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There was a blacksmiths forge in "Sliabh na Gloise" once. It was the time St. Patrick was living in Ireland and the English soldiers were after him He came to the forge and the black smith turned the shoes in the horse for him. When St Patrick was leaving him he gave him power to cure certain deceases. Curtise was the name of the blacksmith. He left his power to his decendants and they are able to cure people.
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2021-02-24 16:16
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to pigs. They are also give them to fowl.
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2021-02-24 16:15
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liver decease, it is also a cure for Kidney trouble. Nettles are boiled and given to young turkies instead of cabbage. The thistles and nettles grow in good land and they injure hay and other crops such as:- potatoes, turnips and all kind of other crops. Thistles are given to donkeys to eat. "Gleoráns" are given to cows after calfing. Dog leaves are a cure for a burn of a nettle. Ivy leaves are a cure for a burn also. The "Turkey Weed" has to be washed first and cut up in small pieces, then it must be put down and left boiling for about an hour, then it must be taken up and strained. They must drink this water then and it will cure them. Dog leaves are boiled and given
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2021-02-24 16:12
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There are some herbs and plants that grow on bad land as:- Rushes and Ferns. Some grow in good land such as:- Nettles; Thistles and Prosoch weed and Dog Leaves. There are some plants that injure and harm some crops. "Prosoc weed" grow on oats and wheat and it stops the crop from growing. Nettles are boiled and given to young turkeys. Water-cress grows in bogs and near lakes it is used instead of cabbage for people. The juice of a dandalion is a cure for consumption. A well called "Turkey Weed" it is a cure for Rhematism. Ivy water is used for cleaning clothes that stained. The juice of a dandalion is a cure for
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2021-02-24 16:04
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The patriot saint of this parish is Saint Cronin. He was living in Tarmon about one thousand years ago. He was buried in Tarmon.
There is a church in Tramon called after Saint Cronin. There are many young children buried around the church. There is a well where Saint Cronin was buried not very far from the Church called Saint Cronin's well. Any decease can be cured from it. People come to it every Monday and Thursday to get cured. They have to do rounds at it and say prayers. "Five Our Fathers, five Hail Mary's and five
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2021-02-24 15:59
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One day Oisin was out in the woods hunting and a beautiful
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2021-02-24 15:58
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off the chimney it is the sign of bad weather.
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2021-02-24 15:57
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A great many people have signs about the weather. They say if there are fleecy clouds in the centre of the sky is the sign of snow. If the sun sets in a watery cloud it is the sign of bad weather. If it is red at the end of the sky when the sun is setting, and if the red goes up in the sky it is the sign of bad weather, and if it stays at the end of the sky it is the sign of fine weather. If the soot is falling
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2021-02-24 15:52
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that would be twenty would be follow the one that would be counting. We play Tug O War at school, and we play cricket at school. When we are playing Tug O War we say Dan, Dan thread the needle. Dan Dan sew every one must pass by except the very last one. We play Hide-and-seek. When we are playing it we say Ital Atal black bottle Ital Atal out. we also say pig snout walk out. We also play Mitty Matty and we say Mitty Matty had a hen and she laid eggs for gentle-men sometimes one and sometimes two Matty Matties old shoe. She can gallop she can trot she can lay in the muster pot
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2021-02-24 15:49
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There are many signs in which you would know when it would be going to rain. When it would be going to rain that cat would be scraping timber. When the hens would be picking themselves is also the sign of rain. When the clouds are black is the sign of rain. When the wind is blown from the south is the sign of rain, the suet falls. When the dog would be drinking water is the sign of rain
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2021-02-24 15:26
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There are many games that we play at school and at home. We always play high gates at school. A crowd join hands and some one counts up as far as twenty and the one
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2021-02-24 15:12
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There was a Church in Kilcorney and there were three priest ordained there. It was Bishop Falon that ordained them. There was a goal in Kilcorney about seventy years years ago. It was Kilfenora and Ballyvaughan that were playing. When the goal started they began to fight and there were some of the people were nearly killed when the fight was over. It was the women that started the fight.
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2021-02-24 15:08
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There are may days that are lucky and unlucky. If you started any work on a Saturday you would not Ever finish it. If you sowed potatoes on a Good Friday they would be sure to grow. It is unlucky to do any work on the cross day of the year that is the fourth day after Christmas day. It is lucky to remove Furniture or anything into a house on a Friday. It is lucky go to [?] in Ballyvaughan for cures on two Mondays and a Thursday or two Thursdays and a Monday. It is lucky to start any work on a Monday. It is luck to get any cure on a Monday and Thursday.
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2021-02-24 15:05
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Not very long ago about a half a mile from Ballyvaughan there lived an old man named Johnnie Moroney. He lived in a small house on the side of a hill. He was so lively that he was able to jump his own house.
He used to go up to the top of the hill behind the house every morning and take a run and leave his hand on the thatch and jump the house. Ho one would believe it until the people saw him doing it. He was able to lift a half hundred with his teeth and leave it up on the table, and he was able to jump nine feet seven inches in a high jump. He was very strong also.
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2021-02-24 14:53
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two Sundays and a Thursday to Bearneen. There is a blessed well near Kilfenora and it is for curing pains in bones. You must go there two Sundays and a Thursday or two Thursday's and a Sunday. There is a blessed well in and it is for warts. One day a woman went there for water to boil potatoes and it did not boil. She brought it back again and in a few years after it was a the other side of the road. It was my mother that told me this. There is a blessed well in Tarmon and it is for curing sore eyes. You must say five Our Fathers, five Hail Marys and five Glorias. It was my father that
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2021-02-24 14:50
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There are many blessed well's around this place. There is a blessed well in Poulacarron and it is used for curing sore eyes. You must go around the well five Our Fathers five Hail Mary's and five Glorias, and walking around the well you must say one Our Father one Hail Mary and the Creed. There is a blessed well in Glensglade. It is for curing warts. It is the same prayers that are to be said. There is a blessed well in Bearneen, and it is for curing teethaches. You must go three days to each well. You must go two Mondays and a Thursday to Poulacarron and Glensglade, and
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2021-02-24 14:46
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Long ago the people had to make their own things because there was nothing sold. They used to make candles from tallow and the wick's were made from cotton thread. There are molds in many houses for making candles. They used also make gates. They used cut the gates according to the size they would want it. then they would joint them and put the lat in them. They used make soap from kelp. It was my father that told me this. They used make baskets from hazel rods and straw. They used make chairs from timber, they used cut them out and put rungs in them and sugáns of hay and straw in them
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2021-02-23 13:16
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There was a giant in Ireland and a giant in Scotland so one day the giant in Ireland went up on the top of a high mountain and he saw the giant in Scotland. So both of them went as far as they could because they wanted to fight. When the giant in Ireland saw the giant in Scotland, he said that he was twice as big as himself. So the giant in Ireland ran back home as quick as he could. When he went in home he told his wife that the other giant was after him. His wife was by the fire and there was a cradle near her and she told him to go into it and so he did. After a while the other giant came in to the house and he
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2021-02-23 13:08
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to him and who ever does anything to it will be punished severely.
This parish is called Temple Crónan. There are two wells attached to this church and they are called after St Cronan. There is a cure in one well for sore eyes. Many people go there and do rounds. They leave beads, medals, prayer books, pictures and flowers. There was another old church in Sladoo. A priest named Fr Micheal O'Loaghlin used say mass t
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2021-02-23 13:04
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There are many indoor games such as draughts, snakes and ladders and playing cards.
Snakes and ladders
The way to play them is you would have as many playing them as you liked. Each person would have a dice of their own. Then there was a special dice and number up to six in it. If you went to a snakes head you would have to go to the tail. If you went to the bottom of a ladder you would go to the top whether it was the game.
There are outdoor games also such as Hide and seek:
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2021-02-23 13:01
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Ilary alary out.
Ital atal black bottle,
Ital atal out.
As I went up a kicey pickey lane
I met some hickey pickey people play
What colour were the dressed in?
red. R. E. D. red
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven,
All good children go to heaven,
When they died their sins are forgiven
One, two, three, four five six, seven.
There is another game called tig. There is a rhyme said to know who will have the tig, and whoever has the tig must follow the rest of the children and whoever she catch will have the tig and she must follow them
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2021-02-23 12:46
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charm for curing Jaundice
Neuralgia
To drink much new milk and you will never get neuralgia.
Warts
There is a well about two miles from my house and if you went to the well, did round there and brought home a bottle of the water and rubbed it to the warts it would cure them. The place where the well is, is called Bearneen.
Soreneck
There is a day called Saint Blazers Day and people go to Ennis to the Friars and they get blessed and they never get a sore-neck for the year.
Headache
To drink some of the water the smith do have cooling irons.
Toothache
to take a smoke of a pipe,
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2021-02-23 12:41
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Sore eyes
To look through a gold ring three time and to bless yourself each time
To cure horses
There is a man down near Corofin named Curtas and he has a charm for curing any thing that is the matter with the horse.
Pains in bones
Turkey weed cures pains in the bones.
Diabetes
There is a well in Carron to cure diabetes, if you drink drinks of the water, it will cure you.
A lump in your head.
To put a penny or something could up to the lump and it would put it back.
Jaundice
There is a man in Ballyvaighan named Irevin and he has a
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2021-02-23 12:38
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Everyday is lucky and lucky for some purpose. It is supposed if a person gets married on Saturday he will not have any luck. If he gets married on Monday he will be wealthy. If he gets married on Tuesday he will have good health. Wednesday is the luckiest day to get married. If he gets married on Thursday he will have many losses. If he gets married on Friday he will have great trouble. Saturday is the worst day of all to get married. Friday is a very lucky day to remove into a new house or to remove furniture in to it. It is also lucky to remove cattle of a Friday.
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2021-02-23 12:31
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The patron Saint of Carron parish is Saint Cronan. There is a well in this parish in Tarmon called Saint Cronan's Well. This well is a cure for sore eyes and if you go to it on a Monday and two Thursdays or two Mondays and a Thursday and to do rounds there your eyes will be cured of their soreness. He was buried in Carron but I do not know where he was buried in it. Some people say that it is in Glan-Colmcille he was buried but I do not know which place was he buried in.
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2021-02-23 12:28
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here, are the dandelion, Patricks leaf, garlic, cumphrey, mian vear, riveal rígh and turkey weed.
The thistles and ferns go great harm to the land, because where they are growing nothing else will grow. The herbs that grow only in good land are, nettles, thistles and ferns. The herbs that grow only in bad land are heather and furzes. The dandelion is a great cure for kidney disease. Saint Patricks leaf is a good cure for a burn. Garlic is a cure for black leg. Ríbheal rígh is a cure for murrain in cattle and turkey weed is a cure for pains in bones. People used dye clothes with the bark three and they used also dye them with macaniulean
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2021-02-22 15:07
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in three letters
ans Ink.
Spell red rogue of the world in three letters.
ans Fox.
What is it that gets boots and never wears them out.
Ans A Football.
What is it that you would not like to have, but if you had it you would not like to loose it.
Ans a bald head.
Why is a good looking lass like a mirror
Ans because she is a handsome girl.
Why is a man shaving like a lat
Ans because he looks throug the glass.
Why does a hen pick the pot
Ans because she cannot lick it.
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2021-02-22 15:04
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There are many Herbs growing on the mountains Turkey weed is the name of some of them. Turkey weed is the name of some flowers that grow only in rich land, it could cure Rhumatism, to boil it, and put spring water in it and drink a few spoons of it after each meal. Cure for chill blains. There is Torpen growing on some houses, people say it is very lucky to have it growing. There are many herbs growing in wild mountains one called weed, it is a cure for cuts.
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2021-02-22 15:02
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Ans A pipe.
Which side of the cats tail is the furryest, and whitch eye can the cat see best with.
ans his right eye.
headed like a thimble tailed like a rat, you may guess for ever, but you could not guess that.
ans a pipe.
as black as ink, as white as milk that hopes on the road like hailstone
Ans a Magpie
It is black and white and read all over
ans a News paper.
Four arms, and colour black, It is beatifully coloured and yet it is not ment to sleep on.
Ans A flower bed.
What dog is three feet long
ans A yard dog.
What is it that always walks with its head down.
Ans a nail in your boot.
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2021-02-22 14:44
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person.
I went to the wood, and I got it, the more I looked for it, the less I liked it, and I carried it home because I could not find it.
Ans a thorn in your foot.
Under gravel I did travel, In an oak stick I did stand, I rode a horse that never walked, and carried the bridle in my hand.
Ans a ship on the ocean.
Twenty-four white cattle tied to a stall up whent the red one and lickes them all
Ans your teeth and your tongue.
As round as an apple, as flat as a pan, the piece of a woman and the head of a man.
Ans a peeny.
I have a little house, and it thatched with straw, I saw a man lighting fire inside in it.
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2021-02-22 14:41
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around the middle, can you guess this Riddle.
Ans anumbrella.
Which day of the week is the strongest
Ans Sunday, because all the rest are week days.
What is this that is in all day, and out all night,
Ans the latch of the door.
When is the sun like dancing.
Ans when it is going down.
The bleat of a lamb, and the work of a bee, is the name of a butcher down in Kilkee.
Ans Mahony.
I went to the wood and I got a cake, the more I ate a bit of it the less good it was doing me, and I carried it home because I could not eat any of it.
Ans a greedy
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2021-02-22 14:37
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A ribon of red, a ribon of green, a king could not guess it, no more a queen, he sent for a wise man, out of the east, and said it could not be beleaved.
Ans a sprig of holly with berries on it.
Eight arms, no hand, one leg, but can not stand, no shoes but pure steel, always wet but can not feel, with a belt
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2021-02-22 14:35
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We have a field at home, called horses iron, it is called this, because the horse is always kept there.
We have a field called,
Mohar Na Stall
It is called this, because long ago, the people had a wicket horse kept there.
We have a field at home called
Garry Buide
It is called this, because there is nothing in it, but Weeds.
We have a field called, Gut na Halla
another called, Mohar Glas. It is called this because it is green Summer and winter.
We have a field called Coinin. It is called this because it is full of rabbits. We have called. Pound
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2021-02-22 14:33
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I have a little house, and a mouse would not fit in it. All the men in the town, Would not count all the windows in it.
Ans A Thimble
I went to the wood, and I got it. The more I looked for it, The liss I liked it, and I carried it home, because I could not find it.
Ans a thorn in your foot.
What is this, that is left in trees, that its colour is black and white.
ans A Magpie.
Which is the strongest day of the week
Ans Sunday, because all the rest are weekdays.
What is it that always has pains
ans. A Window.
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2021-02-22 14:29
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One day a woman, was going milking cows, she had a bucket in her hand, she fell on a fairy forth, and got sick. She went to the Doctor, and told her story. The Doctor said if she let off the bucket where she fell, she would be all right. She went home, after a while she died. she was buried, her husband was very lonely after her. One day he went into the room, and he saw her inside combing her hair. She was a lovely looking woman. The man got frightened, he ran out, when he came again. she was gone.
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2021-02-22 14:26
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What is it that always walks with its head down.
Ans. A nail in your boot.
as round as an apple, as plump as a ball, can climb the church, over steeple and all.
Ans. The Sun.
What goes away between two woods, and come home between two waters.
Ans. A man fetching water in pails
What goes away above the ground and returns under it.
Ans, a man with sods on his head.
Middy-Noddy round body, three feet and a wooden hat.
Ans A pot.
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2021-02-22 14:24
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Tis black and tis white and tis read all over.
Ans. News paper.
What is it that's left in the table, that's always cut and never eaten,
Ans a pack of Cards.
I went to the wood and I got it, the more I looked for it, the less I liked it, and I carried it home, because I could not find it,
Ans your teeth and your tongue.
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2021-02-22 14:21
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Long ago a man had a garden of oats, it was growing very near the Caves of Kilcorney. Every night something used come out of the Caves, and eat the most of the oats. The man could not know what was eating the oats. At last he got a servant to mind the oats for him. One night the horse came out from the Caves, and started eating the oats, the man ran after him, and he went into the caves. When the man had the oats finished, he gathered it up in a rope,
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2021-02-22 14:00
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of a round shape and there is a great mound of earth around it. It is called "Cahir Mor". There were often lights seen there. There is a very high wall built around it. In the middle of it there is a great heap of stones. There is another cahir in my fathers land but it do not know the name of it. It is a very high cahir, and there are many nice white-thorn trees around it. It is said that there is a black cat inside the cahir, taking care of a crock of gold, but nobody could catch him, and the gold is in an old broken shoe. There is a little green field in the middle of the cahir but nobody cuts the grass, because it is said that the cahir belongs to the fairies. There was a light seen
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2021-02-22 13:56
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Tabair na Franncac
There is a well in my fathers land called "Tobair na Franncac". It was called this name because every time it is cleaned there are water-rats found in the bottom of it, they are found alive. This well is very deep.
Caisláin Fearr
There is another place in the land called "Caisláin Fearr". I do not know why it was called this name, but it is a very small field and a wood all round it, and there is a big heap of stones in the middle of the little field.
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and the candle comes out from the mould. The women also made cords, which are very useful. They made those from flax. The flax is made into threads first, and then a number of those threads are woven together and they form a cord. The women also did their own spinning long ago. They had big spinning wheels. They used to get a fleece of wool and comb it between their fingers, then they would send it to the wollen mills, to be made into rolls, those rolls are taken home and they are spun into thread. A person can dye this thread any colour they wish. The men burned their own lime. They would put every second row of turf and stones,
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woman made their own candles. They had a metal affair called a mould. A mould is shaped like a candle. The first thing they did was to melt tallow, it is the fat of the goat or sheep. When the tallow was melted, they would spill it into the mould, and leave it to set for twenty four hours. The candle was then shaped. There is a wire nail placed in one hole and a long cord twisted around it, then some of the cord is let down through the middle of the tallow before it is hard, and this cord is called the wick. When the tallow is set it is stuck to the mould, then the mould must be heated a little, the nail can be drawn
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2021-02-22 13:46
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Long ago the people had to make their own goods. The
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Arithmetic on slates and they had to do English writing on them also. They had slate pencils for writing on the slates. The lessons were taught during the week and mass was read there every Sunday. The chapel is there at the present day. There was once a class held in an old house that belonged to the O'Briens of Poulacarron, the house was near Poulawack. The class lasted only two days because the house was burned, the ruins can still be seen there.
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2021-02-22 13:43
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There was once a school held in the Noughaville chapel. A man named Paddy Gardiner taught there. There are people still living who went to school there. All the O'Dea family of Ballyganner went to school, the O'Briens of Paulacarron, the Davorens of Cahirconnoll and Kilcorney, the Mc Namaras of Mohermoylan, the Fitzgeralds of Poulawack, and the O'Loughlins of Paulanine. Some of those people were grown up when they went to school The people who went to school there were very good Irish speakers. He taught them Arithmetic in English. They had to do the
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There is also an example of this. There was once a woman who always wasted everything and when she got a big supply of anything she thought that she would never see a poor day. This went on for many months and at last there was not as much as one cow or any other beaste on the land and she began to sell the land in small pieces, but it did not last long and then she had nothing to do but to sell her house, and she did not want to do this, but again she thought that she might get a good price for it. She was disappointed in this because she only got a very
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2021-02-21 21:02
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and there were some men working at the foot of the mountain. The boy began to shout that the wolf was eating his sheep, the people came running from their work to help him, but he only laughed at them, and said there was no wolf there. This held for two or three days but one day the wolf came and the boy shouted to the men to come and help him but they would not come and the wolf killed and ate two of the sheep and when he went home his father was very angry with him for telling the lies.
Willful waste makes woful want.
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2021-02-21 21:00
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and there were some men working at the foot of the mountain. The boy began to shout that the wolf was eating his sheep, the people came running from their work to help him, but he only laughed at them, and said there was no wolf there. This held for two or three days but one day the wolf came and the boy shouted to the men to come and help him but they would not come and the wolf killed and ate two of the sheep and when he went home his father was very angry with him for telling the lies.
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2021-02-21 20:56
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could not open the room door, but one of the men inside opened the window and one of the guards was able to come in through it and he opened the door and let out the men who were inside. Then the men caught the man who put them into the room, and gave him to the guard who brought him to the barrack. He was summond and he went to the court. The Judge sent him to prison for twelve months.
When he came out of prison he would not talk to the men that he had locked up in the room and they used to mock him and laugh at him. The old man got to believe that it was the cat that was in the room
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hitting the jug against it, so the man broke the jug an let the cat loose, and the old man and the other neighbours were still frightened, and they would not believe that it was the cat, but the man persuaded them that it was, and they still would not pay any heed to him, but he caught hold of them one by one and put them into the room from which the cat came, and locked the door in them. Then he went away and left them in the room. In the morning a man was passing by and he heard the men crying and he went in to the house but he could not open the door of the room
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2021-02-21 20:50
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by the fire without any light he heard three knocks coming to the door three times. The man went into the parlour and he had no light, and it was very dark. He saw the black cats eyes shining and he thought that it was the devil that was in the room and he ran out for his neighbours and they came to the house with him, and they cast lots to see who would go into the room, and one man went in, and he was surprised to see only the black cat with his head in a jug, and the neck of the jug was so narrow that he was not able to put it out, and he was running around the table
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The signs of bad weather
The people of long ago had many ways for telling them about the weather. When the people of long ago saw a cat having his back turned to the fire they would be expecting a very wet day afterwards. It is the sign of rain to see a various crowd of flies out in the evening before sunset. It is the sign of rain to see a dog drinking water, to see numbers of síogans running along the ground, also to see a circle around the moon, also when the fire would be blue. When the smoke would not be going up the chimney it would be the sign of frost.
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When the cattle would be gathered together by the wall in the field it would be the sign of a great storm. When the spring wells would be nearly dried up it is the sign of rain.
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another person that he will get his own back.
"Put a little away for the rainy day for the sun wont always shine." This means that when people get a fine day they should do all they can and when the wet day comes they can stay inside.
"Make hay while the sun shines." "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do to day." "Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." "The early bird catches the worm." "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." "A
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"Eaten bread is soon forgoten." This means that when a person does a good work for another and if he does not do anything in return for it they say this. "It is an ill wind that blows no one any good." "It is a long lane that has no turn." This means that when a person does any bad deed to
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outside the church. The people also bring the water home to wash their eyes when they would get sore again. He did not cure anyone or work any miracle
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one round for every time they run from stone to stone. They play the game as far as twenty one.
We also play "Soccer" at school with the football. We devide the boys in two even parts. We put one in each goal. Then the is hit in and everyone cannot catch it except the goalman. Then each one hits with their legs and head
Limping Tom. All the children gather together, and the mother stays in the middle. Then limping Tom goes around the field saying a poem.
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this poem until everyone is gone in hide except two or three, and they will stay minding the den. Then one of these three will go out looking for the other crowd. If anyone of this crowd can get in to the den they will be in
"Cricket" is another game that is played here. At first there are two flags put standing in the ground about ten yards away from each other. A person stands at each stone, and they have a hurdle in their hand. When the ball is rolled to the stone they hit it. If the ball hits the stone that team is out. If they hit it, they can run from stone to stone, and count
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"Tug of war" is also played here. One crowd pull against the other crowd. The grown up people have a rope, and the strongest of the team go at the end of the rope. There is a mark put in the ground at the middle of the rope. When one team bring the last person of the other team further that the mark, they would have it won.
Children play another game called "Hide and go seek". Everyone gather in a line, and one of them say a poem
Illary Allery up on the gallery,
Illery Allery out.
He counts one person for every word, and the person that he says "out" to must go in hide. He keeps saying
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have twenty one rounds first will have the game.
Another game is jumping. There are two sticks put standing in the ground about seven feet away from each other, and another stick tied across. Then everyone try to jump it.
Another game is "high gates". Everyone join hands, and make a ring. Then one of the crowd count one by one as far twenty one. That person will have to follow the person who touched him. Then when he will catch him he will have to count again as far as twenty one. It is played like that until everyone is caught.
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There are not many other games here except football and hurling. Another great game is "rounders". In this there are stones in a ring around the field. There is a team inside and a team outside. One of the team inside hit the ball, and run around the ring. If the other team catch the ball, they can go in, and others will have to go out. If the team outside hit one of the team inside with the ball when going round the ring. There will be one round taken off count. The team that will
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A lump in your head
To leave a penny against the lump, and then it will get small.
Consumption
To drink the juice of a dandaline.
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Warts
To put a small stone for every wart, into a bag, and leave it at the cross roads. Whoever will get the bag will get the warts also. To get a dog to lick it.
A burn of a nettle
To tigh a green leave around the place that is burned. To rub soda to the place that is burned.
When a persons nose is bleeding
To put cold keys down a persons back until the blood stops.
To tie a cord around your small finger until the blood stops.
To leave a wet cloth against your nose until the blood stops.
Sciataca
To burn your body with nettles.
A burn of glórán
To get a leave called cruadh Pádruig and tigh it around the burn.
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There was a man living in near Kinvara and he was not paying his rent and the bailifs came to him to take his cattle.
When they landed Denny brought them to a field that was full of rabbits When they came to the field they saw nothing by rabbits and then Denny said catch
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and when Saint Patrick was in Ireland, he was followed one day by some robbers and when he came to Kilnaboy, the blacksmith turned his horse's shoes, back-to-front, so that he could not be tracked. Saint Patrick then gave power to the Curtis family to cure bleeding. He can also cure Liver Disease, and if there is anything stuck in animal's throat, he can remove it.
A Burn
Lick a lizard as soon as possible after getting burned.
Chilblains
Go into a house where you were never before and rub your feet to the hearth.
Corns
Make a paste of parafin oil and soda every night, and put it on
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Bleeding from the nose
Let a cold key drop down along your back and tie a string tightly around your wrist.
Diabetes
There are seven streams in Teaska and they run into one stream. If you drink some of that water it will cure diabetes.
Chin Cough
Go along the road until you meet a man with a white horse and ask him for a cure and do whatever he tells you to do.
There is a blacksmith in Kilnaboy named "Pat Curtis", and he has a cure for bleeding. It is a kind of charm, and he can use it on people that are not near him at all. His ancestors were always blacksmiths in Kilnaboy,
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A:- Ink
Q:- Spell scrape the garden in three letter.
A:- hen.
Q:- What is the hardest key to turn.
A:- A donkey
Q:- Why is a dead ass like a narrow road.
A:- he has no breath.
Q:- Spell black bird in four letters.
A:- Crow.
Q:- What always walks with its head down.
A:- A nail of a shoe.
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A:- Ink
Q:- Spell scrape the garden in three letter.
A:- hen.
Q:- What is the hardest key to turn.
A:- A donkey
Q:- Why is a dead ass like a narrow road.
A:- he has no breath.
Q:- Spell black bird in four letters.
A:- Crow.
Q:- What always walks with its head down.
A:- A nail of a shoe.
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In the time of Cromwell all Catholics had to close up the churches. When he made that law he wanted it to be carried out. He sent a regiment of soldiers to certain places. He sent one to Kilnaboy and they built a hose there called the Cabhail Mhór. In that Cahhail they used hang people they would catch going to Mass. The ruins of it are still to be seen in Riasch Mór. When the people were persecuted so much, the Pope sent a Papal Legate named Nehemius Nestor to comfort them; he came to Kilnaboy. The people there were very proud and carved a lovely stone cross in the side of the wall in Kilnaboy church. That church is in ruins now but the cross may still to be seen in the western gable.
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One a night a man was travelling on horse-back and he was passing a town-land Dilegahar. There was a woman supposed to be seen there so when he looked behind him on the saddle. He told her to get down but she would not. He stuck her with a knife. When people came there next day there was nothing there but a bone and a knife stuck in it.
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In a place called Aisle na Spride there was a bridge and at this bridge there was supposed to be seen a fairy woman. Anyone that would pass she would kill them. One night there was a man passing and the woman went to attack him. He told here he was going for the Doctor and to spare him. Before she let him go he had to make a promise to her that she would meet him again in a certain house. When the man got home he told the parish priest about her. This priest had great power. He gave him a bottle of holy-water. He went to the house and the fairy woman came out of a box. There was sparks out of her mouth. He sprinkled Holy-Water about his feet. When she came as far as the Holy-Water
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him to put it in his waist-coat pocket and on any account not to show it to anyone. When the man went to Confession the Priest asked him to show the note, he did, when the Priest had it read he tore it to pieces and told the man to have no more to do with Biddy Early that she was an agent of the devil.
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under a hedge eating some nuts when an old woman approached him. Good morning man said the boy. "If you are making a short cut to the Doctors you are going the wrong way" I am not going to the doctors' said she. Oh I thought you were one of these old women from the Commons of Kilnaboy. The old women asked him what delight he took in chasing the hare that was in the land. During the time they were speaking the old woman was taking the same course as the hare used take every morning, that is when the boy used chase it with the dogs. She gave the boy to understand that he had everything he wanted that is everything that money could but, but the day would come when he would be poor and very poor. She continued speaking to the boy until they came to a certain gap in the land and she disappeared. It was at that very gap the hare used always disappear from the dogs. That boy is fairly old now and is in very poor circumstances.
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a political meeting was held in Corofin. One of M. Ps was to address the meeting. No body was more important at this meeting that our local Land Sub Land-Lord who was a wounderful Sub box orator. Tar Barrels were carried up and down the Street. The metting was held under neath the old court-house. One of the tar Barrels was placed in the Battlement. The Sub Land Lord was busy introducing the speakers. Our far famed politican. M. B. D. was there in all his glory waiting for a chance to strike at the Sub Land Lord. The chance came at last. The Sub Land Lord stood up to address the crowd, just at that time the timbers of the tar Barrell was cracking. Fellow country men said he I hear the Bones of a Land Lord cracking. Shut up you [shamer] said M. B. D. What about Tom Doolins eviction at which remarked the Sub Land Lord made a hasty reply
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vast property all over Clare. Lord Inchiquin was a model landlord. The O Briens of Dromoland has held these properties for hundreds of years. In recent years the farmers holdings became vested to the Irish Land commission. In days gone by the farmers got wonderful concessions from the Land Lords. In case any of their stock died of disease or other wise. Some of the rent Warners to Lord Inchiquin eighty years ago were tyrannical scoudrels. Corofin could boast of one of these gentlemen, many a time he sent the Crow Bar Brigade to levil the houses on the unfortunate tenants even they had their rent paid. It might be for some small cause. The Crow Bar Brigade wee some of the tenants also. They had to do the dirty work, or meet with the same fate as their next-door neighbours. If a covetous person offered this gentleman 3d or 6d per week on your house than you were paying, you had to go out. Then you had the Sub landlords another inhuman wretch in those days. About 80 years ago there was one of these gentlemen in Corofin by fair means or by foul he became a landlord of house property in Corofin mostly hovels. Some of his property was situated in fair lane. One of his tenants an old woman and his wife were a few week's in arrears with their rent. He had these poor people evicted. This gentleman was alway denouncing the Head-land-Lord his policy was to clear his out of the country. Well it happened some time latter
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In the village of Corofin Lord Inchiquin owned almost all of the house property. also the farmers for miles around Corofin were his tenants. In fact he had
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took over the land and gave it to the landless people.
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In the years of the famine the people were very poor and the people were not able to pay the rent to the land-lords who took over the land and evicted the tenants. Lord Inchiquin owned the land round here. He was a very good respectable man and he always gave the tenants plenty of time to pay the rent. He even gave cows and sheep to the poor people. In later years the Land Commissiniors
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called the "Soupers School". The people often tried to kill him but it was all in vain. There was an attempt made to kill him in Ballycullinan road. He had a bribe in his pocket and the bullet stuck in it when the shot was fired at his heart. The book was in the inside pocket of his coat and that protected his heart. Synge had a crowd of soldiers kept in the house in which the O'Brien's now live.
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Synge was the Landlord who owned the land round Dysert. He lived in Carhu. The first man named Synge lived in King's County. He sided with the English and he was a Protestant and there-fore he got an estate in the Parish of Dysert. Five of his descendants were Protestant Bishops and the people had to give them some of their land every year to support them. That land was called "Tithes". All the family down along were landlords. They were very strict on the people. The last of the family was Francy Synge and the old people can remember the kind of man he was. He had a Protestant School at Schoole and any of his tenants who would not send their children to his school were evicted. His school got damaged but it was repaired again. A teacher called Gangley and Begly taught with him. The children who went to school to him got bread and soup from him and the school was
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About a hundred years ago bread was a great treat to the people. They made the flour themselves. The wheat was grown at home and ground with two querns. They spread a big cloth on the ground and a big round flat stone know as a quern on top of the cloth. They put another quern on top of the larger one. the grain was put between the two querns. A block of timber was plugged into a hole which was in the centre of both querns. A piece of a stick called the bipín was stuck into the plugged timber. Then the bipín was wheeled round and the top quern was kept wheeling round also and the flour and chaff came out the sides. Then the chaff was seperated from the flour. Then they had good wholesome brown flour. The bread was then made like the people now-adays make it. It was baked in a little stand like a griddle facing the fire called a Brand-Iron. They had a griddle with a stand and three legs under
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In the hearth were small sea stones hammered into the ground so that the fire would not burn the ground under it. There used be a bedroom and a kitchen and a garrot. in the kitchen was a settle-bed, in which the boy used sleep was a camp-bed in some houses in which the old people slept. There was a clevy in the wall and on the shelves were boxes. There was a dresser and cupboard and a bin for flour and meal and a table and sugán chairs in the kitchen. In the room was another camp-bed and a glass-case and a ward-robe for clothes. The boys slept in the garret and there was a ladder leading up to it. There used be one small window and another small one in the kitchen and a big door and a half door. The people had no lights or lamps but "Shlishógs" of bog deal which were dipped in paraffin oil and when the were lit they gave great light. They had rushes also which the dipped in tallow and were used as light. Over the fire was a large crane and hangers on it for the pot-hooks. There used be no grates
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The houses that were built long ago were far different to the ones that are been built now. The were built in valleys and in sheltry places. The people used build them them-selves. The walls were built from mud or in Irish "Dóigh buidhe".
Sometimes horses hair or hay used be cut up and put through the mud. The rafters consisted of black-oak, hazel and log-wood beams and the people used travel great distances to get the timber. Scraws and sods were dug in bogs and mountains and they were placed on the beams of timber. The thatch consisted of straw or rushes. A man always lived in the district known as the "Tuigeadóir" and when the straw was put on the roof it was a very picturesque sight to see the golden straw shinning in the sun. The floors were earthen and sometimes sand were thrown on the earth. They used leave a hole in the corner of the house for a chimney. In the fireplace was an ash hole and two hobs
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There was an old school in Corofin. A man and his wife came home from America and they were very poor, so the man started a school and the children and the young boys used come to him to learn. They used to pay him a penny or two and that is how he made his living. But after a time the priest told him to close his school or it would be the other way with him. So he had to close his school.
Synge had a school in Dysart. But one night a band of men went and broke down the school. But Synge followed them and it is said that he was a powerful man when one of the men was going over a rick of turf Synge caught him by the shoe but the man brought the leg from him. The men were arrested and one of them broke two pairs of handcuffs. But Synge would not swear on him.
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About three miles above Kilnaboy is Lemenagh Castle. It is a magnificent specimen of an Elizabethen castle. At one of the entrances there was a beautiful porch which was built in 1648, but it was removed some years ago to an estate in East Clare where it is still preserved. The castle was also remarkable for its great fish-pond and a well laid-out kitchen garden. It was Marie Ruadh who mostly occupied it. It is now unihabitad but it presents a very picturesque and stately scenery.
The O'Brien chiefs got castles built to protect themselves from the invasions of the neighbouring chiefs. Ballyportry castle is a mile north east of Corofin and it is still in good preservation. Adelfa Castle is north-west of Corofin. One side of Rath Castle still remains.
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is a peculiar cross called a Tau-Cross. It is the shape of the Letter "T". It is a Termann-Cross and it was used for marking out the boundary of land surrounding Kilnaboy Church. East of that was another Tearmann Cross in Elmvale and it was taken away.
Inchiquin Castle stands on a peninsula lying close in to the northern shore of Inchiquin Lake, and consists of a square embattled keep vaulted within a curtain wall and a barbican tower. Teige O'Brien set about the building of it in the year 1466, as he thought some day he would be King of Ireland and he knew Inchiquin Castle would be a suitable residence for him. It is said that Colonel John O'Brien was the last to reside there.
In a crag near Inchiquin House there stands a tall pillar stone about eight feet high. It stands by the side of a gap. It is called Teige an Comhaid's stone because it is said that when Teige O'Brien was a young fellow he used to measure himself to that he used to say "Nílim Cómhfaid leis fós."
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to come to Kilnaboy Church to mass and each Sunday she was late so one Sunday the priest annouced it off the Altar. She being a haughty woman said she would get a Church of her own built but she died before it was finished. So it was not completed then. The ground on which the Church is built and also the inside of the Church is used as a grave-yard. Maire Ruadh two daughters; May and Slaney are buried beneath the window in the Church.
About a quarter of a mile north of Coad, on a hill, by the road-side is Kilnaboy Church-yard. It was formally the parish church of Kilnaboy. There is a double cross in the weastern gable in memory of Nehimius Nestor and Arch-Bishop and Papal Legate who visited Kilnaboy to console the Catholics who were been prosecuted. A round tower is near the Church and only about five feet of it stands. The Cromwellan soldiers that levelled it.
Further on above Kilnaboy Church is Ramhain Hill and in a field a little in from it
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At the end of Rath parish there is a holy well in Drimanure. It is a good distance in from the road in a field in which are a great many black-thorn bushes. A pure spring well is near the holy well and a stream runs between them. The well is dedicated to St. Flannan. It cures sore eyes by doing certain rounds. The people go there on two Sundays and on a Thursday or on two Thursdays and one Sundays. The people go round the blessed well three times and while doing so they say five "Our Fathers" and five "Hail Marys" and at the end of every round they wash their eyes in the water. They walk round a big tree and perform the same rounds and every time they wash their eyes in the water. They walk round the spring well and the band of the stream three times and say the same prayers. When the rounds are finished they drink the water and take some of it home. Before the people leave the well they leave something after them at the well.
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There is also a Blessed Well in Willbrook called Partolánsh Well. It is dedicated to the Blessed Vergain. It is situated in a field by the side of the railway and there is a big tree near it and a statue of the Blessed Vergain on the tree. The round are done on two Mondys and one Thursday. The people walk round the well three times and say a decade of the Rosary while waking and every time, the eyes are washed in the water. They walk round the tree and perform the same rounds. When the round is finished they bathe their eyes in the well and
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knit. The younger women wore a dress known as the Crinoline. The dress was worn tite fitting at the waist a high neck very full sleeves. The skirt was very full usually with flounces and hoops sewn on the inside.
Men usually wore grey flannel shirts. They wore corduroy trousers laced or buttoned over the knee long stockings and strong brogue shoes. Their coats were called swallow-tail coates. Their collars were very stiff. They were usually worn with a bow. One make of collar had a front attached, with the other make of collar there was a white stiff front worn attached to the buttons of the shirts and it was know as a dickey. They wore hard hats namely Bowlers. Little girls wore their dresses long and full with a ash belt right underneath the arms. Little boys usually wore sailor suits, with the trousers worn below the knee, stockings and boats
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The men used wear white linen shirts, cravets, cut-away-coats, corduroy knee-breeches buttoned at the knee long socks, and shoes with buskles, and bauneen. The working men used wear grey flannel shirts, bauneens made of flannel also, corduroy knee breeches, home knit socks, nailed boots and swallow tailed coats. Some of the women used wear white frilled caps, others used have a handkerchief tied arround their heads, black flannel shirts, and a small shawl thrown over their shoulders sometimes long home knit stockings and the majority of them used go barefooted.
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Long ago people wore clothes made from homespun material wool. This would spare a lot of money nowadays if the young people knew how to spin. When the sheep were shorn the wool was steeped in blue stone for a day and night, then it was brought to the mill and carded and made into rolls. It was then brought to home and spun into thread. This threat was used for making many a warm covering Bauneen were made for old men and Petticoats and dresses for old woman were made from it.
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A mile from Bally-Portery there is a forth called Lios-Dubh. There is a gate way going into the field and this gate has to be left opned on Sunday night and Thursday. At mid-night carrages pass in and out for about two hours. Long ago a man was passing there and he saw a carrage passing to the forth. That minute blue and green lights dazzled his eyes and he could see no more and he fell and got a weakness. He had to be carried home. I do not think he lived long after.
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There is a fort also in Cashuduff in Rath Parish. It is surrounded by white thorn and furze bushes. No body used ever go near it but one day a man named Patry Mc Grath tried to clear away the bushes as it was part of his land. When he left the fort that evening after having a good portion of it cleared a crowd of fairies followed him and began to scourge and beat him. From that day on the fairies were always tormenting him. It is said that night he was dead he was taken from the people of the house and swept to the forth.
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able to stir and she was covered with perspiration like as if she was after a hards night work. People used be seen around the house from late at evening until sunrise in the morning. The people of the house were never afraid of them but when the fairies would tease them they knew they had some work left undone and when they went and did it they were not annoyed for a while. When the people of the house and their brothers and sisters died different people came to live there and the fairies never annoyed them and they never saw them after. Nothing is ever heard or seen there now.
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There is a fort near Corofin Railway Station and many years ago a sheep died on a farmer near it. He went out and skinned it. He put the skin up on a bush to dry. When he was going in the door of his house he looked back and he saw the skin lifting off the bush and it went through the air down to the fort. People often heard that sheep baying there at night.
There is a big fort in Killeen and there was a big mound in the centre and a path outside around. There were a lot of trees and bushes growing in it. One day a man said he would root it as the sticks were scarce. He had all the trees excavated except a few and he was telling a man how he succeeded. The next day he went out to root to root the remainder and as he was at the last tree he heard a voice saying "leave that tree there" but he took no notice and finished it. As he was drawing home the sticks a thorn stuck in his hand and it got blood-poisoned. He only lived a few months. He suffered terrible pain before his death.
There is another fort in Dysart and a man thought
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R. What's the difference between your overcoat and a baby?
Ans. One you wear, and the other you were.
R. Why is the letter "b" like fire?
Ans. Because it makes oil boil.
R. Why are clouds like coachmen?
Ans. Because they both hold the reins.
R. Born at the same time as the world Supposed to live as long as the world yet never five weeks old?
Ans. The Moon.
R. Why is a baker a silly fellow?
Ans. Because he parts with what he kneads.
R. Black and white, and read all over
Ans - A newspaper.
R. If "i" was in the sun and "u" out of it. What would that be?
Ans - Sin.
R. What bird can lift the heaviest weights?
Ans - A crane.
R. When is a person somewhere else than where is.
Ans. When he is beside himself.
R. What is the centre of Gravity?
Ans. The letter 'v'
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her eyesight. It appears when she was about seven years she suffered from measles and did not receive proper attention. The result was that the relics of the measles fell on the eyes and she became absolutely blind to everything save that she may sometimes notice a ray of light. Her mother had taken her to the doctor several times but nothing could be done for her, and the poor child was becoming very depressed. However it was suggested to take her to St. Ruane's Well and the mother and another Sister accompanied the child to the well. It was in the month of June and the little girl said she would remain at the well until she was cured. They carried with them a bed for the child and food material and lived there for the space of three days. The little victim slept soundly and on the morning of the third day the child's eyesight was restored. The good news spread quietly at first but it became widely known in the surrounding parishes after a short time. A number of people visit the well on Sundays and they say the Rosary.
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2021-02-19 18:18
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At the eastern end of Doolough Lake and on the northern side there is a small well called St. Ruane's Well. It is a very ancient well and is shown in the old maps of Clare. There is a constant spring of very pure water and though the sun shines almost directly on it the water is always very cold. The local people keep it clean and whitewashed. It is specially noted for the cure of the eyes. The old people in that district tell stories of persons who came from the outlying parishes and who suffered from some form of disease in the eyes There were miraculous cures at various time since the places around became habitable About ten years ago a child of less than twelve years of age was afflicted with
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2021-02-19 18:13
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that are to be seen in the district. The name of the well is St. Connall's Well. It is situated between two hills and is in a little secluded nook. It is visited by those who suffer from sore eyes. The local people have unbounded faith in this well for the cure of the eyes.
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2021-02-19 18:11
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There are two wells situated north of the School beside the graveyard of Killernan, and is dedicated to St. Ernan and the other is dedicated to St. Mary People perform rounds about the well which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin on the 8th of September, 25th March and on the 15th August. People living within the parish have great faith in the well dedicated to St. Mary and some remarkable cures have taken place there. Some children who were unable to walk have or did receive the power of walking after having visited the well and drunk its water. Children who did not get the use of speech for a time talked after visiting the well. There was a case where a man had almost lost the use of one of his eyes and after several visits to the well dedicated to the Blessed Virgin he received back his eyesight. A pearl grew in the pupil of the left eye and one day while washing his eye with the holy water of the well the little pearl fell into the cup from which he was taking the water. There are many instances where requests were granted. There is a well situated in the district of Rath. This district tells its own name. It is so called on account of all the earth forths
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2021-02-19 18:03
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of these signals were extended to other farther away so there was always a chain of information whenever it was needed.
In the district of Annagh which runs into the Sea at Spanish Point there is situated on of the most noted wells in Clare. It is dedicated to St. Lactan called in Irish "Tobar Lachtainn". The Patron Day is the 19th March and this is also the Patron Day of St. Joseph. The present generation calls the well St. Joseph's Well but this is wrong as the old people never called it any name but - Tobar Lachtainn. This St Lactan was born in Ardfert in North Kerry and he came across the Shannon to Clare and as he was coming that way he visited Scattery Island. Thousands of people from all over Clare, Galway Limerick and Tipperary visit this well all believing that it is dedicated to St. Joseph. The well dedicated to St. Joseph is Situated in the Churchyard of Kilfarboy and as both wells were in Kilmurry-Ibrickane parish in ancient days people mistook one for the other.
The 19th March is a holiday in the Kilfarboy parish and in the northern part of Ibrickane parish There is another well dedicated to St Lactan somewhere in the district of Kilnamona About four miles from Ennis.
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2021-02-19 17:56
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Within the boundaries of this large parish - Kilmurry-Ibrickane - there are numerous blessed Wells. Prior to the year 1835 the Kilmurry Ibrickane parish extended to within a short distance of Lahinch on the north, and to the base of Mt. Callan on the east including the present parish of Kifarboy sometimes erroneously called Miltown-Malbay. To the south west in the townland of Kilclohan there is a well dedicated to St. Patrick and this is visited by people suffering from sores and rheumatics. There is a children's burial ground convenient. There is another well also dedicated to St. Patrick in Knonahilla-more but is seldom visited during recent times. There is a small and uncared well dedicated to St. Bridget in Tinure. It is strongly supposed that there was a convent here in ancient days. The burial ground of St. Bridget is to the west of this well. A few hundred yards to the east of the well there was a famous Castle called Caisleán an óir. It was here the stores were kept and it was also a Signal Castle for all Clare lying to the west of Mount Callan and for the Castles situated along the banks of the Shannon in Limerick and Kerry. Within its view there were at least twelve castles and from each
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2021-02-19 17:31
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live a good arable land but who had to fly being unable to meet the claims as the rents and Rates on the good lands. There are a number cases in this large parish where large farms were sold for a few pounds, and where fields of five acres were exchanged for a bag of Indian corn. A poor man's word at that time was a strong as a deed of assignment now. Landlords were not sympathetic except on very rare occasions and if the poor people were unable to pay the rent they had to clear out before the iron hand of the County Sherriff and his low army. Some people struggled on and kept paying away from to-day until to-morrow and thus saved their homes for themselves and their children. The potatoes in this district at the time were large and sound when put into pits after being lifted out of the soil but when the people went to open the pits they found them full of black spots and these spots contained the germ of the great disease which followed. There was plenty of corn in the country but the then Government carried it away instead of leaving it to the people to feed them. Some people who were independent and who had charitable hearts never forgot the poor. It was not a great deal that would keep them in. If they could procure one
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2021-02-19 17:22
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are one hundred forts which shows that the district was well inhabited in ancient days. There are to be seen large Raths and Raths of a small size. The large Raths must be the dwelling of the chieftains or the governing bodies and the smaller ones must be built for the tillers and the producers of food and clothing. They are built in the circular form, some with one entrenchment others with two and a few of the larger ones have three entrenchments. There are stories related where people with their greed for land extensions dug in the entrenchments and filled the dykes with the rich clay nothing unsual occurred but when they interfered with the inner portions of the fort or rath their cattle or means died or some member of the family suffered and it took years before the trouble was removed. Sometimes it was related that the digging or rooting of a single bush connected with the forth was the cause of the calamity. In a few cases it is recalled that when members of certain families died rather suddenly they were seen by friends or neighbours in the vicinity of those haunted places. The "Banshee" is heard in those places especially when members of Certain families die. Sometimes lights are visible and are seen entering and leaving these lonely dwellings
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2021-02-19 16:55
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beautiful young lady dressed in white. He formed the opinion that it was a local young lady dressed or covered with a white linen cloth who wanted to play or joke on him and he ran to catch her and place his arms about her but she vanished into the Rath or forth and he then became a bit alarmed. He was but a few fields away from his own house and he explained what had happened to his people on entering his home They made light of the incident and he retired to bed. He took ill and died on the following day. No doubt these places were the homes and dwellings of a high class race of people. They were always built on the good lands which were capable of yielding good crops of corn and feeding sheep and cattle. They were so situated that each was a landmark to the other; so that in case of attack on any one of them the signal was given and the forces collected. They were very well planned both as dwelling places and place of defence. People like to avoid them at night but there are many families living beside these Raths and forts and they never hear or see anything which is un-natural. People do not till or interfere with them and probably there are easier in their minds by not meddling with them. In this large parish there are at least
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2021-02-19 16:43
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Within a radius of two miles to Coore School there a number of Raths. There is one to the north of the school situated about four hundred yards away. It is a large Rath and is surrounded with a deep trench and is built on high ground. Another lies to the east of the school only a few hundred yards away. There are two in Shanaway W. one in Shanaway East and two in Coore West. There are two in Knockanalban, one is situated on the highest point of that large townland. It is 632 feet abut the Atlantic and commands a very extensive view. There are six Raths to the west and South west and all are in view of each other. The commanding Rath is that situated in Knockanalban. It would seem to be the centre one and from which all the others would take orders. Most people have an idea that they are the homes of the fairies Very often people hear a weird cry coming from some of them - others say they have seen people around them while others again say that they have seen hurling outside those places Some seventy years ago it is related that a young man was coming to his home from a neighbouring house at about 10:00 P. M. He was crossing the land and going by the Knockanalban Rath he encountered what he thought was a
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2021-02-19 16:31
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As was previously mentioned the accommodation in ancient days for travelling was of the most primative type. A marriage procession in those days was entirely different to the present. The people walked across the lands to the church or private house at which the marriage was to be celebrated. Sometimes where bridle paths existed the bride sat on the horse behind her father or brother and when the ceremony was over she rode as a cúlóg behind the bridegroom to her new home. Later on as the roads were improved men on horseback constituted the marriage party. At the time the horses were well fed with corn and their Stamina for rough journeys was most noticeable Men rivalled each other galloping and Trotting the marriage party and very often rode so wildly and without due care that accidents were encountered. There are stories told where the men on horse-back carried their wives behind them and crossed the country so as to arrive at the wedding house as first arrivals. There are instances told and remembered where those exploits caused tragic Circumstances. Very often people who had old spleens met at marriages and they were renewed. With their renewal there arose rioting at the marriage feast.
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2021-02-19 16:22
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of such marriages in this area and other areas. Very often as many as ten marriages would be celebrated by the parish priest in a central house in the townland. It has been told that a most plentiful wedding would be got ready in the space of a few hours - Geese were plentiful in those days and no wedding was considered a wedding unless there was a big supply of geese and bacon. Plenty of whiskey was needed and it was procured for the great event. Sometimes the whiskey caused trouble as people when drunk became cross and disputes and battles were the result. It is stated that when the Parish Priest had finished his marriage ceremonies he retired to the house of his independent parishioner and sat down with his wedding guests and drank his glass of punch to the health of all the young people he united in matrimony of that day There was plenty of dance and song. The rule with regard to the dance was as follows: The man and woman of the house led the dance accompanied by another pair of guests. They danced the reel and jig to the tune of the flute of the bag-pipe or probably the violin. if the parish priest was not too weary after his trying day he may lead the dance. What is described above in relations to the marriages is what would occur in the last day of Shrove - Shrove-Tuesday
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2021-02-19 03:17
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and all the parties enjoy themselves for the remainder of the day and in many cases during the night.
This is how marriages and weddings are carried out in this district at the present time. How different in the olden days - during the last century and earlier marriages and arrangements were very often completed in one day or even less than a day. The match was introduced in the morning and the young couple were united in the bonds of matrimony before midnight. Those were the days when there were no cars to accommodate the people and very often there were no roads except bridle paths in the locality. Marriages were then celebrated in the house of the bride or if a number of marriages were to be on same day or night the parish priest or his curate would collect them to the house of one bride and marry each party in that house. There were few preparations as to dress and other formalities then as there are now In many cases the bride and bridegroom never met each other until a few hours before their marriage These people lived happy and contented and in many cases produced excellent children who were most obedient and respectful to their parents to the church and to the [?]. There are several examples related by the old men and women
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2021-02-19 03:03
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to procure her own trousseau and she has to visit the various stores to purchase the different materials and thus be prepared for the coming event Now that all those preliminaries are completed the wedding day is fixed. Before this great day arrives a wedding party is given by the Brides parents and the friends and neighbours are invited. The bridegroom takes his friends also but very often there is a limit to his number. All enjoy themselves with dance music and song and when morning comes all go home with happy thoughts of the pleasant night which they experienced. Now come the wedding day. Breakfast is to be at a certain [?] and the guests arrive in due time. As the hour for departure to the church approaches the bride puts on the marriage attire and is attended by her best friends - the bride-maid is with her and both travel on the same car but last in the procession to the church. The young couple are received by the officiating priest who has all arrangements made for the ceremony. When the young couple are united in the bond of matrimony they [?] their signatures to the parish register witnessed by the best man and bride-maid. They now drive away to the home of the bridegroom where the bride is received by the new friends. A marriage reception is held
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2021-02-19 02:46
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When all arrangements are made between the two parties as to the fortune which is to be paid on behalf of the young lady and the area of the land to be given to the young man and all other considerations the marriage day is to be fixed but before doing so the parish Priest must be consulted and the marriage dues agreed upon - The dues depend on the fortune and independence of the parties. As a rule half the sim is paid by the young man unless the intended father-in-law agrees to pay all the marriage dues. When this business is completed the marriage day is fixed. The bridegroom must have a letter of freedom from his P. P. and it may happen that he may have to visit the vicar if there are any impediments to be removed, such as a dispensation between parties who are related by blood or a previous marriage. A certain sum of money has to be paid to the vicar for his trouble in the matter usually from [?] to £5. When all these points are cleared up the intended young man will have to visit the tailor, boot maker, and hatter to procure a new suit, new boots and a new hat for the coming event. He has to procure a ring and he takes his intended bride to the jewellers' shop to get a proper fit of a ring to place on her finger. The intended young lady has
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2021-02-18 15:55
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worthy of the dead person unless there was plenty of whisky and wines given to the people who attended. Some people often prided out the quantity of drink which they consumed at such a funeral. Very often when drink was as plentiful the conduct at wakes and funerals was not what was desired. The church was constantly against the custom but until late years the custom was abused. In many cases on the day of the funeral friends met who had not met for years or probably some of them had never met before and they adjourned to the public house to treat each that is if the funeral procession was to a town or village. Very often in olden days there was a "Shebeen" close to the graveyard and people anxious for drink took advantage of this and became madly drunk. From practices and customs of this kind sprang disputes and rows and often led to fighting between parties in which some one or often more than one suffered wounds from which they never recovered. Another custom practised on the way home from funeral was the driving of horses both in saddle and drafting a car. There are several stories told by the old people where there was a fall on or a fast trot by men on horse-back on their return from the funeral and when they come in contact with each other and were knocked and very often seriously
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2021-02-18 15:44
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despatched for the full wake in the following day. The person in control had always friends of the Corpse in mind to purchase the necessaries of the wake from and no matter how faraway they lived the various items were procured The old people were very sincere to their own and at weddings, christenings wakes or funerals they were not forgotten. Whenever friends came to the wake they always cried and when the Coffin arrived the whole family and friends joined in the practice firmly established. It was the custom of the old clans and it was carried down from age to age. In case the people of the dead peson were poor all the friends would make up money or food between themselves and give their friend a decent burial. one party would procure the coffin, and the pipes and tobacco, other parties would provide the drink and some would give tea, sugar and bread. The sincerity of the old people was always noticeable in times of trouble and often in times of joy.
A plate containing tobacco was laid on the body also a plate containing snuff, and clay pipes were distributed each pipe filled with tobacco Pipes were distributed at the funeral in a great many circumstances and no funeral was considered
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2021-02-18 15:33
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In the olden days wakes were conducted in a different way to what they are at present. We are told by the old people that when the person died the body would not be touched for the space of three hours at least. There were always special people to look after the bodies of the dead in each locality. the women were there to wash the body and the men were there to shave the face. When all the particulars were completed he household knelt down and said the Rosary. In most localities there were special people "to give out the Rosary" and to read the Litany. That being over the next part to be carried out was the Crying and lamentation of the family circle. No matter how sad the death was the family were precluded from crying until the Rosary was said. The Corpse after being washed &c. was placed on a large table generally in the kitchen. The Crown Habit was always used. Messenges were sent [?] and then to all the friends to say that "so and so" was dead and that the funeral would be at such a time. Messenges were sent to the nearest shop for clay pipes and tobacco and snuff. If whiskey were convenient it was procured until the full "wake" was completed on the following day. No wake was considred "decent" that plenty of whiskey and tobacco were not to be seen. Three parties were
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2021-02-18 13:38
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taking off the butter it was not like butter at all, and it was all feathers. He passed no remarks and used to eat the butter the same as usual. He then boiled the hen and had her for his dinner next day. This was the way this poor man lived all his life.
When he would be going to bed at night he would boil potatoes, cabbage and bacon, pepper and salt all together and eat eat that at his supper. He used to eat the whole lot that night, and get up again in the morning as fresh as ever. He lived till eighty five, and was very young looking.
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2021-02-18 13:37
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In this locality the boys amuse themselves by making timber tops, cradle birds and snares.
This is how we make the tops.
Sometimes our fathers buy a new handle for a fork or a spade. It's generally too long and they cut a few inches off the top of it.
We get that piece and make a top of it. We pare it round and put a few ridges on it in order that the dorugha would not slip down. Then we got to the forge and get the smith to make a steel spear and drive it into the top.
I saw a turnip top once. It was shaped round like any other top but just that there was a timber spear in it instead of a steel spear.
Another famous pastime we have is the making of snares for to catch rabbits.
Snarues are made plaitting two pieces of fine wire together and leaving a loop in one end. The other end is put out through the loop leaving the circle big enough for the rabbit's head to go through.
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2021-02-18 13:32
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to that the son brings in. But it is a very fortunate farmer who can provide for all his sons and daughters so. Usually, one the heir and one daughter are married and dowered - the one with the farm the other with the fortune. All the rest "must travel".
This in brief is how matchmaking is carried on in the Kilmurry Ibrickane parish, and the purposes behind it.
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2021-02-18 13:29
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his keep. (that is if he hasn't the Old Age Pension), the use of the hearth and the use of a room in the house.
In payment for his abdication he receives the fortune of the girl. A fair arrangement, we should say. But we would be wrong; it is much more. True to the obligations of his social role, he may not use it entirely for himself. The Coore farmer does not retire. He must meet the interests of the family group. Ordinarily, the other children have been stalwart workers in the farm family society. They are not to be "settled on the land;" some other provision must be made. They may come forward now for their long due reward, and their just share.
Here the purposes behind the math show themselves again. One daughter is usually married into a nearby farm. The family makes a match for her. With her of course goes a fortune equal
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2021-02-18 13:24
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for. They make sure of it when they walk the land. They make sure their standing in the countryside will not suffer. On the side of the family receiving the fortune, too, interests were served. The girl's dowry comes to them to be used for their own purposes. With it they are assured a competent "new woman" as they call the new wife and daughter-in-law. She is trained to their position in life, and to their own habits and sentiments. Girl and dowry are a fair exchange for prestige and alliance.
And these are not the only values at stake. The fortune in the match is woven into the internal necessities of farm family life.
In the "writings" the father of the groom makes over the farm etc. to his son. He also makes provision for his maintenance and that of his wife. He usually preserves the right to the "grass of a cow",
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2021-02-18 13:19
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"If the girl's father likes the land he returns, and there will be eating and drinking until night comes on. Then they go to an attorney next day and get the writings between the two parties, and get the father of the boy to sign over the land if he has not already done so."
To our eyes, such a way of winning a wife seems very unromanitc. It sounds a little too much of hard-headed business. We should call a man a cynic who put farm and fortune ahead of personal attractions. Yet we should be wrong to make such an evaluation of the countryman. In matchmaking all the interests of both families are deeply involved. The match is a convention by which they are expressed and realised."
"For example, the heated, formal bargaining effects a necessary balanced equality between the two families. The girl's family know that she will be well provided
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2021-02-18 13:14
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The young lady takes along her friends, maybe anther girl, and her brother and her father and mother. The young man takes along his friends and the speaker."
"If they suit one another they will appoint a day to come and see the land. If they don't no one will reflect on anybody, but they will say he or doesn't suit. They do not say plainly what is wrong."
"The day before the girl's people come to see the land, geese are killed, the house is whitewashed, whiskey and porter are bought. The cows get a feed early so as to look good, and maybe they get an extra cow in if they want one." He said this last slyly, for to pretend to own more stock than one really has is an unfair trick in the bargaining."
"The next day comes the walking of the land. The young man stays outside in the street, but send his best friend in to show the girl's father around, but sure the friend won't show him the bad points"
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2021-02-18 13:09
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near the chapel or school, or near the town. Also if its well watered fenced and sheltered."
My friend could house here; he had summarised a very long and important negotiation.
"Well" he went on, getting to the heart of the matter, "if its a nice place, near the road, and the place of eight cows they are sure to ask £250 fortune. Then the young lady's father offers £150. Then may-be the boy's father throws off £50. If the young lady's father still has £150 on it the speaker divides the £50 between them. so now its £175 Then the young man says he is not willing to marry without £200, but if she's a nice girl and good housekeeper he'll think of it."
My friend paused here again for the match is going ahead well. "All this is one day's work" he said. After this they appoint a place for the young people to meet, and see one another and be introduced,
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2021-02-18 13:03
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it down'. So then he goes to the young man's house, and arranges for them to meet in Mullagh on such a night and we will see about it"
The knockanalbanach goes on: "The speaker goes with the young man and his father that night to Johanna's pub, or some other licenced public house there, and they meet they meet the father of the girl and his friends, or maybe his son and son-in-law. The first drink is called by the young man; the second by the young lady's father."
"The young lady's father asks the speaker what fortune does he want. He asks him the place of how many cows, sheep, and horses is it. He asks if there is a garden attached; is there plenty of water or spring wells? Is it far from the road or on it? What kind of a house is in it slate or thatch? If its too far from the road he won't take it. Backward places don't grow big fortunes. And he asks too is it
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2021-02-18 12:58
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Country marriage in Coore follows an ancient and widespread pattern. It is called match-making, and it is a sort of marriage de convenance, involving parental negotiations and a dowry, which is very wide spread. In Corra its importance is such as to make it the crucial point of rural social organisation.
A match usually begins when a farmer casts round for a suitable wife for one of his sons. The son to be married is to inherit the farm The farmer has full power to choose among his sons
"The young man" a gentleman in Knockanalban told me "sends a 'speaker' to the young lady, and the speaker will sound a note to know what fortune she has, will she suit, and will she marry this Shrove. She and her friends will enquire what kind of a man he is; is he nice and steady. And if he suits they tell the speaker to go ahead and 'draw
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2021-02-18 12:54
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and spoons they called "craskins".
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2021-02-18 12:48
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wheat is more lasting than the straw of the other cereals, and hence it is costly if the farmer does not grow it himself. The next best straw is that of rye. It makes a lovely thatch, and is more easily fitted than wheaten straw. Rye can only be grown on bog-land or damp places. It has not the strength of wheaten straw and does not wear as well. Slate is taking the place of thatch in all or mostly all of the new buildings. The thatched roofs are very warm in winter and they are cool in summer, and if the houses are kept white washed they are most healthy.
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2021-02-18 12:46
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were the kinds of houses in which the people lived. After sometime they began to build with mud or clay and they roofed with timber taken from the local woods. Scraws of a tough nature were placed on the roof and then covered with straw or rushes left in proper layers, and then the thatch was bound by ropes placed across the building. The ancients were not satisfied with that binding, as the winds and storms would blow away the thatch, so they knitted other ropes lengthwise, and thus saved the thatch from being blown away.
As experience taught the people they saw the necessity of a better binding. They found that they could sew the scraw and thatch to-gether that the roof would be much more safe. They adopted this method and called this sew-thatching.
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2021-02-18 12:45
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They sewn-thatched roof was very lasting if the straw were sound. The straw selected was that of the wheat and they called this "reed", and it is considered superior to any of the straws of the other cereals, There were special men who followed this trade, and they were called sew-thatchers. Very often when the straw was sound and the of proper length, and when carefully laid, the thatch lasted for on some occasions the space of twenty years. The labour of these men was much sought after. There are some men still in this area who practise the trade up to the present. Lately young men are making an effort to sew their own houses, but they are not as good as those of years gone by. The sewn-thatched houses make a lovely scene, when the walls are whitewashed. This give the appearance and tidiness of the owners. They were called 'snug-dwellings'. The straw of the
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2021-02-18 12:40
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were the kinds of horses in which the people lived. After sometime they began to build with mud or clay and they roofed with timber taken from the local woods. Scraws of a tough nature were placed on the roof and then covered with straw or rushes left in proper layers, and then the thatch was bound by ropes placed across the building. The ancients were not satisfied with that binding, as the winds and storms would blow away the thatch, so they knitted other ropes lengthwise, and thus saved the thatch from being blown away.
As experience taught the people they saw the necessity of a better binding. They found that they could sew the scraw and thatch to-gether that the roof would be much more safe. They adopted this method and called this sew-thatching.
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2021-02-16 17:54
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Not many years there live a wealthy man in Lattin about four miles from the town of Tipperary. Whose name was Damer. One Saturday he went to the market and he bought a big box of butter but he when he got home he found that he had only a small quantity of butter. For when he tried to carry the box into the house he found it very heavy so he opened it and found that the surface was the butter and the rest was gold. He got into his car immediately and drove back to town and bought all the butter and carried it home. After that he paid people to shovel the gold and he would not let them wear their clothes because they might take some of the gold away in their clothes. One day a man came to Damer and asked him for work. Damer asked him what wages would he work for and the man answered him and said that he would work for one look at his (Damers) gold. Damer carried the man into the cellar where the gold was and showed him
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2021-02-16 17:52
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out of the graveyard and walked out onto the road and walked after the boy. The boy did not know it was his father but he thought it was a ghost. The boy turned around and saw a thing a few yards behind him and it standing like a statue. Then the boy turned around and walked slowly homewards. His father walked after him quickly and when he was behind him the boy turned around and with one of his boots kicked his father in the stomach and he died shortly afterwards.
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2021-02-16 17:51
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Long ago there lived a wealthy Protestant in Tipperary town. He lived in the abbey and he had heaps of gold and jewellery of every kind. He used to get people to mind his treasure but before they would get the job they would have to swear that they would mind the treasure dead or alive. Then he would kill them because he thought that they might mind it better when they would be dead. When he was dying he buried his treasure under the arch which is right in the middle of the abbey field and it is there ever since. If you want to get the gold you must do down there at midnight and dig it up but before you are a foot deep in the ground a big bull with fire all around him will appear and when you see him you will get frightened and run away because the bull would kill you if he caught you because he minds the gold. You could not see the gold in the day time if you dug under the arch but only in the night time
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2021-02-16 17:49
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the gold and asked the man what good would that do him and the man said "It does the same amount of good to me as it does to you". Then Damer told the man to fill his pockets with gold and that he need not work for many a year to come and that anytime he wanted money to go to him and he would give it to him because he (Damer) said that he (the man) was the only decent man he had ever met since he was known to be rich.
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4th Story.
Peggy Quinlan of Ballincullig tells that she heard a story in her locality of a lios or fort that is situated to the north of her house at Thursillagh and tradition has it she says that a crock of gold is hidden in one of the corners of that fort, and that is was supposed to be buried there by the Danes. - but that attempts were never made to unearth it -
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3rd Story.
Another story told by Mr. Jer Reidy (aged 85) is that, in the towland of Kilmore, Rathanny, there is an underground or subterranean passage joining two forts or lises in the farms of his son Ml. Reidy and Thos. Scanlon. These forts are about 100 yards apart, and the passage is paved with stones. It is firmly believed that if this passage could be travelled, that there is gold hidden there. In Ml. Savage's farm at Tylough - not far away from the above forts there is a large fort. In it there are small underground houses. Nobody in the neighbourhood knows what they were used for. Some attempts were made by the Savages to excavate in these forts but they did not proceed with the project - as they were stopped by a man with horns on his head.
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2021-02-16 17:45
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taken off with the hand or in some cases a plane. They were then pounded with a mallet, and damped with water, and twisted in the same way as the ropes made from straw or hay, or rushes. These latter ropes were used for binding [?], and for binding hay or straw when being drawn from the tillage field or meadow, because it was on the backs of horses that straw, hay etc were brought into the farmyard. It was by this means that the farmer took his corn into his yard or haggard to be stacked or his hay to be ricked, because there no cars then in use. Horses were often loaded with a weight of 50 stones, that is they carried 25 stones on each side. If a uneven load were carried the horse would have little ease in carrying his load, and hence it was the duty of the guide (gcolla) to balance
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2021-02-16 17:35
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the material placed a portion of the straw (etc) round the middle of the stick, and the twister motioned from left to right, and went backwards as the rope was lengthened. After some time the ancient people found another means of twisting those materials. They dressed a piece of young straight plant, and turned one end into a semicircle. Their next point was to keep the stick in its new position, and they tied the end of the semicircle to the stick or rod, and thus the circular portion was kept in a position. A portion of the end was left to hold the material, and placed on the top of the new machine - the twisting-bow. Ropes were also made from bog-deal or the bog-pine. The pine was cut with a hatchet and allowed to dry, and then it was split into blocks, and the little layers of wood were
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2021-02-16 17:30
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The first ropes, which were made in any area, were the ones made from straw or hay. They may have been made from long and strong rushes before they were made from straw or hay. The rushes were pulled by the hand, and then laid out on the grass to dry and save turning them over at intervals. When properly dried and bleached they were into sheaves, and when seasoned, they were converted into ropes called sugáns. But before being twisted into ropes the rushes were beaten with a mallet to make them softer, which enabled the maker to fit them better. The rope maker, or as he was called the sugán maker sat on a chair and place the straw, hay or rushes on his right, and then called for somebody to twist the material. In all probability the twister got a short round piece of stick, and the person who had
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2021-02-16 17:24
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The mounting of cars, the making of axles, and the shoeing or banding of wheels are still carried on by local smiths.
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2021-02-16 17:24
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The pot-hooks was always made by local smiths, and are still made by them. There are some of the pot-hooks in houses which are at least 50 yrs old. Special iron must have been used in their making.
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2021-02-16 17:23
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The blacksmiths always made cranes in this district. Some blacksmiths had special designs for these useful kitchen furniture. They also made the hanger and the hanger was made before the crane. Some hangers though they are subjected to heat for the past 60 yrs or more are still good, and will be good for many a day to come.
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2021-02-16 17:23
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The mounting of cars, the making of axles, and the shoeing or banding of wheels are still carried on by local smiths.
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2021-02-16 17:22
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The blacksmiths always made cranes in this district. Some blacksmiths had special designs for these useful kitchen furniture. They also made the hanger and the hanger was made before the crane. Some hangers though they are subjected to heat for the past 60 yrs or more are still good, and will be good for many a day to come.
The mounting of cars, the making of axles, and the shoeing or banding of wheels are still carried on by local smiths.
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2021-02-16 17:19
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Ploughs were made by the blacksmiths in this district from time immemorial, but only a few are made at the present time. They are now made in the factories, and except the dressing of ploughs very little plough-work is carried on.
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2021-02-16 17:18
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and useful, and strange to say it was not painted until lately. the Church gate at Coore is about 70 years old, and it is still good. This gate was made by a local tradesman. When gates of a nice design were needed the country blacksmith was not able to compete with those in the town But for strength and durability the gates made by the country blacksmith could not be excelled. Gates are still made by the blacksmiths, but the iron is of a low quality.
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2021-02-16 17:16
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shoeing. If he got the name of a good "shoer" he was sure of a large trade in shoeing. The man who came to shoe the horse, he required a spade and all the other necessaties for his farm, and so the smith was anxious to get and keep his custom. When the plough was not so much used in certain areas as it is now, a great number of spades was required. They were made by the smith, and sold at the markets and fairs. He made them in his spare time. The smiths in this locality sold them at Miltown Malbay, at Ennis, and in certain shops in the villages. Very often shop-keeper friends obliged the smith by selling the spades for their friend. Na Sleagháin were made, and are still made by a few smiths in this area. There is a gate not far from the school, and it is over 100 yrs old, and still strong
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2021-02-16 17:12
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food for the people and the animal. The forge was his workshop, and he was able to make most of the necessary implements himself. Next to the spade the most necessary and useful was the plough. There was a number of smiths in this locality. Forges were erected at the cross-roads. The people collected together and built them in a few days, and thus placed the smith in a position to make his living, and at the same time to be a most useful member in the locality. The bellows and the anvil were the most costly to the smith. Where a young man had no money to purchase those indespensable articles the farmers collected the money, and within a week since the foundation of the forge was laid the blacksmith was at work. The horses came to be shod and the blacksmith, was careful to show his trade, by being particular in the points of
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2021-02-16 17:07
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The trade of the blacksmith ranks among the most ancient of trades. The blacksmith is a man whose trade and craft cannot be dispensed with, and hence he was reckoned by the community as next in rank to the producer of the food. When there was no machinery for the manufacture of the implements of husbandry, the smith was there to make the spade to dig the soil, and thus help to produce
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2021-02-16 13:23
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the Country. Cattle were at a low price and food stuffs were high and the small farmers with long and helpless families were on the point of extinctions, but brave "Davitt" and noble Parnell came to their assistance. The Land League of 1879 was the foundations of whatever freedom we have to-day and these men should never be forgotten, coupled with them should be the names of John Dillon, Wlm O Brien, Tim Harrington, [?] [?] and John Redmond. Evictions were taking place in isolated localities but the people responded and were often led by their priests into action against the "Battering-Ram" and the Landlords brigade It was not a period as bad as the "47 & 48" period but it was bordering on it if allowed to continue. These evictions began in 1879 continued until 1888. This County suffered a good deal from evictions and it nearly finished the work of the Battering Ram and the "Crowbar-Brigade".
Some of the old people who went through the trying period of "47 & 48" were most careful about housekeeping when the period of 1879 arrived The were very careful always as to waste in housekeeping but they were doubly careful in the period mentioned and they always engendered this idea of housekeeping into the minds of their children.
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2021-02-16 13:07
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In this district there were many trades carried on by the people and most of them are dying out. Before the introduction of Parrifin Oil to this country the making of candles was coming in most of the farmers' houses. They collected the tallow from the sheep, goats and cattle Each house had its mould a large one, and also a small one. They supplemented this by means of bog-deal and wood in general. They did a good portion of their work at night especially the woman by means of the light obtained from the bog-deal.
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2021-02-16 12:56
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After the process of weaving came the tucking of the cloth thus woven. In most cases this was done in the houses, and in other cases it was done by mills called "Tucking Mills". These were often attached to the grinding mills. In this parish of Kilmurry Ibrickane there were 4 such mills operating about 80 yrs ago. There is but one operating at present. Until quite recently the process of tucking was carried on in the district lying between Carrigaholt and Loop Head.
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2021-02-16 12:53
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is a marvellous piece of weaving with lovely designs.
In the "Clan System" of ancient the chieftain made certain that there would be a tradesman required for each branch of industry. They were all to be members of the clan and strange to say the weaver was considered to take the lowest place The chieftain gave a banquet each year - generally after the harvest - and all the clan were invited. Each member was arranged a the table according to his calling and profession. After the officials were arranged according to their rank on one side of the chieftain; the independent farmer took his seat beside the chieftain, and next the farmer came the blacksmith, and so on with all the other trades and crafts,. The weaver we are told took the last seat.
There were many weavers in district in past, but none at present.
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2021-02-16 12:48
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In connection with the manufacture of wool and linen the weaver have the most difficult part to play. Very often it was to the skill in his trade that the woollen and linen cloths showed their quality. In many houses in ancient days the loom was a part of the furniture, though the weaver's trade was considered mean. But when one examines all the other trades and crafts, the weaver should not be reckoned as a man following a low means of living. In some of the well kept houses at the present day there are table-clothes, towels, pillow cases and sheets, which are one hundred years' old. Of course they were rarely used except when the priests of the parish visited those homes or when some special and dear friend visited. There is a table cloth in this neighbourhood, and from information which is authorative it is at least 125 years old. It
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2021-02-16 12:37
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manner. It was a common practice with the mother to have her linen wheel placed close to the large kitchen turf-fire, and she spinning away with the linen wheel feeling happy if she spun superior thread. She trained each of the daughters to do likewise, and it was one of the chief qualifications of a young lady seeking a home if she were able to use the woollen and linen wheels; sewing and knitting were also a qualification. These were the qualifications of the middle class but music was generally added for the next clans of lady seeking a home. Good housekeepers had those qualification and of course good housekeeping was needed. Living then was quite different to what it is in the present. There are few house industries now, and people in general do not labour more than forty per cent of what our grandfathers and grandmothers did. There is more labour in linen than wool.
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2021-02-16 12:32
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when properly bleached it is taken home, and made into stacks. These stacks have to be thatched, and protected from the rain. It is the most profitable industry in most of the northern counties, and gives the largest amount of employment in that area. The linen mills of the north are the best in the world, and no linen, can compete with the Irish linen. Germany has made several efforts to beat the Irish linen in foreign markets, especially in America, but they have failed. The fibre of the flax has to be broken so as to clear away some of the useless parts called "hulls". It has then to be cloved. This was done by hand, but now is done by machinery, so is the hackling and also the spinning and all other operations taken with the manufacture. Like the manufacture of the wool in the farm-house, the manufacture of line was carried on in like
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2021-02-16 12:30
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As I went out my grandfather's gap,
I met a little man robbing and bawling.
His whisker it was flesh, and his mouth it was horn,
And such a little man, never was born
(A cock crowing)
Riddle me, riddle me, riddle me Ri.
What should it be,
Through a rock, through a real,
Through an old spinning wheel.
Through a miller's hopper,
Through a bag of pepper,
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2021-02-16 12:28
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There are five tailors in this districts. The tailors long ago used go from house to house making clothes. The people themselves used buy the cloth.
These are the tools a tailor used, a machine, a lap-board for pressing the clothes, a heating iron, a thimble, a needle, a scissors, and a measuring tape.
The tailors buy shirts they never make them. Long ago they used knit stockings and they do yet. There are two spinning wheels in this town land. Long ago the people used wear their new clothes on Sundays and market days.
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2021-02-16 12:23
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In ancient and modern times flax was always cultivated in Ireland, but at present it is confined to the North of Ireland where it is one of the chief industries of that part of the country. There is a special class of soil suitable for its growth, neither too rich or too poor. The flax grown on rich soils would not be suitable as the fibre would be too soft and in damp weather would be liable to rot in the soil. There is a great division of labour in the manufacture of linen from flax It has to be pulled out of the soil by the hand, and then has to be steeped in flax ponds or rivers or lakes. The most suitable water is bog water where the turf is not black The object of steeping is to soften the fibre. It requires at least a fortnight in the steeping pool. It is lifted then and placed if possible in a stubble field to bleach. It has to be turned by the hand or very long wattles, and
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2021-02-16 11:53
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most industrious. A great many other trades and crafts were supported by the home manufacture of wool. The wheelwright was kept busy making the spinning wheels. He had apprentices and they always kept a stock of wheels ready for work. The wheelwright brought the wheels to the fairs and markets and exhibited them there for sale. He did not wait for orders he was sure of his sale. He also made another class of wheel other than the wool-wheel; this was called the linen-wheel used in spinning flax. This wheel was far more intricated in construction than the woollen wheel, and was sold at a much higher price. It was low in construction and was set in motion with the foot. The wool-wheel was worked by the fore-finger, and the thread wound over the spindle.
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2021-02-16 11:50
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places, and were conservative as to the exact places in which they were located. Sometimes the wool was not dyed, but when spun into thread, the thread was dyed. The usual practice was to dye the wool. In the making of frieze for coats and overcoats they always required a certain quantity of wool taken from an old sheep. Lamb's wool was used in the thread required for stockings and cloth of the finest quality. At one time Ireland produced some of the best wool in the world, but to-day it is taking a lower maker because the breeding of the sheep is not properly attended to.
At one time nearly all the clothes worn by man woman and child were made at home in this area and there were few draper shops in any town except in Ennis and Kilrush. Very drapery was shown in the shop windows, but to-day no window is more attractive in town or village than the drapery one when well arranged.
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2021-02-16 11:49
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Women and girls were engaged at night in teasing wool, carding wool, and spinning it. They were also engaged at knitting. Each member of the household had her own duty to perform and by that arrangement the work came easily on each person. It is to be regretted that there is none of that business to be seen at the present day. The kitchen of the farm-house was a small factory in itself some forty years ago. The great change in the dress of the peasant at the present time is the cause of the decline and discontinuance of such industrial labour. The girls and women took their bales of flannel frieze and serge to the fairs and markets, and disposed of them there and thus added to the wealth of the farmers purse. Very often the father encouraged the daughters to invest the money so received in the purchase of a lamb or yearling or a young pig and by that means the children became
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2021-02-16 11:45
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places, and were conservative as to the exact places in which they were located. Sometimes the wool was not dyed, but when spun into thread, the thread was dyed. The usual practice was to dye the wool. In the making of friaze for coats and overcoats they always required a certain quantity of wool taken from an old sheep. Lamb's wool was used in the thread required for stockings and cloth of the finest quality. At one time Ireland produced some of the best wool in the world, but to-day it is taking a lower maker because the breeding of the sheep is not properly attended to.
At one time nearly all the clothes worn by man woman and child were made at home in this area and there were few draper shops in any town except in Ennis and Kilrush. Very drapery was shown in the shop windows, but to-day no window is more attractive in town or village than the drapery one when well arranged.
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2021-02-16 11:40
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Throughout the large and extensive parish the spinning of wool and flax was carried on for centuries. Every little farm which could afford to feed a few sheep was valued. Lands that could not fatten the sheep were not so much sought after. The wool then was a most useful commodity to small farmer of a few cows. They manufactured it into various qualities of cloths. It was surprising how skillfully they managed for large families and provided them with food and clothes The wool was shorn, then washed, dried and combed. It was then [?] and carded into rolls, and next the spinner took charge and spun those rolls into fine thread or round thread, according to the fineness of the cloth, which was derived. The old people were very knowledgeable in the colouring of the woodland, and there were specialists in every locality for that purpose alone. They found the dyes in certain
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2021-02-15 19:21
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until it was three years old.
When the chieftain came in Stuach of course welcomed him, and as told above the chieftain asked to be shown the beautiful chair. I will show it to you in a moment said Stuach. The pig was out in the field foraging for itself and Stuach called out Hurruish! Hurruish and the pig returned and came into the house. In the meantime Stuach had laid down his big bog-deal table on the floor and the pig laid down beside the table and Stuach sat down on the pig. The chieftain got surprised and said that he expected to see a grand chair, but Stuach told him the bet was for as "dear a seat". The pig was of more value in money that the chieftain's chair and he acknowledged it. So Stuach won the wager. The wager was the rent (cíos) of the holding
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2021-02-15 19:17
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for that purpose. the chieftain invited him into his parlour and gave Stuach a lovely chair to sit on. The chieftain asked him how he liked the chair and he said it was good and nice. The chieftain told him the price of the chair and he said in reply that he had a chair at home which was deared that that. The chieftain got surprised and a bit angry to old Stuach, and Stuach being witty took the matter cooly and he retorted - "Cuirfaud geall leat a mháighistir go bfuil Siudheachán ag baile cámh - daor leis an gcathaoir sin." Do chuireadar an geall ag us tháinig an taoiseach go tig Stuaich ag us muair a tháinig isteach do fhiaf ruig dhe "Cá bhruil an chathaoir Bhreágh sin atá agat?" "Taisbeanfad duit an ois é" a dubhairt Stuac, agus amach leis. Stuach was in the habit of keeping a few pigs for his own use and it was his practice not to kill any pig
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2021-02-15 18:57
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himself a fairly large house and chose for its site a level field at the base of a sharp round hill which was called "Stuach". This old man lived independently there and it seems that he possessed many head of cattle of cattle and sheep and was very wealthy. Quite convenient to his house there was a bridle path leading form Kilmurry Ibrickane to Ennis, and he saw the opportunity of attracting dealers in stock and sheep to the district. He sent out scouts to the various localities to say there would be a fair at "Stuach", and the people responded to the call. For miles to the east and south cattle and sheep thronged to this fair, and tradition has it that the fair was one of great importance. There is a story told about Stuach. It appears he had to pay some dues or rents to the chieftain of the locality, and he visited him
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2021-02-15 18:52
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In olden days the people collected their cattle and sheep in this place and formed a fair-field. It was rather Central and the people seized on the opportunity of establishing a fair there
Acadh - a fair field.
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2021-02-15 18:50
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On the Northern side of Doolough Lake there is a sharp rise on the land which is mostly of a mountainous and boggy nature. Up to the space of 150 years ago there were only a few families living in that area, and most of the place previous to that was owned by an old warrior named Stuac. He built for
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2021-02-15 18:47
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This is a large townland lying north of the school, and it is called Shanaway meaning Sean-Bhoth, an old hut. It appears when the historian came there it was practically houseless and that he one saw the old hut and hence
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2021-02-15 18:46
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At the base of Coore School there is a bridge crossing the little river that flows down from the mountains. Sometimes during floods it carries a large volume of water which finally flows into the sea. Before the bridge was constructed a weir was formed to keep back the water and allows the people to pass. The equivalent of the word weir in the Irish Language is Cora and the whole townland derives its name from the weir in this particular spot. The old maps contain the name Droicheadh na Coradh.
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2021-02-15 18:43
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At the base of Coore School there is a bridge crossing the little river that flows down from the mountains. Sometimes during floods it carries a large volume of water which finally flows into the sea. Before the bridge was constructed a weir was formed to keep back the water and allows the people to pass. The equivalent of the word weir in the Irish Language is Copa and the whole townland derives its name from the weir in this particular spot. The old maps contain the name "Droicheadh na Copadh.
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2021-02-15 14:50
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About half a mile to the south of the Coore N. S. and at the base of the Castle of Doonogan there is a stream called Átha na n-Each. This stream runs from Doonogan Lake, and it was used chiefly form watering horses and hence called Átha na n-Each
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2021-02-15 14:48
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lasted for a long time, and they killed but not before he had wounded one of them. However the wound did not prove fatal. They returned home fully satisfied as to the exploits they had done. The head of the boar was put upon a rock and it remained there for a number of years and hence the place is called Ceann Tuirc.
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2021-02-15 14:43
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There was a large wild boar roaming at large around the district on the eastern side of Doolough Lake. He did a lot of destruction and when the three sons to Traolach Mac Stairn came to attack the wild cat at Sruthán a' Chait they were informed of the wild boar which was equally destructive in that district. They prepared their spears and went in search of the boar, and they found him in a cave, and he enjoying the effects of his forage for that day. They urged him out of his cave, and they applied their weapons as best they could. The battle
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2021-02-15 14:39
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Most people in West Clare have heard of the great serpent which resided in Scattery Island on the Shannon near Kilrush. When St Seanán visited the island he was met by the great serpent which opened its mouth to swallow him, but he made the sign of the Cross and kept the serpent at bay. Finally he drove the serpent out of the island across the Shannon and northwards to Doolough Lake where he commanded it to stay and to live on an eel and a half each day. He also commanded the serpent not to do any harm in the locality. The three sons of Traolach Mach Stairn heard about this great serpent and after despatching the famous cat of Sruthán a' Chait they came to the lake which was convenient and they attacked the serpent after a long battle they killed
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2021-02-15 14:37
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Troolach Mach Stairn who were living in the west of the country, and they heard of the great trouble this animal was to the people. They came in pursuit of the cat, and being well armed they attacked him, and it is said he made a powerful defence, but finally he tried to escape from his attackers and ran towards the south where he had another residental quarter. But they followed him and captured him about three miles away and killed him with their spears. People were afraid to pass that way for years afterwards.
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Troolach Mach [?] who were living in the west of the country, and they heard of the great trouble this animal was to the people. They came in pursuit of the cat, and being well armed they attacked him, and it is said he made a powerful defence, but finally he tried to escape from his attackers and ran towards the south where he had another residental quarter. But they followed him and captured him about three miles away and killed him with their spears. People were afraid to pass that way for years afterwards.
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To the south of Coore National School but more to the South-east there lies a steam which takes all the surplus waters from the district and carries them into the [?] river which flows from Doolough Lake. At a special part of this stream which runs through a deep valley a large wild cat frequented this spot. The cat was a terror to the neighbourhood and committed much havoc upon the animals and produce of the locality. It is related that he attacked the human beings who went that way and the place was called Sruthán an Chait on account of the cat being there most of his life. Several people tried to kill it and they often succeeded in chasing it away, but it returned again. However there were three sons of
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tribe name.
It is mentioned in the ancient records that Curose Mac Darre lived in this castle and that Cuchullin visited there and stayed for the space of three days and three nights. It was also visited by Duald Mac Firbisgh who was the great poet and historian of the Kings of Connaught. The historical poet Maorlinn Óg Mach [?] lived there finally and it is stated that Cromwellian soldiers knocked the castle and killed the old poet. During the Confiscations the property changed ownership and a gentleman James O'Dwyer came into possession and lived not in the castle but in a good substantial farmhouse beside the castle. He lived there until 1843.
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of Cahirmurphy in the Parish of Kilmihil. Cahir Hill and Doonogan are in a perfectly straight line at a distance of 4 miles apart.
After the Danes left Doonogan Castle it was taken by the O'Briens. The population of the district at that time was very sparse, there being only a few houses from there to Mount Callan.
Towards the close of the twelfth Century the O'Briens of Corcabasein (name of district from Mount Callan to Loop Head and bounded by the Shannon on the South and Corcomruadh on the North) invited the Mac Gorman Clan who were in possession of the Barony of Owney in Limerick and Tipperary to take up portion of Corca-Bascin and live in that area. Their duty was to protect that district from Kilmanaheen close to Ennistymon as far as Torriby or Kilkea and Southwards towards the Shannon. They also had to defend to O'Briens in battle whenever it was needed. The Mac Gorman Clan got possession of Doonogan Castel at that time 1181. This clan called that area Ibrickane, it being their own
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At the Eastern part of Coore there was another Hedge School conducted on the same lines as those already mentioned. This was later placed under the National Board. It was called Caheraowen N. S. (Cathar-a-abhann) It was established by the late Rev. Patrick Moran P. P. Kilmurry Ibricane and it continued to do duty as a National School until about 33 years ago when it was superseded by the present Shanaway N. S.
The teacher in those days had very little to live on save the small fees paid by the pupils weekly or monthly. They did a good deal of private tuition where the family were educated together in their own home. It was a common practice for the teacher to teach in a cabin or in the open air in Summer time and retire in the evening to the house of an independent farmer and give his services as tutor to the members of the family, and receive as remuneration board and lodging and probably a few shillings to purchase tobacco.
Though the teachers had but little training for their calling it was astonishing how well they were able to communicate their knowledge to the pupils who were placed under their charge. One hears now and again of able Churchmen, highly qualified medical men, great lawyers,
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intellectual type and had great taste for Education. They were well off and could afford to pay a teacher better than those of other districts. They were well versed in tradition and loved to read History. Some families had read the Annals of the Four Masters and Keatings History as those books were purchased for them by an old Master and lent out to them for a little remuneration.
The landlord - Lord Leconfield - did not like this school and took steps to prevent it being held on his property. His reason was that he wanted to found a school in the place from which he could dispense soup and free clothes to the pupils to try and capture them for the Protestant Faith. In this he failed because the Priest of Kilmurry Ibricane opposed him and the people followed their priests. Only a few pupils attended the School set up by the Landlord because their parents received some concessions from the Landlord. The attendance of those pupils did not last long as they soon realised that the Catholic Church opposed and resented the actions of the Landlord and of those who sided with him. Even to this day the descendants of the few families who attended the 'Souper School' are called 'Soupers'.
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R. What goes around the house all day and stands on its head in the night?
A. The brush.
R. A ship went up the river, there were sixty men in it, and yet there was not a single man in it. How was it
A. Because they were all married men.
R. Why is a cow's tail like the letter "f".
A. Because it is at the end of beef.
R. Why is a dog's tail like the core of a tree.
A. Because it is farthest from the bark.
R. The man that made it never wore it
The man who wore it never saw it?
A. A coffin.
R. Four legs in the morning, two in the noon, and three in the evening. What is it?
A. The life of a person.
R. It is in the rock, but not in the stone.
It is in the marrow, but not in the bone.
It is in the church, but not in the steeple.
It is in the priest, but not in the people.
Ans. The letter "r".
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R. What has a head, a foot, and four legs?
A. A bed.
R. What press is the cheapest?
A. The "Irish Press."
R. I went up the road and down the road, and carried the road on my back?
A. A ladder.
R. 'Tisn't within or abroad, but its of use to the house?
A. A window.
R. When was Moses when he lit his pipe.
A. Behind it.
R. What is the longest word in the English Language?
A. Smiles. Because there is a mile between the two esses.
R. What's that, that's brought to table, always cut, but never eaten?
A. A deck if cards.
R. There is in Ireland, a town of fame. Spell it backwards and forwards and pronounce it the same?
A. Navan.
R. Where was Moses when the light went out?
Ans. In the dark.
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R. What's that that's in a field, and every time you pull its nose bleeds?
A. A pump.
R. What has eyes but cannot see?
A. A potato.
R. Why does a horse go over the wall.
A. Because he could not go under it.
R. Constantinople is a very big word, and you are a dunce if you cannot spell it?
Ans. It.
R. What stick doesn't grow in the wood?
A. A candlestick.
R. What's the shiest thing in a house?
A. The clock because it always has its hands to its face.
R. What is the difference between a steep hill and a pill?
A. One is hard to go up, the other is hard to put down.
R. It would kill a bull; it would kill a bear, and conquer all the men in Clare?
Ans. Hunger.
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R. When was beef the highest?
A. When the cow jumped over the moon.
R. Why is an idle school boy like a postage stamp?
A. Because he is licked and put in a corner, and made stick to his letters.
R. Why does a donkey prefer thistles to corn?
A. Because he's an ass.
R. What's the hardest key to turn?
Ans. A donkey.
R. What's the biggest room in the world?
Ans. The room for improvement.
R. If Jack father was Paddy's brother. What was Jack to Paddy's mother?
Ans. grandson.
R. If you went up in a castle. What would you fall against?
A. Your will of course.
R. What is that, that never was or never will be?
A. A mouse's nest in a cat's ear.
R. Twenty four white cows tied in a stall. The red cow came out and licked them all?
A. Your teeth and tongue.
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R. I looked from a steeple, I saw people.
They were neither men, women or children, What were they?
A. A man, woman, and a child.
R. What's the difference between a schoolmaster and an engine driver?
A. One trains the mind, the other minds the train.
R. Why is the letter "t" like an island?
A. Because its in the middle of water.
R. Why is a toffee like a racehorse?
A. Because the more you lick it the faster it goes.
R. I have a little house, a mouse wouldn't fit in it. And all the men in Clare wouldn't count all the windows in it?
A. A thimble.
R. What goes around the wood, and around the wood, and never gets into the wood?
A. The bark of a tree.
R. What's full and holds more?
Ans. A pit full of potatoes, you can fill it with water.
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R. As round as an apple as plumb as a ball. Can climb the Church over steeple and all?
A. The Sun.
R. What is it always walks with its head down?
A. A nail in a boot.
R. What goes away between two woods, and comes home between two waters?
A. A man bringing water in pails.
R. Niddy-noddy round body
Three feet and a wooden hat?
A. A pot.
R. Headed like a thimble, tailed like a rat.
You may guess for ever, but you won't guess that?
A. A man's pipe.
R. Patch upon patch without any stitches.
Riddle me that, and I'll buy you a pair of breeches?
A. A head of cabbage.
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to do its duty and the same thing happened every time They sold the dishes at the market and they got hundreds of pounds for them. And before long they got very rich. The landlord noticed that Michael was getting rich and he wanted to know where he go the money. So Michael told him the story and the landlord asked him for the bottle. Michael gave it to him. The landlord said that he need not pay the rent anymore. That he would give him the land free for the bottle. When Michael had the bottle given to the landlord he got as poor as he was before he ever got the bottle. One day Michael was going to the fair again and he met the little man. He told him the story about giving the bottle to the landlord The little man said he would give him another bottle and to to do same as he had done before. When he went home his wife did the same as she had done before and to his great surprise what, came out but to men with sticks in their hands. The men struck Michael and his wife and son. They did not know what to do. Michael made up his mind to exchange the bottles with the landlord. One night the landlord had a great party and Michael said he would go for the bottle. He went and asked for the landlord, who came out to him. Michael told him he had a better bottle and he would give it to him instead of the first one. The landlord said "all-right. She he told the bottle to do
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There was a man there long ago and long ago it was. Himself his wife and his son lived together. They were very poor. They had a farm of land and only one cow. The time for paying the rent came and they had no money to pay it. They had to sell the cow or if they didn't they would be put out of the house. He brought the cow to the fair and when he was on the road he met a funny little man. The funny man asked him where he was going and Michael told him his story. The little man said he would give him a bottle if he gave him his cow. And that he would be the richest man in the parish. So he gave him the cow for the bottle. He told him when he would go home to tell his wife to sweep the floor very clean, and to put a clean cloth on the table, and to tell the bottle to do it's duty. And in half a second the table was filled with golden dishes of all kinds of eatables. When they had their enough eaten they washed the dishes and put them up very carefully. Every time they wanted to eat they told the bottle.
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an old cat. Jack took the cat home in his hands as he wanted to obey his mother. But it scraped him so he had to let it go. "You foolish boy said his mother you should have led it home by a string." Jack said he would do it next time. Then he worked in a butcher's shop and he got a leg of lamb. Jack tied it with a string and dragged it through the road. When he got home the leg of lamb was spoilt. She asked why he did not carry it on his back. I will do so next time said Jack. After that he went to work for a grocer who gave him a small donkey. Jack was very strong so he put the donkey on his back with it's legs up in the air. In this way he set out for home. Now on his way home he had to pass the house of a rick man. This man had a child, a young girl who was deaf and dumb. The doctors had said that she would never hear or speak until someone first made her laugh. Many tried to amuse her but could not do so. And at last the father said he would give a bag of gold to anyone who would make his child laugh Now the young girl was at the window when Jack past by. And when she saw him with the donkey on his back he looked so funny that the girl burst into a loud fit of laughing. And at last she found she could hear and speak. You may be sure that the
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Long ago, there lived a boy whose name was Jack. His mother was very poor and Jack was big and strong and would not work. His mother was angry with him and said if he did not earn some money she would put him out of the house. Jack soon got a days work in a farm an at the end of the the farmer gave him a penny for his wages. Jack put the penny in his pocket but the pocket was holed and the penny fell out and was lost. Jack mother was angry at the loss of the penny. "You foolish boy she said you should have kept it in your hand" Next day Jack did some work for a baker and the man would give him nothing but
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together. When they arrived at the house. The mouse went in a hole in a hole in the door. Séan slipped his hand in and raised the latch. The mouse and the been went into the bedroom. The two were in bed. Well to make a long story short the mouse bit Grugs ear and the bee stung his nose. "Stop" yelled Grug if you again brother Glug I'll cut your head off. So the bee and the mouse killed the giants. and Séan got his farm. The bee got honey and the mouse got corn from the king. And they all lived happy in the new house with the old widow.
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Glug and grug were two giants who lived in Ireland long ago. Glug was as tall as a flag pole and he had an eye in the back of his head. Grug was only half as tall as Glug. But he was as wide as a hay-stack. Glug and Grug lived together in a house on the top of a hill. They stole cows, sheep, pigs and hens from the people who lived near them. The women had to bake cakes for them. And the men had to bring them turf. At last the king could stand it no longer. He gathered his fighting together and fought the giants. But the king's men were no good and Glug and Grug killed them all. Now there was living in a house a poor widow and her son, Séan. One day Séan made up his mind to kill the giants. So he went and saw the king. "If I kill the giants for you what will you give me" said Sean." Forty cows an new house and the biggest farm in the land. "Make if fifty" said Séan. "Its a bargain" said the King. Sean had only two friends - a mouse and a bee. The people laughed to see them going the road.
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lived a long way off got to hear of Tom Tumb. "Come along Tom" said this huge fellow. "You will soon be as big as your father." He caught poor Tom up and put him sitting on his ear and carried him off. Tom stayed with the giant for twelve years and fed on giant's food. After a time Tom Tumb was as big as his father but he was stronger. Tom had got very strong with the giant's food. The giant told Tom to go away when the twelve years were up. "Off you go now and seek your fortune" He said. Tom's father and mother did not know him when they saw him and he did not tell them who he was. The old people were living in a tiny hut and they were as poor as church mice. When Tom heard this he went to the blacksmith and asked for work. "What wages do you want" asked the smith. "No wages at all" said Tom. "All I ask is that you let me give you two taps on the shoulder every evening." "I'll let you do that said the smith. So Tom started make a horse shoe. The first blow he struck broke the anvil into fifty pieces and the second knocked the roof off the forge. "Stop" said the smith you'll stay here no longer. "I'll take my days wages then" said Tom. He struck the smith on the shoulder and knocked him over a haystack. "That is one half of my wages paid," laughed Tom. "Shall I take the other half." "Don't strike me again wailed the smith and I'll give you anything you ask. "Very well" said
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there were people out before him. When they saw him they went fast. He said to himself it must be late. Then he began to run and all the people began to run before him. When they arrived there, all were looking at him and no one dared to go hear him. John said what Have I done wrong that everyone is running from me. When Mass was over the priest told the clerk to go out and tell him to come in. "I will not go" said the clerk perhaps he will kill me. "I will go myself then" "John I want you" said the priest "I thought you were buried. Then John told him all the story. When John returned home he said to his wife "I fed you while I was here and many is the good night we had together. So be going out of my sight yourself and your man." He gave them each five hundred pounds. Then he wrote for his daughter and her husband and they all lived happy ever after.
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that your daughter has a young son". "Very good" said John "go home and I will be after you." There was a town near him so he went into a draper's shop and brought a suit of clothes. He said "if any poor man comes looking for alms you can give him that old suit." Then he went to Kilmaley. When he arrived there, there was great welcome for him. He gave the baby a hundred pounds. He stayed there for a week and he went home on a Saturday evening. A few days before that a poor man came to the draper's shop and asked for alms. The draper gave him John's suit. John's wife was walking along the road and she saw the beggarman dead on the side of the road. And he having her husband's clothes on him. She thought it was he own husband and she stayed there weeping and lamenting over him. Then the people brought him home and they waked him. And then they buried him. There was an old man at the grave and he came to here and said "will you marry me. She said "Ah wisha I don't know sure he isn't buried two hours yet." "Let him" said the old flicker. "Let us go and be married. The old lady went with him and they got married. her husband wasn't buried twelve hours. The night after they had a great wedding. In the morning John tapped at the door. The woman got out of bed and when she saw him she fainted and said "didn't we bury you, and I am married again. What harm said he I am going to Mass. When he was going to mass
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he knew a man there, by the name of John Kailaher. They were great friends. John Kailaher knew that John Frost was good for living. So this day he asked him to come and stay with him for the night. John said he would. When they arrived there, John Kailaher acquainted John Frost with his wife and daughter. Then he asked John Frost if he liked his daughter and John said he did. Then John Kailaher said he would get them married the following morning. John Frost said he would go home with his horse to his mother. The horse was as old as the hills. John Kailaher said "no" he would sent a messenger home with the horse. When morning came the two were married. Then the messenger went to tell the mother the story. When she heard it she was in great sorrow. Saying, "what in the world will I do after my some. I might as well go out of house and home." John Kailaher said he would not give up his land until after his death. He had a very big farm of land. It was five miles to the east and five miles to the west from him. When John Frost was married a month, he and his wife went home. When they arrived there the mother had great welcome for them. At the end of twelve months they had a young son. Then a messenger went to Limerick to tell the father. The messenger met the father five miles from this house. He said "where here does John Kailaher live." John said "I am the man." "Well I came to tell you
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and the princess came very soon. So the king said Jacks coach and horses were the nicest he had ever seen, and said he would give him all the gold. Then the princess stepped out of his carriage and Jack brought her to his father and said that he was going to marry her. The king took her to show her the bird which his son had brought him. When they came to the bird that the son had brought. Jack's bird which he had stolen cried out I was Jack's bird and was stolen from him. When the king heard this he got into a terrible rage and the eldest son had to admit that he should exchange his bird for Jack's. So Jack was given his father's palace and all his dominions, and he got his gold. Jack and the beautiful princess were married and lived happy ever after.
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will give you another chance. All my Gold I will give to the son who will bring me the nicest coach and team of horses. The three brothers started off again and they went the same way as before. When Jack arrived at the mansion of the black cat and was treated as before. In the morning after his breakfast the cat took and axe and a block and he said to Jack. Jack you must chap off my head on this block. Oh no says Jack. I would'nt do that you have been too good to me. If you don't do that said the cat I'll chap off your. So Jack took the axe and he chopped of the black cat's head and when he had it done there stood before him a beautiful princess. A wicked old witch enchanted me into that black cat says the princess and you have now returned me, but what is your trouble now Jack she says. Jack says he was looking for the nicest coach and team of horses in the world. Go out now Jack into the stable and take out two horses and harness them on to the coach which you will find out near them. Jack went out and he go the horses ready and he and the princess started off again. When they near the cross-road, Jack's two elder brothers were waiting for him When they say the rugged old coach they laughed and went away to the palace, and Jack and the
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Jack seen such a fine dinner. When he had the dinner finished he went back again to the fire where the cat was, and when night came on the cat told him to go upstairs, that there was a lovely bed prepared for him. Jack bade good night to the cat and went to bed, and slept sound untill morning. When he got up in the morning there was a lovely breakfast prepared for him and when he had it finished. The cat said to him what is your trouble. So Jack told him about the lovely bird and how he would get his father's palace if he would have a nicer bird than his brothers. Go into that shed says the cat pointing into the shed near the mansion and take your choice. Jack went into the shed and it was full of lovely birds. So he picked out one and started out for home. He travelled back through the forest and when he came back to the cross-road again he met his two brothers waiting for him. Each of them had a beautiful bird. So they began showing the birds to each other. The eldest brother changed his own bird for Jacks and Jack did'nt notice it. So they all started for their father's palace. the eldest son landed first and he showed his bird. the father said he could'nt decide until the other two sons came. So when the king saw their birds he said my eldest son has won my palace. But I
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Jack seen such a fine dinner. When he had the dinner finished he went back again to the fire where the cat was, and when night came on the cat told him to go upstairs, that there was a lovely bed prepared for him. Jack bade good night to the cat and went to bed, and slept sound untill morning. When he got up in the morning there was a lovely breakfast prepared for him and when he had it finished. The cat said to him what is your trouble. So Jack told him about the lovely bird and how he would get his father's palace if he would have a nicer bird than his brothers. Go into that shed says the cat pointing into the shed near the mansion and take your choice. Jack went into the shed and it was full of lovely birds. So he picked out one and started out for home. He travelled back through the forest and when he came back to the cross-road again he met his two brothers waiting for him. Each of them had a beautiful bird. So they began showing the birds to each other. The eldest brother changed his own bird for Jacks and Jack did'nt notice it. So they all started for their father's palace. the eldest son landed first and he showed his bird. the father said he could'nt decide until the other two sons came. So when the king saw their birds he said my eldest son has won my palace. But I
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Once upon a time there lived a great king who had three sons. One day he called the sons around him, and he said Whichever of you will bring the nicest bird to me I will give you my palace and dominions. The three sons started off to see which of them would get the nicest bird. They travelled over mountains, hedges and ditches, and at last they came to a cross-road. The two older brothers went, one to the right and the other to the left. The youngest was Jack, and he started to a narrow road which led to a forest. He travelled through this for many days, and at last he came in sight of a great mansion. After a while he arrived at the gate and went up to the door and knocked, the door opened and he was greeted with the words you are welcome Jack the king's son. He looked and saw that the words came from a big black cat, which was seated by the fire inside. Jack went in and sat down by the fire and warmed himself to the fire because he was very cold. So then the cat says to him Jack the king's son go down in the room and eat your dinner, for you must be very hungry. Jack went down to the room and there was before his eyes the loveliest room he had ever seen, and in the table were all kinds of food, and wine. Never before had
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Some of the farm animals we have at home are two cows, three calves, an ass, and a horse. The names of the cows are Big Ben and Long Horns. The calves names are Harry Moran, and White Legs. Straw is used as bedding for the cows. The cows are tied by a chain around the neck. The calves are tied by a rope around the neck. The tyings are made in the cow-house. The cows eat hay and oats. The horse eats oats and hay. The people hang a bottle of holy
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We have three cows at home. The names we call them are the Polly Cow, the Kerry Cow, and the Long Horned Cow. The name of the calf is the Strawberry Coloured Calf. The place where the cows are kept is calls a cow-house. The bedding for cows is hay and straw. There is a chain tied around the cows neck in the cow-house. Some people put holy water in a bottle and
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wate on the roof of the cow-house as the animals will be lucky. The horse house where the horse is kept is call a table. The house where the pigs are kept is called a pig-sty.
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gone, he came in to the wife and told her to move up, that he was perished with the cold. He was routing and turning until he brought the sheet from under her. Then he said he would get up and bury Jack. Of course it was Jack she had all the time. He had not long gone when her husband came back. The wife said "are you back again." and he said "sure" I did not not come back since I left first. Then they looked for the sheet and it was gone. The man had to give his house and land to Jack. So Jack lived very happy ever after.
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to do, and if he could do them, he was to give him his house and property. (First task) to seal a horse from two men, one man on his back, and the other by his side. How he did this he bought two bottles of whiskey he put them in his pocket and prepended to be drunk. He came outside the stable door and started picking a pig. She grumbled and they came out to see what was there. They thought he was drunk., and they brought him in, they searched his pocket and found the whiskey and got drunk themselves. When he got them sleeping he stole the horses.
(Second task) To steal two horses from two men ploughing. He went and got two hares, he went behind the wall where the men were ploughing and set off one hare. Then he let off the other hare, and the two men men with hounds followed the hares, and left the two horses after them, So Jack stole the two horses.
(Third task) To steal the sheet from under himself and his wife. The doors were locked, and he had no chance of getting it. So he though of a plan. He went to the grave, and brought a corps. He let it down the chimney. The man thought it was Jack, he said to his wife, Ill shout Jack before he will break us out of house and home. He got up and shot the corps because he thought it was Jack. The wife told him to bury it before day. So he went to bury him, when Jack got him
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He saddled the horse and when he looked back he saw the old lady riding him and a stick in her hand. She was ___ the stick at him. He fell off the horse and there lying on the road, the strange man found him breathless. He took him up and did his best to console him. Why is she after me always says the rich man. Because you are a very bad head to your brother. I have head you have taken half your brothers land and unless you give him back is own that old lady will keep tormenting you. He gave the land to his brother and five hundred pounds. The strange man had the poor man well secured and well compensated for the five pounds He said he must now part. He bade him good bye. And if they didnt live happy that we may.
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and he said to the old man, I will rise that old dame to night there is any amount of fine linen gone down with her. And your poor children half naked. Off he went and lifted her. He placed her in the step where the rich man would be passing to the well. When the maid got up in the morning the first thing was to go for fresh water. When she saw the old lady she almost broke her neck going back home to tell her master that the old lady was in the step. Out he went not believing the girl. But I may tell you it took him some time to come in. When the strange man landed they were all in a terrible state, and he pretended to be very bad himself. So his master asked him what was to be done. And he said that he buried her red hot and if he gave her time to cool and make her decent and to plenty money down with her, she would not rise again. I would do anything in the world to keep her away. They got the coffin and put plenty of money and clothes down with her. He went home as usual and told his story about all the fine money and clothes that went down to day. And begar I will lift her again, and take all the fine clothes and you and your children wont die with hunger. When night came he went and lifted the old lady and put her up on a colt's back and tied her with a sugan. The colt was to be going to the fair next morning. The master got ready for the fair
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vagabonds house and put as much food into it that will do me for a couple of days. And dont forget a bone of mate and ye can pretend it is in ye're way. So they did this. The strange man come home from his work the same night and he noticed the new piece of furniture they had. He tood in the sheep as usual. When supper was over he asked the poor man where did that chest come from. And of course the old lady had her ears cocked and thought to herself that after a couple of days she would expose the villian. The strange man smelt a rat. and said I must see what it contains. He got his hammer and broke open the chest, and the old lady had a "scab" back to her ears. you are there my old dame he said but your life is in your fist. He caught the bone that was beside her and pressed it down her throat, that finished the old lady R. I. P. He closed up the chest as before. The following day the rich man came for the chest. When he got it home he opened it expecting to get all news from the old lady. But to his surprise he found a bone stuck in her neck. He saw by the look that she was dead. Well the devil scurt you, and why didnt you take your time would'nt you think it was your first bite ever eating. Next day the funeral of the old dame took place, and they buried her/ The strange man came home as usual
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The hare went into an island where there was a house at the time. The name of the man who lived in the house was Gour Inthick. He was a very clever smith and he had no road to go in or but by boat. When horses, ponies or asses would come to be shod he used to cut of their legs. And bring them into the forge and put them behind the fire. Then he used to blow the bellows three times and take them out and stick each leg on in it's own place. Whenever two old women were brought to him he used put them behind the fire and blow the bellows and then out comes a young girl. His only way for recreation was on horse back. He kept a good horse and he was a beautiful animal. He could leap over the highest wall that was ever built. He was shod with shoes made of silver and he had a golden bitted bridle. And a stout eye, a thick neck, a broad face, a bushy tail, a high leap, a rapid turning and ability to run up hill. The place is haunted because a light is seen every November's night. And I tell you the boat is there to be seen today. Between the boat and the island there are three boxes of pikes. And if it is ever found it will be a great treasure. They can take anything they like out of it.
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Once upon a time and a time long ago it was, there was in Knockanalban a man named John O'Halloran. He was ploughing in his land one day and he chanced to turn up a sod which was all covered with gold sovereigns as he did he heard a great noise. The next thing he saw was a black hare running through the gold and immediately it was changed into bornicles
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Doonogan fort. My grandfather told me that when he was a young lad he used to hear it said that there was a pot of gold hidden in Doonogan fort. The length of a man and a horse and plough from the road. He said that when the Danes were in Ireland they hid their gold there and when they were hunted out of the country they had not time to bring their gold with them. They put a spell on it that no one would ever get it unless three brothers came together to search for it. Long ago, people came from the west to look for it. They had not much dug when they were frightened and had to leave it. If the gold was ever there it is there still.
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Amongst all the old stories we have heard the old people have often spoken about hidden treasures. The story I am going to speak about is that of Cahir-Hill Killmichael. The treasure was put there by the Irish catholics during the penal days to protect it from the English. In the year 1932, the natives of that district went to work to get it. They laboured for some time and they found chains and old shoes. They were delighted as they thought they had the treasure. But to their grief what appeared but a serpent and they did not proceed any further. The treasure is supposed to be the sacred vessels and two pots
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the treasure and searched as well as he could in the dark. But he could not find it. So he marked the spot by leaving a big stone down on it until the following morning. He came there again and he took a spade with him to dig up the pot. He thought he would find it without any trouble but just like everybody else he was disappointed. Up to the present day everybody can see where he dug the holes. But old Kenny's gold was never found.
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There are two forges in the parish. The names of the smiths are John Frawley and Christy Howard. There was a smith in the parish before them - Jonnie Griffey. One forge is at the entrance to the village and the other is in the centre of the village beside the post office and opposite the school. One of them is slated the other is thatched. One of doors is big and wide the other is narrow. There is one fire place in each forge. The bellows are set in at the back of the fire. There is a chain hanging from a crook which is attached to the bellows and when you pull the chain the bellows blow One of them is a very old one and it was made in the parish. The implements used by the smith are a sledge, and anvil, a tongs, a pincers, a rasp, a file and a vice. He shoes horses and asses. He repairs ploughs, harrows, spades, shovels, forks, and hatchets. He makes gates, he puts hoops on wheels, and he turns scythe. He repairs machines an puts hoops on wheels out in the open. The forge water is used for curing chillblains when stolen unknown to the smith
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Reminiscences of the old people
Stretches of tillage (or stubbles) were dug up a second time in search of a meal of potatoes Roots left behind after turnip crop had been pulled were often picked up by the poorer people and used as food. A man used work all day without bit, bite or sup for a single turnip and those turnips used be locked in the bard night and day lest they might be stolen.
Praiseach Bhuidhe and nettles were used as food. There is a story told of a wealthy local man of the land-lord type who on seeing a potato on the road dismounted from his horse took up the potato and placed it in his pocket. People died by the wayside in hundreds principally from cholera which set in as a result of the famine.
Government free meal (Indian meal) was distributed in this district by a man of the name of Arthur Brew.
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In the village of Lough there are many ruins of dwelling houses to be seen at the present day. There were a lot of people living in these hoses long ago. The ruins of where Michael Fitzgerald was liveing is very near the road. The people that were living there before Michael Fitzgerald was people named Gallahers. All the Gallaher family went to America except the father and mother. When the time of the famine came Gallaher's wife died with the hunger.
Her husband stayed living about five years after but one day he was shaving himself he cut his throat and the neighbouring people found him dead. There is a lot of other ruins in the village. There are two ruins of old house in Peter Barrets' land Danahers that was living in one of the houses and Mc Carthys that was living in the other house. There is only the gable of the ruins of one house to be seen, but all the walls of the other house is to be seen. The time of the bogslide both houses were knocked and the people that was living in them got killed
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And now to conclude I must leave down my pen,
I hope Mrs Davoren you'l have a dance soon again.
I will be the first to stand on the floor,
And the last to lave when shutting the door.
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Success to poor Boland he came there that night
To play for his neighbour it was his delight.
Poor Bolands handy guff like the wind it did fly
When he sat in the corner giving talk to Maria.
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The night it was a good one the truth I will tell,
And Droney the road contracter he was a mighty swell
Another croud from Fisherstreet the Bodiyhes from Poll Crabeen.
And out from Ballasaugh comes the famous Paddy [?]
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Paddy Fits, and Joe Byrns they came there that night
When they went inside the door it was Maria and Nonies delight.
We will give ye the best to eat that we can afford,
But the Doolin blagards cannot ne controled.
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On the last day of September
When the boys were sent to jail
The brought the to the Station House
And sent them off by rail
The peelers who escorted them
Were itching for a row,
And nothing irritated them, but
How How How!
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The Bobbies went on charging
And the boys were pelting stones
Harrison got frightened and he
Shouted out to Holmes,
Im afraid we are much mistaken
In kicking up this row
For they'l drive us all to blazes with the
How, How, How!
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Harrison got wounded and
Holmes so much afraid
That he damaged all his trousers
And got one ready made
Four and twenty battioned boys are in the barracks now,
Their nappers nicely softened with our
How, How, How!
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He next made his way,
They were just going to bed,
And to him the did say,
You are like a [...],
With you ivery teeth.
Your talk is like music it comes out so sweet.
Minnie got ready and she went with him
To meet the Kinnane's with their turned up grens
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They invited him in,
And they closed out the door,
They were grinders, and jam-crocks go leor,
And Paddy as ususial he wore a big frown,
And to add to his beauty his musdash he moved down.
And to see to the ladies he remained in the hall.
He stands too feet two.
He is booth miserable and small.
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Paddy Clurey was sitting at his ease in the hob
When down came Kinnane,
And he opened his gob.
There is refershment in the room,
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(3) At "Poll na Seanntanaig" in the townland of Lismuinga, Ruan
There are traces of a number of graves in the vicinity of the church.
The monastery of Moore was in Kells parish of Tubber.
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There are the ruins of an old church in the townland of Aughrim Kelly. The church is known locally as "Teampall Hugh O Connaill" It was built beside a river. The part of the river which runs beside the church ruins is known as "Poll an fhíona" or the hole of the wine
This is the story:-
During the Cromwellian regime English soldiers raided the monks who lived here and threatened death upon the whole community. The leaders of the attackers, however promised to spare the monks if their abbot there and then changed the water of the river into wine. The abbot did this, but the soldiers instead of keeping their promise set upon the monks and slew them mercilessly. However two or three monks made good their escape. They are supposed to have gone to another monastery about four miles away (Moore I think was the name) Natives tell of the tragedy which befell the Cromwellian soldiers after the attack. At three different places the earth is supposed to have opened and swallowed them down.
(1) At Powder Hole in the townland of Ardcarney Ruan
(2) Poll Tuachaláin in Nuan in the parish of Ruan
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There were old schools in two places in this parish one at Ballymacrogan and the other called the Gáirdíns in Locán - na - Faoileáin
Monks taught in both these schools.
The books used were
(1) The Primers
(2) The Reader made Easy.
They used an Arithmetic called the "Voster"
There was a hedge-school at Tiernea
The teachers knew Irish
Reading, writing and Arithmetic were taught.
There were also teachers who used to go about from house to house spending some time in each. They were remunerated by being housed and fed in each pupil's home in turn.
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The big wind in 1839. Trees were uprooted, houses were blown down, stacks of corn and hay were swept long distances.
A story is told about a man in this parish who, when the storm swept his house away, tied his wife to a tree for safety and it is said that he never saw her again.
The hat was blown off a man's head in Ardcarney in this parish and was found next day four miles below Crusheen, that is it travelled about eight miles.
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Musicians
Billy Hamilton
Bag-pipes
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Weight Throwers
Dan Sullivan, Dromconora.
Jim Kelly, Bealnalicka
Walkers
Michael Healy, Ballaghboy
Used walk from Ruan to Limerick and back - about 60 miles - in one day
Mowers
(1) Martin Cassidy, Nuan
(2) Michael Ryan, Nuan (nicknamed [?]Buggar)
These two men used mow 1¼ acres in one day.
Dancers
(Patsy Kelly, Bealnalicka (Jigs and Reels)
(2) Billy Whelan, known as Billy the dancer
Singers
Denis Cusack, Cooga
Brother of Michael Cusack of G.A.A. fame
Bowlers
Jim Quinn Ballymacrogan
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There are several forts in the locality. Ruan is noted for its caves. The forts vary in shape but the majority are circular. Nearly all the forts have a connection with some neighbouring one.
Some have been explored. The most remarkable one is on Porte Hill which is connected with the one in Lissyline by an underground passage which is accessible Owners have never interfered with these forts and would be very upset if even a thorn from one of the bushes growing on them pricked their hands.
Lights are supposed to have been seen at the one in Lissyline and Tullyodea.
Names of Liosanna
(1) Tullyodea (2 or 3)
(2) Porte Hill
(3) Lissyline
(4) Tiernea
Natives say that they are supposed to have been constructed by the Tuatha dé danáns.
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but no blows given.
St. Anthony's Fire
Walsh's blood
A person of the name of Walsh cuts his or her finger and rubs the blood to the affected part
Ring-worm:-
Name written in ink around the ring-worm by the person suffering from the complaint.
Worms in calves (Luachair Ráste) - Snaidhm na Péiste
Conjurers call it the Vanishing Knot
[Drawing] - Snaidhm na Péiste
The belief is that these knots when made over a calf's tail cures the calf of the worms. It has to be cut 3 times in the names of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Use a piece of strong cord about 3' long. Tie a simple knot in the cord by passing the end held in the left hand in front of that held in the right - on your own side of it. Draw the knot down to form a loop in Fig I. Now tie another knot in the cord behind the right end, on the side farthest from you. Draw the know down to form second loop. Take the end of the cord in left hand and pass it from front to back from you outwards - through loop A and then through loop B. Pull the ends and the knots will vanish, if the trick is properly done.
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A mare's shoe.
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Say it and you will destroy it?
Silence
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What weight is the moon?
A hundred weight, four quarters.
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What is it the goes about the wood and cannot get into the wood?
The bark of a tree.
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Not an artist people say say yet he draws things all day?
A horse
What is the difference between a jeweller and a jailer?
One sells watches, and the other watches cells.
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What is the hardest key to turn?
A donkey.
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What is the greatest wonder in the map of Europe?
That Hungary did not eat turkey.
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If a man had forty patches in his breeches what time would it be?
Time to get a new one.
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same thing, but the third said "I will not go in to pray for my brother's son becaus I have none," how could that be?
He was the father of the boy.
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What four letters would frighten a thief?
o, i, c, u. (Oh I see you)
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If a man got five shillings for walking a mile what would he get for walking thirty?
Sore feet.
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How many sticks goes to make a crow's nest?
None, they are all carried.
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If a hen and a half layed an egg and a half in a day and a half how many eggs would a hen lay in a week?
Seven
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If there were six live flies on a table and you killed one how many would be left?
None they would all fly away.
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What shoe is most like a horse's shoe?
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Old people put coal under the churn. It is a pisreóg.
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We have a churn at home. It is an upright churn. It is four feet heigh. The width of the top of the churn is one foot and a half and the width of the bottom is two feet. It is made about ten years. The parts of the churn are the staff, the cover, the body, and the butter cup. There is an x on the bottom of the churn. Butter is made twice a week in the summer and once a week in winter. It is my mother that makes the churn. If a stranger comes in he makes a greas of the churn because if he did not the churn would go against whoever would be making it and he would have power to take the butter from them. The churn is making nearly an hour. It is with the hands the churn is worked. The staff is worked up and down. When the churn is made the butter gathers in the churn. When the butter is taken out it is washed and salted. The buttermilk is used for making bread.
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and make themselves generally comfortable.
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welcome always for the "Beggar Fraternity" and they were never refused for alms. There used be no welcome for "Tramps". There was a very famous tramp in this locality long ago whose name was Taaffe. The pedlars who come around now have cheap articles such as collar studs, holy pictures, pins, little statues &c those they sell for a few pence and generally make from 100 to 200 per cent profit. Long ago Tramps and Beggars used get a night's lodging in some house in the locality or they used be allowed to sleep in an outhouse. They used stay in the same locality only one night. They used have such prayers as:- "For the love and honour of the Blessed Virgin". "The Lord have mercy on the souls that left you". "The Light of Heaven to your soul". But if you refused them for alms you got the opposite to a prayer.
There is another tribe coming round this locality for centuries. They are called "Tinkers". A family called Casey is coming to this locality for years and years. They have asses and carts, and they make and sell tin cans saucepans, kettles, buckets, &c and they repair old ones. They also buy asses and sometimes "swop" them. Those sleep under the carts at night time on the road side, and kindle a fire
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Tramps call to houses in this locality at the present time, but there are very few of them now. In the old days when there were work houses in Ennis, Corofin, Ennistymon, Kilrush, and Kildysart tramps were almost a pest this locality, because the village of Ruan was the only village between Ennis & Corofin, and they used make it a halting ground between the two places. These tramps used travel all over Ireland. They very rarely had anything to sell but went from house to house asking for a "Copper". What were known as "Beggars used also come round this locality, and those asked not for coppers but for potatoes or a plate of meal, and they had bags in which they carried those away. Some of them used come to this locality every six months, others might not come except once every two or three years. There was another class who used carry many cards of pins and needles - large & small - and they used give a few of those in exchange for old rags - woollen rags being most in demand - this was a form of "Barter". Sometimes they used have very cheap cups and saucers which they used give in exchange for empty bottles. There used be
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Out the country the girls make chain's out of daisies and they make dolls out of sticks and they make the body out of moss and grass for the body. The also make little guns out of sticks and papers and they they make a little reed and sow it at each of the stick with coloured thread. In the Cristma's time when the poor people cant have anything for there candles they get a turnop and scoup it and stick the candle in it. They boy's make big gun's they mak them out of quil's and sticks. They boy's make tops for May Day. They cut off a bit of timber and make it round and they get a nail and cut it and then make a hole in the timber and drive it in the hole.
Cliavan Ean.
The way the old people make Cradles Bird's is. They get light stick's and bend them with there hand's until they be bended well then they would put one down straight and another one across they they would get goulog and put it
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1. Sugán chairs :- These are made by making the the frame of a chair. Then lace it from sid to side with spun-yard or súgán.
2. Daisy-chains. Pick a bunch of daisies. Make a small hole in the stem of one with a pin. Then put the stem of another into the hole in the first. Then make a hole in the stem of the secund. Put the stem of a third into the hole in the secund. Make a hole in stem of the third, put the stem of a fourth into the hole in the third and so on until it is long enough.
3. bows and arrows :- Get a strong sally rod and tie a strong cord to one end. Try to double the stick but dont let it break It will form a semi-circle. While in this position tie the string to the other end. That completes the bow. Then get a stick about a foot long. Make a groove in one end. Put the groove on the cord and the other end out by the stick. Hold right hand firm draw back the left. Release the arrow and it will go a good way acordding to the strength of the stick
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early chroniclers states it was a sour plant eaten by the Irish. Spenser says: If they found a plot of water cresses or shamrocks, there flock as to a feast and wyther wrote and feed on shamrocks as the Irish doe. Beyond these statements there is no reliable evidence to show which was the actual trefoil plucked by St. Patrick.
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the reidure of the herbs being carefully burnt
8. For lumbago = dog ferns roots were used with shamrock well cleaned and powdered and mixed with butter on may day morning with holy salt to be make into a paste and rubbed the Lords prayer and a Hail Mary being said and the paste not to be washed off but to be left on until cured.
9. For burns = bicarbonate of soda and Methylated spirits made into a paste and smeared over the scorches and blistor's and the pains leaves as if by miricle.
Curiously enoug no one can say with certainty the exact plant to which the name of shamrock is given. The word shamrock in Erse or shamrock means tinfoil as it applied to various trefoils by Erse and Gaelic writers although antient herbalists only mention the sour variety by the name. The plant now worn as the Irish emblem on St Patrick's day are the Black Nonsuch (medico lupulina) and the Dutch clover (trifololium repens) The wood sorrel (oxalix acetosella) which is indigenous to Ireland shamrog in the old herbals and one
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the reidure of the herbs being carefully burnt
8. For lumbago = dog ferns roots were used with shamrock well cleaned and powdered and mixed with butter on may day morning with holy salt to be make into a paste and rubbed the Lords prayer and a Hail Mary being said and the paste not to be washed off but to be left on until cured.
9. For burns = bicarbonate of soda and Methylated spirits made into a paste and smeared over the scorches and blistor's and the pains leaves as if by miricle.
Curiously enoug no one can say with certainty the exact plant to which the name of shamrock is given. The word shamrock in Erse or shamrock means tinfoil as it applied to various trefoils by Erse and Gaelic writers although antient herbalists only mention the sowu variety by the name. The plant now worn as the Irish emblem on St Patrick's day are the Black Nonsuch (medico lupulina) and the Dutch clover (trifololium repens) The wood sorrel (oxalix acetosella) which is indigenous to Ireland shamrog in the old herbals and one
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for fear that hair might come sprouting out at his finger ends.
3. For paralysis = Take a fox with his pelt and inwards. Boil him well until he departs from his bones and the patients body well scowred bathe the limbs or ever the whole body in his broo.
4. For falling sickness = pour wine and one hemlock freshly gathered and drink while in a fit
5. Also for falling sickness = Plaster of mandragora and ground ivy laid upon the head. If the patient sleeps will do if not will not.
6. For dyscentry = woodbine and maiden hair are prescribed boiled in new milk with oatmeal to be taken three times a day.
7. For liver trouble leaves of plantain are advised with wild sage, hamrok and dockleaf with valerian and the flower of a daisy to be plucked by the person before Sunrise and fasting on Monday and Wednesday whilst saying a hail mary and a paternoster. The ingredients should be boiled and strained and a glassful of the liquor taken twice a day
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In the year fifteen hundred and twelve their was an ancient book translated. It was the book of Mac Anlega. It was the book translated by Melaghlin Mac Anlega whose name means the son of the physician. It contained the following curious recipies
1. For baldness = Burn a raven. Boil his ashes in sheep suet, rub to the head and it cures.
2. Also for baldness = fill a small earthen jar with mice. Stop the mouth with a lump of clay, and bury near a fire but not too near and leave it there for a year. After a year take out what may be found in it but who ever takes it out what may be found in it but who ever takes it out must wear a glove on his hand
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7. A knot was made over an animal's side to cure "píasc earball".
8. A herb with a yellow flower which grow's in the bog cure's cold's for young calve's.
9. A hot plate applied to the stomach is supposed to cure a pain in the stomach.
10. If you get your head measured with a red band it cure's a headache.
11. Also to cure warts rub your fasting spit to them for nine morning's.
12. It cure's a corn to peal an onion and put it into parafin oil until it soak's it well, then put it to the corn and keep it in place with a cloth over night.
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1. If you drink milk which a ferret leave's after being drinking it, it is believed to cure whooping cough.
2. If you put feathers, or a cobweb, or "slanus" to a cut it will stop the blood.
3. Put an ivy leaf to a sore heal.
4. Lick a lizard and then lick a burn and it will be cured.
5. It will cure warts to wash them in water which you find accidentally on the hollow of a stone.
6. If a child has whooping cough the father goes out and meets a man with a white horse, and he ask's the man has he any cure for whooping cough. The man says in Irish a drink of water or hot milk, and if the man does what he is told the child is supposed to be cured.
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Sean a bfalla. = There was houses there long ago and then it fell down and some of the walls are standing and that is why it is called Sean a bfalla. Ballymahony. = There was a man living there long ago called Mahony and when he died the people called it Ballymahony. Poll a brocaide = There is a valley there and a lot of badges used to be in it and the people called it poll a brocaide. Pairc an bocair. = That is a big field and it is near the road and all the people call it pairc an bhocair.
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Mooher na gCeardta = There was a forge there long ago and it was in that mooher. Mooher na Scoile = There was a school in that place long ago and there is where the boys used to play. Russian = There was a lot of rushes growing there and all the people around called it Russian. Ladysmith = There was a smiths house there and a lady came to live in it and then the people called it Ladysmith. Lios na ghceann = There is a big lump of stones and sticks there and fairys used to be seen in the top of it and the people called it Lios na gceann. Caher Mic knoctain. = There was a house there and a caher and a man lived in the house called Mic knocktain and the people called it Caher Mic knoctian.
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Long ago there lived in Ireland a boy and girl whose's names were John and Mary. John had a bow and arrow with which he used to shoot wild animals. One day he killed a wolf and his sister made a lovely coat for him out of the fur. He went out the next day wearing the coat. After a while he lay down and went to sleep in the sun. When he awoke he found that the sun had srunk up his coat.
He was vexed with the sun. He went home and told his sister to braid a long cord of deer sinews. This, of course was very strong. When it was finished he set off until he reached the sun. When the sun rose it could not pass the horizen as it was snared.
At this time the mouse was the largest animal in the world. When he saw the sun snared he called the animals and they held a council. All agreed that the wood-pecker should try to cut the cord, but he soon returned saying he could not bear
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from Ballyvaughan and as he came to Ballykerin., He saw the great light., As he came nearer the light grew dimmer., He got of the bicycle to go in and while he was getting off he looked in and the light was gone., He told the priest about it and a mass was said there., It is also said that light is blessed., No man's land - It is a small by the side of Bálan Well and it belong's to no one., Coul Betty - That is a big field south of Ballykeale and there is a big Coul there., Tuala Cróss = It is a field north of Kilfenora and everything was drowned because there do the flood there., The Rineen - It is a big square field in Hollywell and its the best around for grazing., Tyrangle field - That is a big field the shape of a tyrangle.,
These are the Hill's
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These are the names of places., Poul ná Gorm - That is a big deep hole about a hundred and fifty feet on the north of Ballyshanny. Crag Vosga - Thats a crag about a half a mile from Kilfenora and a lot of foxe's are caught there., Ballá ná Rat's - Long ago a big flock of rats came out from the big wall and walked up and down the road and ever since its called that name., Páirch ná Sgéach It's called that name's because there is a bush growing, there., named the "Black Bush"., Very often light was seen there., "One night there was a man coming
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Glann tarb (Cluain Garbh??): This field is named so because it is between two hills and was once a bull paddock It is in townland of Wingfield. The parish of Killshanny and the Co of Clare; Spring field: This field is so named because there's a spring well in the of it and the water flows of the field, It is in the townland of Wingfied, The parish of Killshanny and the Co of Clare Pairc buide: It is called pairc buide because it is in the townland of Ballybreen and at the but of Cnoc buide, The parish of Killshanny, and in the Co of Clare,. Cnoc buide: This hill is so called because it is covered with moss. It is in the townland of Ballyagaddy The parish of Killshanny and to Co of Clare Loc Gallar: It is said that anyone who tastes the water would
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Names of fields as follows, Páirc an Cámain, It is about a mile and a half from Kilfenora. It is called pairch an Camain after naom Cámain.
Cabáil betty, about a half a mile from Kilfenora, It is called Cabail betty because long ago there was an old Cabail in it and Docter mac Donagh lived in it. The cros field. It is in the village of Kilfenora. It is called the cros field because one of the seven crosses is placed in the field. The blue meadow in Ballykeal,
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Kilfenora. It is called the blue meadow because every year it's full with blue flowers that is why it was called the blue meadow.
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Names of fields as follows, Páirc an Cámain, It is about a mile and a half from Kilfenora. It is called pairch an Camain after naom Cámain.
Cabáil betty, about a half a mile from Kilfenora, It is called Cabail betty because long ago there was an old Cabail in it and Docter mac Donagh lived in it. The cros field. It is in the village of Kilfenora. It is called the cros field because one of the seven crosses is placed in the field. The blue meadow in Bally
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Sgeuch. There is alot of bushes and trees growing in it. Cnoc Doon". It is a big hill and there is a fourth around it. Cnoc Uve. It means a lot of walls and ruins around it. Cnoc Mór means the big hill. These are some to the townland around our house. Ballycloonchill Leimneigh Ballycassion, Cragballyconole, Seise Mór.
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Cleas
An céad ubh a bhearfadh sicín dubh beirbhuigheadh í go raibh sí cruaidh. Annsin d'íosfadh ceathrar cailíní í agus ní dhearfeadh síad fochal. Annsan do gheobhaidís lán do'n phléasg sin de phlúr agus an méad ceadhna salann agus bainne géar agus leath de sin, de shóid. Do dheinfidis cáca díobh seo agus íad in a dtost agus dheinidís é do bhácáil, Rachaidís a codhladh agus bheadh gach cailín aca ag brionglóidigh ar an bhfear a phósfadh sí.
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the end and done across in the breadth and continued until finished. A handle is then put on at each side and when finished it should be deep and boat-shaped.
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To begin the scuttle or "scíath" a boat-shaped bow of strong hazel rods is made. Rods which are curved are stretched in length and attached at both ends to the bow. Three or four of those may be needed for the size of the bow. The weaving is begun at
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Father tells me baskets are made in this way - first a scraw or "scraith" two feet and a half square is cut. Three hazel strong rods are but standing on each corner of the scraw. Three inches from the corner two more hazel rods not quite so strong are stuck together through the scraw. This is continued until the scraw is full all around leaving three inches between each two rods. Then the weaving is begun at the scraw with lighter hazel rods. This is continued in and out between the rods for eight inches. A length of two inches is passed over leaving holes in the middle of the basket. The weaving is then continued until the basket measures almost two feet. Then the remainder of the rods which were standing straight are knotted across to form the bottom of the basket. The weaving is continued until the basket is complete. A handle is made of weak hazel rods or osiers and attached to the side of the basket and called an [?]
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To begin the scuttle or "stíath" a boat-shaped bow of strong hazel rods is made. Rods which are curved are stretched in length and attached at both ends to the bow. Three or four of those may be needed for the size of the bow. The weaving is begun at
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In Ballykeal house are a set of vestments which are said to have been in used in the Penal days. They have been handed down from the O'Flaherty family of Aran. The priest who owned the vestments was kept in hiding by the O'Flaherty family. The vestments are in a wooden box, which is supposed to have been the original Mass box. The most extraordinary thing about them, is, that they are in such a wonderful preserved state, though they must be two hundred years old, no moth has ever attacked them. The material of the alb is made of the finest Irish poplin and taffeta which contains all the festival colours on one side which makes it reversable and can be used for any feastday. All the linen is of the finest Irish linen, and is all had sewn, also has kept its whiteness. There is also a chalice of old Irish silver and a holy water sprinkler with it. There was a Mass book and relic which were at one time loaned but never returned.
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Tullaha is a townland two miles South of Kilfenora. On May day a man in Tullaha got up very early in the morning to look at his cattle. He saw two hares drinking the cow's milk. One escaped and he fired a shot at the other. This hare ran into a cottage. The man went in after him. An old woman sat in a corner. He asked her in Irish, if she had seen a hare. She said no, He searched the house. He could not find the hare. He told the woman to stand up, and under her was a pool of blood, where he had shot her. They were two women who had come to take his milk.
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An old woman named Mrs. O'Brien and her son lived together in a small house in Liskett a long time ago. She possessed a lot of gold but did not like to leave it all to her son. One day she told her son to go to the garden and dig a bucket of potatoes. When he went she locked the door but he heard her locking it. He turned back and he looked in through the key-hole. She had a carving knife in her hand and as the floor was of mud she rooted a hole in it. When she had put seven fists of gold into the hole she repeated these words while covering it. "Ní bheidh sé i gcumas aon duine an t-ór seo d'fhághail gan ceithre puisíní d' fághail agus íad a chur fé chéacta agus na píosaí seo do threabhadh treasna."
She did not know her son was standing at the door. He told a neighbour and they trained four cats to plough. Soon after the old woman died. When the funeral was over the two men came to the house. They harnessed the four cats to a plough and ploughed across the hole where the old woman had hidden the gold. They found the gold and divided it equally among them. They both became the two wealthiest men in Clare afterwards.
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13. A mixture of black tea and porter will cure jaundice.
14. Chilblains will be cured if washed in pickle.
15. Corn will be cured if a person goes barefoot in the dew.
16. If suffering from styes look through a gold ring [?] green grass and they will heal.
17. A piece of material dipped in the blood of St Martin's cock will ease any pain.
18. Three drops of melted butter from a reaping hook let drop into the ear will cure a pain in the ear.
19. The black wool of a sheep will also cure a pain in the ear.
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1. Put a black snail on a white thorn tree to cure warts.
2. Wash warts in water which you saw accidently and it will cure them.
3. A plant called "Lus na pingine" if boiled will cure a swelling.
4. Any person named Walsh who will draw their blood will cure St. Anthony's fire and the blood of a black cat will cure them.
5. The down of a goose, moss, a cobweb, or slánlus will stop blood.
6. The water from boiled "cupóga" will prevent the pain of a nettle sting.
7. A person who licked a lizard will cure a burn if he licks it.
8. The worm knot if made over a beast three times will cure a "piast earbaill".
9. Soot and salt if mixed together will also cure a "piast earbaill"
10. Compfrie will set broken bones.
11. The white of an egg and salt will cure a sore on a horse.
12. If a dog bit a person, the person should then pull three ribs from the dog's neck and put them on the cut. He should then give food to the dog and the cut will heal.
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Cúl fhiacail, clár fhiacail,
Fiachail fhada cam,
Is iarraim-sé ar Dhia,
Ná fanfaidh aon fhaicail in mo cheann.
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laughing,
For now I am single again.
VI
I brought her to the grave oh then, oh then,
I brought her to the grave oh then,
I brought her to the grave and I buried her so brave,
For now I am single again.
VII
Oh! I married another o then o then,
I married another o then,
I married another twice worse than the others
How I'd long to be single again.
VIII
Now all you young men who have wives o then,
And all you men who have none
Be careful of the first for the second might be worse
I wish I were single again.
IX
I wish I were single again, again,
How I wish I were single again,
For if I were single my money would jingle
I wish I were single again ha, ha.
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I married a wife o then o then,
I married a wife o then,
I married a wife she was the plague of my life,
And I wish I were single again
II
I wish I were single again again,
Again and again and again o again
For if I were single may money would jingle,
How I wish to be single again.
III
My wife got the fever o then o then,
My wife got the fever o then,
My wife got the fever, I hope it won't leave her,
For I long to be single again.
IV
My wife she did die o then o then,
My wife she did die o then,
My wife she did die not a tear did I cry,
For now I am single again.
V
I went for the coffin oh then, o then,
I went for the coffin o then,
I went for the coffin and I did not stop but
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Cabhair agus cáirde agus grásta ó Dhia cughann.
Cabhair gach lá cughann atáimíd ghá íarradh.
Sácráment na foidhne agus na h-aithrighe cughainn.

Go mbeannuighedh Dia dhuit Bhrighidh naomhtha,
Go mbeannuighedh Muire dhuit agus beannuighim féin dhuit.
Is cúghat a tháinig mé ag gearán mo sgéil-sé
Mar súil go bhfaighfá mo athcuinge 'ón Mhaighean Naomhtha.
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It was the Joy of one,
It was the Joy of her own dear Son,
When he became a man,
Blessed may He be,
And blessed are those,
Who sing those blessed Hymns,
In honour of Our Blessed Lady,
It was the Joy of her own dear Son when He began to do,
When He brought the blind to see,
When He read the bible oe'r,
When He brought the dead to life,
When He carried to Crucifix,
When He opened the Gates of Heaven.
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when it noising towards the Aran Islands its the sign of good weather.
When you are putting on a fire and if the ashes is blue its the sign of rain.
If the ducks are quacking it is the sign of rain
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When the sky is dark and gloomy it is the sign of rain.
When the wind is from the north it is the sign of good weather and when it is from the south it is the sign of rain.
When there is a flock of crows together on a field it is the sign of rain or storm.
If the sun sets very red its the sign of good weather and if it sets badly its the sign of rain.
If Mt. Callan was covered with with a cloud its the sign of rain.
If the sea is noising towards Mutton Island its the sign of rain, and
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night indicates fine weather.
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of the first quarter of the moon, it is a good sign if the moon stands erect, but, if the moon lies flat on its back it is a sign of rain.
When crows fly downwards and then shoot up it is the sign of rain.
When the dust of the road flies about with the wind it is a sign of fine weather.
It is a sign of wet weather when the Kerry Mountains are visible.
When the cascade in Ilane is heard it is the sign of fine weather. It is said that anybody who finds the exact spot where the cascade sounds the bottom of the river is lined with jewels.
A rainbow in the morning indicates rain, whereas a rainbow in the
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2020-12-31 14:28
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Any morning you see a small foggy cloud over Mount Callan that day will be wet.
When the sun sets red and the wave sounds to the north it is a good sign of the weather.
If the crane flies inland it is the sign of broken weather.
When the wild geese fly from the north hard cold weather is sure to follow.
If the sky is red towards the north it is the sign of a storm.
When the cricket chirps loudly and the cat curls up by the fire we are going to have a change in the weather for the worse.
At the appearance
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it is a sign of rain. When you see a cloud on a mountain it is a sign of bad weather.
Sea.
When the sea roars at the south it is a sign of bad weather. When the sea roars at the north it is a sign of good weather.
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Sky.
When the sky is very cloudy it is a sign that we are going to have bad weather.
Wind.
When the wind blows from the east it is a sign we have frost and when it blows from the south it is a sign of good weather.
Storm.
When the wind blows to the south and goes to the north west it is a sign of a storm.
Birds.
When the stairs and crows flock together it is a great sign of bad weather When the wild geese fly from the east it is a sign of frost or snow.
Animals.
When you see a cat sitting with its back to a fire it is a sign of bad weather.
Mountains.
Every time you see the Kerry Mountains
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The old herbalists knew all about these plants.
There were some plants that were used by witches to save people from the good people or to keep their butter or perhaps to take it away.
One of these is the Treón lus or strong herb found in lakes also the speedwell.
There are a great many plants such as the thistle which we call weeds but even those were used for making soap when burned.
Long ago the people used dye their clothes with an Alder tree and also with moss off back of a rock
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yarrow were used for Rheumatism Plantain the slender leaved type was used for external bleeding and the broad leaved for enternal bleeding.
The houseleek was used as a blister.
The common ivy was used for making ointment for a burn and also as a wash for the eyes
A great many wild plants are Poisonous but the most deadly ones are the Hemlock the nightshades and the Foxglove.
The Hemlock when roasted is useful for breaking lumps.
It is safe to use all umple bearing plants which grow in dry places but all such plants growing in marshes contain poison.
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Some time ago the people of Ireland made use of plants and herbs for many purposes.
The nettle was used as a vegetable instead of cabbage.
The dock was used as a blood purifier and so was the ground ivy this is a creeping plant which is found in dry places.
The loosetrife was used for the Kidneys.
The colts foot was used for the lungs together with harehound and marshmallow.
Dandelion is the best known of them all and was used as a tonic for the stomach Liver and Heart.
Scurvy grass and
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grows at the brink of a river.
It is eaten raw with salt, and is a great tonic for the blood.
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furze bush is boiled and pounded and given to horses who have worms.
Diliosc na geloc or stone moss is also used for dying.
Tóirpin is a small little plant which grows on the roofs of houses.
It cures sore eyes and it is said, that on any house this grows will never be burned.
Macanellam is a plant with large green leaves and a yellow flower.
It is boiled and the water is used to wash a sprain on a horses leg.
Garlic is a plant which grows like an onion.
It is boiled in new milk and is a great cure for a cough.
Water-cress is a small little plant which
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picked and saved, and then 'tis boiled
It is given as a laxative to people who suffer from constipation.
Dry leaves are boiled and their juice is said to take stains off clothes.
The top of the briar is picked and boiled and then 'tis let cool.
Its juice dyes clothes and it was with this dye the old people used to colour the clothes long ago
The leaves of the hazel tree are also used for dying materials.
Long ago the people used to cut nettles, and boil them.
When they were boiled they used to chop them up and give them to the fowl.
The top of the
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There is an ointment made from primroses.
First they boil the petals and when they are nearly all melted they put in unsalted butter and nix them.
It is a great cure for any sores or eruptions of the skin.
The leaves of the dandelion are picked and boiled and there is drink made from them called dandelion wine.
This wine is said to contain many body building properties, and is specially good for the nerves.
The male fern is cut and saved till dry, and then it is boiled and given to children who have tape worm.
Lady Hair is
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or girl is left and that boy or girl splinks till they are all in hide.
Then they go and seek them till they find and catch them.
The last one to be caught is the one that has to splink next.
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round.
Some girls run in under the rope, but others stand at the rope.
Then the girls at the end of the rope swing it round and the girls begin to hop.
If they hop down on the rope they are out.
Then they begin it all over again and the girls that were holding the rope let some two other girls hold it.
Hide is the chief game played round here, it is played by a crowd of boys and girls.
One boy or girl stands out and counts the game.
They count until one boy
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The indoor games are ludo, snakes and ladders, cards, draughts, and giving out the ring.
The out-door games are hide, run sheep run, skipping, marbles, and pickey.
Skipping is the nicest game of all and besides it would keep a pearson very warm on a cold day.
First two girls hold the ends of the rope and swing it
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Little girls nowadays spend their time mostly making dresses and clothes for their dolls. They also like making rag dolls.
Other times they colour pictures with crayons or paint them.
Little girls are also very fond of cutting out pictures out of books and journals. Sometimes they like blowing bubbles out of a pipe.
The boys pastimes are, in Spring they have the cradle bird and they have the catapults. They also like painting pictures and spinning tops.
Other times the smaller ones make daisy-chains. The little girls also like making
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white flower the shape of a rose. It is a great cure for cough or a cold. How to use it, is to dig the roots and wash and clean it. Then boil it in a saucepan.
Long ago the people used not be able to make porter without dandelions. It is said that the best porter used come into the Country then but that died out then. Long ago the Germans used use nettles for dyeing home-made stockings
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trouble.
For jaundice there is said to be a cure in the water in which the leaves of a shrub -: with leaves like small holly leaves are boiled Nettles and dogleaves are given as food to ducks. Boiled dogleaves cure boundlock.
The mullen tree is a cure for a cough or any disease.
Fhraoch na naoi grows in the mountain. It is a great cure for the liver. When boiled and drawn like tea and it is hard to differ them. it is better than and bottle in the world. Hóir-hound is a herb that has a cure in it for a cough.
Mhacain-[?] a little tree that grows by the brink of a river about eight feet high with a little blue and
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rub it to a sprained muscle or hurt foot.
Marsh Mallow is a cure for a cough. it grows like a holly-hock with a flower a yellow shade. Boiled dog-leaves or roasted is said to be a cure for boundelock not so much the leaves but the stem or root.
Ivy leaves cure corns. Agrimony is a small plant with a yellow flower which was a cure for sciatica The flower is dried and brewed like tea
Carrigeen is a sea plant. It is said to be a great cure for a cough.
When boiled with water and strained. Lemon juice and brown sugar are boiled with the water till it is a syrup. Carrigeen is also said to be a cure for lung
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Daisies look lovely but make the ground very poor. Praiseac buidhe grows only in rich land.
Dandelion is for strengthening delicate people. How it was used was to pick wash dry and boil it put it into a bottle with brown sugar and to leave it there as long as you like. making sure to cork the bottle There are three kinds of dandelions one with a red stem and a white stroke down the middle Another has wide leaves and a thin stem. The other has a hairy stem
You should be sure to pick the right one or, it make the wrong juice.
Comprey a green plant that you bruise it till the juice comes out and
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City with water as usual but he was killed in that battle and the key remained hidden in the cave.
The City will remain covered with water until the key is found
Although many generations have told the tale nobody has been lucky enough to find the key
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while some claimed to be led astray by Phantom boats at night until those boats disappeared at Ceill Stoífínn in the early hours of the morning.
The name of this place is very old and nobody seems to know its orign.
The old people say it was a great City which was ruled by a man named Stíofan O Rowne who had such a magical power that when he went away from the place he covered it with water.
For this purpose he used a key shaped wand which he hid in a secret cave at Ballyvaskin
One day he left in order to meet a western tribe in battle and he covered the
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2020-12-31 12:09
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Close to the rocky coast of Clare about 1 mile from Hags Head the white waves roll over a spot known to the people of these parts as Ceill Stoifínn.
Many people say that there is a town under those waves and that it can be seen every seventh year but the person who happens to see it will be dead before a year.
The old fishermen from Freigh castle told many tales about it.
Some claimed to have heard the cocks crow there at dawn and others have seen great buildings and great spires arise out of the water
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2020-12-31 12:00
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The bucket was kept in Miltown for along time after.
Any person who sees Cill Stiphin is said to die after seven years.
Cill Stiphin is an enchante town and sometimes appears above the water.
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2020-12-31 11:59
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There was a town once drowned which was know as Cill Stiphin.
The waves broke out in the middle of the sea because they hit the spire of the Church.
One day there was a man named William Carroll out in a canoe fishing for rock fish.
When he was out in the middle of the water he let down his fishing line then he pulled it up again to his horrow there was a bucket caught by the handle by the hook.
Looking down he saw a lot of women drawing water from a well and he knew it belonged to them.
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we have of Cill Stiphín to-day is the solitary Breaker which is said to be caused by the spire of the church in Cill Stiphín.
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nor how she came there.
After about three weeks she was brought back again and her people asked her where she was but she did not know.
One day about three years after, she was at a market in Ennistymon, and she saw a lovely lady in a carriage coming towards her.
When the lady came near she saluted her.
At first the lady did not know her, but then she remembered 'twas she nursed her when she was ill.
She spoke to the woman and asked her which eye did she see her with first
The woman said it was with her left eye she saw her first.
Then the lady left her hand on the woman's eye, and immediately she was struck blind.
The only evidence
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2020-12-31 11:51
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Cill Stiphin is a submerged town about a mile outside Lahinch.
There are many strange and mysterious tales told about this town.
It is said that there was a woman who used to attend matering cases living in Liscannor not very long ago.
One very dark night as she was in bed a man knocked at the window and he asked her to get up.
She asked him what he wanted and he said it was a very urgent maternity case.
He had a horse and saddle, and the woman sat up behind him.
It was so dark she did where she was going, but she thought she was going in a ship.
After a long journey she was brought to a house, but she did not know the people
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will come back into existence.
It is also said that this town reappears every seventh year and anybody that sees it dies shortly afterwards.
In order to prove that this town is there a fisherman cast his rod down into the water and thinking that it was a great prize he got only a few paddocks.
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day appointed for the cloving all the women gathered. That night they had a great dance. They made linen table cloths, linen sheets and linen shirts.
The smiths made sleans, bogdeal hatchets, scythes and spades.
There were men called temperers who had special oil for sharpening hay knives, scythes and spades. They used to sharpen razors by putting them in a hone.
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2020-12-31 11:40
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There were several trades long ago (th)at we have no trace of now.
About twenty years ago a nailer lived in the Ennis Road. He was known as Mick Steel.
Tom Dwyer was the last weaver that worked in Miltown.
Paddy St John has looms but he does not do any weaving.
Quilting was another of the old trades. It was done by women.
Pig killing was an important trade in the olden times. Morgan Hayes was well known for that trade. When he killed a pig he got a fletch of the bacon.
Cloving flax was another old trade. On the
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soap they used.
The way they make a basket was by getting a green sod in from the field and putting four strong ribs of grass in at the corners, they weaved all around it.
Paddy St John is the only person in this town who weaves.
He weaves thread and makes blankets, serges, and flannel.
The people always thatched their own houses with green rushes and straw.
Paddy Flynn was a cooper here long ago.
He used to make firkins for butter.
The men used to go to the mountains and pick heath and make brooms from it.
These were sold for only a half-penny each in the market.
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2020-12-31 11:33
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In days gone by, the people called candles tallow.
They rendered the fat off the goats and sheep and put it down near the fire so that the fats would melt together.
Meanwhile they got a mould and put a piece of wick in the centre.
Then they put the melted fat into the mould and then let it get hard.
The people used to pound the kelp into very fine pieces and put it into water and let it boil for three hours.
When the kelp would be boiled away they put about ten hanks of flax thread into the boiled water.
When that was boiled for another three hours it was washed and put out to bleach.
That was the kind of
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2020-12-31 11:29
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There is a nest of wild cats n the graveyard at Ballard which are know as Martens.
They are also to be got in the land, now owned by Judge Henny, Freigh, Miltown Malbay.
They are very nice cats and lots of people have tried to catch them but no one has yet succeeded.
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2020-12-31 11:27
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grey little animal.
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The badger is found in this district in a place called Mullihans Tuir. He is very bold. When a person finds him he makes a dive for their shin bone and if he is not instantly opposed he will break the bone
There was a badger killed her recently
A badger is great for fighting. He is a lovely
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2020-12-31 11:25
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The pole cat is known as the marten. They are to be got on the mountain at Faiteanleamnachta. Last year they killed alot of lambs.
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cabbage and grain crops such as oats.
Weasles kill fowl and rats they make their nests in stone or sod walls.
Once there was a girl out in the country, every day she used to feed a weasle with bread.
When she was going to America he accompanied her as far as the station.
It is said that he was there again to meet her when she came home.
If a weasel spat on you he would poison you.
Or if you tramped your foot at him he would poison your food to kill you.
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2020-12-31 11:21
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Otters live in rivers they kill all kinds of fish they also kill fowl. Otters have long bodies and short legs.
The foxes who live near houses never do any damage to them they usually go one or two miles inland. Foxes eat fowl they carry them on their back to their dens. They make their dens in cliffs or in the banks of rivers. When dogs are after them they make several tracks in the land so as to put the dogs off the scent.
If they are ever caught in hen houses they lie down and pretend to be dead till the door is open then they escape. Hares do alot of damage around here to crops.
Such as turnips and
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on account of the death of his comrade.
The foxes that lived near houses never do any damage to them but they usually go one or two miles inland.
Foxes eat fowl. they generally carry them to their den.
They make their dens in cliffs or in the side of a river.
When dogs are after them they make several tracks in the land so as to put the dogs off the scent.
Hares and rabbits do alot of damage around her to crops such as turnips and cabbage and grain crops such as oats.
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2020-12-31 11:14
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There are alot of wild animals around here such as, otters, foxes, rabbits, hares and weasels.
The otters are found in Beál a Ioga river.
Otters kill fish and they eat them.
They have long bodies and very short legs.
Weasels make their nests in a sod wall.
They eat vegetables and fowl.
Long ago two weasels lived near a house in Spanish Point.
They killed all the rats that were in the yard.
One day the man of the house killed one of them.
The next day his comrade killed all the fowl that were in the yard
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2020-12-31 11:00
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The weasel is a very wicked animal.
There was a man cutting hay one day and he cut over a weasel's nest. He had a tin can of milk and the mother weasel began to spit into it. When she came back she found that the man had fited up her nest. She went to the tin can was was at it until she spilled it so that the man would not be poisoned.
It is very seldom you would get a ferret around here. There is a cure in the leavings of a ferret for chin cough. The hare is a very swift animal he lives mostly on grass.
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2020-12-31 10:58
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The wild animals around here are, foxes, rabits, hares, ferrets and weasels.
The fox is a very clever animal he feeds on flesh and blood of fowl.
Michael Whyte and other people of Shanaway were hunting a fox in the Glen and he went away and went into a cabin. He heard a man approaching and he lied down and pretended to be dead. When Michael Whyte saw him he thought he was dead. He went in home and when he came out the fox was gone.
Last Monday 16th May two weeks ago a man was coming from the bog. He saw a fox going into the bushes and he blocked one side and he caught him just as he was coming out. He gave him to the man that has the pack in Ennistymon and he is there still.
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2020-12-30 14:08
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in Ireland.
Anthony Heanessy was a noted dancer he won several prizes in Clare and was a native of Church Rd.
Michael Carroll and Martin O Shea were two famous dancing masters.
The great swimmers were Michael Downes of Ennistymon Rd also Pat Cuffe.
Pat Cuffe saved Nan Curtin from being drowned, she was a native of Miltown Malbay.
Michael O Leary used cut down an acre of hay in one day.
Michael O Sullivan walked to Limerick and back again, he is still living and is about 95 years.
Joe Kenneally a native of Fegreen was a
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Thomas Malone was the best weight thrower in days gone by.
He was born where the Factory is at present and was the eldest boy of a large family.
He went to Austrialia and died about ten years ago.
Thomas Malone was a great runner and also a great jumper.
He won the Championship of Ireland in the 100 yds.
Garret Barrey was the best singer in olden times.
He was a native of Inagh and was blind from birth.
He also was the best piper
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jumped overboard.
This man could be saved as well as the others but he had not patence to wait for the rescue party.
Everything possible was done for the sailors comfort until they safely returned home by train.
All the cargo was saved and send to England.
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2020-12-30 13:59
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About twenty years ago a twomast merchant ship left the Falklands Islands on the South of America, loaded with a cargo of hides and tallow.
She was loaded (bound) for a British port and during her voyage was caught by a severe storm off the north west coast of Ireland She was driven with a gale and ran on the shore at Spanish Point.
The shore was rocky and she became a complete wreck.
The name of this ship was the Kelp and she was British owned.
It was about the month of January that this happned and the Crew stood in great danger but were all rescued by the local people except one poor sailor who got excited and
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coast claims two ships of ill fated Spanish Armada on almost the same spot as the Kelp was wrecked giving the place the name of Spanish Point where the mounds covering the unfortunate crew are still to be seen.
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For days the ship drifted helplessly while desperate efforts were made by the Quilty fishermen to reach the boat.
Time and again the fishing boats & men were pitched & tossed like corks on the raging sea without a hope of reaching the ship.
Success rewarding their efforts and the crew of twenty three were saved not one being lost while the boat became a total wreck.
As a memorial of the great event a beautiful church was erected in Quilty by the Most Rev. Dr Fogarty, the French Government giving a substantial subscription in recognition of the great bravery of the poor fishermen
Now, instead of walking three miles to the nearest church they have the consolation of a beautiful church in their midst.
Now, we go back nearly four hundred & again the treacherous
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The people of Spanish Pt. Mrs Nora Murripy in particular rendered valuable services in providing hot food & bedding & shelter to the famished crew.
The boat still remains on the rocks a grim reminder of the treacherous coast.
The cargo consisting of hides and tallow was saved when when the sea abated, but the stench will always be remembered by those who were present
Later an outbreak of diphtheria in Spanish Pt was said to be due to the presence in some of the houses of stuffs from the wreck
The disease spread and was accountable for the deaths of thirty young children in the surrounding district.
Another wreck of the same nature occurred a few miles south of Spanish Pt in the year 1,907. It was a French grain vessel Leon III going from Portland Oregan to Limerick
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2020-12-30 13:44
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In the end of the year 1,915 the people of Miltown Malbay sighted a trading vessel being buffeted helplessly on the treacherous shores of Malbay.
As the hours went on it was seen that the ship and crew stood in the greatest danger as very high seas were running and the ship was drifting towards the rocky coast.
People flocked from all directions to the coast but had to stand by helplessly and watch the illfated Kelp become a rock-bound wreck.
Efforts were made to throw ropes without avail. One of the crew of nine who attempted to reach the coast was drowned in the broiling surge ___ who waited till the sea got calmer were rescued with great difficulty.
Willing hands and kind hearts did much to lessen the suffering of the unfortunate men
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and hides.
A storm arose and it was driven in on the rocks of Spanish Point.
Only one sailor was drowned because he got very impatient and jumped over board.
The remains of the Kelp are to be seen to-day.
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into the water and the sea was very rough in the vicinity of the ship, but these were saved from their perilous position by the bravery of the Quilty fishermen.
soon after the rest of the crew were rescued by way of rafts, except the captain who had a broken leg.
the fishermen were asked to bring food to the captain but none would venture the task as the sea was still rough.
A turn took for the better and the captain was rescued.
They returned to their native land and being very grateful to the fishermen they sent some money to the men for the great rescued they made.
It was donated to the Mullagh Parish for the erection of the Quilty Church.
In the year 1915 the Kelp was coming from Germany and bound for Liverpool.
It had a cargo of tallow
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cargo of about 240 tons.
The "Leon" which came from France carried a cargo of wheat, and had a crew of about twenty sailors.
The captain's leg was broken and he escaped drowning by bieng caught in the bulwark
The would have have lost their lives were it not for the gallant bravery of the Quilty fishermen who risked their lives to save the crew.
Then the French Government subscribed to the Bishop and there was a church erected at Quilty in memory of them.
The church was called "Star of the Sea".
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after called Canada Cross by an R.I.C. sergeant named Harty who was stationed here at the time, and still keeps its name Canada Cross.
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patrolled the streets but as the people were not breaking the law thought they were in no danger. Without one word of warning the command was given to fire the people.
Three men were shot Paddy Hennesy, Pat Leary, and John O'Lochlan. and several were injured. This caused a bad feeling on the people and the forces.
Some months after an ambush was laid in Rineen for the Black and Tans. Seven Tans were shot. Then that night there were three reprisals. Some months after there were three more reprisals.
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In 1921 Charles Lynch of Breaffa was shot by the black and tans on his own door and an English man named Moore was shot near Hurleys from the lane by local Volunteers.
Walls of stone were put on the roads by local Volunteers in order not to let the black and tans pass in motor cars.
The English law ordered the shopkeepers not to sell more than a stone of flour or the farmers' to sell their butter.
The names of all who were living in the house should be written on a card and put up on the door.
Any Girls that the local Volunteers thought were giving information.
Their hair was cut.
The black and tans used to take the farmer's fowl and kill them.
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They knew they were safe then as no Irish-man would touch them while the priest was in the lorry.
They also captured Dr. Hillery and put him against the wall three times to be shot but they were not sure of his identity.
They robbed and looted public houses and burned the Irish homes of parents whose boys were "on the run"
Thank God we have none of those British scoundrels in our quiet and peaceful country to-day.
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Tommy Leary, and Jack O'Loughlin were shot dead R. I. P.
This made the people angrier than ever and everywhere they got a chance they ambushed the Tans.
The town's people had to leave their homes and go to the country, houses were burned, young men were shot, and young girls were often tormented.
Miss Ann Hogan who was suspected by Tans, for carrying dispatches was watched by them and one night as she was going home they captured her and cut off her hair.
On the 22nd of September there was a great ambush at Rineen, about twenty-seven Tans were killed, and for a reprisal the Tans burned six houses in the town that night.
On one occasion the Tans arrested one of our best loved priests, Rev. Fr. Mc Kenna and brought him as a hostage in the lorry to safeguard themselves.
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During the Black-and-Tan war in Ireland long ago in the year 1920 the people suffered great terror and hardship.
On the evening of the 14th or April in the year 1920 some Republican prisoners were released from Mount Joy and on this account all the town was illuminated.
A tar-barrel was erected at Canada Cross and a crowd had gathered round it, singing and rejoicing.
Meanwhile a crowd of R. I. C's and Military occupied the Parochial Hall, heard the noise, and siezed with rage came towards the group who were still round the tar-barrel.
An B. I. C. sergeant shouted "Disperse" and without giving time to do so he fired point blank into the crowd.
Instantly a volley of shots rang out from the crowd of Military and Police, and the result was that three young men, Paddy Hennesy,
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2020-12-30 12:33
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There was a Blacksmith long ago who was enchanted and from the sparks that came from the shoe he turned them into oats. His name was Gabha Ruadh. This smith lived down near where my grandfather lived in Coore -
My grandfather heard this when he was a little boy.
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About 40 years ago the fathers of the present black-smiths were put to jail for not shoeing the horses of Mrs Burdette Moroney the landlady of that time who was boycotted and J.D. Sullivan the great poet wrote a song about them by the name of Three Brave Blacksmiths.
I Verse
Three brave blacksmiths down in County Clare,
Wouldn't shoe a grabber's horse wouldn't shoe his mare.
They wouldn't take his money for his threats they didn't care
They'd rather go unshod themselves than shame the County Clare.
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There are four forges in Miltown Mabbay namely Mr Guires, Maloneys, Heanys, Reidys.
There are two forges at a corner in an old road. one in the Ballard Rd, and another in the Ennistymon Rd.
All the forges have slated roofs. Heanys make iron gates, Maloneys make iron bands for wheeles, and shoe horses and asses.
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2020-12-30 12:30
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There are four smiths in Miltown now Reidy, Heany, Mc Guire and Maloney. They shoe horses and asses. The things they use in a forge is an anvil a raspe and a clench knife. They do not make shovels or ploughs.
Long ago the smiths made spears for fighting. A smith named Redmond Burke who lived in the Ennistymon Road made spears. Two men from Miltown went to England. When they go there the fight was over. They were captured by an English Officer. He told them he would put them to death if one of them could not knock a English man off a horse. One of the men had the spear in his hand and he caught a hold of the reins and knocked the man off the the horse. They got pardon and their passage
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not to grudge our neighbour no matter what he possesses.
"Focal amadán, dealg fothanáin, no fiachal coilleáin" - na rudaí is geire ar bith.
"The word of a fool, the prod of a thorn, or the tooth of a pup, are the sharpest things on earth.
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In olden times the people made their own candles from pieces of old melted fat. They had a mould through which they drew a thread then they filled the mould with grease and the tallow candle was made. There was a great trade also in basket making Patsy Hynes and several others made baskets They grew osiery rods and made them. There were a lot of weavers around long ago. They made the thread with a spinning wheel from wool and set it on a loom to make flannel and tweeds for clothes. Coopers made churns, barrells and cans. The chief were Mick Hayes, Jim Oneill, Jim O Halloran, Pat Griffin, Paddy Flynn and Jack O Donnell. All nails were made by nailers
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named Seamus O Connell took this farm.
This brought more excitement he had police protection because he boycotted. Many people were arrested and put to jail.
After a number of years Mrs Moroney died leaving bitter memories behind her.
Colonel Moroney who suceeded the estated, sold it to the tenants under the land Purchase Act.
Other landlords had to do likewise and every tenant had a lease of his property is the rightful owner nobody can ever evict him again under our own Government.
The rents were made less and evert encouragment is given to the owners to improve their property and to have a happy and contented Ireland.
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A fierce conflict was carried on in both places.
The struggle at Miltown Malbay between the landlady and her tenants was kept up for a long time and some of the most respectable people of the parish were imprisoned. This lady was boycotted and some shopkeepers and blacksmiths refused to sell her goods and shoe her horse and they were put to jail. Some people are living yet who were put to jail.
The great Irish leader named Mr Parnell held a meeting at the in the lawn of the Parochial house.
Before the meeting he turned the first sod of the railway from Miltown Malbay to Kilrush in the year 1884.
There used to be numerous bands at the meetings which used be held at O Briens hotel now known as the Malbay hotel in the square.
About a mile from Miltown Malbay there was an evicted farm at a place called Fintra a man
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Long ago people were not allowed to own their own land.
The towns and districts around them belonged to one individual who was called a landlord who demanded very high rents.
For holdings on his estate he had an agent for collecting the rent.
If a tenant could not pay rent or if he displeased the landlord in any way he could evicted.
About forty or fifty years ago there lived in Mitown Malbay a lady named Mrs Burdette Moroney.
The places that suffered most were Bodyke and Miltown owing to evictions for non-payment of rents.
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they always say "Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís" which means "That we may be alive this time next year"
It was an old custom with the people long ago to dig the first dinner of new potatoes on the feast of Saint Peter and Paul.
Sir Walter Raleigh was the first man who introduced the potato into Ireland.
There are difference varieties of potatoes namely, Kerspink Aran Banner, Champion, Irish Queen, Beauty of Bute, Leaguers, Epicures, and Flounders.
Mr. Kerr who was an Irishman grafted two kinds of potato which produced a different kind.
The new kind of potato was called Kerspink.
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it is out of the eye that the stalk first sprouts.
The cut potatoes are called sgiolláins.
The sgiolláns are then placed on the manure one foot apart and covered with earth.
When the stalk comes up over the ground, the earth is shoveled up close to the stalk to keep the frost from them.
This is called casting the potatoes.
Then in about two months after when the stalks are fully grown they are sprayed with a mixture of, sulphate of copper, bluestone and washing soda, which keeps away an insect that brings on a disease called blight.
If the potatoes are well cared and if they get nice fine weather the new ones can be dug about the first of July.
When the people ate the first dinner of new potatoes
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All the farmers sow new crops of potatoes every Spring.
Before they sow the potatoes they have to prepare the ground first.
They plough the garden with an iron or a timber plough and then they harrow it with a harrow.
A harrow is a large square piece of timber with iron spikes about half a foot long.
These spikes tear up the ground and break all the big lumps of earth.
Then they open up the drills with a plough and sometimes people open them with a shovel.
Manure is then placed lightly on the drills.
This manure which is got from the cow-sheds and stables is said to nourish the potatoes and help them to grow.
Potatoes are then cut into two or three pieces and each piece must have an eye on it because
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Tansy tea is good for a nervous person. It is also good for worms.
Poppy head poultice is a cure for neuralgia.
The water in which mountain flax has been steeped is a cure for constipation.
Nettles are good for the blood.
Half a spoonful of ginger, a spoon of sugar and a cup of boiling water is a cure for colic.
Clover mixed with voilet leaves in a hot poultice is a cure for cancer.
Blackberry leave tea is a cure for diarrhoe.
Caraway seeds are a cure for a hiccough.
A gargle made with red sage and hot vinegar is a cure for tonsillitis.
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on St. Brigid's night it is said she will bless it and it is said that this ribbon will cure a headache.
A few pieces of straw from the crib in the Church are said to cure several diseases.
There is a cure in a black sheeps wool if you have a pain in your ear, and a white speeps wool won't do.
Whiskey is the best thing to drop into your tooth if you have a toothache.
There is a mound in a field few miles from Kilkee called "St Cretans Bed" and if you lay down on it for one night you will be cured of bone diseases.
If you have a lot of warts and if you want to get rid of them, count them all and put them in a paper-bag and leave them on the road, who ever gets them will take them.
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and its father is dead it has a cure for chraos-galar.
There's a cure in the water at St. Brigid's blessed well for the bones.
If you have stye on your eye, get a gold ring off a married womans finger and look through it.
To cure a sprain or a bad leg, keep pouring potato water on it.
To cure a person bleeding from the nose, put a key down his or her back
There is a cure in the water at St. Senan's lake for worms.
Goats milk is a great cure for cumption.
If a calf is sick and if you make a certain kind of knot round his body three times and if the knot comes loose the calf will be cured but if it gets tangled the calf will die.
If you hang a piece of green ribbon on the door
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Long ago people used to cure themselves of nearly every disease by plants and herbs and other simple cures.
If you give a ferret some milk to drink, and if you drink what is left 'twill cure chin-cough.
People used to gather a small little plant with a pink flower and boil it and the water left after it is also said to cure chin-cough.
There is a plant called cumphrey which cures sprains.
If you meet a man on a white horse and ask him what will cure chin-cough what ever he says will cure.
If a dog bites you, you must get three ribs of his hair to cure it.
If you get cold rom bathing you should go back and bathe three times again and you will get better.
If a child is born
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The cure the old people had long ago for the Whooping cough is to drink milk that a ferret would leave after.
The cure for a Toothache is to get a rabbit's foot and leave it in a pocket without anyone knowing it.
Corns -: A cure for corns is to go out barefooted early in the morning when the dew is on the grass.
Wart -: The only cure for a wart is to get a small bit of bacon and bury it in manure and while the meat would be going away.
Eyes -: The cure the old people had for a sore eye was to get some tea-leaves and put them into a cloth and then put them up to the eye
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Chin Cough -: to lick a frog three times, or if you met a man with a white horse, ask him for a cure for the chin cough and whatever he tells you do it even if it was only to drink a glass of water,
Chraos Galair -: to drink the leavings of a person that never saw their father
Eyes -: Sty Ruadhanswell in Doolagh has a cure for the eyes.
If a person had a sty in their eye it is a good cure to make the sign of the cross three times with a gold ring when fasting.
Boils -: to crush soap and mix with sugar, put it on with a cloth.
Sore throat -: put bran or salt into a stocking, heat over the fire and put around your neck.
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Chin Cough -: to lick a frog three times, or if you met a man with a white horse, ask him for a cure for the chin cough and whatever he tells you do it even if it was only to drink a glass of water,
Chraos Galair -: to drink the leavings of a person that never saw their father
Eyes -: Sty Ruadhanswell in Doolagh has a cure for the eyes.
If a person had a sty in their eye it is a good cure to make the sign of the cross three times with a gold ring when fasting.
Boils -: to crush soap and mix with sugar, put it on with a cloth.
Sore throat -: put bran or salt into a stocking, heat over the fire and put around your neck.
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2020-12-28 13:12
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It is an old custom on St. Stephen's day for young boys to dress up in old clothes and go from house to house dancing and playing.
It is said that if you eat no meat on that day you would not get any sickness during the year.
On St. Brigid's day some people put up a cross on the ceiling, others tie a ribbon on the latch and it is said that St. Brigid touches it and leaves on it a cure for a headache.
On St. Patrick's day it is an old custom it Ireland to wear a shamrock.
It is said that if you bring in the furze bush before sunrise on May morning you would have luck and prosperity during the year.
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2020-12-28 13:08
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Mickie Carthy's father was living, he was coming from some time where he met a ghost he ran to some house nearby and asked for some holy water, the people of the house were giving him the bottle but he would not take it in the bottle he wanted it on the palm of his hand and when he got it he ran back and shook it on the ghost and immediately the ghost disappeared.
Some Tramps sell small things such as brooches other things and on that way they make a living.
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2020-12-28 13:06
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Tramps are very poor people who go from place to place looking for alms
When they go into a house they say "God bless you" have you any little help.
Mickie Carthy and Anny are the usual tramps around here.
When
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2020-12-28 13:04
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to house to sell these little things when they go into a house they ask something such as flour or a little tea in the country house
But in the town they ask money or old shoes and such things they also sell their small items.
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2020-12-28 13:03
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Tramps are not as numerous now as in days gone by
The only tinkers we see around are Mickie Cathy and his wife Annie
The only means they have of travelling is a white donkey and care.
They go about and spend a night here and a night there in every old road they meet they get a bag of hay from some neighbour near by and place it under the cart they they get some canvas and spread it over the cart then they go in under the cart and sleep comfortably until morning.
Beggars such as Annie and Mickie cannot beg unless they have something to sell so they buy some studs and lacers and other small itims and they go about from house
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2020-12-28 12:49
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the ruins of an old church to be seen.
Long ago the Protestants who were living in parish of Kilfarboy took the old church from the Catholics to have their service in it, but after a while the catholics boys of the parish made up a plan to go over and frighten them and so they did.
When the protestants heard this great noise they thought it was the devil that had come to frighten them.
They were so frightened that they left it so from that day to this the catholics have possession of the church.
But that church was built newly in Miltown Malbay and soon after
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2020-12-28 12:46
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There are three graveyards in my parish namely, Kilfarboy, Ballard, Freagh. About 150 years ago Ballard graveyard was over in Mr Comyn's land he got it removed to the present place where it is.
The people used go there once a month crying after their dead that is the reason he got it removed. The old graveyard is in Mike Honan's field still and there is a blessed well there also know as Kilcorcoran's blessed well. When St Senan was preaching the true faith to the people he slept in the middle of Freagh graveyard and from that day to this its called St. Senan's bed.
In Kilfarboy there is
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2020-12-28 12:42
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heard close by
The horses of which there were many got frightened and bolted tearing through the country. The Valets and servants also got frightened as they thought it was the Devil was there. What was really there was a man named O'Sullivan hid in a tree close by and had what is known as a "Bourawn". He put a hole in the middle of it and through it he drew a rush which made a very queer noise and sent the horses mad and made their drivers think it was the Devil.
That was the first and last time Kilfarboy Church was used by the Protestants.
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2020-12-28 12:38
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There are three Graveyards in this Parish. Kilfarboy, Ballard, and Frey. There is the ruin of an old Church in Kilfarboy which I am interested in.
Long ago when the Catholics were driven out of Kilfarboy the Protestants who were living in this part of Clare decided to used the Church for their own service.
So on an appointed Sunday they came in carriages and in horse back to attend service.
Some Catholics who were in the Know decided to give them a reception
So when the service had just begun an unearthly sound was
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2020-12-28 12:33
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we see a fog on top of a hill and this predicts fine weather without much sunshine.
When the dust is flying with the wind it foretells hard dry weather.
When the sound of the sea comes from Aran direction it foretells very fine weather where as the wind coming from Mutton Island direction foretells very bad weather.
When the fire is dark and smoky we will have rain, and very often a blue light is seen at the back of the fire. The smoke seems to move lazily up the chimmney and the weather will be dull.
In Winter when the stars twinkle and the air is clear frost will follow.
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2020-12-28 12:31
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In Winter when the sky is red to the north-east a storm will follow.
When the sea birds come inland it is a sign of a storm and swarm together in a field.
When the swallow flies low it predicts rain.
When the sea is gloomy and slatecolour we are sure to have very bad weather.
Any time bad weather is coming the goat is sure to stay near his home and it will not ramble through the fields The sheep gather together and lie on the valleys.
After a shower the rocks shine and this is the sign of rain
When the Kerry hills become visible we are sure to have rain. Very often
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2020-12-28 12:26
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man returned. He told the man he could go and he stumbled away shamefacedly.
In 1921 a woman was stricken with an incurable cancer in her face. Everything failed and she got two months to live. She tried St Joseph's Well. After nine days persistent prayer the sore had disappeared. Although well into the eighties she never had a recurrence of the disease and enjoys perfect health.
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2020-12-28 12:24
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It happened in the old days when food was not so abundance as now, when harvested corn then the principal means of support had to be carefully protected from thieves, a poor man having gathered up all his corn in close proximity to the ruins was suddenly called to the death-bed of a near relative a long distance away. On being asked by his neighbour how his corn was to be protected he said he would leave it to St Joseph and departed. Late that night a thief came. Filling a huge "bearth" he lifted it on one of the remaining walls of the Church so as to get it squarely on his back. But when he attempted to move off he was rooted to the ground and the corn stuck to the wall. His neighbours tried unsuccessfully to loose him. Next day the poor
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2020-12-27 13:21
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People going to foreign countries always cut a piece of the trunk.
The cutting of the tree weakened it, and it fell and formed an arch.
A storm came one night and it slipped right down into the river and it never stopped until it got down as far as Bealaclogga River.
It was said that some people tried to burn it, but it would not burn for them.
A native of Miltown Malbay by the name of Anthony Egan remembered the tree, and he thought that many changes took place during his absence.
He got a beautiful white cross erected there, and it is still there to this day.
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2020-12-27 13:20
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St Joseph's Blessed Well is situated about a mile and a half from Miltown Malbay.
There are many stories told about the Blessed Well but this is one about the Blessed Tree.
Up to recent years ago there were five grand ash trees on the left hand side of the Well.
Outside the Well there stood one of these trees which was commonly known at the time as the Blessed Tree.
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2020-12-27 13:18
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In the Penal times there was a great Catholic Priest living near Miltown Malbay in a place called Kilfarboy he was Rev Fr John Corcoran.
He was hunted down by the British and one day when he was celebrating Mass in a lonely valley near Miltown he was caught by the British and killed. They beat him to death. Next day he was buried by the Poor Catholics who attended his Mass. Next morning a beautiful spring well appeared at the foot of the priests grave. It was a holy well and for years after people used to visit it and got cured from eye trouble. In later years a woman in the neighbourhood used the water for boiling potatoes but they would boil, so next morning
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2020-12-27 13:14
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following night and when the horses were passing to fling some earth at them.
The man did so and he hit one of the horses. The horse stood still while the other horses disappeared into the cave.
The man brought home the horse and had him trained. The horse was very quiet and worked well, till one day one of the workmen cursed him. The horse then galloped off and disappeared into the cave and was never seen again.
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2020-12-27 13:12
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There is a townland near Lisdoonvvarna called Gortaclab. In this district there is a cave.
Many years ago, a farmer had the land tilled and corn sown near the cave
Every morning he noticed some of his corn gone. He could not find out how anybody had come across his boundary walls so one night he decided to watch the corn-field. To his great surprise he saw some horses coming out of the cave. They went into the corn-field and then returned to the cave when they had enough of corn eaten.
The man told his neighbours of this incident. One old man told him to hide near the cave on the
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2020-12-27 13:07
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boy place the dead woman beside a flour bin to look as though she was making a cake
In the morning the man thought she was back again so he said that he would give fifty pounds to the man who would bury her.
The boy took the money and went to bury her "mar deadh"
It happened that the man and woman were going to town on a car that day.
When they were going there a little way the boy put the dead woman on a young horse's back and sent the horse galloping after them.
When the man saw her he said he would give a hundred pounds to the person who would bury her. The boy took the hundred pounds, and at last he went and buried her.
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2020-12-27 13:03
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There once lived in a house a man and woman, and with them lived their mother.
The mother died, and the man said he would give twenty pounds to anybody who would bury her. Soon after, A boy came and said he would bury her, and the man gave him the money.
During the night, while the man and woman were asleep the
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2020-12-27 13:00
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One of the men said that he was sorry he had disturbed the weasel. On hearing this remark the weasel, it is said, went back and knocked the can spilling all the milk, thus preventing the men from being poisioned.
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2020-12-27 12:59
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Two men were cutting hay one day. Unknown to them there was a weasel's nest in the meadow. They accidentally disturbed the nest. Angry at being disturbed the weasel spat into the milk which the men had for drinking. If the men had drunk the milk they would be poisioned as there is poision in the spit of the weasel.
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2020-12-27 12:57
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including his children. At last he had to sell his farm and go to the Co. Home. All this misfortune came on him through interfering with the Bean-sidhe.
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2020-12-27 12:56
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In the district of Inagh there lived a farmer who owned an old quarry in which the Bean-sidhe was to be heard, howling at the top of her voice, every night.
The farmer got tired of listening to the Bean-sidhe so he determined to kill her. He went out one night with his gun and fired a few shots at the Bean-sidhe.
She let an unmerciful scream and vanished before him in a ball of fire. After that everything he had died
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2020-12-27 12:54
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from the house very soon. After that no one lived in it & as years passed by it fell to ruins.
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2020-12-27 12:53
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There is a house or rather the ruins of a house in Illane, which was said to be haunted by fairies. One night while the mother of the house was in bed & the baby on a cot by her side, she was suddenly pierced through by some unseen power, which prevented her moving. Then she saw host of small people lift the baby out of the cot & disappear with it
Then the woman rose distracted but the child could not be found. Some time later a priest said mass in the house. During the mass the child was left back in the cot by unseen hands. The family moved
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2020-12-27 12:49
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an instrument or tin that would make noise. Then during service they were all to make as much noise as possible.
When they started the noise it sounded very weird and all the horses took fright and bolted towards Miltown breaking the carriages as they ran.
All the People ran out of the Church on hearing the noise but could see nothing as the men were behind the bushes.
The terrified Protestants firmly believed that it was the devil made the noise, and they were so frightened that they ran out of the Church and never again went into it, so the Catholics took the Church again and were never again troubled by Protestants.
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2020-12-27 12:44
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In the Penal Times the Protestants took over the Kilfarboy Church for themselves and the Catholics were left without a place of worship as Kilfarboy Church was then the Church was then the Catholic Church of the Parish.
During service the Protestants left their horses and coaches outside the Church door so the young Catholic men of the Parish made a plan to frighten them. Every body was to have
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2020-12-27 12:42
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home again safe and sound, thanks to the son's clever wife. mar is maith an rud bean glich
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2020-12-27 12:40
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have a castle as beautiful as his.
When the father heard this he thought of a plan. He went to the King and told him he could not finish the castle without a tool which he had left in Ireland. The King said he would sent for it but Gobán Soar said no one but a very intelligent person would think of the name of the tool.
The King sent his own son to Ireland for the tool which Gobán Soar called "Cor ar aon Cam agus cam ar aon Cor"
By these words he was sending a message to the son's wife telling her to use her cleverness to destroy the King's plot for their destruction.
When the Prince arrived at the house he told the woman his business She told him to look for the supposed tool in a large chest which she showed him. When he leaned on over the side of the chest to search for the tool, the woman caught him by the legs and heaved him into the chest and secured the cover fast. It was kept there until Gobán Soar and his son were
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2020-12-27 12:34
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sheep killed, and the skin shoren off The she gave the price of the sheep and the skin to the boy.
When the father heard what happened, he asked that his son would marry a cleaver wife like that. After a time the father went to the lady & asked her if she would agree to marry his son. She agreed. When they were married they went to live with the Gobán Soar.
The fame of Gobán Soar spread far and wide. The King of England on hearing of the wonderful stone mason in Ireland, sent for him to build a castle for him. Gobán Soar decided that he & his son would go to England to build the castle. However before leaving the son's wife warned them to be kind to every woman they met. They did as they were told.
When the castle was nearly finished a girl in the King's service told the son that the King meant to kill himself and his father when the castle was finished, so that no other King could
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2020-12-27 12:29
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Long ago there lived a man known as Gobán Soar which means stone mason He had one son who lived him. One day he was sent to the fair with a sheep. The price his father told him get for it was "Croicheann is luach" of course no one would buy the sheep on those conditions. As he was about to go home again with the sheep a lady asked him what he wanted for it. "Croicheann is luach" said the boy. The lady agreed to this She took him to her home, and got the
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2020-12-27 12:26
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Inch for what seemed to him endless hours and still no sign of daylight & no sign of Inch Bridge, over which he knew he must pass
At last, seeing a beautiful house all lighted up, he made up his mind to ask if he might make a rest there. He knocked at the door. It was opened by a man who told him he could rest a while & welcome.
When he felt a bit rested, the man started again on his journey & to his surprise found he was beside Inch bridge near Ennis.
On returning from Ennis that day he decided he would call to the house to thank the people for allowing him to rest when he was weary & tired. What was his surprise when he came to Inch bridge to find that there was not trace or tidings of any such house in the district. After making many inquiries, he could only come to the conclusion that the house he rested in belonged to the fairies.
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2020-12-27 12:21
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Long ago when clocks and watches were unknown in this part of the country, a man named Hogan lived at Kilmurry some miles from Draíd na Cathrach. He had occasion to go to Ennis during the winter months. To make the journey on foot was his only means of going, so the night before he went to bed fairly early.
He did not know how long he had slept, but when he awoke he dressed and made ready for his long journey He travelled on by the Hand towards
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2020-12-27 12:03
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Glandree National School was built about the year eighteen fifty four. The masons who built the school were the Mc Namars of Doonass. The stones that built the school were got in Linnanes, Houlihans and in out place. The sand was got in Denis Moloneys place. There was no public school in Glandree up to that time only a private school taught by Master Rodgers.
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2020-12-27 12:02
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At the cross near bóthar Connacht in the townland of Lismuinga an animal in the shape of a pig used to be seen by people at night, and scraws used to be thrown at them after seeing the animal. Patrick Casey was coming from Kells one night about one o'clock, about sixty years ago. He was riding on a donkey. He met an animal which he thought was a pig about sixty yards from the cross. The donkey refused to pass the animal. He had to beat him very severely, and after some time she galloped off past it, and kept galloping until he came to the place where Michael Hogan lives presently. Mr Casey was wearing an overcoat, and there was a tear in the lining of the coat. He picked up courage and tried to pull up his coat which he thought was the ghost was pulling off him. To his surprise he found that the asse's tail had got in where the lining was torn, and was pulling the coat off him as he galloped. He then took the tail of the ass from his coat and the ghost disappeared.
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2020-12-27 11:59
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says he, here is the skull, and give me my drink. When he had drunk he walked out leaving the skull on the counter.
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2020-12-27 11:58
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About seventy four or seventy five years ago a ship named the Magpie was wrecked on the coast of Doolin. There was no storm, but she lost her way and tried to land between the Island and the mainland at night. When the crew found themselves in distress they fired cannons towards the land with made terrible noise. Afterwards the engine or iron parts were removed in horses and common cars to Limerick. The names of some of the carmen are Donnchadh Rynne, Tom Walsh, and Pat Conway. The other parts were then auctioned and a lovely brass (or better than brass) grate which was brought then is still in a room at Lawrence Egan's, Ballyvraneen. Mrs. Hogan Cullenagh saw half a very large ball of iron in Darby Griffey's street which was said to be a cannon ball which was fired from the Magpie.
Mary Mee
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2020-12-26 14:23
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o leppucán or the corner of the leprucán.
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2020-12-26 14:22
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When he came to a corner of a meadow that he had to pass it was covered and he heard a very faint little tic-tac, tic-tac. It was'nt much stronger than the ticking of the grasshopper.
Then the man went in tip toe to the spot where he heard the noise and he saw a small little man with a very wrinkled face and a great cock up in his leg and he had a little críuscín by his side and he was singing a song.
As soon as he caught sight of the man he disappeared.
The man went around to all his neighbours and told them about the little man.
The man who saw him had a lot of stories read about lepreachauns that he said that this was one. Never since their was this little man seen at that spot because he was often watched for.
The people who owned the meadow called it cíune an
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Lepreachauns are little men that are put minding gold.
They wear a little red coat and a green trousers and hat and are said to have magic power,
A story is told about one of these little men. At a place called Aylebrack about two miles and a half at the East of Miltown Malbay.
It happened one day that there was a cattle fair in Miltown and a man went from Moy to the fair.
At the fair he sold his cattle and he came back by Aylebrack.
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He gave it to the boy and then he let off the leprahuan
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to find them wrecked or burned.
This was the second unofficial reprisal in Ireland.
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burned houses in Ennistrymon and Lahinch and had killed people in both places and came to Miltown to complete their work: Joined by the local police they set fire to Marrinan's house and then they set Jones's house on fire in Church St., They tried to set the house of Morgan Hayes Ennis-Road on fire but the fire went out.
They fired more shots to terrify the people and looted and robbed the village: In the morning there were the ruins of six houses in Miltown as Casey's a drapers shop next door to Collins's took fire during the night and was burned to the ground
The people of Miltown Malbay will never forget that night of terror: They spent the night huddled in cabins and by hedges outside the town, listening to the hellish yells of the police as the carried out their work of destruction
Little children could be heard crying in the night: They went back to their homes in the morning
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was the account of the sacking of Balbriggan by Crown forces as a reprisal for an attack on Crown Forces: Trim was the first in Ireland, Miltown Malbay was the second.
At about eleven oclock that night police and military came from the barracks out into the street fully armed and carrying petrol cans: They broke into O Neill's house in the Main Street and set fire to it: They then broke into Roche's house spilled petrol all round and bombed it to set it on fire: Next they set fire to Collins's house: They then went through the town smashing windows and firing shots into the houses: The windows in practically every house in the village were riddled.
With bullets they broke into public houses and stole all the drink they could carry: They took goods from every kind of shop and stored them in the barracks: At about four oclock in the morning Miltown was getting quiet again when lorries of Black and tans arrived from Lahinch: They had
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On the 20th September 1920 there was an ambush of Crown forces at Dromin outside Miltown Malbay on the Lahinch Road.
Six police men were killed and some military. On that days paper
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discovered that the things rattling were dried up pieces of earth shaped as if they were taken from the opening in a cows hoof:
He went immediately to Carroll's house and found that they had got no butter from their churn since May Eve.
He took the sack and the pieces of earth back to Carrolls and the butter return in both houses assemed it's normal proportion from that time forward.
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at about twelve o'clock he saw a woman who was carrying a sack in her hand, leave Carroll's cow house
He followed her and she ran.
Crossing a field she drooped the sack and having ascertained who the woman was he picked up the sack and went home.
Beliveing the bag to be empty threw it into an opening overhead the room door.
In this place he kept such thing's
He decided that he could say no more about the incident.
After a few weeks his wife drew his attention to the fact that she was getting much more butter from her churns than could be possible from the number of cows they milking.
They had butter for three times that number of cows or a pound for every four quarts of milk
He then thought of the sack and taking it down he heard something rattling in it.
He emptied it out on the floor and
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In the townland of Freigh about two miles to the North-West of Miltown Malbay lives an old man named Tom Fitzgerald.
One May Eve he was in cuaird at a neighbours house
The neighbours name was Carroll and they had a big farm.
As he was leaving the house
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did he sell and he told her he didn't.
When he went in to the house their cat was lying by the fire and when the he heard the man telling his story he sat up and cocked his ear.
When the man came to the part of story about manno manno tell Tom Gommer that Moll Hogan is dead the cat lepped around the house roaring "mo pháiste mo paiste and he ran up the chimney and that was the last they saw of the cat.
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Some number of years ago there was a horse fair in Ennis. It is said that a man set out from Moher with a trained horse to the fair. When he was moving on towards Mount Callan he stopped on the road to light his pipe. Just then a brown cat jumped on the wall and began to cry. The man then tried to hunt the cat off the wall but it was no use.
The cat still followed him crying as he went. The man tried several times to hunt the cat off the wall but it was no use. At last when he was coming on towards Inagh he didnt want to have the cat following him. So he dismounted his horse and followed the cat. The cat jumped off the wall into a field and stood there. The cat then said "manno manno tell Tom Gommers that Moll Hogan is dead. Then the man went his way when he was coming he came a different way to avoid the cat. When he went home his wife asked him
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legs that were drunk and asleep in the floor.
She straightened the horse for a good pull out the door and when all was well she gave a good wallop to the horse who went mad with the fright from that place until he came to "Isleacopple".
Wheather it is not known through exhaustion or wheather this steep glen was the cause of stopping the horse but it was in Isleacopple he was caught and the soldiers were dead and nearly torn to pieces.
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The mother being very shruod and calm bare it with the greatest patience and was only trying to make much of them.
She invited them into the dwelling house and provided them with a bottle of whiskey which they enjoyed until they feel drink on the floor.
When she got them well drunk and asleep she tought of a plan there was a young horse that had just been trained in the cabin outside the house.
She put the winkers collar and hames on the horse.
She also got the ploughing chains and plough sticks and had everything settled if preparing to plough.
She then got the car pope and attached it to the plough stick, took the horse from the cabin to the dwelling house door took the other end of the rope and tied the two soldiers
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The mother being very shruod and calm bare it with the greatest patience and was only trying to make much of them.
She invited them into the dwelling house and provided them with a bottle of whiskey which they enjoyed until they feel drink on the floor.
When she got them well drunk and asleep she tought of a plan there was a young horse that had just been trained in the cabin outside the house.
She put the winkers collar and hames on the horse.
She also got the ploughing chains and plough sticks and had everything settled if preparing to plough.
She then got the car pope and attacked it to the plough stick, took the horse from the cabin to the dwelling house door took the other end of the rope and tied the two soldiers
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persecution with the British government their soldiers were scattered in many places
Two of their soldiers were somewhere in a radius of a couple of miles around Isleacopple and they went into a country house to look for refreshments and only occupants they could find were a woman and a young child in an out house and she was milking her cows
As there was some of the cows milked and the young child was drinking the milk by sucking it through a rush from a can on the cabin floor when yeomanry came to the door and seeing what the child was doing, tampering with the milk which themselves wanted to drink one of them gave a clout to the child and the put the child sitting on the bayonet.
The child was in agony and was kicking with pain and the soldiers used the words "stretch foot, draw foo stretch foot draw foot. It is very good practice for a child
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This is an old story that was told to Michael Neylon by an old perosn that has long since passed away about Isleacopple one mile to the north of Miltown and how it got its name.
It is bounded by the main road from Miltown to Lahinch by a bridge and by a small stream running straigh through this deep glen.
Its slope on the south side is in the townland of Fintramore and the slope on the north is in Fintrabeg
It is very thickly covered by furze and other brushwood. Its length is about 500 yards.
It is also a very lonely place to look at and very few care to be near it at night
In olden times when the Irish people were going through terrible
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the turning of the wheels.
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little houses at the cross road.
One of those huxters lived in the Bog Road near the back gate near Miltown House Her name was Peg Goonan.
There was another at the castle of Freigh. Her name was Nance Mc Carthy.
There was another shop midway between Miltown and Inagh It went by the name of Malbays.
In several cases those people used to sell a drop of poteen.
There used also sell clay pipes.
Those huxters used to attend around on the Sundays and holidays meeting the people as they came out from mass.
The old market was held in the Church Road.
People used to work for goods.
There is a mowers holiday in September.
The old men would not consider it lucky to mow on that day.
Others do not consider it lucky to tackle an ass and car on Saint Martins day.
What they consider unlucky is
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Shopping was done long ago in a different way from the way it is done nowadays.
The old people used to go around the country with ass cars selling tea, tobacco, sugar thread soap and other articles.
They used to give those goods to the country people in exchange for eggs.
Those people were called huxters.
they used generally live in
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traveling shops no trains nor lorries all goods had to be carried from place to place by horses and there were many carters in every town.
Those were the classes that made our towns in the past not shops as we have now.
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As most of things in use in the country were home made. the towns were made up of back smiths nailers, weavers, tailors carders hacklers tin smiths etc.
In a fairly large town there would be about twenty shops of any note with only about four public houses.
There were fish stalls in the street bread, butter, milk, eggs, boiled meat and many other things were sold in these stalls.
The stall keepers or huxters had fires in the open so that they could cook meat.
There was tea supplied then it was used very little in Ireland.
Hence there were very few grocers Confectioner also were scarce but there was sweets and candy manufactured in every town & village.
There were no vans no
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Shops in olden times were not as large nor as numerous as they are now.
Towns were small and there were very little country shops,
In Ireland the big traders had coins of their own, and the various trades such as butchers, Cahers, provision merchants grocers drapers etc were known by their coins.
The last known of these coins was the butchers penny.
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to write the same as the people now.
They used to have a plank to sit down on.
The master used to sit down on a chair.
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