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The following are a few of the past local pishrogues:-
(a) Some time ago, if a man met a red haired woman on his way to a fair he would turn back as he thought it was an omen of bad luck.
(b) It was also believed that a person entering by the front door of a house would bring all luck from that house if he left by another door
(c) The seventh son of a family, was beleived to have a cure for ringworm
(d) It used to be believed that if a person went into a house and they churning, he would bring away the butter if he didn't give a hand at (it) the work
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2019-07-21 03:29
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put it in a pot and melt it to give drinks to cattle.
One day a man let out a sheep and when he went to look for her he could not get her because she was buried in a high drift of snow. After a week the man was walking about the field and he saw a hole in the snow and he dug it up and there he got the sheep alive and safe.
Snow that is high in some places and low in other places is called "sneacra sguasibre"
About thirty five years ago there was a terrible thounder storm which did much harm. I heard about a woman and a boy who were coming home from the bog and they had two asses carrying cleeves of turf. The womans ass turned back towards the bog and she followed him. When she returned the boy and his ass were dead. The lightening having killed them.
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up and shut the door. As he did so a purse of gold was blown in to his face and he said "It is an ill wind that blows no body good"
Another storm which was nearly as bad happened about thirty-two years ago. People say it was just as bad as the big wind of 1839 but that things were better protected and there was not as much harm done but still trees were knocked.
Another storm which began when the people were at mass caused terrible disturbance. When they came out of the church they could see nothing but sheaves flying off stacks of oats.
In 1917 there was a great snow storm which occured oo the last night of January and which remained on teh ground until St Patricks day. It began when the people were in bed . It was so high that the people could hardly open their door in the morning. A person would not know the road from the field.
People could not let out their cattle. Most people had to bing in snow and
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2019-07-21 03:22
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In those days there were no banks and the people who had any money hid it in the roofs fo the houses and it was scattered around the country when the roofs were blown away. I heard of a man who lived near Castlerea with his son in an old cabin.
The storm raged around his cabin. He told his son to get up and put the bold on the door but his sone would not. At last the wind blew the door in and he had to get
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2019-07-21 03:20
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Trees were up-rooted and roads blocked by the fallen trees. The birds in their nests especially the crows were dashed against the ground and killed. This accounts for the scarcity of crows in this part in recent years.
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2019-07-21 03:19
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1. The old people tell us of a great snow storm which occured on the night of February 15th 1838. Many people and animals perished that night. The snow was up to the thatch of the homes, and the sheep were covered in the fields and had to be dug out while many of them were found dead.
2. On the night of January the 6th 1839 we are told great hurricane came- the most violent that was ever known. Many houses rocked and fell. The people ran into the open and sheltered behind ditches. The roofs were blown off their houses and strange to say- reached the ground in the same position as they were when on the houses.
The storm subsided about 8 a.m. and the smell of the salt water was in everybodys nostrils in the mourning the sea water having been lashed into the country from Galway Bay.
Hay and crops were carried away several miles. The river Suck was thick with hay and oats the following day and people tried to collect it with boats.
3. On the night of April 11th 1917 there was a terrible storm which was very severe in this district
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2019-07-21 03:12
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The village of Tubbermakee near Ballintubber, was a thickly populated village. There were eighteen houses in it, while there was only one house left after the famine. All the people were evicted from their homes.
There was a certain house and there was a young man dead in it. The Land Lord came and threw the house while he was over board.
The people left their curse on him and he was supposed to be seen haunting the place after his deaths.
There was another poor widow near Donamon in the Co. Roscommon and the Land Lord came to evict her and her children. She had a pot of indian porridge boiling on the fire and she asked him to leave her there until it would be boiled. He took the pot and threw it out and threw down the house.
After his death he was to be seen with the pot
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2019-07-21 03:11
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Castletogher castle and a white hare guards it. This hare would not allow anybody to touch the gold and he cannot be killed with an ordinary bullet. It is said that he runs through the village when a death is going to occur in it. People say thats it is Nuala that is in it all the time.
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2019-07-21 03:09
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In this village-Kilcooley in recent years three men showed themselves very brave heroes. On a windy day when everything was as dry as snuff a fire broke out in a swarth belonging to a man named Rushe. One the ditch separating his land from another farm a fine rick of turf had been almost on fire save for three neighbouring men- Martin Collins (Jnr) Kilcooley, John Tobin, Ballyglass and Martin Egan Ballyglass who fought the flames with the utmost bravery for three long hours. When that time was accomplished the fire was dead and not one sod of the man's turf caught fire. The owner of the turf who is Martin Collins Snr nicknamed Durken was very grateful as the turf is the most necessary thing in the home and is a thing very hard to rear.
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2019-07-21 03:04
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Williamstown, Co Galway who was able to swim with his toe in his mouth and his hand on his head.
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2019-07-21 03:03
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There was a man named Mike Flynn, from near
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James Hanley, Farm was able to jump a river which was twenty seven ft wide.
John McDermott, Brackla, and James Morgan, Farm were able to throw a hundred-weigh eighteen feet.
Tim Grady was able to jump fifteen feet high and he was able to catch a hare by running after him.
Jim Leary, Kilbeg, was able to lift two half hundred of flour in each hand over his head and then hit his two hands together.
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2019-07-21 03:02
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His name was Peter Griffin. He was able to carry a sack of oats which was two and a half curts in weight up a ladder which was twenty ft high in a mill.
Told by Michael Larkin (60 years), Trainboy, Ballymoe
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2019-07-21 03:01
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There was a man named Willie Burke living in Ballymoe. He was able to carry a five curt bag of salt on his back from the railway station of Ballymoe to Ballymoe town which was a distance of two miles.
There was another man who lived in Castlerea.
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2019-07-21 03:00
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A man named Charles Kelly, Ballintubber was able to jump a height higher than himself.
Martin Doyle Bookla could mow an acre of meadow in one day.
James Dowling, Roscommon, used to hold out his hand and hold a five stone weight in it for five minutes. This man could jump a wall seven feet high.
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2019-07-21 02:57
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This man knew Andy Lavan from Co Mayo who was able to lift a lintle of iron weighing seven curts. He used to rise it two feet of the ground. This same man was able to catch a hare by running after him. Also he was able to throw a stone two hundred yards from where hed be standing, and he could also mow two acres of oats in the one day with a sythe.
Mrs. Hussey who lived in Cloonlaragh carried two curts of oat meal on her back from Castlerea to her own house in Cloonlaragh.
Mrs Brennan wife of John Brennan said that she heard of a man who lived in her village Tubber. He was Michael Fahey and he lived there about fifty years ago. In one day he mowed two and a half acres of oats. This man was able to wrestle any man in the parish.
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2019-07-21 02:52
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God Bless Good Friday the day on which our Saviour died nailed to a cross from the cross to his hands, His Heart was bleeding sore. His tender Mother standing by with a dreadful cry and a Heart full Sore.
Amen.
Lord my God I am sorry and beg pardon for all my sins and I detest them above all things because they deserve Thy dreadful punishment and most of all because they offend Thine infinite Majesty and I firmly purpose by Thy holy grace never more to offend Thee and carefully to avoid the occassion of sin.
Sweet Mary Christs Mother you may be at my head St John the Apostle may be at my feet Jesus messenger with Christs oil may be to me in time to put a seal
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2019-07-21 02:50
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all the soup. He was sorry now when he had the goose eaten because he said to himself that they would have nothing for the party.
Lucky enough for Tom they had a goose hatching and he brought her in and killed her. Without ever plucking her he put her in the pot to boil. At last, he went to the barrel ans drank a mug of porter. He din't know how to turn off the tap and all the porter ran along the floor. He said his mother and wife would get all wet, and he got the bag of (oats) loaves and put them here and there all round the room as steps.
He thought that the eggs on which the goose was sitting would be cold and he sat on them himself.. When the mother and wife came home Tom was still on the eggs and when his intended wife saw him she turned away and went home leaving Tom to his mother.
LW
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2019-07-21 02:49
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Once upon a time there was a man who wanted a wife. So, one day he sent his mother looking for a wife for him and she got one for him. The next day they bought the wedding. They bought a barrel of porter and a bag of loaves and the mother killed a goose. Next morning she went for the woman. Before she went she left the goose down in a pot to boil and she told Tom who was a foolish sort of a fellow to look after everything until she would return.
When she was gone, Tom looked at the goose to see it is was cooking alright. The steam burned his finger and he put it in his mouth. He thought the soup tasted good so he took up a mug of soup and drank it. After a while he got very hungry and he went to the pot again and took up the goose and ate her and he drank
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2019-07-21 02:47
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I often heard the story of Naula Na Midéog which I am now going to relate. Nuala Na Midéog resided in Glinsk Castle in which is an oven in the wall beside the fire-place for roasting men alive. There is a hole beside each window through which shots were fired.
One time a crowd of men were gathered around the castle trying to capture her but instead she captured some of them and roasted them in the oven. They planned a trick by which they succeeded in catching her.
They made an artificial soldier and put him on wires and then surrounded the castle leaving one door for an entrance. Nuala shot at him, he fell back but got up again. This continued for several
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2019-07-20 07:53
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some time after that the hatar was seen floating on the water, this name is also given to the village. In Thomas Keavneys land, Turla ballymoe Co Galway there is a field called Gleann na [?] "The field of Hurls" it is that long ago the different villages usto play hurls against one another. Their is also another field in upper Turla it is coll it is said long ago there was a great wood in it and robbers dewelt there, this field is now owned by Malachy Murphy Turla, Ballymoe, Co Galway. In Martin Ryans land there is a stream called ahan it is in Ballyglass Kilsalla Co Galway.
In James Flanagans land, Ballyglass Kilsalla Castlerea there is a well called "gaire Lucais". Their is an old bush in Michael Hartes land it is called Crann an Oir it is called this because it is said that gold is hid under it it is in the village of Ballyglass, Kilsalla Co Galway.
LW
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2019-07-20 07:23
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At the present day there are many old places which are noted for certain things in the past. In this district there are many of them such as Poll An Aifreann it is said a priest usto say mass in it in the penal times It is in Mark Keavneys land, Kilcooley, Ballymoe, Co Galway it is also that the chalice and the other sacret vessels are buried under a bush in Michal Hartes land, Ballyglass, Kilsalla, Castlerea, Co Galway. In Patricks Coneaughs land in Turla, Ballymoe Co Galway there is a stone called "Cloe Urnage" long ago people usto pray on this stone his house is now built in this field. There is a hole in williamstown, Co. Galway it is called Poll An Aostar it is called this because once upon a time a man came to it to give a drink to his horse he was on horse-back and when the horse saw the water he bean to rear and both of then fell in and got drowned
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2019-07-19 09:39
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now. There was another house in Castle Togher and the man who ownes was John Greene, Castle Togher. Williamstown, Co. Galway. There was another house in Castle Togher and there is a bed in the kitchen it was a very small house. This man was not poor he had a cow and a good piece of land and some money. Long ago the people used to keep the cows and the hen's in the end of the house. There is another old house in Knockadonnell, and the who owner it is Pat Connolly. Knockadonneillys Ballymoe Co. Galway. He does keep hens in the end of the house he is a loft in the house
LW
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2019-07-19 09:37
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Long ago in my district the people had old thatched houses and some of them had houses built in the ditch for instance. Brigid Quinn Ballyhaigue, Ballymoe, Co Galway. It was built with, sods and old sticks, and she used to thatch it every six months. There was another old house built in the same way his name was Andy Marnells, Ballyhaigue, Ballymoe, Co Galway. There was another house in Tubber his name was Martin Wynnes, Tubber, Ballymoe, Co Galway. It was built with stone and mortar. There was another house in Ballyhaigue and the the man was who Michael Keaveney, Ballyhaigue, Ballymoe, Co Galway, and he changed into the new house in Ballyglass. There was another house in Knockadonnell, and the man who owened it was Patrick Conboy, Ballymoe, Co Galway. It was a slated roof but it is knocked
LW
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2019-07-19 09:34
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There are many tailors in this district which I know of for instance Edward Lyons Ballyhiague Co. Galway is a good tailor he makes clothes for mens and boys he also makes over coats for men. There is another tailor namely Luke Boyle Turla Ballymoe Co. Galway he used to make clothes for boy but he does not make them now. There is another tailor in Bookla Ballymoe Co. Galway namely Michael Connaughton. This tailor makes clothes for both men and women he also stocks cloth.
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2019-07-19 09:29
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Long ago there lived a widow and she had one son and he was silly. One day she sent him for a needle to a neighbour house and when he was coming home he was carried on a load of hay and he put the the needle in the load of hay and he could not get it. When he went home his mother told him the next time he got a needle to put it in his jacket.
The next day she sent for a pound of butter. When he got the butter he put it in side his jacket and when he went home it was all melted. His mother told him that he should have put it in between two leaves of cabbage.
The next day she sent him for a can of water and he put the water between two leaves of cabbage and
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2019-07-19 09:25
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soldiers on his way to Roscommon. There were two swans on the lake where he used to fish and they stayed there until they died. Crann Com is still standing but the people are not allowed to cut a branch the old people say it would bleed. There was a large hole in Kilcooley Ballymoe and he used to read mass there also. There is only one person in the district called after him and he is Croan Keegan Ballyglass Ballymoe
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2019-07-19 09:22
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The saint of this district was St. Croan. He was a priest in this parish long ago when the penal Laws were in force. Our school and the grave yard are called after him. There was a lake in Michael Heartes's land Ballyglass Ballymoe and there he used to fish in a boat. The lake is dry now but in the winter it rises. He belonged to a family of the Egans that lived in this parish. He used to read Mass every day in the chapel every day.
When he used to have mass finished he used to leave the mass book and chalice under Crann Con in Michael Hearte's field Ballyglass Ballymoe. The chalice was made of silver and lined with gold. He never worked any miracles for the people. After reading Mass he used to go down to another priest that lived in Roscommon. He was killed by
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2019-07-19 07:57
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Almost in every house in my district there is a churn. I have a churn at home and it is many a time I made a churning with it. This churn was made by Thomas Dowd, Glinsk, Ballymoe, Co Galway, and it is nine months old.
It is about two feet and a half in hight and the bottom and top is about one foot wide. This is a machine churn and some people calls it a head over heel churn. My mother makes a churning about twice a week. There is an old story told about churning and it is this. If you were making a churning and a man to some in and light his pipe and to go out again
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2019-07-19 07:55
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37 Fine feathers make fine birds.
38 Rome was not built in a day
39 Wilfull wast makes woful want.
40 Many hands make light work
41 Two many hands makes spoil the brath
42 Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you
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13. A change of work is as good as a rest.
14. A rolling stone gathers now moss.
15. Sleep is a brother to death.
16. Practice makes perfect.
17. Its easy light a quenched coal.
18. God's help is nearer than the door.
19. No matter how humble it be there is now place life home.
20. Hunger is good sauce.
21. The devil you know is better than the devil you don't know.
22. All that glitters is not gold.
23. A stich in time saves nine.
24. A closed mouth catches no flies.
25. Old tunes are sweetest old friends are dearest.
26. Deep waters run smooth.
27.What isn't worth asking isn't worth getting.
28.Don't judge the book by the cover.
29. When it rains it pours.
30. He who says least says best
31. Empty vessels make most sound
32. Speak of the devil and he will appear
33. Birds of a feather flock together.
34. Unity is strength
35. United wee stand divided wee fall
36. Better late than never
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There is also a holy well in Tom Keegans field Ballyglass Ballymoe Co Galway. This well is called "Tobar na Slainte". It is surrounded by white thorn bushes. There is a well also in Thomas Clarkes field, Ussey, Ballymoe, Co Galway. One day a woman was washing clothes in it. She threw down the clothes into the well and as soon as she did so the well disappeared.
Written by joseph Finnegan
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Ballymoe Co Galway and his name was Michael Morgan this man managed to live out during the Famine years he used to get Indian meal from the land lord but one day he was gone out and his brother Martin a leap, put down the Indian meal and when it was done he took it up and he ate too much and when his brother came in he was dead
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2019-07-19 07:43
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In the famine times the people suffered severely from the hunger and much sickness. There was a man called "Sanford Wills" and one day he set up boiler in the market square in Castlerea and made Indian meal porridge and any Catholic that was to get a feed of this porridge had to change his faith and he would be fed. Many people changed their faith and got back to be Catolics again. During the famine times the people were only able to get two (only) ounces of tea one stone of flour ounces of sugar. In the T, famine times the people had to shake the potatoes and harrow them into the ground but most of them did not grow. There was a man living in Pullac.
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2019-07-19 07:40
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be found in this distinct Edward Marnell Ballyhiague Ballymoe Co Galway was another great poet.
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2019-07-19 07:39
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In this parish long ago several men composed songs about different happenings in this parish. James Tiernan Ballymoe Castlrea Co. Galway composed a song about a fight that was on the road to Lisnageera in the year nineteen hundred and eight. The name of the song was The Road to Lisnageera and this song has ever since been sang in this district. He composed another song and its name was "The Congested Melodeon." The young men in Bookla joined together and bought a melodeon.
Martin Walshe Bookla Ballymoe Co. Galway composed a book of poems and songs about his district. This man died in America a few years ago. His books are to
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Local Song Continued
Says Ody Shief come out of that
How dare you spoil my yankee hat
But very soon he was lying flat
On the road to Lisnageera
Says Michaeal Shiel it isn't right
When we have drink that we should fight
We should go home so nice and quiet
Like men through Lisnageera .
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Coming home from school the other night just jogging on so nice and quiet I heard a man to shout for light. On the road to Lisnageera I crossed the wall the truth to tell and saw the boys that I knew well says one of them "you can go to hell" we're the boys from Lisnageera.
Too-ra lu ra lu ra lu you never travelled with such a crew you'd get a black eye and maybe two. On the road to Lisnageera.
Mr. Joe was the first his voice to rise he shook the stars up in the skies but very soon he got a hise on the road to Lisnageera. Up spoke Jack Fahey so fine and tall he swore his oath he'd kill them all and like a shower of hail you'd see them fall on the road to Lisnageera.
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2019-07-19 07:33
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them. The three parts of Ballyglass are straight in a line so that one could see the other at any time. Hares and rabbits that lived in those forts changed into stones when they were ran after by hound.
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In this parish forts are very common and they are all circular in shape. There are about ten of them in this district. They are big mounds of earth with big old trees growing on their banks. There is a big fort in Patrick Tarmey's field and it is on a hill. It is situated in Ballyglass and around about it is a big ditch.
There is another fort in Tom Burke's field and it is long in shape. In it there are big rocks and big old trees growing on its banks. Long ago the fairies were heard in it There is another fort in Dan Flanagan's field in Ballyglass The people of this parish never sloughed the forts or sowed crops in
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2019-07-19 07:30
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hare comes here every morning and takes all I have. Will he come this morning said Donagh. Yes said the giant he will be soon here now. In the next moment the hare was at the door. Be off said Donagh and he running after him. He caught the hare and ordered to give the giant all his belongings. The are changed into stones aroud the forth Change them back again he said. The fairy struck them with her wand and the were immediately changed into there former shape Then he took them to the giant go bills and went back to the king.
The king then told him that he had to clean the bed from three savage wolf-hounds that were never let out. Donagh went out and opened the door. The wolfs grinned at him but struck the three one blow. They then bursted out and Donagh done the work. He ran after the hounds and brought theme back. The next morning Donagh asked the king would he marry his mother. No said the king she is too old and ugly. At that Donagh to stick and struck it in the kings and killed him. So ends the story of "Donagh of Ireland"
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him. So the king told Donagh that he had to go to hell for bills and books which he himself forgot to bringn. Off he went and when he came to the place he went in and ran the devils out with his iron walking-stick. Then he looked for the bills but he not get them. Then he looked under the taole and whow was there only the devil that was in the mill and he sitting on the bills. He struck him with the stick and took the bills and went back to the king.
When he came back, the king told him to go to the giant who lived there below. Off he went but when he came to the house he could see no door only one in the roof. He stood out from it and gave one jump and in a second he was in the hands of the giant, but Donagh got the best of him. Then they began a friendly conversation. Donagh asked the giant who lived with him at first but the kings giant said that himself and his family were there but the faries of yonder forth brought them all and that a fairy
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kill him. So he told Donagh to go and mill a bag of wheat. Off he went and when he was going in the Devil went to kill him but Donagh onely took him by the horns and threw him out.
When he had it done he brought the flour home to the King. Then the king sent him to a giant with three heads and to take a horse load of the golden slates which covers his palace. He went off and when he came to the palace and he jumped to the slates and began letting them fall into the horse-cart. When the kings giant came out he told him to come down but Donagh said he would not. The giant then took the cart and horse and threw him at him but Donagh threw it down and killed the horse and knocked the giant. Then he came down and put the giant under the cart and made him carry the gold slates to the king.
The king was greatly pleased then but yet he wished to kill
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one knee and broke it. He then said go again to the black-smith and for every pound in the last one make him put a stone in the next one. She went once more and told the smith. When he had it finished she took it on her shoulder and started from the forge, but she had to rest every ten yards and it was very late. He tested it on his knee and he said it might do.
He then went to a cleeve-maker and got him to make a very big cleeve. He then put rushes in the bottom of it and put his mother into it and went to the Kings palace where expect to make a living. He left his mother in a house near the palace and went to it himself. On his way in the guards went to stop him but he struck one of theme with the stick and killed. He also killed the next then the rest ran away and in he went. The King wished to kill him because he thought he woul kill all his soldiers. The King had a mill which was owned by the [?] Devil at night and the King thought if he sent him there that Devil would
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2019-07-19 06:55
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In Ireland long ago there were a period of laws called The Penal Laws. Under those laws Catholics were not allowed to practice their religion and they suffered very much. If a priest was caught saying Mass his head would be cut off and sent to Dublin. All those laws were made by the English. So that in this way priests had to say Mass in deep pits. There are of some of those pits still to be found in certain places. For instance in Mark Keavney field Kilcooley Ballymoe Co Galway. This pit is called Poll an Aifrinn. In this pit there is a white thorn tree and under this tree the altar was situated. There is a village near Glennamaddy and the name of it is Gluin. Because the track of St Patrick's knees are on a hill near by.
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Martin MacCormac is famous for wicker work also, he makes scibs and cleeves out of sally rods. At present he lives in the village of Castletoher, Williamstown, Co Galway. John Mac Dermot of Tobinstown Ballymoe Co Galway could also make skibs and cleeves out of sally rods. There were an old craft to catch wild birds. In the dusk of the evening a man would carry to the bog the makings of a stook of oats when he would arrive at the bog he would set up a stook, and he himself would hide under it, after a while the birds would come and start picking the grain, as the birds would pick the straw would noise and the man would not be heard moving then he would strech his hand and catch the nearest bird, this he would do every evening and catch a bird each evening.