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  1. Folklore

    Senan Cushen
    Michael Cushen

    Their names are as follows.
    Lot O Grady. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    John Cushen. Shyan. Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Michael Cushen. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Mrs Sullivan. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    John Kean. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Pat Kean. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Mrs J Mc Mahon. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Mrs Howard. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Mrs Mc Namara. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Bridget Considine. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Mrs M Mc Mahon. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Mrs Malone. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Bridget Lernihan. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Bridget Melican. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    John Melican. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Michael Halvey. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Tom Heihir. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Matt Cunningham, Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.
    Mrs O Donnell. Shyan, Kilmihil, Co, Clare.

  2. Strong Men

    Mary Daly
    James Cleary

    Séamus O Dwyer who lived in Shyan, Kilmihil long ago was a great strong man. He used to gather rags, and sell them to Mrs Gilbert in Kilrush. Once upon a time he went to Kilrush, and he got a sack of flour from a man in Kilrush, on a bet, that if he brought the flour from Kilrush to Kilmihil on his back he would give it to him for nothing. He allowed him two rests on the way. He brought the flour to Kilmihil, and only made one rest at Corraclare Bridge.

  3. Old Stories

    Eithne Conway
    Mary Meehan

    About twenty years ago there was a man working for the parish priest of Kilmihil named fo Father Hayes P.P. who died in 1930. This man's name was Tom Connors, one day Fr. Hayes sent him to Kilmihil on a message and gave him some money. When he reached Kilmihil he spent the money on drink and he came home drunk to the priest and he went into a cabin and slept there. The priest for him [interlined with carat: "and"] as he was a wicked priest he abused Tom and gave him two kicks. Tom arose and said to the priest that one of them would have to leave when they could not agree.

  4. Gleann Mór — Glenmore.
    No. of Houses long ago — 28. No. now — 26. (8 slated)
    No Ruins standing.
    Most common name — King
    People over 70 — ["6" struck out in pencil; in pencil:] 7
    1. Pat King, Glenmore, Kilmihil — No Irish.
    2. John McMahon, [Glenmore, Kilmihil] — No Irish.
    3. Mrs Coughlan, [Glenmore, Kilmihil] — Irish Stories.
    4. Charles McCarthy [Glenmore, Kilmihil] — No Irish.
    5. James Kearney [Glenmore, Kilmihil] — No Irish.
    6. Tom McGuane [Glenmore, Kilmihil] — No Irish.
    7. Mrs. Considine [Glenmore, Kilmihil] — Irish sayings, poems

    Rivers :- 3 Small streams converging to one near Clonigolane school to form Clonigolane river.
    Lakes : none
    Forts :
    Land :- Poor. Hilly; and boggy soil.
    Emigration :- Large numbers went to America in years gone by., Emigration to England at present light

  5. I am living in the townland of Leitrim and in the parish of Kilmihil. The Patron Saint of the parish is St. Michael. There is the ruin of an old church in Kilmihil called St. Michael's church. It was St. Senan who built it, because he had great devotion to Saint Michael. Up to a few years ago the people used do rounds at the graveyard, and some of them used kiss a stone which was standing in the old church, because it was a stone altar that was in the church and

  6. Folklore - A Story

    Brendan Lernihan
    Mrs John Lernihan

    Long ago there lived a man whose name was Tom O Connor. He was a poor man and he was very smart. One day he was walking along the road and he met two priests. Those two priests were, the parish-priest of Kilmihil and the curate of Kilmihil The curate gave him sixpence and he said, "God bless you". Then the parish priest gave him a shilling and he said "God Almighty bless you" Then the curate asked him, "what was the difference between, "God bless you and God Almighty

  7. Graveyards

    Máire Mac Namara
    Mrs Mary Mac Namara

    There are four graveyards in the Parish of Kilmihil. There is one in Kilmihil named St. Michael's Cemetery, one in Castlepark named the Cill ḃán, one in Leitrim named the Leitrim graveyard, and one in Shyan named the Cill ḃeag. All the graveyards are still used. The Kilmihil graveyard is very nice as Fr. O'Reilly, the present curate of Kilmihill got it repaired, and he got everyone to look after their own grave. He also took the flags off the graves and he put them standing up at end of the graves. The make of a grave is oblong, it is six feel long and four feet wide. Each coffin faces east and west. The foot of the coffin faces east, and the head faces west. a A vault is made of stones and mortar and it is roofed with concrete, or flags. When the people put a coffin into a vault they [crossed out: "opon"] open the door and they leave the coffin on the floor. The door is made of a flag with a ring. There are no trees around the graveyard in

  8. Grey Grove — Grán Riaḃaċ. The place is said to have been densely wooded less than 150 years ago.
    No. of Houses long ago — 24. No. of houses now — 20.
    Ruins — 4. (3 slated houses)
    Most common name — Mc Mahon
    People over 70. — 6.
    1. Mrs. Breen, Greygrove, Kilmihil No Irish.
    2. Mr. Mc Carthy, [Greygrove, Kilmihil] No Irish.
    [The next two entries bracketed; at the point, "Man and wife":]
    3. Mr. Mc Namara [Glenmore, Kilmihil — No Irish]
    4. Mrs. Mc Namara (nee Russell) [Glenmore, Kilmihil — No Irish]
    5. Mrs. Mc Carthy, Grey Grove [Kilmihil — No Irish]
    6. Mrs. Flynn [Glenmore, Kilmihil] — Irish Stories.

    Rivers :- The Graun (Grán) River
    Forts :- 4.
    Lakes :- None
    Land :- mixed; soft and boggy in the valley with Good Soil Along the slopes.
    Emigration :- Considerable some years ago, almost every family having at least one member in America. Young girls now going to England

  9. The patron Saint of my district is St. Michael. There is an old church in the graveyard of Kilmihil, from which the parish gets its name. The ruins of this old church are only now standing. This church was founded by St. Senan, the patron of West Clare. St. Senan had great faith in St. Michael, once he asked a request of him and it was granted to him. On this account he erected a Church in Kilmihil in thanksgiving.
    There is also a Blessed Well in Kilmihil in honour of St. Michael. It was let to ruin with the past few years. But now Fr. O'Reilly has it renovated. He has a big statue of "Christ the King" and of

  10. Farm: Peter Donnellan, Kiltumper, Kilmihil.
    The acre; The Páircín beag; The clover field: The Ray (Raeḋ?) The Western Meadow; The haggard; The Green fields; The Gáirdín Duḃ.

    Farm: McCarthy; Knockmore, Kilmihil.
    An Gort Fada: The level field; the Water field; the low field. A hill in the farm is called "The Spleenk."
    Farm:- William Reidy, Grey Grove, Kilmihil.
    An Ṗáirc ḃeag; the square field; the Inch [beside a river]; the Ray (Raeḋ?); the high meadow. Two hills on the farm, "the high hill" and "the Scregg".
    Farm: T Murphy, Greygrove, Kilmihil.
    The black meadow; Peg's Cross; the fort; "the Scregg".
    Farm. Tim O Dea, Glenmore, Kilhihil.
    The long field or Páirc Ḟada; the inch; Fennel's Garden [Got its name from an old man named Fennel who lived in the inch years ago].
    Farm: Tim. King, Glenmore, Kilmihil.
    Neill's haggard; Tomaisín's field; the rushy field; the hill field.
    Farm. T. Hayes, Liosbán.
    Gort na H-Ínse; the fort field; the long field; the corraċ; the bull field; the new field; the quarry field; the black garden;

  11. Baile na Míol :- The town land of the hares
    No. of Houses long ago — 20. No. of houses now — 10
    Ruins. — 2. (2 slated houses)
    Most common name -- Reidy
    People over 70 years. — 5
    1. Margaret Mc Guane, Boulinamweal, Kilmihil — No Irish
    2. Susan Murrihy Boulinamweal, Kilmihil — No Irish]
    3. Michael O'Dea [Boulinamweal, Kilmihil — No Irish
    4. Mary O'Dea Boulinamweal, Kilmihil — No Irish
    5 Mary McMahon Boulinamweal, Kilmihil — No Irish

    Rivers : None. Small streams
    Lakes : None.
    Forts :- None.
    Land :- Mixed: Bad and Good lying side by side. Much "Mountain" (local term for wet land producing turf, heather and coarse grass) No trees.
    Emigration :- Considerable years ago.

  12. My Own Parish

    Seán Kenny
    Daniel Kenny

    The name of (townland) I live in is Kilmihil and I live within a mile of the village. It is in the Barony of Clonderlaw. Kilmihil gets its name from an old (church) that is there and which was dedicated to St Michael.

    In the village of Kilmihil there are upwards of fifty houses which are all nearly business houses, but up to forty (years) ago there were only five or six houses there.
    There are a good many people in this parish who are seventy years of age and over. My Grand-father Patrick King who lives in Glenmore and who is 93 years of age is a good story-teller and also a good Irish speaker.
    The most important lake in this parish is in Knocklough. There is an island in this lake and in it are the ruins of an old castle and it is believed that it was inhabited by Turlough Rúad McMahon. This lake is a great attraction for tourists and also for fishermen.

  13. Early National Schools and Teachers

    Mr T. O' Gorman
    Mr Michael O' Gorman

    Cahermurphy, Kilmihil, Ennis. The ruins of the old school still stand in an open space about half way up Cahermurphy hill and east of the road. This building was at one time a school-house of the old order. The scholars brought sods of turf each day to school. A new scholar brought two sods, one for the fire and one to sit on. The next day he brought one sod on which he sat while the sod remaining from the previous day was put on the fire. Slates and pieces of gravel were the means of writing and calculation.
    Mr. Patrick Costelloe was the first National Teacher in Cahermurphy when the National Schools came into being.
    Locken, Kilmihil, Ennis. Mr. Cornwallis (or Cornwall) taught in this school. (Mr. T. Gorman X N.T. Moore, Mullagh, is of the opinion that Mr. Cornwallis taught in Knock beg, Kilmihil also, as a hedge schoolmaster and later went to Locken where he was succeeded by a Mr. Hunt.) It is related that Cornwallis "was taken with" a Miss OLaughlin of the locality and that although scandal ensued "it failed the priest to hunt him." There was however in the townland of Kiltumper one

  14. Folklore - Football and Hurling

    Mary Kelly
    Martin Kelly

    Kilmihil called the Old pensioners-race. All the old pensioners of the parish came to Kilmihil and ran from Miss Greens cross to the Baker Downe's house, with their shoes off. The prize was a walking cane.
    The best weight-thrower was Michael Garvey.

  15. Folklore - Blessed Wells

    Michael Lernihan
    Mrs Thomas Lernihan

    There are two Blessed Wells in the parish of Kilmihil namely St. Michael’s Well and St. Senan’s Well. St. Michael Well is at the eastern side of the old Chirch in Kilmihil. It was founded by a woman named Mary Anne O Gorman of Tullycrine. She suffered from an incureable disease and she dreamt three nights that if she went to the eastern side of the old Church and pull three or four reeds that a well would spring up and the water would cure her. She went and related her story to the Parish Priest and they

  16. The following notes have been gathered from the pupils books, as being a more convenient form to record the information

    Kiltumper : Cill Tumpair:
    Number of Houses long ago — 16. Number of Houses now. 14.
    Ruins of Houses still to be seen — 2.
    Most common name — Breen.
    People over 70. — 4.
    1. Mrs. Mc Mahon, Kiltumper, Kilmihil, Ennis. She can tell Irish stories
    2. Mrs. Brogan, Kiltumper, Kilmihil. No Irish
    3. Mrs. Breen, [Kiltumper, Kilmihil] No Irish
    4. Mrs. Mc Namara [Kiltumper, Kilmihil] No Irish.
    Rivers: 2. Clonigolane River : Cahermurphy River.
    Forts: 3. 1 Cromlech Tumper's Grave.
    Land: Fair to middling. No woods. Bog with hard ground on the slopes
    Emigration:- Many people emigrated to America in years gone by

  17. Famous Men of the Parish

    Kate Johnson

    John O Brian Crossmore was a very swift man. Once upon a time when the Police followed him for some crime he had committed. He ran to the Cromrán and jumped it.
    My Grandfather John Johnson who died about six years ago at the age of eighty-five was considered to be a good mower; he used to mow over an acre of hay in a day.
    My Grandfather was also a good walker. Once he walked from Galway to Kilmihil and the next morning he started for Miltown, a distance of twelve miles. Three men who lived near Kilmihil were famous weight throwers. There names were Michael Hickey, James Casey, Michael Chambers, They used to throw a half cwt 26 feet along the ground.

  18. Hedge-Schools and Schoolmasters

    (name not given)
    Patrick Costello

    Glenmore Upper, Kilmihil, Ennis. An old cow-house was once used as a school. The cow-house is now the property of Mr. Joe Griffen, Glenmore. Mr. Rogers, an excellent teacher, taught here and in Lissycasey. He afterwards went to Drogheda to teach in a national School and became a "first of first" teacher.
    Kiltumper, Kilmihil, Ennis, Mr. Hogan was the teacher in this School. In his later years he suffered considerably from deafness. One of his pupils one day stood up to read his lesson and not knowing it, chanted "Is dóigh le Hogan bodhar go bhfuil mise ag léigheamh mo cheachta, ach is dóigh liom féin nach bhfuilim," keeping up the refrain until As he judged the lesson was finished, when he was commended by his teacher for his industry.
    Cahermurphy: Patrick Costello and his daughter (?)

  19. Standing on the outskirts of the village of Kilmihil St Michael's Well has in recent years, by the efforts of the Curate Father O'Reilly, been transformed from an eyesore to a thing of Beauty.

    No account of this shrine would be complete without at least an outline of the five years of patient endeavour and splendid co-operation that went to make the Churchyard of St. Michael what it is today; particularly would the folklore of the place be sadly wanting without mention of this great work for it will eventually form part of the Béal-oideas of the district and will undoubtedly live in the memory of the whole neighbourhood when those who helped to consummate the task have long left their bones to moulder in this holy place.
    Father O'Reilly came to Kilmihil six or seven years ago. He found the old ruined church, relic of the penal days, fast tumbling down, soon to be indistinguishable from the haphazard conglomoration of tomb-stones mounds of earth and neglected vaults. He found what he would find in any parish in rural Ireland today — a grave-yard that was a disgrace to the living and an insult to the dead; and hard by a blessed well whose only ornaments were nettles thistles and briars, whose greatest users were the ducks that swam in it and the cattle that sullied