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out of them and they were called diggers. The cranes for the fire were made by him and on them he put little crosses and flowers.
On every farmer's farm, there was a lime-kiln. The remains of them are still to be seen. The following is the way they burned the lime. In the bottom of the kiln a heap of bushes and hay were put. Then some stones were put on top of them. Fine coal was placed on the latter, and so on until the hole was full. A light was then put to the bushes and it took twenty-four hours before the lime was burned.
The people of by gone days had a great taste for fishing and shooting. There was always a big day's shooting in Aghaboe. Mr. Dunne carried a tame jackdaw on a chain on his arm and when he shot a fowl he let off the bird and it brought back its prey to its master.
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2020-11-17 19:38
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Leather-tanning was carried on in this district forty years ago. Mr Robert Phelan of Farren tanned the leather and made gloves and other articles out of it. If an animal died on the farm, it was skinned. The hides were then scraped so as to remove any pieces of flesh or fat that might be on them. This was called fleshing. Afterwards they were soaked in a mixture of lime and water. They were then let dry, and when dry, alum, eggs and flour were put on it to make it soft. It took six weeks before the hides were fit for use.
Long a ago the people under-took long journeys in carts and the wheels which were under them were made at home, They cut a round piece of wood out of a big tree. There were no spokes or binding on these wheels. The horses had no collar or harness as they have now. People twisted five or six straw ropes and then they sewed them together and called the new article a sugan, For the harness they had a piece of wood. There lives in Shanahoe a man named Peter Fitzpatrick who always made farm-implements. He made spades with three prongs
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2020-09-07 20:35
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of the bottom and they wove the hazel rods through them. When this work was completed they plaited the standards. For marketing and clothes-baskets they peeled the rods.
About thirty years ago the spinning industry was carried on in this locality. After shearing the sheep the wool was washed and then carded. Oil was then poured over it. Afterwards it was carded again. Then it was put on the back of the carders and rolled into little tails. The wool was then placed on the spindle and the big wooden wheel was turned around. It came out in thread. The thread was dyed into beautiful shades of green by moss, and into shades of purple by heather. The late James Houlihan was the local thatcher. Firstly he washed the straw and then he took loose straws out of it by the means of a rake. He then placed it on the roof. Then he got a hazel rod, gave it a stroke of the mallet in the middle, and then put it in the thatch. While he was on the house-top he whistled beautiful tunes.
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2020-08-15 19:44
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mould. The mould was a round piece of iron wide at one end and narrow at the other. A plug was placed in the narrow end. while the fat was being poured in. Afterwards when the grease was poured in, the twine that was sticking out at the wide end was twisted around a nail. In the morning there was nothing to be done except to catch the nail and draw out a little yellow-candle. This industry ceased about thirty years ago. Mrs Phelan, a native of Farren, who is still alive, made these candles,
and saw her mother making the rush-candles.
Soap was made out of tallow, soda, and fresh burnt lime. The mixture was boiled for some time, and then the grease united with the soda and lime. It was then let cool, and it soon became very hard. The soap is still made at Mr Clarke's house in Dairyhill by Mrs Clarke. In this district, after the people's hard day's work they sat down to do basket-work. They gathered sally and hazel-rods and they wove the hazel ones in and out through them. Then they put sally rods standing up out
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2020-08-15 19:36
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About fifty years a go the folk of this district always manufactured their own wants.In the beginning, their candles were called rush-candles. The rushes were gathered and brought home in the month of August. Then they were peeled and hung up in the rafters of the kitchen. After two months they were taken down, and the white particle which was between the rushes was dipped in fat. It was then put in a rush-candle-stick. Mrs Fitzpatrick of Rahanderick still has a silver and brass rush-candle-stick. On the silver one there is a silver scissors with a little box in the middle of it. This scissors was called a snuffer and as it cut the wick,the wick went into the box. The other class of candles were called tallow-candles. When an animal died on the farm, it was skinned and the fat was taken out of it. The fat was then melted in a grisset. This vessel was the shape of boat with three legs under it, and it had a handle on one side and spout on the side. When the fat was melted a piece of twine was put down through a
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2020-07-27 20:29
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then. Protestants then attended the school in Aghaboe, and continue to do so to the present day.
Not long ago the natives of Aghaboe attended a night-school in Knockaroo.
The teacher was Tom McCabe. He taught day-school in Knockaroo Church-yard, and night-school in his dwelling-house, the remains of which can still be seen. He lived in the fourth house on the road from Larry's Cross to Borris in Ossory. It is turned into a shed now. Brennan's of Springfield own the land, and therefore they own the old shed. He is not alive now. Mr Brennan of Knockaroo, taught night-school in the school-house near the Church. Those who went from here were Dan Maher, Jimmy Whelan and Joe Flynn. The three are still alive. They did not learn any Irish. The pupils wrote on slates. They had a black-board. Among the other subjects that Mr Brennan taught to them was dancing, Neither the school nor the school teacher remain, The school was knocked down about a year ago, and those who went there were not at all pleased. It is said, that some good scholars were brought up in the schools of long ago.
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2020-07-24 21:14
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many from the district attended. Mr Bannon was finished school at that time but he went to night-school. Mr Nail succeeded Mr Mc Kelvy. He was a native of Durrow. No one cared for him, as he was supposed to be a kind of queer. Mr Bannon's father went there to school, and his teacher was Mr Lawlor. who was put under the bridge in Aghaboe. The teachers always lived in some rooms off the school room. English was the only language spoken there. A black-board was used in that school. At first there were slates and slate-pencils used, but as time went on, there were pens and ink introduced. There is a desk at present in our house. Mr Dunne taught there. There is a lid on it, and according to Mr Bannon, books were stored there.
This school lasted many years. When Mr White came to live in Aghaboe, he objected to the noise of the children. He got a school built in the "Fair Green" Aghaboe, He took possession of our house
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2020-07-20 22:07
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and sums were the only subjects taught there. The pupils used slates and slate-pencils, for writing and they did their sums in the same manner. Mr Bannon's father attended that school. The teacher was a Protestant, and was paid for doing his duty by the king of England. There is nothing left of Mr Morrissey's school now except some stones, which enable one to trace the site of the old school.
Our dwelling-house was at one time a school. It became a national school in the year 1833. Those who attended that school were of a mixed religion. During the time that Mr Bannon went there to school, the teacher's name was Mr Dunne, Mr.Handcock of Boherard who is a Protestant, and Mrs Phelan of Keelough, went there to school. A sister of Mr Coss who lives in Ashbrooke went there to school. She is now dead. The priest objected to their going, and they had to go the Knockaroo. When Mr Edward Dunne was too old to teach, a man called Mr Mc Kelvy came to teach. He carried on night - school there and
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2020-07-20 21:59
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Not many years ago there existed a national school in Aghaboe. It was built at the turn, on the western side, of the bridge in Aghaboe. A teacher named Mr Morrissey taught there.Mr Bannon an old man in the district, said, that he must have been a native of Aghaboe, because his tow sons knew all about Aghaboe, English reading, writing.
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2020-07-17 23:14
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Sometime after that two teachers taught in it, namely Mr Connell and Mrs cassin. Mr O Connell was principal teacher. A large number of people attended. Mrs Phelan of Farren went to that school. The pupils had no copies as the children have now, but they wrothe with pencils on slates. In the Hedge-Schools long ago English Language was the only language that was spoken. They were taught to read, write and how to do sums. There were no higher classes than the sixth. Mr Bevans the present master of Clough came in his place.
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2020-07-17 23:10
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There was one book between all the pupils and it was the teacher that owned it.
For some time he taught in the sacristy in the Church. The priests of the parish collected money to build a shed in which the scholars could be taught. This shed stood where the Shanahoe Church-yard is now.
A man named Fintan Doheny was a great scholar and a teacher of night-school. He was a native of Boherard and came to live between Farren and Springfield. There he built a little hut for himself. Sometimes he taught in McEvoy's house, if he had a good deal of people because his own little hut was too small.He taught the young fellows of the neighbourhood the Serving of Mass and the De Pronfundis. Patrick Phelan of Ballycuddy and Thomas Mc Evoy of Farren went into him at night. He is dead thirty years and was another famous poet of this district.
In Clough there was an old school about twenty seven years ago. Miss Broderick was the first teacher that taught in Clough.
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2020-07-17 23:03
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In nearly all districts old schools or their ruins are to be found. Long ago before National Schools were introduced, people were educated in the side of the ditches and this gave rise to Hedge-Schools. In 1831 National Schools were introduced. In Shanahoe about three miles from Abbeyleix and about the same length from this school there was a Hedge-School. The teacher whose name was Thomas Moloney, was an uncle of John Keegan the poet of this district, A third cousin of this Keegan still lives in Ballycuddy. His name is Michael Keegan. He was a native of the place being born in a cottage near the Tougher. He did not lodge in the farmer's houses as he had his own house in which to reside. Thomas was a great scholar and his nephew helped him to teach. The elder pupils taught the younger ones. They wrote with pencils on slates. Each pupil gave him two pennies at the end of each week for his support.
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2020-07-16 21:10
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This great man is buried in Kilermock, which is situated about a mile and half, from Ballacolla.
During those days the Poor-Scholar was the master of a hedge-school. The Poor Scholar assembled his pupils on the sunny-side of a hedge, where he taught his little group. Once there was a Poor Scholar, who lodged at Brophy's house of the Wood. He used to teach in certain places along the road from Gortnaclea Bridge, to the Four Roads. This Poor-Scholar was one night sitting at the fire at Brophys, when he started to talk about spirits. He told his listeners that the worst part of a road was leading from Gortnaclea Bridge to the Four Roads. Just when he had those words said the door got three raps and the Poor-Scholar leaped into the corner beyond Mr Brophy.
Young men who were educated in Hedge-Schools proved themselves classical scholars, and many of them were even better than those educated in colleges or schools. Great honours were attributed to the masters of the schools
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2020-07-14 22:07
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A man named Ned Brophy
He lived in the wood
He gave a great party Thank God
it was good
He invited his friends and his
neighbours all around,
This bit of a party it cost him one pound.
They were there from Mountrath
Timahoe and Tintore,
And a few more invited from
near Ballicmore.
They thought it too far to drive
a lame ass and a bad comman car.
There was a great lot of tradesmen
attended the spree
Carpenters, masons. likewise the
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2020-07-14 22:03
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Come listen to me and don't make any noise.
And I'll sing you a song of five orphan boys who
strayed with Tom Campion away from their homes.
To the townsland of Cashel below Ballyrone.
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When they came near O' Leary's they gave a loud cheer.
Tom Campion stepped in with his God Safe All Here.
He introduced his companions as any man should.
Saying these are five little orphans
I brought from the wood.
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To not have you guessing
I'll tell you their names
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2020-07-14 21:54
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and then when they reach a ditch they are smothered by the drifted snow, or die with the cold or hunger, but the cattle and goats go against it, and reach shelter in a very short time,
In the year 1903 there was a big storm. There was an old woman in Tipperary who thought her house would be blown down, so she went out. As soon as she reached the yard she was blown to a big tree.This she held, and could not let go, for fear of being blown away. The morning fawned before she left her tree,
In January 1938 there was a dangerous storms. An unfortunate man lost his life as a result of this. He drove from Dublin to Durrow in a lorry. He was nearly home when the accident happened. A tree which had fallen but was still hanging over the road caused the accident. He was into it before he saw it. The steering-wheel went through his body, and he was killed in a moment.
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2020-07-14 21:47
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I have often heard stories concerning snow-storms, but the one I myself can witness was in the year 1933. The snow lasted for two weeks and most of this time it was frozen in the ground. People that were a far distance from town or shop, suffered much from hunger. Many men could be seen going home from the town with sacks of flour on their backs. Also any person that was a far distance from a well, or pump, had to boil the snow fro animal use.
That year nearly every farmer had more sheep, than they had any other year. When my father know that the snow had risen on the ground, he went out to gather in the sheep. All these he got except one ewe and two young lambs. He searched for them, but it was all in vain. The snow was almost gone before she was found and near her, the lambs. She was in and old drain and was covered very quickly by the drifting snow. The cause that sheep get smothered more quickly than other animals is, the sheep go with the snow,
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2020-07-13 20:08
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After studying for the priesthood for some time, he found he had not got a vocation, and he decided to become a doctor. The people of this district called him a hero ever after his great work. There lived in Ballacolla, a great man named Thomas Phelan. He was famous for weigh-lifting. It is said that he could lift a barrel of wheat without any help. The people tell also that he could wind the biggest tram of hay by himself. This man is now a few years dead. After his death, the fold of Ballacolla honoured him as a great hero.
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2020-07-13 20:05
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of the twenty - stone sacks under his arms and carried them into one of the shops. Everyone was frightened and they wondered at this great feat, He earned his money that day, and he was regarded as a hero ever after. We are told that he died suddenly, when he was a little over forty.
There still lives in Springfield a great hero named Michael Maher. Though he is now over eighty he is still a good walker, and is very supple and active. Some years ago he won the Old Age Pensioner's Race, in Ballacolla. The race was two hundred yard long, and he won by five yards.
About eighteen years ago there lived in Ballygeehan a great hero named Joseph Phelan. It is said that he is still alive in London. Joseph was famous at weight-lifting and jumping. It is said that he broke many records, He often lifted a fifty-six pound weight, and threw it about twenty-eight feet away. During his time, weight-throwing and jumping contests were held in Ballacolla. Joseph was one the best at both feats. They say that he was able to jump twenty-four feet wide. It is also said that he was a good hurler, and won fame as a member of the Ballygeehan Hurling team. For his quickness
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2020-07-13 19:55
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In this district the people tell of a hero named Richard Kelly, who live in Boley. He was employed in Lee's Mill of Abbeyleix. Each day he drove to the surrounding towns carrying flour. He was remarkable for carrying grain.
One day, he carried flour to Rathdowney, and it happened to be a fair-day. As he was about to carry in some grain a man came up the street and challenged Richard to carry one of the twenty-stone sacks of flour. The wager was ten shillings. When Richard heard what was said, he put two
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2020-07-11 23:54
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the street in front of the open barrack door. He ran through the door out through the back door down through the garden, When he was passing the garden he took a shirt belonging to one of of Police.
Joseph Carroll of Kilcolton was one of the famous Laoighis hurlers. He played the All Ireland Final with them, he also went to America with the hurlers and never came home. Some people say he was the best hurler in the county. He also won county finals with Kilcolton.
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2020-07-11 23:51
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Michael Dunne of Coole, Castletown challenged William Bannon, of Boston, Castletown to play the tune of Garryowen on the violin. They made a wager of a pound. The judge was James Peters of Campclone. The violinists went into a room and the judge stayed outside. William Bannon won.
James Fitzpatirck of Mountrath who lived in seventeen hundred and fifty four, carried a twenty stone bag of meal on his shoulders two and a half mile without leaving it down.
Michael Maher of the Four Roads, Ballacolla, won the Old Age Pensioner's Race in Ballacolla. The distance of the race was two hundred yards. He won by five yards, beating six opponents. Mr Maher was then seventy four years of age he is still alive and looks very young for his age.
One of the wildest characters in this district was John Byrne of Ballacolla. At the age of fourteen years he stole five pounds from his mother. The Police ran after him one day as far as the River Gully. He crossed the river and when one of the Police was mid-way on the plank, Mr Byrne pulled it from under him, and threw him in. One day they surrounded him on
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2020-07-10 20:12
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In the district there were a lot of heroes who won fame by their brave deed. Patrick Dunne of Cuddagh, Castletown, who lived in the year eighteen hundred and seventy two, won fame by throwing a fifty six pound weight, nine feet. He had six opponents. The one that came next, only threw the weight six and a half feet, He again entered in a weight-throwing contest in Ballyfin, and he found it harder to win there than in Castletown.
Michael Delaney of Aghaboe and Edward Brophy of Gortnaclea lived in nineteen hundred and ten, They challenged each other to mow four swarths of twenty yards in length. The time allowed was twelve minutes. Edward Brophy won by five yards.
William Peters of Ballygeehan lived in seventeen hundred and ninety one. He made three standing jumps handcuffed, Each jump was twenty one feet. The three marks are sill to be seen. The road men cut the ditches around the spot so that the passersby could see them. They are known as Peter's Leaps
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2020-07-09 20:37
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William Mc Carthy who can carry any weight. When he goes to town he carried home a hundred weight of flour on his back. He throws it up on his back and rides home on his bicycle as though nothing were on his back. He is still alive.
One Sunday there was an old age pension race in Ballacolla. A man from Springfield named Daniel Maher won the race. This old man is eighty years of age and he is as swift as though he were only twenty. The other day he rode his ass to the forge to be shod and galloped him the whole way, and back again.
About twenty three years ago there existed in Ballygeehan a famous team known as the "Ballygeehan Hurlers" They won the Leinster Championship on several occasions. In the year nineteen hundred and fifteen they hurled against Cork and won the All Ireland Championship. The Leix team never got that honour since nor before Mr Finlay, Ballycuddy captained the team that year. He is now a T,D. for this constituency. Mr Tom FInlay was the best All Ireland hurler. He is now a captain in the Irish army of EIre and he often rode famous horses in foreign countries and won
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2020-07-09 20:28
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were going along the road he began jumping in the coffin, and his friends let him out. Then there came a time when he could resist no longer, He was hiding in Ballygeehan Castle when the police captured him. They tied his hands behind his back and led him out to the castle gate. He asked for permission to give three big jumps before he died and he was allowed. There on the green margin by the side of the road he gave three big leaps. The distance between each jump is seven feet. The prints of the jumps are still to be seen on the side of the road after passing the Castle-Gate, and are known as "Peter's Leaps". Afterwards this man was shot.
There lived in Gortnaclea a man named Michael Brophy who was excellent at mowing. No one could ever surpass him at his occupation. Then a man form Palmer's Hill challenged him and won by four yards. Mr John Bannan of Cudddagh was wonderful at carrying weights. He was able to carry three sacks of wheat. Two he put under each arm and one on his back. He challenged many to a contest, but none could beat him. This man is now dead. In Scotchrath there lives a man named
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2020-07-09 20:19
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About a hundred years ago there lived at Ballygeehan, which is a mile from the little village of Ballacolla, a man named William Peters, He travelled Ireland and stole cattle where ever he went.
The police often brought him up in court, and the judge often brought him into a cell, where he awaited his death, but William Peters escaped each time. If the rope breaks while a criminal is being hanged the judge lets him free. This happened while Peters was being hanged and therefore he was released, On another occasion he pretended he was dead and his friends were allowed to take away the dead body, Ah they
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2020-07-08 19:31
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County men won the All-Ireland Championship.
His prowess in the hurling field was but the forerunner to his obtaining other honours. A few years ago he was nominated and elected a T.D. for the constituency of Leix-Offlay. Since then his election has been repeated; and he is still an active representative of the people.
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2020-07-08 19:29
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Mr John FInlay, of Ballycuddy, who has been in the public eye for many years, He was on several occasions owing to his skill in looking after the interests of his neighbours, elected to the position of councillor in his district and county. These positions I am told he filled with great ability.
Apart from his work on Public Boards, he found time to organise the famous Ballygeehan Hurling Club about twenty- five years ago. He captained his Club so well that it won the County Championship. This led to the training of his men for Provincial Honours, Having achieved so much, he set forth to give his team that hard training fo necessary to those who seek to become All- Ireland Champions. In the year 1915 he led out his Quens County Team to contend with the Munster Champions fro Cork, at Croke Park, Dublin. So ably did he lead his men that before the interval in play, he had discovered the weak points in his opponent's play.
On resuming after half time he so placed his men that in spite of a downpour of rain and determined opposition the Queen's
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2020-07-08 19:21
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Thomas Phelan, Springfield, Ballacolla, Leix is a local strong man, Although I have never seen him doing any work I have heard from reliable people that he is a great man at lifting and loading sacks. He is said to be able to lift a sack of corn, or manure two cwt, weigh from the ground into a cart, This is really work for two good men.
He is also able t lift pigs, twenty stone weight into a creel by himself. The loading of one ton weight cock of hay on to a hay bogie is regarded as a simple matter by him. Quite lately I heard that he pulled a big horse out of a drain by himself, He is a tall, thin, active man who cycles a good deal, and works hard on his farm. This man lives at present and he is about forty years of age. Anyone who is interested in what he can do could certainly find people to bear out my statements.
Another local here of this district is
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2020-07-07 20:03
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back to the fire. The sheep gather into a ring facing each other when snow is nigh. Dogs are known to eat grass or be lazy at the approach of wet weather.
It is noticed that the noise of the train can be heard more clearly, when frost or rain is about to come, than at other periods. A dusty raid is the sign of good weather, but when a "Fairy Blast " comes it is noticed that rain will quickly follow. When the mountains seem to be far way off there will be fine weather but when they seem near and of a dark blue colour there will be rain, Rain is portended if soot falls from the chimney, or if salt urns into water. Certain floors become damp at the approach of rain, Walls become damp at the approach of fine weather, and also at the coming of wet weather. Another omen of rain is, the big black spider, which creeps from its cobweb. Weather is a very important subject, and there fore much interest should be taken in the signs and omens which indicate its several changes.
Farmers and fishermen are considered dependable weather guides, and they derive their knowledge form observation of the things around them,
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2020-07-07 19:56
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a fog on a hill is the sign of bad weather. When a fog is noticed going up a hill there will be fine weather, but when a fog seems to be descending rain will quickly come. In winter a fog usually rises before frost.
Much information concerning the weather may be obtained by means of animals. Sometimes when a horse is newly shod, fire may be seen on the road, when it gallops, this is an omen of rain. When black snails are observed, rain is sure to come. Frogs are said to change their coats when rain is nigh, At the approach of rain, crows fly in flocks, and seem to stand in the sky. There is a particular kind of snipe, called the "Minny Goat" which is a portent of fine weather. Keening curlews bring rain. Wild geese are said to foretell snow. It is said, when swallows fly near the ground, that there will be rain, During the fine weather, the flies keep soaring up, and therefore the swallows have no trouble in catching them. Before wet weather comes, the flies go downwards, and the swallows come after them in order to catch them, There will be a cold winter. if the robin stands on one leg near a door or window. It is the sign of a bad winter, if the cat comes in, and turns its
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2020-07-07 19:47
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A red sky in the winter indicates thunder, lightning, and storms, while a similar coloured sky on a summer's evening is the sign of fine weather. If a star is noticed running across the sky or falling to the ground, the next day will be wet. A ring around the moon is a portent of broken weather, The nearer the ring the sooner the change, and the further the ring the later the change, is an old saying in this regard, A few lines with reference to the rainbow, are kept by the old people. "A rainbow in the morning is the sailor's warning.
A rainbow at night is the sailor's delight.
Black clouds are a sure sign of rain, while blue clouds are omens of good weather, In the summer wool-packs are often visible floating across the sky. These are a very good sign of hot weather. In the summer fogs are very often seen. It is said, a fog on a river is a good sign, but
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2020-07-06 22:29
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The famed Delour down casts great power,
Pike, trout, and salmon sports in the tide,
With celerety and transparency it outshines the Barrow or the river Clyde.
There is the soaring eagle, the dove and partridge,
Like wise the pheasant duck and quail.
Many packs of hounds near the hunter's grounds,
In the rugged heath where the fowlers beat,
It is there you will find game of all kind,
When approaching near Lacca Seat.
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2020-07-06 22:25
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You inspiring muses assist my genius,
Transcending Ryan I pray don't fail,
It is my desire if with me conspire,
To sing the praises of this lovely vale.
This place is esteemed for grandeur deemed,
In famed Upper Woods it lies situate,
Where the gods agree, all in unity,
And the place to name is Lacca Seat.
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2020-07-06 22:22
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Q:What is it the ordinary man often sees, the king seldom sees, and God Almighty never sees.
A: His own equal.
Q: What is the hardest key to turn?
A: A donkey.
Q: What is it that when you cut a bit off of it you make it long enough?
A: A grave.
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2020-07-05 21:43
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now at the Four Roads.
In Coleraine there is a man named Edward Mc Carthy who is a great cyclist. One day her rode to Dublin carrying twenty hurleys on the bicycle with him. He started at eight o clock in the morning and arrived in Dublin about twelve o clock. He laid his measure for a suit of clothes and then went and had his dinner. Having left the hotel he went back for his clothes and set out for home. On his way home Mr Pratt's motor-car of Shanahoe passed him. As he was slowing up the cyclist, Mc Carthy passed him and arrived home in Colerain at six o clock in the evening.
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sat down to take off his boots and stockings on the bank of the river. He was named a famous hero because of his activity and daring. He enjoyed playing tricks on the police.
Richard Kelly who was a native of Boston was another famous hero. One day when he was in Rathdowney a man bet ten shillings with him that he would not carry a ten stone sack of flour on his back up a long winding stairs to a mill. Richard accepted the challenge and excited laughter by volunteering to carry the man who made the bet, on the bag as well as the bag.
He did so, and the man doubled the money, He could not be beaten in weight lifting contests.
About fourteen years ago a man named Michael Maher of Ballygeehan won the Old Age Pension Race in Ballacolla. As a prize for the two hundred -yard race he got a pound of tobacco.
In his young days in the neighbourhood at threshings the people were delighted to see him jump over the belt of the threshing-machine while it would be working. He was swift in walking and running. He is yet alive and is eighty four years of age but he lives
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There was once a man whose name was John Byrne and who lived in Ballacolla some years ago. His whereabouts are still unknown but he is yet alive. He is five foot eight inches in height and the son of a labourer. A very wild character her was and the first of his wild career started when he stole his brother's clothes. His mother got him arrested, whereupon he was put in prison for six months.
When he was released, he came back to Ballacolla and there was a salvation army there. One day they were holding service in a little hut near Ballacolla and he set fire to it, but he escaped from the police.
After some time he returned to his native district. One day he went into a public-house in Ballacolls opposite the Barracks. The policemen followed him, but he ran out and went into the Barracks. They were certain they would catch him but he got out through the back door of the Barracks. Away he ran until he reached the river. Across the river there was a foot stick which he ripped up and threw at the other side. The police could not get after him. He
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Q: I have a little daughter she has a red nose, the longer she lives the shorter she grows?
A: A Candle,
Q: As round as an apple as deep as a cup and all the king's horses couldn't pull it up?
A: A draw-well.
Q: I have a little red heifer she lies by the wall, she eats all she gets and drinks nothing at all?
A: The fire.
Q: Fire over fire under and never touches it?
A: A cake in a baker.
Q; Two dogs went over a ditch one dog's name was Dot what's the other dog's name?
A: What.
Q: Twenty sick sheep went out in a gap one died and how many came back?
A: Nineteen.
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2020-07-04 20:51
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can get them unless he permits them, A dog and a soldier are supposed to be guarding it.
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2020-07-04 20:50
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the same thing happened, They were too much afraid to try and unearth this treasure again. It is not known what the value of this treasure is, because no one ever tried to unearth it, since the men were not let do it,
About a hundred yards from the Abbey to Aghaboe in a well, sacred vessels are supposed to be hidden. When Cromwell came to Ireland the people in Aghaboe heard of how he had destroyed many holy buildings, and had stabled his horses in Saint Canice's in Kilkenny, so they wished to save the holy vessels belonging to the Abbey, and also to prevent Cromwell from committing sacrileges. They hurriedly threw them in a well. Then the water flowed from it into a river, and the ground miraculously covered it in, thus concealing the sacred vessels from Cromwell and his soldiers.
This treasure has been attempted to be unearthed as all treasures are, but it was not a success. The spade with which the men was digging slipped from his hand and he never saw it again. Cromwell's soldiers never got any of these vessels, because God had put them in a place where no man
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2020-07-04 20:42
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The people living in the district of Beuffsborough, and in the surrounding district believe that there is a treasure supposed to be hidden in Buffsborough, Blough. In front of the big mansion, called the House of the family of Buffe, this treasure is hidden.
It was placed there by the orders of Lady Buffe, the last of the Buffe family. Her orders were that all her money and valuables should be buried with her in her coffin.
On a certain Saturday night at the midnight hour, three young mane who knew about the treasure, came to unearth it, They had scarcely dug a sod when the morning seemed to dawn, and as they thought, cars passed by on their way to Mass, They became frightened, threw down their working implements and ran to hide. As soon as they did the night again darkened, and the cars disappeared. The men again resumed their work but
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2020-07-03 21:45
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And in this vast constituency.
By wire and stake enclosed,
We saw another candidate returning unopposed,
He policy it was unknown but was written on her brow,
The terror of Kildellig known as Kelly's long nosed sow,
One day in spit of boundary lane, a border they did pass,
And left a field in tillage that was really meant for grass,
The farmers rose in fury when they felt the cattle dig,
They thought to smash purtision between the gander and the pig,
A cabinet was formed up, a strong and
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2020-07-03 21:35
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young man who dreamt of a hidden treasure. He dreamt three nights in succession abut money being under a white thorn bush near Killeany Castle and he also dreamt that four men were to got with him and they were to hear horses galloping while they would be digging, but they were not to go away.
On a certain night they set out for the place and they took the sick man on a feather-bed to show them the bush. When they arrived at the place they put a fire down to keep the man warm while they would be digging. Four big lanterns were placed around the bush to show light.
With all their might the four brave men set to work. After some time digging one of them heard a large number of horses galloping towards them. With fear they dropped their shovels and fled, leaving the sick man behind, Later in the night they came back for the sick man who was asleep and when he awoke he told them that he had seen no horses.
They were afraid to venture to dig the hold any more,
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2020-07-03 21:27
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One day one army of men dug around the flag near Gortnaclea Castle where the treasure is supposed to have been, Another army was watching while they were digging and when the other army had the work done, the onlookers rushed to discover the treasure. It is not told what happened but no one got the treasure.
There was once a boy living in "Deanna Dearg" and his duty was to mind cows on the road near Killeany Castle. One day he went over to the castle which was a short distance from the road, He found sixpence in one of the windows. He put it in his pocket but told no one about it. The next day he went again and he got a shilling. Every morning after, the amount was doubled and after sometime he had is pockets full of silver.
One night he left his coat on his bed and all the money fell out around the floor. His father and mother thought he had stolen it. At first he refused to tell where he got it, but then the father's threats made him afraid, so he told them all about the money and when he went back the next morning he got no money.
In "Dearna Dearg" there lived a sick
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2020-07-02 22:33
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safeguarding it, At twelve o'clock at night there is a bright light seen over the Protestant Church which once was a Catholic Church. It is maintained that the light that is seen there is safeguarding the treasure too.
On Mr Foote's farm in Scotchrath there is another treasure supposed to be hidden. This treasure is hidden a tunnel which extends fro his farm to Gortnaclea. It consists of gold and silver and was placed there by the Mac Gilla Patricks when the Yeomen came to Scotcharath.
One day Mr Foote and another young man entered this tunnel in order to discover this treasure. They proceeded half-way when they were thrown against both sides of the passage. The two men got out safely but Mr Foote went home and went to bed where he stayed for six months. He is yet alive.
In many places in Ireland there are hidden treasures. Old people say, that those who get money in this way have no luck. At the eastern side of Gortnaclea Castle there is a hoard hidden. An under-ground tunnel commences at Gortnaclea Castle, proceeds through Mr Foote field and ends at Killeany. Animals are supposed to be safeguarding it, but it is not told what animals/
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2020-07-02 20:44
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The people of the district of Aghaboe tell many stories of hidden treasure, It is told that the monks that lived in Aghaboe long ago, hid the sacred vessels of the monastery for safety from Cromwell, because they had heard that Cromwell's soldiers had committed sacrileges in the Churches in Kilkenny. On hearing of the approach of Cromwell to Aghaboe, the monks took the sacred vessels out of the monastery and put them in a draw-well fur feet deep for safety.
This well is situated four yards from the front door of the Abbey. The water of that well ran in a river into another well, and the well in which the sacred vessels were, fell in.
Cromwell's soldiers made attempts to unearth it, but the implements they had, were swept out of their hands by and unseen power. The vessels were valued some thousands of pounds, but the exact sum is unknown, as those people that put them there might not have known their worth. Some say there is a large dog minding it, while others maintain that there is an invisible soldier with a white horse
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2020-07-02 20:36
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John Ryan's song about Mylinns dance of Ballycuddy.
When he came into the room,
He was led with porter and whiskey,
It rose in his head,
When he came out to the right,
HE stood on the floor, and inquired for a reel,
The music was played by a chap you know well,
He belongs to the place,
And his name I will tell,
His name was Mike Keegan,
I will make no mistake,
And Early's melidion he did make it speaks.
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Q; A hard working father, a lazy mother, twelve little children all the same colour?.
A: A clock.
Q: Long legs, short thighs, little head and not eyes.?
A: A tongs.
Q: What four letters would frighten a thief?
A: O. I. C. U.
Q: If all the counties in Ireland were drowned which of them would float?
A: Cork.
Q: What county in Ireland is like a candle just burnt out?
A: Wicklow.
Q: As round as an apple as flat as a pan a half woman and whole man?
A: A penny.
Q: Why is the letter v in civil like a man's nose?
A: Because it is between two "i's".
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2020-06-29 18:21
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the morning is the shepherd's warning. A peculiar hollow sound of wind through trees, known as a 'sough' is a forerunner of rain. Red or mackerel-coloured skies at night ate portents of rain next day. After dry weather when the dust on the roads is blown by whirlwinds along the roads and over the ditches, rain is almost sure to come soon. People subject to rheumatic pains suffer more then usual when rain is nigh, They will tell you "Old Betty's joints are on the rack". Where there is a badly cleaned chimney they soot falling down makes cooking almost impossible prior to wet weather. An old woman living in a cottage with a clay floor told people that the surest sign of rain, she had was when the door dragged on the floor when opening or closing it. She attributed the cause to a dampness previous to rain. Frosts especially gray are nearly always succeeded by wet weather.
Railway trains make a curious rumbling noise on the rails when we are likely to have frost. Wild Geese flying southwards in V formation are undoubted heralds of hard weather accompanied by frost and snow. Last
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2020-06-28 19:37
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but not least when small birds flock in great numbers into yards and almost beg for food, hard weather is certainly coming.
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2020-06-26 20:59
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granted that the night will be frosty. Should there be a doubt we should ascertain the direction of the wind which if north surely portends frost. A similar wind foretells snow but the clouds are generally dark before snow.
Even the ordinary shelled-snailed can be examined to forecast the weather, If the snail sits near its house bad weather is certain: whereas if it crawls about drawing its house after it good weather is at hand. Worms and maggots remain underground when hard weather is nigh.
When we go into the yard in the morning and see the smoke going straight up from the chimney we feel rejoiced for we know we are going to have a clear fine day. Should the smoke, when issuing downwards wet weather is foreshadowed.
In addition to the omens already mentioned a rainbow in the night is supposed to be followed by a fine day and a rainbow in the morning generally precedes a wet day. In this connection there is and old saying, "A rainbow in the night is the shepherd's delight, A rainbow in
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2020-06-26 20:50
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to ascend in an almost vertical direction when they suddenly fall downwards as if they had been shot. Dogs may be seen to eat grass when rain is near, Cats sit by the fire and rub their faces with their paws as if washing them when rain is nigh. Before the sun's rays give extra heat on a summers morning, horses and cattle break out into a stampede and rush through the fields with their tails up until they find their usual shelter from the burning sun.
If we look through the country towards hills and imagine they are nearer than usual we may be sure of rain. On the other hand, if on a wet day we see mists climbing the Slieve Bloom Mountains, hear cocks crowing, and see the clouds brighten over the country from which the wind is blowing, we may take them as certain omens that the day will clear up. If the day is likely to be fine, sheep lie on a sunny hill longer than is their custom in the mornings. On an approaching change in the weather the halo around the moon recedes from the moon. If the moon becomes brighter and the stars get more luminous we may take it for
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2020-06-26 20:43
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From observation we are able to discern various signs indicating dry, wet, frosty, and snowy weather. For instance, we can foretell when we are likely to have a spell of dry weather by the absence of clouds which are sometimes called wool-packs floating in the sky. Strengthening this sign may often be noticed a blue sky, bright sun, clear moon, and no rainbows.
In Springtime, we often have an easterly wind which denotes that the weather will be dry. The reason given for this is that the earth on our east is principally composed of a land surface, Hence the sun cannot draw so much vapour to form clouds and rain in the east, as in the west where the surface is the Atlantic ocean. The opposite argument shows that we will have wet weather if the wind is from the South or South West.
The greatest sign of a coming storm in my locality is the crows settling their nests as a safeguard for the approaching storm. When we are abut to have rain the crows make strange flocks. They may be observes
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2020-06-25 19:51
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"Tis in a rock it is not in a bone, "tis in a barrow and not in a stone, "tis in a church and not in the steeple.'this in the Priest and not in the people?
The letter R.
I have a little man and if you pull his leg his nose will bleed.
A pump.
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2020-06-25 19:49
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When the servants buried it they raised a little mound ove it and furze tree grew around it.
One day when a woman was gathering sticks, she pulled a furze, and on doing so she heard noise as if money were rattling under her feet. She got frightened, ran home and told Mr Lawlor and the woman went to get the treasure, but the woman could not tell where she heard the noise and they had to go home again without getting it, Many treasures have been hidden in this district but none of them have ever been found.
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2020-06-24 21:20
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Another man made an attempt t unearth it with a crow bar, When he drove down the bar, it went out of his hand and did not see it any more, This man could not tell where he drove down the bar and many people have often searched for it, but cannot find it, The buried treasure consists of valuable vessels that were used in the monastery. The supposed value is thousands of pounds.
A soldier and his pet dog safeguard this wealth. When the treasure was being buried a soldier and his pet dog were shot and buried to guard it.
The people of Aghaboe often see a light over the Protestant Church which is near the Abbey. It is a brightness in the sky and it is usually seen abut eleven o'clock in the night time. It is immovable. This is another guard and many people of Aghaboe say that this light indicated the spot where the treasure is hidden.
Yet another treasure lies hidden in Mr Lawlor's field in Boherard, It was placed there by Father Delaney's servants on their hearing that Cromwell was coming into the neighbourhood. This treasure belonged to Father Delaney who lived in Boherard House.
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2020-06-24 21:08
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In the time when Farren Church was standing a funny thing happened. Two men named Martin Delaney and William Ryan both residing in Farren, were digging a grave in the graveyard. They dug up three skulls and placed them in the Church window. William Ryan bet ten shillings that Delaney would not go to the graveyard at twelve o' clock and take the skulls out of the window. Martin Delaney was a brave man and wanted to show his bravery to his companion, so he accepted the challenge. At twelve o'clock he set out for the graveyard which was about half a mile from his residence.
On reaching the graveyard all was very quite, except for the hooting of an owl among the ivy tree. Rather nervously he went over to the window in which the skulls were placed. As he was taking one of the skulls he heard a voice saying " Leave that there, that's mine. "
He left back that and was about to take the second skull when the warning was repeated. On his touching the third skull the same words were uttered. "Arra" said Martin Delaney, " sure you don't own the three of them." He took the third skull to William Ryan thereby winning his ten shillings.
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2020-06-23 18:54
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The district was very thickly populated during the famine times. The sites of many housed which were occupied during the famine can still be pointed out. When the blight first came on the potatoes people couldn't make out what it was. The leaves withered and got black. The potatoes decayed in the pits. The seed potatoes were imported for the following year. The potatoes were sown in ridges about fur feet wide.
Indian porridge was the chief food instead of potatoes. The people who weren't able to buy the meal in the town went to a house called the cook house and got it free.Those houses were erected by the government. There was one of those cook houses at Clonmeen Bridge.
Many diseases caused by hunger
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2020-06-23 18:48
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her how to build a nest. The crow brought the sticks and the magpie told her the way to lay them. When the magpie used to tell the crow she would always say "I know" When the nest was about four inches high the magpie said "If you knew how to make it, why did you ask me to show you". So the magpie lift the crow to finish her nest.
The magpie builds in a high bush and makes a lovely cosy nest. The nest is round with two holes. One large one is for the magpie to go in and the other is for the magpie to put her head through. I have a wren's nest in my father's shed. It is made of moss and lined with feathers. I never counted the birds because they were always in a huddled heap in the nest.
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2020-06-23 18:43
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There is a certain bird called the "wet weather" and when it is heard chirping in the ditch it is a sign of wet weather. This bird is only about the size of a wren and is supposed to say "wet weather" when it is going to rain.
The crow wasn't able to make her nest until the "magpie" showed her how. One day the crow asked the magpie to show
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2020-06-22 18:23
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are never more than one egg in any nest she chooses. When the bird owner of the nest has the young cuckoo hatched he throws the other young birds out of the nest so as to make room for himself. In short time he grows bigger than his stepmother.
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crows in it. Sometimes they fly out to a branch on a tree for food. When they say Caw Caw the old crows bring them food. Then they go back to the nest till they are hungry again.
I have a swallow's nest in our shed. It is made of straw and lined with wool. She builds in it every year. if anyone robs a swallows nest in the cow's house their cows will milk blood till she lays i n that nest again. The swallows go away in the cold months and come back in the warm weather.
When swallows fly low it is a sign of rain, the reason they do so is to catch the flies that also fly low when it is going to rain. The cuckoo is one of the migratory birds that go away in the harvest to shun the cold. She usually returns about the twenty first of April. If she comes before this date it is a sign of a bad harvest.
It is strange to say she builds no nest of own, but lays her egg in another bird's nest. It is not known how many eggs she lays as there
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2020-06-22 18:15
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I have a blackbirds nest in a blackthorn bush it is a snug nest made of mass and lined with wool and feathers. There are four blur eggs in it with brown spots on them. The blackbird must sit on the eggs for three weeks before the young ones are hatched.
I have a corncrakes's nest in our meadow. It is made of wool and hay. There are twelve young ones in it. The colour of them is black. The old ones feed the young ones for a week. Then they go look for food them selves. I have a wild ducks nest in our bog. It is made of heather and grass. There are eleven blur eggs in it. The wild duck is hatching three weeks and she must hatch another week before the young ducks appear.
I have a crow's nest in Hyland's grove. There are five young
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2020-06-21 22:32
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rain. When crows fly high it is a sign of wind. When plovers fly together it is a sign of cold weather. When the robin sings high on the tree in the morning it is a sign of a fine day/
The cuckoo comes in April. she builds no nest of her own but lays her eggs in another bird's nest. She is said to be the laziest bird in the world.
When our Lord was being crucified a robin was flying round the cross and a drop of blood fell on her it is said that is how she got her red breast. Ever since she is called The Robin Red Breast.
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2020-06-21 22:28
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The wren, the blackbird, the thrush and the robin build their nests in the ditches. The swallows build their nests in out houses. Every year a swallow builds her nest in my Uncle's turf shed it is in the very same place every year. The corncrake builds her nest in meadows and the crane beside a river with moss. When plovers come to the upland off moors it is a sign of
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2020-06-21 22:26
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by the behaviour of certain birds such as the swallows and curlews. When the swallow fly low tis sign we are near rain and when we hear the curlews long cry tis also another sign. When the sea gulls fly low tis also a sign of rain.
The swallows build their nests usually in cow houses and sheds and they keep the same nest every year.
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2020-06-21 22:23
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The wild birds that are common in my district are the robin, thrush, blackbird, lark, wren, crow, yellow hammer, wagtail, and gold finches, which are to be found through out the year.
The cuckoo, corncrake, and swallow are common in Spring.
These three birds migrate towards the end of July. Each bird builds its nest in a different place. I have a plovers nest in Frank Ringwood's moor.
The nest is on the ground in high grass. There are four large brown eggs in it. I have another nest in our wall near the house and there are ten young ones in it. It is a wrens.
Birds sit on their eggs for about three weeks. The birds leave their nests when robbed and it s said that if a swallow's nest is robbed in a cow house the cows will milk blood.
The weather is often judgedd
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2020-06-21 12:48
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Their names are Fr John Fitzpatrick and Father John Grace. Two parish priest were recently buried in the graveyard and there are very nice monuments over each grave. They were the late Father O Halloran and Father Brennan.
People don't remember to see burials having taken place in the disused graveyards. There was no special place for unbaptised children to be buried. Carrolls and Whelans of Kyle are buried in Errille in the parish of Rathdowney. The late Cahills of Galmoy were buried in Moyne in the County Tipperary. Guilfoyles and Whelans of Bawnaughra go to Errille to be buried. The Clearys of Graigue went to Templemore to be buried.
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2020-06-21 12:43
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There are nine churchyards in the parish three of which are not in use. Galmoy churchyard is the parish one. Ballyphilip church yard is in the townland of Ballyphilip and it is still in use. Rath churchyard is in the townland of Bayswell. Eirke church yard is on the top of a hill and it gets its name from the townland in which it is situated. It is still in use. Templegal and Glashare churchyards get their names from the townlands in which they are situated.
All the graveyards are level. There are some trees growing in Galmoy churchyard and there are black thorn bushes growing in the rest of the graveyards. There were three tombs in Galmoy churchyard which are now removed and there are four in Eirke.
There are several crosses in each graveyard. They are ornamented Celtic crosses. In Glashare there are people buried within the ruins of the old church, There are tow priests buried in the present church in Galmoy
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2020-06-21 12:37
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There are three old graveyards in the locality.They are not in use now and they are all very small. One of them is in Mr Campion's field in Kyle. There are many rocks stil marking the place. It seems to have been oblong in shape. It is higher then the rest of the field and it is very near the road. There is nothing but very high grass growing in it now. There is another graveyard in Mr Bowe's field in Graigue. Stones and bushes still mark the place.It belonged t the old church in Graigue.
The third disused graveyard in in Andrew Phelan's field in Bawnaughra. The ruins of the old church are still there and the field is called to this day the church field.
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2020-06-20 18:35
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now. Graves having tombstones over them will be known for a very long time because the date will be on them. There are local families in our parish who have relatives buried in grave yards in other parishes and it is in these graveyards that these families expect to be buried too.
Graveyards are sacred and should not be interfered with or disrespected in any way. It is said that a certain man drew clay off a graveyard and used it for top dressing on one of is fields and that no grass grew on that field for seven years.
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2020-06-20 18:31
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There are two grave yards in our parish one in Galmoy around the church and the other in Eirke. Both are very old graveyards. The one in Glamoy seems to be her oldest. Some of the graves are new and some very big trees which were growing around the graveyard were cut down lately so that the place looks very pretty now.
Eirke graveyard is situated on a high hill and it is not kept in repair. Many of the tomb stones are knocked down and nobody is taking care of them. The graveyard is enclosed by a very high wall all around and there is a big iron gate leading in. Old people remember burials which have taken place in graveyards which are not used at all
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2020-06-19 20:45
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plays a card in his turn and who ever gets and ace first must leave it out and then continue to place one, two, three and so on until the whole suit is filled up. If a person forget to put out and ace he receives a card from every one that is playing and is called "Donkey. The others make a laugh of him and shout "Go out for the bridle".
Two people can play Strip Jack Naked. They get twenty six cards each. Each play a card without looking at it. If a person leaves down a Knave the other has to gibe one to it. If he leaves a King his partner has to gibe three cards to it. If a queen two and if an ace four. The person who has all the cards last has the game won. In school we play many games such as hurling, colours, Wall flowers and highgates. Before we begin to hurl two captains call a match. Colours is begun by giving a person a colour and then the other one comes and names the colours and then run
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During the long Winter nights I play many games with cards namely Donkey. Old Maid and Strip Jack Naked. Any number can play Old Maid. It is begun by dealing the cards and giving an equal number to each person. There is one queen left out of the deck.Then the others are matched and each person draws from the other until all are matched. The person that holds the queen last is called Old Maid"
The game of donkey is started by giving an equal number to each player. Each person
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one to follow her. The two children run in and out through the gates until the child is caught. The game continues in this way.
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2020-06-19 20:23
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Any number of children can play colours. There is usually one guesser and a giveout". The giveout gives a colour to each child. The guesser then knocks on the back of the giverout. The giverout says "Who is there" and the guesser says "The devil" The giverout then says "What do you want" The guesser says "I want some colours" and then she guesses the colour each child has. When the guesser has guessed the right colour she follows the child. If the child get into the den before she is caught she is called and angel. If the child is caught while running she is called a devil. The game goes on till all the colours have been called.
High gates are played by all the children making a ring and holding their hands high so as to make a gate, A child gets out of the ring and calls out
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2020-06-19 20:17
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I play tig by asking another girl to follow me until she catches me. When she has caught me I have to catch her. When more than two wish to play this game one child is called to catch and whoever the child catch is first will be the next catcher.
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2020-06-19 20:15
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out to be caught.
When we are playing wall flowers we all catch hands join in a ring and say the following little rhyme:
Wall flowers wall flowers
Growing up so high
All these young ladies
Are sure to die
Except Kitty Bowe she's the best of all
She can swim and turn her back to the wall.
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2020-06-19 20:13
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We play many games in school such as high gates, wall flowers and colours. To play high gates firstly all the children joun in a ring, One girl goes out and calls out another in a certain gate, The first girl keeps running until she has caught the girl who called her. The game continues until they are all called out and caught. When playing colours one girl stay apart from the others to guess whilst another girl gives each one of the others a colour. Then the girl that was guessing comes along and strikes the other one on the back and then she says "Knock knock who comes here" what so you want. I want some nice colour the guesser says, and then she mentions some colour. Which ever girl has the colour runs
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2020-06-18 20:47
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Sunday the boys go to some local field to hurl.
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2020-06-18 20:46
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I like to play games. The outdoor games I play are tig, colours, high gates, ring a ring a rosy, ass, hen and hawk, hide and go seek, hurling, jumping and running.
In Winter I make snow men with my brothers and sisters. I make snow balls and slide. In Autumn I gather nuts and blackberries and sometimes I make blackberry jam. In Summer I spend most of my leisure hours gathering flowers and looking for birds nests. At night the girls knot and read while the boys make bird traps and rabbit snares. At playtime in school the girls play a game of camogie. Each captain call a number of players which are to be her team. The boys kick football during playtime. On
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2020-06-18 20:40
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The nearest ancient road is situated about half a mile from our house. It was called the Ross road. About half way on this road there was a town called the town of Ross.
There is no trace of it nowadays and only very old people have a knowledge of where it was situated.
There are the ruins of an old church beside where the road was, and there is also a lime kiln, so these ruins show that this road was at one time an important one. There was a Mass path leading from Bawnaughra lane to the church in Ross upon which the people travelled to and from Mass.
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2020-06-18 20:37
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In olden times before roads were made there were field and paths. There was a small road in Bawn long ago and it was called the Bosheen, It was only a small road near Gannon's of Strabawn and it led to Ballyphil. The roads we have now were made the time of the public works. There is a uass path through Mr Harte's field of Castletown. There is another through William Kelly's field.
The poor people had to work in these days under very bad pay. They had to work from early morning till late at night. The pay was only a few pence a day.
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2020-06-17 23:19
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Roads take the name of the townland through which they run, such as the Kyle road, the Graigue road and the Clonmeen road, They usually lead from one big town or city to another.The road leading directly from one town to another is called the main road, and the roads that branch off connecting different districts with the main road, are called by roads.
All the local roads were made long ago and the repair of them now gives employment to many people. There are some paths through the fields in the locality which shorten a journey considerably for a person walking.
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2020-06-17 23:15
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Small shops were common in olden times. Things such as tea, sugar etc, were got in the shops but people had generally to go to the nearest town to get big purchases. Buying and selling used to be carried on after mass on Sundays and Holy days and this is still practised in some places. Money wasn't always given for goods but they used to be bartered.
When goods used to be bartered some little goods used to be given over and above by the customer and that was called "boot". It is considered unlucky to transact business on May Day. The markets used to be carried on in Squares in the towns.
Huxters used to come to houses buying feathers, rags and bottles and they come still.
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2020-06-17 20:55
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markets held in Kelkenny Abbeyleix and Templemore.
J.Hogan from Thurles. Mick Brett from Johnstown. Andrew Lodge from Urlingford and Mick Dooley from Rathdowney were dealers in feathers, rags and bottles in olden times, Some pedlars used to travel from townland to townland with baskets selling pins, needles, hairpins, cotton-balls, hair oil and some of them used to sell delf. Other pedlars used to have cars.
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2020-06-17 20:51
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Shops were common in olden times. People had to go to the nearest village to make purchases such as tobacco and snuff. Tea wasn't used in those days only by the rich people. There was no sugar only brown sugar which was sixpence per pound. On Holy days buying and selling were carried on and this is still practised. People used to grow their own flax and make their own linens. They use to send wool to the jenny mills to make blankets and frieze. Other people used to card it and spin it at home and make stockings out of it. Labour was often given in exchange for goods. It was considered unlucky to transact business on May day and on New Year's day. There used to be butter
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2020-06-17 20:46
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done he said that Lyroge would never without a rogue or a liar. From this fact the townland gets its name Lyroge. There is a well near Errille called after the Saint. There is also a tree in the same locality called Saint Kieran's tree.
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2020-06-17 20:44
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There was a saint living in this locality who was afterwards canonized. He was named Saint Kieran. His feast is kept on the fifth of March. There is a tale told about him, namely that some one in Lyroge took his boots. When he discovered what was
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2020-06-17 20:42
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a hundred years ago. There were statues around the well and Protestants named Navels broke them. There is a flagged walk around the well which is about six feet long and two and a half feet wide.
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2020-06-17 20:41
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St Michael is traditionally known as the local Saint. There is no church or ruins of a church built by him existing on the district. There was a church on Eirke dedicated to St Michael but it is not known whether it was built by him or not.
There is a well called St Michael's well in the garden of Mr Delaney's farm in Bayswell. It is a blessed well and pilgrims used to go there to visit it till about
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2020-06-16 20:55
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to its normal appearance, and the girl came to life. Saint Kieran asked her what happened her, and she said that fell asleep with the heat of the day. Many people in this district have adopted the name Kieran.
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2020-06-16 20:53
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years ago. It went dry, and another sprung up some distance from where the old one was.
The servant girl of Saint Kieran thought her employer was getting very thin. She then baked the bread with milk which she used usually bake with water. She got sorry for what she had done and told the Saint. He got into a rage and said to her," That the dogs may eat your bones". Some time after she proceeded to the well with a pitcher and when she was coming home with the water, a band of wild dogs met her, killed her and ate her. The Saint remarked that his maid was a long time out, and thought of the words that he had said to her and found her bones on the path that was leading to the well. He tidied up the bones and prayed over them. The flesh came on the bones again, the body came back
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2020-06-16 20:48
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Saint Kieran is the patron Saint fo the Diocese of Ossory.The Churches built in this district by Saint Kieran or under his patronage are now in ruins. He travelled from Callan to Fertagh, He had a lamb that used to bring him his letters and some of the wicked people of Fertagh killed the lamb and ate it. St Kieran caused the lamb to bawl in their stomachs. He left Fertagh then and left his malediction on the place. He said that there would be always a fool, a rogue, and a liar in it. He then went to Errill where he established a monastery and church. The only remains of those buildings are the walls. There is a holy well dedicated to his honour convenient to the grave yard, Some wicked person profaned the well, some
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2020-06-15 19:03
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We have a Diabolo churn at home. A churning can be made with it in half an hour by one person. In the Winter we churn once a week and in the Summer we churn twice weekly.
Long ago when people used to think, think that their butter was being taken, they used to put the coulterand point of the plough in the fire when churning. As the irons used to redden the people who had the butter would be getting burnt and would hand it up.
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2020-06-15 18:59
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of an hour in Summer and in Winter it takes about half an hour. The churning is done by hand.Our churn has no dash so it gives a rolling motion from side to side. The eye glass is clean when the butter is made. The butter milk is used to make bread.
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2020-06-15 18:57
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We have a churn at home. It is about four feet high. The top and bottom are about seven and a half feet in circumference and the sides are round. it is fourteen years old. The various parts are the body which is large round and barrel shape, the vent, the eye glass, and screws. On the bottom of the churn there is an iron cavity which serves as a hot water container in Winter and it also serves as a balance for the churn, The butter is made about three times a week in Summer, and abut once a week in Winter. The woman of the house generally does the churning, It was an old custom which is still retained for strangers who come in to help at the churning. It takes about quarter
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2020-06-14 20:27
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Told by Joseph Delaney.
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2020-06-14 20:27
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for the support of the Protestant Minister by a man called a tithe proctor. Usually money was paid but if the tenant had no money his best horse or some of his possessions would be taken instead. Often times people resented this collection and battles were fought. A landlord named Eley from Ballaghmore one time refused to take the rent from one of his tenants named Delaney, whose son the landlord said was shooting the game on his estate. When Delaney's son heard this he said he would take the rent to him and again the landlord refused to take it. When the boy heard this he got out his revolver saying "If you do not take the money take this and so he shot the landlord dead.
The man had to go in disguise for the rest of his life. He was said to be dressed in women's clothes and so he was never caught.
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2020-06-14 20:16
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Long ago farms were subdivided. The landlord was often very severe on his tenants. If a farmer had a couple of acres of dirty land which he ploughed lightly and burnt to destroy the weeds as a means of manuring the land he was severely fined. If any persons were found hunting they would be also fined. Tithes were collected in the district.
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2020-06-14 20:13
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of Cromwell and the occupant should be of orange blood. The catholic got nothing but what the orange men refused to take.
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2020-06-14 20:12
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Lord Castletowns ancestors probably came into possession of the land through Cromwell. The land was divided into farms under the guidance
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2020-06-14 20:11
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If the tenant displeased the landlord in any simple way the landlord could turn him out of his home and give it to some other person. If the landlord wanted to favour some one by giving him a farm he could turn out his tenant without any fault.
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2020-06-14 20:09
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During the time of the landlords farms didn't altogether belong to those who tilled them and paid the rent for them.
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2020-06-14 20:08
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pay the rent every six months. If they hadn't it paid to the date they would get a letter to have it paid inside a month and if they hadn't they would be evicted. The landlord used to preserve the game keepers for rearing and minding the birds. In the Autumn gentry would come and have sport shooting them.
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2020-06-14 20:06
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Lord Castletown lived in Granstown Manor till the time of his death about a year ago. His nephew, Mr Smyth is living there presently. He ans his family were looked upon as good landlords. He planted a good many nice woods around the district. The land was divided into farms among the people called tenants. A rent was fixed on all their holdings according to the size of the place. They had to
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2020-06-13 22:48
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aughra after.
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2020-06-13 22:48
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and for Minister Braden who lived in Beachmount. The tithes were collected in kind, The tithe proctor proceeded from Rathdowney to Bawnaughra to collect the tithes. From every house in which he didn't get money or kind he took a bundle of clothes. He had so much clothes on himself and the horse that he was like a cock of hay.
The first house that he went to in Bawnaughra was Martin Dalton's. He demanded the tithes money or value. Martin had a sire horse which he let loose. When the tithe proctor saw the horse he made for home and didn't go any further in that townland. When he reached Rathdowney he had none of the clothes which he collected because he threw them away to make his horse light for the gallop.
The sire horse followed him as far as Cappalinnan cross and there was no tithe proctor seen in Bawn.
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2020-06-13 22:42
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In olden times the land was subdivided among members of families in marriage. The tenants could not build a wall make a ditch or drain their land without the permission of the landlords or if they improved their land in any way the rent would be raised. Tithes were collected in this district for Minister Little who lived in the Church of Eire
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2020-06-13 22:39
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to have been buried at a place called Barnane convenient to the "Devils Bit"
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2020-06-13 22:38
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Tenants weren't punished by Lord Castletown for trivial acts but he helped them to improve their houses in every way he could. He built all the cottages in this district. Tithes were collected on this district in former times. The landlord appointed agent to collect the tithes who was called the "tithe proctor" The one third of the money that a farmer received for his corn had to be given as tithes. If a man had a good valuable horse he'd have to give it to the local minister for what ever money was offered to him. The tithes were supposed to pay the salaries of the local ministers and the upkeep of their churches and rectories. The people rebelled and rose out again paying the tithes. There is local custom regarding the first or second Sunday in July known as Rock Sunday. It is the holding of a mock funeral in which the tithes were supposed
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2020-06-13 21:17
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of Waterford to Slieve Bloom. The southern part was confiscated during the time of Cromwell. In the time of John Robinson Price who was landagent long ago the land was divided under the guidance of the Mac Goilla Pádraigs. Farms were subdivided among members of families on marriage. In some cases at elections the landlord used to exercise special power on his tenants especially if he thought those people didn't vote for him.
At one time Lord Castletown was candidate for a Member of Parliament. Mr Carroll Eglish one of his tenants who kept a corn grinding mill didn't vote for him and to penalise Mr Carroll. Lord Castletown made a new water course about 200 yards long through a glen called "the Foyle" in order to take the water from the mill which left it idle ever since.
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2020-06-12 23:41
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Lord Castletown was the local landlord. The family have been settled in the district since before the time of Cromwell and they were then called the Mac Giolla Pádraigs. They were looked upon as good generous landlords. There have been scarcely any evictions or plantings in the time of Lord Castletown or his father's reign.As far as history can go back they were always the owners of the land in the district. It is said that they owned the lands from the Bridge
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2020-06-12 23:37
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Waterford to Slieve Bloom.
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2020-06-12 23:37
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The local landlord was Lord Fitzpatrick. His descendants have been in the district for many years. They were looked upon as good landlords. There was one eviction on this district about fifty years ago.The people that were evicted were named Moores. They went to Bawnaughra and settles down there in a small little place. They never got back to their own place and were always very bitter about it. They never spoke to those who occupied their place. Most of the landlords were protestants because Cromwell when he evicted the Irish gave the land to them. A great portion of the land was divided into farms under the guidance of the landlords. It is said that the Mac Goilla Pádraics owned the lands from the Bridge of
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2020-06-12 00:08
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by Martha Dalton who learned them from her mother .
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2020-06-12 00:06
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Good night my Guardian angel dear.
The day is sped away.
Well spent or ill
The story is written down for aye
And now in God's kind providence
Thy angel pure and bright
Watch over me while I sleep
My angel dear good night.

MORNING PRAYER:
O my God I offer thee this day
All I may do or think or say
Uniting all with what was done on earth
By Jesus Christ thy Son.
PRAYER TO STOP A WOUND WHEN BLEEDING:
Jesus of Nazareth king of the Jews.
Baptizing in the river Jordan
With St John the Baptist
Causing the water to stop or flow
Stop and staunch the blood of this person
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
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2020-06-10 21:56
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Toll is paid in every fair on Rathdowney in Templemore and in one fair in Thurles. In the fair greens in Kilkenny the toll is paid to the corperation. On each road leading out from the town there is a board which is called the custom board, and the custom charge is written on it. When a beast is sold or bought luck money is given according to the value of the animal.
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2020-06-10 21:53
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In Rathdowney the fair is held in the Square. Long ago fairs were held at crossroads and fat cattle were bought at the farmer's houses. Fairs were held in some villages long ago. There used to be a fair held in Errill on the 11th of March about twenty six years ago.
There were no fairs held in Bawn or Fertagh for the past eighty six years. The fair in Bawn used by held on the 13th May and fighting and diversion were usually carried on. Some of the best fighters in Ireland used to attend the fairs in Bawn. The fair in Fertagh used be held on the 6th of March. Those fairs in some villages were discontinued by lows of the Government because they were too far away from the railway stations. The fair of Bawn used be held on the hill of Eire.
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2020-06-10 21:48
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The local fairs are usually held in Rathdowney. They take place on the third Tuesday of each month except in the month of June when the fair is held in Donaghmore.
The fair of Rathdowney is usually a large one. It is divided into two parts. The cattle fair being held in the Square and the sheep fair in Pound Street.
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2020-06-10 21:46
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many people used to go even if they had no business. But now the fair is confined almost altogether to business.
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2020-06-10 21:45
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The fairs are held in town in the principal street. The one which is the widest is the one chosen for the purpose. Two or three days before some fairs it is usual to see cattle buyers out through the country buying cattle from farmers at their own houses especially during Winter and Spring. One day in every month is appointed for the fair and it is held on a different day in each town. When the cattle are sold the buyer gets abut two or three shillings on each beast for luck. This amount is arranged according to the value of the cattle. In olden times fair days used to be regarded as holidays or days for sport. Musicians and singers used to attend and many people used to attend and
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2020-06-09 18:21
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The local fairs are now held in towns. In olden times they were held in the townlands and cross roads. The townland of Bawn in the Parish of Galmoy was a noted place for sheep and cattle fairs. They were held there for many years in a field.
Old people say that there was a small town there in olden times and it was tumbled during the time of persecution. They still managed to keep on the fair for many years after.
In these days some buyers come to the farmer's houses and buy fat cattle and other animals. The town fairs are held on the streets. Luck money is also given. If a cow, heifer or bullock is sold luck money amounting to 2s-6d per head and a shilling for sheep has to be returned.
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2020-06-09 18:13
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The fairs are usually held in town now. Many years ago cattle were bought at the farmer's house's. The fair in Rathdowney is held in the Square. When people buy cattle toll hos to be paid on them. When an animal is sold luck money is given according to the size and value of the beast. There used to be a fair held in Errill on the 11th of March but it is not carried on now
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2020-06-08 19:02
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The local fairs are held in Rathdowney, Donaghmore, Templemore and Culahill. The fairs are always held in towns. The buyers used to buy cattle at the farmers houses and they do so still. Long ago there used to be a fair on Bawn hill once a year. The town fairs are held in squares or greens. Luck money is given by the seller and it varies according to the value of the animal sold. Once a man bought a horse in the fair of Ballinakill. When he had the money given to the seller he asked him had the horse any faults. "Well" said the seller. "He is hard to be caught and when he is caught he's not worth the bother". "Well" said the buyer"I have a cure for that". Hand me the money back under his belly and I will hand back the money over his back". The seller did so and when the buyer got the money he went off and left the seller his horse.
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2020-06-08 17:53
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was a nice flag over it, which they brought in and put at the back of the fire. There was writing on the back of it but no one understood the meaning of it. One night a poor scholar came who stopped at Lewis house. He saw the letters on the flag at the back of the fire, he got the flag out from behind the fire and got it cleaned, and what the words meant was that there was as much more at the other side so Shaun Handy got his fortune in Waterford and lost it in Kilkenny through drink.
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2020-06-08 17:50
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asked him did he know such a place in Ballycuddy. I do said Shaun. I was dreaming I would find my fortune in that townland under an alder bush said the shoemaker. Shaun knew it to the spot and the shoemaker told him that he would find his fortune there, but he would never travel so fare and he gave Shaun permission to keep the money if he could get it.
He returned to the city of Kilkenny and met with next door neighbours called Lewis who were out selling barley. They were surprised when they met Shaun, and asked him where he was. He said he was on business in Waterford. Then they asked him what business had he in Waterford and he said "Private Business". They were eager to know, so they set Shaun drunk. When he was drunk he revealed the secret to them so they carried him home from Kilkenny. They put him to bed under the influence of drink. They took out a spade and lantern and unearthed a crock of gold. There
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2020-06-08 17:44
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One time a man named Shaun Handy dreamt that of he went to the bridge of Waterford he would find his fortune, He was four or five days in Waterford and every time he crossed the bridge he had to pay a halfpenny. There was a shoemaker working beside the bridge and he called Shaun to him and asked him what he doing walking so many days over the bridge. He told to cobbler that his business there was to find his fortune and the shoemaker told him he was a foolish man. He asked him where was he from Shaun said he was from a place by the name of Ballycuddy in the Parish of Johnstown. The shoe maker passed a remark to him that he would find his fortune in a place called Ballycuddy Johnstown. The shoemaker
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2020-06-07 20:54
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whose name was Father Kealey. He asked her had she holy water in the house and she said she hadn't. He rebuked her and she said that she thought it was not right to have holy water in a protestant house. He told her that it was not right for her to have her room without it and ordered her to get a bottle of water which he would bless. She brought the water and he blessed it. The priest told her never to be without holy water again. He told her to sprinkle the walls of her room with it and Katty was never without holy water after. She was never troubled with the ghost afterwards although she heard him going through the house.
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2020-06-07 20:50
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Sixty five years ago at a place called Spring view a gently man that owned the residence died, His name was Garrett Nevel. He used to travel through the house at night occasionally after his death, This night the maid Katty Horan was in bed between eleven and twelve o'clock. Her late master whom she had seen in reality, she heard coming up along the stairs. There was a spring lock o her door. He came along went over to her bed lifted her out of the bed, bed clothes and all. He took her over and placed her under a large window. When he left her there he returned down stairs. She remained there in that position all night and the first thing she did in the morning was to go to the priest.
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2020-06-06 21:58
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a curate in Galmoy was going to take away the font but he didn't. All those churches were plundered and burned in the time of Cromwell.
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2020-06-06 21:56
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There are many ruins of churches in the locality. One is situated in Bawnaughra, one in Clonmeen a third in Ross and an other in Harristown. The ruins of the church in Bawnaughra are in Andy Whelan's field. There were no car rings found any where near the ruins. Some time ago the grave yard used to be ploughed, but bones were ploughed up and since then it was never interfered with. Campion's house of the Abbey is built on a grave yard. There is one room and not matter what sort of floor was put in it the mark of a grave always appeared. Of late there was a boarded floor put in the room. The ruins of the church are near the house. In Mr Colliers farm in Graigue there are the ruins of a church. In the ruins are the remains of a holy water font. Father Henebry
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2020-06-06 21:49
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Of danger, There was a bell on the top of it but it was taken away by Cromwell and buried somewhere in the neighbourhood. The stairs were also burned together with the monks that were hiding in it. To this day the place is called "Féarca ma caorsc" the graves of the sheep.
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There are the ruins of a very large church and monastery in the town land of Fertagh. It was built by Saint Kieran who lived for a long time there. He was supposed to rule the See of Ossory from there. When he left, it was kept by the monks and priests until the arrival of Cromwell into this country.This tyrant plundered, burned and killed the monks and priests. After some time they built a little church and that remained until the penal days when it was again burned. There are many ornamented stones over the old doorways and beautiful cut stones in the windows. There are some remains of crosses and holy water fonts. It is the belief in the locality that it was built by the Irish people so that the monks and priests could hide in it in time.
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Delaney's house. It was blown up with gun powder by the Cromwellians. There was an old Mass cave in the islands of Clonmeen where mass was celebrated for a time during the penal days. Then the priest got it removed to Gragavalla where there was a larger Mass cave. This mass cave was roofed. Then Grogan Church was built by Father Purcess. Four brothers of the Meaghers of Lismorougha who were very strong men, carried the roof of the Mass cave and laid it on the wall over the alter in Grogan and that was all the roof which was on the church for over twelve months. Then there was a thatched roof put on it and finally after many years the slated roof which is still covering the church was put on it.
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There are the ruins of an old Church and Abbey in the town land of Clonmeen, It was abandoned about the time of Cromwell. The abbey was occupied by the Franciseans and the Church belonged to the abbey. They were both built between the twelfth and the thirteen centuries. A bell was heard by some people of the locality three years ago in the old Abbey. There is a cave through Mr Kennedy's field which extends to the back of
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there are many holes which were used as firing holes. There was also a fine arched door on it.
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There are the ruins of an old castle near our house. It is called the castle of Clonburn. It is built on Mr Thompson's field. It is situated in the Parish of Rathdowney, Barony of Clondonagh and the County of Laoighis. It was built by the Mac Giolla Padraigs of Upper Ossory as and English stronghold to protect the Barony of Clandonagh. It is built on a high rock in a dark lonesome place surrounded by big whitethorn bushes. In the wall of this castle
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young girl whom Juggy had known and who had been dead before this came up to Juggy and told her to tell them all that she would sleep with herself.
Juggy said she would sleep with her and the girl told her to come to bed but not to take off her clothes at all, just to get into bed in her clothes. Juggy thought she was taken to a lovely bedroom and she lay on a big feather bed with the girl and she fell asleep. When she awoke it was daylight and Juggy found herself lying in the middle of the Rath at Rathree with the bundle of thread under her head. She got up and went to her little home and she never came by the rath at night after that,
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There is a Rath situated in the townland of Rathree near the village of Galmoy. Long ago an old woman named "Juggy" Keenan lived in a little house not far from this rath. One night she was coming home from Kilkenny town with some twisted threat and she had to pass by the Rath to get to her home. When she came near the Rath she thought she saw a lovely house and that she was walking along an avenue leading to it. Some lovely girls came out and took her in to the house. It was a lovely place inside and a feast was going on. She got nice things to eat and heard grand music and dancing. She was near the fireplace for a while and she noticed green grass growing under the hearth. When the merriment ceased all the strange people came around and began to say "Juggy you'll sleep with me" you'll sleep with me" One
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the middle and hard all round.
A: A bed.
Q: I have a little cow she lies by the wall, she eats all I give her but drinks none at all.
A: A fire.
Q: Patch upon patch without any stitches, riddle me that and I'll buy you a pair of breeches.
A: A head of cabbage.
Q; What always walks with its head down.
A; The nail of your boot.
Q: Headed like a thimble tailed like a rat, you may guess forever but you can't guess that.
A: A pipe.
Q: A duck before two ducks a duck in behind two ducks and a duck in the middle between two ducks, how many ducks is that.
A: Three
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Q: What is it that is black and white and read all over?
A: A paper.
Q: What is it that nothing is and yet it has a name it joins us in our walks and plays at every game?
A: A shadow.
Q: How many feet have forty sheep the shepherd and his dog?
A: Two feet.
Q: As I went up the hill of wonder I met a very big plunder, forty little blackbirds and they tearing the hill asunder.
A: A Harrow.
Q: I washed my hands in water that never rose or sprung and dried them in a towel that was never wove or spun?
A:I washed them in dew and dried them in the sun.
Q: Four legs up, four legs down, soft in
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Why should we never tell secrets in the corn field?
A: Because there are so many ears in it.
Q: Why is a cobblers shop like hell?
A: Because there are so many bad soles in it.
Q:As I went out in a slippery slobbery gap I met my Auntie Mary she had iron toes a timber nose and on my word she would frighten the crows.
A; A gun.
Q; As I looked out through a window I saw ten drawing four.
A; A woman milking a cow.
Q; What tree bears most fruit to the market?
A; An axle tree.
Q; What is the shiest thing in the world?
A; A clock.
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One time John Delaney the smith dreamt of a crock of gold that was hidden under a bush near the bawn in Bawnaughra. The next day himself and a man named Purcell set of in search for it.
After much digging they found a can that was full up with snails. It was supposed to be hidden there by the robbers long ago.
When men were cutting turf in Bawnaughra bog about fifty years ago they found a gallon of lard.
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He's the nicest of them all.
There are also two young Lyonses
But they are so black and small.
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There's brilliant President Whelan
He's trying to get along
If you'd only lend him your wind pipe
He'd sing us all a song.
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There's a girl fancier up in Kyle.
Quite near the hills his dwelling
And when he beats the kettle drum.
You'd feel the music swelling.
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There's another chap of the Campions.
With fearful crooked in toes
And a little chap of the Flanagans
Who can scarcely blow his nose.
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And now my dear old band boys
As it is getting late.
I hope you will excuse me.
If this is not complete.
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They were darling boys for the first few nights
They did the devil in all
But of course they couldn't hold to this
For their purses soon got small.
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And then of course poor Pat had to go.
He was no good they said
They forgot it was themselves that were to blame
And blames poor Paddy instead.
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So as not keep you in suspense
I'll name a few of yos them
There's ugly dark and fair ones
Such a bald faced lot of men.
IX
There's Campion beats the big drum
Showing off his powerful form
There's another boy of the Purcell's
Shure he drums from night till morning.
X
There are two more Marshalls not so bad
But bad enough God knows
There are Lawlors too, to any amount.
But they're bent from head to toes.
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There's gallant Captain Brophy.
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About a hundred years ago a man was hanged in Rathdowney for being a Croppy Boy. He was hanged by the High Sherriff from Portlaoighise. He was hanging for two hours before he died, and during that time the Sherriff had his back turned to him and was reading a news paper.
When he was dead he was thrown into teh grave and roast lime was thrown on top of him so that his flesh boiled up.
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When the hills look near and when the fog comes down the mountains and when we see a fairy blast we may also expect rain.
Weather gulls foretell showery or broken weather. An early rainbow foretells that the evening will be wet. "The rainbow in the morning is the shepherd's warning and the rainbow at night is a shepherd's delight.
The wind id most frequently in the South and the people in Clonmeen then say that the wind is from Bawnaughra and those in Graigue say that it is from Castlepierce, It rains from the fur cardineal points in broken weather.
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When the sun goes down watery tis a sign that we are going to have rain.When there is a circle far away from the moon in fine weather it is also a sign that we are near a change. When the stars fall from the sky and the clouds look dark and move fast it is also a sign of rain. When we see a rainbow on a Saturday night we are going to have a showery week.
The south wind brings the most rain and the west wind brings a storm. When the swallows fly low it is a sign we are near rain and also when the plovers come near the gate. The cat lies near the fire and tears with her paws and the dog eats grass and looks very lazy. An other sign is the sheep start to graze very early and the cattle run through he fields with tails on their backs.
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Cupid's dart did pierce my heart
Concerning Katie Bray.
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When passing by her home my boys
Its in there I do go
And what is our intention
Not one of them will know
Our talk may be upon politics
Or topics of the day
And still my eyes they do delight
On my charming Katie Bray.
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And now to conclude and in those lines
I think it is nearly time
She pledged to me her heart and hand
And said she would be mine
And when we are in wedlock joined
I hope you all will say
I wish you luck and happiness
With your charming Katie Bray.
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My love she wears a pinafore
And a handsome charming dress
She grieves me with her bewitching smile
And many's the fond caress.
When first I saw her at Grogan Mass
I nearly swooned away
My heart was taken captive
By my charming Katie Bray.
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She lives quite close to Errill town
Which easily can be seen
She wheels a needle with a dainty hand
And turns a sewing machine
My love she is a Venus
So I did hear the people say
Cupid's dart did pierce my heart
Concerning Katie Bray
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Her eyes are like forget me nots
her cheeks are like the roses
Her jet black locks and her pertly frame
Her pearly teeth disclose
My love she is a Venus
So I hear people say.
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ground containing about half a glass of water. There are holy pictures and medals hanging around it. There also pennies and halfpence left there in thanks giving of those who were cured by visiting the well.
Patrick Mc Cabe of Grogan is able to cure cancer by and herb.
Miss Bray of Errill is also able to cure jaundice, Rheumatism was also supposed to be cured by crawling through a window.
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In olden times people were looked upon as being able t cure certain diseases. Warts were supposed to be cured by putting stones into a match box than putting a stone to each wart and blessing one's self. There is a weed that grows in the field with juicy stuff in it. Put it to the wart and it will disappear after a couple of days.
Tooth aches were cured by fasting from meals on a certain day of the week. Dock leaves were supposed to cure a sting of a nettle.
Skin disease was cured by the blood of a black cat tail. It was also said that of two people having the same name were married their child would be able to cure skin disease.
There is a holy well on Shirke in and oak tree abut a yard and a half from the
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2020-05-27 18:21
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The people of this locality in former times believed that you would be cured of a wart by prodding a snail and putting the juice of the prod to the wart, Then the snail should be thrown up in a bush and as the snail would wither the wart would wither. Old people say that there is an herb called the passion flower which is said to be able to cure toothache. It only grows in certain districts and it is said that it grows a good deal in this locality.
In Ballybuggy there is the shape of St Brigid's head on a rock, It is said that when she was travelling from Connaught to Leinster she knelt down pray one day and laid her head on the stone. The mark of her head remains in the stone. Many persons went to get cured of a headache there and were cured. There is a well near Johnstown where people are cured of sore and bad eyes and it is called Tobar Na Súil.
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One day in Rathdowney there were three men discussing which of them would have the best patent of a curse and to which ever of them would have the curse the leader was to stand a drink. The leader started with his own patent of a curse. That the devil may come dancing on your upper lip and barking down on your soul. The second man began his own patent, That the devil may make a German flute out of your back-bone and play the rakes of Mallow before your soul to hell.
The third man with his final and best patent. "That the devil may make a tutumtotum of your heart and turn up A for all".The third man won the free drink.
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2020-05-24 21:20
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From that day to this a pries or Bishop was never called Marum.
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The execution at Cnoc Seáin Ruas was in the year of Our Lord eighteen twenty four. Six men were executed for the shooting of Edward Marum. When the day of the execution the day darkened so that people went for their cows and also the clock struck thirteen.
The trial was held in Kilkenny and they were sentenced to die. A few weeks after the trial they were hanged on Cnoc Seáin Rusd. When one of the men was going to the gallows he said that he was dying innocent but the father spoke and said "Pat die like a man " Immediately after the execution dray cars came to take them off and buried them in Kilkenny. The Bishop of Ossory was a brother to the man who was shot and the Bishop also had to go to Australia. There was another brother of the Bishop shot again beyond Kilkenny and a word was never said about him
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2020-05-24 18:14
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Kitty Bowe
Graigue
Rathdowney
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Toole's land in Graigue and it was owned by Paddy Shea. The chimney was on a level with the ditch. It was a thatched house with two small windows. There was only the one apartment, There were two beds in this room.
They used to burn turf of Bósháuns. The floor was made of yellow clay. The walls were built of stones and sods. Half doors were common formerly.
Dipped rushes Snábógs or candles were used to give light at night. Some people use to make the candles themselves but others bought them in the shops.They used to make the candles out of the fat of sheep and cattle and have cotton thread for wicks.
There were sixty two house in Bawnaughra at one time, and at present there are only ten.
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side glance and saw a sod coming toward his right shoulder. He swerved side ways and escaped it but it hit the dog on the back of the neck and buried him to the two eyes in the ground which caused him to give a great roar. He proceeded to Graigue afterwards and spent a great morning hunting.
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2020-05-24 17:56
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It happened one morning about thirty years ago on the fifteenth of August about four, My father was going to hunt to Graigue, It was a very calm morning and as he was crossing Bawnaughra hollows where the turf was in rears (and the people used not cut turf as early then as they do now) Behind him he heard a rustle through the turf which made him think the dog was in pursuit of a hare, and to his great astonishment the aspect looked different. It looked as if one of two men were at each end of a rope about six perches long. They were swinging the rope it was raising the heads of the rears of turf. My father go a fright then he made a move for and old ciseach which was abut two yards from him, and the dog just in front of him when he heard a whizz coming towards him. He gave a
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2020-05-24 17:48
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Kiernan Bowe
Graigue
Rathdowney
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One night a man was walking along the Kyle road. He heard some noise like that of a person walking. He looked around and saw a very large black dog passing him.The man never minded only went on his way.
The same man was building a house for a certain man in Kyle. He remarked to the man that wouldn't it have been better had he built the house in a certain spot. The man said he was thinking of building it there, but his mother said it wouldn't be lucky as it was a haunted place, Then the man bethought of seeing the dog in that particular spot. On another night the man who saw the dog before, saw some object in the ditch near the same spot. He saw the head of a dog and nothing else. It scared the man and he never went that road at night after.
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Pat Lawrence from the Dromeend
She was sold again to a travelling man
That was going from door to door
They drove her down through Thurles town
And the tinkers getting drunk
She strayed home to Crosspatrick
And got drowned in a pump.
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I'm told she made her will.
She left her seven curses.
Down on her master Bill.
And to his daughter Katty
She willed her four old shoes
And the remainder of her tackling
To her mistress Ellen Hughes.
IV
She left her seven curses
On the peelers far and near
For day and night they hunted her
Though she often brought them beer
From Ballydonnell pasture
They turned her off right plump
And she strayed unto Crosspatrick
And got drowned in a pump
V
Good Luck to Mick Fitzpatrick
For him she did not forget
She was told to shun Crosspatrick
Or else she would rue it yet
From Ballydonnell pasture
He turned her off right plump
She strayed unto Crosspatrick
And got drowned in a pump.
This mare was sold to a farming man
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2020-05-22 15:16
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You natives of Crosspatrick
If your hurry is not too great
Come listen to a tragedy
That happened here of late
The curious looking animal
Resembling much a skunk.
On Sunday morning early.
She got drowned in a pump.
CHORUS
This old mare was bred of fences.
And fences she could jump.
And she sailed onto Crosspatrick
And got drowned in a pump.
II
She belonged to William Delaney.
And you may know that same
For the want of king treatment
She both bling and lame
For the want of due subsistance.
She could neither walk nor jump
She came unto Crosspatrick
And rolled into the pump.
III
This old mare before she died
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2020-05-22 15:15
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You natives of Crosspatrick
If your hurry is not too great
Come listen to a tragedy
That happened here of late
The curious looking animal
Resembling much a skunk.
On s Sunday morning early.
She got drowned in a pump.
CHORUS
This old mare was bred of fences.
And fences she could jump.
And she sailed onto Crosspatrick
And got drowned in a pump.
II
She belonged to William Delaney.
And you may know that same
For the want of king treatment
She both bling and lame
For the want of due subsistance.
She could neither walk nor jump
She came unto Crosspatrick
And rolled into the pump.
III
This old mare before she died
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2020-05-22 15:09
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Faith I'm thinking aveen of an old Halloween
T'was a night that would peruse the Danes.
When the colleens and boys stopped their frolic and noise
And sat down to be burning the banes.
Those glowing nuts are emblems true.
Of what in the human life we view
The ill matched couple fret and fume
And thus in strife themselves consume
Or from each other wildly start
And with a noise from every part
But see, the happy happy pair
With genuine love and truth sincere.
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with mutual fondness while they burn.
Still to each other kindly turn/
Yes I'm thing asthore
Will by young evermore
But it fires the old blood in my veins
To be thinking aveen of that old Halloween
The night we sat burning the banes.
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2020-05-22 15:00
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Faith I'm thinking aveen of an old Halloween
T'was a night that would peruse the Danes.
When the colleens and boys stopped their frolic and noise
And sat down to be buming the banes.
Those glowing nuts are emblems true.
Of what in the human life we view
The ill matched couple fret and fume
And thus in strife themselves consume
Or from each other wildly start
And with a noise from every part
But see, the happy happy pair
With genuine love and truth sincere.
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The truth I do declare
Now to tell the truth of Cobbler Ownes.
He would hang you for a hare.
VII
Now to conclude and in those lines
As we are free form all.
About the fine I do not mind
'Tis so very small.
The trifle that they took from me.
It don't avail a straw/
I'd rather a hare, I do declare
I'd kill in Knockshownraw.
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As we were all alone.
But quickly he reported us.
To the cobbler Robert Ownes.
IV
We got our summons in due time
The court for to attend.
I had to go upon the bench.
My case for to defend.
My dog ne'r saw a hare that day.
Nor on one left his paw.
But to spend a start with my sweetheart
I crossed o'er Knockshownraw
V
I do not blame young Shortal
For he is a foolish boy.
But I blame the men that pay his sort, for he'd transport all Galmoy.
His means being scant, he being in want
Our blood he'd surely draw
And give our bones to the cobbler Ownes
To pick at Knockshownraw.
VI
Long life attend those gentlemen
Who joined us in the court
For may they live, fair play to give,
To those boys that's fond of sport
Mr Moss he is a gentleman,
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My country men I pray attend
Of a high and low degree
Till I relate what here of late.
That happened unto me.
For crossing o'er through Castletown.
I was taken to the law.
By and imp from hell.
The truth I tell
And he dwells in Knockshownraw.
II
It happened on the first of March
As i chanced to take a walk.
Across the fields through Castletown
Where I met that roguish gawk.
He summoned me for hunting
And destroying of the game
He is a scandal to his country round,
Paddy Shortal is his name.
III
And crossing o'er through Castletown.
I said to my comrade.
I see young Shortal watching us.
"I fear we are betrayed"
I thought he would not summon me.
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He has own song spoiled". They dragged him in and put Brutou's hump on top of his own. He came out with a double hump.
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departure, "An will chance them once more" said the with. It is the crow that carried the bite. It happened that the two burned off together and are still bum out in nuptial bliss.
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I remember on one occasion how we put down nuts for a certain pair on the locality who were known to be lovers. Well what excitement and how the youngsters left the dance to see the result. What was it the young lad flow away "Ah will try again" said the wit, he might be too hot. The next time it was the lady that took her
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again stopped up so late minding a sow,
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"Low and behold you" about fifty years ago when old Mrs Campion of the Abbey R.I.P. was up one night minding a sow and bonhams. between eleven and twelve o' clock. To her great astonishment a great crowd of people gathered into the pigsty and one old woman fairly well dressed in appearance seemed to be the leader. Her teeth looked to be three or four inches long. She handled each one of bonhams and looked at them and after looking at them all she rebuked Mrs Campion for being there at that hour of the night. She then beat her after which Mrs Campion had to remain three months in bed, Mr Davin R.I. P. was sent up for to go for the priest, When he came down and had the pony harnessed and under the car the whee,s would not turn.He had to unyoke again and proceed on horseback. The priest came and anointed her and she never
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WOOL was carded with pair of hand-cards. Thin it was washed and oiled and teased and taken to a weaver. Women called "Ginnies" went round from house to house to to card the wool.
Poor people who had only a couple of sheep, went round the fields and gathered the wool out of the bushes an thistles and took it home to put with their own. Fine blankets were made, also frieze, which was made into men's coats, and these were lined with flannel. Anyone who wanted flannel dyed took it to Thurles. This was done for the making of quilts. These quilts were made in the homes. They had 4 stripes yellow, black, green,red, and were made entirely by the women after their day's work was done.
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as with light.
SPINNING AND WEAVING
Flax grew in the district up to 60 years ago. It was taken to the bog and placed in the water.This was called "bogging" the flax. When soaked it was taken home. Then they used "brake "it with a brake (a block of timber with a handle used for pounding the flax.) Then the women spun it on the flax wheels into coarse rough linen. It was washed and bleached and made into sheets and shirts.
PAILMAKING
Was carried on. There were three Nailers named Carty, Fanning and Mc Guire, The nails were made one by one on a small anvil. The iron was heated and beaten with a hammer. Then a mandrel ( a square piece of iron) was used for shaping different heads with a hole in it. The nails were all square nails.
The nails were described as "pennies" very fine, "two pennies" coarser still, up to "twelve pennies" which were flat headed nails for slating. This craft has ceased to be carried on.
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People always spun, and weaved their own cloths in this district, and always made every stitch they wore. In olden times churns and barrels were made and leather was tanned, The people were called "coopers" There is a kiln situated in Lisduff and it is called "Meehan's Kiln" Up to a few years ago lime was burned in it and afterwards it was used for white washing, and sometimes it was sold. Wheels were always made in this district, and are made at the present time by Daniel Torpey Borahan. This district is not very good for fishing because the rivers are not shallow but it was always looked upon as being good for fowling.
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2020-05-17 21:17
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Joseph Davy, The Derries, Lisduff, and the late Michael Hennessy were basket maker but they do not make them at the present time. The baskets were made with long sally rods. The bottom of the basket was made first, then the sides were made with woven sally and joined to the bottom. Daniel Bergin Kyleahaw, and Daniel Davy, The Derries used make candles in olden times, and Daniel Bergin sold them to the people of the vicinity. The candles were made from tallow and rushes, The tallow was boiled, and the wick is dipped several times in the tallow. Then the wicks left to dry. Many people make gates in this district, and when they have them made they take them to the fair and sell them.
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2020-05-17 21:11
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but he used do the tailoring at home. The implements a tailor uses are, scissors, tapes, goose which is his iron, needle, chalk, and sewing machine, Shirts are made in the homes, and the type of cloth used is flannel. Socks and stockings are knitted locally and the thread is bought in shops. There are a few spinning wheels in the district but they are not in use now.
In this district people keep special clothes for Sundays and Feast Days. On Wedding Days there are boys who dress up in the old clothes and visit the wedding house to get something to eat, and if they are not let in they will do some harm.
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2020-05-17 21:07
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but long ago the tailors used go from house to house making clothes for big farmer's families, but the tailors now make clothes at their own home.
The tailors in this district stock cloth and when people are getting clothes made with them they generally buy the material from them also. The types of cloth worn at the present time are tweed, cotton, flannel, linen and many other types of cloth. There was a man named Patrick Ryan, Errill village and he (used) was a tailor long ago, but he does not make any clothes now, but he has all his implements at his home, He never went from house to house making clothes.
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2020-05-17 15:31
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implements that a tailor used when he is working.
Shirts were always made in every house formerly and are made in many houses yet. The material used for making shirts is flannelette.
There was flax grown in a field near Lisduff House on Lord Castletown's estate, It was not grown for use of the fibre, only for the value of the seed for cattle feeding.
Stockings and socks are knitted locally and the thread is bought in the shops.
There is one spinning wheel in this district owned by Mrs Stanley Garrison Errill.
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2020-05-17 15:28
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Sane. Rathdowney and the four others work in their own homes. The tailors in this locality stock cloth which is mostly serge and tweed. This cloth is not homespun. About thirty years ago there was a tailor named Lawrence Keyes who lived in Kyleamallawn in this school area he worked at his trade going from house to house when required, and usually spent three days making a suit of clothes. The only gear this tailor used was a large scissors which he carried in his breast pocket. He never used an inch tape but substitched a selvedge of the material for taking measurements. For the various lenggths he would cut a small v shaped hole in the side of the selvedge and could remember each length accurately. On many occasions he was able to dispense with these when making a suit for a person the second time, Needles, thread, scissors, inch tape, thimble and chalk are the
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2020-05-16 19:57
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Lord Castletown belongs to a very old family of the Mac Giolla Pahaic, He got his land about a thousand acres in Lisduff from King William of Orange. Lord Castle town was never hard on his tenants and there were not many evicted in his time. He was very king to his people in the famine times.
One day my granny said there were about ninety evicted between Lisduff station and Gorman's cross they were evicted by an agent named Price who was a bad sort of a man.One man
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2020-05-16 19:51
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stables and they are tied by the neck to a stall. The floor is of pavement but the other parts are much similar to a cow house. The house where the pigs are kept is called a sty. It is a low house and in some pig houses there is one window. The poultry house is a warm cosy house and a house for poultry must be clean and warm or else the the fowl will not lay. Fowl must be fed on oats and barley and hot food for the winter. When people are calling the hens they day Tuk. Tuk, and when people are setting eggs they generally sprinkle Holy water on them so that the eggs may be lucky.
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2020-05-16 19:46
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farm are horses. ponies, donkeys, cows, cattle, calves, pigs and sheep and lambs and bonhams, Some cows have names which they usually get when they are young. These names are Polly, Jessie, and Bawny, The cow and the horse are the principal animals of the farm, because with out the cow we cannot churn or make butter or we wont have milk and without the horse we cannot do the work of the farm. The cow house is a big house with concrete walls inside and the floor is covered with sedge. Leaves are bailed by the neck between two upright poles. When people are driving the cows they say, How, How,"
Horses are kept in
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2020-05-16 19:40
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Long ago the cross roads dancing was an old custom, but it is given up for the past thirty years in most places. There are many old monument to the dead in this district. One of them being erected at Errill School. This cross was created hundreds of years ago, to the memory of a relative of the Late Lord (Castlefleming) Castletown.
There is also a stone flag in the "Little Derrier" which is situated about two miles west of Errill. This flag was used as a nearest hiding place for Priests in the Penal times.
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2020-05-16 19:35
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old and more were made up to a few years ago. Part of the road from Castlefleming Bridge to the Protestant School was made over eighty years ago. Before it was made, the road went right across where the railway now runs. there is also a very old road from Castlefleming to Grogan Church which was made long before the Famine; part of this is called the "Old Oak Avenue" it got its name form a row of oak tree's which grow along each side of the road. Ballagh road which is leading to the Castle is known to be the oldest in the district. It was made over a thousand years ago. The main road from Errill to Rathdowney is not two long made. It was a great help to some poor people who got a long term of employment at it.
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2020-05-15 22:19
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O Glorious St Joseph. through the love you bear to Jesus Christ
and for the glory of his name, hear my name and grant my petition.
The above prayer was said to St Joseph,
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2020-05-15 22:17
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All my necessity.
And with a word.
Thou canst it all supply.
help other is there none.
Save Thee alone.
Without Thee I am undone.
And so to Thee I cry.
O be Thou nigh!
For better far than I.
Thou knowest Lord
All my necessity.
"A Prayer said when going to sleep.
There are four corners on my bed.
There are four angels overhead
One to watch
One to pray
Two to carry my soul away.
And if I die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take.
The following prayer is said on awakening in the morning.
Holy Mary, Virgin Mother,
Pray to Jesus fro me, and keep me from sin this day.
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2020-05-15 22:09
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whole being.
O Jesus Son of David have mercy on me.
And when I am in the agony and cold sweat of death.
May the last parting sigh of my soul be.
Jesus, Amen, Sweet Jesus Amen.
4: A Harvest Prayer.
Lord, grant that the greater harvest.
Which er came on earth to save.
May be golden and ripe for the reaping.
Ere we go to the lonely grave.
That our souls in the last dread moment.
May be clean as the hill and lea.
When we bring life's grain to the haggard.
And offer it all to Thee.
5: A Prayer said in Time of Need,
Better than I.
Thou knowest Lord.
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2020-05-15 22:04
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And God who shall judge me has counted them all.
Be his numbered each grace he has counted each fall.
In his book they are written against the last day.
Oh Mother ask Jesus to wash them away.
For one drop of his blood which for sinners was spilt.
Is sufficient to cleanse the whole world from its guilt.
And if ere the dawn, I should draw my last breath.
And the sleep that I take be the long sleep of death.
Be near me dear Mother for Jesus dear sake.
When my soul in eternity's shores shall awake.
3: A Prayer said on retiring to bed.
Into They Hands O Lord I commit my spirit.
Lord Jesus receive my soul.
Into Thy Hands i commend my
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2020-05-15 21:58
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1; O my Jesus all fro Thee. Who died on Calvary for love of me. This prayer is said on awakening in the morning,
2: An Evening Prayer to Our Blessed Lady. Night is falling dear Mother the long day is o'er. And before Thy loved image I am kneeling once more. To thank Thee for keeping me safe through this day. To ask Thee this night to keep evil away. Many times I have fallen to day Mother Dear.
Many graces neglected since last knelt here. Wilt thou mot in pity my own Mother mild.
Ask Jesus to pardon the sins of Thy child.
I am going to rest for the day's work is done.
Its moments and hours have passed one by one.
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2020-05-15 21:52
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that time was very bad, because it was made of very bad flour, and it was baked on a griddle. Mostly porridge was eaten then, people were too poor to buy meat. Very little meat was used in the olden times, and when it was used it was salt meat was used.
On Christmas Day people used eat a goose for their dinner, and in the evening they used eat rice with whiskey poured over it, The younger members of the family used get sweet cake, Before any cups were out tin mugs made like cups were used.
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2020-05-11 22:29
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of tea and black bread. All the people at that time had to work two or three hours before they would get anything to eat. The first meal they would get was porridge and buttermilk and in the evening they would get boiled potatoes. Milk was used in the olden times, new milk, and buttermilk was used but the old people preferred the buttermilk.
The table was always placed in near the wall and some had no tables, but they used eat off the floor. Black bread was used in the olden days but sometimes very little bread was used. because flour was too dear, and the men's wages were too small at that time. The bread at
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2020-05-11 21:50
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Q: What goes away between two woods, and comes home between two waters?
A: A man fetching water in ponds.
Q: What is it that says Jink, Jink and still never sinks?
A: A bit in a horses mouth.
Q: Timber toes, iron nose upon my honour it would frighten the crows.
A: A gun.
Q: Up chip cherry, down chip cherry all the men in Londonderry would not climb chip cherry.
A: Smoke.
Q: As black as ink as white as snow and hops on the road like hailstones?
A; A magpie.
Q: Liam has it, Peter has not.Mrs Mulligan has it twice in the one spot?
A; The letter L
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2020-05-11 21:45
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was the number of the car.
A: 281
Q: Why is an umbrella like fat?
A: Because its always dripping.
Q: Why is a squalling child like the letter "D"
A: Because it makes Ma Mad.
Q: What part of a cow goes over the ditch first.?
A: Her breath.
Q:As i looked out of my garden window. I saw a white thing eating a white thing. I sent out a white to put away the white thing?
A; A white goat eating a white lead of cabbage and I sent out a white dog to hunt away the white goat.
Q: What is full of holes, and still holds water?
A: A sponge.
Q: Under the line over the fire and never touches the fire?
A: A cake in a baker.
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2020-05-01 21:34
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but you will never guess that?
A: A Pipe.
Q: As round as an apple, as deep as a pail. It never cries whack until its caught by the tail?
A: A Bell.
Q: What has four legs and cannot walk?
A: A Bed.
Q: One half dead one half living and a tail wagging?
A: A dog with his head in a pot.
Q: Why does a hen cross the road?
A: To get to the other side.
Q: What did May West buy the two halfpenny candles for?
A; For a penny.
Q:Why is Mrs Simson the best draught player?
A: Because she skipped two men to get the king.
Q: Tow black men and a white man went up a hill one day in a care. The two black men ate the white man. What
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2020-05-01 21:25
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A: Because it has its two hands on its face.
Q: What will go in to a midge's eye.
A: Anything smaller.
Q: What is it that has two legs and cannot walk?
A: A Trousers.
Q: Why is a king like a book?
A: Because both have pages.
Q:Through rocks, through reels, through old car wheels. Through a bag of pepper, through a sheep's shin bone. Riddle me that or leave it alone.
A: A Moth.
Q: What is it that many throw away as rubbish and many spend much money to get?.
A: Cancelled stamps.
Q: Where was Moses when the light went out?
A: In the dark.
Q: Where was the first candle lit?
A: At the wick.
Q; Headed like a thimble-tailed like a rat you may guess forward.
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2020-04-29 21:00
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A: A thimble.
Q What is it wears boots and still has no feet?
A: A footfall.
Q: Black I am and much admired, Men work at me till they are tired. They cut my head and shave my face.And draw me from my native place.
A: Turf.
Q: I found it in a field of wheat. It has neither fish,flesh, or bones. And I brought it home till it walked alone.
A: An egg hatched out (of Chicken)
Q: It grew in the wood with green leaves on it, It grazed the field with hair on it, And walked on the road with alive bones.
A: A pair of clogs.
Q: What is always behind time?
A: The back of a clock.
Q Why is a clock ashamed of itself.
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2020-04-29 20:32
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Q: Once a fellow met a fellow in a field of beans said a fellow to a fellow "can a fellow tell a fellow what a fellow means." How many his in "that".
A: None.
Q: Brothers or sisters I have none but that boys father is my father's son. What relation was he to the boy?
A: His Uncle.
Q: It is in the marrow
It is not in the bone
It is in the rock
And it is not in the stone.
It is in the river
It is not in the sea
Riddle me that and I'll give you a pea.
A: The letter R
Q: Why should you never tell tails in a stable?
A: Because horses carry tails.
Q: Little thing, little thing less than a house, as many windows in it as in the king's house
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2020-04-29 20:25
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Q How many thorns in an acre of fury.
A; One and all the rest.
Q Ink Ank under the bank ten drawing four
A: A woman milking a cow.
Q: The man that made it never wore it, the man that wore it never saw it.
A: A coffin.
Q Whats the difference between a school master and a station master.
A: One trains minds and the other minds trains.
Q: Compare a towel with a red herring.
A: Both make you dry.
Q: A fiddler in Dublin hid a brother, a fiddler in Cork if the fiddler in Cork had no brother a fiddler in Dublin what relation was between them.
A: The fiddler in Dublin was his sister.
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2020-04-28 20:26
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born.
A; A cock crowing.
Q; As i went up the hill of wonder I saw twenty four bulls tearing the hill asunder.
A; A harrow.
Q; As round as an apple as deep as a cup all the kings horses wouldn't draw it up.
A; A well.
Q; Round as an apple flat as a pan one side a woman and other a man.
A; A penny.
Q; Out of a roomful you couldn't get a spoonful.
A; Air.
Q; In the shop and never sold, in the forge and never bound.
A; Sunshine.
Q; What is it is cut at table and never eaten.
A; A deck of cards.
Q; I went to Dublin and stopped there. I came home because I wouldn't go there.
A; A watch.
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2020-04-26 19:39
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The local landlord was Lord Castletown of upper Ossory. He had a residence in Lisduff Granstown and Doneraile. Part of Lisduff is there yet and is owned by Mr Barton. Mr Fairbrother, and Mrs Ringwood. The Land Commission bought it all up and divided it among the people. The G.S.R. bought some of it, the Hill which is worked by machinery for breaking stones for the railway. Lord Bernard Edward Barnaby Fitzpatrick died just twelve months ago and left his Granstown residence to his nephew George Skeffington Smyth. Lord Doneraile is living in Doneraile now with Miss St Ledger, his sister
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2020-04-26 19:32
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they heard a queer sound as if a baby were crying in the ditch. One of the men went over and saw a small Leiphreachaun lying in the ditch and his clothes caught in the briars. He told the man he would give him a pot of gold if he freed him. Of course the workman accepted the offer and got the pot of gold. There is also a story told of a man and his wife who were living in Garryduff in the townland of Castlefleming. One day they were going to the fair in Roscrea. They were passing a river that had overflown when they saw a mermaid on the bank. The mermaid asked the man to lift her into the river and she would gibe him any three wishes he asked for. The man lifted her into the river and she
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2020-04-26 19:32
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they heard a queer sound as if a baby were crying in the ditch. One of the men went over and saw a small Leiphreachaun lying in the ditch and his clothes caught in the briars. He told the man he would give him a pot of gold if he freed him. Of course the workman accepted the offer and got the pot of gold. There is also a story told of a man and his wife who were living in Garryduff in the townland of Castlefleming. One day they were going to the fair in Roscrea. They were passing a river that had overflown when they saw a mermaid on the bank. The mermaid asked the man to lift her into the river and she would gibe him any three wishes he asked for. The man lifted her into the river and she
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2020-04-26 19:26
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from our school. It is about three hundred years old. It is not certain who built the castle but it is said that a man named Mr,Fitzpatrick lived there for some time. This castle is in the townland of Ballagh and it is in the parish of Rathdowney and the barony of Clondonagh. It is in the county Laoighis. There is also a castle in Clon Burn. It is about six hundred years old. This castle is in the townland of Clon Burn and it is on the parish of Rathdowney. Its barony is Clondonagh and it is in Co Laoighis. There is an old ruin of a church close to our school. There is a grave yard surrounding this old ruin which is still in use. There is also another ruin of a church in Knockeel
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2020-04-24 21:17
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(The poor) meals were porridge. Every day and old woman names Pat Dunne used come for those meals. This day old Pat got an extra bit of porridge on his plate, and he was making a laugh of the other people who did not get as much as he. When Pat was starting in to eat the plate of porridge a young boy gave the plate of porridge a kick, and the plate and porridge were knocked on the ground.The boy who kicked the plate got all the porridge and old Pat lost all. The proverb connected with this story is; - "He who grabs most loses all."
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2020-04-24 21:12
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churches being all closed there is a tradition that Mass was abebrated secretly in a portable wooden house which used to be removed from place to place. One of the places named is a small wooded patch of land called the "Little Derries" situated in the centre of Knockardgannon bog in view of Lisduff Railway Station. This wooden structure it is said, was removed during the night to another secluded spot in the townland of Graigueavalla by several men. Mass was also said in remote places such as a sandpit. There were also some men watching here while the priest was saying Mass.There is a Holy Well connected with an old Monastery at Errill still giving pure water in the townland of Borchan. The ruins of the Monastery are still on teh lnd of Mrs Bowe Errill.
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2020-04-22 20:27
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Michael Dowling, Clonmeen, Errill Leix which happened in 1887 about fifty years ago. This man was very holy an he went to Mass every morning in Rathdowney. One morning he came into Mass with his best clothes on and his boots polished, He went up to the Square in Rathdowney and he had a pain of wing with him. He thought he was holy enough to go to heaven., Crowds of people gathered to know what was going to happen. They were wondering what the wings were for and they asked Dowling. He told them he was going to fly to heaven an said good-bye to all his friends. When he had the wings attached to his
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2020-04-22 20:27
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Michael Dowling, Clonmeen, Errill Leix which happened in 1887 about fifty years ago. This man was very holy an he went to Mass every morning in Rathdowney. One morning he came into Mass with his best clothes on and his boots polished, He went up to the Square in Rathdowney and he had a pain of wing with him. He thought he was holy enough to go to heaven., Crowds of people gathered to know what was going to happen. They were wondering what the wings were for and they asked Dowling. He told them he was going to fly to heaven an said good-bye to all his friends. When he had the wings attached to his
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2020-04-21 21:17
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There was also a story told about the Holy Island, which is situated about five miles form Borris in Ossory. There was a Monastery on this Island and a bell erected outside. When the English Protestants came over they put the monks out and killed them. After a couple of years the Monastery was in ruins but the bell remained as good as ever.
One day a wealthy gentleman named Charlie White who lived in Charleville house came to the Holy Island and brought the bell away with him. He being a Protestant had no regard for it. He erected it at his home. Next day when he went not to call in his workmen the bell would not ring. This man is dead mow and different people living in his house. The bell is still there and is now so rusty that it can hardly be recognised.
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2020-04-21 21:04
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There was also a story told about a fairy man who lived in Ballyragget. A certain woman in the locality could never get any butter to come on her churn. She went to tell the fairy-man but could not find him anywhere.. After a couple of hours search she saw him sitting on the half-door. Before she spoke he asked her was it a near neighbour who was taking her butter. Of course the woman did not know. The fairy-man then told her to go home get a piece of iron and put it in the fire. Then start her churning and not to forget to lock the door well. The woman when home did as she was told and before she was then minutes churning her next door neighbour came and asked her for "God sake to let him in and she refused saying "You can burn till I am finished churning.
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2020-04-20 22:30
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time he whistled the whistle at the curt came neared to him till at last a fierce dag passed out by him and whistled passing. This whistle was heard by many but no one ever chanced answering it again.
Once two men were cutting a tree in Monahinche bog which is situated about five miles from Borris in Ossory. There was a Monastery, Holy well and Graveyard near the grave where they were cutting the tree. One of the boys was a Protestant who came with Cromwell and his name was Burch. They were forbade to touch anything about this place. The cross-cut went through the tree but still it did not fall. Then Burch got a hachet and stuck it in the tree saying, "In the name of the Devil fall" and immediately blood gushed out spattering all his face. Ever after he was called "Spot Burch".
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2020-04-20 22:22
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this night and when he came to a certain part of the road he was not able to pass. He could see a man by his side who prevented him from passing. He fell down on his knees and prayed to God to send someone that would take him home. His prayer was answered immediately and a young man on horseback came. He told him he should not be out late and said he would walk home with him. When they arrived at the home the poor man been so thankful invited the stranger in but he refused saying he had a little farther to go and told him never to be out so late again. Next day he told his neighbours but there was no such person. The Priest told him it must have been his Guardian Angel. This man never went out late again. There was also a whistle heard at the Old Court in Castlefleming. One night a young man named Talbot said he would answer it. Every
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2020-04-20 22:15
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by which Brian Boru travelled from Munster with his army to fight the battle of Clontarf in the year 1014. There is a field in Ballagh on which stands the castle and it is called "The Castle Field". One corner of this field is called "Lawlor's Corner". A man of that name is said to have resided there a long time ago.
There is a corner of a field(fifty) within fifty yards of Ballagh cross. It is covered by a cluster of blackthorn bushes and it is called£The Black Cats Corner".
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2020-04-20 22:11
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There is a field in the townland of Lisduff called "The Piggery Field". It is so called as there was a big piggery built and used there by Lord Castletown some time ago. On this field also there is a big white lime-stone rock about ten feet high called,"The White Lady", owing to its shape and appearance.
On the lands of Mrs Bowe Graiguavalla there is an old hollow called. "The Piper's Pit", It is said by many people on this vicinity, that music similar to that of the old Irish pipes, was heard in this place. There is an old lane way called "Borohan Lane leading from Lisduff to Graiguavalla. It is believed by many to be the way
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2020-04-19 21:13
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that came on the potato crop a lot of people died. There are a lot of sites which were occupied before the famine but are only in ruins now.
A long spell of fine weather came and all the crops failed for the want of rain but it took a far more effect on the potato crop because after a while a very heavy rainfall came and it blackened the potatoes. A lot of animals died for the want of water and the few animals that did remain alive were killed and eaten by the people. The principal crop was the potato crop and when it failed the people had to eat the few cattle that remained alive. Every animal they met they killed and ate it. The potatoes were decayed in the ground, and they were not broadcast like grain,but they were sown in drills twelve inches apart.
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2020-04-19 21:06
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a lot of eggs are eaten for the breakfast.
On May Day long a go the farmers sprinkle Holy Water on their crops and cattle and a May Alter is erected in every home.
On S.S.Peter and Paul's Day bonfires are lit at every cross roads.
On St Martin' Day a fowl is killed and the blood is sprinkled in each corner of the house. This is done in rememberance of St Martin been killed in a mill.
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2020-04-19 21:03
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alms. Crosses of straw are made and put on the front door to represent the straw cross which St Brigid made when she was in prison.
On St Patrick's Day the people wear shamrock in rememberance of St Patrick bringing the True Faith to Ireland.
Shrove Tuesday is the last day for weddings before Lent. A lot of people are married on that day.
Pancakes are made in the night and a ring is put in them. Whoever gets the ring is supposed to be married the following year. On Ash Wednesday people go to Mass and ashes is put on their foreheads and no one eats egg or meat in that day. Holy Thursday is a special day of devotion to the Sacred Heart. It is the custom on Good Friday to stay silent from 12 o' clock noon till 3 o' clock to commemorate our Lord's three hours agony.
Easter Saturday Easter water is got in the church. On Easter Sunday
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Sunday during Lent. and the people who were married used mark the bachelors and maids with chalk to show they were not married, but that custom is not held nowadays.
Shrove Tuesday is the last Tuesday for (Lent) weddings before the season of Lent and a lot of weddings take place on that day.
Pancakes are made in the night and a ring is put in them. Whoever gets the ring is supposed to get married during the following year.On Ash Wednesday people go to Mass and ashes is put on their foreheads. Holy Thursday is a day of special devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Blessed Sacrament is exposed all that day. It is the custom on Good Friday to stay silent from twelve o' clock till three o' clock to commerate Our Lord's three hours
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on nowadays. One old custom which is held up in some places is the boys or in sometimes grown up men going from house to house gathering money, and singing the wren song. This custom is carried on every year on St. Stephen's Day. On St.Patrick's Day a piece of shamrock is worn in honour of St. Patrick. The people long ago used blacken the top of a hazel rod in the fire and make the sign of the cross on their left shoulder before leaving their house to show that St. Patrick would protect them during the following year. On St Martin's Day the people kill a fowl and sprinkle the blood of it in the four corners of the house, and no wheel should turn after twelve noon on St. Martin's Day on account of St. Martin Been killed in a mill. Chalk Sunday used fall some
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He then told the man that there was a better hunt over there, but when the man looked he could see nothing and when he turned round, the little man had disappeared.
Written by Thomas Scally (13) Told to him by his uncle Joseph Scally,(53) Ballyteague. Ballycommon Daingean 26-11-1937
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A man was coming home from fair one day and he was very tired. So he lay down on the side of a hill to rest himself and he fell asleep. He awoke after some time and he saw a little man opening a door in the side of the hill. This little man asked him to follow him into the hill. There were benches of gold on one side and benches of silver on the other side. After he had followed the little man some way in he saw a big black cat. He got afraid then and he ran out but he did not touch any of the money. When he was outside the little man appeared again and asked him would he like to see a good hunt. The man said he would. Then the little man took a ball of thread from his pocket and he rolled the thread on the ground, and the man saw a greyhound after a hare going as fast as the wind. The little man then pulled the thread and the greyhound and hare disappeared.
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There was a man named Mr. Judge who had a great fighting dog. When he died Mr.Judge got a vest made out of his skin. When he would meet another dog the hair of the vest would stand out.
Told by William Coyne (13) Received from his uncle Joseph Gorman(73). Derrygrogan Big Ballycommon Daingean 26-11-1937
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came down and white stayed still
A. A black hen after laying an egg on the top of a hill
Q. If your uncles sister is not your aunt, what is she to you?
A. A mother
Q. Under the water and over the water and never touches the water
A. A woman going across a bridge with a can of water on her head
Q. Hairy in and hairy out and hairy into hairy's mouth
A. A man putting his hairy foot into a hairy stocking
Sheila Boland, Wood-Of-O. from her parents, Wood-of-O Tullamore. S Boland (13), Daniel Boland (59), Julia Boland (54) 23-11-'37
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"My Deliverer", "My Rescuer", My Lord, my hero" she cried. All was thrown into confusion. Some said the Princess was gone mad after the strain of the week. The King was in a dilemna but in spit of all their sayings and doings the Princess would insist again and again that the ragged urchin was the Brave Prince who slew the monster.She declared she would know his flashing fearless eyes a mile away. " Are you not the man who saved me"? "Yes noble Lady, Always your humble servant." "Then", said the King, it only remains for me to bestow the reward of a hundred thousand pounds on you and to give you possession of a fine castle. You can guess the chagrin and envy of Jack's old master. A few weeks later when Jack had taken possession of his castle and duly installed his horse in its best stable Jack and the Princess were married amidst the ringing of bells, the looming of guns and festivities of every description throughout the whole Kingdom. Then they put on the kettle and made tea, and if they did not live happy that we may.
This story was got from an old fisherman (wexford) 40 yrs ago by the compiler.
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and she earnestly wished to thank him in person. The King who admired his bravery left no stone unturned to unearth him, but trace nor tidings of him could he find. At length as a a last resource he ordered all the men of his Kingdom to assemble on a certain day on the beach where he was to take a census of the male population. On the appointed day the farmer set out as usual and what was his dismay and rage when he discovered Jack his slave. in all his rags moving around in the throng. "Go home you dirty dog" his hissed but for once Jack held his ground. The King and Princess went around peering into the faces of all the strangers. Lords and Princes were there in all their splendour and majesty but the Princess passed them all coldly. After a whole day's inspection they were giving up the task as fruitless when just on the outskirts of the throng as the Princess was passing out very dejected, she espied a poor ragged boy. At the first glance she did not recognise him but Jack happened to catch her eye on a second glance and then the thrill took place.
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with all his strength his magic sword into the beast and never stopped till he severed the head completely from the body. He jumped down, hurled the head as far as he could into the ocean, loosed the ropes with his sword, kissed the hem of the Princess's garment, mounted his steed, and off with him before anyone could realise what was done. Cheer upon cheer rent the air. The throng went wild with enthusiasm and all started to rush after the unknown Prince but Jack was too swift for them. He never drew breath till he landed home again. That night in the farmers kitchen he chucked to himself as he heard the men describing the exploits of the chivalrous knight. The next item of interest according to the papers was the State Banquet that the King was giving to all nobles that assisted him in his great trouble. All were invited most cordially and brave young Prince the hero of the hour was to be the guest of honour. But alas, the Banquet was held and over but the Prince failed to appear. The Princess was too disappointed for words. She loved the young man to whom she owed her life.
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his appearance. Some of the older Knights were determined to strike a blow and show their courage on this last day not to be outdone by a mere boy. The King was to be pitied, fear and terror struck at his heart and in the end he made a touching appeal. "Most noble Sires, aid me I beseech you in this last dread affair, Rescue my loved daughter and the brave man who slay the monster will get her hand in marriage and earn my everlasting gratitude". Suddenly the sea appears restless, then by degrees mountains of waves dash to the shore and out of ht tempest comes the roaring dragon. One brave Lord just about to strike, got caught in his meshes and was hurled behind into the angry foam. Terror struck at every breast as the snarling monster again approached, fore in his eyes, and foaming from the mouth, He put out one big angry claw, just on the lady. One fearless young Prince dashed in and inflicted a stab in the side of the head, The monster wriggled under the blow and with one last effort threw himself at his victim. All thought she was swallowed up but at the last moment the brave rider hurled
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enlighten them, but of one thing all were sure he was the bravest of the brave. He knew no fear and the one prayer and hope in all hearts was that he might be there to rescue the beautiful Princess on the two other occasions. The second day all went off as successfully as the day before and when the farmers returned at evening they could speak of nothing else but the fearless prince. Excitement was intense as they discussed the tragic events that were to happen on the last day. Jack listened silently and in the end asked his master to bring him to the final scene. Everyone was buoyed up to the highest tension. "You dirty swine" snivelled the farmer, "Stay at home, do the work you are well paid for and take that for your impudence" giving him a blow of a riding whip. Poor Jack endured all silently but the thought of the dear Princess consoled him.
THE LAST TRAGIC SCENE;
On the third day from early morning throngs wended their way to the final scene. Excitement ran high, all hopes were centred in the dashing young prince. The terrified Princess and her Father strained their eyes looking out for
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the last moment a fearless young Knight on a black steed plunged in stuck his sword with sure aim into the monster's head and before he could get a second stab in, the wounded dragon crawled back into the ocean and the Princess was saved for that day. Cheers rent the air. The King and nobles all rushed to the young Knight to congratulate him. The whole place was wild with enthusiasm, but before anyone could reach him. Jack had galloped off. When they were out of sight, said the horse, "You did that right bravely Jack, now up, up with us again in the air and we shall head for home" Arrived at the castle Jack dismounted. "Now get into your old tatters again" said the horse, "drive home your cows as usual, do not divulge anything we did today and come again and I shall take you tomorrow. Jack had all the farm work done and was sitting down in the kitchen eating his supper of potatoes and salt when all the farmers arrived home. They could speak of nothing but the fearless young noble. Did anyone ever see his equal? He had the courage of ten men and he only looked a mere boy. Who was he? no one knew. Where did he come from? no one could
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destination they alighted on the ground and Sean rode his charger in quite proudly into the vast throng. About twenty yards up from the sea there lay the mast beautiful princess held down by pinions Sean's heart went out to the distressed lady and he determined to save her at all costs. Sorrow and gloom were depicted on every countenance, while a brilliant array of Knights, Lords. and princes on prancing steeds patrolled the strand. Her Father, the King, distraught with terror, went from one nobel to another, beseeching his aid. At last the monstrous dragon appeared coming out of the sea. All the horsemen drew near but the sight of the angry beast was enough to strike terror into the heart of the bravest. As the monster approached the warriors, unconsciously edged back, but one soldier, braver than the rest, made to attack him, but the monster with one swoop drew horse and rider into the sea. Consternation reigned and all thought hope was lost for the loved Princess. The dragon came forth again this time making straight for his victim. He was just stretching forth his huge claw to haul her in when suddenly at
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mounted he stood to view himself in a mirror and his heart swelled with pride and courage at the sight of his own grandeur and the beautiful charger. "Now" said the horse" I must give you directions, that you must follow closely. At the words "Fly house fly, the roof will open and up,up we go, you and I up in the sky."
"When we reach our destination, speak to no man, keep on te outskirts of the throng until the last moment and when all seem lost, dart in and with one swift sure thrust of your sword pierce the dragon's head, thereby with one stroke you disarm him and break his power."
"Very Good" said Sean.
"Then we shall both ride off without as much as a word to a soul." "Fly Horse fly"said Sean and there and then the roof opened and off with the two up,up in the sky. When they had covered some distance, Sean saw a little dark speck on the road below him. "They are the farmers and old Grimes on the jaunting car that left early this morning." A short distance from their
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"Dea is Muire durt a Seain" arsa an capall.
"Dea is Muire durt is Padraig" responded Sean.
"Tis a hard time you have with old farmer Grimes".
"I have indeed"said Sean.
"Why did you not go to see the Princess" "Sure the whole world is gone".
"Old Grimes would not hear of my going".
"Would you like to go."
"I should like very much."
"Very well, I shall bring you" said the horse.
"But first go to the bath room, have a good wash and in a large press in the next room you will get a suit of clothes and when you are dressed come back to me."
After quarter of an hour's absence a transformed boy came back. His own mother would scarcely recognise him, he looked so handsome, dignified and proud in his new suit.
"You look fine" said the horse, "now in that press there, nodding at one in the corner, "take out your helmet and sword." Jack donned both articles and you would think he was colonel in the King's army, he had such a military bearing. "Now, said the horse, "get up on my back."
Jack harnessed the beautiful black horse and when
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day and from the top he had a delightful view, rich pastures, shady nooks, leafy dells, tall pines,majestic oaks, spreading their thick foliage to give shelter form the suns rays to the cattle, while in the background the peaks of beautiful heather clad mountains seemed to tip the burnished sky. Jack drank in the sheer beauty of the scene before him and for the first time his thoughts went out to its great creator. Nestling cosily among the trees he discerned a castle, well fortified. This must have been the residence of a famous giant he thought recently killed of whom the farmers had often made mention in the kitchen at night. Jack thought he would explore the place, and after scaling a high wall and walking around to see if he could see any sign of an occupant he decided the castle was unoccupied and that he might safely of in to inspect the huge building, He entered through a window and was amazed at the richness and luxury of the inside, marble staircase, beautiful pictures, thick carpets, vessels of gold and silver of every description glittering in the sun. On entering a room a room at the back, what was Sean's amazement to discover,
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On three Successive days at the end of the month the King's only daughter a beautiful Princess whom everyone loves for her beauty and her virtue is threatened with a most shocking death. She is to be stretched on the beach and held down by pinions while an angry dragon is to come out of the sea to devour her. Therefore his Majesty in dire distress appeals to the bravest of the land,men of fearless courage to come and rescue the Princess, from such a calamity. The King promises a reward of a hundred thousand pounds to the man who will kill the beastly dragon. So this was the awful news that the whole country talked of and deplored. Nothing else was discussed by rich and poor, high and low for the ensuing weeks. At last the day came for the atrocious event. For days before all the bravest of the brave set out to save their loved Princess.They had determination in their breasts, The miserly farmer, with some neighbours set out at daybreak so as to be in good time. Poor jack left sadly alone, drove his cows to the fields and then started to wander around. Somehow he felt a sense of freedom to have his tyrant of a master gone off for the day. Jack climber a hill that he dared not venture another
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hear what was being talked of. On one occasion when he forgot himself, Jack joined in the conversation. "You dirty worm" said the old farmer. "How dare you speak among decent people. Be off to bed and never again let me hear your beggar's tongue".
Jack was up at six every morning and drive his cows out to the fields. His master was always abusing him because the cows did not yield more milk. One Saturday night all the neighbours were assembled in the kitchen to hear the week's news on the paper. Jack silent and hungry was sitting in the background. This particular night a thrilling event was published. The whole paper was under it and it was the talk of the Kingdom. The greatest excitement prevailed over the alarming news which had for a heading in big black type "THE PRINCESS IN GRAVE DANGER" one man cleared his throat and rad in a distinct voice the awful announcement. His Majesty the King makes an urgent appeal to all the nobels and princes of his kingdom to help him out of an appalling situation. which the Fairies in vengence have wreaked on him for having incurred their displeasure.
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Once upon a time and a very good time it was a lonely orphan boy trudged the roads cold and hungry, His widowed Mother had just been buried. His home was broken up, he had no friends, so he set out to seek work. For days and days he wandered through the bleak countryside but no one employed him. One stormy night as the thunder pealed and lightning flashed, drenched and miserable as he could be, poor Jack sought admittance at a farmhouse. The owner was a hard-hearted cruel man, very miserly about money, He wanted some one to mind his cows so he decided that this miserable looking boy would suit him and work for him at the lowest. He gave him the nights lodging in a stable on straw, and next day engaged him at a job for a penny a month, and two meals a day which consisted of potatoes and salt. So sad and dispirited poor Jack took on the job, for want of something better. All the farmers of the district used to assemble every Saturday the paper was brought from own and read in the farmer's kitchen, Jack sitting on a stool in the background used to
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was also taken out and the poor old man lay down on the road until the Ambulance came and took him to the workhouse. All their furniture was left outside on the road for days. The was once a poor old man Joseph Whelan who resided between Errill and Castlefleming, He was an old invalid who used to walk with crutches. He was very poor and was unable to pay his rent. He too was evicted and was left on the road to the mercies of the weather.William Thompson lived in Borohan, Errill about eighty years ago. At first he had thousands of pounds but the bank in which he had it invested closed down. This left him penniless and he had no money to pay his rent. He was then evicted and left on the roadside for many days until a friend paid his way for him to Australia. In the year 1850 James Creagh, Graiguevalla, was evicted from his home by the late Lord Castletown's father. John Wilson Fitzpatrick whose agent was Mr John Price of Castletown Mountrath, He was evicted during an election time when the Landlord promised to forgive him the arrears due if he voted for him but when the election was over the Landlord broke his promise
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Ossory. It stood within a large Rath. Its ruins were cleared away abut 1836, and materials broken up for road metal.
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In Rathpiper or as it is sometimes mentioned in old documents, Pipers Rath, there was a castle of the Lords of Upper
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The Church of Coolkerry situated on a low ridge, round which the Erkina curves as it wends its way to join to Gowl, was 22 feet wide, internally + about 55 feet long. The walls are all thrown down, except the west gable, which is built with an abutment + measure 5 feet in thickness at the ground and 3 feet 3 ins higher up. Previous to the Reformation the church belonged to the Canons Regular, St Thomas's Abbey, Dublin.
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The pre-Reformation parish church, if not the original Domhnach, stood on the site, now occupied by Rathdowney Protestant Church. It was dedicated to the Most Holy Trinity, IT was taken down in 1818. The oldest Catholic monument in the graveyard, dates from 1786 There are many Protestant monuments, the oldest dating 1751. There is no holy well..
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Rathdowney takes its name from the Rath of the Domhnach or Church. The "Rath" from which the name has its origin was situated at the north side of Rathdowney in Mr Carroll's garden, 150 yards north-east of the Protestant Church, It was circular in shape, 25 or 30 yards in diameter and flat at the top, and raised about 8 feet over the surrounding land. John Howard of the Garrison, Rathdowney, who levelled the Rath, about 1840, said that he found it filled with human bones, but there were no skulls and that he removed five cart-loads of them thence for interment elsewhere, that there were no traces of foundations of walls, nor headstones and that if any such were ever there, they were removed before he could remember, the rath having been used as a cabbage garden even before he was born, and that he found there some bone pins 2 or 21/2 ins long, but no objects of iron or bronze, or anything else of interest. The presence of such a great quantity of bones would certainly point to the rath, as the site of and ancient churchyard, and consequently of a Church,
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A Local giant was William Ringwood who lived in Graigue about the year 1841 and was the largest man known for many miles around. This man was surely seven feet in height and closely four feet in width. His weight was never less than twenty three stone. When it was time for harvesting operations all the farmers did not like William to come and help them as they would need much more food stuffs, because his appetite was as large as three ordinary men. and he was no good for working. When he sat down to dinner, three lbs of bacon and almost a stone of potatoes would hardly satisfy his appetite. All the children were afraid of him and when thy saw him, they would whisper to each other, " Oh, here comes Big Bill" and off with them to a hiding place.
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adopted the plan of putting a Hay sugan on one foot + a straw on the other + would then say, Hay foot, Straw foot etc.
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Every good Friday my father would be sure to plant about a dozen seed potatoes if it was too early in the year for general sowing. All people in our neighbourhood about 12 families of the small farming class would never make any difference with one another. They would lend + borrow from one to another. Every Sunday in summer time we would go to Vespers + Benediction which was then held at 3 o'clock, when we would come home we would have a dance for a couple of hours on a high grass margin on the roadside. A dancing master named Barton who lived in the town would come to teach dance in Gorman's Barn in the winter time. I remember there were a couple of pupils whom he could never get to use the left + the right foot correctly, so he
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no more coffee, throw out what's in the tin, Mary told me that all sorts of ban were ground up in the coffee and showed them to to me. I saw them quite plain in a tin she had above.
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custom prevailed with regard to the dressmaker, we were always delighted with the visits of the tradesmen or dressmaker as we would have a chance of getting an odd cup of tea. There was very little tea at that time amongst the poor farmers they would only see it from one Sunday to another. Those were hard times but we were always happy. Any woman who would be untidy or have holes in her stockings, as, the men would say, "She's a tay drinker" I remember my father was very fond of drinking coffee ans as we wished to try to put him from drinking it, in the hope that he might turn to tea we consulted with a neighbouring woman with whom he was very great and where he used to go "courdeek" in the night. This woman whose name was Mary was an nurse in her young days and was a great housekeeper, consequently my father had great respect for her opinions on all matters. She promised us she would put him from the coffee. One night after coming from Mary's my mother asked him would she make the coffee. "no" he said, I will drink
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There was family by the name of Maher who lived in the town about 70 years ago and they could never get any butter from the churning for a considerable time. When they were churning on a certain day, they fastened a chain around the churn and a sock of a plough to the chain and put it in the fire. It was supposed to bring the thief to the house when the iron was hot. Father D____ happened to come into the house and made the people cease the "pishogne" but he spoke about the matter from the alter and condemmend whoever was practising this evil work. The person who was supposed to be the culprit Biddy ____ was burnt to death in her house afterwards ( but of course by accident) The house having caught fire.
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a sister of theirs who was equally as good as the men, people from all the surrounding countries would come to Delaney's with a broken bone.
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There was a man who lived a few miles away from us who was a great cow Doctor, and also the Delaney's of Feerigh who were famous "bone Setters and their was
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One poor crippled and innocent creature used to be wheeled in a barrow from one neighbour's house to another and there was always a "cead- mile-failte" before her others would be around selling wares and those would be sure to have all the news of the country for miles around.
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was near us. Her Aunt showed her where the Stations were in the church.
A that time a lot of poor people would be seeking alms around the country and most of the people would give them a nights lodging.
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On certain feasts my mother would make the round of Stations of the Cross in the ruins of a church that
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On St Patrick's Day we would all have Patrick's Crosses and my father would blacken a sally rod and mark the Sign of the Cross on our shoulders with it on.
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When the potatoes were all dug and in the pits we would have what was called "A grating night". A Michael-mas goose, would be killed and selected potatoes would be grated in the raw state then squeezed and baked on a griddle. Starch would also be made from potatoes on May Day.
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great diggers and spoke mostly Irish. The old people around here have many old Irish words got from the diggers.
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At the digging of the potatoes men used to come from Connaught for the season. They would have long narrow spades of their own with them called "fasks". They were
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We got very little time for School during the Summer as we had to be working in the fields weeding and binding and laying out the corn after the men cutting it with scythes. The wheat at that time was grown in wide ridges, and a man cutting with the scythe, and two women one Laying out and the other Binding on each ridge, It was the custom for the men to be striving against each other, they would then boast about it for the year. The amount of work that was done in such a field.
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made easy daisy and spelling book. They also had slate and copy books. The Parish Priest would not allow the school to be continued in order that we should attend the National Schools.
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Old Mrs Leahy said that her longest remembrance is going to the Hedge School which was near her home and held in a barn. There were seats and desks made from rough planks and blocks of wood about fifteen scholars used to attend for a couple of hours each day. The man would be also teaching in another part of the country on the same day.The scholars would have to bring a couple of sods of turf to make a fire in the winter. The teacher's name was Naughton (he had only one hand) He used to get some herbs in the ditches to make what he called "Insh Tea" The name of the books were "Premier" Reading
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There was a nail Factory in Rathdowney carried on by Ned and Micheal Fanning, this Factory was adjoining the old National School Rathdowney, now the C.Y.M.S Hall. A man whose name was Lacey Galmoy used to make nails. They were made from iron. Then they were put on an anvil and beaten out with a hammer.Barney Mc Guire, Pound St. Michael Fanning, High St. Edward Carthy, Moore St, Sam Fry, Moore St. Rathdowney used to make nails up to about 1887.
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Bergin, Ballycoolid were wheel makers about twenty or twenty five years ago. Coaching was also carried on by Kirwans of Rathdowney, and Matt Turbey, Errill. There was also wheel making carried on in Rathdowney by James Fogarty, who died about 1917 twenty years ago. James Dollard also made wheels, he died about 1935.
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Matthew Topery who lived in Borohan was a coach builder and a wheel wright. He was a famous Coach builder as he did almost all the trade of this locality. Joseph Hogan, High St, James Dollard, Chapel St, James Fogarty. The Cottages, James Whelan, Coolowley. Edward
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2019-06-21 23:43
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he had the Kiln ren again prepared for use. It was eventually lighted, and after burning lime for a year he found the industry was not as lucrative as he thought it was. He ceased to work it and it is now idle. The lime produced was the best and the fact that it was situated beside the main Road was an advantage.
II; Beside Micheal Holohan's house in Bawn there is also a disused Kiln. Famous lime was also produced here.
III; There was a lime Kiln in Aughmcart owned my the Mc Evoys some of whom are living there still. Everyone in the district got lime in this Kiln. This lime Kiln is in existence for forty years and is still going strong.
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2019-06-21 23:39
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On Gerry Fogarty's farm in Tullavolty there is a Lime Kiln but it is not in use. It was successfully worked about forty years ago. The stones used were easily got in a quarry beside the Kiln. They were excellent Lime-stones, Three years ago
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2019-06-21 23:37
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Importance but year after year it dwindled out of action and it is now in ruins. Mr Bartar, Ballinaphrase, a mike from the village of Galmoy owns a flour Mill.It is built on the river Goul. It was in use about twenty years ago. It was driven by the water and a huge wooden wheel. A large square iron shaft goes upwards from the first storey to the top of the Mill. This shaft is fitted on the first storey by a huge cog wheel which engages one attached to the wooden wheel driven by the water. The mill stones that ground the corn were huge circular stones cut out of solid piece of rock, the smallest weighing at least two tons.These stones were ribbed with punch by expert men especially trained for this work.
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2019-06-20 00:00
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About twenty years ago in the centre of Rathdowney there was was a flourishing Flour Mill, owned by Mr Atkinson who resided where the Convent is at present. To this Mill the people of all the surrounding districts brought their wheat to be ground. There was another Flour Mill in Coolkerry (owned my a Mr Turney) of which the ruins are still to be seen at the back of the Golf Links. This showed that milling was a very prosperous industry here, About fifty years ago there was a Flour Mill in Eglish owned by a man named Mr Pratt. At one time this mill was of great
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2019-06-19 23:56
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Mrs Leahy was a great hand at "Quilting". A large wooden frame the size of the quilt would be set up and the quilting done on it. It would then be sent to Tommy Weavers (who lived in Moore Street) to be pressed. All those articles would last a lifetime.
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2019-06-19 23:54
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have no button but two tapes which were fastened to the shirt collar knotted in a bow which looked very neat.
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2019-06-19 23:53
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Mrs Leahy's mother also spun flax which made shirts and sheets. The shirt fronts would
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2019-06-19 23:52
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Mrs Leahy aged eighty seven the Square Rathdowney told me the following. I remember well how my mother often sent me after coming from school to collect wool from run-holes where sheep would be going from one field to another. Some of their wool would get entangled in briars and bushes. She would then have to wash and card it. Then she would spin it on a spinning wheel.
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2019-06-19 23:50
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She was about eighty years old. This woman lived in Moore St, Rathdowney. She had a spinning wheel and used to weave her own wool, and her own clothes. She also used to weave for other people who paid her well for her work. Mrs Fogarty Tullavolty, used to spin wool into cloth. This was used for the making of suits. The spinning wheel was made of wood and set into a table with four wooden legs. Mrs Maher who lived in Moore St, Rathdowney had a spinning wheel. She used to spin and weave wool for several people.
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2019-06-19 23:46
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Most people in the parish of Galmoy possessed a spinning wheel. They carded the wool and afterwards spun it into cloth.Flax was also grown. After being cut it was left in a bog or very swampy ground. For coarse material the cloth and flax were taken to Brophys who resided in the house now occupied by Mr Pat Malone, Rathdowney. Here the necessary process was gone through. There is a form or long stool a relic of the spinning days. at my uncle's home. There was an old woman named Kitty O'Toole
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2019-06-19 23:41
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Every Saturday morning Tim Horan was to be seen bringing home a load of sallies out of which he made the baskets. He made up to twenty a week. He sold them in town and also at the fairs. He used to charge three shillings for one basket and he often made three pounds in one day. Mr John Cullen of Beggar's Inn, Galmoy, still makes baskets of sally rods, he is 70 years of age. He sells them in the shops, and to the farmers of the district, He gets most call for his goods at the potato-picking season. His grandsons have learned the trade, and the old man himself is crippled for years past.
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2019-06-17 22:36
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Christopher Creagh, Grogan, Martin Hyland, Millquarter and Tim Horan the Square Rathdowney, were all basketmakers. It is abut 60 years ago that some of these men made baskets. Edward Bergin who resided in Clonmeen, was a famous basket-maker, He was able to make twelve baskets in one day. It was by this trade that he earned his living.
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2019-06-17 22:34
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There was an old man named Joe Hoone who was a great thatcher, this man lived in Harristown. He never used sallies when thatching, which were the usual things, but he sewed the thatch with a needle made for the purpose. His thatching lasted for years. Robert Shea Galmoy thatched all the farmers houses in this locality. He was an excellent thatcher, and the housed he thatched did not need to be done again for many years. Two years before he died he thatched Mr Tim McMahons house in Steepleview. The thatcher is dead nearly twenty years, and the roof he thatched has not been interfered with, and has not leaked. Joseph Hynes Harristown was a great thatcher, and so was John Kelly, Kylemlawn. These men did nearly all the thatching of this district.
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2019-06-17 22:29
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Mrs Fogarty who lived in Galmoy, deemed to have been the only person in this parish who has the art of candle making.She had been compelled to leave her lands in Tullaroan and she brought her industry with her to Tullavolty. She made candles for the needs of her household. A pot of fat or grease was boiled and the wick was fixed in a mould. The boiling liquid was poured in, and after some time it cooled. The candle was then left aside to get hard. Lines of them were often hung from the rafters on the ceiling. Mrs Carroll, Grogan, was known to make rush lights, which were the candles of those days about 1870. The rushlights were made by bringing in rushes, peeling them and dipping them in melted fat. In the district of Rathdowney long ago, families used to make their own candles by melting suet, leaving it to set for half an hour, and then rolling it into the shape of a candle, a piece of wick was put through the centre of the candle, this was commonly known as dip candle. Mrs Fogarty who resided in Tullavolty made candles by mixing beef of the sheep and fat beef together. Rushes were dipped in this grease and twisted. An ink bottle served as a candle stick.
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2019-06-16 21:58
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One day Larry Hynes was visiting a house in Garron. He was sitting at the edge of a stool and the priest who was also present was passing into the parlour for tea and larry had his foot out. The priest walked on his foot. Oh? said he I'm sorry larry I walked on your foot. Ah says Larry its alright father I always walk on my feet.
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2019-06-16 21:55
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A neighbouring man named Daniel Torphey had crows damaging his crops and Martin Dunne another neighbouring man gave him the tip to put an umbrella standing in the field. So the next morning was Sunday and was very wet. Daniel was going to Mass and he saw all the crows trying to get in under the umbrella out of the rain.
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2019-06-16 21:53
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What stick does not grow in the wood.
A candlestick.
What is most like a half moon
The other half.
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2019-06-16 21:52
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Mrs Wheeler Grogan is said to have made the following riddles about twenty five years ago.
Riddle me riddle me ri mó Rú
My father gave me some seed to sow
When the seed began to grow
Like a garden full of snow
When the snow began to melt
When the ship began to sail
Like a bird without a tail
When the bird began to fly
Like an eagle in the sky
When the sky began to fall
Lord have mercy on us all
Answer; The end of the world.
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2019-06-16 21:49
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Jack; What way was the fair
Tom; It was good.
Jack; What was were calves going
Tom; Up and down the town all day.
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2019-06-16 21:48
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and produced a consertina to accompany the hymn.
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2019-06-16 21:47
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Most Rev Dr Brownrigg Bishop of Ossory to tell that he was confirming in a parish when the old School master came up and asked His Lordship if he would like to hear a hymn. On being told that he would the Master went to the Confession Box
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2019-06-16 21:45
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Jack Hooley was going to town one day and there was a swanky tailor who had a swallow tailed coat and the wind was blowing it Jim Connor told him to put stones in it to keep it down. Hooley told the swank to stay where he was and then went and told the Sergeant that there was a fellow following him with stones and the Sergeant arrested the tailor.
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2019-06-16 21:42
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One day Jack Hooley was in a house and the woman of the house was making tea for him. When she went to pour it out it would not come. Ah Jack what's wrong with the tea it won't come out." Ah" you know man anything that's wake (weak) can't travel.
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2019-06-14 21:26
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for his own pint I've only the price of my own said Mick.
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2019-06-14 21:25
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One day a man by the name of Mick Ganour of Rathdowney took the pledge from a priest. The same day the priest was coming down the street and he saw Mick going into a Public House and he called him. Where are you going Mick said he.Into have a pint Father, I thought you took the pledge said the priest. Ah I did Father but I broke it again. Well now said the priest don't you know very well that when you're going into that Public House that the devil is going with you. Ah well if he is Father he can pay
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2019-06-14 21:21
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him, The priests overtook Jack and said to him. "Hello Jack" where are you going now? An I'm going into the town said Jack. Your'e looking very downhearted said one of the priests. An I am Father said he I haven't a penny in by pocket. One of the Priests called him over and gave him one shilling and Jack said "God bless you Father". Then the other priest said "here Jack I won't be worse than my friend" God almighty Bless you" said. Now said the priests what's the difference between "God Bless you" and "God almighty Bless you" Sixpence replied Jack.
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2019-06-14 21:16
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Another day Jack Hooley was going into the town of Thurles and two priests were behind
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2019-06-14 21:16
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Some years ago there lived in Rahtdowney a man the name of Conn Cahill who was a contractor. It happened that he was building houses up in Tipperary, and he had a man by the name of Jack Hooley working with him. There was a warrant out for Hooley's arrest. One day he was working on the top of the houses when he saw the Policemen coming. He got down from the building and asked Mr, Cahill for a loan of his hat, coat, watch and chain, and Mr Cahill did so. When the Policemen came up they walked over to Hooley, but of course they did not recognise him and said are you the contractor. Oh yes I am said Hooley. Have you any man by the name of Hooley working with you said the Policemen. "Oh " he was here a week ago but hie is gone now, replied Hooley. That's alright then said the Policemen who started to go. "Wait" said Hooley and I'll go down a bit of the road with you. When they came to the cross road the Policemen went off one way and Hooley went the other way with Mr Cahill's clothes on him and he was never seen after.
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2019-06-11 21:50
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Robert Shea, Galmoy was in the habit of drinking to excess, and never paid his dues to the Priest. Fr Grace C,C threatened him and said "now Robert if you do not take the pledge and pay your dues I will turn you into a goat." "Faith then take care Father" said Robert "for if you do I'll jump over your garden wall and eat all your cabbage. "
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2019-06-11 21:10
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whom he asked "had he any trouble". The man started telling him his troubles and by the time he was finished the millionaire was very frightened, He walked on and met several people to whom he asked the same question but all in vain. At last he came to a man who was breaking stones, when he put the question to him the stone breaker replied he was earning a good wage and was quite happy he said he had not a care in the world. The millionaire then asked him for his shirt for a week. Leaving down his hammer he replied "begor sir I haven't one".
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2019-06-11 21:06
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A millionaire who was recommended to wear the shirt of a happy man , at once set sail for Ireland hoping to find one there, He walked out a country road and first met a respectable young man
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2019-06-11 21:04
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that he was going to fly up to heaven from the Square on a certain day when the Angelus bell rang. The news of his supposed ascension spread rapidly through out the county and when the appointed day arrived the Square was unapproachable with the huge crowds that waited to see him ascend. Daniel Dowling stood in the middle of the Square quite unconcerned and suddenly the Angelus rang. The people all looked up with great excitement but when the Angelus stopped your man was still standing in the middle of the Square and would be still if he had waited there.
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2019-06-10 20:55
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About sixty years ago there was a man named Daniel Dowling who lived in Clonmeen and who was noted for his piety. He was at Mass and Communion every morning. One day he announced
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2019-06-10 20:54
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3; One day as Patrick Goulding of Glosha, was driving a donkey to town, he met a sergeant. The sergeant said to him sternly "I'll have to summon you for working that donkey in such an unfit state". "But he is not lame"said Pat. "Then why does he walk on his tip toes" asked the sergeant. "Well you see he is a bit proud and the roads are so dirty, he wants to keep his tail from touching the ground.
4; A mistress hired a girl to work one day, when asked for a reference, the girl replied she had none, but she would tell what she was able to do. She got up at four o'clock, lit the fire, got the breakfast and had the beds made before they were up.
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2019-06-08 23:50
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John to stab the "Ghost". John rising his hat and bending his knee said "Satan I renounce thee" then throwing the fork hit the goat. The goat letting on outlandish roar brought John to his senses he discovered it was his own goat he had stabbed. He ran home to tell his wife and bursting in said "By the Miclo man Mag I am after killing our goat". Thinking he was crazy she looked out to see if there was any one was coming then saw all the "curdeacers" (visitors) laughing she started to beat him with a beesam. Then he was trying to get out for the police and she asked (Him) the crowd to bring him back. The "curdeacers" repaid her for the loss of goat and as usual went to the "Pub" for a drink.
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2019-06-08 23:44
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My uncle told me he once was going to a Fair in Carlow. On the way he stopped at a friends house in Toulerton. After tea the man of the house suggested going down to Donnelly's in Killeshin for a game of cards. After playing for and hour or two,old Mr Donnellys rushed in saying "Ternal Ternal Boys I'm after seeing a ghost". "Oh where" said all the crowd. "Down in my garden", "Come on down and see it,Bring that pitch fork in case of necessity", On arrival a goat was to be seen standing under the shade of a blackthorn bush. As the moon was shining brightly the shadow of the goat might have frightened a man with weak nerves. All the crowd shouted at
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2019-06-08 23:39
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seen one either) "Well indeed" she says if that's the one his after he can have her.
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2019-06-08 23:37
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There was once a Gentleman who lived in Dublin and he went on a visit to the West of Ireland. While here he met up with an old man who entertained him and was so kind to him that he decided to take him on a visit to Dublin. Now this old man was very backward and everything he saw in the city was very strange to him. One day they were in a Hotel the old man saw a little mirror hanging on the wall (of course he had never seen a mirror before). He went over and looked at it, and "Oh" says he "there's my poor ould Father, God be good to him". The gentleman was looking on all the time so he bought the mirror and gave it to the old man who was delighted with it. When the old man returned home he used to go into a corner and look at the mirror, he did not want to let his wife see it and every time he looked at it he said the same thing. His wife was always wondering what it was and one day the man was sleeping at the fire she stole over and took out the mirror and looked at it, (she had never
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2019-06-07 23:49
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neighbouring boys dressed up as "Strawboys" went to the boys house unexpectedly and sang. It was a custom after the marriage to have a feast. A fiddler was engaged to play. All the neighbours and relations got a special invitation to the feast. The dance was held in the barn and it continued all night. A certain amount of money which was given to the fiddler. The bride and bridegroom travelled on a sidecar. The Bride did not go home for a month after being married. If she did she believed she would be unlucky. Some people believe if a person were bridesmaid three times in one year, she'd never be married herself.
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2019-06-07 23:44
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A person used to go round the district making matches. He was called a matchmaker, He used to go the farmer houses. If there were boys eligible for marriage he would tell them about girls whom he thought suitable. Then the boy and his father went to the girls house to settle about the fortune. The girls father went to the boys house and if it was worth the fortune they were married.The marriages took place in the Parish Church at about two o clock. The bride wore a long silk gown and a wide silk hat.After the marriage rice was thrown at the Bride and Bridegroom and an old shoe or boot was tied to the end of the car. A few
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2019-06-07 23:40
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pair were cheered and wished all sorts of good luck. The home-coming was a great event. A bonfire was lighted and the horse drawing the car was un-harnessed and five or six men drew the carriage. The bride did not think it lucky to visit her parent's home until the month Sunday. This was a month after the marriage. A reception was held at the home.
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2019-06-07 23:38
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After the ceremony the bride returned to her own home and the bridegroom to his. After a month had elapsed the hawling home took place.This meant that the girl was to take up residence in her new home. Accompanied by his friends the man went for his wife. Her friends went with her in a covered car to her new dwelling and a great feast was held. The guests danced in a barn and the fiddler was a very important person. A collection was made for the musician, and the poor of the district. Abundance of whiskey made everyone merry.
There was a wedding in the afternoon in this parish about forty years ago, and the guests got so badly under the influence of drink, that it ended marriages in the day time. Since that they are celebrated after morning mass. After the celebration, a wedding breakfast was given at the bride's home. During the day there was dancing and singing and in the night straw boys visited the house. They were masked and had bundles of straw tied round their bodies. They were treated with hospitality and given food and drink. After some years newly weds went on their honeymoon. Side cars were the means of conveyance. Old shoes and a horse-shoe were tied on the back of the car, and the wedded
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2019-06-05 15:52
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Shrove was considered the proper time in which to celebrate marriage. The Shrovetide was from Januarey until Shrove Tuesday. The fair of Rathdowney on the 28th of January was the all important day for match-making. The parents of the boy and girl met and the bargain was made. Money was given as a dowry. No one got married during the month of May, Brides-to-be were told "marry in may and you'll rue the day". Mrs Loughman, Galmoy, was married in May 1888 and she told me she never regretted the day. The marriages took place about 4 pm. The bride was attired in a gown of silk with a large silk shawl thrown carelessly over her shoulders and fastened with a brooch. She also wore something old and something new, something borrowed and something blue. In the church, two collections were made one for the priest and the other for the sacristan. The bridegroom gave a silver coin to his bride and she usually kept it to bring her prosperity.
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2019-06-04 23:39
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was held and if they were not asked in to dance and have refreshments they would raise a great commotion.
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2019-06-04 23:38
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The customs of Irish weddings in by-gone days were very different to the weddings we see now a days. Even very young brides wore shawls and large handkerchiefs on their heads. A wedding could take place any part of the day up to eight and nine o'clock in the evenings. It was the customs to drive to church on side cars. There would be several of these cars seen jogging along the country roads. with four or five people seated on each vehicle. The bride and bridegroom were sometimes conveyed in a cover car drawn by one or two horses. After the weddings it was customary to go for nine or ten miles of a drive they used to put up at a hotel and hold a dance till evening, and have refreshments they would then return home very merry and hold an all night dance in the brides home. On the night of the wedding the "straw boys" could be heard blowing horns which were made from bottles by knocking the ends of the bottles out. They would also go to the house where the wedding
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2019-06-04 23:31
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Says James Phelan. "Oh" "She might never do worse"says her father. Well here "barmaid bring another half one" "Hey boys, here's success to the undertaking". "Willie how much money would you be expecting".You know "times are scarce and money is bad, I will give you £70." Oh "as far as I know" says James Phelan "Willie won't marry less than £100" Ah; I could not give her that nor to none of my daughters would I. Willie says he would marry no girl for that. "Maybe you would make it £80." "I will ". But you will have to give me eight pigs into the bargain, "No, I will not" I'll give you two pigs, £80 and my daughter, and not a farthing more will you get". "Oh" I wonder should I," pondered Willie, " ah I will I'll marry her Mister Cahill. All was settled the marriage was fixed for the following month and great were the celebrations.
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2019-05-31 22:03
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My uncle told me that the heard his father speaking of a match which took place in his own public house in The Square Rathdowney. Willie Ryan Ballagh wanted a wife James Phelan "The Curraghs" introduced a match between Ryan and a Julia Cahill Derryfore. The parents were to meet in the local "pub" on the fair day in Rathdowney. "Mr Cahill" you know that Ryan has a nice little farm what would you think of giving him Julia for a "Wife"
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2019-05-31 21:58
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a meeting of the parties. These meetings generally took place in a public house in the market town and great was the discussion as to the fortune or other consideration which the bride would bring to the intended. These discussions usually ended in compromise when a bottle of Whiskey was produced and a match of satisfaction was made.
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2019-05-31 21:56
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In olden times local marriages were arranged by negotiation. In every locality there was what was known as a "Matchmaker" who acted as a go between for the parties. The Matchmaker had an extensive knowledge of all the boys and girls in his locality which included a big reed. He knew each family, its circumstance, friends and connections, and he proposed some of the marriages sometimes he was approached by one of the interested parties. Having a keen mind combined with a great knowledge of human nature he was generally successful in arranging
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2019-05-30 23:19
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and bridegroom. At the "hauling home" the men rode on horseback and nearing the home they raced against each other as it was the custom that who ever reached the home first would get a jar of whiskey. The bridal pair journeyed home on a side car.
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2019-05-30 23:17
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carried on in this district and where there was a hard or cranky old man or woman the people generally took with them a bottle of wine or whiskey. Money was nearly always given as a dowry and where the pair were rich stock and goods were given in exchange. In most cases a cow or two had to be given with the fortune. This is said to bring the newly married pair luck. About forty or fifty years the wedding ceremoney took place in the house and no Nuptial Mass was celebrated then. Great preparations were made in the Bride's home for the wedding day. On this day the "Strawboys" used to attend and they were dressed in grey plaid skirts and red jackets. These were not invited and then they were not supposed to take minerals of any kind. They were only to dance and to play and to entertain the people. After the wedding showers of rice used to be thrown at the bride
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2019-05-30 23:10
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The people of this district do not like getting married in May,August and October for those months are said to be unlucky. A great number of people wish to get married on Shrove Tuesday. Much Matchmaking was
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2019-05-30 23:08
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Rag weed a common plant called "Yellow Boy" was used as a healing for Sore throat.
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2019-05-30 23:08
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Mullein known as the Hagtaper was highly valued for chest trouble.
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2019-05-30 23:07
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Marigolds steeped in vinegar and rubbed well on teeth and gums was a sovereign remedy against tooth ache.
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2019-05-30 23:06
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Rue and garlic boiled together with treacle and pewter filings and given to patient before breaking his fast was a great cure for the bite of the dog.
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2019-05-29 22:41
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A Whitlow dipped in water potatoes were boiled in was counted good.
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2019-05-29 22:41
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A bundle of mint tied around the wrist preserved the wearer from infection.
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2019-05-29 22:40
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Speed weed was largely used for Gout in olden days.
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2019-05-29 22:39
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1; There is a little plant called Bog-lane which is to be found in bogs, when it is boiled and the liquid drunk it purifies the blood.
2; Another remedy for the same trouble is a shrub called Broom which is used in the same way.
3; A form of tea made from herb called Agamomy is very good also.
4; Unsalted butter is an old cure for drying up running sores.
5; The best cure for any irritation of scalp is to make strong tea from figs.
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2019-05-29 22:35
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A good cure for Bunions is an Onion dripped in Salt and apply to it
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2019-05-29 22:34
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1l One good cure for consumption is Spanish onions stewed in milk. Dandelion leaves either boiled or eaten raw were also taken. Another cure for consumption was to tale six or eight snails,put them in a box with a little oatmeal, by crawling over it they will rid themselves of slime. Have half a pint of barley water that you have previously strained, boiling very fast, drop the snails into it. Simmer for one hour and put in a cup. Add a teaspoonful to each glass of liquid the patient drinks.
2; Cough or Asthma, Ivy leaves boiled with sugar sufficent to make a syrup. Scalded buttermilk with butter and oatmeal added.
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2019-05-29 22:29
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A bowl of senna leaves was always near the fire. If children became ill water was put on the leaves and the dose was prepared. It was made like tea, milk and sugar were added.
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2019-05-28 21:13
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1; Ring-worms were also cured by a fasting spit for nine mornings.
2; They were also cured by looking through a wedding ring at the ring-worm and saying a certain prayer.
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2019-05-28 21:12
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1; The ashes of leather and the ashes of burned oats mixed with lard was a cure for wild-fire.
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2019-05-28 21:11
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1;A damp lump of washing soda was rubbed on a ring-worm in order to kill it.
2; Ring-Worms were also cured by rubbing tobacco-ash into the ring,
3; A cure for ring-worms was to write your name around them in ink.
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2019-05-28 21:08
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Miss Margaret Bray a native of Borahan has a very good cure for wild fire. She says some prescribed prayer's and sprinkles water all over the sufferer. The water that remains in the vessel, she puts in the fire and says three times "I am sure water quenches fire". "I know water quenches fire and I am certain water quenches fire". This is certainly a good cure as my brother Eamon Costigan was cured in 1929 when he went under this process for three mornings.
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2019-05-28 21:04
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For ringworm an ancient cure was to get a drop of blood of amy person named "Keogh" and rub it on the sore.
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2019-05-28 21:03
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There is a rash called "wild fire" and if this forms an unbroken circle round the body it is said death is certain. To prevent this two people necessarily Cahills by name pricked their fingers or any other part of their bodies. The blood was mixed and put on the rash which was in due time cured. I know a lady, Miss Annie Grattan, Galway who was thus cured.
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2019-05-28 21:00
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1; For chilblains a hazel rod was reddened in the fire. It was then taken out and the person ran his foot swiftly over it.
2; Paraffin oil mixed with salt was also used.
3; Chilblains may also be cured by mixing vinegar and mustard and rubbing it on them.
4; Another cure is to dip them in hot and cold water alternately for a considerable length of time.
5; Unsalted butter is another cure. Boiled carrots and pigs lard.
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2019-05-28 20:57
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1;The best cure for burns is an ointment made when linseed,oil.lard and some other ingredients are boiled and rubbed on the burn.
2; Butter when heated to the fire and applied when hot will draw out the burn thereby curing it.
3; A roasted cabbage leaf is a cure for burns when applied in time.
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2019-05-27 20:56
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If swellings are stuped with Marsh Mallow this herb keeps sown inflamation.
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2019-05-27 20:55
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1; To cure a bad cold and cough take black-currant tea hot going to bed, this will induce a profuse pespiration that will complete the cure.
2; Another cure for a cough is the following take one turnip and one pound of brown sugar, put both to steep. Drink three times a day the juice, this will be followed by a cure in short time.
3; The juice of red cabbage mixed with honey is and excellent cure for lung trouble.
4; Scalded buttermilk and sugar is a good cure for coughs and colds.
5; Flax seed when boiled is an excellent cure for a bad cough when taken regularly.
6; For whooping cough the best cure is to give a loaf of bread to a donkey and whatever crumbs the donkey leaves, boil them in new milk and give to the patient. Some people say that by passing the victim under the donkey cures the cough
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2019-05-26 18:48
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A decoction of nettles gathered in a churchyard was a remedy for Dropsy.
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2019-05-26 18:47
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Boil a quart of new milk down to a pint on dock leaves, strain off and drink the milk this is an excellent cure.
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2019-05-26 18:46
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1; For Rheumatism the local cure is to rub well with goose-grease or boiled celery seed plastered on.
2; To carry a potato regularly in the pocket is a good cure for rheumatism.
3; An ointment made from the water in which nettles have been boiled is a sure cure for rheumatism.
4; Whiskey mixed with paraffin oil is a noted cure for Rheumatism.
5; Milk of Dandelion is an old cure for Rheumatism also.
6 Goose- grease well rubbed in to the skin is also a cure for Rheumatism.
Flaggers were boiled and taken for sciatica.
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2019-05-26 18:42
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The best known cure for gall-stones is regularly doses of Olive Oil.
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2019-05-26 18:41
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A cure will follow if the patient goes to a pump and pumps the spring water down on the ankle.
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2019-05-26 18:41
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1; For Boils Burgundy pitch was heated in a pot. When it was in a liquid state it was spread on a piece of corderoy and this was applied to the boil.
2; Brown sugar and brown soap mixed together and rubbed on boils was a very good cure.
3; Linseed meal and turpentine was also a very good cure.
4; Steeped bian was also another good cure.
5; Boils and abcessess are cured when a slice of fig has been boiled in milk and laid on the sore.
6; Nettle water when applied cold to boils will be followed my a cure.
7; Heated wax rubbed on boils is followed by a cure.
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2019-05-26 15:28
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A boy who never saw his father is believed to have power to heal "thrush" in a baby's mouth by blowing into it.
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2019-05-26 15:27
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1; Roasted salt in stocking tied around the throat is the best cure for a sore throat or a more common one is to gargle with salt and water. Flax seed was and is still used for sore throat. The seeds was boiled and the water in which it was boiled was taken.
2; Dandeloin was greatly recommended for a sore throat in olden times. A dandelion leaf was boiled in water together with the juice of a lemon, then they strained the mixture and took it as a cure for sore throat and jaundice.
3; The juice of red cabbage mixed with honey is a wonderful cure and soother for sore throat.
4; Thyme tea and a cloth dipped in infusion of sage is a cure for sore throat, that is while applies to the throat hot.
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2019-05-26 15:21
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1; A person with a sore eye washed it night and morning with cold tea. Clay was steeped in buttermilk. This was allowed to settle and was then applied to the eye. For a stye the eye was pricked with a gooseberry thorn. A stye may also be removed by looking through a gold ring at a green leaf and making the Sign of the Cross with the ring over the eye for three mornings in succession. Of this cure I have had experience myself on several occasions.
2; A cure for a sore eyes is clay which was steeped in buttermilk applied to them.
3; A tea made from oaten meal is also a very good cure for sore eyes, when bathed frequently with it.
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2019-05-26 15:15
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There was no such thing as paraffin in those days so "dipped" rushes were used through out the whole year. The rushes were got on the river-bank. A large pot of lard or grease was prepared and the rushes were dipped in it. After this they were left to dry and instead of a candlestick, and ink-bottle or jar was used.
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2019-05-26 15:13
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up on the wall as the dwelling houses were very small then. The drinking utensils were earthenware mugs or big pint tins.
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2019-05-26 15:11
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He said when they got up in the morning their first meal was yellow meal porridge with a great amount of milk. They did not get their next meal which consisted of potatoes and salt till sunset. The people at that time would not dream of using meat or fish only on very state days such as Christmas Day or Easter Sunday or any noted holiday of the year. On those days they generally had a roasted hen and this custom still prevails. During Lent there were three "Black Fast Days" and meat,milk,butter, and eggs were forbidden on those days. Ash Wednesday, Spy Wednesday and Good Friday. This man also said that often he went to school hungry on these days. In those years when the people had the potatoes boiled and ready to eat them, they placed the potatoes into a basket and put it in the centre of the floor and all sat around them on the floor. Any houses where there was a table to be had it was generally hung
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2019-05-24 23:42
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Richard Hoholan who is abut seventy years and resides in Kylemelawn told me there was scarcely any tea used about hundred years ago or even when he was a small boy going to school. Anyone who drank tea them was regarded as a wealthy person.
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2019-05-24 23:40
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For vegetables they used cabbage and in the Spring they said that a disease used spread among the people and as a cure they boiled young nettles and dressed it as they dress cabbage.
When flailing or threshing the corn they used to boil a pot of potatoes and a skillet or small pot of eggs an when they were finished a table was put across the floor and a cloth spread across in a ridge along the table and the eggs spread along at each side of the potatoes and a bowl of salt and butter-milk. On Sunday they would have wheaten-bread and hot milk for supper.
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2019-05-24 23:36
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11.30 to 12.30 o clock, there was a place on the farm called "Bothy" where the mid-day meal of porridge again was cooked and eaten, Then at night when they went home they consumed some porridge and butter-milk. Christmas and Easter were eagerly looked forward to, as the mid-day meal on these feasts consisted of meat which was a regular treat in those days. I often heard my Grandmother say that the rosy cheeks of the people in those days could be bled with a straw. The beds consisted of settle beds these beds were used a seats in the day time, and they were let down for beds at night time. There were no cups and saucers in these days. Mugs and bowls wooden spoons, platters and wooden vessels were used instead of china. When tea came into force first, it was a treat to get it at Christmas and Easter.
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2019-05-22 22:30
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My Grandmother Mrs McDonald of Pound Street, told me there was no such thing as a week of working hours, when she was a little girl. People worked from daylight till dark. In big gentlemen's houses, the steward who hired the men and women gave them wages every week. These wages consisted of six shillings and a certain amount of oatmeal and potatoes. My Grandmother's father was a steward on a big farm in the county Kildare and their method of working was to be on the sod at 7 am with their breakfast of porridge down. At dinner time which was from
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2019-05-22 22:24
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When, after some time bread was baked, cakes were made of oatmeal mixed with water and baked on a griddle. The griddle was a flat piece of iron with two handles. The bread was terrible hard but it seems to have served their teeth for out ancestors took sets of beautiful sound white teeth to the grave.Mrs Loughman told me also that she knew a woman who broke stones and her wages for this was four pence a day. With this she bought Indian meal.
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2019-05-22 22:19
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We are not surprised to see that the blight on the potato crop in 1846 and 1847 meant famine when we are told that the potato was the principal food used my the people. Mrs Loughman, Galmoy, aged 87 told me that potatoes were used at two of the three meals taken daily. Breakfast at eight o clock consisted f potatoes, salt and milk. The milk was usually sour. Porridge made from Indian meal and not very skilfully cooked, was used for dinner. Potatoes were again used for supper. Only old people were allowed to have tea, and if any member was given a cup of tea on Sunday morning he was highly honoured. Before cups became common, earthen ware vessels called noggins were used. Wooden dishes made by a turner in a lead were also used. Porridge was served on pewter plates and wooden spoons were used. The pewters were a dull leaden colour and were very heavy. My uncle residing in Tullavolty, has fourteen pewter plates and a teapot of the same metal in his possession. If they are not valuable they are at least rare and ancient. The tables were sometimes made like an armchair, when they were not in use.They could be folded up with the table itself as the back of the chair.
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2019-05-20 22:10
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victim to the savage English Yeomen. The ruins of St Kieran's Church are about ten yards from the bush. Long ago when a funeral procession passed by, the driver of the hearse halted and the De Profundis was said. The district around the church is called "Teampal Geal". At the monument Bush the De Profundis was also said. This bush grew by the roadside about a quarter of a mile from the mass bush.
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2019-05-20 22:08
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Mr Fennelly, Galway who is seventy three years of age told me that there is a Mass-bush by the roadside in Moneynamuck. I went to see it and it is opposite Miss Mary Grattan's cottage. It is a whitethorn bush and seems to be a hundred years old. About four feet from the ground there is a flat portion in the trunk and this is said to have served as an altar. Mass was said there while the worshippers knelt in silent adoration on the cold rough road. On a hill a short distance away a scout kept watch while the Priest in imminent peril fulfilled the duties of his holy state. There is neither story or historic spot to tell us that a Catholic Priest was ever betrayed there or fell a
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2019-05-17 17:34
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old church in Coolkerry Graveyard which is situated about a mile outside Rathdowney and there is in it also the mouth of a cave which is said to go some distance underground. In the Penal Days mass was celebrated in this church and whenever there was any danger they used to run into the cave for safety. All this was told to me by an old man named Micheal Rooney aged seventy eight.
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2019-05-17 17:31
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me she remembered those people and they were always called "Harveys no Ceann" meaning head of a priest. Later one of these became a fervent Catholic and Mr. Tim Nolan is a descendant.
3; There is a place called the Garrison in the Square in Rathdowney now owned by Mr Dunne and in the Penal Days whenever a priest was killed his head was put on the Garrison Gate to be exposed to view. Even to the present day whenever this gate is painted not matter what colour it will always turn rusty again.
4; About two miles from Rathdowney there is a place called the Moate situated on the Middlemount Road. In the Penal Days the Priest used to say Mass there because there is a big hollow in the Moate and it was not easy fro them to be seen.Whenever a priest was caught saying Mass here he was hanged on the trees which were all around the Moate. It is said that all these trees withered and even to the present day there is not even one tree growing around it. There is also the ruins of an
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2019-05-17 14:17
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About a half a mile outside Rathdowney there is a place called Knockeil Hill and in the Penal Days the priests used to say Mass there and crowds of people especially the old people were to be seen wending their way to hear Mass in secret there. There is also a stone still in this Hill now owned by Mr. Campion Victualler and it is said that a priest was caught saying Mass and he was killed at this stone and his head hung in the Square Rathdowney. A Protestant woman by the name of Harvey who lived in Pound Street was supposed to have sold the pass or the priests and Mrs. Leahy age eighty six told
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2019-05-15 21:12
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Mr Barber.
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2019-05-15 21:11
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There is a very old circular graveyard on the east side of the town about one mile away. It is beside the river and there are many mounds around it a s if a town stood there long ago. The ruins of the old church still stand in the middle of the graveyard. A man named Mr Young a few years ago discovered an opening in the field outside the graveyard and commenced to excavate it but the owner of the field (Mrs Carroll) stopped him after a short time and closed the opening. Old people had the idea that this was a passage leading to some of the old monasteries in the neighbourhood. They also believed that there is treasure hidden there.
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2019-05-15 21:07
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Joe maher
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2019-05-15 21:06
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My father sows 41/2 acres of potatoes every year. He sows three different kinds. Skerry-Champions up to -dates and Arran-Banner. He sows them in drills of about 30 inches wide. He opens the drills with an iron plough but long ago the people used to open them with a wooden plough. My grandfather told me that he saw one used. When the drills are open he puts manure into the furrows and also artificial manure.Then he places the potatoe seed about twelve inches apart. He also puts some lime on the seed to reserve them from the worms. Then he moulds them and leaves them there to grow.
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2019-05-15 21:01
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walls from stones and mud.
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2019-05-14 21:11
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Eamonn O keeffe
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2019-05-14 21:10
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QUES; There is a man in my field and when I pull his leg his nose bleeds.What is the man?
ANS; A pump.
QUES; What goes up a ladder with its head down?
ANS; A stud in a man's boot.
QUES; Why does a cow look over a ditch?
ANS; Because she cannot look under it.
QUES; Why does a chicken pick a pot?
ANS Because she cannot lick it.
QUES; Why does a hen cross the road?
ANS; To get to the other side.
QUES;What is always over the ground and never touches the ground?
ANS; A pipe in a coal man's pocket.
QUES; What goes up when the rain comes down?
ANS; An umbrella,
QUES; A house full a room full you couldn't catch a spoon full?
ANS;Smoke.
QUES; Black and white and read all over?
ANS; A newspaper.
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2019-05-14 21:00
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Long ago there was no such thing as a doctor like today. There were men there who used to make medicines and they were called quack doctors. When people had an aching tooth they would have to chew a frog's leg to cure it, and sugar and soap were used to cure a bile. Herbs were invented by the old people.It is said that milk which is lift after a ferret cures a whooping cough. When children have the "Thrush" and when a gander breathes into (his) or (her) mouth, it vanishes.
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2019-05-14 20:57
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About 6 years ago there was a big burning in the Ossory Hotel. One of the staff went out to the oil store and he lit a cigarette and threw away the lighting match on the oily floor. The flames started and in a minute it reached the oil tank. With the help of about 50 and the brewery fire engine the fire was got under and the coal shed was burned before they quenched it. There were about £200 damages between oil coal and timber.
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2019-05-13 21:28
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Willie Whelan
Pound St,
Rathdowney,
Leix,
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2019-05-13 21:26
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Many years ago a priest lived Rathdowney named Father Brennan. He had a very big dog and he was very fond of it. One day the dog was rambling around a yard which was owned by William's and they shot him, and they brought him out the country. The priest was very vexed and he said that they would have enough of dogs yet. It is said that when the cows calved the had dog's heads.
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2019-05-13 21:24
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and no stitches?
ANS; A head of cabbage.
QUES; As black as ink as white as milk, and hops on the road like hailstones?
ANS; A magpie.
QUES; As I was going down the street, I met a cart full of fingers and thumbs?
ANS; A cart full of gloves,
QUES; What is half the moon like?
ANS; The other half.
QUES; Why is a watch like a river?
ANS; Because it does not go far without winding.
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2019-05-13 21:20
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QUES; Riddle-me Riddle-me Riddle -me ree
As deep as a house as round as a cup,
And all the King's horsed can not draw it up?
ANS; A well.
QUES; Why does a hen pick a pot?
ANS; Because she can not lick it.
QUES; I went to the wood and got it,
I sat down and looked at it,
The more I looked at it the less I liked it,
And brought it home because I could not help it?
ANS; A thorn.
QUES; Long legs crooked thighs, Little head and no eyes?
ANS; A pair of tongs.
QUES; Patch over patch
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2019-05-13 21:14
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John Kirwin
Donaghmore
Ballybrophy
Leix.
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2019-05-13 21:14
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now.
The pig markets long ago were held on the day before the fair but now they are held on every Monday of each week. It is an old custom when making the bargain to clap each other's hand to finish it. A month before Christmas there are a few important markets held in Rathdowney so that the farmers can dispose fo their fowl.The people generally weighed their pigs the day before the fair on the market scales. The scales are situated in The Square where there was a marked house but it is now in ruins. The price is two or three pence each for weighing them.
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2019-05-13 21:10
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There is a fair held in The Square of Rathdowney every third Tuesday of the month. There are 11 fairs held in Rathdowney and one in Donaghmore on the 12th June. We have a good quality of cattle and the shippers like them well. When people buy cattle and when they are taking them to the station they would have to pay tolls. When the buyers are paying for their cattle it is a customary thing to give a luck penny which is usually about 2/d. The cattle are usually marked with a sissors or with raddle. Long ago November Day was the biggest fair because it was on a Holy Day but now the spring fairs are the best. The fairs long ago were more like Feises and the began swopping things until they began selling and buying cattle as they are
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2019-05-12 21:06
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Willie Whelan
Pound St
Rathdowney
Leix
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2019-05-12 21:05
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About 160 years ago there was a four mill where the brewery now stands and it was owned by Mr White. There was also a nailer's shop in Church Street and it was where Mr O'Brien lives now and the two old Fannings made the nails there. There was also a man living in the Square and he made baskets and his name was Tim Horan. Long ago the people cured their own bacon and it was where Miss Seymour is living but it is all done away with now. Long ago there were twelve coopers in the brewery and they made their own barrels but they only repair them now.
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2019-05-12 21:01
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About a hundred years ago there was no brewery in Rathdowney. There was a flour-mill there instead and it was situated just where the brewery now stands. The mill was owned by a man named Mr White. It was situated just beside a river and the machinery was worked by means of water. After a time an English-man named Perry came and bought the mill and made a brewery out of it when he saw that is was so nicely situated. Story obtained from Mrs Gorman.
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2019-05-12 20:58
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river in the evening is a sign of good weather.
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2019-05-12 20:57
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If the smoke of the chimney goes up straight it is a sign of good weather but if it ways it is a sign of rain. If you see the crows fly high in the evening it is a sign that the next day will be fine. IF the sheep are grazing early in the morning it is a sign of bad weather, but if they are resting it is a sign of good weather. When the new moon "is on its back" it is a sign of rain. If you see a ring around the moon it is a sign of rain. When the cock on the steeple is turned Levally it is a sign of rain because the wind is coming from the south-east. A fog on the
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2019-05-09 21:05
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A rainbow at night is the shepherd's delight. A rainbow in the morning is the shepherd's warning. If a cat sits with her back to the fire it is a sign of rain.
When the river high and if it goes down fast it is a sign of rain and if it goes down slowly it is a sign of fine weather.
When the swallows fly low it is a sign of rain, but when they fly high it is a sign of good weather. If you see two magpies it is a sign of good weather but if you see one it is a sign of rain because one has to keep the nest dry while the other looks for food.
A fog on the mountain is a sign of good weather.
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2019-05-08 23:09
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Ans; A river.
Ques; What goes from house to house and never moves?
Ans; A footpath.
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2019-05-08 23:08
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Ques; How would a man have eggs without hens.
Ans; Rear Ducks.
Ques; When rain comes down what goes up?
Ans; Umbrellas.
Ques; I have three dogs at home, Flip,Flap and Fiddle, Which is the bitche's name, I told you that in the riddle.
Ans; Which.
Ques; Why does anyone go to bed?
Ans; Because the bed will not come to him.
Ques; What is the last thing anyone takes off when getting into bed.
Ans; His feet off the floor.
Ques; What runs without feet?
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2019-05-08 23:04
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William Whelan
Pound St,
Rathdowney
Leix
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2019-05-08 23:04
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Long ago the roofs of the houses were made of sedge, sticks and rushes and they were stuck together with mud. I was up in Mrs Despard's house the other night and there is only one room in it, The floor is made of clay and the fire was on the hearth and they were burning wood and turf. There was a big wide chimney on it and they baked the bread upon a griddle. The bed was in the farthest corner of the kitchen and there is a roof on the top of it and it is made of wood and covered over straw. Long ago the people made their own candles and they were mad of fat and cotton thread.
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2019-05-07 21:59
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One of the most famous runners of my dictrict was a man by the name of Batty Lenard who lives in Uill Street,Rathdowney in the year 1922. He used to compete against a man by the name of John Hennessy from Borris in Ossory at the Spaw in Johnstown. The onlookers always said that Lenard just won the game. Another runner was Tomas Bird who lived in this town. When he was a little boy he lived in Aughmcart about 5 miles from Rathdowney.
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George Bourke
Moore St
Rathdowney
Leix
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PJ Cummins
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One day about 100 years ago a woman was drawing water from a well in Granstown. A place about 4 miles to the east of Rathdowney. A priest came along and asked her for a drink. She refused so he told her that before that night there would be too much water there. That evening the well overflowed and covered the whole village including the woman who refused the priest the drink. Anyone who goes out in a boat can see the remains of the village under the water.
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About 150 years ago there was an old hedge school in Mrs, Dunphy's field and it is now a sandpit. Gusty Lamb was the man's name that was teaching. He was a student in France and his people were not able to pay for him and he had to come home. He used to teach in the Summer and in the winter he worked with the farmers. Every farmer had to support him with food,clothes and a little money. He taught arithmetic, Latin,Geometery, to the children. They used to write on flat stones. Every boy had to bring him two sods of turf and to pence per week.My father to to this story and he heard it from his grandfather who was 95 years when he died.
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Granstown is about 41/2 miles to the east of Rathdowney. There is a big lake there and there is supposed to be a town under it's waters abut which the following story is told. One night a priest asked a woman for a drink but she refused. The priest said that before that night would be over there would be too much water in the place. That night the water kept rising until it covered the whole town. In the centre of the lake there is a small island and people have tried to reach it but failed because there is a whirl-pool all around it. This story was told to me by Mr,John Bolger of Middlemount, Rathdowney.Leix and he is about 60 years of age.
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street. Most of the protestant graveyards at the present day were once owned by the catholics. Long ago people were buried standing up and facing towards the sun. When an old warrior died long ago the people would throw stones on his grave and these were called cairns.
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There are a good many graveyards around here and nearly all of them are in use except the protestant graveyard in Rathdowney. Graveyards are situated in the following places, Rathdowney, Donaghmore, Errill. Harristown, Coolkerry, and all those are used for burial purposes at the present day.
Long ago both catholics and protestant were buried in the Rathdowney protestant graveyards which is situated at the east end of the street but now the people are buried in the new cemetry and it is situated at the west end of the
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very little only his food,clothes, and very little money. Then abut 90 year ago they built a national school where the B,Y,U.S hall is now and the boys were taught on the bottom floor and the girls on the top. Then in 1902 they built a school on the western end of Rathdowney.
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A long time ago there was an old hedge school on the east end of Rathdowney where Mr Dunphy's sand-pit now stands. Mr Leahy told me that her grandfather went to that school and the man's name that taught it was Gusty Lamb. The children that were going to that school used to sit around their master on stones and do their writing on the ground with a stick. This school was only held in the summer and in winter he used to work for the farmers in the day and teach his children at night and they gave him
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because they thought he had risen from the dead.
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Long ago a man named Jack La lived in Rathdowney. He was a carpenter by trade and he was very fond of jokes. One cold morning he was walking along the road when he met two policemen looking at a dead tramp lying in the ditch. They asked Jack did he know the man and he said "Oh indeed I do that is poor Jack La and the tramp was buried under the name of Jack La. Next day when the neighbours saw Jack they ran away screaming
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binding is put on a big stone and a turf fire is lit around it to bend it as he wants it. The blacksmith requires a lot of tools such as a sledge,hammer, tongs, chisel, rasp, hacksaw, knife, vise and anvil.
A peom.
"The smith a mighty man is he with large and sinewy hands"
The muscles of his brawny arms are as strong as iron bands.
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There is one forge in Donaghmore. It is situated on the of the village on the Glebe road. It is owned by smiths named Brophys and their father before them also owned it. The forge is entered by a door large enough to admit a horse and farm implements. The bellows is in the middle of the floor and it is erected on a stand about three feet high, It is worked by a pole which you pull up and down. The forge is a very useful place as we get the wheels of our carts bound there. This is done in the open air and the
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2019-05-01 20:50
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Mr J, Meehan,
The Square,
Rathdowney,
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An old flour Mill.
Long ago a man by the name of Mr White had a flour mill where the brewery is now situated in Rathdowney. Then he built houses for all the men he had working in the flour mill to live in. Later on a man by the name of Mr Perry came from England and bought the flour mill and made a brewery out of it.Then he employed more men and built more houses and this is how the town started.
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into the air.
The following are some signs if fine weather.
A fog on a mountain in the morning
When people's corns get very sore.
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This is a ryhme which I often heard from old people.
"A rainbow at night is shepherds delight
A rainbow in morning is shepherds warning"
Somtimes a ring appears around the moon and it is said,
"The farther the ring
The farther the rain"
The following are some signs of rain
A cat sitting with his back to the fire.
Crows diving into the trees as if they were dead
Goats coming down from the mountain
Dust of the roads blowing
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people tried to reach it but failed, because there is a whilr-pool all around it.
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2019-05-01 20:29
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About 80 years ago a woman was drawing water from a well called the Manor which is about 41/2 miles east of Rathdowney. A priest asked for a drink. She refused and the priest told her that before night they would have plenty of water. That evening the well overflowed and a torrent of water of water rushed down upon the village which caused a beautiful lake. There is a small island in the middle of it and many
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Story obtained from
Nicholas Byrne
The Square
Rathdowney
Leix.
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About 120 years ago when stealing was a terrible crime in Ireland a man by the name of Mr Watson stole a gun from a house in Levally about 2 miles to the south of Rathdowney. The soldiers captured him and hanged him in The Square a place in the middle of the town. Then they buried him there and the strangest thing of all is that the grave never sank. It is there still and can be seen by all passersby.
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A long time ago a man named Fanning started a nailers shop on the east end of the Square on the north side of the street. They made nails for a long time until thirty years ago they started to make them by machinery. Then Mr Fanning died and Mr J O'Brien bought the shop and built a house there. This story was told to me by a very old woman named Mrs Leahy of the Square Rathdowney who is about 80 years and she remembers them to be
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FOLKLORE;
A rag you will be always in, rags a stick that a man will beat his wife with it or she will beat him. The children have snapapple and other games.
MICHAELMASS DAY;
The old people believe that it is not right to eat blackberries after Michaelmass Day because the fairies do their dirt on them that night.
ST,BRIDGID'S DAY;
St.Bridgid's Day is another festival. When the people are going to bed they put out a scarf or a cloth and St. Bridgid is supposed to bless them and that they will cure ailments such as earaches or toothaches.
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melancholy.
III;
And if you draw it of the best.
I hope in Heaven your soul may rest
And if you draw it of the small
It won't agree with the wren boys at all.
ST,JOHN'S DAY:
St John's Day is another great festival around here. All the boys and men gather turf and logs and light a big fire. All the people sit around it til it dies out.
HOWEES HALLOWEEN'
Halloween is also a great festival and all the boys and girls welcome it. There is a barnbrack and nuts and apples in every house. The brack contains a ring for marriages, a pea for poverty, a bean for riches,
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St, Stephen's Day is a great festival around here. All the boys go from house to house with coloured ribbons tied to a holly bush and a dead wren in the middle. This is the song they sing.
"The wren,the wren the king of all birds
On St, Stephen's Day she was caught in the furze
Although he is little his family is great
I pray you good lady to give us a treat.
II;
My box would speak if it had but a tongue
A penny or two would do it no wrong
Sing holly sing ivy sing ivy sing holly
A drop just to drink would drown
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Many years ago St.Canice had his church is Aghaboe and another in Kilkenny. At that time Aghaboe was a city. When he died the people of Aghaboe wanted to have his body buried in Aghaboe and the people of Kilkenny wanted to have him buried in Kilkenny. After that there was a great battle between the two peoples. When the battle was half over the people saw two coffins instead of one so they agreed to take a coffin each. The marks of the two coffins are in a field owned by Mr, White. It is not known who got the right coffin. It is said that which ever
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2019-04-29 18:40
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Granstown is about 41/2 miles to the east of Rathdowney. There is a big lake there and there is supposed to be a town under its waters about which the following story is told. One night a priest asked a woman for a drink abut she refused. The priest said that before that night would be over there would be two much water in the place. That night the water kept rising until it covered the whole town. In the centre of the lake there is a small island and people have tried to reach it but failed because there is a whirl-pool all around it.
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About a hundred and fifty years ago the system was very different compared with the present time. The only means of light then was a rush candle. Those candles were made of bull rushes. People used to get those rushed in the bog because they grow thicker there then in any other place, In the Autumn time people used to collect as much rushes as would do them for the year. Then they would peel off all the outside part of the rush. Before the rush would be used it would be dipped in dripping and it wold be then ready for use. There was also a special
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About 100 years ago Levally house was searched for arms. A man named Mr.Watson who was one of the raiders was accused of taking a gun. The laws in those days were very severe especially for stealing and he was sentenced to death. The maid of the house tried to save him and said she would have been killed only for him but she did not succeed. The soldiers brought him out and tied him to a cart. Then they beat him with whips and hanged him in The Square Rathdowney. When he was dead they buried him there and threw lime on his body to burn it. The grave was paved with
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2019-04-29 18:24
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There are two tailors in Rathdowney one in the wast end and another in the south. A tailor's implements are, a needle, and iron, an iron,a sewing machine, a scissors, a measuring tape, and an ironing board. Long ago the tailors used to travel from house to house instead of making clothes in their own houses.
Long ago the people used to grow fox around hear and my father told me that his grandfather grew some of it.Then they would make linen out of it and make shirts and table clothes and other things out of the linen.
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There are eleven fairs held in Rathdowney every year and one in the village of Donaghmore. The fair is held here every third Tuesday of the month.
When the bargain is made the buyer slaps the seller's hand and that seals the bargain. Then the buyer gets back some money which is called the "luck -penny" and according to the price of the beast the "luck-penny" is given. It could be from a threepenny bit up to ten Shillings. Long ago fairs were called "Aonach" because the people gathered together to sing
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My about 4 miles to the south of Rathdowney there is castle called Clonburren abut which the following story is told. One night Strongbow invited the prince of Ossory to a feast in Clonburren castle. He sent a man named Prendergast to invite him. When the prince came he was treated very kindly but Strongbow was planning to kill him. When Prendergast heard of the plot he rushed into the castle and said he would kill the first one that would touch the prince. Then he brought him home to his father who lived in Granstown castle. Granstown is about
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Four lillianders
Four bone standers
Two hooks, two crooks and a whackabout.
Answer; A Cow.
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When was Adam born. A little before eve.
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I; When is a fish pond like a bird cage.
Answer; When there's perch in it.
II; What side of a jug is the handle on.
Answer; The outside.
III; What is it that girls have Women have not. St Luke had it before St,Paul had it behind. The widow Mulldly had three when she married.
Answer; The letter L
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blaim for I have told you already in the beginning of the tale.
Answer; Ann
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20; What word becomes fourteen pounds by adding two letters?
Answer; One stone.
21; What is it that all have but few can hold?
Answer; Their tongue.
22; How does the hoof of a horse differ from the hoof of a bull?
Answer; The horse has a solid hoof but the bull has a cloven hoof.
23; Round the wood and round the wood and hangs on a nail all night?
Answer; A dishcloth.
24; What day of Adams life was the longest?
Answer; When it had not eve.
25; What word of ten letters can be spelt with five?
Answer; Expediency (X P D N C)
26; There was a great king an he built a ship and his beautiful wife lived in it and if you do not know her name it is not me you have to
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Answer; A woman milking a cow.
13; Long legs,short thighs, little head and no eyes?
Answer; A tongs.
14; Why is an aeroplane like a tree?
Answer; One sheds it's leaves and the other leaves it's sheds.
15; What side of an ass would you get down on?
Answer; There is no down on an ass.
16; How many sides has a plum pudding?
Answer;; Two, the outside and the inside.
17;When did beef jump the highest?
Answer; When the cow jumped over the moon
18; My hands are black and my face is white and I am always going day and night?
Answer; A clock.
19; Why is a king like fifteen shillings?
Answer It only needs a crown to become a sovereign.
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man it is ?
Answer; A grave.
V; Londonderry, Cork and Kerry spell me that without a K?
Answer; That.
VI; Why is a girl in a cotton dress like a paper?
Answer; She is in print.
VII; Upstairs and downstairs and lies in the corner all night?
Answer; A brush.
VIII; What is it that asks no questions but requires many answers?
Answer; A door.
IX; what part of a cow goes over the hedge first?
Answer; Her breath.
X;What is the main part of a horse?
Answer; The mane.
XI; As long as I live I eat but when I drink I die.?
Answer;A fire.
XII; Ten drawing four?
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Nuts in May, Nuts in May, we will have (so and so) for Nuts in May on a cold and frosty morning. Then the other side asks, "Who will you send to fetch he away, fetch her away,fetch her away, who will you send to fetch her away on a cold and frosty morning. Then the other side answers by saying that they will send someone off their own side to fetch her away, After that the two children pull and whichever one wins the other child has to go to the winners side. After that the game starts over again.
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Nuts in May is a game. When we are starting to play Nuts in May all the children that are going to play the game separate into two parties an equal number on each side. One side marches up and down until they have their part sung, they sing, "Here we come gathering Nuts in May, Nuts In May,Nuts in May here we come gathering Nuts in May on a cold and frosty morning", Then the other side sings. " Who will you have for your Nuts in May, Nuts in May, Nuts in May who will you have for your Nuts in May on a cold and frosty morning".Then the children that started the game answer by singing that they will have someone for Nuts in May but that person must be off the other side. They sing, "We will have (so and so) for Nuts in May
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I; What goes up and down and never touches sky or ground?
Answer; A handle of a pump.
II; Six tea (sixty) bags were on a shelf one fell down how many were left?
Answer; Five.
III; Twenty sick (six) sheep went out through a gap one died how many came back?
Answer; Nineteen.
IV; Deep it is and damp it is and green upon the bank it is and fit for any
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kettle.
VIV; Why do soldiers feel glad on April the first?
Answer; Because their March of 31 days is over.
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I; Which islands are good to eat?
Answer; Sandwich Islands.
II; What goes under the fire and over the fire but still never touches the fire but still never touches the fire?
Answer; A cake in a baker.
III; What the shyest thing in the world?
Answer; A clock.
IV; Why is the letter G like the first sweet you eat out of a bag?
Answer; Because it makes one gone.
V: A head,a foot and four legs?
Answer; A bed.
VI; A house full, a room full and not a single one in it?
Answer; They were all married.
VII; How long does it take a kettle to boil?
Answer; I to the water boils not the
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He marched them up and
He marched them down and
He marched them back again
When they were up they were up
When they were down they were down
But when they were only halfway up,
They were neither up nor down.
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The girls join hands on one side and the boys on the other, then a boy and girls join hands and march up between the two lines, and then a boy takes the lead of the boys ans girl takes the lead of the girls and then all together the boys and girls march up to the top of the room, then a boy and girl join hands and form a bridge, then all the others couple and go under the bridge and that leaves the two that started at the top, then the two at the bottom do the very same and so the game carries on until the pair that started start again. During all this the following words are sung.
The grand old Duke of York,
He had so many men,
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Cappanare
Camross
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The children all get in a row and one person gives out the colours and two others known as the good angel and the bad angel get out to guess the colours. When all the colours are given out the angels come along to guess. The good angel guessed first and if she guesses the colour which any person has that person must go behind her and so the game goes on and when they have guessed all colours they have to pull against each other.
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