Líon iontrálacha sa taifead staire: 188984 (Taispeántar anseo na 500 ceann is deireanaí.)
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2018-07-22 15:35
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brides new home was often half a mile long.
This was called the "Hauling Home".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:35
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used dress up like wren-boys and used come in at night and step-dance and sing at the wedding feast.
They used put a lot of straw in the backs of their coats to make humps on their backs and blacken their faces and have a lot of horse-hair for whiskers.
The people of the house used give them buckets of ale and the best of food. The dance used be held in the barn. Those boys were called "straw" boys.
In those times the young girls when getting married used wear bonnets with two ribbons and some would have the bow under chins and others at the side.
Long ago when the wedding feast was over the bride came to her new home escorted by all the wedding guests. The procession to the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:31
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Marriages take place at any time of the year now but long ago they most frequently took place at Shrove.
It is considered unlucky to get married on Friday or in the month of May. Wednesday is thought the best day and Friday the worst.
There is an old saying about getting married in May.
Married in May,
You'll rue the day.
Matches are made locally in our district. The wedding is held at the brides house.
Money is given as dowry but stock is not given.
Long ago when anyone was getting married the neighbouring boys
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:28
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nine mornings.
Nettle:- Put a dog leaf on it.
Croup:- Three drops of black cat's flood will cure croup.
Asthma:- The leaf of the horse-chestnut boiled and drink each morning for nine mornings fasting.
Rash:- Put leorrel leaves to it.
Heartburn:- Drink a spoon of bread soda in a cup of water.
Measles:- Stay in bed and drink hot milk.
Warts:- Wrap a stone in a piece of paper and throw it away secretly. The first person to find
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:27
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Christmas Eve.
October fair and Candlemas Day the 2nd February and formerly there was a fair held on St. Patricks Day but is now held on the 16th March.
There are horse fairs held in Thurles and Kilkenny monthly.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:26
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There is a fair held in Urlingford every month. Their is a pig fair held every Tuesday.
Sometimes before a fair the buyers come to transact business at the farmers houses.
The fairs are held in the street. There is no toll paid on cattle sold.
When we sell a cow or a horse, five or six shillings is given for luck. When they are making a bargain they strick their hands together when the bargain is made.
There is raddle put on the animals when they have them bought. When a horse is sold the halter is given away to the person who buys the animal.
The four big fairs in this district are, Christmas fair is held on
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:25
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In the interior, besides the tombs already mentioned, are headstones and tombs of later date, identifying the burial places of Protestant families, who in later times became owners of large estates nearby. Their usurpation of "pride of place", even in the graveyard, was much resented by the peasantry in bygone days, who looked upon the burial of Protestants in a place where Mass was once said and sung as a desecration of the holy place, if not actual sacrilege. But now, not a descendant of these usurpers is left in the neighbourhood. They, too, like the great Plunkets had their little day and are now no more.

Underneath the window in the western end of the church are headstones which mark the burial places of the Maguire and O'Growney families. In the latter plot lie the remains of the parents and brother of the late Father Owen O'Growney, the great Gaelic scholar, who did so much to further the cause of the revival of the Irish language. Nearby the descendants of a Meath branch of the family of the Earls of Fermanagh find a last resting place.

M. Collins
Moyaugher N.S.
Athboy
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:22
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Grounsel is good for birds
The juice of pounded grouneel is give to turkeys as medicine.
Warm salt in your stocking is a good cure for a toothache.
Yarrow mixed with milk or water is a cure for pains
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:22
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it will take your wart.
Blood Poison:- If you stood on a rusty nail, pick up the nail and throw it into the fire and your leg will get better.
Craos Galair:- Let a man whose father died before he was born breathe into the child's mouth nine mornings fasting.
Burn:- If you have licked a lizard then lick the burn.
Sore Mouth:- Put a gander's bill into your mouth three times.
Fever:- Pick any plant of the land May morning boil it in water and drink it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:21
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The harmful weeds in out land are chicken weed, dandelion, thistles, groundsel, dock leaf, presough weed.
Dandelion chicken weed and thistles spread rapidly.
Yarrow is used for pains.
The sap of a dandelion is used for medicine for turkeys.
When your nose is bleeding put moss to it and it would cure it
People eat boiled nettles in May to prevent fever for the year.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:19
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Go from the window,
Boo man Boo.
Go from the window,
I tell you.
The wind is in the west.
And the old hag is in her nest.
Go from the window.
I tell you.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:18
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letter inscription, but the name Plunket is distinctly visible. The tomb is believed to be that of Sir Alexander Plunket and his wife. Sir Alexander Plunket died in 1503 A.D.
Above the north door of the church is a slab bearing a black-letter inscription, which translated, reads - "Pray for the souls of Christopher Plunket, Knight, and of his wife, Catherine Preston; who built the stone cross below this town, before the cemetery, and also this porch. And to all who shall say a Pater Noster, and Ave Maria, before the said cross for the souls of the said Christopher and Catherine, and their parents, two hundred days of indulgence have been granted by five bishops in Provincial Council, as often as they shall say it, forever, Anno Domini 1519." The base of the cross mentioned with a mutilated enscription, in which the names given above are visible.
In the field, outside the church, is the pedestal of a cross, lying beside a clump of hawthorns, and it has always been the custom for funerals to pass round by this clump of bushes on their way to the graveyard, instead of going in by the more direct way. It is customary, also, before burying a corpse, to carry it around the churchyard, while the De Profundis is recited, and to carry it by the north door into the church, and rest the bier for a moment on a spot near the west end of the church. Then it is raised and carried to the grave. Tradition says the remains of five bishops are interred where the bier is rested.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:18
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A Long time ago there was a lot of men playing cards in a house and while they were playing a strange man came in and asked could he play. He joined in the game, while he was playing a card fell.
One of the men bent down to pick up the card and he saw a cloven foot. One of the men went for the Priest.
When the Priest came he began to read and then the strange man went up the chimney in a ball of fire.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:16
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Warts:- Eat half of an apple, and throw away the remainder. Anybody that takes it up will take your disease.
Stye:- Rub your fasting spit to it nine mornings in succession.
Jaundice:- Boil woodlice in milk and drink it.
Corns:- Rub a lizard's tongue to the corn.
Burns:- Sweetoil and limewater mixed together.
Chilblains:- Sulphur and oil.
Whitlow:- Jeysfluid and boiling water.
Tether:- Put up cream and flour.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:16
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One night there were two men coming home from playing cards and they had to come through a fort in Glenreagh. When they were passing they heard horses galloping and saddles creaking but could see nothing and they fell to the ground with the fright.
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2018-07-22 15:14
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A black man came into a house one summer's evening and the sun shining. He walked up and down the floor with his hands behind his back and he got a cup off the dresser and got a cup of water and he dried his hands in the towel and went out again.
There was only one man in the house the owner, he was looking at him walking up and down the house and he knew the man had died a long time before.
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2018-07-22 15:10
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came, knocked at the door and asked for her children. The Leprechaun asked them their names. The little boy was Jim and the little girl Brigid. He told them to call again and to say Gort na Cloca Móra, and then he would let them in. The mother didn't let them go there any more, fearing the Leprechaun would keep them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:10
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As Peter sat on a Marble stone,
Christ himself came there alone.
What is the matter Peter what makes thee quake.
Oh Lord it is a tooth ache.
Rise up Peter though healed.
Not you alone but all who carries those lines for my sake,
Shall never be troubled with a toothache.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:08
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Gladam is a cure for mumps.
Rib grass and yarrow are used as poultices for cuts.
Ladies chalace is a cure for whooping cough.
Turkey seed is good for turkeys.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:07
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Comfis is used for pigs. The leaves are boiled and choped and given to them to eat.
Robin run the hedge is a cure for a calf with blackleg.
Lamp oil is a cure for ring worm.
The bark of elder is a cure for sores on the breasts of horses.
Breadsoda is a cure for a horse when she has cramps
Chalk mixed with brown sugar made into paste is a cure for a bad burn.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:05
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Get a straw with a knot make the sign of the cross with the knot on the wart three times Then leave the straw to rot on a dung heap when the straw is rotted the warts are cured.
Rub a snail to a wart then stick the snail on a thorn bush.
Count the number of warts
Put the same number of stones into a bag. Throw the bag on the road.
Whoever picks up the bag gets the warts and your are cured from them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:02
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There were two children who met a Leprechaun one day. He coxed them on and asked them their names. He brought them to a foot of a large tree. He took them under ground through a hole made in the earth. They met six other Leprechauns all dressed in green with red caps on them. They lived in a room under ground. They were all very busy making shoes. The little boy and girl got a new pair of shoes each from them. Then they started to dance and play about the house. One of the Leprechauns, a little fellow with a grey moustache, told the children that he used to go out at night and steal money from the farmers so that they had several crocks of gold and showed them to the children. He gave the children bread and milk to eat from a saucer. Their mother
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2018-07-22 15:02
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A man by the name of Manton made boot around this district in former times about 70 years ago.
William Kavanagh made boots in this district about 40 years ago.
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2018-07-22 15:01
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Long ago people did not begin to wear boots until they were grown up. Johnny Cleere of Woodsgift never wore a boot going to Mass or to town. He died about 30 years ago
The children at the present go barefooted in Summer.
People put a red coal in the water after washing their feet, and leave the water by the left side of the fire, in order that if anyone came in during the night they could wash themselves.
Boots are mended Locally but no new boots are made Pat Darcy was a shoemaker in Urard about one mile from Lisduff. He died about twenty years ago
Boots were made from sheep skin long ago.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:57
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There is a treasure supposed to be hidden in a fort in Tincashel. It was put there by the people long ago, when the Danes used come to rob their houses.
No attempts has been made by anyone to get it as they are afraid of the fairies. The buried treasure consists of gold shields and spears. The fairies are supposed to be minding this treasure and if anyone went to dig for it all the fairies would come up out of the spot where the gold was hidden and they would hunt them away and punish them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:55
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It is said that there is a treasure hidden in Goresgrove about half a mile from my place and by Gore himself it was hidden about sixty years ago. Relations of Mr Gore thought it was money was hidden there and they wanted to get it. It was gold coins and it was the value of £3,000. People dug for it with spades and shovels but they failed to get it. Lights are to be seen round this place and people are afraid to go in there at night time. People say that the money was put down in a pump and it is there yet.
There is also a story told that there was some things ancient found on Marshall's hill in Ballybay in the form of an urn. No lights have been seen where the treasure is hidden.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:50
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There are eight cross-roads within a mile of the school. The roads are parallel and sometimes form a square. The men and boys meet a the cross-roads on Summer evening chatting and playing pitch and toss and skittles.
At one cross-road a dance is held in the open every Sunday evening in Summer.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:43
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During the Famine a rough road was built up. Spa Hill (a hill behind the school) and the men were paid sixpence a day for the work.
The remains of the road can be seen yet.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:42
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The oldest road in this district is the road over Graine Hill about half a mile from the school. It was the old boundary between Ossory and Cashel.
It wa also one of the main roads of Munster. Brian Borumha's army passed along this road on their return from the Battle of Clontarf bringing with them the body of Brian Borumha. They were attacked at Graine Hill by the Leinster men. It is said that the Munster men tied Brian's body against a tree pretending he was directing the army.
As a proof of this bit of swords were found in a field belonging to John Phelan whose farm is on Graine Hill
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:37
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be called out of his own house in the middle of the night to shoe horses and he would hear horses at the door.
Once a smith was called at night and he got up and a horse with three legs came in to be shod and he saw nobody. Some person told him not to lock the forge at night and he was afraid to lock the forge ever after.
Some smiths can cure people such as stop blood or toothaches. They have this gift and they never take money as payment for the cures people give them presents instead.
It is lucky to have a spark fly out of the fire at you it is the sign of riches.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:33
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There are four forges in the Parish The smiths are Matthew Purcell, Paddy Maher, Bill Maher, and Michael Kelly. Their Fathers and Grandfathers were smiths. They are very strong men.
Purcells Forge is at the cross road. There is no stream near it only a pump. The fire is on a hob there is a big bellows at the back of the fire
The smith has and onvil in the middle of the floor two sledges a hammer a forge tongs a pincers a pliers a vice and a hack saw. He shoes horses and asses.
He mends spades shovels, harrows, ploughs and all sorts of iron implements.
Some smiths can not shut their doors at night if they do their doors will be broken in the morning. Some unknown person would come every night to the forge and often the smith would
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:32
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Sting:- Put blue up to it.
Sunburn:- Rub sour milk to it.
Black Eye:- Put a cold stone up to it.
Gumboil:- Bathe it in salt and water.
Whitlow:- Rub cowdung three mornings after each other to it.
Burns:- Shake a grain of soda on the burns.
Sunburn:- Rub cream to the burn and it will go away.
Toothache:- Tincture of iodine.
Rheumatics:- White of eggs and vinegar
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:29
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A small egg that a hen lays is lucky to put in a cowhouse. This egg is called a fourpenny oll and is about as big as a crow's egg.
People sing and jig when they are milking the cows and when they do so, the cows give more milk. It is said that if anybody comes in while you are milking a cow and if they do not say "God Bless the Work" the cow will not give the milk.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:28
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Bronchitis:- Apply hot turpentine to the chest.
Bruises:- Before broken apply Tincture of glycerine.
Carbuncle:- Apply belladonna with a brush over the swelling.
Choking:- A blow on the back.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:27
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of dwellins-houses to prevent black-leg from calves
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:26
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There are five acres of land under grass
We have ten cows the names of the cows are the. White Head, Strawberry, Magpie, Star, Rown Colour, Polly, Headford Kicker, Short Horn, and the Long Neck.
When we are driving in the cows we say Hie, Hie, Hie when we are calling the calves we saw suc, suc, suc and when we are calling the the pigs we say boc, boc, boc.
When we are calling the hens we say tuc, tuc, tuc and the turkeys we say be, be, be. The cow house is long and wide and there are stakes about one foot and a half out from the wall these are called the bales. and another name for the cow house is the byre. Cows are tied in bales. They are often tied from neck to leg to keep them from going over ditches.
The old people about 70 years ago used to hang up a leg of a calf in the roofs of cow house's and in chimney's
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:25
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Chilblains:- Wet brown paper and rub it to them.
Sore Throat:- Roast a red onion and lay it on the throat.
Ringworm:- Write your name all round the edge of it.
Sting:- Chew tobacco and put it on the sting.
Pain in your back:- Let a child that never saw his father walk across your back.
Pain in your side:- If you get a pain in your side put a spit under a stone.
Warts:- Rub your fasting spit to it for
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:21
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ing water on one ounce of nettles and drink it when it is cold.
Rheumatism:- Boil the root of a dandelion in a pint of hot water and drink it cold.
Appendicitis:- Take a tablespoonful of olive oil when the pain is first felt.
Toothache:- Stop shaving on a Sunday.
Jaundice: - Warm porter and a pinch of earth.
Headache:- Bread soda and water.
A pain in the Ear:- Put wool into your year.
A pain in the Stomach:- A dose of senna.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:21
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It was supposed that when the bride and bridegroom are on the road to the Church to be married, If they forgot something and turn back they are said to be unlucky.
Again, those who get married Shrove Tuesday should make it their business to be at home before Lent starts.
Some of the people in the neighbourhood make a list of those who were supposed to get married and those who are of age this is called "Skellig List".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:20
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People are afraid to pass there late at night.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:20
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The Church Field is in Longford at Mr. Fannon's bridge. There was a battle there long ago about 108 years ago. There was a man killed there his name was Tom English.
The place has a bad name. There is a field at the back of our house named the Fairy field it is said that the fairies used to be seen dancing there in the night time.
The blind botharín is three fields away from my house in Lisduff. It is said that it belongs to the good people they go for a walk down it. A bell rings to have them come home and after a short time you could hear lovely music, singing, and dancing.
There was turf cut by the fairies in John Dunne's bog near this botharín
There is a botharín down at ardh rí going through the bog and there are two dogs chained together seen there on certain nights of the week.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:18
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future destiny.
The first Sunday of Lent is said to be "Chalk Sunday". The old bachelors and maids are stroked with chalk on their way to Church.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:17
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in the bog.
Deafness:- Put the fat of a porcupine into your ear.
Whooping Cough:- Give the milk that is left after a ferrets' dinner to the child to drink.
Toothache:- Soak cotton wool in oil of cloves and put it into the tooth.
Headache:- Drink a glass of lemon juice and a glass of hot water.
Jaundice:- Boil sheep's droppings in a pint of milk and drink the milk when it is boiled.
Stye:- Wash it with the white of an egg.
Blood Pressure:- Pour a pint of boil-
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:17
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It is unlucky to meet a funeral on the road to or from the Church.
"Happy is the corpse that the rain falls on.
Happy is the bride that the sun shines on."
If a piece of wedding cake is placed under your head for three consecutive nights, the dream you dream that night is sure to come true.
Again, if a piece of cake is placed in an envelope and written on each corner "Old maid", "Die young", "Marry and "a Nun" and one corner torn off every morning without looking, the corner left on, on the fourth morning is supposed to be your
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:15
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The townland of Belview is in the parish of Graine.
There were six houses there long ago and there are only two there now. There are six people there. It is called Belview because you could hear bells there from several places long ago.
The land is good and some of it is hilly and there are woods growing there. There is a river and some streams running through the land.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:13
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numerous sixty years ago.
Three or four members of each of the families emigrated to America in former years.
There was a song about it some years ago. The land is good for tillage. There are no lakes or rivers in my district but there is a pump in one of the farms.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:12
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every morning and according as the water would be lessening the wart would be disappearing.
Sore mouth:- Put the gander into the coop the night before, and in the morning bring the gander in fasting and inhale his breath.
Burn:- Put a plaster of cowdung to it.
Chest Cold:- To eat dandelion.
Toothache:- Fill your mouth with water turn your back to the fire until the water boils in your mouth.
Dog bite:- Wash it with garlic steeped in water.
Getting Bald:- To take off your shoes
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:12
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In the townland of Lisduff. There are seventeen families in the townland and there are eightythree people living there. There were a lot of houses there long ago, but there is only the ruins there now.
The long ago were usually thatched. Lisduff got its name because there were forts there long ago.
There are not many old people in Lisduff. There is Pat Carroll an Irish story-teller and Mrs. K. Hickey an English story-teller. A lot of people went to America from there about forty years ago
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Forekill is the name of my Townland district in the Parish of Graine. Clomanto is the Barony. There are four families there There are about twenty people living in Forekill. It got its name by some forts that are there.
There are a couple of old people living there. They are able to tell stories in English. The houses were a lot more
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:08
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rub it to the boils.
Hiccough:- Drink three spoonfuls of cold water.
Whitlow:- Rub a root of a dogleaf to it.
Measles:- Put the patient under an ass's belly three times - the measles will fade away very quickly.
Pain in the stomach:- Drink sour buttermilk.
Stye:- Rub black tea to it and it will cure it.
Tether:- Rub a plaster of cowdung to it, and it will cure it.
Warts:- If you find water in a hollow in a stone wash the wart
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:06
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When the wind is blowing from Spá Hill it is the sign of fine weather.
The south wind brings the rain to our district.
When the wind is from the Crag it is a sure sign of rain.
When the sheep lie down in the evenings it is the sign of rain
Goats run to the ditches when wet weather is coming
If there is a fog on Spa Hill in the early morning and if it rises it is a sure sign of a fine day
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:03
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Kilkenny direction it is the sign of a very cold weather and in Winter we will have snow.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 14:03
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When there is a circle around the moon it is the sign of rain.
When the wind is from Kildreena Hill it is the sign of rain.
When the birds are flying low it is sign of rain.
When cattle are running it is the sigh of great heat.
If dogs eat grass it is the sign of rain.
When the smoke ascends it is sign of fine weather and when the smoke descends it is the sign of rain.
When the wind blows from
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Bronchitis:- Let the first button of your shirt open.
Thorn in Finger:- Get a fox to lick it.
Ingrowing Nail:- Take off your shoes in the bog.
Bunions:- Go out walking for nine mornings.
Stye:- Rub your mother's wedding ring to it three mornings in succession.
Toothache:- Put a frog's head into your mouth for three days in succession.
Bleeding:- Put a cobweb over the place where it is bleeding.
Boils:- Mix soap and sugar and
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If Friday be fine
Sunday shall shine
If Friday be wet
Sunday shall fret.
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If the sun is dark or clouded it is the sign of rain.
If the moon is not brilliant and looks dull and clouded we may expect rain very soon
At night if the clouds are clear and bright with the North wind blowing it is the sign of fine weather.
If the wind is South or South-East it is the sine of rain
The South wind brings the most to our district
If the sky is glaring with red stripes in the evening it is the sign of a storm.
If swallows and crows fly low it is the sign of rain
If soot falls down the chimney it is the sign of rain.
If there is a fog in Goresgrove and if it goes up the hill it is the of a fine day and if it comes down it is the sign of a wet day
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grant me grant that I may never leave this world without receiving the last sacraments worthily.
Gentle Jesus meek and mild Pity me a little child. Grant that I may never know what wicked children undergo. Oh Lady of the Sacred Heart pray for us.
This is said when going on a journey. "I will go now in the name of God and the priest the two best men in the parish."
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Warts:- steal a piece of meat and bury it and after nine mornings rub it to the wart.
Measles:- Boil sheep's droppings and milk together and give it to the patient.
Whooping Cough:- Whatever cure a man with a white horse will give you it will cure you.
Pain in Wrist:- Lie a piece of woollen thread around your wrist.
Toothache:- Take a smoke of tobacco out of a clay pipe and inhale it.
Nose Bleeding:- Put a key between your shoulders.
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Blood Prayer
It was in Jerusalem Our Lord was born
And in the Rivier Jordan he was baptized.
In the name of Jesus, the river stood.
In the name of Jesus stop this blood.
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As I went up to the Holy Land, I saw the Blessed Virgin coming with seven Mass books in her hand. Seven priests singing Seven bells ringing
O Lord Jesus Christ shut the gates of Hell
Open the gates of Heaven and let my poor soul in. Mary the branch, Jesus the flower, Mary be with me, At my dying hour.
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Shops were not common in olden times. People had not much money then. They gave one commodity for another. For example if a person wanted his horse shod he would take a piece of meat or an oaten cake with him to the forge as payment for the smith. Selling which is still carried on in fairs in big towns was carried on then outside Catholic churches on important occasions; those assemblies were called Aonochs and were marked for exchanging all kinds of goods. There usually would be some man employed who would cant the goods, that is to make the most of each article. Old people used to tell how disputes and quarrels over land and property would be
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The Innocent Lamb
To start the game one must find a person not acquainted with the game. He then will be chosen as the "Innocent Lamb"
Everyone sits around. In the centre are four people, two are sitting while the other two are in a kneeling position with their hand behind their back and their eyes hid in the other fellow's hand's. They are supposed to be two "Innocent Lambs" while one of them is "bogus" its he that slaps the "Innocent Lamb" all the time he jumps up and slaps his two hands together as if he were being slapped from the outside. At the same time he slaps the "Innocent Lamb" hard on the hand. Then the two
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bas - (i) of a hurley
(ii) straw or hay to sit on
bit-ín - when a person is nibbling at their food they are said to be only taking a bit-ín
bóithrín
bánóg - name of a field
balbhán
C.
ciotóg
cipín
cúbóg
colltar
céapairs
crúibín
cíaróg
cáibín - old hat or cap
ciseóg - small lighting-stick e.g. to "redden a pipe.
cruit - hump or stoop in shoulders
"cúinne" - name of local field
crúch
crúisgín
cáilín
cláb - an open mouth
caisír
cruichín / cruitín - name of a local field
cúilín - name of a local field
carachán
(Na Có' graisín - local "short-cut"
Cill crónan - name of an old graveyard
Cúl-bán - name of locality outside C'comer
Caisleán-Cúl
Cabhall Peigs - Pegg's Cabin
Clochóg
Currach - a boggy field
Caoine
'crannasch' / ceanneasc - Rope put on cow to keep her from jumping
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name Ryan Figheadóra still exists in Nicker.
Basket making was carried on in Bilboa by the Laffans. The baskets were made from willows or weak sallies. The people used large baskets (for bringing turf) which were called the Hish.
Nail making was carried on in Cappamore by the Connerys and Waver.
There is a man in Cappamore called Willie the nailer.
Top making was also carried on in Cappamore by Martin Friend. The tops were called Martin Friends.
Person from whom I received story - Thomas Power
Approximate age - sixty four
Address - Bilboa, Cappamore
How long residing here - thirty years
Paddy Power
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2018-07-22 13:36
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In ancient days people were very skillful. They learned to make things which are used in every day life. The people sheared the wool of the sheep and spinned it with a spinning wheel. There it was handed over to the weaver who weaved it with his hand loom. Then the wool was dyed in different colours. The Irish name for a weaver is Figheadóir, the
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visit the wedding. Straw-boys were not invited to the wedding. Their heads and arms were tied with straw súgáns. They usually visited the houses at night and were invited in by the "Fean a-tighe". They got plenty to eat and drink, they took part in the dancing and after a few hours they went home.
Person from whom I received story - Thomas Power
Approximate Age - Sixty Four years
Address - Bilboa, Cappamore
How long residing here - thirty years
Paddy Power
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married and people believed it long ago.
"Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday the best day of all. Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses and Saturday the worst day of all."
There are local beliefs connected with Shrove. It is lucky to get married on Shrove Tuesday. Monday is given as a dowry. Also stock and goods are given in my district. When a person got married a wedding feast was held in the house.
On the wedding day the Bridegroom and the Bride do not travel to the Chapel together. The Bride reaches the Chapel first. The Bridegroom goes to the alter the first, then the Bride is given away by one of her friends. After the ceremony, the two married people go around to the Sacristy to Register the marriage. It is said that the first to leave the Sacristy would die first.
A month after the marriage, the two married people come back to the Bride's house for a feast, it is called the "hauling home"
It was customary for Straw-boys to
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In olden times people did not believe in getting married at any time of the year, only on Shrove Tuesday. St. Patrick's day us thought unlucky for getting married. Also Saturdays are thought unlucky. May is the most unlucky month of the year to get married. June is the luckiest month, people get married very plentifully in June. There is an old saying about getting
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2018-07-22 13:24
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The only seats they had were a few big stones and a rough plank placed across them. The pupils paid the teacher by the quarter. The teacher was kept in the pupils' houses. The subjects that were taught were English, Latin and Greek. There was no Irish taught because the Irish people were afraid of the English to speak Irish.
Person from whom I received story - Thomas Power
Approximate age - Sixty Four Years
Address - Bilboa, Cappamore
How long residing here - thirty years
Paddy Power
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2018-07-22 13:22
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About ninety years ago, the last hedge schools existed in this district. To the knowledge of the old people, there were three hedge schools in the district. They were within easy reach of the present Bilboa Boy's National School. There was one at Farnane Cross, near the present Mr Thomas Naughton's hous. There was another one near the site of Portnard Bridge, and there was also one at Bilboa Cross. Mrs Hillard taught in Portnard School. The teacher who taught in Farnane school was a stranger. The people do not remember his name. Mr Lonergan taught at Bilboa school.
The school at Farnane Cross was held in an old thatched cabin also. The school at Bilboa Cross was held in the corner of a field now owned by Mr John Walshe.
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Approximate age - sixty four years
Address - Bilboa, Cappamore
How long residing here - thirty years
Paddy Power
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2018-07-22 13:11
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against the Catholic's were some what relaxed, the people of Ardcroney were given permission to build a chapel on condition that it could not be seen from the public road. It was a barn like structure with clay floor and thatched roof, it served as a place of worship until it was unroofed by the "big wind" in 1839. The following year there was a chapel built.
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About a mile to the east of Ardcroney is a district called Lough Fada which, according to tradition was visited by St. Patrick. Faint with hunger, the saint was one day according to legend passing the lake, in which three men were fishing. Though hard at work for hours they had caught not fish till a few minutes before St. Patricks arrival, he asked them for some fish to relieve his hunger, but they refused. He there upon changed them into three pillars of stone, each six feet hight and four feet wide.
In Lough Fada there is an interesting relic of penal times. Towards the end of the 18th century, when the cruel laws
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sovereigns. They divided the sovereigns between them and they were all very rich. The man returned home and never had a day's luck. When he reached home he put the money into a crock. That night his crock of money was stolen. Ever after lights were seen all round the house and the yard.
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to hold on to the skirt. However they succeeded in removing the skirt. The nuns got suspicious and stood by after giving orders to two wardswomen to get a scissors and open up the skirt. To their surprise, there were nineteen sovereigns sewed in a tuck to the skirt. She lived for one week after, and during that time the other patients in the ward could not sleep as the old woman was all the time shouting for the flannell skirt.
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The old building at Annabrook near tennis grounds now is pointed out as the depot where horses were changed when coaches were the only means of travel in those days. Up Pound Street and Gralla was the road the coaches went by. This was the way the Great Daniel O'Conell went from Dublin to Limerick assizes. He was held up by highway robbers on his way to Toomevara but he managed to get away before anything happened.
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There was a very old woman who lived in a small little house close to the village of Newtownsandes. She seemed to be very poor and the village people used to give her food. One day the priest said to her, "You seem to be always looking for charity", and the old woman said, "Sure what else could I do. I haven't a pig, a goat, or a man". In a short time afte, the old woman grew sick and was ordered to hospital. The neighbours went to her little house. As the ambulance came they were preparing her for the journey, and on no account would she allow them to take of a flannell skirt. So when she got to the hospital the nuns ordered the skirt to be removed, but the old lady screamed aloud and thought
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2018-07-22 12:55
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The roots of comfrey if boiled and chopped fine and used as a poultice is a cure for swollen or painful joints. The stone crop that grows on the top of the walls if chopped fine and mixed through bread or vegetables and given to young dogs suffering from worms is a cure. Coltsfoot is a composite plant with a yellow flower. It grows in moist clayey soil. The leaves when dried and smoked like tobacco will cure asthma. Garlic is a cultivated herb. If sowed on a Good Friday it has a cure for many diseases. Consumption is one of the diseases Garlic will cure. To drink goats milk and Garlic and sleep over horses is known to have cured the most hopeless cases. Hemlock is a poisonous herb.
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The seven sisters is a green branchy weed with seven stems on each stalk. It grows in tillage ground When a stem is broken away a white milky fluid appears on the stalk. This if rubbed on warts is a cure. The dandelion is a wild flower that grows in the meadow. If the leaves are stewed, to drink the water is a cure for liver trouble. Alley-com-pane is a cultivated herb, to boil the roots into liquid will cure a horse suffering from a cough. The primrose that grows wild in the hedges is a cure for yellow jaundice. Boil the roots in water and preserve the liquid in bottles and take a wine glassful each morning
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The man told her to close her left eye and to see if she could see him. She said she could not. He then told her to close her right eye and to see if she could see him. She said she could. He struck her left eye with a stick which he had in his hand and she was blind in that eye ever after.
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2018-07-22 12:46
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One night as a nurse was returning to Newtown after attending to a patient in Knockanure she was passing a fort when a man came out of it and asked her to come in to see his wife who was sick. She went in, and there were other people who used to dip their fingers in a pot of stuff which looked like soup in the corner and rub it to their eyes. When the nurse was leaving the house did the same. A few days after that the nurse went to the fair and she met the man again. She shook hands with him. The people at the fair could not see him at all and they were surprised at what the nurse was doing
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2018-07-22 12:44
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It is a tall erect branching weed with a white flower. It has a smooth hollow stem; the leaves when brashed together have a nauseous odour. Poison can be obtained from the hemlock. Crowfoot is a troublesome weed in tillage ground in this district. It grows in moist places creeping over the ground and trailing around other plants so that it is difficult to weed it away without uprooting the plants. When cows eat it, it gives a strong flavour to the milk and butter. Prosha is a most harmful weed in this district. It grows in such abundance it leaves the crop weak and then when it appears in tillage ground it is best to let it out into pasture and break new ground. Black
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According to tradition there was a castle in the glen, about three miles from Newtown. It was occupied by the Danes about 900 years ago. But it was shelled from a hill named cnuscín about three miles from it. It is said that it was a woman who fired the shot. A horse and a foal which were grazing on the top of the cliff were frightened when they heard the explosion, and they jumped off - about a hundred feet of a drop on a solid rock of stone. Up to the present day the impression of their hooves is to be seen on the rock.
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2018-07-22 12:38
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heads and trembling traneens and rattlers are conspicious in poor land. White clover and daisies are to be seen in good land. It is good land where thistles grow. Old people tell a story of a blind man who went to buy a farm "Tie that horse to a thistle" he said to the son. "I don't see any thistles" said the son "Oh" said the old man "we'll go home so, I wont buy this land its too poor and bad". The water-cress that grows in clean spring water in drains is used by people as food in Spring when vegetables are scarce. It is cooked like greens or cabbage. Dockins grow in abundance in this district, to gather the green leaves and boil them and dress them with
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2018-07-22 12:37
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There is a number of old graveyards around the parish of Nenagh, the following are Lisboney graveyard, Ballinaclough Graveyard, and the Tyone Graveyard.
I visited the Ballinaclough graveyard which is about two miles out-side Nenagh. On the stones there are inscriptions dating back to the middle of the eighteenth century, the
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followed him to get pardon for the, but when he got up to him he disappeared. The day came for the boy to go to the church. He went to the priest the day before and he explained the story to him. The priest told him to go to the churchyard, and that he himself would go with him. That day the boy went to the churchyard, and he met the priest at the gate, and they went in. The boy had to go up the churchyard alone to meet the man. The priest told him to pray as he went along. The boy kept going till at last he met the man. The man spoke to him and said, "You have put me to a lot of trouble". Then the man told him to go away and never again to face towards the churchyard. It was said, that only for all the priest did the boy wouldn't be saved.
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The castle is built of limestone.
The ruins of Nenagh Castle prove that royal power and wealth were required to erect a fortress, which were it now standing in the fullness of its original design, might stand comparison with some of the finest border castles of Wales or Scotland.
Nenagh castle was besieged by the Williamites in the seventeenth century.
It may be gathered from the local history of Nenagh, that the Franciscan Abbey, Nenagh, was founded by a Butler, in the year 1,291.
Nenagh Abbey was said to have been one of the richest of it's kind in Ireland. Its length is
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principal residence and built here the great Keep now known as Nenagh Castle.
Theobald Fitzwalter founded Tyone Abbey for the accommodation of strangers and the sick in the year 1204.
The Franciscian Abbey was built in 1291 and it was demolished in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
The Nenagh Castle was demolished in the year 1691. There is a secret passage from the Nenagh Castle to Tyone Abbey, to Lisboney and to Barrach St. Abbeys.
There is no carving to be seen now except the old letterings on the tombs stones of the monks
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The Innocent Lamb
To start the game one must find a person not acquainted with the game. He then will be chosen as the "Innocent Lamb"
Everyone sits around. In the centre are four people, two are sitting while the other two are in a kneeling position with their hand behind their back and their eyes hid in the other fellow's hand's. They are supposed to be two "Innocent Lambs" while one of them is "bogus" its he that slaps the "Innocent Lamb" all the time he jumps up and slaps his two hands together as if he were being slapped from the outside. At the same time he slaps the "Innocent Lamb" hard on the hand. Then the two
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There is another terrace called St. Flannan's Terrace it is called after the patron saint of the Diocese of Killaloe, St Flannan.
The first roads that were made in Ireland were made by the Celts when they conquered the country.
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2018-07-22 12:27
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The Dublin Road leads from Limerick to Dublin via Nenagh. This was the "Old Coach Road" and there were several toll-houses on the road some of them were removed as they were erected at dangerous corners. One at Islandbawn still remains. A number of roads lead off this road to different places and in former day some of these roads were only what are called "Bridle Paths" which you could only travel with a saddled horse.
The Ballymackey Road leads
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2018-07-22 12:25
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Once upon a time there were two boys who went into a church, and one began to kick a skol around the church and these are the words the boy said, "I invite you to my house some night". The boys came home and worked away for some days. This evening they were all milking cows, and they saw the strange man coming in. He never spoke to them but he gave a side-look at the boy. The man of the house asked him what was his trouble. The man said that one of his sons invited him to his house. The boy's father called him in and the man asked him what did he want him for, and the boy said that he didn't want him atall. "Do you remember the day that you kicked my skol inside in the churchyard", said the man. "I do" said the boy. "I invite you to the churchyard"", said the man. Then the man went away and the boy's father
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under the bed where the corpse was or behind him in the bed. They do tell how at a wake in the district where they played the game the two fellows inside took the corpse out of the bed and had it standing by the fire when everyone rushed in.
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under the bed where the corpse was or behind him in the bed. They do tell how at a wake in the district where they played the game the two fellows inside took the corpse out of the bed and had it standing by the fire when everyone rushed in.
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slap. Sometimes the plover is so quick in ducking his head the fellow in the centre seldom gets a slap at him. Often times he might be in the act of slapping the plover in front when he wheels of a sudden and gives the lover behind a hard slap. If the plover ducks and evades the slap the fellow in the centre has to take his place and the plover take his place in the centre.
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2018-07-22 12:12
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the crowd got hungry they ate plenty of pies and pigs' legs. Ginger bread was also sold - a big piece for a penny. In the evening the tinkers and all that tribe got drunk, and then the fighting started. The old women helped their husbands, and never was seen such "rack". Sticks and stones were thrown at each other, and the Police tried to send them out of the town. In almost every house of the town pies were sold, and each one had a "Sheebeen" and used plenty water in the drink so as to make profit. About 10 o'clock, the Police cleared the town and then the village people started to count their money made from the pies and drink. Some people made about 15 £ profit that day. It was too bad that all custom died out.
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Hide the Robber
Everyone goes out. Two people stay inside. One fellow hides the other and when he is hidden he shouts "come in" Old people tell of the most unforeseen places where the robber would be hid sometimes,
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start to guess who slapped them The "Innocent Lamb" suspects its some one in the crowd and mentions a name. They then shout at him to go down again and the game starts over again. The fun is how long it takes the Innocent Lamb to catch on and how nacky the "Bogus Lamb" is in doing the slapping.
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2018-07-22 12:05
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Three people stand in a row. The fellows before and behind hold one hand on their ears with their back to the fellow in the centre who strokes his hand and says "Oh the poor plover" He then slaps him on the hand if the other fellow has not evaded the
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2018-07-22 12:03
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egg laid on Good Friday and eat it Easter Sunday they believed there was a charm in it for curing certain diseases. To cut your hair on Good Friday will keep you in good health. The cold stone turns in the water the 17th March and the warm side turns and the cold side turns up again the 17th October Wheat sowed at the dark of the moon produces a good crop. Old people sowed oats the 25th March they believed it would be successful if they sowed it on that day. March borrowed the first three days from April to skin the old cows. The first three days of April are called the "riabhach" days the weather is so severe. To say a 1,000 Hail Marys the 15th
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In years gone by there was one great big day in Newtown, called the Patron day. It was held each year on the 8th of September. All the people from the parish came to the Village, and their friends from long distances came to meet them. There were about 15 pie tents erected all along the Street, and each pie cost only two pence; whiskey was only three pence a glass; and stout two pence a bottle; so that every one drank plenty. There were all kinds of music played on the Street, and dancing went on; there were all kinds of enjoyments. Tinkers, thimble riggers, "maggie" men, and every kind of a tramp, made for the Patron in Newtownsandes. There were cars of apples, oranges, and every kind of candy sold. Pigs' crubeens, well boiled and salted were sold, so that when
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August in honour of Our Blessed Lady she will keep the fires of Purgatory away from you as you pass through. Holy Water blessed Easter Sunday and got before human hands touches it will cure many diseases. In olden times people would not light a fire until they saw smoke from a neighbour's chimney they believed it unlucky. Whatever way the wind blows November Day it will blow that way the rest of the year. If it rains on15th July St Swithin's day it will rain for 40 days and forty nights. To abstain from meat on Wednesday will keep you from headaches and teeth ache. It is a sign of hardship for a new moon to occur on Friday the 13th of the month, they say one of those moons is enough
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2018-07-22 11:55
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companion this fine May morning. So going through the same ablutions he took the form of a hare and followed after his post. The pursued and pursuer kept up the pace uphill and down dale till they arrived in a clearing in a wood. The tailor kept a safe distance from his companion and soon saw her joining other hares thousands of which were gathered in the clearing. The next thing he saw was a horseman riding in among them then he spoke and said: "I cannot transmit any power to you this morning as there is an enemy amongst us". When he had finished his discourse they went away but the tailor won the race home and he nibbed off the sign hid the box, and hopped into bed. Soon after the other arrived but could not find the box to nib off the sign with it. She charged the tailor with the theft and she said "if sunrise finds me in the form of a hare I shall remain you for 12 months. So he yielded up the box and she became the old hag once more. That year there was no butter carried in this country and the women were deprived of their witchery through the intervention of a little tailor.
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2018-07-22 11:48
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in 10 years. Friday's flitting makes the longest sitting and Saturday's flitting makes the shortest sitting. To fast from meat the day after Christmas Day will keep out sickness from the home.
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2018-07-22 11:47
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The first day of the new year is called Handsel Monday
People refrain from spending money on this day they believe if they do necessity will arise each day of the year to spend it. The darker the first footer is (meaning his complexion) that visits your home on New Year's Day the better your luck will be for the coming year. The 2nd February is called Candlemas Day: old people said on that day you could throw half the candle and candlestick away. They said New Year's Day the "cock step was on the dunghill" meaning the day's were getting that much longer. It is unlucky to throw out sweepings or ashes on Monday you throw out your luck for the rest of the week. Old people saved an
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2018-07-22 11:05
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three times in honour of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Ring-worm
A seventh son had the cure of Ring-worm. He rubbed his hand on the affected parts and told the suffered to say certain prayers every day for a week.
For "Wildfire" a sprig of heather was pulled, the end was put in the fire and then rubbed on the part affected.
Toothache
A frog was put in a handkerchief and held to the jaw for a few minutes.
Great faith was - and is - held in the healing powers of a seventh son. He can cure toothache by simply, touching the sufferers face.
Warts
If a black snail is rubbed on a wart and the snail is then stuck on a
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2018-07-22 10:57
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Mrs Shaw of Cloncullen, Ballymahon, made a plaster from herbs and plants which she collected locally, for the cure of Erysipelas. It was widely used. She died about twenty-five years ago, and the family left the district and went to reside in Dublin. The secret of the cure was not imparted to any one in the district, but it is known that Crowfoot was used in the plaster.
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2018-07-22 10:51
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Chin-cough
1. Let the god. father of the child suffering from Chin- cough, tie a red ribbon round the patient's throat.
2. The mother of the child rolls a few hairs out of the child's head around a small piece of meat. She throws this piece of meat to a dog. If the child is a girl, the meat is given to a female dog. If a boy- to a male.
3. Let the child pass under a she-ass
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2018-07-22 10:48
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or frying pan. When nicely crusted on the bottom, the farls were turned on the griddle. When done, the farls were split, buttered, and eaten hot, with milk or tea.
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2018-07-22 10:46
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Three, "feeds of nettles", taken before March was out, cleaned the blood and toned up the system. The nettles should be young and tender. They were cleaned from the stems and cooked in boiling water & salt till tender.
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2018-07-22 10:44
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a floured "losset" and well worked by the hands. It was then flattened out on the griddle, cut into "farls" and baked until hard.
When cold, it was spread with butter, or eaten dry, according to taste. It kept good for a quite a while, so that enough was made at a time to last a week pr fortnight.
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2018-07-22 10:41
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The boiled potatoes were peeled and mashed thoroughly. Where a potato mashed was not available, the potatoes were placed on the lossit (losad0 and broken down by the bottom of a clean tin porringer. Any little pieces remaining unbroken were then picked out. Salt to taste was them sprinkled over the potato, and sufficient flour added to make into a stiff dough. This dough was flattened out on the well floured losset, to a round shape. It was cut into farls and baked on a griddle
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2018-07-22 10:37
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This was made by steeping mill seeds in water until fermentation took place. The drink was then taken as a drink or used for making soda bread when buttermilk was scarce.
Some thirty or forty years ago it was common practice to use the water in which oatmeal had been steeping, as a drink on the three Black Fast Days, Ash Wednesday, Spy Wednesday, and Good Friday. It was often put into tea on these days to "whiten" it.
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2018-07-22 10:31
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This was the most commonly used bread in this locality up to twenty years ago. When I came here to teach in 1909, I noticed that the majority of the children used to have oaten bread for their lunch.
It was simply made. A quantity of fine flour oatmeal was put into a basin and wet with water. The mixture was then turned out on
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2018-07-22 10:26
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About the same time in a townland named Briskill there was an old school-house. There was a vacancy for a teacher and it was by majority of votes of the house holders of the district he was to be elected. Three canditates namely Quinn, Casserley, and Malinn made application for the position. Quinn being elected he wrote a verse in favour of one of his supporters who took great interest in his cause at the election. He was a man named Duffy who lived in Cloonteagh.
The verse ran as follows -
Long life to William Duffy like wise his family,
He loudly voted for me and put out "Crick" Casserley,
There sprung up another canditate his name it was Malinn,
But they were all conquered by the celebrated Quinn.
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2018-07-22 10:22
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P. Kellegher. slated three rooms
P. Prunty. slated five rooms
Mrs. Mc. Cann. slated four rooms
Kohn Loughlin. slated five rooms
Fr. Mc. Cabe thatched five rooms.
W. Burnette. slated six rooms
L. Leavy. thatched four rooms
Mrs. James. Thatched three rooms
T. Mannin. thatched three rooms
P. Christy. slated five rooms
Fr. Daly slated seven rooms
J. Ralph slated seven rooms
Mr. Mc Mahon.. slated four rooms
F. Flynn. thatched four rooms
H. Kabe. slated five rooms
J. Toher. slated six rooms
W. Prunty. thatched four rooms
J. Mc Garry. slated eight rooms
F. Dolan. slated three rooms
J. Tighe. thatched four rooms
Mr. Rolston. slated five rooms.
W. Leonard. slated four rooms
Mr. Veale. slated five rooms
Mr. Becker. slated five rooms
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2018-07-22 10:18
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Long ago tailors used to travel from house to house mending and making clothes, as the case may be. One may-Eve one of these little tailors put up for the night at a cottage near Duagh, wherein lived an old hag of a woman. After supper, the tailor turned in and slept like a Trojan till about 4 a-m. He pricked his ears when he heard the old hag shuffling about in a room nearby, and before he knew what was happening, she issued from her room clad in a hideous black cloak which surely belonged, or came from his Satanic Majesty. She moved over to the settle-bed to make sure our friend was in Slumberland. Being sure of this, she started operations, she took a box of ointment from behind a rafter and signed herself with the left hand on the forehead. When she replaced the box She assumed the form of a hare and show a clear pair of heels out of the door. The tailor at once made up his mind that she would have a
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2018-07-22 10:16
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M. Reilly, thatched 3 rooms
W. Reilly, " "
T Manning, " "
M. Rogers. " "
J. Mullarvy. " "
R. Rogers. " "
J. Mimnagh. " "
C. Drumm. tiled "
Mrs. Molloy. thatched "
J. Reilly. " "
M. Ellis. " "
J. Gee. " "
J. Ellis. " "
M. Mc Gary. " "
P. Reilly. " "
J. Higgins. " "
M. Brady. " "
W. Byrne. " "
P. Manning. slated 5 rooms
O. Manning.. thatched 3 rooms
J. Mimnagh. " "
P. Molloghan. " "
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2018-07-22 09:59
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seven and six that he carried in Listowel. The priest paid the money and the man was never seen after.
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2018-07-22 09:57
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Long ago there was a man living in Tarbert whose name was John Lysed. He was working with a farmers in that parish. The man whom he was working for was a Protestant, and he was a very good man. John Lysed was very fond of drink and one day he went to a fair in Listowel with his master. They both went in to a public house and they started drinking. John Lysed had no money and he saw seven and six on the counter. He took the seven and six and he did not intend to pay it back. Soon afterwards the man died, and he was not long dead when the people of the place said he was seen. There was a priest at home from America that time and he heard the story. One night he was passing the way and he saw him. He then asked him what was his trouble. The man told him that he was doing penance for
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2018-07-22 09:50
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Years ago people were very much afraid to be out at night lest they should see or hear the headless coach. Some people maintain they have seen it but other say they only heard it. Those that say it say it is a four-wheeled carriage driven by a headless man in charge of four headless horses, and if you happened to go near it you would be nearly burned or suffocated by the terrible fumes. The belief of this strange coach is that it is the ghost of those cruel and merciless landlords who evicted the poor struggling famers year ago.
John Corridan
Told by
Micheal Corridan,
Moyvane,
Newtownsande
Aged 55 years
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2018-07-22 09:47
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About half a century ago when landlords held power over the tenant farmers it was a terrible crime to cut even a small tree in the property. At this particular time the landlord Mr. Sandes passed away and the poor tenants thought it would be quite safe to cut a few trees. So on a fine moonlight night, about a half dozen strong hardy men repaired to the woods, taking with them a few horses and carts, axes and saws. All went well for a time and just as they were about to load their carts a terrible noise such as of galloping horses and rattling of chains sounded nearly. The men got terror stricken for a few moments and stopped work. They then thought 'twas the old landlord back from the grave, so they laughed it off and proceeded to load their carts but
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2018-07-22 09:43
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A man was returning from mowing late one evening, and he carried his scythe on his shoulder. An old woman appeared before him, trying to get at him, but he kept her off with his scythe. There was a river near him, and he kept going backwards to the river, as he knew there were steps there he could cross. As he was nearing the river she screamed "I have you now", but he went backwards across the steps, and she disappeared in a flash of light. He ran to a house close by, and fell in the door in a faint, as she appeared again outside. The story goes that she could not cross the water and had to go to the bridge and that is what saved him.
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2018-07-22 09:36
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coming there. She said that she murdered an unbaptised child, and that she could not go into heaven. The priest told her to go teeming the Red Sea for seven years. After the seven years she came back again, and the priest was still living. The priest came again to meet her. He told her to go and find the stick with the one end. The ghost gave three mournful cries, and went down through the ground in the shape of a ball of fire.
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2018-07-22 08:38
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The ruined church of Rathmore, in close proximity to the remains of the ancient Castle, stands surrounded on two sides by beautiful woods, in a secluded spot not far from the road leading from Athboy to Navan, and about two miles from the former town.
The castle of Rathmore belonged to the Cruise family from whom it descended to Sir Thomas Plunket through his wife, MaryCruise, whom he married under very romantic circumstances. Of the castle there remains but an ivy clad tower.
The outer walls of the ruined church are almost entire, and are the remains of what must have been once an imposing edifice. A high square tower, which was probably the belfry, rises from the south west end of the church. Near the top it is pierced by arched windows. Over the altar, at the eastern end, is a window with carved stone mullions which branch into graceful quatefoils above. On the outer side a carved surround to the pointed arch is finished at the base by two graceful heads, and the arch is also surmounted by a finely carved head. At the western end there was a similar window, but it was removed, and erected in the Protestant church of Athboy. The altar was recently assembled from fragments found in and around the ruins.
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2018-07-22 08:07
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about half a mile from the road leading to Moate. The house it appears was in a very big hollow surrounded by a clump of bushes but there are only four of them there now, and they usually go by the name of the "Four Lane Bushes". The place where the potatoes were sown is still to be seen. The furrows are a half a foot deep.

Matthew Kearney
Mullaghmeehan
Ballymore
Moate
Given to me by my mother
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2018-07-22 08:04
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In 1847 the potato crop failed everywhere and the people died by tens of thousands on the roadside. This is a story of a many by the name of Scott who lived in Mullaghmeehan at that time.
He was living in a small mud-wall cabin in the middle of my father's farm. He had a half an acre of potatoes sown. When the time came for to dig them, he began the work himself. He was very old and was not able to dig much in a day.
When he had about a quarter of them dug the rest began to rot in the ground. All he had dug were safe and when he had them eaten he had nothing more to live on, so he left his house and went through the country looking for food. He did not live long and died a few days later with starvation.
The remains of the house can be seen still. They are
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2018-07-22 07:52
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half-líance of porter.
Long ago the big feast which they had at the wedding consisted of a pot of potatoes and sour milk which they appreciated very much.
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2018-07-22 07:50
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On the night they return home what is known ad "strawboys" go to the house and ask to see the bride. Then they dance a few Irish sets and take drink if it is provided for them.
When the Shrove Season is drawing to an end what is known as "Scheligs" list is published. On this list all the boys and girls who were of the age to marry and did not do so were criticized.
In olden times the bride wore a robe with a hoop in it at the wedding
The ladies drove to the wedding in a coach and the men drove on horseback This group of men was called the "drag." On returning from the wedding the drag had a race. The man who won the race should be the first to dance to the bride. Often a group of men held a rope before the drag and would not let them pass until they received enough money to buy a
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2018-07-22 07:45
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In the famine times people would be glad if they had a stocking full of oats. You would be digging from morning until night and you would not get what would do your dinner of potatoes. You could not get near some of the potatoes with a smell and before the famine came you could throw them in a gripe and they would grow. It is said that the Blessed Virgin appeared to two little children some place in Galway and told them that the potato crop would fail.

Two men went into a house in Mullaghmeehan, a townsland about a half a mile from the village of Ballymore. They had been fasting for a long time and they had a good feed. They got up to go away again but one of them fell dead at the door and the other fell dead at the gate. They had been fasting too long and when they got the feed they were not able for it and it killed them.

Patrick Cornelly
Slievenagorta
Ballymore
Moate
Given to me by my father
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2018-07-22 07:43
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The bride and bridegroom should go to the Chapel by a different way if possible. The bridegroom should be first to the Chapel and the bride last
It is supposed to be unlucky to go to Mass the first Sunday after marrying.
It is lucky for the bride to wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue
The mother should never go to her first child's wedding
It is said, if you take a piece of wedding cake, and sleep on it, whatever you dream for three successive nights is sure to be true.
When the bride and bridegroom leave the chapel "confeti" or rice is shaken on them for good luck.
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2018-07-22 07:37
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is why it's called Sunday's Well. Old people say there was a big pile of crutches and sticks left behind by people who got cured.
There are four places for praying, the first a stone has a natural cross on it. The people start at it and keep going round the four until they have the stations of the cross done. There are no prescribed prayers to be said any prayers that appeals to the pilgrim's piety. There is no special disease cured in it, pilgrims go with all kinds of diseases. I know a man who was cured of some disease of his leg when he was a child. The well is near the road leading to Moyvore from Low St Ballymore and is about a quarter of a mile from the village.

Anthony MacCormack
High St
Ballymore
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2018-07-22 07:36
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for a few minutes. The newly made candle was then taken out by means of the nails.
Wooolens:-
The wool was first sheared off the sheep, and well washed. Then it was carded, and rolled into long, thin strips. It was then spun with a spinning wheel and woven into thread. Various articles were made from this thread.
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2018-07-22 07:34
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Candle-making:-
The old people used to pour the melted fat of a cow into long, narrow, moulds. A nail to which a cord was tied, was first placed at the bottom of the mould. This cord passed through the melted fat, and was fastened to another nail on top. This was allowed to stand until set. Then it was placed before the fire
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2018-07-22 07:31
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got a record of it in an old manuscript in Rome. Hearing this gave the people a new interest in it and they began again to visit it. I should have mentioned that a priest in Ballymore stopped the people from going to visit it previous to this. He said it was only a pagan custom.

Another Legend says St Patrick pulled a sapling to beat the true Faith into the dull heads of the Ballymore people and then the water sprang up and he blessed it and hence the well. There was supposed to be some indecent act committed near it at one time and after that the water ceased to flow until some pious old man poured a bottle of holy water into it and the water came on again but in a much smaller quantity. When it ceased to flow down the hill it is supposed to have gone under ground to the lake and that it is still supplying the lake.

The First, second third and fourth Sundays of August are the days of the pilgrimage. I suppose that
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2018-07-22 07:31
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people for four or five shillings. They were used for bringing potatoes, or apples or eggs to the market.
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2018-07-22 07:30
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Long ago there were many industries carried on in Castleisland and around the town:- tannnery and basket making were the chief industries carried on there. There was a tannery in the town, and the hides of animals were turned into leather. Every day there was about one hundred baskets made in Castleisland, and on each market day, all these used to be sold to the
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2018-07-22 07:27
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Flax
The flax was harder than the wool to be made into clothes. The flax was set, and it grew in every Irish field. When it was ripe, it was taken from the ground, and put in a hole of water for several days. Immediately, it was taken out and was spread out to bleach. When it was bleached. it was hackled, and after that it was cloved by a cloving tongs. Then it was spun into thread, and it was carried to the weaver to be made into linen. It was then made into several kinds of clothes e.g.shirts, sheets etc. It was, indeed, hard work. but it had to be done, and I think our grandfathers and grandmothers did not think any work too hard.
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2018-07-22 07:24
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This holy well is situated on the side of a hill bearing the same name, near the village of Ballymore, Co Westmeath. It is not far from the shore of that lovely little lake Lough Seudy, with its three little islands and the remains of an old fort on the shore, and a short distance away is an old Castle and in the vicinity there was a monastery. A bye road in the district bears that Monastery Boreen. In the old church yard where the Protestant church now stands there is the ruins of an old chapel in which Cromwell burned, after that the priest used to say mass just beside the holy well, the altar is there still and a slab there bears the name of the priest, Father Dalton who was shot there by British soldiers.
This well is situated about midway up the hill. It is only a small well, there is a small container of stone like a holy water font, the water flows into it and then flows on down the hill on to the lake. There are different stories of the origin of it, one say's a cane was lost in the river Jordan and it came out there, and the water came up with it. A priest giving a mission in Moyvore years ago said he
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2018-07-22 07:21
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Spinning
In the olden times spinning, indeed, did mean very much to our ancient Irish people. Many would be often without clothes, had not the industry been brought into Ireland. In every house an old grandmother or a mother was to be seen spinning or weaving, while merrily humming a tune to herself. There they sat by an Irish fire-side, after working from the rising to the setting of the sun. This is how the laborious work was done: First the wool was taken to a carding-mill to be carded. Then it was taken home, and it was spun. It was then made into socks.
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2018-07-22 07:13
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in the honour of St. Patrick.

Whit Sunday
On whit Sunday long ago all the people were dressed in white clothes. The people say if a young boy or a young girl goes to the well for a bucket of water on whit Sunday morning that they will get drowned.
May Morning
The people long ago washed their faces with the dew of May morning before sunrise and they did not get sun burned for the year The people say that if you are out in the fairies path May morning you will be brought in the fairies and you will not come back until November's night. If a cow calfs May morning it is right to bless her with a coal. It is not right to give away milk or butter on May morning
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2018-07-22 07:11
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St. Patricks Day
St Patricks day is th held on the 17th of March every year. The people wear a shamrock on their coats on that day
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2018-07-22 07:11
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the bon-fire, people would offer a few prayers in honour of St. John. It is not right to quench the bon-fire until it wears out itself. Every one would go to the shop and buys bread and some of them would milk the neighbours cows. They would get a pot and boil the milk and loaves on the fire. Each person would have a mug and a spoon and they would have a feast. Everyone would bring home a sod of turf from the bon-fire.
I got the above information from Patrick Caulfield.

Patrick Caulfield. (son)
Culnacleha
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2018-07-22 07:08
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would hold the money and another would play music and the rest would dance. When the bhrigdheógs are departing they would divide the money among themselves and they would go home.

St. John's Day
The feast day of St John is held on the twenty-second of June. On the of the feast the old gathered at a cross-road and they made a bone bon-fire in the centre of the cross-road with turf and a bone. If the bon-fire was held near the bog the people would go to the bog with a bag and each one would steal a bag of turf and carry the turf to the bon-fire or they would go to the neighbours turf in the garden. They would bring a bag of turf with them to the bon-fire. During the bon-fire
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2018-07-22 07:04
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I got the above information from Mrs Murphy,
James Murphy (son) Newton.
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2018-07-22 07:03
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St.Brigid's
On St.Brigid's night all the the girls go out in the brigdeogs. The firsthing they did was to make a false face. They got a piece of a cloth and they cut a hole in each side for the eyes one for nose and another hole for the mouth. Next they put different strickes of colours on the false face. They put tattered clothes on them and old shoes. On the false face they sow sew a mustache. Each one who was in the crowd had a stick in her hand and one had a doll on top of the stick and off with. One of them
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2018-07-21 23:47
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Local Story of Penal laws. 22-10-37
Long ago in Kilkenny there was a woman who was delivering milk to the monks who was in hiding under the Black Abbey and name was Thornton. The monks was hiding there because them English soldiers was on their trail.
(Their) This woman wanted money and she did not know how to get it. She thought of a plan to get the money. She went to the Soldiers and told them if they would give her £5 she would tell them where the monks were. They gave her the money and asked (them) her how to get there. She said she would spill the milk along until she would come to the flag that was covering the Tunnel and said Let ye follow that and then ye will have the monks.
So that woman betrayed the monks for £5.
James Kerwick 12 years 11 months
(Told by my Grandmother.)
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2018-07-21 23:39
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was buried there . As a mark of respect the people put a cross there, and ever since that place is called the "Butts Cross".
(Told to me by my Grandmother.)
Maurice Drew
MF
26.x.37
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2018-07-21 23:36
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"The Butts Cross" 26th October '37
The Butts Cross is situated about one hundred yards from my school. It was improved by the Corporation of Kilkenny in the year 1891 in Commemoration of a knight of Tullaroan who was buried there with his horse.
Protestant. He was a Prodestant and while the Catholic people were holding an annual procession in the present Protestant Church (Catholic then) he came riding along on his horse. The procession was so large that the people were as far as the present Cross is now. He was trying to make his horse trample on the people but did not succeed, Because his horse knelt down on its hind legs and did not get up until it was over. Then he apologised. When he died he
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2018-07-21 23:26
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grave in the shape of the cross over the altar. If you are attacked stand under the cross and nothing will harm you." They returned and did as Patrick had bade them and ever since then all grave diggers cross the spade & shovel in the form of St. Patricks cross to keep away the evil spirits.
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2018-07-21 23:24
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many Irishmen will get to Heaven. You must find out where he is and during his Mass when he raises the Host at the elevation ask him you question. If you return here without an answer we will kill you both and bury you in this grave that you have made for Jack th' Omadann."
Scared out of the wits the two unfortunates ran for all they were worth and after three months the found Patrick preaching to the Pagan king of Cashel in Tipperary. During the Mass next morning the two were on tentherhooks. At the Consecration when Patrick Elevated the Sacred Host they cried out "How many Irishmen will get to heaven?" Twice they got no answer but the third time Patrick turned towards them and holding aloft the Sacred Host he asked them their mission. They told him they wanted an answer to their question because if they returned to Kilkenny without it they would be killed. Patrick then said to them "Go back to St Maul's and complete the grave and when its completid place the spade and shovel across the
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2018-07-21 23:13
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Burial.
When the grave has been dug in the cemetry the spade and shovel used in the digging operations are crossed somewhat in the form of the letter X, which form is termed St. Patrick's cross. The following explanation is given as the reason for this time honoured custom.
During the time that St. Patrick was preaching the true faith to the Irish people two men were making a grave in St. Maul's graveyard beside Gallows Green. When the work was in progress for a short time two men appeared at the other end of the grave and with daggers drawn threatened the lives of the unfortunate grave diggers. Jimmy Malone although "staggering on his feet" plucked up enough courage to ask what they wanted. "We want nothing less than your lives" said they "Unless you find out from St Patrick how
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2018-07-21 23:10
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Drumholm according to Dr. Joyce is derived from "Drum" a ridge or hill top and "tuama" a tumulus or burial ground. There is the Parish of Drumholm and also the Townland of Drumholm and there was an old burial ground (tumulus) on the hill in the townland the name seems to originate from it.
Adamnan seems to be intimately associated with the place; he is said to be a native of the locality. The old Church of which the west gable is still standing, almost in its entirety, clothed in a mantle of ivy was dedicated to St. Adamnan who was the biographer and disciple of Columba. He, like Columba, was related to the O’Donnells all of whom were descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, King of Ireland. We are not told when or by whom Christianity was first planted in the locality; but it seems to have been the scene of the labours of the Apostle of Ireland himself.
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2018-07-21 23:08
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The most celebrated monastery of Drumholm was that situated in the graveyard ar Mullinacross. It is presumed it stood on the same site as the old church there. St Ernan, A.D., 650 was one of its earliest Abbots. The church of a later date was dedicated to St. Admnan.

These previous notes of Drumholm are taken from History of Drumholm by Mr. Thomas Kearney, Lacklum, Ballintra
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2018-07-21 22:54
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The Well of the Seven Daughters is situated in a valley in a field called "Pairc Geal" in Aillebrack, almost at the foot of Doon Hill. There is a white-thorn bush growing close to the well and there is a spring-well also very close to it. A little wall partly encloses the well.
The well is frequented for the cure of diseases, particularly headaches, sore eyes, sore hands, etc.
The prayers said are:- seven Our Fathers, seven Hail Marys and seven Glory be to the Fathers on each round of seven. There are seven stones used to count the rounds. If the Station is being performed for oneself, three sups of water are taken by the person. The water is also applied to the affected part and it is also brought home.
On completion of the Station, something is left beside the well, such as coins, medals, statues, buttons, hair pins, crosses, flowers, pieces of cloth tied on the bush +c.
Tradition has it that the Patrons of the well were the Seven sisters of St. Cailín, who were drowned while bathing in Lough Fada (Ballinaboy).
It is said that the water of the well "boils up" and that a water-spider is seen when a request is granted.
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2018-07-21 22:45
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the trees surrounding this house fell north and east of the house without falling on it.
In another instance a farm house had been stripped not alone was the roof blown away but the wallpaper and pictures had been blown more than a mile and strange to say a ten pound note was found beside one of the pictures afterwards.

On the 24th July 1916 the district of Johnstown had the experience of one of the most severe thunder storms accompanied by lightening which was ever known by any person living at the time.
The storm was accompanied by lumps of ice some of them four-inches long which destroyed all the crops in its course. Fields of corn potatoes and root crops were all destroyed. Hay stacks were burned by the lightening and sheep and cattle were killed. Notwithstanding the heat of July sun
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2018-07-21 22:39
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Ireland is famous for its Holy Wells. There are a great many of them scattered throughout the country and people make 'rounds' at these wells at different times of the year in honour of the Saint to whom the well is dedicated.
In the townsland I live there is a famous well called St. Brigid's Well. In olden days people used to come from far and near to visit this well and take home some of the water with them in which there is supposed to be a cure.
On the other side of the Blackwater there is a well situated in Temple-Michael not far from the ruins of the Old Castle; it is supposed to be St. Michael's Well. People used visit this well also and make their 'rounds' and it is supposed that several were cured of diseases by the waters of this well. Temple-Michael is said to have got it's name from this Saint who lived there long ago.
About seven miles from my place there is also a well that is famous all over Ireland. This is St. Declan's Well and people come from all over the country on the 24th July each year to visit this well which is dedicated to the Saint of Ardmore. Over it stands the ruins of an old church which is supposed to have been built by the angels.
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2018-07-21 22:30
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Mr Carolan, an ex-British Army Schoolmaster, who lived in the Curragh Camp one time, says that in the penal days a gallows stood on the spot called the Gibbet Rath.

There too, in 1798, a party of 800 United men assembled, with pike and musket, ready when opportunity offered to strike a blow for freedom.
On learning that General Duff, with an army of 2,000 was marching through the Curragh from Cork to Dublin, the Irishmen eagerly prepared to meet him but to their dismay, discovered that the female relatives who had come with them, had damped their powder. When Duff came up with his army the Irish were forced to surrender and Duff ordered his men to disarm them. One young lad before handing one his musket said "I might as well unload it" and fired into the ground. Duff pretended to think that the disarming party were being attacked so gave the order to "cut the Irish - down".
They broke and tried to flee but pursued by British cavalry but one was left to tell the tale of the massacre.
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2018-07-21 22:24
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a stone and according as the nettles wither the cow's milk will return.
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2018-07-21 22:23
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1. The sap of the dandelion is a cure for warts.
2. If you put a hole in a turnip and put salt down in it leave the turnip there for a few days the rub the juice to the wart and it will cure it.
3. There is a well known disease called a treaslow (treaslobhadh) which affects a cow's hoof. When a cow has a treaslow her hoof gets hot and festers. A cure for this disease is a poultice of boiled turnips.
4. When an animal has the black leg dig a sod in the corner of the field where the animal is grazing and it will cure this disease.
5. If you get sore eyes put tea leaves in a bit of cloth and put them to the eyes it will cure them.
6. There is a plant which grows wild on the fences around here called Pinny Winkle. This plant when rubbed to a wart will cure ti.
7. Another plant which grows around here is called Fohram when the leaf of this plant is rubbed to sore teats on a cow it will cure them.
8. If a cow got a blast, sting her udder all over with nettles. Then place the nettles under
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2018-07-21 22:13
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My Grandfather says you should cut your hair with the wane of the moon.

Brígid Ní Coisteabla
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2018-07-21 22:11
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Potatoes are planted with the new moon.
Cáit Ní Cathasaigh
Baile-na-nGéan,
Ráth-caola
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2018-07-21 22:10
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Scollops for thatching are cut and pointed with the growth of the new moon.
Cáit Ní Fráthaile
Baile-na-Lacan
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When the moon is, new potatoes are taken out of the ground in Autumn.
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2018-07-21 22:07
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Farmers like to set their corn with the growth of the new moon.
Seán Ó Coistealbha,
Cilcolmáin,
Ráth-caola
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2018-07-21 22:06
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Meat killed with the wane of the moon shrinks "in the boil".

Cáit Ní Fráthaile
Baile-na-Lacan
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2018-07-21 22:05
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When farmers kill pigs for the use of the household, they wait for a new moon or kill with the growth of the moon, and never when the moon is on the wane.
Meat of pigs killed with the growth of the moons swells "in the boil"
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2018-07-21 22:03
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graveyard, sat on a tombstone, and then suddenly disappeared into a grave.
The horse now galloped home and did not slow down once till he reached home.
My grandfather, Lord have mercy on him, often told us this true story.
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2018-07-21 22:02
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About eight years ago, my uncle, Joseph McCormack, Shinglass, Ballymore was going up to my mother's house one evening. A gate leads from the road to the boreen on which my mother lives. The gate was a wooden one and was secured to the post by means of a chain.
When my uncle entered the boreen he shut the gate and fastened the chain. He had not gone far when he heard the chain fall and the gate swing open. Thinking he had not fastened it properly
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2018-07-21 22:00
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The old people in the district say that the sun dances on the walls on Easter Sunday morning to commemorate the resurrection of Our Lord.
Easter is still a great feast and everyone eats as many eggs as he is able on that day. In olden times people were then so poor that they used not eat any eggs during the year but on Easter Sunday they used to make a great feed of them. They used to boast of the number of eggs they used to eat.
In this district they children of the poor people who have no fowl go round the district on Good Friday and Easter Saturday and collect eggs for the feast of Easter
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2018-07-21 21:58
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my uncle retraced his steps and fastened the gate securely. After walking a few yards up the boreen he again heard the chain fall, and the gate swing back. This time he did not go back, but hurried on to mother's house. He went home another route. He firmly believes some spirit opened the gate, for its own purpose. He often tells this story.
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2018-07-21 21:57
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to get him some money by which he and his family went to America. He became very rich there. His people at home never knew how he was getting on until one day a son of his came back to the Glen and sought out his old home. But none of his people were alive they were all lost some years later in the famine and plague that followed it and the land that was formerly his fathers was now a portion of the big ranch in the Landlord estate.
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2018-07-21 21:56
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A young man was very great with a servant girl that worked in this locality. It happened that the girl died, and that the young man did not attend her funeral.
On the night after the funeral the young man was "rambling" in a neighbour's house, and on his way home the dead girl appeared to him, and nearly killed him.
The young man went to the
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2018-07-21 21:55
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There is a well in Poulamona (Poll na Móna) in the townland of Portnahully and the water from it cures warts. People who suffer from warts dip the hand on which the warts are three times in the water. There is another way to cure warts by rubbing the juice of the dandelion to them.
A man named Daniels in Fiddown cures "ringworm". He puts three furze sticks in the fire to redden. He then takes them one by one and makes signs over the ringworm reciting a prayer at the same time.
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2018-07-21 21:55
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During the time of the Famine there was a soup house in the Glen of Aherlow in the townland of Ballynacourtie where the Glen of Aherlow Hotel is now situated. During that time the Catholics had to live on practically nothing and any who wished to have food would get it there on the condition they would become Protestants.
There is a story told about a man named O'Brien in the district. This man died and left all his property to his eldest son but he was to take care of all the other members of the family and look after them as best he could
The others become protestants when they felt the pinch of hunger and asked him to do likewise but he refused. His brothers and sisters ate at the soup-house but he refused even to take the food which they even managed to steal for him and tho he was married he and his family suffered on. He had to leave the place at last as he didn't want to go begging in his own district. He left and when some of his friends heard of his plight hey managed
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2018-07-21 21:53
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It is firmly believed in this neighbourhood, that butter can "be taken" by means of some evil charm. Stories are told of families who had the power of taking the butter, and of those who suffered the loss.
One particular family could never get butter at the churning no matter how carefully the milk was prepared and the work done. They at length complained to the Parish Priest, who told them, that at their next churning, a man would come in, carrying a sack on his shoulders. He would offer to take a "stroke" at the dash. And he would be one of the family who were taking the butter.
Sure enough, at the next churning the man described, came in. He was the very person whom they suspected of taking the butter. It used to be remarked that this man, or his wife, would have very big quantities of butter for the market, though they had only one cow.
It was believed that the priest
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2018-07-21 21:50
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of sallies and were used for feeding cows. The small ones were used for bringing eggs and fish to the market.
A weaver by the name of Fennelly lived in Aglish he made different kinds of sheets. They were of excellent quality and lasted a lifetime in fact the remnants are in some of the houses still.
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2018-07-21 21:50
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or so afterwards James Dillon was arrested for the robbery and was convicted on the evidence of his own workman and served twenty years in Cork gaol. Bill came back to Tipperary for an identification parade. And when he met Dillon he told him that he would not swear on him as his wife made this request. If he had done so Dillon would probably have suffered the supreme penalty.
Collected by Tom Kiely
Streamhill
Aherlow
From his Father
John Kiely
Note
This James Dillon was grandfather to Jerry Kiely Commandant in the IRA who was shot in Lisvernane in 1922
Enrí Mac Eocaidh
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2018-07-21 21:47
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on in Glengrant was shoemaking and a very prosperous one it was because all the shoes were made by hand and there was only one shoemaker in the district.
His name was Robin O'Keeffe and he was my granduncle and he carried on his trade in the house in which I live. He was able to make a pair of shoes every day and he sold them at five shillings for a man's pair and three shillings for a child's pair.
When Robin died his nephew Peter carried on the trade after him until about eight years before his death. He died about twelve years ago. The shoes they made were very flat but were comfortable to walk in.
There was another family of Keeffes in Glengrant and they were weavers. They grew their own flax and they made thread out of it and then then they wove it into sheets and shirts and vests. These articles lasted for over twenty years. This trade was crippled by the English who sent over finer sheets and shirts to Ireland and sold them cheaper than the weavers could possibly sell theirs.
Basket making was carried on in nearly every farmer's house. The "kishes" or baskets were made
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2018-07-21 21:45
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warned the evil doers, and that they subsequently desisted from the practice.
It is not known how the charm or spell was worked. Some say it could be done by milking a neighbour's cows early on a May morning. Others say that the hand of a dead person is got, and that the person working the spell goes through the neighbour's fields, shaking the hand over the cows, while reciting some incantation.
As members of both families are still living in Forgney, names may not be given.
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2018-07-21 21:45
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A notorious land agent named Mr. Bell who was greatly hated by the tenants for this cruelty and tho several attacks were made on his life yet luck was always on his side
One day when was out collecting taxes in the Arlamon district and when he got near the down he dismissed his guards never knowing that he was watched all the time. He had wonderful courage and was a noted shot.
Suddenly without warning of any kind the reins was shot out of his hands and a second shot left his right arm useless. Bill thought that there were five or six men attacking him so he surrendered. Then James Dillon of Arlamon who had paid about £15 that day came out over the wall and demanded all the money collected that day to be given up, saying that if he did not the others would shoot him from behind the wall. Bill gave up the money. He was then ordered to leave the country and was told that if he ever again appeared in the district he would be shot without warning. Bill agreed and after a few days left for Cork. But in a week
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2018-07-21 21:40
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In our tillage in Ballymacallen, Moyvore Co. Westmeath, we often turn up, "Danes' pipes" or pieces of them. They are very small light pipes, like the ordinary clay pipes only on a much smaller scale. There are no traditions about them. The people just say they are the pipes the Danes used when they were in this country.
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2018-07-21 21:38
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A short time ago, my cousin got a Danes' pipe when he was digging his garden at Rath, Abbeyshrule, Co. Longford. He let it fall, and it was broken into little bits.
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2018-07-21 21:37
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My native village of Glengrant was very prolific in tradesmen and craftsmen in olden days. The chief trades were coopering weaving shoemaking and basketmaking. The cooper's name was William Reddy and he made firkins, churns, barrels and buckets out of timber.
He was known to the people of the district as "Will the Cooper" and one of his grand-nephews whose name is also William Reddy lives in the house in which he carried out his trade. Another grand-nephew Patrick Reddy lives at Holycross in County Waterford a distance of about two miles as the crow flies from Glengrant and Patrick's daughter or the cooper's greatgrand niece is the schoolmistress in Mullinavat. Her name is Mrs Crotty.
The cooper was a very important man then because the people brought their milk and butter to the market in firkins. He charged one shilling each for the firkins and buckets and three shillings for the barrels. Now this trade is done away with because the people send their milk to the creamery.
Another trade that was carried
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2018-07-21 21:35
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A magic cat guards a pot of gold buried under a rock on the hill of Clonkeen, on my father's land at Ballymacallen, Moyvore.
The cat is a black one. If anyone could strike the cat with three things - a silk handkerchief, a key, and a ring he would get the gold.
A person who would be anxious to meet the cat would have to go to the hill late at night and call him out. The cat would come out but it is believed that no one could get the better of him, and that he would kill the person that would call him.
A man named Pat Condry tried one night to defeat the cat. But it was never known what happened except that he was got unconscious on the side of the hill next morning.
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2018-07-21 21:35
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Games played in the districk
1. Four Corner Fool
2. Thady. Thady shovel the corn
3. I spy with my little eye
4. Prints
5. Rounders
6. Top flogging
7. Toplegging
8. Bobby Louse
9. Kittles
10. France
11. Hurling
12. Football
13. Grandmother gray
14. May
15. High Gates
16. Green gravel
17. Billy Pookeen
18. Donkey
19. Marbles
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2018-07-21 21:30
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Ever after he was called, "Paidín Cait".
It is about thirty years ago since this happened. He went to America afterwards.
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2018-07-21 21:30
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shooting a landlord in Kilbehenny.
On this occasion he went with three others to Kilbehenny to wait for a landlord who was to be out collecting rents. they shot the Coachman and the two horses and the land agent but somehow the landlord himself escaped, it is thought that he had a coat of mail. Tom Crowe was afterwards captured and the others escaped to Queenstown and then to America. Tome Crowe was hanged. He was over 70 years of age at the time and had given most of his life fighting against the English.
From Ken Walshe
from his father
Dan Walshe
Rossbog
Aherlow
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2018-07-21 21:29
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This is another game something like "Forfeits".
To play this one person sits down, and another puts his head on his lap. The one sitting thumps the back of the other, and says the following rhyme:-
Hurly, burly,
The cow, the spade, the market place.
Simon Nally, hunt the "buck"
How many horns stand up?
The "horns" are the fingers of the person sitting. If the second person guesses right at the first attempt, they both change places.
If he does not guess, someone suggests some hard task for him to do, such as -
"Walk on your knees, four times round the room" or "Laugh in one corner, cry in another, dance in another, and sing in another.
There is great fun, when these tasks are being carried out.
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2018-07-21 21:27
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Tom Crowe was a native of Srough in the parish of Lattin. He and Myles Finnan were the leaders of the Fenians in the Aherlow district during the 67 rising. He was in charge of the Fenians when the Landlord Scully was evicting the people around Ballycohey. In one of those houses they made preparations to resist the evictions. The house was owned by a man named Dwyer and Scully was expected there this morning. They built a loft opposite the door and when the eviction party arrived the peelers rushed in. One of the peelers was shot at the door and one of Scully men named O'Gorman was shot on the floor. The peelers rushed out then but Scully remained at the door. Tome Crowe seeing this rushed down from the loft and levelled on Scully and fired twice and thinking he was shot made his escape. But Scully had a coat of mail and when one of the party shouted to fire at his head he made good his escape. Tom Crowe was afterwards arrested tried and charged in Cork Gaol for
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2018-07-21 21:22
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Alice, my dear, give me the loan of your spear,
To stick the beetle in the door.
With your Wiggity wag,
points pull in.
There was a little dog from the mountain cut.
That's the reason-pull in your foot.
Whoever owns the foot, the last word falls on, pulls in one foot. This goes on until every foot is in but one.
Whoever owns this foot has to guess the name of a bird, which is in the mind of the person with the stick. He is told the first letter of the bird's name.
If he guesses the bird right, the person, who asked him, will have to carry him, to the door and back. If he does not guess right at the first attempt, he must continue guessing for half an hour, and then he is told.
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2018-07-21 21:17
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"Heehum go Meehum," is the name of a game, played round the fire-side on Winter nights, in this locality.
A circle of children sit round the fire, on, chairs or stools, with their feet stretched out, and sometimes big people join in too. One person gets a long stick, and as eh says the following thyme, he tips every foot.
'Heehum go Meehum.
The King went to Meehum.
Lukem. Lucomahom, down a come down.
Heel, haul, foot, go.
Werdle, werdle, limber lock,
Five mice, upon a clock.
They sat, they sang.
Till daylight sprang,
And in came Todd,
With his long rod,
And lashed them all
From heel to haul
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2018-07-21 21:12
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High laced boots and high buttoned boots were very fashionable. The elastic sided boot was very general too. These had no openings in front, but there were elastic gussets set in at the sides which [?] sufficiently to allow the foot in.
The petticoats were made of flannel, and a woman would wear two or three at a time.

The women used to wash their faces in buttermilk to keep the skin fresh and white.
To wash the face in dew on a May morning would have the same effect.
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2018-07-21 21:04
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My grandmother is now eighty-six years old. She has still some remains of clothes she wore when she was a young girl. She had a long black satin skirt; which was so wide that there must have been seven yards of material in it. It was trimmed with bias folds of the satin. The folds went round the skirt near the hem. The skirt trailed on the ground. She had a little steel tongs which would be suspended from the waist by a ribbon and which would hold up the train from the ground.
A bustle helped to support the weight of the skirt at the back. This bustle consisted of a small roll of cloth, like a little bolster. Two tapes secured it to the waist.
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2018-07-21 19:58
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On the main road between Monkstown and Perrott's Spout there is a sharp corner. This corner is between the glen corner and the road which leads to the golf-course. To the left of this corner is an old sand-quay and between the quay and the corner there is a railroad. Very nearly opposite it across the river is a gas works.
In the olden days when the Irish regiments were going to the Crimean War they has to come to Monkstown because it was from there they embarked. With the soldiers came their relatives to bid them farewell. After farewells were given the relatives gathered at the above mentioned corner to view the ship as it sailed away. When the ship was disappearing they started to cry and mourn loudly. Sometimes they used caoin and make such noise that the people of the district called the corner Hullabuloo Corner.
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2018-07-21 19:38
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There is a little stream on the side of the road between Glin and Ballyhahill called Abha na spraid. Long ago a ghost used to be seen there every night. She used to be seen coming there in the form of a ball of fire. One night she attacked a tramp who was passing that way. The tramp fought her fiercely for a long time but at last she killed him. The parish priest of Glin was then sent for. When the priest came the ghost was standing there before him. The priest took a little book out of his pocket and kept reading for about ten minutes. Then he stopped and he asked the ghost why she was coming there. The ghost said that she tore the hair of her mother's head. The priest said that that was not what damed her. He asked her again why she was
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 19:20
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One fine Sunday a certain man went walking along Doon Cliffs. He sat down and fell asleep. As he was waking up he heard the crowd of the good people around him. They were saying they would take him with them. One of them said that they could not because he had a needle stuck in his coat that had never sown a stitch. Another said he would go over to Cathair Lahardane for a herb to cut the needle. The devil of you will said the man for I'll be over before you and he ran home.
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2018-07-21 19:04
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hens were. He told the woman to come out and he asked her why did not she go in to the first house and she said that there was feet water thrown out in front of the door. He asked her why did not she go in to the second house and she said that there was a March Cock in the house and in this house she said the devil was there before her. Then the priest read over her and she disappeared through the roof in flashes.
To cure a child of hiccoughs. Give it three drops of water in the name of The Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
No wheel should turn St. Martin's Day in honour of St. Martin who was killed by tying him to a wheel and dragged along.
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2018-07-21 18:53
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One night a priest was on a sick call and he saw a bad woman's spirit going to the door of a house but did not go in. Then on to next house but did not go in. At the third house the man and wife were fighting and she went in there. The priest went in also. In the kitchen there was a hen coop and the hens were very excited. The bad woman's spirit was inside in the coop. The priest asked her why did she not go into the first house and she said the "feetwater" was on the doorstep and she could not go in. In the next house there was a March cock and she could not go there either. But the devil was in the third house so she could go in there. Then the priest read over her and banished her.
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2018-07-21 18:37
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This was usually played on the strand when the tide was far out.
Sometimes played cross country Parish v. Parish or Townland v. Townland. The hurleys were made of ash or whitethorn. Made by the men themselves at home and were bigger than the Present day ones. The ball was of GuttaPercha and was about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
Mat Griffin, Tom [?], Tom Loyns and Mike Gorman were outstanding players.
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2018-07-21 18:34
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Casting was a great Sunday passtime. A crowd of men met and selected a fair sized stone. Each tried how far he could put the stone.
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2018-07-21 18:32
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This was usually played on the strand when the tide was far out.
Sometimes played cross country Pansh v. Pansh or Townland v. Townland. The hurleys were made of ash or whitethorn. Made by the men themselves at home and were bigger than the Present day ones. The ball was of GuttaPercha and was about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
Mat Griffin, [?] [?], [?] Loyns and Mike Gorman were outstanding players.
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2018-07-21 18:18
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coloured caps. The ball in these times was a pig's or cow's bladder and leather cover. It was fill with a goose quill.
Ballybunion won this match. R. Stack and S. Loyns were best players.
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2018-07-21 18:17
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coloured caps. The ball in these times was a pig's or cow's bladder and leather cover. It was fill with a goose quill.
Ballybunion won this match. R. Stack and S. Loyns were best players.
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2018-07-21 18:16
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coloured caps. The ball in these times was a pig's or cow's bladder and leather cover. It was fill with a goose quill.
Ballybunion won this match. R. Stack and S. Loyns were best players.
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2018-07-21 18:14
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coloured caps. The ball in these times was a pig's or cow's bladder and leather cover. It was fill with a goose quill.
Ballybunion won this match. R. Stack and S. Loyns were best players.
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2018-07-21 18:05
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coloured caps. The ball in these times was a pig's or cow's bladder and leather cover. It was fill with a goose quill.
Ballybunion won this match. R. Stack and S. Loyns were best players.
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2018-07-21 18:00
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The proper time to wash the hair is on the eve of a First Friday.
If you go into a house and they are making a churn give a few turns to the churn so that you won't take the butter.
A cure for ring worm is the blood from the tail of a black cat.
To cure a stye in your eye rub your fasting spit to it.
If a woman loses her wedding ring she will have bad luck.
If a picture falls from the wall this very unlucky and sign of death.
The first time a woman gets up after confinement is on Sunday even if were only for a minute.
It is not right to look in a mirror in the dark. You may see the Devil.
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2018-07-21 17:53
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It is a sign of bad luck to break the ware and of seven years misfortune to break the looking glass.
To spill the salt is the sign that you will have a row with some one but if you throw a pinch over your left shoulder you won't have any row.
Kill the dara daol with your thumb nails and you'll smell apple from them.
When you go into a neighbour's house leave by the door you entered.
What feast falls in winter that we fast for in Autumn.
(D. O Connor. Barracks)
Let the baby three times on Good Friday before feeding.
Never bolt the door Little Christmas Night.
It is unlucky to remove on Saturday.
Saturday's [?] makes short sitting.
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2018-07-21 17:41
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Five for silver Six for gold
Seven for a story that shall ne'er be told.
(Song of the Magpies)
Don't visit a sick person when coming from or going to a funeral.
A funeral never took the short cut to the Church Yard.
When a corpse is brought to the church Yard the funeral does not proceed direct to the grave but goes around the Grave Yard till a point is reached opposite the grave and then turns in to the grave.
It is a sign of good luck when a honey bee comes into the house and to kill him brings bad luck to the occupants.
A fisherman would regard it as a sign of bad luck for the year if he took a drowned person into his boat.
The "falling sickness" epileptic fits. Don't go from one side of a person in this fit by crossing his feet but around by the head.
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2018-07-21 17:33
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A cure for craos galar is to let a person who never saw his father breathe for nine mornings on the sick person.
Don't pull the roots of flowers during the month of May.
A person once wanted dandelion but because of this could not pull it so he got the cock and put the cock's legs around the dandelion and pulled it. That night the cock fell off his perch and was killed.
On New Year's morning it is very unlucky to meet a brown haired person especially a brown haired woman. It is very lucky if a black man comes into the house the first on New Year's Day.
If you pay out money on New Year's day you'll be paying it out for the year.
When the gulls come into the land it is a sign of a storm.
To see a lone magpie is very unlucky.
One for sorry. Two for joy.
Three to get married, and Four to die.
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2018-07-21 17:32
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A cure for craos galar is to let a person who never saw his father breathe for nine mornings on the sick person.
Don't pull the roots of flowers during the month of May.
A person once wanted dandelion but because of this could not pull it so he got the cock and put the cock's legs around the dandelion and pulled it. That night the cock fell off his perch and was killed.
On New Year's morning it is very unlucky to meet a brown haired person especially a brown haired woman. It is very lucky if a black man comes into the house the first on New Year's Day.
If you pay out money on New Year's day you'll be paying it out for the year.
When the gulls come into the land it is a sign of a storm.
To see a lone magpie is very unlucky.
One for sorry. Two for joy.
Three to get married, and Four to die.
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2018-07-21 17:26
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A cure for craos galar is to let a person who never saw his father breathe for nine mornings on the sick person.
Don't pull the roots of flowers during the month of May.
A person once wanted dandelion but because of this could not pull it so he got the cock and put the cock's legs around the dandelion and pulled it. That night the cock fell off his perch and was killed.
On New Year's morning it is very unlucky to meet a brown haired person especially a brown haired woman. It is very lucky if a black man comes into the house the first on New Year's Day.
If you pay out money on New Year's day you'll be paying it out for the year.
When the gulls come into the land it is a sign of a storm.
To see a lone magpie is very unlucky.
One for sorry. Two for joy.
Three to get married, and Four to die.
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2018-07-21 16:24
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connected with this well. It is (some) believed that a mam named Courtney who owned the field tried to prohibit people from entering the field and he became a cripple after. There is also another story attached to it. It is said that a woman once took water from it to boil potatoes, but when she reached home she found it was turned into bloody. Some of those stories may appear to be legends but the people in Dunleer strongly protest especially the older generation say that they are quite true.
Received from -:
Patrick King
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2018-07-21 16:20
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Holy Wells
Cappoge Well
1. If you proceed northwards about one and a half miles down the main road and turn in a direction up a lane there you will find situated in the nearest field a well which is called after the Blessed Virgin.
2. This well is believed to be a holy one as it rises on the fifteenth day of August every year which as we all know as the feast of Our Lady. Every year people visit this well which is shaded by a large tree and watch the water going down while they recite the rosary.
3. There are some stories
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2018-07-21 15:58
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down on lid of churn, while churning was in progress.
The old dash churn is still in use here, where quantity of milk is small. The long handle coming up through the lid is called the churn-staff and the part that beats the milk is called the "dash". On top of lid and around staff there is a cup-shaped piece of wood to prevent the milk from splashing. this is called the "cup".
The churn, at about 9 or 10 ins. from the top had a "waist" on it. It was rather wider at the bottom than at the top.
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2018-07-21 15:54
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It is very commonly believed that butter can be taken by the neighbours by witchcraft. No matter how long milk would be churned, no butter would result. It is believed that this power is generally exercised on May Eve in particular, but might also be made use of at other times. To prevent it, quickbeam was stuck down in every tillage field. this served a double purpose - prevented butter being taken and prevented crops being taken.
There were also charms to prevent butter being taken. One such was - a ring was made of rushes and put under vessel in which there was the cream. Certain words were said. Some hold that ring of rushes was put
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 15:44
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the milk against the side of the churn when the churning is complete - it would have a washy, empty sound that it had not before. If there's any doubt, you can take out the spigot and allow out a little of the milk. The appearance of this buttermilk is entirely different from that of the cream.
In taking off the butter the buttermilk is first drained out at the spigot. Take cap off churn and pour in spring water. The churn is then worked backwards and forwards to rinse butter. Butter then taken out at cap and put in a tub and washed. Salt is then added.
Buttermilk given to animals or used to bake bread.
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2018-07-21 15:40
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Holly Lake
There is a lake in Ballincrae outside Waterford town. There is a story about how it was formed. One day when some men were playing hurly, an old woman who had a great dislike to all the men came along.
She thought of a plan to get them away from the field. When they were resting at half-time she went up to one of them and said "Do you want a drink"? He replied that he did so she told him to go over to some rushes. He did so and immediately water began to spurt forth.
Whe the man had drank his fill, he tried to replace the rush but he failed to do so. Soon the place became flooded and it formed a lake, as it is to-day.
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2018-07-21 15:36
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We use a barrel churn supported on 2 axles bolted on at each end. It is about 33ins. from axle to axle and 2ft in diameter. Bought from cooper, O'Halloran of Playhouse Lane, Limerick about 5 years ago. Fans or beaters inside do the churning. Fans are fixed to inside of churn. churn turns and drives milk against the fans.
We churn twice a week in summer and once in winter. The man of the house makes the churn (churns). A stranger coming in always gives help, but he'd take the luck out of the house. It takes about one hour in cold weather to churn and about 3 hours in close warm weather as the work must be done slowly lest butter should be too soft.
You'd recognise by the wash of
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2018-07-21 15:36
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"Mo thruagh thú" ar san fear leis "do bhí taidhbhreamh agam dá raghainn go Ciarraidhe go raibh bothán in áit na nglaodhtar Gort na Sceiche go raibh tor ag fás ar bheann an tigh agus go raibh corcán óir fé'n gcrann.
Ní dubhairt sé aon fhocal ach do chuaidh sé abhaile agus chuaidh sé go dtí an tor agus fuair sé corcán óir agus bhí sé go shásta agus bhí sé an-saidhbhir i gcaitheamh a shaoghail.
Eibhlín Ní Griobhtha
Ceann-Earach,
Gleann-bheithe.
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2018-07-21 15:35
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A Story about St, Patrick
One day while St. Patrick was in Ballinacrae outside the town of Waterford a chieftain invited him to a feast. The chieftain wanted to make game of him so he roasted a greyhound for him. The chieftain was going to make a jeer of St. Patrick when he would eat a dog. When St Patrick came into the house he sat down and blessed himself. The greyhound suddenly jumped up and ran out through the door. Then St Patrick said that from that day forward Balllinacrae would never be without a fool or a "Oinseac."
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2018-07-21 15:30
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Why Gipsies Are Poor
One day whilest [sic] St Patrick was on Slieve Mis he found a piece of gold. Not knowing what it was he asked a Gipsy what it was. The Gypsy coveted the gold and he said that it was only a piece of tin. Patrick did not trust the Gipsy so he went to a blacksmith. The blacksmith told him what it was so he blessed the blacksmith gave him the gold and departed. Ever since then gipies [sic] have had to live a hard life.
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2018-07-21 15:29
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but before he had gone far, he found his master dead by the roadside. So they discovered the meaning of "the cocks message".
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2018-07-21 15:28
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The Cock's Message
In a gentleman's house in Danesfort many years ago, it happened one day that most of the servant's were in the kitchen.
Suddenly a cock came to the door and started to crow, one of the servants put it away. The servant had no sooner got back into the kitchen, when the cock arrived again, and began to crow even louder than the first time. Again the servant put him away, but the cock returned for the third time and crowed even louder still.
The lady of the house had arrived by this time and fearing for the safety of her husband, she sent one of the sevants to meet him coming from the fair The sevant started out,
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2018-07-21 15:27
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The Cock's Message
In a gentleman's house in Danesfort many years ago, it happened one day that most of the servant's were in the kitchen.
Suddenly a cock came to the door and started to crow, one of the servants put it away. The servant had no sooner got back into the kitchen, when the cock arrived again, and began to crow even louder than the first time. Again the servant put him away, but the cock returned for the third time and crowed even loider still.
The lady of the house had arrived by this time and fearing for the safety of her husband, she sent one of the sevants to meet him coming from the fair The sevant started out
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2018-07-21 15:22
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you step across him back the other way.
You shouldn't carry anything on your shoulder out of a dwelling house. Wait until you get to the door to put it on.
Don't go to see a sick person on a Sunday unless you have been to see him some other day previously or otherwise he won't get well.
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2018-07-21 15:22
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Cures
Some people say that Cahill's blood will cure ringworm. Others say that Walsh's blood will cure it.
To cure warts squeeze the milk out of the weed called "Rabbit's milk" on the wart. A few applications will suffice.
The water or milk in which "ground ivy" (an herb which grows on ditches and creeps along the ground) is boiled will cure a cough.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away but an onion a day keeps the whole world away.
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2018-07-21 15:21
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Lady's Well
Lady's Well is in Danesfort. It is said that Our Lady appeared there. There are stones in the well called "blood stones" and also at times red spots are seen on the leaves of the bushes growing beside the well. These are said to be marks of the blood of a priest who was killed there during the Penal times.
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2018-07-21 15:21
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not put rowley bowley as it was before - An egg.
How could you fill a barrel that would make it lighter than it was before you - To fill it with holes.
A car has what it don't want but it can't go without it - Noise.
Under water I do travell on a ship - board I do stand, I rode a mare that never foaled and I carried the bridle in my hand - A ship.
Under water and over water and never touches the water - An egg in a duck.
Two n's two o's and L and a D, put them together and spell them for me - London.
It went up the stairs black and white and it came down read - A letter.
Genny white pettycoat, Genny (white) red nose the longer she lives the shorter she grows - A candle.
As round as a marble as flat as a pan the shape of a woman and the shape of a man - A penny.
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2018-07-21 15:21
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Pishogues
You shouldn't strike anybody with an elder stick. If you do he will not grow any bigger unless you strike him three times.
If you step across a person while he's lying down he won't grow unless
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2018-07-21 15:20
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Local Sayings
There's favour in Hell.
That you may live long and die happy and that your shin bone may cut tobacco.
The Lord may leather you while the weather is fine.
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2018-07-21 15:19
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if it's soft it's a woman.
If a knife falls it's a sign of a gentleman coming to you; if a fork falls it's the sign of a lady visitor coming to you, and if a spoon falls it's the sign of a child visitor coming to you.
If you break a looking - glass you will have seven year bad luck.
To spill salt is unlucky.
If there is a bell in your ear it's a sign of some soul wanting a prayer from you.
If you let a glove fall it's a disappointment, and who ever picks it up will get a surprise.
If your lace is open there's somebody thinking of you.
If you lose a pin it's a sign that you're losing a friend.
If the fire does not light easy for you it's a sign that somebody has a bad heart for you.
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2018-07-21 15:19
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The following were collected by Seamus Shortall from his mother Mrs. J. Shortall, Johns St. Kilkenny.
If the fire lights to one side it's the sign of someone going out of the house.
If your right ear is warm it's the sign of someone speaking good and if your left ear is warm it's the sign of someone speaking bad about you.
If you meet a red haired woman first thing in the morning it's the sign of bad luck for the day.
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2018-07-21 15:16
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The following cures were got by Thomas Walsh from his mother Mrs. J. Walsh of John's Quay.
When you have a cough run in under an ass's belly or eat sally grass for a couple of days and it will get all right.
Chilblains are cured by taking water from a forge without letting anyone see you.
Rheumatism is cured by stinging yourself with a nettle for nine nights.
A cure for a cold is to get scalded butter milk and drink it.
A cure for a cold on your chest is get brown paper and a blessed candle, and leave it on your chest.
A cure for a cough is get the stocking you are wearing and put the sole of it around your neck.
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2018-07-21 15:16
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The following cures were got by Paddy Hayes from his mother Mrs. Elizabeth Hayes of Wolfe Tone Street, Kilkenny.
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2018-07-21 15:15
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The following cures were got by John Deegan from his mother Mrs. Mary Deegan of Newpark, Kilkenny.
A wart is cured by putting a fasting spit and bread soda for nine mornings on it.
I once had three warts on my hand and I got straws of hay and put one piece of hay to a wart and a piece of hay on the fire and the warts went.
A cure for sore eyes is to put the dew of the grass for six mornings.
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2018-07-21 15:14
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get a cut put them on the cut and they will cure it.
Drink the water in which flaxseed is boiled and it will cure a cough.
A mustard poultice will cure a backache.
An ivy leaf will cure a corn.
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2018-07-21 15:14
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The following cures were got by Martin Bates from his mother Mrs. Mary Bates of Military Barracks, Kilkenny.
Chick-weed is a good cure for for the whooping cough.
The milk of dandelions is good for biles.
To bleed your nose is very good for a headache.
Paraffin oil cures chilblains.
To get a dog to lick a wart cures it.
Yellow meal is very good for yellow jaundice boiled in water.
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2018-07-21 15:12
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The following cures were got by Brendan Clooney from his father William Clooney of Maudlin Street Kilkenny.
Cough. Drink the milk after boiling nettles in it.
Measles. Sheep droppings rubbed on the chest.
Warts. A fasting spit rubbed to them.
Rheumatism. Turpentine put to it.
Chilblains. Wash your feet in forge water.
Headache. A cold stone put to the forehead.
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cottage which she loved so well, the last day of the time she allowed to stay in the cottage soon came around and Katie was preparing to leave her home. Then suddenly a small voice bade her stay and out of a hole in the wall came the king and queen of the fairies the leprecaun and many more faries.
Just then the landlord drove up in his coach, and the queen went over to him and said, !If you do not give your castle and earthly goods to Katie Mc Moore you shall be bewitched as long as you may live." The landlord who was afraid willingly gave the castle and every he owned to Katie who settled down to a new life of comfort and luxury. She gave much of her money to religious requirements, and later her name was given to a street.
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Old Sayings
God be good to you, a form of thanks used by some persons when they'r getting alms.
God bless us and save us, used by persons when they hear of some tragic happening.
Shes as good as gold.
It's as right as rain, or it's as firm as a rock.
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away she flew crying! crying! Oh! what awful wailing is still in my ears. I hurried home through the hills and arrived at last at the homestead. I expected to her the music and mirth of a joyous gathering inside.
"My God." No. There was the bare cottage the door flung wide, four lights burned. Breathless I rushed inside. "Merciful God" twas my mother dead! Dead and white as the fallen leaves, with my brothers and sisters kneeling at her bedside. In the distance I could hear the faint cry of the Banshee and with the echo dying! dying! dying! in my ears I kissed the cold lips of my dead mother."
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Old Sayings
On entering a house a person says God save all here. The answer is God save you kindly, or Céad míle fáilte romhat.
God bless the mark. is used when one person is talking about a crippled person or someone is disabled in some way.
He's as bold as brass.
That's there since Adam was a boy.
He's as old as the hills.
Sure, he's as blind as a bat, and as deaf as a beetle.
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it hops in the road like hailstone? A magpie.
I have a little house and a mouse would not fit in it and all the men in the town could not count all the windows in it. - A thimble.
Long legs crooked thies, small head and no eyes - A tongs.
I went up the road and down the road and I carried the road in my back - A ladder.
Houseful and roomful and you could not take a spoonful - Smoke.
It is withing every day and abroad every night - A latch of a door.
Twenty four white cows tied in a stall the red cow came and licked them all - your teeth and your tongue.
A white goose and a grey goose were there one night, the black fox came without any legs and ate them without any mouth. - The frost and the snow and the rain came and swallowed them all.
Rowley bowley sat on the wall rowley bowley got a great fall a hundred men and as many women could
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the sod in the cart and drove into town, and every public house he came to he stoped the ass, and standing up on the sod of earth he had his drinks brought out to him. In this manner he was able to drink without breaking the pledge.
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Fairy Story
In the townsland of Glendine about a mile outside the City of Kilkenny situate in Wildsons fields is Nowlans Rath. About half a century ago two women were gathering sticks in Wildsons fields near Nowlan's Rath, when they saw another woman looking in through the window of an empty house which was also in the fields.
Thinking she was some stranger gathering wood like themselves they started to walk towards her, but, before they could reach her she started to walk before them. Their curiosity was by this time aroused so they followed along behind until she walked into Nowlans Rath.
Still thinking she was some stranger they hurried after her to tell her it was a rath, and that she should no go in, there was no sign of her anywhere. She was never seen again.
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2018-07-21 15:08
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The Fairy Horse-Men
One moon light night a man named Mike Walsh was returning from a dance in the village of Dunmore. Mike was walking as was the custom of olden days. Unless a man could afford a horse, he had to travel by foot.
He was walking along the 'Comer Road when suddenly about ten mounted horsemen jumped the ditch of Nowlans rath. Although he could see no horse-men he heard some one shout on straight for Knocktopher. He saw the horses wheel around and go as swiftly as possible across country.
The horses continued on at full speed and although he watched them until they were lost to his sight he saw no riders, nor could he hear the pounding of the horses hoofs. They were never seen again or in the surrounding countryside.
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Old Sayings
There's no good a fish in the sea as ever was caught. This tirm is used in match making for example:- There is a match being made between A and B for some fault of A's the match is broken. B then remarks; Ther is a better fish in the sea.etc.
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St were leading by two points. Then they got a little rest and after a few minutes the whistle blew and they lined up. Walkin St increased more, so at full time Walkin St won by three goals and two points.
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2018-07-21 15:03
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Andy Coughlan, 19 Walkin St. Kilkenny.
This is an account of a match played long ago.
The teams were Johnswell and the Light-House Hill.The captain's name of Johnswell was Michael Murphy Johnswell Kilkenny. The captaain of the Light-House Hill was John Gleeson 71 upper WalkinSt, Kilkenny. The game was played in the year 1914. At that time there were twenty one men a team. As well as goal posts there were point posts so it was easy to score a point. The ball was much heavier and bigger than at present. The game was played at Clohosey's field, Callan Road Kilkenny. The referee was Jack Wialliams Walkin St Kilkenny. The captain and Patrick Bourke Walkin St Kilkenny were best for the Light-House Hill, and the captain and Joseph Higgins were best for Johnswell. There was a large crowd there because hurling was not so common as it is at present. At half time the Light-House Hill team had the lead of two points and the final score was Johnswell 2 goals 8 points and the Light-House Hill 3 goals 7 points.
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not do what he was told to do he would not get back his forfeit. The game goes on like that until all the forfeits are gone. There is often a good deal of fun at this game, and it all depends on the thing that a person is told to do in order to get his forfeit.
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2018-07-21 15:01
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William McCormac, Black Quarry, Kilkenny.
Bull in the Ring.
A crowd of boys gather together on the street. They join their hands together. Then one boy gets in the middle says: "Where is the key of the garden," and the other boys say "Ask your next door neighbour". When he comes to the last boy that boy says; "Get out the way you got in". Then the boy in the middle tries to burst out through the other boys and when he gets through them they follow him. The person that catches him is in the middle next. They keep on playing until they get tired. That game is played in winter. The boy in the middle is called the "Bull".
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2018-07-21 14:59
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What is it that the more you take out of it the bigger it gets? A hole.
It went to London and it stopped there it came home because it did not go there.
A watch.
What is the difference between a cat and a coma? A coma is a pause the end of a clause, and a cat has his claws at the end of his paws.
What is the difference between a school master and a post master? The school master licks with a stick and the post master sticks with a lick.
What band has no buckle? A band of soldiers.
What is the weight of the moon? A hundred-weight or four quarters.
What goes alround the wood and never gets through it? The bark.
Why is a horse like a bar of toffee? because the more you lick it the quicker it goes.
Why is the letter k like a pig's tail. Because it is at the end of pork.
What has four legs and one foot? A bed.
Why is a christmas cake like an ocean? Because it is full of currents.
As black as ink as white as milk and
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2018-07-21 14:46
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hour of her life she became a wife and she died before she was born? - Eve.
A wee, wee pony grey and slim, a long, long, wooly tail growing out of him, a little man with a brass hood driving him all through the wood. A needle and thread and a thimble.
Why is a sailor in hospital like a bind man? The sailor cannot go to sea and the blind man cannot see to go.
Which is it the man with one eye or the man with two eyes that can see the most? The man with one eye, because he can see two eyes in the other man and the other man can see only one eye on him.
When is a horse not a horse? When she is turned into a stable.
What turns without moving? The road.
What is the easiest county to draw? Cork, because you could draw it out of a bottle.
What is always behind time? The back of the clock.
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2018-07-21 14:32
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When milk happens to be spilled at milking time they say "there was some one waiting for it".
When the cow calves, the calf is given to her to lick, salt and holy water being first sprinkled on calf.
The first of the [?] is thrown into the fire. If it is bloody, some of it is sprinkled on a whitethorn bush. When the cow [cleans?] the cleaning should be thrown on a whitethorn bush.
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2018-07-21 14:26
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hasp, which is made by smith. There was once a custom of burning the hair off the udder of a newly calved cow with a blessed candle - for luck.
Cows sometimes lose their milk thro' "worm in the tail". This disease always occurs in the part of the tail covered with long hair. The tail gets so weak at one point that you would think it was only the skin was holding it. To cure, the hair on one side is cut as bare as possible with scissors. A cut about 9 ins. long is made in this with a knife, so deep that the blood comes. Salt is then rubbed in and wound bound up with cloth.
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2018-07-21 14:22
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Where did the first cock crow that all in the world heard him?
In Noe's ark.
Where was the the first candle lit? -
In the wick.
How many wells would make a river?
One if it was big enough.
Twenty sheep went out a gap, twenty more followed them, a shepherd and his dog followed that, how many feet went out the gap?
Two.
A man from Ulster sent to his a bottomless vessel to put her flesh into it? - A ring.
There were four corners in a room and opposite every corner sat a cat and and opposite every cat sat a cat and opposite every cat's tail sat a cat, how many cats is that? - Four.
In a garden was laid a beautiful maid, she was as sweet as the flowers of the morning, at the
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placed about 6 or 8 inches from the first post. The lower end is placed in a loose mortise in lower beam. Overhead in top beam there is a long mortise. The runner is inside this mortise and travels along it. The runner is opened out to let in cow's head. When head is in it is shot back and fixed in position. This fixing may be done in two ways. Some place a peg at back of it. Others use an iron hasp which is attached to top beam and comes down on runner from overhead. Just underneath the top beam there is a shoulder on the runner to keep it from coming up when the stall is closed. All fittings made at home except
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2018-07-21 14:10
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Our farm animals - cows, calves, yearlings, two and three year olds.
We drive out cattle by shouting labie, labie" and when calling in we say "tween, tween". Calling calves we say "suck, suck". We call their house - cow-house. Bedding - straw or rushes.
Tying cattle - all stalls.
Making stalls - two beams running from wall to wall, one along ground, the other at a height a little greater than that of cow. At each cow's stand there is an upright post from lower beam to upper one. This one is stationary, and mortised into with beams. what is called a runner is
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2018-07-21 14:04
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the Danes was killed there. The bush is left undisturbed in the middle of a field and no one would dream of interfering with it.
They say that a spirit in the shape of a turkey-cock appears there.
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2018-07-21 13:59
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On the road between the school and Urlingford there are two "monuments.
One is a cross inserted in the wall very near the school. A man was killed accidentally long ago.
The other is a bush known as the "monuments Bush". It is near the bog and it is said that one of
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2018-07-21 13:57
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This is a description of hedge school given by Mrs Ellen Brosnan who was personally represented there. There was a hedge school held at Portduff. The master was an old disabled man called Denis Murphy and had very many pupils both boys and girls. The furniture consisted of a long table in the middle of the school, and planks raised from the floor by stones. It was almost impossible to get books or slates. The subjects taught were, reading, writing, spelling, and arithmetic - proportion, practice, exchange, profit and loss. There was no grammar or geography.
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2018-07-21 13:54
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in the furze.
And though he is little his family is great.
Cheer up Mrs __ and give us a treat.
The people espicially the children are delighted to see them and give them money. They go around in parties of six or seven and they devide the money at the end of the Day.
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2018-07-21 13:52
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On Stephen's Day the boys and grown up men dress up in all sorts of disguises and go around from house to house singing, playing music and dancing.
Some of them wear masks some blacken their faces and they wear the queerest clothes. They put on girls blouses and skirts bits of lace curtains hats wrong side out and up side down and old skirts out side their coats.
They play all sorts of musical instruments mouth-organs tin whistles flutes melodions and fiddles. They are often recognised by the instruments they play, as some of the boys in the district are very good musicians.
This is the song they sind
The wren the wren.
The king of all birds.
St Stephen's Day was caught
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The kinds of bread made locally long ago were barley bread and oaten bread, and the baker's white loaf and wheaten bread of the present day were unheard of. The bread was baked in the peoples' houses.
The barley and oats which were used in making this bread were grown in the district. The people in the district threshed it with flails and got the grain ground in the watermills at Slade and Milltown. These watermills were built on the banks of a river, which flows through the village. The walls and millstones were still to be seen, but the mills are not in use. The walls are built of bricks which were made in this district and the millstones are made of granite. In some of the farmer's houses, the grain was ground in small handmills, called querns.
The different kinds of bread made were barley bread and oaten bread. Salt and soda were mixed with the meal and they were wet with buttermilk. Bread was baked about twice every week. The vessels in which bread was baked were griddles
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2018-07-21 13:50
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Bread used locally long ago
The kinds of bread made locally long ago were barley bread and oaten bread, and the baker's white loaf and wheaten bread of the present day were unheard of. The bread was baked in the peoples' houses.
The barley and oats which were used in making this bread were grown in the district. The people in the district threshed it with flails and got the grain ground in the watermills at Slade and Milltown. These watermills were built on the banks of a river, which flows through the village. The walls and millstones were still to be seen, but the mills are not in use. The walls are built of bricks which were made in this district and the millstones are made of granite. In some of the farmer's houses, the grain was ground in small handmills, called querns.
The different kinds of bread made were barley bread and oaten bread. Salt and soda were mixed with the meal and they were wet with buttermilk. Bread was baked about twice every week. The vessels in which bread was baked were griddles
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Bread used locally long ago
The kinds of bread made locally long ago were barley bread and oaten bread, and the baker's white loaf and wheaten bread of the present day were unheard of. The bread was baked in the peoples' houses.
The barley and oats which were used in making this bread were grown in the district. The people in the district threshed it with flails and got the grain ground in the watermills at Slade and Milltown. These watermills were built on the banks of a river, which flows through the village. The walls and millstones were still to be seen, but the mills are not in use. The walls are built of bricks which were made in this district and the millstones are made of granite. In some of the farmer's houses, the grain was ground in small handmills, called querns.
The different kinds of bread made were barley bread and oaten bread. Salt and soda were mixed with the meal and they were wet with buttermilk. Bread was baked about twice every week. The vessels in which bread was baked were griddles.
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2018-07-21 13:46
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oBrien but was locally called "cold morning." The teachers were called "poor scholars at that time and sometimes used to lodge in the houses of the pupils whom they taught.
The Master's used to slap at that time with blackthorn sticks on a snowny morning too.
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2018-07-21 13:43
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"Hedge Schools" existed in Castleisland's surrounding districts at one time. One at Portduff where Murphy was teacher and the children not like now had to bring a half crown a quarter and their own seats.
Another one was held at Garrett Flemings room at Dulague and the name of the teacher was Fleming, no class was higher than third at that time.
Another one was held also in one of "Paddy Cremmins cowhouses at Meenganaire the name of the teacher was
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2018-07-21 13:42
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and pot-ovens. Bread was baked in a griddle, by reddening a pot lid and putting it down on the griddle. When baked like this, it was not necessary to turn the cake.
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2018-07-21 13:37
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English, Irish, Arithmetic, Geography, Reading and Writing were taught in these hedge schools. The pupils never wrote on paper or with pencils as we do, but wrote on slates and with chalk. They had no desks to rest the slates on, but stools served them just as well.
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2018-07-21 13:36
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One night in the winter of 1886, a ship called the Sirus came ashore near Carnsore Point. She was engaged in the regular cross-channel trade between Liverpool and Waterford, and was carrying passengers and general cargo.
At about 10pm in a howling south westerly gale, she struck. The seas were mountainous, and a crowd of people who had assembled on the beach, were helpless. One of her boilers exploded, blowing up the saloon deck and sweeping a number of her passengers to destruction. She then turned broadside, was swept by heavy seas, and became a total wreck.
The dark night was illuminated by blazing rockets. No boat could be launched and the helpless people jumped into the sea and grasped whatever they could to carry them ashore. Seventeen lives were lost and the next day, people helped in collecting the bodies strewn along the beach. They were drawn away in donkey carts. A number of local men are contemplating an effort to raise the wreck.
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2018-07-21 13:35
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Woods gift - the "big house" of this district was in Penal Times in the possession of the St George Family (Cromwellian Planters) The occupier at one period (close of 18th century) was a "broad minded docent man" and had a house built on the estate where the Catholics of the district heard Mass. My informant told me that while the people were under the protection of the Landlord the soldiers would not bother them". When the St George above mentioned died he was succeeded by a bigot and the "church" was turned into a stable by him.
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2018-07-21 13:35
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Long ago in this district were two hedge schools. One was in Portduff and the other in Dulague. Master Murphy who was a cripple taught in Dulague hedge-school. Though his pupils often tried to play on him they seldom succeeded as he had a very long whip which reached to every pupil who was ranged around him. John O'Connor was the teacher in Portduff school at the corner of a field in his own land. Neither of these teachers had a home of his own; but they lodged in twins with their pupils. They were not paid by the Government to teach, but each pupil had to pay 3/- per quarter for his teaching.
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2018-07-21 13:28
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received. He punished the children when necessary with a bamboo rod.
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2018-07-21 13:27
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with chalk for they had not even a desk, but roughly constructed seats to write on.
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2018-07-21 13:27
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Two hedge-schools existed in this district about sixty years ago. One of them was in Dulague in a shed of Tom Flemings and the other was in the house of John O'Connor. Master Murphy was the name of the teacher who was teaching in Dulague and he was a cripple. John O'Connor was the name of the teacher in Portduff and he held his school in his own cow-house. These teachers were not paid by the Government, but each pupil had to pay three shillings a quarter.
The subjects he taught were Writing, Reading, Geography and Arithmetic. The pupils never wrote on copies with pen or pencil, but on a slate
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2018-07-21 13:21
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The next night the same thing happened and when they found him in the morning he was dead.
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2018-07-21 13:20
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There was once a man who lived in Cordal and he never came in early at night.
It was always twelve o'clock when he returned home. and one night he looked back and he saw a black woman following him. He hurried as quick as he could home, but when he came to the door he knocked and he heard no answer.
So he sat down on the door-step, and fell fast asleep until morning and when he woke up he went home as if nothing happened.
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2018-07-21 13:16
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for the great sporting event of the year.
In later times, in the early seventies, the races used be held in the townlands between the new and old Limerick roads, from the boundaries to the farms of the Kellihers and Tuomeys of Clounack - a regular cross-country steeplechase.
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2018-07-21 13:13
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About seventy or eighty years ago the Castleisland races used to be held at Ballyplymoth, where, regularly every year the people of East Kerry never failed to meet. It used to be a great time for the people of the parishes of Castleisland, Scartaglin, Clogher, Knocknagoshel, and Brosna, for many from Abbeyfeale, and of course hundreds came from Tralee, Killarney, Listowel. They had then three days of racing with stakes as high as twenty pounds. All the business people of Castleisland and even the publichouse owners shut up their shops, and made a bee-line
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2018-07-21 13:07
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about the child, and he said if he was there, when he would becoming back, he would put him behind the fire.
When he was coming home, he went in and prepared for action. When he was ready the fairy child had disappeared, and the real child was back again. The parents were very thankful to Mr Walshe for restoring their child.
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2018-07-21 12:42
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Whip Making
John Kennedy Upper Clonoghill aged 64 years gave this information about Whip making and says he remembers watching whips being made.
Mick and Bill Connors, Newbridge St., Birr were skilled workers as were their ancestors in the art of making whips. The handles were ash plants cut in the woods around Birr and the thongs were made from hides of old horses which they tanned and cut themselves. The whole secret of their trade lay in the tanning of the leather, and that secret was lost about twenty five years ago, when the last member of the family died. These whips were splendidly made, and were exported to all the principal towns in Ireland, they were turned out at the rate of from one hundred to two hundred per day. Old Lord Rosse thought so much of the skill of these men that he had some of their whips sent to the London, Cork, Dublin Exhibitions.
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2018-07-21 12:05
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55
An Old Story.
Goban Saor was supposed to be the cleverest man that ever lived, and was also supposed to be a mechanic. Once he wanted to find out a wife for his son, as clever as Goban himself. So he sent out his with a sheepskin, to sell it and bring back the skin and the price of the wool. He travelled for several days and could get no one to buy it, until he met a young lady and she asked him what was he doing with the sheepskin. He said his father sent him out to sell it but he had to bring back the skin, and the price of the wool, and that it was impossible for him to get it sold. So she consented to buy it. She took the skin and sheered all the wool of it. She paid him for the wool, and handed him back the skin and told him give it to his father. When the son returned to Goban, he asked him who bought the wool. He told him. Goban sent his son for the girl to ask her in marriage, and she consented, so they were married.,
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Local Cures.
My mother was telling me that there used to be a holy well in Killoughternene, in the parish of Borris and about five miles from the village of Myshall, to which people used to journey forty and fifty miles in order to be cured of some terrible disease. Natives of Carlow, Wexford, Kildare, Kilkenny and the neighbouring counties used to go to this well. Some were crippled and had to go on crutches, others were wounded, while many had uncurable diseases. Three visits have to be made before there was any result, and it was believed that after the third journey every one was to be cured. Despite their long distances, those afflicted continued their journey till at the completion of their third visit they were cured. They left their crutches behind them and even to the present day numerous remains of these crutches are to be found at the well.
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15. Round the house and round the house and leaves a loaf
in every window?
Snow.
16. What is the smallest bridge in the world?
The bridge of your nose.
17. Why is a horse never hungry when going a journey?
Because he has a bit in his mouth.
18. A sheetfull of crumbs and a bonach of bread?
Moon and stars.
Lizzie Beirne. 21..2..1938.
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9. Two legs sitting upon three legs, watching one leg, in
comes four legs, lifts up three legs, pegs it at four legs
and brings back one leg?
A man sitting on a stool watching a leg of mutton. The
dog came in snapped the leg of mutton. The man
pegged the stool at him, and brought back the leg of
mutton.
10. There is a big hill in Drumgowna, and how many baskets
of clay in it?
If there was a basket big enough to hold it all, there
would be one basketfull.
11. Useless, useless instrument, when it is bought it is lent.
The man that buys it never sees it?
A coffin.
12. Londonderry, Cork and Kerry, spell me "that' without a
"h"?
That.
13. In the drawer ther is a cup. In the cup there is a sup,
and for the king's crown I would not give that sup?
Your heart's blood.
14. Once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in a
thousand years.
Letter "m."
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his work to such an excellent finish.
The Coach-smith - a most wonderful craft. How he formed out his work and as perfect in design. People would wonder how it was done by the hands of man in years to come.
The Trimmers - another wonderful craft. The finish most beautiful and perfect. Carriages were trimmed in Morroca leather and beautiful cloth - different colours according to customer's tastes.
The cloth and leather came from England also the different widths of lace to finish. There was an amount of native timber used in the manufacture of those carriages namely ash, oak and elm. Any foreign timber such as mahogany, birch, lancewood and hickory came from England but did not grow there.
When Mr. Boyne died, his son carried on the coach-making for about fifty years, and gave a lot of employment. The motor took the place of the carriage, and trade declined, and more is the pity. Coach-making was a wonderful craft. I must say there are very few practical Coach-builders now-a-days.
In conclusion it is wonderful how The Lord endowed those men with such talents and brains
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Local Marriages.
When a pair where getting married long ago there were no motor cars or bicycles and they used to go on horseback accompanied by a great guard of straw-boys who went on horseback also to the church. After the marriage was celebrated the bridegroom went home one road and the best man another, and the strawboys used to race each other home. During the day and night there was always great sport dancing and playing games.
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Riddles.
1. What is it that is too short, cut a bit off and you will make
it long?
Grave.
2. Formed long ago, made every day, few wish to keep it,
and less to give it away?
Bed.
3. What weight is the moon?
A hundred weight because there are 4 qrs in it.
4. Brown I am and much admired. How many horses have I
tried. Tire a horse, worry a man. Tell me that if you can?
A saddle.
5. What is it that has four legs, and only one foot?
Bed.
6. What is it that is always behind the time?
Back of the clock.
7. Blacky and Whitey went up the hill. Blacky came down
and Whitey stood above?
A hen went up the hill, laid an egg and came down.
8. Why is a dog's tail like the heart of a tree?
Because it is farthest away from the bark.
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Coach Building
This account of the coach building industry was given to me by William Boyne, Mill St., Birr, age 74 years. This wonderful craft was in his family for generations.
Boynes Coach factory was established in Birr about one hundred years ago. Wiliam Boyne served his apprenticeship with a firm named Hanbury in Dominic St., Dublin on the very spot where the Friars Chapel is now built. He spent seven years learning his trade. Having finished this he returned to Birr where he started on his own employing twelve men. At this time trade was very good. Some were employed as Body-makers, some as Wheel-makers, some as Coach-smiths and Trimmers. It was wonderful what those men produced from their own hands, the beautiful paining of carriages and the panels shining like mirrors.
The varnishes were manufactured in England, the colours came from different countries - vermillion from China, different coloured lakes from Russia.
The Body-maker - it was a sight to see the beautiful hand work so perfect.
The Wheeler - another beautiful craft, one would wonder on seeing from the start how he could bring
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Unknown hands are supposed to be guarding it to this day. To the entrance of the grave-yard there is a very old iron gate that was yet never known to remain closed at night, no matter what chain or lock was put on it, it is always open in the morning.
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An Old Grave-Yard.
Mrs Murphy was telling me about a very ancient cemetery half a mile from her home, known as "Barragh Grave-Yard" and also an old church which was destroyed by Cromwell in the Penal days nearly three hundred years ago.
The old people tell many tales of this place. One of them is that of a golden gate, believed to have been sent from Rome to the pastor of the church named Father Barragh, hence the locality derived its name. Some peasant who saw the soldiers coming to destroy and lute the church, took away this gate and hid it in a bog near by, and it is believed that while the soldiers were doing this bad work, a great fire fell, and burned of all their hands and arms. The man who hid the gate marked the place where it lay so as to find it when the trouble would be over, but alas! it was never found.
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A wet and a windy May fills the haggard with corn and hay.
Far away cows wear long horns.
When the cat is out the mouse can play.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Wilful waste makes woeful want.
Where there's a will, there's a way.
As firm as a lobster's grip.
A burned child dreads the fire.
An ounce of March dust is worth a king's ransom.
Live horse and you will get grass.
A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
The early bird catches the worm.
The worst cow in the bawn bawls first.
As wild as a March hare.
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The little leprechaun is known locally as the lurachan, the wee man and the fear-shee. He is about a foot tall. He is dressed in a brown jacket with a green pants, which is very tight at the knee and laced below it. He wears white shoes with turned up toes and silver coloured buckles, and a green cap tapering at the top. He lives in an old ruined rath, under a rock in a hole in the foot of a tree.
His usual occupation is mending fairies' shoes and guarding a crock of gold.
It is said locally that the present Mr Hayes father of Lough, Tagoat, caught him and succeeded in getting his crock of gold.
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The Banshee is believed in, in this locality by all but the very sceptical. She is said to "follow" certain families and to cry when a member of these families is about to die.
The Hugheses, McDonalds, Foxes, Cunninghams, Burnetts, Bredins, Eivers, Walshes and Finns, all of this district claim that the banshee follows their families.
Some say that she keeps near water and that her cry is generally heard by the river. Even those who scorn to believe in fairies and ghosts have implicit faith in the existence of the Banshee.
Stories of the Banshee
"I heard the Banshee crying, when old Mrs Hughes, a neighbouring woman was dying. Her own son, Pat Hughes, my uncle, John Lloyd and my father and mother all heard
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remember burials taking place in the old graveyard in Kilrane, and in the graveyard of St. Michael's. It is only about two years ago since a burial took place in St. Michaels, and it is a shorter time since one took place in the old graveyard in Kilrane.
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her that night. The howl was about 11p.m. I went into bed and covered my head.
My father saw a Banshee sitting under a window sill crying for a person who was dying inside."
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her that night. The how was about 11p.m. I went into bed and covered my head.
My father saw a Banshee sitting under a window sill crying for a person who was dying inside."
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inside the ruins of the church. St. Michael's graveyard and the old graveyard in Kilrane are the only graveyards in this parish not used now. Cooneys of Fiveacre are buried in Ballybrennan, and St. Michael's graveyard was the burial place of the Jones of Walshe's Lough.
In the Penal times when the soldiers were hunting for the Irish priests, they caught and killed one in Churchtown graveyard, and his blood is still to be seen on the church wall. Local families still use certain cemeteries outside this parish, for burial places. Hores of Hill-of-Sea, Tagoat, use a churchyard in Carne, which is eight miles distant, as a burialplace. Roberts of Rose Hill are buried in Castlebridge, which is about twelve miles distant. Codds of Kilscoran are buried in Enniscorthy, which is about twenty-five miles distant, and Corishes of Cottage are buried in Churchtown, Carne. There is one grave in the ruins of the church, which has a tomb on which the names of the people buried in it can be seen plainly. Jacobs are the people's names, who are buried in it. People
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II
The last time the banshee was heard crying in this district was on the occasion of the death of William Burnett (about 4 years ago).
One dark foggy night, about eleven o'clock, while Burnett was ill, the Banshee's moaning was heard. The cry went on till about three oclock next morning. Many heard it including relatives of the sick man. A week after this, the man died.
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There are six graveyards in this parish, one in Churchtown, one in Tagoat, St. Michael's graveyard in Bush, the old and new graveyards in Kilrane, and the graveyard in Ballybrennan.
Churchtown graveyard, Tagoat graveyard, Ballybrennan graveyard and the new graveyard in Kilrane are all in use. The old graveyard in Kilrane was closed not very long ago. Churchtown graveyard in partly round in shape. The ruins of an old church are still to be seen there. The churchyard is fairly level and it is surrounded by trees.
There are very old tombs in it, the dates on the oldest of which are 1784, 1785, 1806, 1814, 1832 ad 1833, 1883 and 1903. The crosses, monuments and tombs are not ornamented or decorated. Some of the crosses are made of wood and the tombstones and monuments are made of limestone or granite.
Protestants as well as Catholics are buried in Churchtown. Jacobs are buried
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There are six graveyards in this parish, one in Churchtown, one in Tagoat, St. Michael's graveyard in Bush, the old and new graveyards in Kilrane, and the graveyard in Ballybrennan.
Churchtown graveyard, Tagoat graveyard, Ballybrennan graveyard and the new graveyard in Kilrane are all in use. The old graveyard in Kilrane was closed not very long ago. Churchtown graveyard in partly round in shape. The ruins of an old church are still to be seen there. The churchyard is fairly level and it is surrounded by trees.
There are very old tombs in it, the dates on the oldest of which are 1784, 1785, 1806, 1814, 1832 ad 1833, 1883 and 1903. The crosses, monuments and tombs are not ornamented or decorated. Some of the crosses are made of wood and the tombstones and monuments are made of limestone or granite.
Protestants as well as Catholics are buried in Churchtown. Jacobs are burid
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Flummery was a commonly used food in this district some eighty years ago. A quantity of oatmeal was steeped in cold water for some hours. Plenty of water was necessary. The water, which contained a big proportion of the oaten flour, was then strained off and boiled till it thickened. Sugar to taste was added. The resulting dish was similar to cooked cornflour, but that it was darker in colour, coarser to the palate and much more sustaining.
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These were made of the same ingredients, reduced to a liquid state by the addition of fresh milk. The mixture was poured on to a hot buttered pan, and cooked like pancakes.
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sifted over them.
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(Sometimes, it would be boiled, and used for starching clothes)
Through the pulp would then be mashed a smaller quantity of boiled potato. A little white flour, and salt and sugar to taste would be added. If too dry, a little milk or cream would be added. The mixture would then be flattened out and baked on a griddle. It would be eaten hot with plenty of butter.
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These were more substantial than the above. The ingredients were prepared as for boxty bread, but instead of being flattened out, the mixture was shaped into dumplings, coated on the outside with flour, and dropped into boiling water. The water was kept boiling rapidly, until the dumplings were lifted out. When cold, they were split in two, toasted, and spread plentifully with butter. Sugar to taste was
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Boxty bread is styled, "Rasp" in this locality. It is now served as a treat, but was in common use when our parents were young. The chief ingredient was potatoes. The potatoes selected would be of a good size. They would be washed thoroughly and peeled. They would then be grated, or "rasped". The grater used was often a homemade one, made from an oblong piece of tin cut from an old leaking can. Holes were pierced in the tin, by a nail driven by a hammer. The piece of tin was then nailed to a flat board, the rough edges of the holes being on the outside.
When a sufficient number of potatoes was grated, the pulp was strained through a clean, strong cloth, and the liquid squeezed out. This liquid would have a big residue of starch which would be put back into the pulp.
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The local roads are known by the following names: - the main road from Dublin to Sligo is called the coach road, a branch of this at Ballagh bridge and this branch is called the Drumlish. There are several other roads branching off the Drumlish road such as - Larry's lane which branches off the Drumlish and connects it with the Dublin - Sligo road or the coach as it mainly called. There is another branch at Duffy's and this branch is called Murray's lane and it connects the Drumlish road with the Currygranny road. Another branch goes up to Leitrim and another branch to Mohill. Those two branches break off at Briskill cross-roads. From the branch that goes on to Mohill there is a small lane joining it with the Drumlish road beside the school. There is another branch off the Drumlish road about six or seven miles from Longford and this branch joins the Drumlish road with another main road from Longford to Drumlish. There is one old mass-path joining the Breanrisk road with the Drumlish road.
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Mrs. Prunty slated five rooms
Joseph Prunty thatched three rooms
Mrs. Kirwin thatched four rooms
Joseph Kirwin thatched three rooms
John Kirwin thatched three rooms
Mrs Christy thatched three rooms
Patrick Reynolds slated five rooms
Thomas Gallagher slated five rooms
Joseph Casserly thatched three rooms
Thomas Donelly thatched three rooms
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A rolling stone gathers no moss.
The beginning of a shower is a mist.
Hills are green far away.
A persons mouth often broke his nose.
Better late than never.
The beginning of health is sleep.
It is not the big men that reap the harvest.
Dont judge the book by the cover.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Charity begins at home, but do not let it end there.
Birds of a feather flock together.
The early birds catches the early worm.
Rome was not built in a day.
The world would not make a racehorse out of an ass.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Dont judge the first story until the second one catches up to it.
Time is a good storyteller.
If you dont sow in the spring you wont reap in the harvest.
He is a poor priest who has not a clerk.
The juice of a cow is good alive or dead.
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Birds of a feather flock together.
Nice feathers make nice birds.
Time is a good storyteller.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
All is not gold that glitters
The early bird catches the fly.
Make hay while the sun shines.
A burnt child dreads the fire.
The best colt needs training.
A stitch in time saves nine.
God never closes one gap but he opens another.
Many hands make light work.
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It was not on one foot that St. Patrick came to Ireland.
It is not the big stones alone that build a castle.
Every hound is a pup until he hunts.
When wine is in wit is out.
A good character is better than a fortune
A wet and windy May fills the haggard with corn and hay.
Rome was not built in a day.
March comes in like a lion and goes out like
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succeeding very well, when all of a sudden he was raised off his feet - up in the air.
This happened four times in succession, and the last time he fell with a great plop, to the ground and remained there for some time unconscious. When he revived the fairies had disappeared and he was over two miles from his home.
No lights have ever been seen there, nor are there any stories in connection with it about cats or dogs.
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John Kennedy, Fortal, Birr. Age 60 years, farmer tells the following story.
Situated about three miles and a half from Birr is a wood known as "The Big Wood" in the vicinity of the district called Dromoyle.
In the centre of this wood is a very large rock, upon which moss grows, is conspicuous, and it is said that in early ages, this was the dwelling place of the fairies. This wood is situated on the land owned by Thomas Wallace.
Tradition says that the fairies were to be seen every night at about twelve o'clock hurling and enjoying themselves around the rock. They were generally attired in scarlet caps and green coats, and they usually carried a want in their hands. One night as some man was returning from rambling, the fairies were enjoying a hurling tournament, they invited him to come and join them. At first he felt nervous and afraid, but after some time he became courageous and joined them. He was
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dwelling of the fairy people as it is a strong belief that any person interfering with them would have bad luck all through his life.
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In a field on the land of Isodore O'Meara about three hundred yards from the village of Rathcabbin are situated two large clumps of about twenty yards apart. They are situated in the centre of the field and are called "The Fairies' Haunt". The are connected by a narrow path. Numerous stones are scattered on the ground but in one clump at large stone rests against the back of a tree. On this stone are supposed to sit the king and queen of the fairies. It is yet the belief that anyone raising a stone would behold a tiny creature with a red cap on his head, hiding beneath, but no one dare do so for fear of being revenged by the fairies. At one time a quarrel arose between the two different sets of fairies resulting in a war which is supposed to have been fought in the field. It is not known who were the victors.
It is remarkable that any animals that ever entered these places were always injured either by getting entangled in the trees or by sliding on the stones. No one has ever interfered with this mysterious
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when he awoke he was bald and remained so for his life, and ever afterwards he was called bald Pat.
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About a hundred years ago Wexford was a great Port and hundreds of ships used to sail into its harbour. Some of these boats brought leprosy into the town. They built a leper hospital outside the town named Saint Magdalen's Hospital. From this came the corruption Maudlintown.

The Faythe got its name because there was a playground there outside the town called in Irish - An Faithche.

Fisher's Rowe which is now called Byrne's Lane got its first name on account of all the fishermen who lived there.

Batt Street was called after a man named Batt.

Well Lane was so called because their was a well at the end of it.
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the Anglo Norman Invasion. This church was joined to St John's Priory in thirteen hundred (1300).
Fennells Church Situated in Garracreen This church is rectangular in shape some of the walls remain and are 3ft thick. There is a doorway in the south. The windows has been destroyed. There is no trace of a graveyard. It was called by Fennells church or the church of Garracreen known as The Church of the "Field of the withered tree".
Maudlin St Castle is but one of the three Castles with which the Close of the Magdalens had been furnished and there were also in this locality the "North Castle of the Magdelans and the "Black of the Magdalens". St Magdalens Gate crossed Maudlin Street just at the Castle which now stands in ruins and it is probable that this Castle was garrisoned by the local authorities as one of the defences of the town.
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Long ago it was said that Mary Magdalen was very bad and that she used to follow every person everyplace.
One day she went into the church and Our Lord would not let her in but afterwards she turned to the Catholic faith and often was let in to the church.

I got this story from my mother, Brigid Naughton who is 58 years of age.
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1. St. Mary Magdalen's is situated in Kilbane near the Groody. There is the remains of an old churchyard quite near it. Rounds are made there on 22nd July, the feast of Mary Magdalen
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The legend connected with this well is that while some men were haymaking at the spot, they stuck their wooden forks into the ground and went away. When they returned they found the fork grown into a tree which still shelters the well. The water was supposed to cure ailments of the stomach.

2. St. Simon's well in Ballysimon situated in a field called the Church Field at the back of Ballysimon Churchyard. There are no visits paid to this well, but the old people often used the water as a cure for sore eyes.

3. Not far away is St. Patrick's well nearer to Limerick. For about a week before St. Patrick's Day people visit and make rounds there. The water was a cure for sore eyes. It is now forbidden to be drunk.
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go to visit it on his feast day - 22nd June. St. John's Terrace is called after him.

St. Patrick's well is situated in Carrigatogher about six miles from Nenagh. It is said that if you boil water from a certain part of it, some evil will befall you. A man once tried this, but the minute he put the kettle on the fire, he got pains all over him, and he was crippled for life.
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2018-07-21 08:37
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St. Conlan's Well is situated about four miles from Nenagh. It is in the townland and parish of Youghalarra. It is called after Saint Conlan who was living on the banks of the Shannon, near Garrykennedy. People go to it on the 22nd July which is his feast day and they bring home holy water with them. St. Conlan's road is called after him, that is the Nenagh - Portroe road.

St. John's well is situated about one mile from Nenagh and on Brookwatson lands. It is called after St. John, and the print of his foot is still to be seen on a stone there. The people of the town still
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St Colan's (sic] well is situated about four miles outside Nenagh, it is in the townland and parish of Youghalarra. It is the custom of the people to visit it often and when they go there they bring holy water home with them. His feast falls on the 22nd July and the road leading to Saint Colan's Well is called after him.
St John's Well is about one mile from Nenagh and is situated on Brookwatson lands. It got its name from a Saint named John who stopped and blessed the well as he was passing through. His feast day falls on the 24th June and the people of the town visit it yet.
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2018-07-21 08:30
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St. Colan's (sic) well is about four miles from Nenagh in the parish of Youghalarra. People often visit this well and when they go they say prayers. His feast day is on the 22nd July.
St. John's well is two miles from Nenagh. There is a stone which bears the print of St. John's foot on it. His feast is on 24th June. People pray at the grave and wash their sores in the well.
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2018-07-21 08:18
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name of blind Masses.

This story was told by:
Mrs Markham,
Lake View,
Rathkeale
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2018-07-21 08:17
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There is a story told of a miracle which happened at Borrigowen well. There was a protestant man living a few miles from the well and he had a servant who had very bad eyes. He asked permission of his master to go to the well as it was pattern day to pay rounds for the benefit of his eyes. At the same time the protestant man had a horse who was also blind. His master said you may go to the well and as you are going to take this horse with you and pay a round for him, he may get his sight. He took the horse to the well he paid rounds for himself and rubbed some of the water to the horses and the horse got his sight and so did the man. He brought home the horse to the man and he saw the miracle had occurred and he turned to go in home but he could not see, some of his people live yet in the same house and they get the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 07:25
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Many old cures are still in use in the Parish of Kinawley, in the Barony of Tullyhaw Co. of Cavan.
Whooping Cough (or chincough), get a live fish. Pour 3 drops of water out of its mouth into the child's mouth. Put the fish back alive into the water.
2. Lead the child three times round a donkey in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy ghost.
3. Give the child some of the milk that a ferret has left behind.
4. Put a frogs in the child's hand.
Burns: Get a plant called Pollypoden (found growing in walls and in ruins) and boil it for a whole day with fresh butter. Strain it through a muslin cloth and pour into a vessel to cool. It makes a green ointment which heals burns.
Warts: Dip the warts in water that collects in a hollow in an outside stone. As the water dries up the warts disappear.
2. Get a black snail, rub it to them and put it on a brush. Repeat this for nine
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 07:23
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Many old cures are still in use in the Parish of Kinawley, in the Barony of Tullyhaw Co. of Cavan.
Whooping Cough (or chincough), get a live fish. Pour 3 drops of water out of its mouth into the child's mouth. Put the fish back alive into the water.
2. Lead the child three times round a donkey in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy ghost.
3. Give the some of the milk that a ferret has left behind.
4. Put a frogs in the child's hand.
Burns: Get a plant called Pollypoden (found growing in walls and in ruins) and boil it for a whole day with fresh butter. Strain it through a muslin cloth and pour into a vessel to cool. It makes a green ointment which heals burns.
Warts: Dip the warts in water that collects in a hollow in an outside stone. As the water dries up the warts disappear.
2. Get a black snail. rub it to them and put it on a brush. Repeat this for nine
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 04:49
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Sgeulta Grinn
Ainm an Aithriseóra: Seán Ó Súilleabháin.
A Seoladh: Ceann-Éarach.
A Aois: 68 bl.
Bhí fear an-bhocht ann fadó agus bhí sé na chómhnuidhe i mbóthán ar cnoc Tráighlí.
Taidhbhirigheadh dó trí oidhche in dhiaidh a chéile dá ragadh sé go dtí droichead mór Luimnighe go raibh ór ann a dhéanfadh saidhbhir é gcaitheamh a shaoghail.
D'imthigh sé lá agus níor stad sé go dtáinig sé go dtí an droichead.
Ní fheaca sé aon nidh ann agus bhí sé ar siubhal ar an ndroichead anonn agus anall ar feadh chúpla lá agus bhí sé go h-ana bhrónach.
Bhuail fear léis an tarna lá agus d'iarr sé air cadh a bhí á dhéanamh aige ann agus d'innis an fear bhocht an sgeul go léir dhó.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 04:35
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would imply. This day the local doctor, - Dr Pierce - had paid a visit to a neighbor of Charleys, and the latter met him on his way out of the house. "Wisha, Doctor, Pierce, exclaimed Charley, "but 'twas God that sent you this way this morning, for the Lord knows, the divil a wink I slept last night with my right leg. I was screwed up in the bed with the pains in it, an' doctor couldn't you make up something for me to give me "aise". The doctor, usually very brusque, and not very thankful for being waylaid by Charley, was inclined to be sharp with him. Quickly he shot the question at Charley "what age are you?" and was answered "About 14 years thin doctor." "Oh well", said the doctor, you must understand you aren't a young boy now, and the sooner you understand that, at your age you mustn't expect to be free from pains and aches for the rest of your life, the better for yourself. Charley shot a venomous look at the Man of Medicine", and with a rasping voice immediately answered "An' bad lick to you, you moke of a doctor, if 'tis ould age is the cause of the pains in my leg, why the divil haven't i got them in th' other wan. Isn't it as ould as the bad leg." And what
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 04:34
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would imply. This day the local doctor, - Dr Pierce - had paid a visit to a neighbor of Charleys, and the latter met him on his way out of the house. "Wisha, Doctor, Pierce, exclaimed Charley, "but 'twas God that sent you this way this morning, for the Lord knows, the divil a wink I slept last night with my right leg. I was screwed up in the bed with the pains in it, an' doctor couldn't you make up something for me to give me "aise". The doctor, usually very brusque, and not very thankful for being waylaid by Charley, was inclined to be sharp? with him. Quickly he shot the question at Charley "what age are you?" and was answered "About 14 years thin doctor." "Oh well", said the doctor, you must understand you aren't a young boy now, and the sooner you understand that, at your age you mustn't expect to be free from pains and aches for the rest of your like, the better for yourself. Charley shot a venomous look at the Man of Medicine", and with a rasping voice immediately answered "An' bad lick to you, you moke of a doctor, if 'tis ould age is the cause of the pains in my leg, why the divil haven't i got them in th' other wan. Isn't it as ould as the bad leg." And what
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 04:33
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would imply. This day the local doctor, - Dr Pierce - had paid a visit to a neighbor of Charleys, and the latter met him on his way out of the house. "Wisha, Doctor, Pierce, exclaimed Charley, "but 'twas God that sent you this way this morning, for the Lord knows, the divel a wink I slept last night with my right leg. I was screwed up in the bed with the pains in it, an' doctor couldn't you make up something for me to give me "aise". The doctor, usually very brusque, and not very thankful for being waylaid by Charley, was inclined to be sharp? with him. Quickly he shot the question at Charley "what age are you?" and was answered "About 14 years thin doctor." "Oh well", said the doctor, you must understand you aren't a young boy now, and the sooner you understand that, at your age you mustn't expect to be free from pains and aches for the rest of your like, the better for yourself. Charley shot a venomous look at the Man of Medicine", and with a rasping voice immediately answered "An' bad lick to you, you moke of a doctor, if 'tis ould age is the cause of the pains in my leg, why the divil haven't i got them in th' other wan. Isn't it as ould as the bad leg." And what
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 04:23
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We the pupils of the Ballyduff Boys' N'School will wind up this book with a very funny story about a very funny man who lived not far from here some years ago.
About six years ago, there died in the townland of Kilmore, an old man named Charles Farrell. He was better known to the inhabitants of Ballyduff and for miles around as "Ould Charley Sthup?" Poor Charley was, as his nearest friend would describe him, a surly old crayrhu?
No doubt his living alone in an old cabin for nearly half-a-century, had the effect of making him cranky and sour. His frequent visits to Ballyduff village for a few "bottles" were hailed with delight by the young "lads" as from a safe retreat behind a fence they would shout Sthup Sthup", when the poor old Charley would be coming near. His violent waving of his blackthorn, and the torrent of abuse he would subsequently shower on their heads would not deter the bla'guards from continuing and increasing these efforts to make Charley literally speechless with rage. (But it was not so much for his dourness, Charley was so well known for his caustic wit. The following true story proves that he was not so devoid of humour as his surly demeanour
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 04:22
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We the pupils of the Ballyduff Boys' N'School will wind up this book with a very funny story about a very funny man who lived not far from here some years ago.
About six years ago, there died in the downland of Kilmore, an old man named Charles Farrell. He was better known to the inhabitants of Ballyduff and for miles around as "Ould Charley Sthup?" Poor Charley was, as his nearest friend would describe him, a surly old crayrhu?
No doubt his living alone in an old cabin for nearly half-a-century, had the effect of making him cranky and sour. His frequent visits to Ballyduff village for a few "bottles" were hailed with delight by the young "lads" as from a sage retreat behind a fence they would shout Sthup Sthup", when the poor old Charley would be coming near. His violent waving of his blackthorn, and the torrent of abuse he would subsequently shower on their heads would not deter the bla'guards from continuing and increasing these efforts to make Charley literally speechless with rage. (But it was not so much for his dourness, Charley was so well known for his caustic wit. The following true story proves that he was not so devoid of humour as his surly demeanour
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 04:11
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About forty years ago there lived a man in Ballyduff by the name of Thomas Sheehy, who was supposed to be the strongest man of his day. At this time his sister Johanna and himself ran a provision store in Ballyduff and he brought all his goods from Tralee with a horse and cart. He went one holiday for a ton of meal and happened to meet my great-grandfather, Pat Pierce of Ardcullen. They remained around the town taking a drop, and when they returned to Latchford's stores all the clerks were gone, and old Latchford got very angry and said "there wasn't one there to load the meal." Sheehy replying said "never mind Mr Latchford, show me the meal and that is all I want." Sheehy took two bags of meal, one under each arm and walked out to his car and put one at each side; he came back again and brought out two more, and put one in the heels and one in the front. He brought out one and placed it on the flags, and then gave it a swing up on the car and did the same with two more and the last one he three it right over the car and burst it. Then Latchford said "take in that and bring out a bag of flour instead. I always heard you were a strong man but could not believe that you could do that."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 04:10
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About forty years ago there lived a man in Ballyduff by the name of Thomas Sheehy, who was supposed to be the strongest man of his day. At this time his sister Johanna and himself ran a provision store in Ballyduff and he brought all his goods from Tralee with a horse and cart. He went one holiday for a ton of meal and happened to meet my great-grandfather, Pat Pierce of Ardcullen. They remained around the town taking a drop, and when they returned to Latchford's stores all the clerks were gone, and the old Latchford got very angry and said "there wasn't one there to load the meal." Sheehy replying said "never mind Mr Latchford, show me the meal and that is all I want." Sheehy took two bags of meal, one under each arm and walked out to his car and put one at each side; he came back again and brought out two more, and put one in the heels and one in the front. He brought out one and placed it on the flags, and then gave it a swing up on the car and did the same with two more and the last one he three it right over the car and burst it. Then Latchford said "take in that and bring out a bag of flour instead. I always heard you were a strong man but could not believe that you could do that."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 03:59
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Long ago people were very much for dancing, and they used to have a dance mostly in every house at that time.
The boys and girls would go looking for a fiddler the night before, and then he would come to the house they told him. When he came into the house, the girls would go out in the floor and call the boys for a dance with them. It was a penny a reel at that time, and when collected they would give all the money to the fiddler and the house-keeper. They used to have no lamps at that time only splinters and candles up in every corner of the house for the night of the dance.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 03:52
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be on their way home from the Church they used to be "roped", that is a rope would be held across the road so that the cars could not pass until the bridegroom would give the price of a good drink to the men who held the rope. The wedding dinners at that time consisted of geese and potatoes. All the people who were invited to the wedding would send a goose a few days before so as to have them cooked for the wedding. Some of the geese used to be cut up and boiled in a big pot, and if they had not this big pot in the house they would borrow it from the neighbours. More of the geese used to be stuffed and roasted. While the wedding party used to be at the Church, there would be a number of women engaged in cooking the dinner for them.
When the dinner used to be over and the house tidied up there would be buckets of porter put up on the table and every man could drink enough of it with earthen mugs. When it would be getting dark the "sappers" would arrive. They would come in batches and each batch had a captain and they used to dance and get refreshments.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 03:46
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Th marriage customs long ago were different to what they are now. Long ago before the marriage would take place the bride would invite all her friends and the bridegroom would invite all his friends to the wedding. There were no motor cars in those days and common cars that were used were the drag and also many saddle horses. The bride used to go in a covered car drawn by two horses and her car used to be the last in the drag going to the Church. When they were married the covered car used to be the first in the drag except the saddle-horses which would gallop from the Church to the wedding house for it was the custom who ever would be first to the house would get a glass of whiskey.
When the bride would be leaving her own house for the Church someone used to tie an old shoe to the car for luck and they used also throw rice on the married couple after the marriage, as it was another sign of luck. When the married couple would
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 03:40
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party would start the fight would be beaten.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 03:38
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Cooleens and Lawlors
(another version)
The Cooleens and Lawlors fought their first battle in the Cool outside Listowel. It was from that the Cooleens derived. They fought many battles in those days and before the races and patterns they used be training to fight. They fought their final faction fight in Ballyeigh Strand. The Cooleens went across the river in a boat to meet the Lawlors. The most of the Lawlors were at a funeral and when they returned they followed the Cooleens to the boat. All the Cooleens crowded into the boat and it sank, and three men were drowned.
The three men were brothers and their names were Lynches. The women fought as well as the men that day. They took off their stockings and filled them with stones and they used to beat one another with them. The Lawlors won the battle. A priest prophesied, whichever
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 03:30
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right hand side of the River Cashen on the strand where the school is now and when some of the combatants tried to escape by crossing the river in boats and swimming, they were attacked by their opponents with stones, bottles, stick and so on at the left side of the river. A terrible fight ensued in which about thirteen people were drowned and very many injured.
As far as I know there was only one man arrested for it, a well to do man named Leahy of Ballinorig near Causeway. Many others went on the run but were never arrested. He was tried and sentenced to be transplanted to Freemantle.
For threequarters of a century afterwards the people in this district and in North Kerry generally recorded events from the year the boat was drowned" or from the night of the big wind". After the tragedy the faction fight slackened and died down and the famine helped to put an end to it altogether.
Even some old people take pride in the fact that their ancestors took one side or the other in the faction.
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2018-07-21 03:23
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On the 13th of May fair in Listowel some time previous to 1830. some Magheragh men (Ballyduff, Causeway, Ballyheigue, Killanhan, etc) were selling potatoes. A discussion arose as to the comparative merits of the potatoes between the Magheragh men and the cúl-na-lín (Culeen near Listowel) men. The discussion ended in a fight, where the Magheragh men got off the worst as they wouldn't have the backing in Listowel that the others had. At the Whit Monday fair in Ardfert the fight was renewed. Practically every man in North Kerry took one side or another and for years after whenever people assembled at fair or market on Sunday after mass the fight was renewed.
The biggest fight of all took place at (Ballyduff) Ballyeigh on the 24th June 1834. The North Kerry race meeting was then held in Ballyeigh Strand (opposite the Cashen School) but was eventually transferred to Listowel (1870). The races were held on the
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2018-07-21 03:19
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On the 13th of May fair in Listowel some time previous to 1830. some Magheragh men (Ballyduff, Causeway, Ballyheigue, Killanhan, etc) were selling potatoes. A discussion arose as to the comparative merits of the potatoes between the Magheragh men and the cul-na-lin (Culeen near Listowel) men. The discussion ended in a fight, where the Magheragh men got off the worst as they wouldn't have the backing in Listowel that the others had. At the Whit Monday fair in Ardfert the fight was renewed. Practically every man in North Kerry took one side or another and for years after whenever people assembled at fair or market on Sunday after mass the fight was renewed.
The biggest fight of all took place at (Ballyduff) Ballyeigh on the 24th June 1834. The North Kerry race meeting was then held in Ballyeigh Strand (opposite the Cashen School) but was eventually transferred to Listowel (1870). The races were held on the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 22:21
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secure the estate which they held.
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2018-07-20 22:20
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had a pig's head. When she was at table her food was served in a silver through. Her infirmity was explained by the people thus:
One day a widow came begging to the house of the Kavanaghs, and asked for alms. The maid went to ask Arthurs mother, but she refused to listen to the maid.
"But". "She has a lot of children" said said the maid.
"Children" said her misstres scornfuly."She reminds me of a pig with litter of young."
The woman was turned away, without anything, but before she went she was supposed to have cursed the family.
When the child was born she had a pigs head.
These Mac Murrogh Kavanaghs were very rich. They were said to to be at one time Catholics,but, they turn Protestants to
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2018-07-20 22:15
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Áit ainmeacha.
Ainm an aithriseóra: Siobhán bean Uí Síoctháin.
A Seoladh: Dúcha, Gleann-Beithe.
A Aois: 74 bl.
Tá ferim againn sa bhaile agus ins an bhfeirm tá ba agus capaill agus chaoire. Tá deich bpáirceanna againn, siad na h-ainmeacha atá ortha ná;
Páirc na Glaise mar tá gláise ag scéith isteach ins an bpáirc.
Gáirdín a bhóthair mar tá an páirc i n-aice an bothair.
An Páirc Fada mar tá sé an fhada.
Páirc an t-srutháin mar tá sruthán beig ins an bpáirc.
Páirc an Óir mar bhí ór i bhfolach ann fadó.
An Gáirdín mar tá sé i n-aice an tighe.
Páirc an Puill mar tá poll mór in a lár.
Páirc an Tobair mar tá tobar fíoruisge ins an bpáirc.
Páirc na Póirse mar tá sé i n-aiche póirse.
An Clann Tíghe mar bhí clann na
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2018-07-20 22:13
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The Mac Murrough Kavanagh's.
Some years ago there lived a man named Arthur Mac Murrough Kavanagh.
He was born with no arms or legs. In spite of this great handicap, he used to hunt, and in (in) fact was a good horseman. If he wanted to go anywhere, his servant would carry him on his back.
The reason he was born without arms or legs it is said, was. His mother on day made a cake, on which she placed a cross as decoration. When the cake was served at tea, she made fun of the cross, and cut the legs and arms, pretending it was "Our Lord on the Cross".
When the child was born it had neither legs or arms. Arthur's children I believe are still alive.
There was also a girl, who was a sister of Arthurs, who
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 22:07
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The girl was asked to point out the man she had seen strike down the priest, but as there was about a dozen men gathered together, amongst whom was Slye, she had a hard task as she had got a glimpse of the murder in the dark. She picked out two men however, one was Slye the other a man very like Slye who was wearing Slyes clothes.
As she was not able to make her mind up about it the jury brought in a verdict of not guilty against Slye when he was charged.
Slye went to America and died there some years ago.
A monument was erected to the memory of Father Walshe at the spot where he was killed. And it was unveiled last Summer.
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2018-07-20 22:05
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comhnuidhthe ann fadó.
Tá carraig a Tairbh mar bhí buachaill sabháilte ó tharbh san gcarraig sin fadó.
Carraig Eamoinn mar bhí fear ann agus bhí bothán aige i n-aiche leis an gcarraig fadó agus Eamonn an ainm a bhí air.
Carraig a braca. Mar tá déinamh braca air.
Cumar Dearg mar tá cré dearg air.
Máire Ní Cúis,
Ceann-Earach,
Gleann-beithe,
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2018-07-20 22:02
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Rev. Father Walshe
Many years ago there was in Borris, Co. Carlow a priest named Father Walshe. He was noted for the way in which he spoke about the Protestants in his sermons. In fact not a Sunday went by that didn't see Father Walshe, telling the people at Mass about some bad points in the Protestants.
One night he was returning from Bagenalstown where he had spent the day, when he was way-laid at a place called Kilgarney cross and killed. This place was thickly populated by Protestants, and is to this day, so that it was not hard to find out what happened to him.
A boy and a girl who were near the scene at the time he was attacked were brought to the court as witnesses. They said they saw one of the men strike the priest on the head with a stone-breakers hammer. A man named Archie Slye was arrested as a suspect.
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2018-07-20 21:55
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When the coffin was being lowered the minister called out "I hear a voice from heaven calling." The man up in the tree answered "You're a liar," "I am up higher up than you and I can't hear anything."
The minister ordered the man down, but instead of doing a the minister told him. He went out on a bough which was growing over the road, but just as he was above the the iron spikes which surround the graveyard, he fell and was caught on the spikes below him. A few hours later he died.
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2018-07-20 21:53
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The world would not make a racehorse out of an ass.
There are as good fish in the sea as ever was caught.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A person often cut a rod to beat himself.
He is a poor priest who has not a clerk.
Where the women are there is talk.
Hills are green far away.
What the pooka writes he will read it himself.
Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout.
Cows across the sea have long horns.
How ever near a person's coat is to him his shirt is nearer.
It is a long road that has not a turn.
The world would not make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
It is an ill wind that does not blow some one good.
When the cat is out the mice will play.
A rabbit in a hole and his head out
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2018-07-20 21:52
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Tye world would not make a racehorse out of an ass.
There are as good fish in the sea as ever was caught.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A person often cut a rod to beat himself.
He is a poor priest who has not a clerk.
Where the women are there is talk.
Hills are green far away.
What the pooka writes he will read it himself.
Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout.
Cows across the sea have long horns.
How ever near a person's coat is to him his shirt is nearer.
It is a long road that has not a turn.
The world would not make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
It is an ill wind that does not blow some one good.
When the cat is out the mice will play.
A rabbit in a hole and his head out
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2018-07-20 21:50
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he died.
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2018-07-20 21:50
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The Black Dog
The dog on another occassion appeared to two small boys. It happened like this.
These two boys were throwing stones from the road into the school yard. Suddenly a huge black dog appeared in the school yard and jumped up the wall and made for one of the boys.
The two boys ran screaming into one of the houses opposite where they stayed until thier father came to bring them home. The next morning the boy who the dog had run at was found dead in his bed.
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2018-07-20 21:49
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The Grave-Diggers.
One day two men were digging a grave in St John's Protestant chuchyard. When the grave was finished on of the men sealed a tree which was growing near the open grave.
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2018-07-20 21:46
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If you lie with dogs you will rise with fleas.
It is not the night of the high wind to point the scollop.
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2018-07-20 21:46
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people of Schull should make any attempt to remove the body again to Schull but none was made.
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2018-07-20 21:45
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Time and tide tarry for no man.
He that is down need fear no fall.
Large streams from little fountains rise.
One swallow doe snot make a summer.
Great talkers are never great doers.
Many little leaks sink a ship.
Little deeds are like little seeds.
Every man knows where his own shoe pinches.
Charity begins at home, but dont let it end there.
When angry count ten before you speak.
Better pay the cook than the doctor.
They who shun smoke often fall into the fire.
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2018-07-20 21:45
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the boat was well out to sea he went to inform his sister that the body of their brother had been removed. As he was returning from Schull he heard gallopping of horses behind him. The people of Schull had learned of the removal of the body and thinking it had been taken by road they were pursuing him. They did not overtake him however.
When the boat reached Fountainstown Strand it was met by a large crowd. The P.P. of Tracton & his curate were present. On instruction from the P.P. the lid of the coffin was removed and the body of the dead priest was found to be incorrupt. He lay as if asleep and there were beads of moisture on his brow. The P.P. of Tracton took out his handkerchief & wiped the moisture from the dead priest's forehead. The dead priest's dog which had been given to the P.P. of Tracton was present and, recognising his late master leaped into his coffin and licked his face all over. The lid was then replaced and the funeral set out for Templebrigid where the body was interred. "Rounds" used to be made at his grave. For six months afterwards a watch was kept over the grave by night lest the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 21:42
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The travelling people who are called beggars, tramps or tinkers often visit our doors. The same people have been begging to us for many years. Some of them are very poor and others not so poor. Most of the travelling people sell small articles some people buy from them. They travel all over the country and they visit every cheap sale where they get their supplies.
Some visit us very often and are seldom welcome. They often want to clean down their chimneys and other people want to buy tin cans from them. The begging class ask for tea, sugar, flour, potatoes and milk.
Some of them travel on caravans or on carts. The McDonagh family and the tinker Nolan come frequently.
These people tell old stories to the people in this district.
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2018-07-20 21:40
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Travelling people still visit our home. The same people have been doing so for many years. Most of them are very poor.
Some of these people sell small articles. People buy from them sometimes. They obtain their supplies in shops.
These travellers are generally welcome. They never remain at night in our house. The alms they ask are - tea, sugar, flour, meal and other articles.
The poorer people travel on foot while the less poorer of them have bicycles and carts. They seldom travel singly but in families. The best known of them are - Wards, McDermotts, Cauleys, Joyce and Smyth. The families that are most frequently seen at our house are the Wards and Cauleys.
They tell stories and bring news from distant parts + some of the local people gather around to hear them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 21:37
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during the famine. The townland is not mentioned in song or saying.
The land is bad it being hilly and boggy. There is a little wood here but it has no name as far as the inhabitants can ascertain.
There are no rivers or lakes in it and therefore there are no stories connected with them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 21:36
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not believe me" said the man. "He will" answered Fr. O'Shea "if you repeat these three words to him saying three words to his friend. "I couldn't remember them" said the man. "You will" said Fr. O'Shea. He then instructed him to get a hooker (a fishing boat common at the time along the coast) and to man it with a crew of Corrigans Punches and Noonans at Fountainstown & to go to Schull for his body. He promised that the wind would be favourable going and coming. He also said that there would be about an inch of a candle lighting on his grave.
The man went to the P.P. of Tracton who disbelieved his story until he repeated the three strange words. The P.P. then was convinced of the truth of the man's story and he said that only a priest could have uttered those words. The man faithfully carried out all the instructions given & everything happened exactly as the dead priest foretold. They found the coffin about 3 feet of water and removed it to their boat at dead of night. A sister of Fr. O'Shea had been housekeeping for him & still resided in Schull. A brother of his who resided in Tracton travelled to Schull on horseback and when he saw that
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 21:35
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I live in the townland of Currygranny. It is in the parish of Clonguish and the Barony of Longford. There are twelve families living in it and approximately forty-seven people. There is no family name common in this district. There are three slated houses in it and the rest are thatched.
Currygranny got its name because of the sand and gravel that is in it. There is only one person over seventy living here. He knows no Irish or can tell no stories in English either.
Long ago the houses were much more numerous around here than they are at present. No old ruins are to be seen now as it is too long since
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 21:34
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imirt leí. Déarfaidh sé an rud céadna leis an dara mac agus béidh sé ag ceapadh go bhfuil a dhóthain céille ag an treas mac. Nuair a thiochfas siad go dtí bean an rí fiafreóchaidh sí do'n chéad mhac a n-imireóchaidh sé cluiche cartaí Déarfaidh seisean nach nimireóchaidh. Fiafreóchaidh sí an rud céadna don darna mach acht déarfaidh seisean nach n-imreóchaidh.
Fuair an tríomadh mach an buadh ar an leas-mháthair an chéad uair acht fuair sise an ceann a b'fhearr air an darna huair agus chuir sí faoi gheasa é acht bhí geasa le cur ag an tríomadh mac uirthi mar fuair sé an buadh an chéad uair. "Cuirim faoi gheasa tú, " adeir an leas mháthair "gan an darna hoidhche a chodlad in aon teach nó go bhfuighe sibh dhomsa na trí bromach atá sa domhan Thoir.
"Cuirimse faoi gheasa thusa," adeir an tríomhadh mac an rí, "a dhul ar bhárr an teampaill, snáthaid a chur na seasam annsin agus gach gráinne cruithneacta a thiochfas trí pholl na snáide beidh cead agad é sin a ithe acht caithfidh tú fanacht annsin nó go dtigidh mise agus na bromaigh agus más bás domsa é is bás dhuitse é chomh maith."
D'imthigh triúr mac an rí leó annsin agus casadh an Gadaidhe Dubh orrtha. D'fhiafruigh siad dhó an raibh fhios aige an áit a raibh na bromaigh sa Domhan Thoir. "Tá fhios," adeir an Gadaidhe Dubh, "acht sílim nach iad na bromaigh a gheobhfas sibh acht bhúr gceann a chailleadh mar is iomdha fear a d'fheach leó sin cheana acht sé a gceann a chaill siad."
Nuair a tháinig an triúr mac agus an Gadaidhe Dubh go dtí an Domhan Thoir chuadar isteach sa stábla san áit a raibh na trí bromach ceangailte agus chuadar i bhfolach.
Bhí deis ag an rí sin go ndúiseóchaidhe é dhá mbeadh aon duine ag goid na mbromach. Nuair a shíl triúr mac an rí agus an Gadaidhe Dubh na bromaigh a ghoid thosuigh siad ag spréachadh agus dhúisigh an rí. Dubhairt sé le na
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 21:30
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The land is good it being neither hilly or boggy. There is a lot of woods west of the village one which is called "Gob Rusdh" containing twenty acres.
No rivers or streams flow through this townland but there is one lake called "Lough Forbes". It is situated bear the Earl of Granard's residence.
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2018-07-20 21:27
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I live in a townland called Dereen, in the parish of Clonguish and in the Barony of Longford. Presently there are five families in it and twelve people. The family name most common is Cosgrave. All the houses are thatched. The townland derived its name from a small oak tree which was there long ago. There is one man over seventy but he knows no Irish. Two can tell stories in English - John Cosgrave, Frank Reilly.
Houses were numerous locally in olden times but there are no old ruins as it is too long since people dwelt there.
People emigrated from here to America
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2018-07-20 21:27
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In Templebrigid graveyard, Crosshaven there is a headstone bearing the following inscription -
"Erected by J. O'Shea to the memory of the Rev. Wm O'Shea P.P. of Skull who depd. this life April 30 1823 aged 47 years. The Lord have mercy on their souls. Amen."
The following is an account of how Fr. O'Shea came to be buried in Templebrigid.
Fr. O'Shea was a native of Robert's Cove in the parish of Tracton. He was appointed P.P. of Schull and after six months there he died and was buried in the local graveyard. One night a friend of the deceased priest from Tracton was going home late and the priest appeared to him on the road. The priest asked him if he was afraid and the man replied "no". The priest then requested him to take a message for him to Tracton & Crosshaven. " I am buried in Schull" said he "and I do not like the place in which I am lying. My coffin is covered with water and I wish to be buried in Templebrigid" He then instructed the man to go to the P.P. of Tracton and tell him of what he had seen. "But he may
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 21:18
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At one time (date not known but probably in the latter half of the eighteenth century) there lived in Myrtleville House a pious Catholic lady named Lady Pepper Fitzgerald. The only Catholic place of worship at the time was a very inferior structure, about two hundred yards from Hayes's Lodge and about a mile and a quarter from Myrtleville House. Lady Fitzgerald considered the church was too far from her own house and decided to have one built on her own land. She cut out the plot and presented it free of rent to the parish and had the church erected entirely at her own expense.
As to the existence of a lease a story is told that Lady Fitzgerald, having gone to reside in Sunday's Well, Cork, heard that the parish priest was claiming the plot as his own property. To prevent this she had a lease drawn up (on what terms it is not known) and forwarded to Dublin Castle.
On the erection of a new church in Crosshaven by the late Dean McSweeney Myrtleville Church was converted into a schoolhouse. Previous to this the house adjacent to the school-house, now occupied by John Fitzgerald, was the school-house.
Supplied by John Collins, Kilmichael West Crosshaven. about 20 years ago. Aged 75 then.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 21:12
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"Thanks be to God for the good meal and the appetite to eat it."
An old woman was asked if she was frightened during a thunderstorm, she replied:-
Sure no a chuid, I did what my mother and grandmother before me did. I put the poker in the fire, and then put myself in the safe keeping of God, and sure He never failed anyone who trusted in Him.
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2018-07-20 20:46
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Bhí rí ann fadó agus phós sé agus bhí triúr mac aige. Cailleadh a bhean agus ba mhaith leis a bheith pósta aríst agus ba mhaith leis freisin gan aon fhios a bheith ag an mbean eile go raibh sé pósta cheana.
Rinne sé teach agus chuir sé a thriúr mac isteach ann. Annsin phós sé agus bhí bean ar an mbaile agus bhíodh sí ag easgaine i gcomnaidhe ar bhean an ríogh.
Lá amháin d'fhiafruigh bean an ríogh de'n bhean seo cé'n fáth a raibh sí ag easgaine.
"Má thugann tú lán mála óir dhom" adeir an bhean "innseóchaid mé dhuit cé'n fáth a bhfuil mé ag easgaine."
"An bhfuil fhios agad-sa" adeir an bhean "go bhfuil triúr mac ag an rí agus nuair a rachas tú abhaile marbhuigh cearc agus chuir a cuid fola i mbuidéal. Tabhair leat an buidéal go dtí an seomra. Téirigh a chodladh agus leig ort go bhfuil tú tinn. Nuair a thiocfas an ríogh fiafróchaidh sí cá bhfuil a bhean. Déarfaidh na searbhóghantaí go bhfuil sí tinn ar an leabaidh. Tiocfaidh an ríogh go dtí thú agus chomh luath is aireocais tú é ag teacht isteach doras an tseomra chuir braon do'n fhuil in do bhéal. Fiafreóchadh an rí dhíot céard atá ort. Abair thusa go bhfuil tú tinn agus caith amach an fhuil. Fiafróchadh sé annsin an féidir tú a leigheas Abair thusa nach féidir nó go spáinfidh sé dhuit a triúr páistí atá ins an teach sin tháll. Ní bheidh mórán fonn ar an rí iad a'spáint dhuit (ná) acht is fearr leis iad a spáint dhuit ná thú fagháil bás.
Rachaidh an ríogh go dtí iad agus déarfaidh sé gur mhaith le na bhean iad a feicéal agus déarfaidh sé leis an gcéad mhac gan aon chluiche cartaí a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 20:33
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In the graveyard in Churchtown, in the parish of Tagoat, in the Barony of Forth, there is a stone standing over the grave of a priest, named the Rev. Father Chievers of Churchtown, who said mass in the church there, which is now in ruins. It is a rectangular stone with a round top, and the date on it is 1747. In the same graveyard there is a stone of a similar kind, erected over a man named Redmond, who was a blacksmith. It is ornamented with the cutting of a hammer and pincers. This blacksmith is supposed to have made the first pike, which was used by the men of '98. He lived in Ballybro in this parish.
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2018-07-20 20:24
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In this district certain days are looked upon as being lucky and unlucky.
It is believed that it is unlucky to change from one house to another on Saturday, and if a person does it, it is said that it will not be long until he will change again. It is said that if a person takes up a position on Friday, that person will never have any luck while he remains in it. It is said that if a person does something on New Year's Day, that he is not in the habit of doing, that he will always do it for the coming year.
The "Cross Day" of the year in our district occurs on the eve of every holiday.
The "Days of the Old Cow" are the first three days of April. They are sometimes called the borrowed days.
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2018-07-20 20:03
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Some boys and girls make their own toys at home, such as kites and daisy chains.
A kite is made by placing two pieces of sticks across each other in the form of a cross, and tied together with a strong cord. Another piece of string is fastened to each end of the sticks to form the kite. A sheet of paper, which is then got and cut in the shape of the kite, is sewn to the string going from each end of the sticks. From one end of the kite a piece of string about five feet long is let fall, and paper in the form of bows is tied on the string, leaving them about seven inches apart. From another end a long string is tied, and when the kite is flying in the air, the person flying it holds the long string.
A daisy chain is made by picking a bunch of long stemmed daisies. A daisy is got and a small slit is made at the end of the stem, into which the stem of another daisy is put. this is continued until the chain is about the length of a necklace. It is then fastened by putting a small piece of thin string around the stem and head of the first and last daisies.
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2018-07-20 20:01
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cé'n spré atá an inghin lé fhághail.
Tugann an buachaill óg cuireadh chun na bainse do gach duine ar a bhaile agus do gach duine eile a bfhuil aon ghaol nó muinntaras aige leis. agus déanann an cailín óg an rud céadna.
Sin é lá na spóirte ar fad lá na bainse. Tosnuigheann an bainis tuairim a naoí a chlog. Bíonn an bhainis ar bun go dtí an t-am céadna ar maidin lá 'r na báireach.
Teighean gach duine abhaile go sona sásta acht an cailín atá thar éis pósadh. Ní téighean sí sin abhaile go mbíonn sí mí pósta. Annsin téighean sí abhaile ar an "gcuairt mhíosa." Fanan sí ins an mbaile ar feadh cúpla lá.
Tá sean fhocal ann,
"Dia Luain soir,
Máirt siar,
Diardaoin sonaidhe,
soir no siar"
"An té go mbíonn a chleamhnas déanta ní ceart dó a dhul amach go mór-mhór ar an bhfairrge - Bíonn tóir ar a leithéidí." - l.14.
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2018-07-20 19:53
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The Islanders are noted for their hospitality, and are without exception warm-hearted and generous, and in no other part of Clare is the spirit of Irish hospitality more thorough and sincere.
A hearty welcome greets you at the threshold of their homes, there is good fellowship in their firm handclasp and you are treated to the very best the house affords.
An upright and industrious people, their insular farms supply many of their wants - some augment their income by industrious gathering from the harvest of the sea.
As expert boatmen it would be hard to find rivals to beat them. In calm or storm they are equally at home upon the waves for, from boyhood days
"they have wantoned with the breakers".
Cradled amidst the waters they know every mood of their natal rivers.
( "Their march is o'er the rolling waves,
Their home is on the deep." )
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2018-07-20 19:53
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a while the horse went on and when he arrived at the house the person was just dead.
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2018-07-20 19:50
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The priest and the umbrella
One night a man went to the priest asking him to come to his house that his mother was sick, The priest got up and got his horse and set out, He had to pas a fort and as he was passing it his horse stopped up and would not go He got off the horse and examined the place and could not see anything. After
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2018-07-20 19:49
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many as 1500 monks and pupils to the end of the 9th century when it was frequently ravaged by the Norse. It was restored in 1194 by King Donald O'Brien who granted the land to the Bishop of Limerick. It was again destroyed by Cromwell in 1651, but its present Ruins bear testimony of its ancient greatness.

The well known legend of the Wise Woman of Mungeret is well known to the people of Limerick. The monks were challenged by the monks of Lismore to test who were the most learned. The challenge was accepted and on the appointed day the Mungeret monks contrived a stratagem by donning women's clothes, and at the arrival of the Lismore monks were seemingly washing clothes at a pond and upon their opponents giving them the usual salutation, they replied to them in both Greek and Latin with the result that the Lismore monks were disconcerted and did not proceed further but returned to Lismore thinking that if the washerwomen of Mungeret were so learned in the Classics what must the monks be.
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2018-07-20 19:47
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lambs in very cold weather. Pigs are called by saying chock, chock. Poultry are also kept on the farm. Hens, ducks, turkeys and geese are kept. Hens are called by saying tioc, tioc! Turkeys are called y saying biad, biad! Ducks are called by saying luat, luat! When eggs are being set they are marked, and the mark is represented by a cross. Holy water is sometimes shaken over them to bring luck.
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2018-07-20 19:41
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St Nessan was the first bishop of Mungeret. St Munchin was educated there and was its first abbot. Owing to his unexampled piety and learning, he was sent by St. Patrick to instruct the Connaught people. He was the first Bishop of Limerick and of the Dalcasian Race.
The blessed O'Morgan who was the principal professor of divinity in Armagh and western Europe was born and educated here about 1100. It contained a great seat of learning and as
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2018-07-20 19:39
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Church-Field.
One day a man named John Carthy who lived in Churchfield near hear (sic), he was digging a field for potatoes. There was (sic) Skeletons and bones under the ground. It is said that during the famine the people were buried there and so it got the name of Churchfield; the ruins of the old Church are in the field.
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2018-07-20 19:39
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Horses are kept to draw farm implements and heavy loads. The horses are housed in stables, which are divided into apartments called stalls. The hay loft is usually situated over the stable, and the hay is thrown down through a trap-door in the floor of the loft, into the manger. The horses are tied by a halter, to which a rope is fastened. A lump of wood is fastened to the end of the rope, which is put through a large ring. The wood cannot come through the ring, and on account of this, the horses cannot get away. At the top of the apartments is a manger into which hay is put. A small trough is made at the manger into which mangolds and turnips are put. When drinks are given to the horses, buckets are used.
Some of the other farm animals kept, are pigs and sheep. Pigs are kept in the sty, and sheep are kept in the fields, except when they are having
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2018-07-20 19:38
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The Double Ditch
Once upon a time a man near here went to America and after some time he returned in (sic) a chest of gold. He said that he would build a Castle and put the gold in it. So he built a Castle and then he said he would build Double Ditch (sic) all round the Castle so that he could draw his carriage on the ditch. This man was a Protestant and St Finian wanted to convert so he went and when he has talked to him he converted. When St Finian was coming back, he saw a big elm tree on the ditch and he struck his crozier in the tree and a weed sprung out of it and is there ever since.
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2018-07-20 19:38
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There is a place called Pipers pit in Coolnacartan it is said that Pipers have often been heard playing music there at night. Many cold winter nights when the moon would be up people would come to hear the Pipers play. It is said that if anyone cut branches off the trees around they would leave no luck and nothing would grow in it. The pipers pit is one of Mr John Mulhalls fields.

Mary Clinton
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2018-07-20 19:37
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by the Chief Justice of The King's Bench who reported to Loftus who was the head of the Government in Dublin. He was then taken and bound in chains and confined to a dungeon. The authorities used every means possible to get him to renounce the Pope and finding they could not succeed put his legs into a vessel containing oil and set the oil on fire thus taking the flesh from his legs.
Some days afterwards he was taken and hanged on the East side of St Stephen's Green where Lad Lane now stands, on 6th May 1584. He was the first martyr bishop of the Church in Ireland.
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2018-07-20 19:36
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Close to the Castle at Gort-na-Clea there was a man living with his wife and son and daughter. They lived happily for some time, but trouble came at last. One night they went to bed and fell asleep but were awakened by a strange noise at the window. The mother of the little Máire saw an old woman who took Máire and left another child in her place, of course. Mrs McMahon did not see the old woman take Máire or leave the other child. The child was very cross and would not stop crying. Years passed by and the boy John had grown to man-hood and one morning Mr and Mrs McMahon had gone to Mass John was not on the road. He saw an old woman who said to him
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2018-07-20 19:33
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Some people say that the Cuckoo turns into a hawk in the Winter and in the summer she turns back into a Cuckoo she lays one egg in a boglarks nest, and when the young Cuckoo comes out, she pushes out the young boglark. She is a greedy bird because she wants all the food for herself.
The owl it is said cannot see in the day he can only see in the night, he lives on rats, which he finds in haysheds or barn.
A bat cannot see in the daylight either.
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2018-07-20 19:33
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a cooked ram for the king's feast. St Patrick asked the boy for the ram that he may give it to the jugglers and save his honour. The boy at once gladly gave the ram but his master grumbled a little when he saw its destination. Patrick then said to Lommon his host that none of his race would ever be king or prince or bishop and to Manton he said that his cloister would not be lofty but would be the dwelling place of rabble and that sheep and swine would tread on his remains.
He then ordained Nessan a deacon and founded a church for him, that is Mungret near Limerick.
Close to Knockea is the townland of Licadoon where archbishop Dermot O Hurley was born and brought up. He studied at Louvain and Paris with great distinction, became professor of law at his former university. He then went to Rome where he was received kindly by Pope Gregory XIII who appointed him archbishop of Cashel.
He immediately went to Ireland where he found everything in chaos and anarchy with the usurper Miler McGrath as Protestant Archbishop of Cashel. He had to assume women’s clothes and went about the country teaching and baptizing the faithful until he was betrayed
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2018-07-20 19:32
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On Christmas night the candle is put in a crock of sand or a scooped out turnip and lighted before a crib.
The head of the family lights it and it must be lighted with a bit of paper. It is then sprinkled with holy water and prayers are said.
A fresh candle is lighted on Christmas Night, New Year's Night and Little Christmas Night.
The Christmas decorations should not be taken down on a Monday and should be left up until the octave of Christmas.
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2018-07-20 19:29
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Ins an Inid is mó a phósann na daoine a bhíos ag dul a pósa[?] Bíonn an Inid ann ó Nodlag go dtí Céadaoin na Luaithre. Sé an chéad rud a déannan an fear a dteastuigheann an bhean uaidh ná a dhul go dtí cara dhó atá ciallmhar tuigsionach agus deireann leis a dhul go dtí a léithéid seo do mhnaoí ghá h-iarraidh dhó. Geibheann sé buidéal poitín do'n teachtaire agus nuair a tagann an oidhche buaileann mo dhuine isteach i dtigh an chailín óig. Ní bhionn sé i bfhad istigh nuair a innsigheann sé nach ar cuairt agus tarrnuigheann sé aníos an buidéal as a phóca. Tugann sé thart ar muinntir an tíghe é agus tosnuigheann air ag innseacht faoí an méid talamh atá ag an bhfear a bhfuil an bhean ag teastáil uaidh, an méid beithidhigh, caoirigh, agus gach rud dhá bfhuil aige.
Má bhíonn fear a'tíghe sásta leis an sgéal sin cuirtear an cheist ar an gcailín óg agus má bhionn sí sin sásta ceaptar amach oidhche an chleamhnais.
Tugann an buachaill cuireadh do cheathrar no cúigear a mbíonn gaol aige leób agus déanann muinntir na mná óige an rud céadhna. Bailigheann siad lé chéile i dteach an cleamhnais. Bíonn damhsa agus rí-rá aca annsin go maidin. Téidheann an buachaill óg go dtí an seomra agus socruigheann sé fhéin agus fear a' tighe
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is a priest's grave. There is a house near it also, in which mass was said in olden times. Some people say that if the water from the well is put on the fire to boil, it will not boil.
When a man was going from work one evening, he was passing by a holy well in Kilrane. He threw dirt into it and it changed from where it was to another place.
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Close to Ballinagarde is the historic hill of Knockea. When St. Patrick visited Co. Limerick Lommon the king of East Limerick and Manton Patrick’s deacon had prepared a feast for St Patrick and his people on the summit of the hill, when it chanced that a band of itinerant jugglers came upon the scene and meeting St Patrick first asked him for some food.
The law of hospitality was always imperative in Celtic Ireland and accordingly told him to go to Lommon and Manton and thought they would supply their wants. No one had yet tasted of the banquet not even Patrick himself and hence when the jugglers applied for the food they were refused by Lommon and Manton who told them in effect that strollers like them were not the persons to bless the food and partake of it first.
They meant no harm but still St Patrick’s wish was not complied with and his honour was compromised when hospitality was refused even to the jugglers so St Patrick said
“So the boy who cometh from the North to him victory has been given”. Forthwith a youth named Nessan appeared coming up the hill with his mother, the latter carrying
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There is no holy well in this school district but there is one in Rosslare and another in Kilrane in this parish. There are also two in our neighbouring parish of Our Lady's Island.
In the parish of Our Lady's Island in the parish of Saint Margarets, there is one and the name of it is Saint Vaux well. Saint Vaux came from France on a rolling stone and where this stone came ashore, a well sprang up. It is said that when he was leaving France, the stone broke in two.People visit this well on the feast of Saint Vaux, and people with sore eyes rub them with the water from the well.
The other one, which is Saint Ann's is in Tacumshane. People with sore eyes visit it on the feast day.
In Rosslare there is a holy well and beside it there
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When St. Patrick came to the hill outside Limerick city, we are told he greatly admired the view and prayed God to help him to get his name honoured on this spot.
He preached from it and blessed the hill. He caused to be erected a school and Church.
The story with regard to the first superior is this.

A young boy named Nessan was anxious to show respect to Patrick. He brought to the Saint a roasted lamb. Before Patrick had partaken of the dainty dish others more hungry than himself came alone and Patrick asked the boy if he could give his gift to the poor.
The boy Nessan, though giving willingly of what he had was disappointed that the Saint did not eat and Patrick blessed him and said his name would be famous. This story is told here as if it actually happened in Glin.
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The patron saints of Howth are St. Nessan and St. Fintan. Nessan was descended from the royal house of Leinster, he had seven sons. All of whom, became saints. Three of them settled on Ireland's Eye and built an oratory. Only the ruins can be seen
to-day. About that time a book was written called "The Garland of Howth", a copy of the four Gospels. The Island has since been called Inis MacNessain or the Island of the Sons of Nessan.
There are twenty four Saints named Fintan, and it is not known for certain which of them is connected with Sutton. He may have been the saint whose feast day in on 21st June, whose father had a Howth name Griffan and who died in the year 634, There is a small oratory called St. Fintan's church on the south side
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giving away the items for the feast for she greatly feared the chief's anger. The wether and cheeses were laid before the jugglers but no sooner had they begun to eat, than the ground opened and swallowed them. The cheeses were changed into stones and are still to be seen on Knockea hill.
St Patrick then blessed Nessan and founded a church for him at Mungret. To Nessan's mother he said that she would not be buried in the same place as her son and her prophecy came true for St. Nessan's mother was buried outside the wall of the church.
A great monastery also grew up here and scholars from all the countries of Europe came and studied within its walls.
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When St Patrick was visiting the territory of East Limerick he stopped on the hill of Knockea and sent one of his followers called Mantan to Lomman, the chief of the district to tell him to prepare for his reception.
Lomman prepared a great banquet, but no sooner had Mantan set off than a train of jugglers came up the hill demanding hospitality of Patrick. Patrick felt upset at not being able to offer them hospitality so he directed them to the house of Lomman, telling them that he would satisfy their wants. This, Lomman refused to do, saying, "it is not meet that jugglers should grace the first of our feast".
Looking down the hill towards the Limerick side, Patrick saw coming up a little boy named Nessan carrying a roasted wether (castrated ram) and three curded cheeses. He hailed the little boy and asked him to give him the wether and cheeses which he willingly did. His mother who was with him did not agree with his
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When a black cat strays into a house 'tis a great sign of good luck.
On no account take the cat with you if you are moving from one house to another. Let him follow you if he is able.
Don't turn the head of your bed to the east.
Don't build to the west. 'Tis very unlucky to do so. It is also to break a door to the west.
If a person is sick and if a priest visits him and says he'll be all right, he'll get better.
A cure for craosgalar is to put the gander's beak down the person's throat and let him breath on the person.
If the butter is made in a bottle on May Eve it is a charm that will stop any one from taking your butter for the year.
If a person has yellow jaundice bury his urine in a bottle in a bounce ditch.
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Ribbandism
There was a Mr. Connell, Killskyre, a farmer. He sold oats to a boycotted man at a market in Clonmellon. One morning he was coming home from mass with his mother and sister on the side-car when they were met by four men with clubs. This car was the first car home. One of the men held the horse while the other pulled the son down of the car and beat him black with the clubs while his mother and sister tried to save him
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crocks of cream. His curiosity was aroused and he came and said to the woman "The hare did come in here you must be sitting on her". He moved her over and found a pool of blood on the floor, the result of the bite of the dog. He accused her of taking the milk but she begged of him not to report her and she would not go near the cows again.
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a portion of that bog called Móinín. In my great Grandfather's time when he was cutting turf in that bog, down some distance in the turf he came upon the remains of Soldiers' clothing and blankets and a copper vessel filled with butter. This road rises up then into rocky land and is very rough and winding for a long distance. It was a portion of an old Dublin road and could be called the rocky road to Dublin.
In its course it went over Windmill hill and Mulláthaleigh hill and by Lea castle and the town of Lea. In the town there was an ash tree which became famous for its immense size. In its old age it hollowed in the centre and a party of tinkers made a home in it. In Belgium there is a library with an inlaid floor of all the remarkable timbers of the world. One piece belongs to that famous ash tree of Lea.

Rose Hughes,
Ballintogher,
Monasterevan.
Told to me by my father Stephen Hughes.
Abour 56 years. Dec. 1938
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lived a farmer named Beathy. He owned a lot of cows but these cows did not give as much milk as they should. He used keep two greyhounds. Early one morning he went out with the hounds and saw one of the cows standing and a hare sucking her. He slipped the two dogs at her and the hare ran straight for a mud cabin at the end of the bog. There was a little window open in the house and she jumped in through it. As she did, one of the greyhounds took a piece out of her tail. The man kept his eye on the window until he came up. Then, he blocked it up so that she could not get out. He went into the house where there was an old had sitting on the floor beside the fire. He asked her did she a hare coming in the window. "No a chara, no hare came in here". He insisted that there did and moved around the house to look. In a little room he saw a lot of butter and three
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It is a sure sign of bad luck if you meet a funeral on your wedding.
If there is a double marriage in a family the first to get married will meet with great misfortune.
If a house is built on pathway the occupants will never prosper. They met like the froth of the river.
When the goats run for shelter it is a sure sign of rain.
If you are going on a journey don't turn back. If you do you will have no luck.
If you want to keep hunger and poverty from your door throw a loaf of bread against it on New Year Night. Throw it from the inside.
If you wash your feet at night don't throw out the feet-water. The "good people" can't come in if you do that.
If a March Cock is kept in the dwelling house the good people won't go in.
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2018-07-20 18:59
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In my district there are many old roads, but there is one near my home where portions of it are used for public use and portions for private use. One portion of it is called Dara na Foncion. The next part, some if it is cut away for private use in Ballintogher, Átha Buide was the next portion and then Bullnagree was the next, away down to the Barrow. It was a very winding road and it was about one of the first hard stoney roads.
The other old road in Ballyadden portion of it also is used privately and portion of it used for public use. It runs through Ballyadden and passes an old graveyard and the ruins of an old Church that was controlled by the Monks of Monasterevan. Then it runs through Graiguegaverne and it continues on then through a bog Ballynowlan and
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2018-07-20 18:58
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Near Ballyhealy, Westmeath there
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look at these every night and cover them again for the morning. On this certain night he went out with a spade to look at them. He heard a great noise at one of the holes. He looked in and found the hare ploughing about. He attacked the hare with the spade but the hare screamed "Don't kill me". "I will kill you" said the man. "Don't kill me - take me up and I will tell you who I am". This frightened him. He took the hare up and she turned into a woman, a neighbour of his whom he knew well. She begged him not to tell anyone. He went home and went to bed and became rather melancholy. He got up after about a month and went to America. Before he went he told what had happened him to Mat Murray whom this story came from.
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2018-07-20 18:53
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There was a man named Tom Stephens who lived in Caddinstown about 80 years ago. He had a field of turnips and the hares used come in from the bog and eat them. He made hare holes to catch them. He used to
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leave the child alone in the house without putting the thongs across the cradle.
A sick child usually improves at the turn of the tide.
The weather changes at new moon.
If the tide roars to the north 'tis a sign of fine weather, if to the south bad wet weather.
Periwinkles, sleabhacán, bárnach, or seagrass are not fit for use till they have three drinks of the March sea.
Cill sa [?]. Locally called Cillslaichín was seen in 1924 and 1931. On both occasions it took the same form. A Market day in a town. People were seen passing a big archway. Cattle were in a market peace. You would know by the actions of the people that they were making a bargain. It was seen on the water at the mouth of the Shannon.
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asked "who" and Conor said "Pollard is sitting on his back". He ordered the people to get him three elder rods. He got the rods and went around the horse three times tipping him with the rods and demanding the spirit to dismount. Then he ordered the people to clear away and the spirit to "begone" and "never to appear again". Then he spoke to the horse to get up. The horse began to whine, jumped up and raced about the field. The priest returned and when he heard it was Conor Sheridan made the horse get up, he sent for him, thanked him and was very friendly with him afterwards.
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leave the child alone in the house without putting the thongs across the cradle.
A sick child usually improves at the turn of the tide.
The weather changes at new moon.
If the tide roars to the north 'tis a sign of fine weather, if to the south bad wet weather.
Periwincles, sleabhacán, bárnach, or seagrass are not fit for use till they have three drinks of the March sea.
Cill sa [?]. Locally called Cillslaichín was seen in 1924 and 1931. On both occasions it took the same form. A Market day in a town. People were seen passing a big archway. Cattle were in a market peace. You would know by the actions of the people that they were making a bargain. It was seen on the water at the mouth of the Shannon.
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In London C T I saw A B chirping on a willow 3 2 ys U R 2ys U B 2 ys U R I.C. for me who ever you sting U wont sting me.
Marriage
The sheaf that's bound in harvest is ripped in spring.
Don't get married on a Friday.
If a young girl throws a ball of thread into a limekiln on Shrove Tuesday and begins to wind the man she is to marry will come and help her.
Páirc na Bullai??
A field in Killehenny so called because a barrel heard rolling there every night. At other side of the Road in [?] a Ghost Greyhound supposed to be seen.
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he died.
The Black Dog
The dog on another occassion appeared to two small boys. It happened like this.
These two boys were throwing stones from the road into the school yard. Suddenly a huge black dog appeared in the school yard and jumped up the wall and made for one of the boys.
The two boys ran screaming into one of the houses opposite where they stayed until thier father came to bring them home. The next morning the boy who the dog had run at was found dead in his bed.
Th Grave-Diggers.
One day two men were digging a grave in St John's Protestant chuchyard. When the grave was finished on of the men sealed a tree which was growing near the open grave.
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what ever farming implements they had brought with them to do the digging with. Inside the found the vestments of a priest.
Short Folk-Lore Stories.
Some years ago a man was returning home from a friends home where he had been engaged in a game of billiards. The game had proved so interesting and the time had flowen with such speed that it was approaching the mid-night hour, when at last he took his departure.
On his way home he had to pass by the Lake School which is the girls school of St. Johns Parish, until recently. When he came near the gate he saw a black dog with a chain around his neck. He was transfixed with fright. He kept quiet, and just as the clock in the Tholsel rang the hour of midnight the dog disappeared.
He arrived home suffering from shock. About a week
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that it was a witch she was instead of herself. The man was going to burn her, and she asked for a chance, but he said no. She asked again and told him to open the two door. He did, and she went out one door and his wife came in the other. Nine days after the man died. It was said that he got a fairy stroke.
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A Folk-Lore Story
About a mile outside the town situated on the Dublin Road is a big house called Sir Charles's. The caretaker of this house once told a story about a boy who went out alone to dig in one of the fields on the estate, one day, some years ago.
He was digging for some time when suddenly his spade hit something hard. He tried to get his spade under the object to try and bring it up, but he failed. In the end however he dug a hole and discovered that it was a large stone step, which had been hampering him in his toil. After he had been digging for a while more he discovered some more steps.
He was afraid however to investigate any further, and so he went to the house to get help. He soon returned with two men, who found the rest of the steps. They also discovered a small celler at the bottem. On entering the celler the saw a chest in one of the corners. They broke the chest open with
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was not long there when a woman with a brown head walked up to her, and asked her to mind her baby for a while, - she gave her a beautiful baby. After a while the woman took back the baby again.
The woman from Banemore got very sleepy and she did not know where she was. Still she went home and forgot about her own baby, and on a bag on the corner she sat. She got very sick and when her people asked her to go to bed she said "no". She was in the corner for weeks.
Her people said it was a fairy stroke she got and
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There was a woman from Banemore, Listowel, and her baby was only three weeks old. She went to town one day and told her mother-in-law to take care of her baby while she was going to town.
She went off to town, and when she came to Ferm fort she sat down on a stone to rest. She
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There was off to town, and when she a woman from Banemore, Listowel, and her baby was only three weeks old. She went to town one day and told her mother-in-law to take care of her baby while she was going to town.
She went off to town, and when she came to Ferm fort she sat down on a stone to rest. She
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and he had to come home. He had that last for years afterwards. It was made of coloured stone.
In Ferm fort there grew a beautiful apple tree and Mrs. Faley picked some apples as she was passing. She was going on home when she saw all the crows flying around her, she threw an apple at them and they carried it away. She then threw another and then all of them, and the crows took them all back again to the fort. The crows were the fairies.
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17. Patch upon patch without any stitches. Riddle me that and
I will buy you a britches?
Head of cabbage.
18. What is it with holes in it that holds up water?
A brook.
19. Forty sheep went out a gap. Forty more followed that.
Six, seven, ten, eleven. Three and two how many is
that?
Five.
20. Over the fire and over the fire and it never touches the
fire?
Cake in an overn.
21. How many potatoes would it take to make a Bruitin?
As many as you have butter for.
Conn O'Boy,
Drumingna,
16..2..1938
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a mushroom.
He took off his boots, and tip-toed and grasped the fairy by the arm. He demanded his purse of gold. The fairy said he had no purse, but told him to get a spade, and then showed him a geósadán where the gold was.
He took the last that the fairy had, and went home for a spade, but when he came back again to dig the geósadán the field was covered all over with geósadáns. He did not know which was the right one.
He dug one, and two, and three, but the fairy kept dancing around,
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In every fort there is an entrance hole. People often tried to go down, but they got a sore hand or leg or a swollen finger or some máchaill or other. One day Mrs. Faley's brother was passing Ferm fort he heard "tic teac"; he stood still to listen where it was, and he saw a little man hammering a little shoe under
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9. Everyone has it and so has the fire?
A name.
10. Put out your hand and you will see what never was or
never will be?
That your thumb is not as long as the other fingers.
11 What part of the cow goes into the byre first?
Her breath.
12. Brought to the table, cut, divided round but never eaten?
A pack of cards.
13. A room full, and a room full, and a room full, and cannot
catch a spoonful.
Smoke.
14. Black and white, and read all over?
Paper.
15. As I went out on yonder gap I met my uncle Dan. I cut
off his head, and sucked his blood and left him lying
easy?
Blackberry.
11. I went into the wood to get Brosna, I neither has ash,
oak, or elm but I had Brosna?
I had a god called Brosna.
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that he got the hump of the old man. He went home very weary and did not come back to the fort ever since.
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