Dromcollogher celebrated in the song as the town of only one house the parish of the same name, Barony of Upper Consels, Co. Limerick. The name is derived from Druuím-coill-coille - the “ridge of the hazel sallows”. It is ten and half miles form Charleville on the road to Newcastle West from which it is distant ten miles. The population was in 1831 … 444. Monthly fairs are held here. There is a branch of the Munster & Leinster Bank. Near Dromcollogher are the remains of a castle but by the O’Hannigans in the 13th century.
LOCAL HISTORYThere was a village in Annagh long ago but no trace of it remains. All the house were thatched.
Seán Clárach Mac Domhnaill was born and reared there. He used to walk to the Charter School in Charleville when he was a boy.In the penal days Mass used to be said in a farmhouse in Annagh.
A long time ago there was a hedge-school near Charleville. It was near Castleharrison. The school was held in a moat. The name of the hedge-master was Mr. O'Brien. He lived near Buttevant. The children used to bring a sod of turf for a fire.
The teacher used to write a story for them because they could not get any books on account of the English soldiers. For the teachers payment the children brought two pence every morning.
In wet weather the pupils brought bays to line the inside of the bushes. They covered the top with canvas. There were about twenty children going to that school.
Our Ladys Well:-
In the district of Charleville there is a well named "Our Ladys Well." People visit it from time to time to pray there. When a person has a disease he usually washes himself in the well. Sick people get the water of the well and drink it. The most frequent time for visiting the well is on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. When people visit the well they bring holy pictures and statues and leave them on the altar over the well.
Once a woman got the water out of the well and used if for household purposed but it never boiled. There is a bush over the well. People who are cured hang rags on the bush. A long time ago a gipsy washed her child in it. He is now a priest.
How Charterschool got its nameThe house known as the Charterschool is a bout a mile from Charleville on the southern side. It was built by "Lord Broghill" in the year 1661 and was intended for the upkeep and education of six protestant boys and six protestant girls. On writing to Queen Elizabeth he received a charter. Writing therefore to her for her privilige he said "that he hoped to make this a good protestant town".
The house is a two storey house and there is an orchard attached to it.
the young people who go there in the evenings to see the performance. The tinkers usually turn up for this fair and travel in caravans to it in order to be there in time. The horses are bought at different prices such as £50, £80 to £150. The shop keepers in Buttevant especially the public houses do a great trade during the days of Cahirmee.Cahirmee fair began this year on Saturday and was finished on Tuesday. After Cahirmee there are tinkers and gipsies all around the country. The people are annoyed from them for five or six days after the fair.Bridie Rea, got this information from her father Edmond Rea of Ardnageehy, Charleville. A farmer about 60 years of age.
The local fairs are held in Dromcollegher and Charleville. Calf buyers go around to the houses and transact busness. There is no account of fairs held in hills or in forts. The fair is held in the streets. Two men go around and collect the toll which is paid on the cattle sold. Luck money is given at the fairs and varies according to the price of the animal. There is a lot of importance attached to the luck money and people think that the animals would not go lucky unless they received some money for luck. They are usually a few people at hand to make the bargain. The prospective buyer offers a certain amount of money to the owner of the cattle. The owner does not consider the offer large enough so a third man intervenes and makes them split the difference. After some discussion the bargain is made. The marking of cattle sold is an important concern. The various buyers have different markings. Some make use of a certain chalk usually red in colour and make a cross on the cows back. Others cut the ears of the cattle. There is a special fair for calves and pigs. The fair where pigs are sold is usually
with some bog. At Christmas the townsfolk go into the Grotto, which is lighted up and they dance Irish dances. There are two woods outside Tullamore, Charleville and Clonad wood. The Royal canal flows through the town. Coal and iron are brought from Dublin to the town in the canal boats. It is a good market town and it has a brewery and a distillery. There are four places of worship in the town.Florence Rowlette 9ad Feabra 1938.
Std V Age 12Address The Castle, Kildare.
You can view the river Shannon and the far off hills off in Clare, Limerick, Askeaton, Abbeyfeale, Listowel and Charleville.
You can view them all from Curtins lawn at the top of old Barnagh Hill.
To the right is Ballingarry, the chief town in that plain,
Where heroic men in the days of yore have proudly shown great power and skill and my burying place
- Lallie Hayes
- (name not given)
- labourer's wife
This information was received from my mother who received it from her mother. She is a labourers wife and lives in the village of Feenagh. She is Forty years.Subject: heroes
Many heroes were in this district long ago. The best known to all was Maurice Hourigan, who lived in the Parish of Ballingarry. He was one of the best walkers in Irish history. He toured mostly all Ireland and he always went by foot. He travelled from Ballingarry to Cork in almost one day and how he did it is a mystery to all, but it is an absolute fact.
Famous jumpers and runners also lived in Charleville, they were two brothers Leahys they won many prizes and championships in jumping and running.
The Dead Hunt. 22.6.38There was a groom working for a lord up near Charleville. Each night at about midnight, he used to go and look at the horses to see if they were alright for the night.One night as he was looking at them, a huntsman came into the stable to him and asked him for the loan of one them. He promised he would have the horse back again in the stable safe and sound before morning. So the groom gave the horse but he noticed that the horse seemed terrified and was trembling all over. The groom went to his room, but before getting into bed, he looked out the window and saw a crowd of huntsmen in the yard. They had whips and hounds and he could see through the bodies of the huntsmen and dogs.During the night he could hear the blowing of horns, the cracking of whips and the shouting of the huntsmen. Next morning he went out and found the horse in the stable the same as if nothing had happened.
- Mick Fogarty
3. On one occasion a certain man was returning from a wake. At a very lonesome part of the road he was confronted by a woman dressed in white, who stared into his face. He had known this woman previously, but she was dead some time.
4. Two men went up to the Bog (Martinstown) from Clune with a cow and a calf. When returning late that night at Hartigan's turn, four horses came behind the car, eating half off the car. One of the men tried to hit the horses with his whip but could hit nothing but air. They (the horses) disappeared, appeared again after a while, and finally disappeared at the 'turn' of Cunána. On arriving home one of the men got sick and could not speak until the priest was called to read over him 12 hours. He spent 6 weeks in bed.
5. A man was coming home from Charleville one night. As he was passing a churchyard two black goats jumped over the wall, and walked by the horse. From the time the goats came, until they reached another churchyard, the horse refused to go at a pace faster than a walk. The horse all this time was covered with foam. When the goats jumped over the wall of the second churchyard the horse galloped and never stopped till he came to his own door.
There is a field in Ballydonohue called the Well field. It got its name from a spring in that field.There is another field near Ballyorgan called Pound's Lough. It got its name from a pond of water in the middle of the field. The field is owned by Mr. Noonan. There is a village near Ballyorgan called Glenosheen. It means the Glen of Osheen. Osheen was the son of Fionn Mac Cumhall. There is a hill at the back of Glenosheen called Suidhe Finn. It is called after Fionn Mac Cumhall. There is a glen on the side of Suidhe Finn called the Glen of Oscar. There is a place on the side of the road to Charleville called Leaba an Oscar.
Obtained from Con Flynn
Nancy Madigan, who hailed from Charleville, Co. Cork and was so called because she was adept hand of removing the contents of a "till" whenever she got a chance, so that whenever a shopkeeper or publican saw her coming he generally slammed the door in her face.Mr William Casey (Farmer)
She was a bad character, and people often threw her out of their houses. Whenever Nancy found herself stranded for a night's lodgings she repaired to the local R.I.C. barracks and inflicted herself on that little community for the night.
There's no doubt about it, the fairies are there. My own daughter saw them in a field near Knocksouna - a host of them, little people wearing red coats. Of course they never appear to people in sin, and they never harm the innocent.
I was working as a young man in Thomastown with a Mr D[?] and his sister on a hundred-acres farm. One day he sent me to Charleville to hire a man for a few months. He was a bit mean about money but the sisters gave me 2/- to treat the man before I'd bring him home.
I saw a fine hefty man on the street and settled with him. "Come down to Flaherty's now" says I "and we'll drink the two bob." We took three pints each (that was 1/-) and then he asked me as a favour to come down by Garrienderk. He told me he had been digging potatoes there with a man named Mr Carthy who was a great stick fancier. There was a moat near the farm and one day John Dunne (that was the man I had hired) saw a lovely black thorn which he thought would make a lovely walking stick for his [?]. He tried to cut it but his penknife wasn't sharp enough so he went in for another knife. When he returned he found the black thorn as crooked as a ram's horn. He got a terrible fright and left it alone of course. That was six months before I met him and he came to Thomastown by way of Garrienderk in order to have another look at the black thorn. We couldn't find a trace of it although we looked from one end of the moat to the other.
One time the Danes destroyed the monastery, the monks wished to save the bell. They brought it away a distance of about 500 yards and buried it. The place where it is buried is marked by a ring od daisies which grow every year. They are the first daisies to bloom in Killurin. No one ever looked for the bell because some misfortune might happen to them. At times the Bell can be heard ringing if you were in the ruins.
There is a tree growing near the ruins which is the oldest in Offaly. It still produces leaves. Beads and medals used to be put on this tree years ago. A tree which was a year younger grew in Charleville but fell some time ago.
The famine began in 1845 and continued until 1847. The cause of the famine was that the potato crop faced.
There was a man in Gortonamona near Tullamore names O'Connor. This man was a kind landlord and he asked no rent from the people that lived in the houses in his land. The Charleville wall was built in the time of the famine. The men who built the wall worked for six-pence a day. Most of the people dies with he hunger, caused by the famine. The people gathered together at the market house during the famine time to get Indian meal to make porridge
Until 1790, Tullamore consisted mostly of thatched cottages, with a few public buildings but a great fire in that year, said to be caused by a fire balloon, sent up at the coming-of-age festivities in honour of the heir of the Earl of Charleville destroyed the town. The town was rebuilt by him in a more substantial manner, with wide streets and square well laid out as at present and good public buildings.
In 1808 the town was a scene of conflict between the cavalry and infantry of the German Legion, then quartered under General Baron Bork, and a light brigade of militia said to be from Birr, which was passing through. A slight incident caused a struggle to beak out in Pound St. The German Cavalry charged but the militia received them with Rifle fire and a bayonet charge which out the Germans to flight.
Frederick William Baron Oldenhausen was killed and is buried in Kilcrutten, where there is a stone pillar, with his name inscribed erected to his memory.
An outbreak of Cholera occurred in 1830.
The principal industries of Tullamore were Distilling (two disteillers, Manlys and Dalys). It was in the yard at Manly's Distillery. Cornmarket (now Egans Mallings) that Daniel O'Connell addressed a great public meeting. He was entertained to dinner that night in the Charleville Arms Hotel.
Two breweries - Deveralls in Meath Lane and Manly's where Egans carried on brewing up to about twelve years ago. Goodbodys tobacco factory, burnt in 1883 Tanyard brickyard corn mills. (O Flanagan's); chandlery, sawmills, sailmaking, shoemakers, coopers, tailoring and others.
The quarries were opened about 200 years ago, and according to tradition, the first quarry at Muinagh (Collin's) was worked by a man named Jack Horan. Other quarries were owned at worked at Ballyduff by the Molloys, Wrafters and others.