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2020-03-31 22:48
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May. The Nov. fair used start on 31st of Oct. The first day pigs the second day foals and horses and the third day sheep and cattle. New Years Day for cattle and sheep. The twenty second of May for sheep and cattle also. In Westport there is a special place called the Fair Green but it is not able to hold the cattle and two other streets is took up. Toll used be paid on the cattle. Lord Sligo used have an agent going around collecting the Toll
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2020-03-31 22:44
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2020-03-31 22:42
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O Brien took out his revolver and fired a bullet at Dillon. The bullet struck Dillon under the arm. And Dillon threw down his arm quickly. And O B said "It is no use in shooting a dead man. And Dillon raised up his arm and fell dead
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:40
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The Dillons come from Scotland to Ireland. They came over with James II. James and the people with him put out the poor people and give the Dillons the land. The Dillons used to take in a few tenants now and then. They put out again and put them down to where they owned the bog - of Maughera
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2020-03-31 22:39
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Ní bíodh aon feóil ag na daoine ach amháin Lá Nodhlaig.
Do bhíodh alán iasc le n-ithe acu a ghibhtí san bhFairrge atá in-aice leó.
Do bíodh dá cloch plúr acu i gcóir na Nodhlag.
Gheibheadh cuid acu ubh i gcóir Aoine an Ceasta.
Máire Ní Réaghla,
Cromán Iochtar.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:37
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I often heard the following story told to illustrate the severity with which English law was upheld in this country. About *1860-70, there was a peeler in Moate by the name of Maher - he was a sergeant, I believe. However it happened that a certain man stole a shilling. Maher knew, he watched him and attempted to search him but the unfortunate man swallowed the shilling. Being failed for the time Maher kept the man under observation until nature - - - - -
He so found the shilling, had the man arrested, tried and transported. Maher lived in Church St. Moate
&perhaps earlier.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:35
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Margaret Delahunty Gurteen told to me by my father James Delahunty.
What is the difference between a dress maker and a farmer?.
(ans) The farmer gathers what he sows and the dress-maker sews what she gathers.
The man that made it never wore it, the man that wore it never saw it.
(ans) A coffin.
Why is the letter F compared to a cows tail?
Because it is the latter-end of Beef.
Often left upon the table, often cut and never eaten.
A pack of Cards.
What would make a pair of boots?
Two boots.
Why is Ireland compared to a bottle?
(ans) Because there is a cork in it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:31
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you possibly can.
Ans A saddle
When it is a soldier most fatigued?
Ans. The 1st of April (after 31 day march)
What is brought to the table cut but never eaten?
Ans. Cards.
Four legs and can't walk, two eyes and can't see. is very like a white horse and can jump as high as Nelsons Pillar
Ans. A dead white horse (Nelsons Pillar cant jump)
What is (difference) the difference between a sailor in prison and a blind man?
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:31
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Dá bhéile bídh a d'itheadh na daoine fadó.
Bricfast agus supéir a ghlaodidís ortha san.
Ithidís an breacfast ar maidean san a tosnuighidís ar obair agus ithidís an béile eiletar eis an obair sa trathnóna.
Ithidís cearnógac buidhe agus bainne i gcóir an bricfast agus prátaí rósta agus iasc i gcóir an suipeir.
Bhíodh an bórd in-aice an fhalla.
Bhíodh staimpí agus arán seagal.
Ithidís alán feóil úr agus alán iasc.
Nuair a bhí na prátaí go léir bainte acu bíodh béile práití agus feóil agus glaodhaidís clasúr ar an beile sin.
Timcheall seachtmhódh ó shoin ó thainig an tae annso ar dtúis.
Síle Ní Éaluighthe
Lios na Gaoithe
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:28
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Ans. One cant go to sea and the other cant see to go.
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2020-03-31 22:28
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What must a soldier do in order to qualify for a funeral (wh) with full military honours?
Ans He must die first.
What is the difference between a tailor and charity?
Ans Charity covers a multitude of sins and a tailor covers a mulitiude of (sim) sinners
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:26
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What is it that cannot be slow and sure at the same time?
Ans A watch
What is it that has more feet on it in winter than in summer?
Ans A skating pond.
Where was Adam when the light went out?
Ans He was in the dark.
Why is the letter G like the sun?
Ans Because it is in the centre of light.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:20
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of her. You should go up and give them a hand".
The man went up and when he got to Sean-Pheaits haggard he shut one eye and looked at the cow through the eye that he had looked through the rush with, and what did he see but the neighbours skinning the old man that was crying in the gentleman's kitchen. So he said to his wife that as he got such a good price for his horse he would give Sean-Pheaits some money but he would not take any beef for it - he would let the poor man make what sale he could of the cow.
That was all right until the races of Ballycoree. The man went there and he never saw as many fairies and ghosts together as were at the races. They were up on the walls and mixed through the people, and as he was walking around who should he meet but the gentleman that bought the horse from him. He went up to him and spoke to him and asked him how was the horse doing. The gentleman said that the horse was very satisfactory. "And now will you tell me what did you bring all your men here today for," said the man. "What do you know about my men?" said the gentleman. "How can you see them"? The man told him about he looked through the rush. "Tell me now", said the gentleman, "which eye was it." "That one" said the man. The gentleman did nothing only put
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:20
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Seo síos scéal d'innis sean-bhacach i gcistin mo shean-athar súas le 70 bliadhain ó shoin. An uair sin nuair a buaileadh bacach an treó, tar éis tuitim na h-oidhche, tugsaí a shuipéar dó agus fágsaí sa chistin é i righ na h-oidhche. De gnáth bíodh an-chuid scéalta ag an bacaigh sin agus innseocadh siad cuid acu do mhuintir an tighe agus dá gcomhursanaibh nuair a fágsaí sa tigh iad. I nGaedhealg d'inniseadh an scéal so an chéad uair ach is i mBéarla d'innis m'athair dom-sa é.
A long time ago there was a farmer living in West Clare named Mairtín de Búrca. Máirtín was not a very industrious farmer. He used to spend more time out with his dog and gun fowling and hunting than he used to spend working on his farm and when he could not go fowling or hunting he used to get a rod and go fishing. His wife often gave him dog's abuse but it was no use for be advising him.
One day he was out fowling but he did
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:15
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his thumb on the eye, and from that moment on the man could see nothing at all with that eye. He came home from the races of Ballycoree stone blind in one eye.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:14
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of her. You should go up and give them a hand".
The man went up and when he got to Sean-Pheaits haggard he shut one eye and looked at the cow through the eye that he had looked through the rush with, and what did he see but the neighbours skinning the old man that was crying in the gentleman's kitchen. So he said to his wife that as he got such a good price for his horse he would give Sean-Pheaits some money but he would not take any beef for it - he would let the poor man make what sale he could of the cow.
That was all right until the races of Ballyeoree. The man went there and he never saw as many fairies and ghosts together as were at the races. They were up on the walls and mixed through the people, and as he was walking around who should he meet but the gentleman that bought the horse from him. He went up to him and spoke to him and asked him how was the horse doing. The gentleman said that the horse was very satisfactory. "And now will you tell me what did you bring all your men here today for," said the man. "What do you know about my men?" said the gentleman. "How can you see them"? The man told him about he looked through the rush. "Tell me now", said the gentleman, "which eye was it." "That one" said the man. The gentleman did nothing only put
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:12
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ceanntar so.
Brígid Ní Shúileabháin.
Croman Uachtar.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:10
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and to have plenty of timber every day. Then they ate their dinner. The woman got a sledge and went out throwing sledges. The giant had the first throw and he threw it three miles. The other man went up on top of a hill and began to whistle. The giant went after him and asked him what he going to do. He said he was calling brother the blacksmith that was seven years idle and he wanted him to throw the sledge. The giant ran away and took the sledge with him and hid it in his house. The giant's wife told him that she would know at supper time who was the best man. She killed two goat and had them for supper with porrage. The other man got a goat's skin and put it inside his coat and sat down for supper. The giant and his wife drank eleven pints of soup and the other man drank twenty-one. The giant and his wife said they had enough and the man said that he hadn't (?) half enough. Then the man got a knife and cut his false stommoch and the giant thought it would not take any effect on him. The giant got another knife and cut his and he fell dead, and that proved the better man.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:09
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D'itheadh na daoine dhá béile bidh sa ló fadó.
Breacfast agus suipéar a tugaidís ortha.
Biodh aran buidhe agus prátaí agusbainne i gcóir an breacfast acu agus práití agus bainne reamhar nú acu chun suipéar.
Uaireannta biódh feóil úr agus iasc acu.
Ba gnáthac le cuid des na daoine obair a dhéanamh roimis an breacfast.
Nuair a bíodh na béilí ar siúbhal bíodh an bórd i lár an tighe.
Bíodh staimpi agus arán de plúr cruithneachtan agus arán de mhin coirce ag na daoine fadó.
Tá sé ós cionn 75 bliantaibh ó thainig tae go dtí an
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 22:00
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They used play picky long ago. They used put a line of stones after on another and hop around them. They used play thaws and buttons. The way they used play thaws , they used stand a reel on the floor and leave go the thaw at the reel and if they would knock it, it would be game. The way they used play button, they used get a button and go around to every one with the button and leave the button fall into someones hand and then ask what hand was the button in and the once that would be wrong would get a slap. and then one that would be right would go around with the button again.
They used play another game. They used get a stick and burn it in the fire and when it would be red take it out and spit on it and the one that would quench it, the rest would say Cuirfidh an trom trom ort and they would put the chairs and stools on the top of his back.
They used play Buidhe. They used stand a stick in the middle of the field and they used get a stick and try to knock it and the one that would knock it would back away
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 21:58
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out of the mug of butter and counted them. He made two halves of each fly and said to himself he was the best man in the world. He killed two hundred and fifty in the first blow and twice as many in the second blow. He then said good bye to the farm and headed for a blacksmiths shop and got a sword made. He got it printed on the sword the "best man in the world." He walked along the road. Night came on, and he went into a house for a nights lodging. He got the nights lodging but he had to prove whether he was the best man in the world or not in the morning. It was a giant's house. The giant's wife told him that he and the giant would have to go to the wood for fire timber. The giant began to gather a big load of of timber and the other man began to gather some plants. He tied them with a rope and said to the giant that he would bring the wood on his back and not to be coming every day for a bundle of sticks. The giant got afraid of him and swinging the bundle of sticks on his back he ran home. When his wife saw him coming she said you have met your match but when you have your dinner eaten I will tell you who is the best man. The other man came and said that he did not believe in going to the wood for a bundle of sticks every day. He wanted to bring the wood on his back
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2020-03-31 21:50
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During the Elizabethan wars the Abbey was defended by Clanricarde's sons and remained the centre of missionary zeal down to 1629 when it fell a prey to Ormonde's soldiery. About this time the people of Loughrea sent an urgent appeal to the Papal Nuncio to have the Abbey rebuilt. In 1651, it was again destroyed by the Cromwellion soldiers on their way to Galway. For many years after this the Friars lived in neighbouring houses. In 1672 the Friars again took possession of the delapidated building and devoted themselves to the exercises of the Regular Life.
From 1693 to 1775 the Friars suffered much and were forced to seek refuge in the woods and mountains during the "Priest Hunting" days. In 1816 the foundation stone of the present Abbey was laid and when completed it was solemnly consecrated by Dr. Coen, Bishop of Clonfert.
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2020-03-31 21:49
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There once was a man and he said he never got enough to eat. One day he was reaping corn with a hook and his wife brought him his dinner. When he had it eaten he said that if he got enough to eat that he would be a better man than he was. So he told his wife that he would have three helpers the next day. He borrowed three hooks from three neighbours and he cut three pieces of corn and he left a hook in each piece. When his wife came with the dinner she asked him where were the helpers and he said that there was a cow sick and that they went over to see her. He told her to go home and leave the dinners there. When he got her gone he sat down and ate a good feed of potatoes and butter. When he had it eaten he sat down and fell asleep and he woke up after a small while and he found that there was a lot of flies in the mug of butter. He put his hand on the top of the mug and killed them. He then took out his pocket knife and picked them
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2020-03-31 21:49
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Rathanaig a bhean beadh staimpi síne.
(II)
Bhí Cáit a sgrioba agus Máire a fhásca agus Nóra a leatha ar an griosa.
Cá iosadh císte i ndeigh na h-oidhche.
Buatac sé an rás ar tráigh na ndaoine.
Rathanaig a bhean beadh staimpi síne.
Eibhlín Ní Chonnmhaighe.
Dúcha.
Fuaireas an t-amhrán so ó
Cait Bhean Ui Flainn (ós cionn 70 bl) Dúcha,
a gairm bheatha, Feirmeóir
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2020-03-31 21:40
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cloud of smoke and then everyone knew that the priest wasn't right.
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2020-03-31 21:40
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The three borrowed days are the first, second and third days of April. There was an old cow long ago and when March was out she let three leaps because she lived during the month of March. Then
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2020-03-31 21:40
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March borrowed three days from April and with the cold of them the old cow died.
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2020-03-31 21:40
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man said that she would not forgive him unless he took the tea. Alright said the man. Loosen these chains for me. He did so. Now carry me on your back to the first house and he did. They are cardplaying in there he said and I cannot go in there. (M) Now carry me to the next house. He did so. They are after throwing out the feet water and I cannot go in there either. Now carry me to the next house. He was a long time in that house and then he came out and he said there is a son in there and he will be a priest. Look at the big hill over there. There will be a new church built there on that hill and at this time twenty-one years this priest will say Mass and all who attend mass will be mine said the man. Then the man said carry me back again. The young man said I will not carry you a foot until you tell me who you are. The man said I am the Devil. Then the young man carried him back. Then the man said put on these chains again the young lad put on the chains and the man disappeared. Then the young man went with the beads to his father and next morning he went home. That time twenty-one years he came back again and everyone was talking about the young priest was going to say mass and he brought a sword with him and he cut the head off the priest and it went up in the sky in a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 21:37
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The Old Abbey was founded by Richard De Burgo commonly known as the Red Earl of Ulster. During the reign of Henry III. His grandfather, Richard De Burgo the Great, built the castle of Loughrea in 1236. The Church and Friary were constructed according to the mediaeval Constitutions of the Order, and was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The belfry and walls of the original sacred edifice are still to be seen in the present Abbey. The ruins are kept in good repair by the Carmelite Fathers.
The founder of the Abbey was succeeded by his grandson William 2nd Earl who was connected with a Brown Scapular devotion. In 1538 all the monasteries within the Clanricarde estate, who was later buried there. In 1438 Father Desmond O'Flanagan, a Carmelite Father, composed a mass in honour of St. Brendan of Clonfert and another in honour of St. Patrick our National Apostle. In 1553 during the reign of Elizabeth Clanricarde handed over the Abbey and its territory to the Carmelite Fathers.
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2020-03-31 21:35
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There is a hill in a field of Thomas Mullen's in the townland of Ballaghanea called the "Cnoc Ruadh". There were monks on an island called "Tighe's Island" on Lough Ramor lake. A band of robbers came and robbed them. When the robbers were going home they fell out over the money and began fighting and they spilled others blood. There never grew grass there since and the ground is red. The monks left the blame on the people of Maghera and they left their seven curses on them. They also said that there would be widows and orphans in Maghera and what they would gain one year they would lose it the next year.
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2020-03-31 21:33
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Rathanaig a bhean beadh staimpi síne
Ní staimpi an taranach ach prátaí scioba.
Plúir ón Spáin a thainig san "Steamer"
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2020-03-31 21:31
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On Easter Sunday it is a custom in nearly every home to eat many eggs. The people get up early to see the sun rising as it is said that the sun dances when it is rising on this morning. Sometimes they sprinkle the Easter Water on the land this day so as that they would have good crops for the year.
St. John's Day. On St. John's Day children go about to collect sticks and they also get turf in the different houses. This night a bon-fire is lighted in memory of St. John and all the children come to this fire.
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2020-03-31 21:30
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back he came again and he met the man at the same place and he gave him the pot of gold. Then the young man bought a big house and land and he living in it and he got married. After about ten years he got lonesome for his father and he said he would go and see him. When he came they were after being at a funeral and the father left his beads on a tombstone and the two brothers would not go for them. Ah said the father if Jimmy was at home he would go for them and just then Jimmy walked in and they did not know him. He told them who he was and he said he would go for the beads and he went and he got them and it was dark. When he was coming out the gate he heard the chains rattling after him and he stood and the man came up to him again and he asked him if he would go and ask a certain woman to forgive him for a sixpence he owed her before he died and he said she will offer you tea but do not take it. So off he went and he asked her would she forgive the man and she offered him tea and he would not take it and she said that she would not forgive the man unless he will allow you to take the tea and the young man took the tea. Then the young man went back and the old man asked him did he take the tea and he said he did and the man asked him why did he and the young
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2020-03-31 21:29
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There was a National School in Murmod about ninety years ago. The subjects taught in it were writing, reading and arithmetic. All the subjects were taught through English. One of the Farrelly's of Raffoney was the teacher. Charlie Maguire repaired it and made a dwelling house out of it.
If a pupil spoke a word of Irish he was put on another boy's back and the trousers taken off him and beaten with strip of leather called the "thaws". People of all kinds of religion attended this school. This school was known as the "Kildare Hibernian Society".
The reason why this school is not existing is because Lord Farnham came down from Dublin and gave the poor, bacon for nothing. They turned
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2020-03-31 21:29
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over to Lord Farnham's religion and ceased to send their children to Murmod school. The Farrelly's stuck to the school and they were called "Ram-eaters" ever after that.
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2020-03-31 21:28
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to eat. They were always called the "Ram Eaters" after and every where they showed their faces at Land League meeetings etc, it was always thrown at them.
About twenty years after the Famine times got bad again. The potatoes failed but they were not depending altogether on them, however they failed three years after each other and people were rendered very poor as all they had spared was gone buying food. The potatoes grew so badly that a man and his son would be digging all day and a duck would swallow all they would have dug. Another man said they were so bad you could put eleven of them in your mouth together and talk to the Lord Lieuntnant after.
To add to their misfortunes the landlords kept pressing the rent and evictions were taking place every day. The parish committees set up under the parish priest and funds were collected and relief was sent out to the deserving . Some schools also were set up, one was John Shea’s house Erinagh another was near Blackwater cross; however people didn’t send their children to be fed to them as they were proselytisers.
The Land League sent up after a time and all the people massed together to fight for their holdings and stop evictions. Where people would
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2020-03-31 21:28
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May Day On May Eve every person used lock the door of the cow-house so that nobody could go into it and milk the cows and steal the butter The first person to go to the well that morning and bring water from it would have plenty of butter during the year. They used go out early in the morning and wash their faces in the dew and let the sun dry them so that the sun would not burn them during the Summer One of the family used go out and cut a piece of black-thorn and furze and bring them in as a token to welcome the Summer. They used put nails into the well and they would not give away milk without putting salt in it so no person would steal their luck.
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2020-03-31 21:25
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tea and eat only baker's bread.
On Chalk Sunday the children go around with chalk chalking those who were old enough to marry bud did not before lent
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2020-03-31 21:25
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This was to be a great test for the Catholic cause. Some of the Landlords had threatened their tenants with eviction if they went to vote for O Connell. Arthur forbid his tenants to leave their homes for to vote or out they would go. Fr. Bourke of Broadford went to each one of them and they refused, however three promised to go. He said unless they felt they were needed he wouldn't send for them as they were poor men with large families and they would surely be evicted. The long car came for them the last day of the election and Paud Moroney, Springmount, Michael Hayes, the Wood and Tom Dinneen, Ballyda were the three faithful stalwarts of all Arthur's tenants that recorded their votes for the great Dan in Ennis. Tom Dinneen was working in the bog when the car came and he went just as he was in his flannel waistcoat and no stockings as he didn't spare the time to go home for them. There orders were to hurry and not spare the horses. One of the horses fell in Spancilhill and they made the journey with the other two. It was a huge victory and there were no evictions. Arthur gave a great feast to all his tenants that didn't go to vote and they got a roasted ham.
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2020-03-31 21:24
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with sticks breaking pipes but this custom has died out. Also on this day they used drown the shamrock that is they go into a public house drinking. this custom has also died out.
Shrove At this time many people used get married and be matchmaking. There were alway special [interlined with carat: "men"] for matchmaking and were known as matchmakers. They went out usually with a blackthorn stick and when they would meet some lady they would ask her about her fortune and if she would like to marry and they would tell her about the man they had for her. Then they would tell him and the match may or may not be carried on.
Shrove Tuesday. On this day long ago many used get married. On that night they used make a pancake and put a ring in it. Then when the pancake was made it was cut up everyone got a piece and it is said that whoever would get the ring would be married the first.
Ash Wednesday. The custom["s" struck out in red] on this day was to go to th church and put holy ashes on their foreheads and this custom is still practiced. Another custom is to drink black
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2020-03-31 21:21
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Once upon a time there was a young man and he was very fond of card playing so one night he went to a house and they had no light. They asked him to go for a candle and he said he would if they let him play and they said they would. They told him not to go across by a certain way because it was haunted. He said he would chance to go across and when he was going over the second stile a big black man came after him and the young man ran off. He went for the candle and when he was coming back he said he would go back the same way and when he was coming over the stile again the man came out before him. He wore a cloak and the young man pulled it off him and ran away. The old man called him back and he said I am a long time here minding a pot of gold but if you will come with me I will give it to you. The young man said he would go back with the candle and said he would come back again so off he went and left the candle at the house and
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2020-03-31 21:19
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Dwelling houses in olden days were called "mud-houses" and probably got tthis name on account of being built with a mixture of bog mud, turf ashes, clay and very little stone.
These were mixed together and built in shallow layers and given enough time to dry before putting on the next. The cement houses of the present day are done in something the same manner, except they have more up-to-date methods and material in the building.
Although the mud houses were made of these simple materials, they lasted a very long time and traces of them may be found in parts of the country yet especially in the poorer districts. The doors and windows were small and in the poorer class dwellings, there were no glass windows, a bag containing bog heather took the place of glass. The roof was rather flat and covered with rushes and long sprigs of heather. The chimney was not raised above the roof and was called a smoke hole. Although the houses were built in low sheltry places, without fresh air, and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 21:10
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It is said that a priest was crossing in a hurry one day when he slipped and fell and he cursed the rocks. Hence the name.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 21:09
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On St Stephen's Day the people used go in the wren. It was not only the children that went but the big people. On the evening before they went searching for the wren and if they caught one they would put it in a holly bush and it about with them in the wren when decorated with ribbons. Then they used dress in strange clothes and sometimes used go in disguise through the country each of them with a musical instrument. The people used usually give them money. Sometimes they [struck out in red: "used"] travel[added in red "led"] far away in cars. This custom is still practiced in this part of the country
St Bridgets Day the custom on this day was to dress a little doll with ribbons and little girls used go around with it to the houses collecting pennies. and they used say that they were for St Bridget. Also on the eve of that day they used make little timber crosses and put up in the house
St Patrick's Day Early [struck out in red: "in"] that morning they used go out in the fields to pick the shamrock and would wear it throughout the day. Long ago when clay pipes were used the children used go around with on that day
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 21:09
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In Ballaghanea there was a house in which all the neighbours went to night-school. There they learned to read and write in "Irish". Charles Degnan was the owner of this house. The man who taught there was Thomas Sheridan or he is better known as Peety Sheridan.
This night when all were present for the usual instruction a great wind arose. It struck the house with such force that it began creaking. All escaped from the house except an old woman who lived there. The school-master's son apparently the bravest of the company went back to rescue her. No sooner were they out than the house collapsed. He lived in the district named Barrackstreet in Ballaghanea. He was carrying her home on his back when she said to him
"Peety a ghearríd Mhúirnín tá pluchán orm"
and he answered her in Irish saying
"It's not for the want of wind".
This happened on the night of the "big wind" in 1839. That same night a haggard of corn owned by Pat Cullen of Murmod was blown five or six hundred yards away.
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2020-03-31 21:08
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The fort in Frenchfort, Oranmore is a circular fort. There are bushes growing beside the fort. Once a man living in Frenchfort started to dig the fort in order to level the land got a very bad pain in his finger. The finger became bent and he never could straighten it.
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2020-03-31 21:08
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The following story is told concerning one of the forts in Renville. Some ninety years ago, a Scotch steward employed by Lord Wallscourt got a number of men to level down the fort.
In the morning of the day following the levelling of the fort his son of ten or eleven years was dead. The steward and the people in the district said that he had brought this bad luck on himself by levelling the fort.
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2020-03-31 21:07
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The fort of the curses.
This is a narrow inlet of the sea in Oranmore Bay which can be crossed at low tide by stepping stones.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 21:06
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and it is called flummery. On Fridays they had flour and onions boiled together with potatoes, other times they had salt herrings and potatoes.
In those times there were only two meals in the day, breakfast and dinner, The breakfast was eaten in the morning and dinner at about four in the eavening, in very few cases was supper eaten, and if so, it was eaten about seven, or eight o'clock. There was no tea drank then, and when it did come in to being, it was drinken black, without any milk or sugar, and this custom was observed during Lent and Advent until lately.
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2020-03-31 21:05
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The following story is told concerning one of the forts in Renville. Some ninety years ago, a Scotch steward employed by Lord Wallscourt got a number of men to level down the fort.
In the morning of the day following the levelling of the fort his son of ten or eleven years was dead. The steward and the people in the district said that he had brought this bad luck on himself by levelling the fort.
The fort in Frenchfort, Oranmore is a circular fort. There are bushes growing beside the fort. Once a man living in Frenchfort started to dig the fort in order to level the land got a very bad pain in his finger. The finger became bent and he never could straighten it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 21:01
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with an egg.
Christmas was another great festival, Christmas dinners were great, one had food such as geese and turkey and vegetables and cake made specially for that occasion. St. Patrick's Day was great.
Before cups were used in Ireland wooden bowls or jars were the vessels used. Candles were not thought of. Calico strips dipped in fat took the place of candles. The old Irish customs were great and the people were much healther and lived to be great ages. Confectionary was unheard of in these days.
The knives and forks were all of wood and were made at the fireside from ordinary wood. The children eat with their fingers. The ordinary table was a folding one and was placed in the middle of the floor during meals. When the meal was over the table was folded and was hung on the wall. The kitchen was usually very small, and this was done to make space.
In the poorer houses there were no tables, the family sat on the floor in a ring and each member took his share from the oven or pot containing the food. The father and mother alone had a knife and fork.
In their dinner they had gruel which was made with water, turnips and oatmeal flavoured with pepper and salt. Sometimes they had millseeds and oatmeal steeped for a few days then they boiled it
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:58
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Bhí sean-bean 'na cómnuidhe i gConndae Mhuigheó blianta ó shoin agus is mion minic a d'fhanadh sí 'na suidhe go mall san oidhche ag obair.
Bhí sí ag obair go deireannach oidhche Shathairne amháin ag sníomh dí féin nuair a bhuail sean-cailleac isteach a raibh dhá adhairc uirri. D'fhiafruigh sí ar bhean-a-tighe an raibh péire cárdaí aice agus go dtuibhradh sí congnamh sí. Dubhairt an bean nach raibh aon chárdaí aici dí. "Muise, níl mise gan mo ghléas oibre féin bheith agam!" arsa an Chailleach, agus leis sin tharraing sí amach péire cárdaí as a póca agus thosaigh sí ag cárdáil.
Níorbh fhada gur bhuail cailleach eile isteach agus dhá adhairc uirri mar an gcéadhná. Shuidh sí síos agus d'fhiafruigh sí ar bhean-a-tighe an raibh túirne aice. "Níl aon tuirne agam duit," arsa bean-a-tighe.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:51
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Parnell was an Irish leader. He got Indian meal, and had it divided among the poor people. This is called Parnell's meal.
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2020-03-31 20:50
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MARY GLENNAN
There was a well known old woman in this district named Mary Glennan. She died about forty years ago. She was the oldest woman in the district. She told some terrible tales about the
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2020-03-31 20:50
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famine. She pointed out a lane, in which nine men were lying dead, and amongst them her own husband. Owing to the terrible state of the country she had to wheel him a mile to Lurgan, and bury him herself, because there was no people to be got to bury him.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:44
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(1) To see a crane along the river is the sign of a storm
(2) If you would hear "Binnon" roaring it is the sign of a near storm.
(3) A number of "rooks" flying together is the sign of rain.
Or if you saw "wild geese" flying together it is the sign of a rain.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:43
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A big mouth and cannot talk, two ears and cannot hear, three legs and cannot walk.
Ans. A Pot.
Long legs, short thighs, little )hed) head and no eyes.
Ans. A Tongs.
A kitchen (fo) full room and ( (co) could not catch a spoonful.
Ans. Smoke.
I have a house that would not fit a mouse and it has as many windows as the (Lords) Lord Mayor's house.
Ans. A Thimble.
Where was Adam when the light went out?
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2020-03-31 20:43
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them eaten, before he reached the children.
One other day he went into a house in Ballinlough, and the people always asked him where was the wife to-day. (because he and the wife always disagreed) He would answer, "at a wife axsint about." Every person would laugh at this, because it was to hear him they asked.
"Cooper Leky" was very poor."
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2020-03-31 20:40
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Ans. In the dark.
Two things wagging and one going in
And A pig eating out of a trough
Round the house and round the house and sleeps in the corner with its head down.
Ans. A brush
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2020-03-31 20:40
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Many years ago there lived a tinker named Cooper Leky.
"Cooper Leky" mended tin, pans, dishes, and all things made of tin. But as soon as the money was paid to him, and he away, all the tin things started to leak. That is why he got this funny name. He also had a tuft of hair to his chin, and was very thin, so thin that anyone would think how he lived.
One day he went into a house in Drumfries, and the woman was pounding potatoes on the floor, in the pot. He told the woman that the children were crying of hunger.
The woman piled his hand full of poundays, and as quick as he went out the door, he was stuffing the Poundays into himself, so that he had
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:38
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What is the funniest postcard you ever saw?
Ans. Yourself in a looking glass.
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2020-03-31 20:37
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What goes up a ladder with it's head down>
Ans. A nail in a man's boot.
Fire under it fire over it and what's that
Ans. A cake in an oven.
It has a body and a neck but it has no head.
Ans A bottle.
What is it that has an eye and no head.?
(And) Ans A needle.
What is it that has a head and and no eye?
Ans A pin.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:35
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it was a that moment, the Saldanna, (an old ship) sank.
They two brothers left the "Baim" house and went to live in a new house.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:35
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What is it has a face and no head?
Ans A clock.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:35
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Why is (ire) Ireland like a bottle?
Ans. Because it has a cork in it.
As round as an apple,
As deep as a cup,
And all the king's horses
Would not draw it up.
Ans. A well.
What (it) is it has four legs a head and a foot?
Ans. A bed.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:34
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Long ago when houses were built in Baim.
Baim is a mountain on the north of Drumfries School.
Two brothers named William and John Fullerton lived in one of these Baim houses.
One very windy night the brothers came in from a ceilidhe in a neighbours house. They lay in a kitchen bed and soon were fast asleep.
As the night wore on it got more and more windy. One of the brothers were wakened by a fearfull gust of wind.
He saw an old woman sitting by the fire. He grew afraid. After awhile he heard her muttering "Ha! the Saldanna's down."
It was heard afterwards that
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:33
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grass; when the cat scrapes wood; when the crows fly high and play tricks in the air; when you hear a cart on a tarred road from a certain distance when stares and crows crowd together; when midges are biting very hard.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:32
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Bhí bean ann agus ní fhéadfadh í do sháramh ar chéile d'á mac agus sin é mar a déaradh an mac:-
Á bposfainn bean bhreagh
Beadh grádh age [?] na h-éinne dhí
Á bpósfainn bean bhuidhe, beadh síolrach gan scéimh aici
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:28
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When there is a circle round the sun it is a sign of bad weather. If the sun sets in a ball of fire it is a sign of good weather. If there is a circle round the moon it is a sign of bad weather. When the stars twinkle and when they seem to fall it is a sign of bad weather. When
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2020-03-31 20:28
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Some years ago a man and his wife were churning. When they were a short time started a little fairy woman ([?]) came in. This woman asked for some flour. The woman refused to give her any so the fairy went out again.
When they were finished churning the woman of the house left the churn-staff out on a bush near the door to dry. She came in again to lift the butter from the churn but she found that it was gone.
After a while the fairy returned again and asked for more flour. The woman gave her some and she thanked her and disappeared. This woman never returned again.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:27
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my father and I am not your son?
Ans. Because she was his daughter.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:26
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When the swallows fly low; when the seagulls come inland; when the sun goes down in clouds; when there is a halo round the moon; when the stars are running along the sky; when the clouds are black; when there is a rainbow in the sky in the morning; when the wind is in the east; when sheep or cattle graze facing the wind; when the dog eats
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:24
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While a man was returning home from a fair one evening he heard beautiful singing under a bridge a short distance from his home. He called the singers to come out but they refused to do so.
Being angry because of the refusal he went home and returned with a large stick. Going down under the bridge he saw a lot of fairies. He went in and hit a number of them with the stick.
That night when he was in his bed he heard the same singing under his bed. The singing lasted all night and kept him from sleeping.
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2020-03-31 20:24
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thirty miles what would he get for walking a hundred?
Ans. Sore feet.
When has a man four hands.
Ans. When eh closes his fists.
What is it that sits by the wall, eats all he gets, and never drinks?
Ans. A fire.
Ink ank under a bank ten drawing four?
Ans. A woman milking a cow.
Around the house and round the house and at night it sits in the corner?
Ans. A brush.
Said a child to the father how does it come you are
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2020-03-31 20:24
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Many years ago, there lived in Carrowhill a woman named Sarah Doherty. Carrowhill lies North on the way to Carndonagh. One day as she was sitting at the fire a fairy came in and asked her for some Indian Meal. The woman refused to give the meal. Then the fairy ran up to the cradle and took the baby with her. About ten day's afterwards the fairy came back again asking for more meal. The woman give the fairy the meal this time. Then the fairy went up and left the baby back in the cradle again and the fairy disappeared.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:21
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What has a tongue and cannot talk?
Ans. A Boot.
(W) What has a pain and cannot feel it?
Ans. A window.
I have a little brother with a red nose
And the longer he lives the shorter he grows.
Ans. A candle
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:21
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There lived once upon a time a woman in Meenaduff.
Every time she started to churn, a fairy woman would come in and lift the churn-head out of the churn.
One day as this woman was churning, a number of fairies came in unnexpected and started pulling the churn-head out of the churn. This woman succeeded in taking it from them.
Meenaduff is situated near the main road on the way to Carndonagh.
This woman left this house because it was haunted and built a new one.
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2020-03-31 20:20
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beneath these stones but some people think it a fable.
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2020-03-31 20:20
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What has a head and cannot get a hat to fit it?
Ans Bray head.
If a man got sixpence for walking
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2020-03-31 20:19
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About three miles to the south of Kilmihil in the farm of Mr O Donoghue there are the ruins of a castle. It is said that there is gold to be found there. One time the owner of the farm had a man working in it and he found a pot of gold. When he found it he got excited and ran to tell his master. After some time he and his master returned to take the gold but it had disappeared.
Near our school is a very large heap of stones known as the [inserted within parentheses in irish script and another hand ? the schoolmaster's: "caṫair"] It is so very old that the people do not know what family lived there. It is said that there was a large castle there in the olden times. People say that gold is hidden
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2020-03-31 20:19
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When a cat is scraping a tree; when the curlews are calling; when the tongs is very cold; when the seaweed gets moist; when people's corns are pinching them; when the midges are biting hard; when there is a rainbow in the morning it is the sign of bad weather but if there is a rainbow in the sky in the evening it is the sign of good weather; when the seagulls fly inland and if there is a circle around the moon.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:18
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Once upon a time there lived a man in Ballinlough.
It was Hallowe'en night, and this man was down in the field. He heard somebody calling him home for his dinner. On looking round he saw all the fairies in a circle around him. They made a great dinner in the field for him. After the dinner was over, he went home, and the fairies disappeared.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:16
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Many years ago, there lived a woman near the Mintiaghs Lough.
One day, as she was sweeping the floor, she saw a cow out on the street. This cow had strayed. The woman put her in and milked her but alas! she only gave a drop of milk. She let her out again, and on the street she let three roars. The woman didn't know what was wrong with the animal.
Running out with the broom in her hand, she struck the animal. The cow kicked up her heels, and letting three roars, ran down into the "Mintiaghs Lake" where she disappeared.
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2020-03-31 20:16
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wealthy man for the rest of his life. Next morning he resolved to go and try his luck. He commenced digging and after two hours hard work he came upon a little skillet of gold coins. He started for home with his treasure and all the neighbours were congratulating him on his wonderful luck. And what was mysterious about it no one could read what was written on the skillet The man got very charitable and was very good to the poor. Six months later a poor scholar came to the house and was having his dinner. He had a great eyeing at the skillet when the good woman of the house remarked to him that it would take a smart man to read that. "I can read it" replied the man. "Well will you tell me what is it"? said the good woman. "The other side of the bush there is twice as much" said the visitor. Next day the man started to dig the other side of
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:14
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Long, years ago aman went out to take home his horses on Hallowe'en night.
On his way he met a man who was riding a horse. The man of course was a fairy, and lifted him up on his horse. They rode on and on, until they reached France. He was a long time in France, and the fairy scribbled an address to let his wife know that he was in France.
In the end he returned home, and along the fire, was his potatoes.
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2020-03-31 20:14
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of a road which still can be traced. It was he that buried the gold there.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:13
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There is a place in the school district called "Baile Dorcha" where there is what is supposed to be a Fairy Fort; it is in a field. The owner of the land where is the is, is Mrs Kennedy of Ganty. The place is about two fields on the on the south side of the road that leads from Craughwell to Dunsandle. In this fort there are three stones, two of them are standing up straight and the other is lying flat on the ground between the two. The two that are standing straight are about a foo and a half high and a foot wide, and the one lying flat on the ground is about three feet long and a foot wide. In this there are letters which cannot be read. Around these there is a low wall of stones, and white and blackthorn bushes which almost hide the stones from view. There is now no entrance, the bushes having covered it over. Fairies were supposed to live in it, but no stories about them are now available.
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2020-03-31 20:13
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The majority of the people in this district do not believe that there are any hidden treasures to be located in the neighbourhood however some of them say that there is gold in some places.
There is a lake situated about one mile to the east of this school known as Knockalough lake. In this lake is an island where the ruins of a castle are to be seen and it is studded with trees. It is said that a family named Mc Mahon lived there in the olden times. This man was famous for his strength and he killed his wife and child with one blow. He got from the island to the mainland by means
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:12
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Long, long ago there lived fairies in Owenbuoy.
A house was situated nearby. One day a fairy woman came into the house. She asked for some indian meal. The house-woman refused. The fairy woman went up and lifted the child out of the cradle and away with it.
One other day she came back again and asked for a bowl of flour. The house-woman didn't refuse this time. The fairies left the child back in the cradle again.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:10
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There was once a poor struggling farmer and he lived in a very poor district. He was constantly dreaming of treasure. One night he dreamt of a crock of gold buried in his farm convenient to a lone bush. He dreamt three nights in succession that if he would go and dig he would be a
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2020-03-31 20:10
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In Owenbuoy there is the "house of a goose" It is situated among rocks, and is made of stone.
It is said that once upon a time there lived a goose. Men made this house for her, and she stayed in it at night. As was usual, she went out for food in daylight, and when she returned, she laid a golden egg.
Owenbuoy is situated east on the way to Carndonagh.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:09
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clouds gather on the horizon when there is a rainbow in the morning; when the wind is in the southwest; when the swallows fly low and when the crows are diving and play (play) tricks up high in the air when the sheep are jumping in the fields.
It is the sign of a storm when the seagulls fly inland; when the dog eats grass; when the cat is washing her face and when she is sitting with her back to the fire.
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2020-03-31 20:07
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all that she could get was clay. The priest had fixed up a heap of clay for her.
One day he met her on the road he joined to laugh. She cursed him but all was in vain.
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2020-03-31 20:06
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when the soot is falling and when the corns are (c) aching more, these are all (signs of) bad signs of the weather. When the curlew leaves the bog and comes up to dry land it is a sign of bad weather and when he goes back to the bog again it is a sign of good weather.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 20:06
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Once upon a time there lived an old beggar woman. This beggar woman went about with a dog. This is how she made her living going from house to house at night and stealing potatoes from other people's pits.
At this time there lived a priest, who met her one day and said "Can you not get no potatoes the year." "No"
"Well" says the priest. "There's a priest living up the road a bit, and he has a great big pit in the garden. Go you there to night and take some of his great big potatoes."
The beggar woman went to the pit that night. She tore, and tore but got no potatoes.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 19:49
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account of his hunch back, so she told he would never regret it. On the stroke of twelve the music stopped, and the guests disappeared and the carter was left along, not in a ballroom, but on the same green (path) mound of earth so familiar to him on his journies to Rochfort Bridge to Clara mill, but to his great surprise no longer a hunch back but a perfect figure of man. Naturally enough on his return to his native town, his sudden cure gave rise to much gossip and another hunch back decided on asking him how he got cured. He told him his story and his pal decided on going next day with him which he did and on their return journey found the dance in progress. Being a very different type the new guest stepped into the ballroom, and was rather familiar with the guests, but his great surprise, at his departure, not along had he his own hunch back, but that of his pals piled on top of it, which gives rise to a saying in the district, "Never put in your brush where there is no dirt".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 19:47
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There are at least five or six forts in easy reach of of the school. One about one mile distant, opposite Kennys at Castlelost. It is perfectly sound, a large ring in centre, planted on outside with white thorns, and a deep trench all around. There was no special entrance to this one. It was always called a fort. Another in Farthingstown is believed to have been partly dug at one time, and some old swords or pikes to be found in it but the owner having some ill luck with cattle the search was abandoned ever since. Another in Old town a very large n high one, over looking the main Galway road, and one and a half mile distant from the village, a very fine open space and a perfect circle. A story is told of an old carter who was returning to Clara after delivering mill stuffs in the village. Passing the place, he was attracted by the sound of great music. So he listened for a while and he decided on going out to see for himself. There was a great collection of small men and women, supposed to be fairies having a great dance. So he decided to have a dance. He asked one young lady, who accepted his invitation, and continued occasionally until up to twelve midnight. This man was a born hunch back but a very good dancer. The lady asked him to call on some other occasion so he told her he never liked going to parties on
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 19:45
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When the sun goes down pale or cloudy; when there is a circle round the moon; when the stars are (runing) running along the sky; when the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 19:39
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cluster in the middle of a field it is a sign of rain. When the robin is on the top of the bushes it is a sign of good weather but when she is at the bottom of the bushes it is a sign of bad weather
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 19:38
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When the sun goes down like a ball of fire it is a sign of good weather. If you see the stars falling and if you see a certain amount of goat hair in the sky and when you see red in the sky it is a sign of bad weather. The west and south wind brings the rain to this district. When you hear the cricket singing and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 19:36
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When there are black clouds in the sky it is the sign of rain. When the sun goes down in (gray) grey it is the sign of rain. When the sun goes down in red it is the sign of (good) fine weather. When the wild geese come from the north it is the sign of snow and when they come from the south it is the sign of warm weather.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 19:34
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When the plover go under the white thorn bushes it is a sign of wither wind or rain. When the curlews are calling it is a sign of rain. When the crows
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 19:33
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her back to the fire. When the dog eats grass. When the stars seem to fall.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 19:33
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When the smoke goes up straight to the sky out of the chimney; when the mountains are to be seen cleary from a distance; when got hair is to be seen in the sky; when the sun goes down in a watery cloud; lightning at night; when the curlew is calling. When the dust blows in a cu [?] on the road; When the sheep are grazing early. When the cattle are sleeping in the fields.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 19:29
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there are goat-hair clouds in the sky it is a sign of bad weather. When there is a rainbow in the morning it is a sign of bad weather and when there is a rainbow in the evening it is a sign of fine weather. When there is going to be rain the swallows fly low and when it is going to be fine the swallows fly high. It is the sign of storm when the seagulls fly inland.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 19:26
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When the sun goes down pale or cloudy. When the clouds gather on the horizon. When the wind is in the southwest. When the cat is sitting with
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 19:16
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Forts are plentiful around here It is not known who made them They are all circular in shale and fenced in by white thorn trees no-body ever interferes with them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 18:48
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In Anglesboro' the Great House is known as Massy Lodge. It was bought by John Hanley R.I.P. in 1913 from the Honourable Hugh Massy. In April 1934 John Hanley dropped dead suddenly at the Church door in Anglesboro' as they were about to take out his sister's corpse, Mrs Kent, who was being buried that day. At the present moment Nov. 1937 the place is in dispute.
A man called Keane in California is proving a will made by John Hanley, when he was in America and met with an accident, leaving Keane his possessions.
In the year 1776 the Massys built the present Massy Lodge as a shooting lodge.
In 1780 the 3rd Baron Massy decided to come to live at Massy Lodge, Anglesboro, Co. Limerick, Coshlea (Cois Shléibhe) as he considered the Duntryleague House too noisy due to all the visitors at his place for the Sunday service. Captain Massy who built the Church in Duntryleague was buried under the floor of the Church.
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2020-03-31 18:42
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Co. Limerick, barony of Coshlea. He was paying a small rent to the Major Crone family. At this time the Lynch family (family of the late General Liam Lynch I.R.A. (Beannacht Dé leis), the Roche family and the Lowe family had 7 years lease of the land in Barnagurraha.
On the 12th Nov. 1852 old James Lynch was shot by his tenants at William Casey's gate Barnaguraha, Anglesboro, as he had threatened to evict them. It appears he was on his way from his own place to visit his daughter who was married where John Regan Quane now lives in Barnagurraha and Lynch lived where Paddy Spider Mullins now lives in Barnagurraha and where General Liam Lynch was born and reared.
Lowe now became landlord of Barnagurraha, Boulanlisheen and Inchacoumb and the Lynches were now Lowe's tenants.
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2020-03-31 18:36
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Pattern Day is August 3rd. Anyway Lowe went into a farmers house there, threw down his bag on the floor, struck his stick on the doorflag and shouted “Gather up. Gather up”.
The servant girl came out and said
“We’ve no rags today but I’ll give you some old wedges that the boys dug up in the bog the other day”.
He took home three or four of the wedges with him and found they were wedges of gold. He went back again the next day and got the rest of them. He sold them to a gold-smith in Dublin.
He now purchased several big places, one near Bruff and also Fairy Field House near Kilmallock Co. Limerick and near the present Mount Coote. He also bought two posts in the British Army for his two sons.
Lowe became the middle man in the three townslands of Barnaguraha, Inchacoumb and Boulinlisheen near Anglesboro (Gleann-na-gCreabhar)
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2020-03-31 18:26
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help of his men and the tenants of his estate.
The order was then taken over from the O'Callaghan man by the 2nd Baron Massy who dispossessed Croft.
A son of this 2nd Baron Massy and one of his servants went to look at the place. They were standing on a big double ditch behind Stag Dale House when Croft saw him and fired at him but he missed Massy and killed the servant.
The Massys made several attempts to put out Croft but he always managed to beat them off. At length Massy succeeded in gaining possession by a trick. He marched to Stag Dale with a body of men from Duntryleague and the surrounding districts. Some of the men made an attack on the front of the Great House while the others went ahide around the back.

Croft and his followers and servants
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 18:25
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made a rush out at the lads who were attacking in front and never thought of minding the back. The men at the back then slipped in by the front and that's how Massy got Croft out of Stag Dale House.
On the 10th March 1814 Captain Massy's son-in-law, Buchanan, who lived in Tipperary town was visiting his father in law's house, Stag Dale. Buchanan and Captain Massy went into the Armoury to examiner some flint pistols that Captain Massy was very proud of. One of the flint pistols that Buchanan was looking at went off suddenly and Captain Massy was shot dead. He was succeeded by his brother William Massy.
In the year 1815 the Massy family built Riversdale house, almost directly opposite Stag Dale House, and now in the possession of John Noonan Esq., who bought if from the Massy Dawsons in the year 1922.
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2020-03-31 18:23
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Croft as I said before owneed all the land from Athnaslinga stream, Anglesboro, in the Co. Limerick and the barony of Cois Sléibhe (Coshlea) to the Glen of Aherlow in the Co. Tipperary. The Massys now got possession of this land as well.
Croft had a steward from the North of Ireland named Handcock and he also left when Croft went. They had a herd also called Lowe and he came to live in Galbally, Co. Limerick, where he got a house from the Samsons ancestors of the present Samsons of Carrickaroche in the Galbally Parish Co. Limerick, Coshlea.
One of the Samson family, Lieutenant Samson, was killed inside the Church of Galbally which stood in the Catholic Graveyard and the remains of which are still to be seen there. It appears he had concealed himself behind the high altar after the retreat from Aughrim and the game was given away to the soldiers.
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2020-03-31 18:17
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In 1810 the Massy family bought the Hermitage, Castleconnell, on the banks of the Shannon.
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2020-03-31 18:16
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The branch of the Massy family who lived at Riversdale House, Lisvernane, Aherlow, Tipperary until about 1922 were known locally as the Massy-Dawsons.
Colonel Dawson lived over at Ballinacourty House, Aherlow, Tipperary. The heiress to Colonel Dawson's estate of Ballinacourty was his daughter. She became attached to one of the Massys who lived at Dundryleague (Dún Trí Liag) House, Galbally, Co. Limerick.
A Yoeman came to the then P.P. of Galbally to marry the pair but he refused. The soldiers then forced the curate to do so and he married them during the night on the bank of the Aherlow River. Opposite the village
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2020-03-31 18:11
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of Galbally.
In 1823 my ancestors (William Casey, Barnagurraha, Anglesboro, Co. Limerick, Coshlea) were evicted from the Kingston Estate Mitchelstown called locally the Demesne, at the time of the building of the Demesne wall. Their field was beside where the Gamekeepers house was.
My Great Grandfather lived at Bárr-na-Nóinín,
They had buried two or three of their children. They always kept two or three coolers of milk in the house. One bright moonlight night they saw the children, all dressed in white, coming in through the window with mugs in their hands and going over to the coolers and drinking some of the milk.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 18:08
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East of the village of Meelin is a field which is of interest from the fact that it has all the requirements for the production of lime. Lime is rightly regarded in this district as the best possible manure for land and crops.
Lime-kilns are very numerous throughout the locality almost every farmer having one but they are not used to any extent of late since artificial manures can be so readily obtained. Previous to the Great War when labour & other conditions were cheap the limestone quarries of Meelin were extensively worked and the stone was burnt into lime in the kilns with the aid of 'turf' got from the neighbouring bogs of Mín Caorach (Meenkeragh) Mín Teine (Meentinna), Cumar Ui Chonaill ([?] Connell) Cnocánbán (Knockanebane) and Cnoc an Phortaigh (Knockafurtig).
Limestone & peat are natural products of the above field and a kiln has been built here also. Thus the requirements for lime-burning are all in the closest proximity.
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2020-03-31 18:01
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service held there now.
A man called Croft at this time owned all the land from Anglesboro, then called Gleann na gCreabhar, to Aherlow in the Co. Tipperary, that is a distance of five or six miles.
Croft built a Great House in Aherlow Co. Tipperary beside the present village of Lisvernane at the southern entrance to the famous Glen. The remains of this house, called Stag Dale, may be seen almost directly opposite Riversdale House gates to the present day.
To build Stag Dale Croft borrowed the money from O'Callaghan's of Shanbally, near Clogheen, Co. Tipperary, ancestors of the Viscount of Lismore. He was unable to pay back the loan and an order was obtained by O'Callaghan against the place. The O'Callaghans were unable to execute the order and they gave it over to a solicitor in Clonmel. When they came to execute the order again they were pursued by Croft with the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 18:01
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it was that was in the hearse, they were very lost for their bottle of whiskey was gone and the bakereen could have a nice laugh at their expense.
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2020-03-31 18:00
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East of the Village of Meelin is a field which is of much interest, and owned by Denis McAuliffe. Potatoes were grown in this field during the Famine 1846-'47 and strange to relate the crop was not affected by the deadly disease. When the potatoes were being dug out, people flocked from the surrounding countryside to help at the digging. Their object in doing so was to get a meal of potatoes at the dinner.
I got this story from Denis McAuliffe the owner of the field who repeatedly heard his father tell the above story. There is no name in the field. The owner is Denis J. McAuliffe, Meelin, Newmarket, Co Cork.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 17:59
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in 1641 General Hugh Massy was employed by the English Government to suppress the rebellion of 1641. He came up with the Earl of Mountrath Light Infantry and at this time there were some heavy arrears of pay due to him from the British Government.
He got a forfeit estate as payment in Duntryleague (Dún Trí Liag) Galbally Co. Limerick in the year 1659. There had been a great house there for some hundreds of years. Later they usually had a lot of visitors at Massy's place in Duntryleague and for their convenience one of the Massy family built a church beside the Great House and its still to be seen there but of course there is no
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2020-03-31 17:57
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Cúl na Mac
This field is situated near the village of Meelin and is owned by Denis McAuliffe who also owns the Cluain. This field runs from near his dwelling house to the stream which runs just below the village.
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2020-03-31 17:56
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National School opened on the 5th July 1869. Pat Fitzgerald stayed in the pupils homes.
School began about 9 o'clock and ended about 3.30. There was an hours break or so at noon when the scholars who lived near the school went home to their dinner.

There was another Hedge-School in the same spot before and was taught by a man called Broderick who came from the Midleton Co. Cork direction. Broderick was a bit of a rake who had run away from his people. He was a very educated man and used to lodge in the farmers' houses around. He did not teach Irish as the people did not like it and were opposed to our National Language. One time he ran away from the school but he returned again later.
Broderick stayed at O'Donnells place in Inchacombe, Anglesboro' Co. Limk. now occupied by Ned Dunne. This family were known as the "Stirabout O'Donnells". Tom O'Donnell
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 17:56
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up in the morning he was very pleased and said Q. was a good man.
"If you stay this night I'll double your money". "Yes" said Q. "but supply me as the night before". Q. hid in the same place. When the old giant and his two sons came in he turned his back as usual. Q. hit him on the back. The giant was so angry that he cut the head off his second son in a minute. When the king saw none knocked he said that Q. was a great man. "If you stay this night I'll give you £20" said the king.
As usual when the giant came in Q. hit him. He was so angry having his two sons killed and his young son making a humbug of him he cut the head off him in a minute. As before the castle was not knocked but was standing in the morning. The king asked Q. would he stay for that night and he would give him £40. "Yes" said Q. "but supply me as the night before". That night the old giant came in alone. He turned his back to the fire and Q. hit him with a ball of cruds. He looked around and
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2020-03-31 17:56
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Maoilinn. The Cluain.
Note. People in this locality are always most particular not to miss Mass on Christmas Day. The old church being so small was not able to accommodate the people atal with the result that Mass was always said on Christmas Day out of doors in the Chapel Field. It was always remarked that despite the exposed position & severe weather the Altar Candles never quenched during the Holy Sacrifice. Jeremiah O’Keeffe, Meelin told me he used always hear the old people relate this fact.
Páirc an-mhór _ seacht n-acra Gaedhealach.
Tá sé suaidhte cúpla céad slat taobh thiar de na scoileanna i Maoilinn.
The Chapel Field is another name given to the Cluain because it was near it the old Church in Meelin was situated. This Church was rather small and it was covered with thatch. At times it was inadequate to accommodiate the people and Mass was often said in the open air in the Cluain or Chapel Field. It is locally recorded that the candles always remained lighting when Mass was said in the open no matter how windy the day would be.
The site of the old Church is now occupied by a dwelling house the owner being Jeremiah Collins.
The present Catholic Church was built in 1837 A.D. The Cluain was until recent years used as a meadow followed as a pasture for cattle and from this it got its name.
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2020-03-31 17:56
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that she was bringing him good news. She asked him if he was in trouble, and he said he was going to be put out of his house for not paying his rent.
She told him to come along with her and she would get him money, so he followed her very gladly. She took him into a rath and opened a great door. He went from one lovely hall-way into another. The poor man thought he was only one night there, but instead he was a whole month.
Now the neighbours getting uneasy not seeing him moving about broke in his door and not finding him said to themselves that some friends must have him gone to take care of him.
Now among those neighbours there were
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 17:52
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Maoilinn. The Cluain.
Note. People in this locality are always most particular not to miss Mass on Christmas Day. The old church being so small was not able to accommodate the people atal with the result that Mass was always said on Christmas Day out of doors in the Chapel Field. It was always remarked that despite the exposed position & severe weather the Altar Candles never quenched during the Holy Sacrifice. Jeremiah O’Keeffe, Meelin told me he used always hear the old people relate this fact.
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2020-03-31 17:50
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MAOILINN agus a BAILTE FEARANN (MAPA)
[placenames laid out as if on a map]
THUAIDH
THIAR
THEAS
THOIR

Cnoc Sceiche
Roul
Cnoc Scoth Bhán
Cnoc na Spíonán
Mín Ruadh
Cnoc na h-Eornan
Clas Ruadh
Mín Íseal

MAOILINN

Cnoc Uí Chaoimh
Cnoc Dubh
(Baile a Tóna)
Áth na Cairte
Gleanntín an Aifrinn
Mín Ui Ghormáin
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2020-03-31 17:49
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MAOILINN agus a BAILTE FEARANN (MAPA)
[placenames laid out as if on a map]
THUAIDH
THIAR
THEAS
THOIR

Mullach an Radhairc
Roul
Réidh na h-Abhann
Cnoc an Phortaigh
Botha
Bánán
Dromfhada
Cumar Uí Chonaill
Cnocán Bán
Mín Caorach
Cnocín

MAOILINN

Mín Teine
Cumar Dubh
Tuairín na Copóige
Baile a Tóna
Gleann na Mná
Glais na Muice
Mín Beag
Cnoc an Chumair
Tuairín na Maor
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2020-03-31 17:45
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road is situated about two miles to the east of the Village of Galbally.

Mícheál Ó Foghludha
from his mother
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2020-03-31 17:44
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over the mountain. He saw the huge pig approaching. He got ready his two hunting speaks. He hurled one of them at the furious animal but missed. He hurled the second spear and he killed her.

There is a hill on the northern side of the Glen of Aherlow called Corn which means the pile. There is a huge pile of rocks on top of the hill.

There is a townland called Ballinamona about two miles to the west of Galbally. It is called Ballinamona because there is a turf-bog there.
There is a field down in Lizard called the moate field because there is a big moate in it.
Ardnamoher which means the height of the
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2020-03-31 17:44
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(76) Crot
"I can see by the CROT of him that he is a bad article"
Crot = an deallramh ar duine nó ar aon rud.

(77) Seachrán
"Everything is in the SEACHRÁN with him"
Ní'l a chuid oibre déanta in am ná go maith aige.

(78) CRÚNC
He has a great CRÚNC lately.
said of a person who has developed a dríonn on back.

(79) Féithleog
I thought that was a nice piece of meat but its only an old FÉITHLEOG
Feoil righin seadh féithleog. e.g. the flesh of the leg or some such part where there are muscles.

(80) Gad
He is as tough as a GAD

(81) Taobh-fhód
It is here I will have the garden this year, maybe you would turn the TAOBH-FÓDS for me
Insan dúthaigh seo deintear taobh-fhóid d'iompó igcóir prátaí. Ní'l focal béarla ag na daoinibh ortha in-aon-chor.

(82) Leaca
"I will till the LEACA this year"
Taobh páirc áirde nó taobh gleannta seadh leaca

(83) Bachall
"Thats a great BACHALL of a stick you have"
= bata mór trom
Did you see BACHALL-A-STICKS" = sean duine nach féidir a shiubhal gan bataí
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2020-03-31 17:44
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and enters the sea at Termone Bay.
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2020-03-31 17:43
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not get or earn money in any possible way the rent was the only thing that people found hard to pay.
There was one poor old man who lived all alone. His landlord continually called to his house but he could not pay any rent because he had no money. This man was very troubled and he asked the landlord to give him a little longer that he might get money in some unknown way.
One night he was sitting by his fire thinking and pausing what way he would work to pay the rent, when suddenly a knock came to the door. He immediately went up and to his surprise he saw a very small little woman. He got very frightened but she told him not to be afraid,
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2020-03-31 17:42
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the townland. There are fifty-five people in it. Lafferty is the most common family name in the townland. There are six slate houses and one thatched house in the townland. Carrowbeg means "the small quarter-land." There is one old woman over seventy in it whose name is Sarah Faulkner. She does not know any Irish. She can tell stories in English.
Houses were more numerous in my district in former times. There are eleven houses in ruins now which respectively belonged to the Hamiltons, the Vickys, the Boyles, the Dohertys, the Baxters, the Banns, the Mac Eldowneys, the Baskills, the Longs, the Mac Laughlins, and the Mac Colgans. The Hamiltons emigrated to Australia about thirty years ago and the others went to America about the same time. The land is fairly level with a slope towards the sea. It has a sandy bottom. There are no woods in Carrowbeg. There is a stream called the Sweat House River, rising on the top of the Glen Hill, which flows between Carrowbeg and Carrowmena
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2020-03-31 17:40
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There is a field on Mr Hedigan's land (Galbally, called Inish Caman). Long ago there used to be a lot of hurling played there and that is how it got its name.

The townland of Lizzard which means Lios Árd got its name from a very high mote that is there. The mote is situated on Mr O'Brien's land.

The townland of Ballycrana (which means the town of the sow) is in the County of Tipperary about two miles from the village of Galbally. Long ago there lived on the top of Sliab na Muc a huge sow. She killed so many people that people would not venture near the mountain. One day Finn Mac Cool was passing
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2020-03-31 17:39
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man to go playing with him but the man never spoke. If he spoke he would never return home. When he was coming near the house he hard a whistle. He went to see who was there but there was no body anywhere about. He heard a cry coming after him. He went in and went to bed. Next day when he was not long working he heard someone calling him to his dinner. He thought it was his wife. When he went home his dinner was not ready at all. He went back working again. After a while he heard another whistle. He went in and his dinner was not ready. Next day he went into the priest and told him what had happened. The priest said he would say a mass for him and told him every time he would hear it to say an our Father. He never heard it since.
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2020-03-31 17:39
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Long ago children use not wear any shoes in Summer or Winter they used be barefoot all the year. But now children go barefoot in Summer only.
People do not like to throw out the water that washes the feet, because they say if that is thrown out that the "good people" cannot come in.
There are more shoemakers now than were long ago, because more people are wearing shoes. There is only one shoemaker in this district as most of them reside in towns. This shoemaker's father was a shoemaker.
Clogs were worn long ago, but not now, they were worn about forty years ago. They had timber soles and there was a piece of iron in the top of the sole. Some of the old men still wear them sometimes.
The nearest shoemaker is Cornelius O'Connell who lives in Glencarney, about two miles west of Rockchapel. There is no shoemaker in this district but long ago there was one named Timothy Twomey - native of Mountcollins, Co Limk.
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2020-03-31 17:39
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A long time ago, when times were very hard in Ireland and people could
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2020-03-31 17:37
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In former times people sought cures for their ailments, from herbs, flowers, weeds,etc, and in very different ways from the ways people seek cures nowadays. The most noted of these were:-
A never failing cure for warts was a fasting spit on the wart for nine mornings and
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2020-03-31 17:37
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So he went to the king's palace and lay down in the lawn in front of the hall door and made out to be asleep. The servant girl saw him and told the king there was a man outside having wrote upon his sword that he took a 1,000 lives to-day. So the king told her to go out and tell him to come in. "If you are as good a man as this will you give me a guarantee to mind this Castle and I will give you £5 and a suit of clothes for this night ?" "Yes" my lord but you must get me three balls of cruds and a big fire put down in the castle".
Q. got up high behind one of the rafters and hid himself. He wasn't long there when the giant and his three sons came in. The father was very pleased to see such a good fire and turned his back and began to scratch it when Q. nailed him with a ball of cruds.
The giant said to his eldest son "How dare you play tricks on me" and with that he drew his sword and cut off his head. They were so busy that they did not get time to knock the castle nor kill era sheep. When the king saw the castle
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2020-03-31 17:35
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on certain days of the week
Throat
Ragweed a common yellow plant called "Yellow Boy" was good for healing a sore throat.
Vomiting.
To visit seven wells and before reaching the last one, one shall be better.
Wildfire.
Ashes from burnt leather and burnt oats mixed with lard was a good cure for wildfire.
Warts.
Chicken weed was used for warts, also by burying fat in a Garden and if the fat decays the warts are gone.
Whitlow.
Dip the finger into boiling potatoes water.
Wildfire.
To get a man by the name Cahill to pick his fingers until blood starts flowing. Get a drop of his blood and rub it on the wildfire.
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2020-03-31 17:31
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of the milk people know the butter is made. A panful of fairly hot water is poured into the churn when the butter starts to "break," which it usually does after three quarters of an hour. This is done to make the butter soft. The butter is lifted out by hand and put into a butter-dish. A panful of cold water is poured on the butter. Then the dish is held sideways over the churn and any buttermilk in the butter is squeezed out of it by hand into the churn. After that a handful of salt is put into the butter to keep it fresh and to give it a flavour. It is then ready for eating.
Some of the buttermilk is used by ourselves either for drinking or for making bread. We give the rest of it to the cows and the pigs, mixed with feeding-stuff.
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2020-03-31 17:31
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ailment.
Sting.
To rub it with common blue
Sprains & swelling
Hot bran stupes were made use of for sprains and swellings and also, by plunging one's foot into a well or by pumping water on it.
Chapped Skin.
Cream of new milk is made use of for chapped skin.
Soft-feet.
Get an alder leaf and leave it into one's shoe until it goes into dust.
Sciatica.
Flaggers were taken for sciatica.
Thorns.
Wax and soap were used for getting out thorns.
Thrush.
A boy who never saw his father is supposed to have a cure for Thrush by blowing into a child's mouth, also to get the juice from a cabbage leaf mixed with honey.
Toothache.
A frog was used for a toothache by putting it near the tooth in which the ache was in, also by fasting
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2020-03-31 17:30
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killed at other times of the year. When people are calling geese they say "baddie" "baddie" "baddie".
Hatching eggs are generally set in the month of May. Turkey eggs and geese eggs are always dated according as they are layed but hen eggs are never washed when they are hatched because the older people say that is is better not to have them be washed. People like to put turkey eggs hatching on Good Friday or Holy Thursday. When people set eggs for hatching they try to get the freshest eggs, because the fresher the eggs the stronger the chickens will be, and the sooner they will be out.
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2020-03-31 17:29
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Mr Quirke of More Abbey has a field called the Stay Field because people often go astray there by night.

Mícheál Mac Flanncadha
ó'n a athair
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2020-03-31 17:28
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Though I'm leaving six pence half - penny
On every single yard.
VII
I don't think you are losing much
Though I happened to come in
My intentions were when leaving home
To deal with Barney Quinn.
They talked on many subjects
But no matter what occurred
I stood there and listened on
But never spoke a word.
VIII
At length they struck a bargain
And the cash was handed down
Our business now transacted
We might hasten from the town
When we left the draper's shop
We met with Peggy Stoop
We all went into Sandbank's Store
Where we had bread and soup.
The charge was 2d each you see
A mighty heavy sum
We knew we'd have to economise
In the days that were to come
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2020-03-31 17:28
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Keylogues means the young woods. It is called Keylogues because long ago there were a lot of young woods there.

Mr Ml. Noonan has a field called the Boot Field because it is shaped like a boot.

Mr Tim Ryan (More Abbey) has a field called the Cnocán because it is very hilly. He has another field called the Free Field because there is a tree growing in the middle of it.

We have a field called the Well Field because there is a well in it. We have another field called the Rushy Field because there are rushes growing in it.

Mr Stanton of Keylogues has a field called the Moate Field because there is a moate in it
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2020-03-31 17:26
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they lose a shoe. The smith makes the shoes and shoes them.
When calling the pigs we say "hurrus," "hurrus." Pigs are very plentiful nowadays. Mostly every farmer keeps pigs. They fatten some of them and sell them while some of them are killed and their meat cured, their meat is known as pork or bacon. Pigs houses are called "stys" in this district. The farmes make a good deal of money out of pigs nowadays.
Hens are kept by all the people in the district now. They are very useful to house-keepers, they sell their eggs weekly and they make a good deal of money of them. They also eat their eggs every day, they kill them, cook their meat and eat it. When people are calling the hens they say "tuk" "tuk".
When people are calling chickens they say "chickie" "chickie""chickie".
Ducks are very useful, mostly every person keeps them nowadays. People sell their eggs and make a good deal of money out of them. They also eat their eggs. When people are calling ducks they say "feedie, feedie feedie".
Geese are very useful. They are put hatching each year and young gosling come out. A goose is killed each year for Christmas and they are
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2020-03-31 17:26
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Unsalted butter is also used for chilblains. Sufferers from chilblains should redden a hazel rod and if the person ran his foot swiftly across it it was immediately gone.
Corns.
Rub well with a snail.
Congestion.
A wax candle was got and melted on to thick blue paper and put on the chest.
Dog-bite.
Rue and garlic, boiled together with treacle and pewter filling given to person before breaking his fast is a good cure for a dog-bit.
Gout.
A common cure for gout is to eat plenty of carrots.
Gaulstones.
To drink plenty of olive oil before every meal.
Piles.
To carry a horse-chestnut in ones pocket.
Ringworms.
Ink is a common cure for ringworms.
Rheumatism.
To rub the limbs each morning of the week with goose grease. Milk from dandelion is also used.
Sleeplessness.
Hops are taken as a cure for this
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2020-03-31 17:24
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We have a churn at home and it is three feet and a half high. It is two feet and a half wide at the top and two feet nine inches wide at the bottom. The sides are round. It is about twenty years old. The various parts are, the crib, the hoops, the body and the lagan. There are no marks on the sides or bottom of the churn.
We make butter twice a week in Summer and once a week in Winter.
My mother and sister do the churning. If people drop in during the churning they 'give the churn a brash," because people say it is unlucky to leave without "giving the churn a brash." The churning takes an hour and a half in Winter and an hour in Summer and it is done by hand. The churn-dash is moved upwards and downwards till the butter starts to "break" and then it is given a rolling motion from side to side to "gather the butter."
When the little lumps of butter come on top
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2020-03-31 17:24
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The Townland of Clough.
"The graveyard of Clough"
In the graveyard of Clough stands a mortuary Chapel erected by Lord Castletown and within this building is a splendid Altar-tomb under which his only brother, Richard Wilson Fitzpatrick, Esq. who became a Catholic, is buried.
The following is the inscription:-
Pray for the soul of Richard Wilson Fitzpatrick Esquire of Grantstown Manor, Queen's County, late of the Grenadier Guards, Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for that County, who died on the XXII nd. day of Novv. MDCCCL aged XXXIX years. He was the only brother of the Rt. Honble. John Wilson Fitzpatrick, one of her Majesty's Privy Council in Ireland and Member of Parliament for Queen's County.
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2020-03-31 17:21
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Burns.
A roasted cabbage leaf and honey was used for burns if applied in time.
Bleeding from Nose.
Place a large bunch of keys down one's back, or put a damp cloth on one's nose would stop bleeding from nose.
Bleeding Wound.
A Common cure for a bleeding nose cut or scar was to roll it in a cobweb, this soaks up the blood.
Boils.
Get burgundy pitch and heat it then, when in liquid state spread on corduroy and place it on the boils.
Consumption.
One good cure for consumption is a Spanish onion stewed in milk. Get three snails and place them in a small box with oaten meal. Leave them in the box until slime goes off. After that boil milk and drop the snails into it. Then simmer and strain well and drink milk.
Chilblains.
To carry a potatoes in one's pocket
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2020-03-31 17:18
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timber and then they are ironed, slated or thatched. They are called stables. Horses are tied to stakes driven in the ground. They are tied with soft rope. Horses eat hay, grass, and oats. They also eat potatoes, turnips and mangolds sometimes. They are clipped in the end of October or November. They are clipped each year. There were many good horses long ago. but nothing known of them in this district. Pigs are very plentiful now in this district.
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2020-03-31 17:18
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3. Of your charity pray for the repose of the sould of the Revd. William Dowling P.P., Aughaboe who died on the 27th. August 1867 Aged 72 years.
4. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord for their works follow them.
This stone has been placed over the mortal remains of the Revd. John Kavanagh in order to preserve the memory of his many virtues and to remind those who pass that is is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead. For more than forty years he was at labour in the vineyard of the Lord and during that period he instructed many unto justice both by word and example. For fourteen years he discharged alone all the duties of a faithful pastor in the Parish of Graine and for sixteen years after as pastor of Aghaboe he afforded to his flock the example of a virtuous and pious Christian And a zealous Priest. He died the friend and benefactor of the poor in the year 1833 at the age of 67 years.
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2020-03-31 17:17
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3. Of your charity pray for the repose of the sould of the Revd. William Dowling P.P., Aughaboe who died on the 27th. August 1867 Aged 72 years.
4. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord for their works follow them.
This stone has been placed over the mortal remains of the Revd. John Kavanagh in order to preserve the memory of his many virtues and to remind those who pass that is is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead. For more than forty years he was at labour in the vineyard of the Lord and during that period he instructed many unto justice both by word and example. For fourteen years he discharged alone all the duties of a faithful pastor in the Parish of Graine and for sixeen years after as pastor of Aghaboe he afforded to his flock the example of a virtuous and pious Christian And a zealous Priest. He died the friend and benefactor of the poor in the year 1833 at the age of 67 years.
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2020-03-31 17:15
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Only a few people died in Lecamy in the time of the famine. In the time of the famine the people pulled grass and "praiseac," boiled it and ate it. There is a place along the road between Lecamy and Moville near a water tank on the roadside, which is called Tull na Praiseach. Men used to work planting trees for Mr. Nicholson, landlord of Leitrim and Falmore, for 4 1/2 D. a day. He gave them their meals free. Others worked for him for a shilling a day to pay the rent, but they had to eat at home. There were two women who used to go round spinning yarn in the houses and they got turnips for food. There was a man called Shinoor who napped stones for his food on Shinoor Bray, which lies between Lecamy and Falmore. After the famine the people used Indian meal
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2020-03-31 17:15
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Cows are tied also in stalls nowadays. In a stall there is a big long stick laid on the ground about a foot and a half out from the wall. There are big poles driven into the big stick and at the top of these poles there is another big stick going across. Every second stick is moveable and there is an iron catch at the top of the sticks, with which the other pole is fastened when the cows head is inside between the poles.
The floor of the stall or cowhouse is usually paved.
Bedding is put under horses every day, when the stable is cleared out. It is called "litter." The litter is rushes or straw.
Horses are taken to the forge to be shod when
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2020-03-31 17:12
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The Townland of Clough.
The "Old Chapel" of Clough.
Within the "old chapel of Clough stone slabs were erected over the graves of Fathers Bergin, Kavanagh, Heany and Dowling, Parish Priests of Aghaboe.
When portion of the "old chapel was demolished in 1909 these monuments were removed and set in a large concrete rectangular slab placed behind the Parochial hall.
The following are the inscriptions on these four monuments:-
1. Sacred to the memory of the Revd. Martin Bergin P.P. of Aughaboe who departed this life in Sept. 1st 1819, aged 64 years.
2. Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Revd. William Heany P.P. Aughaboe who died on the 5th May 1855, Aged 84 years.
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2020-03-31 16:59
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The townland of Clough.
The "Old Chapel" of Clough.
The "Old Chapel" of Clough was situated in the graveyard in Clough. It was disused as a church when the present church was erected. One portion of the "Old Chapel" was used as a National School from that time until the present National School was opened in September 1910. It is now used as a Parochial hall. Classes for instruction in Woodwork and in Cookery are occasionally held there. Concerts are held a few times each year there. Plays are performed by a local Dramatic class.
The other portion of the "Old Chapel" was demolished in 1909 and the stones and slates of it were used in the building of the new school.
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2020-03-31 16:58
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blessed the well in the following words :- "God bless the, oh well, and give thee long life, let none turn thy waters away; here may men and women come, and children too, bearing vessels wherewith to carry away thy treasure. Let thy waters ever be sweet and free from pollution; may they who accept thy bounty bless Omnipotent Hand that guided thy drops through the dark earth, and as in Moses' day gave them in this spot to the wayfaring man for food."
Having finished the blessing he did what was natural - stooped and kissed it, and then hastened to rejoin the others in the boat.
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by an entire family from Glenburney.
These had observed the boat coming ashore and knowing it to be the Saint had hurried to obtain his blessing.
They were not the only ones who had seen the landing of the Red-Dewy for soon a number of monks from Cooley arrived and begged the Saint to accompany them to their church at Cooley which they wished him to name and bless.
He have the name St. Finian to the church and when he had blessed it, returned at once to his boat, by this time the skin bottles had been filled with the delicious water of the stream.
Then the saint read the Psalm, :-
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God, etc.
The psalm being ended, he
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2020-03-31 16:41
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There are only one holy well in our Moville district. The well is on the Bath green and is well known as St. Columcille's well.
A great number of the inhabitants of Moville obtain their drinking water from this well, and being situated on the promenade along the shore, visitors during the summers months rarely pass it without partaking of it's refreshing beverage.
When St. Columba was leaving his monastery at Derry for Iona one of his followers neglected to fill the skin bottles with fresh water for the journey, this was discovered when nearing Moville.
One of the crew observed the stream of water on the Bath green, so the boat was directed by the crew towards it.
The saint had no sooner set foot ashore than he was hailed
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2020-03-31 16:39
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The old people say that you should never carry playing cards at night. If you do the devil would appear. One night a man was going home from playing cards but he had the card in his pocket. When he was half way home the devil appeared and he had a little table. He left money on it and wanted the
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2020-03-31 16:38
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The old people say that there was a priest staying in Ballaghlea. He used to read mass in the church which was in Matt Farrell's land. One night he was out side the church and a Ghost appeared the priest and the Ghost began to to fight. The priest was riding on a horse till at last he jumped off the horse and went into the church. When he got inside he said I am in and you are out. The priest was coming from the old church which was in Tohangar. He fell dead on his way home. If he had his stole he would have been saved
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2020-03-31 16:33
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Asthma.
Sufferers from Asthma should use plenty of coffee.
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2020-03-31 16:32
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The Townland of Clough.
The Church of Clough.
The present church at Clough was built while Father Matt Keefe was Parish Priest of Aghaboe (1867-1887)
Father Matt. Keefe and Father Tom O'Shea were widely known as the "Callan Curates." They had founded the Tenant's Defence Association in Callan.
Father Matt. Keefe's speeches delivered in favour of the Land League movement are still remembered by old residents of this district.
The foundation-stone of the Church of Clough was laid in 1871 and the Church was consecrated in 1877.
Father Matt. Keeffe is buried in front of the beautiful church which had been built during his pastoral charge. A horizontal flag covers his grave
The inscription on the flag is:-
"Beneath lie the remains of the Very Rev. Matt. Canon Keefe D.D., P. a fervent patriot, a gifted preacher, and a model priest. He died November 20th, 1887, aged 77 years. May the Lord have mercy on his soul. Amen"
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Church was built around it.
There was also a pit-chapel on Knockiel Hill which is situated about three miles from this school. One Sunday morning, before sunrise, as the priest was saying Mass, a band of priest hunters rushed upon the scene, the congregation escaped but the priest was captured. He was put into a barrel of tar, which which was set on fire, and rolled down the side of the hill. The little chapel was destroyed, and this was the sad ending of the poor priest and his little chapel.
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2020-03-31 16:30
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districts. All the men inour district gather in to Toney Campbells the shoemaker to listen to him. When the tinkers come round they also tell news, and stories to the people of all they heard and saw on their travelling around the country.
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Dá leigeadh sí strainséoirí isteach mar sin é an ceírd a bhí aige - gaduidheacht.
Níor labhaireadar focal. Acht nuair a d'airigh sí an cuma ar an Maighdean Muire & an leanbh in a baccalin tháinig truaigh in a croidhe do leig sí iad isteach.
Bhí teine breágh ar an teinteán & tar éis tamaill nuair do thug sí fe ndeara nach raibh aon olcas ionnta rinne sí caidreamh leo. Dubhairt an Maighdean Muire leí uisge a chur ar an teine & é a teitheadh cun an leinbh a nigheadh ann.
Rinne an bhean amhlaidh. Ag an am ceadna d'airigh an Maighdean Muire go raibh galar uathbhásac ar leanbh na mná.
Nuair a bhí an t-uisge te do líon bean - a - tighe é insan dtubán & nochtuighe an leanbh beannnuighthe & do nigheadh É sa uisge. In a dhiaidh sin thóg an Maighdean Muire an leanbh eile in a baccallín. Do nochtuigh sí é & do nigh sí an naoidheán insan dtubán. Miorúilt ! Nuair do bhain sí é as an uisge ní raibh rian an ghalair air, bhí sé chomh slán le Íosa Críost.
Do mhéaduigh súile na mná le ionghnadh. Ní sí indhon focal a labairt.
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2020-03-31 16:29
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They used to give them everything they would ask and leave them in their houses for a week. Nowadays the people do not leave the tinkers in. The people in our village let Paddy Leetch the beggarman going about here for the last twenty years to sleep in their barns. The beggman travels on foot and the tinkers on carts.
The people give tea and sugar and bread to Paddy and he cooks his meals in the little workshop of Toney Campbell's the shoemaker. Each family of tinkers travels together around her. The tinkers that come around her are the Wards the Maughans and the McDonaghs. The tinkers usually come around here at Christmas time and they go from house to house asking charitie in honour of the great day. The tinkers go to every fair. They always camp outside a town on the evening before.
Paddy Leetch the beggarman brings stories and news from other parts of the
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2020-03-31 16:28
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next removed to Clonmeen, to the lands of Mr. Michael Campion. His house is built about one hundred yards from it. About two years ago he was building a room to his house and he dug up a lot of bones. There is noise heard every night in that room.
About twenty years ago there was a man walking across Caroll's Park, which is about one hundred yards from Mr Campion's house, and two miles from this school, and he saw two nuns entering the house. He went over and went in but he saw nothing. Some time after, there were two boys out catching blackbirds in the nightime, and they saw a man dressed like a priest entering the house.
The pit-chapel was again removed to Lyrogue, and after some time, it was taken up to Grogan, and the present
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2020-03-31 16:24
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The Townland of Granstown.
Some years ago in the days of the Land League there was a meeting of farmers and others at Clough, presided over by the then Parish Curate, Father Cosgrove, of happy memory. When the meeting was over there was a certain number of trusted men, appointed to put up posters on an appointed night. This action being then illegal, these men were told by the priest to go out on the appointed night between the hours of twelve and one and nothing would happen them. My grandfather being appointed for the district of Granstown, went out and placed his poster in position. Returning home, at a lonely spot on the road a great noise stated suddenly, just a few yards behind him, resembling the noise of a cart being driven very fast, he also heard the quick pounding of hoses' hooves on the road. At the same time a man was shouting to him to keep out of the way. This noise followed him for a quarter of a mile to where a river crossed the road. The noise stopping suddenly, my grandfather looked back and although the night was very bright he could not see anything. A great fear then came upon him and the sweat trickled down all over him. He managed to get home, and after a rest he was nothing the worse of his adventure.
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2020-03-31 16:24
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to keep the faith alive. It was almost impossible to hear Mass because numbers of English soldiers roamed the country in pursuit of priests. Mass was generally celebrated in remote places, while several men watched from the hill tops for the coming of the soldiers. If a priest was caught saying Mass he was immediately put to death.
The first pit-chapel around here was in the "Little Derries" situated in the centre of Knockardgannon bog in view of Lisduff Railway Station. Two years ago the bog was set on fire, it burned in a circle around this little plot and never damaged a blade of grass within it. In summer it is a very picturesque little place, as flowers of every hue grow in it, and no one has ever succeeded in bringing a bunch of them out of it.
The little chapel was
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 16:23
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Travelling people such as tinkers or beggarmen still visit our homes. My grandmother told me that those are going around as long as she remembers and she heard her mother saying that they were going around in her time too.
Most of those travellers such as tinkers or beggarmen are very poor and they come round from house to house looking for alms. The tinkers sell saucepans for about threepence each. The gipseys go around the country with baskets selling small articles such as little statues and flower vases and little bowls. Most of the people buy those things because they get them cheap.
Those tinkers are not welcome because they make the people very angry by asking all the food they have in the house. My grandmother told me that long ago the people were very much afraid of tinkers
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2020-03-31 16:23
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Travelling people still call at our home and they have been coming round as long as my grandfather can remember. Some of these are very poor. Others are not so poor because they sell small articles & people buy them. They get their wares for a reduced price in the shop. Sometimes the shop-keepers give them a few articles for nothing. They often stay for a night. They sleep on a shake-down made in the corner of the kitchen. They usually have food with them which people give them at other houses. The alms which they accept are oat-meal,- tea, sugar, bread or pennies if you wish to give them. Some of them travel on foot, others have donkey-carts camps led by ponies & caravans. The names of those who go singly are Paddy McGinley and Mrs. Hanlon. Those who travel in families are the Hanlons, the Boyles & the Donegans. They usually come before a fair.
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2020-03-31 16:20
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With fresh courage he went determined not to come away without the gold. He worked hard for about an hour with the aid of two lighted candles, until he heard some noise, as if he had struck the supposed pan of gold. As soon as he had struck the pan, he could hear a bull roaring in the distance, and as he thought dozens and dozens of chains hanging from him.
He ran this time never more to return, and there was nothing to be seen, but two half burnt candles at each side of the hole, and that was all remained of the supposed hidden treasure on Grogan Hill.
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2020-03-31 16:18
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and he was off for home. When he had gone about half a mile, the young man in the chest asked Peewit to break the lock and let him out but Peewit said he would not. Then the young man told him he would give him fifty pounds which he himself was going to put into the bank. Peewit let him out and the young man gave him the fifty pounds and after thanking Peewit went his way. The Peewit went home and when he told the story to his wife and showed her the money she was very joyful. They spent the money carefully and lived a happy life.
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2020-03-31 16:17
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fifty years ago of a supposed hidden treasure. It was told to him by his father. This treasure was said to be hidden on the northern side of Grogan hill, on the lands of Mr. George Sothern, underneath a big whitethorn bush. About the year 1820 a man named Cahill dreamt that there was a pan of gold hidden under this bush. He decided to dig this spot and try if his dreams were true.
After digging down to a depth of about five feet, he heard a great noise, and got nervous, and ran away as quickly as he could.
After some time he again continued to dream of the gold, so he decided to consult one of the priests of the parish and ask his opinion on the matter.
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2020-03-31 16:14
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them and borrowed an ox from his neighbour, to go to the tanner to sell the hides.When he came to the tanner's house he knocked at the door and as he was knocking he saw through a window the woman of the house putting a young man into a tea chest in the corner. She seemed not to wish anyone should see her doing this.
The door was opened and the woman came out and asked Peewit what did he want. He told her that he wanted to sell hides. Then the woman told him that nobody made bargains but the tanner, and that he was not at home. Then Peewit said that he would sell cheaply, and that he would give the skin and hides for the chest in the corner meaning the one which he saw her putting the young man into. The woman would not agree to this and they began arguing about the matter. Just then the tanner came in, and Peewit told him the story. The tanner was very glad to get such a cheap bargain and gave the chest to Peewit thinking that there was nothing in it.
Soon the chest was put on Peewit's cart
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2020-03-31 16:09
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You know I cannot buy.
IV
Three and sixpence is the selling price
It's the best that I can do
It's what I'm charging everyone
And I want no more from you.
A 'half - a - crown' is all I'll give
And I know it's worth no more
And if you do not take it
I'll get it at next door.
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A man appeared upon the scene
He said "You must divide"
Three shillings is the selling price
Let you all be satisfied.
"I can't accept your offer ma'am
At that I cannot sell
I'll show you to another piece
That might suit you full as well.
VI
Well you can show that other piece
To the next one that comes in
For when I leave your premises
"I'll go straight to Barney Quinn."
"I think I'll take your money ma'am
For I see you're very hard
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2020-03-31 16:09
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The Moat of Middlemount.
The townland of Middlemount is divided into two parts by the main road from Bawnogue Cross to Granstown (Gorman's) Cross. The part in which the Moat is situated was called Laragh and the other part was called Ballyvoughleen.
The Moat is a huge circular mound thirty feet high, and its flat circular top has a diameter of forty feet.
No satisfactory explanation has been given as to the origin or purpose of the Moat. It is locally believed to have been a burial place of pagan times.
A short distance from the moat is the "Friar's Garden" which is small plot on which was the residence of the Parish Priests of Aghaboe in the 17th century.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 16:07
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There I was again talking to Mrs. Morely last night. She was telling me a local story which she heard from her mother. There was once upon a time a man whose name was Peewit. He lived with his wife in a little cabin at the bottom of a hill. One day as Peewit was ploughing with his two oxen he heard somebody calling his name. Turning around he only saw a bird and he went on with his ploughing. Suddenly he heard the call again. Now this bird was a philibin and its cry is always peewit, but Peewit did not know this. He thinking that the bird was fooling him took up a heavy stone and threw it at the philibin that was perched on a fence.
Instead of the stone falling on the bird and killing it it fell on the head of one of his oxen and killed him. Peewit was very sorry after what he had done. As he had no other oxen he killed the odd one and skinned
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 16:05
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The graveyard of Bordwell.
In this graveyard is the ruined parish Church of Bordwell. It is believed to believed to be a very old building. Two round-headed doors were arched with small rough stones.
In the graveyard monuments are erected to the memory of the Delaneys, Keys, Duigans, Fitzpatricks.
The inscription on Father Delany's tomb is:-
Here lies the body of the Rev. Patrick Delany, Vicar-General of the Diocese of Ossory, and thirteen years Parish Priest of the United Parishes of Aughavoe, Boardill + Kilermough. He departed this life on the 30th December 1806 in the 50th year of his age. May the Lord have mercy on his soul, Amen.
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2020-03-31 16:01
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near where the pain was and then it was the person was supposed to be cured. The flowers of the boocooloon were also used for rheumatics. They were boiled and left aside for three days. Then they were strained and the juice was drank with milk.
The docket is a green plant. When a person used to cut his finger he used to leave the leaf of the docket on the cut to stop the blood. They used to also use the dock leaf to cure a sting from a nettle. When a person used to have a bad stomach he used to use a plant called Meadow Sweet. This plant grows in the meadow. The way they used to use it was to chop it up in small pieces and shake a grain of salt on it and eat it.
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2020-03-31 15:59
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The townland of Cuffsborough.
Under the Cromwell regime the lands of Ballygooden were granted to Captain Cuffe and from this Captain Cuffe this townland has got its name. In this townland is the Bishop's well adnd near it was the site of an old church. No trace of the building exists. Tradition tells us that an underground passage connected this church with the monastery at Aghaboe.
The Cuffsborough estate was purchased and presented to Henry Grattan as a national gift.
Sir Henry Grattan-Bellew Bart. Mount Bellew, Co Galway and later Lady Bellew were Patrons of the local national school. Foxrock National School and up to 1912 when the estate was sold to the Land Commissioners, an annual grant of £=5 was made to the teachers of the school by the Patron.
The Grattan-Bellew estate and the Granstown (Lord Castletown) estate adjoined, the mass Path through sir William Connor's field at Court; Clough marking the division.
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2020-03-31 15:56
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Last night I had a talk with Mrs. Morely again. She lives in Currane Swinford aged 80 years. She was telling me about the local herbs. The people used to go out into the fields and dig down for the roots of a flower called Comfry. Then they used to bring the roots home with them and scrape them until they used to come to the white part. Then they used to leave the white part on cuts on their hands and fingers.
The Dandelion was a cure for kidney disease. They used to boil it in water and put the juice into bottles or jars. Then they used to take a glass of the juice every morning for fifteen mornings. They used to lie on a bed of nettles to cure rheumatism. They used to boil nettles in milk, and give the juice to the children for the measles. Mustard flower was used for rheamatics. It is a small yellow flower with a long thin stem which grows in marshy places.
The way it was used was:- They used to break it up into small pieces and leave them
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2020-03-31 15:55
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There are a great many travelling folk around our district. Most of these are tinsmiths who go about the houses selling tins. There are others who make w-d baskets. & small tables for sale. They sleep under sacks on the ground. Most of them have children who accompany them on their rounds.
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2020-03-31 15:53
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Churning
Now there are only three dash-churns in the school-district. All the others are "Barrel" or as they are locally called "End over end" churns
If a person enters the house while the churning is going on, he says "God bless the work" And he takes a turn at the work of churning.
Some people believe that it is unlucky to put irons in the fire from the house while the churning is going on. For instance, if a man reddens his pipe with a piece of turf from the fire while the churning is going on, he should not leave the house until the churning work is finished.
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2020-03-31 15:50
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As the Holy Family were going to Egypt Mary got a great desire for cherries. She came to a cherry tree but but there were no cherries on it. Saint Joseph said to her. "Let the highest branch bend to the lowest and let the father of thy child put cherries on it." She put up her hand on the tree and found as much cherries as she desired "althogh" although there were none on it at first.
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2020-03-31 15:50
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with it. The leaved of the goldenrod were pulled and cooked in the same way as the dandelion. Another herb they had was glaisahoile. The glaisahoile is used for curing rash. It is boiled in butter and rubbed on the skin. All these herbs are still used.
Broom is another herb that is given to an ass when he is sick suffering from worms. First of all the broom is got and cut up very small. Then it is mixed through oats and given to the ass. My grandmother said that the old people used to go over to Barnacuige for broom if the ass would be sick. If a person was suffering from rheumatics he would sleep in a bed of nettles for two or three nights.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 15:48
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unlocked so that the Holy Family can come in and have light with the candles.
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2020-03-31 15:47
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26th July
It is said that the Holy Family go about from house to house looking for lodging on Christmas Eve. That is the reason why people light candles at night and leave their doors
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2020-03-31 15:46
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As the Holy Family were going to Egypt a woman came in great distress to Mary and said her husband had a pain in his side. Mary said to her "Pull the shortest wool of the sheep's neck and rub it on the side." She did so and immediately he was cured
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2020-03-31 15:44
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Lat night I had a talk with my grandmother about herbs. She told me that the names of the herbs that grow about this place are as follows. Comfry. Dandelion. Goldenrod. Whitelily and Broom. Comfry grows about two feet high and has a cream coloured flower. Dandelion is a green leaf that grows out in the field. It has teeth growing on each side of it.
The root of the comfry is used for cuts and sores. First of all the root is got and scraped. Then the white part of the root is put in a rag and put to the sore. Whitelily is used for the same purpose. Dandelion and goldenrod are used for kidney trouble. The dandelion is pulled and the leaves boiled in water. Then the person would take a glass of the juice every morning for fifteen mornings.
My grandmother said that she never heard of anybody that got cured
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2020-03-31 15:43
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There are many local people who cure different diseases some simple and others serious. The first I will mention is a near neighbour of my own in the person of Mrs Kilmurray of Clonadd. Her principal cure is the ring-worm and this is done by means of a string and home made powder. She also cures a burn and sty, the former with her home made powder and the latter by means of a gooseberry thorn.
Miss Moore, Springfield has a cure for the ring worm. She has a ring and she puts it on the ring worm and says some certain prayers. Then the ring worm begins to wither away, but the person has to go three times before he is cured. If a child has the whooping cough and was brought to his godmother, She would put a red-tape around his neck and say some particular prayers and immediately the whooping cough is cured.
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2020-03-31 15:43
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a crevice he would be cured of a certain disease. Some people are supposed to have poultices for the cure of general complaint.
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2020-03-31 15:42
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To cure a tootache is to drink the leaving of milk left by a ferret. Also food left behind by a ferret is a good cure for measles. Wells visited for cures are Tobar na Suil for the eyes. Weather's Well is visited for general cures. Sunday's Well in Oakpark is visited for curing the eyes.
Cures for Diseases: Yarrow Weed is a cure for nervous diseases. Parsley is a cure for the kidneys. Water from a hollow-stone is a good cure for warts. Dandeline is for curing nervous diseases. To boil nettles is good cure for rheumatics.
Poultices: Wart Weeds is a cure for warts. Damp-salt is a good cure for stings. Also blue for bee-stings and wasp-stings. There is a certain weed that grows on the thatch of a house and it cures diseases. If a person crawled through
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 15:37
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There are many different varieties of wild birds in our district, namely the woodquests, robins, gold finches, wrens, and magpies. Those birds mentioned do not migrate All birds build different nests. The woodquest builds its nest mostly in an ivy tree. Its nest consists of a few twigs laid across one another with a small piece of grass in the centre. The gold finch and the magpie lay about two eggs each. The wren, the smallest bird of all lays from twelve to sixteen eggs. In the summer many birds come to this country chiefly cuckoos, swallows and corncrakes. Some people judge the weather by the way the swallows fly, When the swallows fly low it is a sign of wet weather, when they fly high it is a sign of fine weather.
The swallow comes to our country for the summer. It builds its nest in high sheds and under water-shoots. It lays six eggs and it sits on then for four weeks and then little birds come out, And when they are able to fly they all go off to foreign countries. It is very unlucky to rob a swallow's nest. When Our Lord was carrying His cross and the Blessed Virgin was following him in tears, the swallow flew against her face and wiped her tears. That is why a swallow has a white breast.
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2020-03-31 15:34
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An aunt and uncle of mine live in the village of I Fauleens half-parish of Monasteraden Co. Sligo on the Southern shore of Lough Gara.
About twenty years ago they went to the market of Ballaghadereen about seven miles distant after sending most of their children to School. There was a small boy aged five at home with some big one caring for him. When the parents arrived home about three or four oclock they saw the child playing at the door. While they were putting away their parcels the child wandered away. It being his birthday the mother had brought him some little present and went to look for him. As they lived near the (the) lake she went there looking for him. She saw there own boat floating half way across the lake without any body in it. A crowd gathered with boats and they searched for several hours but they could not get the body. Then the mother promised She would not cry if they could find the body that evening after that two men found the body floating on the water being dead several hours.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 15:28
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Two persons get a handkerchief and each catches two corners--one in each hand, so that the handerchief is held out straight between them.
If you are playing it with a little child, you say, "This is the rule of contrariness. When I say "Hold tight!", you let it loose", and when I say "Let loose," you hold tight."
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2020-03-31 15:25
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The wood-quest says "Ho Ho, I only lay two eggs and the wren lays twelve Ho-Ho-O." And the thrush when she sings in the morning, says "Cheer up. Cheer up: Cheer up:"
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2020-03-31 15:25
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on Shrove Tuesday, tea on Christmas day and one egg on Easter Sunday.
Tea was first used in the district about Eighty years ago.
Vessels called noggins were used before cups came into being.
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2020-03-31 15:23
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There is a wood near my house and it is called Derrymore Wood. There was a man coming home from his cuairt one night and he had to pass the wood where he heard singing and dancing so he was greatly afraid. After awhile there did a white man come out of the wood and he asked him where he was going. He told him that he was going home but the white man brought him into the wood and made him dance. After a good while he let him off and he was found dead in the morning.
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2020-03-31 15:22
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Food in olden Times.
January 25th. 1938.
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People had about two meals a day in olden times. These were breakfast and supper. They were eaten in the morning and late in the evening.
People worked in the morning before having food. The breakfast consisted of cold potatoes and yellow meal porridge.
Potatoes were eaten generally at every meal. The only drink in use among the people was buttermilk. At meal time the table was place in the centre of the floor. When the meals were eaten it was hung up by the wall. Griddle bread was eaten in olden times. This was made from oaten meal and wheat.
Meat was eaten about three times a year. American bacon was generally eaten. It was very salty. Special foods were used on special occasions such as pancakes
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2020-03-31 15:20
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There was a piece of land that was in dispute and a neighbour coveted it and pretended he owned it although he did not own it at all. The landlord was to come a certain day to find out the owner.
The neighbour knew the day so he filed his boots with earth from his own land. Then while he stood on the disputed land, the landlord asked him would be swear he stood on his own land and he swore he stood on it. This place is called Carn Hayling [?].
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 15:19
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birth of the calf is called "Beastings". It is customary to boil the Beastings and so make a type of Blanc Mange. This is then eaten and is nice to taste. It is customary to start all sowing operations, etc., on a Friday.
Jas J. Mulhare
As seen by myself in locality
14/5/38
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2020-03-31 15:18
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March or early April. By this time the frost &c.[?] had broken it down, and left it very easy to be forked even with a digging fork. This operation lifted all the weeds and roots so that they could now be picked off by hand and burned. The next operation was raising drills. This was done with a long-handled shovel in preparation for potatoes. Liberal dressing of Faringans manure was then applied, the potatoes dropped, and every second drill closed in. The ground was left in this state for a few days. It then got a dressing of slaked lime and all the drills finally closed in. The ground was then kept free from weed until the potatoes were moulded up. The potato crop was harvested in the month of Sept. The ground was again forked over, and cleared of stalks and litter.
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2020-03-31 15:18
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The Landlord.
January 18 th. 1938.
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The name of our local landlord was Mr Nugent. His family dwelt in the county for about half a century.
He was looked upon as not being a bad landlord but at the same time he was not considered a good landlord because he built no houses for the comfort of the people.
Evictions were made in the district and the evicted people went to Carlow.
The land was divided into farms under their guidance, and farms were subdivided among numbers of families on marriage. People were punished by their landlord for trivial acts, such as not to bow to him or salute him when meeting on the road. Tithes were never collected in the district by anyone.
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2020-03-31 15:17
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the horses (A 'gosheen@'' is a goose one year old). Ducks are never put to hatch in this district. Instead the duck eggs are set to hatch under a 'clocking hen'. Some people consider Guinea hens unlucky. A goat is usually left along with the cattle on farms in the locality as they are supposed to be lucky. When looking for the first time at a young calf, cow, etc., it is the custom to praise it and say "God Bless it". If these words are not said the owner expects bad luck to come. When milking, the people put a cross on the cows hip with the first drop of milk. Likewise when finished milking a cross is again put on and the milker say "God Bless you a cailín". The first of the milk is called the foremilk. That is the first three saucepans. The last of the milk is called the strippings and is used to set for cream and for tea. When a cow calves the first milk she gives after the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 15:16
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Ennis was always famous for being the home of the Franciscans even in the far black olden days when famine and persecution reigned in Ireland. Now it happened that an Ennis Friar was tramping along weary and footsore with a heavy burden on his back of alms. He was carrying them to the monastery andbeing so tired he rested on the roadside and waited for a man that came along who belonged to the town to know if he would carry the load for a little while. The man refused and a stranger came along presently and Holy man said let me have the pleasure of helping you. The friar thanked and blessed the stranger and made use of those words. From this time forth the stranger willl flourish in the town while the natives will perish and to this day everyone can certify that his words came to pass in Ennis.
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2020-03-31 15:14
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in silver, but the amount of luck money is agreed in the bargain. it ranges from one to ten shillings according to the price of the animal.
When the bargain is made the people concerned confirm their agreement by striking hands.
When animals are sold they are marked by mud on the flank or by clipping hair off the back bone or by a raddle
Very often the halter is given to the buyer but it is seldom they are driven by halter
The great fairs are said to be locally are held in April and August.
A special fair is held for pigs in Carlow and a special fair for horses in Castledermot
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2020-03-31 15:12
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When sowing potatoes the best bag of seed is sown in the house garden and the bag is kept on the loft in the kitchen. When the potatoes are dug out it is the custom to procure the bag and fill it with the best potatoes for the priest of the Parish. It is also the custom to mark every egg laid on Good Friday with a X. This egg is called a 'Good Friday' egg. Every member of the household eats portion of this egg on Easter Sunday. It is said to have the power of keeping away illness. It is also an old custom not to sweep out dust on a Monday or to spend or change money on Hansel Monday (The first Monday of the New Year). Where geese are hatching it is the custom not to take in primroses as it is said they will bring bad luck to the young goslings. It is also customary not to set a young "gosheen" to hatch in a farmer's house where there are horses. It is supposed to bring evil on
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2020-03-31 15:12
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The Local fairs.
January 13 th. 1938
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The local fairs are held in Castlecomer and Carlow.
Nowadays fairs are held in towns.
In olden times buyers used to transact business in the country at crossroads and at the farmhouse.
It is not a custom still but if people happened to meet at crossroads when going to the fair they might sell.
There was a fair held in olden times in Mayo which is not held now. In Castlecomer the fair is held on the street, but in Carlow there is a fair green.
When entering the fair green a toll is paid on cattle to the gate men to the amount of sixpence a head.
It is a custom for luck money to be given when animals are sold. It is called luck money. It is nearly always calculated
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A very old road can still be traced over Feequin Hill, through Cullenagh and Ballymaclune, to the village of Kilkishen.
On the side of this old road is a heap of stones called leacht na marbh. In olden times when funerals would pass this way, a stone would be thrown each time on the heap,
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2020-03-31 15:08
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as a pail it never cries out and it is pulled by the tail. The Bell of a Church.
My little friend, he lives by the ditch he eats all he gets but he doesent drink. A Fire.
What is it that you have and I have not and I make more use of it than you that have it?
Your name.

What is it that the more you take from it the bigger it gets?
A Hole.
I went into an orchard. I saw apples on a tree. I brought no apples and I left no apples and how can that be?
There were two apples inside I brought one and left one.
Why would a sparrow be angry if you called him a pheasant?
Because you would be making game of him.
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2020-03-31 15:07
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Others make a cross of wet bog mould and leave it to dry. When it is dry they put it in a wooden frame and nail it up to the chimney. This is said to bring luck to the house. When there is a thunder storm it is the custom to leave a window open on each side of the house and to put the tongs into the centre of the fire. This is said to keep away the dangers of lightning. When the first is being raked at night they make the sign of the cross with the tongs over the ash pit to guard against fire. When sowing corn St. Ciaran's clay from his grave in Clonmacnoise is shaken in the field to kill the wireworm and to protect the crop. If there is any seed left over it is given to the poorest farmer in the district. In olden times the best bag of oats was always kept for the Priest of the parish. He now collects money instead of oats.
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2020-03-31 15:06
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During the terrible persecution of the penal years the majority of the people of Ireland were staunch Catholics. During the penal days the priests were hunted by English soldiers and the prize of £100 was offered to any person who would give information about a priest. The priests had to say Mass in the open. There is a Mass rock in a field on the Geashill road also a Mass bush in a field at Riverlyon's.
There is a Mass rock in Kilmurray, where a priest said Mass, He was caught and was beheaded. When the people were building a cottage for a man named Michael Kilroe, they found a lot of bones and a head under the rock, and it is called the wart stone. There is a hawthorn bush in the middle of a big field in Knockballyboy where a priest said Mass and he had Catholics on guard, to watch if the soldiers were coming. he had begun to speak. He saw an army of soldiers coming, and he leaped a drain and got away, and he left the sacred vessels there, and the place where he leaped is called the Priest's Leap.
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2020-03-31 15:06
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The man was arrested and tried at The Court in Ennis. Bridgeman came forward, although he was one of The Grand Jury, to testify that the man could not possibly do the deed, so the man was acquitted. Crow in the Court said Bridgeman was telling a lie.
When Crow came out of the Court Bridgeman horsewhipped him.
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2020-03-31 15:03
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1. The old name of the townland now called Newgrove was Ballystlattery. This district during the Cromwellian Plantations was given to a soldier called Browne. This family had the privilege of taking a man once a year from the gallows.
2. The rich McNamaras in Clare became Protestants, but still some of them had a warm heart for their countrymen. The Crow family on the other hand were bitter opponents of the poor Irish so the saying went
"Never depend on a crow or a sparrow
but on the real Irish McNamara."
Another honourable family of the Planters were The Bridgemen's who livedin Rathluba and who lived a roving life, always hunting, racing etc.
When Gloster was shot at a well near Rathluba, now called Gloster's well. A certain man who know the act was to be done and that he would be immediately arrested for it, was at the Fair of Tulla, and at the hour the shooting was done went up to Bridgeman and asked him what a clock was it. Bridgemen took out his watch and told him.
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2020-03-31 15:03
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town in Ireland can you tell me its name. Navan.
A wee, wee, pony grey and slim with a long white tail on him, and a man with a brassy hood is driving him through the wood. A needle.
Two white ladies dressed in white got the fever and died last night. Two candles
A man from Manchester, sent home to his sister, a bottomless vessel, for holding raw meat. A ring.
As white as milk, as black as ink, and it hops on the road like hail stone. A Magpie

As round as a marble as flat as a pan, half a woman and all a man? A Penny
As round as a marble, as deep
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2020-03-31 15:03
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Old Customs
The people of this district have many old customs which they observe on certain occasions. When churning they always leave a bit of a coal under the churn. This is supposed to hasten the churning. If anyone comes into the house while the churning is taking place they must lay the weight of themselves of butter on the churn by turning the handle a few times. When sowing crops they first sprinkle holy water in the four corners of the field. When the turf cutting is over the last sod cut is taken and placed in a box and put up on the loft until the following year. A coal is also sent to the Church to be blessed on Holy Saturday and is then placed over the fire. This is supposed to keep the house free from the danger of burning.
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2020-03-31 14:59
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Patrick Doyle
Banagher
Age 16
Labourer
Tom Rogers
Banagher
Age 78
28/2/38
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2020-03-31 14:59
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The lepreachan is known locally as the geanncanach. He works under a mushroom. He wears a red cap which is supposed to be a flower off the foxglove.
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2020-03-31 14:58
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used to happen. The man told his neighbours about it. That night they watched the cart. About three o'clock in the night the saw a lepreachan walking up the street. When the lepreachan saw them he ran away and from that night out the man never got a half crown in the cart.
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2020-03-31 14:58
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would it be? Wet.
A quadruped, a piece of cloth and the latin word for and. First and second you will reverse and the third you may leave stand. Behead and transpose and Ivy leaf and if you are not a fool you will find the name and surname of the maid of sweet Rathcoole.
Margaret Faelvy.{?]
What has three feet, and no legs? 36 inches
Here I stand, far off I see a blackbird on a willow tree?
A Sloe.
As round as an apple, as plump as a ball, can climb churches, steeples and all.
Sun.
Backwards and forwards 'tis spelled all the same, a pretty
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2020-03-31 14:57
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big night in John's house.
Mrs. Curran
Main St, Banagher
Age 76
Shopkeeper's wife
20/2/38
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2020-03-31 14:57
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Then the lepreachan showed him where a crock of hold was. The man took his red garter off and put it on the botherlan. Then he went home to get a spade to dig the fold. But when he came back he discovered that the field was all covered with botherlans and a red garter on every on e of them. So he had to go home without the gold.
There is another story (who b) about a man who bought a cart. When he went home he put the cart in a small shed. The next morning when he went out he saw half a crown in the cart. He put in his pocket. Every morning the same thing
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2020-03-31 14:56
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Tuesday for health,
Wednesday the best day of all.
Friday for losses,
Thursday for crosses,
Saturday no day at all.
When Wednesday comes they get married. They go to the chapel and the priest marries them. When they are coming from the chapel the people throw rice and confetti at them. The wedding breakfast is held in the bride's house. The bride cuts the cake first. Then there is a dance in the house and all their friends are invited. At two o'clock they leave and go on a tour in the coach or chariot drawn by four horses. There were no motors at that time. Before they go they send around pieces of the wedding cake to their friends. They usually dream on the cake. They are supposed to dream of the person they will marry. When the couple come home there is a
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2020-03-31 14:54
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The lepreachan is a very small being. He is about six inches in height. He stays in a fort in the daytime and comes out at night. His chief work is mending boots. He sits under a mushroom and he has a "last" and a little hammer. While he is mending the boots he has a frog to keep watch on top of the mushroom.
One day a man was out in a field where botherlans grew, he say a a lefreachan under one of them. He caught him and kept looking at him.
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2020-03-31 14:54
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Old Marriage Customs
Long ago the people of this country had many old marriage customs. They usually made matches on a fair day. The thing a man did was he put his eyes on some girl or other. Then the next day he sets off for her house. He brings a bottle of whiskey in his pocket to make the match. When he goes in to the house he begins talking to the girl's father. First he talks about the weather and the crops. After a while he rises courage and tells his story to the girl's father. When they make the match John takes out the bottle of whiskey and they drink their welcome. Then John goes home delighted. After a few days they get married. They get married on a Wednesday. This is an old rhyme recited.
Monday for wealth,
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2020-03-31 14:52
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"read". Hector-protector was sent to the Queen. Hector-protector was dressed up in green; the King would not take nor either the Queen so Hector-protector was sent back again?
Butter dressed with cabbage
What's full and holds mode?
A pot of potatoes when you pour water in.
Patch upon patch without any stitches, riddle me that and I'll buy you a pair of britches.
A head of cabbage.
I see it, you do not see it, It is nearer to you than me; what is it?
When are you behind the time?
When you are behind the clock.
If you threw a red brick into the blue sea what
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2020-03-31 14:52
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Fionn wandered into the townland of Murmod and he saw a rock and he saw a rock and he fired it to the gates of Mullagh and another day he threw one to Ardlow school and he only called it a pebble.
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2020-03-31 14:52
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up to the top of the hill. He made a jump and aught the servant before he fell on the hill.
Eamonn McCabe, Lisnabantry, Virgina
Patrick McCabe, Lisnabantry, Virginia
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2020-03-31 14:51
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Weather Lore.
January 31st. 1938.
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it is said that when the sun goes down red it is a sign of good weather.
It is said that if the new moon started with bad weather it would end with the same.
It is also said that when the stars are seen shooting to the north we are near frosty weather. When the wind is in the south west we will have wet weather South west wind brings most rain to our district. When starlings are seen in flocks on the ground rain is expected. It is also known that when goats and sheep, run from the hills we will have a storm. In summer when the swallow flys low we are near rain, and when cranes and sea gulls fly inland it is said to have sea storm. When cats or dogs are seen drinking water, or dogs eating grass it is said to be a sign
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2020-03-31 14:51
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up to the top of the hill. He made a jump and aught the servant before he fell on the hill.
Eamonn McCabe, Lisnabantry, Virgina
Patrick McCabe, Lisnabantry, Virginia
Fionn wandered into the townland of Murmod and he saw a rock and he saw a rock and he fired it to the gates of Mullagh and another day he threw one to Ardlow school and he only called it a pebble.
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2020-03-31 14:51
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good and dry in the ridges. It was a very slow way of sowing potatoes. They used to spray them with a hand sprayer.
Thomas Langtry
Banagher
Offaly
Age 56
Farmer
Banagher
18/2/38
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2020-03-31 14:50
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They then brought the sieve out between them, and turned the contents into the sack. The Friar asked them did they give him his sieve of corn. They replied that they did. The Friar however knew their deceit, so he cursed them and the three misers were changed into three stones and as the dog barked at him, it was changed into a small stone.
The three large stones can be seen on this hill behind the school, together with the small stone which represents the dog.
Knokfearbréagh means the hill of the deceitful men.
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2020-03-31 14:49
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them under the manure. Then they close the drills when they have every thing done. Then about a month after they have been sown, they harrow down the drills with a drill harrow. Then they leave them for two or three days. Then they grub the valleys of the drills with a grubber and mould them for the first time. In about six weeks after the first moulding they are moulded the second time. In about two weeks after the second moulding they are sprayed for the first time. Then in two weeks again they are sprayed a second time.
They are sprayed in order to prevent blight. The Certified seed are graded in order to separate the seed from the eating potatoes. This grading is done when preparing for market. In olden times people used to sow their potatoes in ridges. They used to till the land with a spade. The ridges used to be about one foot and a half over the level of the ground. The potatoes are very
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2020-03-31 14:48
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of coming storm or rain.
When smoke is seen going low it is said to be a sign of rain.
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2020-03-31 14:47
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Andrew.
What four letters would frighten a thief?
O.I.C.U.
Did you ever see half a pig's head with two eyes?
With your own eyes.
Riddle me riddle me what is that over the head and under the hat?
Your hair.
It is red, it is blue, it is sparable green, the King could not reach it, nor either the Queen?
A rainbow.
What goes round the wood, and round the wood and never goes into the wood?
The bark of a tree.
It went up the stairs white and came down the stairs
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2020-03-31 14:47
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Severe Weather
February 8 th. 1938.
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It is said that in 1902 there was a big storm. It was in the month of February but the exact date is not known. This wind caused great damage to houses and woods by blowing roofs off houses and by uprooting trees. Many lives were lost but not in this district. There were also great thunder storms and heavy rainfalls but I have gathered very little knowledge of them, but they caused loss of lives. In the district many big snowfalls occurred. People suffered much because they could not go out of doors, because the snow was about ten feet in height.
Numerous animals were lost in places but not in the district. A large amount of birds were lost in this district
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2020-03-31 14:46
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The Potato Crop
The potato crop is usually sown from the middle of March to the last day of April. The farmers sow the most of the potatoes. The least they sow is two acres and from that up to ten acres. The first thing they do is to plough the land. Then they harrow and cultivate it, and if it happens that it is lumpy they roll it with a roller, Then they plough it again and then they harrow it. Then they open the drills, and put out about one hundred loads of farmyard manure to the acre and bag of manure if necessary. The people sow different varieties of potatoes, namely the Golden Wonders, Sharps Express, Kerr Pinks, Irish Queens, British Queens, Old Champions and Skerry Champions, Arran Banners, Spies Abundance and the Flounder. Some people spread the seed potatoes over the manure and others spread
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2020-03-31 14:44
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A flock of white sheep on a red hill. Here they go, there they go and now they stant still?
Your teeth

What part of the cow goes over the ditch first?
Her breath.
Why does a dog was his tail?
Because his tail cannot wag him?
Spell broken down ditch in three letters?
Gap
Long legged father, fat old mother, three sons, all alike and a red rosy daughter?
A crane, a pot, the three legs of the pot and the fire.
As I went up a hill I met a Manchester scholar, he took off his hat and drew his gloves and what was the name of the scholar?
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2020-03-31 14:43
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The Landlord
January 25th 1938
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Major Alexander was the local landlord of this district situated in the Townland of Clogrennan in the Parish of Old Leighlin and in the Barony of Idrone. The family has been settled in in the district over one hundred years. They were looked upon as being good landlords.
No evictions or plantings have been carried out in the district.
Major Alexander first came into possession of the land through the hands of the English and he is still owner of fourteen hundred acres having sold the rest of the estate to the Land Commission. The land was not divided into farms under the landlord's guidance.
Farms were not sub-divided among members of families on marriages. The landlord did not exercise any special power over his tenants
In some places tithes were collected in the district in former times.
They were collected money.
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2020-03-31 14:42
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Old people long ago counted Thursday the lucky day. Now people get married on Wednesday the lucky day, and August the lucky month and invite all their friends and neighbours and have a great dance. A lot of straw boys gather in and dance, play music and make great fun.
In this district most marriages are before Lent and Advent. The custom these days are the intended bridegroom with his friends drive in a motor car to the Parish Church. The bride with her friends arrive later. The marriage ceremony is performed followed by a Nuptial Mass.After the Mass the married pair with their witnesses sign the church register. Then the wedding party return to the bride's home or to a Hotel where the wedding breakfast is held. After breakfast there is usually dancing and singing before the wedding pair leave for their honeymoon. The custom years ago was different. There were no motor cars. the wedding parties drove on side cars.
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2020-03-31 14:39
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found dead in the morning with the print of the man's five fingers on his cheek. This was told to me by
Mrs. J. Creedon
Laught
Rathcoole
Banteer
She is eighty five years old
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2020-03-31 14:39
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Old Schools
February 17th 1938.
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No hedge school existed in the district but an old school house existed there The name of the field in which the school was situated was called the school house field. Its Townland was named Gurthahite Teaching was done indoors. The Teacher was known as Master Brennan. He was not a stranger but he came from County Kilkenny. School was also carried on in the farmers' houses. The Teachers were obliged to lodge in the houses. These Teachers were paid by the farmers with cash each week for the instructions they gave to their children. The subjects taught in those days were Catechism and spelling and the alphabet. The books were received from the teacher.
Writing was also taught, which was (also) written by slate pencil on slates.
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2020-03-31 14:38
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There is gold hidden somewhere around John Buckley's farm, which is in the townland of Laught in Dromtarriffe parish Co. Cork. A good many years ago a man whose name I did not know lived in Laught and he was the only man who ever looked for this gold. One night he had a dream and in this dream he saw a man who told him that he should begin somewhere around the place where John Buckley's farm now stands and dig westwards until he would find the gold. He began to dig and dig but after a few days he got tired and left the gold there and there it lies to the present day. One night about a week after he gave up digging the man appeared to him and gave him a slap on the face and he was
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2020-03-31 14:25
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The first three days of April are called the three borrowing days. Farmers usually commence sowing spring wheat about the the feast of St Brigid. The first Monday of the New Year is called Hansel Monday. If a person pays out money or asks for credit on that day it is said he will be paying money or asking the whole year afterwards.
Old people say that Wednesdays and Fridays are the two lucky days for curing ailments. Good Friday is the luckiest day of all. People do Novenas on Good Friday for different ailments and are supposed to be cured. There is a day of the year called Cross day. It happens to be Whit Monday. If a child is born on Whit Monday, some terrible misfortune is supposed to befall it. There are days of the year supposed to be unlucky to plant or sow seeds. The first of January is unlucky to plant trees and flowers. Monday is a lucky day to plough or sow crops, Monday is called the plough man's day. There is an old saying, that the month of April borrows three days in March to skin the old cow.
Friday is the lucky day for moving into a new house. The first three days of April are called Borrowing Days because they are borrowed from March
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2020-03-31 14:25
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The first three days of April are called the three borrowing days. Farmers usually commence sowing spring wheat about the the feast of St Brigid. The first Monday of the New Year is called Hansel Monday. If a person pays out money or asks for credit on that day it is said he will be paying money or asking the whole year afterwards.
Old people say that Wednesdays and Fridays are the two lucky days for curing ailments. Good Friday is the luckiest day of all. People do Novenas on Good Friday for different ailments and are supposed to be cured. There is a day of the year called Cross day. It happens to be Whit Monday. If a child is born on Whit Monday, some terrible misfortune is supposed to befall it. There are days of the year supposed to be unlucky to plant or sow seeds. The first of January is unlucky to plant trees and flowers. Monday is a lucky day to plough or sow crops, Monday is called the plough man's day. There is an old saying, that the month of April borrows three days in March to skin the old cow.
Friday is the lucky day for moving into a new house. The first three days of April are called Borrowing Days because they are borrowed from March
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2020-03-31 13:59
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spinning wheel through a horses shin bone such a riddle was never known?
A: A thunder.
R: Hector compector was dressed in green Hector Compector went to visit the Queen. The Wueen did not like it nor neither the King so Hector Compector was sent back again?
A: A head of cabbage.
R: Put five into me?
A: Five toes in a stocking
R: A steel horse and a brass drawer?
A: A needle and a thimble
R:Why does a hen cross the road?
A: To get to the other side
R: It is black, it is white and it is red all over?
A: A news paper
R: Where was Noah when the light went out?
A: In the darkness
R: Spell blind pig in two letters?
A: Pg
R: Spell broken down ditch in three letters
A: Gap
R: If you committed suicide in Ireland where would you be hanged?
A: No place
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2020-03-31 13:53
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Particular names are given to fields, rocks, bushes, etc in every farm.
These names may be derived from the name of the former owners, or from some natural characteristic.
Our field called the "Inis" (inch) because surrounded by water.
The "Cluain" field
The Quarry
The Hill field
The Granary field etc.

"Ínse Comáin"
Hedigan's field near village - Fairies seen hurling there several times.

Cloca t-Eibheára" - granite rock in field

"Two-trees"
two men were hanged on two trees in the field

The Lis Field - contains a Lis
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2020-03-31 13:42
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Cloghera stream, Rossadrehid stream, Ardane stream, Kennedy's stream, flow from the mountain down to the river Aherlow.
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2020-03-31 13:41
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I live in the townland of Curraghvoke, in the parish of Bansha and in the Barony of Clanwilliam. There are seven families in the townland and twenty four people altogether.
There are two iron covered houses and five slated ones.
Thomas Kennedy is the only person over seventy years living there. The houses were more plentiful there during the famine times. There are no ruins of old houses in the townland.
The townland of Curraghvoke is on the south side of the river Aherlow.
There are four lakes on the mountain. They are Lough Muskry, Borheen, Diheen and Curra.
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2020-03-31 13:31
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In the Valleys at the foot of the Galtees were settled at a remote period the non-Milesian tribes of the Crottraigh and the Eatharlaigh. From the first-named originated Crotta Cliach, the ancient name of the Galtees, while the Eatharliagh bestowed their tribal appellation on the Glen of Aherlow.
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2020-03-31 13:29
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At length we reached the draper's shop.
And when we entered, there
Were all colours and all patterns
Of which you'd like to wear.
The place all draped in finery
Of every shade and hue
The sight was most entrancing
For anyone to view.
There were no lack of attendants
There were two men and a boy
And my mother asked the man in charge
Had he much corduroy.
He said he had the most in town
And the price not very high
The material is genuine to keep.
You warm and dry.
She asked him how much it was a yard
And he said the price was small
Compared with what the rest would ask
If she went round them all.
My question's yet unanswered
Was my mother's next reply
If you do not ask a price.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:23
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There are some very good singers in the parish of Bansha, among whom Rena Grogan is well known. Her favourite songs are "Mary of Argyle", and "The Arabs farewell to his Stud".
Doreen Hogan of Tipperary is also a talented singer. She broadcasts her songs some of which are "She is far from the Land" "The Kerry dances" and "Mother Machree".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:21
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Long ago a man was coming from Trim on a very dark night and his ass stopped very suddenly on the road beside the lodge in Carnisle. It was in a place that was supposed to be haunted by a black dog and it was said that no ass would pass that place at a certain time of the night. The man started to beat the ass but he would not go. Then he thought of the black dog and he got down off the cart to see if he was about. He could not see him and when he got into the cart again he found that the ass' leg was in the cart. The ass saw the black dog and when he kicked at him the dog put his leg in the cart and he could not go.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:19
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2. The Wells of Duleek St Cianáns Well.
There is an ancient well at Keenogue, Duleek, called St. Cianáns well and this is how the well got that name. There was a boy one time called Cianán working in Keenogue. The job he had was keeping the birds out of the wheat. This time his mother was living in a little house in Keenogue, and she was very sick. They had a wake in the house, and she wanted a drink. When Cianan came in for his dinner she told him she wanted a drink. At that time he had a little bit of a stick in his hand, and he put it in the ground, and the well sprang up, and when his mother saw that she told all the people that her son Cianán made a well in the room by her side, they all looked surprised and would not believe him.
The Sunday after that, the Walsh's were going to mass and they left Cianán behind them to mind the wheat. And they told him not to go to mass. Then he began to gather the crows and he put then in the barn. Then he went to Mass.
When Mass was over the Walsh's saw Cianán and began to fight with him for leaving the wheat unminded. Then he told them he put them into the barn. When they went home they opened the barn door and out came all the crows. They knew that he was a saint and they called the well St. Cianán's well. It is 6 feet deep. There is no wall round the well.
Séan O'Concubair ó n-a shean athair Risteárd (76)
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:16
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Long ago there was a herd. His name was "Mac Sevenue". He was a herd in Moyrath. He was a Protestant and also an enchanted man. He always wanted to see what the people thought about him. One Sunday when the people were coming from Mass he lay down on the ground. He told his son to go and tell the people his father was dead. He did so and al lthe people came and he was dead.
Pine herds went down to a man named Conor Sheridan who was also an enchanted man to see about "Mac Sevenue's burial. He told them to go back and get nine white horses, nine iron whips and an iron rope to tie him with and for one of the best herds to drive. They did so and brought him across Collin's field and when they came to the avenue they stopped. They pulled and pulled but they could not move. They covered him with clay and put a bush on him for a head stone. The bush took the form of a chair and every night about twelve o'clock he is seen sitting on it. Collin's avenue goes by the name of "Mac's avenue" ever since.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:12
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Here are some riddles I heard locally.
"Why is a hat like a railway engine?"
"Because it goes on a head."
"Why is a cat like a comma?"
"Because one has claws at the end of its paws, and the other is a pause at the end of a clause."
"What is that, which has never been felt, seen, or heard, never existed, and yet has a name?"
"Nothing"
"Which stocking does a boy take off last?"
"The left one."
"Why is the letter F like a bull's tail?"
"Because it is at the end of beef"
"What do bees do with their honey?"
"Cell it."
"When is a boat like a knif?"
"When it is a cutter."
"What has holes and yet holds water."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:10
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March or early April. By this time the frost [?] had broken it down, and left it very easy to be forked even with a digging fork. This operation lifted all the weeds and roots so that they could now be picked off by hand and burned. The next operation was raising drills. This was done with a long-handled shovel in preparation for potatoes. Liberal dressing of Faringans manure was then applied, the potatoes dropped, and every second drill closed in. The ground was left in this state for a few days. It then got a dressing of slaked lime and all the drills finally closed in. The ground was then kept free from weed until the potatoes were moulded up. The potato crop was harvested in the month of Sept. The ground was again forked over, and cleared of stalks and litter.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:09
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The first thing was to consider the variety. There were not many varieties to select from in those days. It was found of course that raspberries change when planted for a number of years. This change takes place by what we call today "roguing" what is meant by this is: when the berry in some cases, are ripe they shed their fruit to the ground. The seed of the fruit take root, and forms in new
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:09
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Once upon a time there was a woman and she was working for another woman. She had to pass a church. One evening she went into the church to pray. While she was praying she fell asleep. She awoke at twelve o'clock in the night. She saw the altar lit up and a priest on the altar. The priest said "is there anyone here to answer the Mass." The woman was afraid to say anything. The next night the woman was afraid to go into the church. Then she told a priest what she saw. The priest and the woman went into the church the next night and they saw what happened. The priest on the altar said "is there anyone here to answer me." The other priest
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:08
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The roofs are levelled and the inmates driven
By the bleak road-side to pine or die.
Those lordly magnates sit hot and cosy
In their stately mansions o'er their steaming wine
But those stalwarth peasants who toil their lifetime
Have no home or shelter in their native Clime
In some generation their will rise some statesman
Who will liberate this unhappy land
And bring back that freedom, so long denied us,
That has been promised from God's right hand.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:07
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Christmas the potatoes are brought into the garden and again three pits are made the potatoes put into them. These pits are from thirty six to forty five inches wide and from ten to twelve inches deep. Now the potatoes are first covered with canvas bags and then with scraws dug in the bog. Scraws dug in the ordinary fields could be used but those dug in the bog are the best.
About April after the slits have been cut those stored in the pits begin to germinate that is baicleógs come on the potatoes and it is necessary to turn them a few times every fortnight to prevent this. But about May or so the potatoes are taken out of the pits and put in bags in the barn. Slits are cut in April. Care must be taken that the slit is cut straight that is from top to bottom and that each slit contains an eye. The piece of a potato that has no eye is called a laogán. A large sized potato makes three slits.
Sometimes potatoes are small enough and need not be cut at all.
When potatoes are stuck in ridges the ridges are first marked out with a plough. Then one man with a spade and another with slits come out in the field. The man with the spade makes the holes for the slits and the clay he digs up to make one hole he covers another hole with. The dykes are now scuffled and farmyard manure is put over the slits and a little clay is shovelled in over the manure. They are left like this for three weeks and then
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:05
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Once upon a time there were two men going along the road. Both of those men had humps on their backs. They heard music and dancing in a field. One of them was was afraid to go over. He went in and sat down. It was fairies that were in it. Then one of the fairies said to the other "take that hump off the man and let him dance with us." After a few minutes the hump disappeared over on a window. Then the man began dancing and had a great night. Then the other man went over and went into the hose and did the sme as the first man did. Then one of the fairies said to the other. "there is a hump over ther on the window get it and put it on that man." Then the man had two humps from that out.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:02
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(Written from Dublin)
Its a glorious day in summer in 1842.
Oh! father dear and mother fond I'm thinking now of you.
I hope you're hale and hearty, and feel no ache or pain
Since I bade good bye to all I loved in dear old Curkishbane.
How is all the family and my dear sister one
Not forgetting my brothers all, that's Hughie, James and John
How is Daniel Hanlon, from my native Irish town
And fearless brave Tom Dwyer, the scholar of renown
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:00
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only allowed to stay for a night, some of them stay for weeks. They ask for tea, sugar, flour, eggs, potatoes, turf, hay, clothes, shoes, or boots. The names of the best known are Connors, Reillys, Powers, Hands, Donovans, Matthews. They come about when there is a fair or a races. People do not give them any reception or listen to them telling stories.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:00
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amach ar féin.
Chúaibh sé isteach i sean sgioból áit a mbíodh go leór coininí na geomnuidhe
sgar an mála ar poll a bhí ann agus cúaid sé féin i bhfoghlac.
Ní raibh sé i bhfad i bhfoghlac núair a chonnaic sé ceithre coinín istigh sa mala rith sé chuig an mála cas ruag ar a bhéal agus thug na coiníní abhaile chuig a mháighistir agus teasbáin a mháighstir dá athair iadh agus bhí an t-athair ann bhuidheac den cat.
Núair a bhí braon bainne ólta ag an gcat dimthigh sé amach aríst agus cuir sé an mála an áit a mbíodh go leór pearróide ina gcomhnuidhe.
Ní raibh sé i bhfad ina suidhe núair a cúaidh péire pearóide isteach san mála.
Rith an cat chuig an mála cas an muineal ar na pearróide agus thug abhaile chuig a mháighistir iad.
Fúair an sean rí bas fén ám seo agus tháinic rí eile in áit.
Lá amháin bhí an cat agus a mháighistir ag siubhal in aice na fairrige
Connaic an cat an rí nua ag siubal
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:59
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arc?
A: Noah's ark was made of wood and Joan of arc was maid of Orleans.
R: Ding dong under a pan ten drawing four?
A: A woman milking a cow.
R: As round as an apple as plump as a ball can climb over church over steeple and all?
A: The sun.
R: Under the fire and over the fire and never tips the fire?
A: A cake of bread in the oven.
R: I went to America and I stopped there I was sent home again because I would not go there?
A: A watch
R: I ran and I got it. I stooped down to look for it. If I go it I would throw it away and if I did not I would keep it?
A: A thorn in my leg.
R: What is it when you make it you break it?
A: Silence.
R: A black waiter was going up the stairs one day with a roast turkey in a dish. He fell and what five countries were represented in that fall?
A: The downfall of Turkey. The break up of China. The up-set of Greece. The sacking of Africa. The disappointment of Hungry.
R: Riddle me riddle me what will my riddle be through a sack through a reel through a new
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:58
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Travelling folk still come around my district. They are called, tinkers, tramps, and travellers. The same crowd come every year. Some of them are poor, but the gipsies are not poor, as they have all the things they want. The poor people sell, tin-cans, laces, pins, combs, needles, buttons and studs. The gipsies sell little tables, paper-flowers, mats, linoelum and lace. The gipsies also tell fortunes. Some people buy from them. They ask a very high price, but if you are inclined to buy from them they will reduce the price. The tinkers make a lot of things out of tin. The gipsies make little tables and many other things. They buy the small articles in big shops. They divide and go in different directions. They send the children every minute for a drop of milk or something else. Some of them have caravans to sleep in. Others have to erect a camp to sleep in. They usually camp on a by-road where there is not much traffic. Although they are
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:57
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ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:56
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When the sky is red in the evening it is a sign of a fine day.
When the sky is red in the morning it is a sign of a wet day.
If there are a lot of stars in the sky at night it is a sign of frost.
When there are a lot of clouds in the sky it is a sign of rain.
When there is a rainbow in the morning it is a sign of a rain, and if there is a rainbow in the evening it is a sign of a fine weather.
The South wind brings most rain in this district. A red sky is a sign of a storm.
Black clouds are a sign of rain.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:54
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Some years ago when John Ryan Knocknavara was repairing his house he got a canister in he thatch and fifty soveriegns in it. still knocked more of the house and got another canister with ashes in it, As if the money was all gone into dust.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:53
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Some years ago when John Ryan Knocknavara was repairing his house he got a canister in he thatch and fifty soveriegns in it. still knocked more of thehouse and got another canister with ashes in it, As if the money was all gone int dust.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:53
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Some years ago in Ireland, There lived an old man who went begging from house to house. He went by the name of a poor scholar. One night he came too a house to ask for lodging. Which he got. When he was eating his supper, he saw a wooden lid left near , and it bore some writing. Which he read, he enquired where they had found it They were slow to tell him as it was the lid of a keg of gold which they had found buried in the ground. So he told them where ever they had found it there was another in the same place, So they went and they found it, It is said they made him a big present of gold.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:52
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Long ago there were three men searching for Gold in Toomaline. The gold was supposed to under a big stone. They dug for the gold. While they were digging a big bull appeared to them and followed them.
But they escaped, One of the men is a alive yet but the other two are dead. It happened that they had to come home without gold.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:52
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In the year 1910 all the woods had been cut down near our townsland. The foxcover was the last one the entered one day at twelve oclock the steward got charge when they began to cut this tree. He told the men to stop and leave it so as he had to be Carried home. but he would not tell what he had seen and the tree remained there and the people that new all about the foxcovert came to see this tree and said it was grown on the old chapel in former days. The steward was a very old man but a very good Catholic.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:51
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men died soon after and two more are still living. Where they dug is still to seen from my house.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:49
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the village that grew up beside it derived the name Ath Liagh Finn.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:48
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From the earliest ages to the beginning of 1909 there was a vast track of bogland on the eastern slope of " Mount Mary known as (Mog) Monageeraghfin
One Sunday towards the end of January there was a heavy rain fall which caused flooding in many districts. On that Sunday evening people noticed a large flood adjacent to the bog disappearing through an underground passage hither to unknown in the locality
About twelve o'clock on that night people returning
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2020-03-31 12:48
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ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:47
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Robert Ormsby at Tobberavaddy between Creggs and Arhleague. He was a cruel and callous tyrant and was known to the people of his time as "Riobárd na Gligernach" because of the rattling armour he used to wear. As a persecutor of Catholics he was notorius and he had several people put to to death for the faith.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:47
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have gone under the hands of all the children in the row. When this is finished they make a ring and swing.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:46
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Signs of the weather are birds flying low, seagulls coming in to land, soot falling, a ring the moon or a clouded moon. When the meat is wet it is a sign of bad weather or the water bubbling: or to see wild swans, or the cat to sit near the fire with his back to it.
A mackerel sky is the sign of good weather. Old people feel their corns in
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:46
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If the sky is red where the sun sets it is a sign of rain.
If there were ants on the road it would be a sign of rain.
If the sun is smothered when it is setting it is a sign of rain.
If the hens were picking their feathers it would be a sign of rain.
If the wind is coming from the South it is a sign of rain.
On the twenty fourth of June, the Fair of Spancihill, it is always wet.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:45
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If there is a fog around the moon it is the sign or rain.
If the swallows were flying low or if they were on the wires it would be the sign of rain
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:45
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out of the chimney it would be the sign of rain.
When the swallows are flying high it is the sign of fine weather or if the lark was flying high, or many other things like that. When the Fair of Clare comes round it is surely wet, It was not wet the last day because it fell on a saints day.
Those are the most common signs of the weather and more often they are sure signs and should be remembered not only interesting but also as useful information.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:44
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A Story
There was a spirit who used to come out on a hill on a certain road. Everyone who came along he would ask this.
"Coinnleoir agus Coinneall ann,
Cuir thusa leath-rann leis sin."
that is "knock knowledge out of that".
The spirit was a priest that had masses to say and did not. People were afraid to go the road for they could not answer the question and the spirit used stop them.
Then the poor Scholar came along. The spirit asked him-
"Coinnleoir agus coinneal ann
Cuir thusa leath rann leis sin".
And the poor scholar said -
"Á dubairtfá-sa t'aifreann (aifreann) i n-am,
Ni bheiteá ag prugadóireacht annsin"
And the spirit went up into heaven in a blaze of light. He was never seen again. His penance was to stay there till someone made the leithrann. Masses he didn't say was why he was there
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:41
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Once upon a time there was a fool. One day he got a feather on the road. The fool heard that it was very comfortable to sleep on a feather bed. He went home and he put the feather on the ground and lay on it. When he got up in the morning he was not able to walk after sleeping all night on the ground. He was feeling all sore. "Well" said he, "if I am so sore after sleeping on one feather, I pity those who sleep on a feather bed."
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2020-03-31 12:40
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People went to look for it but each time were frightened away by a ghost and so no one ever found it.
Once upon a time there was a man named Crowe and he lived in Inagh and he dreamed that he get his fortune at the Bridge of Limerick.
So he went to Limerick and he spent three days at the bridge and on the third day a cobbler asked him what he was doing there, and the man said that he dreamt that he would get his fortune on the bridge.
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2020-03-31 12:40
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be the first to erect one.
The grandest music you ever heard used to be heard Kilemoss graveyard until a protestant was buried there. Then the music stopped and it was never heard again.
There are a lot of people buried outside the parish such as in Rath, Barefield, Cill na Mona and in a lot of other places.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:39
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One time two men were coming home from a town. The two men were after drinking a lot of beer. When they came to a cross-roads they sat down. They sat down beside a mile-stone which was 200 miles from London. They thought they were in a grave-yard. One man lit a match to see what was written on the stone. Then he stold the other man that it was mile from London that was buried there and he
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:36
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A card fell under the table and a gentleman stooped down to pick it up, and he saw the cloven foot of the strange man, He went for the priest unknown to the rest of the party. The priest came and shook holy water on the strange man and uttered some words. The man disappeared through the wall. There is a split in the wall still where the devil (for it was he) went out through it.
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2020-03-31 12:35
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weatherglass, bringing me down to see that". John still maintained he had the best and the cheapest weatherglass after all.
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2020-03-31 12:34
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One time there lived a man in the County Kildare. He was a great horseman. One day he bought a new horse. The next day he went out riding in the lawn. He was very proud of his new horse, and he said "I'd ride here to-day with the devil if I had him." On that instant a strange man appeared on horse, and rode beside him. They stayed together all day and had dinner together. After tea they were sitting at the fire talking. A lot of gentry came in and all the household sat down to play cards. The strange man was also among the party.
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2020-03-31 12:33
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and horses carting hay into his haggard for Winter. About 12 noon, he went out to see how his men were getting along. Another man the name of John Drycher to see how they were getting on too.
Some of the men said to John. "Isn't it a lovely day John". "Oh it is" said John. "but you'll have rain before very long and you'll all be caught in it". "Nonsence you'll not have rain the day nor the morrow either" said Dr. "for my weatherglass is going up". "Well min is going down" said John.
They wrought on anyhow and the rain did come on them. A few days afterwards the Dr met John in the street. "What kind of a weatherglass have you John?" said he. "I have the best in Rockcorry anyhow" said he. "and if you come down I'll show it to you."
The Dr. went down, John brought him into the kitchen. "Put your hand up there and grip it tight" said he. (that was up the chimney). The Dr. did so and when he brought it down it was all black. He ran out through the door cursing John. "Bad luck to you and your ould
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:31
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This story was told by Tomas Cusack of of Gola. One night when Pat Cooney of Greaghadusam was going on his caley to Pats Flins of Lisnagirl. When he was going on his way he found a great crowd of people coming he stepped to one side to let them pass but to his surprise they were a crowd of fairies carrying a coffin just as he was passing they said who will carry next. One of them answered "Who but Pat Cooney" Pat answered them back and said.I tell you Pat Cooney ont carry or have anything to do with you so he was not long getting to his caley.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:31
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1.
Long ago there was a man and his name was Nicholas Gaynor. He used to go to town every Saturday. He went into a public-house on the way to the town, and he got drunk. He did not leave it until nine o'clock, and it was pitch dark. A lot of men used to gather round where he tied his ass. They took the cart off the ass and let him out in the field. They took the shafts off the cart, and put them through the gate, and they harnessed the ass under the cart. When Nick came out he could not see as he was drunk. He went into the shop and got a saw, and cut the shafts off the cart. He let out the ass and put him standing in between the two half-shafts and tied them with a cord. He continued on his journey and after awhile the cord broke and the man fell out and he was left on the road until the next morning. Some neighbours passing by early the
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2020-03-31 12:30
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This story was told to me by John"Farrely of Granafarna". Once upon a time there lived a man and a woman. They had one son. A fairy came one day an asked if sell him. At first the man said he would not. Then he said he would sell him for a year. The fairy agreed to leave him home at the end of the year and so he did. The fairy came
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:28
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There are two stories told which are supposed to have happened in the district of Rockcorry about the years 1758 and 1898.
1758. Once a fairy visited a lady who was alone in the house. She came to borrow a noggin of meal. The lady gave it to her.
The fairy told her she would come back to pay her on a certain day. She came back on the day she said and gave the lady more meal than what she had got.
"Now my good woman" said the fairy. You are in the habit of visiting your own people very often, but if you take my advice you should stay at home and mid your own place and your husband will think more of you. Always keep the hearth clean and a stool on it, and if you do this you will never want for anything as long as you live. The lady did so and the fairy's words came true.
The second story of 1898 is as follows.
Once in the village of Rockcorry there was a gentleman named Dr. Moore. He lived where Mr. Rountree is living now. As well as a Dr. he was also a large farmer.
One fine day he had a lot of men
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A man named Paddy Nugent came home from America to Ballyteague He said a little bird followed him across the sea behind the ship. One day when he was wheeling turf in the bog he said he could see the little bird coming. He used to see the dust moving when the little bird would be coming. The bird used to sit on the barrow. The people said he should ask the bird some question that maybe it was someone in trouble. So he promised that he would ask it a question. The people caught Paddy by the shoulders and held him and he saw the bird coming. He fainted and wasn’t able to ask the question. He told the priest about it and the priest told him the bird would never trouble him again.
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A man named John Moore from Ballyteague North had a ghost in his house Every night the fire was thrown about the house He had a cock of hay and one night it was set on fire by the ghost under the eve of the thatched house and the house was not set on fire at all The priest advised him to give a load of turf to someone far away for nothing He gave it to people in Boston Co Kildare named Sextons. That night Sextons house was burned The ghost never appeared again in John Moore’s house
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2020-03-31 12:24
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R: What is it that you would cut off a portion to make it long?
A: A grave.
R: What a wonder, one pot boiling and no fire under?
A: Lime in a pot
R: As I walked through the field of what I picked up something good to eat, it was neither fish, flesh, feather nor a bone and I kept it until it ran alone?
A: An egg.
R: As I went out I soon came in out of the dead the live did spring, no tree did shake, no leaf did fall and that is my riddle among you all?
A: A bird flew out of a dead man's skull.
R: Why does a beggar man carry a stick?
A: Because the stick can't carry him.
R: Head like a thimble, tail like a rat you could be guessing for ever but you could never guess that?
A: A pipe.
R:Why is an echo like a lady?
A: Because she will have the last word.
R: Why do butchers always rob themselves?
A: Because they always steel their own knives.
R: Why so is Europe like a frying pan?
A: Because it has Greece on it.
R: Spell mouse trap in three letters.
A: Cat
R: What is the difference between Noah's ark and Joan of
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2020-03-31 12:22
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on the potatoes about the fifteenth of July. White flowers come on Feeneys and Dates and Aran Banners. Blue flowers come on Striped Champions. All the potatoes are in flower on Garland Sunday (last Sunday of July).
The disease called the blight makes its appearance about this time and the potatoes are sprayed with a spraying machine to prevent this disease. Four barrels of spray are necessary for an acre of potatoes or one barrel of spray for a rood. On the night before the potatoes are to be sprayed as many barrels of spray as will be required the following day are filled with water and left in the field of potatoes. On the next day ten pounds of bluestone are put into a bag and the top of it is tied firmly with a string. A board is placed on the top of the barrel and the bag containing the bluestone is tied on to it and left hanging from the board into the water. A bucket of water is
now boiled in a pot and while boiling eight pounds of washing-soda is put into the water and is stirred with a stick until it is
dissolved. Then the bucket of water with the melted washing soda is brought out in the field and put into the barrel of spray. Sometimes the
man of the house breaks the bluestone with a sledge so that it will melt quicker. The potatoes are sprayed three or four times.
In October the potatoes are dug with a spade and put into three different pits; one for the small ones; one for the middle-sized
potatoes and one for the big ones. The potatoes are covered with first straw and then with clay. After
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2020-03-31 12:21
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South Wexford
An old Rath
In this district, Baldwinstown, there is an old Rath and it is supposed to have been inhabited by fairies long ago. And some people said that there was money buried under a large flat stone about twenty (20) feet down.
One day a party of men went in search of the gold, they dug down about twenty (20) feet and there was the stone sure enough. They tried to raise the stone and were just succeeding when they heard a noise! They got up out of the rath, and there within a couple of yards of them they saw a furious bull So they had to run for their lives. A couple of hours after they went back again to the Rath and found it was closed up again. So the Rath was never meddled with from that day to this.
It was said that when a man buries his money in the older times that he used to get a man and make him swears to guard the money dead or alive. The man would then be put to death, and if anyone would ever come after in search of the money. The man (guardian) would come in the form of a mad bull.
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2020-03-31 12:18
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R: Why does a cow look over the ditch?
A: Because she cannot look under it.
R: What is it that happens once in a minute twice in a moment and never in a thousand years?
A: The letter M
R: What is the difference between a station-master and a school-master?
A: One licks with a stick and the other sticks with a lick.
R: How would you make a road broad?
A: By adding the letter B.
R: Which is the heavier a lb of feathers or a lb of lead?
A: They are all the same weight.
R: How many baskets would you want to take all the earth out of the mountain?
A: One if it was large enough.
R:Three little girls dressed in white one got the fever and died last night?
A: Three candles and one quenched.
R: What is it that walks with its head down?
A: Studs in your shoes.
R:As I was going to the fair of Miles I met ten tinkers with their wives, every tinker had a bag, in every bad there was a cat, and every cat had nine kittens, kittens, cats, tinkers, wives, how many were going to the fair of Miles?
A: One - myself.
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2020-03-31 12:17
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In our district the old people can tell of many cures which were formerly used for certain ailments. An old cure for German measles was to bury the child under the ground for ten minutes.
A seventh son or daughter was said to have the power to cure erysipelas or sprains by touching their hands and muttering certain prayers.
It was said that if a horse with the thrush ate food left behind by a ferret, he would be cured.
A snail put on a wart was supposed to remove the wart, as also if the juice of St. Patrick's Distaff were applied to it. The water of St. Colmcilles Well in Moville is also said to cure warts.
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2020-03-31 12:17
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from a wound.
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2020-03-31 12:15
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Supposing supposing two men frozen one died how many were left.
Ans: - No one because you were only supposing
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Ans: - The bark of a tree
Alive at both ends and dead in the middle
Ans: - A man ploughing
What is it that sees others but cannot see itself?
Ans: - A mirror
As round as a apple
As plump as a ball
Can climb the church
Over steeple and all.
Ans: - The sun
How many feet have forty sheep, a shepherd and his dog?
Ans: - Two feet
How many cows' tails
would reach to the sky?
Ans: - One if it was long enough
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A: A yard
R: If I built a house from this to Donegal what height would it be?
A: The height of nonsense.
R: What is half the moon like?
A: The other half.
R: How many cows tails would fit up to the moon?
A: One if long enough
R: What is the difference between a mat and a bottle of medicine?
A: One must be shaken before taking and the other must be taking before shaking.
R: Why does a hen pick a pot?
A: Because she can't lick it.
R: How many baskets would take the earth off the mountain?
A: One if big enough.
R: What grows down?
A: A cows tail.
R: I have a little house and a mouse could not live in it and all the men in town could not count how many windows in it?
A: A thimble.
R: Opens like a barn door shuts like a trap you may guess for forty times and you can't guess that?
A: Your mouth.
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2020-03-31 12:03
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Signs of coming storms:-
Sky:- halo round the moon.
Birds:-
Sea-gulls - seen in this neighbourhood portend a coming storm
Swallows flying low sign of rain.
Animals
Dogs
an old local lady has told me that when she sees the dog eating grass it is a sure sign of a heavy rainfall.
Cats
(1) When a cat sits with her back to the fire it is a sign of rain.
(2) When she scratches chairs etc it is a sign of storms.
Insects
When crickets fly out it is a sign of fine weather.
fire
When a blue light is seen in the fire it is a sign of rain.
Soot
When soot falls it is a sign of rain.
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2020-03-31 11:58
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R: Why is a hungry man like a baker?
A: Because he (kneads) needs bread.
R: What gets wet with drying?
A: A towel
R: What does a kettle suffer from most?
A: Boils
R: What is the biggest verse there is?
A: The universe
R: If you saw a raging fire what celebrated authors would you feel inclined to name?
A: Dickens, Howitt Burns
R: What is the difference between a fisherman and a truant schoolboy.
A: One baits his hooks and the other hates his books.
R: What is the biggest wonder in the map of Europe?
A: That Hungary did not eat a bit of Turkey.
R: A blind fiddler in Cork had a brother a blind fiddler in New York and the blind fiddler had no brother a blind fiddler in Cork. How is that?
A: A sister he had.
R: A man without eyes saw plums upon a tree he neither neither took plums or left plums?
A: He had only the one eye and there were two plums on the tree and he took one.
R: What has feet and cannot walk?
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2020-03-31 11:56
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Garrett Reilly has lived for some years in Kells. He says the following story is quite true:
The parish priest of Kells and his uncle lived together but did not agree.
The P. P's servant waites on the curate also but left the place after a while and took up a situation in a Dublin hotel.
Meanwhile the curate died. The ex-servant while carrying on his duties in
Dublin met the curate one night face to face. Oh father said he, I was told you were dead. Oh yes I am said the priest, but I want you to do something for me. Go to St John's churchyard, take my body out of its grave there and bury it in the chapel. Go! said the priest and everything will be done for you.
The man went back to Kells got the 3 other men, appointed by the curate went to the churchyard, found the grave opened took the coffin carried it to the church & found the vault there also open.
A man named Murtagh one of the men who helped in the removal told this to Mrs Reilly.
It seems the P.P. wouldnt allow the body to be buried in the church, at first.
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2020-03-31 11:55
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usually nine cwt. of "special" (an artificial manure) needed for an acre of potatoes or two cwt. of sulphate ammonia mixed with
two cwt. of potash mixed with three bags of grass manure. The artificial manure is put down on the drills the same day that the potatoes are sown. A man scatters it over the farmyard manure with a bucket. Next the slits are spread over the manures a distance from twelve to fifteen inches between each slit twelve inches for Striped Champions and fifteen inches for Aran Banners. While the slits are being spread a man with a plough and horse is closing the drills that the slits are spread in. The distance of the drills or the width of the dyke where the slits are spread in is usually from twenty four to twenty six inches.
Sometime after the potatoes have been sown the drills are "knocked". This means that a man with a fork knocks some of the clay off the top
of the drills. The drills can be knocked with a bush also. An old single harrow without any pins is used and pieces of hawthorn bushes are stuck down through the holes in the harrow where the pins should be. An ass is now tackled to the harrow and the harrow is dragged along the top of the drill thus knocking some of the soil off the top of the drill. A few bushes are also tied together and dragged along the top of the drills by the ass. The potatoes are hoed before they are moulded and they are moulded twice. The first moulding is done after the drills have been knocked and as soon as the gasses are well over the clay and the second moulding is done some time later when the flowers are beginning to come
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2020-03-31 11:54
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But I have to seek the bathroom before I go to bed
My day and night's work ended, I may go to bed and dream
For the bathroom turned out to be a lively running stream.
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2020-03-31 11:50
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the bleeding and dandelion was next put on it to heal it.
Written by Biddy Stack Banna Ardfert Tralee and obtained from Mr John Downling (62yrs) Banna Ardfert Tralee.
IIIII
When anyone would get a pain in their tooth the old people would bring in the gander and when the ganders breath stopped the pain would go away. If you had a sore head to get a leaf of cabbage and put it on your head. Then your head would get all right.
Written by Michael Griffin, Cluain Ardfert Tralee and obtained from Mr John Carroll Ballinoher Ardfert Tralee.
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2020-03-31 11:49
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threshing straw
And the hairy dog coming bounding up, and giving me the paw.
When I reached the cabin door, it gave me great delight
And I knew when I got inside, the fire burned bright.
With the praties in the ashes, and the salt upon a stool
It was a welcome sight to see, for a scholar home from school
Then we all sat round the fireside, and the neighbours gathered in
The men told lots of stories, while the women folk did spin
They talked of noble heroes, thats' long lying in their graves
Who little thought their native land would be a land of slaves.
The supper being all over and we all knelt down to pray
That God might guard and guide us throughout the coming day
And that He might grant forgiveness to the living and the dead.
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2020-03-31 11:48
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threshed anytime needed. Some of the corn is sent to the mill to be made meal of, some of it is kept for seed and some of it is given to the horses.
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2020-03-31 11:47
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Corn is a crop that is grown in every part of Ireland and there is no farmer without his crop of corn let it be big or small.
In the district around Rockcorry corn is sown in Lea ground or ground out of which potatoes were dug. The manure is spread on the Lea ground before ploughing which is done early in the year about December or January. If planned in potato ground it does not need to be ploughed until March and it is already manured when the potatoes are planted.
The corn is sown any time after St. Patrick's Day on the furrows. It is then harrowed up and down, across and up and down again. Whenever it takes root and is well above the ground it is rolled to firm it in the ground and break the lumps. Later the farmer pulls the thistles and gathers the stones off the ground.
No further care has to be taken till it is a golden yellow and is then reaped. This is either done with a binder or a mowing machine or a scythe. The latter is used only when the corn is lying and when there is a very small quantity of it. The corn is gathered together and tied in sheaves. Four or six sheaves are stood up to-gether each is called a stook. Later whenever it is dried it is put in rucks in the field.
Then the farmer draws the sheaves home and puts them in stacks in the haggard and it can be
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Basket-making is done on a small scale in the country districts. Bakers are made from sally rods which the Farmer grows in a garden near his house When these are cut he soaks them in water to make them pliable Then he splits several of them. One he forms into a circle and crosses it with the others. Then he weaves the thin rods, under and over like darning, thus [small drawing of basket] These baskets are used for holding cabbage, apples, potatoes or such like goods, creels or pardóges for donkeys to carry turf, potatoes, turnips and many are made in much the same way as baskets, but there are about ten rods stuck into the ground, and form a circle, and then the thin sallies are woven in and out around these sticks until the creel is completed.
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2020-03-31 11:46
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who could set a charm for him. They used the roots of dandelion for a bad stomach. For a sore side they used the blood of a goose killed on St Martin's night.
Written by Kathy Griffin, Ballymacquinn, Ardfert Tralee and obtained from Mr Patrick Griffin Ballymacquinn, Ardfert Tralee.
III
Long ago when qualified doctors were bet few old people had a lot of cures of their own. Ivy for drawing sores dandelions, and dockleaves to cure a sore mouth. They said that the seventh son or daughter had a cure. If you got a cut a cob web was put to stop the blood. For a pain in your side they used to kill a chicken and rub the blood to the side.
Written by Eileen Hennessy, Banna, Ardfert, Tralee and obtained from Mr James Stack (68yrs) Banna, Ardfert, Tralee.
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Long ago people did not know much about doctors and they made their own cures out of herbs which grew in the fields. They believed that the seventh boy or daughter had a cure. When a child had a sore head they picked the wild ivy and put it on the sore. When a person had a cut a cob web was applied to stop
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2020-03-31 11:45
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threshing straw
And the hairy dog coming bounding up, and giving me the paw.
When I reached the cabin door, it gave me great delight
And I knew when I got inside, the fire burned bright.
With the praties in the ashes, and the salt upon a stool
It was a welcome sight to see, for a scholar home from school
Then we all sat round the fireside, and the neighbours gathered in
The men told lots of stories, while the women folk did spin
They talked of noble heroes, thats' long lying in the graves
Who little thought their native land would be a land of slaves.
The supper being all over and we all knelt down to pray
That God might guard and guide us throughout the coming day
And that He might grant forgiveness to the living and the dead.
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2020-03-31 11:44
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Christy Macken used to plant potatoes in a stocking. Some people asked him why he used to do this. He (Christy) said that the stocking would keep out the frost from the potatoes.
Written by:-
Florence Kavanagh,
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan.
Given by:-
Michael Byrd, (Road-worker)
Walterstown, Garlow Cross, Navan
22 March 1938
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2020-03-31 11:43
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There was always a dread of the butter being taken. Suspected persons were not allowed into the house while the churning was going on, and if anybody did come in they had to help otherwise they would be blamed if the butter failed to appear
An asses shoe or ploughshare was placed under the churn, and nobody was allowed to take fire out of the house while the operation was going on, such as a man kindling his pipe with a live coal etc.
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2020-03-31 11:43
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Xmas Day to Jany 6th
It was considered unlucky to dig the earth during the 12 days of Xmas and no man here would plough during that time
Holy Week
People never draw blood during Holy Week.
May Day
I have heard it said in this neighbourhood that it is unlucky to give out fire on May Day. matches candles, paraffin oil etc.
First Friday of the month
A slit put in the right ear of calves on the 1st Friday of the month of its birth is supposed to preseve the animal from Blackleg.
Plough
Ploughmen in this neighbourhood never leave a plough facing the north.
Sowing
Seedlings are supposed to make a better growth if sown when the moon is full.
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2020-03-31 11:42
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Cure for the Sore Throat
Long ago the old people used to put a piece of fat bacon in a piece of red flannel. When they had a sore throat they would wrap this around the throat and it used to cure them.
Written by:-
Florence Kavanagh,
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan.
Given by:-
Mr. c. Kavanagh (farmer)
Walterstown,
garlow Cross,
Navan.
4 April 1938
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2020-03-31 11:40
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Long ago there were no doctors like there are today. But people had their own cures. Thrush on a baby's mouth was cured by letting a ganders breath go back the child's throat for nine mornings. For a whitlow to lance it with the dropping of a cow for three mornings. Whooping cough the first man you met with a white horse ask him for a cure and whatever cure he will give you it will cure the person or to carry a pint of milk to a fasting ferret let the ferret drink a sup of the milk and give the rest to the sick person. The ferret will die but the person will get better. For boils lance them with cream and flour.
For pains a weed which is called the Dúl Máin i is got on the rocks boil it in salt water. For a sore throat to goggle it with salt and water or water and bread soda.
Written by Peg Lawlor Ballymacquin, Ardfert, Tralee and obtained from Mrs Mary McCarthy Ballymacquinn Ardfert Tralee.
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Long ago people had their own cures. For blisters in the child's mouth and tongue the breath of a gander was used. For sore eyes they used cold black tea. For a sprain they brought the person to a man
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2020-03-31 11:40
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people were at the races Christy went out and planted the oats. All the people when going home wondered when they saw the oats up over the ground. When they were going to the races, it was not planted. They thought that Christy was not right.
Written by:-
Florence Kavanagh,
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan.
Given by:-
Michael Byrd, (Road-worker)
Walterstown, Garlow Cross, Navan
22 March 1938
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2020-03-31 11:40
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people were at the races Christy went out and planted the oats. All the people when going home wondered when they saw the oats up over the ground. When they were going to the races, it was not planted. They thought that Christy was not right.
Written by:-
Florence Kavanagh,
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan.
Given by:-
Michael Byrd, (Road-worker)
Walterstown, Garlow Cross, Navan
22 March 1938
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2020-03-31 11:40
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Chuaidh an t-saor abhaile agus míle punt leis agus bhí sé saidhbhir ó sin amach.
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2020-03-31 11:39
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Xmas Day to Jany 6th
It was considered unlucky to dig the earth during the 12 days of Xmas and no man here would plough during that time
Holy Week
People never draw blood during Holy Week.
May Day
I have heard it said in this neighbourhood that it is unlucky to give out fire on May Day. matches candles, paraffin oil etc.
First Friday of the month
A slit put in the right ear of calves on the 1st Friday of the month of its birth is supposed to preseve the animal from Blackleg.
Plough
Ploughmen in this neighbourhood never leave a plough facing the north.
Sowing
Seedlings are supposed to make a [?] growth if sown when the moon is full.
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2020-03-31 11:38
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Basket-making is done on a small scale in the country districts. Bakers are made from sally rods which the Farmer grows in a garden near his [?] When these are cut he soaks them in water to make them pliable Then he splits several of them. One he forms into a circle and crosses it with the others. Then he weaves the thin rods, under and over like darning, thus [ ] These baskets are used for holding cabbage, apples, potatoes or such like goods, creels or pardóges for donkeys to carry turf, potatoes, turnips and [? ] are made in much the same way as baskets, but there are about ten rods stuck into the ground, and form a circle, and then the thin sallies are woven in and out around these sticks until the creel is completed.
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2020-03-31 11:37
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When the stalks are dead the potatoes are dug with a potato digger the digger turns up the soil and scatters the potatoes out on each side. Some times they cannot be dug with a digger and then spades have to be used because the ground is too wet.
The potatoes are gathered off the ground. They are put in pits well protected with rushes and clay, to be used through out the winter. Some people put them in houses when they have them to spare.
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2020-03-31 11:37
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Planting the Oats
Long ago there used to be "Races" in the "Rock Field", behind Paddy Reilly's cottage on the Rock Hill. Christy Macken, Publican of Walterstown Village, owned the Sprout field at this time. He used to plant oats in it. Before he used to plant the crop, he used to steep the seed oats in a barn for some time. The oats used to be up before he planted it at all, on account of the steeping. On this day of the Rock Races, the people were going by saw the brown field with nothing planted in it. While the
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2020-03-31 11:36
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Lá amháin dimthigh an t-Sasanach ag tarraingt ar Éirinn Nuair a tháinig an fear óg go teach an t-saor d’fhiafruigh an bhean do an ndearn siad an caislean Dubhairt sé go dearn acht go rabh locht air agus go rabh sé ag iarraidh ball iarann a leigeadh an locht sin D’innis an fear díthí fan cineal a bhí a dhith air Sa bhomaite d’aithin sise go rabh an fear i gcontabhairt bhais i Sasan Chuir sí sgeal chuig na gardaí theacht Tháinig siad agus dinnis an bhean dóbhtha go rabh an fear i gcontabhairt bhais i Sasan Thug siad san mac an t-Sasanach go príosún agus cuireadh sgéal chuig an rí go rabh a mhac i bhpríosún in Éirinn.
Bhí an rí iongantach buadhartha nuair a chualaidh sé seo agus diarr sé ar an t-saor a ghabhail go h-Éirinn agus a mhac a leagint amach agus a chur arais go Sasan agus thug sé cúig céad phunt do agus dimthigh an t-saor leis ag tarraingt ar Éirinn.
Nuair a tháinig se go h-Éirinn ba é an chéad rud a rinne sé a ghabháil go dtí an príosún in a rabh mac an rí agus (sé) ar seisean ma leigim cead na coise leat an dtabharfaidh tú cúig céad punt dom.
Thug mac an rí na cúig cead punt do agus annsin leigeadh amach é agus d’imthigh sé go Sasan
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2020-03-31 11:36
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Since the reign of Queen Elisabeth when Sir Walter Raleigh introduced the first potato plant to Ireland farmers set great store on their crop of potatoes till the famine in 1947 potatoes were the principal food for the people and very little of any other food was grown. But since the famine people grow less potatoes.
Potatoes are always put in ground that corn was in the year before. The ground is ploughed as soon as possible after the corn is cut. The manure is ploughed down and the field is left till march when the potatoes are going to be planted. It is grubbed cultivated and harrowed til the soil is quite fine. Drills are made ready to receive the seed.
The common kind of seed potatoes used round Rockcorry are Arran Banners. A seed potato must not be too big nor too small and each potato must have at least one eye. If the potatoes are too big they are cut into pieces but they must have eyes in them or they won't grown.
The seed is dropped in the middle of the drills about a foot and a half from other and then the drill plough comes along and closes the drills.
Then when they begin to come up they are hoed and grubbed and then moulded. After that when they come up again they are sprayed twice to prevent blight.
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2020-03-31 11:35
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Agus shiubhail sí ar bharr an chlaide agus annsin ní rabh sí sa phairc no ar an ród.
Nuair a tháinig sí go teach an t-seanduine cuireadh fáilte mór roimpí agus lá thar na bharach chuaidh an bheirt acu go teach pobhail agus pósadh iad Nuair a bhí siad cupla blian pósta fuair an seanduine bás Tamall beag na dhiaidh sin chuir rí Shasan sgéal anall ag iarraidh ar an fear óg a ghabhail anonn le caislean a dheanamh do agus nuair a bhí sé deánta ní rabh aon caislean ar an domhan ioncurtha leis agus ba mhaith leis an rí an fear óg a chuir ún bháis agus annsin ní bhéadh aon caislean ar an domhan ionchurtha le na ceann féin.
Cualaidh an cailín aimsire caidé dubhairt an rí agus dinnis sí don fhear óg go rabh an rí a bráth é a chur un bháis.
Lá amháin tháinig an rí chuige agus d’fhiafruigh sé don fhear óg an dearn sé aon caislean ariamh ionchurtha le na cheann sa Dubhairt sé nach dear acht go rabh locht amháin air agus muna mbéadh ball iarann aige a bhí aige sa bhaile nach dtiocfadh leis é a léigheas Caide’n t-ainm atá air arsan rí Cór in aghaidh an cam agus cam in aghaidh an cór.
Dubhairt an rí go gcuirfeadh sé a mhac fá na choinne.
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2020-03-31 11:34
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Bhí fear ann fad ó shoin agus ní rabh aige acht é féin agus a mhac. Lá amháin d’iarr an t-athair ar a mhac dornan caorach a bhí aige a thabhairt un aonaigh agus a dhíol Cé mhéid ortha arsan mhac Tá arsan t-athair bíodh na caoirigh agus a luach na bhaile leat D’imthigh sé leis agus é ag meabhrughadh caide’n dóig a dtiocfadh leis sin a dheanamh Bhí sé ag siubhail ar an bhealach mhór go craidhte nuaire a casadh do cailín óg.
Caide’n fáth a bhfuil tú chomh cráidhte indiu ar sise Tá ar seisean d’iarr m’athair orm na caoirigh seo a d’íol agus na caoirigh agus a luach a bheith na bhaile liom.
Is deacair sin a dheanamh ar sise. D’imthigh sí agus tamall na dhiaidh sin tháinig sí agus deimheas leithí do lom sí na caoirigh thug luach na h-olna don bhuachaill agus dimthigh sé abhaile leis na caoirigh agus luath na h-olna Bhí an athas ar an t-seanduine annsin agus diarr sé uirthí theacht Seo an dóig a d’iarr sé i, Gan í a bheith in éinfeacht agus gan duine ar bith a bheith leithí gan í a theacht ar an ród no trasna na páirce.
Thug sise an madadh léithí agus annsin ní rabh sí in éinfeacht agus ní rabh duine ar bith léithí.
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2020-03-31 11:33
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Planting the potato
Long ago the people used to make hole in the ground with a stick. In this hole they put the potato. Now the method is very different.
Written by:-
Florence Kavanagh,
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan
Given by:-
John Derby (farm worker)
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan
21 March 1938
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2020-03-31 11:33
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The children were seated on blocks of wood or on stones placed on the floor. There was also a blackboard in the school The Teacher of the district lived in the district during his life time.
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2020-03-31 11:31
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Old Crafts
February 22nd 1938
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Some industries were carried on in this district in former times which are now discontinued
Candle-making was one of the industries carried out in the district.
Rushes were dipped and used as light instead of candles. Baskets were made from straw
A great many things were made in forges in former times such as gates ploughs fire-cranes, and other farm implements
The spinning of thread was also carried out in the district.
Some dyeing were also carried out and also some thatching was done but no ropes were made.
No tanning of leather or whip making was carried out in the district
Barrels and churn making and nail making were also carried out but no pottery work was done
Lime was burned in kilns in many places in the district.
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2020-03-31 11:31
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past. I went down and put the kettle under the fire. I went to the prayers to say the bed. I went out and I saw a green jennet and a grey dray. I was going up to Skyrne and I was up to be mud in head.
Written by:-
Florence Kavanagh,
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan
Given by:-
John Derby, (farm worker)
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan.
21 March 1938
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2020-03-31 11:29
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We sow potatoes on our farm every year. It is my father who prepares the land and we assist him when he sows them. In this district
potatoes are sown both in ridges and drills; in ridges in the garden round the houses and in drills out in the fields. Sometimes also Rayland potatoes are sown in ridges out in the fields.
When potatoes are sown in drills the farmer first ploughs a piece of land; then he spring-harrows it and reploughs it again. After this he harrows it again with a spring harrow and finally rolls it. Now it is fit for drilling. The first ploughing can be done as early as October but the drills are not opened until the middle of the month of April. Farmyard manure is now brought out in a cart and left in lumps here and there along the drills. Next the manure is scattered evenly along the drills with "dung forks" or "pitch forks" which are forks with four prongs.
Drills are usually opened with a double plough and sometimes with a single plough when a double plough cannot be found. The drills are opened with two horses. A furrow is first ploughed and then after that the man opens the drills doing half a drill each side of the double plough; in the single plough he can only do half a drill at a time and by working with a double plough two half-drills are opened at a time.
After the farmyard manure is thoroughly scattered artificial manure is put over the farmyard manure. There is
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2020-03-31 11:29
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Macken's Publicans and Farmers who lived opposite the present School in Walterstown were at one time very well off. There were two brothers Pat and Christy. Every night they used to sit by the fire for a chat. Some of the boys round Walterstown used to sit and listen to them. pat and Christy used to wonder how the people wold know what they used to be saying to one another. So this night they were talking by the fire as usual and Pat said to Christy "put out that cat, the devil must be in him". Christy Macken used to say everything backways. Whenever he used to speak to anyone, he used to wonder why they used to be laughing so much. One day he was talking to Jack Derby and this is what he said "- "I got up at a quarter five
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2020-03-31 11:27
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Story of Thomas Plunkett and Mary Cruise.The name Rathmore ie the Great Rath, is said be derived from a rath occasionally inhabited by King Naill Glun Dubh (916 - 919). In the early fifteenth century, the Lord of Rathmore was Sir Christopher Cruise. According to tradition, Sir Christopher had lived to a mature age, unmarried, but late in life losing his taste for celibacy married a lady with whose beauty and amicable disposition he had been captivated. The marriage enraged his kinsman, particularly one of his nephews who hoped to succeed him. The Lord of Rathmore and his wife went to spend some days at Cruistown, which along with Moydavagh was also his property. The castle at Cruisetown stood beside an artificial mound, near the now ruined church in which there still exists a sculpture emblazoned tomb of the Cruises. One fine sunny day, Sir Christopher and his lady walked to Moydavagh. On their return an ambush was set for them near the castle of Cruistown. On the way, the Lady of Rathmore had a premonition of tragedy and warned her husband in Irish (then the vernacular). Just then several armed men sprang from a thicket, rushing towards them. The husband with his back against a tree defended himself as well as he could and urged his lady to rush into the castle for help. She made good her escape but Sir Christopher was killed. Realising that her husbands life was not the only sacrifice, she fled to England, taking with her the title deeds and having sunk in a coffer/coffin the family plate in the local lake. To save the plate and property of Rathmore was her next object. She sent a messenger to Rathmore enquiring the attendance of the domestics at the funeral of their late master in Cruistown church. Meanwhile, the castle gates were shut and it was announced that his widow too was dead. On account of family feuds it was alleged she could not be buried with her deceased husband. The men of Rathmore carried a coffin covered with a pall but pierced throughout with hol
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2020-03-31 11:27
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Long ago six men from Rossmicowen[?] went out fishing by night. As they were fishing they were also drifting.They came to a rock and the name of it was, Tig Fé Thallam. They could not see the rock because it was under water. There was a great whirl-pool over that rock, and when they came to it they went down. There was a cave below, and it is supposed that they went into it. Anyone of the six were never seen again.
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2020-03-31 11:25
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Treasures
In Russel's Haggard in old Danestown, there's supposed to be buried a crock of gold just where there are the stands of two cornstacks. Mr. Pat Macken says he thinks that the treasure is buried between these two stack-stands. These stacks are square and are solidly built. This was a big long farm-yard at one time.
In Butler's Lawn another treasure was buried on a moonlight night. It was buried in the shade of a big ash tree. Mr Rowntree owns Butler's of Staffordstown now.
Mattie Kierans cut bushes off the hill called Saddle Hill and hot pains in his arms and died some time after.
Written by
M. B. Kelly,
Monkstown,
Navan,
Co. Meath
Given by
Jack Byrd,
Monkstown,
Navan
Farm-worker.
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2020-03-31 11:22
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again. The searchers were out that evening in a boat with a boat-hook. They found him the next evening at about five oclock.
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2020-03-31 11:22
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After the wedding they held a dance. During the dance all the boys round about got a rope and tied the latch of the door and got a ladder and went up to the top of the house and stuffed the chimney to keep the smoke down, and when the people in the house saw the house full of smoke they ran to open the door but they couldn't But a man named George Barrlow heard this he ran to open it and to let them and so they got up and and cleared the chimney.
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2020-03-31 11:21
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About seven years ago there was a boy by the name of Jeremiah Dwyer drowned off Furious Peer. On a Friday evening he went down to the peer. They went cycling around a bouy that was on the peer.
Mr Healy saw them and he stopped them. The next[?] Saturday evening they went down again, but something happened to Derry Murphy's bicycle on the[?] road. He stopped to fix it. Jeremiah Dwyer kept going and when he came to the peer he[?] struck his elbow against the bouy and he was thrown.
When Derry Murphy came to the peer he saw the body rising up and going down[?]
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2020-03-31 11:21
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Written by
Florence Kavanagh
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan
Given by
Jack Darby (A farmworker)
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan
(45 years)
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2020-03-31 11:20
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Christy and Pat Macken every night used to sit at the fire for a chat. Some of the boys around Walterstown used to go into the hall and listen to them. Pat and Christy used to wonder how the people would know what they used to be saying. So this night they were talking and Pat said to Christy "put out that cat the devil must be in him",
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2020-03-31 11:20
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do, agus fuair sé cég beag poteen. Annsin tháinig an fear agus thosaigh siad ag ithe. Thug Liam neart poteen don fhear, agus ní rabh sé i bhfad gur thuit an fear faoi’n tábhla ólta. Níor ól Liam deor ar bith. Annsin thug sé an bearad amach as póca an fhir agus síos leis faoi an fhairrge agus thóg sé na potaí agus leig sé na h-anamna bochta ar siubhail. Tháinig Úna abhaile nuair a bhí Liam ar shiubhail. Nuair a chonnaic sí an dóigh a bhí ar an teach, agus an fear faoi an tábla shíl sí gur Liam a bhí ann, thosaigh sí a caoineadh. Mar sin féin tháinig Liam isteach ar an doras, agus d’innis Liam dithe eile sheort. Bhí sí sásta annsin nuair a chualaidh sí gur leig sé na h-anamna bochta ar shiubhail. D’éirigh an fear indhiaidh tamall agus tháinig biseach air. D’ imthigh sé abhaile annsin, agus ní aca Liam no Úna níba mo é.
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2020-03-31 11:19
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thart le bród air, agus dubhairt sé arais, “as na seithigh a fuair mé h-eile sheort a tchíonn tú annseo. Nuair atá siad ag gabhail síos bímsa annsin agus bheirim gach h-eile seort liom. Na dhiaidh sin thug an fear Liam isteach go t-seomra mór eile. Bhí an t-seomra seo líonta lán de potaí le na mbheal thionnthuigh faobhtha. “Caidé tá faoi na bpotaí” arsa Liam. Tá na h-anamna ó na daoine a bhí caillte ar na badaí móra faoi na potaí sin agam ars an fhear. Nuair a bhíonn na bádaí ag gabhail síos bímsa annsin agus bheirim na h-anamna liom. Bhí truaigh mór ag Liam do na h-amamna bochta seo. Thogadh sé na potaí agus leigfeadh sé ar shiubhail iad acht bhí an fear ag amharc air. D’fhág Liam teach an fhir annsin le gabháil abhaile, agus bhí an fear leis. Thug sé “push” beag do Liam suas go dtí an t-uisge, agus suas leis an bheirt annsin go dtí na clocha móra arais. Bhí Liam ag smaoituighadh san oidhche ar na h-anamna bochta. Bhí sé ag smaoituighadh fósta caide’n dóigh a leigfeadh sé iad ar shiubhail. Tháinig an fear aníos gach h-eile lá na dhiaidh sin, agus bhí Liam síos go minic ag ithe agus ag ól leis. Annsin smaoithigh Liam ar plan. Thug sé fá dear, na dtiocfadh leis an fhear ag gabháil fríd an uisge gan an bearad beag a bhéith ar a cheann, agus fósta, cé bith an méidh a d’oladh siad faoi an fairrge ní bhéadh siad ar meisce. Thug Liam cuireadh d’ón fhear a theacht aníos go dtí a theach féin, agus rinn sé réidh dinnear maith
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2020-03-31 11:19
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There was marriage in a house near our house know now as Mulligan. The couple's name was -: Bessie Blake and Kit Quin
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2020-03-31 11:18
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arsa Liam. Le sin bhain an fear bearad beag amach ar a phoca, chuir sé an bearad ar a cheann, agus sé síos faoi an uisge. Shíl Liam nach bhfeicfeadh níos mo é, ach ní rabh sé i bhfad go dtáinig sé aníos arais. Thosaigh sé annsin ag innse do Liam fan teach deas a bhí aige agus gach eile rud deas a bhí ann. Agus thug sé cuireadh do Liam a gabháil síos a damarch air. Ar tús ní rachadh Liam síos, ach nuair a d’innis an fear do fa féasta mór a bhí aige síos agus neart uisge beatha d’imthigh Liam leis. Chuir sé an bearad arair ar a cheann bheir sé greim láimhe ar Liam agus síos leis an bheirt aca faoi’n fhairrge, gur sheas siad ar talamh tirm ar a bhonn. Agus nuair a damharc Liam thart chonnaic sé an fairrge thús níos airde na a ceann. Bhí teach an fhir déanta istoigh ins an uaigh. Chuaidh siad isteach, agus shuidh siad ag tábhla mór bréagh agus bhí féasta mór aca. Bhí iongantas mór ar Liam, agus d’fhiafruigh sé don fhear caidé’n áit a fhuair sé an biadh seo. Fuair mé é ó na bádaí móra a cailleadh ar an fhairrge ars an fhear. “Nuair atá siad ag gabhail síos bímsa annsin agus bheirim gach rud liom”. Annsin thug sé Liam leis isteach go t-seomra mór eile, go dheánfadh siad a sgithiste agus go gcaithfeadh siad toit. Bhí an t-seomra seo lán de eile rud deas, agus shuidh Liam síos ar chathaoir bhog. Ní fhaca Liam an leithead roimhe sin. D’amarc an fear
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2020-03-31 11:18
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A little way by Mickie Byrd in Farrell's field there is a big stone. On this stone there is a shape of a thumb mark. It is said by some people that St. Patrick threw this stone from Tara, and that it is his thumb mark that is on it. Other people say that it was a giant that threw if from Tara.
Written by
Florence Kavanagh,
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan.
Given by
Michael Byrd (Road-worker)
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan.
March 1938 A.D.
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2020-03-31 11:18
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from furze blossoms. In former times all the houses in the district were thatched and it was a thriving industry. Thatching is carried on in the district on a small scale still. Tanning of leather was done in the district, but by what implement or material, I do not know. Cart wheels were made from wood and smaller one such as barrow wheels were made from Iron or metal. This is also carried on at present. Whip making was also carried on which consists of plaited rushes. Lime was burned in lime kilns in the district. It was burned by culm mined in the district
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2020-03-31 11:17
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Q., As round as an apple, as flat as a pan.
The half of a woman, and whole of a man.
A. A Queen Victoria Penny.
Q. As round as an apple, as sharp as a lance.
If you got up on it, it would carry you to France.
A. The moon.
Q. What is full and holds more?
A. A pot full of potatoes, when water is put in
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2020-03-31 11:17
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2020-03-31 11:17
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Bhí lanamhain na comhnuidhe fad ó shoin síos ar Pointe Damhras. Liam Ó Bhaoighill an t-ainm a bhí air, agus Úna an t-ainm a bhí ar a bhean. Bhí an teach a bhí aca an fhada amuigh ar an bPointe, agus ní rabh teach ar bith eile comhgarach do. Bhí an lanamhain seo an diaganta. Bá gnach le Úna gach bliadhain a gabháil go loch Dearg agus an turas a shiubhail díthe féin agus do Liam Agus nuair a tháinig an t-am ins an Samhradh le gabhail, dimthigh Úna go loch Dearg. Ní rabh traen ar bith ins an am sin. Agus bhíodh sí coicthigis go dtioc fadh sí arais. D’éirigh Liam an maidín seo chomh luath agus d’imthigh Úna, agus bhleagh sé an bhó, agus rinn sé gach eile rud f’an teach. Agus annsin d’imthigh sé síos ag iasgaireacht. Ní rabh sé i bhfad ar an chloich a bhí sé na sheasamh air, go bhfaca sé fear na shuidhe ar carraic eile ag na thaobh. Bhí cuma ionganach ar an fhear seo. Bhí corp mór cruinn air, agus bhí na lámh fada tanaidh. Bhí a cheann beag le súile móra an fhada amach sa cheann. Shíl Liam go rabh sé cosamháil le frog mhór. Bhfuil tú ga maith indiu a Liam arsan fear. Caidén dóigh a bhfuil aithne agat ormsa arsa Liam. Ní fhaca tú mise ariamh. Chonnaic mé thú go minic arsan fear. Tá mo theach shíos faoi an fhairrge, faoi an chloch a bhfuil tú do sheasamh air. Síleann tú gur páiste mé le sin a chreidbheadh
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2020-03-31 11:17
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One night about twenty years ago two men attended sports in Bere-Island. When they were returning home they lost their lives near Roan-Carrig light-house. They were both from Castle-Town-Bere and their names were O'Neill and Shanahan. Their bodies were not found at all.
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2020-03-31 11:16
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gurab é an diabháil a bhí ann gheall ar an t-aifrinn a chuir a dhit ortha.
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2020-03-31 11:16
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Q. In yonder green meadow there is a gisatt.
Four and twenty carpenters working at that.
Some with straw bonnets and more with rush hats.
I'll give you two hours to riddle me that.
A. A bees' nest.
Q. A little wood, a little wire.
A little house without a fire.
A. A bird's cage.
Q. If Luke has it in front, Paul has it behind and Paddy Mulligan has it twice in the one place. What is it?
A. The letter L.
Q. The night man in a hospital met the head-man and said "I was dreaming about you all night." Immediately the head-man went and sacked him. What did he sack him for?
A. For sleeping at his post.
Q. "Over there in the bog it was seen.
In a beautifu suit of green.
Now it's at home in a suit of white.
And serves us for a candle light.
A. A peeled rush dipped in grease, used for a candle in olden days.
Q. Said a child to it's father. "How does it come,
That you are my father and I am not your son.
A. Because the child was his daughter.
Q. What stands, wags it's tail and runs.
A. A Pump
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2020-03-31 11:15
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Déirigh fear agus a mhach go luach maidin Dia Domhnaigh amháin le ghabháil ’ un aifrinn. Bhí teach an phobail ibhfad uabhtha agus bhí acha le imtheacht go luach. Bhuridh gach duine bata leis a chuideochaidh leis ar an bhealach mhór bhí acha le ghabháil trasna na gcnoc. Ní rabh siad ibhfad ag siubhail gur casadh carnan caonaigh ortha. Dubhairt an mach leis an t-athair an bhfuil fhios agat caidé atá sa carnan sin. Is Cuma duit arsan t-athair. Bí ag teacht leat shiubhail siad píosa mór fada eile ná gur casadh ceann eile don cineáil céadna ortha. Ins an deireadh casadh ceann eile ortha. Diarr an t-athair air a bheith ag teacht leis agus gan baint leis. Bhí siad ag siubhail tamall maith eile gur casadh an treas cinn ortha. Bhall arsan mach ní rachaidh mé thairis seo go bhfeicfeádh mé caidé tá ann. Chur sé bárr a bhata isteach san carnan agus léim easgain mór [ama?] is. Chuaidh an bheirt acha a chonngbháil an easgain uabhta acht ní rabh siad ábalta iad féin a chosaint agus ní bhfuair siad ar shiubhail ón easgain go rabh an oidhche dubh ann. Is é madad a dfhág siad na dhiaidh san bhaille a tháinig thioctha agus a cuidigh leobhtha go bhfuair siad abhaile. Rinn siad amach na dhiaidh sin
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One night Pat Magrane's mother (R.I.P.) of Walterstown Parish, was coming home from the flour-mill of Rathfeigh. She was in a pony and trap. Just as she came to Wilson's house (where Mick Brown now lives and herds for Patrick Neill of Runahan) the pony stopped and would not go a step further in front of him. She turned him back and went home by "The FIve Roads". From that night on she could not get the pony to go by that house.
Written by
Florence Kavanagh,
Walterstown,
Garlow Cross,
Navan.
Given by
Pat McGrane (farmer)
(Same address)
7 February 1938
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him out. In three weeks his body was washed ashore. It happened in the Autumn in the year 1921.
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Old Crafts.
February 22nd. 1938.
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In former times industry was carried on in the district, but at the present day they are not as numerous as in former times.
Candle making was at one time a principal industry in the district, but now it is discontinued. The materials used in candle making, was the white of a rush and lard was used for frying them. An implement called a grisit was used for frying. It was hollow and narrow in the bottom, and wide in the top.
Baskets making was another industry in the district. These baskets were made from sallies and rushes. Thread was spun and woven in the district also, but this work has been discontinued. Thumb rope and suggans were made from driving horses in (the) our district
Clothes were also dyed by a dye made
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2020-03-31 11:14
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There was a boy drowned at Bally-Donegan bay about seventeen years ago. He was seventeen years of age. He was James Sullivan, a son of Cornelius Sullivan better known as "Con the Lube" whose ancestors came from Rossmacowen. He was very fond of fishing with his fishing rod on the rocks. He was out fishing on a dark wet night all alone. About eleven oclock when he wasn't returning, his people began to get anxious. The neighbours and his people went in search of him, but they failed to find any trace of him. The storm arose and they began to think that the waves had washed
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2020-03-31 11:11
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Rinne sé sin no bhí eagla air roimh an ghunna Annsin thug sé leis an eallach agus d’imthigh sé leis.
Níor bhfada chuaidh sé gur chasadh air an sgológ agus d’innis sé do go bhfuair sé roimh an eallach ag Baile-Na-gCreach. Agus annsin shíl an sgológ i mhór den bhuachaill acht dubhairt an bhuachaill go rabh sé ag imtheacht. Rinne an sgológ a dhicheall le é a choineaill acht ní rabh gan ann Dubhairt an sgológ dá bhfanochadh sé gach rud a bhfuigheadh sé fhéin go dtabharfadh sé a leath dó san.
Maith go leor arsan buachaill fanochaidh mé agat Chuaidh siad giota eile agus chuaidh an sgológ isteach i dteach fá choinne deoch.
Anois arsan buachaill nuair a tháinig sé amach fuair tú deoch agus níor thug tú a leath domhsa slán agat anois nuair a chonnaic an sgológ go rabh sé ag imtheacht d’fiafruigh sé do cé’n uair a mbéidh sé arais Ní feichid tú mise arsan buachaill go dtí la h-eag na dtéag.
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2020-03-31 11:10
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The act would cost him dearly, if the news would reach the Crown
It would leave him on the King's highway, to go either up or down.
III
The school hours being all over, and now its home, sweet home.
Home touches every Irish heart no matter where we roam
We threw snowballs at each other, till we parted one by one
And I turned home quite happy by the setting of the sun.
I stood the scene most bravely, the truth I tell to you
Still in hopes to meet a better day, than the one that I went through
When I sighted the old homestead, it gave me hope anew
The fields were covered deep in snow, as far as I could view.
My mother in the garden and she gathering up the hens
My father at the gable and he busy bruising whins
My sister washing praties and my brother
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Merryman shouted "bring it home again, I will do until twelve". He worked on until twelve without any breakfast. The breakfast was of Indian Sir-a-bout.
Written by
Mary B. Kelly,
Monkstown, Brownstown,
Navan.
Given by:-
John Byrd (farm-worker)
Monkstown,
Brownstown,
Navan.
22 March 1938.
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air, in the yard of the forge.
There is a belief connected with the forge water as it is said to cure diseases.
A story is told in connection with the forge water
The Blessed Virgin when going to Bethlehem met a man on her way and asked him for a pin. He said he had not one. Further on they met a smith coming from his work.
They asked him for a pin but he said he had not one but he would go back and make one. They thanked him, and when he made the large pin he cooled it in his trough and brought it to the Blessed Virgin to pin her cloak.
Then the Blessed Virgin blessed the water of the forge, and since that it is considered lucky. Smiths have power to banish rats and it is said that smiths are very strong.
They are also very good story tellers.
The forge has not figured in any historical or national event.
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Bhí fear ann fad ó shoin agus chuaidh sé amach ag iarraidh oibre. Sa deireadh rinne sé fastughadh le sgológ. Ní radh sé ibhfad annsin go dteachaidh an sgológ agus a bhean ar laethe saoire agus d’fhág sé an bhuachaill na dhiaidh sa bhaile. Níor tháinig siad abhaile go ceann trí bliadhna na dhiaidh sin.
Fear an falsa a bhí ins an bhuachaill aimsire Agus nuair a fuair sé an sgológ agus a bhean ar shiubhail ní dhearn sé dadaidh acht suidh sé ag an cois na teineadh agus deirigh a chuid bróga comh cruaidh agus go mbéigin do iad a bhaint de. Nuair a tháinig an am leis an chíos a dhíol nior dhíol sé é agus tháinig an seirmh agus (thain) thug sé leis scór den eallach.
Tamall na dhiaidh sin tháinig an sgológ agus a bhean abhaile agus bhí siad mí shásta fan chuma a bhí ar gach rud thart fan teach agus bhí siad níos measa nuair a chualaidh siad gur chail sé scór den eallaigh. D’imthigh an sgológ annsin ar lorg an eallaigh.
Nuair a fuair an bhuachaill an sgológ ar shiubhail chuir sé a chuid bróga i dtobann uilig go dearn sé bog iad Annsin chuir sé air iad agus d’imthigh sé leis agus fuair sé roimh an eallach ag Baile-Na-gCreach agus thug sé amach a ghunna agus d’orduigh sé don seirmh a chuid lámha a cuir suas.
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In the afternoon on September 15th in 1895, five young men set sail from Direeny, Adrigole to set some trap nets in near Roancarrig light house and in their way home it seemed their boat went on a breaker with the result that they all lost their lives. One of the bodies was found near Whiddy Island in the missing boat, and the other four bodies were never found. One of the young men's father called a younger son and said arise and we will go and see, and if it falls into our lot we will have them in safety. The names of the young men that were drowned were Abbot, Shea and three Sullivans.
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22 Swallows flying low.
23. Bats flying low.
24. Dogs barking when sleeping.
25. Soot falling from the chimney.
26 Black snails in great numbers.
27 Goat's hair in the sky.
28 Clegs biting.
29 A frost going up in the morning.
30 When the fir cone closes.
31 A red sky in the morning,
Is the shepherd's warning.
32 When the peacock loudly bawls,
Then we'll both have rain and squalls.
33. When the glow-worm lights her lamp,
Then the air is always damp.
34 A marly sky,
Never long wet,
Never long dry.
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some thing wrong. He wanted to make his escape but they held him fast until the police came. When the news spread there came such a crowd that the police did not get time to bring him to custody. The people dragged him to the Clegarrow road and nearly beat him to death, and hanged him up on a tree and finished him in spite of the police as the law was not as strict then as it is now. That put a finish to the card-playing in that house but it is there still and also the murdering Hollow. Both belong to Rhainstown farm now.
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2020-03-31 11:08
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There used to be two men shovelling wheat in the Lime-kiln Hill, just opposite Michael Byrd's door on the Drogheda-Trim Road. One man was Macken of Walterstown and the other was Merryman of the Castle Lane. they would start working at six o'clock and their breakfast would come at eight. Macken's breakfast was brought by his mother at eight, on this morning as usual, and he ate it. The men started to work again. Merryman said "I would take for three straws and would not eat mine at all." "Well if I was you, I wouldn't " said Macken. The mother of Merryman had to go to the shop and so came late with the brekfast. She got to the wheat-field at 8.30. She was running to it, but as soon as she came in sight
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2020-03-31 11:06
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Long ago when the roads were not as plentiful as they are nowadays and the people used to have to get the best way of going they they coud. But there was a well-know path from Baconstown across Rhainstown which led out to the Clegarrow road. It was a very lonely way of travelling. There was only one house on the pass-way where some young men went card-playing. One night a young girl came in on her way home from her employer's house. As she thought she lost her way, she asked if she was on the right way to Clegarrow. One of the young said he would leave her out at the Clegarrrow road. Just as they were out a bit from the house he inquired of her where she was coming from and she said she was coming from her situation in Kildare. After hearing this information he thought she should have money. He dragged her down to a hollow and killed her but was disappointed. He covered her with grass and then returned to his card-playing, and in every hand of cards he would get the spades would turn red. The rest of his companions knew there was
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2020-03-31 11:06
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The Care of the feet.
December 4th. 1937
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In former times people never wore boots before the age of six of six years but some only wore them when going to Mass. There is no account of people who never wore boots in the district. Most of the local children go barefooted in summer but not in winter. No boots are made locally at the present day, but the parents repair the boots for their families.
There is no Shoemaker in the district, and there were only about two in former times. Clogs were made in the district about sixty or seventy years ago They are worn in some places still but not in our district. Leather was made and tanned by a man named, Thomas Kealy who is a native of the district.
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2020-03-31 11:05
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There was a Neill boy from Bere Island working in a pit belonging to Mr Power Derrimihan.
He was working in the pit one day and the gravel fell on him. My father was in the pit and some other men also. They took the boy out, and they sent for the doctor and priest because they thought the boy was alive. My father was working his hands to see if he was alive but he was not. They took him home and they buried him there.
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2020-03-31 11:04
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if you tell me". "Good", said "Innocent Johnny", "give it to me". The man gave him the ten shillings. "Now", said "Innocent Johnny", he is a bit forgetful". "Well", said "Innocent Johnny", if you give him a crack of a whip now, he will forget it in a few minutes. He is hard to be caught and when he is caught, you will hardly see him stir when you have him yoked."
Written by
Mary B. Kelly
Monkstown
Brownstown,
Navan.
Given by
John Byrd (farm-worker)
Monkstown, Brownstown,
Navan. (20 March 1938)
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2020-03-31 11:02
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There was a boy from Rossmacown found dead in the hill about eighteen years ago.
He went to Glenbeg with two officers from the ship. As they were coming back together he stayed a little way after them. They said they would go fishing down the river and that he would get up to them. They arrived home without him. The people of Rossmacown went searching for him, and they found him a little way from Tooreenbeg.
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2020-03-31 11:01
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They were heard playing at Mullafin. they either entered the cave at the School-house Field or at Danestown. The entrance to Danestown is at the moate. In the moate there is a break at the circular ditch near the "ash-tree" and opposite this opening is the entrance. A man was at one time burrying a sheep or lamb on the top of the moate. When he had dug down a little, he used his spade, just like oats through a loft. Another man used a crow-bar on the moate and the bar slipped out of his hand and went down down through the ground, through the stones. He could see bricks too as if they were used in arching in the top of the cave underneath.
Written by
Mary B. Kelly,
Monkstown,
Brownstown,
Navan
Given by
John Byrd (farm-worker)
Monkstown,
Brownstown,
Navan
(22 February 1938).
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2020-03-31 11:00
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downwards, and when nearly completed, it is given a rolling motion to gather the butter together. People know when the butter is done when the churn dash is free of small particles of butter. Water is poured in during the process to bring the milk to a certain temperature. When the churning is finished the butter is gathered in one large lump. Then is is lifted out on a butter dash by means of a butter spade. Then spring water is poured on it in order to free it from buttermilk. Then it is salted and made into rolls. Stories are told of people who churned for days and nights and nothing came on the milk but froth. They went to a priest who gave them blessed water and when this was poured on the dash, butter came on the milk.
Butter milk is used for the making of bread and the feeding of calves and pigs
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2020-03-31 10:59
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2020-03-31 10:59
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Long ago there lived in Shanagorth a very strong giant. One fine day this giant went up to Mallin. He lay down and soon fell asleep. While he lay there asleep another giant came for the north and woke him. When the giant woke he was very angry. When the other giant saw him so angry he fled in haste down to the sea and jumped across the Bere Island. The giant in Mallin jumped up and saw the other giant in side in Bere Island. He caught hold of a big stone that was near him and hurled it at him, it broke and a half of it fell on a field not far from the school it is still called "Pairc a' Galáin.
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2020-03-31 10:58
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Once there lived a man whose name was Michael Mooney. He was going to a neighbour's house to play cards. When he arrived, they were all waiting for him to bring the cards. They played cards till 12 o'clock in the night. When he was going the woman of the house told him not to bring the pack of cards "Why" said he "Because" said she "if you have a pack of cards after midnight the devil will appear" He laughed and went out.
As he was going home that night he was wondering was there any trugh in what the woman had said he heard a voice saying "Beware". He was frightened. Then he thought it was imagination and went on walking. Just as he was passing the churchyard two white clouds flashed across the road and he was knocked down. When he looked up again he saw a horrible looking figure. It had long horns, black face, two eyes like fire, a hooked nose, pointed chin, long arms, and skinny fingers with long nails. It was the devil. He blessed himself and then there was an unearthly roar and it dissappeared. He ran to the nearest house and told his story. They got the priest and he blessed the place.
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2020-03-31 10:57
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The following weather signs are the common signs in the district of Rockcorry.
Signs of Rain
1 Cat Scratching a tree.
2 Cat washing over her ear.
3 Cat sharpening her claws on the table.
4 Cat sitting with her back to the fire.
5 Crows flying home in great numbers in the evenings.
6 Crows cawing.
7 Frogs turning black.
8 Frogs coming into the house.
9. Cranes coming inland.
10 Seagulls flying inland.
11 Clouds travelling fast.
12 Rain after twelve o'clock rain the whole day.
13 A drop of water on the leaf of the Arum Lily.
14 Wind from the south.
15 Wind whistling in the chimney.
16 Salt becoming damp.
17 Seaweed becoming damp.
18 Cement floor becoming damp.
19 Window panes becoming misty.
20 Curlews whistling.
21 Donkey baying.
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2020-03-31 10:57
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Innocent Johnny.
Innocent Johnny used to live around Walterstown. He was sent one time to the Fair of Skryne with a horse for Mr. Macken of Walterstown. When a man had bought the horse he asked if the horse had any faults. "Now", said "Innocent Johnny", "I don't know. "Now", said the man, "you do know and I will give you ten shillings for yourself
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2020-03-31 10:56
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Churning
November 30th 1937
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I have a churn at home. It is about three feet in height two feet two inches in breadth at top and bottom. The sides are round in shape. It is about six years old. The various parts are called the top bottom lid and staves. no mark is to be seen on the bottom or side of it.
Butter is made about three times a week in winter and every day in Summer. My mother does the churning.
Strangers who come in help at the work This is done to prevent the stranger from taking the profits of the milk.
The churning takes about an hour in winter, and less in summer according to the temperature of the milk
The churning is done by hand.
The churn dash is moved upwards and
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2020-03-31 10:52
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In a field of Patrick Gorrey's Clondoogan there is supposed to be a stray sod. If a person stands on this sod he or she will not get out of the field that night.
Once an old woman named Mrs. Malone, was going home from Patrick Gorrey's one night with a can of milk. She had to cross this field as it was the shortest way. The night was very dark and she could hardly see her way. She thought of the Stray Sod but considered it was a lie. When she was half-way across she found she was not going towards the gap. She turned in the direction of it and walked straight for it but she could not get it. She decided to go all round the hedge so that she could not miss it, but she found that she was on the opposite side of the field so she went back to the other side and tried to get through the hedge when a voice said "Dont come out here." She tried to scream but she could not. When morning came she was in the field still. She went home and never went out in the night any more.
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2020-03-31 10:49
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I have a rag doll at home. I made it my self last xmas. I had a very pleasant time making it.
First I got some wool and rolled it into the shape of a doll's head and I covered it with white cloth. I marked her eyes her ears, nose and mouth. Then I got two long pieces of white cloth and I sewed both sides of it together and I
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2020-03-31 10:46
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and the bottom of the trace. You could make a hat or basket out of a trace.
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2020-03-31 10:46
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to dinner that evening.
He came and had dinner. After dinner they played cards. The stranger won the most games. When they were playing a considerable length of time a card fell on the ground. The Doctor stooped to pick it up. Then he noticed on the stranger goats feet and he got a great fright because he knew it was the devil. The Doctor sent for the minster unknown to him. When the minster came he prayed over him but nothing happened. Then they sent for the priest. The priest's name was Fr. Hart and when the devil saw him coming he said, "Here is Bully Hart." The priest came in and prayed over him. He sweated three shirts while he prayed. The the Devil said "I will not go untill you will give me something." They did not know what to give. The priest took up a black-cat and flung it to him. They took up the heartstone and put the Devil under it and closed it up again. The mark of his foot is still to be seen on the door-step where he came in.
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2020-03-31 10:45
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sews them up together and form them into a body.
Then if she wanted to make it look nicer she would get a bit of cotton and cover the body with it. Then she would get more rags and make them into a ball. Then she would get some thread and make French knots for eyes.
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2020-03-31 10:44
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It is very easy to make a trace of rushes. First you would get three good long rushes and weave them tightly in together and put a knot on the top
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2020-03-31 10:42
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Girls in Glengarriff often make daisychains to amuse themselves. First they gather a lot of daisy to make a daisychain. They make a hole in the middle of one of the daisy and stick one part of the stalk and so on until they would have it finished. Some girls get thread to make a daisychain.
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2020-03-31 10:40
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Once a Protestant named Dr. Foster, lived in Bramhall in the place where Joseph Muray resides now. One day he went out hunting on a white horse. During the course of the hunt he jumped across a big fence. He then noticed another horseman on a white horse jumping alongside of him. The two men fell into chat and kept together the whole day. The Doctor invited him
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2020-03-31 10:40
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Small girls often make rag dolls, for toys to amuse themselves. I often made a rag doll. When a girl wants to make a rag doll, she first gets a lot of rags and
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2020-03-31 10:39
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Mass was celebrated in the olden times on a Mass Rock where Corduff Chapel now stands. Before the church was built a coach was seen to come one night and in the morning the place was marked out for the church but no trace or track of the coach could be seen. The people gathered and prayed on the marked spot even when it was impossible for the priest to say Mass. On one of those occasions the yeomen came and the officer was so impressed by the piety of the people that he promised them a place of worship. He soon secured it from the Crown and later the landlord was giving them a place at Corvalley - a Protestant district - in order the break the lease at Corduff, and so leave the people without a place of worship but the good people stood to Corduff and erected their church there.
A Mass Rock was also in Dunaree rocks, and a Cross was erected there some years ago to mark the spot.
Mass was also celebrated in Lough Aphouca Cave
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2020-03-31 10:38
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Slings are made from a piece of leather and about an inch and a half wide and three inch long. Put two pieces of cord out of the ends. Put a búb at the end of one of the cords.
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2020-03-31 10:38
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girls commenced to return. They reached a hill which often was said to be the home of fairies. They sat on the grassy top of the hill to rest for a while as the day was very sultry. Soon a host of gaily but quaintly-dressed men appeared from a hole in the hill top and opening some deep pockets in the sides of their green knicker-bockers, they took out golden coins from them. They counted and counted them again and again. One of these tiny men asked one of the girls if she had as much money in the can as they had. They wondered and opened the can and found it full of gold. They closed the can over joyed and they started for home. One of the men asked them to look into the can again. They did so and found it full of peels of potatoes. They returned to their homes wearied and disappointed at their hard luck.
To this day Mrs. Peter Reilly tells this story about her own and her dead sister's encounter with the fairies that day so may years ago when but happy thoughts filled her mind.
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2020-03-31 10:37
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A sling is made of two cords and a piece of leather. Then the sling is made
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:36
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each side, they are called na cipín bréagach.
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2020-03-31 10:35
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Assembled on the black hillside, half buried in the snow
The snow fell thick and heavily, the while that we stood there
And the cold was most unbearable for all our feet were bare.
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The master spoke some solemn words, a man of great renown
We can't stay here like outcasts, till we're frozen to the ground
We'll try Paddy Murphy's barn if we happen to get in
It would be more consoling than concealed behind a whin.
As we trudged along the boreen my thoughts began to stray
I thought of ancient Ireland and Ireland of today.
Will the cruel laws that bind us come ever to an end
Or will we die in slavery without a single friend
We all reached Paddy Murphy's. It was a great God - send
We saw in our misfortune - we had at least one friend
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:34
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The meaning of Boolanlisheen is the home of the fairies in the Parish of Galbally in the County of Limerick.
The Lisheen Boreen: Formly known as Lisín Trí Liag.
The barrack bridge, because there was a barrack there before.
In the Parish of Galbally in the County of Limerick.
The long Meadow field.
Known as the long flat field
Kilglass field known as the Limestone land. In the Parish of Mitchelstown County Cork.
Easarolla river. The noisy waterfall in the County Limerick.
The high field. For it is a very high steep place.
The Bunballow field: it is a lowing lying field in the Parish of Galbally county Limerick.
Teampilí: The reason the name was given it is a high temple of a mountain.
Peggies Bridge: Means Peggy
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2020-03-31 10:34
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Local Marriage Customs
March 1st 1938.
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Marriages frequently take place before Shrove Tuesday. The months and days considered to be unlucky for marriages are February and May, the days are Friday and Saturday. There are no customs or beliefs connected with Shrove There is no Match making carried on in the district.
Money is not given as dowry
Shrove Stock or goods are never given
People remember marriages taking place in the houses about forty years ago.
A wedding feast is held in the bride's house
Straw boys visit the house. Straw boys generally wear a lady's dress and sometimes a visors made from a piece of curtain is worn
Some of the straw boys wear visors purchased from the shops.
If the straw boys behave well they are allowed to dance
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:32
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Some local men went to get this treasure. They started on the top of the hill, which was very steep and round, to dig with spades and shovels. They were not very long digging till they came to the top of a kind of a pyramid made of stones. They were about to remove some stones when a thin far away voice said "Go no further." Neither did they, they ran away in alarm never waiting to close the the hole which they had made. The hole is still to be seen on the hill. Needless to say they did not get the treasure. Since then a man carries a light from that hill to Kellett's Hill and from that through the bog to Warren's Moat. It can be seen by any person at 10 p.m especially in the month of October. When a person looks at it, it seems to be stopped but when you don't look at it for a few minutes it has got on a good distance.
Once two young men lay in hiding to see what it was. As the light drew near they noticed a man carrying a wisp of lighted grass. When he was about 20 yds from them the light went out. As he was passing by they nearly fainted. The light appeared again when he had passed.
The people who watched to see what would happen saw the light pass as before. The people call it "Willie the Wisp"
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:31
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A cure for a sore throat is to cut a lemon up and scald it and leave it till it goes cold and then drunk it.
A cure for ringworm is to hold a plate over the smoke of a candle and put it on the ring worm.
A cure for the hooping cough is to take milk a ferret left.
A cure for rheumatism is to swallow a frog.
When anybody got a thorn in their hand or foot they mixed soap and sugar together and put it on.
The cure for sore eyes is to drink black tea.
The cure for a sty is to prick it three times with a thorn of a gooseberry bush.
The people used to put hot salt into a sock for a sore throat.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:25
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weather.
The swallow flying low is another sign of bad weather or the sea gulls flying inland denotes wet weather.
The early appearance of the Pilibins is a sign of very hard weather.
The cuckoo is followed by certain small birds such as the wren the sparrow and lark.
It is said that birds have no speech, but a sound they make to each other when calling.
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2020-03-31 10:23
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Bird Lore
March 8th 1938.
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The common wild birds found in our district are the blackbird and thrush the wren the magpie the sparrow the curlew the sky lark the bog lark. There are other birds which migrate namely the swallow cuckoo woodcock and plover corncrake and starling.
These birds build their nests in houses in eaves in house tops, holes in walls and the sides of ditches and tree tops.
The skylark and bog lark build on the ground. Their nests are made from hay and mud and comfortably lined with hair or wool. There eggs are speckled ones. It is said that birds sit on eggs for three weeks. It is also known that if boys harm birds' nests they will for-sake it and if boys rob the robin's nest or the swallow's the cows will milk blood.
The weather can be judged by the loud cry of the curlew which is said to be a sign of wet
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2020-03-31 10:23
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In the townland of Kilmore in a field owned by Mr Patrick McCabe about ten minutes walk from the public road in that townland, it is called "St Ultans", who was the patron saint of the parish.
Another holy well is named St. Daphins, situated in a rock on a rocky hillside on the land now owned by a Mr Patrick Clarke, townland of Carricknamady, Groushall, Bailieboro, a few minutes rough climbing across boulders from the road leading from Groushall crossroads toward Lurganure N.S. of people visit these wells on the Saint's anniversary day, and drink of the water.
There is a holy well in a Carnaross, about four miles from Kells, people attend this well every year on the first Sunday in August, this well is known as St Kieran's well, a beautiful white fish appears in the well on the fist Sunday in August, an old oak tree exists at this well, people who drink the water of this well on the fist Sunday in August are cured of whatsoever disease they are
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:20
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Travelling folk are very common in this country. The people do not like travelling folk calling to their houses because when they come they are too hard to get rid of. They go round in families and bands. Some go round in caravans, others in ponies and carts. The tinkers sell gallons and saucepans. They buy the tin in the shops and make gallons out of it. Tramps go round with baskets and they sell combs and brushes and pictures, beads and prayer books, pins and needles. Sometimes they camp on the side of the road and stay there for perhaps one night and sometimes for a week. The people do not like them for they do a lot of damage to their fences pulling bushes for firestuff. Some sleep in their caravans during the night. The people that travel this district are the Rooneys and Teelans.
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2020-03-31 10:17
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cows for it is supposed to bring luck on the stock.
No customs or stories are connected with the milking of cows.
As soon as the horses are put in the houses in Winter they are clipped. No traditional stories are known of any famous horses of olden times or about a horse being kept in a stable for seven years.
When goats come down from the hill it is said to be the sign of a forthcoming storm Many and varied are the calls given to the farm animals some of them being very ancient.
Tuk. Tuk is a very ancient call for hens A pencil mark is placed on eggs used for hatching
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:16
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is also a very useful animal. Some sheep are fed on the mountains and others on pasture.
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2020-03-31 10:14
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The Care of our Farm Animals
November 23rd. 1937
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The animals on my farm consists of Cows, Horses, Calves, Pigs and Goats.
The cows have names such as Granny and Mealy and many others. Generally when driving the cows home it is a custom to say Hi Home and so they understand its meaning and start for home. The calves are called by Suck Suck.
The cow house is a large house with bails in both sides so as to the the cows and has a channel passing through centre of the house.
The cow house is known as the byre.
The cows are sometimes tied by a chain from the neck and sometimes by a rope from the horns if they are fond of pucking On Palm Sunday Palm is placed on the walls of the cow house and on Easter Sunday Easter water is sprinkled on the
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2020-03-31 10:14
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The domestic animals on the farm are cows, calves, goats, sheep and horses. All these animals are fed on grass on the farm and in Winter they are housed and fed on hay, the cows get turnips and bruised oats and the horses get carrots and oats. The cows are tied by the neck with a chain. The chain is attached to the manger-stick by a staple and there is a crook on the chain and when the chain is placed around the cow's neck the crook is put into one of the links. In the Winter when they are brought home in the evenings they are put in and fed with hay and later on they are fed again. The shed is covered with galvanized iron and the floor of the shed is cemented and sloping towards one end of the stable. In the morning they are put out and the stable is cleaned out and a fresh bed is put in. The are milked twice every day, in the morning and in the evening. The horses are tied in the stable with a halter. The dog and the cat are the most domestic of all the farm animals. The dog hunts the cattle and brings home the cows in the evening and the cat kills rats and mice. The sheep
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:09
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In my house our domestic animals are the dog and the cat, and we have also five cows two horses and nineteen cattle. We have no names for the cows but one of the horses is called Nora and the other one is called Lily. We have about fifty hens and when we call them we say "tioc, tioc." The cows are driven in from the field to the byre every morning and evening to be milked. The byre is a large shed and there is a loft with a slated roof over it. There are a line of mangers along the wall and each cow knows her own manger and she goes into it where she is tied. They are tied with chains which go round their necks and are attached to an iron bar by means of a ring. The ring runs up and down the bar according as the cow moves her head. Our dog is a brown and white collie and his name is Teddy. He is very useful for driving sheep and cattle. The horse's stable is a big shed and there are two big mangers in it. The horses are tied with a rope which goes through the boards of the manger. There is a wooden block tied to the end of the rope, so that the horse cannot pull the rope out from between the boards.
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2020-03-31 10:03
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When I went out that morning, my heart did jump with joy.
When I got decorated in a coat of corduroy
I thought I was a gentleman, till I saw my feet were bare
A second thought consoled me, I could run with any hare.
I met other boys along the line, and at every house did call
But to our great discomfort, the snow began to fall.
We hurried on along the line, there was no time to lose.
The winter's blast was cold and keen for none of us had shoes.
We reached what we called the school - room 'twas a woeful sight to see
There was no shelter, east or west, there was no bush or tree
We viewed the scene in silence, we might either weep or pray.
But a glance at the surroundings, showed us we could not stay
A forlorn band of fugitives, not knowing where to go.
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2020-03-31 10:02
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