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Marriage Customs Continued
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There is a little ryhme made about lucky and unlucky days. It is as follows -
Monday for health
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday the best day of all
Thursday for losses,
Friday for crosses
Saturday the worst day of all.
Received From
James Strain.
New Houses,
Dunleer.
He received the information from - Mrs Strain.
New Houses,
Dunleer.
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Marriage Customs Continued
1. Long ago the people had funny customs, they would tie a boot on the back of the car for good luck.
2. They would also break a bottle of wine on the step of the door before entering the house.
3. It is the custom that no person should get married in lent or on Shrove Tuesday. People say it is unlucky to get married on a Saturday
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2019-11-02 12:19
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Ardee Rd
Dunleer
Co Louth.
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Saturday the worst day of all.
3. It is also said that it is unlucky to get married in May or June.
After the marriage a feast is usually held. In olden times it is believed that when the couple was entering the new houses a bottle of wine was broken on the door step for luck. Some times also the windows of the houses are illuminated with candles.
Received From
Patrick King.
Ardee Rd,
Dunleer.
He received the information from -: Mrs King
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2019-11-02 12:17
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Marriage Customs.
1. It is known that in former times people believed certain days to be an-lucky to get married on. They also believed that certain customs should form part of the ceremony.
2. This is a rhyme which people had for days of marriages. It might apply also to other meanings apply also to other meanings such as days for leaving a house. It is as follows -:
Monday for Health.
Tuesday for wealth,
Wedensday the best day of all.
Thursday for losses,
Friday for crosses.
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2019-09-29 12:28
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If you throw water out after midnight some person in your house will drown.
Bernard Gaughran.
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2019-09-29 12:27
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It is bad luck to lie on a table.
Bernard Gaughran.
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2019-09-29 12:27
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the body where the sting is and say:
"Dockin, Dockin, in and out, take the sting of a nettle out.
Bernard Gaughran
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2019-09-25 14:15
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Blood stains on a window pane mean a death to the house.
Bernard Gaughran.
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2019-09-25 14:15
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It is unlucky to see the new moon through glass
Bernard Gaughran
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2019-09-25 14:15
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A horse hair (of the tail) if left for nine days in water becomes an eel.
Bernard Gaughran.
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2019-09-25 14:14
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If you bathe on Whit Sunday you are sure to be drowned
Bernard Gaughran.
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2019-09-25 14:14
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The Fairies of Fane Valley.
In Fane Valley there is a mount which belongs to the fairies and every night they hold their dances and feasts on this mount.
The people of Fane Valley firmly believe that if anyone tills the land on this mount, the fairies will injure them.
One family called Grimes tilled this land about fifty years ago and inside of a year, there was not one of them left.
Told by :- D. Carmody,
Fane Valley.
John Cooney.
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2019-09-25 14:11
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White river froth cures warts.
John Cooney.
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2019-09-25 14:10
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Dandelion juice will cure warts.
John Cooney.
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2019-09-25 14:10
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Asses milk will cure whooping cough.
John Cooney.
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2019-09-25 14:09
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Told by -: James McEvoy
Hidden Treasure
In a certain room in Cuchulainn's cave in the Deer Park which is a half-a-mile from Dundalk - there is all Cuchulainn's armour. Nobody has yet found the cave. It is guarded by one of Cuchulainn's soldiers. The person who wants to get the armour will have to kill that soldier.
John Joe McEvoy
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2019-09-25 14:07
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Games
In autumn when the chestnuts are on the trees the boys go out through the country gethering them. When they come home they make holes in the chestnuts and they pull a string with a knot on one end through them.
Then two boys meet and one say to the other "Hick-hack, first three." then the other boy holds up his chestnut for the first boy to get three cracks at it with his chestnut. If he breaks the other nut he says; "That's the conqueror of one".
Told by James McKenna,
McSwiney St,
Dundalk.
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2019-09-22 11:06
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If a spark comes out of the fire you will receive some money.
John Cooney.
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2019-09-22 11:06
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If you put a fallen tooth under a stone you will get money.
John Cooney.
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2019-09-22 11:05
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If your nose is itchy you will be in a fight.
John Cooney
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2019-09-22 11:05
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If a picture falls in your house there will be a death within the year.
John Cooney.
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2019-09-22 11:04
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If you eat "soill as tra" (flaggers or leaves of yellow iris) you will acquire a stammer.
Bernard Gaughran
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2019-09-22 11:04
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If swallows "count your teeth" (come close to your face as to look into your mouth) you will die within the year.
Bernard Gaughran.
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2019-09-21 14:39
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When old people's corns are sore we may expect rain.
Bernard Gaughran.
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2019-09-21 14:39
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If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, we may expect a wet summer.
Bernard Gaughran.
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2019-09-21 14:38
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Swallows flying high means that there will be good weather, and swallows flying low means that there will be bad weather.
Bernard Gaughan.
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2019-09-21 13:05
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Pirate Byrne's Treasure.
Pirate Byrne, who lived in a castle where the house of Cuchulainn once stood, is supposed to have hidden some of his money in a cave under the castle. This cave is connected with another cave in the Deer Park, but the passafe is now blocked up. It is possible that in that cave there are chests which contain Pirate Byrnes money.
Told by:- Mrs. Gaughran,
20 Hill St.,
Dundalk.
Bernard Gaughran.
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2019-09-21 11:53
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this man is 82 or 83 he still thatches houses. The only implements this man uses are the "whale" and the "baucken". The "baucken" is a short stick about 18" long with a handle on it and with this he makes a hole in the thatch. He then shoves in some straw and beats it down with the "whale" which is a piece of wood about 2 1/2 feet long curved on one side and flat on the other. This is implement has a short handle and is very like a cricket bat.
Told by:- Mr. D. Carmody,
Fane Valley.
John Cooney.
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2019-09-21 11:50
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It is said that if you kill a weasel your fowl will be killed.
Told by:- Mr. Carmody,
Fane Valley.
John Cooney.
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2019-09-21 11:49
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To cure a whopping cough wear a red ribbon (round your neck) given to you by your godfather or godmother.
Told by :- Mrs. Cooney,
16 Park Avenue
Dundalk.
John Cooney
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2019-09-12 18:22
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When a large number of seagulls settle in a field, it is a sign that there is bag weather coming.
Told by :- D. Carmody,
Fane Valley.
John Cooney.
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2019-09-12 18:21
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When wild geese go back to the sea, good weather is coming.
Told by:- Mrs. Verdon,
5 Fair St.,
Drogheda.
John Cooney.
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2019-09-12 18:20
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About fifty years ago a man named Copas had a cat called Felix. One day the cat ate the meat which was for the man's dinner. Then the man found that the cat had eaten the meat he lifted a spade to kill the cat but to his surprise the cat said: "Don't kill poor Felix and I'll never do it again." With that the cat ran out and noone ever saw it again.
Told by :- Mrs Copas,
61 Dublin St.,
Dundalk.
Oliver Crossan.
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2019-09-12 18:18
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Dundalk
Oliver Crossan.
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2019-09-12 18:18
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About the year 1740 a number of priests on the run were passing through the Demesne and they had a lot of gold and silver. There were soldiers close behind them. A priest named Fr Duffy hid the gold and silver in a case in the Demesne so that the soldiers would not get it. It has been left there because the people thought the priests would curse them if they took it.
Told by:- Mrs J. Copas,
61 Dublin St.,
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2019-09-12 18:15
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If a person has a whooping cough he should pass under the belly of piebald horse and in three
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2019-09-12 18:15
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In Dundalk there was a place called "Gallow's Hill" because there was a Gallows on it about 140 years ago.
Told by:- Mrs Jane Copas, (80)
61 Dublin St.,
Dundalk
Oliver Crossan
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2019-09-12 18:14
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12.12.38
Wakes: The chairs on which the corpse is left outside the house are immediately turned down the coffin is lifted to be taken to the graveyard. The belief is that if this is not done there will be a sudden death in the house soon afterwards. If done there will be no death for seven years.
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2019-09-12 18:14
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Local superstitions: -
It is believed to be unlucky around the district to refuse beastlings = (the first milk the cow gives after calving) when offered them as it brings ill-luck to the cow and the calf. Another belief is that the vessel in which a gift of beastlings is given should be returned unwashed.
It is also believed to be unlucky for the household if a cow has more than one calf at a time.
If the man or woman of the house dies all the farm stock should be changed, otherwise it was believed they will not thrive
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2019-09-09 19:26
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9. Fig 1 represents the badge which the Fieldstown girls made to wear on St Patricks day. The big cross was made out of eight little crosses which were made out of tinsel paper or green ribbon.
10. Fig 2 represents the badge which the Tenure girls made for St Patricks day.
[specimens of Patricks Day Crosses
worn down to about 1905 in Tenure Co. Louth.]
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2019-09-09 19:23
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No 2
Customs connected with
St. Patricks Day.
1. At present the children of Tenure wear shamrock on St. Patricks day.
2. The old people wear shamrock also.
3. The men wear the shamrock on their caps on the left hand side and the women wear it on the fronts of their coats.
4. About quarter of a century ago the girls of Tenure made their own badges in the school to wear on St. Patricks day.
5. They used to get pieces of white paper and cut them into a round shape.
6. Then they used to sew on two pieces of green ribbon together in the shape of a cross and sew it into the round piece of paper.
7. On St Patricks day the girls of Tenure used to wear those crosses on their shoulders.
8. Mrs Connolly who now lives at Tenure said that when she was a girl she lived in Fieldstown and that the girls of Fieldstown used to make badges.
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2019-09-09 19:19
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Churning
Butter milk is used for baking bread and feeding pigs.
One time there was a woman who used to give milk away for nothing. She used to get no butter on the churning and she could not make out what was wrong. Somebody told her it was unlucky to give milk away for nothing and she began to charge for the milk.
She used to get a good amount of butter on the churning then. People say it is unlucky to give milk away for nothing.
Some people put a pinch of salt in the milk to help to make the butter if they are getting the milk for nothing.
Anyone who gives milk away for nothing never has milk to spare and anyone that is very hard about milk always has plenty.
Collected by Vera Matthews,
Pepperstown,
Ardee
Got from Joseph Matthews,
Pepperstown,
Ardee.
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2019-09-05 15:45
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Castle is not inhabited now.
Nothing is left but a high square turret. The Taaffes were a powerful family for hundreds of years in the parish of Kilsaran. But the family is not in this parish now. The castle was not inhabited to the memory of any living person.
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2019-09-05 15:44
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14th Dec 1938
Drumcastle Stone fort
There is a stone fort in Drumcashel, parish of Kilsarian Barony of Ardee, Co. Louth. It is one of the largest in Ireland. It is on a high ground. It gives its name to the townland Drumcashel The ridge of the stone fort.
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2019-09-05 15:42
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6th Nov 1938
Roadstown Castle
From Rev. J.B Leslie MA
Roadstown Castle was built by the Taaffes, a family that are in Ireland since the Norman Invasion. It is in the parish of Kilsaran, Barony of Ardee. The
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2019-09-05 15:41
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pugilist to go meet him. The pugilist dressed in rags and went up to the house to beg without removing shoes and stockings. Gernon met him on the avenue and demanded that he should remove his shoes and stockings. The pugilist refused whereupon Gernon struck him. They fought and the pugilist conquered.
This taught Gernon a much needed lesson, and after that no one had to remove his shoes when approaching the house.
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2019-09-05 15:21
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16th Sept., 1938
Castlebellingham
From notes of Rev Canon J.B Leslie, at present living at Kilsaran.
This was formerly called Gernonstown after the Gernon family. They came with Strongbow to Ireland and settled here probably in the 13th Century. The family continued to live in the district within living memory
A curious story is told concerning the last of the Gernons of Gernonstown. No tenant was allowed to walk on his avenue or enter the house without removing shoes and stockings. The tenants resented this, and hired a
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2019-09-05 14:48
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after my death or else mark this (a hand holding a bludgeon)
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29th July 1938
The Protestant Graveyard of Stabannon
From notes of Rev. Canon J.B. Leslie M.A at present living at Kilsaran
The protestant Church and graveyard at Stabannon is mentioned as long ago as 1344. The last protestant vicar was Rev John Grahame BA who died in 1863. Nothing of the church now remains except a square tower or belfry, but people are still buries in the graveyard.
A strange inscription in the Protestant graveyard of Stabannon
O'Gorman :-
Erected by Arthur O'Gorman, Taylor, in memory if his wife Mary Corr, who died in the 60th year of her age 1831. Don't open this grave 36 years
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2019-09-05 14:38
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Spinning
An old woman lived at the pound in Kilsaran. Named Sally Flynn. She came originally from Co. Cavan. The poor woman would go round the hedges gathering the wool left by the sheep. She would spin it then
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2019-09-05 14:37
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for generations before that by people named McGinn.
The rod iron was made in Ardee. They made slater's nails and shoemaker's nails. They had little moulds into which they would make the spike of the nail. Them they would hammer out the head. Then the War came they had to give up making the nails as they could not get the iron.
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2019-09-05 12:48
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Doctor's in CB.Ham on one occassion. The Doctor and his wife were out no one was inside but the maid. She said she would let Paddy wait for his penny. Paddy after knocking a few times said, What do you mean? Do you think I hae nothing to do but wait for you here all day.
Another story about him was that he missed his usual visit one week at the stationmaster's (Mr Hall, C.B.Ham). Mr Hall came out and gave him a penny. He looked at the penny and said :- I think you're forgetting that I didn't call last week
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2019-09-05 12:43
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30th June 1938
Crafts
Nailers
Told by Aaron McKenna
C.B.Ham
There were nails made in C.B.Ham up to the Great war and
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2019-09-05 12:41
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15th June 1938
Another travelling man
Paddy Peadar. (Thornton)
Told also by Aaron McKenna
C.B.Ham.
Paddy Peadar was a travelling man or beggar man around here, he died about three years ago in Dundalk hospital.
He had his regular places of call. He would get a penny at each house. He called at the
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2019-09-05 12:09
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that he got drunk in.
C.B.Ham one day. He also had the donkey on this occasion.
The boys unyoked the donkey and having put the shafts through the bars of a gate yoked the donkey on the other side.
When Paddy came he got a saw and cut off the two shafts of the cart. He must not have been very intelligent.
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2019-09-05 12:07
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Paddy Rodney (Callan) died about thirty years ago he lived at Pollrock Stabannon Co., Louth
He was a tinker who used to go around the country. The boys of the place would often play tricks on him. Here is one of the tricks they played. He came home drunk one night and he was unable to get out of the car. Some os the boys saw him. They unyoked the donkey, brought him into the house and upstairs. Then they took the wheels off the cart and carried them upstairs. After thus they put the wheels under the cart again, and yoked the donkey upstairs. When Paddy found the donkey yoked upstairs. He could not understand it. He was terrified and thought it was a warning to him never to drink again and he never did.
Another story about him was
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2019-09-04 11:10
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6th June 1938
A character around here
Paddy Rodney (Callan)
Told by Aaron McKenna
C.B.Ham Co. Louth
aged 71
Retired brewery traveller
Personally remembered
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going to rain the dog is seen to eat grass. If the fire blazes up suddenly without any apparent reason it is a sign of a storm. Sometimes we can see objects on hills very clearly so that they appear to be very near. This is a sign of rain. The ducks quack loudly when rain is coming. Clouds of midges are observed when rain is coming. If the smoke ascend straight into the air fine weather is to be expected but if it is low and blowing about we may expect rain.
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2019-08-31 18:11
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some wind at the same time the weather will be stormy.
If the seabirds come inland it is a sign of rough weather. If crows are seen to glide along and then swoop down suddenly it is a sign of rain. Some birds, such as curlews and peacocks utter a peculiar loud cry when rain threatens. The flys attack the cattle when rain is coming. The North Wind brings snow in Winter. When the wind blows from the East it is not good for man or beast. If the Sun is hazy it is a sign of rain. If there is a circle around the moon it is a sign of rain. The nearer the circle the nearer the rain.
The south wind brings most rain to this district. When the stars seem to be twinkling it is a sign of frost. Then bad weather is coming, the cat sits with his back to the fire. When it is
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2019-08-31 17:00
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Cure for Erysiples
There was a family named Mulroy, of Mullin's Cross, Dunleer, Co., Louth who had a cure for Erysiples or the Rose. Take bog water from the bog at the full of the moon. Wash the affected part with the bog water at the same time saying some prayers. (He couldnt remember any of the prayers"
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2019-08-31 16:58
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Signs of the weather
Told by Laurence Geaskin
Sea Bank, C.B.Ham, Co. Louth
Aged 84 years
Occupation: Carter
If the sky is very red when the Sun is setting and there is
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2019-08-31 16:56
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walk home.
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father, Thomas McKenna
Heard story 50 years ago
Father aged 40 then
A man named Nicholas Hand was going home one night to Mullin's Cross, Dunleer. He had a lot of drink taken. When he was passing the fort of Greenmount he got weak and lay down.
A small man came out of the fort and asked him what was the matter. He said he couldnt go any further. The fairy told him to take a Colstrom (ragweed) and put it between his legs. He did so and the Colstrom turned into a calf and started off at a great pace. The fairy had told him never to speak while he was on the calf. The calf went on till he came to the Boyne over which he jumped. That was a powerful jump said Nicholas. No sooner had did he open his mouth than the calf turned again into a Colstrom, and Nicholas had to
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2019-08-30 14:53
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Stories About Fairies
13th May 1938
Told by Aaron McKenna
C.B.Ham, Co. Louth
Aged 71 years.
Retired Brewery traveller
Born C.B.Ham
Spent life between C.B.Ham and travelling round for brewery
He heard story from his
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Cure for Whooping Cough or chin cough.
Obtained from same source
My Father made his three children walk under a donkey three times in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. This cured them of chincough.
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the victory and to provide Larry with something new to regale his admirers in the local and neighbouring village halls the "Victory Song" was composed by a parishioner but on copies of the song in circulation it is recorded as having been "Composed and sung by Larry Regan" and the latter modestly accepts credit for it - indeed he is firmly convinced at the moment that it is his own production. At the recent presentation of medals Larry's rendering of the song made him the hero of the occasion. Her it is :-
1. The championship is over + the Darver boys have won
Knockbridge put up a gallant fight but were beaten two to one
I enjoyed the game immensely and the spirit of the play
Was sporting, clean + healthy + a credit to the day.
2. I've followed Gaelic football since a boy of tender years
And many a hard fought game I've played with Newrath Volunteers
But the display of the Ireland's 9 honestly must say
Was in many ways superior to the games of my hey-day
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disguise themselves. They used make horns by breaking the bottom out of a bottle. When blown into these would make a loud sound. They would be received well and given drink and food. They would seldom cause any trouble. They would be allowed to dance with the guests.
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Rise up old woman and give us a treat
A treat, a treat, for every man
Up with the kettle, and down with the pan
Give is some money to bury the Wren
Pockets of money and barrels of beer
I wish you all a Happy New YEar
After the rhyme is chanted the Wren boys generally get money, and (generally) some pudding or cake.
James Jos. Morgan (Age 12)
The Bungalow,
Whitehouse,
Moortown,
Dromiskin,
Dundalk,
Co. Louth.
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hardly say that the Christmas dinner is the nicest dinner of the year, we do have turkey, goose, pudding, mashed potatoes, ham, and lemonade, with it and when the pudding is being shared out everyone gives a cheer. Then comes St Stephens day on which the big boys of the neighborhood join in bands, and go round with the Wren. Long ago the boys used to kill a Wren, and suspend it from a bush, but now that habit is not practised, the boys feathers from the bush instead. Here is the rhymes which the Wren boys chant.
The Wren, the Wren, the King of all birds,
On St Stephen's day he was caught in the furze
Although she is small her family is great
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On Xmas Eve and sometimes before it all the children search the country for holly and ivy to decorate their houses with.
Midnight mass is held in Dromiskin church every year on Christmas night. The majority of the children in this parish await the coming of Santa Claus on Christmas night, and they hang up their stockings at the foot of the bed for Santa Claus to his presents in. Late in the night Santa Claus comes, and brings his presents with him and he puts them into the children's stockings very careful not to waken the children and he slips away again as carefully as he came in. Christmas morning comes, and all the family go to Mass wishing every one they meet a happy Xmas, and a prosperous New Year. Christmas cards are exchanged between the people of this parish and their friends and relations. I need
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Xmas + St Stephen's Day Customs
Christmas is welcomed with the greatest of joy by the people of this district every year. All the people of this parish are very diligent in their work especially the women at the approach of Christmas. The woman of the house makes a pudding at the approach of Xmas every year, and we all know that the pudding which is the greatest characteristics of the season could not be done without. When the pudding is completely made it is generally suspended from the ceiling and it is not taken down again until Christmas Eve. All the shop windows in this parish glow brightly with gaily covered decorations every year at the approach of Xmas.
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Name and address of the man who told me the story
Mr James McKeown,
Moortown,
Dromiskin,
Dundalk,
Co Louth.
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A Mysterious Occurrence.
There is a man called James McKeown who lives on the Canal at present. He was coming over the canal one morning at one o clock from playing cards. He had a pack of cards in his pocket and while he was walking and whistling at the same time suddenly he head chains rattling behind him. When he looked behind him he could see nothing. In a few minutes after that the pack of cards went on fire in his pocket and after that he never carried any playing cards since it happened.
My name Vincent Mohan,
Commons,
Dromiskin,
Dundalk,
Co Louth,
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that the man had cloven feet. John had two vicious dogs at home, and each time he would win a game afterwards, he would let a whistle for the dogs. The man noticing him whistle often, asked, "why do you whistle so often." "Just because I am in a good mood," said John. Time wore on, and at length the dogs came. John arose and said, "Put him away". The dogs leaped at the man, and instantly, man, table, cards, and chairs, went away in a blaze of fire. The following morning John arose and found his two dogs lying dead.
Jack Kinahan
Dromiskin.
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Playing cards with the devil
Here is a Ghost story that occurred i this parish some number of years ago :-
The late John Toole of Dromiskin was one night coming home from playing cards. On his way home he had to pass through a thicket. When he entered the wood he saw, behind a big tree, a man seated at a table. As he approached him, he arose from his seat, and asked John to have a game of cards. "Certainly" said John, and immediately they began to play. In the middle of a game, John let a card fall. As he bent down to pick it up, he noticed
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Thomas Farley of Dromiskin (29 years) Bernard Kerr of Dromleck (60 years)
My name James Murtagh.
Dromiskin,
Dundalk,
Co. Louth.
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What I saw one Night.
On the 12th of May last year when I was going on a message for my father to Castlebellingham station I saw a fairy. She was about three feet in height and had very small shoes and wore a black shawl. She crossed the road in front of me and disappeared out of sight at once. The road which I saw the fairy on is called the Drumleck road. She walked out in front of me above MR Jeffer's lane. The time which I saw the fairy at was about five o' clock. Many other people saw the fairy at the same place. Here are the name of them Miss Grimes of Drumleck (25 years) Patrick Kinahan of Drumleck (50) and
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Millown. When Mrs Mullroy was dying she left these charms to her son Michael Mullroy and he did wonderful work with the charms. People came from far and near to him to be cured and when he was dying he was giving those charms to my Grand-father and he would not take them.
My name: Petr Murtagh,
Whiterath,
Dromiskin,
Dundalk,
Co. Louth.
Name and address of man wo who told me the story
John Murtagh,
Whiterath
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left her home safely before morning. In a week or two after that the Land-lord came round for his rent, and she refused to pay it. "Well" said Land-lord "if you refuse to pay the rent get out of this house." Then says Mrs Mullroy "If you put me out of this house, I will put a pair of horns on you". The land-lord did not believe her "Well" said she "if you do not believe I have a pig round here and I bet you the rent of the house, I put a pair of horns on the pig" She put the horns on the pig. Then the land-lord got afraid and says she "If you go near any house in Milltown for rent or to put the tenant out a pair of horns will go on you surely. After that the land-lord never came around
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Fairy Story
In Milltown some years ago there lived a woman in an old mud house which stands a hundred yards from our house. Her name was Mrs Mullroy. One night her husband was out very late, and at 12 Oclock she went to the door. She had just the door open, when a aside car pulled up at the door and took her away to Fairy-land. Then she went, there was a girl there that she knew, and the girl told her not to eat anything or take any money, or she would never get home again. She did what the little girl told her. The fairies offred her various kinds of food and she refused it. Before they left her home they gave her charms, and then they
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Mc Guiness answered "Monkey's upon my conscience". I have heard this story told many times by the fireside. People say that it was a fairy train that these men saw.
My name, James Morgan,
The Bungalow,
White-house,
Dromiskin,
Dundalk,
Co. Louth.
Name and address of name who told me the story
Mr James Morgan,
White house,
Dromiskin,
Dundalk,
Co. Louth.
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Fairy Story
My father told me that years ago a man named Peter Murtagh and a farmer named Nicholas Mc Guiness (the Lord have mercy on them) were coming home from Annagassan one night, and just as they were approaching Whitehouse cross they heard many squeaky voices. They crouched in the ditch in case they might be seen. From where they hid hey could hear the voices coming nearer and nearer until a number of undersized men wheeled into a field called the Big Hill. Peter Murtagh in his excitement asked "What are they", and
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1. For Sprain: - rub with Chickenweed.
2. For Warts: - a) rub with water taken from hole in stone.
b) rub black snail on them.
3. Sty in Eye: - Get 10 gooseberry thorns & throw on away, then point the other 9 to the sty & make the sign of the Cross, saying, "In the name of the Father, etc.,"
4. A Cut:-Place a leaf of the herb rosenoble on it.
5. Whooping Cough:- Get a red tape from your Godmother, wear around your neck.
6. "Beeling" (festered wound):- Chop up leaves of
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Cures.
It is said that if a person with toothache went
to a certain spot in the corner of the Pump Field (Whitworth's) & knelt down prayed for
2 hours on each of 3 successive days, he would be cured.
{Supplied to john Sullivan by his Uncle Jim Sheridan
The Merches, Blackrock, Dundalk.}
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Churning
There are different kinds of churns. They are dash churns barrel churns and round churns.
There are not many dash-churns in this district.
We have a churn at home. It is a round one.
Its height is twenty one inches and the width is eighteen inches. Its sides are round and it is about ten years old.
The various parts are called the crib the lid the stands and the screw.
When the milk gets cold for churning some boiling water is put into it.
When a stranger comes in and the churning going on they take a twist churning.
The reason they help is because when they are leaving the house the people would think that they would take the butter with them. The churn is worked by hand.
The churning takes about a half an hour.
When the churning is finished the butter is lifted out with saucer or sometimes with a stranger.
Collected by Kathleen Mc Eneaney,
Tallanstown,
Ardee.
Got from Mrs Mc Eneaney,
Tallanstown,
Ardee.
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2019-07-21 13:24
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Old Cures
There are still some old cures. Here are some of them. The cure for the mumps is to put an asse's winkers on the person with the mumps and lead them in and out three times to the pig sty saying "Hucna Muena" "Leicna Muena" the cure of Leicna. The cure for the Chincough is the leavings of two people of the same name married.
A ferrats leavings is supposed to be the cure for the chincough also.
Collected by Kathleen Mc Enearney,
Tallanstown,
Ardee.
Got from Thomas Mc Enearney,
Tallanstown.
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2019-07-21 13:20
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whiskey and not much food and to darken up the room.
The cure for warts is to get a black snail in its shell and rub it to the warts and then hang it on a bush and while the snail is dying away the warts will be wearing also. There is another cure for warts also, it is to get ten very small pieces of bacon and rub each piece to the warts and bury them in a box and according as they are getting rotten the warts will be wearing away.
Collected by Kevin Morgan,
Churchpark,
Ardee.
Got from Mrs Morgan,
Silver park,
Ardee.
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2019-07-18 11:10
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Old Cures
It is supposed that there is a cure in Philipstown graveyard. There is an old wooden skull and it is always full of water and it is supposed that there is a cure of the chin-cough in it. The old cure for the mumps is to go into an ass's stable and put on a pair of ass's winkers and go under an ass and the mumps will go away.
There is a holy well in Louth Hall and there is a cure for ore eyes in it.
Collected by Colman O Brien,
Tallanstown,
Ardee.
For from Mrs O Brien,
Tallanstown,
Ardee.
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2019-07-18 10:58
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Old Cures
The cure for the measles is to take a drop of
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every three to it at once and then throw them away.
Collected by Mat Woods,
Kilcroney,
Louth.
Got from Mrs Woods,
Kilcroney,
Louth.
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2019-07-18 10:57
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Old Cures
Most diseases which are hardest to cure arise from bad colds namely Scarletina and Whooping cough and many others. Anyone whose father and mother are alive can cure the mumps. They get donkeys winkers and put them on the person with the mumps and they walk in and out of a pug sty three times making the sign of the Cross and saying three Hail Mary's every time they come out of the pig sty.
Warts are cured with Caustic. Methylated Spirits cure chillblains. The real cure for the Toothache is to get it out but some people cure it for a time with oil or cloves. Gold cures wild-fire
Anyone whose father and mother alive can cure the sty. They get ten gooseberry thorns, throw one away and then put
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mumps and walk in and out of the pig sty. Another cure for the mumps is to walk in and out under a Hankey.
The cure for warts as to gut some rushes in a bog and rub the sap of them to the warts and then bury the rushes. When the rushes not the warts will fall off. The cure for Chillblains is to wash them in hot water.
Collected by John Mc Geeough,
Corballis,
Ardee.
Got from John Mc Geough,
Corballis,
Ardee.
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2019-07-15 18:32
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Old Cures
A cure for a cold is to take a drink of butter milk which has been boiled. A cure for the Whooping cough is to get a red string from your God Mother and tie it round your neck. Punch is the cure for the Measles. The cure for the Mumps is to put a donkeys winkers on the person with the
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2019-07-14 11:46
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nothing remained but the starch.
Collected by Colman O Brien,
Tallanstown,
Ardee.
Got from Mrs O Brien,
Tallanstown,
Ardee.
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Potato Crops
We have an area of potatoes growing at home. My father gets ready the garden for the potatoes and I help him.
The ground is manured when it is drilled. The drills are made with a double plough. The spades are made in Wexford. The seed is cut with a knife and lime is put on them to dry them. The neighbours help dropping the potatoes are wed once and moulded twice and sprayed twice.
The most of the potatoes are taken out with a double plough. Some of them are taken out with a digger. The potatoes are stored away in pits and covered with straw and clay.
Collected by Patrick Matthews,
Pepperstown,
Ardee.
Got from Joseph Matthews,
Pepperstown,
Ardee.
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sufferings of the poor. The names of the diseases which followed were cholera and typhoid.
Collected by Colman O'Brien,
Tallanstown,
Ardee.
Got from Mrs O'Brien,
Tallanstown,
Ardee.
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Famine Times.
The population before the famine years was double to what it is now. All the old houses of the present day are still in existence from the time of the famine.
When the blight came first a known spot was seen on the leaf of the plant and soon the leaves was covered with spots. They then fell off. The potatoes were taken out of the field and placed in pits. It was then they decayed.
The year after a man would dig for days and days before he would get a sufficient quantity of potatoes to make a meal for his family.
When the potatoes failed the people eat boiled turnips and nettles. Anyone who had seed corn brought it to the mill and got it ground into meal.
Collected by Mat Woods,
Kilcroney,
Louth.
Got from Mrs Woods,
Kilcroney,
Louth.
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2019-07-14 11:45
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people were eating grass. America sent a ship of Indian meal to Ireland.
The English Government gave no help until the famine was nearly over, then they gave an amount not large enough to be expended on public works.
Collected by Katie Crawley,
Kilcroney,
Duffy's Cross.
Got from Mat Crawley,
Kilcroney,
Duffy's Cross.
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Famine Times.
The famine did not affect this district much. There are not much old stories about the famine.
There are no ruins of houses in the district that were knocked down at the time of the famine.
The people had no food to eat except the ship load of Indian meal that the American Government sent over.
Collected by Larry Farrell,
Lissrenny,
Ardee.
Got from Hugh Hoey,
Lissrenny,
Ardee.
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2019-07-14 11:44
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Old Graveyards
There are five old graveyards in the parish. There is one in Philipstown one in Tallanstown one in Churchtown and two in Charlestown. They are still used. Some of them ar square and more of them are round.
There is a Prtestant Church in Charlestown. There is one old tomb stone in Churchtown graveyard and it is a 136 years old it is on Father Counsel's grave who was parish Priest of Tallanstown Parish. There are no disused graveyards in the parish. There are trees growing in it.
Collected by Philomena Fox,
Rathory,
Ardee.
Got from Mrs Fox,
Rathory,
Ardee.
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2019-07-14 11:06
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Buying and Selling.
The shops were not common in olden times.
The people went to the nearest town to make purchases.
Shopping was not like what it is now the people almost all lived on bartering.
The tailor would swap a pair of trousers to the shoemaker in exchange for a pair of boots or shoes.
Bartering is carried on yet such as giving eggs or butter in exchange for milk.
Buying was not carried on after Mass but it is carried on now.
Long ago the men took goods in payment for their work.
Some days was considered unlucky to buy or to sell.
Friday was the most unlucky one.
Long ago there was a fair and a market in Mullacrew.
Crowds of people went with cattle and all sorts of animals to the fair and people used to go with eggs and butter to the market.
There are some stories about coins going back to their owner. There was a man one time and he was at a funeral and he got the loan of sixpence from an other man to get a pint. When he went in to the pubic house he called for a pint and when he got the pint he gave the money and the man told him he could keep it for himself.
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2019-07-13 16:09
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Old Graveyards
There are three graveyards in the parish of Louth.
The three of them are in Louth. One of the graveyards are not used. They are square.
There are two churches in the parish. All the trees are cut.
Some of the crosses are made from wood more are made from stone and iron. There was a person buried in the old graveyard last year.
There was an old legend attached to O' Reilly's of Knockabbey. Years ago one of the O' Reilly's was a very bad man.
He died and he gave great trouble to the priests of the parish. One morning the curate said on the altar the man was in hell. The O' Reilly's invited the curate to a party. In the evening the parish priest got knocked about. He went to O' Reilly's house and it was locked and he would not get in. The priest prayed and he got into the house. The men were going to shoot the curate and the other priest said that the man was in hell. He called the man up out of hell and he asked him where he was.
The man said he was in hell. They turned catholics after that
Collected by James O'Brien,
Rathbrist,
Louth.
Got from Mrs O' Brien,
Rathbrist,
Louth.
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2019-07-13 15:29
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answered they were ar a football match. He said he thought they were the orange men coming to fight; There is a cave going into this fort in Harristown; Told by
John Martin
Knockaboys
on 21st July 1938
Written by Kathleen Martin
Edmondstown,
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fair in Mullacrew after mass: and the people would take their cattle to it and sell oats in the fair; The names they had for a sixpence in those days was a tanner; and for a shilling was a "bob" and for a threepenny bit a "kid's eye". When they would get things and not to pay for them for a while they would call that "Brog" and some of them "cant". There used to be a man going around looking for bottles and bones and old rags whose name was James Molloy he would give them sixpence for any old rags; The names they had for a half Crown was a cart wheel
Told by
John Martin
Knockaboys
on 7th June 1938
Written by Kathleen Martin
Edmondstown
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Story
There is a fort in Harristown above Ardee and there is a lot of Soldiers buried in it. Garlic Gaolen, is buried there the head of the army; One day there was a football match near the fort and there was a lot of shouting and laughing going on and Garlic Gaolen came out and asked them what took them there and they
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2019-07-13 15:20
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buying and selling
There would be people buying and selling on there way home from mass; they would have a field pointed out and after mass the people would come to it to buy. About fifty years ago shops were not so plentiful as they are now; There are four shops in my district at present; Long ago after mass there would be stalls outside the Church with people selling sweets and oranges; Some people would not have the money to pay for the things and they would exchange labour; There used to be a
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2019-07-13 15:13
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Others would go to 6 O" Clock in morning and bring home the holy water. The people would bring in their friends and give them a bit of the pudding. Then at breakfast every member of the faimly sat together. The father blessed the family.
Told by Mrs Clarke
Edmondstown
Ardee
on the 12th Dec 1938
Written by Angels White
Edmondstown
Ardee
on the 13th Dec 1938
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Christmas customs
The old people used to say that when the pudding would crack there would be a scatter in the family. When the pudding would break someone would die.
When there would be frost before Christmas that, that would be a rank churchyard. The poor always swept a pass in the road and kept a candle lighted in the window thinking that the Virgin and Babe would visit them.
In the century some of the people go to midnight Mass.
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mild tenderly guide me for I am your child. For Dying may I my last Communion make. In peace with Him who died too for my sake.
And may that loving Lord my parting spirit take:
This is a prayer to say when you get up in the morning
Take my body "Jesus eyes and ears and tongue, Never," Never let them help to do thee wrong
Told by
Mrs Martin
Edmondstown
Ardee
on the 5th Dec 1938
Written by Mary Sharkey
Edmondstown
on the 6th Dec 1938
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Prayers
This is a prayer that my mother taught me to say to God during the day."
They told me of your tiny
home within this house of
prayer and all alone to you
I'v come "o" Jesus are you there
They say that every little child
gets welcome warm from you."
they say that you are kind
and milk. "O" Jesus is it true:
Here is another little prayer to say at night to my Guardian Angel.
Beautiful Angel My Guardian so
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2019-07-12 20:45
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a corner a great big heap of stones among these stone we saw a form of a bridge. We turned the stones and with the fall we found a dozen of old pikes and one sword; it had a great copper handle. the handles of the pikes were wooden handles and they fell away in dust.
The name of the hill was Morty hill/ We gave this to John Heie and what ever he did with this old sword was not known.
Told by Patrick Mc Gee
Crowmartin
Ardee on the 6th April 1938
Written by Julie McGee
Crowmartin
Ardee
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Old Castles
Clongill castle in Co Meath must be almost five hundred years built Dune Moore castle Navan, this castle is thatched with straw, it must be five or six hundred years built.
At Newstone Drumcondrath there is a castle since the year of Cromwell, there was a fight there and not far from that hill I and another man was on that hill one day. We saw in
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have to be done by some one whose father and mother were alive.
Two people married of the same name had the cure of the whooping cough. Any one that went for the cure was given the remains of their breakfast
Written by
Peter Mc Eanany
Edmondstown
Ardee
Told by Joseph Mc Eanany
Edmondstown
On the 9th Nov 1938
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Cures
There was a lot of cures long ago. The ure for the tooth- ache was to put a frog in the mouth.
For a sty in the eye the cure was: to pull nine thorns from a goose - berry brush and prod them to the eye for nine days and throw one away every day. This would
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sure to pay it was a murder
It must be reduced they thundered and motions passed as well.
To have tenants reinstated the mill pump repaired
And further to have light and heat provided for the
Shelbourne Hotel:
Composed by Mr J Callan
Church town
Written by Rose Rooney
Reaghstown
Ardee
On the 16th Dec 1937
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Stands that barn old an hoary
as my young eyes used to know it.
When this world was full of sunshine and this life was young and free.
On its roof of straw and rushes grew the roses of the ages.
And though its door was innocent of Knocker or of bell
It bore engraved initials of the oldest rustic ages.
Who christened it I know not why.
The Shelbourne Hotel.
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When Mass was o'er on on Sunday there each local politician.
Who from Reaghstown post office bought the far famed Democrat.
Assembled to discuss the strike and better their condition.
Made by the district council who in Ardee workhouse sat.
(3)
The poor rate robbed the county
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2019-07-07 17:07
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Holy Wells.
44.
Tobar Domhnaigh:- This holy well is situated in the townland of Richardstown, though commonly called Tubberdoney.
It is not marked on Survey map.
On sheet No. it is inches from bottom line and inches from right hand side.
No saint's name is known in connection with this well, but it is said that a minister's (protestant) daughter, who lived near by once washed her feet in the well, but in doing so she slipped in and was drowned. The well then dried up and sprung up about 10 yards distant.
No one uses the water, and the farmers about say that not even the cattle would drink it from the tubs.
The well is partly covered in and was supposed to be visited by people suffering from sore eyes. No one now does so.
The well is marked by an old tree long since dead. A stone flag at the well bears a date or number
shoc 1788 - 17th
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to themselves that they would wait up that night and see what was knocking it.
In the middle of the night a black dog lay up beside it and the men went and hid, and the black dog jumped on it and knocked it, and the men went away home and never went near it again.
There are the ruins of an old church in Philipstown grave-yard and it was the Parish church of Tallanstown at one time.
Written by Rose Rooney
Reaghstown
Told by Mrs Campbell
Reaghstown
Ardee on 4th May 1938
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Local Song
There upon the rocky hillside with the waste of bog below it.
There the Glyde's bright waters murmur as they flow to join the sea.
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about this monastery. It is said that their came a knock to the monastery door one night and a man asked lodging and they would not let him in, and it is said he lay down on the ground and in the morning this house was over him.
There are the ruins of an old castle in Knockabbey and some of the ruins are to be seen yet and their is a place in it for keeping prisoners. The castle was built in the year 1814.
There are ruins of an old castle in Reenans field it was built in the year 1538 and it was knocked by a man named Cromwell. There were a few men building a castle.
One night there had half the castle built, and in the morning when they came to build more of it: it was knocked so they kept on working at they said
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A Monastery
There are the ruins of an old monastery in the town of Louth: it was a fairly large one; it measured about a hundred feet by twenty, in the in-side by appearance: beside this monastery there is a little house and it was all made of stone: it was supposed to be for holding valuables belonging to the monastery and the monks. There is a legend
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she is blind folded next.
There is another game called "corners" there will be four corners and one person standing in each "corner:" then there will be a person without a corner and she will tell them to run around they will run until she says "halt" and then they will and try to each get a corner and who ever is without a corner is called fool in the "middle".
Written by Annie Mohan,
on 27 April, 1938,
Aclint,
Ardee,
Co. Louth,
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The games I play
There is a game called hop-scotch it is played by making several squares together on the road or in the yard and throw a stone into each square and if the stone goes into each square you win the game. Girls play this game in the summer.
There is another game that girls called "catch" It is played by several girls and eho ever the number twelve falls on is the "catch" She will have to follow the other girls until she catches them and who she catches first will be "catch2 next.
There is another game called "Blind man's Buff" a number of girls will hold hands make a circle and there will be one in the middle with a cloth tied on her eyes: she will point to on in the ring and who ever she points will have to go to the middle and the one that is blind folded will run after her until she catches her. then
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In this district the Glyde flows and long ago before there was a bridge made across it the people had to cross at a ford.
The ford that the people of this district would have to cross at was Ballyhoe in the fields of Bernard Keelan Ballyhoe, Co- Meath.
Beside the ford the river is very wide so that the water would be low and people could walk through it from one side to the other.
Sometimes in the winter the water would get high in the winter and if it was too deep for the people to get through it; they would cut away part of the bank so that the water would get low. From Greatwood to Louth there is a Mass path on which people used to walk to Mass on some years ago.
Written by
James Clarke,
Crowmartin,
Ardee,
Co - Louth.
Told on 17th May 1938.
by John Clarke
Crowmartin,
Aclint,
Ardee
Co - Louth.
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started at the pound of Tullykeel; it ended at Colga, Co- Louth, where it joined the main road there.
The road leading from Drumcondrath to Aclint was made by Mr Mohan of Aclint, Ardee, Co- Louth, and when this road was made the old road fell into disuse.
There is an old road from Lagan to Aclint but some years ago it was the principal road fro Kinscourt to Dundalk and it is now in bad order.
In this district some years ago it was a custom at the cross roads in Crowmartin to be dancing and singing. Beside where I live there is a cross road a wall beside it and on the wall there is a cross white-washed because Mr Cleming was killed there. The way the people of this district of Crowmartin would go tot Mass is they used to cross Mc Donnells field in Tully and then through Mr Butterly's field: then on an old road by John French's and it continues to very near the Church.
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Local roads,
Before the road was made from Aclint Co- Louth to Drumcondrath Co- Meath the people used to go another way which is not used now. It started at Patrick Mc Bride Dumcondrath Co- Meath and it went on to Murray's of Cromartin and from that to Mc Donnells of Tully and it went on for about a mile where it joined another road at John French's of Ballyboynia and this road
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seen again. If the war is coming to our country they came round again and fairies are riding them with guns ready to fight and the horses are bleeding. It is said that there are fairies in Hoey's in Reaghstown.
Written by
John Durnin,
Reaghstown,
Ardee,
Co- Louth, on 3rd July 1938
Told by Mrs Durnin on 5th July 1938
Reaghstown,
Ardee,
Co- Louth.
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Leprechauns,
In former times there would be a number of Leprechaun's. One night when a man of the name of Martin was coming from a neighbour's house he saw a Leprechauns making boots; he went over to him and caught him. He said to the Leprechaun "Give me a crock of gold." He said to the man "look at it there beside you" and he looked round and the Leprachaun disappeared and the man got no gold. The Beanpghe used to come to Kearney's if any one is sick and going to die. Then the people would know that the person would die soon. The Beansighe used to cry outside Phillip Keelan's of Colga. it is said that a dead Carriage goes through Reaghstown at twelve o'clock every night with two small horses pulling it and at the war time a troop of white horses with no heads going through Reaghstown and into Hoeys field and they were never
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also get a mug of clay and a mug of dirty water and a mug of clean water and a mug of buttermilk and an empty mug then they would put a band on their eyes whoever would point out the clay would be dead the first and the person that would point out the dirty water would be married to a drunkard and the person that would point out the buttemilk would be married to a grey man and the person that would point out the empty mug would never be married. They used to get two thimbles of salt and leave them standing till morning and if the thimbles fell during the night that person would be dead within that day twelve month.
Told by
Mrs Martin,
Reaghstown,
Ardee,
Co- Louth,
Written by
Angela Martin,
Reaghstown,
on 27th Oct. 1938. Ardee,
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Old customs of long ago
Long ago the people used to play a lot of tricks on Hallow eve night. They used to get a dish of water and put a threepenny bit in it and they try to get it with their mouth: They used to put nuts in the fire and if two nuts shot out together them two people would be married. They would hang and apple on a cord down from the ceiling whoever would get a bit out of the apple they would get it. They would
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rags and they would give a mug or a saucer if they got any old rags or anything else; A Crown is called the wheel of a Cart;
Told by Mrs Martin
Edmondstown
on 2nd June 1938
Written by
Bridie Sharkey on 1st June '38
Edmondstown;
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There would be people buying and selling come home from mass. They would have a field pointed out and after mass all the people would come to it to buy There would be men selling heather brushes and vegetables: Before money was invented the people used to swop the articles and work for them. The market long ago was in Mullacrew; The people would go round looking for old
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rags; he would give them two ballads. There was another man of the name of Morgan he comes round every week selling delph and the people a cup and saucer for the rags; These people were called travellers; A halfpenny is called a make. Long ago there was a market in Mullacrew; There used to be men gathering bags and old rags and bottles; they would give a mug or plate for some rags or something else they would have. Told by
Owen Sharkey
Reaghstown
on 2nd June 1938
Written by
Jane Beylan, on 1st June 1938
Reaghstown
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rags; he would give them two ballads. There was another man of the name of Morgan he comes round every week selling delph and the people a cup and saucer for the rags; These people were called travellers; A halfpenny is called a make. Long ago there was a market in Mullacrew; There used to be men gathering bags and old rags and bottles; they would give a mug or plate for some rags or something else they would have. Told by
Owen Sharkey
Reaghstown
on 2nd June 1938
Written by
Jane Beylan, on 1st June 1938
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rags; he would give them two ballads. There was another man of the name of Morgan he comes round every week selling delph and the people a cup and saucer for the rags; These people were called travellers; A halfpenny is called a make. Long ago there was a market in Mullacrew; There used to be men gathering bags and old rags and bottles; they would give a mug or plate for some rags or something else they would have. Told by
Owen Sharkey
Reaghstown
on 2nd June 1938
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buying and selling
long ago there would be people buying and selling on their way home from mass; They would have a field appointed and after mass all the people would come to it; This was called a Cant. They would be selling clothe's and brooms made of heather, and vegetables also and other things as well. They would swop one thing for another; There would be men going around saying, Any Rags, Any bones and bottles today". The coins that are going now are not like the coins that were going a long time ago. A threepenny bit is called a Kid's eye. A sixpence is called a tanner; A shilling is called a bob; Two shilling's is called a Floren; one pound is called a quid. A crown is called a Cart wheel; There is a man of the name of James Malloy he comes round every year selling ballads and anyone that would give him
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its juice. There is another old herb called the Blithin and it cures yellow jaundice you boil it first and drink its juice.
Told by
Felix Carloan
Crowmartin
on 30th May 1938
Written by Peter Osborne on 28th May 1938
Lagan.
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Marchmallow is a plant which grows up along a wall it is a good cure for a swelling. Each plant gets its food two ways through its roots and through its leaves; The weed that grows most on our farm is Tarragon; it is a harmful weed because when it gets into the land it spreads very quickly and it destroys the land by impoverishing it; Its roots cover a large area of soil and no crop will grow well where this weed is to be got. The whooping cough is cured by getting a blessed thistle and boiling it and when it is boiled put sugar and milk on it and when you drink it you are cured; The way to cure a pain in the stomach is by boiling garlic and drinking
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and bullagran grows on the good ground and he cobbock grows on the bad ground Laurel leaves are a cure for a sore throat you boil the leaves and drink the juice
Told by
Matt McGee
Reaghstown
on th 30 May 1938
Written by Rose Rooney; on 28th May 1938
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herbs
Long ago people used to cure a lot of diseases with herbs daisies and hearts ease boiled to-gether with butter with-out salt they would use to cure any sold sore; Dandelion is another great herb it was used for a lot of things for a cough and some people used to take it on spring water in the morning The kind of flower that is on the dandelion is a yellow flower. Ivy leaves are a cure for a sore throat you boil the leaves with lard for an hour and then take it of the fire and drink it. The rose grows in a running stream when boiled on water it is a cure for a caugh; A half glass to be drunk every morning, St Patrick's leaf is a cure for a cut on your hand and boil that leaf also; The mullen planet grows on very rich ground; when boiled on milk it is drunk as a cure for consumption; The nettle;
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him and asked him why he gathered the sticks; The man said he wanted them for morning, The man caught the fairy and asked him where the gold was hidden; The fairy made a round hole the way the man would so when he came back every where was covered with holes and the man never got the gold Told by Mrs Rooney Reaghstown Ardee on the 4th July 1938 Written by Rose Rooney. Reaghstown, Ardee.
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stories
There was a man once whose name was Carrol; He lived in Stormanstown he was going to a fort that was in his field and he went to gather sticks in the fort ans when he was coming home he could not find the gate so he went back with the sticks; When he was going back a fairy came to
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carved; there is a number of other things carved on it also; The wood that the dresser is made from is nearly as good yet as when it was made some years ago there came people from Germany to see it; Magheacloy castle is owned by Mr. Callan;
There are teh ruins of another old castle at Breslanstown in the Parish of Drumcondrath and the Barony of Slane Lower Co. Meath; It is situated along distance from the road and is entered by a lane part of which was an old road; The walls that remains are covered and it is used as sheds for cattle. The castle is very old and it is said that Blessed Oliver Plunket's ancestors lived here; Mr Doherty owns the land on which the ruins are situated;
Written by James Clarke on 6th May 1938
Told by John Clarke on 6th May 1938
Cromartin;
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There are the ruins of an old castle in Newstone the last person that lived there was Mr Mc Gourish it is built five hundred years and I do not know who built; It is in the Parish of Drumcondrath in the townland of Newstone and the Barony of Slane Lower and in Co. Meath.
There is a portion of an old castle at Magheracloy in the parish of Magheracloy and the Barony of Farney Co Monaghan,
Over the doors and windows of the castle, there is some very beautiful carving;
On the top of the castle there are two battle towers from which it could be defended in case of attack; There are also dungeons in which prisoners were kept, In Drumbridge graveyard there are the ruins of an old church; The holy water stones are there yet; and on them there are flowers carved. This church is about six hundred years old; The way it was destroyed was the time there were plunderers in the country and it was burned, it is in the Parish of Drumconrath and the Barony of Slane Lower in Meath, In the kitchen of Magheracloy castle there is a dresser which is three hundred years old. On the front of the dresser there are four lions beautifully
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Old ruins
There are the ruins of an old monastery in the town Louth. Beside this monastery there is a little house and it was all made of stone; it was supposed to be for holding valuable belonging to the monastery and the monks; there is a legend about this house it is said there came a knock to the monastery door one night, and a monk asked lodging and they would not let him in, he lay down on the ground and in the morning he was dead and this house was found built over him; There are the ruins of an old castle in Nicholastown and the remains of it are to be seen yet it is in Ardee, Co. Louth and there was a dungeon in it for keeping prisoners;
There are some large stones there still and there is writing in Latin on them; The castle was built in the year 1816;
There are the ruins of an old castle in a field belonging to Jack Murphy it was knocked by a man name Cromwell and this happened in the year 1651.
Written by Angela Martin on th 5 May 1938
Told by Mrs Martin Reaghstown on 4th May 1938
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In olden times people used to see lights in those forts; there was a fort in Carrickrobin and years ago the old people then used to see lights especially if there were anyone going to die in the town land, One night there was a horse in the fort, a boy went to the fort for the horse as it was time to take her in and as it was late he was a good while away; two men went out to see was he coming with the horse and they saw the fort all lit up and the boy that went for the horse never saw the light at all; The next morning they went to see if the fire did any harm and they found every thing the way it was; The people say of the fort at Carrickrobin that a man named James Meegan heard churning going on in this fort at Carrickrobin; There was a wall built round this fort it was built by the Danes; There is a fort in the town-land of Big-Ash Knock-bridge; the fort itself is called mount the man that owned the farm that the fort is on said one day that would hack it up; Written by Rose Rooney on 10th February 1938
Told by Matt Mc Gee Reaghstown on th 9 Feb, 1938
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with O'Neill. There is a fort in Clarke's field of Edmondstown and it was said that fairies were seen dancing on it; There are trees growing on it and they are afraid to cut them as they might disturb the fairies.
There is another fort in Mc Hugh field and lights were seen often at it; There is a big hole in the middle of it; There is another fort in Reaghstown known as the Kesh it is owned by James Mc Connan; There is a path going over to it where the fairies used to walk, there was a shop on the path and the fairies used to come and buy their bread in it; These fairies used to come and leave the money on a stone outside the shop and the people would take the money of it and leave the bread on it and the fairies would come and take it away; Written by Annie Mohan on 9th Feb, 1938
Told by Michael Mohan on 9th Feb, 1938
Aclint,
Ardee.
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There is an old fort or mount in Cromartin, Ardee and it is said that there was gold hidden in it and that a wild cat was minding it;
There is another old fort in Campell's field in Annagh Co Louth it is round and covered with bushes. There is an old fort in Holland's field in Co. Monaghan and there is a mount in Aclint and it was that O'Neill's army was on Holland's fort and that the Earl of Essex was on the mount of Aclint and they rode their horses down to the river, till they touched their saddle girths together and held a conference there. Essex went back to England and was beheaded by Queen Elizabeth for making a treaty
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Darver Young Ireland's Victory Song
In Dromiskin there lives a popular figure named Larry Rogan. Though "cute" above the ordinary in many ways he is particularly "soft" in the belief that he is an athlete and singer above the average. He could, for instance hold his hearers spell bound recounting wonderful GAA games in which he played, wherein it was only some superhuman efforts on his behalf that turned defeat into victory but he never figured in a football game in his life. The "boys" unwisely perhaps encourage Larry to talk of his adventures and to sing and recite at local concerts with the results that he verily believes himself a "star". He has for years been following Darver Young Irelands GFC and his delight knew no bounds when they succeeded in winning the Louth 1938 Junior after one of the most exciting games played in this county for many years. To commemorate
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The fairies come out of the mount and play music; The people say that on dark nights there is a light on it. The mount is now covered with bushes.
Written by Jane Clarke 10th Feb, 1938
told by John Clarke on 9th Feb, 1938
Crowmartin,
Ardee.
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Fairyforts
There is a fort in a field of Murrays in Crowmartin Co Louth and there is a lot of trees all round it and when the people used to be out at night looking at the sheep that were in the field, they used to see a light in the centre of; the people could find no entrance to it; and there is a noise heard often in it. There is another fort in McKeever's field in Crowmartin Co Louth in which there is said to be fairies this fort is called Cromartin mount, This mount is built with stones and there is an entrance to it mad with stones, when you go up on the top of it you can see the mount of Aclint; People say that Jane Martin from Greatwood saw a lot of little men making boots and there is a light often seen beside the mount and the top of it is covered with bushes. There is a graveyard beside the mount of Aclint in which the giants of long ago were buried and it is said that there are fairies in the mount and the people say that in the summer
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in some years hence a bigger rampart will be built farther out in order to obtain more land but it will not be considered such a great task as was done in building this smaller rampart because not with stones would it be built, but with cement which as we know is much stronger and powerful substance and it will set quickly which is a great advantage in such as business because if built after one tide it will be strong before the next.
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farmers. It was not done without much labour and cost, in fact, it is said that it cost a guinea per foot.
It stands there now, defying all tides, even becoming larger with the seaweed and such that the tides wash up. In it there are two sluice gates, one of which was made recently, which allow drains to run into the sea and prevent the tides coming up.
It stands about twenty feet in height and the same in breadth at the bottom, but slopes away to about three feet of a path at the top. May people walk along this path in Summer enjoying the sweet sea breezes. The rampart itself is about two miles long, extending from White House to Lurgangreen. It is thought that
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quarry some distance from Lurgangreen where large stones can be got.
The making of this rampart gave great employment to the people of the district. Of course, they did not receive high wages, in fact it is said that each work man got four- pence per day, and for a horse and cart six pence per day. Four- pence or six- pence they could however could buy much more that it could nowadays. A traditional story tells us that in building the rampart a man was killed, and his ghost can still be seen walking along it wheeling a barrow.
After some time this great work was finished and no longer did the tide cross the Commons, but left a quite arable land to take
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The Game I Play
Two of the games I play at school are "There is an old woman from Sandylane" and "Little Alie Sander".
There is a ring of children gather and one of the children has to be the old woman and three other children to be the babies.
The old woman has to say "There is an old woman from Sandylane with all her children in her hand, one can knit, and one can sew, and one can make a lily white grow and will you kindly take on of my orphans in"
Then they take one of her children in she says the same again until all of the three are gone.
That game is finished.
To play "Little Alie Sander" there has to be a ring of children, and a little girl in the middle of the ring. She is to be pretending to be crying and then the children in the ring say Little Alie Sander sitting on the sand "crying and weeping for a young man rise up Alie and dry away your tears and which of us do you love so dear".
Alie says none of you, you are all too black and ugly"
The one she chooses has to be Little Alie Sander the next.
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Written by Jane Beylan on th 7 December 1938
Told by Mrs Beylan on 6th December 1938
Reaghstown,
Ardee.

Long ago there were Hedge school-master's as they were then called; they used to teach in a barn or out house the way they were paid was one penny per week from each scholar, and in some cases the Land-Lords used to helf to pay, there was one of those sclools in Carrickrobin near Dundalk and the teacher's name was Mullholand there would be over one hundred in the school, there were no desks or seats. They had seats made of straw, they wrote on slates with a frame of wood round them they used to write on slates on their knees, and that was in the year 1860.
Written by Rose Rooney on 7th Dec, 1938
told by Mrs Campbell on 6th Dec, 1938
Reaghstown,
Ardee
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Warts. To dip warts in water that was on top of a stone or on top of cowdung, to cure a wart?
Poultice. Ivy leaves were boiled and used as a poutice?
Chincough. A woman who was married to a man who had the same name as herself to tie a piece of red flannen round your neck, or give you a crust of bread is a cure for the chincough?
Warts. Get nine rushes, bless them and bury them, when they rot, the warts go away?
Sty. Get the oldest son in the house to get ten thorns of a gooseberry bush, and with the last thorn tip the eye, and say, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost? Amen?
Dirt in a cut. Get some boiled Ivyleaves and put them on the cut to draw out any dirt?
Clilbains Rub onions on the chibanes?
Fits. Never eat bacon and you will not take the fits, if you do you may take the fits?
Warts Get some water that does not tip the ground and put it on the warts, and they will go away?
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What is it that can go up the chimney down, and wont come down the chimney up?
An umbrella.
Why does a hen pick a pot?
Because she can't lick it,
My father give me seed to sow the seed was black and the ground was white riddle me that and I will give you a pint?
Paper and Ink.
How many feet has forty sheep the shephard and his dog?
Two.
Two Americans sat on a bridge and one was the father of the other's son, what relation were they?
Husband and Wife.
A wooden back and a wooden belly, two leather aides, a hole and a brass nose, and that is the sine of cold weather?
A bellows.
In and out like a trout sugary, wet, and grasy?
Your tongue.
What is the centre of gravity?
The letter.
If your nose was twelve inches long what would it be?
A foot.
Little red Nancy stands by the wall she eats all I give her and drinks none at all? A fire.
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What is the nicest vegetable that grows in Ireland without a green leaf?
A mushroom.
As black as ink as white as snow, hops on the street like hailstones?
A magpie.
It comes in on a man's back and goes out in smoke?
Coals.
It goes from town to town and never moves a foot?
A Road.
In came two legs sat down on three legs, with one leg in its arms, in came four legs picked up one leg, up jumped two legs, picked up three legs and threw it after four legs?
Answer, A man sitting on a stool with a leg of mutton in his arm, in came a dog and ran away with it, and the man threw the stool after him.
Made in the wood brought to the town and earns its master many a pound?
A fiddle.
Black and white went up the hill black came down and white stayed above?
A hen layed a white eff above and she came down herself.
Why does a lady look up at the moon?
Because there is a man in it.
What has two eyes and cannot see?
The Sissors.
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As I was going to the fair of Ives I met seven men with their seven wives every wife had seven sacks, and every sack had seven cats every cat had seven kittens, how many were going to the fair of Ives?
One.
Little Jinnie Huddle sits in a puddle she wears a white petticoat and a green gown?
A rush.
As I went into the town I met a girl with a lot of geese I said good morning miss and your forty geese she said I have not forty but if I had as many more and half as many more I would have forty?
Sixteen.
As I looked out my grandfather's window I saw a little man with a stick in his hand and a stone in his belly riddle me that and I will give you a penny?
A haw.
As I went out my grandfather's gate I met my aunty Joney she had Iron toes and a timber nose and upon my word she would frighten the crows?
A gun.
How long did Cane hate his brother?
As long as he was Able.
Why does a cow look over the ditch?
Because he cannot look under
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What part of the cow goes into the wood first?
Her breath.
Hairy all over rough in the skin two things shaken and one going in?
A pig eating.
Pull its nose and its tail will bleed?
A Pump.
There is a house over there and there is more windows on it than the Kings Palace?
A Thimble.
I boiled the kettle with truth and lies?
A Newspaper.
Kitchen full, a room full, and couldent catch a spoon full.
Smoke.
Twenty four white horses in a stall, up jumps a red one and licks them all?
Your tongue on your teeth.
Tink tank on the bank ten drawing four?
A woman milking a cow.
Brothers and sisters I have none but that man's father is my father's son?
Myself.
Through a rock, through a reel, through an old spinning wheel, through a bag of pepper, through an old horses shinbone?
A moth.
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King Amarocar built a ship and in this ship his daughter sits and I am not ashamed to say her name and that is three times I have told you?
And.
As round as an apple as plump as a ball, can climb through the church over steeple and all?
The Sun.
What is it that walks with its head down?
A nail in your boot.
What is in an empty cart?
Plenty of room.
First it was green, then it was red, and then black?
A Blackberry.
Which part of the fish weighs the most?
The scales.
The longer it sits the shorter its gets?
A Candle.
Why is Ireland like a bottle?
Because there is a Cork in it.
Headed like timble, Tailed like a rat you may guess for ever but you couldn't guess that?
A Pipe.
If a man got a shilling for walking one mile what would he get for walking fifty miles?
Sore feet.
Put on the table and never cut?
A Deck of cards.
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it is red then they begin churning and the butter comes on the milk.
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Churning
We have a churn at home. It is three feet tall, and it is sixteen inches at the top, and it is eighteen inches at the bottom. It is not round. It is eleven years old. There is no mark on the sides or bottom. Churning is done often in Summer than in Winter. Everyone helps to churn in our house. Strangers who come in help to churn. It is a custom to help, and if they don't help is a sign of bad luck. It takes an hour to do it. The churning is done by hand. The churning is done when the butter come out on the side. Water is poured in during the churning. Buttermilk is used for making bread, and for dringing, and for giving to the pigs, and for making whey. If the butter will not come on the milk, the people stop churning and the put a piece of the plough into the fire until
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Swan.
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Gold finches.

Rooks.

Pheasant.

Green linet.

Wild hen

Water duck

Wild goos

King kisher

Wood cock
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Plover. gold, green,

Sea Gull.

Jackdaw.

Magpies.

Curlews.

Owl.

Snipe.

Patridge.

Crane.
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There is a stable beside our hose which was a school at on time. The Teacher taught more Irish than English to the children and he would write on a slate with a stone pencil; This school was in the year 1720. There was another local schoolhouse in Reaghstown it is now a farmer's house. The Teacher came from Lishrinny. The children were taught their letters and Writhing and Arithmetic on slates with stone pencils and the older girls were taught needle work and knitting in the evening; Her name was Miss Filgate; The house is now occupied by Christopher Keegan;
There was another Old Hedge School near Arthurstown it was a wayside shed and the Teacher came from Dromin; His name was Mr Butterly and he taught the children how to speak Irish and a lot of Geometry they would write on slates with stone pencils, he was lodged in the farmers house and was paid by the children a penny or two a day. The farmers could afford to give a little more,
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[Flinge?]

Tomtit.

Yellow Hammer.

Ball Flinge.

Sparrow.

Linnet.

Stoney Chatter.

Wagtails.

Cuckoo.
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The birds in this district.
Robin. She makes her nest in a bank, with hair, and she lines the inside with feathers. She lays five small eggs with brown dots on them.
Blackbird. She makes her nest in a bush, with moss, and hay, and she lines the inside with mud. She lays five blue eggs with brown dots on them.
Thrush. She makes her nest in ivy or in a bush, with hay and moss, and she lines the inside with mud. She lays four green eggs with brown dots on them.
Lark. She makes her nest on the ground, or in a bank, with moss, and she lines the inside with hair. She lays five black eggs.
Swallow. She makes her nest up high in a shed, with mud, and hay, and she lines the inside with feathers. She lays five white eggs with brown dots on them.
Crow. She makes her nest up high in a tree, with sticks and hay. She lays four big white eggs.
Wren. She makes her nest in a bush, with moss, and she lines the inside with hair. She lays twentyone white eggs with brown dots on them.
Starling. She builds her nest in any hole she can find, with sticks and hay, and hair, and she lines the inside with wool. She lays five blue eggs.
Pidgeon. She builds her nest up in a big tree where there is ivy, with sticks. She lays two big white eggs.
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and cooks his meals on it. Then he makes a little hut and sleeps in it. There is an old man called Mc Cable. He comes when there are sports held. He has a little table with colours on it and the man has a little box and a dice in it. If the dice falls on the colour you put the penny on you will win another penny. He sleeps in old stables about the village.
Written by Jane Beylan, on 4th Feb. 1938
Told by Mrs Beylan, on 3rd Feb. 1938
Reaghstown,
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There is a lot of Travelling folk in this parish of Reaghstown. There is an old man called Morgan. He comes to out house and cooks his meals in it. He brings tea and sugar with him and we give him bread, he is not a poor man. He sells brooches and necklaces and a lot of other things like that.
Another very poor man comes round here also. His name is Mc Connon he does not sell anything but he stands at the Church Gate and sings one song and when he has it sung he goes round to all the houses and each person gives him a penny. The song that he sings is the "Old Rustic Bridge by the Mill". He lights a fire
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round selling songs and he gets money from the people he stays in old sheds on the roadside.
Written by James Clarke 4th Feb. 1938
Told by John Clarke 2th Feb. 2938
Cromartin,
Ardee.
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Travelling Folk
The Tellings come to this district at Christmas and they have a horse van in which they sleep and travel, they sell delph and pictures and boot laces; when they come to the houses the people give them something to eat; these come in one family and they get their delph in the nearest town.
The Rooneys stay in Culderry, they put a camp up with a water proof sheet to sleep in; they have a horse and cart to travel in and they also sell and buy ponies and when they come to the people they get money and that is how they make their living.
James Molloy stays in Cunninghams in Ballyhoo and he sells bootlaces and pins and books; he comes to this district about every two or three months; he is not very poor but he is blind.
There comes another poor man
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Told by Mrs Beylan 1st Feb, 1938
Reaghstown,
Ardee.
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If you earn money on Sunday it will do you no good or anybody else. It is on Friday that the farmer begins to plant his potatoes and sow his seeds as they consider that it is the luckiest day in the week.
A lot of people start their work on Monday because Our Lord made the world in six days and he rested on the seventh, and that is why we have Sunday and we should do no work on that day. It is lucky to go anywhere on the 12th of the month because Our Lord had 12 Apostles with him.
Written by Jane Beylan 4th Feb, 1938
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The people say it is very unlucky to get married on a Tuesday.
On the 13th of any month the people would not go any where or do and business on that account of there been 13 present at the Last Supper.
Written by James Osborne 2nd Feb, 1938
Told by Patrick Osborne 1st Feb, 1938
Lagan,
Ardee.
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They thought it very lucky to start a journey on a Friday because Our Lord was put to death on a Friday.
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Lore of certain Days.
People say that it is unlucky to take out potatoes or to reap on Saturday but it is very lucky to reap on Friday as they think it is the luckiest day in the week. Tuesday is another lucky day to get married on and a lot of people get married on that day. Thursday is another unlucky day to do anything on or to go anywhere. It is unlucky to put down a hatch of eggs on Saturday because there will be no birds in them but if you put them down on Monday there will be plenty of birds in them. Most people begin there week on Monday because our Lord began to make the world on that day he was six days making it and on the seventh day he rested and that is why we have Sunday.
Written by Bridie Sharkey 2nd Feb, 1938,
Told by Edward Sharkey 1st Feb, 1938,
Edmondstown,
Ardee.
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Penal-times.
Here are some of the Penal laws of the district of Lagan Ardee. Long ago the people would'nt be let say mass on a Sunday or any day. The would be put into prison or put to death. In those days they had to say mass in secret places. One of the secret places which they used to say mass long ago was in Cool-Derry Plantation.
The name of the priest was Father Boylan. In those days if a priest was caught saying Mass he would be hanged or put into prison.
In those days there would be over 100 people to attend the Holy mass.
Written by James Osborne on 11th Jan. 1938
Told by Patrick Osborne on 10th Jan. 1938
Lagan, Ardee.
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roads and the man on guard had a great view of the country around.
There is the ruins of a castle at Lagan where the priests used to hide.
Written by James Clarkeown 11th Jan. 38
Told by John Clarkeown 10th Jan. 38
Cromartin.
Ardee.
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Penal times.
In the Penal-times the priests were not allowed to say mass because they would be killed by the English soldiers.
But they used to say mass where the English would not catch them. The priests used to say mass in a cave under the ground in Cromartin. This cave was in Brady's and all the people in the district would go to mass there.
They used also say mass in Lagan in rock with a hole in the side of it and all the people from that district would go there to hear mass. It is also said that priests used to say mass in Drumbridge graveyard because it is very high up from the
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the priest used to hide; these were called mass rocks these used to be in the year 1805.
Written by Bridie Sharkey 14th Jan. 1938
Told by Edward Sharkey 13th Jan. 38
Edmondstown.
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Penal times
In the penal days the priest used to day mass under the hedges;
There is an old cave at Crownmartin where the priest used to say mass in and all the people around about the district went to it and they used to be always watching to see would the English soldiers be coming as they would kill the priest is the caught him there is an old cave at Tullykeel where
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key which he would put on the fourth finger of the bride and that would do instead of a ring. there were no cars and the people had to go walking to get married. These marriage customs used to be in the years 1826 and 1827, these were done in Reaghstown.
Written by Michael Boylan on 5th Jan. 38
Told by Mrs Boylan, on 4th Jan 38
Reaghstown.
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Marriage Customs
Long ago when men thought it time to get married or were in a suitable occupation to do so they would go to the house of the bride and bring a bottle of whiskey with them to the people of the house.
The old people used to say it was unlucky to get married on a Tuesday and that it was very lucky to get married on Wednesday and said it was the best day in the week in the year in which to marry.
There would be no marriage during Lent; Shrove Tuesday would be the last day, and a lot of people would take an advantage of this season; they would have no ring and the priest had a
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used to be in the year 1819
Written by Bridie Sharkey
Told by Edward Sharkey, on 4th Jan. 38
Edmondstown
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Marriage Customs
Here are some old marriage customs of this district Edmondstown the people used to say that it was unlucky to be dressed in green when you are getting married.
When those who were getting married would go into the Church the people outside would throw an old boot after them and when they would be coming out; the would shake rice over the Bride. When the Bride came to her own home the people who would be waiting on her used to run and meet her with a bottle of whiskey she would throw it on a stone and if it broke it would be an unlucky marriage and if it did not break it would be a lucky marriage. The people said that it is unlucky to get married on Friday or Saturday; the people long ago used to have shawls on them getting married. The kind of marriage
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Chapel built and he had no ground, and he asked the Lord for ground, and the Lord would not give it to him. Then the Priest asked him where was his father, and the Lord told him he was dead. The priest told him he would see him tonight. Ill come to night at twelve o'clock said the Priest. So the Lord had a party that night and all the protestants were at it. Among them was one Catholic lady. So when it was twelve o'clock that night the Priest came and he told the Lord to put out all the lights. And to give him one. So the Lord did so, and the Priest had a server with him and the server held the light. And the Priest read the book and when he came to this part in the book. He told the server to lower the light and the Priest said lower it still and the Catholic lady went over and knelt beside the Priest. Then all the protestants began to shout they hear the chains rattling and they said to the Priest to stop reading and the Priest would not. And they saw the man coming up to the window and they said put him back. So the Priest put him back and the Lord got up and shook hands with the Prest and told him he would be a Catholic in the morning and he said he would build the Chapel.
Nancy Quigley,
Rathescar,
Dunleer.
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A Story
Once upon a time there lived in Ireland a famous man named Finn Mac Cool. One time Finn had a row with a man in Dundalk and the man ran away. Finn threw two stones after him. Both stones landed on the north side of Mulacorry in Clark's fields and are standing straight in the same possession still. The backs of the stones are facing the south and the front to the north.
Angela Brennan,
Painstown,
Dromin.
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A Story
One time there was a house on the Mile Bush hill in which a woman lived. One day the woman was making pancakes and a [soldier?] came in and killed her. The house is down now, but it is said there is a stone on the side of the road and on this stone the woman used to cut the pancakes. On this stone there is a cross and a ring, and the people say that the ring is the track of the pan, and the cross is where she cut the pancakes.
Angela Brennan,
Painstown,
Dromin.
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A Story
Once upon a time there was a Priest and he wanted a
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Peter Flanagan,
Rathescar,
Dunleer.
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A Hungry Spot
About six year ago Mrs Murphy and her husband went to Dundalk for groceries. When they were coming home they sat down to rest on the side of the road. Mrs Murphy sat down on the hungary spot. She felt herself getting weak and hungary. They were about half a mile from home. They went into a house and got a piece of bread and she was all right. It happened this side of the blue railway at Dundalk.
Mrs Murphy,
Rathescar,
Dunleer.
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was sleeping. There was oats in the barn. He was about an hour in bed when the oats were thrown in on top of him. He had Holy water beside him and he was afraid to put out his hand to bless himself. The next morning when awoke there was not a grain of corn to be seen. He never slept in it again.
Mrs Halpenny,
Rathescar,
Dromin.
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A Stray Sod
One night Peter Flanagan was coming home from a house. He crossed the fields home. In this field there were a lot of cattle. He was walking for three miles of the field and could not find a gate. Every yard of the field he would walk he would see a big heap of bushes in front of him. He was there until morning.
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A Ghost Story
One night John Taaffe and George Torris were coming home from John Gregory's funeral in Co. Meath. When they were on the top of Mullacurry hill, a big man came out of a field and he stopped them. Then he asked them where were they going at this hour of the night. They said they were going home. The ghost said you better go home quickly or someone will be after you. Then he disappeared.
John Taaffe,
Dromin,
Dunleer.
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A Ghost Story
One night about a year ago, Jack Halpenny was working in a farmers house in Drumcar. He went to bed this night and it was about twelve o'clock at night. It was in the hay barn he
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A Stray Sod
One night Henry Holdcroft went into his field to count the sheep. It was a dark night and when he had his sheep counted he was going to the gate. There was a dog at the gate and he was barking. The man went round and round the field but he could not find the gate. He was in the field all night.
Moira Conalty,
Kings Cross,
Dromin.
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A Ghost Story
There was a man one time and he went into his neighbours house to play cards. When they were a while playing a knock came to the door. Then someone went to the door and let him in. The people kept on playing and after a while he asked for a hand. When he was a while playing the neighbour said he was going home, the ghost said to wait for another while. Then man played for another while and then he went out on the lane when he got out he shut the gate after him and the ghost went though the gate. In front of the gate there was a river and the ghost threw himself into it and he was drowned.
Mrs Halpenny,
Rathescar,
Dunleer.
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rampart. It was not very hard until there was only a gap of about one hundred feet to be filled. When the big tides came (which was about every month) the tide went through the gap making a greater breach.
The last contractor on coming to the finish did a very wise thing. He asked the farmers of the district to take a bundle of straw each to the rampart and leave it convenient. Most of the farmers answered his request and took some straw, which, when the big tide came was packed well into the breach leaving it impossible for the tide to burst into the land.
It, the rampart, was made merely from clay and stones. The stones are supposed to have been taken from a
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The sea-wall or rampart
A great work of our fore-fathers was the constructing of the sea-wall or rampart in order to take from the sea some land which would be very useful to the farmers for growing crops. In fact, there is one beautiful farm called the "Marsh farm" which before the rampart was built (Which, by the way, was approximately one hundred years ago) was merely a strand.
The construction of this rampart was not an easy Business. Two contractors were bankrupt before finishing the work. The third time the matter was taken over by the Government, and this time it was finished. "Time and tide wait for no man"; this is very true proverb, and became evident to those who were building the
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advance it is quite possible they did build it. A very good view can be had from its top and another old castle, Dunmahon Castle which is invisible from the ground level can easily be seen from the battlements.
In seventeen seventy-four a historian named Isaac Butler mentioned the fact that a subterranean passage ran from Milltown Castle to the Round Tower of Dromiskin but this passage cannot now be discerned. Butler then wrote "At Milltown there is a wonderful cave which runs, the inhabitants say, for three miles to the old church of Clogher, but it is so choked up that it would take two men's work in one day to open it." The cave is still spoken of though there is no one now living in Milltown area with any but a hazy idea of its location.
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The people say that it is unlucky to be dressed in green getting married. It is also unlucky to be married in the month of May, or to be married on Friday or Saturday. In some parts men dressed with straw go to the house where the marriage is and they brought in and entertained.
In other parts the people run to the house of the bride and get a bottle of whiskey and give it to the bride and the bride throws the bottle on a stone and i it would break, it would be a lucky wedding and if it would not break it would not be a lucky marriage. When the bride is getting married her father would give her £50 and some cattle and if she had not that the man would not marry her.
Written by James Clarke on 5th Jan, 38
Told by John Clarke, Cromartin on 45th Jun, 1938
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the rushes on top of that and so on till he he had it all finished. This was in the year 1837.
Long ago when there were no wax candles such as there are now there was a man by the name of Patrick Campell of Arthurstown; he used to go to the bogs and the green rushes and dry them, then he would get some of the fat of cattle and fry it, then he let it cool and twist it round the dry rushes and shape it in to candles, he also made shopping bags with the rushes also he plait them with small branches This was in the year 1826. There was another man by the name of John McKenna of Edmondstown would make baskets; then he would cut the green sallies tie them in bundles and dry them then he would steep them for about a week and then he would get them ready for use;
Written by Bridie Sharkey 14th Dec, 1937
Told by Edward Sharkey on 15th Dec, 1937
Edmondstown
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Last year a lot of men were working along the road at Colman's between Dromin and Ardee. When Mr Carolan was digging he saw a box but he did not pass any remarks of it. Mat Finnity who was keeping the men working saw the box and he went over and lifted it out, and opened it. There was a pound and a rusty six-pence in the box.
Winnie Mac Shane,
Ballymageera,
Dunleer.
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A Story
One night at a mission a poor woman fell asleep and when the caretaker was going round the chapel she saw the woman asleep and she did not like to waken her. At twelve o'clock that night a priest came out on the altar and he said "Is there anyone here to serve mass". He said this three times. The woman was afraid and she did not answer him. The next day she told one of the Curate's and he asked her would she stay again that night ans she said, "No". Then the priest said he would stay with her. That night the priest stayed with the woman and at twelve o'clock the priest came out on the altar and said. Is there anyone here to serve mass? When the priest asked the third time the priest who was in the chapel said "Yes, Then the priest said it is time for someone to answer. He said I am dead these fifteen years and I cannot get into Heaven unless I say this one mass. The next morning the priest said the mass for him.
Winnie Mac Shane of Ballymageera told
Dunleer
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as Milltown Castle or to the local people as Byrne's Castle. The name Byrne is attributed to the fact that a man named Byrne is the present day owner of both it and its adjoining land. It is in a fine state of preservation and its preservation internally is due to the fact that until recently Mr Byrne's house (which adjoins the castle) was joined to the castle by a doorway and both were used as the one building. It is narrow in proportion to it's height and possesses round corner towers.
The shape of the castle suggests an Anglo-Norman Keep and as the Anglo-Normans passed in their
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Milltown Castle.
About a mile to the North West of Dromiskin is the quaint little halmet called Milltown. It derives it's name from the fact that at one time there was a mill for grinding corn in it, on the old Milltown River which flows close to the village. In Milltown forge there is an old grindstone which tradition tells us belonged to the old mill. The grindstone is the only evidence of the old mill as it has long since been demolished.
The mill is not the only historic thing in Milltown because standing in the centre of the village is a large castle. This castle is known
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Kinlan, who to our pride became Chief of the U.S.A fire brigade.
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often do our pwn parents send us trembling to bed by telling us some of their fairy and ghost stories?
Another thing that made these people strong and energetic was the constant exercise of working on the soil and fishing in the sea. The farm work then was much harder than now, owing to the lack of implements and machinery. The fish they generally got were shell-fish, which, when they had a quantity of, they brought to the nearest marketing town or into the country and sold them. The same was done with the farm products, such as potatoes and cabbage.
When the emigrating to America began some of our citizens went there, seeking work. To their credit they succeeded, in fact some of them became famous one of them being Mr
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A Story.
One night my granduncle was coming home from Kings Cross across Byrne's hills and he walked on a stray sod. He went to the gap, he found he was at another ditch. He was going round the field for a long time but he could not find the gap. In the end he got tired and sat down. He got afraid and started to shout. One of his neighbours was passing and heard him shouting. He asked him why he was shouting, and he said he was lost. Then the other man told him to turn his coat. He did and found the gap.
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Coming home he fell into the water. After a while three fairies came and took him out, and when he saw the fairies he got afraid and ran home. He never got drunk afterwards.
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A Story.
One time a man whose name was Tom Stokes was coming home from working. Near his house was a pond of water. The moon was shining and he came over across the fields. When he stopped working he went into a shop and got drunk.
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A Story
One night Henry Holdcroft was watching his people coming home from the races in Mallacurry. He was walking up and down the road but they were not coming. He was standing on the side of the road and he heard someone singing, and he went up the road to see who was coming. It was the fairies that were singing out in a field.
James Corbally,
Crintown,
Dunleet.
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finished milking she could not find the gate. So she kept going round the field for four hours but she could not get out of the field. She kept on walking still and she saw the gate. Then she went home and the father asked her why was she so long. Then she told him about it.
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One night a woman had to milk cows in a field. It was a dark foggy night. When she had
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A field called "Crock Sidhe" - Cnoc Side
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At wakes all clocks are stopped from the times of death.
The body is washed and then dressed in brown habit.
A rosary beads or blessed candle being placed in the hands. The bed is covered with white sheets on which are black crosses.
The corpse is now usually kept in the house for one night only and is removed to the church the following day. The funeral taking place from the church. During the wake the neighbours from all around pay a visit and are given a pipe of tobacco, or cigarettes, Others are given a cup of tea, and a special few a glass of whiskey or a bottle of stout. During the night many stories are told, chiefly ghost stories, jokes are made, puzzles given and games played.
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It is considered unlucky to walk under a ladder, or to see a single magpie first thing in the morning.
Many people still hang a horse-shoe in the houses and stable. It is supposed to be lucky. Others hang a piece of blessed palm.
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Trinity Well - Paughnstown.
This well also is marked on Survey map sheet No.
It is a large circular well with stone facing, but no covering and is in a field called Trinity Green. The water from this well is used by the local people. It is supposed to have been visited by St. Patrick and a stone on which a person stands when filling a [vessel?] is supposed to have borne the marks of his feet.
Over 10 years ago a pilgrimage was made to this well every year on Christmas Eve. Very large numbers used to come and the road aide used to be lined with tents.
The land at that time belonged to a man called Guinness who objected to the trespass, and refused to allow any further ceremonies there.
An other account says that it was the parish priest who stopped the pilgrimages on account of abuses.
Many young people used however to visit the well on Christmas Eve, the one who drew the first water on that night would find it had turned to wine.
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Crafts.
Thatching: There was a man by the name of Henry Gilmore from Edmondstown, he used to make small bundles of straw and wet it and leave them there for about a week. Then he use to start to thatching every line of straw that he would put on he would put on mud. He lived about the year 1897.
Spinning: There was a woman from Ballabonia by the name of Annie Caffery
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rub it on the wart and a while foam will for. Let it remain there and continue treatment until the wart is better.
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Local Cures :-
(1) Cure for sty in the eye :-
Get 9 thrones from a gooseberry bush. Point 3 thorns to the sty: make the sign of the cross & say in the Name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Ghost.
Do this on 3 successive days.
(2) Cure for warts :-
Get a snail. Rub it to the wart every day for 9 days in the name of the Father, son & Holy Ghost.
When the snail dies the wart will disappear.
Another cure for warts :-
Get a piece of washing soda; sip it in hot water
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Wild Birds seen locally,
Wild duck, Wild goose, shell duck curlew, sand lark, Widgeon, Crane, Cormorant, Swan
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There is a well in a rock at the back of the Post Office and the people say you get your wish if you drive a nail into the rock.
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much finer teeth than we have now, which they got from eating the wholesome foods. This can be proved by the fact that when Digging old graves those teeth can be found; as good as the day they were made. This left one tradesman unnecessary; that is, the dentist.
It is not often that we think of it, but when we considered it we feel proud, that perhaps we are descendants of the learned and skillful man who built the round tower and monastery, which have watched over the village and on the people in it for centuries, and is still standing proudly.
The people then had many peculiar habits. They believed in fairies and ghosts, and were greatly afraid of meeting a ghost on a dark night, and hoping that they might meet a fairy in order to get gold from him. How
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Our forefathers of Dromiskin.
Great changes have been wrought in this parish during the past century or more, everything has become more modern, but there is one thing that has not become better and greater, that is the strength and vigour of the people. My father tells me that even when he was young the men of the district were all broad shouldered, lean men, and nearly all over six feet high. They did not use the dainty food that we use now, but they ate the wholesome oaten or wheaten meal bread, porridge and such.
Their dwelling places consisted of damp cold mud or sod wall cabins. It is hard to believe how these people lived in such places, with much more severe weather than we have nowadays, but nevertheless they became stronger and healthier than we have with our grander places. I should mention that these people had
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The cailin beag belongs to
The Bolies
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Superstitions. 17. 11. 38.
See a pin and pick it up.
Your sure that day to have good luck
See a pin and let it lie
You'll want a pin before you die
It is very unlucky to break a mirror if you break a mirror it means two years of sorrow. If sparks come out from the fire it means money for whoever they fall on. If a cock near the door it is a sign of bad luck. If he crows in the door it is a sign of good luck but if he crows out it is a sign of bad luck. It is very unlucky to go into a house with anything on your shoulder.
Ann J. Winters 12 years
Brownstown
Parish of Monasterboice
Co. Louth.
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Superstitions 15. 11. '38
The people used to say that us was unlucky to see a new moon through a window and if a person looks at a new moon across his shoulder he can wish. If a young girl shows you a new moon it is a sign of bad luck. If you look at a new moon across your right shoulder you will get a disappointment. If a person falls in a graveyard he will be the next to be buried in it. If a knife falls on the ground and someone picks it up a gentleman will come that day. If a spoon falls a lady will come that day. If a (spoon) fork falls you will have a disappointment. If the fire lights brightly the furthest away from the door someone will come to the house and if it lights brightly nearest to the door someone will leave the house.
Kattie Lynn 13 years
Hamlinstown
Parish of Monasterboice
Co. Louth.
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Old customs about wakes. 8. 11. 38.
Long ago there were many customs at wakes and funerals. Snuff was handed round usually by the woman of the house and each person took a pinch of snuff. The people used to sing and dance and play all sorts of games at wakes. The old people used to say that is a dead man's wishes were not carried he would appear to them in the night. When people are burying their dead they carry them round the church and back to the grave. The old saying is "Happy is the corpse that the rain pours on." When a person is being waked the clock is topped and the mirrors are turned.
Josie Winters 14 years
Hamlinstown
Parish of Monasterboice
Co. Louth.
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Old customs. 27. 10. '38
The old people used to tie a string an the calves leg and they would let him out on a Sunday. It is also very lucky to begin any work on a Friday.
Cut your nails on Monday cut them for health.
Cut them on Tuesday cut them for wealth th
Cut them on Wednesday cut them for joy
Cut them on Thursday cut them and die
Cut them on Friday cut them for sorrow
Cut them on Saturday and see your love to-morrow
If you sneeze on a Friday you will have sorrow.
Josie Winters 14 years
Hamlinstown
Parish of Monasterboice
County Louth.
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Old customs for planting crops 25.10.38.
Long ago the people thought that some days and some months were unlucky for planting crops. Some people considered it unlucky to begin any work on a Friday because it would never be finished. The people did not sow crops after a certain day or date and they used to take out their potatoes on 31st October. There are three days in April that are called the borrowed days that skinned the old cow.
Anna Lambe 13 years
Riverstown
Pariah of Monasterboice
County Kouth.
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Old marriage customs. 19. 10. '38
It was considered very unlucky for the bride to be married on a Friday or Saturday or to be married in May. According to the old rhyme. "Marry in Mat and you'll the day."
"Monday for health"
"Teusday for wealth"
"Wednesday the best day of all"
"Thursday for losses"
"Friday for crosses"
"Saturday no day at all"
Other old customs were putting the cake through the bride's ring and breaking the cake over her head. It was considered unlucky for rain to come on the day of a wedding and it was considered very lucky for the sun to shine. The old saying is "Happy is the bride that the sun shines on.
Kattie Lynn 13 years
Parish of Monasterboice
Co. Louth.
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Old marriage customs. 18. 10. '38.
There were a number of marrige customs long ago. It was considered unlucky for the wedding party to go to the church and come back the same road. It brought luck to the couple if rice was thrown at them leaving the church. There is and old saying about what the bride would have to wear.
"Something old and something new."
"Something borrowed and something blue."
Before the bride would go to her new home a man and a woman, relatives of the bride would go with what is called the "box" and in this were the brides clothes. Another custom is, the bride throws a shoe and whoever she hit that person will be married next.
Ann J. Winters 12 years
Brownstown
Parish of Monasterboice
Co. Louth.
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and Protestants are buried. Inside the graeyard there is an old castle. At present it is in a fairly good state of preservation. A short distance from it there is an artificial hill and it was thought at one time there was a watch tower built on it.
Josie Mc Keown,
The "Square".
Blackrock,
Dundalk,
Information received from Mr Ed Mc Keown,
Blackrock,
Dundalk.
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Local Ruins.
In the pariah pf Haggardstown in the old graveyard there is an old ruined monastery which was built in the sixth century. Old people say that there is a tunnel leading from it to the sea. In the seventeenth century Cromwells soldiers came and blew it down with cannon. They placed the cannon on a hill called "Pentlands hill" which was convenient to the graveyard and blew it down.
In Millextown near Drogheda there is an old church called the "Jumping Church". It was said that at one time a Protestant man died and was buried there in side its walls, and the following day it was seen that the wall had moved in, and left him outside of it.
A few miles from Haggardstown graveyard there is another place called Haynestown in which Catholics
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Local Ruins.
In the pariah pf Haggardstown in the old graveyard there is an old ruined monastery which was built in the sixth century. Old people say that there is a tunnel leading from it to the sea. In the seventeenth century Cromwells soldiers came and blew it down with cannon. They placed the cannon on a hill called "Pentlands hill" which was convenient to the graveyard and blew it down.
In Millextown near Drogheda there is an old church called the "Jumping Church". It was said that at one time a Protestant man died and was buried there in side its walls, and the following day it was seen that the wall had moved in, and left him outside of it.
A few miles from Haggardstown graveyard there is another place called Haynestown in which Catholic
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stronghold of Cuchulainn.
Castle Roche an extensive ruin was also connected with the Bellew family. It is situated about four miles away to the north-west of the town.
Myra Castle another ruin guarded the famous Myra pass about six miles north of Dundalk where many battles were fought.
Mena Gernon.
6 Seatown.
Dundalk.
Information received from Michael McArdle
5 Seatown.
Dundalk.
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Castletown Castle is situated to the west of the town. It formerly belonged to the Bellew family. It was a place of great importance and commanded the pass to Dundalk during the wars fought here some hundreds of years ago. Spiral stone stairs lead to the top of the building from which there is an extensive view of the country around.
In Castletown Cemetery close by, there are the ruins of an old church, also connected with the Bellew family. This altar stone in this church with a latin inscription still exist.
A short distance away rises the hill of Dun Dealgan, on the summit of which is a remarkable mound of earth work which is said to have been the
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Local Ruins.
In all inhabited countries we find the ruins of ancient buildings or castles that were formerly the scenes of notable events.
In Ireland those ruins are numerous all over the country. In this district there are several such places some in a very good state of presentation.
The nearest of those ruins is "Seatown Castle". This building once formed part of a large Fransiscan monastery founded by John De Verdon. This monastery occupied the greater part of what is now called Seatown. It in included the old Graveyard now closed which also contains the ruins of an old church which was probably part of the monastery
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him. In a few days after he was going to the fair wearing his new coat. He was passing a Fair-fort when he noticed wool flying in all directions around him and when he looked at his coat he found it had disappeared. This was the trick that the fairies played on him for not paying them for their work.
Josie Mc Keown,
The "Square",
Blackrock,
Dundalk.
Information received from Mr Ed Mc Keown,
Blackrock,
Dundalk.
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there until they had finished the bottle of whiskey.
Not far from this fort there is another hill called "Crockshea" where fairies were also seen and heard.
In some parts of the districts about one hundred years ago a man named Manus O'Mulligan lived alone in a house which was haunted by the fairies. One evening they came to him at Twylight and demanded from him "Meat or Work". So the first evening they came he gave them wool to card, they did so and left. They came again the second evening and again demanded "Meat or Work", so he told them to weave the wool which he had given the evening before: they did so and left. They came again the third evening and again demanded "Meat or Work", he told them to make a coat out of the wool they had woven they did so and left the coat with
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indicates coming storm.
When the wind comes from the South-East it generally brings rain in its train and stormy weather.
When the mountains look near rain is near at hand, or when a halo is seen around the moon it indicates rain also.
When the stars are shining and glittering it is a sign of frost.
Josie McKeown,
The "Square",
Blackrock,
Dundalk.
Information received from Mr Ed Mc Keown,
Blackrock,
Dundalk.
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Weather Lore.
The insects and animals are very peculiar in their behaviour when rain or storm is coming.
The gnats for axample are always flying low and are very annoying when rain is coming. When the swallows are here in Summer they can be seen swooping low round farm buildings and trees and this also a sign that rain is approaching.
The sea fowl always come in over land when a storm is at sea, and the mournful cry of the Curlew flying over marsh-ground at night is another sign of rain. When on a fine day sea-weed is damp it indicates rain.
When the sun sets in a pale watery sky it predicts rain. When the sun sets in a red sky
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be expected.
In the Spring the oak and the ash trees were watched closely, because it was said that the budding of the oak because the ash meant a fine Summer, where as if the ash budded first it was a bad sign.
In this district a south-west wind nearly always brings rain. A north-wind means dry weather or frost in Winter, where as the east-wind means bitter cold weather.
These signs were all well known to older people who always placed great faith in them.
Mena Gernon
6 Seatown
Dundalk
Information received from Michael McArdle
5 Seatown
Dundalk.
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Weather Lore
Long ago people depended upon the sun, the moon, stars, and planets to forecast the weather.
Such signs as a read sky in the evening meant fine weather next day. A ring round the moon at night was a sure sign of rain. High wind and fast moving clouds from the north-west meant a coming storm. Sailors feared a rainbow in the morning, where as one at night had the opposite meaning. The animals and birds were watched closely for signs of uneasiness which also denoted a storm.
The seasons too were forecasted by various signs such as a plentiful cop of berries which meant that a hard winter might
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2nd Nov. '38.
Local Forges.
There were two forges round here, long ago these two forges were in Jenkinstown. One of them was along a bye road. There is only one piece of this remaining now. The man who owned this forge was Patrick Rice.
The other forge was in Michael Mullhollands field. Who owned this forge I do not know. There is no remains of this forge except the well which the blacksmith used for cooling the hot iron.
There are two blacksmiths in the Parish now. One of them lives in Rockmarshall his name is James Smith. The other man lives in Lordship and his name is James Smith also. The blacksmith used these tools:- an anvil, a hammer, a sledge, a rasp, a vice and a tongs. He shod the horses, he fixes carts and ploughs. He makes spades and graips. When the blacksmith wants to bend iron he puts it in the fire and warms it. The blacksmith uses a special kind of coal for his fire. There is generally a stream outside of the forge.
This story was obtained by Patrick McGeown, Jenkinstown.
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20 . Oct . 38
Potatoes
My Uncle has a good many fields and he puts potatoes in about half of them. He prepares the crop first by making drills. He makes the drills with an iron plough. Next he spreads the manure, and then he drops the potatoes. Some of the neighbour boys give him a hand to drop them. Sometimes the children of our school are kept at home for the setting of their own potatoes. Then the farmers covers the potatoes with a plough, sometimes he covers the top and bottom of the drills with a spade. Then leaves them till he starts to weed them. This is done very carefully as it is less troble when the gathering of them comes. When this time comes buys pelicks to gather the potatoes in. When he has them picked he puts them into pits. The pits are covered with straw and
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playing this and whoever gets ten games first wins the game.
Josie Winters 14 years
Hamlinstown
Parish of Monasterboice
Co. Louth.
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22. 9. '38
If they let one fall they are out of the game. Then the next girl leaves down two and throw up one and lift them two. Next she leaves down three and throw up one and catch them three. Then she leaves down four and throw up one and then catch them four. Then each gets her turn and they kept on
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Games. 20. 9. 38.
Many years ago the children at school used to play jack-stones. As many children as wished could play it. The player used to gather five jack-stones. These were white little stones like pebbles and one of the girls would place four on the ground and kept one in their hand. She threw up the one in her hand and while it was still in the air she had to snatch one of the ground and catch the one in the air and then She had two in her hand. If she makes and mistake or let one fall she is out of the game. Then they continue this until they have the five in their hands.
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round the hearth would remark the moment he saw the little blue flame in the fire of turf that storm was at hand. The next thing the howling of the wind could be heard in the spacious chimney.
South-Westerly winds bring most rain to this district.
Information received from Mr. McGeary
Avenue Rd.
Dundalk.
Eleanor McGee,
7 St. Alphonsus Villas
Dundalk.
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The old Irish were very shrewd as regards the weather. A farmer in olden times could tell the kind of weather that was forth-coming by the signs he knew and understood.
Frost was heralded by the shooting of stars from one place to another. When the Northern Lights threw a reddish onto the sky rain and storm was expected. The ducks quacking loudly and presistantly was a sign of very stormy weather. One of most reliable forecasts of rain was when the cobble stones became moist. The midges and swallows flying low was a sign of heavy rain. The coming inland of the sea-gulls meant storm at sea. When the mountains disappeared in clouds and mist, rain was expected.
Someone in a group
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Old houses. 5. 9. '38.
Long ago the people had different ways of building from what they have now. The walls of the old houses were usually made of mud. The chimney was a big open chimney built at the gable of the house. In these houses the people burned turf and wood. The wood roof was pointed on top and the floor was made of clay. There were small windows with bars in the middle on the outside. These windows are to be seen at the present day in old ruins. There are remains of old mud walled houses to be seen. The fire was a big open one whee the old people used to sit telling stories long ago.
Ann J. Winters 12 years.
Brownstown
Parish of Monasterboice
Co. Louth
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show. When the disease reached an advanced stage and when death was fast approaching a wire cage was made to be placed on the head of the afflicted person. An out-let was left about the upper lip, where a piece of sponge which was soaked in the essence of "Garlic", was placed, to be inhaled through the nostrils and mouth. This remedy prolonged life.
Sprains were cured by bathing the affected part in boiled "Marshmallows". Swellings were treated in the same manner.
Eleanor McGee
7 St Alphonsus Villas,
Dundalk.
Information received from Mrs. Eleanor McGee and Mr. McGeary, Aged 84,
Avenue Rd,
Dundalk.
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Local Cures
The old Irish were fond of believing in cures, both superstitious and effective ones for their various ailments and diseases.
Long ago people who suffered from coughs went in search of an herb named "Penny-cup". This green velvety leafed herb was to be found growing on a stone wall. The leaves were boiled with quanity of sugar cane, liquorice ball, and a lemon and then strained. The mixture was a most effective cure for the most obstinate cough.
Parsley boiled with new milk made a cure for kidney trouble. It was reckoned as unsurpassable for that disease.
The dreaded disease of Tuberculosis was treated when in its first stages by putting "Garlic" between the stocking foot and the sole of the
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the man puts his two horses in the plough and makes another drill between two lines and covers each line. When he has finished he leaves them there until they come up.
The way the people dig are the farmer prepares there digger and he digs out the potatoes and the neighbours helps him to gather them. When they are gathered they are put into a pit.
When the men are making a pit they have to have shovels and spades. They make a little hole then they dig round this little hole until they have it six feet long and four feet wide then the potatoes are put into it and covered with mould and strain.
The local names of the local potatoes are - Priddies, Pops, spuds and taties they call the little ones marbles and the ones with two heads are called dolly's.
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There is a cromlech in Byrne's field on Fieldstown Hill. The field is called Lios Dubh. Fionn Mac Cumhaill is supposed to be buried there. The cromlech is on the top of the hill. There are some stones standing upright in the ground and a large flat stone on the top of them. The stones are almost covered with clay and the place is overgrown with briars. Within the grave are bones.
Ann J. Winters 12 years
I got this information from my father
James Winters (over 50 years)
Brownstown
Parish of Monasterboice
Co. Louth.
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Giants 29. 6. 38
In this district there was a giant named Fionn mac Cumaill. There is a well in Brownstown still called Tobar Finn. The people use the water of this well for cattle. Fionn mac Cumaill is supposed to be buried in a field on Fieldstown Hill called Lios Dub. His grave is known as Fionn's Grave.
Anna Lambe 13 uears
Riverstown
Parish of Monasterboice
Co. Louth.
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Long ago the people put up St Brigid's crosses in their houses. We have one still and it is 8 inches long and 4 across. Round it is a plait of rushes. It was made by Patrick Winters, Brownstown, my grandfather who died about 16 or 17 years ago. It is placed in the roof of the house.
Palm is put up the house and in the outhouses.
Ann J. Winters, Brownstown, Monasterboice
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Emblems. 23.6.'38
Long ago the people had different emblems and objects which they hung up in the thatch on feast days. They hung up crosses on the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Brigid. Some people made these crosses of plaited draw and rushes. When they were made they were placed in a safe place in the thatch.
The May bush is hung up on May Eve. Flowers are tied in bunches And hung upon it.
Josie Winters 14 years.
Hamlinstown, Monasterboice.
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to advice him. James Devlin then made this poem :-
"Go you rake says Peggy",
Build it deep and wide
For if you don't you're sure to rue
And your hay will fall into the tide.
4.
On the eleventh of September,
In eighteen eighty two,
Their was heroes came undaunted,
Paddies harvest to go through.
There was Charlie Moore yo may be sure.
Beside some thirty more.
To have some fun when they begun,
To Hagan they sailed o'er.
The drink came in and the fun begin
Till ten o'clock or more.
When Peter he appeared saying the Sergent's up the road and its time to close the door.
The police took the most of them
And locked them up secured.
In order next morning to make an example of them along with
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local Poets.
1.
Jemmy Hanlon of CastletownCobly is a poet. He composed a play for the Bellurgan A.O.H. hall and it was played, and he called it the Outlaws of Annaverna.
2.
James Devlin of Faughart was a poet. He made a verse of poetry about a football team from Dromintee. It went like this : -
With brakes and cars they did roll down,
Most glorious to be seen.
Each lad beside his sweetheart,
Dressed in jersey's red and green.
To kick the Grange fishackers,
Right into the tide,
And the girls thay day,
Looked so gay.
Most glorious to be seen.
3.
An old man called James Rimes from Ballymascanlon village was building a load of hay and his wife came out
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Herbs & Weeds 5.5.'38.
There are some sour and harmful weeds which cattle will not eat. One of these is buttercups. Thistles are very harmful to land. Hocas is an herb which cures pains. The [coltrans?] grow in green fields and [cuideans?] grow in meadows. Wild celery and chicken weed grow among turnips. Ox tongues grow along banks. Moss grows in fields that have not been tilled for a long time.
Josie Winters 14 years
Hamlinstown
Parish of Monasterboice
County Louth.
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a cure for sore eyes.
Cuts or wounds of any kind or swellings were treated with an ointment made from the Marshmallow.
Maureen Wilson,
13 St Mary's Rd.,
Dundalk.
Information received from Mr. C. Wilson.
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When the juice of the Dandelion was forced out on a wart it was supposed to cure it.
The stem and flowers of the Rose Noble boiled like tea and about 1 glass drunk morning and night was supposed to be cure for boils.
The roots or the Bog Bean pulled out of stream, dried and boiled as tea, and a quantity drunk every morning fasting was supposed to be a cure for kidney trouble.
The leaves of the Plaintain pounded into a jelly and applied to sores was supposed to cure them.
Nettles boiled in soup, or in the freshleaeves mixed with salad was supposed to be a Blood Purifier.
House Leek pounded and made into juice and applied on cloth placed over eyes at night was supposed to be
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People long ago used to make use of herbs as a cure for their ailments. When they had Consumption they used to eat the root of the dandelion or drink the milk out of the leaves, the was supposed to be a remedy for that ailment.
When a person had cancer he used to eat the blackheads of a weed called Knapweed and which he believed would cure him. When an herb called Horehound tea and given to a person who had lung trouble it was supposed to cure him.
Camomile boiled was supposed to cure any swellings, if bathed in it.
Garlic bruised and put in ones shoe was supposed to be a cure for the flu.
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As you have done before.
Shake hand with your lover (repeat three times_
As you have done before.
Then both start running in opposite directions and whoever is back first where the started has to go in and out. We do the actions as we sing the song.
Ring-a-ring-a-rosy.
This game is played by getting a lot of children and swinging round and while you are going round you say:-
Ring-a-ring-a-rosy,
A pocket full of posy,
Hush-ha-hush-ha,
We all fall down.
Leap the frog:-
It is played by putting twelve children on their knees and one girl is to jump across, you kneel down then another girl is to jump across and so on.
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Weeds & herbs 5.5.'38.
There are a lot of weeds and herbs which grow on the land in the district. Thistles do harm to land. The docken weed is harmful to land also. Its seeds when boiled will cure a cough. Pressiagh? is a weed with a yellow blossom and is grows in cornfields. Pressiagh? spreads very quickly. Cows will not eat the grass where moss grows.
Kattie Lynn 13 years.
Hamlinstown
Ballymakenny
Parish of Monasterboice
Co Louth.
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Weeds and herbs on the Farm 5.5.'38
Cows will not eat buttercups because they are sour. Hacus is another weed grown on our farm. It cures pains. There is a blessed thistle in our garden. It is used for curing the whooping cough when it is boiled in milk. Chalice is an herb which grows in moss and on trees and when boiled in milk is a cure for whooping cough. St Patrick leaf cures cuts. Nettles and dock leaves destroy land. Capog leaf is another herb which destroys land. Feanenn is a coarse white grass used for making grass ropes.
Ann J Winters 12 years.
Brownstown
Parish of Monasterboice
Co. Louth.
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When churning is being done, the churn is dragged into the middle of the floor and a horseshoe is sometimes placed under the churn "so as the fairies wil not run away with the butter" so the old people say. Another belief is, is a stranger comes into the house when churning is going on and is he or she does not take a turn at it, the butter will not come on. When the stranger is talking the churn dash he or she says "I will leave my weight on the butter". Yet another old belief is, a man should not light his pipe and leave the house while the churning is in progress or he will bring the butter away with him.
Hetty Cumiskey.
23 Seatown,
Dundalk.
Information received from Mr. J. Carrison, Edenappa, Jonesboro'
Newry.
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and lid. Then cold water is poured into the churn and on the dash and lid in order to cool them. After that the milk is put into the churn.
The dash is put standing in the milk and the lid is fitted on. Soon afterwards warm water is poured in.
Farmer's wives know when the churning is finished when the dash is free from all traces of butter. The lid is taken off and the butter is gathered together with the dash. Then the hands are scalded and cooled. The butter is then lifted with the hands and it is put into what is known as the butter dish. This is also an oak vessel. It is round and hollow in the centre. This is also scalded then cooled. The butter is washed with clean cold water until the water runs clear. The butter is then put into lb. blocks ready for Monday's market.
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Streams.
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"Big Post", is a stream in Jenkinstown it runs along a house where a man called Big Post used to live.
2.
"Larry's River", is only a stream but the people call it Larry's River because of a man called Larry Roddy who lived beside it.
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"Tippings Stream", a woman named Miss Tipping owns it.
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12.
"Trumpet Hill".
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"An Bruachan Brinn", is one of my uncles fields in Bellurgan. It is a hill covered with trees and furge bushes.
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"Hynes Hill", it got its name because a man named Patrick Hynes lived there.
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"Alice's Hill", It was called so because a woman called Alice Rice lives there.
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"Toner's Hill", is so called because a man named James Toner lives there.
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would go in a trap. the breakfast would be in the brides house. That night threre would be a dancer in the brides house. Everyone that went to the house that night would bring a bottle of whiskey with them. They would start singing and dancing. The wedding cake would be brought to the chapel and the priest would sell a piece to any person who wanted it. Some people would give a shilling for a piece others two shillings.
Mary Rice obtained this information from her father: Mr Bernard Rise, Bellurgan Pt, Dundalk
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2.
Long ago when people were getting married they would go to the chapel in a carriage and others
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Local Marriage Customs.
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When two people wanted to get married against the will of their parents long ago they usually ran away in the middle of the night. They would go to the house of a neighbour where they would have everything ready beforehand. Some of the neighbours who were let into the secret were supposed to be gathered in the house with bottles of whiskey and they were then to drink the health of the runaways. The next morning the runaways would be married by the priest and only those who drunk their health the night before could attend they wedding. When the parents got to know about the runaways and consented to bring them home again, the father or brother of the bride would bring them home and that was called the "Drag Home ". Otherwise if tghe parents did not consent to bring them home the runaways would have to work and make a living for themselves.
Nora Dawe obtained the story from John Murphy Esq, Bellurgan, Dundalk.
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20th December 1937.
Weather Lore.
I Sayings
1. A rainbow in the night is the shepherd's delight,
A rainbow in the morning is the shepherds-warning.
2. Frost in November to bear a duck
Nothing after but slush and much.
3. Wet Saturday - dry Sunday.
4. Wet Friday - wet Sunday.
5. Rain on St Swithin's Day means
rain for forty days afterwards.
6. Evening red and morning grey,
Are token of a bonny day.
II Good signs.
A red sunset
Mist on the river at evening time.
Swallows flying high.
Humming of a bee on a summer evening.
Clear sky.
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4.
In Bellurgan there is a p. wood called "Tippings wood" and in this wood there is a pond. About twenty years ago this pond was a lake. A man named Mr Tipping used to own this wood, but he is long since dead. It is now owned by his daughter Miss Tipping. The story goes that a man named James White better known as "The Lark" Whate lived in Dawestown nearby. This man used to boast that he was not afraid of ghosts. He laid a bet, that he would fish in the lake the next moonlight night, because it was said that whoever fished in this lake in the light of the moon would see ghosts and spirits. So one moonlight night he began to fish in lake. After a while he happened to look into the lake and saw his reflection He thought it was the devil and began to feel nervous, so he ran and ran till he reached the cottage. (The cottage was a house with six doors on it, and the workmen in Tipping's used to get their meals in this cottage.)
When he reached the cottage there were goats standing at every door, taking shelter. "The Lark" went to the first door, and the goats ran out past him. Then he went to the next door and the same thing happened. The story goes that the goats ran past him at every door. In the end he was so much frightened that he thought everything he met was a
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48.
Churning
There are two kinds of churns one, a "Dash-churn" the other a Berrel-churn.
The dash-churn is made of oak. It is wide at the bottom narrowing as it comes towards the centre and gradually widening at the top. It is made in two pieces the halves being joyned by iron bolts. The churn is held together by several round iron hoops. The lid is also made of oak with a hole in the centre to allow the staff of the churn-dash to come through. The lid fits tightly into the churn to prevent milk or butter splashing out on the lid.
The farmer's wife collects all the surplus milk and she allows it to go very sour and thick. When the milk is ready for churning the churn is washed out with boiling water to scald it. The same is done with the dash
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6. The people said that a ghost was seen on the Collon Road. The ghost was a dog and he used to walk the road with everyone. one night a priest saw the ghost and he hunted him and he was never seen since. One night the people of Sillogue saw a light in a field owned by Mr Carroll of Riverstown, Monasterboice. It was a fire and fairies were seen dancing round it. One night a light was seen on a hill at Barnattin and it was seen moving across the fields to Monasterboice.
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ghost. This story was given by Jackie Mullen who got it from
Mrs Mullen, Sillogue, Monasterboice. Farmer over 70 yrs.
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5. One time people named Mc Quillan's lived in a house in Balgathern in the parish of Tullyallen. They got poor and they had to leave the house. When they left the house they had to stop in a neighbours house. One time the boy went out to the field to cut grass and the owner of the field caught him and gave him a good beating. Some time afterwards the boy died. Afterwards Mr Lynn the man who bought the farm when with his servant to live on it. The servant slept outside and the man slept within the house. During the night the man saw a ghost and he ran home. It is said that none of the people that bought the house could live in it because they would see a
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lane. The man went over a few fields and went home. This information was given to me by Anna Lambe who got it from her father.
Michael Lambe, Monasterboice Co Louth.
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Ghost Stories 7.7.38
1. Long ago there was a woman killed at Fieldstown cross. Her ghost was seen at the place where she was killed. One night two men were coming at the cross very late in the night. One of them saw a woman sitting on the side of the road where that woman was killed and the other man could not see her and then she disappeared. This story was told to me by Kattie Lynn who heard it from her father
Denis Lynn Hamlinstown Monasterboice, Farmer.
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2. Very long ago there was a ghost seen near the mill race at Ballymakenny. it was a tall girl dressed in black. Some evenings she used to come and walk the road along with people. She would walk a long distance on the road and then suddenly disappear. Many people saw this ghost. This story was to me by Kattie Lynn who heard it from her father.
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1. Long ago there was a woman killed at Fieldstown cross. Her ghost was seen at the place where she was killed. One night two men were coming at the cross very late in the night. One of them saw a woman sitting on the side of the road where that woman was killed and the other man could not see her and then she disappeared. This story was told to me by Kattie Lynn who heard it from her father
Denis Lynn Hamlinstown Monasterboice, Farmer.
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farmers to save their butter throughout the year, in wooden barrels commonly called "firkins" and sell it all on the same day. Salt was used as a preservative.
Churning is carried on extensively in Ireland, the fact being due to large numbers of cattle that are raised on the rich pasture lands of our country.
Eleanor McGee,
7 St. Alphonsus Villas,
Dundalk.
Information received from Mr. McGeary,
Avenue Road.
Dundalk.
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beam a long piece of wood extended across the ceiling, from which two long handles known as "glakes" were suspended. The "glakes" were moved to and fro and the piece of wood across the ceiling automatically worked the churn dash.
The next design of a churn brought into existence was the barrel churn. A handle was attached to the side of this churn, and when the handle was tuned the churn was set in rolling motion. Owing to the fact that pieces of wood sometimes called "wings" were projected from the insides no dash was needed. The motion of the churn dashed the milk against these "wings" and the butter was brought to the top in the same manner as when the dash was used. The barrel churn is in use to the present day.
It was not unusual for
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Lena Dullaghan, Jenkinstown, Dundalk from :-
Thomas White, Jenkinstown, Dundalk.
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3.
In Jenkinstown there lives a man whose name is Hugh Finnegan better known as "Hughy Peadair". One dat, when a little boy playing near his home he was surrounded by little men, The little men asked him to go away with them. HE did not want to go with them but he was swept off his feet. He was landed at the foot of the Cooley mountains where they began to play football. He was then taken to some other place where all the eatables that could be marked or made were laid down. The little men forced him to eat something but he would not touch anything. A voice kept telling him that if he would eat anything he would never see his home again. This voice is said to be that of an angel. This man is living still but he never speaks of this to anyone. This story is well known in out locality. Some people believe it was to his dead brother that this happened. Most people think it was Hugh it happened to. This story was obtained by :-
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This story is told about Barney by James Marron who was gardener in the mansion.
Telford head so many stories about Barney that he wished to get him out of sight. He made up his mind to send Marney to America and he sent a message for our poor friend, saying he wanted to see him. Barney arrived before the door of the mansion and walked up and down. The owner looked on wishing for Barney to speak, but in the end he said "McGeown what do you want". He answered back "I want nothing but what do you want Telford. You sent for me and I did not send for you".
Telford then made known his wishes to Barney. But our friend like a true son of the soil said "No. But watch yourself Telford I saw your bits of sticks of furniture out before the door and I may see them so again (He was referring to the sale of Sir John's (Telford's father) goods when he became bankrupt.
Strange to say this sale did not take place after Telford's death and his mansion his now a convent of the Francescan nuns.
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Barney made answer saying "Are you blind when you cannot see the clock on the mantle, (the clock was sitting on Barney's head on the box).
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little scut could you not wash your clothes in any other spot but where the people come for to draw water". He then went home and next morning he came riding to the sport to give his horse a drink. The horse bent down to drink but suddenly reared up throwing the rider off his back. The horse ten came down head foremost and killed both himself and his master. In this way the woman revenged herself for being called a "dirty scut".
1. Laurence Hughes of Proleek tells this story.
An old man named Bernard McGeown lived in a small cottage in Proleek which was presented to him by a charitable lady. He never paid rent for the cottage but when Telford McNeill (the local squire) returned from Torkey he bought back his father's mansion and property in Mount Pleasant.
He laid claim to poor Barney's house and wanted rent. Barney would not recognise the claim so the machinery of the law was brought into motion and our poor friend was evicted. He took up his few articles of furniture along the Colfure road and among them was a bacon box and a bucket. Well when night came poor Barney put his feet in the bucket and his head in the box and slept soundly. Well one night when Larry was passing he said "Barney what time is it"
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XII. He also tells this story.
A man who lived beside the rectory in Jenkinstown was coming home late in the morning when he observed a very small woman beside what is still called "the Spout". She had beside her a very large heap of clothes newly washed.
This man said to her "You clearly
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XI. James O'Hare tells this story also about John McArdle.
John kept a stallion horse and it seems that when "out of season" he always drove the local clergyman with this animal under a car belonging to the priest. Well one night when coming across Dawestown hill the horse suddenly stopped and no force or persuasion would move him onward. The priest then borrowed John's loaded whip and when on a distance in front reading. He then folded the lash of the whip would his hand and commenced to beat something with it towards the fence. John could see nothing but he heard a sound as if the priest was striking a very large sheet of iron with the loaded end of the whip. After a time the priest walked back and got up on the seat saying "John drive on, we are all right now." John did so once the horse walked quite readily past the spot. The priest would not explain what he saw or what he struck (This also happened about Gleann Dub)
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X. He says the following story was told by the late Felix? McGeown, (tailor) of Deerpark.
One late evening John McArdle was coming through Gleann Dub in Dowestown and he saw a young girl standing in the the middle of a field crying. He asked what was wrong and then she commenced to laugh. He slid down into the field with the intention of seeing what was the matter. When he came near to the girl she commenced to run and he followed her round the field. This race continued for three times without result. Just then the tailor was passing by and he saw John running but nothing else. He called out "John, what are you running for". Immediately John stood stock-still and in a moment he dropped in a faint. His friend tried to rouse him but after a ling period only did he succeed in bringing back to consciousness. He seemed to think that only for the arrival of a friend the race would have continued till John's death would result.
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the Bellurgan New road when he obesrved a man also walking on what is described as the old rampart. As the man on the road was walking along the other seemed to be doing the same until they reached the "Pound" when the stranger disappeared. The stranger was "Headless" all the time.
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became anxious and after a time they heard a noise of a pack of hounds approach the house. There was a pane missing from the back window of the house and what was the surprise of the children to see a man grasp the side of the window and put his head in. He was seized by forms outside and dragged back, still he tried to escape and got his shoulder in, the pull from without became greater and he was again dragged out. This time he was surrounded and carried off roaring for all that was in his power. Next morning it was found that the man of the house was drowned in the Blackoloie ford when returning from town and it was commonly believed that he was captured by the fairies and was trying to escape when the forms appeared at the window. If any person were to catch his arm he would probably escape.
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VIII. The same man says that once when a man was walking along Bellurgan pound he saw approaching him a gentleman wearing a dress suit. He did not know the stranger and in a short time he looked after the man and this time nothing was visible but a poor bent tramp with hardly a rag of clothes to cover him.
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IX. Paddy Hoey tells about a man walking the
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VI. Jame O'Hare tells his story also.
A man named McKenny and his family lived along Bellurgan road. Well one day the man and wife went to town leaving the children to look after the house. All went well till evening and there was no sign of their return the children
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VI. James O'Hare also says that in the penal days when Wolfe MacNeill was flogging all the poor of the district among the victims was a poor woman who lived on the estate of Mr Tipping. Well just so they were going to flog the woman her landlord arrived on the scene. He asked 'What was this about". And on being told he said they had no authority to carry out the sentence as she was one of his tenants. So she was set free and the "Landlord" was very well thanked by the peasantry for his timely aid.
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V. Along the Ballymascanlon shore is a small cove called "The Bishop's hole". It seems that in old times a bishop of the name of Donnelly had a hiding place in the sandy bank and he used this little cove as a bathing place. His fate is not known but some say he was captured and that his body was interred in Ballymascanlon churchyard. It is quite a common saying "Let us have a swim in the bishop's hole".
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He was again placed in his cell and next morning he again was taking his stroll in Crow Street. The tread mill was again brought into action and Larry enjoyed his four hours hopping. He got off smiling but still refused to tell how he escaped, all kind of locks were put on the door but with no result. The governor saut to smith and got a special lock mode for the door as he was ordered to do so by the visiting justices who described Larry as a dangerous character. This lock was put on in addition to the usual one and a double guard on the doors to prevent escape. Well in the morning Larry was as usual taking his constitutional in Crow street and of course he was enjoying his pipe. When again questioned by the visiting justices he would not disclose his secret so in the end the allowed him to take his usual walk in Crow-street and smoke the pipe of peace but of course they double locked him in the cell each night.
The month wore on and Larry was set at liberty much to the joy of the governor and he returned to the Deerpark. Traces of his home cow still be pointed out and his farm is in the possession of the Logan family.
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On New Years Day the daylight lengthens as much as a cocks crow carries.
If apples bloom in March, there will be a bad crop.
I would not trust him as far a I would throw him.
P. FLEMING.
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If April is a showery month,
Then May will be a flowery month.
A cold May makes no one richer.
Midsummer rain spoils hay and grain.
All the months of the year will curse a fair February.
May chickens never grow to full size.
If the cat lies in the Sun in February she will creep to the hearth stone in March.
A wet March makes a bad harvest.
Every day from St. Patrick's is fine.
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It was not on one foot that St. Patrick came to Ireland.
Ireland for a penny, but where is the penny.
Thats the hen's penny to Scotland.
The worst blast comes on the borrowed day
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A new broom sweeps clean.
No smoke without fire.
Fine feathers make fine birds.
You never miss the water till the well runs dry.
Don't throw out the stale water 'till you ake sure of the clean.
R. LANGAN.
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Many a kind heart beats under a ragged coat.
What you have not got you cannot lose.
One drop of ink makes a million think.
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Diligence is the mother of good luck.
One to-day is worth two to-morrows.
The eye of a master can do more work than both his hands.
We may give advice but we cannot give conduct.
OLIVER BRANIGAN.
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Proverbs.
Sloth like rust consumes faster than labour wears.
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There is a certain house which is situated about two miles from Drogheda. During the troublesome time of the Black and Tans a group of men went for safety to this house. They asked the people who occupied the house, to give them shelter in a certain room of the house. They thought that if an attack came they could get out safely.
They went asleep but soon they were all thrown out of bed and tumbled about. They had to take their clothes and run for their lives.
Joseph O'Neill.
Mary St.
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Once upon a time there lived a princess. She was to get married shortly so she went over to Platten.
Every man, before marrying her had to go through a test.
The test was to jump from one side of the rocks of platten to the other. Many men were killed trying to jump it. Not one in Ireland could do the jump.
A prince in Scotland heard about it and came over to Ireland. She, seeing him, wanted him to marry her without jumping, but he said he would do it. He tried once and succeeded.
The princess in her excitement fell off the rocks and was killed. Every night since she is to be seen walking about platten Rocks.
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him in and put the other man's hump on his back so that he had two. Then they sent him home.
Written by
Edward McEneaney.
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Once upon a time there was a man who had a lump. He had a friend who had a hump also. One day the man was employed in a field cutting thistles. He went up on a little hill for a rest and heard the fairies singing "May, June and July". He came nearer and began to say it also.
They heard him and welcomed him. Afterwards they took the hump off his back. Next day his friends, who also had a hump saw him and asked him where did he get rid of his hump.
He told him to go to the top of a hill and to say "May, June, July". The man did so, and when the fairies heard him they brought
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and said come up to the graveyard until you hear God and the Devil dividing the souls.
Sean McDermott
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There is an old house near the post office in Jenkinstown. The story is that it was bought off a man named "Peter the Tailor". The man who bought it built a new house where the old one was. He got as far a the roof. Every day he put on the slates, but they would be pulled off that night. He began to think it was the neighbours who were pulling the slates off so he waited up one night to see who it was. To his surprise he saw the slates come rolling off themselves nd nobody near them. It was the "wee people" who were doing this. The old house is there still and nobody ever goes near it.
This story was obtained by:- Lena Dullaghan Jenkinstown, Dundalk. From:- Mrs Mary White, Jenkinstown, Dundalk.
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4.
Quite close to where I live there is an estate owned by an old lady called Miss Tipping. The Tipping Family have owned this lace for long and long. There is a high mound at one part of the estate and it is covered with trees. This place is known to everyone around as Tippings Wood. This mound is very historical and it is said that Cuchulainn used it in days gone by as a look-out when Maeve's army was marching to attack Ulster.
There is a part of Tippings Wood called the Horsepark. In this place there is a cave, and inside the cave there is supposed to be a crock of gold hidden. This gold is very valuable. It is supposed to be guarded by enchanted men who stand around it with swords in their hands. A man whose name I do not know, is supposed to have seen this treasure but he did not dare to touch it. This man was from Bellurgan.
This story was obtained by Nora Dawe, Old Road, Bellurgan, Dundalk from John Murphy, Old Road, Bellurgan, Dundalk.
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to me by my mother whose name and address are:- Mrs Dawe, Old Road, Bellurgan, Dundalk.
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Two miles from Bellurgan School at a place called the Deerpark, there is a cromlech in a field, known as the "Big Stone Field". In this field there is supposed to be a treasure hidden but it is not known exactly where the spot is. It is said that a man named Mr Brush had a crop of mustard in the field one year. When he and his employed men were taking out the crop it is said that they found some kind of silver. Mr. Brush sent this silver to some place in Dublin. In return he was told that the silver was good. So he got his men to dig for more, but they took ill and he put a stop to the work. This happened about eighteen years ago. This story was told
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place. One night he was out after twelve o'clock. The night was very dark and he saw bright light shining round the place. He saw little men in green jackets and red caps dancing round a great big crock of gold. The man go very ill after this. Though he is still alive he does not of this happening to anyone. I got this story from my mother whose name and address are:- Mrs Dullagham, Jenkinstown, Dundalk.
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A little more than a mile from Bellurgan School in a place called Rockmarshall there is an old fort. A man named Johnny Breen lives near the
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Hidden Treasures
Treasure is supposed to have been hidden at Bellurgan Point. It is not known who placed it there and no one ever tried to get at it. It is supposed to be gold that is hidden. It is said that whoever goes to look for it will have to fig for it at twelve o'clock at night. There is a with there who minds the treasure by day and night. The story goes whoever finds it will suffer the loss of a joint. People didn't want to lose an joint, and so no one ever looked for the treasure.
Mary Rice, Bellurgan N.S. Dundalk was told the story. She heard it from Mr Joseph O'Neill, Bellurgan Point, Dundalk.
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Once upon a time there lived a priest who was paid to say a mass, but he forgot and he died.
A little while after a man fell asleep in the chapel in which the dead priest used to say mass. He was locked in. At 12 oclock the priest came out of the vestry fully dressed in his vestments and he turned round and said "Is there any one to serve me"
The man did not answer. He told a priest and the next night both came to the chapel. The dead priest asked the same question which the priest answered.
He served him and the dead priest never seen again
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A Story About Karra Gubban
A few years ago I visited Karra Gubban in Donore in Co. Meath.
It is a high hill. When you would get to the top of the hill you would go into a cave.
It was said that this cave was the home of the fairies.
People say that they saw the fairies dressed in red suits. They were playing Football in the cave.
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to sleep.
All went well until twelve o;clock and then something came and tumbled the men about every which way. They all had to pack up their clothes and run for their lives.
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There is a certain house which is situated 2 miles from the town.
During the troublesome time of the I.R.A. a groop of men went for safety to this house. They asked the people who occupied it, to give them shelter in a certain room on the flat.
They thought that there would be an invasion, then they could get out safely.
The man knew the history of the room and advised them to go to another one but they objected and thought he was going to trap them.
They contented themselves, lay down and went
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A long time ago a man lived in a house by himself at Shallon.
The house was built on a lonely road out in the country.
The man of the house died. A couple of months after his death it was known that a big black dog used to jump across a stile that was built at the side of the house.
It came at the same time every year.
The People that lived around, and many others thought that the house was haunted and that the dog was a Ghost, and nobody would go near the house or
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live in it.
After a few years two men went out with guns late at night. They happened to pass down the road where the dog was known to be. Just as they were passing by the house out jumped the dog across the road.
The man got up the gun and fired at the dog and killed it. He shot him in the head and found out that it was some men behind the stile and that they let out the dog.
Ever since that nobody is afraid to pass that way no matter how late it is.
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in the District.
This is a true story told by my Great Grandmother 30 years ago, and she died when she was 100 years of age."
Kathrine Donnelly
Tullineskea
Bailieboro.
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lived close by, named Maura Gargan. St Patrick caught her eating blackberries going to Holy Communion.
She disappeared in three parts. One went up in the air, one went under the ground, The third into a lake close by, called Clugga Lake.
The part that went under the ground was to appear on the earth again he said when ninety nine thousand nine hundred and nine people, by the same name, would cross the spot where she disappeared.
For years and years anyone called Gargan would cross the field, rather than cross the place lest she might rise again. Now people have forgotten about it and there is no one of that name
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The Tale of Maura Gargan
In the parish of Tierwarker Co. Meath there is an old graveyard known as Mybloegue [Pron. 'Moybullog']. In it stands an old chapel of St. Patrick where we are told he used to say Mass. All of it that remains is the four walls and the highest wind that ever came never knocked it down. St Patrick told us so himself that it would remain.
He Blessed a well where many people got cured of sore eyes by using the water. He left the track of knee on a stone.
A Very bad girl
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4. One night a man went to a card play and when he was coming home it was twelve o'clock. On his way home he had to cross a field. When he was crossing it he saw an object running after him. He ran home and called together all the men of the neighbour-hood and they went over to see what it was and they found it was only a donkey.
Michael Lambe, Riverstown, Monasterboice, Postman. over 40 yrs.
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4. One night a man wen to a card play and when he was coming home it was twelve o'clock. On his way home he had to cross a field. When he was crossing it he saw an object running after him. He ran home and called together all the men of the neighbour-hood and they went over to see what it was and they found it was only a donkey.
Michael Lambe, Riverstown, Monasterboice, Postman. over 40 yrs.
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3. There was a man once and he went into a house. In this house there was an egg on the dresser. He asked her where did she get the egg. She told him that the white gennet layed it. One day he came into the house with the gennet to lay.
Mrs. Winters, Fieldstown, Monasterboice.
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2. One time there were three old men living together. They had a very big pot. They used to boil stirabout in the pot and they used to stir the stirabout with the handle of a spade. One of the men was very small and when he would be lifting the stirabout he would fall into the pot. One of them men said to put the little man down in the pot to lift up the stirabout. They used to catch birds and boil them and make soup of them and they used to stir the soup and the team with their fingers.
Mrs Winters, Fieldstown, Monasterboice 50 yrs.
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ed by Patrick Winters Fieldstown who got it from his mother and the last part from Kattie Lynn who got it from her father, Denis Lynn, Hamlinstown, Farmer.
over 50 yrs.
Josie Winters 14 years
Hamlinstown
Parish of Monasterboice.
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IV. This is the most amazing tale of all.
One day Larry pffended the dignity of the law by gathering firewood in a nearby plantation. He was seen with the result that he got the usual summons to appear before the J.P.s in the local court the next Saturday. Well the chairman was drunk as usual and when Larry's case was stated he gave his usual sentence of "a month in goal" Larry was seized and lodged in the old goal of Dundalk (a rather gloomy building in what is now Crow-street). He was put into his cell and the iron door slammed too. All was well until next morning when a warder observed Larry's cell door open. He rushed to see is the prisoner was there but there was no sign of Larry. The big bell was rung and of course there was a general search without result until a centry from the top of the gaol saw Larry sauntering up Crow street taking his leisure and smoking his pipe. A general run was made for him and he was dragged into the prison. A general courtmartial was held "for breaking prison" and Larry was sentenced to an hour on the "Tread mill". Many a poor fellow was broken on the mill but Larry was in his element and could hop until the end of the year without feeling in the least tired. He still refused to tell how he escaped.
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III James O'Hare now tried to bring to mind the story of how Larry interceded for a neighbour who was captured by the fairies and the man got free at our friends intercession, but he could not remember the details
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II Another night the lads from Proleek were playing cards in Higginson's house on the opposite side of the river from Larry's home. Well as usual Larry turned up for his game. (He was a usual visitor crossing the river on stepping stones.) They continued their game until eleven o'clock when one of the lads made the remark "Larry you must go round the road tonight as there is a roaring flood in the river". Larry laughed and they came outside. To the surprise of all our friend turned down the little road leading to the stepping stones. They all said "no man could cross to-night Larry and you will be drowned".
He again smiled and said "It was all right" Well off he went and the men heard in a few seconds the sound of Larry's boots on the road the other side of the river. "Of course he is off again with the boys agreed the whole company.
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I James O'Hare of Deerpark tells some interesting stories about "Larry" the lad. Commonly he was called this name because of his intimacy with fairies (Some said he was one)
Well Larry was very fond of a game of cards and all the young lads used to collect to his house for a game. Well this night the game was in full swing when Larry thought of getting ready his supper. He put water in the pot and got meal from the bag but was surprised when he had no salt for the porridge.
Now boys he said when hanging on the pot over the fire I am short of salt and you can continue your game as I will be back when the water commences to boil. I have only to take a little run down to Newry and back. Well off he started a distance of 12 miles each way. His cardplayers kept an eye on the pot and what was their surprise to see Larry walking ni with a package of salt in his hand the moment they heard the first sound of boiling water in the pot. Well boys he said I was a bit longer then I expected as I met Paddy - in the town I had to stop and speak to him. The naighbours when questioned next day said he was speaking to Larry in the town just after seven o'clock showing clearly how quickly he travelled probably on a "[boltan?]"
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I James O'JHare of Deerpark tells some interesting stories about "Larry" the lad. Commonly he was called this name because of his intimacy with fairies (Some said he was one)
Well Larry was very fond of a game of cards and all the young lads used to collect to his house for a game. Well this night the game was in full swing when Larry thought of getting ready his supper. He put water in the pot and got meal from the bag but was surprised when he had no salt for the porridge.
Now boys he said when hanging on the pot over the fire I am short of salt and you can continue your game as I will be back when the water commences to boil. I have only to take a little run down to Newry and back. Well off he started a distance of 12 miles each way. His cardplayers kept an eye on the pot and what was their surprise to see Larry walking ni with a package of salt in his hand the moment they heard the first sound of boiling water in the pot. Well boys he said I was a bit longer then I expected as I met Paddy - in the town I had to stop and speak to him. The naighbours when questioned next day said he was speaking to Larry in the town just after seven o'clock showing clearly how quickly he travelled probably on a "[boltan?]"
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The churn, the dash, and the lid were washed thoroughly in hot-water and moved into the open air to dry.
Churning with churn which was described in the preceding paragraph was very strenuous work, but matters were slightly improved when the following appliance was introduced. A strong spring was procured, one end of which was attached to a beam in the wall, and the other end was fixed to the churn dash. When the churned pushed down the dash it went up itself by means of the spring, consequently the churner was relieved of a great deal of labour and he was able to finish the work in a shorter space of time.
As time went on there was still another invention brought in. The handle of the dash was connected with a beam in the wall, from the
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diameter was attached to the churn so this handle passed through a hole in the lid. One or two persons pulled the handle up and down for some time then they were relieved by two more people, when the first two had rested they resumed their work. When the butter came to the top the lid was taken off the churn and any butter which had stuck to it in the course of the churning was washed off with butter milk. The dash was treated in the same manner. The butter was then taken out and put into a wooden basin for the purpose. When the milk was drained off it a certain amount of salt was added. It was made into "Golden Bricks" as they were called, each weighing a pound, a half pound or two pounds. The butter milk was taken from the churn and put in another large wooden vessel to be taken to town and sold next day.
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According to Francis Hanlon of Doolargy some of the ancient tombstones were removed by families to Faughart Graveyard when the old one ceased to be used but no one is able to distinguish any marks on the stones now they are so old. but Mr McDermott's son says a great many stones were drawn from the fence to build a wall in Dundalk Harbour. No trace of tombstones are to be seen it at present.
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According to Thomas McDermott of Ballymacallet thre is the remains of an ancient graveyard on his farm. This is a rough piece of ground in the northern end of a field. He says that his father had great veneration for this spot and when the field was being ploughed the son often wished to cease work early but the old man would not hear of this. Then the son would pretend he struck a stone with the plough and off he went for a spade to sink the stone. Well the old man on seeing this would order him to stop and put up the horses for the night. Quite an easy way of getting his wish.
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Churning.
In recent years churning has been made less laborious owing to the introduction of modern churns.
In olden days the farm-folk were very a particular when making preparations for the churning. The milk was placed in crocks in the dairy until they had the required amount and they left it there until it reached a certain temperature. On the day of the churning in order to raise the temperature of the milk hot water was added. There is a description of a churn used in olden days. It was a large, round, wooden vessel, wide at the bottom and narrowing as it came to the top. The dash was a piece of wood circular in shape, with four holes in it. A long wooden about four inches in
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he is to get the crock of gold, but he does not say what is to be the result of failure. Apparently no one was successful up to the present.
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According to Michael Doherty of Ballymacallet a little mound on the hillside has its own particular watch dog. This dog is only to be seen on Hallow-Eve. He sits on a flag guarding a crock of gold and the person who sees him is to try his luck and hit the dog with a sod of earth between the two eyes. If he succeeds
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Doolargy.
white calf grazing in the field. This will do as a horse for him, said the fairy. Well Larry was mounted and the calf easily kept up with the galloping horses. Across by the Cadger's pass they when and the horses jumped from rock to rock, the calf easily did the same and so on till they reached O'Meath.
What was Larry's astonishment when he saw them all heading for the strand and each horse gave a leap and landed in Warrenpoint. Larry's calf did likewise and immediately on landing Larry swore an oath "By the Eternal -". I never saw a finer leap in my life. Within a second all his friends disappeared and Larry stood in the centre of Warrenpoint holding on to his calf. Well he could not get the calf to come back in the same way so he had to trudge with his calf round by Newry and home to the Deerpark, (20 miles) so that was his punishment for swearing.
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List of Principal Teachers
- 1859 Mrs. Breaky
1859 - 1894 Mrs. Nolan
1894 - 1917 Mrs. Harmon
1917 - 1937 Mrs. Belton
1937 Miss M Casey.
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Mayne and Bolies
(1) Holy Wells -
(2) Duns, Forts, raths -
(3) Souterrains, Caves:- In a field in Mayne known as the Green Meadow there is a cave which is supposed locally to be connected by an underground passage with Lis na Rann in Annagassan.
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(5) Church Ruins
(6) Castles, Old Houses:- There is a field at Mayne Bridge, at the bottom of which stand two piers. This field is called the Pier Field, and it is said that one of the kings (?) of Leinster resided here, and that these two piers mark the entrance to the palace. It is also said that a great battle was fought here, and that at one time, when the river Glyde, which flows near this field, was being widened piles of bones and weapons of all sorts were found under the ground.
There is a cave beside a ditch near the river, believed to have been a Danish
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It is said that the bricks of which the houses in Kilsaran are built were made there/.
4. Place Names and Derivations.
There is a field called the "Graws", n Mrs. Chester Walshe's farm. There was a row of calrins (cro) on this hill in olden times and it is locally believed that there is coal underneath this mount. Another field on the same farm is called "Cloca Mora. Stones were got in this field in the Stone Age in Ireland.
"Carsir Beag", and
"Cuaire ban" are also names of fields in the same locality.
There is a hill on the outskirts of Castlebellingham Demense called "Cnoc Colm" and another called "Sraid Ruad" where fairies lived.
"Cnoc na Mona".
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8. Old Trades and Customs.
Castlebellingham Fair
Long ago a fair was held in the village of Castlebellingham, twice every year, on Easter Tuesday and on 10th October.
For weeks before the children of the locality watched eagerly for its coming. At the fair not only animals were bought and sold but numerous other articles such as clothes etc. The village used to be crowded out. All day, the fair would be going on, and when evening would come, pipers and fiddlers would start their music for the dancing. There would be a dance in every house as well and everyone joined in the fun, which lasted until the following morning.
There is a field between Castlebellingham and Kilsaran called the "Brick Field
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Milestown and Castlebellingham
1. Holy Wells. -
2. Duns, Forts, Raths : -
There is a hill or mound north of Castlebellingham called Dromena hill. The fairies lied there and a lone bush is growing on it. IT is said that there was a racecourse around this hill long ago.
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5. Church Ruins.
In a field in front of Morris' house there are the remains of an old monastery. The monks came to Mass in an old church, a crumbling wall of which remains in the present graveyard at Kilsaran. The path by which they came to Mass is named the Mass Path. It leads from Miss Anne's lane to the graveyard.
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Chilblains - A cure for these is to cut up an onion and rub the piece on the place where you feel the chilblain.
Joe Coyle.
Hill St.
Dundalk
Warts - To cure a wart, it is necessary to find a snail without looking for it. Then you must rub the snail on the wart. The snail is then nailed to wood and, as the snail withers so does the wart.
Sting from wasps - If a person is stung
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Chilblains - A cure for these is to cut up an onion and rub the piece on the place where you feel the chilblain.
Joe Coyle.
Hill St.
Dundalk
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water on the warts until they wear away.
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sting saying "Dalkin, dalkin, in and out, take the sting of the nettle out. "
Measles - Keep the patient in a very dark room for about two days. Sean McGarrity Westview Ter Dundalk
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Warts - After a shower of rain take some water from the hollow of a stone and rub it in on the warts and in a short time they will disappear.
Another cure is to wash your hands in the water a blacksmith dips the hotel iron in.
A third cure is to rub holy
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My Home District
The townland of Castletown Cooley is situated in the parish of Cooley and barony of Lower Dundalk. The townland of Castletown - Cooley has appropriately a population of two hundred and thirty. We have a variety of surnames, but White is the commonest, there being five families of that name. Most of the houses are slated, and about half of them are two-storey buildings. Castletown - Cooley is so called because it is stuated in the parish of Cooley and some time ago there was a castle in the townland. The site of this castle can still be seen beside the residence of Mr Thomas Woods. A man named Gyles was the last to occupy the castle, and he died over a hundred years ago. The Gyles family had a little pier for their own private use down at the sea, and it is this pier that gave it's name to Gyles's Quay. The townland extends from the Riverstown Inn to a short distance north of Mullaghbuoy Church. The Dundalk-Greenore road bounds the townland on the south side, and on the north side of the townland, and the mountains lie to the east. Before the great famine the number of houses was mush greater. There were a good many houses beside the school and this collection of houses was known as Ballinarourke, because of the number of people named
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There is an old ruin of a two roomed church in the graveyard at Dromin. This church is supposed to have been built by St. Fintan, but three other places are pointed to as having been the sites of churches. One of these places being called "Killslaughter[y?]", another "Killleedrim.

Near the schoolhouse is an earthen mound much like those seen in many other place. It is marked on Survey map.

On Survey Sheet No. can be seen a hill called Kill . The mass bell used to be rung on this hill until 90 or 100 years ago. The hill is supposed to have been the site of a church or monastry and a graveyard.
When a new fence was being erected across the top of the hill many bones were found. At present there is no trace of church or graveyard.
Children were forbidden to play on this hill in years gone by.
Some years ago the side of this hill was ploughed and the ploughman came across a very large stone on which he said were many curious markings. The stone was covered over and left untouched.
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44. St Brigid's Well - Cappog -
This well is on a farm belonging to a Miss Courtney in the townland of Cappog.
A bush growing over the well is laden with many pieces of cloth, iron nuts, nails etc.
The water in this well is supposed to rise at midnight on the 15th August, and many people still visit it ans recite the rosary etc. while waiting.
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The McGuines Forge, Ballabailie, on the Dundalk Road. All kinds of wood and iron work done. All kinds of machinery and farm implements are repaired there. Carts, wheelbarrows are made.
Gorman's Forge at Crois Cilis on the Dunleer Road.
Work same as McGuines, but specialise in making iron railings.
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THEFTS DENIED
Girls Who Was Three Days "Missing"
(From Out Own Correspondent.)
Baillieborough, Tuesday.
Missing from her home at Aughakilmore since Thursday morning last and searched for by the Guards, a young girl named Margaret Leahy returned to her home yesterday, and was subsequently arrested and charged at Virginia District Court with the larceny of g[?] a silver watch value £1, and a deposit receipt for £15, all the property of her father, William Leahy, Aughakilmore.
Superindendent Dowd stated that the girl's father swore an information against her.
Deferndant- I only took £3 and I gave it back to my father. I was stopping with friends of my own.
William Leahy, the father, said he was a carpenter and small farmer. He had two sons and this girl living in the house with him. The girl had only left school. She was always an
"INNOCENT GAR-CULLAGH."
Superindendent- Where did you think she was gone?
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The McGuines Forge, Ballabailie, on the Dundalk Road. All kinds of wood and iron work done. All kinds of machinery and farm implements are repaired there. Carts, wheelbarrows are made.
Gorman's Forge at Crois Cilis on the Dunleer Road.
Work same as McGuines, but specialise in making iron railings.
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THEFTS DENIED
Girls Who Was Three Days "Missing"
(From Out Own Correspondent.)
Baillieborough, Tuesday.
Missing from her home at Aughakilmore since Thursday morning last and searched for by the Guards, a young girl named Margaret Leahy returned to her home yesterday, and was subsequently arrested and charged at Virginia District Court with the larceny of g[?] a silver watch value £1, and a deposit receipt for £15, all the property of her father, William Leahy, Aughakilmore.
Superindendent Dowd stated that the girl's father swore an information against her.
Deferndant- I only took £3 and I gave it back to my father. I was stopping with friends of my own.
William Leahy, the father, said he was a carpenter and small farmer. He had two sons and this girl living in the house with him. The girl had only left school. She was always an
"INNOCENT GAR-CULLAGH."
Superindendent- Where did you think she was gone?
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In town of Ardee there are at present three forges in operation. Their work is almost completely confined to horse-shoeing. They also do other work of a light nature. Two of these are owned by men called Roe. The other smith is McEntegart.
Some years ago there were two other smiths called O Brien, one of whom died and his forge is now worked by McEntegart. The other OBrien went "out of business" as there are no longer many horses to be shod.
In the neighbourhood of Ardee are three very important forges worked in conjunction with carpentry. All three do a very big trade and all kinds of wood and iron goods necessary for the country people in houses and farms are made in them.
Paddy McCormack's forge on Bohernamise (or Silver Hill). Besides the usual wood and iron work, cranes for turf fires and slean for cutting turf are made there. This forge is beside the Ardee Bog. It is beside the Navan Road.
Carts made & all kinds of repairs done.
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Old St Mary's Ardee.
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Kildemoch (or Milloxtown)
Very old graveyard surrounds the ruin (very historic one) of the church.
Some very ancient stones. Earliest dated one is 1783. It is very little used at present except for burial of remains of "unclaimed" patients who die in Ardee Mental Hospital.
It slopes towards east. Trees growing round ruins of Church. Some simple iron and wooden crosses. A few plots nailed and chained off by certain families.
People buried with the ruin of church. For History of Ruin see Louth Archeological Journal.
Shanlis.
Shanlis graveyard surrounds the ruin of an old Church.
Earliest dated tombstone 1763.
At present used as a burial place for a few old families.
It is very much overgrown by bushes
Slopes towards east.
People buried within ruins of old Church.
At entrance of Lane to graveyard is a mound of clay. St Ptk. was supposed to have rested on it or said mass on it. Coffin was sometimes rested on it, and sometimes coffin bearers walked round it.
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Our Lord to put him to death, they enquired of some men if he had passed that way. The men said no, but this insect is supposed to have said inde, inde, so that Our Lord was found.
Crosses and medals were inserted in the walls when houses were being built, in olden times.
Cross (nicely ornamented) found in very old building when being demolished. It is now in the possession of Mrs. Val. Kerr Mullamelia, Ardee.
Before building a house, local people stand four twigs where they mean to have the four corners of the house. If these remain undisturbed overnight they proceed to build on that site, but if the twigs are disturbed they choose some other site.
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Pulling the fingers one by one and counting the cracks tells you the number of children you shall have.
Rubbing white milky juice of "Deveil's meal" (Sunspurge) on warts cures them.
When stung by a nettle, rub the stung part with a dock-leaf and say "Capog, capog, in and out
Take the sting of the nettle out".
When butter does not come as a result of churning it is supposed to have been taken by fairies and salt was shaken round the churn to take them away.
Near Carraroe, Co Galway, a hot coal is placed under the churn before churning commences.
There is a kind of beetle which cocks it talk and when you see one you should kill him before he lifts the tail - otherwise you shall have bad luck.
It is believed that when the Jews were pursuing
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It is unlucky to pass by a tree the trunk of which branches out in three.
If you break a mirror, break two jam-pots also and you avoid the bad luck.
Spilling cup of tea means bad luck for a week.
Touching flower of poppy brings warts.
Spider creeping on any of your garments means getting a new one.
Killing swan brings bad luck.
Tea-lef floating on tea means a stranger.
Killing a beetle takes a sin off your soul.
Dreaming of fire means hasty news.
Sod of turf falling from fire means visitor.
Unlucky to beat cows with blackthorn stick.
If you meet a black snail rub him to your warts and stick him to a thorn on a bush and as he withers your warts disappear.
If you break a fairy-cap, fairies take you to their lios.
When tooth falls out, bless yourself with it & throw over the shoulder. If you see where it falls you will have bad luck.
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In Ballyvourney Co. Cork the following are supposed to cure certain diseases in childrens mouths
(1) Fuizleac Fioroide = milk left after ferret had taken his fill.
(2) A man, who was born after the death of his father could cure certain diseases in child's mouth by breathing into child's mouth.
(3).
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Cure for warts.
Take 9 pins. Offer three each morning to warts by throwing them over shoulder, for 3 mornings. A straw must be attached to last pin.
Cure for Sty (in eye).
A person whose parents are still living points nine gooseberry thorns to the eye of person who has the sty.
Cure for Toothache
Get a "God's horse" (ladybird) and put it in your mouth. For every step taken while you retain him in mouth you get a year free from toothache.
or
Do same with young frog.
Cure for cut.
Ivy leaf applied to cut.
Cure for whooping Cough.
Drunk water in which nettles of thistles one boiled.
Cure for mumps.
Walking in and out of pig-house nine times brings cures for mumps.
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Cure for warts
Three straws from "The Crib" (at Christmas)
Rub to warts and say a Hail Mary for each straw. Bury straws in manure and when they are rotten warts gone.
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When you see new moon go outside and having knelt down and closed your eyes pick up the first thing you can find and rub to warts.
or.
Count the number of warts. Pick up the same number of pebbles an throw them over your shoulder (after having put them in a little bag). Whoever finds the bag is supposed to get warts.
or.
A stone taken from beside a pool and dipped into the pool to be rubbed to the wart for nine consecutive days.
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Water from mouth after Holy Communion.
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Cut potato, rub to wart and bury
or.
Rub flagger (feilistrum) to wart and bury flagger.
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Folk Cures and Charms
(1) Cure for Sciatica
Mrs Woods Stickillen got it from her grandfather (Andy Carrie of Duffy's Cross). He got it from his uncle (McCann) who in turn had got it from some person in Co. Meath whose forefathers had sheltered a priest in the time of the Reformation. The Priest is supposed to have rewarded them by giving them this cure.
The cure consists of
Prayers, water, and small stones.
The stones, having been dipped in water lifted between two townlands, are to be rubbed to the legs of the sufferer.
(2) Cure for Ringworm
Mr. Meade of Woodtown has cure for this. He must get "silver" before doing so.
(3) Cures for Ringworm & warts.
Frank Clarke Hunterstown and his brother Barney Clark Hoathstown
Sign of Cross on Forehead, same on wart.
While person returns home some chemicals are burnt.
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children would know it.
Maggie McCann,
Ballybailie,
Ardee.
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What is the Question
"Work while you work.
Play while you play.
That is the way to be happy and gay.
Afterally God has given to everyone leisure hours for their hobbies whether it be knitting, sewing, reading, or playing games, indoors or outdoor ones.
A receration once in a while means much pleasure to one, and especially if she has been indoor during her working hours.
One of the leisure hour games which is generally played by the children of the present day is- One of the opponent goes outside the door the rest of them stay inside. Later another opponent go outside and she tells the secret to girl which is:- "there will be anumber of questions asked to you the answer will be no! until I mention with four legs on it. The one after that will be the right one." This can be repeated several times without giving away secret. When the secret is told it is not very interesting to continue because all the
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This is a very popular game now a days and can be played by any number of people.
The person who is chosen to be the blind man gets a handkerchief and ties it over there eyes so that they cannot see.
Then he goes round and tries to catch hold of someone and when he succeeds the first person he catches must go into his place.
Veronica O Brien,
John St.,
Ardee.
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room is to try to get into either of the chairs and if she does the other person has to stand in the middle.
The person who is standing in the middle can call out "General Post Office", which means every one has to change places.
The game goes on that way it is very enjoyable tryinng to get into a chair.
Mary Mc Cutcheon,
Castle Street,
Ardee
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Most children like to play games in leisure hours. There are many games which can be played indoor and outdoor. Here is one which I is generally played at parties. It is called "general Post office".
First some one gets a piece of paper and a pencil. Every one in the room is to tell the one with the paper in a whisper the name of some town. She writes it down and every one must have a different town. If there are six playing five chairs are put around the room the person who is left without a chair has to stand in the middle.
She calls out two town that are on the list and those two must change chairs. The person in the middle of the
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second player catches the first before twenty is counted he becomes leader and the first player rejoins the circle.
Maureen McGuinness,
The Glebe,
Ardee.
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A number of children get seated in a circle. One of them has a button. She keeps the button in her fist. She pretends to give it to every player, but she gives to a certain child without the others knowledge.
She then goes round and asks each player who got the button and whoever guesses wrong gets a slap. Whoever gets the button stands opposite the other player. The first player repeats these words. "Give me a loan of the kettle give me a loan of the pan and follow me round this way as fast as ever you can. If the second player does not catch the first before twenty is counted the first remains leader and begins the game again. If the
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then asks for a colour and if anyone has that colour he goes with the angel.
The game is played until all the children are gone. Then they see who goes with the angel and who goes with the devil.
Mary McDonnell,
Black Ridge,
Ardee.
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Children of the present day love playing games. The game of "Coloutrs" is a very old game and it is still played.
A number of children are gathered together. Two children are picked out, one a devil, and one an angel. The oldest is picked to be the colour man.
The colour man gives each child a colour and says "Devil! Devil! Come" They then ask him what colour he wants and if anyone has the colour he wants he goes with the devil. Then the colour man says "Angel! Angel! Come" The angel
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with something with four feet in it, and that the one after that will be the right one.
Then when I have all that told to her I will go into the room and ask someone for a question and then call the child in, and keep asking her until I say something after the thing with the four legs and she will know it is the right one and she will say "Yes" and the people won't know how she knew it.
Kitty McEntegart,
Fair View,
Ardee.
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The games that are played now are very different from the games that were played long ago. There is a saying, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and if we play we will be fit for any work after.
I am going to describe a game that used to be played long ago. It is called 'Finding the Question'. IT is played by sending a girl out of the room, privately beforehand, and telling her, privately beforehand, that she will know the Question that was asked when I ask a question
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When our ancestors were young the game called 'Pig' was very common.
A certain person draws four rings, one for the Pigs ears, one for his mouth, and another for his eyes, and one vacant for the tail.
There someone blindfolded he is given a pencil to draw the Pig's tail out of the vacant ring. The fun is when the person draws the tail out of the Pig's mouth or ear's or eye's
Nina Muldoon
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He started out on his search, he eventually came upon
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There is a story told of a dog who once did a very noble act, of course it may not be true.
There was a farmer living in Co Louth who had a very wise old dog. It was said that every evening the dog would go the fields nearby to the house and bring home the cows for his master. The dog continued this for a very long time. One evening the dog came with one of the cows missing. The master noticing this was forced by his faithful dog to go and seek his lost animal
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to burn, when she felt the pain she tried to get her finger back from the heat of the candle but it was all in vain, her finger could not be taken away. They sent for a priest and when he came he had to pray for a day and a night before she could get back her hand from the candle, so this learned the three adults a lesson.
Tina Carry,
John St,
Ardee.
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to burn, when she elt the pain she tried to get her finger back from the heat of the candle but it was all in vain, her finger could not be taken away. They sent for a priest and when he came he had to pray for a day and a night before she could get back her hand from the candle, so this learned the three adults a lesson.
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One night a woman had to milk cows in a field. It was a dark foggy night. When she had
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Twenty years ago there was a house in Co West Meath. One day two men made up their minds to stop in the house. They packed food in baskets and left them in the house during the day. The two men did not come the same road to the house. During the day one of them got sick and could not come. The other man came, not knowing his companion was sick. After a time a ghost came in and he was the same sort of a man as the sick man. The man who gad not been sick thought the ghost was the sick man and he started talking to him. He said to him no ghost came to us yet. In the middle of the night the ghost killed the man.
Patrick Devlin,
30, Glenview,
Drogheda.
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Long ago their lived three adults in a cottage by themselves and like most women are curious they were also curious.
One night they were sitting at the fire and had a candle lighting. The oldest of them said, "I would like to know what the pain of Purgatory is like", so she put her finger over the candle and it began
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Once upon a time there lived a woman and two sons and they were terrible drunkers and this night they put their mother out. She went down the town and when she reached the church hill she heard the coach coming after her. There were houses being built and she went in thinking the coach would go away, but it stayed there for an hour, and the woman died afterwards.
Veronica O'Brien,
John St,
Ardee.
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since that.
Rose Devlin,
Hacklim,
Ardee.
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bring her plentiness
"An old shoe tied to the carriage or car in which the married couple sit is lucky
The month of May is considered very unlucky and no marriages ever take place in this district then.
B. Callan
Dromin N.S.
Dunleer.
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The bride should never wear her wedding dress before the day of her marriage after it had been finished by the dressmaker.
The bride should always wear at her marriage "Something old and something new
Something borrowed and something blue."
That the green was considered very unlucky. If at the wedding breakfast the bride took her ring and put a piece of the cake through it whoever she would give the piece to to eat would be soon married.
The bride should never see the groom on the morning of her wedding until she's see him in church.
A sunny day was considered very lucky - "Happy is the bride the sun shines on"
" " " corpse " rain falls on"
The best day for getting married is Wednesday.
"Monday for health, Tuesday for weath
Wednesday the best day of all
Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses
And Saturday no day at all." (or worst day of all)
A loaf of bread given to the bride when she enters her new home is supposed to
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1. door = pron. duur
four = " fluur
yellow = " yalla
hen = " hin
were = " war
engine = " ingin
mean = " main
yes = " yis
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Story
James McDdermott (deceased) tells this story.
A certain man named Larry the lad lived in the Deerpark and one night when coming home from town he had occasion to cross through the field in which stands the "Big stone of Proleek". Well he noticed a crowd in the field and a row of horses. He went over and discovered that they were fairies who gathered round him. They determined to carry Larry with them but the made one condition "If he swore an oath he would find it necessary to walk home. They gathered up the horses and found not one left for Poor Larry. There was a discussion as to what could be done when someone noticed a
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There is part of another lios in this townland and according to Thomas McDermott when the wall was being removed one of the old hand mills for grinding corn was turned up but I could find no trace of where it went.
Coming through Ball[?]acallet and Dulargy is a large cave which Thomas McDermott informed me ran from the mountain across to Proleek.
He said you can notice the run of the cave on a dry season, and that he once saw portion of it which fell in and that it was constructed of stone roofed with large flags.
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Marriage Customs
Here are some old marriage customs of this district of Cromartin, Ardee
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The District known as Kilkerly lies to the North West end of the Parish and is roughly four mile in length (E.W.) and two miles in width (N.S.). The Eastern boundary is about one miles and a half from Dundalk Market Square. It comprises the following townlands: Thomastown, Donaghmore, Newtownbalregan, Greyacre, Tankardsrock[?], Kilkerly, Dunbin (2) Upper and Lower, Barnroe, Allardstown, Plaster, Rathmore, The Glebe lands, Belrobin, Ballinure, Magheragh, ,Carrickrobin, Milltown, Philipstown, Baronstown, Conacre, Derryfalone, Carrick-a-stuck
In 1937 part of the townland of Cortial[?] was added to the parish from Knockbridge Parish i.e. the part along the Cortial Road eastwards of the residence of Nicholas Brennan. In exchange for this part of the townland of Dunbin (Lower) was transferred to the Parish of Knockbridge.
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Eviction of Dunne. 1887.
Belpatrick lands are stiff and cold,
They can't be ploughed, they can't be sowed.
They can't be let, they can't be sold.
They're the worst beneath the sun.
'Twas there for years of slavish toil
In vain to coax the stubborn soil
To yieldsome fruit, with all his moil
Lived honest Johnny Dunne.
Although the lands are cold and poor
And all but worthless, to be sure
With might and main he did procure
His crust of honest bread.
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Lord Louth is our local landlord. They have been settled in the district about two hundred years.
He was a fairly good man.
There was one man evicted from part of Spring hill land.
His name was Colman? a man by the name of McMahon got the land after him.
Any people who were evicted went to America and other foreign contries.
The land was not divided into small farms.
The tenants were not punished for little things.
Collected by Katie Melia,
Charlestown,
Ardee.
Got from Mrs Roe,
Charlestown,
Ardee.
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The Local Landlord.
The local landlord was called Sir Vere
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22-9-'38. A local stowstorm.
It is about five and a half years since we had the last severe storm. There was a snow blizard which lasted for a whole day.
This storm began earl in the morning and lasted till about six o'clock that evening. The snow was very deep and this made it impossible for cars to travel. All the cars that tried to travel got stuck in it, and a pass way ha to be dug to relieve them. Old houses were knocked down, and boats were lost.
People had to remain indoors for a few days, because the snow was piled against the doors, and it made it impossible for them to come out.
This storm occurred in February 1933.
Mary Callan.
Port.
Dunleer,
Co. Louth.
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As round as an apple as flat as a pan one side a woman the other a man?
A Penny.
Light arms and a wooden leg, cannot stand and is often wet?
An umbrella.
What us full and holds more?
A pot of potatoes while you pour water in
Patches upon patches without any stitches riddle me that and I will buy you a pair of trousers?
A Cabbage.
I saw a man on the road one day and he had a hundred patches on his trousers what time was it?
Time to get a new pair.
What tune does everyone want?
Fortune.
What miss does nobody want?
Missfortune.
As I went into the garden I saw a table and in the table there was a drawer, and in the drawer there was a cup, and in the cup there was a sup and that everyone must taste?
Death.
What cure killed the cat?
Curiosity.
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Cures
A Sty. Get ten thorns and bless yourself with them at the top of your eye to cure a sty?
Nettle sting. Rub cappog leaves to you for curing a nettle sting?
Warts. Rub caster oil to you, for curing warts?
Corn. Put iodine on, to cure a corn?
Burn. Get a piece of soap and rub it to you and say St. Lagarns to cure a burn?
Mumps. Wash yourself in holywater and bless yourself three time, to cure the mumps?
Wart. Rub a snail to a wart and then hang it on a bush and while the snail is withering the wart will be withering?
Burns. Cowdung is a cure for burns?
Mumps. To put a donkey's winkers on you and drive yourself out and in nine times of a pig sty to cure the mumps?
Bleeding eyes. Cobwebs on cuts to keep them from bleeding?
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Why is a jail bird like a robin?
Because he has been robin.
Why is a boy with nobody like borrowed money?
Because he is alone (a lone)
As I went out my uncle Davis's gap I met my uncle Thomas I cut his trote I sucked his blood and I left his body easy?
A bottle of Stout.
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Fairy Forts, Mounds and Lios's
There was a lios at Dromin station long ago. It was taken away when the Ardee railway was being made. People used to hear horses galloping, and music playing in it. Lights were often seen on it. There was another lios in Cunningham's field, but it was also taken away. The fairies were seen going from the lios at the Stattion to the lios in Cunningham's field. There is a lios in John Gregory's field along the railway. A black figure is seen going from the railway to the lios. There is a mound at the back of Dromin chapel and at Dunleer school and another at Greenmound.
There is a mound in Clark's field where two giants were buried, Finn Mac Cual, and another giant. One day Michael Clarke started to dig it, and the next morning
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Ardee Road,
Dunleer.
He received the above information from -: Thomas King
Baile na [?]
Iann Iure
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In the parish of Haggardstown near the old graveyard there is a large round hill which used to be covered thickly with furze to it was considered by the old people to be a fairy fort. On one occasion about fifty years ago, a party of men who were coming from Blackrock sat down at the foot of the fort to have a drink from a quart bottle of whiskey which they had with them. Whilst they were sitting down enjoying themselves suddenly lovely music struck up behind them, and as the men were a bit elated with the whiskey they enjoyed the music and offered to give the musicians a drink. One of the men reached a glass of whiskey behind his back and it was taken from him, and the glass was handed back empty. So they remained
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Over 60 years ago a ship named the "Julia", which was laden with general good ran ashore at Blackrock and was dashed to pieces. Some parts of it still remain there.
Mona McArdle,
Rock Rd.,
Blackrock.
Information received from Peter McArdle
Rock Rd.
Blackrock
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In Carlingford Lough in the year 1826 a massive steamer was leaving Warrenpoint Dock for Liverpool. There were fifty passengers on board, some of whom were going to visit their frinds in Liverpool.
A terrible storm arose and the ski[ sank and many lives were lost. Ever since that it is said a Phantom shop appears on the Lough.
In the year 1918 a ship called "The Dundalk", and trading between Dundalk and Liverpool was sunk by a German Submarine, and several members of the crew were lost, which caused sorrow and grief in many homes.
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for holding smoothing ironing, and files of different sorts. Sometimes they would have lace, pins and needles. Although they were fairly poor, they would never accept any alms, except the money for their goods and an odd time they might take cake or some sweet food if it was bestowed on them as a gifted but not as alms. Their caravan was always, nicely painted in green and gold. Bridie [Cleary?] Green Gates Dundalk, Co Louth
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Travelling Folk
Travelling people, very seldom come now. Some years ago, the people used to look forward to their coming, because they used to bring news from the bigger places they had visited. Often they became a pest and the people had to lock their doors on them.
Until a few years ago, a family called the McWades used to come round. They sold large wicker chairs and tables and also straw mats and baskets. They made all these themselves getting the material whole sale, from some place in Cork. They also made little fancy things from wire such as brackets for holding flowers, grills
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2018-11-29 17:38
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Collected from Mrs John Lynch Oldtown
Navan

Her present residence was built in 1840.
Prior to that the family lived in a thatched house which is still used as an outhouse.
Once when the Connaught harvesters were in the place the house went on fire.
While the place was still smoking the monks from [?farnham] came to collect alms.
Mrs Brew gave cheerfully of what she had. The holy man blessed the place and saw that it would never again be destroyed by fire.
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2018-11-27 21:09
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The old people always spit on a Baby's face, and Said God Bless It or God Almighty bless it. This was to protect it from all evil influences. If the blessing was omitted it was considered a [?] offense, and some misfortune was sure to happen to the child.
Parents never liked to leave a baby in a cradle alone. If obliged to leave it for a short time they put the tongs across the cradle.
You should not buy a cradle for the first child and only the least possible amount of clothes should be made for it.
It is customary to take a present when going to see a newly born baby or to put a bit of silver into its hand for luck.
When a child is taken to the church to be baptised it is said you should give the Surname as well as the Christian name to the priest. This prevents the child from seeing the good people when it grows up.
A child's finger nails should not be cut until it is a year old.
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2018-11-27 21:01
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When a baby is born it is not christened until the following day. If it is a wet day or if the people are wealthy the baby is brought to the church in a motor car but if the day is fine the baby is brought to the church by the nurse who walks accompanied by the sponsors.
If the baby cries when the water is poured on its head it will die if not it will live. If a sponsor stands for two children in one year it is believed that one of them will die. Some of times the sponsors ask some request of God for the child and their request is certainly granted.
When the party returns from the church there is usually a feast and the people present drink the baby's health. When the neighbours come in to see the child. They bring presents such as coats caps and dresses. The sponsors put silver into the child's hand.
It is considered a very
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Legend.
Along the Castleblaney road there is a field in which there are a great number of large stones. In connection with this field we are told a wedding party was coming from Carrickmacross & the whole party were under the influence of drink. The party was travelling in a number of side-cars. When the cars were passing a dangerous bend on the road they were overturned into this field & were immediately turned into stones and will remain so till the last trumpet sounds. These stones are still to be seen to this very day.
Told by: - Mrs M. B. Sherry
[?].
Carrickmacross
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When a member of the Byrne family (Tullydonnell) is about to die a hare comes to the house. McCabes (Mount Doyle) are forewarned by the arrival of a pigeon.
You should not clean out a stable after sunset.
You should not walk across a plough except you were a ploughman.
When you cease working in the evening you should never leave the plough facing north.
You should never hit a beast with a branch of elder.
If you are going on a journey & forgot anything, you must not return for it.
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2018-11-27 14:35
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Death Omens
The Banshee is still believed in. She is supposed to herald the death of members of the Harmon family and other families connected with it - Heaney, Rogers, Osborne.
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2018-11-27 14:33
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There were night schools in this district. Schools were sometimes out door and sometimes in door. Writing was done on slates with slate pencils. Every child would pay a penny, or twopence, or turf. The teachers were not strangers. Night school took place in the farmers houses. There was a hedge school in Stabannon.
There was no blackboard used, when the children were inside they sat round a table.
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2018-09-19 00:32
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Beliefs: Descendants of a mermaid have shiny eyes
Finding a horse shoe is considered lucky: the more nails in it, the better.
If you spill salt you can avert the bad luck by throwing a pinch on the fire.
A lone bush is the abode of the fairies and should not be touched.
A man going to a fair to sell cattle meeting a red-haired woman, will sell nothing that day.
A Whitsuntide child is considered unlucky. He invariably hits any person or thing he fired at. A wound caused by a blow from such a person was difficult to heal.
Marriage in May is Taboo.
To ensure good luck a loaf of bread is broke over the head of a bride on the door-step of her new home.
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2018-09-18 23:54
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Care of Feet
The people in former times were twenty one when they began to wear boots of any kind. The children don't go bare footed the whole year round but for two or three months in Summer. There are six men in my district who repair boots. There are more shoemakers now than in former times. Clogs are worn still in this district. George Brennan and Joe McCabe wore clogs when they were at school in Dunleer. Clogs are made in Dundalk still.
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2018-09-18 23:50
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The Famine Times
The Famine so it was called happened in 1847 it was the result of the failure of the potatoes which the people of Ireland existed on, at that time. It lasted for three years they were 1847, 1848, 1849. It was said the year before then, the potatoes were a very heavy crop. The people though very little of them. In 1847 the spuds went black and the people dug the fields three times looking for some little ones that could be eaten. There was a great scarcity of flour, and Indian meal, and it cost a half-crown a stone. It had to be used for making bread. During that time, there was a big boiler put up at Dundalk and the people boiled Indian meal in it. All the people came to the boiled with a spoon and the people who owned it gave them their spoonful and they would go home.
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before setting out on their journey again. Most of them travel on foot but some of them travel on donkey carts and in caravans. Very few of them travel in groops now but you will see an odd groop now and then. In this district the travelling folk are well known. The best known of them are, Charley Simpson Pat Connelly and the famlies of Gavans and Powers.
Bands of tinkers used to visit this district on patron days some years ago but that custom has died out. They used bring important news from all over the country and the local people used gather around them to hear it.
Teresa Heavey.
Dunanny.
Dunleer.
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2018-09-18 23:35
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1- 3- '38.
The travelling folk.
Some of the old travellers still call to our home. Those same people have done so for many years. Some of them are really very poor other s are getting on fairly well. The poorer of these tale alms of money, food and clothes. Other generally wish to take only ( only) money alms.
The richer of those travellers sometimes sell small articles such as prayer books, rosary beads, needles, pins, studs, laces, and a lot of other little things and in this district they do very good trade. They buy their supplies in big towns where they get them at a cheap rate.
The people who need charity are always welcome in this district. In some places these people lodge, but no longer than one night. When people give them lodgings they allow them to sleep by the kitchen fire or in the barn. Although they have food with them they are generally given a good meal
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2018-09-18 23:26
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List of successive managers or Parish Priests in Parish of Dunleer
1715 - 1722 ... Fr P. Lawlor
1722 - 1766 ... Fr. L. Warren
1766 - 1772 ... Fr. L. Taaffe
1772 - 1779 ... Fr. J. Wall
1797 - 1823 ... Fr. J. Healy
1823 - 1831 ... Fr. Bannan
1832 - 1858 ... Fr. Magee
1858 - 1864 ... Fr. Pentony
1865 - 1872 ... Fr. J. Dooley
1872 - 1897 ... Canon Magee
1897 - 1937 ... Fr. J. Byrne
1937 - ------- ... Fr. L. Murray
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Local Marriage Customs
1. The people in olden times had different ways for getting married than now-a-days.
2. When a person would be getting married in olden times, it was a custom to go in a jaunt-car on their honey-moon. An old shoe used to be tied behind the car, this they say was for uck. But at present they go on motor-gars. There are generally blue and white ribbons tied in front of the car.
3. At present in Co. Louth when a person is married when they are coming out of the chapel door people throw confette and sometimes rice on the bride and bride-groom.
4. There is a cake sometimes in the church and the priest usually cuts it.
Paddy Molloy
Castletown
Dunleer
Co. Louth
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Local Marriage Customs
1. The people in olden times had different ways for getting married than now-a-days.
2. When a person would be getting married in olden times, it was a custom to go in a jaunt-car on their honey-moon. An old shoe used to be tied behind the car, this they say was for uck. But at present they go on motor-gars. There are generally blue and white ribbons tied in front of the car.
3. At present in Co. Louth when a person is married when they are coming out of the chapel door people throw confette and sometimes rice on the bride and bride-groom.
4. There is a cake sometimes in the church and the priest usually cuts it.
Paddy Molloy
Casteltown
Dunleer
Co. Louth
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2018-09-18 22:55
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The "bull" is the name given to a group of 14 bright stars. When the "bull" is on its legs it is a sign of bad weather.
The "dog" is a group of stars which resemble a dog.
The "seven sisters" are seven bright stars seen in the southern sky.
The "Golden Rod is formed by three bright stars seen in the east
The "Soldiers Glove" is a group of stars resembling a glove. It is seen in the Northern skies.
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2018-09-18 22:51
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Most of the marriage long ago were what were called run-away marriage. The girl would leave her home a certain evening + stay the night at the house of a friend or relation. Next day she went home to get permission to be married. By staying the night away she made sure of getting permission. It would never be refused. They parents could not say “no”. Then she would be married and the whole party would go for a drive through the country. The wedding did not as a rule take place in the morning but later in the day. The visitors would go home for dinner + come back after it. The barn would be cleaned by them and stools put round the walls. There would be plenty of beer + bread + butter. They danced + sang all night.
When Nick McOnillans great great grandfather was getting married he rode across the fields from Cartown, Ballymakenny to Collon (8 miles away) on horseback. When the marriage was over he took his bride in front of him on the saddle and rode home.
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2018-09-18 22:50
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Famine Evictions :- After the famine and during it men and women were maintained by breaking stones for the County authorities. The food was their only wages and it consisted of Indian mash porridge twice daily [bribed?] on the roadside. Galroostown means the "town of the red headed foreigner namely the Names. The "Clough" - a corruption of the word Shieve is also included in the townland.
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2018-09-18 22:50
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Pishouges :- When there is a new calf in the farm there is a horse
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2018-09-18 22:49
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Famine Evictions :- After the famine and during it men and women were maintained by breaking stones for the County authorities. The food was their only wages and it consisted of Indian mash porridge twice daily [bribed?] on the roadside. [Gahroostown??] means the "town of the red haided foreigner namely the Names. The "Clough" - a corruption of the word Shieve is also included in the townland.
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2018-09-18 22:43
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In Drumshallon there is a tombstone bearing the names of various members of a family called Eggleton. The earliest date is 1760.
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2018-09-18 22:42
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Religion - Nuns were supposed to have lived in Nunneryland near Termonfeckin. Oliver Plunkett sought refuge in Cartown House. Daniel O' Connell stayed in time at Walshestown House which then owned by Markeys but is now in the possession of Dolans.
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better. The ceremony is quickly gone through. The piercing wail of the infant is a source of delight to the old woman who is waiting for her charge. That cry as the waters of Baptism flowed over its tiny head was a proof that the waters had touched the skin and that the child was baptised right.
The common belief that those whose Baptism was defective were under the 'good-people's' power still and that they saw the 'good people'.
Many stories are told of those who were in the fairies and went with them at night. Hence, the feeling of relief that the child cried - How the old woman told the tale afterwards and would invariably emphasise the fact that it was a good strong cry. The cry was always referred to by anybody in the church at the time. They should see the baby even though it belonged to strangers. The verdict was "A fine strong child God bless him, did I hear his strong cry."
Along the road home - when nearing the house the neighbours rush out to see the young Christian
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2018-09-18 22:34
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old days the common cart was used. The father and male sponsor sat or one on each setlock while an old woman - very often the grandmother, sat in the centre of the car - the usual bag of hay for a cushion and innumerable shawls and wraps about her and the child. By her side the godmother sat and thus they jogged along. A bottle of milk and water is taken ans some sugar, to feed the baby - the journey is long; in some cases 8 miles to the parish church and perhaps the priest would be late too. The Baptisms were done at 12 oclock on certain days and many a baby born at 6 or 7 oclock in the morning was baptised that day and had to do the long journey. The parents were never happy until that all important ceremony was over.
The Priest was there and so was the Clerk. The latter asked the old woman for "linen and tow" and after some fumbling it was produced. Today the sponsors would look askance if asked for "tow". It would be 'Greek' to them - they understand "cotton-wool"
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2018-09-18 22:28
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