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2020-08-14 19:49
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Hen-eggs only take three weeks to hatch. All the other classes take fewer weeks. All of those fowl are very useful to farmers.
Bridie Kennedy, Lissacaha, Toormore
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2020-07-29 02:17
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the Dandelion. It has a queer smell. It grows about two feet above the ground. Preasac. It is a yellow weed about a foot in height. It harms crops especially corn. It has a thick stalk and green leaves. The Poppy is a wild flower which grows in corn. It harms the crop especially when it is ripe.
Margaret Coughlan.
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2020-07-29 02:16
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The most harmful weed in the Townland of Caramanagh is the Chickenweed. It grows all about the field and harms every crop. It is a green weed with small leaves. It puts out no flower and it creaps along the ground.
The Thistle is another harmful weed it destroys corn. It grows about three feet about the ground. Its seeds blow with the wind and where ever it pitches it forms another Thistle. Hemlock is a herb which is very harmful to young fowl. Turkies often die after eating it. It is a green herb and it is like
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2020-07-20 18:19
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There are many bakeries around Sligo, but, that does not prevent the people from baking bread. Most of the people like their own bread. The cakes baked by the people are boxty, potatoe-cake, pan-cakes.
Boxty is made with raw potatoes and flour. Potatoes cakes are made with boiled potatoes. They are in triangular shapes. Pan-cakes are made with sweet milk and flour.
There are other cakes baked. One is baked with Indian meal. It is very hard bread.
Some people put the sign of the cross on the bread. It is said the bread bakes better when this is on it.
The oven is the vessel generally used for baking bread.
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2020-07-20 18:17
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There are many peasant homes to which land is attached on which cattle and other animals are raised, cows have got various names such as, "Sally", "Bawny", "Betty", "Squaw", "Stochal", and "Peggy". Sometimes a person is heard to say "how how" to a cow which word is an indication to her to move on while the word [?] brings her forward to you. [?] when said to a dog is a token to him to move on in pursuit of his [?].
In supplying milk to a young calf "suck suck" is give as an inducement to him to come and partake of his meal. A byre is attached to almost every peasant home and is referred to as the cowhouse or stable in this district. It is in this out-house that the cattle are kept. Some horned cattle are tied by the horns with a rope but as a rule all kinds and breeds are tied around the neck by means of a chain. There are different names for the various forms of tying. That part of the rope which goes round the neck of a cow is called a "spanchal". When out on pasture some [?] cattle are tied by the legs with a "sidelang" or "streampeen", so as to prevent them from causing destruction. There are many stories in connection with the milking of cows. The first time a cow is milked after calling a corn is put in the milking vessel so as to bring luck on the cow during her milking session.
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2020-07-20 18:09
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to the home of the bride where the wedding was to be held. When the musicians were heard in the distance preparations were made to welcome them back. A sheaf of straw was lighted on a hill and as the bride entered the house an oat-cake was broken on her head as a sign that she would never be hungry for the rest of her life. The feasting began which usually consisted of cabbage, bacon, potatoes and jugs of porter and punch. After the wedding the bride was left at the home of her parents for a week before the dragging home. Anyone who did not get married during Shrove, that is from New Year's day till Shrove Tuesday, was said to be on the shelf and was salted on Ash Wednesday to keep for another year. Half of the fortune was paid over to the bridegroom on the day he was married. This was known as the "first gale" of the fortune and the remainder which was called the "second gale" was paid when they were married a year.
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2020-07-20 18:05
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When two people were to be married their parents made an appointment to meet in the town to make the match or what was called the first sitting on the match. The parents discussed the fortune, the lands, the crops and the cattle. If they came to an agreement there were two men sent to walk the land and if the land did not suit the match was broken while if it suited the marriage day was arranged. The pair to be married met in many cases for the first time in their lives and the day was named on which the marriage was to take place. The guests were all invited including the local musicians. On leaving the bride's house for the marriage she was met at the door by a man for good luck while some of the guests threw old shoes and the tongs after her for good luck also. The procession was formed, headed by the bride and the bestman followed by the bridegroom and bridesmaid; the musicians started to play a wedding march and the whole procession of about fifty boys and girls marched two-deep to the church. With the cermony over the procession started in the same order save that the bride and bridegroom now headed it back
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2020-07-20 18:01
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While the "boys" gathered round, in applause were not slack,
And roared in delight till their jawbones ached rarely.
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Till at last, burly Bryan quite humbled and cowed,
With bruises and blood nearly ready to smother
Gasped out in the depth of distress to the crowd -
Arrah, tare us apart, or we'll murder aitch other"
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2020-07-20 17:59
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In a town in the West, where myself had my birth,
There once used to live a big fellow, Tom Bryan,
The most quarrelsome, insolent "boyo" on earth,
With the heart of a mouse in the frame of a giant
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He'd challenge the world at market or fair
With a leap off the ground, and a twirl of his "kipper"
And a "tread-on-the-tail-of-my-coat" sort of air,
That was meant the whole side of the town to send skipping.
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But nobody minded his brag and abuse,
Till he squared up one day to the tailor Mike Ryan,
Wee bandy-legged Mike, just five feet in his shoes
With the build of a dwarf, but the pluck of a lion.
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"Clear out of my way", cried the giant to Mike
"you mean insignificant tenth of a "gomack",
But Mike nowise awed, only lifted his stick,
And landed Goliath one square in the stomach.
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That stretched him out prone on the broad of his back
Then Mike strode his chest, and he pummelled him fairly
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2020-07-18 21:57
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wheel and pulled the roll and the thread was made.
Flax was sown in April and pulled in August. They made it into stooks and put it to steep in water until it was black. Then they pounded it with a bittle and cleaned it. They spun it into thread and weaved it into linen with a loom.
Churns were made of clean oak. They bound them with tin hupes. They made the churn staff of oak also, and the cover of Deal.
They made Lime out of lime stone in small kilns. They made a fire of turf at the bottom of the kiln. They placed a layer of lime and a layer of turf on the fire until the kiln was full. When it was burned they took it out at the eye of the kiln.
Pottery and earthenware was made from fine sand and clay.
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2020-07-18 21:53
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Pupils name Cáit Ní Fhloinn
Told by Tim Flynn, Kilbonane
Long ago the people of this district manufactured their own candles, their own soap, their own baskets and their own thread. They made the candles from the fat of cows. They melted the fat and put it into a mould the shape of a mould the shape of a candle. They soaked cotton thread in paraffin oil and put it into the mould. They made the ropes of hay or straw. Two people were needed to make the rope. One person twisted the hay or straw with a piece of stick while the other person added the hay or straw.
They made the baskets of twigs. They made the frame of strong twigs and they weaved weaker twigs around the frame.
Thread was made from wool. They brought the wool to a mill to [?] it into rolls. They put the roll on the spindle of the spinning wheel. They twisted the
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2020-07-18 21:48
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fine weather. When the mountains look near it is a sign of rain. When they look far away it is a sign of fine weather.
Pupils name: Tomas [?], Ballymalis
Told by James Murphy, Ballymalis.
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2020-07-18 21:47
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A saying about the weather is: A rainbow in the morning is the shepherds warning and a rainbow in the evening is the shepherds delight.
When there is a rainbow in the morning it will rain during the day but when there is a rainbow in the evening the night will be fine. If the sky or the sun is red at sunset it means that there is fine weather to come. A copper coloured or yellow sunset is a sign of rain. When the moon is bright it is a sign of fine weather.When there is a halo around the moon or when the sun is pale when setting it means that there is rainy weather to come. Black heavy clouds are also a sign of rain. When the moon is red or when the sky is red at the east in the morning it is a sign that there is a storm to come. When seagulls assemble on the land it is also a sign of stormy weather. When the swallows fly high in the air it is a sign of fine weather. When they fly low it is a sign of bad weather. When the wind is from the west, the south or the south-west rain may be expected. An easterly wind usually brings snow. When the wind is from the north it is a sign that cold dry weather is to come. If there is fog after fine weather rainy weather may be expected. Fog after rainy weather is a sign of
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2020-07-18 21:41
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Pupils name: Pádraig Ó Roibeárd, Ballymalis
Told by Frank Roberts, Ballymalis, Age 64 years.
In this neighbourhood the potatoes were fit to dig before the famine came. Then a black colour came on them and they rotted. Some people killed their cows, horses and sheep and ate them. Other people who had no cows stole them and ate them. They also ate nettles and berries. During the famine a great man people died in Killarney. They were buried without coffins in a hill. That hill is called Martyrs hill ever since.
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2020-07-18 21:38
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Pupils name: Tomás Ó Murchadha, Ballymalis
Told by James Murphy, Ballymalis (Age 52 years)
The famine was in Ireland during the year eighteen forty seven. In this neighbourhood most of the people died during the famine. There was much more people before the famine than there are now. During the famine many of the people emigrated to other countries but the most of them died of hunger. The blight came on the potatoes when they were growing in the month of August. Potatoes and milk was the principal food of the people before the famine so that the most of them starved when the potato crop failed. During the famine they ate turnips and cabbage. It is said that they even ate grass. Many of the people died by the roadsides. So many died that coffins could not be got for all of them. Many of them were buried without coffins.
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2020-07-18 21:34
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Pupils name: Pádraig Ó Roibeárd, Ballymalis
Told by Frank Roberts, Ballymalis, Age 64 years.
In the month of June, in the year ninteen hundred and ten there was a great storm. Nine tourists left a hotel in Killarney and went to the Gap of Dunloe. In the middle of the day a boat went to meet them. When they were returning the boat-men brought the boat safely through two of the lakes. When they reached the third lake a storm arose. The waves went into the boat and upset it. The nine passengers and two boat-men were drowned, and the other two boat-men saved. Their names were Michael Leary from Killarney and Dan Lynch from Muckross. The divers were sent for and they went looking for the bodies but they could not find them. The storm knocked a great many trees. It lasted for three days.
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2020-07-18 21:29
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Pupils name: Tomas Ó Murchadha, Ballymalis
Told by James Murphy, Ballymalis, Age 52 years.
On Small Christmas Night, in year eighteen thirty nine there was a very great storm in Ireland. That night has since been known as "the night of the big wind". On that night many houses and ricks of straw were knocked. Winds of hay and stacks of oats were blown away. A house owned by John Sullivan who lived at Lahard was knocked. When the house fell it took fire. Everything in the house was destroyed, but the owner escaped. It was supposed that it was the fairies who sent the big wind, as it was thought they had been offended by the people.
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2020-07-18 21:25
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blown out of the harbours in the Killarney Lakes. Thunder and lightening followed the great flood. It lasted one night. It killed many cattle and other stock. The flood tore up the road leading to Killarney. Traffic was held up for a day. No one was drowned in this great flood.
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2020-07-17 17:58
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The women go round singing old "ballads" such as - Pheilim Brady, Danny boy and various other old songs. They get a lot of songs on fair days.
Shopkeepers stay up nearly all night selling drink. Sometimes he has to throw them out when they get too bold. Country women go to the fair to sell butter eggs and sometimes fresh Cheese on fair days.
They get great prices for the eggs and butter as both are very scarce in big towns. Buyers come from every town and City in Ireland to Roscrea on account of the great well known fairs which is held there on every third Monday of the month.
Usually the fairs held in Roscrea are very good. They usually last from morning to nightfall. There are also good markets held in Roscrea on every Thursday.
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2020-07-17 17:53
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The Principal towns in which Local Fairs are held are Roscrea, Cloughjordan, Birr and various other small Villages. Long, long ago fairs were held in Roscrea. People and buyers used come from all parts of Ireland to buy and sell. The town of Roscrea only started since the time in which these great fairs were held.
There is an old fair Green to be seen yet in the village of Shimrone. Fairs were held long ago in that Green. In Roscrea and Cloughjordan the fairs are held in the main streets. Children living in towns usually get off from school on fair days.
It is great fun to watch them buying and selling. Buyers want everything for "Shake of the Hat" and the sellers want everything to go to very high prices. Sometimes they halve the difference of their prices then they make the bargain by spitting on each others hands and hitting them together.
Sometimes drunken men rise fights and then the Guards come and arrest them. Tinkers go to the fairs too, but not to buy or sell animals. They only sell flowers and tin ware. They go principally to drink and rise rows among the people.
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2020-07-15 18:07
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told him to take a stone and fire it and to bring to her the first thing it would strike. He went into the garden and fired a stone and the first thing it struck was an apple. So he took the apple up and started to screw the shank out of it and it roared "Blood! Blood! It is I that is in it". "You're lucky to speak or I would have your head screwed off" said the Prince. The next day it was the Prince's turn to hide so he came and told the mare and she said there was a grey rib in her tail and told him to take it out and go in in place of it and she said the king would bring men and rip her open, and that when the king was gone, he would get three balls in her ear and to put in all her guts and rub the cut with the three balls and she would be all right again. Things happened as she said. Then she told him that he would be married to the kings daughter the next day and when they would be going to rest that his wife would want him to go
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2020-07-15 18:04
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not long until they came to the king's palace and the king welcomed him to his Kingdom. The mare told the Prince every thing that he would do for the day to come. The king told him that he would hide twice and if the Prince could not find he he would cut his head off. The Prince came and told the mare and she said "Catch the first duck that comes into the stable and wring her neck and bring her to me". As soon as the duck came in he had her by the neck and started to swing and twist. "Blood blood! it is I that is in it" said the king. "You're lucky or I would have your head off" said the Prince. It was the Prince's turn to hide the next day and he came and told the mare. She told him that when it came to his turn to hide there was a tooth stirring in her mouth and he was to take it out and go in in place of it. The next day the king searched and could not find him. The third day the old king hid and the Prince came and told the mare and she
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2020-07-15 18:00
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There was a king in Connaught who had three sons. One day they were out walking and they saw a golden bird and they went after it to catch it but it went down in a hole in the ground. The oldest Prince was the first to go down in the hole but he only went a bit. The second did the same but the third went to the bottom and found himself in a strange land. As he was searching for the golden bird he came to a house and he went in. There was a woman inside and she told him that he would have to go to the king and that she had three horses in the stable and he could bring one of them with him. So he went to the stable and saw three fine horses and as he was looking at them a brown mare turned her head and said "Bring me away". They went and it was
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2020-07-15 17:58
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go out begging. The man told his wife to pull the door after her but instead of pulling it after her she carried it away on her back.
They went on their way and when it was getting dark they went up on a tree for the night. They were not long there until a number of thieves came and they started counting a bag of money. The woman said to the man that she would throw done the door on top of the thieves. The man told her not to do it but she threw the door down on top of them. The thieves left the money at the tree and ran off in great fear. The man and the woman got all the money and they went home again and they were never poor after that.
Thomas Molloy,
Knockfree,
Ballina
Told by Martin Keane, Scotchfort, Ballina
Aged Fifty nine years
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2020-07-15 17:55
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Once there lived a man and his wife and they were very poor. They had a bag of oats and the man told his wife that the next fine day that would come she would have to clean the oats. The next fine day that came the woman brought the bag of oats out to a hill to clean it. Just when she was ready to start a sudden breeze came and brought away all the oats.
When she came home the man told her to go out to the garden and cut a head of cabbage for their dinner. The woman took the knife and went out to the garden and started to cut the cabbage. She cut all the cabbage that was in the garden and after two days it was all rotten. They were poorer than every and the man said they would have to
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2020-07-13 21:20
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the hounds on every St Stephen's day. All the men that follow the hounds on that day wear a red coat and black trousers. There are usually about thirty hounds hunting the fox on St Stephens day. Some times the hunt may travel miles before they [?] a fox. It is great fun to watch the hunt when it is following the fox, to hear the horn of the hunts-man sounding loudly in the district.
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2020-07-13 21:18
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Shooting is a very enjoyable pastime in this district in Summer. Many people go out shooting with their guns and dogs in the long Summer evenings. The birds that they shoot mostly are the pheasant and snipe. Some times when they shoot a bird they are unable to find it so they take dogs with them for to fetch the birds which they shoot.
There are many other pastimes in Summer namely fishing, swimming, kicking, foot-ball or hurling. Many people entertain themselfs very much in Summer hurling or kicking foot-ball. Others are very fond of swimming or fishing.
There are many very enjoyable pastimes in Winter also, namely hunting, rambling, telling stories, playing cards and many others. In Winter the men ramble to one particular house in the district to gamble. This is called the "rambling house".
Hunting is the best pastime of all in Winter. Hunting is carried on in this district all during the Winter months. There is a very big hunt in this district on every St Stephens day. The hunt meets at Curlanty cross. There is usually about fifty men on horse-back following
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2020-07-13 21:13
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Sport and pastimes in the school district.
The people in the school district have many pastimes. They entertain themselves both in Summer and Winter. The pastimes of Summer differ from those of Winter. On a Sunday evening both in Summer and Winter some entertain themselves at one enjoyment and others at another.
The principal sports and pastimes in this district in Summer are shooting, hurling, kicking, football, pitching, swimming and many others. All the young men in this district are very fond of all those pastimes and they entertain themselves very much in Summer.
Pitching is almost the best pastime of all in this district in Summer. In Summer at almost every cross-roads you would see a big crowd of men pitching. Pitching is a very interesting game. When men are pitching they have a stone on the road, this stone is called the "mutt". Then the pitcher stand about eight or nine yards away from the mutt. They throw money at the mutt and whoever has the best throw tosses all the money, and whatever he turns heads he can keep for himself. Then the man that had the next best throw tosses the rest of the pennies.
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2020-07-13 21:08
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the farmer tells them. In a few days later he takes the corn away to be sold. He gets about five people with horses and cars. Then he loads the cars and the men drives the horses to the market.
Sometimes he gets a lorry to take it. Long ago there was a lot of labour with corn but nowadays everything is done by much quicker ways. The Reaper and Binder and the Threshing machine are very useful.
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2020-07-13 21:07
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Up John, to the right [?]. After some time everything is quiet again and everybody goes home until the next morning.
The Farmer usually gets a half barrel of porter for the Threshing.
He buys jam and all kinds of food also. The Children stay at home from school to take out porter to the men, and to do different jobs.
There is always a big crowd of men at a Threshing. Some of them on the ricks throw the sheaves to the men on the Barnworks. Then they cut them and throw them into the Drum of the engine. Inside in the Barnworks the straw is being separated from the grain.
The straw comes out in one place and is carried away by the men who makes a rick with it. The grain comes out in the opposite end of the machine and it falls into bags which men put at the place where it falls out.
When the bags are full the men carry away to the barn or loft that
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2020-07-13 21:03
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Every farmer has his corn ready for threshing now. At first it was a dark green colour then when Summer came the sun turned it to a nice yellow colour. Then the farmer brought a Reaper and Binder and cut it. In about three weeks later he draws it in with a horse and car into the haggard where a crowd of men are employed making it into large ricks.
Soon the sound of the thresher is heard in a distant haggard. What joy there is when the thresher comes. The air is rung with shouts and the sound of singing and dancing is heard from the farm house within. Men are seen going round the haggard with lamps to show the man on the engine his way to the ricks.
Early in the morning the sound of the engine is heard threshing away. The children stay up late that night and they sleep soundly when they go to bed because they have to be up early next morning. A man standing before the engine is heard shouting all over the place.
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2020-07-12 15:10
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hill and she went over for lodgings. The daughter of the house was getting ready to go to the wedding. She took out her winding blades. She gather up the straws off the floor. With the blades and scissors she had a dress on the girl in a few minutes. Then she took out the comb and combed a pick of gold out of one side of the girls hair and a pick of silver out of the other side. Off she went to the wedding. Everyone admired the dress and the way her hair was combed. She said it was a girl that came to her house. She told them she had a pair of winding blades, scissors and a comb. With the blades she made the dress and with the scissors she cut it out. She had a comb which combed her hair.
Run home and send her over until I buy them off her. She came over and
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2020-07-12 15:06
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them out. Out of the grass she wound a lovely dress. She cut it out with with the scissors; put it on her and combed her hair. Out of one side of her hair there came a pick of gold and out of the other came a pick of silver. Then she stood and looked round her. She saw a crowd of women washing a stone tub. She went down to them and they were all trying to get the blood of a shirt. She asked them what they were all doing there. One said that there was a young gentleman after coming to their and that he got three drops of blood on his shirt neck and that he would never marry anybody unless the person that washed the drops of blood off his shirt. She took the shirt and the very first rub she gave the blood came out. One of them snapped the shirt and ran off with it to the gentleman. She saw a little house at the foot of the
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2020-07-12 15:03
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Then there was a great welcome for her. When she was leaving in the morning they gave her a comb. They told her to never use it until she would be in great need of it. She came back and the Bear was going. She followed him until they came to a glassey hill. The Bear Of Orange crossed it. She was not able to cross it. There was a forge at the foot of the hill. She went into the forge and asked the men how long would it take them to make a pair of shoes to climb the glassey hill. They said it would take a year and a days service. When the year and the day was up she had the shoes ready. She climbed the hill. When she go to the top of it she lay down and slept for a year and a day. When she awoke up the birds had her clothes eaten. She thought of the winding blades and scissors and comb. She had them in a pocket. She took
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2020-07-12 15:00
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over to the castle and there was a far better welcome there for her than in the last castle.
She slept there and the child was brought down and left it with her. In the morning she got a pair of scissors and was told to never use then until she would need them greatly. She came back the the Bear Of Orange was still there. He said that he was going now she followed him again until night fell on them. The Bear came to her again and said:- Go over to that castle there and you will get your youngest son but there will not be much welcome for you there because you pulled the eye out of the child. She went over and the people of the castle did not hardly speak to her. The child was given to her and she put her hand in her pocket. She took out the eye and stuck it in the childs head
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2020-07-12 14:57
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said:- "If you promise that you will stay here until morning I will go over and see. He said he would. She went over and there was great welcome for her there. They kept her that night and the child was brought to her and let sleep with her. When she was leaving in the morning they gave her a pair of winding blades. They told her never to use them until she would be greatly in need of them. When she came back the Bear Of Orange was there and he said that he was going now. She followed him again until night came. He came to her again and said:- "You need not be following me. I am not coming back and let you go over to that castle there. You will get your other child there. "I will said if you stay here until morning and he said that he would. She went
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2020-07-12 14:54
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The woman said that she would not let it go but could not keep it. When the third child was born the black hand came again and the woman pulled and the black hand pulled until they pulled one of the childs eyes out. The black hand got the child. One day the blue bird was sitting on a tree and the woman asked him to come down. He would not and she pulled him and pulled him until three drops of blood fell from his wing.
"That is the last of me, I will never come back says the husband. He started off and she followed him. When he would be on the height she would be in the follow until it was nearly night. The Bear Of Orange waited for her and said:- "You must not be following me". I am not coming back any more. Do you see that castle over there? Go over and you will get you oldest son in it. She
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2020-07-12 14:51
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have the right one now he said. He took a cane out of his pocket and said:- Open, Open, green field and let the Bear Of Orange and the King of Irelands in". The green field opened and they went into a very lonely world. The Bear Of Orange said "Which would you rather have me a bird in the day and a man at night or a bird at night and a man by day". "I would rather have you be a bird in the day and a man at night she said. Every morning he flew away as a blue bird and came back at night. When they were married a year they had a child. When the child was born a black hand came and took the child. The woman said that when the next child would be born that nothing would take it. When the child was born the black hand came and took the child.
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2020-07-12 14:47
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a walk after dinner in. He threw her away as far as he could. He came back to the king's palace and he said that if he would not get the right one that he would burn the palace. They dressed up the pig woman's daughter and sent her off with him. He brought her with him and when they came to the green field he asked her what was this lovely green field useful for. She said for pigs to have a walk in after dinner. He threw her twice as far as the other one and he came back very angry. He said that this was their last chance. If they did not give him the right one, he would burn the house. They had to send the right one. He brought her to the green field and asked her what would it be useful for. She said:- "For ladies and gents to have a walk in after dinner". I
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Once upon a time there was a king and he had three daughters. He had a wishing chair and if you sat in it anything you wished for you would get it. One day he forgot to lock the gate and one of his daughters went into the garden and got into the chair.
She wished for the Bear Of Orange to come and take her away. Her father and mother did not know what to do when they heard what their daughter had done. One day the Bear Of Orange came for her and the king dressed the hen woman's daughter and sent her with him. He brought her to a lovely green field and he asked her what would this lovely green field be nice for. She said for hens and chickens to have
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busy man. He had nine or ten rods in the fire at a time and as each rod was heated he had to attend to it. Although his work was light, it was very warm and he had to very attentive to his work. A good tradesman could make several hundred nails in a day. All nails in those days were sold by the hundred. One of those brothers was a better tradesman than the other and at the time I mentioned he kept three worksmen called "journey men nailers"
There was no foundry nails in those days. All the shoemakers and slaters and all other people wanting nails had to be supplied by nailers.
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Nail making was carried on in the next townland to up to thirty years ago by a family named Clarke called the "Nailors.
The place where they made the nails is still to be had. They made different kinds and lengths of nails, but the most common kind was slating nails and nails for boots.
The method for making nails were as follows:- First the nail rod was cut into convenient lengths which were placed in the fire. When each rod was heated it was taken out of the fire and pointed and cut to the right length. The point was put into a mould while still hot the head was shaped with a hammer. It is now finished and dropped into a tin of water to cool. The nailed was a very
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The lands of Bridgecartron and two or three more big farms belonged to Mr. John Douglas Boyd. He lived at Lake View, Kilmactranny. He would appoint a certain day in May and November for collecting the rent.
If a person had not the
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believe that Captain Mac Ternan's grandfather got the land from England only to keep the rent paid on it. The big ranch of Lyonstown was divided among sixteen tenants. These people are all living in some of the townlands over which Captain Mac Ternan was landlord.
No farms in this locality were ever sub-divided on members of any family, on account of marriages.
Material got from: Michael No-one (71 yrs)
Derrynadoey,
Ballyfarnon.
Written by: Eddie Carroll,
Derrynahinch,
Kilmactranny.
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He went asked a job of them. They gave him a job and he did as much work as the crowd of men in one hour. He was working away for a week or so and he used notice a carriage leaving a big house every evening. He inquired of the men why the carriage used leave the house every evening. They told him that the house was haunted and anyone that would sleep in the house would get a hundred pounds. Denny agreed to sleep there. They went to the man of the house and told him they had a man to sleep in the house. The man was delighted to hear that there was a man to sleep in the house. Early that evening they got ready and tackled up their horses to supply Denny with turf for the night. He got plenty of bacon and cabbage, whiskey and tobacco. When they had Denny supplied for the night the man locked the door and left Denny alone in the house. Denny got ready his supper of potatoes, meat and cabbage. When Denny sat down to the table to eat his supper a man's leg was flung down the chimney beside him. He took the leg
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his feet. So, he pulled them into him. He called his mother and told her to kill the big red hen for him and to make a cake of stampy, that he was going to seek his fortune. His poor old mother went and killed the only hen she had in the house. Early next morning Denny got ready for his journey. He shook hands with his mother and kissed her. Denny started for his journey with his hen and cake of stampy under his arm. He was not gone far when he got hungry. He sat down and ate the hen and cake of stampy. Denny was thinking of what he would do. He turned home again. It was very late when he reached home that night. When his mother saw him she began to curse him when he had no money or anything to give her. He told her to make four cakes of stampy and that he would not return until he had something for her. He started for the road again and when he was gone a long distance he got hungry and ate two of the cakes. As he was going along he saw a crowd of men working.
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Long ago there lived a man whose name was Denny Behan. He was very lazy and his mother used be always fighting with him. They were very poor and she wanted him to go and work or do something for a living. He was so lazy as that he stayed in bed till his two feet grew out through the wall. One day as a lorry was passing by the house it struck against
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it happened to be St. Martin's night. He stole the turf with the powder. When he went home he made a fire of it. Mam had the goose ready to hang over the fire. It was the custom in those days to cook a big pot of porridge with the goose. When they were just ready to sit around the fire they heard the explosion. The pot and the goose had gone all over the place and the thief got burned. The turf was never again stolen. This is a true story and it happened in the townland of Shragh about seventy years ago.
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There was a field named the Sliabh Garbh in the townland of Shragh. There were six or eight families living in the same field. There were several ricks of turf belonging to other people in the field. The turf was being stolen out of one of the ricks. They tried to capture the thief but failed to do so. They though of a plan. They went to the rick and brought some of the turf home with them. They bored holes in it, put gunpowder into the holes and then put it back in the rick.
The next time the thief came to the rick,
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count their money. "I'll throw a piece of a stick at them", said the woman. "Do not. They will kill us", said the man.
She threw the piece of the stick at them. The robbers got such a fright that they ran away and left their money after them. The man and the woman came down from the tree and got the money. They were rich for the rest of their life.
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Once upon a time there lived a man and a woman and both of them were lazy. The woman would do nothing the man would tell her but everything wrong. One day the man said, "You must make the fire and pull the door after you". She did so but when the man looked back the woman was carrying the door on her back. "You dirty fool!" said he. They went on and when they were coming towards a forest it was getting dark. They saw a big tree and they put the door upon it. Then they went upon it and lay down to sleep. They were not long there when three robbers came and sat down near the tree and began to
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One day a Scotchman and an Englishman arrived by the same train and had tea together in the same hotel. The Englishman said to the Scotchman, "Let you be the mother and pour out the tea". The Scotchman did so. "Now", said he, "you be the father and pay the bill".
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on the ground. Then go around the lake with the other end. Put a loop in one end and squeeze it about the pole. Then it would be easy to carry it in.
How can a man with one eye see more than you with your two eyes?
He can see your two eyes and you can see only his one eye.
There was an old man in the west,
Great Griddle was his name,
His bridle and saddle was gilt with gold,
And that's three times I have told you his name?
"Was" was his name.
As round as a marble,
As deep as a cup,
And all the men in town,
Couldn't take it up?
A well.
Chip chip cherry,
All the men in Kerry,
Could not climb up
Chip chip cherry?
Smoke.
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I washed my face with water that never ran,
And dried it with a towel that was never woven or spun?
The dew and the sun.
If a man got sixpence for walking a mile,
what would he get for walking thirty?
Sore feet.
Why is a watch like a river?
Because it does not run long without winding.
Jack's father was Paddy's brother,
What was Jack to Paddy's mother?
Her grandson.
If a man had ten patches on his coat, what time would it be?
Time to get a new one.
How far can a dog run in through a wood?
Half way. If he goes any further it is out he is coming.
If your uncle's sister isn't your aunt, what is she to you?
Your mother.
What is the whole world doing at the same time?
Growing old.
If there was a pole standing in the middle of a lake, how would you take it in without going out for it?
Get a rope and leave one end of it
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Nothing gives children more pleasure than making toys. In summer little girls pick daisies and through the crown of the daisy they put a thread. In this way they make a necklace which they value very much.
The boys are no less idle. They make tops from used thread reels and guns from alder branches or twigs. They make snares for catching rabbits, hares, trout etc from cow hair. In winter they make traps for catching birds called bird cradles.
When shop toys are not to be got they enjoy themselves making toys. I heard my grandmother say that when she was a little girl she made a necklace of daisies and a hat of rushes and wore them to Mass during the Summer.
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Information on "Home made toys"
supplied by
Mrs. Mary Loftus (77)
Kinaffe,
Swinford
Co. Mayo.
Collected by
Michael Durkin,
Kinaffe,
Swinford
Co. Mayo.
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I heard Biddy Doherty, Mick Salmon's mother of Ardgullen, said there was a woman in the townland running away with fright to hide herself the night of the big wind. Two or three were afraid to go together so they went in gangs.
They had to put the cradles under the beds. The roofs were blown off several houses in Kinaffe and trees fell everywhere. John King's wife (was) Bridget McNicholas born that night.
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Collected by Delia Doherty
Kinaffe
Swinford
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ago Martin Halligan of Kinaffe, Mickey O'Brien of Killasser and Tom Tierney of Curyane were the principal tailors of the district.
They went from house to house when men wanted a suit of clothes made. The tailor stayed at this house during the time he made the clothes.
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Unlike formerly all tailors work in their own homes now. Some of them stock the cloth and are known as merchant tailors. The spinning industry in the locality has practically died out and the McDonagh and Loftus families are the only weavers in the parish now. The Shirtmaking industry has fallen into disuse as well as the making of socks. The girls of the house knitted stockings for their fathers and brothers and Bridget McDonagh who is now 70 believes there are not two spinning wheels in the district unless they are kept as a souvenier.
At the death of a relative black clothes are worn as a sign of mourning. About 60 years
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Supplied by Mrs. Bridget McDonagh 74
Ardgullen,
Kinaffe,
Swinford,
Co. Mayo
Collected by
Bride Eagleton same place
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The following story was related to me by grandmother.
One night when the Blessed Virgin was travelling she happed to lose the pin of her shawl. She went into a shop which happened to be a tailor's shop. She asked him for a needle, but he refused to give her one. She then went into a cobbler's shop and she asked the cobbler for a pin. He told her that he had none, but he would give her his awl. And so from that day to this the needle is poisonous and there is no poison in the awl.
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Collected by Mary Curry
Kinaffe
Swinford
Material supplied by
Mrs. Mary Curry 75
Kinaffe
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never learned how to make beer from heather.
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2020-07-08 19:12
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After the battle of Clontarf, two Danes fled, and they never stopped until they arrived at [?] fort in Kinaffe.
They knew how to make beer from heather. The Kinaffe people who arrested them wanted to know from them how to make that beverage. The Danes would not tell them. They first asked the son how to make it, and his father told them, he did not know. He told them to kill him and then he would tell them how to make it himself. This they did, and then they asked the father and he said "Now ye can kill me".
They killed the father also and from that day to this the people of Kinaffe
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2020-07-08 19:09
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Story of "Lios Mic an [?]"
Supplied by
Michael Mc[?]
Kinaffe,
Swinford,
Co. Mayo.
Collected by
James Brennan,
Kinaffe,
Swinford,
Co. Mayo.
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2020-07-08 19:05
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a plate of tobacco on the knees of the corpse. All the seats in connection with the corpse should be inverted after the corpse is taken away.
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2020-07-08 19:04
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Many old customs with regard to wakes were in vogue in olden times. When a person was dying he would not be allowed to die on a bed having a feathered tick because if there was a wild bird's feather in it, it would prolong his agony. The clocks were stopped while the corpse was in the house. The straw on which the corpse lay while being washed was placed under a sheltered bush with the soap and water along with it. It is said it is not right to close a door or to open another while the corpse is in the house. If a box of pipes are taken to the grave yard it should not be brought home. It is also the custom to place
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Information on "Old Customs at wakes"
supplied by,
Michael Salmon, (75)
Ardgullan,
Swinford,
Co. Mayo.
Collected by
Thomas McNicholas,
Gurtnasellagh,
Swinford,
Co. Mayo.
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Material supplied by
Thomas M Nicholas (65)
Carnacull
Swinford
Co. Mayo
Collected by
James Durkan,
Carnacull,
Swinford,
Co Mayo.
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good quality but there is a good deal of it marshy, boggy and hilly. The Trimogue which has its origin in a lake about a half mile to the Knock side of Kilkelly passes through the townland separating Knockbrick from Fourthvillage. It has no lakes.
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2020-07-08 18:55
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I live in the townland of Kinaffe, Barony of Gallen and County Mayo. It consists of four divisions namely Knockbrack to the west, Forth village to the north, Park village to the east, Bridge village to the south. It has a population of between three and four hundred. Brennan is the family most common. The old houses are thatched and three roomed, but there are some newly built slated houses.
The townland got its name from the carving of the head of an ox on a stone which is supposed to be in the cemetery at Kinaffe, hence the name in Irish Leann [?]. In former years many of those boys emigrated to England, and America but now as they cant get to America they go to England. The land is of fairly
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2020-07-08 18:52
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Written by Patrick Curry
Kinaffe
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ago, I went in to see this well and I noticed that there is a stream running from the well into a rivulet. There is a wall all round the well about four feet high.
Many years ago people when passing visited that well and blessed themselves with the water. There is a white thorn bush growing to the north side of it in the enclosure.
The well is about a quarter of a mile from Kiltimagh and about 30 yards to the west side of the public road.
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Last night I heard my Grandfather say that a Holy well in [?] [?] near Kiltimagh changed its place.
One night a party of young boys was playing cards in a neighbour's house near the well. About five o'clock in the morning a few boys went to this well for water. When they arrived home they put the water into a kettle and intended to make tea. When it was down about an hour they found that it was just as cold as when they put it down. It is believed that if it were there yet it would not boil.
When I was coming from Knock about three years
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Story on "A Holy Well" supplied
by Mr. Murtagh, (73)
Kinaffe,
Swinford,
Co. Mayo.
Collected by
James Brennan,
Kinaffe,
Swinford,
Co. Mayo.
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The ruins of a big house are situated two hundred yards from Michael Tolan's house and about the same distance from the Swinford Kiltimagh road. It was owned by a Captain De Mount Marenzie. The hight of the side walls is about 12 feet and the gables are about 25 feet. The length is about 64 feet and the breath is about 20 feet. Inside there appear to have been three large rooms.
It is situated on a hill and is a distance of three hundred yards from the river Trimogue. It is built of stone and mortor.
The boys of Castleroy an use the gable as a ball court for their amusements on Sunday.
This house can be seen from Castleroyan and the adjoining townlands
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Information on The Big House
supplied by
Mrs. Curry,
Kinaffe,
Swinford,
Co Mayo.
Collected by
Mary K Brennan,
Kinaffe,
Swinford,
Co Mayo.
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at easter is to eat as many eggs as we can. Halloween is another festival custom.
On that night the children tie apples from the ceiling and money is put in a basin of water and they try to catch them in their mouths. The grown-ups takes gates and bring them a short distance and hide them. Betty Dunne.
From,
Michael Dunne
Aged 64 years
The Downs Mullingar
Born in and living in the Downs
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The greatest festival of the year we have is Christmas.
All the people like Christmas especially children, because they get toys and presents from their friends.
The people also make fancy cakes and a plumpudding, they also have a goose or turkey on Christmas day for the dinner. The people send Christmas cards and presents to their friends at Christmas.
The houses are decorated for Christmas with holly and mistletoe.
The day after Christmas day is St Stephen's day and the boy's hunt the wren, they dress themselves with coloured clothes and hats and go from house to house carrying a fir with coloured ribbons on it. At every house they chant the wren and sing some songs.
Another festival custom we have is Easter. The only custom we have
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When rain is coming the winds have a hollow sound.
The sky darkens up and the clouds have a black colour.
It is an old remark that when soot falls from the chimney it is a sign of rain. It is also a sign of rain when the glass is down.
If we watch the sun setting in the evening it has a pale yellow colour when it is going to rain.
If we also the moon at night it has a bright circle or halo around it when it is going to rain.
If the farmers ducks are found searching for snails far into the fields in the daytime rain is coming.
The swallows fly low when rain is coming. The coming of wild swans to lakes also indicates bad weather.
If the rooks fly higher than usual when returning to the rookery fine weather will follow but if they fly low and return earlier than usual bad.
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What walks with its head down.
Ans = A nail in your boot
Q As round as an apple as plump as a ball can climb the church wall over steeple and all.
A The sun
Q Headed like a tumble, tailed like a rat you may guess forever but you won't guess that
A A pipe
Q What goes away between two woods and returns between two waters.
A A man fetching a pail of water.
Q What is it that you have and I have not and I that haven't it makes more use if it than you that has it
A Your name
Q Whats full and holds more.
A A pot full of potatoes when you pour water in.
Q As I went into a garden of wheat I picked up a thing that any man could eat it was neither fish, flesh or bone and in three weeks it walked alone. Ans = An egg. Mary McCormack
By Patrick McCormack
Aged 53 years
Downs Mullingar
Born in and living in the Downs
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1/ A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
2/ A rolling stone gathers no moss.
3/ Too many cooks spoil the broth.
4/ There is no feast until roast and there is no torment until marriage.
5/ Its a long road that has no turning.
6/ A stitch in time saves nine.
7/ It is difficult to cut wool off a goat.
8/ He who slings mud is losing ground.
9/ A new broom sweeps clean.
10/ Hills are green far away.
11/ Two heads are better than one.
12/ A good dinner is better than a fine coat.
13/ The juice of a cow is better alive or dead.
14/ Make hay while the sun shines.
15/ When the cat is out the mice can play.
Mary McCormack
By Patrick McCormack
Aged 53 years
The Dawns Mullingar
Born in and living in the Dawns
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man followed. The place inside was all lit up with beautiful lamps of every shade and there was a ball or dance on. There were hundreds of little fairies there and the old king and queen sitting on there thrones enjoying it all. The man was asked to stay there but refused all he wanted he said was his cow. After insisting on them for some time they at last gave him his cow. He drove her through the passage and home and had her for years afterwards, a splendid cow.
I obtained this information from
Mr James Murphy
Scurmore
Castleconnor
Co Sligo.
Josephine Murphy
Scurmore
Castleconnor
Co Sligo.
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ts with a wall dividing them in which there is a doorway. Then there is a stone stairs circling round about and leading to an opening in the center of the fort.
It is said that there is a passage from it going under the river and leading to some other fort on the opposite side. My father never heard any history about it except that it is said to be inhabited by the fairies like all forts. Some people found ashes and burned coals on a few occasions and came to the conclusion that it was the good people who had a fire there. There is a story told about our own fort Rath Ban that neighbouring man had a cow which got sick and died. After burying her the man went into the stable to see her calf and to his great surprise there was the cow standing beside the calf when she saw him she rushed out the door and disappeared. The same thing happened the following night and he was told by a neighbouring man to get the spancel or rope which the cow used to be tied with and throw it on her neck before she would leave the stable. The man did as he was advised and the following night when the cow was rushing out of the stable he trew the spancel on her neck. The cow made off towards the fort with the rope still on her neck and the man close to her heels. When she came to the fort a passage opened in it through which she entered and the
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There are two forts in our land in Scurmore. They are merely circular mounds of earth separated from each other by a distance of about one hundred yard. One of them, the larger is called Rath Ban after which the farm was formally called. There is no entrance to either of them. There is another fort in Moy View, a coupla hundred yards the Enniscrone side of the Protestant Church and within a few yards of the road. My father was in it. It is built of stones inside, nicely faced and there seems to be mortar binding the stones. The roof too is built of stones something in the shape of the arch of a bridge. There are two apartmen-
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Rosserk on a boat to get before him, but he never came out.
May Crean,
Carrowcarden,
Castleconnor P.O.,
Ballina,
Co Sligo.
I obtained this information from,
Mr Willie Crean,
Carrowcarden,
Castleconnor P.O.,
Ballina,
Co Sligo.
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There is no entrance hole going into them.
There is another fort in Moyview and there is an entrance hole going into it. There is a lot of small stone rooms built inside. It is called Rath Maoibcatha. It is said that the Danes built it there in olden times. The owner of this fort is Mr Noonan and he got stones and sand to build a new house out of it.
There is said to be an underground passage leading from this fort under the river Moy and coming up in Rosserk Abbey. The length of this passage is about two miles.
There was once a bet if anyone could walk through it. They had to go in at Noonan's land and come out at Rosserk.
Anyone that could do it would get five pounds. There was a man named John Murphy and he said he could do it. He was a violin player so he went in playing. Those that had the bet with him kept with him all the way overhead. They could hear the sound of the music until they came to the river then they could hear it no longer. So they went over to
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There are "fairy forts" in the school district. The names of these forts are Drumawilliam and Castletown fort.
They are in view of another. They are circular in shape. There is a fence of earth built round Drumawilliam Fort.
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The ones best known in our village are Maloneys, McDonaghs and Maughans. The family which visits us most are the Maloneys. They come at Easter and Christmas but in our district we usually see them every month. Some of them play tricks, and the people gather round to see them. They also sin and play music.
I obtained this information from
Mrs Flynn
Ballymoneen
Castleconnor P.O.
Co Sligo.
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One night there was a man coming from his [?] at twelve o clock. As he was passing over Aylroe Hill he saw a crowd of men and women standing there discussing what they should do with him. Some wanted to drown him and others said to let him go home safe. As he was about to pass three men followed him to the gap. When he got out the gap he stood and they stood. They then said "you are all right now". He then said "The Lord spare you the health" only for ye I would be killed". They said to him "Could you say anything else?" The man went home and he died three days after.
Bridget Mann - Told by Patrick Mann
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There are not many holy wells in our district but their is a holy well in Ahabog. This well opened on the twenty eight of December and closes on that night at twelve o clock at night
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2020-06-30 21:40
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they sheered it with a hook.
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2020-06-30 21:40
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The kind of potatoes that the farmers put in now are Pink potatoes, Blue potatoes, Arran Banners, King Edwards, Best of Alls and many. Long ago the people never put in potatoes with horses. They set them all with spades. When they were putting in the potatoes they put them in rigs and they carried the manure in bags on their backs. This is not done now because they put in the potatoes with horses. When the potatoes were in about three weeks they were shovelled. When they were cutting the corn
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2020-06-30 21:38
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The plants that are the most dangerous to the farmers are the ragweed, the thistle, the dalkin. These are dangerous because when the wind comes it blows the seed from one field to another. Camoline is supposed to be a cure for the cold. Long ago the old people used to gather this plant because there was no medicine and the people had to make up cures of their own.
Bogbean is supposed to be a cure for cleaning the blood.
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2020-06-28 19:53
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The more you take from it the bigger it gets.
Hole.
The man that made it did not want it, the man that bought it did not use it, the man that used it never saw it.
Coffin.
What goes from London to York without moving.
Road.
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2020-06-28 19:52
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As I was going through London bridge I met a London scholar, he took out his pen and paper and drew his name. What was the name of the scholar.
Andrew.
I went up the boithrin and I carried the boithrin on my back.
Ladder.
Little Nan Etticoat in a white petticoat and a red nose, the longer she stands the shorter she grows.
Candle.
It is grown in the field and it has a green gown and a white petticoat.
Rush.
Black and white and red all over.
Newspaper.
When is a rock not a rock.
When it is a shamrock.
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2020-06-28 19:50
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the bull. The pagan had not gone far when the bull turned on him and gored him to death.
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2020-06-28 19:49
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When St Patrick came to Aughagower he intended to build a house. He got a lot of workmen's and he was looking for some beast to kill to give food to the workmen. There was a very bad pagan in Mountbrown. He had a very cross bull and he gave it to St Patrick thinking that the bull would kill him or anyone that went near him. St Patrick sent one of his workmen for the bull. The pagan was very full of anger when he saw the bull walking quietly before the workman. When the bull was killed and eaten St Patrick told him workmen to put the bones of the bull into the skin and to put it up carefully. Some time after the pagan came to St Patrick and demanded his bull from him. St Patrick got the bones and the skins and on touching them with rod they were changed into a bull again. St Patrick told the pagan to take away
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2020-06-28 19:46
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and put it on him and sent him home.
I heard this story from Annie Brown, Fahy, Westport.
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2020-06-28 19:45
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One night a man was going visiting very late. He came to a wall and all the fairies came up to him and took him away to a house. The man had a hump and he asked the fairies to take it off him because he heard they had taken a hump off another man before. The fairies took it off him and hung it up behind the door and sent him home. The man met his neighbour the next morning and he told him the fairies took the hump off him. The other man had also a hump and he also went to the fairies. He went in and he asked the fairies to take the hump off him. The fairies took down the other man's hump
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2020-06-28 19:43
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There was once a man who lifted a stone up out of a gullet and the fairies took him away and told him to leave back the stone again. He asked them to let him go and that he would leave it back in the morning. They let him go and he left it back. The stone seemed much lighter than it was the night before. He never touched the stone again after that.
I heard this story from Annie Brown, Fahy, Westport.
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2020-06-28 19:42
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One night there were two girls coming from a shop. When they were passing a certain place a fairy came out and they were very much afraid. The fairy kept walking with them until they went a distance. Their brother came meeting them and he asked them what was wrong with them and they said their was a fairy after them. When they looked behind them again the fairy had disappeared and they went home.
I heard this story from Annie Brown, Fahy, Westport.
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2020-06-28 19:40
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One night a man was going visiting on horseback. He saw a very nice belt on the road and he took it up and left it on the wall until he would be coming back. When he was coming back he put his hand down to get the belt when a man came before him and waved his hand for him to go. The man was so much afraid that he told the priest.
I heard this story from Michael Gibbons Cordarragh Westport.
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2020-06-28 19:37
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There were once a woman and her son living together in a cottage. One day the woman sent her son to town to get a piece of frieze. The boy went and when he was coming home it was raining. He left the frieze on top of the stones to keep them dry. He then went home to his mother but his mother sent him back again. He went immediately and he said to the stones "stones stones give me the frieze" but the stones did not give it. He then began digging for it but he found instead a pot of gold. He then went home to his mother and they lived happily ever after.
I heard this story from Annie Brown Fahy Westport.
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2020-06-28 19:35
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One night there was a man going to a house visiting. His name was Patrick Brown. He went to the house and he stayed there until two o'clock. When he was going home he came to a place where there were fairies seen. When he was coming near the building he saw a fairy on the side of the road. The fairy came out before him and just as he was passing her his hat flew off. He then went back for his hat again. When he was coming again the fairy was also before him and when he was passing her he said "good night" and she said "It is a fine night after a wet day". The fairy then disappeared and the man hurried home. I got this story from Annie Brown, Fahy, Westport.
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2020-06-28 19:30
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Red-haired woman
If you met a woman with red hair you would have bad luck.
Gloves
If you lost one of your gloves you would have had bad luck and if you lost the two you would have good luck.
Weasel
If a weasel ran across the road when you would be going to school or to mass you would be late.
Wisp
If there is a wisp of straw hanging from a hen it is the sign of a death.
Funeral
If a funeral was split into two parts another funeral would go there soon.
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2020-06-28 19:28
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Magpies
One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a marriage
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a story that never can be told.
If there was a magpie on the window in the morning you would get a letter.
Horse-shoe
If you got a pin or a horse-shoe on the road you should spit on it and you would have good luck.
Black Cat
If you saw a black cat on the road you would have good luck.
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2020-06-28 19:27
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There was a famine in the year eighteen forty seven. Blight came on the potatoes and there was hardly a potato in the country.
At that time the people lived on potatoes and as the potatoes did not grow they were all starving.
The people who lived during the famine had to eat grass and hay.
Every day the people were dying in hundreds along the roads and when the famine was over about half the people had died.
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2020-06-28 19:25
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sweeps the school and we go home.
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2020-06-28 19:25
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After we come in from play we do English reading and on Tuesday we do Geography. The master draws the map on the blackboard. Then the infant class goes home and we are let out for five minutes. After we come in we do sums and on Thursday we do history.
At three o'clock we are all let out except seven or eight of us who are kept in to learn Geography and algebra.
On Monday evenings and Wednesday evenings we do geometry and on Tuesday evenings we do algebra. On Thursday evenings we do Irish reading and on Friday evenings we write history in Irish and so compile a history book of our own. Then one of us
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2020-06-28 19:22
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The school is opened at half past nine in the morning. I am in ten minutes to ten every morning.
The first half hour we do arithmetic out of our arithmetic books.
The next half hour we do Irish. Some days the master writes a piece on the blackboard and some days we do Irish reading.
The next half hour we go into the desks and we do a composition. We do Irish and English composition every second day.
Next we do catechism. After the catechism we go out to play. The small ones stay in the yard and the rest of us go out to a field which is situated beside the yard.
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2020-06-28 19:18
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about half of the sheep in the country died.
The birds also suffered during the snow. They could not get worms and they were nearly all starved to death. They became so tame that they would come into the houses and the people used to throw crumbs to them.
The people had to get shovels and make a passage out from their house. The County Council had to pay men to take the snow off the roads.
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2020-06-28 19:17
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One night in the year eighteen thirty nine there was a great storm.
The roofs were blown off the houses and the stables. Roofs were blown off about twenty houses in Westport and people were killed. Nearly every stable in the country were unroofed and a lot of cattle were killed.
Stacks of oats were also knocked and blown about the country and the next morning all the people were out gathering up the oats. Some ricks of hay were also knocked and the people had to build them up again.
It is said to be the worst storm that was ever in Ireland.
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2020-06-28 19:15
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At the weddings years ago there used to be about twenty strawboys. Sometimes there used to be two band of them. They used to have straw hats and a false face. When they would come in they would sing and dance. Sometimes they used to have a melodeon and one of them would go playing on it. The people would give them porter and they would get drunk. They would go home when they would have enough drink.
I got this account from John Lavelle, Cordarragh.
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2020-06-28 19:11
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drive the horses into the ropes and the horses would get knocked.
When they would come home they would have a couple of barrels of porter and they would stay drinking the whole night and the half of the next day.
This account was given to me by John Lavelle, Cordarragh.
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2020-06-28 19:10
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About fifty years ago when the people would be getting married they used to go on horseback and about twenty years ago they used to have about twenty cars.
They would spend the whole evening drinking in a public house till it would be getting dark.
Whey they would be coming home they would drive as fast as they could. They would be so drunk that some of them would drive into a drain. Some people used to have fires lit along the road. The horses used frighten at the fires and jump into a drain and the people would be thrown off the car. There used to be ropes just across the road and the people would not see them and they would
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2020-06-28 19:07
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The old people say if a person came into a house while they were churning if he did not go churning that he would steal the butter or if a man came in to light his pipe the woman of the house would not let him out till he would have smoked because he would steal the butter.
About a hundred years ago a man came in to a house visiting and they were churning in the house. Before he went out he lit his pipe and went out smoking. The woman did not see him till he was gone out. She stood churning for four hours and no butter came on it. The woman of the house said it was that man who stole the butter, and she would not let him into the house after that.
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2020-06-28 18:40
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how many is that.
Five.
Four sticks standers, four yallyanders, two crooners, two lookers and a wagger.
A cow.
What part of you comes in the door first.
Your breath.
Why does a dog go round the house so many times before he lies down.
To search for his pillow.
Round about the market house and peeps in the key hole.
The sun.
It flies high, flies low, wears shoes and has none.
A football.
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2020-06-28 18:38
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not weigh three ounces.
A sovereign.
The beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end and the end of every place.
E.
Black and white and read all over.
A newspaper.
Why does a cow look over the wall.
Because she cannot look under it.
It is under the fire and over the fire and never touches the fire.
A cake in an oven.
A hundred sheep went out a gap, the shepherd and his dog. How many feet in that.
Six.
Twenty sheep went out a gap, twenty more went after that, six and seven, twice eleven, three and two, how
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2020-06-28 18:33
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Little thing, little smaller than a mouse,
Has more windows than any king's house.
A thimble.
It is deep and it is damp and it is green above the bank and it is fit for the lord and the lady.
A grave.
It is as round as an apple as deep as a cup and all the king's horses could not gather it up.
A well.
As I went out a muddy gap,
I met a man with a red cap,
A stick in his head and a stone in his middle,
Riddle me that and I will give you a fiddle.
A haw.
It is round and its sound and it's worth a pound and it does
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2020-06-26 18:29
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There was once an old house that was not lived in for many years on the side of the mountain. One night as a man was passing by the house he saw a light shining through the window. It was his wife who had died a few days before. He opened the door and followed her.
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2020-06-26 18:28
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One night Michael Coen from Cloodoolough as going down Annahill road. Some thing came behind him and drove him in the bog. In another minute he found himself in a boghole. He looked around and he saw two men on each side of him. He tried to get up but he failed. He lied there afraid to speak till at last he asked them what brought them there but the did not speak. At last one of them got up and he heard him footsteps going down the road. Then the other followed him. Michael was there for an hour. He saw a man coming down the road with a light. He got up and he went with the man.
This story was told to me by Anthoney Conlong, Cloondoolough, Kiltimagh.
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2020-06-26 18:25
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Long ago a man was living in Cloondoolough who was very poor. He had only one cow. One morning when he awoke he went out to feed the cow and he found her dead. He buried the cow in a place where there was known to be a fort.
Next morning he arose early to go to the fair to buy a cow. He saw his own cow in the field. He followed her but she ran into the fort. He followed her into the fort and he saw all the people that ever he knew that died. When he was going home an old woman told him to bring back the cows spancel. He did so and he got the cow.
This story was told to me by Antony Conlon, Cloodoolagh, Kiltimagh.
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2020-06-26 18:22
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there that night. They put down a big fire. Then they made a bed in the corner of the house and they went to bed. In the middle of the night one of the men awoke and the fire was blazing brightly. The cat was sitting in the middle of the floor washing his face. The man saw the cats shadow on the wall he thought it was the ghost coming again. He roared and screamed and wakened the other two men.
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2020-06-26 18:21
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One night three men were going to a dance on the northern side of the town. As they were going along they had passed by the town they saw a mill which was supposed to be haunted. One of the men did not believe in ghosts. When they were passing by the mill one of the men began calling out the ghosts. The other men told him to stop shouting.
When they were coming home he started calling the ghosts. He was a bad as before as he had drink taken. When he was there a few minutes something flew out from behind the fence in the shape of a turkey cock. He flew up on their backs and began to beat them with his wings. He followed them up the town and over to Pollagh river. He went away then.
They went into one of the Pollagh houses. When they went in two of them fainted. They stayed
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2020-06-24 23:08
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huge hills of snow. Farmers living in mountains met with great losses.
Some farmers lost over two hundred sheep, more a hundred and so on. It snowed continuously for three days.
I heard this story from Michael Kerrigan, Knappa Beg, Westport, Co Mayo. (aged 50) 15-3-1938
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2020-06-24 23:07
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The snow was like flour. It was not like snow at all. When it was coming it came like a drizzle and then it heaped up against walls and banks. The people got it awfully hard during that time. They had to boil snow to make water for their tea. They were this way for a long time. When they came short of food they had to go to town. They were walking on the walls going to town and to Mass. They could not bring an ass or anything to town to carry their goods home, but they had to carry them in a white bag in the old custom of the people of the hills have.
Many one earned it. Some people went astray and were gone for a few days, because they could not find their way with big hills of snow around them. Houses did not look like houses, but like
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2020-06-24 23:04
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The snow storm of 1917 was very disagreeable while it lasted. It lasted over three weeks and during those three weeks the people could not go out. It last so long because it was followed by frost, and could not thaw. When the people got up the first morning they wondered why it was so dark. When they looked out the window to see what was wrong they found out that there was snow fifteen or sixteen feet high. When they opened the door in the morning the people could not go an inch outside the door. Some were lucky enough to have spades and shovels at the back door, and so were able to cut their way to the stables and feed their cows.
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2020-06-24 23:04
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The snow storm of 1919 was very disagreeable while it lasted. It lasted over three weeks and during those three weeks the people could not go out. It last so long because it was followed by frost, and could not thaw. When the people got up the first morning they wondered why it was so dark. When they looked out the window to see what was wrong they found out that there was snow fifteen or sixteen feet high. When they opened the door in the morning the people could not go an inch outside the door. Some were lucky enough to have spades and shovels at the back door, and so were able to cut their way to the stables and feed their cows.
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2020-06-24 21:52
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must have gone to some other place.
I heard this story from Michael Kerrigan (aged 50), Knappa Beg Post Office, Westport, Co Mayo. 15-3-38 of March.
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2020-06-24 21:51
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and he found a big nest stuck in under a cliff above the one he was on. After a long bit of crawling he got to the nest. He told us all about the nest. He said when he went up the old eagle was gone.
He found two young eagle's in far in the nest with wool and moss around them. He did nothing to them but flung them down into the lake. Then he tore down the nest so quickly as he could for fear the old eagle would come and catch him because she would give him enough of it as he had no weapon to kill her. At any rate he robbed the nest and went down the other side of the cliff and finally got his way home. The eagle was seen no more around that district. She
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2020-06-24 21:49
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there was no scarcity of meat for her. Farmers were terribly annoyed by the loss of their lambs every time they went to see their flocks. On one occasion a certain man was approaching that lake, and he got the eagle flying off with a lamb. He frightened her and she let the lamb fall into the lake.
There was a man named Garvan living in Gabhlan and he found out it was the eagle that was taking his lambs too. As he was a very courageous man he said he would rob the eagle's nest. But he knew that if the eagle was in the nest she would follow and leave him useless. He chanced it and went to lake Gleann na bh Tuadh. He climbed up the cliff over the lake
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2020-06-24 21:46
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A few years ago there was an eagles nest found in the cliffs over Gleann na bh Tuadh lake which is in the Eniff mountains. Many tourists go up to that lake in summertime because there is a great view from it. You could see from it as far as Claremorris and Clew Bay. While this big grey eagle was nesting in this cliff no one would go up on that mountain, because she was very cross. When the farmer's were not able to see their flock of sheep some of their lambs would be taken by her. She was there for many a year and no one bothered with her. The farmer's were all right until summer came. The eagle was always looking out for some food, and when the lambs came
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2020-06-24 20:35
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That storm lasted for a few days. There is a woman living in Glen island that can remember of that storm. She was only nine years and she said she remembered to see her father standing against the backdoor so that the storm would not burst the door in. She said she remembers also to see her mother putting knives in the windows to keep them from rattling. There are very few living that can remember that.
I heard this story from Michael Kerrigan, Knappa Beg, Westport, Co Mayo (aged 50)
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ropes and sticks. When they went out after awhile they were mistaken for they found that all their hay and oats were gone with the storm.
Nearly eery farmer's share was gone. That night every houses were knocked and chimneys gone off more of them. When the storm was nearly over all the walls were knocked and even trees were rooted up out of the ground. No one ever saw such a night before or after.
Many one were killed that night coming home late by being flung against walls and hedges. After the storm those that were alive were getting a lot dead along walls and at butts of hills.
It was so strong that it drove the sean in near Castlebar.
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2020-06-24 20:31
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together in a corner. All these are portents of storms on which the old people place great reliance.
The night of the big wind the people were all in bed and the storm arose about twelve o clock in the night. At first it was only like a breeze, but after a half an hour it was a big storm. All the people got uneasy so they had to get up and tighten things especially the hay and the stacks of oats. The man of the house had to go out and tighten the hay oats and to put props up against them so that the hay or oats would not be taken with the storm. All the people sat at their fires and thought everything was all right when they had them secured with
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2020-06-24 20:28
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There was never such a big wind as the night of the big wind. This storm came in the year 1839 and it was the month of January. The evening before it started the sky was very bright and wild looking. There were big streaks of red every place you would look at in the sky. Where ever people see red in the sky they begin to look out for them-selves.
Or when ever they would hear a river roaring or the sea roaring coming in they can be sure they will have storm soon. If you see starlings in the fields, or if you hear crows screeching and see them flying up and down you can be certain the storm is coming near. Still another sign of a storm is to see a crowd of sheep huddled
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2020-06-23 22:20
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Long ago an old man was coming home from Killarney, when he was near Beaufort he saw a man on the road, who would not go out of the way. After a bit the ghost went away and when he was near Dungeel the ghost was (near) on the road again. The man said "If you won't go away and stop following me or I will cut your head off". At last the ghost disappeared and was never seen again.
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2020-06-23 22:17
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There is a church over in Johnston's in Dungeel, and it is said that Ambrose Pearse is buried there, and that his grave is yet to be seen. The grave is marked by a lump of earth and a portion of the church is seen yet.
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2020-06-23 22:16
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Long ago there was a man coming home from Tralee and he was drunk. He had to pass through a graveyard and when he was going over a headstone, he fell and went to sleep. In the morning he heard the horn of a motor and he thought it was the last day. He got up of the headstone and when he did not see anyone he went aways and he did not stay out after twelve o'clock any more.
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2020-06-23 22:13
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There is a piece of himp fastened to the chain to go around the cows neck. These are the names of certain tyens, spancels, side langs and boicpin.
This is how you call the cow "Suicin, puicin, puicin". This is how you call the horse "Ppeic, ppeic, ppeic". This is how you call the dog "Wayhere, wayhere, wayhere".
This is how you call the pig "Fuipipin, fuipipin, fuipipin".
This is how you call the goose, heifer, heifer, heifer, fastened, fastened, fastened, hemp, hemp, hemp, tyings, tyings, tyings.
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2020-06-23 22:10
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The animals that are seen on my farm are cows, calves, sheep, and donkey. The cows have no name except two of them "the Horny Heifer and the White Heifer".
When you are driving the cows you say "[?]". The cow house is called a barn. There is a stick in each end of the barn fasened to the wall at each end. The is a drain in the middle. There are four tyens in each end. The cows are tied on the neck and the calves are tied on the feet. This is how the cows are tied.
There is a snappel fastened in the stick and there is a piece of a chain fastened in the snappel.
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2020-06-23 22:07
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On New Years night the young people have great fun and they hit the doors with cabbage. After new years night you cannot eat the blackberries or the sloes. It is said that the fairies are out on that night
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2020-06-23 22:07
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On St Johns night every house makes a fire in honour of St John.
They put a bone in the fire and it is called a bone fire. When the people are going home from the bonefire the say prayers and take a coal out of the fire and through it in it in to the potatoes so that they will have better crops.
In some places all the people gather to one fire and they dance and sing songs at the bonfire.
They go around the fire and say prayers.
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Long ago on May morning before the sun rose. The people cut a rowan tree rod and pared the outside skin of the rod and made it in to a round shape with a hole in the middle to go in on churndash and down over the lid of the churn. Some people wouldn't let milk out of the house on May day.
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It is right to kill something before and to spill some of the blood away
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If you get up early Easter Sunday morning you will see the son dancing. The people eat a lot of eggs on that Day.
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Monday was counted an unlucky day for doing any kind of work. Farmers would not commence work on Saturdays. They used count Friday a luck day for sowing crops. Good Friday was a special day for sowing potatoes and corn. People used not clip hedges or cut trees during dark moon. They used think that they would not sprout out any more. They used think that anything born during Rogation days would kill itself or some other thing.
The "Riac cow" is during the last day of March and the first two days of April. The people think that the cuckoo brings wild weather. They used think it luck to sow crops during bright moon which was from first quarter to last quarter.
I got this from Mr James Fennerty, Tubrid, Ardfert.
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2020-06-21 20:42
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The old people did not like to pay out money on Mondays or to start any new work such as ploughing or to go on a journey on Mondays. Most people did not like to sow potatoes on Easter Monday. They were always anxious to sow them on Good Friday if possible.
The people coming to the Holy Wells for cures have certain days and dates. The days for paying rounds at "Wethers' Well" are, the Saturday before the twenty-fourth of June and the Saturday before Michaelmass.
I got these stories from Mr William Davis, Tubrid, Ardfert, Co. Kerry.
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There was an old cross near John Duggan's quarry. The Mass-stone at "Wethers' Well" is also an ancient stone. It is said that the English who lived in Tralee, once tried to take it away. At that time bullocks pulled the cars. The bullocks pulled the Mass-stone as "Bullocks' Hill" but could pull it no farther. The English had to let it on the road and the people of Tubrid brought it back to the Well again.
There is an ancient cross in Churchill. A very brave warrior is buried there. There is an inscription on the stone. There is another stone near Artdert. It is called the "Gollan". Its in Mossy Pierce's field. There are no cairns or "Druids' circles" in my district. There was an ancient stone in the Kilmoyley.
I got these stories from Mr William Davis, Turbrid, Ardfert, Co. Kerry.
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2020-06-21 20:35
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Shops were not very plentiful in olden times. People of this district usually went to town on Saturday to purchase provisions and sell any produce they may have such as eggs, butter and potatoes.
There were only a few very small shops in the local villages which people visited sometimes during the week for small articles.
In most cases money was paid for goods. They sold their produce in the market and purchased their goods for the money. Labour was given for goods often in cases when "tick" was got and no money could be found to pay it back. Some people considered it unlucky to pay out money or give goods on "tick" on Mondays. Pedlars visited the district on certain days during the week and exchanged pins, needles and other things for rags and bottles. Feather dealers still continue to visit the houses.
I got these stories from Mr William Davis, Tubrid, Ardfert, Co. Kerry.
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The people ate three meals in olden times except in Famine Times when food was scarce they only ate an occasional meal. Food was taken morning, noon and evening. People usually worked until nine o'clock in the morning before having breakfast. They had dinner about two and supper at eight o'clock in the evening.
The morning meal consisted of bread made in a flat griddle and skim milk. The midday and evening meals consisted of potatoes and milk.
The table was generally placed against a sidewall but it was pulled out for the purpose of seating more people. Potato cake and stampy were made in the district in former times.
A cross was usually cut on top of a cake.
I got these stories from Mr William Davis, Tubrid, Ardfert, Co. Kerry.
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rewarded with a bowl of punch and he was henceforth called the best horseman in the neighbourhood.
At nightfall all the guests went to the bridegroom's house and dancing went on during the night. Strawboys often visited. They usually hoped to get drink. They took the bride and other ladies out to dance.
If two different parties of strawboys met on the way they sometimes quarrelled.
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2020-06-19 21:53
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Not more than twenty years ago it was quite common to see a man, who wished to get married, purchasing a bottle of whiskey and taking with him two other men, go to the house of the lady whom he wished to marry. He treated the lady's father and the men who accompanied him. The bottle of whiskey showed what their business was. The subject of marriage was discussed. If the parties were satisfied the day of the marriage was arranged.
On the morning of the wedding the bridegroom and best man went to the church on a side car. The bride and bridesmaid did likewise. The bridegroom was accompanied by a number of young men on horseback and when the marriage was over and all about to depart for the bride's house the horsemen set off at full gallop. The first to reach the house was the winner and he was
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copper and the spraying machine.
During those years some people had oats. Most of it had to be sold to pay the rent. A few people had some beans. No Government relief reached this district. The people suffered terribly and great numbers died from starvation.
The weakness caused by hunger brought on fever, and as this fever spread easily nobody like to take in, or touch a stricken person.
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2020-06-19 19:49
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The old people have many stories of the horrors of the famine in the years 1846-47. This district suffered a great deal.
The Church we have now was built before the famine anti was intended to put a gallery in it to accommodate all the people, but so many people died during the famine that a gallery has never been needed in it.
There is hardly a farm in the district in which there is not the ruined remains of at least one house.
The blight was a disease that fell on the potatoes in wet of misty weather. The stalks first turned black and then the potatoes decayed in the ground. There was no means then known for fighting the blight. It is only about thirty years ago since a Frenchman invented sulphate of
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2020-06-19 19:44
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On the 6th January 1859 there was a wind storm in Ireland which lasted for eight hours: The wheat, oats and hay were blown some distance from the haggards, some into the rivers some into the lakes.
During the three months of the year 1826 there was no rainfall and the farmers were obliged to pull the oats as no machine could cut it.
On the 24th February 1933 snow fell during the day and on the following morning it covered the ground to a depth of three feet. In places where the snow drifted it reached a height of eight of ten feet and traffic was held up for several days in country districts. The teachers and children who attended school here that day were obliged to remain in the school throughout the night. The people talked of nothing for weeks after only the snow-storm. In some districts people lost their lives, and in almost every county cattle sheep and lambs were lost.
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2020-06-19 19:40
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Marriages take place most frequently during Shrove and in the Month of June. May is considered an unlucky month for marriages and Friday is considered an unlucky day. Long ago cattle and goods were given to the bride by her father as a dowry but money is given now.
Hundreds of years ago marriages were held in the houses. After the wedding a feast is now held in the bride's house. Straw-boys visit the wedding in some districts. They are dressed in straw and they have false faces. Some people refuse to let them in. On the night of the wedding a dance is held in the bride's house. In olden times those attending the wedding used to race against each other on the way home.
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2020-06-17 19:00
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They were very coarse compared to what is worn at the present day.
The first people who wore souped shirts were cheered and laughed at.
Socks are knitted in the homes at the present day but we have to buy the thread. Long ago the people spun the wool and knitted the socks. Sometimes they dyed them and they looked very nice.
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2020-06-17 18:58
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There are a good many tailors living in the local towns. They work at home but long ago tailors went around from house to house in an ass and cart and made suits for the men. A man named Kelly from Garryross went around in this manner. He hand-sewed all, because there were no machines that time. The material used that time was frieze which was homespun from the wool of their own sheep. At that time there was a spinning wheel in every home and in our townland there are the remains of three such spinning wheels.
Long ago the local girls gathered in C. Brady's granary of Cormaddyduff in the winter nights and scutched the flax and made linen articles.
Shirts were made in the homes long ago out of linen
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2020-06-17 18:55
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When Our Lord was to be crucified the soldiers went to a smith to get nails made. The smith would not make the nails. They went to the tinker to make the nails the tinker made them and that is why some tinkers have to travel for their living and that the smith's work will come to him.
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2020-06-17 18:53
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When Our Lady took the brooch she gave the smith her blessing which has descended on all members of the trade.
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2020-06-17 18:53
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It is an old saying that a smith who washes in the water which has cooled his irons finds himself refreshed and made stronger.
Once Our Lady and St Joseph were travelling on a windswept road. Our Lady lost the pin of her cloak. As They were passing a forge the smith came out and made a fine brooch out of a piece of money.
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far and near to get their horses shod. His father and uncle carried on the same trade. This blacksmith takes no gifts for he is independent, but the black-smiths in the town have to be treated when they and their customers meet and it was an old saying with a black-smith named Conor Reilly. That there was more friendship in a half of whiskey than in a churn of buttermilk.
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There are eight forges in this district. The one I know best is Ned Lynch's. It is a wooden structure roofed with wood and covered with felt. There is a big door on it divided in two and on wheels. He keeps it very nice he tars the walls and roof and paints the door red every year.
The forge is a centre of story-telling and where the news of the day is discussed. The forge is a "kaley" house for all the young lads, they gather together and Ned has a joke for every man for he is very jolly. He is a great violinist. In his young days there was not a dance of spree around but he was at, he is also a good singer.
He is a very strong man he shapes all the shoes and turns them on the anvil while his servant sledges for him. He is a great trades-man and they come from
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2020-06-13 17:56
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a archway because the carriages come in there and he told him to knock half the stable and you will be a rich man. Then Mr Neill asked him what was his name and he said I am the old Shepard that lived here and when they went down to the yard gate the man disappeared.
Mr Neill did what he was told, and from that day to this Neills hardly lost any animals.
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home. A strange man came in and he asked for the boss. Mrs Neill told him to come in. When he was inside a good while and the boss was not coming Mrs Neill said to him "Would it be any harm to ask you what do you want the boss for", and the stranger said "There is trouble on ye and let ye take the trouble off me and I'll take the trouble off ye".
Just then Mr Neill was coming up the yard and the stranger went out to hi and Mr Neill asked him what did he want him for and the stranger told him what he told Mrs Neill. Then he told Mr Neill to stop
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2020-06-13 17:50
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In the house where Neills of Killtrassy are living there lived a man named Shepard. When the Neills bought the farm they were always losing cattle and horses until they were nearly broken. One day Mr Neill was gone down the fields and Mrs Neill was at
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2020-06-13 17:45
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police found him hiding near the top of Slievenamon. They arrested him. He was found guilty of murder and hanged. This happened ninety years ago.
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2020-06-13 17:44
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Long ago there was an old man named Fox. He lived in the village of Glenaskough, and one day he went to the fair of Carrick with two cows.
When he had the cows sold, he went in to a public house and got drunk, and when he came home his wife would not let him in because he was drunk. He went in to the cow house to sleep for the night and when his wife got up in the morning he was vexed and he went in and got a knife. She came in to light the fire. He pretended to be helping her but as she was stooped over the fire he stabbed her and killed her. He then ran away but after a week the
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2020-06-13 17:42
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when he got home, and he went to bed for a few hours and when he got up to mend the bicycle the two wheels were as hard as a stone. His name was Cuddihy and he is dead for some years. His people are living in Glenaskough yet.
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2020-06-13 17:41
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A man was at a dance in Glenaskough and when he was coming home from the dance he saw a white thing coming along in front of him. The man had a bicycle and he was trying to pass the white thing. When he got near the thing he saw it was the Banshee and the two wheels of the bicycle got. This man had to be at work at six o clock and he had to walk home. It was very late
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2020-06-13 17:38
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"Once when Our Lord was on earth he came on a yellow hammer and a sparrow fighting. He was vexed with them and chased them".
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2020-06-13 17:37
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"When Our Lord was dying on the cross a robin came and tried to take a thorn out of His Brow. A drop of Our Lord's Blood fell on the robin's breast and reddened it".
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2020-06-13 17:35
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There was a young boy once and his name was Paudeen. He was a hunch back. One evening he was sitting on a hill and he fell asleep and he was awakened by the voices of the fairies singing Sunday, Monday. Paudeen began to sing along with them. The fairies were so pleased with his singing that they brought him into the lis and took off the hump. Paudeen went home very pleased with himself and he was telling the story and who heard it only a cranky old man who had a hump on his back. He went to the hill too and after awhile he heard the fairies singing. He began shouting "Wednesday, Thursday & Friday". The fairies were very vexed with him. They went out and took him into the lis and what did they do only put the hump they were after taking off Paudeen on to him. Off home he went with two humps on his back instead of one.
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2020-06-13 01:07
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when not in use. They looked like the doors of cup-boards which would be built into the wall. At dinner the potatoes were on the potato-basket which was set the pot in the middle of the floor. All the family gathered round and dined there. The meal consisted of potatoes, salt and milk. The potatoes were peeled on the basket and no plates were used. The milk was in tin porringers or noggins.
Oat meal bread was the principal bread eaten. It was partaken of at every meal. When going to a fair or market the men always took oat-meal bread in their pockets and so were not hungry. All the children took oaten-bread to school. Flour bread was unknown except amongst the well-to-do who could afford to grow wheat and have their own meal & flour. They also ground the oats for their own use.
Two large circular stones which were used for grinding or crushing oats and wheat are still in the farm
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2020-06-13 01:03
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Old people long ago had only three meals each day which were breakfast dinner and evening meal. They took their breakfast at nine o'clock, dinner at one o'clock and supper at five o'clock. It was not tea they drank but milk in tin porringers and a piece of oaten-meal bread and butter. Some of the people long ago worked for a few hours before the morning meal.
For breakfast they had porridge one morning and potatoes the next for a change. For dinner they had potatoes and a noggin of sweet-milk. For the evening meal they had oaten-bread and sweet milk because there was no tea in the country at that time.
The old people sat round a table in the middle of the floor. Some tables were hung up against the wall
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2020-06-13 00:57
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The people around here have a lot of proverbs.
A stitch in time saves nine. A little pot is soon hot. Don't throw your pearls before swine. If anyone cuts or hurts themselves you will often hear people saying, "Oh you will be better before you are twice married".
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2020-06-12 23:05
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One day some men were working in a field and at one side of a bush they found a crock of gold and some Irish words were wrote on it but they could not read Irish.
A beggar came to the door soon after, he read the Irish for them it said "One side of the bush is as good as the other", and they found another crock of gold on the other of the bush.
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2020-06-12 23:04
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She and her husband came home and then she found out her mistake. She dressed the old man and woman and brought them with her and they were well off for the rest of their lives.
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to stop him but he managed to get past. At the door was a heap of furze to keep the goats out; and sitting near the fire were the old couple eating their dinner. A washing board on their knees a plate of potatoes and a grain of salt. When they were finished the old man threw the skins to the goats and both of them cleaned their hands on a wisp of straw. The footman went to the lady and said that when he was going up the avenue which led to the castle the seven soldiers on guard tried to bayonet him. When he reached the door there there were so many knockers he did not know which to use. When he went inside Lord and Lady Steacle were dining and the best saw made could not cut the legs under the table. When they had finished they cleaned their hands on towels they like of which he had never seen before. They then burned them. The Lady was well satisfied and
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2020-06-12 22:59
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Once an old man and his wife lived on the side of a mountain. They had one one son who was not much use to work. Lord Steacle lived in a castle at the foot of the mountain and when he died the people called the old man Lord Steacle. One day a lady saw the son walking on the street and she fell in love with him. It began to rain and he went under a porch for shelter. She did the same. He took out a silk handkerchief and wiped his face with it and threw it away and did the same with another. Soon after they were married and went away. She wanted to see his parents but this he did not like to do so he kept putting off from time to time. She became suspicious and sent her footman to find out all about the old people. He went and enquired for Lord and Ladu Steacle and was directed to the man's house. He went up a rugged glen where he met seven goats and 'puck'. All of whom stood on their hind legs and tried
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2020-06-12 22:50
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1. There is a fort in Dan Hickeys land bounding our farm. This fort was supposed to be built by the Danes as hiding places from the English and there is supposed to be gold hidden there as there is supposed to be gold hidden in every fort.
There is a story told of a woman by the name of Kate Fleming an aunt of the present Jack Fleming of Killeentierna who was passing by this fort one Sunday going to mass. She heard the bell ringing inside in the fort and the priest saying mass. It is said mass used to be read in this fort long ago.
Thade Kelly a grandfather to the present James Counihan, a mason of Rossanean, was once setting potatoes by the side of this fort. He heard a noise inside and looking round he saw a woman dressed in white with a child in her arms and she singing beautifully for it. After coming a little distance from the fort, she turned round, walked in again, and disappeared.
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2020-06-12 22:45
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Travelling people call occasionally to our district and the same people have being doing so for many years. They usually throng around before noted fairs as some of them buy and sell horses. This section of the travelling class are well to do enough but others of them are very poor. The poor class generally take alms such as potatoes, flour, bread, sugar, tea, meat, and clothing. Some of these travellers are very welcome but others are not, as they would almost ask everything in the house, and them if they would not get what they asked, they abused you and went away displeased. When these are seen coming the next time the door is shut and they are not left in.
The names of the most noted of the travelling class are "Sheridans". These are the horse dealing crowd and are supposed to be very wealthy. The Coffeys, O'Briens, Foleys and others; These travel around the country in families and sleep by night in vans.
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2020-06-11 20:34
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John Kelly of Crossard Wolfhill was very famous for dancing hornpipes and jigs. He also taught people how to dance. The old people used to call him "the dancing master". Pat Lalor of Shanrath Wolfhill was very famous for walking. He would start out early in the morning and walk at his ease nintysix miles a day, and he would reach home at eight o clock that night. He often walked to Dublin and back in one day. Johnny Doyle Slatt Wolfhill was also famous for ploughing. The old people said that the drills were as straight as a barrel of of a gun.
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2020-06-11 20:32
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James Fleming of Mullaghmore Wolfhill was famous for his running. He used run after the hounds for about two miles and be there before the huntsmen on their horses. The huntsmen gave this man the name of "the mayor". There was a man in Luggacurran who could jump six and a half feet high, quite easily. The people made up a song about him. Delaney was his name and he lived in Luggacurren. There was also another man who was very famous for mowing grass. He could mow one acre and a half in one day. James Hughes was his name and he lived in Wolfhill.
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2020-06-11 20:27
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It is told that there is treasure hidden in a cave near Denis Dwyer's house in Shanrath, Wolfhill. A man whose name is not now known dreamt for three nights that the treasure was hidden in that spot.
He set out with a few men with shovels, spades and a yard lamp. They dug for a while and they thought they were near it when they heard a bull roaring and the lamp quenched and they were left in the darkness.
They ran for their lives in terror. There was no other search made for the treasure since.
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2020-06-11 20:25
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There was once a man living in Brackloon by the name of Tom Davin and it was said he had a cure. There was a man living near him and he had a very bad sore and nothing could cure it. One day he went to the man who had the cure and he blessed himself and said some prayers and he shook Holy water on it.
It was getting better every day and in a week's time it was better.
Martin Gannon, Shrule told me this story Paddy Gannon, Shrule.
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2020-06-11 20:20
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used by those fishing to cook their food.
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2020-06-11 20:20
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About a mile from the Nine-Eyed Bridge which crosses the Blackwater just after it flows out of Loch Ramor there are the ruins of a Still House in Mr. Gilsenan's land.
Here, poteen was made years ago, the house is situated in a small plantation. Near it is a fishing place known as the Still House Rock. A number of men would come to fish here. They would make the poteen also. The poteen was hidden in jars at a spot about a mile from the Still House.
This place was unknown as a Still House. The smoke which often was seen was supposed to be from fires
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2020-06-11 18:00
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this secret". "Go down to Bob Walsh's mill lift the first stone and you shall find a knife. Lift the second stone and you will find money for life".
So Larry went home, and next day he went down to the mill and he found a knife under the first stone. He lifted the second stone and he found gold, and he bought Bowenscourt with the money. And it was Bowen bought it from him.
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2020-06-11 17:58
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When Larry Broderick was going home from the great fair of Kildorrery, he suddenly in the middle of Murphy's list The moon was shining brightly. He was so tired he fell asleep, and he slept so long it was about midnight when he awoke, and he said "What brought me into Murphy's lis. I must have drunk too much whiskey".
Suddenly he saw a hearse drawn by two horses without heads and driven by a man without a head. Then it went down the road and went around a twin and Larry saw no more of the hearse.
He was walking around and he got caught in a ring, he pulled it up and there were steps down along through the ground. At last he saw a door and he pushed it in and there he saw lots of fairies they had a feast. Then they said to him "Be up at And na Ganaig on Friday night So then he went home. On Friday night he went up to the place and he was looking around. At last he saw a furze bush, and there he saw the same fairies again. "Now Larry Broderick to night I will tell you
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2020-06-11 17:53
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Long ago there lived a man who used to make pishogues. On certain months of the year it was good luck he brought on the people he made the pishogues for, instead of good luck.
One day he got a lot of duck eggs and put them on the drills in the garden of a poor person. He thought all the potatoes would rot.
When the harvest came the poor man went to dig his potatoes. Between every two potatoes he found a duck egg and when he broke them they were full of gold.
He knew who had put the eggs in the garden for he often put them in the garden before and did the poor man harm, but this time he got all his own back.
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2020-06-11 17:50
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There lived in Cork many years ago a family named Longfields. They were very rich people. Mrs Longfield always wore a diamond ring on her finger which was very valuable.
The butler who lived with the family had a great longing for the ring so that he might sell it at a good price. Mrs Longfield got very ill one day and in the course of a week she died, but she requested that ring should be buried with her.
The butler soon found this out and set about getting it. He went one night with a friend to where she was buried, and by the light of a lantern they opened the grave and then the coffin, and there he saw the ring on her finger. He tried to remove it but he failed.
He had a sharp knife and he did his best to cut off her finger but as he did so the woman stirred and sat up. The two men fled and the woman came home to her house and lived for years after.
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like to be a carpenter. His father thought tailoring would be a better job for him. But when his son preferred to be a carpenter he said no more about it.
He then send him to a good carpenter to learn the trade. When he had finished his learning he was very good. His father told him he would buy a house to serve him as a workshop.
The son told him all he needed was four long boards and two short ones. The father got the boards and the son told him to come to him next evening and he would have something to show him.
The father came next evening and when he entered the house he saw a black coffin made with the boards. A few days after the son said that the boards were very useful, and at that moment he died.
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2020-06-11 17:44
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There was a man living in Farrahy about a hundred years ago. When he was three months old he spoke five words and at the age of seven months he was able to walk.
When he was twelve years old he said to his father that he would
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The fuel that was used about eighty years ago was turf and bogdeal. Bogdeal was wood which grew in mountains and would light the candles.
They had no matches long ago and they lit the fires with flint. In the Summer time all the neighbours would go to some bog to dig turf for the Winter. In about two days they would have enough dug.
Then they would go to it after a few days and turn it. When it would be very dry they would bring it home and put it in stack for the winter. They people long ago never quenched the fires because it would be very hard to light the turf.
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Once upon a time there was a poor man who was very poor. He fell ill and the doctors said he would die.
His friends were waiting until he would die. One night when he was very bad he asked his friends for his clothes, and they gave them to him.
He got up put on his clothes and went out. His friends followed him and he went into a field where there were a crowd of men playing football and he played with them.
If the side he was playing with won he would live, but if they not he would die. But his side won the game. The man came home and he was in perfect health. From that day onwards he became very rich. He had some of his sons priests, and some of his daughters were nuns and nurses. People often asked about the night he got up and went out, but he would not tell them. He said the priest stopped him of talking about it.
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The coach man is unseated. O what do they mean
While team leave their traces, men take their places
To draw missy back to Halston again. There
was fiddlers and fifers, fluters and pipers,
and tombreens tipping to march in quadrill.
The roadsides were lighted and all were delighted,
And the cheers reached over Daleystown Hill.
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The day light is now beaming, the sun is now raising
And streaming o'er hollyhood o'er mountain and foam
And the general bete for to finish the fete
is parting salute, the order was home
The fiddle and flute played a parling salute.
And again to the missey our bumpers
will fill the pride of our land was brave
Camel and bon. Three cheers now for
Halston and Daleystown Hill.
Told to my by my father Maisie Gibney
Composed by Wm Keane, Knockcosta, Ballymore, Co. Westmeath
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longing to greet them. This young happy couple are welcome by all.
The bush was the stand or the word of command
To give them a welcome once more to the hall
Bold Claffey was leading no cause of a breeding,
His men all in order both steady and still.
Hark there is a cheer, for the carriage is near,
The fires is lighting on Daleystown Hill.
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We will all join the party right joyous, and hearty.
We will drink of good health to the bridegroom and pride.
For the young and the old the brave and
The bold to join in the welcome no one was
denied there was dishes of denty and liquor in plenty
As air floods from the cock of a still. There
was dancing and singing and joybells a ringing
And bone-fires blazing on Dalystown Hill.
V
There is music and sounding a why they are surrounding
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Oh give me a hearing and none of your cheering,
While I am singing this rough composed theme,
For the meeter of heir not one pin do I care,
Long live Henry Camel, and long may he reign.
For friend or for neighbour he would do his endeavour
To see them alright with a hearty good will,
And round Halston Hall he was loved by them all,
And all that resided round Dalystown Hill.
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Now missy is married, not long has she tarried
She waits on the suitor with her lily white hand.
This lovely young fairone, this fairone, this brightone this rearone she is wed to her, own choice. The noble young bon in the the haunting fields oft.
Our hats we had off as missy went skiming
or wallfence and shrill she led them with
speed with her charging brown steed and
She brought the brush home to Daleystown Hill.
III
Now crowds ran to meet them they are
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Boundaries of Moycarkey old Parish
N.W. Tertiana
N.E. Galboola
E. Ballymurreen
S.W. Ballyshehan Gaile & Graystown.
The name of the Parish is not of ecclesiastical origin but is derived from the name of the plain in which the original church was built. Pronounced in Irish Magh Cairce - the "plain of Cairce" - name of a man. The east window is quadrangular inside 6' x 3'. It's pointed outside & is 41/2' x 11/2'. It is of cut limestone. A large graveyard Normans built the old church of Moycarkey & then the churches of Kylenoe & Kildarmody dropped out.
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brought him up to the bedroom to Sean. When Sean saw him he jumped out of the bed and ran after him. The priest ran as quickly as he could until he got to a river which Sean could not cross but Sean threw a dagger after the priest but it did not kill him at all. The priest threw the dagger back at Sean and killed him.
I heard this story from Richard Walsh Lanmore Westport.
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There was once a man named Sean na Sagart. He was a very bad man but his wife was a good woman.
Denis Brown was his master and Sean na Sagart was ordered by him to kill every priest and lay-man he saw. One day he pretented he was very ill and began moaning very loudly. His wife heard him and she asked him would he like her to bring the priest to him before he would die. He said he would and she ran for the priest. The old priest wanted to go first but the young priest said that he would go.
He then went and when he got to Sean's house the woman
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One day St Patrick was walking at a place called Cluain Da Chon in the parish of Aughagower. One of the neighbours saw him and set the dogs and hounds after him. The saint was not afraid and did not run. When the dogs came near St Patrick asked God's help and the earth opened up and swallowed the dogs and the man.
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One day a man was ploughing in the field with his two horses. The man saw St Patrick coming. He kept working and did not notice him.
St Patrick had great power and the earth where he was ploughing opened up and swallowed the man and the plough and horses.
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Long ago when St Patrick was in Ireland he came to a village of Aughagower.
There is a well beside the grave yard there called St Patrick's well. When he was going down a hill a number of hounds came to tear him. St Patrick made the sign of the cross with his stick on the ground and the hounds were afraid to go near him. Since that they called the place where the hill is Cluain Da Chon.
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One night long ago there was a crowd of people going to a dance. On their way to the dance they had to pass a very lonesome place where fairies used to be seen. When they were coming home it was about one o'clock and when they were passing the lonesome place the fairies were out. The people were very much afraid. They spoke to the fairies but the fairies did not answer. The name of the place where the fairies were seen is Ballintrim. Everybody used to be afraid passing that place after that.
I heard this story from Annie Brown, Fahy, Clougher, Westport, Co Mayo.
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About a hundred years ago there lived a man in an old castle in Mount Brown. His name was Denis Brown. He was a wicked old man. He used to hang priests as well as lay men. The old house was haunted and lights were seen at late hours of the night there. There was a man seen dressed in white where Denis used to hang people. The people used to be afraid coming after dark through Mount Brown.
I heard this story from Annie Brown, Fahy, Clougher, Westport, Co Mayo.
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eighty or ninety years ago and that morning was the first time for the woman of the house to make tea. She put a "skib" over a pot and put some tea-leaves in the "skib" and scalded them.
Then she gave the tea-leaves to the priest and she was going to throw out the water when the priest said: "Oh! I would rather the water". That is how the people first knew how to make tea.
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people said that they could not buy beef because it was too dear. It was only the wealthy people bought it.
The evening meal was taken at six o'clock.
On certain occasions the people had great feastings. These were Michaelmas Day, Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. On Michaelmas Day the people had a goose for dinner and they had currant-cake and all sorts of sweet cakes for the tea. On Christmas Day they had a goose or turkey for dinner, and icing-cake and currant-cake for tea.
On Easter Sunday every person ate three or four eggs for his breakfast.
A priest was saying Mass in some house in the district
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In the fine weather the people sat in a ring on the floor round a "skib" of potatoes and in the cold, wet weather they put the table in the middle of the floor and sat around it.
At that time the two principal sorts of bread used were oaten and wheaten, potato bread and a sort of bread called boxty.
The bread called boxty was made from rasped potatoes mixed with milk and baked on a grid-iron. It was the custom long ago for people to bring this bread to eat it at wakes. Boxty is still used in the West of Ireland.
In this district people who had home-cured bacon ate it every day at their dinners with cabbage and potatoes. The poor
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2020-06-03 22:04
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Seventy or eighty years ago the people ate plain, wholesome food and it was no wonder that they were a healthier race of people than the people of to-day.
They ate three meals every day and these were breakfast, dinner, and supper.
It was usual for people to have a couple of hours work done before they ate anything. The potato was the principal food the people had seventy or eighty years ago and therefore they had it for every meal with buttermilk and often with onions. In Lent and on Fridays the people ate red herrings whenever they got them. These were cured and smoked herrings.
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2020-06-03 22:02
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saying that there was a finer, healthier race of people than there are nowadays.
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2020-06-03 22:01
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loaf and a barm brack and a small amount of tea and and sugar. Dumplings were also eaten. Meat was very seldom eaten except at Christmas and when it was eaten it was bacon.
Sometimes during the famine years kids and horseflesh were eaten. Cabbage was the principal vegetable used and this was used with the bacon. Turnips were also eaten in large quantities.
It was usual to eat porridge late at night before going to bed. The chief delicacies at Christmas were loaves and tea and intoxicating drink. The food they ate long ago was very different from that eaten nowadays but we hear the old people
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2020-06-03 21:59
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breakfast. Breakfast consisted of Indian meal, stirabout and potatoes, and sometimes a meal which was called "Solomon Grundy". This was made from potatoes, onions and pepper. Dinner was taken at twelve o'clock when the Angelus bell was ringing. Dinner was the principal meal of the day and it consisted of potatoes and buttermilk. They also had food called "rasp" which was made from potatoes which were chipped with a rasp. They were then mixed with oaten meal and water and baked on a gridiron for a half an hour. Bread was made from oaten meal and water and wheaten bread was also eaten.
At Christmas they bought a
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2020-06-03 21:56
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We who are used to rashers and eggs in the morning will find it hard to believe that not so long ago they were unknown amongst the people of this district. About sixty years ago the staple food of the people was the potato. For breakfast, dinner and supper the potatoes were used. Breakfast was taken at seven o'clock, dinner at twelve and supper at six.
It was usual to take supper when sitting around the fire and the potatoes were in a "skib" and were peeled with the fingers. It was usual for the people to work at least two or three hours before taking
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the graveyard there are the ruins of an old church or monastery. Even in the fields around about, skeletons were often dug up. There is also a stone over a grave with the trace of a person's knees and hands on it. It was said that St. Patrick was once praying there and when he got up he left the print of his knees and hands on the rock. In another part of the graveyard there are two stones standing up straight with a round stone across them and it is said that if you can get your head between the rocks and rock the round stone three times, it will cure a headache.
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2020-06-03 21:51
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There are four or five old graveyards in the parish of Castletown. The one that I am going to write about is situated in the townsland of Killalee and in the parish of Castletown. It is nearly always called the "Relic". It is situated up over the road and it slopes to the west and it is called "High Killalee". There are old square shaped stones over the grave but they are so old you cannot see the writing on them. It was said that a battle was once fought here and that some of the graves were the graves of the people that were killed. In one corner of
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people say that he eats away all the bank of the lake inside the daytime. It is believed that there was a tombstone in this churchyard and it was there such a long time that the grass grew in over it.
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in it, and it is said that the ghost of this priest was seen in the churchyard for a long time afterwards. It is also said that four or five people from Castletown followed a ghost from Castletown to the churchyard and it was heard of no more
There is a row of blackthorn bushes growing in the field. This churchyard slopes to the west. It is called "the Churchyard" ever since. It is said that when the priest was drowned in the lake the horse on which he was riding never died. It is said that he does not be seen in the day time but he is supposed to come out in the field and graze there at night. The old
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2020-06-03 20:01
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There are many graveyards in the parish of Castletown. There is a graveyard in Rockfield and it is one of [?] fields and it is about two fields away from our house. Long ago people were buried in it and there are the ruins of an old church in it also. This churchyard is not in use yet but when Alfred Martin was living in Rockfield there was someone buried in it.
It is said that long ago a priest was passing through the field beside it one dark night and he fell into the little lake which was in the field and was drowned
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2020-06-03 19:58
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There is also another old graveyard in the townsland of Killalee but it is a disused one now. This graveyard is oblong in shape and it slopes towards the east. There are tomb-stones in it but you could not see any writing on them. There are also the ruins of an old church to be seen there. There are many trees growing in this graveyard and in the middle of it stands one big tree growing beside a big rock.
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2020-06-03 19:57
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There are three graveyards in my parish, there are two situated in Castletown and there is another situated at the tree of Balrath.
The one which is situated at the tree of Balrath is in the parish of Castletown and in the townsland of Ballinagore. In this graveyard there are tombstones and iron crosses but there is no writing on them. There are no people buried in it now but a couple of years ago there was an old man named Patrick Gannon buried there. It is triangular in shape and it slopes towards the west. There are not many trees growing in it. At the top of the graveyard there are the ruins of an old church
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2020-06-03 19:36
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situated, when a woman took water out of it for household use, and the next morning, the well was gone, and had sprung up again three miles away at Glamorstown.
In Horseleap there are tow graveyards, one near the Protestant church and one at the Catholic church. Near the gate of the old graveyard, there are the remains of an old house, and it is said that in this house there is a man buried under the hearthstone. This old graveyard is still used by the people.
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2020-06-03 19:27
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growing in it. There are no tombstones in the graveyard but there are still the remains of the graves.
The is another graveyard situated in Boher, about two miles away from the school. The old church is still to be seen and Mass is still celebrated there. Through the churchyard which is almost triangular in shape, there are several old tombstones and also flat tombstones, almost like vaults. There is a new church about to be built there now, and in a few years the old church will not be in use.
There is another old graveyard in Tibohine which is said to be at least three hundred years old. It was in this churchyard that Tobar-Cohine was
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2020-06-03 19:25
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Everywhere through the country we see ruins of churches, and attached to them are churchyards. There are several of them in the school district, the nearest one being in Rockfield, which is situated about a hundred yards north of the school in the parish of Castletown. The field, which is still called the churchyard field, is situated on a hill which slopes to the west. The old church is situated in the churchyard and there are people buried in the church also. The churchyard was used for burying unbaptized children and it has not been used since the old burial ground in Horseleap was opened. The graveyard is round in shape and there are trees
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the other.
The castle is about one hundred feet high and contains five or six bed-rooms and a kitchen. It is still well kept and is almost as good and as strong as ever, except for a crack in the wall - a grim reminder of the sudden attack by the besieges of that time.
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Then the Colonel said that he would not interfere with the castle, but that all he wanted was food and drink. The steward let Reynolds and his soldiers in but when they got in, they attacked the castle and killed several defenceless people and carried away much gold and silver.
The windows are about five feet high and about a foot wide on the outside. They were made in this way so that the garrison could attack the enemy.
There is a little cell in a corner of one of the rooms and people say that if two prisoners were found that were bitter enemies of each other, they would be put into this cell and allowed to fight will one killed
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2020-06-03 19:17
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The castle that I am going to write about is situated in the townland of Donore, in the parish of Horseleap and in the barony of Moycashel.
It is said Hugh De Lacy built it and it was afterwards given over to the MacGeoghegans. The people who occupy it at present are the Sheerins.
It was attacked many times, once during the Cromwellian War. Colonel Reynolds appeared once before the castle, and he came so suddenly that the people had no time to get ready and some of them went to the north. MacGeoghegan had a "safe conduct" from the Government and the steward showed Reynolds the paper
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2020-06-02 16:06
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Once upon a time there was a rich man who lived in a lovely big castle out in Culdaff, Co Donegal. One night the owner went for a walk and left the fire blazing. About that time there was supposed to be a thief running around and of course when he saw the man leaving the house he
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About a hundred years ago an old woman named Brigid Mac Dermott lived at the foot of the hill of Cruckroosky. She was very good to the fairies and whenever she would churn she used to leave a share of the butter at a certain place for the fairies and they used to lift it. Every evening she used to go up with drinks to the calves, which were up above the house, and she used to leave the buckets behind her, and when she would reach the house the buckets were down at the house. She was under the impression that the fairies carried them down for her.
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2020-06-02 16:02
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sprinkled Holy Water all around and they thought they saw his ghost going out the door. They told the priest about it, and the priest assured them that he would not return any more.
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About seventy years ago a man named Mac Devitt lived in Tiernaleague, Carndonagh. When he died a light was supposed to have been seen at the window. When the people of the house went to see what was there, there was nothing to be seen, but inside they could hear chains rattling.
The people of the house
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2020-06-02 16:00
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About fifty years ago when there was no motors in the districts but cars that were drawn by horses, John Mac Colgan who drove people from one district to another, left an old woman in Effish More, Gleneely. Whilst he was there a water rat ran across the road in front of him. He lifted his foot to kick it but the water-rat caught him by the toe of the shoe. Another man seeing this lifted a stick and killed the rat. The man has the shoe still, and the track of the rats teeth can be seen on it.
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2020-06-02 15:58
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after his day.
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2020-06-02 15:56
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It seems according to a song on faction fights a couple of lines runs thus-:
The Hogans were transported,
And that is the sort,
That happened here before
They sent the poor OHogans
To New Zealand
But all those fights are over and the Hogans and Hickeys are the best of friends. The bitter past is blotted out for ever.
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Kilfeacle is in the parish of Golden, Co. Tipperary, about three miles from the town of Tipperary on the Tipperary-Cashel road. Up to the 16th century it was an important town but nothing now remains but a moat with remains of a drawbridge, a Catholic church and graveyard, a couple of shops and one or two farmers' houses.
The Fair of Kilfeacle was held once a year. It was a very large Fair as it was held in the centre of the best cattle breeding districts in Ireland. But it was suppressed by the Local Authorities in consequence of Faction fights which were causing a lot of trouble. It is said the worst fight was at Kilfeacle between the Hogans and the Hickeys. Both parties used to train for the fight as a boxer trains for a prize fight to-day. There were several men killed and wounded every year. They used to come on horseback and on foot. The Hogans were always victorious. The fight was renewed at the fair every year. The Police were powerless to cope with the combatants, as they had to call on the military who came in full force.
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The cure for warts is to get a piece of bacon and rub it to the warts and then bury it in the ground; when the piece of bacon has decayed the warts will be gone.
The cure for the chin-cough is the first man you meet with a white horse will tell you something to give it and it will cure it.
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road, but here the "beart" was too big and wide for the gate. The two brothers pushed him through and this made his horse-load of hay.
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townland of Tournanolough. There were six brothers. John was the oldest, and he was said to be the second strongest man in Kerry. The strongest man in Kerry was said to be in the Tralee of Dingle mountains somewhere.
This John Horan went to Dicksgrove for a load of hay but Captain Meredith would not allow any horses or common carts to his house. So they had to leave their horses at the upper gate where Johny Sullivan now lives. John Horan asked the Captain to let him take down his horse as he was young and frightsome, but the captain refused and told Horan that he would give him what he could carry in a rope for the price of a hundred weight. Horan asked him if he would allow his brothers rise the "beart" on him, two of whom were with him. The captain said he would. The Horans laid down their car rope and filled it with as much hay as they could put in. Jermiah and Pat raised the "beart" on John's and John carried the "beart" from the house up to the
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The grandfather of the present Meredith of Dicksgrove was known as Captain Meredith.
He was once selling hay in the Spring-time at Dicksgrove when hay was scarce.
There lived at that time a family named Horan's in the
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weeds and sea-weed were commonly eaten by the people. When the people were evicted they had no chance of living because they had no home no food or no way to get it.
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he went to America and came back later and founded the Land League.
He was cast into prison where he died. He was buried in Straide.
The great famine arose in Ireland in eighteen forty five. People found it hard enough to live before that time but when the famine came many people died of starvation. About four hundred thousand people died in Munster during the famine. From eighteen hundred to eighteen forty five there were potato famines in several places in Ireland. The poor people in Ireland were stricken with despair as they had no food or money to buy it. Thousands of people died of starvation in the winter of eighteen forty five. Raw turnips,
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Nearly all the people in Ireland died with it.
Long ago about the time of the famine the people suffered terribly. At that time there were landlords who ruled the county. They used get rent and rates from. Sometimes the people were so poor that some of them could not pay the tax and were evicted.
This is the story of a family who lived near Straide. In eighteen hundred and forty nine Micheal Davitts parents could not pay their rent. They were evicted along with Michael and his sisters. They then migrated to England and lived in Lancashire.
Michael had to work in a mill where he got his arm bruised and it had to be amputated. Then
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2020-05-31 16:09
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bought the cloth and got the tailor to come to the house and make the suit for them.
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There were three tailors in the parish long ago. Their names. Their names were James Mullanie, Patrick Gibbons and Mrs. Gibbons. James Mullanie used go from house to house working for people. He used not keep the cloth in the house. It was mostly farmers that wore the suits he made. The suits were made out of frieze and tweed.
The things a tailor used when making a suit are a needle, thread, scissors and an iron. Some of the tailors also made shirts. They made them out of flannel and linen. When anyone wanted a suit made for them they
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Any blacksmith who has a farm does outdoor work when he has no work to do in the forge. There is usually a tank of water in a forge. It is used for cooling any hot iron which the smith wants to take in his hand. If the smith has done any special work for a person during the year the person usually gives him some present at Christmas.
Most people say that a smith has great powers.
One day a smith was working in his forge and a mad dog ran in and attacked him. He killed the dog with his hands when he was fighting with him for a few minutes.
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2020-05-31 15:38
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There are four forges in this district. Their names are John Millers forge, Paddy Faheys forge and Rooneys and Duffeys forges.
They were all situated at crossroads. They have iron roofs on them and have double doors. The tools a blacksmith uses are a hammer a pincers, a chisel, a rasp, a knife and a vice. He shoes horses and donkeys and he also makes harrows, shovels and spades. He also puts iron tyres on cart wheels and on wheels of side cars. He makes gates for anyone who asks him to make them and he also fixes ploughs that are broken.
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2020-05-31 15:35
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worn long ago and are still being worn by some people. The names of the shoemakers that lived in this locality long ago were Foy, Carney and McDonald. Foy and Carney lived in Keelogues and McDonald lived in Turlough.
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Long ago children went barefooted all the year round and most people were about twenty years old before they wore shoes.
Two people Brigid O Malley and James Blane. Children go barefooted now only during the Summer months. Shoes were made and repaired in the locality long ago. They are repaired in it yet but are no longer being made. Long ago shoemakers were more plentiful in this locality than they re now.
The people always throw the water out that is left after washing the feet because they say it is not right to leave it in the house. Clogs were
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to get married if she put her hand into the saucer with the clay she will die the first and if she puts her hand the saucer with the water she will live the longest.
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St Stephens Day.
It is not right for any body to work on St Stephens Day because it is like a holiday.
The boys go out on that day with what they call the wren.
November Night.
Every child does go diving for apples in a basin of water on November Night.
Then they get three saucers one with clay the other with clean water and then they put a ring in the third. Then they blindfold one person and they tell her to put her hand into one of the saucers and if she puts her hand into the saucer with the ring she will be the first
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May Day.
Some people tie a red string around the cows tail on May Day for fear the milk would be taking from her.
Some people would not give away milk on may day for fear you would be taking away the luck of the milk and butter from their cow.
It is not right to leave your cow out on May night for fear the fairies would bring her.
If you are churning on May Day and a person to come in it is not right for them to go out again until you have the churning finished.
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New Years Day.
If you cry on New Years day you'll be crying for the year.
If you laugh on New Years Day you'll be laughing for the year.
Some people leave a candle lighting on the twelfth night to burn out the old year and burn in the new year.
St Bridgets Day.
When St Bridgets Day comes every girl goes out with what is called the brigid og. They do have a doll dressed in white and they do say Bridget Bridget dressed in white give her a penny in honour of the night.
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cloak and gave it to the poor man in the side of the road and that night he could see in a vision that it is was Our Lord he had given the cloak to. So he awoke up and Our Lord gave him his cloak and he was baptised and became a christian.
Christmas Day.
It is on the twenty fifth of December Christmas Day falls. The night before Christmas day Our Lord was born in a stable at Bethleham. There is always a crib in the chapel at Christmas in honour of Our Lords birth
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people make a feast on that day in honour of Our Lords rising from the dead.
Ash Wednesday.
The priest puts the blessed ashes on the peoples forehead on ash wednesday to put them in mind that out of dust they were made and into dust they shall return.
Good Friday.
Some people make a feast on Good Friday in honour and commemoration of Our Saviours death.
St Martins Day.
Every person kills a pig in honour of St Martin when his feast day comes because it was St Martin who tore his
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N Year Day.
The feast of New Years Day is on the first of January.
Candlemas.
When Candlemas comes every body has to bring two wax candles to the priest and he blesses them and he keeps one and gives the person back one for themselves.
Lent.
When Lent comes some of the people fast from sweets and other things in remembrance of Our Lords fast in the desert.
St Patricks Day.
St Patricks Day falls on the seventeenth of March. Every person wears a badge or shamrock on that day.
Easter.
Easter Sunday some times falls on the twelfth of April the
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house.
When a person dies in the house it is not right to sleep in the bed they die in for a long time after the persons death.
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It is right to bring the coffin out the back door when a person is dead in the house.
It is right to throw the water that washes the dead person in behind the fire.
When a person is dead in the house it is right to break a jug or some other delph in the house.
Long ago when people used die the beann sidhe used be heard crying outside that house for about a month after the persons death.
When the people are going digging the grave they should go out the back door of the
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married it is right to throw an old shoe or something else after her.
Married in yellow you'll be ashamed of the fellow.
Married in brown you'll live out of town.
Married in gray you'll live far away.
Married in green you'll be ashamed to be seen.
Married in black you'll wish you were back.
Married in red you wish you were dead.
Married in white your a beautiful sight.
When the bride gets married she should no come out the chapel door first.
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It is right to throw a grain of salt down the brides back.
It isent right for the bride to cut the wedding cake.
It isent right for the bride to visit her own house for a month after being married.
Long ago the people used light bon-fires as far as the brides house the day of her marriage.
When the bride is going to the church to get married a married woman should accompany her.
When the bride is getting
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About the year 1860 there was a monster Land League meeting held on the hill of Cavan. The then sitting members of Parliament for Cavan County and the leaders of the Irish Parliamentary Party Joseph Biggar and Isaac Butt were present and persons flocked from far and near to the meeting. Some went even a distance of fifty miles to it. There were no bicycles or motors then and most people had to walk. The meeting was held on a bleak cold November day. A number of men named Keogans, Carrolls, Lynch's, Mulvanys, Glennons and many others in Munterconnaught attended 10 o'clock Mass in Munterconnaught chapel and after their dinner proceeded on foot to the town of Cavan reaching there about 2 p.m. They travelled the distance of 17 Irish miles in
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On May Eve all the old people pulled branches off the rowan tree and hung it
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In olden times it was the custom to have the cross of St. Bridget hung from a rafter in the home. This cross was made either with rushes or straw and two pieces of sticks.
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We must try and get those crocks of gold,
That's under Thonnagh Hill,
Though the Free State Government,
Has lately passed a bill,
That no Irishmen from Cattan,
Is allowed to go to Spain,
To fight the Reds and Anti Christs,
No matter what they gain,
The lochremen and fairies,
They can go to Spain,
They care not for the Government,
Or what that bill does mane,
They are so religious,
That the Anti Christ they'll kill,
There's not fairies like the fairies
Thats under Thonnagh Hill.
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Composed by Mrs. McGarry, Drumhass, Annaghmore, Mohill, Co Leitrim mother of J.J. McGarry C.C.
Thonnagh Hill
Old Thonnagh Hill is sleeping still,
Of her I like to spake,
Wrapped in her whinny mantle,
Right over Cattan Lae,
The old folk used to tell us,
That in the days of old,
She was left there by the fairies,
Guarding crocks of gold,
If we got those crocks of gold,
We would be overjoyed,
We'd give some to the Government,
To weigh the unemployed,
For every man in Cattan,
We'd buy an aeroplane,
And with the lochremen and fairies,
We'd send them out to Spain,
And when that the Cattan men,
Would walk on Spanish ground,
The Reds would fly before them,
Like the hare before the hound,
The lochremen and fairies,
Would fight with magic skill,
The could tell the Spanish soldiers,
That they came from Thonnagh Hill,
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Woman went back the next night and stopped in the church until midnight. At midnight the priest came out on the altar and asked is there anyone who will serve Mass. The woman said yes she went up to serve Mass. The priest said he came out on the altar for the last twenty nights, and asked that question, and got no one to serve Mass and he said that he was going now, and he would never come back again.
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said nothing. The man went home and next day told the priest and told him to go to the church with the priest to night.
The next night the man and the priest went to the church and they were not long there until the priest and the lights came out on the altar and he asked them was there anyone to serve Mass and the other priest said that he would serve Mass.
They began to serve Mass and when Mass was said, the priest and the lights disappeared and the priest said he was going up to heaven.
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Long ago there was a man coming from the town and he had to pass by a church and it was raining very hard.
He went into the church for shelter and a priest came out on the altar and he had a light with him and he asked that man was there any one to serve Mass and the man
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Long ago there was a Blessed well in the place where Lough Gowna is now and the people used to carry water out of it. There was a cover on it and the people used to cover the well when they would have their gallons filled they would cover the well again.
One day this girl went to the well for a gallon of water and she forgot to cover the well.
On a sudden a calf leaped out of the well and followed the girl as far as they ran
Lough Gowna got its name from that calf.
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Once upon a time there was a woman who was very tired after her day's work. She went to devotions that were in the church. She fell asleep while the devotions were been carried on. The priest and the people left the church when the devotions were over, and he locked the doors of the church. When the woman awoke up and saw where she was, she was very much surprised.
This was about midnight, in a few minutes there came a priest out on the altar, and said "Is there anyone who can serve Mass for me". The woman was not able to speak. The next day the woman told a priest about what she saw. The priest sent her back to the church the next night again and he told her to stop in the church until midnight and when the priest comes out and asks that question tell him she would serve Mass. The
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they went to St. Patrick and asked him to lift the curse and so he did but he left it on the tops of the rushes and you see the tops of the rushes always brown or withered to this day.
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I got this prayer from Mrs Moran, Keeldra, Annaghmore.
There was some good Religious people in my district John Roarke he is dead now. He went to Mass wet and dry and he over eighty years. Here is a story I heard about Saint Patrick when he was preaching the true Faith. He came as far as a house in Drumard and he told a woman that he was hungry, the woman did not like him and she cooked a pup for him and when he sat down to eat it he made the Sign of the Cross on it. As soon as he had this done the pup walked off the plate and St. Patrick cursed the parish. The people of the parish got sorry and
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This is an old prayer that I heard from grandmother.
There are four corners on my bed,
There are four angles over head,
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John,
God bless the bed that I lay on.
And if I die before I sleep,
I'll give my soul to God to keep,
And if I die before I wake,
I'll give my soul to God to take.
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On Saturday morning the 8th of September 1798, three days before Granard had been the scene of an attack on the enemy forces and the rebels were flocked to the standard were hopefully awaiting the arrival of General Humbert. At Fureys forge above the village was busy in the making of pikes for the men of this village who was joining the forces of the march of Granard.
Cloone five miles from Ballinamuck had been reached on the evening of the 7th by Humbert and his army and camped there for the night in a place called campers field. Seamus Farrelly Andy Farrelly Aged 11 years Furmace. Aged [?] years
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books wery the Readamondaisy and the Unerversity. They were mixed schools. There was no blackboard only a big slate. The teachers remained as long as they were held.
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The people used to be taught in country houses. There was no certain names on these. My grandmother remembers to go to a school named Thomas Ward's. There was people going round named "The Poor Scholars" they lodged in the house they taught in. They were all strangers.
People gave one penny every Monday morning and two turf every day. There was 150 to 200 people going to school.
There was English and Irish taught, it was spoken by doctors or the higher people. The names of the
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stones.
Once there was a man named Amby McCrann going to school to this man and he said to a priest he could nearly say Mass with all the Latin he had learned.
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is ground.
51. Why is an umbrella like a pancake? Because it is seldom seen after lent.
52. What word by changing one letter becomes its opposite? United: Untied
53. Why are hot rolls like caterpillars? Because they make the butter fly.
54. Which is the bigger six dozen or half a dozen? Six doz doz
55. If a herring and a half cost three half 'ds how many would you get for a shilling? Twelve.
56. If a hen and a half laid an egg and a half, in a day and a half how many would she lay in a week? Seven:
57. Why is the top of a dogs tail compared to the heart of a tree? Because its far from the bark.
58. Why dose a chicken cross the road? To get to the other side.
59. Why is a loft on a steeple compared to a race horse? Because its high bread (bred)
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42. What is the difference between a man walking up-stairs and a man looking after him? One steps up-stairs and the other stare up steps.
43. What is the difference between a boy kissing a girl and a boy looking at them? One is kissing a miss and the other is missing a kiss.
44. How would you make a coat last? Make the trousers and waistcoat first.
45. Why was Goliath suprised when David struck him with a stone? Because such a thing never entered his head before.
46. What is the longest word in the language? "Smiles" because there is a mile between the first and last letters.
47. What is the most wonderful animal on the farmyard? The pig. Because he is first killed and then cured.
48. Which travels slower, heat or cold? Cold because you can catch it.
49. What grows bigger the more you contract it? A debt.
50. When is coffee like the soil? When it
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whole day? Because every day begins by breaking.
32. Why does a railway clerk punch a hole in your ticket? To let you pass through.
33. When relating a story what letter should be avoided? The letter S because it makes tale stale.
34. Why is a shrimp like a member of parliament? It has M.P. at the end of its name.
35. Which legal document is a vehicle? A conveyance.
36. Why is O the noisiest vowels? Because all the others are inaudible.
37. Why is an empty purse expressive of constancy? You can find no change in it.
38. Name something which nobody wants and nobody wants to lose? A lawsuit.
39. What is the difference between ceremonies? You stand upon ceremonies and sit upon forms.
40. Why is a philanthropist like a van horse? He always stops at the sound of woe.
41. What is the difference between a school-teacher and an engine driver? One trains the mind and the other minds the train.
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20. What has teeth and cannot eat? A saw?
21. What wears shoes but cannot take them off? A horse
22. What leaves rags on the hedge? The dew
23. Why should you not tell secrets in a corn field? Because there are too many ears in the field.
24. When is there a difference between a lady and her looking-glass? When the one talks without reflecting and the other reflects without talking.
25. When does a man impose upon himself? When he taxes his memory.
26. What coloured letters do we eat? Green peas.
27. Why is the sun like a good loaf? Because it is light when it rises.
28. Why are pretty women unlike dogs? They show their teeth but don't bite.
29. Why is your nose in the middle of your face? It is the scenter.
30. Why is a pullet crossing the road like a robbery with violence? It is a fowl proceeding.
31. Why is it that we have never known a
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for a bone? A shoe.
X. Spell broken-down-ditch with three letters? Gap.
11. Why is a cow's tail like a swans breast? Because it grows down.
12. A head like a thimble, tail like a rat you can guss forever but you couldn't guess that? A pipe.
13. What becomes bigger the more we take from it? A grave.
14. What is all eyes and yet can't see? A crook.
15. A cow and a calf cost a dollar and a half, what would a ton of coal come to? Ashes.
16. Why dose a donkey eat thistles? Because it's an ass.
17. When is a farmer cruel? When he threshes his corn.
18. What goes over the hill and never comes back again? A path.
19. What has legs and can't walk? A table.
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I. What causes many a silent tear? An Onion.
II. What mistake does a bride make? She doesn't marry the best man.
III. What goes away between two woods and comes home between two waters? A woman going to the well with two wooden pails for water.
IV. Why are niggers always trusted with secrets? Because they always keep dark.
V. What goes most against the farmers grain? A machine.
VI. Why dose a hen pick a dish? Because she can't lick it.
VII. What goes up the chimney down but will not go down the chimney up? An umbrella.
VIII. Thick in the middle and thin at both ends, often picked up by the ducks and the hens? A grain of corn.
IX. What sits in the corner waiting
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Migratory
Swallow
Cuckoo
Corncrake
Plover
Other Birds
Robin
Wren
Thrush
Blackbird
Sparrow
Finch
Hawk
Lark
Linnet
Crow
Jack-daw
Magpie
Wood-pigeon
Owl
Woodcock
Partridge
Snipe
Wild-duck
Swan
Curlew
Pheasant
Waterhen
Wagtail
Starling
Blue bonnet
Kingfisher
Jay Thrush
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about five years he heard that there were two rifles hidden in the old chapel but he was afraid to go up and look for them, since the last day he saw the hunt. But one night he got courage and he went up, and he had just found the rifles when he saw a big tall man with a black overcoat and a hat, and the collar of the coat up around his face.
He knew very well that it was a ghost. Suddenly the ghost pointed at him and two shots were fired and the man fell dying on the ground.
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There was once a chapel in Belclare, and the people in Belclare wanted a new chapel. So they build a new chapel in front of the old chapel.
And one Sunday evening, a man was going up to a well behind the old chapel. He suddenly heard noise. He first thought that it was people in the ruins of the chapel. So he went in and to his suprise there he saw a hunt with six hunts men riding on six horses. He thought they were real, and he asked them, had they caught any fox. They did not answer him and after a while he knew they were ghosts. he ran home and told the people, but they did not believe him. After
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There was a cobbler living in Conamara many years ago. He was a very lazy man and when he would earn some money he would spend the next few days in spending it. One night he heard some people say that a fairy used to med shoes in an old Lios near where he lived. They said if you could catch him that you would be rich for life. One night he went to the lios and saw the fairy. He stole up behind him and caught him and asked him for gold. The fairy said that the gold was hidden under a tree. He dug down and found a note. On opening it he found a last, a awl, a hammer and a note. On the note was written if you use with proper care you will have riches after a year
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There is an old round tower in Killbannon beside the old Church. It was used for the safety of the priests. When the soldiers came the priests would go up the ladder with the Vestments, Chalices, and Holy Communions and they would pull up the ladder after them.
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The name of the well is St Pauls well.
It flows into the New Cut. There is a church no bush or any story about it. There is no wall around it. The partom St is St Paul.
There is no feast or pilgrimage to it.
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About one mile byond where the present beet factory stands you can see the remains of a tower to which was attached a church founded by St Benin after which the district is called Kilbannon that is the Church.
Here St Patrick erected an altar and said Mass in the course of his mission to Connacht. Here also St Jarlath recived his education and was ordained to the Priesthood and after his ordination left Kilbannon and founded a church and a school in Cloonfush.
Many years passed when he founded a church in Tuam and became its first Bishop. It is suprising that there is no pilgrimage to this holy spot of Kilbannon
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Once upon a time there was a Priest living in Claretuaim. This night he was in his house an a man called to the house saying his child was very sick. So the priest told the that he would follow him. About five minutes after he went after him. When he got about half way he heard a lot of thing singing. He stopped his horse on the road and looked over the ditch and saw a long of thingings like whith lambs. Then he went on his way again and as he went a little farther he saw two men before him. When he came up to them they stopped him up. Then they said to him, "We are going to ask you a question and if you can tell us the truth, tell us". They said to him, "Is there any redemption for the Fallen Angels on the Last Day". Well I am sorry to tell you that there is no redemption for them on the last day" Then they said to him "catch the [?] in the way and don't look back what so ever
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Long ago when the people used to bury a person they used to bury every thing they had in with the person. They would put their money their jewelry and all their valuable stuff they had. One time this woman used to visit another woman and she was old but she had a lot of things money, jewelry and other things. But the woman died and the other thought that she'd leave everything to her but she did not leave anything at all to her.
So one night the woman went to her grave to get the stuff and she went to open the lid of the coffin when something happened her. The next morning she was found dead in the tomb and from that day to this they put anything in with the people.
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The year 1049 marks an important date in the history of diocese of Tuam. In that year King Aed O Connor after defeating Amalgain O Flaherty established his principal residence in the town of Tuam. One of greatest of this family, Turlough Mor O'Connor ably assisted by Aed O Hessian Abbot and bishop did much for Tuam. During his reign a beautiful Church was built and the Cross erected. The greater part of latter still stands in the Square of Tuam. The name of Archbishop, Oliver Kelly, is inscribed on the Cross together with the of King Turlough O Connor who founded here the monastery of canons about 1140.
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Races.
There is an old Race-course in Gurrane's. Twenty horses would run on the race-course. The ruins of the Stand are still to be seen.
Matches.
There was a football pitch in Gurrane's. Nineteen men played on each side.
Crosses.
There is a cross in the Square. It was knocked down by the Protestants long ago. The pieces were found and they were put together. But three pieces are missing yet.
Churches.
There is an old Church in the Chapel Lane near Hardismans.
Monasteries.
There is an old monastery out near Stafford's of Mayfield. This is an old monastery out in Cloonfush it belonged to Saint Jarlath.
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Long ago an old English man lived in Ballymote about two miles from Tuam. His name was Hubert Lott. He had a dream that a pot of gold was hidden in a little hill near by. He sent his men to dig up this hill and when they were about four feet from the top they came to a big flag. There was written in large print "Stop, and go no further".
Smoke began to come out from under this flag and the men got frightened and stopped. This hill is here yet and you can still see the flag if you went near it
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There was a pot of gold found by a man named Lohan about forty years ago under a bush in his own garden in Sylane.
One night he heard a voice calling him three times telling him to go to Limerick Bridge and there he would find his fortune. He went to Limerick and began to walk up and down. A man passing by asked him why he was walking up and down. He said that he was told to go to Limerick and he would find his fortune.
The other man told him to go home that it was all a joke and that he also was told to go to Lohan's garden in Sylane and he would get his fortune under a bush. Lohan said nothing but went home and dug up the bush and found the gold.
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They took of their clothes and tied them to the cow's horns. But broke away and ran home with all their speed and the clothes still tied to their horn's.
When the men were going to work they saw the robbers running after the flying cattle.
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February the first is the feast of St Brigid. On the night before it boys go round the town with the Brideog.
It consists of a stick or a piece of turf with a cloth and they ask for a penny for the Brideog.
The go round in honour of St Brigid who was an Irish Saint. Nearly all poor boys go round because long go St. Brigid was very kind to the poor. One long ago a man dressed up as a begger and asked her for her for a sheep. St. Brigid gave it to him. He did that seven times but the last time he went away laughing but when he got home all his sheep were gone.
There is another story about St. Brigid. Once two robbers stole some cattle from her fields. Things went well till they came to a river the cattle would not cross for them.
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There are ruins of an old monastery up the Donmore Rd on the right hand side and about a half a mile from Tuam. It was founded by the Francisans Monks.
There is also a holy well there. Beside the well there are great stones of the old monastery. It is said that a few laymen carved out a beautiful thing for their cattle and sheep to drink out of. There is also a ruin of where they used to keep their sheep and cattle and beside it there is a big boiler of stone. The boiler is still on the place where the Monks used to light their fire underneath the boiler. Beside the there a great stone with letters written. Behind where the were the well sprung up stands the back wall of the buildings.
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2020-05-23 21:27
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There is a place in Tuam called Deerpark on the Ballymote Rd two miles from Tuam. It is divided and given to the farmers around Aghlogh. Near it there is a place called the Socker field. Long ago this game was played there. Long ago the Deer used to run from Deerpark back to Birmingham.
Its a very hilly place and there are mighty high walls. The Grawans races used to run through Deerpark.
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2020-05-23 21:25
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There once lived a tailor and he was getting a lot of work to do. Every morning when he would get up his clothes would be made. So one night he watched and he saw twelve fairies making the suits. He was very pleased when he saw them. And he made twelve suits for them. Next morning when he got up the suits were gone. And the fairies made no more suits for him after that, because he watched them.
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2020-05-23 21:23
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There is a place in Co Galway called Torloughmore noted for notorious Faction Fights. The parties used to meet there. On a fair day which was held on first of August some of the men had lead melted on the top of their sticks, so that the blow they gave would cause death. The women too were fighting.
One fair day the parties could not start a fight so one man stepped out of the crowd and took off his coat, threw it on the ground, and defied any man to step on it. Out came another man who was anxious to fight. He did not get time to say anything. He was knocked down by the blow. Some women took off their stockings and put stones into them and began to swing them around. They caused a great amount of harm. So that brought an end to the Factions fights in Torloughmore.
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2020-05-23 21:17
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There was once an officer who was standing at a crossroad. This was in Penal Days in Ireland. There was a lot of country Protestants they were very proud. The officer was a Catholic.
There was about ten Protestant countrymen coming down the road. They say the officer saying his prayers on the road. They went back to one of their houses and got some pick's and ran up the road to kill the officer because he was a Catholic. The officer saw them and ran away across the fields. He ran up a hill the countrymen caught him and killed him. A stone then fell and killed them all.
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2020-05-23 21:14
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In the parish of Cummer near Tuam there is an open pit known as "Clais an Aifrinn" in which a cross is erected where the people used to go to Mass at the time of the Penals Laws
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Some arms were found about a few miles in the from Tuam in the village of Cusceh. It is not known what was found but it was found under a big stone by a soldier.
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A few hundred years from now there were great Faction Fights between Donmore and Tuam in Donmore. The people used to gather at a certain spot and every second man would bring a cart and horse and one man would be in charge of about thirty men.
When they arrived at the spot to fight they looked for the enemy. It was a custom at that time that they should hide in the ditches. Each party had strong sticks with knobs on them. Very many fell with wounds from blows of the sticks. As soon as the fight was over all that were hurt were layed on straw.
For that purpose the men made straw beds on the carts. A few miles from the battlefield there was a large house in which the wounded received first aid. Many brave men received broken legs and arms and one of them who was brave and received a few sticks in his head
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Clash an Aifrinn is situated near Sylane. It was used by the Irish during. It was, the Penal Laws to Mass. It is about four miles from Tuam. It is a hollow down in the ground with bushes around it. The people out their put bull wise around it to keep the sheep out from it. There is a gap between two bushes but its full of nettles and weeds now.
There is an altar cut of stone and a cross cut stone in the middle of the hollow. There is a date written on the stone of the time it was erected. There is a priests name there also. It is very hard to read the words now because they are nearly blotted out. There are ruins of old buildings or a monastery one side of it
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2020-05-23 21:04
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There is a place four miles outside Tuam called Castle Moyle. There is a huge river there called Castle Moyle. It is in the middle of a big wood. There is a big hole in the ground fifteen or sixteen feet down the ground. Long ago the English used to catch the prisoners and put them down the hole and leave them down the hole. They used to leave them there until they would die of hunger.
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said a loud curse and immediately the gold disappeared, except the three pieces he held in his hand.
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2020-05-23 21:01
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There was gold hidden in "Cliudrevagh" near the old castle in Castlehackett, and the spot can be pointed out to the present day. A man named Patrick Greally found the gold, and when two other men saw him picking up the gold one of them
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There was hidden gold buried in Killbannon. The place is on the right hand side of the road as one passes from Kilbannon from Team. It was hidden down under a hill. There was gold false teeth found and gold rings and gold razors and swords and gold bracelets found there. There was also pictures of kings and queens.
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miles from the church.
Lord Leitrim came with a band of soldiers to knock the church. The priest was on the altar saying Mass so he gave the keys to a man named Reynolds, and told him when he would see all the soldiers coming to lock the door. When he saw the soldiers coming he locked the door. Lord Leitrim broke in the door and went up to where the priest was reading Mass on the Altar. The priest told Reynolds to give the keys to Lord Leitrim. Lord Leitrim gave the keys to a Protestant man named Howard, and any one who wanted to get into the church had to beg the keys of Howard. When Lord Leitrim died the keys were given back to the priest again.
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Gortletteragh Church 9-1-1939
The parish Church that we have now was going to be knocked by Lord Leitrim because he was a Protestant and it was a Catholic Church. Father Fitzgerald was parish priest at that time. He had the keys of the Church and would not give them to Lord Leitrim. Lord Leitrim wanted to knock the Church because it was on his land. He never wanted to leave the church there. The church was going to be destroyed in the year 1856. The curate of the parish was Father Sleivin. Lord Leitrim ownes all the land around the church. Where Lord Leitrim used to live was two
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2020-05-22 15:56
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knocked down the house and ordered the priests not to live on his land which he ruled over. Then the priests went to live down near Mohill.
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2020-05-20 16:38
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The following is the recipe which my grandmother used in making boxty.
Ingredients:-
Take six or seven large raw potatoes and some flour and salt.
The potatoes when grated are put into a clean cloth and squeezed so as to make them as dry as possible. The flour and salt are then added to the mixture which is formed into a loaf and put into a hot oven well greased beforehand and there left to bake for about an hour.
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meal. Then they were cut into "farels" and left on a pan or in an oven to bake slowly. Potato-cakes are still made but they are mixed with flour instead of oaten meal.
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saw this he said it would be useless to dig his crop, so he got men to put fresh clay all over the ridges save them from the [?]. When they were dug the following year most of them were safe. The next year the potato crop was very bad again as seed was scarce and in many places "poheens" were sown broadcast like grain.
As the people depended mostly on the potato crops there was great want amongst them and many died from hunger. To relieve the distress, committees were formed to distribute Indian meal which was supplied by the Government. To make matters worse fever broke out and many died from it.
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2020-05-20 16:32
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My grandfather often told me stories about the Great Famine, stories he heard from his father.
For some years before the famine the crop of potatoes were extra good. My great grandfather, Edward Tighe, had a shop in Ballymote and a farm of land at Carrigans in which he had half an acre of potatoes set. In the Autumn of 1846 a man came into his shop to show him the spots on some potatoes he had dug. At this time most of the potatoes had been dug and in pits. In a short time he noticed that the "heaps" were getting flat looking and on being opened it was found that all the potatoes were rotting away into mulch. When my grandfather
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for America. The deserted land became the property of one man and that is the reason why to the present day certain fields on a farm are known as MacDonagh's field, Dwyers field etc.
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The famine of 1846-'47 affected this district very much. There was a total failure of the potato crop. The blight, making its first appearance, came on in a single night and destroyed the young green stalks. In some cases a quantity of very small potatoes escaped decay. Some people preserved these for seed for the following year and they produced a very successful crop.
Before the famine this district was very thickly populated. Many people died of hunger. Great distress prevailed and to relieve this the Government granted a supply of Indian meal. This meal was sometimes given raw to the poor people, in other cases there was a man employed to make porridge from the meal. An old man who died not long ago told that he saw women pull nettles and ask for "a grain of salt" to put in the raw nettles.
A very bad fever called cholera followed in the wake of the famine. Many people left home
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When cattle are sold the seller must pay customs on them. For the purpose of collecting the custom men are placed in advantageous position and they will [?] anyone that refuses to pay the custom - an inconsiderable sum - to have their cattle railed or brought past them.
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him by putting saddle on him or by cutting hair off him with a scissors. Those intended for shipping are generally marked with an anchor like with a scissors.
In the case of certain animals, horses, bulls, the sells has to provide the purchaser with a halter and in all other cases the halter may be kept.
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About fifty years ago there was a "black man" in the local Smith's garden and at the local pump near by. Many people saw this "black man. This "man was seen at various times in the night, according to local accounts this "black man was seen for a considerably time. This "black man was seen at the hour of ten o'clock.
On one occasion two painters were residing in Bracklyn, when these painters had their work finished this evening they went to the village of Delvin. These painters passed the Smith's garden and the pump going to the village, and they were returning home in the night one of them saw the "black man" standing at the end of the garden. He was so much frightened that he had to go in to a neighbour's house where he rested for a while.
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come in at once. When they would come in, they would have to give him the one third of their fish or they would be beheaded.
There was a young man who had friends in Castlemagee, he came on a visit to them: his friends brought him out fishing for one night. They were getting a good deal of fish, when they heard the signal for them to go in.
This boy would not let the boat in. So they waited out and they got a good deal of fish. When they went in every one gave a divide of fish to the Chieftain, but when it came to this boy's turn he refused to give any.
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2020-05-18 19:31
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There was once a Chieftain living in Castlemagee. When ever the fishermen would be out fishing, he would ring a bell, and they should
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good price.
They get one shilling and six pence each for them from the fowler's because they kill the other birds. So they can't get any.
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Most of our crows are usually black. There were five or six grey backed crows seen at Temple Mary N.S. a few days ago. They are much bigger than our usual ones. They are much like the other ones.
They follow the seagulls here and there from place to place. They come from Rathfarn abbey. They hatch in the holes in the walls of the abbey. In Connamara the people sell them and they fetch a
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Written by:-
Ita Killeen,
Cartoon,
Killalar,
Co. Mayo.
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be dying on the sides of the roads, and in the houses in large numbers.
On account of their having no food to support themselves. Like the time of the Famine nearly all the people in the country that were living at that time lived on potatoes and butter milk.
The old people in this district say that they did not see such dry weather in the month of May for the past ten years. The last fair that was in Killala was very bad on account of the dryness. People did not want any cattle because they had no grass to feed them. The grass would not grow without rain.
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2020-05-18 19:24
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The weather at present is very dry. We had no rain around Killala district for the past two months. On account of the drying every thing is beginning to fade. The grass is withering day by day. It is changing from green to brown.
The potatoes are withering also. Nothing can grow properly without rain. The plants and flowers cannot grow properly without rain. The people in this district had to sprinkle the flowers and plants, that grew in their flower gardens.
If it did not rain all the cattle, sheep, pigs and all living creatures would die without rain. If it did not rain the people would
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a salmon, but the man refused him. He said he would give him the next.
The next one was still bigger and the man refused again. Every one was getting bigger, but the man refused all the time. St. Patrick cursed the place and he said that a salmon would never be caught on the island.
The island is always green in Summer or in Winter. There was never a salmon caught there since Gobery is buried under the Breastagh stone, near Mullagh na Crusha.
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Cill Reo. The stones of that church are so large that no man at the present day would lift them. Then he went to Foghill. He baptized several others there also.
There is a well and a statue in honour of the Saint placed near the well at present. The children called him back when he did not know what to do. He blessed Foghill. He said that Foghill would never be without children. He gave them the gift of song.
He heard them saying, "Come holy youth, and walk again amongst us". When he was on his way to Foghill he saw a man fishing salmon on a green island. He asked him for
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2020-05-18 19:17
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When Gobery the son of Awley, was ruling this district, was at the court of Tara. He coaxed St. Patrick to come. But for Gobery coaxed St. Patrick to come with him, he would not have come as soon as he did.
He baptized several hundreds of people at Mullaghfarry. He came on to Killala and he baptized people there and he also built a church. There was a druid going to kill the Saint at Mullaghorn, but the ground started to open to swallow him. But he got sorry and he repented.
He after wards became a friend of St. Patrick and he helped him to build the church about a mile from Killala. The church is called
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2020-05-16 20:19
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Leslie's Castle near Ballybay was burnt in the year 1921. It was burnt in the time of the trouble between Irish and the Brittish. There were reports that the Brittish soldiers were coming to the castle of the Irish people planned to burn the castle.
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A woman named Mrs. King was drowned in Crieve Lake in the year 1937. She was lost one night; next morning a man saw something out on the lake. The people got a boat and went out and they found that it was her body. She lived in Crieve.
A mill belonging to a man called Keenan at Doohamlet was burned. A man was working in the mill and the corn went on fire and it burnt the whole mill.
Written by:- Henry Carlew.
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About seventy years ago there lived a man in Treenagher named Patrick Carney who was a very good creel-maker. People from all parts of the country came to him for creels as there were not many who could make them.
The people brought him the rods and he made them. He usually charged six shillings for every pair of creels.
Then his son whose name was Thomas Carney learned this trade of creel-making, so the both made creels for some years.
One time there was a prize of thirty pounds given for the best creel-maker of the locality and everybody knew that Patrick Carney would get the prize. This prize was
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village.
Tom McAndrew 76 years
Margret McAndrew 72 years
Tom McKenzey 78 years
Peg Howley 80 years
Pat Hope 76
Bridget Loftus 80
Those people are able to tell stories in English
Got From = Michael Gillard Cloontia
Collected by Breeta Gillard Cloontia
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There was also another house in a field now owned by Martin Cowley. It was Charley Cowley that lived in it and it was there that the old school was long ago.
Not many years ago there was a family of the Rays. The old house is still to be seen. That man is now living in Corballa. That house was in the upper part of the village. There were two other houses in my village. It was Patsy Kelly that owned one of them. The ruins are still to be seen. It was Baby Kelly that owned the other one. The ruins are still to be seen.
The most common name long ago was Ray. The upper part of that village was called Ray's town. The middle part called Howleys town and the lower part called after the Rays which divides Cloontia land Carranaglough. There is none of the Ray's left now in Cloontia. There are four slated houses, two galvanised and eight thatched.
There are six old people in my
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Many years ago there were many more houses in the village of Cloonta. We now own a field in which there was a house long ago. It was a man the name of Loftus that owned it. This man went to Bolton in England
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Once upon a time a woman named Mrs Loftus from Carramaglough came for water to the well. She caught a fish and brought him home. At that time people used to fry fish on tongs. She put him on the tongs and he did not fry. After a while he jumped off the tongs and fell on the floor. She got frightened and brought him back again. The track of the tongs was burnt on his back and he is to be seen there since. It is said that anyone who has a disease and sees this fish is cured. It is also said that there is a fish in St Patricks well, which is outside Ballina and anyone who can see him is cured if they have a disease.
Got From = Mrs Walsh. Carranaglough
Collected by = May Walsh. Carranaglough
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There is a blessed well in John McKenzie's field. It is the only one round our place. The name of it is Tobar Feithin. It is situated in the middle of the field. A great many people visit that well from the fifteenth of July until the fifteenth of August. They perform a great many stations round the well. They only visit it on Sundays and Fridays. People are making stations round it over more than one hundred years. It commemorates St Feithin. That well is there since St Feithin was in Ireland. No one drinks the water but there is a stone in the middle of the well, and people stand on it and pray.
They have to take off their shoes when they are standing on the stone. They pay three visits to the well and perform three stations .
A great many people use that water in their homes. They leave hairpins and tie ribbons on the bush that is beside the well.
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Once upon a time there lived a man in Glenquin. One night he said he would search the cave under the castle. He went out about midnight. When he was near the cave he heard the roar of a dog. The man ran into the cave but he was blocked by a big dog. The man took out his whip and killed the dog. The man went in farther and he saw a crock of gold. He took the crock in his hands and at that instant he found himself at home sitting in a chair with a crock of gold. The man lived happily ever after.
I got this story from my grandfather Denis Connell.
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Once upon a time there lived a man in Churchtown. Every night a ghost used to appear to him in bed. One night he told the priest. So this night the priest stayed up and watched and about midnight the ghost came out he went to a house and he came out again he went in to another house and came out again the priest followed him into a third house and he asked him "why did he not stay in the first house" "he said they were saying the rosary and the same in the second house and he stayed in this house because the man was asleep.
The priest took out a bottle of holy water and shook it on the ghost and it disappeared into a ball of flames it was the divil.
I got this story from my mother Mary Healy.
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2020-05-13 19:53
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Once upon a time there lived a man in Killidg. One night the man was coming home from a fair. He saw a log on the road. He went back and he told a guard. The guard came with him and the man said "look at that log" but he got no answer. He looked around him and the guard was gone. The next night he told a priest the priest said "get a bottle of holy water and we will go out" "Alright said the man and he got the bottle. They went along the road and they saw the leg. The priest made the sign of the cross and at that instant the leg disappeared and the guard stood in front of them.
I got this story from my father Patrick Healy.
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frost. If the cows are far away from one another in the fields it is said that we will have bad weather.
If the clouds are moving quickly across the sky it is said that we will have a storm.
If the sea gulls fly towards the North we will have wet weather. It is an old saying that when the wind blows the dust from the road we shall have a storm.
Delia Moore
Carrocanada Swinford Co Mayo
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If you see a lot of insects in the air it is believed that we will have fine weather. If the sea gulls fly high in the sky it is a sign of fine weather. If there is a ring round the moon at night it is said that we will have rain. If the dog eats grass bad weather is coming. If the blaze from the fire is blue it is said that we will have rain. If the cat is scraping wood a storm is coming. If the stars are bright at night it is a sign of
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November 3rd 1937
Weather Lore
There are many local beliefs about the weather but it is hard to follow them all.
These are some of them.
If the sun goes down red in the evening in the West it is said that we will have fine weather. If the smoke goes directly to the sky it is a sign of fine weather approaching. If birds fly high good weather is expected.
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called his dog and set him on the ghost. The dog made a rush at it. John Mulroy called another dog. The female dog rushed at the other dog. The dog jumped away from him and rushed at the ghost. John got a flag and killed the dog. The next day a woman came into the house and asked Mulroy's mother why should he be setting the dog after things at night
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The old people long ago had a lot of fairy tales such as this one.
In the village of Lisbrogan there was a house in Mrs Gallagher's field. There was an old woman living in it called Mrs Morrisroe.
One night a ghost came into the house.
Every one jumped into the bed crying but John Mulroy. He
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will have luck for the year
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nests and when the birds are out the young cuckoo throws the other birds out of their nest.
The cuckoo is a middling big bird. She is a bluish colour with black stripes on his breast.
The old people say that if the cuckoo comes early it is the sign of bad weather. When a person hears the cuckoo for the first time she looks at the heel of her boot and if she gets three grey ribs on it they say, that she
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The cuckoo comes to this country at the end of spring. The cuckoo has only one song "cuckoo". The cuckoo sleeps in the wood at night. The cuckoo is a very lazy bird as she never builds a nest of her own but lays her eggs in other birds'
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There are about three acres of potatoes grown on our land each year. First of all the farmer ploughs the stubble ground & then in a week afterwards he harrows it and then cross ploughs it, and he leaves it there for about a fortnight. After that he harrows it and then cultivates it and then cross-harrows it till he makes it very fine for opening drills. Afterwards
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2020-05-10 16:46
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The wild duck is the wildest and the most common bird found in our district. She builds her nest in a bog among rushes and sedges. She builds a very comfortable nest with feathers and hair, and she lays about six green eggs. She sits on them for three weeks and she does not eat much for that time. She is very like a common duck. When the people hear the Curlew whistling in the air they say it is a sign of rain.
There is a story that comes down to us about the robin. When Our Saviour was dying on the cross, the robin flew up on the cross to try to release Our Lord and he got blood on his breast.
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plate. After a time they would take off the basin and then they would imagine they saw a name written on the flour that they were to marry that person.
On May Day the people had a custom of bringing in the Summer with them. One person would stay up all night and when the break of day would come he would go out and bring in branches of holly, hazel and two kinds of mountain ash. Then they would go around the house singing "[?] Fein an Sampat linn".
On Palm Sunday the people take a palm to Mass to get it blessed. In the month of May the people in my district go to the Blessed Well in the townland of Rockspring
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On the night before St Brigid's Day the people put out a piece of red cloth sprinkled with holy water, on a bush. On the next day being St Brigid's Day they would bring it in and put it in some hiding place and keep it there for the year. If any one got sick in that house they would put it to the place where the pain was. While they were putting on the cloth they said some special prayer to St Brigid that the person may be healed.
The man of the house would go out and get rushes then he would put a big cloak on him. He would go around the house three times. He would come to the door and he would be welcomed by saying Cead Mile Failte Romhat. Every one in the house would make a cross of rushes and they would put one of them in the roof of the house to protect the house from danger during the year.
On May Day the boys and girls who were not married would go out and get a small white worm which they called the dructin. They would bring him in and they would put him in a plate of flour with a basin turned up side down on the
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he or she likes best.
Then he gets the cloth the same colour at the tailor's house and then the tailor takes his measure, and starts to make the suit.
Cloth is not spun and woven locally at the present day. Long ago suits were made of frieze, and at the present day suits are made of tweed, gabardine or serge.
The tailor uses a sewing machine in his work. He also uses a tape when measuring. He uses a scissors when cutting cloth. Socks and stockings are knitted in the home by the women. Others are knitted by knitting machines. Thread is not spun in the homes. There is no spinning wheel in the district now.
At the death of a relative black is worn. At weddings bright clothes are worn. The bride usually wears a white frock and a veil.
Material was obtained from
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too, all the suits had to be sown by the hand, for there were no machines then.
During that period the flax was growing locally, and the women bleached the flax, and put it on the spinning wheel. Then towels and sheets were made of the linen.
Flannell shirts were made in the homes long ago, but at present it is usual to make flannelette shirts.
There are two tailors in the district at present. Their names are Mr. Griffin and Mr. Dillane. They do not travel from house to house, but they work in their own homes. Some tailors stock cloth while others do not.
Often when a person wants to get a suit made, he purchases the cloth himself and takes it to the tailor, to get it made, while others go to the tailors house and are given a book of patterns, to pick out which colour
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Long ago the people of this locality, after the sheep were shorn, took over the wool to Newbridge to Mr. Pelkenton. In return for the wool, they would get some yards of tweed or frieze and a couple of pounds of wool usually grey. When this wool was taken home the women spun it into thread by means of a spinning wheel. The socks were then knitted.
The local tailors long ago, were Mr. McMahon, and Mr. Bond. When a man got tweed or frieze in return for the wool he sold he kept it in the house until he wanted a suit of clothes.
At that time the tailors travelled from house to house and they stayed in the house while making the suit. A tailor got about ten shillings for making a suit of clothes, but he was supported in the house while the suit was being made. At that time
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eaten them than they went to some pool or well where they drank water until they died.
Epidemics of all kinds followed the famine. Many families were stricken down with fever, and as the patients had little or no attendances, they all with few exceptions perished.
The famine years are still spoken of but not to such an extent as that of twenty years ago.
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of corn in the country, but as this had to be given to the landlords for the rent, they could not fall back on the corn for support in case the potato crop failed.
The blight appeared early, and it was evident to all that bad times were coming. The potatoes were small and rotted in the ground; and those who were fortunate to have the potatoes sorted in pits fared just as badly, because a dry rot set in rendering the potatoes unfit for food.
The Government saw the dire distress of the people but they rendered little or no aid.
One thing the Government did was to distribute salt herrings to the starving people, with the result that no sooner had they
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Many old people who are now dead often referred to the famine of 1846-47. People died by the roadside with hunger and there were so many deaths every day that it was impossible to get coffins for all, hence it was that the corpses were buried without coffins, and often a great many corpses were interred in the same grave.
The district was then very thickly populated. Houses were to be seen everywhere but when the dread days were passed all those houses fell into ruins, and to-day traces of them can still be pointed out.
At that time the people depended for their support on the potato crop. There was plenty
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master in the art of story-telling.
Another man, named John Lehane, who is well known in the locality is capital at telling the latest news.
The very old beggars were very poor and were always treated with hospitality.
The present race of beggars, for the most part, are not deserving of charity in any sense of the word.
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in caravans, and as a rule, the people have no welcome for them.
These travellers deal in fancy flower stands and wicker-work of all kinds.
The caravans are drawn by horses, so that they have no bother in going from place to place.
The best known of these travellers who keep in companies are The Lulligans, The O Flynns, The McCarthys, The Coffeys and The Bryans. The families that frequent this place very often are The Lulligans and The Coffeys. Great bands of them may be seen on the 17th February, that is the day before Tullylease Pattern. Again a few days before "Puck Fair" great numbers of them pass this way.
A Kerryman, named Moloney, gives a call about twice a year. He can speak Irish fluently, and he is a great
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Travelling people call to my home now and again. Some are really poor and are objects of charity.
One class will accept nothing bu a copper. They never ask for flour or potatoes like the old beggars.
All they want is money, and this in most cases is spent in drink.
Another class sell small articles such as collar studs, laces, handkerchiefs etc. People have a welcome for them, and invariably purchase some of their wares.
These pedlars get most of their supplies from Woolworths, and their prices are fairly reasonable.
Bands of travellers visit here periodically. They live
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infallible cure for nettle stings.
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For cuts the herb known as Slanlus was invariable used. It was chewed and then applied to the cut.
Snaidhin na Peisre was a cure very much used about forty years ago. A cow suffering from gripe or worms was cured by this means. A cord having two knots was placed on the affected part, and then when the string was pulled the knots were no longer to be seen. This was repeated five or six times.
Fairy bells were used to cure sore feet. Those herbs were supposed to have a more beneficial effect if they were got in a fort.
To cure rheumatism nettles were applied to the affected parts.
The Cupage Saude was an
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black snail on a tree and leaving it there until it would die.
Water found in a hollow stone was supposed to cure warts also. This water was rubbed on the warts morning and evening, and in the course of a week the warts disappeared.
An inflamed swelling on the edge of the eyelid commonly called a sty, was cured by rubbing it with a fasting spittle every morning until the swelling went down. Sometimes a gold ring was used with equal effect.
For the purification of the blood cooked nettles were eaten during the month of May. This custom is still practised by many.
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The old people seemed to know much from about cures. Medicines were made from certain herbs growing in the fields and some of those medicines were very effective.
Children suffering from a disease called the 'Trush' were cured in this manner. The sick child was taken to the man who possessed the cure. This man breathed into the child's mouth thrice times and then the patient was taken home. People believe in this manner of curing the Thrush or Craod Zalar even to this day. A person whose father died before he was born, was said to have the power of curing this disease.
Warts were cured by tying a
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way on their way home at night often heard Pipers playing in this particular place.
The Larraga was the sloping field in front of the house. Furze grew all over this hilly parts of the farm, but owing to intensive grubbing every year, the furze was ultimately banished. It is now covered over with green grass and the cows graze there after milking time.
Then there is Gortnahown overlooking the River Allow. It is generally meadowed every year. When the hay is removed in the Autumn it gets a good coat of topdress.
Gortnamac is a field that is under meadowing very often. Last, but not least, is the High field which is used for tillage. Owing to its high position it is well suited for this purpose.
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a great storm arose, and it was so intense that the Captain never experienced the like before. Naturally enough the Captain and Crew were terrified, and said that the storm must be due to some unnatural cause. They came to the conclusion that there must be a murderer on board.
Noticing something strange about the man from Kiltane, the Captain questioned him, and after a short time he admitted that he killed the pedlar. The Captain not wishing to have a murderer on board put him into a boat, and left him out in the open sea. Shortly afterwards he was picked up by an English shop and conveyed to Queenstown.
The authorities at Queenstown
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In our farm each field has a special name.
The Cluain is the field where the cows stay at night during the Summer and Autumn months. Sometimes it is referred to as the Sleeping field.
During the day the cows are driven in the Ray. The grass is rather coarse, yet the cows relish it in the early part of the year. When bare the cows are allowed into the Inch. This is a low-lying field bounded by the River Allow on the Eastern side.
There is a small field to the east of the Cluain known by the name of Parknapisbaire. The old people told stories about this field. Travellers who passed that
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were also made in this shop.
Keelers were vessels used by the farmers for the setting of new milk. These vessels were made of oak.
Another very important industry in Freemount was shoe-making. A shoemaker named Kennedy had no less than ten shoemakers employed in his shop in the village at one time. Owing to the introduction of "Shop boots" the trade declined and after a few years it died out altogether. Clog making too, was carried on here.
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were also made in this shop.
Keelers were vessels used by the farmers for the setting of new milk. These vessels were made of oak.
Another very important industry in Freemount was shoe-making. A shoemaker named Kennedy had no less than ten shoemakers employed in his shop in the village at one time. Owing to the introduction of "Shop boots" the trade declined and after a few years it died out altogether. Clog making too, was carried on here.
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telling stories of the past.
Basket-making was another industry carried on in this locality years ago. The baskets made generally were those used for drawing turf, and were called Cliabhs. Basket-makers were often kept busy especially in the Autumn time.
The Skeheen was to be seen in every ouse in those days. It was made of twigs and shaped much like a shield. Strange to say this useful article has entirely disappeared.
Firkins for butter were made in Freemount by a Cooper named David O Conner. His workshop is still to be seen. Four or five men were always kept busy at this kind of works. Tubs and keelers
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For many years a weaver named John Brosnan lived in Ballybahallow. He worked at this business for many years, and satisfied his customers by making excellent frieze and blankets.
In the neighbourhood there were many women whose chief work was spinning. They were busy at their spinning wheels from morning to night. The thread thus made from the wool was sent on to the local weaver who manufactured it into blankets or cloth.
Peggie Madigan was one of those who lived principally by spinning. She lived in a small house on the road-side leading from Ballybahallow to John Bridge. It was pleasant to listen to her
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Once upon a time there lived an old woman in the townland of Corroneary who was very poor. One day when the wind was blowing fierce she thought that her house would be blown in. She started to pray fast. In a moment a little red fairy came to the door with a goose upon his arms. "Here take the goose" said he, "Keep her, it is a stormy season". The goose laid an egg and the woman fed her well for that day. The woman lived in such style afterwards that the people had to treat her well. She got many maids to wait upon her and she got prouder and prouder every day. The only fault she had to the goose was that she used to make too much noise.
Each time it laid an egg it seemed to cackle louder than before. At last the old woman said that the goose had her driven mad. She threw the pan and kettle and everything she could leave her hands upon at the poor goose. The poor goose flew through the house. She filled the house with cries. Suddenly in a moment the door opened and the little red fairy who had brought the goose again appeared. He spoke a few angry words to the old woman and then he picked up the bird and went home. The windows of her house were blown in and in a few moments the poor old woman was as poor as ever.
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How a pop-gun is made
A piece of stick generally hazel or sally is cut about a foot in length. A hole is bored right through from top to bottom leaving the outer covering like a shell.
A second piece is pared thin enough to go through the first while a thick portion left at one end to serve as a handle. A tiny piece of raw potato is placed and one end of the outer stick and shoved down to the mouth. A second piece of the potato is left at the opening. The handle is pushed through, the pressure then exerted on the air between the two pieces of potato causes the first to shoot out making the "pop" noise children love so well. Sometimes they shoot water from the pop-gun. This they do by tying a piece of woollen thread on to the handle and soaking it in water. When forcing the air out through the gun the water shoots out with it a long distance.
This description was written by Johnnie Gill Sla. VI Tournhill, Co. Mayo.
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Daisy Chains.
The girls in this district make daisy chains in Summer. They gather a number of daisies, bore a hole in the stem of one and pull the stem of a second out through, this is continued for the length required. Some of the children are fond of making daisy chains to decorate a statue of the Blessed Virgin which we have in the school.
Home Made Dolls
I often made dolls at home. First I got some coloured cloth and hay. I cut out the shape of the doll's feet, hands body and head in the cloth. Then I sewed them up and stuffed them with hay. Next I sewed the feet and hands on to the body. From two round pieces of cloth I made the head. For the face I sewed on a piece of white cardboard, marked on it in black pencil two dots for eyes, a dot for a nose, a long line for the mouth, slanted strokes over the eye for eyebrows. Then I dressed the doll with a silk frock made from small pieces. A doll like this is very useful for when you let her fall she will not break.
This was written by Peggie Lydon. Thornhill.
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See Note Book No. I. Pages 8 to 13 inclusive.
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The children here believe that it is very unlucky to rob the nest or touch the eggs. They hold that if a boy rob a nest a curse will follow him. If one touches the eggs they believe that the bird will forsake the nest. (I am glad to say very few nests are robbed here, the children respect the little birdies).
When the curlew cries and flies towards the hills it is a sign of stormy weather. When the swallows fly high fine weather is expected, when low bad weather.
When the seagulls come in on land a storm is expected. A crowd of magpies foretell rain. When the wren hides in a hole in the wall we may expect snow.
The old story of the robin's kindness is taking the thorns from Our Lord's Head is well known in the district. It is also said that a little bird follows the cuckoo and waits on her, the bird is called the "riabos".
Boys imitate the blackbird's whistle and the thrush song. All the children love to imitate the cuckoo. They take an interest in the habits of the birds and always announce when they see the first swallow or hear the cuckoo.
These notes about birds were written by Stds V VI VV
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"The children nowadays play many games such as "Tig", "The Farmers in His Den", "Rounders", "Hide and go seek and "Nuts in May". The boys played hurling, jumping & handball. The above games are played out of doors. In Winter we have indoor games like Draughts, Ludo, Snakes & Ladders, Fox & Geese.
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Rounders. The team is divided into two parts with a captain on each side. A penny is tossed and whichever side wins the toss is "in". One girl is chosen as bowler and bowls the ball to each player in turn. The player strikes the ball with a hurley and runs to the first post (or 2nd or 3rd or "Home" if possible) while the opponents are trying to catch the ball. If she is "burned" or tipped with the ball before reaching the post her side are out. They are also out if the ball is caught in the air. Then the other side goes "in" and the game continues in the same way. Each player in turn runs to post 1, 2, 3, home. This is called a round. The referee marks the rounds and whichever side has the most rounds wins. This is not an old Irish game. It was only learnt by the children in recent years.
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"The old people had about three meals a day. The meals were the breakfast the dinner and the supper. They used to have their breakfast at 6 o'clock A.M. They used to have a piggin (wooden mug) of milk and potatoes for that meal. The dinner was at 12 o'clock and they used to have the same for that meal. The supper was at six o'clock. They generally had the table by the wall. There was bread made with home-made flour. They used their own bacon very often. They used no fish except salt herrings. They used vegetables also. They used timber mugs. It is not long ago since tea became common, but they used to get 1/4 lb of tea at Christmas in olden times".
[Eileen Kenny] Told by Mr. John Kenny, Clarina.
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"Men's wages in those days were three pence or four pence a day or 1/6 to 2/- a week. Some men were glad to get work for what they would eat during the Winter months. There were no cups at all only mugs. The women used to wear white caps on their heads and shawls and four yards for a skirt".
[Nancy Hall] Told by Mr. Peter Hall, Level, Clarina.
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structure. It is a square unmortared building 12 1/2 feet high, 15 feet wide, perfectly solid, and formed of undressed stone. There is no history and there are no legends attaching to this building, and no person in the neighbourhood knows what use was made of it. One old man thinks it might have been a prison or place of penance in which some of the neighbouring monks might be confined for breach of rules.
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Among the rocks, a little to the west of the abbey, there still exist the remains of an ancient circular fort, the walls of which are said to be very much like those of the ancient mode of building, and something like those found in Arran. It is supposed to be one of the outworks of King Beils fortress.
Only for the masonry the long upright stones would look very much like a Druidical circle.
To the west of this fort is another very remarkable
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it must have been of great beauty and vast size.
There are beautiful pillars decorated with floral designs, very much like those on Cong Abbey.
Upon each side of the narrow chancel there is a square structure, 16 feet by 12 1/2, which some people believe to have been used more for domestic than religious uses.
The east window consists of two narrow circular headed lights, the outer mouldings both upon the inside and the outside and in carved figures.
There is a square doorway on the northern side. This abbey probably belonged to the Augustinians and must have been dependent on the monastery at Cong.
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Nobody living at present, seems to know when by whom, or for what order this abbey was erected, but some old people believe that it was probably built between the twelfth and fourteen centuries, and that very likely it was built on the site of the original church of St. Cormac.
Whoever built it showed great taste, as well as skill.
The whole length of this great church is 62 feet the breadth of the nave is 21 1/2 feet, the chancel is 20 feet by 15. Its arch no longer exists, but the grand cluster of pillars that still remain upon the southern side, show that
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would happen to that residence. For he predicted that that fort would not be hereafter the seat of kings, but that a home for the servants of Christ, and of monks, was to be erected in its place. The truth of this prophecy has been proved by the event, for on this island of Innismean may be seen the remains of a monastery, which from the time of its erection remained the habitation of devoted servants of Christ.
Maelisa, the son of Turlough O'Connor was prior of Innishmaine, when he died in 1223 a.d. This great churchman was the oldest of Turlough's sons. It appears that he embraced a religious life in his youth, and left his younger brothers to contend with each other for the sovereignty of Connaught, and the crown of Ireland.
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Passing over a little stream we soon find ourselves at Innishmain Abbey where the remains of one of the most beautiful churches in Ireland are to be seen in a good state of preservation.
The country all around this abbey is full of historic interest. Across this land the Firbolgs pursued the Tuatha de Danaans, and slew the sons of Cailchu upon the lake shore, where their great stone circle still remains. It is said that Eogan-Beil, King of Connaught, had a "palace" here in the sixth century, from which circumstances the western island is to this day called Inish-Eogan, or Inishowen.
There is a saintly legend about Inish Eogan:-
"St. Cormac came first to the palace of Bell son of Kellach, King of Connaught, who at that time dwelt in a certain fort, called afterwards from his name Dun-Eogan, lying in a certain lake in West Connaught, which is commonly called Loch Measca. But the servant of God was not received with that honour due to him, nor with the offices of humanity.
Then the saint foretold what he had seen by inspiration,
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married Lionel, Duke of Clarence. In 1412 Brian O'Connor burned Loc Meaog Castle and in 1416, another Edward Burke plundered all the country around the lake.
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This parish extends along the eastern border of Loughmask from the parish of Long to that of Ballinrobe with Kilmolara on the east. In this district are the great tumuli of Carnivore's, Killowen and Caherobert. In the old histories this parish is called Cala-Locha-Measga, and in Irish, Baile-an-Chala, the town of the Caladh, or "Port of Loughmask" or a landing place for boats.
The road leading to the lake is called "Ballin-Coirp" "the road of the corpses" because it leads to the ruins of the little church of Ballinchalla, which is still used as a burial place. A little to the west of this road is the ancient castle of Loughmask. The ruins are still good and from the top can be seen the beautiful scenery of the west.
The old people say that this castle was the ancient fortified dwelling of the De Burgo, or Burkes. The following writing may still be seen upon the chimney breast near one of the windows: -
Thomas Burke. I.N.S. 1618. Elles Butler.
The castle is said to have been built by one of the "English barons" in 1238. We are told that Edward De Burgo, the ill-fated son of the Earl of Ulster, was brought from Ballinrobe on the 19th April 1338, carried in the night to Loughmask Castle, and murdered on the third night at an island called "Earl's Island". His sister and heir then
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They agreed that each should have half but they did not know how to divide it equally.
Just then a fox chanched to come a long.
The fox consented and brought a pair of scales.
Breaking the cheese in two parts he placed them on the scales. One piece was found to be larger than the other and the fox broke a little piece off it and ate it himself then the other piece was biggest and he did the same with it. Then by taking a bit off each scale the cunning fox had the whole of the cheese for himself before the silly cats had seen what had happened.
I heard all these stories from my Grandmother and Tom Connolly Cullycare Grange, Sligo.
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likes the kitchen too.
Anyhow the day of pan-cake making was the sad day for Polly the Parrot. She used to come out of her cage off and on but this day she came out and went over to the pan-cakes and got stuck there. The mistress went up stairs making the beds leaving every thing all right. She was not long up when the cat came tearing up after her squealling and scraping her.
She told it go down or she would slap it. It was no good she went mad altogether then. The woman came down for fear and there was poor Polly fastened on to her pan-cakes. She was vexed in one way and sorry in another way. She took up poor Polly gave her a lump of sugar and put her back into her cage again. Polly was very much injured all the same. Her feet were burned but her mistress was very sick and brought her to the doctor and she was cured. Pussy got a good saucer of milk for her goodness to Polly. Not long after that the good mistress died and left all her richness to her friends but I am afraid they did not heed the cat or parrot.
Two cats once found a piece of cheese
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There was once a woman who had a cat of which she was very fond and the cat was very wise. There was a parrot in the house also. Sometimes cats are not as wise as dogs.
Here is a true story about a cat and her mistress one day. One day the woman went making pan-cakes and when they were done she left them beside the fire on a plate. She had some sort of Icing on them and it was very sticky.
Pussy and Polly were the names of the cat and the parrot. They were always in the kitchen with their mistress. A cat prefers the kitchen any day than a room because it is cosy and warm with the fire always burning. The parrot
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of the churn there is a small hole into which is put a long handle with a heavy piece of wood at the end of it. This is called the "dash".
When the dash is in the churn a round piece of wood is placed down over the handle and rests on the churn so as to keep the milk from skitting out of the churn. This circular piece of wood is called the "joggle". The churning is done by moving the dash up and down inside the churn.
The first and most important thing about churning is the churn itself.
The churn is about two and a half feet high and is narrower at the top than at the bottom. It is usually made of wood but lately an ordinary large milk can is used. The lid which has a hole in it to let the "Dash" through is placed at about four or five inches from the top of the churn.
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First of all the milk is poured into the churn. The churn is about three and a half feet high, and the neck is about one and a half feet in diameter, the bottom of it is about four feet in diameter. Then the dash is put down into the churn, the lid is then put over that with a piece of linen cloth round it to keep the lid on tight and to keep the milk from coming out, then the joggler is put over that again. The churning takes about two hours. When the churning is over the churner tilts the churn by putting a bit of wood beneath the churn. Then the churn is tilted so that the butter gathers together in a slab an the woman of the house takes it out of the churn.
Churning is down mostly in the country. The churn is something off the stile of a barrell. It is narrow at the top and wide at the bottom. In the lid
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coming out of the space between the handle and the hole in the lid.
The process of working the churn is up and down. The person who is making the butter knows when the butter is made because of the particles of butter which begin to appear on the handle. When they begin to appear the person puts a piece of wood underneath as a prop and he then moves it very gently so as to bring the particles of butter together.
Churning is a very modern thing in the country. There are three sorts of churns, the wooden churn, the iron churn, and the barrel churn. The churn which I saw an iron one, which I think is the old-fashioned one in this country. There are many items used in churning with the iron churn or in other words the dash churn such as, the dash, the joggler, the lid, and the white piece of linen that is around the lid, that is used for keeping it tight
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One of the countries most important means livlehood is the making of butter or in otherwords churning. A churn is a wooden article except it get smaller as it goes to the bottom. A churn is 4 to 5 feet high and has a diameter of two feet. The lid which is placed a few inches below to top of the churn. It has a hole in the middle through which the dash pass. The dash is composed of a long pole weighted at the bottom by a piece of wood which has three or four holes through it. Strips of linen are stuffed round the lid of the churn so that the milk will not get out round the edges. Just above the hole in the lid there is a wooden article which is hollow and it is called the joggle. It prevents the milk from
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tools he uses are a bellows, anvil, vice, hammer, pincers, wedge. There are also long pieces of iron to be seen in the forge.
It is said that if a person dips his/her head into the tin of water in which he cools the hot iron their sores will be cured. Beside shoeing asses ponies and horses they make farm implements such as ploughs, harrows, slanes (used for cutting turf) gates and window frames.
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At the corner of Burton Street John Hamiltons is situated. It is a big forge about 18 feet by 30 feet. Along with John Hamilton there are three other men employed at the forge. On the left hand corner of the forge the fire is situated and is a very big fireplace beside the trough is situated, it is a big one. There is a saying that if you have a wart and you dip your hand in the forge water you will be cured.
A forge is usually situated beside a crossroads or a lake. It is usually made of stone and has a wooden roof. The chief
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and sometimes a good thatcher goes from house to house for a couple of weeks, putting fresh coats on the roofs; he is paid at the rate of 2/6 or 3/- per day, or otherwise the person for whom he works spends some days working for him in exchange.
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thatching he cuts rushes with a scythe in the pasture fields. Then he cleans them by removing all the grass from among them.
Next he gets sally rods and points both ends with a sharp pen-knife, these are called "scollops" and are used to keep the thatch secure and firm on the roof during the stormy days. If straw is used, the grain is first threshed out of it.
The thatchers puts on the new coat in portions reaching from the top of the house to the eave, and about a yard in width, this he calls a "stroke" and in this way he thatches the house, "stroke after stroke".
He then fastens the "scollops" into the thatch and the roof is secure against all storms.
Some men are considered superior to others at this work
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Nearly all houses in this district are thatched and they have to be thatched once every two years. Men who do this work are called "thatchers" and are kept very busy before the winter sets in each year. There are only about four men who can do this work well in my locality.
Two kinds of thatch are used, straw and rushes, the straw lasts longer that the rushes if put up well, it would wear on the roof for about six years, while the other thatch would last only two years at the longest.
Before a man begins
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2020-04-22 18:44
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Long ago the fairs of Rathkeale were held in the Fair hill. The fairs are held in the streets now. There are 20 fairs held in this town in a year, sixteen cow fairs, and 4 horse fairs.
The dates of the cow fairs are 9th of Jan., 7th of Feb., 10th of March, (supposed one time to be the largest fair in the year) 4th of April, 8th of May, 1st of June, 19th of June, 15th of July, 6th of Aug., 25th of Aug., 18th of Sept., 15th of Oct., 4th of Nov., 18th of Nov, 13th of Dec.
The dates of the horse fairs are 20th of Feb. 12th of June, 1st of Sept. 20th of Nov.
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2020-04-22 18:39
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on Easter Saturday and after Mass all the people get the holy water it is called Easter water.
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harps on their coats.
Ash Wednesday all the people go to mass and get ashes on their foreheads. A lot of people must fast because is it Ash Wednesday and it is the first day of Lent. Long ago when the people were fasting they had to drink the tea without milk and the child had to cry three times before he would get the milk.
Holy Thursday all the people pay a visit to the church and the Blessed Sacrament is on the altar all day.
Good Friday all the people go to Mass and kiss the cross. Some people does not talk on good friday.
Easter Saturday the priests blesses the holy water
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St Stephens day, St Brigid's day, St Patricks day, Ash Wednesday day, Chalk Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Whit Sunday, Whit Monday, May day, St Johns day, The assumtion, new years day, Little Christmass, Christmass day.
St Stephens day all the boys dress themselves in old clothes and rags and ribbons. They also have raddle on their faces and mouth organs.
Then when they are dressed they go out in the country gathering money.
St Patricks day all the people wear Shamrocks on their coats in honour of St Patrick and other people wear
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2020-04-22 18:31
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Games I Play are Football, Hurling, Hide and go Seek, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders and Rounders.
In football fifteen players are on each side. Three points are equal to one goal.
In hide and go seek any number of children can play. Some go ahide and the others follow. Whoever is caught last has to follow the rest.
Ludo is an indoor game, only four can play.
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saucer of earth it is said that he will be first to die. If he puts his hand into the saucer of water it is said that he will cross the sea. If he puts his hand into the saucer that the cloth it is said that he will become a priest.
It is also a custom with young people to put a coin into a basin of water. The water is stirred, then the child puts his head into the water and tries to get the coin. If he gets the coin he can keep it.
Another custom is to put a bit of cloth over one of the children's eyes. Then the others go ahide on him. Whichever one is caught has to follow. When the games are over, the people sit around the fire and tell stories.
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saucer of earth it is said that he will be first to die. If he puts his hand into the saucer of water it is said that he will cross the sea. If he puts his hand into the saucer that the cloth it is said that he will become a priest.
It is also a custom with young people to put a coin into a basin of water. The water is stirred, then the child puts his head into the water and tries to get the coin. If he gets the coin he can keep it.
Another custom is to put a bit of cloth over one of the children's eyes. Then the others go ahide on him. Whichever one is caught has to follow. When the games are over, the people sit around the fire and tell stories.
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2020-04-22 18:26
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On November's Eve, People roast beans on the stove. They put two beans together on the stove. The beans represent a man and a woman. If one bean rolls away from the other, it is said that they will not get married.
Four saucers are put on a table. Water is put into one of them, a ring into another, a piece of cloth into another and earth into the others. A piece of cloth is then placed over the eyes of the children.
The child walks over to the table and puts his his hand into one of the saucers. If he puts his hand into the saucer that the ring is in, it is said that he will be first to get married.
If he puts his hand into the
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2020-04-22 18:23
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One night my uncle was comming across the fields he heard strange noise he turned arond to see what it was he saw a pig and thirteen banhams running towards him. He ran for a while until the pig past him, he saw the pig no more.
Another night he was comming home the same way. He suddenly he saw a black hound in from of him. At first he was very small my uncle went to hit the hound but as soon as he did the hound got as big as himself. He threw away the stick and the hound disappeared he went to pick up the stick and the hound came in front of him again. That night he had to come home without any stick. This happened in Cathair Moyle.
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2020-04-22 18:20
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I heard of an old woman who used to visit her neighbours house every night in the Winter. Every night when she used to be coming home she used to be frightened.
She used to hear chains ringing as if a goat was with her legs tied. She went over to the hedge and saw a goat with horns 2 feet long.
The noise was heard for a long time afterwards.
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2020-04-22 18:19
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One day a man by the name of Paddy Hogan was on his way to Limerick when he saw a sow. Just as he was passing Hollypark (about four miles from Askeaton on the road to Limerick) he saw the sow. It was as big as a small cow. That sow often stopped people from passing by.
The reason why it was there is that, Taylors lived there. They used to get innocent people and hang them, to let the children see how to hang people.
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up in white clothes.
She was supposed to be the riches woman in Croom. The two men told the Civic Guards about her. The Civic Guards took her to cell in the barrack at Croom. She wasn't long there when she disappeared and was seen no more.
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2020-04-22 18:15
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One winters night as I was sitting around a fire at home I heard a story of two men been robed.
One night two men were coming from a fair at Croom and they went into a public house. The bar maid told them that if they had any money with them to leave it there or they would be robed going home. Every night about twelve oclock people who were passing that place and had money with them were robed by a white ghost with lights. The two men were very brave that night. When they were passing the place the ghost came out and attacked them. The two men caught the ghost and brought it back to the public house. When the ghost was in the public house the two men stripped the clothes of the ghost and what was inside them but a woman dressed
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gold. Suddenly he heard a Baan Shee behind him he looked back and with the fright he let the Leprachaun fall from his hands. As soon as he let the Leprachaun fall he dissapered. From that time onward he never saw the Leprachauns any more.
This story is not true. It was only a dream which Captain Sheahan had on the twenty fifth of march last.
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2020-04-22 18:09
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The race of people that came to Ireland after Clanna Neimhid were named as Fir Bolgs or Bag Men. When the De Danans came they beat the Bag Men in a battle. The Bag Men ran into the caves and holes in the ground and were not seen by day only by night. They were called Fairies and Leprachauns and were only twelve inches in height.
It is said that the Leprachauans were the richest people in the world.
One moonlight night when Captian Sheahan visited the Deel Forth he saw three Leprachauns carrying three pots of gold to their den. Captain Sheahan threw his hat at one and caught him in it. The other two ran for their lives into their den with the gold and he saw them no more. He caught the third one in his hat with the
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2020-04-22 18:06
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The food in the olden times was far different from the food we have now.
Long-ago the people had potatoes for every meal. And with the potatoes they used to have salt and separated milk.
For the supper they used to have Indian Meal. In the morning they used to have the potatoes as usual.
Many of the people had to emigrate to foreign countries to seek a living for themselves. Some of them joined the American Navy and others went to Canada and Australia.
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People used to often have to eat grass long ago. The time of the Famine.
The people used to have to make their own flour and bake their own bread.
They used to get a big stone and a stick, Then they would keep beating the wheat with the stick until it would be flour. The people used to be very glad with whatever food they would get long ago.
The people used to eat brown bread, sour milk, porrige, potatoes. They used to drink the sour milk.
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2020-04-22 18:01
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These are the names of the animals on Mr. Brides farm: - horses, cows, sheep, calves and pigs. When driving the cows in or out of the field I say "Hough". When driving the calves I say "Sug".
The cowhouse is whitewashed inside and outside. The cowhouse is called a byre. The cows are tied by the neck with a chain. The tyings are not home-made. The cows have got names. The names are: - Branny, Spotty, Nancy, Daisy and Polly. There are no branches or emblems in the cowhouse. Horse-shoes are hung above the door.
I do not know any customs or stories connected with milking.
The stable is whitewashed inside and outside. There are three stands in it. They get hay, straw and corn. I don't know any stories or famous horses in olden times.
The call for the horses is "Tuk". The call for the goat is "Hiddie". A mark is put on some of the eggs for hatching.
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Two poets named William Hughes and A. Stoaps, lived in our district.
They lived in the year 1857 and died in the year 1926 and was buried at Frankford. Amongst some of his poems was one entitled
"Thought After a Visit to The Fane Valley in Spring"
Fair Fane! in all the vales
Which mark thy course along.
The fairest in the pleasant dale
Where I locate my song.
'tis here thy youthful, purling stream
Flows through it rocky passes
Round flowing creeks by leafy shrubs
And daisy sprinkled grasses.
As down thy patient pebbled bed.
Thy crystal waters glide.
The margin of two counties.
Love the friends, of either side.
The lightly springing speckled trout
Cleave thy tide like a dart.
And safe beneath the hawthorn shade,
defy the angler's art.
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Lonely Moore", and "My Brother and I". None of these poems are known now because it is so long ago since he made them. Jim McMahon made all his poems in English. This man was not a farmer nor a trades man, he earned his living by writing his poems and reciting them.
The people of his district always welcomed him for he could tell stories and make a poem about anything they asked him.
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In my district there lived a man named Jim McMahon. This man was able to make poems. This gift of poetry was handed down from generation to generation. The most of his poems were about his district and about his friends.
These are the names of some of this poems. "The land where the Dafodils grow", "The girl of the
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There are two Fairy Forts near my grandmother's home in Dunmaurice, Ballybeg.
The names of the forts are Dunmaurice fort and McBirney's.
The former is called that name because it is in the townland of Dunmaurice. The other fort is called McBirney's fort because people named McBirney's lived there. They are all circular in shape.
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had all their rifles and ammunition, so they let the prisoners go away.
The battle will be never forgotten by all the people who saw it.
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There was a big fight in Gorthleatilla on the 15th September 1922, between the Irish Republic and the Irish Free State. There were five men shot to death, and another died at Glenturk on his way home. Their names were Mr Healy from Pontoon, Mr Higgans from Foxford, Mr Carr and Mr Crab. This battle took place between Belmullet and Ballycastle on the north coast line. The battle field was all covered with blood. The fight began in the morning and lasted until night. There is a tomb erected at Gorthleatilla, where the men lost their lives, and their names are written on it. The windows of John Irwin's house were all broken and the people of the house had to go back under the bed for safety.
At last the Free State put up their flag to surrender, so the Republicans
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Baralty is situated in the middle of the mountains. Long ago there was no road leading into the village only a path and it was difficult for the people to leave the village. There are only four houses in the village now but long ago there were fourteen houses in the village. The four families are Morans.
All the fences are covered with whins. There is a certain place in the village called "Alta shammar" where some of the Danes were buried. The meaning of Baralty is the top of the cliff.
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Long ago there lived a man in Brosna named David Cahill. He was a great fisherman and he was always fishing. One morning he was going out in the field to catch the horse. He had the winkers in his hand. He walked along the bank of the river. As he walked he came to a very deep hole.
It was in the middle of the river the man noticed a remarkable salmon in the hole. He did not wait for a moment but took off all his clothes and went into the river. The only article he took with him into the river was the winkers. He remained after the salmon inside the hole until he put the mouth piece of the winkers into the salmons mouth and the man himself came behind the salmon and he went up on the salmon's back and rode him to the bank. He then went home and brought the horse and cart and took home the great fish and he enjoyed a hearty meal that day.
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Long ago there lived a farmer between Ahane Cross and the village of Brosna. He was a very big farmer and one year he had an acre of mangolds and they grew to a remarkable size. There was one mangold there and it was remarkable altogether. It grew so large that it became a pig sty.
The farmer kept a lot of pigs. So one day he missed one pig and he was for weeks searching for her. He had all hopes given up of finding her. It happened one day that there were huntsmen passing through the tillage field and the dogs noted the mangold and they began to bark. The men were surprised and they came near to the mangold and to their great surprise they saw the pig and seventeen bonhams inside.
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moved near the bank Shaun grabbed it and next moment he was dragged into the river. After a fierce and long struggle he dragged the tree out of the river and to his amazement he found the tree was growing out of the back of a 60 lb salmon.
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Long ago a man named Shaun Darb was walking along the bank of a river armed with a shot gun. As he looked into the river he saw a 50 lb salmon lying near the bank.
As his ammunition was enchanted he could not shoot the fine salmon. Seeing a tree covered with haws near by the idea was born in his brain to fill a cartridge with haws.
He loaded the gun with the cartridge of haws and fired point blank at the salmon. The salmon jumped twenty feet in the air and splashed so much water on Shaun Darb that he was wet from head to foot. He saw no trace or tidings of the big salmon although he searched seven miles up and down the river. Two years afterwards Shaun Darb was walking near the place where he fired the haws at the big salmon and he saw a white thorn tree sticking out of the water and moving slowly upstream. As the tree
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On the Skillig Hills Shrove Tuesday night
I stood to squeeze my breeches o
And see the boys coming in
Bookering with their wenches
There's not much change since 98
With snow the rocks are mantled o
And icicles hang like silver chains
Or fine long sticks of Candy o
II
Sweeney Con was the first come on
He stood upright and manly o
His own black jib would quench the light
The brightest night the moon shone o
Just by his side was his hearts delight
She was tall & straight and handsome o
Her honest brow so fair and free
Was fit to wear a crown of gold
III
Her hair hung down in auburn brown
Like sunbeams on the mountains
Her Heart was true her dress was blue
Her shoe was no 4 or so
They tripped along like man and wife
So free so gay so jolly o
The smartest pair that came that way
Was Sweeney Con and his nancy o
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he said he would and dit it but when he was returning home he met another robber who demanded the money. Donncadh gave it to him quietly, but asked him to put a few shots through his coat as he could tell his master that he fought very hard for it, he did so and then said to put a few shots through his hat, but the robber said his gun was empty then Donncadh pulled out his own gun and demanded back his money again which he got very quickly -
The police were always hunting Donncadh but couldn't get him, he had a beautiful fast horse to take him anywhere he wanted to go and he always shod the horse with the shoes turned to the front. But the servant gave him away and damped the powder in his gun so he was arrested tried and hanged at Tap Bridge Clonakilty it is said that he cursed his mother before he died as she did not make him return the pen he stole first at school.
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Long ago there lived a man called Donncadh Dubh. He lived chiefly by robbery, he started robbing very young, his first bad act was to steal a pen while at school, he showed it to his mother when he returned home from school but she only praised him for stealing it, so he stole a great many things after that when ever he could do so. when he grew to be a man he became the terror of the whole country but he had some good points too. Often what he told from the rich he gave to the poor. He watched the agents who collected the rents for the Landlords and took it all from them at the point of the gun. So one clever landlord asked Donncadh to gather the rent for him
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Field every evening for some time after his death, dressed in a riding suit and standing in the middle of the field between the hours of 5 and 6 P.M in the month of July. This has been told to me by his gardener who saw him and who told me he'd swear to the fact.
The gardener's name is Pats Mahony who is still working in Castlefreke Gardens.
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