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2021-01-20 06:54
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He bears the wind and cold,
His mother says to Jerry,
"Why do you speak so strange,
To marry Abbie Corcoran,
As sure as I am here,
You better set out for Dunloe Gap,
Or else for Cumcaillighe,
Before you get this farm,
You must bring ₤60 to me".
Old Corcoran has two daughters,
And they'll never go ashore,
There's one they call "the Blackbird",
And another they call "the Thrush",
The one they call "the Blackbird",
She is scarcely three feet four,
But the devil wouldn't stand her,
If she was six inches more.
Pat Lyons I fear another year,
Is left to grind the bit,
Since Ganndal's daughter from Clahan,
Cures not for him a bit,
He dresses in his toffee style,
And makes a gallant show
He is only a lady's gent, me boys,
No matter where he go.
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2021-01-20 06:45
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Her father says to Nora Lyne,
"Don't fret a bit, my dear,
This trip to Skelligs will be your last
As sure as I am here,
You're worthy well to get a man,
Right known to one and all,
For the manly grace that's in your face,
Will compensate for all".
As the night was dark and dismal,
And the deck I walked around,
A dreary object met my sight,
That was Gilleck and his hound,
"Ochón mo bhrón!" my blanty cries,
"Our hunting days are o'er,
Through Gleasg woods and Cúmshana,
And the mountains of Filemore,
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2021-01-20 06:40
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On the side of the Laune,
Whom did I spy,
But Dennie Moroney and "Miss Johnnie Joy",
Seated down at their ease
In the shade from the breeze,
With Mr. Tom Sheehy and Máirín Seán Liath.
Fair Maggie Joy,
Now who is her boy,
They say he is Dan Mack the grocer,
Don't be so mad,
He is an old cad,
In Milltown he ne'er could support her.
Ellie Kelliher too,
She swears black and blue.
She never "sent word" to Bat Connor,
But Bat didn't cry
Since he failed in Listry
His company now is his Bachall.
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2021-01-20 06:33
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What means the vast and solid throng,
With faces full of care.
Oh! Did we come to caoin the dead,
Or join in the midnight prayer.
Far different is our errand now,
And eh: How great a shock
With heavy hearts and blistered heels
We'll seek the Skelligs Rock.
A comely maid I then did spy,
With her light hair flowing free
And by her side her only pride
Mick Kelliher of Aubee.
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2021-01-20 06:30
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O lordly John Russell,
In the state of excitment
Sure me and my Molly can never agree.
For when I go to town with a big load of grasses
I'm sure to come home in the middle of a spree
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2021-01-20 06:27
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Ina, mena, mina, mo
Catch a nigger by the toe,
If he bites you let him go,
Ina, mena, mina, mo.
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2021-01-20 06:26
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Ina, mena, mina, mo,
Where do all the Frenchmen go,
Two to the east, two to the west
Two to the holy crow's nest.
Penny on the water,
Twopence on the sea
Threepence on the railway
Out goes she.
O-u-t spells straight banks "out".
One, two, sky blue,
All out except you
Ink, pink, perry wink,
Out goes she.
Jaban, a baban,
A baby's knee,
She wholesome, polsome
Sacred tee,
Praty rose,
Single toes,
Out goes she.
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2021-01-20 06:20
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There was a man indeed indeed
He set his garden full of seed
When the seed began to grow 'twas like a garden full of snow
When the snow began to melt 'twas like a ship without a belt
When the ship began to sail 'twas like a bird without a tail
When the bird began to fly 'twas like an eagle in the sky
When the sky began to fall
Lord have mercy of us all
O-u-t spells straight blanks "out".
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2021-01-18 10:04
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One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes, four;
Five potatoes, six potatoes, seven potatoes, more.
Inty, minty, pop a tinty toom, taam, tusa.
Ickelty, pickelty, i, c, tickelty, bumble airy jig,
Any man that has no hair generally wears a wig.
One, two, sky-blue
All out except you.
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2021-01-18 10:01
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The rent-man came
And sacked them out
Gipsy, Gipsy, you are out
Onery, Twoery, Hickery, Hairy
Hollow bone crack a bone
Timothy Leary, Whiskey drink American wine
Humppy Dumppy ninety-nine.
One, two, three
My mother caught a flea
The flea died
My mother cried
Out goes she.
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2021-01-18 09:57
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This day a person came on, and asked her what was she doing there, and before he knew where he was he was blinded with sand. Anyone who used ask her a question she would throw sand at them, and they all used call her the little Dnadara.
She lived for eighty years since the time she went to school the second time. The people found out from someone belonging to her that she was 120 years when she died, and that she was an old woman.
When she died she was buried in that sandpit, and where that pit was there is a big stone now, and every night at twelve o'clock fairies are seen dancing round the stone. And a black-dog was seen there last Souls Night two years.
It is said that she was seen with the fairies dancing round it. But the fairies are not seen with the last couple of years.
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2021-01-18 09:51
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There was an unmarried woman in a place called "Clú Dubh" in Calnafersy. She was left school with twenty years. She was a low sized woman and was just only like a child. So she got silly, and thought as she was so small, and so like a child she would go back to school again. This woman was a Protestant. She went to school dressed like a child and the teacher thought she was a young girl, and taught her as any other child.
When she used go from school every evening she used go to this sand pit, and make houses, and all play things, and then, at night she used go to a special house which she knew, and used sleep with the people, and they thought she was a child too. She used be at school every day and used eat nothing but eat a few potatoes in the morning.
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2021-01-18 09:43
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"Pickie": - Eight long lines are drawn down, and eight lines are drawn across them so as to form squares. Each player then gets a flat stone or something with which he pitch. He then pitches so as to get the stone into a square. He hops to the top of the "pickie", and hops down again stopping at the square where his stone is. He picks it up without putting his second foot on the ground, and then hops to the end, he repeats this in every square. Should any player fail to put his stone right into the square, he is out. If a player succeeds in finishing putting his stone into each square until the finish of the pickie he writes his initials in some square, and as he is hopping every time, he puts his two legs on "his own square" as it is called, but every other player has to hop over the square without touching it, or if he did, he would be out. (Hop-scotch is a form of Pickie - described in the new book).
"Gobs": - A lot of games can be played by getting five round stones and putting them on the ground. One of these is taken and thrown in the air, and while it is in the air, the four stones on the ground are snatched up so that the one that is after being thrown in the air will be caught up along with the other stones.
Another game that can be played with "gobs", is by getting two stones and putting one in your mouth and throwing the other
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2021-01-18 09:31
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There is another game which the children also play namely, "Ducks Off". How you would play this game is: Get one big stone and place it on the ground, and place a small stone on top of it. Those who are playing then get small stones (any number can play it) and standing away from the big stone, throw your stone to try to knock off the smaller stone which is on top of the big stone. Then there is a girl standing near the big stone who is watching you to see if you touch your stone then if you succeed in taking it from where you started to throw it without being caught by the girl you may throw it again; but if you are caught before you reach home you have to give up your stone to the girl by whom you were caught. Then you must stand by the stone and do the same as the girl before you.
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2021-01-18 09:25
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stone in the air, and while it is in the air take the first stone out of your mouth very quickly so that you will be able to catch the second stone as it is falling. This game is called "Smoking the Pipe".
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2021-01-15 08:19
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There was a donkey and he was very old and his Master was going to kill him so he ran away and he met a dog. He said to the dog what is up with you, the dog said that he was getting too old and his master hunted him out of the house. The donkey said come along with me and we might turn some musication. They went away away and they met a cat, and they asked him what was up with him the cat said that his Mrs. would not leave him in the house because he would kill no mise so the donkey said come along with us and we might turn a musisation. They went along and when they were crossing a farm they saw a cock and they asked him what was up with him the cock said his Mrs. was going to kill him the donkey said come along with us and we will turn a musisation. They went along untill they came to a wood the cock went up to the top of a tree and he looked around and saw a light not far off. They went tords the light when they landed the donkey looked in and saw theeves inside and they were eating sweet cake. The donkey taught of a plan he told the dog to go up on his back and the cat went up on the dogs back and they burst in the window the teevs ran across field and bogs. The four bests started eating when they had fhinist The donkey went out in the straw the cock went up on the rafters and the dog went behind the door and the cat sat beside the fire. The captin of the teevs came in in the middle of the night he lit a match the cat jumped up and scrape his face when he was running out the dog bit his leg when he was crossing the yard the donkey kicked him.
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2021-01-15 07:50
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Long ago a man was hunting with five of his sons, and they got very thirsty. The father went home, and the five sons went to a well. When the first son went in, and he met a witch who said "I will not leave you get any drink except you kiss me". No said the boy, and the next three said the same. The last brother went in and the witch said kiss me and you can drink all you want. So the boy said alright, and he took the (lady) witch in his arms and kissed her. When the man thouch the (womans) witches lips she changed into a beautiful lady with a gold ring on her finger she took the boy to a lovely church where they got married, and she gave the four other brothers grand jobs, and they all lived happy together.
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2021-01-15 07:44
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There was a man who had a crock of gold and he used to rise very early, because he was afraid before the the crock of gold would be stolen. This morning he was getting up and the crock of gold was gone he went out the the door and he fell into a hole and was never seen again.
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2021-01-15 07:42
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Long time ago there lived in Meanus an old chieftain, who was very rich. This chieftain had only one son who went to France, and while he was away his father got suddenly ill. The chieftain wrote to his son and told him that if he died before he was able to come home that he would bury his money in a certain field and also a magic cloak which he had. But his son died on the way home so nobody knew where the money was as the chieftain and his son were dead. Some years after a man named Seamus Doyle dreamt that the money was in a field in Denis Doyle's farm, Meanus, and that he himself if he wanted the money he should go, with some others and dig there. After digging a bit they would see a big stone and under this was the money, but the first person who put his hand on the stone would die. They were supposed to bring a cock with them and they should go at night. Seamus Doyle told all the neighbours about the dream, so they decided to go. But Seamus' wife would not let him go so the others went armed with guns. They began digging and when they had a very deep hole dug they found the stone, but they would not lift it because they were afraid some one of them would die. The hole was closed in again and nobody ever tried to find the money afterwards. The place where it is supposed to be is still to be seen.
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2021-01-15 07:31
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Long ago in the parish of (Churchtown) Tuagh there was a Catholic Church built in the centre of a graveyard at Cnocán. For a number of years the Catholics of the district attended services in the Church, and buried their dead in the graveyard. At length the local landlord came home to live in his estate, and he was vexed to see the Catholic Church in the graveyard in his land. His first move was to take over the Church for the Protestants and then he ordered that any Catholics were not to be buried in the graveyard. At one time he went so far that the graves were to be dug up and that the Catholics should take the remains and bury them in some other graveyard. He did not succeed in this plan because all the people came in a body to his house to protest against it. Afterwards the Catholics came on three different occasions and knocked the Church but it was rebuilt by the Protestants and they hold possession of it to the present day but the Catholics are still allowed to bury their dead in the graveyard. The old people said that the slate that the Catholics took off the Church was buried in James Doyle's field.
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2021-01-14 07:32
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There was a man and he had a dream that fairies were talking to him and they said to him to go to the fort behind his house and to dig five inches under the ground near the big stone that is in the fort. He got up and he went to his nabours, and told them to go with him to the fort and they would be ritch for ever. They went to the fort, and they dug under the ground, and they got the crock of gold. Whe he opened it a small man came out of it, and said, "You won't get the crock of gold untill you put back the men back home, and come alone. He brought the men home, and came alone. When he was at the gap of the fort he got afraid, and he went home again, and he told one man to come with him and to hide outside the ditch and if he talks to run in because someone will be at him. The man went in, and got the crock of gold. He did not open it at all until (when) he was landed at the door. The fairies cot him, and took the gold off him, and said, "You will suffer long and then die", and before the fairies left him they said, "Níor chaill fear an mhisnigh riamh é". That means the man with corrage never lolt it. He went to bed and he was crying. He got a pain in his head, and he got deff and dom, and he became a cripple, and after a week he died.
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2021-01-14 07:20
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Long ago a man was going home and he was drunk. When he reached home he went to bed, and in the middle if the night he woke up and he went out to the garden. There he saw a cat killing his chickens he went over to the cat and he hit it on the head and it went away. When the man went into bed he got a big shock the cat went up on the window sill and started crying out, "O Dairbí Dáiligh how well I earned your chickens", "O mo ceann tinn mo ceann tinn. After that the man was coming home one night and he was attacked by a dozen cats, and only for another man coming on he would be killed.
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2021-01-14 07:15
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There was a man there once and there was a fort in the field and there was oats growing on it. This day he was so greedy to have so much ground to be weist ke began to stut in the fort and there was another fort in the other side of the field.
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2021-01-14 07:13
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will not fall down.
Four sticks standing, four lilyanders, two hookers two crookers and a wheelabout.
Answer: A cow.
It is black it is white and red all over.
Answer: A newspaper.
Two little men standing on a hill still going, but standing still.
Answer: Two candles.
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2021-01-14 07:05
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On your away up to Carran-Tuarn you can see a lake called [?] na Píast. Once some men were going to build a mill near a river at the bottom of the mountain. They were going to dig a channel from the mountain to the river so that they could have a good lot of water. When they went up to the lake they opened it they looked down and they thought the village was on fire. They came down to help to quench it, but when they arrived the village was not on fire. They went up again a few days after, and looking down again they saw the village on fire. But when they went down it was not on fire. They did not try to open the lake any more. It was a warning to them not to open it because, if they open the lake it would burst out and drown all the people.
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2021-01-14 07:03
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On your away up to Carran-Tuarn you can see a lake called Culm na Píast. Once some men were going to build a mill near a river at the bottom of the mountain. They were going to dig a channel from the mountain to the river so that they could have a good lot of water. When they went up to the lake they opened it they looked down and they thought the village was on fire. They came down to help to quench it, but when they arrived the village was not on fire. They went up again a few days after, and looking down again they saw the village on fire. But when they went down it was not on fire. They did not try to open the lake any more. It was a warning to them not to open it because, if they open the lake it would burst out and drown all the people.
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2021-01-14 06:50
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A snail climbed a ten foot pole. If he climbed three feet every day and fell down two feet every night. How long did it take him to reach the top?
Ans. 8 days
If goes one foot every day. Therefore he goes 7 feet in 7 days, but the eight day when he climbs up three feet he is at the top and therefore
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2021-01-14 06:45
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There was once three brothers, and they were three sailors. They had an old mother, and they knew she was soon going to die. They had also a goat, and a small stool, and a bucket for milking the goat. They were going out sailing one day, and they brought their mother with them. When they were about seven miles out in the sea, a shark came up to the ship. He asked the men to give him something to eat or he would break down the ship so they said to themselves that they would throw out their mother to the shark. Then he swallowed her down, and he followed the ship again. They threw out the goat, and the stool, and the bucket. They threw the anchor at him, and stuck it in him. One of the sailors had a gun with him. He put a bullet in the gun. He fired at the (whale) shark and hit him in the head and killed him. When they had him at the shore they got a knife and they cut him open and they found the woman sitting on the stool milking the goat.
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2021-01-12 07:29
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cup of milk and he went to bed. After a bit the man died.
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2021-01-12 07:29
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Long ago a man was going home from town, and it was about four o'clock in the morning. When he was going into the yard he saw a ghost at the door. He went around to the back door, but the ghost was there again. He was around at the back door and the front for a long time. In the end he made a drive for the window, but the ghost caught him by the legs and pulled him back. The man broke down the door, and went into the kitchen. He drank a
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2021-01-12 07:25
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A man was going out hunting with his dog, and they went into a wood. When they were in the middle of the wood, a wild cat jumped out of the bushes. The dog followed the cat till he killed it. When the man went home he told the story to his wife in Irish. There was an old cat in corner near the fire, and when the cat heard the man saying that his dog killed the wild cat, the cat jumped out of the corner and choked the man.
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2021-01-12 07:21
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Long ago a man was going home from town and his brother was with him. When they were about a mile out from town the brother turned back. When he was near the church a woman walked out in the middle of the road, and went up to town. The man ran to get up to her, but she was too fast for him. She went around the town and the man followed her. When she came to the New line she went into the wood, and was never seen again.
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2021-01-12 07:16
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There was a man there long ago, and he commited a most awful crime, So he was to be hanged. The day of the hanging the judge told him that if he would make up a riddle he would forgive him. That man asked the judge how long would he give him. "Three years", answered the judge. So the man went home. About a week the man had a mare that was going to foal, and she died. So he opened the mare, and saved the fole. He raired the foal as a pet and he went to the court. The judge was on the bench, and he called him in. "No", said the man, "come down let you". So out went the two men. "Here is a horse that never had a mother, and here is the gam in my hand, and under earth I am". Then the man explained it to the judge.
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2021-01-12 07:09
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There was a woman and her baby ther long ago. The woman was sitting near the fire and she had the baby in her lap. There was a pot of boiling on the fire, and the woman was sitting in a chair. When a clad was thrown at her she left the child down in the flag near the fire, and she ran out to see who was firing the clads at her, but she could not see any one there. She came in again, and she was only inside the door when another clad was thrown at her, and she went out again, and there was no one there. When she came inside a clad hit the chair, and she took the child in her arms and went out to the door, but there was no one outside. When she came in the pot of water was spilled where the child was sitting, and that was a token that she would save her child.
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2021-01-12 07:02
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It is black it is white and read all over.
Answer newspaper.
If I had one match and if I wanted to light a fire and a gas lamp, which would I light first.
Answer the match.
I have a house and a mouse could not fit in it. All the men in town couldn't not count the windows.
Answer a thimble.
As black as ink, as white as milk, ad it hops in road like hail snow.
Answer a Mack pie.
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2021-01-12 06:57
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St Gobnet was born in Bally ferriter. One night, she had a vision of a white deer and she made up her mind to travel all over the country until she would see 9 white deer, and there to build a Church. After travelling for some time she came to a place where she saw 9 white deer. There she built her church and the place was ever after called Cill Gobnet after her.
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2021-01-11 07:41
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There was a woman and a girl there long ago one day while she was working around the house the girl went down to a stream of water. She ran after the stream, until she came to a river. There she met fairies, and they told her, "If she would walk half the river out she would get a crock of gold. She went out, and when she came the fairies said "dig three feet under the ground and you will get it". She dug three feet under the ground as they told her, and she got it. Then when she was going home she put the crock of gold in hide. She went in home, and when she got up in the morning before she went to school. She stole out and went to see is the gold there her sister ran after her and she saw her at the gold and she made her show it, and all that
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2021-01-11 07:35
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There was a man there once and one day he killed a hare and he followed another hare into the house when the dogs came to the door of the house, and began to cry the man ran to the dogs and saw a witch standing in the middle of the floor, and when disappeared when it saw the man.
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2021-01-11 07:32
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Long ago there was a woman who was going to bed late when twelve old hags came to the door, and told her to go for water. When she went to the well there was a woman whom she knew long ago, and the woman told her to tell them that Slieve Mish was in fire, and that they would run out the door. When they go out wash the cock's legs, and throw out the water, and when she had that done take a bit out of the cake in the press, and out of the role of butter, and go away to bed. After a bit the old hags came back and they knocked at the door, but they could not open it. They asked the cake to open the door, and it said I can't because there is a bit out of me, role of butter open the door I can't because there is a bit out of me, water open the door, and it said I can't because I am as far out as yourself. At last they started to break down the door, but the cock crew, and the hags went away.
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2021-01-11 07:25
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happy together" and away he went till he the King and the Queen "That ye may live happy together" said he, and the King was so pleased with what he said that he gave the amadán a big job.
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2021-01-11 07:23
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that the other may be out very soon" and he kept saying it until he met a man with one eye. "One out and that the other may be soon out" said the boy to the man. With that the man hit him with a blow of a stick, and told him to say "You have one to-day and that you may have two to-morrow" and he went away saying it to himself. He met a man coming along the road with a coffin in a car, "You have one to-day and that you may have two to-morrow" said the boy. "Oh what is that you are saying" said the man "I'm saying what I should say" said the boy. "Oh do not say that but say 'The Lord have mercy on her soul' ", said the man. "Alright" said boy and he went away repeating the words "The Lord have mercy on her soul, the Lord have mercy on her soul" until he met a man and he hanging a dog, "The Lord have mercy on her soul" said he "Go'ut o'that you fool" said the man. "And what should I say" said the boy. "Say hang the bitch" said the man. "Alright" said boy and he went away saying "Hang the bitch". As he was passing the church, he saw a married couple coming out of the church. He stopped and looked at them and then said "Hang the bitch". "O" said the man "Do not say that but say that ye may live happy together". "Alright, that ye may live
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2021-01-11 07:09
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Scéalta gaisce gaile & áiféise do bailigheadh annso s' annsúd tímpal an cheanntair seo:
There was a boy there long'go, and he was so stupid that he could not remember the messages he got to bring from town after going outside his own door.
One day this boy was sent to town by his mother to the butcher's shop for hearts livers, and lights of a cow. He went away saying to himself "Hearts livers, and lights, Hearts livers, and lights", until he met a man on the side of the road, and he was hearing off. He said to the man "Hearts livers, and lights" "Oh what's that your sayin'?" said the man. "I'm saying what I should say. Hearts livers, and lights", said the boy. "Oh don't say that at all" said the man "but that they may stay down" "Alright" said the boy "That they may stay down" and went away saying as the man told him, until he came to a bog. There he saw a man, with two asses, and they up to their knees in muck after going bogging. "That they may stay down" said the boy. "Oh what's that your saying" said the man "I'm saying what I should say" said the boy "That they may stay down". "Oh don't say that at all" said the man "but say one of them out and that the other may be soon out". "Alright" said the boy "one out and
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There was a boy there long'go, and he was so stupid that he could not remember the messages he got to bring from town after going outside his own door.
One day this boy was sent to town by his mother to the butcher's shop for hearts livers, and lights of a cow. He went away saying to himself "Hearts livers, and lights, Hearts livers, and lights", until he met a man on the side of the road, and he was hearing off. He said to the man "Hearts livers, and lights" "Oh what's that your sayin'?" said the man. "I'm saying what I should say. Hearts livers, and lights", said the boy. "Oh don't say that at all" said the man "but that they may stay down" "Alright" said the boy "That they may stay down" and went away saying as the man told him, until he came to a bog. There he saw a man, with two asses, and they up to their knees in muck after going bogging. "That they may stay down" said the boy. "Oh what's that your saying" said the man "I'm saying what I should say" said the boy "That they may stay down". "Oh don't say that at all" said the man "but say one of them out and that the other may be soon out". "Alright" said the boy "one out and
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Will dance like a fly.
A shower in July is worth a plough of oxen.
A dry Summer never begs bread.
Never trust a July sky.
If it thunders in all fools' day,
It brings good crops of corn and hay.
After a storm there comes a calm.
April and May keep out of the say (sea),
June and July you can swim till you die.
An ounce of March dust is worth a King's ransom.
When it rains from the east,
It rains for a few days at least.
A rainbow at night is the shepherd's delight,
A rainbow at morning is the shepherd's warning.
A wet May and a dry June,
Make the farmers whistle a merry tune.
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Seanfhocail, seanraidhte & rl. a bhaineas leis an aimsear a bailigheadh annso & annsúd tímpal Chill Fhorglan. Leanbhaí scoile do dhein an bailiúchán.
Mícheál Ó Donnchadha
Half a loaf is better than no bread.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Till May is out,
Cast not a clout.
A swarm of bees in May,
Is worth a load of hay.
A swarm of bees in June,
Is worth a silver spoon.
In April the cuckoo shows his bill
In May he sings both night and day,
In June he altereth his tune,
In July away he will fly
In August go he must.
He who bathes in May
Will soon be laid clay,
He who bathes in June
Will sing a merry tune
He who bathes in July
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Half a loaf is better than no bread.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Till May is out,
Cast not a clout.
A swarm of bees in May,
Is worth a load of hay.
A swarm of bees in June,
Is worth a silver spoon.
In April the cuckoo shows his bill
In May he sings both night and day,
In June he altereth his tune,
In July away he will fly
In August go he must.
He who bathes in May
Will soon be laid clay,
He who bathes in June
Will sing a merry tune
He who bathes in July
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One half dead, and the other half living and a tail wagging.
Ans. A dog with his head in a pot.
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What is full and holds more?
Ans. A pot of potatoes when you put water in.
Headed like a thimble, tailed like a rat you may guess for ever but you wouldn't guess that.
Ans. A pipe.
Old Mrs. Witcher went out the gap, and every time she went out the gap she left a bit of her tail in the trap.
Ans. A sewing machine.
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with bucket of water up in her head.
Under fire over fire and never tips the fire.
Ans. A cake of bread in an oven.
What walks with its head down?
Ans. A nail in your shoe.
Around the wood around and never tips the wood.
Ans. The bark of a tree.
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Ans. A stamp.
I made the road, I walked the road, and I carried the road in my back.
Ans. A ladder.
What goes up when the rain comes down.
Ans. A umbrella.
Under water over water and never tips the water.
Ans. A woman going over the bridge with a
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What is half the moon like.
Ans. Like the other half.
Why is a toffee like a race horse.
Ans. Because the more you lick the more it goes.
I am small, I am useful, and you could not do without me, and I am the lightest thing ever sold for money.
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and they cut it off. Then they threw the coffin with the river, and he came in to the land again. So they sent for the priest, and he read his prayer book, and the coffin went out in the river, and was never after seen.
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Long ago there was a man by the name of Parson Buthea. He kept a soup house in Callinafercy, and he used to bring in every boy he used to get. One day the priest of Milltown came down to him, and asked him for the boys he brought into the soup house, so he left out a little boy without any clothes in him, and the priest put his coat on him, and brought him to his own house and told him that he would become a protestant. Then the priest went home, and he was saying mass one Sunday in Milltown and Parson Buthea watched him coming home from mass, and he met him near Kilderry wood. There were three men with him, and one of the men had scafflors on him, and he saw the priest coming along the road, but he did not say anything. Next day Buthea hung himself off a tree, because he had no satisfaction out of him. He was buried, and his hand came above the earth, and they cut it off. Then the other hand came above the earth
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Long ago a man went to the town every day with oats. He always played cards. When he was coming home he went into a house playing cards. He lost all he had. Next day he did the same, and next day he did the same. At last his mother asked him to go away; so he did. At last he saw a house, and he went into it. That night saw a corpse, and three men carrying it. The man said "It is not right two men against one so I will help this man". Then they went out, and the man went to sleep. After a few hours they came in, and put the corpse into his bed. From that out he never slept in that house again.
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ar mhacaire luim
Agus ar thaobh cnuic lá gréine do bhain sí aga de'n ghaoith"
(Dark-bay horse)
(3) "Each ciar nár iarr í ghearradh le spur
Agus do striarfadh sí srianta le racha do chos
Iarlais ó'n iarthar do thug fé i loith
Do thug sí an fiaille ó'n sliabh nuair a coradh na coin".
(Black horse)
(4) "An each gearra-dubh ná ceapadh-se gur púca í ar sliabh
Ach each caol geanmnach a chasfaidh go h-umhal le sriain
Thag sí aga léi ó Eacaill na Mumhan na diaidh
Ó leacht an Chalaidh go dtí Daingean Uí Cúis í siar"
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Bhí rás tráth idir ceithre capallaibh, ó Leacht a' Chalaidh go dtí an Daingean. Sid é cur síos gach marcaigh aca ar a chapall féin: -
(Chestnut horse)
(1) "Each ruadh luadrach lán-treorach
Nár luasgadh aon ruainnig le bárr seoltacht
Sé do chuala dá luachtaint tráthnóna
Gur lugha é naoi n-uaire ná na fáinleoga".
(Steel-grey horse)
(2) 'Each gléigeal nár thréigh riamh allas an taoibh
Agus níl aon spota i n-adh chor meathta 'na chroidhe
Do thraoghfadh sí na h-éanluithe
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Aoine Céasta 1916. do chuaidh gluaisteán na raibh ceathrar Oglach isteach sa leamhain agus do báthadh triúr aca. Tá 'n triúr curtha sa reilig Drom a' bhaile annso.
(Do sgríobh Pádraig Ua Beaglaoiche baile Chiosáin cúnntas cruinn ar an eachtra úd i bpáipéar [?] - agus dá bhrigh sin ní gádh a thuille do sgríobhadh annso 'na thaobh)
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Do bhí cath mór, n-[?] tímpeall dhá mhile ar an dtaobh shoin de Chill-Orglan sa bhliain 964 A. D. idir na Danair agus Eoghanacht locha léin. Do bhuaidh an Eoghanacht glan ar na Danair agus dá chionn san bhí an Eoghannacht i gceannas arís ar an gceanntar.
(An t-Athair D. Uí Cathasaig. S. Aodhraí, Co. Chorcaige, a thug an t-eolas
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so - tá árd eolas aige - scád agus ag an Athair Quinlan, Baile Ciosáin, Cill-Orglan, ar stair an Cheanntair seo)
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Do bhí cath mór, n-[?] tímpeall dhá mhile ar an dtaobh shoin de Chill-Orglin sa bhliain 964 A. D. idir na Danair agus Eoghanacht locha léin. Do bhuaidh an Eoghanacht glan ar na Danair agus dá chionn san bhí an Eoghannacht i gceannas arís ar an gceanntar.
(An t-Athair D. Uí Cathasaig. S. Aodhraí, Co. Chorcaige, a thug an t-eolas
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leis agus iad ag teacht isteach sa tsráid, agus b'é leis dá ngabaidís an bóthar gnátach ó Chill-Ainne, ach do thárla go ngabhadar bóthar Beautiful agus b'é muilinn Uí Stiofáin an chéad arus mór a chonnacadar agus iad ag teacht isteach sa tsráid ón mbóthar úd.
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Go bhfuiled siad, ngléas maith i m'dheidhse go foill".
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Do bhí buachaill i n-aimsear ag fear tráth agus nuair a bhí am an bhuachalla istig ní raibh ó'n máigistear é íoch. Arsa'n maighistear leis an mbuachaill:
"Is sealad ag díoladh capall a bhís ó Chill-Dara go Cill Laoghaire
Agus farm-sa na dhiaidh sin ar béile agus an bórd".
Arsa'n buachaill á fhreagairt: -
"Nár dheineas gearra-thig deas bacallach de'n tseana-scailp do chaofadh thú
Do leabaidh ar a caol agus a taobh ar an gcomhair
Do mheadar agus do shrathar agus do channa a bhí raobtha
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(3) "Scissors" - The player stands with her feet together and jumps as far as she can. She comes on the ground with her feet well apart, she takes another jump and reaches the ground with her feet together: this is repeated once more.
(4) "Rabbit Hop" - The player goes on all foes and jumps as far as she can.
(5) "Bucket" six jumps.
(6) "Gallon" three jumps.
Each person tries to go as far as she can and whoever reaches the winning mark first, wins.
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This is how "Fire on the Mountains" is played: -
All the children gather round in a ring with one behind another except one who is in the middle.
She sings "Fire on the Mountains! Run, Run, Run", and then the other girls run round the ring until the girl in the middle says "Stop" and the girl would run for a place
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ducks".
The girls go out playing and pretend to go with boys, and to smoke fags and to hunt the ducks. Then the "Grandmother" calls them and says: -
G. M. "Children! Children!"
Girls. "We don't hear you".
G. M. "Where are your manners?"
Girls. "In my shoe".
G. M. "Whom do you care for?"
Girls. "Not for you".
Then the "Grandmother" runs after the girls and when she catches them she beats them.
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This is how "Grandmother Grey" is played: -
One girl must be the "grandmother" and the others her "grandchildren". The girls say "Grandmother Grey", may we go out to play?" The "grandmother" says, "See is the day fine". The girls say "The sun is splitting the stones". G. M. "Don't go with boys; don't smoke fags, and don't hunt the
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This is the way "Hi Ho Tippy Toe" is played.
Two girls cross hands and skip along on their toes and as they skip they say "Hy-ho-Tippy-Toe", and as they are saying it they turn back twice and change places. They keep on doing the same thing all the time.
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B. Your shoes are too dirty.
J. I will take off my shoes.
B. Your socks are too dirty.
J. I will take off my socks.
B. Your feet are too dirty.
J. I will cut off my feet.
B. All the blood will be around the floor.
Sheep. Maa.
All the sheep go behind the "butcher", and Johnny tries to catch them and each one he catches is out of the game. When all are caught the game finishes.
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This is how "Johnny Long Legs" is played: -
All the "sheep" go round in a ring. The owner of the sheep who is called the "butcher", stands in the middle of the ring, and the following conversation takes place: -
Butcher. Hi Johnny Long Legs, did you see any of my fat sheep last night?
Johnny. Yes one last night and the other to-night. Come along with me...
Butcher. Hi Johnny Long Legs, did you see any of my fat sheep last night?
J. Yes one last night and the other to-night. Come along with me...
J. May I come into your parlour?
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her "mother" and the "mother" would send another child out for her father's socks. Then the "Ghost" would follow her and the child would run and tell her "mother". The "mother" would send each one of the children in turn for something belonging to their father and the "Ghost" would follow each of them. Then the "mother " and the children would go out into the garden. The mother carrying a lighted candle and then the following conversation would take place:
"Mother" What do you want?
"Ghost" A needle and thread
"Mother" What do you want the needle and thread for?
"Ghost" To sew my bag
"Mother" What do you want the
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get them. And he runs at the hen and tries to catch the "chickens". Anyone who is caught must get out.
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This is how the people made Christmas candles long ago.
They would get a long piece of stick and cut a hole in the middle and then put thin wick into it, and bury it in a bog and leave it
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make those at all now. They still make bands for wheels, and horse-shoes, and iron gates.
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A man by the name of Pat Flynn used to make iron gates.
A man named Pat Jones who lived in the Mill Road used to make nails.
Long ago there was a man named Bat Eagar who used to thatch as also a man named M Sullivan.
There is a man named Tim Foley who is a wonderful thatcher. He thatched the ice.
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Long ago people used make their own candles and this is how they used make them.
They used get a mould, and put a cotton wick through it and fill it with tallowand leave it set. Then they used pull out the candle and it was made.
They used also make baskets long ago: -
They used get a bundle of twigs and one thick one and make a bow. Then they used weave the twigs in and out, and shape them into a basket with a handle at each side of it.
The smiths used make locks and keys and nails and spades, but they do not
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There is a hill near our house and it is called the Cnoc. This is how it is supposed to have come there in years gone by (it is not known when) Nancy ní Dara Day
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it down in her slip of paper and crossed that number out of the circle. Then the next one would say the verse, and when she stops the next girl starts. Then when all the figures are crossed out each one adds her numbers and whatever one has the biggest total wins the game.
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This is how "Chip Chop Cherry O" is played: -
A pencil and a slip of are got, and a few numbers are written down in a circle. Then a girl would say,
"Chip, Chop, Cherry, O".
All the men in Londonderry
Couldn't climb the walls of,
"Chip, Chop, Cherry, O".
and whatever number the player stops at she writes
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By drinking they hardened in habits of vice
Proud Satan himself could scarce tell of such crimes
As drew from the Heavens a deluge of fire
O horrid desire of the bottle.
The above poem is the work of a Hedge Schoolmaster of Kerry - Sylvester OShea - who lived about a century ago, and taught, I believe, somewhere in the parish of Listry. He was a good classical scholar, and, of course, spoke Irish. I do not know whether any poems of his in that language are extant or not. "The Curse of the Bottle" obtained a good deal of local favour. The classical references in it seem all to be correct, and an interesting feature of it is the rhyme, reminiscent of Irish [?], between the last word of the penultimate line in each verse and the middle word of the last line.
I have got the above rendering of the poem copied from a version taken down many years ago by a friend of mine from an old man whose name I do not know, who lived somewhere near Keel, Castlemaine. It seems quite [?] but the verses are, I think, out of their proper order.
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In this from old times were instructed
A brute it will make of the greatest divine
The scholar when tipsy scarce scribbles a line
And now I will give you the end of my rhyme
Though often I've gone to the bottle.
VII
Next see Alexander proud, pampered and vain
All men he disdained as his vassals
How wild, how fantastic, how frantic his schemes
And Macedon paid for his glasses
He was raised by his fancy in God-head to shine
While quaffing, like Bacchus, whole gallons of wine
Yet stained were his hands with the blackest of crimes
O cursed desire of the bottle.
See Troy with her warriors, how long did sustain
A war with all Greece put together
And Ajax their commander had stopped with her, slain
Alone by the prowess of Hector.
One night as her champions lay vanquished in wine
And Argive in ambush with Pallas divine
Old Priam was butchered, his sons and their wives
And thousands besides without mercy.
VIII
See Gomorrah and Sodom how happy of old
How populous, wholesome and pleasant
There grandeur and riches had fixed their abode
Alike with their nobles and peasants.
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No comfort next day is the bottle.
IV
See Babylon famous for monarchs who swayed
The sceptre of states and of riches
The Jews they led capture and long did enslave
Subjected like beasts to their wishes
Yet drinking had taught them the Lord to defame
His sacred vessels with pleasure to drain
For which that proud city was filled with a flame
One night as an angel predicted.
By drinking they hardened in habits of vice
Proud Satan himself could scarce tell of such crimes
As drew from the Heavens a deluge of fire
O horrid desire of the bottle.
V
See Noah soon after the deluge resign
To the pleasures of wine all his senses
He lay in a posture for moment's decline
Which virtue desires not to mention
Unnatural Ham in a transport did view
He called on his brothers the mirth to renew
Which drew down a curse on that stubborn crew
O cursed be the use of the bottle.
VI
Beware then, O Man, of the pleasures of wine
A road that is wide to destruction
And leads a far off from the mansions divine
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I'm weak in my members, my spirits are low
And scarce can I write these few verses
Cold as the water my blood seems to flow
And moves with constraint through my vessels.
My senses do wander, I suffer great pain
Nor can I unconscious of any complain
Thy judgements my God, should they ever remain
Because they were caused by the bottle.
II
Let others with pleasure sing Bacchus' praise
And toast him when heated in liquor
Yet him will I curse to the end of my days
For the sun-shine of saints he did chequer
When I enter the ale-house my mind is inflamed
I then fall in drinking, that innocent game!
The thoughts of my God and His Church I disdain
So great is the curse of the bottle.
III
O! look at the drunkard, how sorrowful, pale
How full of disease is his visage
He rages, he storms, O hear him blaspheme
And Satan seems there on his visit.
The turbulent passions have now got the sway
To rape and to murder they twig him away.
His neighbours or friends he will injure or slay
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There was a man once who was working for a parson. The parson died and the man would not bury him. He said that he would give any money to whoever would bury him.
One day there was a beggar-man passing and he said he would bury the parson.
He took the parson and buried him. He came back for his money. The man said to the beggar "Sure, you didn't bury him at all". "I did", said the beggar. "Don't you see him there on the road?" says the man. The beggar had a spade in his hand and struck the parson across the head and knocked him dead. He carried him away and buried him away and buried him. He came back for his money and the man said, "What did you bury?" "The parson", said the beggar. "Look at him there before you", said the man.
The beggar drew at the parson and killed him. He carried him away and buried him. He came back for his money and did not get it.
It was found out what the beggar had done and he was hanged.
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that the fairy had played a trick on him. When he went home he got a piece of paper and there was written on it, "If you work steadily at your job, you will become a rich man".
So Jack worked steadily at his job and is now able to put money in the bank.
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There was a boy once whose name was Seán. One night while he sat round the fire with his friends telling stories somebody said that whoever would catch a lepraucan would get a crock of gold. They should not take their eyes off him until he would tell them where the crock of gold was hidden.
Sean made up his mind that he would go some night to the fort that was near his house. So one bright night came and the moon was shining brightly.
Sean made off to the fort and he saw no one. Just as he was about to return home, he heard a tip-tap and he stole quietly to a big tree which grew in the middle of the fort. He caught the fairy and he would not let him go until he would tell him where he would find a crock of gold. "Under that big tree", said he. Sean let the fairy go, and went home and got a spade.
He came back and dug under the tree. After he had dug for some time, he found a box and his heart jumped with joy. When he opened it he found a hammer, a last and shoe. He found
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Once upon a time there were two men one named Jack and the other Mick. The times were bad and Jack said that they should do something to make money.
One day Jack got a bag of nuts and Mick got a bag of meal. They said they would go to the market. The two went away and they came to a sand-pit. Jack mixed pebbles with the nuts and Mick mixed soft sand with the meal.
When they reached the market a man came up to them and he asked them how much did they want for the two bags. "Eight shillings
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That the fairy had played a trick on him. When he went home he got a piece of paper and there was written on it, "If you work steadily at your job, you will become a rich man".
So Jack worked steadily at his job and is now able to put money in the bank.
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Once upon a time four brothers lived together. They were rich and happy, but one day a storm swept over the land and their barns and houses were blown down, and their cattle were killed.
There lived a very wise man in that place so the four brothers went to him and told him of their bad luck. He gave them each a magic peach. He told them to put them on their heads and wherever the peaches would fall to dig in that place.
When they had gone a mile one peach fell. Its owner dug the ground and found copper. A few minutes after the second man's peach fell. He found silver. After the third man's peach fell. He found gold. Then the fourth man's peach fell and he would find diamonds but it was iron he got instead. He was sad because he did not know which was
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place when he was bringing the cat. So this day he went to town with the cat inside in a bag to measure the shoes. When he came near this place the cat heard the hounds and she told Wat to mind her from them. "Stay there where you are and you will be safe", said Wat.
When the hounds came near him he caught the bag and the cat and flung it out on the road. The dog chased her, and she going away the cat said, "A, tis well for you Wat. If I caught you I would choke you".
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2020-12-23 07:39
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Once upon a time their lived a very old man named Wat. He had three or four children. One night he was sitting around the fire with them and was saying that he should bring one of them a pair of shoes. The cat was listening too and she said to him "What about me, Wat?" "O", says he, I'll bring you a pair of shoes too, but I must get a pair for my children first". He went to town the next day for the shoes for his children and he told the man of the hounds about the cat and to meet him at a certain
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2020-12-23 07:30
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There was an old man there long ago. His cream and butter used to be stolen. One night he watched. He saw a fox going into the dairy. He called the hounds and they chased him.
The fox ran into a small window in a house. The dogs as he was going in took a bite out of his leg.
The man went in and saw a woman bleeding. It was a woman who used to change herself into a fox.
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2020-12-23 07:27
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was empty as before. Again and again he tried, but as fast as water was poured into the bowl it flowed out. He rode on something within him never allowed him to rest. He stayed a night in a town, then in the morning moved to the next always he felt uneasy. It seemed as though his wanderings would never cease. He did many brave deeds fought single-handed a band of fighters. He fought for his king also.
Many a time he was driven from castle doors by footmen. None but the poor had pity on him and from these alone did receive his daily bread. One evening for the hundredth time, perhaps he passed before his own castle, where he could not stay. At the edge of the footpath by the entrance of the wood he saw in the dusk a poor woman in rags, pressing a little child to her breast. "My lord, said she with a moan, have mercy on me and my little one. Bring me, I pray you, a little water in your bowl to quench our burning thirst.
The lord drew near and bent over the poor mother. He was touched to the bottom of his heart at the sight of such misery, and a tear rolled down his cheek the first he had shed for many a year. The tear fell into the wooden bowl. The weight upon his breast was suddenly increased. Looking down he saw the bowl was full.
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2020-12-23 07:16
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There lived long ago a certain lord whom no one loved because he was so proud and hard-hearted. The poor people who dwelt on his lands bent in dread before him, and little children ran away whenever he came near. One day it happened that, as he rode out through a wood near his castle his horse all at once gave a shrill whinny and stopped short. At the edge of the bridle-path lay a poor ill-clad woman, clasping in her arms a little child.
"My lord", she moaned, holding a wooden bowl towards him, have mercy on me and my little one. Bring me, I pray you a little water in the bowl to quench our burning thirst".
But what was a ragged woman to this hard and cruel master. Instead of heeding the despairing voice he looked scornfully at the woman who had dared to speak to him, and rode rapidly away. At that moment he felt a strange weight upon his breast. Looking down he saw that the woman's wooden bowl was hung by a cord about his neck, and a stern voice sounded through the still air "Ride on, ride on, heartless man. You shall wander through the world until the bowl is filled".
The lord at once rode to a spring and dipped the bowl into the water alas, when he lifted it the vessel
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2020-12-23 07:06
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When the swallows are flying low it is a sign of bad weather.
When they are flying high it is a sign of good weather.
When the sun goes down red it is a sign of good weather; but when the sun rises red it is a sign of bad weather.
Evenings red and mornings grey,
Set the traveller on his way,
Evenings grey and mornings red,
Pour down rain on the traveller's head.
When the sparrows are hopping on the road it is a sign of bad weather.
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2020-12-23 07:03
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There was a woman there once and she used to go regularly to the temple. Her husband used not go at all. One day she said to him "Why don't you go to the temple?" and he replied, "I would not know what to do if I went there".
She told him to say everything the priest said after him. Next day he went to the temple. When he went in he didn't bow down at all. The priest said to him, "You don't behave in a very respectful manner". The man said it after him. Every thing the priest said he repeated it after him.
At last the priest said that he was making a fool of himself. He told the people to take him outside the temple and beat him. They took him out and got whips and beat him badly.
When he went home he told his wife that he was sick and that he would never again go to the temple. He never again went there. He was a very stupid fellow indeed.
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2020-12-22 07:55
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each "they replied, all right", said the man. He brought the two bags. After some time he found out what they had done. They were arrested and were hanged.
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2020-12-22 07:55
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It is not right to throw out the ashes at night.
It is not right to go out on May day.
It is said when a star falls some soul is going to heaven.
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2020-12-22 07:53
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of playing cards. One night there was a crowd of men gambling and telling stories in a small house near Killarney.
One of them said that at a every tree near a burying-ground the fairies had a cave. The man of the house who was very poor took his son with him to a tree and found the cave. He rested on a stone by the tree for a while.
At about eleven o'clock the door of the cave opened and out came a little man. He asked them to come in and they did so.
The little man got a big stick and opened a large press with it. He gave the man and his son a suit of clothes each, and gold, silver, jewels and valuable vessels.
They bought a castle and lived in it until they died.
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2020-12-22 07:48
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said the guard. My mother has them inside in a chest", said he. He went into the house. He put his head into the box to take out the bag of gold, and the old woman smothered him in it.
She buried him in a hole in the garden. The fool saw her do it. Next day she put the guard into another hole and put down a goat instead of him.
A sergeant came looking for the guard and the fool said to him "Shintle-man, shintle-man, may be it is your other shintle-man you are looking for?" "Yes", said the sergeant. "My mother buried him in a hole in the garden", said the fool. The sergeant dug up the hole and found the horns of a goat. The fool asked him was it horns his other shintle man had. The sergeant laughed and went away.
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2020-12-22 07:42
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Long ago it was a custom by people
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2020-12-22 07:41
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There was a boy there once. He lived with his mother in a small house. He lived a half-fool. One day his mother sent him to a fair to sell a cow. She told him to get the highest penny in the fair for the cow.
He went along for some distance. He saw a stone inside a ditch in a field. He took off his coat and put it round the stone. The stone fell, and there was gold under it. He thought that the pieces of gold were "chainies". He filled his pocket with them and went to the fair.
All the jobbers asked him how much he wanted for the cow. He said he wanted the highest penny in the fair for her. They all went away. At last one of them put a penny up on a stick and held it up. He told the fool it was the highest penny in the fair. The fool took it.
When he came home he said he got "chainies", and he was delighted. He showed them to his mother. She gave him a bag, and told him to fill it. She put the gold into a chest.
Next day a guard came gathering the census. The fool said to him "Shintle-man, shintle-man, maybe it is your bag of chainies you want. "It is",
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2020-12-22 07:34
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There were three men living in Killarney long ago. One of them cut turf in the Leps near Cork and threw it out of the slaun to Farranfore. The second one threw it out of Farranfore to Castleisland. The third one threw it from Castleisland to Listowel, and spread it there.
A Famous Footballer. There was a man in Dublin who was playing football. He gave the ball a kick and it was never seen again. Thady Daly was his name.
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2020-12-22 07:30
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"Cad a bhuailfidh mé? "Buail an madra", said the boy's mother. The dog was not inside and she struck a sow and a litter of bonhams that were in the kitchen.
The sow and her young went mad and had to be destroyed. The boy lived and went to America afterwards. The woman was never seen since.
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2020-12-22 07:26
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There was a poor widow once living near Glencar. She had only one son. His name was Jack. One morning when he arose out of bed, he told his mother that he had a dream telling him to go to the King's Palace. "Oh, a chroidhe go deo", said she, "you won't go". She begged of him not to go, but he went.
He was going away till he came to a cross. He saw a little white woman under a bush. She asked him for a piece of tobacco, and he gave her half of what he had.
I know where you are going", said she to him, "but it is no good for you". She told him that there were two thousand different kinds of dogs, but that when you are going within five miles, they will hear you. She took a pin out of her jacket. "Pick you ear with that", she said. He picked his ear before he went into the palace, and all the dogs fell dead asleep. He went into the palace, and the king met him at the door. The first task
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2020-12-21 07:21
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Once upon a time there lived an old man near Killorglin. His wife was dead. He had a lot of money and he did not know where to hide it. One day he was walking along the bank of the river Laune and he saw a swan dead as he thought. He picked her up and saw an empty space inside in her. He thought he would put his treasure into her and bury her in the garden. He did so and after one day the swan rose out of the earth and flew away with his money.
The old man got so angry that he died. Ever since, the swan comes to visit the place where she was buried in the garden.
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2020-12-21 06:48
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Once upon a time there lived an old woman and she was very foolish. She used to walk to cork selling fish. She used to be boasting of what she could do.
One Small Xmas Night her husband stayed up to see if the water would change into wine. At about twelve o'clock he began to talk very foolishly. The old woman heard him and she said, "that you may choke". She had not the word out of her mouth when he fell dead on the floor.
She took him up and put him out in the garder, and the day after the neighbours buried him. A few days after she died herself.
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2020-12-21 06:43
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Hundreds of years ago pearls were seen along the strand of the river Laune. Every evening at about sunset a lovely young girl used to be seen picking them. It seems that she was not a real girl at all. She was half a girl and half a salmon. She was called a mermaid.
One day an old woman was sitting on a stone near the river when she heard a lovely song being sung. She did not see anyone until she looked into the water, when she saw a beautiful maiden splashing among the waves with her tail.
The foolish old woman put her hand into the water trying to catch her but the mermaid pulled her in and she was drowned. That night three or four men went looking for
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2020-12-21 06:38
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for the cow.
In the morning when he looked out the window he saw that the plant was up to the sky. He got up and told his mother. He dressed himself and went up the stalk.
When he reached the top of the plant he saw a lovely little house. He went into it and he saw a little woman sitting inside the window.
He went in and the little woman told him that a Giant was living in the House. She put him under a big pot, and when the giant came in, he said, "I smell some one strange in the house," and the woman said, "No, indeed. How would a man come in here?" The giant went to bed and it was not long until he fell asleep. The little boy stole up in the room and he saw all the bags of gold, he took a bag and ran of down the stalk. He went in home and told his mother. She was overjoyed at this.
When he went out in the garden he saw the giant coming down the stalk. He ran in for the hatchet and he cut the plant. The giant fell into a river and was drowned. The little boy and his mother were very rich after that.
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2020-12-21 06:29
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Once upon a time there lived a little boy. His father was dead and his mother was living. They were very poor. They had one cow and they had to sell her to pay the rent. When the little boy was going to the fair he met a fairy. The fairy had a bag of green plants. He told the little boy to give him the cow for the bag of plants.
The boy did so and the fairy told him to put the bag outside the kitchen window and that in the morning they would be up to the sky. When the little boy went home his mother beat him as he did not get money
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2020-12-21 06:24
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Once upon a time there lived an old woman, and every day she used to go for a walk. Once she went into a church-yard. She saw a bone on one of the graves. She took it home with her and she said to her-self that it would make soup for her supper.
She put it down boiling, and she went to bed to take a rest. She was not long there when she heard a little voice say, "Give me my bone?" The little woman got frightened and she put her head under the clothes. Then she heard the voice say the second time, "Give me my bone?" The little woman put her head far far under the clothes, and
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2020-12-18 07:52
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There was once a very rich gentleman who had two daughters. They were very ugly looking but thought themselves that they were the opposite.
One day, as they were walking through some fields, they saw a very funny little man whom they thought did not belong to this world at al.. When the two girls approached him, he jumped up and went talking to them.
He said that he had no child at all, but that he would do his best to make them handsome. He took the two girls to a house in the neighbourhood that they never saw before. He asked them to sleep in his little house that night.
When the girls were asleep the little man held a stick over them, woke them again and asked them to pray for him. He put the two girls to sleep and when they awoke in the morning they looked in a mirror and they were lovely-looking.
They returned home again and they prayed hard for a while for the poor man, but in the end they ceased from the prayers. Then the little man appeared to them and warned them to continue their good work or that he
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2020-12-18 07:44
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He kept on hammering for some time. The old gentleman hearing the noise came out and looked up on the tree. He had a walking stick and he started picking the boy with it. The boy threw himself on the ground. He pretended to be dead because he was afraid he would be sent to jail or that his father would be put out of his land.
At last the old man called his servants and they tried to bring him to life but it was no use until they forced a spoon of whiskey between his teeth.
It was only then he started to revive. They took him into the big house and gave him brandy and plenty nice food. He went home quietly without his hurley.
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2020-12-18 07:39
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There was a farmer in Ballinafercy long ago. He had a horse who could never trot. He had no whip only a buailthán to drive him. One day his servant boy was going to Killorglin with two meat barrels and a butt in the car; and back towards Steelroe he overtook an old woman who was in the fairies.
He asked her to come in to the car. She said, "No, a Croidhe, the last carr I went into the horse ran two years ago and broke two of my teeth".
The boy replied "This fellow won't run with you. You could not put him out of a walk. Don't you see my stick for driving him," showing her the buailthán.
The old woman had her foot
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2020-12-18 07:33
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Some wouldn't cut hair on Monday or Thursday.
On May morning some people go and take water out of three different wells rising at sun-rise and milk other people's cows so as to lessen theirs and gain on their own.
If a man going to a fair in the early morning meets a woman first he fears bad luck and turns back. In exchanging hatching-eggs one is sometimes given for good luck, but superstitious people won't do that.
Rotten eggs are thrown into fields to cast ill-luck on other people.
Some people would not bring meat from a butcher's shop to a neighbours or cures from a chemist.
If a candlestick or a kettle or other things were borrowed for a wake they must not returned by the same people who take them.
When a bride is leaving her home when she is going to be married her mother sees that she doesn't meet any woman between the door and the car.
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2020-12-18 07:26
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he entered the house he found his wife lying on the floor. She said that her brother in-law had beaten her and thrown her on the ground. This was not true.
The elder brother believed his wife and went out in search of his brother meaning to have revenge. But the young man told his brother the true story. "Your wife is jealous of me, she has always tried to get rid of me, he said. "I will not live in your house any longer. I do not trust her," he said.
The young man said that he would go to the Land of Asia and take out his heart by magic, and have it on a tree. "If the tree will be cut down, and my heart should fall, you, my brother, must come and help me". His brother was troubled. He didn't want to lose the young man. How shall I know the sign?" said the elder brother.
The young man said that when the tree would be cut down he would get a jug of beer with froth on the brim. The young man said good-bye and went away.
He landed in the land of Asia and hung his heart on the highest branch of a tree there. He lived very happily. He chose a wife who was a daughter of the gods. She was not to be trusted. One day the king sent for her and she was not unwilling to go. She longed for riches and
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2020-12-17 07:36
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you something more,
To see this goose whilst living, she would fill you with surprise,
The largest cannon ball in being was nothing to her eyes.
Her neck was fifty thousand yards in length or I think more and her tail was fifty-five in breadth,
And in length five thousand score.
When she'd raise her wings she'd sweep the moon and brush the cobwebs down,
And when she'd stretch her neck, my boys, she'd view the world around,
When she'd wish to have a swim she'd get herself afloat,
From East to West the channel fleet went rolling down her throat,
It may be lies I'm telling you by the bundle or the score
'Tis the truth and help me, Bob, and I'll tell you something more.
To make a fire to roast this goose, five million men had work.
It reached, they say, from Dublin Bay and to the Cobh of Cork,
But between the goose and stuffing she weighed fifty million stone,
Balfour with his castle band went out to play at home.
Now England may be boasting of deeds that she can do
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2020-12-17 07:28
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the heads in the garden.
When Domnallin saw what she had done, he ran off as fast as he could and Siobainin kept up to him running until they came to a big wood. Domnaillin ran up on a tree, and she kept up to him. They sat down up on the tree.
Out in the night the robbers came under the tree counting their money. The two were thinking of a plan as to what they would do, to hunt the robbers away, when they had the money out on the ground. Siobáinin clapped her two hands together, and away with the robbers as fast as they could leaving all the gold and silver after them. The two came off the tree and started to pick up the money as fast as they could and started to make for home with it.
On their way home there was a hole in Siobáinin's apron and she lost the most of her money out of it. When they went home the pig was eaten by the dogs.
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2020-12-17 07:18
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do ghuibh an fathach an tslighe & do bhuail sé leis an rí d'taobh amuigh de'n doras & do bhuail sé isteach sa bhíul é le baile dorn agus do bhain sé trí fhiacla as, agus do thóg sé suas iad, agus do chuir sé isteach sa phóca iad, agus d'imthig sé air. Agus bhí arm an rí go léir ag feacaint air á dheanamh, agus ní dubhairt aoinne aca "Is olc a dheinis an baile sin a bhualadh". Chuaidh sé isteach abhaile agus go thóg sé an babaidh marbhí sé breoidhte tinn tréis an mbaile. Nuair a tháinig an triúr mac abhaile i gcionn an tráthnóna & bhí an dinnéar ollamh rómpa ar an mbórd shuidheadar síos chun an dinnéar a chuitheamh & d'iarradar ar a mathair "cowl m'athair an rí ná [?] sé agan dinnéar nar dteannta?" Tá sé gan bheith ar fognamh, ars an mathair. "Abair leis eiriú suas agus an dinnéar a chaitheamh 'ár dteannta". D'eirigh sé suas cácha. "Cad tá ort?" ars an mac críonna "ná fuil tá ábalta an dinnéar a chaitheamh 'ár dteannta". "Ní haon mhaith chun a ninsint díbh-se". "Ná bach san, athair, ínnsig dósa cad d'imthig ort". "Fathach na gcúig gceann, na gcúig mbonn & na cúig muinéal do tháing & do bhuail le baile dorn isteach sa bheal mé & do bhain sé trí fiachla asam, agus chuir sé na phóca iad & d'imthig sé ar a bhóthar, & ní dubhairt aoinne dum cuid airm". "Is olc a dheinis an baile sin a bualadh". Arsh an mac, "Beidh sásamh againn go cruaidh as". Ar maidin lae ar na niáireach d'imthig an bheirt mac críonna pé an áit de'n domhan a bhí sé na chomhnaidhe chun sásamh bheith 'ca as. Do lean an tríughadh drithéar iad &
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2020-12-16 07:12
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child.
One day she sent the nice girl to the well where she used to spin. She left the spindle fall into the well and she couldn't get it anymore. She ran home and told her the stepmother. She was so angry with her that she told her she must go down after it. The poor girl went back to the well to look for the spindle. She leaned in so far that she fell in. There she found that she was in a beautiful field. She walked along until she came to a baker's oven. She did everything anybody asked her. At last she came to a small house. There was an old woman with such big teeth that the girl was afraid of her standing in the door. The woman asked her to live with her on condition that she should make her bed well. The girl did everything and she had a very happy life with the old woman. After a long time she longed to see her own home again. When she told the woman she said she'd show her the way. As she was passing out a shower of gold fell over her, and hung on to her clothes.
When the stepmother saw the girl with the gold dress she sent her own daughter to the woman. She did not do her work as well as the other girl. At last the old woman got tired of
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2020-12-16 07:02
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went away and when they came to the graveyard they saw a crowd of white women with a black woman at their head. They were marching round the yard and singing. The men stayed looking at them for a long time. At last the black woman said, "Silence" and they stopped singing. They all shouted out together, "Come, men, and join with us". The men went in and joined with the with white women.
At twelve o'clock the cock crew and they said, "This is the first cock which crows at twelve o'clock". The black woman said "We have two hours more. We must get something to eat.
They went into a hole in a tree and they told the men to come with them. The men stooped down to go into the small hole in the tree and inside they saw boxes of gold.
The white women gave a box of gold to each of the men. The white women were seen every evening after night-fall for a long time after that.
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2020-12-16 06:53
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with the money. One day when the landlord came to the house, he forced Mike to give him the bottle, and said he would give him all his farm for ever in exchange. At last Mike gave away the bottle. After that they became poorer than ever, till one day they had nothing left but a cow. Then Mike had to drive her to the fair to sell her. He had not gone far when he met the same little man. He gave Mike another bottle for the cow. When Mike came home he showed the bottle to his good wife. At last he told the bottle to do its duty; but this time two stout men with big sticks hopped out and started to beat Mike's wife until she fell on the floor senseless. When she recovered Mike set out for the landlord's house. When he arrived there he told them all about the second bottle. At last he was brought into a room with a great company of ladies and gentlemen. There Mike saw his other bottle on top of a table. When he told the bottle do its duty it started beating all the people until they thought they were killed. The landlord
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2020-12-16 06:44
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where was he going with the cow. Michael said he was selling her at the fair. Then the little man asked him would he give her to him. "That depends on what your going to give me for her", said Mike. "I will give you a bottle which is far better than money", said the dwarf. Mike wasn't going to sell the cow; but the little man told him when he would go home to tell his wife to sweep the room clean, set the table out in the middle of the floor, spread a clean cloth on it and say "Bottle do your duty". Mike was afraid before it would break so he took good care of it.
When Mike arrived home his wife wondered why he was back so soon. Mike began to tell his story, but when his wife heard about the bottle she began to fight Mike. She got up and swept the house at last and brought out the table and spread a clean cloth on it. Then Mike said, "Bottle do your duty". Then they saw the beautiful plates and dishes of gold and silver laden with the finest food and fruit that Mike ever saw. At last they sat down and ate. Mike often went to town to sell the plates, and bought a horse and cart
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2020-12-16 06:35
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Once upon a time there lived an old man named Michael who had rented a few acres of land. He had a wife and family to support out of his small holding. His wife could mind the children, milk their one cow, boil potatoes and carry the eggs which the hens laid to the market.
One year all the crops which Michael owned failed and he had not enough to pay even half the rent of his farm.
One day his wife told him to take the only cow he had to the fair and sell her. At twelve o'clock next day he set out getting a warning from his wife not to part with the cow except for the highest penny. He had not gone far when he met a dwarf. The diminutive little creature asked asked Michael where was he going to sell her, and
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2020-12-16 06:28
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There was once a little boy there whose name was Seáinín Crosta. He got sick and was in bed for five days.
One fair day his mother and father went to town selling butter. About two o'clock in the day he heard a bell ringing and he said to himself "This is my death". With that, a beautiful lady dressed in white appeared before him.
She took him in her arms and brought him to a big house where there was nothing but rooms in it. When the parents came home they frightened when they did not see the boy. They searched everywhere but they could not find him. He was never seen or heard of after that.
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going on a journey.
Not to cross a horse's face if the horse is going on a journey.
Not to throw out feet-water afar night-fall.
That the person who brings candlesticks to a wake must bring them home.
You should always say God bless a thing when you look at it.
You should clean the house when you are going to bed.
It isn't right to leave a threshing machine in working order for the night.
If you are giving eggs to a person you should always give them a penny or one egg more than they would want for luck.
Not to give milk away on May day.
Not to go out walking on November night.
It isn't right to walk against a funeral. You should turn back and take three steps in the direction the funeral is going.
Not to sell a good cow to a neighbour.
It isn't right to bring in eggs after night-fall.
If you were making butter and a person came in you'd want him to strike it before he'd take away the butter.
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Whiskey, butter and pennyleaves boiled was an old cure for sores.
Shamrock and sugar of candy boiled was a cure for cough.
Goose-grease was an old cure for stiff joints.
Garlic, turpentine and soot mixed was an old cure for black legs in calves.
An old cure for sore throat was to put a silk cloth into water and tie it round your throat when going to bed.
Cleas na peiste, to put two loops in a cord and bring it out without a knot. This was a cure for a worm in a calf.
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There was a great house in Ballinafercy which is now demolished. There lived an old rich gentleman in it named Myles. He had beautiful trees growing around his house. He wanted no one to touch them.
An old man told this story about himself. When he was a young boy he wanted to cut a hurling stick off a tree there. The instrument he used to cut it was a piece of an old scythe and a stone.
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up on the butt going in when off with the horse in full gallop. She fell into one of the barrels and the barrel rolled out and she inside in it. She kept rolling down the hallow of the road.
The horse went slowly again when the old woman fell out.
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was he there. He told him his story. He told him he had a similar dream, that he dreamed that if he were in a place near Killarney called "Sceithín a Bhféabhach, that there were three pots of gold hidden there.
The boy came home and didn't say any thing. His mother had a goat and she sent him looking for her. He came home and told his mother that he couldn't find the animal.
She said to him that he was outside in Sceithín a Bhféabhach that minute. Out with the boy again. He found the goat in Sceithín a Bhféabhach.
He bought a farm and he was a rich man after that. His mother died and the boy married a girl with bags of gold. He is remembered as the man of the gold.
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About three thousand years ago, there lived two brothers in Egypt.
The elder brother owned the land and cattle. The younger brother worked for him. He was better than the older brother for working. He could even talk to the cows in their own language.
For that reason the elder brother's wife was jealous of him, and she tried to set her husband against him.
One day the elder brother forgot some seeds and he sent the young man back for them. His brother's wife hid the seeds and she refused him for them. He was very long away, and his brother followed him. When
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But which of them can lick poor Pat in the gallant Irish stew.
She may have men and money,
She may have shot in cannon ball that a goose through our old Erin's shore can still out fit them all.
It may be lies I'm telling you for I told many a score,
'Tis the truth and help me, Bob, and I'll tell you nothing more.
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Christmas is over and I please you every sinner,
We'll have a fine plum pudding and a stunning goose for dinner,
And the number of pounds this old goose weighed was fifty million stone,
We'll eat it all and help me, Bob, and I'll tell
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himself. The old woman went away.
That night a crowd of men came in and the old woman with them. They took the old woman and gave her the house. They took the rich man out and beat him with whips. They said that he should go begging and leave the poor woman live in the house.
The rich man died with the hunger afterwards.
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If you went out for water on November Night you would never be seen again.
If you took off your cap inside in a church you would have bad luck.
If a person went to a fair and you saw cinders coming out of the fire it would be a sign that the person sold the cattle.
If a person didn't take holy-water into a boat when he went fishing first in it the boat would be lost.
If a woman didn't take the sod of turf or something into a new house for the first time something would happen in it. Some person or animal would die in it.
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told Mike to tell it stop but he promised he wouldn't unless he would get back his other one. So the landlord gave it to him, and Mike went happily home with the two of them. He got very rich after that, but one day after his death some servants who were putting the things in order, broke the bottles and at last they were thrown out.
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2020-12-15 06:55
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Ivy-leaves used to be put on children's sore heads.
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There is a Hill near Milltown called Cnoc a'Mhóta. The man who owns the farm on the hill told me that about five years ago his cattle came rushing into the yard as if they were suddenly frightened. The animals had been grazing in a field where there is a large fort. He told the story to Sir William Godfrey who was then an old man.
Sir William explained to him that the cattle in that field were often alarmed by underground noises caused by the falling of earth into a subteranean river which has its source under the fort. This river runs underneath the ground from the fort and supplies Poll Gorm with water.
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go out into the sea there is bad weather, and when they come in there is good weather coming.
When the wild duck keeps in the dry land there is bad weather. When he swims in the river and fishes there is going to be sunshine.
When the swan takes shelter in an island in the river there is good weather at hand.
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In the old time when a person had consumption his people used to get shell-snails, and cut them up, and give them to the person to eat.
In the old times the gizzard of a hen was a cure for a child that had gravel pain.
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Cleas na péisce was the old cure for worms in the cattle.
When a child was born after its father's death it was cured of thrush by blowing its mother's breath into the child's mouth.
An old cure for a sprain was to bathe it in pickle water or also to keep it under running spring-water.
People in olden times used to get what they called a colic. This is what they cured it with, by heating the cover of an oven and put it up to where the pain was.
A cure for sore eyes was to wash them in cold, black tea.
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2020-12-15 06:53
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When the seagulls fly low in the air there is bad weather at hand. When they
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was to burn all the flax the spirits had cloven for her as the women were dammed. It was the dog who saved the woman's life.
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2020-12-15 06:52
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Ferrits' leavings were an old cure for whooping-cough.
The old cure for a sore throat was to put warm salt in a hot cloth and put it round the neck of the patient.
Ivy-leaves used to be put on childrens sore heads.
Sugar and soap or a bit of bacon was the old cure for boils.
Goose-grease was the old cure for pains in the joints.
Garlic was the old cure for black quarters.
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If a girl or a widow catches and eel it is a sure sign that she will be married to a widower.
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2020-12-15 06:51
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Once upon a time there lived an old woman. She always stayed up late on Saturday night cloving flax. This night twelve women came into the house. Each one of them carried a cloving tongs. One of them said, "We'll help you cloving this flax". The old woman said, "All right". She then handles the can to go to the well for water to make tea for the women.
When she approached the well a grey-hound appeared to her and told her she was doing bad business. She asked him why. They dog told her the
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A cure for a whitlow on a finger. The old people used to break an egg and take the skin out of it and put it to the finger.
A cure for a sore-throat. Long ago the old people used to roast potatoes, and put them into a stocking and tie the stocking around their necks.
A cure for the croup was to mix butter, sugar and salt and give it to the child. If the child were to live he would throw up the bad stuff.
A cure for a pain in the stomach. When a person used to get a pain in his stomach, he used to beat up a egg and put a spoon of sugar and a spoon of whiskey in it, and drink it.
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2020-12-15 06:51
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If you cut your hair on Monday or Friday night it would never grow again.
If you start knitting on Saturday night it
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At the time out our fore-fathers when children used to get the whooping-cough their parents used to cut the tops of the green furze and boil them. They used to squeeze the water out of them. Then they used put the boiled dry furze into a saucer and put a lump of candy into them. The children used eat a spoon of the candy and furze before each meal.
A cure for Rheumatism. Long ago when people used to get rheumatism, the doctors used go to the sea-side and gather sea-weed. They used dry it well, and then boil it in a pot of water.
When the water got cold they used squeeze out the sea-weed of it. Then the person used to wash his hands and feet in the water.
It was considered a very good cure for rheumatism long ago.
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2020-12-15 06:49
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that when the old Abbey was destroyed by Cromwell's soldiers the bell from its tower was thrown into Poll Gorm where it remains to this day.
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"The parson hanged himself". "I know", said the priest, "I gave him enough of rope for that purpose".
The Parson was buried in Milltown Abbey. His coffin used to be on the top of the earth until they were tired of burying him. The took him out on the water and tied his coffin to a boat. They let it go in the bay and it was never seen since.
The point where they took him out is called after him, "Porteen Buthay".
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2020-12-15 06:48
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There is a very big well in Mr. Burke's farm near Kilcolman Abbey at Milltown. It is a huge, circular pond with a diameter of about thirty feet. The depth of it is unknown. Many local people believe
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At the time of the Souper school a parson lived at Callinafercy. He brought a boy from Listry to the school. A Curate that was in the parish heard about it. He went to the parson for the boy and whatever words passed between them, the parson went to Milltown some day after to shoot the priest. The priest passed him, but he did not see him.
The parson went into a shop and bought a rope and took it to his home. He then ordered his boy to bury his gold. The boy obeyed his orders and when he returned the parson shot him. He hung himself with the rope.
Next morning the priest asked his servant boy if he had any news. He replied
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There once lived a woodcutter and his family. The weather got so severe that he had no work to do and he found it very hard to support his family. One day he had not a bit of bread to give his children. He sat down and started crying. There was a gentleman passing and when he heard the poor man crying he asked what was wrong.
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not hear a word. Then he told the party to go to the side of the lake and start shouting. They did so and of course the guide heard them shouting. When they cam back they were exhausted from shouting. The guide told them that he did not hear a word they said. There was no doubt the lake was well named.
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2020-12-15 06:42
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There was a party of Tourists exploring a mountain district one day. They were accompanied by a guide. They came to a lake and the guide told them it was called the deaf lake. The party wanted to know why it was called that name. The guide told them to stay where they were and that he would go to the other side and start shouting. When the guide went to the side of the lake he put his hands to his mouth and pretended to shout very loud, at the same time not uttering a single word. After a time he came back to the party and asked them did they hear him, Of course they said they did
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came to see the princess and brought her a beautifull diamond ring as a present.
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2020-12-14 07:51
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(Lord Kenmare) De Moleyns, and hundreds of other were granted thousands of acres of land, to which they had no claim,but the sword. In fact one Lord Deputy was prefecting a scheme, which was to drive the Irish peasant out of the country altogether, and between the slaughter of the unfortunate people, and the famine that would be created there is hardly any doubt, but he would succeed. But those large estates hung heavy in the hands of the spoliers. They had no one to work them, and there was no revenue coming of the thousands of acres of confiscated lands.
The new owners wanted money to spent in England, for they had little, or no enjoyment in this country to suit them. So the Lord Deputy abandoned his scheme, and the Irish were enticed out of the bogs, and glens of the mountains, and given portions of their own land, at an enormous rent fixed by the new Landlord. The poor people were glad of
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In years gone by hurling was a very manly exercise in Kerry and in all Ireland. There was a challenge between two neighbouring parishes Tuogh, and Kilmoiley, as they were the two best teams in the county. The play took place in a grand park near Killarney. There was an immense crowd to witness the play, but before the ball was thrown out, one man from Tough asked for the ball which was called a slither.
He took the ball in one hand and the hurley in the other, and directed his blow towards a large tree and down came a branch as thick as a horse's body. The gentlemen said that the man must be put out of the play, as he was a dangerous man, so he had to stand aside. He was called Connchubar a Treasaidhe or Con Shea. The play went on and it was a draw.
After the play Con asked permission to give a few exhibition pucks to the ball for height. He got leave and he hit the ball into the air, and before it came down he had his coat and vest off. When the ball came down, he struck it again, and he had his shoes taken off, and a belt fastened round
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in numbers walked towards the old road that lay at the lower part of the holding. At the foot of the stile leading off the old road, they found Edward M. asleep. They woke him, and to their, and his own surprise he was a great deal stronger. In three months from that night he played in one of the best hurling matches ever played in this country. He emigrated to America soon after, and prospered but he never forgot the old home or some of the neighbours also. This is the story as told to me by his friend the old man. You can have your opinion, and I will have mine, but I believe with Rider Haggard -
On earth, on sky, on sea,
Strange things there be.
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2020-12-14 06:39
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man a stick) and said, give him the first stroke. The sick man now became conscious of another group of men behind him, and at that very moment the tall man left the other crowd, and came towards him, when he came near enough the stranger said "now" and the sick man, jumping forward gave the other man the first stroke. Instantly the sick man was quite conscious of a fierce battle all round him, the issue of which he did not know.
Ned's mother would often steal to his room, in the dead of night, to see how he slept, and coming this night, she was alarmed to find his bed empty. She immediately called all in the house, and getting some friends, they started a search party.
As they were proceeding from the house, they heard a low plaintive cry, on the night air. They stopped, and after a time some of the boldest laughed at the others' fears, but again came that mournful cry in the night's wind, and the laughing ceased. The party now strong
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floor. The woman took up the child again and placed it on the bed. The man now seemed to get very rough, and seizing the child, he again put it very roughly on the floor.
The woman now took the child in her arms, and went away. The man turned towards the sick man, and calling him, by his full name told him to dress quickly, and come with him. To his great astonishment, the sick man felt stronger, and dressing, he followed the strange man from the house. The stranger walked quickly, and Ned was getting too much to do, to keep pace with him. The stranger always urgins him on.
They now came to a field in Kiltallagh parish, and the sick man to his great surprise saw a bunch of men in the field, and amongst them the woman with the child still in her arms. The stranger turned towards him, and said in a strange voice, there will a tall man approach you out of that crowd, he will wear a white sleeve waistcoat, and (here he gave the sick
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said he would never recover. Twelve months had now expired, since that terrible night, and the strain on the resources of the little household were beginning to tell, but the neighbours with true Irish generosity assisted in every way possible.
The harvest moon was again shining brightly. At the end of a year, and a day Ned lay back on his bed very weak, and hardly taking any interest in the proceeding around him. He could see every thing within the room, as plain as day, the moon was bright. As he was gazing around, the door slowly opened, and a woman carrying a child on her arms, approached his bed. He felt himself too weak at the time, to make even an exclamation, or a protest. She placed the child near him, on the bed, and turned to go. At that moment, a man entered the room, and seizing the child placed it on the floor. The woman again took up the child, and placed it on the bed. The man seized the child, this time rather roughly, and again placed it on the
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any concession they would obtain, so they gladly went to work to try to make money for the Landlord to spend in London, and Paris. Anywhere from six to ten pounds per cow was reckoned a reasonable rent, and when more money was wanted, to recuperate the Landlord, after the debauchery of London, and Paris or Berlin.
The order was sent home to raise the rent at once and the next thing to occur was that the tenant had notice from the Estate bailiff or Driver as he was then called, that the rent was raised, and to be prepared to meet it at once, as the Landlord wanted money immediately.
The poor people in order to meet these demands were in a great many cases forced to live on potatoes, and milk twice a day. They could not afford them the third time. Many of the people went away out of these lands at night, and carried with them what little effect
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they had. However as one man said the tenants died bravely trying to pay the rent, and some who were in a fairly prosperous position succeeded in doing so. England had no where to turn for food except to Ireland, and Irish butter, bacon and eggs were flooding the English markets, and from
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Once there were two men crossing the Sliabh Mis mountain and on their way they saw two women sitting by the road-side with two children on their knees. They thought they were the most beautiful children they had ever seen and they asked the women who they were and the answer they got was -
"Síad ár gclann íad",
"Clann ár gclainne",
"Driotáireaca ar n-athair iad,
"Agus Rugadh gan col íad".
Answer not available.
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There was a great poet here long ago. His name was Ulick Kearn. He composed a few good songs such as Spailpín Fánach and Maidin Ceoig. He was very fond of travelling into other counties.He lived for a time at Knocknagoshel near Abbeyfeale and he was buried in Limerick.
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2020-12-10 07:31
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Fr. Charles Mc Carthy P. P. lived at Ardcanaught in the present Counihan's house, before the Counihans took it. The parish priest that succeeded him was Fr. David OConnor. He lived at Anna where John Daly now lives. By all accounts these two were buried inside in the old church at Kiltallagh.
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his waist. This time the ball was coated with snow. He took it again and he hit the ball for the third time, and all the spectators were on the look out for it, but it did not come.
Five years later men were cutting turf in a bog more than five miles away and the slither was got 10 feet deep in the bog. It was known to be the exact ball which they played on that day.
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was used to hear. He thought that in the place of running, they simply flitted from place to place, and now a player coming near him, he looked at him, and instantly realised that he was not looking at a living man. Terrified he withdrew, and ran towards the house, but his strength failed, and he fell in the dyke in the fence in a dead faint. How long he remained there he never knew, for when he recovered consciousness, he heard his name called, and recognizing the voices he answered, and joyful, and willing hands bore him home.
After some time people noticed a great change coming over him in place of the hearty, powerful young fellow, he seemed to dwindle away, and took no interest in the sports, or hurling matches, as he usually did. However things came to a climax, when he had to take to bed, and though he had no pain, and was able to eat, he got smaller, and weaker. At last people shook their heads, and
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The most athletic men in this parish, were in my opinion the Flynns. The present T. D. John Flynn's uncle, also John Flynn was an over match, for the students who came from college at that time. He used to jump 49 feet in hop, step and jump, and 22 feet in the long jump. He was unbeatable at the 56 lb. weight, he was 6 feet 2 inches in height. That branch of the Flynns were from Kiltallagh parish. Edward Flynn was a very powerful man, on one occasion, having to lift a heavy stone against a man named, Ruarke of Currans, he not only lifted it, but put another stone one hundred weight on top of it, and rose it high over the ground. Ruarke failed to do this. There is no doubt, but you would get other men to excel them, in some branches of (some) sport, but taken all round the Flynns were great men.
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2020-12-10 07:09
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Carrig an Aifrinn or (Stony Church) is situated south of Castlemaine and east of Milltown. Many tales, some tragic are told concerning this ancient Mass rock. Records tell us that on the 7th June 1651 two priests, one Father Cornelius Mc Carthy and the other Fr. Thaddeus Moriarty were captured while holding there a general station. Both were taken under escort to Fair Hill, now known as Martyrs Hill and were executed there. Those were the only arrests, as the people and the other priests escaped safely. This place is also known as Poll an Aifrinn, because of the many holes which are shaped like birds' nests surrounding it. Those hollows were capable of holding hundreds of people secretly from view even from a person standing ten yards away. The Mass rock is a beautiful rock shape of a heart and stands on the brink of two holes. It affords a nice hiding place as it is surrounded by a large wood, which at that time was densely planted with larch and oak. In
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the vicinity is also seen mounds and curious stones which are believed to be grave marks of early days. A few Cromlechs are to be seen also there. Mass was celebrated there as late as 64 years ago by the late Rev. Batt OConor P. P. Milltown when a convert was received into the church. She was an Indian Princess who came on a holiday to Kilcolman, and like the saints of old she chose the Cloister for silence. She received her first Communion at this holy spot. Many call there to pray, and many names both past and present are carved into the rock. As Ecclesiastical records would mention in the winding up of their history many pass this historic spot unmindful of the scenes unacted there and those who laid down their lives for the true faith.
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away by force. The priest found it hard to hold him and he was shaking all over. By no means would he move. He did not know what to do, and looking around he saw queer object which made the blood curdle in his veins. It was the legs of a woman from the hips downward, walking up and down the path. The good father was very much alarmed but he resolved to stand firm and get acquainted with the object. It wore yellow buck-skin breeches, fastened at the knees with green ribbons, it had neither shoes nor stockings on, and its legs were covered with long red hairs. The priest examined the object and spoke to it, but no answer came. He then struck the apparition a blow. It made a wild yell and fell to the ground, and the whole place was running over with milk. The priest was frightened, his head swam, and a stupor came over him. When he recovered, the frightful spectre had vanished and in its stead, he found stretched on the road, half drown in milk an old woman of the neighbourhood who was noted in the parish for witchcraft, and by help of the devil assumed the monstrous shape, and was
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out that morning sucking the milk from the cows of the village.
The priest then spoke to her and said "Sarah Kennedy, I have long advised you to give up your evil ways, and now wretched woman you are caught in the midst of your crimes". She groaned and said "O Father, Father, can you do anything to save me I am lost". The priest could not reply her face was as black as night and in a short time she died.
Her remains were removed to her old cabin, and were buried in a sand-pit nearby. She was denied Christian burial. Her only daughter made her escape and never returned, and the old cabin was burned to the ground.
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Poll an Aifrinn is a name given to a holy stone and place, where Mas was offered in the Penal days, it can be seen yet. It is situated about 500 yards from the entrance to Kiloclohane wood from the Castlemaine side. It happened that a few young men from the surrounding district (it was a great custom in those days) went killing birds by night equipped with splinters oil and matches. They went on to the wood, it was Xmas night, the night was very wild and this suited the purpose. When they landed at the wood they fixed up their lights and prepared for a good night's haul. They travelled on for about three hours, and could not meet any bird. At last their lights quenched. To add to their misfortune. They having plenty matches and oil, they could not light their torch, so they were left in darkness in the middle of the wood. They got indread (afraid) it was now about mid-night Xmas Eve. They thought of going home, when suddenly they heard a bell ringing at
Poll an Aifrinn louder and plainer than you would hear a church bell on Sunday for Mass. They then thought
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from Killorglin dreamt that there was a crock of gold hidden in the lios. They came over to Ardcannaught and told some persons who were living thereat the time about the dream. They told them that if they searched at a certain distance from a particular elder bush (mentioning the number of paces) they would surely get the gold. They went to work, and sank a shaft like miners. When they had gone to a depth of about twelve feet they came to a brown stone flag, and they were sure they had discovered the treasure. But when they lifted the flag, they found only some burned cinders. The elder tree and the flag can still be seen. The flag was used recently in repairing the fence near the fort.
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miles, and it was midnight when he was ascending the mountain.
It was very dark, and he noticed a light before him. He hurried faster, as he thought it was someone with a lanthern. When he approached he found it was only a big light and that he could not pass it by. He got afraid of it, but still something impelled him to keep following on. At last he discovered that he was no longer on the road so he knew that he had lost the pathway. He felt beneath his feet heather and bushes, so he knew he had entered the mountain. He kept following the strange light though he knew it was leading him astray. The light then suddenly changed and took the shape of a woman. At once he recognized her as his sister who had been dead for many years. She beckoned to him, and said she had been through the fires of Purgatory to save him from the spirit who used to be seen on that mountain. If she had not appeared that night as a light to stop him on his way he would have been killed that night. When the dawn broke he found himself near a turf bank far away from the pass , so he went back and proceeded on his journey by the long route.
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Do bhí caileacha in a gcómhaide thiar ins an Dún. Lá amháin chuaigh fear ón oileán agus a mhac ón Daingean. Di fanadar amuig an oidhche seo. Nuair a tháinig an oidhche tháinig na seana caileacha go dtí an dtig seo agus ní raibh istig acht bean an tighe. Do bhí sí ag sníomh agus dúbhramar léi thamall a thabhairt dóibh ag sníomh. Dúbhairt sí léi go dtabharfhadh is fáilte. D'imtig sí san tobar ag triall ar channa uisge. Buail seana bean léi ag an dtobar agus d'innis sí dóibh i dtaobh na gcailleacha agus dúbhairt an t-sean bhean léi nuair a bheadh sí ag deanam ar an dtig an canna uisge a chaitheamh uaithí agus an rádh a Dún fé bhárr laisreach. D'imtig an bean abhaile agus chaith sí uaithi ins an doras
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There were many old crafts in Kerry long ago, such as making candles, spinning, and weaving, + basket-making. The way they used make the candles was in a thing called a "mould". They used make the wick with cotton thread. They used melt the tallow three times, and rub the wick along the tallow, and make it oily so that it would light well. The way they used make the thread was out of wool of the sheep; and they used make black thread out wool of black sheep. There was another man for weaving in this place, and his name was John Connor.
He was a great man for weaving which was making thread from wool. The people now send their milk to the creamery. Long ago the used not sent it there; they had a churn at home for making their own butter. The churn was a wooden barrel. It was about four feet high, and a foot and half in breadth. It was getting narrow up to the top. It was only twenty-six inches or so, at the top. There was a cover on the churn and a hole for a staff to stir the cream and the staff was also wooden; it was called a "churn staff". It is said that if any one went in, before they would come out they
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If a farmer raises twelve acres of wheat in fine weather, what will he raise in wet weather? His Umbrella.
If a ton of coal costs ten pounds, what will a ton of turf come to? It will come to ashes.
What is the relation between a loaf of bread and a motor car? A loaf of bread is the mother of a motor. How? Because a loaf of bread is a "necessity" and a motor car is an "invention" and since "necessity is the mother of invention" a loaf of bread is the mother of a motor car!
What did the blind man take for his breakfast that restored him his sight? He took a cup and saucer (saw, sir).
Prove that you are dead? You are dead or you are not dead. But you or not dead. Therefore you are dead.
If your uncle's sister was not your aunt what would she be
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When is a hat not a hat? When it becomes a pretty woman.
Which is it more easy to spell goose or geese? Geese. You spell it with more ease (e's).
What is the longest word in English language? Smiles, because there is a "mile" between the first and last letter.
What is no good to a car, and it can't go without it? Noise.
What is it that is too short and cut a piece of it it is long enough? A grave.
Could you kill a mouse in an empty bag? No, because when the mouse is in the bag it is not empty.
What is it the more you take out of it the bigger it gets? A hole.
Why is it that the clock does not strike thirteen? Because it has not the face to do it.
How would you make a slow horse fast? By giving him nothing to eat.
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There is a gold shoe hidden in Glenderry mountain somewhere near the sea in Kerryhead. It was how a ship came a-shore and it was robbed by a man, and he hid the gold shoe in Glenderry mountain. He died soon after, and he told his wife if she wanted to get it, she would see from the place in which it was hidden the tops of Keel chimneys, and Clogher Maulin (a height near the sea), and Brendan's Cave in Kerryhead.
She tried and did not get it. A man dreamt about the place where the shoe was hidden, and he was told in the dream, that a man would pass by, and to ask him to rise the stone with him, and he would get the treasure. Next day he went to the hill and he saw the place of his dream. He was lifting up the stone where the treasure was supposed to be hidden, when the man passed by but he did not ask him; to lift the stone with him, and when he lifted it himself
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There is a hidden treasure in the form of a golden pig and bonhams hidden in the lawn field near the Castle of Ballyheigue. Long ago when the wars were in Ireland a ship came in to the bay. The ship was wrecked, the sailors came up to the castle, and one of them remained out side.
While the others were inside he buried the gold in the lawn. People went there long ago and they were hunted from it, and again they went armed and they were hunted again. It was not people that hunted them but a wild boar and a gander. One man saw the other man hiding the treasure and he gave him a hundred golden pounds not to tell the neighbours, and he said that he would come to the place again when the wars would be over.
This man told one of his brothers that he must go to the town to change gold and in the morning he got up and then when he went to his pocket for his gold what was there but a big pile of rags! and then he said to himself that he would go and dig
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In the townland of Glenderry very near our school there lived a woman named Biddy Grady. She was married to a man named Paddy Gloster, and they lived about fifty years ago in this district. She two sons whose names were Paddy Gloster and Johnie Gloster. Their father was dead and the two sons were earning their hire every day. They came home every Saturday evening as their mother lived alone. She had a big black cat.
There was a small little shop next door by a person named Mary Dowling and she sold fish. It happened this night however that the two sons were coming home, their mother always had a supper ready for them. It consisted of potatoes and fish as meat was unheard of by people in those days. This night she had no fish. She said to the cat "we have no fish to night for my sons' supper, "you won't be long with that story said the cat" and he went out the door. He was not long outside when she heard him coming in, and he had
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The Patron Saint of this parish is Our Blessed Lady. The church is dedicated to her honour. It was built about the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight. The old church was where the present graveyard is but was knocked down the time of Cromwell. The Church was then erected in the site of the old school.
There is a blessed well in the district near the village of Ballyheigue where rounds are paid on the Saturdays previous to feast days of Our Lady but there are special devotions on her birth day.
Mass is said at the Grotto beside the blessed well in the open air on the eight of September. Immediately after people pay rounds, they begin the rosary at the Blessed well and walk round the square saying their beads and finish them at the well again. They repeat this three times then drink the water, put an offering into the box at
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Weeds grow by nature in the land especially when it is ploughed up. The names of the weeds that grows in this part of the country are Chicken weed, preshaugh weed, thistle, nettle, dock leaves and Hemlock. These weeds do much harm to the crops as they take away all the manure off the land if they are not pulled in time.
It is very difficult to clean the nettle off the land as its roots spread deep under the ground and it cannot be cleared very easily. The dock leave are very harmful to the crops.
There are some herbs of great value in power such as the groundsel, ground ivy, foxglove and the bark of the haw-thorn. The hazel tree has many virtues it is sacred and powerful against devils wiles and its secret properties are known only to the wise. The ancient Irish believed that there were fountains at the head of the chief rivers of Ireland, over each of
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that there were fountains at the head of the chief rivers of Ireland, over each of which grew nine hazel-trees which at certain times produced beautiful red nuts. These nuts fell at the surface of the water and the salmon in the river came up and ate them which caused the red spots in the salmon.
Influenza which in olden days was simply called "cold in the head" is one of the most troublesome of colds and the old people say that there was a superstition about this cold. They got "seven herbs" with roots, they boiled them together, drank the liquid when cold and it cured them.
In olden times, "peppermint", "thyme", "and groundsel" were grown in large quantities these are fragrant herbs and when the people pulled flax and manufactured it they picked bunches of these fragrant herbs and hung them about their houses to keep fresh and sweet the air of the rooms. On their bodies they carried
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Herbs are very plentiful because they grow in poor land as it is suited best to them. Experts and intelligent men have examined some of these herbs and [?] out that medicine can be got from them also , that there are cures for certain diseases in these herbs. Some people pay no attention to their importance because they are too cheap. The best known of herbal Medicines are Alder, Parsley, Peppermint, and Watercress. The alder is used instead of Cascara pills. Peppermint is used for sickness and vomiting. Marshmallow is used for coughs, colds, and asthma and its root for kidney trouble. Meadowsweet is used for dropsy.
There are some herbs of great value and power such as the groundsel, ground ivy, foxglove and the bark of the haw-thorn. The hazel tree has many virtues. It is sacred and powerful against devils wiles and its secret properties are known only to the wise. The ancient Irish believed
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There are three graveyards in the parish of Ballyheigue. One is situated near Ballyheigue village, this is the largest of the three and is of a later date. It is the burying place of the people of the district.
A number of headstones mark the graves of some of the people, some of them are made of wood and others are made of stone. Others are buried in tombs. There is a part of the graveyards railed in from the other part where the protestants are buried. The Protestant Church is in the centre of this graveyard because when the Crosby family lived in Ballyheigue Castle they went there for Divine Service. As there are no protestants in Ballyheigue now there is no worship held there.
The Keel graveyard is situated in the townland of Keel. It is known to exist from the fourth century. The ruins of a monastery is still to be seen there. Bishop Erc lived there. St.
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All the old customs which were held in this part of the country are still held (there).
On St. Stephen's day all the young boys dress up in old clothes and carry a live wren from house to house gathering money. They carry her in a bush which is stuck in a pike and raised up high.
On St. John's night people light bonfires throughout the country in the evening and they have a dance and enjoy themselves until late that night. On Christmas day boys carry a Hobby Horse from place to place and they dance in every house and get money. With this money they buy bread and butter and cakes and have a feast in some house.
On Saint Martin's night people kill a pig or a fowl in honour of Saint Martin. The blood is never used it is always kept as a cure for a pain or any sore.
On November night some people
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A man by the name of Colonel Crosby was the Landlord of this Parish and he lived in Ballyheigue Castle. All the land of the Parish belonged to him and for that reason the tenants had to pay him rent every year for the land. They had to work very hard to make out the rent. If this was not paid the tenants would be evicted without even been notified. There were two special days during the year on which the rent should be paid.
He was a good man in many ways, he gave a lot of employment to the people of the place, but the servants who worked in his house and also in his beautiful gardens should be Protestants. He had no mercy for people who could not pay their rents, he evicted them at once.
After a time the Land Commission purchased the land from Colonel Crosby. This reduced the rent for the tenants which was a great relief to them. The Crosbys lived there for generations. After
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miles. Every Fenian was as wet as if he was dipped in the waters of the lake. The monster roared like thunder, chilling the blood of the bravest Finians: his open red mouth was like a gate of a city. He had no wings or legs. They surrounded him, darting their spears at him. Finn saw that the serpent was devouring his men. You would hear the crying of them going down the serpent's red throat; and he sent Oscur against the monster. If Oscur could not kill himm no one else could, only himself. Oscur stept down and cast his spear at him, but it sprang back like a ball hops out of a wall, off the animal's tough hide. When Finn saw this he called his son Dara, and said, "I must go my-self against this animal. Watch me and when I say "Leap", then leap into the dragon's mouth with your sword in your hand, and cut him to pieces. Finn without sword or shield ran across Oscur and caught the mane of the beast. As soon as he got a grip using his strength he raised the serpent into the air and he told Dara "Leap" and Dara went into the serpent's mouth and
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Long ago while Finn lived on the hill of Allen there came a great water-dragon and took up his house on Lough Dearg. The Finians said he was a terrible dragon, the like of which was never before seen in Ireland. He was more terrible than any of the dragons Finn had killed. This dragon killed cattle and men and women and he went through the country and destroyed it. He was of a blue colour and had a mane like a horse. Nearly every one who saw him died with the fright. Fionn at once got his new men to lead them against this big monster. So they all went westwards to the Shannon with great joy. When they reached Lough Dearg the water of the lake was calm. The Finians shouted all together in order to awaken the monster. Presently there came a roughness on the water and a dark blue monster came on. He had two eyes which glared like a lamp. The monster raised his tail out of the water and lashed the lake into storm, so that the spray fell around the country for
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In olden times Flax was much grown in this district as the poor land was well suited to it.
It was set like corn and when ripe it was pulled and laid on the ground for a few days. It was then tied into sheaves taken to a pool of water and steeped there for about nine days. It was then taken out and spread out to dry, afterwards kiln dried and then pounded with a beetle. It was then hackled and tied into bundles called "Thaheens". It was then cloven with an article called a cloven tongs and afterwards spun into thread. This thread was washed, spread on the grass in a lovely green field and bleached. The constant moisture in this country suited it, and after a short time it became as white as snow.
It was then wound into balls taken to a weaver and woven into linen of two materials coarse and fine. At that time weavers were numerous and they earned a good living by that trade.
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My home district is Glenderry. The meaning of the word "Glenderry" is the "Glen of the oaks". There are about forty houses in it. About four of them are new houses. Most of the houses are very old and the roofs on them are thatched. There are other houses and the roofs on them are of slate. There are many old persons in Glenderry, such as Philip Corridon, Mrs Gaynor, Mrs Mahoney. The family that is most common here is Gaynor.
There are many old stories told about a place called "Clogher" in this parish of Ballyheigue. It contains great big stones. It is said that there is gold buried under the rocks there.
Some of the people say that it was a great man that was buried there. There was a man and he said that it was a giant that was carrying a bag of stones up to Maulin; that
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The houses were built of mud and stones were put around the doors and windows to keep them firm. They would go to the wood and get timber for the Couples and they got light timber for "thiveans" and nail them on to the couples. They used get scraws and put them down on the timber before they used put on the roof. The roof was made of thatch. They used to put rows of sugáns across the thatch and tie the sugans to the stones on the "boondelawn". They used to do that every year. There used to be a small little window in the front of the house and a door and a half door inside the big one that was used to keep the cattle in. The floor around the fire was made of mud and in the bottom of the house the floor was paved with stones before the cattle would fall. There was no such thing as a glass-case or press in the house but a manger for the cows and ass and a coop for the hens. There was one or two sugán chairs and a few
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While we have no good poems all round, there are rhymes made such as these. When Kerry and Wexford were playing football there was a song made about it:
"Leawlor then was on the ball, a man of might and grit;
He made a clearance through the field and then he found the net;
The cheering was tremendous, such cheers were never known,
Since Sarsfield called the Leawlors to his aid at Garryowen".
Another piece of poetry was about a fish - man and two other boys who were going to buy his pony and who fought him.
"Ye all know Davey Tobin, that travels the world wide,
With herrings and fresh mackerels that come in with the tide;
When his fish he can't sell he then lays down a rule,
An' he going the road he would sell the ass or mule. Once he met two bonny boys,
And to a bargain they went.
In a moment they fought, and to the
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There were many poems in olden times around this district which were never written in books. Tom of the Height (Tom Prendeville) made a poem when he was in gaol for larceny. He had bad grammar in it:
"I axed the warder for a drink of water,
I thought the drought would pierce my heart,
"The devil a drop," said he, "you'll get till morning,
"Damn your eyes," said he, "the night is short".
There was another poem made about Jack Lawlor.
It was long ago when they had a football match against Wexford.
"Lawlor then was on the ball, a man of might and grit,
He made a clearance through the field, and then he found the net;
The cheering was tremendous, such cheers were never known,
Since Sarsfiled called a Lawlor to his aid at Garryowen.
We had little Connie Murphy in centre of the field,
He always proved a hero, and was never known to yield.
Sullivan and Costelloe, and Pat Shea who'd jump the sky.
And every time they kicked the ball, "Up Kerry"
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In olden times Flax was much grown in this district as the poor land was well suited to it.
It was set like corn and when ripe it was pulled and laid on the ground for a few days. It was then tied into sheaves taken to a pool of water and then steeped there for about nine days. It was then taken out and spread out to dry, afterwards kiln dried and then pounded with a beetle. It was then kackled and tied into bundles called "Thaheens". It was then cloven with an article called a cloven tongs, and afterwards spun into thread. This thread was washed, spread on the grass in a lovely green field and bleached. The constant moisture in this country suited it, and after a while it became as white as snow.
It was then wound into balls, taken to a weaver and woven into linen of two materials coarse and fine. At that time weavers were numerous and they earned a good living by that trade. The fine linen
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2020-12-01 07:24
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While we have no good poems all round, there are rhymes made such as these. When Kerry and Wexford were playing football there was a song made about it:
"Leawlor then was on the ball, a man of might and grit;
He made a clearance through the field and then he found the net;
The clearing was tremendous, such cheers were never known,
Since Sarsfield called the Leawlors to his aid at Garryowen".
Another piece of poetry was about a fish - man and two other boys who were going to buy his pony and who fought him.
"Ye all know Davey Tobin, that travels the world wide,
With herrings and fresh mackerels that come in with the tide;
When his fish he can't sell he then lays down a rule,
An' he going the road he would sell the ass or mule. Once he met two bonny boys,
And to a bargain they went.
In a moment they fought, and to the
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2020-11-30 07:10
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There are three graveyards in the Parish of Ballyheigue. One is situated about three hundred yards from the village of Ballyheigue. It is the largest of the three and the people of the Parish are buried there. When any person dies he is buried in a tomb and sometimes a cross is erected over the tomb as a sign of respect to the dead person.
Both Catholics and Protestant are buried there. A strange thing about this is a protestant church in the middle of the Graveyard. When the Crosby family lived in Ballyheigue Castle they held Divine Service there every sunday as they were protestants. There is no worship held there now, because there are no protestants in the Parish.
The other Graveyard is situated in the townland of Keel on the western side of the Parish. There is an old legend told about this place. In olden times Bishop Erc lived in a monastery there but it is now in ruins. One night a light was seen across the Bay and next day Bishop Erc
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David Godley my father's grand father made a song about a Hobby Horse. It ran like this. "Come to the west boys, come along with me. Come to the west and our hobby you will see.
She is a lily in the summer.
She is a lily in the spring.
She is the lily still in winter, when the small birds cease to sing!
Our first visit was to Pat Kenny, in the mountain of Glenlea: Situated at the Point convenient to the sea.
He brought us to his parlour and treated us quite soon.
We gave him that grand chorus, called "The Rising of the Moon".
Next to O'Connell in Kerry head estate.
He kindly received us and did us accommodate.
He brought us to his parlour and gave us punch go leór; But alas! poor John Regan was left trembling at the door.
The day being far advanced we all thought of home.
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On Christmas night we light candles in every window in honour of Christ being born in the stable at Bethlehem, 1938 years ago. St. Stephen's Day there are always races in Ballyheigue, and on that day also people go around from house to house gathering money, carrying a dead wren on a holly bush.
They generally have a rhyme made about it. "The wren, the wren, the king of all birds, St. Stephen's day she was caught in the furze". On the night of the Sixth of January at twelve o'clock the water is turned into wine. At St. Brigid's day people go around with a "Biddy", which is made of a stick and a mangold for a head.
On November night we get beans and put them in the ashes and if the two beans, one owned by a girl and another by a boy will come together there will be a marriage in the story, and if not there will be no marriage in the story. Then they get apples and put them in a cord and hang them from a rafter of a house. These they try to catch with their mouths. The first day in the year which is
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Long ago there lived in Glendahalan a family called Crosbys. This man had four sons, one a landlord, and the other a doctor, they were also Protestants and when they saw the people going to Mass and to the blessed well they only laughed at them. One of his sons whose name was Billy, had a dog, and he thought so much of him that he used carry him to the well to catch the trout that was in the well, but the dog was unable to do so and at the end the dog became blind and this man lost his senses and became foolish and he used go from place to place barking like a dog and walking on his hands and feet. He remained that way all his life until he died. His people at home were troubled when they saw him, there was a servant in the house who told them to go to Mass and became Catholics but they would not do so.
One night when all the Cantillon family were in bed they heard the barking at the door. They got up and put their clothes on them, and looked out and saw Billy's ghost and for some time
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2020-11-30 06:13
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A ship loaded with gold was got by the Crosbies some years ago. It landed on the shore outside the Coast Guards' Station at Ballyheigue. The sailors put out their small boats thinking to land safely on the shore but the storm arose and broke their boats against the rocks and the crew were all drowned.
The Crosbies took all the gold and took it to the Castle where they kept it for a fortnight. They sent for two soldiers then to guard it. The people of Ballyheigue Parish sent for men to Fenit, Ardfert, Causeway to come and steal the gold with them. It was about nine o'clock one night when the crowd arrived at the gate of the Castle. When they saw the sentry they got cowardly. Any man would not face the gate but a man from Tiduff. He asked for a bottle of whiskey and when he got it he drank some of it. Then he climbed to the top of the gate. He heard one of the sentries saying to fire at him and the other said no that he was a drunken man. He let himself
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On the last day of December in the year of '91
A two masted scooner from Africa sailed on.
She ploughed the sea for upwards of forty days or more,
Till she met with a disappointment, quite close to Brandon shore.
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The captain and his six men did all they could afford,
Trying to keep from danger while they were on board,
When they saw her going to the latter end they struggled manfully,
They had to take the life boat and top the raging sea.
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Soon they were not gone far when they met a dreadful shock.
When the six men went to the gravel and herself made off a rock.
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It was a foggy night that a ship struck the rocks at Lough Debby beside the point of Kerryhead. The sailors got a shore safely. They went in search of the houses and the first house they met was Debby's house. They went into it and got lodgings there for the night.
One of the sailors told Debby that there was a boot of gold in the ship and to go and get it. He went for it and brought it home with him. After a few days he told his wife that it would be safer to hide the boot of gold for fear his neighbours would come to hear of it and that they would take it from him.
He put it into a canvas bag and took a spade with him to bury it. When he landed back his wife asked him where did he hide the gold and the answer he made her was that he could only see the top of the chimneys of Kell and the top of Irish mountain.
He said to his wife again that
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the following is a poem made by my grand uncle David Godley about a Hubby horse.
Come to the west boys, come along with me,
Come to the west and our hubby you will see
She is the lily in the summer
She is the lily in the spring
She is the lily still in winter
When the small birds cease to sing.
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Our first visit was to Pat Kenny
In the mountain glen or Lee,
Situated at the point convenient to the sea
He brought us to his parlour and treated us quite soon,
We gave him that grand chorus called the Rising of the moon.
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Next to Michael O'Connell in the Kerryhead estate
He kindly received us and did us accommodate.
He brought us to his parlour and gave us punch go leór,
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About sixty years ago there lived a man called Shone Burns. He was born somewhere around this place. A large stone weighing about one ton weight is to be seen at the present day in a field brought there by Shone for a wager.
An old Landlord was once tormented by animals trespassing over his lawn, he built a high wall around it and locked a high gate. The only entrance to the Lawn was this gate, Shone found a horse grazing outside the gate and taking the horse in his arms lifted him over the wall. The landlord was surprised in the morning to find the horse in the field and the gate locked.
One day he was at a butter market in Abbeyfeale, people prided out of their new cars made by different carpenters. Shone was called in to judge them. The first car he caught by the two shafts and opening his hands threw a shaft of the car to each side of him.
Another day he entered a forge where
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2020-11-26 07:33
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On July the 8th in the year 1900 a terrible catastrophe occurred in Ballyheigue Bay. It fell on Sunday. Some boys and girls went for a pleasure trip in a open boat; there were six in number. When about half a mile from the shore they hoisted a sail one of the ropes got entangled on top of the main mast the owner climbed the mast to release the rope, the weight overhead being too heavy the boat overturned and its occupants fell into the water.
Their screams were heard on the banks of the cliffs. They were some time in the water before help arrived. The Coast Guards and a few local men launched a boat and made for the scene. On their arrival two were saved and four were lost. They discovered three of the bodies after a few hours and the other body was not found till about three weeks after. When the bodies were brought ashore they were put in the "boat house" which belonged to the Coast Guards. It was piteable to see the parents and friends when they saw the bodies. Those who remember it say
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a garden full of snow, when the snow began to melt like a ship without a belt, when the ship began to sail like a bird without a tail, when the bird began to fly like an eagle in the sky when the sky began to fall the Lord have mercy of us all.
A. A garden full of cabbage.
Q. What can a white hen do that a black hen can not do.
A. A white hen can lay a white egg and a black hen can not lay a black egg.
Q. What night is like two weeks.
A. A fortnight.
Q. Humpty Dumty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumty got a great fall all the King's horses and all the King's men could not put Humpty Dumpty together again.
A. An egg fell off a wall and was broken.
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Q. The men in the garden spitting at the men in the bog and the men in bog putting them up to it.
A. A pot of potatoes boiling out on the fire.
Q. Why does not a clock strike thirteen?
A. Because it has not the face to do so.
Q. Two legs sat on three legs with one leg in hand, in came four legs and snapped away one leg up jumped two legs and caught three legs and threw it at four legs to bring back one leg.
A. A woman sitting on a stool eating a leg of mutton when in came a dog and snapped the leg of mutton then up jumped the woman and caught the stool and threw it at the dog to bring back the leg of mutton.
Q. Riddle me, riddle me randy o, my father gave me some seeds to sow, when the seeds began to grow like
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2020-11-25 07:53
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Q. What is the longest word in the English language.
A. Smiles, because there is a mile between the first and last letter.
Q. If a cwt of coal coat ten shillings what would a ton of coal come to.
A. Ashes.
Q. In Amsterdam tis common, in Germany it is still, tis always in a mountain and never in a hill.
A. The letter m.
Q. The man that made it never wore it, the man that wore it never saw it.
A. A coffin.
Q. Could you kill a rat in an empty bag.
A. No because if the rat was in it it would not be empty.
Q. What key is the hardest to turn.
A. A donkey.
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should stir or take a "gras" at the churn; or if they would not the cream would not turn into butter. If one stole a coal out of the fire the milk would not turn into butter.
Once there was a neighbour and he went into a house where they were making butter. He stole a coal out of the fire. There was also a tailor who stole a coal, and put it under a pot. When they thought the butter was made they looked at it, but there was no butter in churn. The tailor told them to rise up the pot and they got the butter under the pot.
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2020-11-25 07:44
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The food they had long ago was different to the food that they have now. They used go out in the morning for an hour before the breakfast and come in then and eat potatoes and drink sour milk, and that would be their food for the day, except that they would have a meal of gruel for the supper. They would often scrape "stampy", and they might have a sup of tea for Christmas; and what they would have spared they would put it away till the next Christmas. There were no such things as tea used, but it was going all right but the people were not able to buy it, and their teeth were very sound. Many the person long ago carried all his teeth to the grave, because there were no teas, whilst now all their teeth are rotting daily. That is because it is nothing now but tea, and sweets. The food they were eating long ago was healthier, but there is every class of queer food now such as meat, puddings, rashers, sweet cake, and many other kinds. The food they had long ago was healthier, such as the stampy, the potatoes, and the gruel.
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2020-11-25 07:32
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There are many forges in this parish, such as Pat Cantillon's, John Casey's, and many others. They say that smiths are very strong and healthy because the blessed Virgin was walking with St. Joseph, and she had Our Lord in her arms one day. They lost the pin of our lord's clothes and they met a man minding sheep and they asked him for a thorn to pin the clothes. He said he had no time to look for it. They met a man minding cows and they asked him for a thorn that would be as a pin, and he said he should mind his cows. They went away till finally they came to a forge and the smith was standing at the door of the forge. St. Joseph asked him for a pin and he took a piece of money from his pocket and beat it into a beautiful broach, the likes of which was never seen before. He gave it to the Blessed Virgin and she gave him her blessing and she thanked him. That is the reason the smiths are so strong and healthy all down the years.
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What trade does the sun follow in the summer time? That of a tanner.
What key is best for unlocking the tongue? Whiskey. When is a bill like a rifle? When it is presented and discharged.
Which is the favourite word with women? The last one. What requires more philosophy than taking things as they come? Parting with things as they go. Why is a pretty girl like a muffin? She is often toasted. Why are good women like ivy? The greater the ruin, the closer they cling. What is it a blind man cannot feel but can see? A good joke. One half dead, the other half live, and a tail wagging? A dog with his head in a pot. Half a chicken, three fourths of a goat? Chicago. Prove that a cat has ten tails? A cat has a tail more than no cat, and no cat has nine tails, therefore a cat has ten tails.
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to you? Your mother.
What it in the field and is not cut, in the shop and is not sold, in the river, and is not drowned?
A sun-beam.
What side of the cup is the handle.
The outside.
Which is a ton of coal or a ton of feathers the heavier? They are all the same.
I sought for, I found it, it was easily met; yet God never got it, or never will get? A Master.
When is the clock the hungriest?
When it is going to eight.
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2020-11-24 07:57
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There is a hidden treasure in Keel. Long ago a man stole it out of a ship, hid it in some garden, and his wife asked him where did he hide it. He told her to throw a potato as far as she could from the house facing north, "and you will get the golden pig" said he. The man died the morning after.
It is said there is a man minding it, and you would die if you got it. A man by the name of Tom Corridon went digging for the treasure and he got a small bed and a flag over it, and a bone inside in it, and there was some thing written on the bone. He ran in home as he thought he had the golden pig; and it is said that if he kept digging he would get the gold farther down.
It is said that the man who stole and buried it, is minding it with a whip and a sword.
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2020-11-24 07:50
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the treasure was not there. The people of Kerryhead firmly believe it is hidden there yet.
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2020-11-24 07:49
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the gold what ever would happen.He carried a spade with him and when he came near it, he became blind-folded; but he got off the head and the following day he went out into the stall with an iron rope; and his brother followed him and he got him hanged in the stall.
They buried him and the rats and other animals tore him out of the coffin and that was the word that the man told him - that he would not die happy, or that he would not rest in his grave. There is a ball of lightening seen there often. He foretold that the rooks would be flying through the ruins of the Castle and that the street would come as far as the Coast Guard station.
Kerry head point and Brandon head were then one land but he foretold that the sea would come in and go as far as Kilflynn.
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2020-11-24 07:41
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Long ago there were Leprechauns in Ireland. They had barns in the mountain and they used to carry little children under six years of age with them unknown to their parents.
Once a woman sent her daughter for the cows, the cows were on the mountain, the Leprechauns took her away and they put another girl instead of her driving home the cows.
When the girl came home she sat down near the fire and would not move for anyone. The people of the house were surprised. One day a beggar woman came in and the girl had great looking at her. She told the woman to hunt her out of the house so she did so and that very moment her own daughter came in and her mother asked her where she was and she said she was for the cows. Always the other girl used to sit near the door by night and go away in the morning.
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2020-11-24 07:35
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Spailpín was the name given to men who came from other places to earn their hire especially the time of digging the potatoes. These spailpíns stood outside the chapel gate in Tralee after the twelve o'clock Mass every Sunday. If the farmers wanted men they went to hire the spailpíní. Their life was very hard as the farmers worked them as hard as they could for the week they had them. They had to work from dawn till dark, and the pay was small. They went to work at day break and worked for nearly two hours before they got breakfast. This meal consisted of potatoes and milk.
Where ever they went they carried their spade and their clothes consisted of a small parcel tied up in an old handkerchief thrown across their shoulders. They spent a fortnight in a farmer's house and then went to another farmer and so on till the harvest was over. When going home they took their money with them and this supported them during the Winter.
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2020-11-24 07:27
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two herrings and a mackerel in his mouth and he gave them to the woman. She put them into a pot over the fire to boil. The two sons came in and she told them the story. They put the black cat under a pot to smother him. When he was nearly dead he said to the woman "It is good for you that you put me here because you would not be alive to night". The cat was a great pet by her, so she was surprised when she heard him talk back to her. It frightened her very much as it was not a natural thing for a cat to do. I suppose but for the sons coming home he would bring all the cats in the neighbourhood to put her to death. From this we learn that no matter how friendly you are with a cat you can never trust him.
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2020-11-24 07:21
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Long ago two men had a dispute. They summoned each other, and one of the men came to a friend of his to make interest for him with the magistrate. So he had to get up at the middle of the night because he did not know what time he had. As he was going the road from Maulin to Glendhalan he over took four men carrying a coffin.
When he reached his friend's house he called them and told them to get up that it was very late. He said the coffin came from town and made by the carpenter. So when he heard this he got three weaknesses and they put him to bed.
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2020-11-24 07:15
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the Grotto and it is said some people get cured.
About six months ago some man left his crutches at the well they are to be seen at the Grotto.
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2020-11-24 07:14
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which grew nine hazel trees which at certain times produced beautiful red nuts. These nuts fell at the surface of the water and the salmon in the water came up and ate them which caused the red spots in the salmon.
There are other herbs such as clover that grow through the grass these are eaten by the cows. Their milk is much richer then, and the farmers get a better price for it at the creamery.
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2020-11-24 07:09
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Múr Buidhe is a kind of sea weed found on the shore and is picked only when the tide is out.
It grows from a stalk that takes root on the rocks and has only a few flat leaves about five or six feet long and about four inches wide. When picked it is spread out to dry for a day or two, and it can then be packed until it is wanted for use. A boat comes from Clonakilty to Tralee and takes it away to Liverpool, and there it is made into iodine and liniment which are sold in chemists shops. Liniment is very useful in the winter time for people who are suffering from rheumatism.
A person could earn about ten shillings a day picking it while the spring tide lasts which is about five days in every fortnight.
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2020-11-23 07:26
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herb boxes and perforated lids so that a delightful fragrance was carried about with them.
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2020-11-23 07:25
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Brendan was baptised by Bishop Erc in Ardfert.
When St. Brendan was born a light was seen across the bay at Fenit and Bishop Erc said there was a great saint born, he set off next day from Keel to find the great saint that was born across the bay at Fenit.
Where the monastery was long ago the graveyard is there now, there is one tomb and a few graves there. Nowadays no body is buried there except members of the Corridon family. It is said that the Banshee is heard crying around the walls of this church before any one of them dies. If one of the Corridon family dies three of them are taken to Keel graveyard within the same year.
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2020-11-23 07:20
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have a party and they have nuts and beans and apples for the supper.
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2020-11-23 07:19
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a time the castle was burned by the Black and Tans.
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2020-11-23 07:18
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cut him to pieces. Then he came out, and out came all the Fenians after him and the blood flowed from the monster and flowed into Lough Dearg, and from that day out it was called "Lough Dearg", or the bloody lake.
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2020-11-23 07:16
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The fine linen was used for making shirts, table-cloths, handkerchiefs, and the coarse linen for sheets. Many people have these sheets in their homes still, they are given from generation to generation as heirlooms.
It was very laborious work as it had to undergo many a process.
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2020-11-23 07:13
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there was a hole in the bag and some of the stones fell out.
So from that time out it is called "Clogher-Maulin".
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2020-11-23 07:12
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stools. The settle-bed was near the fire and a big high bed made of timber in the other side, and a hood for it.
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2020-11-23 07:10
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Flax is a crop that is not extensively grown in the south of Ireland at the present time compared with fifty years ago. At that time everyone owning any extent of land set anything from a rood to an acre of ground under flax. It was sown in plots manured with artificial or farmyard manure. When the crop became ripe it was pulled with the hand and bound into sheaves. It was then thrown into a bog hole for about three weeks. Then it was taken out and placed over a fire in an iron frame until it was thoroughly dry. It was then pounded with beetles by hand to separate the fibre from it. The next process it went through was the cloven tongs which separated the tow from the finer flax both of which were spun into thread with a linen wheel. It was then taken to a weaver who with the use of a loom converted the thread made from the tow into what was called "bandlecloth" and the finer flax thread into beautiful linen both of which were used for sheets and different other things.
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2020-11-23 07:01
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was the cry".
Edmond Stritch made a poem, lamenting his youth about Kerry Head: -
"Let me go, let me go to wild Kerry Head,
Where the days of my childhood so pleasantly fled;
Let me chant to its wild cliffs where blackberries grow;
To my home in wild Kerry again let me go!"
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2020-11-23 06:57
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There was a man living in Glenderry, long ago and his name was Michael James. He was in great need of money as he had many children to rear. He dreamed three times of a bridge in England called the "Bridge of Good Luck". He said to himself that if he found that bridge he would get gold or something valuable under or near it. He went over to England and he walked through the land until he came to the bridge of his dreams. A man was standing by the bridge who said to him: "I had a strange dream. I saw a house in Ireland where a man named Michael James lived. There is gold buried beside a thorn bush in his meadow". "That is very strange", said Michael James. Without giving his name to the man he came home. As soon as he came home he took a spade and began to dig beside the bush in his meadow. His spade struck a stone and under the stone he found a crock of gold. He was happy now and he put the money in the bank.
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2020-11-19 07:45
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was used for making shirts, cloths, and table-cloths, and handkerchiefs, and the coarse linen for sheets. Many people have these sheets in their homes still they are given from generation to the next as heirlooms.
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2020-11-19 07:42
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went to Barrow and found St. Brendan. He baptised him in Wether's Well.
No other people are buried there except a member of the Corridon family. A light is seen somewhere in the district which foretells death to some one of the Corridons - here, or America, or any other country where one of them dies. The Ban or a Caoine is also heard before the death of them. When one of the Corridons die it is said that three others of the same name will be buried there within the year.
The third burial place is in Glendahalin, and no adults are buried there but the young children who die soon after been born.
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2020-11-19 07:35
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barrack they were sent.
"Bad luck to you Con Dennehy who tried to get a "V.",
But in spite of you old Tobin the sergeant let free!"
There was another piece and here are two lines of it: -
"When I sat down with my true love, sure I nothing could ate.
For I loved my love's company far better than mate!"
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2020-11-19 07:32
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There are three graveyards in this parish. The chief one is the one in the Village of Ballyheigue, for all the people of the parish. It is a very strange thing that there is a Protestant church in the middle of it. They do not have any service in it at present, but they used to in the time of the Crosbies. This graveyard was very ugly and badly kept, but the priest said that every one who owned a tomb or a grave had to clean it, and they did so. There is a grave-yard in Kerryhead where the Corridon families are buried. It is said when any of the Corridons is going to die a light is seen in the graveyard. There is a stone in the shape of a tomb and a bishop named bishop Erc is buried under it. There is another stone on top of it and it is said that if it is carried away it will come back again before morning. There is another graveyard at the North side, near the holy well, where babies who are not baptised are buried.
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2020-11-19 07:25
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We came in that direction to the place called the New Road.
When the boys and girls danced and the little ones had fled,
We had still some amusement on the roads of Kerry Head".
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2020-11-19 07:23
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called New Year day, people get up very early to see how is the wind blowing. Because if the wind is from the east the English will have the fine year, and if the wind is from the west 'tis for Ireland the victory will be.
Young people get up early to go around gathering money this morning. St. John's night we light big, big fires, at the cross roads; and as the fire is burning down the boys and the girls leap over it, and on going home they carry a red sod to kindle their own fires in the morning.
Shrove Tuesday people who have not married before must go to Skilligs; and on "chalk" Sunday the eligible people that are not married before are marked with the chalk for Skilligs. On Easter Sunday people eat more eggs than on any other day in the year.
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2020-11-19 07:16
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On the night of the 31st of December 1891, a scooner named Catherine Richards was wrecked quite close to Ballyheigue strand. Her cargo consisted of about six hundred tons of Barley supposed to be consigned to Guinness' of Dublin for brewing purposes. The day before was very wild and stormy so she put up for shelter on the off side of the Bay. The storm was raging so high she drew her anchor and became a total wreck. Her crew consisted of six men who took to the life boats and lost their lives.
When seen in the morning of the 1st of January all the local people gathered to see the ship wreck. The only lives on board were two cats and a dog for they lost their true companions through density of fog. She was in the service of Lloyd's Co. and her agents took her over at once and began to unload the cargo. Several hands were called on to work. It took some days before it was unloaded and in that event a young fellow of eleven years lost his life by a pulley falling from the top of the mast and killing him instantly. When
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2020-11-19 07:05
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A mermaid is half a woman and half a fish. She has a head like a woman and a body like a fish. She has long golden locks when seen she is always combing her hair. If any one has the misfortune to see her, he or one of his relations is sure to get drowned before seven years.
Long ago a man went to the strand and he saw a mermaid sitting on a rock combing her hair. He saw beside her a wand and he thought if he got this all her power would be gone.
So he stole it and took it home and hid it in a loft over the fire. The mermaid followed him home and she became a beautiful lady as soon as she put her foot in the land.
Shortly afterwards they got married and had three children. One day she was cleaning a loft over the fire she found her wand wrapped in a cloth. She immediately went to the strand and became a mermaid
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the bigger it gets.
A. A hole.
Q. Which side of the jug is the handle.
A. On the outside.
Q. What turns without moving?
A. Milk.
Q. The beginning of eternity, the end of time and place the beginning of every end and the end of every place.
A. The letter E.
Q. What key is the best for unlocking the tongue.
A. Whiskey.
Q. Why is a baker always hungry.
A. Because he needs bread.
Q. How many feet has forty sheep a shepherd and his dog.
A. Two.
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Q. What is most like a horse's shoe?
A. Another horse's shoe.
Q. What is of no use to a train and still cannot go without it?
A. Noise.
Q. What is the difference between a school teacher and a railway guard.
A. One trains the mind and the other minds the train.
Q. What is the weight of the moon.
A. A cwt because there are four quarters in it.
Q. As father was B's brother what was A to B's mother.
A. Grandchild.
Q. Why is the letter F like a bananna skin.
A. Because both make all fall.
Q. What is the more you take from it
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after they used to hear the barking of a dog, but now it is heard sometimes outside in the cliff. They afterwards got the parish priest of Ballyheigue Father Mc Carthy to read Mass and bless the house and the surroundings and from that day to this they never heard of him any more.
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2020-11-17 08:43
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Múcán na gCat is a fort near the sea in John Carrol's farm near Kerryhead. It is under the ground. It is said that there are thirty two rooms in it and a hall leading to each room. Every room is bee hive shaped on the top. It is opening out in to the sea.
It is said that the Danes built it and that they had it for a hiding place for fear of an invasion and it is said that there was a battle fought outside this fort between the Danes and the Irish.
It is said that once an old man was crossing the fort and he heard people dancing and singing inside in it. After the rebellion of 1916 the Irregulars or I. R. A. took refuge from the Black and Tans in this fort.
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2020-11-17 08:36
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Long ago the people used cliabs for drawing potatoes, mangolds, from the pits and turf out of the bog if the weather was wet, because horses could not travel in the soft bog. It was very laborious work but they had to do it.
Every one had the twigs growing in their own gardens. When they wanted a cliab they cut the twigs before the moon rose they put them in to boiling water so that they would get tough and so that they would twist easily without breaking.
They cut a scraw of earth with the grass on top of it about the size of the cliab they were to make. The cliab was about two feet long and one and a half feet wide. Then they would get the strongest of the twigs they put them around the scraw about three inches apart. Then they got the smaller ones and they wove them in and out through the bigger ones until they had it finished. They put two handles on it one in each side made of twigs.
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2020-11-17 08:28
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Of the many shipwrecks that are to be recorded on the shores of Ballyheigue Bay the wreck of the "Catherine Richards" can be numbered among them. She was a three masted ship owned by a firm in Carnarvan in Wales. She embarked from some one of the ports in South Africa with a cargo of corn and there was nothing definite known about her except that she was bound for Guinness' Brewery Dublin. On the night of December 31st 1891 she was driven ashore in Ballyheigue Bay a complete wreck and when boarded by the Coast Guards on that morning the only living animals that were found in her were two cats and a dog. When she became unmanageable the crew took to the boats and were never heard of after. In the meantime the agents for the Insurance Co. started to discharge the cargo. The work was so recklessly carried out that it caused the loss of another life.
The following is a poetry composed about the ship wreck.
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2020-11-17 08:20
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The old people say that there are many secrets hidden, but this is about a gold pig they say it is buried in Kerryhead.
People say that there was an old man and his wife near that place and they were always quarrelling and one day the man took the golden pig with him and buried it. When he arrived home his wife asked him where did he put the golden pig. He answered that if you stood in the hallow where you would see the chimneys of Keel and the top of Irish mountain, that is the place where the golden pig hidden.
Some of the old people say that the gold is buried in John Carroll's ground and they say that there is a big quarry of stones over it. Others say that it is buried in Glenderry mountain. It is said that long ago some old man dreamt that it was in Carroll's ground but he was afraid to go for it.
It is said that the ship came into Keel harbour and that the man went into it there was no one in it but a cat and a dog there he found the golden pig.
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It is said that there is a shoe of gold hidden somewhere in Glenderry mountain. Long ago a ship came into Keel and a man from the neighbourhood stole the Golden shoe from the ship. He was afraid that this precious piece of gold would be stolen from him so he hid it in the mountain.
He told his brother that this treasure could be got if he stood on the slope of the mountain where he could see only the tops of Keel chimneys and the tops of Maluin chimneys the gold would be underneath him. People often went looking for it but never found it.
One night a man had a dream about this gold. The following day he went looking for it. He began digging for the gold a bull ran after him but he got stuck in a rock and the print of his leg is plain to be seen to this day. It is said that a bull and a turkey cock are guarding the gold and will let no one take it so it will remain there for ever.
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the Barrack. Shone did as he was told and when he came opposite the Barrack the Sergeant drew the attention of the boast to the drunken man and ordered him to arrest him which he accordingly attempted to do. Instead of arresting him Burns, who got rid of the drunken appearance took the R. I. C. man with one hand and flung him over a wall adjoining the barrack walked away and left the policeman a victim to a broken collarbone. This gave him a little more sense than he hitherto had and never more interfered with our hero.
This is only one of the great feats he performed during his career.
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The most remarkable figure in Kerry, two generations ago so far as physical strength was concerned was a man by the name of Shone Burns. He was a native of the parish of Lixnaw and was a man of quiet and gentle disposition and he was as harmless as a child.
Whenever anything happened where man power was required he was there and proved what he was able to do.
There was a member of the R. I. C. stationed in the village of Lixnaw who was always boasting to the other men in the station that there was not a man in Kerry but he was fit to arrest without the assistance of any other one of the force. Being new in the place at this time he knew but very little of Shone. The Sergeant in charge made up a plan with Burns to pretend to be drunk and stagger his way to
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(1) There is a place in the sea about a mile out from the shore called the Church banks and when the waves break crossing this it is a sure sign of rain.
(2) When the waves break over Loca Tribhthín making a great noise which can be heard a long distance, it is another sign of rain.
(3) There is a rock in Ballyheigue Bay about eight miles from this school known as Muchallach and when the waves are seen dashing over this rock it is a sure sign of rain.
(4) When the sea pigs are seen on top of the water going to the west towards the Atlantic it is a sure sign of rain.
(6) When the Brandon hills appear near and black it is another sign of rain.
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In February 1890 a high wind drove a ship laden with corn which was on its way to Fenit Harbour (near the town of Tralee) towards the rocks in Ballyheigue Bay. It was learned later that it belonged to a man in Carnarvon in Wales, and she was named Catherine Richards. Early in the morning a local man named Pat Casey sighted the ship on the rocks and immediately reported the matter to the Coast Guards who were responsible for all wrecks.
It was found that the cargo consisted of a consignment of malt and barley. Messrs. Mc Cowens of Tralee - agents of Lloyds Insurance Company took charge of the cargo and employed the local farmers with horses and carts to remove the cargo by road to Tralee. All the crew of the ship - Catherine Richards were lost off the point of Kerry Head. The only living things found in the ship were a cat and a dog. When the ship was emptied by Mc Cowens
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The old method of butter making before the barrel came into use was with a churn and staff attached to it. The churn was a circular wooden vessel about four feet high with a circumference of about three feet at the bottom and eighteen inches at the top. The staff was a long wooden piece of wood about a foot in diameter. On the top of the churn was a cover with a hole in the centre through which the handle passed. This was worked by the hand in such a manner that the cream was converted into butter in a very short time.
In olden times there was a lot of superstition following the making of butter. While the churning was in progress the housekeepers then would by no means allow a bit of fire to be removed from the house. On one occasion while the cream was churning a neighbour walked into the house and took a coal of
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A few hundred yards to the south of Keelmacada Church, there is a little creek beneath the cliffs which at full tide resembles a miniature lake and is known by the name of "Lough na mbrater".
The most remarkable thing about this is, the three rocks or slabs in the middle, are plainly visible at low tide, but only the tops are seen above water at full tide.
These rocks which in shape and form have the appearance of the head of a human body form the theme of many interesting old stories. It is said that an attack was once made in the monastery of Keelmacada. The monks were put to flight and three of them were pursued to the cliffs and driven over them into the little lake now Lough na mbrater, where they met with instant death, and immediately after the three rocks rose up in the middle of the water.
Others say that Lough na mbrather was the scene of a priest
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In the townland of Glendahalan, on the north side of the Ballyheigue Parish there is a holy well called Tobar na Súl, in connection with which there is an old legend.
On the slope of the steep glen overlooking the well may be seen an old ivy clad ruin. This, the legend states is the ruin of a Convent founded by St. Dahalen, the patron of the district, from which the townland takes its name.
One certain stormy night a party of pirates sailed into the little creek close by and attacked the Convent. The Community begged for mercy, but the invaders were deaf to their pleading. The Abbess prayed to God for deliverance and as if an answer to her prayer whole party were stricken blind.
The Saint was filled with pity at their plight and having exacted a promise from them that the Convent would not be further molested. Again she had recourse to
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In a deep glen covered with bracken and ivy to the south of the old ruin is a grassy slope from which issues a stream called St. Macada's well. The Corridon family often go in pilgrimage to this well.
It is said that the old church is sometimes seen enveloped in a bright light, which is a sign that death is approaching one of the Corridon family.
Many people have seen the light and in every case the truth of the saying is fulfilled for a funeral goes to the old church always after its appearance.
A sound of weeping and the Irish "Caoine" is said also to be heard at Keelmacada when the death of a Corridon takes place over the seas.
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age, for it is said that Bishop Erc often visited there. During one of his visits a bright light was seen from Keel across the Bay around the slopes of Mt. Brandon. The Bishop on being consulted told the monks that the light revealed, that a great saint of the Church was born that night.
Next day they set out from Cill Mhic Adá found the new born Babe, whom Bishop baptised and who was no other than the great St. Brendan.
The ruins of the old monastery are still to be seen a few hundred yards to the east of the old church Keelmacada.
Nothing is now left but a pile of stones, surrounding by a grassy mound although until recent years, a stone image of St. Ida was to be seen in what was once the gable of the old monastery.
This image or statue is said to have been brought by the Corridons from Clare and presented to the son of St. Ida who was a monk in the monastery at Keelmacada.
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that separated him from it and by doing so, the water overran the Church and grave, and hence it got the name "Teampull Fó-Thuinn" or the Church under the waves.
Not long after the husband died also and orders were given that he too should be buried in the same grave with his wife. As the Cantillons were unable to take the coffin out to the middle of the sea, they took it to the edge of the Cliff and laid it there as was done with all Cantillon people that died, and during the night the coffin used be taken out to sea and buried there.
This poor mother felt as lonely after her son as the father did after his daughter and she was so broken-hearted that she went to the edge of the cliff and sat beside the coffin all night. She was not long there when she noticed four
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Long ago there lived a sea-king named Durfulla who had one daughter whom he dearly loved. About this time there lived in Ballyheigue Castle a family by the name of Cantillon who were the landlords of the whole parish.
This princess, the sea-king's daughter forfeited all her wealth in order to marry Florence Cantillon and by doing so, she displeased her father as this boy was only a commoner. She did not enjoy much of her married life, because a few years afterwards she died and the King ordered the sea-folk that she should be buried in the local cemetery and this order was carried out.
The father was so attached to his daughter that he could not be separated from her, and in order to be united with her grave, he cut away the land
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Long ago there lived in Ballyheigue a well-known man named Crosbie. He was one of the Cromwellian soldiers who helped to conquer Ireland, and for that reason he got the largest tract of land in Ballyheigue and became landlord of the whole parish.
He was a protestant and despised the poor down-trodden people of ths place. He heard of "Tobar na Súil" but he did not believe there was any cure in its waters. One day he took out his three dogs and went in the direction of the well more to scoff than to pray. When he reached the well, with contempt he threw one of his dogs into it. No sooner did he do so than it began to howl and to scream and he had to pull it out again. When he did so it swelled up and died almost immediately. He tried the second dog and
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He brought the crew to the Castle and got their treasures carefully stored in his cellar.
Not long after rendering valuable aid to the strangers Mr. Crosbie fell sick and died and everything was left in the hands of his wife Lady Margaret. The captain desired to return home at once but Lady Margaret claimed salvage, for all her trouble. She would not agree to the settlement which the captain was willing to make, and so he was delayed from day to day.
It soon became known in the whole neighbourhood that there were treasures stored in the Castle. The captain decided to have the treasures stored in the tower where they were buried secretly by the captain, Lady Margaret and the Butler.
Towards evening on the fourth of June, 1729 stealthy figures were seen creeping from the sandhills in the direction of the Castle, and at midnight a loud shriek was heard. This was the signal. Suddenly a number of people headed by the butler attacked the Danish sailors who were
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The story of the silver ship is told up to the present day and some of the silver vessels which were found in it, are still to be found in the Castle. During the eighteenth century a storm-tossed liner landed on a lonely inlet near Ballyheigue coast. The ship was tossed into shallow waters and finally landed on the strand. The crew consisted of eighty-eight Danish sea-men and a large cargo of silver worth £50,000.
At that time people took no notice of such a strange-looking ship, as such ships were often seen near the coast of Ballyheigue. During a succession of stormy nights and days the ship was trying to get into deep water, but in vain, and the strange thing about it was, that it gave no signals of distress and did not seem to want anyone to come near them.
The distressed ship was seen by Mr. Thomas Crosbie and he at once went towards them taking all his servants to help in rescue work.
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Invaders.
No sooner did she do so, than those heartless, cruel boys were struck blind. Their joy was soon turned into sorrow and they groped their way to the little cabin of the Saint. When they reached it they begged and implored of the Saint to restore their sight.
In the little valley below is a well of pure crystal spring water and it is to this well the Saint sent the men who were stricken blind, to wash their eyes in the waters.
No sooner did they do so than their sight was restored. Ever since people who are suffering from eye-trouble go to this well and pay "rounds" and wash their eyes in its waters and it is said their eyes are either cured, or improved and this is how it got its name "Tobar na Súile".
The old people of the neighbourhood tell a story about the misuse of the waters of the well.
A Farmer's wife was very busy one day and as water is rather scarce around there she used the "well-water" as she called it for boiling the potatoes for
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About three miles north of Ballyheigue Village are the ruins of the old Church named "Teampull Daithlionn". It got its name from Saint Dathalan who spent most of her life praying in a small cabin beside the Church.
The Church was built on a hillock. It was eighteen feet long, eleven feet broad, and nine feet high but before the year 1814 the walls fell and there is nothing to be seen now only the ruins of the Church and the Saint's little house.
Everyone had heard of Saint Dathalan and the holy life she lived and people used to come to see her Church and tiny house.
One night some wayward boys arranged that a number of them would come and upset her, and perhaps hunt her away. Perhaps by the Inspiration of God the Saint knew she was about to be attacked. She at once knelt down and begged of God to protect her from her
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2020-11-13 07:26
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It was the custom long ago in the town-land of Keel, Kerryhead that when any member of the Corridon family died, instead of being buried like all other people, the coffin used be taken down to the top of the cliff and left there and it was never seen or heard of afterwards. It is said that it used be taken out to sea by a certain spirit.
It happened that this poor Corridon woman's son died and as she was very lonesome after him, she went herself at mid-night and took the corpse in a donkey and cart and placed it on the brink of the cliff. She then went to a hiding-place to watch what would happen. After a while she noticed the tide coming closer to the coffin and suddenly a huge monster arose from the waters and said to her, "how dare you watch here" and as a penalty for your interfering, this is the last time a member of the Corridon family will be buried like this.
A grave-yard had then to be
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fall off the gate and he rose up again. He went along between rising and falling until he came up to them and he walked around them. He had a club of a stick inside his coat and the two soldiers who were on guard knew nothing until he struck one of them and knocked him and did the same to the other. When the rest of the people saw the sentry down they rushed in and made prisoners of them.
They took all the gold with them. It is said that some of it is buried in the Glenfarm not far from the Castle more of it is in Kerryhead and it said for sure that there are two pieces of it hidden at Liosnamuck in Clahaneleesh.
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he would go to the ship to Lough Debby to see if there was any more gold in it. On leaving the ship people say he got drowned. It is called Lough Debby because it was there Debby got drowned.
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But alas: poor John Regan was left trembling at the door.
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The day been far advanced we all thought of home
We came in that direction to a place called the New Road
Where the girls and boys danced and the little ones had fled
We had some great amusement on the roads of Kerryhead.
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a smith was in a temper trying to weld two red irons together. Shone stood near the anvil and when the smith turned in to take the red iron out of the fire Shone took the anvil in one hand and put it under his coat. The smith turned around with the two red irons and to find no Anvil.
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2020-11-12 07:09
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Caher is the name of a field situated in our land. It is said that it was the oldest land in Ballyheigue, it contains six acres and it is under tillage for over two hundred and fifty years. There is one tomb and eight graves in it and it is said that people were buried there long ago, and there are many head stones there. It is mapped by itself and divided from the rest of the land. And it is strongly thought that it was the O'Neill family that were buried there. The O'Neill family lived in Ballyheigue over two hundred and fifty years ago. And there was a song composed about it.
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they never witnessed anything like it. The bodies were taken home and waked they were then buried the same day in the Church Yard at Ballyheigue. It cast a gloom over the place for many a year and strange to say the boy that saved the girl got married a few years after.
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the ship was unloaded an attempt was made to tow her off the rocks, empty oil barrels were placed round the ship then a tug boat brought on and a big hawser attached to pull her off. On the first attempt the hawser broke and Catherine Richards lay on the rocks to become a total wreck.
A local black-smith took the contract of breaking her up. His contract was to take down the two masts quite sound and then he was to get the remainder. He succeeded in doing so. He then broke up the ship and auctioned it off, so that is what became of Catherine Richards of Carnarvon.
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Thirteen persons never sat down to table together. If two hens were seen fighting, it was a sign that visitors were to come.
There are natural signs which every person believes in. A rainbow is a sign of rain. If the evening is grey and the morning is red it makes the sailor shake his head, evening red and morning grey is the sign of a fine day. Geese are sometimes seen flying, this forebodes that storm is nigh. If the waves roar when they dash up against the cliffs it is a sign of rain. When sea gulls are seen flying in opposite direction through the sky it is also a sign of rain. When a bird called the gabairín ruad is heard it is a sign of fine weather.
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2020-11-12 06:47
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In olden times a kind of rope was made from hay or straw. It was called a súgán. Farmers used it for tying hay and straw to secure it against the storms in winter. It was also used for seats for chairs in farmers' houses.
It took two persons to make the súgán. One letting the straw in little bits and the other twisting either with a piece of timber about nine inches long, or what they called a "castóre". This castóre was in three parts, one part revolving in a "swivel" the two others were permanent.
Seldom this class of rope is now used. It is substituted by stuff called minella woven by machinery much superior to that of the old Súgán.
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Mucán na gCat is an underground passage situated in the townland of Tiduff about one hundred yards from the cliff. There is an opening or doorway about two feet wide and three feet high in it. After entering this a person can travel different apartments leading one after another into an outlet on the side of the cliff.
There is very little known about it, except that it was used by the smugglers in the fourteenth century for storing tobacco which was seized by robbers from merchant ships conveying it from the different countries where tobacco was grown to any of the Irish ports. In more recent times during the civil war in this country it was used as a hiding place by the Insurgents. It was also as a prison for anyone who did not obey the laws of the old IRA organisation.
It is of Danish origin and though it is centuries old it is
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was made to pay him for marrying the pair. Late in the evening those who were not invited to the wedding dressed up as "Straw boys" they came disguised so that they would not be known. When they arrived at the house, they took the kitchen to themselves and danced first with the bride. They got refreshments also, and after nine or ten dances they went back to their homes quietly.
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the frame and thinner ones to be woven round these. When the twigs were woven about a foot high, the twigs were turned across and lighter twigs to be woven in between them.
This cliab was about three feet high and about one and a half feet wide with two handles at each side. The men made them during the long winters' nights and then they had cliabs for use.
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till about three weeks after. When the bodies were brought ashore, they were put in the boat house which belonged to the Coast Guards. It was pitiable to see the parents and friends when they saw the bodies. Those who remember it say they never witnessed anything like it. The bodies were taken home and waked, they were then buried the same day in the Church Yard at Ballyheigue. It cast a gloom over the place for many a year, and strange to say the boy who saved the girl got married to her a few years after.
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Q I have a little red cow who eats everything but drinks nothing.
A A fire.
Q As I walked in as I walked out, out of the dead the life did spring the tenth did fly and the ninth did lie riddle me that before I die.
A A bird's nest.
Q As round as a marble as deep as a cup all the men in Kerry could not pull it up.
A A pump.
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orders, empty oil barrels were fastened on to the bottom of the ship in order to re-float it. A tug boat was attached to the Catherine Richards by means of a long wire cable, but they failed to move her, and Mc Cowens had no other alternative but to give permission to a local black smith named Timothy Mahony to break her up and sell the wood with the proviso that he would take down the two masts safely and hand them over to them. This he proceeded to do but unfortunately in loosening some rigging from the top of the mast a heavy iron pulley fell on the head of a young boy named James Flahive killing him instantly. This was told to me by a person who stood by his side when he got the fatal blow.
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fire with him unknown to those making the butter. In the meantime there was a tailor in the house who saw what was done and he immediately took another coal and put it under the pot whereby the neighbour failed in his attempt and was obliged to return for another. This was repeated three or four times between the tailor and the neighbour and when they thought the butter should be made they found no butter in the churn. The tailor told them to lift the churn which they accordingly did and then they found the butter under the churn.
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In olden times when there were no such things as gas or lamps or electric light or anything like the light we enjoy at the present day, the people made candles at their homes. They called these Pádógs. They were made from the fat of animals.
They got pieces of cotton thread for a wick, and they twisted these together and they put it through the middle of the mould, leaving a little bit at each end so that it would be easy to pull out the candle when made.
When the fat was melted they poured it into the mould and left it there till it was thoroughly hard. Then they pulled it out by means of the wick and then they had candles for use.
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2020-11-11 07:22
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hunt in Cromwell's time. These priests were in hiding in a cave close by. Word was given that the soldiers were on their track. They immediately left their hiding place but they were too late.
The cliffs were surrounded by soldiers. The Priests rushed into the little creek where they were immediately pursued and murdered on the spot. The three rocks were then formed there and to this day people look on the place with awe and reverence.
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prayer after which she told them bathe their eyes in the waters of the well. They did so and their sight was immediately restored. It is said that on that night the waters were invested with a healing power and for this reason it is still visited by people from all parts of Kerry.
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shadows come in the direction of the coffin and as soon as they caught sight of her, they turned back.
She left the coffin there for a few days, but it was never touched and would never have been buried only that the Cantillons had to make a grave of their own on land.
Ever since the Cantillons have to bury their own dead and they have a graveyard all to themselves in Kerryhead.
As Keel churchyard may be seen at the present day by all, and up to the present the Corridons are buried there, its history is known to all, both young and old.
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the third and all three met with the same fate.
When the three dogs lay dead at his feet he began to bark and howl like a dog himself, and he went round the country like this till the day of his death.
It is said that from that day to this a Crosbie never again interfered with a holy well or a Crosbie Church, and the old people say they would not refuse a priest any request.
Every person in Glendahalan knows the history of this well.
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constantly guarding the hidden treasures. They overcame them, took the silver and put the boxes on carts, which they had brought with them and some time afterwards divided it amongst the crowd, giving, it is said one-third to the Butler, one-third to Lady Margaret, and the remaining third to those who helped to uproot it from beneath the tower.
This almost led to war between the Irish and Danes later. The Danes asked the English to help them to get back their silver but, it is said they took no steps to do so.
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the dinner. The potatoes were boiling all day and still they were not boiled. The husband came home to his dinner, but the wife could not boil the potatoes. At last the husband asked - "Where did you get the water" and she replied "In the well". "Take it up" he said and put the water from the other well instead on them. She did so and immediately the potatoes were cooked.
Even since, no one would use the waters of "Tobar na Súile" for cooking or washing.
This story is told by the old people who live beside the well.
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provided for the Corridons. There is one, even to the present day in Keel and no other person is buried there except a Corridon by name.
There is neither Church no tower to be seen anywhere in the vicinity, only the graves, some very old and some quite new, in this lonely enclosure on the edge of the cliff and quite near Kerryhead Point.
It is said also that the Banshee are always heard crying before the death of a Corridon.
I heard this story from several old people in this village and it must be true, as the Corridon graveyard can be seen quite plainly, and it is only last week, an old woman of the Corridons was buried there.
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eating potatoes they should be sprayed three times. When a person is going spraying he gets a tub, and puts forty gallons of water into it and puts ten pounds of washing soda and eight pounds of blue stone in the water. Then he gets a spraying machine and fills it and puts it on his back and goes between the drills. The stalks are quite blue after it. A tiny insect works under the stalks which is called the "blight".
In the middle of the Autumn the people start digging them. First they weed the drills. Some people dig them with a potato digger. Other people dig them with a plough. Others dig them with a spade. This is the slowest way of all.
The best potatoes for eating are the American Pinktones and the Eqipures. The Arran Banners grow the largest.
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Potatoes are largely grown in Ireland. The first preparation the people do in the Spring time is to plough the ground. Then they harrow it and roll it and plough it again, and harrow it again. Then they open drills with a double boarded plough. Then they get manure from the farm yard or sea weeds from the strand or artificial manures in the shops. You would want five or six hundred weight of this manure to the acre. When the manure is put out the potatoes are sown and drills are closed again.
About a month after they come up over the earth. Then there is earth put to them. Then they are wed.
Then comes the most important work of all and if this is neglected you will not have good
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There are six forges in this Parish. The smiths are William Halloran Patrick Halloran, Ned Halloran, John Sullivan, John Casey, and Patrick Cantillon.
Nearly all their fathers had been smiths. Smiths were always looked upon as strong men.
The forges are situated near the cross roads. There is also a stream a long the side of them.
The forge I know best is Willie Halloran's. It is built with stone and mortar and there is a slated roof on it, and there are two windows in it. There is a heap of iron outside the door.
He repairs harrows, ploughs and machines, and many other implements.
The things he uses are; an anvil, a bellows a sledge,
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2020-11-10 07:25
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There are six forges in our parish. The one I know best is Michael Casey's in Tiershannahan. His father worked there before him.
It is built with stone and mortar. It is thatched with straw it is a small house with a door.
There are bits of iron out side the door. There is a big fire place in it and a tub of water near it to cool the irons when they are hot. He has a big bellows to blow the fire when he wants to redden it.
He repairs ploughs, harrows, and gates and other things. He has a big flat flag outside the forge for ironing wheels.
The people bring a rail of turf to iron the wheels. He makes a big fire, and puts the iron into it. Forge water is kept by
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2020-11-10 07:20
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The goose is a very large bird. She is bigger than a turkey. The most common colour of geese is white. Every farmer keeps geese.
The goose lays about twelve eggs in the year. The eggs are nearly the size of a mangold. They are of a greenish, white colour. My mother puts her hatching every year. When the goose is hatching the first thing my mother does is to get a big box. Then she puts the eggs into the box and puts the goose on them. She hatches for about four weeks.
Then the young birds come out, then their mother leads them to the fields with the other geese. If you go near them they would follow you and you would get afraid of them, because all
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2020-11-10 07:15
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The duck is a small bird. She is smaller than a hen. Every farmer's wife has ducks. We have about twenty of them at home.
The first thing my sister does with the duck eggs is to put them in a nest. Then she gets a hatching hen and puts her down on them for a month. Then the ducks comes out.
After a day they are fed with mess. When they get strong they are fed a couple of times a day. After a while they go to a river, and they start to swim, and does not come home untill evening.
After another while the drakes are separated from the ducks. Then the drakes are fattened and about the month of September they are sold at the rate of seven pence
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2020-11-10 07:10
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carry their turkeys to Causeway. Others carry them to Ballyheigue. They get a shilling a lb for them or so.
Then the turkeys are killed and cleaned out. Then they are sent off to England. The people of the house always keep a turkey for Christmas day, for without one there would be no Christmas.
The weight of a turkey-cock is about twenty pounds. The weight of a hen turkey is about twelve pounds.
The turkeys destroy all the corn fields, because they pull off all the heads of the corn.
The colour of a turkey's egg is brown and white. The egg is about the size of a duck's egg.
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2020-11-10 07:06
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The turkey is a very large bird. She is about the size of a goose, or bigger. Every farmer's wife keep about forty turkeys every year. We have four of them at home.
The eggs are never eaten, nor sold, but they are hatched. The first thing my mother does with the turkey eggs is to put them in a nest. Then she gets a hatching hen, and puts her hatching on the eggs for about a month.
Then the young turkeys come out. They are fed with hard boiled eggs when they are small. They are fed thrice a day. When they grow older they are put out in the field.
Then in the month of December all the people sell them. Sometimes the people
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2020-11-09 06:49
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We have a horse at home. Her name is "Molly". She is five years old. She is a very quiet horse. She is a very good worker. She is working every day. She does every kind of work. She ploughs, and mows hay and corn, and draws the turf.
In the Summer she is out by night and in the winter she is kept in the stable night and day.
She is tied with a head collar which is made of leather and is tied with a bit of a rope from a staple in the manger.
She is clipped one a year in the month of November. My brother John that clips her. She is fed two times a day. She eats mangolds, turnips, oats, and grass.
When he
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2020-11-09 06:43
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St Stephen's Day occurs on the twenty sixth of December. It is an old custom in this district to go out with the wren.
First a crowd of young boys gather to one house. They dress up. They put on their old clothes. Some of them put on old gaiters belonging to their fathers. Others put on old false faces and screens in order that the people would not know them.
Then when they all have dressed up they go out. One of them carries a "Hobbey Horse". The rest carry melodions, drums, fifes, and fiddles. As they go along from house to house they play their music.
In a big city where there are public houses, they generally get five shillings. But in the poor houses they only get
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2020-11-09 06:37
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There is a Holy Well in Glendahilon. Long ago there were two nuns living there.
One day, the Normans came on to kill them. Two chieftains came down. They left the soldiers above. They got blind. They did not know where they were going. Then the nuns asked them if they would leave them alone. They said they would. One of the nuns scooped her handa little hole in the earth. That was how the well came there first.
Then she told them to wash there faces. They did so, and they were cured. Then they went away.
The Well is down in a hollow. It is called "Tobar na súl". The district of Glendahilon is called after the Saint Dahilon.
The old convent where the nuns lived is in
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2020-11-09 06:28
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There is a Holy Well about two hundred yards from Ballyheigue village. It is very nice to look at it. It is called "Lady's Well".
It is generally visited by people who suffer from disease, but especially by those who have sore eyes.
There is a very nice Grotto built near the Well. The Parish priest got the Grotto built and he put a statue there too. Then he put a cement wall around it.
Then when the new priest came he put a gravel path all round the Grotto.
On the eight of September there was Mass said there by the Parish priest. Many people go paying rounds there. This is how around is
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2020-11-09 06:23
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We have a pony at home. His name is Ned. He is very kind to his master. My father carries him to town under the car to bring a ton of meal home, every month.
His age is about ten years. He is fed twice every day. He eats corn and mangolds and crushed oats.
In winter he is in kept in the stable, and he is tied by a rope to a staple in the wall. Straw is put under him, and hay is put into the manger for him to eat.
But in Summer he is left out in the fields eating the grass.
Then when he gets old he is sold for nine or ten pounds.
Then the people buy an other pony
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2020-11-09 06:18
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horns, and bronded ears. Its neither flesh, fish, bodys, nor bones, but in the lane it lies alone?
Answer: A Rainbow.
The man that made it never wore it, and the man that wore it never saw it?
Answer: A coffin.
Which one of the apostles wore the biggest hat?
Answer: The one with the biggest head.
Where was Noa when the candle quenched?
Answer: In the darkness.
What is it? that flies high, and flies low, no head no eyes?
Answer: The dust.
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2020-11-09 06:14
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As I went up to Newtownsteeple, I met a whole crowd of people. They were neither men, women, nor children. Still they had their own human reason?
Answer: A man, woman, and child.
Fatherless, Motherless, born without sin. Came into the world, and did not sin since?
Answer: Thunder.
Harry, harry Mongo, sitting in her congo eating all the snow balls?
Answer: A Goat eating white cabbage.
A black man, and two white men, went for a drive in a car. The black man ate two white men, what was the number of the car?
Answer: 182.
Yonder lane there lies a deer, with crooked
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2020-11-09 06:09
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What is it that contented men desire, that poor men have, that the rich desire, that the spender saves, that the saver spends and that everyone takes to their grave?
Answer: Nothing.
As I lloked out my window, I saw a rinkum pinkum stealing away my fine complaney. But if I had my ransum chansum I would shoot the rinkum pinkum who was stealing away my fine complaney?
Answer: A fox stealing a goose.
The leaper of ditches, the knocker of thorns the little brown cow without any horn?
Answer: A hare.
As I went up a hill of wonders, I came down a hill of thunders, twenty four blackbirds, and they tearing the world assunder?
Answer: A harrow.
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2020-11-07 18:13
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What walks on their heads?
Answer: Nails on Shoes.
Twenty sick sheep went out a gap one died how many came back?
Answer: Nineteen sheep.
Black and white and read all over?
Answer: A news-paper.
As I went out a slippery gap I met my uncle Davey I cut off his head, and left his body easy?
Answer: A head of cabbage.
What is that? goes around the house and stops at the door?
Answer: A brush.
Bottomless vessel holding raw meat?
Answer: A ring on a finger.
If a fellow met a fellow in a fellow's field. If a fellow asked a fellow, what the feffow meant. How many "efs" in "that"?
Answer: No ef.
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2020-11-07 17:46
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There was an old woman in Causeway long ago. She never agree with her husband. One night she was out walking, and her husband would not let her in. She slept in a stable that night.
About twelve o'clock she saw the people coming looking in. Some of them used have horses. This continued until about two o'clock in the morning. It the morning she went in home. She told the story to her husband. He only laughed at her. He would not believe her.
The following night he slept in the stable. He saw the same thing and he was never in the better of it. He had to stay in bed for about three months.
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2020-11-07 17:42
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There was an Irish man over in England. They called him "Irish Paddy".
He was lodging in a big house. He was a half a fool. One morning the misses sent him out to the milk man for a pint of milk. He never went to the milk man for the milk. He made a mistake.
He went into a draper's shop for a pint of milk. A clerk saw him at the door and he asked "Irish Paddy" what he wanted. He said he wanted a pint of milk. The clerk said that he was not selling by the pint at all but by the yard.
Irish Paddy said it was all right. The clerk spread the milk along the top to the counter.
"Paper it up now" "Irish Paddy" said to the clerk, and he was not able to do it. The Irish man went away laughing.
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2020-11-07 17:35
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Willie Halloran who lives in Ballyronan. Once he was working at Pierce Godley's.
One evening he and John Duggan went to the street about six o'clock. They were coming towards the chapel when Willie Halloran got a parcel. He picked it up and opened it. There was a beautiful pole of hair. He was delighted to get it because it was Christmas Eve, and he wanted it to go out with the "hubby" the following day.
They went to the street, and stayed there until about ten o'clock that night. They came up to John Duggan's house, and when they went in the cock crew three times. Willie Halloran came to John Connor's house. The same thing happened there. Then he went to Godley's to sleep that night. Joe Flartey slept in the same bed as he. Willie Halloran was not long in bad, when he fell fast asleep Joe was awake. After a while the whole house was lit up. Joe tried to wake Willie Halloran but he could not.
When they got up in the morning, they
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2020-11-07 17:27
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A gentleman and his lady when spending their holidays in Ireland, were greatly pestered by an old woman who was seeking for alms. She always got something.
One morning however, as they were leaving their home, and about to enter the railway carriage, the old woman made her appearance as usual. She says "success to your ladyship, and "success to your honour, and this morning above all, for last night I was dreaming that your ladyship gave me a pound of tea, and your honour a pound of tobacco". "Oh", remarked the gentleman, "dreams are quite the reverse".
"Well then", replied the old woman, "it must be your honour that gave me the tea, and your ladyship the tobacco".
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2020-11-07 17:17
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thing about this woman. Nobody in the parish, or in the one next to it could knit like her, and her delight was to fancy waistcoats for Padraig.
It happened three years after they got married, as Padraig was passing the fairy fort, he heard noises in the ground under his feet. At first he thought it was rabbits. Then he put his ear to the ground and it was voices, small tiny voices.
"Anyhow he got her in spite of us" one of the voices was saying. "If he did" said the other "she was not much good to him for she does not speak a word night or day". "How is that?" asked the first voice. "Because, I stuck a long pin through the back of her head into the root of her tongue".
When Padraig heard this, he ran home as fast as he could. His wife was in bed. When he reached her bedroom she was asleep. He drew out the pin. She woke up with a fright and all at once began talking. So the husband and wife lived happily ever after,
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2020-11-07 17:09
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Once upon a time there lived a man in Ballyheigue named Padraig. He used to take a walk through the fields every night. This night he had drink taken, and nothing would please him but to walk across a fairy fort owned by Mike Magee. As he was crossing it, he saw three tiny men carrying a coffin. It may be the drink that put courage in him, for he laid his hand on the coffin and shouted. "One to each corner and I'll be the fourth". But the words were no sooner spoken by him than to the three little men sank down to the ground, leaving the coffin on the grass beside him.
He was very much surprised at the sight, but he was more surprised when he opened the coffin to see the nicest woman he had ever seen, fast asleep. Padraig took her out of the coffin and she soon woke up.
He took her home with him and married her, but, though there was not a tidier woman in the parish, she never spoke a word. There was one
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2020-11-05 07:04
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Though the fairy's from the fort, often cryed around the house after.
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2020-11-05 07:04
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could get no trace of the wig it was gone.
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2020-11-05 07:03
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In Amsterdam it is common. It Germany it is still. It is always in a mountain, but never in a hill. It is in timber, but not in a tree. It is never in you, but always in me?
Answer: The letter "m".
What county is like a candle buring out?
Answer: Wicklow.
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2020-11-05 07:00
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If you see a "cap" on stack's mountain, which is between Listowel and Tralee; you are certain of a long day's rain.
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2020-11-05 06:59
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If you hear the waves sounding near the village of Ballyheigue; you are sure to get rain.
If you hear the waves sounding loudly a mile off the strand from Ballyheigue; you are certain to get frost.
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2020-11-05 06:56
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If the sky is bright in the west in the evening it is a sign of a fine day to follow.
If the sun is shining brightly in the morning it is the sign of a bad evening.
If there is a rainbow in the sky in the evening it is a sign of a fine
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2020-11-05 06:54
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If there is a circle around the moon it is a sign of bad weather.
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2020-11-05 06:53
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ruins were yet. It is built with stone and mortar. There were two rooms in it. It is near the Shannon.
This is the way they pay rounds. They go around the Well three times. As they go around they say rosaries.
Another name for the Well, is Saint Bridget's Well.
When the people go there they leave a lot of holy things there.
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2020-11-05 06:50
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a lb.
When the ducks go into a meadow, they root it with their beaks and they make puddle of it.
The duck is of a plain colour. She lays about forty eggs in Spring. The egg is a large one. Some people eat them, more people hatch them.
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2020-11-05 06:48
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the old geese and the gander would take care of the goslings. The gander would say "sh" "sh".
All the geese are plucked in Autumn. They look very queer with their wings hanging to them. Then when the feather man comes my mother sells the feathers to him.
Every person keeps a goose for Christmas day. Without one there would be no Christmas. At Christmas my mother carries a goose to everyone of our friends.
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2020-11-05 06:44
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a hammer, a pincers, a chicel, and a file.
He puts shoes on the horses and asses.
The only outside work he does is to iron wheels. Near a stream of water he has a round stone with a hole in the middle of it for the stock of the wheel.
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2020-11-05 06:42
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When potatoes are to be eaten. First they washed. Then they are put into a pot and hung over the fire. When they are boiled they are taken up. Then they are put on the table and the skins are taken off them and they are eaten. Sometimes there are pandy made of them and they are nice with butter.
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2020-11-05 06:39
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of lovely fair Lickeen.
And the rattling of Poll na glugger above old Beencuineen.
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I often roamed along the strand on many a Summer's day.
Along the vallies of the commons where the lambs used to sport and play.
I travelled Rattoo farm and like wise old Raheen.
And the tide makes no a larm round the shores of Beencuineen.
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I have been in Listowel town, it is a pleasant place.
Where gentle men of high renown used come to see the race.
It was held in the Island farm where the grass grows pure and green.
And my poor heart beats warm when I think of Beencuineen.
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Give this letter to John Leahy that poet of genius bright.
Let me know if he can beat
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2020-11-05 06:33
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me before again I write.
To Pat O Connor of Drumnacurra and and to cousin Michael Dee.
And each of the three Barretts that stood royal friends to me.
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Now to conclude and finish, I have no more to say.
We must convey our ideas although we're far away.
Farewell to friends and relatune though far away we're been.
And to all the dear old neighbours that dwell in Beencuineen.
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2020-11-05 06:28
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The old people said that the Danes had a lot of gold in the forts. When they died they left gold after them.
Once two men opened the fort and it was very dark inside. They got a candle, and matches and went into the big cavern underground and every time they lit the candle it was quenched. They went into the second cavern and had a flashlamp. They saw a white cloth and they took no notice of it. They went up to it. It moved from one room into another. They wend into another room and when they turned back they saw a man standing behind them. He asked them what they wanted. They said they wanted gold. He caught them and put them out one of them was knocked back again and he broke his hand.
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2020-11-05 06:22
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There was a man there long ago. He lived in Causeway. He went to America. He had a dream there, that there was gold where the Blessed Well now is.
He came home and he found out nine people of one name: "nine Diggin's". He told them to go in the middle of the night.They went to the place where the gold was. He told them that one of them should die. One said that he was willing to die because he was not married. They went digging. Soon they were surrounded by dogs, and they got afraid, and went away, and the American was never seen again.
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2020-11-05 06:17
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to tell all the people to bring their horses, and carts for the gold and silver, and that they need not work for the rest of their lives.
When they came for the gold, and silver they had nothing but stones, and sticks in the hill.
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2020-11-05 06:16
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There was a woman once. I did not know her name. She lived in Tiershanahan.
One day she was going up the hill with cows. She had a stick in her hand. She knew nothing until she saw a little man sitting on a stone. He was called lepracaun. She ran, and caught him.
She started choking him for gold. He said he would show her all the treasures of the world, but to leave him go. And she would not leave him.
At last he said he would open the hill. And she would have all gold and silver. Then she tought she saw nothing but gold and silver.
She put the stick for a mark. Then she argeed with the fairy and she left him go.
She tought she saw nothing but gold and silver all the time.
Then she ran down to Tiershanahan
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2020-11-05 06:09
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Long ago it was said that there was a lot of gold, and other precious things buried in some place. Everyone was digging and searching for the treasure.
There was a very old man, and he used pray constantly to get the gold.
One night he was out searching, and he saw a light. He got afraid, and he went home. The following night he was out again and he saw the light. He saw it three or four nights in succession. He thought it might be there the treasure was hidden. He dug and dug, and he found a big box containing gold, and other precious things.
He came home, and was delighted. But every night after, the light used come to the room for the treasure. He had to put the box back where he got it.
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2020-11-02 07:27
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Then my father brought a stepmother to our house.
This woman had great magic power. When I was seven years of age I happened to make my stepmother angry.
Through her magic power she changed the house of my father into a lake which caused him to be drowned and turned me into a salmon.
The stepmother comes every night to torment me. Now that you are with me I think we shall conquer her.
So come with me and I will leave you at the edge of the lake. Then go at once to the front of the big tree that is growing at the back of your house. Lift the stone and you will find a black cat asleep under it.
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townland gets its name from a hillock which is situated in the middle of the townland. At the foot of the height lived a man named Da.
Ardoughter means upper height. Boherbawn means white road.
Kilmore means the townland of the big Church. It is said that there were seven Churches there long ago.
Lioseen ONeill was a name of a field in Clashmealcon. There was a man by the name of ONeill killed there he was a whiteboy and he was pursued by the yeomen and he was
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2020-11-02 07:12
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In former times the people sought remedies for their ailment in the grasses, herbs and weeds of the fields and gardens.
Some of these remedies have been handed down from one family for generations.
These are some of the cures taken down at random for various diseases.
The green broom is used as a cure for the kidneys, they draw it like tea leaves and then they drink the water
There is a plant called the Slánlus and it is used to stop bleeding if
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2020-11-02 07:06
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to get men and women and baskets and commence drawing that up the side of a pathway along the side of the cliff until he had enough drawn.
The other method was easier there was a rope that would reach from the top of the cliff down to the strand some of those cliffs are sixty four yards high and more of them are thirty or forty yards in height.
There was a bank built about five feet high on the top of the cliff there was a plank of timber about twelve feet long got and a pulley put in one end and that
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2020-11-02 07:02
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Clashmealcon is a townland in the vicinity of Slievadara Girls' School.
It is bounded on one side by the ocean and in days gone by it was from this place all the people of the townland got the manure for their crops. This manure was called sea weed.
There was no way to take an animal or cart because the place is too rocky and the cliffs too high and the only way they had for bringing it to the top was by baskets or by horses and ropes.
If a man wanted to manure his land he had
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2020-11-02 06:58
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the timber.
The tide waiter of Meenaghane came along and that all the timber was already marked.
The Clashmealcon man said that the timber was in his landlord's property and it belonged to him.
The two argued and each one of them said that they would haul up the timber. That day each tide waiter sent out to all the tenants to come to haul up the timber so next day each man had his own force and equipment so they came first to Pollatarbh and in those days bulls were used for hauling purposes.
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2020-11-02 06:51
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and a great lot of was thrown on the Meenaghane cliffs.
The tide waiter of Meenaghane got men to go down with ropes to mark the timber and to leave it there until the weather got calm and take it to Meenaghane.
That night the storm arose again and took all the wreck from Meenaghane and cast it ashore along Clashmealcon cliffs. Next morning the tide waiter of Clashmealcon visited along the coast and when he saw all the wreck he collected all the tenants also ropes and went and marked
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2020-11-02 06:48
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Pollatarbh is in the western end of the townland of Clashmealcon and the next townland to it is Meenaghane. In olden days landlords had the right to all the wreck that would come in underneath their property.
Two different landlords held Clashmealcon and Meenaghane and each one of them had a tide waiter to watch all the wreck that would come ashore and that none it would be stolen.
It happens that there did a large amount of timber came ashore
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And with age I'm bending down.
May God be with those pleasant days
I spent near Castle Browne.
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My playmates I'd like to view
But some have passed away
Some of them in foreign lands
And more rest in Irish clay
There is but a few I could interview
When we met my tears rolled down
When I thought of the pleasant days I spent
Beside old Castle Browne.
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So to conclude and finish
I have no more to say.
It's a land for all both great and small
Is sweet America.
The buildings there are beautiful
In city and in town
But in all my dreams I still can see
My home near Castle Browne.
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I left my home when I was young,
And for Yankey land did steer.
Scarcely 18 years of age.
No danger did I fear.
It been in April 63
In board of the Princess Crown
I bid farewell to all my friends
Beside old Castle Browne.
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Father died when we were young,
And mother pined away.
With orphans 4 she had no store
And the rent she could not pay
The Land Lord came one Winter's day
When the freezing snow poured down
And we had to leave with broken hearts
Our home near Castle Browne.
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So to America I did go
And the wish was in my mind
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For my sisters and my brothers two.
A living I might find.
So it came to me as I wished to be
For in Philadelphia town
We built ourselves a living home
Far away from Castle Browne.
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That dear old place I longed to see,
Where born I had been,
Where the soft and gentle breezes blow
From off the cliffs of Castle Green
The Kippen rock it nobly stand
And the water falling down
And that rock shore
Where the wild birds roar
Beside old Castle Browne.
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That Castle too I'd like to view
Its walls so straight and tall
Where often in a Summer's day
I climbed it when a boy
But now alas those days are gone
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I left my home when I was young,
And for Yankey land did steer.
Scarcely 18 years of age.
No danger did I fear.
It been in April 63
In board of the Princess Crown
I bid farewell to all my friends
Beside old Castle Browne.
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Father died when we were young,
And mother pined away.
With orphans 4 she had no store
And the rent she could not pay
The Land Lord came one Winter's day
When the freezing snow poured down
And we had to leave with broken hearts
Our home near Castle Browne.
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So to America I did go
And the wish was in my mind
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in order to get married to the chief's daughter.
All went well for a part of the night until Sheehy who was tired went to bed and turning his legs where his head should be, he fell asleep.
When Browne thought he was asleep he came with his sword and cut off his legs mistaking them for his head.
Sheehy died and the lady lamented sorrowfully.
She got married to Browne and one day when they were eating their dinner, they noticed a legless body walking in the door and he went to the table where Browne and the lady were.
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it was attacked from a ship out on the ocean.
The following is a legend of Castle Browne
It is said that there lived in Ballymacuin Castle a great chief and his daughter and she was to marry a man named Sheehy that was living near them.
A great noble man named Browne lived at Castle Browne and he wanted to marry her also.
One night Browne had a great feast and a great crowd came to the Castle and the chieftain and Sheehy came also. Browne who did not like Sheehy intended to kill him
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end placed on top of the bank and reaching out over the cliff. The other end was made firm in the ground inside the bank. The rope was put on the pulley and let down to men who were below in the strand.
They had guddáns for to fill the sea weed.
Those were made of roping and there was a hook at the end of the rope and an eye in the guddán so when the guddán would be filled the eye was put into the hook and a signal given to the men on top the horse would move in a straight line so when the guddán would reach
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There is a ruined castle in the school district about three miles from here and the name of it Castle Brown.
It was built by the Normans in the twelfth century. It is about seven hundred years old.
It is derelict for the last three hundred years.
It is in the parish of Killury in the barony of Clanmaurice in County Kerry and in the townland of Clashmealcon.
All the castles along the coast were attacked the time of the Desmond rebellion.
The old people say
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up to him and asked him would he join in the hunt. The man said he had no horse but the horseman said he would give him a horse. They both came out of the fort and there was the horse ready for the other man. The horseman said that he wasn't to say a word until he came back to the fort again. The chase started off again over bog and moorland until they came to a river and then the fairies had to fall back because they couldn't cross the river. The farmer was the only one to cross and he was so delighted that he shouted "Well done Peggy" because for the moment he thought it was his own horse. When he had said these words all of a sudden he found himself standing on the ground beside his own plough that was
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Lios an uisce is one of the five forts already mentioned. This is the fairy fort. The owner of the land where the fort is on had the land near the fort tilled and each night there was a lot of damage done to his crops. He thought that his neighbours' cattle were doing all the harm so this night he decided to stay up and watch. He went into the fort in order to have a good view. About twelve o'clock he heard a terrible noise so he said to himself "I have them now". He made an attempt to go out of the fort and as he did so in rushed horses and riders and immediately the fort was changed into a beautiful palace. At last one of the horsemen came
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saw the dog killing a hare and immediately he fired a shot and killed him. A few hours after the owner found the dog and brought him home. He skinned the dog and made a waist coat out of the skin.
Sometime after he went cutting hay in a meadow. Before he commenced his work he took off his coat and waist coat, and to his great surprise out jumped the hare. When the man saw him he shouted "God be with you Spot" for that was the name of the dead greyhound. No sooner had he said those words than up jumped the waist coat and went after the hare, and a finer course was never seen. In the end the hare made
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About fifty years ago a man lived in this locality and he had a great desire for hunting. In those days the sporting rights belonged to the landlords and they had men employed called game keepers to prevent the tenants from encroaching on those rights. Each one of these gamekeepers was provided with a gun and plenty of ammunition.
The game-keeper had suspicion on this man and watched him closely, for he knew he was killing a lot of the hares. He also knew his greyhound which was a black and white colour.
One morning the gamekeeper
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Come butter, and after a timehis charm was more powerful than hers she came back and he took the bladder from her.
He cut the bladder with his knife and there did as much milk and butter come out of it as would fill a tub.
The woman had to go down on her knees and promise the man that she would never interfere with her neighbours' butter or milk again.
It was a great custom years gone by for people to go milking their neighbour's cows during the night.
They had a charm also for carrying the butter.
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One May morning before sunrise a man in this locality was going to the fair in Listowel.
He went to the field for the cow he was taking to the fair.
His dog went with him and as they were going up the boreen leading to the field, the dog began to bark.
The man looked into the field and what did he see but a woman with a black shawl milking one of the cows.
He jumped up in the fence and asked her what was she doing there. She took the vessel up in her arms and the man knew it was a bladder.
She started to run but the man held calling out. Come bladder,
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A Story
About 200 years ago there did a family of the Pierces live in Meenogahane.
There were no Postmen there at that time, he sent his postman to Glenbugh for letters.
On his way night came on him and he met a big building that he never met going there before and he went in.
There was a great crowd inside before him and they were all dancing and they all welcomed him.
There were three large pots boiling over a huge fire and an old man sitting in the corner with big long whiskers.
A young girl came on
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There is a field in this district and it was formerly called the Long field now divided into two the quarry field and putter's field called after a man about whom some very scurrilous stories used to be described. There is another field and it is called the fort field because there is a fairy fort in the side of the field.
Garraí clocháne of which there was about half an acre of stones rising into high mounds some of them in a circle. The old people used to be indread about touching it although it has been cleared away there were thousands of stones taken away from
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About 70 years ago poor people used to go around for charity maintaining themselves with the bag, they took anything they got in the line of food. Some of them were good talking generous people. There was welcome for all especially those who were good company.
They were often maintained for weeks and they told stories at night. All could speak well in the native tongue and sing well.
All of them travelled on foot. There was one man in particular went round collecting rags in a bag he gave in
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The road leading along here between Listowel Ballybunion and Ballyheigue is known as the Shannon road. It was not much until the famine years when it was put up by relief work when men taken from hunger got a miserable pittance for putting it up.
Until then the river Feale now called the Ferry bridge was crossed by means of a flat board pulled across by a rope in pulleys. Funerals had to cross in that way. One day a funeral was crossing and one old woman would not come off the board when she reached the other
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the Shannon's mouth enters the broad Atlantic. This school is situated about three miles cliff. These are names of places which are to be seen.
Here are some of the names of the places along the coast.
Bun-na-srotha = Means the bottom of the stream
There is a stream or a rivulet flowing along and it falls down the side of the cliff.
Faill-na-taoide. Cliff of the tide. The sea strikes the side of the cliff with great force.
Las-leathan = Wide water-fall.
Poll a tarbh = Probably a bull fell down here
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and was drowned.
Poll-a-gluggar. Here the waves enter a cave and as the waves retreat they meet against the incoming waves and a report is made. The roar of the waves, it is said was heard in Limerick city.
Poll-a-Mhadra = The young of the dogs used to be drowned here.
Poll buidhe = Yellow hole
Poll-a-Phiobhaire = The piper's hole.
Cúl Traighe = Back of the strand
Céim Cailín = The girl's step
Beann an Tighe The cliff has the appearance of the gable of a house.
Lich cloiche = Flag stone. There
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is a very large stone out on the rocks.
Gleann Airgid = The silver glen - there are stones found there which appear to be like glass or silver embedded on the rocks.
Poll Á Piobhaire means the piper's hole. Long ago the pipes used be heard playing there.
About seventy years ago a young girl was picking seagrass on the rocks and she heard the music and she went towards it.
She began to dance and she was dancing for hours and she
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Rahela is a townland near Ballyduff Healy was a chieftain who lived there.
He was a friend of the Earl of Lixnaw. He was wealthy and gave presents and money to the monks of Rattoo. Rattoo means the northern fort.
There is a Round Tower in Rattoo which is in a good state of preservation.
The monks of St. Augustine lived in Rattoo till 1603 then the monks left on the approach of Sir Charles Wilmot's forces from Listowel. The monastery was burned by the Irish.
About a mile from where
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and cakes for the money.
On St. Patrick's Day the people wear Shamrock, rosettes and harps in honour of St. Patrick.
The little girls wear crosses made of different kinds of ribbon on their shoulders.
Long ago the Masters used to make crosses at school.
These crosses were drawn on paper they were coloured with the yolk of an egg and all the little boys used to bring an egg to the school. Those crosses were worn on their caps and coats.
Shrove is the time
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I hope in heaven your soul will rest.
The people then give them money. When they have the money gathered they have a great night and they invite all the people to their house. They give all the people every kind of refreshments and they stay dancing and singing until morning.
In St. Brigid's Day the children dress up a doll and they call it the Brideóg and they go around from house to house and ask something for the Biddy and everybody gives them a penny or twopence and then they buy sweets
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to each house they show the dead wren to the people of the house. They ask for something to bury the wren and then they sing the following song.
The wren, the wren the king of all birds,
St. Stephen's day he was caught in the furze.
Although he being little his family is great
Rise up land lady and give us a treat.
And if the treat be of the small
It will not treat our boys at all.
And if the treat be of the best,
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In most districts many feasts are observed in a special manner as they occur each day.
In St. Stephen's Day the boys put on masks on their faces and old coats and hats in order that the people would not know them.
They go in a procession from house to house. They look very funny. They take a holly bush with them and tied to the bush is a dead wren. They take fiddles and melodeons with them.
When they go in
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of the year the people get married in this district. Shrove Tuesday is the last day of Shrove and in former times all the boys and girls that did not get married would be taken out of their houses and they would get a beating or they would be thrown into a drain of water and then there would be a list of all their names taken down called The Skellig's List.
Chalk Sunday is the Sunday after Shrove Tuesday, the little boys watch the boys and girls that did not get married and they
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rub long strokes of chalk down their backs.
On Good Friday all the people of this district go to the Chapel and do the stations of the Cross.
Easter Sunday morning the young and old eat as many eggs as they can.
May day the people decorate the houses with green branches of the Summer tree.
On St. John's night a bonfire is lit and all the boys and girls dance near it for a couple of hours.
The old people used to light a bush in the evening and strike
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the cows one by one with it. On St Martin's night the people kill a pig, or a goose, or a duck, or a hen in every house in Kerry in memory of St. Martin whose head was crushed in a mill. About forty years ago a horse would not be harnessed on St. Martin's day. The farmers threshed no corn or turned no wheel on that day.
On St. Brigid's day a cross was made of rushes and put up on the rafters of the house and left there until the following St. Brigid's day it was called St. Brigid's Cross.
Long ago the 17th
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of March was looked upon as being the last day for planting ridges.
The 21st of April is supposed to be the last day of Spring for planting potatoes.
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was nothing there but the goat.
Then the fool asked the man had his son horns.
Oh, said the man to himself I am a bigger fool than you.
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him out in the haggard and buried him.
About a week after his father came looking for him. The fool asked him is it looking for your son you are, it is said the man he is buried outside in the haggard.
The mother knew the night before that if any one would come looking for the boy that the fool would tell. She killed the goat and she put the goat where the boy was buried and she took the boy and put him in another place.
The fool took out the man to where he thought the boy was buried and there
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chest.
One day the mother went out gathering sticks and the fool was inside. A boy came in and the fool said to him is it your money you want. The boy said it was oh it is there in the chest, and you can get it, the fool said put in your hand and fill your pockets with it.
While he was filling his pockets the fool ran out and told his mother.
The mother came in and she threw him into the chest and then she threw a kettle of boiling water [?] him.
Herself and her son took
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At one time there lived a widow and her son and he was a fool.
One day his mother sent him with a piece of flannel to the weaver to spin it.
On his way home he saw a lot of stones in a field and he said one of them was his father.
He raised up one of stones and he found a crock of gold under the stone.
He put a piece of flannel round the stone and he took the gold home to his mother. She put the gold into a
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commonly said that he was buried where Wethers' well is.
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Columbus. The fact was that he erected a cross in the shores of America and he told the Red Indians that he would return again.
The Red Indians looked out for his return.
When Saint Brendan returning to Ireland landed in Tír-na-nóg and brought special stones from the Island then he built lots of schools and churches in Ireland.
St. Brendan's monastery was in Ardfert and it is
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The local saint that lived in Kerry was Saint Brendan. He was born in west Kerry and Mount Brandon is called after him.
He was baptised by Bishop Erc in Wethers' well.
The church built by the Saint and his patronages is not existing at the present day.
St. Brendan was a great sailor he and three or four other monks sailed in search of Tír-na-nóg and in their voyage it is commonly said that he landed in America before it was discovered by
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wedding days they wear bright coloured clothes.
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in this locality now.
Shirts are made in the homes and they are made of the cloth bought in the shops in Listowel and Tralee.
Socks and stockings are knitted in the homes and in the schools by the children but the thread is not spun at home.
The thread is got from Blarney in Cork.
There are no spinning wheels in this parish as they were all done away with long ago.
On St. Patrick's day some of the people wear green, and people wear black when any person dies belonging to them and on
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the present day use the following instruments , a thimble, a large iron, a lapboard and a sewing machine. There are three tailors in this parish now. They work in their own homes and some of the people take the suits to them to make and then the tailor charges them so much to make the suit.
Some of the tailors stock the cloth and then the people order the suit and they have to pay for the material and the makings. There is no cloth spun or woven
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Tailors in olden days went from house to house to make the clothes for the people. They had no machines they had to make the clothes with the hand.
They worked very cheap 3s or 4s to make a suit of clothes. A tailor lived in this district long ago and he used to make a suit of clothes in a day from 9 o'clock in the morning to 4 o'clock in the evening.
The people around had a great doubt that he was helped by the fairies. Tailors at
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The farm animals we have at home are cows, calves, pigs, sheep, horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.
The cows are called by different names such as Cullie, Bawney, Blackeen, Magpie, Poly, Cluey dearg and they are also called after the persons they are bought from.
When I am driving the cows in or out of the field I say ho ho.
When I am calling the calves I say Suck, Suck.
The cowhouses are twenty feet long by twelve feet wide and there is a window in each gable
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It is called a stall. Some cows are tied with a chain round the neck and others are baled between two poles and there is a hasp over head to keep the bales from opening.
Every cow is four feet from each other. Some cows are tied by the horns with a rope. In olden times the tyings were made of the hair of the cow's tail.
Long ago there was a branch of the summer tree or ferns or a furze bush hung on the cow-house but there is no such a thing now.
About fifty years ago the
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moss, hay, withered leaves, and it is lined inside with feathers or moss to keep them soft and warm. The nests are always built in the shady side of the ditch or fence.
Some birds lay very small eggs and they are of different colours, some are white, others are blue and others are spotted. The birds sit on the eggs three weeks.
If boys rob birds' nests they will get sore hands.
If the cuckoo comes early it is a good sign of the year.
The cuckoo is a nice bird
She sings as she flies.
She brings us good tidings.
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And tells us no lies.
The cuckoo comes in April
And sings her song in May
In the middle of June
She changes her tune
And in July she flies away
She sucks the green flower
To make her voice clear
And the longer she sings cuckoo
The Summer draws near.
When the crows fly high it is a sign of good weather and if they fly low rain is sure to come. The curlews and sea-gulls fly towards the sea when we are going to have good weather and they fly inland when when we are going to have bad weather.
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to warmer countries in the month of August but the young cuckoos do not go until September.
The swallow builds her nest in the barn or shed. The blackbird and the thrush build their nests in the bushes or fences, the lark builds her nest in the meadows or in the corn-fields and the crow builds her nest on the tree-tops.
The robins and the wren build their nests in the furze bushes.
The sparrow builds her nest on the eaves of houses. The nest is of a round shape and is made of bits of sticks
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of the threads to give the linen its proper whiteness. After a little more handling it was made up in large balls and taken to the weaver who turned it into a large roll of bangle cloth. The beantige had great pride as she sat down with her scissors and her needle and made it into sheets and shirts.
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because tea was little known in the locality at that time.
The next process was drawing it through the hackle to make it still finer and purer. Next some four or five of the family went to the local sea rocks or flags and cut seaweed, spread it out to dry then burned it on a fire from which was got kelp which was used after in boiling the thread after being spun in the linen wheel by the house-keeper. All the long winter nights and before day in the morning the kelp was put in to the boiling
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and brittle. The whole family scattered round the gravelled yard with their bittles and held beating until they had nothing but the pure linen fibre.
It was then made into handy táiríní and next came the day of the cloving, the most glorious day in the house-hold for that year when a dozen women came along at cock-crow in the morning with a cloving tongs to comb it out still finer. They often woke him from his slumber with their gay laughter and song for they were going to have tea for their breakfast.
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there for two weeks, then it was taken up to drop and brought home in a cart. It was spread out in a meadow that was recently cut, the same women came along and spread it out very thin in rows and it was left there to bleach. It was gathered up dry, a fine day, and all kind of small house was made with some iron bars overhead. The flax was put up on the bars and there was a large fire made under-neath and it was scattered around.
A handy old woman was in attendance to keep it turned until the outer coating of fibre was dried
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James OConnor remembers the flax crop being manufactured in this district in his young days. He often assisted in this manufacture. The seeds were sown broadcast.
When ripe for pulling the local women came along and pulled it. He often heard them singing and telling stories and heard their gay laughter. It was taken to the local bog in a cart put into a hole of bog-water. The sheaves ranged after each other in rotation covered with sods to keep it under the water. It was left
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I have heard tales about the big wind of 6th January 1839 it knocked down some houses in this district unroofed others and stripped the thatch of every house. It killed a woman in this district. It blew straw, hay and it did not leave a wisp in any open haggard.
Another storm took place the 26th of February 1903. It lasted from 9 P. M. to 4 A. M. It did great damage also in this district.
There was a great storm in November 1886. It turned an engine at the Cashen Mouth.
We had a great snowstorm 1892 the snow was about ten feet high in some places.
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The weather is always believed to be foretold by the appearance of the sun, moon, stars, clouds and sky at certain times.
It is generally believed that if the wind is blowing from the north that we will have snow. It is also said if the wind comes from the south we will have most rain.
The wind that gives most rain to this district is the southerly wind.
We are also told that if the birds come inland and fly low we will have rain. We will have a great storm if the seagulls
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fly inland.
If the cat or dog turns its back to the fire it is a sure sign we will have bad weather.
If insects are very numerous we will have rain.
If a blue light is seen in the fire we will have frost or rain. If the sparks are going up the chimney very numerous we will have rain.
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The wild birds found in this district are the linnet, the robin, the wren, the lark, the gold finch, the thrush, the blackbird, the curlew, the sea gull, the cuckoo, the corncrake and the swallow.
The cuckoo the swallow and the corncrake emigrate. The cuckoo and the corncrake come to this country in the end of April or the beginning of May and the cuckoo flies about from place to place calling out cuckoo, cuckoo.
The corncrake is heard in the meadows and fields. The old cuckoos go away
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on a Monday or a Friday.
The 25th March years ago was the Cross Day, the tenants have to give up possession of their houses. They had to quench the fires and put the cinders outside the door and pull a fist of the thatch and give it to the Landlord.
March and April are the months for setting the potatoes in this district and the same time the corn is sown. Mangolds and turnips are sown in May and June.
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In olden times certain days were looked upon as being lucky or unlucky. Any person would not begin work on a Saturday. The only people that would start work on Saturday were the men with a threshing machine because they expected the work would continue for a long time. Tailors or dressmakers would not cut out any clothes on a Monday.
People would not begin to build a house on a Monday or they would not change from one house to another
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surrounded and caught in that field and murdered. The mark is still there where he was murdered.
The Pound is the name of another field in the district, because it was there all the cattle of the whole village of Clash used to be put by night to prevent them from trespassing on other farms, because there was no boundary between the farms that time.
Kilmore means the big Church. There are the ruins of seven Churches there.
The monastery was robbed and plundered by the Danes in the 9th century.
Rahela means Healy's Fort.
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surrounded and caught in that field and murdered. The mark is still there where he was murdered.
The Pound is the name of another field in the district, because it was there all the cattle of the whole village of Clash used to be put by night to prevent them from trespassing on other farms, because there was no boundary between the farms that time.
Kilmore means the big Church. There are the ruins of seven Churches there.
The monastery was robbed and plundered by the Danes in the 9th century.
Rahela means Healy's Fort.
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The Great Swimmers in the Townland of Clashmealcon in Former Times were,
Denis Dowling Ardagh Causeway,
Timothy Connor Boherbawn,
Harry ONeill Boherbawn
Patrick Casey Clashmealcon
John Sullivan Kilmore.
They swam from the Cashen Mouth to Ballybunion a distance of five miles.
They also swam from Castle Browne to Meenaghane, a distance of nine miles.
The great oarsmen were Patrick Lynch, John Harrington, David Dillon, John Sullivan and Daniel Sullivan.
(They are all dead now)
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About a 100 years ago a ship was driven ashore into Ballyheigue strand. At that time the people of this locality five miles away were very much given to capturing wreck thrown ashore by the waves. One man in particular walked five miles that night, he entered the ship and was using a hatchet to displace some articles which he thought would be of great value to him. He was captured and was taken to a disused house and was laid in his back on the floor tied
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by. When he was leaving he told one of the convicts to catch his horse but they all failed to catch him. Maurice Leahy was told off to catch the horse he leaped from some several yards and sat on the horse's back. The official said he never met a man to do it but Maurice Leahy of Ballinoe Causeway where he was fed and lodged in his father's house for several years when he was around the country as a poor scholar educating himself in the charity of the people. Leahy admitted he was the same man, the official embraced
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drowned. Some person or persons standing by reported him, he said "what we didn't kill we drowned them", he was arrested and tried in Tralee Court house which was then newly built. He was the first prisoner to be tried and as being the first in the new Court house and according to custom he should be released but he was not. He was put back a criminal and transported to Van Dieman's Land on perjured evidence.
When he was there for some time a high British official went around to view the convicts. He left his horse to graze in a field near
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A young man who was fleet of foot named Maurice Leahy was going home that evening to his home in in Ballinoe near Causeway.
A man got out of a house in the way and asked him how did their fight go. He said what wasn't killed of them were
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and stones. The people at one side loaded the boat with stones to reach the scene of battle across the river Feale.
That side was defeated the victors killing them in the boat and sinking the boat with the cargo of stones.
There were many killed and hundreds wounded.
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2020-10-23 09:50
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Over a 100 years ago this country at least North Kerry was split up into two factions called Cooleens and Lawlors, they met in a faction fight in Ballyea strand, they fought with sticks
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went round a rick of turf he saw his opponent having the opportunity of turning the end of the rick before him he leaped across the rick and carried the ball from him. A young lady standing by said bad luck to the woman that would maoidheamh her daughter in you. He heard the remark and although he was a married man he eloped with the lassie that night.
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James OConnor knew a man who took sixty stone of wheat in one bag on his back from a car and walked with it over a rough place where there were large boulders of stones a distance of thirty yards where he turned it into a boat that was anchored in the shore that was to take it to Limerick from Meenogahane harbour and that same man was Buck Lynch.
That same man showed his cleverness in the goal field, he and his opponent were running after the ball which
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sacks made out of bandle cloth sheets and they used to carry from forty to sixty stone in those sacks.
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About 120 years ago a family of the Fitzgeralds lived in an old monument in Lixnaw and they had only one daughter. One day the girl and her father were standing outside in the road and her father said to her, you have everything you want seen. I have said she but one thing.
What is that said her father I never saw a man hanging, said the daughter. The next man that will come along the road I'll hang him so who came on but a beggar man, they took him and carried him in and hung him off a branch of a tree.
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There was no plague since the black 1847 that plague and hunger lasted for 3 years and a half and the people died with hunger and plague in the roads and ditches. They died from eating the chicken-weed, the grass of the land and the roots and also the praiseach bhuidhe.
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Another incident happened about years ago there were 200 rails of turf burned at Dromurrin Quay about 7 miles from here, the biggest fire in Ireland a bycott was the cause of the trouble.
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2020-10-23 09:22
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About fifty years ago a ship came wrecked into Ballyheigue Bay loaded with barley. The people took possession of the ship. They sold the grain to the Mc Cowens in Tralee and they used the timber for roofing houses and for firing.
There was a house burned in Ardagh about 100 years ago it belonged to a Sullivan family. They were evicted out of it and the same evening it was grabbed again by a man named Carroll and that night the house was burned by a girl of the O'Sullivans.
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Oh says he I will go back to sea where my father and mother died.
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About 150 years ago a ship came wrecked into Ballea strand that is between the Cashen River and Ballybunion and the ship was loaded with butter and the butter was stolen.
There was no one in the ship only a dead man, a live man, a cat and a dog.
The live man was taken into a house at the back of Ballyea strand and was highly treated. The woman of the house said to him don't go anymore to sea as you were so lucky to bring your life safe now. He then asked her where did your father and mother die. She then said that they died in their beds. If I were you I would never go to bed.
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tide would rise that the sand would not come into the canal and the ship could be easily refloated again. So when the tide rose the ship floated and when the ship was gone out a good distance from the shore the captain went on his knees behind the steerage and he cursed whoever robbed the ship and he gave them mallac fairrite and the Masons and all the relations were banished from the place soon after.
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2020-10-23 09:09
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About 70 years ago a ship came in to Kilmore and the Masons were landlords of Kilmore that time.
When they heard about the ship they went down to the shore and invited the captain and his crew to their house for refreshment.
While they were away the Masons got people to rob the ship.
When the captain came back and saw his ship robbed he said nothing but he asked the Masons to get men and spades and dig a canal at one side of the ship and order that when the
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2020-10-22 08:37
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side she had to be taken back again and when she was asked the reason she said she would to get the drive over again.
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2020-10-22 08:36
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return small skeins of thread and other such articles useful to the housekeeper. He could tell good yarns he was a brilliant card player.
He told a story about being an inmate in Listowel workhouse how he was tortured by a pampered matron who struck him with a large key. He gripped her by the collar and threw her across 7 beds for which he spent a term in gaol.
He was a powerful built man.
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it for every use.
Close to that there was a stone gap in the bounds ditch which was called gap na sprida the old people used to be indread to cross there after night fall some of them were very good to say the dead appeared there.
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Instantly the body grew and grew until the head came on it and