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  1. Bringing in the May

    Language
    English

    On the eve of the 1st of May the man of the house brings in some branches of hawthorn. This is known as "bringing in the May". It is not considered lucky for any female bring the "May" in. The branches of hawthorn are left in the house until the end of the month, and then they are burned.

  2. There are many places all over this country where treasure is supposed to be buried. Under a little hawthorn tree near our house there is supposed to be hidden a little jar of gold.
    A man living in our neighbourhood dreamed about the money three nights in succession but when he went to look for it the man who owned the field would not allow him to do so.
    There is also another place near our house where treasure is supposed to be buried. Between two small hills there is a valley called "Gleann a' Ċait" and at the top of one of the hills there is a round hawthorn tree.
    It is thought there is a witch with a big black cat minding the treasure. The cat has a very long tail with a nail on the end of it. Also near the tree there is a mound of stones

  3. (no title)

    There is a little village about 2 and a half miles from Lahinch (S.E.).

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Michael Finucane
    Age
    60

    There is a little village about 2 and a half miles from Lahinch (S.E.). There are 3 houses on the front facing the main road and people say there was gold hidden at the end of the western house near a hawthorn bush. Two men named Mooney and Slattery found a bag of 10 d coins under the bush about 40 yrs ago.

  4. Cromwell's Old Road

    Language
    English

    faggots out of a fort. In a voilent storm in recent years a large hawthorn was uprooted in one of the forts and though the weather was very frosty people were amazed to see it growing stretched as it was on the ground.

  5. A Fairy Story

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nellie Digedan

    10
    after been drunk in the town he brought a hawthorn stick long with him and he thought he saw a white cloth upon a bush and he started to beat the bush ,he thow it was a fairy.

  6. Próca Óir

    Collector
    Anna Mc Namara
    Informant
    Michael Mc Namara
    Age
    68

    at the window. Seán's courage rose and, he there and then determined to find out about her. He got up and opened the door. He saw her pass out through the gate, and away with him after her. She only kept the same distance in front of him that he was when she followed him and she never slackened until she arrived at the base of "the Greenáun". Here she halted beside a hawthorn bush. Seán was about ten paces from her when she called out. "Dont come any farther Seán Clohessy."
    "So you know my name" repllied Seán. "Now tell me why you scared me these three nights in succession." "To test your courage Seán" she said "for I have tested many, but they were cowards compared with you and now for your reward, pay close attention to what I say or it may cost you your life." "When the people are at mass in Kilmurry next Sunday, dig three feet in depth here beside this bush and you will find a pot of gold which is all this hill contains, a reward for your courage and which will make you happy for life but be sure to be home before the people come from Mass. Should you succeed my long vigil is at an end and here I will be seen no more for I will be gone to that place here "the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest."
    Seán carried out her instructions happy to have secured the pot of gold and he made good use of it afterwards.

  7. Festival Customs

    Language
    English

    On May Day the houses are decorated with hawthorn blossoms. This day was a day of great fun in the district in olden times as on that day the May Queen was chosen. Then attended by all her companions who were dressed up especially for the occasion she proceeded to the village green where a May pole had been erected. Then holding on to the coloured ribbons hanging off the Maypole the boys and girls dance around it until late in the night.


    On Saint Stephens day boys and in some places grown up men gather together and go in procession from house to house with decorated bushes singing the Wren Song. On the day before Saint Stephens day they kill the wren and hang him on a bush decorated with ribbons. The money they get they sometimes spend it on a dance and moretimes they divide it among

  8. Local Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary D' Arcy
    Informant
    Mr J. Duggan

    The following are some of the old cures which were observed in the district of Ballina long ago:-
    Warts:-
    If a person had warts long ago they used to get a snail and rub him to each one of the warts then hand him on a hawthorn bush and according as the snail was withering the warts would be withering too. Another cure was to count the warts and get that many small stones, put them in a bag and leave them at a four cross roads. The person who would pick up the

  9. A Ghost Story

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Cormac Macnamara
    Informant
    Mary Mahon

    108
    A Ghost Story.
    14.6.'38 Once upon a time there lived in Corbally ,Quin .a man named Captain Stackpool Mahon.He had a large farm on which he kept a large number of dairy cows.There was one particular white cow who on some occasions used to fill a large bucket with milk,but on other occasions ,had less than a third of the same bucket.The dairymaid complained to her master about this ,remarking that someone should be milking the cow.After that they started to watch the cow.No one could see a human being milking the cow.After about three weeks however the dairymaid herself undertook to keep vigil .Her patience was at last rewarded .She was sitting quietly behind a hawthorn bush .Her hair stood on her head when she beheld a hare carrying a bucket and approaching the cow .When she was sure that her eyes had not deceived her ,she stole away to tell her master .In a short space of time he was down to the farmyard

  10. 476
    May day.
    May day is on the first of May.On this day the May hawthorn brush is brought in and hung up on the rafters. This is called "bringing in the May bush".This brown is left inside for a full year .It is unlucky to take on a furze .if this is taken in the people of the house will be fighting all the year.
    people do not like others coming to their wells on may Eve.Lots of people would not give out any milk om May Morning because it might lessen their supply of butter.

  11. on rare occasions when the tide is very low, when, on the west side of Rinn Eanaigh point, a flag may be observed which is said to cover her remains.

    Some of the islanders hold that this flag is seen every seven years, and that whoever sees it and stans on it will get whatever request he desires. John Hehir, a present inhabitant of the place, is supposed to have seen it in the year 1934. He did not stand on it however, as I have no proof wheterh the tradition is true or not:

    An Sgeach:-
    Michael Scanlan owns a field which is called the " Sgeach ". This field derives it's name from the white hawthorn that

  12. Cromwell's Old Road

    Language
    English

    are believed to be the homes of chieftains. They are now surrounded with hawthorns and beautiful wild flowers flourish in the hollow of the ring.
    They are held in awe by the folks around so much so that they would never interfere with them for fear of misfortune befalling themselves or their cattle. There are many stories told of them.
    The Rath that is situated in Cunneen's place formely belonged to the Ardatagle estate. The gentleman of the property ordered the fort to be levelled and the trees to be cleared out of it as he wished to cultivate the field.
    The steward and workmen were reluctant to touch this spot but as it was unwise to disobey they set about carrying out instructions. They came armed with axes and spades etc and they attacked the first big hawthorn they had the tree almost cut when a messenger came riding in haster to tell S - that his daughter was dying. The work ceased and the gentleman went home to find his lovely daughter in an unconscious state. It appears she was playing in the yard

  13. Local Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nora Fallon

    Another cure for warts was to put as many stones as you had warts into a bag and leave them on a roadway or pathway. Whoever would pick up the bag gets the wards and yours would disappear.
    A third cure was to steal a piece of meat and bury it in the ground. According as the meat rotted the warts would disappear.
    Or another was to rub a snail to your wart and then stick him on a hawthorn bush. The warts would go according as the snail died and rotted. A weed grows in gardens and when the stem of it is bruised a white fluid flows out. It is said to cure warts. Another cure is to rub washing soda to them every day until they disappear. People who have sore eyes do the rounds at St. Joseph's well outside Ennis.
    A sty in your eye is supposed to be cured by rubbing a gold ring to your eye and looking through it and blessing your self with it.
    Another cure for sore eyes is to bathe

  14. Farm Animals

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Kathleen Brennan
    Informant
    Mr Brennan
    Occupation
    farmer

    running across. There are two stakes for every cow. There are small blocks of wood which fit into spaces in the big block and these keep the stakes in place around the cow's neck so that she cannot pull back her head. When she is being let out the small block is taken out; the stakes slide sideways and the cow can withdraw her head.
    If a cow is cross or a "thieving cow" that is always going into some one else's field her horn is often tied to her leg with a rope.
    Some people bring in hawthorn into the cowhouse on May Eve and put it over the door but most people believe that that is very unlucky.
    When the cow is milked the sign of the cross is made on her hip or on her udder with the thumb dipped in milk. Another custom is to singe the hair of a cow's udder with a blessed candle the first time you milk her after calving.
    Cows are fed in the houses in winter on hay and mangolds. They should not be given turnips when they are milking or the milk and butter will have a very strong smell and taste.
    Horses are nearly always name - "Poll", "Prince, "Star", "Sally". Some families always keep the same names on their horses - when they sell one the next one is called the same name.

  15. Old Schools

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary T. Kelly
    Informant
    Mrs Kelly
    Age
    48

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    Old Schools.
    The schools long ago were called hedge-schools .
    The teachers were mostly strangers and they were better than the teachers nowadays.
    They used to teach in certain houses in Winter time ,but in Summer they used to teach in the fields or in a cow -house .
    they used to write on slates with pieces of pencil gravel ,and desks they had were piles of stones and flags on top of them.
    There was a hedge school in Kilcarcoran ,and it was held by the side of a wall on the top of which grew hawthorn bushes.

  16. Hidden Treasures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nellie Digedan
    Informant
    Mr Patrick Digedan

    Hidden treasures

    About a mile from our house there is a place where gold was hid. It was said it was the Danes that hid it under a big rock. It was like that some-one tried to get it and they were hunted. When the Danes came for the god, they were hunted by the Irish men. It was left there then one night a man saw a light where the gold was id. There is a fat rock in the top of the gold, and a hawthorn bush by the side of it.
    Mr Patrick Digedan,
    Derulk,
    Tulla,
    Co. Clare

  17. Place Names

    Language
    Mixed
    Informant
    Michael Murray
    Informant
    Joe Murray

    380
    Gairtín
    Gort na Claise
    Gort a radhairc in Ballycar.

    Gort na Claiseann on Moylan's land Cahertigue.
    Gort a Gartha.
    Granahan-on the road to
    Fenloe.Mr Hewitt lives here .
    Gregan's Forge -about a mile and a half from Newmarket on Fergus on the Carrigoran road.Father Murph who played a heroic part in the fight for Catholic Emancipation was born here.On the day of his birth a hawthorn bush was planted here.The bush withered the day of his death.He is buried in Corofin.The new G.A.A field in Newmarket on Fergus is a monument to his memory.
    Father Murphy's father was a smith..He fought in Wexford in the rebellion of 1797.After the fight he returned to Clare and went to work with a smith named Mc Namara of Clonmoney.He married one of the Mc Namaras and they came to live at Gregan's Forge where Father Murphy was born.
    Father Murphy's mother was a

  18. May Customs

    Language
    English

    Neighbors who got up early May morning and milked your cows could take your butter.
    People believe in this and are watchful of the milk come May morning.
    If a person meets with an accident May Eve, they saw it was the fairies did it.
    I knew a young girl who was coming home from some local races on May Eve and she got a violent pain in her eye and lost the sight of it.
    People said she got a blast.
    If the priest and doctor were sent for, the priest should go in first to see the patient in order to combat by his power "the Blast." The power of the priest is very great they say. I heard an old parish priest who was in the parish for 30 years and is now dead (1923) say that he always got more intentions for masses in the month of May than at any other time of the year,
    I know people in this parish who have a mass in their houses during May.
    The hawthorn which is in bloom in May is regarded as unlucky, if brought into a house. So are the blossoms of the Alder Tree (Elder). From the fruit of this tree can be made ones

  19. A Local Song

    A May evening at Killaloe

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Hannah D' Arcy

    A cuckoo's call enchanting
    Across Kincora floats.
    IV
    Fresh hawthorn scented breezes
    Perfume the air around
    While all the fruitful valley
    Is filled with peace profound.
    V
    Upon the Aillvaun hillock
    Sweet happy children play
    And watch the May fly fishers,
    Row home at close of day"

  20. Amhrán

    It was a Summer evening ¶ In the merry month of May

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Daniel Barrett
    Informant
    John Barrett
    Age
    50
    Occupation
    labourer

    When by chance I stood outside a cottage door.
    I just dropped in to light my pipe.
    As any lad might do,
    Going to or coming from the fair,
    When I spied a pretty colleen
    With two eyes of melting blue.
    Faith t'was really then my heart felt very queer.
    I loved to ramble down the old boreen
    When the hawthorn blossoms are in bloom
    And sit by the gate
    On the old mossy seat.
    And whishering to Kate Muldoon.