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  1. (no title)

    Our great-grandmother did not go to town or city for bottle or box from the chemist ship to cure their ills.

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Rosaleen Mc Carthy
    Informant
    Florence Enright
    Age
    74
    Occupation
    soldier

    the fruit of the blackthorn was the cure

  2. (no title)

    There is not much blackthorn growing around this district, because the old belief about it was, that who ever would set it,

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Bridget Browne
    Informant
    Martin Meade
    Age
    40

    There is not much blackthorn growing around this district, because the ols belief about it was, that who ever would set it according as it would be growing the person would be dying and that is why no one sets a blackthorn hedge.

  3. The Morning Spirit

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nóra Ní Bhuachalla
    Informant
    Mrs Thornton
    Age
    90

    Shouted back at him "Have you the rogue caught" She made a spring as if to knock the man down. The man gave a side jump, and avoided her. His courage began to waver, as it dawned upon him that this enemy of his was the "Morning Spirit". Still he kept his presence of mind, and kept baffling her with his blackthorn, at the same time backing towards the mearing wall. He knew that if he got over the mearing wall she could follow him no farther. When he came to within a yard or two of the wall, he made a spring for it, at the same time giving a back stroke of the hawthorn to the woman, which knocked her to the ground; as she was falling she said, "You are a brave man, but you may thank your blackthorn, an the mearing, or you would be a dead man."

    From neighbour, Mrs. Thornton, 90yrs

  4. Ballyhad Upper

    Language
    English
    Collector
    P. Ó Cuinneáin

    James Byrne's lands contain a grave yard in which Mc Guinns Baile is meadhon cut a blackthorn and died a cripple for the same 2 years afterwards 1844.

  5. Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Máire Ní Aodha
    Informant
    (name not given)

    Long ago when the men used to be at the fair of Straid they used to have a blackthorn stick at the fair they used to be people boiling pots

  6. The Mollies' Men

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nábla Nic Amhlaidhé
    Occupation
    múinteoir
    Informant
    Matthew Morrow
    Age
    over 60

    There was a band of Mollies' Men in this district. Nearly every townland was represented.
    A man named Seamuisin Coll was leader. There was then another band in the Doochary district. Ballinacarrick Bridge was the Boundary between these two pits of Mollies' Men. A man named Paddy Bonner was the leader of the Doochary Mollies' Men. The two bands were always quarrelling. Paddy Bonner didn't like Seamuisin Coll.
    One day Paddy challenged Seamuisin to meet him with his men in Doochany. Matthew Morrow's grandfather lived in the County Cess. He used to carry a wee blackthorn stick with a whank tied at one end to twist around his wrist. When the old man died his song hung up the wee blackthorn in the kitchen corner. As day was clearing one morning Seamuisin Coll arrives in to Matthew's father (the old man's son) for a drink. They had a Public House. While he was drinking he asked for the wee blackthorn. Matthew's father enquired where he was going etc. and then he tried to persuade him to turn but all was in vain. He got the sick and went on. Both parties met on Doochany street. Paddy wanted to come to friendly terms with Seamuisin & his men. He wanted them all to have a drink. Seamuisin wanted fight. The fight began.

  7. (no title)

    There was a great poacher who lived in Bun a' Chumar.

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Dómhnall Ua Donnchadha
    Occupation
    múinteoir

    sergeant in front of him with a blackthorn stick in his hand, the constable behind him and the pool to his left. In the fraction of a second he dropped the "toarch" and gaff and jumped into the pool which was eight feet deep and about seven or eight feet below the bank. As he jumped the sergeant drew his blackthorn at him hitting him across one shoulder and barely missing his head. The stroke partly stunned him but he stood in the water and did not sink. He was a powerful swimmer but could not stretch to swim.
    The sergeant from the light of the "toarch" was not a good swimmer and he must have thought that Maurice was standing on the bed of the river so without even throwing off his cape he jumped in but barely fell short of Maurice. The wave he caused stretched Maurice on the water and he swam down the pool. The Sergeant was immediately in difficulties in the deep water. Teh constable held up the blazing "toarch" and with difficulty got down to the water-edge and with the poachers gaff brought the sergeant to land.

  8. Petticoat Loose

    Language
    English

    One day a man went to fight her. He had a hazel stick a holly stick and a blackthorn stick on her and still she did not go but she had to fly from the holly stick because it was blessed.

  9. Marriages

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Máire Ní Liodáin
    Occupation
    múinteoir
    Informant
    (name not given)

    In nine cases out of ten the marriage did not take place until the land of the bridegroom was walked and examined by the bride's father and relatives. These people generally came walking with blackthorn sticks in their hands and on arrival were met by the bridegroom and his friends who took them through his farm, showed them his stock and premises and then look them into his kitchen. He was considered wealthy if his kitchen contained large sacks of oaten meal ground from his own oats, a barrel of corned beef or

  10. Marriage Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Patrick Ford
    Informant
    Mr Michael Nunan

    In my district marriages take place frequently during Shrove. Shrove begins the week immediately after Christmas and ends on Shrove Tuesday - the Tuesday previous to Ash Wednesday. Long ago the priest would sleep in the house after the marriage. Hardly any marriage would pass by without a faction fight with blackthorn sticks. It is entirely different now. People having been married one month have the hauling home! The bride and the bridegroom go to the bride's house.

  11. Fairies' Haunt

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Cahal Mac Donald

    Near the place where I now reside there is a rock hollowed out as if by hand in which the fairies accompanied by the owner of the land cooked their porridge the milk being supplied by the latter. Her cows it is said always gave plenty of milk. Some of the people were not kind to them. It is said that their cows did not give any milk and until this day few people will cut the blackthorn bush about which they played. Many people liked the fairies because

  12. Fairy Legends

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Maura Mc Gonagle
    Informant
    Ellen Mc Gonagle
    Age
    65

    Long ago fairies were very common in Ireland. In this district the fairies were seen round Holly trees, Blackthorn bushes, bends and rocks. In olden times the people of this district believed in fairies and called them their "good neighbours" or the "good folk".

  13. The Faction Fight

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Clarke
    Occupation
    teacher
    Informant
    John Kilcullen
    Age
    74

    About 100 years ago, on fair days certain families used to come together and fight certain other families , and these were called "Faction Fights"The principal weapons were blackthorn sticks, and they fought to a finish as the following anecdote shows: During a lull in the fight a man came across another lying stretched , and he could not know whether he was dead or alive , so he said' Bhfuil tú be?o ' and the other man said ' Ar éigin' , upon which he gave him a blow to finish him!

  14. Cures for Warts

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Pauline Smyth
    Informant
    Mrs Mary Murphy

    If you find a snail and to get a thorn of a blackthorn bush to stick it in the snail. Then crush the snail into the wart and leave the snail on the bush. While the snail is dying away the wart dies away.

  15. A Mass Rock

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Pat Stroker

    A Mass Rock
    In the vicinity of Kilteevan House, in a place called the 'crows wood', on a slightly raised mound of earth, is a large, flat stone, called the "Mass Rock. All around this hillock, blackthorn bushes grew in dense profusion; now these are all swept away and only the hillock and stone remain.
    In the penal times mass was said here frequently as the place was very secluded, being in the centre of a thick wood and the rock itself being hemmed in by a strong growth of blackthorn bushes.
    The Mapother family, who owned the Kilteevan House and Property, came over with Cromwell, and were Protestants It is said that in the later, penal times the wife of the then Mapother was a Catholic and that she used to get up at night and go to assist at mass which was being celebrated at the Rock Her husband became suspicious and resolved to follow her and find out where she went. On the next occassion that she left the house, he followed

  16. Fairy Forts

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Donal O Briain

    There is a fort in our land. It is called Ballinash fort. It is near a river. The fort is like a round ring. It is built with a big bank of earth. There is a ring of blackthorn trees around the bank of the fort. It is in a corner of a field.

  17. Paidín Gearr - The Stick-Fighter

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Patrick Lyons
    Age
    75
    Occupation
    police officer

    crowds gathered round.

    The fight began and for three hours it continued. What Paidín lacked in strength he made up for in cleverness. The game of stick fighting was a scientific pastime. The stick which was usually of blackthorn was held about two feet from the top so as to protect the arm as the stick was used for defence as well as for striking. At last Paidín got the better of his challenger and he was left the undisputed champion of the stick in South Tipperary.
    For three days the neighbours celebrated Paidín's victory by drinking and fighting before they parted the stranger from Killenalule and Paidín became fast friends.
    At Clogheen there lived an equally famous stick fighter. He was known as the " Reidire " . It is thought that the " Reidire " was the equal of Páidiín with the blackthorn. It

  18. (no title)

    Mr John Kiernan of Cloonagh, who is an Old Age Pensioner, told me the following story about a Fort, that is in the townland of Larksfield.

    Language
    English

    Mr John Kiernan of Cloonagh, who is an Old Age Pensioner, told me the following story about a Fort, that is in the townland of Larkfield. He always heard his father telling the same story, during the old man's lifetime.
    There was a widow woman named Mrs Brady, who owned the farm on which the Fort was built. She had one son called James. One day as Jams was herding cows, in the field beside the Fort, he cut a blackthorn stick in the Fort, and brought it home.
    The next day, he drove the cows to the same field, and he had the blackthorn stick with him, and as he was passing the Fort, he saw a little old man sitting at a fire, in the middle of it. The old man beckoned to him, to come in, and when the boy entered, the old man asked; 'where he got the stick, and James said he cut it there yesterday. "Show it to me", said the old man, and when James gave the stick to him, he put the end of it into the fire, and then gave the boy three strokes on the arm, and the three burnt marks remained on his arm until he died.
    When James returned to his mother, he told her clearly about all that happened, but then he commenced to ramble that the little man told him, that on

  19. May Day Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Keenan
    Age
    14

    a piece of the blackthorn bush on it, and some wild flowers, and they put the statue of the Blessed Virgin on the middle of the altar because the month of May is connect with her.

  20. Names of Fields

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Rose Daly
    Informant
    Mr M. Daly
    Age
    circa 44

    Caldry, the bush field, the armenia, the long field, the Clonmellon field, the flaxgarden, the brick field, the new grass field, the hanging field, the high field, the onion field, the ash park, the Cunning's field, the blackthorn field, the horse field, the bull park, the white field, the deer park. In the bloshga field, fairies used to kick football long ago. In the flax garden, fairies used to bury other fairies long ago. In the quarry field every night long ago you would see other fairies sitting on the bank playing music. In