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2019-06-24 01:16
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There was a landlord who was invited to have a hunt after game in Finaway. There was a flood of water in the river and it was so high that the tenants had to carry the landlord across. A day before he came the people of Finaway went out and rubbed bacon on the ground so that the dogs would scent it. This set the dogs crazy and they were scenting after the bacon. With the speed they were running, they ran through the river. The landlord could not get across the river after the dogs and one of the tenants had to carry him across and when he was in the middle of the flood he said he could not go any further so that the landlord would give him some money. The landlord said he would free him of a year's rent. The man floundered on another piece and he said that he could not go any further. So the landlord said he would give him a free receipt for the rent if he would carry him across. There was no delay in going across only the man wanted to make money. When the landlord got across he had to go to Castleraham after the dogs.
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2019-06-18 19:28
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In the north of Kerry, a castle stands on a lovely spot on the banks of the River Shannon. Its walls and towers are now in ruins, indeed, and covered with clinging ivy, while wild flowers grow about it. There stood near the place a great big rock, about which a strange story is told.
On this rock there lived a wicked witch named Grauna. Every evening she lit a large candle and placed it outside her dwelling on the rock.
The people living around dreaded her. It was said that whoever passing by the rock looked for even one second at the candle died at once.
One day a great Irish hero name O'Regan climbed up the rock and threw the candle off and that was the end of Grauna.
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2019-06-13 16:12
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This woman was very fond of holding dances in her house and one Sunday the priest spoke about her off the altar. One day the priest was walking down the road and he had a little dog with him. As he was passing Clearys house the little dog ran out and all the hair gone off him and the priest turned back and he said, "The world will be surprised with the death you'll get", and since that she was sick and the husband said she was a fairy and they burned her and buried her bones in the ditch.
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2019-06-13 16:09
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crime was remembered throughout Ireland. Infact the songs written about it were not allowed to be sung
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2019-06-13 16:09
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ill and was then bedridden for fourteen years. They went for the fairy doctor because they said the fairies took the the right woman away and left a hag.
When the doctor came he told them to give her three bits of bread and if she ate the three bits of bread the hag would disappear and Brigid Cleary would come back. So she succeeded in eating the first bit but she failed in eating the second and third bit.
Then they came to the conclusion that it was a fairy and they put her behind the fire every evening, for a while, and this is what they said to her:- "are you a witch, or are you a fairy, or are you the wife of Michael Cleary?" and this is what she answered:- "I am not a witch, nor I am not a fairy, but I am the wife of Michael Cleary". So in the end they pulled her out the fire and put her in behind it because they thought the fairy would go up the chimney and that Brigid Cleary would come back. She burned to ashes behind the fire and the
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2019-06-13 16:05
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In a place called Clogheen a man by the name of Michael Cleary got married to a beautiful girl. After three years of her married life she became very
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2019-06-13 16:04
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to hold his stirrup while he was getting up on the horse but John Dwyer refused because he knew if he held it Cromwell would make him a kind of a servant and Cromwell then took the castle and then Sean O Dwyer was going from place to place and Clune and Stuke are one of the many places he travelled to, therefore Clyne and Stuke are also mentioned in the poem. John Dwyer had two brothers. One of them had a castle in Dundrum and the other brother had a castle in Clonyharp.
The ruins of Ballagh castle are still to be seen. They are not far from the school and we have opportunity of seeing them.
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2019-06-13 16:01
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In the poetry that is written about John Dwyer of the Glens Ballagh is mentioned and that gives us an account of where he was born - Ballagh, Co Tipperary. He had a castle in Ballagh and one day as he was coming out of the church in Dundrum Cromwell was waiting outside and he asked John Dwyer
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2019-06-13 15:59
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Three men were hanged from a tree in Drumbane for committing murder there. This was the last execution of its like in Tipperary.
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2019-06-13 15:58
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The old custom was to bring the accused to be hanged where the murder was committed. There was a man found guilty of committing murder in Ballagh and he was brought to Ballagh and he was hanged out of a shaft of a car.
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2019-06-13 15:57
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to build a house for the evicted tenant and about forty men there built it in one night.
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2019-06-11 18:36
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1. Happy is the bride that the sun shines on: Unhappy is the bride that the rain rains on.
2. Long ago a neighbouring woman would go to a farmers place and milk some milk from a cow. On the first of May morning she would come. Then she would
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2019-06-11 18:33
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1. Happy is the corpse that the rain rains on, and happy is the bride that the sun shines on.
2. A snowy Christmas makes a Churchyard green.
3. If you spill salt you will have bad luck.
4. If you break a mirror you will have seven years bad luck.
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2019-06-08 18:14
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the landlord and promised him a higher rent if he took the land from the catholic. The landlord brought the catholic to the court to take his land from him. The protestant gave the judge who it was reported was very fond of a drink a barrel of whiskey so that he might give the decision in his favour. The catholic on hearing this went to Dan O Connell and told him that he had nothing but a white horse. Dan O Connell advised him to give the judge the white horse and the client did as he was advised.
Nothing more happened until the day of the court when they all appeared for the court Dan O Connell pretended to be asleep till the catholic thought he was going to be beaten. Then O Connell yawned and told the court that he was sleeping and that he dreamt that he saw a white horse drowning in a barrel of whiskey. Then the case turned and the catholic won as the judge thought that O Connell knew of the bribing before hand.
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2019-06-08 18:10
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When Dan O Connell was a young lawyer he usually defended the case of the poor catholics but the landlord Protestants usually won their cases because they had sufficient money to bribe the judges.
There were two farmers living in the same townland - one a protestant and the other a catholic. The protestant wanted to find some defect in the documents by which the catholic held his land so he went to
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2019-06-08 18:08
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to take the butter would come in for something so this old woman came to the door to tell them that one of their cattle was in the drain. The priest gave them a prayer to nail in the bottom of the churn so she never could take the butter afterwards. In a couple of years after she died and it is said she used to be seen as a hare in the ruins of her old house.
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2019-06-08 18:07
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Story: Butter Snatching
Long ago there lived around Dromod a family name Clyne who used to lose butter. Every week they had seven or eight crocks of milk to churn and could never get a bit of butter off the milk. An old woman lived not far from them who used to take the butter off the churn by some witch craft. The old woman had a goat and she used to gather her milk and went through the form of churning and she got plenty of butter off the goats milk. The Clyne family told the parish priest of their ill luck. The priest told them to put the coulter of a plough in the fire in the morning while they were churning and who ever used
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2019-06-08 18:00
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My mother Mrs Mc Keon told me Drumsna school was a very big one consisting of two rooms.
It was situated along the road. The seats consisted of long blocks of wood to accommodate nine pupils. In these seats there were slits for slates which the pupils did their sums on. They wrote in school on a copy book. There were ink wells in each seat. This school was well furnished. There was a press for holding copy books and reading books and a table and chair for the mistress.
An inspector came every year in the month of June. There were about fifty pupils in the school. There was no Irish taught.
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2019-06-08 17:55
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There was an old school in Ballygeer about 70 years ago.
Master Mc Garry and his wife were the teachers.
The master lodged in his school. Every child had to bring one shilling every quarter.
The master taught Irish, English and Latin.
The children had different books geography table books and arithmetic.
The children used to write with slate pencils and slates.
The children used to bring two turfs under their arm. The master taught school in his kitchen.
My grand father told my mother and my mother told me.
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2019-06-08 17:53
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but there was no compulsory attendance act in force then.
My father Joe Mc Dermott Fort age 52 years told me this tale. He heard it form his father who attended this school.
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2019-06-08 17:51
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There was an old school in Killimaun in the Parish of Mohill.
The school master was Edward McGuinness and he taught in his cow-shed. The cow was tied in one end of the shed and he taught the children in the other.
They were taught all the present day subjects with the exception of Irish.
The children wrote with quill pens and they made their own ink from black berries.
All the children from the neighbouring town lands attended this school.
The pupils had to take two turfs with them each morning to make a fire to keep them warm for the day.
There was piece of wood hung on the wall for a black board.
The school hours were the same as at present
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2019-06-08 17:45
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appointed teacher and she remained teaching for three years.
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2019-06-08 17:45
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There was a school in Esker at one time and the landlord and priest fell out about the appointment of a teacher. The Land Lord was the manager and it was he who would appoint the teacher and the priest would not have it. He wanted to be the manager the board of education stepped in and took the school up to Cloonturk Esker school was built in the year of 1839 Master George Reynolds was the first teacher in the school and when he quit teaching through old age a Miss Keenan was
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2019-06-08 17:38
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There was an old school in Esker about 70 years ago.
The masters name was Reynolds and he lived near the school.
The master got his pay by the scholars bringing a shilling every quarter.
The teacher taught every subject except Irish in this old school.
The same books did the children from one year to the other and no new books had to be bought each year.
The small children did their writing on slates and the big ones on copies. The children had to bring two turfs under their arm for the fire each morning.
There was a piece of wood hung on the wall for a black board and it was cut in a square.
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2019-06-08 17:35
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My mother told me there was in ancient times a school in my Great-grandfather's barn in Fearnaught. The barn is still standing. The teacher's name was Master Brian Carter. He taught both boys and girls. He was a small man with a hump on his back. He was a land surveyor as well as teacher and up to a few years ago his books and surveying chains were to be had.
In the school there was one window and a small chimney and each boy and girl had to bring two turf each morning for the fire and they had to pay a shilling a quarter for school fees.
Their pens were made from goose quills and their ink from blackberries. They had no desks only low stools and they wrote on slates with slate pencils.
My Great-grandfather and also John Flanagan went to this school.
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2019-06-08 17:30
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V
Those that don't bring milk with them.
Are always thin and pale.
But those that do I'm glad to say.
Can tell a different tale.
VI
So all the children in our school
Have grown up healthy and strong
So after all our teacher did no do them wrong
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2019-06-08 17:29
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I
In our parish there is a school.
It's known as Cloonturk.
All the girls bring milk to school.
And no one can this duty shirk.
II
Every morning when they come to school.
Their bottle from their bags they take.
For if they carried it around all day.
The bottle they would surely break.
III
First thing in the morning when the children come in.
And are gathered around the maps.
Anyone who cannot produce a bottle.
Will at least get one or two slaps.
IV
They think it hard to bring milk with them.
But when it rains and snows.
The warm milk will make them hot.
From their heads to the tips of their toes.
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2019-06-07 07:58
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heap and the small and black ones into another. The heaps are covered with hay.
The local names given to the potatoes are "Champions", "Aran Banners", "Early Roses", "Irish Queens", "Kerr's Pinks" and "Epicures". "Champions" are the best table potatoes. "Kerr's Pinks" and "Aran Banners" grow best on our farm.
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2019-06-07 07:56
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Potatoes are grown on the farm at home. An acre is the usual amount sown.
My father prepares the ground before he sows the potatoes. The ground is not manured till the potatoes are sown. The potatoes are usually sown in ridges. The sods are turned up and the ridge is left four sods wide. Ploughs are seldom used. A spade which is bought in a shop is more commonly used. The potatoes are cut into slits and one eye is left in each slit. Every man sows his own potatoes.
The potatoes are sown in Spring and then they are manured. The mould is dug and put on the ridges so that the stalks will be strong when they come up. The stalks are sprayed three times to keep away the blight. Sometimes the potatoes are ploughed and sometimes they are dug with a spade. The children pick the potatoes into buckets. They put the big good ones into one
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2019-06-07 07:51
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During the big wind fifty houses were blown down between Drumsna in Co. Leitrim and Elphin in Co. Roscommon.
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2019-06-07 00:09
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They would catch her by the feet and head and leave her someplace for a grass on top of her for clay and everyone would be roaring crying.
When they would be leaving the grave she would rise up from the dead and follow them all.
Whoever would be caught would be Jinny Jones for the next round of the game.
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2019-06-07 00:08
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And how is she now".
The mother would say
"She is blueing clothes
blueing clothes
And ye cannot see her now
They would come again and say.
"We came to see Jinny Jones
Jinny Jones
And how is she now"
The mother would say
"She is spreading clothes
spreading clothes
And ye cannot see her now"
They would come again and say
"We came to see Jinny Jones
Jinny Jones
And how is she now"
The mother would say
"She is dead and we will
have to bury her"
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2019-06-07 00:06
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One of the games that were played in my grandmother's is "Jinny Jones".
They would all join up in a line and someone would be Jinny Jones and she would sit down behind some girl that would be the mother. All that were joined up would come and say,
"We came to see Jinny Jones
"Jinny Jones".
The mother would say
She is washing clothes, washing
clothes and ye cannot see
her now".
They would come again and say
"We came to see Jinny Jones
Jinny Jones
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2019-06-07 00:02
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the ring the others say "Go to church love, Go to church love
farewell. Kneel down love
Kneel down love farewell
Say your prayers love,
Say your prayers love,
farewell.
Put on your gloves love,
Put on your gloves love,
farewell.
Go for a walk love,
Go for a walk love
farewell.
Come back love,
Come back love
farewell.
The two then would come back and when entering the ring the rhymes would be repeated.
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2019-06-07 00:00
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will say this rhyme together.
There stands a lady on
the mountain
Who she is I do not know
All she wants is gold and silver
And a nice young man
you know.
Who will you have love
Who will you have love
farewell.
Then she will take whoever she likes best. The two of them will say "not until you show your black and blue". The other two will say "there is my black" on raising one of their feet "and there is my blue" raising the other foot. When they go outside
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2019-06-06 23:57
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There are many games played in our school. There is one called Wallflowers. The rhyme is
Wallflowers, Wallflowers,
Growing up so high,
We have the measles
And we shall never die
Except - - (name of some girl)
She's the only flower
She can sing, and she can dance
And she can play the fower
Fee fo power
Turn your back to our.
And so on until everyone are turned.
Another game is "A lady in the mountain". All join up in a ring and one person stands in the middle. Then all the girls
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2019-06-06 23:55
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to come in after lunch they had to learn geography, Cathechism, Bible, and history.
There used only be one teacher teaching all the classes those times.
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2019-06-06 23:54
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When they were in sixth class in my grandmother's time the school used to be opened at nine o'clock and they used to start work as soon as the school was opened. At first they had to be able to spell two big columns of hard words and the meaning of them. Then they used to do Arithmetic and Grammar and Geography. The roll used to be called at ten o'clock. The children would read a lesson one by one every day and after that they would have compositions.
Before they would go out for lunch they would be asked all their prayers. When they used
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2019-06-06 23:51
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have English reading and sometimes sums. At two o'clock they get Geography and history and sometimes sums or singing. In the evening at three o'clock they are let home.
Some who intend to go to a higher school, remain in an extra half hour or so and are taught algebra, geometry, or get extra lessons in Irish.
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2019-06-06 23:29
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jump into it all the time and couldn't.
The man went home satisfied and said that he got two men worse fools than his wife and mother-in-law.
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2019-06-06 23:29
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with a cliabh on his back made of rods and he told the man that he was for about eleven or twelve days trying to bring in daylight to the new house and he could not.
He kept on walking until he got another foolish man. He found this man standing up on a table with the sweat dropping down of him and a new trousers in his hands.
The man that was looking for the fools asked him what was he doing. He said that the tailor gave him the new trousers two days before and that he told him to jump into it and that he was trying to
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2019-06-06 23:26
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There were two men coming from a fair in Aughagower a long time ago and they fell out on the way home. They beat each other with the result that one of them died.
Another man happened to be coming on from the fair and he saw the two men fighting and he was brought to court as a witness to see who was at fault. The evidence he gave was.
"If him struck him where him struck him, him would kill him as well as him". The case was dismissed, and the accused was let off.
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2019-06-04 23:26
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and they carried the gold through the cave and they killed the sailors.
When the English came over to Ireland and were fighting with the Irish they burned the castle in Ballyheigue. Then, the Crosbies left Ballyheigue and went over to the English and never came to Ballyheigue again.
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2019-06-04 23:25
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There is a ruined castle in Ballyheigue. This castle was built by the Cantilon family. Then, Crosbie came and went living in it.
The Cantilon family lived in Ballyheigue long ago. When ever one of the Cantilon family would die his baby would not be buried in a buring ground.
At mid-night it would be placed at the foot of the rocks and the next morning it would be gone away into the sea and buried there.
The Crosbies made a cave from the sea up to the castle and it is said that there was a ship out in the sea and the Crosbies saw it and they went out and they knew that there was gold in the ship. Then, they robbed the ship
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2019-06-04 23:21
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Many old monasteries are still standing in Ireland up to the present day. There is one about two miles from Tralee at a place called Annagh. A story is told about it. Monks lived in it during the time of Queen Elizabeth.
One day the monks sent a messenger to find out if Queen Elizabeth's soldiers were coming.
He set out on horse-back. He was just going round Ballyseedy corner when Queen Elizabeth's soldiers met him and cut off his head. The horse ran back to the monastery and when the other monks saw his head stuck on the back of the horse, they packed up all their gold and other goods and went away to the mountains in hide from Queen Elizabeth's soldiers.
When Queen Elizabeth's soldiers came they found the monastery empty and they burned it. When the soldiers were gone the monks returned from the mountains and found their monastery burned, one of them cut out the "Headless Rider" which was killed going for a message. It is there still and can be seen by anyone who want to see him in the Annagh grave-yard on the wall cut out on stone.
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2019-06-01 19:03
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In this note was, that this woman advised him to go, and give himself up.
Then the Guards came and asked this woman did she advise him. She said she did and she got a reward of £1000 then she paid her debt.
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2019-06-01 19:02
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she was like his mother. He said she died when he was about ten years, and his father died when he was about one or two years.
Then he led a very bad life when his parents were dead. He turned out to be a robber. He was after shooting the manager of the Bank, and after taking some money.
He told that to the woman and he told her to send her men to the Barrack and report that he was in her house, and that there was a £1000 offered as reward to any one that would find him and the woman would not do that. He and she went to bed and when she got up in the morning, he was gone out of the bed and he left a note after him.
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2019-06-01 18:59
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house that night as it was too wet to go out.
She told him then to go to bed, as she had his bed ready. Then he said he would and he went off to bed. She was saying her prayers when he returned to the kitchen again. Then he said to her would it be any harm for us to stay up by the fire for a few hours. Then she said not a bit. Then they began talking, and she asked him was there anything troubling him. He said not very much.
Then she began telling him her troubles. She said she was a thousand pounds in debt. Then this fellow said that every time he looked at her he thought
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2019-06-01 18:56
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A great thunder storm was there one day. An old woman called Mrs O'Shea was sitting in her door when her work man came in. After another while a man came in from the grove, and he asked her could he come in from the storm and she said why not. Then he got a chair and sat down.
After awhile he asked the woman could he take a smoke. She said why not. Then he took out a cigarette, and he began smoking. He was always looking at this woman as he could not take his eyes off her. After awhile he eat his supper with the work-men. Then the woman told the men to go to bed. Then she told this fellow to [?] in her
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2019-06-01 18:52
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they eat meat only on Sundays and holidays such as St Patrick's Day, Easter Sunday, Chrismas and on the other holidays of the year.
They often killed a goose or a hen for the Christmas Dinner and for St. Martins Day. They also made sweet cakes. They also made Stampy of the potatoes first of all they washed the potatoes then they are grated and squeezed with a clean cloth then a cake is made of it.
You could also make starch of potatoes. Nobody remember when tea came out at first.
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2019-06-01 18:50
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In olden times the people eat three meals the breakfast the dinner and the supper. Before the breakfast the women went out and threshed the wheat and then made a cake of it for their breakfast.
The men often brought a creel of turf from the bog or cut some hay before they had the breakfast. The staple food was potatoes and milk. They had many kinds of bread. They made bread of barley and of wheat.
While they were eating they had the table out from the wall and when they were finished they put back the table again. It was very seldom
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2019-05-30 20:44
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In the County Waterford long ago there lived a little girl who was so kind and gentle that everyone loved her. When she grew up she asked her parents to let her become a nun and they gave her consent. After this she came to live in Limerick. This place where she lived was called Cill [?]. There is a blessed well there and on a stone in front of the well the prints of donkey's hooves are. She rode a donkey wherever she was going. It is said she was buying milk from a farmer in Tournafulla and the Tournafulla people put thorns on the path and she put a curse on them that they would never be without a widow, a widower, or a blackguard.
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2019-05-30 20:41
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There is a stream flowing through Meenoline and it is said that the Bishop confirmed children there during the penal laws. It is between two little hills so that no one could know it. In the same stream there is a blessed well known as [?].
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2019-05-30 20:39
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Not very far from our land is a well. There is a legend attached to it. It is said that a poor blind man lived far away from it. One night he had a dream. He thought he saw a well by the side of the road, and if he came to it and washed his eyes he would get back his sight.
He arose immediately and went to the well and washed his eyes and he got back his sight. Ever since it is called [?]. It is now a blessed well and people go to pay rounds there in May.
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2019-05-30 20:36
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In our farm is a deep hole in spring which is called Poul na n-Cas. It is said that a huge was caught there and being an unusual size it was called after him. It is also said that it is because of a waterfall which was just above it and is now dried up. The stones are like a rough stairs. The spring in which the water-fall was is now dried up but another stream flows into the hole.
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2019-05-30 20:34
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There is an old road running through our land from the Knockbrack boundry to the fence which divides our farm from Mr John Woulfe's land. It can be traced from the Abbeyfeale-Athea road for about four miles to the east. It is very distinct in our land and in Mr Leahy's land a mile to the East. All traces of it are obliterated in some places but it can be found again a hundred yards or so. It is said that it was the route Bianconi's Long Cars took when they were going to Kerry.
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2019-05-30 20:31
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It is said there is gold hid underneath the ground near the graveyard in Athea. There is a flag over the gold. One night men dreamt about it and how the flag was covering it and they thought they got the gold. The next day they went to Athea and when they were digging underneath the stone a bull came out of the churchyard and left none of them go near it.
It is said that no one can go near it and that the bull is minding it until the right one will come for it.
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The Bean-Side was a Hartnett girl from Dromtrasna. One day she was binding oats in a garden and a whirl-wind came and carried her up into the air and she was never seen again. It is said whenever any of the Hartnett's dies she is heard crying or she cries after anyone with O before their name. She is always heard crying near a stream or a river.
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A priest was going one night on a sick call. A girl appeared before him three times. The third time he asked her what was troubling her. She said to say mass for her in the morning. The priest said mass for and she was never seen again.
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The Ardagh Chalice
The Ardagh Chalice was found in September 1867 near a fort near the village of Ardagh by a man digging potatoes. The Chalice is composed of several kinds of metal.
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In the year of the Famine 1847 there lived a poor man and woman who were travelling from place to place looking for something to eat but owing to the bad times and scarcity of food they died in Mrs Kate Quirke's land and were buried there.
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Not so far from us is a place called Graifeen. It is said that a priest named Fr Grifeer said mass there during the penal laws.
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There was a spirit long ago who was called Spred Na Bearna. She used to go around by night and knock the cocks of hay and frighten the people. One night my Granduncle saw her going by a stream combing her hair. A priest worked his power on her and vanished her. Some say she was not there atall.
Marie Galvin, [?]
Ballybehy.
This story was told to me by my Grandmother Mrs Mary Galvin age 76 years.
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In my grandfather's land there is an old graveyard. It is said that it was used during the Penal Laws. It is also said that all the families used be buried in one grave. They had no head-stones but small wooden crosses.
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a card-player named Barney used to pass by it at night on his homeward journey from card playing.
One night he happened to be very late and he saw a crowd of little men playing football in a field close to the fort. As soon as they saw Barney they all started to shout "Tip it to Barney" meaning to kick the football to Barney. Barney was made join in the game and was enticed into the fort out of which he never escaped.
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There are many forts around this district the best known of which are Fortwilliam, Fortfredrick and Drumina Fort. These are the residences of the fairies or good people who were supposed to live in Ireland long ago.
There are built in the form of a ring known as the magic ring. This consisted of a circle of earth in the form of an embankment. If any living person entered this ring he would immediately become a fairy and he could not hold intercourse with his people any more.
Drumina fort which is situated in the townland of Drumina, Parish of Lurgan, is surrounded by trees. Some years ago
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Nettles are given as food to turkeys, ducks and chickens. They are not cooked but are chopped small & mixed with hot stir about.
Groundel is given to caged birds and chickens.
Dandelions are given to caged birds especially canaries. Their roots are used to make a drink for delicate people.
Wild sorrel is eaten raw.
Water cress is eaten raw especially in sandwiches.
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Shield fern.
Rock fern.
Mill-foil or yarrow.
Farban or buttercup.
Spearmint.
Wild parsley.
Milk wort.
Sow-thistle or Judy-black-head.
Marrow roogle or wild rhubarb.
Deadly night-shade or devil's berry.
Robin-run-the-hedge or goose-grass.
Scarlet pimpernel or St John's wort.
Celandine.
Daisy.
Clover.
Cat's paw or catter poll.
Cowslip.
Shamshog or sorrel.
Lady bed-straw.
Dead man's hand or wild rocket.
Thistles and nettles are usually regarded as a sign of bad land.
Cowslips are a sign of poor land.
Dead-man's-hand and rushes are a sign of marshy land.
Clover and buttercups show good land.
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The most harmful weeds found in this district are:-
Shaky heads.
Wild vetch.
Spunk.
Lamb's quarter.
Plantain - black heads or soldiers.
Thistle.
Nettle and dead nettle.
Evlans or capogs or dock leaves.
Burklins.
Groundsel.
Wild fire weed.
Bultrans or buachalans.
Dandelion.
Hemlock.
Chicken weed.
Wild thyme.
Eye-bright or kiss-me-quick.
Speedwell or cat's eye.
Silver weed or rabbit wort.
Lime wort.
Fox tongue fern.
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2019-05-28 22:46
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the daily routine will begin again.
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the evening my pay suffers.
The morning passengers rarely speak very much but the midday people ask questions which are sometimes not easy to answer. Where is such a street? What time does the midday train arrive in Cork? And still I must keep smiling.
Whenever I am short of coppers everyone seems to be short as well. When I am short of silver everyone has coppers. At ten past five I am back again in the garage. I count my cash and tickets and hand them into the cashier. The rest of the day is mine. I am free until six in the morning. Then when my noisy alarm whirrs
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My alarm clock [?] at five o'clock and at six to the minute my bus leaves the garage. All the passengers clamber aboard when we reach the starting place. Then my days work begins in earnest.
Between eight ad half past eight we carry heavy loads and I have to watch the Time-Table carefully. If we are anything behind time some people will be late and there be complains. During these periods of time too I have to be careful in giving change, for if I am short in
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would be a few minutes in the bottle to empty it again and let the steam of the bottle to the burn hole and it would burst immediately.
Boils:- A girl that never saw her father can cure boils by breathing on them three times. The seventh son in a family has a cure for boils.
Warts:- If a person with warts got a stone with a hole and water in it without looking for it. The water would cure the warts.
Headache:- For a person with a headache they could cure it by taking a good drink of black tea or to hold your head over hot tea would cure a headache.
Maureen McGrath Kilgevrin. Told by
Patrick McGrath Kilgevrin Milltown
Tuam Co Galway:- 58 yrs
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In olden times the people had a lot of cures for diseas such as
Wild Fire:-
It is said that when the wild fire begins to spread if the persons name was written round it. It would be getting smaller and smaller until it would be all gone.
Whooping cough:- If a person had the whooping cough. They would be cured by going out before a man on a white horse and asking a cure of him. Whatever cure he would give would cure the whooping cough.
Bun hole:- To put boiling water into a bottle and when the water
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2019-05-28 20:21
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arrive home after the wedding would get a prize. Once two were hasting home after a wedding. They were going so fast going down a corner they were put in over the wall. The people that were looking on thought they were killed. But they escaped without being hurt.
The people would never come home the same way as they would go. A crowd would go out to meet the wedding with torches and shouting welcome.
In olden times a lot of strange men used to go to the weddings. The people used to have great welcome for them.
Maureen McGrath, Kilgevrin
Told by Patrick McGrath Kilgevrin
Milltown Tuam Co Galway age: 58 yrs
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necklace to wear on the wedding day.
Long ago when a couple would be getting married on the way to the chapel they would exchange handkerchiefs. No one ever gets married in May because it is an old saying :-
Marry in May
and you will rue the day.
The bride always wears blue or grey clothes. Red for joy Black is unlucky. Old people say that if a bride gets married in back it would bring bad luck to her that it would not be long before there would be a death of one of her near relations.
Long ago each man and his daughter would follow the wedding to the chapel. The first to
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In olden times the people used to have a lot of strange customs at weddings.
Most of the people get married in Summer time nowadays. It is an old saying marry in June few days will be weary. In olden times the people used to get married during shrove [?]. Another saying is :-
Happy is the Bride
That the sun shines on
Happy is the corpse
That the rain falls on.
When a couple would be getting married the man would borrow a watch or tie pin. The bride would borrow a pair of gloves or a
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farm, by Lloyd.
The above was heard from -:
Mr Pat Carney,
Granny,
Ballinameen,
Boyle
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on marriage.
When O'Beirne was evicted from his farm, a man named Brett was put in his place. The people of the district gathered to see if they would be able to put Brett out of O'Beirne's land, and put O'Beirne in on the land again. They were met by a large police force, about a quarter of a mile from the house. The crowd was pushed back, and all the people went home, after the police had charged them with fixed bayonets.
After some time Brett had to leave the house because the people boycotted him, and they jeered and shouted him no matter where he went. After that O Beirne was put back again on his own
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friends and relatives gathered in Croghan to celebrate the occasion.
The news arrived that the heir was born, but that it was dead. The Lloyds were greatly shocked at this news, and they thought of what the priest had said. They did away with the 'soup-houses' and said no more about religion.
The landlord evicted a family by the name of O Beirne, because he could not pay his rent. After the eviction, he went to live in a neighbour's house.
The Lloyds came into possession of their lands, in Cromwell's days, when the land was taken from the Irish, and given to the English. The land was divided into small farms, and sold to the people of the district. These farms were sub-divided amongst the families
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five hundred people were gathered. They marched from Ballinameen to Croghan House, where the Lloyds lived, and they called Mr Lloyd out. Father O Connor told Lloyd to do away with the 'soup houses' but at first he refused. The people began to draw nearer, but the priest held them back. Lloyd said that the poor people wanted something to eat, and the priest told him not to have anything to do with religion.
After a few more words the priest asked Lloyd did he believe there was an heir coming for Croghan Estate, and he said that he did, but the priest said there would not. After some time his wife went to a nursing home in Dublin to give birth to the heir. There was a great number of
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2019-05-25 21:53
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Lloyds were the names of the landlords of my district long ago. They were in the district for over two generations. For about the last fifty years of the reign of Lloyd, he was considered a good landlord. Before that the Lloyds tried to make 'supers' of the people - that is by building 'soup-houses' all over the district and gathering all the poor people of the place, who had nothing to eat during the bad times, to them, but in return for the food, the people had to become Protestants.
There was a clergy man in the district named Father O Connor, who did not like the idea of the soup houses. One Sunday after last Mass, he ordered all the people to come together, and about
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In every district there are people who count certain days lucky and others unlucky. For example they say it is unlucky to cut hair on Monday and Friday.
People would not begin work such as harvesting, ploughing and hay making
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-ing that they were the large cars used on the farm. I saw boys making fishing rods. They got a piece of thick sally and tied a long twine to it. At the end of the twine they attached a pin with a worm on it. They thought when the fish came up the pin should stick in it.
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try to kill birds. They also make whistles from an ash stick. The Master said he often made guns of elder sticks. Every boy makes [?] eyes. Boys make snares, but it is not for the use of them but the pleasure they find in making them. I saw a boy making a pipe. He made it with a horse chest nut. He took al the pith out of the nut and then put a stick with a hole in it into the side of the nut. The Master said he often made war-caps with rushes.
Long ago the children had pans and cans for toy cars. They drew sand dust and grass in them imagin-
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them as we nowadays have on costly brought made toys and enjoyed them as much if it were an eight ton lorry. They made toy cars. I saw toy cars made myself. They are made by getting an old box and putting wheels under it.
I made neck-laces with primroses also. I made a neck lace with chest nuts by putting all the nuts on a twine. I made bangles of daisies. I made a belt with 'sweet' papers. I saw a toy stool made.
Boys made 'catapults'. They got a stick the shape of the letter 'y'. Then they tied two strips of rubber to it. It is a toy by which they
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Long ago people made their toys and had as much on
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the neck.
People make a dog lick pimples to cure them.
Swellings in the flesh were cured by putting penny or a stone against them. The old people cured a burn by rubbing paraffin oil to it. Another way to cure a burn was by rubbing bread soda to it in order that it might not blister.
A bleading nose was stopped by putting a key down the back. It was stopped also by laying flat on the back.
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They say there is money buried under the steps in front of the door of Annesleys house. Mr. Annesleys fore fathers that put it there. Years ago a man from Castletownroche tried to dig it up one night between eleven and twelve o'clock. A ghost woman hunted him as har as his own door. When he went to open the door she gave him a kick and he died shortly afterwards. It is silver that is buried there. Four half soverigns is buried there.
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drawing nearer though they could not see him. The two men went to the other side of the ditch and they could hear the bull roaring over where they had dug. The bull stayed there and when the men saw he was not going away they went home. Next morning before the two men went to work they went to see where they had dug but the hole was filled up again.
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Told by my Grandfather, Patrick Bridgale
Written by Christopher Shannon
Turnpike Road
Ennis.
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There are two forts in Mac Mahon's field near the Showgrounds. The remains of the [?] and stones are still to be seen, standing up in a row. It is said that a man named Mister Malone cut sticks in one of the Forts. He heard footsteps walking around the fort and a voice said "Stop cutting those sticks". The man took no heed of the voice and he would not stop cutting the sticks.
When the man came home to his dinner he could not eat it, and he got a pain in his back. He went to bed and died. It was then the people knew what had happened to him.
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2019-05-21 22:08
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There are many forts around the town. People lived in forts long ago. They had little houses in them. The little houses were not very strong. When they made a house, they made a river all round it. They piled up the sand and they made walls.
There is a fort out in Inch in Mrs. O'Donnell's land. No one is supposed to go in there. No one is supposed to go in, and cut a tree there. The last man who cut a tree there died. It is surrounded by little bushes.
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2019-05-21 22:05
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In Winter there is water poured in to heat the milk it does not need it Summer.
Then the butter is taken out and washed with spring water until all the buttermilk is washed out of it.
Then it is salted and made into a roll or prints.
The milk that remains is called buttermilk.
It is given to pigs and calves it is used for making bread and for drinking.
This was told to me by Bridget Murphy Johnstown.
Age 77 years.
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We have a churn at home.
The size of our churn is about three feet high and two feet wide it is like a barrel.
It is about twenty years old.
The parts of the churn are, the dash, the claibbin, the lid, and the churn. The churning is made once a week.
My mother makes the churning. The old people used to put salt and coals of fire under the churn before they made the churning.
If a stranger comes in during the churning, it is right for him to take the dash if even only for a minute for fear he would steal the butter.
A churning takes a half an hour in Summer and an hour in Winter. The dash is pulled up and down until the churning is made.
When the churning is made the lid is taken off and the little bits of butter are seen on the claibbin of the churn.
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2019-05-21 22:00
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Long ago the houses were not built the same as they are now. They had little houses some of them made of mud and others made of daub and stones.
There was only a kitchen and a hag.
They slept in the hag.
In those houses there was only one very small window.
The floor was made of daub or flags.
They had no candles or lamps as we have now.
They used a lighted piece of bog - deal for a light.
Some of the houses were roofed with flags and others were thatched.
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These are the games I play.
Ring a ring a rosy, High gates, Thread, Thread the needle case, Little Sally water, Chickens, Hide and seek, Draw, Draw a pail of water, Fat and lane, Blind man's Buff and Pokey.
The children amuse themselves in Autumn with nut cracking and Blackberry picking. They also amuse themselves on Winter nights singing, dancing and telling stories.
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2019-05-20 00:57
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write in history in Irish into our history copy-books. We get about a half an hour at those subjects every evening. Then we go home. The master is the last in the school every evening and he locks up everything.
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own games such as "London Bridge's" and "Sally Sally Warner sitting in the corner" and we also have other games of our own. The boys have not many games except following one another and kicking football. We all keep playing until the time is up and then we are obliged to go in. Then we continue the other subjects until three o'clock. When three o'clock comes the master gives us an exercise. Sometimes he only gives us a few sums and more times geography especially the day we have a bit of geography. Then he lets us all home except those that think they have a chance of getting to a higher school. He keeps those in every evening doing subjects such as Algebra and Geometry and Irish reading and on Fridays we
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I am in sixth class now and I always want to be in school at ten o'clock. The master is in at half nine every morning. Usually I am in at quarter to ten. When I come in I always do a bit of dusting. Then when ten o'clock comes we sit down in our own desks and do a few sums. When this half hour is over the master calls the rolls. The next half hour we usually do an Irish composition or a bit of Irish reading. The next half hour we write out an English composition or an Irish composition which ever of them are ordered.
When this half hour is up we come along to Catechism and when that is examined it is half twelve so then we get a half an hour out. The boys have their own games and the girls have their
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and then thrash him with a leather belt. Mr. Joyce did not remain long in that school, and when he was gone the pupils were not sorry. If you had not a sod of turf with you every morning he would send you home for a sod and give you a great thrashing before you would be let home. Some of the pupils would not get a sod belonging to themselves but steal it out of a stack when they would be going to school.
I heard this story from Austin Mc Ging, Lanmore, Liscarney Post Office, Westport, Co Mayo. (aged 75)
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The schools a hundred years ago were different to the schools nowadays. They had no slates then so they had to do with thatch. Lanmore school was situated above Thomas O Malley's house and it is still standing. Thomas O Malley has it for a stable now. There were a lot of pupils going to that school. There were nearly three hundred sometimes. The first master that taught in that school was William Duffy who taught their for many a year. When that school was getting old a new school was built in Lankill in Lord Sligo's wood in the year 1848. William Duffy was teaching there until he went on pension. The next man was Joyce who was very cross. If a boy would speak to another boy Master Joyce would put him up on a boy's back
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to be high wind.
When the hills seem near hand it is a sign of rain. To see a fog in the evening is a good sign of the next day. It is a sign, of rain to see soot falling from the chimney. To see a blue blaze in the fire is a sign of storm.
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When the sun is up early in the morning it is a sign of rain that day. When there is a ring near the moon it is a sign of storm far away, when it is far away from the moon it is a sign of storm near hand.
When the clouds are going South it is a sign of good weather and when they are going East it is a sign of showers.
When there is a rainbow in the morning it is a sign of rain and a rainbow at night is a sign of good weather. The wind that brings the most rain to our district is the west wind.
It is a sign of rain to see birds flying low, and to see them flying high is a sign of good weather. To see a cat with his back to the fire is a sign of rain. To see a dog eating grass is a sign of rain. When the sky is red all over there is going
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times out of wooden boxes, and their brothers make small tables and other furniture for them.
The older girls make clothes for their sisters dolls, pincushions, embroidery, and many more things.
Both boys and girls make small boats out of wood and paper, and then they sail them on the water. In Summer they make shops in the open air, and imitate a shop by selling clay for sugar, ashes for tea etc. The girls make mud pies and cakes to sell in the "shop".
Girls often make tieballs for children. They wind thread round two pieces of cardboard, and they cut the thread each side and they tie it in the middle, they are like big tassels. They are very good for pleasing a baby, especially if they are all coloured.
Hair Bands: The girls in this district make hair bands. They get about fifteen woolen threads the same length, they then divide them into fives, and plait them together when they have them plaited they sew elastic to the ends of the plait and then the hair band is made.
Flower Chains: They also make chains out of flowers. They gather a lot of flowers and cut of the stems, then they get a needle and thread and put the flowers into it. Some wear them as hair bands, and others wear them as necklaces.
Galatine Belts: Some make gelatine belts with galatine
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When children get holidays from school they usually spend their time making toys.
Boys are very fond of making small stools, bows - and - arrows, stone-slings, snares, bird-cages and many others. On a windy day they make paper kites and fly them in the air.
Bow and arrows, are made with sticks which can bend. A stick of an ash tree is the best. The stick is slightly arched and the two ends are tied together with twine or a strip of rubber, and an arrow made from a stick shot from it.
A sling is made from a long twine, and a piece of leather with two or three small holes in it. The leather is fastened in the middle, some stones are put into the holes, and the sling is whirled round quickly and the stones fly off.
Girls like making rag-dolls. They stick pieces of cloth into the shape of hands, feet, body, and hand. They then stuf them with saw-dust, they either paint or stick eyes, noses, and mouths on them.
Some children can make dancing dolls out of wood and wire. Girls also make dolls houses, some
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Come, come beautiful Eileen,
come for a drive with me,
up by the mountains
and down by the fountains,
and away over the valleys,
and won't it be lovely,
Make up you mind, and don't be unkind to me,
And we'll drive to "Old Loughrea".
II
To the road I'm no stranger,
I'm no Connaught ranger,
And leap like a bird on my jonten car,
But Eileen said no sir,
With you I won't go sir,
you'ld know what the story would be,
I'ld rather be walking,
Than have the people talking,
you'ld know what the people would say.
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and here is where you would see,
the great old Irish dancers of the west,
the women folk with their grand red petticoats
and their small plad shawls on their shoulders
neat low shoes and black stockings,
dancing so gay to that famous old tune
"The rocky road to Dublin".
III
The cocks and the hens
who were reared in this little village
would come down from their roost
and go out into the little yards,
on a Sunday night,
to listen to the strains
of those great old Irish melodies
played by old John Monohan on his violin
IV
This beautiful village has vanished,
grand stories no more do we hear,
but the rumble and bumble of motors
electricity now in the air
that violin which once gave the music
to people, light hearted and gay,
has passed to some friends o'er the waters,
From this beautiful hill at Loughrea.
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About the people who lived
In a little village called the hill
about seventy five years ago
The people of this little village
numbered about two hundred strong
They were noted in the west of Ireland
for their great talent, singing and dancing
and great musicians
They were also noted for their great hospitality to each other,
They shared each others joys and sorrows alike,
they were hard working industrious people
and had a great pride in their native village
If a stranger insulted one member of a family
the whole villagers were up in arms against him
II
They had a great violin player
in this little village, named John Monohan
and all the people of the village
would collect to this man's house
every Sunday night in the year
For the purpose of singing and dancing
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the market it is made into one big roll.
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when churning so as to harden it. Sometimes if the weather is very hot, the butter is left lying in spring water for a few hours. In Winter when the days are cold lukewarm water is put in the butter so as to keep it from getting too hard.
There are many pisrogaes about churning. It is said that if a neighbour or a friend comes in when you are churning that they should always take a hand at the churn, or if not, they will take the butter with them.
More people put a hot cinder out of the fire under the churn to help the butter to come on. It is customary to sprinkle the churn with Holy Water before starting and to make the sign of the Cross and then to sing a hymn while the churning is being done. It is an old custom among the Irish when giving away a can of buttermilk and put a few prints of butter into it. It is also customary when there is a station in the village to give a little print of butter.
When the butter is taken out of the butter dish it is rinsed in cold water to remove all buttermilk. Then it is made into little prints with butter spades and if it is for
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2019-05-12 20:30
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Nearly every house in the country and some houses in the town have a churn. There are two kinds of churns. One which is called a dash-churn and the other a cylender or machine churn. Both of these are used in a very simple way.
The dash-churn is shaped something like a barrel. It is wide at the top and bottom and narrow in the centre. The cream is put into the churn first and then the dash. It is worked by working the dash up and down. The silender churn is round with two legs about three inches long under it, to keep it steady when being worked. This consists of a handle and a dash. When the handle is connected to the churn it is connected with the dash too, making it revolve inside. Thus the butter is made in about a half an hour.
In Summer when the days are hot, the butter is usually very soft. Therefore there is cold water put into the churn.
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2019-05-12 20:26
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It is recorded in the fifth year of the reign of Eremon, about the year 350 B.C. the lake of Loughrea appeared. This is the first mention we have of Loughrea.
One day a woman went out to the well for water, then, when she had the water got she went off and forgot to put the cover on the well. When she was gone about a hundred yards she notices the water flowing after her.
Then she went back to put on the cover but she was unable to do so, for the water had burst forth all over the ground, then all the people tried to stop the water, but they were unable.
It is said that this is how the lake of Loughrea was formed. It is also said that many people are buried under the water.
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2019-05-12 20:20
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that he had risen from the dead.
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Some years ago a man named Michael Flagherty from South Connemara was admitted to the Co. Home Loughrea which is a home for aged and infirm persons.
On his admission he gave the names of his nearest relatives as Mrs. Ward Clifden, to whom notification would be sent in case of his illness or death.
At the same time another man of the same name from Connemara was admitted and both appeared on the same page in the Co. Home books.
The second named died, and immediately by mistake Mrs. Ward was notified of the death. She felt the loss keenly and called at the Co. Home to take the remains home to have them interred with his father and mother in Clifden.
When the man was about two weeks buried, the first named decided to leave for home for a time to see his niece Mrs. Ward and he set out. When he reached Clifden consternation half mingled with fear, reigned in Clifden when his niece and pals saw him, and thought
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2019-05-11 18:51
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My games are hide and go seek skipping, draft Sheila Pooken, tip, Sally Sally water, High gate, Jenny Joe; Drafts are winter games. High gates plated during the dry part of the year. It is played by any number of children who comes out side and form a ring and one comes out side and tips each one on the back. Saying not you, not you
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2019-05-11 18:49
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put a little salt in warm water and used it as a drink.
Young families often times would not admit to their parents that they were hungry so as to sooth there feelings. The phrase "Goodbye God till the potatoes again" was to be heard on many tongues. Many people gave a great deal in Charity to the hungry and gave largely of there own to the poor. The British Government had ships sailing from Limerick with beef, butter, and corn and the Irish people starving at home. In short words it was a black famine and reduced the population of our country. Had we never taken Queen Elizabeths potatoes but stuck to our oats and wheat we would have plenty of good oaten bread instead of black famine of 1847.
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2019-05-11 18:46
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In 1845 back spots were noticed for the first time on the potatoes not in the ground but after they were dug and pitted. When they were boiled people noticed with surprise the black spots. The following Spring time they had many whole black spotted potatoes. In 46 they blackened in the ground and also rotted and in 47 they were a complete failure. The few that were white were eaten by the people that had nothing else to eat so that only a few could save enough for seed for the spring. Starvation was stalking all over Ireland. People ate nettles and dandelines and when they saw a patch of clover they feasted on it. Sickness followed deaths were numerous and in many cases working men with large families lived on a meal a day. Many such cases were in our locality where children
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2019-05-11 18:41
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days they were called lispa, hence Lislehane and Lisnaboy. They are all circular in shape with earthen embankment with an entrance hole in the centre where people entered and found chambers within. It was supposed unlucky to interfere with them by tilling and ploughing. Some say they were built by the Danes as a fortification for their dwellings from their enemies. They were also supposed to be the home of the fairies.
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2019-05-11 18:39
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Fairy forts in our school district are fairly numerous namely Ard na Gaoithe three, Ahane, Cnoc an Gharrain one, Cnoc na Gaoithe fourteen, Daragh one, [?] one, Raughoune two, Gortnacreh two, Mologhroe three, Lisnasaorsean one. In early
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2019-05-11 18:37
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Girls made chains from daisies pink and white ones by drawing a needle with a very long thread through the centre of the daisy and wore them as we wear necklaces or girdles now.
Girls stuffed white cloth with rags to form a doll putting a white border cap on its head and painting the lips with blackberries. Boys made a line by stringing thread spools and fastening it across the kitchen for keeping stockings and light clothes over it. Boys made flog guns by scooping out the soft pulp of an elder branch taking a thin bit of [?] and fastening a tow on one end then filling the elder with water putting a soft cork on the other end with the wooden stick shooting through by forcing the water to squirt around. Scooping the inside of a turnip and shaping out a space for the eyes and paring around the mouth to shape the teeth and then placing it in a dark room with a bit of lighted candle was often done to scare people.
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The leader then bends down her head and sets a task for each forfeit.
When the tasks are done the game starts again with a new leader.
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2019-05-07 18:57
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Fireside game
Jack is alive. A number of players sit around the fire. The one chosen as leader lights a piece of twisted paper and holding it upright in her hand says, "Jack is alive and alive still if he dies in my hand a forfeit I will give.
Then hands it on to the next player who repeats the rhyme. The player in whose hand the flame goes out must pay a forfeit to the leader. The paper is again lighted and this continues until all but the leader has payed the forfeit.
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2019-05-07 18:55
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List of games I play :-
Tig, Postman, Stations, Skipping, Musical chairs, Colours, Statues, Steal the Sheep, Grand-mother grey, Birds fly, Forfeits, School, Shop, and some others.
My special days in each year are
Summer - Our annual picnic
Autumn - Snap apple night
Winter - Christmas Day
Spring - St Patrick's Day
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2019-04-13 17:31
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It is believed that there is a grey-haired woman minding it, and that she only leaves it one hour in the year.
The owner of the fort put a spade on top of place where the treasure is and it slipped down.
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2019-04-13 17:29
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It is supposed that there is a hidden treasure in a fort in Wakefield. A certain man named Nolan dreamt of it several times.
He often asked young men to go with him to the fort in each of but nobody would go because it is thought that one life will be lost in the taking of the gold.
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2019-04-13 17:28
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home. They went to the man's house. Where is the money I gave you the other day said he to his wife. "When did you give it to me" said she. The day before I went to school" said he. So the man went away thinking the old man was mad.
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2019-04-13 17:27
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Once upon a time a rich man was travelling between Stokestown and Roscommon. He lost his purse. An old man was breaking stones on the road-side. He got the money and gave it to his wife. She told him not to say that he got it at all. He said that he would not.
Then his wife said that he would have to go to school and learn something. He went one day but would not go any more.
He said everybody was laughing at him. A few weeks after the gentleman came looking for his money. He asked the old man. He told him that his wife had it at
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2019-04-12 14:52
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If you see a hen bringing in a wisp of straw into the house and if she leaves the straw inside, the visitors will wait for a few, and if she brings out the straw again, the visitor will come in and out again.
If the tongs fell into the fire they would say a stranger was coming to the house.
If a spoon fell they would say a lady visitor would come in.
If they see a new moon they will bless themselves and wish.
If they hear the banshe crying they will say someone around the place die.
If you see two hens fighting they would say a stranger was coming to the house.
When the people heard a dog crying the people would say a person was going to die the place.
If sparks flew out of the fire the people would say were to get money.
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2019-04-08 19:53
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an old house while they were only half dressed, and stones were piled against the door while the house was burning. The cause of this burning was the shooting of two policemen.
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He being dead some years previous to the burning, left many valuable things, but all were burned.
Again some miles further off, the four charred Walls of Mount Shannon Manor are the only evidences of the awful burning which also happened in 1921. This mansion, owned by a millionaire named Jackson was one of the most beautiful for miles around.
In 1924 Stradbally Cottage opposite our school was burned to the ground. All the occupants were out, but much damage was done although many attempts were made to save it.
Authority Mary Bourke Derrylush
In 1920 a house owned by Mr. Ahern of O'Brien's Bridge was bombed and burned. The occupants were all in bed, but were called by a number of masked men. They were flung into
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2019-04-08 19:46
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On the banks of the Shannon over-looking Doonass we find the ruins of a beautiful Mansion. The owner was a very wealthy landlord named Lord Massey. In 1921 his mansion was burned to the ground.
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2019-04-08 19:45
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lost, while the other man gripped a bush until help arrived.
Not many years ago four men went fishing on the Shannon near Castleconnell. It was a very foggy night and they missed their way. They were taken down the river. Three of them managed to reach the bank, but the other held on to a tree all night until help arrived next morning.
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2019-04-08 19:44
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high. On coming back the current was so strong that it swept the boat before it and on reaching the Falls of Doonass it over-turned and the two lives were lost.
About ninety years ago Lady Massy of Hermitage was drowned while crossing the Shannon. She was going to a Ball at Doonass and had decided to go by road but the night turned out very bad and so she went by boat. Three fishermen were with her. They were swept by the current over the Falls and all four lives were lost.
Another accident occurred in the year 1919. Two men took a small boat up the river towards O'Brien's Bridge. The vessel capsised on striking a rock. One life was
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2019-04-08 19:41
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Some years ago two little boys were paddling in the water near Doonass. They came upon a boat and were playing for some time. Suddenly the boat was driven before them with a wave. The boys followed and got into the boat. The vessel hit against a rock and the boys were flung out. Two men immediately went to their rescue but failed to reach them in time. Their bodies were taken home to Limerick next morning.
A ferryman by name of Reynolds who lived in Chapel Hill was drowned some years ago. He was accustomed to crossing the water every morning and bringing a man from the Clare named Fraser who was working in Castleconnell over. This morning he crossed and the water was very
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2019-04-07 23:29
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If you dream about the same thing three nights it will come true.
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If you comb your hair out the road you would see the Bean-Shee that night
If you ever find a comb it is said you should never pick it up because it might belong to the beanshee.
If you drop your glove and pick it up again it is said you would have a disappointment.
If there is a twist in your belt you will have a row with some one.
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2019-04-07 23:27
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It is not lucky to look behind you when out
It is not lucky to go in to a new house in May.
Two sisters together is the sign of bad weather.
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2019-04-07 23:26
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you would have good luck for the rest of the day.
When you see a borough boundary if you spit on it you will have luck for the rest of the day.
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2019-04-07 23:25
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If you find a white thread on your coat it is the sign that you are getting a new coat
When you see a white horse if you wet your heel and stamped it to the ground
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2019-04-07 23:24
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It was also an old custom when a new born baby was just born for the nurse to mount some steps, even a chair, so as to bring the baby up higher.
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2019-04-05 20:09
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Once upon a time a man named Michael Kenny dreamt of a pot of gold one night. This gold was hidden in a field of Richard Phibbs in Cloonamahon. He dreamt of it three times after other. The first night he dreamt of it he didn't pay any heed to it because he thought it was only lies. When he dreamt of it the third night he said he would go and dig for it.
In the dream he was told there was a weasel minding the pot of gold and there had to be a life lost at the lifting of the gold. So this man set off about twelve o'clock in the day and he brought a cat with him. He began to dig and when he was digging he heard the weasel squealing and when he went to put down the cat into the hole the squealing began louder and louder. But he didn't wait to put down the cat or to dig for the gold.
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2019-04-05 20:05
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Ballydehob is in the Barony of West Carbery. There are three hundred and thirty people in the townland of Ballydehob. There are a hundred families in the townland. All the houses in my townland are slated. These are the people over seventy:-
Mr. Donovan, Mr. Murphy, Mrs. Barry, Mrs. Barton, Mrs. Driscoll, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Roycroft, Mrs. Roycroft, Mrs. Neill, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Scanlon and Mrs. Sullivan.
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2019-04-05 17:55
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the trees with a grain of salt or a drop of milk.
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2019-04-05 17:55
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In the village of Cullohill there was a stirabout house where the hungry people used to go every night for a quart of stirabout.
The potatoes were sowed in six-sod ridges, some of which are still to be seen.
The population of Ireland before the famine amounted to almost nine millions while the population after the famine fell to about four millions.
In the year after the famine the Government brought seed potatoes to Ireland from foreign countries so that all people would not die. The Government also built houses around the country and put servants in them to make porridge for the poor people. A short distance from this school there are two very high banks one on each side of the main road called "Meehan's banks" and at that time there was no road there only a big bank. The Government paid men of this district to cut away the hill between these banks in order to make a road.
This money which the workers earned enabled them to buy some provisions. Indian meal was also given by the Government.
The people also had to eat leaves of
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2019-04-05 17:49
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The famine of 1846 to 1847 affected this district very much as it affected every district in Ireland. All the people would have starved only for a Spanish ship coming with a load of "Indian meal". There is the site of an old house near Dollard's house Cullohill which was occupied in that time but is now in ruins. There is another site near Collier's house Ballyhealy which was occupied then.
There was no spraying done that year and so all the potatoes rotted. Nearly all the potatoes decayed and there was very few seed for the next year. The year of the famine the people went to the priest and asked him what they should do. He told them to sow the snags. They sowed them and they grew. The next year the people had potatoes but some sowed the snags and they did not grow.
The people ate turnips and mangolds when they had no potatoes. Most? of the people of this district died of starvation and hunger. A great fever followed the hunger and more people died.
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2019-04-05 17:44
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due to the moisture in the atmosphere. When the weather had been bad and a very good day comes the people call it a pet day because generally such a day just signifies a lull in the storm.
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Wind from the north betokens hard frosty weather. Wind from the west ensures rain. When the wind blows from the east the weather is generally cold and unhealthy.
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When the swallows fly low rain is near hand. When they fly high tis a sure sign of good weather. When the cat turns his back to the fire tis a sign of rain.
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If you see a dog drinking water out of a stream tis another sign of rain. When the frog changes his yellow-vest and dresses in a russett coat storm is near at hand.
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A red sky at night is the sheperds delight.
Another sign of bad weather is a red sky in the morning. Many people say that when the wind whistles through the house it is whistling for rain and this is called "The Stepmothers blast". When the seagulls fly inland to find food the farmers say that the sea must be pretty rough. The curlow is called "The hearlder of the rain". Once hear the curlew's whistle and you can be sure the rain is at hand. Crickets sing on the hearth its another sign of bad weather.
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In the Spring and Summer when the wind blows from the North a period of good weather is at hand. Those who suffer from rheumatic pains claim that they can tell when the rain is coming for the pains get worse
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2019-04-05 17:32
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1.
What stands at one end of the wood and eats at the other end?
Answer A Pig eating out of a trough.
2.
What is deeper than the sea?
Answer A Tailors Timble
3.
As round as apple as deep as a cup
And all the kings horses would not pull it up?
Answer A Well
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4. I went up the road and down the road and took the road on my back with me. What is it? A ladder
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5. Blackie and whitie went up the hill - blackie came back and whitie stood. V. A black hen and a white egg.
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2019-04-01 21:32
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Ploughman: Pat Hand of Hartstown was a great ploughman. He was able to plough a half acre a day. He died at the age of sixty five in the year 1933.
Ploughman: John Flood Galboystown was a good ploughman. He ploughed a half acre a day. He died at the age of seventy in the year 1932
Thresher: Paddy Connell Crossakiel who was called "Paigin The Hollow". He was a good thresher. He threshed with a flail. He died in 1908 at the age of eighty
Turf Cutter: Joe Brien Rosmead was a good turf cutter he was also a good wheeler and clamper of turf. He died at the age of eighty in the year 1913.
Mower: Jerry Philips Rosmead was a good mower. He mowed three roods a day. He died at the age of eighty five in the year 1920.
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are lighted in honour of St John. Each street has a bonfire of its own and for weeks before the boys have been collecting turf and timber and [?] or bog deal for the fire.
A bush is burned on every field where crops are grown and prayers are said for the crops. Long ago people used stay dancing around the bonfire till morning
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2019-04-01 21:24
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This is called Mairc [?] in Irish.
It is said that all the unmarried men and women have to go to Sceilg Micil on that night as a penance for not having got married during the Shrove.
The 1st of April is called La na n-Amadan or All Fool's Day. People delight in making fools of others on that day.
The 24th of June is St John's Day or La Sain Senen. On the Night before called [?] Sain Senin large fires called bonfires
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2019-04-01 21:21
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The following are some old customs about wakes and funerals. When a person dies the clock is stopped to show the time that the person died. When a person dies their eyes are open; a penny or a two shilling piece is put down on the eyes to keep them closed. It is a custom to take the dead person to the church the second night. It is the custom for the mother not to go into the graveyard when her first child dies.
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2019-03-29 22:32
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them is called starch.
They also made potatoe-cakes from boiled potatoes. They would mash them cut them like a tri-angle and fry them. When they would have that done they would put butter on them.
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2019-03-29 22:30
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In olden times there were no such things as iron Plough's, the ones that were used were made of wood for ploughing the land. There was only one side and they would only turn up one sod at a time. There was twice as much labour in planting potatoes long ago.
When they would have the drill turned up they would spread manure on the drill, manure is made from the bedding of cows and horses. After the stables are cleaned out, the old bedding is piled in a heap to rot for some time. Then it is called manure. Without it nothing will grow because it moistens and nourishes the soil.
When they have manure spread on the drill they come along and drop a seed potatoe about a foot apart the length of the drill and then turn in the drill.
In about two months time the new stem of the potatoe begins to peep over the clay it is then time to mowl them to protect them from crows and frost.
How they used to make starch. They would boil potatoes into pulp and then they would strain them and then the water strained off
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2019-03-29 22:27
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In this country the men usually put the potatoes in ridges and drills. The men in this country get pig manure and spread it on the potatoe ground when it is plowed, and then they dig furrows and they get a bag of clay and cut the potatoes in two places and dip them in the clay. If it is in ridges they are putting the potatoes they put them in threes, and if it is in drills they put them in ones.
They mowl the potatoes because if they do not the potatoes would not grow very good.
When they do not want them to get wet they put them in little heaps and put hay, straw, and then sods of grass over them.
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2019-03-28 00:13
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Ludo is played as follows.
A card with different squares painted on it is got. There are round pieces of card board put in some of the squares. A dice on which there are numbers is thrown and as many squares are passed over as shown by the dice. It is continued until a person reaches the starting place and this person is the winner.
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2019-03-28 00:11
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We play highgates by making a ring and holding up hands. One person then calls out another to catch him when he is caught the one who was catching calls someone else and the game is continued this way.
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2019-03-28 00:08
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No. 7. Four Willing Servants
One Summer Eve I chanced to stray
Through verdant paths where feathered
songsters play.
I sat close by a purling river-side
When soon my eyes a lovely maiden spied
Four willing servants I perceived she chose
Who wrought untiring to provide her clothes
So friendly were they while I was in view
That every time they met they gave a kiss, or two
Now this is true & by experience tried
That every time they met the Gordian knot
they tied.
Ans - 4 Knitting needles.
No. 8.
Adam and Eve came down this way.
To inspect the ladies' costumes of to-day.
Said Adam to Eve my dear there is not
much change since we were here.
Adam and Eve came down this way
To inspect the ladies' costumes of to-day
Said Adam to Eve. "I think my dear
there's not much change since we were here".
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2019-03-28 00:02
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They plaited a lot of long sallies and made a ring out of them they stuck sticks in one side and out of the other side and when they had that done they weaved other sticks in and out through these sticks. They put two handles in it when they had it made.
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2019-03-28 00:00
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to the size of the nail required.
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Basket making at that time was somewhat different to that at the present time. There were various kinds of baskets at that period.
There were rush baskets and sally baskets. Sally baskets were made with sallies steeped in liquid for some time, and then split and bound with rushes.
Nails
Nails were cut by hand with flat iron according
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2019-03-27 23:58
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The people long ago made their own mats. They used to gather rushes and plait them while green.
They used to weave them together then, and bind the edges with canvas.
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Cutting and Sowing Potato Seed
When they used to be sowing potatoes they used to cut the potato in halves. Then they used to burn a stick in the fire and put the sign of the cross on each scollan and when the time came to sow them they used to sprinkle holy water on them.
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2019-03-27 23:49
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timber dolls were made the same but the parts were shaped from timber.
Eating Eggs on Easter Sunday
On Easter Sunday they used to put a big plate of eggs in the middle of the table and every one could eat as many as he liked.
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2019-03-27 23:47
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these curls. The young girls used to wear coloured shawls which looked beautiful.
Patchwork Quilts
The people made all their own shawls and beautiful white quilts and patch work quilts. They crochetted little squares and then sewed them together to make a white quilt. To make a patch work quilt they used to cut square pieces of different coloured cloth and then they sewed them together.
Rag-Dolls
The people made rag dolls and timber dolls to amuse themselves. They gathered a lot of rags and rolled a big piece of material around them and this made the dolls body. They made the other parts the same but shaped them differently. They painted the face. The
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At Wakes
Long ago it was a custom at wakes to have plenty of drink and to have a big plate of snuff in the middle of the table. The person of the house who used to get a lot of smoking pipes and fill each one with tobbaco and hand one to each man.
Cloaks
The old women used to wear black cloaks with hoods on them and the hoods used to be trimmed with white. Sometimes they wore white bonnets with little lace curls around them. They had special irons for making
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2019-03-27 23:40
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went down with a candle trying to see them, but when he got to the trap door leading to where the golden things were, the candle blew out.
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2019-03-27 23:39
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My mother told me that long ago the friars owned St Mary's protestant Church but it was the Catholic Church then.
She told me that there are some golden chalices and other golden things buried in an underground passage from the church to the river and no one could get them till the Friars get back the Protestant Church for a Catholic Church again. One day a man
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2019-03-27 23:37
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If the smoke goes straight up when it comes out of the chimney it is a sign of fine weather.
If the smoke goes down when it comes out of the chimney it is a sign of wet weather.
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2019-03-27 23:36
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Soap-making long ago was just as big and industry as it is now. They used to get fat called tallow from the cow and mix it with soda and lime, and some other substance. These were all mixed up until they formed into a stiff substance. They were then left to get solid and cut into the required lengths.
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2019-03-27 23:34
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If you see seagulls coming inland it is a sign of a storm.
If you see wild geese flying north its a sign of bad weather.
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2019-03-27 23:33
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Sea-Weed
If you had a piece of sea weed when it would be damp we would have bad weather and when it would be very hard we would have fine weather.
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2019-03-27 23:32
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Stars
If there were a lot of stars in the sky the people would say that the next day would be frosty.
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2019-03-27 23:31
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Swallows
If the swallows fly high it is the sign of fine weather and if low it is the sign of rain.
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2019-03-25 19:47
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The following are the farm animals we have: the horse, the ass, the cow, the goat and the pig.
The following are the names of the cows: Casey, Old Daly, Young Daly, Moroney, Jim, Flanagan and Tobin.
Jack is the name of the ass.
Hag is the name of the horse.
Billy is the name of the goat.
When a man is driving cows he says, "How! How!"
The cabin in which the cows are kept is called the cows' cabin.
The litter we put under the cows is old hay and straw.
The cows are tied in the cabin with chains around their necks.
The tie put on a trespassing cow is called a sideline. The farmer makes the tie.
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2019-03-25 19:41
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A weasel is a very dangerous animal. If anybody pelted a stone at him he would come in the night and kill you.
Long ago there was a man mowing hay. He found a weasel's nest and for safety he removed it out of the way. In the evening the mother weasel came home and she could not find her young ones. She went mad around the meadow looking for them. The man had a tincan of milk in the meadow for a drink. The weasel went to it and spat into it so that it would poison them. (The people - [?]). At long last she found them and she came back again to the tincan and knocked it and spilled the milk "way" the man would not drink it.
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2019-03-25 19:37
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The bread they used eat long ago was wheaten and barley bread. They used have to grind it in the quernts make flour out of it.
They also used make stampy. This is how they used make it. They washed and peeled the raw potatoes, scrape them on a grater, and drain it on the table. When it was drained it was put into a cloth and squeezed. Then a cake was made of it.
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2019-03-25 19:35
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We have a churn barrel at home. It is barrel-shaped. It is one you turn round with your hand. It is three feet high and it is about four feet in length. It is made about fifteen years. The dashers break up the cream. We have eight cows. It is made twice a week in summer and once a week in winter. The women make it in winter and the men in summer. If anyone comes in while it is being made he helps to make it. It takes about a half-an-hour to make the churn. The hands are moved while making it. The butter is taken out with a butter scoop. Then it is put into the butter tub and washed with three different waters. The it is salted and rolled up in butterpaper to sell.
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2019-03-25 19:31
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We have a churn barrel. We call it a churn. There are two handles in it. It was made a year ago. We have six cows. The butter is made twice a week in summer and once in winter. My mother and sister make the churn. If a stranger comes in while it is making it is right for him to make a dreas. The old people say that the people would never make the butter if he did not do so. It takes a half-hour to make the butter. Only the hands are moved while making it. The churn gets heavier and the butter falls between the slappers. The butter is taken out with the skimmer. We make bread of the buttermilk.
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2019-03-25 19:28
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There are three forges in this parish. The three of them are thatched. The doors are made of timber and they are hung on hinges like any ordinary door.
The principal work that the smiths do is shoeing horses, asses, and ponies. When they are working they use many implements, namely, a hammer, a pincers, a sledge, and a knife.
The knife is used for cleaning horses' hooves. They repair and make ploughs. They make barrow-pins.
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2019-03-25 19:26
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There are three blacksmiths in this parish. The smith uses a hammer, an anvil, a bellows, a sledge, a tongs, a pincers, and a vice. He puts shoes on horses and asses. There is only one fireplace in the forge. The bellows he has is made or iron and leather.
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2019-03-22 22:30
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Palms are blessed on Palm Sunday. Nearly everybody brings Palm to the church to get it blessed. In the country the farmers put the palm in their bedrooms and in their outhouses. It is left there till the next Palm Sunday. It is taken down then and new palm is put up.
In Clones there is a holy well. If a person going away to a foreign country takes a bottle of this water he will return safely.
It is said that clay was lifted from the grave of Dean O'Neill for a short time after he died.
Shamrocks are worn by the people on the 17th March in honour of St. Patrick. The people get little boxes of the shopkeepers and send away shamrocks to friends in foreign countries.
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2019-03-22 22:27
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On Christmas Eve many people go out of the town to gather holly. They put it round the walls of their houses and over holy pictures.
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2019-03-22 22:26
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around. When he was coming home with the cows he had to pass through the filed in which the bush was. A man who was out shooting fired a shot as the cows were going through the field. The shot startled the cows. They ran wild and some of them in their mad rush tramped the bush to pieces. John was coming behind and saw what happened. He set about to mend the bush as best he could. He tied up the thin branches with pieces of ropes made from grass.
The bush started to mend and as it did John's luck mended.
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2019-03-22 22:24
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In the townland of Altertate in Mr. Foster's field a lone bush is situated.
One day as John Armstrong, a servant boy in Foster's, was going for the cows he noticed how the bush was more thickly covered with leaves than any other bush in the ditches
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2019-03-22 22:22
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In the townland of Mullans about two miles from Roslea there is a lone bush. There are many divisions in it. Some people say that it was the fairies set it up and others say that there is a king buried under it and the bush was put there for a mark. It is said to be very unlucky to cut a piece of it. One time a man named Jack Faux living in the same townland townland cut a piece of it and he had very bad luck afterwards.
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2019-03-18 22:20
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while she sneezed.
He was not long above on the rafter when she sneezed the first time. He said nothing. A few minutes later she sneezed the second time. He kept silent. Later she sneezed the third time and then he cried out in a loud voice, "God bless us its a site to see a fine girly like you being brought". He had scarcely finished the words when down he fell on top of the table and broke all the dishes. He told the people the story and as a reward they gave him the sale of his saucepans along with the saucepans. They also let him partake of the feast, and the young bride was saved.
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2019-03-18 22:18
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Once a tinsmith or tinker was going to a certain town to sell saucepans. On his way a lorry over him. In the lorry were two young men. They offered him sale for his saucepans if he would do them as a favour. He promised to carry out their orders. They gave him a seat in the lorry and when they had gone a few miles they stopped outside a house. In the house was a bride who had just been married. All the people was seated at the wedding feast within the house.
The men then told the tinker they were two fairies and that they had come to bring the bride. They told him she would sneeze three times and they put him up [?] to the people on one of the [?]. They forbade him say anything
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2019-03-13 22:15
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long until a big giant came out and he said come here what are you in here for. They started to fight and the boy kill the giant. In the evening the boy drove home the cows and the had a lot of milk.
The woman gave the boy a big mug of milk when he was going to bed. In the morning only one giant roared.
The boy got up as quickly as he could and eat his breakfast. He milked the cows and put them up to the giants field and the wall was built up again the boy put her shoulder to the wall and knocked it let in the cow's. Having done this he got up on a apple tree and was getting some when a big witch came
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2019-03-13 22:13
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going across the fields and he asked her did she want a boy to help her and she said that she did.
He took two buckets and went to the well for water. The woman told him that there were four big giant's living in a castle beside her and not to go out near them because they would kill him.
The boy went to bed early that night and when he got up the next morning and milked the cows and put them up to the giants field he put his sholder to a wall which was round the field and knocked it and let in his cows. It was not
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2019-03-13 22:10
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get down off the tree and to take a stripe from the top of his nose to the tip of his tail, and he would be as strong as himself. The boy got up on the tree and his bull and the other bull started to fight at the wood and the big bull killed the boy's bull and the big bull started to push the tree to knock the boy off it. The boy stayed on the tree until the bull went away. Then he got down and took his knife and cut a stripe from the top of his nose to the tip of his tail and he was as strong as the bull.
Then he saw a woman
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2019-03-13 22:08
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off through the wood. The bull told the boy as they were going along that he had to fight another bull that day. He told the boy to get up on a high tree and stay there until the fight would be over. The boy got up on a high tree and remained there until the fight was over. Then the boy got down off the tree.
The boy and the bull travelled on until the came to a wood and they stopped there for a while.
Next morning the bull told the boy that he had to fight another bull that he would be able for him. He told him to get up on the highest tree in the wood and if he was killed, when the other bull would be gone away to
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2019-03-13 22:06
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When the boy had enough eaten he put on the horn again on the bull. The bull told him to get up on his back and hold his horns well. The boy got up on his back and away with the bull up the field until he got to the house and he let a roar that shook the house.
The old step mother was at the door, and the bull gave a leap on top of her and killed her.
There were people from all parts of the country with swords and knives and sticks trying to kill the bull and they were not able.
The bull leaped across hedges and ditches until he came to a big wood. Here they both stayed for the night, and when morning came they got up and took their breakfast and started
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2019-03-13 22:04
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the blood and spit it out agin and she made out it was her hearts blood. Then the boys father asked the old step mother what would cure her and she told him that nothing would only the heart and liver of the bull.
The man told her that he would give her anything she would ask for. The boys father sent him down to bring up the bull to kill him. The boy went down roaring and crying and the bull asked him what happened to him.
The boy told the bull that he went down to bring him up to be killed. The bull told him to get up on his back and take off his right horn and get a wishing cloth and wish for anything he liked, then the boy did it.
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2019-03-13 22:01
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on the horn again.
The little boy used to go down every day. The step mother was wondering where the boy was getting all the food because he very fat.
One day an old sister of the boys step mother was coming across the fields and she saw what the boy was doing along with the bull. She went up to the sister and told about the boy and the bull.
Then the old step mother made out she was sick and she killed a hen and put the blood into a bottle and went to bed. When she would hear anyone going up to the bed she would get the bottle from under her head and take mouth full of
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2019-03-13 21:59
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One time there was a little boy and his mother died and father got married again. This mother was very bad to the little boy she would give him nothing to eat only crumbs of bread and buttermilk.
This boys father had a great big bull. The woman taught she would get the boy killed she sent him down to look at the bull. The boy went down crying told him not to be afraid to go over and take off his right horn and that he would get a wishing cloth in it and spread it on the grass and he could wish for anything he liked the boy did as he was told. When he had enough eating he put
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2019-03-11 22:14
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stir about, brown bread and sour milk. The year 1847 the potatoe crop failed and lots of people died.
The tea came in use about 60 years ago. there were no cups in use until the tea came. they had timber mugs, the name of them were "pegini".
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2019-03-11 22:13
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They had three meals a day in the olden times which consisted of potatoes, sour milk and stir about.
They had to rise with the lark and work about three hours before breakfast. They used to fish and eat the fish they would catch.
They very seldom ate any meat at Christmas and Easter is was a luxury. They grew their own wheat, at Christmas they used to set it. Then they would get it ground at the nearest mill into flour. On a griddle they used to bake it. They lived on potatoes,
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2019-03-11 22:11
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them but they ate them raw as they were.
Meat was a luxury at Christmas and Easter. Brown bread they used which they made on the griddle. They grew the wheat them-selves and sent it down to the mill.
When the famine was in Ireland in the year 1847 the people died in hundreds because the potato crop failed and they had nothing to eat.
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2019-03-11 22:09
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The food of the olden times was far different to the food of to day. Three meals a day they had and they consisted of yellow meal potatoes and butter-milk.
They had done two hours work before breakfast. They had the dinner at two o'clock and they had something to eat before bed time.
They caught fish in the river and they did not cook
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2019-03-11 22:08
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The food of the olden times was very plane. The people used meal, milk and potatoes. They were as big as giants. They fished in the rivers and they ate the fish which they caught. The meal was not half boiled. The famine came when the potatoes blackened on the people in the year 1847. The people died by the road-sides in hundreds with hunger.
It was a bad time in Ireland. About sixty years ago the tea came.
Eamon Meehan. As told to me by my father.
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2019-03-05 19:33
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The following I had from James Quirke Ballybehy, aged 76.
His father spent the day cutting splinters of "bog-deal" with a sharp knife. They (the splinters) were tied in bundles and hung on an iron peg driven into the wall close to the fire. At night, during meal-time, one of the family held one of these lighted splinters over the table while the meal was going on.
Later, the splinters were followed by what he called "dips" - that is cotton or woollen threads were dipped in melted fat usually obtained from goats.
He further told me that they found some of the splinters carefully hidden by the old man in his bed when he died
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2019-03-05 19:30
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In my Grandfather's land there is a big stone. A giant threw it from O'Briens on the top of Abbeyfeale hill. It is about two tons in weight. Where is landed there was a King's palace. It is growing up from the earth. It is said if a person struck it they would not live twenty four hours.
Men went one night to strike it but it failed them, they all got afraid and no one of them would strike it. It is in the townland of Cahir Lane Abbeyfeale.
Marie Galvin [?]
Bally Behy
This story was told to me by my Grandfather Mr Martin Daly, age 80 years.
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2019-03-05 19:27
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Long ago there used to be many floods in Ireland. There was one and many people were destroyed and land carried by the river. This flood is about 90 years old. Before this the weather was wild and rainy. This flood held about seven or eight weeks.
Marie Galvin [?]
Bally Behy.
Told to me by my Mother Mrs James Galvin, told to her by her Grandmother Mrs Patrick Fitzgibbon who died at the age of 97 years.
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2019-03-05 19:25
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In one of our fields there is a remains of a school which people made during the penal laws. It is in a hollow place. There is a low ditch and little trees planted on it all around.
There is one big tree in the middle where the slate used to be hung. There are humps inside in it where the children used to sit down and a big one where the teacher sat. The teacher would get money every day from the children.
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2019-03-05 19:23
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At Bearra long ago there used to be a dog seen. He would make at the people and snap them, but if they struck him he would turn into something awful. The people were terrible frightened and would not go the road by night for fear they would meet him.
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2019-03-01 21:17
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Another night there was a man named Timothy Hanley going home from Castletown. It was about eight o'clock. He had no light, because he did not expect to be so late. When he was going up Croumphane road, he saw a pig. The pig was in his way, and the man jumped out of the car to hunt him away. When he went back to his car, he found there was a man standing near it, and the pig was not to be seen at all.
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2019-03-01 21:16
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did not get up for a week.
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2019-03-01 21:15
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One night about four years ago, there was a man visiting one of his neighbours' houses. His name is Daniel Kelly. When he was coming home it was about one o'clock. He went up Clash road as it was the shortest way for him to go home. There is one part of the road where there are trees growing. When he was passing them some one came out of the bushes and caught him. He was dragged into the river. He could not see any body, but when he was trying to go away, he found he was caught tightly. After awhile he was left go and when he tried to walk he was not able. He crept a few yards and then he was able to walk. It was four o'clock when he reached home. He went to bed; and
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2019-03-01 21:12
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days after this and he died.
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2019-02-28 19:38
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water out of the well. It is said that the fish is there to be seen to this day.
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2019-02-28 19:38
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place called Cromogue. The well sprung up through a trunk of a tree at the side of his field also it can is there to the present day. In Cromogue there was a Protestant woman who used always get water out of the well. One day she went to fill a bucket with the water out of the well. She went home and filled the kettle with the water. She put it on the fire. After a long time she noticed that the kettle was not boiling. She took off the lid of the kettle and looked into it and there she saw a little fish swimming about in it. She got frightened and hurried back to the well and put the fish in. She got a fresh bucket of water and put in into the kettle and it was boiled in no time. She turned Catholic and never took anymore
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2019-02-28 19:35
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There is a place called Clonenagh mid-way between Portlaoighise and Mountrath in County Laoighise. There is a well there and it is up in a tree beside the main Road, between Portlaoighise and Mountrath. Plenty of people go there to be cured of any diseases they are suffering from. In the tree is a hole in which the well is.
The well was in a field belonging to a Protestant man. This man got angry when he saw his field trampled and he removed the well. It settled in a
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2019-02-28 19:32
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St. Brigid's well.
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2019-02-28 19:31
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There is an old well in one of Mr. Blake's fields on the Heath. In years gone by when Protestant people lived there was a man and when he drank out of the well he fell ill; but it broke out again at the bottom of the hill.
This well was blessed by a priest in the olden time. When the well started it was at the top of the hill but from that day it is at the bottom of the hill. This well is called
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2019-02-28 19:29
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a mile further in the same direction, but on the left side of the road at Derrygarran on Mr. Walshes farm a bush which is said to mark the place where a friar was shot after saying Mass.
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2019-02-28 19:28
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In Maryborough in 1704 there is a reference to Mass houses as late as 1694. The site of this Mass-house is supposed to be a burial-ground enclosing the square tower of the former Protestant church. On the right hand side of the road as one goes from Borris towards Mountmellick the ruins of a thatched chapel is pointed out in a field belonging to Mr. Jessop. About
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2019-02-28 19:26
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A priest threw a chalice into St. Fintans Well at Cromogue, after this the same priest came to the well to get the chalice but without success. Instead of the chalice he saw a blue fish and anybody who sees the fish is said to be cured.
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2019-02-26 21:50
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I play a lot of different sorts of games. In Spring I play marbles and sometimes "fool in the middle" which is played with five or six stand in a ring and one in the middle who is called fool in the middle who is called "fool in the middle" and each one standing in a hole and keep changing places and the fool tries to get into the holes.
In Summer I play colours which is played by eleven or twelve players and a namer and a divil or an angel and they keep naming the colours to see who will get the most.
I sometimes make a daisy chain with a piece of thred and High windows and Low windows which is played with eleven or twelve standing in a ring and someone to throw a piece of paper at one of the children to tig them.
In Autumn I make hats out of leaves that fall from the trees with thredd and sometimes the roundberries that grow on the side of the road and sewing them together and making crowns out of them.
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2019-02-21 19:29
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"If you are anything to God touch this and if you are from the devil begone". Then he went off in balls of fire.
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2019-02-21 19:28
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There was a man that used to ramble every night to a neighbouring house and on his way across the fields, a man that was dead for years used to meet him, on the way and every night he used to come nearer to him. He began to get more wicked looking. Then man got afraid that he might kill him and he went to confession and told the priest. The priest said that he was to go the next night and went he would see him coming he was to bless himself and speak to him. The man had no nerve to do it, and the priest said he would go with him. He went and he told the man to tell him when he was coming. When he came near the place the man said he was coming and the priest took out the Stole and said
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2019-02-21 19:25
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she heard only one Mass right
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2019-02-21 19:25
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There was a woman one time who resolved to go to Mass every day for one year. She went every day and put a stone in a box for every Mass she heard and when she went to count the stones at the end of the year there was only one stone in it. She told the priest and he said that, that meant
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2019-02-21 19:24
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Long ago mass was said at a certain tree in Attyconnor. The mass bells were found in the tree about six years ago. They were found by men who were working at the cutting down of the tree. They were six bells found in the trunk of the tree. The bells used to ring in the middle of the night.
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2019-02-21 19:23
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Long ago mass was said at a certain tree in Attyconnor. The mass bells were found in the tree about six years ago. They were found by men who were working at the cutting down of the tree. They were six bells found in the trunk of the tree. The bells used to ring in the middle of the night.
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Religious Stories
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I'm a simple tenant farmer, from the Co. of Wicklow
I always strive to gain respect no matter where I go,
It's for honesty of justice, I do solemnly declare,
I am fighting for my native land I think it only fair.
Hurrah for Mr. Parnell and his gallant little band
He did his best we must confess for his own dear native land,
I love the little spot, where I have my piece of land,
It's the farm my father tilled no mansion half so grand.
This song was composed by Edward Harte of Ballas.
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Corporation recently elected in Limerick that the first Royal Charter granted to Limerick by John, Lord of Ireland, etc was signed at Killaloe on December 18, 1197.
The home of the Banshee of the O'Briens is also of interest. On the top of Craglea lived Evin the beautiful, who guided the fortune of the O Briens at the Battle of Clontarf. It is said she gave the Dalcassian hero, Dunlang O'Hartigan, the mantle which, so long as he wore it, made him invisible.
A view equally grand can be obtained from Craglea. One can see on a clear day the spire of St. John's Cathedral, Limerick, a distance of 15 miles. A short distance from the base of this
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2019-02-16 17:50
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Ballina. It is a memorial of the defeat of the English in the year 1193 and is known to contain the graves of the Linster men. There is a magnificent view from the graves embracing the Shannon for several miles; the holy island Iniscalthra, Scarify bay, and a great parts of Tipperary and Galway.
Standing on the bridge of Killaloe, one can easily see where Sarsfield forded the Shannon with his 500 gallant men, and met Galloping Hagan on his daring march to Ballyneety, when he destroyed King William's guns and camp, besides showing no mercy to his soldiers.
It may be of interest to recall, in view of the new
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little shop. She is an ardent supporter of De Valera and he never fails to see her when he is in the vicinity. The district around Killaloe is very hilly and the soil (very) sandy with the valleys very fertile.
Killaloe itself is full of historical interest. Here was the palace of King Brian Boru. His grandson's grave (Turlough) lies within the precincts of St. Flannan's Cathedral. It may be mentioned that Turlough was called the illustrious King of Ireland, and was so addressed by Gregory VII.
Kincara was the home of King Brian the Brave. Not far from Killaloe is Thoum Thinna (the Wave of Fire).
This mountain is situated about two miles behind the village of
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From O'Gall, O Gonalloe's Sunny
Slopes
To Keeper bold and brave,
From the summit of old
Crag.
To its Fiery Brothers side
And oh! for a lovelier valley
you'd search the world
wide".
Like all other towns and districts there is one name more common than others. The same thing holds good in Killaloe and you would scarcely go two or three hundred yards from one Ryan to the other. There is also in the Main Street of Killaloe a very old lady named Mary Mc Keogh. She is 96 years of age and is still able to transact her own business and look after her own
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My home district is Killaloe a (picturegue) picturesque town situated at the southern entrance to Lough Derg.
Long ago there lived in an island in the vicinity of Killaloe a saint named Lua and it was from this saint that the town got its name.
All the houses in the town are slated and the approximate population is about twelve hundred. There are some songs about Killaloe one of which is as follows :-
"Cast your eyes where'er you
may
Theres beauty everywhere
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America. The townland is not mentioned in any song or saying. The land is hilly but still there are not any woods, lakes, or bogs in the neighbourhood.
There is a story told about a hill which is situated in Knockadereen, by the name of "Nancy's Hill". Long ago a fairy named Nancy lived there. She went to Wards for the loan of a pot. They gave her the pot and in a few days she returned with it and when she was going away they went out after her and she disappeared.
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My home district is Knockadereen which is situated in the parish of Killaloe. Knockadereen means the "hill of the oak". In olden times there were a lot of oak trees growing in the neighbourhood. It consists of six families and twenty four people. There were three slated houses and three thatched. The oldest person living there is Mrs Kelly, Knockadereen, O Brien's Bridge, but she does not know any Irish. The houses were more numerous in former days than at present, but now there are not any in ruins.
In olden times a lot of people emigrated from Knockadereen to
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the river where there was a bend which held the hay. They found the cow eating it.
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In the year 1801 there was a terrible storm rain and wind. The rivers overflowed their banks so much so that there were cows and a lot of hay taken away by the flood.
And one man living convenient to the OwenMore saw his cow being swept away by the flood and he jumped into the water after the cow. When his wife saw him she jumped into the water also. When they were about a quarter of an hour in the water they came to a narrow part of
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terrible drought. There was no rain for a couple of months and the farmers thought their crops would fail. The rain came in time to save the crops.
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In the year 1900 there was a
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In the year 1839 a great storm swept this land causing much destruction. A great number of cattle were killed and the roofs were blown of many houses.
There were trees knocked also some fell across roads and people were unable to travel on them. A tree was blown on a house in Coolbock but the people succeeded in getting safe out of the house.
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tree and the woman were blown away. Houses, trees and hay were blown away and many people and animals suffered.
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In the year 1838 a big wind rose and many things were blown away. There was a man living in a house and his mother was lying in bed. The roof was blown from the house and the man was afraid to leave his mother alone in the bed. He brought her out and tied her to a tree. Then he went away to get help to put the roof on the house but when he came back the
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There came a terrible storm in the year 1918. It did terrible damage and hay and oats were blown away and the roofs of houses were blown away.
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crag. In those days the roads were filled with poor people begging. The farmer thought of a plan to get rid of all the stones that were in his land. So he told all the poor people that came his way that if they worked at clearing of the stones and made them into high walls that he would give them their dinner of potatoes, a penny a day, and their nice shelter at night. In a very short time, he had such a crowd of poor people working for him that his land was cleared for hi and beautiful stone walls built for him which can be seen to this day and which are known all over North West Clare as "Flanigan's dry walls".
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went to the poor man's cabin to order him out. The poor man refused to leave the cabin except on one condition:- that the other man was able to put him out.
The struggle began; after about half an hour the rich man succeeded in getting the poor man outside the door. "Ah" said the poor man "I'm beaten at last but you wouldn't do it only that I had to give the only turnip. I had to my family this morning and I haven't eaten anything for the past twenty four hours and I will now go on the road with my family". When the rich man heard this he took pity on him, let him back to his cabin, shared whatever food he had with him and they both survived the famine.
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In the years of the famine a man lived in Callura, about a mile and a half at the south side of Lahinch. His land was all a
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During the year of the famine there was a farmer living in Moher who had a tenant. This tenant was unable to pay his rent owing to the bad times. The farmer asked him for the rent several times but the poor man couldn't pay the rent because he had not any money to pay and besides he had a big family to support. At last one day the farmer decided to evict him without the aid of police or bailiff so he
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than to give it to them.
Then Captain Ellis went into the man and said if he would not give them the flour he would withdraw his troops and make him give it to them.
So the owner of the mill gave them the flour and they paid him for it.
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put all the dead people into it.
In the time of the blight the potatoes, turnips, and cabbage were very scarce.
The people used to dig up the ground to see if they would get any potatoes.
There was a poor old woman over in Moy and she went around and picked them up and brought them home and set them and she had never such a crop of potatoes before.
At this time there was a flour mill in Clarecastle and the man over the flour mill had it guarded with men so that no one would take the flour.
Captain Ellis of Miltown went down to Clarecastle and saw all the people below outside the mill waiting to get some flour.
The people had money to pay for the flour but the man would not give it to them because he would rather see them dead
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When the potato crop failed in 1846-'47 the people were dying by the side of the road for the want of food.
They were eating the turnips off the gardens and they had not any Indian meal stir about.
A man of the Moroney's who lived in the Ballard Road had a contract for burying these people who had a disease called "Cholera".
He used to bring these people with his mule and cart to the graveyard and if the man had no time in the night he would leave them outside the door until morning and then he would bring them over to the graveyard and bury them.
The undertaker Thady Donnellan used to make a big box and
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quickly that a man took the contract to bury them in loads every day.
It is said that he had 3)6 for every corpse he buried.
The coffins they had were made of rough timber and there was no mounting in them.
The way they used to bury them was - they used to dig a big hole and put four or five coffins into it and cover them over lightly with clay.
When the poor people were in the Atlantic Hotel there was not a periwinkle or a limpet left in the strand but they picked.
Some of them used not boil them at all they used to eat them uncooked.
By the time the famine was over in this parish very few survived it.
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In the famine year the Atlantic Hotel in Spanish Point was full of poor people who were called paupers; also Aranview in Fintra was full of them.
There was a fever Hospital in Parknalassa in the Mullagh road in Miltown Malbay where Mr. Hanrahan now lives.
The people were dying so
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Just on the brink of the
waters,
Convenient to Caherciveen,
He was the king of this
country,
The shamrock and harp was
his crown
God rest his soul - tis in
Heaven,
Says the youth that strayed
from Miltown.
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from Miltown".
Says John Bull I am tired from
speaking
To give over I think it is
time
We had a man here from your
country
And that was the year '29.
Whether right or wrong was the
question
He tried to [?] out the
game,
And Daniel O Connell they call
him
From Derrynane in Kerry he
came.
VIII
Says the youth "He was born in
Cain.
Where the old ruins to-day can
be seen.
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us,
Like thunder our cannon did
roar
And we made proud Napoleon
surrender,
When exiled to a far distant
shore.
VII
Says the youth you may boast
of your money,
Your soldiers are brave Irishmen
And I'd say but for them too
only
A battle you never would win
Just show me one gained by
honour
Or by the sword on the
field was cut down,
You are too fond of spies and
informers,
Says the youth that strayed
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But tell me, who is the right
owner
Of the land where the shamrock
grows fair.
As long as our green flag is
waving
An Irishman won't be put down
He's always now ready for
fighting
Says the youth that strayed
from Miltown.
VI
Says John Bull, "Though a stranger
you're saucy,
No doubt your expressions are
great
But see how we did beat the
Russians
The zooloos we did them
defeat.
We conquered all e'en came before
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noise.
It is because I'm from Ireland,
By your larking you do on my
frown,
But remember you met the
wrong hero
Says the youth that strayed
from Miltown.
IV
Says John Bull "why do you
stray from your country,
Like wild geese you do go away
To America, Queensland, and
Australia,
You're never tired crossing the
seas".
V
Says the youth, we must go
from our country
While oppression rules over us
there,
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through London,
He met with John Bull on the
way;
And just as he passed round
a corner
He stopped, and those words he
did say:-
"Good evening, Pat, where are you
bound for?
Or when did you land on the
shore
Or do you belong to the Fenians
We had in the year '64".
III
Says Pat, "Now don't speak about
Fenians
As he looked at John Bull
with surprise
But remember the last words of
Emmet,
As they were the cause of much
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I
Last week now the newspaper
tells us
About an Irishman who did
sail away
In hopes to meet with
employment,
As thousands before him did stray
He resolved to travel through
England
For about to walk up and
down
But he never denied where he
came from,
In Kerry, a place called Miltown
II
One day as he walked out
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cell untill my trial day,
My loving wife she came to me,
And those words to me did say
John my dear cheer up your heart
and daunted do not be,
It's better to die for Ireland's
right's than die in slavery.
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I am a true born Irishman
John Mitchell is my name
To free my land and countrymen
From Newry town I came
When first I joined the
brotherhood
It was in '42, and then what
happened after, I am going to
relate to you.
I raised the standard of Repeal
and gloried on the deed
But I vowed to Heaven I never
would die untill Ireland would
be free.
II
Closed confined in my prison
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Why is a crow the bravest bird in the world.
Because she never shows a white feather.
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In the olden times there were a lot of forges in this district. Mr Brady had a forge at Corbeha Cross and Ned Riley had a forge in Baile na lice and Michael Hurley had a forge in Lannact and Frank Hogan had a forge in Knockbeha and a man by the name of Laurence Kelly in Caher had another forge. These men used to work in their own forges.
All these forges are knocked now. They used onely charge a shilling to put on one shoe.
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where is the milk gone into the other one where is the milk that is in that jug the bull drank it where is the bull the butcher him where is the butcher he is gone under the ground and he left orders here who ever laughs smiles or shows teeth would get nine pinches and a thump. There is an other game name hot hands every one would hit there hands
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The children used to play a lot of games long ago. They used to play high gates and blind man's buff one would put something around the others face and he would follow them and the one he would catch would have to put on the coat on themselves and follow the others. Giving round the button. Holding a persons hands over one another and one would ask where is the milk that is in that jug its gone into the other jug
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wives but before he died he gathered all into a room and got a whip and whipped all round the room. He had a castle in Black Island in Lough Graney.
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There was a man named Fireball Mac Namara. He lived at Dillons in Knocknageeha. He had a only son and he made a bet with another gentleman that he would shoot an apple off his son's head. He did so and this is the reason he was called Fireball. He had five or six
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The roads in Knocknahane were made about fifty years ago. The men were paid only nine shillings a week and had to support themselves. Between thirty or forty men were working on it. Married men had to support their wives and children on that. The gangers name was Moloney he lived in Dooras.
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Knocknahane is a big townsland. There are six houses in it. There are remains of old houses in it. There is one near Michael Brodericks mountain. An old woman and her daughter were living in it. The old woman died and the daughter went away to America.
The people gathered one Sunday and built a house for her and she got a public house and she made some money. The old woman name was Kitty Lynch.
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There is a holy well in Gortaveha and the Mac Allens own it. It is called "Tpbar tabair na gaille". People with bad eye sight were cured at this well by washing their eyes in the water. They say it is also good for head aches. The general belief is that a Saint was travelling from Limerick to Galway being overtaking by night layed down to rest by this well and the old people finding out that he was a holy man treated him and they were drawing water from this well he told them that he had it blessed.
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Biddy Early was living in an old house below Feakle on the road to Limerick. She was married twice to a man named Connors was her second husband. Connors and her self were in Lahinch and he was walking on the cliffs and he fell in. Some one came and told her and she said she knew that before any one came and she saved him.
She had a black bottle full of witch craft. The [?]
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Long ago there was a lot of schools here and one was in Tom Mc Inerneys barn. The teacher was John Kennedy of Knocknahanee. There was another school in Knockatunna in John Walshes barn the teacher was Terence Mc Fadden.
Every school or used to go to school about the age of twelve years and used to stop at the age of eighteen. The masters used to pinch the scholars to punish them. Every scholar used to bring two sods of turf every morning and a penny every Monday morning.
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When the black and tans came over to Ireland. They burned many houses in this parish such as Pat Holohans and Peter Mac Arthurs in Knockbeha and Tom Moloney's in Feakle. They also ordered John O'Mara's house but an old peeler told them not. Why they burned these houses in revenge because the rebels took an active part in the rising and the owners gave them food and Danny Mc Namaras house in Feakle was burned also.
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Long ago every one knew how to make baskets. They cut rods. They stuck three at each corner and four standards and two at each standard. Then they weave the rods. That is how every one used to make baskets. Paddy Farrell used to make a lot of them and sell them for four or five shillings a pair.
People used to make a lot of them long ago but no one makes them now.
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A long time ago people used to eat nothing but stir about for the breakfast and potatoes for the dinner and supper they used to eat only three meals in the day. They used to drink milk with the potatoes. There was no tea drank except a Christmas.
The people used to go working to other people some times and they used to get only two meals of potatoes. There was stronger men and better men than is now.
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The best known mower in this parish was John Mc Allen who mowed two acres in one day and it would take four men to do it now. He lived in Gortaveha. Another good worker was Stephen Mc Namara who lived in Curraclun & he dug a road of "lawn" in one day that four men would not do it now.
Michael Broderick was the best man in this parish to cut turf, he could cut cut three sods of turf and have the last sod on the bank the first.
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and considerably shorten his journey. He had scarcely entered the ruins when he became aware that someone was walking with him. Then to his left he saw a dark shape resembling that of a man, surrounded by a fog of pale-blue smoke. It glided towards another opening in the ruins, and then disappeared mysteriously. During all this time he was shaking all over with fear. When this figure disappeared he regained a little control of himself, and raced along the narrow winding path, until he reached a house, some distance away. He rushed in, and breathlessly related to them all he had seen. To his amazement they did not at all seem surprised, and told him that he was not the first person who had seen this strange appearance. He remained there that night, and returned to his uncles place next morning little the worse of his terrible experience.
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In the downland of Ballymoon, which is about two miles from the town of Bagnalstown, the remains are still to be seen of an old Norman castle, known locally as Ballymoon Castle. According to local history this castle was built by Norman monks called "The Knight Templars" in the 15th century. Many weird and ghostly stories are told about the castle by the people living in the neighbourhood. The following folk story is one among many stories that I have heard related around my own fireside on winter nights :-
One night a neighbour came into our house to site by the fireside. He had already promised to relate to us a strange adventure of his young days. We remind him of it, and this is it as follows:- News had reached him that his uncle who lived some miles away was seriously ill. It was a dark dreary winter's night, when he started his journey, on foot. He took a path which would lead him through the ruins of the old castle,
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the left one'.
Raising his whip he struck her in that eye. From that day to the day of her death she was blind in her left eye.
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determined to return home. Giving her a large sum of money the gentleman warned her not to tell anyone where she had been and what she had been doing.
She promised and departed. Time passed by. A Races was held in the field where she was taken to by the gentleman whose wife she nursed. A number of young girls accompanied her to see the sport. While they were enjoying themselves she suddenly perceived the gentleman with a whip in his hand beside one of the standings. Forgetful of his final warning she approached him and inquired after his wife and baby. He volunteered no remark save 'with what eye did you see me first'. She answered 'with
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Paying no attention to it she filled her pail and was in the act of straightening herself to retrace her steps homeward, when a gentleman seated in a coach saluted her and asked her to go with him and nurse his sick wife promising to pay her well for her trouble.
With much pleasure the good natured woman accepted his offer. She mounted the coach and arriving at their destination - a place now owned by Mr Satchwell - she ascended the stairs and entered the room where the sick woman lay.
Truly the woman was very ill indeed and beside her lay a little infant.
After a period of careful nursing she recovered, and the kind nurse
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Leading due east from [?] [?] [?] to the Four Mile House is a road and about midway on it's left hand side is a well of which a strange but true story is told.
Residing in one of the homesteads beside the above-mentioned spot was a young woman (about one hundred years ago) and as it is our daily duty to fetch fresh water for the needs of the household so was it hers.
On this occasion she proceeded as usual for her pail of water and as she was bending down to fill it from the sparkling waters of the well she heard a noise nearby.
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Though Mr. Rowley of Balrath was a protestant he set apart one room in his mansion for the special use of the priest in the penal times.
Mrs. Mc Gillick, Mrs. Molloy's mother, was baptised in this room.
Fr. John Sheridan P.P. of Carnaross, lived in "Maperath House". In time a cottage was built for him called "Maperath Cottage". This proved to be too far away from both Mullaghea and Carnaross so the priests lived in the house owned by Miss Prean.
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All have "the right of way" regarding them.
Many a time the owners of the fields where these Mass paths are, tried in court to stop people from trespassing on them but they lost their case.
Some of these Mass paths go right through bogs and are very narrow and dangerous. Still people continue to use them without fear that any harm will come to them.
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throat. One of them did and then the ceremony was performed, and after that the cock crew lustily.
The season the priest did not want the cock to crow was that no marriage could be performed lawfully after twelve o'clock on Shrove Tuesday night.
At that time the people had no clocks and they only knew the time by the cock's crowing.
"Puss" Sunday falls on the Sunday after Ash Wednesday. On that day all bacholers and maids are in bad humour and are supposed to wear a "puss" on account of not getting married.
Shrove Tuesday night is sometimes called Pancake night, as on that night the women of the house makes pancakes for tea and divides them amongst the household.
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It is a custom during Shrove season to shake a grain of salt on the heads of the maids and bacholers who are not married during Shrove season on Shrove Tuesday night.
There were many marriages held during Shrove and the priest used to go round to the houses long ago to perform the marriage ceremony.
One Shrove Tuesday the priest came to a house, and found a great crowd of couples waiting to be married. The priest was very busy that evening. Just as the last ceremony was to be performed, the cock shuck himself on the roost and was just going to crow when the priest told someone to go out and catch the cock by the
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received; and they feast and make merry during that night.
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We have many names on our fields at home. They are The Long field, The Hilly field, The Mill race, Pairc a bocair, The Lime Kiln field, The Point, The Well field, and the Field in front of the door. The bottom under the road then is called "Teddy's acre".
The Long field was called by its name because it is the longest field on the farm.
The Hilly field was called by that name, because there is a big hill in it.
The Mill race was called by its name because a river ran at the foot of it, which turned the wheel of Cahill's grinding mill.
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field. "Simey's field". In it lived a man named Simey Warren, and since he owned it, we call it "Simey's field.
Another small field is called the "Sally garden. It is so called because a lot of sallys grew in it long ago.
The name of another field is O Neill's field. We call it that name because a man named O Neill lived in it long ago.
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Once upon a time a man and his wife were living in a farm house. One day they were out working in a field. At this time they had a tailor in the house making clothes. They also had a baby and it was always crying and every time the Mother went out he would rise up and ask the tailor was she gone. Then he would take out a bagpipes or fiddle and play nice music for the man untill they would hear the Mother coming in. Then he would lie down and would start to cry again.
Every night men went in to this house to mitch so one night they reddened the tongs and burned his toes. So He went out the chimney cursing and crying.
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2019-01-23 18:44
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The boy brought the goat home and put it in the house. When the boy went in his father came out and asked the goat had he enough and the goat said that he did not get enough.
The man went in and ordered his eldest son away. The next day he sent his second son to graze the goat in the same place. When they boy thought the goat had enough he asked him had he enough ad the goat said that he had. The boy brought the goat home. He put him in the house.
When the boy went in his father came out and asked the goat as usual and the goat said no. The man went in and ordered his second son away.
The next day he sent his third son to the churchyard to graze the goat. When the boy thought he had enough he asked him and the goat said he had. The boy brought his home and put him into the house.
His father came out and asked the goat the same thing. The goat said that he had not enough.
The man went in and ordered his third son away. The next day he went with the goat himself and when he thought the goat had enough he asked him and the goat said that he had.
The man brought him home home and put him in the house. He asked him had he enough and the goat said no.
The man was sorry for running his three sons.
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2019-01-23 18:40
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There was a man who had three sons. He had a goat also. This day the man sent his eldest son to graze the goat in the churchyard.
When the boy thought the goat had enough he asked him had he enough and the goat said that he had.
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2019-01-23 18:39
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be all right and took him on his back and never stopped till he was at the cross roads. He told the cat that he was at the shoemakers house and left down the bag and caught it by the bottom and flung the cat into the middle of the hounds and out he took. The hounds after the cat and he ran to a lake and when he was jumping into it he said "The curse of the Man above down on you Was Hurly". Was was afraid to go home that night and stayed with the shoemaker.
The shoemaker told him that he would not see the cat anymore.
The cat was never seen again.
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2019-01-21 20:35
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There are very few tailors in this county. Some of them are employed by drapers to make clothes. The draper sells the cloth and sends it to the tailor to get it made.
Tailors are also employed at the County home to make clothes for the patients. There are no tailors in the country nowadays compared with long ago. The people used to weave the cloth in their own homes long ago and there were spinning wheels in every house. The people nite jerseys and socks in this parish yet but they buy the tread in town.
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2019-01-21 20:32
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There were no tailors living in this parish years ago. When the people had clothes to make they brought him to the house from the town. They usually had a bundle of home made frieze and brought corduroy. They kept him in the house till he had a suit made for all the male member in the house. He sat on the kitchen table with his legs crossed and a lap board across his knees. He uses a needle, thread, thimble without an end, scissors, chalk and a tape. In olden times the people knitted socks, and stockings for all the household.
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2019-01-21 20:28
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The black smith used to make pick axes, axles, hatches, forks and every iron article. It is an old saying "Go to the forge if you want any news
They used tell stories about the Fianians long ago. They used tell about Fionn and bran. The strongest smith I ever heard of was John Doyle.
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2019-01-21 20:25
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There are two forges in this parish. One of them is near the school and the other one is near the mail road. The smith can shoe wheels and repair them. If the horse stirs when he is shoeing him he says, "Whoa", and if he puts his head to the ground he says, "Hold up". The rule of the forge is First come first served". The smith has great strength and mustle to hold a filly while shoeing. They can stand great heat and can't bear the cold on account of the fire.
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2019-01-21 20:20
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The smiths of this district shoe wheels and horses. The forge water is supposed to be good to cure warts. In olden times the people used to show grow respect to the smith. They do not now show him much respect. Every beast the people used to kill long ago they gave the smith the head and if they did not give the head they gave him some other part of the beast. The beast nowadays just pay smith for the little job he does for them and they never give him a present of anything like that afterwards.
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2019-01-21 19:23
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shoes on upside down and was always sure to play some trick on who-ever they disagreed about the price. So he was known as the "[?]".
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2019-01-21 19:22
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The owner of the forge in Darragh is Mr Meaney of Ballymacooda and his son John is working with him in it. His brother Michael Meaney worked with him before his son and before him again a man named Mr James Guinnane of Ennis. This Mr Guinnane was known as the "Smith of the forge". Once a man named Mr Cleary brough a horse to the forge to get a shoe. They were arguing about the price Mr Cleary offered Mr Guinnane a shilling but he wanted two. Mr Cleary gave him a florin and wanted a shilling back. Mr Guinnane took it and leaving it on the anvil cut it in two and handed back the other half to Mr Cleary. Another time Malone of Barnageeha brought a jennet there to get him shod. They agreed about the price as usual but Mr Malone would not agree. Mr Guinnane made the shoes but put them on backwards on the jennet. He often put the
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2019-01-21 19:18
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I know of two forges in this district, one in Darragh which is owned by Mr Mooney, the other in the parish of Ballyea which belongs to Mr Sullivan. One smith is married and has a son working in the forge with him. Some of the implements he uses are as follows sledge, hammer, punch, pinchers, chisel and others. He also has an anvil and a bellows. He puts shoes on horses, asses, ponies, gennets. He makes iron gates, horse shoes, repairs ploughs, harrows, rollers, mowing machines, rackers, scufflers, and all other farm implements. He also has a farm for his sons. The forge is a small thatched house at the side of the road.
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2019-01-21 19:15
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There are two forges in this parish. One of them is near the school and the other one is near the mail road. The articles that are used there are a bellows, an anvil, a sledge, plenty iron and enough of smith's coal. They are thatched. The door is in two halves and it is hung from both sides. The fire place is built about three feet high on a block of stones and the fire is placed on top.
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2019-01-18 19:38
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When the birds fly high it is a sign of fine weather, and when the birds fly low it is a sign of bad weather.
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2019-01-18 19:38
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When the birds fly up very high in the air, it is the sign of good weather, and when they fly low it is the sign of bad weather.
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2019-01-18 19:37
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A lot of the birds give us the sign of the weather such as the Wild Geese and the Seagulls. When the Wild Geese fly South it is the sign of good weather. When they fly North it is the sign of bad weather.
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2019-01-18 19:36
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in found her sitting on a three legged stool.
She saluted him as if she knew him all her life and how surprised he was when she told him his business before he had spoken a word. She told him to go home and that his sheep would be in the field before him. So he started on his homeward journey. On his arrival he found his sheep as Biddy had told him.
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2019-01-18 19:35
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About 80 years ago there lived a gentleman in Lemonfield House by the name of Mr. Russell. He usually kept large flocks of sheep and had a separate herd for each flock. One night one of the flocks of sheep that was under the care of Micky Connelly strayed into the land of Derryknockane and the owner of the land pounded the sheep in one of his houses.
Micky searched the country for his sheep but all in vain. At last he decided to go to "Biddy Early" a witch who lived in a small cabin at a place called "Windy Gap" in the Co. Clare.
So at day-break the next morning he set off on foot on his long journey. At sunset that evening he arrived at "Biddy's" cabin and going
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2019-01-18 19:31
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one roller to the other.
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2019-01-18 19:31
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In olden times weaving was done with a hand loom. The loom was made very simply. Four poles set firmly in the ground formed the frame. There were two rollers in front on which the thread was wound, and one at the back about 2 ft from the ground on which the flannel was rolled according as it was made.
The weaver sat on a roughly made seat, covered with dried sheep skins and set the loom in motion by working his feet on two pedals. The thread was wound around a little bobbin by means of a small spinning wheel. This was laid into the shuttle and the shuttle was passed from one side to the other under and over the threads that were suspended from
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2019-01-18 19:27
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the market.
They were all sitting around the fire and Michael telling them how to get on at the market. All at once he thought about the cat and repeated the words he had said to him. The very minute he said the words, his own cat, that was sitting at the fire jumped up and ran out the door and he was never seen after.
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2019-01-18 19:26
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About 70 years ago, an old man by the name of Michael Hannan, was taking a pig to the market in a donkey and creel. As the markets were held early in these days, it was dark on Michael's leaving his own home. When passing a fort a little distance from the house a cat of a rare colour hopped on to the wall at the side of the road. Michael did not think it strange to see the cat but when the cat spoke to him he was greatly terrified. This is what it said.
"O man o! when you go home, tell Moll Roll that Poll Saizer is dead".
He continued his journey and sold his pig. That night some of the neighbours called in to chat about
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2019-01-18 19:23
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About 50 years ago as a hunt was in progress in Lemonfield a valuable horse the property of Mr. Russell met with an accident crossing a fence and got its back broken and had to be destroyed. As it happened late in the evening. Night fell before the men had it buried and they had to get lanterns to finish their task. As they were finishing, to their great surprise the finest hunt they had ever seen passed by them and circled round them several times and after that many the time the hounds could be heard giving "tongue" and the horses galloping in the same field.
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2019-01-18 19:21
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grumbly in the corner "Good Night, Jim and you will have a different story before you get home".
Moore had only one hundred yards to go along the straight road to his home. Instead of going home he found himself travelling through the country tearing through briars and bushes and falling into dykes until the cocks crew in the morning. Then he realised where he was about four miles from his home. That made the neighbours still more terrified of Johnny while he lived.
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2019-01-18 19:18
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hay and then he always had a good stack for his donkey.
His parents did everything possible to cure him as they believed they would get back their own son, but all proved failure and one night a neighbour by the name of Moor who lived about one hundred yards from Mack's came in, and they started consulting how to cure Johnny. Moore proposed to put down a big fire of turf and put Johnny behind it to burn, and that they would get back their own son. His parents agreed and the big fire was put down and they were going to start operation when Johnny's uncle arrived and stopped them. All went well for a few hours until it was time for Moore to leave. He stood up to leave and turned around to say "Good Night" to the company and Johnny answered
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2019-01-18 19:15
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Once upon a time there lived in Lemonfield a family by the name of Mc Namara. There was a little boy in the family who became ill and was supposed to be taken by the "fairies" as he turned out to be a hunch back.
All the neighbours dreaded him so much that anything he asked he got it immediately. When the farmer's were drawing home the turf Johnny Mack as was his name, used arrive at the bog with his donkey and cart, and demand a load of turf which he would quickly get. The same applied to every farmer in the locality with the result that Johnny usually had a bigger rick than any of the neighbours. The same happened with the
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2019-01-18 19:12
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play with them.
A few weeks later John heard the sound of a distant foot-ball and it sounded as if a wonderful match was in progress and he went to see what was happening. As he was nearing the fort of Gortmanahor he saw the ball being raised in the air several times but there was no sign of any person.
You can rest assured that John believed in fairies after that.
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2019-01-18 19:11
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John Riordan lived in Lemonfield about 90 years ago. He was very interested in foot-ball and one night as he was returning with a message for his mother he almost fell with the fright to see a foot-ball come down from the clouds and hop in front of him two or three times.
John's mother was continually telling him stories of fairies and of the danger of kicking foot-ball after dark.
When he saw the ball he immediately remembered his mother's words and avoided it.
It did not take him long to get home and every step he took he thought he heard the fairies calling him to come and
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2019-01-18 19:09
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conclusion that it was only a joke.
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2019-01-18 19:08
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This story happened in this parish about 80 years ago. It was a usual custom at that time at the big marriages, for the boys of the place to dress up as "Straw-Boys" and go to the wedding where they were well treated.
It so happened that a guest of a marriage once told a "Straw-Boy" to throw a "sheep's eye" at him in a way he would be known.
A few days before the marriage took place, the "Straw-Boy" went to the butcher's shop and collected sheep's eyes which he took with him to the wedding.
On seeing the man he began to throw the sheep's eyes at him. At first the man wondered what was happening, but he came to the
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2019-01-16 21:01
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but none of them know Irish. Almost all of them can tell old stories in English. There were seventeen more houses in Lemonaghan in former times which were knocked down by the crow-bar brigade in the year 1798 and almost all the inhabitants emigrated to America.
The centre of Lemonaghan is good fertile land but it is surrounded by bog. There is a small oak wood in the Lemonaghan bog which is called (Doirin a Mill) Derien a Meele. Lemonaghan is bounded by the Brosna river on the south eastern side and by the Great Southern-Railway on the North-western side.
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2019-01-16 20:58
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1. Lemonaghan: 18/10/37
The name of my home district is Lemonaghan and the name of the division is Srah which takes its name from a marshy hollow. It is situated in the united parish of Meelane and Ballinahown and in the barony of Garrycastle. There are forty two families in the townland with the population of one hundred and forty five people. The family names most common in the district are Guinans and Corcorans as there are six families of Guinans and five of Corcorans. Nearly all the houses in the district are thatched and there are about five in ruins. There is also the ruins of a castle situated at the back of the school and it is known as Mough-Coughlans castle.
Lemonaghan got its name from the gray lands of Saint Monaghan who got these lands from king Diarmuid in the seventh century. There are about fourteen people over seventy in the townland
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2019-01-16 20:54
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the oak wood of the animals).
The river Brosna flows adjacent to it providing a good watering place for cattle. Many streams flow into this river, the Brook, the Silver river and the Tap.
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2019-01-16 20:53
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Curraghalassa:
I live in the townland of Curraghlassa which is situated in the parish of Ferbane and in the Barony of Birr, County Offaly. There are only four families living in this district and the number of people amount roughly to twenty. Three of the houses are slated and one only is thatched. It is a remote district and got its name as the marshy land of the fort, there being a large stone fort there, under which there is supposed to be a cave.
Only one old would lives in this district who can tell many stories of the place. Her name is Mrs Margaret Connor Curraghalassa, Ferbane, Offaly.
Long ago more families lived here but they deserted it and wen abroad leaving nothing behind but the ruins of their houses.
The land is level and marshy. Most of it is covered with woods one of which is called Dereennameel (Doirin na Miol -
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2019-01-16 20:48
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There are no ruins in the townland. Only a few people emigrated to America. It is good grass land and good meadow land but it is not suitable for tillage. There is no wood growing in the townland now. The river Brosna flows northward between Dernagun and Pullough and there is a small river which divides Lemonaghan from Dernagun and flows into the Brosna beside Pollough. There are also three rivers which meet at this place. The Brosna, The Silver River, and a brook, and it is a wonderful place for fishing.
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2019-01-16 20:43
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Dernagun:
I live in the townland of Dernagun in the Parish of Ballinhowen the Barony of Garaycastle, County Offaly. There are nine families in my home district and there are about forty nine people in it. Each family has a different name and for that reason there is no name which prevails at present. Most of the houses are thatched and there are a few of them slated recently. All the houses are one storey high.
There was an oak wood growing in the townland long ago and people used to hunt there with greyhounds. That is why it is called Doire-Na-Gcon (The oak-wood of the hound).
There are three old people living in the townland. Their names are James Carroll, Peter Rigney, Mrs Corcoran.
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2019-01-16 20:12
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In the year 1889 on the 6th Jan. there was a great storm locally. The day was unusually calm then towards evening the wind began to rise gradually, and towards 9 o'clock it was raging. By midnight it was to its height. The people became terrified and the most of them spent their night in prayer, saying the rosary, as they expected every minute to be their last. There were many houses unroofed and a mist of salt came in from the sea, even as far inland as we are.
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2019-01-16 20:10
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We have about three acres of potatoes sown on our farm at present. We do not sow the same amount of potatoes every year because if potatoes were sown in the same place every year they would be of no use.
Before the potatoes are sown the ground has to be prepared - ploughed and harrowed and "picked". Then the drills are opened and loads of manure are drawn to the field and placed about four yards apart. Then the potatoes are sown and the manure is shaken over them. After this the drills are closed and then the potatoes are sown. Long ago wooden ploughs were used for preparing the land but there are not many of them to be seen now a days. Spades were also used for turning up the soil but they were not called spades in bygone days but "laweys". The names of potatoes which are most sown here are Aran Banners, Irish Queens, Garden Fillers, Kerr Pinks, Spies Abundance, Champions, and improved Champions called Champion the [?].
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2019-01-16 20:05
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Lemanaghan:- The grey land of St Manchan
Leabeg:- The little grey
Ballycumber:- The village of the ridge
Parkaree:- The field of the king
Boher:- The road
Straduff:- The dark moor
Sraith:- The moor
Converth:- The crooked corn field
Dernggun:- The oak wood of the hounds
Fervane:- The white grass
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2019-01-16 20:03
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In the year 1839 on the 6th Jan. The day was on unusualy calm. Then towards evening the wind began to rise gradually, and towards 9 o'clock it was at rage. By midnight it was to its hieght. The people became terrified and the most of the people spent their night in prayer saying the rosary, as they expected every minute to be their last. There were many houses unroofed and a mist of salt came from the sea.
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2019-01-16 19:59
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There was a great flood in October in the year eighteen hundred and ninty two. There were boats in Glen and they were blown over to Conaboy bog across the fields in the floods. The water was a foot over the bridge. The flood lasted for about a week and when the flood went down the men came for the boats in horses and carts but there was no harm done in this district. There was a storm in the year 1902. The plantation in Kileen was blown down there was not one tree left standing. There was a snow fall in 1932. The snow was falling for twenty four hours and no one could get out to fodder the horses. The houses were filled with snow and the people had to keep shovelling the snow out. There was ten foot of snow in some drifts but there was no lives lost in this district.
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2019-01-16 19:54
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Paddy Maguire had a forge in Rathaspic at St. Dermots well. He was a great shoe man and he used to make nails out of a scythe. He used to make pig rings and when you would be ringing a pig you would have to bore a hole in the pigs nose with an awl. The rings were the shape of a nail. You would have to put in the ring with your hand and twist the ends together.
Joe Hill Murray from Mace Rathowen was a great wheel maker. He would make a pair of horses wheels in about three days and the wheels that he would make would last for about ten years. He used to make a lot of carts for the people around. He was a real good carpenter.
Johnny Dowling is a tailor for over seventy years and a real good one he is. He is the best tailor for miles around he is able to make a big mans suit of cloth in a day. He makes a lot of clothes. He is over ninety years of age now. Everyone for miles around gets him to make their clothes.
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2019-01-14 21:29
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friends, and the people in this country that has friends in America or other places, send post-cards to them.
On Easter Sunday every person eats as many eggs as they can. The children go out and they seek a nice cosy corner to light their fire. When they have it seeked they gather sticks, and they light a fire.
When they have it lighted they get a can of fresh water from a well nearby, and they boil it, and then they boil eggs. While the eggs are boiling, they get cups and saucers, and plates, and bread and butter and sugar, and milk.
Then they make tea, and they pour it into cups, and
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2019-01-14 21:27
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Christmas Day falls on the twenty fifth of December every year. It is the greatest feast during the whole year, because Our Lord was born on this day.
Every priest says three Masses on Christmas Day. There is midnight Mass in some Chapels, while in other Chapels Mass is earlier than on a Sunday.
The local prepare a turkey or a goose for the dinner. They also make a plum pudding about a fortnight or three weeks before Christmas and they put whiskey or brandy in it to preserve it.
Every person gets presents and postcards from their
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2019-01-14 21:24
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plaited around them. The children used to wear the crosses, and people used to tie them over the door in their houses for luck.
On Shrove Tuesday people make pancakes and it is called pancake Tuesday.
On Ash Wednesday people get ashes on their forehead and it is on that day people begin to fast for lent.
It is said that if a hen laid an egg on Good Friday the egg would remain fresh for the rest of the year.
On Hallow Eve night people make blacks and they put rings in them. The children duck in tubs of water for apples.
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2019-01-14 21:22
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Put your hand in your pocket
from that to your purse,
If you don't give us something
you will have the wren's curse
Here we come bumpety, bump
and on our shoulders we carry
a drum
Money we want and money
we crave if you don't give us
something we will make
the wren's grave
Then they get a penny in almost ever house and when they have all collected they divide the money between each other. Then they buy drink and other things with the money.
On St Brigid's day people make crosses of two pieces of sticks with rushes and straw
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2019-01-14 21:18
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On St. Stephen's day a number of boys gather together and dress themselves in old clothes. They wear a false face so that they may not be known. Some of them bring fiddles and mouth organs and they play on them, while the others dance and sing.
They recite the Wren Song as follows
The wren, the wren, the King
of all birds
On St. Stephen's day he was
caught in the furze
Up with the kettle and down
with the pan
A penny or twopence to bury
the wren
Get up old land lady and
give us a treat
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2019-01-14 21:16
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children go to their neighbours for eggs. On Easter Sunday the local people eat hard boiled eggs and everyone eats as many as they can.
Some local people put May bushes outside their doors on the first of May. These are comprised of a whin or broom bush and egg shells and coloured papers are put on the branches. These bushes are to greet the Summer.
On Hallow Eve the people make boxty, potato-bread and barm backs. Apples are tied to the ceiling and people try to bite them without touching them with their hands. They also duck in tubs of water for apples.
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2019-01-14 21:13
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On Saint Patricks' Day the people drown the shamrock that is they get drunk. The men wear shamrocks in their hats and caps, while the women wear green sashes or dresses.
On Shrove Tuesday pancakes are made and these pancakes are very large.
On Ash Wednesday the Catholics get a cross marked on their foreheads with blessed ashes. On this day also the people begin to fast for Lent.
If an egg that is laid on Good Friday is kept for twelve months it will still be fresh.
The week before Easter the poor people and their
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2019-01-14 21:09
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a sorrowing.
Borrowed horses have hard hoofs.
A narrow gathering gets a wide scattering.
Don't count your chickens until they are hatched.
Don't sell you chickens on a wet day.
A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush.
Strike the iron while it is hot.
Smooth waters run deep.
One swallow does not make a Summer.
Listeners hear no good about themselves.
A green Christmas makes a fat churchyard.
Plant or sow or reap on a Friday and you will never want.
He who never changes his mind has no mind to change.
A wise man takes counsel.
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2019-01-14 21:06
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Once bitten twice shy.
A fool and his money are easily parted.
When rogues fall out honest men come by their own.
An old bird is not caught with chaff.
The devil will always find work for idle hands to do.
Hunger is a good sauce.
A hungry eye see far.
One man's meat is another man's poison.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
An empty sack cannot stand.
A straw best shows how the wind blows.
Lie with the lambs and rise with the larks.
He who goes a borrowing goes
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2019-01-14 21:03
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results.
Self reliance is the basis of character.
Have a goose and you will get a goose.
Any person that has a loaf gets a knife to cut it.
Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
A child must creep before she walks.
A watched pot never boiled.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A stitch in time saves nine.
It is hard to kill a bad thing.
Long churning makes bad buttermilk.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
God never closed one gap that he did not open another.
The mills of God grind slowly but they grind finely.
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
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These are some of the local proverbs.
To leave your workmen is to leave you purse open.
Character is power it is also capital.
Good service is the best advertisement.
Efficiency means real economy.
Play the game but make sure it is the right one.
Good organization makes work run smoothly.
To create opinion is a mans job.
It is advisable to make sure of your facts before making statement.
Education is the keynote to safety.
To master conditions is to master yourself.
A little forethought will save much afterthought.
The world owes a living to those who earn it.
Little things often lead to big
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his back. He then walks up and down the furrows. While he is walking he holds the tube in one hand and he pumps the sprayer with a handle. He has to pump it so as to drive the spraying mixture through the nozzel on the potato leaves.
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2019-01-14 20:55
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There is manure put on the top of the ridge then the potatoes are dropped on the ridge about nine inches apart the potatoes are covered with clay out of the furrow.
When the buds appear over the ground the potatoes are moulded and when the stocks are well up over the ground they are sprayed.
This is how they are sprayed. First a barrel is got and filled with water then blue stone and soda are left to melt. Then it is put into a machine connected to the sprayer and an the end of the tube there is a nozzel. The person that is going to spray straps the machine on
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2019-01-14 20:52
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We grow potatoes in our garden. The amount varies. Some years we set two roods and other years we set one rood.
Our potatoes are grown in ridges. My father prepares the ground. The ground is first scored with a plough. There is a space of three feet between each score this space is called a ridge then there is a space of eighteen inches between each ridge and this space is called a furrow.
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The potatoes are cut in four quarters and these are called seeds. Then they are dropped in the drills and drills are closed.
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2019-01-14 20:48
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There is about one acre of potatoes grown on our farm every year. Sometimes the land is manured before it is ploughed to prevent the potatoes from getting black, and to make sure of a good potato crop.
Some farmers sow the potatoes in drills and others in ridges. We usually sow them in drills. The drills are opened with a double mould board plough and bag manure is shaken on them.
Many years ago wooden ploughs were used but they are not now. Any of them that were used, it was the carpenter that made them
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property of Patrick Cullen. It is all wood except the sock which is metal. He uses it for cutting furrows.
The spades are not homemade, they are bought in the shops. There are two places which they are made in Cavan and Cootehill. The Cootehill spade is used for digging potatoes, and the Cavan spade is used for setting potatoes. The handles are made from wood.
Any person that has only one horse, has to join with his neighbour, and this is the way in which they get their work done. When one man has his ploughing done he helps his neighbour to do his work.
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When the potatoes are up over the ground, they are moulded after a time they are sprayed.
After the seventh of July the people used to dig potatoes for their own use, and after the fifteenth of August, they are dug for every purpose.
In the month of October they are dug and stored in pits for the Winter. There is straw or rushes spread on the potatoes, then they are covered with clay and then they are thatched to keep the frost from killing them. Then later on in the year, they would be drawn into a house and the small ones taken out of them.
There is only one wooden plough in the district the
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2019-01-14 20:40
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There are about two and a half acres of potatoes grown on our farm. In the month of December farm manure is spread on the land. Then in the month of January it is ploughed into the ground. This is only done in lea-ground.
In March it is harrowed and there are drills made with a plough. The seed is dropped then, and there is some bag manure put on them, and the drills are closed again.
The kind of seed that are grown are Aran Banners, Epicures, Aran Victors, Kerr Pinks and Great Scotts. The potatoes that grow best in the district are Aran Banners, Kerr Pinks, and Epicures.
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2019-01-14 20:36
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Potatoes are grown in our garden. A perch is generally the amount that is set. The size of the crop varies each year.
A workman prepares the ground and sows the seed. The potatoes are nearly always sown in drills. They were sown in ridges a few times. The potatoes are easier dug out of drills than out of ridges.
The garden has to be manured before drills can be made. The potatoes are put in between the drills and half of each drill on each side is put on them.
In all the gardens in the towns spades are used. There is a wooden plough in Kelletts of Corracloghan.
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2019-01-14 20:33
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they are not to be seen now the ploughs they have are iron ones.
There is a man living in Cross and he has a wooden plough but he does not use it. The wooden ploughs were not bought in the shops the carpenters that used to make them.
The names of the potatoes grown are Kerr Pinks, Champions, Aran Banners and Epicures. The Kerr Pinks are the best potatoes, the Champions were good potatoes but they have failed, the Aran Banners are big potatoes and they are given to pigs, the Epicures are the earliest potatoes.
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2019-01-14 20:31
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We grow potatoes at home in our garden. The amount we sow is a half acre.
My father prepares the ground by manuring it before it is turned, then when the time comes to set the potatoes, he gets the manure ploughed into it and he makes drills, the drills are nine inches apart, then he sows the potatoes and covers them with clay.
Some farmers set the potatoes in ridges while others set them in drills, because the potatoes are easier set in the drills and they are done with the plough while the ridges are done with the spade.
Long ago the people used to use wooden ploughs but
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2019-01-14 20:27
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up and hits the cow in the eye with the result that the cow is left blind.
The Scutch Grass is also very dangerous and if it is found in any field where horses or cattle are grazing the farmers who own the fields will be prosecuted.
It gives the horse the horrible disease of Eating Diabetes which many horses die with.
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Laurel leaves boiled in water and the juice given to a dog who has fits it would cure him.
Herbs were and are used extensively for cures. Mr J Elliott uses herbs to cure the ringworm.
Rita O'Reilly, Virginia, Co Cavan
Mr O'Reilly, Virginia, Co Cavan
The most harmful weeds growing on our farm are the Bishops' Weed, the Dock Leaf, the Scutch Grass, the Thistle and the bocar lann.
The Thistle is a very harmful weed and all farmers are ordered to cut it because when the cow stoops down to eat the grass that is growing beside them the thistle sticks
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water they are boiled in is given to the person to drink.
The weeds that are most common in our garden are - The Colt's Foot, Scutch Grass, Sow Thistle and Convolvulus.
The Convolvulus chokes up everything, while the Colts' Foot makes the land poor.
The thistle grows where the land is good and the Scutch Grass grows where the land is bad. A dandelion gives you a good appetite while water-cress gives you blood.
Nettles are also used as food for human beings and if they are mixed up with they are a great food for turkeys.
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very harmful plant on the farm. It is harmful because it spreads very rapidly and smothers the grass. It grows on cold damp land. It is called "colts foot" because it's leaf is shaped like a colt's foot.
The bocar lann grows on good land. It is not a very harmful plant. It is said that if you go out on Hollow Eve night and ride on a bocar lann you would be brought away to the fairies on a white horse.
Nettles are harmful also; but they grow only around fences or on untilled land. Nettle water is a cure for the measles.
The nettles are boiled in water and the
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2019-01-14 20:13
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The most harmful weeds growing on the land are the Bishop weed, colts foot, scutch grass and the sow thistle.
The weed that makes the land poor is the colts foot. Where the thistle grows the land is very good and where the scutch grass grows the land is bad. The bishop weed is harmful because it spreads very quickly and it prevents the seeds from coming up.
If you boil the root of the dandelion and drink the water the root was boiled in it would give you a good appetite.
If you would boil laurel leaves in water and give the water to dogs that have fits it would cure them.
The colt's foot is a
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2019-01-14 20:11
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Others kneel on the sod behind the well and do the stations.
It is said that at twelve o'clock the night before a big fish and three small ones come out and swim round the well and go in again and they are never seen till the next year.
Many people go to see them.
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2019-01-14 20:09
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The well on that day is beautifully decorated. From every direction and in all sorts of vehicles people come to the pattern.
There is Benediction in the open on the side of the hill above the well and there are sacred music and hymns.
Over at the well a throng waits for the metal cup, with its big long chain to come around, and when it does come each one dips it three times into the well and takes three sips of the water and says a prayer.
Same distance away there are little streams that flow from the well sore hands and feet and ears are bathed in them
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2019-01-14 20:07
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The well is in a field which is called "Leabaid Grainne".
Raffoney grave-yard is just a few perches from the well. There are the ruins of an old church in the graveyard. At the time St Brigid lived it is said that monks lived in the monastery. St Brigid went to visit these monks and she rested beside the well and she blessed it. Since then it is called St Brigid's Well.
There is a well in Carnaross called St Ciaran's Well. His feast is on August the first and there is a pattern held at the well.
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2019-01-14 20:04
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collected a crowd of people and they went to the well on a pilgrimage on the second Sunday in August nineteen twenty three.
At the well the Rosary was recited and they brought home some of the water which cures sore eyes and ears. A person must rub the water to his eyes before he is cured.
There was a man whose name was Johnny Purcell and he was deaf. When he went to the well he put the water in his ears and he was cured.
There is a well in Raffoney known as Saint Brigid's well which is about one and a half miles outside this town
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2019-01-14 20:02
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Then on St Kilian's day there was a procession and afterwards the children recited the poem before a large crowd of people prizes were given to the best children, then there were sports afterwards.
Miss Agnes O'Farrelly and other noted people made speeches and they urged the people to have a visit to the well each year but their effort failed. The well was forgotten ever since.
There is only one holy well in our parish. It is Saint Patrick's Well in the park beside Simmon's field. There is no pilgrimage to this well now.
About fifteen years ago a man named Richard Mc Donnell
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2019-01-14 19:59
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There is a well in a field owned by Mr Mortimor, Parish of Mullagh, downland of Longfield.
The well is now covered with grass, no people go to visit it now. The well is called Saint Kilian's Well. St Kilian is the patron saint of Mullagh church. His feast is celebrated on the eight of June.
Thirty years ago the priest and teachers of Mullagh Parish tried to revive the memory of St Kilian. They got a collection of poems composed by a local poet about St Kilian.
The teachers of the five schools of the Parish instructed the children to recite the poems.
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long. It belongs to the Marqis of Headfort.
There are four people over seventy living in Virginia. Their names are Mr. J. Kellett, Mr. M Reilly, Mr. J. Robinson and Mrs. N. Quinn.
None of them speak Irish.
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2019-01-14 19:55
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In the olden times there was only one house in the townland which was owned by a landlord. The landlord had tenants on the land and they borrowed money from the English Government. This money is paid back annually in the rent.
There are three people in the townland over seventy they do not know Irish, one of them was in America and the other was in Australia.
There is a river bordering the townland. It is a tributary of the Black Water. The land is very good but some parts is hilly.
There is a lake in Virginia. It is called Lough Ramor because it is one mile broad and five miles
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2019-01-14 18:35
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About a half mile from Rahardrum there is the ruins of an old castle who belonged to the O'Reillys of east Breifne.
Smith is the most common name.
I live in the townland of Lisnabuntry in the Parish of Killenhere and in the Barony of Castlerahan. There are seven familys in this townland. There are thirty two people living in it. There are four thatched houses and three slated ones in it.
In the olden times all the town lands were named in Irish. And since there was always a widow living in this townland it was called Lies na Darrcrusaige meaning the fort of the widow.
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the fort of the high ridge.
The land is nearly all hilly none of it being boggy. The land in some places is very good.
There is only one thatched house in it the rest being slated. There are three old people living in it they are Mr Smith who is eighty four Mrs Smith seventy eight and Mrs Mac Mahon who is over seventy.
Close to the townland there is the ruins of two houses who were knocked down by the landlords during the famine and the two families had to emigrate to America.
Rahardrum is not mentioned in any poem or song.
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around Lough Ramor in 1610, two thousand & fifty acres of this this grant was assigned to a Captain Culmer with orders to build a town on the shores of Lough Ramor.
A town was needed so the planters should have the necessaries of life. In sixteen eighteen ten wooden houses were built, the timber was got from Fermanagh.
I live in the townland of Rahardrum Barony of Castlerahan and in the parish of Lurgan.
There are about thirty-eight families living in this downland and about one hundred and fifty six people.
Rahardrum means
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2019-01-14 18:24
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The name of this district is Virginia. It is in the parish of Lurgan and in the Barony of Castleraghan. The number of families in the town is seventy five and there is about three hundred and sixty people in the town. Kellett Duffy and Reilly are the most common names.
It is said that the town received the name Virginia to commemorate the reign of Queen Elizabeth the Virgin Queen in whose reign it was founded or built.
The origin of Virginia dates back to the Plantation of James the first. Captain John Ridgeway received a grant of one thousand acres of land
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not return for at least a month as the old people considered it unlucky and said that if she returned before the month was up she never would give birth to any children.
Sometimes at the match making when the brides dowry was arranged half of it was only given at the time of the marriage the other half to be given when the first child was born.
It was considered unlucky to meet a red haired woman on the morning of the marriage. To meet a funeral was also considered an unlucky sign.
If the sun shone on the bride was looked upon as a good omen.
"Happy is the bride the sun shines on"
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I heard these things from my grandmother Bridget Carroll who lives in Ardnaree. She is 82 years of age and came from Banniconlon.
Lucky and unlucky days for marriage.
Monday for wealth.
Tuesday for health.
Wednesday the best day of all.
Thursday for losses.
Friday for crosses.
Saturday no luck at all.
May is considered an unlucky month for marriage.
Marriages were generally made during Shrove Which ended on Shrove or Pancake Tuesday. The Monday before this was called "Chance" Monday because all the girls on the "look out" had still a chance before the Shrove finished.
The Monday following was called "Puss Monday" because any girl who was on the marriage list did not get wed was supposed to have a puss.
When the bride left her mother's home she did
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the fire to warm.
There were no seats in the schools the children had to stand. Writing was done with a slate were a blackbord in the School she did not stay long in the school. She is dead years ago.
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2019-01-09 22:57
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Hedge schools existed in this district a long time ago. Mrs Mac was teaching school in Mr Shannons Barn which was in the townland of Ballinamoney. They were indoors and that old school fell long ago.
Mrs Mac taught the children she was not a stranger. She lived at home. The teachers were paid by every child in the school each child would give a penny each which amounted to a good lot. The subjects taught were Irish, English and Writing. Every morning the children brought a turf to light
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pens or pencils used in the Hedge School.
The teacher were paid by the parents of the pupils and the pupils were seated on stones taken from the fields. The teacher was paid half of the money by the Government and the pupils would pay the other half. The subjects taught were called the three "Rs" Reading Writing and Arithmetic.
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2019-01-09 22:53
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The "Hedge Schools" existed in the early part of this centuary. There was one on the Lough in Lea mountain. I don't know the teacher's name but I heard from my Grandfather that there was neither books
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of Killigriff and they were numbered one and two It was the number my father attended.
About forty years ago number one was a Catholic and number two was a Protestant. The two school are now in ruins. There were no pens, pencils or copy books used and the children had to write on slates with stone pencils. The teachers house was built to the end of number one and it was built away from number two.
The teacher's name that taught in number one was Miss Hayes and in number two was Mr Faulkner and Mrs Faulkner.
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2019-01-09 22:50
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There was two schools in the townland
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The were schools in this locality years ago and they were known as hedge schools.
There was a school in Ballinamoney and the name of the teacher was Mrs Mc Entee and she taught there until Ballinamoney school was build she lived in Blackhills, she was paid by the Government one haf and the children the other half by giving her 3 a year the childrens father would give a few days to the teacher. the teacher went for a week to every house and then she would not have to pay. The subgects taught were called the tree R's namely Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. This is a short account of old Schools.
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2019-01-09 22:45
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Long ago there was some curious customs at wakes and funerals in this part of the country. In old times there was straw used instead of a mattress in a bed, when a person died the straw was taken out and burned in front of the house. This was to give the signal that a person was dead in the house. The neighbourhood people would gather and there would be drinking, singing and telling stories and mobbing and telling riddles. One of the riddles they used to have was
As I sat on my hunkers,
I looked through my glasses,
And I saw the dead burying the live.
Answer: Raking the fire.
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1.
A leaper of ditches,
A croper of thorns,
A little grey cow,
With a leather pair of horns.
Answer A Hare or Rabbit
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A big head and teeth without lips.
A long body and no hips.
Answer A Rake
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I have a head like wise two cars,
I have no eyes to cry salt tears,
I have no sole for to remember,
But many a sole I often injured.
Answer A Spade
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What's in the rock that's not in the stone
What's n the marrow that's not in the bone
What's in the graveyard that's not in the dead
What's in the bolster that's not in the bed
Answer The letter R
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2018-12-31 20:42
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Long ago there was an old Convent in Roxborough, and there were a great many Nuns in it. The children about it used to come and be taught there. There was a small graveyard out-side it, in which little infants were buried. That is how Roxborough got its name.
[?] Clocar is the irish name for it. It means "The stoney quarter" or the "Convent". There is a good deal of rocky places in it, there is a great many quarries to be found in it.
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2018-12-31 18:43
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Long ago the spinning wheels were very common in Roxboro. First the people would dye the wool. They used to have a certain barn, and they would have a big dying pot in it. It used to take a day to dye it. When it was dyed it was brought to a running stream to be rinshed. It was left three days to dry. They would tease it then and rub sweet oil in to it. Then it was spun and sent to the weaver to get it weaved and thickened. Then the taliors were sent for and they would make black frias coats.
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2018-12-31 18:40
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husband went to work, and the boy and his mother went to the barn. The boy said to his mother "When Daddy was out her yesterday he was looking at that thing, but put it back again". When she heard this she took the cloak, and put it on her, and said good bye to the children. She was just going when the husband came. He begged of her to come back and mind the children. But she only waved her hand and said good bye, and when she reached the shore she disappeared beneath the waves.
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2018-12-31 18:38
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One Summers evening, as the sun was setting in the West, a poor man was walking the shore of the sea when he noticed about a few yards from him a beautiful lady combing her hair on a rock. However he came un-noticed by her & caught her and said "you are mine now". She begged of him to let her go, but he wouldn't. After the marriage he hid the cloak behind a rafter in the barn, because she couldn't go to sea if she had it. They had three boys and one girl. The husband had to wait at home to mind her for a few days. It happened one day that the father and one of the boys was out in the barn in which the cloak was concealed. He took it down to look at it but, he replaced it again. The next day the
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killed. He put it on the end of the stick, and he kept walking. He met a woman and she said, "you have my watch broken", but he told her it was a toad. The woman started laughing, "I'll give you ten shillings for it" she said. So she gave him the ten shillings and he was very satisfied with his first day in England.
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2018-12-31 18:34
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A man went to England a long time ago. He had a black thorn stick and a handkerchief with all his money in it. When he went over he started looking for work. The first man he met was a small man with a basket of big eggs. The man said that if he hatched the eggs right he would have good race horses. He bought one of the eggs and kept on walking. After a while he sat down under a bush on the side of the road. He left the egg beside him on the road. A big hare ran out from under the bush. He thought it was the race horse and he followed it. He could not catch him so he came back to where he sat down first, and he was very down hearted for not being able to catch the race horse.
He kept on walking and he saw a gold watch on the road & it was going "tick tick". He did not know what it was as he had never saw one before. He heard of a dangerous serpent in England named the toad, so he thought it was the toad. He gave it a blow of the stick and it stopped ticking. He thought he had it
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2018-12-31 18:12
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1. Parsley boiled in milk is a very good cure for kidney trouble.
2. Drink plenty of butter-milk if you wish for a sound Liver.
3. Duscaill-age, it grows on the corner of an old house or barn, take a small bit of that and boil it in milk or water, allow it to get cold, and then there is not better cure for weak eye-sight.
4. Young nettles boiled down to jelly, and taken in the month of March, a person need never fear of a rash or other blood-disorders that year.
5. Soot taken in a little water will surely kill worms in children.
6. Dock-leaf for a nettle sting.
7. For a bad sprain, hold the affected part against a running stream.
8. For red eyes is to wash them with tea leafs.
Long ago if a person had the whooping cough the first man that would come the way with a grey horse they would ask him for a cure, and whatever he said, they would use it.
A cure for a sprain is to go the weaver and get a [?] thread from him and tie it round it.
The cure for a sore head is to make a cup of ivy leaves and put it on the head.
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2018-12-31 17:31
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If you had a thorn in your finger get a foxs tongue and rub it on and it will draw out the thorn.
The cure for a sore throat is to warn coarse salt and put it in a silk stocking and tie it round your neck.
A cure for a bile is to wet an ivy leaf and squeeze out the water and put it on the bile.
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2018-12-31 17:29
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The fairies were not able to bring her that night but they put a spell on her that she wouldn't be able to talk or laugh. They brought Johny and left him where they found him.
About a week after that Johny was on the road again and he heard the fairies talking. One of them said "This is where we got the man that fooled us". "Yes", said another, "but the girl would be better if we had taken her, as she is not able to talk or laugh". "That is easily cured, if a hazel branch was put through her hair, she would be all right", said one. Johny then went and got the hazel branch. He went to the girls house and no sooner had he done so than she began to talk. The fairies never bothered Johny after that.
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2018-12-31 17:27
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A man named Johny Noone was one night walking along the road, when (he) suddenly heard horse's hoofs. As the horses approached him, he saw that the riders were very small men. So he knew they were the "Daoine maice". They told him they were going to steal a certain girl, but they needed a human person with them, so Johny agreed to go with them. He was then put on a fine strong horse and they all set off. On the way they told Johny the girl was at a dance. With all the dust at the dance, the girl would sneeze. The dancers would be so interested that they would forget to say "God bless us". When they reached the house, the fairies put Johny sitting up on a beam in the roof, but the people could not see him. When he was a while there the girl sneezed and Johny was so excited that he said "God bless us".
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There was a list in Clonee long ago call "List a Brick". One night a man came riding out of it on horseback till he came to the house of a nurse, he knocked at her door, and asked her to come with him that there was a woman in the List who was going to be confined. But she said that she would not go with him, so he begged of her to come with him, and at last she aggreed to go with him. He promised her that he would bring her back safe. She went to the list and cured the woman. When she was going home, the man told her she could have three wishes:-
1. "Full and plenty as long as she lived". 2. Anyone she liked there to bring them with her. 3. Grace in heaven when she would die. As she was speaking there was a man behind the door named John Browne and he put out his head thinking that she would wish for him to be released. But it is not known whither she did or not. The man brought her back safe to the place where he got her.
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2018-12-31 17:17
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Long ago the people used to make their own candles. They used to make them out of lard. They had a tin object shaped like a candle with a hole at the bottom. They used to put the wick in this hole and catch it at the top. The wick was two threads twisted together and soaked in lard. Then they used to pour lard in around the wick. When it hardened again they could take it out.
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2018-12-31 17:15
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The way they used to make baskets long ago is :-
Place twenty-four rods firmly in two's on a scraw in an upright possition two in each corner and two in between. The next start to weave more rods in and out, till you come to the top, then turn in what's left and weave away into a finish. First they used to pull the rods, and peal them, and boil them in a big pot, when they were boiled and soft they would take them up and spread them on the grass to dry.
Tommy Higgins was one of the best basket makers in the place long ago. He lived in Lakeview. He used to make creels and hand baskets and baskets for coaches.
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the pump and then came in. They were not long in when the woman came and pumped the pump.
They knew her well but they never told who she was.
They were there before her and they had their profit and it was never taken again.
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it. You stay up until the clock gives the first stroke of twelve on the last night of April then go out and pump the pump. Come back in and put out the light and you will see who is taking your profit pumping the pump. If you are there before her you will have your profit but quit the other way if she is there before you because she has your profit.
They did it and the minute the clock struck twelve they ran out (and) to pump
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2018-12-30 00:34
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no butter came on the churn. The milk was very bad and had a very bad smell off it. This kept on for a long time until David's father told him to go to the fairy man.
He set out on his journey to the foot of Mount Leinster where the fairy man lived in a small house.
When he went to the door the door the little fairy man said to him "Ha, ha you have come at last: your profit has been taken and it is a near neighbour that is taking
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2018-12-30 00:32
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Long ago people used to take the profit off other people's milk and there were a great many ways of breaking the spell.
This is a story about the taking of the profit.
David Kennedy of Clonmore who lived in Grange near Tullow, had a churning every week and one time they churned away but
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2018-12-29 21:19
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Twas by that means Father Murphy was taken
On our retreat to Castlemore
He was brought to Tullow and ill-used severely
With faggotts blazing they burned his bones
VIII
So here is a health to the County Wexford
Throw off your yoke and to victory run
Let no man think you'd lay down your arm
For each man has both his pike and gun
So now my friends the time is approaching
When in one body we'll all appear
And he commanded by some pious creature
Like Father Murphy from Shelmalier
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We next marched to Ross and got intoxicated
We fought three battles on the one day
First in the morning we did them storm
And at the second volley they ran away
But a reinforcement came down upon us
Just in the morning with fire and smoke
We were forced to leave the town ablazing
On our retreat we burned Scullabogue
VI
In Carrigbyrne we for sometime waited
We were preparing for Gorey town
And in Tuberneering we feared no danger
Our gallant heroes to be cut down
Then we marched corner we fought the soldiers
We travelled round by the collieries
Where they stole our guns and left us disarmed
We lost our lives in "Kilcumrey"
VII
But if we had conduct to march on further
And not to turn back to Gorey town
We'd save the lives of ten thousand heroes
Who did in Arklow God rest their souls
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ground did bleed
With deadly risk and fame advancing
To Enniscorthy we marched with speed
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When the loyal townsmen gave their assistance
"We'll die or conquer" they all did say
Were the Hessian cavalry made no resistance
Along the pavements the foot-men lay
With trumpet sounding and valour bounding
With drums rebeated and men reviewed
Like triumphant heroes we fear no danger
We marched to Wexford in the afternoon
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On the Three Rock we took up head-quarters
Early next morning about eight o'clock
Where the British army sallied out their forces
Our gunsmen gave them an awful shock
Then we took the town and frank like topers
We fought the soldiers and cavalry
Their troops retreated with dread of danger
They dare not face our artillery
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I
You Roman Catholics throughout the
nation,
To no persuasions, I speak but thee
Keep fresh in date poor old "98"
When we lost the pride of our
country
I mean that here brave Father Murphy
Who for our sakes fought for liberty
When violent pitch-caps most [?]
On our heads were placed in this
country.
II
One whit Sunday we got uneasy
To break the chains of tyranny
And we took up arms to defend
Gods garments.
And raise the green flag of liberty
On Dulart hill we first showed our valour
Where nine hundred north-Corks on the
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2018-12-24 17:02
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of the men fled away. Meanwhile the men were looking for the king's body, but as they were passing a small bush, they heard a voice singing lovely airs. They looked in at the bush, and they saw the head of Donnbo in side in it. They asked the head where the kings body lay, and the head answered "Over near that tree, and they said "Why are you singing" He said "I promised the king no matter where I would be to night that I would amuse him. He said "Take my head to where my body lies near the king and bury me with the king.
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2018-12-24 17:00
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Once upon a time there was widows son by the name of Donnbo. He was a very clever boy. He was able to sing, dance, make poems and do all sorts of amusing. One night a messenger from the king's palace came in and asked the widow would she leave her son go to war. At first she did not want to leave him go, but after a while he went away with the man. Next morning he went off with his comrades and the king to war. It was at a glen they're to fight. They took a short cut through bogs and swamps. When evening came they made their camp for the night. They were all sitting around a big red fire in the middle of the house. Then the king said to Donnbo "Tell us a story or do something for us that will pass away the night". But Donnbo said I am to tired to night but wherever I will be tomorrow night I will sing or do something for you" So the king asked some one else to tell them a story "He did and at four oclock in the morning they set out for the glen where they were to fight. But before long the king was dead and Donnbo fell at his side. The rest
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2018-12-24 16:56
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You go and cut good strong rushes and peel them. You then put them to dry and when dry you dip the rush into some fat which you have rendered. You now dry them again and when dry they light.
These two storys were told to me by my grandmother Mrs. Travers age 72 years.
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2018-12-24 16:55
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My grandmother often ate oaten meal bread. This is how she told me it was made. She is now 72 yrs. Get a clean basin and get the pinhead oaten meal. Get salt and wet it with boiling water. Work or stir with a wooden spoon until it is stiff. Then get a board with a wooden ledge at the bottom. Pat the cake on this board resting slanting on the ledge. Place before a good red fire. When well browned turn the other side, and when this is browned it is ready to be eaten. A little flour may be used according to taste.
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The God who will judge
Has counted them fall
He has numbered each grace
And written each fault
In his book they are written
Against the last day
O Mother ask Jesus
To wash them away
For one drop of His blood
Which for sinners was spilt
Was sufficient to cleanse
The whole world from its guilt
I fear near to dawn
I shall draw my last breath
This sleep I shall take
Is this long sleep of death
Be near me dear Mother
For Jesus dear sake
My should in eternity shall awake
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Good night dearest mother,
The day's work is done,
Its hours and its moments
Have passed one by one
Many time's have I fallen
To day Mother dear
Many graces neglected
Since I last knelt here
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2018-12-24 16:48
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Long ago the children were about 10 years old before they wore shoes. They were not like those we have now. The soles of them were made of pork. They had to be very careful not to go near the fire as the soles of them would melt.
The boy's used to wear dresses and bibs until they were about 12 years of age and at that time they started to go to Mass.
The old men and women of the better class used to be beautifully dressed on Sunday. They used to wear pressed flannel petticoats and brown tamin gowns trimmed with velvet.
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2018-12-24 16:45
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Long ago people used to make boxty. This is how it was made. They would get a bucket of fine big potatoes, clean them till they were as white as snow. Then they would get an iron grater and grate the potatoes, and put them into a big white enamel bucket and mix it with flour and butter and bake on a griddle. It was eaten with sour milk. They used to say this verse when beginning to eat it.
Boxty on the griddle,
Boxty on the pan,
If you don't eat boxty,
You will never get a man.
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called St. Matthews Church also. On the 21st of September all the people in the Parish go to Mass, and Holy Communion, and there is Confession the day before. It is called the "Patron" day.
An old man told me that it is said locally that St. Brigid made a pond at the Church, which she got built at Killare and it is said that a small stream flows form the pond increasing in size and from that river all the mills in the locality are driven. A lot of people are called after St. Brigid in this locality.
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2018-12-20 15:59
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The patron saint of my district is St. Brigid. There is a ruined Church at Killare four miles from Moyvore which St. Brigid got built. It was at Killare St. Brigid took her Final Vows.
There is a Holy Well dedicated to the Saint. The Well is beside the ruined Church. St. Brigid was buried in Downpatrick. It is said that people were cured at the Well.
There is a little "boreen" near Moyvore called "Rath Brigdin".
People go to visit the well on the 2nd of February, and on Good Friday, and bring home bottles of Holy water for cures.
The footprints of St. Patrick, and St. Brigid are said to be in Killare. On the top of the hill of Uisneagh, about two miles from Killare there is a rock, shaped like a bed, where St. Patrick is supposed to have slept.
One of the Churches in this Parish is called St. Patrick's Church. The Church in Milltown is called St. Matthews Church, and the Church in Empor is
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2018-12-20 14:40
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pass and the cockroach spoke again and said that Christ passed. That is why people kill the cockroach.
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2018-12-20 14:39
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did not want them to tell a lie. The seed sprung up that night. When the soldiers came along, they asked the men did they see a man and a woman and a child pass. The men answered they passed when we sowed the seed. They were going to turn back, when the men chirruped "yesterday yesterday". That is why the people hunt the wren on St. Stephen's day, for telling on the Holy Family.
4. Once upon a time when Christ, the Blessed Virgin and Saint Joseph were fleeing to Jerusalem from Herods soldiers they had to cross a stream where there were all sorts of insects.
The next day the soldiers came that way and they were talking among themselves of whether Christ passed that way or not and a cockroach spoke from the stream and said that Christ passed that way the previous day and then a Dairdeal spoke and said that Christ did not
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2018-12-20 14:36
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It is from that brooch the pattern of the Irish brooch is taken. She blessed the smith and his work and from that we see why smiths never grow tired from work.
3. The only story I ever heard about the Holy Family was when the Infant Jesus was born in the Stable at Bethlehem. Herod ordered all the male children of Bethlehem to be put to death because he was afraid the New King would rule him.
One night an an angel appeared to St. Joseph and told him to arise and bring the child and the Blessed Virgin Mary, and fly into Egypt in order to escape from Herod.
The Holy Family started on their journey. They came to where men were planting corn. The Blessed Virgin Mary spoke to the men and said, if any one come's and asks, did you see us pass the way, say that we passed when you were sowing the seed. The Blessed Virgin Mary
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2018-12-20 14:33
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1. There is a story told of the robin. It is said that when Our Lord was dying on the Cross on Good Friday a little robin came and picked a thorn from Our Saviours Head and a drop of his Precious Blood fell on the robins breast and that is how the robin has a red breast.
2. One windy day the Blessed Virgin was walking along the road to Bethlehem with Our Lord in her arms. She had nothing to keep her cloak fastened when She was walking. She asked a man who was putting a hedge to give her a thorn to fasten her cloak. He said he was too busy. She next saw a man thatching his house. She asked him for a "scollop" to put in her cloak but he refused to give her any one.
She next came to a forge and the blacksmith told her to sit down and rest herself. He then got a piece of iron and made it into a round ring. He then got a nail and made a pin for the brooch from it.
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2018-12-19 22:23
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leg on a piece of paper. Then they would put the shape down on a strip of cardboard and cut it out. Then the cardboard would be worn on the sole of the person's leg and it would be tied on by pieces of cloth.
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2018-12-19 22:23
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who are in the parish to day are Willie Sore, Ballinageragh and Jack Kenny, Ballyrehan. These shoemakers used to make shoes about fifteen years ago but now they only mend shoes and are doing a good trade.
Clogs used to be made in this district long ago. Clogs were shoes with wooden soles and leather uppers. I never heard of the names of the people who made them. They used to be worn by mostly all the people of my locality long ago during the season of Winter. They are not worn by the people at the present day. Leather used to be made in the neighbouring towns of my district long ago. It used to be made in Tralee and Listowel. The place where this work used to be carried on was called a "Tan yard". Foot coverings were also worn long ago. They would cut the shape of their
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2018-12-19 22:20
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Long ago the people of my locality began to wear shoes at the age of twelve and fourteen years of age. There are no accounts in my locality of people who never wore shoes. Long ago when the people of my locality used to be going to Tralee with eggs they would carry their shoes across their shoulders until they would be near the town. Then they would on their shoes at a place called "Droiceadeen na morog". Then they would take off their shoes again at the same place coming home. The time it would take the people to go to Tralee from Liscnaw was one hour.
The shoemaker who was in this locality long ago was Naurice More. This man used to make shoes and also mend shoes. He lived in Ballinageragh and lived to the age of seventy-nine years. The shoemakers
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2018-12-19 18:04
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We are the boys from a country called France
We spent all our money in learning to dance
We go about from door to door
Asking a charity like the poor
We thank the bride and bridegroom too
If they give us a drop of the mountain dew.
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2018-12-19 18:03
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Marriages generally take place at certain periods of the year. The periods are as follows, the week previous to Ash Wednesday and after Easter Sunday. It is said that if people are not married before Ash Wednesday that the shrove is gone and that they cannot get married until after Easter. The months of May and June are said to be unlucky months of the year for marriage. There was a little money given as a dowry to the people who were getting married and some of the richer class gave them stock and goods.The wedding was usually held in the bride's house and most of her friends would gather to the house.
Long ago the straw boys used to go the house and they were dressed with straw coats and hats. They would generally ask the bride and bridesmaids out on the street to dance with them and they would also ask drink. These boys used not do any damage.
A toast was given to the bride and bridegroom by the captain of the party. The following was made use of at a local wedding
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2018-12-19 17:57
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Marriages usually take place at the following periods of the year. During the week previous to Ash Wednesday, after Easter Sunday. During the months of August and September and also for a period of about three weeks before Christmas. The month of May is said to be an unlucky month for marriage.
There was a usual custom in the olden times to have a big wedding on the night previous to the marriage in the bride's house. There used to be large crowds of people at the weddings. All the relatives, friends and neighbours of the bride and bridegroom used to be invited to the wedding. There used to be a big feast on this night consisting of all kinds of bread, drink, fruit and meat.
On the following night it was a general custom for the bridegroom to have a big party in his own home and on this night the straw boys used to come. There used to be twelve boys dressed in straw who would visit the house.
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2018-12-18 19:46
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It is said that in that room thunder is to be heard every night from the night she was put in until this.
It starts at eight o'clock in the evening and it stops as soon a daylight comes.
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2018-12-18 19:45
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her other hand.
She stayed in it for about two or three hours and then she went over to the table and started playing with some musical thing she took out of her pocket and then she started racking her hair.
They said that they would ask her what took her here the next night.
They asked her what she wanted and she said that it was equal to them.
They brought the priest and he said a mass and put the ghost into a locked room and she never came back again.
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2018-12-18 19:43
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Once upon a time there lived in Swinford a man named Patrick Kelly and his two sisters named Mary and Kate.
When Mary grew up she went to America and stayed there for about twenty years. After that time she promised to come home to her brother and to her sister on a visit.
Before she came home she died and was buried in America.
One night when Patrick and Kate were in bed Mary stood outside and she took a mirror in her left hand and a rack in
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2018-12-15 18:37
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sea. There were many caves there. He told the prisoner he lived there in a cave. He asked him would he like to live with him. He said he would. So the two giants lived in the cave. They used to go out in the boat every day fishing.
At last his foot got better. One day he allowed the giant to go out to the boat himself. He stole home to his own house and never returned.
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2018-12-15 18:35
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Long ago there lived an old giant, in Ireland. He was a very strong man.
At this time there lived another giant. He was stronger than the first. He was an enemy of the other giant. Now the first giant had a sore foot and could not move.
One night while he was lying in his bed. The other giant came up to his house and rapped on the door. The sick giant asked who was there. The other giant said to open the door. So the sick giant arose out of the bed and tried to open the door. The other giant sprang up on him and bound him with chains. He carried him down to the sea.
There was a boat waiting for them. They went into the boat and landed on the other side of the
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2018-12-15 18:31
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down that passage, you sould have a flash lamp. If it would be a candle you had the breeze coming in from the sea would quench it.
Then the castle was burned by the old I.R.A. because the British Military might occupy it again as they had occupied it before.
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2018-12-15 18:25
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Situated near the village of Ballyheigue and overlooking the bay stands the ruins of an old castle. It is in Jerry Leen's grounds.
Long ago before the castle was built, there was a small little house there owned by the De Catillons. Queen Elizibeth was the Queen of England at that time and she was a protestant. She sent over money to build a castle in each Parish. The money was given to the Crosbies because they were the only protestants in Ballyheigue at that time.
The castle was rebuilt in 1809. There are 365 windows in the castle and about fifty doors. There is a big tower in the castle too.
There is a passage at the back of the castle which communicates with the sea. If you wanted to go
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2018-12-15 14:27
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Emblems are tokens of honour for certain feast-days.
On May-day primroses and white thorn are the chief emblems. Primroses are gathered by the children and made into a bunch and put on a pole called a may pole. Primroses are also scattered on the door-steps of every room in the house to welcome Summer.
Christmas emblems are usually holly and ivy. These are put behind pictures, on the windows, etc. to decorate as well as to honour our Lord. Another reason is that these are the only green shrubs at that time of the year.
Artificial is sometimes used instead of ordinary holly and mistletoe is also another emblem.
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2018-12-12 20:42
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under-ground place in which the cocks used to fight. This place has an arched roof and it is about twenty feet long and about six feet wide.
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it is circular in shape. It is said that the Earls of Kerry who lived in this parish long ago used to bathe there as this bush is situated near the river Brick which flows through Liocnaw. There is also another bush situated in the townland of Ballinagar and it is called the "Cranes Bush". The reason why it is called the "Cranes Bush" is because cranes used to make their nests there and sleep there.
There is also a building situated in the townland of the Old Courts and it is called the "Cock House". The reason why it is called the "Cock House" is because the Earls of Kerry who lived in Liocnaw long ago used to have cocks fighting in this house so that they would not be seen by the police. This house is circular in shape and there is a watchtower in the top of it. There is also an
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2018-12-12 20:39
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There is a rock situated in this parish and it is called the Clochar. The reason why this name was put on it is because the people of this parish quarry stones out of the land near it. This rock is very steep and has a height of about sixty feet. There was once a man named Moloney from this parish and he sat up on the top of the rock and he slept. Soon his mother called him and she heard no answer out of him. She then sent his father to search for him and he found him dead at the bottom of the rock. It is said that this man fell off the rock and got killed.
There are bushes in my locality and there are names on them. There is a bush situated in the downland of the Old Court and it is called the "Round Bush". The reason why it is called the "Round Bush" is because
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2018-12-12 20:36
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between Liocnaw Cross and Ballinageragh. There is also another field which is called the "Well Field". The reason why it is called the "Well Field" is because there is a well in it.
There is another field in my uncle's farm and it is called "Poll Dubh". The reason why this field is called "Poll Dubh" is because there is a big hole in it and it is always full of water. When the hay is being cut in this field the people say that it will rain.
There is a stream situated in Frank Quilter's land in Ballyrehan. The name of this stream is the Glaise. There is a height situated in the land of William Walshe. This height is called the Monument Height. In top of this height is built a Monument which was built in memory of one of the Lords of Kerry who lived in this parish long ago.
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2018-12-12 20:32
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I have no farm at home but my uncle, Thomas O'Brien, has a farm. There are fields and gardens in it and there are names given to some of them. One of the meadows is called the "Church Meadow". The reason why this meadow is called the "Church Meadow" is because there was a Church in this meadow long ago. This Church was the Church of Liocnaw long ago and it is there the people of Liocnaw went to Mass before the present Church in the village was built. The remains of the altar may be seen at the present day and there is a Statue of Saint Michael where the altar was. He is the Patron Saint of this Parish. One of the gardens is called the "Middle Garden". The reason why this name was put on the garden is because it is midway
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2018-12-12 19:23
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them and they buy sweets and cakes for it.
On Saint John's eve, which is the twenty-third day of June, the boys and girls in my locality all go gathering sticks and turf to make a bon fire to honour Saint John. About eight o'clock they light a fire and they all sit around it on bags and they tell stories to each other for about two hours. Then they boil water in gallons and one girl makes tea. The crowd then all sit down and they have a good meal which they well enjoy. After the meal they sing and dance and play music. About twelve o'clock they quench the fire and they all go home after spending an enjoyable night.
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2018-12-12 19:20
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their money gathered they "have a night out of it" and they spend a merry night singing and drinking intoxicating drink.
Chalk Sunday is the first Sunday in Lent. There is no certain date for this day as it all depends on the length of Shrove. It is called "Chalk Sunday" because it was the custom in former days to chalk the young boys and girls who did not get married during Shrove when leaving Church after Mass.
Now (its) the custom is wearing out and it is very seldom you will see chalk marks on boys or girls backs leaving Mass on Chalk Sunday.
There is also another custom connected with Saint Brigid's day. Boys and girls go around with the Biddy the night before. Before they go around they get a turnip and a potato. They make a face out of it and put an old dress around it and they call this the Biddy. They then dress up in queer clothes so that they would not be known and they visit the houses. Then they play music and ask for money. When they have a good sum gathered they divide it equally between
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2018-12-12 19:15
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In this district people observe feasts in certain ways. On Saint Stephen's day young boys and young men go around with the wren. They get masks called "Hy-fiddles" and put them on their faces and go around from house to house. When they go in to a house they sing a song about the wren. This is the usual song they sing:-
The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
On Saint Stephen's day, he was caught in the furze.
Although he being little, his family are great.
Cheer up landlady, and give us a treat.
When the young boys have a sum of money gathered they divide it between them and they buy sweets and cakes for it and sometimes they make up for a football or a set of hurlers. When they are going around the leader has a bunch of holly in his hand and a wren tied to it. The musical instruments they have are mouth-organs and a fiddle. When the men have
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at them for luck. An old shoe is tied to their car and this is said to be for good luck also. The married couple go in the same car to their house after being married. Then that night a wedding feast is held and men come "sapping" from other places. These men are dressed so that they would not be known. They have masks on their faces and their coats turned inside out. At some weddings they may be treated kindly and at others they might be kept out. These men get drink and other things and they sing and dance for this. At some marriages people "rope" the married couple. They put a rope across the road and stop the car in which they are travelling and get money.
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the people say. This means that the friends of some girl sends word to him asking him if he would marry the girl. If he is willing to marry his relatives go to the girls house to make the match. They walk the land and examine the cattle and the dwelling house. The fortune is then arranged, usually after a good deal of arguing. If they do not agree to the fortune the match is broken. The fortune usually consists of money. Cattle of goods are never given in this district.
Marriages long ago used to take place in the mouses. This was a custom about a hundred years ago as it would be too far a journey for the priests to come from Rathea in the morning about seven o'clock. On the morning of the marriage the man goes to the girl's house by car. Then he comes to the Church in the first car and the bride in the last car. When they are getting married the man puts a silver coin in the bride's hand. This shows that he gives all his wealth to her during life. When they are coming out of the Church rice is thrown
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It is mostly during Shrove the marriages take place in this district. There are certain months which people say you should never get married in such as May and August. On Shrove Tuesday most of these marriages take place as it is the last day of Shrove. Other unlucky months for getting married are the harvest months. These months are considered very unlucky for marriages as an old proverb says "whatever is joined in the harvest is sure to be ripped in the Spring". They say you should never get married on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday because it is usually unlucky.
There is an old custom connected with Shrove. On Shrove Tuesday night pancakes are made and some of these pancakes are thrown at the door. This is said to keep out hunger for the year. This is how they make the matches. It is usually between farmers' sons and daughters that matches are made.A A farmers' son first gets "an account of a match", as
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Catholics, and Protestants. The Protestants called it the fighting fair of Shercock, but the Catholics called it the murdering fair. The fight arose in a house called Wimps the Catholics had the best of it for some time, but that words went out to the yoeman. They were all armed while the Catholics had no guns. They shot them down like crows. It was said that where Shercock chapel now stands was filled with corpses, and that it never was known who they belonged to. One man escaped from the fair with a crock on his head. A yoeman fired at him, made smithereens of the crock but the man escaped.
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One fair day in the year 1825 a fight arose in Shercock between the
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Long ago Boxty was made from potatoes. The way it was made was get potatoes and peel them. Then get the grater, and nail it to a piece of a board, put it in a crock, and grate the potatoes into the crock. When the crock is full get a piece of strong calico and put the grated potatoes into it. Then sqeeze the water out of them until they are white. Then put them out on a bread-board and put flour on it, then knead it, put it on the griddle and bake it.
There was a man who lived between Shercock, and Knockbride, he was called Boxty Wallace. He had a machine for making Boxty. The people went to him with their potatoes, and he made the Boxty for them.
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One day long ago, two men were drowning a hedge-hog at the Goleen near Spanish Point and they saw a very large multitude of men, women and children very well dressed wading in the sea and coming towards the rock where they were sitting. To have a better view they went up on top of the cliff and when they went up the multitude had disappeared.
On another occasion a woman was in the same place and she saw a canoe coming in from mid-ocean with three gentle-men rowing it and it rested on the rocks. One of the gentle-men she thought appeared to be one she knew in Spanish Point who used to deal with her in fresh butter.
She turned around to go home to get the butter for the gentle-man. When she had gone a few yards she looked back to see was he coming out of the canoe, but she saw nothing.
She thought she had not long to live she saw such a sight, but she lived for many years after.
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The Poor House near Miltown Malbay was bought by a farmer. Some years ago he was putting up a hay-barn and when making holes for the pillars he found a lot of bones. They are supposed to be the remains of persons who died in the Poor House. They died so fast that there was no time to carry them to the grave.
One night the farmer went to look at his cattle and he fell into one of these holes and broke his leg in judgement for disturbing the (dead) bones of the dead.
A man had contract for burying the dead in Cill [?] east of Miltown. He used to put four or five coffins in his car, and when it was too late in the evening to bury them he took them to his own house and left the corpses and all in the street till the following morning. What treatment the remains of our fore-fathers received during that cruel time.
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raw [?] potatoes were grated. Then they were squeezed through a fine cloth and baked in a well greased pan. The sediment of the water taken from the potatoes was pure starch and was bleached and used for stiffening collars, clothes. The oatmeal bread was considered the best food.
Wheaten bread came into use later, but at first people only got a few [?] of it at Christmas. The wheaten flour was baked in a pot oven and still is.
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In this locality bread was formerly made from oatmeal. Oat was the principal crop grown.
The ruin of an old mill where each farmer ground his own oats can be seen in this village. In early times querns must have been used, as a few years ago a quern was found on an island in Allnagh lake near place. In this lake was also found the ruins of what was once a perfect example of a "crannogue" (cranog).
The oatmeal was wet with luke-warm water and kneaded thoroughly. Then it was flattened out until it was very thin and left aside for about a quarter of an hour. Next it was placed in front of a clear fire to bake. While baking it rested against an iron stand.
Bread was also made from potatoes. This was called "boxty". The
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On St. Stephens day all they young boys go around with the wren and they gather a great deal of money and they devide it between them. St. Stephen's day they young men also gather together and decorate themselves and go around from house to house gathering money and they repeat this rhyme.
"The wren the wren the King of all birds
St. Stephens day he was caught in the furze
Up with the Kettle and down with the pan
Give us some money to bury the wren!
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