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for him mowing the hay. There was one man among them who was a very strong and handsome man. One day when his daughter was home on holiday her father took her for a walk around the farm to inspect the work. She [?] all the mowers. She espied this handsome and strong mower and she said to her father that she would like to see a strong mower like him hanging. Her father consented to satisfy her desire.
He had a scaffold erected, and she picked out this handsome and strong man for execution. He stood on the scaffold with the noose about his neck and he asked for one only request - and that was that he would like to have his scythe in his hands while dying. His request was granted and just as his executioners were about to blindfold him he made one sweep with his scythe and he cut off the head of MacElligot's cruel daughter and he afterwards made his escape.
This McElligot was also a local judge and a very cruel man. He had a gaol or prison of his own in [?] Hall BallyMcElligot where he used to put prisoners to death, the remains of this prison is to be seen there yet.
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2021-04-05 00:14
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for him mowing the hay. There was one man among them who was a very strong and handsome man. One day when his daughter was home on holiday her father took her for a walk around the farm to inspect the work. She [?] all the mowers. She espied this handsome and strong mower and she said to her father that she would like to see a strong mower like him hanging. Her father consented to satisfy her desire.
He had a scaffold erected, and she picked out this handsome and strong man for execution. He stood on the scaffold with the noose about his neck and he asked for one only request - and that was that he would like to have his scythe in his hands while dying. His request was granted and just as his executioners were about to blindfold him he made one sweep with his scythe and he cut off the head of MacElligot's cruel daughter and he afterwards made his escape.
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2021-04-05 00:11
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About 200 years ago there lived in the Parish of Bally macElligot a big protestant landlord by the name of John McElligot. He owned BallyMacElligot Castle. He had one daughter who was away in some English school.
In the harvest time he had several men working
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2021-04-05 00:09
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The priest went to the place where the devil and the card player were to meet and he said Holy Mass there. When the final day came the card-player and the priest went to the appointed place to meet the devil. The priest made a ring of holy water around himself and the famous card-player. When the devil arrived he made a drive for the card-player to seize him, the priest put up a cross before him and so drove the devil back. The devil tried again but failed. He tried the third time and if he did the priest drove him down through the ground roaming in flames. The large hole where he was driven down through the ground up to the present day is visible in a field called [?] to the south of Tralee.
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2021-04-05 00:06
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About 100 years ago lived a man in Clahane ([?]) to the south west of Tralee. He was very fond of card playing. He used to travel around to the neighbour's houses every night playing cards. This night as he left his own house to go card playing he met a man and after a conversation they invited one another into a nearby house for a game of cards. The stranger won all the money from this card-player from Clahane [?]. In the finish the famous card-player staked himself against all the stranger's money - the bargain being, that if he won he was to get all the money from the stranger and if the stranger won he was to get the famous card player himeself - body and soul. The stranger won and he told the card player that he would take him away with him at the end of twelve months and they also settled on where to meet.
As they were parting this famous card player discovered that the stranger had horse's hooves instead of feet. He went home and then he realised that the stranger was none other than the devil himself to whom he had given up his body and soul.
When the end of the twelve months was drawing near the card-player did not know what to do. Anyway he went off to Tralee and he told his case to a young priest there.
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2021-04-05 00:02
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In the early famine times over 100 years ago the terrible famine raged all over here. An English ship came into Kerry Head named the Janie-Johnson. She took on board a large number of local emigrants. She was an old crock of a ship a second hand class of one, but she was repaired to take Irish emigrants across to the States.
She came in close to Kerry Head. The poor emigrants went out to her in small boats. After about a day and a half sailing she began to leak rapidly and after a short time she sank altogether. All the Irish were drowned. The English captain and all his crew were saved as they took to the small boats.
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2021-04-04 23:59
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A long time ago there was a king in Ireland name King Corc who had a beautiful palace. In the middle of the courtyard there was a beautiful spring the best in all Ireland.
One night King Corc gave a great feast to all the princes. At the feast there was a young prince who danced with the king's lovely daughter. But in the night they ran short of water, so the king's daughter volunteered to go for it. The prince that danced with her offered to go with her and she consented. The princess took a golden jar with her, but, as she was just stooping to fill her jar she slipped and fell into the well. The young prince tried to save her, but he failed. He ran back to tell the king, but before he was able to arrive back he was up to his neck in water. The water rose to such a height that it covered the valley where the king's palace stood and so this is how the big lake of Corc was formed. The king and his daughter was not drowned.
When the waters are calm the tops of the towers and fine buildings may be seen sparkling plainly beneath the waters of the lake.
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2021-04-04 23:55
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religion to do so but the true Catholic Religion. When she heard this she became very very angry and she rang the bell for her soldiers to put the priest to death, but he all at once struck her dumb and when the officer and soldiers came to her she could not speak nor direct them what to do nor tell them what she rang them up for.
The priest was very angry with her and he cursed her saying that the earth would not hide her body nor would even the rats gnaw her flesh.
She died, and when she was buried, the next day her body was on top of the earth in Ardfert Abbey. She was buried again, but the same thing happened again and again until her friends built a tomb around her body.
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2021-04-04 23:52
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There is a field in my farm called [?]. During the time of the famine the poor people were not particular about graves, so that a man of this locality together with his wife and three children were buried in this little lios and ever since it is called [?] the Lios of the Five.
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2021-04-04 23:51
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Curravough ([?]) a town land near this school was at one time supposed to be haunted by the devil under the appearance of a large black pig.
It was supposed that this pig used sleep all day under ground in Curravough [?] and during the night it used to come out and go over to Leith [?] Cross on the Tralee Listowel Road. It was always sure to be at Leith [?] Cross at the dead of night. Here it used turn itself into a large bird like an eagle and it used to fly along the road until it came to a cross called Pope's Cross. One night a party of men going to a fair met the large bird at Pope's Cross. The bird was flying and fluttering hither and thither in zig-zag fashion in front of the horses on the road.
An old man shouted "there she goes lads and mind yourselves". The big bird gave until the dawn of day attempting to draw them away off their course, but towards the dawn of day it suddenly disappeared under ground making off for its old haunt in [?].
Another man met it under the shape of a black pig one night at Curravough Cross and said "[?]" but there you are and the black pig went off in disgust.
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2021-04-04 23:46
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The wicked man and his soldiers were called up for some foreign war. He sent on his soldiers before him to the field of battle. He was supposed to be a very rich man and he remained behind to hide his gold and jewelery.
Taking all his gold etc. to the corner of a certain field he got his butler to dig a deep hole and when it was dug he put his gold etc. into it. When that was done, he asked his butler to mind the gold for him until he would come back from the war. The butler there and then gave him his consent to mind the gold. What did the old Crotta chief do but shoot the butler and buried him in the hole with the gold.
The old Chief then went off to the field of battle and he and all his soldiers were killed there. But any one that every looked for the hidden gold etc. was hunted off by the butler that was buried with it.
Lord Kitchener lived in Crotta House afterwards. He too was called to the war [?] and all his men were drowned off the Orgney Islands in the Hampshire.
The next man that lived in it was one Terence Carmody who was instantly killed as he was knocking down an old wall. People around Crotta House believe very strongly that it is the widow's curse that is following it.
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2021-04-04 23:41
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Once upon a time there lived in Crotta House in North Kerry a wicked type of man who had one daughter. Anything she asked her father for was granted to her if it was in her father's power at all. One morning after her leaving bed, she said to her father that she would like to see a man hanging. He immediately ordered his soldiers to erect a scaffold. The father then seated his daughter right in front of the scaffold. He ordered his soldiers to get and bring the nearest man they could find to the scaffold.
They went off and it was not long until they returned with a young man - a poor widow's only son. The mother asked them about what they were going to do with her son and they asked her to come on and see, so she followed them to the scaffold tree.
When they arrived at the scaffold the young man was placed on it and hanged right in front of this wicked old Englishman's daughter and in presence of his poor widowed mother.
The poor old widow immediately went on her knees and cursed all in Crotta House and also any one that might ever after live there and her curse was "that all might get violent deaths."
This wicked man's daughter died suddenly shortly after this.
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2021-04-04 23:37
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world who could defeat Dara [?] and that this man lived in the Isle of Wight in the south of England.
Fionn sent for this man to the Isle of Wight. His father would not consent to let them come as he was too young being only 17 years of age and Dara [?] of which he had heard about was much too strong for him.
His father put his foster brothers straight away minding him for fear that he would steal off to Kerry. However the boy bribed his foster brothers and he and they came onto Kerry to Fionn's Camp.
During the night they heard Dara [?] loudly calling for a hundred challengers. The seven foster brothers went to fight him, but they were all killed.
Dara [?] again called for a hundred challengers but this time the boy from the Isle of Wight went alone to meet him.
They fought hard all day with their swords and shields and they made a deep hole on the sandy strand where they were fighting. In the evening the tide came in and flowed into the hole where they were standing drowning both of them. When the tide went out the boy hero was found on top of Dara [?].
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2021-04-04 23:32
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Long ago in Kerry Fionn MacCumhaill told one of the Fianna to mind the coast of Ventry Harbour while he and the rest of the Fianna went to Clare. It was not long until this soldier sentry fell asleep, a great number of foreign ships came in to the coast under Dara [?] the monarch of the world.
When Fionn's sentry awoke a great duel took place between him and Dara [?], but the sentry was killed.
When the news reached Fionn he swam the River Shannon across from Clare to Kerry and he made quickly for Ventry Harbour. A fierce battle took place between the Fianna and Dara [?]'s men. The Fianna were defeated and those that were wounded retired to their camps further east and there is to this day where they camped a locality called Camp (Campa).
The following morning, Dara [?] challenged 100 of Fionn's men and he killed every one of them.
One day Fionn chewed his thumb of knowledge and he discovered that his fighting with Dara [?] would go on for a year, and a day, but he never told this to the Fianna.
He also found out from his thumb of knowledge that there was only one man in the
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2021-04-04 23:27
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Lady's Well is situated in Ballyheigue (Baile-[?]). Our Lady is supposed to have appeared at this well and there is a large statue of her there. Rounds are performed here every day by people especially so on the Pattern Day 8th of September. Three rounds are performed the pilgrims saying a rosary during each round.
Many people have been cured there. One left his crutches there after him. There is a money box near an altar stone there where people leave money. Rosary beats, holy pictures, medals, etc. are left behind on the altar there.
A cup is attached to a chain near the well and with it pilgrims etc. drink the blessed water. Flowers and small trees grown near it.
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2021-04-04 23:24
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so escaped.
The poor old abbot himself remained to collect the sacred vessels and manuscripts and so his way to the mountain was barred. He mounted a horse and he rode towards the strand in the meantime the English soldiers sighted him. One of the cruel soldiers on a very swift horse over took him just as the abbot reached the beach. The soldier drew his sword and with one blow he cut off the abbot's head.
The other monks returned after some time and they continued to say Holy Mass here and they ministered to the people in spite of the cruel Penal Laws.
The Mass-Rock can yet be seen in the little church yard. The rock is called "Carraig [?]" and a mass rock further up the mountain and about a half-a-mile from this church yard is called Carraig [?] (Butter Rock).
The story goes that when the other monks returned to this grave-yard one of them to perpetuate the memory of his beloved abbot sculptured on a large slab of stone in one of the abbey walls the form of the headless monk of Annagh ([?]) which can be seen to this present day. It is at the foot of [?] Mountain a branch of the Slibh [?] Mountains.
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2021-04-04 23:19
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About two and a half miles to the west of Tralee on the road to Dingle and Brandon lies the little town land of Annagh ([?]. It lies at the foot of the Sliabh [?] Mountains on the shores of Tralee Bay. At the present time in this district the houses are very scattered and the land very poor. The people there live mostly by tilling some of the rocky soil, keeping a few small cattle and sheep on the slopes of Sliabh [?] Mountain.
Near the shore on the right hand side of the road from Tralee to Dingle there is a little grave yard called Annagh [?] Graveyard and in it are the old ruins of an abbey.
On a large slab of stone in one of the old abbey walls there is the figure of a monk minus the head and one arm.
Tradition has it, that long before the Penal Laws, monks of the order of St Francis established themselves in Annagh ([?]) and they built this little abbey, the ruins of which can now be seen in Annagh Graveyard. They lived here for a number of years teaching and ministering to the poor of the district. When the Penal Laws were in force Annagh ([?]) was not forgotten by the priest hunters.
It is said, that when the Abbot heard that the English soldiers were approaching he advised the monks to flee to the mountains which they did and
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2021-04-04 23:13
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where they were taking all her family to.
They angrily answered her and told her to go home and that when she would wake in the morning that she would have the grave-yard near enough to her.
When she awoke next morning she found the grave-yard in the haggard near the house and it had all the appearances of being in this spot for hundreds of years. But the old [?] is supposed to be seen once in every 7 years.
Some people say it was the members of two families that lived in Kerry-Head, the Cordans and Cantilons that used to be buried in this graveyard of the sea. The remains used to be placed on a large slab on the edge of a cliff and during the night they were removed by the departed relatives and buried at sea in a spot now called the "Church Banks."
Once there was an only child died, one of the Cordan family too. The mother placed the remains of her child on the coffin slab on the cliff's edge. She remained watching it to see who would take it away. Towards midnight four men in a boat approached the coffin and were about to take it away with them when the widow called out to them asking them what they were going to do with her child's remains. But three times they asked her to return home. She refused and they departed saying that she would have the grave yard near enough to her in the morning and so it was for when she got up next morning her haggard was all grave-yard.
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2021-04-04 23:08
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where they were taking all her family to.
They angrily answered her and told her to go home and that when she would wake in the morning that she would have the grave-yard near enough to her.
When she awoke next morning she found the grave-yard in the haggard near the house and it had all the appearances of being in this spot for hundreds of years. But the old [?] is supposed to be seen once in every 7 years.
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2021-04-04 23:06
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In the western part of Ballyteigue (Baile-Taid[?]) there was once a grave yard near the sea. In the winter time during storms the sea used to come up and surround it. Hundreds of years ago there was a terrible storm during a spring tide and all the little burying ground was covered by it.
After a few days the storm died down, but the graveyard remained covered with sand and there were none of the head stones visible but the very large ones.
Time rolled on, and the sea water came in further and further and so covered the whole grave yard deeply. The people then began to bury their dead on the side of a rath near the sea straight in from the submerged graveyard. In the morning there used to be no trace of the coffin, it used to be removed during night by people from the "other side" (good people) and re-buried in the submerged grave-yard and called the "Church Banks".
Once a poor widow's son died, he was the last of her family. The poor widow hid herself near the rath and remained there to see what would happen to her son's corpse.
At day break she saw four men approaching in a boat and just when they were about to put the corpse into the boat she asked them
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2021-04-04 23:01
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St Dahalen was a saint that lived in Glen Dahalin on the north side of Ballyheigue (Baile-[?]) Mountain. The ruins of the little chapel are to be seen there to this present day. An army of soldiers came on to kill her. They were about to capture her in her little chapel. When three of the soldiers were about to lay hands on her, she fired a fist of earth at them and immediately blinded them.
After a little while they begged mercy of her and she granted them their sight again. After a while one of the three same soldiers again attacked her and she again blinded that soldier. The two others in the mean time showed her the greatest of respect and they begged of her mercy for the other soldier. She made a little well on the slope of the mountain in the little glen where she lived. She told the two soldiers to wash the eyes of their blind companion in the waters of this little well. In the mean time she walked to the shores of the Shannon and then she walked on the waters across to the Clare side. When she was gone the two soldiers washed the eyes of their blind companion in this well that she made and he immediately got back his sight.
People pay rounds at this well at the dawn or very late on Fridays. They perform three rounds reciting a rosary during each round.
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2021-04-04 22:56
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About two hundred years ago when priests were hunted from place to place there was one of them captured outside the town of Tralee on the Tralee Abbeydorney Road. He was brought into a field that now belongs to Michael Collins of Lialoose and hanged from a big oak-tree which grew in the middle of this field.
After this the tree began to wither and never again was there a green leaf seen on it and it took over 100 years to decay down to the roots. Some claim that Sundays Well sprung up where this poor priest was put to death. Some say it is a bishop that was pursued from near by "[?]" and that he was murdered here and buried inside the fence. His people came afterwards late in the night and removed the body to his native place for burial.
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2021-04-04 22:53
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monastery near Wether's Well (Tobar na [?]). Others say that the bullocks were only drawing one large slab which was once used as a Mass Table near this holy well.
Some say it is how the local Catholics mustered that night and removed the slab back to its old position.
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2021-04-04 22:51
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There is a field in our land (farm) called Park ([?]) Mannie. It got its name from a notorious high way robber that lived in Lisnearla (Lios-[?]) in olden times. His name was Mannie Red. The main road to Listowel then passed here by my house before the "New Line" was built. Mannie Red used to rob and murder people he used catch on the high-way.
One night a stranger on horse-back was passing by on his way from Tralee to Listowel by this highway. He called into Mannie Red's house to light his pipe and as he raised a black curtain that was used as a door he saw a man dead on the table by Mannie Red.
He took flight with his horse and he was pursued by Mannie Red but he was not captured. All Mannie Red's robbed money is supposed to be hidden in this field now called "Mannie Red's Field" or "Parc Mannie".
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2021-03-30 21:47
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About 2 years ago as the OBriens in Lisnearla were cutting turf deep down in the turf bog they got a sheaf of oats and when they took it out it was as sound as ever.
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2021-03-30 21:45
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In the Village of Abbeydorney, Mr Backley was after burying his wife, he felt very lonely after her. A few months after this his mother felt very ill. His brother and the servant boy were up late one night minding her. They were sitting in the kitchen. A little after midnight they heard great [scream?]ing in the porch and around the house. They felt very much afraid, but they were unable to speak to each other until the noise of the screaming had died away.
Then they asked each other "did you hear that noise." They told Mr Backley the man of the house about it. He goes up and he went out as he thought it might be his wife, so that he could see her and speak to her. When he went out and waited he could not see nor hear anything. Next night when they were all in bed, they heard the sewing machine sewing and a lot of other noises in the kitchen.
A short time after that Mr Backley's mother died. The people of the house and neighbours said that those that were making the noises late at night before hand were the good people coming for her.
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2021-03-30 21:39
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Mr. O’Sullivan of Baillenlourth( Baile -n’[?]) was coming home one night very late. As he was passing Rath ([?]) graveyard he saw a light inside among the graves. He turned back from the top of Boherbee ([?])as he was afraid to pass the light. He picked up courage and he went past it, but to his surprise he found it was a poor man picking brosna (faggot) for his fire that late hour of the night.
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2021-03-30 21:35
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There is a big house in BallyMacElligot and a farmer once lived there. This farmer before he died sold the house to a well off catholic. This house was one of the old big houses and there were bells in the kitchen. Every night when the catholic retired to bed he used hear the bells ringing and and so he thought the house was haunted.
He told his tale to his neighbour and they both decided to stay up all night, during the next night to discover what caused the bells to ring . They stayed up and to their great surprise they discovered that it was a mouse that walked on the bell strings and so causing them to ring.
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Mr. O’Sullivan of Ballinlourth( Baile -n’-habail -Jorz) was coming home one night very late. As he was passing Rath (Ráz) graveyard he saw a light inside among the graves. He turned back from the rush of Botharbue (boo hat-buisie)as he was afraid to pass the light : He plucked up courage and he went past it but to his surprise he found it was a poor man picking brosna (faggoc ) for his fire that lot have after night .
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2021-03-30 21:32
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Long ago there lived a king and he had every thing he needed, but still he had trouble of mind and he said to himself that it must be how that there was no one in the world without some trouble or other.
Anyway, he collected a number of wise men and he gave each one of them a large sum of money and then he sent each one of them out into the world in quest of a man without trouble. Anyway they returned to the king's palace after the 1st day's searching not finding the man without trouble.
They went off again the next day. One of them came upon a poor tinker on the road side minding his donkeys and mules. The king's messenger asked him whether he had any trouble of any kind and he replied that he had none what so ever.
Then the king's messenger asked him for his shirt, so that he might bring it to the king to wear offering of course a large sum of money for it. The poor tinker replied that he was unable to sell him his shirt because of the simple reason that he had none.
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2021-03-30 21:28
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Long ago two old women were conversing about the day of Judgment. One of them asked the other whether Owen Roe ONeill would be there and the other replied "yes." She again asked whether Cromwell would be there and she replied "yes". "Oh, they will have murder" was the other's reply.
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One night as Seán Hutchinson a servant boy by John Slattery Oak Park was coming home from John Walshes of Bantaloon ([?]) he met near Florence oSullivans of Badlinlourth [?] a man without any head. A few weeks after this a Mrs Haly a woman that worked in Ned Fitzgerald's of Bartaloon [?] suddenly died.
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2021-03-30 21:26
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One night as Seán Hutchinson a servant boy by John Slattery Oak Park was coming home from John Walshes of Bantaloon ([?]) he met near Florence oSullivans of Badlinlourth [?] a man without any head. A few weeks after this a Mrs Haly a woman that worked in Ned Fitzgerald's of Bartaloon [?] suddenly died.
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2021-03-30 21:24
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Some time in the year 1923 a man named Patrick OSullivan of Baillinloarth ([?]) was working in a field of Ned Fitzgerald's of Buntaloon ([?]) called the Fort Field when he saw a small little motor car go up a by-road near John OHanlon's fence of Liosloose ([?]). He ran after it, but when it came to the end of the bye road it disappeared.
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2021-03-30 21:21
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There was once a rich man named Michael Barry and he used always wear very rich clothes. A poor man lived near him named Patrick Daly. When Patrick heard that rich man Barry died, the poor fellow was always wondering how he could come to get Barry's clothes.
He thought of a plan, on the night that the rich man was buried he stole into Barry's house and he hid under Barry's former bed. He lay there until all went to bed, he then said in a low mournful voice "give my clothes to Patrick Daly."
Of course the people of the house thought it was the ghost of rich man Barry that was speaking and they thought that the morning would not over take them so as to give Patrick Daly his clothes.
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2021-03-30 21:19
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over the wall. He then jumped over the wall and he ran to Keane's house so fast as ever he could and the other man after him. When he reached the door of Keane's house he threw the skull in on the floor shouting "there it is, but the being that owned it is after me" and so he won his bet.
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2021-03-30 21:18
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Once there was a crowd of men collected in a farm house in Knocknagaskel (Cnoc-na-[?]). They used to go there night walking. The name of this house was Dean's House.
One night one of the bet any one of the crowd a pound-note that he would not go to the near by grave-yard and bring with him the skull of a corpse from any tomb.
One of the crowd agreed and volunteered to do the ghastly deed. Off with him to the grave yard. The man that offered the bet followed him to the grave yard and he hid himself there behind a large tomb stone.
When the man that volunteered to take back a skull with him, was about to take one out of a tomb he heard a voice say "leave that there" so he went to a second tomb and the voice said again said "leave that there." "Well" answered the man "you [?] had two skulls" catching his skull and throwing it
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2021-03-30 21:12
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go to the devil" said the mother. "Now" said the devil "there is my chance because she really meant that from her heart." So saying he caught the rate collector and he put him into his bag and he bore him off with [?].
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2021-03-30 21:10
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Once upon a time there lived a rate collector. Every body hated the sight of him. One day as he was doing his rounds of rate collecting he met the devil. "Where are you going to" he enquired of the devil. "I'm going around collecting souls" said the devil. "Would you have any objection to my going with you" said the rate collector. "Not at all" said the devil. "Come along then."
They went on along the road until they came to a man who was trying to put three pigs through a gap in a wall, but it failed to do so. Then the owner of the pigs said "Let ye go to the devil." Then the rate collector said "there is your chance, take him with you." "Oh," said the devil "he did not say that from his heart." They went on until they came to a little house outside of which there was a little girl in the road. She saw the rate collector coming and she immediately ran in and told her mother. "Let him
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a priest hid it there and this same priest was afterwards shot by the Red-Coats. This girl whose ghost was afterwards seen near the tree informed the enemies about him. She never came back again when the chalice was discovered.
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Long ago there was a house with a tree growing in front of it. Always on "All Saints' Night" there used to be a ghost seen running around the tree dressed in white and it used to be roaring. One of the girls from the near by house said that she woud watch it so she went out this night and watched and some time in the night she saw the ghost. She got afraid when she saw the ghost, so she made off in home and straight into bed. That night she had a dream that the ghost asked her to pray for her. She told the rest of the house [?] about her experience and about her dream, so they all offered up the rosary for the poor ghost.
Some time after there was a terrible wild night, and this tree in front of the house was knocked down, when some of the people of the house went out to the felled tree the following morning they discovered a lovely chalice near where it stood.
This chalice was there since the [?]s
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poor Irish man "I bet you never saw a rick as big as that in Ireland." "I saw ricks" said the Irish man and your rick would not make a súgán for one of them" - did you ever hear tell of the Magillicuddy Ricks (Reeks) in Kerry.
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2021-03-30 20:59
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This same Irish man was one day putting in a big rick of hay with the same Yank. In the evening when the rick of hay was finished the Yank was boasting about it and he said to the
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2021-03-30 20:58
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There was a Yank who was boasting to an Irishman from this locality about the hen eggs in America, he stated to the Irish man that they were so big that one of them would scarcely fit inside an ordinary egg basket. "Is that so" said the Irish man. "We had a hen at home in Ireland and when she ate saw dust she used to lay tables and chairs."
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in return for his giving him the power of winning every game of cards that he would afterwards play.
Many a time afterwards he felt sorry for selling his soul even though he was now most lucky at card playing.
He confessed his sin to the P.P. but he refused him absolution so he went to the Bishop who forgave him of his awful sin. This card player died soon after and he is buried over in Rath ([?]) Graveyard near Tralee.
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2021-03-30 20:53
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About 60 years ago a man named Roger Collins who lived in Rathanny ([?]) near here used to go with the Good People (Fairies) every night.
He used to go night-walking to a neighbour's house named John Collins. Every night just at 9 oclock a knock used to come to John Collin's door for him.
There was a young girl from Rothanny ([?]) who died and he Roger used see her with the Good people riding on a horse. Roger used to return to his home at 6 oclock every morning.
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2021-03-30 20:51
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About 60 years ago a girl named Nora Callaghan was living with her parents in Ballymacelligot. One day the girl got such a deadly faint that her parents thought she was dead. They brought a coffin and they put her into it. After three days they heard a moan. They opened the coffin and they found that the girl was alive. She rose up and she told the parents that God told her she was to live for three years more.
She lived for three years just and she died one Wednesday at 1 o'clock.
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2021-03-30 20:48
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Years ago a farmer to the east of Tralee owned a large quarry. He gave employment to many people around where he lived. He died and he was deeply mourned by all the neighbours. The men employed by him carried on the work of quarrying after his death. One night a great noise was heard in the quarry and it continued each night until the people became alarmed.
They told a priest in Tralee about it and he went to the quarry and he read from his prayer book over it saying Mass first in the dead man's house. The noises still continued so the priest came the second time and again he read from his prayer book over it but to no use. He came the third time and again read from his prayer book over it and after his third visit the noises were heard no more.
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2021-03-30 20:45
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Long ago there was a protestant in Ballykeigue ([?]) named Billy Crosbie. One day he went out for a walk and he took his dogs with him. He went to a blessed well near by and he tried to get the dog into the well to kill the trout in it. The dog refused to enter the well, he then threw stones into the well and he was immediately struck blind and he ended his days barking like a dog.
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2021-03-30 20:44
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In the month of June 1933 there was a croppy pike found by my brother John of Listel[?] ([?]) whilst digging out an old lime-kiln in a field called the Lime-Kiln Field.
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About 20 years ago as Michael Dillane of Listellick ([?]) was ploughing a field called the Pond Field he discovered a blunderbuss. He carried it home with him and he discovered that it was some kind of an old type revolver having six barrels. It was about 6" long. He kept it and during the Black and Tan Regime he hid it and when he went to look for it he could not find it.
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2021-03-30 20:40
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There was a pot found in a fort in Mr Dillone's land in Gurrane (an [?]) in olden times. The man who found it dug it up and he took it home leaving it outside his kitchen door during the night. When he got up in the morning the pot was gone and never seen since. It was an earthen pot.
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2021-03-30 20:39
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There is a man in Curranough named John Fitzgerald, he has a small farm. One day about 2 years ago he was ploughing one of this fields called the "Rushy Field." He found what he thought was a gold coin. He sent it on to the museum in Dublin from where he got 2£ for it.
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2021-03-30 20:37
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About 5 years ago two of the McKennas were cutting turf in Ray Bog ([?] Bog). They discovered a bangle inside a newly cut sod of turf. They took it home and they kept it for a few months. They sent it to the museum in Dublin from where they received 5£ for it.
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2021-03-30 20:36
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In olden times a treasure ship came into Ballyheigue Bay. She was looted by a crowd of unknown people. A great portion of the treasure was supposed to be buried in remote places including my town land of [?] (Lisamorla). It was said that one day some people of this townland went to look for it but the good people [?]ted them away.
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2021-03-30 20:34
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Some time ago, as a farmer named Pat OConnor of Ballinclemsig in the North Derry direction was cutting turf in Ballinclemsig Bog (the district). His "slean" hit something hard, so he dug it out and found that it was a sword and a spear. He sent them to the museum in Dublin. They were supposed to be about 200 years old.
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2021-03-30 20:32
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Long ago there was an old man named Matt O Callaghan living in Baillinbranaugh ([?]). He had a good deal of gold. He got sick and he put the gold into a little fort and he buried it in a little haggard at the back of his house as he did not want to leave the money to any one. This little field was named the "Little Haggard."
It so happened that about a month later he got better, but, when he went to look for his little pot of gold he could not find it and from that day to this it is supposed to be hidden there. Who ever on a dewy morning discovers a patch of land in this haggard without dew will find underneath if he digs the little pot of gold, as tradition has it, that no dew falls on where there is gold underneath.
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2021-03-30 20:26
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About one hundred and fifty years ago an old John Trant and his two brothers Tom and Maurice, my Grandmother's three uncles, were digging potatoes in a field owned by an OBrien of Lioncarla called the "[?] Field". They discovered a pot. They went in to their dinner and they did not let any one know about it. When they came back to examine the pot it had disappeared.
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2021-03-30 20:24
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There is a fort in Ardfert [?] called Casement's Fort because it was there that poor Roger Casement stayed after landing off the German submarine in Easter Week 1916.
Near this fort a Michael Collins from near by was digging a large hole to bury a dead pony in 1937. He found a pipe, he then dug deeper and he found a little room full of paving stones and in the room were little stone chairs and stone tables.
He reported it to the Archaeological Society in Dublin.
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2021-03-30 20:22
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Some say that it was a John Fitzgerald who lived in Curravough ([?]) that discovered those bells over 80 years ago when he was uprooting a tree.
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2021-03-30 20:21
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In olden times when priests were not allowed to say Holy Mass in the churches they were hunted about from place to place and they had to take the sacred vessels with them.
One day a priest and his clerks were having Holy Mass in Gleann an Aifrinn near this school. While saying Mass the Red-Coats came on and the clerks and priest made off.
The clerks hid the sacred vessels in a nearby glen called Gleann an [?]. Local people say that those golden vessels are still hidden in Gleann an [?], and may be found if on a dewy morning a circular patch of land is found without any dew - the golden vessels lie under this patch, as it is a local tradition that where there is gold hidden under the earth no dew falls on the surface.
Some years ago as Mr Stack of Curravough [?] was ploughing the field containing "Gleann an [?]" he discovered a mass bell, the large slab used as an altar table is still to be seen there.
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2021-03-30 20:15
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In the Bally Mulken side of Tralee Town Park there is a deep hole which was once supposed to be a well. Near this well a man lived. He had seven daughters. Their mother died and their father married again. The step-mother hated the step-daughters so much that she persuaded her husband their father to murder them. He killed his seven daughters and he then threw their bodies down into this hole or deep well.
Seven years afterwards as he and his wife were passing by this well they heard some awful moans coming from the well. They also heard the tolling of a bell. The husband became mad and he murdered his wife and threw her body into a nearby river. He then ran away and hid himself in [?] where he died of hunger and exposure.
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2021-03-30 20:12
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Long ago as King Comfortas was passing by a grove he saw one of his soldiers taking a branch from a plum tree instead of picking the fruit. The king went over to the soldier and said angrily "When that tree has satisfied your hunger will there not be other tired soldiers who will need its fruit."
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2020-12-29 14:37
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sharper bark all to gether. He is much like a dog two but you would know the foxes bark because it is a sharper bark all together. A Rabbit is an animale. The Rabbits stay in holes on the ground almost under the earth you can eat a Rabbit and there are hares you can eat them two as well they make a boure under the ground two as well they are middlin small things and you can set snares on the ground and you get them caught.
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2020-12-29 14:35
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away you must be careful at night that you have now hen out or if you do the fox will come and take the hen on you and eat hem. He will bring her to his din and eat her there on you or if you have coukes out he will eat them two on you or chickens or anything like that. He will be sure to come and bring there and you better not leave them out because he is very cout. He has a bark much like a dog but it is
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2020-12-29 14:33
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A hourse and ass are very yousfell for everything, if you want an ass you can go and takkel hem up if it is your one ass and the same with a hourse there are lots of animales in the country all two gether a fox is a animale he is not so wild of a animale but he is very coul there are a lot of foxes in this country hear people do [?] foxes and kill them and send them away and they get a good prise for them. When they send them
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2020-12-29 14:30
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bad at all they are very nice there is a row houre as cross as a bull. Horses have to work hard they are very strong some horses are very wild things mostly like the bukels. Some ass are wild they work hard also they are very strong, drow tourf on with straddles on their backs and creals they drow home the most of the tourfe in the creals and they drow other things two. The asses and horses are very good and strong they can bring any load. The horses are stronger than the asses a lot
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2020-12-29 14:28
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they would kill you right away and that is why people don't go near bulls but a bull is very useful [yousfell] animal all tho he is cross there are some cross cattle that are near as bad as bulls in this country here there are very wild cattle around the place but not as bad as a bull all to gether there are small bukkels two and some of them are cross things. There are a lot of hoarses two and some of them are wild and some are not cross they are very quiet they are not
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2020-12-29 14:26
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There are lots of wild animals in the country but not so much in this country in other countries around the place a bul is a wild animal. He is not like a cow at all they would kill you if you went anear them much people don't go anear bulls because they
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2020-12-29 14:24
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your fortune for money but if you don't give them money they will tell you what has passed and in the future they will give you cards and what is going to happen. It is not right to believe in the Gypsies or Tinkers tell you. The tinkers go the roads very often in vans and in carts also. The Tinker go for shelter on the lonely roads under bushes. The tinkers can make money if one gives them twenty or forty pounds they say they will make twice as much money in silver for you.
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2020-12-29 14:22
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The gypsies travel the roads often in vans and they go into every house asking for them to buy things. They bring mats and things for floors and asks the people to buy them. some people buys the things for floors.
The will tell you
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2020-12-29 14:17
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Long ago there was a girl and the fairies brought her and left a dying one in her place. One day the mother wanted to bring her out of the bed as she was two years in bed. Instead of coming out she caught the mother and tore the eye out of her, as her nails were as long as a hen's claw. The mother was very angry
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2020-12-29 14:15
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One day a man was out shooting and he had a dog with him. After a while he got tired and he lay down to rest himself. The dog was searching for a hare. At last the dog rose a hare and followed him until he came to the man. All
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2020-12-29 14:15
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One time a man was out working on a road and he got very thirsty. He went to an old bog-hole and drank some water. When he went home he got very sick and he had to be sent to hospital. When he went to hospital he had an operation and they took a big eel out of his belly. The eel was made from a rib of hair out of a mad dog. When the man came home after being alright he went to the place he got the drink of water and he found an old dog in it that was buried a long time. (Eels are not eaten by the people here, as they believe they are formed (some eels at least) from the hair of animals such as the horse, dog or cow).
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2020-12-29 14:10
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had only a piece of twine as fishing line. I conceived the happy idea of using a wheel string which looked like a fishing line in the distance. I accordingly "stole" some from home [?] it had scarcely touched the water when it became quite limp and soon broke.
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2020-12-29 14:09
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The cleaned gut was then brought home and stretched diagonally across the kitchen. One end was fastened first and then the gut was twisted in such a way that the "twist" was evening distributed along the whole stretch of gut. When the gut was longer than the kitchen diagonally it was taken across to another corner of the house and so on till it was all stretched and fastened with no part of it touching another. It took over a week to dry properly and was tested regularly because if not properly dried it would afterwards stretch in use or might not.
When properly dried it was a dark brown colour and this colour came as the original whiteness disappeared. It was then rolled in coils and ready for use.
Up to the Great War I saw wheel strings made repeatedly by my mother the late Mrs Mary ODonoghue [??] Glenflesk Co Kerry who died aged 77 in 1929.
As a boy I was fond of fishing in the Summer time. I saw older people having fishing lines which they bought and on a few occasions I was laughed at because I
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a wheel string which went from the groove to the wheel. By turning the wheel with the hand the wheel string made the reel and spindle revolve thereby twisting the wool into thread.
The wheel string was the most important part of the outfit because if it was not properly made it stretched and slided off the wheel or if it was too dried or improperly coiled it broke causing in either case a whole lot of annoyance. Any other part of the spinning wheel that went out of order might easily be adjusted but trying to repair a wheel string was like looking for trouble.
The wheel string was made from the intestines or guts of a goat. When the intestines were removed the long gut was cut off and every particle of fat was removed by hand, great care being taken not to tear the gut. The gut was then taken to a running stream and washed carefully on the outside. It was then turned and washed as thoroughly on the inside just as the guts of a pig are washed when puddings are being made.
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2020-12-29 14:02
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There were two kinds of spinning wheels in use in this parish - the flare wheel which was worked by one foot with a triangular pedal and the spinning wheel by means of which woollen thread was spun.
The spindle of the spinning wheel was inserted in a Reel which was grooved and it was made rotate by means of
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2020-11-16 21:24
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Pop gun: To make a pop gun, a piece of elder stick is first got. The inside of the elder is hollowed out and when that is done a piece of paper is put into it and it is driven through the hole with a ram-rod. It lets a shot like a shot gun.
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2020-11-16 21:23
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with thin twine. It is used to catapult stones.
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2020-11-16 21:22
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A goose's windpipe: blow into it and it is like a goose roaring.
A dodgie-ball: The way to make a dodgie-ball is to get cowslips and hand them on thread and when the thread is covered, it is pulled tight and tied and all the cow-slips are turned into a round ball. Then it is thrown up, and by trying to keep it up, it becomes a game.
Snare: A snare is made of wire called snare wire. The way it is made is to get about six pieces of wire and twist them together and make a little loop in one of the ends and put the other end through the loop making a sliding loop. It is pegged to the ground on a rabbits run.
Catapult: A catapult is made out of two pieces of rubber, and a little pieces of leather and a piece of wood called the fork. The way it is made is to get two pieces of rubber and put them into the bit of leather at each end and then get a fork and tie the ends of the rubber on the fork tightly
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2020-11-16 21:18
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I would cure the cough. Then she boiled some herbs which she brought with her and gave the water of them to the sick boy to drink and it cured him.
She told Eogain about the gold in Doon and that it could be got any time between that a year and a day from that day twelve months. Three persons should go to look for it and they should carry a March cock a bottle of holy water and a black handle knife. But there was a hand stretched over the gold and they should cut off the hand.
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2020-11-16 21:16
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I heard my Grandmother say that long ago she heard that there was gold buried under a white thorn tree where the old church yard now stands. There is supposed to be a guard minding it.
It happened that in my Grandmother's early days that one night an old woman called to Eogain Foley's (blacksmith) and asked a night's lodging at his house which she obtained from Eogain.
At the same time Eogain's brother had a bad cough and the woman said, if I will call here to morrow I will cure the cough. But she never came the night after and Eogain said to his brother That woman did not mean to cure your cough atall. She only wanted her lodging.
The second night she came and she said What did ye want talking about me for last night. did I not say if I would come (continued on page 405).
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2020-11-16 21:16
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I heard my Grandmother say that long ago she heard that there was gold buried under a white thorn tree where the old church yard now stands. There is supposed to be a guard minding it.
It happened that in my Grandmother's early days that one night an old woman called to Eogain Foley's (blacksmith) and asked a night's lodging at his house which she obtained from Eogain.
At the same time Eogain's brother had a bad cough and the woman said, if I will call here to morrow I will cure the cough. But she never came the night after and Eogain said to his brother That woman did not mean to cure your cough atall. She only wanted her lodging.
The second night she came and she said What did ye want talking about me for last night. did I not say if I would come (continued on page 105).
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2020-11-14 15:41
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They had a baby a few months old when its mother was taken in the fairies. The poor man got very distressed over the loss of his wife and having to take care of so young a baby.
What was worse the baby would not take anything, only continually crying, but it used to sleep at night.
One night he heard a noise and wakened to see his wife going out the window after feeding the baby. The next night he kept awake and as the clock struck twelve she came in. He watched her carefully
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2020-11-14 15:38
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Ireland on the night of the disaster.
The people rendered homeless by the bog-slide were given shelter in Aughrane Castle until the Land Commission was in a position to provide them with new houses and holdings of land.
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2020-11-14 15:37
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destruction in its train. Houses were capsized, cattle, sheep and pigs were buried alive; roads drains and ditches were wiped out and the face of the district entirely altered.
One old woman who lived alone in a thatched cottage separated from the rest of the village failed to get warning in time and was suffocated by the semi-liquid bog matter. When her dead body was taken up through the roof some days later, a poignant witness of the scene was the victim's only son who had travelled from India to see his aged mother. He had just arrived in
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2020-11-14 15:34
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from a dance heard loud rumbling sounds coming from the bog. They became alarmed as the noise grew louder and louder and the cause of it seemed to approach nearer and nearer.
Rousing the sleeping people in the village of Kilmore, they informed them that something unusual was occurring and danger was at hand. The terror-stricken villagers dressed as quickly as possible and fled to the high lands in the vicinity. Scarcely had they left their homes when the bog of Monageeraghfinn lifted from its bed by force of the underground torrents swept like an avalanche over the district bringing death and
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2020-09-10 20:18
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There was a small farmer living in Ballyconra and he had six cows and the cows never milked a drop of milk. One summer's morning he went out to catch the horse and he saw a hare sucking the cows. He stole into the yard and got the greyhound and set him after the hare. The hare ran into the ruins of an old house and as he was going in through a window the dog caught him by the hind leg and when the man went into the house there was a little woman there with her hip all bleeding and the cows milked ever after.
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2020-09-10 20:12
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card and he noticed the gentleman had a cloven foot. He was frightened and he told the rest of the men. They tried to get the man out of the house but it was all in vain till one of the men went to tell the priest what happened and he brought the priest to the house. When the priest came into the house the man went up through the ceiling in a ball of fire and there's a hole in it ever since and it can't be filled in.
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2020-09-10 20:10
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There was a number of men playing cards one night in a private house. After a while a knock came to the door and one of the men went over to the door to open it, and in walked a beautiful gentleman. He sat down to play cards with the rest of the men and it happened that a card fell on the floor, and one of the men that was beside the gentleman stooped down to get the
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2020-09-10 20:09
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the yard he saw a lot of horses in the stables. He saw something on the wall. He caught it in his hand and as he had that done the horses snorted. He caught another one and the horses snorted again. He was just going out over the ditch when the house vanished, and a little man appeared to him and said to him, if you had to take that thing out of the wall I would be relieved out of here.
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2020-09-10 20:07
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There was a certain collier going along the road in his horse and car. After awhile he fell asleep and the horse kept going along.
When he awoke the horse was stopped outside a big mansion. Seeing that it was strange to him he got out to look at it. When he was going around
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and left him on the floor. He got in again and he was brought out again. He said that he would not stay there any longer and he went downstairs to the servant who was a Catholic and got some holy water and sprinkled it on the bed.
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2020-09-10 20:04
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There was once a man in Durrow who used to bring corn to the mill. He was out late one night and it was very stormy. As he was coming home he called into a friend and the friend asked him to stay the night.
The man went to bed and when he got in he heard something howling and grumbling at the bottom of the bed. He asked the man of the house what it was. The man told him it was the dogs and not to mind it.
He was just going to sleep when something lifted him out of the bed
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2020-09-10 20:02
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nights in succession and on the third day the man went and opened the coffin. He found £200 - a large sum in those days. With this money he built a bridge which to this day bears the name of "The Poor Man's Bridge".
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2020-09-10 20:01
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About two centuries ago a man used to carry people across the Nore at a place two miles from Abbeyleix.
Everyone gave him a shilling, two shillings or some such offering.
He was stopping at a farmer's house nearby and always wore a night cap. It was agreed upon by the farmer that he would bury him without taking off the night-cap. When he died the farmer did as he promised.
Some years after the farmer dreamed there was gold hidden in the night-cap. He told his mother but she said it was better not to take any notice of his dream. This happened three
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and James went home. However the fright was too much for him and he died soon afterwards.
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One night James Butler a native of Durrow was coming home from Cullahill. He saw a man walking on the footpath beside him. James Butler had an ass and car and asked the man to get up.
No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the man turned into a dog and jumped on the ass's back. The dog snapped the reins out of James' hands, turned the ass back and begun to spit at him.
James Neill was coming from Rathdowney and he heard the screams when he reached Bel[?]. He wakened a man named Mahon, got some holy water and went down the road
When they reached James Butler they could not see anything but himself and the ass and car. James told them where the dog was and they sprinkled the holy water around him. The dog went away.
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One night James Butler a native of Durrow was coming home from Cullahill. He saw a man walking on the footpath beside him. James Butler had an ass and car and asked the man to get up.
No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the man turned into a dog and jumped on the ass's back. The dog snapped the reins out of James' hands, turned the ass back and begun to spit at him.
James Neill was coming from Rathdowney and he heard the screams when he reached Bel[?]. He wakened a man named Mahon, got some holy water and went down the road.
When they reached James Butler they could not see anything but himself and the ass and car. James told them where the dog was and they sprinkled the holy water around him. The dog went away.
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Years ago, a poor man was going to his neighbour's house. He met a leaprachán with a bag of gold on his back. The poor man asked the leaprachán for some of the gold. The little leaprachán gave him two crocks of gold. He told the poor man not to say a curse for six months. A few weeks after the poor man got drunk and began to curse. The next day he looked for his gold and he found that it was all gone. He then thought of what the leaprachán told him.
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of the village used to take these delph. A woman who had a lot of the delph, died some time ago, and the boreen that leads into her house from the main road is very narrow. The night after she was buried a big black car was seen going out the boreen, the people wondered at this but they did not make anything about it, but on the second night when it appeared again they went to stop it but they were too late, and it had gone to the head of the boreen. At duskas each night it used to appear.
On the third night the car appeared again and all the men of the village went out to stop it, and it ran in through the wall, and then it disappeared and was never seen again.
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Back in Kilkeel, Headford, there is a clais where the fairies used to have picnics long ago. After the picnics each night they used to leave the fairy delph after them and the people
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Up in Bohercuill there are two houses beside each other and two brothers by the names of Cunnighams that live there. People say that when there are two brothers living in a separate house beside each other, neither of them has any luck. One night about two o'clock as some man was passing there, they saw a lot of dancers, and people there, they seemed to have great fun around a blazing fire in the yard. The next morning there was no sign of any fire at all. Different things have been seen around these houses from time to time.
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Many hundreds of years ago when all animals could talk a strange animal frequented a field in Drishane called "Cumar". The people of the locality were scared of him and he was known as "Puca". He was as big as a horse and like a camel in every way even with the hump on his back. He used not be seen or heard by day, but by night if anyone passed through that field he would haul him on his back and begin to race all over the field with him. He used to run like the wind and if the man fell off his back he would haul him up again, before the
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There are no leipreachans in this parish, but there are in other places. It is said that he lives under a white-thorn bush in the middle of a field. It is said that he is always working at a boot.
He is always dressed in a scarlet coat. He has a big hat with a scarlet tassel on the top of it. He has a pair of boots with the tops of them turned up. It is said that he has a crock of gold and he has it hid under the ground. If you caught hold of him and never took your eyes off him he would have to tell you where the gold was, but if you took your eyes off him he was gone.
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a looking glass up on a high rock and the third time she starts to comb her hair. It is seldom a mermaid is seen in Ireland. One of them was seen in Galway last year. People that were out swimming saw her.
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Sometimes people try to catch the leipreacháin. He lives under a mushroom in the summer and under a big stone in winter. Any time you see the leipreacháin he is making boots and he sits on a crock of gold. My father told me a story one night, that a man ran after a leipreacháin, but when he was coming near him he tripped over a stone. Whhen he got up to run after him again the leipreacháin was gone.
The mermaid lives in the sea. She is half a woman and half a fish. She gives three signs when a storm is coming. Sometimes she sits on the rocks. At other times she puts
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2020-08-15 23:23
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In the month of October 1920 Mrs Brennan of Gorgaurrane, Meelick, Co Clare, lost her house by fire. It was burned by the British forces as a reprisal for the Cratloe ambush. The only building that was not burned was one out-office. The hay and dwelling house were burned to the ground. Mrs Brennan and her daughter were ordered out and were sheltered in a neighbouring house. The flames could be seen for miles around the district, many people came and did their utmost to subdue them. Some of the neighbours thought that Mrs Brennan and her daughter were in the burning house. Not until morning did that they had been sheltered in a neighbouring house.
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2020-08-15 23:20
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Coonagh. Their addresses are:- Coonagh, Limerick. Patrick Hogan, Coonagh, Mulick Limerick.
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Tom Hogan was a strong and powerful man. He won a lot of bets. He was once challenged by a man named James Frost and he won by lifting 32 stone with his one hand.
A well known man for throwing [?] or peppbles was Tom Grimes. He was known to kill a bird one hundred yards away.
Standy Grimes would walk three miles in 25 minutes, and was often challenged by Niary Hogan whom he beat.
Paddy Hickey could jump six feet high. In a hop-step-and-jump, Tommy Grimes could go 47 feet in length.
Paddy OHalloran jumped across a brick-hole and the length was about 20 feet.
Tom Grimes was a great scull-rower and won a lot of prizes.
With a scythe Dick Allen would mow an acre of hay in a day. He was often challenged by Tom Hogan and after three or four days Dick Allen proved the better man.
Cloumper[?] was by far the best dancer in the district. John Hickey was a very nice and sweet singer. "Old Billy" as he was called was a very fine story-teller, but his proper name was Billy Grimes. All these men came from
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2020-08-15 23:14
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There are several strong men in Mulick, but I suggest Timothy McIn[?] as the strongest. He defeated all the great weight throwers there and also the military in Woodcockhill. Billy McMahon was the best runner in Mulick. The prize he received was a pair of boots. It was a 400 yds' race. It took him 58 secs to do it. He was against four other men. The best walker was Michael Collins who can complete five miles in an hour. James Collins the land-steward is the best athlete in Mulick. He jumped the main drain 18 feet wide.
Jackie Ringrose is the best swimmer.
Tom Frost is the best mower. He can mow one acrew in a day.
Jerry Siston was the best dancer in Mulick. Jim White is the best storyteller.
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2020-08-15 23:10
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Summerhill Lodge, Mulick is the best dancer.
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The strongest man in the parish is John Ringrose, Boola, Mulick. In his time he pulled tug-o'-war with the parish team and he was seen to lift heavy weights. The best runner was his brother Tom, now in the Free State Army. In his time he won many 100 yards' races at several sports meetings in Clare. A noted walker is Michael Collins, Woodcockhill. He can do five miles in less than one hour.
John Cronin, Coonagh, is a fine rower. He rowed several boat races in the River Shannon. The best mower is Michael O'Miara, Meelick. He could mow three quarters in a day. The best singer is Patrick Markham, Mulick. Timothy Daly
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The evenings are very cold and the stars are numerous.
Signs of stormy weather:-
The sea-birds come inland for food.
The plover whirls in his flight.
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When a ciaróg creeps across the floor at night.
The swallows fly high.
The sky is very clear.
When two magpies are seen flying about.
Signs of wet weather:-
The midges are very busy.
The swallows fly low.
We have a grey frost.
The cat sits with his back to the fire.
The clouds in the east are reddish in the morning.
The south-west winds blow.
The curlews cry and the ducks begin to quack.
The wind blows the dust off the roads.
The sea-gulls are flying in a circle in the air.
The moon is clouded or lies on its back.
Soot falls from the chimneys.
A single magpie.
The crows collect together.
The cricket sings.
Signs of frosty weather:-
A blue light is seen in the fires.
The wild geese fly low.
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A rainbow in the evening.
The sun sets in a ball of fire.
If the star that follows the morning star is very close to it.
The smoke of a fire goes up straight.
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low.
The wind blowing from the south-west.
The goats going for shelter and the cat sitting at the fire.
The soot falling from the chimney and the smoke coming out around the kitchen.
The blazes of the fire are blue.
The ducks quack and the flies are not to be seen.
Signs of frost:-
The evenings turn very cold.
The birds go in flocks.
The dog is miserable.
The sky becomes red.
Before snow approaches the wind blows from the North.
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Signs of good weather:-
The sky is bright and clear.
The moon and the stars are showing great light.
The sun goes down with the sky red all round it.
The cock crowing before noon.
The smoke going straight into the air.
The larks singing high up in the air.
Signs of bad weather:-
The sky gets heavy and cloudy.
The rainbow is bright.
The moon and the stars are clouded.
The plovers call and the wild geese fly.
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The frog is brown in colour.
Signs of frost:-
The stars are in a cluster.
The Power-House is making great noise.
There is dew on the grass in the evenings.
Signs of snow:-
The wind blows from the North.
The weather is very cold.
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Signs of good weather:-
The smoke goes straight in the sky.
The curlew has more than one cry.
The stars are far apart in the sky.
The sky is red and clear.
The swallows are flying high in the air.
Signs of bad weather:-
The soot falls down the chimney.
The bacon gets damp in the kitchen.
When the curlew has one cry.
The swallows fly low.
The midges are busy in the evening.
The cat lies with her back to the fire.
The wind whistles through the key-hole.
The goats go for shelter in the evening, that is a sign of rain that night.
The sky is dark and gloomy.
The wind blows the dust off the road.
The cricket sings at the back of the fire.
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is in the air.
When the goats come down from the hills it is a sign of a storm.
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Signs of good weather:-
The sky is clear in the morning.
The sky is red before the sun sets.
The swallows fly high.
The crows flock together.
The wild geese pitch near houses or go back to the west.
The seagulls do not come inland from the sea.
The first quarter of the moon comes out clear and bright.
The smoke goes up straight out of a chimney.
Signs of rain:-
The sky begins to get dark.
A rainbow in the sky.
The seagulls are whirling in the air.
The curlew is screeching.
The wild geese come up from the west.
Signs of frost:-
A lot of stars in the sky.
A blue blaze in the fire.
The train makes a lot of noise at night.
When the wind blows from the North snow[?]
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living people. They were neither men, women nor children. What were they? A man, woman and child.
Why is a bar of toffee like a race-horse? Because the more you lick it the quicker it goes.
What is everybody doing at the same time? Growing old.
Why is a dirty boy like flannel? He shrinks from washing.
What is full of holes and still holds water? A sponge.
What is it there are no doors to and yet holds food? An egg.
What is the difference between a steep hill and a big pill? One is hard to get up and the other is hard to get down.
What kind of wig can no hair dresser make? An earwig.
What turns without ever moving? Milk.
Why is a baker the richest man in the world? Because he has a lot of dough.
What's out on the table and never eaten? A pack of cards.
What side of a potato should you peel first? The outside.
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What is put in the corner and goes around the world? A stamp on a letter.
What cap do you wear but never on your head? The cap of your knee.
What goes up when the rain comes down? An umbrella.
What comes in the door and goes out read? A telegram.
What is the biggest bridge in the world and what is the smallest one? The rainbow and the bridge of your nose.
What is the difference between a schoolmaster and a post-office boy? The stick with a lick and the other lick with a stick.
As I was passing a pillar I saw three
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Because they are after a long march.
Two white men and one black man went in a motor car one day. If the two white man ate the one black man, what was the number of the car? 281.
If all the countries were thrown in together which of them would break? China.
When is a sailor not a sailor? When he is aloft.
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Why is the letter K like a pig's tail?
Because it is at the end of pork.
What room can you not enter?
A mushroom.
Why is it dangerous to enter a wood in spring?
Because the trees are shooting.
When was beef the highest?
When the cow jumped over the moon.
Once a minute, twice a moment and never in a thousand years? The letter M.
Why didn't Moses smoke in the ark?
Because he was never in it.
Why are soldiers tired in the month of April?
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2020-08-15 22:38
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He summoned them to court, and they were to be hanged. The judge asked them where would they like to be hanged. One said, he would like to be hanged on an ash tree in Scotland; the second in Scotland also. But the other being an Irishman, said he would wish to be hanged on the smallest gooseberry bush in Ireland. The judge said it is too small and weak but the Irishman said he was in no hurry, he would wait for it to grow.
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2020-08-15 22:36
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Once upon a time three men passed along a marsh. They met another man whom they killed. There was a guard looking at them
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2020-08-15 22:35
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Once upon a time a farmer had two labourers working for him. One day they had a herring for their dinner between them. As they were eating, the farmer came in. He had a fat pig to be killed and he asked one of the men, "what time of the year is it right to kill a pig." One said, "When the moon is swelling." Then he asked the other man who said, "It is right to kill a pig when you see a herring between two for dinner."
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for a little while talking. Then the Englishman said that it was a fine bridge, and the Yankee said that it was the biggest bridge in the world. "It isn't" said the Clareman, "our bridge is the biggest in the world, Six-mile-bridge."
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2020-08-15 22:32
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A Clareman left Ireland to go to America. He first sailed to England and he stayed there for three days, and when he was setting sail for America he was accompanied by an Englishman. When they landed in America they made the acquaintance of a Yankee. One day they decided to go for a walk. They walked to Brooklyn Bridge. They stood there
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distance in to the ground the water burst out against them and they were forced to retire. The highwayman must have robbed a lot because people say that the wealth was worth thousands of pounds. There lived in this district some years two boys that heard people say that gold was hidden in a certain place, and they went in search of it. They succeeded in getting it but when they were coming away their clothes were swept off them. When they reached home, they told their story to their father. They took the gold back again and they got back their clothes. This was some of the fairies' work.
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2020-08-15 22:26
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One field from Meelick National Schools there is a castle built in Mr Nix's fort. About five hundred years ago there resided in the castle a highwayman. At that time the castle was surrounded by water. The highwayman used to go out in his boat and rob all he could lay hands on, and the people say that he buried the wealth and sacred vessels near his castle for safety. That castle is not to be seen now, as in former years, it was blown down. Some time after the castle was destroyed, several persons tried to discover the wealth but when they got a certain
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2020-08-15 22:24
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a man dreamt he saw the Fairies bringing a crock of gold. Next morning he set to work with a party of men. They could not get it. He was troubled by the fairies ever after according to the story. Some people say if you eat horses' mushrooms you would see the Good People. At certain times in the year a dog is to be seen spitting fire out of his mouth in Cuain Muirhe.
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2020-08-15 18:59
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Four fields from my house in Coonagh Limerick, is a meadow known as Cluain Mairh and it is supposed that gold is hidden there. The old story tells that it was hidden by the Danes to conceal it from the Irish who were defeating the former often and often the people of Coonagh have tried to get some of the gold, but they were hunted by the Good People.
According to tradition it is gold is hidden. The Danes robbed it off the Irish. The old people say it is worth £4000. Nobody in Coonagh ever found wealth hidden, but two men from the borders of Coonagh dug for gold. They could not get it. Once
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place say that the wealth will never be found, because the Good People own it now and it would be dangerous to handle it. It is said that if you eat horses' mushrooms and drink ass's milk you will be able to see the Good People and stranger figures than they. In this fort a great many lights are to be seen at night.
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The Shannon separates Mungret from Coonagh, the place where I live. In Mungret there is an ancient building called Carrig Castle, where a lot of gold is hidden. As the Danes were surrendering this fort to the Irish, they had their wealth in a haunted room. A certain woman was milking cows. Some of them strayed away. She went to the Castle to see if they were there. As she entered a certain room she saw some jewellery. She hung a spuncel on the door so that she would know the room again. Then she hurried off to the neighbours. When they all came to the castle every door they saw had a spuncel hanging on it. The people then knew that the house was haunted. Some people say that the wealth consisted of golden collars, silver brooches and crowns of gold. The story says that the jewellery is worth hundreds of pounds. A lot of people went to the castle to see if they would get some of the wealth, but they did not succeed. The old people of the
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About three miles west of Boyle, in a place called Ardmore, on the shore of Lough Gara, there is a certain house which is believed to be haunted by fairies. There is a family living in it now by the name of Garas. When they came to live in it first, there was an old lone bush growing in a field at the back of the house. One day while one of the Garas was working in the field, he noticed the old bush, and thinking it was very much in the way, he cut it down. From that day hence, the family was persecuted by various things which were happening around the house. On certain nights there are lights to be seen for miles distant, shining like diamonds about the place. Other nights heavy stones are heard rattling on the roof. Several people have seen the lights. There is a postman living in Green St, by the name of Mr Gregg who, on several occasions has seen those lights. The Gara family who live there presently do not pay any attention to what happens about the place, even though something always seems to be removed every morning.
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them and the pale-faced man and a crowd of fairies with him a fairy got on each of the boy's backs and galloped them until they fell. When they awoke in the morning they found themselves lying near the fort in Gort-na-Sidhe. They were sick and tired for a week after and they made sure that they would never enter Gort-na-Sidhe again.
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There is a fairy fort in the townland of Portahard Frenchpark. It is situated in a field known as Gort-na-Sidhe. One night when some boys were going to a bonfire they had to pass by this fort and as they were passing an old pale-faced man stepped out of the fort and joined they. One of the boys asked him if he were coming to the bonfire but he did not answer him. So they walked on together and when they got there the bonfire was well kindled and the flames rising high. The people were all dancing round the fire and the little man danced in and out through the flames and the strange part was that the people who were there could not see him so that proved to the boys that met him at the fort that he was one of the Good People. It was night now and the boys crept away from the crowd to go home. As they were going a queer wind like a fairy wind came and blew off their hats and a sound of laughter was heard mixed with the roaring of the wind. One of the boys said let us go home quickly but they could not stir their feet. They saw a light coming towards them and they said we will follow this man but when they looked again they saw a ring of lights around
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2020-08-14 19:44
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My grandfather James Carroll who lives in Spa Boyle told me the following story about the Druids altar. There is a Druids altar in Tinnecara to the north side of the railway in Thomas Ballintinels land. The altar is made of three large stones two uprights and one over head. Each stone weighs about ten tons weight. The druids used to come home from Knockadoo and swim across Lough Gara to worship their god at this altar.
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I have heard the following story from my grandfather. Once there lived in Corrigeenroe a man named McGinty. One night he was rambling in one of the neighbours houses. When he was coming home he met three little Leipreachans and they asked McGinty if he would come with them and pick the bride. McGinty "agreed" and they put him riding on a bohalaun. Now McGinty was changed into a Leipreachans also and they kept going over hill and over hollow and they never stopped until they came to a house. They entered and they went upstairs. Then they ate and drank and when they had enough, they made a hole in the ground. The bride was underneath them and they made this hole to look down at her. Before they could take her up she had to sneeze three times. So one of the Leipreachans got a wisp and he put it down in the hole and tickled her nose and she sneezed once. He did the same thing again and she sneezed twice, and he did it again and she sneezed three times. Then McGinty looked down at her and he fell down, and there he was a big man as usual. Then he was in Riverstown which was nine miles from his own home and he had to walk the
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Long ago a man was murdered on the Ballymote Road and his ghost is to be seen yet at the spot where he was murdered. On certain nights the Death Coach passes down the road in front of our house. There is also a house of Shilling Hill known as Knock na Shee house and on certain nights lights are to be on the windows, and it is believed to be haunted by Ghosts.
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Some people say that forts are the tops of the castles which the Tuatha De Dannans built underground long ago. Others say that the fairies that lived in those forts are the rebellious angels that were driven out of Heaven. The following is a story about one fort near Assylinn in the lands of Mrs John Gavican. There is a large fort in these lands. It is surrounded with every class of bushes and there is a large patch of grass in the centre of it. One day in the month of July the two Gavicans were making hay. They left their lunch basket down at the bottom of the fort and when the time came for them to take their lunch it was gone and they sent home for another lunch. When they sat down to take it they looked around and there they saw the lunch that had been stolen. It was supposed to have been stolen by the fairies.
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King Harmons said that the Estate was theirs and everything on the estate was their property and they claimed the gold. They sent for the gold and got it brought in to Rockingham. When it was a while in Rockingham it turned to pieces of slates. They took it out, and left it in the yard.
At that time there was a boot boy in Rockingham. One day he had his work done, and he was out in the yard, and he saw the pieces of slates, he took two of them, and began to write on one of them with the other. He spat on it and it turned to gold. He spat on all the pieces of slates, and they also turned to gold. He sold them in Boyle. He never went back to Rockingham any more, because he had plenty of money.
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Once there was a family called Nephins who lived in Lower Deerpark Boyle where John McKeon lives at present. One morning the woman of the house went out to milk the cows to a field called Cnocan. As she was milking a cow, she saw a pot of gold behind her, and the field was all covered with gold scattered around. She left down the bucket in which the milk was, and started to pick the gold into another bucket. As she threw her eye around she saw a young calf sucking the cow. She had a rock of a spinning wheel in her hand, and she stuck it into the ground, and she left down the bucket in which the gold was, and she ran to put away the calf. When she came back there was no gold only all she had picked into the bucket at first, but the field was all covered with rocks of spinning wheels like her own one, and she could not distinguish her own from the others. She took the gold home with her, and she went and was selling it in Boyle. Three other people partly owned the field with Mrs Nephins. When they heard about the gold they said they would have to get part of the money that would be got for the gold. The King-Harmons were landlords of the Rockingham Estate. The three people that owned the piece of land with Mrs Nephins reported the matter to the King Harmons. The
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each night up to this day.
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In the year 1798 there was great trouble in Ireland on account of the rebellion and British soldiers were busy arresting people and burning houses.
At this time there lived near Moygara Castle a poor old widow named Fanny Fuerty in a roadside cabin with her only son Tom who was about thirty-five years old. A lone white-thorn bush in full summer bloom grew outside the door of Fanny's cabin. Tom Fuerty was suspected of aiding his Irish neighbours in the rebellion and the cabin was watched by the soldiers. One night a soldier climbed into Fanny's bush and set watch on the house. Tom on getting a glimpse of him got into the chimney flue and Fanny taking the coals from the fire went to the door and fired in fright and fear the bush and was killed. In the morning it was noticed that the bush had withered for Fanny cursed it for hiding the soldier. The withered thorns is all that remains of the bush from that day to this and a ghost is to be seen at that bush
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At last the fairy queen lost all her patience and she changed herself into a beautiful white calf. She came up to Larry very friendly and gently, thinking he would pat her, and she could give him a butt. Instead, Larry dropped his pipes and jumped on the calf's back. Away went the calf with a bound, and in a second she alighted at the other side of the river Shannon. The calf kicked up her heels on the bank flinging Larry into the turf. "Begorra," says Larry "that wasn't a bad jump for a calf." The calf looked at him and said "You are a bold fellow Larry Hoolaharn, what way are you going back?" "Just the way that I came here" says Larry, jumping on her back. So the calf had to take him back. When they alighted on the hill again the fairy queen looked at Larry and said "You have much courage Larry Hoolahan, and never more shall you be troubled with me or my fairies." So the fairies never visited the hill during Larry's lifetime. Larry had a fine time with the farmer, but at last he died and they buried him in the green valley of Tipperary. But whether the little people came back again to the hill after his death I cannot say.
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head. The poor cattle jumped about like mad until the sun rose. They kept falling into pits and tumbling into rivers, they were so frightened. At last the farmer could not get a herds-man to mind his cattle no matter how much he gave them. The fairies were very happy now for they had no one to annoy them.
One day a wonderful piper named Larry Hoolahan came to the farmhouse. The farmers told him his trouble and Larry said "Shure, if that's all ails you may make your mind aisy." "If there were as many fairies as there are praty blossoms in Tipperary I would na fear to face them all. Shure I niver feared a grown man and do ye think I'm going to fly from a woman not the bigness of my thumb."
The farmer said he would keep Larry for the rest of his life if he would mind his cattle. So Larry went up to the hill the next night and sat down on a flat stone. He took out his pipes and began to play. At last the fairies came flying round him like a swarm of midges. Looking up Larry saw a big black cat standing before him. Then the cat changed into a big fish wearing a brand new pair of top boots. "Come along there," says Larry "dance and I'll pipe for you."
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In Tipperary there is a hill shaped very like a peaked nightcap. The fairies loved to play on this hill as the grass was very soft and velvety. At last the farmer who owned it decided to put his cattle on this hill to graze. This made the little people very sad as they could not bear to see their lovely green carpet trampled and eaten up by cows. The fairy queen decided she would frighten away the herd and the cattle also. Night after night when the moon shone she would stand herself into one frightful shape after another.
Sometimes she would appear like a big horse with eagle's wings and a dragon's tail. Then like a flash she would change herself into a lame man with a flaming bull's head.
All the time she made such a roaring noise as was never heard in the world before or since. The poor herds-man was so frightened that he could not move nor close his eyes, so he had to watch these terrible sights till his teeth almost fell out of his mouth with the chattering and his hair lifted his hat half a foot from his
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Carickmoran, along the roadside, and is known as the Carickmoran bush. It is one of the biggest bushes in Co. Monaghan and it is known all over the county.
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There is a big hawthorn bush in the town-land of
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of hammering. He was very much astonished at this noise as there was not any cobbler living near the place. The noise could be heard nearly every morning. Early one morning as James was crossing near the Lios and thinking about the noise, what should he see but a Leipreacháin working very hard repairing a boot. In the Leapreacháin's hand was a hammer of gold. James got such a fright that he gave a most awful roar. The Leipreacháin fled leaving his boot and hammer. James took both home with him. Friends of his are still in possession of the boot but the hammer is not to be found. The fort mentioned in this story was the residence of the McMahon chiefs.
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A short distance from Liseraw Fort, one of the most perfect forts in Ireland, which lies about four miles south of Monaghan town just off the old coach road, lived a man named James ---. During his time Leipreacháin were in the Lios. Often as James would be feeding his cattle he could hear the sound
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At Stranooden fort and Tallenclave fort Leipreacháins were seen. People saw them marching from one fort to the other. A man named Molloy lived near the Forts and he was a cobbler. His house was L shaped. He said to his neighbours that he often saw the wee men, who were dressed in green coats and red hats mending shoes outside the fort on bright moonlight nights.
One night he tried to capture one, but the little man gave an awful shout and Molloy took his eyes off the Leipreacháin to see what gave him such a fright. When he looked where the "wee man" was he had disappeared. From that night out he never saw the Leipreacháin again.
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Old people say that a jewel is buried in Castleblayney Lake. A man named Hope buried it there. The reason he buried it was because it brought bad luck to who ever had it.
He was given the jewel by his father. The jewel is called the Hope Jewel. People are not anxious to get it.
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attacked by the English and O'Neill found that he could not save the castle he took his treasure with him and threw it into the river. He and the defenders escaped across the river by swimming. The river has been dragged for the treasure but without any result. The treasure may have been removed at night.
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Situated about four miles from Monaghan town are the ruins of a famous old Castle. It was formerly one of the O'Neill's Castles. The people living in the neighbourhood of the Castle have a tradition about how O'Neil saved his wealth from the English.
A tunnel led from the Castle to the river Blackwater which flowed near the Castle. Once when the castle was
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his ghost accompanied by a big hound can be seen jumping the Chapel gate and going down to where the gold is hidden in the Castle vaults.
The curate had his niece housekeeping for him but the girl took ill and had to go home. People say it was a fright she got when she saw the ghost of Urdill on his nightly rounds.
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There is a castle in Coon, Co Kilkenny known in Irish History as [??] O'Neill. This castle stood in a state of great preservation until 1830 when the stones were used to build Coon Chapel.
In the district lived a miser who was immensely wealthy as he felt death coming he got a man named James Urdell to promise him that he would guard his gold dead or alive. That night Urdell was shot and people say that
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neighbours bought the land giving a great price, each one thinking the buried treasure was in his part. Though a great search was made no money was ever got. People still hope to find it.
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The people of Sally bay say that there is a pot of gold hidden in Rocky Street[?] which is situated about four miles from Sally bay. It is said that a man named Mooney buried it there.
His family died and shortly after he lost his wife. Mooney was very wealthy and had a great amount of land. When he was dying he buried his money as he did not want anyone to get it after his death. After his death his property was sold. The
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In some place in Stranooden a blind boy had a dream and in his dream he heard an old man telling him that a pot containing gold vessels was hidden in a field. Next morning he told a friend and they went and dug in the place. They got a small pot with two gold [?]. Some other people dug down further but got nothing.
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At Coon, Co Kilkenny, in a field called Cuaille tobar, a highway man named Frayne, who lived around that part of the country was supposed to have buried a crock of gold and treasures which he had robbed and looted.
Several attempts have been made to get the treasure and each attempt failed. Local tradition has it that the treasure must be got by night or that the treasure would turn to dust.
One night a crowd of people went out to look for it. They brought holy water with them and this they sprinkled in a circle around the place before they started to dig. A huge black dog came and ran around the ring but as he could not get in he ran away. After this a bull with fire shooting from his eyes raced towards the people but he could not pass the ring. He disappeared. The people were filled with terror. Immediately a huge number of cats came around them and started to make an awful row. The people fainted and when they came to, fled from the place.
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thorn bush; it will be a reminder of what our people suffered under British rule during the artificial Famine of 1846-47.
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were left but father and son. Then came the end of the sad story; the father died after eating raw cabbage stumps, and his son carried him on his back across to Cuillin bog and buried him about a hundred yards from the bridge. When he completed the burial he planted a small white thorn bramble on his father's grave and said a few prayers for his departed soul. Without even turning to look at the old home he tramped along the roads and by some means reached America, where he became a prosperous business man.
Any boy visiting the Shannon at the Galley Bridge can see the white
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Previous to the Famine 1846-47 a prosperous family lived at Mount Allen near the Galley Bridge. The family consisted of six persons, father, mother, two sons and two daughters. They were robbed by their Landlords (the Landlords were England's garrison) who seized all their stock and crops for rent, until they had not a morsel of food to eat and no money to buy it, even it was to be had for buying. The mother was the first to die of hunger, and so on until none
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Once upon a time there was a man named Thomas Padden who lived in Cross-Patrick. One day he went to an Orchard to cut a bush which was in the middle of the Orchard. It was a lonely white thorn bush, and it was said to be a fairy bush. When he was a while cutting the bush he cut his own ear. As he was cutting away the bush began bleeding on him, as he thought. He threw away his saw, and ran home and told his wife, that as he was cutting the bush, it began bleeding on him. After a while she remarked that it was his ear that was bleeding instead of the bush. He went back to Orchard and the bush.
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pain in the ear.
Unsalted lard and sulphur cures itch and sores. If a person has ringworm, he should first scrape it with a knife, and then apply unsalted lard and blue-stone and a little ordinary dissolved washing soda. This cures it. Slaundice stops bleeding. Cobweb or cold water also stops bleeding. Alcohol, vinegar, and turpentine is a disinfectant for man and beast, and it is also used for sprains. Equal parts of alcohol, vinegear, turpentine, and lampoil mixed together can be put on with a wollen cloth for rheumatism.
Digitalis extracted from the fairy-thimble is used for heart trouble. If cattle have the red murrain, get a quart of new milk, redden the colter of the plough in the fire, and put it into the milk. Then give the milk to the animal having the red murrain, and it cures it.
Another cure for the red murrain is to put a pin on the ground, in the first place, you see it.
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you will never get a toothache.
Anything that excludes the air, is good for a burn. The white of a raw egg put up to a burn prevents it blistering. If you burn your finger put it before the fire, this prevents it blistering also, you can also put it into soda or starch. This eases the pain, and cures the burn. Whiting and linseed oil applied to a burn cures it. Soap and sugar applied to a burn is also good. The veil of a pig is good for a burn.
If soap and sugar are applied to a boil, it cures it. If a person gets a collie, whiskey punch, or brandy punch cures it. If pickle is put onto a sprain, it cures it. To bathe the sprain in hot water and salt is also good. Equal parts of alcohol, vinegar, turpentine, and lampoil mixed together and commonly called the "Tinkers Blister" is good for cuts and sores. If sweet oil is put into a spoon and held over a candle, and poured into your ear it cures an earache.
Olive oil is also good. A hot poultice of linseed-meal is also good for a
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child should be fasting also. The breath of the gander cured the sickness in this way.
Long ago lumps in the throat were cured by cow-dung. This was first heated in an old useless saucepan. It was then applied to the neck like a poultice. This was done several times. It either broke the lumps, or put them back. The patient was then relieved.
A cure for a toothache, is to get a frog and put him into your mouth, and let him scream three times, and then let him out again. It is said, that if this is done the person would never suffer from a toothache. Another cure for this ailment is, if you were at a funeral, and when the grave is being dug up, if a tooth is got and sewn in a bit of a cloth, and put in the inside of your coat, such person will never get a toothache. There is yet another cure for a toothache. If you put a black-snail into your mouth, and let him go around the gum, it is said that
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A cure for the whooping cough is to put a hairy Moll into a bottle. The bottle must be corked, so as to prevent the air getting into it. After a while, the hairy-moll will die, for the want of air. According as he dies, the cough will die away with him. It is also said that if a man is seen riding on a white horse, the person who has the cough should ask him if he had any cure for the whooping cough. Whatever the rider says to take, it may be only a drink of water, or a cup of milk, or any other thing he offers; it is a cure for the patient. The leavings of the ferret's milk is also a cure for this ailment.
The thrush is a sore mouth with white blisters covering the tongue. This ailment was cured in old times by the gander. A neighbour brought a gander fasting for three consecutive mornings. The gander's beak was put into the child's mouth, who had the sickness and let scream three times. The
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after them for luck. Confetti is also showered on the Bride after the marriage ceremoney.
Special days are lucky for marriage:-
"Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday the best day of all,
Thursday for crosses,
Friday for losses,
Saturday no luck at all."
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get drunk.
Long ago the people were married in the house. Now when people get married they are married in the church. It is said to be lucky for the Bride to wear
"Something old, and something new.
Something borrowed, and something blue."
People also like a fine day for the wedding because they say "Happy is the Bride that the sun shines on". It is said to be unlucky for the Bride to wear anything red. The newly married people come from the church to the Bride's home for breakfast. On the way from the church they are often roped. By this I mean a rope is often put across the road. This stops the car. Then the Bridegroom throws out some money.
At the breakfast the wedding-cake is divided, and a little bit is given to all the friends. It is said that if a piece of a wedding cake is put under your pillow for three nights that you would dream of the man you would be married to. After breakfast a wedding is held.
When the Bride and Bridegroom are leaving for the honeymoon, an old shoe is thrown
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Several people marry during Shrove, and especially on Shrove Tuesday. If a match is being made between two people, and if it is not complete, if such people let Shrove go by, without marrying, they have to go to Skelligs. It is said that here Lenten regulations did not come in as soon as in the mainland.
When a girl gets married, a fortune is usually given. Long ago it was given in kind, but now it is given in money. A story is told of a man from Park, who married a girl from the East, the fortune she got was a pit of potatoes. When they were married for some time, her husband went to draw them home, but to his surprise, the pit was half full of stones. The night of the wedding , the man was delighted thinking of the fine pit of potatoes, but he was very angry, when he found out the result. The man's name was Jack Murphy, and the girl's name was Bessie Windle.
The night of the wedding the straw boys come disguised, and dance and sing in the house. Then they get money from the newly married couple. They also
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to purify the blood.
The dandelion cut and chopped and mixed with meal is good for young turkeys. Nettles cut and chopped and mixed with meal are good for fowl. Chopped thistles mixed with meal or crushed oats are given to pigs.
White and red clover are a sign of good land. Meadow fox-tail grows in good land too. Thistles are a sign of good land. A story illustrated this fact. A local man went match-making for his daughter. Having inspected apparently good land, he refused to do business, owing to the absence of thistle on the farm, proving that to his mind, land was not good, that did not produce thistels.
Rushes, buachalláns[?] and crow-weed grow on poor land.
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Herbs which spread rapidly are chicken-weed and Nettles. The latter impoverish the soil. Hemlock is a poison for cattle. The yew tree and Rowan tree are poisonous. Digitalis extracted from the fairy thimble, is poisonous for cattle, but is used for heart trouble.
Lasseline is poisonous for sheep, and often kills them. It grows in marshy places. Lasseline makes a powerful blister for tumours.
The Male-fern cures fluke in cattle, and cures tape-worm in children. The fern grows in bogs. Slaundice (Slán-lus) pounded and applied in bulk stops profuse bleeding.
Hemlock roots pounded and boiled, and applied to ulcers heals them.
Hemlock leaves pounded and applied in bulk, when a burn is painful eases the pain, and cures the burn.
Marsh mallow leaves pounded and mixed with lard, cures bruises and sores.
"Three meals of nettles in May, keeps all diseases away." You ought take three meals of nettles in the spring.
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a male.
Candles are lighted on "Little Christmas Eve" night. At midnight on this night, the water is supposed to be changed into wine in every house. Doors are never locked on Christmas Night, and a poor person should not be turned away from the door on this night.
On Easter Sunday, it is customary to eat more eggs than usual.
On Shrove Tuesday, pancakes are used, it is called "Pancake night."
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on cattle and crops. On Saint John's Eve bonfires are lighted. It is called "Bonfire night". At Michaelmas it is customary to have a goose the "Michaelmas goose" for dinner.
Don't twist a wheel on Saint Stephen's or on Saint Martin's day.
On Hallow'een snap apple is played. Nuts are used. Beans are burned on the hearth. Two beans are put down. A boy's name is put on one, and a girl's on the other.
A black-hafted knife put under your pillow on Hallow'een night, makes your future husband, or wife, as the case may be, come outside your bed.
If you draw your shirt through the river, and put it before the fire to dry at midnight your future husband or wife will come and turn the shirt.
People say it is a good time to die during the twelve days of Xmas, as the "Gates of Heaven" are open at that time. The first person to enter a house on New Year's day should be
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On Saint Patrick's Day the shamrock is worn. There is a pilgrimage to Knockpatrick, and the Rosary is recited in Irish at the top of the hill.
On Shrove Tuesday night unmarried people go to Skelligs. On Ash Wednesday people put ashes on the forehead as a sign of Penance. On "Chalk" Sunday coming out from Mass, unmarried boys and girls are marked on the backs with chalk.
On Good Friday, any request you pray for at three o'clock, will be granted. On Easter Saturday people like to get the Easter Holy Water, as it has a special blessing attached to it. If you are up at four o'clock on Easter Sunday Morning, you will see the sun dancing.
You should not pull grass or flowers on May day, lest the fairies might carry you before that day twelve months. May Holy Water is sprinkled
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A white woman is seen when any of the Langfords die. Music follows the O'Briens, and the Cummanes.
When a member of a family dies, that family meets with great losses. Cattle die or other disappointments come.
There were a number of brothers of the old Knight of Glin. One of them was in a foreign land. He was seen going up the steps of Glin castle, his old home, on this particular evening. The steps leading to the door, and the stairs were wet. Next morning a wire was received saying he was drowned.
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"God speed all travellers", as the good people are passing.
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Leave spring water inside at night and a chair beside the fire, lest any good people may call, and have the kitchen floor clean and swept.
Never take a cat with you when leaving a house, you may take the puisín.
If you meet a horse-shoe on the road, take it with you, it is lucky. Horse-shoes are sometimes nailed upside-down on stable doors to bring luck. Some people when going on a journey turn back if they meet a red-haired woman. When going on a journey it is lucky to meet a man on the road, setting out.
With regard to magpies:-
One for bad luck
Two for luck,
Three for death,
Four for marriage,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret which cannot be told.
Never light three cigarettes with the same match.
When there is a whirl-wind, say
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and it was very late, and he was crushed between two men.
One day my grandfather was trying to take down an iron, that was over the fire-place, but he could not. That night, he was in bed, and he heard the noise about the kitchen. When he got up the next morning, the iron was taken down, and the boxes that were on it were on the table.
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One night as my uncle was coming home from the fair of Athea, the fairies carried him into a cow-shed and he played for them all the night and the next night, they wanted to carry him on again but he would not go in, and they hit him in the eye. He went home and went to bed.
Next morning when he got up he was blind in one eye, and he is blind ever since. He is still living and is now about seventy four years of age.
Another night this same man was playing the fiddle until about one o'clock, and he got up to go into bed. He looked out in the yard, and he saw a man walking around the yard, who had a swallow tail coat on him.
Another night, he was coming in his own gate,
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and it was growing green grass again. She died in three days after him.
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There was a man one time. His name was Bill Cummane and he had a lot of land. There was a fort in the middle of one field. When he was setting the potatoes he turned the scultees (the word used here for potato ridges) and he drew out the manure. All being ready, they were going to set the potatoes that day, but he said it would be too late, so he left them until the next day. So that night, he was going in after milking the cows. It was about eight o'clock, and he saw men with horses and carts drawing away the manure. That night when he was in bed he heard a knock at the window, but he never answered. He got very weak and he died.
Next day his wife went out to the fort,
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My father told me that there was a man one time. His name was John Dalton. He was sitting on the bank of a river, and he was playing a fiddle, and the fairies were delighted with the music. They gave him a plate of meat and cabbage, and he ate it. He put the plate down behind him, and the fairies took it again, and he went home.
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The Banshee follows certain families usually the O's and the Macs. One family I know of, is the O'Regan family. There was a boy named Richard O'Regan, and he was working with a farmer.
On a Saturday, he built a new ditch, and on Sunday he went out playing football, and he got a pain in his stomach. He went to bed, and that night the Banshee was heard crying, and the same night the boy died.
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My father told me that there was a man one time, and his name was John Walshe. He lives in Mohernagh. One night he was going into Moloneys night-walking. He had to pass a fort. He saw a big row of steps, he saw small men going up and down the steps. He was afraid of them, and he lighted a match, and one of the little men took him by the hand and led him into a big beautiful palace, there he got tea and sweet cake. Then one of the little men conveyed him into Moloneys, and he stayed at Moloneys that night.
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A long time ago, a woman named Mrs Nolan lived in Park a short distance from Maurice Enright's cottage, and she was waiting up for her brother one night. She went out about one o'clock to see if he was coming. She saw a funeral coming over in front of Enrights. She ran in, and left the door open and stopped looking out the window at the funeral.
She saw her husband under the coffin. There were many horses and cars there also. From that day out, she was fading away. Many people asked her what was the matter and she told them that she had seen her husband under the coffin. She died in a short time afterwards.
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Johnny Baxter a native of this locality told me of a woman who lived in the house in which he himself is now living. She had one son, and one day he got very sick. The woman went out for some milk to give er son. In her absence, fairies went into the house, and they asked the boy if he would go with them. The boy would not go, but they put him into a coffin, and brought him across the White River. They then let him go, but they told him, that there was another man in Park who was very sick, and that if he did not die before the following Monday, that himself would die. The man in Park died, and the sick boy recovered.
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2020-08-13 21:15
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a crowd of fairies in a line along the hedge, but he was more terrified to see that his father who was dead long ago was with them.
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2020-08-13 21:15
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One night as a boy from Park named Paddy Enright was in his bedroom upstairs, he heard the sound of music. He was reading a book in bed, and he had a candle lighting. The light was shining out on the boreen which passes beside the house.
It was very late in the night. At last a knock came to the door, but instead of opening it, he blew-out the candle. The fairies then passed under the window. When they were passing one of them said that they could not pass while the light was shining across the boreen.
Another day Mick Enright a grandfather to Paddy Enright went out in the field to cut some hay. It was a very warm day. So Mick Enright fell asleep in the field, beside the hedge. When he awoke from sleep he was much surprised to see
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2020-08-13 21:12
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Long ago when my father was young, he was going to the bog every day. So it happened one night, that it was late when he was coming home, and inside in Mrs Cummane's field near our school, he saw three big black men, about twenty feet high.
As he was going to the bog next morning, he looked into the field, to see if it might have been three black sticks, but he saw nothing there.
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treasure seekers immediately sought safety in flight, leaving their tools after them.
Next morning "the reddened earth" was seen, and the tools were appropriated by the caretaker of the abbey.
Fifty or sixty years later this account of the treasure hunt was sent from America by a man named Whelan to Mrs Clune Quin who showed me the script.
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in the act of placing the stone on the brink of the hole they had unearthed, when the stillness was broken by the bellowing of a fierce bull they perceived approaching them in a very menacing attitude. This animal made several circuits of the hole coming nearer at each succeeding circuit, whilst spurting fire from his nostrils. The men stood aghast, and were completely unnerved, but felt somewhat relieved when the bull disappeared in the direction of the river.
The men now cautiously proceeded to probe for the hidden treasure, but they did not continue long in doing so. The last of their unwelcome visitors had now arrived. Riding a two humped camel and wearing a large sword in his left hand appeared a large black man. The black man slowly rode the camel around the hole coming nearer and nearer to the men at each circuit. Coming very near to the men the black man brandished his sword, and the
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stillness seemed to pervade the place. The noise of excavating appeared unearthly and talking under such circumstances seemed unnatural. They had recourse to the bottle of whiskey to give them dutch courage, while drops of cold perspiration poured down their faces. They unwillingly continued their work, and succeeded in reaching a large flat stone under which they surmised must be the hidden gold. They proceeded to raise the stone, when suddenly the weird hoot of an owl was heard. Instinctively the men dropped their tools and without a word walked towards the bottle of whiskey. They partook of sufficient to make them indifferent to fear. They continued their work and were succeeding in unearthing the stone when a large he goat was seen approaching them. He had tremendous horns and after walking two or three times around the bush he disappeared in the direction of the river that flows by the abbey.
Nothing daunted the men continued with their work. They were now
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2020-08-13 17:28
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lucky numbers and as three times seven make twenty one, John was firmly convinced that his dreams had all the conditions necessary to come true.
He confided his dream to a porter at the Ardsollus Railway Station. This man was named Joe Lorpey. They decided to seek for the gold.
On a certain night John Hill, Joe Lorpey and Lot Moylan who lived in the village of Quin proceeded to the Abbey Church. They were provided with all implements for a successful search. Joe Lorpey brought a signal flash lamp that belonged to the Railway Company. Lot Moylan had a wheel barrow, and with a shovel, spade and crowbar the adventurers found themselves at the abbey grounds. They did not forget to bring a drop of Mary Fitzgerald's best. Mrs Fitzgerald had the reputation of keeping the best whiskey in the village.
With the aid of the lamp the gold seekers had little difficulty in locating the Friar's Bush. They set to work to dig under the bush. All at one a weird
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About seventy years ago Mr Smyth lived in Ardsollus Cottage. He had another dwelling in Lisnagry in County Limerick. Every year Mr Smyth used to spend a portion of the summer months at Lisnagry. His coachman John Hill used to accompany him.
On one occasion previous to going to Lisnagry, John Hill had a peculiar experience. For a week he dreamt every night of hidden gold in Quin Abbey. His dream was most vivid. He dreamt he saw the abbey. A short distance to the east in an adjoining field he dreamt he saw a peculiar bush - the Friar's Bush as it was called being carried by a friar from Spain and planted in the Abbey grounds. Under this bush he dreamt the gold was hidden.
After this eventful week Mr Hill had to drive Mr Smyth to Lisnagry and remain there with him for a fortnight. During this fortnight Mr Hill dreamt every night about the hidden treasure. Now John recollected that seven and three were
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The cow is still the most liked animal on the farm, and the old farmer's first visit in the morning still is to look at the cows. In backward districts the red string is often put on the cow's tail as they say "to keep her from being overlooked."
It is not right to beat a cow or even to hit her. "Never hit a cow with a Boor tree branch or she will milk blood."
When a cow picks calf, that is throws her calf two or three months before her time, the calf is buried under the door step of the byre as it is said this stops the abortion from spreading.
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2020-08-10 22:42
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Slapping - a game also carried on at wakes. It was very often performed in this way. A man was taken out on the floor. He closed one eye with one hand and held the other hand out directly before him open. Another man waved a lighted candle in front of his open
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Come lucky go lucky.
Hop and go constant. "lame man's tune"
Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies.
As mad as a March Hare.
As thick as a double ditch.
As crooked as the hind leg of a dog.
'A cock's jump on a dung hill' denotes increase in length of each day after Christmas.
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Phrases in use of doubtful origin.
Hurry - Tip it like a cricket and his thigh bone broke.
Saddle the cat and run for the doctor.
Instead of improving it's better you are getting.
She was wearing an odious [?] dress.
All together like Brown's cows.
As sure as there is cotton[?] in Cork.
A sow's jig to a potato heap.
The tune[?] the old cow died with.
A tune called - The hickedy hen that broke her back laying.
Don't go to law with the Devil in the court of Hell.
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2020-08-10 22:35
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The old men (dead now), fathers of the old men here today were very different in many ways to their sons. They had a great love and respect for education and the educated. They all loved to hear big long [?] talk and many of them could remember learned phrases they heard from time [??].
We had one character here that hated to use a small word if he could possibly put in a long one to take its place. He took a pride in using big words and though he had a poor education he eventually succeeded in putting the big words in their proper places.
One day he walked into a shop here. The shop keeper was a Sniffer and had the box of snuff in his hand as our old man entered [?].
Stretching forward his fingers with ceremony the old man said:-
"Please allow me to dip the tips of my digits into your odiferous receptacle and withdraw from thence the pulverised essence that goes to soothe the inhaling nerves of my nasal appendage."
In other words
Please allow me to take a pinch of snuff.
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2020-08-10 22:28
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The landlord had his agents bailiffs [?] to do his work for him in the district. He even appointed middle landlords who were the "limit" in harshness, and enactions. The Stewarts were without exception good landlords - the last of them Lady Castle Stewart bought and got erected leading into each tenants house very strong iron gates bearing the large letters S. S. denoting Stewart property. These gates still serve that useful purpose and remind the tenants of the old order of things.
Michael Davitt visited Scrably and delivered an oration on Cloone Hill during the Land War Days.
Bricks were made and burned here but the kilns have now fallen into disuse.
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2020-08-10 22:23
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Mats for houses were also made of straw.
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2020-08-10 22:23
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In this district one hundred years ago cottage industries were in a fairly perfect condition. Some small trade was carried on in each house. The main employment was tillage. The crops grown were potatoes, oats, [?] and cabbage. The potatoes were used for food in various farms - they were known to be used twenty one times per week by the same individual. The oat crop was threshed with a flail, winnowed on a windy day, and turned into meal in local mills. The miller got as much meal in payment for its grinding and the kilnman got his share of meal (a [?]) for his work in connection with the drying of the oats. Most of the oats (grain) was sold in the market to make money to pay the landlord. The straw was used for thatching the houses and for fodder and bedding.
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2020-08-10 22:19
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then grown. It was of course a usual practice to skin the field of sods - place the sods in heaps to dry and burn. The ashes of these were used as manure. You can easily point out a field that went through this process at one time.
Now over a hundred years ago it was found out in some way that his was a wonderful thing to promote growth. News of its wonderful properties carried over the land with the result that kilns were erected on every small farm. Lime was applied as a dressing for potatoes and the result was so good the potatoes as big that they burst the ridges. Next year the same was done with disastrous results. There was a very poor crop. The peasants thought that lime was a wonderful manure, but now it was plain that it was no such thing. However its use remained. Drains were filled with bog-mud. It was [soured?] there during the winter and in early spring was thrown up in a heap and covered with lime.
This made a wonderful dressing for practically any kind of land.
The [?] manure finally nailed the fate of the poor old lime kilns.
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2020-08-10 22:12
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On nearly every farm around the remains of a lime kiln is to be seen. These were built for the most part about one hundred or one hundred and fifty years ago. In the pre famine days to support the dense population extensive tillage was carried out especially on the small poor farms. Potatoes were the main crop and turnips was then only introduced on the small farms. Cattle raising was not in the small farming community what it is now. One cow was very often looked upon as quite sufficient on farms which now find three and four. The draw back in this was that there was never sufficient manure (farmyard) to apply to the large plots of potatoes
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eye and he was slapped on the open hand. He was questioned then as to who slapped him and if he did not give the correct answer, he was slapped again and again till he guessed the proper person.
Another game was also played at wakes - called the nine daughters. It was weird in the extreme.
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2020-08-10 22:06
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Slapping [?] a game also carried on at wakes. It was very often performed in this way. A man was taken out on the floor. He closed one eye with one hand and held the other hand out directly before him open. Another man waved a lighted candle in front of his open
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2020-08-10 22:04
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Shuffle the broagar was a game played at wakes here fifty years ago. A ball of hay was made having a stone in the centre.
The men sat down in a ring in the kitchen with the soles of their boots touching all around. The ball was passed around under the men's legs and one was questioned as to who had it. If he did not give the correct answer he got a stroke of the back between the two shoulders and this was repeated till he guessed the proper position.
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2020-08-10 22:02
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Certain whistles etc were and are used to ascertain if animals are in season[?].
The old sower gave always three shakes to the handful of oats or grass. The first handful was shaken in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
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2020-08-10 21:59
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Tommy, a small boy was hired out for the first time with two old ladies who believed in making a youngster earn his bit and sup. Questioned by a neighbour after some time as to how he liked his new job, he replied curtly:
It's good enough.
But they'd have you on the hare's tail all the time = on the run - busy.
Each night when the hen goes on its roost it is believed that before falling off to sleep she has her mind fully made up to go to Scotland in the morning (where the oats are plentiful) but when morning comes she forgets all about it.
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2020-08-10 21:58
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Tommy, a small boy was hired out for the first time with two old ladies who believed in making a youngster earn his bit and sup. Questioned by a neighbour after some time as to how he liked his new job, he replied curtly:
It's good enough.
But they'd have you on the hare's tail all the time = on the run - busy.
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2020-08-10 21:57
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According to the old people there is hidden treasure somewhere in Mulrick beside Lough Gowna. At the time the monks in the nearby monastery were disbanded and the church handed over to the Church Body they buried the treasures of the monastery some where in Mulrick.
"It lyeth between the oaks and the Holly" and that is all that is known of its position.
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2020-08-10 21:55
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In the years following 1847 when the poor had to take up the bag and take to the roads of Ireland they took with them and spread a Lore all their own. Travelling women seemed to have known everything about herbs and cures. Many common useful cures for ordinary ailments were got from travelling women.
In a house in the village (Gowna) there lived a family once and one girl in the family was very delicate and bloodless. She seemed to be wasting away - gone to a thread as they say. A travelling woman got shelter there one night and noticed this girl. Hearing the case she prescribed thus. "Get a large bottle of borter and into it put a handful of tiny pieces of iron from the forge. Cork the bottle and bury it for three weeks. Then give a spoonful of this to the patient after meals. " The father did as directed. He experienced great difficulty in making the girl like the medicine because it was very hard to take. However this girl soon became the amazon of the family.
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2020-08-10 21:51
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It breaks one of the Commandments to steal, but the country people here believe it is also unlucky to steal certain things.
1. Nothing could be more unlucky than to steal anything made of iron, especially parts of a plough.
2. If your onions are once stolen you
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2020-08-10 21:49
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Still on Halloween night the young men go about playing pranks on the neighbours. They usually raid the best cabbage plot in the vicinity and take away loads of cabbage stumps and tie one to each door in the village. On the following morning as the people go to Mass they can all know the late-risers on seeing the cabbage stumps tied to the door.
"[?] get the name of [??] you can sleep till dinnertime."
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2020-08-10 21:47
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night and day by weasels and that the only chance of digging successfully for the treasure was on Hallow Eve night because it was believed that the guardians went each year on Hallow Eve night on a visit to Diamark.
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2020-08-10 21:45
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field he was suddenly led astray. He knew every inch of the field, still he travelled around it this night hundreds of times without avail. At every turn a hedge 50 feet high arose before him. The more he travelled, the more excited he grew and all the time he seemed to be going through wet mucky places. Suddenly he heard a noise and he listened. Then came shouts from an adjoining field, accompanied by loud galloping. On the noise came. Before him as he thought was a hedge fifty feet high and he distinctly heard the word "Hup Donkey" and thousands of donkeys each with a little rider crossed the hedge in full callop and careered across the field and all the little people shouting "Off for Cloonaryhill"[?].
He took off his coat and turned it inside out and immediately the hedges disappeared and he found that he was standing within twenty yards of his own house. He returned and examined his boots and after all the night's travelling in the wet dirty fields he had not one stain of dirt on the boots.
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2020-08-10 21:40
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Hallow Eve night is the night of the year for the Ghost stories. The people believe that still the Ghosts are abroad on that night. It is still believed that the fairies have a glorious time on this night too. This is the night too when country people are led astray:-
Certain fields are supposed to have stray sods and if anyone should tread on one of these especially on H. E. night he is brought astray on the spot. While astray his visions are glorious.
A man called Pat went each night by a short cut to a neighbour's house. On this (H.E. Night) he polished his boots in preparation for Mass on the following morning, and then with polished boots set out on his nightly visit. When he was crossing a certain
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2020-08-10 21:38
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in this district who had a way of his own of saying things. He always liked bacon. If asked what he had to his dinner he always said cabbage and bacon - never bacon and cabbage. What he meant was that he had lots of cabbage but the bacon was small.
"Cabbage is no good," he used to say "unless you run the pig through the cabbage."
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2020-08-10 21:36
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In the bad old times a poor man lived
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Many kinds of tricks were played locally around this time. As the potatoes were dug at this time Boxty Dumplings were made in every country house. The women made this dish in this way. A pot of potatoes was boiled first of all. Large potatoes (raw) were grated or rubbed on a grater which was an essential cookery tool in every house. The grater was made of perforated tin. The potatoes boiled and grated were reduced to a fine state. A bonty bag (cotton) was used to squeeze the superfluous water out of the grated potatoes. The boiled and grated potatoes were mixed well in flour to which a little salt was added. The inc[?] was made up in neat balls, placed on a plate and put in this way into a pot to boil. When properly boiled the dumplings were taken out and cooled and eaten with white sauce. Or better still they were sliced thinly and fried on the pan the following morning.
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to people in delicate health.
Fever was common in those days and on recovering from it each patient drank lots of "Boor tree wine."
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2020-08-10 21:32
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Tom Smith of Aughavains born about 1850 told me that in his early years the daily food and carry on of the family was quite different to today.
Then - "We had our own meal (oat ) our own potatoes, cabbage and milk. We went out to work each morning and were called in at 8 o'clock to a breakfast of oaten stirabout and new milk or buttermilk.
For dinner we had lots of potatoes cabbage and our own bacon. We got no tea but at tea time each evening we got as much as we could eat of oaten bread and sweet milk. Therefore all we had to buy was salt, and incidentally salt was then the cheap article of commerce and was drawn on horse carts from Drogheda whither the natives brought loads of oats for sale. Any money that was made then was put in the oak chest in the corner. The most of it went to the landlord in rent.
Sowans - [Bull's?] milk was made in the Winter season and taken with the stirabout. Boiled sowans was what was known as Flummery and this was a delicate article of diet given
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2020-08-10 21:27
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Once upon a time there was a gentleman and he kept very fond of peeping into the rooms, but one morning the gentleman was shaving in his stocking feet, with a knife shaped razor. Mary went and peeped into the room. He got such a fright that the razor cut the top off his nose and then the razor fell and cut the top off one of his toes. He said to himself if he would put back the bit that was cut off on his and the bit was cut off his toe back again it would knit. He made a mistake. He just put the bit off his toe on his nose and the bit off his nose on his toe. Afterwards he used to have to take off his boot to blow his nose.
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2020-08-10 21:26
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One night James Cooney Salaghan and Frank Masterson Knockaughy, were coming from a dance. Frank stepped in off the road to his own pass which was the nearest way to his home. When he stepped in on the pass he called James and said "I am after losing the heel of my shoe." James went in to the pass, and both of them cracked matches for 30 minutes looking for the heel and James rubbed his hand on the place where the heel was off and no heel was there.
Frank went home without the heel, and next morning he got up early to go to look for the heel and when he took the shoe in his hand to put it on the shoe was the same as the day before with the heel on it.
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2020-08-10 21:23
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Song of local Poet "Thos OReilly" on the sale of a mule in the village of Scrably:
Dan Brady's Mule
A Lament
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He's gone the prince of all his tribe,
He's sold for dirty gold,
That prince of mules,
Who in his day, ere he grew stiff and old
Could take the hurdle or spin his car
The man was but a fool, who would try to pass upon the road
Dan Brady's Dappled Mule.
Dan Brady's Mule.
Dan Brady's Mule
II
May slightly fall the lash
Across your silken withers
May plenteous be your mash.
And when you cross the great divide
May where you go away or home
We will miss your light foot fall
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the dual service of food giver and burden bearer. She gave milk and in the spring did all the harrowing that was to be done on the little farm.
A local man went to the fair Mohill to buy a backward cow. "Mohill had always the reputation of having great cows."
This man looked on himself as very well up - that is having a bit of education. He saw the cow he wanted in Mohill Fair and bought her. A number of well up men were present during the bargaining. When the bargain was made and the Scrably man going away he asked the Mohill man when would the cow's time be up.
"Her time will be up on Garlic Sunday" replied the Mohill man.
The Scrably man did not know when Garlic Sunday would be, but at the same time he did not want to show his ignorance so he took home the cow. That took place fifty years ago but the cow never calved since.
Garlic Sunday like Tibbs Eve is neither before Christmas nor after.
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The cow is still the most liked animal on the farm, and the old farmer's first visit in the morning still is to look at the cows. In backward districts the red string is often put on the cow's tail as they say "to keep her from being overlooked."
It is not right to beat a cow or even to hit her. "Never hit a cow with a [Boor?] tree branch or she will milk blood."
When a cow picks calf, that is throws her calf two or three months before her time, the calf is buried under the door step of the byre as it is said this stops the abortion from spreading.
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Once upon a time there was an old miser. He searched everywhere and could not get a wife. He came to a house where there were four girls. The youngest of all said she would marry him. He did not want to see anyone eating and the wife never used to eat before him, so one day he asked her how she could live without food. She told him if he could fast for three days he "would not want" any food anymore.
So he started the fast and after the first day he was weak, and the third day he was very bad. When she got him bad she brought the table in front of the bed and put lots of stuff on it. She sat down and had a great feed. He looked out and said "I wish i could eat as much as you". She said "I could eat more if I had it". Then he started "More if I had it" and could not stop saying "more if I had it," "more if I had it". Then the priest and doctor and solicitor came and they asked her why he was saying that and she said she did not know unless he meant to leave me all and "more if he had it."
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understand. Then the stranger got paper - cut out the roof in strips of paper which he placed together in position - Bit by bit Flynn saw the roof grow before his eyes and then and there understood thoroughly how the work was to be done. While examining the model he heard the stranger go towards the door and not hearing him return he looked around to see where he was. he was not to be seen. He went to the door looked up and down the road but the stranger had vanished mysteriously. He was never seen or heard of before or since in the locality. Next morning Flynn went to work on the roof of the Church. He cut it out as he was directed and according to the model. Everything fitted exactly and without the least trouble and he completed the work to his own satisfaction and to the satisfaction of everybody else.
But the point is - who was the mysterious stranger.
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inside and order the bean a' cughe to give him a meal. This she did and during the progress of the meal Flynn remained silent and preoccupied. He kept steadily looking into the fire. When the meal was over the stranger drew his seat near the fire and said to Flynn "You seem like a man who has a weight of trouble on you." "Well, I have," said Flynn "I have a job on hands and I don't know at which end of it to begin. I have never done anything like it before." "What is it?" asked the stranger. Flynn asked him if he saw the new building outside. He told him he had undertaken to roof it. The roof was not an ordinary roof - but in angles and how he was to cut the timber to support the roof he did not know. The stranger replied that that was not so hard and proceeded to explain how it should be done. Flynn listened and tried to follow him but could not quite
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2020-06-15 20:36
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It was the grandfather of the present Miss Brigid Flynn (she is now about 85 years of age) that roofed the present Kilmacshalgan Church. At that time the place of worship was a small thatched dwelling which served as church, school, and barn. The present church was built round about the old one. Flynn was asked to roof it. Although Flynn was a very good carpenter he had never undertaken so complicated a job as the roofing of a church. Still he said he would venture. On the evening before he was to begin the roofing he was sitting at his turf fire in deep thought, wondering how and where he was to begin next morning. Suddenly a man appeared at his door and asked if he could rest himself for a little and if they would give him some food. Flynn, who was a very generous, kind hearted man, asked him to come
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back to the Princess. Soon the King, her father, came down the Avenue and when he saw his lost daughter he could hardly restrain himself. He brought them in and great was the rejoicing at the recovery of the lost Princess. The Princess after the excitement asked the King to allow her to marry Felim. She told him how Felim saved her and treated her. The King refused as Felim was shabbily dressed and said he was not good enough for her. He wanted to compensate Felim for what he had done. She refused and said she would go back to Felim's home and marry him there. The King did not want to lose his only daughter so he had to give his consent. Felim and the Princess were married and lived happily ever after.
Some years ago [?] was played at every Corpse House. It was played in the same way as the Fairies played it, with the rope.
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go so Felim decided to go himself. When he came near the fort he saw that the fairies were playing "[?]" so he slipped in among them. When the rope came his way he stuck to it and did not pass it round. The fairies after some time began to grumble and ask that the rope be passed round. One of them said "Maybe Felim Waters has [?] amongst us and has the rope. See how he codded ye last year taking the girl from ye." "Yes " said another "but he doesn't know yet that if he pulls the pin out of her head she will be able to speak." Felim had now heard enough. He stood up and made off with the rope with the fairies in hot pursuit. When the fairies were coming too close on him he threw back the rope to them. They returned to their fort and Felim returned home. When he came home he told his mother what the fairies said. She told him to go and see for himself. He entered the girl's room and searched in her hair for the pin. Good enough he found it and pulled it out. The first thing the girl did was to kiss Felim. She then thanked him for the way he treated her during the year and told him she was a Princess and that next day they would go to her father's house. Next day the two set off for her father's house. When they came to the gates of the palace she told Felim she would remain at the gates and he was to go to her father and say "your daughter is at the gates. Come down and see her." Then he was to run as fast as he could back to her as her father might kill him. He did as he was told and hurried
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Long long ago there lived a man named Felim Waters. He was not afraid of "Man or the Devil" and was acustomed to visit a neighbouring fairy fort and watch the fairies playing or sometimes join them in their play. The Bonfire Night came and Felim Waters went as all the neighbours to the bonfire. There they performed the usual or customary rites. It was the custom when coming home to take a coal out of the fire and throw it into the field of potatoes. This was supposed to keep away anything that would damage the yield of the crop. On the way home with a coal on the top of a stick (the usual way of carrying the coal home) Felim stood up near the fort. He was not long there when four black men came before him and placed a coffin on the ground before him. When they placed the coffin on the ground Felim threw the coal at them and they immediately vanished. He now opened the coffin and found in it a beautiful girl dressed like a Princess. He caught her hand and raised her up out of the coffin. He saw that she was alive but he found to his surprise that she could not speak. He took her to his home and told his mother how he found her. They treated her as best they could and made her content. The girl could not tell them anything. She remained with them for a year. When the Bonfire night came the next year Felim went to it leaving the girl and his mother at home. When coming home he asked one of his friends to accompany him to the Fairy Fort and join in with the fairies. He refused to
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leipreachan, it is there under a tall thistle and you must get a spade and dig it up. While Pat went to get the spade he threw a scarlet garter over the thistle, for fear he would forget the thistle the treasure was under.
Then he went home with the leipreachan in his pocket but on the way the latter disappeared. When Pat arrived again at the field with the spade, every thistle in the field was covered with a scarlet garter.
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his waist, and a pair of buckled shoes on his feet.
Pat stretched out his hand and seized leipreachan, hammer, apron and all. He never took his eyes off the little creature for fear he would disappear. Pat then said to him "I have caught you now and you must tell me where I'll find the crock of gold." The leipreachan shivered with fear and his wrinkled face became quite pale and he screamed what was gold! "Now, now, you know quite well" replied Pat. The leipreachan tried to distract Pat's attention by telling him his cows were in the wheatfield.
Pat never looked round but kept on asking for the gold. "Well," replied the leipreachan, I may as well tell you where it is. Then, said the
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will never find the leipreachan with your eyes shut. Remember the crock of gold." As soon as Pat heard that, he jumped up and ate his breakfast and hurried to find the leipreachan and the crock of gold.
The leipreachan was a fairy cobbler, who made shoes for the fairies. He lived underground amongst the roots of trees and in rabbit holes. In his home he had gold hidden, so that no one could find it. Pat and his mother often heard the tap-tap-tap of his tiny hammer on tiny shoes.
One evening Pat heard the tapping of a tiny hammer. He looked down and there was a leipreachan busily mending shoes. The cobbler was a funny little fellow, very old and wrinkled, and a red cap on his head, and a leather apron round
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seen in this fort.
One night a man named Mr Hogge was coming home from rambling and when he came near the fort he noticed a light before him. He followed the light and tried to catch up to it, but still it kept on before him. When he thought he had followed the light a few miles he sat down as he was exhausted. Soon he was fast asleep, and when he awoke in the morning he found himself in the middle of the fort.
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In my district there is one large fairy fort which is called "lorgán". It is situated in the land of Mr. Langan in the townland of Templevanny. This fort is circular in shape and in the middle of it there is a clump of bushes, which are said to be the property of the fairy-folk.
There is an old story in connection with this fort. Long ago a man named Gorman lived where Mr. Langan is living at present. One day however, he cut down one of the bushes, as he needed it for fencing. About a week afterwards
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corner of the fort a table was laid out with the most delicious foods and dainties. Sitting on two large mushrooms were two little fairies, playing violins, while the king of the fairies was seated on his throwne, dressed in his royal robes. After about an hour's dancing, as the man thought, all the fairies assembled around the large table and ate their fill. Just as they had finished the cock crowed. On instant the fairies and all their splendour vanished and the man found himself standing outside the fort, just as it was breaking day.
In the townland of Greenam there is a fort in the land of Mr. Langton. It is of a circular shape and is surrounded by little mounds of stones. Every dark night even to this present day fairy-lights are
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fairies again.
In the townland of Tully, there is an old fort called "Roundeen". It is situated in the land of Mr. Hannon. This fort is of a triangular shape and part of it is surrounded by bushes. It was the haunt of the fairy-folk long-ago, but they have deserted it now.
A story is told in connection with this fort also. About forty years ago a man named Healy was passing through this fort, one dark night. As he approached the fort he heard most beautiful music. When he looked inside he saw that the fairies were having a dance. The whole fort was lit up with golden lanterns and the fairies themselves were dressed in red jackets, red-caps and bright buckled shoes. In one
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the curse of the fairies fell on him and he was haunted day and night. When he retired at night he heard chairs and tables being dragged about the floor. When he arose in the morning everything was the same as if it was never stirred. Soon afterwards his cattle died one by one and his crops failed, and he was left very poor indeed.
One day somebody advised him to go to a very old woman who lived in Keash, as she was supposed to be very great with the fairies. The old woman told him that if he planted another bush instead of the one he had cut down, the fairies would haunt him no more. The man returned home and did as he was commanded. Soon he was as rich as ever, and it taught him never to interfere with the
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In my district there is one large fairy fort which is called "[?]". It is situated in the land of Mr. Langan in the townland of Templevanny. This fort is circular in shape and in the middle of it there is a clump of bushes, which are said to be the property of the fairy-folk.
There is an old story in connection with this fort. Long ago a man named Gorman lived where Mr. Langan is living at present. One day however, he cut down one of the bushes, as he needed it for fencing. About a week afterwards
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seldom mentioned his encounter with the fairy folk.
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word.
At last the master of the house picking up courage ran forward and seizing poor Briany by the scruff of the neck demanded the cause of this untimely intrusion. Between stuttering adn stammering poor Briany told his story at last. The master of the house believed it and could hardly restrain his gratitude when he heard how Briany had saved his only daughter from being stolen by the fairies. When Briany asked him was he far from home he was told that he was in County Galway on the borders of Lough Carrib.
He stayed at the wedding that night but the next day he had to foot it back to Ballyfarnon. Ever afterwards he avoided the fairy fort after dark, and he
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Briany that he was going to tickle the bride's nose and when she sneezed he was not to say "God bless us," or if he did he would be thrown head over heads [heels] down on the wedding-guests.
Of course Briany promised sincerely that he wouldn't utter one word, but no sooner had the bride sneezed, than he shouted at the top of his voice "God bless us." No sooner had the words left his mouth than he was seized by the heels and thrown, plop, into the centre of the wedding-table. Intense excitement followed while the entire household screamed in terror, to see poor bewildered Briany emerging from the centre of the wedding cake, covered from head to foot with jelly and custard and too dazed with fright to speak a single
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goblins, and they working as hard as they possibly could, turning the long reeds that grew inside the fort into horses, while each tiny fairy cried out "Give me a horse."
Without thinking of what he was saying Briany cried out impulsively "Give me a horse." Without a word he was seized and placed on a fairy steed and off with the whole troop of fairies over hill and dale, with Briany at their head. At length they arrived at a house in which there was great feasting, and gaiety, for it was the wedding night of the only daughter of the house. The fairies clambered down the chimney, and in on the loft overlooking the wedding table at which the bride sat.
The king of the fairies told
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There are quite a large number of fairy forts in our district but the one that is best known by the inhabitants, and is the most fabled is that owned by a man named Pat Flynn.
There is a story told in the district about this fort which has put fear into the hearts of both young and old alike, when passing by this fort on dark nights. One Winter's night a man named Briany Mullany was passing by this fort on his way home from the fair in Ballyfarnon. He had taken a good drop at the fair and as he was passing the fort his attention was attracted by a loud chattering inside the fort. Stealthily he crept forward and peeped inside, and imagine his surprise on seeing hundreds of tiny fairies, elfs and
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on this pass, and when he had spent a few hundred pounds on it, it was thrown during the night, and he was forced to rebuild it again. He has never had any luck in the house.
One day there was a man named Jim McDermott going home from town. He had some tea in his pocket and as he was passing the fort, the fairies led him astray. As he was passing the lake he heard the fairies shouting, "Jim mind your tea". After a long time, he searched his pockets but could find no tea.
He thought of what the fairies had shouted after him, "Jim mind your tea." This fort is circular in shape and is surrounded by bushes.
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of potatoes grew in the fort and nobody set them.
One evening as some men were working near by when they saw a little man dressed in red coming out of the fort and picked a pot of potatoes. He went back into the fort and was never seen again. there was often a light seen in the fort. Long ago the fairies used to have patterns in the fort, and sometimes music was heard issuing from the fort and some people saw fairies. The old people say that if you stand on one fort you will see two others.
Not far from that house is another fort in the field of a man named McGlynn. It had a pass going from the fort to the one in Mr Mac Donnagh's field. A man named Boland built a house
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There are no forts of any importance in my district. There are a few small ones in the locality, and although they are small, there, and although they are small, there are a lot of stories connected with them.
There is one of those forts on Patrick McLoughlin's field in Lecarrow. It is situated on a stone wall and is surrounded with bushes. No one knows when it was built or what purpose. This fort was built at the bottom of the field and not far from a bog. One year a crop
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erected around the fort to prevent any person or stray beast going near it. The fence is there to this day and every night after dusk lights are visible and people dread it.
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harder cut.
One day when the owners were cutting the meadow, the servant brought the lunch to them in the field. Seeing that the men were working at the other end of the field, she placed the tea can and bread basket in the fort and went to gather the workers. When they drew near the fort, they heard beautiful singing and talking and when they stopped to listen more attentively, the music stopped. This was repeated a few times. When they arrived at the place, they found to their amazement that the tea and bread had disappeared. Whenever they worked near the fort they heard the music. Once after cutting a tree on the fort they heard the fairies crying and lamenting.
Next day a fence was
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Rath Croghan.
There is a fort situated about two miles south-west of Boyle, namely Lisserdrae. This fort was first founded by the Nemedians after raging war on their enemies. There is supposed to be an underground tunnel connecting the forts of Lisserdrae, Dunamese, Knockadoo and Derrymaquirk to Cloonloo.
There is also a fort at Assylinn. It is circular in shape and has a great large fence with many white-thorn trees growing near it. The field was let grow to meadow and then it was cut by its owner. The owners of the land were the Stewards and they cut the meadow which grew at the fort. They noticed it was much better and richer than that which grew in the other parts of the field, but that it was much
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There are many forts situated around Boyle. Some town-lands have received their names from these forts, such as Lisserdrea and Dunamese. In the various places these forts were termed Dun, Lis, Rath and Fort as Fortwilliam,
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creature imaginable and she was wailing mournfully. All this while she was busily engaged in combining [combing?] her long grey hair, which the woman said, stretched until it reached the window of a house farther down the lane. There it hung and the poor woman was awe-stricken. She went inside and that day week a woman from the house died.
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son finding no water in the house set out for the well, and on reaching home again had an amazing story to tell, the other neighbours. The beautiful well, with its pure crystal water was now like a frog pond, covered with mud, and stones, and grass, and water lilies growing plentifully therein.
The water was never used again and it may be seen to this day in the above condition. The same woman had another conflict with the people of the fairy fort. One night while waiting for her son to return from a neighbouring house, she was summoned to the back-door by the noise as it were somebody crying.
On opening the door she saw the "Bean-Sidhe" sitting on the hill-top. She was the smallest
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Reaching the well she put in the can and taking water she rinsed the can and then threw it away. As soon as she had this done, a huge black dog with fire gushing from his mouth, and two blood shot eyes, appeared from the top of the hill, and came directly to the spot she was standing in. He hissed straight into her face and sparks lighted up the whole field. The woman was terror stricken and more so when she [saw] him approach the well, and look into its depths.
Afterwards he departed, the next turn being taken at the corner, that leads to St. Patrick's St and he was seen at different times since then. However, the woman got home and was unable to speak on her arrival home, but went to bed immediately. Next morning her
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2020-05-21 10:42
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Boyle abounds in fairy forts, and each and every one of them are said to be inhabited by the fairies. The one I have heard most of, is situated in the "acres" and near at hand there are four houses which are now unhabited. The following are true stories which were told at the fireside by the woman who witnessed the events.
One stormy night in October this woman discovered she had no water in the house. Putting an old shawl around her shoulders and taking a can she started off from home to get the water, which could be obtained at the bottom of the fort.
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the lone-bush and used it for fencing. Next morning when he entered the field, the lone-bush was standing in its original place again.
There is another fort situated about a quarter of a mile north of Ballinafad. It is situated in a small circular field and there is a small wall around it. It is said that some of the fairy people dwell here. Recently some of the local people have heard singing and music in this fort. Horses were heard galloping round it.
There is a fort situated a mile from Lough-Arrow in the townland of Aughanagh. An old legend is told about this fort. A man cut all the trees about it. He put cattle into the field but before long they all pined away.
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In my locality there are a few fairy-forts. There are many stories and old legends connected with them. A small distance from my home there is a fort. It is situated in a field the property of a man named Walsh and the name of the townland is Culshera. The fort is in one corner of the field. It is surrounded by many small trees and in the centre of the fort there is a lone-bush and a large clump of stones.
During the time of the Celts a crock of gold was supposed to be hidden under the lone-bush. It is said that a black cat is guarding the treasure. No attempts have ever been made to unearth the gold. Once a man was fencing the field in which the fort is situated. He cut down
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on New Year's morning, you will have bad luck for the year, but if a male person is the first to enter he receives some silver in order to put luck on both for the year. It is said that whatever happens on the first of the New Year will happen throughout the twelve months.
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Trinity" in the windows. When the candles are arranged, the youngest child in the house lighted them.
On that night also, every household enjoys a great supper. After the supper the table is again laden with another meal and the doors are left unlocked, because it is said, that Our Blessed Lady, visits every house during the night, and she blesses the house-hold who left the door open for her.
On Christmas morning everyone is up very early for Mass. After the Mass the people of the house are very busy preparing for the big Christmas dinner.
Like Christmas Eve, there is a great festival on New Year's Eve. That night the Carol singers play and sing and welcome in the New Year. It is said that if a woman is the first person to visit your home on
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to go near a lake, river or sea on Whit Sunday as a story is told that in the time of our Lord a boy was once drowned in a thimble of water on this day.
On St Martin's Day a fowl is killed and its blood is sprinkled in every corner of the house. This is done to keep away sickness and to prevent cattle from dying or getting sick.
There are a great many old Christmas Customs practised in our district. About three days before Christmas day it is the custom to decorate the house with holy and ivy. On Christmas Eve all the windows are lighted with candles, some people put one candle in every window, while others put three, in honour of the "Blessed
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On St Stephen's Day people think it unlucky to throw stones, as St Stephen was stoned to death on this day. On this day also crowds of boys dressed in old clothes go in disguise from house to house - three or four usually go together. One of them plays a musical instrument while the others dance and in this way they collect money.
On St Brigid's Day some people make rush crosses and hang them up in the house, those crosses are supposed to keep away evil.
On St John's night a bonfire is lighted in every district and the people of the locality amuse themselves around it. Each person then brings a piece of a lighted coal and throws it into the potato crop so that the crop may be prosperous.
Some people say that it is dangerous
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they parted with any thing on this day. Some people never put down the fire, on May morning, until they saw smoke coming out of another person's chimney first. They would not put out the ashes, sweep the floor, or throw out dirty water because they believed if they threw out any thing on May day, they were throwing away all their luck.
These customs are seldom practised by the people now. The only one, which is still practised, is the custom of throwing May flowers on the threshold, to prevent the witches from stealing.
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A mermaid was seen by a man returning from a ramble one evening. He was passing by Boyle creamery, now disused, and heard a wail from the river which runs near by. On looking down he saw the mermaid sitting in the water, combing her hair which floated in the water and he told that she was covered with sea weed.
She wailed an cried and suddenly disappeared. Soon after one of his family was drowned. It is said that she comes to warn certain families of a drowning in the family and has been seen three or four times in the Boyle river at different parts.
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home by that short cut again. The man promised that he would never come that way again, so the little man took him to the place where the gold was and gave him the pot. The man was charmed and let his grip of the Leipreachaun go. He started off for home, but looking at his watch he saw it was past two o'clock and by going home the long way he would be an hour later and his wife would be angry. So he retraced his steps, crossed the hill and broke his promise to the little man. When he reached home he was terribly excited and called his wife to see the gold. But alas! gold no longer filled the pot but stones of various shapes and sizes were everywhere strewn. Thus he lost his treasure and never since did anyone capture the little man or his gold.
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Near Boyle is situated the fairies' Hill and it is said that many people have seen the little man known as the Leipreachan. It is held that he is very tiny and is always at work with hammer and shoes. He is said to wear red apparel and once it is believed that someone caught him.
The man asked him if he would show him the pot of gold and he promised he would if he pledged never to come
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but on still nights her weird caoining can be heard for miles around. It is said that she is mourning Sean O'Connor, the boy who gave up his young life for the love of her.
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skin was a white as snow, and her features as clearly cut as those of a marble statue. Her body from the waist down was covered with large greenish scales, and very much resembled that of a fish.
It is related in the district that a youth named Sean O'Connor fell in love with her but the mermaid, hearing this knew she could never live on dry land.
One morning Sean went as usual to the lake, expecting to see his love emerge and sit on the rock. For hours he waited but poor Sean having given up hope of ever seeing her again drew up a large knife and plunged it through his heart. Ever since the lake has been called Lough Shian or the lake of the knife. The mermaid was often seen sitting on the rock after that
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but the leipreachaun threw the box of snuff into his face. When he had stopped sneezing poor Padraig looked round for his pot of gold, but all he could see was a pot of withered leaves.
In ancient times, so the people relate, there lived in Lough Shean a beautiful mermaid. Every morning, at sunrise she used to rise from the lake and sit on a rock about three hundred yards from the shore and sing a weird "caoinead" which could be heard for miles around. The man from whom I heard this told me that his grandfather who had seen the mermaid, described her as the most beautifulu creature ever a human being laid eyes on. Her fair golden hair fell in ripples down below her waist, while her skin was as white as snow, and her
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very lazy fellow, and every time he got a chance he used to steal away to the fairy lios, behind the house, and dream the day away, hoping against hope that a leipreachaun, or fairy might appear and give him a pot of gold.
One day, he was sitting in the usual spot at the top of the lios when a fairy leipreachaun appeared. As quick as lightning Padraig seized him by the scruff of the neck, and demanded a pot of gold. The leipreachaun, remaining quite cool, told Padraig to follow him to a hollow tree, in which the gold was hidden. Padraig seized the pot of gold quickly, but the leipreachaun taking out his gold snuff-box, asked Padraig to take a pinch.
Padraig stretched out his hand,
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In ancient times, the people of our district used to tell quite a number of old tales connected with the fairy folk, especially lepreachauns, but most of the old inhabitants of the district have died long since, bringing most of those old stories to the grave with them.
Some of those old stories are still told by the old inhabitants, but there is one in particular told about the fairy cobbler of Lough Erid.
Once upon a time there lived on the shores of Lough Erid, which is situated about two miles east of Ballyfarnon, a poor widow and her son, Padraig Mulvany. Padraig was a
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As the heart-broken crowd were returning home after their fruitless search, a mermaid appeared to them and told them that he was very happy with them and that she would take them as far as him if they wished. No doubt, they consented and craved her to lead them to where he was. She at once converted every one of them into mermaids and when she had showed them the little boy, she compelled them too, to stay with him. They begged her to let them away again to their dear little home, but, it was all in vain. For many years the for-saken house stood like a sentry on the lake-shore until eventually some travelling folk settled down in it. About ten years a weird lonely caoining was heard at midnight, near the site of the ruined house and a few days after, a man called Glynn, who was
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ordinary girl only that she had a fish's tail.
Once there lived a family in a small neatly kept house by the shore of "Loch Scéin" named Glynn. There was one little boy in it who loved to go out boating on its calm limpid waters in the long Summer evenings; who always wanted to be either out on the lake or walking by its shore, and who took an unbound delight in making up poems about its beauty. This day as he was out fishing a beautiful mermaid appeared to him, and she lured him away with false ideas and flattery of her beautiful home under the water, until at last he consented to join her bands. His parents and all the other members of his family were out in the morning searching for him, but, alas! they didn't succeed
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pot of gold. The leipreachan pointed his finger towards a bush and as soon as the man took his eyes off him, the leipreachan had mysteriously vanished and the poor heart-broken man was left alone in the moonlight.
About fifty years ago it was said that a beautiful mermaid was to be seen on the shores of "Behy Lake." When the golden sun was sinking in his bed of multi-coloured clouds in the west, she would come forth from her home in the lake and perch herself on the summit of a huge rock. There she would sit for hours combing her long curly, golden hair or caoining mournfully until the dark curtain of night fell over the landscape. Old people say that she only appears on land, before a drowning, and that she was like an
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years she went to the same spot, for the money, but, alas! it had vanished. She then employed a number of men to dig the whole garden, thinking they'd find it, but, alas! it was all in vain, and, instead of money, they got a little red cap, with "leave some more here for me" inscribed in golden letters on it.
Many, many years ago, a man named J Daly, Carton, who was coming home from rambling one November's night, was supposed to have caught a leipreachan. As he was passing an old fort, he heard the 'tick tick' of his hammer inside, and, looking inside he saw to his astonishment a little man dressed in a bloodred gown, sittting on a go[?] seat under a huge tree busily engaged mending a shoe. At once he sprang at him and demanded
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years she went to the same spot, for the money, but, alas! it had vanished. She then employed a number of men to dig the whole garden, thinking they'd find it, but, alas! it was all in vain, and, instead of money, they got a little red cap, with "leave some more here for me" inscribed in golden letters on it.
Many, many years ago, a man named J Daly, Carton, who was coming home from rambling one November's night, was supposed to have caught a leipreachan. As he was passing an old fort, he heard the 'tick tick' of his hammer inside, and, looking inside he saw to his astonishment a little man dressed in a bloodred gown, sittting on a go[?] seat under a huge tree busily engaged mending a shoe. At once it sprang at him and demanded
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anyone should catch him he would run and hide behind a big rock, but when the person could get as far as him he could not find the "Lurgudán." These little men also used to make their houses out of "Buachalans" and they would ride up and down the fields on their horses early on a May morning.
Then there is the mermaid which comes out of the water. She is supposed to be dressed in a little white coat, and she has long golden curly hair down her back. She is supposed to be very unlucky and when she comes out she cries and someone is drowned afterwards.
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There is a lot of stories told in my district which are connected with leipreachans and mermaids. Here I will relate to you a few of the most commonly known ones. These little creatures were known as "Lurgadans" in some parts of the country. It was said that if anyone was up at a very early hour on may morning that they would surely get the 'Lurgadán". This little fellow is dressed in a red suit and cap, and there is a long bag of money tied around his neck. It is said that if anyone should catch one of those Lurgadans he would have enough money all his life. There was a lot of attempts made to catch him especially by children but none of them was successful. This little man was supposed to be very cute, and if
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The Leipreachan is known in my district as the Pluaracan. He lives under a mushroom and is supposed to smoke a pipe. He is dressed in green with a red cap which is pointed. He is about a foot high. One day a man caught a leipreachan and the leipreachan told him to mind out but the man kept his eyes on him. The man threatened him that he would kill him. The leipreachan told him where the gold was. He went and dug it up. He found a box and a note. He read the note and he was told to work at his trade, and he did and he won his fortune. They are looked upon as being friendly beings. The leipreachan often helped human beings. Their chief trade is shoe making.
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going to the place they came from and they got safely home.
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The Leprechaun is not known by any other name locally except the Pluracan. He is about one foot in height. He wears a knee trousers and a red cap. He lives under a mushroom and has no occupation besides shoe-making and gathering money. Once a man caught a Leprechaun and he told him to hand out the crock of gold at once. He pointed in another direction and the man turned to see what was there and at that moment the Leprechaun disappeared. The Leprechauns are frienly beings if not interfered with but they never helped human beings. Leprechauns sometimes took revenge on those who interfered with them.
Three Leprechauns lived in Co. Kerry and they went robbing butter. While they were at it a man came and closed the box but never knew they were inside.
The butter was taken to another place and as the man was opening the box the Leprechauns inside said they would give him any wish he asked if he would let them go. The man said he wanted a raise in his wages. He then put them into the back of a lorry that was
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The names they are called by are the Pluracán and the little red men. He is two feet high. He wears a red jacket and a green cap. He lives in rushy fields. His usual occupation is shoemaking. There are stories told about people who caught him. They have never helped human beings. One bright night a man was coming home from roving; he came the near way. When he was a couple of fields from home he saw the little man. When he caught the little man the little man said "Look at the woman behind you." When he looked around again the little man had gone away. There are no stories told that they took revenge on those who interfered with them. The Leipreachan lives under a mushroom and there he works and smokes his pipe. The Leipreachan is a friendly being.
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coloured stockings, tidy shining boots with an extra narrow pointed toe, they generally have a long cap with a point which rests on the back. He makes boots for the fairies at night, his height is about 12" to 18", they are also musicians, singers, dancers, and story-tellers.
Old Thomas Love of Carnalynch watched on a number of nights near the fort, one night he lay inside the fort and caught a fairy who tried every inducement to get Tom to look away, he told the fairy he would release him if he would give him gold.
The fairy took him to a stone under which a great pile of gold lay, Tom filled his pockets with gold and went home, when he arrived home he could find nothing in his pockets except daisies.
It is said the fairies kept a boy named Bernard Garagan of Carngarvie for seven years, when he arrived home he said he was treated of the very best, and it only seemed to him that he was away for a couple of house.
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In this locality the Leipreachans were called the "Good people", their dress was a neat fitting green jacket white knee breeches and various
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There is a fort on the land owned by Mr Michael Gillick of Beagh.
These forts are circular in shape there is a ditch around them made of sods and clay, there is an entrance gap in the ditch. There are some shrubs around these forts, any place these forts are, they are in view of each other generally in a straight line. These were called fairy forts by the old people they would not interfere with them, as they were afraid something would happen them, as it was not lucky to have anything to do with them.
This man Mr. Gillick who owned the fort said, he would venture to level the ditch to make more land for himself though he was told not to do so, he persisted in doing it, and he became blind, it is said owing to his interfering with the fort.
It is said by some people that these forts were landmarks of the Danes, when they were fighting in Ireland long ago, as they were so placed that a view could be seen from one to the other.
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ask us to believe that the fairies held sports, dancing, singing, and music at night by the light of the moon until the cock began to crow.
A curious fact is that one fort can be seen from another, as an example, from the fort in John Clarke's field in Togher can be seen the fort in Mr. Thomas Mc Daniels at Drumcarrow.
In most cases the owners of land where forts are, they do not interfere with them, by having them levelled.
Cattle go along and eat the grass on the fort, about thirty years ago five sheep of the Mr Mc Daniel took refuge under the trees growing on his fort in a snow-storm, after the storm the sheep were discovered and fifteen lambs all quite safe.
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There are five or six forts in this district each a circular shape, enclosed by a high mound of earth, which was constructed all round, at one point an opening appears to show where an entrance was made.
In some cases there are two mounds of surrounding earth, and on the outside a deep trench or dike from which the earth was dug to build the mounds, the inside space is level and vaires from about fifteen yards to twenty-five yards, in this space it is believed dwellings constructed mostly from wood, were used in which the local Chieftain and his household resided, in the far away past, before the coming of St Patrick in 432 A.D.
Some authorities suggest they were created in the time of the Danes, but generally they are of more ancient origin.
The fairies were supposed to live in them, and many old storytellers would
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There is a fort in my uncle's farm at Carnaveagh in the parish of Killinkere.
It was called in olden times the "ring fort" because it is a round mound of earth.
There is a fence all around it with two lone bushes in the centre of it and holes at the root.
One time a man named Mr. Smith tried to look down into these holes, but when he looked down he could not see the bottom then he got a long stick and tried to touch the bottom but the stick went down that he could not see it.
One day he had a man ploughing and he put him to plough this fort and every score he made it closed back over again so he had to stop ploughing it.
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In the townland of Lurgnavie there is a fort in Mr Joe Clarke's land with a very deep cutting around it, and a lot of bushes growing around. There is another in Drumacarrow and also one in Rekeaving about two miles from Bailieboro', many a time sheep were lost in these in storms as they would go for shelter and often fall down at the base and get lost.
In Nybologue there is a mound of clay in the old graveyard, and a man went with a crowbar to work on the top of it, himself and the bar went down in the top of the mound and never was seen again, it's unlucky to try to labour them, it is thought the good people or fairies have their abode there, as there are often lights seen there at night and music, dancing and singing.
There was a man in the Parish of Killenkere named Mr. Gillick, he went to cut a bush on a fort on his land, and there was dust blown into his eyes, he went home entirely blind.
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Holy water from blessed wells: - The last Sunday in July is the usual day for visiting St Augustine's Well in this district. The people take a small amount of holy water home and they have great faith in its cures. Easter Saturday we go to the chapels and take holy water home.
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Sometimes the people have special things to hang up in honour of some feasts in their houses.
For one example there is Saint Patrick's cross. This is usually made of straw and is shaped like a cross. It is hung up some time before Saint Patrick's Day. The usual place is over the door of the house.
Next is Saint Brigid's Cross. It is shaped more or less like a diamond and it is also made of straw. The straw is placed bit by bit and is woven tightly. The most usual place one can see one of these is in a country house some time around the feast-days.
Herbs and branches:- The people usually hang up a branch covered with leaves called May-bush on May Eve. They say that this is to bring luck. Nettles are boiled for young ducks and are used for hunting flies out of a house. Coco-saddle grows in fields and has a salty taste, and the leaves are small with long stems.
Woven articles:- The young people in this district make hats out of reeds. They are pointed at the top and there is a space of an inch or so between each reed.
Pieces of cloth:- The people have an old custom of collecting pieces of cloth such as those worn by saints. They say that there is a cure in these by believing in the power of God.
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Fairy forts are to be seen all over the district. They are called forts or raths. Around most of them there is generally a fence. Beside them there is a well or river where the fairies used to get water. To every one there is a story attached.
A good many years ago there was a man going by a fort in Corroneary, he heard a great noise inside the bushes; he went in to look to see what was causing it; when he went in he found the fairies churning so they told him to wait and they would give him a piece of the butter. The man got the butter and when he went home he left it in the kitchen, but the next morning it was gone. He thought the fairies must have taken it back.
The old people often tell stories about seeing lights in forts. Once upon a time there was a man passing a fort in
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and they started for home. They told the people at home that they played cards with the fairies and won money. Some of them asked for the money and the men searched their pockets but there was no money in them. The next night the men went back and the same thing happened but the men didn't go back to play with the fairies any more.
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There are plenty of fairy forts in this district. There is one in the townland of Annamonan. It is circular in shape and is surrounded by trees. No one ever went down in this fort as they are afraid of the fairies that are supposed to live there.
One time there lived an old woman near this fort. One day a little man went to the house and asked a drop of milk. She gave him some milk and he asked for more and she said she had no more, that her last cow was taken that morning as she was not able to pay her rates. So the little man went out and struck a hill with a rod and a white cow came out and stayed there with her and when the old woman died a girl saw the cow going back into the hill again.
People coming home late at night very often see lights at this fort. One night there were two men coming home about 12 o clock in the night and they saw a very bright light. They went into the fort to see what it was and they saw it was a fire. There were little men sitting round it playing cards and they asked the men to have a game. So the men sat down and played for a couple of hours. They won and lost and at last they saw they had g[?]
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There are plenty of fairy forts in this district. There is one in the townland of Annamonan. It is circular in shape and is surrounded by trees. No one ever went down in this fort as they are afraid of the fairies that are supposed to live there.
One time there lived an old woman near this fort. One day a little man went to the house and asked a drop of milk. She gave him some milk and he asked for more and she said she had no more, that her last cow was taken that morning as she was not able to pay her rates. So the little man went out and struck a hill with a rod and a white cow came out and stayed there with her and when the old woman died a girl saw the cow going back into the hill again.
People coming home late at night very often see lights at this fort. One night there were two men coming home about 12 o clock in the night and they saw a very bright light. They went into the fort to see what it was and they saw it was a fire. There were little men sitting round it playing cards and they asked the men to have a game. So the men sat down and played for a couple of hours. They won and lost and at last they saw they had g
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cut. Killafee fort stands on a hill overlooking Augharan lough; it is in full view of Augharan fort. The lough about half a mile long separates the two forts. Killafee fort is circular in shape and is surrounded by a large ditch; its entrance is on the south side; no trees grow now in this fort.
Dromore fort is one mile from Augharan fort; it is circular in shape and surrounded by a double ditch, only the stumps of dale trees which grow inside this fort still remain. Its entrance was on the East side. Lights travel from one fort to the other at night and can be seen at the present time. It is supposed that those forts were built to protect the houses of the Millesian chieftains.
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Augharan fort stands beside the road and is circular in shape and composed entirely of earth and raised about four feet above the adjoining ground; no ditch surrounds it. The entrance must have been on the East side as the ground is quite level. Several large ash trees grow inside this fort; they were all cut down inside the last 30 years.
About 50 years ago the fishermen used to sit up during the short summer nights to fish; they often heard the sound of axes and crosscuts after twelve o'clock, yet when morning came no trees had been
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Peter Lee, Carrickavoher: Whooping cough.
Mrs Lyons, Corroneary: Warts and strain.
Mrs Willie Carroll, Corroneary: Pain in the ear.
John Mitchell, Lavereen: Headache.
Hugh McEntire, Gortemone: Erysipelas.
Michael Lyons, Corronneary: Strain.
James Curran, Corriga: Whooping cough.
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immediately directed his steps home he unconsciously went astray again and again. Thus poor John spent his night meandering about Quinville. At cock crow he found himself at the back of the kitchen garden, and in less than ten minutes was inside his own door. His family thinking that he remained with the drunken man for company's sake went to bed early, and thus did not worry about John.
Some people ascribe these mishaps to stagnation of the blood.
James ODea (R.I.P.) often told me that he was in William Street Limerick on a fair day, and that he walked up and down the Street several times and could not recognise any of the shops or any person that was in the street, although several of his neighbours were there, and he was quite familiar with Limerick, it being his market town. At length one of his neighbours observed him and enquired of him whom he was searching for. Then Mr ODea realised where he was, and the spell was broken.
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proceeded along it, but always with the same result. In his meanderings John came upon a jennet belonging to the drunken man. He thought that this was a lucky chance, because he said to himself that if he caught the animal that it would lead him to the yard to be harnessed. John could not succeed in catching the animal. However he chased him as best he could, thinking that the jennet would run towards the yard. But the jennet led him a wild goose chase. At last he rested and began to think. He now realized that he was being led astray on purpose, and thinking to defeat the evil spirit that was pursuing him he took off his coat and wore it inside out. He also wore his cap inside out adjusting the peak to the poll of his head. John did not know where he was although he was quite familiar with every perch of the owner's farm. He walked away quite ignorant of where he was going. At least he thought he would reach some place that he would recognise, after which he would take his bearings, but although he reached several places that he recognised, and
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On another occasion John had to convey home a drunken man who lived about a half mile from John's house. Now a short avenue led to the drunken man's house, and John having delivered up his charge proceeded to go home, because his family was young, and he did not wish to keep his wife and family up waiting for him. The avenue was as wide as the public road, and less than a quarter of a mile in length. Of course there were cart tracks off the avenue, but John was so familiar with the avenue proper that he could walk it with his eyes closed.
Whatever happened John thought that he should reach the public road in less than five minutes, but five ten and fifteen minutes elapsed and John found that he could not reach the public road. He realized that he had gone astray, and he was so ashamed for mistaking the way, it being so short and unmistakable that he made a bee line for the avenue which he thought he reached and proceeded along home only to find himself gone astray again. Several times John reached the avenue and
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he thought he was. He could not realize how he reached where he was, as he never remembered crossing walls or a drain, which he should have done to leave the field he was in at first.
John looked around him, and seeing a light he made his way as best he could towards it. He found that it was the light of the house he had left hours previously. The man of the house told John that several had been known to be led astray in that field. The man himself was in the habit of going in his cuaird to a neighbouring village along this path. He told John that if he saw light (Jackey the lantern) on his setting out for the village he would immediately return home, for he said he was bound to be led astray on such a night.
John himself remembered hearing stories about the beanshee being heard in the neighbourhood, and being of a nervous disposition he made his way home along the public road. His family were much relieved when he arrived, although he was quite pale and in a "lather of a sweat."
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There are various fields and many people have been known to go astray when travelling through them.
John Clune Quin Co Clare was working in Boora, and as the time was summer, he said he would take the short cut home. A beaten path easily recognisable, and quite familiar to John led the whole way home.
No sooner had John left the public road and got on to the path than he went astray, for he found himself at the public road again and again. No matter what care John took in pursuing the path he went astray on each occasion. John knew quite well that the path led to a narrow drain after a short distance through a field. He could never reach the drain. He knew also that his journey home led past a farmer's house. The field that the path led through was small being less than an acre in area, and was bounded on three sides by a stone fence and on the other by the drain. Tired of aimless travelling John stopped and took his bearings. He realized that he was not in the field that
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They are fifteen forts in Emly district. They are generally called moats. They are all within view of each other. In Ballyvistea and in Duncummin they are very plentiful.
They are circular in shape and they are raised from the ground. There is a ring of bushes and a deep dyke around them.
One appears to be hollow. That one is in Bartoose and no one ever went in to it.
No one knows who built them. It is said that fairies live in them. At night people do not like to pass by them.
No one would ever interfere with them. They think they would die if they cut the bushes off them. They let the bushes thrive all the time and when they would fall they let them rot away. The people who did interfere with the moats, always some thing happened to them. It is not right to interfere with them. In the caher moat there was a white woman seen with a light with her.
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Townsland... Farm... Description...
Ballinacree; R. Coffey; High and with a flat top.
Ballinagreana; P Hennessy; High and with a flat top.
Ballinaveen; T O'Donnell; Round and with a ring of bushes.
Ballyvistea; T Batters; Known as "the Caher".
Ballyvistea contains three other smaller forts.
Bartoose; P Clancy; Very high and said to contain a cave.
Chancellorsland; P Ryan; Flat and with a dyke round.
Duncummin contains three forts.
Monmore; T Burke; Very high and bushes on it.
Monmore; H.M. Ryan; Must be on bed of former lake.
It is worthy of note that Ballyvistea and Duncummin adjoining townslands contain seven forts between them.
These forts are called moats, raths, or lises. Moats is the most used name.
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Patrick Creamer of Ballyvistea brought a stone axe head to school a few days ago. The main facts regarding it are as follows:
Where found - It was found in Ballyvistea, Emly, Co. Tipperary.
Condition - It is in good condition, very polished, but a corner is chipped.
Material - It is made of flint stone.
Colour - It is of a grey green colour, with brown stains.
Edge - The edge is curved and very sharp.
Weight - It weights 1 lb 2ozs.
Length - It is 6 inches long.
Breadth - Widest 2.8 inches. Narrowest 1.8 inches.
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Pishogues are made in this district on May Eve. The most common form of pishogues is to place eggs in gardens, hay, meadows, or grazing fields. They are supposed to bring bad luck and to destroy the crop or live stock on the farm. There can be little doubt but that they have a bad effect on the crops or on the cattle.
Sometimes also they kill a hen and bury her under a sod on a neighbour's land. This is supposed to produce the death of some live stock.
Also when a cow slings her calf they throw the sling calf into their neighbour's land. This is supposed to put the misfortune on their neighbours and take it off themselves.
In former years there were many other forms such as sipping water in a well with shears etc; but these things are not done now.
On May Eve every farmer sprinkles holy water on his cattle, crops, and land to stop the power of pishogues which may be made.
If pishogues are worked on a man he gets mass said in the house. If he finds eggs he burns them and is thus supposed to put the curse back on him who made the pishogues.
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A man coming home from work one night saw a light and he thought it was his own house. He went towards the light and passed his own house. He noticed that he was not coming near the light. He kept on going towards the light and after a time it disappeared and he was all in darkness at about 2 o'clock in the morning. He did not know where he was. He walked on for a little while and he found the place where he was working and he was back there again. Then he knew where he was and the way to go home.
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A farmer had a small field where there was a moat. He kept one cow in it to graze it. He noticed that the cow used to have no milk in the morning. She had twice as much in the evening. He took that cow out of the field and put in a dry cow in her place. In the morning when he got up and went to turn in the cows to be milked. He found that the cow he took out of the moat field was dead. It was said that the cow was supplying the fairies with milk, and that they killed her when he took her away.
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It is said that a coach runs sometimes back the Ballyvistea bohereen. Many people saw it about one o'clock at night. A man called Martin Clery met it one night at ten minutes after eleven. As it was coming towards him it had a dim light put on.
There is a terrible noise out of it. The noise out of it is like a car with buckets turned upside down and thankards turned on their sides. It would be going very fast. When it would be coming it is said you should turn your back to it.
There did a man go inside the ditch and it came into the field where he was. The man died that night when he went home.
It comes from the top of the bohereen in as far as the end of it and it goes up to Batters's moate in a field called the Caher. Many people heard it, and saw it.
It is said that some crying follows it. Many people saw a woman in white following it and she crying about a quarter of an hour after the coach passing by.
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the morning. A cow was dead or some other harm done.
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There was a man named William O'Meara of Bartooses who used to go to his neighbour's house every night. Near this house there is a high moat, and it is often at night horses are heard galloping from the moat. One night as he was going home from that house he heard a lot of galloping.
He went to open the gate and leave the horses out. He stayed outside the gate to see them going out and he heard them galloping up to the gate and they used not come out on the road.
The next night he went to the same house and told them all about it. Then the man of the house said that he must go to see would he hear what the other man had heard.
The two of the men went and as they were approaching the place they heard the horses galloping. Then they said what would they do. They went into the field to see the horses and saw none.
Then they turned back to go home. They went for the gate and kept walking to get to it but they could not get there. They stayed walking all the night until morning and when the daybreak came they found themselves five miles from home.
Often times at night horses are heard galloping from the moat to a farmer's house nearby and every night they came there used to be harm done in
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I heard a story from my father about a strange dog he saw. The dog appeared on the road. He was a big black dog about the size of a calf. A lot of people saw the same dog on the same spot. He appeared on the road between Eanby cross and Bartoose cross. Log an Bhóthair is the name that is called to the place where the dog appeared.
The dog appeared as my father was passing by. It was about 9 or 10 oclock in the night. My father knew all about this strange dog. The dog stood silent looking towards my father as he approached. He started to trot along before my father.
There is a river near the place where this strange animal appeared. He jumped right into the river and disappeared immediately. This dog was to be seen several nights after in the same place as usual. He never interfered with any person. He used to run on to the river and jump into it.
Canon Power was passing the same place a few weeks after. The dog appeared there and did the same as he did before. The night after Canon Power found out all about this dog. He went to the place and read prayers there. The morning after all the road was torn up. The dog was never again seen and never heard of. A lot of people say that it was the devil appearing in that form.
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There were three men walking along a road near Hospital one night. They were talking about a good day they had the year before. They had not met with a long time.
As they were walking along they heard steps behind them. They did not take any notice of them. They thought it was only some one else walking along. They stopped and one said to the other did they hear that walk. Just then a woman passed, dressed in blue. Then they all heard a cry inside in a field. They listened and heard it go and come.
One man said if he heard that cry again he would go in and see what it was. Just then the woman passed by again. They walked home, two going away another road. The day after they heard that the man who said he would go in and see where the cry came from was dead. He had been killed going home by a car. They said the woman was the banshee. She was after the man that was to be killed that night.
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Once upon a time there was a very big farmer in Ballinamona and he had a lot of land. Among all his land there was a very big field.
He had two men employed, and their names were John Hanley and John Sculley. One day they were working near this bush in the middle of the big field. Then after a few hours working they lay down to rest alongside this bush. After a while they fell asleep and both of them dreamt that there was gold under this bush.
After a short time both of them awoke and they told the story to one another. Then they started to work on again to find the gold. They were working for a long time and at last they came to a large flag. They were not able to take up the flag. They went home then until it was dark at night. Then they came on again to look for the gold. When they took up the flag they saw two crocks of gold. They went to take up the crocks but instead of getting the gold a big bull with big horns followed them.
One of the men went mad and the other died. The bush is there yet and I suppose the gold is under it.
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or lis where they made a final stand before surrendering hence the name of the lis i.e. lisin na n-arm.
Within view of this fort are two others, one on the farm of Mrs Lambert Barleyhill and the other on the lands of Mrs O'Callaghan Inchinanoon.
The one on Mrs Lamberts farm was beautifully constructed. The entrance to it is lined with stones uncemented. Inside, at a distance of about twelve feet, are two niches [?] at the side. To enter you must crawl in. Inside there is an apartment about nine feet square in which a person cannot stand upright.
A person was once hunting rabbits convenient to this fort and the dog went in the opening and emerged on the side of a hill about a quarter of a mile away which goes to prove that the underground passages extended much farther than the boundary of the fort. It is believed locally that the fort is connected by underground passages with lisin na n-arm. The fort on Mrs O'Callaghan's farm is small and is used as a burial ground for still born children.
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Adjacent to the village of Conanagh in the parish of Kilmacabea townland of [blank] barony of East Carbery West Division is a large field called "the Bleach" owned by Mr John O'Driscoll. In an angle of this field there is a little fort called Lisin na narm which is circular in shape and about twenty five yards in diameter.
The public road from [?] to Rosscarbery passed by the fort and it looks as if a part of the lis must have been cut away by the making of the road. The embankment enclosing the liss is about ten feet high and is in a good state of preservation. According to local tradition a British officer after the Battle of Kensale was going on to the west with the intention of attacking the castles which still held out. He was met by the ODriscolls and McCarthys and a bloody battle was raged in this field which was fifteen acres in extent. Those slain in the battle were left so long without being buried that the local people called it "The Bleach" from the whitened or bleached bones of those unburied.
My informant never heard which side won the battle but the victors forced their opponents into this fort
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Lisheen in this parish is a burial ground for children. It is situated beside the Railway about a quarter of a mile East of Gort, in the land of Mr Farrell. It is approached by a narrow boreen, overgrown with briars and bushes, at the left hand side of the Railway station.
The burial ground is on a hill, and slopes West towards the river at Kininche. It is surrounded by a low wall on three sides now overgrown with bushes. The Railway wall forms the boundary on the fourth side.
At the left-hand side as you go in there is a tunnel. Long ago some of the older boys of the town now had a bad habit of "scheming" from school. A few of them one day "schemed" school and set out to explore the tunnel. They found it at first very dry but after a time they could see the water in front of them.
They thought they were as far as Coole Lake and they hastened back.
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All the king's horses
All the king's men
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intestines back again.
Then the well dried up and they say the well went to Craobach ban.
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There is a lios a few hundred yards from my house. It is in Imanebeg.
There are a lot of young babies buried in it. There are two big bushes right over these little graves. There is a hare in it and all the dogs and guns in the place could not kill that hare. There was a holy well there once upon a time. There was soldiers passing this way one day they took off their shoes and stockings and washed their feet and stockings. Then he let down his trouser and let all he had inside out.
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knocked him dead. The man lived happy after that again and he was never in trouble.
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The man heard this and he made up his mind to go there. One night a lovely queen landed on his tomb and she put him riding on a swan, and the swan flew away with him to deer Island. The magician took two beautiful eyes from a little deer that lived upon the Island and fitted them on the man. The man could [see] clear and bright everything before him. The man then went to the Aran-Islands and took crocks of water from the well there. He went to Ulster and cured the queen then. The queen gave him gold, silver, coaches, stock, everything he could wish. You may be sure he won't see a poor day in his life again. This day he was a going out for a ride in the coach, he met the man that took his eyes away. The man that was riding on the coach stretched forth a rod that he got from the magician and struck the thief with it and
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grave-yard; they left water and food and made a few air holes for him. This night a lot of wild black cats gathered over his tomb to hold a meeting. One black-cat said to the other have you any news, "Well I have - the queen of Ulster has lost her sight and it can't be restore in anyway only by the water of the blessed well that's hidden in the Island of Aran among the rocks." The man was listening carefully to this conversation all the time? Have you anews mew I have she said? something like yours. I was listening to men talking and arguing about which would a lie or the truth would go the farthest. And they were betting their two eyes on it. The man that bet on the truth lost and he lost his two eyes, and now he has no eyes at all. The only way he can restore his sight and eyes is to go to the magician on the [?] Islands and he'll get his sight
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first one we will meet, so they went on for some time and they met a man and they asked him which is it the lie or truth would go farthest, and he said the lie, and now he had his five cows lost. So they started betting again and one said, I will bet my two eyes the truth will go the farthest. "No" said the other man "I will bet my two eyes too that the lie will go the farthest. Alright so says the other lad. They walked on and they met a farmer. One of them asked him which would the lie or the truth would go the farthest and he said of [?] the [?] would. Now where is your two eyes out here with them now. The farmer and the man that bet on the lie brought the man that bet on the truth to the doctor to take out his eyes which he did. They laid the man in a stone tomb in an old
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2020-03-01 21:37
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Once upon a time there lived a man and he had two sons - and he had not much to do so he gave his sons five cows and told them to go and as they went along one said to the other, "I bet the lie will go further than the truth": No said the other man I will bet my five cows the truth will go the farthest. They will never do any good any one that tells the truth he said, and who will decide it said the other man. Oh he said, the
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There is a loisín a few yards from my house. It is in Imanele. There is a lot of young babies buried in it? There are two big bushes over these little graves. There is an old hare in this loisín and all the dogs and hounds couldn't catch it and its there yet. There is a holy well there also once. One day soldiers were passing by this well, they took off their stockings and shoes and washed their feet in the well. One of the soldiers let down his trousers and let all he had into the well.
And all the "Kings" horses
And all the King's men
wouldn't put his intestines
out of the well again?
The well dried up altogether they say the well changed to [??].
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one would not. Every thing was ready by this.
Next day they both set out for the lisin. They were a good while there before anything happened. At last the lisin opened, and out came the horses at a fine pace. The third horse came slowly, and the beggar man threw his ball right before her horse and it stood. The woman got off the horse and the horse disappeared at once.
All the neighbours were rejoicing with him in his happiness. The beggar man stayed with them happily for the rest of his life.
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the baby. At about three o clock in the morning a woman appeared him, and she wanted to take the baby from him, but he would not let her. He told her that his mother was dead, and that he was minding the child for his father. "I am his mother" she said, "the fairies [took] me away because my husband was very angry with them."
She also told him how her husband could get her back. She told him that herself and all the other fairies would be leaving the lisin in three days time. She told him that she would be on the third horse that would come out of the lisin. She told him to mix up tar and candle-grease, and make it up into a hard ball and throw it before her horse, and the horse would stand.
Next morning when he told Huane what he had seen and what she told him he was delighted. He went at once and made two balls, one for himself, and the other for the beggar man, because if one missed his shot the other
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piece he had built the day before would be knocked down. One day he was told that the fairies had a path into that lisin right through where he was building his house, and that it was the fairies that were knocking it. He began to swear and to curse. He defied the fairies and he kept on building his house. At last he had it ready for living in, because the fairies stopped knocking it.
The man got married and went to live in the house. A year afterwards there was a [baby] born to them, but a fortnight after that his wife died. He was in an awful way then.
He was very angry with anyone that would come in. One very wet night a beggar man came in. He begged for lodgings, and he said that he would mind the baby during the night. The man agreed to let him stay.
At about twelve o clock the man went to bed, and the beggar man sat beside the fire minding
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There is a lisin in Cullane which is about three miles from here. The old people called it lisin na [?] The field where it is situated is belonging to Michael Daly of Bolly boy. One night Daly was up watching a sick cow. It was about four o clock in the morning. He saw lights, and heard music. The lisin was about three hundred from the house.
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The lisin is like three saucers stuck together in shape. If a person stood on the highest part of lisin he could see three other lisins from it.
There are hundreds of small little hawthorn trees about a foot high growing all around the lisin. There are also many small graves in it. There is a part of the lisin that if you walked on it you think that there was an empty hole under you by the sound.
There was once a man named Pat Huane who was about forty years of age. He lived in an old thatched house about a half mile a below Cullane school. He had no land, and because of that he was very angry and was disliked by all the people. It came to pass that his old house fell. He bought a plot of land from a man named Michael Daly. He started at once to build a little cottage for himself.
Every morning when he would go to his work, he would see that the
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2020-03-01 21:19
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There is a lisin in bullane which is about three miles from here. The old people called it lisin na [?] The field where it is situated is belonging to Michael Daly of Bolly boy. One night Daly was up watching a sick cow. It was about four o clock in the morning. He saw lights, and heard music. The lisin was about three hundred from the house.
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1. Log an Lisin: A village half a mile east of Ballindin. Small round hole in Kivneen's field and now closed up. Large hole, 3 yards by 4 yards, in Hyne's field and surrounded now by barbed wire. Music like that of a fiddle was heard there. There are four high banks around it. Tom Hynes was once called three times from this lisin and when he did not answer or return stones were flung after him. A dog was often seen disappearing at the hole. Michael Hynes once saw the shape of a bucket spreading out over this field where the lisin is. Thomas Charles when he was a young boy once saw a man on his knees there praying. He had gone to this field in the dark one morning to get the donkey to go to a fair. He ran home crying. His father then went for the donkey but saw nothing. Children who were not baptised are said to have been buried in Kivneen's lisin. There are two distinct lisins in this village, one in Kiveen's field and one in Hyne's field, and these two fields are still called "the lisin."
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When Coraleehan R. C. Church was being rebuilt about fifty years ago, some of the stones used were procured from a quarry owned by Joseph McGovern (Frandy) and now belonging to his son John Joe McGovern living in the townland of Tullyveela.
One day as the workmen were quarrying out the stones, they came on a beam and scales in tolerably good preservation. There were several people there when the discovery was made, and my informant told me that they unanimously decided to leave the beam and scales back again in the hidden recesses of the rocks, where I suppose it still lies.
John Meehan of Garyfluigh (still living) who was one of the workmen, and who seemingly took a deep interest in the discovery told me this story.
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The Knockmore Kings (a surname).
When very young, I heard the following story from an old woman named Nancy Loughlin of Stralongford - a story in which her own sister - a Mrs Curran of Lannanariagh is the chief heroine.
John King and his brother Tom lived in the townland of Knockmore - Curlough parish. They were two very big and powerful men and great singers and whistlers. Tom died young about eighty years ago, but John passed away in living memory.
Some time after Tom's death, John, when standing in his own door, one bright autumn night, heard the wonderful clamour of people, as it were, coming up the glens down from his own house. A song then started and John King recognised the song and the voice of the singer to be that of his deceased brother Tom. Then a tune was whistled, which he at once recognised to be one of Tom's favourite tunes, and whistled in the same shrill manner and the very tonal key as that used by Tom when in life.
When the whistler and his merry followers were approaching close to the door, John stepped out on the street intending to bring in his brother Tom, but he just left his hand over on John's shoulder, as if to push him aside, leaving the mark of his hand on John's shoulder, a mark that never became obliterated during John's life. Several not long since passed away have seen this mark.
Well when pushing away Joh, Tom said, I cannot go in tonight, for we are just going up for Pat Curran's wife (the Mrs Curran above mentioned). The next morning the whole people of the locality were horrified to hear of the death during the night of this Pat Curran who was then quite a young woman.
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James McGovern - alias "The Captain" living in the town land of Tullyveela, told me of his father's experience one evening, when coming from seeing his sheep on the Ardmoreen mountains north of this school.
The old Captain - James's father, when coming down the face of the mountain, one fine evening towards the end of October, stopped to talk with an old man named Prior, who was covering up a heap of potatoes that he had dug during the day.
The slanting rays of the sun which to them was already set, were lighting up the face of the mountain so lately trodden by "the Captain."
On looking back our hero could distinctly see what he described as myriads of people moving about, in and out through each other, just as if going through the intricacies of a very complicated form of dance.
Jimmy told me that his father, then directed Prior's attention to what he saw. He never stopped to look, but replied don't mind those strange beings: I often see them myself, but it is better pass no remarks on them, and so my father turned his head in another direction, and hurried home thinking over the strange phenomenon.
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2020-02-28 15:21
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was music in my ears, and though the swarths were long they didn't last long, Micky affirmed.
Well says Micky or "the Blackman" after finishing my swarth, I got my scythe under my arm and walked back giving a shy glance at my helpers, as i did so, but knew no one. Of course I intended to start another swarth said Micky but there was none left - the whole of that 'Big Meadow' was down.
I then gave a look of delight on all I had mowed for the expected good weather, and as is usual with mowers, when they quit, I proceeded to whet my scythe before going home and my strange helpers also did the same, and they all then disappeared just as suddenly and as noiselessly as they came. I then went home says Micky a very contented man, went to bed, and slept soundly until 10 oclock as I wanted to give the sun time to dry the dew off the freshly-cut grass.
But in going onto the meadow great was my surprise to see that the swarth I had cut myself was all that was cut in the meadow.
The hero of my story lived in the townland of Pottore adjacent to the N. School bearing the same name. I knew "The Blackman" quite well, and he told this story to my father, to be absolutely true in every detail. I even know "The Big Meadow" above mentioned. But to my mind, the Fairies fooled "The Blackman" this night, or they just played a trick on him.
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2020-02-28 15:16
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flooded the whole country side with a dazzling night that almost converted night into day.
Micky didn't go to bed, so he perceived this and made up his mind now that all his neighbours had retired for the night, he would sit up and mow "The Big Meadow."
After his examination of the various signs of good weather that presented themselves Micky went into his house to take refreshment, and to rest for a while so as to be able to mow on during the night.
Well about 1 o'clock he got his scythe and betook himself to 'The Big Meadow' with the intention of having a good deal of it cut down for the scorching weather that he expected to follow such a lovely night, as also to give his sleepy neighbours a surprise next day.
At any rate says Micky I got as far as the meadow, and after divesting myself of coat and vest proceeded to whet my scythe - whistling a rather merry tune as I did so. But he went on I had hardly started the sharpening when I both heard and perceived thousands of men ranged along the sides of the meadow sharpening and whistling just as I had been doing.
I finished my whetting and looking round with delight on all my helpers, I dashed into the mowing as I was first, and didn't want to be left behind.
The noise of their numerous blades whistling through the grass, and the falling of the latter
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2020-02-28 15:08
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One dark wild night in December about 90 years ago a man in Crossreagh was going through Quilca which is about a half mile from Cross school and when he was near an iron gate he heard a noise and suddenly the gate opened and something shut it after him. When he went home he told the story to his people and some time soon after a neighbour accompanied him over to Quilca and they got near the gate it was opened and a woman dressed in white ran up to the parlor door and was never seen again. People think that the lady was Stella who used to come with Dean Swift on a visit to Quilca.
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One night, a man who would not work was passing a fort which is in Cross. He saw a little man in the fort. He gave the little idle man something rolled up in gold paper and told him not to open it until 10 years were up and to work well during that time and work was a good plan of getting gold. The man did that and at the end of the time he had plenty of money but he thought he had gold but when he looked it was iron nuts there. So he was as poor as ever.
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One dark night about forty years ago a man was coming from the fair. He met a woman about 2 feet high and she was dressed in red and she started to cry and scream. Then the man ran to a neighbour's house and the little woman went into the house and caught the man and brought him out and put a hump on him. Then she disappeared. Then the man went on until he came to a fort. He met a crowd of little men and they told him if he would sing a song that they would take the hump off him and so he did and they took the hump off him. Then he went home and he never stayed out late again but he never got over the fright.
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2020-02-28 14:33
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Once upon a time about fifty years ago a man in Ardlow went to live to a house in Killenkere. He did not know that the house was haunted until one night when he came home after being out in a shower of rain. As he was drying his clothes by the fire and suddenly the fire disappeared and when he looked round him he saw a lady dressed in white going up the stairs with a lighted candle in her hand and the man got so frightened that he went away and never returned to that house again.
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2020-02-28 14:31
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One dark Winter night, a man was coming from a neighbour's house in Corryrorke which was beside the road. When he went out on the road he heard the noise of a motor coming behind him. He looked around and suddenly the road was all lighted up. The man stood in by the side of the road because he thought it was a motor. When it came up to him it was only a big ball of light and he could hear the noise but he could not see the motor.
It kept on the road before him until it came to the gate where the man lived and it went through the gate without opening or breaking it.
When the man reached the gate he saw it disappearing up in the sky.
The man was afraid to go up the lane which was leading to his house. He stood at the gate until a man came up to him. He told the man that he had seen a ghost and he was afraid to go home. The man said "I will leave you at home."
When the man got home he said he would never go out late again.
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2020-02-28 14:28
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One Summer evening about 100 years ago a man who lived near Quilca lake. He was standing at the haft door of his house looking out at the lake shining in the sunset.
After a while he saw a boat full of women coming silently across the lake. They were crying and when the boat came to the shore it disappeared.
After a while he went home and in about a week he died.
The people said that it was coming for him.
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2020-02-28 14:26
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One windy night, the wind knocked a "lone bush" in a farmer's field.
The next morning the farmer cut the bush up in pieces and brought it home for fire wood. When he put some of the bush in the fire a spark flew out and burned his eye.
His woman put a cloth over his eye and when she was sewing the cloth she put the needle in his forehead and he got blood poisoning.
The blood-poison went through his body and he died.
This happened near Crossbane.
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2020-02-28 14:24
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One day I was passing a fort in Palmyra near my house when the rain was threatening and the wind was howling like a bean-sidhe, and I heard a voice calling.
I looked back but I could see nothing so I went on again.
Again I heard a second call but I kept on my path through the soft fields.
When I heard a third call, I turned back though I was very nervous.
As I came near the fort I saw an old white cow of Peter Larry's bawling to get home out of the rain.
It was she was calling me.
On another evening I was going home with my brother Phelem Lynch[?] and we both saw a great light around the fort. It moved to the road and went away in the distance.
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2020-02-28 14:22
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One Xmas Eve, a man from Cross was going home from a neighbour's house in Clonmacmara where I live and he saw a big black dog sitting up high in an oak tree.
He stopped to look at the dog and it spitted and snarled at him.
The man took to his heels and before he was gone 100 yards, the tree fell with a loud crash but the dog remained in it as the man saw, when he returned.
The dog followed the man as he went on his road home but when it saw the light it disappeared.
The man died in a few days and the neighbours say that the devil took the shape of the dog and that it was he was really there and not a dog at all.
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2020-02-28 14:20
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There is a lake in Quilca which is just half a mile freom where I live in the Hollow Lane, near Cross School.
The lake is beside the house where Dean Swift used to live.
One night a man from Crossreagh was going past the lake at 12 o'clock and he looked into the dark water and he saw THREE coffins floating up the lake with four candles burning on each coffin.
Soon after that, in the broad day light, an old woman was passing the lake and she fell in and was found drowned.
The man passed the lake again in the night after she was drowned but there were only TWO coffins floating in the water.
People say that two more people will be drowned in Quilca Lake.
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2020-02-28 14:16
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hissing sound disappeared by jumping straight up into the air. About two years later another motor-driver had exactly the same experience in the same place.
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About half a mile on the Milltown side of Dalgin village there is a very lonely road with great trees or high hedges on each side. At a place called Kirwan's Avenue - closed up now at each end - there is a dip in the road. This place is said to be haunted. In 1923 two people in a motor-car, which had stopped at the spot, were almost frightened to death one night when they heard growling as if of a dog inside the wall. Suddenly a very tall man of immense proportions, and dressed in knee-breeches and grey woollen socks, as was the custom many years before that, suddenly jumped over the fence almost on top of the car, and then with
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round it. There is another smaller fort about a quarter of a mile away. Inside in the middle of there is a hole and it is over grown with briars and bushes.
There is a big high bank around it and the fairies used come from one of the forts to the other by night. One year James Counihans father was ploughing the land and he thought of ploughing this fort. When he had the rest done he started ploughing the fort. He had not much ploughing done when he stopped and got sick. He went to bed and he was told he had fever by the doctor and all the family got it and the most of them died.
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Long ago there were fairies in a small fort owned by Counihans. This is a long time ago when James Counihan's father and mother and grandfathers and grandmothers were living.
Any night that a person would be passing the road they would hear the music of the fairies inside in the fort. The fort is about fifty yards away from the road. Every night the people used to hear them singing and dancing and playing music. When the people would go in to see them they could not see them at all. When the people would go in there next day they would find small little caps and hats and fifes that they had the night before for playing music.
A large fort is about two hundred yards below the fort. Long ago the people used to cut turf there before the water came there at all. The big lake was where Counihans cut the turf and the small bog was belonging to Jim Spillane.
The water came there first when the fairies came to the fort. There are a lot of bushes growing around. There is a high bank all
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2020-02-26 21:09
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There was an old man one time and every Sunday when the family went to mass he used to stay at home to mind the house. This day he was sitting within the house when a small little woman came in and asked him for a dish of meal. He went over to the dresser to get a dish and passed by a big one and took a small one. Give me the full of the big one and I'll pay you back allright he filled her apron with the big dish and she went off. Next Sunday she came back with the meal and he took and put it on one side. Why didn't you put it along with the rest of the meal it's all right. He never let on to hear her and she went away with herself. A few days after the servant boy was sent out to cut bushes and he cut a lone bush that was in field. The next Sunday when the man was house-keeping again didn't the little woman come to the house and she all cut and bleeding. Look what you have done to me says she. What did I do to you says he.
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2020-02-26 21:05
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A long time ago the Congested District Board were making a road through some land they were dividing in Ballyhowley. There was a lone white thorn bush growing in the passage they were making. None of the men employed would venture to cut the bush as they said it was a fairy bush. A pound note was offered to any man who would cut the bush.
An old man named Tom Lawless of Cloonlavish offered to do so. The first blow he gave this bush with an axe he felt his head very cold. He looked up suddenly and he saw all the hair of his head hanging from the bush. The bush was left standing after this.
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2020-02-26 21:01
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Once upon a time a man named Marin Kearns cut a lone bush in a field belonging to Martin Greene, a short distance north of this school. He sawed off the branches and brought home the trunk for firewood. At that time Martin Greene's sheep were going thieving into another field. He put the branches of the lone bush in the gap where the sheep were going out. After that one of the sheep went into the field, and when it was coming out one of the branches rolled on top of it and killed it. The branch was so light that if it fell on a chicken it wouldn't hurt it. But the old people said that it was some poor creature that got shelter from the bush that had its revenge ont he sheep because the bush was cut.
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2020-02-26 20:58
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About two miles from Clones on the road leading to Newbliss in the townland of Anmakilly, is a well called "St John's Well". The well is at the foot of a lone tree.
The owner of the well was ploughing the field, and a branch of the tree was in the horses' way. He went home for an axe to cut the branch. When he had the branch cut through to the centre, it fell, and at the same moment one of the horses fell dead.
The branch fell at the side of the well, and it is still to be seen lying there.
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to a place on the road called the end of Mellon's lane and opposite this place there was a fir deal tree standing out by itself in the middle of the field and it was built all round it [?] the butt. He saw a girl sitting on the building at the butt of the tree and he passing, and he called out to her to know what she was doing there. She made him no answer and he says if I go over I'll make you speak. He went into the field and he walked over to the butt of the tree where the girl was and he asked her again what she was doing there but she made him no answer. He opened his arms to catch her and what did he grasp but a coffin.
He went up, I believe, quite sober and called Jim Keogh, a matter of about a hundred perches up the road. Keogh got up and Connors told him what he had done. Keogh went back with him to the butt of the tree and the girl was there still. Connors apologised for what he had done and the girl told him to go his way and she told him that if [he] hadn't come back, she'd have killed him at that time the next night."
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2020-02-26 20:49
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You all know several places where there are lone bushes standing up in the middle of fields and they make ploughing and everything very "contrairy" and still they won't cut them down. Nobody will meddle with them.
There is one in the middle of Din Doyle's field in Knockatomcoyle.
There's a lone sgeach in Franey's of Mullins.
There is an ash tree and a sgeach grown side by side in one of Mrs Carthy's fields in Menvarid.
There is one in Blakes of the Parish and one in the field under it.
There are hundreds of others as well. 'Tis mostly a sgeac is there but I have seen lone ash too that wouldn't be meddled.
James Connors, Knockatomcoyle - Tom's grandfather (John the carman was Tom's father, well James was coming from Tallon's of Strathnakelly one night and he drunk. He came
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2020-02-26 20:43
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A Mrs Kiernan of Ardleny died leaving a little baby girl about a year old.
Mr Kearnan married again when the baby was three years old.
It is the custom to give newly married people "A time."
One of these parties was given at a house about a mile away.
Kearnan's house was built in a bog with only paths running to the neighbouring houses.
The Bride put the step child to bed and when she was asleep she and her husband went to the "party."
About midnight a tap was heard at the door where the party was held.
When it was opened, there stood the little girl. Asked how she got there, she answered "Mama brought me."
As the door was locked people still believe it was her dead mama.
Children of this child are attending this school.
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2020-02-26 20:41
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Ardleny Bush was very old. It was an Ash Bush. It spread out its branches and gave shelter in the time of the insurrection. The Finians got shelter from it. It was a landmark and it was uprooted in the year of 89. When it was blown down people came from far and near to see it. Pipers, fiddlers, dancers, came to the bush of Ardleny. As we hear in the song. This ancient bush is now blown down. It will never bloom again nor over the hill of Ardleny it never will be seen.
The young people gathered round it and footed while the pipes and fiddlers played music. Then the old men and women sat on the fences and smoked and talked and told nice stories to each other and listened to the music and dancing and they had a merry time. Isn't it a pity that old times aren't back to us again.
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2020-02-26 20:38
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There are "Lone Bushes" on many farms around this neighbourhood. There is none on our farm. There is one on Bernard Reillys hill and long ago a woman used to be seen sitting under the bush crocheting white wool. Nobody ever cuts "Lone-bushes" because they belong to the fairies. There is another in Phil Ma [?] "bottom" another on William Reillys rock, and one on James Donohoes rock, one in Frank Smiths field, another on Gormans rock. These are all the "Lone Bushes" I know.
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2020-02-26 20:32
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The following forts are found in the townland of Dundrochen in the parish of Donaghmoyne in the barony of Farney in the county Monaghan. a) Dunrocken fort b) Capra fort c) Steeles fort d) Drumbusty fort e) Duffy fort f) Eakins fort
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2020-02-26 20:31
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The following forts are all found in the townland of Drumacavoy in the parish of Inniskeen in the Barony of Farney in the County Monaghan.
a) Whites fort b) Kirks fort c) Drumlasty fort d) The scotch mans fort e) Round doe f) Agnews fort g) Finnigans Fort.
These forts are all of a circular shape.
There is a cave in the middle of the scotch mans fort.
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2020-02-26 20:29
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The following are all found in the Parish of Innishkeen Barony of Farney Co Monaghan.
a) Malones Fort, b) Goodmans fort, c) Garland fort, d) Kenny's fort.
In these forts there is a cave running through them. It begins in Malones fort and runs through Garlands and then runs through Kennys and then through Goodmans fort.
Entrances to Cave.
There are two Entrances to the cave, one entrance in Garlands and the other in Malones fort but nobody ever went down.
Situation.
All the forts are surrounded by trees and are situated very high up.
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2020-02-26 20:27
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4. The round doe fort. The round doe is a high mound of ground.
These forts are in sight of each other.
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2020-02-26 20:27
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The forts in our district, Drumlusty, in the parish of Innisheen, in the barony of Farney, County of Monaghan, are:-
1. Drumlusty fort.
2. Three forts in Carraig a Seoin field
3. The scotch mans fort,
4. The round doe.
1. Drumlusty fort. Drumlusty fort is a fort with a wall built round it, then there is a mound of ground on top of that, then it is level.
2. Carraig a seoin forts. Carraig a seoin forts are level with the field. There is bushes around them.
3. Scotch man's fort. There is a cave in the middle of the scotch man's fort. It is a high mound of ground.
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2020-02-26 20:24
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of his children became ill; late at night the door of the house was opened, and a brown hooded figure glided in and commenced caoining over the sick child. The man becoming exasperated seized the tongs and threw them at the 'Banshee'. It disappeared at once, the child got well and despite deaths in the family afterwards the 'Banshee' was never heard 'caoining' them afterwards.
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2020-02-26 20:22
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"The Banshee" is supposed to cry for certain people. Therefore when some families hear the Banshee crying they know that some one is dying belonging to them.
About a half mile from Drumlusty N.S. in the direction of Inniskeen, there are ruins of a dwelling house.
A man named Walshe and his family lived there the time of the '98 Rebellion. His wife died following the "caoining" of the Banshee, and soon afterwards two of his children became ill and died, each death being preceded by the "caoineadh" of the banshee. Soon afterwards another
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2020-02-26 20:19
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itself. There was a man killed at that spot some years ago by the name of Richard Farrell. His head was left up against the wall and the bush grew in that spot. There is another lone bush in Baile a' Bhochair.
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2020-02-26 20:19
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There are many lone bushes in my district. One of these is Molly's Bush which is about a hundred yards from Lisalway cross roads. It got its name from a person who was living there called Molly Mc Loughlin. The ruins of her house is to be seen there yet.
There is also another lone bush near the lios in Lisalway. This bush is said to have grown
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2020-02-26 20:17
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another great singer name James Bryan who is dead now.
There was also a famous dancer living in Lisalway called James Bryan.
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2020-02-26 20:16
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There are various things which the farmer has which can not be got in a shop. A mat is part of an asses harness. The straw is platted in two parts and it is joined together. It is used for under the straddle on the ass. Long ago there were heather brooms used for sweeping the floor. Now there are bought brooms used instead. The heather is not as long or as good now as it was then.
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2020-02-26 20:14
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There is a fort in John Gilheaney's land. It is of a round shape with bushes growing around it. It was supposed that the fairies lived in it long ago. There were many lights seen near it. My grandfather told me that once upon a time, a boy went to John Gilheaney's fort to cut a fishing rod and as he was cutting the tree it began to bleed. He brought home the fishing rod covered with blood. His parents did not know what to do, and they brought back the fishing rod and tied it to the tree they cut it from. The tree grew up alright afterwards. One night as my grandfather was coming from his ceilidhe, he heard music and dancing inside in the fort and it was all lit up.
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2020-02-26 20:12
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There are many herbs growing on my father's land. The herbs that destroy the land are the dockins, the nettle, the thistle, the red shank, soutch grass, whins and rushes. The thistle is found growing on good land and rushes are found growing on bad and wet land. The docken outs the sting of a nettle. People use nettles for turkeys. The red shank is especially found in the potato crop. All the herbs spread rapidly. In summer when the potatoes are scarced, the farmers out dockins and all sorts of green feedings for the pigs. Some farmers cut up whins and mix it with straw and oats and give them to horses.
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2020-02-26 20:09
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People say it is unlucky to cut a lone bush. I heard of a man and his boy who went to cut a lone bush it was in the night time. When they had the bush cut a black man came out and stood before them and would not let them bring it, the man and his boy sat on one end of the bush and the black man sat on the other. The man said over to the black man, I will sit here until morning and when the cock crows you will have to leave and so he did and when the cock crew the black man left. The man and his boy brought the bush with them. In my uncle's land there is a lone bush. Long ago every night that bush used to be covered over with lights.
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2020-02-26 20:06
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Irish people in this district always prepared to cut down lone bush or break branch off it. By a lone bush is meant a large bush almost as large as a chestnut tree of the whitethorn variety standing alone far away from a hedge. It is said that it does not possess them.
About 40 years ago there was a lone bush in a large garden owned by an old man called John M KELLAN, in the townland of Maplerarney - 1/2 mile from Smithboro. It was so old that it was rotten. M Kellan when cultivating his garden always left a circle about a perch in diameter at the roots of the bush, which he would not touch with the spade lest he should cut a root of the haunted bush. One day when he was away from home a neighbour man who used to play tricks on him to hear his bad language gave the bush a shake an it broke off near the ground and fell. When M. Kellan came home he cursed the person who interfered with his bush. The m[?] heard him predict that the bush would have its revenge. Some time after the man who knocked down the bush was cutting his own hedge when he was struck by a branch of a whitethorn bush and lost the sight of the eye
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2020-02-26 20:00
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Billy Treanor - went to Gortmore - John [?] two nice daughters. Billy liked eldest [?] from Graffa through Gortmore Bog and up a field of corn - autumn evenings - Robt Biggs, Henry O'Neil play trick - Billy [??] - so Billy when going home - the boys lay in corn - had ploughchain and [??] H Niall bashed for (nearcut) Billy went out heard groans - R Biggs [?[ rattled chains - Niall groaned and ran out of another part. Billy went forth and tried to [?], tried, failed, but prayed all the saints to save him
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2020-02-26 19:55
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Jack (Nail) O'Neil. Character. Mrs Ann Bai[?] servant in Kiladonnelly. Jack went courting her. She had a great head of curls. He talked through his nose and he called her "his cauliflower" - [??] separated - he went to England and brother asked him where he worked, gave him no information - he said "went round with the sweep."
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2020-02-26 19:52
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Wm Hall (Senior) Tatinagall Smithboro Monaghan (an old lady about 75) has a cure for warts on the hand. She cured my own child when the hand was almost completely covered with warts, HUNDREDS of them.
She burned something out of the bog and shook the ashes on the child's hand. Gradually day by day the warts sank until no trace left.
Doctors could not cure these warts - Mrs Hall is still alive.
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2020-02-26 19:47
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There lived a pair called Lamb (John and Mary) in Aughnarrallan. [?] nrother with one old cow taking murrain so I (Miss Elliott) went up the lane one morning and Ellen told me she had got complete cure - to frogs and I saw them pull out the cows tongue, jump the frog down cow's throat (cow died next day)
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2020-02-26 19:44
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Milking the [?].
On May morning when dew is on grass go out with tether - whirl it about and say - Come after me Come after me.
Man called Cassidy - he could cure the blinked churn - nail horse shoe on the bottom of churn - and he could show the person who blinked the churn the image of him in a bottle of water. The man Cassidy had the cure for cattle that were "blown" - they swallowed a derb in the water and you had to go to him, tell him and he would bring his coat and hit cow 3 or 4 times over and she would get better - a man who had this cure should be married to girl of same maiden name.
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Lone Bushes
Tiree
"The Lone Bush" - Eric Doogan - Scene Monaghan.
Hares. Miss Elliott SAW them - herself. I was going out to the grass field to milk - I saw 6 hares play just a game like "Tom Fool in the middle" round a lone bush in townland of Aughnamalla. Mr Wm. Auld cut this bush - two good springing heifers died that year.
Sally McNally an old housekeeper working for Captain Johnston in Thornhill - had a lovely daughter Henrietta - great ball given one night in Thornhill - she danced - went to the cook and took a drink of buttermilk died suddenly and this old woman saw her in the laurel walk afterwards with her skirt over her arm as they used to go. Followed the cutting of a lone bush on the ground (see [?]) sheep died at the same time and rolled down "[?] hill"
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2020-02-26 19:35
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Once upon a time, there lived in Corlis, a family called Lynch's. One night when they were all in bed except the woman of the house, a strange woman came to the door, and asked for the loan of a pot. When she got it she went away and returned after a while. The pot was as bright as silver when it came back.
The next night the same woman came and got the pot. When she came back with it the woman said she would follow her to see where she would go to. She followed her to a style near the forth. When she got there, the fairy woman said to her to look up at the beautiful tree beside her, and when the woman looked around she was gone.
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2020-02-26 19:33
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In a townland called Farnhall: which is about one mile and a half from Kilmurry, there was a lone bush growing in it one time. A man in that townland by the name Connelly cut it many years ago.
The old people say it isn't right to cut a lone bush. This man cut this bush for firewood. Where he had it cut he found he got a stroke of rheumatism and he still remains paralyzed.
Every night there is a light to be seen, and singing heard where that lone bush was one time.
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2020-02-26 19:32
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at the command of the king the soldier struck at the beam and at once it fell down and broke the king's neck and so ended the raid. The foundation of this ancient chapel can still be traced. Several large mounds are to be seen close by marking the site of an old graveyard.
A beautiful well beside the chapel supplies the people of these townlands with good spring water. This well is so small that it only holds about three gallons at a time but as quickly as the water is drawn it is full again.
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2020-02-26 19:30
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In the townland of Tooma, Aughavan, Barony of [blank] Co. Leitrim there once stood a chapel many hundreds of years ago; the ruins are still there on a farm owned by Peter KilKenny, Toome.
A Connacht King named Connor, came with a large army from the West to make a raid on Leinster, but when he came to the river, which flows between Tooma and Dromshanbo, known as the [?] or the Water-hew river, he could not cross over it as there was no bridge there at this time. The king rode up to the bank of the river and when he saw that his men could not get over he at once gave orders to them to get back to the chapel and pull down the roof and large beams in order to make a bridge over the river. He himself led them on; one of his soldiers struck at a large beam but he could not loosen it.
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2020-02-24 19:18
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they had John Kenny along with them. So Kenny is wandering about the earth ever since and can be seen on dark nights with a light in the bogs and goes by the name of "Jack o' Lantern."
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the first. The devil came back and had four or five companions with him to take away Kenny. They went in and asked him if he were ready this time. He told them to have a walk for themselves in the garden whilst he would be getting ready. They went out to the garden and saw the apple tree loaded down with fruit. They began to pluck but no sooner had they touched the apples than they were stuck there. Kenny came out after some time and asked them if they were coming. They couldn't move. The devil spoke and promised Kenny that if he released them he would never come back for him again.
When Kenny died and appeared at heaven's gate St Peter said "You are the man that got the wishes and would not wish for heaven." St Peter would not let him in. Then he went to Purgatory and they would not let him in there, they told him to go a bit lower and that he would find a place. He appeared before hell's gates and the devil said that he wouldn't let him in, that he had too many of his neighbours and that it wasn't a good account they gave of him, that bad and all they were that they'd be a thousand times worse if
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wished that an apple tree might grow in front of the door and that whoever went up to pull the fruit could never get down until he would tell them. St Peter said your third wish is granted. The Archangel whispered "Thrice a fool why didn't you wish for heaven?" When they left he was just as poor as ever.
One day the devil came in and said he would give him plenty of money if he promised to go with him in ten years time. Kenny said he would. The devil gave him the money and he went away. Kenny built a lovely house on the [backs?] of the old one. He ate and drank of the best, had a good time and never found the ten years slipping by. When the ten years were up the devil came back and asked him if he were ready. Kenny told him to sit down and light his pipe but where should the devil sit but on the armchair. When Kenny got ready he asked the devil if he was coming but the devil could not get up off the chair. Kenny agreed to let him up if he got ten years more. The devil agreed but Kenny did not find the second ten years slipping by no more than
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2020-02-24 19:10
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There was a smith one time who lived in the County Leitrim. His name was John Kenny. He had a forge near Correga cross-roads. St Peter and the Archangel Michael called into the forge one day. Their horses got lame coming along the road as they lost a shoe each. John Kenny was a poor man and he had no coal to make a fire. St Peter left his hand on the fire-place and it blazed up. Then Kenny shod the horses. When he had finished St Peter said to him that he would give him any three requests. The Archangel whispered to Kenny to wish for heaven but he wished for a lovely house instead. St Peter told him to wish well that he had only two wishes more. Then the Archangel whispered again to Kenny "You fool wish for heaven. " Then Kenny wished for an armchair and that any one who sat on it could not get up off it until he would tell them. St Peter said to him that the first two wishes were granted and to think well before he'd wish again. Then the archangel whispered to him "Twice a fool, don't be thrice a fool, wish for heaven." Then he
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on the back of his head until he planted the bush on the fort mound again. It is also said that the fairies buried their dead in this fort.
The old people say that farmers living near fairy forts sometimes come to great losses and sometimes they come to no losses. At certain times the fairies would take away a cow from some farm near the fort. The cow would perhaps be never seen again. After the cow being taken every four or five nights a noise like churning was heard. The next night after the churning, music, singing and dancing were heard. This went on for a period of time. After that the cow and perhaps two or three calves along with her were left back. On other occasions the cow was never left back at all. The owners of the land in which there are fairy forts situated never interfere with them as it is not lucky to have anything to do with them. It is said if the forts were interfered with the fairies would come back and any house that came in their line of march they would knock it.
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2020-02-24 19:02
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There are a number of fairy forts in the school district. Namely, Annaughmonan, Corduff, and Sunnaghmore. They are all forts. They are not in view of each other. They are circular in shape. Around the Annaughmonan fort there are a number of bushes. Around the Corduff and Sunnaghmore forts there are large stones and earth and some bushes.
There is a very interesting story attached to the Sunnaghmore fort. The old people say that an old man cut a tree off the fort mound. He brought the bush with him and put it in a gap. He went home and when bedtime came he went to bed. Next morning when he awoke he found that his mouth was on the back of his head. His mouth remained
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until she came out on the other side on Patrick McDermott's hill overlooking Mullinadane Lake.
It is thought that she was queen of the fairies and that all the other fairies went with her and that they were all drowned in the lough for there never was a fairy heard nor seen about Drumerkane fort since.
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almost as bad as before when she thought of leaving her cabin and go and live a fairy life.
The next day after as she was driving her cow out to grass when she was passing the fort she heard a buzzing sound at the foot of a tree. Thinking it sounded like a spinning wheel she drew near and there lo and behold you sat the little woman spinning and singing the following verse:
"It's little that Sally the ould dame
Knows that Riga Macawley is my name."
Sally passed by as noiselessly as she could, hastened home, and kept repeating the old woman's name so that she would not forget it.
The third day the little woman came with the thread, which she left down and said "I have my work done for you, can you tell me my name as you bargained." "I can," replied Sally. "Riga Macawley is your name." At that the little woman made a bound and went through the gable of the house like a cannon ball and left a very large hole in it. She flew away on the air until she struck Dromenkane hill, which she bored through leaving a cave after her
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and unable to spin. She was much annoyed as the gale day was approaching and she had no thread for the landlord. One morning as she arose after a sleepless night and after opening the door of her cabin she saw a little old woman hardly three feet high, standing outside and addressed her in the following manner - "The top of the morning to you Sally Rosemond, I always like to come and console an old woman in trouble." "Oh there is no trouble on me my dear woman," said Sally. At that the little woman grew two feet higher and seemed displeased with what Sally had said. "Do you think I am a fool," said she, "that I don't know the troubles of all the people for a league round the fort." Indeed, it's the old landlord that is troubling you, but I can relieve you of your distress if you only have patience." At that Sally said that she would be very thankful to her and the woman became small again. She said "Give me all your flax and I will have it spun into thread for you in three days and all I ask in return is that when I come back with the spun flax if you are not able to tell me my name that yourself and your cow will come along with me." Sally consented to this but after some time was
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shining brightly she went off to the corn-field with her hook and reaped all night. The second night that she was reaping she heard a ringing noise coming from the fort and looking towards it she saw a blazing fire and a bellows blowing it and a man making nails on an anvil; it was said that Felie McCabe was taken away by the fairies and he was so honest that he was paying the rent for his poor old widow. It was said too that the fairies were good to the old woman and so they should when they stole away her husband. One night Felie's widow disappeared and it was thought that the fairies brought her over to her son in England where she died some time after. In some years after this son came home to see the old homestead but he was much grieved to see the site of house and forge overgrown with shrubbery and weeds; he related his grief to my father and John O'Rourke of Breffni Ho. Aughavan.
There also lived another widow, Sally Rosemond near the fort. She was poor, had only one cow. She paid her rent by flax-spinning. The landlord took the thread in place of money. The woman became feeble
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2020-02-24 18:15
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Once upon a time a man named Felie McCabe and his wife lived beside Drumerkane fort. Felie was a mailer by trade and he came into possession of his house, forge and garden in the following manner: there were three farmers who lived in the district and they agreed to give him this piece of land upon which to erect his house and his forge on condition that he would make a set of hob nails for each of them yearly as rent for his house and garden.
He did a good trade and made a good deal of money but as the story goes he was always as busy as a nailer. When his family grew up they emigrated to England. Some years after the last of his family emigrated he got ill and died. There lived near the forge a man and his wife named Pat and Molly Cavanagh. They were poor and Pat went every year to Scotland to do the harvesting. Molly was left to care her family of five who were very young. When the corn ripened Molly had no one to reap for her but herself. She had to stay in the house during the day to mind the children as she couldn't bring them to the corn-field, as the sharp stubbles would stab them in eyes and face. So every night, when she got the children in bed and the moon
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too strong for him, he had to leave the country and go to France. Before leaving he warned his people not to put cart harness on the horse but forgetting his command they one day yoked it to a cart and it immediately fell dead.
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2020-02-24 18:10
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When Myles the Slasher was a boy his father's fields of oats used to be damaged by some unknown horse, the print of whose hoofs was visible. One night Myles concealed himself in the field of corn and was surprised to see a mare and foal swim out of the lake and commence eating the oats which grew near the lake shore. Myles succeeded in capturing the foal and bringing it home, he reared it at his father's castle in Augharan. This animal proved a good friend to Myles later on. The British who were then in occupation at Ballymagovern stole the horse but none of them could ride it. Myles, attired as a peasant presented himself at the English camp and told the general that he could ride any horse no matter how troublesome or fidgety it may be. The general agreed to give him a chance. When Myles got into the saddle he whispered into the horse's ear and quickly galloped home to Augharan.
Myles being a cavalry commander rode this horse at every engagement and it always brought him safely home. His enemies becoming
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them to the house at Fustane. Beside themselves with fear, they hurried on expecting to find that something terrible had taken place but when, breathless and gasping, they entered Patrick's house, he and his wife were sitting calmly by the fire having heard nothing. They told the reason of their visit and returned home stupified. On several evenings the same household heard the cry and sent inquiries as before to see if anything was wrong, but the family at Fustane heard nothing. Before the end of the year however, Patrick and his wife were in the grave and their young children were left to the care of relations who gave them shelter. The house at Fustane has never since been inhabited and the deserted farm is lying open to the neighbours' cattle. The orphans went to America and one still earning their livelihood in the Eastern States.
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2020-02-24 17:52
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In this district the belief in the bean-sidhe is still alive and the McCarthys and OSullivans claim that her weird call is always heard when one of their members is about to die. The following facts were given me by John McCarthy aged 65 (circa) of Cahir, Glanacought, Co. Kerry.
At Fustane in the barony there lived one Patrick McCarthy and his wife Bessie. They had a young family and were getting on as comfortably as their neighbours. John McCarthy, brother to Patrick, lived on an adjoining farm. The latter's house was about two miles from that of the former and between the two there was a stretch of coarse land called locally "the sliabh." One day in the eighties John McCarthy heard strange weird, heart-rending cries coming from the direction of his brothers house. Calling a servant boy to accompany him he set off across the sliabh to investigate and as they went on the cry got stronger and stranger. It seemed to circle around them and then withdraw to come back again stronger and more weird and mournful than ever. all the time it seemed to beckon
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be outdone however, and the new owner soon discovered that his bargain had not been a good one. Evening after evening the cow found her way to the old rendezvous and came to the stall already milked. Hedges or wires could not hold her back and finally she was sold to the butcher and killed for beef. The other cows on the farm never followed her example and the farmer took good care not to invest in a white cow again.
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day, her well-filled udder promised a heavy pail of milk, but when "Bawny" was driven in to the byre her paps were always found limp and empty. Her owner, a little suspicious of his neighbours, decided to keep his eye on the cow and next day he managed to find work within sight of her as she wandered through the field. No visible being interfered with "Bawny" and James hoped for a good supply of milk this evening. The cow disappointed him however and he could not make out what became of the milk which she appeared to have stored up as he passed her in the grassy field. Next day he kept a sharper look out and what was his astonishment when he noticed "Bawny" standing serenely at the mouth of this underground passage while her days store of milk flowed in even streams, pressed out by unseen hands. After this he made several efforts to keep her from the place but though he drove her to the farthest off fields the bewitched cow always managed to bring their colouring to the "good people" before sunset. The fences of his own farm were no barrier to her and James who had not divulged the story to his neighbours, decided to offer the animal to his neighbour across the road for a reasonable price. He thought no doubt, that two high ditches and a wide public road would break the spell that was on the poor beast, and so Bawney changed hands some days later. The "good people" were not to
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2020-02-24 17:41
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On the farm of James Maybury - deceased - of the townland of Cahir in this parish, there is an opening to a subterranean passage which is supposed to lead to a liss which I never have been able to locate. The local people say that the floor of this passage is strewn with human bones but of late years no-one has investigated the matter and the mouth of the passage is overgrown with nettles and briars.
There is a story which says that this James Maybury had a fine white cow called "Bawny". Every
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2020-02-24 16:27
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This lone bush that I am going to talk about is a white-thorn growing on the side of a steep hill called Drumhallown situated in the townland of Coroneary. This bush is about 18ft high. It is supposed to be very old as my grandfather saw it in his young days as it is today. There once lived an old man in this district who was very wealthy and lived on a farm of about one hundred acres. In the centre of his land he dug a cave in which he stored his money so as to secure it against robbers, who ravaged the country. To mark the cave he planted this bush over it. One day whilst this man was herding his swine on the hillside he was killed by some wild animal of which there was plenty in those days. Ever since that day the cave or bush is supposed to be guarded by an evil spirit and up to the present day 'tis supposed to be heard lamenting its master's death. People passing by at late hours of the night have heard cries around the bush.
When the field in which the bush stands is being tilled, the farmer who owns the field keeps away a safe distance from the bush lest he might incur the displeasure of the spirit who guards the treasure in the cave.
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Jaundice: Brigid Curran, Gurteen. Patrick Breen, Corglass.
Strain: Patrick White, Carrigallen. James Reilly, Corriga.
Deafness: James Keernan, Carrigallen.
Heartached: Peter Quinn, Leganomer. Mrs John O'Rourke, Camber. James Mulvey, Donaghmore. James O'Rourke, Corroneary.
Bleeding: Michael O'Rourke, Leganomer. Michael O'Reilly, Aughavass.
Worms: William Carroll, Corroneary.
Erysipelas: Patrick McLoughlin, Gabbs.
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or where she came from but she worked on in O'Neill's for a year. One day a poor traveller came to the door begging for food and the O'Neills treated him very hospitably. He said to the strange young woman when going out "May God bless you, many's the good bit and sup I got at your father's table." Johnny followed him out and asked him what he knew about her father. The poor man informed him that her father and mother lived in Co. Meath and were mourning the loss of their daughter, who suddenly disappeared a year previous. Johnny made his way to Co. Meath and found her father and mother as the poor traveller had informed him. He told them of the strange happenings. They at once started back with him and when they reached Legandmer there was a joyful meeting. The daughter however had not recovered her memory. Her mother started to comb her hair and in doing so she found a large thorn stuck in the crown of her head which she pulled out and just then her memory and senses came back to her. She explained to them that she was passing by a fort near her home and was taken into a carriage by the fairies and then her memory vanished. Soon after a happy marriage took place between herself and Johnny O'Neill.
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2020-02-24 16:16
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There is a fort situated in Leganomer about which many tales can be told. It is of a circular shape and covers less than a rood of ground with a white-thorn bush growing in the centre. Formerly this bush grew in the form of a cross but at present the cross-like shape has disappeared and the bush itself seems to be fast decaying.
There are many strange stories told about this fort. In the beginning of the 18th century a man named John O'Neill lived in a house near the fort and with him lived his wife and his son, John, who was a full-grown boy. About this time his father and mother were constantly telling him to go and look for a wife as he was old enough to be long married. One night as John went out on his Ceilidhe and in passing by the fort he met a carriage drawn by two horses. The driver called out "Johnny O'Neill! Do you want a wife?" Johnny answered that he did. Just then a beautiful girl stepped out of the carriage and gave him her hand and both walked back to ONeill's house. He informed his fathe rand mother that he had got a wife. His mother used to say that there was no girl around half good enough for him but when she saw this one she was satisfied. The poor girl, however, could not tell her name.
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2020-02-22 16:21
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Long ago it was said that there was a witch on Knockoura hill in a place called "Cumer Carn". There was a road going near the place where she was. Anybody she saw going through the road she used to attack and kill them. It is said that a witch could never go near any thing hot. One day a man wanted to go through this road and he did not know how to pass her. He got an iron bar and put it into the fire and he left it there until it was red. After a while he started on his journey and brought the iron with him. As he was passing the place the witch came as usual. He beat her off with the iron and after that she was not seen for weeks. After that she came again and a priest who heard about her came to the place. The priest read a book over her and she went westwards through the hill and down to the sea. She was never again seen afterwards.
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ten. When the man got up to go home the man of the house told him that he would convey him a part of the road. When they were passing a heap of bedding the old man saw a ghost playing in it while his companion could not see anything. Then he continued on his way while the other man turned back home. When the old man reached the door of the house he fainted. He never again went nightwalking.
Long ago the people were very fond of onions. One night a family were seated around the fire and they said they would have a feed of onions and potatoes. When they went to look for some onions they were not inside. Then two of them went to the garden for some. In their course they had to pass a liss. They went and pulled them and when they were coming back they saw lights in the liss and people jumping around. They got frightened and never passed there any other night.
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2020-02-22 16:14
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One night long ago there was a crowd of men playing cards in a neighbour's house. In those time they used to have the cock under the table. After a few hours one of the men pulled back his chair and the cock flew out with anger but was put back in again. Some one of the men said Something will happen. Then the Cock flew out a second time but was put back again. After another hour or so the cock flew out a third time and was dashed stone dead against the backdoor of th house and his blood spattered all over the house.
One night long ago an old man went walking to a neighbours house. At seven oclock they started to play cards and played until half past
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went into the yard and took off the wheels and broke the two shafts. When Puxley came up and saw the trap he was in a rage. Then he put some men out to see if he could find them, but it was in vain.
One time Puxley sent his rent collectors out collecting the rent. While they were collecting it they met a man from Clounaglaskin and they asked him for his rent. He said he had no rent to pay unless he would pay them with a few cattle. When they went back to Puxley they told him about it. He agreed to get some cattle in payment for the rent. The next day they went for the cattle. His rent amounted to £4. He gave them the cattle in payment for the rent. A few days afterwards the cattle came back home again and he kept them.
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2020-02-20 17:54
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The Land Lord in this part of the country was Puxley. A person would be evicted if Puxley heard that any one would be talking bad about him. One time there was a man in Clounaglackis by the name of "Mc Nally" and he cursed him. There was a family in Ardgroom by the name of "Gills," and Puxley gave them the place after Mc Nally.
Another time there were three men going to town and Puxley passed them with his horse and trap. The night was dark and they watched Puxley to see as to where he would leave the trap. He put the trap into a yard in top of the town and then went aways. As soon as he went away the three men
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Rounds are not performed now. A saint is said to have taken a drink out of it, but the saints name is not known. People used to be cured at the well. When people used to pass by the well they used always leave some relic behind (coins, pieces of Clothes etc) and even to the present day this is carried on. The well is almost covered over now with grass and heath.
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