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2019-09-22 15:53
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At a fair cattle and sheep do be sold.
Of a fair day very near all the men be in at the fair with their cattle. People do have cattle very fat for the fair. Men go from one fair to another buying cattle and they have to sell those cattle again that they buy they are called jobbers they have a very ugly time because people might not buy those cattle from the jobbers.
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2019-09-22 15:42
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Fairs and Markets are always held in towns. There is a fair in Castlebar every month and there is a market every Saturday. Fairs and markets are different at markets potatoes and turnips and mangolds do be sold and weighed
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2019-09-22 15:41
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foot or hand rub goose greese on it and will cure it. To put down a buachaláin and to boil it and drink the juise of it it is a cure for measels. To see a man on a white horse and to ask him for a cure and what ever he tells you is a cure for a chin cough. When you get a scotch of a nettle rub a dock leaf on it and it will cure it. Foxes tongue is a cure for taking out a thorn. Bread soda is a cure for a burn. When you get a sting
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2019-09-22 13:40
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that is selling the cattle asks for a price and if he gets that all to a few shillings or so he gives the cattle and if he does not get it he will not give the cattle. Some times men comes round buying cattle before a fair and they give a very good price for them. When people is selling cattle there is always a pound or ten shillings in the differences and then they divide it between the two the man who sells the beast
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2019-09-22 13:32
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There does be a fair in every district. People feed cattle and then the sell them at the fairs. When people go to the fairs a lot of people come round looking at the cattle before the sell them. When people are selling cattle may be one or two men come along buying them and and the man
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2019-09-22 13:29
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When your is bleeding put some thing coald on your back and it will cure it. If you are vomiting boil buachaill a tige and drink the juise of it it is a good cure for it. To put down nettles and boil them and drink the juise of them is a cure for measles. When you have a score foot put bran in your shoe and it will cure it. Bread soda is a good cure for a head ache. Cream a tartar is a cure for a sour stomach. Fat
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2019-09-22 13:27
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bacon is a good cure for a score hand or foot. If you had itch in your hands or feet sulphate of copper will cure it.
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2019-09-22 13:26
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Eel skin is a cure for Táileach in your fingers. The milk a ferret leaves after him is a cure for a chin cough. When you have the chin cough to drink donkey milk and it will cure it. The seventh son has a cure for ring worm. When you have a sprained
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2019-09-22 13:24
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To see the cattle running is the sign of fine weather. To see the swands flying south is the sign of fine weather. To see the sky grey in the morning is the sign of bad weather. When the sea bird is flying against the wind is the sign of bad weather. To see the wild geese flying from place to place it is the sign of snow. When the cuckoo sits on a bare bush it is the sign of a bad summer. If February is wet the rest of that year will be fine. When the wind
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2019-09-22 13:21
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blows from the East it is the sign of cold dry weather. To see an ass with his back to a bush is the sign of bad weather. To see the smoke going straight from a chimney is the sign of fine weather. To see a fog on the mountains is the sign of bad weather. If it rains on November day it will rain for forty days. To see a lot of sea gulls on the ground is the sign of bad weather. To see the mountains white is the sign of snow. To see a cat sleeping is the sign of bad weather.
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2019-09-22 13:19
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sign of bad weather. To see the mountains near you is the sign of bad weather. To see a dog sleeping is the sign of bad weather. To see the spiders creeping is the sign of bad weather. To see the swallows flying to the north is the sign of bad weather. To hear the sea-gulls screaming is the sign of bad weather. To see the sky red in the evening is the sign of a storm. If it freezes white frost for three nights is the sign of bad weather. When Sunday is wet the rest of the week will be fine.
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2019-09-22 13:16
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your legs is the sign of bad weather. To see a rainbow in the sky is the sign of rain. To see a lot of flies is the sign of bad weather. To see a cat waching his face is the sign of bad weather. To see the mountains clear is the sign of good weather. To hear the wind coming from south is the sign of rain. To hear the ducks quacking is the sign of rain. To see the smoke after coming out of a chimney falling down again is the sign of bad weather. To see the moon clouded is the
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2019-09-22 13:14
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sign of bad weather. To see the haws stoping a long time on the bushes is the sign of bad weather. To see the sheep eating grass at night is the sign of bad weather. To see blue in the fire is the sign of bad weather. To see the flood going down soon is the sign of bad weather. To see the frog changing his colour is the sign of bad weather. To see the hens out after a shower is the sign of rain. To the wood cooks cocks calling is the sign of rain. To have pains in
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2019-09-22 13:11
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When the cat has his back to the fire it is the sign of bad weather. To see a dog eating grass is the sign of bad weather,. To see a cat scraping tember is the sign of bad weather. To see the swallows going low is the sign of bad weather. To see falling is the
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2019-09-22 13:07
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through a window at a new moon. It is unlucky to cut your nails in to the fire. It is lucky to put clothes inside out. It is unlucky to see a frog in the house. One magiepie is for good luck, two for bad luck three for a letter four for a marriage. To let your prayer book fall is a disappointment. It is unlucky to put out ashes on new Years day. It is lucky to find a thrushes nest in the first month in spring. It is lucky to get married on Wednesday. It is lucky when you are going
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2019-09-22 13:03
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on the coffin. It is unlucky for a man to shave the left side of his face first. It is lucky for a bird to come in to a house. It is unlucky to leave a pair of boots on the table. It is unlucky to throw out dirty water after night fall. It is unlucky to pass a safety pen to a person. It is unlucky to go to the well with milk on the vessel. It is lucky to find a safety pen lost. It is unlucky to throw out water while there is a churning going on. It is unlucky to look
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2019-09-22 13:00
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Foxes is also another animal that lives in Ireland. They are about as big as a dog and they are very wise
A fox has a lovely fur it has a red colour and it is very bushy and he has a long tail, he has a lot of tricks and jokes he steals hens ducks geese and every kind of fowl he has a den and he brings home the fowl to his den he goes out in the night time looking for fowl. People set strap to catch
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2019-09-22 10:49
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foxes and every one that sees a fox shoots him. There are a lot of foxes in this part of the country. Foxes mostly live in woods and they have their dens there. People do not like foxes because they take fowl. There is a great hunt every year for foxes men and women on horse back they kill a lot of them there is a hunt every year for the foxes in Breaffy Mr. Brownes that has the hunt it is very good for the foxes
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2019-09-22 10:46
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To get a horse's tooth lost without looking for it, it is good luck, and also a cure for a toothache. When a person is going s long journey and to bring some bourned cinders in his pocket he will have luck for the day. When people
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2019-09-22 10:44
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2019-09-22 10:44
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2019-09-22 10:42
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There are not many wild animals in Ireland, but all that are in it are very small. The names of the animals that are in Ireland rabits he is very small and he has a lot of nice fur on him he is about as big as a cat. he can run fast. People go hunting after them but is very hard
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2019-09-22 10:35
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A game of marbles is a very nice game all the small boy and girls play marbles
It is a very nice game for the small boys you get five small marbles and make a hole in the ground and then stand back three yards from the hole and fire and who ever gets them all into the hole has to get them all and go back to the mark and fire (an) and if he gets them he has them
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2019-09-22 10:30
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woman stands for the woman and a man stands for the man. Then they buy something new. When people are getting married they get a lot of presents. If it rains on the bride when she is getting married she will cry for the rest of her life. The bride when she gets married she does not go home for a month because the people say it is unlucky. To see four magie pies is the sign of marriage. To see people crossing their hands is the sign of a marriage. The bride
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2019-09-22 10:26
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usally goes to the mans house she gives him money and them her name is changed. When a pair gets married they go to the priest marries them then they make a promise and if they break that promise they commit a sin. When the bride is leaving her own house she does be very lonely. Friends should never marrie one another When people are getting married the cannot get married outside their own parsh.
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2019-09-22 10:21
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in Advent. When a person is getting married all the neighbours start match making and then whatever they say they will get married to that person. When a woman gets married the man must put gold silver and copper in to her hand. The man must buy a new gold ring for the woman. They put a ring in the cake on November night and who ever gets that ring they will be the first in the house to get married. When a person gets married always a
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2019-09-22 10:16
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lucky to throw shoe after them. They say if a woman is married in yellow she will be ashamed of her fellow. It is unlucky to get married in May. It is lucky to get married in January or February. When a woman gets married she usually wears white or blue. She usally has a bunch of flowers in her hand. To have two spoons in your cup it is the sign of a marriage. It is unlucky to get married on Friday. It is unlucky to get married in Lent or
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2019-09-22 10:11
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It is lucky to get married on Wednesday and on Sunday. When a pair is going to get married they like to have something old and something new something barrowed and they must wear something blue. When a pair is going out to get married it is
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2019-09-22 10:08
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from and they rail them and send them off on the train when they have that done they came down the town to the bank and the jobber pays them for the cattle. There are fairs also in the big places through the country where there are a lot of cattle and people. There are fairs in Keelogues and Turlough and other places. The man who sells the beast has to pay the Costume. The man who ownes the field where the fair is
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2019-09-22 10:05
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held gets the costume because the cattle dig up the ground and they dirty it to. Sometimes the man who ownes the field sells the the costume to another man for so many hundred pounds a year.
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2019-09-22 10:03
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beast and threepence for each small beast. When a beast is bought the man who buys it puts a mark on it with a sissors or with a colour and each man has his own mark so that the beast he buys cannot be sold for a better price. When the man who buys the beast if he is a jober when he has about twelve cattle bought he brings them to the station with the men he buys them
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2019-09-22 09:59
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Fairs are held in each town every month and at the fair there are cattle and sheep and calfs and sometimes horses. There are costume stoped for each beast that is sold sixpence is stoped for each big
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2019-09-22 09:58
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have fires in the vans and same of them have the fires outside the vans on the side of the road.
The Gipsies
The Gipsies are very rich people they have a lot of hoses and poneys. They stay only one or two nights in each place, they do not beg but they sell maths and other things. Some of the Gipsies have bicycles and motor vans.
The Musicians.
The musicians are people be playing music an
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2019-09-22 09:54
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the streets for to get money one person plays and another person goes round about to each house with a cap in his hand for the money.
The Tramps
The tramps are way poor people they have no vans only a little hut that they carry round about on a donkey. The man drives the donkey and the woman goes around begging after the man. The tramps stay
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2019-09-22 09:50
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two or three nights in each place and they live on the food that they get from the people and their donkeys live on the on the grass that they get on the side of the road and the hay that they get from the people. Some tramps steal hay for their donkeys at night time.
The Singers
The singers are people who go round the town one person sings and another person goes round about with a cap
senior member (history)
2019-09-22 09:47
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for the money.
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2019-09-22 09:39
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a lot of money they also pretent to be able to tell you how long you will live by looking at your hand. When some of the tinkers go into the town they get drunk and when they came home they beat their wifes and their children and some of the wemon get drunk also when they come home also. The tinkers have beds in their vans. Some of the tinkers
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2019-09-22 09:36
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mending cans and kettles and basins and other things. The tinkers nearly know every road in the country and they go round about from place to place with horses and vans. They stay about one month in each place. Some of the tinkers re very wise when the people are foolish to give them them things they keep on begging until they get every thing they want. Some of the tinkers pretent to be fortune tellers and so they get
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2019-09-22 09:33
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The Tinkers, the tinkers are people who have no houses and they go around from house to house, begging for food, and some of them selling cans and tin and other things. Some if the tinkers
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2019-09-22 09:30
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Every Jober has a certain mark the way that if the cattle goes they will be able to get them. The men from all parts of the country come in with there cattle and cows The people (aly) always has to pay custom for there cattle sixpence the people pays on every beast There goes be a lot of cattle at the fair When the people have a enough of cattle bouth
The people send them a way
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2019-09-22 09:27
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The people has to bring the cattle up to the station and the Jobbers puts the cattle on the train and sents then away to the place they want them to go. There is a place also for the pigs in a narrow street called Thomas Street in castlebar. There goes be a lot of pigs there every Saturday. There does be a lot of people there to bying pigs or sell pigs. The pigs does be in carts. There does be a lot of calfs in the market. There does be
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2019-09-22 09:23
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a lot of people there bying some calfs. The Jobbers does be there with a lot of pigs in lorries from all parts of the country trying to sell pigs to the people the people bys some of them
The pigs does be brought home and made fat and When they are fat the pigs is sent to the factory to be killed
There is good demand for pigs There is a factory in Castlebar for the pigs to be killed. Alot of people in Castlebar work in the factory
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2019-09-22 09:16
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There is a market also for potatoes in Castlebar it is back at the crain there does be a lot of potatoes in Castlebar every Saturday. The people of the town does be bying some. There does be a lot of people in with some.
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2019-09-22 09:12
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There are several kinds of people of the road.
The Tinkers
They are people that come a bout from house to house looking for food and the more you
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2019-09-22 09:10
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That is a place that grows nothing but bushes
The Parken
That is a place that grows nothing but small bushes.
The high garden
That is a garden that is for the house for the early crops
The orchard
That is a place that grows fruit and it is called a orchard.
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2019-09-22 09:07
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That is a place where there is a lot of stones and it is called a stone wall.
The Meadow Field
That is a field that grows meadow every year and it is called a meadow field.
The Sheeps Field
That is a field where the sheep grasces
The Barley Field
That is a field where barley grous.
The scrub
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2019-09-22 09:02
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The Lime Kill field
That is a field where there was a lime kill and it is called a lime kill field, There is a field in it now.
The Sally garden
That is a garden where sallys grow and it is called a sally garden.
The Lake Field
That is a field where there is a lake and it is called a lake field
The stone wall
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2019-09-22 08:59
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where Where people lived long ago.
The Bog Field
That is a field where there was turf long a go and it is a field now.
The Hill
That is a place where there is a sand pit.
The Long Field
That is a very long field and it is a very narrow field
The Marsh.
The marsh is very soft bit of land and it is very wet
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2019-09-22 08:56
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There is not a field or a mountain or a wood that has not a name.
The Fort
That is a field where there is a fort that is a plase
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2019-09-22 08:54
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There is a lot of kings of Games. There is one kind of Game the name of it is the skittles it is a very nice Game a lot of people blayes it. You will want to have five skittles first they are about four inches long and
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2019-09-22 08:49
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it on the horses hofe. When he puts it on the hofe it burns the hofe then he gets the knife he cuts some of the hofe of then he puts the shoe in the fire again and when it is red he puts it on the horses hofe when he has that done a few times. Then he puts it in the water to wet it. Then he gets the hamer and a few nails and puts it on the hofe.
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2019-09-22 08:44
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for him. A blacksmith does a great trade in the forge. If a horse is wild the blacksmith will have a hard jobe to shoe it. The blacksmith will fix a plough if it is not very bad. A blacksmith has every king of toles he has bellows for liting the fire he puts the shoe into the fire and he leavs the shoe in the fire till it gets red then he puts
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2019-09-22 08:41
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brings there horses and asas to Paddy Fahy he is the blacksmith in Breaffy. A blacksmith has every kind of things for putting on shoes on horses and for taking them of. A blacksmith is very strong and he gets a lot of work to do sometimes. He has a lot of shoes for horses. When a man gets a new carte he brings it to the blacksmith to fix
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2019-09-22 08:37
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There is a blacksmith in Breaffy. There is a lot of blacksmith all over the country. there is one in Breaffy and three in Castlebar and there is one in Ballycono [?] alco. A blacksmith is very handy every one that is near Breaffy
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2019-09-22 08:35
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lot of letter on the stone and the people was looking at the stones and none of them could make out weather it was Lambe Duffy or Mary Duffy the most of the people said that it was a man called Lambe Duffy and others that it was Mary Duffy.
It was the old letters and they could make out it right. It was very old because it had be there for a
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2019-09-22 08:33
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in Breaffy we do not no wheater he was shot or hanged put we no that he was killed by yeomen. He lived near where Tom fahy lives now he was killed in Breeaffy road and he was brought to Breaffy scoil yard and he was there for sevaral days and some of the people stole him away and brought him to Breaffy grave yard there is to large stones on the grave there is a
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2019-09-22 00:58
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It was told by a lot of people that a man got killed in Breaffy he was belong to the United Irishmen he was killed in the year 1798 he went to a meating in Claremorris on his way back he was held up
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2019-09-22 00:56
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Now I saw and know of this to happen myself - The heir now to the Crofton estate was a Sir Hugh, a kindly disposed young man it seems, born reared and educated in England, and about the year 1898 or 1899 he came of age and thought he would like to come back to Ireland live here. So the Castle was prepared for his coming and the people were encouraged to seem glad in true English Fashion. He came and some people shook their heads and whispered of the curse while others laughed and mocked the idea of a curse hurting or affecting such a man. Poor Sir Hugh made up with the priests and the nuns too and gave a party in the lawn to the School children, and all enjoyed it there was hospitality & good cheer on a fine September day. The winter came and the Spring, and one February day Sir Hugh while out riding got
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2019-09-22 00:49
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plain private soldiers in the wars of Owen Roe, and of course they became landlords, when Owen Roe was defeated and the Reynolds and OFarrells were outlawed. Well the Morgans lived in Mohill castle not a very imposing building and they did their bit for England surely, denying the Catholics their rights and practising the rule of oppression on every occasion so that Mohill was and is largly protestant, and the latter the best off people there.
Now once in the penal days so the story says a hunted Franciscan Friar went into rest at the gates of the Castle on a quiet evening. Sir Morgan saw him and told his servants to order him off or it would be worse for him. The monk was too exhausted to rise and they say that this one of the Croftons came down and kicked him out, and that the monk put a curse on him and his descendants. They say in every generation of the Croftons you could see the effects of the Curse and in the
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2019-09-22 00:43
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and they began to dread it themselves.
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2019-09-22 00:42
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Not far from here in the County Leitrim is the village of Fenagh, near which is a very ancient graveyard having an old abbey which must be of considerable antiquity. St. Cillian is buried in the graveyard of Fenagh and he is claimed by the family of the Reynolds as being akin to them. Now once years ago a family named Reynolds got a notice to quit from their landlord's agent a man named Kane. Kane was approached by several people to withdraw his notice, who pointed out to him the injustice of molesting these decent people. Nothing could move Kane, who said it was the Landlords, Sir Morgan Crafton's [?] orders, and so the eviction day drew near.
Now it occurred to the father and mother of the family that they would resort to their own relative and friend St Cillian of Fenagh. So they started out for Fenagh and said they'd do a vigil of the tomb for
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2019-09-21 13:19
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and of the Holy Ghost Amen. at each sprinkling the prayer was repeated.
On St. Martin's Eve. Geese are killed in honour of the Saint and Blessed Salt obtained from the priest.
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2019-09-21 13:13
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Young girls and boys too used to play tricks on Hallow Eve night to find out to whom they would be married. There were several of these tricks. going to a limekiln and throwing in a ball of wool and winding it back, and sleeping with it under your pillow. Eating a Black Pullets egg. Mouthful of oats, Washing the sheets. Looking in the Mirror. First and last bit of your supper.
Bonfire night. The bonfire custom St. John's Eve is still observed. People sit round and enjoy the blaze and in the country districts new Potatoes are roasted and a dance held till near midnight & songs are sung.
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2019-09-21 13:06
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believed in the district that either the water gorse, or some strange fish killed and ate her. On her tombstone in the local graveyard they record her death and on the tomb is carved a great big fish.
People now regard this lake with dread and children are not allowed to wander around its shores.
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2019-09-21 13:04
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Easter Sunday people ate several eggs on that morning in honour of the feast and as lent used to be observed with great exactness in this days, to make up for the fast probably.
Shrove Tuesday. Long ago a Black fast. Most people wouldn't touch a morsel of food till after the Passion.
Michaelmas Eve. At Michaelmas Eve I saw my grandmother kill a fowl or two and sprinkle the door posts and the four corners of the house with its blood in the name of the father and of the Son
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2019-09-21 12:59
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passing by.
Also that that same night that the fairies came for his child two children were dead in the same street next morning.
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2019-09-21 12:58
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The Banshee still comes to warn the people that death is near.#
She is often reported heard round here, especially before old natives die.
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2019-09-21 12:56
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Mrs Oates says she saw a water horse in Lough [?] that it came up and ploughed round the fields and that a man followed it with a whip and that it kicked the man to death.
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2019-09-21 12:13
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Once a girl who lived near a lake down below Carrick disappeared when she was washing her clothes on its brink. She used to wash there always but one day she never returned and no trace of her could be found so it is
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2019-09-21 12:11
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Highway Men in the Boyle Road.
Of course there are small farmers living on this road, but their houses are far in in the country at the brink of the Shannon. People long ago were afraid to live on the roadside not knowing who might surprise them at night and rob them. It was easy to get away with a good lot on those days.
However the descendants of the Highway men on the Boyle Road got a nest egg somewhere as they built houses and bought land. The houses that they built were beautiful and substantial but those house and lands have long passed out of their hands and other people enjoy then today.
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2019-09-21 12:08
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Most of the travelling or going about long ag was done on Horseback. messages were sent thus too. The men were good walkers but the women stayed at home and didnt compete with the men as they do today.
Boats were used too by those people living near rivers. Then carts and of course later horse cars and then the Mail Coach, which travelled from Dublin North South East and West.
The Mail Coach passed by here on to Sligo. This was a stopping place and the horses were changed here too.
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There were several hold ups on the Boyle Road near the School in the days of the Mail Coach especially at a place or places a mile or two down as the road at this point is lonely in fact the whole road is very lonely as the road is through the Plains made from the farms of the evicted tenants by the King Harmons. There are two families here that when friends fall out are called the descendants of
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Broughan was a food given to young infants, boiled milk to which was added soaked oatmeal only the flour poart if the meal, boiled sweetened and fed to infants This oatmeal water and milk made fine healthy children with cheeks as red as blood and much often as good as a hounds',
Braughan was also made like while sauce with flour and milk and served with Boxty especially the boiled boxty when eaten fresh.
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This was a nourishing drink made from the shellings of the newly milled oats. It was kept in a bottle and used medicinally especially for flatulence or stomach ache supposed to be highly nourishing.
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round to come down he had to grip both sides of the seat then his assailant jumped on to the seat beside him and killed him with a blow of gun on the base of the skull.
Makin the agent died from shock and the only one to escape was Kinkade the Valet.
It is said that they had only one cartridge and that that one killed the driver if the car whom they not mean to molest. It is said that there was a fistful of red hair in Leitrim's hands after his death.
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And we hope to see them back in dear Old Donegal.
I heard another version of the killing of Lord Leitrim different to that expressed in the ballad. Lord Leitrim never travelled in Donegal in those times without a police escort. On the morning of the shooting Lord Leitrim set out as usual followed by the police. Both police and Lord Leitrim were in jaunting cars (side car) After some distance out the horse pulling the policemen got a nail in his hoof and couldn't go any further. The driver had to get down to examine the foot and he told Leitrim's escort that he would have to delay them awhile as the horse couldn't go another step till the blacksmith would make the shoe right. In the mean time Lord Leitrim's car went ahead and at a bend in the road near a lake a shot rang out and hit the driver and killed him instantly. Leitrim couldn't come down off the car without turning round as he was lame and walked with a halb. When he turned
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and some people say that on the spot the driver was shot dead
Determined for to the deed undaunted where they stood
They lay under cover beneath the trees of Gorton Wood.
They fired on Lord Leitrim not many words were spoken
His head was bruised and fractured and one of his arms broken.
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A man the name of Kinkade remank [?] what he did say.
He said he saw him in contact with three men dressed in gray.
And when he heard the shots going off it caused him to look round.
And when he reached Lord Leitrim he was lifeless on the ground
And to inform the police to Milford town he ran
The police came at once to where the deed was done
Before they arrived they did spy three lifeless on the spot
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The Shooting of Lord Leitrim
Good people of this country attend both young and old.
I claim your kind attention to these few lines I unfold.
Youve heard of Lord Leitrim he got a sad downfall.
Near to the town of Milford in the County Donegal.
It was on some cases of evictions his lordship down did go.
Not thinking for a moment that he would meet his overthrow
Or that men would lie in ambush on him to wait.
or which his clerk and driver met an untimely fate
It was the second of April about half past nine o clock
When his car came to Gorton Wood it met a fearful shock
Makin was knocked senseless by some slugs of lead
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told him he would stir off his horse he would take the head off him. You are bad enough said the miller, but you are not going to prevent the people from saying their prayers and hearing the word of God.
In the end the people won because Leitrim turned his horse for home that day and never heeded them or the church afterwards.
The morning that he was killed in Donegal when Kinkead the valet brought in the shaving water to his bedroom he asked him not to go on the journey that day as he was dreaming strange dreams the night before, but Lord Leitrim answered so the song says
Sure of Rory or the devil I never was afraid
I'd drive single or in tandem
From Lough Rynn to Donegal
Make them sign to my agreements
Bog tenants one and all.
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The stone which held the cross on top of the building is to be seen also, it is quite sound and is a little bit north-west from the building.
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2019-09-21 09:57
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Mounds of earth are to be seen in Jeremiah O'Sullivan's farm in Farranamanagh and tradition tells that this was once a monastery. It was from it the townland got its name Farranamanagh or "The land of theMonks".
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In Batt O'Sullivan's farm there is a ruin of an old church which was founded by St. Falinga the patron of that townland. It was afterwards used as a burying-ground.
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which way to go.
He would be calling for some time until some one would come to his aid. Otherwise he could not get away for hours.
The light used to appear at dusk but we do not hear anything about it lately.
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2019-09-21 09:51
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Once upon a time there lived at Ballyseedy an old woman who had but one son. His name was Jack and he was both tall and lazy. He spent most of his day sleeping and they lived in a very small cabin. One day his mother went to town and Jack stretched himself at his full length and knocked the walls of the cabin. He
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2019-09-21 09:48
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day the ruin of an old castle is to be seen at Kanturk. It is called "Cuairt Carraig na Saor Seán" for it was built by seven Johns. Carol arrived here as this was being built. He asked the foreman to give him a job but the foreman told him to draw a cat with two tails while he was having dinner. Carol drew the cat with two tails on a stone. He put the stone on the building and ran off.
When the men came back and saw what Carol had done they were furious so they followed Carol.
Carol now joined the army and the lady whom he had served while a shoemaker was with him. Carol was a wonderful soldiers and the army officer was jealous of him. One day the officer put a bayonet in the ground and the soldiers were compelled
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to jump over it. Carol jumped the bayonet but the officer took it and killed him with it. When the lady saw Carol dead, she also jumped the bayonet and was killed.
Such was the end of Carol and on account of him the building at Kanturk was never finished.
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2019-09-21 09:32
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An old man used to call in to our house and used to tell us alot of funny stories and among them was Jack o' the Lantern. If anyone went into a field where he was, he could not get home for hours as the light would be going to and fro crossing hedges and ditches and he would not know
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2019-09-21 09:30
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Some time after Carol found out that his grandson had played a trick on him so he sent him away to seek his fortune.
One day he came to a shoemaker's house and the shoe maker asked him to be his apprentice. The wonderful charm of the milk now came to Carol. Nearby lived a wealthy man with his daughter. The shoemaker was ordered to make a pair of shoes for this lady, so he gave one of the shoes to Carol to make. The shoes were finished and sent to the lady, but one of the shoes was not as perfect a fit as the other. She sent the shoes back. She came herself in a carriage with a guard.
When she found out that carol made the well-fitting shoe she soon fell in love with him. Carol now left the shoemakers.
At the present
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2019-09-21 09:23
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Once upon a time there lived in Currans a man named Carol Daly. He had one son and a grandson whose name was Carol also.
One day Carol went for a walk in the field where the cows (where the cows) were grazing. One of the cows moved forward till she came to a tuft of grass which she ate to the roots.
Carol went home and when milking-time came he sent his grandson for the first mug of the cow's milk. Carol went to the stall, got the milk but drank it. He got another mug of milk and took it to his grandfather who drank it
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went with him and took the Holy Communion. He put the man standing in a field and made a ring of holy water around him.
When the devil came he could not cross the ring of holy water. He jumped up in the air trying to get the man but the priest held up the Holy Communion. Then when the devil could not take the man he went down through the ground. There is a big hole in the ground which is to be seen there yet. The man was saved but the priest was not allowed to say mass for some time. The priest was buried in Rath burialground. His tombstone is to be seen there yet and on it the man and devil are drawn.
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2019-09-21 09:15
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At the western gable a stone is to be seen. It was erected in 1814 a rhyme is on it:-
"Afflictions sore long years she bore
Physicians tried in vain
Another stone is to be seen also it has very old Irish on it. Unbaptised children were buried in "Killeens"
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2019-09-21 09:13
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These are the names of farm and domestic animals:-
Horses, ponies, foals, donkeys, cows, bulls, calves pigs bonhams, sows, hens, chickens, geese, ganders ducks, drakes, turkey cocks yearling cattle and heifers.
"How How" is said to cows when they are been driven. "Suck Suck" to calves when being fed and
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2019-09-21 09:11
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pigin
gogán
noggin
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a fair held in Scariff every month to enable the farming to dispose of their stock. There is also a weekly market at the farmers sell their butter and eggs and there fowl at Christmas.
The river Graney runs through the parish and it abounds in fish and the young men and boys of the parish fish for them in their leisure hours.
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2019-09-21 09:04
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Hurling is a fine manly ancient Irish game. Even in the days of the Fianna we read of Cuchulain with his hurley and ball playing on the plains of Ulster.
In the beginning the game was played without any definite rules and any number of men could play in a team. This continued until a group of young men came together at Hayes' Hotel in Thurles and they formed the Association called the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Included in the group of young men was Michael Cusack and Maurice Davin. The G.A.A. laid down definite rules for all the National Irish games such as Hurling and Football.
Hurling is
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very much practised nowadays. Almost every parish has a team entered for the County Championship and every County has a team entered for the All Ireland Championship. There are many great hurling teams in County Clare but the best of them all is Feakle.
In recent years they have won many Finals. They won the Junior Championship in 1928 and the Minor Championship in 1929 and 1930. They won the Intermediate Championship in 1930 and the Minor and Senior Championships in 1935. They won the Clare Cup and the Senior Final in 1938.
I may say in conclusion that no small credit goes to Cooleem Bridge School for the victory in 1935 as three of the hurlers got their first ideas of hurling in this school. These three
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2019-09-21 08:53
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hurlers were Paddy and James McGrath of Laccaroe and John Jones of Scariff.
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Football is essentially played with the legs, the hand and the eye. There are three kinds of football played namely Rugby Football, Association Football and Gaelic Football.
Of these three Gaelic Football is mostly platyed in ireland.
As Hurling is the National pastime of east Clare, football is the National pastime of west Clare. Football, like hurling is fostered by the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Football is played oftener in some counties than hurling. Like hurling almost every county has a team entered for the All Ireland Championship. The Final of the Football matches is usually played at Croke Park. Some
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times the Final has to be played twice as it often occurs that they end in a draw as it happened this year between Kerry and Galway.
For Football the field is arranged the same as it is hurling that is a hundred and forty yards long and eighty yards wide. At the end of the field the goal posts are. There is lat placed across the goalposts and when the ball goes over the lat it is a point and when it goes under the lat it is a goal. Fifteen men that are on each team as they are in hurling.
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2019-09-20 22:11
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about fifty scholars attending Comer's school and they were taught English, history geography, arithmetic and Catechism on Fridays when the Scariff priest came to teach them. They were taught no Irish in the school which shows that the Irish language has left the district for close to two hundred years.
Mr Comer was married and his wife came to the school one day every week to teach the girls knitting and sewing. After a while they went to live in Derrymore and while they were there Mr Comer got a pension. Then they went to live to Scariff. They were not long there when Mr Comer's wife died. Then it is said that Mr Comer went to America.
Much is not known about the education which the scholars received in this school but it is thought that it was of the same kind as was received in other schools of its kind. History does not relate that any of these scholars ever held a high position at home or abroad
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2019-09-20 22:05
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until done and then the water was strained off. The water was then used as starch.
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2019-09-20 22:04
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The potatoes are dug out with a plough or a spudler. When the potatoes are taken out of the ground with a plough, the plough is pulled down through the middle of the drill and splits it. Then the potatoes are taken out of the ground by the people who are picking them. When the potatoes are taken out of the ground by a spudler there are more of them covered up with clay then if they were taken out with a plough. A person would take twice as much potatoes in the day with a spudler than a plough.
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2019-09-20 22:01
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My father stores the potatoes in a pit. He cuts bog scraws and carried them to where the pit is. He gets straws and put them on the pit before the scraws. Then he gets the scraws, and put them on top of the straw.
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2019-09-20 21:59
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The small potatoes are called poreens. The best potatoes that grow in my district are Golden Wonders, Up-to-dates, champions.
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2019-09-20 21:58
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Black potatoes is the name for bad ones. Poreen is the name given to small potatoes. Garden
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happened in the year (1848) No one ever made an attempt to find it.
This hidden treasure is supposed to be golden sacred vessels, and is supposed to be hidden in Kilmurray part of the bog. They were removed from the Altar and wheeled in a box barrow across to some place in Kilmurray. The churches nearest, were the church on Scannragh Hill and Kilclonfert church. About 40 years ago a man named Cosgrove was shovelling a river in Cappagh which is in Kilclonfert near Ned Brennan's. He came on a large oak box in the side of the river and Mr Going would not allow him to stir it.
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2019-09-20 21:51
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In Ballinagar three miles from Kilmurray a man named John Devoy at the foot of his own garden found a crock of copper coin, about five years ago. A good deal of these coins had the head of Queen Victoria stamped on them. It was found in the trunk
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2019-09-20 21:42
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Billy got such a fright that he fell down dead. He was brought home in a covered car and for many years after that the covered car is heard going up to his door.
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2019-09-20 21:41
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Long ago two brothers lived in Drangan. One was named Billy and the other named Matt. These brothers had a rich aunt living in America. When she would die Matt would get all her money.
When Billy heard about the money he decided to kill Matt which he succeeded in doing. The day after Billy went into town to order the coffin and hearse.
When he was coming home late that night who should he meet but the ghost of his brother whom he had killed
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2019-09-20 21:38
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dogs passed him by at the door. He turned around and fell on the floor and had to be carried into his bed.
He had to remain in bed for a few weeks after, during which his appearance changed very much. It was said by the old people that it was the fairies in the fort who were not pleased with the cutting of the bushes that (S) old Sam has seen that night.
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2019-09-20 21:36
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Mid way between Lisronagh cross and the Moyle bridge which are about half mile apart there was an old well on the right hand side of the road. It was closed up about one hundred and thirty year's ago. One night a man was going home on horseback. On coming near the well he drove towards it to give the horse a drink of water. The horse bent down its head to get the drink and the man fell from its back into the well and was drowned. It was then closed up but ever since the water oozes up through the soil on the road side and the road at that spot is often wet even though it is on the side of a hill.
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The account of this well was given to me by Mrs Tynan Lisronagh Clonmel who is eighty years of age and was told the story by her father
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leg and he never recovered.
He died soon after.
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stand and immiately the rushes swelled up into two fine horses and he told Billy to get on one of them and accompany hom to where he was going. They travelled a long distance that night and a few hours before daybreak they arrived at a gentlemans place. They went direct to the door of the wine cellar.
The little man uttered some words and the door opened and they both went in. They began drinking the wine till they were drunk. They came out and got on the horses again and rode back to the fort.
The little man told Billy to go home and to meet him again on the following night. This went on night after night until there was not a
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gentleman's wine cellar in the whole of Ireland but they had visited. One night when they met in the fort field as uasual the little man said "I will be a thousand years old to-morrow and I think it would be time for a man of that age to get married. We are going to night to a house where a young girl is going to be married. We will be there looking on.
The bride will sneeze three times and if nobody says "God bless us" she will be mine. They rode away until they arrived at the County of Limerick where the wedding festival was going to take place.
They went in unobserved and got up on the roof over the wedding party. After a short
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time the bride sneezed and nobody took any notice of it. She sneezed the second time and nobody said anything. Billy began to think that it would be an awful thing for a fine young girl like her to be married to such an ugly man. The bride sneezed a third time. Billy shouted "God bless us". The little man kicked Billy and he fell down among the people in the house. Billy told them the story was the priest married the pair at once,
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One night not long after Christmas a man named Billy Mc.Daniel was coming home from town. He had some drink taken but it appears he had not enough and was anxious for more. He was walking and stopped suddenly on the road and said "I wish I had a drop of the best". "Never wish twice" said a little man in a three cocked hat. He took a bottle from his pocket and gave it to Billy and he drank enough of it. "Billy McDaniel" said the little man "You must be my servant for seven years"
He took him to a fort that was near by and pulled two rushes and he uttered some words that Billy not under-
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hurt she got from the granite rock threw over to this side a limestone rock which however did not strike the hag of Carn here in the Cahas but the limestone boulder pitched in a place called "Doirín a Chaladh", Dawos, and it is still to be seen here all alone without another limestone rock in Tuosist to keep it company.
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Father's house in Coornagillagh to join in the Irish Rosary on Sunday and week evenings also.
Whenever she got the teamhnact she said:-
Go mbeiridh Dua ó uit fé maisem fe compórd, fé phleisúir féin agus di fhamily bliádhan ó indiu.
She was one of those poor women - a friend of the neighbours and she was always welcomed. Once she was very ill in her little bothán bnear the big house as she called it. No one would ever dream of calling it that to day but then it seemed big. She said to the neighbour bhios i riocth bháis areir i deineadh faire orm ar feadh na h-oidce.
Who was up minding you Joan she was asked. Me féin a croidhe she said "bean na suidhe suas ag faire uorthi déin, a laogh ghil
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2019-09-20 19:13
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My father John Riney of Coornagillagh here told me this incident of poor old Joan. She of Clonee here near by.
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2019-09-20 19:11
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South of Dawros chapel on top of a hill called "Carn" is a place called Caisleán a Caillíge and it is said that that an old hag lived here long ago. Another old hag lived in a place called Teampall Núadh due north across Kenmare Bay. They once had a great fight. The hag of Carn threw over a great granite boulder which is still seen over limestone rocks being everywhere else.
The Teampall Nuadh hag seeking vengeance for a
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Bás an Aoine,
Caoined an t-Sathairn,
Is tutac a' Domnaig,
Ní bhíonn síad damanta.
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The father refused saying Diabal bróg a geobhadh Siobhan go dtí an la a pósfair i" and by all accounts her first pair of shoes were worn in her wedding day.
In my grand mothers days the men and women had Sunday shoes. They too walked the mountains barefooted and even the public road until they neared the town and put on their shoes either for Mass or town as the case may be.
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Is amhlaid de réir deallraim go raibh an fear seo istig sa roilig lá go raibh socraid ann agus connaic sé an cloigeann ar an dtalam agus do labair se go dána leis ar nós duine na faghad féin bás in aon cor. Ac dfeagair an cloigeann ós árd dó le sagas miorbhailte agus geallaim-se dhuit gur stad sé dá caiint dána láithreac Conn.
"Feac a ceann agus gan ann ac áit na súl.
Tá se monntac, geanncac, bearna cúl "(ars an fear magaid a ghiolla thall a labhairt cómh dána luím
[/] do ceannsa gan amhras lá mar siúd
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Oilean na muice lies near my house and Siobhán Na Much lived in Clonee, She had no land but a little thatched bóthán in Cnotán a Caise Ardea Tuosist.
She used keep a sow and a litter of banbhaí and feed them on bulabhán off the sea rocks caisrebhan of the conachans and what every she could beg from the neighbours. She used travel with her sow and banhaí out before her and they feeding on the sides of the road and she gathering whatever she would get along the road. Everybody knew Siobhán na Much and a woman and a woman named Mrs O Neill of Lehilann Tuosist remember that her father kept the
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best sow banb of the litter for Siobhán to leave up as a sow. This Mrs ONeill is herself up to 80 years so it must have happened over 70 years ago. This story is well known among the Tuosist folk.
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A dhrithear óg is a drithear na gcarad,
Is mithid domhsa dul abhaile,
Cun a unnsint dodi, [?] mháthairín
Is do'd athair
Go raibh gol mná aonar
Aréir ar a leanbh
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Is amhlaidh a bhí fear na mna so á thóramh agus gan uaigneas ar a mhnaoi na dhiaidh ach í ag deanamh chleamhnais an oidhche céudna.
Do tárla go drifuir an fhir mhairbh ann agus í á choineadh go brónach. Glaodh sí ar a drifúir a céile teact infaoincacth leithe fan cun a fear pósta a chaoineadh agus dúbhairt sí an méid atá luaidthe thuas.
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Do raibh sí suas tré lár na nDaoine,
Chuir sí cos ar leath ghluin agus bhí ag ól píopa
Agus í ag deanam chleamhnais
'Ó mheadhon oidhche.
An Drifúir
A bhean úd thall go bhfuil a'síoda ort
Nác tiocfácnall agus t-fhear a chaoineadh
An baintreacbhac
Fear a geobhadsa mar ná fuilim tríona
Agus do fhrithear ná faghann se anois ná oidhche
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2019-09-20 18:37
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Long ago there lived in Bonane seven boys and one girl together in a house. It was'nt long until the girl got sick and was pining away. They knew a woman named "An Bean Feasa" who used to go around with the fairies so they went and asked her how should they get rid of their "íarlais" and get their own sister (sist) back. She was now in bed almost two years and she was getting very cross
One of the brothers got a shovel of "gríosach" and two others stood in the door and they to go away and restore their sister or they would burn her She jumped out of bed and
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broke through the two strong men in the door way. They followed her as they were told by "an bean Feasa" and as she told them she would kill their sister. She tore her hair and screamed wildly and went on till she came to a holly tree. Now she disappeared into the tree and the found their own sister sitting down under the tree and she was very glad to see them. They brought her home and she was afterwards married to a man from Sneem and had a large family.
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Sacraid aingheal, eosloag, agus naomh Teact i gcoinnibh ár n-anamaca ag an ndeacead caol.
Nuair a bheidh ar súil ag dúnadh,
Ár mbéal ag leathad, agus ar meabhar ag imtheacht ar Fánach
Ar gcúis ag glaodhac is ar léas caithte
A Dhía gléigil saor ár n'anam ar an lá san
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A beggar man lived long ago in this neighbourhood who was called "Crowley Bacaig" and when he'd come into a house he'd say "Bail ó dia ansso isteach and when refused alms he'd say "Ná beidh rómhain nuair a tiocfad ac trom agus neanntog"
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In Fíachna in Bionane a large circular lios is situated; a small door made of stone at its front. There are about six large stones on the top of the lios of the same shape as a coffin as the place around it was and is a burial place. Teampuillín Fíachna as it is called. A fine mountain ash was growing outside the lios and two brothers who were living near the place came and pulled the tree from the roots. They planted it near their own house. Soon afterwards the two brothers died and the tree pined away and rotted also. One day this old man
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of the Deer.
Castlebar. There is where there was a big Castle one time
Lis Commell. It is called after Commell. It is a place where he set fire to one time.
Monnien.
A place where thir is very little turf.
French Hill.
A place where some French were killed It is out side Castlebar.
Fear Braige
It means a false man and the false man still stands there. I often saw him.
O Donnells fort.
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Cill mac Riada. It is a name of a place. People say it got its name from Mac Riada who onse had a church there, because Cill means a church.
Kelcoil. It is also a mane of a village which means the narrow wood.
Bréachmhuigh, means the plain
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To see the swallows flying low it is the sign of wet weather. If the frog changes his colour it is the sign of wet weather. To see the curleys flying at night it is the sign of wet weather. To see the smoke coming straight from the chimney it is the sign of fine dry weather. To see the sky red it is
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nature of the land around it.
The Móinín:- We have another farm known as The Móinín. One of the fields on this farm is known as Páirc Óir, that is the field were the treasure lies hidden.
Mick's Field:- The field next that is called Mick's Field for here a little old man lived long ago, and the walls of his house still remain.
Other fields are called, The Long Field, The Hallow Field, and the Three Cornered Field from their natural appearance.
Jack's Porsa:- A boreen runs beside our fields, it is known as Jack's Porsa from an old man who had his house at one end of it long ago. A stile too leading into one of the fields is known as Jack's stile called after the same old man too. People will tell you yet how he buried four wives and lived to the age of ninty seven years.
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We have a bog below the railway. The Big River flows through portion of our bog on its cource to the Shannon. At Lecarrow, a short distance below the bog a dam has been erected over the river. It is known as the mill-dam for the waters are used to turn the mill wheel in Lecarrow.
Poll an Sidhe:- There is a spring well in our bog, wide and round in shape where the clearest of spring water is to be found in abundance at any time of the year. This well is known as Poll an Sidhe for it is locally supposed that in olden times a fairy resided near this well and worked magic spells from its waters.
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Many of our fields and boreens have peculiar names, which might seen especially peculiar to an poutsider, not acquainted ith the lore of our district. Each field on our farm has its own special name. One field is known as
Balla na gCrann:- Long ago it was overgrown with trees of various kinds but they were all cleaned away and the farm turned into arable land.
Balla na gCeardchan:- Another field is knows as Balla na gCeardchan because is days gone by the local smith had his forge here and although all trace of it has vanished, the fact remains on the name of the field where the forge was.
The Rock Field:- The next field is known as The Rock from the rocky
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Short Field :- Got its name because it is the shortest field we have.
Hollow Field :- Got its name because it is all hollows.
The Meadow:- Got its name because we have always meadow in it.
Quarry Field:- Got its name because it (it is on a height) there is a stone quarry in it.
High garden:- Got its name because it is on a height.
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Every field in our farm has its own name
Stony Field:- Got its name because it is full of heaps of stones.
Pool na Cailli:- Got its name from a girl who used to wash clothes in it in olden times.
Corohan :- Got its name from a man who was beheaded there.
Fort Field :- Got its name because there are two old forts to be seen there.
Common Field:- Got its name because it was a waste place long ago.
Long Field :- Got its name because it is the longest field we have.
Dead Man's Field :- Got its name from a man was found dead in the field after three days searching.
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Every field of our farm has its own name. The following is a list of their names, "The Quarry Field", "The Stony Field", "The Cnocán Field", "The Mearing fields", The Moíneár The long Garden, Hill's Garden, The Little Garden and the Rocky field.
The Quarry field:- takes its name from a big quarry of Stones which is in the middle of the field.
The Stony Field:- takes its name from all the large stones which are in the soil.
The Cnocán Field:- takes its name from a hill on the road opposite it called "Cnocán".
The Mearning Fields:- are thus called because they adjoin Hugh Boyd's and Tom Mac Donnells fields two neighbours residing in the next village which is Tubberdan.
The Móineír:- takes its name from the good meadow it yields every year
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Every field of our farm has its own name. The following i a list of their names, "The Quarry Field", "The Stony Field", "The Cnocán Field", "The Mearing fields", The Moíneár The long Garden, Hill's Garden, The Little Garden and the Rocky field.
The Quarry field:- takes its name from a big quarry of Stones which is in the middle of the field.
The Stony Field:- takes its name from all the large stones which are in the soil.
The Cnocán Field:- takes its name from a hill on the road opposite it called "Cnocán".
The Mearning Fields:- are thus called because they adjoin Hugh Boyd's and Tom Mac Donnells fields two neighbours residing in the next village which is Tubberdan.
The Móineír:- takes its name from the good meadow it yields every year
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The Long Garden:- is thus called because it is the longest of three gardens which are beside each other.
Kill's Garden:- takes it name from the man who owned it. His name was Jack Killmartin.
The Little Garden:- is thus called because it is the smallest of the three gardens.
The Rocky Field:- is thus called because there are a large number of rocks, big and little in the soil.
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Our farm at home is made up of a number of fields eight of which have names.
Rushy Field:_ We have a field called the "Rushy field" because rushes grow very plentiful there.
Mike's Meadow:- We have a meadow called "Mike's Meadow" because we bought that meadow from Mike Brennan.
Clump Field:- We have a field called the "Clump field" because in the middle of it (a clump) of white -thorn bushes are growing.
Páircín Meadhon:- We have a field called "Páircín Meadhon" because it is the middle field on the farm.
Páircín Clé:- We have a field called "Páircín Clé" because it is to the left side of the Clump field.
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Furry Field:- We have a field called the "Furry Field" because it is almost covered with furze.
Sandpit Field:- We have a field called the "Sandpit Field" because in the right hand corner of the field there is a sandpit.
Pool Field:- We have a field called the "Pool Field" because there is a pool in it.
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havin' a crock 'of gold' for me only to go in for it!
"Talking about Leipreacáins" said myself from a stool in the corner. "I dont believe there's the likes out atall, its only all talk about Leipreacáins and fairies and crocks of gold."
"Well" said the Widow, that may be as it (is) will; I don't know about Leipreacáins of course, but they say the gold is there right enough. Here is a story I often heard my father (God rest him) tellin' long ago an' he used to say it was the truth anyway. Its not for me to be contradictin' him now.
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Mumps:- gladum
Boils:- to cure boils a little new milk was boiled and a little soap and sugar put into it and let boil again until it would be in a paste. This was then put on (a) the boil and people say it was to draw the badness out of the boil.
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with a white back on her head.
"Holy, holy a wee brown bird am I,
And my breast is ruddy because I saw Christ die".
It is said that when Our Saviour was dying on the cross a Robin did its best to take the crown of thorns off His Head and in doing so the bird's breast got stained. Nobody interferes with the Robin as they say she is a blessed bird.
One Swallow never makes a summer.
If the cuckoo comes back to us too early we shall have no corn or oats. When the Cuckoo flys from one tree to another she is followed by some small bird.
When we hear the Curlew cry we know rain is near. Seagulls fly inland at the coming of a storm. At the coming of rain the Crow cries "caw caw" and always flys against the wind. The Robin hops on the door-step at the coming of rainow [?]. When rain is near Swallows fly low almost
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Our farm is made up of a number of fields each having its own name. The following is a list of them:- Roarke's fields, Hollow garden, Boreen field, Half-acre field, Well field, Rushy field, Stone Park, Sand Park, Clover garden, Heenin's hill, the Hill garden, High fields and low fields.
Roarke's field is so called because its former owner was Roarke.
Hollow garden is a garden that is situated in low land and the land round this garden is high
Boreen field is so called because it lies beside a boreen.
Half-acre field:- is a field that contains half-acre of land.
Well field is a field with a spring well in one corner of it.
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Rushy field is so called because it contains a pond surrounded by rushes.
Stone Park is a large stone field.
Sand Park is so called because sand is quarried there.
Clover garden is a garden where clover grows exceedingly well.
Heenins Hill is so called because the man that my father bought the field from was nick-named Heenin.
The Hill Garden is so called because it contains hill
High Fields are five or six fields situated on high land.
Low Fields so called because they are in low land.
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The Kilballyowen Soiree.
This song was supposed to be composed by Rev. P. Glynn, (died 1921) who at that time was parish priest of Carrigaholt, and Rev. James Clancy - late P.P. of Toomevara, who was then curate in Kilkee. £50 were offered to anyone who would give information as to its composer and many a riot was caused by its being sung in public at fairs and markets in West Clare.
I have collected the following information about the people mentioned in the ballad.
1st verse.
"Mr Westby" - Nicholas Westby owned large tracts of land - extending from Cahermurphy to Loop Head. His daughter was the wife of Marcus Keane of Beechpark - another landlord - who owned all ten estates between Kilmoraun - near Ennis - and Loop Head. Marcus was the guiding hand of the proselytisers - he penned most of the arguments, sermons [?] against
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the catholic religion and passed them on to his lieutenants for distribution among the people:
The Lighthouse -
This is the lighthouse in Loop Head
Corcoran's Bar -
This is in Kilkee - and was then known as the Central Hotel. Its owner was a Limerick man named Corcoran The old anti-Catholic, anti Irish crowd of the time were his chief patrons .
[?] Barney. -
Was a local character without much intelligence
Tombee -
Was a negro servant in the employ of Burton - a landlord who owned most of the Carrigaholt district.
Scott -
Was the rent collector for the estates. he had a habit of whistling when the tenants were paying their rents. His tune became gayer and livelier when he was told that a tenant could not pay.
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My pen it would fail me to tell of the fun,
With dance and with song when the aitin' was done -
The House Burners' Jig, and Emergency Fling,
The Rackrenters' Chorus, and God Save the King.
With cabbage their pusses were grasy,
Their noddles with porther, were crazy,
But the day of the Eviction - Made-Aisy
Is coming in Kilballyowen.
And now to conclude and to finish my stave,
Here's a hot curse apiece to the tyrant and slave;
And down with the sneaks who our cause would renage,
And hurrah for ould Ireland and up with the Laigue"
The flunkeys we'll trample them down, sir,
Come they from country or town, sir,
We heed not their threat nor their frown, sir,
And we'' fight to the death for our own!
I.I.L.
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The Doctor was there and twas he that looked fine,
As he sat down, on pyatees and bacon to
dine;
And Westby and Burton were black in the face
From laughin', while Percy was saying the grace.
But ah! when the "Amen" they said, sir,
Did they think of the banished and dead, sir,
Evicted from Furoor to Loop Head, sir,
In the outhouse at Kilballyowen.
There was Gibson and Falvey, Haier, Katty and Moll;
There was Patsy Shaun Larry and Thomasheen Voll;
And while with fat bacon their stomachs they cram,
Willie Studdert walked in with the battering ram.
Of manhood if they had a spark, sir,
They'd think of those ages so dark, sir,
Of Protestant soup, and The Ark, sir,
In the outhouse of Kilballyowen.
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The Doctor
The late Dr. Studdert, M.O.H, of Carrigaholt. He was a friend and supporter of his people and was more or less wheedled into being present at the soiree.
Percy -
Percy Keane - eldest son of Marcus. He was a notorious drunkard, who often conducted the services in the Mission school & chapel.
Gibson. Falvey. Katty & Moll Hair-
Were all well to do people- more or less independent of the Landlords or at least in their good graces.
Patsy Shaun Larry & Thomasheen Voll - were local characters.
Willie Studdert -
Was Westby's Land Stewart -
When the Kilballyowen estate passed from the Keane's into Westby's hands - over 40 years age - he sold the estate to his tenants but gave the Kilballyowen farm to Studdert - who still holds it in spite of an intensive boycott campaign during the Sin Féin movement.
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I'll sing a new song to a air that is old,
About Mr. Westby, that landlord so bold;
Says he "To my tenants I'll give a great faste.
And begor! they assembled two hundred at laste.
Oh they came there from near and from far, sir,
They came there on foot and by car, sir,
From the Lighthouse to Corcoran's Bar Sir.
To the outhouse at Killballyowen.
High over their heads waved the brave Union jack,
'Twas placed there by Barney and Tombee the black;
There were candles in sconces stuck round by the walls -
@twould really remind you of Tara's ould walls.
And the fiddles were turnin' as gay, sir,
As larks in the sweet month of May, sir,
Or as Scott when arrives the gale day, sir,
In the outhouse at Kilballyowen
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The houses of long ago were like cow sheds in comparison with the ones nowadays. In some of the houses, long ago, there was a straw roof, and in others there was a heather roof, Very few slated roofs in the locality, none atall in fact. There was a very small little kitchen and a tiny room in each house. The most of the houses had beds in the kitchen. The fireplace used to be at the door and sometimes in the middle of the floor. The chimneys were made from earth and scollops. One door and a half door in every house. The door used be in the front of the house to the left, hand side
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Last Christmas a man bought a goose from another man and the goose proved to be very old and couldnt be cooked.
Here are a few lines of it
Pat Connell bought a goose about a month ago.
And if he knew that man who sold it he would kill him with a blow.
This goose was supposed to be a plump and tender breed
But of a more decedful bird youll never hear or read.
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There was a market held in every village long ago, but are not held now.
Hucksters go around gathering eggs butter and foul.
It was lucky according to the old people to keep money in a stocking.
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all the people used to get their shoes made at the shoemakers because it was much cheaper than buying and they used tan the leather themselves.
People never wore shoes with timber soles nor skins around their feet, but long ago people wore shoes with timber soles named clogs. It is a custom with most country children to go to school bare foot.
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People never wore shoes long till they were seven or eight years in fact people never wore shoes till they were of age to go to Mass.
I never of any person who never wore shoes. People wear shoes now as soon as they are out of the cradle.
Feet water is always thrown out after washing the feet. There are two shoe-makers in the neighbouring village, they both mend shoes but one of them can make them and he does make them and he has made several pairs made for people around.
The shoemakers were much more plentiful long ago than now and
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At last McNamara sent two men watching one night About twelve o'clock a mare and a foal came up out of the lake. They caught the foal and the mare jumped into the lake.
McNamara reared the foal and he became a very famous horse. He won every race and his great deeds spread through Ireland.
One evening as McNamara was coming home from a race riding on the horse and passing Cullane lake. The mare put up his head out of the lake and "whinnied" as she did so the foal with McNamara on his back jumped with one leap from the road and right into the middle of the lake.
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McNamara was never seen afterwards but it is said that he rides through the streets of Kilkishen every seven years on Christmas eve and if Clare ever wants a leader in battle she will have McNamara at her head of her army.
People say that pigs see the wind When a person is calling pigs he says "hut hut" Rings are put on pigs noses to keep them from rooting When calling hens a person says "tioc, tioc, tioc". When a person is calling ducks She says "feed feed, feed". When calling turkeys a person says "biad biad"
When setting eggs for hatching earth is put under them to keep the eggs moist. They are marked with a pencil so as to know.
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of the milk in her tits or on her back. When a cow calves the milk she has is called "beastons" and it is given to the calf.
A horse house is called a stable. His food is general is hay mangolds and turnips and carrots. If the horse is working hard he gets oats.
Here is a story of a horse.
There was once a chieftain named McNamara living in a castle near Kilkishen which was very near Cullane lake. McNamara owned all the land around the lake and at this particular time he had oats sown in a field near the lake. As the young oats came up it was noticed that every morning the top of the oats was eaten off.
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In olden times the people of Lissycasey depended a good deal on the potato crop for their food. The potatoes were cooked in many ways. Some were made into bread called stampy.
The largest potatoes were first chosen. They were washed very clean and scraped with a grater into a soft paste, that paste was put in to a clean linen cloth made from pure flax. The juice was pressed through the cloth and put aside for other uses.
The paste was rolled up and made into a cake and baked on a griddle. It was eaten with butter and milk because tea was unknown at that time. This bread was very hard and black in comparison with the bread of the present day.
The people at that time were very strong and did not suffer from stomach ailments. One day a man in
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In olden days the people made baskets out of osier rods. They first cut the rods and tied them into bundles and put them into a cabin to dry for a short time, so that they would not be too dry because if they were too dry they would crack in the making.
They chose the largest rods. They next cut a scraw larger than the mouth of the basket required. They stuck the rods inthe scraw the shape of the basket. They wove the finer rods in and out through the large rods. They continued weaving until they had the basket finished.
They finished the mouth of the basket with plaited rods. The handle of the basket was made of a muic-iris. This basket was used for drawing turf potatoes and manure.
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When a horse had bots he is left fasting for twenty four hours. He is given one pound of honey in a quart of new milk. After an hour the bots lose hold of the stomach and are emitted
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Lissycasey was reaping oats with a hook. He ate stampy and milk for his dinner. Soon afterwards his stomach began to swell. The people had to tie a súgan around his body to prevent him from bursting.
After a few hours he got well. This would not happen but for he had eaten too much. Years after when times were better this stampy making was done for a feast. The day the last of the potatoes were dug the best and the largest potatoes were collected and cleaned and made into stampy. They ate this stampy with tea and fresh butter.
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Long ago there lived a man in Lisseycasey named Paddy ODea. He made whips for the people of this townland and for many throughout this county. Many people came from various parts of this country to get whips made by him.
If a horse died in an place he was called to skin it and he was given the hide free. He brought the skin home. He put it into a bog hole with some lime so that the hair went off the skin.
He tanned it by some process which was known to himself. When it was in leather he cut it into thongs. He plaited the thongs and made whips of them. He, in many cases, gave the whips free especially to the poor.
The rich were so anxious to get these superior whips that they often gave him big prices sometimes as much as a pound this enabled him
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to give whips free to the poor. He died fifty years ago.
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Women's head dress long ago was a white cap. This cap was made from stuff called "Shower of the Hail". Every woman had two caps one for the week days and one for Sundays.
When this cap got soiled from wear it was washed. There was a frill around the verge of the cap They had an iron called a tallon iron. They had another iron which they put into the fire until it got red.
They put it into the tallon iron. The tallon iron got hot and they took the frill and pleated it by means of the iron. When this cap was ironed it was a very nice cap.
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Finn-a-mhóin was used as a cure for corns. It is moss that grows on the top of a bog-hole, or in a very swampy place. The corns were washed with this stuff and after being washed five or six times the corn would get soft and could be easily taken out by the fingers.
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If a friend of a boy or girl who had chin-cough met a man with a white horse he would say to him "Fear an capall bán cad a leighirfeadh an triuch". Whatever cure the man would give him he would go home and give it to the child that had the chin-cough and it was generally successful.
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The cure for blain is to cut the roof of the mouth of the beast and to rub in salt to the cut to induce circulation of the blood. The minute the blood flows the beast is cured.
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When a calf id a month old and when he commences to use meal he is liable to get Snadhm na Péirte, and the cure is Castor oil, but also people cut a knot over the back of the calf and it is supposed to cure him.
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First the ground is turned up. The seeds are bought and they are sown like oats. It grows about two feet high. It is pulled when ripe. It is made into sheaves. It is put into a boghole for six weeks and a sod put on it to keep it down. It is taken up and put into a dry place. It is pounded with tuairginí. The inner part is cloven into fine flax, with a cloving tongs. It is spun with a linen wheel and made into hanks. When it is woven it is of a brown colour but when it is was washed and bleached it is very white. It is woven into different patterns for sheet shirts, table cloths and towls.
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In the end of the 18th century Fanny ODea lived in Lissycasey. She carried on a lucrative business. She lived in a small house.
One wet night as the District Magistrate was passing to Kilrush, the weather was so bad that when he was passing Fanny ODea's he decided to stay the night there.
Fanny received him as best she could and provided him with poteen and battered eggs. He liked it so well that he spoke of it to all his friends. They in turn asked for the same drink.
From that time onwards Fanny's Egg-flips became famous until to day they
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have a world wide reputation. Fanny married a man named Coughlan They had four daughters and the oldest fell in for the place. She married a man named Hennessy.
They too had a family.
When they died Hugh became the owner of the place. He was their son. He married a woman named Anne Cally. They surrendered possession to their eldest daughter Fanny. She married Morgan McInerney the present owner of the place.
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2019-09-17 10:36
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the hook down in the water and the man that was coming from the fair had five pounds in his waistcoat pocket. He went to where the hook was and as he did there was a fish in the hook. The fish made a snap for his waistcoat and he swallowed the five pounds and a part of the waistcoat. On the following day the Conways went to Kilrush with the fish and the other man went also. He bought the fish and he opened him and he got his five pounds and the part of the waistcoat inside in him.
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2019-09-17 10:33
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About a hundred years ago there lived in the locality an old couple in poverty in a small house near Aylroe hill. They were named Páidín 'a Trágha and his wife was Peg. They managed to keep a dog called Táig. The poor old couple sat near the fire lamenting for not having fowl of any kind to kill and to draw the blood to honour the Saint as this very night was the Eve of Saint martin. Just about mid-night as the old couple were saying the
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2019-09-17 10:30
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One day a man of the Conways was fishing in Gortglass lake and he put down a hook and he left it there until the following day. An other man of the neighbourhood was coming from the fair and he saw him putting
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2019-09-17 10:19
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There is a big difference between the football and hurling now and long ago. Long ago the team consisted of 21 a side. They had no goal posts but if the ball went over the nearest fence they would call that a goal.
Long ago they played hurling around here. The hurleys were made of rough sticks picked in the wood.
Long ago they played bowling with solid iron bowls and who ever would put the bowl the farthest along the road was Champion. Daniel O Dea Cahercon was Champion of this district.
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2019-09-17 09:58
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One night three men were going through a fort that they knew they should not go through but it was getting late and they wanted to get home before it could get dark. The first two got out alright but when the third one came out his face was blue and he could not talk. They took him home to his people and when they asked him what happened to him, all he could say was, "They beat me". Then his people sent for the doctor and the priest, and the man only lived three days. The other two men said it was the fairies that beat him.
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2019-09-17 09:55
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There was once a man and he had a lot of cows. Every morning when he went out he saw a hare milking them. One morning when he was going out he brought his gun with him and he fired a shot at the hare. He did not kill the hare but he wounded him and the hare ran away. The man ran after the hare
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2019-09-17 09:52
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Kilfidance church was a monastery long ago. When Cromwell was in Ireland in the year 1649 he was destroying the churches and priests. One day he was going to put fourteen monks to death and to destroy the monastery. They did not want to have the sacred vessels and holy books destroyed so they hid them in a mossy hill at the back of the graveyard which it is now.
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2019-09-17 09:49
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There is a pot of gold hidden in Houlihan's fort by the Danes. Michael Houlihan and James Griffin went to look for it. They were frightened by a light and they went away
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2019-09-17 09:46
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rat appeared and chased them home.
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Mrs Grant dreamt three nights in succession of a pot of gold hidden in John Quins fort by the Danes. She said it was hidden in a brown jar which had an iron lid on it. She implored of Patrick Keane and Henry Keane and Tully Keane of Labasheeda to search for it with her. John Quins fort is in Clonkenny, Mrs Geary also lived there. She went with them and she took holy water with her and a quil. They began to dig where they thought the gold was. When they had been digging for some time they hit the lid of a jar and as soon as they did a huge
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2019-09-17 09:42
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One night Tom Creahan had a dream that there was gold hidden in the strand outside Aylroe bridge. Himself and John Houlihan went to look for it about the year 1900. They were digging for a good while and had got nothing, when they saw a good big fish coming out of the water. As he came neared to them they got afraid of him and they thought he was going to eat them, so they went away. The gold was supposed to be hidden in the year 1840 by the captain of a schooner who was been followed by his foes. He came ashore at the bridge and he hid the gold on the strand.
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2019-09-17 00:32
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animals and on the crops so that they would be lucky throughout the year.
Christmas.
They bring in holly and laurel to decorate the house on Christmas Eve
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2019-09-17 00:31
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There was a monastery in Kilfidane which was later turned into a church. It is a graveyard now. There were fourteen monks living in it who were attacked by the Black and Tans?? and were killed. It is said that they hid a gold chalice at the back of the Monastery in Matthew Finucane's land.
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2019-09-17 00:29
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Saint Patrick's cross.
Saint Patrick's cross is on a hill in County Limerick at the west of Foynes. It is made of cut granite stone. There were several pilgrimages to Knock Patrick with open. Air Benidiction.
Saint Bridgets cross
St Bridgets is a cross made with timber and it is put up on the rafters every St. Bridgets day. St Bridgets day is on the 15th of February.
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2019-09-17 00:25
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Palm Sunday
They bring home blessed palm from mass on that day and they put it up on the pictures and when it is withered they burn it.
Easter.
They bring home holly water from the chapel and they sprinkle it on all the
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2019-09-17 00:18
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small bush. One night two men tried to take the gold and they were digging and they hit something like glass. Then water came and the men went home without any gold.
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2019-09-17 00:17
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Three nights in succession a man named Culligan of Shanahea who was in America dreamed that there was gold hidden in Aylroe Hill. So he wrote home to Tom Creahan to look for it. Tom Creahan and John MacMahon of Aylroe went to look for it and after long
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2019-09-17 00:15
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digging they heard a bull roaring. They got afraid and they were going away when they saw a bull running after them and there were chains hanging off him and he was roaring, and they ran away. They looked for it in the year 1900. It is not known who hid the gold there or when.
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2019-09-17 00:13
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There is a fort in Michael MacNamara's land and bushes are growing in a round ring and in the middle there is a green spot. There is also a little hollow where the green spot is and under it there is a flag. There is money under the flag.
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2019-09-17 00:12
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There is a fort in Thomas ODea's land of Cahircon and white thorn bushes grow in a round ring and in the middle there is a
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2019-09-17 00:10
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used to stick the stick outside the window and leave the shirt up on it. Before he would go in he would tell two of the people to go to the window and if they saw the Blessed Virgin appearing the person would get alright. Then he would go into the sick person's room. When they would see the shirt they would think it was the Blessed Virgin and they would give five or six pounds to the man.
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2019-09-17 00:08
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One night Mr. MacNamara of Erribul was sitting long side the fire when a cricket came up out of the ground and he having an other dead cricket in his mouth. Thirty more crickets followed the corpse and when they had the corpse buried out side the door they came in again and went down into their holes.
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2019-09-17 00:06
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As he was returning he met a crowd of men and women and they were laughing at his nakedness.
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2019-09-17 00:05
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One night when two or three men were coming home from a dance in Ryan. As they were passing Moloney's orchard they got off and went in to try could they get the apples which they heard they could not get by night. They searched all the trees and they got none. Some more people were coming from the dance, and they told them to go home; that anyone that tried for them never got them and you could get them by day.
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2019-09-17 00:01
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Long ago there was a man going around pretending to be able to cure sick people. He always brought a white shirt and a stick with him. Before he went into the house, he
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2019-09-17 00:00
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near the well which were to be seen up to a few years ago.
Killone means the Church of John. And it is said that St John guards it from thunder and lightning. The Abbey which in days gone bye was perhaps the most remarkable for piety and learning is now a mass of ruins.
Nothing remains but the walls looking so stately and solitary covered with ivy on all sides.
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2019-09-16 23:56
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There was a Landlord dividing land in a place called Willbrook. He used not give the people their due, and they all hated and one day when he was dividing land a man came behind him and hit the Landlord and knocked him unconscious.
He used be called the "Hairo" because he could run like a deer and he was very wild. He ran from the Landlord and a guard ran after him and when he came to a river he took a spring and jumped it without touching the water. The guard came near the river
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2019-09-16 23:52
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and plunged into the middle of it He got out of the river and followed the "Hairo" but it was no use so he gave it up.
In a few days after a man by the name of Henry Bee put a notice in the paper that if the "Hairo" got into the village of Ennistymon and reached him before he would be caught he would be free.
The "hairo" got lodgings in a house in the village the night previous and he knew where Henry Bee used take his abode. In the morning he went out and when the guards saw him they ran after him but he had touched his man and the guard had
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2019-09-16 22:56
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his hand left on the Hairo" but failed to catch him. The "Hairo" was brought to court and Henry got him free.
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2019-09-16 22:55
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introduced the battering-ram after the famous Bodyke evictions. It was an engine or machine which made a large breach in the wall of a house thereby rendering any resistance impossible
Lemenagh Castle is situated near Corofin. It was owned by Máire Ruadh and her husband Connor OBrien. It was in the townland of Lemenagh. The fortifications were manned by her own soldiers.
Lady Inchiquin went up to Lemenagh about twenty five years ago and took a photograph of the
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front porch. She got it rebuilt in the garden of Dromoland.
There is a stone over the arch of the porch and there is an inscription on it with the name of Máire Ruadh and her husband on it. The date in which it was built is also written on it. It was built of limestone.
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2019-09-16 22:50
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landlords in Clare, or for that matter in Ireland, were Mr Vandeluer and Henry Keane. It was the famous Henry Keane of proseltyzing fame who evicted large numbers of people at Kilbaha and Carrigaholt when they refused to attend his soup schools.
It was the same Henry Keabe who was also responsible for the building of the Ark. He refused to let any of his tenants give a site to the famous Fr Meehan for the building of a chapel.
It was Vendeluer who first
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2019-09-16 22:46
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The congregation had to kneel in the open air. My great-grandfather heard Mass in it.
There lived in (Clare) North Clare a woman named Máire Ruadh. Her English name was Mary OBrien. She was wife of Connor OBrien, King of Thomond and fifteenth Earl of Inchiquin. This Máire Ruadh was a very wicked woman. It is said that she put to death all the good looking girls in the neighbourhood. Her husband was one of the OBriens of Dromoland.
The two worst
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2019-09-16 21:22
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There are many famous stories about County Clare. In the olden times many stories were told from generations to generations until they came down to us.
In the olden times it was difficult for priests to say Mass on account of the penal laws. Mass was celebrated in the most secluded places. For the benefit of the people Fr Meehan, of Killballyowen built a timber house on wooden wheels with windows all round to celebrate Mass in. There was only room for the priest and clerk in it.
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2019-09-16 21:19
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him that there was a man in Ireland named Thomas O Dwyer who lived in Clare and in his meadow beside a thorn bush there was a crock of gold hidden. He looked at the man and said it was very strange, but he did not tell the man his name.
As soon as he came home to Clare he took a shovel and began to dig beside the thorn-bush in his meadow. He kept digging 'till his shovel hit a stone and under the stone he found a large crock of gold. He was very happy and he put the gold in the
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2019-09-16 11:48
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Bank, but he kept the stone in his house. There were letters carved on the side of the stone but they were not in Irish or English. A year passed and the money in the bank was spent, and he was in need of money again.
One day a scholar was walking along the road, and he came up to the house and asked for food. He got it and Thomas showed him the stone but when the scholar saw it he laughed and Thomas asked him what they meant and he said that the "Same was at the other Side" When the
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2019-09-16 11:45
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scholar was gone Thomas got his shovel and began to dig at the other side of the thorn-bush. He found a crock of gold twice as large as the first, he was very rich now but he died not long afterwards.
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2019-09-16 11:43
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There was once a man named Thomas ODwyer who lived in Clare. He was very poor and he was in sore need of money, because he had a lot of children to rear. He was told that there was bridge in England named the "Bridge of Good Luck" and if he found and saw that bridge he would get a crock of gold in Clare.
He went over to England and he walked through the land 'till he came to a bridge which was like the bridge he was told about. He saw a man standing beside the bridge, the man saw him and told
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2019-09-16 11:40
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wards a young boy walked up and said "What are you asking for the (for) cow, the owner said. "An pingin is aoirde ar an aonach." The young boy immediately ran home for a butcher's penny and a stick and when he came back he put the penny upon the stick and said "An e sin an pingin is aoirde a fuair tú".
The boy said you may have the cow as he took the "butchers penny". The penny made at least four pounds making dealings at every fair.
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2019-09-16 11:36
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The people who live near the house say, he is watching the gold since, because many horses were frightened there.
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2019-09-16 11:35
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ill that night, and he wanted to go out. He went out, and stayed out a long time. His wife went out for a bucket of water, and when she was coming back she saw her husband coming in a boreen to the house.
He was getting worse all through the night, and he died when it was near dawn. Mrs Culligan went to look for the crock of gold, but she could not find it. She searched all the house, but it could not be found. It is said that he hid the gold some place around the house
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2019-09-16 11:32
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There lived a man named Culligan about two hundred years ago. His house was situated at the end of our farm, about a mile in from the road. Mrs Culligan thought her husband was queer, although he was a good living farmer.
One day her husband got sick, and she had to bring the priest. Her husband then (said) showed her a crock of gold, and he said to her. "If I die, this gold will pay the funeral expenses.
He got very
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2019-09-16 11:29
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a man had a poisoned hand, and he went to Biddy Early to cure it. He was drawing hay into a field longside his house. There was a fort, and bushes growing in the middle of (the) it, and he was unable to bring the hay without cutting the bushes. He cut them down, and a thorn stuck in his hand. His hand got sore and he went to Biddy Early to cure it. She looked through her magic bottle, and then told him how the thorn stuck in his hand, and why it poisoned it. She told him to go home, and that his hand would be alright, and not to interfere with fort.
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2019-09-16 11:25
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he would be safe.
The man was safe until he came to the cross. When he (was) approached the cross, the horse would not pass it for him. The people of the next house heard the racket. The went out and saw the horse trying to pass the cross. They went to help him, and it took the whole house-hold to get the horse past the cross.
They said it was herself that was standing before the horse, and would not let him pass.
There is another story told about
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2019-09-16 11:20
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There are many stories told about a woman with her magic bottle, "Biddy Early" is the woman's name, and I am now going to write a story about her.
There was once a man living in Quin, and his wife was very ill, so he set out on his horse to visit Biddy Early. He had to pass a cross to get to her house. When he went in she gave him a certain cure, and gave him the directions of how to use it. She also told him, when he was going home, that if his horse would pass the cross he
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2019-09-16 11:16
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About twelve miles on the Eastern side of Ennis, near the little village called Quin, there was once a castle. Daingean was the name of the castle, and in it lived a prince and a princess. This prince was a wizard, but the princess did not know that. The princess wanted to marry the prince, but he would not consent until he had tested her nerves. He told her if she screamed when he was testing her nerves, he would not marry her.
One evening the prince and princess were seated in a room in the castle
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2019-09-16 11:13
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The wizard prince by his powers made snakes come into the room and crawl around the princesse's legs, but she did not scream. The serpent came into the room, and coiled itself around her bare arm and neck, still she did not scream. Then into the room came a robin and a cat. The cat pounced on the robin and killed it. The princess on seeing this, screamed. The prince immediately disappeared.
It is said that he appears to the castle riding on a white horse with golden shoes every seven
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2019-09-16 09:07
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years, and it is said that he will still come on the seventh year until the golden shoes are worn off the horse's feet.
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2019-09-16 09:06
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One day the Holy Family were going through a wind-swept road. The Blessed Virgin lost the pin of her brooch which was at that time holding the Cloak around the Infant Jesus. Saint Joseph asked a shepherd to give him a thorn that would do the brooch, but he said that he was too busy to look for one, although he had nothing to do but mind the sheep. They asked another shepherd but he made the same excuse.
When they were passing a small forge the blacksmith came
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2019-09-16 09:03
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out and saw that the Blessed Virgin wanted a pin he said he would make her a brooch. So taking a piece of money out of his pocket he beat it into the finest brooch ever seen. The Blessed Virgin took it thanked him and gave him her blessing.
Ever since then a blacksmith who washed his face in the water where he cools his irons finds himself refreshed and made stronger.
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2019-09-16 09:00
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there (was) were certain cellars under ground where they used be killed. Over at the end of the field was her seat, and if she condemned them they would be thrown into one of the cellars.
There were certain knives in the cellars which would cut her opponents. She was supposed to be the witch of North Clare and the wife of Connor O'Brien.
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2019-09-16 08:58
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told the woman to call in a week's time for him.
When the week was up she asked for her son "Máire Ruadh" came to the door, and told her to go up to the tower, and saw her son hanging off a rafter, dead. I is said if there did anything pass there afterwards it would be killed.
The tower that was near the castle was for her opponents. It is there she used kill them. There was a patch of ground on the top of the tower, and
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2019-09-16 08:55
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A lady named "Mára Ruadh" lived in Lemenagh Castle. The castle is over a hundred old, and it was built of stone for "Maire Ruadh" and her soldiers. She owned every part of Lemenagh, and that is the reason it was called Lemenagh castle. The castle is situated about two miles from Kilfenora.
There was a woman and her son living near the castle. Her son was very disobedient and she (said) could get no good of him, and so she gave him to "Máíre Ruadh" to civilize him. "Maire Ruadh" took him and
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of ammunition and powder to explore the cave, and kill the monster.
One man volunteered to go in to the cave and see the monster. He went in and saw the monster, but they were unable to explore the cave, and kill the monster. Three men went to the sea and sought their way in.
The monster seemed to cover twenty five yards of the cave, and his eyes appeared like the lights of a motor, and when he would close his mouth it would seem like thunder. The cave is closed now
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2019-09-16 08:47
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but the remains of the cave is still to be seen.
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seemed like a tree falling. He looked behind him and saw in the cave the monster. He got a great fright, and ran to the guards. They went out to seek the monster, but though they look all through the night, they failed to find him. Then they all gathered to gether and had a meeting to see how they could capture this monster.
One man said that he comes every two years and so they arranged to kill him that year. When the year came, they went to the cave, and brought plenty
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2019-09-16 08:43
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It is said that there was a monster near Lisdoonvarna in a cave three miles along the road to the sea. There was a cave made by the Tuatha De Dananns out to the sea. There was a monster supposed to be seen in the middle of the cave. Many people tried to seek the monster but none could find it.
One dark night a man was passing the cave. He heard the noise of the monster, and thought it was thunder. He heard the second clash, and it
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And when Sean' mother to Limerick to see him she was amazed and she said to him "Sean I don't know you" "No wonder mother" says he "I dont know myself"
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2019-09-16 08:39
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Long ago there lived in the the townland(d) of Mount Callan, a widow and her son Séan. At that time there was a meeting in Limerick for the purpose of finding out who should be the new Lord Mayor. The old Lord Mayor said (and) he dying, to appoint whoever should come from Clare on an appointed day.
Sean was coming from Clare with a bundle of brooms early in the morning. He landed in Limerick at four o'clock. He was immediately, brought and vested with the robes of honour. Everyone came to greet the new Lord Mayor.
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he did as the Blessed Virgin told him, [to] the goat filled a pail with milk. It is said that every year old goat has milk since the flight into Egypt.
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There are many holy wells throughout Ireland some of which can still be seen.
At Clooney, which is about five miles south east of Ennis a Holy Well was near a huge rock. The Landlord took away the rock closed up the well and sawed a tree over it. The tree grew up and when it was full size the well appeared in the trunk of the tree and is there to the present day.
Near Crusheen, there is another holy well called St. Bridgets well. About forty years ago an old man came to the well. He was lame and had a crutch. After a week
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fasting and praying he got cured and when he was going away he stuck his crutch in the ground near the well. After a year or so the crutch began to grow and now it is supposed to be the growing near the well.
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III
The island lake then I passed by near the village of Crusheen.
A more romantic scenery my eyes had never seen,
With its sacret dells and wooded Glens where St. Cronan used to roam.
It's a place bliss and happiness like the glens of Derrywen.
IV
I viewed each spot of scenery round the village of Crusheen
From Garlie hill to Butter town and that beauty spot Cloonen
My mind was filled with rapture as I cycled all alone
Until I came to Tubber village beside yon Derryowen.
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I
One morning in December just at the break of day
I took out my push bicycle and to Kilkeedy made my way
I was a stranger to that place but
soon I was made known
To all the boys for miles around the
vales of Derryowen.
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I started from Rathclooney it is the
place of my abode
I passed by Kearney's Castle beside
the Crusheen road,
Tho' covered now with ivy it is a
place we can't disown
You can see it towering in the air
from the hills of Derryowen.
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About four miles above the village of Corofin stands Lemenagh Castle. Before reaching the castle seven pins can be plainly seen. The castle is about two hundred and fifty feet high, and can be plainly seen from about a mile in circumference.
About three hundred years ago there lived a demon called "Máire Rua or in English "Red Mary". In the time of her reign she used the seven pins as gate posts, and put a well armed sentinal at each gate. The gates were only opened when she pleased making it very difficult for countryfolk to get their wants.
It is said she had seven husbands, six of whom she killed
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in various ways. One day she saw a man, of splendid physique. She ordered him to give her audience in the morning.
The man went home and told his sad story. A man who was sitting on the hob heard him, this man was a great jockey. "Seán " he said "We will change clothes and I will go on your stead."
The next morning "Seán" went to the castle. She was waiting for him and ordered him to get on the horse which she would give him, and if he came home alive he could be her husband. He got up on the mad entire, and dug his spurs in it's sides.
The second the animal
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felt the pain of the spur, it bolted, and headed for the sea. Every time the horse slackened the pace he would dig his spurs deeper thinking to tire out the animal but to his great dismay new life seemed to come to the horse each time.
By this time they had reached the sea, beside the sea of the Cliffs of Moher. He let the horse off till it was about to to take the final plunge into the sea. It is said, that as the horse was taking the jump, that the man tore the jawbone of the horse with the bit, and the horse fell dead.
The foot-print of the horse can still be seen on the Cliffs of Moher.
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Séamús Ó Dochartaigh
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Is deacair olann a baint de gabhair
Níl luibh na laigheas in aghaidh an bháis
Is olc an gaoith na shéideann do duine éigean
Ceatrar sagart gan a bheith sanntach
Ceathrar francach gan a bheith buidhe
Ceatrar caileach gan a bheith cabhach
sin dhá réidh nach bfuil sa tír
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Ní mheileas leath bhró.
Ní thagann bláth ar crann críona
Is minic fear foghla den dód,
agus nach aisteach gnó an tsaoghail
Is deacair na sean-fhochla a shárú.
An rud a scríobhann an púca leigheann sé féin é.
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Ní biadh bainne
Ní bainne bláthach
agus ní feóil putóg
Goileann an bhean pé úair is maith
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Long ago the people used to make tents on Sundays after mass. Near the chapel they used to make them. The buyers used to exchange goods, as they used not have much money. More people used to give a day's or a couple of days work for goods received. They used to hold bonham and pig markets and fairs at the cross of Bellharbour.
People do not like to buy or sell on a Sunday. Once upon a time a man bought a pig of a Sunday. The pig died he was half way home. He asked Biddy Early why did the pig die. She said it was because he bought him on the Sabbath. From that on he never bought any thing on the Sabbath.
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that he had a good trade learned for him.
He put one of the eggs up in the eldest sons head and put him running up the fields. He told the second son who was able to shoot, to knock the egg off his head without stirring a rib on his head. So the second son fired at the egg and knocked it off the eldest sons head. He told the third son who was able to join things together, to go up the field and join the egg together again. The third son did as he was told, and he joined the egg together and gave it to his father. Their father were very proud that his three sons had three good trades learned off.
One day a great serpent was coming to bring away the mans wife, The eldest son had to try to bring the mans wife from the serpent but it failed him. The second son had to fire shots at the serpent to kill him but the shots would take no effect on him. So none of them could do nothing to save the man's wife.
They did not know where the
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serpent had brought his wife.
The man told his three sons to go looking for her. They searched everywhere but they could not find her anyplace. At last they met a man and he asked them where they were going. They said looking for their father's wife that the serpent had brought away. He told them that it would be no use for them to be looking for her. They had to cross the sea then They got a boat and every time they would go out in the sea, a great storm would rise and a great darkness would come over the sea. So they could not go across.
They went to this man, and he gave them a bottle and a stick. He told to drop three drops of this water into the sea every time a (storm) darkness would come over the sea and he said to hold up the stick when the storm would come, and it would calm. They went across and they saw the wife with the serpent. The eldest son stole the wife while he got the serpent sleeping.
They were coming a way across the sea and when they were about half way a great darkness came over the sea, and at last they saw the serpent coming towards
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in the air. for the man's wife again. The eldest son said to the second son that he saw a black mark in the serpent's body and told him to fire at it.
The second son fired at him and he killed him. He fell down in the middle of the boat and made two halves of it. The third son joined it together again and they brought the man's wife home safely. One of the son's got married to a Kings daughter and they lived happily ever afterwards.
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St Bridgets night falls on the 1st February. It is the custom in most houses to make a cross and put it up on the rafters of the house.
The crosses are made three different ways of rushes, straw, and of timber. It is the custom around here to make them of timber.
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the hatching eggs if another hen layed in that nest.
When hatching geese eggs they are marked with a burned stick with crosses
It takes three weeks for hens eggs to come out and four weeks for turkeys, geece, and ducks.
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They used close the door from inside with a bolt by pulling it across the door from jamb to jamb, when going to bed.
Outside they used close it with a lock. There used be two little windows in each house. There used, be earthen floors in each house. The people used have turf and mostly timber for a fire. A candle was used as light.
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There are two grave yards in this Parish. One is in Clonlea and the other in Killuirn.
People are burried in both of them. They are both almost square. There is the ruins of an old church in Clonlea. There are people burried inside the ruins There are a few trees in both Churchyards.
There are cyprus trees in both.
The unbaptised children are burried in "cillins' Mostly all people go back to their own parish to be burried in the family graveyard.
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There is not much historical news in my locality, especially that of the earlier times. No fights or battles were fought around.
There is not very history connected with it, exept about the Black and Tans. And that is not very much either
After the ambush they lit about sixteen houses in the locality burned hay and haybarns and had no pity for the old only pull them out of their beds and left them on the road side and set fire to the house.
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The animals we generally keep in our farm are pigs cows calves and horses. We don't put any names in our cows calves or horses.
When a man is driving cows he says haba" haba" We call it the cow house where the cows stay. Straw or hay is put under them as "Litter" . Then that is used as farm yard manure for the crops. We stall our cows in stalls. A spansil is hanged in a cows shed is luck.
The spansil is made to spansil the cows when the cow kicks and she is tied above the hocks.
After milking people put a cross of the frawth
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There are two class rooms and two cloake rooms in it.
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Last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the Races were held in Listowel. There was not as big a crowd as last year and neither were The Race was not as (big) good as last year (this time)
There was never before as Much (so many) playes in the Market as I was there the Last day and enjoyed it very good (well) I went up on a lot of the playes) the Merry Go Round etc) The town was decorated very nicely. The two first days was (were) very fine but the last day was very wet.
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There was not as big a croud and neither were The races as good as this time.
There was never before so mny plays in the Market. well I went up on the Merry goround were were
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A Cobweb is used for a cut.
To put it up to the cut.
If a cow had a bloodmurn:-
To boil a goose into jelly and and ta bottle her with it.
If a child had a cold boyle gaemlic with new milk and (give it to her to) to drink it.
Straw is used for a Broken winded horse ? to let the horse out by night.
If a child had a cough. The first man you meet riding a grey horse to ask him what ever he would say it would cure him.
A ganders gisart is used for a reaching off to boyle it and to drink the soup
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boil
garlic
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gizart.
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In March we cut the Turf and then we let (allowed) it dry and then we made it into stools. We can take the horse into the bog and one stools fills the rail and clamp. It is beautifully (ideal) weder (weather) (Ideal weather at present) fro drawing home the Turf.
(As) When wee takes it home we puts it in t the turf-shed when it is all home we clamp the mout (front) of it.
Other people make a rick of it and then thatch it with rushes to keep the rain off it.
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In March we cut the turf and allowed it to dry and then made it into stools, fills fills. It is ideal weather at present for drawing home the turf.
As we draw it home we put it in to the turf-shed, drawn drawn front front.
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And yet, methinks, in fancy fond
They sometimes leave the great "beyond"
Once more to rove, unmarked, unseen,
By fairy fort and woodland green.
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Full oft I dream of days long gone,
By Dysart's wave and Cahircon,
Of golden gorse and wild boreen,
Liscormack's vale and fair Rusheen,
And hear once more the plover's cry,
As rising from its nest on high,
It makes the slumbering echoes wake,
By Druminduff and Gurtloss lake,
Alas, no more our kin reside
By Thomond's vales and Fergus tide,
Yet fondly oft our thoughts repair
To thee our loved sweet land of Clare,
And tho' midst foreign scenes we roam,
Nought can replace our Dysait home, Shall adverse fortune cease to frown -
Restore our own, Coolteenagown -
And friends long parted meet once more
By Shannon's wave and Coolenmore.
The thrush's note our bosoms thrill
By Clancy's grove and loved Ross hill
Alas, no more those voices glad,
Our lived one's sleep in Clondegad;
Beneath a church's ruined walls,
The crumbling stone their name recalls.
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Full oft I dream of days long gone,
By Dysart's wave and Cahircon,
Of golden gorse and wild boreen,
Liscormack's vale and fair Rusheen,
And hear once more the plover's cry,
As rising from its nest on high,
It makes the slumbering echoes wake,
By Druminduff and Gurtloss lake,
Alas, no more our kin reside
By Thomond's vales and Fergus tide,
Yet fondly oft our thoughts repair
To thee our loved sweet land of Clare,
And tho' midst foreign scenes we roam,
Nought can replace our Dysait home, Shall adverse fortune cease to frown -
Restore our own, Coolteenagown -
And friends long parted meet once more
By Shannon's wave and Coolenmore.
The thrush's note our bomoms thrill
By Clancy's grove and loved Ross hill
Alas, no more those voices glad,
Our lived one's sleep in Clondegad;
Beneath a church's ruined walls,
The crumbling stone their name recalls.
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About forty years there was a great storm which left ruthless destruction after it. Its boisterous winds scoured the peaceful valleys, bent the treetops and whistled through their almost leafless branches. It tore up the hillsides and swept along the lonely moors.
The storm raged with unabated fury for twelve hours. It raised roofs from dwelling and out houses, knocked hay-stacks and trees and caused other damages.
After twelve hours the equinoctial gales ceased and its like has not been heard of since.
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On the eve of the 1st of May the man of the house brings in some branches of hawthorn. This is known as "bringing in the May". It is not considered lucky for any female bring the "May" in. The branches of hawthorn are left in the house until the end of the month, and then they are burned.
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Water from blessed wells is also kept in the homes. It is considered a cure for most ailments. In this district there is a blessed well called after St. Kieran of Clonmacnoise, and it is considered that the water from it is very good for the sight. Hence, when people pay visits to it they bring bottles of the water home.
Water is blessed in the churches at Easter time, and it is known as "Blessed water for the crops". This is taken home and used on the crops.
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There yonder lies Bunratthy's towers;
There Labasheeda's bay;
On every isle some saintly pile
Once famed in sacred lay.
Thus graceful bending, to ocean wending
To take her toil-worn rest,
Then with the sun, her day's work done,
Sinks to the golden West.
May strife thus end, as these waters blend,
In union blessed from above;
Come happier days and peaceful ways
To the island of our love.
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Let Wordsworth sing of Duddon's stream,
And Southy of Lodore,
In verses sweet, they ne'er compete,
With our sweet Shannon shore.
Our furling rills and mist-robed hills,
With many a bank and brae;
There's not the like from Tweed to Forth,
From Solway to the Tay.
From Quantochs and the Mendip range
You mark a prospect fair,
But I'd rather see old Shannon glide
By the cliffs and banks of Clare.
Through fields so green and each boreen,
Where the yellow gorse doth blow,
And far and wide stems on the tide,
In grand and ceaseless flow.
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other side, and a hood over it.
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The old people say there are many treasures hid in Kerryhead. This one is hid about a (halk) half a mile from our school is Glenderry mountain. A ship came in to Keel harbour and there was a shoe of gold in it. A man happand [?] to be on the cliff and when he saw the ship he went on board and he saw no one in it only a dog. He stole the shoe of gold out of the ship and hid it in Glenderry mountain. While he was hiding it he
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said to his wife. "If you stand on a spot where you could see the top of the the old chimmneys of Keel, and the Dreenagh ones" that is the place where the gold is hid. A Flahive boy had a dream that he would see a bird flying before him and where ever the bird would perch it was there the gold was hidden. So a few days after, he was walking along the mountain and he thought of his dream he then saw a small bird flying before him and she perched upon a stone he lifted it up and looked at the bird but when he looked back again the gold was gone.
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There are three forges in this district and they are built on the road side. The man that own the forge in this district is John Casey. When working he must have a good fire because it is very hard to soften iron. The fire is usually at the gable of the forge and there is a bellos near it, to blow it when it is bad. There is a crock of water in which the smith cools the red iron, when he takes it off the fire.
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A smith is always very healthy, and his skin is black from the coal.
A woman should never go inside the door of a forge while the smith is working in it, it is a sign of bad luck. The people long ago who were about to be married used go to the forge and jump the anvil three times, if they did this without a (stuble) stumble they were sure to be married.
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cloth and tie it around the injured part of the leg.
The "hemlock" is a poisonous plant especially for pigs. Long ago when people had comsuption they used dig up the root of the "dandeline" clean it and eat it. "Groundsel" is picked and given to birds in cages it is very good for them.
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Some weeds are very harmful in farms, because they spread rapidly, especially the "preshaugh weed, the dock leaf and the comvera". There are many other weeds the "thisle", the nettle, the "dandeline", "hemlock", "sour saddle", "calavan", and the swich grass.
The (covera) "comvera" is like a dock leaf with a big long root. Long ago they used that as a cure for broken legs of animals they used dig it up clean and scrape it and put it in a
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but if you cut a bit of it it is long enough.
A A grave.
Q Could you kill a rat in an empty store bag.
A No: because of the rat was in it , it would not be empty.
The man that made it never wore it, the man that wore it never say it.
A A coffin.
Q On which (of) side of the cup is the handle.
A On the outside
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Q What is the longest word in the English language.
A. Smiles because there is a mile between the first and last letter.
Q In Amsterdam tis common in Germany it is still, tis always in a mountain and never is a hill.
A The letter m.
Q If a cw of coal cost ten shillings what would a ton of coal come to.
A Ashes
Q What is it that is too short
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are kept as heirlooms, because the young people think they are too thick and heavy to wash them. They were very serviceable as they lasted a long time, it was very hard to wear them out.
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sit up in the horse behind the driver on a pillow fixed behind the saddle.
When they came home they had a big dinner of potatoes and roast goose. At night the straw boys came and they would stay dancing and rejoyousing until morning.
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Long ago when people got married there was great feasting and fun. Nowadays they prefer to get married at Easter and go on their honeymoon, to some county. The day of the marriage the young people used to come with sidecars or traps and very often with saddle horses.
When returning home the men were testing (whi) the horses to see which would be the best. On their way home there were big jumps in the middle of the road and the horses would have to jump these. The bride used to
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went to the Coast Guards' Station and ordered all the people in it to leave and take all their belongings with them. They did this willingly because if they did not the Republicans would burn themselves too.
When the Coast Guards' with their wives and children left the place they immediately sat fire to it.
It was a great disappointment to all the people when they arose in the morning and saw the smoke out of it and found the lovely building in ruins.
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About sixteen years ago in the year one thousand nine hundred and twenty one, a very large building by the name of the Coast Guards' Station was burned by a Republican army formed in this district. The reason why they burned this fine building was, the Coast Guards who lived in it were employed by the English government and they wanted to hunt them out of the place.
One night about twelve or one o'clock these republicans
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gold would be underneath him. People often went looking for it but never found it.
One night a man had a dream about this gold. The following day he went looked for it. He began digging for gold a bull ran after him but he got stuck in a rock and the print of his leg is plain to be seen to this day.
It is said that a bull and a turkey cock are guarding the gold and will let no one take it so that it will remain there for ever.
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It is said that there is a shoe of gold hidden somewhere in Glenderry mountain. Long ago a ship came into Keel and a man from the neighbourhood stole the Golden shoe from the ship. He was afraid that this precious piece of gold would be stolen from him, so he hid it in the mountain.
He told his brother that this treasure could be got if he stood on the slope of the mountain where he could see only the tops of Keel chimneys and the tops of Máluin chimneys, the
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woman was cleaning the loft she got the wand wrapped cloth and when she touched it she immediately became a mermaid again and she went back to the sea and she was never heard of again.
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to the sea and he saw a mermaid there sitting on a rock combing her hair with one hand while she held a wand in the other hand. The man thought that if he got the wand he (wealth) would have wealth. So he stole the wand from the mermaid. She then followed him to his house and when she was left without her wand she got to be like a real person. The man hid the wand in a loft over the fire. The mermaid remained there and shortly afterwards they got married.
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A Mermaid is supposed to be half a woman and half a fish. She has a head and hands like a woman, a tail like a fish, and she has long golden hair. She is seldom seen because she always keeps in the water. She in only seen at certain times of the year and when any person sees her someone is sure to (die) get drowned. She is usually seen sitting on a rock combing her hair.
It is said that once upon a time a man went
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So he stole it and took it home and hid it. The mermaid followed him home and she became a beautiful lady as soon as she put her foot on the land.
Shortly afters they got married and had three children. One day she was cleaning a loft over the fire she found her wand wraped in a cloth. She immediately went to the strand and became a mermaid again. She was never seen or heard of in after years.
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A mermaid is half a woman and half a fish. She has a head like a woman and a head like a woman and a body like a fish. She has long golden locks when seen she is always combing her hair. If any person has the misfortune to see her, he or one of his relations is sure to get drowned before seven years.
Long ago a man went to the strand and he saw a mermaid sitting on a rock combing her hair. He saw beside her a wand and he thought if he got this all her powers would be gone
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The food in olden times differed very much from the food nowadays. The people lived on home grown food such as potatoes. The got up at about seven o'clock and they went to their work before they ate their breakfast. After an hour or so they came in and had a good meal of potatoes and skim milk. This was their food throughout the day except they sometimes had gruel for the supper which was made of meal. They also made "Stampy" sometimes. They made it of potatoes which were grated with
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carry a "Hobby Horse" from place to place and they dance in every and get money. With this money they buy bread and butter and cakes and have a feast in some house.
On St Martin's night people kill a pig or fowl, in honour of St Martin. The blood is never used it is always kept as a cure for a pain or any sore.
On November night some people have a party and they have nuts and beans and apples for the supper.
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All the old customs which were held in this part of the country are still held there.
On St Stephen's day all the young boys dress up in old clothes and carry a live wren from house to house gathering money. They carry her in a bush which is stuck in a pike and raised up high.
On St John's night people light bonfires throughout the country in the evening and they have a dance and enjoy themselves until late that night. On Christmas day boys
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own use. They left them grow tall and then picked them.
There was a lot of superstition about this cliab making they should pick the rods when the moon was out, or if they did not they could not make the cliabs because the twigs would break.
At first they boiled them so that they would be tough and would not break. They had strong thick twigs for the frame and thinner ones to be woven round these. When the twigs were woven about a foot high, the twigs were turned across and lighter twigs to be woven in between them.
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own use. They left hem grow tall and then picked them.
There was a lot of superstition about this cliab making they should pick the rods when the moon was out, or if they did not they could not make the cliabs because the twigs would break.
At first they boiled them so that they would be tough and would not break. They had strong thick twigs for the frame and thinner ones to be woven round these. When the twigs were woven about a foot high, the twigs were turned across and lighter twigs to be woven in between them.
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This cliab was about three feet high and about one and a half feet wide with two handles at each side.
The men made them during the long winters nights and then they had cliabs for use.
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In olden times the people made Cliabs and used them for drawing turf from the rick to the kitchen. Poor people who had no horse used them for drawing sea weed from the strand to manure their land. At this time there were no roads or passages going in to the strand where the sea weed was, so that it was laborious work for these people. Nowadays they bring from the pits cliabs of turnips and mangolds.
Every farmer planted twigs in his garden so as to have them for to make cliabs for his
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a grater. They then put some flour in it and baked it and they usually ate it hot.
It is said that the food in olden times was much more healthy than the food nowadays.
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The bride wore an embroidered cap and cape cloak. She usually sat behind the horseman in what was called a "coologue" or a pillow fixed behind the saddle. When the marriage had taken place the people returned to the home of the bride and they were treated to a dinner of potatoes and roast geese, as tea was very seldom used at that time.
It was also the custom that the Curate or Parish Priest attended the wedding house, where the collection was made to pay him for marrying the pair.
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2019-09-13 19:42
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Marriage Customs were very different some years ago to what they are at present. All the neighbours and relatives were invited to take part in the "Drag", which means the drive to the Chapel where the marriage would take place. All the bridegroom's guests went to the bride's house first, and they got refreshments there. They were then conveyed to the Church by people on horseback and common cars, as motors were unknown at the time
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of the boast to the drunken man and ordered him to arrest him which he accordingly attempted to do. Instead of arresting him Burns, who got rid of the drunken appearance, took the R.I.C. man with one hand and flung him over a wall adjoining the barrack, walked away and left the policeman a victim to a broken collarbone. This gave him a little more sense than he had hitherto and never more interfered with our hero.
This is only one of the great feats he performed during this career.
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2019-09-13 19:36
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There was a member of the R.I.C. stationed in the village of Lixnaw who was always boasting to the other men in the station that there was not a man in Kerry but he was fit to arrest without the assistance of any other one of the force. Being new in the place at this time he knew but very little of Shone. The Sergeant in charge made up a plan with Burns to pretend to be drunk and stagger his way to the Barrack. Shone did as he was told and when he came opposite the Barrack the Sergeant drew the attention
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2019-09-13 18:36
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An O'Mahony family lived in one of the mud house in Crois na Sean-Chában. The grandchildren now live in Muckross, Ardfield.
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Barley was the principal crop (grain sold in Clonakilty) grown in Barryroe about 60 years ago. Very little oats and wheat were grown. Flax was also extensively grown.
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and there is a cork in the end of a bottle.
28. Four stick standers four lillylanders to hooks two crookers and a wip about?
A Cow
29. Loing legs crucked ties small head and no eyes?
A tongs.
30. Riddle me Ridale me what is that over the head and under the hat"?
Your hair of your head
31. Giny on the ditch Giney in side the ditch and if you touch Giney she would pinch you"?
A nettle.
32. What has one head and one foot and four legs"?
A bed.
33. Where are all Kings crowned"?
On the head.
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2019-09-13 18:24
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There is a graveyard in our field at Cashel, and it is said to be one of the oldest in the district of Mevagh. There are no tombstones in it, and no one has been buried in it for a long, long time.
There was an ancient graveyard near Massinass School, Creeslough, but it was dug out when the Lough Swilly Railway ran through it.
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2019-09-13 18:17
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dorm orm, agus annsin bhí tús ar an troid.
Níor bfhada gur sáit mise an sgian seo ann agus d'fgág 'na luige annsin ag saothrughadh an bháis é. D'amharc mé thart annsin go bfeicinn cá rabh an fear eile, ach ní rabh sé le feiceal in aon áit thoir no thiar. Sgairt mé ac ní bhfuair mé greagar ar bith. Dar liom-sa gheobhaidh mise suas leat dá fhaidheacht a rachaidh tu. Ar shubgal lion agus ní dheachaidh mé i b'fad go bhfachaidh mé loch mhór agus bád amuigh uirtí, agus fear ina shuidge i gcoinn an bháid.
Síos lion agus nuair a chonnaich an fear mé ag tarraingt air, thóg sé a lámh m m'eadan oiread agus a rádh, 2Na tar níos fuide".
Ar aghaidh lion fhéin níor stad mé go raibh mé ins an bhád ag na thaobh "Goidé thug tusa annseo" arsa seisean, "ar ndóighe mór chuir mé cuirreadh ar bith ort"
"Tháinic mé fá choinne an bheartín a ghoid tusa uaim tá cupla uair o shoin"
arsa mise.
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Bhí bean no dó no trí agam
Is chuir mé i gcré go léir iad,
Sgaoil mé leo na seantraí
is táim anois gan aon bheam;
A rún mo chroidhe ma ghlacann tú mé
Gheobhaidh tú biadh agus éadach;
Is leabaidh úr ach uile oidhche
Más ail leat mé mar chéile.
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Chan-fhachthas ar moch-éirghe mé,
Ag sgairtigh le mo chomhursain;
Go raibh an baile sgríosta,
No gur ith na ba an eorna;
Is mór mo dhúil i gcodladh,
Is is beag mo dhúil i n-obair
is da dtabhairfidhe an mhóin 'na bhaile chugam
Dhéanfainn fhéin a cróigeadh.
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Chan-fhachthas ar an chorrán-tosaigh mé
Ag baint iomairc lá fóghmhar;
Chan-fhachthas mo spád briste liom,
Ar a mhéid is rinne mé rómhair;
Chá ngoirfeadh aon fhear ag obair orm,
Is chá bhfuiginn a dhath ó chomhursain
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2019-09-13 18:08
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an gasúr agus inghean an rígh
seachtmham na dhiaidh seo. Bhí bainis aca a mhair lá agus bliadhain agus bhí na lá deireannach ní bfíearr ná an chead lá.
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2019-09-13 18:03
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agís istoigh faoí na clocha móra iteánn se cuiteogaí agus preataí. Ta an broc ro laidhir agus nil eaglá aír roimh aón duíne.
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2019-09-13 18:00
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madhadh ruadh suás ins na sleibhthe nó tá eaghla air roimh na daoine Nuair a tigeas an oidce ceideann an madhadh anuas on snoc go dtí teach na daoine agus teidheann se go dtí boiteach na cearca agus iomcuireann siad na cearcha na báile.
Comhnuidheann an easogh mór ins na polltai istoigh ins na boiteach agus nuair a beás an caoire istoigh ins na pairceannai itheann siadh an coirche agus nuair a iomhuirceann na daóine an coirce isteach gó dtí na boiteach teidheann na lucogaí móra isteach fostha.
Comhauideann na broch amuigh ins na purtaí
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2019-09-13 17:51
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Bhí fear ann uair amháin agus chroch sé é fhéin. Bhí bacach ann agus chuaidh sé isteach 'un toighe agus chuir sé síos teinidh ann agus bhí an toit ann. Bhí fear ag gabhail am ród fa choinne sagart. Thuit sé i laige. Nuair a tháinig sé abhaile agus d'inis sé an sgéal do na daoine. Chuaidh fear eile síos fá choinne an t-sagart agus bhí aige le gabhail go dtí dhá fhir anois. D'inis siad an sgéal do gur chroch fear é fhéin agus gur éirigh sé an marbh. Tháinig eagla ortha agus fuar siad gunna (chuaidh siad comhgarach)
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1. Dark heavy clouds.
2. When there is a very cold wind especially from the East.
3. When you see cats playing.
4. When the distant lands look near.
5. When the sky gets very dark
6. A dog crying.
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2019-09-13 17:43
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The most remarkable figure in Kerry, two generations ago so far as physical strength was concerned was a man by the name of Shone Burns. He was a native of the parish of Lixnaw and was a man of quiet and gentle disposition, and he was as harmless as a child.
Whenever anything happened where man power was required, he was there and proved what he was able to do.
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2019-09-13 17:41
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Were it not for the timely assistance of another boat that was nearby all six would have lost their lives. The party consisted of three boys and three girls. One boy and girl were rescued and the remaining four were lost. This cast a gloom over the whole district for a long time.
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2019-09-13 17:28
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On the eight of July in the year 1900 a party of six people went in a pleasure trip in a small boat in Ballyheigue Bay. The day was very fine and the water was smooth and calm, so much so that the occupants of the boat felt as safe as if they were in dry land. After about half an hour's sail from the slip attached to the Coast Guard's Station, the boat got capsized and as a result four of the six on board were drowned
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2019-09-13 17:23
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immediately took another coal and put it under the pot whereby the neighbour failed in his attempt and was obliged to return for another. This was repeated three or four times between the tailor and the neighbour and when they thought the butter should be made they found no butter in the churn. The tailor told them to lift the churn which they accordingly did and then they found the butter under the churn.
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2019-09-13 17:20
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manner that the cream was converted into butter in a very short time.
In olden times there was a lot of superstition following the making of butter. While the churning was in progress the housekeepers then would be no means allow a bit of fire to be removed from the house. On one occasion while the cream was churning, a neighbour walked into the house and took a coal of fire with him unknown to those making the butter. In the meantime there was a tailor in the house who saw what was done and he
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2019-09-13 17:17
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The old method of butter making vbefore the barrel came into use was with a churn and staff attached to it. The churn was a circular wooden vessel about four feet high with a circumference of about three feet at the bottom and eighteen inches at the top. The staff was a long wooden piece of wood about a foot in diameter. On the top of the churn was a cover with a hole in the centre, through which the handle passed. This was worked by the hand in such a
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2019-09-13 17:13
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There is an old School in Croghan. It was built in 1833-34. It was opened as a School in August 1834. The name of it is Cannakill (Ceann na Caille).
The people of Croghan subscribed the money to build it. Mr. Dunne was the first teacher who taught in it. He taught in the Hedge school at the High Gate before there was any National School in Croghan. His daughter taught in the school too. Before the teacher's residence was built the teacher lived in one end of the school. There were three rooms and a kitchen in it. There were two rooms upstairs and a room and kichen downstairs. When the teacher's residence was built the school was made bigger. It was divided them and half of it was for the boys and the other half for the girls. Mr. Killian was the next teacher after Mr. Dunne. Miss Meagher was the first lady to teach in the school after it was divided. She lived in Rhode. Mr Casey succeeded Mr. Killian as
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2019-09-13 17:06
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There are some Holy Wells in the parish of Croghan. The best known is St. Patrick's Well. It is situated in Glenmore at the bottom of Croghan Hill. It has a cement wall all round it and has a small green gate. There is a pilgrimage to the well every year on the seventeenth day of March in commemoration of St. Patrick's Death. The people of Croghan and the neighbouring districts visit the well on that day. Everyone gets a drink of holy water. If a person had a bad head-ache or a tooth-ache and believe in the water he would be cured. St Brigid's Well is situated near the top of the hill. It is filled now. There are beasts in the fields where St. Brigid's Well is and it is feared if the well were opened they would be drowned. There is a well in Mr. Casey's field called Fineen-na-Shark's Well. There is an old tree groing near the well and a lot of pins in it. There is a well about three miles from our school
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called Saint Colman's Well. There is a pilgrimage to the well every year on the fifteenth day of August. The priests of Daingean and the people recite the Rosary and get a drink. Then there is a sports held in a field near the well.
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2019-09-13 15:44
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School-master, and Miss Farr ell succeeded Miss Meagher. Mr. Casey and Miss Farrell were the first to live in the teacher's residence. It was divided. Each of them had half of it.
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There are people in Croghan that can cure diseases. Thomas Maguire cures warts. Peter Slevin cures Scurfy. Mrs Madden cures Ringworm. Thomas Mahon cures the Yellow Jaundice. John Smyth cures thorns. Michael Gilligan cures External Cancer. Patrick Piggot cures burns. Elizabeth Behon cures scalds. Mary Ryan cures the trush.
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2019-09-13 15:39
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If a woman with red hair came in to a house the first on new Year's morning, it is said (be) to be bad luck.
If you saw one magpie it is said to bring sorrow to that person. "One for sorrow, two for joy, Three for a wedding and four to die, five for silver, Six for gold, seven for a secret that can never be told". On Shorve (This) Tuesday night they used to make pan cakes and throw them at the doors to keep the hunger out You should not give away
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2019-09-13 15:36
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milk on May day, because the fat of the milk would be taken out of the house.
A vessel which contained milk should be washed before taken out of the house.
If you left your glove fall some body should pick it up, or it would mean a disappointment to you. You should never give away fresh meat as a present without throwing a pinch of salt in it.
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2019-09-13 15:28
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one. The Coastguards were ordered out and their furniture was removed before it was set on fire.
About eight P.M. a crowd of "Sinn Fein" went there with guns and petrol, prepared to fight if necessary. The Coastguards thought they were too small in number to offer any resistance and they surrendered. The people then went into the Coast Guard Station and set it on fire but the furniture was saved.
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2019-09-13 15:26
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The Coast Guard station was a public building about forty one feet over the level of the sea. It was built in the one thousand eight hundred and sixty by the British Government for the purpose of rescuing ships in distress in Ballyheigue Bay. It was burned during the Anglo Irish war by the local "Sinn Fein" on the night of the fourth of May in the year one thousand nine hundred and twenty
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2019-09-13 15:22
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the woman then skimmed it off with a wooden skimmer and put it into a large tub. After a few days this cream was churned. When the butter was made, it was (was) washed till no sign of milk remained in it. It was well salted and packed into firkins for sale. There were men in the district called "Coopers" who made the firkins, this was their way of living, so when the creameries started they lost their way of living and had to live among their friends.
This day was a great day for the women because they all helped to fill the firkins and the woman of the house
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2019-09-13 15:19
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had a high tea when their work was done.
If travelling people strolled in while the churn wad making they should put their hand in the staff and take "a dras", if this was not done the people thought they could not make the butter.
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2019-09-13 15:15
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he said you are after praising the horse and never said "God bless him. The priest said he was and Darby told him to say "God bless him" now and he did and the horse rose and went away.
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2019-09-13 15:13
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Darby Higgins was a man of charms who lived in Glenderry The parish priest was always arguing with him trying to find out where Darby got the charms. One day the priest was going in a sick call on horse back, and on his journey he began talking and praising the horse but never said "God bless him" and in a hollow near where Glenderry creamery, is now the horse fell and would rise. So the priest sent for Darby and when he came
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many ways, he gave a lot of employment to the people of the place but the servants who worked in his house and also in his beautiful gardens should be Protestants. He had no mercy for people who would not pay their rent, he evicted them at once.
After a time the Land Commission purchased the land from Colonel Crosby. This reduced the rent for the tenants which was a great relief to them. The Crosbys lived there for generations. After a time the castle was burned by the Black and Tans
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2019-09-13 15:05
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A man by the name of Colonel Crosby was the Landlord of this Parish and he lived in Ballyheigue Castle. All the land of the parish belonged to him and for that reason the tenants had to pay him rent every year for the land. They had to work very hard to make out the rent. If this was not paid the tenants would be evicted without even being notified. There were two special days during the year on which the rent should be paid.
He was a good man in
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2019-09-13 15:02
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this rock it is a sure sign of rain.
When sea pigs are seen on top of the water going to the west towards the Atlantic it is another sign of rain.
When the Brandon mountains appear near and black it is another sure sign of rain.
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2019-09-13 15:01
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There is a place in the sea about a mile out from the school called the Church banks and when the waves break when crossing this place it is a sure sign of rain.
When the waves break over Locha Griobthín making a great noise which can be heard a long distance it is a sure sign of rain.
There is a rock in Ballyheigue Bay known as Mucallach, and when the waves are seen dashing over
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2019-09-13 14:58
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Corridon family dies, some person is sure to see a light near the graveyard, and this foretells death to one of the Corridon family. The Banshee or Caoine is also heard beside this graveyard.
It is also said that when a Corridon dies, that two others having the name of Corridon will be buried before the end of that year.
The third burial place is in Glendahalin, and no one is buried there, but the unbaptised children.
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they went to Divine Service every Sunday there. But when they left there were no Protestants in the place, so no one goes to it now.
The part where the Protestants were buried is railed in from the place where the Catholics are buried. Some of the Crosbie family are buried there.
The other graveyard is situated in Keel. Long ago it was a monastery, and Bishop Erc and monks lived there, but when the English soldier were in Ireland they burned and destroyed it, but now it is a burial place for the Corridons.
Before a member of the
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2019-09-13 14:52
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There are three graveyards in this parish of Ballyheigue. One of them is situated in the middle of the parish, it is for the people of Ballyheigue, and also for the people who have a burial place there.
There are tombs, and graves in it, and there are crosses erected over some of the graves. The crosses are made of timber marble and concrete.
In the middle of this graveyard there is a Protestant Church. When the Crosbie family lived in Ballyheigue Castle
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There was a man at every gate having a gun and a dog and if anyone would be crossing, and if they did not tell the man where they were going he would shoot them.
Colonel Crosbie sold his estate to the people of the village, is is said that they paid a large sum of money for it. Then he left his Castle and went away to England, and the castle was burned soon afterwards.
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2019-09-13 14:48
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The Landlord of this parish was Colonel Crosbie. He owned all the lands of Ballyheigue Every year all the tenants had to pay him a big sum of money called the rent.
He was very hard on the people who did not pay the rent, he would evict them immediately and then they would put in another new tenant.
When the tenants were busy at their own work, and if the Landlord had work to do for him, and if they did not go he would evict them.
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2019-09-13 14:13
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Not many years ago there were no creameries in this part of the country, so the people made their own butter. They had churns for doing so. The churn was made of timber, it was about four feet high and was circular. On the top was a cover in which was a cover in which was a hole to put in the churn staff.
The big farmers had a special dairy, they set the milk in wooden pecks or pans and let it stand in them for a few days. Then the cream was thick on top of the pecks
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widowed mother died. She was so broken-hearted with grief that she could not leave the corpse she remained there till midnight then she heard a voice saying to her.
When mortal eyes our work shall spy
When mortal ears our dierge shall hear
The burial of the Cantillons is o'er.
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Thuinn " means church beneath the sea and it is said that there is a cemetery beneath the waves of the place.
A quaint old story is told about it. It states that this was the burial place of the Cantillion family long ago. These people did not bury their dead as other people did. The funeral procession proceeded from the old castle to a flag of red sand stone called Mucán na Marbh. The coffin was placed on a flag and it was left there until midnight. Unseen hands took it out to a church
beneath the waves known as Teampall fé Thuinn.
This manner of burial continued until the only son of a
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It is said that in olden times Kerry Head and Brandon formed one peninsula, but after a time the Atlantic waves forced an entrance forming the inlet now known as Ballyheigue Bay.
Old people point out many indication which seem to confirm the story.
On the eastern shore of the Bay about a mile outwards from the shore is a place called "Teampall Fé Thuinn". This is a long line of white surf which is always visible even when the surrounding waters are quite
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It is said that in olden times Kerryhead and Brandon formed one peninsula but after a time the Atlantic waves forced an entrance forming the inlet now known as Ballyheigue Bay.
Old people point out many indications which seem to confirm the story.
On the eastern shore about a mile outward is a place called "Teampall Fé Thuinn". This is a long line of white surf which is always visible even when the surrounding waters are quite tranquil.
Now the term Teampall Fé
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2019-09-13 14:00
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this rock it is a sure sign of rain.
(4) When sea pigs are seen on top of the water going from the west to the east it is another sign of rain.
(5) When the Brandon mountains appear near and black it is a sure sign of rain.
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2019-09-13 13:59
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(1) There is a place in the sea about a mile out from the shore known as the "Church banks" and when the weaves break when crossing this place it is a sure sign of rain.
(2) When the waves break over Loca Griobhthín making a great noise which can be heard a long distance it is a sure sign of rain.
(3) There is a rock out in the sea about a mile from this school known as Mucallach, and when the waves are seen dashing over
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2019-09-13 13:57
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attacked the Convent. The Comunity begged for mercy but the invaders were deaf to their pleading. The Abbess prayed to God to spare them and in answer to her prayers the party were struck blind. The invaders were deaf to their pleading but they promised never again to attack the Convent. They were told to go to a well near by and bathe their eyes in it, they did so and their sight was immediately restored. That night the well was invested with healing powers. From that day to this people come to the well to get cured of sore eyes.
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2019-09-13 13:54
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About two miles from this school at Glendahalan there is a blessed well called Tobar na Súl, in connection with which there there is an old Legend. On the slope of the steep glen overlooking the well may be seen an old ivy clad ruin. This the legend states is a Convent founded by St Dahalen the patron of the district and from which the townland takes its name.
One certain stormy night a party of pirates sailed into the little bay near by and
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were too late.
The cliffs were surrounded by soldiers. The priests rushed into the creek where they were immediately pursued and murdered on the spot. The three rocks were then formed there and from that day to this people look on the place with awe and reverence.
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2019-09-13 13:49
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an attack was once made in the monastery of Keelmacada.
The monks were put to flight and three of them were pursued to the cliffs and driven over them into to the little lake now Lough na mBrathar where they met with instant death and immediately after the three rocks rose up in the middle of the water.
Others say that Lough na mBrathar was the sene of a priest hunt in Cromwell's time. These priests were hiding in a cave close by: Word was given that the soldiers were on their track they immediately left their hiding place but found they
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A few hundred yards to the south of Keelmacada, there is a little creek beneath the cliffs which at full tide resembles a minature lake and it is known as Lough na mBrathar.
The most remarkable thing about this is, the three rocks or slabs in the middle are plainly visible at low tide but only the tops are to be seen above water at full tide.
These rocks which in shape and form have the head of a human body. It is said that
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"Traheens". It was then (hackled and tied) cloven with an article called a cloven tongs, and afterwards spun into thread. This thread was washed, spread on the grass in a lovely green field and bleached. The constant mositure in this country. suited it, and after a short time it became as white as snow.
It was then wound into balls taken to a weaver and woven into linen of two materials coarse and fine. At that time weavers were numerous and they earned a good living by that trade. The fine linen was used for
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making shirts, table-cloths, handkerchiefs, and the coarse linen for sheets. Many people have these sheets in their homes still, they are given from generation to generation as heirlooms.
It was very laborious as it had to undergo many a process.
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In olden times Flax was much grown in this district as the poor land was well suited to it.
It was set like corn and when ripe it was pulled and laid on the ground for a few days. It was then tied into sheaves taken to a pool of water and steeped there for about nine days. It was then taken out and spread out to dry, afterwards kiln dried (and) and then pounded with a beetle. It was then hackled and tied into bundles called
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iron frame until it was thoroughly dry. It was then pounded with beetles by hand to separate the fibre from it. The next process it went through was the cloven tongs which separated the tow from the finer flax both of which were spun into thread with a linen wheel. It was then taken to a weaver who with the use of a (weaver) loom converted the thread made from the tow into what was called "bandlecloth" and the finer flax thread into beautiful linen, both of which were used for sheets, shirts and different other things.
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Flax is a crop that is not extensively grown in the south of Ireland at the present time compared with fifty years ago. At that time everyone owning any extent of land set anything from a rood to an acre of ground under flax. It was sown in plots manured with artificial or farmyard manure. When the crop became ripe it was pulled with the hand and bound into sheaves. It was then thrown into a bog-hole for about three weeks. Then it was taken out and placed over a fire in an
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under Bishop Erc. It is said a light is seen before any of the Corridons die. A Caoine is also heard in the district if any one of them die whether it be at home or in far off Australia or America. It is also rembered if one of them dies, two others of the Corridon family are buried there with the same year.
There are very few crosses or monuments. The dead are buried in tombs and graves over which crosses are erected as a token of respect, by the friends of the deceased.
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driven ashore in Ballyheigue Bay a complete wreck and when boarded by the Coast Guards on that morning the only living animals that were found in her were a cat and a dog. When she became unmanageable the crew took to the boats and were not heard of ever after. In the meantime the Agents for the Insurance Co. started to discharge the cargo. The work was so recklessly carried out that it caused the loss of another life.
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Of the many shipwrecks that are to be recorded on the shores of Ballyheigue Bay the wreck of the "Catherine Richards" can be numbered among them. She was a three masted ship owned by a firm in Carnarvon in Wales. She embarked from some one of the ports in South Africa with a cargo of corn and there was nothing definite known about her except that she was bound for Guinness' Brewery Dublin. On the night of December 31st 1892 she was
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continued until the only son of a widowed mother died. She was so broken-hearted with grief that she could not leave the corpse alone. She remained there until midnight and then she heard a voice saying to her :-
When mortal eye our work shall spy,
When mortal ear our dirge shall hear,
The burial of the Cantillons is o'er.
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Now the term Teampall Fé Thuinn means church beneath the waves and it is said that there is an ancient cemetery beneath the waves of the place.
A quaint old story is told about it. It states that this was the burial place of the Cantillon family long ago. These people did not bury their dead as the other people did. The funeral procession proceeded from the castle to a flag of red sandstone called Mucán na Marbh. The coffin was placed on a flag and it was taken out at midnight to Teampall Fé Thuinn by
unseen hands.
This manner of burial
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It is said that in olden times Kerryhead and Brandon formed one peninsula, but after a time the Atlantic waves forced an entrance forming the (entrance) inlet now known as Ballyheigue Bay.
Old people point out many indications which confirm this story.
On the eastern shore of the Bay, about a mile outward from the shore is a place called Teampall Fé Thuinn. This is a long line of white surf which is always visible even when the surrounding waters are quite tranquil.
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(4) When sea pigs are seen on top of the water going to the west from the east it is also a sure sign of rain.
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(5) When the Brandon mountains appear near and black it is another sure sign of rain.
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(1) There is a place in the sea about a mile out from the shore known as the "Church Bankss" and when the waves break when crossing this place it is a sure sign of rain.
(2) When the waves break over Loca Tribhthín making a great noise which can be heard a long distance, it is another sign of rain.
(3) There is a rock in Ballyheigue about a mile from this school known as Mucallach, and when the waves are seen dashing over this rock it is a sure sign of rain.
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and attacked the Convent. The Community begged for mercy but the invaders were deaf to their pleadings. The Abbess prayed to God to spare them and as an answer to her prayer the party were struck blind. The invaders promised never again to attack the Convent. They were told to bathe their eyes in a well near by and their sight was restored. That night the waters invested with healing powers. From that day to this, people come to the well to get cured of sore eyes.
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To the north of the school in a place called Glendahalin, there is a blessed well known as Tobar na Súl, in connection with which there is an old legend. On the slope of the steep glen over looking the well may be seen an old ivy clad ruin. This the legend states is the ruin of a Convent founded by Saint Dahalan the patron saint of the district and in which the district takes its name
One certain stormy night a party of pirates sailed into the little bay near by
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was given that the soldiers were on their track. They immediately left their hiding place, but found they were too late. The cliffs were surrounded by soldiers. The priests rushed into the little creek where they were immediately pursued and murdered on the spot. The three rocks were then formed there and to this day people look on the place with awe and reverence.
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of many interesting old stories. It is said that an attack was made in the monastery of Keelmacada.
The monks were put to flight and three of them were pursued to the cliffs and driven over them into the little lake now "Lough na mBhrathar" where they met with instant death and immediately after the three rocks rose up in the middle of the water.
Others say that Lough na mBhrathar was the scene of a priest-hunt in Cromwell's time. These priests were hiding in a cave close by. Word
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A few hundred yards to the south of Keelmacada, there is a little creek beneath the cliffs which at full tide resembles a minature lake known by the name of Lough na mBhrathar.
The most remarkable thing about this is, the three rocks or slabs in the middle are plainly visible at low tide but only the tops are seen at full tide.
These rocks which in shape and form have the head of a human body form the theme
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is situated about one fourth of a mile to the north of Ballyheigue village. A strange thing about this is that there is a protestant Church in the middle of it. There was a Divine Service held there when the Crosby family lived in Ballyheigue Castle, but since then there is no Service held there, as there are no Protestants in this Parish now.
Keel is in the western end of the parish about three miles from Ballyheigue on the shore of Tralee Bay. It occupies about one rood of ground with the sacred ruin in the centre which was occupied by a community of monks
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In the Parish of Ballyheigue there are three graveyards. The principal one is called "Ballyheigue" where the people of the Parish and some people outside the Parish are buried. The other graveyard is in Keelmacada which is confined to the Corridon family and children who die shortly after being born. The third burial place is in Glendahalan where there are no adults buried but infants who die immediately after birth.
Ballyheigue graveyard which is owned by the Church Body
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used them as a bed by night and a seat by day.
They had a coob on one side of the house for the hens by night. They had a half door outside the big door to keep out the hens in the day time.
The light at that time consisted of splinters made of bog-dale, which each person held in turn. Next to this came moulds, they melted the fat of sheep and other animals and poured it into the mould. When cold and hard they made candles of it and used them for light. They had plenty of turf in the olden days which they piled against the
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wall in the kitchen. They also had goat skins for the windows instead of glass.
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The houses in this district long ago differed much to the houses we have now. The houses were (roff) roofed in two ways with thatch and scallops tied down with "sugáns". The houses were built with mud and they were called "mud walled cabins". The rich people had paved floors and the low class had mud floors until cement came into use.
They had no rooms but the custom was to sleep in the kitchen. They had settlebeds, these were two-fold, they
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the people buried there.
There is another graveyard in the townland of Keel. There is no one buried there except a member of the Corrodin family. A light is seen before one of the Corridon family is to die, also the Banshee or Caoine is heard somewhere around the church.
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There are three graveyards in the parish of Ballyheigue. One of them is situated near the village of Ballyheigue. Catholics and Protestants are buried in this graveyard.
There is a Protestant church in the middle of it, where Divine Service was held long ago by the Crosby family, since they left there is no service held there, because there are no Protestants in this parish now. There are crosses and tomb stones erected over some of the graves in memory of
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What turns without moving it.
Milk
It is as round as a marble and as deep as a cup and all the men in Kerry could not pull it up.
A pump.
In what month does babies talk the least.
In February
What is full and holds more.
A pot when full of potatoes and pour water in to it.
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What pet is it not cruel to thread upon
A Carpet
What key is the hardest to turn.
A Donkey.
What letters did the old lady say when she looked in her purse and found nothing in it.
I, C, U, R, M, T.
I have a little Kerry Cow tied to the wall, it drinks all around it and eats nothing at all.
A lamp.
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Headed like a thimble, tailed like a rat you may guess forever but you can't guess that.
A pipe.
It is black, it is white and red (read) all over.
A news paper.
What is the best way to make a cigarette light.
By taking out half the tobacco.
What night is like two weeks
A fortnight
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man went to the sea and he saw a mermaid with a wand in her hand. He liked to have the wand for himself so he stole it from her. She then followed him to the house and when she was left without her wand she got to be like a real person. The man hid the wand in a loft over the fire. The mermaid remained there and shortly afterwards they got married.
They had three children and one day the woman was cleaning the loft she got the wand wrapped in a piece of cloth, and when she touched it she immediately became a
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mermaid again. She went back to the sea and she was never heard of again.
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A mermaid is supposed to be half a woman and a half fish. She has a head and hands like a woman and a tail like a fish, and she has long golden locks. She is only seen at certain times of the year and whoever has the misfortune of seeing her gets drowned some time after. She is seldom seen because she always keeps in the water. She is usually seen sitting on a rock combing these locks.
Once upon a time a
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thought if this was not done they would take away the luck from the house and the butter could not be made properly.
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wooden skimmer and put into a large tub for use, The place in which they kept these pecks was called a dairy. It was left there for a few days longer and then it was churned. It was then well washed and salted and put in firkins and sent to the market for sale.
There were many superstitions about this butter-making. If any person came into the dairy while the butter was making, the people of the house would not leave them out without taking a "dras", that is to help them to make the churn. They
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In olden times when there were no creameries the people made their own butter. They used a churn which was made of wood, it was about three feet in height and was of a round shape.
The butter was made twice a week in Summer and once a week in Winter. They milked the cows morning and evening, the milk was then set in wooden pecks (to set) and was allowed to stand there for a few days. Then the cream was skimmed off it with a
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and when the waves are seen dashing over this rock it is a sure sign of rain.
When the sea pigs are seen on top of the water going to the west towards the Atlantic it is also a sure sign of rain.
When the Brandon hmountains appear near and black it is another sign of rain
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There is a place in the sea about a mile out from the shore called the Church banks and when the waves break when crossing this place it is a sure sign of rain. When the waves break over Loca Gribhtín making a great noise which can be heard a long distance it is another sign of rain.
There is a rock out in the about a mile from this school known as Mucallac
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Q. The beginning of eternity, the end of time and place, the beginning of every end and the end of every place.
A. The letter E.
Q. What key is the best for unlocking the tongue.
A. Whisky
Q. Why is a baker always hungry
A. Because he kneeds bread.
Q. How many feet has forty sheep a sheperd and his dog.
A, two
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Q A's father was B's brother what was A to B's mother.
A. Grandchild
Q. Why is the letter F like a bananna skin.
A. Because both make all fall.
Q. What is it the more you take from it the bigger it gets.
A. A hole
Q. Which side of the jug is the handle
A. On the outside
Q. What turns without moving.
A. milk
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Q. What is most like a horse's shoe
A. Another horse's shoe
Q. What is of no use to a train and still cannot go without it.
A. noise.
Q. What is the difference between a school teacher and a railway guard.
A. One trains the mind and the other minds the train
Q. What is the weight of the moon
A. A cwt. because there are four quarters in it.
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a stone in the shape of a cross. The Parish Priest at that time took away the cross and nothing was heard of it since.
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There is a fort a short distance from the ruin of the Church of Keelmacada. It is called "The Bacús" which means in English an urn. According to tradition this Urn is supposed to contain a lump of gold in the shape of a pig.
Several people explored it but the pig was never found. It is said that the owner of the land in which it is situated attempted to clear away the place but he found
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where rounds are paid on the Saturday previous to feast days of Our Lady, also, but there are special devotions on her birth day.
Mass is said at the Grotto beside the blessed well in the open air on the eight of September. (The) Immediately after Mass people pay rounds they begin the rosary at the Blessed well and walk around the square saying their beads and finish them at the well again. They repeat this three times then drink the water put an offering into the box at the Grotto and it is said
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The Patron saint of this parish is Our Blessed Lady. The church is dedicated to her (her) honour. It was built about the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight. The old church was where the present graveyard is but was knocked down the time of Cromwell. The Church was then erected in the site of the old school.
There is a blessed well in the district near the village of Ballyheigue.
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and when the waves are seen dashing over this rock it is a sure sign of rain.
(4) When the sea pigs are seen on top of the water going to the west towards the Atlantic it is a sure sign of rain.
(5) When the Brandon hills appear near and black it is another sign of rain.
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(1) There is a place in the sea about a mile out from the shore called the Church banks and when the waves break when crossing this it is a sure sign of rain.
(2) When the waves break over Loca Gribhthín making a great noise which can be heard a long distance, it is another sign of rain.
(3) There is a rock in Ballyheigue Bay about a mile from this school known as Muchallach
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2019-09-13 09:23
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their hiding place but found they were too late.
The cliffs were surrounded by soldiers. The priests rushed into the little creek, where they were immediately pursued and murdered on the spot. The three rocks were then formed there, and to this day people look on the place with awe and reverence.
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Keelmacada. The monks were put to flight and three of them were (put to flight) pursued to the cliffs and driven over them into the little lake now Lough ma mbrater, where they met instant death and immediately after, the three rocks or slabs rose up in the middle of the water.
Others say that Lough na mbrater was the scene of a priest hunt in Cromwell's time. These priests were hiding in a cave close by. Word was given that the soldiers were on their track, they immediately left
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A few hundred yards to the south of Keelmacada, there is a little creek beneath the cliffs which at full tide resembles a minature lake and is known by the name as Loc na mBrathar.
The most remarkable thing about this is, the three rocks or slabs in the middle are plainly visible at low tide but only the tops are seen above water at full tide.
These rocks in shape and form have the appearance of the head of a human body. It is said that an attack was once made in the monastery of
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The dog was so much afraid that he kept in close to his legs. When they came to another rath called McCann's rath all the fairies disappeared. The minute they left him the dog ran home barking. The man wasn't afraid until the dog left him. When he came home he fainted and was very ill for about 3 weeks.
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A man named Larry Brien from Drimsree Rathangan was fishing one evening in the river. The place was where two rivers met and there was a little point of land running out into the middle of the river. He was sitting on this. The river separated 2 raths from each other. He heard a crowd of voices & footsteps coming across the iron bridge for one rath to the other. He could hear the talk plainly but he couldn't understand them. He could not see anyone although the voice passed him by. He was so much afraid that he walked across the river sooner than go round by the bridge home.
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dromán
Bocán
scolb (thatching binding sallies or [?])
cruit (humpy gathered-up appearance)
skillet (scithead - corcán beag)
cliabh (cleeve_a basket_ go mor mór le [?]
graineóg hedgehog
ciotóg left handed (noun & adjective)
sceilp -gob (Thug sé sceilp ar an gcan só)- from skelp and gob
cruinneóg _ nead circe
droman - gleas capall a bhíonn ag obair ar fheirm
Cíarán - blúirim no píosa beag móna.
brois - brish (twigs for lighting fire)
spacac - top layer pf bog.
cíb - (keeb) _ traithiníní móna
(1) cearc (2) [?[ cuddy (ag tomáint no ag glaodhac ar cearca
(2) ar asal.)
creefen - small stool with 3 legs
bucári [?] - T no handle in spade or fork
pred [?] - part of a scythe
scraws _ turfs of earth (grassy)
grisjins _ cruibíní is [?] _ small parts of pig's carcass often given as present to neighbour when are killing a pig for home consumption.
greeshock_ hot ashes of the fireplace {he or she sits with her heels in the greeshock " (of a lazy person).
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Late in the evening those who were not invited to the wedding dressed up as "Straw boys" they came disguised so that they would not be known. When they arrived at the house they took the kitchen to themselves and danced first with the bride. They got refreshments also and after nine of ten dances they went back to their homes quitely.
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In a wild sequestered spot overlooking the bold rugged cliffs of Kerryhead is an old ruin called Keelmacada.
From the few remains that are still left it appears that the place was of some repute in former times and tradition is also rich in the accounts of the place.
Nothing is now left however to indicate of its former glory, save one old crumbling wall formed of immense mountain boulders and surrounding the old tombs, which are still the burial place of the Corridon family.
The tombs which are three
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in number are situated within the wall, and outside it is one high mound resembling a grave or tomb supporting on top a conical slab about 3 ft high.
On a niche on this slab is a smooth circular stone which is still used as a mascot or talisman by the Corridon family in times of sickness or disaster of any kind.
According to legendary accounts a monastery existed in Keel at a very early age, for it is said that Bishop Erc often visited there, During one of his visits a bright light was seen from Keel across the Bay around the slopes of Mt Brandon. The
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Bishop on being consulted told the monks that light revealed that a great saint of the Church was born that night.
That night they set out from Keelmacada, found the new born Babe, whom Bishop Erc baptised and who was no other than the great St Brendan.
The ruins of the old monastery are still to be seen a few hundred yards to the east of the old Church Keelmacada. Nothing is now left but a pile of stones surrounded by grassy mound although until recent years, a stone image of St Ida was to be seen in what was once the gable of the old monastery. This
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image or statue is said to have been brought by the Corridons from Clare and presented to the son of St Ida who was a monk in the monastery at Keelmacada.
In a deep glen covered with bracken and ivy to the south of the old ruin is a grassy slope from which issues a stream called St Macadas well. The Corridon family often go in a pilgrimage to this well.
It is said that the old Church is sometimes seen enveloped in a bright light which is a sign that death is approaching one of the Corridon family.
Many people have seen the light and in every case
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the truth of the saying is fulfilled for a funeral goes to the old church always after the appearance.
A sound of weeping and the Irish "Caoine" is said also to be heard at Keelmacada when the death of a Corridon takes place over the seas.
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Mucán na gCat is an underground passage situated in the townland of Tiduff, about three and a half miles from Ballyheigue village. There is an opening or doorway about one hundred yards from the cliff about two feet wide and three feet high. After entering this a person can travel different apartments leading one after another into an outlet on the side of the cliff.
There is very little known about it,
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except that it was used by the smugglers in the fourteenth century for storing tobacco which was seized by robbers from merchant ships conveying it from the different countries where tobacco was grown to any of the Irish poets.
In more recent times during the civil war in this country it was used as a hiding place by the Insurgents. It was also used as a prison for anyone who did not obey the laws of the old I.R.A. organisation.
It is of Danish
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origin and though it is centuries old it is as firm now as ever it was.
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supply of turf in the district which helped to keep the house warm and comfortable. The lighting of the house consisted of splinters made of bog-dale untill moulds came into use with which they made candles of the tallow of sheep and other animals were killed.
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shaping to the top and finished with thatch like the rest of the house. In most cases the people of the house slept in the kitchen in what was called a "Settle bed". This was of two fold use, it acted as a bed by night and a seat by day.
The floors were of two kinds mud floors, and others were paved until flags and cement came into use.
Glass was also unknown in this district about a century ago. They used sheep skins instead and in every house there were half-doors which helped to give light to the inside of the house. There was a plentiful
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The houses in this district with very few exceptions were all thatched. There were two kinds of thatched houses scallop thatch and more of them tied down with ropes made of hay or straw and it was called súgán thatch.
Most of the houses were built of mud and they were called mud cabins and others were built of stone and mud. The chimneys of houses were very much unlike the chimneys of the present time. There was a breast of timber on the inside
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2019-09-12 12:06
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A forge is always near the road it is built of stone and the roof is made of thatch. There is a horseshoe on the door of the forge so that any strangers passing by would know the forge.
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2019-09-12 12:05
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to work very hard while the people sit and do all the talking.
The smith keeps a trough of water near the fire for cooling the red iron. Old people say that there is a cure in this water. The fire is at the gable of the forge and the bellows is behind the fire. This is used for blowing the fire.
Some of the work is done inside in the forge such as mending ploughs or harrows or shoeing horses. Some more of the work is done outside the forge in the open air such as ironing bands of wheels.
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2019-09-12 12:02
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Forges are places where iron is turned into different uses. There are three forges in this parish. Forges are a (about) few miles apart so that each will have as many Customers as will keep the smith at full time.
When people collect at the forge on a wet day all the news of the day is thrashed out, old stories are told (about people) and in Shrove time many lies are told about people getting married. The smith has
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2019-09-12 11:54
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meal. Wheat and Barley were made into flour they ground it in their homes on querns.
The people made bread called "stampy" they got potatoes and grated them, they squeezed the water out of them and they mixed a little flour with it and they baked it in a griddle, they then took it up ate it while it was hot.
The people of long ago were healthy they did (all) the work in the morning before their breakfast.
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2019-09-12 11:50
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The people of long ago lived in plain food. Potatoes were eaten three times a day about eight years ago. The men worked hard drawing seaweed from the strand to manure their lands and lived in this ford. In later times people used yellow meal they called it "gruel" and they drank the skimmed milk.
Bread then came to be the food, it was eaten twice a day with skimmed milk and potatoes for one
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2019-09-12 11:47
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They went on horse back to the chapel and the bride and bridegroom came home on horseback to the bride's house and they would have great feasting till morning. At night the straw boys would come and they stayed dancing all the night until morning.
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2019-09-12 11:46
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There were different marriage customs in different parts of the country. In some places the man used to send an account of a match for his daughter to a man having a farm of land or some business. The man who owned the land asked a certain amount of money and the parties met and came to an agreement on mony matters.
When the wedding day was fixed, the parties asked their friends, and neighbours to the wedding
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2019-09-12 11:25
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the seller when he got his money from the buyer.
When the bargain was started the buyer asked the seller how much he wanted for the animal. The seller put his price on the animal and the other something under that price, someone standing by would ask them to cut the difference and if both were satisfied the bargain was made.
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2019-09-12 11:24
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Fairs were held in different towns and small villages in the country. There was a fair field in every town. These fairs were held on different dates. Cattle fairs were held once a month in the town of Tralee and a horse fair was held once a month.
When the horse was sold to the jobber, the seller had to leave the halter on the horse and he had to give him 'luck money'. When cattle were sold a luck penny had to be given also by
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2019-09-12 11:20
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in a light seen in the district before any one of them dies. If one of the Corridon family dies three of them are taken to Keel graveyard with the same year.
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2019-09-12 11:18
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When St Brendan was born a light was seen across the bay at Fenit and bishop Erc said there was a great saint born, he set off next day from keel to find the great saint that was born across the bay at Fenit.
Where the monastery was long ago the graveyard is there now there is one tomb and a few graves there. Nowadays no body is buried there except members of the Corridon family. It is said that the Banshee is heard crying around the walls of (church) this church before any one of them dies. There
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2019-09-12 11:13
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part where the protestants are buried. The Protestant Church is in the centre of this graveyard because when the Crosby family lived in Ballyheigue Castle they went there for Divine Service. As there are no protestants in Ballyheigue now there is no worship held there now.
The Keel graveyard is situated in the townland of Keel. It is known to exist from the fourth century. The ruins of a monastery is still to be seen there. Bishop Erc lived there. St Brendan was baptised by Bishop Erc in Ardfert
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2019-09-12 11:09
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There are three graveyards in the parish of Ballyheigue. One is situated near Ballyheigue village, this is the largest of the three and is of a later date. It is the buring place of the people of the district.
A number of headstones mark the graves of some of the people, some of them are made of wood and others are made of stone. Others are buried in tombs. There is a part of the graveyard railed in from the other
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2019-09-12 11:07
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red nuts. These nuts fell at the surface of the water and the salmon in the water came up and ate them which caused the red spots in the salmon.
There are other herbs such as clover that grow through the grass. These are eaten by the cows. Their milk is much richer then, and the farmers get a better price for it at the creamery.
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2019-09-12 11:03
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canot be cleared very easily. The dockleave are very harmful to the crops
There are some herbs of great value and power such as the groundsel, ground ivy, foxglove and the bark of the haw-thorn. The hazel tree has many virtues it is sacred and powerful against devils' wiles, and its secret properties are known only to the wise. The ancient Irish believed that there were fountains at the head of the chief rivers of Ireland, over each of which grew nine hazel trees which at certain times produced beautiful
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2019-09-12 10:57
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Weeds grow by nature in the land especially when it is ploughed up. The names of the weeds that grow in this part of the country are Chicken weed, preshaugh weed, thistle, nettle, dock leaves and Hemlock. These weeds do much harm to the crops as they take away all the manure off the land if they are not pulled in time.
It is very difficult to clean the nettle off the land as its roots spread deep under the ground and it
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2019-09-12 10:53
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one thousand nine hundred and eighteen.
The Officers and three men returned during the Black and Tan war in Ireland. It was burned during the Anglo Irish war by the local "Sinn Fein" on the night of the fourth of May in the year one thousand nine hundred and one.
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2019-09-12 10:51
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The Coast Guards station was built about sixty years ago. It was occupied by men of the British Navy. An Officer, chief Boats man, and five men were the strength of the building.
They were kept there in reserve. When the war broke out in the year one thousand nine hundred and fourteen, the Officers and the five men were called up to strengthen the British Navy. The chief boatsman was the only man in charge after the war, that was in the year
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2019-09-12 10:49
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the Cliab. They then made the sides and pulled it out of the ground and the part underneath is the mouth of the Cliab.
Cliabs were very useful to the people. They brought the turf from the rick to the kitchen in a Cliab and poor people who had no horses used them for drawing sea weed from the strand to manure the land.
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2019-09-12 10:46
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In olden times people planted twigs in their haggards, when they grew high they picked them and made them into "Cliabs". The thick ends of the twigs were stuck in the ground about three inches apart. The "cliab" would be about two feet long and one and a half feet broad. Lighter twigs were then woven around begining at the ground. When the twigs were woven about a foot high, the twigs were turned across and lighter twigs woven in between them. That was the bottom of
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2019-09-12 10:43
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Con Delaney was the strongest man in the parish of Ballyheigue at one time. He lived there about fifty years ago. He owned a small piece of land and kept a pony working on it. When the pony failed to pull a load he took him from the car and pulled it himself.
When ploughing his piece of land he always ploughed it himself. He was the only man to catch a deer and hold him at the Castle at Ballyheigue.
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2019-09-11 21:44
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There was a man named Debbie and his wife living in the hill of Glenderry. He supported his wife in picking and selling sea grass. He went this day to the strand and he saw a ship coming in towards him, the captain of the ship asked him for food, he got a bag of potatoes and gave it to him. The captain of the ship got a boot of gold and gave (in) it to him. He took it home to his wife and she told him to hide it, or it would be stolen from him. He hid it in the mountain near his house
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2019-09-11 21:38
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He went again the next day and he got drowned. The place where he got drowned is called "Debbies Lough". If you stood on a spot where you could see Keel chimneys and the top of Clare Light House it is there the gold is hidden.
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2019-09-11 21:37
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by a pulley falling from the top of the mast and killing him instantly. When the ship was unloaded an attempt was made to two her off the rocks, empty oil barrels were placed round the ship then a tug boat brought on and a big hawser attached to pull her off. On the first attempt the "hawser" broke and Catherine Richards lay on the rocks to become a total wreck.
A local black-smith took the contract of breaking her up. His contract was to take down the two masts quite sound and then he was
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2019-09-11 21:33
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crew consisted of six men who took to the life boats and lost their lives.
When seen in the morning of the 1st January all the local people gathered to see the ship wreck. The only lives on board were two cats and a dog for they lost their true companions through the density of fog. She was in the service of Lyods Co. and her agent took her over at once and began to unload the cargo. Several hands were called on to work. It took some days before it was unloaded and in that event a young fellow of eleven years lost his life
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2019-09-11 21:29
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On the night of the 31st of December 1891, a scooner named Catherine Richards was wrecked quite close to Ballyheigue strand. Her cargo consisted of about six hundred tons of Barley supposed to be consigned to Guinness of Dublin for brewing purposes. The day before was very wild and stormy so she put up for shelter on the off side of the Bay. The storm was raging so high she drew her anchor and became a total wreck. her
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2019-09-11 21:25
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a cat sitting with her back to the fire, a dog eating grass and a cat scraping a stick with her claws are the signs of rain.
The west wind brings the most rain. The smoke falling to the ground is the sign of rain. The smoke going up straight is the sign of good weather.
A mist on Bruise Hill (near Arva) is the sign of rain and when there is no mist on it, it is the sign of good weather. When the curlews are shouting and when the cranes fly in flocks it is the sign of rain.
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2019-09-11 21:22
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A ring around the moon is the sign of bad weather.
A red sky in the morning
Is the shepherd's warning
A red sky at night
Is the shepherd's delight
People say that it is the sign of rain when stars fall to the ground. A new moon's mist is for good weather and an old moon's mist is for bad weather.
When the swallows fly high it is the sign of good weather and when they fly low it is the sign of bad weather.
A horse standing with his back to the ditch,
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2019-09-11 21:18
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The name of the Townland I live in is Portlongfield. There are forty or fifty people living in it. There are about twenty families in Portlongfield. Bleakley is the most common family name.
The most of the houses are slated and some of the thatched ones are being done away with and new slated ones are being built. I have never heard how the townland got its name.
There are several people living in the townland over seventy. None of the people can speak Irish but some of them can tell stories in English. there are a few ruins of houses in the townland. I have never heard of any emigration.
The land is all
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2019-09-11 21:13
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The bread that was made in the district in olden times was Potato-Cake, Boxty-bread, Oaten-meal bread, Wheaten-meal bread, and Short-bread. Pancakes were made on Shrove Tuesday. Plumpuddings were made for Christmas. Plumcakes were also made for Christmas.
Potato-Cake was made from potatoes. First the potatoes are boiled. Then they are peeled and mashed with a potato-masher. Then they are mixed with flour and salt.
When all are mixed together it is rolled with a rolling pin to make it flat and then it is put on the pan to bake.
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2019-09-11 20:31
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When Boxty is being made some potatoes are boiled and some are not boiled. The boiled potatoes are peeled and mashed with a potato-masher. The raw potatoes are also peeled and they are grated. Then the water is squeezed off them into a little bag which is called a Boxty-Bag.
Then the boiled potatoes and the raw potatoes are mixed with flour and a pinch of salt and milk is added also. Then it is put into the oven to bake.
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2019-09-11 20:28
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fairly good but some of it is whinny. There is sufficient bog in Portlongfield for fuel for the people. It is surrounded by three lakes, namely - Rockfield, Drummergoole and Dunaweel. There is a wood in it called the Burnt wood. It is called this because it is said to have been burned at one time.
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2019-09-11 20:26
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On st. Stephen Day batches of boys and grown up men dress up so that no one will know them. They put on false faces and they put old dresses and old coats round them and old hats on their heads. They get tin whistles and mouth organs and melodions and also small drums. Then they go around from house to house.
Sometimes five or six batches would go around to the same houses on St Stephen's Day. There are generally five or six people in each batch. These people are called "wren boys" and some people call them "mummers". Girls never go around on St Stephen's Day in this district.
When these boys come to our house they dance and some of them plays music. When they
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2019-09-11 20:21
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are done dancing they begin rattling a tin box with money in it. When they are rattling the box they shout "Up with the kettle and down with the pan give us a penny to bury the wren".
My mother gave them sixpence this year. When they are going along to the next house the sing songs and play music. The "wren boys" keep going on from house to house until they come to the nearest village. When they reach the nearest village they buy drink and cigarettes with the money the get during the day.
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2019-09-11 20:18
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puts on a shoe on each hoof. Some horses are clipped all over and others are only clipped trace high.
People say that it is lucky to have goats among cows. The hens are called Tuk! Tuk! Tuk! The ducks are called Wheaty! Wheaty! The turkey s are called Bee! Bee! The geese are called Goosey! Goosey!
It is said that it is not lucky to set eggs on Saturday. My mother puts a mark of ink on the eggs for fear any other hen would lay in among the hatching eggs.
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2019-09-11 20:15
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