Two Giants lived in this locality hundreds of years ago. Their names were Longa and Cannon. They often indulged in stone-throwing. One day the two giants had a contest. They wished to see who would throw a stone the longest distance. They stood on a hill. One of the stones fell in a field in Drumcannon. The marks of the giants [g] fingers are still to be seen on the stone. Carriglong is named after longa and Drumcannon is named after Cannon. Longa's
There is a hidden treasure in Drumcannon grave-yard which was placed there by the Sheevra of Ballynaltin. He hid it there before he departed from the earth. He was often doting and fearing that the highway robbers that used to go around at night robbing might rob it from him some-time or other. Whilst he placed it there he exclaimed in a loud voice "It is
Penal days were very cruel days for the people in this district. Their children could not be sent to a Catholic school. Long ago the people went by a people path path of Mass. This was called "Mass Path." Mass used to be said in the open at Drumcannon. Special houses were built in secret places for saying Mass.
One day not long after the Battle of Waterloo a ship called the Sea Horse came into Tramore Bay. The officers on her had plundered and robbed all the churches. They had all the sacred vessels and chalices on the ship. When the ship came to Brownstown Head she sunk. She did not strike any rocks and it was a very calm day. One officer was saved and he told the story and all the others were washed in ath the Burrow and buired at Drumcannon. All the officers had a couple of rings on each finger. The chalices were not found. There was a
during that night.
Next day the sun shone brilliantly and the sea was very calm. All the dead lay resting on the beach near the Rabbit Burrow. Twenty of them were buried in Drumcannon grave-yard and most of them were (layed) laid to rest in the Rabbot Burrow. It is said that on a stormy evening [one] could hear the piteous cries and the playing of the band.
After this the "Metal Man" was erected as a guide to ships warning them of the dangers of these rocks.
long-ago. Secret houses were built during this time in which to say Mass. One house was built about two fields from my home. No trace of the ruins are now seen. Priests had leave to say mass in other houses also. They were given leave by the owner secretly. These were given to priests to say mass in.
During the most treacherous time of the Penal laws Drumcannon Chapel was knocked to the ground. Many say it was Queen Elizabeth's army who pulled it down.
There was a mass path from Ballynattin through Tom Powers field and straight into The Catholic Church in Drumcannon. Mass was said here in this chapel every morning. This was a very large chapel. It was a very popular church even during the time when the Penal laws were very strictly enforced. The inside of it can be still seen in a fairly good state of preservation. The out-side walls are still standing and are over grown with ivy.
Two priests who always said mass there were often on their keeping. British soldiers often pursued them they often his themselves in Qullia Covert where there is a very large rock. This rock was once a cave.
Some priests said mass in the houses
Ins an mBaún 'middle third', Conndae Phuirtláirge. Tá aon paróiste déag ann agus an chuid is mó den dara ceann déag.
Conán Maol Mac Móirne, duine de chompánaigh Fionn Mac Cumhail. É go h-ana mhaoidhteach agus bhí plaitím air. Drom Chonáin - Conan's Ridge. Fathach ab eadh Conán de réir ne sean-daoine - argóint agus easaontas idir é féin agus fathach eile - Longa, as Carraig Long. ....
possessed a great knowledge of herbs. When anyone was ill their relations went to the Sheevra, bringing with them some whiskey, of which he was very fond and he then told them the herb that would cure the sick person. If a horse are any other animal strayed away, it was to the Sheevra they went to know where they would find out. As he always told them the exact spot, in time they began to rely a good deal on his word.One day eight or ten local men heard that a crock of gold was buried in Drumcannon Churchyard. Bringing some whiskey with them they went to the Sheevra's house to find out, if it was true. He told them that it was buried under a large stone but that they should start digging for it before 12 o' clock mid-night. Thy placed the Sheevra in a big hamper and carried him to the place. He told them that while digging for the gold they were to refer to him as the gentleman, but that no matter what happened they were not to call him the
Long ago people had many remedies for their ailments. They cured a toothache by pulling a briar named sweet briar. They boiled it and washed the tooth with it juice. Then they plugged the tooth with wool soaked in this juice and withdrew it after a few minutes.
Many people were cured from warts by visiting a wart well in the neighbourhood of Drumcannon. They came there at sunset and bathed the part of skin which was affected by this disease. This is believed to be a "Holy Well".
Long ago people were supposed to be healed from lameness by visiting "St. Patricks' Well" [in] before sunrise. This well is in Marlfield in Clonmel.
When any of their children suffered from the "Whooping Cough" the usual custom was
hidden now and many attempts shall be made to discover it but they shall never succeed until the call my name in the proper oder.
Several attempts were made to unearth it but without success. They always called out "the sheevra" with vengeance. One daring attempt was made. whilst some men were digging a roaring animal appeared in the Heavens and the men cried out in one voice "Sheevra, Sheevra were are you now. The "Sheevra" replied "I am here and ye can go home because ye have not respected my name." The would be discoverers were. Geoffrey Blanche, Michael Whelan, and Andy the Darling all native of Drumcannon.
The treasure consists of gold. The value of which is not known. No light has ever been seen in the place where it lies.
There is also hidden in Ballynattin. It was put there by the Gormoogie. The exact
Drumcannon= So called because the giant Cannon lived there. it is in the barony of Middle Third
Lisselan= So called because of its lios. It is also in the barony of Middle Third.
Ballynattin= So called because of its furze.
Ballykinsella= kinsella lived there.
Quillia= So called because of its hazel trees
Castletown= A castle was built there
The Long Field= So called because of its length
The Wooded Field= Woods are
"The Rock of Cannon"- is so called because it was placed there by the giant cannon.
"The Rock of Longa"- is so called because the giant Longa placed it there.
Ballynattin- Is so called because of the furze that grows there
Drumcannon- Is so called after the giant cannon
Castletown- Is so called because of the Castle in the neighbourhood
Ballykinsella- Got its name because a family named Kinsella lived there once.
Ballynock is so called because there is a large knock or hillock in the neighbourhood.
"Lisselan"- is so called because there is a lios in the neighbourhood.
"Ballyshoneen" is so called because there are a lot of shoneens living there.
Ballinamona- is so called because there is a large turf-pit there.
Ballyhoo- is so called because it was the