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  1. Other Old Ruins

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Willie B. Lawlor
    Informant
    Mr Beasley
    Occupation
    teacher

    There is an old ruin in Lixnaw and another in Listowel. They belong to the Norman times. The Fitzmaurice family lived in Lixnaw Castle 1215-1582. These two castles Lixnaw and Listowel were built about the same time as the castles around this district and they were destroyed about the same time also. If you go to Lixnaw the old people would show you the "Cockhouse" and the Hermitage and the "old Court". Lixnaw was the seat of the Geraldine family in Munster. There was a young child in the Listowel castle, he was brought out dressed in rags in order to save his life. He was taken secretly to England and educated there. He was allowed back in later years and in changed times and made governor of Kerry.

  2. A Sick Call

    Language
    English

    Tom Daly, Irramore, Lixnaw , 55 years of age and living, went one night on a sick call for his next door neighbour, lately deceased (October 1938). He reached Lixnaw on a saddle horse. The Curate Fr O'Shea (now deceased) came on horse-back with him, and as they approached Dysert Cross on the Lixnaw - Listowel road about half a mile from Lixnaw, Fr O'Shea's horse shied. The night was very dark. The priest could not get his horse to go forward. The above mentioned had no difficulty.
    The priest urged and urged his animal but the animal was buffetted as by a violent wind. The priest persevered and several times asked his companion "Do you see anything?"

  3. (no title)

    About a hundred years ago it was a common thing to find men working in the fields and in the bogs with a good knowledge not only of Irish but also of the classic.

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Peg Barry
    Informant
    William Keane

    About a hundred years ago it was a common thing to find men working in the fields and in the bogs with a good knowledge not only of Irish but also of the classic. There was a man in Lixnaw whose name was Shawn Bawn McEllyott. Shawn was expelled out of Trinity College. When he was working in the bog he used talk in Latin to his companion who was also at one time in Trinity. Shawn's people were farmers in Ballyinagare in Lixnaw. Shawn went to Trinity first as a result of an examenation. There was a gentleman farmer living near Lixnaw whose son was also going. He said. "What does a rough ignorant

  4. May Morning

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Bridie Flaherty
    Informant
    Mrs Mary Kirby
    Age
    72

    to a well with a small can; she tied it in the corner of her apron. The woman stooped down and filled her can. In a minute she was lifted off the ground and before she knew where she was, she was on top of the hill near the Lixnaw Monument (This Monument was built by the 2nd Earl of Lixnaw as a burial place for his descendants). In the heel of the hunt it took her a day and a night to come home. Her husband and son were searching for her all day.

  5. A Story of Buried Treasure

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Eddie Horgan
    Informant
    Patrick Sheehy

    In almost every townland in Ireland there is supposed to be a hidden treasure. There is supposed to be a hidden treasure in the Monument in in William Walshe's field, in the townland of Lixnaw. It is said that it was put there by the Lords of Lixnaw. About forty years ago some men went to dig it up and it is said that every time they went to dig it up a dig black bull followed them. This treasure is supposed to be worth a good deal of money.

  6. A Story of Buried Treasure

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Tom Mc Elligot
    Informant
    Maurice Shanahan

    which is a dome-shaped building built on elevated ground near the village of Lixnaw. The building was built by one of the Fitzmaurices who were Lords of Lixnaw long ago. It is said that one on these Lords is buried in this Monument.

  7. Tobar Dromanna agus Tobar na hEochnann

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Margaret Shanahan
    Informant
    Mrs Foley
    Age
    66

    There are two wells near one another in the farm of Frank Quilter of Ballyrehan Lixnaw Co Kerry. They are used by the local people to get a supply of water for drinking and cooking. A woman who lives there to the present day told me when she was a school girl 50 years ago the P.P. of Lixnaw asked her to take him a bottle of the water of Tobar Dromanna, every day to drink it.They are not looked upon as Blessed wells but still the local people hold them in respect and like to get water from them.

  8. Local Ruins

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Tom Foley
    Informant
    Mrs Kate Lovett

    There are the ruins of the Old Courts near my district. The castle was built by Thomas Fitzmaurice in the year 1200. It is derelict since the 1780. It is situated in the townland of the Old Courts, in the parish of Lixnaw and in the barony of Clanmauricce and in the County of Kerry. Thomas Fitzmaurice was the some of Maurice Fitzgeraldd and Maurice Fitzgerald for Lixnaw from Raymond Le (Gos) Gros. The Lady of Kerry once said there were no places worth living in but London and Lixnaw.

    The Castle long ago was an important and majestic building. There were grand rooms in it with beautifully decorated offices and there were costly paintings on the walls and a beautiful, ornamental entrance. There were beautiful gardens near the castle. They gave banquets and parties at night to their friends. They gave entertainment of music and song and dance. A huge bullock and fat sheep and dozens of wild fowl were brought to the various tables

  9. (no title)

    My father knows a man in the Lixnaw parish who had his coffin made for twenty years, and died a few years ago.

    Language
    English

    My father knows a man in the Lixnaw parish who had his coffin made for twenty years, and died a few years ago.

  10. Hedge-Schools

    Language
    English
    Collector
    T. Ahern
    Informant
    Peggy Connor
    Age
    20

    Once upon a time there was an old hedge school in Lixnaw. The walls of the school were the of a

  11. A Story of Buried Treasure

    Language
    English
    Collector
    James Maher
    Informant
    John Mc Auliffe

    In almost every townland in Ireland there is gold or [?} some other treasure supposed to be hidden. In the Monument field which is in the townland of Ballintogher there is gold supposed to be hidden by one of the Lords of Lixnaw whose name was Fitzmaurice. It was supposed to be hidden there for safety. In days gone by attempts were made to dig it up by Tom and Michael Behan, Ballintoher, Lixnaw, but they were chased away by a big black bull. The treasure is supposed to consist of a big box of gold pieces and to be worth five thousand pounds.

  12. The Wonderful Jump

    Language
    English

    Father Jerry OConnell was P.P. of Lixnaw about 1850. When a student home on vacation his father was building a new dwelling house in Gurtinare, near Lixnaw. The walls of the house were just completed, and the roofing was being put on. The young student was standing on the wall of the building with the Carpenter who was engaged in the roofing. The latter had forgotten his hammer on the opposite wall and was in need of it at the time. He mentioned his need to the young man saying he did not know how he could get it across. The student looked across the intervening space, which was of course the entire width of the house

  13. (no title)

    There is a monument situated at the east side of the village of Lixnaw.

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Joe Silles

    There is a monument situated on the east side of the village of Lixnaw. It is built on a hill near the railway line. It is built in honour of William Fitzmaurice the earl of Lixnaw. He came from England with an army to fight against the Irish.

    It is built on a hill and there is a wall around it. There is an underground house in it and it was there William Fitzmaurice was buried. There is a cross on top of the monument

  14. The Mermaid

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Maurice Harrington
    Age
    65

    In the year of the Geraldines 1655, when the Fitzmaurices came to Lixnaw there were two brothers of them there. The both built a castle in Kerry, one in Lixnaw, whose ruins are still to be seen and the other in an island between Kerry and Clare. It happened one dday that the man of the Fitzmaurices who owned the castle in the island saw the mermaid and they got married. The mermaid made him promise before they got married that no one should ever see her. One day his brother asked him would he marry a certain lady, but he said he would not. His brother asked him why and he said that he could not, that he was married before. His brother then asked him to show him his wife, but he refused. After a while there was a son born and he invited all his companions to the feast which was to last three days. When his brother came, he said he would not believe

  15. A Story of the Moonlighters

    Language
    English
    Informant
    John Moran

    The moonlighters were men who were trying to put down the landlords and to prevent men from taking other people's holdings. There was a man living in the locality by the name of Daniel Hayes, and another man by the name of John Moriarty, who was a native of Lixnaw. They were well known in the moonlight movement. They were arrested for the shooting of Jim Fitzmaurice, Ahabeg, Lixnaw, who was shot on the 30th of January 1888. They were sentenced to death at Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and they were brought back to Tralee jail and hanged there on the 9th of March 1888. It only took John Moriarty two minutes to die, and it took Daniel Hayes five minutes to die.

  16. Hidden Treasures

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Joan Hartnett

    to get at thus treasure though many believe it is still there.

    Joan Hartnett
    Ballinageraph,
    Lixnaw
    There is also a treasure in the shape of a pot of gold hidden somewhere near St. Michael's Well in Ballinageragh. Tradition has it that the Friars who had a Monastery there melted down the Sacred Vessels in order to save them from the Danes who are supposed to have plundered Ratto Abbey not far from Lixnaw toward the end of the 9th century.
    Joan Hartnett,
    Ballinageragh,
    Lixnaw

  17. The Fitzmaurice

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Máire Uí Catháin

    Raymond le gars, a Norman, for services rendered Dermot Mc [?], King of Desmond was rewarded with lands round Lixnaw, Duagh and Knockanure.
    Maurice, the son of Raymond settled there and his descendants were known as Fitzmaurices.
    Thomas the son of Maurice Fitzmaurice was the first Lord of Kerry. Henry the Marquis of Landsdoune was the 26th Baron of Kerry and Lixnaw.
    Listowel Castle was built by the ancestors of the present Marquis of Landsdoune into majestic keep still stands sentinel on the banks of the Feale on the S.th side of the Square. Two square towers are connected by an arch of great height.

  18. My Home District

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Thomas King
    Informant
    Patrick Mulcahy

    I live in the townland of Kiltomey. It is in the parish of Kilcaragh and the barony of Glanmaurice and the County of Kerry. There are about thirteen houses in the townland and the approximate number of people living in it is sixty. The family name most common is Connor. Most of the houses are slated and very few are thatched. There are three old people in the townland. Two of them live with their sons and daughters and the other lives by himself. They do not know any Irish but the can tell stories in English. The names and addresses of these people are:- Patrick Mulcahy, Kiltomey, Lixnaw and James and Mrs Horgan, Kiltomey, Lixnaw.
    There is not any ruined house in my district. Most of the land in my townland is good and prosperous but more of it is marshy,

  19. My Home District

    Language
    English
    Collector
    John Shanahan
    Informant
    Thomas Lawlor

    My house is situated in the townland of Irribeg which is about half a mile from Lixnaw. It is situated in the barony of Clanmaurice in the county of Kerry.

    There are eleven families in Irribeg and sixty-four people live in it. Leninhan is the most common name in Irribeg. There is but one thatched house in Irribeg and two labourer's cottages. There are only two old people in Irribeg and both are getting the old age pension. These old people live with their sons and daughters. None of these people know Irish or they do not speak it. They can tell stories in English but not in Irish. Their names are Tom Lawlor, Irribeg, Lixnaw, Co, Kerry, and Dan Sheehan, Irribeg, Lisnaw, Co, Kerry.
    There are no ancient buildings in Irribeg or no ruined houses in it

  20. My Home District

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Michael Cronin
    Informant
    Maurice Whelan

    I live in the townland of Ballinageragh which is in the parish of Kilcaragh Lixnaw is in the barony of Clanmaurice and in the County of Kerry. There are twenty-four families in Ballinageragh and in these twenty-four families there are about ninety-four people. The family name most common in Ballinageragh is Dore. There are some very good houses in Ballinageragh, the majority of them being slated. There are some very old people in Ballinageragh and all these old people are very healthy. All of them live very happily for they are getting the Old Age Pension. Any of the old people in Ballinageragh cannot speak Irish. The most of them can tell very interesting and thrilling stories in English of ancient times.
    There is one old man in Ballinageragh who is famous for telling famous stories and this man's name and address is Maurice Whelan, Ballinagerah, Lixnaw, County Kerry.
    In Ballinageragh there is only one house in ruing and this belonged to