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2019-08-23 19:13
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the golden treasures in a glass stand and had the story of how they were recovered in letters of gold for the world to see
The boys got well and went back to their shop where they lived happily ever after and prospered well. This happened nearly ninety years ago
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2019-08-23 19:12
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his young brother had the two bags put safely away in the boat. It was nearly daylight when they got back to safety and they were all torn and wet and his little brother fainted many times
When they reached home there were people out looking for them including their father and uncles. With a cry of joy they ran to them and fainted at their feet. It was in broken sentences they told of their successful adventure
One of the men ran to tell the parish priest and was so overjoyed that he wept. He immediately sent for the boy and they were brought to him. He embraced them wet, torn and dirty as they were when he saw the treasures they had found and heard of the danger they had gone through. He ordered them to be put to bed and good care to be taken of them in his own house He placed
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2019-08-23 19:09
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assistant was only eighteen years and his little brother twelve. He was going on this adventure without his people knowing it.
On his second attempt he again failed and both himself and his little brother were tired and hungry when they came home.
His third attempt was successful but he had a very hard struggle with the two rough brothers. He had waited all day and it was night when he saw the two brothers going into supper.
Himself and his brother were a long time getting the place among the mountains and when they found it they had bags ready to carry away the treasures. Before they had finished they heard the brothers coming and the boy told his little brother to run with one bag to the boat and come back again immediately. So while he was misleading the rough brothers among the mountains
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2019-08-23 19:06
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much and told him the story. He asked him if he would promise to try and secure those valuable things saying he would leave all his wealth to him but he must promise also to carry the treasures to his parish priest as soon as he would get them.
The old man had never married and had no heir or anyone related to him living, as this boy promised to carry out the old man's wishes. The old man died and the boy set out on his dangerous adventure. To get to the hidden treasure he had to cross a very large lake. He went by himself at first but failed. One of the brothers the roughest of them was working near the place. The boy came home again after spending six hours waiting to get his chance. He took his little with him on his next trip across. The shop
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2019-08-23 19:02
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There was once an old respectable store keeper in Ballina. He knew a spot on the mountains where there were valuable articles hidden. They belonged to the priests of old when they had to read mass on the mountains. The those priests died only a few people knew the hiding place.
Two brothers of very wild character also knew where they were hidden.
The articles hidden were brooches and rich crosses and a very rich chalice
Those two brothers lived near the hidden place and watched it very carefully
They were hoping to sell those treasures for a lot of money some day.
This store keeper made many attempts to get to the place and carry away, but failed. Now he took very ill and knew he would die. Before he died he called his shop assistant whom he trusted very
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2019-08-23 18:55
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There was an old road in Lenevesta and it was going back to Louisburgh.
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2019-08-23 18:55
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There is an old road going from my village over to [?]
It was my grandfather made it It is still used.
There is a road going from [?] [?] to Drummin and Westport.
There was an old road going from [?] [?] to Lecanvey and Durless
The people used to go that way when they used to go to Mass to Lecanvey and to the sea for sand and when they used to go to Westport
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2019-08-23 18:52
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she says Killock.
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2019-08-23 18:52
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A lot catches hands and makes a ring. Then one goes round and says Killock and hits the others. The one she hits heavest runs after her and catches her and then
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2019-08-23 18:51
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This is the way it is played.
A lot catches hands and goes round in a ring. One goes into the middle and shuts her eyes and trys to catch another.
Then the one she catches goes in the middle and trys to catch some other one.
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2019-08-23 18:50
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These are the games we play "Frog in the middle", "Killock", "Here's the robbers coming", through, "Jennyjore", "[?]", "Four Corners "Good Angel and Bad Angel"
In Autumn we pick blackberries and slows. We do not pick nuts. We pick flowers and make daisy chains.
In winter when we are sitting beside the fire we play chip chop cherry and we play tip
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2019-08-23 18:47
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buried in [?] [?] [?]
It affected this district very much. The district was thickly populated before the famine.
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2019-08-23 18:47
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The old people have stories about the famine of 1846-47
The people still point out sites of houses. There was an old house near John Hastings where people lived long ago
It is in ruins now. There was an old house in [?] [?] and the ruins of it is to be seen yet. The potatoes did not grow that time
Great numbers of people died.
For food the people used to use yellowmeal. Where the people used to die they used to be buried there. There is a person
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2019-08-23 18:44
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There was a man living in [?] [?]. His name was Pat Hastings. He used to compose songs. He is dead about thirty years. He is buried in Drummin graveyard.
There was a man living in Derrykillew. He used to compose songs. He is living now in Dublin: He composed a song called the Breezie Mountain Blue. He is about fifty years of age. His name is Patrick Tunney
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2019-08-23 18:42
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There is a fort near our house. It is a very green hollow. There is a fence and stones around it. There are stones within in it and there are ferns also growing in it.
We called it the fort.
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2019-08-23 18:41
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There is a fort near Oughty it is called Lis [?]
There is a bank of earth around it.
There are forts back in Glenkeen. There are lumps of stone around them.
One dark night there was a man passing by them
He prayed to God to send him a light and there was a candle lighted on his hat and it remained on it till he came to his own street.
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2019-08-23 18:39
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She always comes in summer. She asks wool, butter, eggs, She sells the wool.
She used to stay in a house called McLoughlin's but she don't stay now in it since the old woman died that was in it.
One man called Mooney used to go about long ago. He used to stay at night in my house. He used to sing songs and sell song books
but she does not stay now in it
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2019-08-23 18:37
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One travelling woman visits my home. Her name is Sarah Fallin. She goes about every year. She is going about twenty five years. First when she started going about, she used to speak all Irish but now she speaks broken English
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2019-08-23 18:36
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Boys make tops for spinning from thread spools. They make snares for to catch rabbits or hares. Girls make daisy chains or dolls.
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2019-08-23 18:35
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it and them not to be looking for it and to wash the warts in it.
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2019-08-23 18:35
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A cure for chincough is to drink asses milk or the ferrets leavings
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2019-08-23 18:34
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When a person has a headache it is the cure for it to get their head measured by certain people. There is a woman living in Killenacoff and she measures heads
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2019-08-23 18:34
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It is a cure for ringworm to get salt and soot and dip and mix them and to rub the mixture on the ringworm.
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2019-08-23 18:33
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A cure for wildfire is to get a black cat and cut a bit of his tail and to get blood out of it and to rub it on the Wildfire. Another cure for wildfire is to rub gold on it
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2019-08-23 18:32
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The swallow was all white once. But one day she flew too near the sun and it turned her blue except her breast and that is why the swallow is blue.
because when the thorns were on Our Lord's head the came and went to pull a thorn
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2019-08-23 15:40
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that have Head-Stones in the grave-yard are James Lenehan Barefield, Patrick Connor, Clooneen, Patrick Conneely Lurgowan. Thomas Comack, Clooneen and Mrs Madden Lurgowan.
This grave-yard is still in use although there are many others convenient to it.
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2019-08-23 15:39
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Not very far from my house there is an ancient grave-yard named Kilverdan. It is surrounded by a stone wall and there are clumps of bushes around it. There is a small entrance gate leading into the grave-yard. This grave-yard is situated in one of John Flood's Fields. A man by the name of Joseph Madden that keeps the grave-yard in repair.
There are about twelve or fourteen people that have graves in it, chiefly the people from Ballymartin and Clooneen, and also the people in the surrounding district of the grave-yard.
The names of the people
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2019-08-23 15:34
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Another bird offered to show her but she would not look. On this account she is said to be a lazy bird. There is always a little bird called a "[?]" following her, in order to tell the other birds that the cuckoo is coming.
The thrush, black-bird and corn-crake build their nest generally in a haw-thorn bush.
The wren builds it in a mossy ditch like the robin.
The crow, pigeon, seale-crow and the mag-pie builds their nest where high trees are.
The jack-dawn build their nest in an empty chimney.
The swallows build their nest in old barns.
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2019-08-23 15:27
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us in the Winter and returns to us again in Spring or early Summer. It is said that if he comes early we will have a fine Summer. He never builds a nest and on this account he lays his eggs in an other bird's nest. There is a story told explaining why the cuckoo does not build a nest. It is said that long ago only one bird which was a crow knew how to build a nest. One day he called together all the birds to show them how to build their nests. Every bird was present except the cuckoo. When the birds were all taught the cuckoo came to Ireland but she was too late so that she could not build a nest
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2019-08-23 15:24
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There are many birds to be seen in this district such as robin, thrush, wren, blackbird, goldfinch, bullfinch, cuckoo, corn-crake, yellow-hammer, linet, willy wag tail, jack daw, crow, pigeon, scale-crow, mag-pie and swallows.
The robin builds her nest in a nice soft mossy ditch. Her nest is round and small. She builds her nest out of clay and sticks on the outside and she lines it on the inside with hay, hair, or moss.
She generally lays about five eggs.
The cuckoo is one of the birds which migrates from
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2019-08-23 15:22
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There are about thirteen houses and about sixty people in our village. Three of these are very old and one of them can speak Irish. The other villagers speak English.
From our village can be sen Sliab Bawn, and Ballinamuck, famous in history. A very nice scenery can also be seen.
The bog can be seen and also the "Whinny Hill" which is covered with whins, is lovely to see when in bloom.
It is a very nice village. Though some of the people have a long way to go to Mass they don't grumble.
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2019-08-23 15:17
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My native village is Ballyhubert. It is the village in which I was born and because of that I like it all the better.
It is situated in Co Roscommon, about half from the Catholic Church and about three miles from the nearest town. No person who wishes may walk to town because buses run at different times every day and almost every person in the village has different other ways of carriage as well.
The land in it is good and rich. When tilled, it gives the best of crops. It is also used for grazing and large numbers of cattle are reared.
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2019-08-23 15:14
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varieties of food because they had to sell their milk and butter to pay the rent or otherwise they would be evicted.
The men used to bring their meals to the mill to have it ground into oaten-meal and they had great big bags of meals in the kitchen. This food used to last the people for one year until the other meal would be ground the following year.
The Irish people long ago were healthier and stronger than the Irish nowadays they were able to accomplish greater work owing to the wholesome food they used to eat.
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2019-08-23 15:12
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The food in olden times was far different in comparison with the food that people use now.
Long ago the people used to eat three meals a day in the morning, in the after noon and in the evening. The people used to have half a days work done before they eat their breakfast. The breakfast consisted of porridge and butter-milk, their Dinner of potatoes and butter-milk and their supper of porridge.
The the potatoes failed during the famine, sometimes the people had used porridge for their three meals. They could not afford to buy and other
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2019-08-23 15:07
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oaten meal baked on a griddle or before the fire. They made gruel of oaten meal and water for a cold or sickness and they also made "brocan" oaten meal boiled in milk and eaten with cabbage for many a meal.
The people of this district were very strong and healthy and had good sound teeth and this was attributed to oaten meal.
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2019-08-23 15:06
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In olden times people used to take three meals every day breakfast, dinner and supper. Breakfast which consisted of oaten meal porridge and butter-milk was taken at eight o'clock. Dinner at twelve o'clock consisted of potatoes and butter-milk and some times butter while the supper at six o'clock consisted of oaten bread and butter and milk.
When working they used to take drinks of the juice of oaten meal and some-times butter-milk. In the morning they used to rise with the sun and the men used to have three or four hour's work done in the fields before they were called into their breakfast.
All their cakes were made of
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2019-08-21 20:01
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also had tea on those days. On shrove Tuesday the people had pancakes. On Easter Sunday they had eggs and at Hallow'eve they had nuts and boxty dumplings.
They put oaten meal seeds and water mixed together in a crock, when it got sour they called it sowers. They strained it and cooked it and when it was cooked it was called flummery.
When they killed the pigs they saved the blood and put bacon, bread, crumbs and oatenmeal into it and flavoured it with pepper, salt and alspice. They also saved the intestines and filled them with the blood. These were called blood puddings. That night when they had the blood puddings made they put on a big pot of water on the fire. Then they put the puddings into the pot to cook. They cooked them for about a half an hour and then took them off and put them on a big dish to cool. They did not eat them when they
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2019-08-21 19:57
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The different kinds of bread in olden times were, oatmeal cakes, boxty cakes, potato cakes and buck cakes.
Oaten cakes were made from ground oatmeal, boxty cakes were made from grated potatoes, potato cakes were made from cooked ones and buck bread was made from black wheat which was called buck wheat.
Querns were hand mills for grinding corn in our district. They put water in the oaten bread and milk in wheaten bread when kneading, and the potatoes did not need anything.
The oaten bread would keep for a week or more but the boxty had to be made daily. The bread was made in a wooden basin and cooked it on a gridiron. A gridiron is made of iron, a round ring and bars across it. It has a loose bar hanging at the back of it to support it to stand.
Special cakes were made for feast days.
They were made of flour and raisins. They
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2019-08-21 19:50
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Too many cooks spoil the broth.
When poverty comes in the door, love flies out the window.
Would you learn you granny to suck eggs.
The cleverest hen lays out.
You put your foot in it.
Beauty never made the pot boil.
She's no kitten.
A straw shows how the wind blows.
He gave it with a heart and a half.
Its too good to be true.
One swallow never made a summer.
The nearer the bone the sweeter the meat.
That cup of tea would warm the cockles of your heart.
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2019-08-21 19:48
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That fellow would build a nest in your ear and rob it again.
All your geese are swans.
Apples will grow again.
When you give away you old breeches don't cut the buttons off.
There's no flies on you.
Every picture tells its story.
There's not green in my eye.
Keep your hair on, wigs are dear.
She's as sweet as sugar.
Too sweet to be wholesome.
His bark is worse than his bite.
That man has one leg in the grave and the other out of it.
A new broom sweeps clean.
Seldom smoke without fire.
Burnt sticks are easily kindled.
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2019-08-21 19:45
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All that glitters is not gold.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
There's many a slip between the cup and the lip.
Once bitten twice shy.
The more rain the more rest, too much fine weather was never the best.
Never take the book by the cover.
That you may live long and die happy.
I was up at cock crow.
That day would take the whiskers of a monkey.
Its a good day for young ducks.
Its raining cats and dogs.
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2019-08-21 19:42
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splits to show them light through the house any where they were going.
The children ate their supper from what they called piggens or noggins. They were little wooden vessels with hoops on them and the spoons they used were bone.
This story was told to me by Mrs McChesney Church St Belturbet - aged 72 years
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2019-08-21 19:40
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This is how candles were made long ago. People gathered bull rushes peeled and dried the inner parts of them in tallow, the tallow was fat that was preserved from animals. Some made candles from wax but it was very dirty and was always spitting. What they had next for light was a stone bottle with a tin top to put the wick in and then they filled it with fat rendered and hung them on the wall to give light. Many families of children learned their lessons by light of the fire as there was a lamp of bog fur and they had it preserved in
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2019-08-21 19:36
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see snow on the mountains it is a sign there will be a snow storm.
When midges sting in the evening it is the sign of rain.
When there is a blue colour in the fire it is a sign of a storm.
When a thick mist appears on a bog or lake it is the sign of a good day next day.
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2019-08-21 19:35
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When the setting sun is red it is the sign of good weather. When there are clouds around the sun setting it is the sign of bad weather.
The moon shows the kind of weather. When there is a ring around the moon that is the sign of bad weather. When there are clouds around the moon it is the sign of wet weather.
When the stars are very bright it is the sign of frost. When the stars shoot it is the sign of rain.
When there is a rainbow in the morning it is the sign of a showery day. A rainbow at night is the sign of a good day next day.
When the sky is cloudy it is the sign of rain and when the sky is clear and blue it is the sign of good weather.
When [?] [?] looks near it is a sign of bad weather. When people
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2019-08-21 19:30
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got the more they used to cry. They used to follow the funeral to the grave and cry after it.
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2019-08-21 19:30
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Wakes long ago were different from wakes now.
Long ago the people used to be waked under the table. There used to be games played at wakes. People used to sing songs and when a sorrowful song was sung all the people would cry and when a funny song was sung all the people would laugh.
There used to be marrying at wakes. There used to be a ring of people going round in a ring of people going round in a ring and the boy and girl to be married would be sitting in the middle of the ring.
There used to be caoiners at wakes and they were also called "bean whaties". A plank would be got and preparations would be made for their coming. When the caoiners would come in the would start to cry ad about every half hour they would get a glass of whiskey and the more whiskey they
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2019-08-21 19:25
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between three townlands to wash his shirt and a woman would come and would take the shirt out of his hands and wash it and the woman that took the shirt out of his hands was to be married to him.
A man used to riddle corn in a barn on Hallow Eve night and the woman he would be married to would come and take the riddle out of his hands.
Long ago on Hallow Eve night the people used to leave a dish of colcannon on the table when they would be going to bed. They would leave spoons in the dish. They used to leave the fire burning and sweep around the fire and leave it clean for the people said all this was fo the dead, who could return to earth on this night.
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2019-08-21 19:18
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The names of games that are played at Hallow Eve are "Ducking", "Hanging and apple on the line", "Burning nuts in the fire", "Hiding things on other people", "The three dishes".
When children are playing "the three dishes" they put clay in one of them and water in another and a ring in another. They will put a blind on one of the children's eyes and this one will go over to the table and if he puts his hand on the with the clay in it he will be buried before twelve months. If he puts his hand on the dish with the water in it he will go across water before twelve months and if he puts his hand on the dish with the ring in it, he will be married before twelve months.
Long ago a man used to go
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2019-08-21 19:14
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made of bog turf. The tank was full of water and also barley. The steam of the tank went through the worm and into a barrel. The barrel had to be kept cool with cold water and there was a hole under the barrel to let away the hot water. Sometimes the barrel was in some place where the water of a stream could flow into it. There was a woman one time who was making poitin and she was making it near a well and she used to hide the barrel near the well and every night when the people would come for drink she would say that she was going down to the well for water and therfore no one knew where she had the poitin hidden. The police knew that she was making it and they were looking for the [?] but they could not get it. At last they got it and she was transported for life. It is said that the liscenced dealers were giving information about the owners of the sheebeens.
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2019-08-21 19:09
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Sheebeens were places where drink was sold. They were mostly at crossroads and in old lanes. Every fourth house was a sheebeen in Drumboat.
The price of whiskey was 21/2d. a naggin. The men and women of the house went to the sheebeen for the drink because it was cheap. There was a sheebeen at the Casadh Cam and there was a liscenced public house at Peter Boyland, Patrick Boyland, Peter Waters and Ross McCabes. Nearly every house in Black Staff was a sheebeen. They measured the drink in a tin and then put it round in glasses. Once the sun went down it was a sign to go to the sheebeen and they would stay there drinking untill morning.
They were all selling poitin. They would make the poitin themselves and they would make it near a bog. They had a tank like a milk can with a tube called a worm wound round it. This instrument was made of tin. They had a fire under
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2019-08-19 17:11
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man he met was a man driving a donkey and the boy was saying "hang the brute" and the man told him not to be saying that, and he asked him what would he say and he said to say "nothing at all". When he arrived at the butcher's shop they asked him what did he want and he said "nothing at all, nothing at all".
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2019-08-19 17:10
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was saying "that they may never come up". They treated him like the first man and gave him a beating. So he asked them what, he say, would he say, they told him to say one this year, and two next year. As he went on farther he met a funeral and he was saying "one this year and two next year". One of the people at the funeral treated him like the others so he asked them what would he say. They told him say R.I.P. So the next man he met was hunting a fox who was after visiting his fowl house and the boy was saying R.I.P. so he treated him the same way as the others and told him to say "hang the brute". The next
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2019-08-19 17:07
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There was a boy who was sent to a butcher's shop to buy hearts, livers and lights.
As he went along he met a man who was sick and the boy was saying for fear he would forget his message, "hearts, livers, and lights", so the man who was sick thought it was his own "heart liver, and lights he was wishing for. So he went after him and gave him a beating and he told him to say "that they may never come up". As the boy went on further he met people who were planting potatoes and he
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2019-08-19 17:04
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There is a field in the townland of Ballynakilly in which there is a full bag of gold concealed. It is said that a man, being pursued by enemies hid it there.
There is also a crock of gold supposed to be hidden under a cairn of stones in Tullyhullion. It is said that it is to be found by a a red-haired boy, and whoever he may be, won't live long afterwards.
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2019-08-19 16:54
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McFadden's of Breenagh. Several of the women and girls from this part would go and get as much yarn as would make two or three dozen pairs of socks.
They would knit them at home. Then they would leave them up when they were finished.
They would get tea and sugar, and other things, for knitting, but no money. They would take out more yarn and do the same.
The last industry was "sprigging".
The girls sprigged several linen cloths, which were sent to foreign countries.
A shawl which was sprigged in this parish was worn at the Coronation of the Ex-King Edward VIII of England by his mother Queen Mary. This industry stopped two years ago.
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2019-08-19 16:51
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I There was a shirt-factory at Temple-Douglas in Mrs. McGinley's. Nearly all the women and girls of this district were occupied making shirts.
Some sewed with the hand and others used machines. They would get half a crown for a dozen of finished shirts.
II Another Shirt Factory was at Daniel McConells of the Blown rock. There are no factories in this parish for the last thirty years.
III There was a knitting factory in Manus
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2019-08-19 16:48
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are called "beastings".
When the "beastings" are cooked they are put out on plates too cool. Then they are used as "kitchen" with potatoes for dinner.
Some people send a share of the beastings to their nearest neighbour. It is a good old custom.
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2019-08-19 16:47
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It is an old custom to make "beastings" which is boiling the second milk which is taken from the cow after she is newly calved. The first milk is given to the calf.
This is how my mother prepares it. First she takes a clean pandy out to the byre. Then she gets a small stool and sits down beside the cow. She cleans the cow's udder and teats. Then she milks the milk into the pandy.
When she is finished milking she takes it into the house and strains the milk with a strainer into another clean pandy.
When the milk is strained she gets a pot which she cleans well. Then she puts the milk into it. After that she puts a little salt into the milk and puts the pots on the fire to boil.
Then she takes the pot-stick and stirs very gently while it boils slowly.
Then it becomes all curds. These curds
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2019-08-19 16:43
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The potatoes are washed in cold water first. Then they are peeled. Then they are put into a pot of boiling water.
When they are boiled the water is poured off them.
Then a little salt is added and a sliced onion. My mother gets a "bettle" and "pounds" them. Then she gets some milk and puts it on them. When they are ready for eating she puts them out on a plate and they are eaten with butter.
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2019-08-19 16:41
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and is heated. The cake is divided into four parts. Then there is plenty of butter put on the pan, when the butter is melted the cake is put on, the pan and cooked for about ten minutes on one side. Then the other side is turned an cooked for ten minutes. Then it is taken off and put on a plate. It is always eaten when it is hot. This bread is also called "Fadge".
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2019-08-19 16:40
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This is a custom come down to us from our forefathers. Long ago the people in Ireland did not use very much flour as they do now. They always used Potato Bread.
The Potato Bread is usually made when the new potatoes are dug. There is no soda put in Potato Bread. Potato Bread is very healthy, but the people now do not like it as well as the people did long ago. "This is how it is made".
The potatoes are well washed and peeled. Then they are put in the pot and boiled. When they are boiled the water is teemed off them. Then some of them are lifted out on a bakeboard and bruised. When they are properly bruised, they are mixed with a little flour and a pinch of salt. During this time the pan is put on
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2019-08-19 16:37
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If we see a star falling we should say "Heaven, heaven, heaven". Then we should make a wish for whatever we like, and we will get it.
Before we start to churn we should put a pinch of salt and blessed water in it. To keep away witchcraft.
We should not sweep the flags after sun-set.
If you sweep the floor out by the door you are sweeping the luck out of the house.
It is not right to put out the ashes on May morning.
It is not right to clean the byre
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2019-08-19 16:32
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under a stone as the gizzard decays the warts decay also.
Sweet milk is a cure for heart-burn.
A dog's lick is a cure for a sore.
If you find a star that fell it is a cure for a burn.
If some person gives you something that you don't ask for, it is a cure for the hiccough.
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2019-08-19 16:31
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There is a man named Willie Kennedy he lives in Castlereagh. He has a cure for a sore throat. This is a secret which is handed down from one member of a family to another.
There is a man in Fahykeen his name is Charley Doherty he has a cure for the mumps and whooping - cough. This is also a secret.
There is a cure for warts to take the gizzard of a hen and put it
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2019-08-19 16:29
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1) If there is a black smoke out of the train it betokens rain
2) If there is a ring round the moon, a storm is at hand.
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2019-08-19 16:28
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The cure for warts is:- Find a stone with a hole in it, in which water lies. The person washes his hands in it, they are cured.
Mrs Kane of Killymasney has a cure for a sprain.
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2019-08-19 16:27
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There was a man who drank a lot of whiskey. His family would give any amount of money to any person who would put him from drinking. One man tried a plan, he went into a graveyard. He dug a hole and lay down in it.
The drunk man was passing when the man in the grave started to say, "I'm cold Oh! but I'm cold". The drunk man went up to the grave, he said. Poor fellow they went away and forgot to cover you.
He picked up the spade and shovel and covered the living man, and the man in the grave was completely smothered.
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2019-08-16 20:53
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One time a man went to the fort to cut a tree. A little man appeared and said "Why are you cutting the shelter over my house" and the little man showed him where they used to make the "stations". The little man disappeared and the cut in the tree closed.
The man got such a fright that he died the next day and in the place where he is buried the little man used to appear every night and they danced and sang to show they were glad.
This fort is close to the school at Crossreagh.
It is called a fort but it is really a very ancient graveyard perhaps surrounding the cell of a hermit as the site of a holy well is still pointed out.
Many ancient tomb stones still stand here.
Some say it is a pagan burial place and has not a good reputation.
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2019-08-16 20:50
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There is a fort about forty yards away from my house. It is called Caldhra. People say it was a grave yard and there are big rough head stones in it.
There are many stories about it and I will tell you two of them:-
One time long ago, there was a rich girl out in Caldhra and she had a man bringing her hounds there for exercise.
There was a holy well in the Caldhra. The rich girl ordered one of the hounds to be put into the well. The man said it was a holy well and that he would not put the hounds in it.
The lady said she would get the man killed if he would not wash the hounds in the well.
The man put in the hounds but the well dried up and the place is there still where the holy well was under a round berry tree.
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2019-08-16 20:47
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One evening a man was walking in a field in Corfad where I live. He saw a wee man sitting under a tree in the field. He caught the wee man and asked him to tell him where there was a crock of gold. The little man said there was a crock of gold buried under a thistle that was growing in the field. The man put a piece of cloth on the thistle that the gold was under, so that he would know the one the gold was under and went home for a spade but when he came back there was a piece of cloth on every thistle in the field and he could hear the good people laughing around him.
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2019-08-16 20:44
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Many years ago there was an old fort in Palymyra and the man who owned it dug it out and scattered the clay over his field. That night lights were seen all over the field and a banshee cried all night long.
It is told that the man's right arm and leg got paralized and remained so until he died years after. His wife went to all the neighbours and begged them to put the fort back, which was impossible for he had dug out all the trees.
Many people come to see the ruins which are still to be seen. There is another fort near it.
N.B. The old name for Palymyra was Corsalac. The Italian name was given to it by a clergyman who came to live there about 150 yrs. ago.
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2019-08-16 20:38
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Long ago there was a girl living near the Caldhra and every morning when she went out to a big stone in the tidy acer she found a piece of gold. Her mother said
"Do not tell anybody or you will not get the gold any more".
But one morning when she was going to the Caldra she met a witch.
The witch said
"Tell me where you get the gold or I will turn you into a frog.
The girl became afraid and she told the witch where she got the gold and she never got it any more.
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2019-08-16 20:35
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One summer evening in the month of June a man was coming home from a fair in Bailieborough with an ass an cart and two pigs. The ass was failing and was not able to pull the cart and the poor animal lay down and would not get up. The man did not know what to do and he took out the ass and was going to pull the cart home and suddenly he heard a voice say "Leave the cart down and I shall bring it". The man looked round and he saw a little man with a little black pony coming towards him. The little man put his pony into the cart and left it in the man "street". The man thanked the little man and he said you are welcome and at that the little man and pony vanished into the air and the man could see them alight on the earth near a fort and the little man and the little man and the pony went in to to fort.
When the man got his tea and rested himself. He crossed the fields over to the fort and when he was near it he could hear them dancing and singing.
So it was a fairy surely
N.B. *(In this period "the man's street" is used to describe the yard in front of the dwelling house.)
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2019-08-16 20:27
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One night, long ago a man from Drumrath was coming home from his work. He met two wee men on "his pass".
"Let us carry your dinner pail" they said, and he did so, but they were not long carrying it till they said "This pail is very heavy" "There is nothing in it" said the man. Opening the pail, he found it full of gold. He thanked the fairy but he said it was a small pail, and ran home to get a big one, but when he came back to where he left the fairy folk they were gone and there was no gold in the pail but it was full of old leaves withered.
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2019-08-16 20:23
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One time in a house near Virginia there was a child born one night, it was left in a cot in a room. Then one night a knock came to the door and when it was opened there was nothing and then when they went to bed the heard the cot being rocked. They went down and saw a wee man at the cot. They asked him why he did come and he answered,
"To mind the baby from danger".
Before the man of the house could say anything the wee man was gone.
He was heard every night for long afterwards.
Then one night a wee man came and took the baby away and after 2 years it was left back and it was never taken again but when the door was locked at night it was found unlocked in the morning.
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2019-08-15 21:08
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people, one at each end squeezed all the water out of it. The dried pulp was mixed with a little flour and salt, made into a cake and baked in the griddle. When baked it was eaten with butter. This was considered a great treat. It is still made in County Clare by the old people.
'Boxty' was made in the same way.
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2019-08-15 21:06
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In olden times people used to make potato cake, boxty bread, stampy and oaten meal bread.
People used querns in this district for grinding wheat. Potato cake was made with potatoes and flour. Bread used to be baked a couple of times a week. A cross was usually put on the top of the cake to allow the gases to escape and help the bread to bake better. The bread was baked in a pot oven or bastibles. Griddle bread used to be made also. Pancakes were made on Shrove Tuesday night and a fruit cake was made at Christmas.
'Stampy' was a favourite bread, and was quick to make. Good potatoes were scraped with a grater, usually the cover of an old tin box, pierced with an awl. The pulp was put into a clean cloth and two
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2019-08-15 21:01
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by St Brendan, and "caused to abound in fish", in the course of time those who fished there [?] refused a salmon to the monks of Ardfert which they want for a special occasion the blessing was withdrawn and ever since the Thyse is a fishless stream as it had been before Brendan's blessing. When the people go there to pay rounds they go in first and kneel down beside the well and pray and ask their petition. Then they start at the end of a little mound and say three rosaries and come to the well to finish up by taking a drinking of the water and it is said while bathing in it or taking a drink if they see trout coming to the brink of the water they are sure that their petition is to be granted.
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2019-08-15 20:57
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it to his own place at Killeen (Oakpark) near Tralee. These men succeeded in getting in the stone into the cart and were bringing it away rejoicing on the high road by Dun dra radharc until they reached the place now called Bullock hill when all at once the cart and bullock broke down and could not be moved another inch further by all powers of Cromwellian bigot. The stone remained there until the Catholic people gathered together and bore it back again and set it up once more beside the well where it remains while the bigot tyrant tried to remove and desecrate it, though a grantee of large in Kerry not a vestage of his Keith of Kain is to be found in old Killeen near Oakpark for many a day. The well supplies a large stream or river now called Thyse river which flows on through Ardfert beside the cathedral grounds to the sea and on to the bunk the Franciscans founded their home at Ardfert in (1252) The river was called the "Gabhra" and must have been much bigger than it is at present for it is told in local tradition that it was in one of those rivers (fifty in number the Latin life) being fishes where blessed
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2019-08-15 20:50
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there still of which is set up a carpet panel of black marble 51/2 feet long by 2 feet high showing three figures in excellent workmanship, the central one being that of a deceased Bishop or abbot in mortuary cerements having at his right side a figure probably St Brendan and on the other a nun probably St. Ita who may have been the patron St. of the deceased. This beautifully carved panel had formed part of an altar tomb at Ardfert Cathedral or at Abbey Church of Ardfert or at that of Kyrie Elerson Odonney and was the work of the sculptor in the thirteenth or fourteenth century but in whose memory it was erected there is no record or tradition. The rude altar is very much visited by the people of this district and to the present day all pilgrims to the well deposit upon it their simple votive offerings. It is told that after the altar panel was set up there a Cromwellian settler near Tralee in his big hatred of the Catholics of the neighbourhood resolved that they should not have ever the poor comfort of possessing this one stone of their despoiled sancturies and sent a cart and bullock with some men to remove
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2019-08-15 20:44
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altered shape. The legend now runs that it was during the "dark evil days" of the penal laws when the faith of the people was banned, and a price set on the head of their priests, some religious celebration at which there were three priest present was being held in the holow or low ground near this well. Suddenly the alarm was given by the watchers on the neighbouring heights that the priest hunters with some bloodhounds were at hand. When they reached the place the priests were nowhere to be seen. Three wethers sprung from the well before the bloodhounds and led them a hot chase across country for five miles or more until they suddenly disappeared near the sea, at a ford hence called Athcaorach ("sheep ford") to the present day leaving their bloodhound pursuers canine and human, completely at fault. In this manner the origin of the name is accounted for by people in this district who never heard of St. Brendan's baptism at the well nor of the "baptismal fee" of the three wethers.There is no doubt that Mass celebrated near this well in those dreadful times of persecution and a stone altar stands
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2019-08-15 20:38
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There is a remarkable well in the townland of Tubrid and the parish of Ardfert which still bears the name of "Wethers Well". It has been for many generations an object of great devotion and pious pilgrimage throughout large districts in Kerry and there is not any holy well in this county so frequently visited for the purpose of giving rounds. I do not think that the devout visitors there instead special honour to St Brendan or that any of the pilgrims of that Saint's personal relations with the sacred place. The legend of three wethers bounding from the well as the reason of it's name which probably arose at first from the handsome "turn or treat" contrived by Airde MccFidaigh for Bishop Ere in presenting as "the fee for Brendan's baptism" with those wethers from his large flocks pasturing near the well has held its ground in popular tradition to the present day, but in a curiously
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2019-08-15 20:32
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know Hilmoyley school was built in the year 1842. Yet Dan Flynn's school held on until somewhere about the year 1864. The first Male teacher in Hilmoyley was Garret Stack mentioned above a Native of Lerrig.
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2019-08-15 20:31
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Hedge schools existed in my district. One at Hilmoyley, now Sayer's work shop, another at Bally Hemican on Pat Carroll's land, and another at Ballinvoher near Johny Carroll's. I can't say except a teacher named Dan Flynn who taught at Ballinvoher. I don't think they were strangers. You had such names as Dan Flynn and Garret Stack. The well to do farmers on some occasions had a teacher in the house for their own children. The teacher was boarded and lodged in the farmers houses as also were poor scholars who seemed to be gifted at the time and in many cases became the future teacher. The subject of Reading, Writing, Spelling, Arithmetic especially Mental Arithmetic were taught. I believe all through the medium of Irish also Catechism. They used two books long ago, namely, "An [?], "An Maiscar". Writing was done with quill pens, and a sort of home made pencils called true stone. They had something in the shape of a black board. Often a large board painted any colour. Of course you
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2019-08-15 20:23
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story to tell the next place you go". He had supper and went to bed and when he woke in the morning he was surprised to find no house but inside in a fort and his head in a bunch of rushes and his horse tied to a bush. From that day on he went on his journey and never stayed in a house after.
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2019-08-15 20:22
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word spoken when the back door opened. Four men entered with a coffin and laid it on the hearth between the two men and went away again. "Well" said the old man "you must take that coffin to the graveyard and bury it". "And where is the graveyard" said the carter. "Go out in the stable. You will find a white horse. Put the coffin on his back and he will take you to the graveyard. And when he will scrape with his foremost shoe you will bury the coffin there. And you will find a spade and shovel at the gate and what you will hear take no notice".
When he drove down his spade the voice said "O my head". He drew his spade and started again. "O my stomach". The third time he heard "O my legs". He continued on digging and heard no more and he buried his coffin and heard no more. He mounted his horse and came home.
When he went in, "I think" said the old man "you will have a
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2019-08-15 20:17
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Long ago people took their butter to Cork in carts and horses. They left home a day before the market and they usually stayed at a hotel half way of the journey. This night it happened the house was overcrowded and one of the carters had to proceed on his journey. As he was going along he espied a light and as he approached the light there was a house before him where he never saw a house before. He pulled up and went into the house. There was an old grey man with a long beard sitting on a chair. He asked him could he keep himself and his horse for the night. "Plenty room for all pull in". He went in sat down. "Shorten the night for me", said the old man. "I have nothing strange to tell", said the carter. He hardly had the
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2019-08-14 23:10
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The Wood-Martins were the landlords of Bloomfield district. They evicted two families who lived in the townland of Ballinakill around the year 1890. The names of these families were Lang and Murphy. They were evicted because they were unable to pay the rent and they were left to go anywhere they liked. There were police at the eviction to prevent trouble but there was none.
The Langs and the Murphys went to America.
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2019-08-14 23:08
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One night there was a man returning home from rambling and he had to pass by a fort which is in the townland of Ballinagare. When he was passing by the fort he saw a little man dressed in red and having caught him he asked for money.
The fairy brought him to a 'Buacallan" and told him to dig around it. The man went home for a spade but when he returned he found the field covered with "buacallans" and he was not able to find the "buacallan" which the fairy had pointed out.
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2019-08-14 23:05
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There was an old school in Pat Connolly's field in the townland of Bloomfield, Riverstown, Co. Sligo, where Reynolds' old house is now.
There were two teachers in the school named Master Lee and Master White. There was no Irish or Arithmetic taught. The school was built in 1840. The people had to pay sixpence a week. They wrote on slate.
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2019-08-14 23:03
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There is a pot of gold in the middle of James Healy's field which is in the townland of Bloomfield and about one mile from Ballintogher.
People say that an eel is minding this gold and that he goes away once every seven years. When the eel is away it is possible to get the gold. No more and no less than two people may unearth the gold.
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2019-08-13 21:57
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summer in this part of the country. They wear shoes in Winter. Boots are repaired in this district. There are no shoe makers in my district but there is one cobler. His name is Joseph Flynn. He lives in Harristown. In olden times there were a lot of shoe makers in my district. The shoes are made in factories now. People buy the shoes in the shops. Long ago people used to wear clogs. Some people wear them yet. The clogs were light and the soles were made of wood. The clogs were warmer than the shoes.
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2019-08-13 21:54
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In olden times the people used to wear no shoes until they would reach the age of twelve years. People wear shoes when they are about one and a half years of age. There are some old people who never wore shoes. Some of these old people are living yet. There is one old woman in my district who never wore shoes. Catherine Freehil is her name. There is another old person who never wore shoes. She is not living in Harristown but she does not live far away. Her name is Margaret Kilcoyne. Shoes were not as plentyful in former times as they are now.
People used to go to town barefooted. They used to carry their shoes and when they reached the town they put them on. The roads were not very nice to travel on and the old people used to go through the fields to town.
They had a certain path to the town. When the people went barefooted they had to take special care of the feet. They used to wash their feet very often. When people have shoes on they do not need to wash their feet very often. Children go barefoot in
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2019-08-13 21:50
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There are many festival customs during the year. St. Stephen's Day is the most day the children celebrate. They use false faces and they go to the houses playing music and singing. On St Brigid's Day the children half a turnip. They put two eyes a mouth and a nose in it. They go from house to house with it. On St Patricks Day the people wear shamrock in their coats. Some people send shamrock to their friends in other countries. On Whit Sunday the people say it is unlucky to go fishing, because they would be drowned before that day twelve months. On Halloween night the people play a lot of tricks. Some people wash a shirt in three mairn waters. When they come home it is hung on the end of the bed. They will see whom the will be married too.
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2019-08-13 21:42
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There are a lot of herbs growing on my farm. There grows the docks, thistles and the bohalans. The people give those herbs to birds and animals. They give the docks to the pigs and they give the nettles to the turkeys.
They drink the milk of the dandelion for a cold. The cows eat the thistles and the sheep eat the boghlans. The docks also cure a burn of a nettle. The people also eat nettles and water-cress. The bohalan is the most harmful herb on the land. It spreads all over the farm.
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2019-08-13 21:40
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water and drink it. The people eat sorrel for thirst. It grows in land where a lot of flowers grow. The people eat water-cress also. It is found where there is a spring leading to a well. Ferns grow along the side of an old well.
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2019-08-13 21:39
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There are a lot of herbs growing in the fields. The dock grows in the fields. The people give them to the pigs. The nettles also grow in the fields. They are given to young turkeys. The thisles also grow in meadows. The farmers do not like them because they spread all over the land. When they get ripe the seed falls and it lies some other place. The following year young thistles grow up. The dock is a cure for a sting of a nettle. The people use comfry for cuts. The comfry is a green leaf in which there is white stuff inside and it is taken out and it is broken fine and it is put on the wound. The dandelion is a cure for corns and it is also a cure for the jandus. The boghlann grows in a field where there is not much grass. The farmers do not like the boghlann because they spread quickly in all the fields. Long ago the people used to take nettles for then when the measles did not come out out on them they used to boil them first with water and when they were boiled they put milk and sugar in the
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2019-08-12 22:26
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Place a tub of water in the middle of the kitchen.
Get two apples and put them floating on top of the water. Then some body in the house tries to get the apples.
Before winning the prize the competitor must keep his hands tied behind his back. When he tries to bring out the apple he often overbalances and falls in. He cannot help himself so someone comes to his aid and pulls him out and every one in the house is in fits of laughter.
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2019-08-12 22:23
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Once upon a time a servant boy was working in a big house beside the Black-water. When his boss showed him his bed it was in a very lonely part of the house.
He went to the gardner and asked him would he have any room for him. The gardener said he had.
When they were saying the Rosary that night someone began laughing in the kitchen. When they looked around they saw no one but the laughing was going on all the time.
The laughing went around the kitchen and every one of them got a box in the cheek. The gardener's wife got a bad fright.
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2019-08-12 22:18
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Long ago the people lived chiefly on potatoes. They boiled them in a big pot and when they were boiled and strained they threw them up on a table with perhaps a bag underneath. If they were lucky enough they would have gravy - sometimes called dip.
The gravy was made by putting a grain of salt into the water.
Sometimes for gravy they boiled a herring which the father and mother ate and the water that was left was given to the children as dip. They had no forks nor knives and they peeled the potatoes with their thumb nail.
They ate three feeds of nettles in May to keep away the power of the fairies.
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2019-08-12 22:15
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About two miles from the village of Churchtown there is a holy well. It is on the road to Butterant. It is called St Brigid's well.
On February the first people go to it to pay rounds in honour of St Brigid. When they are finished praying they drink some of the water and before leaving they tie some ribbons to a white thorn tree which is growing beside the well.
There is an ash tree growing over the well and it is said the timber of it would not burn unless it was blown down by a storm, or the waters in the well would not boil.
People often came to the well to get rid of sores especially sores in the eyes and if they were to be cured they would see a fish in the water.
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2019-08-12 22:12
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The graveyard I know best is Kilgrogan. It is situated in the Townland of Kilgrogan. There are no ruins in it. There are trees growing inside in the graveyard. There are no tombs but there are crosses and monuments in it. There are people buried all over the graveyard.
It is said that when one is buried there two more will follow soon afterwards. It is also said that the last buried there must draw water to the rest. People are brought long distances to be buried there.
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2019-08-12 22:09
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There was once a teacher of long ago staying at a certain house. When he was at dinner he thought the woman of the house gave him more fat bacon than he like without any lean. So he addressed her in this fashion.
I'm not so low, so mean,
of flat,
But I know that lean should
go with fat.
Though it suits the taste of
Pat or Mick,
What beasts may eat don't
make them sick.
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There was a teacher kept in my Great Grandfather's house at Ballyvahan about eighty four years ago. He used to teach Latin, Mathematics and English. He held class in a special room of the house where he kept all his books. He used to teach the children of the house for nothing. He taught my Grand-Uncles Latin and other subjects.
I have not been able to find out his name.
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is produced the seller gets the money.
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It is great fun to be listening to people making bargains at the fair. The seller will ask more for his cattle than he expects to get and the buyer will offer less than he expects to get them for.
Then the arguing begins. The seller goes down in his price and the buyer increases his offer. If both of them agree the bargain is made. If they do not agree an on-looker usually says "Split the difference". If one agrees to that he says "Don't break the decent man's word". The buyer makes his last bid and in doing so he tells the seller hold out his hand and hits it with his own hand bidding so much and says "Take it or leave it". The seller usually takes it and when he does the buyer marks the cattle with raddle or puts a scissors mark on the hips of the cattle. Then he gives the seller a ticket. When the ticket
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2019-08-12 21:57
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About forty years ago there was a great flood in the Summer time. It carried cocks of hay out of places into other peoples land. The people never saw such floods in the Summer time before. They had to take off their boots and go into the floods and bring out the hay. When they hay dried it was black.
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2019-08-12 20:00
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The Government organised a public subscription and Indian Meal was sent to relieve the sufferings.
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2019-08-12 19:59
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People tell stories of the "Famine Times" as it affected this district.
The district was chiefly populated and the sites of houses are still pointed out.
The Blight was unknown.
One stormy night in June the Blights came on the crop and destroyed it.
Three men would not get a stone of potatoes after the days work.
The seed potatoes the following year were sown broadcast like grain. This produced a wonderful crop.
Oaten grass boiled and salted was the peoples' food.
No Government help was given in 1846-47.
Great numbers took Yellow Fever & died.
Others went to America and the story is told of four people of this who with others set sail for America.
They dried back to Ireland.
One of them came home - the other three made a second attempt but were lost.
In 1879 the 'Potato Crop' again failed.
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2019-08-10 17:53
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of the surrounding district, too his pupils on a picnic to Lough Sillan. He arranged a boating excursion on the lake. One of the boats was crowded, and when only a short distance from the shore it capsized. The occupants were thrown into the water and eighteen of the children were drowned. The master, although a strong swimmer, made no effort to save himself and went down with the rest.
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2019-08-10 17:51
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In 1878; during the summer months a dreadful boating accident took place. A schoolmaster, who taught the children
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gone only a few yards when she heard the sound of rushing water and on looking round she saw volumes of water issuing from the well. She dropped her water vessel and rushed through the town followed by the pursuing waters. In a very short time the whole town was under water, and not a living being escaped except the unfortunate girl who was the cause of the disaster. On and on she ran still pursued by the waters until she came to a man cutting his meadow with a sickle. Suspecting what had happened, he killed her with the implement in his hand, and lo! the rush of waters ceased.
People yet believe that on a clear day the submerged houses of the ancient Shercock can still be seen through the clear waters of Lough Sillan.
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2019-08-09 22:50
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rope round the barn at Milltown for a wager.
Further South along the Coast near Termonfeckin Thomas Maguire of Sheatland and the Drews were also fine athletes, who had [?] of the prowess of our local men and were anxious to try conclusions with them.
Accordingly a meeting was arranged between them at Grange Bellew about the tie of the Fenian rising, the events including running jumping weights throwing and handball.
Owing to an accidents to Termonfeckin's best miler the mile was not decided though Sarsfield turned up alright.
Grange Bellew had victories in there long jump.
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2019-08-09 22:48
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Although there is no local record of either hurling or football matches prior to, the coming of the G.A.A. still this district was not without its athletes. Of these the most notable were Jimmy Sarsfield of Mullens Cross who was a famous "miler" in his day and whose great contests with Willie Crawley had drawn thousands. In the shorter distances Dan Butterly of Milltown was a notable performer, who returned 103 scs for the 100 yds at the college sports at Armagh.
Tom Butterly was a famous weight thrower who carried three barrels of wheat tied in a
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2019-08-09 22:45
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of Togher and my father's father used play in the backs.
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2019-08-09 22:44
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Long ago the Dreadnoughts and the Colmcilles used to play football in the Parish
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Long ago my Grandfather played football with Togher and he would be in the goal.
They played the Dreadnoughts of Clogher, and then they made a song about them.
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There was football played in Barmeath field. Togher and Dillinstown between. There was an Uncle of mine in the goals and they were also very rough.
So they were stopped playing.
The Togher players nearly always won.
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2019-08-09 22:41
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team won medals a few times.
The ball was never kicked from one townland to another.
There used to be a Hurling team called the Dysart team and they used to go from one place to another playing other teams, and they won six prizes.
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2019-08-09 22:37
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Long ago there used to be football played in a field beside our house called the Hitchestown field. The teams were called the Hitchestown team and Biddies team. There were seven men on each team.
The match was played on a Sunday or on a holiday of Obligation.
The match was played between two Parishes. The Hitchestown
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2019-08-09 22:36
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sixteen on in each team.
Clonmore were the best players and they also won.
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2019-08-09 22:35
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Long ago Togher and Clonmore used to play. There were
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2019-08-09 22:35
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The Clogherhead Dreadnoughts and Dowdall's Hill (from Dundalk) used to play in the Bean Park in Dunleer and there were twenty one men on each team.
The Dowdall's hill won and the score was 3 goals and two points to 2 goals one point.
Ben Fisher from Clogher won fame on the field, but the Dreadnoughts were put off the field because they were so rough. The Dreadnoughts wore blue and black and the Dowdalls Hill wore green and gold.
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2019-08-09 22:32
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were the ball-alley in Thornogs in the townland of Kilally, the ball-alley of Grange Bellew in the townland of Grange Bellew and in the Tavern in the townland of Togher and the ball-alley in Murray's Cross.
They used to be throwing "bullets" at Grane Cross.
The bullets seemed to be made of iron because they are very heavy and they are about the size of a [?]
There used to be competitions at Grange Bellew to see who would throw them the farthest.
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2019-08-09 22:30
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Togher and Walshestown used to play in Burn's field in the townland of Clonmore in the Parish of Tother.
There were twenty men on each side. It was played between two Parishes. The score was won by 3 goals and 2 points to 2 goals and 1 point. The Togher players won.
The ball was never kicked from one townland to another.
They were dressed in green and yellow jumpers and stockings to match.
Handball was always very popular in this district.
The local places for handball
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2019-08-09 22:26
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Above it the Cross is still to be traced, while out of the rock without any apparent support a large white thorn grows.
Recently whilst ploughing the same field traces of what must have been an ancient burial were discovered.
Several large stones placed at regular intervals from each other were found in the centre of the field but as the finder did not wish to disturb them he placed them back in position again.
There is a rock in Boggastown in the townland of Walshstown and the time of the flood sheep went up on the rock and the tracks of the sheep's feet are still to be seen on the rock.
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2019-08-09 22:24
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Over beyond Barmeath in the Gallagh there is a field known as the Stone Field in the centre of which many stands a large stone around which may traditions linger.
It has been said that the Mass was celebrated there in Penal Days, and the old people used to refer to it as the Mass Stone.
To this day it can be plainly seen in stone or rock a part hewn out of the stone where the Holy water was kept day and night.
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2019-08-09 22:22
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In a house in Drumear there are hard grind stones.
Every second or third day the bread was made. In Tommy Butterly's of Clonmore there is a griddle thrown out.
The mark put on a cake is like a cross, some say it is to make it rise others say in In the name of the Father, Son, & Holy Ghost.
My Grand Aunt told me that oaten bread was baked before a fire. Nearly ever house in the districts had griddles long ago.
I knew a few houses in the districts where griddles are used still.
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2019-08-09 22:19
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days and then salt was shook on it, and it was put in a dish and baked in a Dutch oven.
My Grandmother made oaten bread up to fifteen years ago.
This is how leaven bread was made: Mix wheaten meal with butter milk and then put salt on it and leave it to rise for two hours, and then bake it for the same time.
My mother gets a bit of leaven every year, and when baking it she keeps a bit for the next time.
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2019-08-09 22:17
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This was how oaten bread was made: They left the oaten meal steeping in water for two
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2019-08-09 22:17
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flour, potatoes, & hot milk. The flour, & salt, and a pinch of bread-soda were mixed, and then the potatoes were brused and then they were wet with a little sweet milk warmed, and it was flatened out and cut in squares and put on the griddle.
We have a griddle at home and we still use it. Griddles were more common long ago than what they are now.
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2019-08-09 22:15
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The different kinds of bread were oaten bread, leaven bread, wheaten bread, and potato bread, and the meal was ground locally.
It was baked on a griddle or in a dutch oven.
When making leaven bread you have to mix the leaven with wheaten, and flour, and salt, and then leave it all at the fire till it rises, & keep a bit for the next time. We have a 'thing' that oatmeal bread used to be made on. It is shaped like a square and it has little squares on it, and it used be propped up with bricks before the fire, & the bread was laid on it.
Potato-bread was made with
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2019-08-09 22:10
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I got this from my mother
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2019-08-09 22:10
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At nine o'clock in the morning a pot of porridge went out to the field & a can of buttermilk.
At half six at night they stopped work and they got potatoes and salt again or sometimes a bit of oaten bread.
On Christmas Day and Easter Sunday they got tea and boiled meat and on Good Friday Black Tea. The vegetables used were turnips onions and cabbage.
On Shrove Tuesday pancakes were made on Hollantide night colcannon was eaten. Noggins were made before cups. No one remembers tea when tea was first used
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2019-08-09 22:07
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to America they would bring oaten cakes with them and they would boil the sweet milk to keep it from turning sour.
They would bring bully beef and oaten biscuits made from oatenmeal, rice pudding, and whiskey.
They baked the oaten cakes by the side of the fire in a dish.
They used to work for the famers for eightpence a day & before they ate their breakfast they would work for three hours.
From 6 o'clock till nine they would work & at nine o'clock they got their breakfast. On Easter Sunday they would have boiled eggs & have a party out in the fields.
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2019-08-09 22:04
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Long ago the people only got three meals a day. Breakfast, dinner, supper. The had Indian porridge for their breakfast, sometimes mixed with oatenmeal.
For their dinner they had potatoes and salt. They would have a big basket of potatoes in the middle of the floor & they would have ketchup whenever mushrooms were out, & everyone would have their own pinch of salt.
For their supper they would have porridge again. On fast days they would have red herrings and onions. On Good Friday they would drink black tea, and eat oaten bread.
When the people were going
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2019-08-09 22:01
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The local landlord was Sir John Robinson.
The family has been settled in the district since the year 1500. Baron Roheby was the first landlord of the district.
They were looked upon as good landlords.
There had been no evictions or plantings in the district.
Baron Roheby, the first landlord got the estate through the crown.
The landlord had special power over his tenants, they were punished for trivial acts.
When people were drunk they were before him and when they were there he fined them a penny and when the police went he would bring them into the house and give them a glass of whiskey.
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2019-08-09 21:48
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The Landlord of our district was Lord Masserene, and Lord Rathdonnell. They had been settled a long time in the district.
Lord Rathdonnell was a good landlord and Lord Masserene was a very bad landlord.
Evictions had been by Lord Masserene but not by Lord Rathdonnell.
I don't know where the evicted people went to. It is not know how the Landlord or his ancestors came into possession of the land. The land was not divided into farms under their guidance.
The Landlord did not exercise, any special over his tenants.
They were punished for their acts. Tithes were collected in former times in money.
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2019-08-09 21:46
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Our Landlord was Lord Bellew, and he was a good Landlord. He never made the people give him anything or fined them for anything they did. He mended houses that weren't belonging to him.
Our farm was owned since my father's great-grant father's time.
Lord Bellew never put anyone out of their houses and he never put anyone out of his own houses for anything they did.
When trees fell he used send round to the poor people to take them for firewood.
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2019-08-09 21:44
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would have a cart would have to draw coal.
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2019-08-09 21:43
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Sir John Robinson gave the people dinner when they would go to pay the rent and every year any of he people that
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2019-08-09 21:41
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Sir John Robinson was the landlord of our district. The family had been settled in the district since the year 1500.
He was a good landlord and he never evicted anyone. The land was divided into farms.
They were punished for trivial things, but he only charged them a penny.
He used to give the people a glass of whiskey when they would pay the rent, and at Christmas he would give the poor people a cart full of coal.
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2019-08-09 21:39
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The reason the robin got a red breast is because he tried to pull the thorns out of Our Lord's head and the blood got on his breast.
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2019-08-09 21:38
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There is a long black insect called a jet and it is said to be very unlucky insect and if you can kill it before it turns it's tail at you you can take seven souls out of purgatory, but if he turns up his tail if you can't kill it you will have seven years bad luck.
The reason the jet is considered unlucky is becaused the time the soldiers were looking for Our Lord the jet turned up his tail to show them the way to the garden where He was hid.
The ass has a cross on his back ever since the day Our Lord rode on him into Jerusalem.
Gods horse is said to be a very lucky insect and if you kill it you will have seven years bad luck.
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2019-08-09 21:33
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cured. There is a statue of St. Moholmoc in Tother Parish chapel showing St. Moholmoc, a crozier and a mitre in his hand.
The pattern of Port is celebrated on the feast of Corpus Christi.
There is only one person in this district called Colum.
This story is told by Mrs Owens of Clogherhead who heard it in this district when she was a child.
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2019-08-09 21:31
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St. Columcille is the Patron St. of Clonmore. St. Moholmoc is the Patron St. of Salterstown. St. John of Dunany.
The following story is told about St. Moholmoc. When he was preaching at Salterstown a certain rich chieftain of the district used to send him a bullock every day to feed himself and his disciples and all the Saint would say was "God Bless you" and the chieftains used to grumble that he did not get more thanks than that.
The servant of the chieftain came and told the Saint and the Saint told him to send his master to him. The chieftain came to the Saint and the Saint got a pair of scales and put the bullock on one side, and the "God Bless you" on the other side, and the "God bless you" weighed down the bullock.
After that he put his hand on a rock and immediately a well sprung up and the well is to be seen up to this day on top of the rock and people who have sores go to that well to
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2019-08-09 21:26
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Saint Columcille is the Patron St. of Clonmore, and there is an old church in the graveyard and it is said that Columcille built it.
There are no Columcille wells in the district. I only know one person called Colum in the district. Saint John is the Patron of Dunany. Saint Moholmoc is the Patron Saint of Saltestown and he raised a well on a rock.
The Pattern of Port is held on Corpus Christi.
There is a statue of St. Moholmoc in Tother chapel and he has a crozier in his hand.
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2019-08-09 01:01
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The night of 1839 was very bad, with a big storm.
Where were ricks of hay and straw blown away by the storm. It took roofs off houses and galvanise off stables.
One man who was trying to keep his stable from being blown away, had a narrow escape. He was just tying it with ropes when a big breeze came and swept him away until he landed on a rick of hay.
It knocked down big trees, and also knocked down a big house in [?].
My father told me this story.
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2019-08-09 00:58
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Long ago people had no soap like the soap that is going now.
The old people used to make the soap with tallow. They used to mix the tallow and washingsoda together and then boil them. When they would be well boiled they used to put the mixture into a tin dish to cool.
When it was well cooled, they flatened it out on a flat-board, until it was well fit for using.
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2019-08-08 21:34
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and a piece of leather an inch wide be four inches long. He could send a stone forty yards long with it. He killed a rabbit one time with the sling.
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2019-08-08 21:33
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When I was about nine years old I made a plug gun. The name of the wood I made it out of was burtery. I cut out a piece of woods about six inches long and bore a hole through it with a red iron. There is an other stick about five and a half inches for cruching out the paper for it as paper I use for amunition.
The way I use the paper is I close one side of it with a ball of paper and then the other side I crush it then with the stick five and a half and one ball shoots out and goes four yards.
When I am out of marbles I make five or six out of lime and cement and when it is hard I make the marble. The marbles last for a while but they do not last as long as bought marbles.
When Michael Jackson was a boy he made a string out of two pieces of cord and a bit of leather. Each cord was two feet long
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2019-08-08 21:29
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I redened an iron bar in the fire and put it throught the piece of boors-tree. Then I got a straight piece of a rod about seven inches long and pared it all except one inch, the thickness of the whole in the boors-tree. This is called the ramrod. I got two pieces of paper chewed and put one down near the bottom of the hole I blew into in and put in the other one. I the ram-rod and gave it a quik blow down, it let a great shot but didn't kill any thing.
I would make marbles, by getting an old but of a candle and softening it, and make it the shape of a marble. Then I would leave it up on the loft over the fire for two days to dry, you could play with it then.
I would make a ball by getting an old stocking and stuffing it with hay and sew it at the bottom and top.
To make a catapult I got a fork stick and put a rubber eight inches long on each fork then I cut a tongue out of a boot and tied it to the end of of each rubber then you put in a stone and fire
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2019-08-08 21:24
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I make toys such as a whistle, gun, mables, balls, catapult. When I was making a whistle I got a chest-nut and cleaned the insides out of it. Then I put a hole in it with a nail and blew into it. I could be heard for a mile away.
One day when I was coming home from school I saw a great straight piece of boord-tree about a half foot long. I ran home quickly and got a saw and cut it then I pared the skin of it with a knife
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2019-08-08 21:20
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perch. The old people could take great aim with them. They could also make a top from a spool. They first pared one end and brough it to a point. Then they pointed a stick and put it through the hole.
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2019-08-08 21:19
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Then I made eight little dulls from horse hair and tied them up over the cord. Then I shook sperry round the place. The birds always lit on the cord and got caught in the dulls. I also made a plug gun. I got a stick about as thick as the pump of a bicycle and a half foot long from a boortree and made a hole up the middle of it with a red iron. Then I made what is called the ramrod. I got another piece of wood and pared it until it fitted the hole exactly. I filled one end with paper or flax and then blew into it and filled the other end. Then I knocked them out with the ramrod and it make a shot.
The old people used to make bows and arrows. They first got a thick stick about two foot long and made a trough in it. Then at one end, they make a hole through it and at the other end make a deep nick. They put a thin scaly rod through the hole and tie a cord to each end of the hole and catch it in the nick. Then they put a piece of a stick in the trough and let go the cord out of the nick and it would send the stick ten
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2019-08-08 21:14
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A few years ago I made a small mill wheel very simple. I got a polish box lid and made seven holes in the edges of it. Then I made fans from plywood. They were shaped square with a short handle about the thickness of a match from it. I put one in each hole. Then I put in a wooden axle and put it under falling water and it turned it with great speed. I also made a snare for catching birds. I stuck two sticks into the ground and tied a cord from one to the other
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2019-08-08 21:12
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dull made. This would catch rabbits when set on their pads.
When my father was young he made a net for fish out of strong cords. He plat them into meshes with a packing needle. He also made a butter fly cage out of ruches which he platted on his fingers.
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QUESTIONS.
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1. Name of Holy Well or Stream in townland.
2. How is the Well situated? Is it in the vicinity of an old Church (name)? Or is it near a Church still in use? Is it near an outstanding landmark, or near the shore (of the sea of a lake), on a height or on an island, etc. etc.? State all which strikes your observation, e.g., whether there is a tree or bush (say what kind, white thorn, elder, rowan, etc.), a cairn of stones, etc., near the Well. If there is a protecting wall built around or over the Well can you state when or by whom was this done? Perhaps you will draw a sketch.
3. Name of Patron Saint of Well (if not already answered sub. (1)).
4. Former name(s), if any.
5. Date of Annual Pattern, if any, or of other days of pilgrimage. If so, on which days (Sundays? Good Friday? Day of local Saint? Week-days?)
6. For what purpose is the Well frequented? State whether for spiritual needs or in fulfilment of vows or for cure of ailments (diseases, etc.) or for temporal benefits?
7. What acts of devotion are performed at the Well? Are there special 'Rounds'? If so, give details (number of 'Rounds', direction in which performed, other details of ritual, if any). Are stones or pebbles used to count the rounds? How many?
8. What prayers are said? If special traditional prayers (other than decade of Rosary, Our Father, Hail Mary, etc.) are said, please give text or texts in full.
9. For relief of what ailment(s) is the water of the Well considered efficacious?
10. Is the water applied to the affected part? Is it drunk? Is it also carried away?
11. Is the water also used for purposes other than those already enumerated?
12. Are offerings made on completion of the customary ritual?
13. What is the nature of the offerings made? What do men, what do women offer?
14. Where are the offerings placed? In the Well, beside the Well? Or on bush or tree (see next question)?
15. Are pieces of cloth or other objects affixed to tree or bush? If so, when?
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In connection with the booklet recently issued regarding the general question of the collection of Irish folk lore and antiquities, it is considered desirable, as an initial step in this direction, that a survey of Holy Wells be made.
It is felt that teachers of National Schools could assist considerably in making such a survey a success and accordingly teachers who are in a position to furnish information regarding Holy Wells in their respective districts are earnestly invited to do so. Many wells, once the scene of devotional pilgrimage, are now forgotten save by some old people, and it is hoped that before this last remaining source of information disappears such knowledge as they possess will be duly recorded.
In order that the information may be available in a regular ordered form, the particulars should be frunished on the basis and in the order of the Questions set out overleaf.
Ruled foolscap paper should be used and it will be only necessary in the case of each return sent to quote the number of the Question followed by the appropriate particulars. The questions themselves need not be repeated. There should be a separate return for each well regarding which information is given.
The returns when completed should be forwarded post free to the Secretary, Office of National Education, Marlborough Street, Dublin, in envelopes marked Holy Wells.
SEOSAMH O NEILL
Runai.
AN RIONN OIDEACHAIS,
BAILE ATHA CLIATH.
Aibrean, 1934.
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The funeral took place yesterday to Castleknock Cemetery of Mr. Charles Martin M.A., Dunsink House, Castleknock, Co. Dublin, who, since 1921, had held the post of Acting Director of the Observatory. He came to Dunsink from Greenwich Observatory as assistant to the Royal Astronomer. Among his published works are a number of papers written in collaboration with Professors Whittaker and Plummer and connected mainly with observations on various stars.
As a sportsman, Mr. Martin played Rugby for Blackheath and Old Wesley and hockey with the Old Idlers' Club. He was also a keen golfer; took a keen interest in aviation and was instrumental in planning the course taken on the first Atlantic flight by Baron von Huenfeld, Capt. Kohl and Major Fitzmaurice, in 1928.
Canon Bodell officiated at the graveside. The chief mourners were: Mrs. Martin (widow); the Misses Norah A. and Edith M. Martin (daughters); Mr. C. B. Martin (nephew).
Among those attending were: Rev. Mr. Grey, Dr. Merrick, Mssrs. Kelly, A. J. and F. R. O'Rourk, S. K. and F. S. Sloan, F. Gamble, F. O'Connor, B.A.; N. Cummiskey, P. J. Wall, J. Crowley, Reeves Smith, J. Keegan, Mrs. MacCreath, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Cummiskey, the Misses Edith Bermingham, Reynolds, Mary Carmichael.
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From the time when, as a mere stripling, he had fought with his uncle, Hugh of Tirowen, at the battle of Kindle, Owen Roe had been absent from his native land. But he had seen service on many a battlefield in the Continent and had risen to high rank and distinction in the army of Spain.
Now that he was back in Ulster, a beacon of hope burned brightly once more, and from all sides the clansmen came flocking to his standard. "Owen Roe is come!" was the cry everywhere and hastening couriers brought the glad news to every part of the four provinces.
From Carrickfergus the English general, Monroe, moved cautiously southwards, until, near the village of Benburb, only the Blackwater separated his army from that of Owen Roe. During the whole of that long, sunny June day, until late evening, the two armies watched each other, with nothing happening save occasional skirmishes. Then, when the westering sun shone full on the faces of the enemy, Owen Roe, giving the watchword "Sancta Maria!" launched a whirlwind attack.
The issue was never in doubt. Nothing could withstand the momentum of that onslaught. The legions of Monroe were hurled into the river, cannon, baggage and provisions were captured; thirty-two standard were taken. Monroe and the remnant [?] Scottish mercenaries went flying [?] to the shelter of their fortresses. Ulster - for all too [?] time - was once again in [?] an O'Neill.
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2019-08-05 14:42
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away wit the resht o' the asses.
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2019-08-05 14:42
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Wan night Jack's Pat was dhrivin a [?] o asses home wit him, that had sthrayed away durin' the day an' he had wan great bit ould pet ass, an' she was the devil o' a thief, she was always lookin' for a bit to ate, no matther fot the hurry was, Pat was comin' along anyway, an' him walkin at a very fasht rate when the ould pet ass sthrayed in on the side o' the road and stharted to ate the grass, Pat followed her in interdin to put her out wit a cupla lively winds o' his black-thorn sthick, when he heard this voice sayin' "Keep out there Pat". Well as sure as I'm sittin' here the cowld sweat sthood out on his forehead an' every rib o' hair that was on his head sthood
up sthraight wit the frit he got. Go'ut our that sez he to t'ould ass but devila othir she sthirred, an' every other wan o' the asses, was makin' along for home. Pat went to follow them an' to leave t-ould pet ass there, but devila sthep he could move wan way or t'other.
"God knows an this is square sez he, an' he hadn't the word out o' his mouth when this terrible misht gathered round him, an' he couldnt see a sthime. Well he sthayed there the whole night an' the nexht mornin' when he woke up where di ye think he ought to find himself but lyin' alongside an ould forth that was near his house, an' when he went home there was t'ould pet ass out in the field, an' her grazin'
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2019-08-05 14:23
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There is an old ruin situated near my house called Lake View. Many ghost stories have been told about this place, and there are a few of them told in this book. The man that owned this place was called "Mr Weir". He had seven children three girls and four boys.
There was a Parson who came each night to the place and the old man did not like this and he thought of a plan to kill him, so he did and put him into a large casket and threw him into Lough Arrow.
This man was a very cruel man.
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2019-08-03 21:07
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It is said that the prints of the devil's hoofs are to be seen on the bridge of "Gleann na Muice [?]". This bridge is situate near Mullinahone.
The story about it is that the devil was running from someone and he put one foot on the bridge and the other foot on Sliev-na-mban. From that day it is said the prints of the devil's hoofs are to be seen on the bridge.
It is supposed to be prophesied that a battle will take place in "Gleann na Muice [?]", and the water
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2019-08-03 21:04
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There is a castle in Kiltinan where a priest once hid from the soldiers. He went up to the top of a cliff, from where he jumped and got killed. The mark of the priest's blood is still to be seen on a rock although the water runs continually over it.
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2019-08-03 15:55
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There are many graveyards through the country, in some places they are situated outside the church and others a short distance away from it. There is a graveyard along the Mohill road a few minutes walk from Fenagh village, which is surrounding the ruins of an old monastery.
About seven mile north of Ballinamore there is an island called Innish Island which long ago was used as a burying place. Saint Mogue is buried there and long ago, the people had great belief in the clay of his grave. They used to keep it in a tin and on a very stormy night they would throw a bit of it against the wind in the belief that it would settle it.
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There was once a holy boy who went to Mass every morning. He was working with a Protestant who did not want him to go. He left him a lot of work to do each morning. The boy went to Mass anyway and when he came home his work was done.
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One time a crowd of boys were to Catechism after Mass. One boy named Mickey had a bad habit of cursing. One day the priest heard him calling Gods name in vain. The priest asked him how often he said that curse. He said he did not know. After a while he heard him cursing his Holy Father. He asked him how many times he said that "he did not know". The priest told him get two bags and drop a stone in them each time he said these curses.
Some time later he came to the church with a big bag. He asked him what he had in it. He said it was a bag of God's and that he had two more outside the gate. He asked him what they were. He said they were a bag of Holy Fathers.
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2019-08-03 15:45
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There once lived a girl named Sally Magee in the townland of Shivdella. One morning as she was going for a gallon of water she heard a hammer ticking. Then she spied under the hedge a leprechan about the size of a mans fist.
He had on a red cap and wore a pair of knee breeches and a little green coat and a pair of pointed shoes. He was scolding the fairies by turns and then would sing an old Irish song. Sally siezed him by the neck and he said she was very cruel. She said "No more of this talk but give me a pot of gold". He said "how could a poor cobbler like me have money" So Sally took him in he apron. The were not gone far when he started to shout "the church is on fire". Sally looked around in terror and when she looked for the leprechan was gone and she never saw him again.
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2019-08-03 15:38
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Long ago the houses were made of mud with a roof of rushes which were got in the field, or plaited reeds which were got at lakes. The fire was at the gable wall. In some houses the fire was in a vessel like a bath in the middle of the floor with a pipe out of it going through the wall. Some houses were very small comprising of a room and kitchen with a bed in the kitchen. All the houses nearly had a half door. There were rush candles rushes were peeled and dipped in grease and left for the Winter. The candlestick was made by a tinker out of tin and was left in the wall.
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2019-08-02 18:32
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In Summer cold water is poured into the churn to help the process and in Winter hot water is used.
The butter is taken out by hand.
Then it is put into a wooden dish and spring water is poured on it. It is salted then and rinsed with cold water. Then all the water is taken out of the butter. Then it is ready for use.
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2019-08-02 18:31
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We have a churn at home and it is three feet tall and two feet wide at the top and bottom. The sides are round. It is forty years old. The various parts are called lid dash and butter-cup. Butter is made four times a week in the Summer and twice in Winter.
My mother does the work. Stranger who come in usually help with the work. People believe if the strangers do not help that they come to take away their butter. The churning is done by hand. The dash is moved upwards and downwards. People know that the butter is made when the dash comes up clean out of the churn.
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2019-08-02 18:28
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home and he was never heard of afterwards.
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2019-08-02 18:27
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There is a graveyard in Kilmactranny and it is still in use. It is of a square shape. There is a Protestant church in it now.
The graveyard is not level. There is a very old cross in it but no one can know the exact date of when it was erected. This cross is made of stone. Children who were unbaptized were buried only in lonely places. There is one story connected with it. It is said that a man had only one daughter and she died. This man was very heart-broken and he used to go to the graveyard every night to cry for his daughter to come back. One morning the man did not return
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2019-08-02 18:23
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Travelling folk still visit our district and they are called tinkers.
They are very poor and they sell saucepans and cans and they mend leaking utensils. Some people buy from them. They obtain their supplies in the local towns. They remain two nights and sometimes longer in every place. They are not welcomed. They sleep on the roadsides in caravans and tents. They beg food, money and clothing. They travel on foot, on bicycles, on donkeys, and on carts.
Sometimes they travel in bands but usually in families.
The McDonagh's, Reillys and Lawrences usually visit our district.
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2019-08-02 18:19
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The most harmful weeds in our district are dickens, crowfoot, nettles and chicken weed.
They are very harmful because they spread rapidly. These weeds impoverished the soil. Buttercups and thistles grow on good land. Rushes and sedge grows on poor land.
The crowfoot has medical properties. It is used as a cure for the nose.
The nettles and dandelines are used for food for young turkies. Lettuce and cabbage are used for food for people.
There is a herb called moss which grows on a stone and it is used for dyeing purposes.
American moss is used as a cure for horses.
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2019-08-02 18:15
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This is a story which my father told me. One of the Devines dreamed that there was a pot of gold hidden in Derreentawy in Mr. Lynn's field. It was Mr. Frazer of Annagh who occupied it at that time. There was to be a weasel minding it, and he was to be killed when it was lifted. Mr. Devine dreamed about it three times. They started out in the middle of the night and they dug a hole about six feet down in the earth near a rock. Two of the brothers kept all the gold and gave none to the other.
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2019-08-02 18:12
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of it is boggy. It is bad land all rushes and wet. There are no woods, no rivers, no streams or no lakes in it. There are no stories told about it.
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2019-08-02 18:12
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My home district is Crosona. It is in the townland of Cornagrea in the parish of Kilmactranny and in the Barony of Tirerill. There are six families in the townland and twenty three people. Noone is the family name most common. There are four thatched houses and two slated house in my district. There is no one over seventy years living but my father. He knows no Irish but he knows plenty of English.
He can tell plenty of English stories but he can tell none in Irish. The houses were more numerous in olden times than now. There are four houses in ruins. There went young people to America and to England.
The land is all hill and some
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2019-08-02 18:08
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In Ireland long ago there were fairies and giants. The giants used to get big stones and they used to throw them down rocks to see which of them could throw them the farthest. There is a giant's grave in Patrick Martin's field and there is a headstone over it.
This headstone got broken and Patrick Martin had no luck until it was mended. His cattle used to all die. He sent for men to mend it. When it was mended no more of his cattle died.
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2019-08-02 18:06
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There is an old graveyard seen to-day.
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2019-08-02 18:06
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I live in Ballindoon in the parish of Kilmactranny and in the Barony of Tirerill. It is called Ballindoon because there is an old fort beside it.
There are the ruins of an old abbey beside our house. This abbey was founded by an old man named O'Farrell in the year 1507. Monks were living in it until Cromwell come to Ireland in the year 1649. He attacked it and killed the monks. It is said that when one of the monks was escaping through the window that one of Crowell's men killed him. There is a red mark still to be seen on the window and it is said to be some of the blood which the monk shed.
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2019-08-02 18:02
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I live in the townland of Clarkwood, in the parish of Kilmactranny and in the Barony of Tereill.
Long ago there was a little wood where our house is now so that's why the townland was called Clarwood. There are four houses in the townland. There are not much bushes around it now.
There are three houses slated and one thatched. There are four families in the townland. The land is not very good. It is very rushy.
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2019-08-02 17:44
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Every believed they were the fairies so the gentleman planted a little wood of trees in that place, which is to be seen at the present day.
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2019-08-02 17:42
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Long ago when my Grandfather was young he lived near a big gentle man's palace. This man kept a big herd of cows, and a girl used to go to the field to milk them. There was one big cow that always spilled her milk no matter how she was watched.
She was always sure to spill it. Every time the girl told the man about it he got cross, and blamed the girl for it. So the next time he went out to see the milking done, and while the girl was milking the cow, the man heard a little child crying and a woman saying "She will soon be milked". So like every other time she spilled the milk.
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2019-08-02 17:39
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Remedies are applied for ailments on Monday and Thursday.
People think it unlucky to leave one house to go to another on Saturday, they say, "Saturdays flitting means a short sitting".
People consider it late not to have all the crops planted before 18th April.
The three last days of March and the three first days of April are called [?] Days and their is generally bad rough weather.
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2019-08-02 17:37
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The local fair is held in Ballyfarnon. The fair is held on the street. Toll is paid on cattle sold. When the bargain is made men show their agreement by striking hands and spitting.
The cattle are marked by clipping with a scissors. The halter is only given with a horse. The November fair is the best one. Pigs horses and sheep are all sold at the one fair.
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2019-08-01 14:20
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An old man named James O'Rourke had a huxters shop down near Leahy's turn in Clogher, a very long time ago. It was his custom to start off to work to Limerick after his supper when he'd want goods. He used to have a box for the goods strapped on to his shoulders. One night while he was walking apast Ballinasaor cross he found the box getting very heavy and as it was a moonlight night he could see the shadow of the big tall "boyo" sitting on the box. He walked on but down near Castle Ivers the weight had him almost put down through the ground. He turned around finally and said to the "bouchal", "In the name of God or the devil depart". Down with him at once and in over the ditch. When he was coming home he heard crying inside the ditch at the place where the traveller had got down.
Jim was a very holy old man and he used to sing his prayers. Children who used to listen outside his door over eighty years ago picked up the following
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2019-08-01 14:15
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Many years ago before railways were made a man from Newtown Shandrum in County Cork was going
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2019-07-31 20:41
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Get a handfull of rushes and put three up between you three fingers then put one across your hand and double the first three down on that one. Get another rush and put it across your hand and double the two ends of the first rush down on the second rush you put across your hand and so on.
Tie a piece of string round the bottom and cut them equal length.
Burnning whins is a game I play every summer because they are good and dry and well rotted for burning.
If I had seven matches and some one took one away then I would have nil.
My brothers and I play lots in the winter nights when we are sitting round the fire. I get two straw, a long one and a short one. Which ever of my brothers pulls the long straw wins the lot. There are no prizes for this game.
My mother, brothers and I play
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2019-07-31 20:36
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pull in the fish. The rod I use is one I get in a wood and I buy the line and hook.
During the winter nights I play cards, usually "Catch Ten" or "Old Maid". The dealer in "Catch Ten" gives each player four cards and puts four with their face upwards on the board. If the player on the left hand side of the Dealer has a card of the same value as any on the board he matches it with his own and leaves them beside him. Failing this he plays. Each one does the same untill the finish that is when the pack is used. Then everyone counts their tricks which are the most spades, two, the most cards, one, any ace, one, the ten of diamonds, two, and the two of spades, one. The pack is given out again and whoever is twenty-one first is winner. In "Old Maid" a queen is first left aside and the whole pack is given out. Each player then matches each two cards of the same value and leaves them one side.
When this is done the person next the one with most cars left, he pulls one from him and matches it with his, but if he has none he keeps it. The next does the same until somebody is left with a queen and this person is the "Old Maid".
Ludo is a game I bought in the shop which four can play Nan Patsy Pat and I play it in the winter nights.
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2019-07-31 20:29
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hands. They lie on my hand and I would think they were dead.
Building houses is the last game I play. I build four stone walls and I put a chimney on the top of it. I leave four holes for windows and a hole for a door.
During the spring I go searching in the hedges for birds nests. All my companions also search and everyone tries to get the most nests.
When I am beside a lake I get a few slate stones and fire them low over the water. The stones do not sink when they hit the water and a good strong shot may make a stone skid as often as four times.
In the dry weather when I am out in the fields I tumble the wild-cat. To do this I first stand on my head and let myself fall on my back.
To amuse myself I often roll up a piece of dry brown paper to smoke. When I have it rolled I light it and smoke it.
When playing motor I hold my hands as if I were holding a steering wheel. I imatate the sound and run fast to show speed.
In the summer-time I go fishing for perch or pike. The bait I use are worms but sometimes I use minnows. When the fish get caught in the hook the cork goes down and then I
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2019-07-31 20:24
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In the end of the spring I make a sling for to kill any birds I can. The sling consists of a piece of leather for holding the stone and two pieces of cord for swinning. When you let one cord out the stone flies of.
At the same time I use a catapult instead of a sling. It is made of a forked stick with two pieces of rubber tied to eighter end.
In the winter time we fix a place to run to. Whowever reaches it first is counted the best.
Cock shot is a game I play in the summer time. I get three sticks and put two of them in the ground and the other one on top of them. I tie a bottle on the stick that is across and then I stand back a piece from it and throw stones at it to see would I hit it.
John and I get together. I am the horse and he is the farmer. He puts a rope in my mouth and he gets up on my back and rides me round the field.
Catching butterflies is another game I play in the summer time. The paint comes off their wings and stick on my
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2019-07-31 20:19
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change about and if the boy in the middle can get to a corner before a boy, that boy goes into the middle.
School is played on a wet day in a barn. The boys elect a teacher. They get bits of paper to represent books. They do every thing that is done at school.
Shop is played on a very hot day. A boy gets a box for a conter, and then gets a few old tins and jampots and bits of sticks and stones to represent the things in a shop. Then another boy gets buttons for money and buys the things from him.
In the middle of the summer I start playing the game of swimming. I strip and go into the river and we fix a spot to swim to and whomever reaches it first if called the best swimmer. Another way to win is to be able to swim the longest.
Also in the month of May I fish for perch and pike. Each boy cuts as strait a rod as he can and he also buys a line and hook. I tie them on to the rod firmly. Whowever can catch the most is counted the best.
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2019-07-31 20:15
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come out when he goes a bit, but if there was the terrier will run along in a shuck. Then when he would see the rabbit lying he cocks his ears and wags his tail. The rabbit rushes through the shuck and the terrier runs after him squeling. When the greyhounds hear the terrier squiling they know there is a rabbit and runs along with the terrier. The rabbit rushes out of the shuck out of the terrier's way, but then he has one of the greyhounds after him. A rabbit generally does not get far before he is killed. That game takes place in Winter and Spring.
Hares are hunted when there is no crops in the ground. They are hunted very differently. Beagles are usually the dogs that hunt them. They can run on the hare's trail til they rise him. Then they run after him for a few hours. Good huntsmen call up the dogs when the hare is run out.
Tom fool in the middle is played in the hot summer months. Four boys make a square and a boy stands at each corner. Another boy stands in the middle. The boys in the corners must
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2019-07-31 19:27
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will go down the bray quickly.
Another game which is played is swinging. A rope is tied from one tree to another and it is put high up for to not let your feet touch the ground. You catch hold of the rope with your two hands and start swinging back and forward.
The way to play cracking farry fingers is I go and look for them and takes one of them and holds one end of it with my left finger and thumb and the other end with my right finger and thumb. I bruise it against my left finger and thumb and it goes of in a big shot.
Blind man's buff is also played thus. A group of children gather to some house for a [?] and one ties a blind round another fellow's eyes. That boy runs round the house to see who can he catch. Whoever he can catch that boy gets the blind on his eyes.
When I go hunting rabbits I always bring two greyhounds and one terrier but if I go hunting rabbits in long grass one greyhound is all that is needed. First I put a greyhound on each side of the ditch and puts the terrier into the shuck. If there is no rabbit in the shuck the terrier
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2019-07-31 19:23
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The way to play skittles is a crowd of boys gather on the road and there are five short sticks cut and three long ones for the purpose of playing the game. The short sticks are put standing on the road this way [?] The person throws the skittles up at short ones to see how many he can knock. Then another boy takes his shot and they play on to see who will get a hundred first.
Another game which is commonly played in the winter time is skating. A number of boys gather together and they make a slide down a steep bray. They stand back a long distance from it and start taking races at it so that they
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2019-07-31 19:21
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When the snow is on the ground I go down a hill in a slipe. When we get it to the top of the hill us all get into it and it goes down itself. Someone stays behind and guides it. When it goes into deep snow or on to the grass it will slow up.
See-Saw is a game I play on wet days. I get a high box and leave a strong board across it. Someone sits on each end of the board and one weighs the other up to a height of about six feet.
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2019-07-30 18:50
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three children left over which cannot get into a ring of five and these are out of the game. Next time another number is called perhaps three or four, and rings of three or four are formed, and so it goes on till there are only two players left. These two players, toss up to see who calls numbers next time.
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2019-07-30 18:48
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All the players except one join hands in a big ring. Then the odd players calls out a fairly small number, such as "five". Then the big ring has to be broken up and the players form themselves into smaller rings with only four children in each ring, or whatever number was called. Of course there are two or
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2019-07-30 18:47
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those dirty Bluebells" "In and out those dirty Bluebells" "In and out those dirty Bluebells I will be the master". She stops opposite some girl and taps her shoulders saying "tap rap rap upon your shoulders" "tap rap rap upon your shoulders" "tap rap rap upon your shoulders I will be the master". Then that girl catches the other girl and follows her in and out. They go to each girl in turn and the one that is left last is the "master" or the girl who goes in and out when they start again.
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2019-07-30 18:45
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This game which is called Bluebells is a very interesting game. A ring is formed with children and they hold their hand up high. One girl goes in and out through them saying "In and out
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2019-07-30 18:44
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are divided into two teams with an equal number on each side.
The numbers of one side or team makes a certain sign and stand out from their own wall and the other side guess the sign. If they guess the correct sign they run after the other team and if they catch one of the team before they reach their own wall. If they do so the person they catch is brought over to the other side.
Then it is sides chance the next time because they win. So the game is continued in the same manner.
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2019-07-30 18:43
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Signs is a common game among children. The players
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they mark out two lines on the ground with stones or chalk. They should be about a foot apart and as long as they like. The lines represent a wall. Now a player is chosen to be the dragon and takes her place between the lines.
The players now try to cross the "wall" without being touched by the dragon. If anyone is got she must stay with the dragon and help him to catch the other children. The dragon must keep between the lines. If he should take a step over the line, then all the prisoners can escape.
The game goes on until there is only a person left outside the lines and he becomes the dragon in the next game.
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2019-07-30 18:40
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For this game, you want about six children. First of all
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2019-07-30 18:40
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This is a game often played by the children. The children count twenty an whoever twenty falls on is the "King". Then the player selected stands on the top of a mound or hillock and calls himself King of The Castle. The other players must try to push or pull him off, while she must do her best to keep her position. If she is pulled off by one of the players that girl is then "King of The Castle" And so the game goes on.
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2019-07-28 22:13
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Our cow's name is Kenny. We call her that because we bought her from a man named Kenny.
We feed her with hay, bran and cotton cake.
For a week or two we feed out calves with new milk and then we give them a mixture of creamery milk and oaten meal.
When we are driving the cow we "How How". When were calling the calves we say "Suck Suck".
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2019-07-28 22:11
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The farmers have stalls in which the cow's head is put between tow laths. In other places they are tied around the necks or horns with chains.
On May Eve, Holy Water is sprinkled on the cows, the land and crops for Good Luck. Branches of laurels are hung up in the cows stall for Good Luck.
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2019-07-28 22:09
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Two cows on a rented field. The especially require care, and only for them we would be badly off because no milk would be available. When summer comes they are left out in grass, but in winter they are put in and it is
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2019-07-28 22:08
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Unity is strength.
Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.
He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.
It is better to be born lucky than rich.
A ragged coat often hides a golden heart.
The dearest is the cheapest in the end.
Where ignorance is bliss 'tis folly to be wise.
Tell the truth and shame the devil.
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2019-07-28 22:07
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Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.
The longest day has an end.
The nearest friend must part.
The longest way round is the shortest way home.
Think twice before you talk once.
The least said, the soonest mended.
Listen on and pretend nothing.
Dirty water washes clean.
Smooth water runs deep.
Cuckoo oats and wood-cock hay make the farmer fly away.
The dearest is the cheapest in the end.
Bend the twig, bend the tree.
There is no smoke without fire.
Never put off until to-morrow what you can do today.
Smooth is the water where the brook is deep.
Penny wise pound foolish.
[?] breaks out through the cat's eyes.
A windy day is not the day for putting up scallops.
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2019-07-28 22:03
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Sense does not come before age.
Charity should begin at home but it should not end there.
Extravagance in youth brings want in old age.
Half an hour too early is better than half a minute too late.
Let your anger set with the sun but not rise with it.
One thing at a time and that done well lead to excellence.
We know the worth of water when the well is dry.
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Don't exchange horses crossing a stream.
Small leaks sink great ships.
Far away hills look green and far away cows wear long horns.
It is too late to spare when all is spent.
Its an ill wind blows no-body any good.
Burn everything that comes from England except coal.
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2019-07-28 21:59
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A shut mouth catches no flies.
Never judge the book by the cover.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Where there's a will there's a way.
Wilful waste make woeful want.
A place for everything and everything in it's place.
The new broom sweeps clean.
Throw a trout to catch a salmon.
He that grabs too much catches nothing.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
All is not gold that glitters.
It's never too late to learn.
Better late than ever.
Putty and paint would make a devil a saint.
One bird in the hand is as good as two in the bush.
It's better have a foe than a false friend.
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
Don't spoil the ship for a ha'port of tar.
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2019-07-28 21:54
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One look before you is as good as two behind you.
The early bird catches the fly.
Never count your chickens before they are hatched.
One swallow never makes a summer.
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2019-07-28 21:53
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We have about an acre of land under potatoes.
My father prepares the ground every year. It is ploughed at first and then harrowed and the drills are opened. The seed is then set and the manure is spread on the drills.
They are closed with the plough. The best seeds to grow are Brown Blacks, Kerrs Pinks and Champions.
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2019-07-28 21:52
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are Golden Wonders, Arran banners and kidneys.
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2019-07-28 21:51
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The different kinds of potatoes are - Kerr Pinks, Kidneys, Arranbanners, Golden Wonders, Flounders and Epicures.
Potatoes are set in drills in our farm.
First the ground is ploughed and then harrowed. Then drills are opened and potatoes are then set
The potatoes set in our farm are
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2019-07-28 21:49
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which both produce a good crop. "Flounders" are earliest of all potatoes.
We use a spade and shovel because we have not much for a plough or harrow. We use no wooden implements.
A neighbour of ours helps us to them. First the drills are opened and the manure is spread on them, then the sciollains are put down on it.
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2019-07-28 21:48
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We have about twenty perches of land under potatoes.
We set "Flounders" and "Kerr Pinks".
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2019-07-28 21:47
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There is an acre of ground in our farm under potatoes. British Queens and "Kerr Pinks" are the best for this soil which is fertile. Kerr Pinks are the ones best for this district, which are sown by everyone in the middle of spring.
The ground is first ploughed and then made into drills and manure is carted out on it. The seed is cut and then they are called sciollains. Then they are set. The farmers that have a big garden have miceal the day setting his crop.
Long ago the ploughs were made of wood and were very difficult to work.
We use a spade and shovel
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2019-07-28 20:08
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The swallows come to our country in the month of April. They stay flying around the houses for two or three weeks until they find a suitable place to build their nests. If they could get into a stable they would like it better than to build in the eave of the house. First the swallows get little pieces of mud off the road and stick it nicely to the wall and make it into the shape of a nest. Then they get all the nicest feathers they can and line the nest with them. They lay five little eggs and they are white with brown little spots on them. The swallows go away to a warmer country every year in the month of August. Then the people know that the winter is near.
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2019-07-28 20:06
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The wilduck is commonly found in my district. They build their nests in bunches of heath in the bog. They lay about twelve eggs but sometimes eleven and ten. The colour of their eggs is bright blue. The wilduck flys very when they have their young ones out. When it is going to rain they rise up very high in the air and gives a very loud cry. They make their nests with feathers and wisps.
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2019-07-28 20:04
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There was a boy in the parish of Cam whose nose used to bleed very often. This day it started to bleed and it continued to bleed for a long time.
Then his father thought it would be better to send for a doctor and the people of the parish heard about it and then everybody had their own cures. It now happened that the doctor was not at home and they had to try their own cures. One very old woman came into the house and put a wet cloth on the back of his neck and it stopped the bleeding. Some others were saying to put the key of a door at the back of his neck. Others were saying to put a two-shilling piece on his nose.
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2019-07-28 20:01
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In the year 1929 a lot of rain fell in Ireland. The people in the parish of Cam could not get into the bog for turf. They cut down any tree that was growing on their own land except fruit trees. The trees were also very scarce to most of the people.
The trees on the land lasted only for a very short time and the bog was only a little improved. In the end the bog was getting dry but still no one could get any turf. Then the people were in a very bad way and they bought any little scraps of trees that the neighbours had to spare. That is the worst year I was told about.
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2019-07-28 19:59
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There was an old school in Brideswell long ago. The ruin of it is still remaining. There was a very small well just at the side of the ruin. When years passed away the people thought the chapel was too old and broken down to be in use and so they agreed to build a new one. One day St. Bridget came through Taughnaconnell and she asked for a drink but whatever happened the people there they gave her no drink. She came on and again she asked for a drink in some house in Brideswell. They had no water in the house and so one of the people in the house showed her this well. She took a drink out of the well and then she thanked the person that showed her the well. Then she blessed the well and since that it is called St. Bridget's well.
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2019-07-28 19:14
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One night there was a man coming home from a house in which he left a pair of shoes mending. He was coming through Ballinamona bog. He was also carrying a light in his hand. There was a certain place in this bog where there was supposed to be a big crock of gold hidden. Every night winter and summer a light shone over this place from three o'clock until five in the morning.
This man made up his mind to get the crock of gold. When he reached the place he left his lamp on the ground. It was a few days before that he made up his mind to get this gold so he brought a spade with him. He waited at the shoe menders house and then he started at three o'clock to go home. The place where the crock layed was on his way home so when he came to it the light was there. He was a bit afraid but he started to dig and when he was about three feet down in the ground he felt the crock of gold.
He was just about to take the crock of gold when he heard people talking behind him. Immediately the man looked round to see who were talking and then he heard a loud laugh. He looked again to take away the jar with him and he saw that the crock and the light were gone.
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2019-07-28 19:09
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The people long ago made candles out of goose-grace.
They had a round piece of iron with a hole down through it. Then they would get a string and catch the string at the bottom of the iron and another person would hold the string at the top. Then they would melt the goose grace and pore it into the hole in the iron. They would leave it in the iron until it would be hard. Then they would take out the candle.
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2019-07-28 19:07
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If a person was suffering from rheumatism he (or she) would get nine iron rods. He would redden them in a fire and put a point on one end of each of them. Then he would take the nine of them and throw one of them over his shoulder and not look at it at all. He would point the other eight to the part of his body that would be effected. He would then find that the disease would be going away each day.
There is also a cure for warts. The person who has the warts gets some snails without shells or houses on a certain Friday. He rubs the snails on the warts and then hangs them on a whitethorn bush. As the snails wither on the bush the warts wither away.
This is done on three Fridays.
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2019-07-28 19:04
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There is a woman in Castlesampoon, in the parish of Taughnaconnell, County Roscommon who had a dream one night. There was the ruins of an old castle near her house. There was a circle like an old wall in or near the ruin. She dreamt that in the middle of the circle there was a thistle. Under this thistle she would find one penny. Straight under the penny she would find a big pot of gold. She did not know how far down in the ground the gold was. There was a white horse guarding it. The white horse came to see if the gold was still there every morning at sunrise and if there was anyone there they would be killed. So the woman had to have the treasure brought before sunrise. She never looked for the treasure as she was afraid that she might not have it got before sunrise. The gold might be a long way down in the ground.
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2019-07-28 18:46
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The primrose boiled with new milk is a cure for yellow jaunders. The old people used to say that their parents used primrose and new milk boiled as a cure for yellow jaunders.
The Hemlock is a plant that grows on ditches. It is poison to man or beast. There were four cows poisoned on a man in Brideswell a long time ago. He gave it to the cows in a bundle of hay and he did not know it was in it.
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2019-07-28 18:44
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There is a weed that grows mostly in bog land called a dockin. If a person got a burn of a nettle or a burn from boiling water the cure would be to rub a dockin leaf of the burn and after a while the sore would go. Gladam is a weed that generaly grows in clay and there is a sort of milk in the stim of it and if a person had a swelling and rubbed this milk stuff on the swelling it would be gone the next morning. There is also a weed used called water-grass and if a person had a swelling and left the water-grass on it over night the swelling would be gone the next morning.
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2019-07-28 18:42
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The name of my district is Ballinamona. It is in the parish of Cam. There are seventeen families in my district. There are sixty five people in the district. The most common name is Beades. The majority of the houses in my district are slated. There are only three people over seventy years in the district.
The district is west from Athlone. The people who are getting the pention are, Willie Hamrock of Brideswell, Athlone, Co. Roscommon and Michael Beades and Mrs. Allen of the same address. There were more houses in the village long ago. There are two rivers and three ponds in my district. The old houses were called Bessies old house. Another was called Marie's old house and another the tailors old house. The district is six mile from Athlone.
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2019-07-28 18:36
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there is a drain on each side of it. The new road also leads from the main road of Brideswell to the main road of Lisbrock.
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2019-07-28 18:35
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The names of the roads in my village are:-
The old road, the new road, Hubards road, the bridge road, and the small bog road. The old road leads from the main road of Brideswell to the main road of Lisbrock. The bridge road leads from the main road of Brideswell to the bog called Cooney's bog. The bridge road was made long ago. It was first a path where a man used to drive his cows into another field. The people of the village got leave from this man that owned the field to go through the field into the bog the man first made them build a wall each side of where the road was to be made. When they had the walls built they cut scraws off the side of the road and packed them one after another on the grass where the road was to be. When the carts started to travel on that little road the scraws were getting very soft and the people were getting too much trouble putting scraws on the road and so they put sand on the road. There are not many carts traveling on the road now so the grass is begginning to grow through the sand again. The old road was made in the very same way as the bridge road. The small bog road was made by scraws and it is growing into grass now. There is no difference between the land and the road only that
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2019-07-28 18:30
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Traveling people still call to my village. They are not very poor people. Their surname is Ward. They sell little tables that they make themselves and they also sell delphiniums. They buy horse hair and rabbit skins. They put up a small tent and they get straw from the people of the village to lie on at night. There is an old man in the ten and he is a great story teller. The people of the village go to his tent to hear him telling the stories every night. He tells some true stories and makes up other stories. They stay in my village about three weeks or a month.
They have their own food with them. They travel with a pony and spring-cart. They generaly come about the summer time and again about two weeks before the pattern.
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2019-07-28 18:27
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The people of my district say that the luckiest day to start to plough is on a Friday. They say that you should not turn up the clay on May Day. A person should not throw out ashes or dirt on May Day. If a person met a red haired woman or girl on the road on that day they should turn and go home again. Also nobody should give away milk on May Day.
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2019-07-27 21:56
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The names of the local roads are, the Graigue road, the Kyle road, the Clonmeen road and the Ross road. The main roads lead from Urlingford to Roscrea, from Abbeyleix to Thurles and from Kilkenny to Rathdowney. It is not known when they were made. There aren't many old roads in the district.
Roads were made as relief work during the famine period. The workmen received only fourpence a day and were very thankful for it. There was a by road from Con Finn's forge to Rathpatrick from Graigue to Bayswell and from Bayswell to the Islands of Urlingford.
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2019-07-27 21:53
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fairly hilly and one third of it is a bog.
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2019-07-27 21:53
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I live in Graigueadrisly in the Parish of Galmoy. There are thirteen houses in the townland and thirty eight people including children. Whelan is the most plentiful name. Most of the houses are slated. The meaning of the words Graigueadrisly is the village of the briars.
There are seven people who are over seventy years of age living in the district. Their names are Edward Whelan, Michael Whelan, Mrs Kennedy, Katie Murphy, Ellen Bergin, Joseph Ringwood and Jerry Clery. They don't speak Irish. There were about forty houses in the district long ago and now there are only thirteen. There are no ruins of houses to be seen.
Nearly two or three persons out of every house emigrated to America. The townland isn't mentioned in any song or saying. The land is
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2019-07-27 21:45
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the ground the weeds are taken from them by means of a hand hoe. They are raised either by a potato digger or a plough. If the farmer has a digger he usually has a crowd of pickers. If he hasn't his own help he has to hire a number of pickers. When the potatoes are picked they are put in a pit and covered with straw and clay.
The various kinds of potatoes are skerries, Arran banners, kerrs pink shamrock, up todate and arran pilot. Skerries arran banners and up to dates are sown in this district. Long ago potatoes were used instead of starch.
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2019-07-27 21:42
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My father sows an acre and three quarters of potatoes every year. My brothers prepare the ground for them. Sometimes the manure is ploughed into the ground before it is turned up. The potatoes are sown in drills. They are opened by means of a double mould board plough and two horses.
Wooden ploughs were used long ago and there are some to be seen yet. In olden times spades were made locally but now they are bought in shops. When potatoes are being sown first they are cut taking care that there is an eye in each seed. Some times the local people help one another at the sowing. Some of them help by spreading the seed and others spread manure.
Before the potato stalks come up they are tilled and when the stalks appear above
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2019-07-27 19:42
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There was in Nenagh at this time a priest named Father Cuiminham. One day he held a meeting in Nenagh. At the meeting he said something against the landlords and he was arrested. All the people who were listening to him were hunted through the streets by men on horseback. Most of these people found shelter in the Nenagh Literary Institute Hall.
The case was tried in the Nenagh Court but he was let go.
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2019-07-27 19:40
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them, so they made a large wide grave in the upper part of Lisboney Cemetery and they were all buried there on the top on one another.
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2019-07-27 19:40
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The Nenagh Hospital was where the Christian Brother's School is today at the time of the famine in Nenagh.
During the Famine a plague broke out in Nenagh and it was called "The Irish Collerra".
The people died so quickly that they had not time to make graves for
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2019-07-27 19:38
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When Cromwell passed through Nenagh he had to stop there for a night. At that time there was an inn in Ballintoher, one mile from Nenagh, it was here he stayed. There was an ash tree growing near the house to which he tied his horse, and the mark of the rope was on it, but this tree has been cut down. The next night he stayed in Ballyneety.
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2019-07-27 19:36
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When Cromwell was going to Limerick he had to stop for a night in Nenagh. The first thing he did, was to destroy the monastery in Nenagh.
That night he stayed in an inn that is opposite the Guards Barracks, (Cadell's Hotel at present). Next day he went on towards Limerick and he left some of his luggage in the inn.
When he was coming back from Limerick he went into the inn for his luggage that he had left there, whereupon he said to the inn-keeper "I, Lord Protector of England and Lord of Ireland accuse you of having stolen my goods", the owner was very frightened and denied the fact of having stolen the goods.
Cromwell had no mercy on him, and he killed owner and his servant. He gave the inn to some of his officers, he then continued his journey.
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2019-07-26 17:40
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The way to make marbles is to get blue mud and round it and leave it dry for a few days
The way to make a haw shooter is to get a piece of gilcock about four inches long then get haws and peel them and blow then through the haw shooter.
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2019-07-26 17:39
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the people long ago used to make a horn out of a cows horn. This is how they used to make it. They used to cut the top of the cows horn and make a hole through it. Then they used to put a piece of tin in the top of it.
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2019-07-26 17:36
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Peggy O'Brien, Carlanstown, Kells, Co. Meath.
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2019-07-26 17:36
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There are still many ruins of old houses to be seen in this district. Some of them had mud walls and others were built of stone. Some of them too, seem to have been very small and still I've heard old people say that large families were reared in them. It seems impossible to believe that ten, or maybe even twelve persons could eat, drink and sleep in one tiny room, still, there was once an old house not far from where I live wherein father, mother and ten children lived in one room. They had a settle bed in this room and another ordinary iron bedstead in a corner so that at night when the "box-bed" was "let down" there was barely room enough for two to stand on the floor.
Most of these old cabins were thatched but I know just one that had slates. This one still stands and has some slates on it still far in on Rosmeer bog.
Many of the old houses long ago had no chimneys; the smoke came out through a hole in the roof. Others had no glass i the tiny windows and in winter time rags and papers were stuck in the apertures to keep out the cold. The floors were all of clay, and nearly every house had a half-door. They are common enough still about here. Everyone used turf and sticks for fuel; coal was almost unheard of by most of them.
I have never heard of anyone in this locality using rushlights, dips, etc. to show light at night. They burned candles in the long winter nights but in the summer they went to bed with the light and thus they needed no candles etc.
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2019-07-24 19:33
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the houses to hear them telling stories about their travels in the West of Kerry. They slept in the nearest corner to the fire. They used have a sop of straw under them for a bed which was known as a shake-down. They generally got their supply at Dingle. They had their own food. They used to travel on a donkey and cart.
Old Dick McCarthy used to collect rags and he used give pins and needles in exchange for them.
The Coffeys were an old race of tinkers. Old Tom and his three sons Bart, Mick and Jack. The people had great welcome for them.
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2019-07-24 19:31
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Bacac O Laoghra an old travelling man stayed at Tim Collin's the house now owned by John MacCarthy Liskeen. James Donavan commonly known as James "Marcarl" stayed at Cosad Cuinne on the road behind Michael Herlihy's. He used to sell fish.
Dick McCarthy commonly known as Dick the "Doiser". His wife had a "wheel of fortune" and she used to carry it around to all the fairs. The used to gather into
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2019-07-24 19:29
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four times a year. They alway slept in a corner near a fire. They were supplied with sacks of hay or straw and a quilt for a bed.
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2019-07-24 19:28
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Travelling people were always very plentiful in the country. In olden times they generally travelled in pairs. Nowadays they go in bunches when they are travelling. They used to stay one night in each house. There were certain farmers who used to keep them and they generally called three or
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2019-07-24 19:27
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long ago, with baskets, their names were pedlars. They used sell laces, polish, soap, starch, and blue. Others sold hairpins and thread. The pedlars generally had little houses in lanes.
Beggermen also travelled around. The alms they got was flour, meal and sometimes eggs.
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2019-07-24 19:26
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Travelling people used travel around the country
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2019-07-24 19:26
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The alms he got was money. He had only one hand and he is very poor. This man is welcome in the houses. He does not stay in the houses. He goes to Ballydesmond every night and sleeps at "Sean Gabas". He has a dog with him for fear of bulls when going near ways.
A boy and his mother come around here at Christmas and they stay for a night at John Dennehy's of Lacka. Their names are Powers.
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2019-07-23 18:18
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to the tenants at a price payable yearly for sixty eight years to pay off the loan raised to pay the landlords. The landlord sold out their own lands and are now gone out of the country.
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2019-07-23 18:17
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The Catholics were evicted from their homes and sent into cabins in the mountains where they had to be submissive to the landlord as well as to pay a rent for the holding they now possessed.
The Landlord himself built a Castle in the richest part of the area and kept a large track of land surrounding it. The people fought against this for three hundred years until about the year nineteen hundred the Government bought out the land from the landlords and offered it
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2019-07-23 18:15
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The Landlord of this place some years ago was Colonel Crosby. He lived in the Castle of Ballyheige. He owned most of the land in this county. The Crosbies were descendants of the army of Cromwell who came to persecute the Catholics of this country. The officer who did the greatest amount of persecution, shooting, burning, and all kinds of fowl deeds was granted the largest portion of the area under his command.
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2019-07-23 17:47
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There is a rock near Durrow in the Co. Waterford. It is three or four miles west of Stradbally. The following story tells how it got its name.
Once upon a time two men were arguing about some thing which one of them said about the other. The accused said he did not say any such thing. So the argument went on and each one was getting hot and angry. They began to quarrel. Suddenly they heard a voice just behind them saying "The truth is bitter" and then they heard a tremendous burst. They looked back was split in two. The two men stopped the argument, and went home. The stone is to be seen there until this day. It got its name, Cloc Labhrais because it was able to speak. God gave it power to do so because He wanted to stop the fighting.
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2019-07-23 17:43
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continue his journey homewards once more he could find no way out of the field, for the field seemed to be surrounded by high walls instead of a low fence. At 2 o'clock in the morning the ghost vanished, and he was released.
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2019-07-22 18:38
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Buying goods on credit and not paying for them is called a strapping or getting them on tick.
The Nevins buy hose hair and feathers and makin make brushes out of the horse-hair.
They give them delph for them. They buy old horses and sell them out and make money on them. The Nevins are the best dealers on the road for making money. They also buy old asses and give tin-ware in exchange.
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2019-07-22 18:31
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A shilling is called a bob. A sixpence is called a tanner. A ten shilling note is called a Bradley. When a person has no money it is said he hasn't a halfpenny to jingle on a lombsonte or he has not a kife. A threepenny bit is called a kid's eye.
A pound is called a quid.
Long ago people used to hold markets at the cross roads of Coolaleena. The people of the district used to bring goods there to buy and sell. They used to bring animals such as calves a sheep and pigs.
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2019-07-22 18:00
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One night when Pat Duc Muckinagh was going to the fair with Dick Staley Bethlem. Dick was to leave the door open but he did not. So when Pat went down the door was locked. Then Pat went out to the carhouse and went into the car and lay down in it. He wasn't long in it until a big black pig came grunting round the car. Pat had to leave the car and had to go in and call Dick. The Stanleys had no black pig so it must be a fairy one.
This happened fifty years ago.
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2019-07-22 17:57
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Long ago there was a black dog at Lyttleton which used to follow people crossing the fields at night. A priest was told about this and the dog was never seen again.
He is supposed to be hunting a black pig from one heap of bushes to another. There is supposed to be a black pig in Flanagans of Coolabeena.
A man named Connaughton saw him one night. He rolled across the road and would not let the horse go. The horse got frightened and would not pass. Several people saw this pig at night.
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2019-07-20 20:17
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to grow as it puts them from growing. Turkey weed kills chickens and young turkeys. People make wine out of dandaline. If cows ate a certain herb it would put a taste in their milk and butter. People also pick the leaves of hazel and give them to pigs and to turkey.
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2019-07-20 20:11
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of it. There is a cure in dandaline for the liver. There is a cure in garlick for colds. People use water cress instead of cabbage in the winter. They boil nettles and give them too turkeys. They boil dog leaves and give them to pigs with other foods. They boil the leaves of ivy and use the duce of it to clean black and blue clothes. If you got burned with nettles if you put a dog leave to it, it would cure the burn. The people break the nettles when they are starting
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2019-07-20 20:08
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The weeds that do most harm to the land are thistles, nettles, chicken weed, and dogleaves. The most place thistles and nettles grow is in rich land. There is a cure in turkey weed for rheumatism. The people boil it and drink the duce.
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2019-07-20 20:07
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stitch in time saves nine".
This means that if people do the thing in time it will save them much trouble. "Honesty is the best policy". "He who rises late never does a good days work". "He who hath a trade hath an estate".
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2019-07-19 19:56
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Five play this game. Four stand in a square a good distance apart. One stands in the middle and they call him the "Fool". The four that are in the square mark their corners with a stone. They run to each others corners and if the fool manages to get into one of the corners he is no more the fool. Whichever one has no corner is the fool and so on.
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2019-07-19 19:55
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time. This is the way the game is played. A square is measured is measured about seven yard long and about 51/2 yards wide. Anyone who goes outside the square is out of the game.
One boy stands at one end of the square on one leg and about eight at the other end but no boy can stand on two of his feet. The boy who by himself calls one of the boys from the other end and he hops up to him and if he passes him he shouts "Hop Cock Arusa" and all the other boys hop up to him and whoever he knocks takes his place and so on.
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2019-07-19 19:53
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There is still another game the boys in the town play. It is called "Hop Cock Arusa". The game is played in the Summer
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2019-07-19 19:52
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Any number of boys can play this game. Two boys turn their backs and the rest of the boys go and hide. They have a certain spot called a "den" and whoever gets into it without the other two boys tipping them they get away again to hide. Whatever two boys are caught last, it is their turn to be "It".
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2019-07-19 19:51
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I play poor snipy. Here is how it is played. You get another fellows hands and you rub them with your hands and you try to pull them away. Here is what you say -
"Poor snipy wet and dripy. Where did you lay your eggs last night".
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2019-07-19 19:48
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A paper chase is a game played i this town during the long Summer evenings. All the boys gather a bagful of small papers. Then one of the boys say, putting a word on each boy "Hittle, Hottle black bottle you are out". The person whom the word "out" is said on gets out of the crowd. That continued until all but two of the boys are left in the crowd. The other boys run of dropping their share of papers. The two boys who were left behind count one hundred and then they follow the other boys. If they catch any of them they follow after the other boys the next time.
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2019-07-17 22:49
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woman seeing how foolish she had been.
Every since there is in this field a square of boggy land in which people say there is a crock of gold. Men one night when going home after a game of cards say that they saw a hare sitting in the middle of it.
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2019-07-17 22:48
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There was once a time and a very good time it was too there lived three families of Quinns. They happened to live in the one village. When people were talking about them they gave them nicknames to distinguish one from the other.
This Mrs. Quinn was called "Maire Paid". They lived on a small farm and lived comfortably. One morning in the month of May as she went out to milk the cows she happened to see on the grass a crock of gold. She got very excited and went to lift it. To her great surprise it overpowered her to lift it. She thought and thought thinking that if she went home she might no know where to return for it. She then hit upon a plan. She sat down and took the garters from her legs. She put them on a thistle that was near by. She thought that by this act she would know where to return for the gold. She ran as fast as her legs could carry her to seek help to bring home the gold. When they returned to the field they saw that every thistle in the field had a garter on it. They went home again the
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2019-07-17 21:22
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him and killed him. When he came home she told him what he was after doing. She did not feel very pleased at it, so she asked him for the bridle and went out on the rock near his house and shook her bridle three times when a horse came galloping towards her.
She then told the husband to remember her own words that they never again would there be three Glavins brothers seen together in Carrigmanus, so it happened and there is no one of them there now, but one girl. She then mounted her horse and went towards the sea and was not seen or heard of since.
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2019-07-17 21:19
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The mermaid is supposed to be half a woman and half a fish. The upper portion of her is the woman. She is often seen sitting on a rock coming her long hair.
My father told me the story about the Glavins, about 40 years ago there lived seven brothers of the Glavins in Carrigmanus. One of them named William Galvin was digging potatoes in a field near the sea shore. When he saw a very handsome girl sitting on the rock combing her hair. He stopped gazing at her, and at last he found out it was a mermaid. But she threw off her mantle and walked to-wards him and asked him would he take her for his wife and he refused her. So she kept on asking him but he still refused. She put a majit spell over him and walked towards the sea and he found himself walking away with her. When they reached the shore she then asked him would he rather marry her than to go with her the rest of his life under neath the sea. He then consented to marry her. She then told him that there were three things that he should not do while her-self lived.
One of them was not to kill the seal, secondly not to invite the Land Lord to a party thirdly not to invite the Parish Priest to his house. She brought the bridle of a horse with her she told him to hang it in the stable.
They lived happily for some years together. Until one day he went fishing and it happened that a seal was sunning himself on a rock. When he stole on
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2019-07-16 18:15
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for making butter and on that day they wouldn't give a pinch of salt or a spark of fire to anybody.
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2019-07-16 18:14
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and the cream was put into a cream cool for five days. Afterwards it was put into a churn.
There were two kinds of churns, the hand-churn and the barrel-churn. In the barrel-churn were two beaters to make the butter and a spicket to let out the butter-milk when the butter was made besides a small door where the cream was put in. The hand-churn was a small wooden churn with a dash. A dash was a long stick with a cross at the end of it and by pulling this up and shoving it down the butter was made.
The dash was pulled out through a hole in the lid of the churn & when the butter was made the spicket was opened to let out the butter-milk. Then the butter was taken out and put into keelers where it was washed with pickle. (Pickle was a mixture of boiling water and salt). Then it was put into ferkins and brought to the market.
The two market-towns for this district were Cashel and Cahir, and the price for butter in Chair was 6d and in Cashel 51/2d. Each person had a special day
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2019-07-16 18:10
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In olden times the people knew nothing about creameries so they made their own butter and brought it to the market to sell it. The way they made the butter was this - first they milked the cows in the morning and the milk was set in pans for twenty four hours. Then it was skimmed
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2019-07-16 18:09
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the first would be set so you could start all over again. Thirteen dips was the usual number of dips given to make a good candle.
The rush candles were made from the rushes that grow in the bogs. The people used to cut the biggest and best of them with a hook and gather them into "[?]" and then they would get an ass from some rich person to take home the rushes. They were then put in "[?]" over the fire to smoke & dry.
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2019-07-16 18:05
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In olden times people often dreamt where gold was hidden. There is a fort in our farm, and it is said that one of the Hollarans dreamt for three consecutive nights that there was a pot of gold hidden under a small ash tree. On the fourth night at twelve o'clock, he & his brother & some more of the neighbours went to the spot where he dreamt he saw the gold.
The night was dark & very wet, and it was very hard for them to discern the spot. After about an hour's hard digging they found the pot, and when they were about to take it they heard a great noise so they ran as fast as their legs could carry them.
Next day they went up to the fort to take away the pot but it was full of dead leaves. They buried it again in the same place and the mark of the pot still remains in the fort. On that day the boy that dreamt of the gold got very sick & he remained three weeks in the bed.
He afterwards went to America.
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2019-07-15 20:23
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vessel which has been washed with boiling water and then with cold water. There is cold water put on the butter several ties to take the buttermilk out of it.
Then is is salted according to taste and made into whatever shape it is required.
Buttermilk is used for making bread and also for drinking.
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2019-07-15 20:22
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hour. The churning is done by hand. In the summer time the churn-dash is moved up and down because there is a lot of milk in it. In the winter the churn dash is put from side to side because there is not so much in it. During the process hot or cold water has to be put into it according to the time of year as it has to be kept at a certain temperature. After churning a little while we can see little grains of butter gathering on the top of the milk. Then we pour in cold water to gather up the grains together. Then after churning another little while the grains get gathered into a lump.
All the butter is gathered together and lifted off the buttermilk and it is put into a wooden
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2019-07-15 20:19
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We have a churn at home. It is made of wood and is what is known as a splash churn. It is two feet two and a half inches high. Our church is wider at the top than at the bottom. The sides are not straight: they slope in from the bottom and then they widen out again at the top. It is about three years old.
As there is not much grass in Winter the cows can not give very much milk with the result that churning is usually done once a week whereas in summer churning is usually done three times a week.
The maid, my aunt and myself do the churning. It usually takes about three quarters of an
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2019-07-15 20:14
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uated in the centre of Cruit. It is a very romantic old grave-yard. Tradition tells us that when Saint Colm Cille first sighted it he went down on his knees and walked to it. Rinne [?] Muire is the name of the spot where St Colm Cille saw the grave-yard from, and a holy well sprang up on that spot. There are two lakes in Cruit which are called Loc na roillice, and loc scailp a cutain. In the olden days a seargant named Mc Gillan lost his life in loc scailp a cutain while searching for a still of poitin.
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2019-07-15 20:10
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My native district is situated in the parish of Lower Templecrone in the Barony of Boylagh. It is a small Island, and it is called Cruit. The reason why is was called Cruit was because it is shaped like a harp, and Cruit is the Irish for harp.
There are about fifty dwellings in Cruit. There were less long ago because the people hadn't the means to build them. The greatest majority of the houses are thatched, as the slates are too expensive. Long ago the people used to build mud houses or bohogs, but as years went on the stone houses were erected.
Old people are not very numerous in Cruit nowadays, but those who are over seventy years of age have plenty Irish, and old stories also. Their names are, Fanny Doherty of Aughnish, John McBride, and Maurice McBride of Lower Cruit, and Mary O'Donnell of Upper Cruit.
There is good soil for growing crops in Cruit. The people make their living on fishing, and farming. Those who are unable to live on farming go to other countries to earn. There are not many trees growing in Cruit nowadays, but long ago the place was covered with trees. The roots are still to be found in the soil.
There is an ancient grave-yard which is sit-
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2019-07-13 23:51
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an apple out of the ceiling. You hang an apple out of the ceiling by a strong twine. All hands are tied behind their back they all try to catch the apple in their mouth. Then in every house there is a black with a ring in it and it is cut up between all the members of the family and who ever gets the ring is the first to be married. Then you get a tub of water and throw a cuple of apples into it. Then each person dives and tries to take up the apples in their mouth.
There are a lot of tricks played outside by the big people. They take away gates and cars and other things. They also tie doors outside.
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2019-07-13 23:48
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Hallowe'en occurs on the eve of 1st November. There are many games and tricks played on that night. One game played by the children is ring, water and clay. You put three saucers on the table and a ring is put on one, water on another and clay on the third. One person is blindfolded and is lead to the table. If the person touches the ring they say he is going to be married. If the person touches the water he is to go across the sea and if he touches the clay he is going to die. The next game played is hanging
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2019-07-13 23:46
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On the eve of St Brigid's Day, it is customary in this district to make straw crosses in honour of St. Brigid. People get a handful of straw, cut two pieces about two inches in length and put them in the form of a cross. Then plait straws around it. A cross is made and hung over each door.
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2019-07-13 23:44
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Eve to get a bush with branches on it and tie branches of flowers on it and place it in the thatch. It is called a "May Bush". Also it is a local custom to make an altar, they get a vale and put it round the picture or statue of the Blessed Virgin. Then they put flowers and statues and pictures on the altar.
Long ago when the witches were Ireland they used to go to the pastures on May Eve, and wipe the dew of the grass on the cow's udder and say "All the milk and butter my side". A priest was passing one evening while she was at and he said "I will cry halves" and so he had plenty of milk ever after, twice as much as before. The people long ago used to tie in the cows on May Day. They fairies would be passing they said and would take them.
Long ago in certain field in Ballyduff a white cordoroy trousers
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2019-07-13 23:40
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It is a local custom on May
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2019-07-13 23:39
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On St. Stephen's Day boys and men go from house to house dancing and playing music in many districts. They are called the wren boys. They have a branch of holly with the wrens' feathers tied on the top of it. They wear torn clothes and "vizards" and the people give them money. When evening comes they divide the money equally and buy sweets and fruit. They also sing the wren song.
The wren the wren the king of all birds
St Stephen's Day she was caught in the furze
Although she is little her family is great,
Rise up fair lady and give us a treat,
So up with the kettle and down with the pan,
Give us our answer and let us be gone."
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2019-07-13 23:33
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house. They ran her into the kitchen. The man followed in and when he entered he saw a cat sitting beside the fire. There was a man inside and he asked him if a hare came in and he answered no. He went over and gave the cat a kick and he noticed her all bleeding and torn where the dogs had mauled her. She was the witch in the disguise of a cat.
Live coals out of the fire are put under the churn when churning.
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2019-07-13 23:32
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In my grandfathers house, this woman who used to come in every time they would be going to churn and ask for a cup of salt. They were for months without getting a bit of butter on the churn. After a time they remarked her coming and they refused her and ever afterwards they had plenty of butter.
There was a witch in this area named Brigid Brazil and she used to take the butter. The people used to put irons in the fire and bolt the door when churning. She used to come and start the churning and tell the people to take the irons out of the fire and she gave them the butter she took before.
There was another with who could change herself into any shape she wished. She usually took the form of a hare and sucked the milk from the cows it the pasture with the result that the people had neither milk nor butter. One morning a man was out hunting with two dogs. He came across her nefarious work. The dogs chased her around the field and then she took off to her own
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2019-07-13 23:28
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We have a dash churn at home. It is about two feet in height the top is one foot and a half and the bottom is one foot twenty inches. The sides of the churn are round. It is two year old. The various parts are the hoops, staves, dash and lid. In Winter the butter is made twice a week and in Summer it is made about three times a week. We all help at the churning while it is being done. Any stranger who come in during churning take the dash. The local people believe that it brings a pound of butter more on the churn. In Winter it takes three quarters of an hour to churn and in Summer it takes a half an hour. The churning is always done by the hand, upwards and downwards. When the churning is finished the dash becomes clean. Then the butter is taken out into a clean basin. It is washed well and it is salted to the taste. It is then washed again. Then it is made into nice neat rolls. The buttermilk is used for bread-making, it is also used for feeding calves
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2019-07-12 17:09
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was let get hard. When the fat was hard enough, the candle was taken out and used.
Before slate or iron came into use, thatch was the only thing to put on top of houses. This is how it was done:-
first wheaten straw and long spars were got. The spars were usually splinters of bogdeal. The thatch was put up in courses and held with the spars.
Turners were very numerous around this district long ago.
A turner used make all timber utensils, namely:- buckets, mugs, egg stands, milking cans, and many other things.
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2019-07-12 17:06
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Candles were never bought long ago, but in every house they were made.
This is how it was done:-
First an iron mould was got, and melted fat was poured into that. Next a cord was put through the fat. Then the fat
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2019-07-12 17:05
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There a few old trades still being pursued in this district
(1) that of a cooper;
(2) that of a thatcher;
(3) basket-making;
(4) making [?] chairs;
(5) burning lime in lime kill
(6) salmon and trout fishing
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2019-07-12 17:03
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for light. The candles were made in Cork.
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2019-07-12 17:03
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In former times this district was very small.
All the houses were thatched.
The straw was bought from the farmers.
The old houses had a bed in the kitchen placed by the fire and it was called "The Taste Bed". The fire-place was always in gable-wall. It was never in the corner or side-wall. The front of the chimney was made of mortar and stones. The old people in the district never remember houses without chimneys or houses with the fire in the middle of the house on the floor.
There are not any accounts of houses without glass for the windows.
All the floors were made of mud.
In all the farmers' houses half doors are still in use.
Wood and coal was used for the fire.
Candles and dips were used
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2019-07-12 16:55
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When a person pays for goods and gives too much money he gets back some it is called change.
It is considered very unlucky to transact business on Monday and Friday.
The markets were held in former times at the corners of streets. They are still held there in West Cork.
Hucksters and pedlars used call to our house long ago for feathers and rags. Mr Ziedra from Cork comes yet for feathers. He is a Jew.
The names of the various coins are:- Half-crowns, Two Shilling piece, One Shilling, Six penny bit, penny, Half-penny.
The types of money which have gone out of use are:- Five Shilling piece, Four Shilling piece, Sovereign, Half-Sovereign, Four penny bit, and a Farthing.
A Sovereign is referred to as a quid.
A half sovereign is called "Ten bob".
a crown or "Five Bob".
"Two Bob" a florin,
"A bob" is a Shilling. "A Cop" is a penny.
"A tanner" is sixpence and a "Kids Eye" a three - penny bit
"A Make" is a half-penny.
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2019-07-12 16:49
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Shops were not as common in olden times as they are now. But there were six or seven little shops in Carrigane called Shebeens for selling poteen.
The people had to go to the nearest town to purchase goods because there were no vans going about.
Buying and selling was carried on after Mass in West Cork in former times where it is still practiced. Eggs, butter and fowl were sold in this way.
Money was not always given for goods but eggs butter and fowl were given in exchange for goods.
The women used to milk the cows for farmers and for their work they got milk.
If two persons were changing animals and if one animal was better than the other the owner of inferior animal would get money for his good animal and it is called boot.
If a person bought goods and did not pay for them until later on it is called tick.
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2019-07-12 16:45
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St. David is the patron saint of this district and St. Colman of the diocese of Clyne.
The Protestant Church here at present is called St. David's Church. There is a monastery next to it which was belonging to the Franciscans years ago but the Protestants took it from them.
There is a well in what is called "The Well Lane" called "[?]" and it is connected with the Franciscan monastery. The monastery is now a ruin.
There is a well in the townland of Ballina dedicated to St. David.
The name "David" is common round this district.
There is no special feast kept in his honour in this district.
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2019-07-12 16:42
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One night when Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin and Saint Joseph were looking for lodging they came to a house where a widow and her daughter lived. Saint Joseph knocked at the door and he asked for lodging. The woman let them in and she prepared a bed for them on the floor. Our Lord said he would go down to the marsh for a bundle of rushes, but the woman said he should not do that. He went down in spite of her and brought up a bundle of rushes. He made a bed with the rushes, and it is said that you would never get a cold from rushes or bog water.
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2019-07-11 19:45
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Despard of Killaghy had one son. After the burning of the Sheas both Despard and his son went to hunt up the perpetrators. One O'Gorman was hanged at Cloneen. Another O'Gorman who was also accused of the deed was defended by Despard's son. For this reason he was disowned by his father, and he then left the Castle and wen to live at his mother's (Wright's) property in Chapel St Mullinahone, which house is now occupied by Hugh Greene. At that time the Catholic Church was at the back of the "Pound", and the then Parish Priest was anxious for a site for a new Church. Young Despard, who had made up his mind to leave the country, requested the portion of land where now stands the Catholic Church - free of rent to the Parish Priest. The Church was built in 1939.
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2019-07-11 19:38
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The night before the burning the spades were "labelled" by the conspirators. This was meant as a warning to the Sheas and Spailpini to leave at once. Some did go away.
It is said that the mother of the baby put it down in a bath of water or churn of milk in an effort to save its life.
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2019-07-11 19:36
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despised for saving a man from the scaffold. He was the means of making thousands of "matches" and consequently was always invited to the weddings. At the last wedding which he attended in Ballyingarry forty years ago, he drank a little to excess and was choked. He was then about ninety years of age.
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2019-07-11 19:31
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Micil Hennessy of Fethard St a witness to the burning of the Sheas took a false oath at the trial to save O'Gorman from the scaffold.
Micil repented and confessed his sin. At that time the Church gave very severe penances for grave offences, and the penance imposed on Micil was - "Never to sleep under the one roof for the second night in five years".
Micil started his travels, going from place to place and never staying more than one night at any of his resting places; even after the expiration of the five years he still continued his travels. He was welcomed everywhere he went as he was admired rather than
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2019-07-11 19:24
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If one of the ball makers offered you a ball and you took it, it meant that you would have to treat all the ball-makers which often meant an outlay of two or three shillings.
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While Norton's boot-making industry was in progress Kickhams carried on the same industry on a smaller scale. They also had a saw-mill (worked by steam) where farming implements, handles, chairs, and other household furniture were made. About the year 1900 Nicholas Kickham who now resides in Ballydavid extended his business giving employment to about fifty men. Unfortunately the industry collapsed about 1905.
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2019-07-11 19:21
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The pop-gun consists of a long handle with a steel funnel at one end whose diameter is 11/4" and length 2 to 21/2".
To make the balls pull the handle and insert it in culm. Release ball by pressing a rod which goes through centre of the handle.
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2019-07-11 19:19
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Yellow clay, obtainable in quarries is then mixed in the proportion of a shovel of clay to a hundred-weight of culm or slack coal. The two are mixed well together. The mixture is then watered thoroughly, and while in a soft state it is walked on by men or "danced" as they say until the whole mass becomes tough or sticky. When sufficiently tempered it is ready to make it into balls.
A man would prepare about a ton of culm fit for ball making in one day. Old woman usually make the balls. They squeeze the culm in both hands till it is firm and about the size of a good hen egg. They make two balls at the time. The balls are dried in the sun and become hard. They are then carefully stored in a house for the winter's fuel. They make a clean and lovely fire and are much cheaper than coal.
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2019-07-11 19:12
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Culm balls for fuel are made extensively here. The fire slack of the coal is carted from the Colleries of Slievardagh and in late years from Castlecomer by motor lorries. The coal or slack is ground into a fine slate by pounding it with a pounder until all lumps are made very fine.
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2019-07-11 19:11
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Bricks were once made at a place at the back of Killaghy Castle which is still known as the "Brick Field". The bricks were made of yellow clay and baked in the sun. They must have been of inferior quality as the buildings in which they were used soon fell away. The oldest inhabitant of Mullinahone cannot remember the making of the bricks.
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2019-07-06 21:25
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On St. John's Eve a bon-fire is lit. Long ago a dance was held at the bonfire and each person took home a burning stick.
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2019-07-06 21:24
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plates. If he puts his hand on the clay he will be buried before the year is out and if he puts his hand on the water he will be crossing the sea and if he puts his hand on the ring he will be married first. Another custom is to get a tub of water and put an apple in it. Then our hands are tied behind our backs and each of us try to get the apple. It is a custom also for men and boys to go around stealing carts and gates and traps and leaving them somewhere where the owner will not get them.
St. John's night:
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2019-07-06 21:22
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a lighted stick is thrown into every tilled field.
Hallow Eve:
On Hallow Eve an apple is hung from the ceiling. It is kept moving always and the hands of those who are trying to get a bite of it are tied behind their backs. Whosoever gets the first bite will get the whole apple. Three plates are put on a table, clay on one water on the second and a ring on the third. The persons playing are blindfolded and each is asked to put his hand on one of the
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2019-07-06 21:20
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or child they will never recover.
May Eve:
It is a custom to put a May bush up on May Eve. It is decorated with egg shells and flowers. People go around stealing these May bushes and if it stolen all your luck goes along with it. It is thought also that the first at the well on a May morning will have all the luck for the year.
St. Peter and Paul:
On St. Peter and Paul's night a big bon-fire is lit and when it is almost out
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2019-07-06 21:18
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Easter Saturday the children go around gathering eggs. They call them Cludogs.
Easter Sunday:
On Easter Sunday the children light a big fire outside and boil these eggs and have a great feast.
Whit Sunday
No customs.
Whit Monday
Anything born on Whit Monday is called a "Kinksheen. If any person gets a blow from that animal
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2019-07-06 21:17
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taught the mystery of the Blessed Trinity.
Shrove Tuesday:
On Shrove Tuesday people make pancakes and put put a ring in them and the person who gets the ring is to be married before a year is out.
Ash Wednesday:
No customs.
Holy Thursday:
If it rains on Holy Thursday people catch that water for it is said that it is a cure for sore eyes.
Easter Saturday:
On
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2019-07-06 21:15
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prayer St. Michael appeared in the form of a dove. He put his bill into the boy's throat and took out the bone. The Qeen was very thankful and in her thanksgiving she said would give a goose every year in honour of St. Michael and she enjoined this as a custom throughout Ireland the custom of the "Michaelmas goose".
St. Patrick's Day
On St. Patrick's Day people wear shamrocks because it was with the shamrock St. Patrick
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2019-07-06 21:13
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every shed door and over the house door because St. Brigid is the patroness of the dairy.
Michaelmas Day.
On Michaelmas Day it is a custom to have a goose because when the High King was living at Tara he gave a feast. During this feast his son met with an accident a bone sticking in his throat and causing his death. In the meantime the Qeen was converted to the True Faith by St. Patrick and she besought St. Patrick to save her son and at St. Patrick's
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2019-07-06 21:10
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St. Stephen's Day.
It is a custom for men and boys to gather together and dress themselves in a way that no one will know them. They go around from house to house singing and dancing. They get some money in almost every house.
St. Brigid's Day
On St. Brigid's Day crosses are made of wood and straw and put over
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2019-07-06 21:07
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were potato cakes, oat-meal bread and wheaten. The bread was usually made every day.
On a griddle the bread was baked. Oat-meal bread was baked standing against a support in front of the fire.
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2019-07-06 21:06
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The principal kinds of bread used in olden times were wheaten and oat-meal bread. The bread was made from wheat and oats grown by the farmers, The people never used grindstones. The different kinds of bread used
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2019-07-06 21:05
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day in this district.
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2019-07-06 21:05
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Wheaten bread and oat-meal bread were the kinds of bread made in olden times. Bread was from wheat and oats. People do not remember querns or grindstones.
The different kinds of bread made were potato cakes, boxty bread, oat meal bread, leven bread and wheaten. The oat meal used be mixed with wheaten and baked on a griddle. Bread was baked every
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2019-07-06 21:03
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Jesus came up and asked was he alone,
Peter, why do you weep?
I weep with the toothache,
Arise, Peter you shall be well,
Whoever says this prayer three times a day
Their tooth shall not shake,
Nor their body shall not ache,
Till my trumpet sounds on Mount Calvary".
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2019-07-06 21:01
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Here is a prayer which is said when a person has the toothache.
"As Peter sat on a marble stone,
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2019-07-06 21:01
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When clothing yourself in the morning say
O my God cloth my soul with a nuptial robe of charity.
And grant that I may wear it pure and undefiled before by judgement seat.
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2019-07-06 21:00
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Here is one which is said when getting up in the morning.
I will rise myself up from this bed of sleep.
To adore my God and to labour for the salvation of my soul.
O, may I rise on the last day until life everlasting
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2019-07-06 20:59
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Seven candles lighting
Seven joy bells ringing
Seven Angels singing.
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2019-07-05 19:13
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to buy and sell on the seventh and thirteenth of the month.
Some people think it unlucky to buy or sell on Sunday. The markets in former times were held in towns. The markets are held in towns still. There was a woman and she went round the district with some sugar and tea and a loaf or two and she would sell them to any one who would buy them and there were pedlars who went round the district buying rags and feathers and some who sold tins and clothes.
A fiveshilling piece and a fourpenny piece known as a grout are gone out of use. Any bad money will come back to the owner.
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2019-07-05 19:11
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Shops were common in the district in olden times. Sometimes the people went to the nearest town to make purchases and sometimes they went to the faraway towns because they could not make purchases in the nearest towns.
There were some shops kept open on Sunday but not as many as now. Tobacco snuff bread Sugar tea were the things sold in the shops. Two ounces of Tea and a pound of sugar and a loaf were common purchases. an ounce of tobacco and a pennyworth of snuff were great purchases. Selling and buying is still practiced but on a larger scale. Money was not always paid for goods. Eggs and flax and oaten meal were paid for goods.
Goods were bartered in the district. Labour was given in exchange for goods and that was called the [?] and it was stopped thirty years ago. It is considered unlucky
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2019-07-05 19:06
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made for the purpose. It was made from Iron. There was griddle bread made.
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2019-07-05 19:05
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There was hard oaten bread and Indian meal bread and wheaten bread made in the district in olden times. The oaten bread was made from oats grown locally. The wheaten bread was made from wheat grown locally. There was Indian meal and salt and some boiling water put into a dish and mixed up together and then put on a griddle to bake. When it was baked enough it was set before the fire to harden.
The way in which the oaten bread was made was there was a little oat meal and a little salt and they were mixed up together in a dish. Then it was put on a griddle to bake. This is how the hard oaten bread is made. There was bread made about a couple a times a week. There were no mark to cut on the top of the cake. The name that was given to the vessel that the bread was baked on was the griddle. There was bread baked in front of the fire standing against a support. There was a thing
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2019-07-05 18:59
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Lord Rossmore was the landlord of this district. The families were settled about the ulster plantation.
Lord Rossmore was a good landlord plantings and evictions were carried out in the district. Some evicted people went to America and some hired out and went to the poor house and others went back into their houses and were put in jail for going back after been evicted. The English came into Ireland. They were officers of Cromwell and they received in repayment for their services. The land was divided under guidance.
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2019-07-05 18:52
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on Hallow Eve night. The time that tea was first used in the district was about 100 years ago. The vessels that were used before cups became common was noggins and pigins.
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2019-07-05 18:51
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number of farmers to join in a fat cow and kill her and salt her and divide her between them and they would nearly always have soup and beef for their dinner in the winter time and champ and butter in the Summer time. They took porridge to their supper at night. The people took butter-milk to their porridge. The people sat round a table in the centre of the floor. Oaten bread was mostly eaten. The way in which oaten bread was made was first you got some oaten meal and put it into a dish and mixed it with water and then you rolled it out thin and put it on a griddle on the fire to bake. Food was eaten three times a day in the morning and dinner-time and supper. Fish and vegetables were eaten. People did not eat late at night except there was a dance. Different kinds of foods were eaten on special occasions. Eggs were eaten on Easter Sunday and apples.
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2019-07-05 18:47
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Long ago the people did not eat as often as they do now. They only ate three times a day. They took their breakfast in the morning about eight o'clock. They took their dinner at one o'clock and their supper at nine o'clock at night. At that time the people got up very early in the morning about five o'clock to do a big churn of milk and the would not eat a bite till they would do two or three hours work the people at that time always took porridge for their breakfast in the morning and tea and oaten bread and butter after it. It was a usual thing at that time for
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2019-07-04 22:05
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from the cove. Sands on account of these plantations wished for nobody to be seen walking in these shrubberies, if any persons, children or grown ups were caught there they would be ordered to his own home and would get beaten.
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2019-07-04 22:04
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Long ago there was a man living in Dunowen House his name was Sands and he was very cross. He owned a good part of the land of Dunowen. One part of the land from Dunowen House stretching down to the waters edge was called the shrubberies. It was planted with beautiful big trees and fancy shrubs and Daffodils wild Hyacinth and Blue Bells. There are some of the bulbs coming up yet even though the cattle graze on it, but all the trees were cut down all to a few. The trees that were cut down were sold.
This took away the beauty
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2019-07-04 22:01
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who he had given the food to lying dead on the side of the road, and he thought that if he had given only a small meal of food to the sick man he would have recovered.
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2019-07-04 22:00
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During the year of famine 1846 many people died along the roadsides in Ardfield with hunger.
A farmer named Thomas Hegarty who lived in Creboy was on his way to the Red Strand one day when he saw a poor man on the road side who was sick with the hunger, he hurried back to his home and got a big meal of food, and brought it with him to the weak man who was very hungry and ate all of it.
An hour later when the farmer was returning from the Red Strand he was very surprised to find the man
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2019-07-04 00:16
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If your request is to be granted the water of the well boils up.
In St. Patricks Well there is a trout. It is in since the time of St. Patrick. An old Protestant caught the trout one day. He put it down to fry it on the pan. The trout jumped off the pan and went back to the well. The track of where he was frying is to been seen to this day on his back.
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2019-07-04 00:14
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the well. If three of them were to-gether they would wash their hands and faces.
They used leave bits of rags, pins, buttons and matches in the ruins of the chapel. If they would not leave any of these things they would cut out their name on the stones in the ruins. They used do a station for their cows and they used bring some of the grass from around the well for their cows to eat. St. Patrick put the well there and the track of his knee is to be seen in a rock there yet.
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2019-07-04 00:11
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that is in ruins and they say prayers there too. If they are doing the station for the living they walk up through a stream, and if it is for the dead, they walk up a path beside the stream. Three people must be together when your doing a station for the dead. They used be up all night at the well. An old man used say the Rosary at twelve o clock. They used sing songs from that till dawn.
The pilgrims used have a cup with them and they used take three drinks out of
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2019-07-04 00:09
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parts of Mayo and Galway. They used come through the mountains and across this village to the well. The women with their red petticoats and white handkerchiefs and the men with their [?].
These are the prayers and rounds they do. They go around the well first. Then they pick seven stones and they go around the well seven times, dropping a stone at each round. Then they go to a rock where the track of Saint Patrick's knee is to be seen. They say prayers there too. Then they go to the chapel
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2019-07-04 00:06
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There are two holy wells in my parish. One of them is in Aughavale and the other well is in Kilgeever.
Saint Kevins Well is the name of the well in Kilgeever, and Saint Patrick's Well is the name of the well in Aughavale.
People still visit the St. Kevin's Well. From the 15th August to the 1st September crowds of people used go to Saint Kevin's Well.
People used come from all
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2019-07-04 00:01
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townland is mentioned. The land is hilly and boggy with no woods, but a lot of streams and rivers. The principal river is called An Abainn More.
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2019-07-04 00:00
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John Hastings. He is called John Fadney to distinguish him from other men of the same name. Tadg Oh-[?] is eighty six years and John Hastings is over seventy. Both of the can tell Irish stories. There were three or four houses in this village that are not in it now. The people that were in them are dead. Some of the houses are in ruins.
Long ago the men used to go to England in June and come home in November. The girls used to go to America until four or five years ago. Now they all go England.
There are no songs in which my
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2019-07-03 23:57
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The name of my town-land is Tamnac-Slinneain. It is in the parish of Westport and in the barony of Murrisk. There are seven families in my village, and there are twenty-seven people in it now, but there are a lot gone to America and England. The name Hastings is the name most common in my village. All the houses are thatched except one house that is slated.
There are two old men in my village namely [?] and
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2019-07-01 21:09
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to keep it away.
To turn back when going a journey is unlucky.
Getting you hair or nails cut in Lent is unlucky.
To dream of green cabbage or green flax is a sign of grief.
To put on you left foot first is unlucky.
To look at yourself in mirror after dark is unlucky.
To throw water or ashes out after dark is unlucky.
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2019-07-01 21:08
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Some people think if they get a green dress and wore it would be for grief.
Some people would not cut big potatoes when putting them on to boil in case they would have none next year.
Some people won't start putting in any crop or flitting to a house unless on a Tuesday.
If a cow had a white calf it is supposed to for a death.
Some people tie a red rag or a bit of rountree on a cows tails on May morning for luck.
Some people think it unlucky to swop hatching eggs.
It is unlucky to break a looking glass.
If you spilled a drop of water coming from the well it is said to be unlucky.
When you are washing and wet your self you would get a drunken man.
If you put the toes of the tongs in the fire in lightning it is said
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2019-07-01 21:01
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If you met a red haired woman going to the fair it would be unlucky to go on.
If you hung an asses shoe behind the door it is supposed to be lucky.
If a magpie crossed the road in front of a person going any place it indicated bad luck.
Two magpies for good luck.
If you started to go anywhere and turned back for anything is supposed to be unlucky.
If a red haired woman met a hearse on the road she is supposed to turn back.
It is lucky to met a four footed animal first when going any where.
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2019-07-01 20:58
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Our thousands got in order the procession it went round
They marched through Bailieborough
That village of renown
Both front and rare going out by Lear our music pierced the sky
We made the Orangemen tremble for their speeches in July
There was cead mile fault for the sons of granuale
With three cheers for Robert Emmet and the famous Swift McNail
Like wise our noble chairman a Hero of renown
Whose name is T. M. Farelly he is a counciller in the town
They spoak of Robert Emmet who was hung without a crime
And history will recall his deeds until the end of time
It was a youthful murder as you may understand
That he died a true hearted martyr for the sake of Ireland.
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2019-07-01 20:54
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On the fifteenth of October in the year nineteen and three
The nations of Cavan they were a sight to see
They met in Bailieboro in the parish of Killan
To honour Robert Emmet the united Irish man
All the surrounding parishes in splendour they came there
From Laragh, Lavey, drung, Knockbride and Killinkere
Mullagh and Tierworker and the men of Inishkeen
They came with strength and vigour to celebrate the green
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2019-07-01 20:50
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Long ago baskets were made from sally rods that were cut from the hedges. A man named Regan from Shercock district made creels and baskets. First he platted the rods and made them into a circle. He then put the circles together by putting a rod up and down crossing one plait each time. The he had the basket made. Creels were made from sally rods. The sally rods were plaited on a square frame. There was a small handle attached to them.
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2019-07-01 20:47
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People long ago ate bread baked on griddles. They ate oaten cake, potato cake and boxty bread. The oaten bread was the most popular. The boxty was made for halloween. The way they made the boxty was first they washed and peeled the potatoes then they grated the with a tin grater. Then they mixed them with some boiled and mashed potatoes, flour and salt. It was made into cakes and baked in a pot-oven.
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2019-07-01 20:45
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So off to church the couple walked
And made a lord of young Martilard
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2019-07-01 20:44
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Rise you up before it's day.
I wish to God I went before you,
How can I go away he says,
Like a poor forlorn stranger
Or must I leave my servitude
Or can I go without my wages.
Here's fifty pounds of ready gold
Thats more than e'er my father owed you
Rise you up before and go away
I wish to God I went before you.
They kissed and shook hand and sorrowfully parted
She returned to her room and for some she lay repining
And she said: nor lord nor duke I'll wed
Since you are gone from me Martilard
And when the father come to know
How dearly that his daughter loved him
He gave her leave to bring her back
As there was none she styled above him
She wrote a letter off with speed
That her heart it was repining
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2019-07-01 20:40
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There was a lord lived in this place,
That had a lovely daughter.
She fell in love with a young man
That was a servant to her father.
And when her father came to know
He said that he would make him leave the Island
The lady said my heart will break
If I would part with you Martylard
She went to his lonely chamber
"Rise you up before its day"
"This very night you will be taken"
Last night I heard my father day
In spite of fate he would transport you.
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2019-06-29 20:41
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Many people were rendered home-less on that awful night.
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2019-06-29 20:41
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The old people say the Big Wind of 1839 was the worst that ever visited the country. Some say it was so bad that it blew the fish out of the sea and landed them miles inland. The beautiful demesnes through out the country that were studded with lofty trees were left a tangled mass of wreckage. The great trees were torn from the roots as if they were mere play-toys for the elements. Houses were stripped of their roofs without mercy, their slates and timber scattered for miles around the country. Many people were killed by flying slates and falling chimney stacks.
The wind plunged Dublin into darkness for two hours
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2019-06-29 20:32
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a half miles no one could tell which was the better man. When they were near the end the man who challenged Dunne fell down exhausted on the road.
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2019-06-29 20:31
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Once upon a time there was a man whose name was Dan Dunne. He lived in Rogerstown which is situated near Edenderry, Offaly. He was a very famous man his name was synonymous with great deeds.
It is said that he was able to carry fourteen stone of coal on his back.
Once a man entered into a contest with Dunne. They had to carry fourteen stone of coal on each of their backs for two miles. Who ever completed this task in the shortest time was to receive a barrel of porter.
They started out at eight in the morning and for one and
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2019-06-29 20:26
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could keep it wheeled away. At the end of six hours the three wheelers would be exhausted while Mc Namee would be a fresh as ever.
He lived in Clonmore near Fahy, Offaly.
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2019-06-29 20:25
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Many people are noted for their strength and remarkable deeds. Some for singing and telling stories. Others for lifting weights and throwing stones and swimming.
Tradition tells us of many of our local heroes. During the long winter nights when storms rage high and the rain falls heavily, we find nothing more interesting than sitting round the fire listening to some old inhabitant telling stories of the adventures and customs of long ago.
Old people tell stories about Johnny Mc Namee. He was a famous turf-cutter. He was able to cut turf as fast as three wheelers
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2019-06-29 20:21
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The two men started work at seven in the morning and until midday Grey held his own with the champion. They resumed work at one o'clock and for two hours no one could tell which was the better slanesman. Towards evening Grey seemed to get exhausted and his movements became slower; While Lawless seemed to work with renewed energy, and his brow men were hard put to it to wheel sod away. At five in the evening Grey declared he was "cast" and lay in an exhausted condition on the bank.
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2019-06-29 20:17
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There was once a man who lived in Killowen near Fahy, Offaly. His name was James Lawless. He was supposed to be the best turf-cutter in the district. He lived in the time when men were ignorant enough to strive against one another in their daily labours. Many a fine young fellow who was foolish enough to enter into a contest with Lawless went to an early grave. One tome a man called Michael Grey entered into a contest with Lawless. There was a certain amount of turf measured out for them. Which-ever competitor completed this task in the shortest time was to receive a gallon of porter.
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the cat sits with her back to the fire it is also a sign of snow.
Told by Luke McNamee,
Clonmore,
Fahy,
Offaly.
Written by Sean Glennon,
Greenhill,
Fahy,
Offaly
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There are various signs which indicate the sort of weather we are going to have. When the circle is near the moon it is a sign of good weather and the farther out the circle the nearer the change is.
On a frosty night the stars are very bright and when it is threatening rain the stars are very pale and watery.
When the stars begin to fall it is also a sign of rain.
When the sun is shining bright in the heavens it is the sign of very good weather. Crows flying low is the sign of bad weather.
When the wind is blowing from the north it is a sign of snow. When
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2019-06-28 21:15
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This story was told by:-
Mr. Dan [?]
Carnagarve,
Moville.
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The old people of Moville believed many things about Hallow Eve. This is one of their old beliefs.
On Hallow Eve night long ago the people's belief was, that the devil had a court of wicked souls who had died. For their bad deeds in the world he caused them to take the forms of wild beasts. This belief was kept up right until quiet lately. The people said they saw strange wild animals on Hallow Eve night.
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2019-06-28 21:12
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away up the field and disappeared into a wood at the top of the field.
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2019-06-28 21:11
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One day a man, who lived in Moville, was coming one moonlight night from a friend's house. When he reached a glen, called Mossy Glen, he saw a little man sitting on a clay fence. He was dressed in light green trousers and white coat and green cap. He jumped up when the man saw him and gave a strange kind of musical cry. At once a crowd of little men like him came running out of the fence, and quite suddenly they all ran
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2019-06-28 21:07
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The news of this strange happening went round the town and the people said that what happened was a sign of some coming disaster. About a month after that a fishing boat was lost near Moville and five men drowned, two of whom were father and son.
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2019-06-28 21:06
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Many years ago, on the shore at Moville in Co. Donegal, a number of young men were strolling about. It was a lovely evening in summer. After a time one of the men saw a ship with big white sails, sailing at some distance out from the shore.
The ship seemed rather old fashioned and strange-looking. The man who saw it called the attention of the other men to it, but only one of them could see it. The other men only laughed and said they saw nothing. But the two men who saw the strange-looking ship said they would go out to see it. So they got a boat and set out towards the ship but when they drew near it, it disappeared.
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2019-06-28 21:03
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picking up leaves of cabbages that the boys dropped.
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2019-06-26 22:31
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There were more crafts and industries carried on around Ballyhaise some years ago than at present.
There were carpenters' shops. Three brothers called Moorhead, made great carts and wheels and other things.
There were also two shoe-makers. There is neither shoe-maker nor carpenter now.
Nails were made by a man who lived in a forge where the Guards' Station is now.
There was also a tan-yard in the barrack grounds.
Churns and wooden vessels were made by a cooper.
Half a mile outside the village at a place called the "Sally Garden", lived blind Bob about fifty years ago.
Blind Bob earned his living by making baskets. When he had a supply made he carried them on his head shoulders and arms and sold them in Cavan. There is no trace left of his house.
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2019-06-26 22:24
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employed many people. The castle is now the Agricultural college. The place was famed for its deer hunting. The ruins of an old "deer house" are still to be seen on a hill. A kennel of hounds was kept by the castle people, and visitors came from England for the hunting season.
More people used also to come for trout-fishing in the Annalee River.
There were trades of all kinds carried on in the village. There was a great Mill owned by people called Adams. They had their own ships on the sea, which brought them loads of Indian corn and flour. Indian Meal, and flour were both ground in the Mill. The mill and all the machinery were buried. The present mill only grinds wheaten, and Oaten meal.
There was also a bakery where Hannigans shop is now.
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2019-06-26 22:20
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Ballyhaise, some years ago was a busy place. The population was much greater than it is now. There was plenty of employment for the people, and trades of different kinds were carried on.
The Humphrys, who lived in the castle,
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2019-06-26 22:19
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and now in ruins. The blight came on the potato crop, and it failed. The potatoes decayed in the heaps and in the ground. The English government sent over seed-potatoes for the following year. People died in great numbers. Great sickness followed the hunger.
There were relief works started at that time, to give the people employment. The hilly roads were levelled, and the tops were cut off them, and placed in the hollows of the road. There is a little road a few perches from out school, which was levelled too, and there was a bog on each side. Some of the bog is still to be seen.
Another road which is known as the Pew Line was made at that time. It connects the Cavan Road with the Butlersbridge Road. It is about two miles from Cavan town.
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2019-06-26 22:14
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Long ago in eighteen forty six, in the time of the famine, people had nothing to eat, and they used to make Indian Meal porridge in Ballyhaise. It was made at the old Tan-yard. When the people were going for it, they used to bring a can. Then it would be divided between the family, and sometimes there wouldn't be enough for them all, and some of them would get none.
It was a terrible time during the famine. People died of starvation, and they could get nothing hardly to eat. They were found dead every day, and they were never buried. They had no crops, for the want of rain, and they had no animals for they all died, because there was nothing for them to eat. There was no work to employ the people and there was no money to be got. Some people worked at the tan-yard, and some made baskets of straw, but they never got money for working, but they got Indian Meal porridge instead. The government provided the Indian Meal.
There were more people living in the district, than there are now. People still point out sites of houses, then occupied,
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2019-06-26 22:07
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Any number of players can play this game. All the players get into a circle in twos, one in front of the other. Two players are out. They run one after the other, and when one of them gets tired, they stand in front of some person and the person behind runs after the other until they are caught.
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2019-06-26 22:06
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they are saying this, he takes a girl out of the ring for his wife. The wife says she wants a child and the child wants a nurse the nurse wants a dog and the dog wants a bone; and the bone is left alone in the centre.
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2019-06-26 22:04
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Any number of people can play this game. All the players get into a ring and one in the centre. The players are going round saying "Hi Ho the diddle doe the farmer wants a wife", and when
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2019-06-26 22:03
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All the people catch hands in a circle. One is out. The person that is out "tigs" some person in the ring and that person runs one way and the other runs the opposite way to see which of them will be in the space and the person that is in the space first is the winner and so the game goes on.
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2019-06-26 22:02
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"what colour?" and if they say the wrong colour they are told to go and wash her green and blue face as the case may be. The bad angel comes and tries to get a colour then.
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2019-06-25 21:27
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Long ago people used make bread from barley. It was called barley bread. It was baked on a griddle in front of the fire. They used count it very nice bread. The pan where the bread was mixed was called the "lassed".
The people used also make a potato cake. It was made from potatoes mashed, with salt, soda, and a fist of flour - twice a week.
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2019-06-25 21:24
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and each piece rolled into a flat cake ready to be baked in the griddle. The griddle was a round flat piece of metal with two little handles for removing it. Then there was what was called a brand. It was made of iron lifted from the ground with legs. This was laid into the hearth. The griddle was placed on top and the cake baked in this manner.
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2019-06-25 21:23
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Long ago the bread was made from wheat. Some of the people had their own quern, a little machine with rollers for crushing the corn into flour. The woman of the house used bring in some wheat and grind it with the quern, and was able to make what they called barm, which consisted of peeled potatoes, a grain of flour and some bran. They were put into an earthen ware vessel with some luke warm water and left for a day or two to sour. Then with this they mixed the flour for to make bread. After mixing with the flour it would be left near the fire in the heat for an hour or two where it would expand to nearly double. Then it was cut into pieces
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2019-06-25 21:20
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wanted it. They used sour milk to make the bread. Then the griddle was placed before the fire and the bread baked.
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2019-06-25 21:19
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Bread was made long ago in a brand and a griddle by the people of this district. They had a certain place near the fire to keep the wheat. It was near the fire because it would be damp any place else in the house. The people used qrems to grind the wheat. They ground it according as they
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2019-06-25 21:17
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Long ago bread was often made from oats and potatoes. Milk was generally used in making bread and the bread was baked every day. There is a cut put on the top of the cake when it is being made, because if the cut was not put, the cake would be empty in the middle. The bread is baked in an oven. There are a lot of pancakes made on Shrove Tuesday night because eggs are not used for Lent, and there are a lot of eggs in pancakes.
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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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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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