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2020-02-13 12:42
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The prayer of our Lady's prayer
Prayer of love may you never cease to
think of me may you love.
Follow my face as the cow looks after the
calf
From this day til the day of my death
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-13 12:37
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The prayer of our Lady's prayer.
Prayer of love may you never cease to
think of me may you love.
Follow my face as the cow looks after the
calf
From this day til the day of my death
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2020-02-13 12:37
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The prayer of our Lady's prayer.
Prayer of love may you never cease to
think of me may you love.
Follow my face as the cow looks after the
calf
From this day til the day of my death
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2020-02-13 12:29
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Prayer for a Sick cow
The prayer we say the name of the Father
and of the Sm and of the Holy Ghost
A prayer for the cow from the manger
in which Christ was layed,
Holy mother your son is calling saying
shall off the sickness for my mothers
sake and give her thanks
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2020-02-13 12:29
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Prayer against Evil Spirits
Protect us do not let us see their faces
Away from us may they be in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Ghost. Amen
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2020-02-13 12:29
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The prayer of our Lady
Prayer of love may you never cease to
think of me may you love.
Follow my face as the cow looks after the
calf
From this day til the day of my death
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-10-17 09:44
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Long ago in Killynon it was said that coaches drove up and down the avenue and all the house was lit up with a ghost. The priest of the Parish put away the ghost and there is a room in the house that cannot be opened. It could not be opened because the Aunts of Mr Reynell appeared in it. They all died at 18 years of age. The door was opened about 20 years ago and made into a servants dining hall. It was called the botany.
There was a ghost seen in Knockdrin avenues running through the wood. He was called the becadáun. It was supposed to have a foal's head and a man's body. The noise he made was like a man laughing.
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2019-10-17 09:37
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Christy King was a tyrant landlord. He belonged to Edmontown. He ejected eleven families one morning in the Black Bog. He was a man of no charity. He was a cripple before he died and could say nothing but "lossa lossa"
The beakadán was to be seen in Clonlost woods. It used to be heard at the one time every evening.
There is a fort near Killucan. One night a drunken man boasted he would sleep on it. He had a small hump on his back, but in the morning after he had slept on it the hump was twice as big.
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2018-08-21 15:54
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The seventh son can cure sore lips by breathing on them and the seventh son of the seventh son cannot be drowned by water or burned by fire.
The seventh daughter will be a banshee and she cries over families for a hundred years.
Chahills blood can cure wildfire.
Mrs. Lawton (Cahill was her maiden name) cured several people of wildfire. She pricks her fingers to draw the blood then rubs her finger to the affected part. The next day if her finger is sore the person has not the wildfire but if her finger is not sore, the person has the wildfire. After the third application the person is cured.
The following prayer is said to protect a person from danger of thunder and lightening; Padair Íosa, a muin Ois dá mácair
An Íosa bí agus Cág dul trí slíga (a vadam)
Go seacainn díom, ar sluasad tornige agus confad mo namaid.
If a person got wounded and she was shedding blood this prayer is to be said three times and each time at the mention of the holy name the breath must be blown on the wound.
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2018-08-21 14:36
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The Townland of Coolnacurragh
Long ago there was supposed to be a holy well on the estate of Mr Carter of Coolnacurragh. It was called St. Kieran's well. Around this well grew fourteen small ash trees. These ash trees were supposed to represent the stations of the cross. By degrees these ash trees were cut down all except one which remained growing near the well. There was a man in the district who wanted the tree for some special use. One night about twelve o'clock he went to cut down the tree. He climbed the tree and began to cut down the branches.
At that moment he saw his own house on fire. He could see the flames going up in the air. He ran home as quickly as his legs would carry him but when he reached the house he could see no fire at all. He went back to the tree and began to cut the branches as before. Shortly had he begun when he saw his house on fire again. He went home but he saw no fire. He never made any attempt afterwards to cut down the tree.
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2018-08-21 09:59
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2018-08-21 09:58
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2018-08-21 09:54
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It's black and white and red all over
Ans = A newspaper
The man that made it never wore it, the man that wore it never saw it
Ans= coffin
I had a little house and a mouse could not fit in it, all the men in county Limerick could not count all the windows in it
Ans= A temble
It is under water, over water, and never touches water
Ans= A woman crossing a bridge with a pale of water on her head
As round as a marble, as flat as a pan, the head of a woman, the whole of a man
Ans = A penny
What turns without moving
Ans= sweet milk turing sour
It unites by dividing and it devides by uniting
Ans= scissors
Two dead men fighting, two blind
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2018-08-21 09:54
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Signs of bad weather:-
The crows flying low. Sut falling from the chimney; Sea-gulls flying to the land. Spiders creeping from their cob-webs;
There is a little verse about signs of bad weather;-
The moon last night went pale to bed,
The sun was hallow hung her head, the sut falls down, and spannels(?) sleep,
and spiders from their cob-webs creep.
Máire Nic Aodha
Foynes, National, School,
I got above from Mrs B Dundon,
Aughanish, Barrigone, Co. Limerick
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2018-08-21 09:52
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Signs of Good Weather
If the swallows and crows were flying very high to the ground: A patch of blue in the morning about the size of a blanket towards the west; The people long ago used to say "A rainbow at night is a shepherd's delight; A red sky at night
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2018-08-21 09:51
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13th June 1938
In olden times people had very hard times. They had heavy rent to pay to the Landlord and could be evicted from their lands if the Landlord liked.
The local Landlord who had his residence in Kelelton, owned all the lands of Kelelton, Clounamon, Mortara, and Carrig. As Landlords usually did, he put heavy rents on people who were not able to pay them. If they did'nt pay them, he had them evicted.
The people could'nt kill a pig, but they would have to give the Landlord at least three quarters of him. They would tie a bag round the pig's head to prevent him from screeching so as the Landlord would'nt hear him, and if he did he'd put more rent on them. Also if a man had a valuable cow or horse the Landlord could buy it for a few pence.
A story is told about a widow named Mrs. Mc Grath who had six children and was very poor, and could 'nt pay servants to do her work for her. When the time came for paying the rent, this
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2018-08-21 09:51
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There is an old school in Bekan and it was a very small school and there was one room in it. There was one teacher in it and his name was Michael O Byrne. The teacher taught school in an old house. The scholars gathered to the school and the teacher was teaching them. At that time the scholars had no copies or ink to write on. The scholars had no seats to sit on. They had only flat flags of stone to sit on. The pupils had slates and chalks to write with. The teacher was a stranger. He was teaching school for his wages. The teacher stayed a fornight in every school. The above information was give me by Paddy Caulfield.
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2018-08-21 09:46
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One time there was a little girl and she lived somewhere up about Rustyduff. It was in the harvest time and she was out in the fields. She saw something like an angel and she was turned into a fairy. Her father missed her and she was found on the hill of Sliseagh.
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2018-08-21 09:46
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2018-08-21 09:45
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"The poor man's Garden" is a name given to a filed in Ballykaneen (In Irish baile Coinin = "Townsland of Rabitts") which is the property of Mr,Robert Corbett. It is in the Parish of Clonaslee (or Kilwannan).
An ancestor of the present owner, witnessed many scenes in the field, during those tragic years. At night he watched the people coming into this field. (a field where the potato crop was very successful in the famine years) and bring away a bag full each every night.The constant invasion caused many gaps to appear in the fencing and ever since 3 things are noted
1; The field is called "The poor man's Garden"
2; Crops grow in abundance there.
3; Every year farm animals trespass when the crop is ripe.
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2018-08-21 09:44
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dead afterwards.
The stream is known to this day as Gleann an Tairbh (Glounadarrive)
The man who got this great fright from the bulls while searching for the treasure was named Seán ó Dálaigh or Seán a' Carraig Dálaigh to give him the name by which he was known locally.
So Seán went home, that night, very thankful that he was not killed by the bull and never afterwards went out trying to discover the treasure.
It is believed by the people of the district that the treasure was never discovered. The townland is ever since known as Knocknadarrive-Cnoc na dTarbh or "Hill of the bulls."
The End
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2018-08-20 15:52
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2018-08-20 10:15
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Thomple chaegawn. The Church or Chapel of Grennan stands in the townland of Grennan, midway between Grennan and Thomastown. Little remains of its walls but the east gable with a beautiful Gothic window divided at the end by slender cut stones into three ogee headed lights.
The east end of Church where the altar stood has been appropriated into a burial vault by the Devereux family.
The Church belonged to the Priory of Inistioge up to the suppression of Religion. Houses
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2018-08-20 10:14
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appeared on the scene with his police force to assist the bailiff. It was the Inspector's duty to read the "Act of Eviction" three times before they began to put force in action. He read the 'Act' twice and then he turned to the crowd and warned them that immediately the Act was read for the third time - his men would do their duty. Thereupon Fr. Neary steps up to the Inspector and tells him if he reads the act that night his wife would be a widow - as the Inspector would be the first man to die. Report says the Inspector took Fr. Neary's words to heart and did not read the act. So this particular eviction did not take place.
Another story of eviction
When Raftices of Pwerswood were evicted - already referred to in local happenings in this book - it was Hanrahan their next door neighbour who took Raftice's farm. All the neighbours boycotted Hanrahan - but still his own immediate relatives supported him and used to stay up night after
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2018-08-20 10:13
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In a field in my father's land there is a large stone. It is said that if you had a bad headache and to it your head against this stone, it would cure your headache and you would never suffer from headaches again. My father did this once, his headache was cured and he has never suffered from headaches since. The field is called "Cathair Bróda"and I live in Laughtys haughnessy.
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2018-08-20 10:12
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Travelling Folk
6-7-1938
Travelling folk come around here, some are strangers & some have been coming many years. "Lame Jack" and his wife were noted travellers but both are long since dead. "Lame Jack" was the King of the tramps and a pickpocket as well. "The Praiscin" was a nickname for an old Crimean veteran long since dead."Forty bags" and "Hailstone Jack" were familiar figures some years ago.
The Hands, The Joyces, The Powers were tinkers and have been coming for years. They travel on Donkey carts & on foot and have certain camping places - generally on by-roads. They erect little tents with sticks & sacks and sometimes sleep under the carts. They made tin-cans, saucepans, strainers, which they sold door to door, they often exchanged them for potatoes & cabbage.
The ragman is never seen now around here though he was once a familair figure and eagerly watched for. He exchanged delph for rags bottle horse hair etc. He travelled in a Donkey cart the back of which was filled with delph!
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2018-08-20 10:11
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The River Lee rises in Gougane Barra and this is how it got it's name. Long ago it is said there was a big animal living in the lake and anyone who ventured near it, was swallowed by him. Now there was a poor woman living in the lake and her only cow was swallowed by the animal. She told the monks that were living there her sad story and they banished him.
Now the part of the lake where the animal was living was very narrow and he had no room to get out. He used have to work by night and lie down by day until he was banished. Every day when the people used come out they used see the place where the animal was lying and they used say to each other "Feach a raibh luighe aréir aige". So that is how the River Lee got it's name.
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2018-08-20 10:11
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The sacred spark, finds refuge then,
Within the poet's souls,
And there tis fanned, with jealous care,
And zeal that never tires,
Until it flashes in the air,
Like blazing forest fires,

(IV)
When Darby Ryan sang his songs,
The land was dark with woe,
Our father's tamely bore their wrongs,
And whined at every blow,
Then for the slightest word or deed,
The poor man should atone,
It took a Godlike man indeed,
To call his soul his own.

(V)
At times his song's like bugle tones,
Rang martial, clear and terse,
Again one heard the people's moans,
In his pathetic verse,
Then humour, satire, at his will,
Came gushing from his heart,
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2018-08-20 10:11
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Lissenhall: Lios an halla nó Lios an eala
The hall referred to was a house supposed to be a fort in [?] land.
The swan was on a lough on the Lissenhall estate.
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2018-08-20 10:01
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Seana-Chéardanna
1. Déanamh ciseán a b'eadh an príomh céard a bhí ag daoine an oileáin seo fadó. Do Fhásadh siad a lán gad ar a bhferimeacha, agus nuair do fhásadh siad suas bhaineadh siad iad le corán. Annsan an fhad is a bhí siad righin dheinidís na ciseáin leo. Chuiridís na gaid fada síos san talamh agus annsan chasaidís na gaid eile as a dtimcheall go dtí go mbíodh an ciseán árd go leor. Céard an-mhaith a b'eadh déanamh ciseán an am sin mar bhí siad an-dhaor agus fuair na daoine a lán airgid san slighe san.
D'úsáideadh na ciseáin cun aoileach do tharraing go dtí na guirt, agus cun prátaí agus glionraigh do choimeád beo. Ní dheineann na daoine aon ciseáin anois mar níl eolas ag na daoine atá annso anois conas a deintear iad
2. In Sherkin about forty years ago the farmers kept sheep. The sheep were sheared twice a year and the wool was spun. It was then made into thread called "yarn" and some of it was converted into frieze and flannel. Any of the wool, frieze or flannel that was not consumed was sold. This trade was carried on until the creameries were built. The
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2018-08-20 10:01
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water and then drink the water
Internal injuries: wild sage juice
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2018-08-20 09:58
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The Parish of Mullagh.
This Parish is in the east end of the County Cavan, bordering Meath, from which it is separated by the River Borora. It extends in a westerly direction about 7 miles with an average width of about 2 miles. The surface is undulating and consists of a number of low hills or ridges running east and west, the village between containing small bogs which are used by the inhabitants to supply peat for fuel.
The population is entirely agricultural of the small farming class, there being not half a dozen farms of over 100 acres in the Parish.
Mullagh Hill (684ft) and the Stauchan of Cross ( some ten feet less) are the highest elevations.
There are three small lakes, Mullagh Lake, Quilca Lake and [?] Lake in the parish, all drained by the Blackwater.
The district formerly belonged to the O'Reilly clan, and a castle belonging to this family stood on the eastern shore of Mullagh Lake until about 80 years ago. The trace of this castle - except a mound - remains at present, the materials having been used in modern buildings.
Anything hereafter noted in this book refers exclusively to this parish and its inhabitants.
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Local Monuments.
All over the country there are many stones,and crosses and cairns which mark which mark a certain place where somebody was buried,or killed in the olden times.
Close to my home there is a square stone standing erect at the top of the hill.It is called "The Standing Stone".The old people say a warrior was killed and buried there.A man was once going to take away the stone,but he was advised by his neighbours not to have anything to do with it, because it is very unlucky .
There is another place where a giant was buried.it is made of stones in the form of a house, and a little
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doorway in it.The green grass fails to grow underneath the stones. It is known as the "Giant's Grave"
In a craggy field there are three huge rocks joined together and it is said to be a Mass-rock,where priests often said Mass during the penal laws.Close to this Mass-rock stands the bed of Dermot and Grannia.
In my neighbourhood there is a ruin of a castle which was owned by Máire Ruadh.Opposite the front of it there is a flat limestone rock where Máire Ruadh's horse was killed. The print of his two foremost knees are still to be seen there on it.
On top of the hill of Tulla near St.Moculla's Church there is a flat stone with the print of the Saint's knees on it.It is said he knelt on that stone when cursing the robbers who attacked his bull in Carrahan .These three robbers are still to be seen in the form of three pillars of stone in Carrahan.
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2018-08-20 09:50
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thagann siad ó thuaidh Dia Ceadaoin.
13. An lá is giorra den bhliadhain, is ceart inniúin do chur, agus iad do tharraing an lá is sia.
14. Lá Bealtaine- beireann na daoine isteach 'na tighthe rudaí glasa mar géag crann ag tearbáint go bhfuil an Samhradh ann. Bíonn na daoine óga bualadh a céile le neanntóga an lá sin leis.
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2018-08-20 09:50
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Castletown graveyard. Her mother who lived in Kerry was at the funeral, and she loosened the screws of the coffin when it was put into the grave, and the people of the place did not know at the time that it was the custom of Kerry.
When the coffin is put into the grave the relatives begin to “ologón.”
The first Saturday night after the person is buried some garment which he wore during his life is put out and the name of the dead person is called three times.
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2018-08-20 09:49
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An Droch-Shaoghal
Ins an droch-shaoghal nuair a bhíodh na prátaí bainte ag na bhfeirmeoirí théigheadh na daoine ag romhar arís ag lorg aon phráta a bhí ins an talamh.
Ag an am sin thabharadh na Protastúnaigh anairthe dos na daoine gur raibh ocras orhta agus dos na Caitilicidhe iná tompóchaidís a gcreideamh. Bhí suas go míle duine ar an oileán an uair sin ach níor thóg aon duine acu an anairthe. (Bhí suas le sé clann de Phrotastúnaigh san áit ach níl ach aon chlann amháin ann anois. Bhí tigh- saghas tampaill, ag na Protastúnaigh an uair sin annso ach tá san imtighthe fadó. Ní bhíodh aon ministéir annso ach léigheadh fear darb'ainm Young na paidreacha dóibh. An clann atá ann anois téigheann siad anonn go Dún na Séad ag paidireóireacht).
Tá an suidheamh in a raibh an tigh anairthe (soup house) le feiscint fós in aice na háite in a bhfuil muinntear Uí Connchubhair ag comhnuidhe anois.
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2018-08-20 09:48
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Herbs (Luibheanna)
Fasann mórán luibheanna ar na ferime annso agus tá cuid aca an-díoghbhálach mar atá na feochatán, gaoratán agus neanntóga. Tá luibh ann ar a tugtar "Meacan dá Togha" nó "Bainne cí ann" (spurge) agus tá [?] ann.
Na luibh a gheibhtear ins an bhfarraige- carraigín, slabhacán, triopán, dilisc.
Carraigín: Beirbhightear é i mbainne agus nuair a bhíonn sé beirbhighthe stráintear é agus fágtar i mbáirín é go dtí go mbíonn sé beagainín cruaidh. Annsan cuirtear súcra air agus ittear é.
Slabhacán agus Triopán: Beirbhightear iad san in uisce agus ittear iad le salann agus uachtar.
Dilisc: Ittear é sin mar atá sé.
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Na prátaí ar na feirmeacha annso gach bliadhain. Ollmhuightear an talamh ar dtús agus scaprear aoileach air. Uaireanta cuirtear triosear (sea-weed) ann cun an talamh a bhogadh. In iomairí a cuirtear na prátaí annso i gcomhnuidhe. Deintear puill ins na h-iomaraí cun na sgiolláin do chur ann. Dúntar na puill arís leis an "pucadóir" (poc a taon). Cabhruigheann na comharsain go léir a céile ag cur na bprátaí. Fadó nuair a bhí an Gorta Mór ann, baineadh na daoine annso na súile de na prátaí i gcóir síl, agus d'íosadh siad an chuid eile den phráta.
Baintear na prátaí i mí Mean Foghmhair agus deintear poll ins an dtalamh agus cuirtear ann iad agus clúduightear iad arís le tuighe agus annsan cré (tugtar "pit" ar san)
Fágtar ann iad annsan ar feadh cúpla mí go dtí go mbíonn tigh ullamh ina gcóir. Iompuightear iad cúpla uair agus baintear na "buingeáin" (shoots) uatha.
(a) Tugtar "práta fireann" ar práta nach bhfuil aon súile ann saghas puill ar a bhárr.
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Lá 'le Stíophán: Téigheann na buachaillí óga mór-thimcheall agus balcairí le na
n-athar agus le na máthar ortha agus dreoilín ar bhárr brat aca. Gheibheann siad airgead ó na daoine agus roineann siad eatarra féin é.
It is not right to turn any wheel on Biddy's day.
St John's Night: Many bonfires are lit on that night. In a potato filed there are "blasts" lit on the side of the field from which the wind blows, so that the wind will blow the smoke over the potato ridges. It is said that the smoke blesses the crops.
Ash Wednesday: On that day if a baby wants some milk he must cry nine times before he gets it.
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home from Ennis with food. St. Moculla cursed them.They were turned into four pillars of stone.
On top of the hill in Tulla near the graveyard there is a flat flag of stone close by the holy well.The print of Saint Moculla's knees are to be seen on it ,when he knelt down to curse the four robbers who attacked his bull.In the ditch, near the well,there is a stone with the print of the Saints two fingers on it.
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2018-08-20 09:41
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There are fairy forts in my district. One is called "The Captain's Fort." It is in Mr. Upton's land. There are three forts in Pat Geoghegan's land but they have no name and there is one in Martin Murray's land and it has no name either. They are
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In the cowhouse there is room for ten cows.The place where they are tied is called a stall.It is two sticks standing up straight with an iron hasp keeping them together. In some cowhouses a piece of quickbeam is hung to bring luck.
Fodder is food given to horses and cows. The stable is slated.There is two boxes for the horses to eat oats out of.The horse are tied with a halter.
Chickens take three weeks.ducks take a month geese and turkeys take a month .A hen is set on duckeggs because the duck usually rises after two or three weeks,they are not good mothers.
Straw is generally put under hens, ducks, geese and turkeys when hatching.
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2018-08-20 09:39
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The Beanside
24th May,' 1938.
The Beanside is supposed to be crying when a person is dinging.On one day a man was dying in Kiteen and a young man was passing the bridge near his house and he saw this rack.He did not see the Beanside for it was night .He took the rack and when he was gone a cupple of yards he heard the thing comming behind and he ran home
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and the Beanside struck the end of the house with the bettle and the mark of it can be seen a yet.then he gave her the rack out under the door with a spaid and she brought the top of the spaid withit.
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2018-08-17 09:38
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One night a man was coming home from card-playing and as he was coming down the field he saw six hares card-playing and the queen of the hares holding a candle for them and when they saw the man the six hares turned into birds and flew away and the queen and turned ran away.
One night a man was coming home from visiting and as he was coming down across the field he stood on the "fóidín marbhmhail" and went astray. Sometimes he would see a lake before him and more times he would see a wood and sometimes a stone wall. This time he saw a stone wall and he put his foot on the wall and what was under him but the "Lephrehán". He caught him and asked him for the "pota ór" and the "Lephrehán" told him that a woman who was down the road was his wife and she had
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2018-08-17 09:38
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the pot of gold and as soon as the man turned round to see the woman the "Lephrehán" went from him and ran up a tree and said "O, féach seo anois an pota ór" and when the man was climbing the tree the "Lephrehán" disappeared.
There was once a freemason and he lived in our village and one morning another freemason was driving a flock of sheep and the other freemason put his head out the window to see who was passing and when he saw the other freemason he put a lake before him so that he could not pass it himself or the sheep and then the other freemason was just as good as him and he put two horns on the freemason so that he could not pull in his head.
A man was once coming home from work and he saw a hare and he shot a hare with a horseshoe and when he would take the hare up it would fall into pieces and when he would leave it down it would become whole and the third time he took up
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2018-08-17 09:37
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he told his wife to get up and ready some food for him because he was very hungary. The woman got up and she was getting some bacon and cabbage that had been left over since the dinner when the tailor got up and said "Would it be any harm to ask of you mam, what have you there in the pot" and the woman said "musha nó, it is only some washing I hadn't finished yesterday". The tailor knew well what was in it and he said "All right so, they say it is right to help a woman washing" and he took the pot to strain the clothes out in the yard and he strained the bacon and cabbage in the yard. When the woman saw this she went to bed again, and after a while she got up to bake a cake for her husband and when she had it down baking in the ashes the tailor got up and he saw the cake and he said, "How do the people divide the land around here and the woman answered "Fieldéens here, and fieldéens there" the tailor then said "Ay, that's not the way they do it at all where I am living, this is the way they do it" and he got a stick and covered
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2018-08-17 09:37
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Langfords
Cromwell told the first Langford that he would give him as much land as he could ride over in a day and that's how Langford got Summerhill.
The first Langford was a Cromwellian soldier, and the first Winter was a clergy-man, he came over with the Cromwellian army.
The old name for Summerhill is Cnoc na Loinsighse. Lynchs lived in it before the Langfords.
Patrick Elliott
Agher Enfield
Co Meath 9th September 1938
Ruins of Lynch's house still standing - it was built in 1632 - Rowleys (Lord Langford) supplanted the Lynchs.
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2018-08-17 09:37
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the English advanced and surrounded Preston's army and defeated them. There is a mound in one of the fields near (belonging to James Manning) and the mound is pointed out by some of the old people as the burial place of some of the soldiers killed that day in 1647.
Principal Teacher heard this account (above) from an old resdient now dead 10 years.
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2018-08-17 09:36
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dust rising off the roads are an indication of rain.
If the water is a muddy colour in the sea rain is expected. It is said, when salt is wet we'll have a change in the weather.
Ciarogs are the sign of bad weather. Spiders creep from their webs when rain is not far off.
If the smoke is going up straight from a chimney or a mill fine weather is expected.
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and it is eaten.
"Scailteen":- To make this a quart of butter-milk is procured and put into a saucepan on the fire to heat. When it is sufficiently warm oatmeal is put through it. It is kept constantly stirred and it is allowed to simmer for half an hour. When it (it) is well done it is served while hot on plates together with sugar and butter.
"Leite Ban":- This is made in the same way as "scailteen" except that it is new milk that is used.
"Boxty":- This is made from partly rotten potatoes and sound ones. First a scraper is procured. This is a piece of tin with holes through it, which is nailed to a board and it is rough on one side. By means of this the potatoes are scraped. The scrapings are put into a clean cloth and all the moisture is squeezed out. These are (nexed) next put into a "Losaid" and mixed with boiled potatoes, some flour and a pinch of salt. It is then kneaded into a large cake
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2018-08-17 09:35
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St Kieran's Well
The well is situated in Captain Bennett's field Monniore near the river. There is a wire fence around it and it is entered by an iron gate.
You do three rounds at the well on March 5th or within the octave of that date. You kneel down and say the rosary, then go outside, turn to your right and walk in again and do your second visit. Then go out again do your third visit. It is usual to pay a visit to the Blessed Sacrament in the Church now, but formerly this was not done.
At the well people often leave beads, pictures and even rags on the tree that is near the well. They take a drink of the water, and take home a bottle full to use in case of illness, etc. There is a great faith in the water as a cure for sore eyes in particular and it is used to wash sores or it is drunk during illness and sprinkled when there is thunder and lightning.
There is a right of way to the well through Bennetts field (1) from the school and along the river and across the bridge (2) from the Hunting Gate near St. Kieran's Bush on the Roscrea road.
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2018-08-17 09:34
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St. Kieran's Day is often the occurrence of family reunions. Old residents never fail to do their rounds. If not on the feast day then some day during the Octave and they pay a visit to the old home and see their friends.
For about thirty years now a pilgrimage is arranged by the P.P. after Benediction at the Parish Church. The whole congregation proceeds to the well. The rosary is recited, hymns are sung. The bush is visited, then the cemetery where the P.P. gives his audience an interesting account of everything connected with the old monastery and points out monuments, etc of historical interest. A round tower in the graveyard which had for years been used as an ash pit for the Protestant Church was during the last few years cleared by Rev. Mr. Gillen.
Wall of graveyard is over 1000 years old.
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2018-08-17 09:33
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He impounded numerous cattle and people were continually moving their stock to outwit him. A certain James Slattery - mounted on a gray horse gave word of his coming always. Lyod had a fine lot of "land grabbers" & "emergency men". People going to Bulgaden Mass on New Years Day saw an evicted family sheltering from fierce snow under a bed. Clifford Lyod arrested the following noted Landleaguers :- Fr. Sheehy 1st priest arrested in the Land Wars, Henry Gilberton P.D. Clery, James Joyce, Mike Mc. Carty etc. Lyod went to the fair of Bruff in a carriage surrounded by police and military once, and arrested 43 men. One of the arrested men was placed on the dicky between two soldiers. Going through Bruff he threw one of the soldiers down on crown of his head and injured him. Clifford Lyod was small in stature and had a lame step.
Collected by J. M. Joyce
Tankardstown, Bruree, Co. Limerick
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2018-08-17 09:33
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1. Describing how tired you are after walking or working - I'm foundered.
2. I have a thahlic in my hand from drawing that load.
3. If a person wasn't strong - He couldn't pull the socks off a dead man.
4. If a person was very like another, his father for instance. - He's the dead spit of him.
10. We were late for school to day. Were ye punished?. No but she "made shows" over it - Even a mild reprimand is described - "Making shows".
11. A person you could not get much information out of - "He's as tough as Thaw Hailee".
12. When a person is getting married or not getting married. "'Tis time for her - Well Maggie, I hear you'r giving us the fourpence", or 'Twould be time for you to be giving us the fourpence".
When will you be giving us the fourpence". Is another way of asking, when will you be getting married".
13. The scholars were let home early - meaning the pupils of the local schools.
14. I wonder where is Mrs. buckley going. She went up the road, "In great readiness", while ago.
15. How did ye get on at Walshe's on Sunday. Oh!, great, we were stuffed - got a dinner fit for the priest".
16. If a man told a secret to another man. He would say. "You'll tell the world and Garret Riley about that now.
17. When do you think of such a person. Wisha, I never had much trucker with him".
18. To a bold boy - "The devil and Dr. Foster isn't a match for you.
19. Referring to a "Cattle jobber" - What way of living has he - trucking in cattle.
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2018-08-16 09:05
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Kilaneetig
There was a fort in Kilanetig in a field owned by Mr. O'Donovan. The people believe that the Danes lived there long ago. It is round in shape. There is a bank of earth around it.
A portion of it was knocked. The man who knocked it got sick. He died very soon afterwards.
Margaret Crowley
Kilanetig
Ballinadee
This story was told by
John Crowley
Kilanetig
Ballinadee.
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2018-08-16 09:05
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There are three forts in Tullyland. They are in view of each other. A man ploughed one of them. He got sick soon afterwards.
Teresa McSwiney
Tullyland
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Kilaneetig
There was a fort in Kilanetig in a field owned by Mr. O'Donovan. The people believe that the Danes (?) lived there long ago. It is round in shape. There is a bank of earth around it.
A portion of it was knocked. The man who knocked it got sick. He died very soon afterwards.
Margaret Crowley
Kilanetig
Ballinadee
This story was told by
John Crowley
Kilanetig
Ballinadee.
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2018-08-16 09:05
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This story was given by
Michael Lynch,
Tullyland,
Bandon.
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2018-08-16 09:04
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[In margin: got from her father James Morrison living in Ballysumaghan a farmer]
Close on forty years ago, between Strandhill and Darnish Island four people were drowned. It was the 15th day of August 1897, when three girls, two Protestant sisters, natives of Rosses Point, and another young girl, a native of this parish went out for a pleasure cruise in a boat. They were not long in the water, until they got into difficulties and then the cry for help went far and near. A young man, brother of
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2018-08-16 09:04
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The Local Hedge School
Long ago there was a school over near Jamsie Power's.The school was a barn. In the barn there was no windows but a door, the name of the teacher was Mag Pickford. She taught forthy girls for three shillings a quarter each. The floor in the school at that time was a mudy floor. The people that went to school that time had no shoes. They went through snow and frost without any shoes. When they were preparing for the Bishop they should go to Ballyduff chapel for a week before they were confirmed.
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2018-08-16 09:03
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There is a lady named Mrs Hogan in Kilcullen. She cures Manara Fever. She gets a weed which she squeezes in her hand. While doing so she says some little prayer. If froth comes out of the weed she knows whether the person has the fever or not. You go to her three times - she rubs your feet, hands,neck and forehead with this weed _ While going to her_eggs, butter meat & other things must not be used.
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2018-08-15 11:26
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buy or take over a grave or graves until you want them i.e. when there is some person actually dead.
An Incident Which Occurred Recently showing a big belief in the use of Pishogues:
Two brothers i.e. Pat and John were married, lived in neighbouring townlands, both had families. John was delicate. Pat’s wife got ill and died. Now John’s wife came to the corpse house and partially, at least, took charge. The evening the corpse was being removed from the house she turned all the chairs upside down, she placed a basin of spring water under the bed she removed the key and left it on the road. As the corpse was being removed she ran to the dresser snatched a mug and broke it on the floor saying “That devil there has my heart broke all day”.
Immediately her son who was present snatched another mug, broke it in the same fashion down on the one already broken and repeating the same words as his mother had done. I have that from an eye witness of the incident. The object evidently was to transfer if possible illness and deaths from one family to the other.
A woman visited a neighbour’s house one day and saw four fresh eggs on the dresser. She said she had
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2018-08-15 11:22
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Jan 7th 1924 Completed third year Course at University College Galway 1925 - ’26 Awarded Dip. Of Ed, Appointed Principal of Kilcommon Boys’ on Oct. 1st 1927. Now Principal of Amalgamated Schools.
Hedge Schools
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2018-08-15 11:22
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James Clarke was principal of Kilcummin Boys’ School until 1880. He came originally from Co Cavan the exact date I cannot ascertain. He opened a hedge school in Glencullo travelling as a “poor scholar”. From Glencullo he came to Curreeny and taught a hedge school there for a short period. From there he went to Garavane Rear Cross where he lodged in a farmer’s house by name O’Kennedy. He taught a Hedge School there for some time. Eventually Kennedy supplied him with a horse and saddle and some few shillings and he journeyed to Limerick 20 miles distant where he stood an examination and became “classed”. Shortly afterwards some time between 1850 – 1860 he was appointed Principal at Kilcummin. He married the teacher in the Girl’s school, Ellen Purcell a native of Templemore. Two of his children reside here yet but can give no account of their father’s early life – not even knowing when exactly he came to the locality. He is described by those who knew him as a small, dapper, little man neat in dress, with a lovely accent, speaking
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2018-08-15 11:22
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English very nicely and daintily a bit fond of drink but a good teacher and not by any means cruel. He was compulsorily retired in 1880. His wife taught for a few years afterwards.
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2018-08-15 11:22
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David Conway taught a hedge-school at Lougbrack near here. Of his capabilities as a teacher I can learn nothing. It is said that he knew Latin. He is supposed to have sprung from a rather wealthy stock and that the present townland of Knockshanbrittas was called after his ancestors being formally known as “Baile na gConmhaigh” and occasionally called by that name yet. There is a descendant of his living in a bog-hut here yet. He is an ex-British soldier and generally makes his living as a kind of Pedlar. He never went to school, yet he can read and write well and has the gift of poetry. His poems do not rise to any great height being principally satires or “slurs” on the neighbours who may in some way offend him.
William Scully
A native of Kilcommon Village. His people owned a small drapery there. He opened a hedge school in the house of one O’Toole at Barrnadomeeny near Rear Cross. It was in an old barn, a large table being used as a desk with old stools for seats. At
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2018-08-15 11:21
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Crops
Potatoes, Cabbage, some oats, a little turnips and scarcely any mangolds.
Moisture and lack of Lime in the soil, severity of Spring and late harvests account much for lack of crops.
Potatoes are sown entirely in Ridges. These are nearly now all made with the plough
The manure is first spread and a “scrape” turned in at each side. In the centre of the furrow a little portion is left standing, this is called the salóg. The seed is put under the scrape and the salóg is then put in with the spade and the ridge closed. The furrow is then dug up on top of the ridge. The land tilled for the first time in this way is called Bán Riabhach, if it is the second time it is called “second sod”. The spade used is very long and is called a Bán Riabhach spade the “step’ being called a “tilly”.
The custom of “digging bán” with a spade is dying out. It used be done by contract as there were some men who excelled in it. The contract price was £1 per quarter acre (Irish)
They generally worked in pairs and it was
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2018-08-15 11:20
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Joseph Newman's farm is situated in the townland of Nappagh, the Parish of Ardagh, the barony of Moydow and the County of Longford. The Derrymore river is the only river on the farm. The only hill is the lime-kiln hill situated in the lime-kiln-field. There are three lone bushes on the farm.
The fields - The reason why it got its name.
The big boola - Because it was an enclosure for cows.
The little boola - " " " " " " "
Jone's Meadow - Because it belonged to people called Jones.
The Paddock - Because it was an enclosure for horses.
The lime kiln - Because i a lime-kiln once.
The yard field - Because is next the yard
The flax field - Because flax used to be grown in it.
The flax-pond - Because flax used to be [?] in it
Arda Mhotha - Because it is the other side of the river.
The Whinery field - Because whins grow in it.
The field Next Baxter's - Because the field touched Baxter's land
The four acres - Because it contains four acres.
The stub Meadow - There is no reason known.
Keaveney's field - Because it belonged to people called Keaveneys.
There are no forts on the farm. There are no stones connected with it. The faries laughed at a man crossing the big boola. There is a field that cattle wont lie in at nigh. There is a stray in the lime-kiln.
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2018-08-15 11:19
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A man was accustomed to go to a neighbouring house each night playing cards. One night as he was returning home he saw a big black dog which followed him to his cross and then disappeared.
He was filled with fear and just as he
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2018-08-15 11:18
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only one, the mother told her son to take her to the fair next morning.
When they got up in the morning the cow was dead. With sad hearts they buried her in an old fort. To their great surprise when they dug it they found a crock of Gold.
Soon afterwards the became rich and they bought a big farm and they missed no more cows. It was said that a giant lived in that part of the country and he could eat a cow for one meal.
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2018-08-15 11:17
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Grouse are plentiful and the hills echo the volleys on August 12th. Fowlers come from Nenagh, Limerick, Thurles The lands are not preserved except portions owned by Lord Dunally
Snipe are very plentiful and one will never be short of a shot. The land is marshy Plover are very plentiful during Winter.
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2018-08-15 11:16
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Hares are numerous. There used be a Coursing here but it ceased four or five years ago Rabbits are unknown here probably due to the fact that the land is moor or bog. Wild Geese visit the locality occasionally but are seldom shot, Wild Duck are not plentiful though they are visitors.
The rivers abound in small brown trout They make a beautiful meal though they are very small. Fishing for them with worm and fly is practiced by many young men. The rivers are fairly rapid with no deep holes and consequently if one wants a catch he must watch the rise and fall of the flood. It is a most interesting sport. I saw a man to take 85 in one day – they were small of course, but a man after his day’s work will not be surprised if he catches 20 – 25 i.e. if the “take” is good.
There are no other fish except Eels and these are scarce
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2018-08-15 11:16
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In the parish of Clonmacnoise there is an ancient graveyard in which nobody is buried but children under seven year old. In that graveyard there is a well which never goes dry. It is in the townsland of Glebe and on a high hill. It is called Mull Na Cille after a boy who was buried there.
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2018-08-15 11:15
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Folklore 1-7-'38
Old Graveyards
In Killygally Co. Offaly there is an old graveyard called Killygally Cemetery. It is round in shape and is down in a hollow. There is a saint buried there called St. Anne. There are also ruins of an old Abbey there in which there is an archway with a window overhead in which there was a metal cross. This cross was taken out of it about four years ago by some unknown person.
Written by Edward Cassidy, Killygally, Belmont, Offaly. I got it from my neighbour Mr Patrick Caulfield, Ballylamon, Belmont, Offaly.
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2018-08-15 11:12
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A cure for "Thrush" is for any man or woman who never saw their father, for to blow their breath on the child's mouth.
A cure for warts is to cut a raw potato into four pieces, and rub them over the warts, then hide them in under the ground and tell nobody where you have hidden them.
A cure for whooping cough is to put the person under an ass three times and over an ass three times.
A cure for a sty in the eye is for to get nine goose-berry thorns, and get an old maid for to point each thorn at the eye three times saying the words, "Sty, Sty come out of your eye, or I'll prick you with goose-berry thorns," and the old maid then throws each thorn over her left shoulder; you continue this cure once every day for three days, and it is a very sure cure.
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2018-08-15 11:12
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Mrs Shannon
Pat (John - crossed out) Keogh
John Donnelly
Biddy Browne
Mrs. Flanigan
There are 10 Slated houses in my own district and all the others are thatched.
Clancy is the most common name in the district. Carrowreagh is so called from the Irish name "Ceathramha Riabach". The land is not very good for tillage in my own district and it is also hilly. The work of the farmers is saving hay, cutting turf, plowing and harrowing, and also cutting the corn.
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2018-08-13 15:51
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pigs are called by saying "jock, jock," The hens are called by "tuk, tuk". The beaks of the chickens first appears at the wide part of the egg and they are called by saying "chick, chick."
Got from
Kathleen Carey,
Clonsast,
Rathangan
Offaly.
Mrs Thomas Carey
Clonsast
Rathangan
Offaly.
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2018-08-13 15:14
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We have cows, horses, calves, and pigs at home. The names of the cows are, the old cow, the roan, the white, the yellow, and the white head. When we call them we say "beal up, beal up". They are tied with bought chains. The house is called the cow-house it is white-washed.
The names of the horses are Rosy, Tommie and Dolly. They are called by saying "Phup, Phup, Phup". They are tied with ropes, the rope is brought through a ring and at the end of the rope there is a log to keep them from drawing them through it. The calves are called by saying "suck, suck". The
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2018-08-13 15:14
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to eat them on Easter Sunday morning.
Got from
Brigid Ryan
Ballynowlart
Rathangan
Offaly
Mrs Thomas Ryan
Ballynowlart
Rathangan
Offaly
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2018-08-13 11:53
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The most harmful weeds growing here are chicken weed, farabawn, and rot.
The chicken weed and farabawn are harmful because they spread rapidly and it is very hard to banish them. Rot is poisonous.
The tall fat rush and sow thistle grow only in good land.
The dog rush (a small hardy rush) is found in bad, watery land.
The weed called Tormot is used for curing warts. It also cures scour. Goltoch cures kidney disease. Ivy when boiled is used for dyeing. Hemloch cures strains. It is pounded up and applied on a rag.
Marchmallis cures stiffness. Rot is found on The Rea and if sheep are left grazing on it for 3 years in succession, they are sure to be poisoned. Michael Griffin of Glennnari, had a wash for sore eyes. It was made from herbs but he never told anyone what the name of the herb was.
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Killanama graveyard it stands there so gay
Where the Earl of Desmond lay cold in his clay
From the townland of Foyle where Philip céad bó
Carried on his old thievery long long ago.
The townlands of Coom, Ballinand Knockatee
Were always the haunts of the breathnach bean sidhe
Not forgetting Leap Doody Kilcusnan and grawn
Ballyplymoth glenlarhan and lovely Kilquane
Where the fox and the badger and the hare always play
At the foot of
Crocán mountain all through the day
Now I have mentioned your numerous charms
O Cordal dear Cordal I save you from harm
But alas lovely Cordal I am going far from you
Likewise from my parents and neighbours so true
Alas lovely Cordal I am going far from thee
To seek out a fortune and a home over the sea.
Before I will leave you I bid you my darling
O Cordal dear Cordal "The Top of the Morning.
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and distinguished traveller Dr Starkie.
There is also a mile to the east of the town but in the parish of Rathbarn some Ogham Stones, a very large slab resting horizontally on two vertical stones. I saw it a few times but the characters could now hardly be made out even by one qualified to do so.
There are about 12,500 acres in the Parish of Ross about a quarter of which is waste. The only bog from which turf is cut is round here and even most of that too has been cut away and the turf is inferior. The land or surface is very uneven and I'm sure Ré-na-Scríne must be 1200 ft higher up than Ross. The soil is good. Slate is found in Froe about a mile south of here. The quarry was opened about 80 years ago, closed and was re-opened again in 1933.
The Road from here to Ross after the first mile is very picturesque. The road passes through a glen called Gleann an Phíobaire where it is supposed the old piper used to play and an old man told me he (the piper) is buried beneath an Ivy tree which is still to the good
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2018-08-13 10:07
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Fields in locality which have retained their Irish names
(1) Baile gabhthar
(2) Lurga
(3) Slugaire
(4) Pádraig Mhic Sheáin
(5) Bailt an drae
(6) Cróca fada
(7) Gabhail beag
(8) Gabhail mór
(9) Garraidhe Báidhte
(10) Leath inse
(11) Carraig beag
(12) Fionnfhuar
(13)
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2018-08-13 10:05
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The Lime field.
The Break field.
The Church field.
The North field.
The Long Meadow.
The Clover field.
The Black Meadow.
The Wash na gCaorach (Sheep were washed here)
The Ballindray.
The Islands.
The Corcabee
The Maura Holmes
Sheehan's Bog.
The North garden.
The Macaire.
The Crab-ditch.
The Cover.
The Ferret hill.
The Well field.
The Model Farm (attached to a model agricultural school)
The ten-acre field
Ribbon Hill.
The Black Corcass (low boggy land)
The Bachelor's Bush
The Bane (Bán).
The Rampark.
Nancy's Hill.
Summer's Hill.
The Big field.
The Monk's hill.
The fifteen-acre field.
The Road field.
The Middle field.
The Bank.
The Cragg.
The Line field.
The Cúl a' Gréin
The Claidhe na bhFear
The Double Ditch.
The Donoghues.
The Ram Park (Many sheep here long ago)
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Ribbon hill
Moinarue
Moinarbaun
Gaul mór
Gaul beg
Tom's field
Jack's field
Paddy's field
Shawn-a-vinister
The Butcher's field
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2018-08-13 10:02
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Paddy's Field
The Six-acre field
The Lucair field (Rushes grow here.)
The Lodge field
The Bángarden field
The upland field
The Moinin field
Boyle's field
Lynch's field
The half Moon field
Coorlár field
The Crag field
The Long field
The Dairy field
Churchfield
The Blackbutton field
The "Cusheen"
Lahinch
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2018-08-13 09:59
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The Line field.
The Break field.
The Church field.
The North field.
The Long Meadow.
The Clover field.
The Black Meadow.
The Wash na gCaorach (Sheep were washed here)
The Ballindray.
The Islands.
The Corcabee
The Maura Holmes
Sheehan's Bog.
The North garden.
The Macaire.
The Crab-ditch.
The Cover.
The Ferret hill.
The Well field.
The Model Farm (attached to a model agricultural school)
The ten-acre field
Ribbon Hill.
The Black Corcass (low boggy land)
The Bachelor's Bush
The Bane (Bán).
The Rampark.
Nancy's Hill.
Summer's Hill.
The Big field.
The Monk's hill.
The fifteen-acre field.
The Road field.
The Middle field.
The Bank.
The Cragg.
The Line field.
The Cúl a' Gréin
The Claidhe na bhFear
The Double Ditch.
The Donoghues.
The Ram Park (Many sheep here long ago)
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2018-08-13 09:58
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with a handle on it so that it could be hung on a peg. When properly baked it used to last for a long time. One day in the week was the usual time taken up for baking and the bread, even after a week, was considered better than the fresh baked thin[?].
As proof of this when our people were obliged to emigrate to the U.S.A. in those times and the means of travelling was primitive, when our ships did not supply its passengers with food, they could safely rely on their home-made bread for their long voyage sometimes for two months. The baking on a griddle was not confined to oatenbread. There was excellent wholemeal or flour bread
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2018-08-13 09:58
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These are the animals that are on our farms, cows, calves, sheep, lambs, pig an ass, a foal, dogs, cats, cocks, geese hens, ducks and gesse.
Two of our cows have names, "Black Heifer," and "Sore Tite". The "Sore Tite Tit" is so called because she had a sore tit tite once.
When we are driving cows or calves we say "Doir[?]."
The cow-house is called The Big Barn. It is divided in to two parts by a
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2018-08-13 09:56
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Lis Verney was invited but could not attend
She had gone to America to see a wealthy friend
And when her boy he did arrive he found she was not there
His name it was James Fowler with a drakes trail in his hair.
Tom Watkins was invited but he also did attend
Another cailín from Roscrea of course she was a friend.
Her body in compensment is like a bamboo cane and you may excuse
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Bhí ocras thar bárr ar na fearaibh agus d'itheadar béile trom. Bhí an líon tighe ar bail-chrith mar cheapadar ó thosach gur púcaí iad, agus dheineadar gach iarracht ar iad a shásamh.
B'é toil Dé é go raibh lá-ar-na-mháireach breágh agus tháinig na fearaibh tighe abhaile. D'aithin fear an tighe ar an nóiméad gur máirnéalaig iad; agus labhair sé leó gan imshniomh. Theasbáineadar dhó an áit gur thángadar i dtír ar an Oileán uaigneach. Ag obair i long cogaidh a bhíodar dúbhradar agus chomh luath a's a bhí a dtéarma caithte acu níor dhein an captaoin ach iad a chur ar talamh an Innis Tuaiscirt.
Cheap sé ná féadfhaidís aon drapadóireacht a dhéanamh mar ar chloich shleamhain a chuir sé iad agus go bhfaighdís bás go tapaidh ar an bpaiste sin.
Tá "Leac na Máirnéalach" mar ainm ar an leic sin ó shoin in Innis Tuaiscirt.
Chuir na fearaibh ó'n Innis go Dúnchaoin iad ar an mín-tír. Ghluaiseadar na máirnéalaig leó agus tásc ná tuairisc ní fuarthas uatha na dhiaidh sin in innis Tuaisceart.
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2018-08-13 09:56
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Ó Mháire Ní Chearna, seana bhean atá dul isteach ar a cheithre fichid bliain a fuaireas an scéal so thuas. Cómhuigheann
Comhnuigheann
sí ar an Oileán so.
Síamhá iseadh Maighdean Mhara a bhíonn ana nimhneach don gcine daondha agus a bhíonn ag faire ar dhíogbáil dóibh.
Bhí fear óg fadó ann agus bhí sé an bocht tréis pósta dhó. Ní raibh d'achmhuinn aige ach breith ar a dhorúgha agus imeacht leis síos taobh farraige ag seasamh annsan ar chloich ag marbhú breac. Ní bhíodh aige go deimhin ach fo bhreac beag anois is airís. Bhí an baile mór gairid do. Dhíoladh sé pé breac a bhíodh aige agus cheannuigheadh sé smut aráin a's thugadh sé abhaile chun a mhná é. Lá amháin bhí sé ag iascach ar an gcloich, agus bhuail síamha mhna chuige amach ar bharr tuinne. Labhair sé leis.
" Níl puinn éisc á mharbhú agat" ar seisean.
" Níl mhuis ná aon iasc" ars an fear.
'Seadh beidh do dhóithin éisc agat gach aon lá eile" arsa an tSiamha. " Má thugann tú domsa an mac is sine a bheidh agat, ní bheidh aon cheal éisc ort."
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Is treise duthchas ná oileamhaint
Is goire cabhair Dé ná an doras

Níor dhruid Dia bearna ríamh nár fhoscail Sé ceann eile.

Ná caith amach an t-uisge salach nó raibh an t-uisge glan istigh

An te gheobhfas a sháith saoghail gheobhfaidh sé a sháith sgéal:

Muna gcuirfidh tú san Earrach ní bhainfidh tú sa bhFóghmhar

Ní thigeann caonach ar chloch reatha
Is goire do mhnaoí leat sgéal ná a h-aprún
I ndeireadh a gcoda troideann na coileáin
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2018-08-13 09:52
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There was an old road leading from Curreeny to Clonmel about 200 years ago. It lead from the present Reid Road through Coumnagella, Loughisle, Gawlmore, Barrnadooneeny, Rear Cross and then south to Clonmel.
The people here used to go that road every Winter, when they wanted to bring their butter to the market in Clonmel. They usually brought it in 'kishas' or baskets hung on the horses' backs and after disposing of the butter, they then sold the baskets or gave them away, so that in case of an attack by robbers on the way home, they would not have any encumbrance, in making good their escape when galloping through the robbers.
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2018-08-13 09:51
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in Corcamore Mrs. Meskill, Mrs. Lynch and Mrs. Hall who are over 70 years. There are three old houses in our district. There is a song about Carrig and Sweet Corcamore. Many people sing it. The land is low flat and and boggy. That is how it gets its name Corcamore - the big Corcass. It lies on the banks of the Shannon and the Maigue.
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2018-08-13 09:50
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Old Schools. Told by Dick Slevin
There were hedge-schools around this district. About one quarter mile from Kildalkey there is an old grave-yard and there was a hedge school taught behind ditches and hedges. The name of the master was Mr. Scott. They used quill pens made from the feathers of turkeys. They had Irish of their own and they spoke nothing in the school only Irish. The scholars at that time were very good at their subjects. The subjects that were taught at the school was- Arithmetic, Geometry and a very small piece of English. Mr. Dick Slevin said that he always heard his Grannie saying her prayers in Irish. Mr. Larry Mulvany, The Wood, said that the
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Old Schools. Told by Peter Corrigan, Kildalkey
Old schools were very common eighty or ninety years ago. There was a school a short distance from the village of Kildalkey on the Trim road. The name of the master was Mr. Scott. He had his school under a sheltery hedge and he was paid with the money that the children gave him to be taught. Mr. Scott was a protestant but Catholics and Protestants went to him to be taught. He also had night classes and the children mostly wrote with slates and slate pencils.
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2018-08-13 09:48
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Bhí fear ó Dhúnchaoin ag dul 'on Daingean lá. Bhí fear eile na choinne aníos i gcairt agus brat anuas ar an gcairt. Do labhair Pádraig agus dúbhairt "hAnam an Diabhail a Sheáin ead atá agat ?"
"Tá muis - sult is greann, scarthana is deabhad is deamhain is acharnairt" arsa Seán.
Sé an rud a bhí aige ná gléas pósta, cúpla bairle díghe &rl.
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Bhí fear ó Dhúnchaoin ag dul 'on Daingean lá. Bhí fear eile na choinne aníos i gcairt agus brat anuas ar an gcairt. Do labhair Pádraig agus dúbhairt "hAnam an Diabhail a Sheáin ead atá agat ?"
"Tá muis - sult is greann, scarthana is deabhad is deamhain is acharnairt" arsa Seán.
Sé an rud a bhí aige ná gléas pósta, cúpla bairle díghe &rl.
Bhí Eoghan Ruadh agus uasal ag siubhal suas cnoc lá. Bhíodar ag scotheainnte le chéile ná gur thánagar láimh le barr an chnoic. Ba mór leis an duine uasal an fliuchán a bhí ann.
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2018-08-13 09:45
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In this locality the number of meals taken daily was usually three, Breakfast, Dinner and Supper. The breakfast was usually taken at 8 oclock, the dinner at 1 or 1.30 and the Supper at 6 or 7. In Summer the men usually did 2 hours work before breakfast.
The breakfast consisted of oaten stirabout and new milk, the dinner of potatoes, bacon and white cabbage, the supper of spuds and thick milk. In some houses the table was placed against the wall, and where the family was large it was placed in the middle of the floor.
Oaten bread was always used. It was mixed with milk or water and baked on a bridle. Meat was eaten only once a day and for the dinner. It was salty meat called bacon. Sometimes young kids were eaten and also hares and rabbits. The only fish used were salmon that were stuck in the river in November or December. These were often salted and used during the Winter. The latest time for eating at night was about 8 o’clock.
On Easter Sunday it was customary for the people to eat a lot of eggs and then boast of it afterwards. Some used to eat 8 hen eggs, 6 duck eggs and 3 geese eggs. Tea came into use here for the first time
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the refereeing was the same as at present but in others there was no referee, but depend on honour.
The hurley was about twice as big as the one used at present and was made from corks enclosed in a leather covering. The local shoemakers made them. The football was very large too and sometimes a pig’s bladder was used instead of a rubber one. There were 4 goal-posts |point|goal|point| Four bushes at the ends of the playing field were often used as goal-posts. The hurleys were the same as those used at present and were made of ash.
The Ryans and Kennedys were the names of the most famous hurlers.
Platform dancing was the other amusement. It was made of cement and was about 30 feet long and 14 feet wide. Sometimes the platform was made of rough planks and was taken up in Winter.
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2018-08-10 10:13
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Localisms.
athin = inside. Mary is athin the kitchen
athout = outside " " athout in the shed.
}universally said
shift = seift (sílim). Make some shift to come home before dark (cuinnig sé are sheift)???
a piece off = some was off. I am going apiece off.
Foreninst = in front of. Do you see it out foreninst you?
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basket for the purpose, a pot was left on the middle of the floor and the basket of potatoes left on it, and all hands sat around it. The milk was served out in saucepans and each person kept the saucepan under (there) their left arm. There was no table used at that time. The basket would be washed, and dried and hung upon the wall.
The bread eaten long ago was oaten bread and boxtie bread. The oaten bread was made flat about one inch think and nine inches wide, the fronts of the fire was brushed with a beasom. Then there was a sod of turf placed on the hearth and the cake put standing against it and kept turned till it would be baked.
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2018-08-10 10:11
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One May morning two men were hunting, they were going through a field where there were cows. When they came near the cows a hare ran out from them. The house ran after her. She ran over hills and valleys until she came to a house. She was going in a window when a hound pulled at her leg. The men went in and there was a woman inside and she crying because her legs was broken, They knew she was making "piseóga."
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Amhran An Dole
Gabadh muidhe buideachas le Uactarán ár dtíre
Is a liactaí bliain atá caithe againn faoí anró
Ó tháinig Seanain buidhe isteach is cúir sé muidh faoi daorsan
Is fágadh muid faoí gear smacht ár namhaidh
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Nach mór atá an t-atrú déanta go bhfuil lasgaraí sa gcíos sinn
'Gus airgheadh le fágail ag saotrú talamh láidir
Is go bhfácas ámh sa tír seó dá mbéadh do góltas saothrúigte
Go bfógrócadh an tighearná ort é fhágal
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Ta tálta bán na h-Éireann o Córcaig go Beann Éadar
Ag tabhairt crúitneacht buidhe, tobac, is abar siucra
Tá feilmeáraí creana ag baint obair as an gceachta
'Gus slighe beata i láimhaí cúile stróinse
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Dá dtósocadh coghadh amháireach 'gus gan an crúithneacht a béith fása
Bheadh daoine ag ithe cáitniní sa tír seo
Is a liactaí fear a bheadh cráithe is tobach ag dul i n-gánthan
Is gan gráine aige le cúr ar tóin a píopa
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Tá sean n-daoine críona ag fághail deic sgilleacha Dé h-Aoine
Báintreachaí 'gus díleachtaí comh h,-árd leó
Fir óga ar fud na tíre ag fághail ó córoin go dtí sé píosa
Acht a gcúidh cártai a fághail sínealte ó na gardaí
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Bíonn a shuaisde in - a láimh aige agus é go breagh dá bualadh
Fágtha mé an t-sráid seo mar tá sí go h-uaigneac
Is leannadh mé mo grádh bán sa chuile áit go bfuighe mé a thuairisig
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Dá mbéinnse i sliab cafill no go h-árd ar tighe Sheáin Mharcuis
San áit a bfeicinn mo mhíle stóirín tráthnóinín no ar maidin
Ní hí an chúmha mhór a bhí do dhiaidh agam act ní hé go leór a dhéanadh do malairt
Is má sí do mháithrín tá do dhiaidh orm dúitce dé mar feiceadh a h-anam
Fáigthe ó Éamon Ó Conghaile Calladhmhuighinse, Cárna
Tomás Breathnach Calladhmhuighinse, Cárna
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2018-08-10 09:47
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Once upon a time there was a man dead in Glensharrold and there was a wake there, and there was a lot of people there. When night time came it was a fine moonlight night.
About 12 o'clock some of the people heard a weird sort of crying and more people did not hear a thing. They were wondering what it was until one old man among them thought that every time one of that family were dead the Banshee used to cry he told
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The names of my fields are páirc a leasa, páircín Jackie. It is called by that name because a man named Jackie lived there.
Páirc na clocan. It is called that name because there are many heaps of stones in it called clocáns.
Paircín láir, because it is between two other fields. Another is called the bogeen. At the foot of the hill there is a rough furzy field called the leaca because there are a lot of stone flags in it. In the leaca there is a green patch with a wall around it called gabarac because in olden times the goats grazing on the hill were driven in there to
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Note. Munrevagh - townland just east of Mulranny, native place of Carolan (II) site of Sidhe Muirbhighe na dTonn which no longer exists.
Note - coming up floor - cows in end of dwelling-house then.
Note - he: the man who was on the run from the fairies, presumably.
N.B. was (quite) alone, was left alone
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2018-08-10 09:44
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stirabout.
There is an old road in this district that was used by the people before the present road was made. It started in Cloonturk, ran through Corriscoffy and Clooncliva with a couple of planks across the river, into Killamaun, through Ristawan and on to Mohill. There is no trace of it now.
It was made about the year 1628.
Roads were not made as relief work in the famine There is no account of who made them.
There are hare holes made on a foot path and it was done with an old man long ago and he could not get out of it. Rivers were crossed by planks long ago. There are dances held at the Nailors crossroads. The dance was an old custom. There is a big stone in Sandys hill.
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019
A Ghost Story
Before the rebellion of 1916 the people used to see ghosts.A man in Glandree built a new dwelling house. One day he lit a fire upstairs After a few minutes he heard a knock downstairs.He went down and there was an old woman below.She said to him ,"Do not live in this house for seven years"He asked her for her reason.She said "Because the fairies will need it until then.She then went away.He went up stairs and quenched the fire. A week afterwards his son was passing the house and went in. He heard great
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2018-08-10 09:40
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In Dungueeha a mile north of Newcastle West there is treasure hidden.
One day a man went to look for it. he got a lantern and a rope and spade. Just as he was digging he saw a bull coming he ran home and told his wife. He went back again in the morning and he found his lantern, rope, and a spade and the hole covered.
The fort is guarded by the bull.
Patrick Healy
This story was told by Mrs. Healy. Age 37 years.
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Saint Manchan is the Patron Saint of this parish. He lived in Leamonaghan in the 6th century. He had a cow which supplied the whole of Leamonaghan with milk and he never charged a penny for it and that custom is kept up in Leamonaghan to this day.
One night the cow was stolen and he missed her the next morning. Everywhere she went she left the track of her hoof and that is how he traced her. It is said that when he got her she was boiling in a pot and he took her up and put her together.
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saint should be buried.
After two days they had not decided and they left the place where the saint had died. But when they reached the cross-roads a little man dressed in red appeared who told the people to leave down the coffin and look behind. When they looked around again the little man had gone and there were two coffins instead of one on the road. The Leamonaghans took one and the Killmonaghans took the other and to this day it is not known where he is buried.
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The beautiful shrine of Saint Manchan can be seen in Boher Church. It was made in the school of Clonmacnoise in the twelfth century. It takes the shape of a steeple roof the ends of which are triangular. The frame work is of yew. On the sloping sides there
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After the death of St. Manchan the people of Leamonaghan and Killmonaghan were quarrelling as to which place the
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2018-08-09 11:00
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Once there was a priest in Eyeries Parish. One night this priest was to Inchintes kid[?] on a sick call. When he was going home the man of the house conveyed him as far as the priest's house. When they came down to the main road they met five young children. The man said to the priest, "Isn't it late these children are out." "Mind your own business," said the priest. They walked away and when they were a little farther a light shone on their faces. The priest got afraid. He walked away and he brought the man away with him. When they were to the west of Mike Cronin's house a light shone in a field below the road. There is a rock standing in that field still. It is said it was on that night the rock was put there. The priest went home and he brought the man with him and kept him for the night. The priest died shortly afterwards.
Fuair ón a shean-mháthair.
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2018-08-09 10:58
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years ago when men were breaking stones they found some marble. In Hall also there are many rocks in a field owner by Patrick Berry of Moneen. There is a very wide stream there too. There are no trees or bushes with stories connected to them except the tree on Knockdominy which was a gallows in years gone by.
Maureen Berry (std 6th)
Curry
Moate 14th Dec 1937
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The Local Forge
There are only two forges in the parish of Moate. William Flanagan Moate and Mike Molloy, Pike. Denis Molloy built the forge himself and was a smith for fifty years (mikes father) William Flanagans father was also a smith and lived in the Newtown for forty years. William served his time with his father, he then came up to the gap and set on trade. Flanagans Forge
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There lived in a dark wood in Kilcurley field an old man named John Higgins. Behind his house was a little shed and every night when he got into bed he heard music and dancing and a small dim light came through the window of the shed.
One Wednesday night as the old man was going home from rambling at about twelve oclock, when going through a meadow field he heard a mowing machine behind him horses galloping along, chains rattling and also far distant music. He looked all around him but could see nothing ye he could hear all the strange sounds just as before. After an instant he could not stir and
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Riddles
Q. As round as a biscuit as busy as a bee the prettiest little thing you could ever see.
A. A watch.
Q.Under the fire and over the fire and yet it cannot reach the fire.
A.A cake in an oven.
Q.I have a little cow,she lies beside the wall,she ates all she gets and drinks none at all.
A. A fire.
Q.A house full,a room full,yet you could not take a spoonful.
A. Smoke.
Q.What never,was,what never will be put out your hand and you'll plainly see.
A.Your little finger will never be as long as the rest.
Q.As round as an apple as
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2018-08-09 10:46
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heard Music in it. But light was never seen in it
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saw three hooded women coming from the fort. They picked some of the potatoes and returned to the fort.
No one would cut a stick in this or in any of the forts.
Story connected with another of these forts:-
An old woman was returning from a neighbour's house late one night. As she was passing the fort she was called. She stopped , and two women came from the fort and asked her to accompany them. She entered the fort with them and found herself in a beautiful hall where a feast was going on. As she entered some one whispered in her ear. "Do't eat or drink anything here." She refused all offers of food and then an old man at
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2018-08-09 10:42
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the head of the table stood up and said "She is no use to us" . She was conducted to the door and as she passed out , some one struck her on the back , and from that day till the day of her death she bore a hump on her back.
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2018-08-09 10:42
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Armstrong and when they had finished Donelly said to John, I have met better ball players but a better runner I have never met.
John Armstrong won a silver teapot at each of the following places for running - at Ballinrobe, Balla and Castlerea
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2018-08-09 10:41
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The king of Italy built a ship and in that ship his daughter sits and I would be blamed if I told you the name and thats three times I mentioned it.
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As round as and apple as plump as a ball can climb over the chapel, steeple and all.
The sun
Why is a cat's tail like a sawn's bosom.
Because it grows down.
What bed is soft, well covered, nicely mad yet not meant to be slept on
A flower bed
Where was Moses when the
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Why does a hen pick a pot
Because she cant lick it.
Why does a hen cross a road
To get to the other side
I'm found in the cottage as well as the house in the head of an Eagle and the tail of a mouse in the garden. I am found but I'm never in the ground, once in one and twice in three so now you'll tell a name for me.
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Why does a cow look over a hedge
Because she can look under it
What is it the train has doesn't want and cant go without
Noise
Why is Ireland like a bottle of wine
Because it has a Cork in it
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2018-08-09 10:39
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One night about fifty years ago my aunt was stopping in a house with Henderson's in Faheran. About eleven o'clock she went to bed. She was not there when she heard the door opening, everyone was getting frightened when in came a dark from which stood beside her bed for a minute and when it disappeared she heard chains rattling going down the stairs. She arose early next morning to find everything as she had left it.
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2018-08-09 10:37
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When my my mother goes churning at home she puts the churn on the table. If a person come in he or she churns for a minute or two. If not he or she did not there would not be much butter in the churn. They used to put a coal under the churn before starting. This was to keep away evil spirits. The churn dash was also turned upside down and three crosses made on the ground with the handle. A briar used to be put around the churn to keep the butter from being stolen.
A man is not supposed to smoke while the churning is being made. No one is to whistle either during the time. Fresh buttermilk boiled is supposed to cure a cold.
oak churn
iron loops
ash churn dash
oak claitin
Flat lid with hole for dash
Made even to the present day locally by coopers. Cost about £10.00.
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2018-08-09 10:36
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There is another fort near Conigar between Mungret and Tervoe. One night men were driving cattle to a fair. The cattle got frightened just at the fort and scattered so that they could not be got to pass that place any more. The men had to go home and leave them there until the next day
In that same fort a man once took stones to build a wall. Every night the wall was knocked so he had to build it again every day. He was telling the people around the place. A man told him that he should not have interfered with the stones. So he put all the stones back in the fort again.
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"It was the Danes built the fort. Once a man cut down trees in Griffin's fort and his cows died one by one. It is said there are men buried in Smith's fort"
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1. If a person came to the door whom they did not see for a long time they would run and fetch a green rush to give them welcome.
2. On the first of May they a small bush called a "May Tree" was decorated at the threshold of the door.
3. On Saint Steven's night dances were held and the "wren boys went out to gather money.
4. On the Twelth[sic] Night people burned twelve candles in rushes
5. On "St. Patrick's day" they would do what they called Drowning the Shamrock.
6. On "Hallow Eve" they would go out and take gates and other farm implements.
7. On the first of February they would go round gathering money for the "Dreoilín"
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2018-08-09 10:28
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sides of the churn rinsed down with cold water. The butter is collected and lifted out with a wooden saucer shaped scoop, into a wooden basin of cold water. It is rinsed again and again with cold water to free it from all traces of buttermilk. It is then salted, the salt being worked well into every part of it with the back of the wooden scoop. It is then made into rolls or prints.
Butter milk is used to make bread and surplus over is given to pigs or calves.
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that if you neighbors sticks down sally rods in the gap through which your cows pass they will take the butter off your churn.
It is custom to give a small print of butter, from the churn of a newly calved cow, to your neighbor. This butter is called "beasting butter", and it has a very yellow colour. In the Winter, people find it necessary to put hot water into the churn, as it helps to bring the butter faster, but there is always danger of scalding the butter if too much is added.
If a person enters the house while the churning is going on, and does not say "God bless the work", it is thought that the has an evil eye on it, and the churning is expected not to prosper in such circumstances.
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2018-08-09 10:26
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such things as a piece of sweet cake, meat, potatoes, and cabbage. There was one woman that used to go around pretty often, Her name was "Mary Bodkin." She used to carry a bundle of bags under her arms and a bucket in each hand full of trumperies. She used to ask for lodgings in the houses as she went along. She was always barefooted both Winter and Summer.
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2018-08-09 10:24
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Everyone grows potatoes on the farm. The farmers prepare the ground and put the manure on them. Some use a plough and others use spades. Long ago people used wooden ploughs. Some people plant potatoes in ridges and drills. The spades are bought in the shops. When they are of weeks planted they dig the furrows and shovel them, and when the stalks are long they spray them to save them from blight. There are different kinds of potatoes such as Early Rose, Champions, Kerr Pinks, Up to dates, Iron Victors, Flounders. The children pick the potatoes. They put the big ones in a heap and put the small ones in another heap, They are left in heaps for Winter.
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2018-08-09 10:22
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About forty years ago there lived in County Galway a man, He was coming home from rambling one night, It was very late. He met a man, dressed in black, and the latter stood before him and would not let him pass. He neat throw the man in across the wall and out
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2018-08-09 10:20
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Not far from my home, there is an old rath called "Molly Greatans" rath. One night a man was going home. He came on the road leading by this rath. He went into the rath. He saw a crowd of soldiers asleep, sitting on their horses.
There was a table in the rath. On the table there was a jug, a spear and a horn. The man took the spear off the table but he replaced it again. He then took the horn, when he took it, he did not blow it.
The soldiers wakened and one of them said to the man "if you blew that horn we would not be under this witches spell."
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2018-08-08 15:45
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What is in a train that is of no use to it and still it can't go without it? Noise.
A man going across a bridge with a thousand patches on his coat what time is it? Time to get a new one.
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2018-08-08 15:41
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About one hundred years ago the tailors used to go from town to town to make clothes for the people. They also came out to the farmers' houses. The person for whom the clothes would be made would get the material. Then the tailor would come and make the clothes. Sometimes he would make them for all the people of the house. The breeches was usually made of corduroy. The coat usually ( being a swallow-tail was made of frieze. The
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2018-08-08 15:38
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There was an old school where James Flynn's house now stands. It was turned into a barn about forty years ago when the master died. It was called Heathstown school and there were always a good number of pupils attending it. It was also a mixed school. There was one room in it and it was thatched with straw. My Grandmother went to that school for a while. There was also another school where Gaffney's old forge was. It was much like Heathstown school and it was called Knockaville school.
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2018-08-08 15:36
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There is supposed to be a crock of gold hidden in Heathstown fort. A small black pony used to mind it. When darkness came the pony would appear. When anyone would be travelling on the boreen the black pony would gallop by them three or four times until the person was a good distance by the fort. My Grandmother saw him one night when she was going up to Harris's. After some time the parish priest was told about it and he was banished.
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a cord to the bottom of the bucket and had it long enough to reach his own bed. The cooper went to bed and when he knew the tramp was in bed he started to pull the cord. Both the bucket and water fell down upon the old tramp and as all his clothes were wet he had to get up, get sticks for the fire, light it up and dry his clothes.
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2018-08-08 15:33
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a cord to the bottom of the bucket and had it long enough to reach his own bed. The cooper went to bed and when he knew the tramp was in bed he started to pull the cord. Both the bucket and water fell down upon the old tramp and as all his clothes were wet he had to get up, get sticks for the fire, light it up and dry hsi clothes.
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2018-08-08 15:32
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About thirty-five years ago there was a cooper who lived between Milltown and Hightown. He was called the Cooper Maguire. He made churns, barrels and tubs. He was a good cooper and had plenty to do. Nearly every night an old tramp used to sleep in the corner of the cooper's house on a bit of straw. This cooper was very tricky and fond of a joke. One night the cooper hung a bucket of water on a nail over the tramps bed. He tied
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2018-08-08 15:30
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About forty years ago Owen Ready was making up turf in Heathstown bog. He got a pain in his back and he stood up to rest himself. Suddenly a little man stood before him who was dressed in red clothes. He said in a loud voice "how many miles am I from Scotland." "Be the holy" said he "if I had a sod of turf I would let you know how far you are from Scotland." With this the little man disappeared. Owen got afraid and as he said himself he was not long until he took to his scrapers across to his hut in the quarry.
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2018-08-08 15:27
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well as in dwelling houses but seventy or eighty years they had no windows at all and only gates for doors but what they lost in stabling they made up in horses as it is very doubtful of some of the crack chasers of our day could compare with some of the horses that were trained in our parish at lowtown, or Griffinstown. There was a grey mare in Griffinstown belonging to Robert Fetherston that was unbeaten in her days either on the race-course or hunting field and she was so fast to gallop that her owner and rider a wonderful horseman could never let her go straight to a fence she always to it side ways. The people around were every proud of her and at one time there was a song made about her. There were two race horses about that time in Lowtown owned by a man named Dobbin who had two jockey brothers named Connor and so evenly were horses and rides matched that which ever man carried the key of the door in his pocket lost the race.
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In years gone by horses an cows were very differently treated in stabling compared with our time. As a rule horses, cows and fowl usually occupied the one stable. The fowl were kept on what was called a hurdle. A few beams across from one wall to the other over the cows and poles or wattles as they were called cross-way over the pole and straw over them. The fowl used to roost on the hurdle and the people believed that the heat from the cows by keeping the hens warm in cold weather increased their egg-production. Horse stables also were very different from our own time. In all the big racing stables now have glass windows as
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230

Bread
In olden times there were different kinds of bread- wheaten bread, meal bread, oaten bread,and many other different kinds.
Wheaten bread was made from wheat ground into flour and it is made still. Oaten bread was made from oats ground into flour in a quern. Rye bread was made from rye ground into flour. Another kind of bread made in Ireland long ago was called stampy.It was made by grating raw potatoes,and then they were mixed with flour and baked on a griddle.
There was another kind
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2018-08-08 12:49
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In Knockfiorna there is still to be seen a cave in which is to be found a rock, where Mass was celebrated in the days when the priests had to hide from the soldiers of Cromwell. People still go to this rock to get cured from warts by rubbing them with the water found in the crevices or holes, although indeed it is a dismal and lonely cave, and children would be in mortal dread to go in there. The fairy cave, they call it.
Well, one day a batch of men were mowing near the cave and, being tired and hungry, they rested and their talk turned on the fairies. "Wouldn't ye think" said one of the men "that one of the 'good folks' would bring us something to eat and drink?" In a moment a buxom girl appeared with a grand, hot cake swimming in butter and plenty of new, sweet milk. They all - except the man who passed the remark about the fairies - [turned/tucked?] into the food and enjoyed their fill. They fully believed that the girl belonged to one of the surrounding farmers, but the man who joked about the fairies looked closely and felt sure she was no mortal woman. And so he wouldn't touch her food. A few hours after, God between us and all harm, he was found lying across a swath of hay, dead as a door nail.
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2018-08-08 11:04
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him and brought him to a priest's house. The priest then brought him to the Church. Then the priest began to read. After a while a heavy noise was heard at the door, and it called the farmer by his name and it went away. The priest went on reading. Again the noise came and called him and went away. The third time a terrible noise came to the door. Then the priest brought the man up to the door and said "Here he is" but the devil could not mind him. He went home safe from the power of the devil.
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One of loose jottings of various matters of interest picked up by the writer in the vicinity of Drinagh N. S. Dunmanway where he has lived since birth.
Within this school district in Lahanagh a prosperous Protestant family - Beamish J. P. and his forbears. They had trouble with tenants and a police protection post was established near the house. A workman or herd named Sean na Caorach who persisted in working for the Beamish family after being warned off, was one evening engaged in chopping furze near the house in Lahanagh when a man approached and shot him dead from near by cover. A man called locally Foxy Thady (Jim Hurley) was arrested and charged with the crime, and narrowly escaped the gallows at his trial in Cork Assizes some time about the year 1885 or a little later. It was the Parish Priest's evidence given in camera (a remarkable fact but true) that secured Foxy Thady's acquittal. Circumstantial evidence connected Thady very closely with the murder, but the identity of the actual perpetrator never was disclosed, though. One man's name was always mentioned in connection with the killing. He was a crack shot and was suspected of another attempt on
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One of loose jottings of various matters of interest picked up by the writer in the vicinity of Drinagh N. S. Dunmanway where he has lived since birth.
Within this school district in Lahanagh a prosperous Protestant family - Beamish J. P. and his forbears. They had trouble with tenants and a police protection post was established near the house. A workman or herd named Sean na Caorach who persisted in working for the Beamish family after being warned off, was one evening engaged in chopping furze near the house in Lahanagh when a man approached and shot him dead from near by cover. A man called locally Foxy Thady (Jim Hurley) was arrested and charged with the crime, and narrowly escaped the gallows at his trial in Cork Assizes some time about the year 1885 or a little later. It was the Parish Priest's evidence given in camera[?] (a remarkable fact but true) that secured Foxy Thady's acquittal. Circumstantial evidence connected Thady very closely with the murder, but the identity of the actual perpetrator never was disclosed, though. One man's name was always mentioned in connection with the killing. He was a crack shot and was suspected of another attempt on
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Local Happenings
21-10-1938
It was in the year 1921 Langford's big mansion was burned, it was the time the black-and-tans were over here. There was a rumour that they were going to make a barracks out of it. There was no one living in it at the time only a few servants and they were ordered out of it. Lord Longford was dead and his three children. When the Irish Volunteers heard this rumour they said they would not let them into it so on the night of the 4th of February 1921 they set fire to it with sheets dipped in petrol, they spread them over the roof and immediately they put a match to it, it went off in a blaze. The blaze could be seen all over the countryside.
The former owners the Lynches of Summerhill lived here. Near it was a (Castle) hill called the bell hill or Lynch's knock "Cnoc na Loinsigh" is the Irish name for Summerhill.
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- About one mile from Drinagh on Skibbereen route.
There is a cross roads about a mile from Drinagh village marked on all Ordnance Survey maps as the Cross of the Evil Spirit but known locally as Croisín na Samhlach. One of the cross roads now disused is very old, and can be traced for miles, up hill and down dale, and though now grass grown seems to have been once an important highway. There is a wood beside the cross; and the place would seem to suggest a likely lurking place for foodpads, highwaymen, or disembodied spirits of those same worthies if they should have returned like Charlemagne to the scene of their exploits.
At a point about a few hundred yards from the Croisín a Samhlach wood there was a burying ground for unbaptised children beside the then old public road. This was built over when some creamery building was being erected by the Drinagh Co-operative Society. About a mile further north still following the route of the old disused road is a disused burying ground marked on all Ordnance Maps. Here once stood a wooden church or oratory before the church in Drinagh was
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2018-08-08 10:35
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Off Carrigaholt, County Clare, on the Shannon is the (alleged) buried town of "Cill Staifín", buried beneath the waves. When a child St Senan and his mother one night were refused hospitality or even shelter and driven out of that village of Cill Staifín. Senen cursed it and soon an earthquake came and buried that town with all its inhabitants under the waves.
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2018-08-08 10:34
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An old woman who lived in Bealaha 4 miles North of Kilkee Co. Clare. Spent her time spinning in her fort or Liss. Didn't like anyone to trouble her or throw missiles at her. A young man threw stones at her one night. "Ha! Ha!" said she "I'll have you yet". Shortly afterwards, late one night, this man had to go for a priest to Kilrush. While there he went into a shop and the shop keeper advised him to beware of the Cailleach and gave him a knife to use against her if she attacked him.
On the way homewards while passing her Liss she jumped up behind him on his horse but he was too swift for her and stuck his knife in her. Ar sise "Tarraing is sáith arís í." (If he withdrew the knife she would be able to escape - so he did not). She fell off the horse and died on the road-side. Next day the neighbours came and buried her inside the ditch and everyone who passed that way for a long time afterwards threw a stone on her grave that she should rise again. Her Liss can still be seen at Bealaha.
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The writer of these rather disconnected gleanings has done his best with the very scanty material at his disposal. The pupils help here is practically worthless. Had there been anything else of interest the writer who has lived here almost half a century and has always been interested in folklore, archaeology and the like would surely have heard of it. In proof of the writer's interest in the past of this country and others he has made it his business to visit among others the following great storied remains of the vanished past. Among these are:
Round Towers: Kenneigh, Ardmore, Darrow, Kildare, Swords, Monesterbone, Glyndalough, Clonmacnoise
The Abbeys of Long Timoleague, Kilcrea, Melifont, Holycross etc also the site of Boyne Battle, Tara, Salne, Carrickfercus, Knocora, Slieve Mish etc. etc.
[?] etc, Rome, Pompei, Milan, Genoa, with galleries, cathedrals, catacombs, etc. Egypt, the pyramids, Palestine inc. Jerusalem, Bethlehem, etc, Damascus, Athens, Constantinople.
Note. In the bronze room of the British Museum where the writer often visits there are two magnificent bronze trumpets from the Croker collection dug up at DRIMOLEAGUE CO CORK IRELAND. The writer sketched them once for the Archaeological Journal, Cork, where they appeared some years ago.
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2018-08-08 10:33
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Another story of the same John Loughman - who is still remembered as having been a "wonderful strong man" that one day he was taking home a load from Clomantagh Mills. The Roads were slippery (with ice) when he came to the Spa Lane the pony could not travel. John unyoked the pony and taking off his boots he pulled the load up the lane himself. (a distance of about a mile)
(This which I've also heard from the boy above mentioned Seosamh OBuachalla is fairly common in locality.)
"My uncle Martin was loading sheep and he caught one in one hand and another in the other and 'pelted' them in the creel"
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of Killoughy. There is a holy well (in the parish) convenient (called St. Cormac's well N.W. of the Barony of Kilcormac) dedicated to the B. Virgin, which used to be frequented on the 8th Sept. There used to be a fair held here on the 14th May.
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another landlord, Hutchins, whose man, driving with him one day near Caheragh (Inchagaorig) was shot dead. The man who fired, it is said, wore a woman's hood cloak and fired from soem cover near the road, as the landlord and his man trotted by in a gig or dog cart.
The Beamish family had a young brilliant doctor qualified in England, and a great athlete (My mother related this story to me as she well might for she saw his body in Leap where she lived, when he lay dead after the accident which I am about to relate). On his visit home all the family in several cars drove to Glandore to spend the day picnicing on Adam's island, just outside the harbour. It is said the song they sang that day driving through Leap with concertina accompaniment was "Croppy lie down." After the meal was over on Adam's island, the young doctor athlete requested some of his friends to hold the table cloth that he might show his prowess in the high jump, at which he excelled. In moving backwards to begin his run to the jump he forgot the high cliffs behind him, and stepped backward over a rocky ledge, falling a fearful height to the rocks below. His skull was shattered with the fall. The family were so
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2018-08-08 10:31
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When the big Drinagh Creamery was being built stones by roadside, which we had always known as a burying ground for unbaptised children, were lifted, and the ground was built over. A galán was later removed some years ago for extension buildings. Most of the workmen refused to touch it, but a few volunteers did the job, without any apparent subsequent ill effects.
An engineer named Michael Collins built a bungalow beside a lios in the same "galawn" field. For some outbuildings or a garage a little later he cut into the side of the lios about three or four years ago. He had a dreadful accident in the creamery later the same year, being caught in the creamery belting and crushed to death. Perhaps a mere coincidence, but a rather extraordinary one.
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2018-08-08 10:30
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The highest point of Carrigfadtha hill - a few miles due south of Drinagh is called the Sticín. From this hill a great view is obtained of the southern sea board, from Roaring water to Bantry Clonakilty Bay. People from all parts assemble here on Christmas day and indulge in stone throwing and leaping. It seems strange that this day should be selected for such a cold exposed place at this time of year with poor visibility. Some old residents think that the custom has come down from Penal days when Mass on the Mountain was celebrated and of course Christmas Day would attract an immense number of people to the spot at such a time. If not disturbed by military there would be a tendency to diversion after Mass and the usual games of strength and skill would be indulged in between the champions of the different parishes.
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people asked him how did he live without any food for three days. He told them that only for the people that were dead years ago he would not live at all, especially "Gabhar Bán" who died five years before. He was a man that lived next door to the postman's house. The people used to call him "Gabhar Bán" because he was as hardy as a goat and he had a white head. This is the way he met his death. One night he heard the cows lowing in his barn and he went out in his nightgown to see what was wrong. All the cows were lossened and they killed him.
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2018-08-08 09:59
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A long time ago there lived a child who was very beautiful and her father and mother sent her out of their house to do some hard task and when she went to a lake and saw a beautiful old maid there and told her to come with her and be her house maid. So she consented to and off they went together. She worked for a long time in the house with the old woman as a maid. After a long time she said she would like to go home to see her father and mother once more. So one day she set off in good hope, the woman having paid her. But when she went home they turned her out again. And the poor girl had to back again to the old woman and when she went to the lake she fell in the same hole. She saw the old lady there who received her with great joy. But after the girl being a few days with the old woman she got to be lazy and would not get up early in the morning. So at last the old woman said she would scourge her and pay her and send her out of her house and one day she brought her out of the house and brought her outside of the door and by her magic she let something down from heaven which stung her very much and then sent her home.
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2018-08-08 09:58
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1. Harry Spring
2. Gortavullin Firies Farranfore Co Kerry
3. 11 1/2 years 4. School Pupil
5. Gortalea, Gortavullin
6. Henry Spring.
7. 65 years ago
8. 8 years of age
9. Gortavillin
10. 23/1/1936
Paidir a dúibhairt na sean- daoine taréis a mbéilidhe do ithe.
Moladh leat a Dhia nach gann
Moladh gach am le Dia
Moladh leat-sa Íosa Críost
Geoir muid do n-ithe -
mair agus n-ithe míd d'on biadh
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2018-08-08 09:57
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11 -1 1938 A Funny Story.
One day a man was passing by a bridge with an ass and car going to a fair. Anyway he had to give a halfpenny to a man on the bridge. So begor he had no halfpenny and he told the man on the bridge that he would have it when he would be coming back, So the man went on his journey and when he was coming back he unyolked the ass and put him in the car and began pulling the car up the hill himself and when he came to the top of the bridge the man on the bridge asked him for the money so begor says the man to him "Ask the driver". The ass was in the car and he was supposed to be the driver.
Pupils name: Brigid Breen, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny.
Told by: Charles Lunn, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny
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2018-08-08 09:50
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In the village of Looha a family came to live named the MacCartys. A hare came with them people hunted the hare in chases but could not catch them. One Sunday nine men came from Dunmore, Tuam Co. Galway. They searched the farm up and down and could not find it. They had given up all hopes and were standing up again a bush and had given up all hopes[?].
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188
A Funny Story
Once there was a man living in a house alone. Every night after twelve o'clock he heard a great noise in the yard. One night a coffin was put in through the window. The man of the house left with terror. One day he met a man whose name was Jack, who was never afraid. He said to him I have a job for you, He told Jack the story. Jack said he would stop in the house if he gave him whiskey and money. Jack stopped in the house that night. After twelve o'clock the coffin cam ein, and a man came out of it. Jack asked him what brought him here and he did not answer him. Jack hit him
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2018-08-08 09:42
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There once dwelt in the village of Glan-Na-Hamhna a witch who had the power to change herself into the form of a white hare. One day a man was fowling with a hound when suddenly the hare appeared. The man and hound gave chase immediately. The hare headed for the witch's hovel and as she was jumping in through an open window, the hound swept a piece of flesh of her leg. The hound jumped in through the window after the hare and next instant
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2018-08-08 09:41
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The operator raises the bones or the "Cliarin" with his fingers using as much force as is required and giving the patient considerable pain. This seems now to be the chief modus operandi. But formerly he would press the "mouth" of an empty tumbler on the affected spot, heat the tumbler round about with a candle; and then jerk the tumbler sharply and suddenly away: The Beizen would spring into its right place and the patient would be cured. The Doctors pooh-pooh the whole thing but I know at least half-a dozen people who solemnly aver that they were cured by O'Hora.
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2018-08-08 09:40
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gets six-pence. So many either singly or in batches ask you to honour the wren: that you wont find it convenient to give more- and to refuse anyone- Well you cant do that either.
The wren is "hunted" on Christmas day-i.e. they try to catch him for St Stephen day. It is not often they succeed. The thatch of the house is searched in the evening-
Wrens often sleep under the thatch i.e. a hole by the eve- run of the thatch or where the eve-run would be.
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2018-08-08 09:39
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About seventy years ago, a man named Neal Monagle who lived in Glebe near Linsfort, went one evening down to banks of Lough Swilly to look for his sheep. He saw a woman there spreading out green flax to dry. He got afraid and started to run.
The woman said to him, "Don't be afraid, I was in barn-Donagh yesterday and my flax got wet, and I am spreading it out to dry." Then she asked him was he looking for his sheep, and he said he was. She told him that he would find them on the banks of the shore at Munagh. He went on in search of his sheep, and when he had gone a short distance, he looked around and there was neither woman nor flax to be seen. He went on as the woman directed him, and he found the sheep where she told him they were, and brought them home safely.
For years after, the people would not go
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2018-08-08 09:38
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cases are still in Leophin.
She also spun yarn and made blankets and tweed - all that was needed in the house for clothes.
The spinning wheel and the reel is to be seen yet in Hergarty's in Linsfort.
Given by James Gill (age 66) Aughaweel, Linsfort, Buncrana, Donegal
To Brigid Gill, Aughaweel, Linsfort
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2018-08-08 09:37
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the Cock-brook nearby. Then when this was done three times a cure was supposed to be completed.
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2018-08-07 15:57
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The following verses are an account of the trial and arrest of this priest a native of Co Leitrim, whom a protestant girl in the district tried to ruin
I often heard my grandfather R.I.P. sing it when I was a child. He was some relation of his and it used to be sung with great feeling and vigour:-
There was a widow-woman, who did rear three darlin' sons.
When the youngest boy became a man at the age of twenty one.
One night discoursed his mother and those words to her did say.
I'm fully bent and well content and if you will all agree.
I'll go away to College a clergyman to be.
She consulted with his brothers and they did so agree.
And they sent him off to College a clergyman to be.
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2018-08-07 14:21
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Séard dubhairt Marcus Mhorgan
Níl sé in rásta a dhul in a h-aicí
Ná dean ach teann isteach leithí
go mbainidh muid de an croiceann
Is go gcuirfidh muid go h-Arainn é
lé Seánín Tomas Paitcheach
Séard dubhairt Larry Currain leo
Caithidh síos i bpoll í
Cén grotha atá gan chroiceann úd
Nach bfeiceann tú é tolta
Ach má tá tú ag iarraid bantáisde
Fág sámh is gearr na h-adhareaibh
Is díol lé Cornal Walace iad
lé h-agaid sgannradh t-aibsib
Níl aon sám i gConnmara
A gearrad glan ón mblaosc iad
Ní mó ná claidme solus
i tuiread iad ón maoián
Ach gá mbeadh fear agaibh sagac sgafána
Is a siul go dtí william Nóra
Tá urnais blas, tá gear aige is fear é atá fíor stuma.
Cait an t-sean bó bocht trí seactmaine
Caillre ar bárr an t-sleibe
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1. Beg from a beggar and you'll never be rich.
2. Lie with the lamb and rise with the bird.
3. Jack is as good as his master.
4. If cap fits let him wear it.
5. Never say die!
6. March will search.
April will try.
May'll tell whether
You'll live or die.
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2018-08-07 14:18
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1. What the old cock will crow the young ones will whistle.
2. There is always a tear behind a smile.
3. A light-footed mother makes a lazy daughter.
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2018-08-07 14:17
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Tá croc ar an caob ó cuaid den scoil. Sé "leac an godar" an t-ainm ará air. D'feicead na daoine mada ann. Bí sean-fear ina comnuide cíos ag an bfairrige. Bí sé seaccmain ag bainc móna ar an gcnoc. Cúpla á i na diaid sin cuaid sé suas arís cun é a scarad. Bí cuile fód den móin scairre. Dubhairt sé gurb iad na daoine maire a rinne é. Glac sé cruaig dó mar ní raibh aon duine aige ach é féin . Is scéal fíor é seo. Seán Ó Congaile a d'innis dom é agus is cuimneach leis an t-am a thárla sé.
Seán Ó Congaile,
Doire Gimblac,
An Clocán,
Co. Na Gaillime.
Éire a d'innis an scéal seo dom.
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2018-08-07 14:16
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The moat of Mountainstown is in the parish of Dunleer in this district.
It is in Michael Meehan's field, and it is owned by him.
My Grand Aunt often told me that she saw red lights in it and heard music, and there are fairies in it too.
I heard from Leo Keenan that one time Michael had a goat on top of the moat, and he had the goat tied so the goat could not eat any where only on top of the moat.
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Is go bhfuil sé fágtha ansin acu, 's gan
rud ar bit ar áit,
'S a gcuimnigeann sib sé cailíní an lá fadó
a bí mé tinn.
'S gurb é dubairt sagairt 's doctúirí gur
le aire tiocfainn tríd,
Ach d'eirigh mé in adiaid sin 's cuaid mé
ag obair ar an scrín
Nó go bfuair mé sgéal ó Congaile
suibalfad sé le Brígid,
Is niorbh é sin féid a marbuig mé nó
go deo deo bris mo croide,
Ach beic ag suibal na boirrí fada
'S iad ag siósgad le mo croide.
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Nuair a bíonn atrugadh ar an aimsir bíonn an dearac ag dul suas ona cuigre cám agus bíonn an súg ag cuirim agus bíonn an car ag sgriob ar an scóil agus bíonn plaig milróga ann ins an trathnóna agus bíonn fainne iarr ar an gealaig. Bíonn seamaill duba ann nuair a bíonn sé ag an rugad agus ceaptar go mbíonn na sléibre níos goire duir ná sa mbéas aimsir tírm air. Inse ar maisin bí an grian ag sgallas agus san trathnóna bí sé ag eirige dorca bí a fíor ag na sean daoine go ndeafadh sé baisteach, mar bí leo ann agus le tuitim
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Nuair a bíonn atrugadh ar an aimsir bíonn an dearac ag dul suas ona cuigre cám agus bíonn an súg ag cuirim agus bíonn an car ag sgriob ar an scóil agus bíonn plaig milróga ann ins an trathnóna agus bíonn fainne iarr ar an gealaig. Bíonn seamaill duba ann nuair a bíonn sé ag an rugad agus ceaptar go mbíonn na sléibre níos goire duir ná sa mbéas aimsir tírm air. Inse ar maisin bí an grian ag sgallas agus san trathnóna bí sé ag eirige dorca bí a fíor ag na sean daoine go ndeafad sé baisteac, mar bí leo ann agus le cuirim
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2018-08-07 14:15
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na hoidche tairic sé aníos.
Nuair a bíonn nah-ealaí le feíceal bíonn an aimsír ag anrugad agus nuair a bíonn na scamaill bán san spéir bíonn aimsir main air. Nuair a bíonn na hún ag dul amach don fairrge bíonn aimsir main air agus nuair bíonn síad ag teail isreai bíonn droi aimsir air.
Brígíd Ní Srandúin,
Cúl a' Ceardiann
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2018-08-07 09:28
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from the birch trees that grow in it.
Cruach na bhFiann is owned by Mrs Dunphy of Moonveen. It is situated in Moonveen and near the River Suir. The field gets its name from the mound of earth and stones that is in one of its corners and it is said that the Fianna used eat their meals there.
The Scrahán (Sruthán or Scrathán) meaning stream or green sod, is owned by Mrs Dunphy. It is situated in Moonceen and near Moonveen Wood.
The Goirtín na naosg is owned by Mr Fitzpatrick of Moonveen. It is situated beside the River Suir and opposite Mount Congreve Wood. The
The Coill Fhada is owned by Patrick Walsh of Moonveen. It is situated near the townland of Licketstown and adjoining Moonveen Wood.
The Bán a chnuic is owned by my father. It is situated in Moonveen and near Moonveen Wood. The field gets its name from the hill that is situated in it.
The Gort an Choiléir is situated in Moonveen and near the River Suir.
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in by the young man's great talent and for that reason he invited him into his house and made him his guest for several weeks. Everywhere this young Cooney went, he went by the name of the Earl's son who held about two thousand acres of mountain. This great Lord Harris had one only daughter who fell deeply in love the young man Cooney or the Earl's son which he went by as name in that house. She implored her father not to have any objection towards him to be her husband. Seemingly the father had no objection but he greatly wished to find out all about the Earl of Glandree, so he said he would send his nearest and best friend. He dispatched a young man about twenty seven years of age. In any town he put up, in the south of Ireland when he made any enquiries about the Earl he got the highest character of the young man. He travelled along until he came to the town of Tulla, and everybody there knew all about the Earl, every enlightened person gave him a great character. Then he was bound to find out for himself.
At that time the Earl's house was long and low, thatched with green bulrushes. It consisted of three rooms and a kitchen and in one of these rooms he housed something around forty goats, and in the second room he kept three breeding sows. His furniture consisted of four stools, two () the only table he had was a wooden box and a sciath for straining the potatoes. At that time there was no lamp-oil, but sometimes he used to make candles of the goat's tallow and when he would have time he would go around the mountain and find some sticks of bog-deal which chanced to escape the ravages of the Danes. He would bring those sticks home, leave them overnight the sun to dry, split them in skelps and after a few days they would do as substitute for candles.
Lord Harris's friend was on his way to the mansion as
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2018-08-07 09:27
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The name of my Townland is Lisduff Montgomery.
It is situated in the parish and Barony of Ardagh county of Longford. The number of families in it is ten. There are twenty nine people in it. The most common name is Lenehan. Most of the house's are thatched, with the exception of two and three cottages. This is how the townland got its name. There is an old fort in our farm called Lios dubha or Black Lios and I think this must be how it was called Lisduff and the owner of the townland was Montgomery. The people over seventy nuber four but they have no knowledge of Irish and they cannot tell stories either. The following emigrated Patrick O Neill, Michael Parkinson, Hugh Boyce, Michael and John Kearney. There are the ruins of the houses of P O Neill, Master Dooner, Kate Dooner, Mary Duffy and Kitty Cunningham and there are the ruins of an old lime Kiln which belonged to Patrick Kenny.
Part of the land is arable but it is all splendid for rough grazing. There is also some bog attached to it. There are two streams or small river's one which runs through our land and the other separates Bawn from Lisduff. There are no woods in the land.
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2018-08-07 09:26
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There are no fairy forts in our fields. There are four forts in the school district. There is one in Brianstown, there is another in Corteen, there is another in Aughrea, and there is another in Lis-Nurland. The fort that is in Brianstown is near Joe Corcoran's house. The one that is in Corteen is in Joe Fanning's field. The one that is in Aughrea is near Divines. The one that is in Lis-Nurland is near James Murray's. Danial Hoey Mullolagher saw a cat in the field near the fort. He thought to catch the cat and every time he had his hands on her she would run away. The cat kept at that until she had him near the fort and then he thought it better to go home. Michael Sharkey Cornollen saw the fairys making hay. One day he was standing at his door and he saw the small men making hay and he knew they were the fairys.
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2018-08-07 09:26
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I have heard of a few poets that lived in this district. One of them was Thomas Welsh. He lived in Kilree. He made a lot of songs about Ireland. He got the gift of poetry from his father. The reason why he made the songs was for fun. The people were afraid that he would make poetry about them. He was able to make poetry that would banish rats. I never heard of him competing with anyone to see who was the best. Thomas Welsh was a great poet.
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2018-08-07 09:26
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I live in the village of Rooskey. The word Rooskey means the marshy spot. In the olden times there was a bush on the farm called Paidín's Bush. The reason why it is called this is because a man named Paidín Geevar lived in a hut that was sheltered by a tree. The field where the bush grew is now owned by a man called John Quinn. It is said that there is a pot of gold buried beneath the tree and that there is a pot of gold buried beneath the tree and that if anybody gets up early in the morning and digs under the tree they would get a pot of gold. Lots of people who died were seen dancing round the bush. Trains and buses have been seen running from the bush to a great big old building near by. Ghosts have been seen in the house, and every November's Eve the fairies used to come and have their Hallow'een feast in it. The bush is now withering away because it is three hundred years old.
John Hunt who was an old man used to play on the bagpipes at the bush. He lived in the village of Crugane. The meaning of the word Crugane is the white rocks. John Hunt was a great Irish speaker and a great dancer and he also had the cure of the ringworm.

Agnes Gallagher
Rooskey
Doocastle
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2018-08-07 09:25
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Many different herbs are found in this district. Harmful weeds are also found on our farm. The most harmful of these weeds are Praiscach, Thistles, Nettles, Spunk 'Squitch' grass, Blind Eyes, buseacáins and crow foot.
These weeds are harmful because they spread rapidly. Crow foot does not spread as quickly as the others and is not as harmful. Nettles grow near ruins of old houses and old walls. Spunk and Buacaláins grow on bad land.
Crow Foot is able to cure animals of many diseases. Boil it with new milk and give it to the sick animal. Garlic is found near Ennisnag and it cures sore eyes and is very good for the throat if you eat it raw. Water Cress is good too and improves your health. Nettles are often cooked and eaten by the people. They are often eaten in early Summer when the cabbage would not be ready. They are often given to young turkeys and help to make them hardy. You should cut off the leaves and do not boil the stem.
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2018-08-07 09:25
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The most harmful weeds that grow on the land in this district are thistles, praiseach, squitch grass, groundsel, and dandelion. Thistles and "praiseach" harm the soil because they spread rapidly.
Squitch grass is harmful because it impoverishes the soil. "bualacháns" grow only in bad land. Tea made from the blossom of the elder berry tree is good for influenza and inflamation. The leaf of the dandelion is good for consumption and nettles are good for goiter.
Wine is made from the berries of the elder and ivy leaves are used to dye clothes black. Belladonna and the yew tree are very harmful because if any animals eat them they are poisoned. Many herbs are used in the cure of disease in former times and many sufferers were cured by this means.
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"Amusing Stories" collected by Michael Lynch (age 13) from Patrick Corbett ex N.Y. (age 70), Church St., Killaloe.
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Rope Making
Rope making was another industry which existed long ago. My grandfather spent year working with a rope maker. This was going on nearly one hundred years. The man that worked it was one of the family of "Mick the Rope." They lived outside the town. They made every kind of ropes. They went round the fairs and sold them in it.
Ferard Mooney Ballaghnea Virginia
Charles Mooney 64 Ballyghanea Virginia
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Soap Making
About eighty years ago there was a soap making factory carried on in this town. It was situated where Mr. Elliot is now living. Mr. Rathbourne (that) owned it. I cannot describe how the soap was made but it was mad like the soap we have to-day. When Mr. Rathbourne died the soap making died because he had no son to carry on the business.
Willie Stephens, Virginia.
Matthew Rodgers 64 yrs. Virginia.
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A funny rhyme
I once put up at a swell hotel,
Where I thought I would be treated well.
I ate one meal and that was all,
When I saw the Bill, I thought I'd fall.
It was twenty shillings that was all,
But faith I made a kick, and this is what the hotel keeper said.
You room was near the sky, thats why,
you bill is so high, and another thing you see, I need the money.
'Deed I do, It may sound funny but its true.
I need the money 'deed I do.
Riddles:
(1) I have come for a loan of your diddlum datty to batter cruddley crud.
Ans. I have come for the churn dash. Used for churning milk.
(2) Patches upon patches with out any stitches, riddle me that and I will give you my "britches". Ans. A cabbage head.
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2018-08-07 09:11
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One night a man called at a house and stayed for a while. When he was in the house he heard that it was Hallow Eve and that the fairies and ghosts would be going about. After feasting on whiskey and stout for a few hours the man left the house for home. On the road home he passed some other men who were going home also.
Suddenly a big black thing ran across the road and a big blaze behind it. The man stood still on the road in fear because he could not get past this thing which was the devil. The devil walked up to the man and said "do you want home." "I do" said the man shivering with fear. "You will not get home until you do the task for me," said the devil. What is it said the man. "I will tell you soon said the devil taking him to a byre where one hundred cows had stayed for one hundred days and one hundred nights. Also the devil showed the man a row of spears which held mens heads except one. The devil told the man to clean the byre with a grape and if he had not it done before morning his head would be stuck on a spear. The man set to work with the grape and every grape of manure he threw out the devil threw two grape fulls in. When it was nearing morning
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2018-08-07 09:09
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to the Patrician monks down as far as the old hospital.
Soap and candle factory
A Mr. Delaney had a soap and tallow candle factory in Main Street. He was succeeded by a Mr. Nolan who had a bakery there. Mr. P. J. Delaney next bought the place. His wife and sons are still there.
Tallow candles were made at the convent for its own use only. A tallow candle was the only light used by the people up to about 1865 – no other candle could be god. People got them from the shopkeepers who were supplied from the local factory in part at least. When my historian made his First Holy Communion in 1862, he had a tallow candle. A parafin one could not then be got.
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2018-08-07 09:08
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What word can you spell backwards and forwards and it is always the same?
Navan.
It went to America, and it stopped there, it came home because it never went there?
A watch.
If May West fell from the highest steple in New York, what time would it be?
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2018-08-07 09:08
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What stirs without moving?
Milk in a basin.
Its damp and its deep, and its dark and its fit for a lawer or a lady?
A grave.
Its once in a minute, twice in a moment, and its never in a thousand?
The letter "M"
Why may a beggar wear a very short coat?
Because it may be long enough before he gets another.
What keeps the sun up in the sky?
Its beams.
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2018-08-07 09:05
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One night a man was coming home from a market in Mitchelstown. He had a horse and creel. It was very late and he had to pass by a lios. The lios is at Knockamane. When he was passing by the lios his horse shyed but he didn't see anything. He went on a little further and something white ran out before him. He got frightened and he fell off his horse and the horse ran away and he was never found again.
(see above)
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2018-08-07 09:05
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There is a lios in " Knockamane and some crab trees grew on the ditch of the lios. One night a girl was going through the lios and she took some of the crabs. The night after as she was coming home from a wake the fairies brought her away with them.
(see overleaf back)
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2018-08-07 09:05
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of Bishop Flannan. There is a well in Killaspuglonane about a hundred yards east of Healy's house. It is called St. Flannel's well. The water which is in it is a cure for sore eyes.
2.
There are three people in the parish who are good Irish speakers. They are also good story tellers. Their names are Larry Grady, Denis Mc Mahon and Michael Mc. Donagh. There are two old ruins of houses in Killaspuglonane
3.
There is good land in the parish. The most of it is hilly and fertile land.
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2018-08-07 09:04
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1.
The name of the town in which I live is Inisdíomáin Inisdíomáin means Dymon's river meadow. It is in the Parish of Kilmanaheen which means St Munchin's Church. There are about 300 houses in Ennistymon. The houses in Church Hill and Bogberry are nearly all thatched. The most common names in Ennistymon are O'Connor, O'Brien, Murphy and McNamaras.
2.
There are about eleven people over seventy in the town, five of whom know Irish. The names of those who know Irish are Mr and Mrs Murphy, Mr and Mrs
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2018-08-07 09:04
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One time I lived in William Wood's house Church St, Cootehill; which is now rented to Jimmy Mc Glearin[?]. One night when my father & mother were gone to bed they heard a strange noise in the kitchen. It was the noise of a dresser falling My father & mother said the delph was broken. When my mother got up next morning to light the fire not a thing was stirred in the kitchen & there was no delph broken.
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2018-08-07 09:04
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One night about 40 years ago a man was riding on a race horse along a road near Dublin. He came to big black gates & told the horse to go through them. The horse went through the gates with its master but when inside they saw a big white ghost. The ghost began to fight them and the man & the horse died inside the gates. Next morning a man going to the city saw the road all covered with blood & the man dead outside the gates. The horse was dead inside the gates. The man & horse were buried together & black railings put round the grave. The grave was made directly opposite the black gates. The horse was famous for if his master told him to win a race he won or if told to lose he would lose.
People have often gone up the avenue to look for the ghost but could never get out by the black gates again. If they tried to climb them they would fall back & die.
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2018-08-07 09:03
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Old Schools. Told by John McKenna, Cloneylogan
Mr Sheils was a school teacher around this district over one hundred years ago. He went from house to house teaching the children and he did not teach all his subjects in Irish.
He lived in a room in a house near the graveyard which now belongs to a man called Corrigan.
In Kildalkey cemetery there is a little house and long ago it was called a watch-house because when a person was buried, doctors came to try and steal the body and it was in this watch-house an armed man stayed to prevent anyone from stealing the body.
So one night Mr Sheils was watching and he had his gun loaded and it shot his arm off accidentally but this did not stop him from teaching. He kept on teaching very strictly and he also taught reading and writing. He taught in the district before Mr Scott.
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2018-08-07 09:02
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Old Schools. Told by Peter Corrigan Kildalkey
Old schools were very common eighty or ninety years ago. There was a school a short distance from the village of Kildalkey on the Trim road.
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2018-08-03 09:49
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Scrish - " My feet are in a SCRISH " ( paining )
Croosting - throwing " croosting stones "
Mang-een - a little man, a chap who thinks himself a man ( not pronounced " man-een " )
Gráin-óg - " you little old GRÁIN-ÓG you " ( not grown up as should be ) ( also a rut )
Slain - for cutting turf
Sprong - a manure fork
Cacks - old shoes worn round the kitchen or to keep the children's feet from thorns when gathering sticks
Cubby - little place under the stairs (play cubby house or baby house as shop etc for chn(?))
Tilly - giving " luck ", giving anything extra
Óinseach - used as bacach - to either man or woman
Gomilla - ( gom ) - a fool
Gawk - " give us a GAWK at the paper ". " Don't be standing there GAWKING ( staring )
Inch - a level field near a river
Bruss - " he made BRUSS of the straw " - broke it into small pieces
Rule-án - same as Oil-eán, a big clumsy fellow
Kish - " A kish of turf " There was usually one man in a locality for measuring turf - " He praised ( measured ) the turf "
He was called a " PraiSHer ". Patsy Doolin ( Dowling ) was the local "praiser". He meausred it either on the " spread " or in the clamp.
Dess - To arrange the sods of turf on the outside of a rick or clamp
" Eye-ruch " - a roughness of the skin - " I have EYERUCK in my neck from this torn starched collar " ( Tom Donnelly )
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2018-08-03 09:48
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There are many places about Duleek where it is said there were old churches long ago. It was said there was an old church in Cruicerath, and it was joined by a tunnel to another church in Platten. The church in Cruicerath was built on a big rock, and it was knocked down about three months ago.
There was a Church in the Moat in Duleek long ago and the roof of it was knocked down by a strong wind hundreds of years ago.
There was a church in Knockisland too, and the door was so small that the people had to go in on their hands and knees.
About a thousand years ago a Church was built in Castlerag (Duleek - in Col.Smith's land) by a man called Kelly. It was not long built until the Danes plundered it and took away all the valuable things, and killed the priests and monks.
It is said that Brian Boru was waked for a night in the old church in the graveyard.
The first stone church in Ireland is to be seen in Mr Patrick Donnelly's field to this day.
It is said that there was an old Convent long ago where Mr. Dowling's house now stands.
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until you come to the Cross of the Scriptures, and do another round similar to the last one, but this time you finish at the Lesser Cross or Southern Cross.
Inside Rounds.
Start at the Lesser Cross, say seven Paters and Aves and one Glory. Go round Temple Kelly, Temple Ciaran, Temple Rí, and Temples Dowling and Hurpain and at the entrance to each, say five Paters and Aves and one Glory. Do two other rounds similar to this, and finish by saying seven Paters and Aves, one Glory at Cross of Scriptures, and walking on your bare knees from this cross to the High Altar in Cathedral.
The Nuns Cemetary.
At the High Altar of Cathedral, you can say any prayers you wish. Now you proceed along the Pilgrims Road to the Nuns Cemetary where you'll see the foundations of two Churches and the walls of a
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Old Schools.
Bearna Scoile, just below the "Three trees" on top of Scough hill gets its name from an old hedge school was there during the Penal days. They seem to know nothing else about it.
Wm Meehan taught in the old school that was built with the old chapel in 1828 until 1837. Then re resigned and established shop where Delaneys now is. Peter Perdien taught from 1838 to 62. In 1862 school came under the Natl Bd. and Joe Dowling was appointed he taught until 1874. Ed Dred (Dreal?) 1874 tp '80, wrote books under the name "Ned of the Hill".
Thos Farrell 1880 to 1924
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2018-08-03 09:47
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outoffices. Boweanta it was called long ago. The old people say that it appears in the form of a bird. Mr Maurice Dowling told me that one day he was coming home from hunting and he heard something bawling like a child and he followed it around the wood, and it was as far away from him again it was the Banshee. He also told me Mr. Egan Clonmeen was coming from Errill and he also heard it and he thought it was one of the Murrays Clonmeen was out, and he went in to Murrays Clonmeen and asked if all were in, and all were in. It was the Banshee he also heard.
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2018-08-03 09:45
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This is a story told about a woman who lived in the townland of Raheen near Kilchrust, Laughrea about eighty years ago.
It was summer time and she used to go out every evening to the field to milk the cow. One evening she saw a cat sitting on a wall near her. When she was returning home the cat followed her to the house. She took no notice of it - she thought it belonged to one of the neighbours. The next evening the same thing happened.
On the third evening when she got to the house she gave the cat a saucer of milk. The cat drank all the milk and when it had finished the cat said to the woman "Is maith an rud gur thug dom bainne dom an tráthnóna seo." With that the cat disappeared and was seen no more.
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2018-08-03 09:44
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One night a man named Owen Fayne, Portrum, was at a wake in Thomas Connor's house in Tullaghan. There was a big crowd at the wake and they were talking about ghosts. Owen Fayne made the remark that he would not be afraid of the devil himself if he saw him coming. He left the wake about twelve o'clock and he was crossing James Killion's field and he was caught by the ghosts and the clothes torn of his back and the bridge of his nose broken. John Lyster and Michael Fallon were with him ad they shouted to let go hoults but it was no good. He was in bed for several days afterwards.
Another night two men called George Nixon and George Biggins were coming home from rambling. When they came to Nelly's Hill just at Hogan's cottage a big black dog came across before them on the road. George Biggins said "I will put him out of that" and he went over to the wall for a stone. When he was just going to take the stone off the wall the dog changed into a big black calf. They ran for their lives and the calf was never seen again.
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2018-08-03 09:44
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As I did stray down Farrel's brae
Tobacco for to buy
A jennet and an asses cart
It quickly passed me by
II
They both being heavy loaded
The stuff began to fall
The jennet was Bob Kelly's
The ass belonged to Paul
III
Employed they were by Brody
A man who's lately wed
Young Murphy he brought all the things
But Kelly brought the bed
IV
To draw the neighbour's flitting
As they never did refuse
But now they're in misfortune's wings
Since Jane got "on the booze"
V
The very first place the thing commenced
It was at Kelly's lane
When Kelly mounted on the van
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2018-08-03 09:43
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Many years ago there lived in Cloneymee a man named Kearney. He was a farmer and he had a 'meitheal' making hay one Sunday evening in the month of September. They had 'cutins'. Little grass cock made of most of the hay and were preparing to go home, when a fairy blast came sweeping from an old fort and lifted each cock high in the air, where it whirling around and around.
One of the men had a two pronged fork in his hand and he ran and stuck it in one of the cocks. Saying at the same time, You won't take this anyway. A piercing shriek rose from the spot where he stuck the fork and a little man with a huge head came forth, bleeding profusely in the leg where he had been stuck.
This little man lived for many years in the neighbourhood after that.
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2018-08-03 09:43
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Another custom among the farmers was when a cow calved the milk for the first three or four days was sent around to the neighbours who had no cows. A big jug-full to each. When the neighbour was returning the jug it was washed perfectly clean, dried out and a good pince of salt put in the bottom for good luck.
Another thing was when the woman of the house was putting down a clutch of Goose or Turkey Eggs she always marked each egg with the sign of the cross which she made with a bit of burnt furze stick taken from the fire.
There is an old well here known as Tuber na Dia. It is said at this well St. Patrick baptised the people when he did not have churches to baptise them in. Strange thing about this well is that in Summer time the water is terribly cold and in Winter it is not nearly so cold.
There are some queer old places here. One known as Pillaloo Bridge because it is said at one time when Cromwell's Soldiers were here a young man driving a horse and card off-ended them in some way. They took the horse from the cart stood it on end and hung the young man from it. The old people were moaning and crying and kicked up a terrible Pillaloo and from that day on
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2018-08-03 09:42
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On Sunday 30th October a boy noticed a strange fish on Monkstown strand. He called a crowd of people and none knew what kind of fish it was. It was fully 3 feet long, it's head being enormous, it's body being very slender and ending in a very big tail. It's mouth extended along the fronth of the head forming a half-circle and was wide open showing a deep cavity within.
Someone called an old fisherman who said it was a small Maniflaw. He said that they are very rarely seen in those parts and that they grow to the length of thirty feet or so. Having been there for an hour or so everyone thought it dead but suddenly it swam away and has not been seen since.
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2018-08-03 09:41
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There is an old land beside a well on the Gowran Road from Paulstown. One morning on May 1st about 4 o'clock in the morning there was a girl skimming the well, saying "All for me and none for you." A man happened to be coming to his station in Paulstown, the man cried "Half" when that
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VI
A maiden fair ran from the house
Her hair was raven black
She snatched a trooper's pistol
She leaped a horse's back
As fast as any racehorse
By jockey ever rode;
She spurred the noble charge;
Down the Ballyellen road,
And, as she sped close by the stream
That ripples by the mill
Turning around, she saw quite near
Behind her on the hill
One of the mounted troopers
He called on her to stand
But she gave him ready answer
From the pistol in her hand
VII
Dashed she then o'er ditch and dyke
Until she gained the height
Where the rebels' silent watch-fire
Had burned thro' the night
From yon green trees and ivied towers
In fright the birds had flown
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bury it. The warts will rot away at the same rate that the straws rot. (If some other person finds this bottle he will get the warts)
4. Get some person to count the warts, he then gets them himself.
5. Rub the warts with black snail. Then stick the snail on a long thorn of a blackthorn bush. The warts will wither at the same rate as the snail.
6. Wash the warts in forge water i.e. the water used by the blacksmith to cool the iron.
Whitlow
Cut a snail into small piece and apply them, as one would a poultice, to the finger.
Thrallac
1. Tie an eel-skin tightly round the wrist.
2. Tie a black hand round the wrist.
3. Strap the wrist tightly.
Toothache
1. Rub a black snail on the sore tooth.
2. For one who has never smoked - take a few pulls out of a pipe or cigarette.
3. If there is a hole in the tooth pack it with tobacco
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2018-08-03 09:40
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Corns
1. Work barefooted in the bog for a few days.
2. Rub unsalted on them.
Sore Feet
Wash the feet in the stream that flows from St. Ronan's well on the 21st June.
Boils
1. Fill a small bottle with hot water, empty out the water, place the mouth of bottle on top of boil. The bottle will suck all the matter from the boil. Should not be done till boil is ripe.
2. Make a paste of soap and powdered sugar and apply as poultice to the boil.
3. Crush snail into a mummy and mix with sugar and apply as poultice.
Sprain
1. Hold the affected part in quickly flowing stream or under tap or waterfall.
Hiccup
Drink water from cup or glass with putting your nose in it. In order to do this one must drink from opposite side of vessel. This is only possible when one bends forward and downwards
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2018-08-03 09:37
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Farcy in Horses
The symptoms of this disease are 1. A large swelling usually appearing on the underside of the animals body or in a leg and (2) if the finger be pressed on this swelling a small dent or hollow will remain for some time after the pressure has been removed. Thomas Casey, Ballydavid, Littleton[?] Thurlas, cures this disease by prayer and holy water.
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2018-08-03 09:36
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Meningitis in Cattle
1. A bruised onion put in each ear of the bear and secured there
2. Put the beast lying on her side. With a strong cord make five loops three times over the beasts head
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2018-08-02 14:18
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Styes
1. Make the sign of the cross with a gold wedding ring over the affected eye three times in succession, saying each time ''In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost''
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Sciatica
Jurpentine to be taken in the following manner - Begin with one drop the first day, two drops the second, three drops the third and increasing the amount taken by one drop daily. Continue for 21 days. Then reduce the amount taken daily by one drop each day till you come back to one drop. The whole course runs over a period of 41 days
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2018-08-02 14:18
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Anthony's Fire or Wild Fire
The blood of a person names Cahill whose father and mother were both Cahill cures Anthony's Fire. A piece of thread or string is tied lightly round fingers, and the finger is then pricked with a needle. The blood is rubbed to the affected part.
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2018-08-02 14:18
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Warts.
1. Rub each wart with a pebble, using one pebble for each wart. Place these pebbles in a little bag or purse and drop the latter on the road. The first person who picks up and examines the contents will take your warts, and you will be rid of them.
2. Steal a piece of fat meat and bury it secretly in the dung heap. As the meat rots the warts will disappear.
3. Run a snail to the warts, and then stick the snail just on a growing thorn. As the snail decays the warts will disappear.
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2018-08-02 14:18
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2. Point a gooseberry thorn three time at the stye saying ''In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost''
3. Bathe the eye with cooked tea
4. Bathe the eye with the fasting spit every morning till the stye disappears
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2018-08-02 12:07
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it did not come out on the road, but continued on its course and away almost at right angles inside along the wall of the pasture field. The night was fairly bright. I distinctly saw that it was a motor car of a darkish colour, no lights or driver visible. In a few seconds afterwards I went quickly on to where I could step or climb the wall. I remained about 5 minutes trying to discover what it really was. There was no motor or motor tracks visible. I made a minute search for motor tracks but found none.
Signed: Patrick Barry, N.T. The Commons, Thurles
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2018-08-02 12:07
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(C) In exactly the same place about 2 yrs ago the same as above was seen by a small farmer in the neighbourhood.
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2018-08-02 08:42
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The Penal Days in the District
2-10-1938
Mass Paths. We have some old relics of the Penal days. The chief ones being the mass paths in this district. There is one from the Moye up through Winter's field and through the Lorgan coming out on a gap at the side of the chapel. This mass path was once stopped by old Mr. Winter who owned Agher estate. He would not allow them trespass through the Lorgan so they had to get out at a gap and cross a rough bridge at the back of the Chapel. But now everyone can got through the Lorgan. There was another from Clarkstown up through Carlows fields and out at the back of Rocks. This one is never used now. Tehre is another one from Gallow leading out the Coole road. This is not in use now either. One reason for these mass paths was that people had no bicycles or motor cars like what we have. another reason was that they were not allowed to go the public road.
Tobar Braoingte - Meaning the dropping well
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Cures
Snaomh na bPéist
The above is the name of a cure used locally when a beast is suffering from pain.
A cord is held loosely in both hands, over the affected spot, with a "right over left" movement one knot is made. A second knot is formed with a "left over right" movement. The end last used is passed through the first loop formed, and through the second in such a manner that when both ends are pulled, the string becomes undone. Whilst the string is being knotted the person who is trying to affect the cure recites the words "In the name of the Three Best; The knot is the Sailor's Knot; but I wonder if the supposed charm is a local superstition.
Brandon.
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Father of all, all good, all wise
Who bids the tempest rage or
Whose glory fills earth, seas and skies
Thou only source of joy and peace.
The wise dierus are right and just
Let no one impious tax thy will
But on thy glorious mercies trust
And see a good through every ill
Arm, arm with fortitude my breast
The various ills I wish to bear
And teach thy servent when at rest
For storms and troubles to prepare
But through whatever distressful scene
Thy rightious handmade lead me still
Rise to what may will seem
Content my breast shall calmy fill.
And as the seasons onward rool
And years revolving yearly fly
Sweet gratitude shall warm my soul
For blessings I enjoy
Still, still I'll praise that heavenly source
For what it pleases to bestow
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2018-08-02 08:39
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the lufurneach is good for calves that have worms.
The moss is good for worts also. You must leave the moss on the worts for a few days and then they would go.
If you had a headache you should get a leaf of cabbage and put it on a coal and then leave it on your forehead and you would get alright.
If a rusty nail went through your foot you should get the foxglove and put it on your foot and it would get alright.
The comfrey is good for boils. If you had boils to scrape the root of the comfrey and put it on a cloth and leave it on the boils and they would go. The comfrey is good for lumps. If you had lumps and leave it on them it would draw they lumps.
The foxglove is good for headache also.
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2018-08-02 08:39
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The fufurneach is good for cows
Garlic is good for cattle that would be sick. You have to cut it up first and then to boil it and give the juice to them. They would hen get alright.
If you had a smalicin on your eye you should stick a gooseberry thorn three times in it and it would then get alright or if you pointed ten thorns of one bush to your eye you would get alright.
If you had wild fire if a seventh son wrote his name around the wild fire it would not spread.
If you got a burn on any part of your body the moss in the bottom of a spring well is a cure if you leave the moss on the burn.
If you were bad with the measles you should get the moss and leave it on them and you would get alright.
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2018-08-01 14:24
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There are a lot of herbs that could cure a lot of ailments in this part of the country. And if we were as wise as the people long ago we would not want as many doctors. There is hardly an herb growing but can cure some ailment. The slanlús can cure a cut.
If you cut your finger or your foot the slánlus could cure it. You would have to leave it on your foot for a few days.
The sámhaidh (?) could cure a cut also. You would have to leave it on your foot also as well as the slánlus.
The root of a capóg is good for a cancer. You will have o put it on when you are going to bed at night.
The yellow dock is good for the whooping cough if boiled and then strained and the juice drank you would get alright.
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2018-08-01 09:07
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watched with wondering eyes. Some few of the clansmen's cloaks were spread upon the ground and the body lifted tenderly upon them by Seán's directions. Half a dozen active stalwart fellows then laid hold of the outspread cloak and bore the limp form carefully down the mountain pass picking their way by the light of their torches over the uneven surface.
Bear him steadily commanded Seán again addressing the bearers as he proceeded with the remainder of the party down the pass - the latter holding their torches aloft to light the way. He has lost enough blood for one day. Owen McKeogh will bring him back to life if there is a chance. It was a close call - poor youth oh vo vo to be lying there like that such a night. I wonder who he is.
God only knows replied Manus Ruadh who walked alongside him. One would never know. His horse seems to have come a long way and is matted over with foam and grime and blood. He is a splendid animal. I doubt if the chief has one so good. This youth must be noble else he would not have such a horse. He might be of the Geraldines of Kildare broke in Seán as though musing to himself. Ruaidhró óg is with the chief at Ballinacor and he will surely know
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2018-08-01 09:07
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Cill Chuimín, the older name being Cill Cuimin a't-Sléibhe is a parish with an area of 30 sq miles, embracing Rear Cross and Hollyford. It has three R.C. churches the one in Rear Cross being Galvanised. Rear Cross is but a new name being, I heard, given to Ré or Réidh Fhearthnóighe Móire by the late Rev W.J. McKeogh, Parish Priest of the united Parishes from about 1887 to 1913.
The district is mountainous the people mostly dairy farmers while a large trade is also done in store cattle which thrive extremely well in the lowlands. There are numerous dolmens, cromechs locally called "Labbies" which is probably an Anglicised, pluralised form of the Irish word "leabhaidh". These point to a Pre-Christian colonisation but very little information concerning them is to be had locally except that some say they are graves of chieftains, others say treasure is hidden in them, some say they are the Fairy Tables. They are held in deep respect as in other places the belief exists that some great evil befalls those who interfere with them. I know two or three which have fallen and yet the stones remain strewn on the ground not to be removed.
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2018-08-01 09:06
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Acht a Athair a bhíodh chomh fada i gcoláiste
Ar chuala tú ariamh é an oiread cainnte faoí cabáiste.

There was a marriage in a village. The food they had for the guests was herrings instead of meat. Rafftery composed a poem about it.
Banais a bhí ar an Cliagán Mór
Deirtear gur mhair sé seachtmhain,
Gíne óir a rinne suas chun ceoil,
Agus cuig punt coróin a bhfuair an sagart.
Bhí sin an cuinú mór, fir go leor agus mná deasa.
Is fear gan croidhe nach lánfar dóibh
Ba geal gan " seó " ag dul tríd baile

Story told by Pat and Thos. Dunne
Brooklawn,
Kilconly
Tuam
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2018-08-01 09:05
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Turroch House. Miss Kelly jumped from one of the windows and rode away with him.
Another of Kelly’s daughters was stolen away by some man who lived in Lough Crón (?). This seemed to have enraged him even more than the daughters elopment with William Keogh.
At this time a poetess named Anna Dunne lived in either Cam or Brideswell. She is said to have been illiterate as she was never at school. Yet her poems must have been taken down in Irish or else she learned off in the rambling houses.
She composed verses about Miss Kelly and her abduction to Lough Crón. The only lines remaining are –
“He stole the bird from the branch”
The Dúbdálach bréagach that lived
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2018-08-01 09:04
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My Grandfather Thomas Savidge who lived in Balgeeth and died about 25 years ago was very clever and could make quite a lot of things.
He was a farmer and managed his land very successfully. His farmhouse and outoffices were kept better than any others in the country. He always did his own thatching, carpentry and masonry. In his leisure hours he amused himself making walking sticks, pipes and was the best maker of kites in the country side. He was able to fly a very large heavy kite.
He often worked on stone and cut out and erected over the hall door a man's head with a pipe in his mouth. It is over the door still. One of the wooden pipes he made is still at Richard Dunne's Rath.
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2018-08-01 09:04
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In the vicinity of Mountrath is Red Castle, supposed to have been a fortress of the Fitzpatricks. Strange stories are told respecting this ancient building. It is stated that from age to age, a supernatural chieftain mounted on a grey horse has been seen riding around the ruins. In the year 1798, the yeomanry then on duty in that part of the country, saw the apparition
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2018-08-01 09:04
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which he was suffering for two years. for fifteen years he was a member of the Consolidated Stock Exchange in Manhattan. He built the present at 297 Degraw Street for his first match with Lawlor, for the championship of the United states in 1887, and the court has been frequented by players ever since, many of Irish Nationality. In 1871 he and Dunne went to Chicago and defeated O'Brien, and Farren for the championship and in 1897 they defeated Carney, and Keegan for the same title, and a side bet of $2000. He led a most obstemious existence, and for a long time his sudden physical breakdown puzzled his friends. It was he who trained John L O'Sullivan for his fight with James J. Corbett.
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2018-08-01 09:03
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Drumnasilla
This means the sally-ridge but there is no traces of these trees in it at present.
It has two fine raths. The one beside Mrs Dunne's house id a good specimen with a cave in the centre. Mrs Dunne's son told me he once entered it with a candle and that is built of sandstone roofed with flags. When you are a short distance there are side entrances containing little chambers but he was afraid to explore it to any considerable distance. Mrs Dunne and family have a great dislike to allowing anyone to interfere with the cave.
In Mr. Fagan's field a rath is also to be seen. this was explored some time ago but no trace of urns of bones was found. These also dislike entering into the cave.
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2018-08-01 09:02
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to be a national school till about 1880. the pupils paid the teacher. According to an old woman, a Mrs Neary of Tumgesh, (she is over eighty years), the first teacher in the old school, was Jack Dunne, a native of Cloonfinish, a village adjoining Tumgesh. He married one, Katherine [space] a native of Kilmovee Ballaghaderin. Both taught in the old school. "Jack Dunne was twice as well dressed as the teacher now" says Mrs Neary (above).
Prior to the building of the old school in 1864, the people of the district went to school held in a barn belonging to a man called John Rowley, of Cloonfinish.
My informant Mrs Neary went there to school, before that to a school held in a little house near the side of the present school, one hundred yards to the east of it, on the road-side (there was no road then, where the present road is, just a path). Traces of this little house remain. It was then owned by Thomas Rowley, Tumgesh. (see page 4)
When the old school (1864 one) was made a national school, the Education Department would not recognize the teacher Jack Dunne, but the people would not allow any other teacher, so he was allowed continue. He was succeeded by his nephew Pat Dunne, who taught until succeeded by my predecessor Mr James Horkan.
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2018-08-01 09:02
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Two miles west of Donard close to main road from Dublin to Baltinglass is Merginstown Glen House. Here among the out offices and standing on the farm of the late Father Hyland, is a Barn with a wide door or gateway. Here Father Hyland said Mass for parish of Donard and Dunlavin before the church at Dunlavin was built over 100 yrs ago.
The farm went in to the possession of a Mr Fisher (a Protestant). Then to Mr Joe Dunne afterwards Mrs Joe Dunne and then Mr Joe Dunne Grandson of the late Joe Dunne.
The Grandson sold the lands last year to Malachy Moynahan who is now in possession. (Told to me by Mr John Headon cowpasture, Dunlavin - next farm to Merginstown Glen).
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2018-08-01 08:59
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Place Names.
Móinán = Turf is supposed to be found under the field.
Ths Sraith = Tough land.
Cúlan = vacant corner in the field.
Gort Garbh = Rough land.
Baile na péice = village of the peacock.
Baile na gealla = village of grease.
My parents know nothing about streams, hills or rocks.
Thomas Dillon,
Glenamaddy..
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2018-08-01 08:58
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Goirtín an tobair, Goirtín i lár, teine Padhraig are the names of our fields.
My parents do not know of any names of streams.
Eskers is the name of the hill in our village. Poll Gharrain is the name of a lough in our village. My parents do not know any name of rocks.
James Giblin,
Esker,
Glenamaddy.
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2018-08-01 08:57
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The following bird love was got from Dan Williams, Inistíoge age 26.
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Bird Love
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The most common wild birds are Jackdaws, Chaffinches, Yellowhammers, Tomtits, Willie-wagtails, Wrens, Sparrows, Cranes, Cormorants, Water-hens, Wild duck, Corncrakes, Cuckoos, Curlew, Pilibín, Snipe, Woodcock, Grouse, Lark, Pheasant, Swallows, Marlin, Kingfishers, Wild Geese, Swans, Black stairs and Owls.
The Swallows, the Cuckoo, and the Corncrake migrate. The Swallows collect in vast numbers on house tops and wires before they migrate in September. They return in small batches to the same nests. If the nests are (destroyed) destroyed they build in the same place. It is impossible to shift their nests. The Corncrake
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2018-08-01 08:56
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Henry McCafferfty, Oldtown, Letterkenny

In olden times a game called Caman and now known as Hurley was always played on Boxing Day between two parishes. These were Glendowan and Glenswilly. This was the great Test Match of the season. It was played at Blown Rock about half way between Newmills and Churchill.
A great number of people gathered to see this match being played. People walked distances of seven and eight miles to attend it. This game was played with a wooden ball made locally and the Camans or sticks used were all cut in the local woods. They were seasoned and shaped in the people's homes. A local dance was held convenient to the place where the game was played.
This being an annual game people looked on it as a great event and often feeling ran very high between the supporters of each side. On many occasions free fights took place before the game was over. This place had three public houses and a great amount of money was spent in them that day and night.
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2018-08-01 08:55
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If a person broke a mirror he was supposed to have bad luck for seven years.
If a person spilled salt that was the sign of a quarrel[?].
If clothes were put on inside out they were left that way in case bad luck would follow.
When people saw a new moon through glass, they opened the door at once.
If a person dropped a glove, he got someone else to pick it up, because if he picked it up himself it meant a disappointment to him.
If a man was going to the fair and met a magpie on the way he would return home because to meet a magpie was deemed very unlucky.
If a rabbit or hare crossed a person's path, he would believe that he would have a disappointment before the day was out.
If a cock was heard crowing before midnight, some danger lay ahead.
If a black cat came into the house it was the sign of good luck.
To see lambs in a field foretell a time of pleasure.
To meet a red haired person on a Monday morning was deemed ill-luck for the coming week.
The above material was collected by Lilly Fogarty, Newtown, Cobh.
Information got from Mrs Mary Ryan, Newtown, Cobh. Aged 79.
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Long legs, short thighs, little head, and no eyes.
A tongs
What has a body a neck and nothing else.
A bottle.
What is the greatest ship in the world.
Hardship.
Black and white and read all over.
A news paper.
Around the house and around the house and leaves a loaf in every window sill.
Snow falling on the window sill.
What is the difference between a cat's claw and a comma.
A cat has claws at the end of her paws and a comma has a pause at the end of its claws.
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2018-08-01 08:54
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A Funny Story
_____11th of Jan. 1939
One time there were two brothers living together, who were very much alike. Then older one who owned the farm died. He made his will and left everything to his nephew. The other brother found out this and became very angry, so he moved the dead man into another room, and got into the bed in which the dead man had been lying. Then dead man's wife sent for the Solicitor, and they threw water on his face to pretend he had fainted. The Solicitor came and he made the will. He said "I will leave everything to my brother. When the Solicitor went he got out of the bed, and moved back the dead man. Then he was satisfied because he had all.
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A Fairy Story
Long ago I heard my Grandfather and Grandmother saying that there were fairies that used to take a child out of the cradle and leave a witch in its place.
There was a witch left in the child's place, and the neighbours used to gather to the house on their ceilidh to see the boy, and when they would get the parents out, they would say to the boy "Take down your fiddle and play us a tune." The boy would look up the chimney for the fiddle and then the boys would say, "put your leg on the hob and hook it up the chimney. So he lived till he was fourteen years of age and he was no bigger than a fairy. He never talked nor he never got teeth. When he died not one would go near it. It was said that it was a witch left in the child's place.
Told by Mrs. Daly
Drumsloe
Clones
Collected by: Brigid Daly
Drumsloe
Clones
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2018-08-01 08:54
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Once upon a time there was a woman who had a daughter of her own & also a stepdaughter. To her own she was very generous & kind while to the other she staved her & left her around half naked. She also used to beat her & send her off without a bit to eat, into the wood to gather a bresna[?] of sticks even in the snow & harshness of winter.
One day the stepmother was beating the child on the stairs with the poker when the woman saw a vision & heard a flutter. Then it changed into a woman & who was it only the
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2018-07-31 15:35
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and she had a son. The son went to America and he got killed there.
The night he was killed he came to Ireland and lay beside his mother. His mother spoke to him and said:
"Are you Michael."
"I am," he said.
Then he vanished. After a week she got a letter saying her son was dead.
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2018-07-31 15:33
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About one hundred years ago my great grandmother was visiting her brother in Derry city. When they had all retired for the night the door of the bed-room opened and the figure of a woman dressed from head to toe in silk garments entered. She began sweeping the room and lamenting "Oh dear! Oh dear!", and when she had cleaned and tidied the room she opened the door and went out and nobody saw her again.
It is believed that she was a person whose body had been sold as a 'stiffy' to the doctor who had been formerly in residence there. The house still stands and there are people living in it.
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2018-07-31 15:32
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Swelling: They cured swelling in this way. They got a little leaf out in the fields called 'duilleog Crúac Phádraig'. They left this leaf on a coal and them applied to the swelling. This cured it.
Warts: The had an easy remedy for warts. They got a snail an drubbed it on the warts. Then they threw it into the bushes and the warts were cured.
Or
They got a string and put as many knots in it as they had warts. They buried the string in the dung-pit and the warts went when the sting rotted.
Chin Cough: This is a cure they had for ''Chin Cough''. They watched the
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cross in the cut with it. The cut was said to be healed in a week.
Stings: They has an easy cure for stings. If they got a sting from a dearg daol they cured it by rubbing another dead one of it.
Headaches: They cured headaches in this way. there was a certain old man in the village and he measured the persons head with
Rheumatism: Rheumatism was cured in this way. They took some of the bramble of the Elder tree and boiled
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2018-07-31 15:31
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it and bathed whatever part was affected with the water. This was said to cure it.
Sprains: Sprains were cured in this way. They went to the weaver and got a thread from him. They twisted the thread around the sprain. This was believed to cure the sprain.
Or
They went to a stream of water and they put the foot down in the water and left it there for a good few hours. This was said to cure the sprain.
Bleeding: They stopped bleeding by placing lumps of cobwebs on the spot and tying or holding them in position, until the bleeding stopped.
Nose bleeding: Patient was put lying down on his back with a spoon or pen knife placed on back of his neck inside shirt band.
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2018-07-31 09:32
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There is a Holy Well near Rathcash & its name is St. Philomena's Well. It is so called because a woman fell into the well & as there was another invalid woman coming to the well. She wore a St. Philomena's cord & she took it off & threw it into the well & the other woman revived & both were cured afterwards.
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2018-07-31 09:32
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Seo thíos dán eile a deineadh sa pharóisde. An dá áit san dán go bhfuil realt os a gcomhair e.g. Cúlach agus Droicheadh na Gáile, dá áit sa pharóisde seo iad san.

Culach = baile fearain taobh thoir den tsráid bhaile seo.
Droichead na Gáile = Droichead atá trí mile siar ó Átha ‘n tSléibhe

An Spailpín Fánach
(1)
Go deó deó ‘rís ní ragad go Caiseal
Ag diol ná reic mó shláinte
Ná ar mhargadh na saoire am shuidhe cois balla
Am sgaoinse ar leat thaobh sráide

(II)
Bodaraí na tíre a’ tígeacht ar a gcapall
Dá fhiafraide an bhfuilim hírálta
Ó téanam chun siubhail tá'n cúrsa fada
Seo ar siubhal an Spailpín Fanách

(III)
An Spailpín Fánach fágadh mise
Ag seasamh ar mó shlainte
Ag siubhal an drúchta go moch ar maidin
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2018-07-31 09:31
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Gathered by Martin Finneran (12) Onagh, Taughmaconnell Ballinasloe.
1. 24 white cows standing in a stall.
In comes rea ball and (?) them all.
Answer. (?) and tongue.
2. What goes on four in the morning
two in middle of day
and three in the evening
Answer. A human being.
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2018-07-31 09:31
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Johnny Downey Clonoghill Taughmaconnell Ballinasloe on several occasions moved an Irish acre of hay in the day.
Done about 50 years ago.
Witnessed by James Kilroy Carrowduff Taughmaconnell Ballinasloe
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2018-07-31 09:30
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for about twenty minutes, and then, all of a sudden, the two card were lifted into the air, and slashed against the ground at the back of the house.
When he got up next morning, he expected to see many tracks and holes in the ground, but instead of that the ground was as perfect as if nothing had happened.
The most remarkable thing about this was that nobody in the yard heard it only my grandfather and grandmother although there were two other families in the yard.
One time there was a fine haggard of twigs at Killelton and my great-grandfather and two others decided to steal some of the twigs. They reached the place about midnight, and, while they were there, hundreds of people were to be seen dancing and playing music. They knew that some of the people were dead for a few years.
Before they left for home, they saw a man without a head walking down outside the ditch. When they started for home, something with chains followed them, and the men ran. After some
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2018-07-31 09:30
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A girl from Derrymore was working at Savage's long ago. One morning she went for a bag of turf which was in a rick at the west side of the church road. After a while she heard a horse coming and looking up she saw a man on horseback. He gave a fierce look at her and vanished. This happened about cock-crow. The girl went home, got sick and died about a week after.
A man lived at Derrymore one time, and the people called him Gearoid an Sprid, because every night a spirit came in the form of goose, and left him fall down over Derrymore mill, and just when he used to be a few feet from the ground, she used to catch him again.
He told the priest about this, and he put her teaming the sea for seven years with a thimble. She came back again at the end of the seven years, and then the priest banished her forever.
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2018-07-31 09:30
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There was an old road going through Sharvogue bog and it was called the "Farra" road. It was used for a small market. The people used to gather together and they used to bring eggs and butter and fowl and they used to be buying & selling. The fowl were very dear in those days. It was 4/2 for a young chicken and 3/- for an old hen. They used to get 2/6 a score of eggs and 1/- for a lb of butter. There was plenty of gold found in this road and there was a great amount of rubber found also. This road is covered and gone now & there is little known about it now.
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2018-07-31 09:29
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Potatoes
21st March, 1938
The names of potatoes
Champions
brown rocks
Striped Champions
silver skins
Irish Queens
Sky blues
Land Leaguers
Leather coats
Kerrpinks
Curs
Scotch farmers
Irish Peggys
Dates
Aran Cheifs (sp)
Aran banners
Aran victors
Epicures
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May Eve
2nd May, 1938
Long ago the people on May Eve used to cut mountain ash and stick a piece in each corner of the tillage garden. They used to shake Holy water with the mountain ash. They used to shake holy water where the cows used to be drinking. May Eve if one came into a house and one to be making a churn you should not let them out without
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The Fairy Twins
Long ago, there was a woman living in Ardgroom. She had two baby twins and they gave her more trouble to rear than all the children in the Free State. When they were six years old they were still in the cradle calling their mother for something to eat or drink. One day her husband had a Meitheal cutting turf in his land. His wife prepared the dinner at the house and took to the bog to men and she said to the men "Eat your dinner now as I must go home to mind my children." Ah! "you foolish woman said one of the men, they are two fairy children you have." When you will arrive at the house take off your boots and steal to the door and listen to see how they are getting on. She did as she was told and to her great surprise one of them was dancing a horn pipe, and the other one sitting up in the floor playing a fiddle When the one dancing got tired the other one went dancing a jig. The mother went back from the door and put on her boots and came in her usual walk to
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Rain:
The dog eats grass.
The frog changes his yellow colour to dark brown.
The cricket sings in the wall.
The cat puts his back to the fire.
The hens pick their wings.
The sky gets heavy and dark.
A circle comes on the moon.
The crane flies to the hill.
The soot falls.
The ducks quack.
The swallows fly low.
The sunks sinks pale.
Grey frost on the ground.
The seagulls come from sea to the land.
A sound comes down from Crummell bridge.
The sheep come down from the hill.
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Storm: -
A red sky in the west.
The geese fly.
The moon goes very fast in the sky.
The sun has long rays at sunset.
There is a circle on the moon.
The sky seems to get lower.
Frost: -
The sky is clear and bright.
The stars twinkle.
Wild geese come from the islands.
Wild ducks go from the lake into the reeds.
The swans sing.
The sky clear, and a grey fog on Muilrea.
Snow: -
The druideóga fly quickly from one field to another.
The birds fly and strike themselves against the window.
Grey clouds in the sky.
The sheep gather together.
The lapwings fly from the lakes.
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2018-07-31 09:28
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Fine Weather: =
The sun goes down red.
The clocha sponna [rock in the river) sounds.
A white fog comes on Muilrea
The crane goes from the lake to the rivers.
The swallows sing.
The hills appear to be far away.
The air gets warm, and dew falls in the evening.
The seagulls move out on the sea.
The smoke goes straight up from the chimneys.
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2018-07-31 09:27
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Poet Brady lived at Cleeskin (Dromacleeskin) in Co. Cavan. He used to be called Paddy the Poet. He went
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2018-07-31 09:25
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round the different homes of the parish and he would make a bod song on anyone that wouldn't receive him. Anyone that received him kindly he praised them in a poem. Here are two lines of a poem of his:
"Minister Thompson was a noble Presbyta,
and never disgraced the coat he was paid to wear."
Where the present Protestant church stands there used to be a Catholic church. It was a long low thatched building. Where the present wall of Scotshouse Protestant Church now stands a man died during the famine.
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like people half drunk the way they carried on. I used to hear a noise like the rattling of tin pongers and the rattling of pans on the fire as if someone was frying bacon. They would continue like this and then I used to become more awake and I used to hear other noises like the falling of tongs. I used to be awake like this and then after a while I would get up and then immediately I would hear as it were a host of people going out on the dure (door). These of course were the "wee people" and the wee people always come in during the night and sit around the fire and make food. These wee people are still to be had.
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2018-07-31 09:24
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Up in Hilton big field which is beside Cush there is a lone bush. At this bush there was a well and in olden days the people used to go there to get cured of jaundice. It was always said that there was a thorn in the well. Woods, a steward who was in Hilton closed it up. He shouldn't have done that. I heard this from Bob Morgan of Corrachan. (The Woods here referred to was steward of Hilton during the minority of the present (1938) owner's grandfather. On the coming of age to his master he left. He was succeeded by Mooney who died under suspicious circumstances later in his master's office.
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lives at present and got the house where Mc Lettrick now has his shop, built for the police. Dan Fitzpatrick, grandfather of the late John Fitzpatrick (died ob. 1921) lived near the old mill where Glenkins now live and kept a public house there. Crowe built the barracks on too low a level below the road and it was cast by the authorities. Crowe at this time was living where the chapel now is and Pat Fitzpatrick gave him a few drinks for the ground where Mrs Fitzpatrick has now her house and built barracks there. The Ribbonmen rid the site for him in one day.
Matthew Kerins came from Moorlough near Lisnaskea. He was maternal grandfather of late John Fitzpatrick of Scotshouse (ob. 1921). He was put out of Moorlough by Madden who gave Kerin's place to Orangemen named Briens and gave to Kerins in exchange land in Lisnalee, then a wilderness. When he came the Ribbonmen round about Scotshouse set a two acre field for him in a few hours and the field was manured by carrying manure in creels. Arthur McMahon Mick McMahon and John McTahern of Dunsrim two half-uncles and an uncle of mine gathered the men to set the two acre field
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2018-07-31 09:23
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There are two forges in Gowran Jack Murphy's & Jim Jordans. They are situated about fifteen yards from the road.
They both shoe horses & asses but neither of them shoe cattle.
They mend every kind of farm implements. When the smith has the horseshoe made he dips it while still red into a tank of water he has for the purpose. This part of the work is done in the open air. This water is supposed to cure warts. Some of the implements are hammer, chizel, clift anvil, & bellows a chizel is used for cutting the irom.
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2018-07-31 09:23
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One day the Blessed Virgin was walking along & she lost the brooch which held the Infants cloak. She asked a cowherd to look for it & he said he had no time. She asked a blacksmith & he made one & every time a blacksmith dips his hand in the water he feels refreshed.
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2018-07-31 09:23
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One day OUr Lord was being pursued by Jews who wanted to kill him. Passing by a field he saw men sowing corn & he blessed the corn & it sprung up immediately & he hid in it. The jews came along & asked the men if a man passed by & they said he passed when they were sowing it & they were now reaping it. The jews thought it too long to trace. When they were about to go off a deargadale crept out & said "nay nay" but yesterday so the Jews knew he was near, ever since if you kill the snail before it cocks it's tail you'd gain 100 days indulgence.
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2018-07-31 09:22
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Long ago when there were no clocks, the people used to know the time to go to the fair by the "tredeen". The tredeen was a group of stars that were to be seen in the sky, and according to their place the old people used to know the time.
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2018-07-31 09:22
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Little meat was eaten in Mr Moylans time, but no wedding ceremony was considered properly carried on without plenty of meat used in those days. Potatoes were the food for all meals, sometimes milk was taken with them, but very often only salt, and occasionally a little butter was taken.
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2018-07-31 09:17
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Sgéal a chuir ar ais aige
Má bhí sí inan an cas a reidtheach
Chuir sé go dtí an sinead é
Is as sin go dtí an ceannchomhairle
Is séard dubhairt Seán Ó Ceallaigh
Tá mac na bpintrighe i gcontabairt.
IX
Níorbh leis na uachtaí faillighe é
Sgríobh sé ag an mbreathnach
Dordruigh sé gan failighe
Ach mac na bainntrighe a fhághail faoi bhannaí
Cuiridh tri chuairt ghearr é
Sul a nimeodadh sé as Éireann
Is cuirfear é go Switzerland
Faoi déighe an League of Nations
x
Annsin tháinig na gardaí
Is chuireadar ar Jury
Nior leigeadar abhaile é
Go dtáinic lá na cúirte
Bhí connselraí as Gaillimhe inn
Is séard dubhairt sé casaí an peann air
Ná ligidh an sgéal nios fuide
Ach curaidh luach na bó go Máirt.
XI
Cruinnigh Máire cong iamh go n-ionnsaigdrs gá feannadh
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married without the all important 'fortune' for the custom of 'made' marriages is beginning to loose its importance, around here. Boys and girls generally prefer to take as their future partners in life, one of their own choosing and most of their parents.
The actual settling of a match is great fun, and a much talked - of event. On a night arranged, the bridegroom goes to the house of his future bride, taking with him a couple of others, and carrying with him a bottle of whiskey, for what match was ever settled yet in the length and breadth of Ireland, without a drop of the "hard stuff" to lend heart to the proceedings? A great welcome is extended to them on entering, and soon the talk is in full swing, and the tongues way looser as the whiskey begins to di its work.
Notes are comprised: How much land
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2018-07-31 09:09
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Long ago a farmer had six or seven cows. His servant who lived in a house near by had only one cow. When ever the man with the number of cows went churning he always found froth on the milk, while the man with the one cow had a large quantity of butter to send to
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2018-07-31 09:09
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One day a woman called her husband to his dinner. She had a very big plate of sauce and a very small bit of fish. He said down near the table, and began looking at the plate of sauce. She said "Why aren't you eating" He said " I must wait until the tide goes out. "I'll try to catch that fish then.
James Fitzgerald
Goulane
Farranfore
(Nora Fitzgerald)
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2018-07-31 09:08
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could not believe had I heard it. On each bank of the ravine is a whitethorn stem growing upright, and a horizontal one across from one to the other in such a way that it is impossible to say from which it grew. The three stems form the letter H. I visited that place last summer and it is still to be seen. According to my information this or rather these plants grow in the same place where the ghost used to be seen. It is on the ravine just under Mr. Cousin's new Bungalo.
The man known as the Cattle Doctor owned the land on the left hand side of the ravine. He is supposed to have seen fairies picking some particular herb with which they cured some sick cattle and he adopted it himself. Many still living in the district including Mr. Joseph Fanning of Barnadown knew the Cattle Doctor whose name was Redmond.
The stems of thet H shaped whitethorn might be about 1 and a half inches in diameter
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2018-07-30 11:30
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sacred to the women and men of any rank or degree were strictly forbidden to enter there. This fact was made use of by the young lovers to meet secretly. Marbhán remained behind when the other ladies returned to the place at Kincora and here Cograns son stole to meet her. All went well for a while but eventually the queen discovered the illicit meeting. Calling some soldiers to her aid she tried to surprise the lovers who however becoming aware of there approach fled north along the shores of the lake. Hotly pursued Cográn's son endeavoured to escape by taking Marbhán in his arms and swimming out into the lake. The queen, fearing there escape for Cogran's son was a very powerful swimmer called on Aoibhill the spirit of Crag Lia who guarded the fortunes of the O'Brians of Kincora for aid. Aoibill changed Cogran's son
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2018-07-30 11:28
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them into the ditch. Mick Spillane had a Rosary beads. He held the Rosary beads between himself and the sow. The others went behind him. The sow sat on the road. After a while the sow disappeared through the road.
The men came home and were glad to be left and I may tell you they did not wear their shoes very much passing "BearnagCloc" at midnight for a few weeks after.
Scéal
Ins an áit seo in-aice mo thige tá áit ar a dtugtar "Beárna Gcloc" Timpall 50 blíaghan ó shin bhí beirt fhear ag dul go dtí Cill Orglan go moch ar maidin ag díol féir Nuair a bhí siad a gabháil i leith cun Beárna Gloc cad a chonaic siad acht hata agus é ag siubal. Tar éis cúpla neómataoi ní raibh siad ábalta é feiscint arís.
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2018-07-30 11:26
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About 60 years ago there lived a curate in Donabate named Rev Father O'Neill. This priest was a thrifty, mean, odd, old man, and was known as a miserly priest. One day this priest ordered a sack of potatoes from a man in the Burrow. When the man was bringing the potatoes up to the priest, he brought an extra bag for him as a present. When the man arrived at the priest's house he told the priest he had an extra bag for him as a present. When the priest heard this, he said to the man, give me the bag of potatoes you are giving me for nothing and bring him the other sack so the man brought home the other sack and gave the other to the
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2018-07-30 11:26
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Old Story.
Here is a story which my teacher heard from an old Killaloe fisherman. (Mr Frank Johnson Pier Head Killaloe) while fishing with him on Lough Derg many years ago. It brings us back to the days of Brian Boru.
"About two miles to the north of Killaloe a sharp point juts into the lake and is called Rinn na mBan" point. The townland from which the point emerges is called "Baile Cográin" from Cográn who was steward to Brian Boru. Cográn was an officer in Brians own regiment of local Dalcassians. Attached to the queens household was a beautiful girl named Marban with whom Cogran's son was deeply in love. It was customary for the ladies of the court to walk by the shores of the lake at "Rinn na mBan" This ground was
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into a fish. Later Marbhán's body was washed ashore. A huge fish still lives in the waters at this point and sometimes he rises to the surface, many anglers have fished this ground in the hope of hooking the large fish but all there attempts have been in vain.
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night to mind a mare that was going to foal. We went out to see her twice and she was up above the house where the road now runs. We went into the house again and sat near the fire and I dozed asleep.
It was about twelve o’clock.
I thought the voice called me and said “The mare has foaled and the foal is in the dyke down near the bounds of Mrs Collins” That meant the whole length of the farm from where we left her last. I told William and he only got angry with me and said it could not be the case. I persuaded him and out we went and down and the mare had foaled and the foal was in the dyke as I thought the voice has said. We released the foal and the mare was very excited and we heard the galloping of horses in Mrs Collins’ meadow and on towards Seanbally {(Shanballa) Seanbaile)} and on for McCarthy’s fort. Then a kind of whirlwind came and we made for the house.
The same foal got caught in a raker some time after and got allright. Then later on he got caught in the bars of a gate and got killed.
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About 25 years ago I was working for Ned Stack of Creac-a-t-Seabaic. He had one son William at present in his father’s place. In the month of May, William and I had to stay up one
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unloading his meal from the cart he put the bodies on it and took them to the grave yard.
This young priest did great work among his people so great that they called him "Sagart Aroon" but finally he took the disease himself and died.
On his death he was caoined by the people of Drumshanbo who mourned him greatly. He was buried in the old grave yard of Corlough and the tomb stone over his grave is still to be seen.
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2018-07-30 11:16
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A Story of Witchcraft
One morning in May several years ago, a priest near Castlemaine was called out at mid-night to attend a dying man in a distant part of the parish. The priest mounted his horse, and after having prepared the sinner he drove off on his homeward journey alone. They grey dawn began to appear over the hills. After a time he dismounted and walked slowly on his journey. he then drew from his pocket his breviary and commenced reading his morning office. He had not gone far when he observed his horse trying to stop in the road and getting frightened he looked into a field where there were some cows grazing. He went a little further, and then the horse made a sudden plunge and tried to get
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of the night they had, and said it was not right to be out on Xmas night. They landed home safely and never again went out (torching) during Xmas. This is a true story and happened about 50 years ago. Related by Timothy McCarthy Ardmelode Miltown Age 42 years. Collected by Kitty Horgan Rusheen.
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2018-07-27 12:51
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but he found there was one extra cow and horse. He drove them into his neighbours farm as he was hard-hearted. His neighbour kept them both and soon became a rich man. The other man heard of how he was getting to be rich and so got jealous and stole both back. The cow never gave a drop of milk nor did the horse win a race.
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2018-07-27 09:35
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Continued
bride away.
There was generally a four-footed animal given to the bride by her father as a fortune. a cow, or a calf.
Imelda Tarpey, Bekan N.G.S., Claremorris.
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2018-07-27 09:34
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In the direction of Cill Cronan. The road that joins Ballyhaunis and went through Coolnaha and joined the Carroweneden road near Cill Cronan Portions of this road are still to be seen, and indeed used by some people.
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2018-07-27 09:33
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Christian Era
Tradition does not tell us that Saint Patrick visited this district. In the adjoining village of Kiltoom is a called St Patrick’s well, where the saint stoppped to slake his thirst on his way to Croagh Patrick.
He blessed this well and pilgrims come every year to do stations there. Many years agao a farmer was ploughing in that field. He filled in the well and sowed potatoes there. In the centre of the ridge right beside the old well a new one sprung up.
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2018-07-23 15:54
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Potatoes
Potatoes are planted every year. Manure from the cowhouses is spread over the ground first. Then it is turned by means of spades. Then men of the house usually do this and where there is only one man in the housea neighbour helps. Ploughs are not used the farms being small and there are scarcely any horses.
The ground is turned into ridges by spades bought in the shops.
Potatoes are cut into skillauns there is only one eye left in each skillaun. The skillauns are left in the house for a few days. They are put into a skillaun bag i.e. a little bag tied around the waist and the sower sticks the spade in the ridge.
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2018-07-23 15:54
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p343 he would get sick.
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2018-07-23 11:18
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Old shops.
9th May 1938.
Long ago, there used people go around buying old clothes and bottles. They used to give three pence for old cloths and a penny for a pint bottle. They used to make paper and sometimes ratress. One of the people that was gathering them thins his name was Cahal. He would be gathering them all the Summer, and in the Winter he would make many
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2018-07-23 10:55
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Oidhche Shamhna
There are a great number of old customs carried on in our country on Novembers night.
The children leave three saucers on the table and put clay in one of the saucers clean water in the other and a ring in the other. Then they put a cloth on a boys or a girls eyes and lead them to the table and if they put
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and the person that gets the piece in which the ring is, is supposed to be married before hallow'een would come again.
I heard above story
from Mr David Gibbons
Cloonlara
aged (80 years) Co Mayo
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betrayed St. Stephen. Long ago when he was runing on the soldiers he climbed up a tree and hid himself. When the soldiers came they sat down to rest under the tree. While they were resting a wren flew out of the tree. The soldiers looked up to see what was making the noise and they saw St. Stephen. They then arrested him and put him to death. St Stiophan was the first saint that ever suffered martyrdom.
I heard this story from
Mr Patrick Needham
Cross
Co Mayo
aged (99) years
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and it is there from that day to this.
I heard this story
from Mrs J. Gibbons
Cloonlara
Co Mayo
agent (75) years
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2018-07-23 10:53
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The old customs on November night is to go to a garden of cabbage and to go round through the village and leave a head or two at the poor peoples door. It is the customs of the children go gather to one house and get a tub of water and put and apple into it and be diving for it and the person that catches it can eat it. They also put three saucers on the table and clay in one water in a
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2018-07-23 10:53
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The old people say that the month of November is kept for the holy souls they say if you were coming from visiting you would hear them cry out to help them in prayer. Another game that is played they put two nuts beside the fire and put a boys name on one and a girls name on the second if they jump into each other they will never be married. I heard this from my uncle named James Kelly Feenone Louisburgh Co Mayo
aged 73 years
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said that when the soldiers were after St Stephen they had a rest under a tree and at the same moment a little wren flew out of the tree and the soldiers looked up and saw St Stephen hiding in the tree. The boys carry the wren in honour of St Stephen and sign a hym such as, the wren the wren the king of all birds St Stephens night was caught in the furze. Heard this story from Thomas Mannion, Feenone Louisburgh Co Mayo
age 73 years
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2018-07-23 10:52
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There is a graveyard about five miles from my home it is called duce, the old people say that this graveyard was on the side of the hill and the next day is was bellow on duce and thats how the graveyard got its name. There is no one burried there for over four hundred years ago, only one dead body that came ashore.
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2018-07-23 10:52
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There is a fort not far from my house. It is of a round shape, with clay heaped round it and little trees growing on every side of it. There is a black dog guarding it and sometimes he comes out before the people who are passing near the fort. There is another story told about a person who was passing by the same fort very late at night and he heard beautiful music and dancing inside it, and he felt inclined to go in himself and have a step out of it. There was a man going by the fort one night with a hump on his back and there were people saying some poetry and it was puzzling them
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2018-07-23 10:51
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to finish it and this man stuck in his head and finished it for them and they took the hump off his back and he went home straight and all right.
He met another man and he asked him how he got rid of the hump and he explained all his story to him.
The other man went the following night and he heard them singing and they went wrong in the poetry he said something that set them wrong altogether. They became really very angry and they put another hump on him over the one that was on him already and he was as bad as ever and worse.
Story told by a man called James O'Malley Cloonty (aged 90 years)
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2018-07-23 10:50
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the remains of an old monastery there.
The graveyard which is in Killgeever is level. There are very few tombstones erected over the people that are buried there/
There is a flat stone in the centre of the graveyard with the track of a knee in it. It is said that when St. Patrick came to this rock knelt on it to say his prayers and when he arose the track of his knee was in the stone. The track of his knee is still there.
There is a blessedwell there also and people come from far and near to perform the stations of Cross at that well. Many miracles are wrought there each year.
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2018-07-23 10:50
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I'll try to get it by gazette
The stoves are ash quite clean and sound
And with sally hoops well bound
Then two big ears surmount the hoops
And thick as those of any incompoop
It is bread and firm short and sound
And sits quite solid on the ground
It would not lose or leak a drop
In either bottom side or top
The stuff got time to dry and soak
Besides the vessel was bespoke
And hark the coopers full demand
Was paid by me into his hand
And why should I to you concede
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2018-07-23 10:49
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iron and he thought he was the best smith ever he saw and he came out and fled from the Lios in fear.
Sometimes people say that when you are passing there late at night that a big black dog would run out before you. There was once a man passing there late at night and he saw a big black dog. The man stood for a while and the dog disappeared again quickly.
I heard above story from an old man called
Richard Mannion
Kelladone
[aged 85)
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2018-07-23 10:46
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There are a number of pisreoga carried on in some parts of this country. Such as, not to put out the ashes on new years day, but to leave it there until the next day. It is also said that it is not right to dirty the water on Whit Sunday. It is also said that it is not right to be the first to rise smoke on May morning and it is also said that if you are up before the sun rise on May morning and to have your face washed you would have a good complexion for that year. It is also said that if anyone came
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2018-07-23 10:46
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There is a forge in this district, it is situated in the village of Aylmore. It is of a quadrangular shape, with a thatched roof, and the door is very low.
It is built very near a cross-road. The blacksmith works there every day. He shoes horses, and he makes gates, and hasps of doors, he puts a point on picks, he also makes tongs, and a number of other things out of iron.
People sometimes put a horse shoe over the door for they say that they would
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2018-07-23 10:46
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were let out grazing in the fields that a good cow would be taken away and that a bad cow would be left instead, and for that reason they need to tie a red string to their tail.
Story told by an old man named
John McNamara
Devlin North
Louisburgh
(Aged 76)
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lights are seen in that place and a hound goes in and out at twelve oclock at night.
The people never till this part of the land nobody likes to have anything to do with it. It is said that anyone that does never is the same again.
I heard the old people say that two mens land were adjoined by one of these, and one man said to the other come and dig up
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2018-07-23 10:46
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that place. The other one said he would have nothing to do with it. The first man went and began to work, but during his work a briar caught his hand and he bled to death.
So on that account people never go near them.
I heard this story from a man called
Austin Needham
Kelladone
Louisburgh
Co. Mayo
(aged 70 years)
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2018-07-23 10:45
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invites all to partake of the meal. When the feast is over, the rushes are placed in the middle of the family circuit, and young and old begin to weave the unique rush cross of St. Brigid.
Next day the crosses are blessed and one is hung in each room and every out office. Another custom commonly observer on the eve of Brigid is known as Brat Brighde. When the family have retired to rest fear a tighe
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2018-07-23 10:45
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collects a garment belonging to each member and hides them in some place out side.
This is done that St. Brigid and her holy women may find warm wraps on their journey during night, to visit all who have honoured her. As a final act of courtesy the door is left unlocked so that the holy women may come in and warm themselves by the unquenched fire.
I heard this story from
Richard Mannion
Kellaadone
(aged 80 years)
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2018-07-23 10:43
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It is said that if a person dies in this village, and if any of their relatives or friends, are passing by this dun after midnight they can hear the "Banshee" mourning the person that is dead. The old people say that there was a man passing by this dun long ago, and he heard the loveliest music, and dancing that ever was heard or seen. He being good at dancing said he would go in, and have a dance with the fairies. He went in, and he danced all night, and when he came out again there was no sign
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2018-07-23 10:42
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the young boys to go round and leave cabbage at the doors of the poor people who had no cabbage, but now all those customs have died out.
It is said that the fairies go around on November's Night and smear the blackberries and on that account they are not eaten after that night.
It is also said that on that night the souls of the people that are dead come back to their home again
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2018-07-23 10:42
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One of the old pastimes of long ago, which is the Bon Fire is still done every year on the 23rd of June.
This day which is St. John's Day the fire is lit. All the boys and girls of a village gather together and make a big fire.
The origin of this fire is uncertain. Some say it is kept in honour of (the fire) the fire lit at Tara, but that was at Easter.
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2018-07-23 10:42
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but the real origin is that St. John first lit the fire of Faith before our Lord, and it is kept in (memory) honour of him.
It is an old custom for the people to bring in a coal from the Bon-Fire and put in the crops, so that they will have a good crop for the year, and they also take a coal from the Bon - Fire and put it into the fire in the house so that they will never be short of turf for the year.
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2018-07-23 10:18
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There are some shrubs growing in this graveyard also.
Killeen is so called there was a small chapel built near it long ago and "Kill" was the Irish for church. There is a new church built there for the last forty years.
There are some shrubs growing in Killeen also, and there is a big rock standing up straight and not
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2018-07-23 10:11
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it's right to put a grain of salt in the churn in a way that they would have a good return of butter.
It is the very same way on New Years Day as on May morning. The pisreoga are carried on in the same manner. It is said that if anybody bathes on Whit Sunday or Whit Monday they will be drowned. It is said that it is not right to dig soil after the sun would set.
It is also if a mirror is broken in a house it is unlucky.
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2018-07-23 10:10
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Callan and the Kings river
A.D. 844. "After Niall Caille, son of Aedh Oirniche, had been 13 years in the sovereignty of Erin, he was drowned in the Callainn in the 55th year of his age".
Dr. Geoffrey Keating writes:-
"Upon a time he (Niall Caille) came attended by a great retinue of horses to the bank of the river Callainn, with a design to ford the stream; but it happened that the river was swollen to a great height by the violence of the rains, which occasioned him to halt and sound the depth before he attempted to enter the water. For the purpose he commanded a gentleman who rode in his train, to try the ford, who before he had gone far, was carried down by the current and washed off his horse. The King, willing to preserve him, gave orders for those about him who had the ablest horses, to plung into the water and lay hold of the gentleman
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2018-07-23 10:06
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Forts are very common in places which border the sea. I live the near the sea, and on that account there are many forts under these large cliffs. In many places along the coast, there are caves however known as forts. Some of these are round and others are square, and there are many stories told in connection with them. Some people say that it is not right to till
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2018-07-23 10:03
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On one side there is a big tree, and a river running by it. Men say that when coming home at night they see motor lights running round it. Others say that the lights go round the field and all go into one and disappear away. The owner of the land never tilled this place or it was never seen tilled.
I heard this story from a man called
William O Malley
Feenone
Louisburgh
Co Mayo
Aged 85 years
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2018-07-23 10:02
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Hallow'een is the last night of October. All the children look forward to that night because there is great fun. First of all a great supper is prepared and a sweet cake is made, with a ring a thimble and a button in it. Every person is watching to see who gets the ring for whoever gets it will be married before the year is out. After that a big tub is procured and filled with water. An apple is put floating on it then every
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2018-07-23 10:00
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the first to die, if in the saucer of water he will be the first to cross the sea, or if in the saucer where the ring is he will be the first to marry. It is said that the dreaded fairies wander over hills and fields and destroy the blackberries so that they cannot be eaten after that night. The old people tell stories and sing songs which cause great laughter. King cormac Macart choosed this time of the year for his great feast at at Tara and
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2018-07-23 09:59
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There is a graveyard about a hundred yards from my house. This graveyard is called "Cilín-beag". It is raised a few feet above the level of the land. There are spikes of stones standing round outside, and in the corner there is a large tomb stone standing.
There is a line of small trees growing to the west. There is no people (bury) buried there now, but it is said
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The smaller the shore appears is an indication of fine weather.
Clouds and wind from North indicates showers.
Dark heavy clouds over South wind indicates heavy rain.
White blankets of clouds during fine weather - showers.
Rainbow in the morning is a sailors warning. A rainbow in the night is a sailors delight.
Madra Faoithe (Blister) means hard showery weather.
Birds
Swallows flying low is a sign of rain - flying high is a sign of fine weather.
When the seagull comes inland it’s a sign of a storm.
When the curlew whistles (single) it is a sign of bad weather. When the curlew gives a double whistle it is a sign of fine weather.
When the starlings come from the mountains it indicates bad weather.
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in this place. They used give cattle as a fortune long ago. Now they give money as a fortune
from Mr and Mrs Dan Kelly, Tranferla, Reentrisk, Age 74
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2018-07-23 09:57
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Cures
Ring worm: They used to put a rim of ink around the sore.
Warts: They used get a rotten potato or the water of potato and rub it to the warts.
Sores: They mix soap and sugar and warm it and put it on the sore to cure it. They boil white bread in a cup of boiling water and squeeze it and put it on a bruise to make a drop. Dog leaf is put on sores also.
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2018-07-23 09:56
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Fadó bí alán daoine ón an dtaobh
eile den doman agus do cuire[?]
alán daoine cun báis.
Aon oidche amáin do thógadar
fear o Chollrus dar a bainim. Do thóg síad an fear cun peille imirt, mar bhíodar ag imirt peille an oidhce sin.
Do tóg síad an fear sin mar bí sé ana mhaith cun peille imirt.
Do thógadar an fear sin ón a leabaid agus do bhíodar ag imirt an oidhce go léir. Do chuireadar an fear in a leabaidh airís.
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2018-07-23 09:34
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There was a poor man living in Molerick some seventy years ago. His name was Kit Nugget. He had a large family, he was working on boycotted land as it was the only work he could get. He was warned off by the Ribbandmen but still the poor man went to work to prevent his family from want. One evening he was coming home
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2018-07-23 09:34
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One man said "let him do now he has enough". But the man at the horse ran up and said "I did not get my share at him yet" The sister had knelt down wiping her brothers forehead but the approaching man said " Get up young lady don't spoil your silks. With that he struck the boy on the forehead and dashed his brains out into the girls face. The four men dissappeared over the fence and got away before anyone came the way.
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across the fields behind the Hill-of-Down station when he was fired on by two men in ambush. As soon as he had fallen with shock more than the bullet, one of the men ran up and stuck a stake into his mouth down his throat and finished him. He was got next morning lying dead. The culprits were not found out officially but many people knew who they were but they could not reveal for it would mean death to them as the Ribbandmen were a secret Soceity who revelled in murder.
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with leaden sticks or clubs. This car was the first car home. One of the men held the horse while the others pulled the son down off the car and beat him black with the clubs while his mother and sister tried to save him. One man said let him do now, he has enough but the man at the horse ran up and said "I did not get my share at him yet". The sister had knelt down at her brother's side wiping his forehead but the approaching man said "Get up young lady don't spoil your silks". With that he struck the boy on the head and dashed his brains out into the girl's face. The four men disappeared over the fence and got away before anyone had come the way.
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XII
One night there was a man ceilidhing in a house in Edmonton Killucan. When he came out to the
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2018-07-23 09:33
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We are told that Duleek is a very ancient village though the natives don't seem to know much about it, only what was handed down from generation to generation in their families for some hundreds of years. The old village of Duleek I am told was formerly on the South Bank of the Nanny river - that was before Saint Patrick came to Ireland. The first building on the North Side of the River where the village now stands was built by St Patrick a Catholic Chapel about the year 436. The remains are to be seen in Patrick Donnelly's garden in the North Side of the village. The walls were repaired
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2018-07-23 09:33
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There is a very old graveyard in Keenogue. It is of a very ancient date. There has been urns and skeletons found in it. It is said that it was a pagan burial place, because of the urns found there beside the bodies. There were three skeletons with an urn at their head, and another at their feet. With one skeleton there was found a necklace of 49 big black beads around her neck. There was an urn bigger than the biggest bucket found also with itself. There is no wall around it or hedge. It is in Mr.Loughran's field.
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2018-07-23 09:33
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In Knockisland there was another church built by Saint Ciaran. One day the Saint was minding crows. He wanted to go to Mass, so he locked them up in a barn and went to Mass. When he came back from Mass his master a man began to argue with him, and he asked him what did he do with the crows, and the Saint told him that they were in the barn. When the man went to the barn to see the crows they few up in his face and blinded him, because he would not believe that they were in the barn.
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2018-07-23 09:33
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There is an old church in Smith's lawn in Duleek. It was built by the monks. There was an old tunnel going from the church to the monastery. The monks used to live in the monastery. They would come from the monastery to the Church in the tunnel. They would pray in the Church. The tunnel was closed in, and it is said that it is there yet.
There are the vestments of the Priest buried in the Church. There are also a number of chalices and ornaments of all kinds buried there. They were hid there from Cromwell because they were afraid that Cromwell was going to rob them. The walls of the Church are to be seen there yet.
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2018-07-23 09:32
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One Christmas Eve long years ago an old man from the parish of Kentstown walked to Navan - a distance of about six miles. He intended to do some shopping. He reached Navan safely and purchased the articles he wanted most particularly and was ready to trek his journey homewards when he met some of his life long friends. They invited him to go into some "warm-corner"
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2018-07-23 09:32
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There are no old story-tellers residing in the locality now-a-days. No more do neighbours flock to one particular house to tell or listen to the best funny stories of the day. Even the few younger folk who try to imitate their great ancestors by telling what they consider the best jokes ever told are lacking in humour or wit. The following are a few stories told by the less sombre inhabitants of the neighbourhood.
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2018-07-23 09:32
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There are two kinds of herbs namely 'touch-me-not' and 'marsh-mallows'. The 'touch-me-not' is a small bushy herb with a red blossom and is used as a cure for boil and stone-bruises. It is boiled into a jelly and mixed with lard and put on the affected part in poultice form. The 'marsh-mallows' are used in exactly the same way.
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2018-07-23 09:32
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it spreads quickly and it scalds the crop.
Marshmallows cures a swelling, it has to be boiled for a stupe. None of these herbs are used for food for the people, and they are not used for drying or poisons. There were more herbs used for cures in formest times than nowadays. Old women used to make up the cures, and many sick people were cured.
Sarah Dowdall, age 14yrs
Drumconrath GS
Co. Meath
Mrs Dowdall, 50 yrs
Clonberton
Co. Meath
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2018-07-23 09:30
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The Holy Well
Long ago when the first missionaries came to Ireland to preach the Gospel to the irish they used the water from rivers and wells to baptise the people. They blessed the wells there and gave them the power to cures sickness. There is a holy well in this district which has cursed many people. All a person has to do is throw a pin on a button or some coin into the
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2018-07-23 09:30
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The Ruin of Knockmaon
East of Dungarvan is an ancient ruin, which was once a beautiful castle. In ancient times there dwelt in it an able lady who possessed great wealth. It so happened, that in all its beauty and splendour it was demolished by the soldiers. The lady was killed and many people dr Amy afterwards that her gold was to be found there, but no one wished to search for it, for it was supposed that the lady was seen guarding it. One day a few men went in search of the gold. They found many crocks which contained only a number of shells.
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"Coinneal agus coinnleóir ann, Agus cá bhfuil an leath-cheann san?"
"Durúghadh na muca méith". - Durrow of the fat pigs, in aice le Sráid Bhaile Dhéiseach.
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2018-07-23 09:28
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There once lived a tailor who used to work night and day. One night as he was making a coat he heard a knock at his door. He went out but found nobody there. Scarcely had he come in when he heard another knock. He went out and this time he was not disappointed. A tall, thin, wrinkled old man with dark hair and a grey moustache stood outside the door. The tailor invited him in and offer d him some food. But the man refused to eat. Then he said, "I am not a human being as you think I am. I am an apparition. I have come to warn you not to work at night anymore, or things like me will appear to you." The apparition then disappeared. The tailor did not work at night any more.
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2018-07-23 09:27
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A good many years ago a Spanish ship was coming in to the Killery Harbour and it was chased by a British Revenue Cutter and the Spaniards packed all their gold and other valuables into a big gun or cannon, and heaved it into the sea in the harbour and the place was and is still called "guna Mór" or big gun. The treasure in the Killery harbour was never found; there were several attempts made to find it but all failed. It remains there and will to the end of time.
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2018-07-23 09:25
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About 200 yards west of the monastery a church once stood. There is no ruins of this church left. One Sunday during the rising of '98 as the people were coming out from Mass, the Yeomen captured three men and hung them.
On the sides of the Spa Glen, ridges are still to be seen which are there since the 'Penal Days'. The horses of the tenants were taken by the Yeomen for rent. Those tenants whose only livelihood was by tilling, had to dig up the land themselves. Hence the ridges are to be seen to the present day.
The nearest "Mass rock" is about 15 miles away from Mallow.
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2018-07-20 16:29
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Each of the other nine are pointed three times at the sore eye, and the same words said - In the name of The Father .. Holy Ghost. Some repeat this performance three times.
A leaf of geranium, which was on the altar, rubbed of the eye also cures,
Boils: A boor-tree leaf put on a boil three nights in succession will cure it.
If boil comes nine will come.
For hiccough: Swallow the spit three times without drawing breath.
A pinch of salt.
To get a drink of water without asking for it is also a cure.
To hold the nose and breath through the mouth.
To get a fright.
To squeeze the thumb tightly.
To walk three times across a stream without breathing.
For burns: Don't mention having got it and the burn won't rise.
Rub ink on it
Rub soap on it.
Put lard on it.
Rub linseed oil.
Poultice with baking soda and buttermilk.
For cuts: Put on cobweb.
Tie red thread round the little finger.
Put slat on it.
For nose bleeding: Put key of door or cold stone to the back of the neck.
For chilblains: Put paraffin oil on the and hold them to the fire. Put them in cold water and immediately
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2018-07-20 16:28
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the cure for hemorrhage and also for ring-worm.
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2018-07-20 16:28
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Old Roads
A byway near my home in Rochestown - which is called Rochestown boreen,- was made in the Famine times, to give work and help to the poor famine-stricken victims. For payment they got a gallon of Indian meal to feed their hungry families. It leads to the river Suir.
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2018-07-20 16:27
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The name "Prendergast" is a very general one, in, and around this locality. It was a Prendergast who owned Ardfinnan Castle in years gone by.
There is a story told of one Thomas Prendergast, a native of Croane, about three miles from the village of Ardfinnan. He was born about the year 1660, and earned notoriety by betraying the Jacobite plot to assassinate William of Orange.
For his services to the King Prendergast was created a baronet, and got £3000 from the British Treasury, as well as large tracts of land. he is supposed to have been killed in battle in the year 1709.
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2018-07-20 16:27
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I am now going to describe a holy well that I know of. It is called Tubbermeth it is in the parish of Millstreet and it is about a half mile from the town it was disrespected once and it moved into the middle of a field. It of a round shape and it is surrounded by trees and in front of it there is a flat stone and on it is placed a small cup out of which people could drink the water. The front
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2018-07-20 16:26
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The Holy well that i heard of is situated about half a mile out side Killavullen on the side of the road there is a big black thorn bush growing over it. It is said that this well was in a small field under the castle and the man who owned the castle sowed some crop in the field and at night the well moved out to the side of the road. People pray rounds to this well they leave a bit of a stick for a token when they are going away. They drink the water out of the well.
Written by Dan Sullivan Ballymagooly Mallow
Heard from Mrs Sullivan Mallow
9th November 1937 Wife of Labourer
Age 35 years
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2018-07-20 16:25
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cake ready they put it into the bastible and put the bastible over the fire then they put red coals or lighting turf sods on the lid in this way there was a fire over and under the cake then the cake would be lighter and it would rise better. They used no table cloths on the table only a piece of sacking
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2018-07-20 11:56
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To cure the hiccough put a straw on the crook when the straw will be burned the hiccough will be gone.
Another cure is a pinch of salt.
A third cure is something given you to eat for which you did not ask.
To cure mumps get a lock of hair from the head of a boy who never saw his father and tie it round the patients neck.
Another cure is to put the person three times under a briar whose two ends are fastened in the earth.
Another cure it to put an asse's halter round the patients neck and lead him three times across running water.
The cure for the crick in the neck is to put a straw on the crook and when the straw will be burned the crick will be gone.
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2018-07-20 11:55
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mill-happen three times.
The seventh daughter of a family can cure sprains.
A cure for the mumps was to lead the patient with a horses halter in one side of a pig cro door and out the other side.
The cure for a burn is to boil ferns and butter and put them on it, but you must not walk on it when you have the poultice on or it will not get better.
The cure for warts is to spit on a slice of raw potato and rub it for nine mornings.
When people go to holy wells they leave something holy beside the well. Nobody will take away anything holy from the wells.
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2018-07-20 10:06
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Local Crafts
Lime Making
First the limestone was drawn near the kiln and also a corresponding amount of turf. Then the limestone was broken into small pieces and gathered in a heap. Then on the day of the burning a layer of turn was put in the bottom a layer of lime in top of that and so on until the kiln was full. Then the lower layer was set on fire and that ignited the whole lot of it. Then in the evening there was nothing in the kiln but ashes and stones and in the lower eye there was nothing a heap of beautiful lime. This was continued day after day until the limestone was exhausted. This industry had died out here but unknown where the limestone quarries are it is still carried on and these people supply North Kerry with lime.
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2018-07-20 10:05
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2018-07-20 10:05
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There were more houses in my district than there are presently because there are two in ruins now. The people emigrated to america and to other foreign countries.
My townland is not hilly. but it is boggy and wet. There are no woods or rivers. but there is one stream that floes through the middle of the bay into the river which turns the mile.
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When I lived in my old home or birthplace I often heard my Daddy tell a story about a man the name of Mick McHugh who lived about two miles from Manorhamilton at a place called the Oak Wood.
This old man dreamed three nights after other that if he were in London and at London
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surprise to see drifts of snow near hedges the following May.
Dan Hefferman
Kilmorna
Co Kerry
Contributed by M Hefferman
Kilmorna
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2018-07-20 10:00
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the countess in Granny saw them coming she sent an army after them. When they came to Walshes inch the seven bishops were killed. Then the seven of them were buried and the next morning the seven of them were sitting in the field where they had been buried. Then they were brought to other places to be buried. Three of them remained buried to Killispleen two in Ahenny and two in Kilree. A head stone was put up over them by the power of God. In the field where the where the "seven Bishops" were killed in Lismatigue the sun never shone since. There was a man cutting corn with a scythe and he had nothing to edge it with. He said if he took a piece of the head stone it would make a good scythe stone. As he went in over the ditch he looked back and he saw his house on fire. He ran back home and the house wasn't on fire at all. He went back again and when he was going in over the ditch to the grave yard he saw the same thing happening. He went back again the second time to quench the fire but there was no fire. He went back a third time to the grave-yard and when he was going in over the ditch he saw his house on fire again but he did not go back. He took the piece of the stone
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Married couple return home they have supper and drink, music, dancing durning the nights and if straw boys would come to the door where the wedding fast was held, the head of the house would give them two or three cans of drink they would do some michief before they would go home. They would fight and perhaps break the glass of the windows and pull down the thatch.
In olden times the bride-groom took his bride home on a pillon behind him. It was usually the case the bride-grooms party of men, and the brides party would race home to see which would be home first, and if the brides party would be home first she would live the longer.
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2018-07-20 09:59
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Travelling Poets
There was a travelling poet in olden times named Kairn. He had a charm to banish rats or to send them to me. One day he was drinking in a public house in Duagh kept by Sean Darb O Connor. Sean had a big black cat and Karin saw him. "That is a fine cat you have " Sean said he . "He is said said Sean and you havent a rat he would nt kill". I will bet you a a gallon of whiskey said Kairn, I have a rat that will kill him all right said Sean. Kairn told him the day he was sending him and he told him to have the house cleared up and to have a fine fire down and not to have the cat in the
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2018-07-20 09:58
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Toy making
These are the toys we make now, Rag dolls, Yoe Yoes, daisy chains, belts and bands for the hair and flase teeth.
This is the way we make rag dolls. We get a lot of rags and make dresses and caps and dolls out of them. In old times they used to make the head of the doll with a raw potatoe. They would make the eyes, nose, ears and mouth in it. The dolls
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2018-07-20 09:58
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them to give light. There was an old house down near grannies, and it had wooden windows, which could be opened in and out.
Nearly all those old houses have disappeared and more substantial one ares appearing in their places.
By Mamie McGrane,
Miltown,
Kilskyre,
Kells, Co. Meath
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kitchen and if the rat was killing cat not to intefere with him or it would be worse for him. Sean did what he was told and he carrited the cat down in room and the rat came at the time Kairn said. He was all puddle and seemed to be exhausted. Seadh said " Sean my cat will have no bodder in killing him". The rat stretched himself in front of the fire and when that side was dry he jumped on the floor " he is ready" said Sean and he he left up the cat. When the cat saw him he didnt spring at him but the two of them went slowly for each other. The rat caught him by the throat and held him down and after a while the cat was dead the rat tore his stomach with his paws.
Timothy Keane Blandanny.
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2018-07-20 09:50
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Once a certain man lived near Bantry. He was known as "Séan an tSneacraidh". One night when he carried out his horse to the field a man appeared to him, Séan saluted him. The man said "Nobody has spoken to me except you. My bones lie buried here. Take them and bury them in consecrated ground." He pointed out to Séan where his bones were lying buried and Séan took them and buried them in consecrated ground as he was bid.
In payment the man told him that on a certain day the French fleet would f[?] into Bantry Bay and he told him all about it. The priest heard of this and he did not like it. On a Sunday the French should have arrived in Bantry Bay according to Séan an tSneacraidh. Mass was going on and the priest asked where was Séan an tSneacraidh or Séan the Liar as he called him. The priest asked him where were the French now. Séan said not to mind but to finish Mass. The next instant they heard the great guns fired outside in the harbour and the
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2018-07-20 09:47
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told it to his son Nely in Tird class. He said that when the priest was nearly caught he had nothing to do in order to save the Chalice from sacrilegious treatment he threw it into a stream and it is believed that it is there even tot his day. Mr O Brien can show the stream into which the Chalice was thrown to anyone who wishes to see it.
It is believed also that there is a sacred vessel buried in Cnoc An Áird in Moor's land. It is called Cnoc An Áird because there was a terrible battle faught there. When the priests were travelling in the Penal Days they used wear ragged clothes and went around as pedlars in order that those
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When she arrived at her home she told what had happened and described the man to the best of her ability. But the members of her family did not know anyone, like the person she described. Having spent the day with her family the woman and her husband and child returned home and heard no more about the strange man.
A few months later the Driscoll man found his wife dead outside the bed in the morning. When she was buried he had a suspicion that the man she had met in Muinntir Bháire had taken her away.
At that time, there was a woman in Dunmanway who used be "with the Fairies." The man went to her, and she told him that his wife was in Lissacaha fort. The woman knew every house in Glaun and she was able to name the houses that the fairies used get the most food in at night. She also told him that he could get back his wife if he had the courage of going to the fort at midnight and carry out her instructions.
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2018-07-20 09:32
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were all in bed at night.
One night a knock came to the door about twelve o'clock, and a voice from outside said "Father, get up and leave me in." The man asked who was there and a person outside said "I am your daughter." He said "You cannot be my daughter, because she is here. But if you are, you must say the prayer I taught you when you were young." She said the prayer as quickly as she could and the man got up and let her in. When she entered, the girl that was in the corner went up the chimney saying "Cad a deanfad anois, Cad a deanfad anois. Cad a deanfad anois."
The girl told her father that she was going through a field with a crowd of fairies and a bit of shamrock went between her toes and kept her there until they had gone a little distance. She had run home then as fast as she could.
This girl lived to be an
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had been taken and put on a little bundle of hay well away from the cow. Mrs Leahy believes it was one of the Good People did it.
To show their gratitude and love for these Good People, food is left on the table for them at night especially on Christmas Night when the table is laid with cloth, cups, and food of all kinds.
People also think that when milk, tea, or any food is spilled that it is the fairies have need of it and so they used say in Irish after spilling something:
"Sláinte go ndéarna
Má bhí éinne 'na ghádhtar."
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2018-07-20 09:31
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left the chapel with the exception of Séan and the priest. The priest asked Séan if there was any danger and he answered "no" as he knew all about it from the man who had appeared to him.
Some of the barques were wrecked in the harbour and it is said that one could walk across some strand on the backs of dead horses which had left the ships.
The Sidhe Gaoithe is a stormy wind which moves circulary. They are most frequent in May. The Sidhe Gaoithe whirls the dust and light things up in the air. They are said to be fairy winds and there is a saying that if you threw a fistful of dust at it, the wind would not harm you.
There is a story of a Sidhe Gaoithe which is said to be true, whether it is or not. There was a man working in a field in Colla near the sea. His waistcoat was near him on the ground. Long ago the waistcoats had sleeves on them. A Sidhe Gaoithe came and swept the waistcoat up in the air and
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2018-07-20 09:28
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did she remember the cow that died, and the woman said she did. Then the red haired woman told her that her cow had seven calves, and to go to loch na miochóg and she would get her cow and seven calves and not to tell anybody where she was going but to bring them home.
One day there was a woman seen milking a cow in a field. All the people set dogs after her and she turned into a bear and ran into a little house and they caught her and she was an old witch.
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roofing apartments
Edward Donnelly thatched three rooms
Mick Farrell " "
John Brown " "
Peter McGoldrick slated six "
Robert Geelan slated seven "
Mick Faughan thatched three "
Francis Carty " " "
John Brennan " " "
James McCormack " " "
Bernard McAvey slated four "
Andrew McGoldrick thatched three "
John McGoey " five "
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2018-07-20 09:06
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not return till they had defeated the Lawlors.
At the outset they chased the Lawlors towards the mouth of the River using the stones they brought with them.
When the Coolleens had used up the stones the Lawlors turned and using the stones strewn on the strand, hurleys and cudgels of all description rated the enemy. The women also joined in the fight filling their stockings with stones. The Coolleens made for the boats but the Lawlors gave no quarter and twenty nine were killed or drowned. Three boat loads went down in a place Poll na dTriur. It was three weeks later when the last of the bodies was recovered from the river. Not one of the Lawlors was killed but twelve were badly maimed. These twelve bore the brunt of the fight and held the strand at the beginning of the fight. Aherne was killed in the fight but Hacket their leader fled.
Races were held in Ballyeagh up to 1858.
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2018-07-20 09:05
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-ful it is the sign of coming rain.
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Famine Times
Mia Duffy has some stories about the famine. It effected this district very much. The blight came on the potatoes. They decayed first in the pits and afterwards in the ridges. There is a story told about a man who had two acres of land in potatoes. When he was digging them he got about the full of a skillet on the whole field.
Then the
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16. Local Traditions of the Famine Period
The people died chick on the road side.My father remembered it well and a servant girl whom he had employed took the fever and he left her in the fever hospital in blones. On his way in he met about nine corpsesof people who had died of fever being taken out to be buried in “Bally’s Close”. In the first year of famine he help pridahs set in the field there below the road and these was not a sotten stalk in it. The next year however they all were a failure. Seed pridahs were sold for 1/- per stone (recorded from Jas Moore Annies).
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2018-07-19 16:19
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Weather Lore.
There are a good deal of beliefs which indicate the weather that is coming.
Rain may be expected when the crows fly wildly. When the whistling of the curlews is heard or if the sea-gulls come inland. If a dog eats grass or if pigs squeal loudly at night. Another sure sign is to see soot falling from the chimney and when smoke ascends from the chimney to see it curling towards the ground again. If there is a circle around the moon there is an old saying in this regard. "The nearer the circle the farther the rain, the farther the circle the nearer the rain."
Bad weather may be expected when the cat sits with her back to the fire or if a fox screams loudly at night and it also may be expected when the wild geese fly inland.
When the stars shine brightly or when the sunset is crimson frost may be expected.
When the eastern sky is red on a winter's morning and if a north wind is blowing snow is coming. A south westerly wind brings most rain to this district.
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2018-07-19 16:18
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ar ócáidí speisialta. Dá mbeadh beirt a'dul a'pósadh chathfeadh siad éadaigh speisialta. Bíonn sgiortaí dubh-ghorma ar chuid de na mná, cinn donna ar chuid eile aca, de réir mar a thaithneochadh leo. Bíonn cultacha dubha, cinn donna, cinn ghorma, agus dathanna mar iad ar na fir. Bíonn hataí ar chuid de na fir, caipíní ar chuid eile aca, agus bíonn seáltaí ar na mná.
Fadó nuai bhiodh beirt a'dul a'pósadh, caitheadh an fear brísté glúnach, casóg-sgiorta agus hata árd, agus chaitheadh an bhean sgiorta dugh-ghorm agus seál breac. Má bhíonn féasta anois indhiadh na bainfheise caitheann gach duie an t-éadach is fearr a bhíos aca. Bíonn áthas an domhain ar chuild dhuine agus maidir leis an lánamhn ní bhíonn cinn ar bith leó sin, elis an áthas agus an leithead a bíos orra. Ceapann siad nach mbeadh lá eile le maireachtáil aca, ach ní milleán orra é, mar ní bhíonn mórán eile laethanta aca mar an lá sin aca.
Ach bíonn a mhalairt de sgéal aca lá sochraide. Bíonn seáltaí dubha ar na mná agus ar chuid de na fir. Bíonn cultacha dubha. Caitheann siad iad sin le cómh-bhrón a dhéanadh le gaoltaí an duine mhairbh.
Bíonn culaith le h-aghaidh an Dómhnaigh i's culaith le h-aghaidh an luain ag na daoine anois. Gach Dómhnach caitheann na fir cultatha dubha, cinn donna, nó cinn gorma. Caitheann na sean-mhná sgiortaí dubh-ghorma, agus seálta
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An Reilig
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Tá tuairim is sé reiligí sa bparáiste againnn. Tá ceann i gCeathramha an Bhrúnaigh agus is "Lisín Dháithe" a tugtar air. Tá ceann i gCillín agus "Reilig Chillín" a tugtar air. Tugtar "Reilig Bhaile an Treasna" ar cheann eile. "Teampall Shiubháin Ní Laighin", "Múr-Ros-Cham" agus "Reilig Mhionnluigh" a tugtar ar chin eile. Cuirtear daoine i ngach ceann aca fós ach amháin i "dTeampall Shiubháin Ní Laighin". Tá cuma dronuilleógach orra ar fad.
Níl aon fhothrach ar bith in aice na reiligí ins an bparáiste seo againne, ach tá roinnt fothracha cóingaracha d'óibh. Tuairim is ceithre chéad slat ó reilig Cheathramha an Bhrúnaigh tá fothracha de chaisleán na mBrúnach, dream a bhí in a gcómhnaidhe san áit sa seachtmhadh aois déag.
Tá na reilige ar fad leibhéalta ach amháin go bhfuil foinnt clocha annseo agus annsiúd ionnta. Níl aon chran nnó tor ionnta anois. Bhí cúpla ceann ann ach nuair a d'eirigh siad sean bhain na fir iad nuair bhí siad ghá nglanadh. Tá roinnt sean-chroiseanna ann fós ach tá na daoine a'cur croiseanna móra cloiche agus ainmneacha na ndaoine atá caillte scríobhtha orra, ós cionn gach uaight.
Bhíodh tuambaí i gcuid de na religí fadó agus bhíodh an duine caillte curtha isteach ionnta.
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2018-07-19 16:15
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There were many different ways by which the old people were cured especially in this parish.
I, myself, have heard my mother speak of some of these cures. The old people say that if you take a smoke from a pipe it will cure your toothache.
I have seen the sorrel used as a cure for boils.
The cure for rheumatism is to get a bunch of nettles and beat yourself with the and you will be cured.
If you got a sting of a nettle rub a dock leaf on it and it will cure you.
If you had an earache put a piece of wool in it and it will cure it.
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An onion cut small and rubbed on your corn is a cure for a person who one.
The gay broom plant was a cure for rheumatism.
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2018-07-19 08:59
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An old cure for the chin cough was to pass the child under the asses belly three times.
It is said that the hot blood no matter how little taken from the hand of a seventh son bearing the name if Keogh will cure the shingles.
The white top of a goose dropping boiled in milk and the milk then taken as a hot drink was a cure for jaundice.
An cold cure for a sore throat was to scorch salt and put it in a woollen stocking and put it around the neck going to bed.
A cure for sore eyes is to bathe the eyes with tea with milk in it which has curdled. No sugar should be put in the tea.
An old gipsy cure for catarrah is dried beech leaves chopped finely and some saltpetre(?) added to them, these should be burned and the steam or smoke inhaled.
A drop or two of turpentine on a lump of sugar taken now and again will prevent rheumatism.
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2018-07-18 15:17
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This is a very true story which I am going to relate as well as I can, although some people nowadays would not believe it.
About sixty years ago there was a man who started to cart clay our from a fort which is in the townland of Moydriston. He worked at it for just one day and the morning when he awoke he found his head was bald and all the hair of his head on the pillow. Nobody has interfered with the fort since.
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2018-07-18 15:16
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When I was young ( I am now 55 years of age) lamps were practically unknown in my district. (Knocknenaugh near Kiskean Co Cork).
In the kitchen fire at night there was a large log of bog-wood. This was the only light in the house. If people wanted to go from the kitchen into another room they had splinters (geatairí grúise[?]) a supply of which were always ready - cut, dried and kept near the fire. The splinters were so dry that they lighted up immediately.
The first kind of lamp I saw was a small brass penny one and it was a very fashionable thing at first. I was 10 years of age when this became common in the district.
I remember well the first wall lamp that was introduced into the district. The Globe + reflector were considered among the wonders of the world.
For special occasions there were homemade candles as I shall explain in the next page.
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2018-07-18 15:14
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Clothes are made in this district by tailors. They work at their own houses.
When I was very young ( I am now 55) tailors went around from house to house and made the clothes. They worked late into the night - they called this airneáning. The tailors do not stock cloth. The customer brings his own cloth.
Formerly tailors were a most disreputable class. They are mostly drunkards and very wreak less so that they were generally held in contempt. The same may be said still of many journeymen tailors - they spend what they earn in pubs.
The master-tailors, however, are now a respectable class of the community and are no longer objects of contempt.
Shorts are knitted locally - but this is now done by machines. The thread is not now spun in the district, but it was spun in many houses up to about 30 years ago. My mother, who died only a few months ago aged 90 was an expert spinner and always spun her own thread and knitted socks for and stockings for herself and her family.
There is now no spinning wheel in this district.
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2018-07-18 09:07
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A priest on a sick call one night had to pass by the churchyard of Terryglass. He heard a woman's voice; he paused and listened. The woman was singing very sweetly "Cailin deas crudhta na mbó"
The sweetness of the song and voice so charmed the priest that time passed unnoticed. As the singer finished the priest bethought himself of his mission and galloped his horse at full speed. When he reached the house the sick girl was dead. Her sister told him that before she died the dying girl had said to herself that she was responsible for sending another young girl to an early grave. That night the voice of the dead girl singing "Cailín deas crudta na mbó" was heard in the house by her who was deprived of the priest's help.
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2018-07-18 09:06
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There is an old fort in Firmount, Carrigahorig, and there lived near it, about eighty years ago a young man named Harty. This young man was in the habit of returning home late at night from cuaird.
One night, as usual, after a late cuaird he was coming near home, a horseman galloped up to him. Before he knew what was happening Harty was swung up on the horse. There in the fort and around it he was kept out all night galloping round and round. In the fort he heard the most beautiful singing and music the whole night long.
At cock crow in the early morning the fairy horseman disappeared, and the young man went home and got to bed. When his friends inquired where he spent the night he replied that if they saw what he had seen during the night they would not ask him where he was.
He never arose from his bed and after an illness of three weeks or so, died.
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2018-07-18 09:05
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During the Penal days Mass used to be said at Deanhill Bush which is about three miles from Slane and near Beauparc and also on the Barristown Mountain about three miles from Slane on the Navan road. All of those were secret places for the saying of Mass.
The Chapel of Slane was where the Game Keeper's house is at present and was called the Thatched Chapel.
There are no Mass paths around here as the Protestants were more numerous than the Catholics at that time.
One of the priests who administered at this Thatched Chapel was the Rev Father Edmond MacKenna whose headstone is in the Hill of Slane
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2018-07-18 09:05
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Fairs are held on the first Tuesday in every month in Ballinamore. The fairs are now held in the street, but formerly there was a green.
When animals are bought the buyer has to pay "toll". He pays it to a man named Mr Bierne; he pays sixpence on cows and three pence on calves and two pence on a small pig, When an animal is sold the seller generally gives the buyer some money back. This is called a "luck penny."
When a bargain is made both parties show their approval by striking hands.
Fairs used to be held in Kesh, but were discontinued because it was inconvenient as there is no railway.
Sometimes jobbers come to big farms to buy stock.
When animals are sold they are marked with keel, sometimes the buyer just takes up some mud on the end of his stick and marks them with it.
When cattle are sold the halter is generally kept, except when a horse or bull is sold.
There are no special fairs for horses or
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2018-07-18 09:04
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The nearest ruin to the school is in Dummacreena, Irishtown, Claremorris. It was built about two hundred years ago. We have never heard of any attacks in it nor have we heard of any fairies ghost in it.
There is a church ruin in Kilvine. There is an ornamented stone in Carringlough there is also a Castle there and it was not plundered at any time.
Dunmacreena Castle had a tunnell in a pond out in the yard. It was abonded about 150 years ago. There were no people fouly put to death in it. I never heard any story or tradition
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On St. Martin's day they kill a chicken and spill the blood in four corners of the house this is an old custom. On Halloween the people make "Ceallaidh" and plays all kinds of tricks.
The people rejoice and pray during the twelve days of Christmas. On New Years eve they ring the bell in every Church the old year out and the new year in. Epiphany the people light twelve candles. Long ago they used to get rushes and pull them and dip them in fat then they used to make something soft and stick the
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My mother told me that when she was young her grandmother used to tell her and her sisters and brothers many fairy and ghost stories, and this is one she remembers.
When her grandmother was young money used be hidden as a precaution against against robbery. In this parish some was supposed to have been hidden in the hill that is now known as Stokes' hill. Some men when walking along this hill saw a small man dressed in red. They of course recognised him as a "gankanna" or Leipreacan as this type of fairy is termed. When they saw him their first thought was on the treasure which was hidden in the vicinity of this hill, saying to themselves that they were not going to let this chance escape them
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2018-07-18 09:00
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the Grace of God. The other sister took the food off her again. As she was coming home she met a dwarf. The dwarf told her to take the potatoes off the fire, but she said they were stones. He told her again and she did. Then she found that they were changed into gold. She sold the gold for a lot of money. She had plenty food ever after.
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2018-07-18 08:43
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Flour was not made locally. But there was a mill in my district owned by My. Mr. Elroy Bracklin, Kilbeggan, and they
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2018-07-18 08:40
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2018-07-17 15:11
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Macanulean used be also used for dyeing clothes, it grows around lakes or bogs. Water Cress is a cure for chest trouble. There is poison in mian wear. It kills all sorts of fowl and it brings a disease on sheep. There is also herb that grows on the gables of houses it is tóirpín and it cures chilblains.
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2018-07-17 15:10
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they thought he was only joking them and the wolf killed all the sheep so this shows that a liar is never believed even when he calls the truth and this shows that we should not tell even a lie when we are joking because when we are not joking we will not be believed either.
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2018-07-17 13:57
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Old time Cures
An old cure for warts is to get a snail and rub the wart with the snail then hang the snail on a tree and when the snail decays so will the wart.
There is a weed called wartweed and if you rub the juice of the weed on the wart it will cure it.
Get the tops of nine rushes and rub them on the warts then bless yourself with them, then bury them and when the rushes decay away, so will the warts.
Cure for burns
A person who licks on eft all over ever afterwards will have
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2018-07-17 13:57
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Old cures for toothache are many. Some say tobaco is good and a small bit of alum placed in your mouth would give relief.
And old people say if you happen to get a frog without looking for it and draw the sign of the cross on your face three times it will cure the pain [toothache]
A cure for ringworm given by old people is as follows; get nine knots of satan straw and burn them, then make the sign of the cross on the affected place nine mornings in succession and the disease will be cured.
A cure for warts. Count the number of warts and get a small stone for each wart. Place the stones in a small bag and put them on the road. Whoever finds them is supposed to get the warts.
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2018-07-17 13:57
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Cure for Warts
Spit on your warts for nine mornings before your breakfast.
Spit on your warts and rub them with the head of a match
Rub your warts with a snail and put the snail on the thorn of a shock and if the snail be gone the next day your warts will be gone too.
Rub your warts with the juice of a certain shrub. I do not know the name of this shrub.
Get washing soda and melt it with a lighting candle and let drip on your warts.
Wash your hands with potato water and washing soda.
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2018-07-17 13:57
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the cure in his tongue for burns.
Cure for toothache
Anyone that holds a frog in his mouth will get cured of toothache.
Saint johns well in Tomhaggard is said to be a cure for sore eyes if you visit it nine times.
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2018-07-17 11:25
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Candle making was carried on here about 50 years ago. First of all the rush was peeled and dried. Tallow was rendered, and the peeled rush was dipped in the tallow and let set. This rush candle used to be put in a "holder" consisting of a block of wood and an upright piece of iron with a cross arm in it that caught the rush. Some of these holders are to be found in the houses in Tullyoscar. Resin candles were also made. The resin was broken up and bolied, and pieces of cotton dipped in it. About 50 years ago the people used a certain kind of moss for drying clothes.
An old man called O'Neill who lived in Ardr[?] was called the Nailer because he used to make nails in his forge. When making the nails he used an iron rod and a "die". The "die" was placed in a hole in the anvil. The rod was heated in the fire, and put on the "die". The rod was then hammered into the "die" and the nail was made.
Flax was also made into linen in this district about 40 years ago. The flax was first scutched, and then steeped and then spun into linen. The straw was used for tatching and the flax seeds given to the cattle. About that time people had spinning wheels for spinning wool in nearly every house.
About 80 or 100 years ago there was an iron foundry
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2018-07-17 11:25
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near the town of Ballinamore. Before the road in that particular part was tarred it was always of a brownish red colour.
There have been lime kilns here for the past 300 years. Wheels, barrels and churns are still made by coopers, and they have been made for a very long time. Long ago the coopers made firkins, dablers and churn caps. As there are a good many thatched houses round here and thatching is still carried on many of the country people make potatoe baskets and creels during the winter of sally rods and they bring them into the fairs and markets to sell. The black smiths still make firecranes, pokers, gates etc.
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2018-07-17 08:55
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There is the ruins of an old castle from which the Barony of Garrycastle got it's name. The castle is situated about a mile south of Banagher, Co. Offaly. It was the old residence of Mac Cochlans. There is a secret way connecting Garrycastle and C??brown Hill also in the district. The entrance is not known as C??brown Hill but it is in Garrycastle. Near the entrance in Garrycastle there is a large flag. Under
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2018-07-17 08:54
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