw out ashes on Monday.
On Good Friday no horses should be yoked until twelve o'clock.
You should not open an umbrella in a house, as it is uinlucky.
You should leave the plough on the headland on Saturday evening.
When a person dies in a house you should stop the clock.
You should not dig a grave on Monday, because if you do you will be digging one for your
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2019-02-16 16:00
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every day of their life will never get a sudden death, that they will get at least "three days' warning" or sickness to prepare for death.
There is a belief also that the prayers of an orphan are always heard and answered and that any mother who has three children in heaven is sure of Heaven herself.
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2019-02-16 15:54
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Thirty years ago prayer books were hardly known round here. Nearly every family had its own particular prayers composed and handed down by some old member The Rosary was the principal prayer, known and loved by everyone.
There were old prayers from the Penal times but they are nearly all forgotten now. A few words from one of those are: -
"Dear Lord Jesus, save us from the hands and eyes of our enemies......save our share within and without......"
This is a great belief still existing that all people who say three Hail Marys to the Mother of God faithfully
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2019-02-16 15:54
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Thirty years ago prayer books were hardly known round here. Nearly every family had its own particular prayers composed and handed down by some old member The Rosary was the principal prayer, known and loved by everyone.
There were old prayers from the Penal times but they are nearly all forgotten now. A few words from one of those are: -
"Dear Lord Jesus, save us from the hands and eyes of our enemies......save our share within and without......"
This is a great belief still existing that all people who say three Hail Marys to the Mother of God faithfully
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2019-02-15 16:28
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This prayer is always said after the family Rosary every night: -
"O Glorious Virgin Mary I commit my soul and body to thy blessed trust this night and for ever more especially at the hour of my death. I recommend to your merciful charity all my hopes, my consolations, my distress and misery, my life and the end thereof, that through Thy most holy intercession all our works may be directed according to the will of our Blessed Son. Amen."
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There was a prayer in the Irish language used by some old people here a few years ago but nobody can remember the words of it now.
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2019-02-15 07:54
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There are very few of the old prayers in use or known at the present time. This is one to be said when going to bed at night: -
"As I lie down my right hand side,
I pray to God to be my guide,
And if I die before I wake
I pray to God my soul to take,
If any evil comes to me,
Blessed Lady waken me,
There are four corners on this bed,
There are four Angels on its spread,
Matthew, Mark Luke and John,
God bless me on this bed that I lie on."
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2019-02-14 15:35
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"May all that's good be yours I pray,
May all that's bad be turned away,
May Christ All Holy, bless your days,
And keep you in His love always."
Another which was said going to bed at night: -
"I leave my body down to sleep,
I give to God my soul to keep,
And if I die before I wake,
I pray to God my soul to take."
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2019-02-14 15:27
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There are a few old prayers known round this district at the present time. But my grandfather knew some old prayers which he learnt when he was young, and my father learnt them from him.
The following prayer was said when getting up in the morning: -
"Good morning, good Jesus,
Good morning, bright day,
Jesus direct me on the right way.
May soul to serve,
My body from shame,
Arise and get up in God's holy name."
This prayer could be said any part of the day: -
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2019-02-13 14:17
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And after this short and miserable pilgrimage,
Bring me to everlasting happiness. Amen."
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2019-02-13 14:13
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prayers can be recited: -
"As I lie down on my right side,
I pray to God to be my guide,
If any evil crosses me,
I pray dear Lady waken me,
And if I die before I wake,
I pray to God my soul to take
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"There are four corners on my bed,
There are four angels on them spread,
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,
God bless me and the bed I lie on."
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"In the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ crucified,
I lay myself down to rest,
Bless me, O Lord, defend and govern me,
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I give myself up entirely to Your Divine will."
Here is another prayer that can be said in the morning: -
"I will rise from this bed of sleep to adore my God,
And to labour for the salvation of my soul,
O may I rise on the last day to life everlasting."
Here is one to be said at any time: -
"May the adorable name of Jesus be the sweet and daily music of my soul and the seal of my heart. And when in the agony and cold sweat of death, I give the last look for mercy, May my parting sigh be Jesus sweet Jesus. Amen."
When going to bed these
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2019-02-13 13:46
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There are only a few old prayers known in this district My grandmother learned some of them in her early days and she taught them to my mother.
This is one that can be said in the morning: -
"God and His Blessed Mother may guide me,
God may save my sisters and brothers,
God may save myself.
Heart of Jesus I implore
To love Thee daily more and more,
Great God I adore and honour Thee,
I acknowledge Thee to be my Creator and Sovereign Lord,
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2019-02-13 10:55
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taught in a hedge - school there also.
My father saw the remains of a hedge - school near his home in Clonboriff. It was like a car - house with potato stalks for a roof.
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2019-02-13 10:45
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pipeshank. The children were arranged, sitting on a stone with their books on their knees. There was no blackboard and the master did the writing and arithmetic on a slate, and held it up for the pupils to see.
The master could not stay long in each district, and he travelled around from place to place.
There was a hedge - school where Mr. Mac Carthy's house is. A man from Longford named Mr. Ruddin, taught in this school but he died and then Mr. Murphy taught in it. He was in need of money on one occasion and he set up a raffle for a watch. He arranged with the pupils to meet at the "Barrack Hill" in Endrim where the raffle was held. He
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2019-02-13 10:28
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About eighty years ago hedge - schools were in existence. There was one in almost every district.
My grandmother went to a hedge - school in Ballysheil. Mr. Maurice Foley taught in this school The teacher lodged with the pupils in turn. Reading, Writing and Arithmetic were the subjects taught. They were taught in English, as Irish was strictly prohibited. The payment was a penny a week, and a sod of turf each morning carried under the pupil's arm.
The books used were "The Reading made Easy" and an Arithmetic called "The Voster". Writing was done on slates and sometimes with a piece of a
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2019-02-13 10:10
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the class used to be in the open air, and on wet days in Kelly's old house under the hedge.
The teacher's name was Timothy Gardiner. The teacher used to lodge in the farm - houses around Every pupil had to bring a penny a week to pay the master, or if not, to bring eggs or something else.
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2019-02-13 09:57
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slates. They used to sit on big blocks of timber laid on the ground and they had no desks like what the children of the present day have. They used to leave their slates down on their knees and then write. The teacher remained four or five months in each district.
There was another hedge School in Killegally but the teacher was a stranger to the place. It was in a field under a hedge, in an old barn or shed which was made by master and pupils. The subjects carried on in the school were the same as what were carried on in the Ballysheil hedge school.
There was a Hedge School in Loomclone. It was in a field owned by Mr. Kelly. On fine days
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2019-02-13 09:34
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There was a Hedge School in Ballysheil in Bridell's pasture. The scholars used generally get under a thick hedge. William Foley was the teacher, he was not a stranger he was a native of Clonlyon, Belmont.
Of course they used not be paid like the teachers nowadays The parents of the children going to this "Hedge School" used to pay the teacher with bags of oatmeal, sides of bacon, firkins of butter and cans of milk and eggs. Each child used to bring two sods of turf under his arm each morning.
All subjects were taught in these schools with the exception of English. The children used to write with quills on pieces of
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2019-02-13 09:17
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hay on, until the rope is finished making.
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2019-02-13 09:16
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Endrim. Shake "roach" lime or freshly - burnt lime on the hide of the dead beast. Then put it into the water for a few days and the hair will fall off.
"Cishes" or "Crandies" are made at home, sallies are got and stuck down in the ground in a circle to the size of the cish required. Then other sallies are got and plaited round the standers, and so on until the cish is made. The tops of the standers are cut off when the cish is finished.
Hay - Rope - making. A rope is made by getting a twister and hay. Catch the twister in the hay and keep twisting and joining the
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2019-02-13 08:47
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Lime - burning is still practised in my Townland, Endrim.
This is how it is done: draw a lot of stones and break them into small bits. When enough is broken a stone grate is made in the kiln. A load of turf is thrown into the kiln, and nine buckets of lime stones are put in also. Turf is put in until the kiln is full, then fire is placed in the eye of the kiln. It is left burning for a day and a night; by the end of that time stones will be burned into lime. Leather - tanning is still carried on in this Townland,
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2019-02-13 08:34
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the ground to dry. When they are dry they are gathered together and put in what is called a brick - kiln where they are burned to harden them.
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2019-02-13 08:32
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Lime burning is another industry that is carried on in a small way. A lime kiln is a circular pit about seven or eight feet deep, lined with stones or mortar. Into this, broken lime stones and turf are put in layers and set on fire. It is kept burning for three or four days and when it cools off the lime is ready for use.
At Gallen near Ferbane there is another industry carried on, that of brick - making. Bricks are made from a certain sort of grey clay, usually found under the bog. The clay is dug up and worked into soft plaster. It is then put into brick - moulds and spread out on
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2019-02-13 08:15
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barrows, and field - gates. The smith's principal work is binding wheels and shoeing horses.
There are but two thatched houses in Ferbane now, and that means that there is very little thatching done. I saw one of the houses in Ferbane being thatched a couple of years ago. It is done with long oaten straw put on in layers and fastened on with "scolbh."
"(scallops)"
Basket - making is still carried on to a small extent. People use "kishes" for drawing home turf, and small baskets for picking potatoes called "crandies". They are generally made from hazel rods or sallies woven together.
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2019-02-12 14:03
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There were several industries carried on in this district about sixty years ago, but many of them have died out. The principal were spinning and weaving, because people had to make the material for their own clothes. The women used to spin flax and wool with a spinning wheel. Then it would be woven into material on a hand - loom by a weaver, and the tailor would go from house to house making the clothes.
The only trades carried on in this district now are carpentry and smith - work.
The carpenter makes cars,
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2019-02-12 13:46
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into "bobbins". These are placed in a row on top of the house and last of all the eave is cut.
Rope - making is also done in this district. First of all twine is got and twisted together until it is big enough for a rope.
Hay ropes are also made, bits of hay are got and twisted together until it is a big rope.
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2019-02-12 13:38
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teased and combed and sprinkled with olive oil. Then it was carded and spun into wool. There was a spinning wheel in my house and it was used by my grandmother.
Thatching is also carried on in my district. First of all, thin hazel sticks are cut and pointed, and a long ladder is placed on top of the house. Then the old thatch is pulled down, and layers of wheaten straw are laid down on top of the house. The pointed sticks called "scollops" are bent and put down on top of the straw to keep it in its place. More wheaten straw is then got and made
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2019-02-12 13:24
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Candle - making. Long ago candle - making was carried out in this district.
Rushes were first got and peeled and dipped in grease two or three times. Then they were put up the chimney to dry and they were then used as candles.
Basket - making. Up to the present day basket - making is carried on in my district. Sally rods are got and woven in and out together until they form a basket.
Spinning. Up to seventeen years ago spinning was carried on in this district. First of all wool was got from the sheep. It was then
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2019-02-12 10:28
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and turf put in. On top of this there is some soft "bog stuff" to keep down the heat. The fire is then started and all burn up together. It takes a lime - kiln two or three days to burn.
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2019-02-12 09:38
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There were many industries carried on in this part of the country in olden times. Some of them are dead out now, such as: - Spinning, weaving, poteen making, coffin - making and tanning of leather. There are some in operation still, such as: - Brick making thatching, wheel making, burning of lime kiln, kish - making and rope making.
The most common craft in this place is "thatching". Nobody but an expert hand will be allowed to put thatch on a house. All the old types of houses are thatched. People say that
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2019-02-12 09:18
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through them and dry them. After a while they are put into big "stucks." When the turf is completely dry it is drawn home and put in clamps or stables.
Heath grows in the bog. It has a brown stalk, green leaves and purple blossoms. People in the country make sweeping brushes out of heath. Cottonhead or Bogcotton grows also in the bog.
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2019-02-12 09:08
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The bog in my district is part of "The Bog of Allen" It is in the townland of Ballydaly and the district of Ferbane.
Turf is the most important firing. Every year turf is cut by the inhabitants of the countryside. First the bank is cleaned. All the cleanings of the bank are put into the bog hole to fill it up. Then the turf is cut with a "slane" something like a spade. As the turf is cut it is taken away in barrows from the bank and brought to the centre of the bog. After a while the turf is spread, that is, it is turned in order that each side may dry. Then it is "footed." Five or six sods are put standing to allow the wind to go
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2019-02-12 08:49
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home where it is made into a clamp near the house to make a good fire for the winter.
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2019-02-12 08:47
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of value for the bog where the turf is got.
When people go work in the bog they usually bring plenty of food with them as the bog - air gives them a good appetite.
In Spring the turf is cut. First the bank is cleaned that is the top - sod is taken off. When it is cleaned, five or six men are got, two men to cut the turf and three or four to wheel it. The turf is cut with a slane and it is wheeled away with turf - barrows. When it is cut, it is left "in the spread" for a month and then it is turned. After another month, it is footed and later on, stucked.
When it is dry it is brought out near the road and left in a heap until it is brought
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2019-02-12 08:27
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Part of the bog of Allen is in this parish. Bogs were forest where the trees were cut down and the butts of them rotted. It is a marshy place. Heather, moss, bog cotton, rushes and heath grow there. "Beesoms" are made from heath.
The fire is the life of the home as without it there can be nothing done, and without the turf there can be no fire. Of course there is coal to be got but coal is no good in a country grate. It is very expensive whereas every house has a turf bank and the men of the house can cut it and save it themselves. On this account there should be a lot
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2019-02-11 15:50
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into a basket.
The farmer lights a fire of turf. He boils a kettle of water and makes tea. He also boils eggs. He eats two good hearty meals on the bog every day.
The turf is drawn home in July, August and September or whenever the farmer has time. It is brought home in carts. The farmer gets boys to help him to draw home the turf. Sometimes the girls draw it. It is put into sheds or made into ricks.
Every evening when the farmer is finished working, he washes his feet in the bog - hole.
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2019-02-11 15:41
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If the turf is still very wet it is made into "footings." They consist of six or seven sods: Four sods on the bottom standing on end: Two placed on top of them and one big wet one on top.
After a while they are made into heaps called "stucks." About a load of turf is put in each stuck. Sometimes "windrows" are made of it. They are long heaps of turf about a foot and a half high.
If the bog is far off the farmer brings articles to cook food for himself such as: - a kettle, a teapot and a saucepan. He also brings tea, sugar, bread, butter, salt, eggs, milk, knives and spoons. The woman of the house puts all the provisions
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2019-02-10 15:08
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The industrious farmers cut their turf between the middle of March and the "Fair of Gallen" which is on the 21st May.
The first thing to do when cutting turf is to clean the bank. This is done by cutting off about a couple of feet off the top. Two men are generally engaged in cutting turf. One man cuts the turf with an iron instrument called a slane. The other man puts the turf on a wheel - barrow, wheels it out along the bank and throws it down there.
After a few days a crowd of young men and children go to the bog and spread it. It is left there until it is fairly dry, when it is turned.
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2019-02-10 11:05
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the turf is "spread." This means that each sod is separated from the other. Then it is made into "footings". That is five or six "sods" are put standing together. After that it is made into big stooks.
Before the turf is drawn home a road is made from the high - bank to the low - bank to bring the turf down on the low - bank. This is called a "Toher" (tochar). Lastly it is drawn home in the harvest from the "stooks" and made into "clamps" or put in a turf - shed.
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2019-02-10 10:45
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bank is cleaned with spades and shovels. This consists of taking off about two feet of the top layer of the bank. The top layer is called the "scraw" (scraith).
The turf is the cut with slanes. One man generally cuts the turf and one or two "wheel" it. The man that is cutting the turf throws out each sod on the bank. Another man takes it up with a fork, puts it on a barrow and "wheels" it to a dry part of the bank. He "wheels" from twenty to thirty "sods" each time. Each layer of turf is called a "board" or "spit".
After a week or two
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marshy place covered with purple heather and "Ceannawaun" (Ceannabhán). Bog sallies reeds and rushes grow on it also. The ""beesom", a home - made broom, still used in houses round here, is made from heather. "Crandies" and "kishes" are made from bog sallies and everyone knows the rushes used on Twelfth Night are got in the bog.
The local sportsmen find much pleasure in the bog. Snipe, curlew, and grouse are numerous. The male snipe is called the "Jack Snipe". The bog lark and swallows are also to be seen.
The cutting of the turf is one of the most important works of the year. First the
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2019-02-08 15:02
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There is a large amount of bogland in the locality round here. It is part of the Bog of Allen. There are industries carried on, which are not known in other parts of Ireland.
The well - known Turraun Peat Works gives a lot of employment to the surrounding population. Then, there are the Gallen Brickyards, which supply bricks to all parts of Ireland for building purposes. Some people do not know, that the bricks used in big buildings, are made from the grey soil got under the peat in bogs.
The bog is a swampy
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2019-02-08 14:40
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straw and clay.
After about a month they are sorted. The small ones are given to the pigs and fowl and the others are kept for table use.
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2019-02-08 14:37
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toes about twelve inches apart. Then the men cover the seed with the manure, after that the seed gets a light dressing of artificial manure, then the drills are closed.
They remain for about a month and then they are moulded and in the course of six or eight weeks they get the final grubbing and moulding.
Later on they are sprayed with blue - stone and washing soda and about two weeks later they get a light spraying again.
In October the potato digger is got and the potatoes are dug out and picked up into carts, and taken home where pits are made in which the potatoes are carefully put. Then they are tightened and covered with
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2019-02-08 14:19
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The potato crop is the most plentiful crop round this district. The first to be done is to winter plough, then in the Spring the soil is prepared by harrowing, rolling and cultivating and if necessary ploughing again and if so it has to be harrowed, rolled and cultivated again. The next thing is to open the drills with a drill plough, eight drills to the perch, and eleven drills to the row of farmyard manure.
When the drills are opened the seed is cut by the woman of the house, and taken out to the field where the children of the house spread the seed pota -
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In the month of July the potatoes are sprayed with a sprayer. The potatoes are picked in October. They are ploughed out first. Then five or six people pick them.
The potatoes are stored in pits. They are covered with straw first, then clay is put on the outside.
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2019-02-08 13:57
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We sow an acre and a half of potatoes. My brother prepares the ground. The ground for potatoes is ploughed twice, then harrowed, next the scutch grass is picked the ground is rolled, then the drills are opened with a plough.
In the fields the potatoes are sowed in drills. If the garden is big the potatoes are sowed in drills also, but if it is small they are usually sowed in ridges. The plough is always used in the fields but the spade is used for digging the garden. The plough is used for opening and closing the drills.
People help one another in putting down the potatoes. One farmer goes to work with his neighbour.
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2019-02-07 16:03
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The drills are closed and the chain harrow is rubbed on the top of the drills. The potatoes are wed and grubbed after about a month. When the stalks are up over the ground they are sprayed. Washing soda is got and melted. Then blue stone is put into a barrel.
The mixture is stirred for a long time. The sprayer comes along and the mixture is put into the barrel of the sprayer. He sprays the potatoes out of this: to prevent blight.
In the harvest the potatoes are taken out and put into pits. Then they are sorted. The small ones and green ones are given to the pigs, and the big ones are kept for table use.
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2019-02-07 15:51
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The chief crop sown in our district is potatoes. We sow about five acres. Land must be well prepared before opening the drills.
The first thing to be done is to plough the ground, next to harrow it and cultivate it. The scutch grass is then picked and drawn away. The ground is rolled again and ploughed and the drills are opened and the manure is put out. To cultivate the ground is to pull up the dirt and carry it away. The women of the house cut the seed. They leave a couple of eyes in the seed. The potatoes are spread in the valley of the drills, and the manure is shaken on the top of the seed.
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2019-02-07 15:34
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Many people help one another in this district. One farmer goes to help a neighbour, who, in turn, aids him. They lend and borrow horses and farming implements to cultivate and sow the different crops. When the potatoes grow to a certain height, they are moulded, and after some time they are sprayed. When the potatoes begin to lose their blossoms people start digging them. Some people use a spade, and others that have bigger portions usually dig the potatoes up out of the ground with a plough. Then they are put into pits and covered with dry straw and plenty of clay on the outside.
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2019-02-07 15:21
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There are potatoes growing in our garden. My father prepares the ground. The ground is always manured. The potatoes are sowed in drills. A spade is always used in our garden. The spades are bought in a shop, but some of the farmers get the local blacksmith to make them. When sowing the garden you first select the seed as there are many different varieties. We usually sow a stone of early sort of potatoes called "Garden Fillers." As those potatoes do not keep we sow a later class called "Champions." In fine weather the potatoes do well in our garden but in wet seasons they all get black and rot.
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2019-02-07 15:09
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the potatoes are ploughed out and the children help to pick them. Then they are put into large pits and securely covered with dry straw and plenty of clay on the outside.
The names for the different kinds of potatoes are "Garden Fillers," "Epicures," and May Queens" which are early varieties; Leinster - Wonders," "Skerry - Champions," "Kerr's Pinks," "Irish - Queens," Golden - Wonders. "Spey's - Abundance" and "Aran - Banners are a bad quality of potato, and are used for feeding pigs.
"Kerr's - Pinks" and "Skerry - Champions" grow best in this district.
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2019-02-07 15:07
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the potatoes are ploughed out and the children help to pick them. Then they are put into large pits and securely covered with dry straw and plenty of clay on the outside.
The names for the different kinds of potatoes are "Garden Fillers," "Epicures," and May Queens" which are early varieties; Leinster - Wonders," "Skerry - Champions," "Kerr's Pinks," "Irish - Queens," Golden - Wonders. "Spey's - Abundance" and "Aran - Banners are a bad quality of potato, and are used for feeding pigs.
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2019-02-07 14:49
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into three or four pieces, and are planted about a foot apart in the centre of the drill and covered with manure. The drills are then closed.
When one farmer is sowing his potatoes the neighbouring farmers help him, and he helps them in return until each farmer has potato - crop sowed.
When the potato stalks appear above the drill they are moulded with a plough, this makes the drill larger and leaves more room for the potatoes to grow. Twice or three times during the summer months the potato stalks are sprayed with bluestone to prevent blight. About the month of October
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2019-02-07 14:31
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There is about half an acre of land sowed with potatoes in our garden each year. Some years there is a much better crop than others.
The ploughman prepares the ground. The potatoes are usually sowed in drills. A plough is used to make the drills.
Wooden ploughs were used in olden times in boggy land, and even still they are used in backward places. The spades are usually bought in a shop ready - made, they were formerly made in forges.
Seed potatoes are cut
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2019-02-06 15:07
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are moulded, that is: the weeds are taken from around them. When the potatoes are grown up and blossomed they are sprayed. "Spray" is bluestone and water mixed to prevent blight.
The potatoes are poughed out with a digger. They are either stored in barns, or in pits, made down some depth in the ground, and covered with straw and clay.
There are several kinds of potatoes. They are: - "Golden Wonder", "Black Champion", "Garden Fillers", "Leinster Wonders", Skerry Champion" and "Aran Banners".
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2019-02-06 14:55
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Potatoes are sown every year by my parents, usually after Saint Patrick's Day.
First, the ground is ploughed by the workman.Then it is harrowed with a harrow, to take away the stones and weeds that remain. The workman gets a plough and opens the drills. This plough is called a "double plough." Women usually cut the seed. The spreaders go along each drill and put down the seed about a foot apart. After the spreaders, a man goes along with a grape and puts in the manure. Then a man gets a horse and a plough and closes the drills. When the potatoes are growing they
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2019-02-05 13:40
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The most common varieties of potatoes grown round here are:- "The Arran Banner," "Skerry Champion" and "Golden Wonder".
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2019-02-05 13:34
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then the pickers must sort through the clay for the potatoes. Some farmers have potato diggers for harvesting the crop. A digger is a machine for digging, sorting, and throwing out the potatoes from the ground. This is a much quicker and easier method, as the pickers have only to pick up the potatoes, when they are thrown out.
The potatoes are then "sorted" and pitted. A pit is about a yard wide and five or six inches deep. The length depends on the quantity of potatoes to be pitted. The potatoes are covered with clean dry straw, then with clay and "scraws" (scraith).
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2019-02-05 13:21
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Farmers sometimes help each other sowing the potatoes. One farmer helps another farmer to sow the potatoes, then the second farmer comes and helps the first farmer. This is called "coring"(comhar) or "working in whack".
During the Summer months the potato drills must be levelled, wed, grubbed and moulded. In the end of June or July they are sprayed to protect therm from blight.
In September and October the potatoes are taken from the ground. The most common method of doing this is to split the drill with a plough,
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2019-02-05 13:09
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the men are putting out the stuff the woman of the house or any old man is cutting the seed. The large potatoes are cut in two or three pieces, leaving two eyes or more in each cutlet.
These seeds are spread in the drills about a foot apart. Children generally "spread" the potatoes and men "put in the stuff" after them. Putting in the stuff is spreading the farm - yard manure in the drills over the seed. Then there is phosphate or "handstuff" shaken in the drills and they are closed. The children carry the seed in bag aprons called "praskeens" (práiscín).
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2019-02-05 12:55
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ground for potatoes. He ploughs it first in the Winter months and leaves it until Spring when he "tills" it. This consists of re - ploughing, harrowing and rolling the soil. This is repeated three or four times. Re - ploughing is called "back - stirring" because instead of being ploughed from end to end of the field as was done at first the soil is ploughed crosswise to cut the "scrapes." When the final rolling is done the drills are opened.
"Putting out the stuff" is the next part of the work. Loads of farm - yard manure are spaced in rows in the drills. A "row" of drills is about eleven or twelve. When
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2019-02-05 11:08
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The potato crop is the most important crop on the farm. The potato is one of the chief foods of both man and beast in this part of the country.
The amount of land under potatoes varies from an acre to three acres according to the food requirements. As this locality is one of the chief pig - feeding areas in Ireland potatoes are in large demand because they form the principal food for pig - rearing purposes. We have three acres of potatoes sowed.
The farmer has a lot of work to do to prepare the
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ty in England? S.X. (Essex).
Why is a watch like a river? Because it doesn't run long without winding.
Where was Moses when the candle went out? In the dark.
How many sides has a house? Two, inside and outside.
What is it that always has its hands on its face? A clock.
What is a horse's shoe like? Like a mare's shoe.
When is a car like the letters M.T.? When it is empty.
When is a little girl like a window? When she wears a sash.
What is most like a half - moon? The other half.
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Because she cannot lick it.
Why does a hen look over the wall? Because she can't look under it.
Black and white and read all over? A newspaper
What is it that I have and everything has? A name.
Twenty six little gentlemen, they are all the same age and they have only one "I" between them all? The alphabet.
What fruit is on every penny? A date.
Spell blackbird in four letters? Crow.
Goes round the wood and round the wood and never goes into the wood? The bark of a tree.
A room is full of it and you couldn't get a spoonful? Air.
What two letters make a coun-
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Because she cannot lick it.
Why does a hen look over the wall? Because she can't look under it.
Black and white and read all over? A newspaper
What is it that I have and everything has? A name.
Twenty six little gentlemen, they are all the same age and they have only one "I" between them all? The alphabet.
What fruit is on every penny? A date.
Spell blackbird in four letters? Crow.
Goes round the wood and round the wood and never goes into the wood? The bark of a tree.
A room is full of it and you couldn't get a spoonful? Air.
What two letters make a coun-
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Which side is the handle of a jug? Outside.
Flies high, flies low, wears boots and has none? A football.
Twice in a moment, once in a minute, and never in a thousand years? The letter "M".
How can a thin person get fat? Buy it from the butcher.
Little white Nancy with a little red nose, the longer she lives the shorter she grows? A candle.
What is the difference between a hill and a pill? One is hard to get up, and the other is hard to get down.
Where are kings crowned? On the head.
Why does a hen pick a pot?
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Two feet.
It is not outside, and it is not inside, but it is under the roof? A window.
Bridge on a pond without planks, or stones? Ice.
It comes in in people's arms, and goes out like silk? Smoke.
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standers, two hookers, two crookers and a fly beater? A cow.
Ink - ank, under a bank, ten drawing four? A woman milking a cow.
Riddle me, riddle me, the farmer's fiddle, alive at the two ends, and dead in the middle? A man ploughing.
How many sticks would go to a bird's nest? None, they have to be brought to it.
If I built a wall from here to Donegal what height would it be? The height of nonsense.
How many cows' tails would reach a rainbow? One if it was long enough.
Why do you go to bed? Because the bed would not come to me.
Forty sheep, a shepherd and his dog, how many feet were there?
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ed? Fox - Ox.
Why is a wet umbrella like fat? Because it is dripping.
What is that, which you can keep yourself after giving it to someone else? Your word.
What makes more noise at a gate than a pig? Two pigs.
Humpy - back father, big, big, mother, and three little children like one another? Pot and crook.
I went up the boreen and down the boreen and took the boreen on my back. A ladder.
Riddle - me, riddle - me, auntie roe, My father gave me some seeds to sow. The seeds were black and the ground was white, Riddle - me that, and I will give you a penny? A newspaper.
Four - dilly - danders, four sticks -
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blood, as green as grass. What's that? A blackberry.
What is the greatest wonder in the map of E