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2019-08-24 10:27
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then cut down, but young trees are again taking their place. It is a nice secluded place for praying at the present day. How much more secluded it must have been in the time of St. Aban. There is a very rocky path going to the "Cill". It is said the pilgrim must go and come by this path, when performing a "round". There is now a specified day in honour of the Saint. At one time the sixteenth of March and the sixteenth of October were observed in his honour. Nowadays when people come on the eleventh of February, St Gobnait's day, or Whit Sunday some of them perform "rounds" at both places.
Although over a thousand years have passed away, since St Aban lived in Ballyvourney his memory still lives on among the people, and their faith in his intercession is as strong as ever.
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2019-08-24 10:22
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many scattered stones testify, that at one time a building existed there. All that is left now is a green circular mound, surrounded by three standing stones. Some believe St. Aban to be buried here, but other authorities say he is not buried in Ballyvourney.
In the side of the mound is a little cavity, which contains two bones. The front of the cavity is closed with loose bones. On the top of the mound is a stone shaped like a holy water font. A little way to the north east of the mound is a blessed well.
The people of Ballyvourney have great faith in the intercession of St. Aban, and in proof of the power of his intercession, crutches may be seen on the mound, left there by the people who were cured. The usual form of praying there is the performing of "rounds". The "round" is gone through in the following manner:
Seven "Our Fathers seven "Hail Mary's" and seven "Glorias" are recited four times at each of the three standing stones. After every seven the person walks around the mound saying the "Apostles Creed" so that the mound is encircled twelve times. Then where bones are kept a rosary is recited. People than bless themselves with the bones and go down to the well and say seven prayers. They also take a drink of the water.
Until about the time of the European War this "Cill" was surrounded by a thick wood. All the large trees were
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2019-08-24 10:13
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my young Púca. The man soon released the young Púca.
I have also heard people say that the Púca used to carry people across the ford, when the stepping stones were covered in times of flood.

Baile an Tobair -
This townland is in the northern end of the parish of Darragh, Co Limerick. It derives its name from a holy well which is dedicated to St Brigid, and which is visited as a cure for whooping cough. Two visits are paid to the well for this purpose and the Rosary recited on each occasion. Some water from the well is given to the person suffering from the whooping cough.
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2019-08-24 10:09
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Baile Bhunóige - High Bridge
About three miles from Kilfinane, (and on the road leading from Darragh to Kilfinane) there is a bridge over the road. It is in the shape of a horse-shoe. The bridge is believed to have been constructed about 1847. The passage across the bridge leads to a County Council Quarry.
The bridge is named "Baile Bhunóige". An old man of 80 years told me a story of how people going to a fair in Kilfinane found a baby there - hence its name, which is often pronounced "Baile Bunóca". It is on the border of the Parish of Darragh where it adjoins Kilfinane Parish - Co Limerick.

Átha Phuca:-
This is the name given to a bridge over a river known as the Abha na gCaora, a tributary of the Funcheon. It is situated on the main road between Kilfinane Co Limerick and Mitchelstown in Co Cork. The river at that point forms the boundary between the two counties.
A story is told of how a man, who lived near the bridge, found a small animal like a calf at the water's edge. He took it home and put it in a house and fed it with milk. That night, he lay awake in bed listening to the bellowing of an animal outside, which called out - Give me out
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2019-08-24 08:56
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Christmas comes but once a year and when it comes it brings good cheer". The day after Christmas is called St. Stephen's day. All the young boys dress up in old clothes and they put false faces on and go from house to house begging for money and seeking for the Wren. They sing "the Wren, the Wren the king of all birds a penny or twopence to bury the Wren" Then that night they buy oranges, apples sweet cake and biscuits and they have a great feast also.
The Friday before Easter is called Good Friday and people go to church on that day and it was on that day our Lord was crucified. We eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
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2019-08-24 08:51
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There are a good many days of the year that are regarded as feast days and holy days and the people in this district keep them.
The names of them are Christmas, Easter, St. Stephen's Day, Good Friday, Whit Sunday, Shrove Tuesday, Whit Monday, Hallow-Eve, Ash Wednesday and Ascension Thursday. Hallow Eve is regarded as a great feast and it comes at the end of Autumn.
On that night we eat nuts and boxty and barmbrack My mother makes a cake and puts a ring, a button and money in it and we have great fun when we are eating it as it is said whoever gets the ring will be the first to marry, whoever gets the button will not marry at all and whoever gets the money will be rich. It is said that fairies and ghosts are out on that night.
We keep Christmas as a great feast because our Lord was born on that day years ago. We eat a roast goose and a plum pudding on that day. There is an old saying about Christmas which is
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2019-08-24 04:03
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1. About sixty years ago Basket-Making was carried on in the district of Taghmon by a man named Mr. Murphy who lived in Mulmintra, a townsland about a mile from the village. He produced baskets of various kinds, straw-beehives, and such like. Work of this kind is still continued by his son.
2. A man named Mr. Cogley who lived in the Main St. made candles long ago. The materials he used were rushes and grease. He dipped the rushes in a large pot of grease and then let them dry. After which he dipped them again.
He continued in this way until there were about six layers on every rush, and
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2019-08-24 03:53
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them he allowed them to harden.
These candles were the only lighting apparatus the villagers, and peasants had. They were about the size of an ordinary candle and were sold at the rate of a penny and three half-pence each.
3. About thirty years ago a fine foundry was the property of a smith named James Kearns. He manufactured gates, fire-cranes and fans. It was situated on the Ross Road, and it is now owned by Mr. Richard Brady. Such work is not carried on at the present time, but the building is used as a store
4. About the year 1908 Miss Mary Ann Kehoe, Joseph St. Taghmon had
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2019-08-24 03:43
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a knitting factory at the back of St. Fintan's Church. She supplied the surrounding district with stocking, jumpers, cardigans and such like. This is not carried on now.
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2019-08-24 03:40
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with slate pencils, which they got out of the river.
They hardly ever used paper and lead pencils like what is used in schools at the present day.
Hedge schools never existed in this district at any time, but in other places they were common.
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2019-08-24 03:36
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One day when a man was passing the graveyard not far from Taghmon, he heard a rattling in the grave of the man he had buried the day before. He went on but he had not gone far when he saw the spirit of the man he had buried the day before.
The spirit said to him he was only half-dead when he buried him. The spirit said to him he would be buried half dead himself and he was.
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2019-08-24 03:35
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One day when a man was passing the graveyard not far from Taghmon, he heard a rattling in the grave of the men he had buried the day before. He went on but he had not gone far when he saw the spirit of the man he had buried the day before.
The spirit said to him he was only half-dead when he buried him. The spirit said to him he would be buried half dead himself and he was.
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2019-08-24 03:29
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never seen in that place anymore.
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2019-08-24 03:28
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About two miles from the village of Taghmon there is a townsland named Harperstown. One day a man by the name of Hore set out riding on a horse. He saw a big cat sitting on a heap of stones under a tree. The second day he saw her in the same place also. On that day he wondered why she was in the same place as she was on the first day.
So he drew his horse whip and hit the cat with it. At that same moment a crowd of cats leaped down out of the tree and tore the man and his horse to pieces. After wards that cat was
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2019-08-24 03:21
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they were about to attack the soldiers fled to New Ross. The rebels followed and over took them 3 miles outside the town.
Some of the soldiers were killed and more were taken prisoners. The two men who led the rebel army were taken prisoners and the pitch cap was put on them and they killed themselves soon afterwards.
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2019-08-24 03:17
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About 140 years ago there lived two men in the parish of Taghmon and they were rebels. One day an English army was marching through Taghmon. There were 8,000 men in the army.
The two men gathered 300 rebels and they attacked the soldiers now and again. When the army reached Foulksmills there were only 4,000 men in the army. The names of those two men were Patrick and John Stafford.
They killed many people at Foulksmills, but most of the inhabitants escaped and joined the rebel army. The rebels marched towards Foulksmills where the soldiers had taken refuge. When
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2019-08-24 03:05
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of the yoemen captured Patrick Murphy and retreated back to Foulksmills with him and then when the rebels saw this they became furious and they put the yoemen to flight.
The yoemen tortured him and he died. He had three sons and the yoemen went to kill them, but when they were about to burst the door the ghost of Patrick Murphy appeared and the soldiers took to flight. A party of rebels came across them.
Some were killed and more were taken prisoners.
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2019-08-24 02:57
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About a 140 years ago there lived in the parish of Taghmon a man whose name was Thomas Murphy.
He was a brave man and very skillful with a pike and he was an officer, in the rebel army.
One day when the yoemen were marching from Foulksmills to Taghmon, they saw coming towards them an army of rebels under the command of Father Philip Roche. The yoemen got behind a ditch for protection. But Father Philip Roche was a good commander and he divided his army into two groups. He put Thomas Murphy to command one and he commanded the other himself.
Then they made a rush on the yoemen. One
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2019-08-24 02:48
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very little coal used, but its place was taken by a large heap of bushes, which was to be seen in almost every corner.
At night-fall, when the day's - work was ended, a good fire was always made. Around this the household, and their friends gathered, to exchange stories, and to go over the happenings of the day.
At that time there were no lamps like we have now, but instead a large wax candle was used. These were made locally. Many of the old houses are still to be seen in this district, the walls of which are built of mud and the roofs held up by large wooden beams. The glass is of a peculiar kind, being a kind of greenish in
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2019-08-24 01:24
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Local tradition attributes the name. Sliabh na mBan, to the presence of fairy women who occasionally showed themselves to some girl in the neighbourhood of the mountain and then carried her away unknown to her parents, leaving an old hag or fuiglesc (?) in her place.
The belief that the fairies had this extraordinary power seems to have existed almost down to our own time, for about 45 years ago a young woman was burned in the district as a witch.
Mrs Brigid Cleary, the unfortunate victim, lived with her husband, Michael, in a cottage at Ballyvadlea, a townsland between Cloneen and Fethard. A few years after her marriage, Mrs Cleary was stricken with a severe illness. Her husband travelled to the foot of the mountain to solicit aid from an herb doctor named Gahan who lived there. The medicine, having been prepared, was given to Mrs. Cleary, but there was no visible improvement in her condition.
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2019-08-24 01:13
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Tell me your company and I will tell you what you are.
A burned child dreads the fire.
There is no bearth like your own hearth.
Live horse and you will get grass.
Kind words don't wear the tongue.
Honesty is the best policy.
People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
One good urn deserves another.
Business first pleasure after.
Be just before you are generous.
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2019-08-24 01:11
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A hand full of road dust in May is worth a Kings answer ... (Ransom? F.H,)
God helps those who help themselves.
You will never miss the water till the well goes dry,
A standing dog gathers no bones.
A fool and his money soon part.
It is never too late to begin.
Material obtained from
Mr.Patrick Murphy,
Monroe
Fethard, Co.Tipp.
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2019-08-24 01:04
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BIrds of a feather flock together.
Far away cows wear long horns.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
It is no use crying over spilt milk.
Curiosity kills the cat, information makes him fat.
Ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies, inquisitive people are never made wise.
It is never too late to mend but it is always too late to spare when all is spent.
It is better to be born lucky than rich.
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2019-08-24 01:00
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We learn by experience.
There's truth in wine.
Work is better than talk.
There is no tree without a rotten branch.
Take things always by the smooth handle.
Work is good and brings reward,
A good character is better than a good fortune.
Pride always gets a fall.
Look before you leap.
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2019-08-24 00:35
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A man of words ad not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
Love many trust few, always paddle your own canoe.
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2019-08-24 00:34
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A sitting hen gathers no straws.
A penny wise and a pound foolish.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Don't shout till ou are out of the woods.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes man healthy and wealthy and wise.
Be old when young, that you may be young when old.
See, hear and say nothing.
Silence is golden.
The darkest hour is that before the dawn.
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
To ere is human, to forgive divine.
A good word never broke a tooth.
As you sow, so shall you reap.
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2019-08-23 22:59
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Táim-se im codhla agus ná dhúisig me.
Níos thainig ghrádh mór riamh nár tháinig fuath mór in-diaidh.
Tosach biseach codhladh
Carn aoilighe g eirighe agus cairleán ag tuiteam
Fiche bliadhain ah fás,
Fiche bliadhain i neart
Fice bliadhain i meath
agus fiche bliadhain gur chuma thú ann nó as
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2019-08-23 22:53
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againn. Annsan bailigheann muid na gcómgarsan ag déanamh cruacha de. Cuireann muid dínn aotha annsan agus ceangailuigheann muid iad i gcóir an geimhreadh.
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2019-08-23 22:49
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Cuireann siad faobhar ar shian an machine le fíol nó cloch le h-agaidh an déir a bhaint. Bionn poill annseo is annsúd cuigh ola a cur ins na h-oibreacha
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2019-08-23 22:47
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Is deacair olann a baint de ghabhair
Níl luibh na laigeas in an agaib an bháis
Is olc an gaoith na shéideann do dhuine éigean
Ceathrar sagart gan a nheith sanntach
Ceathrar Francac gan a bheith buidhe
Ceatrar caileach gan a bheith cabhach sin dhá réidh nach bfuil sa tír
Ag ithe is ag gearán ar nor cearc guir
!Is fearr mé ná bó" arsa an cearc "beirim ubh sa ló"
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2019-08-23 22:41
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bliadhain agus tugtar an dardaoin dearg air. Ní fios c'en dardoin e sin agus mar gheall ar sin ní thosnuightear aon obair aon Dardaoin."
"Bás Aoine tiúnleachan Sathran, agus guidheamh Domhnaigh.
"Níor tháínig lan rabh arta na lán gealaighe riamh le céille".
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2019-08-23 22:33
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"Níl aon mhaith i ramhain gan faic."
"An fearr bocht atá sios go bráth."
"Re dorcha na Samhain baintear na slata."
"Is fearr leath na meath".
"An rud a deintear in am tá se déanta fé dó."
"Ta cabhair De ar bóthair i gcómhnaidhe."
"Ní fios c'en Dardroin a dtuiteann a dardaoin dearg air".
Bíonn daradoin san
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2019-08-23 22:28
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D'éirigh Tadhg aréir is cuaidh sé ag fiadhach air ngirrfhithe déirig a bhean 'n-a dhiaidh mharbhuig sí ceann is fiche aca.
Nuair a labhann an cuach ar crann gan dilúir díol do bhó is ceannuig arúis.
Cana gan fuine gan faisg cana a bfuil clár is a thoan, cana atá fada air na bhaird [?] diara fún sal air thadg óig.
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2019-08-23 22:19
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When a person would be going to bed at night you would often hear him saying a little prayer like this, Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I die before a week I pray thee Lord my soul to take. When a person would be going to eat a meal he would say, Thank God for a bit to eat and able to eat.
When people get up in the mornings you would often hear them saying this little prayer, Get up little children the morning is bright and the birds are all singing to welcome the light. When people get up they often say, Thank God for another new day. You would often hear a person saying, May God prosper your work.
If a person was going a long journey, people would say I wish you a safe journey or I wish you good luck. There are many other little prayers also which people use at certain times.
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2019-08-23 22:10
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All the farmers in my townland grow potatoes. Most of them grow them in ridges but a couple of them grow them in drills.
First of all the drills are opened with a plough and two horses and a good deal of manure is put on them. Then the potatoes are cut in little pieces called seed and there is an "eye" in each of them. Then the seed is put on the drills about ten inches apart and they are closed again with the plough. When the potatoes come up they have to be shovelled.
When the potatoes are grown in ridges we put manure on the ground - first and then we plough it. When we have it ready we make a hole with a stick and drop the seed into it.
The names of the potatoes that are grown in this district are Dates, Champions, Golden Wonders, Kerrpinks, Banners, Epicures, Skerries, Irish Queen, and British Queen, Concels, Early Roses and Elephants. The Champions and the Kerr-
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2019-08-23 22:04
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birds also. When we see the Sea-gulls flying low it is a sign of rain and when they appear on the land it is a sign of storm.
There is a story told about the Robin's red breast. It is said that he picked a thorn out of Jesus head while he was on the cross and the blood flowed down his breast and that is why he has a red breast. There is another story told about the Wren.
One day all the birds gathered together to see which of them would be king. They said whichever bird would fly the higest, would be king. The Wren hid in the eagle's tail and when the Eagle had gone as far as he could the Wren flew out and went another bit so he was king of all birds.
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2019-08-23 22:00
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Many wild birds are found in this district such as the Crow, the Magpie, the Sea-gull the Black-bird, the Cuckoo, the Thrush, the Robin and the Wren.
Some of those birds leave us in Winter such as the Cuckoo, the Corn-crake, the Swallows, the Thrush and the Wren. They come back to us again and when they come back it is the sign of Summer.
The birds begin to build their nests in Spring and the big birds build their nests up in high trees. They use hay, mud and sticks to build them and they make big nests. The little birds build their nests at the backs of ditches, on fences and in the eaves of houses. They use moss, wool and feathers.
When they have them built they lay eggs and hatch them and bring out young ones. We can jude the weather by the
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2019-08-23 21:45
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Not so well known perhaps as Saint Gobnait, the Patron Saint of Ballyvourney, but still revered by the people, is another Ballyvourney Saint, namely, St. Aban.
This Saint lived in the sixth century, and is said by some to have been a brother of St. Gobnait's. About half a mile to the south-west of the village of Ballymakeera lie the ruins of St. Aban's church. There are now no traces of the walls of the church but the
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2019-08-23 21:42
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There is a lios in the farm of Edmond Condon not far from my house in Rapala and it is the biggest lios in Ireland. There is a bowl in the middle of the lios about 6" by 12" and it is covered with moss. Often we cleaned away the moss but it would be on it again in a few days. After a heavy nights rain would be as dry as before the rain. People came from Kilfinane to take it away but they took the wrong one.

Cúinne Dubh Black Corner
There is a lios in the farm of Jack Hennessy named the "cúinne dubh" or the Black Corner. It is said that Biddy Early stopped there for there days on her way to Castle Gale from Clare on the borders of Cork and Limerick. There is a big fence all round the lios with only one gap for entrance.

Páircín Caol The Narrow Field
There is a lios near my house / in the farm of Edmond Condon. There is a narrow field long side it, it is called the "Páircín Caol" or the narrow field. It is said that some years ago that James Connell
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2019-08-23 21:38
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One night, Mr O'Brien - father of late Dr O'Brien Mitchelstown (lately deceased) was called out to Marshalstown to a hurling match, which was to be played at midnight - the opposing teams were chose from the dead at Labbamollagga and the dead at Marshalstown.
Mr O'Brien brought two companions with him, but they were not allowed to enter the field. He defended the gap for one team and there was another living person in the other gap.
Mr O'Brien's side won and after that he was very successful in life. The opposing gap-man was dead within a week. The men, who accompanied Mr O'Brien saw nothing save the two men in the field, but they heard distinctly the clash of the ash and the cheers when a score was made
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2019-08-23 21:31
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There is a monument in Tynagh graveyard to John Smith Rahan who was a great hurler and there is a hurl and ball drawn out on it. He is dead about twenty eight years.
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2019-08-23 21:26
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showers during the summer. It is said in this locality that there come three spots on the sun, and it takes three years to get them off, and the weather during that period will be bad.
The Scrabby or South wind brings rain to Arva. Wind whistling down the chimney and through the windows is reckoned a sign of storm. Wind from the north or the east is generally colder than wind from the south or west. The east wind brings us influenza.
When the seagulls come to us in flocks people say that a storm is approaching. When the swallows fly high, it is a sign of good weather, and when they fly near the ground rain may be expected. When people see crows flying upwards and downwards and "cawing" loudly they say that rain is approaching. When the curlew is heard rain is expected. In the end of Autumn when the wildgeese are seen flying south, people say that the winter storms are approaching. When they are seen flying northwards it is a sign that
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2019-08-23 21:25
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Got from Mr. James Spillane, Kilkerran (as previously)

About twenty-five years ago there was a football team in this parish and another one in Ardfield, which is adjoining ours. They played a football match in Mat. Twohig's field in Gahanive and the Rathbarry team won. There were twenty-one men
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2019-08-23 21:23
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on each side. Test Matches were held and the best players were selected. They were clothed in jerseys and short pants. The ball used was similar to the one used to-day but something bigger and heavier. They had two sticks standing in the field for goals, and on each side were the "point-sticks".
The Rathbarry and Ardfield team played another match in Tom Donovan's field, Ballylibert. The Ardfield team played a match against Rosscarbery in Ardfield about thirty years ago. Later on seventeen men were selected instead of twenty-one, and later still fifteen, as at present.

There was a game played about 75 years ago called the "Taking and Keeping Game". This is how it was played.One of the Ardfield boys would try and take the ball from one of the Rosscarbery boys and if he failed at first he kept on trying until he got it. A Referee was appointed to give fair-play.

Fred Calnan was captain of the Rosscarbery team and
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2019-08-23 21:21
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the snowstorms of the winter are over. When the robins get tame and come near our houses snow may be expected.
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2019-08-23 21:20
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the snowstorms if the winter are over. When the robins get tame and come near our houses snow may be expected.
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2019-08-23 21:18
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traced.
There were two forts in Drumbrohas [?]. One of them was in a field of Mr. Dan Fitzpatrick's. The other one was in Mr. Reilly's field. Both these forts have completely disappeared.
There is a fort in Mr. Donoghue's land in Derryeraghan. This fort is still in existence.
Another fort is visible in Mr. Frank Tully's land in Kilconny. It is beside the River Erne.
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2019-08-23 21:13
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There are many old forts in this district. Long ago the people believed that fairies lived in them.
There is an old fort in Mr. Patrick McGoldrick's land in Drumbarlum. One night. One night Mr. John Fitzpatrick, Teemore was passing by the fort when suddenly a river sprang up in front of him. No matter what way he turned the river still kept in front of him. He was forced to remain at the fort until morning. He followed a pony and it led him out of the fort.
There is another fort in Mr. Mick Fitzpatrick's land in Lisnamane. The fort cans till be
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 21:08
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Tuesday and Saturday are unlucky days for marriages.
It is supposed to be dangerous to venture near water on Whit Sunday.
Many people refuse to pay bills on Monday, because they believe if they pay a bill on that day they will have bills to pay every day that week.
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2019-08-23 21:05
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pinks are the ones mostly grown. The potatoes are left in the ridges until Autumn. They have to be sprayed with blue-stone and washing soda to keep away a disease called - "blight".
When Autumn comes the potatoes are dug with a spade or a potato digger. The farmers generally dig them with a spade. When they are dug they are gathered up and put in big heaps and covered with rushes and clay and left there till the Winter is over and some times they are brought to the barn.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 21:00
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There is a fort near Oughty it is called Lis A Phúcha
There is a bank of earth around it.
There are forts back in Glenkeen. There are lumps of stone around them.
One dark night there was a man passing by them
He prayed to God to send him a light and there was a candle lighted on his hat and it remained on it till he came to his own street.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 20:59
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for the picking the potatoes in and the scallops were wanted to repair the thatched houses for the coming winter in accordance with the old saying.
"Tis not the day of the wind,
The day of the scallops"
Denis McCarthy age 72 yrs.
Farahy,
Kildorrery,
Co Cork.
James McCarthy Age 12 yrs,
Food in Olden Times.
In olden times the people had three meals a day, but very often they had to be content with two and two very poor meals. I think they were. They made potato cakes mixed with flour to spare the flour also striabout cakes were made for the same good reason, because the flour was very scarce with the poorer people.
At the time a loaf of bread could be bought for a penny which costs six pence now.
Twice a year mead was eaten by the poor people, but the better class people had it more often of course. They ate
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 20:58
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There was a man living in Tamnach Slinnain. His name was Pat Hastings. He used to compose songs. He is dead about thirty years. He is buried in Drummin graveyard.
There was a man living in Derrykillew. He used to compose songs. He is living now in Dublin: He composed a song called the Breezie Mountain Blue. He is about fifty years of age. His name is Patrick Tunney
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 20:57
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Nowadays we hear many cures and some of them are good and some are not. Some of the cures might be a bottle which we would have to drink, it might be a herb or it might be a powder.
This is a cure for the heart, for the sprain, for the burn, for the jaundice, for a broken leg and for the whooping cough.
There is a man in Glebe called Mr. Camel and he makes the cure for the heart. He tests the heart with a cup of oaten-meal. If you heart is bad the oaten-meal will sink and if it is not it will not sink. He makes a cake out of the oaten-meal and the person has to eat it.
He has a cure for the sprain also. He rubs it gently with his hands and says a prayer. We have to wash it with very cold water and put a tight bandage
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 20:56
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The old people have stories about the famine of 1846-47
The people still point out sites of houses. There was an old house near John Hastings where people lived long ago
It is in ruins now. There was an old house in Tamhnín tSeagail and the ruins of it is to be seen yet. The potatoes did not grow that time
Great numbers of people died.
For food the people used to use yellowmeal. Where the people used to die they used to be buried there. There is a person
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 20:54
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buried in Tamhnín tSeagail
It affected this district very much. The district was thickly populated before the famine.
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2019-08-23 20:52
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These are the games we play "Frog in the middle", "Killock", "Here's the robbers coming", through, "Jennyjoe", "Dalóg", "Four Corners "Good Angel and Bad Angel"
In Autumn we pick blackberries and slows. We do not pick nuts. We pick flowers and make daisy chains.
In winter when we are sitting beside the fire we play chip chop cherry and we play tip
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 20:49
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his money to the tinker without name or address and found the horse useless next day. The farmer set out to try to find the tinker he bought him from as he heard they were camped a few miles away. It was to ask him to take him back. But he could not trace him. Another tinker offered to find the culprit for a further 10/-, That also went on top of the five pounds, the farmer had to put
with the loss.
The better quality horses are tried by a Vet before being bought and are safe buying. The buyer has to purchase his own halter from a man selling them.
Long ago at the Kildorrery fair there used to be a tinker's marriage. This contract was made by the pair jumping a tin bucket which is emblematic of the trade.There used be sugar-candy cake and other eatables sold by the tinkers at these fairs. This sugar-candy was a rough stone like sweet with a cord running through. You could purchase about a yard for a penny.
The mountainy people used to sell scallops and kishawns at the September fair. The kishawns were used
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2019-08-23 20:42
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An Teampall
Togadh an teampall í gCaíséal Fhinnigh bliadhnta roimhe sin, is docha , mar na produstanaigh saidhbhir agus bi a lán acab ann le an obair do chur ar aghaidh. Bhí sgoil ag na produstanaigh chomh mhaith i Leitircreann agus b'eigin do na cataoilicigh dul chuiche sul a togadh an sgoil cataoileach in 1880.
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2019-08-23 20:39
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An Séipéal
Tógadh an séipéal timcheall le 100 bhlidhain o shoin. £50 a cáithead le é a thógail. Adhmud dara atá sa gceann de agus tugadh an adhmd sin o sliabh - ard na gcapall - ar an bportach agus thairraing na fir na piosaí móra tríd na cnocaibh agus na gleanntaibh le míle na mar seo le ropaí mar ní raibh bóithre láimh leo agus níor bhféidir leo capaill a thabhairt isteach go dti an portoch bog agus ni raibh cairt ag na daoine annsin - an tAthair O Riain a chuir ar bun é.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 20:36
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generally bought and sold there is the toll. At this fair the cattle are taken to the fair field and the horses allowed to remain in the street. When the cattle are bought by locals after a lot. heckling the bargain is clinched by a slap on each others palm and 2/6 or 5/- luckpenny is given according to the sum of money paid, and of course a "treat" is the nearest "pub".
There are men known as blockers who attend the fairs and their work is to make bargains for the buyers and earn some money for doing so. When the buyers who come from the cities make a purchase cattle are generally marked on the flank with a scissors or raddle and they get the usual luckpenny. The buyer hires a drover to take the purchases to some railway station.
The horses are always sold in the street and of course there are plenty tinkers to do business in this line. They often dose an old nag for the day and get a good price and the next day the horse is not worth a shilling. I heard of the case of a small farmer buying one of those horses for £5 and got chance of trying the horse that evening and thought it satisfactory. the paid
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2019-08-23 20:30
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Sean Sgoil
Bhí sean sgoil i Leitcrann timtheall le 100 bliadhain in-aice an t-seipéal áit go bhfuil an stábla ann anois. Leígheamh agus scriobhnóireacht abhí ar suibhal ann agus bhí cloch agus mata ag gach bhuachaill le suidhe urre. Ní bhfuair an máighistur - O Donnghaileach - aon pháighe bhí sé ar lóisdén o teach go teach.
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2019-08-23 20:25
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An sgoil atá ann anois tá sí suidhte is Roilig i Leitircrann mar ní bhfuigheadh an sagart paróiste a bhí ann t-amser - an t-Áthair Mac Eanna s.p. – áit i a thógail in aon áit eile ón dtighearna talmhan – Seán de Leaslaoi – prduntanach bheadh é . Shan mbliadhain 1880 tháinig na daoine le chéile agus thug siad saothar saor leis an obair a dheánamh. Tá an-bheag le sa fuinneóga beaga , neamh sláinteamhail gan clos máith .
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 19:26
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Once upon a time there was a man who was very fond of shooting rabbits. So one day he went out with his gun and dog; he was very fond of this dog, and would not give him away for anything, when a rabbit was shot, the dog would run and bring it back to his master. This went on for a long time, but one day the dog got in line with the gun and was accidently shot, much to the grief of his master. But what was the man's surprise to see the rabbit turning back and trying to haul the dog back to its master.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 19:21
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said "it was not" "that it must be a dead bell". "Well", said the man "if that is a dead bell, then I must attend the funeral", and away he went and left the man to finish the hay.
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2019-08-23 19:19
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There was a man one time, who was working with a farmer, and no matter what work he was doing, he always stopped when he heard the Angelus ringing in the evening. This day the farmer was very busy with hay he wated to have finished that evening, so after a long time he thought of a plan. He went to the clerk of (of) the chapel, and gave him a shilling to ring the bell at seven, instead of six; but there was another man listening to their conversation, and he said he would play a trick of the farmer, so at half-past five, he went into the chapel and rang the Angelus. When the farmer's man heard this, working, and the farmer who noticed him, looked at his watch, and told him "not to be foolish" that was "not the Angelus", but the man said "it was', and again the farmer
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 19:13
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There is an old road going from my village over to Drummin
It was my grandfather made it It is still used.
There is a road going from Tamnach Shlinneáin to Drummin and Westport.
There was an old road going from Tamnach Shlinneáin to Lecanvey and Durless
The people used to go that way when they used to go to Mass to Lecanvey and to the sea for sand and when they used to go to Westport
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2019-08-23 19:13
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the golden treasures in a glass stand and had the story of how they were recovered in letters of gold for the world to see
The boys got well and went back to their shop where they lived happily ever after and prospered well. This happened nearly ninety years ago
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 19:12
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his young brother had the two bags put safely away in the boat. It was nearly daylight when they got back to safety and they were all torn and wet and his little brother fainted many times
When they reached home there were people out looking for them including their father and uncles. With a cry of joy they ran to them and fainted at their feet. It was in broken sentences they told of their successful adventure
One of the men ran to tell the parish priest and was so overjoyed that he wept. He immediately sent for the boy and they were brought to him. He embraced them wet, torn and dirty as they were when he saw the treasures they had found and heard of the danger they had gone through. He ordered them to be put to bed and good care to be taken of them in his own house He placed
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2019-08-23 19:09
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assistant was only eighteen years and his little brother twelve. He was going on this adventure without his people knowing it.
On his second attempt he again failed and both himself and his little brother were tired and hungry when they came home.
His third attempt was successful but he had a very hard struggle with the two rough brothers. He had waited all day and it was night when he saw the two brothers going into supper.
Himself and his brother were a long time getting the place among the mountains and when they found it they had bags ready to carry away the treasures. Before they had finished they heard the brothers coming and the boy told his little brother to run with one bag to the boat and come back again immediately. So while he was misleading the rough brothers among the mountains
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 19:07
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they are repaired, as well as all other kinds of farm implements. Railings, and gates are often made locally. There were two old forges in the village of Banteer, one owned by Dan Duggan, and the other by John Coleman Duggan's forge was situated, where Mrs Lawlor (Draper) now resides. The trade was handed down from old Dan Duggan to his sons, Dan, and Con. It had a thatched roof, with a big window in front, and a square timber door. There was a bellows in the open at the back, used when banding wheels, and shoeing horses in fine weather. Gates, spades, hay-forks, "sleáns" for turf cutting, ploughs, scufflers, and gribbers used to be made in this forge. They always made their own nails for shoeing horses. This forge was a noted centre for storytelling, and many young men of the district would collect there each evening after work. Con Duggan was the last member of that family to work here. When he died, the forge was sold to the present owner, who built in its stead the present drapery store. John Coleman had his forge on Mr Buckley's land at Banteer, beside the house at present owned by Mr Cronin. John Callaghan had a forge at Banteer (now run by Jerry O'Sullivan) when the previous forges were closed up. His father, old Dan a' Gabha had a forge, at Coolroemore, Banteer, now run by his grand-son Timothy Callaghan (Tadg Gabha) as he is called.
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2019-08-23 19:06
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much and told him the story. He asked him if he would promise to try and secure those valuable things saying he would leave all his wealth to him but he must promise also to carry the treasures to his parish priest as soon as he would get them.
The old man had never married and had no heir or anyone related to him living, as this boy promised to carry out the old man's wishes. The old man died and the boy set out on his dangerous adventure. To get to the hidden treasure he had to cross a very large lake. He went by himself at first but failed. One of the brothers the roughest of them was working near the place. The boy came home again after spending six hours waiting to get his chance. He took his little with him on his next trip across. The shop
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2019-08-23 19:04
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round it. There is a cure for the burn also and it is herbs.
There is a cure for the jaundice. We get three little bottle of white medicine and it to be taken. There is a cure for the broken leg and the whooping cough which I do not know.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 19:02
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crops sown later than the first day of May.
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2019-08-23 19:02
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There was once an old respectable store keeper in Ballina. He knew a spot on the mountains where there were valuable articles hidden. They belonged to the priests of old when they had to read mass on the mountains. The those priests died only a few people knew the hiding place.
Two brothers of very wild character also knew where they were hidden.
The articles hidden were brooches and rich crosses and a very rich chalice
Those two brothers lived near the hidden place and watched it very carefully
They were hoping to sell those treasures for a lot of money some day.
This store keeper made many attempts to get to the place and carry away, but failed. Now he took very ill and knew he would die. Before he died he called his shop assistant whom he trusted very
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2019-08-23 19:02
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There are days of the year that are regarded as being lucky and unlucky. It is said that Saturday is an unlucky day to do any work or to get married on either. It is said that Wednesday is a very lucky day to get married on or to do any work.
There is an old saying about marrying which is, "Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses and Saturday no day at all".
The first seven days of Lent are said to be the borrowing days. The farmers do not like to have their
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2019-08-23 18:57
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The farmer keeps many animals on the farm such as cows, calves, goats, sheep, horses, pigs, dogs and cats. The cows are put in a house called the byre and there is a chain put round their necks and they are tied to a stake.
The chains that tie them are called the tying. Some people often put a horse shoe over the door for good luck. When we are bringing home the cows we say "how up, how up" to them.
There are different names given to the cows such as the red cow, the black cow and banne. When they go into the byre they all know their own places.
The horse is put in a house called the stable and he is given fodder. He is clipped once each year and we have to put iron shoes on his feet to protect them. There is long hair growing on his neck called his mane.
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2019-08-23 18:57
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There are several forges in Banteer district. Two are situated in the village - one belonging to "Con O'Brien", the other to "Jerry O'Sullivan." Another is owned by Timothy O'Callaghan, at Coolroemore, Banteer, and a fourth is run by Coleman Brothers, at Bolomore, Banteer, A stream runs beside this latter forge, and electricity generated there. This is utilised for various purposes in the forge - power for machinery, light, charging of batteries, etc It is the most up to date forge in the locality, and the trade has been carried on by the Coleman family for generations. The five brothers learned the trade, as they came of age, from their father.
Con O'Brien's forge in the village is roofed with corrugated iron & Jerry Sullivan's with felt and timber. Each has an outside bellows, and fire, specially placed for banding wheels. The whole band is heated at the same time, by means of the outside fire. The forge implements are anvil, bellows, sledges of different sizes, small claw hammer, rasps, paring knife, assorted punches, drills, assorted bits, tongs, vice and pincers. The smiths in our district shoe horses, jennets, and asses. Dan Kelleher told me that it was a common custom in Banteer to put a half-shoe on the cattle that were being driven to Dromagh Fair. Ploughs are not made, but
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:55
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There was an old road in Lenevesta and it was going back to Louisburgh.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:55
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There is an old road going from my village over to [?]
It was my grandfather made it It is still used.
There is a road going from [?] [?] to Drummin and Westport.
There was an old road going from [?] [?] to Lecanvey and Durless
The people used to go that way when they used to go to Mass to Lecanvey and to the sea for sand and when they used to go to Westport
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:52
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she says Killock.
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2019-08-23 18:52
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A lot catches hands and makes a ring. Then one goes round and says Killock and hits the others. The one she hits heavest runs after her and catches her and then
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:51
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This is the way it is played.
A lot catches hands and goes round in a ring. One goes into the middle and shuts her eyes and trys to catch another.
Then the one she catches goes in the middle and trys to catch some other one.
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2019-08-23 18:50
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These are the games we play "Frog in the middle", "Killock", "Here's the robbers coming", through, "Jennyjore", "[?]", "Four Corners "Good Angel and Bad Angel"
In Autumn we pick blackberries and slows. We do not pick nuts. We pick flowers and make daisy chains.
In winter when we are sitting beside the fire we play chip chop cherry and we play tip
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:50
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When we are calling the calves we say suck, suck. The pigs are kept in a house called the pig-sty and we say muc to them which is an Irish word. We call the young pigs bonnives.
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2019-08-23 18:49
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I have a churn at home and it is three and a half feet high. It is wide at the top and bottom and it goes in narrow in the centre. It is blue in colour and there are hoops of iron round it.
There are different parts of a churn such as the hoops, the lid and the dash. We churn in it once each week and the churning is done by hand. It tales two people to churn and the dash is moved upwards and downwards.
It takes us about an hour to churn and in the Winter-time when the
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2019-08-23 18:47
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buried in [?] [?] [?]
It affected this district very much. The district was thickly populated before the famine.
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2019-08-23 18:47
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The old people have stories about the famine of 1846-47
The people still point out sites of houses. There was an old house near John Hastings where people lived long ago
It is in ruins now. There was an old house in [?] [?] and the ruins of it is to be seen yet. The potatoes did not grow that time
Great numbers of people died.
For food the people used to use yellowmeal. Where the people used to die they used to be buried there. There is a person
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:44
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There was a man living in [?] [?]. His name was Pat Hastings. He used to compose songs. He is dead about thirty years. He is buried in Drummin graveyard.
There was a man living in Derrykillew. He used to compose songs. He is living now in Dublin: He composed a song called the Breezie Mountain Blue. He is about fifty years of age. His name is Patrick Tunney
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:42
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There is a fort near our house. It is a very green hollow. There is a fence and stones around it. There are stones within in it and there are ferns also growing in it.
We called it the fort.
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2019-08-23 18:41
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There is a fort near Oughty it is called Lis [?]
There is a bank of earth around it.
There are forts back in Glenkeen. There are lumps of stone around them.
One dark night there was a man passing by them
He prayed to God to send him a light and there was a candle lighted on his hat and it remained on it till he came to his own street.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:39
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She always comes in summer. She asks wool, butter, eggs, She sells the wool.
She used to stay in a house called McLoughlin's but she don't stay now in it since the old woman died that was in it.
One man called Mooney used to go about long ago. He used to stay at night in my house. He used to sing songs and sell song books
but she does not stay now in it
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2019-08-23 18:38
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weather is cold we pour boiling water into the churn as it makes butter come on the milk quicker. We know when the churning is done as we see lumps of butter on the lid.
When it is done we have butter and buttermilk in the churn. The butter is taken off the milk and washed properly in spring-water to take all the milk out of it. Then we put salt on it and it is made into pound rolls.
We use the butter for our own use and the buttermilk is used to make bread and some of it is given to animals. People often put a pinch of salt in the milk when they are churning as they say it makes it yield better.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:37
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One travelling woman visits my home. Her name is Sarah Fallin. She goes about every year. She is going about twenty five years. First when she started going about, she used to speak all Irish but now she speaks broken English
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:36
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Boys make tops for spinning from thread spools. They make snares for to catch rabbits or hares. Girls make daisy chains or dolls.
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2019-08-23 18:35
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it and them not to be looking for it and to wash the warts in it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:35
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A cure for chincough is to drink asses milk or the ferrets leavings
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:34
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When a person has a headache it is the cure for it to get their head measured by certain people. There is a woman living in Killenacoff and she measures heads
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:34
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It is a cure for ringworm to get salt and soot and dip and mix them and to rub the mixture on the ringworm.
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2019-08-23 18:33
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There are no tailors in this district but there are some - people who make their own clothes. They make them by machine or by hand.
They can make frocks and they can also knit socks. They do not spin the wool - themselves as they buy it in the shop. When there is a wedding most of the people wear grey clothes. After a person dies the people wear black clothes which is a sign of mourning.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:33
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A cure for wildfire is to get a black cat and cut a bit of his tail and to get blood out of it and to rub it on the Wildfire. Another cure for wildfire is to rub gold on it
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:32
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The swallow was all white once. But one day she flew too near the sun and it turned her blue except her breast and that is why the swallow is blue.
because when the thorns were on Our Lord's head the came and went to pull a thorn
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:30
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There are fairs held in all the towns and villages such as in Ballyconnell, Ballinamore, Ballymagovern and in the Village of Bawnboy. There is a fair held in Ballymagovern twice each year on the twenty third of November and the twenty third of May. There is also a fair in Ballyconnell once each month. There is a fair for cattle, there is one for horses and there is also one for pigs. When an animal is sold there is a red or blue mark put on his back. Sometimes poor people come to the fair and they sing songs and then they get money from the people.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:26
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Once upon a time there was a king named Lir and his first wife died and he married again.
He had four children one daughter and three sons. He was very fond of his children but their stepmother hated them.
One day she brought them to the Lake Davra. She brought them down to the edge of the lake and told them to go in for a bathe. When they were standing in the water she struck them one by one with a fairy wand and turned them into four swans. So she came away and left them swimming on the lake and they had to stay there for hundreds of years till the people had learned about Christ.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:23
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Once upon a time there a boy in Ireland called Setanta. He went to the king's palace where all the young boys trained how to use weapons and to play hurley and other games.
The boy soon became a great hero and the king's servants and the Red Branch Knights got very fond of him.
One night a blacksmith name Cullen bade the king and his friends to a feast. Setanta was invited also because he was best among all the boys.
When the night of the feast came all the people came but Setanta. The smith waited for a while and let loose his great hound and closed the great door.
The people inside were eating and drinking but outside the dog whined and sniffed as he knew some one was coming.
Setanta came up to the house and the dog leaped at him. The boy hit the dog with his hurley stick and killed him.
When Cullen head this he said Setanta was a brave boy but that he had killed his beloved watch dog.
When Setanta saw this he was very sorry, and he said "I will abide and be thy watch-dog". After this Setanta was called Cuchulainn which means
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:40
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that have Head-Stones in the grave-yard are James Lenehan Barefield, Patrick Connor, Clooneen, Patrick Conneely Lurgowan. Thomas Comack, Clooneen and Mrs Madden Lurgowan.
This grave-yard is still in use although there are many others convenient to it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:39
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Not very far from my house there is an ancient grave-yard named Kilverdan. It is surrounded by a stone wall and there are clumps of bushes around it. There is a small entrance gate leading into the grave-yard. This grave-yard is situated in one of John Flood's Fields. A man by the name of Joseph Madden that keeps the grave-yard in repair.
There are about twelve or fourteen people that have graves in it, chiefly the people from Ballymartin and Clooneen, and also the people in the surrounding district of the grave-yard.
The names of the people
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:34
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Another bird offered to show her but she would not look. On this account she is said to be a lazy bird. There is always a little bird called a "[?]" following her, in order to tell the other birds that the cuckoo is coming.
The thrush, black-bird and corn-crake build their nest generally in a haw-thorn bush.
The wren builds it in a mossy ditch like the robin.
The crow, pigeon, seale-crow and the mag-pie builds their nest where high trees are.
The jack-dawn build their nest in an empty chimney.
The swallows build their nest in old barns.
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2019-08-23 15:27
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us in the Winter and returns to us again in Spring or early Summer. It is said that if he comes early we will have a fine Summer. He never builds a nest and on this account he lays his eggs in an other bird's nest. There is a story told explaining why the cuckoo does not build a nest. It is said that long ago only one bird which was a crow knew how to build a nest. One day he called together all the birds to show them how to build their nests. Every bird was present except the cuckoo. When the birds were all taught the cuckoo came to Ireland but she was too late so that she could not build a nest
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:24
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There are many birds to be seen in this district such as robin, thrush, wren, blackbird, goldfinch, bullfinch, cuckoo, corn-crake, yellow-hammer, linet, willy wag tail, jack daw, crow, pigeon, scale-crow, mag-pie and swallows.
The robin builds her nest in a nice soft mossy ditch. Her nest is round and small. She builds her nest out of clay and sticks on the outside and she lines it on the inside with hay, hair, or moss.
She generally lays about five eggs.
The cuckoo is one of the birds which migrates from
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:22
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There are about thirteen houses and about sixty people in our village. Three of these are very old and one of them can speak Irish. The other villagers speak English.
From our village can be sen Sliab Bawn, and Ballinamuck, famous in history. A very nice scenery can also be seen.
The bog can be seen and also the "Whinny Hill" which is covered with whins, is lovely to see when in bloom.
It is a very nice village. Though some of the people have a long way to go to Mass they don't grumble.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:17
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My native village is Ballyhubert. It is the village in which I was born and because of that I like it all the better.
It is situated in Co Roscommon, about half from the Catholic Church and about three miles from the nearest town. No person who wishes may walk to town because buses run at different times every day and almost every person in the village has different other ways of carriage as well.
The land in it is good and rich. When tilled, it gives the best of crops. It is also used for grazing and large numbers of cattle are reared.
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2019-08-23 15:14
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varieties of food because they had to sell their milk and butter to pay the rent or otherwise they would be evicted.
The men used to bring their meals to the mill to have it ground into oaten-meal and they had great big bags of meals in the kitchen. This food used to last the people for one year until the other meal would be ground the following year.
The Irish people long ago were healthier and stronger than the Irish nowadays they were able to accomplish greater work owing to the wholesome food they used to eat.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:12
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The food in olden times was far different in comparison with the food that people use now.
Long ago the people used to eat three meals a day in the morning, in the after noon and in the evening. The people used to have half a days work done before they eat their breakfast. The breakfast consisted of porridge and butter-milk, their Dinner of potatoes and butter-milk and their supper of porridge.
The the potatoes failed during the famine, sometimes the people had used porridge for their three meals. They could not afford to buy and other
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:07
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oaten meal baked on a griddle or before the fire. They made gruel of oaten meal and water for a cold or sickness and they also made "brocan" oaten meal boiled in milk and eaten with cabbage for many a meal.
The people of this district were very strong and healthy and had good sound teeth and this was attributed to oaten meal.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:06
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In olden times people used to take three meals every day breakfast, dinner and supper. Breakfast which consisted of oaten meal porridge and butter-milk was taken at eight o'clock. Dinner at twelve o'clock consisted of potatoes and butter-milk and some times butter while the supper at six o'clock consisted of oaten bread and butter and milk.
When working they used to take drinks of the juice of oaten meal and some-times butter-milk. In the morning they used to rise with the sun and the men used to have three or four hour's work done in the fields before they were called into their breakfast.
All their cakes were made of
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 14:56
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hound of Cullen.
When Cuchulainn grew up he became leader of the Red Branch Knights.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 14:56
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Once upon a time there was a great big giant named Fionn. One day there came another giant from Scotland to fight with him but Fionn won.
When the Scotch giant was turning away Fionn lifted a handful of clay and flung it after him.
The place where he lifted the clay is supposed to be where Lough Neigh is now. The clay fell in the Irish Sea and formed the Isle of Man.
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2019-08-23 14:51
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head and no eyes. A. A tong.
Q. What goes round the house and peeps in on every hole. A. The sun.
Q. What goes round the house and round the house and leaves a loaf in every window. A . Snow.
Q. What goes through the wood and through the wood and never touches it.
A. A knife in a man's pocket.
Q. What bears and never blossoms.
A. The crook.
Q. What sleeps with its finger in its eye. A. The crook.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 14:48
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Q I have a little red cow and she stands against the wall, if you give her air she will fly and if you give her water she will die
A. The Fire
Q. If it takes half a yard of tweed to make a cap what will it take to make a suit. A. A taylor.
Q. What has neither flesh nor bone and has four fingers and a thumb.
A. A glove.
Q. Headed like a thimble, tail like a rat you may guess for ever but you will not guess that. A. A pipe.
Q. Long legs, short thighs, little
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 14:44
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it is a sign of bad weather.
When you see the birds flying inlands it a sign of storm.
When the sun sinks behind a cloud it is sign of bad weather.
When you see the dust flying in the air it is a sign of storm.
If the moon looks pale it is a sign of rain.
When the floor is damp it is a sign of rain.
When the rain lies on the windows it is a sign of rain.
When the wildgeese come from Norway it is a sign of snow.
When the sky is red it will be a storm.
When there is mangstass in the sky it is a sign of frost.
When the swallow flies low it is a sign of rain
(When you)
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 14:41
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left ear to his right eye was lifted off.
He was brought home, put to bed and having rested for some time he got up to "look at himself".
When he saw for himself in the mirror he had a brain wave.
He called for a needle & thread and straight away "sewed on the lid". I have this story from Paddy himself also from his workmates and I think it puts the lid on stories of layman surgery.
Anyhow I saw for myself the traces of that wonderful piece of "sewmanship". In Paddy's own words "I just clapped down the piece and sewed it together".
Here's another of Paddy.
He was working one day at a farmer's place in the district
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 14:40
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cut some of the hair of the animals back. There is a special fair for turkeys every year before Christmas. When the animal is sold if the seller gets a good price for the animal he give five or ten shillings back, and this is called the luck penny. There is no special fairs for any beast except turkeys. They say in Irish sometimes when they are making a bargain (Ta me sasta le sin) to show they have agreed.
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2019-08-23 14:38
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The Local Landlord in olden times in the townland of Rashenny was Mr Gilland. He was a very good landlord but there was two or three evicted because they could not pay the rent. Some of the people who were evicted went in again when the landlord went away. The landlord divided the land into farms and some of the people divided the land among their
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 14:35
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some "twisting wedges" to tighten a rope when the wedge slipped. Something went wrong - someone had blundered and the wedge which had been held in the twisted rope went off with a bang and with such force as if it had been fired from a mortar gun - striking Big Paddy who was in the direct line of fire.
He was felled to the earth, rendered unconscious and remained so for several hours. When he came to, he asked quite coolly what had happened & if he had "fainted". His work mates were in a state of panic for they saw & knew what Paddy had not yet seen or known, that the top of his skull stretching from over his
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 14:32
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We have not much snow in this country nowadays but in other countries such as Italy and France they have a great deal of storm. Sometimes it is six or seven feet deep. About two years ago in the month of November snowstorm swept all over Ireland and it lasted two or three weeks.
In the district of Kilnavat about two miles from Ballyconnell in the County Cavan there was a great deal of harm done by the snowstorm. Motors and lorries were buried feet deep in the snow and they had to remain in that position for several days. Cows sheep and horses died in the depth of snow. The roofs of houses were tossed and many big trees were knocked down.
A number of boys and girls were coming from school and some of them died with cold. In that district the people nearly died with hunger but a lorry was sent and the people were supplied with food.
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2019-08-23 14:28
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thus cutting off any escape of the hare. One of them fired his gun but didn't kill her.
She bounded away over the graveyard wall. It was believed by both men that his cow was being milked by the witches or fairies.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 14:27
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I
Erected on this eminence
Commanding Cavan Road,
The Billis orange Lodge has stood
Some sixty summers old.
II
And from these sacred precints, that Mrs Dunlop ordained,
Its faith and politics has well
To all the world proclaimed.
III
It tells how good King William fought,
For freedom, truth, and right:
And 'Prentice Boys of derry barred
Their gates that wintery night.
IV
It does not speak oppression, for
Even the Pope had said,
All hail the Prince of Orange" when
King James to Dublin sped.
V
Then courage, brothers, closer stand,
Though things seem sometimes queer:
Hold fast the Orange principles,
To God and Victory steer.
VI
Brave masters Nixon, Roe, and Moore,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 14:27
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I
Erected on this eminence
Commanding Cavan Road,
The Billis orange Lodge has stood
Some sixty summers old.
II
And from these sacred precints, that Mrs Dunlop ordained,
Its faith and politics has well
To all the world proclaimed.
III
It tells how good King William fought,
For freedom, truth, and right:
And 'Prentice Boys of derry barred
Their gates that wintery night.
IV
It does not speak oppression, for
Even the Pope had said,
All hail the POrince of Orange" when]
King James to Dublin sped.
V
Then courage, brothers, closer stand,
Though things seem sometimes queer:
Hold fast the Orange principles,
To God and Victory steer.
VI
Brave masters Nixon, Roe, and Moore,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 14:21
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It is the custom for people not to get married in the season of Lent or Advent as it is said to be unlucky.
Sometimes people get married in their own houses or in the church. The bride has a large cake and it is trimmed with bells and ribbons. On the day of the wedding the guests get a piece of the cake.
There is an old saying which says "Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday the best day of all, Thrusday for losses, Friday for crosses and Saturday the worst day of all.
On the night of the wedding men come dressed in straw and they go into the house and dance with the bride.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 14:00
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Long ago a man from this place had a cow from which he never could get milk in the mornings.
He decided to watch her one night and he and a neighbour went out with a gun each. The cow at between 1 and 2 o'c. gave some unearthly roars and made for the direction of an old graveyard nearby.
When within a few yards of it a hare large as a greyhound bounded over the wall towards the cow and began to suck the cow's teats. One of the men went towards the graveyard wall and the other went beyond the cow,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 13:42
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At last he succeeded in finding out that there was twenty-five men in this gang. No longer did he stop when know the men. This morning when the smith got up he found the other man gone. No one knew where he was gone until that day the police in Kilreacle got a wire to go to those twenty-five men and take them to the barrack, with their names and addresses given.
When all the men were collected the military came and brought them away, and each of them was shot.
Collected by - Aulban V. Couser, St Columbas Rd., Portumna, Co. Galway.
Collected from - Mr M. Mitchill, Abbey St., Portumna, Co. Galway. Aged 52
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 13:36
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The Fenians
Below Loughrea the time of the Fenians was a very hot place. Many Police men were shot and not a person was there found guilty.
Now a this period the English Government were taking all kind's of ??? with trades into the police force. So they sent an old man down to Kilreacle and he was walking around he had his trade of a smith. At last, he got work with an old smith. Every month this old police man used to get a cheque from the force, and he used to make out that he was a smith going around working from the different places. He used also say he had a sister in America and that she used to give him the money.
Now he was given this money to gather a crowd of men to drink and to try and find out the men that were at the head of this gang, because he was a secret service man.
After having worked for two years with this old smith and after him worked all the time to find out those
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 13:18
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with rushes and then dashed them with clay for shelter. They made their seats with blocks of wood and then they put them round about the school. In Summer they had their lesson out in the open under a big tree. And they also called the ground they wrote on the white board. In those schools the teachers taught English, Arithmetic, a little of Irish and Writing.
There was also anther school on a place called Gortray which was owned by Bunningham and he also taught in it.
The people called him "Cipín" Cunningham, because he would send a bad pupil home with a sally rod to be beaten with it by his parents.
The custom then was for all the teacher to come after a funeral and each teacher to have his own army. Then they would go out and fight with sticks and stones, every army fighting for themselves.
Once they forgot the fight and it was about three o clock after the funeral, and only one thought about it. Then he said "Three o clock and no blood drew yet. Then he hit one fellow with a stone and he dropped dead. So then the fight began. This was called the faction fight. After this the Policemen put a stop to it and it was the last fight heard of
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 12:51
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Hedge Schools
In Leitrim near Ballinakill there was an old hedge school which was built with three flags of stone, and there was also one in a place called Knockawanna in the Parish of Abbey. There schools are yet to be seen.
The way they did their lessons was to make a floor with stuff called "???" or yellow clay; then they lat it dry and afterwards cover it with white-wash. Then they used make a stick-fire and write with the black-burnt sticks on the floor.
The man who taught in Leitrim was named James Burke and the mans name who taught in Knockawanna was Whelan.
The pay they got, was; a shoemaker who had children going to school made his boots and shoes, a tailor made his clothes, a baler gave him bread, a farmer gave him stirabout for his dinner and supper, and a workman gave them a few nights lodging.
They covered the schools
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2019-08-23 12:51
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Hurling men.
Then here's to her the land we love
Each grand old hill and glen and grove
Her plains below, her skies above
And best of all her Hurling men.

Chorus:-

I got this from
Pat Donovan
Main Street
Ballydehob
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 12:49
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Hurling men.
Chorus:-

(III)
On Irish fields when heroes died
And foemen thronged on every side
Our leaders' joy, their hope and pride
Were gleaming pikes and Hurling men
And if God wills that wars' red train
Shall sweep again o'er hill and plain
Our land shall call and not in vain
On fighting lines of Hurling men

(IV)
But meanwhile, let each true heart to
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2019-08-23 12:48
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The foeman's every plan to foil
And raise, like strong plants from the soil.
Men hosts of Irish Hurling men
To guard their name and love their land
With her through gloom and joy to stand
And each one's gift a heart and hand
And will to strive with Irishmen.

(V)
When comes the day as come it must
When Seaníns rule of greed and lust
Shall lie all broken in the dust
We'll still have Irish
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2019-08-23 12:42
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Who says our Country's soul has fled?
Who says our Country's heart is dead?
Come let them hear the marching tread,
Of twice five thousand Hurling men,
They hold the hopes of bygone years
They love the past - its smiles and tears
But quavering doubts and shrinking fears
Are far from Irelands's Hurling men.

Chorus:-
Hurrah! Hurrah the stout Camán
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2019-08-23 12:42
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Not Seánin's steel can match its blow
Hurrah! the arms of might and brawn
And hearts with Freedom's fame aglow.

(II)
They sing the songs their fathers sang
When to the breeze the Green they flung
They speak their own sweet Gaelic tongue
That fires the blood of fighting men
When all around was dark as night
With scarce a gleam of cheering light
When traitors fled their Country's fight
She still had hope in
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2019-08-23 12:34
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Albert Scully captain of the Ardfield team. They never played hurling in this parish.

The only other game they played was bowling, and it is the only game that is still played there. Every Sunday there is a contest or "score" on, between two, or three, or four opponents. The "bowl" weighs 28 ounces and is thrown along the road. The distance of a "score" is about between two and three miles. There are various terms used in bowling.
The "Shot" the total distance the bowl goes when it leaves the "throwers" hand and stops on the road, where it is marked.
The "loft" or "lob" the distance the bowl goes in the air, from the hand to where the bowl strikes the road.
"Fore-bowl" and "hind-bowl" the distance between the shots.
"Bowl of odds", if it takes A 20 shots and B 21, A has a bowl of odds and wins the score.

Money is better freely in this game and scores have been thrown
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 12:32
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Daniel Gearan and people used play football in it in former times. This field is called the lawn.
About fifty seven years ago a large match was played there between Cullen and the townland of Rathduane. Cullen won this match.
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2019-08-23 12:30
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the fences were the only boundries.
The goal-posts consisted of two furze bushes generally about four feet high. There were no such things as points in those days. Formerly the number of players on each side was twenty. One from each side stood minding the goal and the others followed the ball around the field. Under the rules now there are only fifteen players on each side and each player is confined to a small space and on this this account they need not run near so much. In the olden times people made their own hurleys.
There is a large field near Bally-Daly church owned by
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2019-08-23 12:27
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In the olden times hurling was the only game played by the young men and boys in the country districts.
They used assemble at practice matches on Sunday evenings.
It was not until the early eighties that the people turned to football. Very often the people used to play what was called conquering matches sometimes between two townland and very often between two parishes.
In former times there were no certain rules laid down for football. There were no side lines or boundries of any kind. They would select a large field and no matter how large it may be
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made besoms. He is dead this thirty years. After Parnell got the “Hanging Gale” wiped out, some landlords still contented it was there. The Hanging Gale was an installment of rent that was due even though the tenant had paid to the day. Arthur Monaghan of Beechill and William Monaghan of Carn wanted a clear receipt and the case was brought to court in Pettigo. Attorney Gallagher, Donegal, still alive, defended on behalf of the Monaghans. The case was dismissed but Attorney Gallagher got it appealed to Dublin and the Monaghans went too. In the High Courts in Dublin Attorney Gallagher won the case for the Monaghans. Although they were ordinary country farmers they were well skilled in tenant laws. It was a test case for all Ireland and I am told that tenants after that case got a clear receipt to the day. The Fr. Gallagher mentioned was the curate priest in Pettigo and a great friend of the farmers. This case was fought about 1881. It is recorded of Arthur Monaghan that when asked was he not rich because he had so many cows, Managhan replied, “Your Honour, you could rear a cow on a ship.”
The landlord in his case was Sir John Leslie and the landlord’s agent in Pettigo at the time Mr. McCallough. Mc Callough said at Pettigo Court he would use the Hanging Gale as a whip, but Attorney Gallagher said he would take
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2019-08-23 11:23
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There is a hill about four miles from my school called Ballyheady and it is a very wild and bleak place and there is a bog near it also.
On the top of this hill there is a great big heap of stones called a cairn. This heap of stones is there for three thousand years. There are many stories told about them and some people say there were brought there by a giant.
One time there was a stone taken from the side of it and parts of three people were found there, a man, a woman and a child. The bodies were partly burned and may be there for a very long time. The skeleton of the man was very large and had a long skull. The woman was about five feet in height.
Animals such as foxes, may have disturbed the bodies from the place where they were first laid.
It is believed that the cairn was made there about the middle of
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2019-08-23 11:05
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n-éireochadh sé arís, níor cuireadh é go dtí rabh siad cínnte nach raibh an t-anam in a chorp.
Ánna Ní Laochraidhe,
An Charraig Bhuidhe,
Béal-Áthá-eanaigh.
Fuair mé an sgéal seo ó cheann de na mnaoibh Riaghalta, Béal-Átha-Seanaigh. Bhí an aithne mhaith aice ar Sheaghan agus tá an sgéal fíor.
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2019-08-23 11:03
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ocras an domhain air, bhain sé amach an chisteanach, agus tharraing chuige sgála bréagh brachain. Nuair a tháinig an cócaire isteach agus chonnaic an spioraid thuit sé i luige i lár an urláir.
Tugadh aire mhaith do Sheán agus níor b’fada go bhfuair sé biseach. Bhí gach uile duine go maith sin dó gur fhan sé istigh i dteach na mbocht ar fadh. I gcionn tamaill fuair sé posta a roinnt na móna agus freasdail ar na mucaibh.
Lá amháin bhí sé ag roinnt na mónadh mar ba ghnáthach i seomra na sean bhan. Bhí siad na suidhe thart fan teinidh go fallsach agus nuair a connaich siad Seán nach raibh siad ag brath corrughadh as a bhealach thóg sé bata le iad a sgabadh. Phreab cailleach luaitridh amháin in a sheasamh go dána agus sgairt amach go feargach – “Suidhigidh thart, suidhigidh thart, seo chugainn buitleír “na muc”!
Mhair Seán fiche bhliadhain in a dhiaidh seo, agus nuair a fuair sé bás an dara h-uair, ar eagla go
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2019-08-23 11:02
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millteanach ar dhoras seomra na marbh. Tóg sé leis an eohcar, chuaidh amach go tapaidh, acht nuair a thainig sé go dtí an doras bhí a chroidhe amuigh ar a bhéul le h-eagla, agus ní raibh sé ábalta é a fhosgladh. Rith sé fá choinne na gconstablaí go tuith is bhí an a cho saibh agus d’innis an sgéal, acht dubhairt siadsan nár bhain leiteadh sin le na gcuid oibre – sean gur in a dhiaidh daoine beo a bhí siadsan, acht sin is uilig cruinnigh fear amháin suas misneach go leor. Thóg a bhata in a láimh agus thug aghaidh ar an chontabhairt. Amach leis i gcuidiachda an mhaighistir, agus nuair a thanaig siad fhad le seomra na marbh bhí an callán go millteanach sin go raibh siad fhéin ag fághail bháis leis an eagla. Mar sin féin ní raibh ann aca acht buaileadh ar aghaidh. D’fhosgail siad an doras go mall fadalach agus caidé tcé siad? Seán Ua Ruathan gléasta suas in a éadach báis ina sheasamh ar an urlár! As go bráth leobtha agus an taidhbhshe ar d’tóir. Bhain an maghistir amach a sheomra, agus thug an constable do na bhónnaibh agus caidé rinne Seaghan? Bhí
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2019-08-23 11:01
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Bliadanta ó shoin nuair a bhris an galar dubh amach in Éirinn rinne an aícid sgrios mhór.
Aícid iongantach a bhí innti agus thiocafadh tamhsuan ar dhuine a bhí cosamhail leis an bhás agus measaim gur minic a cuiriadh duine nach raibh marbh darírib.
Tart fa Bheál – Átha – Seanaigh bhí an phlaígh seo go h-án olc, agus cuireadh isteach go teach na mbocht mór chuid de na daoinibh a buaileadh síos. Bhí fear d’ar b’ainm Seaghan Ua Ruathan in a measg . Bhí sé go fíor-dhonna agus fa dheireadh fuair sé bás. Anois bhí an oiriad sin a fágail bháis, nach raibh cómhraí go lear fa na gcoinne , agus cuireadh corp Sheáin agus beirt eile isteach imbraithlín . Fágadh amuigh i seomra na marbh iad agus cuiread an doras faoi ghlas.
Anois nuair a bhí am luighe ann, agus maighistar thíghe na mbocht ag tarraint ar a leabai , chuala sé toraman iongantach , sgreadach agus buaileadh
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2019-08-23 10:34
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the country.
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2019-08-23 10:34
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In this district there are plenty of fairy forts. There is one fort which I know about called Darah. It is in the townland of Killyawilly, near Ballymagovern Co. Cavan.
It is just a small plot and it is round in shape. There is a thick ditch and trees round it also. There is one lone tree in the centre of the fort and it is believed that fairies are dancing round it every night.
People dug away the ditch that is round it and they had very bad luck. People often hear cats and dogs in it and they often see lights also. Some people say that there is a pot of gold hid there.
There are mountains or hills beside it and people often go there and view
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2019-08-23 10:27
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that my ships come, and my dreams come true. God grant that my friends be many and my foes be (true) few. This is my prayer dear God to you.
The Little Irish Mother's Rosary.
There's the same dear happy circle, round the boree's cheery blaze, with the Little Irish Mother, telling tales of other days. She had one sweet holy custom, which I can never forget, and a gentle Benediction crowns her memory for it yet. I can see that little mother and hear her as she pleads. Now it is getting on to bedtime, all you child bound convensions in that old slab dwelling free, only this,- each night she lined us up to say the Rosary.
Xmas Time Prayer.
God grant you every (blessing) happiness His blessing be on your home. His light be around your loved ones, wherever on earth they roam. God grant you a happy Christmas and to all you love. On your home may the Babe of Bethlehem smile down from his home above.
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Prayer
I worship Thee great God, and all Thy ways adore and every day I wish to love Thee more and more.
God Bless you Son of Mine
God Bless your hands and Bless your feet, make them supple, strong and fleet. God Bless your limbs, your arms, and breast and the heart that I love best. God Bless the beauty of your face. Fold about you Heaven's grace; God Bless your hair your lips your eyes, keep them candid as the skies. In every thing you say or do, may you be gentle faithful true, where you may walk, may God divine guard and bless you Son of Mine.
Prayer.
When the sun ascends each day when it sinks and day is o'er. Stay with me good Jesus stay. Dwell with me for evermore!
Prayer for Protection against dangers.
May mary, Christ and the Saints be between is and harm. Mary and her Son, Patrick and his staff, Martin and his cloak, Brighid with her hood,
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Michael with his shield and God before them all with his right arm. Amen.
Night Prayer.
As I lie down on my bed to sleep I give my soul to God to keep, and any thing that troubles me, that Thy Lord Thy God may waken me.
Night Prayer.
As I go to my bed I go to my grave.
I pray to the Lord my soul for to save.
O Lily of Israel branch of the flower. Jesus, Mary and Joseph be with me at my dying hour.
Morning Prayer.
As I rise up from my bed of sleep to adore Thee oh my God and to labour for the salvation of my own soul. Oh may I rise on the last day to life everlasting. Amen.
Evening Prayer.
Jesus tender shepherd hear me bless thy little child to-night, tho the darkness to thou near me keep me safe till morning light. All this time Thy hand has led me and I thank Thee for thy care. Thou hast warmed clothed and fed me, listen to my evening
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2019-08-23 10:07
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prayer. Let my sins be all forgiven, bless the friends I love so well, take me when I die to heaven happy there with Thee to dwell.
Prauyer to Our Blessed Lady.
Hail pure white Lily of thy bright and ever peaceful Trinity. Brilliant Rose of Heavenly delight, of whom the King of Heaven dainty be born, and with whose milk he dainty be fed, feed our souls with profusions of divine grace. Amen.
Prayer.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus I place my trust in Thee, above all, before all in spite of all and forever.
Prayer.
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most mysterous, and unutterable name of God be blessed, praised, adored, and Glorified in Heaven on earth and everywhere, by all God's creatures, and by the most Sacred Heart of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.
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2019-08-23 09:54
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two bulls in Fermanagh, an old grey bull, with very long rough hair like an old goat, his owner called him Robinson Cruiso. A few fields from him grazed a very fine white bull called snow-ball. A young fellow whose father owned the white bull was coming from school where the old grey bull was feeding. The animal suddenly attacked him and his crys for help reached the ears of snowball. Many a time this little fellow fed snowball, and as the old saying goes one good turn deserves another. Young snowball attacked the old grey one, and gored his sides with his long horns. He killed him outright, and the little fellow escaped with slight injuries. The young of the cow is called the calf. He lives on her nice warm milk for some time. We call him thus:- suck, suck, suck. When the time comes for the cow to be milked, she roars moo, moo. The horse is a great animal. He has a shaggy mane and a long tail. He draws loads of stuffs. We drive him in a trap, cart, and our Irish jaunting car. He trots gallops and rears. The very young horse is called a foal. He when properly trained, when grown, can plough, harrow,
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2019-08-23 09:45
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There are many farm animals, which are most useful to man, such as, cows, calves, horses, donkeys, sheep, pigs, and bulls. The cows are fed on hay, grass, meal, bran and other stuffs. They live in the fields in the warm Summers and the milkmaid brings her pails, and cans to the fields to milk them, and with help conveys the milk home. She often sings a gentle measure as she makes the white milk flow. In Winter the cow are kept in the byre and tied with bales and chains. Often when men are putting them in, they shout baile up, and every cow takes her place, puts her head between the two bales, and then he puts on the clasp, and she feeds out of the manger. When she is full enough she lies down, but chews her cud all the time. Often she goes into other fields, and acts the thief. Then she is masked by her owner, a full mask that she cannot see with and she has to stay where she is left. In Summer she shelters from the scorching sun, under the laurels, the hawthorn, the sycamore, and the spreading chestnut. Some years ago there were
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Mumps: Put an asse's winkers on the victim and lead him round the "pig-crow" three times in the name of the Father Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Ringworm: Rub black ink or linseed on the effected parts.
Chin-cough: Lead the person out under a black ass three times in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Lump: Get nine irons, and rub them on the lump in the name of, etc.
Measles: Tops of nettles, boil, strain, and put tea on it and let draw.
Warts: Get a big black snail, rub it on the wart, and hang the snail on a thorn bush. When the snail has withered the wart will have withered also.
Another cure: When you come across a drop of water (without looking for it) in a hole in a stone. Rub the water three times to the wart in the name of, etc.
For a stye in the eye: Pull a ten gooseberry thorns in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, throw one of them away, and stick one each morning in the stye for nine mornings.
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2019-08-23 09:12
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Fools make feasts and wise men eat them.
The higher you cut the tree the more the chips will blind you.
Set a begger on horseback and he'll out ride the devil.
The longest way round is the shortest way home.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.
Late to bed and late to rise makes a man's feet double their size.
To bed at dark and up with the lark.
Silk and satin often puts out the kitchen fire.
Its an ill wind blows that does not do someone good.
Never leave for to-morrow what you can do to-day.
It is better to try late than never to well.
Look before you leap.
A green Christmas makes a fat churchyard.
Plough deep while sluggards sleep and you'll have plenty of corn to sell and to keep.
Too much of anything is good for nothing.
Strike the iron while it's hot.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Love many, trust few, try and paddle
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2019-08-23 09:06
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would begin to thrive again.
15. On Bonfire's night you should bring a piece of coal from the Bonfire and throw it in the crops so that they will fow ell that year.
16. If you carry a piece of red you will never be "overlooked".
17. You should put pieces of red up in the house when you (aro) are churning, lest any one would come in and take away your butter.
18. Never wear mourning, for twelve months won't be up until you will have reason to wear mourning for two years.
19. Never put shoes up on the table, or something will happen to you when you are wearing them.
20. It is not lucky for you to put up the first smoke on May morning.
21. If you go into a house or under a stick with anything on your shoulder you will never grow a bit bigger.
22. It is very unlucky to go near water on Whit Sunday.
23. You should put primroses round the door on May morning.
24. You should never go out to hunt o before sunrise or you would have bad luck.
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2019-08-23 08:59
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bucket on the bank lest there would be no butter on the churn.
7. Dont sweep the dust of the floor outside or you are sweeping out the head of the house.
8. If you find money lost, you should not lift it or you will lose twice as much before you come home.
9. You should never wear green, or you will never have luck. (A, NcGovern, Reilly or Dolan should never wear green)
10. Do not get married in July or August, for July is an unlucky month, and if you marry in August either of the couple will die.
11. When a bride is going out of a house you should throw a besom or an old shoe after her for luck.
12. It is not lucky for a bride to look back when she is going to the church to be married.
13. It is unlucky to lend anything on May Day; neither should you throw out water or ashes.
14. If an animal had been thriving and suddenly got sick it would be thought that he had been overlooked by somebody. The letters of the Alphabet should be written down on a piece of paper and burned under the animal's nose. In this way the letters of the persons name who overlooked the animal would be burned and the animal
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2019-08-23 08:15
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on on the the opening opening were were ceremony ceremony here here cloakrooms cloakrooms mixed mixed shorter shorter journey journey One of the fireplaces is in a corner of the room. kicking kicking football football
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2019-08-23 08:12
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This new school in Killocrim was opened on last Monday. The Very Rev. Canon Fitzgerald performed the opening ceremony. All our mothers were here on last Monday. It is a nice school. There are two cloakrooms in it. It is mixed school. We have a shorter journey to go to school than before. One of the fireplaces is in a corner of the room. The boys are kicking football every day.
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There the fiddlers were plying their bows with zest and vigour, and dozens of couples were drowing music from the dry earthen floor as they kept time to the lively tunes. The first dance was always led off by the farmer and his smiling wife and any of the older people of the neighbourhood who happened to be present; and their execution of the measure never failed to call forth hearty tears.
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There the fiddlers were plying their bows with zest vigour, and dozens of couples were drowing music from the dry earthen floor as they kept time to the lively tunes. The first dance was always led off by the farmer and his smiling wife and any of the older people of the neighbourhood who happened to be present; and their execution of the measure never failed to call forth hearty tears.
Corrections
always, always, always,
vigour, vigour, vigour,
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2019-08-23 08:01
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Still does wexford brood on that gory year when a priest fired the heather and the peasant army rose in indignation to a people's wrongs, to trudge for a while from victory to victory. What if they were beaten on cruel Vinegar Hill? What if those stout hearts were pierced? They did not fail. They struck into the slow blood of their country a fire that never was quenched.
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Still does Wexford brood on that gory year when a priest fired the heather and the peasant army rose in indignation to a people's wrongs, to trudge for a while from victory to victory. What if they were beaten on cruel Vinegar Hill? What if those stout hearts were pierced? They did not fail. They struck into the slow blood of their country a fire that never was quenched.
Corrections
gory, gory, gory,
they, they, they,
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2019-08-23 07:58
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At evening the sun lingers over this last of old Europe, and there is a twilight longer than any twilight in the world, blue overhead and reddish golden on the horizon, so that you wonder if you have not died in some gentle afternoon sleep and are wandering now on the edge of the promised peaceful country.
Correction
horizon horizon horizon
wandering wandering wandering
country country country
afternoon afternoon afternoon
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2019-08-23 07:56
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At evening the sun lingers over this last of old Europe, and there is a twilight longer than any twilight in the world, blue overhead and reddish golden on the horizon, so that you wonder if you have not died in some gentle afternoon sleep and are wandering now on the edge of the promised peaceful country.
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2019-08-23 07:55
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When he arrived at the place he did not see the devil at all.
Long ago when children were going to school on St Patrick's Day they wore crosses on their left shoulders. The cross was made of all kinds of ribbons. They wore it on every St Patrick's Day.
There was a amn long ago who lived in Ballybunnion. His name was Dan Caughlin. He caught the "Luragadan". He said that the "Luragadan" ran along the tops of the bushes.
One night as the man was coming home from the village drunk he followed the "Luragadan" along the tops of the trees. When he went home to his wife she asked who tore his trousers. He said that he was
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2019-08-23 07:50
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following the "Luragadan". The next night he was coming home sober and the same thing happened. His wife asked him who tore his trousers he said that he was following the "Luragadan".
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2019-08-23 07:48
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About forty years ago Mr Sandes house was in ruins. It is now owned by Mr Healy (has now was in ruins). He built the dwelling out of the stones. It was burned.
About five years ago as my uncle was coming home from town in the night time at about one o'clock he saw the devil on the road. He stooped down. He saw that it was about four feet long. It had a big head with two big horns. When he said "Cush" he flew up on the trees.
The next night he brought a big stick with him to find out if it was the devil or not.
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2019-08-23 07:43
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6. What is the difference between a School Master like a stamp?
Ans. The School Master licks with a stick and the stamp sticks with a lick.
7. It's black as ink, as white as snow and it hops on the road like hailsnow?
Ans. A magpie.
8. If I built a wall from this to Donegoll what height would it be?
Ans. The height of nonsense.
9. What ship carries the most passengers?
Ans. Courtship.
10. The king of England gave the Queen of Nortumberland a bottomless thing to put flesh, blood, and bone in it?
Ans. A ring.
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2019-08-23 07:37
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1. It's here, it's there, it's everywhere, it's down in Castle Harbout, it takes a bite as big as a horse and never swallows it after.
Ans. A scythe.
2. I went up the road and down the road and carried the road on my back.
Ans. A ladder.
3. Why does a hen cross the road?
Ans. Because she wants to get to the other side.
4. What part of the cow goes out the gate first?
Ans. Her breath.
5. Why does a cow look over the ditch?
Ans. Because she can't look under it.
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2019-08-23 07:33
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There was once a man who was always carrying bogdeal to town and whatever money he would get he would drink it. He was asleep inside in the rail and a few men made up a plan. They lifted the man out of the car and took the wheels off the car and took the rail off the car and took the ginit from the car. They carried the car into the house and put the wheels under and put the rail on it and put the man into it and put the ginit under it. When the man woke in the morning he thought it was the goyes that put him into the house and he never drank any more.
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2019-08-23 07:27
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When a dog gets the corrie give him a knob of blue stone for three days but get it back in his throat.
When a horse is sick keep him in the stable and give medicine:-
If there is a thorn in your leg get a foxe's tongue:-
Put the foxe's tongue upto your leg with a rag and let it there until the morning and then take it off and the thorn will come out with it.
If you will get a burn of a nettle rub a dogleaf to it:-
If a person has pneumonia get a frog and rub the back of the frog to the person's tongue:-
If you will get a sprain in your leg rub garlic to it.
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When a dog gets the cure give him a knob of blue stone for three days but get it back in his throat.
When a horse is sick keep him in the stable and give medicine:-
If there is a thorn in your leg get a foxe's tongue:-
Put the foxe's tongue upto your leg with a rag and let it there until the morning and then take it off and the thorn will come out with it.
If you will get a burn of a nettle rub a dogleaf to it:-
If a person has pneumonia get a frog and rub the back of the frog to the person's tongue:-
If you will get a sprain in your leg rub garlic to it.
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2019-08-23 07:20
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Then Then foot it foot it draw draw their their July July drawing drawing into into rail rail rick rick thatch it thatch it through through If If were were light light
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2019-08-23 07:16
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In March we cut the turf and let it there for a time. Then we will turn and foot it and make it into stools.
Some farmers draw home their turf in July. When they are drawing home the turf they will carry the car into the bog. About three stools would fill the rail. When we have it all at home we clamp the rick and then thatch it so the rain would not go down through it. If the turf were wet it would be hard to light the fire.
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On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the races were held in Listowel. There were more in the Market this year than last year. The two markets were crowded with shows. There were more horses at the races last year than this year. There were more people at the races last year than this year. I went to the races on Tuesday, and Wednesday.
I enjoyed the races very well. I saw the five races from the market every day. I went into the Bumpers with my father. The cost of the drive was six-pence.
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with shows shows there there enjoyed enjoyed well well into into Bumpers Bumpers The The drive drive
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2019-08-23 07:09
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On On Tuesday, Tuesday and Thursday Thursday There There Market Market Markets Markets croweled croweled with
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Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the races were held in Listowel. There were more in the Market this year than last year. The two markets were crowded with shows. There were more horses at the races last year than this year. There were more people at the races last year than this year. I went to the races on Tuesday, and Wednesday.
I enjoyed the races very well. I saw the five races from the market every day. I went into the Bumpers with my father. The cost of the drive was six-pence.
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2019-08-23 02:56
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Many years ago the houses differed greatly, from those that we see at the present day.
Some of them had thatched roofs and others iron. A layer of faggots was first put in and then the rushes. The faggotts were got in the fields and on the roadsides, while the rushes were procured in the bogs. The houses being small it was customary with the poor people to have a bed in the kitchen.
The fireplace was always at the gable wall. The floors at that time were made of mud. Most of the houses had half-doors.
Some of these are still to be seen on the farmers' houses. The walls were usually white-washed.
The chief fuel at that time was turf, faggots and manure. There was
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colour, and thick with knots in the centre.
The windows consist of small panes of glass, numbering about four.
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ball of fire. He got the treasure and he got a four storey mansion built with 24 rooms in it.
About a year afterwards when he was was walking past the place where he got the money The dog appeared and he got such a fright he fainted
When he came to his senses a great desire came to him to drink. He drank and was drunk every day. He got sick and died. He died a death of pain and agony.
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of the man who was buried standing before him. The spirit of the man took the money to some other place where it had not been found from that day to this.
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2019-08-23 02:37
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In the townland of Coolaw in the parish of Taghmon about a century ago there lived a man named Michael Walsh. He had a lot of money and he was very old and he had a dog. He was proud annd never spoke to any one except a rich person.
One day he buried his money in the graveyard where he was to be buried.
The next day he was found dead in the bed and the dog was dead too. He was buried and his dog was buried with him in the place where the money was buried.
A neighbour named John Furlong started digging for the money. One day when he was near the money he heard a voice from the tomb telling him he had no call to the money. He went on digging not heeding the voice. The ground shook all of a sudden.
Looking up he saw the spirit
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2019-08-23 02:17
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There is a rath in the townsland of Garrdreen in the parish of Taghmon. Once a man picked all the mushrooms from around the rath and the next day they were there again. A labourer named Thomas Helly was anxious to know how these mushrooms came there and each night stopped behind the rath to see who put them there.
The fairies came out and brought him in. They brought him around from rath to rath on horseback One day he fell asleep when he woke he found them all sticking him with pins. He fell asleep again and when he woke he found himself outside the rath. He went home but he found no one living there. It was a century since he left home.
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2019-08-23 02:06
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About sixty years ago there lived a man named John White. This man lived in the townland of Hilburn in the parish of Taghmon in the County Wexford. John was a poet and he wrote many poems and songs.
One day he made up his mind to buy a field. This he did and he got a hut erected in the field. If it was to cost John his life he would not allow any person to enter the threshold of the door. He got a pit dug around the hut and then he began to compose poems and songs
One day a poor begger went before him for alms. The poor begger fell down into the pit and died of hunger. From that day
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The officer in charge told the party that they would have to go to Wexford and report it to the officer there.
This old man from Taghmon heard the conversation.
He immediately related it to his sons who in turn made it known to the head of the local branch of the United Irishmen. An Ambush was quickly arranged and as the party were only two miles outside the town that night on their way to Wexford they were completely wiped out by the local pikemen.
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The year 1798 was one of the most eventful in the history of the Co. Wexford.
The people of Wexford were driven to do desperate deeds on occount of the awful persecution they were subject to be under the unjust laws.
For at that time to be a practicing catholic brought down the Protestant party upon on which was a the time supported by the law.
An old man and his family who resident in Taghmon and who wore devout catholics played a big part in the insurrection.
It appears that a party yeomanry arrived in Taghmon and were unable obtain quarters owing to every available building being occupied by troops
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twelve o clock. This may not be true but never theless old folk in Harpurstown often tell it at the fireside.
Another fairy spot is the "hill of the Ponds" which holds a more tragic tale. There were three ponds which were used by hunting horses but there is one left (the other two seem to have ebbed away). At one of the ponds a man was killed in a very strange manner. The man was a rent warner.
Written by Fintan Martin in Taghmon and told to him by his Father. (Mr MJ Martin) Taghmon and told to him by Miss Mary McEvoy who died 28 yrs ago age 89 yrs.
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During their time in Harpurstown was very beautiful and the house was very stylish and it is many a nobleman that dined there. We are even told a priest fleeing from the wrath of Cromwells sword took refuge there and also that he was warmly welcomed.
The history of this place seems insignificant but many ghost stories are related regarding its past dwellers and things belonging to them.
There is a private path leading to the house called the "Laurel walk" or "Hunts man walk" and it is said that a hunts man dressed in a red coat and a tall hat goes up and down the path every night at
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30) What goes through the wood and through the wood and never touches the woo.
Ans.: A knife in a man´s pocket.
31) What is full and can hold more.
Ans.: A pot of potatoes without water.
32) What is too short, cut off a bit and you make it too long.
Ans.: a Grave.
33) I have a little sister called peep-it-ee-peep,
She'd go over the sea if it was ever so deep.
Ans.: a Star.
34) I have a little red cow in the byre
And the devil himself would not tie her.
Ans.: A Flea.
35) There is a little black cow in the byre,
Give her grass, give her hay, give her water, and she will die.
Ans.: a Coal.
36) As I went up on yonder hill, I met my Uncle Owen,
He had an iron rose and wooden toes and from my word he'd frighten the crows.
Ans.: a Gun.
37) What part of a cart goes into the wood first.
Ans.: its rattle.
38) What is it the miser spends, the spender saves
And all men carry to their graves.
Ans.: Nothing.
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Harpurstown is situated a mile and a half from the village of Taghmon in the Co. Wexford. It is a historic place and many weird tales are told concerning the people who lived inside its walls. In my opinion it was a shame to let the house fall because people say it was the finest mansion in Wexford.
At the present time Harpurstown is a ruins and it holds no interest for sightseers but only for the immense trees, it would be forsaken.
Harpurstown was once were a very important race of people in their times. They were landlords and owned large tracts of land.
We are told that they were very tyrannical and set out on eviction
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2019-08-23 01:13
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long ago. The parsley was boiled with water and a strong drink brewed and taken daily in small doses it was certain cure for kidney troubles.
Long ago sailors on long voyages brewed large quantities so as to prevent Scurvey and kidney trouble while at sea.
The Tongued leaf eaten raw, or stewed is a great herb for liver trouble and in case of kidney affection it is said to be verry effective.
Very few of these remedies are in use to-day
Patent medicines have kept them out of the present generation. In the olden times the hedge row provided every ingredient necessary for the family medical chest
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22) What goes round the house, and round the house,
And leaves a loaf in every window?
Ans.: Snow.
23) four sticks standing, four diddle-le-danders
Two puckers, two luggers and a waggler.
Ans.: A cow.
24) What sleeps with its fingure in its eye.
Ans.: The Crook.
25) A house full a room full,
And couldn't get a spoonful.
Ans.; Smoke.
26) As I went out in yonder gap, I met a man with a bundle of rods, and nobody could count them but God.
Ans.: The hairs of you head.
27) It is a useful useless instrument,
It's often bought but seldom lent,
The man that buys it does not reed it,
But the man that reeds it, it carries him away.
Ans.: A coffin.
28) As I went out in yonder gap,
I saw four and twenty wild gees
Leaving the world asunder.
Ans.: A man harrowing.
29) As I went up Corn Hill, Corn Hill was shaking,
As I came down Corn Hill, Corn Hill was leaking.
Ans.: Pona-froggery or frogi shawn.
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qualities.
Chilblains were cured by penny leaves that grow on old walls. They were fried on a pan with hogs lard making an ointment which when applied stopped irritation.
Marsh Mallow or holly hock was another popular herb. The leaves which when pounded into a paste was an excellent embrocation for sprains and bruises.
Dandelion eaten raw was a great lung tonic and many suffering from lung affections have been cured by its use.
Dandelion root dried and cleaned and when stewed on water was used with success and in case of Rheumatism a wine glass full to be taken each morning
Parsley was another great vegetable used
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And when she goes out she seldom comes home.
Ans.: A ship.
14) On the gravel I do travel, on the oak I do stand;
I rode a mare that never foaled, and carried the bridle in my hand.
Ans.: a ship.
15) As round as an apple as deep as a cup
All the men in Derry wouldn't pull it up.
Ans.: a Well.
16) Four feet standing, two lugs hanging,
Its head in a hole and its tail wagging.
Ans.: a sow eating out of a pot.
17) As round as an apple, as flat as a pan,
On one side a woman, on the other a man.
Ans.: A penny.
18) White and black went up the ladder
White stayed above and black came down.
Ans.: A hen after laying an egg.
19) Long and wide, deaf and dumb,
Has no legs and yet can run.
Ans.: a River.
20) Ink! Ank! on the bank, ten drawing four.
Ans.: A woman milking.
21) Long legs, short thighs,
Little head, and no eyes.
Ans.: The tongs.
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Sprain. Prayers. Our Lady made the first cure of the sprain, when she was going to Egypt. The ass which she was riding sprained his leg. She got down and put a bandage on it, and said some prayers and those prayers were handed down from that day to this, and are a cure for man or beast.
Heart-fever: Oat-meal bread and prayers.
The bread has to be taken fasting on three consecutive mornings.
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9. If the swans fly from Port Lake across Slieve Russell mountain it is the sign of rain.
10. Wind from the East and we shall have rain for two days at least.
11. At Sun-set in the Summer time if the sky is very red we are going to have a very hot day soon.
12. It is the sign of frost to see a very red sky at sunset in the Winter time.
13. When a mist rises on Cuilcagh mountain we will have rain before morning.
14. When the crows caw and make a lot of noise overhead it is the sign of rain.
15. If you stir up the fire and see blue blazes in it, that is the sign of rain.
16. A near hand ring around the moon is a far away storm.
17. A far away ring around the moon is a far away storm.
18. When clay gets damp in the ditches it is the sign of rain.
19. When the sun goes down pale it is a sign of rain.
20. When the church-bell rings very clearly it is the sign of rain.
24. When the soot falls down the chimneys it is the sign of rain.
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6) What goes round the house, and round the house,
And drags its puddings after it.
Ans. A hen and a flock of chickens.
7) Formed long ago, made every day,
Some wish to keep it, and less to give it away.
Ans.: a Bed.
8) As round as an apple, as deep as a pail,
It never cries out till it's caught by the tail.
Ans.: a Bell.
9) A long legged father, a big bellied mother,
And three little children as black as each other.
Ans.: a Pot and pot hooks.
10) Riddle riddle ree oh! what can it be,
But a sallypicker's nest in an old crab tree.
Ans.: a nest of fleas under a dog's tail.
11) As I sat on my hunkers and looked through my blinkers
I saw the dead bury the living.
Ans.: A woman raking the fire.
12) Black I am, and well admired
Men and horses I have tired;
I'm not ashamed though all I've said,
And on the dunkle (dung hill) I am laid.
Ans.: Ashes
13) There's a goose in the garden of very big size,
teh man that will buy her, will want to be wise
she has feet in her belly, though she walks upon none
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10. What goes round and round the house and carries it's puddens after it.
Ans:- A hen and a flock of chickens
11. As I was going up to Dublin I saw the world's wonder four and twenty big pots boiling with no fire under them.
Ans:- Springwell's.
12. Niddy noddy round body three feet in a wooden hat.
And:- A pot.
13. What goes round the kitchen and round the kitchen and sleeps in the corner.
Ans:- A bisom.
14. Headed like a thimble tailed like a rat you may guess for ever but you would never guess that.
Ans:- A pipe.
15. Patch upon patch without any stitches riddle me that and I'll buy you a pair of breeches.
Ans:- A Cabbage head.
16. I know a little house, and it has as many windows as King Georges house.
Ans:- A thimble.
17. As round as a marble, as plump as a ball can climb the church over steeple and all.
Ans:- The sun.
18. As round as a marble, as flat as a pan,
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And Reverend Stewart have led,
And kept the old flag flying high,
Nor from their duty fled.
VII
Then why should ye, my brethren true
Be by the foe decoyed?
For ye have Masters Fred Bertram,
Joe Watson, Andrew Boyd.
VIII
Then all together, Hip! Hurrah!
For Billis Orange Hall
We'll keep our heads, our hearts, our hands
Aye prompt at duty's call.
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ANd Reverend Stewart have led,
And kept the old flag flying high,
Nor from their duty fled.
VII
Then why should ye, my brethern true
Be by the foe decoyed?
For ye have Masters Fred Bertram,
Joe Watson, Andrew Boyd.
VIII
Then all together, Hip! Hurrah!
For Billis Orange Hall
We'll keep our heads, our hearts, our hands
Aye prompt at duty's call.
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Riddles
Collected from children attending Drumloughan School, and written in this book 18.11.1937
1) As I was going through yonder gap,
i met my uncle Savey
I cut off his head and sucked his blood,
and left him lying easy.
Ans.: A Blackberry
2) Up chip chop cherry, down chip chop cherry;
All the men in Derry wouldn't climb Chip Chop Cherry.
Ans.: Smoke
3) What goes over the water, and under the water, and never touches the water.
Ans.: An egg in a duck.
4) What goes up the ladder with its head down.
Ans.: A nail in a man's shoe.
5) I have a little house, and it wouldn't hold a mouse;
And there's more windows in it than the Lord Mayor's house.
Ans.: a thimble.
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the Bronze Age. If the stones are removed some time in the future something very wonderful may be found. Near this hill the first medical school in al, Europe was founded.
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The chief bread that people ate long ago was oaten bread or boxty. The oaten bread was made out of oaten meal and it was baked before the fire on a griddle. It took the bread a long time to bake. It was very hard and dry and good for their teeth. The boxty was made from potatoes and flour. There are two kinds of boxty which are boiled and baked. When it is boiled we let it cool and then heat it in beef dripping.
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There are fairs held in all the towns and villages such as in Ballyconnell, Ballymagovern, Ballinamore, and in Belturbet and also other places.
Long ago there was no such thing as people exchanging money for goods because money was unknown.
Long ago people used to say words and phrases such as I got it on "Tick" which means I got it without paying for it. If people were hard up for money they would say "I am on the rocks". I hope you get "the highest penny on the market" which means I hope you get a good price for what you have to sell.
In olden times a pound was called a "quid", a shilling was often called a "bob" and a sixpence was known by the name "tanner".
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These names are used still by people who are buying and selling. Other coins such as crown, four shilling pieces and four penny pieces are very rare now-a-days. The four penny piece was called a tiostiún. [?]
Sometimes old coins are found in the ground or in the walls of houses. They are often sold for large sums of money.
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Long ago the people of Killyran Co. Cavan lived in small mud-cabins with a thatched roof.
The people often made floors out of clay and they often made chimneys out of wood. There was often a bed called a settle bed placed in the kitchen. In daytime it was folded up and formed a seat but at night it was spread out and formed a bed. We still see some of these beds.
The thatch is made from straw which is bound in bundles. There is also a man in this district called a thatcher and he is paid for thatching houses.
The fire is placed in the middle of the gable wall and it is (placed in the middl) made out of wood and turf. The fires are nearly all placed on the hearth.
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Long ago there were a great many giants and warriors and one of them was Myles the Slasher. It is said that he lived near the town of Ballinamore. It is also said that there were giants buried in the townlands of Killam, Comagh and Killavart in this parish as there are big stones to mark their graves.
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Long ago there lived a man on the banks of Garadice lake Co. Leitrim named Miles O'Reilly or Miles the Slasher as he was called.
He went out to an island and lived there. It is not known whether he was banished out to the island but some people say that he was banished from some other part of the country and that he found refuge on Garadice island. The island was afterwards called Miles the Slaser's island.
It is supposed that he made a tunnel off the is-
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land and got away.
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There are the ruins of an old church on the island of Templeport lake. It was called St Mogue's church as it was founded by a St known by that name.
There are some people buried there still. The clay on that island is very famous as it is used as a cure. There are the ruins of an old castle up at Wood-ford also about one mile from the village of Newtowngore.
It must have a been a very large castle. The walls are all that remain now as the roof is gone. People named Gore are supposed to have lived there long ago. That is how the village got the name Newtowngore. The ruins are surrounded by a great number of trees and people often go
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there for picnics in the Summer.
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he sticks four rods firmly in the ground, in the form a rectangle. He then begins plating them in and out, until he has the sides of the basket made. Then he makes the bottom, and the handles, and puts them on it. He has a very sharp knife to cut the sallies. He sells the baskets every year on the first Sunday of October in the Church yard, and all the farmers buy them for the potato-picking season. He sells the baskets at about half-crown each.
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Last Sunday there was a football match played in this district between Dunmanus and Goleen reviving the old pastime, as football was a very popular game in the time of our grandfathers.
About forty years ago Dunmanus team was the leading team from Bantry to the Mizen. Mike Kelleher brought the first football to this district about seventy or more years ago.
Mr Someville the landlord of the Prairie patronized the game.

The schoolboys were very fond of hurley. The used to play friendly matches between themselves on Sundays. The ball they used were made of perk. The hurley stick was a blackthorn or a furze stick with a suitable turn.
Handball was a favourite pastime, In the local barrack there was a smooth wall in one end of the house and there the policemen used play handball, and had many a friendly game with local people.
There was a man teaching in Kilthomane school once who was deprived of the use of his
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Albert Scully captain of the Ardfield team. They never played hurling in this parish.

The only other game they played was bowling, and it is the only game that is still played there. Every Sunday there is a contest or "score" on, between two, or three, or four opponents. The "bowl" weighs 28 ounces and is thrown along the road. The distance of a "score" is about between two and three miles. There are various terms used in bowling.
The "Shot the total distance the bowl goes when it leaves the "throwers" hand and stops on the road, where it is marked.
The "loft" or "lob" the distance the bowl goes in the air, from the hand to where the bowl strikes the road.
"Fore-bow" and "hind-bowl" the distance between the shots.
"Bowl of odds", if it takes A 20 shots and B 21, A has a bowl of odds and wins the score.

Money is better freely in this game and scores have been thrown
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for bets exceedfing £100.

Another account about Hurling and Football says:-
Rick Donovan, Kilkerran was captain of Rathbarry football team. They had no special place for playing. Every team had their own ball, and any one would not be left play unless he paid something for the ball. The players had no special clothes. The goal was ten feet wide and if the ball went about eight feet outside the goal on either side it would be counted as a point.

The hurling was played west of Kilkerran Lake, which is called "Mearach Cnáimhin". Hurling was called "goaling".
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An important hurling match took place in a large field belonging to Mr MacCarthy about two miles from Ballinadee. It was played between the Ballinadee team and the Ballinspittal team.It was a very rough match and it was won by the Ballinadee team. There were fifteen men on each side. The outstanding figure on the field was a clever newcomer named Jeremiah Hussey. He was the Ballinadee tailor. This was his first match and he subsequently proved famous.
The Ballinadee teams went miles away to play matches, their method of travelling was running across country. The players wore no playing clothes only their ordinary clothes. There was no refereeing in those days. Might was right and the best man always ruled.
The ball was usually home-made. It was simply a large lump of cork tied up with old rags. It was slightly bigger than the balls that are used nowadays. No goal posts were used, anybody who succeeded in striking the ball into a corner of the field scored a goal. Heavy home-made ash-hurleys were used.
None of the present day regulations were observed in old time hurling. A man by the name of Keohane from Kilmacsimon was known
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2019-08-22 21:08
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Holy Wells
There are three holy wells in this district, one in Mologga one in Castle Quarter, and one in Rockmills. Mologga well is the most important.
Not very far from KIldorrery there is a graveyard called Mologga. It is situated in the townland of Ahacross. Inside one of the walls of the graveyard there is a well known as Saint Mologga's well. There is a tree growing over it. There are three stone steps leading down to the well. Near the well there is a big stone and it is on this stone that the people leave tokens. They leave tokens such as glasses, cups, and medals.
In former times there was a pattern day held on Easter Sunday and large crowds visited the well. The people made rounds. There are no special prayers to be said but rosary's are recited. People usually drank the well water after making the rounds, and bathed in it, on the belief that it would cure any complaint they suffered from.
In former days this pattern was famous for Athletic events, such as hurling, football, jumping and weight throwing. It was a custom also that on the pattern day an old woman of the district should take charge of the well and charge a small amount of money for each cup of well water as nobody should leave the graveyard without drinking some of it.
There is a brown fish supposed to be in it. Any
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2019-08-22 20:02
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Several stories have been told about strong smiths. The following is one. The smith is now dead but his deed is remembered by many. His name was James Cowmey but he was locally known as Seán an Gabha and he lived
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2019-08-22 19:59
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Many stories are told around here about strong men who lived here in years gone by. The following is one referring to the strength of a smith who lived in this part of the county. His name was Mr. James Cowmey. He was a grand-uncle of Mr. Thomas Cowmey who is also a smith. He was never known as James Cowmey but as Seán an Gabha. He was a man of exceptional strength. Although dead, he will be kept in memory of everyone bt his great feats. However this is the story.
When Seán an Gabha was about thirteen years of age he was offered a half crown if he carry a half-cwt for a distance of fifty yards. Grasping the weight, Seán walked a hundred yards with the greatest of ease. Everyone was astonished at his deed.
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2019-08-22 19:51
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Pattern Day a Mologga. This fair is discontinued and as far as a hear the "factions" were the cause of it. They were also the cause of silenced fox - hounds now being used at the Hunts, because the hounds at that time used continually give tongue and would be heard going through the land. This party would turn out and stop them.
At the fair held between Kildorrery and Glanworth it was the custom with every man that could afford it to buy a salted ling at one or other of the towns and stick his ash plant through it and bring it home on his shoulder without a paper for a feast on st Patrick's night. If he didn't bring this he was supposed in the eyes of his neighbour's to be making poor progress of his farm.
At the kildorrery fairs from four entrances there is toll money collected for the Baron of the fairs who is a Dr A. J. Mc Donald. This money is supposed to cover the expense of advertisments.
The rate of a shilling a horse and sixpence for a cow bullock or bull, and a penny for each calf pig and sheep which are
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2019-08-22 19:50
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shoes, repairing ploughs and other farm implements as well as shoeing horses. The smith makes very few farm implements now. They only make gates around here. He also puts bands on wheels. This is how he puts them on: First of all he gets the iron to make the bands. He makes it in a round shape. Outside the door of the forge there is a kind of round cement place the size of a wheel. The smith measures the iron and brings it into the fire. He marks it with chalk. He reddens it all around, hammering it at times to make it even, also to have the two ends stuck together. Then he gets the wheel and brings it into the forge. Now the second person is needed. While the smith is sledging the second man must follow him with water and throw it on the wheel as the smith hammers the band on. The water swells the wheel and so tightens it. It is then cooled. Now the wheel is banded.
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2019-08-22 19:44
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The local fairs are held in Kildorrery town and in an adjoining field known as the fair-field, four times a year May 1st June 27th September 3rd November 27th. Business is still done in farmers houses on the eve of the fair.
There were two other fairs held in this locality. One at Mologga on January 20th and the other half way between Kildorrery and Glanworth on st Patricks day but of the name of the place I'm not sure. At the fair held at Mologga there used to be what was called a "faction fight" between two parties known as "the three year olds" and "the four year olds." This fight was carried out with the use of ash-plants and was not finished for that year until the following Easter Sunday which was the
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2019-08-22 19:42
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The trade is handed down from father to son and so it has come to the present day. Mr. Harris has his forge at the Half-Way while his namesake has one in Knockboy. Mr. Connor has a forge in Ballinamult while Mr. Cowmey has his in Tigh na Laithre. Three of them are at crossroads while Mr. Connor has his near the creamery. There is no stream near it except the River Finish but he has a big pond in the yard.
The roofs of these forges are not in the best of condition. On one of them tin acts as a roof. Very wide doors are also in every forge. The roofs are patched up in every possible manner. There's only one hob in every forge except Mr. Cowmey's in which there are two. There are different kinds of bellows in forges but the bellows in the forges in this locality are all the same. They are made of leather with a chain out of it. A big stick is fixed on to the chain. Under this stick is another cross-ways. He sways it up and down when he wants to blow the fire. These are some of the implements he uses ; hammer, tongs, shovel, pincers, file, vice, anvil, rasp and sledge.
The smith spends most of his time making
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2019-08-22 19:38
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out of our waistcoats and any we could manage with out in our pants and often got a fine scolding for doing so but,
"Boys will be boys'
And a boy's will is the wind's will."
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2019-08-22 16:27
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supported by Clanrickard, and Colonel Nolan a Catholic whom the priests helped in every possible way. Despite the power of Clanrickard, French was defeated and Nolan was elected. French lodged a petition on the grounds that undue influence had been used in the case of Nolan and a second election had to take place. Nolan was again elected and Clanrickard's attitude towards his tennants completely changed. About this time the system of voting by secret ballet was brought into force.
Clanrickard raised the rents, and evicted those who were unable to pay. This landlord's estate extended to Loughrea, Craughwell and Galway City. He employed an agent named Mr. Blake to collect the rents. Blake showed no mercy and soon he incurred the displeasure, and in fact the hatred of his tenants. One day when going to mass, in a coach with his wife he was attacked outside Loughrea, and shot dead. The coachman stood up to look for the assailants and he too was killed.
Blake's wife was seriously injured.
Mr. Joyce next became the agent and he evicted many families in the Woodford
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2019-08-22 16:15
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The Local Landlord
Henry II king of England granted Connaught to a Norman knight called William Fitz Alden de Burgo. He came over and settled down in a castle in Portumna and the lands around this place are still owned by his descendants - the Clanrickards. In former times these great landlords owned all the land from the Shannon to the sea. Some of the family lived at Meelick, a small village about a mile from Portumna. Previous to the norman conquest - the district was ruled by a chieftain named O'Madden.
The present owner of the estate is Viscount Howard who inherited the property on the death of his uncle in London.
The second last Clanrickard is spoken of by many of the old people here as, a rather kind, generous person. He treated his tenants with humanity, until one of the candidates whom he supported in an Election was defeated and after that he grew oppressive and tyrannical.
At this general Election two candidates went forward. French - a Protestant was
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2019-08-22 15:11
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Father Egan a former abbot of this monastery is buried in the sacristy.
There is also a disused graveyard on the Shannon Road commonly called Annie's Pasture. The mounds showing the places of the graves are plain to be seen, but there are no monuments. It was here the parish church stood in former days.
There is a field in Attigar townland owned by Mr Michael Curley and unbaptised children were buried in it.
A field owned by Mr John Wallace on the Woodford Road 1/2 mile from Portumna, was also used for the same purpose. Such fields are supposed to contain "strays". Many stories are related how people have spent hours in lonesome fields and were unable to find their way out.
Annie's Pasture - that burial place on the Shannon Road was opened at the time of the dreadful cholera, the famine victims are buried here. Its so called because a woman named Anne owned this field. Nearby are the ruins of the old hospital erected during the famine period.
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2019-08-22 13:05
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Once upon a time there was a scaffold at Culdaff for hanging people where a cobblers shop now stands. There was a man named Butler who lived in Grousehall, he was a very bad man and he got a lot of people hung and a lot of men tried to shoot him but he wore a coat of steel and no one could shoot him.
One night a man named McGuinness got a ladder and he had a gun and when Butler was getting into bed he shot him. After that he went away and did not come back for years. When he came back no one knew him but the man of the house he stopped in, informed on him. In a few weeks the yeomen
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2019-08-22 12:02
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Sometimes you would often see a horse shoe decorated with fancy paper hanging inside people's doors. It is supposed to bring good luck.
At Christmas people put holly, berries and mistletoe in the windows. At Christmas and Easter people - often get post cards with black cats on them which are for good luck.
The Sunday before Easter Sunday is called Palm Sunday and people often carry a piece of a Palm tree in their hands when going to church.
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2019-08-22 11:59
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There is a great treasure hidden in Ballyheady mountain which is about two miles from Ballyconnell in County Cavan. It was out there when the Danes came to Ireland at the end of the eight century by a very rich Danes who afterwards was slain in battle. About twelve years ago a man started to dig for the treasure and when he had dug a few feet down in the ground people told him that fairies lived there so he got afraid.
The treasure consists of a small pot of gold buried in a cave and surrounded by bogs and valleys.
The old people told many fairy tales about it and they said they often saw wee men dressed in red caps and coats dancing and playing round it.
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2019-08-22 11:55
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Hidden Treasure
The ruined church of Ardmulchan which is surrounded by a graveyard is situated on the southern side of the Boyne about half way between the town of Navan and Beauparc. It is one of the most beautiful sights along the banks of the Boyne.
Local tradition tells us that at the time of the Reformation the bells of this church were thrown into or hidden in the Boyne. Some stories tell us that during the attack the bells were thrown into the Boyne by the soldiers. Others tell us that the Monks themselves hid the bells in the Boyne for safety till more peaceful times would come.
Many years ago when a salmon weir was being built near Ardmulchan one of the workmen whose name was Reilly from Stackallen said he saw the bells wedged between two rocks in the bed of the river. he kept the matter secret for the time being intending to recover the bells later on in the hope of reward
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out of noggens. They ate potatoes and salt and buttermilk for their dinner and oaten stirabout for their tea. They used to grow their own meal and grind it with a quern - two greek stones with a hole in the centure of each stone and a piece of wood for a handle and they used to twist the handle to make the wheat into whole-meal.
For their dinner they placed a skib in the middle of the floor and oat around it and peeled their potatoes with their nails and ate them out of their hands with salt and drank buttermilk. They also ate cabbage dressed with lard and also salted herrings. They roasted them over fire on a tongs.
When the Irish people got the tea first they did not know how to
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Some of the people believed that music was heard very late at night near the place where the treasure was hid. They also saw strange lights near it at Christmas and at Easter.
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in breadth. The lid is made round with place in the centre for the dash to come up. In the Summer months we churn with the machine. We prepare the churn in the dairy, and hooks the dash to the part of the machine that is inside, then we tackle in the horse to the part of the (horse) machine that is outside, and drive him around and keep going till the utter comes on. We then go more slowly till it is finished. Some times we churn with the hands, and at the churn we all take our turn till the butter will overflow. If a stranger comes in when we are churning, they generally say "Good luck to your work", and then they take a bash at the churn saying I will leave the weight of myself of butter on this. There is a swing churn on a roller, and you can bring it round until the milk is churned. We have a small churn for Winter barrel shaped, with an iron handle, and wings for the dash. The butter is taken out with a wooden scoop and put into the milk tub. It is then washed, salted and with butter -
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2019-08-22 11:48
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People celebrated the coming of the new potatoes by wearing garlands of flowers by dancing and singing.
Wooden noggins - vessels made of pewter and horns - were used for drinking out of long ago.
Written by - Mary Taylor, Clonfert Av., Portumna
Obtained from - Clare Taylor, Clonfert Av., Portumna
The people ate three meals long ago - breakfast, dinner and supper. For their breakfast they had oatenmeal and new milk which they drank
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2019-08-22 11:44
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now and is a real useful animal. The race horse is very swift on the race course, and beautiful to see him go. Hurrish, hurrish, we call the sow. Bee, Bee we call the u=turkeys. Goosie Goosie, Gander we call the geese. Wheet, Wheet, Wheet we call the ducks. Juck, Juck we call the hens. Faby we call the cat, and several names we calls dogs, such as, Carlo, Juno, Shep, Bud, Lion, Beauty, Ran [?], Tango, Prince, and so forth. We call our donkeys, Cheddy, Neddy, and Bessie.
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2019-08-22 11:42
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In olden times people ate three meals a day. The breakfast consisted of porridge, made with oaten meal and either sweet milk or buttermilk. Dinner consisted of potatoes and buttermilk, with bacon and cabbage on Sundays. Supper consisted of porridge and milk or potatoes and milk.
Oaten bread and wheaten meal bread were eaten. Oaten bread was made with water and oaten meal.
Furmity was made of wheat and sweetened with sugar and spice and was a special dish for Halloween. Flummery was made from grains got from the mill.
The last Sunday in July was called "Garland Sunday".
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2019-08-22 11:41
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Churns are made of oak and other wood. They are different shapes and sizes. Our churn is made of oak with iron hoops. It is three and a half feet in height and two feet and a half
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stroke of your hand" said she. What about the big hammers that you and your brothers used to throw every morning for (every) exercise.
Get him to throw and we will see is he as good a fellow as he boasts to be." "Al right says the giant". So he went out and told Paddy the exercise they were going to have. Paddy said that the exercise he used to have was a bottle of wine and a walk of two miles, "But" said he "get me all the hammers about the house and tie them together with a chain and bring them to me" The giant asked him what did he want with them and Paddy told him to ask no questions. The giant went in and told his mother and she said to ask him again what he wanted with them. He told so and Paddy said he had a brother in England who told him to throw over any spare iron he could get. "You will not throw over those
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hammers to him" says the giant. The giant told his mother again what had happened. She scolded him again. She told him to get the barrel that held forty two gallons of water and to make Paddy carry it full of water from the lough. He said he would make Paddy do this.
Paddy wanted the giant to go to a forge to get spades fixed. He said he would have plenty of water drawn when he would get back. The giant would not do this so the two of them went to the lake. Paddy made the giant draw the water and he stood looking on at him. The giant fell and the barrel fell on top of him. It nearly killed him.
Didn't I tell you you will wouldn't be able to carry it" says Paddy. He made the giant draw it all the way to the house. When the giant's mother heard the way Paddy treated her son she scolded the giant for carrying the
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One of the giants told his brother that he would make a ramrod out of his head if he would not stop throwing stones down and the giant got up and killed his brother with one of the hammers. Still Paddy kept throwing down the stones and the giant knew it wasn't his brother throwing at him this time. He looked about and saw Paddy in the tree. "Come down here until I make a ramrod out of your head for this bridge" says the giant. "Wait a minute" says Paddy and he threw down a hazel stick to the giant. When the giant saw what was on it he thought Paddy was some great man. He told him he was sorry for what he had said. He brought Paddy home and told his mother. She scolded him and told him he was only a fool to believe that Paddy was a great fellow". "You could kill him with one
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Paddy. "Make me three oatmeal cakes and I will set out to-morrow". So she did as Paddy told her and the next morning he set out. He travelled until he came to a bridge that was being built. There were great big stones in this bridge some of them as big as a house. It is thought that it is a bit of one of them that is still in a field near Ballinamore. It is no ordinary men that are building this bridge says Paddy. He said he would wait and see who was building it. He cut a hazel rod and he killed one hundred and sixty flies with one stroke .Then he went up in a tree an wrote, "this stick is able to kill thirteen people of a congregation and one clergyman". When he was a while up in the tree (and wrote) "two giants came along with great big hammers and they began to break the stones. Paddy began to throw down the stones
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As I lay my body down to sleep
I pray to God my soul to keep.
And if I die before I wake.
I pray to God my soul to take.
To be said in bed.
Five blessed wounds nailed to a tree,
O merciful Jesus have mercy on me.
To be said five times at night.
Prayer
There are four corners in my bed
There are four angels overhead
Mathew, mark, Luke and John.
God bless the bed that I lie on.
Prayer
God bless Friday and Good Friday too, the day our Saviour was crusified,
I met Jesus upon the way with fifty thorns planted
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water for him. That night when Paddy was in bed he heard the giant and his mother planning to kill him. "Go up" she says to her son "and give him three blows on this hammer and he will never want another one". When Paddy heard this he went out and brought in a live calf and put it in the bed. He then hid himself. Then the giant came up and hit the calf three blows. The calf let a grunt and died. "Give him another one" says his mother "to make sure" The giant did so and he put the bed in smidireens. After a while Paddy came down to the fire. The giant and his mother were astonished when they saw him. They asked him what had him up so early. He said he dreamt that three hailstones fell on him, and whatever way they fell on him he found them. "Arrah you were only raving said the giants mother. "I wasn't" says Paddy. Then the giant and his mother thought Paddy and his
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three times and they will stop scolding you.
10. If persons get married on a wet day they will have no luck for the rest of the year. They will shed a tear for every drop of rain that falls.
11. If a bride goes back to her father's house before she is a month married she will have bad luck.
12. If a car breaks down at a wedding either the bride or bridegroom will not have luck for many years.
13. If a wedding-ring breaks it is a sign that the man and wife will be seperated by death.
14. If you knock your toe against a stone when you are going on a journey there will be a big disappointment before you.
15. If you see a hair-pin in the road with its head towards you, lift it and it will bring you good luck, but if the other end is towards you do not lift it.
16. If you drop your umbrella you should get someone else to lift it for you, for if you lift it yourself you will have bad luck.
17. If your knee is itchy you will travel.
18. If " right eyes is " " " laugh.
19. If " left " " " " " cry
20. If a hen comes in with a straw it is a sign of a stranger coming.
21. If the crook creaks it is the sign of a stranger coming.
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22. If you sit down on a seat and it falls you will not be married that year.
23. If a frog hops into a dwelling house it is the sign of a death.
24. If a large number of rats gather round the place it is a sign of a death.
25. When the crane goes up to the mountain it is the sign of good weather and vice versa.
26. When swallows fly high it is a sign of good weather.
27. If a knife falls of its own accord a man will come in.
28. If a spoon falls a woman will come in.
29. If a coal falls on the hearth, a stranger will come in, and if it is a smoky coal, he will be smoking a pipe.
30. If you put on any of your clothes inside out when you are going on a journey it is the sign of a disappointment
31. If the dish-cloth falls it is the sign of a stranger coming.
32. It is unlucky to put your left foot into your right shoe.
33. When you are going on a journey and see one mag-pie, it is a disappointent
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It is with chest nuts we play nut cracking. Two players play this game. We bore a hole through the centre of the nut with a nail.
Then we put a piece of cord through the hole and knot it at the end.
Then the first player raises his cord and tries to ([?]) break his opponents nut with his own nut. If he fails to break it, the second player takes his chance, and does the same thing. The player to succeed in breaking the first nut is known as conquerer one. In Kick the Can any number of players can play.
We put a tin can on the road and then all the players go off except the hunter. He then hunts them and each of players must kick the can before the hunter catches them.
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1. We should not throw out water after sunset because there are always souls walking about.
2. We should not lone or borrow anything on May Day or throw out water.
3. You should not give milk to anybody with out throwing out a pinch of salt in it lest they would take away your butter.
4. If a visitor comes while you are churning you should make him "take a brash" lest they would take away your butter.
5. We should not sweep out the floor after sunset or before sunrise, or we would be sweeping out our luck.
6. If you do go to the well with a bucket that had milk in it you should rinse out the
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sweets and fruit and stand behind when which ever she has chosen. When the whole number have been chosen, the sweets and fruit have a tug of war and the stranger side wins the game.
For picky we draw a large square on the ground and divide this into six parts which are called boxes. We get a small flat stone for a picky stone. Each girl takes her turn to kick this stone while hopping on one foot from box to box. When the picky stone rests on a line or the player stands on a line she is ``out''.
For drop the handkerchief all the girls except one joins hands to form a ring. The girls who remains outside runs around the ring several times waving a handkerchief. After a good many runs she drops the handkerchief quietly on someone's shoulder and then runs away in and out through the ring. She is chased by the one who has got the handkerchief and when she is captured she joins in the ring and the one with the handkerchief repeats what has been done before.
Each girl gets her turn at the running
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1. When Sunday is wet it will be a good week.
2. If Friday morning is fine, the rest of the days will be fine and vice versa.
3. On New Year's night put down twelve onions, one for each month of the year, and put some salt on them. Whichever of the onions the salt melted on in the morning, the month that onion stands for will be wet.
4. If you meet a red haired woman first thing in the morning you should turn back, for you would have no luck that day.
5. If you break a mirror you will have no luck for seven years.
6. If you see a magpie when you are setting out on a journey, you should turn back or some ill-luck will befall upon you.
7. If you get a shilling with King Edward's head on it, and you will have lots of money.
8. If Saint Swethen's Day is wet, it will rain for forty days and forty nights.
9. If your ear gets red it is a sign that someone is scolding you, bite you tongue
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3. What is that often brought to the table often cut but never eaten.
Ans:- A pack of cards.
4. Little Johnny Huddle he sits in a puddle the longer he sits the shorter he grows
Ans:- A candle
5. Useful, useless instrument, the man that bought it did not want it, and the man that got it did not know he got it.
Ans:- A coffin.
6. As I was going up to Dublin I met a little preacher I put him in my pocket for fear the ducks would eat him, he began to bite me and I began to beat him, I threw him in the drain for the ducks to eat.
Ans:- A frog.
7. Little Jinny Ruddle, she sits in the puddle with green gown and white petticoat
Ans:-A rush
8. As round as an apple as plump as a ball, if you on the top of it, it would carry you to France.
Ans:- The Moon.
9. As I was going up to Dublin, I saw four and twenty wild geese tearing the world asunder.
Ans :- A Harrow
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2019-08-22 09:56
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The seventh son of a family coming in succession (no daughter coming in between) has the cure of the Evil and also of the worms.
In order that such a boy may have the above cures a real live worm must be taken in from the garden and placed in the infant's right hand, which must be closed on the worm. This must be done very soon after the birth of the child so as to be sure that the worm was the first to enter his hand after birth.
A man named Dolan living in Corahamragh, parish of Corlough, has such cures. He was the 7th son, the worm was taken in and put in his hand, and the worm died, there and then, in the infant's hand. A certain Curlough man told me that he witnessed all this taking place. The worm dies in the Infants' had , if he is to be gifted with the Cure, and he did as in Dolan's hand so he has the real cure of the Evil and also of the worms. I believe his cure was never known to fail.
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2019-08-22 09:47
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they flung him out of the car. The pony started running. The wheel was just going over his leg when he caught the spoke of the wheel and stopped the car. He was a very strong man.
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2019-08-22 09:46
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One day a man was cutting furze and he heard a crack of thunder. He threw the billhook into a bush of furze and he ran home. Next day he went to the lace, and there were twelve young billhooks there.
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One day a man cut a tree in a lios and he made a door out of it. When the door was made his hand got sore and he could not close it. When he died there was a shape of a door on his head.
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2019-08-22 09:43
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One night a man was coming home from work, he had to pass by a lios
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2019-08-22 09:42
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Once there was a house and there was a woman living in it. She had a servant girl. She told the girl never to light a fire after 12 o'clock in the night. She was at a dance when she came twas 12 o'clock. She lit a fire. She heard chains rattling. A man came out. He asked for a gallon of water to shave. He went in again. When he came out again he had his throat cut.
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2019-08-22 09:40
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A man named Will Donnell was coming home from Mitchelstown. When he came near Brack Ban bridge he saw three Nuns. He had a trap-car and a poney. When he came near them they opened their mouths and he thought they would eat him. When he went to pass them
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2019-08-22 09:38
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Once a girl was coming from a neighbour's house to her own house. It was in the daytime. She saw a man dressed in white standing on the ditch beside the gate through which she was passing. She got a terrible fright and had to stay in bed for a fortnight. It was said afterwards that that man was a neighbour who died shortly before then,
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2019-08-22 09:28
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One night a man was coming home from town in a jennet and cart. At CaherGal Bridge he saw a black dog sitting on the bridge. The jennet would not pass the dog. In the end he went into the river and got some water. When he came out he threw some of the water on the jennet and at once the dog disappeared and he got home safely.
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2019-08-22 03:27
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is supposed to be able to cure Yellow Jaundice by heating a lemon in cotton wool and and applying
CURE OF WARTS:
The maker from St Mogue's Well (near Cullenstown) is said to cure warts when applied to them
If you should happen to find a snail when not expressly seeking one, and take up on a Sgeach-thorn. The snail must be placed back in a thorn hedge.
Another cure for warts is to spit on them nine mornings in Succession whilst fasting
This cure also applies to cysts or other lumps

PAIN IN THE EAR.
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2019-08-22 03:18
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In olden times that is to say over 30 or 40 years ago the people of the country districts had greater faith in home made cutes or in the curing powers of certain local persons who were believed to be so gifted than they had in Doctors medicine or pills
Even yet in this parish belief in certain old fashioned cures still persists
CANCER.
Many people are believed to have been cured of external Cancer of the head and face by plasters which have been made up and applied by a woman cancer-curer still living in Fethard,
There is another cancer-curer living in Ballyanne.
This alleged Gift of Cancer Curing is believed to be returned in certain families for Generations.
Although practically all Surgeons and Doctors look with the greatest disfavour and scepticism on these "Cancer Curers" even educated people have the greatest faith in them and will chance their cures rather than the more modern Surgeon's knife or radium treatment

YELLOW JAUNDICE
A local Protestant Lady
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2019-08-22 03:02
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(1) Canon O'Sullivan was one night going into the Chapel in Carrig. He went up to the Altar and he heard footsteps following him up the Chapel. When the footsteps came to the middle of the aisle they turned and went back down the Church to the door.
The Canon started to pray out loud and a loud mocking, sneering laugh was heard from the bottom of the Chapel. The Canon came down to the bottom of the Chapel and told the devil for it was he to go out.
The footsteps went out in the door and to this day the same door was never opened.

(2) One time one of the Boyces died and the horse-hearse was ready to leave for Bannow graveyard when the horses saw something and would not move. The Priest was sent for and he blessed the hearse and the funeral went on all night. (Boyces were landlords of Bannow)

(3) One night John Roche of the Island was going down to the Island to look at nets which he had set. When he was crossing under Deveurix's he met a dark man whomhe did not know. The man tried to keep him talking.
When John Roche went down to the Bar
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Townland - Bannow
Farm - Mrs Walsh
Field Names -
The Bank Field
Quinn's Field
Deer Park

Townland - Bannow Bay
Farm - Michael Crosbie
Field Names -
Pump Field
Cross Field

Townland - Bannow Bay
Farm - Andrew Cullen
Field Names -
Sheep Field
The Bottoms
The Hill Field
The Church field
The Cross Field

Townland - Verneglye
Farm - Mrs Power
Field Names -
The Kiln Field
Rope Walk Field

Townland - Bannow Bay
Farm - Mrs Wade
Field Names -
Lady's Well Field
Lane Field

Townland - Grange
Farm - Mrs Boyse
Field Name -
Kill o' Grange Field.

Townland - Newtown
Farm - Thomas Morris
Field Names -
Upper Knickeen
Lower Knickeen

Townland - Ballymadder
Farm - Mr Wade
Field Name -
The Lugawn

Townland - Graigue
Farm - Mr Crosbie
Field Names -
The Cottage field.
The Hill Field

Townland - Ballymadder
Farm - Mrs Boyse
Field Name -
The Localize

Townland - Bannow Bay
Farm - Mrs Wade
Field Names -
The Green - this is the name given to the field which surrounds the cemetery and old Church of Bannow. It
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Townland - Verneglye
Farms - Mr White (Farmhouse)
Names of Fields -
Little Moor - slightly boggy
Well Field - formerly well in this field supplied water to surrounding residents.
Hungry Hill
Fairy Hill.
Bailey's Knock.
The Long field. (Long Meadow)
Judy's field

Townland - Bannow
Farm - Mrs C. Davey
Names of fields
The Little Field
The Hanging Green - this field which is beside the dwelling house is bellieved to have been the site of a gallows during the Insurrection of '98 - several hangings believed to have taken place there.

Townland - Bannow Moor
Farm - Mr T. Neville
Names of fields
Hurling Green.
Goose pool.
Chicken's Quarter
Lane field.
The Deer Park.

Townland - Brandane
Farm - Michael Stafford
Names of fields
Gleebe field
Peekáns Eye
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Mullaghnashee:- takes its name from Hugh Ruadh. It means Hugh’s Fairy Hill. It has been told that Hugh Ruadh Macha’s father was drowned in the cataract and buried here where a mound was raised over his head. Long ago the people thought the king had slept in his dome-roofed dwelling for more than 2,000 years.
Coolcolly:- It means the corner of hazels, da or two being prefixed in error. We are told Mac Cuill one of the last three kings of the Tuatha De Danaas was so called because he worshipped the hazel. When the old writers record as they frequently do, that the country prospered under the benign rule of a good king, they usually state as one for the indications of plenty that the hazels bended with abundance of nuts and the salmon that ate the nuts that fell from the hazel trees growing around certain great river fountains became a “salmon of knowledge” and whoever took
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2019-08-21 23:53
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A man was coming down from the mountain one night. When he came to the Fire Assana he saw a man at the other side and a
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2019-08-21 23:49
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7. The ingredients for Potato bread are, cold boiled mashed potatoes, flour, and a little salt to flavour.
8. Water is added to knead Oaten bread, and milk is added to knead, Wheaten bread.
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2019-08-21 23:47
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Marriages frequently take place before lent and advent.
Some people prefer the month of June and September.
The bride thinks it lucky to have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue on her wedding day as it is an old custom.
Another custom is when the couple is
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2019-08-21 23:47
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Down on the carpets.
Down on the carpets, where we meet,
Where the grass grows round your feet,
Stand up, stand upon your feet
And choose the one you love so sweet.
Now they're married, life and joy.
First the girl and second the boy,
Seven years after, seven years to come,
O! Georgie, Georgie, kiss and run.
All the players stand in a ring, with a boy in the centre. As they sing the song, he takes out a girl, and at the last (ling) line of the song, he kisses her. The song starts again, but this time the girl takes a boy, and is on.
Sally Sally Water.
Sally Sally water, sitting in the sea,
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2019-08-21 23:43
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Angel of God, ever at my side
Go to the church for me.
Kneel in my place at Holy Mass
Where I desire to be.
At the Offertory be in my stead
Take all I am and own
And place it as a sacrifice
Upon the Altar throne.
When the Priest Communion takes O!
Bring my Lord to me.
That his sweet Heart may rest on mine.
And I His temple be.
Do pray for those I dearly love
And those that cause me grief
That Jesus' blood may cleanse all hearts.
And suffering souls relieve.
That this Sacrifice divine
May mankind sins efface
And bring my Jesus blessing home
The pledge of every grace.
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2019-08-21 23:38
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God bless your hands, and bless your feet.
Make them supple strong and fleet.
God bless your limbs, and arms, and breast.
And the heart that I love best.
God bless the beauty of your face.
Told about your Heaven's grace
God bless your hair your lips your eyes.
Keep them candid as the skies
In everything you say or do
May you be gentle, faithful, true.
Where You may walk, may God divine
Guard and bless you, son of mine.
A Night Prayer
May the will of God be done by us.
May the death of Saint's be won by us.
And the light of the Kingdom, begun in us.
May Jesus the Child be beside my bed.
May the Lamb of mercy lift up my head.
May the Virgin Mary her brightness shed.
And Blessed Michael be steward of my soul.
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2019-08-21 23:34
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St Patrick's Prayer.
May the strength of God, guide me this day and may His power preserve me.
May the wisdom of God instruct me.
The ear of God hear me.
The word of God give sweetness in my speech
The Hand of God defend me.
And may I follow. The way of God.
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2019-08-21 23:33
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May the will of God be done by us
May the death of Saint's be won by us.
And the light of the Kingdom, begun by us
May Jesus the Child be beside my bed.
May the Lamb of mercy lift up my head.
May the Virgin Mary her brightness shed.
And Blessed Michael be steward of my soul.

St Patrick's Prayer.
May the strength of God, guide me this day
And may His power preserve me.
May the wisdom of God instruct me.
The ear of God hear me
The word of God give sweetness in my speech
The Hand of God defend me.
And may I follow.
The way of God.
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2019-08-21 23:29
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God bless your hands, and bless your feet.
Make them supple strong and fleet.
God bless your limbs, and arms, and breast
And the heart that I love best.
God bless the beauty of your face.
Told about your Heaven's grace
God bless your hair, your lips, your eyes.
Keep them candid as the skies
In everything you say or do
May you be gentle, faithful, true.
Where You may walk, may God divine
Guard and bless you, son of mine.
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2019-08-21 23:23
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On Halloween night young boys go around the country tying doors, and removing gates, from one man's field to another or hiding them.
On December the 26th young boys dress up in straw and go from house to house collecting money. They are known as "Wren-boys"
This is a pious old Irish custom, carried out up to the end of the last century in every Catholic homestead.
On January the 6th, thirteen rush candles were burned, twelve in a circle, and one in an elevated position in the centre, representing Our Lord and the Twelve Apostles.
The family knelt in a circle around the burning candles, and each member of the family having named his own candle.
The Rosary was recited, and, tradition says, that the members of the family died in the same rotation as their candles burned out.
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2019-08-21 23:18
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In olden days, games were much different to those played nowadays. Here is a game that boys, in Ireland, long ago, used to play. They used to get clay pipes and soap suds and make bubbles. This is how they made them.
They dipped the bowl of the clay pipes into the soap suds. Across the mouth of each bowl a thin film of water was left. Then they blew into the stems of the pipes, the film of water swelled out into a lovely round bubble. As the bubbles floated in the sunshine, beautiful colours were seen but they did not last long.
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2019-08-21 23:13
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A large portion of the district around the school is taken up by two large adjoirning estates. One called Cloverhill Estate belongs at present to Captain Purdon, who is patron of the school. The other called Nahillab Park belongs to J.J. Cole Esq, T.D.
Each of three estates gives employment and a living to several families. On both estates a considerable portion of the land is tilled each year.
Until very recently the Cloverhill Estate belonged to a Saunderson family, and it is of interest to note that it was on this estate the Champion potato was first introduced into Ireland, from seed grown on an estate, which that family owned in Scotland.
The families of the work people live on houses belonging to these estates.
On the fringe of these estates are small
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2019-08-21 21:42
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Hills are green far away.
Never leave of until to-morrow what you can do to day.
It is never too late to learn.
He who takes a pin will take a greater thing.
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2019-08-21 21:35
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for nearly three weeks and every place was all in a mess with dirty muddy water.
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2019-08-21 21:33
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About five years ago there was terrible snow-storm. It was snowing for four days and it was drifted into heaps that were about twelve feet high. The fields were, as if there were no ditches or bushes or walls, they were all covered. On some part of the roads there was no snow, it was drifted away into large heaps. Traffic was stopped and the roads were dotted with cars stuck in the snow. Great numbers of cattle and sheep were smothered in the drifts.
It was not thawed for
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2019-08-21 21:22
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Collected by Mary Downey Clonohill, Taughmaconnell. (14)
A person's mouth often broke his nose.
An excuse is nearer a woman than her apron.
He who slings mud id losing ground.
Possession is eleven? points of law.
Where's the women there's talk.
A windy day is no day for thatching.
Collected by John McCormack Church Park, Taughmaconnell.
A rainy day is a wet day.
If you a pup you have a dog.
Every dog bark on his own dung heap.
Collected by Margaret Glennon Race Park Taughmaconnell.
He who only drinks water never gets drunk.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating of it.
Ask my brother am I a rogue.
He a bad man who leaves on his coat while working.
Never go the high way if you can go the by-way.
Rubbing grease is? a fat pig's back.
Tomorrow will never be if we should live a thousand years.
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2019-08-21 21:02
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keep the "old shoe". Rice is also thrown after them.
A crowd usually congregates to witness the marriage. After the marriage in the church, the people gather round the married pair "to wish them joy".
There is some piseóg about being the first to kiss the bride.
After the marriage, when the married pair are leaving the church, they usually throw out some money,- coppers or silver.
It is considered unlucky to have an accident at the wedding, or to have a car break down.
Present day weddings take place in the morning with Nuptial mass or in the early part of the day.
There is a wedding feast, as a rule, to which friends and neighbours are invited. There is a barrel of porter and "plenty of eating and
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2019-08-21 20:57
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A landlord named John Massy lived once in a place called Mount Massy in the town of Macroom. In one part of his property in a place called Musira he had a grand house built for a gamekeeper, and under the kitchen of that house there was a stall to hold twenty cows. This house was situated half way between Macroom and Millstreet in a by part of the country. The gamekeeper's name was Lucey and as the gamekeeper was travelling one day to Mount Massy he was fired at and got a few grains on the head but escaped. He was fired at a short distance from his own house, the gamekeeper had a gun but it was of no use to him at the time. The man that fired at him made his escape to a foreign land, although police and soldiers were in search of him. After that the gamekeeper got police protection and John Massy advertised on the paper that a reward be given to any man found hunting in his
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2019-08-21 20:56
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The is only Holy well in the parish. It is situate in the townland of Shraduff, Parish of Taughmaconnell Barony of Athlone South. The field in which the well is, has no special name. It is about 70 yards in from Dublin road, and is surrounded by a circular wall, inside the wall are two whitethorn bushes, one old and the other apparently young, the time the latter was planted or started to grow is not remembered. (See sketch on opposite page). There is also an old stone rudely carved across with the figure of Christ crucified on it.
Stations.
The station is to be done on the 21st of June in the following manner,
After leaving the public road the penitent removes his boots and stockings (not always done now)
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became very angry and said she would send them a little punishment for their refusal. Two days passed by and the people of the house thought she would not return but they were mistaken.
One night when they were in bed they heard a great noise and came to see what it was. When they reached the kitchen they saw the flour swarming with rats. On opening the door another crowd of them swarmed in out of the yard, and the yard itself was full of rats.
The people of the house were in great trouble and when the old lady returned they promised her lodgings for the rest of her life if she would take away the rats but she said she get two pounds as well before she would so. They agreed to it and she lived with them for the rest of her life.
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2019-08-21 20:34
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About sixty years ago an old woman visited a house about three miles from this school. It was a very cold winters night when the snow was on the ground. On entering the house she asked for something to eat. The woman of the house was a hospitable person and she took the old lady in and gave her a good supper. When supper was over the old woman asked for lodgings for the night but was told she could not be kept as there was a big family. She then asked for whiskey but was refused. She asked for flour, meal, milk and potatoes but got nothing. When these things were refused her, she
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2019-08-21 20:32
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Long ago hurling was much different to what it is at the present day. One of the most famous hurling teams around this district was "The Dungourney Team" they were beaten thirty two times before they won and they won Archbishop Crok's Cup and the all Ireland Final. Old people say that there was twenty one in a team then where there is only fifteen now. They wore no special colours or uniforms and they often played barefoot. How they were picked was so many men would join the team and they would keep practising until they were going to play a match then the best twenty one would be picked. The name for the kicking of the ball across the country-side was "Bonaleheri" (?).
The ball was thrown up between the two teams within an equal distance of the town or village from which the teams came. They kicked it and took it in their hands across the countryside. There was no law or order and when they came to a wall a man from the opposing side
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might hit the man's head who had the ball, against the wall and would carry off the ball. The Goal was to reach the team's own village first. Hurleys were always made of wood but long ago they were much heavier. People still say to a team that are always beaten, "Remember Dungourney".
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2019-08-21 20:24
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The name of the townland that I live in is Derry which means the oak. I live in the parish of Donoughmore and in the Barony of East Muskerry.
There are seventeen families living in the townland. All the houses are slated only two. There are two old houses in the district formerly known as the "Derry House" and "Derry Cottage". A Protestant minister once lived in the "Derry Cottage". North of "Derry Cottage" is the famous "Derry House" which was once noted its green groves. In the front of the house is situated a lake which in olden times was much visited by tourists. Once there lived in the "Derry House" a gentleman named Mr Hassett and later on it was
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2019-08-21 20:19
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The people had "conquering matches" long ago. There was a "conquering" match between Freemount and Bawnmore. There were twenty one players on each side. The teams were picked out of every parish. The ball was hopped in my grand uncle's field in Killnockin, and Freemount won because they had downhill play. Jeremiah Con O'Connor won fame in the match. The Bawnmore boys dress was flannel waist coat and white trousers and the Freemount team wore (-) in their shirts and trousers.

There was also hurling played in my district in former times. The hurleys were made of bog deal. The ball was called a "Róinche" ball. It was made from, curled hair, sewn with waxed hemp. My grandfather the late Timothy Aherne was famous at hurling, and also Jeremiah Con O'Connor. They played handball also
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2019-08-21 20:18
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There was a ball-alley in the field at the back of Patrick McCarthys house in Lismire about 40 years ago.

(Told to me by my parents)

Tadg Eachthighearn
Cnoch Cilla
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2019-08-21 20:01
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also had tea on those days. On shrove Tuesday the people had pancakes. On Easter Sunday they had eggs and at Hallow'eve they had nuts and boxty dumplings.
They put oaten meal seeds and water mixed together in a crock, when it got sour they called it sowers. They strained it and cooked it and when it was cooked it was called flummery.
When they killed the pigs they saved the blood and put bacon, bread, crumbs and oatenmeal into it and flavoured it with pepper, salt and alspice. They also saved the intestines and filled them with the blood. These were called blood puddings. That night when they had the blood puddings made they put on a big pot of water on the fire. Then they put the puddings into the pot to cook. They cooked them for about a half an hour and then took them off and put them on a big dish to cool. They did not eat them when they
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2019-08-21 19:57
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The different kinds of bread in olden times were, oatmeal cakes, boxty cakes, potato cakes and buck cakes.
Oaten cakes were made from ground oatmeal, boxty cakes were made from grated potatoes, potato cakes were made from cooked ones and buck bread was made from black wheat which was called buck wheat.
Querns were hand mills for grinding corn in our district. They put water in the oaten bread and milk in wheaten bread when kneading, and the potatoes did not need anything.
The oaten bread would keep for a week or more but the boxty had to be made daily. The bread was made in a wooden basin and cooked it on a gridiron. A gridiron is made of iron, a round ring and bars across it. It has a loose bar hanging at the back of it to support it to stand.
Special cakes were made for feast days.
They were made of flour and raisins. They
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Too many cooks spoil the broth.
When poverty comes in the door, love flies out the window.
Would you learn you granny to suck eggs.
The cleverest hen lays out.
You put your foot in it.
Beauty never made the pot boil.
She's no kitten.
A straw shows how the wind blows.
He gave it with a heart and a half.
Its too good to be true.
One swallow never made a summer.
The nearer the bone the sweeter the meat.
That cup of tea would warm the cockles of your heart.
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2019-08-21 19:48
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That fellow would build a nest in your ear and rob it again.
All your geese are swans.
Apples will grow again.
When you give away you old breeches don't cut the buttons off.
There's no flies on you.
Every picture tells its story.
There's not green in my eye.
Keep your hair on, wigs are dear.
She's as sweet as sugar.
Too sweet to be wholesome.
His bark is worse than his bite.
That man has one leg in the grave and the other out of it.
A new broom sweeps clean.
Seldom smoke without fire.
Burnt sticks are easily kindled.
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2019-08-21 19:45
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All that glitters is not gold.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
There's many a slip between the cup and the lip.
Once bitten twice shy.
The more rain the more rest, too much fine weather was never the best.
Never take the book by the cover.
That you may live long and die happy.
I was up at cock crow.
That day would take the whiskers of a monkey.
Its a good day for young ducks.
Its raining cats and dogs.
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2019-08-21 19:42
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splits to show them light through the house any where they were going.
The children ate their supper from what they called piggens or noggins. They were little wooden vessels with hoops on them and the spoons they used were bone.
This story was told to me by Mrs McChesney Church St Belturbet - aged 72 years
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2019-08-21 19:40
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This is how candles were made long ago. People gathered bull rushes peeled and dried the inner parts of them in tallow, the tallow was fat that was preserved from animals. Some made candles from wax but it was very dirty and was always spitting. What they had next for light was a stone bottle with a tin top to put the wick in and then they filled it with fat rendered and hung them on the wall to give light. Many families of children learned their lessons by light of the fire as there was a lamp of bog fur and they had it preserved in
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2019-08-21 19:36
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see snow on the mountains it is a sign there will be a snow storm.
When midges sting in the evening it is the sign of rain.
When there is a blue colour in the fire it is a sign of a storm.
When a thick mist appears on a bog or lake it is the sign of a good day next day.
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2019-08-21 19:35
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When the setting sun is red it is the sign of good weather. When there are clouds around the sun setting it is the sign of bad weather.
The moon shows the kind of weather. When there is a ring around the moon that is the sign of bad weather. When there are clouds around the moon it is the sign of wet weather.
When the stars are very bright it is the sign of frost. When the stars shoot it is the sign of rain.
When there is a rainbow in the morning it is the sign of a showery day. A rainbow at night is the sign of a good day next day.
When the sky is cloudy it is the sign of rain and when the sky is clear and blue it is the sign of good weather.
When [?] [?] looks near it is a sign of bad weather. When people
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got the more they used to cry. They used to follow the funeral to the grave and cry after it.
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2019-08-21 19:30
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Wakes long ago were different from wakes now.
Long ago the people used to be waked under the table. There used to be games played at wakes. People used to sing songs and when a sorrowful song was sung all the people would cry and when a funny song was sung all the people would laugh.
There used to be marrying at wakes. There used to be a ring of people going round in a ring of people going round in a ring and the boy and girl to be married would be sitting in the middle of the ring.
There used to be caoiners at wakes and they were also called "bean whaties". A plank would be got and preparations would be made for their coming. When the caoiners would come in the would start to cry ad about every half hour they would get a glass of whiskey and the more whiskey they
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between three townlands to wash his shirt and a woman would come and would take the shirt out of his hands and wash it and the woman that took the shirt out of his hands was to be married to him.
A man used to riddle corn in a barn on Hallow Eve night and the woman he would be married to would come and take the riddle out of his hands.
Long ago on Hallow Eve night the people used to leave a dish of colcannon on the table when they would be going to bed. They would leave spoons in the dish. They used to leave the fire burning and sweep around the fire and leave it clean for the people said all this was fo the dead, who could return to earth on this night.
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2019-08-21 19:18
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The names of games that are played at Hallow Eve are "Ducking", "Hanging and apple on the line", "Burning nuts in the fire", "Hiding things on other people", "The three dishes".
When children are playing "the three dishes" they put clay in one of them and water in another and a ring in another. They will put a blind on one of the children's eyes and this one will go over to the table and if he puts his hand on the with the clay in it he will be buried before twelve months. If he puts his hand on the dish with the water in it he will go across water before twelve months and if he puts his hand on the dish with the ring in it, he will be married before twelve months.
Long ago a man used to go
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2019-08-21 19:14
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made of bog turf. The tank was full of water and also barley. The steam of the tank went through the worm and into a barrel. The barrel had to be kept cool with cold water and there was a hole under the barrel to let away the hot water. Sometimes the barrel was in some place where the water of a stream could flow into it. There was a woman one time who was making poitin and she was making it near a well and she used to hide the barrel near the well and every night when the people would come for drink she would say that she was going down to the well for water and therfore no one knew where she had the poitin hidden. The police knew that she was making it and they were looking for the [?] but they could not get it. At last they got it and she was transported for life. It is said that the liscenced dealers were giving information about the owners of the sheebeens.
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2019-08-21 19:13
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Where the Gold and purple sunset over Sentry hill
Illuminated the shining valleys,
From Crochknar to Knockabrin,
Old manor over the Swilly lies brightly in the sun,
For its there I love you best of all
Sweet Letterkenny Town.

My mother's tears were falling in that sad morning long ago,
When I left my old thatched Cottage in the bawns of Ballyboe,
She says my Buachaill save your money,
And old Ireland do look down,
Be sure my boy come back to Letterkenny Town.

When I came back again what changes now have shown,
My mother slumbered long ago in Conwall Holy Ground.
And that little dark eyed cailín,
God knows where she has flown,
And the faces are all strange to me
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2019-08-21 19:09
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Sheebeens were places where drink was sold. They were mostly at crossroads and in old lanes. Every fourth house was a sheebeen in Drumboat.
The price of whiskey was 21/2d. a naggin. The men and women of the house went to the sheebeen for the drink because it was cheap. There was a sheebeen at the Casadh Cam and there was a liscenced public house at Peter Boyland, Patrick Boyland, Peter Waters and Ross McCabes. Nearly every house in Black Staff was a sheebeen. They measured the drink in a tin and then put it round in glasses. Once the sun went down it was a sign to go to the sheebeen and they would stay there drinking untill morning.
They were all selling poitin. They would make the poitin themselves and they would make it near a bog. They had a tank like a milk can with a tube called a worm wound round it. This instrument was made of tin. They had a fire under
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in Letterkenny Town.

The land around of the town is good. The names of the woods are Gotlee and Rockhill. The names of the rivers are Lough Swilly and the Gartan lakes.
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2019-08-21 16:15
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The story of the man who thought the validity of the Mass depended on the worthiness of the priest, and was shown his error by pure water flowing from the putrifying carcase of a horse is common in this neighbourhood. Another story is that of the man who entered the church for the first time, threw his coat across a sunbeam which came through the window thinking it was a wooden beam and wondered why the people stared when his coat didn't fall. Realising that the cause was his own sancity he grew proud, and came next Sunday expecting the same thing to happen. The coat fell to the ground, after a conversation with the priest he became a hermit in some lonely place and lived a very holy life.
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2019-08-21 16:09
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There are three tombs in this graveyard - the dates on some. e.g. The Duggans of Knocknaseedgees back to the early 17th century all the tombs were built between 1,800 and 1,825.
Many of the Local families use graveyards many miles away. The Walshes of Carrigaline were all buried at Kilmeen. The Carrolls were buried at Clonfert. If my grand father, Denis OLeary of Lyreaoune who died in 1,886 had been taken to the ancestral graveyard he would be taken to the Kilcrea abbey. He was of the family of the OLeary Reagh of Inchageela. There is an old lis or cil to the north of the Mallow-Killarney road in a field owned by Dan C. Hickey Nohoval Daly. It is circular in form and planted with fir trees. It is stated that in old days unbaptised children were buried there. These graveyards were called Cíll or keel (Cílleen)
J. D. OLeary
On the slope of Mushera Mtn. there is a cairn called Leacht Mathghamhnai. Mahon King of Munster is said to be buried there.
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2019-08-21 15:48
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and her children referred to in the last local story.
There is a new burial place on the Killimor Road, about 1/2 mile from the town. It is known as Calvery Cemetary and is in use about 30 years. It was formerly the burying ground for the paupers of the local workhouse. The people at first very much resented having their friends buried here, until our last parish priest V Rev. Father Joseph Corcoran was interned in this place. It is rectangular in shape and a variety of young trees lately planted here. ??? Rev Monsignor Joyce P.P keeps those graveyards in perfect condition. This graveyard contains no ???. It was known formally as "Bullys' Acre".
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2019-08-21 15:11
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Graveyards
In this parish of Lickmolassey, there are four graveyards still in use. One is situated on the top of a hill about two miles from the town of Portumna in a tonland called"Cill na briunn óg". This burial place is round in shape and is surrounded by high walls covered with ivy. It is planted with trees. Another name by which this graveyard is knows is Killmallinog. It contains the ruins of an old monastery.
Another graveyard is to be seen in a townland called Lickmolassey. This resting place of the dead is called Church Hill. St. Molass came here and built a church an school herein the 5th century. The ruins are still to be seen. This graveyard is round in shape and is covered with tall pine trees, which can be seen for miles around, because this place is very much elevated.
Around St. Brigid's church, in the centre of the town, we have another cemetery. It's very old and in order to close it ???; only people over 70 years of age are buried there. The most remarkable thing about it is a vault containing the remains of Mrs.
Miller
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2019-08-21 14:26
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This testimonial has been erected by public subscription to Cornelius O'Brien D.S.O.
The representative of this country in Parliament for more than twenty years as a lasting record to his public conducg and provate worth in admiration of the energy, and success that characterized of his many labour's, and happiness and comfort of his people and as a tribute to his warmheartedness and liberality, and forethought in providing for the accomodation of strangers visiting the magnificent, scenery of the neighbourhood.
Signed on behalf of the committee,
Colman M. O'Loughlin
(Barnet.)
Michael Mac Namara
Secretary
11th October 1858
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IV
The ships on the ocean are lovely to see.
Sailing into Liscannor and crossing Mal Bay.
Liscannor is a seaport where fishermen dwell.
And adds to the scenery of St. Brigid's Well.
V
St. Brigid's eve as the night fell.
My mother and I went to St. Brigid's Well.
Many candles did burn great lights they did shine.
Round the graves of the dead and the vault of O'Brien.
VI
The graveyard is beautiful as you walk along.
You'll see a grand vault with a door quite strong.
And right through this door a coffin doth shine:
Wherein lay the remains of Cornelius O'Brien.
VII
Lisdoonvarna's grand scenery is beautiful to see.
The hills lovely rivers flowing on to the sea.
The tourists of Ireland of many can tell.
And the grand sulphur spas and of St. Brigid's Well.
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IV
The ships on the ocean are lovely to see.
Sailing into Liscannor and crossing Mal Bay.
Liscannor is a seaport where fishermen dwell.
And adds to the scenery of St. Brigid's Well.
V
St. Brigid's eve as the night fell.
My mother and I went to St. Brigid's Well.
Many candles did burn great ligts they did shine.
Round the graves of the dead and the vault of O'Brien.
VI
The graveyard is beautiful as you walk along.
You'll see a grand vault with a door quite strong#And right through this door a coffin doth shine:
Wherein lay the remains of Cornelius O'Brien.
VII
Lisdoonvarna's grand scenery is beautiful to see.
The hills lovely rivers flowing on to the sea.
The tourists of Ireland of many can tell.
And the grand sulphur spas and of St. Brigid's Well.
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2019-08-21 14:06
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The storyteller above named said that she remembered her grandfather saying that in this parish there was once a man who promised St. Martin that he would kill one of his pigs and spill its blood in his honour. When St. Martin's day came; the man got ready to go to the market with his pigs: forgetting; of course; his promise to St. Martin. As he was about to remove the pigs into the car a voice at the back door was heard to say:
Mist Máirtín fuireann-fionn a cuireann dúil i ngach feoil; mara mar bhuigheann tuse to mhuc breac: marbhóchaidh mise do mhac tóne
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2019-08-21 12:10
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and St. Lachteen, the patron saint of Donoughmore were to walk on their knees until they met and the meeting place would be the boundary between the two parishes. They met at Ard na n-Aingeal and they had a fight and St Olan said that every mad dog would go to Donoughmore and St Lachteen said that Aghabullogue would never be without the bed of a robber.
St Olan was buried in Aghabullogue graveyard and a tombstone erected over him with his name written in Ogham on it.
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2019-08-21 12:05
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district and Woodford. It can be recorded where he seized a pony and trap just a short distance from Portumna from a priest named Father Cohen for a small amount of rates. Many of the best farms from which our tenants were evicted were handed over to Orange families who were called "planters" from the North of Ireland. But they are mostly all cleared out again since our brave young Irish men fought for the little independence we have.
Written by - Mary Moran, Abbey St., Portumna.
Obtained from - Matthew Moran, Abbey St., Portumna.
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2019-08-21 12:03
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fifth of September. People go there on that day to pay 'rounds'. They pray first at the well and then at a stone two fields away on which are the footprints of the saint. Prayers are finally said at the grave in Aghabullogue graveyard where he is buried. Long ago when the 'rounds' were paid, the pilgrims went to a field near by and made merry.
There was a tree growing over the well until recent years. This tree was supposed to have been planted by St. Olan himself. One day when he was minding cows he stuck the twig he had been using in the ground and it grew to be a big tree. It was said that no one could burn it; but the late Fr. Aherne burnt it in Aghabullogue school and church.
One day some tinkers were passing by the well and being short of water for tea they took a gallon of water from the well and put it to boil but if they waited until today it would not boil.
St. Olan, the patron saint of Aghabullogue
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2019-08-21 12:01
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never allowed them to lice in peace. Tenants had to supply fuel, grain, hay or such as they could supply. Their agents collected them by force which often caused bloody battles. The poor tenants always came off only second best. One of the cruelest of Clanrickardes successors to the estate was the last old wretch who in as late as 1880 turned hundreds of families out in Portumna district, and thus caused all young girls and boys to emigrate to foreign lands. Many of Clanrickardes local under-agents were always prepared to carry out most unmanely duties towards their neighbours. One in particular Mr J. Whelan directed police and Soldiers at mostly every eviction in this
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to give in as all the doors were broken down with the battering ram. They were all arrested and brought into town in "long cars". They were put into the bridewell which is now our "town Hall". After their trial some of them were sent to Galway Jail and more were let off.
Written by - Mary Martin, St. Brendan's St., Portumna
Obtained from - William Martin, St Brendan's St., Portumna
Our local landlords were the Clanrickardes. We can go back for about four hundred years for some of Clanrickardes wicked actions towards their tenants. They
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When they left their lands planters from the North, all big Protestant farmers were brought down, and settled there. Any who had big farms were sub-divided on marriage. No one was allowed to keep a dog, or kill game on the Marquess's land, and if they were caught they would be put out of their lands.
Tithes were collected in corn to feed the priests horse.
During the evictions there was great resistance by the tenants against the landlords and the police to hold their houses. There was one great battle fought at Saunders Fort, near Rossmore. All the tenants gathered together on Saunders' house. They held out for two days and they had the windows and doors barricaded. To defend themselves they threw down boiling porridge and molten lead on their attackers, but eventually they had
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gravel pit at Cardiffstown.
There is also a cave or tunnel which runs from Bective Abbey under the road about 50 or 60 yards, the Navan side of the River Boyne The trace of this cave can be seen on a dry summer showing that it runs in the direction of Trim. The grass over the tunnel becomes withered and dried up as the moisture drops into the tunnel. The hollow sound too when traffic crosses the spot can be easily heard.
N.B: Would it be worth having that Tara cave explored?
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2019-08-21 11:39
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Some years ago a groom employed by Major More Brabazon, Tara Hall, found in a field on the estate the opening of a Cave or tunnel. The place where he found it is called The Glen. He enlarged the entrance intending to enter it, but was afraid to do so. Mr. Sheridan, or Mr. Walsh, who still live at Tara can point out this cave.
Another cave or tunnel runs under the road at Cardiffstown, about two miles from Cannistown School on the Kilmessan road. This tunnel leads from an old ruined Castle at Riverstown in the direction of Tara. The hollow sound can be heard as cattle or horses walk over the cave which is about 25 or 30 yards the far side of the
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The Landlord
The landlord of this district was The Marquess of Clanricarde. He was the last of the Clanricardes to inherit the lands of Portumna. All the family with the exception of this Marquess were looked upon as good landlords. The words of that famous song "The Wests Asleep" "Glory guards Clanricardes grave relates to the old Clanricardes. About the year 1888 evictions were carried out by the late Marquess. Some of the evicted people went to America some had huts with iron roofs built for them with money that was gathered - more come into the town and lived in lodgings. These were supported by the generosity of the people who collected money and gave it to the landlady for their upkeep.
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farms and farmhouses which in former years were part of these estates.
Very few of the inhabitants of the district are of old Irish native stock. The majority would appear to be descended from employees on the estates in years gone by, who settled down on the land in the district. Others may have been "planted" here from England, Scotland or Wales.
No one seems to be able to remember anything about the place farther back than forty or fifty years. There is one old woman, a Mrs Fry, 83 years of age; but she has been living in this district for the past five or six years only. She knows no Irish.
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2019-08-21 11:25
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In olden days there was a certain house in Rathcormac named Kilshaning it was owned by a rich gentleman and under the steps of the Hall door there was gold buried.
A certain Lord Fermoy is said to have hidden it there long ago when war was raging in Ireland.
Lord Fermoy was afraid if he left the money in the house it would be stolen, so for safety he hid it under the steps of the Hall door and soon afterwards he died and nobody knew anything about the gold so it was hidden there for years.
A man dreamed about the gold for three nights in succession, but the two first nights he thought nothing of it so on the third night himself and his sons went to dig it up. The people who went to dig up the gold were the Curtains of Rathcormac who were labouring men.
They removed the steps from the door and dug down very deep but at last they were rewarded by finding a pot of gold, they put back the steps again and went home with the treasure. Then they bought farms with the money and they were known as gentlemen afterwards.
It is said that the pot of gold was worth thousands of pounds.
When the Danes came to Ireland they robbed and plundered everywhere but especially the Churches and then hid the gold Chalices and a great many of these treasures have been found.
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2019-08-21 11:23
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There is a holy well dedicated to St Olan situated about three quarters of a mile from Aghabullogue church. On leaving the church you travel northwards on the road leading to Rylane. There is a steep hill just before you reach the well and a cross roads near by. The well is in the corner of a field near the road and is covered with a hood and a white thorn tree.
The 'Pattern day' falls on the
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2019-08-21 10:56
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Long ago the Shannon was so shallow that there was a path across it to a wood names "Umna". The town before this time was named Port but since then it is called "Port-umna".
There was an old monastery in Lorrha where the Friars used to live and it is now called "the Friars Loch".
There is a river beside the banks of the Shannon named "Rodgers Lane". Two brothers named Rodgers were drowned there and that is how it got that name.
Written by - Val Williams, Abbey St., Portumna
Obtained from Joseph Williams, Abbey St., Portumna
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2019-08-21 10:54
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In former times tents were set up in a field near the well and tea was served in these tents, and today this field is known as the 'tea house inch'.
A story is told of a quarrel between St Olan and another saint called St. Lachtaoin who is now the patron saint of Donoughmore parish. Each cursed the other's parish as a result. St Lachtaoin said that Aghabullogue would never be without a robber and St Olan said that Donoughmore would never be without a mad dog.
They fought because of a dispute which arose between them as to where the boundary between the two parishes should lie. Each was to walk on his knees from a certain point at an appointed time and keep on walking until they met and that spot would mark the boundary between Aghabullogue and Donoughmore parishes.
St. Lachtaoin was too clever for St. Olan and he set off earlier and
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2019-08-21 10:37
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There is a holy well situated about half a mile from Aghabullogue church on the road leading northwards to Rylane. The district in which it is situated is called Mount Rivers.
This well is called St. Olan's well. St. Olan is the patron saint of Aghabullogue. He was buried in Aghabullogue graveyard. A big stone bearing the footprints of the saint stands near the grave. On the big stone lies a smaller stone called 'Caipín Olainn'.
Every year on the 5th of Sept. crowds of people go to the well to pray and drink some of the water. They pray in thanksgiving for favours received and ask for more favours.
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2019-08-21 10:34
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Breac" means "Speckled Hill"
In "Shiels field" there were many cabins in by-gone days but as the inhabitants were not able to pay their rent, they were evicted. All had to leave except the owner of one tiny cabin where a man names Shiel used to live. The Landlord thought no one could live in it and did not mind it. Shiel lived many years in that lonely spot and when he died the field was called "Shields field" after him.
Written by - Mary Martin, St. Brendans St.,
Portumna.
Obtained from - William Martin.
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The "Barony Stream" is so called because it separates the barony of Longford from the barony of Leitrim. It is situated about five miles from Portumna.
There is a well in Tiernascragh called "St. Patricks" because the mark of the saints knee can be seen in a rock beside it. The well never runs dry.
"Locked Aine" is so called because a woman names "Aine" was buried there. The men w.ho were carrying the coffin to the churchyard got tired and buried her there.
"Cnoc Breac" got its name from all the different colours of the wild fowl and rabbits that are there. "Cnoc
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to rain and he told the devil to go back for his bag. The devil did so and fell into the bag and could not come out of it. Seán carried him to the mill and told the miller that he would give him a firkin of gold if he would throw the bag into the mill. The miller agreed and all the devil's bones were broken up.
Seán gave the miller the firkin of gold and lived happily ever after.
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into it.
When the three years were up, the devil came and said the time was up for Seán to go with him.
Seán said that he should finish a set of shoes before he could go. He told the devil to catch the sledge and hit the iron. The devil did so and could not let the sledge go again and Seán began poking him with a hot iron. He was screaming for mercy and promised Seán his freedom for another three years.
When those three years had expired the devil came again for Seán. "Reach up for my walking stick" said Seán. The devil did so and clung to it and could not let it go. Again Seán began poking him with a red hot poker and was released by Seán on condition that he would give him his freedom for another three years.
The third time he came Seán was going along with him. When he went out on the road it began
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Broad Bottom, Sheep Walk, Horse Park, Rock's Hill, Prospect Hill, Five Acres, Hollow Bottom, Priest's Bottom, Seale's Hill, Loch Bray.
Stone Park, Brick Field, Doctor's Field, Cricket Bottom, Jenning's Rock.
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No place names in the district could be found, having reference to the Penal Times, nor any story or tradition.
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The "luck-penny" varies from 1/- to 5/- in the case of cattle.
Striking hands is used to show agreement when a bargain has been made.
The buyers have marking material of some distinctive colour to mark the cattle. Each has his own special mark. The material used for marking is called a "keel".
The halter is given away with the animal sold.
Ash Wednesday fair is the greatest fair of the year in Belturbet
The 14th May, 14th August and 12th November are the most important fairs of the year in Cavan.
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2019-08-21 10:12
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"Gallows Hill" is about a hundred yarts outside Portumna. It was so called because in the year 1798 there was a gallows for hanging people there.
"Gort an Cára" got its name when Sullivan Beara fought a battle there in the year 1601 against Clanrickarde and the Egans.
"Thorn Field" is a town -land about three miles from Portumna. It got its name on account of all the white thorn bushes that were there and when the bushes were cut down the thorns remained.
"Sean Baile" is about four miles from Portumna. In older times it was a town but now it is only a village and it is called "Sean Baile".
Written by - Nancy Moylan,
Bridge Rd., Portumna
Obtained from - Michael Moylan
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Local Place Names
On St. Brigid's Road, there is an Avenue called "Chivers Avenue". At the end of that Avenue there is a hill. It is said that up to a few years ago, fairies were seen there. It is now called "Fairy-Hill".
"Bloody Bridge" was thus called because two heroes fought a duel there. It is situated about half a mile outside the town. Their blood was spilt there and so it is called "Bloody Bridge".
"Pauls-Well" is situated about a hundred yards from "Bloody Bridge". It got its name from a man named "Paul" who was getting a drink and was drowned.
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a fire is made in the open air.
They had special privileges at times such as being able to banish rats. They have been always looked upon as being very strong.
There was a forge in this parish long ago at "Croisin a Ghabha". It was kept by a smith named Seán Gabha. The old people tell a story of how he got the better of the devil. One day the devil came in, in the shape of a man and he gave him three firkins of gold on the understanding that he would come with him after three years. In the meantime another man came in and Seán told him sit by the fire and warm himself. When he was warm he gave Seán three wishes. The three things Seán wished for were 1. That any one who took the sledge but himself would cling to it. 2. That anyone who would catch his walking stick would cling to it. 3. That anyone who would go near the bag which he had in the corner would fall
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of a door. He was caught by the owner of the house who rewarded him for his work by throwing a bucket of water over him.
A few boys got a barrel of water and brought it to a house in Broad Road. Two of the boys held the door while the others rolled the barrel over against it. Then they knocked on the door, and when it was opened the water splashed in on the person who opened it.
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the labourer had more nicks in his stick than the farmer. The farmer refused to pay and the labourer took him to court. There the labourer swore that the short nicks in his stick (which were not shown on the farmers stick) were for portions of days on which he had worked and of which the farmer did not keep any account. Thus when the weather was unfavourable and the labourer could not work a full day he cut a short nick in his stick, while a long nick denoted a full day's work. The judge decided in favour of the labourer and he was paid accordingly.
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About fifty or sixty years ago tallysticks were used in this locality. Frank Walshe now aged 80 years told me he used them in the local flax mill which was then owned by Bernard OConnor. Walshe and others used them as they were then unable to keep accounts. He put a nick in the stick for every stone of flax he had scutched and other scutchers did likewise. They were paid according to the amount of work that had done.
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The following story relating to tallysticks was told to Rory OConnor by a pupil of Arva Boys' School by his grandfather Mr. Michael Bennet (74) Arva.
As a youth Bennet heard of a dispute a farmer and a labourer concerning the number of nicks in the Tallystick. It seems each kept a tallystick but when the time for payment arrived
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There are three forges in this parish. Two different families of Twomey's own two of them and the third is owned by Mr Allen, Rylane. All of them are situated near cross roads.
The roofs are made of felt. A big door leads into them. There is one fireplace in each with a bellows near it made of leather with timber handle.
The implements the smith uses are: hammers, sledges, pincers, punches to make holes in iron, a knife to pare the hooves and an anvil to hammer the iron on it.
He shoes horses, donkeys and cattle were shod when going long journeys to fairs. He mends ploughs, harrows, spades, shovels, pikes, axes and other farm implements. Some of the work is done in the open air, such as putting bands on wheels for which
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The marriage customs of this district are not so common now as they were long ago. It is the custom for the bride to wear something new, something old, and something borrowed for luck. The bride usually dresses in blue or white, some people say it is not lucky to wear red or green clothes when we are getting married. It is said that it is unlucky to get married on Saturday, and May is also an unlucky month to get married in, and June is a lucky month.
When the bride and groom are married they usually get breakfast in the brids house, and they go around inviting friends and neighbours to the dance, some people call it a spreer. It is the custom for the men to dance with the bride at the dance, and to drink a toast. This dance usually
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lasts until morning, Straw men come to the house, and sing, and dance, and play music, and the groom gives them money. Then on another night there is a dance, and it is called the bride's drink, and on that night the neighbours give the bride wedding presents.
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The people in this district in olden times used to eat two meals a day and sometimes only one, these two meals were Dinner and Supper.
The principal item of the meal was porridge made from Indian meal or Oaten Meal. The potato crop during the Famine, failed, and so potatoes were scarce. Black bread was eaten, it was made from Indian Meal and Black Potatoes. When the dough was made it was out in a pan and set up against the seat of an upturned stool or chair to heat from the open fire. It was then baked after this process. The only meat eaten was deer or wild young goats or boars. The principal fish eaten was salmon and ling. At the time of the Famine vegetables were very hard to get. The people did not eat late at night. There were a lot of special things eaten on certain occasions such as :- Boxty on Hallow Eve, Eggs at Easter, which were sometimes saved during the seven weeks of Lent, and Boiled Rice with currants was eaten at Christmas, because of fast which no people were allowed to eat meat. Tea first came
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into the district 270 years ago. In place of cups the poor people used vessels of wood and tin and the rich folk used beautiful goblets of gold or silver.
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ag shocruigh siad dul isteach faoin droichead le cúpla cluiche a bheith aca. Bhí sé dorcha san áith gidh go rabh an gealach ag soill siughadh, ach go raibh sé tirim agus bhí fasgadh ann.
Smaoithigh fear aca ann sin go raibh giota coinnle aige in a phóca fa thuairim ordlach ar fad. Fuair sé losán agus les sé an choinneal. Thosuigh siad ag imirt ann sin. Tamall bhéidh fear amháin ag baint agus tamall indiaidh sin bhéidh an bhuaidh ag an fhear eile. Do lean siad mar sin agus níor mhothuigh siad an tam ag dul thart. Ní raibh fear ar bith aca ag imirt mor ba chóir.
San deireadh mhotuigh siad fuaim daoine ag cainnt agus chualaidh siad glór daoine ag teacht. Chuir siad cluas orra féin agus stad siod. Nuair a chuaidh na daoine thart chuaidh siad amach ar faoin droichead agus thug siad fa dear go raibh an ghrian ag soill suighadh agus na comarsain ag dul chun an aifrinn.
Chuaidh siad isteach faoín droichead arais leis na cándas a thíghbhail
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Its along lane that has no turning.
Its an ill wind that does not blow some one good.
Satin finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.
Hunger is good sauce.
Health is better than wealth
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A rolling stone gathers no moss
As you live you die.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Many hands make light work.
Empty vessels make most sound.
Apples will grow again.
More haste the less speed.
You cant make a silk purse out of a sows ear.
A green Christmas makes a fat Graveyard.
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Bhí beirt fear san cheanntar seo tamall maith ó shoin agus bhí an dúil aca anns na cárdai. Bheadh siad amuigh go luach agus go mall gach oidhche san geimhreadh ag imirt. Tá an bheirt aca marbh anois acht fuair mise an scéal ó dearbhrathair fhir amháin aca acú in a chomhnuidhe go foil i seas can no gréine – on baile is neise do mhín a bhealaigh.
Deirtear go raibh an beirt aca an mhaith ag imirt, agus ba ghnáthach leobhtha mórán airgid a dheánamh ar an imirt. Deirtear fosta nach raibh siad direach san imirt agus gur le sin an fach a déirigh leo go maith.
Bhí an bheirt aca ag teach abhaile oidhche Sathairn amháin fa thuairam an mheadhan oidhche. Oidhche bhréagh gheal a bhí ann. Bhí an gealach ag soill siughadh agus bhí rud beag seaca ann. Bhí siad ag cainnt eattora fhéin fan chluiche a bhí aca san oidhche sin. Bhí fear amháin aca agus bhí leach – choróin [?]aillte aige, agus bhí an néid ceadna bhuaidhsé ag an fear eile.
Bhí sean droichead an an bhothar
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2019-08-21 09:22
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A burnt child dreads the fire
Its hard to get a good hook for a bad reaper.
The early bird gets the worm
If you dont sow you wont reap.
What you dont hear wont hurt you.
His bark is worse than his bite
You never miss the water until the well goes dry
A new broom sweeps clean.
Time and patience brings a snail to Jerusalem
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
When the cats away the mice play away.
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2019-08-21 09:19
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In this district ancient customs play a leading part in the year's feasts. Many of these customs are handed down from ancient pagan times, but their origin does not diminish their significance.
On New Year's Day it is considered unlucky to dispose of anything of any kind - not even dirty water or ashes, and people will not even sell milk, but cling firmly to all their possessions. On New Year's Eve the heart is swept exceptionally clean and the door is left open in order to permit any fairies to enter and warm themselves.
St. Brigid's Day is observed by each member of the household making a cross from straw and rushes, and the house is decorated by these - most of which are perfectly made.
Everybody wears a bunch of shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day, and , although the custom is almost dead, some people drown them at the end of the day.
It has always been considered very unlucky to go near water on Whit Sunday or Whit Monday, and this belief is strengthened by the fact that many holiday seekers are drowned during Whit week-end.
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2019-08-21 07:54
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The name of my townland is Gurtnaminch in the parish of Listowel and in the barony of O'Connor. The number of families is twenty one. These are their names as follows and the number of people in brackets after their names:-
Patrick Hegarty (6)
John Collins (4)
Dan Joy (7)
Terence O'Connor (1)
Michael Hayes (3)
Moss Enright (7)
Mrs Neville (3)
Patrick Connell (3)
Thomas McCarthys (2)
John Dee (2)
James Kissane (4)
Thimity Hayes (5)
John McCarthy (3)
William Harnett (4)
Jerry Purtell (5)
Mrs Buckley (3)
Michael Barrett (4)
Michael Barrett (4)
Mrs Ryan (1)
Patrick Enright (9)
John Horgan (7)
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January January
February February
March March
April April
May May
June June
July July
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Sunday Sunday
Monday Monday
Tuesday Tuesday
Wednesday Wednesday
Thursday Thursday
Friday Friday
Saturday Saturday
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2019-08-21 07:41
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house to Ennismore and it is said that if you built a house on any of these paths that the house would never be lucky.
Before the bridge at Finuge was built the people used to cross the river.
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2019-08-21 07:40
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road. One of the bog roads is about twenty yards to the right of my house. It is about a mile in length. The other road is about a mile in length. It begins Patrick Enright's.
All these roads were made about the famine time so as to give work to poor people who had nothing to eat. Most of the roads were made by people from other districts where the famine occured and their pay was sixpence a day.
There are also a number of paths through the bog and those were made about one hundred and fifty years ago. There is one leading from my
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2019-08-21 07:35
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All the roads in this district are:- Gurtnaminch road, Ennismore road, Horgans road, Greenville road and there are two bog roads near my house.
The Gurtnaminch road begins at about thirty yards from Killocrim National School and it ends at Patrick Enright's of Beenamilane. The Ennismore road begins at Harnette's railway gates and it ends at Mrs
Horgan's road begins at Horgan's cross and ends at Finuge bridge.
The Greenville road begins at Markey's bridge and ends at scortley cross and the two bog roads lead from Gurtnaminch
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2019-08-21 07:29
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long distances spinning on the roads.
3. We also in the evening have big jumps. We get first two long straight sticks and put them in the ground. We put a rope or a thin stick across it so as to be able to low or heighten it when wanted. The person who was taking the jump had to stand about nine yards from the jump. Then he had to run for it jump or fall.
We play jumping in another way as well. This kind of jumping is called a long jump. The person had to toe the line and jump what ever length he could.
4. In the houses in the country we play cards. The games we play are:- "The old Maid", "The Donkey", "Domino", "Patience" and the game
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2019-08-21 07:22
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them in an other way. The marble is put in the centre a two boys on at each side of the marble. Each about three feet from the marble. The boy with the most marbles that should put the marble on the ground and the other boy to "pink" and who ever hit the marble should leave a marble on the ground after him for the next to pink.
2. We also play tops in the country and the kind of tops we play are flat tops. We also make whips out of a cord or of a piece of string. When we want to put the tops spinning we run it with our fingers then we hold flogging it with our whips to keep it spinning. We take them
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2019-08-21 07:17
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1. Football.
2. Hurling.
3. Marbles.
4. Tops.
5. Jumping.
5. Card playing.
1. We play marbles in two or three different ways. We make a "ring" at first and put a number of marbles into it. Then the person whom you were going to play had to stand about three yards back from the ring. If the person whom you were playing hit a marble and drove it out of the ring and if his own marble stayed inside he would get nothing for it. We also play
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2019-08-21 07:09
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afterwards rotted in the pits. When this was going on the government decided to give work to the poor people and their pay was sixpence per day. They also gave yellow meal to the people to keep them from dying. When the people were sewing the potato seed the following year they only made a hole in the ground and put the seed into it and put the manure on top of the seed and closed the hole again. The following season for digging the potatoes they were as bad.
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2019-08-21 07:05
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The famine did not do much harm in this district although there was a very thick population before it.
There was very moist weather for a long time and this which caused the blight. The stalks began to turn yellow and the people did not know what to do with them. When it was time to dig the potatoes they were all rotten in the ridges and any of them which were not rotten,
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2019-08-21 03:48
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Ballinavooclawn :- a townland adjoining Aclamon.
Cleasgonyah :- name of Mr. Ned Power's house and land adjoining the Curragh (Curraduff)
Rawnageeruck :-
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2019-08-21 03:45
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A man was minding a sow and bons at twelve o'clock one night, not far away from our house. He went into the house for a cup of tea and while he was drinking his tea he thought he heard a strange sow grunting. When he went out, his own sow and bons were dead. He saw a strange white sow beside them. He only caught the one glimpse of her, because there and then she disappeared, and where she went he never knew.
No-body about the place had a sow, and all the people said it must have been a fairy sow.
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2019-08-21 03:37
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Grandfather was coming home from Ross one night, and he heard the "Dead Hunt." He could hear the whip cracking and the horses galloping but he could see no-one.
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2019-08-21 03:34
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Once in our rath in Ballinteskan a woman came out of it in white. She wet into a house for cutlins. She said she would bring it back that night week when she would buy her own meal.
No-body knew who she was nor nobody around had ever seen her before. Right enough that night week, she did come back, and she brought the meal with her. She did nat stay long.
The neighbours were all watching to see what road she would go but she turned into the rath and where she went after that nobody ever knew, only she was never seen around again"
Peggy Nolan Told by my grandmother Mrs Fowler whho heard it from her mother when she was young.
All the people said it must have been a fairy sow
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There is a rath on the side of the road in Ballysop and it is said that there is money under the tree beside it. A bull is supposed to be minding the money and if anybody wants to get the money, he must first bring thread and put it round the tree, while the digging is going on. People tried to dig for the money from time to time, but the bull comes from the direction of Ballykerogue, by the old men that live around, namely Richard Quinn, John Cahill and Robert Quinn. Other old men used to talk of it too.
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2019-08-21 03:14
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of Nash.
Nellie Shannon. I hear the story from my father who heard it from the people of the place, when he was a child.
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2019-08-21 03:11
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On one occasion they put thread around the castle, and the idea of the thread was to hold the holy water, and of course the holy water was to keep away evil spirits.
After a while a man who was passing near, struck a match to light his pipe, and the men who were digging got nervous when they saw the light, so they ran home as quickly as their legs could carry them. I suppose they were very disappointed going home without the gold.
Therre is a belief in the place that when the ruins of the castle eventually fall, three red-haired women will be killed. Those facts were told to me by my father who heard them from his father years ago.
Aughclare Mills
I forgot to mention that people hold that some evil spirit is guarding the gold. Some say this evil spirit is in the form of a black bull.
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2019-08-21 03:01
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Our house on the Survey Map is called "Aughclare Mills".
It stands beside a little stream.
This stream runs under a bridge, and this bridge divides Horeswood parish from the parish of Cushinstown. We live in Horeswood parish, but if any us put our foot a yard past the bridge, we would be in Cushinstown parish.
There is the ruins of an old castle in Terrerath about half an English mile from our house. This castle was built by the Normans, some centuries ago. Gold is supposed to be buried under this castle.
Several people have dug for the gold from time to time, but not a trace of it did they find, because on every occasion they only remained a short time digging as they thought that every stir was something supernatural
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2019-08-21 01:41
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That tyrant's blood was shed in vengeance for you all
You suffered from his tyranny, you feared his dread command
And pay rackrents and do his will or be banished from the land.
VIII
No more that dreaded mandate shall be issued forth from him
For he has paid the price of villainy; as he lived he died-in sin
The widow's ruined cottage near Milford marks the spot
Where he fell a bleeding victim before a Fanad shot.
IX
Ah! here's to the men who did the deed, may there (their) names be never known
Only to their band of brothers who claim them for their own
In Galway and in Leitrim let Irishmen proclaim
And will you please pray for those who ended that tyrant's reign.
(Ní fios cé chur)
Scéalaidhe:-James A Diamond,
Milford, Co Donegal.
(The facts about the murder of Lord Leitrim were related by Barney Boyce Milford. Co Donegal a native of Coole)
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9/0IV
The widow's prayer he laughed at, the orphan's tear despised
He rooted up their homesteads and in poverty they died
He trampled on their sacred rights that earned their sweated toil
And he banished them in hundreds from Tirconell's holy soil.
V
In Galway as in Leitrim his tyranny was felt
From both these western counties he exterminates(?) hmself
The Donegal evictions in history marks a place
Up here in Donegal we ended that dreaded sinner's race.
VI
On the road to Milford the armed avenger's stood
They wiped out the injuries in that vile evictor's blood.
Now who dares to call it murder or who dares to say it's wrong
So rid the land of that viliian - ah he ruled it too long!
VII
Rejoice ye men of Leitrim's, Galway & Donegal
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2019-08-21 01:01
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The Murder of Lord Leitrim.
I
Rejoice ye men of Leitrim, no longer mourn the fate
That held you in serfdom on a villian's broad estate
The iron hand that bound you in slavery's hated chain
Shall never seize your earnings nor menace you again.
II
No more that tyrant Landlord shall rackrent and oppress
No more increase your misery or add to your distress
For the curses of his victims have fallen on his head
And the avenger's hand has sent him to number with the dead.
III
Lord Leitrim was a nobleman who owned a vast estate.
He ruled it like a despot, he earned the people's hate
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2019-08-20 22:46
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Type of spade used in this district.
(drawing of a spade)
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2019-08-20 22:46
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good luck. It is said that if you miss a drill when you are planting your potatoes that some one belonging to you will die during the season. The kind of a spade that is used is much the same shape, as the one shown here.
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2019-08-20 22:44
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Sky In the olden times in Ireland the people had many interesting ways for foretelling the weather. If the sky is red in the evening the next day will be a good day.
Moon If the moon is on its back in the night it is a sign of rain, and if there is a ring round the moon it is a sign of bad weather.
Stars If you see stars falling it is the sign of rain; or if you see the stars twinkling there will be frost.
Wind If the wind is blowing from the north there will be storm, and if it blows from the west in Kingscourt there will be rain.
Fog If the fog is on a hollow it is a sign of a rain storm, and when it is on the hill it is a sign of good weather.
Dog If you see a dog eating grass it is a sign of rain, or if you see a dog sleeping it is also a sign of rain.
Cat If you see the cat taring his paws against
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-20 22:34
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the chair it is a sign of storm, or if she sits with her back to the fire it is a sign of rain.
Rats If you see rats running in the evening it is the sign of rain.
Hens If the hens do not come out of their houses in the morning it is a sign of rain, or if they gather in a cluster in the daytime it is also a sign of rain.
Turkeys If you see turkeys looking up in the air, it is a sign of rain.
Birds If you see the seagulls flying very low it is the sign of a rain storm.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-20 22:17
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Long ago almost all the toys that children had were home-made.
Some little girls used to make rag dolls. They would stuff cloth with sawdust, and paint the face. Another thing which they liked to do was to make chains from flowers.
Both girls and boys liked to make butter-fly cages. The way in which these were made was to get some long rushes and plait them in and out and then bend down the stems in such a way as to leave a space at the top where the butter-fly would get in but could not get out. Boys used to make bows and arrows also. The way in which these were made was to get two "sally" rods. One of these was bent down and a string was tied from one end to
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2019-08-20 22:12
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the other. Then the other stick was pointed on one end and a feather attached to it. Then the person would stretch the bow and shoot the arrow out of it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-20 22:11
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About 60 years ago the custom in the country in the country regarding marriage was that every man who reached a marriagable age, which was about 30 or 35 years of age and who was in need of a wife would set about looking for one to suit, by bringing the local "matchmaker" on an appointed night, to a house where there was a girl likely to suit. In most cases they took a bottle of Whiskey to treat the old people of the house. After being made welcome by the old people the "match-maker" introduced the subject to the parent's and then the young couple conversed together.
After the question of the fortune had been decided and the day fixed for the wedding the "match-maker" and the young man went home.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-20 22:03
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Nearly every bird has some old story connected with it. There are different stories told about the Robin and how it got its red breast. One story is that while Our Lord was hanging on the Cross the Robin came and tried to take out the nails out of his feet and one drop of Blood touched its breast. Ever since the Robins have red breasts.
The Wren is called "the King of all birds"
because it is supposed at one time to have flown higher than any other bird, although it is the smallest of birds.
It is not liked as much as the Robin as it is supposed to have betrayed the Irish. One day the Danish invaders were sleeping in their camp and the Irish were about to rush on them when the Wren came to the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-20 21:57
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Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
Its better to rise early than to sit up late.
Time and tide wait for no man.
Lie with the lamb and rise with the lark.
An empty sack doesn't stand.
Sly runs the water when the brook is deep.
Empty vessels make the greatest sound.
Two can keep a secret when one is away.
Waste not want not.
Time is a good storyteller.
Silence is golden.
Age brings wisdom.
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2019-08-20 21:55
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There is a little road leading from Ath an Cadhlaigh Bridge to Rossadrehid Creamery.
About the time of the "White Boys" an old smith kept a forge on this road. This forge was a meeting place for the boys of the district.
A young apprentice, Tom Dea, was their leader and instructor in drilling etc. Arms were collected and hidden at the forge. The boys got those arms by visiting the local farmhouses at midnight disguised by masks over their faces and their shirts worn over their ordinary clothes. (Hence "Whiteboys")
Tom Dea ordered a full muster of the lads for a certain night. All turned up and waited in vain for the leader. Late in the night the forge was surrounded by military and police. One man was killed and several wounded in the scuffle that took place.
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2019-08-20 21:54
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All the boys of the locality believed that Tom Dea had betrayed them. He was never seen or heard of again. The belief was that he had taken a bribe and gone to America.
My mother, Mrs Margaret Grogan, Montanavoe, Bansha, had this account from her father-in-law John Grogan who had served a term of imprisonment on account of the incident.
This old man sat at the fire in the his old age and often he could be heard muttering to himself - "Ah! Tom Dea" with a world of bitterness.

Eibhlín Bean Uí Mheiscill
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2019-08-20 21:54
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It's a great war in which all are slain.
God tempers the wind for the shorn lamb.
Never put off till to morrow what you can do to-day.
A bad workman quarrels with his tools.
An excuse is nearer to a woman than her apron.
A stitch in time saves nine
Hills are green far away.
Never judge the book by the cover.
A rolling stone carries no moss.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Its a long lane that has no turning
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2019-08-20 21:50
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A person's mouth often breaks his nose.
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2019-08-20 21:50
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Most Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust entirely in thee, above all, before all in spite of all and for ever.
Night Prayer
As I go to my bed, I go to my grave.
I pray to the Lord my soul to save.
O Lily of Israel, branch of the flower.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph be with me at my dying hour.
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2019-08-20 21:47
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Waste not, want not.
One turn deserves another.
Eaten bread is soon forgotten.
Seek first God's blessing, and all things else will follow.
As you sow, you shall reap.
The early bird has the early worm.
Don't hoard too-much, there are no pockets in shrouds
Speak not ill of the dead.
A man without learning and wearing fine cloths is like, a gold ring in a fat pig's nose.
What you think is worse than your death, is perhaps for your good.
The night is bright the road is fine nevertheless wait till day
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-20 21:42
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The truth may be blamed but it can't be blamed
A shoemaker's wife and a smith's mare are always badly shod.
A watched pot never boils.
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2019-08-20 21:41
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She was an old woman when my grandfather was a little lad. Hers was a little house, neatly thatched, where order and peace reigned within and without. I never heard her surname - to the neighbours she was the "Bean Gasta". On her dresser the plates shone as if they knew they belonged to her. If one was taken down there was nothing to reveal - no untidy "odds and ends" pushed behind it.
Yet the neighbouring housekeepers were not envious of her. The houses in her immediate locality reflected the "Bean Gasta's" and her neat homespuns, spotless aprons and beautiful ironed caps set a standard for the other "Bean a' Tighes" of the parish. Her butter, her sweet baked bread, the "ketchup" from the mushrooms, the jam she made from the "hurts" - did anyone ever taste anything like it?
Her little home was in Ballydavid near the old "Wattled Bridge". The farm has long since passed into the hands of strangers but the old people still refer to it as the "Bean Gasta's" place.

Eibhlín Bean Uí Mheiscill O.S.
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2019-08-20 21:41
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Don't desert a true friend.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
It is too late to sharpen your sword when the drum beats to battle.
Work begun is half done.
Industry must prosper.
It is never too late to mend.
Better later than never.
Youth is the time to learn.
It is impossible to cut wool off a goat.
Speak correctly if you speak at all
Poverty is no crime.
Pride will have a fall.
Love many, trust few, try and paddle your own canoe.
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2019-08-20 21:35
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The silent mouth is meliodious
Don't throw out the dirty water, until you get the clean water in.
Far off cows wear long horns.
Beware of the snarl of a dog, the heels of a horse, and the smile of a Sassenagh.
While there is life, there is hope.
Where there is smoke, there is fire.
God is strong, and merciful.
The windy day is not the day for thatching.
It is too late to spare, when all is spent.
A chance shot may kill the devil.
Between two stools, one comes to the ground.
Hunger is good sauce.
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2019-08-20 19:31
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In the country districts, in case of deaths, all clocks are stopped and set on again only when the funeral is over.
All mirrors or looking-glasses are covered and kept so, until the funeral is over. The last corpse entering the graveyard should have a bottle of ale with it.
When two funerals are approaching from opposite directions, there is a made race to see which coffin shall be first in.
During the wake, the floor is not swept, and if it must be done, the sweepings are never thrown outside.
Pipes and tobacco were supplied at the wakes here long ago, but that custom seems to have died out (except in the country places).
In some places snuff is placed on a plate and those who come to the wake, take a pinch at the same time saying a prayer for the departed soul.
Five candles are kept lighting round the corpse during the wake, in honour of the Five Wounds of Our Lord. The funeral, when leaving the Church, takes the longest road to the graveyard, and when entering, moves in a half circle following the sun, to the grave.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-20 19:28
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James Coppinger claims to be descended directly from the Danes. He possesses a pedigree of the Coppinger family dating back to 1416
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2019-08-20 19:25
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No 25 Sports & Pastimes etc.
Hurling matches were played across the country from one field to another.
No tradition of ancient sports or pastimes remain.
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2019-08-20 19:23
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No 24 Faction-fights. etc.
Those have not taken place in living memory in this parish, but old people remember seeing faction fights in Bartlemy, near Rathcormac. There were two parties the [?] (Aherne's) of Bartlemy, and the Walshe's of Watergrasshill. The two parties met at Bartlemy Fair on 19th September every year and fought there. The men carried sticks attached to their wrists with a leather thong and nails were driven into the stick here & there.
There was another fair on 4th Sept. at which the Tinker-fighters met. The women filled their stockings with stones and beat the men with them.
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2019-08-20 19:16
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No. 21. Brehon Laws etc
The Brehon laws do not seem to have been observed in this district.

No 22 Nil.
No 23 Nil.
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2019-08-20 19:15
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No. 20 Plantations, etc.
At Barrymore Property was not confiscated by Cromwell . Mr Coppinger has the following story:-
One Stephen Coppinger was educated at Louvain, and when travelling in Holland in the reign of James I. came across Oliver Cromwell there. The latter was being arrested for debt, and Coppinger came to the rescue, and got him out of the difficulty by lending him some money. He received and I.O.U. for the money, and later received the remittance in discharge of the debt.
When Cromwell was in Cork in 1649, he came across Coppinger in the Court of Claims, and sent word to him that he could not decide on the forfeiture of his property without seeing him.
Coppinger accordingly awaited on "HIS EXCELLENCY" and received his estates without further question in compensation for his Kindness.
Tradition says that Cromwell made Coppinger's house in Ballyvolane (another portion of the Coppinger estate near Cork)
his headquarters, and spent Christmas there.
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2019-08-20 18:24
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"Mise an Sulán fada fireann
Anois an t-am cá bhfuil mo dhuine."
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2019-08-20 18:23
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Fadó nuair a mhair Eóghan Ruadh sa tir seo bhí stásún i dtig feirmeóirá lá agus nuair a tháíning an Ragart isteach bhí sé a oíbirt na ndaoine go leir siar uaidh u dtig móna. Nuair a tháinig se cun Wioghan Rúadh cun é cuir siar uaidh do labhair se go h-árd leis an sagart agus dúbhairt se:-
Ní hé an boccanas is measa dúinn is sinn nár beo
Do an tarcisne a leanann é ná leighis feadh meón
Más marb an eaglais an t-Athair Mhac níl brígh nán gnó
Is is fearra dúinn an t-aifreann ná suidhe an an móin.
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2019-08-20 18:16
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Bhí tigín beag ar thaobh an bóthair ar an dtaobh thuaidh do'n Sulán fadó. Ní raibh daoine ina cómhnuidhe ann agus oidhche amháin bhí fear ag gabhail an bóthair go h-aonach a bhí i Maghcromhta ag díol dá gabhar. Nuair a bhí sé ag gabhail thar an tigh do rith na gabhair isteach agus siúd isteach an fear ins dhiaidh cun iad do thiomáin amac agis dubhairt an púca, "An amhlaidh a marbhón na gabhair".
Di rith se leis fein agis d'fág se na gabhair ag an bpúca. Deireann go bhfuil sprid agus dha gabhar le feiscin ar an áit ina raibh an tígin ó shoin.
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2019-08-20 18:06
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Bhí bean na cómhnaidhe i bFíadhach Meadhon uair amháin agus bhí taidhreamh aice oidhche amháín go raibh ciste óir i bfolach i gcnoc Baile na Mánach. Dúbhairt sí lena mac dul go dtí an áit le cómharsa eile, acht níór chuaidh siad mar ní raibh fhios acu cá raibh an áit.
Dúbhairt sí go raibh trí comharthaí aice féin ar an áit, go gcídhfá trí cuanta uaidh, an áit a sheasann an buadhsaín agus go raibh trí leath phinghne ar an dtalamh ós a chionn.
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2019-08-20 18:01
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Here I lay my body down to sleep.
Here I give my soul to God to keep.
And if I die before I wake.
I pray to God my soul to take.
There are four corners round my bed.
There are four Angels over head.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Bless the bed that I lie on.
If any evil troubles me.
May the Blessed Virgin awaken me.
Mary be the flower.
Jesus be at my dying hour
Jesus to watch and Mary to pray.
And Jesus to carry my soul away.
Jesus meek and Jesus mild.
Make me a good obedient child.
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2019-08-20 17:57
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Holy Mary Queen of Ireland
Make thy children cling to thee.
From all communistic danger
Ever keep our country free.
May St Patrick and St Brigid
Bless and guard our native shore
And may Mary Queen of Ireland
Reign o'er all for evermore.
Holy Irish Saints and martyrs,
For the faith who nobly died
Help us follow in your footsteps
Christ our king - The Crucified.
Jesus aid us in the struggle
'Gainst the wilds of Satan's band.
And with Mary we will conquer.
Thrusting in God's mighty hand.
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2019-08-20 17:51
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It's a long road has no turn.
The long thread of the lazy tailor.
When wine is in wit is out.
When the cat's away the mice can play.
It's better to go to bed early than to get up late.
A stitch in times saves nine.
He who gets the name of an early riser can lie in bed till ten.
Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble there with
It's often a person's mouth breaks his nose.
A fool utters all in his mind but a wise man keeps it in until afterwards.
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
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2019-08-20 17:44
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on the table. The priest told them to hold it but not to put their fingers in the water. So the sick man jumped up and got all right.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-20 17:43
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A man named Pat McGing was coming from Castlebar one night. The same night it was raining very heavily at a place called Tunnagee.
It was not long until he came to a river. He went along the river making his way home. He was kept in the field for a long time. He started walking back and over through the field. After awhile he came to an oak stick. He left the oak stick there and began whistling. The houses of Tunnagee were near him. When he whistled the people in Tunnagee only heard one whistle but he said he gave twenty whistles. He said he thought his whistles could be heard in Castlebar.
He walked about another
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-20 17:42
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while when he saw a big green hill before him. He did not know where he was then and he put the black oak stick he had found before out in the river to see what way it would turn and so give him direction home. It did not turn any way because the water was so smooth. He then put down his hat in the river and it went under the water but came up again as dry as ever so he put it on his head. He sat down on the brink and put his hands under his jaw and started to look about him. Suddenly he heard a laugh. He heard still another laugh. He got up then and started to walk about again.
The stars came out at last and he saw his way home. When he came to Tunnagee he went
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2019-08-20 17:37
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into a house. An old man told him not to wonder at what happened. He said he was kept there himself in daylight. They all wondered how he was so dry after the night's rain.
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2019-08-20 17:37
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Or Nelson who once ruled the main,
I'd resign all those favours and titles,
For sweet Castletownshend Demesne.
III
Meandering streams from pure fountains,
In cataracts gently do glide.
The pheasant, the woodcock and partridge,
Are abounding by each waterside,
Where the shellfish, the trout and the salmon,
The pikefish, the roach and the bream,
Add beauty to nature's productions,
In sweet Castletownshend Demesne.
IV
The loveliest landscape of Nature,
Mount Eagle most pleasing to rove,
The Valleys romantic and charming,
Surrounded by sweet shady groves,
Where the cry of the hounds and the horn,
Reached each neighbouring plain,
Arousing the deer from their arbour,
In sweet Castletownshend Demesne.
V
To walk on a fine summer's morning,
'Tis pleasant in May or in June,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-20 17:36
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A man named Pat McGing was coming from Castlebar one night. The same night it was raining very heavily at a place called Tunragee.
It was not long until he came to a river. He went along the river making his way home. He was kept i