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2020-06-02 17:18
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Ní bhíodh siopaí go flúirseach sa cheanntar seo fadó. Ceannuigheadh na daoine na rudaí a bhíodh ag
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2020-06-02 17:13
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fé leith i gcóir caipill ar an naonhadh lá de shamhain. Geibheann na daoine go leór airgid ar na caipill. Bíonn na caipill i bhucht saidhbhris.
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2020-06-02 17:06
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-n cuid eile acu figiúr ar a gcuid adhaircí má bhíonn adharcaí air. Nuair a dhíoltar beithidheach nó capall no asall ní thugtar nó an braighdéan leo. Is iad na h-aontaighe is mó le rádh sa bhlian im áit féin aonach na Nodlag. Níl aontaighe fé leith i gcóir beithidheach na caoire. Acht tá aontaighe
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2020-06-02 16:59
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cheannuigheas é. Más beithidheach óg e tugtar sé pighne dó' n duine a cheannuigheas é. Ní dhéantar rud ar bith chun a theasbáint go bhfuil sé i na mharghadh. Marcáltar na beithidheach mar seo. Chuireann cuid de na daoine snath a bhfuil dath éigín air agus cuireann thart ar a mhuinéal no a adharc. Cuirean
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2020-06-02 16:58
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cheannuigheas é. Más beithidheach óg e tugtar sé pighne dó' n duine a cheannuigheas é. Ní dhéantar rud ar bith chun a theasbáint go bhfuil sé i na mharghadh. Marcáltar na beithidheach mar seo. Chuireann cuid de na daoine snath a bhfuil dath éigín air agus cuireann thart ar a mhuinéal no a adharc. Cuireann
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2020-06-02 16:50
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Níl páirc spiséalta i gcóir an aonaigh. Bíonn an aonach ar sráid acu anois. Ní ioctar paidhc ar na bithideach a díoltar. Ní iocann siad tada ar na beithidheach. Tugtar "éinnist" chun ratha ar gach beithidheach a dhíoltar. Más beithidheach mór é tugtar sgilling dó' n duine a
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2020-06-02 16:44
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2020-06-02 16:44
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Ní bhíodh an t-aonach ins na bailte móra fado. Bhíodh an t-aonach i gcnjc na gaoithe fadó. Níl aon áit inaice le both na caisléan no teapall ar a dtugtar páirc an aonaigh air bhíodh na ceannuightheoírí ag dul o theach go teac ag ceannacht stuic. Bhíodh aontaigh ann fadó nach bhfuil ann anois.
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2020-06-02 16:37
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2020-06-02 16:37
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dís treasna o thaiobh go taobh ar ar bhruacha na h-aibhne. Bhíodh cros bhóthair ag dul go dtí cuid de na tighthe fadó. Níl aon sgéal no píosa seanchas nó pisreóg ag na daoina i na dtaobh. Tá cairn cloch i léith taobh an bhothar sa pharróiste i gcuimhn duine a cailleadh ann. Bhí fear ann a bhí ag dul ar chuairt ag a dheir
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2020-06-02 16:29
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Cuiridís comhghar ins an áit a roibh siad ag. Is é an sórt comhghar a bhíodh aca na maide mór cothrom. Chuiridís trasna ar bhruacha na h-aibhne iad. Tá císeacha ag dul suas go dtí an chnoc agus ag dul síos ins na garrainte go dtí an fhairrge. Níl athanna ins an áit anois. Bhíodh athanna déanta de adhmad. Chuiri
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2020-06-01 13:57
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Déineadh bóithre sa pharróiste i n-aimsir an droch-shaoghal. Sé pighne sa lá a gheobhadh na fir a bhíodh ag obair ar an mbóthar. Bhíodh na mná ag obair ar an mbóthar. Níl sgéal na cúntas mar gheall ar dhéanamh bóithre. Bhíodh a lán casáin ag dul ón mbóthar mór gach áit.
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2020-06-01 13:49
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an fhuinneóg é. Sin é an solus a bhíodh aca fadó.
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2020-06-01 13:48
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Scuilbh ghiumhaise a bheireadh solus díobh fadó. Coinnlí a bheireadh solus do chuid aca. Dhéantaí coinnle san áit. Gheibhidís ola trosg agus láigheadh siod é. Annsin bhíodh siad dhá chuimilt ina lámh go ndéanaidís mór sleamhain mar coinneall é. Chuiridís seastán coinneall é agus lasaidís é. Leagaidís ar an bhord no ar
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2020-06-01 13:40
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-uidhe. Urlár déanta de leacracha a bhíodh aca ins na tighthe fadó. Bhíodh leathdhoras ar gach teach fadó. Bhíodh cuid aca déanta de adhmad agus cuid eile déanta de shreang iarainn. Is é an fáth a bhíodh siad ar na tighthe chun na cearca a choineál amach. Móin agus adhmad a bhíodh aca mar adhbhar teineadh fadó.
senior member (history)
2020-06-01 13:33
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-ta de clocha agus de mhuirtéal. Ní bhíodh an teine i lár an urláir. Bhíodh dhá dhoras ar na tighthe fadó. Bhíodh no dóirse ar thaobh an tighe. Adhmada bhiodh aca mar chomhla chun an doras do dhúnadh. Bhíodh dhá fhuinneóg ar na tighthe fadó. Bhíodh trí fhuinneóg ar chuid de na tighe. Gloinne a bhíodh ins na fuinneógaí i gcomhn
senior member (history)
2020-05-31 13:28
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I
There are tears in my eyes, and deep grief within my breast,
While thinking of thy sorrows, native Island of the West,
The fond prayers of an exile, are with thee where e'r I roam,
Cherished Island of my kindred, My Boyhood's happy home.
II
An exile now I wander, on a lonely distant strand,
Far, far from those who loved me, and from thee my native land,
With none to love or cheer me, in this distant land I pine,
How I long to gaze on thee again, dear happy home, once mine.
III
This heart is ever turning, to thee my native shore,
And to the fond and generous friends, I loved in days of yore,
And often from kind Heaven most fervently I crave,
In the holy Island of my birth to grant to me a grave.
IV
Oh! had I wings to fly to thee, across the surging seas,
Loved country of my martyred sires,
For soon I'd be with thee, to taste the joys of early youth,
To breathe my native air and, -
To meet my loving Mother, with a kiss to greet me there.
V
Ah! where are they who loved me, in my boyhood's happy years
Ere sorrow bruised this fond heart, or dimmed my eyes with tears
The cheerful fond and generous, those cherished friends of youth,
Whose hearts were full of innocence of virtue love and of truth.
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2020-05-31 13:16
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VI
Alas! dear Island sorrow from thee, they went away,
Poor, friendless and disconsolate, in other lands they stray,
In every clime the sun doth shine from Australia to Peru,
They breath fond prayers to Heaven, dear native land for you.
VII
Oppressions, withering, blighting, curse dispels that gallant band,
From the sacred toys of kindred, to many a distant land,
But it could not crush their manly hearts, or did their spirits quail,
Ah! they were good and generous, those brave sons of the [?].
VIII
Some nobly fought in freedom cause therefore the story tells,
Of their daring pluck and bravery 'mid scrape, and shot and shell,
While round lay dead and dying, how some were heard to say,
Brave boys will free the old land yet, our Green Isle far away.
IX
Ah! memory why remind me? of those friends so good and kind
Or! why will you recall again, the scenes I left behind,
For the friends shall never greet me, or those scenes I ne'er shall view,
Alas, I'm exiled far away, dear Isle, from them and you.
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2020-05-31 13:04
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Sliabh Mis" is a few miles from Tralee. I was often near standing on top of it. Each year when I go on holidays to my Aunt's house, I go there. The house is very near "Sliabh Mis". It is about two thousand feet in height. I had a fine view of Tralee Bay, and most of the vale of Tralee, and Tralee town, and the neighbouring villages of Fenit, the Spa, Camp, and Castlemaine.
Conor Mac Daire, one of the kings of Iarmuman, or North Munster lived on the top of "Sliabh Mis", long before the Christian era. He was once king of all Munster. His wife was Blanard. The remains of Conor Mac Daire's fort is still to be seen.
It is related locally here that Conor Mac Daire was attacked in this fort by Cuculainn. Cuculainn was beaten and driven off by Conor Mac Daire. Next year Cuculainn came again to attack Conor Mac Daire. In the beginning, Cuculainn, and his followers, some of the Red Branch knights, were beaten off again, but when Conor Mac Daire went to sleep he was betrayed by hi wife Blanard, and Conor Mac Daire was defeated and slain.
In this trip to "Sliabh Mis", Cuculainn passed by Kilflynn. Tradition says he came from the North through Clare and jumped the Shannon. There is a place in the Shannon called "Léim Cuculainn", that is Cuculainn's
senior member (history)
2020-05-31 12:49
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é é. Bhíodh leabaidh i ngach cistineach fadó. Bhíodh an leabaidh sa choirnéalag inaice leis an teine leabaidh na cistineadh an t-ainm a bhíodh ar an leabaidh. Chodhluigheadh bean an tighe agus cuid dhá cuid páistí innti. Bhíodh an teinteán ag taobh binne na cistineadh. Istigh i lár na binne a bhíodh an similéar. Bhíodh an similéar déan
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2020-05-30 19:05
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"They named you Gypsy - You were no such thing, But Irish as the soil where rests your head. A king! Ay sure! and every inch a king,
And now you're dead.

"The roving blood of Scythia is in your veins, The hedge your shelter, and the hearth your bed. Who'll fill your vacant place or who remains,
Now that you're dead?
"Not one remains can take on or keep your place, Your Caste's romance with you last chief is sped, But broken brúscar is your age old race
Since you are dead.

"Remote from you the cant of knaves and tools, Their shams and formulas in falsehood bred, Their pharisaical [?] and their rules.
Pity you're dead.

"The mountain man will caoin departed days when he beholds your tribe by seafóids led, He'll trill no more to your great Gaelic Phrase,
His grief your dead.

"Rest light on his bones Leag's Ancient sod. And Christ, who had not where to lay your head, Remember not his faults dear son of God and Mother Mary pray for all the dead."
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2020-05-30 19:00
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Black Trench is a flat swamp.
Horse Park is a field where Robison reared horses.
The Bottoms is a low flat swampy field.
Horse Barrack is a field where Robison trained horses.
Robinson was a landlord his estate was sold out and he is dead now.
Barrack Plantation is a little wood. Until twenty five years a Barrack was held in the house near that wood. The house is a Public House now.
Creagán na gCoilleac is a round hilly field with bushes growing in it on the top.
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2020-05-30 18:55
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Tuan is a swampy field.
Bor na Fáinne is a swampy field.
Baile na bPuica is a small wood.
Leine na h-Abann is a field with a river running through it.
Cúlán is a small field beside a road.
Caolaín is a narrow field.
The Well Field is a field where a blessed well is situated.
The Rock Field is a field with a rock where Mass was said in the Penal times.
Lócán is a small lake.
Currach Grádna is a low level swamp.
Paircín na Rodaí is a small hard field near the road.
senior member (history)
2020-05-30 18:49
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Killeen's Garden
Black Trench
Horse Park
The Bottoms
Horse Barrack
Creagán na gCoilleac
Roinn Mhór is a big field. Gardín Línne is a swampy place where flax was steeped in the olden times.
Pairce Bhán is a hill with grayish grass growing in it.
Paircín na gCaora is a small field and is good for growing grass.
Paircín Scáil is a low field with heath growing in it.
Paircín Difírs is a flat swamp.
Paircín na mBeac is full of bees every Summer.
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2020-05-30 18:42
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Roisin [?] - Thomastown = Village
Cnoch-Buidhe = Village
Roinn Mhór
Gardín Línne
Pairc Bhán
Paircín na gCaoira
Paircín Scáil
Paircín na Scoile
Paircín Difírs
Paircín Caol
Paircín na Mbeach
An Tuar
Bor na Fáinne
Baile na bPúice
Leinne na h-Abann
An Cuiláin
An Caolaín
Brennan's Garden
The Well Field
The Rock Field
An Locán
Barrack Plantation
Corrach Grádna
Paircín na Ródaí
senior member (history)
2020-05-28 21:09
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sin nuair a bhíodh sé tirm chioraidís é. Cháirdealaidís agus sníomhaidís é. Bhéadh snáth aca annsin. Bhíodh rud mór aca agus cuiridís isteach an snáth ann. Cuiridís an t-inneall ag oibriú. Nuair a bhíodh an snáth fighthe thógaidís amach é agus thugadh an duine ar leis é abhaile é. Nuair a bhíodh na daoine ag dathugadh san am
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2020-05-28 20:54
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fadó. Ar dtús gheobhaidís sguaib ín dathughadh agus dath. Tósaidís an clár dé' n dhath agus chuiridís an sguaibín isteach sa dath. Tósaidís an sguaibhín aníos as an dath agus chuiridís an dath ar rud ar bith, ba mian leo. Bhéidís ag cur an dath ar go mbéidh sé dathaighthe uile. Díonaróireacht. Chuiridís díon ar na tighthibh gach blian. Chuiridís
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2020-05-28 20:46
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cíb, no luathair, cochann ar na tighthibh. Chluidaigís gach taobh de mullach an tigh le cochann, no cíb, nó luathair. Chuiridís róbaí treasna ar mhullachan tighe. Annsin chuiridís clocha ar bhárr na róbaí. Bíodh na róbaí ag teacht anuas chomh fada leis an díon. Ní dhéanaidís téada de chnáphe na do rua inneach ghiumhais. Leasadh leathair.
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2020-05-28 20:45
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cíb, no luathair, cochann ar na tighthibh. Chluidaigís gach taobh de mullach an tigh le cochann, no cíb, nó luathair. Chuiridís róbaí treasna ar mhullachan tighe. Annsin chuiridís clocha ar bhrr na róbaí. Bíodh na róbaí ag teacht anuas chomh fada leis an díon. Ní dhéanaidís téada de chnáphe na do rua inneach ghiumhais. Leasadh leathair.
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2020-05-28 20:38
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Níl fhios ag na sean-daoine cé'n chaoi a leasaidís leathair. Ní dhéanaidís rotha san áit seo fadó no anois.
Ní dhéanaidís táirní sa gceanntar seo. Cheannuighidís iad ins na siopaí. Déanamh fuipeanna. Gheobhaidís maide sleamhain fada agus rópa teanaidh. Cheangluighidís an rópa de bharr an mhaide. Dóghadhao
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2020-05-28 20:31
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-il. Dhéanaidís turnóg agus bhrisidís clocha aoil. Chuiridís na clocha isteach sa turnóg agus lasaidís iad le teine. Nuair a bhíodh an t-aol déanta thugaidís abhaile i málaí é. Iasgaireacht. Dhéanaidís a lán iasgaireacht sa n-am fadó. Bhíodh siad ag iasgaracht go moch ar maidín agus teighidís abhaile ag breac
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2020-05-28 20:24
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-adh lae. Ag lasgareacht bulógaí scadán, mangaí, agus sgiataí. Ní dhiolaidís mórán iasg san ampadó mar ní raibh mórán biadh aca ach iasg. Foglaeracht. Ag foghlaeracht coiníní, girrfiadacha, agus sionnaí. D'ithidís na girrfhiadacha agus dhíolaidís an croiceann agus dhéanaidís an rud céadna leis an sionn
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2020-05-21 17:40
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jump.
It seems to be certain that Cuculainn entered Kerry directly from Clare by crossing the Shannon. Local tradition here gives another explanation of Cuculainn crossing the Shannon.
It seems that opposite Tarbert Island, the Shannon is very narrow. Here a small peninsula juts out from the Clare side and approaches Tarbert Island causing the Shannon to be less than one mile wide here.
During the coming and going of tides, especially Spring tides, the current here is very great, so great it is called "Tarbert Race". Although the current is great a clever swimmer could avail of it at the proper time to swim across with the tide or easily during low tide. This way of crossing, or crossing in temporary rafts was more likely than jumping the Shannon.
There being no roads then, Cuculainn made direct across the country for "Sliabh Mis" outside Tralee. About four miles from Kilflynn School, he passed "Gleann na Léime" a hollow between two sections of "Stack's Mountains". These mountains stretch from near Kilflynn on for some miles towards Listowel. These mountains are called after Stacks, a family of Normans, among others, whom Dermot McCarthy brought to Kerry.
At "Gleann na Léime" Cuculainn met athletes competing for the hand of a princess of Iarmuman. They were competing in deeds of athletics. Cuculainn thought little of
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2020-05-21 17:25
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VI
In that cherished old home, there are true hearts that loved me,
Sweet rural felicity reigns there serene,
Though I prize Australia's clime, with her blue skies above me,
Though my heart's love is centered in Sweet Lisereen.
VII
God bless thee love, home in my dear native Kerry,
And God bless green Erin, our dear Island queen,
May love peace and joy reign happy and merry,
In my fond ones who dwell in Sweet Lisereen.
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2020-05-21 17:20
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I
Sweet Lisereen cherished home of my childhood,
Where youths happy days passed away so serene,
In the land of the stranger by lagoon and wildwood,
I sigh for my old home in Sweet Lisereen.
II
Many years have gone by dear home since I left you,
And many strange places since then I have seen,
But absence and distance can never bereft me
Of the fond love I owed thee, my Sweet Lisereen.
III
How oft do I turn with an exiles devotions,
To that green shady spot, where so blessed I had been,
My eyes filled with tears, and my heart with emotions,
When I think of my old friends, in Sweet Lisereen.
IV
How oft do I dream of my homewards return,
But soon wake to find the wild seas intervene,
My heart's cheat avision is changed into mourning, for!
Alas I may ne'er see my Sweet Lisereen.
V
And yet I oft say that once more, I will see thee,
That again I will sit near the sycamore tree,
And nothing but death shall compel me to leave thee,
Sweet home of my childhood, Sweet Lisereen.
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2020-05-20 18:41
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Tá morán liosanna i gceanntar na scoile. Tá ceithre cinn no cúig cinn i "Lios - na Caol - Bhuide". "Lios - Buidhe" "Lios Garraidhe na gCat", "Lios an Riasch". Cifá tre cinn aca ar aghaid a chéile. Tá "Lios Garraidhe na gCat" fada caol agus thá poll ag dul síos i ngach taobh de. Lá dá raibh Pádhruig Mach Aodhagáin ag glanadh prátaí chonnaich sé cat ag dul síos i bpoll agus isteach sa lios. Tá claidhe mor timcheall air. Tá "Lios - Bhuidhe" cruinn. Chuaidh muintir Lios - na Caol - Bhuidhe" á rabadh. Cheapadar go bhfaighidís rud iongantach éigin. Fuaireadar néoin a bhí fiche troig ar doimhneas agus fiche troig ar aoirde aon leac amhain a bhí deich troig ar leitheadh agus deich troig ar aoirde mar chlúdach anairde air.
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2020-05-20 18:22
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na bhá isteach sa pháirch. Nuair a tainíg sé sá tráthnóna chun na bhá do thabhairth abhaile. Bhí ná bhá go léir sínthe timpeall an liosacháin agus iadh go léir marbh. Tá líos eile i bpairc Seaín Uí Uallachaín agus tá poll ann agus tá cnámha lé feiscinth fós ins an líos agus tá corrán fír ann. Do ghuid fear leach ón liosachan sín agus do léan barraile é, go dtí gur chaith sé an leac uaidh.
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2020-05-20 18:10
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Tá mórán liosachan tímpeall na scoile. Tá líos ins an dTír agus tá poll na lár agus deirtear gur chuaidh na Danair isteach ann fadho agus gur chualadar cuígín á deanadh istigh agus connaicheadar na daoine sidhe istigh ann leis. Tá líos eile sán dTír agus deirthear gur chuailidh daoine na haidhthe na sidhe ag canthan istigh agus gur chuaidh féar ag canthan leotha agus taíníg béan amach agus deín sí bachach dén bhféar, agus fuair sé bás leis an scannradh go luath na dhiaidh sín. Tá lios eile sá "Tír" agus deirthear gur leág fear an lios uair amháin agus gur connaich sé féar marbh istigh. Feirmeóir do bheadh an feár agus bhí deich mbha aighe. An lá na diaidh sín chuir sé
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2020-05-20 18:10
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Tá móránliosachan tímpeall na scoile. Tá líos ins an dTír agus tá poll na lár agus deirtear gur chuaidh na Danair isteach ann fadho agus gur chualadar cuígín á deanadh istigh agus connaicheadar na daoine sidhe istigh ann leis. Tá líos eile sán dTír agus deirthear gur chuailidh daoine na haidhthe na sidhe ag canthan istigh agus gur chuaidh féar ag canthan leotha agus taíníg béan amach agus deín sí bachach dén bhféar, agus fuair sé bás leis an scannradh go luath na dhiaidh sín. Tá lios eile sá "Tír" agus deirthear gur leág fear an lios uair amháin agus gur connaich sé féar marbh istigh. Feirmeóir do bheadh an feár agus bhí deich mbha aighe. An lá na diaidh sín chuir sé
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2020-05-19 13:59
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great storyteller he used to tell them first in Irish and tell them back in English and the house used to be thronged every night to hear him.
Thomas Dowling Ardrahan Ardfert who would be about a hundred and twenty years of age if he lived was a great hurler. In Carney's field not far from Ballyrobert cross there used to be a hurling match every Sunday, between Ballyheigue Lixnaw and Abbeydorney and Ardrahan. One Sunday before the match Thomas Dowling went into the field and he got the ball and was throwing it up and down; the first time he threw it up he struck it coming down and again he threw it up and he struck it coming down and the third time he threw it up he struck it coming down. When he had that done the Lixnaw and Ballyheigue fellows ran out of the field they would not play Abbeydorney and Ardrahan they got in dread of them on account of the brave man from Ardrahan Thomas Dowling.
James Scanlon Lerrig Ardfert was a great weight thrower. He used to throw a fifty six pound weight a hundred yards with a sling.
John Moore Ballyrobert Ardfert was famous for lifting sacks of grain and potatoes. He used to lift a sack of potatoes up in his back without any one helping him.
Tadg Regan Kilmoiley, Ardfert, was good for lifting
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2020-05-19 13:22
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Sheon Burns a native of this place was supposed to be the strongest man in his generation. Tradition has handed down to us a story which informs us of his feats of strength. One day as a horseman was passing a forge he politely ask would some one bring him out a coal to light his pipe. Sheon who happened to be inside intended to play a joke as he thought on the horseman. He got the smithy to put a coal on top of the anvil which was at least 2 cwt. weight. Sheon owing to his immense strength caught the anvil by the peak and walked out and handed it up to the horseman with the coal on top fully under the impression that he couldn't deal with it. But to Sheon's big surprise the horseman took the
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anvil and coal together and dropped the coal nicely into the pipe which proves he was even a stronger man than Sheon himself.
Sheon was born somewhere about Listowel but was reared by an Aunt of his who formerly lived in the very place where we are living at present in Kilgulbin.
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A stitch in time saves nine.
The early bird catches the worm.
You will never miss the water till the well runs dry.
'Tis too late to spare when all is spent.
It is never too late to mend.
Who knows yet, God knows best.
Something is better than nothing.
Half a loaf is better than no bread.
Every old shoe meets an old stocking.
Birds of a feather flock together.
All is not gold that glitters.
It's better to be an old man's pet than a young man's slave.
Smooth water runs deep.
There are good goods in small parcels.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
It's bad dog that's not worth whistling for.
Make hay while the sun shines.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
Charity begins at home.
You can't have a loaf and eat it.
Waste not, want not.
Have it yourself or be without it.
He who goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.
Better to marry than burn.
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A whistling woman and a crowing hen there is not luck or grace in the house they are in.
"Happy is the bride that the sun shines on
Happy is the corpse that the rain rains on"
Eaten bread is soon forgotten
Breeding beats feeding
The longest way round is the shortest way home.
Curses like chickens come home to roost.
Live horses and you'll get grass.
A bad workman quarrels with the tools.
Self praise is no praise.
Youth must have its fling.
Two heads are better than one.
Every fool laughs at his own folly.
Put a beggar in horseback and he'll ride to the devil.
Butter to butter is no kitchen.
Clean dirt is no poison.
On seeing the new moon the following rhyme is said
"I see the moon and the moon sees me,
God bless the moon and God bless me
Grace in the kitchen, grace in the hall
And the grace of God about us all"
In describing the coldness of the weather it is said, "It would freeze the nose of a brass monkey" or "it would perish the Danes"
Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
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heavy sacks of grain or potatoes. He would put one sack on one shoulder and get some men to put another sack on the other shoulder and he would walk a hundred yards with them.
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There was a Mrs O'Sullivan in Lerrig in Ardfert district some years ago and she had a daughter four years old who had a very sore leg. She tried many doctors with her but any of them could not cure her so she heard of a woman in Blarney in county Cork who had a cure for the sore. One morning bright and early she set off for Blarney with the little girl on her back. She arrived at Blarney that evening and was home at Lerrig the next evening about 4 o'clock.
If the woman lived now she would be ninety eight years.
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Another famous walker was Mrs Sheehy of Knocknacaska whose maiden name was Ellen Slattery grandmother of Mrs Nora O'Connor a teacher in this school.
When a young woman she was going to America and the boat got wrecked - she walked all the way from Dublin home to Abbeydorney - when she got home the skin peeled off her feet.
A son of the above named Mrs Sheehy the late Patrick Sheehy of Knocknacaska was a famous mower.
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About thirty years ago John O'Driscoll Tubrid called "Brown Jack" had a very cross sow and no one could put rings on her and she had all the doors of his outhouses broken.
He had a servant boy from Dingle who was very strong and brave so he put down a bet with Mr O'Driscoll that he would put three rings on the sow. So one day he he went out to the sty and let out the sow and went on her back and he put on one ring near O'Connell's house about thirty yards from where he started, another one at Culeen gate about half a mile from the village of Ardfert and the last one at the bottom of Thyse hill near the village of Ardfert and
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the sow was all the time running. O'Driscoll who did not know what the boy meant to do followed him. He met a man in the middle of the Round Road of whom he inquired if he saw his boy and the sow. The man replied he met something like a motor car at the bottom of Thyse. That was how he described the speed of the sow with the boy on her back.
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Marry on Monday for health
" " Tuesday " wealth
" " Wednesday - no day at all
" " Thursday for crosses
" " Friday " losses
" " Saturday - worst day of all
Monday's child is fair of face
Tuesday's " " full of grace
Wednesday's " " loving and giving
Thursday's " has to work for its living
Friday's " is full of woe
Saturday's " has far to go
Sunday's " is bright and bonny and good and gay
When describing a stout person it is often said he is Beef to the heels like a Mullingar heifer.
When describing a melancholy person "A face as long as a wet week"
When speaking of a small quantity of food given to a person it is "Like a daisy in a bull's mouth"
In describing a gay light-hearted person "As airy as the back of a fiddle"
As wrong as Moll Bell
Short and sweet like a donkey's trot
Out of the frying pan into the fire
Between the devil and the deep sea
When speaking of a weak person it is said "So weak he couldn't pull a herring off the tongs"
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In describing the poverty of a boastful person it is said "He couldn't buy a jacket for a gooseberry"
"As poor as Job's cat"
"As poor as a church mouse"
"As lively as a bee"
"Out of fashion out of the world"
Don't despair while there's "mate" in the shin of a "wran" wren.
When a favour or anything is given grudgingly it is said the good is taken out of it.
Around here when an ass is heard braying people say "there is a tinker dead".
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An old yarn is told around here concerning the big wind of 1839. A man and his mother lived in an old ramshackle house. They had a new house built some distance away. While the storm of 1839 raged his mother was ill in bed. The son brought her out of the house for safety and went in again for her shawl and while he was inside the wind carried here away and he never again found her.
Mrs Slattery of Gurthduve had a grandmother living in 1839. The night of the storm her son was dead and they had a wake. About 12 o'clock the wind rose and immediately all the people ran to their own homes and left the poor woman alone. Nothing was troubling her only the house would fall on the dead child.
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If the arm of a dead person was got and put under the cream cool it is said that a neighbour's butter could be taken from him and brought to yourself.
When a churn was being made and if a person came in, the visitor was supposed to take a hand at the churn or else the butter could not be made.
It is unlucky for a wedding party to meet a funeral.
If you meet a funeral you should turn and walk a few steps with it.
A person should not open an umbrella in a house or pass under a ladder or their growth would be stopped.
A vessel with the sign of milk should not be washed in a stream.
The water in which feet were washed should not be thrown out at night or if thrown out it should be left flow gently to the right hand side of the door.
Clean water should be always left in the house at night for the dead people who may come during the night.
Tis not lucky to wear green when getting married, but it is lucky to wear something borrowed. There is a little rhyme about
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It is considered unlucky to see one magpie. The following rhyme is always said around here on seeing magpies.
"One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three to get married
Four to die
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret that has never been told".
It is considered lucky if a man comes into your house the first on New Year's morning.
It is unlucky to meet a red-haired woman the first on a morning.
It is lucky to put a needle in a person's clothes when playing cards.
It is unlucky to sit under a rafter of a house when playing cards.
Tis not right to put on new clothes for the first time going to a funeral.
Floor should not be swept out but into the ashes fearing good luck would be swept out.
A piece of butter should be put into the cream when making a churn.
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that - Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue.
It is not right to count teeth in a comb, or to count the cars in a funeral.
It is not right to quench Christmas candles on Christmas night.
It is not lucky to spill salt on a table, or if you spill it you can prevent the bad luck by throwing a pinch of it over your right shoulder.
A person when leaving a house should go out the same door by which he came in, so as that he would not take the luck of the house away with him.
A house should not be built to the west.
A house should not be built on a path.
A person should not be called to see a patient when returning from a funeral.
Cutting-out should not be done on Monday.
A grave should not be opened on Monday, a sod should be cut off on Sunday.
Don't buy a maol cow or don't sell a maol cow or don't ever be without a maol cow.
It is unlucky to interfere with a swallow or its nest because the old people say that the swallow would try to take a rib of hair off the head of a person who does so and he would be suffering from a headache for the rest of his life.
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Tis unlucky to look at a new moon through glass.
To hang a horse-shoe over the door is said to bring good luck.
A piece of a wedding cake is put under the pillow so as the person who does so would dream of her future husband.
It is not right to beat an animal with an elder stick.
It is not right to take a pike into a house on your shoulder.
It is not right to return salt or soda.
If you meet a man riding a grey horse in the morning you will have bad luck for the day.
If you meet a brown-haired woman in the morning you you will have bad luck for the day.
Tis not right to spill salt on a table or you would have seven years bad luck.
If you walked where an ass rolled himself you would get a beating after going home.
If you right hand is itchy it is a sign of a warm shakehands.
If you left hand is itchy it is a sign that you would get money.
You should get a haircut on a Monday.
You should not give away butter or salt on May-Eve.
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Long ago when children remained out too late without permission and were afraid of being punished they picked a sprig of Dréimire Mhuire and said three times "Ladder ladder Mary save me from a beating".
Dréimire Mhuire is a small plant with a bunch of pink flowers.
Two hens fighting is a sign of visitors coming to the house.
The breaking of a mirror is considered very unlucky. It is said to bring seven years bad luck.
It is unlucky to give away meat without putting a pinch of salt in it.
It is lucky to throw an old shoe after after a person getting married.
It is very lucky to put on your right shoe first.
It is lucky to put on your stocking with the wrong side out.
It is lucky to hear the cuckoo in the right ear for the first time.
These superstitions were brought by almost every child in the school.
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could not see him. The charm was not working. He asked whoever was there to leave. Mahony went and the charm worked.
Jeremiah Donovan was one day in Tralee and he bought goods at Galvin's and then he went down to McCowen's. He put his hand in his pocket and he found he was missing a five pound note. He looked at a man called "Fairy Shanahan" who was standing in the door. Shanahan told him that he had money lost though Jeremiah did not mention anything about it. Shanahan told him to go down to Galvin's that a woman was standing down on it. He went down and got it.
The blood of a black cat is said to cure Saint Anthony's Fire. Another cure is to write the sufferer's name around it with ink.
Ass's milk is a cure for the whooping cough.
A cure for a colic in calves was Snaidhm na Péiste. The knot was made by holding a string or tape or lace in the two hands passing the portion in the right hand over the left and making a knot and then passing that in the left hand over
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the right and making a second knot. The loose end was passed down through the middle of the first knot, brought up and passed down through the middle of the second knot. The two ends were drawn gently apart and the knot undone. This was done three times over the calf and each time the calf was struck In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
John Cooke of Kilmoyley had charms. This is a charm for a sprain he had. Cut a briar in two halves and give it to the person whose foot was hurt and while Cook would be reading the charm the briar would knot together. Then put the briar around the sprain and it would be alright.
In setting a charm for farsy in horses he used say "Banish you, O Black Thief". Then he cut a ring around the lump in the horse's leg with his thumb three times with a fasting spit, saying three Our Fathers, three Hail Marys and then making the sign of the Cross on it it would be cured.
The seventh son in a family has a cure for many diseases. He is called "the doctor".
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be a 105 years had he lived was able to cure a "craosgalar". He was a posthumous child and was born after his father's death and that was why he had the cure. If he breathed into the mouth of the child while fasting the child would be cured.
There was a man named Dowling in Ardrahan and he was drawing stones with his pony and he got a toothache and he was just sitting into his car to go to town when Harry Cooke from Kilmoyley came on. He asked him what was wrong and Dowling told him and when he found out he worked a charm and immediately the tooth fell out. I don't know how he worked the charm.
Mick Hussey Bawnmore used to split a rod and put it standing against the wall and while he would be setting the charm the rod used come together again he did this to prove that he had the charm.
There was a man named Scanlon from Ardrahan and he used work a charm for the farsy which the horses used get. One day he was at Sullivan's at Ballybroman and John Mahony was standing outside the wall where Scanlon
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To stop bleeding from a cut. A simple remedy for stopping bleeding from a cut was to apply Slánlus which is a coarse leaf or "rib grass" to the cut. When this was done the blood ceased coming in a few minutes.
To get rid of warts. Get a small piece of cooked meat and rub it on the warts and then leave it in some place outside where it was sure to be found. The person who gets it will soon have the warts growing and the other person was cured.
Another cure for warts is to find a hollowed stone where water is collected rub the water three times to the wart. If the stone is found accidentally so much the better.
Still another cure was to count the number of warts and the feet and to pick up the same number of pebbles and put them into a "tómaisín" and throw it on the road. The first person that would take up the "tómaisín" would get the warts and they would leave the sufferer.
Another cure was to squeeze the milky juice of the dandelion on top of the wart or to wash it with forge water.
A cure for a sty in the eye. To rub it with a gold ring made hot with friction.
Dan Healy who lived at Ballylahive and would
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Thrush or craosgalar. A cure was to keep a white gander in all night fasting and in the morning to put the bill of the gander into the sufferer's mouth and strike the gander on the back three times so that he would blow his breath into the child's mouth three times. This was done nine mornings after each other and then the child was cured.
Whooping cough. A mare donkey was brought into the kitchen and the child that was suffering was put under the donkey's fore legs three times and then was put sitting on the cross of the donkey's back. When this was done the sufferer was cured.
Another cure for whooping cough was if a man riding a white horse was going past the road to say to him "man with the white horse any cure for whooping cough?" and then do what the man said and the child was cured.
An old cure for the toothache or to avoid a toothache was if you got a horse's tooth accidentally and keep it always in your pocket and then you would never suffer from a toothache.
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Thrush or craosgalar. A cure was to keep a white gander in all night fasting and in the morning to put the bill of the gander into the sufferer's mouth and strike the gander on the back three times so that he would blow his breath into the child's mouth three times. This was done nine mornings after each other and then the child was cured.
Whooping cough. A mare donkey was brought into the kitchen and the child that was suffering was put under the donkey's fore legs three times and then was put sitting on the cross of the donkey's back. When this was done the sufferer was cured.
Another cure for whooping cough was if a man riding a white horse was going past the road to say to him "man with the white horse any cure for whooping cough?" and then do what the man said and the child was cured.
An old cure for the toothache or to avoid a toothache was if you got a horse's tooth accidentally and keep it always in your pocket and then you would never suffer from a toothache.
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Comfrey cures a sprain in the leg.
The dandelion is a cure for Rheumatism, the leaves are gathered and dried and infused like tea and the drink given to the sufferer.
Another cure for the whooping cough is to keep the food left after a ferret and give it to the child.
An old cure for a toothache was to procure a live frog and grind its foot under the tooth the pain was in.
Another old cure for stopping bleeding from a cut was to put a cob-web into it and this would stop the flow of blood.
The sting of a nettle could be relieved by applying the juice of a dock-leaf stem to the burn.
A cure for a broken ankle was to put dandelion leaves boiling and put them to the ankle and it would heal it.
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In olden times one of the travelling folk came into a house in Kerry not far from this school. The woman of the house gave her a cup of tea which she liked very much as tea at that time was a rarity. At the same time a travelling man came in and he said to her. "You are enjoying your cup of tea". She answered saying. "I would sooner this than a dinner of potatoes". He said to her:
"Farewell said the kettle to the tea-pot cup and saucer
The grocer shops are plenty and they are able to defraud us
If we were coining money from night until morning
At the end of a week sure we would not be worth a farthing.
Agus ólaimíd an crúsga agus bíodh sé lán".
She answered back:
"If I were to part with my tea-pot cup and saucer
my poor heart would feel weak and my footing out of order
If I hadn't it steaming hot each morning
You should dig a grave for me at the end of a quarter.
Agus ólaimíd an crúsga agus bíodh sé lán".
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A poor man went to from Valencia long ago down to limerick to earn his hire. He hired with a farmer for twelve months when the twelve months were up he was going home but the farmer told him to stay with him another twelve months he did, and when that twelve months were up he was going home the farmer asked him to stay for another twelve months and that he would have something by his time. He did so and when the twelve months were up he asked for his three years' wages. The farmer told his wife to make two cakes of bread for the boy when he was going the farmer said to him I shall give you three advices the first one is, never do a thing at night that you shall be sorry of in the morning.
2. Never go a short cut
3. Never sleep in a house where an old man is married to a young woman.
He then told him to go away and that when he would be hungry to eat one of the loaves but to carry the other home. He went away until night came down. Then he saw a light and made for it. There was
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no one there but an old man rocking a cradle with a child in it alongside the fire and a young woman working around the house. He asked for lodgings and got it he put his two loaves of bread up in a tub that was inside the door and then sat down. He was not long inside when a young man rode up to the door. He tied his horse and took off his over-coat and threw it across the saddle. He went in and himself and the young woman went up in the room. When they went up, this man walked out and unknown to any one cut a piece off the collar of the over-coat. When the young man was going away the woman said to him "to night or ever". The other man thought of the advice he got from the farmer and when they were all in bed he got up and went away. He had not gone far when three men overtook him. They began asking him questions and he told them every thing. They went to a style and wanted him to go the short-cut and that he would have three miles off his back. He had his leg up in the style when he thought of his advice and he went away the road. He went away until he reached home.
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It was in the middle of the night but he knew how to open the door and when he went in he fixed the fire and then lit a splinter and went in the room. He saw his wife and another young man sleeping there he came back into the kitchen looking for the hatchet to cut the heads off the two of them just then he thought of his advice. About a half an hour after he landing the boy woke and he heard the noise in the kitchen. He called his mother and said "O mam mam there is someone in the kitchen" Yerra maybe tis your poor father that is there. They got up and found that it was the father that was there. The young man that he saw in the bed was his own son, they made tea and they began to cut the loaf of bread and it is gold sovereigns they were cutting. His three years wages were inside in the loaf of bread.
About a week after he saw in the paper where the old man that he saw rocking the cradle was killed the night himself was in the house and that he himself was down for it. He went away to where the court was and told his story of how he cut the piece out of the young man's coat and then he took the piece out of his pocket and said the
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There was a man there named Tom Hogan and he had some inwardly complaint and some person picked herbs for him and told him to boil them in new milk and drink it. He had no milk himself and he sent his wife to a neighbour's house named Mrs Callaghan for a pint of milk and she got it. She did what she was told and when the farmer's wife was making the butter she could not make it. She sent for the priest and he blessed every pan of milk in the dairy but it was no good. If the woman knew what she wanted the milk for she would give it to her for God's sake and it would have done her no harm.
My grandmother knew a woman that used to be running into her mother's house for a coal of fire, and when my great grandmother was making the churn she could not make it froth she used to have in the churn instead of butter. A Connoth woman came into her one day and she told her that she had a failure in her milk and that her next door neighbour had it and she said when she would be
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Maurice Scollard Deepford Abbeydorney who would be 150 years now had he lived was the strongest man in this district. He would catch a horseshoe or any bar of iron and break it in two with his hands. One day a man was driving a horse and cart with a load of meal and the cart was capsized and Maurice came on, and turned it up right.
He would catch a weight of about 1/2 cwt and throw it 50 yards.
One day in Jim Leahy's forge in Abbeydorney there was a challenge that he would not break a horse-shoe. He caught it and broke it and of course won.
Tom Rice and Michael Ware were swift runners. They would run three miles in ten minutes.
Thade Regan from Kilcooly was a great weight thrower. He used to throw 56 lb weight 24 feet without follow.
There was a parish priest in Abbeydorney his name was Father Tom Brosnan, he swam into the big rock Muclac at Banna nine miles and back again.
Mrs Conway Banna who is about 80 years now swam as far as Muclac also.
Jerry Callaghan, who lived in Lios na gCoiníní in the parish of Abbeydorney and who would be a hundred and six years old had he lived, was a
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If it is heard mid-way between those two points it is a sign of frosty weather.
A robin singing in the heart of a bush in the morning is a sign of bad weather.
But if it singing on the top branches it is a sign of good weather.
Signs of frost.
When there is a "puff down"
When the sky is red around the horizon in the evening
When the stars twinkle in a clear sky
When the wild geese fly
When the wind comes from the east
When the
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Signs of rain
(1) When Sliabh Mis and Cathair Conroi look near
(2) When the sun looks pale and sickly at its going down in the evening
(3) When there is a halo round the moon
(4) When the wind goes to the west
(5) When the swallows fly low
(6) When the seagulls come inland in flocks
(7) When the dog eats grass and the cat sits with its back to the fire
(8) When the sidhe gaoithe raises the dust in clouds in the roads
(9) When the ducks quack loudly it is said they are calling for rain
(10) When the "midges" are busy in the evening
(11) When the soot falls down and the crane gets moist
(12) When the ciaróga are creeping across the road or snails along the sides of the ditches
(13) When the smoke rising from the chimney goes to the east
When the noise of the waves breaking against the shore comes from Ballyheigue it is a sign of bad weather. But if the noise comes further south from Carahan it is a sign of good weather.
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They grew they grew for seven long years
Until they joined to the top
And the red rose covered the briar.
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Twas both keen and sharp
She stuck into Fair Ellen's right side
And pierced her tender heart
What ails you what ails you Lord Thomas he says
For don't you look most wonderful gone
I thought you were one of the finest young girls
That ever the sun shone on
Is it blind you are Lord Thomas she says
Is it blind you are said she
For don't you see my own heart's blood
And it trickling down my knee.
IX
Lord Thomas he had a bribary (Barbary) sword
Twas both long and keen
He took the head of his bonny brown girl
And flung it against the hob
Come riddle me, riddle me mother he says
Come riddle me all in one
Did anyone ever in the world see
Any two quickly did part as they.
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Come bury me mother at my head
The bonny brown girl at my feet
Fair Ellen in my arms
That with her I may sleep
Out of one there grew a red rose
Out of the other a bonny briar
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Your welcome here said he
There is none at my wedding half so welcome as thee.
VI
He caught her by the lily white hand
And paced her through the hall
He placed her inside his bonny brown bride
Amongst the nobles all
Is this your bride Lord Thomas she says
Is this your bride said she
For don't she look most wonderful brown
I thought you'd have one of the finest young girls
That ever stood on the ground.
VII
This is my bride Fair Ellen he says
And don't you declaim her to me
For I'd rather have the top of your small toe
Than her whole body
The bonny brown girl she heard those words
She spoke most wonderful high
Where do you get the water Fair Ellen
That washes your face so white
There is a well in my father's yard
There is a well said she
If you live till the day of doom
That well you ne'er shall see.
VIII
The bonny brown girl she had a penknife
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The King of Spain, he built a ship
An' in it his daughter lies
An' I'd be afraid to tell her name
An' I've been told her name three times.
Ann.
Forty sheep went out a gap twenty white and twenty black twice eleven six and seven two and three how much is that.
Five.
I have a garden and in the garden there is a house and in the house there is a cup and in the cup there is a sup which everybody must taste.
Death.
What is it that we see and God doesn't see.
Our own equals.
As I looked out my humber bumber chainey o'
I spied Sir Income Pincome stealing away compainy o'
If I had my Sir Ansum Chansum Chainey o'
I'd shoot Sir Income Pincome for stealing away compainy o'.
A fox stealing a goose.
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What turns without moving. Milk.
I wash my hands in water that never rained or ran,
I dry them with the towel that was never woven or spun.
I washed them in the dew and dried them in the sun.
I was walking through a garden of wheat,
I spied a thing which was nice to eat
It was neither fish, flesh nor fruit,
I put it into my pocket and it afterwards walked.
An egg.
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"Riddle me riddle me Randio,
My father gave me seeds to sow,
The seeds were black and the ground was white,
Riddle me that for tomorrow night."
Ink and paper.
'Tis in 'tis out tis like a trout tis slippery wet and grazey. Your tongue.
Headed like a thimble tailed like a rat, you may guess forever but you couldn't guess that. A pipe.
Ding dong under a bank ten drawing four. A woman milking a cow.
Kitty with the white petticoat Kitty with the red nose,
The longer she lives the smaller she grows. A candle.
What is it that always walks with its head down. A nail in the sole of your boot.
Scicily Sage sat in a cage. All her children died of age and herself kept living hale and hearty.
It stands by the road, it belongs to the gate,
It holds my door, and for me it does wait,
Sometimes tis iron and sometimes tis wood,
To me it brings knowledge both evil and good.
I see it and you cannot see it though it is nearer to you than to me.
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Davy he had an iron nose and timber toes and 'pon my word he would frighten the crows. A gun.
As I was going to London I met a little tailor. I put him in my pocket for fear the ducks would eat him. He began to pinch me and I began to beat him and I threw him in the puddle and the ducks began to eat him. A frog.
One fine day in the middle of the night two dead men got up to fight. Two men with crutches ran for the priest, two blind men were looking on and two dumbies told the news.
I went to the wood and I got it. I sat down and looked at it. The more I looked at it the more it pained me. I brought it home and couldn't help it. A thorn in my foot.
What is under the fire and over the fire and never touches the fire. A cake of bread baking in an oven.
As round as an apple as deep as a cup,
And all the king's horses couldn't pull it up.
A pump.
Riddle riddle ree such a riddle couldn't be
Through a rock through a reel through an old spinning wheel,
Through a miller's hopper through a little bag of pepper
Through an old man's shinbone. Riddle me that or leave it alone.
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Long ago an Irishman was charged with some offense of which he could not be found guilty. The judge before whom he was tried was very fond of riddles. And before lunch time he said to the prisoner - that if after lunch he would give him a riddle he couldn't solve he would let him free but if not he should go to jail for six months.
The prisoner went out and was hard put to make up a riddle - He had given up and was almost in despair when he saw a horse's skull in a corner of the yard. He gave it a kick and immediately out of it flew a wren leaving six young birds after her. He almost jumped for joy and went back into the court.
Well said the judge have you a riddle. I have said the prisoner.
"As I went out and before I came in
Out of the dead the life did spring.
If that isn't it that this may be,
That the six may bring the seventh free".
I have a little house and a mouse couldn't fit in it and all the men in town couldn't count all the windows in it. A thimble.
As I went up a slippery gap I met my uncle
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man's coat that this shall fit that is the man that killed him the young man was found out and condemned and he and the young woman were hanged they had made up that night to kill the old man while the stranger was there and then say that it was the stranger that did it. But the stranger was too smart for them.
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Mary Sheehy of Knocknacaska and her daughter Ellie were sitting by the fireside one winter's night long long ago. The mother was sewing and the daughter knitting. About 10 o'clock the mother said it was time to go to bed, but as there was a very cosy fire on the hearth the girl persuaded her to stay up a while longer so they put their work aside and started to chat. Time slipped on and suddenly a knife was thrown between them from the direction of the door which was bolted. They cleared to bed as fast as they could perspiring all over and the clock was just striking twelve. They searched for the knife in the morning but there was not a trace of it to be seen.
The Mary Sheehy mentioned in this story is the mother of Mrs O'Connor teacher in this school and is now over 80 years of age.
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making the churn again so put a red iron under it and she did so and the butter was coming back by degrees to her.
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Charles Nolan of Kilmoyley was cutting corn with another farmer one day near his own house when he saw a man in his own yard whom he took to be his own brother. This brother was in America so he wondered why he came home without sending him an account.
He said he would go to the house to see him at any cost. When he went to the house they told him they saw nobody. About a week after he was waiting one morning for the postman. His mother told him that the postman was bringing a letter from America with an account of the brother's death the brother he thought he saw. She told him what was in the letter and who was with him when he died and where he died.
When the postman came he had the letter and it was in the letter exactly as she told him.
It was thought she used to meet the son who was dead every evening at the end of her own haggard and remain about an hour in conversation with him.
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Long ago it was said that eligible bachelors and dames who did not marry in Shrove should go to Skelligs rock on Shrove Tuesday night as a punishment - and a skelligs list used be made out and here is one following:
Ardfert hammer and anvil sons of rest
We had on board our gallant barque a crowd of noble dames,
Tied up in pairs with strong sugáns you soon shall hear their names,
With a number of smart gentlemen real Koffy ones you know
To kiss the ladies' tears away to Skelligs they all did go
We had Reggie so fat, Aggie so lean, and Bridget Criss and Kate
And Nora D. and Katherine E. and Debbie out of date
And Kattie from the public house and others of lesser note.
We gave them each a nice young man and stowed them in the boat
Poor Peg we fear another year must mourn her sad fate
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For Pat Costelloe cares not for her of late.
Manys the night near Trenches wall
We stood listening to what they said
And now because she is hard up she is hunting Sonny Rice
Aggie Dowd is weeping loud because she is left behind
The sisters fair from Ardfert square are left to hatch the coals
Thomas Gigs O'Gallagher who was late commenced to roam
To Charles Kelleher's mansion when his daughter is at home.
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There was an epidemic of enteric fever in the townland of Ardconnell Ardfert in the year 1889. It first broke out in a farmer's house and some of the poor people of the district used to get milk at this farmer's house. The people of this house did not know that it was a fever until almost all the family were stricken down, and then they called in a doctor. By that time it had spread to all the families that were getting milk there and then it spread to all the families in the townland. Two women died of the fever Mrs O'Connor and Mrs Dunne they were both from Ardconnel.
There was a great rain-fall in the year 1910 and it overflowed the river which flows at the south side of our house. At that time there was a lodge where our house is now and it was occupied by an old couple.
One morning about 6 o'clock in the month of November the flood burst in the door and Jerry O'Sullivan Moin Ardfert who was
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working at Tubrid creamery saw it and he ran in and brought the old woman out on his back and he had to bring out the old man also as he had a broken leg. If the old man lived yet he would be one hundred and four years and the woman would be ninety five years now.
A great snowstorm occurred in the year 1902. The snow-drifts were of immense heights hundreds of sheep and cattle were lost, and roads were impassable for weeks. A fatal accident occurred a few miles from here. A local farmer named Walsh who was coming home from Tralee was over taken by the snowstorm his hat was blown off. He left his cart to look for it he possibly got blinded by the snow with the result that he lost his way, fell into a deep ravine or dyke where he was found on the next day unfortunately smothered in the snow.
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In the year 1876 there was a shipwreck on Banna strand. It was a ship laden with yellowgrain, and one night it was driven into Banna strand near the small rock, and was buried in the sand all hands were lost.
There were two sad drownings in Banna in about the year 1887. One was Solmon Lawlor Ballymaquinn, about the age of 16 years. He went one evening to Banna strand with an ass and car for a load of gravel, and it being a fine evening, he went bathing. He happened to go in a very dangerous place called "Loobh" near the small rock where the waters of Ballyheigue and Banna meet. The ass returned home with the boy's clothes in the car. The body was recovered later.
The other drowning was a Galvin boy from Liscullane. He came to his Aunt's house, and forced some of the family to go to Banna with him for a bathe, they consented to go to Banna with him. He went bathing in the same place as young Lawlor did and was carried out by the current and
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On St Stephen's Day the boys of this district dress up and go out with the wren. They take some musical instrument with them and in each house they sing the following song.
The "wran" the "wran" the king of all birds
On St. Stephen's day she was caught in the furze
Although she is little her family is great
So get up landlady and give us a "trate" (treat)
If the treat be of the best
I hope in heaven your soul may rest
And if the treat be small it will not please the boys at all
Down by the glen as we did "bate"
Our gentlemen to overtake
We overtook the men in the glen
Which caused our "wran" boys to sing
Holly and ivy, ivy and holly we'll set up
The man of the house has very good luck
With his right hand he fills the cup
And with his sweet lips he tips it up
Christmas comes but once a year
And when it comes it brings great cheer
A loaf of breed and a bottle of beer
Three cheers for Christmas every year
Come old woman stir up your feathers
Don;t think in your mind that we are beggars
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Between the finger and the thumb, there rose a blister as big as a plum
Tis neither a plum tis neither a cherry
Three or four shillings will make us merry hurra
Mr --- is a very good man
And to his house we brought the wran
We wish him a merry Christmas and a happy New Year
His pockets full of money and his cellar full of beer hurra
Get up old woman and shake your feathers
Don't you think that we are beggars
We're the boys that fear no noise
Although being far from home
The eagle says he is the king
The wraneen says he's no such thing
Up with the kettle and down with the pot
Give us our answer and let us be gone hurra
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Bachelors and young girls who did not marry on Shrove Tuesday were taken to "Skelligs" on Shrove Tuesday night as a punishment.
Chalk Sunday is the Sunday after Shrove Tuesday. Long ago the bachelors who did not marry were chalked on this Sunday with a cross on their backs coming out from Mass.
A branch of the summer tree or sycamore was brought and hung it up in the kitchen window on May Day. People say it is unlucky to pick flowers on May Day especially the white-thorn blossom. Many people will not allow children to bring the white-thorn blossom into the house at all. It is considered so unlucky as that.
On St John's Eve bonfires used be lit in this district at nearly every cross-road. Young and old people used attend. The young people supplied the material for the fire and stayed amusing themselves until the fire had burned down. Often the ashes and cinders were thrown into the gardens nearby to bring good luck on the crops.
On this evening it was a custom to strike the cows with a lighted furze bush as they left the bawn.
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On St Martin's eve the blood of a goose a chicken or duck was drawn and kept in a piece of tow or wool. This blood which was called "Saint Martin's Blood" was kept and considered a cure for a pain in the side.
On November Eve games were played with apples and beans. This was a great night in this part of the country. Two beans were put down together on the hearth to roast with the name of a boy on one and the name of a girl on the other. If the two beans stayed together while roasting it was said that the pair would be married but if they jumped away from one another it was said there would be no marriage.
The two beans were then put into a bowl of water. If they stayed together on the top or if the two went together to the bottom it was said there would be a marriage.
All this was innocent fun and pastime but some piseoga were observed also.
At 12 o'clock a girl stood in front of a mirror eating an apple and it was supposed that she would see the face of her future husband looking into the mirror over her shoulder.
Also melted lead was poured through the hole in a key and let drop into water and it would form the letters of the
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drowned. There was a priest in the strand and he sent out a sheaf and the body was found.
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We are boys that came to play
Together our change on Stephen's Day
The man of the house is a wealthy man
And to his honour we brought the "wran"
We wish him a happy Christmas and a merry new year
If he gives us a price of a gallon of beer.
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The "wran" the "wran" the king of all birds
On St. Stephen's Day he was caught in the furze
Although he is little his family's great
Rise up landlady and give us a trate hurra
We hunted the wran three miles and more
Through hedges ditches briars and stones
We hunted him up and we hunted him down
Till wan of our little boys knocked him down hurra
On Christmas night I burned my thumb
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name of the future husband of the girl.
Another was to put the rind off an apple without breaking it and to throw it over the shoulder and whatever letter it would make on the floor that was the initial of the future husband of the girl.
On Easter Sunday morning the sun used jump with joy and all people both young and old used get up to see it "dancing".
One little Christmas night long ago a woman from Ballysheen named Ryan stayed up after the rest of the family had gone to bed, to see the water turn into wine for there is a tradition that it was on that night the water was turned into wine. But when the clock struck the hour of twelve the old woman was blind. She was blind ever after that night.
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As I lie down to sleep, to God I give my soul to keep
If I die before I wake to God I give my soul to take
There are four corners in my bed, there are four angels at my head
One to guard me, one to guide me, and two to carry my soul safe to heaven
Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, God bless the bed that I lie on
On Good Friday, the Jews came and pierced our Blessed Saviour through the heart
His precious Blood began to flow His tender Mother standing by with a heavy heart and dismal eyes
And she says who ever will say this little prayer three times a day and three times a night
Shall never die in the state of mortal sin. Amen.
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As I look up, as I look down I see the Blessed Virgin coming down with a holy prayer book in her hand
Seven candles lighting, seven priests singing, seven bells ringing
Shut the gates of hell, open the gates of heaven, for my poor soul now and at the hour of my death. Amen.
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Father --- was so wild at the trick that was played on him that he never spoke to Stack again during his time in the parish.
In after years Tom Stack used to tell the story with great gusto, and he used to say with a twinkle in his eye, "God help me I suppose I'll never be forgiven I told a lie to the Priest".
Fr. --- is still alive and is P. P. in South Kerry. Tom Stack is dead - he would be about 100 years now had he lived.
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A few days after this conversation Fr --- called at Savage's house and after the usual conversation about the weather asked him to show him the extent of his holding. Now Savage's holding consisted only of a few fields adjoining the river which flows through Abbeydorney village. He was of course anxious to oblige the Priest and after crossing a couple of ditches which Fr. --- jumped and over which poor Andy pulled himself as best he could they came to the river bank.
Here Fr --- selected a good sized stone, took off his coat, made a mark with his foot, stood back, took a short run and heaved the stone through the air. "Beat that my man" he said.
Poor old Andy who had been looking with amazement at the Priest's actions thought he had suddenly gone crazy. "What do you mean Father" he asked. "Why" replied Fr --- "Tom Stack told me you were the greatest stone thrower in this part of the country and I want to see what you can do".
"My God Father" said Andy "I am crippled with rheumatism for years and besides I never threw a stone in my life". "Tom Stack has been having fun with you".
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About fifty years ago Rev. Fr. --- was stationed as Curate in this parish. He had a great thought of himself as an athlete and he used to boast that there was no man in this parish his equal at weight throwing or jumping. At that time there lived at Clounametig a farmer named Tom Stack. One day Father --- met Stack and started as was usual with him to run down the Athletic prowess of the men of Abbeydorney. Among other things he asked Stack "if there was a man at all in Abbeydorney able to throw a stone". Stack mentioned among others Mike Fitzgerald and Thady Duggan as being very good stone throwers but Fr. --- had no respect for those and said he could beat either of them with his left hand. Stack got nettled and being a bit of a joker asked "Have you ever tried Andy Savage Father? I have not" replied Father --- is he a good man". "He was never beaten yet at stone throwing" said Stack.
Now Andy Savage was an old man who had been crippled with rheumatism for a number of years and who certainly was not an athlete in any sense of the word.
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him to go to bed. Then he went to bed and he left the lamp lighting in the kitchen. Soon after that the door opened and the lamp that was hanging on the wall was thrown on the floor and he heard all the singing and dancing round the kitchen. He had a box of matches in his waistcoat pocket he took them out and according as he used to crack one it used to quench and so on until he had them all used. Then he fell asleep and when he got up in the morning he was surprised to find that the lamp was hanging on the wall without nothing broken in it and he got the table in the middle of the road.
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Long ago there lived a man who would now be 115 years if he lived named Denny Nolan near the Demense in Ardfert. He got another house in Ardrahan and he brought the furniture from the old house to the new one. He brought the kitchen table the last. When he was crossing Mossey Nolan's fort in Ardrahan the table was on his head and it was taken off and put inside the ditch. He went up on the ditch and brought out the table. The second time it was taken off his head and put inside the ditch again. He went in for it the second time and he walked another small bit and the third time it was taken off his head. The same thing happened. "By the devil to it" said he "I won't go in for it any more". With that he heard all the laughing and he went up on the ditch but he could see nothing. He came off and he went home and told his wife what had happened. He said that he would stay up until he heard something going up or down the road. After that a knock came to the door and he asked who was there and the voice that it was better for
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There was a man one time in the parish of Kilmoyley who was a mystery man. He never spoke to anyone. He was a dark silent individual.
He never spent a night in bed, it was thought he used to spend the night killing hares with a heavy stick which was, as the story went, always covered with blood.
However he died, and the strangest thing about him, was on the day of his funeral a white hare came across the field, and sat down on a ditch in front of the cabin where he was laid out, being coffined, and nothing daunted by all the people around him. After looking right into the corpse for some time, he turned away and jogged slowly across the field again.
However there was a man looking on, who had great taste for game. He went to his home, took his greyhound with him pursued the hare and finally killed it. With the result, he got insane on the spot and had to be taken to an Asylum immediately.
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years. He also told him they had a battle that night over the man who was sick and his side won. Then the little man said his time was up and he invited Lawlor to go with him and told him he would see the finest hurling match he ever saw. Lawlor refused and said he would not go. Then the little man left.
In this story the man named Thomas Lawlor is my father who lives at Sackville Ardfert. He says these incidents happened about thirty five years ago. He is now about sixty years of age.
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Some years ago my father - Thomas Lawlor - and Patsy Carroll Lerrig were returning from Ardfert between the hours of 11 and 12 o'clock. As they were going towards the Gullane in the townland of Killeacle about a mile and a quarter from Ardfert village they noticed it was thickly crowded with men. In the crowd was a man from Kilmoyley who Thomas Lawlor knew was sick in bed and given over for death. These spoke to the men and one asked Thomas Lawlor for his pipe as he was smoking. He gave it to him. When he had finished he gave Thomas Lawlor back his pipe. After that they heard a noise and Thomas Lawlor looked back and the crowd had disappeared. The sick man they saw in the crowd got well and lived for years after.
A few months later a cousin of Thomas Lawlor's died in Laccamore Abbeydorney and he was at the wake. He was sitting in the kitchen with other men when a small man with whiskers sat near him. "Do you remember to see me before" and Lawlor said no. He told Lawlor all that had happened the night at the Gullane and he also him the man that smoked his pipe was the sickman's father who was dead for
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discovered the trick that had been played upon him the captain was very vexed and was on the look-out for Stack when he would be again delivering turf at the barracks.
Stack knowing that his trick would be found out avoided the captain for some time but they met one day in the Barracks yard and the captain charged him with his dishonesty. But Stack's native wit (or roguery) came to his aid and he asked the Captain (his knowledge of English was imperfect) "What time your honour milk the goat" "Oh at nine o'clock" replied the Captain "we tried to milk her but she had no milk".
"Ah your honour" says Stack "I know the raison, she no milk - twelve o'clock milking time goat".
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In the early years of the 19th century there lived at Ballylahive an old man named Stack who supplied the military barracks in Tralee with turf.
At that time a young captain in an English regiment was stationed in Tralee. This young captain's wife had a delicate child and some knowledgeable woman told him that goat's milk would be good for both mother and child, so he made inquiries as to how he could procure a goat in milk.
In the course of his inquiries he came across Stack who said he had a goat which was quite suitable for his purpose and which would give a sufficient supply of good rich milk. The captain accordingly agreed to purchase the goat for the sum of £1 which was a considerable price for a goat in those days.
Stack came home joyfully having made such a good bargain and procured an old goat which had no milk and which he delivered to the captain on his next visit to the Barracks. The captain having no knowledge of goats and less of duplicity of Stack paid over his £1 and was very pleased with his bargain until the woman whom he sent to milk the goat told him she had no milk. When he
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Nearly three hundred years ago a present (or payment) was sent from Spain or Portugal to England. The present was made in gold bullion moulded in the shape of a sow and eleven bonhams.
At that time navigation was performed by sailing vessels. A storm arose and the vessel carrying the gold lost its bearings. It has been drifting for some time when during the night members noticed a moving light in the distance. They sailed towards the light which according to tradition was none else than a lantern tied to a horse's head. The horse had been turned on to the cliffs and whilst in the act of grazing the horse moved the lantern up and down, which gave the sailors the same sort of signal for which they had been watching - but in a very different harbour.
The vessel was wrecked off the cliffs of Ballyheigue, and the captain and his crew with the gold bullion, was rescued by the Yeomen of the county who happened to be dining on that night with the owner of Ballyheigue Castle whose name was (so the story goes) Aurthur Crosbie. The gold was stored in the strong room of the Castle and
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The people in our townland have many signs by which they foretell what kind of weather is before us, some of the signs are as follows:
When a blue flame appears in the fire it is a sign of rain, and when the crows in their flight imitate the flying kite. When the seagulls come in to the land from the sea it is an omen of a coming storm, also a sign of storm is, when a red streak appears in the western sky.
When the distant hills seem nigh we are supposed to expect rain. When a glittering sun goes down in the west it is also a sign of rain. We are supposed to get fine weather when the Sun and Moon are seen in the sky in the evening. When the setting sun appears to be a round ball of fire we are supposed to be near frost and hard dry weather.
When the wind whistles through the keyhole it is supposed to be a sign of coming rain. When flying ants are seen on the road it is a sign of wet weather.
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In the district where I live the people judge the weather by the wind, the birds, the insects, the sky and many other things.
When the wind is blowing from the West or South we shall get rain before long. When the wind is blowing from the east we will have frost. When the wind is blowing from North we will get snow. Insects and animals are other weather prophets where insects are seen on the road or flying about it is a sign of rain. When the swallows fly near the ground it is a sign of rain. If a blue light is seen in the fire it is a sign of rain. When the distant hills are looking near or the sky is dull and black it is a sign of rain.
It is also said that if the frog has changed from yellow to dark brown we would get rain.
The signs of storm are red streaks round the setting sun or sea birds flying inland from the shore.
When the frost is coming it is easy to know it; the wind is blowing from the East and there is a fog on the valleys.
When we are going to have rain the dog comes up and sleeps by the fire, and the cat sits with his back to the fire.
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My mother who is now fifty years of age told me that she often heard her deceased Father who was born in 1841 describe how when he was a boy he saw querns used in his own farm for grinding the oats into oatmeal. One of the querns was still to be seen when she was a girl, a round stone about 2 1/2 feet in diameter, having a hole in the centre about 6'' in diameter. The oatmeal was then wet with water and baked in thin cakes on a flat griddle and used as bread.
If the boys and girls of the family were hungry they often took a fistful of the oatmeal and eat it raw. She also heard him say that his elder brothers were often put watching the turnip garden in the famine times, else all the turnips would be stolen by the hungry poor.
He also remembered when the yellow meal was first given out in Abbeydorney Co. Kerry to feed the poor during the famine. A farmer named Daniel Shanahan living in Boheroe got charge of it, but he gave it out without question to all who came for it. Then a neighbouring farmer named Sheahan reported him to the Landlord
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The hemlock is the most dangerous weed growing in the farm because it is poisonous and children have often been poisoned by eating the berries. The dock leaf, the rag weed (gósadán) or buachallán buidhe, and pruiseach buidhe (wild mustard), the thistle, are also very harmful because they spread rapidly. The common thistle grows only on rich land. The Germander Speedwell also only flourishes where the soil is good. Rushes and Wild Iris or yellow flag (Feilistrum) are found in poor moist land. The Speed Well, Cranesbill, dandelion, marsh mallows and Colt's foot, hoar hound, wild tansy, camomile, slán lus or plantain and Robin Run the Hedge are locally used for their medicinal properties.
The Germander Speedwell is an infallible cure for jaundice. Cranesbill and Robin Run the Hedge are used for kidney trouble. Marsh Mallows for cough and colds. Dandelion is used for consumption and delicacy, hoar hound for curing severe coughs. Wild Tansy for blood and Red Murrain in cattle.
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Nettles are also used for the same purpose as Wild Tansy. The leaves and stems of the tansy are boiled and the mixture given to the cattle. Robin Run the Hedge and Cranesbill are boiled and the juice of them drank. The speedwell the leaves and stems are boiled and drawn and the juice drank. Milk and sugar can be added and they improve the taste. Jaundice disappears after the ninth day if this mixture is taken a couple of times daily. If the jaundice turns black it can't be cured.
The roots of the colt's foot are pounded and boiled and the juice drank. This is a great cure for coughs and cold. Marsh Mallows, and Hore hound can be used in the same way for the same ailment. The stems and leaves of the dandelion are picked and dried and drawn like tea for anyone threatened with consumption. Ivy was formerly very much used for drawing water from children's heads when they got sore. The leaves of the ivy were sewn together in the form of a cap roasted before the fire and put on hot on the child's head.
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The water would all clear away in about a week's time. All the hair should be cut off before the ivy is put on.
Causter wan is very much used for fattening pigs. It is chopped up yellow meal porridge put through it and it is used for pigs and poultry. The seeds of the dock leaf were very much used for poultry formerly. Nettles are extensively used for feeding young turkeys they are boiled and cut up. The young branches of the birch tree were formerly very much used for dyeing wool. A beautiful blue black colour. Saffoon plant was used for colouring butter a golden colour. The bella donna or deadly nightshade is used medicinally for plasters and blisters. The yellow root is still used extensively for poisoning fish in rivers. The Irish Yew is poisonous to cattle also laburnum and privet.
Herb doctors used herbs extensively about 40 years ago and many sufferers were relieved by their application.
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2020-03-16 05:47
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Long ago in olden times, the people had only three meals a day, the breakfast, the dinner, and the supper. They had the breakfast at nine o'clock in the morning, the dinner at two o'clock, and the supper at six in the evening.
The people used to get up at six in the morning, and go out working for so many hours before the breakfast. The table used to be pulled out in the middle of the floor for every meal, and all the people sat around it. They used make the bread out of meal and oats, and they used call it oaten bread. After every meal the table used to be hung up on the wall.
Tea was considered a great luxury and was drank only on Sundays as it was very expensive.
The famine of 1846-1847 was a very trying year for the people as they had very little food, and great numbers died of hunger. Skim milk and potatoes was the food at all meals, and very few meals were eaten by them. They also had yellow meal porridge and milk for their supper.
The bread used by the poorer people was made of yellow
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2020-03-13 06:48
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About 53 years ago there was a school in Garrynagore in the parish of Lixnaw. Over a hundred pupils attended it. Master Duggon was teaching there and he taught them Euclid, Geography, History, Sums and many other Subjects. The pupils had to be in in half past nine and they were left off at three in the evening.
In those days there were no desks and they had to sit on wooden blocks under an old shed. It was there also Tom Nolan was living and some of the big boys used to shake red pepper around the shed to make the cock crow.
It was the first school Tom Nolan ever went to. It was a Result school, that is the people who were learning used to pay the Master a half crown a quarter. He got no money from the Board of Education.
They had a fire in winter made of timber which they cut in the wood near by. Master Duggon was lodging in the shed with Tom Nolan.
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2020-03-13 06:41
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About forty years ago there was a Protestant school in Tullig founded by Parson Raymond from Ballyheigue, and it was situated at the left side of the road where Dan Relihan's cottage is now and was there for a few years.
The teacher was Miss Leslie a Protestant from Abbeydorney. It was a mixed school and the attendance was small a little over twenty including Catholics and Protestants. The chief subjects taught were Sums, English Reading, Grammar, and English Geography.
The school was a long thatched house with two windows one back and front, and a door in the centre.
There was only one desk in the centre of the floor, with two sides one for the teacher's use, and he other for the scholars' use. The
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2020-03-13 06:35
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About sixty-three years ago there was an old school in Kilfeighney in Mr. Stack's land.
Mrs. Kennelly herself attended it. It was a thatched one room building with seats going all round and four plain desks with inkwells in the centre. It had one open fire place, and two windows, and a door in front, and an earthen floor.
The teachers were Mr. B. Brosnan and Miss O Sullivan. There was no Irish taught then, and the principal subjects taught were Reading, Writing, Sums, Grammar, and Geography. It was a mixed school and up to sixty or eighty scholars attended it between boys and girls.
The school was opened at nine o'clock in the morning, and closed at four in the evening. There were no pictures hanging on the walls, but there were Maps; one of Asia, one of Africa, one of America, one of Australia, and one Map of Europe.
The teachers were paid
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2020-03-13 06:26
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Liosanna (known locally as forts) are a very common feature of this school district. Every townland has at least three or four. They are all circular in shape. The surrounding fence in every case is of earth and from six to eight feet in height. Very often this fence is surrounded again by a shallow trench, while the fence itself is often overgrown with bushes, generally whitethorn. In some cases however the rampart is always quite bare. Very rarely is any tilling done within these forts, and rarer still are instances of any attempt to level them. The people here firmly believe that bad luck is sure to follow any such interference. Only one man in this locality ever defied this superstition. Before he had got very far with his work however, his cattle and horses began to die one by one. That year he lost his entire stock, so he gave up the attempt, fully convinced that his bad luck was entirely due to his interference with the old fort. In the townland of Glenballyma Kilflynn Co. Kerry an underground chamber has recently been discovered, the floor of which is some eight or nine feet under the surface leading into a sort of corridor. The entrance hole is near the centre of the fort. The chamber itself is a rectangular compartment about ten feet long, four feet wide, and four feet high. The walls are
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2020-03-13 06:16
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built with small stones without any mud, while the roof which is flat is covered with large heavy flags. The entrance to the chamber itself is a small doorway only eighteen inches square, so that a man can barely crawl through.
Commander O'Connell of Killarney (the most ardent worker for archaeology in Kerry) recently visited this fort. The chamber, he believes, was a place of refuge for women and children during an attack by enemy forces. The small doorway, he points out, was the chief safety factor in this chamber as an attacker crawling in could not use his hands and would get his head cut off the very minute he put it inside the chamber. Another feature worthy of note in this townland is a large stone pillar some four feet high and eighteen inches broad standing erect in the centre of a field.
Commander O'Connell says it marks the site of an ancient burial and that the grave is situated about twelve feet to the south side of it. He intends to explore the site as soon as possible.
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2020-03-13 06:06
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The King of Manchester sent home to his sister a bottomless vessel to put flesh in?
Ans. A Ring.
In Amsterdam it is common, in Germany it is still; it is always in a mountain, but it is never in a hill?
Ans. The letter M.
If it took twenty minutes to bath a baby what would it take to dry it?
Ans. A towel.
Why is a dog like a tree?
Ans. Because they both lose their bark when they die.
I washed my face in water that never rained no ran, and dried my face in a diaper towel that was never wove or spun?
Ans. He washed his face in the dew, and dried it in the sun.
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2020-03-13 06:01
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A man without eyes saw apples on a tree, he picked no apples, or he left no apples, how can that be?
Ans. A man with one eye saw two apples on a tree, he picked one apple and left one apple.
I have a tree behind my house, it would fight a bull, it would kill a bear and banish all the birds in the air?
Ans. Hunger.
A man had one penny and one half-penny and he went to the village and wanted to let money in four houses without changing it into farthings how was he to do it?
Ans. He would go into the first shop and hand in his penny and ask for the change of it and he would get out two half-pennies. He had a penny left there, he would go then to a second, and ask for a ha'p'worth of sweets, and to a third and ask for another ha'p'worth of sweets, and to the fourth and ask for another half-penny worth of sweets and he would have money left in four houses.
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2020-03-13 05:52
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Blessed wells are situated in many parts of Ireland but here in Kerry the best known is perhaps Wether's well situated near Ardfert. Unlike most holy wells this one as far as is known is not linked with the name of an Irish Saint.
Instead tradition tells us that it had its origin at the time of the religious persecution here. The priests were then hunted like wolves and the story is that a hundred priests were celebrating Mass near this place when the soldiery came along.
The priest and his flock fled with the soldiers in pursuit. Then a miraculous thing happened. From the ground in the soldiers' path sprang three wethers (sheep). The soldiers wanting food followed the sheep and the priest escaped
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2020-03-12 06:52
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When we are going to have snow the wind is blowing from the North.
Other signs of rain are the crows in their flight imitate that of a kite, or a puff down on the chimney, or the soot falls down, and the spiders creep about the walls.
When the sun sets pale, it is a sign of rain, if the sun sets red it is a sign of frost, if the sun sets bright and dazzling it is a sign of good weather.
The people judge the weather by those signs in this district, sometimes their prophecy is right, and sometimes their prophecy is not right.
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2020-03-12 06:47
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"Billy Crosbie Ardfert commonly known as Billy the Leveller" and for his generosity Shanahan was deprived of this trust and the charity meal was given in charge to Sheahan who acted very niggardly to the poor people, and they often left him with a bad wish in their heart. It was a strange thing that none of his family, who at that time owned the biggest farms in Abbeydorney, Ardfert, and Lixnaw has a male heir and their lands passed through the female line into their hands.
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2020-03-12 06:42
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meal mixed with water and it was called "Páke".
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2020-03-12 06:41
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The place where I live is called Glenballyma which means the Glen of the town of the plain. Our farm is divided into several fields, and each of them has a different name. We have one field called the Kiln Field, because there is a kiln built on the south side of the field where lime used to be burned.
There is another field called "Páirc na Sgeiche" which means the field of the bush, because there is a bush growing in the centre of the field.
We have a field also called "The Stony Field" because stones are as numerous as the sands in the sea shore or the leaves in the trees.
The Stampy Garden is another firld in our farm, and is called that name because it grows very large potatoes, and when the digging of the potatoes came, the people used have a great day making and eating stampy.
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2020-03-12 06:34
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In the district where I live there are three tailors namely Mr. McElligott, Mr. Hunt, and Mr. Nolan. In making a suit of clothes the tailor uses a lot of implements such as chalk, a needle and thimble, an iron, a tape, a sewing machine, and a pan of water.
Nowadays Irish tweeds are very much worn by the people of this country. The most of those tailors stock the material and sell it to the people for whom they make the clothes. The tailors of to day work in their own homes but about fifty or sixty years ago they used to go around from house to house making clothes for the people.
In the district where I live the dress maker makes the clothes for the women such as skirts, coats, dresses, and costumes, but some clothes are made at home by the house wife if she has a sewing machine such as skirts, and under clothes.
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2020-03-12 06:27
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Shone Burns was the strongest man ever heard of in North Kerry. Some say he was born in Ardraha in the parish of Abbeydorney, and others say he was born in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. In any case he was well known all over Kerry, Cork, and Limerick, for his feats of strength. My father who is 58 years of age told me that his deceased father, Michael OConnell told him that Shone's shake hands was so strong that it made strong men wince. He had a very strong brother too and they often tested one another's strength. One day both of them went to Cork with a load of butter. The journey was long and tiring and the horse got tired and refused to climb the hill as they neared the end of the journey. The brothers decided to unyolk the animal and when they did so the brother went between the shafts, putting the backband of the car under his arms and across his chest and he pulled with all his might, while Shone placed himself behind the car and pushed it forward with all his strength. They worked together for some time and all went well till they
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2020-03-12 06:18
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approached the brow of the hill. Then Shone thought to prove whether he, or the brother, was the stronger, and instead of pushing the car at the back, he threw all his weight on it and kept it back as well as he could. The brother pulled and pulled with all his force and succeeded in getting over the brow of the hill. Then Shone admitted that the brother was a better man than he, but the brother strained his heart in pulling and from that out he pined away day by day until he died.
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2020-03-12 06:15
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Sheon Byrnes the strongest man in Kerry, and Limerick and who resided in Abbeyfeale.
One day as he (Shoen) was going along the road on horse-back from Listowel to Limerick he called to a forge where the smith was very busy shoeing horses. Shoen stepped up beside him near where the anvil was laid, and when he got the smith's back turned he took the anvil with one hand and put it behind his back. When the smith wanted to beat the red iron on the anvil he wondered where it was gone. As he did not know Sheon he said that no man could raise the anvil but Sheon Byrnes.
Another day Sheon was in Listowel and he met with the sergeant of the police who told him to pretend to be drunk as there was a police-man in the barrack who said that he could arrest any man single-handed. Sheon pretended to be drunk and disorderly and when the police-man came to arrest him Sheon said "Take it easy a garsúin" and he ran with him through the town till he came to the barrack.
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2020-03-12 06:05
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I heard him say the other day, that whilst he could afford
He would represent the Game Cock Team, in the Kerry Co. Board.
Now that I'm drawing near a close, one other word to Mick
To send his team out to the front, and get a better pick
Pawn your shoes and Hurleys, and don't think it's a crime
Your a man of twenty years ago, so stand behind the line.
Now that I must terminate, I wish the Team Success
And if you'll keep to practice, you'll get them all well dressed
And now you fancy Senior Team, if you don't pull up your socks
You won't be able to compete with those -
Famous trained Game Cocks.
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2020-03-12 05:59
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So he lodged a grand Objection, and this is what he said
I must get that Causeway Match, or a re-play instead.
For if I don't get that Causeway Match, I swear upon my word
I'll bring an action down against the Kerry Co. Board.
When I heard the Objection, I got an awful start,
And seeing it on illegal field, it pierced my very heart,
Lime lines and the devil knows what, Chapter ten and page sixty-two
I shook my head but not with dread, saying Mike I will meet you.
So we agreed for a re-play, of course poor Mike to yield
He called Tralee Athletic grounds, a legal field.
We gave him cause to think of it, for many the helpless toss,
And instead of seeing, we made him kiss the lime lines on the grass.
Success to P. McElligott, likewise his brother Jack,
Also Arnold Parkinson, who played the grateful back,
Likewise Patty Mangan, who played his man all round,
And not forgetting Parker's Jerk, the ranger from the Town.
Here's a health to the two Gleasures, Parkinson's Bob and Relihans Den,
Whelan, Ware, and Galvin, likewise to Jamsey Wynne
Nobler chaps than these, before I never met
They passed the slitter through the field and smashed the Tubrid net.
Good luck to our Goal's man Cronin, and our gallant Captain Bill
And to our representative, who's duty did full fill
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I'm a lover of the game-cock team, my voice once more I''ll raise
About those dashing hopeful youths one verse I'll sing in praise.
You know I am delighted, and my heart is filled with glee
How they knocked out Tubrid scoreless, in that sport's field of Tralee.
In October nineteen-sixteen, they played those boys before
In a so called sports field at Causeway where they scored one foolish goal
But persevering Mike he would not yield he must have had a foolish dream
He dreamt one night with pure delight he could beat the game-cock team.
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2020-03-11 06:38
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Basket making was a very useful and popular craft, practised in olden times in the homes of the people.
Sally trees were planted around the houses so that there would be a plentiful supply of twigs.
There were special frames with holes in them for making the cliabs the proper shape. The twigs were cut for a few weeks to allow them to toughen before weaving them.
They were then put up through the holes in the frame which formed a stand for them, they were then woven in and out and when finished looked a very large basket.
The cliabs were used for bringing turf and potatoes, and the sgeags were used for straining potatoes.
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2020-03-11 06:32
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It was a great custom of the old people to grow flax for the use of their own household.
The seed was sown in the Spring-time of the year, and the crop was generally ripe about August or September. It was then pulled by hand, and removed to a bog-hole and placed in the water, with flags or weights down on it. After ten days it was taken from the bog-hole and tied into sheaves. It was then taken back to the farm yard and spread out to dry then pounded with bittles, and next cloven with a cloving tongs.
The women usually carded and rolled it and spun it in a linen wheel. They next wound the thread into skeins and sent it to the mill to make linen-cloth of it.
From that linen they then made tablecloths, sheets, and
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2020-03-11 06:20
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The Limekiln is fronted by a stone wall with an arch underneath and it is called the breast.
About two feet from the breast is the pot and it is connected to the breast by the arch.
The bank is made of earth and stone and in a round form.
First a rail of turf is put in the bottom of the pot, then a layer of broken limestone about four inches in height is put on the turf and a layer of turf about one foot is put on the limestone and so on till the kiln is full.
Then it is set on fire through the arch. As the limestone and turf is going down through the fire, a man is putting limestone and turf into it and keep it full.
Another man is drawing out the lime at the arch. Lime needed for manure is mixed with the ashes of the turf. Lime needed for whitewashing has to be picked in lumps from the ashes.
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2020-03-11 06:14
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... he remembers to see his grand mother making candles.
She had a tin mould large enough to make what we now call a 1/2 lb candle.
Other moulds would be larger or smaller as the people wished.
She then got two or three white woollen threads and twisted them into one and fastened it at top and bottom of the mould with a bit of timber.
In the meantime she had the fat of the cow, sheep, or goat, melted into tallow and white hot she poured in enough to fill the mould.
She then put the mould aside until the tallow got hard, when she removed the pieces of timber fastening the wick she drew the candle out of the mould easily, and she set it aside and proceeded to make another.
In those days the farmers killed a cow, or a sheep to provide meat for the use of the house. In that way she got the fat to make the tallow.
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2020-03-11 06:07
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When she was a young girl of fourteen years she heard the story told by a man named James Sullivan who was then about seventy years.
He was a work-man in Crotta. One day he and some work-men were cutting timber in the back-lawn. They were cutting a big ash tree and they had it knocked and just ready to put it into a horse and cart, when a man with a tall silk hat, and a black dress suit, and black boots, sat on the end of the tree.
They took courage and they cut up to where he was sitting, and they put it into the car. He still remained where he sat on the end of it and they went away. It was said that it was Bale Brown whom they saw.
He was the former owner of Crotta, and during his life-time he never liked to see any-one cut the wood. It is said that he was often
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About fifty years ago a country boy named William McElligott now residing in Oliver's Field Glenoe, Listowel, Co. Kerry, dreamt that there was gold hidden in the bank of a fort, in Mr. Fuller's field Glenoe.
He told his dream to another boy named Tom Sullivan living in Knockeen in the Parish of Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. They decided to go after midnight to this lonely fort to look for the gold. They took with them a torch or light to light the place in the fort where he dreamt the gold was hidden.
They proceeded at once to dig for the gold and after an hour of hard labour they had to abandon their work as they heard some terrible sounds, like the roaring of bulls, barking of dogs, and rattling of chains, and other sounds. Terrified they fled from the spot and went home.
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2020-03-10 06:40
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A certain woman named Stack was sick in Lisahane, and she dreamt three nights in succession that a pot of gold was buried under a white thorn bush in an old fort in our farm in Knockbrane. When she recovered from her sickness, and as she was passing the fort on certain business to a house nearby, she pointed out to a man the exact spot that she dreamt the gold was hidden and she said that any person who wanted to look for it should go at twelve o'clock in the night, so that put off many people from searching for it, for they would be afraid of the good people.
The treasure was supposed to be hidden by a man named Mr. Gregory who owned a big estate of land in Knockbrane, and who lived in the time of the Landlords. One day he was told that he was going to be put out of his land, so he said to his wife that he would hide his gold. He had but one hand and then he was not able to carry it far from home and he buried it in the old fort in our farm and it was never seen since. About forty
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should seek it at night but if they had not succeeded by midnight a ghost would lead them astray.
After much discussion the two servants decided to try and recover the lost treasure. On the very next night, therefore they proceeded to the spot indicated and began to dig. Before very long they came to a very large flat stone. Suddenly all the windows of the "great house" became brilliantly lighted up. Greatly frightened at such a strange sight the men fled in terror to the neighbouring wood. Here they stood watching, until the lights went out just as suddenly as they had appeared. Having made up their minds to abandon their treasure hunt the two servants ran towards home. After a while they sat down to eat some dry bread they had brought with them. Before long they were fast asleep. When they awoke next morning they found themselves in Kilfeighney Churchyard two miles to the east of Crotta and in the opposite direction from the "Great House" to their homes.
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2020-03-10 06:24
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It was the Stacks who first owned the 300 acres of Crotta. It was they who built the "Great House" and laid out the grounds. At the time of Cromwell according to tradition, the Stacks were possessed of considerable wealth in gold. Cromwell got to know of this and decided to demand the money for himself. Accordingly he marched on Crotta with a strong force of men.
On sighting the approach of the soldiers Stack guessed their intentions were not good so in haste he ordered his butler to collect all the gold and follow him into the back lawn. Here having dug a hole they placed the gold in it. Stack then ordered the butler to fill in the hole once more. Just as the poor unfortunate servant completed his task, however his master shot him dead.
Long years afterwards when Kitchener of Kartoum lived in Crotta, two men employed at the "Great House" had a strange dream. It was revealed to them that a crock of gold was hidden in the back lawn. They were told they
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No one can see the wind only the pigs.
The hills near + plain
The surest sign of rain.
The falling of the soot + a blue light in the griosach an infallible sign of rain.
If it rains at the break of the tide you will have a flood.
Flying ants are a sign of rain.
May Morning Pisheroges
Draw a rope along the dew of your neighbour's field on May morning before the sun rises + you will carry their butter for the year.
To save your cows from "Pisheroges" strike each one with a lighted furze bush on May Eve as she passes out of the yard.
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2020-03-10 06:08
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covered but the smoke issuing from the chimney melted the snow on top.
The old name for the rainbow in his district is Bowsheen.
Every grave faces south east.
You should never build to the western end of house it is unlucky.
Put out the dog in Thunder, he will go mad if left inside.
The Cat turns his behind to the fire when near rain.
The old people thought some one was stealing the sun when there was an eclipse.
When there were no clocks or watches the old people judged the time at night by the "Trideen" three stars gone far back in the west it was very late in the night.
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When the Fitzmaurices were Earls of Lixnaw and in their hey-day, some of them were very cruel. One time it happened that a poor widow woman lived in the vicinity + she had one son whom she sent picking "brosna" firewood in a field called the "Big Orchard" belonging to the Court. The Earl came out + found the boy gathering the sticks. There + then he ordered the servants to hang him from the nearest tree, + they did. When the poor mother heard it she came + stood in front of the Chapel in the Court + cursed the Earl + wished that before long that the Rooks + Jackdaws would build their nests in the Court of the Fitzmaurices.
It is said that from that time on a decline came.
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The same man, Mr. Wm. McElligott, Glenoe told me the following story which was told him by his father who dies years ago + was then aged.
One night he, the father, got out of bed to look at a field of corn as he was afraid the cows would break in to it. He found one heifer in the corn, + he set the dog on her. The dog drove the heifer out of the cornfield + followed her a circuitous rout to the house, the man himself coming across the fields in the direction of the house too. When crossing one field he heard the galloping of horses + cracking of whips + he had to run to get out of the way of a number of horsemen. When he reached the fence he looked again + saw them steering their course for the wild bog + they were soon out of sight.
When the man reached the house, he found both dog + heifer in the yard. He tied the heifer in the stall and went to bed. In a short time after the heifer appeared outside the window of the room, bellowing. He remained in bed until morning, + when he got out + dressed her
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He was bred + born there + still lives there told me that Gleann na Léime was so called from Finn Mac Cumhal who used to hunt in that district with his Feana. It is said he jumped from one side of the glen to the other a distance of 500 feet + that he attempted to jump it back again but failed + fell in the rocks between the two hills. His footprints are still to be seen six inches deep in the solid rock. He then threw a stone 2 tons in weight, and it alighted in a meadow 3/4 miles away in a field in Mr. McElligott's farm. That meadow is still called Rockfield. The stone stands there still, five feet under + five feet over the ground.
There is another field in Mr. McElligott's farm called "Andy's meadow" + he always heard the tradition that in the time of the "White Boys" they used to practise drilling there + it is believed that guns were hidden there
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2020-03-06 06:23
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school opened at ten o'clock in the morning and closed at four in the evening. The teacher was paid by Parson Raymond and her yearly salary was about twenty pounds.
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2020-03-06 06:21
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by the English Board and when Clandouglas school opened Mr. Brosnan was again appointed Principal.
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2020-03-06 06:20
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At the spot where the sheep appeared sprang up a well which is today the famous Wether's Well to which pilgrims come from all parts to present their petitions.
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2020-03-06 06:18
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First you would get twenty rods and stick them square in the ground about three inches apart. Then you would weave four rods around to make the bainne in order to make the cliabh firm. Then you would weave away with one rod until it is finished and then weave another until it is finished. So on until you would come to the middle of the cliabh where you would put another bainne. Then weave away until you would turn the bottom.. Cut every second one of the standards and then bend down the rest of them between the rods.
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2020-03-06 06:13
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beautiful white shirts for the men of the house.
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2020-03-06 06:12
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seen around the Great House after his death.
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2020-03-06 06:11
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It was a sad dream for this boy, as he got such a terrible shock, his nerves gave away and he still suffers from the shock.
Old people say it is better never to tamper with these old forts.
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2020-03-06 06:09
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The story says that when Cromwell came to Ireland the monks were living in the Abbey in Kilfeighney, Lixnaw Co. Kerry.
One night one of the monks dreamt that Cromwell would come to Kerry soon, and in his dream also he was told to hide all the gold vessels and everything they had in gold because Cromwell was looking for all the gold he could get.
Next day he told the other monks that he had dreamt and they decided to bury all the gold they had the next night.
They chose for their hiding place a hill north of the Abbey where next night they dug a hole and buried the gold in it.
He never heard if there was a search made for it since.
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2020-03-06 06:04
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years ago a search was made without success, because a swarm of bees rose out of the spot where they began digging, and they had to abandon the search because the bees began to sting them.
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2020-03-06 05:51
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Once upon a time there lived in the Parish of Ballygologue Listowel a man named Paddy Muldoon. Paddy was a bit of a ne'er do well, never settling down to any steady job but like McCawber always hoping for something to turn up. In that same district lived an old man named Johnny Sullivan. Johnny was great at telling yarns about ghosts, fairies, leprechauns, Headless Coaches, and so forth. Now Paddy having plenty of time because he did little work often visited old Johnny to hear his tales. But of all the stories the one he liked best was that about Leprechauns because that crock of gold would be no black eye to Paddy. However although he dreamed of crocks of gold, in his sober senses he gave the matter little thought. Paddy generally took a short cut to old Johnny's abode. This path usual in country places skirted a Fort and on through a bog. One fine day in the summer
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2020-03-06 05:42
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46 1/2 years ago there was a great fall of snow. There was no sign of a road to be seen, it went in the key holes of the doors + into the houses, all houses were completely
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2020-03-06 05:41
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to look at it, + while he was looking in, they pushed him, + buried him alive.
One night Mr. OConnell was salting meat at the house of a Mr. OSullivan about 2 miles from his own house. It was late in the night when he was returning home + he went through the fields + when facing a high fence about 10 feet high a white doe leaped over it in his direction + ran through the field where the Earl of Lixnaw had a chariot Drive from Lixnaw to Deerpark. The doe cleared the fence like a greyhound with one bound and there was no animal like it the place.
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2020-03-06 05:36
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The word is said by some to mean the grassy garden + by others the garden of the slaughter. To verify the truth of the latter meaning, Mr. OConnell says his father often told, how his father (grandfather of present occupier) found a skeleton of a giant. He knew it to be such from the immense length of the shin bone + fore-arm bone. There was no skull + this is how they accounted for the finding of the bones. There was a tyrannical + cruel steward who was very hard on the workmen + they decided to do him in. So they dug a deep hole at the side of a field called to the present day "The Orchard" in Mr. OConnell's farm at Gurthenare (The hollow is still to be seen in the field) When the hole was dug the men called the steward to
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2020-03-06 05:30
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to look at it, + while he was looking in, they pushed him, + buried him alive.
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2020-03-05 06:37
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In Gurthenare also in the farm of Mr. Quillet there are still to be seen the remains of a monastery called Kilcara, built by St. Carthage. One of the monks (Franciscans) belonging to that monastery was murdered by Cromwell's soldiers + tradition has it that he was buried in "Mickey's Field" in the farm of Wm. Dowling of Kiltomey bounding Gurthenare + Kilcara. A pile of stones was raised over the grave + up to forty years ago everyone, old + young, threw a stone on the pile when passing so strong was the tradition then. Three people, two of whom are still living heard stones rattling there late one night as they were going home from a friend's
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2020-03-05 06:30
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house. The noise was such as would be made when emptying a load of stones out of a car.
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2020-03-05 06:29
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Whenever the Earls expected an attack or invasion in Elizabethan + Cromwellian times they hid their gold + treasure in the bottom of Casks which they then filled up with tallow. The Casks were then passed over as unimportant + when quietness reigned again the Earls knew where to find their treasures.
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2020-03-05 06:26
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he went to the stall to see if the heifer was there. There she was tied, as he had left her earlier in the night.
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2020-03-05 06:24
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Sunday's Well is in Oak Park near Tralee on the Abbeydorney side. Wether's Well is in Tubrid near Ardfert village + I wish to tell the following story, which I heard from my deceased father (R. I. P.) who is dead 19 years + was 75 when he died. From early times people paid rounds at both wells + still continue to do so. In
Wether's Well there is a mound , an altar, + a well but in Sunday's Well there is only the well + a lone bush. When the Sandes were Landlords of Oak Park, one of them got a mason to remove the altar with its three effigies from Tubrid or Wether's Well to Oak Park + erect it over Sunday's Well. The next morning it was back again in its own place at Wether's Well + signs of the fresh mortar could be tracked as the crow flies from one well to the other a distance of about 5 miles in a direct line.
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2020-03-05 06:14
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Long ago the people were very strong much stronger than the people of today. They did not require much medicine and what medicine they required they made moot of it from the herbs that grow on the land. They learned how to use these herbs from their ancestors and they hardly ever went to see a doctor.
Some people of today use these remedies. Comfrey which is a large plant with a thick wide leaf is used for a sprain by picking it, and pounding it small, and putting it up to the sprain as a poultice.
The dandelion which is a milky kind of a plant is used for kidney and liver disorders by picking the leaves and washing them, and get them drawn like tea. The infusion is drank then.
Horehound is a tall weak plant and said to be great for cough when it is boiled for sometime and drank like tea.Button weed is used in the same way for asthma.
A Gander kept from food for three days was good for curing thrush in a child's mouth when its beak was put into the child's mouth and made screech its breath would
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2020-03-05 06:05
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cure it.
Milk left after a ferret was a cure for whooping cough by drinking it. A roast onion was said to cure an earache by peeling it and put it into the ear and then cover the ear with a cloth.
Flour browned in a pan and put in hot to a stocking was supposed to cure a swelling in the throat by putting the stocking up to it.
For rheumatic and stomach pains bran was used. A flannel bag (old fashioned red flannel was the best) 10 inches by 12 was filled with bran, and mustard mixed through it. The bag was then sewn and put in a pan to warm, and applied to the painful place to relieve the sufferer.
To cure the sting of a bee laundry blue was used and soda was used for an unbroken burn by rubbing it on dry.
Ringworm was cured by writing your name around it with ink. Soap and sugar boiled with a little cream or milk was used to cure sores, or scabs.
Camomile was used as a hair wash by boiling it, and washing the hair with the water. Seaweed was used for
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2020-03-05 05:58
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pains in your body.
Nettles were used for the blood by boiling and eating them and were also used as a blister when picked and lamp oil poured on them. It is said that anyone who eats three meals of boiled nettles in Spring will not need medicine for a year.
To cure a toothache fill a small cup with boiling vinegar. Dip a piece of cotton wool into it and rub the gum. The vinegar should be as hot as you can bear it. Stop the aching tooth with the same wool and the pain will stop.
Black tea rubbed to a sore eye for nine mornings was said to cure it and also a gold ring rubbed to the eye was said to cure it.
A fox's tongue was used for drawing a needle out of your body by putting it up quickly to the place where it went in.
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2020-03-05 05:52
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In olden times some people if they saw a man going the road with a grey horse they would call after him and say "Man with the grey horse what will cure the chin-cough, and what he would say was supposed to cure it.
If a person cut his hand the general cure was cob-webs which were got from the roofs of out houses, and then put up to the cut, and that was supposed to stop the bleeding. A person suffering from sore eyes the cure was to wash them in black tea or goat's milk. If a person sprained his leg the cure was go to a stream and hold it under the water until the swelling and inflammation went down.
The cure used for warts in olden times was to hide a piece of bacon in a heap of manure, and when it would rot the warts would clear away. The cure used for a sting was a solution of soda or potash or the blue bag, this cure was done by rubbing the stuffs well into the sting. The cure for the Mumps was to put a bridle on the child and drive him to a south running stream where he had to drink three sips of the water and then he would be cured
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2020-03-05 05:43
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in a short time.
The cure for the ringworm write any words whatever round the worm with ink then get a little plant called "turpin", a little plant that grows on roofs of houses and piers of gates. Squeeze the juice out of it and apply it to the affected part and then a speedy cure is said to be effected.
The cure for a bad stomach in olden times was to out in the morning to where the cows had been sleeping the previous night, and with a spoon drink the juice from the top of a cow-dung. It contains the juice of the herbs that grow on the land.
The cure for consumption. It was a tinker gave that cure to my aunt's husband. Go out in the morning in the dewy grass, and pick half a dozen of the small snails. Then put them into a cup, and pour either new milk or cream over them, and then drink them up.
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2020-03-04 07:06
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The hero I have heard of is Maurice Scanlan. The story was told to me by my father Eugene Sullivan aged 65 years and residing at Ballyrehan, Lixnaw.
This man Scanlan was famous for cowarding cross bulls. A gentleman by the name of George Hewson who lived at Innish More always kept a cross bull with his cattle.
He Scanlon used go into the field the bull was in, with no other weapon but a black thorn stick to defend himself.
He would battle with the bull until he would catch hold of his tail. Then he could drive him wherever he wished.
In former years people from Innish More district brought the dead along the river Feale by boat to Dysert church. In those times there were no bridges across the rivers.
This man Scanlan was always made aware the night before, when a funeral was going to the church.
No one would venture to cross the river but Scanlan,because there was a cross bull on one side
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2020-03-04 06:18
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When they would cross the river the bull would attack them and Scanlan with his stick would drive him away, in order that there would be no obstruction when the funeral was passing.
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2020-03-04 06:16
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Long ago the children used to make several toys, but now it is very seldom you would see a home-made toy, because the toys you would buy in the shop are much nicer.
The principal toys made by the girls are a nice cap made from bulrushes; a nice belt made from sweet-papers; a chain made from daisies; and nice crosses for St. Patrick's day.
The daisy chain is made by picking about twenty daisies and stringing them together with a needle and thread in the shape of a necklace. The nice cross for St. Patrick's day is made with a card-board and nice coloured ribbons. First they cut the card-board in the shape of a cross, and then they stitch on the ribbons.
They can also make nice belts with the papers that are wrapped around the sweets.
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2020-03-04 06:08
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They also make caps from bulrushes, the finest and strongest of them. To make a cap of rushes, we must cut the number of rushes we require, all the same length, the crown of the cap is made first and shaped in a round shape, then the rushes are woven in and out from the crown to the top and then tied with a ribbon.
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2020-03-04 06:05
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On last Thursday the 29th of September mass was said in Lixnaw parish chapel in honour of our patron Saint, st Michael, as it was on the twenty-ninth of September, sixty two years ago the first mass was said in Lixnaw chapel.
Ever since a pattern is held in Lixnaw every year.
Very close to the village there is a blessed well, called Saint Michael's well and lots of people go to pay rounds at this well on the pattern day.
There is also a statue erected over the well. When people visit the well three rosaries must be said in nine rounds.
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2020-03-04 06:00
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There is in the country a certain class of people travelling around from place to place, some in Caravans, others on foot, to beg or earn a living. These people are commonly termed tinkers. Some of these people go around in bands such as the Coffeys, Sheridans, and Faulkners, others by themselves such as "Jimmy the Fool" as he is usually nicknamed, Tinker Lynch and many others.
Some of these people are very rich. The Sheridans are noted for their knowledge of horses. They are very keen judges, and usually make a good profit in their dealings. They travel about in Caravans, and are usually camped in the vicinity of a town where a horse fair is about to be held.
On the contrary, some of these people are very poor and only make out a "hand to mouth existence". They travel about from house to house, begging and depend on the generosity of the people. They carry bags with them usually slung to the back to carry their alms. They sell them when they come to the nearest town and with the money they are able
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to buy the necessities of life.
While some mostly rove around the country others inhabit the towns and cities. These people are usually musical and earn their living by playing on the violin and melodion. Some sing Ballads and are very pleasant to hear.
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2020-03-04 05:50
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At the present day fairs are held in the vicinity of towns, but in olden days fairs were held in crossroads, and to the present day in some places fairs are held there. Long ago fairs were held at every crossroad in the country but as many accidents occurred the fairs were changed to towns, and in the towns they have a special field for the purpose and it paid for by the town commissioners.
The greatest local fairs in my district are those held in Tralee, Listowel, Causeway and Abbeydorney. There is a fortnightly pig fair held in the market in Tralee. The horse fairs are held on November's day, and October the 13th one is held in the fair field. An annual fair called the Fair of the Cross is held in Abbeydorney on the first of December. Farmers from the neighbouring towns and districts come to this fair to dispose of their cattle. Jobbers come from all parts of Ireland to purchase.
When an animal is sold luck is paid according to what the animal makes, every bargain big or small means a luck penny. It is said that if you let a piece of a rope go with an animal you let your luck go too. When an animal is
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2020-03-04 05:41
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sold he is marked with a sort of chalk and others mark them on the hip or flank with a scissors.
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2020-03-03 06:55
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There are some old graveyards near where I live, as Abbeydorney, Kiltomey, Kilflynn, Kilfeighney.
The nearest one to me is Kilfeighney it being but a quarter of a mile distance from where I live.
It is a very old graveyard and the ruins of an old Abbey can be seen in the middle of it. Long ago it belonged to the monks, and was larger than it is today because at that time there was no road separating the graveyard from Mr. Fuller's field. There was one field of Mr. Fuller's farm and two of Mr. Barton's belonging to the monks. They used the fields on Barton's farm for working on, and also they walked all round them for exercise.
The field on Fuller's farm was used as a graveyard a certain place of which was reserved for the monks and the rest for the people of the parish. The graveyards then were not walled in as they are today and horses and other animals could walk upon the graves.
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2020-03-03 06:40
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Where the people were buried in the old graveyard a big height is on the field and also in some places ridges and mounds of earth can be seen.
It was some years after the monks had gone from the Abbey a road was made separating the graveyard now from the old one, now a field on Fuller's farm.
There are some very old tombs and crosses in it, and in the Abbey there is a statue of the B. V. M. Also people are buried in the Abbey.
In Kilflynn Catholics and Protestants are buried in the same graveyard. One half is given to the Catholics and the other half to the Protestants. The Protestants Church is in the middle of it. No one will be allowed into the graveyard but the Protestants on Sunday to hear service and also when the funeral is on.
Kiltomey graveyard is but a short distance from the village of Lixnaw. It is off the main road + is got into by a by-road. There are no ruins to be seen in it, but
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there are a lot of old crosses in it. It is walled in all round, and a few years ago it got too crowded - and a new bit was taken in. Now it is a very big graveyard.
In Abbeydorney graveyard there are the ruins of an Abbey there which long ago belonged to the Cistercian monks. There is a long by-road leading into it + in the graveyard there are a lot of old graves + crosses.
When Cromwell came to Ireland he burned these Abbeys + now there is nothing left but the ruins + ivy growing on them.
Most families have certain burial places for themselves + their relatives.
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2020-03-03 06:27
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Potatoes are grown in our farm. According to the amount of potatoes the farmer sets, it may be a quarter acre of ground by the poor people, and may be an acre or two by the farmers.
The farmer prepares the ground in Spring, and then he sets the potatoes.
In olden times it was wooden ploughs the people used. These ploughs were made of timber, with timber handles and a timber frame. The cutter was made of iron, and an iron sock, and board.
The potatoes are generally sown by the farmers in drills, and the cottiers or small farmers go more in the ridge system.
The people help one another in the sowing of the potatoes, and in spreading them, and in drawing out the manure.
In Summer they grub, and stone them to make them fine.
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Then they run a plough through them, and rise a fresh grain to them.
When the stalks are well over ground, they grub them, or some people jack-plough them, and hoe or weed them, and heap them up for the last time.
Then in the month of July, the people spray them twice or three times.
Some people dig with spades, others with the horses and digger, while others dig with a double mould plough.
The potatoes are picked and put in the garden first in little pits, and they thatched with rushes, or straw. After about a week or fortnight they are generally stored into the haggard according as the weather permits, then they are put into a pit a half foot deep, and three feet wide, scrawed and thatched, and a bit of earth put along on the top of it.
Nowadays there are many different kind of names for potatoes namely Ker's pinks, Arran-Banner
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Arran-Consel, Arran Victor, May Cullens, Butes Epicture, Pinks, Flounder, May Queens, British Queens, Early-rose, and many others.
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shovels were made by the local smiths - rakes of course by the carpenters. These were all heavy implements not nearly as light or easy to work with as the present implements.
Wooden ploughs were in use here up to about 150 years ago or even later, perhaps up to the year 1800. They were of course crude implements + rather heavy. I heard of a strong man named Deenihan who lived at Pallas in Lixnaw area who brought a wooden plough for about a mile across fields on his back and this was regarded at this time as a great fit of strength.
Many of the household utensils were of wood and people hereabout drank milk and even tea out of wooden mugs which were greatly in use up to about 70 years ago. There could be seen in every kitchen dresser a range of these mugs. They contained generally about a pint, but many of them were much larger. They had handles and were wider at the mouth than in the bottom. They were scrubbed and scalded with boiling water after use + hung on crooks or pegs in the dresser or on the wall.
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In most kitchens there was a large wooden press with shelves + shutters. The shutters + sides were pannelled and often ornamented with carvings, sometimes artistically done according to the taste + capacity of the carpenter. They were generally made of bog deal + of course painted. They were also made of pitch pine or yellow pine. They are still to be seen in many of the farmers' houses. They were about 6 feet high + nearly as wide + were used as wardrobes etc. I saw one of them used for setting milk. The milk pans were placed on the shelves, the milk poured in to about three inches in depth + the cream allowed to rise to the surface, when it was skimmed and made into butter. The plunge or upright churn was in use by the smaller farmers, but the larger farmers had a barrel churn. The butter was packed in firkins, and the making of these was an industry of some importance before the introduction of creameries.
There were generally in farmer kitchens up to about 60 or 70 years ago what was called a settle-bed. It looked somewhat like a lounge but without any upholstering and lay in the side of the kitchen against the wall.
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When this was opened out it made a fairly comfortable bed in which the servant boys generally slept.
In those days there was a coop for hens in nearly every kitchen and I have seen hens roosting on spars fixed inside the kitchen over the entrance door. This was a most primitive arrangement, and people coming in + out at night stood the risk of getting a deposit on their clothes occasionally.
The beds were mostly all wooden + filled with straw in which a tick of feathers was placed. What is known as camp beds were numerous in the better class of houses + were draped all round with some coloured material.
Though not coming under the head of furniture it may interest present + future generations to know that small farmers + labourers who kept only a cow or two for want of outside accommodation kept the cows tied in the kitchen during the winter months. They were tied to stakes stuck firmly in the ground + bound to a rafter overhead. A ring made of rope was placed around the stake + so that it could move freely up + down with the
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So far as is known today there were few local industries in this district of North Kerry in former times. The principal industry was the manufacture of clothing material - woollens + linens. Frieze was manufactured for clothing and woven by local weavers who were numerous in the locality up to about 60 years ago. Carding + spinning were carried on in almost every farmer's house and the thread sent to the weaver. Flax was also grown extensively and manufactured into sheets, shirts etc. + was very good wearing material. Up to about 70 years ago very little clothing material were purchased in the shops except corduroys for men + winseys for women, but black cloth cloaks were worn extensively by the women. These had hoods + were very becoming, and every woman of any means had a cloak of this kind which lasted almost a lifetime, but the material was foreign. These cloaks were very costly and of course regarded as a valuable part of a woman's wardrobe.
Chair making + basket making was also in vogue + hay forks, rakes, spades +
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A road was made by the cars of Lixnaw from Lixnaw to Ardfert, a distance of about 12 miles. This was a paved road - Quite close to the mansion of the early and about 100 yards or even less up the river from the present bridge was a bridge built by the cars. The road extended from this bridge through the townlands of Gurtenare + Deerpark, but at Deerpark cross, known locally as the Mall Cross" this road seems to have merged into the existing road, or rather the new road was built in the site of the old paved road from this cross on to Ardfert. The portion for some distance west of the new bridge is known as Bohar Nua or the New road. Portions of the site of the old road have been discovered in Gurtenare + Deerpark when cultivating the land, and may still be pointed out.
Note. There was unearthed some years ago near this old road the thigh bone of a man who must have been a giant indeed. The bone when placed on end beside the leg of a man above 6 ft. in height reached to the man's hip bone.
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became very proficient in their use. Lives were lost occasionally but not many. In 1883 when this faction fighting was at its height a great battle occurred at the strand of Ballyeigh at the mouth of the Cashen river near Ballybunion. It was on a race day as horse races used to be held here on the strand for many years. A great disaster occurred when a number of men got into a boat + tried to reach the opposite shore of the Cashen. The river is wide + deep here and so many got into the boat that it was overladen + sank in the middle of the river. Most of the occupants were drowned. I never heard how many lost their lives, but i heard a man say that some men went out into the river on horseback with hurleys in their hands + hit on the heads any of those who tried to escape by swimming.
This disaster put an end to a great extent to the faction fighting, but the bitterness remained for long years afterwards, and even today it can hardly be said to be quite extinct amongst the older people.
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2020-03-02 05:44
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This was not a clan prejudice, or one district against another as members of the same family were often known to be on different sides. How it originated is not very clear - one version is that it was a dispute as to the ownership of a small patch of land carried by the force of the River Feale from one side of the bank to the opposite side. The fight lasted for many years and caused a great deal of bitterness between families. Fights took place wherever men congregated - at fairs + markets, patterns, sports meetings etc. They fought with blackthorn sticks, and men
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2020-02-29 07:14
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could pay the rent but they were agitating for a reduction to Griffith's valuation, and so they held out to a man. In one case a brave attempt at resistance was made. This was at the home of John Trant who was a fearless advocate of the tenants. The day before the eviction the house was barricaded. The stair case was cut away and a number of armed men took possession of the upper rooms in the house with a good supply of provisions, water etc.
The bailiffs arrived on the following day but of course failed in their efforts to evict the tenant. The next day a detachment of the British Army arrived under Captain Massy R. M. but as they were only allowed to protect the bailiffs no eviction took place that day either. But the soldiers and a large force of the R. I. C. remained encamped around the house and after some days more the brave defenders were obliged to surrender. Though many of these evicted families emigrated to America other members remained and were reinstated
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2020-02-29 07:05
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in their holding after many years had elapsed, and now a direct representative of each family is in possession, but the name of George Sandes, though long dead, if I may use the expression, stinks in the nostrils still.
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2020-02-29 07:02
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About 1886+8 numerous evictions were carried out here by a notorious local agent named George Sandes J. P. He was agent for Lord Ormathwaite whose family name was Walshe. He owned property in Knockbrane + Derrevrin, in the Lixnaw area. The Land League flourished here then and the leaders especially were picked out by this rack-renting agent for attack, and at about this time the whole townland of Knockbrane was an evicted area. Many of the tenants
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2020-02-29 06:57
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should get his share, should he be the one to fall.
The expedition started one night (in the night-time the work had to be done) consisting of several carts conveying the men. They carried old swords, pitchforks, scythes, spades + shovels + other weapons + a plentiful supply of holy water. They duly arrived there and proceeded to dig where the dummy directed them. They were only a short time digging when dreadful noises were heard beside them - the barking of dogs, bellowing of bulls + roaring of lions, all apparently so close beside them that the bravest of them became terrified. These dreadful continuing + increasing in intensity they were forced through terror to give up their digging and they ran pell mell for the road where they had left their horses + carts, and went home, having failed in their mission.
The expedition was not again attempted. In the rush from the well, the dummy was deprived of a portion of his ear which was accidentally cut off in the melee.
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2020-02-29 06:47
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An old man who is still living tells me a remarkable story about this well. He is 84 years of age, and his father was one of the actors in the drama. They were a family of farmers and lived about 3 miles from Ballyheigue. A young man, deaf + dumb with his mother came to live in the locality. Nobody in this district knew where they came from. The young man was somewhat educated and was able to communicate his ideas in writing. One day he wrote that there was a sow + a litter of nine bonhams, all solid gold, buried near the well (Lady's Well) and that if nine men whom he would name went to the well and did as he should direct them they would have the gold. He said the expedition was dangerous and that one of their number would fall. He was so persistent and apparently confident in the truth of his statement that many believed him. He (the dummy) was asked if he would consent to be one of the nine himself, and he agreed on condition that his mother
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2020-02-28 08:20
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There were many old people in my district who used to make baskets of their own long ago. One of these people was my grandfather from Ballinagare. First they cut strong and weak twigs. Next they poured boiling water on the twigs and then they peeled off the skins. Then they put them away to season for about three weeks. Then they started the basket by putting the strong twigs for the framing. When the framing was arranged the weak twigs were woven one after another until the basket was made.
In olden times the people in my district used to make their own candles. First they used to kill a sheep. Next they would take the fat. When they would that much done they would melt the fat in a pan and put a wick made of cord into a mould and pour the fat into it. Then they left it that way till it was hard. Then it was fit for to use it. My grandmother said
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2020-02-28 08:13
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In former times the people did not begin to wear boots or shoes until they were about the age of sixteen years. The old women used to bring their shoes in their hands as near as possible to the Church and then they would put them on. My great-grandmother did this long ago. Some children go barefoot in the Summer months. There is no use made of the feet water only to throw it away. There was an old superstition about this water. If one of the family remained out late at night the feet water should be kept in until he would come home. If the feet water were thrown out it was thought that the person who was out would not return safely.
There are three shoemakers in my district. Their names are Pat Beasley and William Dore and Pat Cotter. Some of these shoemakers charge about three shillings to repair shoes. There are more
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2020-02-28 08:03
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Long ago the people in my locality used to make their own salt. This salt was made in the following manner.
They used to send to Cork and sometimes to the foreign countries for rocks of salt. When this would come they used to make big fires and put three or four boilers of water boiling on them. When this would be boiled they used to put the rocks of salt into the boilers of water and keep them boiling over the fire for half an hour. This used to purify the salt and all the dirt would come to the top of the water and was skimmed off. This water was kept boiling until it would soak away. Then they used to put the salt into a big pan and put it out in the sun to dry.
In olden times about
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2020-02-28 07:58
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sixty years ago the preparation of flax for the making of linen was a great industry. Mostly every farmer in my locality long ago used to have flax set in a portion of his land. This crop used to grow about two feet above the ground and would have a blue flower on it when it would be ripe. When it would be ripe at the end of Summer the farmer would pull it from the roots and lay it flat on the ground to season for a few days. Then he would put it into a car carefully and carry it away to a bog and put it into a boghole under the water. After about a week or two again he would take it out of the water and carry it home and put it out in the field to dry. When it would be dry it would be brought into a house and two or three women would sit on the floor with a flat stone in front of them. They would then take a handful of the flax and put it up on the flat
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2020-02-28 07:51
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stone and keep beating it with a mallet so as to break off the hulls of it which were rough shells on the outside of the flax. This work was called "pounding the flax". After this it was drawn through a hackle. This was a piece of thick timber, with a number of iron spikes driven into it in one place, about six inches square, making a sort of comb. This was done to comb the hulls off. It was now fairly clean. They then cloved it with a cloving tongs, a piece of stick with a hollow groove, in which another piece of stick called "a tongue" was fixed. They drew the flax between the stick and the tongue. This made it cleaner and frees it from the tow which is an inferior part of the flax. This process was called cloving. At that time they gave each hank or handful of the flax a twist and folded it once. It was then ready for spinning. This was done by means of
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2020-02-28 07:44
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a spinning wheel. This was different to the wheel for spinning wool.
The woollen wheel was bigger and the person spinning stood near it and turned the wheel with her hand. At the linen wheel the spinning woman sat near it and worked it with her foot. When it was spun into thread the latter was made into balls and then these were taken to the weaver to be woven into linen cloth. The weaver did this work for all the people of the district just as a tailor at the present day makes clothes for the people.
The weaver weaved the thread on a loom. The cloth was then bleached in the sun if not white enough and was made into shirts, sheets, towels and tablecloths.
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2020-02-28 07:38
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Long ago people used to have houses made of straw and mud mixed together. They used to thatch the houses with reed and rushes. They used to get the reed on the bank of a river, and they used to get the rushes in the bog.
In these old houses there was only one room and the people had to sleep in the kitchen. The bed was called a settle-bed. This bed could be opened up at night and closed up in the daytime.
The people long ago used have the fire against the gable wall and the chimney was made of mud.
In some old houses long ago there was no glass in the windows only a piece
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2020-02-28 07:35
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of lettuce wire and narrow bars of iron.
In my district half-doors are common and are nearly in every old cottage and farmhouse.
The old people used to burn turf and sticks but they used not burn any coal as it was scarce. They had homemade candles for giving light at night. They used to make the candles by killing a sheep and getting the fat of the sheep. They would then render the fat in a hot pan and they would put the fat into a mould and leave it there until it got into shape. Before they used put the rendered fat into the mould they used to make a wick out of twisted cords and then put the wick through the middle of the
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2020-02-28 07:30
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Shops were fairly common in this district long ago and so the local people had not to go to the nearest town for their supplies. Buying and selling was often carried on on Sundays after Mass. James Rohan, who was a butcher, often used to have beef for sale outside the Church gates. The shop-keepers also transact business after Mass now.
The names of some of the persons who sell goods after Mass are, Mrs McAuliffe, Matt McCarthy, Tom Sheehy, Moss McElligott, Miss Lovett, Sonny Walsh, and Miss Cronin.
The names of the persons who own houses in which there were shops long ago are, Mr. J. H. Daly, Tom McCarthy, John Mahony, Peter Cotter, and Mr. McElligott. In each of their houses there are remains of the shops.
Money was the usual payment for goods in this locality long ago. Sometimes however when a person would kill
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2020-02-28 05:59
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a pig he would carry a few puddings and other parts of the pig to a shopkeeper and get goods in exchange. Sometimes when the meat was not worth what he wanted he would give money with it and this would be called "boot". Also people used to work for the shopkeepers and they would get their supplies as payment.
Long ago when a person would get goods and promise to pay for them some other time it was said that he got the "on tick".
The people long ago would not buy anything on the first Monday of the New Year as they believed that if they spent money on that day they would be spending it for the rest of the year. The markets were held in Tralee and Listowel in former times and a butter market used also be held in Lixnaw. The market used to be held in Listowel on Fridays, in Tralee on Saturdays and in Lixnaw on Tuesdays. The markets in Tralee and Listowel are still carried on but the one in Lixnaw is now discontinued.
Men called "pedlars" used to come to this district long ago selling
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2020-02-28 05:51
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Long ago the people had different bread to the bread at the present day. They used to eat wheaten bread, yellow-meal bread and oaten bread. The wheaten bread was made out of crushed wheat mixed with milk and it was a very wholesome bread. The yellow-meal bread was made of yellow meal mixed with hot water. Then it would be cut in pieces called "pointers" and put down on a griddle to bake. When it would be baked it would be taken up and eaten hot with skimmed milk. The oaten bread was made of crushed oatmeal wet with milk. They thing they used to crush the oats and wheat with was called a quern. A quern was an instrument made of stone and about four feet in circumference. There is also a hole in the centre of the quern and big handle was put into this hole. Then the oats or wheat was put up
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2020-02-28 05:45
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on a flag of stone and the people used to grind the grain with the quern against the flag. A quern may be seen in Mrs Connell's house of Ballinageragh at the present day.
Another kind of bread that the people used to eat long ago was potato-cake. The first thing the people used to do was to get potatoes and boil them. Then when they would be boiled they would be taken up and peeled and made fine. Then flour would be got and soda and salt would be mixed up with it. Then the flour would be wet with sour milk and the fine potatoes would be mixed up with it and then both things would be kneaded up together and put down on an oven to bake. It would be left down baking for about half-an-hour and then taken up and eaten hot with thick milk.
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2020-02-27 06:41
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In olden times the people had their own cures for diseases. To cure a toothache they used to put a frog into their mouths. When a young child got a disease called thrush they would bring in the gander and get him to blow into the child's mouth. They used to do this for nine mornings. People having warts used to rub a piece of raw meat to them. They used then bury the meat in the manure and the warts would then go away. They used to boil dandelions for a person having a weak heart also. If a person cut his hand and it was bleeding he would put a cobweb on it to stop the blood.
In the parish of Ardfert there is a holy well called Wethers' Well and people visit it a couple of times every year to get cured from certain diseases. It is called Wethers'
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2020-02-27 06:35
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well because one day a priest was saying Mass near it and a band of English soldiers came along to kill the priest and all the people who were at Mass. When the soldiers were very near the well three wethers jumped out from a stream and the soldiers followed them. When they came back again the Mass was finished and the priest and people were all gone away.
If people had a pain in their knee they would rub bog-mould and sulphur to it to cure it. If a person had the jaundice in those times he would boil wood-lice in milk and when it would be boiled he would drink the milk and he would be cured. If a person has a sty in his eye in olden times he would make the Sign of the Cross over it with a gold ring on nine mornings. If a person had sore lips he would rub a dewy snail on it before the sun would
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2020-02-27 06:26
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rise in the morning. If a person had warts and he was going along the road and if he saw water in a brown stone without looking for it and if he rubbed the water to his warts they would leave him.
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2020-02-27 06:24
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Long ago the people of my locality had different kinds of cures for their own ailments. When a person would get a toothache he would catch a frog in a dyke and put it into his mouth for about five minutes and when the toothache would be gone he would let the frog go. Some old people say that if you had warts on any part of your body to rub stones to them and put the stones into a paper bag and leave them on the road. The person who would open the bag would take the warts from the person who had them at first.
The old people long ago had different kinds of cures for boils. If a person had boils on any part of his body he would look for a plant along the bank of the river Brick. The name of this plant is the Macanthahue. The person who had the boils dug the plant from the roots and made the poultice of it and put it
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2020-02-27 06:19
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to the boil for a few mornings until the boil was gone.
There was another cure for a sick person. It was to get the woodlice that are inside the bark of a tree and boil them in a saucepan of new milk and give it to a person who would have the jaundice and this would cure him.
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2020-02-27 06:17
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Travelling people are still to be seen going along the country roads in my locality. They often call at our house and some of them have done so for a number of years. Some of these people appear to be very poor and they ask for a few coppers or a grain of meal or flour. Others have baskets of small articles such as pictures, laces, statues and Rosary Beads. They offer these for sale in every house as the law forbids people to beg. People very often buy some of these articles from them but these people are never very welcome by housekeepers. These travelling people get their supply of goods at a cheap rate in the cities of Limerick or Cork and sell them at a profit.
All travelling beggars have caravans and tents of their own to sleep in except the poor travellers. They always stay a night in some house. Very seldom they stay in the same house more
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2020-02-27 06:11
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than one night unless when the next day is bad. They always have their own food which they collect during the day but sometimes the people of the house give them their supper and breakfast. They also give them a bag of straw to sleep on for the night. Tinkers usually travel in families but the poor travellers go singly or in twos. About five or six years ago a poor travelling woman stayed at our house for three days and she used to tell us a good deal of funny stories every night.
The best known travelling folk in my locality are as follows:- Paddy Flynn, Bob Landers, Jimmy O'Leary, the O'Briens, Mrs Fitzgerald and they come the most frequently to my locality. These travellers usually come at Easter and Christmas and before the pattern or Listowel races. When these people stay for a night in a house the people of my locality go to that house to
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2020-02-27 06:00
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hear them telling stories and to listen to the news they bring from other places. If a person in my locality stayed at a farmer's house for a night or two the owners of the house would give them a shilling or two when they would be leaving on the next day.
Another traveller who used to come to my locality was called Thadeen Crane. This man had a "magic lantern" for showing pictures and he used to charge a penny to each person for a look at the pictures. The young children used to call it a "peep show". This man is dead for a number of years.
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2020-02-27 05:56
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The names of the roads I know best are the Mail road, the Ballinagar road, Muckenaugh road, the New road, Ballinegaragh road and the Monument road. The mail road leads from the Post Office in Lixnaw to Listowel. Ballinagar road leads from Lixnaw Cross to John Shea's house in Ballinagar. Muckenaugh road leads from the Creamery to the end of Muckenaugh. The New Road leads from the end of the Ballinagar road to Rattoo. Ballinegaragh road leads from Ballinegaragh to Tralee. It passes through Abbeydorney and the Monument road leads from the Black Cross to the end of Dysert. Some of these roads are very old such as Ballinagar road and the Mail road. There is not any road in my district which is not in use.
The New Road is only built about forty years ago and an old man
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2020-02-27 05:48
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named Tim Brosnan remembers to be working in it. This road is built through a bog and it was very hard to build. It is built over the river Brick over which they made a metal bridge known as the New Bridge.
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2020-02-26 06:39
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Another kind of bread that the people used to eat long ago was stampy cake and it used to be eaten for the supper by the people the night after digging the potatoes. When they were digging the potatoes the biggest of them were picked. Then the potatoes were washed and the skin peeled off them. Then they used to be grated with a grater. The grated potatoes would be then put into a cloth and the water would be squeezed out of them. Then the potatoes would be put into a pan and flour and milk mixed with them. Then both things would be mixed up together and a half-pint of cream would be poured over it to flavour it. Then it would be put down on a griddle to bake and it would be left down baking for an hour. Then it would be taken up and eaten hot with butter swimming on top of it and new milk would be drunk with it.
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2020-02-26 06:33
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There are several tailors in my district. I know one of them. His name is Mr Lynch. He lives near the railway gates and he has a shop in his house and another man employed with him. Long ago the people used to go to town and buy the cloth themselves instead of buying it from the tailor because sometimes the drapers might be selling it cheaper than the tailors. This is the reason why the people used to buy the cloth themselves. There were lots of old sayings about tailors in the olden times. I know one of these sayings. When the tailor broke the thread he would say "It takes the tailor's strength to break the thread". This was one of the old sayings in the olden times. In former times tailors were not common as they are nowadays because the people long ago used to make their own clothes. All tailors are supposed to have some blemish, such as a turned leg or a short leg or a wooden leg. These men are not fit for hard work. When they go to work the
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2020-02-26 06:26
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first thing they do is take off their shoes and then sit up on the table and start working. In the olden times it was very dangerous to stand behind the tailor because he might stick the needle in your eye. This is the reason why you should not stand behind the tailor.
Long ago and till the present day fathers and mothers warn their children that whenever they go to a horse forge that they are to stand behind the smith. There are several reasons why this should be done. I know two of them. The first one is if you were ever standing in front of the smith or looking at him shaping the horse shoe a spark might fly up and burn some part of you. The next reason is when he is hammering the piece of iron the head of the hammer might fly off and it might give you a bad wound because the smith's hammer is made of solid
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2020-02-26 06:20
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iron. The people long ago used to say that the tailor was only one sixteenth of a man. Nearly most of the tailors are very small.
Long ago the people used to make their shirts out of linen cloth. The people long ago used to grow flax in their gardens and this is how they got the linen to make their shirts. The gear which the tailors used is as follows - a needle, a thimble, a scissors, a spool of thread, a stick of chalk, an iron with a smooth bottom and a curved handle, a measuring tape, and a sewing machine. These are the things which the tailors use at work.
The scissors is for cutting the cloth. The thread is used for sewing the cloth together. The cloth is marked with the chalk. The measuring tape is for measuring the people when they want a suit of clothes. A sewing machine is for sewing the cloth. When the tailor has the suit finished he presses the suit
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2020-02-26 06:13
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In Winter I amuse myself making catapults to kill birds during the Winter days. In making a catapult I first get a strong twig fork and I then cut notches on the top of the prongs of the fork in order that the cords would hold the rubber firmly to the fork. Then after this I get two strips of rubber and I tie them on to each prong of the fork. Then I get a piece of leather and I put two holes in it for the rubber to go through. I then put the strips of rubber through the holes of the leather and tie them. I then put a stone into the leather and I catch the fork in one hand and the leather and stone in the other. I then strain the rubbers and when I have them strained I let go the leather and then the stone will shoot out of it. The strain of the rubbers will drive the stone a long distance
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2020-02-26 06:07
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and with terrible force. Catapults can be made any size.
I also make another toy in the Winter nights such as a sling. In making a sling I first get a piece of leather about three inches long and about one inch and a half broad. Then I cut a hole in each end of the leather for cords to go through. Then I get two cords and I put them through the holes and knot them. Then I put a loop in one of the cords and then I put a stone into the leather. Then I catch the two cords in one hand and then I swing it around my head four or five times and then I let go one of the cords and I hold the one with the loop. At this time I let go one of the cords the stone will go out of the leather with terrible force.
The young boys
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2020-02-26 06:01
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Travelling people are still coming to my house. These people are doing this for many years. Some of these people are poor and others are not and they have horses and caravans to go around. They have a basket and several small articles in it such as combs, hair-brushes, different kinds of ware, laces, soap and polish and they sell them in the houses. Some people leave them in and buy something from them and give them a cup of tea while other people hunt them away and set the dogs on them. These people get their supplies in the shops.
Some travelling people would stay in the houses for a night or two. They would bring their own food sometimes and they
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2020-02-26 05:56
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would sleep in the corner with a bag of hay under them.
The Sheridans are the best known family of the travellers. The Sheridans often visit my district and also an old woman from Tralee named Kit Healy. This woman comes around about every three months and if the person she would go in to was after drinking tea she would read her fortune according to the way the tea-leaves would be in the cup. The Sheridans come around my district about the time of the Pattern and Listowel Races. Listowel Races are held on the two days before the Pattern and sometimes one day of the races falls on the Pattern Day. The Sheridans leave the races and come to the Pattern. Some of them have tents and sell cakes and sweets in them at the Pattern. Paddy Flynn comes around my district very often. He is called "Busty
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2020-02-25 06:38
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that she used to make candles for her own use long ago. She is still living in Lixnaw. Her name is Ellen McElligott and she is eighty years of age.
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2020-02-25 06:37
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shoemakers there now than long ago. The shoemakers long ago had to make shoes but the people now buy their own shoes in the shops in the towns.
I do not know any person in my district who used to make clog shoes. The men who wore them used to buy them in the town. My father said that he used to wear clogs some years ago. Clogs are never worn now. Leather was never been made in this district. Untanned kid-skin and sheep-skin were also used to make foot coverings. My father wore these long ago.
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2020-02-25 06:33
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thongs, laces, thread and other small things. Some of these still visit the district. Others used to come gathering rags but they would give no money for them. They had various names on coins long ago. They called a three-penny bit a "kid's eye", sixpence a "bob" and a half-penny a "harp". They also had farthings, four-penny bits, crowns and a bit of gold to the value of ten shillings but these are mostly all gone out of use.
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2020-02-25 06:28
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Some of the men of the house would hide the stampy in the hay and when they would be giving hay to the cows about a month after they would find it and it would be all snoss and dirt and they would clean it and heat it near the fire and eat it.
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with the smoothing-iron. It is usually called the "goose".
The thread in the olden times was spun locally but the people nowadays do not have to go to the trouble to spin it because it is spun in the factories. I know a boy whose name is Timmy Quilter and his mother has a spinning-wheel at home. She used to spin the thread on it about fourteen years ago but now it is out of use.
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of my locality long ago used never buy mouth-organs but they used to make a pipeen Ceol which gave them music the same as a mouth-organ.
When I am making a Pipeen Ceol I first get a rib of oats or wheat. Then I cut it about an inch above the knot and I also cut it above the lower knot. Then I cut a tongue below the knot and when I blow into it it gives me music the same as a mouth-organ.
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2020-02-25 06:17
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Flynn" and he goes from house to house with an ass before him and a bag of bottles across the ass's back. This man is called this name because of his big stomach. He repairs umbrellas and sells bottles. This travelling people often bring news from other parts of the country.
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came in to the house the stranger would help at the churning. It was said that there was luck in the stranger churning. It was with the hand my grandmother used to do the churning. When the people wanted to know when the butter was made they used to look at the cup of the churn-staff. If a piece of butter was stuck to the cup the butter was made.
The butter is made by slapping the churn-dash up and down inside in the churn. When the butter was being made water was poured into the cream and they did this to cool the temperature.
When the butter was made they used to take it out of the churn and salt it and wash it and then it was ready for use.
There are many old saying connected with churning. If a person came into a house for a
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2020-02-25 06:09
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There are not many of the old houses standing nowadays. The houses in which the people lived in long ago were made of mud and were only one storey in height. They were mostly always covered with thatch but at very odd times they would be covered with tin. Mostly every person at that time used to set rye and wheat. The thatch was usually got from the rye.
When the rye was ripe it was cut, made into sheaves and stooked. When it was perfectly dry a quern was placed on an elevated stand about three feet from the ground. Then a person would get a sheaf of rye and strike it against the quern. Then he would turn it and strike it again and keep on striking it and turning it until all the grain was knocked out of it. Then the sheaf was opened out and the dirt was
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kicked out of the bottom of it. Then the straw was fit for thatch.
There was no room in the most of the old houses. The bed consisted usually of bags of hay or straw put up on sods of turf or sticks and was placed near the fire.
Any person who had a lot of money had a timber bed. The fireplace was mostly always in the gable of the house. The smoke did not always go out through the top of the house. In some houses it went out a hole which was made through the thatch on the "hip" gable. There was a house in my locality some years ago which was owned by Patrick Mulcahy and the late Thomas Sheehy.
The smoke went out of this house in the latter way. In its last year it was the only house of its kind in the locality. Often when its occupants were out travellers who were
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Another toy I make at home is a potato-gun. This is how I make it. First I get a quill of a goose called the "barrel" and a stick called the "ram-rod". Then I get a slice of a potato and drive the quill down through it and a piece of the potato will remain stuck in the quill. Then I stick the other end of the quill down through the potato and a piece of the potato will be in the two ends then. Then I stick the ram-rod through one end and that drives one of the pieces of the potato and it hits the other piece and drives it off with a sound. The ram-rod must be shorter than the quill so that it will not drive out the two pieces at the same time. When I am putting in the pieces of potatoes it is called "loading the barrel".
A sling is made in the following way. First I get a piece of leather and two pieces of cords. I made
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Long ago the people in my district used also make their own starch. They used make it in the following manner.
First they used get potatoes and clean them and then grate them with an instrument known as a grater. This instrument was made of iron and one side of it was rough. The liquid stuff that would come out of the potatoes after grating them would be put into a basin and put out in the sun to bleach. Then when it would be bleached it would be taken out of the basin and made into starch. This was very good starch and it was used by all the old people long ago for starching collars and shirts. This starch is not made by any of the people in my district now.
This starch was made long ago by an old woman in my district named Hannah Whelan. This woman's
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2020-02-21 06:43
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I have no churn in my house at present. There was one there about six years ago. It was about six feet tall and about three feet in circumference. It was about twenty years old when it got broken. The various parts of it were a churn-staff, the body and a cover. I did not hear of any marks in the sides or bottom of the churn.
Butter was made three times a week in the Summer. It was made on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. In the Winter butter was made only twice in the week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
All people in former times had a churn in their homes.
My grandmother used to do the churning. In former times when the people were churning if a stranger
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2020-02-21 06:37
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At that time the Government of England sent cakes of bread and made out work for the young men and sent money to the poor and aged people who were not able to work. It is said that in the famine years the Listowel bridge was built and the men worked there for three halfpence and two pence a day and thought it great earning.
During the famine years great numbers of people died on the roadsides, on the sides of ditches and at the doorsteps of houses. Great numbers of people died in this district of a disease called cholera which was got from long fasting and hunger and it is said that about a million people left Ireland and went to the United States, Canada and England to escape death from the hunger at home. A man named McCarthy of Dysert was driven out of his house because he could not pay the rent and he left his house and died with
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2020-02-21 06:31
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The famine was in this country between the years 1846 and 1848. It was commonly called "the black forty-seven" because in that the potatoes blackened in the drills and did not grow at all. There are a few old people in the surrounding district who can remember the privations and hardships of the famine period and could tell you some horrifying stories which you could not listen to. The principal food before the famine was potatoes and when the came they had no potatoes and they had to eat raw turnips wherever they could get them.
When the people pulled the turnips in the famine period and when they were drawn in the poor people went out into the gardens and searched all the drills and picked up all the small turnips they could find and brought them home with them and boiled them and ate them with salt.
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the hunger and his house is now in ruins. In this district a man named Con Nolan who lived in the famine years was evicted out of his house because he was not able to pay the rent. Then he went down to Horgan's bog and built a house out of sods. He built his house on the boundaries of Dysert, Ballinagar and Ballyduff bogs and the landlord of Dysert could not put him out but if the three landlords went together they could put him out but these landlords did not agree and so the man was left in peace.
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drink of water he would put his hand upon the churn so that the people would not say that he carried away the butter.
Another old tradition connected with butter-making is this. When the people were making the churn they used to put a leg of a dead calf under the barrel or under the cream tub. They used to do this so that no body could carry the butter away.
I don't know any other old saying connected with butter-making.
There is another old saying about butter-making. It is "Come, butter, come, every lump as big as my hump". That is what the people used to say when they were taking the butter long ago.
It was another old custom long ago to give the first drink of the buttermilk
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2020-02-21 06:15
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to a stranger if he were inside in the house when the people were taking out the buttermilk from the churn.
It is said that the people used to put the head of a dead duck under the barrel long ago. They used to say that would make the butter rich and give a good supply of butter.
Long ago when the people were churning they would put the coulter of a plough into the fire. They did this so that no person could carry the butter by charm if they came in.
Another old custom they had long ago was to pick cow-slips and steep them in cold water. Then they washed the butter with that water and it gave the butter a nice smell.
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passing the road and saw the smoke coming out the hole ran to a neighbour's house saying that it was on fire. One night some ten years ago the thatch got on fire and the house was burned to the ground but its occupants luckily escaped.
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2020-02-21 06:08
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two holes in the leather and put the cords into the holes and tie them. I then put a stone into the leather and swing the cords and let go one of them and the stone will fly a good distance away.
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daughter is still residing in Ballinageragh and she remembers to see her mother making the starch and she used also help her to make it.
There is also another old woman living in my district and she used to make starch about seventy years ago. This old woman's name is Mrs Dore and she is now about eighty-five years of age and is still very healthy.
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There are several old stories and sayings as regards churning in this district. Some of these are not superstitious. It is said that if the man of the house comes in during the process of butter-making that if he does not help at the work that the butter would disappear.
Always when the man of the house comes in and if he is in a hurry he touches the churn with his hand and says "Here! for fear I might carry away the butter".
There is an old song about churning, one line of which is "Take a turn at the churn till the butter will be made". Long ago when the butter would be made the woman of the house would give a mug of the buttermilk to any
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2020-02-21 05:57
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neighbour who would come in.
A very popular old custom by the people in this locality long ago was to throw the leg of a dead calf under the churn or under the "cooler". They did it because it was believed that it would bring good luck on the butter.
It is also said that if there are three girls of the name Mary in a house while churning is going on that the butter will not either make at all, or, that if it will, that it will after three days.
If a person fears that his butter will be carried away by a stranger who came in and did not touch the churn while the butter was making, the man of the house makes the Sign of the Cross on the top of the churn when the butter is made with the thumb of his right hand which should be dipped in holy water first.
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It is also said that it is not right to lend butter to another because if this is done it is supposed that you would give away your luck with it.
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The names of the wild birds in my locality are the blackbird, the thrush, the robin, the sparrow, the swallow, the linnet, the lark, the wild duck, the wild goose, the snipe, the yellow hammer, the water hen, the jay, the starling, the owl, seagull, and the crow.
Some of these wild birds migrate such as the swallow, the starling and the cuckoo.
The swallows leave this district at about the end of September and go to Africa. Then they come back again in the first of April.
The starlings leave this district at the end of January and go to a foreign country. Then they return again early in September. The cuckoo comes to this district on the first of May and goes again in the end of July.
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2020-02-21 05:45
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A snipe builds its nest in a bog. It makes it with brown grass which grows in the bog in order anyone would not know it from the bog itself.
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2020-02-20 06:39
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There are five roads in my locality which are called by names. These are the Mail road, the Dysert road, the Lodge road, the Ladies' Walk, and the Bog road. The Mail road leads from Lixnaw to Listowel. The Dysert road leads from the Mail road to the Dysert Churchyard. The Lodge road leads from Ballyhorgan to Mr Owen's and Mr Gentleman's houses. The Ladies' Walk leads from Rattoo to Ballyduff. It is called this name because the ladies who lived in Rattoo long ago used walk there at night. The Bog road leads from Dysert to Ballinagar. This road was made about five years ago. All of these roads are very old except the Bog road. All of these old roads are used at the present day.
The Ballinagar road is also called the New Road as it is only
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there are five roads in my locality which are called by names. These are the Mail road, the Dysert road, the Lodge road, the Ladies' Walk, and the Bog road. The Mail road leads from Lixnaw to Listowel. The Dysert road leads from the Mail road to the Dysert Churchyard. The Lodge road leads from Ballyhorgan to Mr Owen's and Mr Gentleman's houses. The Ladies' Walk leads from Rattoo to Ballyduff. It is called this name because the ladies who lived in Rattoo long ago used walk there at night. The Bog road leads from Dysert to Ballinagar. This road was made about five years ago. All of these roads are very old except the Bog road. All of these old roads are used at the present day.
The Ballinagar road is also called the New Road as it is only
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made for about forty years.
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2020-02-20 06:30
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Beggars seldom stay in the same house more than one night unless when the next day is bad. They always have their own food which they collected during the day but sometimes the people of the house give them their supper and breakfast. They also give them a bag of straw to sleep on for the night. Tinkers usually travel in families but the poor travellers go singly or in twos. About five or six years ago a poor travelling woman stayed at our house for three days and she used to tell us a good deal of funny stories every night.
The best known travelling folk in my locality are as follows:- Paddy Flynn, Bob Landers, Jimmy O'Leary, the O'Briens, Mrs Fitzgerald and they come the most frequently to my locality.
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2020-02-20 06:25
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Travelling people are still to be seen going along the country roads in my locality. They often call at our house and some of them have done so for a number of years. Some of these people appear to be very poor and they ask for a few coppers or a grain of meal or flour. Others have baskets of small articles such as pictures, laces, statues, and Rosary beads. They offer these for sale in every house as the law forbids people to beg. People very often buy some of these articles from them but these people are never very welcome by housekeepers. These travelling people get their supply of goods at a cheap rate in the cities of Limerick or Cork and sell them at a profit.
All travelling beggars have caravan.
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2020-02-20 06:18
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There are two stories about birds told by the people of my locality which are handed down to us by tradition. They say that one day Our Lord went into a cave to rest and He fell asleep. After some time the Jews came along looking for Him. When they were very near the cave in which Our Lord was a curlew began to scream and the screaming woke Our Lord and He was able to escape. Our Lord then blessed the curlew and gave it the instinct to build its nest in such a way that man could not find it. Some people in my locality say that the curlew builds no nest in the locality when they cannot find it.
Another story tells of how the robin got its red breast. When Our Lord was being crucified
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2020-02-20 06:13
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A man named Jim Brosnan who lives in Lixnaw at the present day said that he worked in the making of this road with his horse and car. This road leads from John Pierce's house in Ballinagar to Rattoo. A road which is called the "bog road" in Ballinageragh leads from Ballyhennessy to Irribeg.
There are three old paths in my locality. One of them is going from Ballintoher on by the Monument to Lixnaw village. Another one of them is going from John McAuliffe's fort in Ballintoher to Michael Connell's fort in Ballyhennessy. Another path leads from Kennelly's house in Croughcroneen through the bog to Lixnaw village.
There are two fords in my locality which cross
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2020-02-20 06:07
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The river Feale. There is one ford which crosses it at Ballyhorgan. This ford is in the land of Michael Costelloe.
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There is a ford which crosses the Feale in Bealkilla. This ford is in the land of Patrick Cronin. There used be a dance at every cross-roads long ago as there used be no dance halls at that time. A Mass-path may be seen at the present day going from Ballintoher bridge to Lixnaw.
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on the Cross a robin perched at the foot of it and a drop of Our Lord's blood fell upon its breast. Every robin since had a red breast and this bird is considered to be a very holy bird and it is said that it is very unlucky to harm it.
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and tents of their own to sleep in except the poor travellers. They always stay a night in some house.
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These travellers usually come at Easter and Christmas and before the Pattern and Listowel races.
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2020-02-20 06:00
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When beggars stay for a night in a house the people of my locality go to that house to hear them telling stories and to listen to the news they bring from other places. If the travelling people in my locality stayed at a farmer's house for a night or two, the owners of the house would give them a shilling or two when they would be leaving on the next day.
Another traveller who used to come to my locality was called Thadeen Crane. This man had a "magic lantern" for showing pictures and he used to charge a penny to each person for a look at the pictures. The young children used to call it a "ppep show". This man is dead for a number of years.
Another man who comes to my locality is "busty" Flynn
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2020-02-20 05:55
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He is called this name because he has such a big belly.
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2020-02-20 05:54
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There was a number of small shops in this district some years ago. They were owned by Jim Roche, Maurice Quilter, Mrs Cotter, Mrs McCarthy, and William McAuliffe. These were all small shops and sold only tea, sugar, tobacco, matches, and other small things. William McAuliffe had the largest shop as he sold bacon, boots and had a shoemaking store. The local people had to go to Listowel which was the nearest town for flour and meal.
There was never anything bought or sold after Mass on Sundays except apples, sea-grass and periwinkles and these are still sold there during the Summer months. They used to gather the sea-grass and periwinkles at Ballybunion.
Money was not always given as payment for goods. Sometimes people used to give potatoes or milk or a
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horse for a day to plough a garden or draw turf. If a person wanted to change animals they would ask for so much "boot" or they would say that they would swap "tail to tail".
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2020-02-20 05:46
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Long ago the people had cures for certain ailments. These cures were adopted by themselves.
It is said that whenever a person had a toothache he would put a live frog into his mouth and the pain would vanish instantly. It is also said that if ever a child was affected with the disease of thrush, a gander or goose would be made breathe into the child's mouth for nine successive mornings. This process would cure the child. It is recorded that if a person found a stone with water lodged in it and rubbed the water to a wart that it would vanish it. The stone must be found when the person is not looking for it, that is by accident.
Large crowds used
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2020-02-20 05:41
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to go to holy wells long ago seeking a cure.
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2020-02-19 06:50
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There are five forts in my school district. One is situated near the village of Lixnaw in the townland of Lixnaw. Another is in Lisoughtra in William Conway's land. Another is in Ballinagar in George Gilbert's land. Another is in John Pierse's land and another in Thomas McElligott's land at Ballinagar. The fort I know best is the one which is situated in Lisoughtra in Will Conway's land. If you stood in this fort you could see the four other ones in different directions around. People say that a path is leading from each one of these forts to another.
The forts I know of are circular in shape. William Conway's fort has a fence made of trees around it and there is an orchard inside in it. John Mahony and William Conway cut all the trees inside in the fort and dug up the ground and planted apple trees in it. They grew very well and are now producing excellent fruit. The entrance to this fort is a hole in the north side of it. Inside in the middle of the fort is a large
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2020-02-19 06:42
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flag which is believed to cover an underground passage. John Mahony tried to dig up this flag and he failed. Every time he stooped to rise the flag he got a pain in his back and he had to stop. William Conway was once cutting the trees in this fort and he got a lump under his arm and he also had to cease work. Many people tried to explore this fort and they were driven away by a fierce bull. People in my locality say that anyone who ever tried to explore a fort did not live long after.
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2020-02-19 06:23
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The names of the fields in my father's farm are the West Field, the Railway Field, the Big Marsh, the Orchard Field and the Quarry Field.
The West Field got its name as it is the most westerly field in the farm.
The Railway Field got its name as it is the nearest field in the farm to the railway.
The Big Marsh is so called as it is the biggest marsh in the farm.
In former years one of our fields was an orchard and at the present day we call it the Orchard Field.
The Quarry Field got its name as there is a quarry in it.
We also have another field named Ferry's Marsh and this
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2020-02-19 06:17
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the golden ring are symbols of his giving his wife all the wealth he has.
When the two are married the people throw rice down on them as a sign of showers of blessings. When the girl is leaving her house and is going to the Church to be married she looks into a looking glass to get one last glimpse of her young life because it is said that she will be old when she is married. Before they leave the house that morning the man comes for the girl and they leave then for the Church. The man always goes in the first car and the girl goes in the last car. The time the people get married at in this district is at seven or eight o'clock in the morning. There is no wedding feast held at the present day but they go to the nearest town for their breakfast and then go on their honeymoon.
Up to a few years ago a wedding feast used be held in the man's house on the night of the marriage. A huge feast would be given and all would make merry.
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Large quantities of food and drink would be consumed and music and song would last till morning. "Sappers" visit the house of the newly-married couple and play, sing and dance for money and drink. They do be dressed in a queer manner and some of them have their coats turned inside out and others have their faces polished and sometimes they wear masks.
"Roping" is an old custom in this locality. By "roping" I mean that when the people are coming home from the wedding a crowd of boys stop them with ropes on the road and make the newly-married couple give them money.
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and agree to accept each other.
In this locality money is given as a dowry and cattle are also sometimes given but goods are never as a dowry in this locality. When a person is going to get married and go to live to a new home the friends of that person walk the land and examine it to see if it is good or bad land or whether it is suitable for growing crops or not.
The people of this district do not remember marriages taking place in the houses but they say that it was done very long ago in this locality. There are many customs connected with the morning of the wedding day. It is an old custom to tie a shoe on to the car which is going to take them to the Church on the wedding morning. While the pair are getting married it is a custom for the man who is getting married to take a silver coin and a marriage ring from his pocket and give them to the girl. The silver coin and
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Spring".
There are many customs and beliefs connected with Shrove. Making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday night is an old custom in this locality. There is also another custom about Shrove Tuesday. It is said that the pair who are after marrying get two coins with the same image on each side of each coin and toss them up in the air. If these coins reach the ground with the same side facing up the spectators say that those who are after marrying will live happily after.
The people of this locality make matches before marrying. Matches are made in this manner. The people belonging to the girl who is getting married go to the man's house and agree to give him a certain amount of money according to the amount of land and money he possesses. On other nights the man's people go to the girl's house and make the same agreement. Then the boy and girl meet together
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2020-02-19 05:49
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The people of this district have certain periods of time during the year for contracting marriage. Shrove is the principal period for getting married in this district. Shrove is a period of time before Lent, starting the day after the sixth of January and ending on Shrove Tuesday which is the day before Ash Wednesday. The most of the people of this district marry on Shrove Tuesday because it is the last day of the Shrove period.
It is said that May and September and October are the unlucky months for marrying. If any person marries during these months it is said that he will have some misfortune soon after marrying. The local people say that a person should never get married on Monday, Wednesday or on Friday. The people of this district never like to get married during the harvest as they say that, "Whatever is joined in the harvest is sure to be ripped in the
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bhíodh ortha. Bhíodh an biadh ró-láidir dóibh agus cailltí iad. Bhí triúr fear ag obair i gCom An Liaig lá. Bhíodar ag rómhar an choinnlig féachaint an bhfaghaidís aon phráta. Ghaibh fear chúcha, agus casóg mhór air, agus bhí cuma ana ghalánta air.
"Cé hé ceann na mithile" ar sé leir an dtriúr.
"Mise" arsa Mícheál Ó Catháin (b'iné an ceann).
"An dtabharfá dom cúpla práta agus Beannacht Dé ort", ar sé.
"Tabharfhad" arsa Mícheal "ach tá glaoidhte chum bídh orainne anois, agus féadfhair dul in ár dteannta".
"Ní raghad", ar sé.
Chuaidh sé isteach an ghort agus thug sé leir lán a phóca do phrátaí. Ní raibh sé ach dhá ghort uatha nuair a thuit sé. Cuadar
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aige. Ní b'amháin gur loibh na prátaí sa talamh ach loghadar ' sna puill agus sa sciobóil.
Bliain an duibh Micil Dhiarmuid Thaidhg (Conallach a b'eadh é) ó'n gClochán Dubh go Baile An Éanaig. D'fhág sé na prátaí na dhiaidh ar an gClóchán Dubh. Laetheannta na dhiaidh sin, sholáthair sé dó nó trí chapaill chum na bprátaí a thabhairt adthuaid, ach ar a dhul ann do, ní raibh oiread is aon phráta amháin na raibh lobhtha 'sna poill.
Do bhí an scéal chómh h-olc san aca go mbídir ag rómhar na h-ithireach agus an choinnlig ag lorg pé práta a bheadh fé'n gcré. Bhí alán daoine san am san gur mhairbh an biadh iad! Bhíodh an cealacan chómh fado san ortha, nuair a gheibhidís an seans ar bhlúire bídh d'fhághail go nithidir in iomarc leir an airc a
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Do bhuail an droch-shaoghal chómh olc an ceanntar so le aon áit eile. B'féidir go raibh sé níos measa annso; ná in aon áit eile. An dubh a theacht ar na prátaí fé ndearr san. I dteannta an ocrais do tháinig mórán galar, ach b'é an tocras bun 's bárr na tubaiste, mar ba le easba bídh a thagadh an breóiteacht. Bhí an bhreóidhteacht chómh holc san ná téigheadh na cómharsain chun a chéile d'fheiscint. Bhí sí ana thógálach.
Bhí duine ar na Gorta Dubha gur cailleadh ceathrar inghean agus a bhean air. Seán A' Dá mháthair a tugtaí air. B'éigean do féin in' aonar iad a thabhairt ar a dhrom 'dtí'n roilig agus iad a adhlacadh. Casta i mbratlín a bhíodar
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Two strong men lived in this locality some years ago. These were two brothers who were called "Laoghlum". They lived in the townland of Ennismore and in the barony of Clanmaurice which is in the county of Kerry. One of the brothers was stronger and taller than the other. When the tall man would go to town on a fair day he could easily put his legs across a cow's back. The tall man's name was John and he was famous for his extraordinary appetite. He could eat a goose egg and several turkey eggs for his breakfast each morning. Once John put down a bet with his brother that he would pull a horse's car loaded with stones up Ballintogher hill and that his brother could not hold him back. They tried it and John won but they strained their backs and died soon after. "Laoghlum" was a nickname for this family, their real name being Sullivan. It is not so long
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ago since these strong men lived in Ennismore.
James King of Muckenaugh was also a great stone thrower. A hundred-weight stone was in the townland of Old Courts. Every Sunday James King used to raise the stone to his knees and throw it a considerable distance.
I have heard of one great runner in this locality. His name was Joseph McAuliffe of Dysert, Lixnaw. Once he was challenged by a man named Halpin to run a race from Tralee to Killarney. The race was to take place a week afterwards and it did. McAuliffe won the race and for his victory he was presented with a leather bag, a dinner service and other things, as a reward for running that distance in twenty-five minutes.
Also in the locality was a very swift walker named Thomas O'Connor of Ballinclogher. He could walk from his own house to Ballymacelligott, a distance of seventeen miles, in less than an hour. He
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usually carried a stick in his hand.
A good swimmer is also to be found in the neighbourhood. His name is Jim Brosnan of Liscullane. Some years ago his horse went into a deep flood. He came and swam around in the flood for a good while. He managed to cut the chains off the car which was attached to the horse and thus brought the car to land. The horse was drowned and only for he being such an athletic man he would probably have shared the same fate.
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We have no farm animals at home as we have no land and the house we live in is not our own. We have it rented from Mrs Dillon, Lixnaw.
The domestic animals I have at home are a dog and a cat. The name of the dog is Tricksey. The reason we give the dog that name is because it has three spots on its back. The name we give the cat is Tabby. The reason we give the cat that name is because I read in a book of a cat whose name was Tabby.
I have no cows at home but there is a farmer living near my home whose name is William Dowling, and he has several cows. This farmer, when driving his cattle out in the fields in the morning, or when he is bringing them in to be milked, says "How! How!" When he is calling calves
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to be fed he says "Suck! Suck!"
The cowhouse is called a stall. In his stall there are bales for every cow. His cows are never tied by the horns nor by the necks. There is a stick going across from wall to wall and a stick parallel to it at the bottom. Two upright sticks make the bale. One of these sticks can be pushed back to put the cow's head inside between the sticks and the bale is closed with an iron clasp.
There is a horse-shoe hanging off the rafters of William Dowling's cowhouse to keep diseases from coming on his stock.
It is an old custom when the cows are milked to put the Sign of the Cross on their backs. Another custom is to put a puck goat with the cows when they are put out in grass. It is said that this prevents the cows from "slinking". The
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latter term is used when a cow calves before her time. When this happens it is a great loss to the farmer as the calf is usually dead and the cow has not much milk.
I have no horses at home but there is a farmer living near by and he has horses. When he is driving the horses he says "Go On!" This farmer's stable is fairly high. The horses eat hay and oats. There is a manger made of timber attached to the wall. His horses are tied by head-collars to the manger. This farmer gets his horses shad at Dennehy's forge. The smith charges four shillings to shoe a horse.
His horses are clipped in the beginning of Winter and he sells the hair at a fair price.
There is an old story told about a man named John Sullivan of Killflynn. Once he
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shot a swan and when he went out in the morning he found his horse dead in the place where he shot the swan.
It is said that if a pig has thirteen bonhams that it is the sign of good luck.
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There are certain days in the week which are considered unlucky for starting certain work.
The farmers living in my district believe that if they ploughed their gardens or set their crops on a Monday that they would have bad crops in the harvest. These farmers also believe that Friday is also an unlucky day for setting crops.
A mason or carpenter says that if he began building a house on a Saturday that he would have bad luck all that year so he always tries to start it on some other day. There was a mason named Johnny Healy coming along the Liscullane road one evening to Lixnaw village. Jimmy Brosnan asked him to build a pier of a gate for him, but Johnny said that he would have no luck for the rest of the year if he
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built it on that evening. Masons also say that if they changed from building one house to build another during Lent that they would have bad luck for the rest of that year.
My mother never puts eggs hatching on a Monday as she says that she would have no chickens out of the eggs if she did so.
People living in my district would never send a child to school on a Monday for the first time as they say it is very unlucky to do so.
It is also considered unlucky to marry on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday in my district. People living in my locality never like to pay out money on a Monday as it is said that they would be paying out money all that week if they did so. It is said also if people get money on a Monday that they will be getting money all that week.
It is considered very
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unlucky to set any crops or plants on Easter Monday as it is said they would not grow at all if you did so. It is also said that it is very unlucky to wear a suit of clothes for the first time at a funeral. They say if this is done that the suit of clothes would not last long after.
It is considered unlucky to break any ware on a Monday as it is said that all the luck would go out of the house. It is also said that if a picture falls off the wall on a Monday that it is a sign that some one of the family is sure to die soon after.
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2020-02-14 06:40
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About eighty years ago potatoes and milk were the staple food of this country. People who lived at that time were robust and healthy and enjoyed such food. A big pot of potatoes was cooked each morning and spread upon the table for breakfast. Very few could afford to use butter with the potatoes and they used salt instead. They dipped the potatoes in salt and ate a hearty meal of them. This was followed by a mug of home-skimmed milk. This kind of meal was known as "Potatoes and peg the table". It is called that name because when they were eating their meals they used to peg the potatoes against the salt upon the table and then eat them. In most cases this menu was repeated three times daily and where people lived near the sea they were able to procure fresh fish and used it with
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potatoes. Large acres of potatoes were grown in those times and when the crop was stored in during Autumn a cake known as stampy was baked and considered a rare treat.
Men often had half an acre of hay mown in the morning before taking any food. This work was done with scythes as machinery was then unknown and was laborious. The children as well as adults lived on the potato and milk diet and very seldom drank tea. Wheaten bread and sour milk were used a couple of times a week. The wheat was home grown and milled and then baked in an oven and afforded a good sound diet with plenty of home sour milk.
The table was usually drawn out from the wall for the meals and where there was a large family it was placed in the middle of the floor. All the people of the house sat on long stools
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around the table, the "boss" of the house sitting on a chair at the head of the table. These stools were placed underneath the table when the meal was over. The bread which was eaten in olden times was made from yellow meal and a very small mixture of flour. It was cut in squares called "pointers" and baked on a griddle. Meat was not much used in those times and, when it was, pork was the kind which was generally used. In mountainous districts where goats were plentiful the owners usually killed one for Christmas and another for Easter. The richer class occasionally killed a sheep to be used by the family.
Stampy was usually made when the potatoes were being stored in for the winter. It was made by first washing the amount of potatoes required and then peeling them thinly as the best part of the potato is next to the skin. The potatoes were
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then grated with a coarse grater and put into a clean muslin bag. This back was hung on the back of a chair and left drain for some time into a pan. When the pulp in the muslin bag became pink in colour it was ready to be mixed. It was then placed in a clean basin and a little flour was added with a pinch of salt. A little sour cream was then added and the whole mixture was kneaded into dough. The griddle was then prepared and left get very hot. It was then greased with butter and the stampy mixture was well rolled out thinly and placed on the griddle. As soon as it turned golden brown the other side was turned and left become brown also. It was then taken up and buttered while hot and was then ready for use. The liquid stuff which dropped into the pan was kept in it for four or five days until a white colour came in the bottom. The water was then spilled out of
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the pan and the white stuff was put out in the sun to dry. It was then kept for starching clothes and collars.
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The games I frequently play are Blindman's buff, Tig, Spy, Hide-and-go-seek, Pitch and toss, Ducks Off, Skittles, Fox-and-Geese, Frog-in-the middle, and Sharing the ring.
I amuse myself in nut-cracking and blackberry-picking in Autumn and in Winter when the frost is on the ground I go catching birds with bird traps which I make myself. I also amuse myself playing cards in the Winter.
The game I like best is "Ducks Off". This is how it is played. A stone called the Jack is put at the bottom of another stone called the Duck. Any number of boys can play this game at one time. The game consists in trying to knock the Duck off the Jack. The boys must stand about four yards back from the Jack stone
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If the Duck is knocked off the Jack stone by one boy so many times without stirring the latter the game is won. When the Duck is knocked off the players say "Ducks Off". Money is often given to the winner of the game.
Fox and Geese is an indoor game. Two persons are needed for this game. There are so many dots placed on a page of a copy book. The first person draws a line with a pencil from one dot to the other and then the second person does the same. Each person gets his turn until one completes a square. The person who makes the first square is called the Fox and the other person is called the Goose. When the "Fox" completes a square he marks a cross in it. When the Goose completes a square he marks it with a nought.
The player who has the most squares
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completed is the winner.
This is how Blindman's Buff is played. Any number of persons can play this game. A handkerchief is tied around one person's eyes and he must guess the name of the first person he catches. He makes the person he catches talk or make the sound of some animal in order to discover his name. If he does not succeed in guessing his name after three chances he must keep on catching them until he guesses one of their names. Then the person he catches is blindfolded and the same thing is repeated.
This is how Spy is played. A crowd of young boys and girls gather together and one of the boys says "Mena, Mena, Mina, Moe. Catch a Nigger by the toe. If he screeches let him go, Mena, Mena, Mina, Moe!" The person
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that "Moe" would fall on would be the follower. The other girls and boys would then hide. Then the follower would go searching for the boys and girls and the first one he sees he says "Spy". That player should then be the follower.
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puts on the band. Then he puts the wheel into a stream and leaves it there until it is cold.
If a spark of iron which flies when the smith is hammering is put into milk and boiled it is supposed to cure a delicate person. If the forge water is put where rats are it is supposed to hunt them. The people send smiths presents such as a bag of potatoes or a goose for Christmas.
Smiths are known to be holy since the time of Our Lord. When the Jews asked the smiths to make the nails to crucify Him they refused.
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and bit. She shoes horses and asses. He does not make ploughs or harrows but he repairs them. He makes pikes, "slanes" and shovels. He also makes bands for wheels and "shoes" them.
The principal work of this smith is shoeing horses, pones and asses.
The most important part of the smith's work is done out in the open air. This work is the "shoeing" of wheels. This work could not be done inside as there must be a large circular fire to heat the bands. First a large fire of turf is made near a stream and the band is put into it and left there for a quarter of an hour. Then the smith gets a "drag" to pull it out and puts it up on a cement block and
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best is that owned by Eugene Canty. It is situated near a cross-roads and there is a little stream running near it. It is covered with corrugated iron and is round in shape. The door in this forge is a large one and can be opened to each side. There is one fireplace in this forge. The bellows is up on a bench behind the fireplace. There is an iron handle in the bellows and that is moved up and down and the wend comes out a pipe and enters the fireplace and so blows the fire. This bellows was not made locally. The implements which the smith has to do his work are an anvil, a pincers, a sledge, a chisel, a punch, a vice, hammer, a forge-tongs, a rasp, a brace
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2020-02-13 06:18
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There are five forges in the parish of Kilcaragh. One is in Deerpark and is owned by Michael Dennehy, another in Ballyhorgan owned by Sonny Kirby, another in Ahabeg owned by Patrick Galvin, while another is in Crotta owned by Eugene Canty and a fifth in Clandougles owned by Joseph Crowley.
In former years Mr. Crowley's forge belonged to Ned Leahy who left this district and went to live in Ballybunion.
Eugene Canty's father was a smith and he learned his trade from him. Michael Dennehy's father was also a smith and Michael learned his trade from him.
The forge I know
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outside in the fort. She went out to put in the calf but the calf would not come in for her and she left it there and came in home. When she went out the next morning the stall door was closed and all the calves were inside. There are several stories told about cats being seen in forts. One night as my father was coming from the river a shower of rain fell and he took shelter from it in Jack McAuliffe's fort. He saw a big black cat standing before him. He quickly ran away and did not mind the rain.
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2020-02-13 06:09
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In my school district there are several forts but I know only five of them. The owners of these five forts are Jack McAuliffe, Mr Gentleman, Francis Quilter, William Conway, and the Nuns in Lixnaw. Jack McAuliffe's fort is situated in the townland of Ballintogher, Mr Gentleman's fort is situated in the townland of Ballyhorgan, Francis Quilter's fort is situated in the townland of Lixnaw, William Conway's fort is situated in the townland of Lisoughtra and the Nuns' fort is situated in the townland of Lixnaw. I never heard of any special names given to forts in my district. Some people say that if you stand in one fort you could see another fort a distance away.
There are several stories told about Jack McAuliffe's fort but I have only heard one of them. One night Jack McAuliffe's daughter thought that she had not all the calves put in and she saw a calf
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People would never set plants on Easter Monday because they say that the plants would never grow. It is said that a person should never wear new clothes for the first time on a day going to a funeral or he will die himself before long. People of this locality would never put down eggs hatching on a Monday because they say the eggs will never hatch. The people of this district would never give away a coal of fire on May Eve because they think they would give away their luck if they did so.
The people of my district would never cut hay on a Friday because they believe that they will not have any return out of the crop. They say that if you spend money on a Monday that you will be spending it for the week and that if you break a cup on Monday you will be breaking cups for the week. People of this locality consider Monday and Friday very unlucky days. The people of this locality would
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never start to make clothes on a Friday because they believe that they would not live to wear them. They would never leave their children make their maiden voyage to school on a Monday.
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There are people in my locality who are noted for not starting work on days which are supposed to be unlucky.
The people in my locality would not begin work on certain days of the week for fear they would have bad luck. They would never begin work on a Monday such as ploughing, or house-building for fear they would have bad luck during the year. People would never change from one house to another during Lent because they say they would have to leave the house soon after. One Saturday as John Healy was going to the village of Lixnaw a man named James Brosnan called him and told him to build a pier of a gate for him. John said that he would not dare do so for if he did he said he would not have a day's luck ever after.
The people of my locality would never marry on Monday, Wednesday or Friday because they believe these days are unlucky.
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a firkin of butter up on her head. She walked this journey in about four hours and returned home the same day. There were also famous mowers living in my district long ago. Their names were Tom and Michael Behan, and John Maher who were living in Ballintoher. Michael Behan is dead for the past three years but Tom is still living. John Maher is also dead for the past six years. Each of these three men used to mow two acres of hay in one day with a scythe.
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who was a great runner in his youth. His name is Joe McAuliffe. He often ran a race with other men and he nearly always won. He used to be running at Sports long ago which were held in Tralee, Listowel, Abbeydorney, and Cork. He won a race at one of these Sports and for a prize he got a woolen blanket and some beautiful green plates as a tea service. The distance he used to run was one or two miles and it would only take him five minutes to run a mile. This man also challenged other men to race him and was sure to win. He also ran against a horse from Tralee to Abbeydorney and he reached Abbeydorney village before the horse.
There was an old woman living in Croughcroneen long ago. Her name was Mrs Horgan and she was a famous walker. She once walked from Bathea to Cork with
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to arrest him. When the Constable went out he caught Shone roughly and told him that he should come into the barrack. Then Shone lifted him and carried him away a few yards and threw him into a pool of water and left him there and walked away.
Another strong man, as native of Killarda, was named Paddy Keane. He was a stone thrower and could throw a big heavy stone farther than any other man in the district could throw it.
"Shone" Burns was also noted for his appetite which was terribly great. He used to eat one goose egg and several turkey eggs for his breakfast every morning. He would also drink the milk of one cow every morning.
There is an old man living in the townland of Croughcroneen
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I have heard that there lived some strong men in the parish of Kilcaragh long ago.
There lived a strong man named "Shone" Burns in the townland of Coornelig near Ballintoher about forty years ago. This man is spoken of at the present day and many tales are told about his great strength.
There was at that time an R. I. C. Constable stationed in Listowel who had a great opinion of his strength. The sergeant did not like this Constable for that reason. One day this sergeant met Shone in Listowel. He knew Shone well and knew of his great strength. He told Shone to pretend to be drunk and to go up across the barrack gate and that he would send this Constable to arrest him. Shone did so and the sergeant sent the Constable
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being far away from the nearest railway station and it was not easy to bring cattle such a long distance. The Listowel fairs are held in the streets and in the Square. The bonham and pig fairs are held in the market-place. Lord Listowel has two servants at the fairs collecting toll on the cattle bought and sold.
The people who sell cattle at the fair have to take them to the railway station and they have to pay tax on each head of cattle. They pay sixpence on each cow sold and twopence on each calf. A toll of twopence on each pig has also to be paid.
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known in my district as "the fair of the spunanes", so called because the first fruits of the season are sold there. There is also a cattle fair held in Abbeydorney. It is called the "fair of the Cross", and is so called because it is held at a cross-roads. It is held on the 1st of December each year or, as the local people say, three weeks and three days before Christmas. The village was there before the fair was established. There are general fairs held in Causeway, one on the 2nd of April, one in May and one in November. In former days a pig fair was held at Ballyduff but this fair is not held now. Sometimes "jobbers" come along to farmers' houses to buy cattle. This is not done on a large scale now as farmers prefer to take their cattle and pigs to the local fairs.
The Ballyduff fair was held on the 1st June each year. This centre was not convenient to the local people, Ballyduff
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There are many fairs held in my locality. These fairs are important and good business is done at them.
There are fairs held in Lixnaw, Listowel, Ardfert, Abbeydorney and Causeway. On every second Monday a pig fair is held in Lixnaw. The pigs are sold by weight but sometimes the "jobbers" buy them outside the gate of the weighing yard. Every fortnight a pig fair and a cattle fair are held in Listowel. Three "big fairs" are held there once a year. One is held on the 13th of May, another on the 25th of July and another on the 28th of October. The latter is known as the "November Fair". Horse fairs are held four times in the year in Listowel, on the first Thursday of each quarter.
A fair is held in Ardfert on the 9th of July. This fair is
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much rain is also expected.
The fire and chimney are also great weather prophets. People say that when smoke goes up straight from the chimney it is a sign of fine weather and they also say that when smoke comes down it is a sign of frost. When soot falls down the chimney people in my locality say it is a sign of coming rain. When people touch the ashes and if a blue light comes out of it they say that it is a sign of rain. People in my locality say that when the train can be heard rumbling far off it is a great sign of frost.
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say it is a sign of rain. The westerly and south-westerly winds bring the most rain to my district.
The people of my district obtain knowledge of the weather by observing the birds. They say that when swallows are flying low in the sky it is a sign of rain and when they are flying high it is a sign of good weather. They say that when rooks perch on a tree and make a good deal of noise it is a sign of rain. When sea-gulls and wild geese fly inland they say it is a sign of rain and coming storm.
When cats turn their backs to the fire it is a sign of bad weather. When dogs eat grass it is a sign of coming rain. When hens pick their feathers, when geese are flying high and when ducks are very noisy, rain is expected.
When crows fly in groups and make a good deal of noise rain is sure to come. People also say that when curlews are very noisy it is a sign of rain. When swans fly to the west
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saw a large bird fly from the house down to the blessed well. The woman said to herself that she would go to the blessed well and pay a round at it and she did so. The next day she was better and she was able to go on with her work and go to town. She then erected this very nice statue at the well in honour of Saint Michael.
This statue is enclosed in cement and glass. The hands of the statue were broken off and it is a shame for the people who did it. This statue was erected there in 1923, on the 29th September.
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In the parish of Lixnaw there is but one blessed well and the name of it is Saint Michael's well. It is situated in the townland of Ballinageragh and it is about a hundred yards from the road. This blessed well is in Mr. Thomas O'Brien's field. Where this blessed well is there once stood an old Church and a little of the ruins of it are still to be seen there. The priests of the parish used to say Mass there long ago. There is a "Pattern" held in the village of Lixnaw of the 29th of September each year and many people visit the well on that day. There was a very nice statue erected near the well by Mrs Dan Quilter, Gortinare, Lixnaw, in honour of Saint Michael.
This woman is still alive. She placed this statue there in thanksgiving for being cured of a nervous disease.
This woman was very nervous and she was not able to go out or do her work. One day she went to the back door and she
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attached to the body which throw out the potatoes very quickly and the work is done in a very short time.
Now the busiest day of all has arrived, the day of the picking. The farmer has to gather all the help he can from his neighbours. Old and young are welcome to try and get the work finished. As soon as the digger throws out the potatoes all hands are busily engaged in picking them into buckets and drawing them to the various small pits which are made throughout the garden.
When all the potatoes are put into the pits they are covered over with rushes and weeds until the good ones are chosen from the smaller ones.
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is directed on the stalks. My father takes care that each leaf of the stalks is sprayed.
In the beginning of October or probably earlier, the stalks lose their nice green foliage and become withered. In land of sandy nature potatoes are ripe earlier than in land with heavy earth. The heat of the sand accounts for this and people living near the seashore have their crops stored early. Not until the stalk comes away easily from the potatoes are they fully ripe and then they are fit to be dug. A few days previous to the digging all the drills are wed and all stalks and weeds are removed to another part of the field. A digging machine, which is drawn by two good horses, is then brought along and digging operations are started. Some farmers who cannot get enough of help use a plough but this is very slow and not a good method of digging. The digger has several prongs
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and then a double-boarded plough rises it to the tops of the drills. This process has to be done twice during the growth of the potatoes. About the month of June blight sets in and all the stalks have to be spread with a mixture known as "Blight Preventative". This operation is performed twice at least but better results are obtained if done a third time as it has a great effect on the quality of the potatoes afterwards.
The mixture consists of bluestone and washing soda dissolved in water. The mixture is made in a large tub and is then transferred to a spraying machine. This machine is usually supplied by the merchant from whom the washing soda and bluestone are bought. My father straps the machine on his back and moves slowly between the drills, working a handle of the machine as he walks. The mixture then comes out through a long tube which is attached to the machine and
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horses.
My father told me that wooden ploughs were used long ago to open the drills but he never told me how they were used and I never saw one. Nowadays iron ploughs are used by everyone to do their work. My father gets help every year from his neighbours. They help him to cart and spread the manure and seed.
About a month after the seed is set a nice green stalk comes through the earth from each tuber. If the weather conditions are favourable these stalks grow rapidly and in a short time weeds make their appearance. If these are not removed at an early period they prevent the progress of the growing crop. They are removed by means of a hoe used by the hand.
Shortly after this the earth has to be heaped to the sides of the drills to support the young stalks. A scuffler is first used to loosen the earth
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2020-02-10 06:43
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The potato-crop is one of the most important of the year, as, apart from the amount required for table purposes, a good share can be used for feeding pigs and cattle.
On our farm an Irish acre of ground is sown yearly under potatoes of different varieties and some year the yield per acre differs considerably.
First the ground is ploughed in late Autumn so that any harmful insects may be destroyed. It is finally prepared in Spring by being ploughed twice and an extra man has to be employed to do this. It is then harrowed and rolled and is now ready for the making of the drills. This being done a good layer of manure is spread between the drills and when the seed is sown the drills are closed by means of a double-boarded plough and a pair of
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withered, generally in about the month of October, they are pulled off the drills. After this the potatoes are fit for digging. We dig our potatoes with the potato-digger. The potato-digger is drawn by two or three horses and digs one drill at the time. There are eight prongs in our digger and when it is put in gear these revolve and scatter the potatoes out about four feet from the drill. The potatoes of each drill must then be picked up before the next one is dug. When all the potatoes are dug they are carted away and made up in a pit in the garden. The pit is made about four feet wide and about four feet high. It is covered with straw or rushes and is bound with ropes and the potatoes are left in it during the Winter.
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2020-02-10 06:23
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When the seed is sown for about two months the stalks begin to peep over the ground. The drills are then hoed and all the weeds cleaned off. The furrows are then scuffled to loosen the earth around the seed. Then a drillstone is pulled in the furrows in order to break the big lumps of earth. The earth is raised up to the stems of the stalks by means of a double-boarded plough.
After a while when the stalks are strong my father sprays them by means of a spraying machine. The stuff which he puts in the spraying machine is a mixture of washing-soda and bluestone. These are mixed in a big tub of water. He sprays the stalks in the end of July in order to prevent the blight from coming on them. This is a disease which comes on the potato-crop every year and does serious damage to the growing crop.
When the stalks are
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2020-02-10 06:15
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artificial manures such as super-phosphate or sulphate of ammonia as these latter manures help to make the tubers very large.
My mother and grandmother cut the seeds with a knife and they leave one "eye" in each seed in order that the seed would grow. The seeds are the spread down on the manure about one foot apart. When this is done the drills are then split with the double-boarded plough and this covers up the manure and seeds. The latter process is known as the "closing" of the drills.
The plough my father uses is made of iron and I never saw a wooden plough. The spade used is bought in a shop and is not made locally. When setting the potatoes my father gets a good number of the neighbours to help him to spread the manure and also to spread the seed.
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2020-02-10 06:09
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The potato-crop is grown to a great extent in this country. It is used as human food in almost every household in Ireland. The average farmer generally sows from one to two acres of potatoes annually. We have an acre and a half of ground under potatoes each year. My father sets the crop.
The first thing he does to prepare for the setting of the crop is to plough the ground in early Spring. When this is done the ground must be well harrowed and ploughed the second time. If the weather permits the ground it is thoroughly harrowed again and then the drills are opened. The manure is then drawn and knocked in small heaps in the furrows. About thirty tons of farmyard manure is the average amount required per Irish acre. When the manure is spread in the furrows my father applies
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2020-02-10 06:03
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and were wealthy and local people say that they got their wealth from this treasure.
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2020-02-10 06:02
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It is said that a crock of gold was hidden somewhere near the Monument in Lixnaw long ago. The Monument stands on elevated ground in a field now owned by Mr. Walsh in the townland of Lixnaw. It was built during the reign of the Fitzmaurices who were Earls of Lixnaw long ago.
No one knows who hid it where but it is thought that someone who was pursued by robbers hid it there in haste. It is said that members of a certain family named Behan went in search of this money and were unsuccessful several times, being driven away by a furious bull.
They persevered in digging and it is commonly thought that they eventually found it. It is said that one member of this family ruined his health by being continually out at night looking for the treasure and that he died as a result. This family lived in Ballintogher
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2020-01-31 07:20
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places grown up men gather together and go in procession from house to house, with bushes of holly, singing the wren song. they gather money "to bury the wren". They are called the wren boys. They sing and dance in each house. On St Patrick's day the people wear shamrock. On chalk boys and girls who are not already married get a rub of chalk on the back. On the eve of St John's
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2020-01-31 07:17
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In most districts many feasts are observed in a special manner as they occur each year. St Stephen's day boys and in some
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2020-01-31 07:16
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sizes. There are different kinds of potatoes some are early and are good for table use other we feed to farm animals.
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2020-01-31 07:15
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The potato is planted in Spring it is set in different ways sometimes in ridges which are made by hand sometimes in drills which are prepared by horses. The potato is cut into parts each part having an eye and is called a seed. From each eye grows a stalk and if the crop is good each stalk produces from six to ten potatoes of different
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2020-01-31 07:12
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that would not pay his rent would be put out of his house by that landlord. The rent is now paid to the Government.
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2020-01-31 07:11
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The name of the Local Landlord was Mr Collis-Sandes. He was supposed to be a very good landlord. There were many evictions in the place and some people went away to other countries. The estates were usually divided into farms among the people. These farms were subdivided among families in marriage. Rents were paid also. Any person
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2020-01-31 07:08
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any kind of meat was used.
Vegetables were also eaten people never ate late at night. Local customs were also held, for example egg eating was common on Easter Sunday as it is at the present time.
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2020-01-31 07:06
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in the olden times had to work very hard before breakfast, - and potatoes were eaten at every meal.
In olden times people used to sit around the table in the centre of the floor. The usual kind of bread eaten was made of water and meal and it is also said to be very healthy. Meat was eaten once a week or a fortnight. Bacon was the usual kind of meat eaten and very seldom
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2020-01-31 07:03
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In the olden times the people had only two meals a day they were eaten in the morning and in the evening. The people
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2020-01-31 07:03
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they purchase the cattle.
The pig fair day is held on Tuesdays and the cattle fair day is held on Wednesdays.
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2020-01-31 07:02
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the twenty eight of October. It is considered unlucky to meet a brown haired lady when you are going to the fair.
The fair is held in the Square in Listowel but in some places there is a special fair field as Tralee and other places. Long ago the fairs were held on hills. The cattle are marked in the back or with mud or by clipping the hair off their sides. The buyers give tickets to the owners when
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day bonfires are lighted. On the fifteenth of August patterns are held in many villages. On St Martin's eve blood is drawn that is something is generally killed such as foul. On Hallow'een tricks are played.
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The chief farm animals are the cow the horse the pig the pony and the ass and the domestic animals are the cat and the dog. When we are driving the cows we say 'How' 'How'. When we are driving the calves we say 'suck' 'suck'. In the cow house the cows are tied to bales. The cow-house is called a stall. The horses are kept in stables
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2020-01-31 06:52
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We have no churn at home but a churning barrel. It is mounted on a stand which is about three feet high. It is about four wide and about two feet in diameter. It is like
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2020-01-31 06:50
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in Winter and are fed in hay and oats.
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2020-01-31 06:50
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any ordinary barrel. It is about thirty years old. The parts are the stand, the barrel, the handles, the cover, and the "spekid". The butter is made once a week. The barrel is by women. If a stranger comes into the house while the barrel is being made he is expected to help. It takes about a half an hour to do the work. It is done by hand.
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2020-01-31 06:46
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Long ago it is said that people never wore shoes except when they were going to mass and to town.
It is said that some people never wore shoes. At present in the summer country children never wear shoes; all children wear shoes in winter. Most people try to repair their own shoes there are no shoes made locally. Clogs
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2020-01-31 06:44
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There are between six or seven forges in this parish and the owner of one of them is John Barry. It is situated on the side of the road. The forge is made of stone
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2020-01-31 06:42
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were made of leather with timber soles they are not worn very much now.
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2020-01-31 06:41
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with two windows. It has a thatched roof. There is one fire place. The forge implements are the bellows the sledge the anvil the hammer the tongs the poker the shovel the knife and the pinchers. The smith shoes horses and asses. The shoeing of the wheel is done in the open air.
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2020-01-31 05:59
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About eighty or ninety years ago tailors travelled from house to house in search of work. At that time the clothes were made of frieze which was made in their own homes. When the cloth was made the tailor was sent for and the clothes were made in the house.
At that time the tailor's only implements were a needle a thimble and a scissors. He had no sewing
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2020-01-31 05:56
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machine. At that time the thread was spun in the homes and there was a spinning wheel in practically every house now there is none.
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2020-01-31 05:55
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In this district there was a local Saint called Father Tim Harnett
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2020-01-31 05:54
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He lived in the parish of Duagh. There are many legends and stories told about the Saint. One day as he was going on sick call he was going past a woman and he had the Blessed Sacrament and as he was passing her in the road he saw a lump of butter fall from her arm and because it was stolen she could not pass the Blessed Sacrament.
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2020-01-31 05:52
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The nearest fair to us is held in Listowel. It is held once a fortnight. On Tuesday there is a pig fair held. On Wednesday cattle, bonhams and sheep are sold. There are three old fairs the May fair the July fair and the November fair. These fairs are held on fixed dates. They are held in the street but the pigs and bonhams are sold in the market. When cattle are sold there is customs or toll to
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2020-01-31 05:49
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be paid to Lord Listowel's agents. For this reason the place is called "Custom Gap". At all sells money is kept by the buyers. The halter is always given when horses are sold.
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2020-01-31 05:47
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The Landlord of Trieneragh was Mr Collis Sandes. He did not
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live in the district. He was a bad Landlord. He had very high rents but there were no evictions. The Landlord got this from the town Landlord during the plantations from a person whose name I don't know. The farms were planted out by him but there were no other divisions. There were never tithes or collectors in this place.
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2020-01-30 06:44
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It was her desire to satisfy the poor, to expel every hardship and to spare every miserable man.
Saint Brigid died in Cill Daire on the first of February 524.
The local fairs
Listowel is the nearest town to me. There are many fairs held in it. The fairs are held in the streets but in some towns such as Tralee there is a fair field.
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2020-01-30 06:43
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When the cattle are sold the money is paid after a while. When the cattle are sold they are marked by cutting the hair off the side with a scissors or by marking them with paint.
When the bargain is made the jobbers show the agreement of the bargain by giving them a ticket for the money or by striking hands.
The great fairs that are held in Listowel are the thirteenth of May and the twenty-eight of October.
There are local traditions told about going to the fair. It is
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2020-01-30 06:40
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considered unlucky to meet a woman with brown hair when going to a fair. When cattle are sold the halter is not given, but it is given with horses.
The pig fair day is held on Tuesdays and the cattle fair day is held on Wednesdays.
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It was her desire to satisfy the poor, to expel every hardship and to spare every miserable man.
Saint Brigid died in Cill Daire on the first of February 524.
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grew up to be a very beautiful girl. She loved the poor and the afflicted. She was kind to birds and beasts and every living thing, and in return every living thing loved her.
When Saint Brigid came to the age of eighteen years she resolved to become a nun to which her parents made no objection.
Saint Brigid was fond of prayer, she was patient, humble, forgiving and charitable.
We are told that every thing that Saint Brigid asked of the Lord was granted to her at once.
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2020-01-30 06:32
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St Brigid is the patron Saint of this parish. She was born at Faughart in County Louth. She founded a church and school at Cill Daire. She also founded many other churches and schools in many parts of Ireland.
Her father was a chieftain in Leinster and her mother was a Christian bondwoman. Saint Brigid
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others are bought in the shops. Some of the shirts are made of cotton, others are made flannelette and others made of linen.
The socks are knitted locally and also stockings. The thread is not spun or woven now for there is hardly any spinning wheel in this district.
At the death of a relative the people of the house are mourning that is wearing black in remembrance of the dead. Black clothes are worn for about six months.
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2020-01-30 06:26
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There are two tailors in this parish. The tailors work in their homes. They also stock cloth. The cloth is not spun or woven now for very few spinning wheels are in the district.
The implements that the tailor uses in his work are a scissors, a thimble, a needle and thread and a sowing machine.
Some shirts are made locally in the homes, and others are made by the tailors, and
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2020-01-30 06:22
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Potatoes are grown in our farm. The ground is first manured. They are nearly all planted in drills made by the plough. Long ago the smiths made the ploughs and spades but they are now bought in shops. We sometimes make ridges. When we make ridges the ground is first manured, then the seeds are sown. The farmer prepares the ground. The local people come to help one another
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2020-01-30 06:19
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The men pick the potatoes out of the ground. By the hand this is done. The potatoes are stored in pits and some people keep them in lofts. Kerr pinks, Arran banners Butes and Dates are the types usually sown.
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2020-01-30 06:18
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The following proverbs and old sayings are commonly used in my locality.
Work is better than talk.
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2020-01-30 06:17
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Dead with tea and dead without it.
A very good year, a foggy Winter, a frosty Spring, a varied Summer and a sunny Autumn.
A good word never broke a person's mouth.
The truth never choked any man.
A closed mouth and a wise head.
Four things that an Irishman cannot trust a cow's horn, a horse's hoof, a dog's snarl, and an Englishman's laugh.
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Don't be hard and don't be soft. Don't desert your friend for your own share. He who has a trade has an estate.
A stitch in time saves nine.
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2020-01-30 06:12
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The farm and domestic animals at home are the cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and calves. The cows have got
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names such as Bána, Stack, Spotted Heifer. These cows have got names for various reasons such as Spotted because she has a Spotted breast. When driving the cows we say How, How, How, when calling calves you will say "suck "suck "suck. The cowhouse is called a stall. The cows are tied to bails some people tie them in with chains.
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2020-01-30 06:08
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We have a churn at home. It is very wide in the bottom and it is very narrow in the top. The sides are round. It is about five years old. The various parts of a churn are the churn staff and the churn cup. The butter is made once a week. In Summer the butter is made twice a week. In Winter the butter is made once a week or a
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2020-01-30 06:05
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fortnight. It is an old saying that when anyone comes in to a house they should always take a greas of the churn. The butter is made in half an hour. With the hand this is churn is always made. When the butter is nearly made water is poured in to the churn in order to make the butter hard.
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2020-01-30 06:03
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Long ago people began to wear shoes when they were about the age of thirteen years. The children at present wear shoes at the age of four years. It is an old custom that when people wash their feet at night they should always throw out the water or if they did not they would be called during the night to do so. Boots are made and repaired locally by the shoemakers in
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2020-01-30 06:00
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There are about ten or eleven forges in this parish. Jack Barry is one of the smiths living in our district. His people have been blacksmiths before him.
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2020-01-30 05:58
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the local town. There are no shoemakers round this district nearer than Listowel. Clogs were worn by people long ago and are worn by some people still.
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2020-01-30 05:57
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This forge is situated in the side of the road on the Cork Line. The forge is made of stones. The roof is made of timber and thatch. There is only one fireplace in the forge and also one bellows. The chief implements that a blacksmith uses in the forge, are an anvil, a sledge, a hammer, and a rasp. The blacksmiths shoe animals as horses, ponies, and asses. The blacksmiths do not make farm implements but he repairs them. There
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2020-01-30 05:54
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are many parts of the work done in the open air such as shoeing wheels and repairing machinery. The blacksmiths are also supposed to be very strong. Long ago the smiths used to get presents at Christmas such as pig's heads. Some blacksmiths are supposed to be very good for story-telling.
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2020-01-30 05:52
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Saint Brigid is the local Saint of this parish. There is a holy well dedicated to her honour by the name of Saint Brigid's well. Some people in the district are called after Saint Brigid. Saint Brigid's day is not observed as a holiday of obligation in Ireland. Saint Brigid was born at Faughart near Dundalk in the county Louth. She was buried with Saint Patrick
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2020-01-30 05:49
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The local fairs are held in Listowel once a fortnight every year. There are two great fairs held in Listowel namely the thirteenth of May and
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and Saint Colm Cille. Saint Brigid built many monasteries and churches. Her father was a christian and her mother was a slave.
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2020-01-29 06:38
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The local landlord was Ormathwate. He lived in England but he had agents in this locality. He was
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looked upon as a bad landlord. Long ago he evicted some people in this townland. The evicted people had to live in poor houses outside this townland. Long ago the landlord exercised powers over his tenants and one of these was that when a man's son was getting married in the land, the rent was raised about five pounds.
Money was gathered by the agents for the landlord. The land was divided into farms and again it was sub-divided between the sons of the family. The tithes
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2020-01-29 06:34
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were collected in money. The people were punished for any bad act they did.
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There are potatoes growing in our farm. There is about an acre of land sown under the potatoes each year. The farmers prepare the ground for the potatoes, some of them are sown in ridges and more of them in drills. The land is harrowed and ploughed in Winter and in Spring, then the land is made into drills. There were wooden spades used long ago, but now they changed for they were not much good.
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2020-01-29 06:29
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They have iron spades with timber handles now.
The farmers help one another in sowing the potatoes. They help them in spreading the manure and spreading the seed. They also help them in digging and picking the potatoes. The boys and girls pick the potatoes. The potatoes are stored in pits for the Winter. There is a name given to the small potatoes, "criocáns". The potatoes that grow best in this district are the Kerr-pinks. Long ago people used to make
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2020-01-29 06:24
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All the feasts of the year differ in their customs. On St Stephen's day the boys and in some cases grown up men, gather together and go in a procession from house to house with decorated bushes, singing the wren song. Money is gathered. Sometimes they
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2020-01-29 06:21
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starch from potatoes.
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divide the money between them and other times they have a feast. On St Patrick's day the people wear shamrock and harps in honour of Saint Patrick bringing the true faith to Ireland.
Whit Sunday is a feast kept in honour of the coming of the Holy Ghost. It is called Whit because the Catechumens who were baptised on the eve of this feast were dressed in white.
It is said that if you picked a flower on May Eve the fairies would carry you that night. The masters of the
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2020-01-29 06:17
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There is a list of domestic animals in our farm such as the cow, horse, goat, sheep and calf. There are names on our cows such as Purty, Athae, Polly, Beauty. When we are driving the cows we say "how" "how" "how". The cows are tied with bales
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2020-01-29 06:15
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house sprinkle holy-water on the cattle and on the crops on May Eve.
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2020-01-29 06:14
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in a house called a stall.
Long ago when the people used to be milking the cows, they used to sing a song for the cows and it is said that they would give them their milk better and easier.
The calls of the tame birds in the farm are, - when calling the hens you say 'tuck' 'tuck', and when you are calling the geese you say 'baddy' 'baddy', and when you are calling the ducks you say 'faoidhe' 'faoidhe'. The people get a change of eggs from their neighbours to put hatching to have a different
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2020-01-29 06:10
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We have a churn at home. It is about three and a half feet high, and about one and a half feet wide at the top, and two and a half at bottom.
It is about fifty years old. The various parts of the churn are, the churn staff, the dash, the lid and the cup.
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2020-01-29 06:08
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breed of fowl for the next year.
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2020-01-29 06:07
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The butter is made twice a week in Summer, and once a week in Winter.
The woman of the house does the churning and any strangers that come in, help in making the butter it is said that if they didn't they would have the power of 'carrying' the butter.
When the cream gets very thick and form into grains, then the people know when the butter is made. When the butter is made it is taken out of the churn and put into a pan and washed.
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2020-01-29 06:04
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There is butter-milk got from the cream. Some of it is drank and the rest of it is used for making bread, it is said that it is very good for making bread.
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2020-01-29 06:03
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People begin to wear shoes nowadays at the age of three or four years. Long ago the people used not to wear shoes until they would be about
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2020-01-29 06:02
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the age of twenty years. The children go barefooted in Summer but in Winter they wear boots. The boots are made in the factory, but when broken they are repaired locally.
There are about four shoemakers in Listowel, long ago there used only be one or two shoemakers in every town for it was very few people that wore shoes.
Long ago the people used to wear clogs. The soles were made of timber and there was an iron
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2020-01-29 05:59
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band all round the sole. It is said that people used to go barefooted to the chapel, but they took their shoes with them, they put them on going into the chapel and took them off when they came out.
Very few clogs are worn now. Most of the people buy their shoes ready made in shoe stores.
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2020-01-29 05:57
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There are two forges in the parish of Duagh. One forge is situated in the village and the other is situated in the country.
Some of the forges are thatched and some of them are covered with iron. There is one fireplace in the forge.
The smith shoes horses and sometimes asses. The smith makes gates, he also repairs ploughs and harrows. He uses a hammer a pinchers and a bellows. There is a
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part of the forge work done in the open air such as shoeing the wheels. It is said that the forge dust contains a cure for cattle.
The smiths were looked upon as very strong men long ago, but now they are not so strong.
The smiths are presented with gifts for whom they work, such as a goose, eggs, or butter, at Christmas.
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2020-01-28 06:35
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St Brendan was born in Kerry. From his early years the Saint loved the sea and once in a vision he saw a beautiful island lying far away over the waters shining angels dwelt on this island.
One night as he was sleeping in his monastery where he spent his life in the service of God, an angel came to him, woke him and said. "I will be with you from this on I will help you to find that wonderful island of which you dreamt and which you long to visit". Brendan then chose twelve monks and he and his twelve monks and the
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2020-01-28 06:31
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angel set out and going out into the Atlantic they sailed for forty days and at last St Brendan and his companions saw as they thought land and on this they lit a fire and the ground began to shake this was a large Whale. They sailed on and at last they found the land. It is said that St Brendan founded America before Columbus.
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2020-01-28 06:28
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Listowel is the nearest town to me. It is noted for its fortnightly fairs and a few old fairs. The pig fairs are held on Tuesdays and the cattle fairs on Wednesdays. The cattle fairs are held in the Square and the pig and bonham fairs in the market. When each animal is sold toll or custom is paid to Lord Listowel's collectors. The halter is not given away with cattle but it is given
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2020-01-28 06:24
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In olden times there were three meals taken in the day. The meals they had in olden times were breakfast dinner and supper. The breakfast was eaten about eight o'clock. The dinner was eaten about twelve o'clock
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2020-01-28 06:21
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away when horses are sold.
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2020-01-28 06:20
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and the supper was eaten about six or seven o'clock. For the last fifty years tea bread and butter and sometimes eggs are used for breakfast. For dinner potatoes and bacon and cabbages or turnips when in season are used and before separators were used they used have skimmed milk. On Fridays potatoes and fish or dressed vegetables are now used. Then for tea at four o'clock in the evening in later years tea bread and butter are used and for supper meal bread and skimmed milk are eaten
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2020-01-28 06:14
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Every year we plant a acre of Potatoes but when the Spring is bad we sow less. Some Seasons we plant them in ridges and other Seasons in drills and some years we plant them in both. In making ridges the ground is first manured then the seed is planted the taobh foíds are turned and the furrows are dug and put up. When drills are to be prepared
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2020-01-28 06:03
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the ground is first ploughed and harrowed then the drills are opened. The manure and seed are put down and the drills are closed. Some years ago the local people usually helped each other but lately they do not.
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2020-01-28 06:01
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In most districts many feasts are observed in a special manner as they occur each year. On St. Stephen's day men and boys gather together in groups and go from house to house gathering money to bury the wren. They are called wren boys because they carry a wren on a holly bush. They wear masks
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and usually dance and sing in each house. This money is spent in a feast there is dancing and refreshments at the feast. On St. Patrick's day our Patron saint we wear the shamrock and keep the day a national holiday. On the first Sunday after Shrove Tuesday young men that it was thought should have married are marked with chalk. On May eve in olden times bad people were supposed to be able by means
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2020-01-28 05:55
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of charms to carry their neighbours butter and other produce for the year.
On St John's night people light bonfires.
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2020-01-28 05:54
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The chief farm animals are
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we call them after the person we buy them from then they are called also by colour as the black cow and the white cow
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2020-01-28 05:53
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When we are making butter we get a churn from a neighbour. The churn is about a foot and a half wide in
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the bottom and it slopes to a foot in the top where there is a neck. There is a hole in the cover about two inches wide. There is a handle going down through the hole. At the end of the handle there is a round board shaped like a plate this is moved up and down through the cream and in this way the butter is made. It is made once a week. Any stranger that comes in helps to make the butter for if they did not help there is a tradition that they have power to take the butter