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  1. St Fiac of Sleaty

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Annie M. Browne

    In the seventh century there lived in Sleaty or Sletty a saint whose name was St Fiach. The ruins of his church are still to be seen on the road leading from Ballickmoyler to Knock-beg. It is surrounded by a grave-yard circular in shape in the middle of a big field and is called Rathillenane. Tradition his it that every lent the Saint went to the doon of clopook and spent seven weeks in fasting and prayers. He took seven loaves with him and on those he lived during lent.
    The doon is a circular pile of limestone rising sheer from a broad plain to a height of 150 feet. At its base is a cave or tunnel cut through solid rock beneath the hill in the direction of Stradbally. On the other side is a smaller tunnel facing for Luggacurren. Through this tunnel St Fiach (usd) used to go to three times every night to pray in the ruins of Clopook. The tunnel is half a mile long ending in

  2. The Big Snow Storm

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Edward Cahill

    About four miles from Timahoe near the Doon of Clopook is a cross roads known as Hacket's Cross. This is how it got its name.
    Years ago one night there was a terrible snowfall which is still remembered. The snow

  3. My Home District

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Patrick Phelan

    most of them were levelled. A river passes through Roskelton and is called Doon river.
    The land in my townland is good and rich but there are some marshy places in it also. The people are mostly farmers and there are four or five large farms in it. The townland is very level.

  4. St Fiac of Sleaty

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Annie M. Browne

    a vault beneath the church. The writer travelled about 300 yards through this under ground passage, some years ago. On the top of the doon is a level floor about 50 feet in diameter. On the North end of this green carpet is the withered stump of a white thorn.
    On the Luggacurren side of this old tree is a square piece of earth about 4 feet long by 2 feet wide. This is said to be where the saint stood while celebrating Mass in the shelter of the old white thorn.

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    This was an old fellow named Dennie...

    Language
    English
    Informant
    John Breen
    Age
    70

    This was an old fellow named Dennie of the Laurels. They used to keep a doon. He lived in the now Curate's house in Camross. He once went out on the road and saw a Connactman coming with a "side" on his shoulder. He got his own "side" and went up to meet the man on the road, and mad' out he was goin' to look for a job too. The Connactman stood the drink an' the two started down the road to a place called the Delour Bridge. Denny said to the Connactman wait here till I go in to see this man in here. He'll mind the place for me till I come back. But sure Denny came home across and left the poor Connactman waiting all day!
    Denny had a pit of potatoes near the house

  6. White Feet

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Mr John Butler
    Age
    95

    "Brennan's Ruins"
    It is a most remarkable place. The ruins which are many are on a height. To the north side, right under the hill, there is a deer caller - now thickly covered with stunted bushes and briars. It is surmised that the "White_Feet" were attacking from this valley.
    The above information was got from Mr John Butler,
    The Doon,
    Stradbally, Leix
    who died a few years ago at the big age of 95 years.

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    Faug-a-Balla, Park-bawn, ...

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Philip Quinlan

    Faug-a-Balla
    Park-Bawn
    The Cat's Garden
    Ballintaggirt
    Derrinsallagh
    Bawngorra
    The small corner
    The old man's garden
    Bell-Hill
    Clonagooden
    Doon
    Tommy's Eye
    Paddy's Orchard
    Feather-bed-Lane
    The Hill Field
    Elmfield
    Saint Helena
    Knockseera
    Brooklawn
    Kyleogue
    Munadrehid
    Bealaghmore
    Bodyke
    Killcottin
    Sentry Hill
    Barley Field