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  1. Homemade Toys - A Crib

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Jimmy Williams

    the small sticks and twist it round and round to tighten the cords and then I put the stick under one cord to keep it from slipping (fig 4)

    Then get a briar about two feet long and tie it like a bow. Tie each end to a back corner (fig. 5)
    Then get a forked stick about six or nine inches long and get a briar about five or six inches long and put the forked stick standing in front of the crib then bend the briar about an inch from the top and put the bent part resting on the forked part of the stick and lift the front part of the crib and rest on the bet part of the briar and then lift the long briar about two inches from the ground and put the end of the small briar in inside the long briar then it is set.
    When the bird hops on the biar to get [????} that you put inside the crib falls and he is caught inside.

  2. Biddy Early and the Butter

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Eileen
    Informant
    Michael Kelly

    were three men coming home form digging potatoes with their spades on their shoulders. They met Biddy Early and as she passed them by, one of them saw a briar stuck to her shirt and trailing after her. He took down his spade, cut off the end of the briar and pure new milk ran out of the briar. That night the spade was stolen from him and he said it was Biddy Early stole it.

  3. (no title)

    If you tie a briar round the churn and stick pins in the briar (or bits of red ribbon) at the points of growth, you will be able to take the butter of the churns belonging to other people...

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Mrs Bennett

    If you tie a briar round the churn and stick pins in the briar (or bits of red ribbon) at the points of growth, you will be able to take the butter

  4. Charms

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Patt Mc Elligott
    Informant
    John Mc Elligott
    Age
    50

    her soul and if I liked, I could stop the waters of the river Jordan of flowing." So the priest said no more, but went away.
    He was also great for setting sprains. He would get a briar and he had certain words he used to say. He would put a briar around the leg or the hand, or wherever the sprain would be and at the same time he would be saying the words, and according as he would be saying them the briar would be closing in, and just when the two ends of the briar would meet the sprain would be set.
    The old women in olden times had charms also. When they would want to steal milk or butter or anything from their neighbours they used have a hoop hanging up over the room door and they used to pass it over their heads and they would be turned into a hare immediately.

  5. him he used make for Faill Mhuirinn. There was a big briar growing from the top of the cliff down to a little beach a long way down and a cuas in from it where he used sleep. He used catch the briar with his teeth and slide himself down along it until he came to his nest below. All that were idle in the island gave two days after him with dogs and they couldn't capture him. So this day they thought of another plan - they cut the briar near the ground and the long grass was growing out over it, so that he couldn't see the cut. They went after him then, and he came along as usual and swung himself on to the briar, and down he goes over the cliff into the sea a few hundred feet below. That was the end of that fox.

    The old people used call that fox An tabharthas thug [Feorus?] go Baoi.

  6. 1. Cattle are sometimes supposed to be Elf Shot. They get swollen and refuse to eat anything and finally die if a cure is not made. The cure is made with a long briar which has rooted itself twice. The briar is measured three times round the body of the animal. During the measuring some rhyme- known only to the curer- is said. This is done each day until the measurement gets smaller and stops when the animal reaches its normal size. This cure is not handed down from one person to another. Anyone who knows the rhyme and gets the proper briar can make this cure.

  7. The Fox and the Briar

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mártain Ó Braonáin

    One time a fox had her den under a cliff at the sea. She could up the cliff alright but could not get down as good. The only way she had was a briar that was growing at the top of the cliff and she used to catch it in her mouth and sling down on it. The huntsmen were out after her a few times and she escaped. At last they found out her plan and they cut the briar. She was coming and the hounds after her and she could not get the briar and she ws dashed to pieces on the rocks in front of her den.

  8. A Story - A Clare Island Fox

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Florrie Gibbons
    Informant
    Austin Gibbons
    Age
    76

    Long ago there was a fox in Clare island. He was eating all the hens and ducks and geese that were on the island. The often tried to kill him but they never succeeded. One day as they were following him they found his den. It was in the side of a bank but the bank was to steep to get down to the den. The watched the fox another time and they found out his way for getting in to his den. He used to jump from the top and catch a long briar in his mouth on the way down and it would let him swing into the den. One day they let down a man with a rope and cut the briar. The followed him again and he ran for his den as usual. When he jumped over the bank he found that there was no briar and he fell down on the cliffs and was killed.

  9. Another Funny Story

    Language
    English

    Once upon a time there was a Parson and he had a fruit garden to represent every Religion. The Plum tree to represent the Protestant Religion and the briar for the Catholic Religion. There came a Parson a visitor to the house one day and the Catholic servant boy brought the strange Parson round to the garden to tell the Parson what religion every tree represented but he came to the briar and told the Parson that that represented the Roman Catholic Religion. When the Parson heard that he began to laugh at the ugly tree the Catholic Religion had, but the servant boy said he could rub everyone of the trees to his B.T.M. but the briar.

  10. A Treasure Hidden

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Jimmy Moriarty

    There were three first cousins in Gortale, Bally Mc Eligott. They were James Sugrue Denis Moriarty and Jack Donoghue. They dreamed three nights after each other that there was a crock of gold in Donoghue's fort and to go a certain hour by night, and that they would see a briar and if they cut the briar they would be hunted out of it. They were digging for some time and they could not see a crock and they cut the brier and they were hunted away from it. The briar was grown down to the crock of gold. Donoghue was ploughing next day near the fort at his dinner while feeding the horses with oates he went to see where they were digging the night before and he got the spade and he begain digging it again. When he did the kellers of [?] that the horses were eating they were thrown up in the air and himself was

  11. with the top slightly bent down. The top of the briar must be in between the fork of the stick and top of the other briar resting on the one coming from the.
    Put food on the ground under the crib so that when the bird hops on the briar coming from the back, the crib will fall down on him.

  12. Story

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Margaret T. Shea
    Informant
    Michael Shea
    Age
    66

    Once there was three men coming home from digging potatoes, and their spades on their shoulders, and they met a woman and when she was passing, one of them saw a briar stuck to her skirt, and trailing after her. He took down the spade of his shoulder and made a chop at the briar and cut off the end of it, and a flow of milk ran out of the briar a long the road.

    Margaret T. Shea.

  13. Ainmhithe Allta

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Máire Ní Murchadha
    Informant
    Seán Ó Mhurchadha
    Age
    85
    Occupation
    feirmeoir

    brought him to the Island. When he took the out of the boat it was alive as it ran away. The fox then made a den at the edge of a cliff. Untill that time there was not one single fox in the island. This fox started to kill all the hens and ducks. They could not kill him in any way. He used always go to the den in the cliff so the dogs could not get at him. There was a briar going from the top of the cliff down to the den. The people thought of a plan which was, to cut the briar and they did so. White the fox was out one day they put the dogs after him. The fox made for his den but as soon as he put his foot on the briar he found it broken. He fell down into the deep sea and got drowned.

  14. A Crib

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Noreen Ryan
    Informant
    William Ryan

    I often made a crib. I got two elder sticks and I made a hole in the end of each stick. After those I got two ash sticks and put them through the holes in the elder sticks. Then I got two pieces of twince. I got a gologue to hold up the twine. I then got ash sticks and I would twine around them. This is how I set the crib. I got a briar and I wound it round the elders that were on the bottom. Then I got a gologue and I left one end on the briar and the other up against the crib. When the bird goes in she walks on the briar and the gologue falls. Then the crib falls on the bird and she cannot get out.

  15. Pipes

    Language
    English
    Collector
    John Sheehan
    Informant
    James Ryan
    Age
    76

    Long ago they used to have pipes made from a briar, but it would get burned with the tobaeco very quickli. This is the way they used to make these pipes, they used to get a thick briar and burn the centre out of it, with a piece of wire, because the centre of a briar is soft. Often they used to get an alder stick, and make a pipe out of it, because it has a soft centre too. When they would have the centre taken out they used to hole the part of the pipe that is going to be the head, and put in a small piece of a stick with a hole in it, for a stem, and if they could get a small bone it would do for a (bor)[?] stem too. Then the trouble was to get tobacco, it being very scarce then, and the leaves that would be left over after the tea, used to be dried and smoked in the pipes. Tobacco named "pigtail" used to be smoked, it was made into rolls, you would get a pennyworth of it if you liked. Tobacco used to be made at Mr.

  16. Local Happening

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Julia Crawford

    to pass by that morning and a briar stopped the motor. Mr Reed got out and took the briar from in front of the motor. Mrs Reed said to him there is surely something there and it was the very spot where John's body was found that evening.

  17. Story

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Thomas Sullivan
    Informant
    John Sullivan

    A boy and a girl were engaged to be married. Their parents objected to the marriage. The girl died of a broken heart and the boy died soon after. They are both buried in Kilnanare. There was a rose planted in the girl's grave, and a briar grew from the boy's grave. The rose and the briar twined together. After

  18. Old Crafts - Basket-Making

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Patrick Connolly
    Informant
    John Connolly

    I saw my father making a basket once. The first thing he did was to get a thick briar, and tie the ends together with sallies. Then he put a sally in the middle of the basket and weaved sallies under and over it. Then he put a sally at each side of the middle one, and he kept weaving until the basket was made. Then he put a sally under the briar to make the handle, and he weaved sallies around it.