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2021-04-21 01:55
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There was a man coming home from (Shiule) one night. His name was Lydon. He met a man on his way and he asked him what time was it (it was). The man said that it was the dead hour for the living and the living hour for the dead. Then he got afraid and went faster and faster on his bicycle every minute. He thought that (fairies) were coming after him on horses. After a while all was over again, as he thought, when suddenly the cap was taken off his head by a sweep of wind and he saw all the trees around the place falling. When he was near home everything was alright. When he was at home he told what had happened but he did not stay out late after that.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-21 01:44
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There was once a woman who lived where Turin Castle now stands. She was supposed to have an evil eye. She was living in a little thatched house all by herself. Everyone she saw during her life was supposed to die in a months time. This old woman only saw three people all her life and she lived till she was one hundred and fourteen years of age. Every morning she used to leave a(r) candle lighting on the window sill until mid-day. She had an old horse on which she used to ride. She had no land to feed him. Every evening she laid across a big drain which divided her house and her neighbors land. The horse used to walk across on her back and grazed there peacefully every night.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-21 00:05
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Why is there more bees in Birmingham than any other town in the world.
Because it begins with a b
Four legs, a head, and a foot.
A bed.
Who's the heaviest man in the world.
Lipton. His lip alone weighs a ton.
A man walks from Galway to Dublin, what was his name.
Greene, because his father's name was Greene
Why does a donkey eat thistles.
Because he's an ass.
Four little bottles standing on the hill, their necks turned down and they would not spill.
A cows uder.
Long and anchor deaf and dumb has no feet and yet can run.
A river.
A beautiful maid in a garden was laid, She was as fresh as the flowers in the morning
On that first day of her life she becomes a man's wife
And she died before she was born.
Eve.
What is the most ship we like to avoid
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-21 00:01
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for the yellow- jaundice. Carrigeen moss is used for coughs and is got on the sea shore. Ivy leaf is great for burns Briar leaves are used for colds. A dogleaf is a cure for burns of nettles People say that the wild tea cures cancer It grows in the ditches. Groundsel is used for feeding birds. Some people boil nettles and eat them. There was a herb called gladam. First they would pound the gladam and put it to your neck and leave it twenty four hours on. They say it always cured the mumps
There is another herb called anlóg. It scatters and destroys crops. There is an old saying about the preasac bhuidhe "one year's growing means seven years' weeding. Garlic is a cure for bad rash on the face
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:56
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There was a man named James Burke who was very good at stonethrowing, and jumping, weight lifting, and lifting heavy bags.
His name was:
James Burke
Flaskagh More
Dunmore
Co. Galway
There was another man who was good at stonethrowing and jumping, and was very good at both.
His name was:
Mr John O' Connor
Flaskagh Beag
Dunmore
Co. Galway
There were two men who was famous for lifting great weights and heavy articles.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:49
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He left thousands there, lying on the ground,
Their blood like fountains, there did flow,
Until Grouchy proved a traitor; and he lost the "Bunny Bunch of Roses O."
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"Then mother, adieu! for ever, It is now I'll drop my youthful head,
If I had lived I would be clever, but it's now I'm on my dying bed,
And when my bones are mouldering,
And the weeping willow o'er us grow,
The deeds of brave Napoleon, will conquer the "Bunny Bunch of Roses O."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:48
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instead they used gel rushes and dip them in grease.
Weaving
There was a great weaver in Clonasera(?). His name was Mr. Fox. He spent all his time at it.
Confectionary
In olden times the people used make sweet and chocolate and other things. They used make the sweets with butter and brown sugar. They used make the chocolate with cocoa butter and brown sugar.
Soap-Making.
The people long ago used make the soap from the fat of cows.
Farm-Implements
The people made spades also. They used get iron and it to the black smiths. he would make the head of the spade and the people would get a handle out a tree in a wood. They used make a shovel the same way. They used to make gates out of trees. The farmers used also make their own ploughs and fire cranes from timber.
Dyeing
The people round here spun their own wool in olden times. When they had the garments knitted they dyed them many beautiful colours. The bark of certain trees and herbs were boiled in water for dyeing. The blooms of firs boiled were supposed to dye a nice yellow colour. ivy leaves boiled are
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:46
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Helena his body lies low,
And you will follow after,
So beware! of the "Bunny Bunch of Roses O."
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"The first time you saw great Bonaparte
You fell upon your bended knees,
You asked your father's life of him, and he granted it most manfully,
'Twas then he raised an army, and over the plains did go,
Saying:- "First I'll conquer Moscow, and I'll gain the "Bunny Bunch of Roses O."
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He took 300,000 men, like-wise a king to join his throng,
He was so well provisioned, enough to sweep the world along,
But when he came near Moscow, he was over-powered by the driven snow,
Moscow fell a blazing, and he lost the "Bunny Bunch of Roses O."
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"Oh" mother he was loyal, and he always did prove true to you,
Until that fatal morning, when he went to the plains of Waterloo,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:39
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By the dangers of the ocean, one morning in the month of June,
When the feather warbling songsters their charming notes did sweetly tune,
It was then I spied my fair maid seemingly to be in grief and woe,
Conversing with Napoleon, concerning the
"Bunny Bunch of Roses O."
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"Then" said young Napoleon, as he grasped his mother by the hand,
"Oh! mother pray have patience, until I am able to command,
I will raise a powerful army, through tremendous dangers I will go,
In spite of all the universe, I will gain the "Bunny Bunch of Roses O."
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"Oh! Son don't speak so venturesome, for England is a heart of oak,
England, Ireland, and Scotland, their unity was never broke,
Think on your aged father, in St.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:33
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ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:33
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When he was dying, I heard his last sigh,
"Were you here, lovely Nancy contented I'd die"
Peace is proclaimed, now the truth I declare,
Here is your love's token, the gold ring I wear,
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The longer she viewed it, the paler she grew,
And fell into my arms - her heart full of woe;
To the green woods I'll wander, for the boy that I love,
Rise up lovely Nancy, your grief I'll remove.
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Nancy, lovely Nancy, I have won your heart,
In your father's garden no more we will part;
In your father's garden, so cool and so serene;
I'll fold you in my arms in your mantle of green,
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This couple got married, I heard people say,
They had nobles attending on their wedding day,
Peace is proclaimed, and the war is all o'er,
You are welcome to my arms, my Nancy, once more.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:33
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Spinning.
The most famous spinner that ever lived round here was a lady named Ryan from Clonascra.
Thatching.
The only good thatching that was ever known round here was James Burns from Kilgawin.
Candle-making.
The people long ago did not have candles but
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:30
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To the green woods I'll wander, and shun all men too
For the lad I loved fell in famed Waterloo".
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"Then if you'll not marry, tell me your lover's name
For I've been a soldier and might know the same,"
Draw near to my garment and soon will be seen"
His name is embroidered on my mantle of green"
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Then raising her mantle it is there I did behold
His name and his surname in letters of bright gold.
Young William O'Reilly appeared to my view
He was my commander of famed Waterloo.
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He fought on so victorious when the bullets did fly;
In the field of honour your true love did die;
He fought for three days until the third afternoon,
And received his death wound on the 18th of June.
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ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:27
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"Tis the only thing I wanted
For I'm not worth a bobbie
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"I have threepence" said the English man,
"What can I do with that?
"Buy threepence worth of whiskey and it will cheer us up," said Pat.
"Don't do that," said the Scotch man,
"but I'll tell you what to do
"Buy threepence worth of Oat Meal and we will all have brugoo."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:25
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John Bull, an English man,
He went on tramp one day.
With threepence in his pocket
To take him on his way.
He travelled miles and miles
And no one did he see
Until he fell in with an Irish man
By the name of Paddy McGee.
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"Good morning Sir," said Johnny.
"Good morning Sir," said Pat.
"Where are you going" says Johnny,
"I'm going the road that's flat"
"Have you got any money about you"
says Johnny unto Pat.
"Faith tis the only thing I wanted for
I have not got a rap."
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They trudged along together
Met a Scotchman on their way.
"Lend us a bob now Scotty
For to help us on our way."
"Lend you a bob," says Scotty,
"Faith and sure," said he,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:24
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The town fairs are held on the street in Delvin although there is a fair green.
When cattle are sold luck money is given. It is called "luck penny". A half crown per head is sometimes given for each beast.
When the bargain is made the parties concerned strike their hands together, and spit on the luck penny before giving it.
Animals are marked by clipping the hair at the side. Halters or ropes are very seldom put on cattle, but if they are the halter is kept.
The 1st October, and 1st November are the great fairs of the year in Delvin. No special fair is held for sheep. They are sent to Dublin and sold at the market, or buyers buy them on the farm, and they are sent on lorries to Dublin, and shipped to England.
'Bonhams' are sold in Delvin fair, but big pigs are sent in lorries to the Dublin factories, and sold there.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:20
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For the helpless ones athome;
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Give word to my dear mother
Say we'll meet with God above;
And tell my little brothers I send them all my love;
May the angels ever guard them was their dying sister's prayer.
And enfolded in the letter was a braid of nut brown hair.
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Ah! cold and well nigh callous;
This weary heart has grown.
For thy hapless fate; dear Ireland
And for sorrows of my own.
Yet a tear my eye will moisten;
When by Anner's side I stray
For the lily of the mountain foot
That withered far away;
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:19
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The local fairs are held in Delvin. They are always held in Delvin. Buyers often transacted business in the country, and do at farmer's houses. This is still done.
Fairs were held formerly in Delvin which have now been discontinued. They used to be held on Saint Patrick's Day, May Day and 1st December. They are held now on the first Friday in every month.
There are no local traditions of fairs held on hills etc.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:15
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families in the townland.
There are about one hundred people between all the families. Carroll and Connell are the most common names in the townland. The houses are nearly all slated. There are three thatched ones. I dont know how the townland got its name. There are two people over seventy living in it. They are Thomas Boyle and Mrs Connell. They do not know Irish, but they can tell stories in English. Their addresses are Crowenstown, Delvin, Co. Westmeath.
Houses were not more numerous locally in former times. There are two in ruins now. No people went to America or elsewhere in former times.
There is no song or saying about the townland. The land is not too hilly or boggy, but it is good. There is one wood in it called the Lough Wood, belonging to Ballinlough estate. It is so called because a lake surrounds it.
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2021-04-20 23:10
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I live in the townland of Ellenstown, in the Parish and Barony of Delvin. There are six families living in this townland, and about forty two people. Larkin is the family name most common. The dwellings are all slated. There is only one woman over seventy living in this townland.
Her name is Mrs Larkin. She tells plenty of stories in English, but she does not know Irish.
The houses were not more numerous in former years. The townland is not mentioned in any song or saying.
The land is not boggy or hilly. It is very good, and is all wooded. There are no rivers or streams, or lakes in this townland, or any stories connected with them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:07
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woods in the district, but there are no takes or river.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:06
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Never leave for tomorrow what you can do today.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 23:04
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My home district is called Martinstown. It is in the Parish and Barony of Delvin. There are eighteen families living in it, and about ninety people in all. Heffernan and Devine are the most common names. There are labourer's cottages and farmer's houses in the townland, and they are mostly slated. I dont know how the townland got its name.
Kate Carroll, and joseph Kelly are over seventy years of age. They do not know Irish, but they can tell stories in English.
Addresses : Kate Carroll, Martinstown, Delvin, W. Meath
Joseph Kelly, Balrath, Delvin, W. Meath.
The houses were more numerous locally in former times, and there are a few of them in ruins. About five or six families emigrated to America. The land is level, and good for tillage. There are a few small
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:59
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Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Two heads are better than one, even if they were only sheep's heads.
It is a long road that has no turning.
Get the name of an early riser, and you can sleep until dinner time.
Necessity does everything well.
Truth is stronger than fiction.
God helps them who help themselves.
Look before you leap.
Its an ill wind blows no one any good.
I'm no man's man, I'm Ireland's man.
You can foot all the world some of the time, and some of the world all the time, but you cannot foot all the world all the time.
Hunger is good sauce.
He that goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing.
Make hay while the sun shines.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:53
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I live in the townland of Clonleam in the Parish and Barony of Delvin. There are eight families in the townland, and Lynch is the most common name. Some of the houses are slated, and others thatched. It is not known how the townland got its name. Mr Michael Gavagan, and Mr James Carroll, Clonleam, Delvin, are over seventy years of age.
Houses were not more numerous in the townland informer days. There are no houses in ruins. The Murtaghs went to America about forty-five years ago.
The land is boggy, and some if it is good. There is no wood near by.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:48
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Potatoes are grown on my farm. About half an acre is sown under potatoes each year. We do not manure the ground before being turned up, but sometimes we shake lime on the ground, and plough it in, because it kills the worms and slugs and especially the wire worms.
When the land is broken out of the lea or green sod, it is generally ploughed into ridges as it would be very difficult to make drills.
There are two different ways of making these ridges; one is by what is called "skinning" or turning up the whole sod, and making it in the form of a ridge with a furrow left on each side; the other way is by marking or scoring. The sod is turned up on each side of the ridge which is about three feet wide, and centre is left unmoved. The manure is then spread on the centre of the ridge, and the potatoes are then placed about a foot apart each way, and covered with earth
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:43
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Potatoes are grown on my farm. We sow about half an acre every year. We plough and harrow the ground first, and then make drills.
Most people use a spade, but those who have a big amount of tillage use a plough.
Wooden ploughs were used in former days, but they are not to be seen now. The spades are not made locally. They are bought in a shop.
We buy the seed potatoes or keep them from last years stock, and cut them leaving an 'eye' in each part and we throw lime on them, then manure is spread, and we drop the potatoes on it in straight rows, with a distance of nine inches or so between them, then we close the drills.
When five weeks have elapsed the stalks of the potatoes begin to peep
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:39
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Potatoes are grown on my farm. About half an acre of the land is planted under potatoes every year.
We put artificial manure on the land before ploughing. We plant the potatoes in drills. We plough the ground first, then harrow it, and finally open the drills.
When the ground is ploughed and harrowed, and all the big pieces of clay broken up we take out the big wheel from the plough, and sink it into the ground. This makes a furrow, and turns up the clay, and stretches the entire length of the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:36
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names given locally to the different varieties "Shamrocks" grow best in the district. Potatoes were used instead of starch in the past. They were peeled, and grated and boiling water poured on them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:28
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Better late than never.
A bird in the hand is better than two in a bush.
You can't judge a book by the cover.
No use in crying over spilt milk.
Mocking is catching.
If you are strong be merciful.
One good turn deserves another.
Borrowed horses have hard hooves.
The way you rear you pups you'll have your dog or spare to rot and spoil the child.
A stich in time saves mine.
Make your head solve your heels.
He who judges least judges best
Death knocks at every door.
Make hay while the sun shines.
Never venture, never win.
The receiver is as bad as the thief.
Save the pennies and the pounds will save themselves.
When it rains it pours.
He who laughs last laughs best.
Bad wind blows that doesn't do someone good.
Nice is that nice does.
All's well that ends well.
He that can eat can work.
Idle hands tempt the devil.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:18
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they jumped into the bag. The man went out and he went along the road again. After a few days he died, and he brought the bag with him. St. Peter was at the gate of heaven when the poor man got there. St. Peter said to him "when I gave you a wish why did you not wish for heaven." The little maan wished St. Pete into the bag, and the little beggar man went into heaven. And Our Lord came ans let St. Peter out of the bag.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:15
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that it is called the valley of the black pig. The place is above near Kilchreest.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:15
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There was a man coming out from Issercleran one night about two o'clock when he saw a big black dog and a big chain a-round his neck. The dog was getting bigger and the chain was about as thick as the trunk of a tree. The dog ran after him until the man crossed a river and the dog dis-appeared.
And the man went home and he never got out of his bed after that night until he died.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:10
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These strong men were got from
James MAloney
LittleCastle
Dunmore
Co. Galway.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:07
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There was a man named James Burke who was very good at stonethrowing and jumping, weight lifting, and lifting heavy bags.
His name was:
James Burke
Flaskagh More
Dunmore
Co. Galway
There was another man who was good at stonethrowing and jumping, and was very good at both.
His name was:
Mr John O' Connor
Flaskagh Beag
Dunmore
Co. Galway
There were two men who was famous for lifting great weights and heavy [?].
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:04
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My informant (Billy Bodel) remembers one family called Jackneys, who in his time made linens. In his father's time there was a loom or two in nearly every farm - house working.
At Simpson's mill at the Vale, Bailieboro', woollen cloths were made. It was working until about 30 years ago. Very good tweeds were produced for 2s/8d per yd. for common wear. The very best tweeds were also produced.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:04
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I got these strong men from.
James Moore
Jessy Bonnor
Dunmort
bo Galway
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:01
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There was a man who lived near Lisball long ago and he was in Bailieboro one night and got very drunk He was madly in love with a young girl. As he went along he saw a bush growing by the roadside and he mistook it for this young lady.
He commenced stroking and fondling this bush thinking it was the young girl. He put his arms round the bush and began to use endearing terms. Some boys came along and they noticed what he was doing. They could not get him away from the bush. So they dug the bush up by the roots. The man took up the bush in his arms and carried it off thinking at the same time it was his young lady.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 22:00
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In olden times great rivalry existed between Ulster and Connaught. Each wanted to be more powerful than the other.
In the first or second century Maeve's army was at war with King bonor's.
This state of things lasted down through the centuries.
In the 10th century one of the greatest battles fought between to rival provinces took place in Bonnaught.
This was the Battle of Ceis Corainn fought in 971.
A great number of the Bravest and most powerful chieftains were slain at the Battle.
We are told for certain that six princes were killed.
Five of the princes were Ulster nobles and one was [?] son of Caral king of connaught.
It was a great battle - a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 21:56
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Some time after the Union, the Orangemen were in their lodge and the Catholics were met together in a house near by. One of the Catholics for Bravo fired a revolver shot into the air.
The orangemen thought they were attacked and they also fired shots and then the fighting started. Two Catholics named O'Reilly, Fitzsimons had got new black suits which were worn at that time solely by the protestants and fired on them and they were shot dead.
A Father John Blake went into the house where the Orange Lodge was being held, before the attack began on the orangemen. When the Catholics found out Father Blake was in it, they did not attack, knowing that if they did as that perhaps Father Blake would be killed in the fray. In this way Father Blakes presence in the Orange Lodge prevented more bloodshed.
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2021-04-20 21:51
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for the yellow jaundice. Barrigeen moss is used for coughs and is got on the sea shore. Ivy leaf is great for burns Briar leaves are used for colds. A dogleaf is a cure for burns of nettles People say that the wild tea cures cancer It grows in the ditches. Groundsel is used for feeding birds. Some people boil nettles and eat them. There was a herb called gladam. First they would pound the gladam and put it to your neck and leave it twenty four hours on. They say it always cured the mumps
There is another herb called Anlog. It scatters and destroys crops. There is an old saying about the [?] guide "one year's growing means seven ears weeding. Garlic is a cure for bad rash on the face
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 21:48
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The name of my townland is Gartenane It is in the parish of Bailieborough. It is in the barony of Clonkee. There are about 40 people living in it, and there are 15 families in it.
Stewart is the commonest name. The most of the houses are slated. The name of the townland Gartenane is derived from the three Irish words. Gort - na- néin which in English means the field of the birds.
Mrs E. Bell is the oldest woman she does not know Irish but she can tell stories in English.
Mrs E Bell
gartenane
Bailieborough
Co cavan
is her address. Houses were more numerous in it in former days. Nearly the half of them are in ruins now. A lot of people emigrated to America and other places. I do not know of any song or saying that the townland is mentioned in.
The townland is hilly. There is very little wood growing in it. There are not any large rivers in it. There is one lake
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 21:46
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sé an croiceann de thurtóig le sál a bhróige agus núair a d'féach sé ina thimcheall cad a chonnaich sé acht staighre bheágh ag dul síos ins an talamh. Dubhairt Seáinín go bhfeiceadh sé cad a bhí ag bun an staighre agus chuaidh síos go mall roighin réidh. Ag bun an staighre tháinig sé go dtí doras mór agus fioscladh an doras uaidh féin. Chuaidh Seánín isteach agus chonnaich sé fear beag bideach agus é gléasta go h-áluinn ina shuidhe ar chathaoir óir agus páipéaraí fágtha aige ar an mbórd in aice leis. "Dia annseo isteach" arsa Seánín. Phreab an firín ina sheasamh agus d'aithnigh sé gur Seánín a bhí ann, "Míle, míle fáilte rómhat" a Sheánín , "tas agam gur tháinig tú le Smig Smutarnach a mharbhú. Ní lugha na do ghrain-sé án gráin ata agam ar an bfathach.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 21:44
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Brestan is another bad weed that grows on poor light sandy land. Nettles and Briars and doc leafs are other weeds that grows also. [?] is another weed that spreads over the land and leaves it no good. People chop it up and mix it with the meal and give it to the pigs. The yarrow is an herb that grows on good land. Healing leaf is an other herb. It is good for burns and it grows on poor light sandy lands. Chicken weed
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 21:37
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Seáinín leis féin go gcuirfeadh sé deire leis an bhfathach no go dtuitfeadh sé féin san gcath.
Oidhche amháin agus é ag filleadh abhaile cheap sé gur cóir go dtosóchad sé ar an bhfathach do mharbhú. Tímceall an mheadhon oidhche do bhí ann agus chuaidh sé anonn i dtreo na h-áite 'na raibh Smig Smutarnach ina chómhnuidhe ann. Bhí abha bheag idir eisin agus an phluais áit a raibh Smig ina chómhnuidhe ann agus bhí Seánín ar inntinn go mba mhaith an rud dubhslán a thabhairt don bhfathach ag béal na pluaise.
Nuair a tháinig sé suas go dtí an abhainn shíl sé leimt treasna acht ar an gcéad iarracht thosuigh an abha ag leathnú agus béigin do stop. Rinne sé iarracht eile agus tharla an rud céadna. Ar an tríomhadh iarracht shleamhnuigh sé agus bhain
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 21:34
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There is a cooper in this district and his name is Pat Staunton. He makes dash - churns and tubs and he lives about two miles from here and the name of his village is Ballinalochy. He lived in Caltra once, his brother was also a cooper. The tools he uses are:- a saw, a hammer, a hatchet, a chisel, a plane, a spoke- sheaf. The sort of timber he uses for churns is oak and it takes him about two days to make one of them. Then he brings them to the market and sells them and he gets about £1 : 5 for each churn. He uses any kind of timber in tubs. He gets about 7/6 for a full size tub and half the price for small tubs. His Father and Grandfather were also coopers and he learned his trade from them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 21:29
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I bhfad i bhfad o shoin bhí fathach mór millteach ina chomhnuidhe i Gcluain Fiachtna míle go leith ó'n sgoil seo agus níl cur síos na innsint sgéil ar an méid dochair a rinne sé don gcómharsanacht fhaid agus a bhí sé beo. Smig Smutarnach an t-ainm a bhí air agus sé an nós do bhí aige na go gcaithfead sé duine d'fághail as gach teach le n-ithe núair a bhéad ocras air agus muna a bhfuigheadh sé an duine gan a iarraid chuireadh sé mí-ádh agus dochar arn na daoine . Bhí fear beag bídeach ina chómhnuighe san áit darbh ainm Seáinín Ó h-eidhin agus bhí sé an-mhór leis na daoine maithe. Bhí sgían draoidheachta ag
Séainín agus deineadh as cúamh muice í. Fuair sé ó ná sídheoga é agus la amháín dubhairt
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 20:47
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Bhí fear ann fadó, agus bhí ag cuardach obair agus tháinig sé go dtí an séipeál seo, agus bhí fir ag obair in aice leis. Chuaidh sé isteach ag dubhairt sé leis an fear. "An bhfuil tú anón obair a thabhairt dom" "Tá arsa an fear", "an bhfuil tú anán cath dá rubhall a dhéanamh:" Ta arsan an fear cát dhó rubaill a rinne. Chuaidh na fir oibre isteach cun a béile a caitheamh, nuair a thainig siad amach, bhí an cat an dhá ruball gearrtha ar an gloic. Ní gadh dom a rádh go cuireadh an buacaill ag obair. Tá an cloc seo san roilig anois agus is féidir í a sheiceál ar bhárr na roilighe cois balla.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 20:38
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ann agus chuaid an fear isteach agus bhuail sé an fear leis an slath: Rith an fear amach agus rith an fear amach ina ndiad agus bhí siadh ar troidagus ag rith go raibh gach duine san gCondae ag rith Chuaidh an fear abhaile agus bhí an bhaile agus bhí an lampa ag crocaidh sa bhaile. Chuaidh an fear isteach agus áthas air bhí sé ag féachaint isteach san teine agus chonnaich sé fear bheagh agus pota óir aighe rug an fear ar an ór agus bhí sé ann sásta annsin agus as go brath leís ann sin go dtí "tir na- n-Og".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 20:30
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and what was it but a house. He opened the door and went in and what did he see but a witch and the two dogs he saw. The two dogs attacked him again but the man picked up a penknive and was going to kill the dog's when everything fade away and he found himself in the middle of the dark forest. He slept their in the wood till morning with the steel penknive in his hand. He went home then to his house and never stayed out late again visiting.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 20:23
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There were once a man and he was going on a visit to a friend's house at the end of a big forest? The night was pitched dark and he found it very hard to find his way to the friend's house. As he was coming home it was very dark entirely and he had to pass a big forest. As he was passing the forest a big red dog with eyes shining like coals of fire, the dog was trying to stop him but the man gave him a kick in the stomach and killed it. As he was going along another big dog bigger than the other dog and eyes as big as saucer and they shining like coals. The man thought to kick but the dog attacked him and scraped him all over. When the man got up the dog was gone. Then he kept going til he saw a light in the middle of the forest He went towards the light
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 20:10
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1. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
2. A hail fellow is well met?
3. Every old stocking meets an old shoe.
4. A penny spared after death is waste money.
5. Courage is half the battle.
6. On a cold day it is said a good fire is better than food.
7. Lie with the lamb and rise with the lark.
Riddle:- Chip, Chop, Cherry
All the men in Londonderry wouldn't that without a "K"
Answer:- That?
1. March many weathers.
2. Its quick as a March hare.
3. The bushel of March dust is better than a King's ransom or a pot of gold.
4. May like March.
5. A wet and windy May fills the hagard with oats and hay.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 20:06
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The most harmful weeds that grow on our farm at home are the rush, the buachallán, the crow's foot, the dock leaf, the nettle, the thistle, and many other weeds also. They are harmful because they impoverish the soil and also because they spread rapidly. The herbs which are found growing in good land are the white thistle and the fellostrum.
Those which are found in bad land are the rush, the red thistle, the crow's foot and others.Some herbs have medicinal qualities such as the dandelion, the rush, the ivy, the glosarien, and many others. The rush is used for cuts, the ivy for corns, the glosarien for neuritis, and the dandelion for inward pains.
The rush is used by taking off the skin and by placing the heart of it against the cut. The ivy is used by boiling it and by rubbing the water to the corns. The glosarien is used by boiling it with fresh lard, then it is strained and the juice is kept, and it is left get cold and then it is rubbed on. The dandelion is used by boiling it and drinking the water.
Nettles are used for fowl, and sometimes they are eaten by people. There is an herb growing and it is poison, and it is called the yellow root. Long ago a lot of herbs were used for diseases by the people, and very often
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 20:00
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1. When you see the Arore above allace in the sky at night time very bad stormy weather is to be expected after it.
2. For the want of decency is the want of sence.
3. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
4. Better late than never.
5. Liars might to have good memories.
6. The longest way around is the shortest way home.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 19:32
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I was told this story by an old man named Ned Donohue the kind of food used in olden times when he was a boy he was working down in Bellew's, of Mt Bellew and he said when he used to be going out to work. He used to take a piece of oaten bread with him and some fresh milk. He said they never used to drink tea and if they were digging potatoes they would make a fire in the field and roast the raw potatoes and take them with the milk and when they would come in in the evening they would have stirabout.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 19:24
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One day the priest said to Líam na gcleas did he know his Catechism and prayers as good as he know old tricks and he said "See do I"? So the priest asked him a few question and he knew them. "Now" said Liam "will you answer me what I ask you". and he said I will if I'm able" Then Líam asked the following:-
"Ceist agam ort a Sagairt a Cipín
Ché mhéid muc mór muc beag agus pigín
Cailín of faoi clótha agus faoí ribín
Ó Óránmór go bealach á doirín
The priest wasn't able to answer him.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 19:19
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One time Liam na Gcleas was sent for the priest for a sick - call. The priest came and he and Liam had to cross the fields for about a mile until they came to a river. When they came to the river the priest got afraid because there was no step only stones and they were nocked down. So Liam said l will carry you. So up the priest went on his back. When they were in the middle of the river Liam began to go on with his tricks and the priest said "A the Devil is on you" Liam said "I thought it was the priest that was on me". Well if he is he wont be long on me He was just going to throw the priest down the river and the priest begged of him not to and he would forgive him for all ever he done. So he didn't throw him down after.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 19:11
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There are a few palm trees in Caltra and in Killasolan but there are none ion the Cilleacán.
In Caltra there is a tomb belonging to the Cruice's of Cruilawn which is about a half a mile from this village. All the Cruicis are burried.
There are no monuments or crosses of any description in either of them. People are not buried in the ruins of the Church.
There are no disused churchyards in this parish, they are all in use.
Local families use certain graveyards far away where their people are buried. That practice is dying out now.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 19:07
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There are three Graveyards in this parish. One in Caltra and it is in the townland of Caltra. One in Killasolam and it is in the townland of Killasolan. One in Castleblakeney and it is in the townland of Castleblakeney. It is called the Cilleacán all the unbaptised children are buried there. They are all still in use.
No one of the churchyards are round in shape they are obglong. They are very uneven and are sloping down towards the road.
There is the ruins of a catholic church in Killasolan. There is about six feet of a wall there yet. In Caltra the Church that we attend is beside the graveyard. There are no ruins in the Cilleacán but where every child is buried there is a big flat stone left on the grave
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ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 19:02
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103 You cannot work well and be looking behind you.
104 Easy said is hard done.
105 Fools be seldom thanked.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 19:01
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and a priest whoch was hiding in this fort and they were all going out to hear mass on "Cnoc an taifrainn" and they were just out when they saw the English near them and the all ran into the fort and the priest was farly old and he was not able to keep up to the rest and he was caught and the others went into the fort and bared the iorn door and the priest was never heard of again.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 18:58
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There is a fort situated in my village and it is in John Geraghty's land. I visit it very often and it is near "Tobar an Taifrinn" and "Cnoc an Taifrinn". It is about a hundred and fithy yards in length and three people would walk abreast inside in it. When any person would go inside in it he would have to stoop down and then when he would get in about five yards he could stand up straight. There is the iorn door hinges of an iorn door in it but the door is not there now. I was told by an old man who lives near this fort, he said that this fort was amide juring the penal times and that his grandfather was in this fort and one day he was going out to "Cnoc an Taifrinn" along with the other people
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ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 18:58
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84 The good words never broke anyones mouth
85 If you were in bed at night and if you thought you saw a light you would be sick.
86 A small spark kindles a good fire.
87 Take care of the pennys and the pounds will take care of themselves.
88 It is a lonesome street without a cart.
89 The man that made time made lots of it.
90 A burned child dreads the fire.
91 The old must die but the young may die
92 It is far off what God sends.
93 When you have all spent it is late to spear [?].
94 Cows grow long horns in Connaught.
95 He is a good man that minds his own work.
96 Spear [?] the rod and spoil the child
97 For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of the shoe the horse was lost, for want of the horse the man was lost, for want of the man the battle was lost and all for the want of a nail.
98 The early birds get the early worms.
99 You cannot whistle and eat meal.
100 Love lightens labour.
101 Show me your books and I will tell you what you are.
102 Time enough lost the ducks, early rising got them.
103 When you buy land you buy stones.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 18:49
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at her son's house. Then she went home again and she would be home at sunset. She would take off her shoes and stocking when she would get outside the town. She always went by the name of "Honour Doyle." But at last she became stone blind and she didn't know night from day. She often slept in the day and got up at night and she couldn't do anything only all her neighbours would do for her. But She got burned one night. She went too near the fire and her clothes went in flames and she got burned to death. So that was the end of "Honour Doyle."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 18:47
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Once visitors came to Annascaul. They went up to Maum. They saw the heaps of earth on the waste land in Paircín na mBróg. One went up the next day and he carried a spade and shovel. He started to dig the heaps of earth. He had but one sod dug when he got frightened and he went home. The next day he had a pain in his leg. It got worse and he went to hospital and his leg had to be cut off.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 18:45
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I heard this story from my Teacher. There was once an old woman. She lived about two miles from Ballygar. She was a famous digger and she was also a famous walker. She lived in a one - roomed cabin.
She made her living by digging gardens and potatoes and sowing them.
She had no land of her own. She used to get paid from the people she would work for. She had a son in Loughrea and she walked every inch of the way. She started at sunrise on a June morning and took off her shoes and stockings and when she'd come near the town of Loughrea she put on her shoes and stockings again. Then she stayed about an hour
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 18:40
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There lived in Castleblekeney once a tailor named Johny Lohan. He was four feet and a half in height. He was a tailor. He neither knew how to write or read. He used to make a pants and vest every day of corduroy. He used to charge 2/6 for making a pants and 1/6 for a vest. He never used a machine but always sewed with the hand. He was not able to make a coat. The strange thing about him was he never had a measuring tape only a brown strip of paper and each ones length was marked on it by a nick of the scissors and after a while he knew every man's length. He always had plenty to do for at that they men used to wear corduroy. The people around Castleblakeney remember of him yet. He's only twenty five years dead. He only lived in a thatched house with two rooms and always worked in the kitchen.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 18:08
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Da mbhéad an sugh ag tuitim.
Nuair a bhíonn an gheallach báidhte
Nuair a bhíonn an spéir íseal.
Nuair a bhíonn na réalta fíadhain
Nuair a bhíonn na crainn dubh.
Nuair a bhíonn an spéir dearg san maidhin
Nuair a bhíonn na cnuic ingár
Nuair a theigheann na géadha fíadhain siar.
Nuair a bhíonn cúl an cait ag an teine.
Nuair a bhíonn na préacháin a imirt.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 18:04
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Bhí rí ins an Domhan Thoir fad ó agus bhí dúil mhór í sgéalaidheacht aige. Bhí inghean áluinn aige agus gheall sé an inghean do fhear ar bith a cheapfadh sgéal nach mbeadh deireadh ar bith leis. Thainig a lán daoine agus thoisigheadar ag sgéalaidheacht ach ní raibh an rí sásta leo agus i n-áit an inghean a thabhairt d'aon duine acha ba e an chaoi ar orduigh sé a gcur, cun báis. Fa dheireadh is fá dheaidh thainig fear chuig an ríg a dabhairt go raibh sgéal iongantach amach is amach aige féin. Dínnis sé dhó go raibh rí mór cumhachtach ann na cianta tairbreadha roime sin agus ar fhaithcíos go dtiocfadh ganntan no gorta ar a thir. Rinne sé gráinseach mhór a raibh méid cnuich inntí agus líon sé an ghráinseach sin iomhlán le cruithneacht. Bhí sé póluighthe os a cionn agus ní raibh uirthi ach póirín amáin nach gcuirfeá isteach do ladhairicín ann leis an aer a leigean isteach ag an gcruithneacht ní túisge a bhí gach rud réidh ag an rígh agus é socair sásta dhó féin na thainig pláigh chuileog chun na tíre bhí an spéir chomh reamhar sin leo gur mhúchadar solus an lae. Níor stadadar go bfuaireadar amach an áit a raibh an cruithneacht. Annsin cuaid ceann aca isteach ar an bpóirín. Thug leí amach gráinne amháin dé'n chruithneacht agus dimthigh
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 18:03
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A bride was supposed to wear- "Something old, something new ; something borrowed and something blue" in order to have good luck.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 18:03
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Long ago the people made flummery.
They got a crock of lukewarm water and put as much corn as it would hold in it and left it ten days that way.
At the end of that time it was sour. The thick part went to the bottom of the crock and the thin part when to the top.
They used the thin part as milk for eating the poridge and they boiled the thick part in a quantity of spring water for two hours.
When this was done it was taken out on a big plate.
They cut slices down off it and served it in small dishes. Sometimes they used milk with it.
They thought it was a great treat.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 18:00
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In olden times when traveling people used to go to houses for alms they used get flour from some people meal and potatoes from others.
There used be great welcome for some traveling people because they usually told stories of their travels.
When some traveling people got alms they used to say a little prayer.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 17:59
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meal and a handful of potatoes and very seldom they would get a few pennies
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 17:58
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these for 3 halfcrowns. He got no-one to buy them.
The people often died if they got a big feed. They used to die at the backs of ditches. This was the reason. They used to feel a choking and to get relief, they used to go out and lie down behind a ditch, and they never used to rise. The mother often went out to die so that the children wouldn't see her.
The people died with Scarlet fever and a disease called the "Cholera Morbis". The people used to turn black after they died. The people had to keep their cows in the house, for if they left them in the byre the neighbours would come and milk them. The cows had nothing to eat no more than the people and they gave very little milk. There was no manure for the potatoes the following year, and the people had to make fóideens, eg they burned the mould in the furrows and spread it on the ridges after setting the potatoes. Any man that set the póireens the next year, had a very good crop. There was a man in Aughakiltubrid, and he sowed potato buds
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 17:57
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When the hard- working men came in from work it was a great deal long ago to get a naggin of flummery.
They steeped oat-meal in a tub and covered the oat-meal with clean water. They left it in this state until the water was of a white thick colour. Then they strained the water into a pot and put it on the fire to boil. When it was very thick they took it off and put it into a big wooden bowl to set. They eat this with cream.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 17:57
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"groans" the next year and he had a good crop. There was a wonderful crop in '45 and another in '48
There was a Slip Coffin for every two or three townsland. The bottom used to fall out of it and the corpse drop down into the grave. The coffin was left on the grave of the last person buried so that when next wanted, it could be easily found.
In Drumlegga parish of Cloone there was a garden and the people cut sods in that garden and built them across their doors to keep the dogs from eating their bodies when they died.
After the famine the people got Black Champions and Scotch downs from Scotland.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 17:57
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Most of the houses long ago were thatched. Some were thatched were reed, straw, and the poorer classes covered their houses with rushes. A thatcher has a ladder and goes on the roof of the house and puts on what is called a bay of reed and fastens it with scollops putting on bay by bay until it is finished. It is a very cold job on a cold day or in cold weather A thatcher is very well fed and gets a glass of whiskey every morning while he is thatching.
Denis O Connor of Dromscarra he was known as Dunscombe, Dave Bohan of Knockavoreen, Callaghan, known as Caluach of Kippagh were old thatchers.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 17:43
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these for 3 halfcrowns. He got no-one to buy them.
The people often died if they got a big feed. They used to die at the backs of ditches. This was the reason. They used to feel a choking and to get relief, they used to go out and lied down behind a ditch, and they never used to rise. The mother often went out to die so that the children wouldn't see her.
The people died with Scarlet fever and a diseas called the "Cholera Morbis". The people used to turn black after they died. The people had to keep their cows in the house, for if they left them in the byre the neighbours would come and milk the. The cows had nothing to eat no more than the people and they gave very little milk There was no manure for the potatoes the following year, and the people had to make foídeens, eg they burned the mould in the furrows and spread it on the ridges after setting the potatoes. Any man that set the póireens the next year, had a very good crop. There was a man in Aughakiltubrid, and he sowed potato buds
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 17:43
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The farmers in this district sow potatoes once a year, that is in March. At first manure is spread on the field which is about to be tilled or put on the ridges after being ploughed. Sometimes sea-weed is put on the "bán" also. Sand is usually drawn from the sand and also put on the ridges. When the farmer is ready to plough the field, he gets one of his neighbour's horse and his own and plough the field into ridges, that is four sods standing
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sprinkled holy water around the place and he made the sign of the cross with the Crucifix and the devil disappeared for a few minutes.
He came again and made furious attempts to get at the man but by the power of the priest he had to withdraw again.
The third time he appeared, flames of fire blazed from his mouth and nostrils and he roared like a wild beast. He did his best to get at the man but the power of the minister of God was again too great for him and he disappeared never to interfere with that man again.
Since then that field has been called "The Devil's Field" and the hole through which he was supposed to appear still remains to be seen.
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2021-04-20 17:37
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the summer time its a sign of showers.
A number of horse-flies or other insects when they appear indicate rain.
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2021-04-20 17:36
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Thomas McHugh, of Miltown and his father, Peter, used to hackle flax and in later days a modern scutch-mill was working in Drumcliffe but it is closed now but the building still remains.
Samuel Orame, Drumcliffe, was an expert basket-maker and it is a well known fact - that his baskets were sent to America.
Michael Gilroy, of Lislahily used to work in the Cooper trade and he supplied all the people in the area with churns and firkins to hold their butter.
Denis Mulligan, of Mount Edward, was a clever weaver.
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2021-04-20 17:35
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Most of the houses in this locality were all thatched mud-walls cabins. Wheaten straw was most, commonly used in thatching them. All the old houses had a settle-bed in the kitchen. Thus provided a bench or a seat during the day time. It was opened out at night and made a very comfortable bed. "Settle beds" are to be had in houses yed and also the press bed which was part of the furniture of parlur long ago. This too was opened at night and provided a most comfortable bed. Most of the old chimney fronts were made of clay and wattles. The old floors were all made of clay. There were no boards used in the floors of the country houses. The making of the clay floors was a big operation. The whole family had to walk on the floor in the making of it and the more walking it got while it was soft the better, then it was smoothed out. Water was dashed on it often so, as to allow it to dry too quickly. The 'walking' and wetting of it were the best means of keeping the floors from ravelling " afterwards. All the old houses too, had half doors
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2021-04-20 17:29
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Instead of falling upon the hearth the purse fell into a stocking that was left up to dry. In this legend we have the origin of the custom of hanging up a stocking for Christmas gifts.
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2021-04-20 17:28
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Why is a dressmaker like a farmer?
Why is a schoolmaster like a porter?
Why is the letter P like a Roman Emperor?
Which is the cleanest letter in the Alphabet and why?
What is it that a lady never wishes to see?
What goes up when the rain comes down?
I have a little cow with her back to the wall and she would eat all the fodder from here to Donegal. Round the house, round the house and peeps in every hole.
Black and white and read all over.
In comes two legs, sits on three legs, in comes four legs, picks up one leg up jumps two legs, picks up three legs, pegs it at four legs and gets back one leg.
A hard working man, a lazy old woman and twelve little children all the same colour.
stand take to my
I you throw taking
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2021-04-20 17:27
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cross was started to be built, but was never finished.
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2021-04-20 17:26
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We'll bury our pick-axe,
we'll bury our spade,
we'll be off in the morning with Seán Moylan's Brigade.
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Out from Cronrae's Mountain,
Issues a sparkling fountain
Its winding course down by old storied Kiskeam,
Where the song-birds sing sweetest
And the swallows fly fleetest
Along the green bank of the Araglen
Stream.
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You'd talk about Killarney or the Curragh of Kildare
The scenery of Wicklow, or the Valley of Adare
The Land-leaguers of Millstreet, of honour
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2021-04-20 17:21
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On the first of February Saint Brigid's cross is made with rushes and straw and places on the right side of the house. It is about a foot in length and a half a foot in width. Michael Conlon makes them every year yet.
Holly is got a Christmas to decorate the house. It is got on a holly tree and up from wall to wall with the red berries hanging down. On may day some people would not give away milk and the old people strive to see which of them would be at the spring well first and that person bring the lucky water with them. Some people pick a bunch of primroses and leave some of them on the cow's head and the rest of them on the step of the door.
On Palm Sunday palm is blessed and and distributed to the people. There are few holy wells about here. St James's Well and Lossat well. \it was on the top of a
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2021-04-20 17:20
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There are three tailors in this district. Two of them work at home and one travels from house to house when required.
These tailors do not stock any cloth, but when people want clothes made, they buy the material and then the tailor takes the measurement for the suit.
A tailor uses a large scissors, a sewing machine, a thimble, a measuring tape, and an iron to iron the clothes when made.
Shirts are not made in people's homes as they were long ago. The women
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2021-04-20 17:17
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At a dance at Taidg Carroll's of Tureenavuseane, four dancing masters challenged my grandfather to a trial of skill, and he beat the four of them. He told me how they danced on soaped tables in those days.
Tom Fitzgerald, who is very old now is the greatest storyteller of the district. He never stops telling yarns.
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2021-04-20 17:16
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Holy Wells
Our Lady's Well.
This well is situated in Lissadell, ajacent to the road leading from Lissadell Barracks to Dunowney.
Local tradition traces the origin of this well to the following:- An invalid boy dreamt one night that there was a spot in the field where the well now is where he would be cured. He asked his companions to carry him to the spot. On reaching it Our Lady appeared to him and a well sprung up at his feet. He bathed in the waters and he was instantly cured. He was able to walk home.
It is also said that a trout has been seen in the well from time to time.
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2021-04-20 17:14
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to the wood, where a workman was felling trees. Leader was very cruel and his servant hated and feared him. He said something to this workman who was so frightened that he let go his axe, which killed Leader, who sometimes was heard roaring like a bull.
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2021-04-20 17:12
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ditches and fields for about a mile. My Grandmother, Kate Daly, walked from Charleville to Kiskeam, via Newmarket, about 23 miles, in six hours. She started at 6 o'clock in the morning and reached home at 12 o'clock. To make matters worse for her, it was the time when flannel petticoats were in fashion, and she had one on her. It was raining heavily the whole way, and the garment soaked up the rain and she was wet to the skin.
When she was 18 yrs. she used take a full sack of flour on her back, up an almost straight stairs.
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2021-04-20 17:08
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Andy Quinn of Knocknacurrig was such a swift runner that he could catch hares and rabbits by running after them.
The time of the Land League two "garsúns" named, Jerry Daly and Patrick Cremin walked from North Kiskeam to Castleisland, a distance of 17 mls. They were barefooted, and went there and back again, before their breakfasts for two fifes.
Mike "Goddam" Cronin of Knockenaugh cut an acre of hay in Macroom, walked into Cork and home again, to Kiskeam (50 mils.) in one day.
Mary Greaney of Knockerourke often met a carman coming form Cork, between Boherbue and Kiskeam, and take a full sack of meal, across
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2021-04-20 17:04
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into round or oblong mats. The oblong mats were placed against the door on the inside to keep out the wind and rain.
The round mats were often used as foot mats at the bedside.
Spinning
The women for this district used to spin and weave. They used to get wool and put lard on it. Then they teased it with their fingers. Then they carded it. The cards consisted of two pieces of board fitted with hooks or "teeth." With these they combed the wool thoroughly and made rolls of it. Then they spun it into yarn with the spinning wheel.
They knitted socks and cardigans with this yarn.
MnG
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2021-04-20 17:03
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66. Fools be seldom thanked.
67 At the working mans door hunger looks in but dares not enter.
68 The sleeping fox catches no poultry.
69 One to day is worth two to morrows.
70 What the eye does not see the heart does not feel.
71 Too many cooks spoil the broth.
72 If March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb.
73 I never saw an often removed tree or yet an often removed family as well as thoes [?]settled be. [?]
74 Beauty in a maiden is much admired but virtue in her is more required.
75 An Old debt is better than an old sore.
76 A cut head is easy bled
77 If you are going any place and meet a red haired woman on the road you will have bad-luck and if you meet a black haired woman you will have good-luck.
78 If you are going any place and see one mag you will have bad-luck but if you see two mags you will have good-luck.
79 Never let the sun go down on your anger.
80 Never count your chickens till they are hatched .
81 When the old cock crows the young one learns.
82 Long churning makes bad butter.
83 Never take the book by the cover.
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2021-04-20 17:02
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One Christmas Night a friar was walking near the ruins of the Monastery where he once lived. It was in the Penal Days and he was thinking of the time when he used to say Midnight Mass on that night. Just then he saw a beautiful boy in front of him, whom he followed but could not keep up to. At last the boy stopped, and sat on a rock, and when the friar drew near He vanished.
Just then he saw the people coming up the hillside, and they told him that they heard the bell ringing for Mass. The friar lifted the stone on which the Christ
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2021-04-20 17:00
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The Black-bird
The male blackbird has a yellow bill and he is very very black.
The Cuckoo
The Cuckoo turns herself into a scaldcrow(?) in winter time and every nest the cuckoo can get she sucks the eggs out of them to make her voice clear.
The Wren and the Eagle
When the eagle was flying up over all the other birds the wind was on his back and when the eagle said he was the king, the wren said no, I am the king. The eagle bruised the wren between
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2021-04-20 16:57
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Once there was a priest and he used to go hunting every day. The priest used to find a hare at a corner of the field. When the hound used to be hunting the hare the hare would jump up to a high window in an old house. The third morning the priest carried his horse and his whip with him and when the hare was rising to jump in the window the priest hit the hare with his whip. Then the priest went into the house and there was a woman inside and her back was bleeding. This woman was supposed to have been the magic hare.
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2021-04-20 16:55
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put the bone. When the woman went out the boy rubbed the bone to himself and he was changed into a hare. He followed the woman until they came to a field in which there were many other hares and a man training them. The man said that he could not train them any longer that night because there was a strange hare amongst them and that they should all go home. The woman was home before the man and she would not give him the bone. He was a hare for a week and then the woman gave him the bone.
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2021-04-20 16:52
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A man named Mc Coy lived near Newcastle-west he had two dogs one was a kerry blue and the other a wolf hound. This hound was very cross and he would follow anyone passing the house. The man went hunting every day with the kerry blue. One day he was hunting and the dog followed a hare and he did not come back for a week. When he came back the man tied him in for a week. Every night the man went to a neighbour's house playing cards and he had to go home earlier than the other men to tie in the wolf hound because the other men had to pass his house after a while the rest of the men went home. When they were passing Mc Coys house the dog came out and he was rubbing against them. They were surprised. In the morning Mc Coy was got dead outside the door with a dead hare lying near him
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2021-04-20 16:51
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own ink from logwood or coprus and they used to write with a quill on a paper. They used to go to school at about seven years of age. When they missed their lessons they used to get a good beating. The teacher used to instruct them in their religion and how to say their prayers in Irish, especially the Rosary.
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2021-04-20 16:50
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The people long ago used to go to a barn school in Oldcastle Meelick Swinford and they were taught by Owen Máistigh. Owen used to teach them how to write and read the alphabet.
They wrote with a quill or a burned piece of bogdeal or the shank of a clay pipe. They had no blackboards but a large flag raised up against the wall. They had no seats but a block of a rough form made of timber from the wood. The master (and) used to wear a grey flannel waistcoat and knee breeches, long stockings and shoes. The children used to wear grey flannel petticoats and troicínís to keep the cold from their feet.
They used to make their
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2021-04-20 16:49
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made of them. Then the rods were woven lightly around the rim, and in and out through the ribs until the basket was finished. Then two of three rods were twisted together to form handles.
Mat Making
About forty or fifty years ago mat-making was very common. A straw rope was got and it was made into the form of a ring. A bundle of short straw was procured and streaks of it were wound around the rings, first one streak, then two, and then three and so on until the required size was reached.
They also made many thumb-ropes of straw. They plaited about ten or eleven straws according to the size required and these they wove
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2021-04-20 16:46
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rushes she four or five eggs and she feed her young with worms. The yellow hammer builds her nest near a whitethorn bush. The nest is made of withered grass and feathers she lays five eggs and she feed her young ones with worms. The hawk builds her nest in a sally tree. The tit-lark builds her nest in the side of a dyke. The swallow builds her nest in the rafters of a cow house it is made of hard dry earth she lays six eggs and she feed her young ones with flies
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2021-04-20 16:46
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1 What is that which you would not like to keep and yet you would not do without it.
The bed.
2 Four stick standers
Four belly banders
Two crooks two loops
Ans a whip about.
A bow
3 What always follows the train it is good to
And yet it cannot go without it?
The noise it makes.
4 The more you take out of it, the bigger you make it.
A hole in the ground.
5 I went up and down the boreen and through the boirín on my back.
A ladder.
6 Why is a shoemakers shop like hell?
Because it is full of bad soles.
7 What is the best way to save your soul.
To walk on your heel.
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2021-04-20 16:44
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2021-04-20 16:42
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One day the soldiers were looking for Jesus and one of them said "I wonder did he pass this way atall." Then the daradaol put up his head and said "inde inde" which means yesterday. It is said that you should kill every daradaol you see.
One day Our Lord was fleeing from the soldiers. Blood was dropping from him. The robin came along after him and covered the drops of blood with leaves and when the soldiers came along they could not find which way He went. That is why people do not like to kill the robin.
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2021-04-20 16:41
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third night, and he was very much afraid. His legs began to get weak under him. As he was walking on the road, she was walking inside him, and when she'd come to a high ditch he'd think she would'nt cross it atall, and when he'd look she was along with him inside the ditch.
She came a half of a mile along with him, until he met a little stream of water running across the road, and before the Ghost. Then she stood and the fear went off him. So he did'nt look behing him, he was glad to get rid of her. So he changed his time, and I bet he won't wait out any later than 10 o'clock any more.
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2021-04-20 16:39
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they suffer from road blisters very often. When the children are barefoot they suffer from cuts in their feet, but there are cured quickly.
Long ago the people did not wear any shoes until they were about thirty years. Some people did not wear them until they were getting married. When the people were going to Mass, they brought their shoes in their hands until they went to Eyeries. "Perk" shoes were worn by the old people long ago, and if any one would sit near the fire their shoes would melt.
When the children wash their feet every night it is said that it is not right to throw away the
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2021-04-20 16:39
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About sixty years ago there lived in Kilfian a man named "Loughney". This man got married to a girl named "Beazie Brennan from [?], Killala. He was married a month and came back to Brennans as was the custom.
He stayed in Brennans Sunday night, and went to town Monday. It was late coming home at [?] school three men
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2021-04-20 16:38
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I was told this story by my teacher. She heard it from her father. There is a fair held in Mt. Talbot every year on November 1st. That "place" is about one mile below Ballygar. the river Suck runs through it and it separates Co. Galway from Co. Roscommon. And no one went to that fair without bringing a blackthorn stick with them and there was always a faction fight held on that day between the Co. Galway men and the Co. Roscommon men. It was very common about 50 years ago. But it has all died out now.
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The rush candle was placed in this and as it wore down it was pulled up by the fingers. If the women were then spinning the oil on their fingers helped to oil the wool.
Basket Making
Egg-baskets and potato-baskets were made.
For an egg-basket a bundle of rods were got and boiled for a quarter of an hour. Then they were peeled. After that a wooden hoop was got by cutting one off a tub.
Strong rods were then used to make ribs and the thinner rods were woven in and out through them until the basket was made.
For a potato-basket sally rods were got and a rim of a bicycle wheel. A few strong rods were also got and ribs were
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then put into a basin along with a little salt, boiled potatoes and flour, and when ready it was baked in an over or pan.
During the famine, the people could not afford to have even one meal a day, and so they gathered "bliopgans"(?) and roasted them.
In olden times for a great feast, such as Christmas, a family bought a stone of flour, pound of sugar and an ounce of tea, but when these were used, they did not buy any more until the following Christmas.
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2021-04-20 16:37
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Saint John's eve, 23rd of June. Torches made of reed attached to a stick are lighted and carried through the land. On Saint Martin's day on the 11th of November. The custom was to spill blood in honour of Saint Martin. Once a woman was anxious to honour the feast. She was inclined to be thrifty, so she killed a delicate hen. The result was that most of her hen's died.
Long ago people get drunk on Saint Patrick's Day. It was called the drowning of the Shamrock. People who did not get married during shrove would be chalked on Chalk Sunday.
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2021-04-20 16:36
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also repairs them. Long ago they used make spades, and before spades were used the smith's used make the sláns for the people.
The smith does some of his work in the open air, such as shoeing wheels. He has a raised platform with a flat piece of iron placed on it, and a hole in the centre in which to place the stock of the wheel and keep it in position. Then they make a turf fire around the band near the platform, and when the band is red it is taken out by two men with large tongs and hammered on the wheel. Water is poured on the wheel while this is being done to prevent it from burning the wood, and to tighten the band.
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2021-04-20 16:35
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down straight in the image of a cross. Then a few wisps of straw are got and it is twisted in and out until the two pieces of sticks are well tied together. It is in the shape of a heart when it is tied. In all the old houses you would find twenty, or thirty, crosses then it is stuck on to the ceiling.
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2021-04-20 16:33
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In the west of Ireland in the year 79 there lived a little boy & girl. They lived in a very lonely place & had no one to speak to them but an old woman, who was recommended by their Parish Priest to live with them. After their mothers death, they were young Tommy's age was 11 years, and his sister Kathleen was 18 years. Kathleen was an assistant teatcher in the Local School and her little salary was their only means of living. They very fond of each other the old woman was very kind too. She used to pass away the winter nights with ghost stories. After a little time Kathleen got suddenly ill while returning from
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2021-04-20 16:33
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There are the ruins of an protestant church in Castleblakeney and there is an old graveyard convenient to it.
Long ago there were a great many protestants in Castleblakeney and round about. So on that account the church was built. All of the protestants died or left and then the roof was taken off and sold to a contractor in Tuam. The floor and windows were also sold to him. Both Catholics
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Long ago the people in this district made their own baskets They used cut the rods and season them and make the baskets Some people used grow their twigs and others cut the wild rods. When there were no carts the people made back loads. Two baskets used to be put accross the horse's back for taking loads. They made whips from rope. The children made whips of rushes. Before nails were baught in shops the people got nails made in the local forge. Long ago nearly all the houses in the district were thatched. A man called a thatcher went around thatching the houses The wheaten straw or reeds cut in bogs were used for thatching. The straw was sewn on the roof. There was a cooper in Lissacaha for making churns. The people made candles from tallow, the fat
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Owen Cronin of Gortroe Castletown Conyers was a cooper. He used to make barrels, tubs, firkins churn-barrels and keelers. Owen Ryan was a cooper also. Tim Hartigan was a basket-maker. He lived in Graigue Castletown. He used to make baskets out of sallies. Dan Shelton was a basket-maker also. He lived in Rossmore Castletown. Tim Regan was a nail maker. He was very quick to make a nail he would have a nail made in one second. John Donohue was a weaver. He lived at the Sparr Ballingarry. Andy Kelly was a mason and Paddy Kelly was a mason also. They lived in Ballynoe Ballingarry.
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2021-04-20 16:32
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brown. The moss is boiled in a pot, and the water is used for colouring wool. Bog-ink is commonly seen in the bog and it is used for colouring articles black. A black which never fades.
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2021-04-20 16:31
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When Our Lord was crucified the robin redbreast came to him and said "I will free you Jesus" and he strove to pull out the nails with his beak and he made his beak crooked and his breast was red with the blood of Our Lord and ever since that the robin's breast is red and his beak is crooked.
The cuckoo never makes a nest of her own, she puts her eggs into other birds nests and when they grow up the little birds follow the cuckoo. The birds know what the other birds say to them and understand each others speech.
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2021-04-20 16:30
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tallow and left it cool. To pull out the candle the mould was heated.
Before any cars were used the people made back-loads from twigs and rods. They also made baskets and lobster-pots of rods. They seasoned the rods and put them in water before using them.
Weaving was a great trade long ago and in every house there was a spinning wheel. A man named Andy Donovan who lived in Ballydevlin was a weaver. Every farmer in this district kept sheep. When the wool was cut off the women washed it, then carded and spun it into threadd. The weavers made it into frieze.
In olden times all the houses were thatched and a good thatched roof lasted twenty years. Straw and read were used for thatching. In every district there was a thatcher. The people made súgáns from hay and the hair of the mane and tail of the horse was also made into ropes. The local smith made nails from rod iron. It was the smith who made the spades and all the farm
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2021-04-20 16:30
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them how her father was evicted, and that she was too weak to work and had to work and had to turn out on the road and beg her living.
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2021-04-20 16:28
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A Scotchman an Englishman and an Irishman had a bottle of Lemonade between them. The Irishman said that the Scotchman would drink the top part of the Lemonade and the Englishman drink the middle part and himself the bottom part. Late in the night the Irishman got up and drank all the Lemonade. When the two more saw what he had done they asked him why did he do it and he said he had to drink their parts to get down to his own.
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ancient churchyard. There is an old ruined building in it. People do not know what period this building belonged to, or who it was used for. Some people say protestants have been buried there.
This old churchyard contains many old tombs and monuments and iron crosses and monuments are well shaped and ornamented. Many of the crosses bear the name of the persons buried beneath them, but the names are not recognisable.
Some of the people of the parish are still buried in this graveyard.
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When calling the hens people say "Tuk, tuk, tuk" When they are calling the ducks "Wheet, wheet, wheet" and the turkeys "Ebb, Ebb, Ebb" and the geese "baddie, baddie, baddie". Eggs are generally set to hatch in spring as that's the time eggs and cluckers are plentiest. The people in this district always go to a poultry station as they like to change the breed every year. Thirteen that usually goes to a clutch as they say it is lucky to have an odd number. They usually set the eggs on a Friday for they say it is a lucky day. When they are down about ten days they are looked at and the bad ones are thrown out.
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2021-04-20 16:27
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If any bacon was hanging from the ceiling it would be taken down.
Clay pipes filled with tobacco would be handed round to every man at the wake and also glasses of whiskey. A plate of snuff was also left near the corpse or on it and everyone that would come
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2021-04-20 16:27
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In olden times when no lamps or candles were to be had the people used splinters of fir to give light. In later years they used candles which they themselves made. When a cow or sheep was killed tey kep the tallow to make the candles. First they melted it. Then they got a shap called a mould. There was a point in one end of the mould which was fastened in a turnip or a sod of turf after which the wick was pulled through over a nail at the other end. They poured in the melted
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2021-04-20 16:27
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Another crock of gold is supposed to be hidden in another corner of the same garden. Four men, learning that the crock of gold was hidden in this particular spot went three one night and began to dig.
After digging for some time they cames to a flag. Believing that the crock was under the flag they began to jostle each other to see which of them would lift the flag and have first right to the gold.
Three of them caught hold of each other each trying to keep the other back. The fourth man who was free stoops down to lift the flag. He caught hold of it, lifted it partly and then under it he saw a serpent. Then the flag dropped from his hand and he fell back in an faint. When the other three say the man fainting, they stopped their wrangling and lifted up the fainting man. Then they went to the flag and lifter it up and but there was no
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45 Spake of the devil and he will appear.
46 New money makes fresh value
47 You cant burn the two sides of a candle
48 If you hear of death, you will hear of a marriage
49 A little pot is soon hot
50 Little strokes fell great oak
51 Strick [?] the iorn[?] when it is hot
52 It is late to sharpen your sword when the drum beats for the battle.
53 Never venture into a pit till you have well considered how to get out of it
54 People who live in glass houses should not throw stones
55 Empty vessells makes most noise
56 Don't believe the first story till the second story comes
57 Make all the friends you can, never make a foe
58 Little said is easily mended
59 Never cry about spilt milk
60 A good horse draws his own cart
61 Seeing is believing, but hearing is the naked truth
62 Ireland for Irish and land for the people.
63 The used key is always bright.
64 A fat kitchen makes a lean will.
65 Sloth makes all things difficult
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2021-04-20 16:25
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In olden times the potatoes were very black but the people had a special way for using them. Of course they weren't fit for eating. The people used to make "Boxty" bread out of them. The way to make boxty bread is. First they would scrape the black potatoes with a bit of tin bored with a nail. Then they would put some flour and water and mixed them up together.
Then they would add a little grain of salt. Then they would put it on a griddle to bake and sometimes they would put it into a pot of thin gruel or a pot of soup. Then they would eat it with a cup of gruel. At that time the people weren't half as well off as what they are now.
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2021-04-20 16:24
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Long ago when there were no candles the people used splinters, which were made from fir. They placed them on the hob to give light to the household. Later they made candles from tallow of the cow and sheep. The mould for making them was made of pewter. There was a nail placed across the top of the mould over which the thread was placed and drawn through so as to keep the wick straight. The melted tallow was poured into the mould, after the mould had been stuck into a sog of turf or a mangold. The mould was heated to remove the candle
Mostly all the houses were thatched with straw which made a very warm roof, and it is said a good roof would last twenty years. The straw was taken sheaf by sheaf and sown on the roof with a timber needle and hay rope.
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with raddle and the hair is cut on the hip with a scissors. When the bargain is going on between the buyer and seller some person nearby asks them to split the difference. If the buyer is going to advance in the price he tells the other to show his hand. He names the price that he going to give and hits the other man on the palm of the hand. The buyer now goes away if the seller does not agree but he might come back later on again and offer a little more for the animal.
The weavers of Ballingarry used to go the fairs selling flannel at 1/6 a "bandle." The length of the bandle was three feet.
At Rathkeale fairs also there are "standings" where they sell harness, ropes, second hand clothes. traces and other things. Scallops, tubs and pecks are also sold in the street
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2021-04-20 16:21
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Mark Lucey of Rathoura remembers making candles from the tallow of bullocks saved fromt he 'Memphis' wrecked in Dunlough Bay, near the Mizen Head. The song was made locally re. the wreck appears on page 59.
He also remembers making hair ropes. The hair of the tail and mane of the horse was used as was also the hair of the cow's tail. These ropes lasted for years and were much lighter than the ropes in use at the present day. They had the advantage of not retaining moisture. In making bundle-ropes, there was a half circle of stick at one end to facilitate the squeezing of the bundle
He also made spacels for cows (buairéin) from hair, but the name he gave the piece of wood or stick at one end was the buareín {picture (for rope)} Sticks of palm blessed on Palm Sunday were used by people for this purpose.
People also used "spars" to fasten thatch, but this was more for out houses. These were made of briars. These were cut, seasoned and had thorns removed and were pointed at both ends.
The wheaten straw used for thatching was 'slashed' on stones, oaten straw was also used but this was not considered so good.
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2021-04-20 16:20
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wished that he was in the Lord Mayors garden again. So he was in the Lord Mayors garden again. He reached the garden in a minute. The Mayor's daughter saw him she came out and sat into the cad. Jack wished that he was in an Island, four hundred miles from land.
Himself and the Lord Mayors daughter walked on the island for some time Jack fell asleep at last. The girls stepped int to the cad and wished she was in the garden again. No sooner said than done, Jack now woke up, rubbed his eyes, and went to look for his cad of course it was gone. A great seabird came near Jack and caught on to the birds leg.
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2021-04-20 16:18
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There is a stream near the stand to cool the bands in.
There was a forge in Frankfort in the land of Mr Mulcair. The man that owned that forge was Reidy. The forge is now in disuse but the remains are there yet. One night a man was passing the forge he saw a black dog with fire in his eyes. There was a man passing there another night with a horse and car. A woman jumped up on the car. She never spoke a word to him. Near Kilmeedy there was a stream crossing the road and there she jumped off and disappeared.
If a person had warts and if he washed his hands in forge water the warts would go away
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2021-04-20 16:17
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Daniel O Connell was a member of the British House of Commons.
One day, three Colonels, one Scotch, one
English, and one Irish got up on after the other and abushes.
Dan to their own satisfaction or to the satisfaction of other English members. When the third had finished Dan stood up and asks if he could reply and he was allowed. He replied in the following manner.
"The last three speakers remind me of three great poets, Homer of Greece, Virgil of Italy and Milton of England when are described in the following verse.
Three poets in three distant ages born Greece, Italy & England did adorn the first in majesty of thought surpassed. the next in grandeur and in both the last the force of nature could no further go and to make a third she joined the farmer two. (I forgot to say that tho scotchman wore a beard and the other two were clean slavery)
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2021-04-20 16:17
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visiting and it was late. He never could believe there was any such things as ghosts, so he was made to believe it. he was coming along the road, and he saw a person inside the ditch in a field. As he was approaching it he knew it was a woman.
She wore a grey coat, and her face was as white as snow in his eyes. She was leant on the ditch, and her hands folded looking straight at him.
She didn't make him very much afraid, but she did a little, but he dident mind it he had such a courage.
He came the next night, and it was late when he left, so when he came near the place she was there again, and she made him more afraid, but he wouldn't give into a ghost.
He came the third night, and he did'nt leave early. When he came to the spot, she was there again before him the
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2021-04-20 16:16
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lot of big trees they saw a little birds nest. Jack told the little boy to climb the tree and to bring down whatever he would get in the nest.
The boy climbed the tree and found one little egg he gave the egg to Jack, Jack swallowed the contents of the egg of course it was not an egg he swallowed but a little stone. It was not dark so they saw a light not far from where they stood they made for the light. It came from a cottage window. In the cottage there lived an old woman lived they asked her could
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2021-04-20 16:16
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visiting and it was late. He never could believe there was any such things as ghosts, so he was made to believe it. he was coming along the road, and he saw a person inside the ditch in a field. As he was approaching it he knew it was a woman.
She wore a grey coat, and her face was as white as snow in his eyes. She was leant on the ditch, and her hands folded looking straight at him.
She didn't make him very much afraid, but she did a little, but he dident mind it he had such a courage.
He came the next night, and it was late when he left, so when he came near the place she was there again, and she made him more afraid, but he wouldn't give into a ghost.
He came the third night, and he did'nt leave early. When he came to the spot, she was there agin before him the
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2021-04-20 16:15
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As far back as can be emembered by the old people around here there was a forge in Toormore, it is now unfortunately closed owing to the death of the last representative of the Sullivans. There was also another forge in Dunmanus which was owned by Mr. Hegarty, but now it is closed as the smith is very old and not able to work. There was another forge in Knockeens which was owned by Jerry Murray's grandfather, the field in which it was situated is still called "the forge field". There was another forge in Ardravinna owned by William Wilcox, this is also a ruin. There is another forge in Lowertown which is about three miles to the east
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2021-04-20 16:15
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Long ago in this part of the country the people wore no shoes. The people in olden days could not afford to wear shoes because  they were too poor. They were bare-footed both Summer and Winter, and on that account their feet cures were very tough.
At present when children leave the cradle they wear shoes, but when the Summer approaches they go bare-footed. In the first of Summer when the children leave off their shoes they think it very hard to walk on the rough roads, because their feet are very tender, but when they get used to it they like it very much. This is very healthy, but
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2021-04-20 16:14
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used to have porridge or potatoes when they came from their visit they would roast potatoes and eat them with a grain of salt and some buttermilk or sometimes water.
The first time tea became known in the district it was only the old people that used it on certain feast days also before cups became common wooden vessels were used called "Noggins".
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2021-04-20 16:12
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There is a railroad not far from our house, every night about eight o'clock a strange ball of light starts about a quarter of a mile from the railway bridge. It runs along the rails until it comes to the bridge, then in quenches there and starts again from where it started at first, and continues for about one hour.
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2021-04-20 16:12
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seen the dog before.
So he made up his mind to go into the house, as he was afraid to go to the potatoes that the man would come out.
So he went in, and when he did, he didn't see the dog atall. He asked the man where the big dog was, and he said there was no dog atall.
The man said to the people of the house that he looked in through the window, and that he seen a big black dog runing from his wife to himself and back and forward.
Then he told them what brought him so late, and he said he could get them and welcome.
So they came to the conclusion that it was the devil that was in it.
So the rich man went down to the stable, and filled the bag for the poor man, and told him never to be hungry
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2021-04-20 16:11
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One night a man was coming home from his visit, he had to pass by an old house, in which was supposed to be a ghost, there is a long bush in front of the house, and when he was passing the bush, it was torn up from the roots and a lot of rams ran through the bush of course the man fled in terror, he came back next day to see if anything had happened to the bush but it was the same as ever.
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2021-04-20 16:10
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almost men and women. All the shoes were handmade as there were no such thing as machines or Denis Sullivan of Dunmanus and John Driscoll of Gloun were two men who never wore shoes.
There are many people who would never throw out the water with which they wash their feet at night as they consider it unlucky, as the fairies would have power over them.
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2021-04-20 16:09
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the ruins of an old house are to be seen, after nightfall every night a brown dog haunts the place if anybody is passing by, alone, the dog walks after him and leaves him home.
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2021-04-20 16:08
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Some years ago in the month of November a farmer stayed out late digging potatoes, when it got dark he started to get ready for home, he went the usual gap to get out on the road, when he reached the gap, he thought he was going astray and he returned back gain, he was very upset and could not find his way. After a time he heard a voice saying "The day for the living and the night for the dead". He was kept out all night and did not find his way home until the cock crew in the morning.
He never again stayed out after nightfall.
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2021-04-20 16:08
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Long ago very few people wore shoes. There were no shoes in olden times only "the perk shoes" these were made of leather uppers and perk soles. There were men going around with balls of perk and they were called cobblers. They used have two pieces of iron to mend the shoes. They put the ends of these irons into the fire, these were to soften the perk and to melt it on the soles of the shoes. These who had shoes were supposed to be the rich people in these times. There was a man in Gloun named John Driscoll
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2021-04-20 16:07
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Leather never was made in the district.
It is said that if two people wash their feet in the same water, they will fight the next day unless they spit in it.
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articles and dyed them various colours.
Many people in this district can make baskets. The baskets were made of hazels and sallies. Usually the bottom is made of first, and then the hazels (were) are stuck down into the bottom. John Furney of Ballygeehan is still a good basket-maker, though he is now an old man. Joseph Meehan of Farren also makes baskets for home-use.
Even thatching, was a great industry in this district. The best local thatcher that was in this district was the late James Holohan, of the Wood. Thomas Kelly, who is known as "Tom the Thatcher" still thatches in this district. His dwelling place is at Coolbally. He is regarded as a good man at his industry.
During gone-by days the limekilns were very frequent through the country. Long ago they were used for getting lime from. The big lumps of lime were burned with coal or culm. After it had been well burned, it mixed with water, and this is how the lime-kilns gave out their lime
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2021-04-20 16:06
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2021-04-20 16:06
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In Mayo there lived two landlords named Vaughan and Roland. Vaughan sent in McNultys into glenn and Roland sent in the collins.
After coming to Gleann Collins sold his soul to the Devil. He had a big black cat and the cat had to get the first hit of everything he etc. When he was saying th thought it was better to repent. He sent for the priest. In the parish were two priests who were brothers named Andrew and black cat and humbled himself john Hopkins. They came to Collins house. Staying with Collins was an ex-solider who was afraid of nothing. Fr Andrew asked Melvin the ex-soldier to carry a lighted candle in front of him. Melvin agreed. Soon Fr. Andrew shouted to his brother that he was getting weak. He told him to have courage and that he would succeed. He did succeed.
From under the bed on which Collins was lying came the black cat and hurled himself against the gable of the house end with the blow, he bored a hole through the wall and vanished. then two priests attended to the sick man. Son afterwards Collins died in comfort or peace
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2021-04-20 16:05
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Every year there are two fairs held in Kilmaine one on the 12th of July, and the other on the 28th of October. All sorts of animals are sold there. The fairs nowadays are small but long ago they were large. Long ago donkeys were sold there.
The sheep are sold in the street, the cattle, horses, and foals are sold in the fairgreen. Long ago the sheep fair was held in Knockatotain a field north of the village. It is owned by Paddy Connor.
When a man wants to sell an animal, he is asked by the buyer what price he wants for the animal. The seller asks a price. Then the buyer offers a price sometimes a good deal less than the price the seller asks. The
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and another is Dunmanus named Denis Sullivan who never wore a shoe, and they both lived to a very old age. Up to 38 years ago the children never wore a shoe, until they reached the age of 16 or 18, and then they used only wear them on Sunday to go to Mass.
There were no shoemakers in this parish up to 50 years ago, but since then they got very plentiful The local shoemaker is living in Lowertown and there are four shoemakers in Schull. Mr. Somerville who lived in the Prairie was the first man who brought clogs to this district for the use of his workmen.
People think it is not right to throw out the water in which one's feet was washed until morning as it is thought that the fairies would have power over them. There is an old saying about shoes that "it is the life of an old shoe to polish it."
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2021-04-20 16:04
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The name of my district is Toem.
The population being 16 families and the amount of people being seventy. There are 14 slated houses and 2 thatched. There are but very few over the seventy years but they still know a good deal of folklore about their own district.
Most of the people are very industrious. The chief industry being dairy farming.
Mr. McDonnell of Toem is supposed to be the second cleverest man in Ireland.
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2021-04-20 16:02
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In that success Thy guiding Hand to see But whether my affairs go right or wrong Grant me O Lord the gift to carry on
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made you should give a twist to the handle for fear the butter would not come. The people do not leave out their cows on May Eve for fear some evil-minded neighbours would milk them and take away the luck from them.
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2021-04-20 16:01
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Barrel churns are in general use in this part of the country with the people who make their butter, but they are not many owing to the erection of the local creamery. There are also two other kinds of churns - box churns and end over end churns. A box churn is very useful to a small farmer.
The churns are made of oak with an opening in the side to put in the cream, and to take out the butter. There is a small hole near the big one to leave out the butter-milk, and to leave out the air. The churn is fixed on a stand about three feet high. In winter the churn is scalded immediately before putting in the cream, so as to raise the temperature, but in summer it is well rinsed with cold water so as to lower the temperature.
It is said that if a person should come into a house while the churning is in operation
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2021-04-20 16:01
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My home district is Carnahallig. There is six families in it, Ryan's, Quirke's, Dwyers, Crotty, Stapeltons, Kilbrides.
One thatched and five slated.
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2021-04-20 15:59
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carried on, was soap-making. There were many mixtures used in the making of soap. Tallow, soda, and other mixtures were used in its making. Mrs Clarke of Dairyhill was very skilful at soap-making, and the soap is still made there.
Of the many old crafts, spinning and weaving were the most common industries The wool that was got from the sheep was safeguarded until the spinning-day. Some people had spinning-wheels, and those who had them helped the others. On the spinning-wheel there were two wheels. One wheel was used for holding the wool and the (wool) thread used to spin around the other wheel. William Phelan's grandmother of Farren had a spinning wheel, and the remains of it are still preserved. A woman by the name of Mrs Campion of Ballyowen, used another spinning-wheel for her home-use. She lived where John Byrne now lives. Another woman that used to spin, was John Kavanagh's grandmother. When they had the spinning done, they made
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among the tenants at an economic rent or annuity. To effect this this transfer the Land Commission lost £10,000 by the transaction.
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2021-04-20 15:57
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About 35 years ago there was a sad drowning in Dunmanus Bay. Two boats left Muintevara to shoot nets off the lug of Míláin" at this side of Dhurode. One of the boats was called the Coffin. The crews were bad friends. As they were leaving for the fishing ground the father of one of the crew of the doomed boat - the Coffin - ordered his son out of the boat, he taking his place, as he had a premonition - a "foreshowing" as it is called - of disaster. They shot the nets and set sail for home at nightfall. It appears the evening got squally. Each had lug sails - They did not anticupate danger and the sheet-line of the 'Coffin' was bound to the boat so that when the squall came the boat overturned. The first boat noticed the disaster but went on and never went to the rescure. Six were lost. A mother whose two sons were lost went out of her mind. The boat drifted back adn righted itself at the fishing ground where she was found with two bodies aboard. All those in the first boat left for America soon after. The suppositions was that they were haunted.
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2021-04-20 15:56
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Many stories are told about leprechaun. It is believed that every leprechaun possesses a pot of gold. Many greedy people have endeavoured to steal the gold, but all efforts were rendered in vain.
Long ago a man named James Rocke, passed by a shady nook in which the leprechaun was supposed to dwell. He was surprised to hear the faint tapping of the leprechaun's hammer. He siezed him by the neck, and demanded the pot of gold; the leprechaun said the gold was hidden away. The man and the leprechaun went in search of the gold. The leprechaun suddenly looked back and he screamed. "Run or the bull will kill you". The man looked back but he saw no bull, and he was also surprised
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2021-04-20 15:52
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Lamentation of Mrs O'Donovan Rossa for her husband.
Pity the fate of a heartbroken lay,
Repining in sorrow and grief
I'm deprived of all comforts
There is nothing can eace me
Alas I can find no relief.
For the love of my darling
My heart did feel sore
Away from my arms, my love he was tore
And banished for ever from his native shore
He is gone, will I ne'er see him more?
Sad was the hour when my darling was taken
And exciled away from his home.
At his cruel fate he became undespairing
As if he were placed on a throne
His motto was freedom, his courage was bold
No money could buy him, neither silver nor gold
When I think on my darling, my blood it ran cold
He is gone, will I ne'er see him more?
Never again shall I gaze on the face of my darling
Or listen to his manly sweet voice
Shall I ever again, either night, noon or morning
At his fond loving smile e'er rejoice
Oh where shall I wander or where shall I go
My heart for my husband shall ne'er cease to flow.
He is gone, will I ne'er see him more?
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2021-04-20 15:51
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gold, but he said he had none.
She then put him into her apron with the intention of finding help to force him to give up his gold to that family. He told her to look at a nearby castle on (find) fire. The girl foolishly looked round, and lo! the castle was not on fire. When she looked again at her apron, she was surprised to see that the Leprechaun had suddenly disappeared.
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sacks of meal up on the firkins but he could not. If that time Sean Burns was about 70 years old and he came to help Horan; he caught the sack of meal with Horan and he threw it over the car. Then he put the two sacks up on the car alone without any trouble.
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2021-04-20 15:47
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Thus turtured by remorseless tyrants
And stripped of our paternal rights
We're forced to mix as intimates
With sectarian infidel sprites
When our shoulders get sore from full monkeys
Of mossy brick, mortar and tiles
And we bore with the patience of donkeys.
Lamenting, our fate in Saint Giles
3
Through rivers of blood how we waded
Our tenets and rights to maintain
Until Cromwell our country invaded,
With his black bloody, gut-ripping train
Still cherished by rank persecution
By a system both putrid and vile
Has alas then inflicted our ruin
And then we know naught of Saint Giles.
{Written sideways in the left margin}
Forgotten, later remembered
4. Let us be united and steady
And show in the season of need
That we came determined and ready
To stand by our clergy and creed
Its then our degenerated Milesians
The wreck of rack gibbet and toils
Shall soon gain the emancipation
And free the poor slaves of St Giles
Kathleen Trial.
It is in Saint Helena lies Boney well chained
Which left us al drained from money those years,
The tradesman's wives were deprived of the tea
Ever since that sanguinary Waterloo day
The labourers likewise did pine and decay
- - - - - -
Which made and encroachment in Kathleen Trial.
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2021-04-20 15:47
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Long ago the water after washing the feet in the night was not thrown out until the following morning. There is an interesting story told of a family in this parish who had to throw it out. They all caught hold of each other for fear the fairies would take them for throwing out the water.
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2021-04-20 15:47
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It is a custom in this district when distilling poteen to throw every some of the "Singalong" and also the toublin to the fairies.
One night this man running was "running a round if poteen"
He had a well trained day with im. Nobody could some within half a mile of the place but the dog with bark. When he had the round run and was filling the poteen into the jars he heard the crying in the heather some distance every. Still the dog did not bark. He pressed no need of it and putting the jars on his back set off for home. Still the cry followed him. Suddenly he thought of the old custom.
Taking the jars off his back he threw away a cupful of the poteen. No sooner did he throw away the poteen then he heard a laugh from the heather.
He then proceeded on his way home and he heard no more crying. This he says was the fairies and that they would continue to follow him and cry till he gave them some.
The some story has been told to me by
several men and the poteen is man brought have without throwing out some for the fairies.
Then they can proceed
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2021-04-20 15:39
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Once upon a time there lived a king with his wife - a beautiful woman - and his sister in-law. Now his sister-in-law was very jealous of her sister because she was much nicer than herself and the king loved her dearly.
When the first child was born the sister-in law was very jealous so she took the child and put him in a basket and put it floating in a canal near the palace. The basket floated on 'till and old gardiner and his wife rescued the child and as they had no children of their own they kept him.
The queen's sister did the same to the next two children, a boy and a girl and they were very handsome children.
When the king found his children missing he cast his wife into prison.
The old gardener and his wife died without making known to the children the secret of their birth and they grew up thinking they were the gardener's children. One day as they were out hunting they met the king and he was so charmed with their beauty that he invited tham to
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2021-04-20 15:35
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the palace and then the king returned the visit. They prepared a great feast and a wise old woman told the princess to stuff a cucumber with pearls and place it before the king. When the king sat at table he said "What a very queer dish!". There was a parrot in the room and he said. "What a much queerer story to have your children in this house without you knowing it," and the parrot went on to tell about the wicked act of his sisters in law. The king went home, took his wife out of prison, brought home his children and punished his sister-in-law severely.
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2021-04-20 15:35
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Can make no penetration
So drop your speculation
Said the Phoenix of the Hall
Evidently there are two verses missed here.
Said she in dissimulation
This is an incantation
Of what I first did say
my parents approbation
And land cultivation
Stand high in estimation
Besides a large donation
Of money at your call.
Because your appellation
Stands high in estimation
I'll make you a relation
Of the Phoenix of the Hall
The Rakes of Saint Giles
Here's long life to the sons of old Erin
In Poplar, Wopping, Blackwell,
White Chapel, the Burrough of each station
That we have been place in at all
Success to the lads and young lasses of Erin
From Bloomsberry down to the Doyles.
With full pots and sparkling glasses.
Toast still the Rakes of Saint Giles.
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2021-04-20 15:32
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left hand. Never-the-less he was so active with his right hand that he beat every one of the boys at handball.
Wrestling was a great pastime among the people John Driscoll's grand-uncle was a famous wrestler even though he was not a very big man. The strongest men around tried to knock him, but they never brought him beyond his knees.
The Dunmanus boys were great jumpers. Dan Mc Carthy was the best jumper around here. Will Minehne of Rathoora got a medal in Bantry sports for the hop, step, and jump.
Denis Mc Grath in Dunmanus was great at weight-throwing. It was said he wrote is name on a door with a half hundred weight hanging from his finger.
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2021-04-20 15:30
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I saw a constellation
Whose proper appellation
Was the Phoenix of the Hall.
So therefore I awaited
My spirits elevated,
No more I ponderated
Let what with me befall.
But then to her repeated
How cupid had me treated,
And this expostulated
With the Phoenix of the Hall
Without more hesitation
She made a declaration
Of her determination
To lead a single life
Saying sorrow and vexation
And many lacerations
Attend the humble station
Of what is called a wife.
Without equivocation
Or mental reservation
Unto your application
I will not yield at all
Your wild insinuations
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2021-04-20 15:27
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A stroll was charming the Smmer morning,
With rod and line by the old mill stream,
It's cascade tumbling with deep note rumbling
I often think of that fairy scene.
The flowing river going on for ever,
By grove and heather it likes to stray
In graceful ardour to kiss the harbour,
The lovely waters; Dunmanus Bay.
2.
Some think it's pleasure, when at their leisure,
To shoot the snipe in the moors beyond,
Or chase the hare from its secret lair,
Or drive in splendour through cities grand.
In leading races with sweetest faces,
I've seen no brace of unrivalled play,
With pleasant boating like music floating,
On your lovely waters, Dunmanus Bay
3
O'er the crystal tide stands with lordly pride,
Dunmanus Castle - that ancient pile.
It's lofty dome once the chieftain's home,
When the Spets of old trod out saintly isle,
Round the balmy coves where I loved to rove,
Those sunny shoes on a holiday.
No care to fear but my boat to steer,
On your lovely waters, Dunmanus Bay.
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2021-04-20 15:27
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For the schoolboy the year was divided not into the four usual seasons but into seasons distinguished by the games player. From 1st February to St Patrick day was the season for marble playing.
"Tops" were in season from 17 March to May Day, handlebrace was plays from that to November when football look its peace.
Boys held carefully to this a division especially as far as the marbles and tops were concerned. A lad caught playing marbles open March 17th would five like a fashionable lady in a last years hat.
The season for marbles opened on the first of spring. In this part of the country however no one spoke of "Marbles" they were known on "Laws"
The "Laws were of three classes. In this part were the ordinary marbles or lain, black , blue, green, etc his every series of such laws there would be one in his very small ones. These were known as "Droleans". In the second class was a much bigger marble, usually known on colare, caleed "the crock". In the third class were glass marbles of various colours. There was usually a more or less depart scale of values for there. A "Crock" was here to be worth from three to five ordinary marbles. While the glass "Cair" would exchange from five to seven of their.
(4) Methods of playing, there were his methods
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2021-04-20 15:26
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Mark Lucey of Rathoura, an old man of 90 years tells me that just before his day Sullivan a Kerry poet often visited this area. He was held in great respect and the songs he made were much prized. The old people of his day spoke affectionately of him, and sang the songs he composed. Those he remembers are "famed Gubbeen Shore" (at page 61), The Phoenix of the Hall." The "Rakes of Saint Giles", "Kathleen Trial", [?] and a song about Napoleon which he has forgotten.
The Phoenix of the Hall.
One day for recreation
In silent meditation
Near a sweet plantation
I carelessly did stray
Where Flora's decorations
Enriched each situation
A rural habitation
(For the Phoenix of the Hall)
That lay along the way.
Being rapt in contemplation
And viewing the creation
Its grand illustration
I thought for to extol.
When to my admiration
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2021-04-20 15:26
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Up on the very top of Sliab Mis Mountain there stands a stone table partly worn away with wind and time. On top of it are carved a knife and a fork. It was believed by the old people of the district that it was at that table Fionn Mac Cumall used to eat his meals when he used be in the district.
Back in Annak Graveyard there is a stone horse and rider carved out in the rock. It is said there was a monastery there long ago and that Cromwell's soldiers were coming to plunder it. A monk was on patrol. Suddenly he saw the soldiers but as he was about to gallop off in the direction of the monastery a spy jumped out and cut his head off and he did the same thing to the monk's horse but the horse was not dead and arrived in time to warn the monks. The monks moved to a place of safety
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2021-04-20 15:19
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back still there was a challenge rowing race between Townshend and Beecher. A boat and crew were taken from here by Beecher's yacht. This occurred about 45 years ago. Richard Glanville, the grandfather of the present Richard Glanville of Lissacaha was one of the crew and Allen of Ballydivlin was another. It was a very strenuous race, and three of the crew died soon after and the two who survived suffered in health until their death. They won. As the race proceeded, a man on shore called to the Dunmanus crew "foot the taft". They did so, and believed the change helped them to win the race. They had more support in this position than when they rested their feet on the flooring of the boat.
MnG
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2021-04-20 15:18
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1 The longer we live the more we know.
2 The day of the wind is not the day of the scallop
3 A rolling stone gathers no moss.
4 A closed mouth catches no flies.
5 Take pains and you will have gains.
6 One stitch in time saves nine.
7 A good beginning makes a bad end.
8 A watched pot never boils.
9 Make the hay while the sun shines.
10 To bed with the dark and up with the lark.
11 A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
12 Hills are green far away.
13 A big head and little wit.
14 Never judge the book by the cover.
15 The good word never broke anyones mouth.
16 The fairer the face the falser the heart.
17 Every cock crows on his own dunghill.
18 If the cuckoo sings on a bare thorn you may sell your cow and buy corn.
19 Beg from a beggar and you will never be rich.
20 We know the want of water when the well goes dry.
21 Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.
22 Good management is better than hard work.
23 A wilful waste is a woeful want.
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2021-04-20 15:18
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'Twas grand to sail from this charming vale,
And to cross the Bay for that flowery glen,
Neat Ahakista with royal vista,
You're queen and mistress of Harbour's End.
From Spain to Sweden there is no Eden,
Your groves to equal so bright and gay,
Those syllvan beauties are like the rubies,
On your lovely waters, Dunmanus Bay.
5
The sun is smiling on Carbery Island,
His beams are bright on Kilcrohan strand,
With rays adorning the Sabbath morning,
In rippling water, the bay is grand;
A bell is tolling its echoes rollig,
Across the ocean a magic sound,
Where'er you wonder there is nothing grander,
Than going to Mass in the Holy Ground.
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Let the Briton boast of his armed coast,
And Venice toast to old Adria's sea
While thie emerald creek crowned with shamrock make
Outshines an emblem of sanctity.
With caves and inlets and meandering streamlets,
And Canty's cove where the lambkins lay
Or the evening's blaze of the westring rays,
O your lovely waters, Dunmanus Bay.
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2021-04-20 15:16
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The Mac Mahon family held Lough Tigh until the time of Henry VIII when the Monastery was taken by the English soldiers, they murdered the monks and the site of their burial was thought to be near the Holy Well which was once where the Provencial Bank now is on the North Road.
The English Army, on its way from Newry under Norris, to relieve the Town of Monaghan was met at Clonlibret in June 1590 and suffered a great defeat
In 1613 Monaghan was creatd a borough with the right of sending two members to the old Irish Parliament.
Catholics were not allowed to live or work in Monaghan town until the great Presbyterians exodus to America after the destruction woollen trade. They were then allowed to come in an work but in the evening they were compelled to leave the town and take up their residence in Pound Hill where they were locked in after the nine o'clock bell rang.
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2021-04-20 15:16
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there.
Denny also owned thirty two houses adjoining his land and facing Blennerville village. He evicted twenty five of these families and levelled their houses to the ground. There is a hundred acres in Ballyvelly which got separated fromt he rest of the estate by a fraud. Sir Arthur Denny had a young cousin an officer in the British Army and according to an old story this officer was engaged to be married to a wealthy English lady. He had nothing to live upon but his army pay and on that account the lady's father objected to the marriage. He asked his cousin to transfer to him a part of the estate. His wish was complied with and he was given the hundred acres which he very honourably stuck on to instead of giving back after the marriage.
Colonel Rowne was a very
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2021-04-20 15:10
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the word Monaghan (Muineachaín) is derived, while others say that the name means "the place of the little hills."
This monastery did not play a prominent part in Irish History and like most other monasteries of its size it influenced those who lived beneath its walls. The Danes destroyed the Abby and town.
In 1350 the two branches of the Mac Mahon family quarrelled an the Chief of Muineachaín Bryan Mac Mahon was expelled from Rath Tulad (now Tully-forth) which fort is on a hill overlooking the town.
The Mac Mahon clan, like all other Irish Clans fought among themselves, so in 1417 Lord [?] left the Pale and overran Oriel. In this rain town and abbey were destroyed . About this time the Mac Mahons, chiefs of Oirgial built a house of refuge in time of danger on an Island in the Convant. It was from this that the Lake was known as Loch cigh or the Lake of the House.
In 1442 Phelem Mach Mahon gave the restored Monastery to the Friars Minor, instead of the Canon Regulars of St. Augustine who lived there formerly
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2021-04-20 15:10
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The most important landlords of my district were the old English families of the Dayes, the Dennys, Batemans, and the Colonel Rowne, As far as the oldest person living now remembers, the Dayes held the land of Lohercannon and the greater part of the Kerries. After some time the Dennys succeeded to the Dayes' land, which was the first property they acquired in my district.
There was only one eviction executed by the Dennys in my district. The agent whose name was Murphy arrived with the bailiffs and police and turned a father, mother and eight young children out on the road for non-payment of a little rent. The family was forced to go to Tralee and to rent a little house
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2021-04-20 15:06
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The Dunmanus people challenged the Kilcrohane crew again for the following Sunday, and Tim Sullivan of Tureen put down a bet of five pound and the Dunmanus men won. The Dunmanus crew on this occasion were Big Din McGrath, and Thomas Wilcox, Jerry Murry, Michael Goggin, James Kingston and Dan McCarthy Knockeens, the helmsman. This man is now a victim of rheumatism as us also Jerry Murry. Of the others Thomas Wilcox and Michael Goggin are dead. The distance covered in this race was about 3 miles, from Carbery Island to Akhista pier.
This race took place about 27 years ago. The Dunmanus boat belonged to Pat (Sullivan) Driscoll Dunmanus. She was never wet after. She was named the "Kerry Eagle"
An "elder" crew were Timothy Driscoll John McCarthy, Daniel Donovan (Danny Thade Rick) Jim Dennis and Jack Driscoll. This crew won four rowing races at a regatta in Durrus. Further
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2021-04-20 15:05
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Four or six players stood in a circle. Each caught hold of a handkerchief, towel or some such cloth. The director of the game issued a warning.
"This is the game of contaries
You Know"
If I say "Hold fast", I Mean "Let go"
So one, two, three, four
All players "Let go"
In spite of the warning some player would be caught napping and for getting the rule of contraries actually (let) held fast.
A forfeit was then put on such player and it was in selecting these forfeits that the director showed ingenuity and caused much merriment.
One player might be told to kiss the pot, another pretend he was a cock and go round crowing and so on.
These forfeits were intended to provide laughter at the expense of the incentive player who however could
escape the forfeit by submitting to certain punishment.
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2021-04-20 15:00
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Long ago the strong men here were, John McCarthy, Dunmanus, Den McGrath, Dunmanus, John McCarthy Knockeens and my grandfather was also a strong man. Once upon a time my grand-father took four-hundred weight of cement, two hundred weight under each arm from the end of the pier to the top of the pier. The best man for throwing weights was Jerry Murry. He threw the half hundred 22 feet. Long ago the men in Dunmanus wee great oarsmen and they won several races. they won every race in which they competed except one which they pulled against Kilchroane. This race was about three miles long, and the men of Dunmanus had a heavy boat but they were ahead all the time until the helmsman of the other boat helped
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2021-04-20 14:58
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A number of girls sat round the table as for the other game. Number one places a closed right fist on the table. Number two follows suit. Then follow three, four, five six and so on. When all right fists are thus place the left fists are then put in order. The person in charge of the game pointing to the fist on top demands. "Where is the milk that was in the churn"
The owner of the ist replies.
"It ran into the other"
The same question put to number two gets similiar answer and so on until the last fist is reached. When the question is put the owner of this last fist replies.
"The cat drank it"
Then came the question was asked
"When the cat?"
"He is under the wish "
came the answer.
"Where's the wisp"
"The fire burned it"
"Where's the fire?"
"The water quenched it"
"Where's the water"
"The bull drank it"
"Where the bull?"
"The hatchet killed him"
"Where's the hatcher?"
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2021-04-20 14:56
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Monaghan county is one of the most beautiful in Ireland. The contour of the county is unique "The County of the Wee Hills" is certainly the correct name of it. Roddy the Rover in his geography of Ireland lessons as published in the "Irish Press" stated the "Monaghan County was the gift of Santa Claus to Ireland." To the stranger the multi-shaped fields and hills are a perpetual source of wonder and joy.
Long years ago the "Three Collas" after their abortive attempt on the Ard-Riship were banished to Scotland. The old saying was true in those days namely "that blood is thicker than water", as so the "Three Collas" return and with the help of the Ard Ri, the [?] from Clann Rury the territory now know as Monaghan County from then on this area was known as West Oirgial (Oriel).
In present times the parish now known as Monaghan was called Rackwallace, near the shore of the Convent Lake, from which the Barony took its name (Lough Tigh) Saint Maclodius sometime about the sixth century founded and Abbey. Around this Abbey a small village grew up. From this village and Monastery some people hold that the
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John Kennedy who lives in Lissacsha and is now nearing 70 years was a very strong man. In 1896 he was engaged in building his dwelling house. A pig that had been slaughtered was hanging from a pole lying horizontally on two beams of the kitchen. He walked across the house - 13ft. with the pig suspended from a rope around his shoulders. He walked in a bent position with his hands resting on his knees or thighs. He did this after a number of men present had failed to lift the carcass.
He could also catch two beams and lift himself up 10 times without leaving his feet touch the ground.
He was also a great mower and cut down 8 3/4 acres of hay in 5 1/2 days.
Jerh Minihame of Cashelfein who is dead over 20 years went into Hegarty's forge in Lissacaha walked out of the forge with the anvil in one hand and threw it over the ditch.
Denis Mahoney of Larne who is dead about 25 years wrote his name on a door in McCarthy's in Goleen with a 1/2 cut weight
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2021-04-20 14:52
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stunted firs and ferns. Old people say that a boy while hunting in the vicinity of the fort started a hare. His dog wounded the hare which escaped. The boy and dog pursued it to the fort. To the boy's surprise, when he got inside he could see no hare but a woman bleeding from a wound.
The fort at Ballydunlea is similar in shape to the fort at Lohercannon. I heard a very old lady telling a strange story about that fort. She said that she knew a young girl who went picking blackberries near the fort. The first blackberry she picked she dropped into her mouth. The action was hardly completed when a stone dropped as if from nowhere and broke her foot. She died very soon after.
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2021-04-20 14:48
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Then years after a great piece of boggy land slid from the brow of the adjacent mountain and rolled into the lake & partly filled it up. And every year since, the lake has been gradually filling up, leaving only a dark pool in the (centre) center. And on the green borders surrounding this pool is springing up again. The Alder, The Hazel, The Birch & the holly to again replace (to again replace) the green wood which once waved in this silent Glen and at which one time or another was destroyed or cut away by the hands of Fandals.
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2021-04-20 14:48
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Then years after a great piece of boggy land slid from the brow of the adjacent mountain and rolled into the lake & partly filled it up. And every year since, the lake has been gradually filling up, leaving only a dark pool in the (centre) center. And on the green borders surrounding this pool is springing up again. The Alder, The Hazel, The Birch & the holly to again replace (to again replace) the green wood which once waved in this silent Glen and at which one time or another was destroyed or cut away by the hands of Fandals.
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2021-04-20 14:45
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"straining thread" as a cure for sprains and hurts.
The smith is always looked upon as a strong man and a man with great influence over evil spirits.
the local forges always were and still are the great gossip centres of the district into which gather the country folk each wet day and evening to hear and discuss the latest local topics. Our local forges played a big part in the national struggle the blacksmiths acting as armouries to the I.R.A.
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2021-04-20 14:45
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and she told him of the great spirit beyond the sky and his promise to send a Redeemer to save this world from sin & crime and until that day came, she should wail for the sins of men. Then she dissappeared. Then turning to the lake & standing on its gloomy brink he raised his voice and said. "My daughter the dark gloomy water of this lake shall not cover thy fair form, thy bed shall not be beneath the gloomy waters. The green woods & sylvan glades shall wave over they silent bed. The mountain ash. The oak and fir. The golden osier. The Birch & holly. Should sing to you in the stilness of the summer night.
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2021-04-20 14:42
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he threw the coal into the water, and as soon as the coal reached the water there was immediately a heap of butter on the top of the water, because evil cannot go through water.
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2021-04-20 14:41
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When calling a horse the people say "phisho", when calling pigs they say "Hurish", when calling hens they say Thuch, thuck, thuck, to the ducks "weet, weet, weet" and to a turkey "Yeb, yeb, yeb". When setting a clutch of eggs the date on which each egg was laid, is marked on each egg.
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2021-04-20 14:40
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wept & wept like the white lady. And suddenly the white lady dissappeared and the young girl springing from her seat and before the old druid could prevent her ran to the brink of the lake & plunged into its dark water and was lost. Then the old Druid called out to the white lady "Come forth woman of sorrow & show to me that which has caused my daughters doom". And forth again into the gloom of the night came the white lady & showed him the world as she had (shown) showed it to his daughter three nights before & told him that his false gods were not the gods of men
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2021-04-20 14:40
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wept & wept like the white lady. And suddenly the white lady dissappeared and the young girl springing from her seat and before the old druid could prevent her ran to the brink of the lake & plunged into its dark water and was lost. Then the old Druid called out to the white lady "Come forth woman of sorrow & show to me that which has caused my daughters doom". And forth again into the gloom of the night came the white lady & showed him the world as she had (shown) showed it to his daughter three nights before & told him that his false gods were not the gods of men.
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2021-04-20 14:39
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but held vertically, the stones were held in the fists one being on the outside of each fist balancing between thumb and knuckle. Again with a swift movement the stones were thrown in air and as they came down the player tried to hold them in the little hollow beside the thumb. In this final test the stones were sure to be sent a long distance and it needed much practice to scrape them in during the short period the one thrown up was in the air. So was played the old game called Jackstones. it sums a harmless method of passing the dime yet somehow it was in disfavour apparently for the old people had a rhyme - which ran.
"Cards and Dice the Devil's advice but Jackstone worst of all"
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2021-04-20 14:39
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146 Old turf, or old hay, is old gold.
147 Youth and a new reaping hook
148 The more hurry the less speed.
149 If and a knife would cut a loaf.
150 Very near it never does it.
151 An inch in the butt is worth three in the top(said when meadow is not being mown closely or bare enough)
152 He only wanted the wind of the wood.
153 "God made man: man made money. God made the bees, and the bees made honey. God made Satan; Satan made sin; God made hell and put him in"
154 Many men, many minds.
155 The eight of a stack never killed a mouse.
156 Live; and let live.
157 Live as long as you can and die when you cannot help it.
158 Live horse and you'll get grass
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2021-04-20 14:38
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met the man to whom he made the lease he asked where is the House of Worship you built. When Jackson saw "what he called a hole in the wall he was very vexed Jackson went home and changed his will in which he had left a large legacy to the builder of The House that would give Honour and Glory to God and bring credit to Monaghan.
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2021-04-20 14:37
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repeated her visit and the white lady showed her the sell same visions.
That night when she returned to her father in the little cabin by the lake He asked her. "My daughter why so melancholy & lonesome? And she answered. "I cannot explain what I saw or what I know". On the third night she again went out and her father following at a distance kept out of sight & yet quite near her. Then he heard her speak to the white lady and she said. "Let me again see the world for the last time, that I may weep with thee tonight". And again she showed her the whole world & she
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2021-04-20 14:36
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its site in his Brewery. About this time there was terrible bitterness between the two sections of Presbyterians and so hostile did they become that the Seceders had to abandon all hope of building a meeting-house in the town, so they built the present one in Ballyalbany. It was during these quarrels which extended all over Ulster that the term "Stiff necks" and "Black mouths" were applied by the rival parties to each other
Included in the promises of Mills, Drapers Market Street is a small preaching that has an interesting history.
A Mr Jackson, who made a big fortune in the leather trade proposed to build a handsome church at the corner of the present Market St. When a clever business man heard this rumor he went to Jackson and asked for a lease of the property. Jackson replied that he intended keeping the place as a site for a place of worship; to which the other replied "If you give it to me I will build a house to the honour and glory of God that will be a credit to Monaghan." Jackson gave the lease and shortly after went out of Monaghan for a rest cure. When he returned he called to see the new house of worship. When he
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2021-04-20 14:35
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showed their skill by tossing them high in air.
Next came "Cut Sir". The five stones were tossed up. then the hands were reversed and as the stoes fell an attempt was to catch them on the back of the hand. Naturally they scattered in every direction and it needed an expert player to recover them before the one tossed in air had fallen back. The novice rarely went beyond this stage but the practised player proceeded to another stage known by the name of "Cow's Belly" The stones were placed in the closed one being left in the eye of the first which was the hollow between the fingers and thumb, opening the fist suddenly the player tossed all in the air and had to catch them in the closed fist. Nearly always many scattered and their recovery was a further test of skill. The next round was called "Cows back" this time the stones were placed on the back of the closed fist, tossed in air, scattered and recovered as before. After that came "Scissors" in the stones had to be caught between the two fore fingers extended in scissors shape. Last comes "Bull's Eye"/ In this the fists were again closed.
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2021-04-20 14:34
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glove. As old as the hills. As supple as a two year old. As sour as vinegar. As bitter as gall.
As blue as a bluebag. As red as a rose. As dead as a door nail. As deaf as a beetle. As comfortable as a bug in a rug. As poor as a church mouse. As weak as water. As brittle as glass. As cold as charity. As mad as a hatter. As mad as a March hare.
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2021-04-20 14:33
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saw, robbery, murders and every crime that was ever commited in the world appeared before her & turning to the white lady she asked "How long will this go on or when will it end". "It will continue on until the coming of a Redeemer which has been promised to this world. The gods of your people is not the real God. For away beyond the starry arch is the Great Spirit who created this world & created all men & has promised to send a redeemer to purchase a Redemption & win them back their rights to his Great Heaven beyond the stars". The second night she
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2021-04-20 14:31
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names will never hurt you.
144 A woman has no secret.
145 Don't put all your eggs in the one basket.
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2021-04-20 14:30
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it.Then boil it a for a little while.
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2021-04-20 14:29
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house mixes washing soda and bluestone in a barrel of water. then he goes along the furrows and sprays the stalks with a spraying machine, or a bucket and brush. In Autumn the men did the potatoes and when the children come home from school they pick them. The farmer then puts them in heaps and covers them with rushes and mould for the winter months. The names of the different varieties of potatoes in this district are, Champions, British Queens, Arran Banners, Kerr's Pinks, Epicures, Irish Whites, Presidents, Flounders and Irish Queens. Kerr's Pinks and British Queens grow best in this district.
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2021-04-20 14:27
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Played with four or five girls who sat in a ring. Each girl had five smooth stones. The first part of the games was called
"Hands" The player tossed the five Jac-stones in air and tried to catch them on the back of her hands as the fell. Some of them fell on the ground. The player then tossed up again the ones on her hand and while they were in air had to recover the ones on the ground so that all were in her hands again. Should she fail to recover them she was out.
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Second part was called "Scatters" to do this the five stones were thrown out on the ground or was tossed up as before and before it fell the other four had to be gathered. If the player failed to do this she fell out of the game.
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The next stage was called "Drumings" This time the stones were shaken between the hands and then scattered on the ground. The skilled player sent them far while the beginner kept them near. The previous process was repeated.
The next part was called "High Drummings"
This was the same as part tow but the players
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2021-04-20 14:26
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There are many sorts of potatoes sown in this district, such as, Champions, Blackchampions, Arran Banners, Arran consuls, arran victors, evergreens, white rocks, limb greys, Irish queens, British queens, Flounders, Early roses, Epicures, Kerr's pinks, Great scots etc. There is not much blight around my district since the Famine. About an acre is sown by each householder in my district. The champions and arran banners are sown for human use and the others are sown for hens and pigs.
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2021-04-20 14:26
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grant them a lease of the plot of ground on which the Provincial Bank now stands. When the bigots heard this the became greatly enraged and used every inducement to get Hamilton to break his contract with the Catholics, this he at first refused to do, but when it was impressed upon him that those wealthy Catholics were only trustees, his avarice got the better of him and he broke his contract. Some after pressure was brought to bear on the Catholics and they gave up their claim to the site on the Diamond on receiving an extension to the graveyard of the Parish Church in Latlurcan (Lorcan's monument) which is outside the town
Shortly after this Peter Mc Entee of Clones St. now Park St. gave the lease of a house there which is the site of the present church (St Josephs)
St Macartn's Cathedral was started on June 21st 1861. This Cathedral is one of the most beautiful in the country - "a dream of beauty" was the description of one authority.
The Catholics were not the only ones to suffer in this respect. There was a division in the Presbyterian ranks and the Seceders built a meeting house near the Convent Lake As their title was defective Alaxander King pulled down their meeting house in 1809 and included
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2021-04-20 14:22
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in them over a hundred years ago and sometimes people heard noises and singing in them. People do not go from their houses on Halloween or if they did the fairies might carry them off to the forts. If stones were taken from any of these forts for the purpose of building outhouses or dwelling houses, the old people say you would have no luck after that, because they would have the curse of the fairies.
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2021-04-20 14:20
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Fairy forts are locally known by the following names Dúns, Rath, Lis, etc. A lot of local places get their names from fairy forts e.g. Dooneen(Dúnín) or the little fort. Rathallen or the lonely fort. Nobody ever went in and explored these forts. Some of these forts are surrounded by rough stone walls, and none of them are surrounded by sticks and mud.
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2021-04-20 14:18
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There are some fairy forts in our district. Some of them are called Forts, Dúns, Rath, and Lis. People say if stones were taken out of the forts they would have no luck after that. They also say if people go out on Halloween night the fairies would put them astray. The names of the forts, in the district are Dooneen, Rathallen, Sheerevagh, and Sheeane.
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2021-04-20 14:16
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The story of the places of worship in and around Monaghan town would be hard to rival. For some time after the Penal Laws had been relaxed sufficiently to allow Catholics to assemble for worship they continued to used Corby Rock Glen for hearing mass; then they had a Baughog (a roofed Altar erected at the back of some "Lone bushes", which lies further south in the townland of Tamlat, the new road to Castleblayney now covers the exact spot. Sometime after this a thatched chapel was built in Drumkirk. About 1780 the townspeople built a chapel at the back of a house situated in Dublin St.
In 1790 the old thatched chapel was destroyed and portion of the old Catholic Church nearest the road was built. The number of Catholics in the town began to increase about this time and some of them got rich, so they moved the chapel up out of Dublin Street to the Diamond just behind where Crawfords now carry on their business of Hardware and groceries. This made the Protestant bigots furious so they used every effort to have the chapel removed back to the shambles on Dublin Street. Dacre Hamilton was appealed to and some of the richer Catholics began to negotiate with him. The terms were, that they were to give up the chapel in the Diamond and he would
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2021-04-20 14:15
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There are still to be had the remains of old forts. There is one in Doneen near my house made of clay. The fairies lived in them
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2021-04-20 14:14
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Reilly's, McDonaghs and McMands.
Sometimes they bring news from distant places and tell them in each house. They mend cans, kettles and other household utensils.
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2021-04-20 14:13
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The travelling folk of nowadays are called tinkers and gypsies. Most of them go about in caravans. Some of them sell cheap jewelry, straw mats, linoleum, pictures, flowers and lace. the men tinkers sell saucepans, cans, and other articles made of tin. The best known of the tinkers are Stokes, Reilly's, McDonaghs, and McMands. The tinker men mend various kinds of articles, such as kettles, pots, cans, and they also sweep chimneys and mend umbrellas. The used to beg during the
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2021-04-20 14:10
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The Irish people were well educated in the use of herbs in which are cures of all the common diseases of man. These cures were handed down from father to son, and nowadays these people are known as "quacks." They were held in great respect by everyone in olden days, but now there is not as much thought about them. We attribute the fact to the modern methods of curing diseases by our doctors. There were also cures in which herbs were not used and the majority
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2021-04-20 14:10
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Long ago there were numbers of poor people travelling the countryside. Some had no means of living except what they begged or got by charity from the country people. Others made scanty living by the sale of small articles. These poor people had no home of their own. They got a night's lodgings in every house. Their bed consisted of straw.
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2021-04-20 14:07
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the wail of a lost soul looking round her she calls out. "Who weeps? Who wails". And suddenly she saw a woman clothed in white appear before her & then she called. "Come hither, O! woman of sorrow. Whence thy great grieve. tell to me thy great sorrow. And the White Lady answered, "I weep for the sins of men. And then the young girl asked her what were the sins of men that made her grieve. Then the white Lady revealed to her the whole (wol) world like a great plain, miles upon miles in extent & there the young girl
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2021-04-20 14:07
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kind of weed, like what is found in chicken weed.
Thatching was done by cutting squeezlope and putting straw or sedge, then they would leave the straw in bundles and stick the squeezlope through the scraws. Long ago there was no such as hemp-ropes, but ropes were made from straw or hay. They would get the first bit of hay in a loop and another person would put a rake in it and keep twisting, and the other would be putting hay into it.
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2021-04-20 14:04
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People always gather in the forges to talk and tell stories. The smiths also made spears for fighting long ago. The ruins of old forges are around this place yet. the names of the smiths were Noonan's and Ruineys.
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2021-04-20 14:02
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The swallow and the cuckoo migrate in the winter. The cuckoo builds no nest but lays her eggs in another birds nest. When he is a couple of days old, he throws out the other little birds, and the mother bird feeds them. The swallow builds her nest in house eaves in old ruins and in other places.
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2021-04-20 14:00
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A great storm took place on the 26th February in the year 1902. It did a lot of damage. It knocked roofs off houses and sheds. All the roads were blocked with trees, and very few people could go to the fair of Loughrea, the next morning. There was a lot of roads impassable also. There were no lives lost.
There was a heavy snowfall about the year 1892. It was in the month of November. It was over three feet high in the streets, and in the drifts it was from six to ten feet. It smothered a lot of sheep. The poor people in Gort were very badly off for firing and the parish priest - Dr. Fahey, got timber free from Lady Gregory, and Lord Gough, for the poor. He also asked the people of the parish who had horses and carts, to draw it free and so they did.
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2021-04-20 13:59
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As he was coming from the pit, along the road he dropped the stone. Sometime afterwards a man came along the road and found the stone. When he was coming to the paper he thought he was finding something good, but when he saw what it contained he threw it away, vexed with himself for picking it up. He took the warts himself sometime after.
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2021-04-20 13:58
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As the legs are the most used limbs of the body they require special care such as daily bathing, keeping the nails trimmed and wearing suitable boots or shoes so as to avoid corns.
At the present time people wear shoes as soon as they are able to stand. In olden times boots were not worn generally- poor people usually went barefoot. The majority of the children go barefoot in summer to harden their feet. *
The water used for washing the feet is generally thrown down the sink. Long ago this water was not thrown out until after sunrise for fear of insulting the "good people" or fairies.
There are several shoemakers in the parish who
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2021-04-20 13:57
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The bread they used to make long ago was called stampy bread, oaten meal bread and yellow squares.
The way they used to make stampy was first they would wash and peel the raw potatoes, grate them up fine with a grater made with a flat piece of tin holed with a nail. Then squeeze the
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2021-04-20 13:56
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Some years ago there lived in Gort a basket maker. He made farmer's baskets for holding potatoes, and other farm produce, and a small sized basket for farmer's wives, taking provisions from the town or country shops. The latter was made of sally rods, a very tine twig of flexible tough properties. The frame was made from the heaviest rod of the sally. He also made protection baskets for young calves, to present them eating hay. The basket made for use in the farm, was made from hazel rods.
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2021-04-20 13:56
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be always lucky, but a child born on Good Friday is said to be unlucky. Mangles are said to be productive if they are planted on or before the tenth of May.
Many people would not sell anything on a certain Monday called "Handsil Monday, because it is said that whoever pays for anything on that day, will be giving out money every day during the year. There is not as much notice taken of the superstitious practices, now, as were in gone by years.
It It is said that it is unlucky if two people are born the same date in the same house. Everyone likes to be born the first of January. When a child is born on a Christmas Day it is a tradition that the child is supposed to see Our Lord as an infant on that night.
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2021-04-20 13:54
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go away it was said."
They used to use beeswax to rub to wheel-string[?].
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2021-04-20 13:53
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A woman by the name of Mrs. Connors, Newtown, Gort, used make dolls. I was told she used make a few of them every week. She would get straw and cut it up very small. Then she would get a bit of a worn sheet and sew it. She would pack in the straw and sew it up again. This was for the body of the doll. She used get two pieces for the legs. How she made the head I do not know. But when she used have the head made, she used paint the face with red and white paint.
She used to get horse hair and cut it up very small and stick it on the head for hair.
At the end of the week she used send them to Galway city and get a good price for them.
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The law of borrowing is to break the borrower.
A friend in need is a friend in deed.
Hunger is the best sauce.
There can't be smoke without a fire.
Throw not good money after bad.
Little dogs start the hare but great ones catch him.
If you can not say a good thing say nothing.
A closed mouth catches no flies.
Be afraid and there is no danger of you.
Wide will wear but light will tear.
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2021-04-20 13:53
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There are two churchyards in my parish. They are situated in the townland of Bohola. One of those churchyards is an old one and is very seldom used. It is always called the old churchyard.
The other churchyard is a new one and it is about one acre in area. It slopes downward towards the south. It is a kind of a hilly churchyard. There are several graves in it and many attractive monuments and crosses. There is not one plant growing there save a shrubbery.
The old churchyard is a circular shaped one. It is a rather
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Méarán = Sugán one makes without an assistant, coiling it up as it is made.

"Bhuídhseog" [Weeshóg] = a long thin wisp of straw, not twisted, with which a seamhnán or a hive is made.
Coiseagan - A stout, twp-ply sugán with an eye at one end and a knot at the other, used for fastening a chain on a horse's fetlocks, the knot being passed through the eye to tie it on.
Straidhn - a tendency towards violence in working, or playing - "Theres a straidhn in him"
Buabán a kind of stick.
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2021-04-20 13:51
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The Kennies lived in Bridge Street, Gort, about sixty years ago. They used to make candles with moulds. They had a little shop, and they used to sell them there.
Baskets were made in Crowe Street, Gort by Michael Power. He used make potato and calf baskets. He used stick the hazel rods in the ground, and build up the baskets by weaving thin rods through the thick ones. He used go round the town, and sell them to country people on market days.
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2021-04-20 13:50
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2021-04-20 13:49
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cat to throw to him. The Priest asked Nick the 3rd and last time to depart to where he came from; so at that, he took his marching orders with the cat for copany dow as I said before, Robin was a bit of a wrangler and never parted with cash without having some fun out of it. So he says to the Priest I will not give the £5 for one Devil hunts another. "Oh very well" say the Priest, "but you may have more bad company before the week end". Robin had peace for two nights but on the third night all the Devils out of hell were to be seen on the ribs of the house but the last state of Robin was 1,000 times worse than the first. At this time Robin has boys in the British army and their mother was so glad for the 2 days peace that she wrote the good news to them saying they were
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2021-04-20 13:48
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The severest storm that those of the present generation can remember was the storm of February the 26th 1902. The cattle were killed in the stables, because the roofs were blown in.
Sheep were killed along the walls, and under cocks of hay. Trees fell in hundreds, but fortunately, not many lives were lost. Slates were blown everywhere, and the houses were even knocked. It was a western gale, it did a great lot of damage.
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2021-04-20 13:48
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Horses:-
Calling -
Préh! préh! preh!
[Pronounced by pursing the lips - not like "[?] sound "R"]
In ploughing:-
"Hé in here" = "Turn to the right"
"Oi" "Ay-out [or Oi-out] = "Turn to the left."
"Hwee!" - Stop.
The old word for "G'wan" was
"Sta leat-sa"! "Sta leat".!
Another word they used was
"Geóchad-sa!" Meaning unknown to informant.
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2021-04-20 13:47
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would be in the churn or elsewhere. No one knows what ever became of either the child or that family. Some say that, that child was either crying or sighing or making peculiar sounds. The fairies generally passed through one of the rooms of the same house, up to recent years, but Delaneys got a Mass said, and nowadays the room is just the same as any of the rooms. A window could not be put in that room, before the Mass was celebrated there.
Ireland is famous for its raths and moats.
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2021-04-20 13:47
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land and it sometimes grows in the meadow and field also. It is a very harmful, poisonous plant. Cattle never eat it because it has a poisonous flavour. It grows to a fairly good strong root. A yellow flower comes on it in the summertime.
The only herb that people of ths lovality are acquainted with is the "Glais-a-Coille". It grows under hawthorn hedges in rich soil. It grows to a height of fifteen inches. It has a strong sharp scent. When it is in bloom it is recognised by the red berries which appear on the top of it.
It is supposed to be the most efficacious of all
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2021-04-20 13:46
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party drove to the church, where marriage was celebrated, the bride been given away by her father, or in his absence, a near relative. They then drove from the church to the bridegroom's house, there was more feasting, and dancing and music, which continued all through the night.
In these days there were no motor cars, the Irish jaunting car, and horses with saddles and women even drove on pillions fixed behind, with the men on horses. The more cars at the bringing home of the bride, was the sign of the riches of the groom.
When hauling home, as it was called, left the church, some of the men, with horses and saddles galloped to see who would be first at the bridegroom's house. The first to come was liberally treated to strong drink and the best of the feast.
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2021-04-20 13:43
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When he went to bed he heard something as if somebody was washing. His wife heard pots rattling and she also heard people talking, and then she went to the top of the stairs and said "Who is down there." A voice answered, "Go back to bed." She repeated the same words again. Then she heard a heavy step coming up the stairs. She went back to bed and was sick for six months. Every night Mr. Lawlor used have to leave water in the water-pot which was left by the fairies. One night he forgot to leave the water in the pot and when he got up in the morning all the milk had been taken. Up to some recent years the door used be opened every morning.
One Winter came and he went to cut down the rath, but when he was cutting it he got a prod of a thorn in his hand and it was near rotting off him.
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to rid him of his bad tenant and said the money would help him over the winter. So the Priest went to Robin's house and told him to have an old ash coloured or burnt cat to throw to the oldboy who he would be departing by the back door then the Priest put on his stole and prayed for some time. Then he asked the "oldboy" in the name of God to come out of the churn and depart. At that, the Devil put his head out of the churn, the Priest asked him again to depart, then Old Nick stood up in the churn, then the Priest told Robin to have the
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Calling hens -
Tiúc - tiuc - tiuc!
Shoo-ing hens away:-
Cuish! Hi-cearc! hi-cearc!
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Calling ducks:-
Fín! fín! fín! fín!
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Calling turkeys:-
Tee Tee Tee Tee !
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Calling geese:-
Beada beada beada!
Driving them off:-
Hi-hag! hi-hag! hi-hag!
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There are several superstitions about the different days which people work or change their dwelling from one house to another.
Friday is supposed to be a lucky day to begin a work, or to change into a new house, while nobody dreams of beginning a work or changing his dwelling on Saturday, because there is a saying that Saturday has no luck at all. Again the baby that is born on a Saturday is supposed to have to work hard for his living.
The farmer would not dream of cultivating his land on May day, Easter Monday or White Monday.
On May Eve, the farmers butter can be taken by those who use witchcraft.
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Driving off a goat:-
Hesh-geabhair!
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Calling sheep:-
Shuen, shuen, shuen!
Driving them:-
Uatha so! Uatha-so!
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Calling young pigs:-
Bain! Bain! Bain! [pronounced like "tan"]
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In olden times people had not the up-to-date or quick methods of doing things as they have now. Thatching was one of the chief old-time-crafts in this district. There were three noted thatchers in the neighbourhood who earned their living by it. Their names were John Leavens of Mountrath, Michael Wheeler of the Pike, and James Horan of Gortnaclea. The thatching of a house entailed great preparation. Scallops had to be sharpened and straw had to be pulled. A man had to attend the thatcher. All three are now dead. A thatcher still lives in Castletown.
Candle-making was carried on in this district. Rushes were peeled, and dried at the fire. There was a skin left on them, so that they would not fall asunder. They were dipped in grease, before they were fit for use. These were known as rush-candles, and they were made
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Long ago there was a white cow who used to go around every morning and supply the poor people of Gort with milk. One morning she came to a red haired woman who was very cruel, and she brought out a sieve and the poor cow was not able to fill it. She laughed at her. The cow disappeared and was never seen since.
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Not far from Gort there is a lake. The name of it is Fiddane lake. Some time ago a man lived near the lake, and he was always gathering blackthorn sticks.
One day he was walking along by the side of the lake and he pulled up a bush. Under it was a leprechaun, and he ran into the lake. The man dived after him and when he was about to catch the leprechaun the lake turned black. The water flowing in is pure and the water flowing is pure.
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Cattle Calls etc. (Current usage)
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Driving Cows:-
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How-how!
Hush! Hi bó
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Calling -
Sup sup sup-!
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Driving or "shoo-ing off" a cow:-
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Cuitsha! Cuitsha 'mach as so!
Calling :- Hurrish hurrish !
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door and saw the above. When he had all the pennies done in that way he called the man and told him to take the money to the land agent and to be sure to get a receipt. He went got the receipt,and came home very happy. The land agent locked the silver in his desk and when he went to it for change the next day he found all coppers. He told the man but he said he had his receipt, and that gave him silver.
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landlord. A good landlord would build a house for a tenant or give a grant for it. A bad landlord would raise the rent if he saw any improvement done on a farm.
People had but few out houses long ago. The cattle were left out as a rule. They were put into the buaile to be milked. At night they were put in a sheltered field called the tuar.
"Carragán na buaile" - a hill in Ahakeera.
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2021-04-20 13:33
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There was an old man who lived in Derrybrine long ago. His name was Connaire. One day a voice spoke to him and told him to go to a certain place in the village and under a large flag, he would get a crock of gold. But on no account to go until the people were gone into eleven o'clock mass. He had not the patience to wait, and he went a few minutes before the time. He put his hand under the flag to take out the gold. The ear was bitten off him, and he had to return home without the gold, and at the loss of his ear.
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his cows dead in the rath, with a briar tied around its neck and everyone believed that the fairies took her. Ever since this man has had very bad luck and one of his horses die every Easter.
It is said that if any one interferes with a rath something will happen him. Some time ago a man working for Mr. Edward Foote was fencing gaps near the rath, and he happened to cut a bush in it. It fell on his face, a thorn went into his eye and blinded him. He remained blind until his death.
Once upon a time and a very long time ago it was, there lived in Gortnaclea a woman named Mrs. Mahony who had a beautiful daughter named Mona. At twelve o'clock one night when her husband was in Maryborough, she heard the child crying. She jumped up and saw a little witch taking away the child. Then she went to the cot and saw a hairy little imp in it. Day by day this bewitched creature grew uglier and uglier, and when she was twenty years of age a strange thing happened.
One Sunday morning when the father
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his cows dead in the rath, with a briar tied around its neck and everyone believed that the fairies took her. Ever since this man has had very bad luck and one of his horses die every Easter.
It is said that if any one interferes with a rath something will happen him. Some time ago a man working for Mr. Edward Foote was fencing gaps near the rath, and he happened to cut a bush in it. It fell on his face, a thorn went into his eye and blinded him. He remained blind until his death.
Once upon a time and a very long time ago it was, there lived in Gortnaclea a woman named Mrs. Mahony who had a beautiful daughter named Mona. At twelve o'clock one night when her husband was in Maryborough, she heard the child crying. She jumped up and saw a little witch taking away the child. Then she went to the cot and saw a hairy little imp in it. Day by day this bewitched creature grew uglier and uglier, and when she was twenty years of age a strange thing happened.
One Sunday morning when the father
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2021-04-20 13:30
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the table, and the priest said to the man "now can't I prove what I said on Sunday". Those in the room tried to move, but found they could not.
The priest went away very angry, and the man was left on the table. The priest said "he will be there until I come back again". They sent for the bishop and priests, and they could not hunt him. So the priest had to come back to release the people, and to send Persse away.
When Persse came down through the ceiling, he made a big hole in it, and many people tried to settle it; but they did not succeed. The hole was there until the ceiling fell, in ruins.
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2021-04-20 13:29
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Lá Bealtaine.
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Cun go mbeadh an t-ádh ag duine, is ceart dó, de réir béal-oidis, a agaidh do nighe in uisge nár thuit nó nár rith, agus é do thriomú i tubháille ná'r sníomhadh riamh. - Sé sin é do nighe leis an drúcht agus do thriomú le ghréin.
Lá le Phádraig.
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Is ceart comhartha na Croise do ghearradh ar ubhall an duine le bata aitinn a tógadh as an dteine.
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In Castledaly near Loughrea there is a fort. This fort is about four miles under the ground.
One night a man had a dream, and in the dream he was told that under a stone in this fort four crocks of gold were hid. He was told to go by night and to get a very good friend of his, to go with him. He asked the man, and one night they set off. They carried candles with them and when they came near the place the man failed and turned away back. They made another attempt but it was at break of day, and the people were going to mass.
When they saw the two men digging, they gathered around and when the men lifted the stone, they found the four crocks, but they never filled with clay. The reason was that they never went in the night; and not let anyone see them.
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and mother were at Mass in Shanahoe John their son was sitting on a ditch near his residence admiring the sunshine when a little witch appeared to him. She told him that if he got the coulter out of the plough and burned it in the fire the imp would run out of the house. Then John was to follow her and when she would reach the rath, she would go down into the ground with a shriek. The boy did as he was told and everything happened as she had told him. When he returned home who should he see sitting at the fire but his own beautiful sister. Her parents were overjoyed when they saw her but she was never able to speak to them, or explain where she had been during the twenty years that she was missing. A few years afterwards the poor girl died. Later, John, her brother, was at a dance in the neighbourhood. During the dance the old hag entered and John fell down dead.
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2021-04-20 13:23
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Coole house was the residence of the late Lady Gregory. When Sir William Gregory died there was no one in Coole to take care of the orchard. A man in the neighbourhood went down one night with a bag to get some apples. He filled his bag and left it on the wall. Every time he left it on the wall it was thrown down.
This went on for a long time. He did not know who was throwing back the apples, but he thought it was Sir William. The man said "fan annsin anois Éamonn a diabhal agus fanfaidh mé anseo go maidin".
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2021-04-20 13:23
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Now-a-days people say that there are no such things as fairies, but the old people have a firm belief in the good people as they title them. In Scotchrath surrounded by trees, there is a fairy-rath, and it is situated on Mr. Edward Foote's land. About thirty years ago he went in search of a treasure that was supposed to be hidden there. He discovered a long passage which led from the rath to a rath in Gortnaclea, but he found nothing within. The next morning he found one of
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What is the only thing that carries a comb on its head?
A cock.
Which man in the army wears the biggest hat?
The man with the biggest head
What is one side of the moon like?
The other side
Which side of a mug is the handle on?
The outside
What is the first thing that smells in a chemists' shop
Answer;- Your nose
Why does a cow look over a gap?
Because she can't look under it.
What is the shiest thing in the world?
A clock (Its hands are on its face)
What is it that goes around all day and sleeps in the corner all night?
A Brush
Why does a hen cross the road?
To get to the other side
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An old man who lived in Gort was a descendant of the great O'Shaughnessy's of Gort who had many castles in this district. His name was Danny Shaughnessy. He is about seventy years of age. For sometime past he had been very feeble, and as he lived in a small little house all alone and had nobody to take care of him he had to be put to the home in Loughrea. There is a big shop near his house in Church Street, and he owned it one time, but as he was becoming poor he had to give it up and live in the small little one instead. A short time ago a man from the town went to visit him and he told him that his only wish was to be buried in Gort. This house is falling down by degrees as it is very old. He was a great lover of cats and kept many of them, they are still there but there is nobody to feed them, and they are all dying of starvation.
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2021-04-20 13:18
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There was a wee woman, there was a wee man, there was a wee pot and there was a wee pan. One day the wee woman was sweeping the floor and she found a wee penny. Says she to the wee man, and to the wee pot and to the wee pan: "I'm going to the market to buy a wee kid." .................... She went to the market and bought a wee kid. On the way home they came to a bonny bush of blackberries. Says the wee woman to the wee kid ; "Kid, kid, go you home till I eat these bonny blackberries" Says the kid : "I'll not, till I get my share." ...................... She called on the dog to chase the kid. Says the dog : "I'll not, for the
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2021-04-20 13:14
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animals in the byre became quite quiet.
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the opposite side of the river from this Castle.
This particular tenant was a thrifty farmer - very keen on making improvements, draining, reclaiming, fencing, making larger fields etc. From his Castle the landlord could see all this work going on, and as each rent-day came round he raised this man's rent a pound or so.
At last the tenant felt he had had enough of it and for some time ceased all improvements and let his farm take care of itself.
One day styles came across him on one of his walks and taxed him with his laziness, remarking that he had noticed no improvements for some time. Watters replied that he was going to do no more extra work in that line because it was only causing him to have more rent to pay and he felt he had as much to pay as he could manage. The landlord seems to have been in a good humour on this occasion - in any
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In early Spring boys buy tops in the shops, especially the "giggler" as it is called, and go whipping them when the roads are dry with a piece of cord tied on to a stick. Sometimes they race, and if the spear of the top fell out in the race, they would get a coffin nail, and then plug the whole in the top with a match and put the coffin nail in the spear's place.
In the Autumn, when the nuts, or galls as they are more commonly known, fall from the horse-chestnut tree, the boys gather them. They bore a hole in them with a nail, and then put a piece of cord through them. Some boys would have them gathered since the year before, and they would be harder, than those taken from the tree the following year, and would often break them too.
In the Winter, boys have hop-frog to keep themselves warm. One stoops down, and the other jumps over him. Skating is also played in the Winter time. Boys throw water on the road at night, and when it freezes, the road gets slippery after the water. Next morning the boys go skating on it.
Judge, "pounder", "finder", and "thief"
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18. Local landlords.
Sir William Styles was the landlord of part of this district.
Glenmore Castle was his seat and like many another he was chiefly remembered for his rackrenting and cruelty. In spite of this however he did not prosper in this country. When he sold the property to the brothers Archibald and Fitzpatrick Cook, Derry, and left the district he said that he had come "to Glenmore an English gentleman and he was leaving, an Irish beggar."
Styles used to keep a sharp eye on his tenantry and if he noticed any improvements being carried out he promptly raised the rent.
The following is a particular instance.
One of his tenants, a Protestant, named Richard Watters who lived on the farm now known as Highview, on
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arms and stepped from the boat on to the pier at Dunmanus.
Dunmanus people were also great swimmers and a man called Cornelius Ganey swam to Carbery Island and that record has never been been beaten. There was a man in Dunkelly and he was called "William the Hare" because he was such a swift runner that he caught a hare on the run. If the people of this locality who had a good amount of butter, heard that is was dearer in another market they would walk there and one time my grandfather and Jim Dennis walked to Cork, they left home at sunrise and they were home that night. On one occasion as my grandfather and another man were out fishing in Dunmanus bay, it happened that the boat overturned, and the man took my grandfather on his back and they both came safely ashore (At the south side of it). They swam from the south of Carbery Island home.
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2021-04-20 13:02
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The games I play are as follows: top-spinning, chestnut-cracking, hop-frog, rounders [?], hurling, football, handball, skating, "Judge, pounder, finder, and thief", banker, beggar my neighbour, pickey, ball in the cap and marbles.
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long time of his ghostly visitor. He slept, and when he awoke there was the razor, soap, and towel he had used, to prove it was a dream.
I have been told that the man still lives somewhere near Loughrea and still has the razor in his possession.
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2021-04-20 13:00
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In the vicinity of Ballyturn lake, there is a road which is supposed to be haunted. Tradition has it that there was a convent built near the place. At the time of the religious persecution the nuns had to fly and some of them even lost their lices.
One night about fifty years ago as a number of people were returning from a wake, in Killfinn they were chatting and talking and walking along in groups of two and three.
The men walking in advance, turned to the others, and told them to speak in lower voice, remarking at the same time about two nuns they had just passed on the road. The others got surprised saying they had met nobody.
It is an old fact that three nuns have been seen more than one occasion on that road.
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The strongest man in this district was Timothy Driscoll of Dunmanus. He was remarkable for his great strengths at weight throwing, at (weight) lifting heavy loads and as an oarsman. One time he took two cut weight of cement under each arm and stepped from the boat on to the pier at Dunmanus. Dunmanus men were very famous in past times as oarsmen. They challenged Akhista, Durrus, Crookhaven and Whiddy Island and each time they were the winners. Expert swimminers could be found in Dunmanus and Denis McGrath used to swim our to Carbery Island a distance of over half a mile. The Dunmanus people often went to Cork with their butter. Simon Hodnett's mother went there and so did Simon Hodnett himself. William MacCarthy of Dunkelly who died about twelve years ago and was known as Willie the hare because after half a day's running he caught a hare. The people believe that the seventh son of a family has some gift and as Tom Horrigan of Toormore was a seventh son and he had the gift of running
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priest gave him a cock, and he let go the cock at the cross, the bird flew back to the priest and let three crows.
The priest set out on his journey. When he reached the cross, he asked the ghost what was troubling her. She told him and he said, I will forgive them "I killed my father", "I killed my mother" "I killed a child that was not baptised". The priest said "I will forgive you". "Have you anything else troubling you". "I killed myself", said the ghost. "I won't forgive you said the priest. But you must leave this spot. He sent her to a place in Carrigaholt Co. Clare. The calmest day that ever came, the sea is very wild around the spot.
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Under the fire and over the fire and still never touches the fire
Answer ;- A cake in a bake pot
What part of a cow goes over the ditch first?
Her breath.
What goes up and down and still never touches the ground nor the sky?
The hand of a pump.
If I built a wall from here to Donegal what height would it be?
The height of nonsense
Under the water and over the water and still never touches the water
An egg in a duck
The more you clean it the dirtier [?] it gets
Polishing [?] your boot
Why does a chicken peck a pot?
Because she can't lick it
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the workman was going up from a dance about twelve o'clock. He heard buckets, pans and pots rattling.
When he was passing the fort he had to close the gate, and he closed it, and when he went ten yards away from the gate it opened wide. He went back to close it. A voice came, "Leave that gate open."
"I must close it," replied the man and he (let) saw no one, and he let it open and he went to the house.
Next morning he came out to bring in the cows and the gate was closed.
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There is a well about the size of a basin in Tubber it is supposed to be a part of "Our Lady's" well. No matter what quantity of water is taken from the well, it never goes above or below a certain mark. People suffering from sore eyes go to this well and a great number are cured after saying prayers and making rounds.
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2021-04-20 12:52
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Inchi a part of the Coole Estate comprises approximately two hundred acres. It is situated in the west of Coole. It is a beautiful landscape in Summer with its lovely fragrant wild flowers. The most important of natures own art, is the beautiful withered rocks from the constant beating of the water for about eight months of the year. During this period it is waterlogged, portions of it to a depth of about thirty feet. Most of this vast lake of Inchi forces its way from underground. It was often observed that as many as twenty or thirty fountains automatically pumping three feet over the surface. This lake of water will receive a rapid underground suction about the middle of May or June if there is not a constant rainfall.
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walk to Schull a distance of six miles, for fish to cook for the dinner and would be back in time to strain the potatoes. Willie McCarthy of Dunkelly was known by the name of Willie the Hare. It was said he spent the half a day hunting a hare and caught it. Tom Horrigan who lived about 50yds from this school caught a thrush after running six miles after it. He was the seventh son and it is said that the seventh son always gets some special gift. Frank Hellen's father Meall o'leasea was a great jumper it is said he used to put his hands on the crate and jump into the car from the road he used also stand on the horse's back while he galloped. There also lived a man in Crookhaven who made a speech standing on a horse's back going through Goleen.
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to go for the priest and to know what was best to do. The priest came and immediately the other baby disappeared. That girls is very nervous ever since.
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Old Crafts
Flax was grown in abundance in this district long ago when reaped it was logged. This meant, that it was buried in a bog, hole, where it was left until it rotted which usually took two weeks.
It was then taken up and spread out to dry. It was gathered up then in what was known as sheaves. A big turf fire was then lit and these sheaves were placed before it on a "hurle" so as to dry it thoroughly. This "hurle" was an apparatus on which the flax, was placed in front of the fire to dry it.
It was then taken and broken with a mallat. Then men known as scutchers came, and they did their own work with it. Then it was tied in little bundles known as "streaks of flax". It was haccled then by the "Hacchers" who came around at the season with their Hacck. This was a long box shaped instrument with three sections. Coarse, medium, and fine. When it had gone through the "Hacckle" it was ready for spinning.
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2021-04-20 12:46
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In the village green the fairs used to be held. The old fairs are altered. There was no accommodation where the fairs were held long ago that is the reason why they were changed.
The town fair is held in the green.
"Toll" is still paid. It goes over to England to the "Ear of Harewood".
Toll is usually calculated as follows:-
1d for a bonham, 3d for a calf, 6d for a cow or a horse.
"Luck Money" depends on the amount got for the animal, 6d for a pig or a sheep 2/6 for a cow 5/- for a horse.
The pigs are marked with a scissors all other animals are marked with "raddle".
The bridle and saddle are taken off the horse and a halter put on when selling.
There are certain days for sheep and pig fairs in the town.
The special fairs for sheep are in the month of July. The special fairs for bonhams are in the month of March. There are special fairs held for pigs every second Tuesday of the year.
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2021-04-20 12:45
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children dress a doll all in white and go from door to door and collect pennies. The statue is called a Bridog. They say a rhyme something like this 'Here's St Bridget all dressed in white, Give us a penny in honour of the night, If you haven't a penny a halfpenny will do, If you haven't a halfpenny, God Bless you.'
Candlemas Day:
On Candlemas Day the old people say 'Candlemas day put the candlestick away.' Long ago they used not have lights in the evenings were getting long and candles and lamps were not as plentiful as nowadays.
St Patrick's Day:
Before going to mass each person get a spray of shamrock and puts it in his coat. Sometimes the men wear the shamrock on their hats. The children often wear harps.
Easter Sunday:
Many children get up early to see the sun dancing. Everyone eats as many eggs as he is able. Long ago games were played with eggs. They used roll them down a hill. Nowadays children buy Easter eggs in a shop.
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2021-04-20 12:41
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Stories about the hare - "the witch hare" used to be told in this district as every where else. Those who told them believed in their truth.
Abraham Flanagan used often tell about a certain hare which escaped all the attentions of the local people. Nobody could hit her. Charges aimed directly at her seemed to pass through her doing no damage.
At last one morning a man put a crooked sixpence in his gun and went out after her. He fired and struck her but did not kill her and she managed to crawl away. He followed guided by a trail of blood and distinctly saw her at last going in of the "sink-hole" of a certain house. He followed by the door and found a trickle of blood up the kitchen floor from the sink where the hare had entered to the fire at which sat an old woman, bleeding, from a gun-shot would in the leg.
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2021-04-20 12:40
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ná an gaoth. Dheanfaidh sé ar ghirrfiadh gan aon deacracht. Bhí sé 'na cómhnuidhe leis féin i dteach beag ceann-tuighe agus bíodh sé ag caint agus ag siosgach leis féin i gcomhnuidhe. Maidin cruaidh Gheimhridh abhí ann agus bhí sneachta ar an talamh. Cuaidh an Máilleach amach ar lorg girrfhiadh mar béadh rian a gcos le feiciál ar an sneachta. Ní raibh sé i bhfad amuigh go bhfaca sé girrfaidh. Lean sé é, bhí sé ag tarraingt suas leis nuair a chuaidh sé síos i bpoll móna a raibh liac-oidhre air, agus sneachta ós cionn sin arís. Bhí sé phréachta leis an bfuacht agus ní dheaca sé i ndiadh ginnfiadh as in amach.
3. Tráth bhí Donnchadh Brún 'na cómhnuidhe i mBéal an Buidhe i n-aice le Cathair na Mart, bhí fear darbh
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2021-04-20 12:38
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and the old rhyme thus.
Monday for health
Tuesday for wealth
Wednesday the best day of all
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
And Saturday the best day of all.
In times gone by matches were always made in this district, both money and goods were given as dowry. Many old customs still take place on the wedding day, such as the Bridegroom and his friends being at the church first and in the first car coming to the Bride's home for breakfast A "halwling homes" is held. The Bridegroom brings the Bride to his home and on that night a dance or party is always held.
There are certain colours supposed to be lucky such as
Married in blue you always prove blue
Married in green you are ashamed to be seen
Married in gray you will live far away
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2021-04-20 12:37
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Another 'hare' story is told by Conal Furey, son-in-law of Abraham Flanagan. (p.17).
On one occasion he was on his way to the bog with a dog. A rabbit or hare started up from the road side and the dog gave chase. The hare crossed a little barn and he saw her distinctly enter a whin bush on the other side. He and the dog followed on the spot but the hare had vanished and on the other side of the whin bush sprigging unconcernedly sat a neighbour woman locally known as "the lily."
As to these hares the only shot that could make any impression on them was silver (c.[f.?] crooked sixpence mentioned on previous page).
The only hound that could catch them was a black one in which not a single white hair grew.
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2021-04-20 12:36
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Little Christmas. The Christmas candles are lit in all the windows on the eve of the feast and there is a big supper. At this supper all must get plenty to eat so that they will have enough to eat all the coming year. Even the cows get a sheaf of oats or something extra to eat.
There is a legend that all the water in the world is changed into wine at some hour of the night. A man once stayed up to drink enough wine but he was dead that night twelve months. No one likes to leave out money on New Year's Day because he would be spending all the year.
Twelfth Day:
On the eve of Twelfth Day and Twelfth Night as it is called, each household gets rushes and lights twelve rush candles and says the Rosary then. The rushes are pulled a few days beforehand and put on the hob to dry. Then when they are dry they are dipped in hot grease on the pan. They are cut all the same length. There are in honour of the twelve apostles or perhaps of the twelve days of Christmas. Twelfth Day is the last day of Christmas.
St Brigid's Day:
On the eve of the feast
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2021-04-20 12:35
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In the townland of Blackraw there lived a family of the name of Rooney consisting of two boys and two girls, James, and Hughie, Rose and Katie or Ketty as she was usually called. Now these people were very fond of money and could hardly buy food much less clothing or luxuries. The neighbouring lads knew of this great love for money and so arranged a jumping for the small wager of three-pence. Everyone seemed anxious to join in the fun to spur on one of these misers who thought of nothing but the prize. The danger he never dreamt of. The dyke was deep and wide but Hugh divested himself of jacket and waistcoat ready for the leap, when some of the lads said "Stop! Stop, for the love of Heaven, you know you will lose your life and then what is the use of risking that, when you want to live to enjoy the prize" Oh what matter" said Hugh "whether I live or not sure our ones will get the threepence.
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2021-04-20 12:35
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What has a neck and a body and nothing else?
A bottle
Why was Adam the best runner?
Because he was the first on the human race.
What is the difference between an Irish three penny piece and an English sixpenny bit?
Three pence
Which house is the brightest?
The Light House
One side awoman; the other a man
Answer;- Apenny
As round as a penny, as deep as a cup and all the wells in Ireland couldnt fill it up.
Answer: - A sand [? }riddle[?]
What ship do we try to get rid of the most?
Answer;- Hardship
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2021-04-20 12:30
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The strongest man in the district was Thade Driscoll of Dunmanus, he is now over 80 years of age. He was remarkable for his strength at weight throwing and lifting loads. He was also a famous oarsman as were most of the Dunmanus people. They challenged Whiddy island, Crookhaven, durrus, and Bantry and each time they were the winners. One of the best mowers in this locality was John Kennedy of the Prairie (Lisnachan). Dunmanus was also famous for its expert swimmers they used to swim from Dunmanus to Carbery island a distance of about half a mile. Many Dunmanus people often walked to Cork with their butter. Simon Hoddnett's mother used walk to Cork with a basket of butter on her head. She would start at sunrise, remain in Cork that night, and be home the following evening at sunset. Simon Hoddnett himself also walked to Cork one time. It was also said that Frank Hellen's mother in Rathoura used put the dinner potatoes on the fire, and used
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2021-04-20 12:29
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These are the principal feasts observed around here and the customs connected with them.
St Stephen's Day
On the previous evening the young boys and even the grown ups go to hunt the wren. If they get one they take him with them on St Stephen's Day and tie her to a holly stick. Of late years they rarely catch a wren because it is too troublesome but they pretend they have one. Sometimes they don't even mention the wren but go from door to door and play music or dance. The money collected is divided in the evening and the boys usually go to dance then. This is the rhyme they used to say: The wren then wren, The King of the birds, St Stephen's Day, She was caught in the firs.
New Year's Day
The next feast is New Year's Day. This is almost as big as Christmas. It is called
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2021-04-20 12:27
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When full time whistle announced the score brave Seanduns did declare,
That they had much to learn from Our Footballers from Bere.
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Just a few weeks later our boys were called again,
To meet the County Champions from Macroom the heroes came,
From Macroom they came with flags unfurled in motors grand and gay,
Unbounded hopes in their famed team they surely had that day,
Their backers staunch and joyful of defeat they would not hear,,
But they had to lower their colours to our footballers from Bere.
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When the Summers sun was shining one glorious afternoon,
To Bantry town once more went forth our boys to meet their doom,
Such was the faith in Carbery’s team their followers did declare,
That Godfrey’s Inch would seal the fate of Our Footballers from Bere.
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At 3 o’clock the match began both teams were fleet as deer,
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2021-04-20 12:23
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The people around here, even the oldest of them do not seem to know much about the penal times. We know that the people suffered much hardship and that priests had to say [?] in the open fields instead o in the churches.
There is a rock in [?] called the '[?]rock'. It is probable that some priest celebrated [?] on it at some time hence its name.
A path in [?] is called the [?] path, probably on account of people following this path on the way to [?] or perhaps it led to some place where a priest said [?] was celebrated.
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2021-04-20 12:21
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In this district the young children often go about barefooted mostly in the Summer months. This is very healthy and it makes the soles of the feet tough.
Of course it has its dangers. The children often suffer from road blisters and they also get bad cuts in their legs sustained through falls.
Long ago the people used seldom wear shoes except going to Mass. That made them healthy, and used to the cold. The old people used wear "perk" boot. There are stories told about people who forgetting themselves sat near the fire and their boots melted.
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2021-04-20 12:18
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old Board of Works, it goes through Barnatonicane and Cashelfein and leads to Tralarach. There is a road leading from Toormore to Ballinaskeigh and in olden times this was the main road to Cork and so it is still called "the old Cork road."
one hundred and fifty pounds was recently granted for the repair of this road. There is another pathway going through the hill at the back of this school, it leads to Toormore, it is now an old cow-path.
Stouke road was made in 1927, this road was an old pathway before it was repaired. It connects road at Dunmanus with the Goleen to Schull road.
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2021-04-20 12:16
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in the morning to take his pigs to the market he found them all dead, and the strange pig in with them. It is said that if a person puts dead meat in with pigs that the pigs will die.
About ten years ago in the parish of Knocknagoshel there was a man who had a cow going to calve, but he thought she would not calve until morning, and he went to bed.
During the night the cow calved, and the calf was lying down on the floor behind the cow. A woman came and took away the cow's clearing in a bag. When the man got up in the morning the calf was dead, and the cow never milked one pint of milk that season.
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2021-04-20 12:12
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will have a very poor return for that cow, for the remainder of the year.
The man who gets drunk on May Day ; before that day twelve months others will drink plenty over him.
Some years ago in the County Kerry a woman died of a serious illness. When the remains were removed from the house, the dead woman's sister came and turned the tick.
The idea was to turn the disease from the woman's side of the family to her husband's side.
This piseog happened about a year ago in Knocknasna to a farmer who had five pigs for the market. The night before the market he fed the pigs, and saw that they were all right.
That night some bad woman came to where he had the pigs and put a dead pig in with them. When the man came out
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2021-04-20 12:11
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I have always heard it said that no one should start on a journey on a Friday as it would be very unlucky. Monday is also supposed to be an unlucky day for travelling.
A person who is ill in bed for some time never gets out of bed for the first time on a Friday as it is said that he or she would have to go back to bed again. It is also said it is unlucky to remove from one house to another on a Friday.
Good Friday is considered a good day for sticking potatoes. Some people would not like to plough the ground on Good Friday, and it is also considered unlucky to work in a forge or drive nails, or heat irons on that day. Long ago the people used to say that everyone should have his potatoes sown before St. Patrick's day. Some people would not spend money on a Monday because it is said they would be spending it all week, and the old saying says, "Good Monday, good week."
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are supposed to be the best days for gathering herbs, especially if it is near full-moon.
People never get married on Friday,
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2021-04-20 12:10
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About 100 years ago this year, there was a great wind. There was a man named Bob Moore coming home from Monaghan, and when he came to Cortolval[?] Bridge about two miles out of the town he met a small man (a fairy) who gave him a message and told him to give that to another small man whom he would meet. Mr. Moore did as he was commanded and brought back the message. The fairy then told him that the Irish fairies and the English fairies were going to war, and that if the Irish fairies were beaten, it would be the most stormy night ever experienced. The Irish fairies were beaten, and that night was the wildest for a century before. Many houses were stripped of their roofs; crops were blown away, and the fish were blown out of the lakes.
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2021-04-20 12:08
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You shouldn't go into water on May Eve as it belongs to the fairies that day.
When starting a journey you shouldn't turn back, or look back, or you wouldn't be lucky on that journey.
It is very unlucky to hear the cuckoo before 6 o'clock on the morning of May Day.
If you met a red-haired woman on May Day you should not continue on your journey as it is unlucky.
If you lie on the grass on May Day you are sure to get Rheumatism
It is unlucky to cross a brook on May Day.
If you picked Lady-Fingers on May Day you would have a nightmare every fifth night until St Peter and Paul's Day.
If you steal the milk from your neighbour's cow before dawn on May Morning, that neighbour
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2021-04-20 12:06
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Which is the smallest bridge in the world?
The bridge of your nose
Which is the smallest town in the world?
Answer "Cork" because it fits in a bottle'
A little hut; a little wire ; a little house without [?] afire[?]
A Bird's cage
How many cows' tails would tip the sky
Answer; - One if it was long enough.
Six tea cups were on ashelf ; one fell off how many left?
Five
How many thorns in an acre of furze
Answer: - One and all the rest.
When the clock strikes "13" what time is it ?
Time to get a new one
What is the strongest thing in the world
A s[?] because it carries its own house
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2021-04-20 12:05
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If a dark-haired man goes into your house the first, on New Year's day, you are supposed to be in luck for the year, but if is a woman, you are supposed to be in misfortune.
It is not lucky to travel on a Friday.
You should not sweep the sweeping of the house out the door on a Monday, as you would brush out all the luck for the week.
When you go into a house, you should come out the same door again, as it would not be right to come through another door.
Wash your hands on the dew on a May morning, and you will be able to unravel all knots for the year.
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2021-04-20 12:02
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May Eve and the morning of 1st May are times specially selected by certain people for practising "Pishogues." A common form of this practice is the milking of one's neighbour's cows. The person who performs the act, goes to the neighbour's cow-house, unknown to the owner, and while milking the cows he says certain words, and makes certain promises. This it appears has the effect of depriving the owner of the cows during that milking season of the quantity of milk so taken, and of increasing the other person's supply of milk by a similar quantity.
It is said that if you put an egg under a person's hay, that all his cows will be dry for that year
If you meet a red haired woman the first thing on a Monday morning, you are to be in bad-luck for the day.
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something red around it or put some oatmeal in its pinnie, to preserve it from the power of the fairies.
An old woman named Mary Martin slept in Skeverin fort one night, and when she awoke next morning there was a mare and a foal standing behind her. She arose and walked on through the fort, and she saw a heap of lovely red rosy apples, with which she filled her apron, and then returned home. She had not gone far when she met a woman, and she asked her to have an apple, and told her where she got them. This fact was supposed to have been kept secret, so when she opened her apron, nothing was to be seen but a heap of clay.
Thomas Moorhead of Killahera went to cut a loan bush (a fairy bush) and the first blow he gave it with the axe his nose began to bleed and he took a pain in his back, and had to remain in bed for three weeks.
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2021-04-20 12:01
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used to walk out very early in the morning dew and it was very good for the feet.
The men used to wear canvas on their feet they called it "Trihins". When they had corns they would get a leaf of ivy and steep it in parrifin for a short time, after that they would put it to the corn, it is supposed to be a great cure.
Long ago people had often to lend shoes to a neighbor if they were going on a journey. There are no shoemakers in the district. Clogs were made in my district in olden times they are still worn. Soap is very good for sore heels.
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2021-04-20 11:57
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Once upon a time there lived in Ratrussan a man named John Clerkin. He had a cousin living with him and she was sick and they thought she was dying but the neighbours said she might live if she got the doctor.
In those days doctors had to walk and as it was late in the night he thought it was better to bring the horse and cart with him and save walking.
When he was coming down the Corgreagh road a few perch from a crossroad he saw a woman standing by with long red hair and a shawl on her shoulder. She got in and sat down beside him in the cart and when they were a little farther down the road he thought she was a devil and he was
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2021-04-20 11:53
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A boy named Mr. Welch was sent out to bring home the cows when he was very young. He did not return and his people searched the whole land for him and could not find him anywhere. He was taken by the fairies and the next morning Ann Murphy found him sitting under a black-thorn bush crying. He had then a lame-leg and is still lame.
When the old people used to go out, they left the tongs across the Cradle for in case the fairies would take the child, and if they took the child out, they tied
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2021-04-20 11:52
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there many years ago.
The monument is a flat green in the middle of Croghan rocks and it is sorrounded by a high stone fence. It is much higher than the rest of the rocks and there is also a great view from it. On a clear day a person can see almost as far as the city of Belfast.
The sliding stone is a steep slippy rock down from a hill called the Ring an Kid in the parish of Killsherdany.
Hundreds of years ago the people gathered to that certain stone on Sunday evenings and they continued sliding there for hours.
The Ring an Kid was a place which derieved its name from a turning table that was there about a century ago which belonged to an old - Land-Lord called
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2021-04-20 11:47
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The Limekiln field derieves its name from an old Limekiln that was there many years ago.
Morgan's rock takes its name from an old man who lived there whos name was Morgan.
The Darkey meadow is a meadow a little distance from our house in which an old man named Paddy the Darkey.
The Whinny hill is a little round field covered with whins, ferns and broom. Jumpe's hill is another field which goes under the name of a man who lived
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2021-04-20 11:45
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In quest of fame great men have died we read in story and song.
On the battlefields of France and Spain they have fought in search of glory.
The Artic shores and tropics glare brave Irishmen may dare.
But for dash, and pluck, and stamina none others can compare.
With our present glorious wondrous team Our Footballers from Bere.
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In Canadian woods brave men have died, in India’s scorching sands.
Brave Irishmen have worked and toiled far from their native land.
Some to on foreign fields have died with spirit-light and fare.
Their names are writ on History’s page from Quebec to Benare.
Yet not more grand their deed than our Footballers from Bere.
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At Bantry in ‘32 a football match was staged,
The Seandun team came down from Cork most gleefully arrayed,
To beat the Beara stalwarts they straightway took the field,
But by sheer determination they were forced to yield
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2021-04-20 11:44
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fort but before long he found himself in a castle. He was reading and drinking when a man came in with a head and up the stairs. In came a man without a head and up the stairs and the two started fighting Maguire went up and saw the man with the head tossing the other man so he tossed the man with the head. He got up and asked John was he afraid but he said he was not.
Then he said, "we were two carters and we were drawing from Dundalk. We were drunk one day and we were fighting and our horse ran away and cut the head off the head of this man, and we were to be fighting till the Last day if some man wouldn't separate us. You're all the man who was manly enough to do so and we may rest in peace now." So he went over to an old cupboard and got a purse of money and gave it to John Maguire and he went home and he's dealing in cattle ever since or somebody related to him.
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2021-04-20 11:43
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Fado fadó timcheall aon céad is fiche bliadhna ó shoin do bhí fear darbh ainm Seán ÓHartigán ag bringleóidig trí oidhche i ndiaidh a chéile go raibh ór ibfholach inaice caisleán tullacha.Oidhche amháin thainig se amach
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2021-04-20 11:42
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druim nuair a thiocfadh sé in aice leis.
Deirtear go bhfúil iásg mór ag tabhairt aire de .Rinne go léor daoine iarracht cun é a fáil ach ní fhuaireadar é.Rinneadh féar darbb ainm Micheál Ó Concubhair as leim-an lic iarracht chun e a fáil agus ní raibh si acht cúpla tróigh ón áit nuair a fuair sé pian i a druim.Deirtear gur cuir an iasg an pián in a dhruim chun é a scannradh.
Dimthig sé abhaile agus an pián in a dhruim.Thóg sé leaba aie féin .Cheap sé go bhfuigheadh sé bás.Níor bhac sé leis an ór as sin am,ach na niór bach aon duine eile leis.
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2021-04-20 11:42
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a certain person whom they believed was able to get back the butter.
They started to prepare the churning on May morning. On that day they cut some branches of a rowan tree or bole tree brush. These they made a hoop of and put them round the churn. They also put some of them over the dairy door or whenever they were churning.
Once the butter was taken away it could not be got back until this cure had been tired. The person who was supposed to have the cure was then sent for. In almost all cases it was a woman then this person would come to the house and take charge of the proceedings.
The doors and windows would then be tightly closed and a big fire put down. Then a harrowpin and coulter of a plough were put into the fire and the churning was commenced and some prayers said.
No one was allowed in or out. Sometimes they spent hours beating the milk. After long and weary beating the milk they would let a scream when they
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2021-04-20 11:41
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If people wanted to get the butter back they had certain things to do and then there was
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2021-04-20 11:37
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again as before the Christmas.
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2021-04-20 11:37
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In our locality some time ago there lived two farmers one named Wordworths and the other named Tevlin and in those days they used to churn the milk at home. The Wordworths believed that the other family was taking their butter. They were told if they could get some milk from the Tevlins cows and put it into the churn while they were churning it would take back the butter.
One night they prepared to churn and they arranged with their own work man that he would go and milk Tevlins cows in the byre. The man went and when he got half ways he got afraid and turned back and he met two goats of their own and he milked the two goats and brought it home and put it in the churn.
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2021-04-20 11:37
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Superstitions relating to churning
In this locality when the people are churning they always put a grain of salt on the lid of the churn. If they did not they would think that they would not get all the butter . If anyone came in for something while they are churning he would not get it because they think he would bring all their butter with him.
They also believe that who ever brings the first can of water from the well on May morning, will have the butter of the district that year . The people never give away milk on
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2021-04-20 11:33
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turn back a few steps with it. It is not lucky for a wedding to meet a funeral. If  the person is the first member of the family to die the father and mother go before the hearse. In olden days when there were no hearses the coffin used be brought to the grave in the common car and some woman of the neighbourhood used sit upon the coffin and "olozon". Two or three boys go and dig the grave that morning. When the funeral reaches the graveyard the coffin is taken out of the hearse and brought into the grave. When the corpse
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2021-04-20 11:32
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Long ago there were men in Ireland called landlords and they owned great estates. They divided these estates among a number of tenants who paid a yearly rent for them.
The Landlord who ruled over Drumsillagh was a man named Maxwell Boyle. Besides the townland of Tullyvin, he also ruled over Corgreagh, Ratrussan. Drumnatrade Drumleague, Gorteen, Drumnagran and many other townlands, and he lived in a castle in Tullyvin.
In those day the rent was very high and as the tenants were not able to pay it, Boyle carried out many evictions especially in Gorteen. Finding that the rent was too little for him he leased the castle and left the country. It was taken by a man named Maxwell Green.
Boyle had an agent called Samuel Jones and he lived in Cavan and came once a year to lift the rent. There were men in the district called bailiffs and they told the people when to pay the rent. Anyone who did not pay had to leave.
Before Boyle sold the castle the tenants had
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2021-04-20 11:32
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water after night fall, and it is kept until morning. There are shoes made in this parish, and when they are torn they are repaired. If the side of a shoe is torn, a patch is put on it called a "taorbin" (?). There are several shoemakers in this district at present, but long ago there were not very many.
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2021-04-20 11:31
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We seldom have snow storms in this district. The last one of any severity occured nearly 50 years ago. On this occasion the snow was about 8 feet high, and in some places reached the tops of many thatched houses. The people were not able to attend to their cattle
duine anaithnid
2021-04-20 11:29
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Once upon a time, there lived in the castle, which is situated at Castlepark road, a lady named Lady Verdent who died some years ago and her ghost is supposed to be seen every night, around midnight. She is seen riding on her horse, and lashing her whip, and tearing down the lawn.
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2021-04-20 11:29
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About the year 1902 a terrible storm caused a vessel the Bohemia to be wrecked off the Mizen Head. She was an American vessel laden with general cargo. The wreckage was picked up by the people of Dunmanus and Dunkelly. The captain came ashor eon a bullock back. Many of the cattle came ashore and were sold by the neighbouring people at Bantry. The vessel did not become a total wreck for some time. All lives were saved but two. This storm did a considerable amount of damage in the district, many hay ricks and cown slacks were thrown down. Houses were stripped and trees uprooted. Masons were at work for several weeks repairing the damage. Later still in the year 1928 we had a severe storm. It began on Christmas night and did not cease until St Stephen's night - hay ricks, hay sheds, turf ricks, and out houses suffered and cattle were killed by falling houses. Rain acompanied this stor, and our local river which rises near Mt. GAbriel and flows into Dunmanes Bay over flowed its banks and brought turf from Gloun - the district near Mr Gabriel to Dunmanus Bay.
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2021-04-20 11:24
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The family names most common in Dunmanus are Mc Carthys and Driscolls. There are three families of Mc Carthys, eight people in all, and three families of Driscolls sixteen people in all.
Place names in my Father's farm.
One of the fields in my father's farm is called the field of the jobs because there are two big stone son one side of it, and it is said that Fionn Mac Cumaill threw these stones down from the top of Stiuch hill.
There is another field and it is calle Tobar because there is a well in it and it is called Tobhar well.
There is another field near the sea, and the point going out into the sea is called poinnte na blósac because when people were selling potatoes long ago they put them in pits on that peninsula, to await the boat tot ake them because there was no pier in Dunmanus then. Ever since then it is called poinnte na blósac.
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2021-04-20 11:23
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The local roads are not known by any special names with the exception of a few. There is a road branching off the main road, which leads from Bantry to Glengarriff. It is about two miles from Bantry. This road is called the "Board of Work" , and was made to give relief work to the people during famine periods.
Another road leads from Bantry to Coomleigh along the Mealagh river and there is another road at the other side of [?] Mealagh. Some of these roads are tarred and others steamrolled, and the by-roads are repaired by putting gravel on them. Some of the roads especially the by-roads are fairly steep but they are being gradually improved as the hills are being cut away and the dangerous turns widened. It is custom to play "pitch and toss" at the cross-roads on Sundays and during the Summer evenings.
MnG
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2021-04-20 11:21
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How many ladders would reach the sky?
One - if it was long enough
Up on it he got and on it he went and every rag on his back shook
Answer: a man thatching
What is it that walks with its head down?
A nail in a man's boot.
Its black and white and read all over
A book
A side car of people went over the hill and there was not a single one on it.
They were all married.
As green as grass and itis not grass as red as blood and it is not blood as black as ink but its not ink What is it?
A blackberry
In every house you'll find it no matter where you go; it's a couple of hundred yards long and you could fit it in your pocket.
A spool of thread.
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2021-04-20 11:20
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The district in which I live in is rich in folk-lore.
Túarmór - (A black green). Was so called because in the olden times the people used bleach their clothes on a igh green field here
Carrigín Dubh - is a rockly little island very near the shore on which black weeds grow.
Cathaoir - is the name of a field near us. It is so called because the shap of an arm-chair is cut into a big rock in the field.
Gort-na-Neacaire.- (The Fairy Field) It is the largest field in this town-land, it contains two and a half acres. There is a subterranean passage where the sea beats against the fence, and extends about half a mile in a westerly direction. An old tradition says that it was used by the Danes when they came to Ireland. The old Catholic schol was also built n the same field, but it had to be removed over to Dunmanus, the site of the present school, for no Catholic school would be allowed in Toormore by the Minister of that time.
The Altar is the next town-land to us, it got its name from a druid's Altar, which is
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2021-04-20 11:19
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A century ago everyone used to burn lime for agricultural purposes. They used to sell some of it.
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2021-04-20 11:18
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23 When the smoke goes straight up the chimney(it the sign of frost)
24 When the swallows are flying high(sign of fine weather)
25 To hear the Shannon roaring(sign of rain)
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2021-04-20 11:18
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turn back a few steps with it. It is not lucky for a wedding to meet a funeral. If  the person is the first member of the family to die the father and mother go before the hearse. In olden days when there were no hearses the coffin used be brought to the grave in the common car and some woman of the neighbourhood used sit upon the coffin and "olozon". Two or three boys go and dig the grave that morning. When the funeral reaches the graveyard the coffin is taken out of the hearse and brought into the grave. When the corpse
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2021-04-20 11:17
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turn back a few steps with it. It is not lucky for a wedding to meet a funeral. If  the person is the first member of the family to die the father and mother go before the hearse. In olden days when there were no hearses the coffin used be brought to the grave in the common car and some woman of the neighbourhood used sit upon the coffin and "olozon". Two or three boys go and dig the grave that morning. When the funeral reaches the graveyard the coffin is taken out of the hearse and brought into the grave. When the corpse
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2021-04-20 11:17
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turn back a few steps with it. It is not lucky for a wedding to meet a funeral. If  the person is the first member of the family to die the father and mother go before the hearse. In olden days when there were no hearses the coffin used be brought to the grave in the common car and some woman of the neighbourhood used sit upon the coffin and "olozon". Two or three boys go and dig the grave that morning. When the funeral reaches the graveyard the coffin is taken out of the hearse and brought into the grave. When the corpse
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2021-04-20 11:16
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The "Famine" started in the year 1846. The most of the people in Ireland died. At first the people remarked a "blight" coming on the potatoes. When the potatoes rooted the people had to sell the rest of their crop to pay landlords.
The most of the people died with hunger. A lot of people went to America but a great number of them died going across. The "Famine" did not affect this district very much. After the famine it was very hard for the farmers to get seed potatoes. There were very few not rotted. Some died by the roadside, others died in fields. A lot of them went to the "poor houses" where they died with hunger.
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2021-04-20 11:15
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He then has the blessing
Of both young and old.
He's a true son from the Laune side
Determined and bold.
His fine open countenance wearing a smile
He's loved by all sportsmen for many a mile.
This is a song composed about
J.P. OSullivan of Brookhill, Kilgobnet
Beaufort who belonged to this Parish. He played football and ran and jumped with other young men from the Parish every Sunday. He afterwards became Champion of Ireland.
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2021-04-20 11:14
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We have no return signal from the land
Sir Roger sadly said
No comrades here to welcome us.
Alas they must be dead.
ut I must do my duty
This day I mean to land
So in a boat he pulled away
To lonely Banna Strand.
A German ship was sailing in
With rifles galore
Saying, Here you are a fore
Youare he Empire's enemy
We will fight you now so stand
For a German boat shall never be put
On the lonely Banna Strand.
We sailed to Queenstown Harbour
Say the Germans we are done
The British ship our master
Man for man and gun for gun
With thirty thousand rifles
And none of them left land
We'll dump them all and bid farewell
To lonely Banna strand.
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2021-04-20 11:13
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O amiable heart of my Saviour, thou art the seat of all virtue, the source of all graces, the living furnace of thy Divine love, which burned in the souls of the Saints. Thou art the object of all God's clemency, the refuge of the afflicted and the dwelling of all souls that Thee, O Heart worthy to reign above all hearts, and to possess all love. O Heart wounded on the Cross by the lance of my sins, since then remaining on our altars, always wounded by the love which Thou hadst for me. Amen.
O Heart who lovest man so tenderly, and who with so little love remove this great ingratitude and inflame our hearts with an ardent love for thee. Amen.
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2021-04-20 11:12
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be either made afraid or made a happy man,"
On them conditions I'll give you the sheet," he said.
The next night he set out for the meadow and when he was a while there about a hundred and one men rushed into the field split fifty on each side and the odd man stood at the corner beside John Maguire to referee a football match.
One of the men ran up to him and cut off his head and they kicked it about the field until at last John Maguire got it and put it under his coat. With the twinkling of your eye the crowd disappeared and left Maguire and the headless man alone.
"Give me my head," he said to Maguire. "No I wont," said Maguire, "you thought little of it when you let it be kicked in such a way all night,"
"Are you afraid," asked the man.
"I'm not" said Maguire.
"Well," said the man, " go to Laragh fort to-morrow night and you'll be either made afraid or made up for ever."
"On them conditions I'll give you the head," said Maguire.
The following night he went Laragh
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2021-04-20 11:11
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"Would I let you break that stone wall,
That I look upon with pride,
So away with you immediately
And from this place keep wide!"
"Míle murther!" whimpered Betty,
"What am I to do at all?
Must I starve, and be evicted
While my money's in the wall?"
So went on the wordy warfare
Thrust and parry fairly dealt
Till the soft tones of relenting
In the landlord's voice was felt,
Then he said in kindly accents,
"As it thus befell on you
I'll remit the whole instalment
Of the rent that's hanging due
But I stringently enjoin you
On a clear command from me
That you daren't touch that well again Or punished you will be."
Of course, Batty thanked his honour, then
And homeward straight he went
Chuckling how the ancient stone wall
Paid the missing half year's rent.
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2021-04-20 11:10
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dogs of the neighbourhood as they were the only means of defence at those times. The old R.I.C. came to defend Finn's property and in the event of clearing the cattle the fight took up. It was a bloody struggle fought to a finish for the ownership of the soil of Lisduff. The tenants were victorious and now hold a title right to the said lands. This was the first break of landlordism in Ireland.
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2021-04-20 11:07
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The shops were not as common in olden times as they are now. The people had to go to the nearest town to buy their goods. Buying and selling was carried on after mass. It is not carried on now. Money was always given for the goods. Labour was given in exchange for these goods. It was unlucky to buy or to sell goods on New Year's Day. The markets were held in Campbell's field in New Bridge. They are not held there now. The Wards from Ballinasloe used to deal in feathers and rags. They still come to this district. The manes of the various coins were:- tanner or a sixpence, shlling, florin, half a crown, a crown, and a four shilling piece. It is gone out of use. The four penny piece is also gone out of use.
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2021-04-20 11:06
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May discontent soon disappear
And as true as my name is John
I will stay at home
In my dear island home
And die like an Irishman
Lonely Banna Strand.
It was on a Good Friday morning
At the early dawn of day
A German ship was signalling
Far out upon the Bay
With thirty thousand rifles
Just ready for to land
But they could get no return signal
From Lonely Banna Strand
A motor car came dashing fast
The early morning bloom.
A sudden dash and down a cliff
It fell to meet its doom
Two Irish boys lay dying
Just like a rose so grand
But they could not give the signal
From lonely Banna Strand.
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2021-04-20 11:05
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man. It was very hard to travel on the roads which were first made where they were full of holes. A coach which would be going a long distance would have to bring logs or ropes to tie the wheel of the coach or to fill the holes with the logs. The first time the roads were made along by rivers. Postal arrangements were different. In country towns it used to be delivered three times a week. In country places twice a week. As the years die out the knowledge of men becomes more powerful. They always start with a small thing and finish with a big one.
Thomas O Connor
Ballinderreen
Mary A Hughes
Ballinderreen
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2021-04-20 11:04
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Once upon a time there lived in Laragh a man named John Maguire. One night he went on a ceilidhe and when he came home his wife had no supper boiled. He asked her why she had not it ready but she said it was too dark and she was afraid to go for water. He said he'd go and get water and that he'd travel until he'd see something to make him afraid and he filled a can of water and went to Laragh graveyard and walked up and down through it but he could see nothing and he was starting home when he saw a sheet on a tombstone. He put the sheet under his arm and he found a round and then he saw an old hag coming toward him.
"Give me my sheet, John Maguire," she said but he said he would not.
"Are you afraid," she asked.
"No I'm not." he answered.
"Well," she said "go to Laragh meadow tomorrow night at twelve o clock and you'll
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2021-04-20 11:04
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So I stopped here, thinking of it,
And for fear such would befall
I found out a secret crevice
And I hid them in the wall.
Now the moon was shining brightly,
And the shadow of a tree
Fell across that bit of roadway
That lies just 'twixt you + me.
But the moon makes people quare set.
And if I were to be shot
I couldn't say the minute
Whether this or that's the spot.
But when the moon will shine tonight sir,
I will come again and see.
And I'll surely come anear it.
By the shadow of that tree
And I'll search, and dig, and delve sir,
And my gold again I'll find
If I have to fell the wall sir,
A few perches you wont mind."
"Tut! You ruffian!" cried the landlord
"Not for those few coins of gold,
Nor for all the farm produce,
You have ere bought or sold -
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day of April to bury her.
On St. Martin's day the mills don't work because on that day St. Martin fell into a mill and was ground to death. No one ever digs a grave on New Years Day.
People never tackle horses on Whit Monday. They always usually begin to sow their crops on a Friday.
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2021-04-20 11:01
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Travelling in Ireland a century ago was not such an easy matter as it is at present. In those times there were no trains, no motors, no buses and people found it difficult to travel any considerable distance. About that time a young Italian names Brianconi started a service of cars which linked up a great many places in Ireland and which proved very useful and popular. The people were travelling by horse back and walking, stage coach and mail coach. But, nowadays we have the train which takes the place of a mail coach, motor bycicles which take the place of a horse back. Push bycicles which take the place of a foot-
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2021-04-20 11:01
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Nobody knew his real name. He is now dead for some years.
Children go barefoot in summer, but wear boots or shoes in winter. Boots are not made locally, there is no shoemaker but only a handy man named Pat Clarke to do repairs. Leather was not made in the district.
It is said that if the water used for washing the feet is thrown away while any member of the household is out at night it will be the means of leading him astray on his way home.
Therefore it is not thrown out until everybody is in.
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2021-04-20 11:00
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Old Erin's sons held to their guns
Like genuine Irishmen.
If the Duke of Wellington were alive
Some tales he would relate.
How our Irishmen, they fought and won
And the enemy did defeat
Old England she should bear in mind
She will want those men again.
And not to make foes of those we know
Who are genuine Irishmen.
An Irishman is genuine
Whatever his faults my be
But to hand three men for the death of one
That's more than I'd like to see
There was Allen Larken and O Brien,
The judge did them condemn.
Although they are dead, their memory dwells
In the hearts of Irishmen
May Ireland soon be happy
And from all oppression free
May the North and South of Ireland
Be one in unity
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2021-04-20 10:58
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the kings army had to mount on the back of the giants horse and thus they were brought to Ireland.
There lived in the north of Ireland two huge giants. One day those two giants were competing with each other in a race. They started together in the morning and when they had half the rave run one of the giants stopped by the roadside to pick some blackberries. The other giant remained running. The first giant began to run again ahe he ran past the other giant. There are many tales told about the Fianna.
Patrick O'Leary
Kinvara
Mary Leary
Kinvara.
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2021-04-20 10:57
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suspended from the little finger.
Walkers - Maurice Kennedy's mother used take 65lbs of butter on her head to Schull, a distance of 6 miles and Maurice Kennedy travelled from his home in Lisscaha to Schull, a distance of 6 miles and back in 55 minutes. I have the knowledge from himself.
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2021-04-20 10:57
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You true-bred sons of Erin's Isle
Pay attention so my song
And if youwill attention pay
I wont detain you long.
I am a true bred Irishman
- - - - - - -
And I love that soil called Erin's Isle,
That reared an Irishman
John Bull my boast of battles
And victories he won.
But only for our Irish boys.
What would those lads hae done.
Our Irishmen are genuine
They are foremost in the van
I will tell you true that Waterloo
Was won by an Irishman.
Their deeds on sea as well as land
They make my blood to boil
Did they not fight with Nelson
At trafalgar, on the Nile
On board the good ship Victory
When their odds were two to ten.
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2021-04-20 10:56
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angry and he told the Fianna to give him the horse. Fifteen of the Fianna mounted on the horses back and the horse brought them to "Tir na n-Og". Finn was worried about the Fianna and he set out for t he place to which they went. On his journey he met three men who were also giants. Finn told the giants that he was seeking the Fianna. The giants rooted a large tree and with that they made a large boat. Finn and the three giants went into the boat and they saided to "Tir na n-Og". When they reached "Tir na n-Og" Finn saw the Fianna inside a big palace. The king of the palace refused to go let the Fianna go. One hundred of
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2021-04-20 10:55
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Long ago there were very strong me here. Some of the strongest and greatest of these were Timothy Driscoll, Din McGrath, Jerry Murray, and Tom Wilcox. They were also the best oarsmen. And they were never beaten at any regatta, except one time when they pulled against Kilcrohane a distance of about three miles and the men of Dunmanus had a heavy boat. But they challenged them again for the following Sunday and Tim Sullivan of Tureen put down five pound, and the men of Dunmanus won.
Jerry Murray threw the half hundred 22 feet, and Timothy Driscoll too two hundred weight under each
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2021-04-20 10:55
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is brought into the grave the screws are unloosened and the screws are unloosened.
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2021-04-20 10:54
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Long ago the people in the locality had certain occupations such as candle and candlestick making, noggin making, woodwork and creel or basket making.
The candles were made of rush wicks, peeled and dipped in tallow until it was a certain thickness. The candlesticks were of iron made in the forge with a hole about the size of a thimble to hold a candle.
There was no mugs long ago but the people used little wooden vessels called noggins with two hoops to keep them together.
They were also made in this district.
Tubs and barrels were (are) some of the other wooden articles.
Creel and basket making were carried on in Gortin. There was a story told about a man named Tom Dermott who was asked by a judge in Cootehill
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2021-04-20 10:53
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Long ago there were many giants and warriors in Ireland during the reign of the Fianna.
One day the Fianna were out in the hills hunting. Suddenly they saw a large giant approaching with a large horse. The Fianna were greatly terrified of the giant when t hey saw him approaching. The giant asked Finn Mac Cumhaill to take him into the army and Finn consented. The giant was called "The Giolla Deachair". His horse was grazing in the same fiend as the horses of the Fianna.
The Fianna drove the horse from the field. The giant got very
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2021-04-20 10:53
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Our good ship tight and sound.
(4)
The first shock we did suffer
For mercy we did call,
The second shock our good ship got,
Down in the deep went all.
A violent surf upon the rocks,
My mangled corpse dir throw,
Whilst all my brave companions
Lay in the deep below.
(5)
I was taken down to sweet Schull town
Where I was safely moved,
Where I was clad and sheltered,
And my health it was restored,
'Till I got a berth on board the Spree
Where no I safely lie,
And the boys of Schull i won't forget,
Until the day I'll die.
The above song composed by the late Dan O'Driscoll, a teacher of Dunbeam, on the wreck of the Lady Charlotte, on the Barrel Rocks, when all were lost, save one. This happened about sixty years ago.
The Barrel Rocks are a sunken group of rocks about half-a-mile south of Larne Castle.
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2021-04-20 10:52
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In Heaven their souls will dwell
The night was wild and stormy
As they ventured from the shore
The sea it rolled then mountains high
Against them more and more
And soon the boat upturned
It grieves me for to tell
It was then they met their awful fate
Beneath that deadly swell
Oh Lord! it was a fearful sight
When the boat and two were found
Close into Bird Islanad
It being near the fishing ground.
And the other four with deep regret
They fill a watery grave
May the Lord have mercy on their souls
Against the judgement day.
Now to conclude and finish
I have no more to say
May the Blessed Virgin Mary
Pray for their souls this day
And may Her Son the King on high
Their parents now console
Who are weeping for their darling men
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2021-04-20 10:49
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You mariners and fishermen,
Come listen to my song,
And if you will attention pay
It won't delay you long
How six poor men did lose their lives
It grieves me for to say
Nigh to the shores of Kilcrohane
That lies in Dunmanus Bay
On the 20th of September
All in that present year
That was the night of a terrible gale
Through the country far and near
Just as the sun had gone to rest
They went their nets to cast
They little thought upon that night
That it would be their last
Those six young men
Were in their prime
And healthy for to view
Two of them were McCarthy's
Tim Spillane and Donovan's two
And also Charles Coughlan
As the public papers tell
But I hope for all eternity
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2021-04-20 10:47
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agus dubhairt an bhean eile go raibh fhios aice go maith cad é an cúis a bhí uirthe agus dubharit na píléiri an rud céadna.
D'fhiafhruig na píléirí de Siobhan annsan cad é cúis a bhí aice ar an bhean agus d'innis an bhean an cúis a bhí uirthe. Nuair a bhí an sgéal go léir críochnuighthe aice d'fhiafhruigh an bhean eile dhi an raibh san ceart agus dubhairt an bhean go raibh, ach ná'r b'fhiú trácht air agus go raibh Siobhán ana shaidhbhir agus go raibh sí féin ana bhoct.
Dubhairt na píléirí léi annsan ná déanfhadh san an gnó in-aon-chor agus do bhí an bhean a d'iarraidh bheith maith a dóthain de'n pílleír ach do bhí Siobhán ag dul na choinnibh agus do bhí ana spórt ag na píléirí ar an bheirt acu.
Sa deire dubhairt duine des na píléirí le Siobhán go raibh sí ana shaidhbhir agus go bhféadfhadh sí dhéanamh i n-éaghmuis an pinginn go breágh agus dá mbeadh sé aice ná déanfhadh sé aon tairbhe dhi.
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2021-04-20 10:47
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he goes in his own motor car before the funeral.
Some member of the family stays at home to mind the house. When the funeral is leaving the house the person of the house brings a bottle of holy water and a paper bag of clay pipes, and they are left upon the grave after the person is buried. These pipes are filled with tobacco and left there for the people to smoke, but in olden times they used be left up on the wall of the graveyard.
The funeral goes very slow and the hearse goes first. If a person meets a funeral he should
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 10:45
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agus dubhairt an bhean eile go raibh fhios aice go maith cad é an cúis a bhí uirthe agus dubharit na píléiri an rud céadna.
D'fhiafhruig na píléirí de Siobhan annsan cad é cúis a bhí aice ar an bhean agus d'innis an bhean an cúis a bhí uirthe. Nuair a bhí an sgéal go léir críochnuighthe aice d'fhiafhruigh an bhean eile dhi an raibh san ceart agus dubhairt an bhean go raibh, ach ná'r b'fhiú trácht air agus go raibh Siobhán ana shaidhbhir agus go raibh sí féin ana bhoct.
Dubhairt na píléiri léi annsan ná déanfhadh san an gnó in-aon-chor agus do bhí an bhean a d'iarraidh bheith maith a dóthain de'n pílleír ach do bhí Siobhán ag dul na choinnibh agus do bhí ana spórt ag na píléiri ar an bheirt acu.
Sa deire dubhairt duine des na píléirí le Siobhán go raibh sí ana shaidhbhir agus go bhfeadfhadh si dhéanamh i n-eaghmuis an pinginn go breádh agus dá mbeadh sé aice naa
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 10:44
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not want any of these articles they could give them money, or eggs, or bread. About twenty years ago they would be satisfied with meal or potatoes and then when the land would be uncomfortably heavy, they would sell the contents.
Other travelling people make tins and saucepans and sell them.
The travelling people that come round the oftenest are Coffey's, Spoaneys, Sullivan's, and Cronans. They generally bring some good story of the place or people they visited, and what they saw, and they sometimes tell about your friends so as to entice you to give them something better than usual.
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2021-04-20 10:44
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she is put out of the game. Each girl takes it in turn to call out the name of the fruits.
Boys play other games different to those played by girls. They play hurling and football running an jumping. They also do weight-throwing that is, they get a big stone, lift it up in the right hand and throw it from them as far as they are able. They compete with each other to see who will throw it the farthest and they put a mark to show how far each one's throw went.
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2021-04-20 10:43
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There are several customs connected with the funerals in this parish. When the people reach the graveyard the priest is there, and he blesses the grave, but long ago he used march in the funeral with the people. Long ago the coffin used be brought to the grave in the common car, but now it is brought in the hearse. Long ago the people used go on saddle horses to the grave, but now they go in motor cars, bicycles and more people walk if the distance is not too long. In olden times the priest used go to the grave on saddle
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 10:43
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The forge, a middle sized building is built on the side of a river. The smith shoes horses and asses and makes tyres for the wheels of carts. The forge only contains one room and in the middle of this room a large furnace is built. To this furnace a large bellows is attached. This bellows is worked by pulling down a long handle. This handle is slung across a bar and one end of it is attached to the bellows by a chain. When the handle is pulled it works the bellows up and down, like the playing of a melodian and the wind comes out of the the little spout which runs under the fire and lights it.
Mrs K Stanton
Kilcolgan
Co. Galway
Patsy Noone
Kilcolgan
Co Galway
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2021-04-20 10:41
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7 Black and pleasant may I be, many a man has injured me, broke my head and split my face, brought me from my native place? Turf
8 Patch upon patch without any stitches, riddle me that and I will buy a pair of breeches? A head of cabbage.
9 Always twisting round and never leaves the place? A pig's tail.
10 What walks with its head down?
A nail in a boot.
11 What is it that has three feet and no legs? A yard rule.
12 The bleating of a lamb and the honey of a bee put it together and spell it for me? Mahoney.
13 What is it that comes twice in a moment, once in a month and never in a thousand years?
The letter M.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 10:39
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would meet another person who was at the funeral and if he was not there he would ask "was the priest there".
If any person meets a funeral he goes back a few steps with it. The old people tell us, that it is not lucky for a wedding to meet a funeral. The household brings a small bottle of holy water with them for the priest to bless the grave.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 10:38
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I heard a story that happened years ago. There was going to be a parade of the Cavan Militia and a Officer called at a house of an old man named Tommy Evans and asked his wife who was deaf if she had a son. She did not quite catch what he said, so she asked him again and when he repeated the question she said "Our Tommy is in the garden," The officer asked what age Tommy was and she replied "twenty years."
Tommy's name and age was written down in a book with a list of other names. Some day after another officer called with a notice for Tommy and asked to see him. The old woman brought him to where Tommy was feeding in the garden.
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2021-04-20 10:38
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There are four forges in my parish. The names of which are Madden's forge in Dunkellin, Conolly's forge in Ballindreen, Joyce's forge in Clarinbridge and Mac-Inerney's forge in Caherpeak.
Caherpeak forge which is about a mile and a half from my home town was the one used by my people but it is now closed down. It was belonged to the old MacInerneys but when they late John MacInerney died it was closed as his son was two young to carry on the heavy work.
The forge now used by my people and my neighbours is Madden's forge of Dunkellin. The owner of the forge is Johnie Madden. He and his three sons work in the forge and the sons are nearly as good as their father.
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2021-04-20 10:37
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go mear leis.
Do chuaidh an bhean abhaile agus nuair[?] a chuaidh sí abhaile ní raibh aon cuimhneamh aici ar an pinginn do chur go dtí Siobhán. D'ith sí cuid des na h-uibhe í féin agus a bhean agus a chlann. Do chuadar a chodhladh an oidhche sin agus nuair a eirigh Siobhán ar maidin d'ith sí bhreicfeast agus d'olmhuig sí í féin chun dul go dtí na piléirí agus d'imthig sí léi agus d'innis[?] sí an sgéal go léir do cheann acu mar gheall ar[?]an pinginn.
D'éist sé léi go maith ach do bhí sé gáirídhe chuige féin mar ní raibh aon brígh leis sgéal a bhí aice á innsint do. Ní dubhairt sí teacht go dtí a thig féin in-aon-chor agus níor innis sí dho in-aon-chor mar gheall ar an [?] a bhí aice uirthe.
Do tháinig na piléirí go dtí an tig chun an bhean agus do chuaidh Siobhán isteach i n-aonfheacht leó agus d'fhiafhruigh na piléiri de'n bhean cad a bhí déanta aice as an slí[?] agus dubhairt an bhean ná raibh fhios aice
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2021-04-20 10:36
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for the axle of the great water wheel of the mill in Castlecoote.
Adjacent to Castlecoote House are the ruins of an old castle in a tolerable state of preservation. It was built by Sir Charles Coote, one of the English presidents of Connaught about the year 1614. It was burned to the ground once and rebuilt by Sir Robert De Ufford .South of Castlecoote is Brickfield House the residence of Mr. Michael Giblin. This house was built by a family of the O'Kelly's of Hymany whose descendants are now well known wine merchants residing in Dublin. The present occupants of Brickfield House is the
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2021-04-20 10:36
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playing lovely music and feasting of the best. He was escorted to a table on which there was a sumptuous feast. But as he was about to partake of the good things before him, a voice that he recognised but the owner of which he could never recall, whispered in his ear.
"On the peril of your life eat or drink nothing here or take nothing or you are lost." The man did as he was advised. Despite the entreaties of his strange hosts, he steadfastly refused to partake of anything, or accept the many gifts offered to him and in a short time he found himself back again on the road.
The belief was that had he eaten or drank anything or taken any of the gifts offered to him he would have been "kept by the gentry," It was also beleived that the individual who gave him the friendly warning was a mortal who at some time partook of the fairy banquet and was consequently kept a prisoner by the fairy hosts and that he would remain with them till the Day of Judgement.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 10:33
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Mr. O Reilly told me that many years ago Johnny Mc. Quillan and he were running a still of poteen up in the hills of Corgreagh. They had taken too much of the mountain dew and were on their way home. It was a very dark night and had been raining very heavily. They had to cross a river which was in flood owing to the heavy rain. Mr. O Reilly advised Mc. Quillan to stay the night with him as it was too dangerous. Mc. Quillan would not. "Stand back all hands " said he "I could leap a bloody Canal." He staggered
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2021-04-20 10:32
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eat a number of eggs on that day and some have a picnic out in the fields. On St Martins day the people kill a cock and spill his blood before twelve oclock in the day.
The spill the blood around the four corners of the house and they make a cross on the door with blood.
On St Brighids day the people make candles out of rushes and they keep them until the twelve days of Christmas. On the twelfth night of Christmas the people light twelve candles one to stand for each person's name and whos ever candle burns out the first they say that that person will die the quickest. On St John's day a Bonfire is held and a number of people gather together where the bonfire is lit. On St Patrick's day the people wear Shamrock in their clothes to honour St. Patrick and some men drown the
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2021-04-20 10:32
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was formally erected by Archdeacon Caulfield and owned by Arthur Chute who resided in the mansion in the vicinity. This beautiful residence situated in a sylvan setting beside the Suck was lately occupied by Mr. H De Strevens.
It was here the famous beauties of bygone days the Gunning sisters, lived. Two of these girls rose to rank and fortune while the third was drowned in the bog of Emlagh.
In the parish of Crevemully is a grit-stone quarry. The stone is of such peculiar solidity and hardness as to have been successfully employed in forming grooves
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2021-04-20 10:32
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There is a well down in Greenville which is called "Tobar an Taifrinn" It is about a mile and a half from here. It is situated in Laurence Mannon's field. The reason it is called Tobar an Taifrinn is:- There is a rock near it called "Cnoc an Taifrinn" which means "The hill of the Mass". Long ago they used to say Mass on that hill. There is the image of a tabernacle on the rock. They used to use the water for making "Holy Water". It was near a fort and when they would be hearing Mass and see the English coming they would run into the fort and hide. The people of the village use the water for household purposes now.
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2021-04-20 10:29
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since there is a fairy tree to be seen in the spot where the crock of gold is. The gold consists of about 200 guineas and seven years after that he came again and did the same thing. The man appeared every time and hit him again but however one night he went home at twelve oclock and the fairy man appeared and left his hand on his face and he died. The print of the mans hand was on his face and he was buried in the spot where it happened and no body goes near it since.
Mary Birmingham
Kinvarra
Freddie Bruen
Kinvarra
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2021-04-20 10:28
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turns the handle round slowly.
The buttermilk is separated from the butter and the butter is taken out with butter spades. Bread is made from the buttermilk. If a person came into the house while you were churning it is right for them to help you or they would bring the butter with them.
Long ago fairies were said to bring the butter. A person might be churning for hours and have no butter. They usually went to the priest and he gave them blessed salt to put in the churn.
There is an old saying "You should travel a mile to get a drink of fresh
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2021-04-20 10:28
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the names of a fruit such as orange, apple, banana, pear, and so on. One girl remains standing out, and says, "I like bananas for my picnic. As soon as shesays "banana" the girl having the name of that fruit jumps up at once, turns round at least three times and then sits down as quickly as possible. If the one standing says "I like oranges for my picnic" the girl having the name of that fruit jumps up and does the same thing and so the game goes on. If any one of those taking part falls to the ground when sitting down
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2021-04-20 10:27
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There is hardly any district in Ireland in which stories of hidden treasures are not heard. In olden times there is said to be a crock of gold hidden by an old priest in a graveyard in Kinvarra. It was in it many years and nobody could find it. But, however, a man heard where it was hidden. One morning he got up very early and went to the spot where it was hidden. He went to dig it up and as soon as he did a man appeared dressed in white.
As soon as the man saw him he got frightenend and he ran away. Since then he tried it many times but at long last he got a slap from the man. He went away from Kinvarra and ever
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 10:26
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One night a man returning from Kingscourt was held up by some unknown power and taken to a fort or rath in a nearby field. When he entered the fort it was full of grand ladies and gentlemen dancing and singing and
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2021-04-20 10:25
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overhead and were called tent beds. They were made of wood. There are a few of these beds still to be found. Small beds were usually set into a cavity in the wall beside the fire. In some houses the chimney was situated at the gable wall and in others it was in the corner in the side wall. The fronts of the chimneys were made of mortar and stones. Very ancient chimneys were made of clay and hurdles. There were no large windows in olden times as there would be a heavy tax put on large windows. One wee pane of glass fixed permanently into the wall with mortar. All the floors were made of what they called "cré buide" or yellow clay. Half doors were very common in the district and are still to be seen in some houses. Rush and resin candles
ball sinsearach (stair)
2021-04-20 10:22
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shrois sí Corcaig agus do chuaidh sí isteach i dtig ósda agus d'iarr sí lóistín agus do fuair sí é. Do thugadar an suipéar di agus do thosnuig sí ithe.
Do bhí sé a leath-uair tar-éis a naoi nuair a shuidh sí síos chun an búird agus do bhí sí ithe go dtí go raibh sé tímpeall a leath-uair tar-éis a h-aon-dhéag nó mar sin agus annsan do chuaidh sí a chodhladh mar do bhí ana thuirse uirthe. Do bhí sí istig sa leabaidh ar a dó-dhéag a clog.
Do chodail sí an neómat san agus nuair a tháing an maidin d'eirigh sí ar a sé a chlog agus d'ith sí a bricfeast agus d'imthig sí léi ag siúbhal. Ní raibh fhios aice cá raibh sí ag dul as san amach agus do bhí sí seachtmhain amuich an uair sin. Do bhí sí ag siúbhal go tapaidh féachaint an shroisfheadh sí aon siopa sar a dtagadh ocras trom air fad uirthe.
Ach do bhí ana ocras uirthe sar ar shrois sí aon siopa agus do bhí sí ana
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2021-04-20 10:21
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sods and turf in the bogs. Coal was not used in former times. The kind of light which was used in former times was splinters and bottle lamps.
The bottle lamps were made from a bottle. It was filled with oil and a bit of a wick put in it. It was put on the hob. It showed a good light.
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2021-04-20 10:21
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I heard this story from a woman named Mrs Raftery who lives near me, about a man that lived in Lehenagh once, named Liam na gclear. One time he was working for a priest and he stole the priests watch. One day he went to confessions and he said "he stole a watch" and the priest told him "to give it to the owner" and Liam said to the priest "take it you" "No said the priest" and Liam said "I offered it to him and he wouldn't take it" "Take it you said Liam" "No said the priest give it to the owner" and Liam said again "I offered to him and he wouldn't take it and the priest said "keep it yourself" and Liam got the watch.
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2021-04-20 10:20
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heads of course.
It is also another custom on November night to clean the hearth and to put two nuts on the hearth near the fire, and watch them. The name of a boy is put on one, and the name of a girl on the other. If they burn out together, it is said the boy and girl will get married, or if the nuts jump away from each other it is said they will part.
To play the game if Picnic any number of girls, nine or so take part. They put chairs around the floor, each one with her own. Every girl takes
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2021-04-20 10:19
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and religious emblems on its branches. When Pollock set about sweeping out all landmarks in order to make a huge grazing ranch of the district the old graveyard and holy well disappearing with the rest. Only a green mound now denotes the site of the ancient cemetery and a slight hollow on the hillside in the lime kiln field. marks the spot once occupied by the Holy Well.
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2021-04-20 10:16
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meat and the women ate it with the fork! About seventy years ago tea was first introduced into this district.
This story is told by the old people. Once there was a woman who when she was going to have the station, bought a pound of tea. She put the tea in a pot and put water on it.
She then strained it. When the priest came she left down a knife and a plate of tea-leaves with sugar shook over it. The priest asked her if she had the juice and if she had it in a clean pitcher. She said she had. Then the priest said "Give it to me and
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2021-04-20 10:15
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The games we play are Blind-man's Buff, The Picnic, and Four corner Fool. There are various times of the year when we play certain games.
On November night we hang an apple from the ceiling and someone ties our hands behind our backs. When then try to catch the apple with our mouths and who ever would, could have the apple. We also put an apple in a tub of water and try to take it up by putting our heads into the tub to catch it in our mouths. We wet our
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2021-04-20 10:14
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There is a place about a half mile from this school and it is called the "sidheán". It is a big hill and a great many trees on the top of it. It is called the sidheán because it was a place where all the fairies used to be long ago and even now some of our school boys went down picking nuts and they saw a little man and he followed them. He was very small and he had only one leg. It was evening when they went there and night came on before they felt. He tumbled down over a ditch and ran after them. So they ran home crying and nearly dead with fright. So people are afraid to go in there when it's dark. There is one house near it and the name of it is McLoughnins and the people of that house never goes out after it being dark.
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2021-04-20 10:13
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was also made. The meal was steeped and strained. The juice was then boiled with sugar and milk. When there was a scarcity of milk the flummery was eaten with the stirabout. Long ago very little meat was eaten in Lent. About half a cwt. of fish were bought and salted which done for the whole Lent. The children thought it a great treat to get tea and flour-bread at Xmas. The children used to get a stick to make a stand for eggs. In olden times when knives and forks were scarce the man cut
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2021-04-20 10:13
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Once upon a time there lived along the road to Cootehill a man who was a Protestant. He had three sons and he had also a servant boy who was a catholic.
When the man who was a Protestant was about to die he sent the servant boy for the priest. He had to cross the fields and he met the three sons and told them where he was going.
They wouldn't let him go and said that when their father reared them up that far for hell, to let him try it first himself. They let him die without the priest.
One night when the servant boy went to bed the dead man came and took him out of the bed and broke his neck. That is why it is said to be unlucky not to go for the priest when sent
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2021-04-20 10:12
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it, and the people who lived in them died.
There is a river in the district. it is called the Dunkellin river. It separates the place from the townland of Lecarrow. There is a wood in the district. The name of the wood is Holly Park. It covers about an acre and a half of ground. The land is good and suitable for tillage.
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2021-04-20 10:07
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My home district is Lissalondoon in the townland of Lissalondoon parish of Carrowbane and Barony of Dunkellin. There are eight families consisting of forty one people Uniacke, Dempsey, Hanify, Cooney, Whelan, Aitken, Merrigan, Hynes. Four of the houses thatched, and the other four slated. Lissalondoon got its name from a Liss that's in the district.
There are two old men in the district, one of them is able to talk Irish. Their names are Patsy Dempsey, (Irish) and Philip Merrigan. There are the ruins of two old houses in
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2021-04-20 10:03
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St Patrick's day always falls on 17th March and on that day there does be a procession held in every Parish. My father told me that he played the fife for years with the brass band. They used to march in a procession around the parish and hundreds of people used to follow them. St. Patrick's day everybody wears something green and they also wear the Shamrock on that day. The reason they used to wear the green because it is our National colour. St Patricks day the fair is held in Castleblekeney and the people gather's from all the local villages and come's in to Castleblakeney. In the evening they go into the shops and they all get drunk it is an old saying to drown the Shamrock
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2021-04-20 10:03
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There are three old ruins of houses in it. Some of those people who lived in them emigrated to America, and the rest of them died. There is a ruin of an castle - Cahercinmonwee. There is a wood called "Gort na Gaman" near the place which occupies about five acres of ground. There is a river which is called the Dunkellin river flowing at the South side of the district. There is no local account of when this river was made.
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2021-04-20 10:01
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Bhí fear i gConnamara uair amháin darbh ainm Pádhraigh Ó Murchadha. Bhíodh sé ag siubhal thart ar lorg oibre gach Foghmhair. Fear mall leisgeamhail a bhí ann. Cuile Satarn seasfadh sé san áit in a mbíodh an margadh ar siubhal i nGaillimh. Bhí sé an shanntach agus mar gheall ar sin do theastuigheadh dorn maith airgid uaidh ar son oibre seachtmaine.
Bhí sé in a sheasamh agus a dhruim leis an gclaidhe lá amháin mar ba ghnáth leis. Tháinic feilméar mór saidhbhir chuige agus capall agus cárr faoi. "Buel! buel! is mór an náire duit bheith in do sheasamh agus do dhruim leis an gclaidhe annsin" ars an feilméar leis "Ce'n neart atá agam air, racaidh mé ag obair leatsa, má thugann tú páidhe maith dom tá cúig sgilleacha -déag ag teastáil uaim sa seachmhain". " caithfidh sé go bhfuil an mheas agat ort féin ag obair mar sin" ars an feilméar, "Tar uaid ar chaoi ar bith". Cuaidh an spailpín abhaile leis an bfeilméar annsin.
Lár na bháireach cuaidh an spailpín amach leis capall a chur faoi'n gcárr. Bhí sé tamall fada amuigh agus ghlaoidh an feilméar chuige, " Céard atá dhá dhéanamh agat annsin" ars an feilméar. "Ó! ní fhéadaim a rádh céard atá ar an gcapall seo, tá a dhá chluas in a sheasamh suas díreach leis an bhfuacht" ars an spailpín.
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2021-04-20 10:00
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50: Is iomdha duine a geobhfas slat a buailfeas é féin.
51: Tagann an ghrian i ndiaidh na fearthanna.
52: Is fearr an t-imreas ná an t-uaigneas.
53: Ní sia rithfidh leat ná mac is toil le Dia.
54: Ní déanann beal dúnta aighneas.
55: Ní tugann an gobadán dhá thraigh leis i naonfeacht.
56: Bíonn an fhírinne searbh acht bíonn sí folláin.
57: Ní folamh an gleann na mbíonn an t-uisce.
58: Is treise dúthchas ná oileamhaint.
59: Fág an tír nó bí sa bfaisiún.
60: An rud a deanann san oidhche fahgann an lá locht air.
61: Is teann madadh af a doras féin.
62: Is deas an caoi beirt ??? ní ????????? duine an t-éadach.
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2021-04-20 09:58
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The townland in which I live in is Drumcho. It takes its name from hill and hollow. In the town-land there are twelve houses. The most of them are new stone wall houses. Some years ago there were a great many more houses in the district but they all fell and there is no trace of them now. There are five people in the townland over seventy years of age.
There was a house at the foot of our lane and there (lif) lived in it an old man named Patrick Higgins. Patrick gave out (for) the Rosary for the people of the district who gathered at his house to say it every evening in the month of May. There is no trace of his house now. When the Rosary was finished there came other people and walked the roads to a public house. Then there was a song made "called the roads of sweet Drumcho.
Some of the people from the town-land of Drumcho went to America.
The land is all fairly good for (good) growing potatoes and corn
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2021-04-20 09:54
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in summer it takes a quarter of an hour and in winter a half an hour or so. Cold water is put in the churn in summer to cool the cream and in winter hot water to warm it.
We churn by hand and the dash goes round about inside. We know when it is churned because it gets hard to twist the handle. The butter is taken out with two butter bats and it is put into a dish and it is washed until every sign of the butter milk if left it. It is then made up in rolls.
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2021-04-20 09:54
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Travelling people very often call to my home and the have been doing so for many years. Some of them are very poor. They always buy small articles in the large towns which the sell through the country. Sometimes people buy from them. They are very seldom welcome. They gradually remain about ten days in each place. The sleep along borheens in tents and caravans.
The always have food which the gather through the country. They accept any alms they get such as pennies, bits of bread and eggs. The never travel on foot, they always have caravans and at the present the men have bicycles. The never travel singly, they always travel in bands. The best known of them are, Wards, Monghans and Mc Donaghs. They always camp round here and round the district for fair days, Show days and Race days.
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2021-04-20 09:52
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Once upon a time there was a woman who had a nice baby of whom she took good care. One day she went away and when she came back there was a sickly crying baby in the cradle and her own was gone. It was always crying and she was always asking people what she should do.
One day the priest told her to put the baby in a shawl and stand in a river and let the child drop into the river.
She did so and the baby turned into an old man and started cursing her and she ran home and found her own child in the cradle.
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2021-04-20 09:49
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the horse and hold him. He warned them to be sure and not let the horse go and if they thought they could not hold him not to attempt it for it would be all the worse for him. They (meet) met him and they [?]cowed when going to catch the horse and he had to stay on with the fairies.
Another night a man was coming home from the fair and met a funeral he never found till he had hold of the bearer and could not let it as he was brought over hedges and ditches to the graveyard of Drumgoon. When he got there the cocks were crowing and he found out where he was and he made his way back home.
Another story is told about a man in Larah. He owned a fort in which there were fairies. He heard a child crying and he also heard the mother saying "there is no milk till Brian's black cow is milked." The servant girl went out to milk the cows and when she came to the black cow
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2021-04-20 09:44
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The lights nowadays are much different to the bigots [?] that were long ago. There were no such things as lamps. The first spark of bight the people had was bog deol cipins. A person who had a bog of his own would go to the bog and bring an instrument with him which was called a spit. This was a long piece of iron and when he would go to the bog he would stick it in the ground and if there was a bog deal stick in it he would dig it up and cut it in thick pieces. Then he would bring these pieces home and the next market day he would bring them to the market and sell them for two pence a piece.
When they
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2021-04-20 09:42
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In olden times people were supposed to be taken away by fairies. One morning Ned Brady of Drumcalpin went on a message and did not return. His people became very anxious about him and started to look for him. After some searching they found him dead at the back of a ditch. They buried him. Some time after he appeared to his brother. He told him that he had been captured by the fairies and that he and the fairy host would be going to Lisgannen fort on horse back that night. He told him that he would be on the fifth horse and in order to rescue him they were to meet him on the way and catch
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2021-04-20 09:42
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The lights nowadays are much different to the ights [?] that were long ago. There were no such things as lamps. The first spark of bight the people had was bog deol cipins. A person who had a bog of his own would go to the bog and bring an instrument with him which was called a spit. This was a long piece of iron and when he would go to the bog he would stick it in the ground and if there was a bog deal stick in it he would dig it up and cut it in thick pieces. Then he would bring these pieces home and the next market day he would bring them to the market and sell them for two pence a piece.
When they
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2021-04-20 09:39
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doing so.
About two years after Mr Sanderson's death there was a man named Farrell Smith found dead along the cottage lane. There is a custom to cast a heap of stones where a man is got dead and it was supposed to be this custom that caused the heap of stones to accumulate where Farrell Smith was got dead.
Long ago when the people were coming from the market in Cootehill they saw a ghost in a black form at the cross-roads in the townland of Drumgur. After a time when it had
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2021-04-20 09:37
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There is a cure in a rope that a man hangs himself with.
Tie a string sheeps wooll and it will get better. cowpock:
Melt blue - stone lime together bathe the cowpok with it. a worm
When a calf is born a long time old people say that there is a worm in its tail they chew tobacco garlic salt. They cut the calfs tail in two halves put this to the to the wound bandage the tail calves body kills the worm. If you have a sore in your hand let a black lick it it will get allright.
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2021-04-20 09:35
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There is a cottage situated in the townland of Albagh. It was formerly owned by a man named Sanderson who called it Raven's Wood because of the large amount of Ravens in it. Mr Sanderson died of a sleeping. draught administered to him by his wife.
It was said that his ghost roamed the woods at night.
There was a song composed on Raven's Wood by one of Mr Sanderson's tenants and he had not to pay rent for two years as payment for
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2021-04-20 09:34
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The old people speak about the famine in Ireland in 1846 In 1846 and 1847 the great famine took place. The blight destroyed the potato crop which was usually the food which the people used in Ireland at that time. Most of the people died with hunger by the road sides. The dogs lived on the dead bodies of the people. Most of the people built up the door place with stones in order to stop the dogs from getting to their bodies. People bought bad meal from Ballisodare mill Co Sligo. People died soon after eating it. One died in Harrington's, Ballyglass, Charlestown. The old people say that the old house in Haran's land in Kilgariff was deserted at the time of the famine. It is called John Haran's old house. Another old house is in Mac Donnell's field Carn. A family named Lynch lived in it Two of the family died and two of them went to America. Another still is in Thoma's Collerns land in Barnalyra. An old man named Haran is supposed to have died there during the famine.
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