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Most of the dwelling houses in ancient Ireland were round. Some were of stone, others of clay, but the majority - especially the larger ones were build of wood. The builders drove strong poles, and arranged them close together, deep in the ground. They filled up the spaces between the poles with wicker-work and then they plastered the walls with clay and white-washed them outside and inside. The roof was thatched with straw or rushes and the fire was made in the gable or in the centre of the floor with the smoke escaping through a hole in the roof. It was not usual to have more than one large room in a house, although some buildings were divided into sections by rows of pillars but the same family often had several buildings close together. There were no windows in those houses except a few holes here and there and they were closed at night with a bunch of rushes or a bog of heather, and when
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2020-06-05 23:50
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day broke they were taken out again but according to the direction in which the rain or wind was coming, they would keep them closed, and open those on the sheltery side. The floors were all made of clay. Nearly every small thatched house in the district has a half-door nowadays but there were no half-doors used in the olden times, they just used a large busk for a half-door.
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2020-06-05 23:46
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the "tasters". They always had clay floors, and blocks of wood for seats.
Most of the dwelling houses in ancient Ireland were round. Some were of stone, others of clay, but the majority - especially the larger ones were build of wood. The builders drove strong poles, and arranged them close together, deep in the ground. They filled up the spaces between the poles with wicker-work and then they plastered the walls with clay and white-washed them outside and inside. The roof was thatched with straw or rushes and the fire was made in the gable or in the centre of the floor with the smoke escaping through a hole in the roof. It was not usual to have more than one large room in a house, although some buildings were divided into sections by rows of pillars but the same family often had several buildings close together. There were no windows in those houses except a few holes here and there and they were closed at night with a bunch of rushes or a bog of heather, and when
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2020-06-05 23:38
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Old people used to have wooden beds in the kitchen. In the day-time they used them for seats and at night they opened them up and left them lying flat on the floor and in the morning they closed them up again.
The old people made roofs out of fir, "scraws" and lint. They put the firs across from side to side and then they put "scraws" over them and they then put the lint over the "scraws".
In old houses there used to be fires in the middle of the floors, and in some houses there was no chimney. They always used half-doors to keep out the hens and in some houses up to the present day they are used.
In old houses there used to be boards across from one side of the house to the other, on the half of the roof and they kept clothes on them and they call them
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2020-06-03 23:02
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On the river of Glenagannon, Carndonagh, there is a rock with a little well in the middle of it which is called the "Warty Well", because people get their warts cured at it if they make the Sign of the Cross three times on the warts and say three Hail Marys. In the summer time if the well happens to go dry you can lift some water out of the river and put it in the well, but the mysterious thing about it is that when you are finished the water disappears. Another thing about this well is that you are not supposed to go straight to the well but to just come on it by accident.
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2020-06-03 22:39
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open, and beautiful little stones were got inside it. One night before an old man died a bean ? was heard on the bank of the little river. The people were amazed when they heard the crying, but the old man said not to be afraid, it was a sign of death in the district, and a few hours later he died, there was great sorrow when his friends thought of his last words. For a long time after this the bean ? cried when anyone out of the neighbourhood was going to die. Ever since this lilttle river and the rocks have been called the fairy rocks.
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2020-06-03 22:34
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Eight miles from Letterkenny in a place called Glenswilly in neighbourhood of Tullyhoner is a rock under which gold is hidden. This rock is situated on the side of a little hill, near where a river runs. Long ago the old men tried to move the rock, but it only went a little bit and rolled back again to its proper place. When it came back it shook the ground on which the men stood. It is also said that fairies lived there for a long time. It is supposed to be they who put the gold under the huge stone. There are other things said to be connected with this gold. In a certain year this gold ill be got by a middle-aged man. If the man uses the gold in a foolish way he will be robbed of his treasure. When the fairies lived there beautiful music was to be heard at midnight. I heard my auntie say that one day about six or seven years ago one of the rocks on the little hill split
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2020-06-03 22:22
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from its summit to watch for the approach of the enemy who in those days captured Priests whom they would not allow to celebrate Holy Mass. Convenient to the town also is the river known as the Port which must have derived into name from the fact that when the tide is high it affords a suitable landing for Cargo vessels. It is really an inlet of Lough Swilly.
In the town also a very important landmark of history stands known as Hegarty's Hotel. It was here that Wolfe Tone sought refuge from his enemies but was captured and taken prisoner.
Rock-Hill another imposing mansion of
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2020-06-03 22:17
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Letterkenny is my home district. The town got the name "Letterkenny" from the ancient cIan of the O'Cannons. Letterkenny or LeitirCeanainn means the hillside of the O'Cannons.
During the time of the persecution of the catholics, Mass was often celebrated at a place called Sallaghrane. about one hundred yards from St. Eunans College. The mass rock is still there till the present day and can be pointed out by any of the old inhabitance of the town. Pike men under the commands of Rory O'Moore kept guard on the hilltops while the Priest celebrated Holy Mass in the valley below.
Quite convenient to the town at a place called Sprack-Burn a great battle was fought between the Protestants and Catholics. The Protestants were armed but the Catholics were unarmed, and the only means of defence they had was to
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2020-06-03 22:16
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Letterkenny is my home district. The town got the name "Letterkenny" from the ancient Ian of the O'Cannons. Letterkenny or LeitirCeanainn means the hillside of the O'Cannons.
During the time of the persecution of the catholics, Mass was often celebrated at a place called Sallaghrane. about one hundred yards from St. Eunans College. The mass rock is still there till the present day and can be pointed out by any of the old inhabitance of the town. Pike men under the commands of Rory O'Moore kept guard on the hilltops while the Priest celebrated Holy Mass in the valley below.
Quite convenient to the town at a place called Sprack-Burn a great battle was fought between the Protestants and Catholics. The Protestants were armed but the Catholics were unarmed, and the only means of defence they had was to
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2020-05-21 06:04
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A saint lived in our land about three hundred years ago. It is said he built a monastery there. Where it was there is a grave yard now. It is said too that Cromwell set fire to it. The Saints name was Eve. There is a blessed well near the graveyard. It is a cure for sore eyes. A brother of the Saints lived in Killglasey. His name was Glasey.
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2020-05-21 05:57
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Saint John the Baptist is the Patron Saint of this parish. There is a well dedicated to him at Killone. This well is given great credit for its cures. Many people sick, lame and blind who have spent a night there or given rounds went home cured. On the 24 of June, St Paul’s day, and on the 29 of June, Saint Peter, and St Paul’s day people go and make rounds there. There is a lake near it called New Hall lake. Neither Saint John’s parish nor anything in it ever been struck or damaged by lightening.
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2020-05-21 05:49
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They visit it on the twenty fourth of June also.
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2018-07-06 21:37
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mountains will never meet.
What is good for the goose isn't bad for the gander.
Age and want are an ill-matched pair.
God never closed one door but he opened another.
You couldn't expect a robin out of a hawk's nest.
It's not the race to the swift or the battle to the brave.
It's a bad war when all's slain.
The darkest hour's before the dawn.
Silk and satin put out the kitchen fire.
Practice makes perfect.
The wise man changes his mind, the fool never.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Still water runs deep.
Once bitten, twice shy.
A cat gets leave to look at the gull.
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2018-07-06 21:28
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Never count your chickens till they are hatched.
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2018-07-06 21:26
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Business first and pleasure afterwards.
Command of hand is grand.
Don't throw out the old water till you get in the fresh water.
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2018-07-06 21:23
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If you're dabbed with honey you will never want bees.
Long sickness is death at the rear.
Friends will meet when the
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2018-06-04 02:21
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Fadge.
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2018-06-04 02:21
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ploughs. They buy the spades and ploughs.
Before they set the potatoes they leave them to bud. then they cut them into splits and every split must have an eye.
The neighbours nearby always help each other setting and digging. Every body has to spray his potatoes because of the blight. They dig them with diggers and spades. They store the potatoes in pits made with clay and rushes.
The names of the potatoes are Pilots, Aran Banners, Champions, Pinks, King Edwards, Aran Victors.
They used to make starch out of potatoes not very long ago. Potato bread is made out of flour and cooked potatoes and is called
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2018-06-01 01:48
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They set potatoes here every year. the farmers prepare the ground. The manures are Dung, XXX, Special, Guana, and Sulphur. They put the manure on before they set the potatoes. They set them in drills made with ploughs. They used to use wooden
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2018-06-01 01:46
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out. Then the potatoes are emptied on it and covered with rushes and clay. The most common kinds of potatoes grown in this parish are "Kerr's Pinks",
"Ruby Queens", "Arran Banners", "King Edward's", "Arran Pilots", "Champions" "Arran Victories" and "Red Kings".
The potatoes are not used in this parish now-a-days to make starch.
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2018-06-01 01:41
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potatoes is prepared.
The ground is first ploughed then harrowed then ploughed and harrowed again. Then the ground is drilled and the potatoes are set and covered.
When they are set a while they are saddle-harrowed to take the weeds off the drills. About June they are moulded and just before they are ready to dig they are sprayed. Theis is how the spray is mixed.
For one rood of ground of big top 8lbs of washing soda, 4lbs of blue stone and forty gallons of water is required. This spray prevents blight.
It is never too late to dig the potatoes up to the 10th November. When they are dug they are usually stored in pits in the field. The pits are put in the middle of the field. First the ground is flattened
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2018-06-01 01:36
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in use now-a-days. These ploughs were suitable in fine sandy clay, but they broke easily when used in stoney rough ground.
Any potato can be set if it has an eye. The potatoes with numerous eyes are cut into splits. Every split must have at least one eye and three are the right number. If the farmer wished to have small potatoes he sets the seed near hand but if they are set far apart they grow very large. A potato that is green or unsuitable for eating is good for seed.
In this parish most farmers set their own potatoes but when they are digging some of them have what is called a friz. That is their neighbours gather to help them free of charge.
This is the way the ground for
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2018-06-01 01:29
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Potatoes are grown by many people in this parish every year. Lime is put on the ground after it is ploughed and manure is put on it when the potatoes are being set. When potatoes are set in the open field the ground is drilled but ridges are used in the gardens. Wooden ploughs were used long ago but are not so much
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2018-05-09 05:49
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rolled on a bake board and cut into Farrell’s. These are put in the oven and cooked for twenty minutes. To make starch the potatoes are washed clean, and peeled and grated and are strained through a muslin cloth. All is left to settle for a few days. Then the water is drained off and the starch is left.
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2018-05-09 05:46
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-times people help each other to set potatoes. When potatoes are set a while they are saddle-harrowed and made up with a plough. Afterwards they are wed by people and moulded with two horses and a plough. A fortnight after they are moulded they are second-moulded. They are sprayed a short time after they are second-moulded. The potatoes are dug when they are ripe and pitted in a field. If people have potatoes to spare they sell them. The potatoes are removed from the field in the early spring before the land is ploughed. Many different kinds of potatoes are grown now. Kerr’s Pink are the best for eating but Banners are the best croppers. To make potato bread potatoes are boiled peeled and mashed. Salt and flour are added to this and all ingredients are
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2018-05-09 05:38
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Potatoes are set every year in this parish. Some spread manure on the ground before they plough it. The potatoes are set in drills about nine inches apart and sometimes a foot apart. The drills are made with a plough. Most of the land was delved long ago. The people about here buy their spades. The seed potatoes are cut into splits with two eyes in each split. The drills are closed with a drill plough. Some
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2018-05-04 20:36
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nettle is a poisonous weed. Red Shank is a weed for dyeing.
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2018-05-04 00:33
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Chicken-weed grows in grass land and it is very good for a sprain.
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2018-05-04 00:32
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You will only get daisies growing in very fertile land. Ferns are good weeds as they manure the ground and makes it very rich. Benweeds are bad weeds as they poverise the land and smothers the small seeds. Red root is a weed which only appears in good ground. It has a very long root which runs along like a shamrock.
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2018-04-26 20:22
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bag lying on the side of the road. A man came along and as he was going to the town the girl asked him to give the bag to the police. He did so.
That night one of the police wanted very much to know what was in the bag. He happened to find a bunch of keys and one of them fitted the lock. He opened it and was surprised to find a bottle of poitin in it.
He told the rest of the police and they were very interested to know who was the owner.
Next day the young man arrived at the police station. He inquired about the bag and described it. The police knew at once that he was the owner. He was taken to court and was heavily fined.
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2018-04-26 20:18
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In olden times many people in this district made poitin. Great care had to be taken while making it, as police were everywhere on the trail of poitin makers. In those days police were known to the poitin makers as "Revenue Men". Any person found making poitin was taken to court and heavy fines were imposed. Often, indeed, the still was seized and destroyed. Many stories are yet told about poitin and this is one of them.
Once upon a time a man from the west of Ireland was working in this district. One day he decided to go and see his aged father. This young man was a poitin maker and knowing his father was very fond of it he filled a bottle and put it into his bag. then he set off.
A girl going along saw a
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2018-04-26 20:13
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These people were playing tricks and witchcraft. A bad end will come to those who deal with the devil. It happened to these people. When the last one of them died he had no one to wake him.
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2018-04-26 20:12
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Once upon a time a man had three milk cows. Every morning when he would go out to milk the cows he could get not milk. One morning he went out and sat in the byre. By and by a hare came in and went round every cow. It ran out then. The man went and told a priest. He was told to put silver in the gun, and fire at the hare the next time he saw it. Next day he went and sat in the byre and the hare came as usual. When it was leaving the man shot it in the leg and there stood before him an old woman. It was his godmother and she said, "do not shoot again or you will kill you godmother." From that day to this he got milk from his cows. This happened in Derryloughan
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2018-04-26 20:08
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is then put into barrels. Boiled hops and barns are added to it then. These barrels are airtight and a green sod is placed on each one of them. It is then left for two days working and bubbling. After two days and two nights it is again placed on the still. This is called
"hilte". Another barrel is placed convenient and a copper tubing called a "worm" leading from the still on the fire to the barrel. It is then boiled on a slow fire and the reason for this is that the steam running through the copper makes the whiskey. It is then ready for use.
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2018-04-26 20:04
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to dry. It is turned now and again until it begins to sprout. It is then dried in a little kiln for the purpose. When it is ground it is ready for the barrel. Three stones of it is put into a wide barrel with a hole in the bottom. Another vessel is placed underneath the barrel and between them rushes are spread to form a strainer for the juice of the barley to run through. Three stone of crushed corn and three stone of malt are put into the barley.
One man keeps stirring it while another man keeps pouring in barley water. It is then covered with coarse cloth. It is left to draw for a few hours until reduced to milk heat. The plug is then pulled out of the bung hole and a vessel is placed underneath to hold the liquid. This liquid is called "brannish" and it
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2018-04-26 19:59
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Poitin is made still in Ireland in spite of all the guards. In olden times it was made more oftener than it is made now. People had little houses made of stone and they were called the still houses.
There is a little grate made of stone and the fire was lit in it in the house. The still was hung over the fire.
This is how the poitin was made.
First the barley was steeped in water for two days. Then it was scattered on an earthen floor
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2018-04-26 19:56
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means wealth.
When you dream of a salmon it means bad news.
When you dream of music it means sorrow.
When you dream of wastewater it means some person is going to be drowned.
When you dream of fire it means anger.
When you dream you are falling it means you are falling into mortal sin.
When you dream of a galloping horse it means hasty news.
When you dream of copper it means death.
When you dream of glass it means bad luck.
When you dream of a man white-washing a house it means death.
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2018-04-26 19:53
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These are some of the superstitions people believe in regard to dreams.
When you dream of the dead you will hear from the living.
When you dream of your living friends it is said you shall get money.
When you dream of fairies it is said you are going to find a crock of gold.
If you dream of a funeral it means a wedding.
When you dream that you have lost a tooth it means you will lose a friend.
When you dream of rats it means enemies.
When you dream you are nursing a baby it means sickness.
When you dream of lightning it means joy.
When you dream of gold it means you are going to lose all your money.
When you dream of worms it
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2018-04-26 19:50
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In olden times everyone used to make Boxty, but very few people make it nowadays. This is how you make it. First of all you have to get a basin of raw potatoes and wash them well. Then you grate them. You have to get an equal quantity of boiled potatoes. Add a teaspoonful of fine salt to these, and mash them well. Next take the grated raw potatoes, and strain in bowlfuls into a muslin bag. Then squeeze the water out of them until quite dry. Continue until all are finished. Mix the raw and boiled potatoes well together. Add gradually a little flour to bind them. Next turn out on a floured board, and knead well for fifteen minutes. Roll out thinly and form into a cake or square farls. Fry on a hot buttered pan slowly, and serve very hot. When cold if reheated the Boxty is just as good. It is a very strong dish.
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Rain
If you see the dog eating grass, it is a sign of rain. If you see a blue light in the fire, it is a sign of rain. When you see black clouds in the sky it is a sign of rain. When the sun goes down very red in the evening, when there is a purple colour on the hills look near, these are the signs of rain.
Storm
When we hear the curlew crying late at night, it is a sign of a storm. A far away ring is a near-hand storm, and a near-hand ring is a far away storm. When we see the horse standing under a tree, it is a sign of storm. If the cat sits with her back to the fire, it is the sign of rain. If there is a red ring around the moon at night, it is the sign of storm. When you see soot falling down the chimney it is a sign of storm. When the sky gets dark, and the crickets chirp it is the sign of storm.
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2018-04-26 19:43
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If you see the dog eating grass, it is a sign of rain. If you see a blue light in the fire, it is a sign of rain. When you see black clouds in the sky it is a sign of rain. When the sun goes down very red in the evening, when there is a purple colour on the hills look near, these are the signs of rain.
When we hear the curlew crying late at night, it is a sign of a storm. A far away ring is a near-hand storm, and a near-hand ring is a far away storm. When we see the horse standing under a tree, it is a sign of storm. If the cat sits with her back to the fire, it is the sign of rain. If there is a red ring around the moon at night, it is the sign of storm. When you see soot falling down the chimney it is a sign of storm. When the sky gets dark, and the crickets chirp it is the sign of storm.
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2018-04-26 19:38
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In olden days the people knew nothing about wax candles. The light they used was got by peeling a rush and soaking it in melted fat. They made dozens of these at a time and then put them in a cool place to harden. Then they were ready for use when they hardened.
People would get the white of a rush and peel the skin of it. They would melt butter or fat, and they would soak the rushes in it. They would leave it to harden. They would peel it sloping at the top so as to make a wax top in it to light.
That is the way candles were made long ago. One of them would last about a quarter of an hour. They used to make a number of them at a time that would last for a week.
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2018-04-17 00:59
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In the middle of the winter when the nights are very dark many games are played. One of these games is called, Jack Jack Show Your Light. About eight boys gather together, and one of them takes a flash lamp with him. The boy who has got the flash lamp gets chased by the other boys.
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on the tooth.
If a person has a burn, the first thing to do, is put olive oil on it.
A cure for a headache is to put vinegar on it.
A cure for a cut is to rub a dog's tongue on it.
If you have a sore back, rub the skin of an eel on it, and it will cure it.
A cure for a sore ear, is to get wadding, and put castor-oil on the wadding then put it into your ear, and it will mend it.
If you have a strained wrist, hold it under a spout of cold water, then bandage it, and it will be all right.
If you have a beeling finger or foot, tie a foxes tongue on it, and it will bring out the corruption.
If you have warts on your feet, and when you walk into a hole of water, without thinking of the warts, they will go away.
If you have a toothache, lick a frog, and it will be all right.
Checken-weed is good for a swelling.
Shamsugs is good for a lump or a swelling.
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2018-04-17 00:47
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A cure for the cold, is to take buttermilk with red pepper on it.
If a person has a sore throat, put roast salt in a silk cloth, and tie it round your neck.
A cure for the toothache is to put iodine
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over her ear it is a sign the rivers will swell their banks.
When the wild geese leave the lowland, and go to the mountain it is a sign of bad weather.
When the cats scrape wood it is a sign of bad weather.
A far off ring round the moon is a sign of a nearhand storm.
A loose ring round the moon is a sign of good weather.
When the hens stay out late at night it is a sign of good weather.
When the ducks stay around the door, it is a sign of bad weather.
A cold night brings forth a pleasant day.
When the ducks are making noise it is a sign of rain.
When the geese are eating grass it is a sign of rain.
When the goat shakes herself it is a sign of storm.
When there are a lot of stars in the sky it is a sign of frost.
The east wind brings the most rain.
Seagull sink in sand it is a bad sign of weather if you come to land.
When the sea appears blue it is a sign of good weather, and when it gets dark it will be bad weather.
When there is an eclipse round the moon it is a
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2018-04-17 00:40
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a sign of warm weather.
If a hard noise is heard on the tide there will be frost.
If a hard noise is heard on a brook it is a sign of rain.
If a mist comes over the sea it is a sign of rain.
If a shadow of a fire is seen out on the street, and you are inside it is a sign of storm.
If the last twelve days of December are good the next twelve months will be good.
When the thrush and blackbird come near the dwelling house it is a sign of snow.
If the sea is calm, and the waves get rough it is a sign of storm.
A rainbow in the morning is the shepherd's warning.
A rainbow at night is the sailor's delight because it is a good sign of weather.
When the seagulls go floating high up on the sky it is a sign of high wind.
On a nice summer's evening to hear the sheep bleeting, it is a sign of rain.
When the sea gulls are after a man ploughing it is a sign of rain.
A close fog is a sign of good weather.
When the seagulls be on a flock on the ground it is a sign of rain and storm.
When the cat is washing her face, and puts her paw up
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of rain.
When the mermaid cries it is a sign of storm.
When the soot falls from the chimneys it is a sign of rain.
When the wind changes often it is sign of unsettled weather.
When the rocks shine with the sun after a shower it is a sign of wet weather.
When the moon is lying on its back it is a sign of rain, but when it is up straight it is a sign of good weather.
When a ring is round the moon it is a sign of bad weather.
If you see a cat with her back to the fire it is a sign of storm.
If you see a snipe coming out of a brook it will be good weather.
If you see merrydancers in the sky like lights shining up in the air it is a sign of a storm.
If you see crows flying low it will be rain.
If smoke blows down again it will be rain.
If a cow or a horse is seen with its back to a bush it is a sign of wet weather.
If you see a dog eating grass it is a sign of rain.
If you hear a heatherbleet bleeting it is
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When we see a little bit of a rainbow in the sky it is a sign of a storm, and these are called weathergalls.
When we see the stars twinkling in the sky it is a sign of frost.
If the sun is red when it is setting it will be good weather, but when it sets pale it is a sign of bad weather.
When there is a blue flame in the fire it is a sign of wet weather.
When we see the crane flying to the hill it is a sign of wet weather.
When the winds whistle it is a sign of wet weather.
When the hens pick at the panes of the window it is a sign of frost.
When the worms come above the ground, and lays on the grass it is a sign of wet weather.
When the goats come from the hills and go to the lowlands it is a sign of rain.
When the cricket sings sharply it is a sign of rain.
When we see the dogs drink water it is a sign of rain.
When the geese scream loudly it is a sign
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Name: Mr. J. Blair
Address: Drumnahaw
Ballindrait
Co. Donegal
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2018-04-05 20:23
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It is said that every year the fairies come, and sit beside the burn, and read books. There is a glen up in Argrey hill, and every night the fairies come out to dance about the Glen. The fairies used to play tricks on the people in this district. In winter at night when the moon was shining the fairies liked it best because they could come out to dance. If you were passing a holly bush you would hear the fairies talking, and dancing. The fairies always held a ball at night when all was quiet. All the people were afraid of the fairies because the fairy godmother would use her wand at them and change them into something.
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2018-04-05 20:19
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In olden times the fairies used to live under rocks and stones. If anyone went out on Halloween night it is said that the fairy music would set him mad. There is a story told about a woman who lived near where the fairies were, and she used to throw out water every day till one day the fairy came to her house, and told her not to throw out any more of her water or she would drown them all. People would not cut a holly bush on account of the fairies living in them.
They also lived in hawthorn bushes. There is a place in Castlefinn called the Peddlers Burn.
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2018-04-05 20:15
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trunks and instead of finding their clothes in it they found Stumpy and it is said that he appears once every year to their relations and so that is how the brae got its name.
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2018-04-05 20:13
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Stumpy was a peddlar. There was once a house almost beside the Brae. One night the peddlar asked for lodgings here, and the men that lived here said he could have lodgings. One night the peddlar came in and told the men how much money he had got. When Stumpy went to his bed the three men sat planning around the fire.
Then they said they would cut off his legs, and so they went and got an axe and then they put him into a trunk and threw him into the river. A few nights after the men sat talking at the fire when suddenly a knock came to the door, one of the men opened the door and who came in but Stumpy.
The men asked him how he came and he said he came round by the bridge as the tide was up, and he said to them,
"I will stump you far
and I will stump you near
Till the nineteenth
generation"
and it is so said as these men were going across to England they opened one of their
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2018-04-05 20:07
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It is also said that King James on his way from Derry to Dublin dined under a Sycamore tree in Cavanacor town, but he did not halt long as King William was pursuing him.
The Sycamore tree is still there and King James' name is on it.
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2018-04-05 20:06
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he lifted his cap and waved it and said "This Rossgier and it never will be any better".
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2018-04-05 20:04
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Saint Patrick also passed through Rosier, and as he passed through
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2018-04-05 20:04
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Ballindrait is the village which I live beside.
It's Irish name is Baile an Droichid which means "the town of the bridge". Long ago there used to be no bridge there at all, only a ford and at that time it is said that when Saint Patrick was crossing this ford the wheel of his chariot came off, and he had great bother getting it on.
Also there was a mason who once went through Ballindrait and he said that "Ballindrait was a finished town for he heard no sound of a trowel".
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Name: Mr. B. McGonigle
Address: Cavanacor,
Ballindrait
Co. Donegal
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2018-04-05 19:52
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Croghan Hill is a hill not very far from where I live. In it there is a cave, and this cave leads to a tunnel, and this tunnel continues till it come to a large house called Cavanacor. It does not exactly lead to this house, but it opens some place in the yard.
Also on this hill there is a rock called the "Tinker's rock" where a tinker is supposed to have ridden over it on his way to Castlefin on a donkey, and he fell right to the foot, where he was killed. There are still streaks to be seen on this rock which are supposed to be blood.
Right on top of the hill there is a heap of stones, and it is said that round this heap of stones, long ago the Danes used to worship their heathen gods. That was the time that the Danes inhabited Ireland.
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drawing the matter out of the finger, that it is put on.
She told me to come the next day, and she would put some more stuff on it. I went to her the next day, and she gave me some of the stuff to take home, and told me to come back in three day's time.
The next day that I went to her was a Sunday. When I went in, she shook hands with me, and asked me how was my thumb. Then she gave me some tea.
Afterwards she gave me some more stuff, and told me to come back on Wednesday.
When I went back on Wednesday she again shook hands with me. Then she gave me some more stuff and told me I would have no call for any more or to come back again. After a few weeks my thumb was better.
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2018-04-05 19:43
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The Whitlow is a very common disease in our country. It comes from a hurt, or a hurt you got years ago. You can only take it in three places, at either in your thumb, foreigner, or your large toe.
There is a cure for this disease. It is a very old one, but it still remains in Ireland. I had the whitlow once in my thumb, and at first I did not know what it was. I kept putting poultices on it every day until it burst. Then I knew that it was the whitlow.
There was a woman in our district who had the cure for this disease. I went to her, and she asked me how I got it, and many other things about it. She made up some stuff with many kinds of things in it such as soap, honey and sugar. It is yellow in color, and it is for
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2017-12-14 00:10
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About 2 miles outside Moville in Co. Donegal there is a little country district, situated near the sea, called The Glen. About 80 years ago, a ship sailing in the Lough, owing to a terrible storm, was swept against the rocks at the Glen shore. All the crew were lost. Some made a gallant effort to reach the shore, but owing to the terrible storm they could not. They perished in the water. When this news spread around the district, several people resolved to go aboard the ship and take some of its belongings. This was done, and among other things somebody found a watch. None of these people had ever seen a watch before and they thought it very funny to hear it tick. They thought that every tick meant “I’ll tell” “I’ll tell” “I’ll tell” they smashed the watch and flung it into the sea.
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2017-08-10 04:05
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This story was told by:-
Mrs Sweeney,
Back Lane
Moville
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2017-08-10 03:57
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Long ago it was a custom that the byre should not be cleaned out when it was dark and if it was cleaned out in the dark the people who owned it would have bad luck.
In Moville there lived a man who would not believe in this. He went out and cleaned his byre when it was dark. When he went into the byre in the morning his best cow was dead.
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2017-08-10 03:49
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On the road from Moville to Greencastle, there are many trees of holly. The old people tell us that a boy went out one day to get some holly, and he told a man that he was going to take
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holly from these trees. The old man told him not to take the holly because it was fairy holly. The boy did not listen, and he gathered the holly, and off he went home. About a month after this occurrence, the boy had to be taken to a lunatic asylum. The people said that the fairies punished him for taking the holly.
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2017-08-10 02:30
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Near the town of Moville in Co. Donegal there is a large green Park. The side of this green touches the sea and on this side there are many rocks and the old people tell us that when St Colmcille was going to Iona, he stopped to visit Moville on his way down the Lough. He got tired walking about and sat down to rest. While resting he was leaning against a rock. On the Moville Green is a rock in which is a track of a man's back. The old people say it was against this rock Saint Colmcille rested.
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Long ago, in Moville, the people had wonderful cures for diseases. The whooping cough, which was a very dangerous disease, was quite common among children long ago. This is the cure they had.
The person with the whooping cough must pass three times under a donkey. Then the donkey got oaten meal and if it let any of the meal fall, the patient must eat it, or he would not be cured. Several people were cured of the whooping-cough in this way, 'tis said.
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2017-08-09 17:59
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In the green which is attached to the town of Moville in Co. Donegal, there is a spring well called Saint Colmcille's Well. This is the story of this well.
When Saint Colmcille was leaving Ireland he visited Moville. He came in a boat to Redcastle. Then he walked along the shore till he came to Moville. There he saw a man sitting on a rock trying to pick a thorn out of his foot. The man could not walk because the thorn was in the sole of his foot. Saint Colmcille asked him what was wrong. The man told him. Saint Colmcille went to a hole in the rock near by in which there was some water. He bathed the man's foot in the water and the thorn cameout. Afterwards the spring became a well, known as Saint Colmcille's Well.
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The people of this district wear boots in winter time and some of them wear them in summer. The young children do not wear any shoes or boots in summer time. They leave their boots off in the month of April and they put them on again in the month of October. The people put shoes on the young children when they are about two years of age. Some people in this district wear wellingtons in winter time. These are made of rubber and they cover the leg up as far as the knee. The farmers of this place generally wear nail
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Altadavin though belonging to this parish of Errigal Truagh is situated in the County Tyrone. It is a picturesque wooded glen.
Various explanations of the name have been given:-"The high place of Daimen." Daimen was high King of Airghialla 513 AD. It also means "Glen of the Gods" or "Glen of the Demons."
The glen is entered by a narrow path running by a clear stream, the precipitous sides being clothed with a dense growth of under wood surmounted with stately forest trees. About midway down the glen, a vast mass of rock, some three or four hundred yards long, covered with wood of natural growth, rises up leaving a choice of paths in the two narrow ravines. Keeping to the right a little green velvet lawn opens out before us.
Right under the rock, that rises sheer and steep from the green sword, is a spring well issuing from a stone.
This lovely glen has an interesting history, a mingling of the older and the newer faiths. Tradition has it that in
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2017-07-14 18:53
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The Headforts were good landlords. There were no evictions but people were punished for trespassing, taking timber, cutting down trees. If people were found poaching they were summoned and often got jail.
The Headforts gave clothes to the poor every Friday. Bread, soup, and meat were given too.
One day the Marquis was passing through the town of Kells on his way to a meeting in the Town Hall and some of the corner boys mocked him. So from that day out he never gave clothes or food in charity.
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2017-07-14 18:50
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bed, and when the people used to lie on it, it would go down into the floor and come up without them.
One day the robbers caught a priest and his faithful dog. They robbed the priest and put him into the room. He was about to sit down on the bed when the dog leaped on him and would not let him go near it. The priest did not know the meaning of this and moved over near it.
The dog seeing the danger leaped into the bed and it went down with him.
The Priest saw this and taking out his book he read round the room and suddenly the door swung open. The Priest went round the house and found women's and men's clothes hanging in one room, in another he found jewelry.
It is said that on one of the walls in the ruins a watch was seen but when the men tried to get it down it was gone.
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2017-07-14 18:46
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There is the ruins of a robbers' castle in Kilmainham. The robbers used to bring all the people that passed that way into the castle and rob them. Then they used to put them into a room in which there was a
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2017-07-14 18:45
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Gold is supposed to have been found under a Lone Bush in Lloyd, and also near Moynalty where three old men found it while making a ditch on their land.
These men were masons, very hard working and great misers. With their find they bought a fine big mansion the property of a landlord, in the district.
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2017-07-14 18:41
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his supper."
Lazy though he was, he was forced to join them. No one seemed to kick the ball or to run after it but himself. Again and again the same question was asked "Who will kick the ball," with always the same answer, "Who but Dan Malone who would not eat his supper". The exciting match was not over until about three in the morning and poor Dan was forced to be "full back," "centre field man", and "full forward" at the same time. At last the "good people" gave over their sport and released Dan. He was so exhausted that he could scarcely go to bed. But before he slept he made up his mind that never again would he refuse to eat his supper.
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2017-07-14 18:34
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Dan Malone was a very disobedient boy who lived with his parents in a little mud cabin at the foot of a mountain. One night his mother gave him porridge for his supper and he refused to take it. Getting up in a temper he walked out and sat down at the back of a fence near the house. Suddenly he saw a lot of boys kicking footballs in the field. The next thing he heard was a voice shouting "Who will kick the ball" and a score of voices replied, "Who but Dan Malone who would not eat
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2017-07-14 18:28
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and from that to this a salmon was never caught in the Upper Lough.
It is said that if a salmon is put into the Upper Lough a race horse could not catch it, it goes at such a rate, to get out of it again.
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2017-07-14 18:27
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St. Columcille was born in Gartan in 521.
In Gartan there are two beautiful lakes Upper Lough Garten and Lower Lough Garten.
One day when Saint Columcille was passing the Upper Lough he saw a man near the shore in a boat and he was fishing for salmon.
These loughs were full of salmon at the time.
When Saint Columcille saw the fisherman he asked for a salmon because he was hungry.
The fisherman told Saint columcille he had not caught any salmon.
The saint then said "You lie, but from today there will never be another caught in the lake."
This saying proved true
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2017-07-14 18:22
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The supper I like best is beestings.
When our cow calves Mother makes beestings for supper. She boils the first milk she draws from the cow after it calves until it becomes thick.
To this she adds a pinch of salt. Mother must watch she does not stir the beestings any way but the one way or it would not thicken.
If she started to stir anti-clock wise and then clock-wise the supper would be spoiled.
A good bowl of beestings is a good night-cap.
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2017-07-14 18:13
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Hang the pan on an open hearth fire and in one hour it is cooked.
Then take the pan from the fire and rub the cake of boxty well with butter and sugar.
Then put the cake of boxty on a plate until it is cold and then it is ready for using.
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2017-07-14 05:43
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How to make Boxty Bread.
Pick a dozen of large potatoes, wash them clean and peel off their jackets.
Then get a sheet of tin twelve inches each way and cover the surface with small holes and this is called the grater.
On the rough side of the grater the potatoes are rubbed one by one down into a dish.
Then put the contents into a thin cloth and wring out the juice of it and the portion for boxty still remains in the cloth.
Then put the portion which remains in the cloth into a dish and mix it well with a pinch of salt and a few boiled potatoes.
Roll it out to a inch thick on the cloth from which the juice was run and put it on a hot pan or griddle.
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2017-07-14 05:32
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When we find the horses asleep in the fields we know that we may expect the rain.
We know that rain is coming when we hear the heavy, rattling sound of the running water in the river.
When the donkey starts to roar we know that rain is near.
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2017-07-14 05:30
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When we see the cat sitting with her back to the fire we expect rain.
The sheep and goats come down from the hills and stay near the house when rain and storm are coming.
When we see the dog eating grass it is a sure sign that rain is near hand.
A red ring round the moon is a sure sign of rain.
When we hear the peacock crying it foretells a storm.
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2017-07-07 20:04
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A gentleman was travelling to a station one day. He met a little boy in the street. He asked the little boy how it was to the next station. The little boy answered It's about ten minutes walk if you run Sir.
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would be a happy woman.
Immediately she told this to Mary she went out so quietly as she had come in and though Mary went at once to the door and looked up the road and down the road she could see no sign of her visitor.
Mary did as the little woman told her and put the purse under the churn each time she churned to find that very soon lovely butter came on the milk.
She sold her butter and got top price for it and soon she had a nice little sum of money saved.
One day when Mary was going to churn she went as usual to the drawer for the little purse but found it was missing.
She churned without finding it but could get no butter and though she searched the whole house she never found her little purse and never got butter to come on her milk again.
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2017-07-05 21:42
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not but Padraig is the devil at them.
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2017-07-05 21:41
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A priest met a man on the road and he asked him had he his prayers off. The man said he had
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2017-07-05 21:39
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A boy was after failing an examination. His father asked him what he failed in. The boy said I failed in everything except Greek. Why did you not fail in Greek said his father. Because I did not take Greek for a subject said the boy.
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Once upon a time there lived an old man and woman in a little white-washed house in the townland of Cashleanan near Kilmacrenan, Co. Donegal. These two old people were called Thomas and Mary Reid and they owned a small farm.
They kept six good milk cows but no matter how often or how long Mary Reid churned she could never get butter to come on the milk.
One day she had churned in vain and just sat down at the fire in despair when suddenly the door opened slowly and softly and in stepped a little, old Herbish woman.
She asked Mary to give her a piece of red cloth and a needle and thread and she sat down by the fire and made a little purse.
Then she handed the little purse to Mary and told her to put the purse under her churn each time she churned and she
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2017-07-02 07:03
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smaller storms later in that year. There were not any very big storms in Ireland since.
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2017-07-02 07:01
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Long ago the old Irish people witnessed a lot of great storms, thunder and lightening. The biggest storm ever witnessed in Ireland was the Night of the Big Wind in 1839. This was a terrible storm.
It swept the sea water in from the seas, and brought it miles inland. Cattle, sheep, and all kinds of animals were lost. It knocked houses, hay-ricks, and every kind of corn. There was hay and corn brought miles from people.
It knocked houses and plenty of trees all over Ireland. It also left some poor people homeless. Some people were so horrified that they began to say the Rosary and continued praying until the storm was over.
There were a few
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2017-07-02 06:26
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It is very unlucky to kill a worm or cover it with clay. If you do so it is supposed that he will be in your grave when you die.
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It keeps diseases from the animals.
In olden times the people never wore boots any day of their life even up to the age of eighty.
The poor people would kill rabbits, hares and little animals like that and put the skins of them on their feet in the winter to save them from the snow and frost.
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2017-07-02 06:18
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Long ago people had a belief that the water they washed their feet in should be thrown in a field where animals are, and not where human beings would walk on it.
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2017-06-27 22:14
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would have more luck in her business. She promised to do so, and the Saint went on his way.
Twelve months afterwards he happened to pass the same way, and called again to see the woman. He asked again for a pint of beer or porter, and noticed that she filled the measure to overflowing. He remarked to her that the cat was not as healthy-looking as formerly, but that he was getting very thin.
The woman said yes that the cat had fallen away very much since his last visit, and that she did not know the cause. The Saint took out his breviary, read for some time, and the cat vanished out the door in a flash of fire.
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2017-06-27 22:07
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St. Patrick was travelling through the country, and one hot day feeling thirsty went into an ale house for a drink of ale or beer. The woman of the house gave him a pint of beer, but did not fill the measure to the brim.
The Saint noticed the woman's miserliness and at the same time also noticed that she had a very fine fat cat on the counter or table.
The Saint advised the woman to fill the measures properly in future, and that she
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(Conva-more was the seat of the Earl of Listowel)
The river Blackwater was in flood, the deer they were hunting jumped into the water, the dogs followed into the flooded river, many of them were drowned, and ever since the place is called Conabao Mop - the great drowning of the hounds.
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2017-06-24 18:04
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formerly.
But one day some of the rowdies standing at the corner of one of the streets in Kells "booed" the Marquis as he was passing by to attend some meeting.
From that on no soup, meat or bread was doled out at Headfirst House to the poor.
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2017-06-24 18:02
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The Headforts were good landlords. They had a notice put up in the Rent office in Kells that "So long as a man pays his rent he will not be evicted."
Up to this there have been four generations of Headforts. The family name is Taylor.
They were very charitable
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2017-06-24 18:01
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The reason that people have for believing in this is that if you go to see the house in Jerusalem, you will notice that it has no foundations.
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2017-06-24 18:00
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Most of the people that know it believe in it and there is a little reason for believing it.
The story runs like this. When The Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph were flying to Egypt from Herod with the Child Jesus, they had to cross a good bit of Desert Lands.
When they reached their destination, they found that the house in which they had lived, in Jerusalem, had been brought there by a miracle and was ready for them to live in it. People say that it was four Angels from Heaven that took it up into their arms and flew with it there.
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2017-06-24 17:57
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There is a short story told by some old people about "the Holy Family".
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2017-06-24 17:56
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and let his soldiers in.
O'Neill found out this and he put different men at both sides of the gate.
Then at night the gates were left open and Cromwell's men stole in at their ease.
There was a certain number of soldiers inside the gate, and they closed the gate, and O'Neill's men attacked and killed them all.
Cromwell could not take town as long as O'Neill had ammunition, but when it ran out O'Neill sent the Mayor of Clonmel to Cromwell to make peace, while he himself and his men retired to Limerick.
After that Cromwell went back to England.
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2017-06-24 17:53
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When Cromwell went to Clonmel, he was met by a chieftain named Hugh O'Neill and some Ulstermen.
He besieged the town and also bribed one of O'Neill's officers to open one of the gates and
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2017-06-24 17:51
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The late Mr. James Martin who died about three years ago (April 1935) at an advanced age, told one of the nuns in Kells Convent that he knew a man (1913) living in Kells who in his youth was told by an aged man that he once served Mass in the open air in Mullaghcreppy, one of the town parks lying in the direction of Loyd.
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2017-06-24 17:48
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There was a tithe-proctor in Kells named Nelson. he collected the tithes for the burgesses of Kells. This money went to pay for the up-keep of roads, and streets.
There was also a man for the purpose of putting beggars out of the town. Snow was the man for the "banded beggars." His duty was to put all the tinkers out of the town every evening at six o'clock.
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2017-06-24 17:45
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but on every robin since.
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The story is told of how the robin got her red breast. When Our Lord was dying on the cross a robin chanced to be flying by. Being tired she alighted on the cross and seeing the agony of the Holy Sufferer and realising who he was she set to work to relieve His pain. Catching hold of a big thorn in her beak she tugged and tugged at it.
Worn out and exhausted she had to give over trying , but God re3warded her feeble efforts. A little drop of his Precious Blood fell on her breast. It left a red stain not alone on this robin
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2017-06-24 17:39
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A piece of the holly used to decorate the house at Christmas was kept over till pancake night. It was then put under the frying pan to help to cook the pancakes.
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2017-06-24 17:37
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are very lucky. Long ago everyone used to be married on a Sunday.
A couple of hundred pounds was given in marriage as a fortune. There was often very hard bargaining. If there was not enough of money, stock, as cows, calves etc were added to it to pull it up to the sum asked.
Marriages used to be celebrated in the evening. There was no nuptial Mass. Rich people were married in their homes.
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2017-06-24 17:33
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June, November, and February are great months for marriages. Friday and Saturday are unlucky day for marriages but Sundays and Wednesdays
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2017-06-24 17:32
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did you come to me for you will not have a large quantity of butter any more. All is fair, you were not wronging anybody, but one day the fairies were passing by your house and they were fighting. They had nothing to fight with so they threw the butter at each other. Some of it fell on the branches of the elder-tree and this how you have so much butter.
The two brothers went away sorrowful. But they had already made a lot of money and they were content.
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2017-06-24 17:28
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There were two brothers who owned a small farm and a dairy between them.
One day while churning the handle of the churn broke. They went out and cut a branch off the elder-tree and put it into the churn for a handle and to their surprise they had a very large quantity of butter from that time on.
Being honest they thought they were wronging their neighbours. They both went to a fairy-doctor and told him the whole story. He said "Oh foolish men: why
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2017-06-24 17:23
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the worst architect among the other birds. She makes her nest very badly, just like a saucer in shape.
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2017-06-24 17:22
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had a site taken for a church to be built but no steps have been taken to build it so far.
People say that whenever you go out to Carlanstown you always see people on the street, because St. Patrick foretold that Carlanstown would always have a watcher and a wonder.
Several men passed by and at the end of the street they noticed that people would hop out of some hole or corner.
One night a man was coming home very late and while he was passing through Carlanstown, he looked behind him, and saw a girl sticking her head up through a skylight.
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2017-06-22 01:47
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When St. Patrick was travelling through Kells he went to Carlanstown and he knocked at a door and asked a girl for a drink of water.
The girl refused him and St. Patrick foretold that Carlanstown would not have a church, a steeple, or a bell.
Over a hundred years ago they
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2017-06-22 01:44
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One for bad luck,
Two for good luck,
Three for a wedding,
And four for a birth,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret that will never be told.
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2017-06-22 01:40
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1. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
2. You never miss the water till
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2017-06-22 01:30
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13. A poultice made from flour and black thorn will cure a boil or abcess (Mrs Bracken , Celbridge).
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2017-06-22 01:27
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14. For a stye, soak a small piece of Linen in Castor oil and put on eye going to bed (ditto).
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2017-06-22 01:26
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13. A poultice made from flour and black thorn will cure a boil or access (Mrs Bracken , Celbridge).
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2017-06-22 01:22
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2. Get a bunch of nettles sting the affected part severe until it gets red and blisters the poison of the nettle will cure it
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2017-06-22 01:20
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1. Beat the affected spot with nettles (Mrs Aherne, Celbridge, heard ditto from workman)
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2017-06-22 01:19
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5. Boil 1 oz celery seed in a pint water, strain and drink
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2017-06-22 01:17
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3. Carry a nut meg in the pocket
4. Fill a fill a small bag with Washing Soda and wear touching the body
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2017-06-22 01:14
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1. Eating watercress cures rheumatism
2. Eat celery for rheumatism
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2017-06-22 01:12
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Eat watercress cures rheumatism
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2017-06-17 01:56
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The farmer ploughs the land in Winter time for the wheat and in March for the oats and barley. When he has it
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2017-06-17 01:53
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talking about them and have them ashamed of themselves.
If there was a poor old widow in the district the neighbours would come and cut the oats, wheat and barley for her and dig her potatoes and threash her oats, wheat and barley for her.
Always when the day's work would be done they would get their supper in her house and they would get some whiskey after the supper. Then they would have a dance. They would have plenty of fun and merriment and then they would go home.
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2017-06-17 01:18
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Long ago when people were digging potatoes, threshing oats, wheat and barley, or doing any other thing they would gather a crowd of people called a meitheal and in this way it would never take very long to do their work. If there was a blacksmith or a tailor or any other tradesman in the place they go and work for him and he would pay them back some other way. They would go every year to the priest and work for him for nothing. They would never be late for fear the other people would be
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2017-06-17 01:09
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in a pit in the field. The turnips are brought home and left in a pit in the garden.
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2017-06-16 23:21
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The land is ploughed for the mangolds in Spring. They are set with a machine. There is a little roller after the machine and it presses down the land. Before they are set, drills are made for them. Turnips are set the same way as mangolds. Manure is put on the drills.
After a few weeks the farmer thins them. When they are big he gets a few of the neighbours to pull them and take the green leaves off them.
The green leaf is useful for pigs and cattle. The mangolds are so good for cattle in the Spring as the turnips.
The farmer gives the turnips to the horses.
The mangolds are left
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2017-06-13 05:57
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There is a holy well not far from my house. One night a woman washed clothes in the well and there was no water in it the following morning. The well was at the top of the hill and it removed down a half mile. People came from every direction to the well to get cured of diseases. One night people were seen going around the well. They were dressed in white clothes and there was no sign of them in the morning. There is a stream running a little bit out from the well and it is very deep.
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2017-06-13 05:57
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There is a holy well not far from my house. One night a woman washed clothes in the well and there was no water in it the following morning. The well was at the top of the hill and it removed down a half mile. People came from every direction to the well to get cured of diseases. One night people were seen going around the well. They were dressed in white clothes and there was no sign of them in the morning. There is a stream running a little bit out from the well and it is very deep.
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2017-06-13 05:31
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be seen yet, but the well is dried up.
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2017-06-13 05:30
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There is a holy well in our farm. It is called after Saint Mochulla who is the patron saint of Tulla. The well is surrounded by a grove of trees which are mostly wonderful oaks.
It was the custom for the people to go to the well for the cure of sore eyes. When the people are leaving the well they always leave some token of respect after them in honour of Saint Mochulla. It is said that you should not take any thing out of the place near the well or if you do you will suffer. Many strange things happened at the well. It is said that two trees fell across the well in the shape of a cross. The trees are to
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2017-06-12 00:25
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Some people believe that according to the number of magpies seen at a time, they serve as omens of good or bad luck. So the rhyme says:-
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2017-06-12 00:23
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the well is dry.
3. An empty sack can't stand.
4. You can't pull wool from a goat.
5. A little learning is a dangerous thing.
6. Spare the rod and spoil the child.
7. It takes two to make a quarrel.
8. Half a loaf is better than no bread.
9. The nearer the bone the sweeter the meat.
10. More flies can be caught with a spoonful of honey, than a barrel of beer.
11. A bad mason always finds fault with his tools.
12. There is no hearth like your own hearth.
13. Every man for his own and God for us all.
14. Calm Summer or a stormy Winter.
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2017-06-12 00:16
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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
You never miss the water till
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2017-06-12 00:15
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When St. Patrick was preaching the true faith to the people over near the Hill of Ward, one day he lost his beads.
But he remembered that he had left them behind him in the Hill of Ward Church. He went back at once and got them.
Then he changed the name of that church to "Member Church."
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2017-06-12 00:08
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Prunty and Billy and Cooley of renown,
Mc Gonnell and Sicily in the middle of the town.
There was Roddelty and Culla and Ritty of fame.
And stuttering Paddna at the head of the cane.
There was Whitechat and Broghlum and Cunninngham too,
And auld Peter Murragh in waistcoat so blue.
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2017-06-12 00:06
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and from it the nightly meal was eaten. The Piggin was a size larger than the noggin.
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2017-06-12 00:05
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Noggin-making was a trade in itself and a cooper was unskilled in the art. The noggin was as large as a bowl and was tub shaped.It was bound with wooden hoops and had a vertical handle. The noggin was used as a milking vessel
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2017-06-11 23:58
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1.
Ím bím babaró is oró mhíle gradh
Stand beyond the river and come over if you dare.
Is Ím bím bobaró is oró mhíle grádh
2.
Ím bím srl.
Is minic a bhíonns fear fada ceannacht fataí ó fhear ghearr
Ím bím srl.
3.
Ím bím srl.
Tá lung ag poll na duibhe,
a tabhairt na cailleachaí go Spáinn
Ím bím srl.
4.
Ím bím srl.
Níl bean in Éirinn phosfadh thú,
ó ghoid tú an gabhar bán
Ím bím bobaró srl.
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2017-06-11 23:57
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conversation but she didn't understand the Irish and so remained in ignorance of the discovery of her plot.
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2017-06-10 23:08
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Toothache: Peter sat on a marble stone. Our Lord came to him alone. "What ails thee, Peter" said Our Lord and Peter said "my head aches with toothache." It is said that who ever says these words when they have a toothache will never have it again.
Sore eyes: For curing sore eyes the old people used alam and mixed it with the white of an egg.
Ringworm: If there are seven sons in succession in a house the seventh son can cure ringworm.
Cures for Warts
If you wash the warts in the drop of water you get in the hole in the stone it will cure them. But you must not leave the house to go to the stone. You must just think of it as you pass by the stone.
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2017-06-10 22:53
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granted him pardon but he also told him to build a church in Killasser.
Some time after this he married another lady and when they died they were buried in the same grave in the old churchyard in Killasser.
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2017-06-10 22:48
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Twelve sons had Fionn
Two of them made beer
This man said to this man
That this man or this man
Should not visit this man or this man
Until this man and this man
Go to visit this man and this man
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2017-06-09 21:29
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had to be taken to the doctor, and it did not hear for a long time.
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2017-06-09 21:28
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There was a woman by the name of Roise. She always carried a can with her. When the schoolboys were coming home from school one day, she was standing at the workhouse wall. The boys started to throw stones at her. A couple of the stones hit the can and broke it. She got very angry and lifted a stone and threw it at the boys. It hit one of the boys in the head and near killed him. She left then and went away laughing. The boy
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2017-06-09 21:25
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some of their goods. Most of them sell tins and paper flowers. When you give them any alms their prayer is "Good luck and God bless you".
I got it from my mother.
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2017-06-09 21:24
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the Joyces the Stokes and the McKeans and have no fixed abode. They come in caravans with a number of horses and donkeys.
When those travelers come they go from house to house selling lace. This lace is called by the people Jipseys Lace because whosoever buys a shillings worth will get their hands read.
Some of the local travelers ask alms and a meal while others sell clothing and shirts and dresses. These tramps are welcomed, and people buy
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2017-06-09 21:22
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From time to time poor unfortunate people have visited my house. Some of these people I did not know as they were strangers but others I did for they come often as they live convenient to us. Those who come frequent are the families of the ORourks, the Boyles, the Doherties, the McGroarys and the Friels and their dwellings are in Ardara.
In addition to those tramps or travellors there is the strangers who come once every year. They are
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2017-06-09 21:18
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by silver and often was. When shot the people who lose the butter always find it to be a neighbour woman.
I got it from my mother.
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2017-06-09 21:16
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3. It is said that you should not put up smoke on a May morning untill you see smoke coming out of a neighbours house for it is said that a person in the form of a hare would come and take all the butter from your cows. This is called witchcraft and it has happened on several occasions that a person would put on a fire before seeing any smoke coming out of a neighbours house and when churning the next time received no butter. This hare can be shot
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2017-06-09 21:13
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Whether it is superstition or not, the people of my locality say that certain days are lucky or unlucky. There are many of these days as:
1. Saturday is an unlucky day to be the first day in a new house for the saying is that Saturday's flit has a short rest.
2. If a person begins a new job on Saturday it is said to be unlucky, for it is said that it would be twice as long as it would be if it had began on any other day of the week.
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2017-06-09 21:02
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last car. The people in the sidecars also had a race to the church, and many the time some of the cars were turned and the people thrown out around the road, when they were crossing each other out.
Very funny things happened at weddings sometimes. Last Shrove Tuesday, twelve months, Laurence Keating of Stagmount was in the Drag, at Mary Murphy's marriage. He was so taken up trying to pass out his neighbour, that he never noticed his wife fell out, when he was going over a heap of stones, and didn't miss her until he reach the church.
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2017-06-09 20:59
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The friends invited to a wedding are many, as both sides invite their own. On the day in question, all the finest horses are brought out. These horses are fed in vats, rubbed, and brushed each day, for a week or two before Shrove Tuesday. All the latest in hats and feathers are to be seen that day, as of course, it is talked about for many a long day.
The Drag is usually headed by a large number of horseman, who have a race from the house to the church gate. Such a gallop the horses are spurred and beaten with the crop of the whip each horse-man trying to pass out the other, often there are four of them racing in the width of the road. Some years ago no one was safe on the road Shrove Tuesday.
On one occasion, two horsemen, John Foley and Martin Murphy of (Alling?) went in over Tim Curtin's bridge, horse and man, into the river. Martin Murphy broke his leg and the horse had to be shot. They were going so fast, they could not turn when they came to the bridge.
After the horsemen, came the the sidecars and the bride in the
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2017-06-03 19:09
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such as any shop-bills owing, if money is taken in any bank, and how much the old people must get. The woman do their part of the talking.
Drinks are called for each party trying to soften the other. Many a match is broken, because the old woman wants to keep all the hens, or the old man wants to keep the creamery ass.
If they come to terms, the boy and girl meet, after which, they decide to go to a solicitor to make the bindings. Both parties sign it.
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1. Never drive on a horse in the plough without first firing a pinch of clay at him.
2. Always break an egg shell in case some evil spirit would come and dwell therein.
3. People born in the day time cannot see ghosts or spirits.Those born at night have this doubtful privilege.
4. A ghost cannot curse running water.Therefore if pursued by one,a person has only to cross a stream to be safe.
5. It is an unlucky sign for a chair to fall when a person rises.
6. If a hen crows,kill her.This may go far to avert the disaster her crowing signifies.
7. No one should pass before ploughing horses.
8. When a person yawns the sign of the cross should be made before the mouth,to prevent evil spirits.
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2017-06-03 19:02
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said he,Didn't you tell me when my poor mother died that she was in heaven"?
"I did"said the priest."Well then,if she's in Heaven, I don't want to put her any higher" said Gilder,walking away and leaving the priest to think to himself.
9.Elf Shot:- An egg or a piece of bread given in charity by a wife whose maiden name was the same as her husband's.
10.Mote in the eye:-By pulling an eye-lash and forming the cross.
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2017-06-03 18:59
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1.Chincough:-Griddle cake of wheat meal,baked on a Friday and given for God's sake.
2.Stye on eye:- Point a gooseberry thorn 9 times on three successive days and stye will go.
3. Warts :-Clay from a graveyard,applied when the moon is on the wane will cure them.
4. Stitch in the side:-A handful of butter without salt will cureif accompanied by Sign of the Cross.
5.:-The cheek is rubbed to the pig's back or against the door of the sty,the disease enters into the pig.
6. :-The 7th son can cure the bite of a mad dog by rubbing the wound.
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1. As long as a pad.
2. As great as Art and Paddney.
3. As contrary as a goat on a tether.
4. As old as the hills.
5. As white as the wall.
6. As red as a coal.
7. As good as gold.
8. As safe as a guinea.
9. As broad as a half door.
10. As crooked as the tongs.
11. As fit as a fiddle.
12. As flat as a pancake.
13. As fresh as butter.
14. As soft as porridge.
15. As wild as a March hare.
16. As black as the back-stone.
17. As sure as the pipe in my hand.
18. As slow as a hearse.
19. As pale as death.
20. As big as your fist.
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2017-06-03 18:57
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It's never time to go home from a party until you
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2017-06-03 18:55
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1. As long as a pad.
2. As great as Art and Paddney.
3. As contrary as a goat on a tether.
4. As old as the hills.
5. As white as the wall.
6. As red as a coal.
7. As good as gold.
8. As safe as a guinea.
9. As broad as a half door.
10. As crooked as the tango.
11. As fit as a fiddle.
12. As flat as a pancake.
13. As fresh as butter.
14. As soft as porridge.
15. As wild as a March hare.
16. As black as the back-stone.
17. As sure as the pipe in my hand.
18. As slow as a hearse.
19. As pale as death.
20. As big as your fist.
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2017-05-30 22:28
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The Sceilg List last year was not too bad. This is a verse from it.
"Shrove is now over,
And marriages were few,
And many of the girls,
Are again in the stew.
They made eyes at certain boys,
But it was all that they could do,
For to make a dash,
You must have cash,
Or you won't be welcome,
At famed Feale View.
Now Mr. Bill, shake up your till,
And pay out Mary Anne,
Since she came west,
She has done her best,
To get some kind of a man."
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2017-05-30 22:22
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It is the custom in this district to make a song about the boys and girls who were old enough and left Shrove pass without getting married. This song was called the Sceilg List, and found its way into almost every house, shortly after Shrove Tuesday. Who made it or where it came from, no one could be sure of. Many the girls, who pulled each other's heads over it. Several people looked forward for weeks, with dread, for the coming out of the Sceilg List.
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2017-05-30 22:16
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The boys and girls who were going on for thirty years, and left Shrove pass without getting married, were punished, in this district some years ago, by being taken to Sceilg Rock.
Ten or twelve young lads, and sometimes young ladies too, disguised themselves and went about ten o'clock to the houses. They got all the offenders together and marched them off to some rock or pool a long distance away. They had to take off their boots and keep walking, one behind the other round the rock, or through the pool for hours.
Sometimes these young got up to 10 shillings but to go away and leave a certain man or lady home.
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2017-05-30 22:06
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Some girls pray to certain Saints for good husbands, especially to Saint Antony. The following story is said to be true.
A girl had been praying to Saint Antony for a husband for a long time and nobody had turned up. One day she got into a temper and threw the statue of the saint out the window. A man was passing at the time and the statue hit him on the head. He got a very severe wound and was taken into the house. The doctor was sent for and ordered that he could not be moved for a time. He was kept on at the house. The girl helped to nurse him. He fell in love with her and they got married. So Saint Antony did find a husband for her.
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2017-05-30 21:58
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An old belief is that sunshine on a wedding day means happiness and rain unhappiness.
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2017-05-30 03:24
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It was the jackdaw that taught the crow how to make her nest. The latter was a very stupid pupil but at the same time thought she knew everything. The jackdaw put down one stick saying "Do you see that now, just like that you put it."
"Yes I know that, I could do that long ago," the crow replied. Patiently, but a little annoyed the jackdaw went on, explaining everything but got the same response - "Sure I could do that long ago."
At last, when the jackdaw had the nest half made (she) she lost all her patience and said - "Well if you do know so much, you can finish it yourself," and walked away.
The crow of course, could
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2017-05-30 03:13
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foot-soldiers and some cavalry in charge of General O'Kane and Colonel O'Toole to re-capture it.
At that time, Kells was surrounded by big walls like Derry, but there are no walls now. Colonel Jones had only 300 soldiers with him in the town. The foot-soldiers scaled the walls and the cavalry remained outside.
The Confederate Army killed about 200 of Jones' army. Those that were left were about 150 soldiers and they asked for quarter. They were given it and let off with some of the women of the town. The Confederate Army took the town then.
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2017-05-30 02:56
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In the year 1647 the town of Kells was recaptured by the Cromwellian soldiers and left under the charge of Colonel Jones for Cromwell.
A few months later in the same year, Owen Roe O'Neill got to hear of it and he sent 3,000
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2017-05-30 02:54
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In the year 1647 the town of Kells was recaptured by the Cromwellian soldiers and left under the charge of Colonel Jones for Cromwell.
A few months later in the same year, Owen Roe O'Neill got to hear of it and he spent 3,000
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The swan would die of pride were it not for her black feet. She stands on the brink of the lake and admires herself in the clear water. Her snowy plumage, she thinks is most beautiful, her slender graceful neck and well shaped bill - all is perfect and she is just full of herself. Suddenly she sees the reflection of her feet - two big awkward black ones! She is disgusted and horrified at them!
It is very unlucky to hurt a swan or interfere with her.
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not and repented of her folly. It was too late however and she never afterwards could put a proper top on her nest. She is the worst architect among the birds. She makes her nest very badly, just like a saucer in shape.
She begins to build on the first day of March and if that day falls on a Sunday, she will not start until Monday.
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2017-05-30 02:02
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These crosses, three in number are situated to the East, West and South respectively of the old church.
It is said that Kieran got these crosses
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It is unlucky to hear the Cuckoo for the 1st time in a stooped position.
It is also unlucky to hear him for the 1st time fasting.
When you hear the Cuckoo for the first time, if you examine the ground under your right foot you will find a hair.
If this hair is black or brown in colour you will die young. If it is grey you will attain a ripe old age.
It is unlucky to hear the cuckoo when facing the graveyard.
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Long ago my Father's Great Grandfather, Philip Heary, lived in Balrath where Mr. Nicholson lives now, and put Nicholson in his place. Then Philip went to live to the castle in Cortown, and one day that castle was blown up with a cannon.
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Peter said, "you may stay out", and Joseph replied, "Very well, give me out my wife and child." Then Peter was afraid because if the Blessed Virgin and Our Lord left, there would be no Heaven. So he opened the door at once for St. Joseph.
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2017-05-28 05:31
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Once upon a time Saint Peter and Saint Joseph were in Heaven. Now you know St. Peter has charge of the keys of Heaven, and one can go in there without his leave. One day Peter noticed Joseph staying out very late. So he warned him, and told him that if he came home late again he would not let him in. That night St. Joseph came late as usual, and knocked at the door. But
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2017-05-28 05:27
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horse-shoe is hung up outside over the door.
Long ago the people used to tie a red cord or string round the cows' necks for the same purpose.
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2017-05-28 04:43
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To prevent any harm being done by means of charms, a piece of blessed palm and a Brigid's cross is put up inside the door in the cow-house. Sometimes a
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2017-05-28 04:42
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obtain nothing but froth.
A certain farmer's wife could not churn for weeks. One day she happened to look up at the top of the cows byre and she saw a spancel used to prevent the cow from kicking or putting her foot into the milking can. This was thrown over the top of the shed. It was supposed that it was being used in the working of the charm.
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2017-05-28 02:50
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Many of the old Irish people believed that it is possible by means of charms to take the butter from a neighbour's churn. The workers of these charms were supposed to be in league with the devil. If their charm succeeded they would have a double supply of butter on the churn while the neighbour, though he churned for ever so long, would
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2017-05-28 02:47
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A certain farmer could not get any butter on his churn. He happened to go into the dairy one day and he found a hare drinking the cream off the top of the crock. He called his greyhounds and chased the hare over fields and fields. Though the greyhounds could not catch her and once he distinctly saw one of them catch her toe. She squealed, but managed to escape from them. At last he just caught sight of her, jumping in through a window of a farmer's house. He followed her in and saw the woman of the house sitting at the fire. She was
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2017-05-26 03:30
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"A whistling woman,
And a crowing hen
Should be left on the cross road
And never brought in"
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2017-05-26 03:18
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He blessed the churn and the byre and told the woman to take her next churning to a neighbor's house and make it there. She did so and her churning was successful from that on.
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2017-05-26 03:16
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A woman finding she could not get any butter from her churn sent for the priest. He told her her cows had been overlooked.
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2017-05-26 03:15
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stealing bushes on a Sunday, and sometimes the bushes can be seen on his shoulder.
When a person sees the new moon for the first time, makes the sign of the cross, and says the following, he will have good luck while that moon holds.
"I see the new moon
The new moon sees me
God bless the new moon
And God bless me."
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2017-05-26 03:10
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It is not lucky to see a new moon for the first time through glass.
If you turn money in your pocket when you see it, your purse will never be empty during the following month.
If the new moon has the old one in its arm it is a sign of bad weather.
The man in the moon was put up there because he was
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out of breath and as he approached her he saw that she was barefoot and he noticed that her toe was bleeding. Then he realised that it was she who had taken the form of a hare in order to rob his churn.
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2017-05-23 06:28
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Among the rocks in Clogher Head in the penal times, one day a priest was saying mass. A few soldiers were passing through rocks, they heard him saying mass. So they went over to him, held their guns up to his face, just on the moment they killed him, and you can see the trace of the blood on the same place. There was another priest killed hiding on the soldiers at Beauliew bridge.
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2017-05-21 06:48
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On St Martin's Day the people used to kill a cock, and sprinkle the blood on the door-step for luck.
On St Martin's Day, St Martin was ground in a mill. No mill grinds on St Martin's Day.
On St Martin's Day the old people kill a hen, and sprinkle the blood on the door for luck.
Long ago St Martin's Day was known as "Old Hallow Eve", and some of the old people have their Hallow Eve customs on this day.
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2017-05-19 05:19
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A short distance from my residence is a townland called Kileen Cormac where there is a large graveyard.
Tradition holds this is the burial place of King Cormac.
Kileen Cormac lies about 3 miles S.W. of Dunlavin in the Townland of Colbinstown and just beyond the Great Southern Railway Station. It lies midway on the road that connects Dunlavin and Ballitore. Beside it runs the River Greise.
It is a small oval mound surrounded by a stone wall on the slope of a large undulating field.
All round are scattered large stones which from their form and markings
belong very plainly to a very primitive age. The terraces are now in a very ruinous state. On the S.E. side in the middle (of) terrace, large slabs lie set against the bank while around the lowest terrace the fragments of ancient crosses and huge pillar stones
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2017-05-19 05:10
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If a hen crows, and you get her and put her across three stone walls, and if she comes back across them again you will have good luck, but if she does not, you will have bad luck.
If a hatching of eggs comes out a few days before they are due, it is very lucky.
It is also a great sign of good luck, if a hen or duck hatches out, and brings in a young clutch to you.
Eggs are generally put down for hatching on a Friday, and they must be put down by the woman of the house herself.
When a woman is setting eggs she usually puts down an uneven number for luck.
A crowing hen is considered unlucky, and the woman of the house usually catches her and kills her.
Swallows building under the eaves are lucky, and it is very unlucky to knock down a swallow's nest.
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2017-05-16 22:57
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We have no churn at home as we have no farm.I have seen a churn and churning being done on my cousin's farm in Clones.This churn is about three and a half feet in height and two feet across the top.In the summer they churn every day and in winter about three times a week.Those who do the churning are the servant girl and my cousin but if it were raining and the men could not work in the fields they would do it.Many times I helped to churn and when a stranger comes in he or she takes a "brash"because it is said to be lucky.It takes about an hour to churn.This churning is done by hand moving the staff up and down.The various parts of the churn are the lid,the dash,the staff and the cappane?
Before the churning hot water is poured into the churn and during the churning water is also used.The butter is taken off the churn with a wooden clapper into a dish.The buttermilk is drained off it and is washed then with water.The water is then drained off it and it is salted.When the butter is taken off the churn the buttermilk is used for drinking,for making bread and for feeding calves.
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2017-05-16 22:48
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A protestant lived about a half-mile from the well. He often heard that the water from the well would not boil if profaned, but he did not believe it. He sent one of his servants to fetch a can of the water. He put the water down in a metal kettle to see if it would boil. The kettle was on the fire for some time but the water did not boil and at last the kettle bursted and out came the water. The water was just as cold as when he put it into the kettle. Thus showing that he had no right to boil the water. Some time after this, one of his cows had a calf with two heads. Whether it is on account of boiling this water, the misfortune befell him no one knows. People saw this calf.
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2017-05-16 22:43
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When the swallow flies high it is the sign of fine weather.
When the swallow flies low it is the sign of rain.
If a wag-tail comes into a house it is a sign of bad luck.
If a pigeon comes in, it is the sign of a death.
If four swans fly over a house some one is going to die out of that house.
If a bat flies into a house, it is a sign of death for a friend.
Some people do not like to meet a wag-tail, they call it the Devil's bird.
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2017-05-16 22:36
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and pulled a thorn out of Our Lord's forehead. When he pulled out the thorn, a drop of blood came with it, and fell on it's breast and that is how the Robin got its red breast.
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2017-05-16 22:33
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It is lucky to meet a robin when going a journey.
If a Robin hops into the house it is a great sign of bad weather.
If the robin sings beside you, you will hear good news.
It is not considered lucky to kill a Robin.
When Our Lord was dying on the cross a little Robin hopped up
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2017-05-16 22:29
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It is considered unlucky to shoot a Mag-pie.
When the Mag chirps on a tree outside the door you may expect a letter.
One Mag is for sorrow,
Two is for joy,
Three is for a marriage
And four is for a boy
Five is for a story never to be told
Six is for silver
And seven for gold.
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2017-05-16 22:25
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Old people say it is unlucky to meet one Mag-pie when going a journey. If the Mag flies to the right side the trouble will not be much, but if it flies to the left side you should turn back.
You should never rob a mag's nest. If you do the old Mag will steal all your chickens.
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2017-05-16 22:20
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The late Mr. Willie Carrol was coming from Mr. Gibsons where he worked Allen Wood Lucan. He was passing by the field next to which our house is built looking over the fence he saw a small person dressed in red with a green pointed hat on him.
He mistook him for a boy and said hello to him. When he looked again the little man had disappeared.
He proceeded on his way and when he related the story, some of the older inhabitants were able to relate similar stories of having seeing him under the same conditions. This story has been told to me by Mr. Hanely whom the late Mr. Willie Carrol told it to.
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2017-05-16 22:16
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The late Mr. willie Carrol was coming from Mr. Gibsons where he worked Allen Wood Lucan. He was passing by the field next to which our house is built looking over the fence he saw a small person dressed in red with a green pointed hat on him.
He mistook him for a boy and said hello to him. When he looked again the little man had disappeared.
He proceeded on his way and when he related the story, some of the older inhabitants were able to relate similar stories of having seeing him under the same conditions. This story has been told to me by Mr. Hanely whom the late Mr. Willie Carrol told it to.
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2017-05-16 22:08
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left down the bucket to go over to catch him but he disappeared. It is said there is a fairy path there.
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2017-05-15 17:43
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The Cuckoo is a gentle bird, she sings
as she flies.
She brings us good tidings, and tells
us no lies.
She pecks the young birds' eggs, to
make her voice clear,
And she never cries "cuckoo" till the
Summer is near.
When the Cuckoo flies in the air, a small bird called the Riabog follows her. No one knows why.
When the Cuckoo sings at night it is a sign of fine weather.
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2017-05-15 17:35
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The first time you hear the Cuckoo in the year, if you look on the ground and see a white hair at your feet it is a sign that you will live to be very old, and have grey hair. In some places the people look for the hair on the sole of the right foot.
Whatever direction you are facing when you hear the Cuckoo first in the Spring-time, you will live in that direction before the year is out.
If you are facing the graveyard it is a bad sign.
If the Cuckoo sings on a bare thorn you can sell your cattle and buy corn.
The Cuckoo comes in April,
She sings her song in May,
In leafy June, she changes her tune,
And in July she flies away.
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2017-05-14 21:15
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Once upon a time when there was a Coast Guard Station in Killerduff behind Ballycastle where the convent is now, a dead coach as it was called used to go through the town of Ballycastle every night at twelve o'clock or after it.
Nobody knew what it was but it was thought that it was a fairy coach, because there was not any horse or anything drawing it, and it was a queer thing to see a coach without anything drawing it, as there were not any cars or traps in those days.
One night a woman (she was called the
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2017-05-14 21:12
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About seventy or eighty years ago there was a treasure found in Carrowtrasna, Lacken. It was Tom Duffy's father (Henry Duffy) who found it.
He was digging around an old fort and he found a jug and a few spars of gold down in the ground.
He went to Ballina to sell it, and it was bought from him. The man who bought it from him was called Muffny and he got as much money for it as made him rich for his life but it is said that he only got half the price of it.
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2017-05-14 21:09
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When he had a few spade fulls of it thrown up he looked around him to see was there anybody looking at him and when he turned around again all the fold had disappeared and there was nothing left but cockle-shells.
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2017-05-14 21:03
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bog and sometimes they would splash the lime-wash on the clay floors with the "beesom".
The old couple always slept in the bed in the kitchen and when the house was being built there was a "pootch" left to the north side of the house for the bed.
The houses were thatched with rushes or sedge which was got on the marsh.
Candles they used as light in the old houses made by themselves out of rushes.
First they would peel the rushes and soak them in lard or grease which they had for the purpose. Then they would leave the peeled rushes to harden and they used those as candles.
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2017-05-14 21:00
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The old people say that the houses long ago were more comfortable than they are now. They say that they had good chimneys and cosy hearth fires of strick and turf.
Most of the families always had two rooms and a kitchen in their houses and two doors on the kitchen. The doors were on the opposite sidewall and opposite one another.
They had clay floors in their houses which they always kept covered with sand and well cleaned.
The walls were rough on account of white-washing they did with a "beesom" of heath from the
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2017-05-14 20:57
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Boxty was another kind of bread they ate and sometimes people went from house to house making boxty and they would make as much as would last them for a few days.
First they would grate the potatoes with a grater made by themselves out of a large sheet of tin which they bored with a big nail. Then they would squeeze the juice out of them and they would take the starch and mix it with new milk and salt and thicken it with flour.
Then they would put it on the griddle to bake and eat it hot with lots of butter. Each person would go home satisfied from the boxty-party after eating their fill.
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2017-05-14 20:54
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another man outside to watch afraid any duck might escape.
However the man inside would hand out the drake to the minister and he would try the drake and let him go.
Then the man outside would catch the drake again and give him to the man inside on the opposite door to where the minister was waiting for the duck to come out.
The man inside was not giving the minister any duck atal but was letting them out on the other door and handing out the drake instead.
Every time the minister got the drake he said, "Be garra" that duck is very narrow it will be a while before she will lay.
The minister was satisfied when he had found out that the ducks were not laying as he thought but every time he would go to try them he got tricked.
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2017-05-14 20:48
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Before the McCormick came living to the Carrowmore House an old minister lived there known as Minister Garret.
He was a kind of a lear-boc and he had a good many worksmen.
He kept a big flock of ducks and every week the worksmen would gather the eggs and sell.
the minister was beginning to remark the eggs getting scarce and every morning he would go out to try the ducks.
There were two doors on the duckhouse and a man would stand inside the door to hand out the ducks and
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2017-05-14 20:44
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Every household did their best to have the money every year to pay the tithes or if they had not the money their cattle would be taken by the bailiff and if they had no cattle they would be evicted and then they would camp out on the side of the road. Sometimes the Landlord might take them back to their land again if that family did not miss any year before without paying it.
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2017-05-14 20:42
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Palmer ruled this place. He was living in Carrowmore House which is now occupied by the McCormick family. Sir Rodger's ghost was supposed to be seen for a long time after he died. He used to go out every evening riding on a white horse and travel all the place when he was alive and it is on the same white horse his ghost was supposed to have been seen.
The Burkes ruled the other side of the parish, Gallowshill, Carrowcullen and Billoose but they evicted all their tenants on account of not paying the tithes.
The Landlords always sent out strange agents to collect the tithes because they would not give such a "noble" job to a man from the place, or even if a man from the place went out collecting the tithes the people would have a grievance against that man afraid he would be in any way better off than themselves.
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2017-05-14 07:31
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One summers day two boys that was stopping in Culdaff were walking along the shore amusing themselves shooting. They saw coming near them a priest. One said to the other we will fire a shot in the air when the priest comes close to us so that the horse might throw him off its back.
When the priest came near them one of them fired a shot in the air. The horse threw the priest off his back and hurt his leg. When the two boys reached home one of them went out of his mind and the people of the house put him into a room and forked his food in the window while he lived. This room was haunted. No one ever went into it until the house was burned.
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2017-05-14 07:23
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as "big Paddy" and now seventy years old told me this story. Dan lived when he was a very small boy. He says also that Dan could lean over the half door of a neighbour's house near and take a coal from the fire to light his clay pipe. The house was fairly small but Dan was very tall and very very strong and could run like a hare.
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2017-05-14 07:19
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The neighbours around my home tell of a very strong man called Dan Farren who used to live here. The ruins of his little house are still on Johnny McLaughlins farm. He carried a two ton block of fir from the hill. It took twelve men to help it up on his shoulders. He used to carry the grubber to the forge when he wanted it fixed. Everything was afraid of him even his wife left him. One night two little boys went to ceilide with him one of them the man who told me this story. Dan got a battle of straw and set it on fire. Soon the house was filled with smoke. They were nearly suffocated. They shouted and cried and at last he let them go. He stood all the time at the door. Dan slept on the floor. His house was round and had no windows.
Paddy McLaughlin commonly known
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2017-05-14 07:13
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Potatoes are grown on our farm. We have a splendid crop each year; my father grows about five acres of potatoes yearly. We have various kinds for e.g. Kerr's, Pinks, Aran Banners, Irish Whites, Epicures, Aran Victors, Ruby Queens and Champions. The Champions are the oldest kind we grow and up to lately they were the best kind. They were introduced into this district about seventy years ago and were a really good crop until the last few years. They are now not so good as they were. People thought they could withstand all diseases thence the name "champion". In the Gleneely district they are all still fairly good but in other parts of the parish
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2017-05-14 07:00
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One time there were two men going out over Crucknanonion at 12 o'clock at night on two bicycles. One of them had a light and the other had none. The fellow who had the light said to the other, "Stay you behind and if I see anything coming I will tell you." They didn't go far till the fellow with the light said to him there's a man on horseback and when the two men got past the fellow who had no light said "I saw no horse." This is (?) by the two men.
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2017-05-14 06:36
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There was an old Protestant school in Kilcummin about thirty years ago and the ruins of it are still to be seen. It is on the right hand side of the road which leads to the blessed well in Kilcummin.
The latest teacher who taught in it was Mrs. Boyd. She is now dead and when she got married she turned a Catholic.
It was the Coast Guards' children who attended school in it and any other Protestant children who lived near it. Before it became a real Protestant school Catholic
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2017-05-14 06:35
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The principle family of landlords in this district were the Knoxes.
There were other landlords who ruled different parts of the place.
The last landlady of this townland was Miss Fibbs and before her Colonel Fibbs, her father and their agents were the Leonards from Ballycastle those who collected the tithes. Another strange man lived in Carrowmore. He was known as McAvey and is thought to have been the Fibbs bailiff.
Before the Fibbs, Sir Rodger
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2017-05-14 06:29
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was an end put to those fairs because the buyers started to go around through the parishes buying animals and then not many people used to come to the fair and in the end there was no fair atal held in the country.
The men used to be looking forward to the fair day because that was the only day of the year they enjoyed. Sometimes the men would not return home from the fair till the next morning.
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2017-05-14 06:25
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The fairs long ago were not held in the towns as they are now.
It is only about forty years ago since the last fair was in Lacken.
The fair of Rathfran used to be held on the 12th of July and the fair of Lacken that was on the strand was held on the 25th of November.
There used to be a fair in Moyne and in Newtownwhite each year also and the fairs in those days resembled the horse races nowadays.
Buyers went from fair to fair just the same as they do now, but there
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2017-05-14 06:20
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children attended.
Before Mrs. Boyd taught in that the Alexandras of Mullafarry taught in it and before them a family known as the Brannigans taught there.
The school is only a few hundred yards from the Coast Guard station in Kilcummin but is now used as a stable and belongs to one of the families who live in the houses which were once known as the Coast Guard station and is yet.
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2017-05-14 06:14
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There was an old Protestant school in Kilcummin about thirty years ago and the ruins of it are still to be seen. It is on the right hand side of the road which leads to the blessed well in Kilcummin.
The latest teacher who taught in it was Mrs. Boyd. She is now dead and when she got married she turned a Catholic.
It was the Coast Guards' children who attended school in it and any other Protestant children who lived near it. Before it became a real Protestant school Catholics
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2017-05-14 06:08
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Nell began to sneeze. She sneezed three times and the third time she sneezed someone said "Dia Linn" and when they did Nell could not see the fairies any more.
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While Nell was rubbing the ointment on the baby her own eye got very itchy and she put up her finger to scratch it, not thinking of the little man's warning, and Nell's eye became blind. Then with the blind eye she could see all the fairies around her and from that she could see the fairies.
When she had her work done the little man left her home but she saw that it was on an old plough she was riding instead of a white horse as she came on.
Shortly afterwards there was a fair in Lacken as there was a fair held in it each year and Nell was at the fair. While she was sitting down in a little tent where the match-making was going on for her, the little man came in but nobody saw him except Nell with her blind eye.
The little man went straight to where Nell was sitting and stuck a "cravinin" up in her nose.
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2017-05-14 02:58
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There lived once in Barnhill a woman known as Nell Connor of the Blind Eye. She was a maternity nurse and was more-often called the Mid-wife. One night a little man came for her. He was a fairy and he brought Nell to the fort where his wife and family were.
When the baby was born to the fairy woman of the fort the little man came into the room with a box of ointment to rub on the baby and he warned Nell not to rub it on herself or that she would be sorry.
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2017-05-14 02:52
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him, and the old people say that it was built in one night.
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2017-05-14 02:51
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Next day he let her out, and he saw her out on the shore about the same place. She came home in the evening and then he remarked that every day he let her out she went to the shore, and was licking one rock all the time, and then he was surprised to see all the milk she had and her not eating anything but licking a rock on the shore.
Then one day a few hours after he let her out he went down to the shore to see the rock she was licking. When he arrived at where she was he found it was not a rock atal, but a little wooden box with a lid on it. He took off the lid and found a child in the box. He brought home the child and reared it up, and that is how St Cummin came to Kilcummin. There is an old church in Kilcummin called after,
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2017-05-14 02:39
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There lived a poor man in Kilcummin named Kelly, and he lived very near the shore. He had only one cow, and the only grazing land he had for her was a cliff along the shore.
She had hardly any milk but she suddenly increased to milk. The man was surprised to see such a lot of milk on bad pasture.
Next day he let her out as usual along the cliff, and about mid-day he saw her out on the shore, and he thought she was licking a rock. She always came back to the house in the evening
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2017-05-11 18:23
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Once upon a time there lived a man down in Buna a Cric and he was a blacksmith. One day he had no money at all so he said he would sell himself to the devil. So one day the devil came and gave him a bag of gold and told him that he would call for him in another year and another day. So when the year and day was up the devil came to the
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were told. Then he told them to build a castle for himself and to be finished at sunrise and when the people rose in the morning they were filled with wonder. Then Jim Con told his wife the story of his life and how he came across the little man on the top of the hill with the good things.
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2017-05-11 18:15
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it, it would fill again and he gave him a tablecloth and whenever he would spread it, it would be full of all kinds of food and meat. Then he came home to his wife and his wife was in want for money so Jim Con asked his wife "Did my brother not give you money". Then he went outside and he saw a great castle and he came in and asked his wife who lived in that great castle and his wife told hime that was his brother's castle and he is having a great party
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2017-05-11 17:30
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tonight. That's my money he is spending now that I got from a king a far distance off. He told his wife he would have to have a party too and he spread out the tablecloth and it was covered with food and drink. The people came and they had a great night. Then he took his horn and blew through it and there came a hundred men out of it and he told them not to leave a stone upon stone and to blow my brother and his wife to the Highlands and they did as they
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2017-05-10 04:51
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it, it would fill again and he gave him a tablecloth and whenever he would spread it, it would be full of all kinds of food and meat. Then he came home to his wife and his wife was in want for money so Jim Con asked his wife "Did my brother not give you money". Then he went outside and he saw a great castle and he came in and asked his wife who lived in that great castle and his wife told hime that was his brother's castle and he is having a great party.
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2017-05-10 04:49
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met his brother Jim Flim and he told Jim Flim to go home and gave the bag of gold to his wife and to tell his wife that he was going to go on a bit further. So Jim Flim went home and kept the money himself. So one day Jim Con was coming over the top of a big mountain and he met a little man and he gave him a horn and whenever he would blow it there would come a hundred men out of it and he gave him a purse and whenever he would empty
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2017-05-10 04:46
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went out of the room and Jim Con locked the door and Jim took out the bottle and gave her three glasses of the water and he asked her how was she and she said she was all right. So Jim opened the door and let in the king. The king asked her how was she and she said she was all right. The king said to Jim what did he want for his reward and Jim said he wanted nothing. Then the king gave him a bag of gold and he went out to the gate and he
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2017-05-10 04:44
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"Let me in" and she wouldn't. So the king came to the door. The king said "What do you want". "I want to cure your daughter". The king said "If you don't cure my daughter I will cut your head" the two of them went into the room in which the king's daughter was sick. Jim Con told the king to go out of the room in which the daughter was sick. The king said he would not. Jim said he could not cure his daughter till the king would go out of the room. Then the king
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asleep. Soon after they lay down there came a crowd of crows round and they landed on the top of the tree in which Jim Con and Jim Flim were sleeping. After a little while one of the crows said to the other what is the news to night. The others said "that the King's daughter is sick and is going to die and no doctor can cure her". One of the crows said there is a well at the bottom of this tree and if she would get
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2017-05-10 04:40
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Once upon a time there lived two brothers Jim Con and Jim Flim. The two of them got married and they found it very hard to live. So they said to one another that they would go and seek their fortune. They started and on their way going they had to go through a thick forest. Night came on and they both fell asleep at the bottom of a tree. Jim Con lay awake and Jim Flim fell fast
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2017-05-10 04:37
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asleep. Soon after they lay down there came a crowd of crows round and they landed on the top of the tree in which Jim Con and Jim Flim were sleeping. After a little while one of the crows said to the other what is the news to night. The others said "that the King's daughter is sick and is going to die and no doctor can cur her".One of the crows said there is a well at the bottom of this tree and if she would get
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2017-05-08 02:44
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three glasses of this water she will be all right. In a moment Jim Con got a bottle and filled it full of this water. Then he went to the Kings house. He came to the door of the kings palace he knocked at the door of the palace. The servant came to the door she asked Jim Con what did he want here. He said he wanted to see the king's daughter the servant said you are not able to see the King's daughter.
Then Jim said again
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2017-05-05 03:44
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and he had to give his daughter to the King's son. He gave his daughter a large fortune and they both got married.
Then the King's son paid his men for their work. Then the little red man told him that he was the man he paid the debt on the coffin for and these were five spirits he brought with him to get his wife.
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the red man asked the man with the Strong Breath to blow it down. So the man with the Strong Breath blew it down. So the King sent out word for him not to blow any more in case he would blow down the castle. So that was the second task finished.
So the King said that he had one more task to do that each of them to send a messenger for a bottle of water to the well of the worlds end. The little red man asked the man with the Swift Leg would he go he said he would. The messenger the King was sending was never defeated before. So the two
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2017-05-05 03:35
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Once upon a time there was a King and he had two sons. One day these two boys were out shooting birds on a snowy day. One of the boys shot a raven. When they went over to it, it was bleeding on the ground and they thought they never saw three nicer colours in their life. The black feathers of the raven and the white snow and the red blood of the raven. The youngest of these two boys said if
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2017-05-05 03:33
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and he had to give his daughter to the King's son. He gave his daughter a large fortune and they both got married.
Then the King son paid his men for their work. Then the little red man told him that he was the man he paid the debt on the coffin for and these were five spirits he brought with him to get his wife.
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2017-05-05 03:29
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when he said that a Pin of Slumber was on their messenger's head and he was fast asleep and the King's messenger was making good speed. So the little red man asked the man with the Straight Aim to knock the Pin of Slumber off the man's head. When the man awoke he knew the trick the King's messenger played on him. So he went on again for the water. The King's messenger was coming close and the man with the Strong Breath blew her back until the man with the Swift Leg over took her. He was so angry that he knocked the bottle out of her hand and broke it. When he reached the palace he knew he was defeated
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2017-05-05 03:12
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started off, but the man with the Swift Leg was not long leaving her behind. When the man with the Swift Leg was on his way coming the King's messenger was only half way going. The messenger said she was beaten and they would sit down to rest and she would turn along with him.
When they were sitting down a while she managed to put a pinch of slumber on his head and and put him to sleep. Then she emptied his bottle of water and she started off for her own bottle of water. The other ones were waiting for her to come. So the little red man told the man with the Listening Ear to listen. He had not his ear long to the ground
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2017-05-05 02:56
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the red man asked the man with the Strong Breath to blow it down. So the man with the Strong Breath blew it down. So the King sent out ord for him not to blow any more in case he would blow down the castle. So that was the second task finished.
So the King said that he had one more task to do that each of them to send a messenger for a bottle of water to the well of the worlds end. The little red man asked the man with the Swift Leg would he go he said he would. The messenger the King was sending was never defeated before. So the two
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2017-05-05 02:43
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he sent one of his servants out to see who it was and he told him it was the King's son coming to claim his daughter. So the king told him to come up into his parlour. The passage into this parlour was made of sharp needles sticking up from the ground. So the little red man sent the man with the Iron Foot before the King's son and he crushed the needles down and then the King's son was able to go through the needles and into the parlour. So that was one of the tasks finished. Then the King said that he would not get his daughter unless him and his men would have a big wood cut down before evening. So
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2017-05-05 02:34
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for him to bring him with him too that he might be very useful. So the King's son brought him with him. Then they went on to a big wood and the little man said that he thought all their company was gathered now. So he told them to gather up a whole lot of sticks and he would make a boat out of them.
When he had the boat made he told them all to take their places. He had a little magic stick and he touched the boat with it and it went away up in the air and all the men in it, and it did not stop until it was in the Eastern. When the King saw them coming
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2017-05-05 02:21
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till they met a man with a Strong Breath. The King's son asked the little red man what kind of a man was this. The little man told him that was the man with the Strong Breath and he told him to bring him with him for he might be very useful. So the King's son brought him with him. They did not walk very far again till they met another man. The King's son asked the little red man what kind of a man was this. So the little red man told him that was the man with the Listening Ears that if he put his Ears to the ground he could hear the grass growing and
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2017-05-05 01:27
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and for him to bring him with him too. So the King's son brought him with him. They were not walking far til they met another man. The King's son asked the red man what kind of a man this was. So the little red man told him that was the man with the Straight Aim and he told him to bring him with him too. The King's son said he was as far back as ever he was, for he had no money to pay them but he done as the little red man told him. So they did not walk very far
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2017-05-05 01:21
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they met another man. He had one of his legs tied up. The King's son asked the little red man what kind of a man was this. He said that was the man with the Swift Leg and if he let the other out he would run out of sight and he told him to bring him with him too. So the King's son brought him with him. They did not walk far til they met another man crushing down stones with his feet. The King's son asked the red man what kind of a man was this. So he told him that was the man with the Iron Feet.
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2017-05-05 01:16
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was left down on the road til the money would be paid. When the King's son saw that they could not pay the money he paid it.
He was not very far on his journey when he met a wee red man. So the wee red man asked the King's son would he bring him with him that he might be very useful. So the King's son said that he had not as much money as would bring himself. But the red man still wanted to go. So the King's son brought him with him. They did not walk very far til
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2017-05-05 01:10
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made up his mind to go. So he told his father that he was going. The father was very sorry when he heard this. So he did not give him much money thinking that when he would have it all spent he would come home. So the boy made ready to go.
On his way he met a funeral and it was the custom to turn back a piece with it. He was not walking long with it when a man came hurrying up demanding a sum of money. None of the dead man's friends had that much money with them. So the coffin
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2017-05-04 06:59
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Near my home is a holly tree. It grows on the farm of the late Hugh McLaughlin. It grows on top of a quarry. Men quarried stones until they reached the roots of the tree. One of them struck the roots by accident when suddenly he was spattered with blood. They stopped work at once. The man became insane later. Never has a stone been quarried and the quarry is red where the work stopped. Any person who pulled a berry from the holly tree got a grey patch on his head.
This story was told by Hugh when he was alive. He is now almost two years dead.
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2017-05-04 06:40
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Two men in Culdaff were preparing ground for the Spring cropping when they came upon two large flat stones lying side by side.
When struck, the stones gave forth a hollow sound, and the men wanting to know what was inside they proceeded to uncover the stones
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2017-05-04 06:22
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he would ever marry a girl with these three colours. Hair as black as the raven, skin as white as snow, and cheeks as red as blood. Any stranger that would come to his father's house he was always asking if he knew where such a girl lived. One day there was a stranger in it and he told him that there lived a girl of these three colours in the Eastern world but her father was a very wicked man and he killed all that came to the house for her. But still the boy
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2017-05-04 06:17
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Once upon a time there was a King and he had two sons. One day these two boys were out shooting birds on a snowy day. One of the boys shot a raven. When they went over to it, it was bleeding on the ground and they thought they never saw three nicer colours in their life. The black feathers of the rave and the white snow and the red blood of the raven. The youngest of these two boys said if
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2017-05-04 06:06
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The houses of former times were built of mud and roofed with limbs of trees and thatch. Others were built with stone and roofed with slates. The house in which we are living has a new roof and old walls. About twenty-five or thirty years ago our Grandfather got it reroofed. The walls are made of stone and cement. The roof is made out of good sound timber and thatch. The windows are framed with timber. There is an entry in
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2017-05-04 06:01
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The houses that were built long ago were made of chopped straw and mud. They were roofed with thatch. Our house is built of stone and mortar. There is a loft overhead and two rooms in it. The kitchen floor is made of cement and it is on a level with the yard outside. There is a hole for the ashes under the fire grate. There are a lot of crickets in our house you would hear them chirping behind the fire.
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2017-05-04 05:56
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This is how the rock was made. The devil met St. Patrick near Cashel and the St said there would be a great building on the patch of land on which they were standing. St Patrick's words came to pass. An Angel came on the way and the devil followed it and he passed through the Slieve Bloom mountains and took a bit out of it and brought it as far as Cashel.
The place where he took the bite is now called the devils bit. The Cathedral was built by Donal More O'Brien King of Limerick.
The Chapel was built in 1179 by King Cormac king of Cashel and it is the most beautiful of all the ruins in Cashel. The Cathedral was burnt by Garrett More Fitzgerald as he though the archbishop Croide was inside. The ruins of the Cathedral, St Patrick's Cross and the Chapel are still to be seen.
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2017-05-03 22:48
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Athassel Abbey is situated near the Suir about a mile from Golden. Richard De Burgo built it and some of the De Burgos are buried there. It is said that a blind prince slept there one night and he dreamt that a gold ring was hidden in the Abbey and if he got the ring he would get back the sight of his eyes
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2017-05-03 22:39
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All the kings of Munster lived at Cashel long ago. There are many ruins on the rock such as the Round Tower, Cormac's Chapel and St. Patrick's Cross. The Round Tower is still to be seen. St.
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2017-05-03 22:34
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All the kings of Munster lived at Cashel long ago. There are many ruins on the rock such as the Round Tower, Cormac's Chapel and St. Patrick's Cross. The Round Tower is still to be seen.
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2017-05-03 22:29
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The Augustinian Monastery in Tipperary was built in the 13th century. There is nothing to be seen there now only a doorway. It was given to the Augustinians. In the 16th century after the reformation it was given to William Ryan.
It was taken from the Ryans and given to Erasmus Smith by Cromwell.
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2017-05-03 22:22
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Athassel Abbey was founded by the De Burgos. It was built on the banks of the river Suir about 1 1/2 miles west of Golden. There is supposed to be an underground passage from Athassel Abbey to Hoare Abbey. When the monks were leaving Athassel they went along the underground passage. They forgot an important manuscript and they passed the word from the first to the second and so on until it came to the last monk and he brought it with him.
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2017-05-03 22:21
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Athassel Abbey was founded by the De Burgos. It was built on the banks of the river Suir about 1 1/2 miles west of Golden. There is supposed to be an underground passage from Athassel Abbey to Hoare Abbey. When the monks were leaving Athassel they went along the underground passage. They forgot an important manuscript and they passed the word from the first to the second and so on until it came to the last monk and he brought it with him.
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2017-05-03 22:08
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Patrick met the devil at the Sliabh Bloom mountains and he said that the piece of ground they were standing on would be covered with buildings. The devil took a bit out of the mountain and he thought that the piece would have any buildings. But Patrick's words came true and a great pile of buildings arose on that rock.
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2017-05-03 06:44
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There was once a man, who lived in Moyard Cottage. His name was Dearg-Daol.
He had three daughters, his eldest daughter got married to a minister, who's name was O'Connal, she had to be wheeled around in chair.
Dearg-Daol was a Jumper. He used to go around to the houses trying to turn the people Jumpers.
One day Dearg-Daol went up to Moyard, he went in to woman's house whose name was Maggie
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Up at The Diamond in Gleneely (2mls. S. Of Killygordon) in a field belonging to Sam Rule the fairies used to play camán. They took in a man to play with them one night and they kept him playing all night. They left him safely at home in the morning.
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2017-05-03 05:36
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Gleneely is the name of the district I am living in. The town land of Gleneely is in the Parish of Donaghmore. There are about eleven families living in our district. In the eleven families there are about forty seven people. The names most common in our district are the Rules and the McCormacks. There are two families of each. There are different types of houses in our district. There are thatched houses and slated houses also. Some of the houses are very small and some are large and there is only one two-story house in our district. There are only two people of over seventy years of age in our town land. They do not know Irish. They are not storytellers either for I never heard them tell a story. There was one old man of over seventy who could have told stories all day long. This old man is Johnny Browne who went away from the district and is still living at the Crossroads in this parish. The houses were more plentiful in olden days than they are now. Some of the
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2017-05-03 05:26
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The Rock of Cashel is a circular limestone rock which is 300 feet high. It is said that it was the bite that the devil took out of the devil's bit mountain. On the rock there are ruins of the Cathedral, Cormac's Chapel, the Royal Palace and the round tower. Cormac's Chapel was built in 1129 and when the Cathedral was built the Chapel was used as a chapter house.
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2017-05-03 05:20
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The Augustinian Monastery was built in the 13th century after the coming of the Normans who were great builders.
After the Reformation it was given to William Ryan who lost the faith. At that time it contained a stable, a dormitory, a monastery, a church which was used as the parish church. It was in the hands of the Ryan's until Cromwell came and then it was given to Erasmus Smyth.
There is nothing left now only the archway of a door.
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2017-05-03 05:09
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There are many buildings to be seen on the rock such as the round tower St. Patrick's Cross Cormac's Chapel. The rock is circular in shape and is about three hundred feet high. It is made of limestone. It is said that St. Patrick met the devil on the Sliabh Bloom mountains and said that the piece of ground they were standing on would some day be the site of some fine buildings. Then an angel appeared to them and the devil followed it. When they were passing by the Sliabh Bloom mountains the devil took a bite out of them and since then it is called the devils bit. The devil dropped the piece of rock that he took out of the Sliabh Bloom mountains at Cashel.
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2017-05-01 22:44
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There are many buildings to be seen on the rock such as the round tower St. Patrick's Cross Cormaco Chapel. The rock is circular in shape and is about three hundred feet high. It is made of limestone. It is said that St. Patrick met the devil on the Sliabh Bloom mountains and said that the piece of ground they were standing on would some day be the site of some fine buildings. Then an angel appeared to them and the devil followed it. When they were passing by the Sliabh Bloom mountains the devil took a bite out of them and since then it is called the devils bit. The devil dropped the piece of rock that he took out of the Sliabh Bloom mountains at Cashel.
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2017-05-01 22:15
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The Augustinian Monastery in Tipperary was built in the 13th century by the river Ara. Nothing now remains but an archway of a door. It was used as a parish church and mass used to be said in it. It lasted up to the time of the Reformation when it was given to a family of the Ryans who were Reformers. Then it was given to Erasmus Smith. There was graveyard, a dormitory, a guest house, a mill, a stable and some land.
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to the poor in the schools.
The farmers' children had their own oaten bread and they often swoped their oaten bread for the black bread, because it had a sweet taste. During and before the famine there was a far larger population than there is now. Every old ruined wall that we see now was a house occupied by a large family and even some of the ruins have been carted away.
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called the three R's. When he taught in this district for a while he moved on to another district. Some of the children had slates to write on while others just sat and listened. The name of one of these hedge school master's was John Lougheed. Girls seldom got any learning they never went to the hedge school. They stayed at home and learned how to churn, to weave, how to milk cows and how to bake oaten cakes. Their mother taught them these things at home.
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2017-05-01 16:56
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There was a hedge school in the town land of Ballyboy long ago. The master was a sort of traveller who was lame. In the summer he taught the children outside under a hedge (which may be seen still). He sat on a large stone and the pupils sat on smaller stones. In the winter he taught them in an old byre.
He taught them that the earth was flat like a plate and that if you went to
The three subjects the edge of it you would fall off. He used to lodge with the parents with whom he spent the night had to pay nothing for their children the following day.
The three ubjects he taught them were reading, writing and arithmetic. These were
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2017-05-01 16:28
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made some dough and gave it to Martin. Later in the night the servant took some and put it under a bowl just as the Blessed Virgin had done. In the morning when Martin awoke he looked under the bowl and out came a bovam. When the servant saw what came out she looked under her own and out came a rat. That is the reason we have meat in honor of St Martin.
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This story is told in connection with St. Martin's Day.
One day as the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph were traveling they came to the house of a young gentleman and they asked the nights' lodging of him. He gave it to them and everything they asked. During the night the Blessed Virgin
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On the eve of St. Martin's Day it is customary to kill a fowl and sprinkle the four corners of the kitchen with its blood. They also make a cross on the door with its blood. It is said that machinery of any kind or mills should not be worked on that day as it is believed that St. Martin was ground in a mill.
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2017-05-01 05:40
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flour bread. Oat bread was the common bread that was used. This bread was made in different ways such as in a griddle or sitting beside the fire. This bread was made in two different ways like a scone or in another way which is called a "bounack". A "bounack" is hard thin bread which was the most used in those times.
It was not often that beef or bacon was eaten. It was nearly always the same thing over again, that is potatoes and salt.
Some of these foods are gone out of fashion such as oat bread and porridge. In winter the people boiled a pot of potatoes and ate them before they went to bed. The old people ate certain food on different occasions such as pancakes on Pancake Tuesday and eggs on Easter Sunday. Tea was first brought to Ireland about a century ago. Before the cups came into use the people used noggins. These vessels were made of wood and shaped like an ordinary mug.
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of eating grass before it rains.
The cat turns her back to the fire when there is going to be high wind.
When the rain is coming the wind blows from the North.
Every animal is afraid of thunder for they all run off when they hear the rattle of thunder.
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Seen diving in the sky there is going to be high wind for they always dive in the sky when there is going to be wind.
The donkey brays when there is going to be rain.
The horse always crouches behind a whin bush for he hates the cold.
When we hear the train plainly, mother says there will be frost that night.
In our district if the mist goes upwards the rain will come down in the evening.
There is an old man in our place and he knows by the gurgle of a brook when there is going to be rain. When the bad weather is coming the brook has a great noise.
When the wild geese go upwards it is said that there is a storm on the sea and when they come back again there is going to be a storm on land.
When the fire doesn't burn properly the next day will be wet.
If the smoke goes up straight the weather is going to be good.
In our district the dog has a habit
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These are some of the signs the old people had about the weather.
When the sun sets with a red colour all around it there is going to be good weather. Whenever one can see streamlets from the sun that is a sure sign of rain.
If one could notice a ring around the moon then one may be sure of rain. If the ring is far from the moon then there is going to be a storm soon and if it is close to it there is going to be a far away storm.
If the birds of the air get tame and come close to the house, there is going to be a storm. If little Willie Wagtail comes close to the door that is a sign of high wind.
There is going to be rain when the curlews are heard calling pitifully and they all scattered everywhere.
When one can see the crows coming downwards and lighting on the ground and rising slowly into the air that is a sure sign of rain. If the crows are
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These are some of the signs the old people had about the weather.
When the sun sets with a red colour all around it there is going to be good weather. Whenever one can see streamlets from the sun that is a sure sign of rain.
If one could notice a ring around the moon then one may be sure of rain. If the ring is far from the moon then there is going to be a storm soon and if it is close to it there is going to be a far away storm.
If the birds of the air get tame and come close to the door that is a sign of high wind.
There is going to be rain when the curlews are heard calling pitifully and they all scattered everywhere.
When one can see the crows coming downwards and lighting on the ground and rising slowly into the air that is a sure sign of rain. If the crows are
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When St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin and the Little Child were going to Egypt out of Herods way, the blood was pouring from St. Josephs' feet. The little robin thinking that the soldiers would be following took leaves and covered the spots where the blood was. That is the reason why the robin got the red breast. In the evening late the soldiers came along the road. They saw men working in a field and inquired of them if they saw the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph and the Little Child. There happened to be a wren sitting on a tree and it had heard all the talk between the soldiers and the men. When the soldiers were ready to go home again the wren began to chirp as much to say they went that way. The soldiers did not understand the wren and then went home.
One time the people used to have good sport hunting the wren at Christmas.
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There are three or four forges in the parish. There is a forge in the village of the Crossroads. It is a very big forge with one fireplace. There is a large iron sitting on a block of wood and he uses this for battering the iron on. This is called an anvil. He has a tub of water for cooling the red iron in. He sent away for the bellows and he has them in this long time. He is able to make harrows, ploughs, cultivators and grubbers. He mends socks for ploughs, especially drilling socks. He points harrow pins and coulters also the smith shoes cart wheels outside on a large stone which he has for the purpose.
The water in which he cools the irons can cure warts.
If the smith had turf to draw home his customers would all draw home the turf free.
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The people got nothing between their breakfast and their supper. In olden times they did a lot of work before their breakfast, two or three hours. At night they got "sowens" which was made out of oaten meal and seeds. It had to be steeped in a tub for three days and then it was boiled and the people supped it.
When tea came first the people did not know how to use it. They ate the leaves and threw away the juice.
the people got plenty of salt fish and fresh fish to eat. Sometimes the rich farmer killed his own cows and calves. They salted them and hung them to the roof.
At six o'clock the people took their last meal.
At Easter the children used to gather eggs from their neighbours.
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When our Lord was crowned with thorns, the robin came and tried to pick them out and the blood spouted up on his breast. That is why the robin has a red breast.
Boys are told that if they rob birds' nests the mother bird will curse them.
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The people say that when anyone takes the "chin cough" he should get donkey's milk to drink. Creeping under a donkey is a good remedy for curing the "chin cough" also.
A potato without the skin can cure warts and a diseased potato can cure warts also.
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Over in Taobhbreac men were out with greyhounds. They met a woman and they asked her where was there a hare for a race. They said they would give her ten shillings. She said "There's one down there!"
Away the dogs went and one of them, a black one, took a bite out of her going in the door.
"Run mammy or you'll be caught" one of the "wains" shouted.
She did that for ten shillings but she lay a long time with a "healing" haunch.
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A pedlar used to go about here that had lots of money, He came to Mounthall (1 mile S. of Killygordon) for lodging, at the place where the lime-kiln is now. There were a lot of houses there then. He got lodging for the night in one of them and when he was in the man of the house and his son came out to dig his grave. They were going to kill him for his money. They had a light with them and a neighbour man saw it and he took the pedlar with him for that night and he was saved. Anyway he was killed later on and was buried in Baywood (3 mls. S. of Killygordon) at the Pedlar's Grave.
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There is a Mass stone in Garvagh yet in Co. Tyrone near the Donegal border on the road from Castlederg to Killygordon. A man took a piece of it with him as a flag for the floor. But from that on he didn't get any peace and he had to leave it back again.
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broken leg. Then his cows began to die and he took sick himself and he went to the hospital and died.
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My grandfather told me about a year ago that there was a man lived in a castle in Killygordon. This man was supposed to be the last of the O'Donnells. This man went to Tyrone every week and he took a lot of money with him.
One day he was going to Tyrone and the English soldiers were waiting for him. They killed him and he was buried in a field of Hugh Taylor's.
One time my grandfather was making drains in Drumcannon (2 mls S. of Killygordon) and when he was digging, he came across a tunnel. This tunnel lead from the castle to Tyrone. The man on whose farm the grave was never interfered with it. When he was going to die, he told his son not to interfere with it. The son thought that there was gold in it. One day he started to dig in it. When he dug a few spadefuls the spade broke. Then he went for another and when he was going down the road, he saw his horse with a
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One time when the people were digging in Monellan (an estate 1 ml. SW of Killygordon) they dug up four tubs of butter. It was country butter and very fresh.
One time Patrick Marley was cutting turf and when he was cutting he dug up a butter-dish and a saucer and they were quite fresh. The dish was wood and the saucer was delph.
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In the years after the Famine the people in the Glen (Lismullaghduff Glen near Killygordon) were poor and they had no milk and no money to buy a cow. One morning when an old man got up and looked out in his garden he saw a cow. She gave as much milk as supplied the district. They agreed for a while but then they started to fight. One morning when the man went out the cow was away, and she was never seen after.
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There is supposed to be a treasure of gold hidden in a place called the "giants' grave". Long ago some men attempted to dig it up but they were unable to find it. There is another treasure hidden about fifteen yards from that in a place called The Corped Hill. It was supposed to be placed there by fairies. There are two big round stones on the top of the hill where the treasure is.
There is another treasure hidden in the townland of Ownagadary and when there was any danger approaching they rattled tins.
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There is a big stone on Polyarnon mountain. James McLaughlin (55) of Tievebrack says that it was placed there by the Danes. Nobody knows what is hidden beneath this stone but it is supposed to be gold or some other valuable treasure. No one ever tried to dig up this treasure because they did not know the exact spot where it was hidden.
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In Clonarl a man was quarrying in a gentle place and the white mice started to come out. At last they were running up the crowbar and he had to stop. Then he looked round and he saw the cornstack covered with crows and he went to fire at them and he shot the thumb off himself. The mice turned themselves into crows to take him away from the place.
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One night there were some women going up from Corradooey [3 mls S of Killygordon] to Carn to "rake". When they were coming back they saw a woman sitting beside a fire on the side of the road. She had a white dress on her with black spots. They were all too scared to speak and they ran away. There was no material there for a fire.
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2017-04-30 04:55
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Long ago a strange wee woman came into a house in Corradoog [2 mls S of Killygordon]. She says to the woman of the house
"I see your wee "eireog" laid today".
"She did just" says the woman of the house going over to the dresser to give the "eireog's" egg to the strange woman. When she turned round again the woman had disappeared.
When the woman came in first she said that the "revenue" were coming but not to worry that they wouldn't come near the still house that day.
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This story was told to me by a man named Eddie Connaghan. He is about forty years of age and lived in the townland of Ownagadragh [Parish of Donaghmore]. He said that there used to be a light seen in the mountain of Ownagadragh. This was supposed to be fairies. It was seen for a long time but it was seen in the winter. This light is not seen now.
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One time long ago there was a man living down at the River Finn. There was a priest saying Mass in a field down below the house. The man went to bed to pretend that he was sick. Then another man went down for the priest to come up to the man that was sick. Then the soldiers lined around the house to kill the priest. Then the priest went into the room to see the man. Then the priest came up and said "I cannot do anything for him because he is dead".
The soldiers were not able to kill the priest when he came up and said the man was dead. It was not allowed for that priest to be killed.
My mother told me that story.
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There is a man the name of Paddy McNamee living in The Glen. [Lissmullaghduff Glen near Killygordon] He knows a lot of ghost stories. His age would be about sixty five.
He told me that there was a man the name of James Gallagher who lived near his house got a scare. One morning about five o'clock he was on his way to Strabane. He had to pass by this gate-house. Some people were afraid to pass by this gate-house when it was dark. When he was passing his horse turned and galloped up the road. Then he turned the horse again and when the horse went to the gate-house he turned and galloped up the road again. The man got down off the load and his horse was white with froth. Some people said it was the devil that the horse saw.
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One night there was a man going up the avenue in Monellan with a cart. His name was Joe Kelly. There came a man and got a hold of the wing of the cart. Joe Kelly told him to get into the cart or else get away from the cart. The man got into the cart and sat down beside Joe. He was a black man and he had no head on him. The horse ran away and the two wheels fell off the cart. The black man disappeared into the ground. The horse ran on until he went in the door as far as the cross head of the cart would let him.
It is said that the devil is in Monellan.
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One night Joe McNamee was going to the Cross'. It was about eleven o'clock. When he was about one mile from his house he saw a man standing in a gateway. He looked at the man and he thought he knew him. He spoke to the man but the man did not answer him. When he was coming from the Cross, he was standing at the same place. The man came out of every gap until Joe reached his own house. He said he would never go down that road after it got dark.
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pipe or take out a burning coal out of the fire while they were churning.
Another old custom was that the old people put a horse shoe in the fire until it became red. Then they locked the door. The person whom they suspected of taking the butter would have to stand at the door until the churning would be over.
The buttermilk is good for the cattle. We give some of our buttermilk to the cattle.
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lift it up on the "churn dash" and leaves a hole in the middle then it is made.
When the butter is ready my mother washes around the inside of the churn with water. Afterwards it is left for some time to cool. In about half an hour my mother gives it a few dashes with the "churn dash" to bring the butter together. Then she washes the wooden dish and scalds it with boiling water. Then she gets the butter spades and scalds them with water also. Then she lifts off the butter with the butter spades and puts it into the wooden dish. Afterwards she salts it and then it is fixed into some shapes. Sometimes it is made into small prints of butter and other times it is made into round lumps and left by for some time. When we sell it we make it into half pound prints. When my mother is going to sell it in the market she puts on paper which is used for the purpose.
There are some old customs about churning. People thought that someone stole the butter out of the churn if it did not churn well. In olden times the old people would not let anyone light his
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We have a churn at home in which we do all our churning. It is about two feet and a half in height and it is about a foot and a half in width. It is a little wider at the top than at the bottom. The sides of it are round and it is bound together with iron hoops.
In Winter we do not churn as often as in Summer. When we have too much milk left, we leave it by for a few days until it is sour and then it is put into the churn. It is left there until we have time to churn it. It is churned with a "churn dash". Mother has to pour in boiling water and keep the water boiling. sometimes our neighbors come in when we are churning to help us. Sometimes they want the loan of our "churn dash".
It takes us almost an hour to churn. The "churn dash" is always kept moving from side to side and sometimes it is given a rolling motion from side to side. The butter gathers into small lumps when it is nearly ready. After a while it gathers into large lumps and when one is able to
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Wee have a churn at home in which we do all our churning. It is about two feet and a half in height and it is about a foot and a half in width. It is a little wider at the top than at the bottom. The sides of it are round and it is bound together with iron hoops.
In Winter we do not churn as often as in Summer. When we have too much milk left, we leave it by for a few days until it is sour and then it is put into the churn. It is left there until we have time to churn it. It is churned with a "churn dash". Mother has to pour in boiling water and keep the water boiling. sometimes our neighbors come in when we are churning to help us. Sometimes they want the loan of our "churn dash".
It takes us almost an hour to churn. The "churn dash" is always kept moving from side to side and sometimes it is given a rolling motion from side to side. The butter gathers into small lumps when it is nearly ready. After a while it gathers into large lumps and when one is able to
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The sun.
62. As I was going up Hollyhill, Hollyhill was shaking. I met twenty four birds all coming sneaking with their bonnets and their bosoms and their bonny blue hats. If you would guess till New Year's Day you wouldn't guess that?
A field of lint in bloom.
63. What works all day and sits at night?
The fire.
64. What goes round the house with a harrow after it?
A hen with a flock of birds.
65. What goes up the water and down the water and never touches the water?
The sun.
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it, God never sees it and never will?
His own equal.
57. In comes two legs sits on three legs and a leg on his lap. By comes four legs, takes down one leg. Up jumps two legs lifts up three legs knocks down four legs and takes his leg up?
A dog taking a leg of mutton from a man sitting on a stool.
58. A duck before two ducks, a duck behind two ducks, a duck in the middle between two ducks. How many ducks is that?
Three.
59. A leather roof, a wooden floor, put in the bones and close the door?
A clog for your foot.
60. Up upon Tittimas, down upon Tittimas, there is not one in the house but plays upon Tittimas?
The latch of the door.
61. It is as round as an apple sharp as a lance. Throw your leg over and it will carry you to France?
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49. What stands on one leg and its heart in its head?
A head of cabbage.
50. As I was going along the way I met my Uncle Davy. I cut off his head and sucked his blood and left him lying easy?
A bottle of whisky.
51. Two feet on the ground, three feet over head one living and the other dead?
A man carrying a pot on his head.
52. What goes into the water with its head down?
A nail in a horse shoe.
53. What is too short and cut a bit off it and it makes it longer?
A grave.
54. Why does the letter E always remind you of death?
Because it is the end of life.
55. As I was going through that slippery "slap" (gap) I met a cross bull. He kicked and I flung if you had been there you would have seen the fun?
A thorn.
56. Man always sees it, a king seldom sees
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and all the kings horses could not lift it up?
A well.
42. It is long it is narrow and not very wide and it wears a green "selvage" on every side?
A road.
43. My mistress sent to your mistress for the loan of a bottomless tub to hold flesh and blood?
A ring.
44. What is it you have and I haven't but I make more use of it than you do?
Your name.
45. What has legs and cannot walk?
A table.
46. What goes from house to house and he's out all night?
A path.
47. As I was going along the way I found a thing rolled up in hay. It was neither fish, flesh nor bone and I kept it till it walked alone?
An egg with a bird in it.
48. What has wings and cannot fly?
A cart.
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in he said "As I went out as I came in I saw the dead and life within. Six sat and the seventh fled. If you tell me that you can hang me dead"?
A bird which was hatching her eggs flew away and left the eggs behind. The man was not able to answer it and the prisoner got free.
26. I went up the road and down the road and I took the road on my back.
A ladder.
36. What bridge did I never cross?
The bridge of my nose.
37. It is as round as your head and as long as a thousand trees?
A ball of yarn.
38. How many wells would make a river?
One if it was big enough.
39. what has eyes and cannot see?
Your shoe.
40. As I stood on Derry wall, I heard the dead man calling, the cock crew, the wind blew, and the gates of Heaven struck eleven?
Thunder and lightning.
41. Round as an apple, deep as a cup
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30. What is made in the wood and sounds in the the town and earns for its master many a crown?
A fiddle.
31. As I was going over London Bridge
London Bridge was shaken and there were twenty four wee things tearing up a nation?
A man harrowing.
32.Forty sheep went through a gap, forty more followed that, six and seven ten, eleven, three and two how much is that?
Five
33.Upstairs, downstairs, widow meadow glass in my father's parlour there stands a bonny lass rings on her fingers, diamonds on her toes, beads in her stomach and away she goes?
A gun.
34. Once upon a time there was a man going to be hung and the governor did not like to hang him and he told him to go outside and think of a guess. If he would not be able to answer it the prisoner would be free. When he came
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A tailor's thimble.
23. It is white and it is black and it is read all over?
A book.
24. Spell black water with three letters?
Ink.
25. It is in the mountain, it is not in the hill. It is in America and Ireland wants it still?
The letter M.
26. How could you compare a dog to a tree?
Because both lose their bark when they die.
27. It is white and it is blue and it is gosling green the Pope could not touch it nor neither could the queen?
The rainbow.
28. Twenty four white cows tied to a stake. Round comes the red bull and gives them all a "slake" (a rub)?
The tongue.
29. Men and horses I have tired, gold and silver I have made and in the manure pit I am laid?
Turf.
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and drew off his gloves and tell me the name of the scholar?
Andrew.
17. As I was going to St. Ives I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks. Every sack had seven cats. Every cat had seven kittens. Cats, kittens, sacks and wives. How many were going to St. Ives?
One.
18. What part of the cow goes into the byre first?
Her breath.
19. Why does a miller wear a white hat?
To keep his head warm.
20. As I was sitting on my "hunkers" looking through my "winkers" I saw the dead burying the living?
The fire being raked at night.
21. What turns but never moves?
Sweet milk.
22. Four stiff standers, four down hangers, two lookers, two hookers, a licker and a swinger?
A cow.
23. A bottomless barrel that holds flesh and blood?
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10. Long man legless comes to the door steeples. He says "Keep in your hens and ducks, I'm not afraid of your cats and dogs"?
A worm.
11. Why does a cow look over a fence?
Because she could not look through it.
12. I have a wee mare with an iron throat the faster she gallops she swallows the rope?
A sewing machine.
13. I washed my hands in water it was neither rain nor rum. I dried them with a towel that was neither woven nor spun.
The dew and sun.
14. As I went through a field of wheat I picked up something queer. It was neither flesh, beef nor bone and I kept it until it was able to run alone?
An egg.
15. It is in the window it is not in the pen. It is in the wool it is not in the sheep. It is in the water but it is not in the deep?
The letter w.
16. As I was going over London Bridge I met a London scholar. He took off his cap
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1. What goes with the train and it is no use to it and it could not go without it?
The rattle.
2. A housefull, a roomfull and you could not lift a spoonfull?
Smoke.
3. The man that made it never wore it and the man that wore it never saw it?
A coffin.
4. A hard working man and a lazy wee woman and twelve little children?
A clock.
5. What is full but could hold more?
A pot of potatoes.
6. A cake of bread and a sheet full of crumbs?
The moon and the stars.
7. What goes up the chimney down and can't come down the chimney up?
An umbrella.
8. Long legs crooked thighs wee head and no eyes?
The tongs.
9. What goes round the house and round the house and peeps in on every wee hole?
The sun.
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The cure for warts is to rub some water on them that lies on rough stones.
Certain people cure for ringworm. There is a man in our district named Jim Bradley who cures for ringworm. The cure for a headache is to take black tea.
If one has a thorn in a finger the cure is to boil ivy and put a poultice of it to it. Boiled ivy is also good for a bad sprain.
To drink bog bean helps to cure all diseases.
The cure for the heartburn is to eat a piece of raw potato and to drink plenty of water.
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Long ago there were not many doctors. In that way the people had many cures for diseases.
Any family whose father and mother were of the same name can cure for the "mumps" in this manner. A pair of horses' "winkers" is put on whoever had the "mumps". Then the person whose parents are of the same name leads them to a spring well and goes round three times.
The cure for the whooping cough is to go round a donkey three times and each time one goes round one has to make the sign of the cross three times. Certain people rub for sprains. Old people say if a "strainer" is the first thing that a child gets in its' hands that child when it grows up can rub for sprains. The old people sometimes left a strainer in the child's way that it might reach for it and then it would have the cure.
The seventh son can cure for a disease called the "evil".
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There are many kinds of signs if we only could keep them in memory. It is said that the rain is near when the birds fly low.
One could imagine the hills not as far away as there are.
It is a sign of rain when snails are seen along roads.
When the fire does not burn right that is a sign of rain.
It is a sure sign of rain when dogs eat grass.
To hear the sound of the train far away is a sign of rain.
Before a storm of snow, snowbirds are seen in packs flying as fast as lightning.
When crows dive in the sky that is a sign of wind. It is called "dooking". They rise up fast and then come slowly down again.
Great heat comes a few days before thunder.
Horses are found behind furze bushes before a thunderstorm.
Dogs seek their bed when thunder is coming.
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The fire being bright at night is a sign of frost.
The stars also are bright when frost is approaching.
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is called "luck-penny".
After a bargain is made the parties concerned show their agreement sometimes by going into a public house to get a drink or some other thing. When animals are sold whoever buys them puts a mark of some kind on them. It is very important to do this because if a beast is lost in a fair and no special mark on it there is a danger of that beast being lost.
There are different ways of marking animals. Some of the buyers use keel for marking which is sold in shops. Other buyers have scissors with them and when they buy any animals, they clip some of the hair off their sides for a mark.
When one takes a horse or a calf on a halter or a rope to a fair if that animal is sold the buyer has to get the halter or the rope.
The biggest fair of the year around our district is the June fair of Raphoe. Pigs are not sold in fairs except in a few towns. The horses need not be in the fair as early as the cattle.
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These are the places the fairs are held about our district. Stranolar, Castlefinn, Castlederg, Raphoe. Sometimes the large farmers can get the buyers to come to their house to buy the animals. There were fairs held in little towns long ago which are not held now. Insufficient cattle in the country caused that. In places such as Killygordon and the Crossroads there were fairs long ago and now there are none.
The town fairs are mostly held in the streets. In some towns there is a special place for the horses which is called the horse market. There is also a special place for cattle in some towns.
When the cattle are sold they are usually put into a yard until the owner is ready to take them with him. The owner of the yard charges two or three pennies a head.
When the animals are sold the one that buys them always gets back a certain amount of money from the seller. This is done for luck and this money
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In olden times the people did not eat as many meals as they do now but there was a certain class of people who ate often. Working men that were out hired to farmers long ago got their first meal at a half past seven o'clock. This meal consisted of milk, oaten bread and butter.
The old people say in our district that potatoes were used at every meal especially at dinner and supper. Potatoes were eaten with salt and buttermilk in olden times. The old people drank a lot of buttermilk. This was because it was plentiful for the people churned their own milk.
Long ago the people always took out the table to the middle of the floor at every meal. In every house there was a cupboard for holding bread and other things. On each cupboard there was a lock and after each meal it was locked.
There were not many kinds of bread in olden times. There was no loaf bread nor
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2017-04-25 04:17
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The thrush builds its nest on the ground and mostly in the woods. The lark builds its nest along ditches and sometimes in the eaves of houses. The robin always builds its nest in hedges. The swallow usually builds its nest in barns or in old houses. The cuckoo does not build any nest atall. It lays its eggs in some other birds nest.
There is a beautiful bird that no one sees very often known as the Goldfinch. It is usually seen in the Summer in meadows. It is of a brown colour. Often people try to catch it by putting birdlime on thistles for it is on thistles they alight.
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2017-04-24 16:32
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They are covered with rushes then the rushes are covered with soil.
The names of the potatoes around our district are as follows. Arran Banners, Arran Chiefs, Arran Victors, Arran Pilots, British Queens, Sherry Champions, Golden Wonders and Kerr's Pinks. Kerr's Pinks grow best in this district. Kerr's Pinks are the favourite potatoes.
Potatoes were used for starch at one time. The potatoe was washed, peeled and grated. Then it was (stepped) steeped in a dish with very little water in it. When it was a few hours it was put in a cloth and the juice was squeezed out of it. This juice was the starch.
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2017-04-24 16:16
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are all made the same width. The manure is put on top of the ridges then the potatoes are set. The space beside the ridge is then dug up and the soil is put on the potatoes.
A plough is used for making drills. The land is first ploughed, then harrowed, next cross-ploughed, harrowed then the drills are opened. The potatoe droppers have aprons to hold the potatoes in. When they are dropped the drills are closed.
The spades are not made locally they are bought in the shops. Some people box the potatoes that is to say they put them in boxes about two months before they are set. Then when they are going to set them there are big buds on them. This makes the potatoes grow quicker.
Potatoes are cut in halves before they are set. Sometimes they are cut in three or four parts. There must be an eye in every seed. The seed is
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they are sprayed. Spraying keeps the blight off them. The blight is a spot on the tops of the potatoes, and it makes them wither. Some people spray them twice.
In the Autumn they are dug. Some people dig them with potatoe diggers. Others dig them with spades. To gather the potatoes after a potatoe digger the potatoe pickers go in couples. Every two take a basket between them. Some people plough the potatoes up. It is easier gathering the potatoes when they are dug with a spade.
When the potatoes that are set in ridges begin to come up through the soil they are shoveled. That is to say fresh soil is shoveled on them. Ridges cannot be dug with a potatoe digger. It is usually pitts the potatoes are stored. There is a space made for a pitt and the potatoes are put in this.
The potatoes are nicely fixed up in a slanting shape
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2017-04-23 22:54
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set from one foot to eighteen inches apart.
The neighbors help each other in sowing the potatoes. When a person is late putting in the potatoes the neighbors all help him. When the potatoes are about three weeks set they are settle harrowed. The harrows are made with teeth in them the shape of the drill.
In about eight or nine days after this they are grubbed. This is done with a grubber. The grubber is like a plough only there is a wheel (one) on it and three feet. The grubber puts the fresh soil up on the potatoes.
After this they are molded. Which is done with a plough. In June they are hoed. To hoe them one has to go through all the drills with a hoe. A hoe is a piece of iron with a wooden shaft in it. When this is done they are molded again.
When they are growing with big tops on them
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2017-04-23 05:12
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Potatoes are the principal crop grown on our farm. From two and a half acres of land up to four acres occupy potatoes each year. We do not set the same amount of potatoes every year. This is because potatoes will not grow well when they are set for a second year in the same field, and some of the fields are not as large as the others.
It is usually my brother Matthew who prepares the ground for the potatoes. Some ground is manured before it is ploughed. Potatoes are set either in drills or in ridges.
We set some ridges early in a garden. Ridges are made with spades. The ridges are measured with a long piece of rope and they
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they are all made the same width. The manure is put on top of the ridges then the potatoes are set. The space beside the ridge is then dug up and the soil is put on the potatoes.
A plough is used for making drills. The land is first ploughed, then harrowed, next cross-ploughed, harrowed then the drills are opened. The potatoe droppers have aprons to hold the potatoes in. When they are dropped the drills are closed.
The spades are not made locally they are bought in the shops. Some people box the potatoes that is to say they put them in boxes about two months before they are set. Then when they are going to set them there are big buds on them. This makes the potatoes grow quicker.
Potatoes are cut in halves before they are set. Sometimes they are cut in three or four parts. There must be an eye in every seed. The seed is