Líon iontrálacha sa taifead staire: 20483 (Taispeántar anseo na 500 ceann is deireanaí.)
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2020-04-07 14:03
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They get buckets and one picks the good ones and the other picks the bad ones and small ones. They then put them in different pits when the buckets are full. Straw is put on them and then clay in put on them.
White roses, Kerrs pinks and champions we plant in our farm. White roses grow best in our farm.
Potatoes were used as starch but I do not know how it was made.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 14:00
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Potatoes are grown in our farm. There are about two acres of land under potatoes each year.
My father prepars the ground. The ground is not manured before it is ploughed. The potatoes are sown in drills. The drills are made with a plough. Wooden ploughs were used long ago. There are none of them left.
Spades are bought in the shop. The potatoes must be sound for planting. If they are big one they are cut in the middle. Then they are put in the drills on top of manure about a foot away from one and other.
The local people help each other in planting the potatoes. They help to put out the manure in the drills, pick the seed and cut it and put it it in the drills.
There is clay put on the potatoes when they are just up, they are wed and sprayed twice.
The potatoes are dug in the Autumn. They are picked and put in a pit. My father and brothers pick them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:54
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There were masters named Mr. O'Higgins, and Mr. Garvey, who used to teach Irish in a shed in Rathmore.
They used to lodge in the house. They would be paid according to there number of pupils present There were alot of Subjects taught in the hedge schools, such as English, writing, Arithmetic geography;
Irish was not used until the year 1902, it was taught in Rathmore.
There were different books for each class.
They read A. B. C. books for first class.
Writing was done by pen and ink and by slate.
There were six classes in each school from first class to sixt class.
They remained until they were pensioned off or sacked.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:50
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There was an old hedge school in Chapel St. long ago.
Night School it was called because all the master's used to teach night schools that time.
It is in the same house as Mrs. Butterfield lives in now. The school was indoor James Palace was the master's name. It was the local people who taught in the schools.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:48
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they were reading and sat when doing sums and writing. A large flagstone propped against a wall or tree served as a blackboard.
The teachers remained in each district till they were sacked.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:46
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be seen now. There were many jews in former times and are still to be seen. They used to collect rabbits skins and all classes of rags to make paper, feathers to make pillows. There were other men who used to collect the skins of young goats. There were some kind of jews who used to go around selling second hand cloths.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:44
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be in the town during the week used to buy their goods after mass. At first mass the shops used to be open. After second mass the people used to go in the back doors. That still occurs and all sorts of groceries are still sold.
Money was always given for goods, except when people would have butter or eggs to sell. They would get goods. When the people that would have shops would be making hay or in the harvest time, the men around would help them with it, and each evening when they would finished, the shopkeeper would give them goods instead of money.
Long ago there were more huxters shops than there was any of the large shops that are to be seen everywhere now as the people were so poor they could not afford to have large shops.
Peddlars were people that used to go from house to house with baskets selling all classes of jewelry. There are not many of those people to
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:39
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There were not many shops in olden times. Some of the people in the country that were very far from the town used to come to the town once a week. It was generally on Thursday because it was always market day, and the people used to have eggs and butter to sell.
There were very few country shops and anybody that had a shop in the country was beside a lot of people or at a cross-roads.
Mr Allen, Rathmore used to have a grocer's shop and in it he used to sell flour, meal, and tea, and sugar, and butter. He had everything that the people would want, and all the people used to deal with him. He died a rich man.
Mr Connor Addenstown had a grocer's shop also in which he used to sell flour, meal, and bran, tea, sugar, and butter.
Any of the people that would not
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:33
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in the markets squares and halls, but not they are held in the streets.
In former years there used to come pedlars, and huxters, from Trim and other places and they would buy feathers, bones, rags, and horse hair from the people. Some of their names were Mc Kennas, Carrolls, and Connors. There is only one man now named Mc Kenna, who goes around looking for rags and bottles. He also sells all kinds of delph.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:31
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in them. In some of the village shops, and almost all of the country shops there were buying and selling carried on after mass, and there is buying still kept on it the sweet-shops after mass. The articles they sold in this way were In the grocery shops they sold all kinds of food such as sugar, bread, butter, flour lard, and all kinds of meal, and in the drapery shops they sold all kinds of clothes and under-ware.
There were not money always given for goods. In some shops there was eggs, fowl, butter and cabbage given. In some parts of the district there was goods bartered generally with the poor people
The people used to come in from the country and from the villages and give labour in exchange for good.
When people buy anything and do not pay for it they say I had to strap it, and others say I had to get it on tick, and when people buy clothes from the cart on the street of a fair day they say I carted them. It was considered unlucky to buy and sell on Tuesdays and Fridays.
In former times the markets were held
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:25
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Shops were common in olden times. People did not need to go to the nearest town to make purchases because there were shops in the country. They were situated in Frayne, Rathmore, Kildalkey and Kilkeelan. Grocery, flour, meal and oil was sold in these shops. Buying and selling was sellling carried on after Mass and is done to the presant day. Many people brought thier needs for the week on a Sunday after Mass.
Money was sometimes given for goods. A lot of the big shops had thier own money for the good of trade. Thier name was printed on the piece of money. Goods were often bartered in this district. Labour was sometimes given instead of goods. If a person owed a bill in a shop and was not able to pay it they would work to repay it.
Words were used such as "Tick" and "change" in connected with buying and selling. If goods were got without paying for them it was said they were got on tick.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:17
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known what they represent. There are also two old figures, outside the Church door. There are placed on a stone mound and along the side of this mound are images of angels carved. A part of the Altar of the old Church can still be seen and also some of the wall of the Church. There is an old custom to rest every coffin on this Altar before burying it. The descendants of the Plunketts of Rathmore, named Cusacks are buried in a vault near the Altar.
Many people use certain graveyards which are father away than the parish graveyard. The like to use them as their ancestors were buried there for generations. We use Clonabraney graveyard. Nearby all the people in Frayne use Killua cemetery. The O'Growney and Keogh families use Rathmore.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:12
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in the Athboy graveyard, also a round tower. Long ago this Church belonged to the Catholics. There are some old ruins of a Church to be seen on the Hill Of Ward.
None of the graveyards are sloped except the Hill Of Ward, which slopes slightly towards the east. There are trees in all of them except in Moyagher.
There are many old tombs and crosses in the Athboy graveyard. The oldest of them are dated for the eighteenth century. Mathew Plunkett was burried in 1794, Charles O'Reilly in 1767, Charles Havlin in 1773, and Christopher Cormick in 1775. There are also a great many dated for the nineteenth century. There is only about one cross made of iron and none of wood. Most of the old tombstones are oblong, the oldest of which is dated for 1738.
People are buried within the ruins of the Rathmore, Hill Of Ward, and Moyagher graveyards. In the Athboy Churchyard there are two images - one projecting from the wall of Church and the other from the wall of the tower. Both images are in the shape of a man's head, and are a good height from the ground. It is not
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:07
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There are four old graveyards in this parish. The Athboy graveyard is situated just at the back of the town. The Rathmore graveyard in Rathmore and the Hill Of Ward graveyard in the same townland. There is also a graveyard in Moyagher.
All these graveyards are still in use, but, people are now taking plots in the new graveyard. The Hill Of Ward and Moyagher graveyards are round, and the Athboy graveyard, which was once square, was extended and therefore it is now in two parts. There is a Protestant Church
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:03
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Chapel St. buried in the Hill of Ward and Mr. Murphy, Main St. buried in Rathmore.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 13:02
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A lot of people are buried inside the ruin.
Unbaptized children are buried along the edge of the graveyard. It has no name in this parish. There are some people buried inside the ruins in Rathmore Church and it is there Doctor Plunkett and his wife are buried.
A lot of people still used other graveyards though they are much more distant than the parish one some of those being -: Mrs. Manning Martinstown, buried in the Hill of Ward, Mrs. Byrne Bridge St. buried in Trim. Michael Mc Kenna Pluckstown buried in the Hill of Ward. Miss Martin Connaught St. buried in the old graveyard in Athboy. Mrs Murphy
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 12:58
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Athboy are buried in Athboy, Guinans, Athboy are buried in Athboy, Allens, Pluxtown are buried in Athboy, Murphys, Athboy are buried in the Hill O' Ward and Dohertys, Martinstown are buried in Athboy.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 12:57
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Athboy churchyard contains very old tombstones and crosses. The oldest tombstone was made in the year 1118. There is also a very old cross in Rathmore churchyard of the late James Connell who died in the year 1619. The oldest crosses in the churchyard are flat stones. There is one of the tombstnes in Athboy churchyard made of metal. There is also a little iron cross in it.
People were buried under the Protestant church in Athboy mostly priests. There are three priests buried under Athboy Catholic Church but their names are not known. There are marks on the ground where they were buried beside the altar rails.
There is one story connected with the local graveyards. Long ago when a corps would be buried there would be men watching in a hut in the graveyard for fear that the kidnappers would take it.
Barrets, Martinstown, Athboy are buried in Girley, Kells, Gilroys, Gillstown, Athboy are buried in the Hill O' Ward, Athboy. Donohoes, Martinstown are buried in the Hill O' Ward, Martins,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 12:55
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There are four graveyards in the parish of Athboy. St. James Churchyard, Athboy, Hill O' Ward Churchyard, Hill O' Ward, Athboy, the Cemetry, Martinstown, Athboy, and Rathmore Churchyard, Rathboy, Athboy.
While the land commission men were ditching the divided land of Kilkeelan they found fifteen sculls teeth and bones of human beings on a hill beside beside a little wood on about five yards of one ditch.
All the graveyards are still in use. There are none of the churches in use except the Protestant church in the old graveyard in Athboy. All the rest are in ruins. There is no church in the New Cemetry.
Athboy churchyard is not level, It is facing to the Sourth. The Hill O' Ward churchyard is not level. It slopes towards the North. Rathmore churchyard is also not level. It is facing the Eeast. The New Cemetry is level. Trees are growing round Athboy churchyard. There are also trees growing in The Hill O' Ward and in Rathmore churchyards.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 12:30
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made of oaten meal and water and baked on a griddle. Boxty bread was also eathen. It was made of mashed potatoes mixed with a little flour and water and baked in an oven.
Meat was not eaten often. Salt meat or bacon was generally eaten. They never ate fresh meat at all. Fish was eaten on days of abstinence. Herrings, ling, and hake were the fish eaten. Vegetables were eaten such as potatoes, turnips and cabbage. Nettles and dandelion were eaten in the Springtime. Wild sorrel and watercress was also eaten.
Food was eaten late at night about nine o'clock.
Certain kinds of food were eaten on certain occiasions such as on Easter Sunday, and on weddings.
Tea was first used in this district about fifty or sixty years ago. Noggins were used before cups were envented. They were like wooden mugs. On Easter Sunday everyone used to eat as many eggs as they could. This custom is dying out.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 12:25
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The people had three meals a day in olden times. The meals were called breakfast, dinner and supper. They had breakfast at eight o'clock, dinner at three and supper at nine. The people used to work in the morning before they ate any food. They often mowed a meadow before they had thier breakfast.
The breakfast consisted of porridge and buttermilk, the dinner of potatoes, cabbage and bacon and the supper of porridge or sometimes oaten bread. At the time of the landlords they had potatoes and buttermilk at every meal because they had to sell the grain to pay thier rent. The people who were rich used to sit around the table in the centre of the floor. The poorer people had no table at all. They all ate out of a big basket in the centre of the floor. The table in many of the old houses used to be hung up against the wall when not in use. The bottom part of it would serve as a seat.
The most common bread that was eaten long ago was oaten bread. It was
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 12:19
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They used to eat flomery dumplins, fish and they used to drink black tea as there were no leave for milk or sugar at that time.
Certain customs were attached to feast days such as beef on Christmas Day, pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, and eggs on Easter Sundday.
Tea was first used in the district nearly a hundred years ago. The vessels that people used before cups became common were naggins which were made of wood with a small handle attched to it, tin saucepans were also used and often jampots.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 12:17
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baked on a griddle. It takes about an hour to bake it and is very black when baked. Some people used to bake oaten bread on a tongs.
Long ago people used never eat a bit of meat only at Christmas and it was fresh. They generally bought beef or mutton. Fish was eaten every Friday and it was fried on a tongs, vegetables were always eaten such as turnips, parsnips, and cabbage. There was other things eaten that is gone out of fashion now such as (flomery) which was made of oaten gruel made thin, and oaten bread are also gone out of fashion now.
People used to eat late long ago at about twelve o'clock. Certain kinds of food were eaten on special occasions such as in Lent.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 12:13
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Long ago the people had three meals a day, the breakfast, dinner, and supper. The breakfast consisted of oaten porridge for the rich people and the poorer class, potatoes and buttermilk. For the dinner, potatoes, oaten dumplins and turnips. And for the supper porridge and buttermilk.
Potatoes were eaten at every meal with the poor people, but the rich people had other vegetables. There were very few tables long ago, and they used to sit around a basket of potatoes in the centre of the floor. It was nearly all rye bread people used to eat long ago. It is mixed with flour, salt, and breadsoda just the same as wheaten bread. It is made very thin and is
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 12:08
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"O my God I lay me down to rest. Bless me
O lord defend and govern me and after this short and miserable pilgrimage, bring me to life everlasting Amen."
"O my God I must die. I do not know when, where or how but if I die in mortal sin I am lost forever. O Jesus have mercy on me."
(night prayers).
"I rise from this bed of sleep to adore my God and to labour for the salvation of my soul.
"O my God clothe my soul with the mutual robes of charity. Grant that I may ware them pure and undefiled before Thy judgment seat of Christ."
(morning prayers).
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 12:04
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There are plenty of prayers known locally which were never printed. These are some of them.
"There are four corners on this bed,
There are four angles overhead,
St Matt, St Mark, St Luke, St John,
God bless this bed that I lay on.
And If I die before I wake,
I pray to the Lord Jesus my soul to take."

"Infant Jesus meek and mild,
Look on me a little child,
Pity mine and pity me,
Suffer me to come to thee.
Heart of Jesus I adore thee,
Heart of Mary I implore thee,
Heart of Joseph pure and just,
In these three hearts I place my thrust."
"O most merciful Jesus have mercy on me,
My soul and my body I resign unto thee,
Five bleeding wounds that were nailed to a tree,
O most merciful Jesus have mercy on me."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 11:59
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I have a loving Savour.
And He is goopd and mild,
He loves me very dearly.
And I am His loving child,
He lies above in Heaven, while I am here below,
And when He calls me to Him
There I shall gladly go.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 11:58
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As I lie down this night to sleep.
I give my soul to God to keep.
If any evil happen me Ó blessed Mary waken men.
This prayer should be said going to bed at night.
There are four corners on my bed.
There are four angles round my head
One at head and one at feet.
And two to keep my soul a sleep.
This should be going to bed,
Jesus meek and Jesus mild,
Pity me a little child.
Take me by the heart and bless it.
So that nothing evil may porsess it.
This prayer should be said during the day.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 11:54
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white robe of innocence,
And help me to keep it clean and spotless.
This prayer is said while dressing
Dearest Jesus - by the sweet wounds in Thy holy side give me Purity and Chasitity, by the sweets wounds in Thy holy hands give me Faith and Fortitude, and by the sweet wound in Thy Dear Feet give me above all Meekness and Humility
Amen
Live Jesus, so live in me,
That all I do be done by Thee,
And grant that all I do and read and write.
May be Thy thoughts and words this day, and all to night,
Each beat of heart and breath of mine,
May be, Sweet Jesus, alway Thine,
Amen.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 11:50
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Those are prayers I was learned at home
Jesus meek and Jesus mild,
Pity me a little child,
Jesus take my heart and bless it,
That nothing evil may possess it,
This prayer is said night and morning.
Dear Jesus, clothe me with the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 11:41
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"Never speak too soon."
"Penny wise, pound foolish."
"Little said is easy mended."
"Time or tide waits for no man."
"Better to go to bed supperless than to rise in debt."
"There's seldom smoke without a fire."
"Never put off till tomorrow what can be done today."
"It's too late to shut the stable door when the steed is gone."
"Never lose the ship for the sake of a penny worth of tar."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 11:39
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"Take Care of the pence, the pounds will look after themselves."
"Oversea's cows have long horns."
"Don't make fish one one and flesh of another."
"Never bid the devil good morrow till you meet him."
"A lie is a foul blot in a man."
"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, happy and wise."
"One good feed is better than ten bad ones."
"A new broom sweeps clean."
"All together like Browns cow."
"A slip of the tongue is no fault of the mind."
"Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well."
"Beauty never boils the pot."
"When poverty comes in the door, love flies out the window."
"Better have a friend in court than a pound in a purse."
"Many hands make light work."
"The devil is not as black as he is painted."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-07 11:34
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"Cast no clout till May is out."
"Like the person you know."
"Its an ill wind that blows nobody good."
A green Christmas makes a fat graveyard."
"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
"Birds of a feather flock together."
"One black beetle knows another."
"Hills far away are green."
"As busy as a liar in a company or a hen at a bag of oats."
"To take the sow by the wrong ear."
"Wilful waste brings woeful want."
"One good turn deserves another."
"Its no use crying over spilt milk."
"You can't have your loaf and eat it."
"As stitch in time saves nine."
"Too many cooks spoil the broth."
"The proof of the pudding is in the eating."
"Its never too late to learn."
"Better late than never."
"A good beginning is half the work."
"A light-heeled mother makes a hard-heeled daughter."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-06 22:20
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There are good, goods in small parcels.
Its the sun that makes the hay.
You never miss the water till the well runs dry.
If a cap fits you, you can wear it.
The pot calls the kettle black.
You can guess eggs when you see shells.
All is well that ends well.
The devil's children have the devils luck.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-06 22:18
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can do more work than both his hands.
Its as good to be out of the world than out of the fashion.
A wise man never found a dead man.
Hear see and say, little . Little said is eay mended.
A shut mouth catches no flies.
'Tis better to be born lucky than rich.
Honesty is best of policy.
All work and no play made Jack a dull boy.
Never count the chickens till they are hatched.
Long churning makes bad butter.
Never trouble, trouble, till trouble, troubles your.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-06 22:15
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fiction.
I am no man's man or no mans master.
Nessity has no law.
Saying and doing are two different things.
A penny for your thoughts.
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.
Burn everything that comes from England except the coal.
God helps those who helps themselves.
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
A mans best friend is his pocket.
What we have we hold.
There are none so blind as they that wont see.
She watches him as a cat watches a mouse.
The eye of a master
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-06 22:12
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Never take the book by the cover.
Look before you leap.
Rome was not built in one day.
Hell is paved with good intentions.
It's better be alone than with bad company
Man proposes but God disposes.
It's not an empty house when its full of smoke.
Anyone living in a glass house should never through stones.
A man with no money is poor enough.
An empty house is better than a bad tenant.
It's bad wind that does not blow someone good.
Stop talking and get on with the work.
Truth is stranger than
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-06 22:10
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Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.
The hills are green far away.
Live horse and you will get grass.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Connaught cows have long horns.
Better late than ever.
A half a loaf is better than no bread.
Slow and sure goes far in the day.
A stitch in times saves nine.
A green Christmas makes a fat graveyard.
The devil is not as black as he is painted.
It's better be a old mans pet than a young man's slave.
He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-06 22:06
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The longest way round is the shortest way home.
Birds of feather flock together.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healty, wealty, and wise.
Rising late one must gallop all day.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-06 22:04
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Custom is a second nature.
Experience teaches fools.
Fortune favours the brave.
False friends are worse than open enemies.
Live horse and you will get grass.
Jack of all trades and master of none,
We never know the worth of water until the well is dry.
A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool.
Happy is the wife that married to a motherless son
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-06 22:02
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By chance a cripple may catch a hare.
To play to dog in the manger.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
The highest branch is not the safest roost.
The longest day must have an end.
The nearer the church the farther from God.
The cobblers wife is the worst shod.
Talking pays no toll.
Speak of the devil and he is bound to appear.
Penny wise and a pound foolish.
No one knows the weight of anothers burden.
Misfortune seldom comes alone.
Mischiefs come by the pound and go away by the ounce.
Long looked for comes at last.
Lock the stable door when the steed is stolen.
If thing were to be done twice all would be wise.
His eye is bigger than his belly.
He who rises late never does a good days work.
He that falls in evil cause falls in the devils frying pan.
Don't buy a pig in a sack.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-06 21:57
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gentleman.
People in a glass house should never throw stones.
When poverty comes in at the door love goes out in the window.
Wilful waste makes woeful want.
To take the sow by the wrong ear.
You come like a godfather after the christening.
You cannot eat your loaf and have it.
Better to go to bed supperless than rise up in debt.
Do not make fish of one and flesh of another.
A great dowry is a bed full of troubles.
Hell is paved with good intentions.
Praise a fair day at night.
Time and tide stay for no man.
You are as busy as a hen with one chicken.
When rogues fall out and honest men get the own.
What is bred in the bone come out in the flesh.
We are all the chip of the one block.
An idle brain is the devils workshop.
To rob Peter to Pay Paul.
Two heads are better than one,
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the horse that throws me.
Better to be alone than in bad company.
As the old cock crows the young cock learns.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A pitcher goes often to the well, but it is broken at last.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A nice wife and a back door often makes a rich man poor.
Its better to be an old mans darling than to be a young mans slave.
A bad workman quarrels with his tools.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A good maxim is never out of season.
A light mother makes a heavy heeled daughter.
Its not all gold that glitters.
The devil is not as black as he is painted.
God help the rich but the poor can beg.
Gentry sent to market will not buy a bushel of corn.
Don't be all the days of your life rottening on a cabbage leaf.
Help the lame dog over the stile.
Its a wise child that knows its own father.
Its not the coat that makes the
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2020-04-06 21:48
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Plough the deep while sluggards sleep and you will have corn for sale and for keep.
When the cuckoo sings on a bare thorn, you may sell your cow and buy corn.
No need to spare when all is spent.
He who goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.
Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.
There is no use in crying over spilt milk.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Rome was not built in a day.
The devils children have the devils luck.
Anything for a quiet life.
Between two stools we came to the ground.
Its a long road that has no turning.
He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
A drowning man will catch a straw.
He who swims in sin will sink in sorrow.
Half a loaf is better than no bread.
Everyone to their liking as the old woman said when she kissed her cow.
Brag is a good dog but holdfast is better.
Better ride on an ass that carries me than
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2020-04-06 21:40
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the fire and when it is red he takes it out and levels it.
There is no part of the forge work done in the open air but it uses to be done long ago. It used to be done in a yard or some special place. He fixed the pots and the other implements in the open air but he shod the horses in the forge.
It is said that the sparks that fly from the fire will bring luck upon the horses that are been shod.
People did not send gifts to the smyth. The smyth had such power to banish rats long ago but not now. They were always looked upon as strong men because they would want to be very strong for the forge work.
The forges were places for storytelling long ago. There is one disused and derelict forge in this district which is Smyth's forge, Athboy.
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2020-04-06 21:36
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There are four forges that I know of in the parish. Three in the town and one in the country. Mr. Rispin, Chapel Street, Athboy, Mr. Barret, Main Street, Athboy, Mr. Kelly, Bridge Street, Athboy and Mr. Connor, Kilkeelan, Athboy. Some of their people were smyths
The forge is a clean place with places for the tools and a clay floor on which horses are shod. It has an iron roof. The floor is of square shape and very broad. There is only one fire in the forge. Coal is used in it and the fire is blown by a bellows. The bellows is the shape of an egg only flat. It is worked by a stick which is shoved up and down. The smyth uses an anvil, a hammer, a saw for cutting the horses feet, a pincers for pulling the nails out of the horses old shoes.
The smyth shoes horses and asses. He makes wedges and fixes pots, ploughs, harrows, and shovels but he does not make new ones. He make the wedges our of iron which he puts in
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2020-04-06 21:31
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with iron. The door is half round on the top. There are two bellowes in it one is an ordinary one and the other is a fan bellowes they were made long ago.
He has an anvil and six different kinds of hammers, cutters for iron, rasps, and knives, buffers and three different kinds of pincers. Two drilling machines, two vices, and screwing plates. There are many different kinds of tongs and a crane and a trough for water for cooling irons.
They shoe horses and asses.
They also make ploughs, harrows and spades and picks.
They shoe wheels and they make gates and pailings and iron doors.
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2020-04-06 21:27
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There are three forges in the town and one in Kilkeelan and another in Rathmore.
The three in the town are Kelly's Barret's and my daddy's the other two are Connors. My daddy's father and grandfather worked in it before him.
There is one in Main St, one in Bridge St, and one in Chapel St, and one in Rathmore one in Kilkeelan.
My daddy's forge is covered
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2020-04-06 21:24
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March and April for cattle.
No special fairs are held for sheep, bonhams or horses in our district.
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2020-04-06 21:24
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a monthly fair, because there were only a couple of fairs in the year.
Long ago buyers used to transact business at farmers' houses and at crossroads but very few of them are held at the present day. On Mc Veighs farm at Drewstown, there is still a cattle fair held every year.
When people sell cattle it is always a custom to give luck money which is called "luck penny", as much is paid per head on cattle, but it is generally very small. People are not accustomed to paying toll in our town.
When the parties have the bargain made, they strike each others hand, to show that the animal is sold.
When the animal is sold a mark is placed on his neck or back with raddle by the buyer.
When an animal is sold, if there is a halter on him, it is never given away unless, the man is allowed for it.
The greatest fairs of the year are January and May for pigs and
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2020-04-06 21:19
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There is a fair held in Athboy the first Saturday of every month and it is generally a big fair. It is held in the principal streets, Main St. Bridge St. and also on the fair green.
Dealers come from every district buying and selling. It was always held in the town as long as we remember, but long ago it was not
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2020-04-06 21:16
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They sung and each of them took the bride out for a dance. They ate all they got and asked for money Before they went they called for three cheers for the married couple
Long ago there used to be a wedding procession or "Hauling Home." When the young couple would be coming home after spending their honeymoon all their friends and neighbours met them. Some of them took the horses from under the trap or coach and pulled it along.
They say it is unlucky to get married in green. Most girls like to get married in blue. It is unlucky to meet a funeral on the day of your wedding
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2020-04-06 21:14
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The last day of Shrove is called Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday On this day everyone eats a lot of pancakes to keep up the old custom.
There are plenty of matches made in this district. Money is given as a dowry according to the means of the bride's father. Long ago stock or goods were given instead of money but it is not done now.
Any old people living around here do not remember marriages to take place in houses.
When the bride and bridegroom are leaving the church confetti and rice are shaken on them. When they are going on their honeymoon, an old boot or tin-can is tied on the back of the car, to bring luck on them. There is a wedding feast, held in the brides house. "Strawboys" used to visit the bride's house on the night of the wedding. They were dressed in straw from head to foot, and hats made in the shape of a sheafe of oats
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2020-04-06 21:09
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Marriages most frequently take place during Shrove and during the Summer months, especially in June and sometimes on Shrove Tuesday. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday are unlucky days as may be seen from this little rhym:-
"Monday for health
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday the best day of all.
Thursday for losses.
Friday for crosses
And Saturday no day at all.
There are not many customs connected with Shrove in this district
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2020-04-06 21:06
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them.
When the bride and bridegroom are going away on their honeymoon the people tie an old boot on the car to bring good luck to the bride.
On the day of the wedding there is a feast held in the brides house.
The night of the wedding the "Straw Boys" come to visit the Bride guided by a seargent. The dress is made of straw with big silk belts. The hat is made in the form of a stuck of oats or wheat. Their arms are bound with the straw with belts around the wrist and their knees filled with straw. Their boots are also bound with straw with black bows. The people recieve them with great welcome and the Bride offers them money. After a while they order the music and take the bride out for a dance each one in turn.
Then they give three cheers
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2020-04-06 21:02
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The local marriages take place before the holy season of Lent up until Shrove Tuesday.
The month of May, and Thursday Friday, and Saturday are thought unlucky for marriages. Every one make pancakes for Shrove and they generally put a ring in them, and boy or girl who is lucky enough to find it, it is supposed that they will be married by that day twelve months.
There are no matches made in this district. There are about fifty pounds to a hundred given as dowry, and in some places there are stock and goods given instead of money. There are no old people around here that know of marriages taking place in the houses.
The customs that are followed here with regard to weddings are. On the morning of the wedding when the bride is leaving the Church, a number of people throw confetti at
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2020-04-06 20:58
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is clipped at different times with a special clipping machine.
Calves are called "Suck, Suck." Hens are called "Chuck, Chuck." Sows are called "Hurrish, Hurrish." Turkeys are called "Yippy Yip," and ducks are called "Weet "Weet." There are no special ways for setting hatching eggs. Long ago people made the sign of the Cross on the eggs with milk, so that all the chickens would come out.
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2020-04-06 20:56
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The farm animals are: Cows, calves, sheep, lambs, and horses. The most common words used when driving cows are" "Hea hup, "Come Up," and "Get On." Calves are called "Suck, Suck, Suck."
The cow house is called the Byre. the cows are tied with chains put around their necks. The chains are not made locally. Long ago when cows were being milked they were tied by the legs to prevent them from kicking.
A horse shoe or green branch is hung in the Byre to brting luck to the stock.
The horse is the most useful of our farm animals. He is kept in a shed which is called the stable. There is a manger for hay in the stall. He eats hay, oats, and turnips. The horse is shod by the blacksmith. He could not work if he hand not good shoes, so it is necessary to keep him properly shod. His hair
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2020-04-06 15:30
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him warm. Every night the pig became very fond of his frind and was glad of the company.
When winter came, the man was delighted to have the pig, or he would be frozen to death.
They lived there for a long time and in the end the man died. When the pig saw that his friend was gone he would not eat for his master, and he too died in a couple of days.
The calls for various kinds of animals are, weet, weet for ducks, prug, prug for cows, pioc, pioc for horses and kiddy, kiddy for goats.
When people are putting down eggs for hatching, they get a box with clean hay and they put thirteen eggs into it, which is called a setting.
Sometimes a mark is put on the hatching eggs, because if another hen happened to lay her egg in the nest, it would not be known from the other eggs.
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2020-04-06 15:26
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There are no stories connected with milking.
The horse is out working all day and at night he is put into a stable. He eats hay, oats, bran, turnips and he drinks water. When he has no shoes, he is brought into a forge and they put shoes on him as without them he could not work.
The horses' hair is clipped with a clipping machine. Long ago there were great horses and many stories are told about them. They used to run seventy or eightly miles as there were no motor cars out then, and on that account - they had to travel far.
I do not know any stories about goats or sheep, but I know one about a pig which follows:-
Long ago there was a poor sweep who had no home, every night he used to go seeking for shelter and this night he came to a gentleman's farm where he saw a pig lying in a shed. He went in and lay down beside him and he kept
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2020-04-06 15:22
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We have a lot of animals on the farm at home namely, sheep, cattle, horses, calves, pigs and cows.
The cows have got names, such as the Polly, the Jersey, Bald-face, the Rowen, the White cow and the Strawberry. When people are driving cows out of the field they (how up).
Nearly every calf has got a name such as the Red calf, the Curl calf, the Bald face, the Rowen and the Lame calf.
The cow house is made of cement and there are two mangers, one on each side, and about six appartments, one for each cow, and it is called the cowshed. The cows are tied with ropes or chains. They are sometimes tied by the legs or horns when they are wicked and when people are milking them.
No branch is ever hung in the cowshed, but sometimes a horseshoe is hung to bring luck to the stock
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2020-04-06 15:18
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The horse's stable is small and a manger in it. His fodder is hay, oats and grass. He is brought to the forge to be shod. He is clipped once a year in the springtime. Mr Harry Doyce owned a great horse known as Manafesto. He won The English Grand National twice and he came second the third time. He was trained by his owner at Gillstown Athboy.
There are different calls for the various kinds of animals. When calling the hens is said "chuck, chuck," when calling the turkeys. "yepe, yepe", the ducks "weete, weete". and "chick, chick", whern calling the chickens. Whem calling the cows we say "pruggy, pruggy", for the calves "suck, suck", the goats "kiddy, kiddy", the big pigs "hurrish, hurrish" and the bonhams "guck, guck".
If a hen is seen fighting with another it is the sign of a stranger coming to that house. There are thirteen eggs put under the hatching hen. The eggs are called "a setting". When putting down a clutch of eggs we put the sign of the Cross on them the way they will come out.
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2020-04-06 15:13
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The farm animals we have at home are cow, calves, sheep, horses, pigs and cattle. The domestic animals are the cat and the dog. Some of the cows have special names such as Polly. white-face and horny. When the cows are been driven in or out of the fields "ho up" is said. The calves have no special names they are called by saying "suck suck".
Our cow-house is a big one it has two doors and a manger for the cattle to eat out of. It is called a "byre". The cows are tied with a chain around the neck. The chains are made of iron but they are not home-made.
There are no customs or stories conected with milking told localy but it is said if you sing when milking the cow will give more milk.
There is no branch or emblem of any kind hung in the cow-house except if a horseshoe is found it is put on the cow-house door up side down to keep the luck from falling out.
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2020-04-06 14:58
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of Lune. There are five families in this townland, and twenty people. It got its name, hundreds of years ago, from people named Wards who lived there. There is only one person over seventy living in the Hill of Ward, but she does not know Irish. Her name is Mrs. Walsh.
There were not as many houses in former times, as there are now. There are no ruins. Many of the inhabitants emigrated to America in Former times. The townland is not mentioned in any songs or stories.
The land is hilly and fertile. There are two woods in this townland, called the Hill of Ward woods. There is about an acre in each wood. They are owned by Mr. Alley. There are many streams, which have no stories connected with them.
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2020-04-06 14:54
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The name of my townland is the Hill of Ward, Athboy, in the barony
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2020-04-06 14:53
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a good many tenant's houses in the townland but, the young people who lived in them emigrated to America any and other countries. Then, as the old people died the houses were left idle and through time fell. The townland is not mentioned in any song or old saying.
The land is not hilly or boggy but it is very good. There is a wood growing there which is about a quarter of a mile long. It is not known by any special name.
There are no lakes or streams in the townland, but the Yellow Ford runs through one end of it, and Clonmore river through the other.
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2020-04-06 14:50
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My home is situated in the townland of Ballyfallon, which is in the parish of Athboy, and in the barony of Lune. There are about eight families in the townland and approsimately forty people. There is no family name very common. The types of houses in this district are mostly cottages, and none of the houses are thatched. The townland got its name from a family who lived in it in former times named Fallons. There are only about two old people in it. They are Mrs Fitzgerald and Mrs Waldron, Balllyfallon, and they cannot tell stories in Irish or English.
There were about the same number of houses in this district in former times as there are at present. None of them are in ruins. In former times there were
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2020-04-06 14:46
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family name which is most common is Connell.
Eighteen of the houses are slated and the rest are thatched and galvanized. The townsland got its name from a wealthy man who lived there long ago.
There are about twelve people over seventy living in Martinstown. None of them can speak Irish. they all can tell stories but not in Irish. Houses were more numerous in former days. There are about ten houses in ruins now.
Several people emigrated to America in former times also to England and other continental countries. The townland is not mentioned in any song or old saying.
the land is very hilly but fertile. There are several woods and streams but there are no lakes or rivers.
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2020-04-06 14:43
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My home is in the townsland of Martinstown. The townsland is in the parish of Athboy which is in the barony of Lune.
There are twenty nine families in the townland and about 120 people. The
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2020-04-06 14:42
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their agreement is by striking hands
When animals are sold they mark them with raddle.
When an animal is sold that has been led by a halter or rope the custom is to give the halter or rope to the buyer.
The May fair and October fair are the two greatest fairs of the year, also the April and August fairs are very big
There are no special fairs held for cattle or sheep in Athboy.
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2020-04-06 14:40
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The local fairs held in Meath are in Navan, Kells, Trim, Athboy, Oldcastle and Crossakiel. Fairs were always held in these towns.
In former times fairs used to be held in Kilskyre, but are since done away with. The reason why they were done away with is not known.
The fair of Athboy is held in the fair green and on the streets. When an animal is sold, luck money is always given. "Luck Penny" it is called. When a bargain is made the only way they show
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2020-04-06 14:37
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day is not observed as a holyday, but there is Mass said in honour of him. There are a lot of people in the district called after him.
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Mr T. F. Fay who edited the publication in 1880 says in a footnote "there does not seem to be any publication in fact for this story of Kate Plunkett
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2020-04-06 14:22
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having escaped in the melee
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2020-04-06 14:10
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White Fields, Barry Parr
Paddy Carr (--)
Saddlon Bridles), Hopes Jaw Bones
Road - a litte to left -
The Irish Girl
[?] Farewell to Ireland
The Rains of Rathmore
The Boys of Athboy
My Mamas Waiting There
Sally of Athboy Verse
Nice [?] Anne Verse
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2020-04-06 13:54
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it is boiled, and it rubbed, or the juice given to the person who has the pain in their back, it will cure it.
There is a plant called "Mouse's Ear". It grows in low land and it is used as medicine. It is used for curing liver complaints. It is taken as food.
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2020-04-06 13:52
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The red-sally is a most harmful herb. It has its long, winding roots. If a beast eats it, the beast is in danger of sickness.
The thistle is a very plentiful herb. It's roots are very strong, and are capable of doing a great of harm to the crops.
The white-glouse is very useful to some people, and very harmful to others. It is hard to be got. It is used in making a cure for the Yellow-Jaundice.
Buttercups have the cure of ringworm. It can be cured by boiling the buttercups, and rubbing them on the ringworm. They grow on good land, mostly about the month of April.
The yellow head is the most harmful herb of all. When it grows in a field in one place it spreads all over the fields. When cattle eat much of the yellow heads they are in danger of being sick after them. Some other cattle are very fond of them. It destroys the crops in the garden. It grows most in the good land.
There is a herb that grows on the road. It is called the marsh mallow. If
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2020-04-06 13:47
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of the town, so as not to pass by shop with parcels. It was a public pass and no one can be stopped from passing it since. It was made about thirty years before the famine.
Tallon's Row: Long ago there lived in Tallon's Row six different families named Tallon. It got its name from those people. It is part of the town, and it is still there. All those people died within one year.
There are the remains of an old road in Gillstown. It passes through Joe Higgin's fields and over to Martinstown. Where it passes over drains there are wooden bridges. Here and there through the fields remains the marks of houses.
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2020-04-06 13:42
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for seven more weeks.
St Bridget's Day: On that day everybody blesses their dairyies because St Bridget was a great dairy woman.
Everybody makes little crosses out of rushes that day.
Shrove Tuesday: Everybody eats pancakes on that evening. They also burn tallow candles on that evening. They burn holly and ivy under the pancakes too.
Easter Sunday: Easter falls on a Sunday every year. The custom is: Everybody eats a lot of eggs and Easter eggs that day.
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2020-04-06 13:39
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On St. Stephens Day the boys dress themselves and go around with the wren. They play music at each house and get a couple of pence. When evening comes they buy sweets with the money they collected.
On St. Patrick's Day all the Irish people wear a shamrock in honour of St. Patrick who planted the faith in Ireland.
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is an old custom to make pan-cakes on that day.
May day is the first day in May. On that day a May bush is cut and dressed with flowers.
On May day the people put flowers at the door step.
On St. Peter and Paul's night the people light a bonfire.
A lot of marriages take place on Shrove because it is the last day before Lent. If they don't they would have to wait
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2020-04-06 13:32
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Its a long day that has no night.
A watch clock never goes.
A wise son maketh a glad father.
Bringing turf to a bog.
A half of a loaf is better than no bread.
A live ass is better than a dead lion.
What ever you do, do it well.
A young girl has not an old head.
The one that only drinks water is never drunk.
You should not judge one's character by their hair.
Dont boil cabbage twice in the same pot.
Borrowed horses have hard hooves.
It always takes two to make a row.
Don't buy a pig in a bag.
The day's of your youth are the days of your glory.
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2020-04-06 13:29
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The windy day is not the day to put on the scálp.
It's many a bad wind blows good to someone.
When there's a wish there's a way.
Never say a thing until you think.
It's hard to kill a bad thing.
Is is a harsh day that blows down a house.
It's many a mule that kicks the back of a cart.
You cannot eat the loaf and have it.
When the cat is away the mice can play.
You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
A soft answer turns away wrath.
It is a long road that has no turn.
A shut mouth catches no flies.
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2020-04-05 19:03
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I have no churn at home but a churn is kept in the O Malleys house which is next to my house. I never heard the churn called by any other name. The height of Mr O Malleys churn is 2'6" and the length is 3'. When standing on the trussel it is four feet from the ground and it is about twenty years old. The cream is put into the churn through an opening in the top and the lid is then fastened. There is a glass in the side of which tells when the butter is made. When the cream is put in first the glass becomes soiled and when the butter is made
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is supposed to take it away.
11. Boils, Sugar and soap is a old cure for boils.
12. Ringworm, the blood of the seventh son is a cure for ringworm.
13 There is a well in Knockmonlea and the water in the well is a old cure for vomiting. the name of the well is tobareen no nualachan.
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2020-04-05 19:00
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I have no churn at home but a churn is kept by Mr. Leonard who lives not far from my house. The old name for a churn in my locality was a meashar or a cuigheann. The length of the churn is three feet and the height of it is three feet. The name of a part of the churn is the beaters. There is a glass on the top of the churn and the name of the person who made it is on the side of it.
Butter is made twice a week in Summer and once a week in Winter. It is according to the number of cows that the butter is made. If a man had twenty cows he could make two churns but if he
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2020-04-05 18:53
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13. If child meets with a trifling accident solace it by saying - that will be better before you are twice married and once a widow.
14 As poor as a church mouse.
15. You should never catch a glimpse of a the moon through a window as it is supposed to be a sign of bad luck.
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2020-04-05 18:51
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1. If you let anything fall and lift it - it is a sign of a disappointment.
2. Wear your clothes inside out is a sign of good luck
3. Red on the candle you are getting a letter
4. Sparks leaving the fire without anybody touching it is a sign of money.
5. You should never sell a horn to buy a hoof
6. One white foot buy him,
Two white feet try him
Three white feet give him to your wife (so quiet)
Four white feet keep him all your life
(Said about a horse)
7. A mole above the breath lucky
A mole below the breath unlucky
8. He was dreeping fond of her like wet straw
9 When looking for a thing what did you eat last
10 Sneeze on Monday sneeze for danger
Sneeze on Tuesday you'll kiss a stranger
Sneeze on Wednesday you'll get a letter
Sneeze on Thursday something better
Sneeze on Friday for sorrow
Sneeze on Saturday you'll see your true lover to-morrow.
11. Power of the sun will make you sneeze.
12. Better suffer a bite that waken a thousand
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2020-04-05 18:39
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A wet and a windy May
Fills the farmer's haggard with corn and hay.
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2020-04-05 18:38
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1. When cockroaches come out on the floor from holes in the walls it is a sign of rain
2. Suckers from the sun a sign of rain
3. February fill dyke
But march will come to dry it up.
4 March comes in like a lion
And goes out like a lamb.
5. March comes in like a lamb
And goes out like a lion
6. Red sky in the morning - if the red goes up sign of rain - if red goes down a good sign
7. A cloud over the moon means rain
8. Circle round the moon means rain so some say others say it is a sign of frost.
9 If new moon is very sharp sign of hardship.
10. It is a bad sign to see the shadow of old moon beside the new crescent.
11 Moon going quickly through the sky is a sign of a storm.
12. When stars are glittering it is a sign of frost.
13. If stars are faint in sky or partly hidden, or if they disappear for a short time sign of a change in the weather.
14 A rainbow in the morning is the shepherd's warning
A rainbow at night is the shepherd's delight.
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2020-04-05 18:32
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Chorus
The Cruices through ages were famous at war
They are soldiers today and park first at the bar
Their long lost estates lie convenient in bloom
And in Nobber churchyard it's inscribed on their tomb.
"Nobber is the notion your Sons shall regard
It nurtured brave heroes and Carolan the bard.
There yet lives a patriot all of the same name
Who ventured his life in the muff bloody scheme,
And ye Catholic heroes in future agree
Exertion and union will soon set you free
Our loyal young clergyman went to the sod
To fight for their country, religion and God
Their name and their fame for ever will shine
On the sweet, noble, and lovely young Father O'Brien.
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2020-04-05 18:26
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I
Erin, dear Erin I find the still bleed
Say! must your Sons slumber or pass this foul deed
Or shall they awake at the direful call
Yes! yes and curse bronze with you all
Chorus.
And ye catholic heroes in future agree
Exertion and union will soon set you free
II
On the fourteenth of August that morning so grand
Thirty thousand marched off under Cruice's command
All fearless of danger their valour to try
Determined to conquer those bloodhounds or die
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2020-04-05 18:21
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Beg, where the print of his two knees still remain. In the impressions so formed water always remain. This stone is in Joseph Mc Guinesse's land.
At the cottage on the right hand side, there was a well which was remarkable for its healing properties. The sufferers had to bathe the affected part in its waters. At that thime a protestant Clergyman heard of this well. He had two dogs suffering from mange. He dipped them in the water. Next morning the well had changed its postion (where it now stands)
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2020-04-05 18:17
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Brittas is one of the many estates - not strickly an estate as no stone wall surrounds it. This estate belonged to the Cruices. Some of this family were Catholics. The family crest is a crane. There is an old story connected with this. Lady Cruice was invited to a feast, the host intened to kill her. She knowing this did not go. The host seeing his plan did not work sent soldiers to her dwelling in Brittas but she fled and sought refuge on the banks of Moneh Lake. The soldiers set out in search of her and as they approached the lake a crane arose out of the sedges. So the soldiers turning from the lake said "Nobody is hiding here as a crane is taking her rest her. The story goes on to say that Lady Cruice was never found
We are told that the Lark never sings in Brittas. In olden days the workmen had to be at theuir work at dawn. At this time there was a young priest in the parish. While returning from a sick call he met one of the workmen whom he asked why he was going about so early. The workman replied that he had to be at work before the lark should sing over Brittas. The priest then said that a lark would never sing over Brittas again.
Patrick in his journey through Nobber is supposed to have knelt on a stone at Nobber
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2020-04-05 18:07
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2020-04-05 18:07
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this school was that the teachers' names were Hay and Oates.
Tradition tells us that it - the Dee is the valley of the Black Pig and that it was he who first opened the course of the river and it was he who determined the course of the river - hence the winding Dee. In a journey from Nobber to Ardee one crosses three bridges.
Tradition says the Black Pig was a teacher who used to transform himself and his pupils into black pigs but it happened that it failed him to take on his human shape. In his sorry plight where he stood mid-way between Kingscourt and Bailieborough water gushed forth. He ran but the water followed on and on until it reached the sea somewhere near Annagassan. The Black Pig was drowned.
Two hundred years ago fairs lasted a long time It was a time of merry making - much drinking took place. While drinking a row arose. words led to blows one man cut off another man's head - head lifted in the air and descended on the middle of the road, hopped on it three times repeating "Nobber no more on a Monday" Since then no fair was ever held on a Monday.
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2020-04-05 17:59
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In olden times there was a Distillery in Nobber, adjacent to it was a castle, some hundred yards to the north of the village, close to where the moat is at the present day.
The good people under this mound are supposed to grant favours to persons on their first visit to the top of it.
During the famine employment was given in Nobber as a new road was made to take the place of a drawbridge then said to have extended from the first cross on your right hand side as you travel to Kingscourt on the North of the village for about two hundred yards off the public road. Wages for the work was 4d per day. Indian meal was then 2/6 per stone.
The course of the river Dee was changed, to prevent flooding. This alteration can be seen at Spiddal bridge.
At one time a Tanning Industry (At the present school gates) throve here. When the hall was being erected remains of the Tannery were seen - the foundations. Opinion fixes this industry as having been in progress 100 years ago.
About 90 years ago a small thatched cabin which served as a school house stood at the present cemetry gate. The strange thing about
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2020-04-05 17:51
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Snow expected always on February 1st as Brigid always wore a white mantle.
If you drink sow's milk you are supposed to be able to see the wind.
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2020-04-05 17:50
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Friday was considered a lucky day to start anything.
It was a custom to slit the ears of calves on the first Friday after they were calves
Saturday considered unlucky to begin anything especially house building or changing from one house to another.
Satuday's flitting makes a short sitting.
The first Monday of the year is known as 'hansel Monday. Anything you did on that day you will be constantly repeating during the year. Break anything on that day and you will break many things during the year. Get up late on that morning and you will rise late during the year.
Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday the best day of all,
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
And Saturday no day at all
(Said with reference to marriage)
The first three days of April are known as days for skinning the old cow. The old cow had weathered the hardship of March and was boastful about it. So March borrowed three days from April and with added severity succeeding in killing the old cow.
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2020-04-05 17:43
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Drawing a kick on the victim he said are you not dead yet. The victim died and instantly the leg with which he killed his neighbour decayed. From that day to this his descendents suffer from a halh of some kind.
Father ___ went out to help his fellowmen. The enemy tried to shoot him. He caught the bullets in his hands. He then said that no one could shoot him who was not of his religion. Three men who belonged to the parish of ___ rushed forward - one had a gun, Another a sword, another a spear. The man who used the Sword is said to have left it hanging up over his own door without cleaning it and that a drop of the blood fell on the wall. ___the stain could never be removed.
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2020-04-05 17:38
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In Rathgillan, Nobber, Co Meath the long ago there was a well. One day a woman lived nearby - she did her laundry. Before long the well closed up of its own accord and changed it's position to a few fields away.
In the time of the croppies we are told that a man who when dying lay on the ground in the cemetery. He was in great pain from the effects of his wound when a person from this place came who was acting as a spy for the enemy.
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2020-04-05 17:34
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made of twenty loads of house stone. One time a heifer fell into it and was heard bawiling over at Kilbride. Therefore it is connected with an underground channel there. Since then it is closed.
At the time of the battle of Muff the women and children of Ballinee lived there in hiding from the English.
Rirchard Cruice marched with an army of 30,000 from Rahood to Muff where they were to meet the English. When they got there they had nobody to meet so they marched home again. There was a field of corn in Rahood at the time. The men started to cut it but before the last man was in the gate the field was cut. On account of the attempt Cruice was sentenced to death - to be hanged but was released through the influence of Mr. Pollock of Mountainstown.
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2020-04-05 17:25
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in Clonarney. People came from all parts of Meath and Westmeath and visited all those places.
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2020-04-05 17:24
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shamrocks over St Patrick's bed. It is said that one time a monk was coming to hear mass in this Chapel, but he was late for mass. He was crossing a field opposite the Chapel when the Elevation bell rang. He fell down in Adoration and blessed himself. From that day the marks of his eyes, nose, chin, elbows, knees and toes are stil to be seen. The man that owned the field was a Protestant - George Hopson - and he ploughed the field. When he went over the morning after, the marks were there fresh and green. Many people believe in placing themselves in these marks so that they might be cured in any disease they have. They believe this monk was a Saint. The monk was coming from a Monastery in a field near by. The remains of the Monastery are still there. Long ago St. Patricks day was a feast day
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2020-04-05 17:19
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In Clonarney four miles from Killallon, there is a graveyard. It was once a Chapel. The remains of the Chapel are still in the graveyard. It is said that St Patrick said mass in this Chapel. The remains of an old stone stairs are there. There is a place in this old ruin where St Patrick had his bed. On St Patricks day many people visit the graveyard and pluck
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2020-04-05 17:17
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house ran the risk of having the whole property conficated, and sometimes either he himself or some member of his family were sent to slavery to the Barbadoes. Dispite all this the Irish people were willing to suffer anything that they might not be deprived of the Mass. During these times a priest was sheltered in Baltrasna Castle Co. Meath where the people attended to hear Mass. But the spies were busy and a raid was made on the Castle
So bravely did the people risist that the priest was got saftly away with the help of a nobleman named Barnwall. This gentleman paid the penalty. He was arrested, his goods seized and divided among the soldiers he himself being banished into exile. After this the priest not wishing to expose his friends to such hard-ships sough refuge in the woods and mountains. There is a cave in Loughcrew where he is believed to have hidden for more than a year, leaving it only at dead of night in all weathers, dressed in rough garments to offer Mass in an appointed place.
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2020-04-05 17:12
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During the Cromwellian regime in Ireland, Cromwell and his brutal soldiers did their best to put an end to the celbration of Mass. Being sure that the one and only way to bring this about was to extripate the Irish priesthood, a proclaimation was issued commanding all priests to quit the country within twenty days and if the disobeyed this mandate any soldiers that found them were at liberty to drag them before the nearest magistrate on a charge of "treason", and have them sentened to be, "hanged, cut down while still alive, beheaded, quartered, embowelled, and burned, the head to be set on a spike and exposed in public." The better to enforce this, and army of "priest-catchers" was collected and well paid to spy out priests and report to the soldiers, whose delight it was to hunt them down and raid houses suspected of harbouring them and exate from the house holders the penalty lf their guile. Any person who sheltered a priest or had Mass said in his
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2020-04-05 16:57
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There was a chapel in Ballinlough long ago, and the ruins of it is there to the present day, and the holy-water fonts are in the field yet. It was Cromwell that knocked it. There was also a castle in Ballinlough and Cromwell sent over one of his men to take the castle. The man of the castle said come on and fight me for the castle. So Cromwell got a rope and hung the man of the Castle on a tree. The tree is called the hang-mans tree.
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2020-04-05 16:55
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There was an old Chapel in Jim Ball's field. There is a holy water faunt from that chapel in the warty well. There is a Druids Altor in the same field. There is a holy well in Kenehan and there are three black fish in it. Every year on a Sunday on the seventh of July the well goes dry. It stays dry for three months. The field which is opposite our house is called Pairch glas.
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2020-04-05 16:52
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A row of children get into a line and catch hands while two more go away a bit and one shall choose a Golden-Kettle, and the other a Golden-tea-pot, they they will shout at the children to come, when the children are coming they will sing "Thread thread the big needle and sew." All the children will go out through the other children arms and the last will be caught and one will ask them which would rather a Golden-tea-pot or a golden ketle and if she say a Golden-tea-pot she will go behind one of their backs and if she the Golden-Kettle she will go behind the other person's back, when all are finished one side will pull against the other side and which ever of the falls the first will loose the game.
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2020-04-05 16:47
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a big rag doll in the cradle and the girl started rocking it, and singing a lulaby. In came the King and he said. "Where is that girl." "She is rocking the poor sick baby said the mother. "Let me see the baby" said the King. And going over he took the clothes out of the cradle and a real baby was in the cradle. So the King went away and it is said that child became a Saint. A well appeared where the cradle was standing. St Kieran build his monastry beside it and it is called St Kieran's well.
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2020-04-05 16:44
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Once there lived a very wicked King in Ireland. He would bring boys and girls away with him from home, and used them as slaves and make them work very hard. One day as he was walking along he saw a girl and he said he must get her and make her work very hard. He had to go a journey and he said when he would be coming back he would get her. When her mother heard this she was in great trouble. She went to a friend and asked what would she do. The friend told her to make a big rag doll in the cradle and the girl to be rocking it. So the next day the mother put
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2020-04-05 16:40
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and it is called St John's well.
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2020-04-05 16:40
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There is a well in Jim Ball's field it is called St Anns well. It was on the side of the road, but a Connaught man washed his feet in it and it moved out to the field. The well is near the river on the left hand side as you go to Clonmellon about thrity yards the Killallon side of Mc Donnell's gate. There was a Saint in Killallon and one day a wild pig followed him. The pig took a drink out of St. Anns well and he died. There was a graveyard in Ball's field on the road from Dalys of Killallon to Clonmellon. There was a Chapel ther also, and Cromwell knocked it. One day two men were building a ditch beside the graveyard and they found bones of people. There is a well at the end of Clonmellon
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2020-04-05 16:35
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imeadeatly to the stones. If the child of the inner group misses to hit the ball three times he must run to the stones. If he is hit with the ball before he reaches the stone him and his comrades are the outside group and the others are the inner group. The person that hits the ball with his hand must run from one stone to the other and back to the wall again and stay the last child. If one of the children of the inner group hits the ball and if one of the children of the outside group catches it he must hop the ball and him and his comrades must run in imeadeatly to the wall. If one of the outside children while running into the wall gets hit with the ball they are out again and the others are in.
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2020-04-05 16:31
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A group of children gather together, then they select into two parts, They toss to see which group would be inside or outside. They throw up a stone, on one side wet and the other dry. They get two stones and put them apart from each other. The inner group must stand along a wall. the outside group must stand apart. One of the children of the outside group must throw the ball to the first of the inner group, and all the children of the outside group must scatter through the field and try and catch the ball. The child of the inner group must hit the ball with her hand and run
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2020-04-05 16:27
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"Dogs" in the ring and counting one, two, three, etc. The child that stand at the side must run for the cat and if he puts it in the ring and if the other child hasnt the dog in the ring, the children that stand at the side have the "Dogs" and the others stand at the side. They do that and whatever side gets the most scores they win the game.
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2020-04-05 16:24
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Four children is necessary to play Cat and dogs. They must get two strong sticks and they are called the "Dogs", and a small weak one called the "Cat". The four children seperate into two parts. They must make two rings ten yards apart from each other. The rings must be a yard in length. Then they throw up a stone on one side wet and the other dry. Two of the children go into a ring apiece. The other two children stand at the side of the ring. One of the children at the side must throw the "Cat" to the person in the ring and he hits it off with the dog. Him and his comrade goes up and down to each ring puting their
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2020-04-05 16:20
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ask the same questions to the others and do the same things.
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2020-04-05 16:20
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A row of children stands in a straight line and one child stands in front of them and says to the first child, "First man come up without a smile," and that child has to walk up to the child that asked the question and if she laughs she is put on the left side and if she does not laugh she is put on the right side then the next child is asked the same thing and if she laughts she is put left side and if she does not she is put on the right side. All the children are told to do the same thing and when they are finished the children on the left has to pull against the children on the right and the child that asked the questions has to look at the others pulling and what ever side falls or breaks first the other side wins. Then another child can
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2020-04-05 16:13
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to this day.
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2020-04-05 16:13
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night cut down the body, carried it back and buried it near the chapel, which was then reduced to ruins. All that now remains of the building is one end wall surmounted by a broken cross, and in an adjoining field is a holy water stone. This place is still called "The Old Chapel". It is said that between the hours of one and two each morning a funeral procession headed by four persons carrying a dead body passes silently along the road from "The Priest's Tree" and disapears at "the Old Chapel". It is a popular local belief that it is the spirits of the persons who long ago had taken and buried the priest's body that still walk. Many persons testify to having met this funeral procession. An iron cross that has been fixed in the tree in past ages is plain to be seen
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2020-04-05 16:09
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a good Catholic fed and sheltered a priest and had Mass offered in the Castle. Cromwell's soliders after having laid waste the countryside, and having knocked and pillaged the chapel which stood where Kilua graveyard now is, the ruins of which are still standing, crossed in Westmeath, plundered Ballinlough chapel and finding the priest in prayer before the Alter, dragged him outside, compelling him to look on while they burned the chapel and left it a mass of flames. They then tied the unfortunate priest to a horse's tail and had him dragged in appalling agony to a giant ash tree a few hundred yards from Ballinlough Crossroads. Here they hanged and left him. This tree although quite dead still stands there and is known as "The Priest tree".
Some catholic neighbours during the
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2020-04-05 16:04
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During Cromwells reign of terror, no crime was considerd more henious than to be a priest, and any priest captured was triumphantly carried off and put to death. Cromwells boast was - While I have power and authority the exercise of the Mass shall not be tolerated -. After the awful slaughter of Drogheda, Cromwell and his heretic soldiers continued their march of destruction through Meath, burning down chapels and butchering priests. At this time a chapel stood on the Nugent estate, Ballinlough owned by Sir Walter Nugent who resided in Ballinlough Castle where his descendants are to this day. Sir Walter being
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2020-04-05 16:00
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you choose the pistol or the deeds."
Had he reached for the pistol Sir Walter would also have reached for his and would have fired first.
Nothwithstanding all this the officer reached to lift the deeds whereupon Sir Walter snatched up his pistol and shot the other through the heart.
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2020-04-05 15:59
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recieved such kind treatment from Sir Walter that he had changed his mind about it. Where upon the officer said that he himself would go back and demand them. "Very well" said Cromwell, "but if you return alive either with or without them all I say is that you are a better man than I." The officer however did go back to Sir Walter and ordered him to hand him up the deeds of the place. Sir Walter took up his pistol and asked him would he fight for them, that the man who took them would take them from his dead body. The soldier refused to fight, so Sir Walter still holding his pistol in readiness placed the deeds on the table and ordered the other to place his pistol one one end of the table while he placed his on the other end. This done he then asked "Which now will
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2020-04-05 15:55
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grooms to feed and stable the horses. After the soldirs had been refreshed he and they spent some time aiming at targets. Sir Walter being an admirable shot. When the soldiers were about to retire to their camping place for the night he invited Cromwell to remain for the night in the castle, he accepted readily and was treated as an honoured guest. So fabourably impressed was he by the kindness he recieved that when about to depart next morning he shook his host warmly by the hand and went away without demanding the deeds. Having joined his army he gave the order to proceed. The officer who had been promised the Nugent estate asked his leader where were the deeds Cromwell answered that as he and they had
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2020-04-05 15:51
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During the troubled period in Ireland when all catholic gentry were driven to "Hell or Connaught" by Cromwell and his brutal soldiers, there goods and chattels were divided among the officers of the Cromwellian army.
Cromwell and his troops invaded Ballinlough Castle with the intention of taking the Castle and estate from the rightful owner Sir Walter Nugent. Cromwell haveing previously promised them to a certain officer in the army. Arrived at the Castle, Oliver was much surprised when the owner bade them welcome, invited them in and hospitably entertained them, ordering the
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the building until it was at last complete, and a valuable hunter stabled there. Next morning on going to take out his hunter for exrcise, he found to his great surprise that the roof had being lifted off bodily and left lying in the field across the road. Again he had it roofed and again was the roof lifted off, and this time was found floating on Newtown Lake some hundred yards distant. No attempt was ever again made to roof the building, and so it stands to this day and is known as "The Old Barn".
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orders that but two of the congregaton excaped death. these two punged into the millrace and remained hidden there until the soldiers took their depature after ransacking the building and carrying off the Sacred Vessels. The priests head being served from the body was spiked on a nearby bush. The bush is still there and at its foot is a small cavity, the water from which is said to be a cure for warts. So well pleased was Colonel Battersby with the way in which Diamore carried out his orders that he named the town-land after him. Now it is called Diamore. The Colonel then lost no time in having the Chapel knocked and the stones carted to Roadstown cross-roads where he proceeded to have a barn erected. All went well with
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In the townland of Diamore is a field known as the church-field where in by-gone days stood the Parish Chapel of Roadstown as it was then called, Colonel Battersby the owner of the land whereon the Chapel was built while outwardly being friendly with priest and people inwardly hated them. Wishing to put an end to the Mass, yet not wanting openly to put a stop to it himself he got the Cromwellian soldiers to do it for him. One Sunday as the priest was offering Mass, the soldiers came along under the command of an officer named Dinamore and so thouroughly did they carry out their
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John Reilly from Cloneveran was a very strong man. He and another man was betting with other to see which of them would throw the anvile of of the forge. John Reilly lifted the anvil off the block and threw it out of the forge with one hand.
Patrick Mc Cabe Shranbole used to walk to the fair of Athlone, of Galway. Jack Molloy in Clonmellon used to mow an acer of hay in the day.
Peter Friary was a very strong man. He caught two police men in Kells one in each hand and lifted them off the ground and threw them on the street.
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her the horse plunged into the Deel river and the horse was on one side of the river and Lady Featherson on the other. John Skelly was following the hunt on foot and the Lady got on his back and he ran at the river and jumped it. The river was about 18 feet wide and 20 feet deep
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Hugh Doyle of Loughanbren was a great jumper he was able to jump into one barrel and jump out again into another barrel and out again. There was a jump made for him at Archerstown house, the men of Archerstown house huled up a cart and he jumped out through the back band. Peter Fryeary of Sarahstown was noted for weight lifting. Once when he was working on the bog of Brownstown he lifted and ass over a drain three feet wide in his arms. John Homes of Brownstown carried a barrel of oats a half a mile. John Skelly of Archerstown house was noted for jumping. He jumped three horses standing side by side. Once Lady Featherson was hunting when her horse bolted and threw
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the handels and land on the far side. Doyle jumped and landed on the far side. Doyle jumped and landed on the far side. The butcher was coming at full pace struck one handel of the barrow and was drove headlong into the boghole soe he did not try it again and Doyle won the jump.
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The name of his favourite song was "Good night and may joy be with ye all" William Keegan was a story teller his stories were about haunted houses, goasts, and fairies. There was once a meet at Archerstown and there was a lot of high horses at it. There was a bet that Hugh Doyle would not jump the highest horse so the highest horse was picked and Hugh Doyle jumped her.
There was once a butcher in Clonmellon and he challanged Doyle that he was not as good a jumper as he was. All night said Doyle let us try it so they went to a bog and measured a hole twenty one feet long the both of them were able to jump it. So Doyle got a turf barrow and put the wheel into the water and had the two handels standing up so they had to jump through
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Gat King Loughinderg Clonmellon and Kit Fox Killallon were noted for weight throwing and wrestling. There was an old saying which said "Christy Fox is as strong as an ox". There used to be a wrestling match at the bush of Killallon. Robin Fitzsinons Stirrupstown was a great runner. He use to be able to keep up to the hunt and they going at a galloping pase. He use to be able to run out hares. He used to walk to fairs in Cavan Cruagh and Killinaleck. Hugh Doyle Loughinbrean was a great jumper. He could jump across rivers fences and gates. There was a jump made across Archerstown river.
Patrick Connell Crossakiel Kells was a great mower. Hugh Glenon Shanco Clonmellon was a great singer. He used to sing at the fair in fore.
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In the eighteenth century Ireland's smallest and strongest man was a dwarf but three feet nine inches in height, and endowed with such extraordinary strenth that no giant of his time could compete with him. His name was Owen Farrell. He could with ease carry four men, two sitting astride on each arm., Before his death he sold his body to a surgeon.
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in the field and they water that lodges in them cures warts. There was a monastry in Killallon grave and druids lived in it. Cromwell killed and they were buried in Killallon grave-yard. There was an old chapel at Kilua called St. Lucy and there is a well called Lucy's well.
There was an old chapel at the back of the present chapel and there was a wood in front of the chapel. When there would be a big station the priests would hear confessions in the wood. There is a well at Ball's gate called St Bridgets well. St. Bridget did penence at this well. There was a chapel at Ballinlough and in the penal times it was shut for 100 years.
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Saint Fechin lived at Fore. He worked a miracle by building a church on a shaking scraw. St. Colmcille put a cross in the Blackwater at Kieran and people swim their horses round it to leave them strong. There was a well in Glennon's field called Tobarcoman. It was on the side of the road and a Connaught man washed his stockings in it and it left the place.
There was ruins of an old chapel in Killallon graveyard and every Sunday a lady dressed in white came up to Mass by an underground passage.
There was an old chapel in the Glebe. When Cromwell was in Ireland he knocked it and the cannon ball is to be seen till this day.
There was an old chapel at Balls gate on Clonmellon road and there was a saint named Bridget living in it. There was a graveyard beside the chapel and the bones of the people are there. There was a chapel in Mc Cormacks field on Oldcastle road and when Cromwell was coming from Loughcrew he blew it up and the Holy water faunts are
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canon ball on the hill of Lyod (Loyd) and knocked the arm of one of the crosses.
* The following was omitted from above.
It is said that no vermin works in the blessed clay of St Kieran's churchyard. It was said that St Colmcille stole a cross from St Kieran but St Kieran heard him and followed him, and caught him in the middle of the river and they lost a bit of the cross and it is to be seen in the river yet.
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Symorstown there is a well by the name tobair Padraig. At Kilskyre crossroads there is a loan bush and under it is buired a famous lady and her dogs and horses. The ladys name is Maire na Rasai. Saint Colmcille and Saint Kieran were brothers and they agreed to divide the parishes between them. They agreed to start at sunrise and to walk until the would meet each other. They met each other at a place called Castlepole where a well with a white torn loan bush made the spot where they met. The bush was cut and the well closed in. Beside the well there are several rocks with the print of Saint Kierans knees on them. There are high stones crosses in Saint Kierans Churchyard and it is said that Cromwell set his
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There is a bridge near Kilgar and there was stones taken out of the Chapel of Dramour and put on the bridge. There is also writing on them. There is a stone cross at Symorstown on the side of the road. It was said that this cross was errected in memory of 12 sons of an ancient King that lived on the hills of balgrea It was found among a heap of stones when a man was building a wall. It was said that these 12 young men had a dispute about their hound beside a river. The hound displecised one of them and he cut of his head. The next brother came up and cut off the head of his other brother and so on until one some remained. This cross was put over the sons in memory of them. And also in
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meeting at Loughkrew and they used to have a game of football. There was once a man going home from work and he came to a house. The man came to the door and called him in. The man went in and he sat down to play cards. It happened that the ace of Diamonds fell on the ground and the man stooped down to pick it up when he saw the shoes on the man he said "I better be going" Once a man went into Killallon cave which lead under the ground and brought his pipes to play them in the cave to show the people who were listening where the cave was going to. All on a sudden the music stopped and it is said that the Leipreachaun took him away because he was such a great musicine. Con Sheridan from Loughbawn was taken by the fairies and there was an other man left in his place but it was not Con Sheridan
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dinner he would throw soot into it and he had the pigs so frightened that they got like grey-hounds and she had to evict him. There is a field in Seraghstown in Mrs Gibneys field where Leipreahauns are seen the hill is called Crocknashe
The Leipreahauns churn at night and on windy nighs they go hunting. There are fairy passes at Collins' in Brownstown. Arthur Bells' cottage of Ballafore is built on a fairy pass and it was haunted for a long time. Tanhan's house was built on a faires pass and a statue of the blessed virgin appeared in it and it is to be seen there to this day. The Leipreahauns are to be seen on hallow eve night and moon-light nights. They ride grey horses. There was a dwaft of a man named Quinn in Rosmeath who was with the fairies. There was once a girl going to her neighbour with a hen and a clutch of eggs and when she was at Mc Daniels old wall at Newtown a little man dressed in red ran across the road and would not let her pass. He took the hen of her and disapeared. The fairies use to have a
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The names of the Leipreahaun are Gaunkana, and Glurakeens. He is one foot in height. He wears a green suit, and black patent shoes and a red cap with a tassel. He lives in forts, and raths. He is always at work mending shoes. The boot maker for the Leipreahaun are called Glurakeens.
Where Tom Browne is living now there was once a servent girl and she caught a Leipreahaun. She took him in and he was trying to make her look away but he could not succed. He said to her, "mind yourself crossing over the floor." There was an ear of a pot sticking up in the floor, and she triped across it and fell when she got up he was gone and she heard nothing only a mocking laugh at her. If anyone vexed the Leipreahaun he would turned all their money into withered leaves. Once a woman caught a Leipreahaun and she kept him in a cupord. When she would put down the cabbage for the
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There is a Leipreahaun in Carr's fort in the town land of Shranabole. Some nights he comes out and blows a horn. Then a door opens and all the fairies march out into the field. Then they start kicking football. Some of the fairies sit down and watch the others kick. When the game is over the door opens again and they march off to Crock at the back of Tom Glennan's house. If there was anyone in the field when the fairies would be going the fairies would bring them off with them. When they are going off they sing a song. The Leiprehaun makes shoes for the fairies. One night a man tried to catch him but he did not succeed. There is a leiprehaun in Kit Reilly's field also. Kit Reilly tried to catch him one night but he disappeared. There is a fairy ring in Matew Leavy's field. At night the lieipreahaun plays a fiddle and the fairies dance for him
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mouth about it.
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Once upon a time a man went out to plough with his horses and when he had two scribes ploughed he had to take out his with thunder and lighting. When he went home his boss asked him what was on him and the ploughman told him his trouble.
The next morning he went out to plough as usual and when he had about fiftheen scribes ploughed he met a tin in the groound and the horses stopped the man was surprised when he saw the box. So his boss came up in great surprise when the ploughman pulled up his box of soverings out of the ground.
He did not live comfortably very long. He told all the people he found the gold box of soverings. After a while the landlords took it from him and only gave him five pounds out of it all and the man like a fool could be rich for life if he did not open his
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The Leipreahaun is a very quaint little fellow, he is a fairy man, in hight about six inches, and whenever he shows himself to a mortal, which is very seldom he is reputed to be dressed in the old Gaelic costume worn by own fore-fathers, comprising white knee breeches, red frock coat, full length hose and black buckled shoes, together with a high crowned hat. He is said to have his abode in raths, or duns, which are to be found
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they would go to bed at night there would not be a vessel in it but would be rattled. They would think the would be all broken. One night there was a young lady in it about a fortnight old. When the light was put out the baby made a terrible screem and when the mother went to put her hand over to the baby, the first thing she felt was a big coarse head of hair and she felt on until she got her hand on her own child and lit a candle so when the candle was lit she could see nothing. When the child was six months old it took convulsions and died.
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It was near twelve o clock in the night and it was across fields he had to go to his own house. When he came out on a gateway under a big beech tree there was a house on the path and the door open and a lot of people around a big table playing cards. They all asked him to come in for a game. They all called him by his Christian name so he went inside and looked around him but he knew none of them, so he said it is too late and he came out and went home. Next morning when he got up he went back to see where the house was, but there was no house at all. There are houses built on fairies' passes. Long ago there was a house built on a fairies' pass and the people of the people of the house had very little comfort in living in it. When
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Leipreachauns are mostly seen in around forts. The names of leipreachauns are fairys and Goncon. The hight of the leipreachaun is about a foot or a foot and a half. They are mostly dressed in red. The leipreachaun mends shoes and kicks football. Long ago people caught them and did succeed in getting the gold. Some of the fairys would not give the gold and the people would put them on a griddle in the fire and redden it and would threaten to put him sitting on it if he would not tell the people where the money was. Leipreachauns are not friendly beings. A friend of mine was one night coming home from a Ceilidhe
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fairies reveng for trying to desecrate their ground. Faries change the bohalaun into white horses and ride abroad at night when the moon is on the wan with the fairy queen riding at their head.
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hidden, or cut down a lone bush. As the fairies dance around lone bushes on moonlight nights. Something is sure to happen to him such as losing the power of a limb or losing his way when going home after dusk and being left wandering until daylight the following morning. There is a story related of an extensive land-owner who tried to compell his serving men to level a rath in one of his fields, after they had refused time and again to do it. One day the master started off at the head of his men armed with picks and shovels to start the work, the master saying he would remove the the first sod himself. Just as he was about to cut the sod he heard his name called he looked to see who called him and to his horror discovered he was unable to turn his head back again, and until he died he walked with his head turned half way round. This was the
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on moon light nights, hard at work mending the tiny, tiny shoes belonging to the rest of the fairy slugh. It has never been known for certain if anyone has ever been fortunate enough to catch him and so secure the crocks of gold he is said to know the hiding place of. It is said that if any mortal were to steal up behind him and seize him and demand his gold, keeping his eyes on him all the time he would be bound to deliver up the gold, but that if by any chance he were to take his eyes off him he would dissapear for ever. The Liepreachaun and all his comrades are friendly with humans if they do not anger with them in any way but if they incur their anger, they will not be slow to take revenge. For instance should a person start digging for gold in any place where it is said to be
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The Leipreachaun is a very quaint little fellow, he is a fairy man, in height about six inches, and whenever he shows himself to a mortal, which is very seldom he is reputed to be dressed in the old Gealic costume worn by our fore-fathers, comprising white knee-breeches, red frock coat, full length hose and black buckled shoes, together with a high crowned hat. He is said to have his abode in raths or duns which are to be found in abundance throughout Eire. In no other country in Europe is the Leipreachaun so much spoken about or held in such esteem as in our own isle. This little fellow is often spoken of as "the Gankan" or "the Lougryman", he is also called Luaragan. He is said to be seen sitting cross-leged beneath a mushroon
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man jumping and roaring in it. He said that, "he would not throuble Billy any more." Billy let him out and he went off to hell as quickly as he could. Billy died and he went to the gates of heven but St. Peter would not let him in, and he sent him down to hell but the divels said that "he tricked them too often they hunted him away and he bacame a whirl-wind." He is seen going about the bogs and meadows of Ireland and we call him "Will O The wisp".
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state." Billy agreed and he travelled all through Ireland spending a betting his money in every manner. He never felt until the twenty-one years were up. It was but a dream to him. Once again the black man stoot on the crossroads and roared in at Billy and said, "Come on with me now for the time is up and you must come." "Very good," said Billy, I must go this time so they went along the road together, it was a very warm day. When they were a while walking they came to a public house Billy said to the black man "you that can turn yourself into anything and buy porter to quench my thurst." "All right,"! said the black man and as soon as Billy had the sixpence he put it in his purse. The black man tried to get out but he could not. Billy put the purse in his pocket and the black
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as much money and twice as many years. Billy spent his money here there and every where and enjoyed himself to his utmost. In a flash the fourteen years were up and the black man stood once more on the crossroads and roared in at Billy the fourteen yeare is up. Billy told him to "come in and rest himself." until he woul wash his face." The black man came in and Billy handed him the armcair. The black man sat in the chair until Billy was ready. Billy said "come on now," The black man got up and and and found that he had the chair fastened to him, he jumped and roared through the house but he could not rid himself of the chair. He besought of Billy to loose him of the chair. And he would give him three times as much and trice as much time if he would loose him of the chair, "for I cannot go back to hell in this
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person that takes a holt of my sledge cannot let it go till I please." "Now" said the old man, "one wish is gone you have only two more wishes," Billy said that, "any person that sits in my armchair cannot leave it until I please." "You have only one wish now and make your most of it" said the old man. Billy said thay anything that gets into my purse cannot leave it till I like." "O"! said the old man you made very bad use of them," If you wish for heaven you had it the same," However in a short time the black man stood on the crossroads and roared in at Billy that the seven years is up come along with me." "Well"! said Billy, "I am turning a shoe come in and help me sledge it. The black man took holt of the sledge and found that he could not let it go. He shouted and roared at Billy who only laughed at him. The black man said if Billy would open his holt ot the sledge he would give him twice
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Long ago there lived in Ireland a man known as Billy. He was a blacksmith by trade. His forge was situated on a crossroads. He was working in his forge one day when a black man came in and said to him "I will give you as much money as you will be able to spend if you will come with me at the end of seven years." "All right," said Billy. At that the black man went away. From that on Billy had as much money coming to him as he was able to spend. The years rolled on very quickly and Billy never felt until the seven years were nearly up. One wet day and old man came to Billy's house, Billy brought him in and gave him food and shelter. When the rain was over the old man said to Billy, "for your kindness to me I will give you three wishes. Billy commenced thinking and said, "any
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When this happened all the wedding guest's were frightened and a great lot of the drink and food was destroyed by the fall on the table and the frightened guest's could not understand the position. When after somethime order was restored. Our Irish man stranger had great difficulty in explaining to those English people the way he had come there and the purpose of the Leipreachaun and his band to take back the bride. When the found how the had saved the bride by the simple of word of "Dia Linn." They were very grateful to him and when all was explained the wedding was carried on again, with greater fervour than before. When the wedding was over the Irish man was well compensated. The bridgrom was a wealthy man and for his sevices he gave him a considerable sum of money which kept him in comfort for years. And when he returned again to Ireland he always kept away from the rath and the Leipreachaun.
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collar braces thought she was the loveliest bride he had ever seen when suddenly she sneezed once and with merriment at its height no one took notice only drinking and singing away. After another ten minutes of this fun the bride sneezed a second time and as on the first occasion on one took notice but the fun went on as usual. The Leipreachaun and his band of followers were now preparing for action and the stanger on the collar braces had a dread of what would follow when the bride would sneeze again. The wedding by this time was at its peak point. When the bride sneeze the third time, but the stranger on the collar braces thought it would be a pity to have such a lovely bride taken away by the Leipreachaun and his band of fairies and answered "God bless us." When the Leipreachaun found the bride had been save from him he suddenly threw the man on the collar braces on to the wedding table and immediately left with his band of fairies
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of miles, they were going at a great speed and were a long time in the air. Before they alighted the Leipreachaun unfolded his plans and told the company they were comming to a wedding feast in Shropshire in England to bring back the bride with them, before entering the house he told them that after the bride had sneezed three times without anyone saying "Dia linn", the bride would be theirs for the taking. he then ordered them to go inside the house and keep high up near the ceilings, but we will have to find a special place for this stranger in our midst, so he was put on the collar braces as he was too heavy to suspend from cob-webs and strings like the Leipreachan and the fairies. His position was straight over the table which was laid for the wedding feast. The Leipreachaun warned them all not to allow themselves to be seen or heard. After sometime the bride and bride groom and all the guests arrived and took their alloted places at the table there was great feasting and merry making and the man on the
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He wears a red cap with a blue tassel, and a coat of red with shining brass buttons and a knee breeches, Black shoes with brass buckles. He is about foot or half a foot tall. Music has very often being heard at night time in the raths or forths and some people say they are holding a Ceilidhe or Fairy dance on these occasions. And it has been known that people who fell asleep in these raths or forths were awaken by the sounds of music and found themselves looking on at enchanting fairy dancing and music the sweetest they ever heard. A man who was planning to catch a Leipreachaun at night time he was comming alone about eleven oclock at night not intending on that particular night to have anything to do with the Leipreachaun as he was a point where three raths circle together he was suddenly seized and placed on a grey horse the largest he had ever seen and with a command from the Leipreachaun which he did not know his horse along with numerous other horse's and fairy riders rose up into the air and went through it as if they were birds they must have travelled hundred's
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Leipreachaun's are generally seen at raths or forths or under a lone bush or beach tree or under a mushoom. The Leipreachaun is sometimes called King of the fairies or Gankeen, Jeney, Geancana. He is supposed to be minding the gold which people say is somewhere near where he is seen, and in his spare time he mends shoes under a large sized mushroom. People say you cannot get the gold unless you catch the Leipreachaun and hold him tight by the back of the neck and not look round while you are holding him. If you do he will immediately disappear. While you are holding him ask him where the Gold is hidden. he will sometimes deceive you and try to get you to look round and tell you tis in some unlikely place. If you doubt what he tells you threaten him severly that you will poke his eyes out with a red hot iron or singe him on a red hot griddle. Leipreachauns are friendly beings if you do not interfere with them.
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2020-04-04 14:42
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Blood mixture
young nettles boiled and eaten.
People who have healing powers
1. Seventh Son cures ringworm, runningworm
2. Seventh Daughter cures the toothache or running worm.
3. Anyone who was born after father dying can cure the dirty mouth.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-04 14:40
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Chilblains
1. 1 Pint sweet oil, turpantine ½ oz lard, 3 ozs beeswax. Put in saucepan over a gentle heat. stir with a bone spoon. Simmer for a few minutes. Tear a linen rag into the mixture. Pour on iron pan and heat for a few minutes and put on Chilblains
To Draw a boil
1. The rough side of an ivy leaf or a cabbage leaf will draw a boil and the smooth side will heal it.
Goitre
Goats liver boiled with herbs and taken while fasting
Kidney Drink
Broom boiled
Earache
Roast a rasin and press it into ear when very hot.
Asthma
Garlic boiled in milk and drank.
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2020-04-04 14:36
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as a penny, boil and drink when it is cold enough.
Rhumatism
1. Carry a chestnut or a small potatoe in your pocket.
2. Eat cellery.
Fluke
Groundsil boiled in new-milk
Sore
Plantain fried in lard and put on sore.
Cough
Crowfoot and brown sugar boiled and drank
Sores on horses
Bark of oak boiled and the sores bathed with it.
Burn
Rub manleaper to tongue.
Runningworm
There is a green herb form in Cloncerney Churhyard. If the roots of this herb are boiled and the substance drank the running worm is better in a few days.
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2020-04-04 14:30
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Burns and Scalds
1. Boil the bark of a witch-elm to a jelly and rub on the burn.
Pain in the arm
1. Tie an eel skin round the arm.
Swelling on horse's leg
1. Boil old meadow hay and bathe leg with it.
Yellow Jaundice
1. Boil docken roots in milk and drink it.
2. Tie red cloth round the neck for one weel.
Burst
Butter white of egg and any green herb mixed and put on burst.
Ringworm
1. Mix lard and sulphur, and put on.
2. Ashes of burned blue paper mixed with butter.
Cancer
Mix herbs salt and green leaves as large
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2020-04-04 14:26
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Wash hands in the well and tie a rag on the bush.
5. Cut a potatoe in two, put a hole in each half and put salt in the holes Rub the juice on the warts every morning.
Tooth ache
1. Throw a big block across your head.
Hic cough
1. A sudden fright.
2. Take nine drops of water in honour of the nine first Fridays without drawing your breath.
Thorn
1. To take out a deep thorn put a piece of fat bacon over it.
2. Boil nettles, salt and crowfoot and put over the thorn.
Dog's bite
1. Pull three hairs off the dog and rub them to the bite.
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2020-04-04 14:23
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the spot
3. Lie under a grey horse for three days without eating or drinking.
4. Eat what two people married of the same name leave behind them.
Sty in Eye.
1. Get ten gooseberry thorns point them at the eye and throw the lot over the right Shoulder. Do that for ten mornings.
2. Creep under a clay window and rub some of the clay to the eye.
Warts.
1. Get a snail without a house and rub him on the warts. Then stick snail on a whitethorn bush.
2. Bathe in the water a blacksmith cools his irons in before he stirs water in the morning.
3. Wash in the water lodged in a hole in a tree.
4. The well at Ball's Boherard Killallon
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2020-04-04 14:19
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on bush over the well. A present must be given to the person who lifts the water.
3. The water of Knockrua. Also called Linnrua. The person who lifts the water must have father and mother alive.
4. Stand over a roasting fire for 2 hours.
Mumps
1. A bandage of roasted salt in a stocking tied round the neck.
Bring the person into the pigsty and walk him round three times saying, "Muckna Muckna shin Ugat do leickne," or "Ugat the pig take the Leickne."
3. Put on the asse's winkers and walk round the pigsty wash the neck with dish of cold water and cloth.
4. Put ass standing in front of the pigsty. Creep under him and walk round the pigsty theree times, and rub mumps to the pig.
Chin-Cough
1. Get the Godfather to tie round the childs neck
2. Get a man on a white horse and say "Man an white horse, tell me a cure for the chin-cough. When he tells you, you must do it on
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-04 14:11
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Wildfire
1. A person whose name is Walsh can cure wildfire by rubbing his blood on face.
2. Blood of a blackcat rubbed to the face.
3. Creep under a sycamore tree or a briar
Rose
1. The mud at the bottom of a lake or well whose name ends in "rua" Some mud must be taken from the bottom, The bottle filled with water and closed with a mud cork while taking the mud 3 "our Fathers" and 3 "Aves" must be said. When going away you must not look behind.
2. The water of Mielrua well in Mulliganstown. A boy must lift the water for a girl and a girl for a boy. A piece of rag must be left
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-04 14:01
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is worth a silver spoon.
A swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly.
It's a long road that has no turn
A watched pot never boils.
A new broom sweeps clean.
If you have time don't wait for time.
A man without patience is a lamp without oil.
Its an empty friendship that comes to a full purse.
As merry as a lark.
As snug as a bug in a rug.
Its not off the ground he licked it.
Running after a pig and his tail greased.
Pulling the divil be the tail.
It ran off him like water of a duck.
A he' north short o' the nen' orth.
Its a very good world to live in, to lend or to spend or to give in. But to beg or to borrow or to get back your own. Its the freaniest world that ever was known.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-04 13:53
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"I have a crow to pick with you."
Hills are green far away.
The hungry eye sees far.
Small apples will grow again.
The kettle calling the pot black.
Saturdy's flitting, a short sitting.
Blessed is the corpse the rain rains on.
Happy is the bride the sun shines on.
"Days for getting married"
Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth
Wednesday the best day of all
Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses
And Saturday no day at all.
That's the hen that done me. (Said of a hen that crows which is a bad omen)
As odd as two left boots.
What's bred in the bone is hard to take out of the flesh.
He's not a patch on a breeches.
Looking for a needle in a haystack.
A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay.
A swarm of bees in June
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-04 13:48
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You'll never know where a blister will rise or a prayer will fall. As obstinate as a pig. As ignorant as a pig. As mad as a hatter. As cute as a pet fox. As yellow as the sun setting. As yellow as ripe wheat As ugly as sin As fat as a pancake As black as a shoe As pale as death As small as a midge As bitter as gall As coarse as a sack As deaf as a bettle As empty as a fiddle As full as a pinkeen As broad as its long A thick as a liver As bright as brass As short as a rabbits tail. As broad as a ducks foot. The longer you live the more you know like the tailor who worked for nothing and bought his own thread You cant make a silk out of a pigs lug. A pigs ear cant make mutton. Live horse and you'll get grass. The early bird gets the early worm. Once bitten twice shy A burned child dreads the fire. You cant excpect nothing from a pig but a grunt. As the blackbird of Malahide said "Have it yourself or be without it." There is no use crying over spilt milk. A Barking dog never bites. The fools of May take the smolts away Raining bullocks and their horns down. As playful as a kitten. Harrished like the woman with one duck. Kill the birds with one stone.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-04 13:39
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ones will catch.
Seldom comes better.
A day late like the gager's gasoon.
A day late like the pig that went to Skyrne.
All serene like the pigs in Skyrne.
Its natural for a duck to go barefoot.
The seldomer the welcomer.
As crooked as a stack of taypots.
As welcome as bad weather.
As sore as a briar.
As old as the hills of Loyd.
As cool as lettuce.
As cool as a cucumber.
As thick as a ditch.
As black as the hob of hell.
As black as the earl o' hell's boot.
If the devil came for a liar where would you hide.
If the cap fits you can wear it.
wagging her tail like the ducks going a ceilidhe
"Amen" said Tim when he swallowed the dishcloth
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-04 13:35
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Before you marry be sure of a house wherein to tarry.
Trot mammy, trot Daddy and why not gallop the foaleen.
Eaten bread is soon forgotten.
A shut mouth catches no flies.
Cheerfullness is sunshine in the home.
Idleness is a shortcut to the poorhouse.
Bye and bye is too easily said.
If you rise too late you must gallop all day.
A good hurler is looking on.
An excuse is nearer a woman than her apron.
Alms for the full bag.
Rubbing grease on a fat pig's back.
Bringing apples into an orchard.
Its easier to fall than to rise.
Its better to bend than to break.
Let each one praise the ford as he finds it.
Kindle the dry sticks and the green
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-04 13:31
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An empty sack won't stand.
A full sack won't bend.
As white as a burned bone.
As white as a hound's tooth.
As long as a promise.
As slow as Christmas.
A fat kitchen makes a lean will.
Its too late to lock the stable when the horse is gone.
Its too late to save when all is spent.
You'll never miss the water till the well runs dry.
Never let your chances like the sunbeams pass you by.
A man to be young and his name to be old.
Many men never comb grey hair
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 17:15
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The mountain in which my father keeps his sheep is called Bengorm. This name was given to it by some person because there are a number of blue stones on it.
Another mountain is called Glan dá mhuc. This name was given to it because there was two pigs straying about in it and some people found them in olden times. Another one is called Glana n-éan. This name was given to it because it was a great valley for birds. Another one is called "Beann-garbh". This name was given to it because it is a very rough
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 17:08
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very bright eye.
A star.
Rich men want it, poor men have it blind men see it, deaf men hear it what is it.
Nothing.
The king of Morocco built a bow and sent it to Ireland for a show. It was neither ash, oak elm or yew or any timber that ever grew.
A Rainbow.
Holly mo Cloty who lives in a lane is always washing and is never clean.
A Dishcloth.
I have a little sister she sits by the wall. She eat all I give her and drinks none at all.
The Fire.
I have a little sister she sits by the wall She drinks all I give her and eats none at all.
The Lamp.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 17:04
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By which we are bitterly pressed. The truth I may say. We're full in the day. And empty when men go to rest.
A pair of boots.
What has a tongue and cant talk.
A Boot.
Six feet three is my degree; no house can do without me, spell me backwards and you will see, I just a rood exactly.
A Door.
One two three a pretty boat I see, a silver boat and its afloats upon a speckled sea. One two three I'll answer it for thee. The moon afloats in the pretty boat the clowdy skie's the sea. I had a little sister they called her Peep Peep she waded the waters so deep deep deep she climbed up the hills so high high high and dear little sister has a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 17:00
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The back of your head.
What stick doesn't grow in a wood
A Candlestick.
Full all day and empty at night.
Shoe.
Goes into the water red and comes out black
A live coal.
If a fellow met a fellow in a field of beans, said a fella to a fella what a fella means. How many "F" in that.
None.
Himpey, Hompy, hopping on the grass.
Hailstones.
I have but one horn, Yet Im no Unicorn
I milk though, I no kerrycow. My Grandmama loves me And round the board shoves me. With the sign of good luck on my brow.
A Teapot
Two brothers we are. Great burdens we bear
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:55
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Riddleme, Riddleme, Ree
such a riddle couldn't be. Through a rock,
Through a reel, Through an old cart wheel,
Through a bag of litter. Through a mill and hopper,
Through an old sheep shrink shank bone,
Riddle me that or leave it alone.
Moss
In all day and out at night
The door latch.
Its back is wood, its belly is good its sides are made of leather and its fit for all kinds of weather.
A bellows
What is my name? It begins with an "a" it ends with an "a"
The whole of my name is Anna
A houseful a roomful and couldn't get a spoonful.
Smoke.
What I can see you can't see and its nearer to you than it is to me
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:49
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Alive in front dead in middle alive behind
A man ploughing
Up goes titie mouse down goes titie mouse. All the maids in the house are playing on titie mouse
The doot latch
When I'm up I'm full, when I'm down I'm slender, so give me a pull so gentle and tender.
A stocking
A I' went through a field of wheat, I' picked up something good to eat. It was neither fish flesh, skin or bone; and I kept it till it walked alone
An Egg
A I went out my grandfathers gap, I met my uncle Davy. I took of his hat and drank his blood and left him lying aisy.
A bottle of wine
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:42
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I am pressed I am packed and by hands I am dressed. I am shifted and lifted and still I have done no wrong and its my sorrowful misfortune to be left out all night long.
Turf.
A white bird featherless flew from paradise and settled on the castle garden wall. Up came Lord Langus, ate it up toothless and drove away horseless.
Snow and Sun
Up in the air and down and never touches the sky or ground
The handle of a pump
Old Mother Hubard has but one eye and a tail which she lets fly; and everytime she goes out a gap she leaves a bit of her tail in a trap.
Needle and thread
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:38
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When I got it I sat down to look for it I could not find it so I brought it home with me.
A Thorn.
As round as an apple as plump as a ball everyone feeds on it and no one eats it at all.
A Milkbottle.
Two of the Jowell's Frawous went out of a misty morning to cut moss. All they cut they left it after them and all they didnt cut they brought it with them.
A man cutting another man's hair.
A maiden fair as the flowers of morn, she became a man's wife the first day of her life and died before she was born.
Eve.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:35
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How many sticks go to build a crow's nest?
None, the crow bring them.
Black and white and hops on the road like hailstones.
A Magpie.
What runs night and day.
A river.
Three little dogs Trip, Trop, and Tray which was the bitche's name.
Wich.
As round as an apple as flat as a pan one side a woman and the other a man.
A penny.
You give the world to be without it and when you have it you give the world to keep it.
A baldhead.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:31
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As I was going to the fair of St Ives, I met a man with seven wives, the seven wives had seven cats, the seven cats had seven kittens. Between cats kittens men and wives how many were going to the fair of St Ives.
One
A man saw apples on a tree, he took no apples of yet no apples on left he.
There were two apples and he took one.
What runs without legs?
Water
What do we all want yet as soon as we get it, we want to get rid of it.
A good appetite.
What has a head and cant get a hat to fit
Brayhead.
Up the ladder and down the ladder and never touches the ladder.
A knife in a mans pocket
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:27
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There was a man in this town. Right Riddle was his name. His saddle and his bridle was gilt with gold and thats three times his name I've told
Was
As I went out my grandfather's gap. I saw a little man with a red cap, a stick in his hand, a stone in his belly. Riddle me that and I'll give you a penny.
A Haw.
There was a man who had not eyes, went out one night to view the skies. He saw a tree with apples on he took not apples off, and left not apples on.
A man with one eye saw two apples and took one.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:24
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Thirty two white cows tied in a stall up comes a red one and licks them all.
The teeth and tongue.
Round the wood and round the wood and sleeps in the wood at night.
Buttermilk
What is it when it drinks it dies.
A fire.
Round the wood and round the wood and never goes into the wood.
Bark of a tree
A cart brings it with it. its of no use to the cart and yet the cart cant go without it
Noise
What is it that which never was seen, felt or heard and yet has a name
Nothing.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:21
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Spell broken down ditches in three letters.
Gap.
The king of a rock who built a ship and (Anne) in that ship his daughter sits anne I'll be blamed if I tell her name and that's three times I told.
Anne.
What is the name of the man who no matter how many letters you take from him always bears the same name.
The Postman.
As round as an apple as deep as a cup and all the men in Derry would not fill it up.
A Well.
I have a little horse with an iron head the faster he galloped he swallowed the rope
A spining wheel
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:18
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What is taken from you before you get it.
Your Photograph.
What has four legs and only one foot.
A Bed.
How many feet on forty sheep his shepherd and his dog.
Two feet.
What is it we often return but never borrow.
Thanks.
There is a house and in that house there is a tower and in that tower there is a sup and everyone must taste it.
Death.
Three feet and can't walk, two ears and cant hear, a mouth and cant talk.
A Pot.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:16
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A lily white petticoat with a red nose the longer she lives the shorter she grows.
A candle.
I have a little house and it would not fit a mouse and it has as many windows as the Lord Mayor's house.
A thimble.
Riddle me Riddle me ree has an eye and cant see.
A Needle.
What is it every woman looks for and never wants to find.
A hole in a stocking.
What is neither inside nor outside a house and is of great use to the house.
The window.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:14
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As I went out a gap I met my uncle Joe. He had a wooden head and iron toes and upon my word he frightened the crows.
A Gun.
What has holes and holds water?
A Sponge.
There is a man above in the field
If you pull his leg his nose will bleed.
A Pump.
It always was and always will be
If you open your hand its plain to see.
Fingers are never the same length.
If Jack's father is Dick's son what relation is Jack to Dick.
Grandson.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:11
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A flock of white sheep on a red hill, here they go, there they go now they stand still.
Teeth.
A row of white horses on a red hill, stamping and prancing and never stand still.
Teeth.
Elizabeth, Betty and Bess went to the wood to find a bird's nest. They found a nest with five eggs in it. They took one apiece, how many were left.
Four.
Up the road and down the road walking on its head.
Nail in a boot.
Forty sheep went out a gap forty more followed that, five, seven ten, eleven. Three and two how much is that.
five.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 16:08
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Round the house and round the house and sleeps in the corner at night.
The brush.
20 sick sheep went out a gap one died how many were left.
19.
A lazy going father and a hard going mother and twelve black children all like other.
A Clock.
Over the fire and under the fire and never touches the fire.
A cake in an oven.
What part of a fish weighs most.
The Scales.
Hoddy Doddy with a round body three feet and a wooden hat.
A Pot.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 15:52
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that and I'll give you a pipe.
Paper and ink.
A round tatched house and a red door case, the hounds in view and the fox in chase.
Head.
What country can swim.
Cork.
Headed like thimble tailed like a rat you may guess for ever but you'll never guess that.
A pipe.
A little wood a little wire. A little house without a fire.
A Cage.
Round the wood and round the wood and sleeps in the corner at night.
The dishclout.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 15:50
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Long legs short tighs little head and no eyes
Tongs
Why does a miller wear a white cap
To cover his head
Why does a priest wear black clothes.
To keep himself warm.
Why is Ireland like a bottle of wine
Because there's a Cork in it.
Why is Ireland the richest country in the world.
Because the Capital is always Dublin
What is brought to the table cut and never eaten.
A pack of Cards.
Riddle me Riddle me ranty roe. My father gave me seed to sow. The seed was black the ground was white, riddle me
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 15:43
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Eight arms no hands, a wooden leg but cannot stand, is often wet but does not feel, has no boots but is shod with steel, a dress of silk with a belt round the middle, can you guess this simple riddle
A Umbrella
I have a grey goose she is a great size. The man that would buy her would need to be wise, she has feet in her stomack and walks upon none. She is far from her lodgings a seldom at home
A Ship.
As I looked out through my gold ring I saw the dead carrying the live and was not that a wonderful thing
A Ship
Black am I and most admired often men and horses tired Gold and silver I have made and in the dunghill I am laid.
Coal.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 15:39
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A leaper of ditches a cropper of corns a little brown cow with a pair of leather horns.
A Hare
What is the nearest bird to the fire.
The Crane
Tink, tank on the bank ten drawing four.
A woman milking a cow
Round the yard and round the yard dragging a harrow after her.
A Hen and a clutch of chickens
Can go up a down pipe down and cant go up a down pipe up
An Umbrella
Can go up the chimney down and cant go down it up.
An Umbrella
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 15:36
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What sort of a stone would you get at the bottom of a river.
A wet one
What bridge can you not cross
The bridge of your nose
Spell the biggest rogue of the world in three letters.
Fox
He loved her with a devouring love she hated him and like a woman tried to catch him. Her success proved his ruination and he died cracked.
a Flea
Four stick standards, four mearyanders, two lookers, two crookers, and a swinger.
A Cow
What is it that water washes it and the sun cant dry it.
Butter
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 15:30
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It is like grass but its not, It, it is like blood but blood its not, its like ink but ink its not
A Blackberry.
A I went out my grandfather's gap I saw a little man sobbing and crying, I asked him what was his trouble. He said he was more afraid of the cock and the hen than King George and all his men
A Worm
A long man legless came to the door headless. He is afraid of the fowl but hes not afraid of the dog.
A Worm
Riddleme Riddleme ree, such a riddle couldnt be, through a rock, through a reel, through an old spinning wheel, through a bag of pepper, through a ginger hopper, and, through a horses skin bone.
A Worm
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2020-04-03 14:59
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There is a treasure hidden in Kenehan. It is supposed to be hidden under a tree. It is guarded by a pig. It has to be dreamt about by one man. He has to get another man to go with him. They have to go at midnight to the place and dig for the pot of gold. If they let out the pig all is lost. One man dreamt of it and two men went and it is never known whether they found it or not but it is said that one of the men died soon after.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 14:56
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In Martainstown castle there were Danes living. He had a butler. He heard that Brian Boru was coming to raid him. He sent the butler to bury the chest of Gold he had. When the butler had hidden the treasure the Dane killed him. The next day the Dane himself was killed. People tried to get the Gold but they failed
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 14:54
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There is a boot of Gold in dowd's field. It was Danish hid it and there is a Fairy minding it. If there was anything left in the field it would disappear. Every day the Fairy goes to a well that it and you could see big bubbles rising out of the well and if anybody boiled the water they would turn into a serpent. There is also a fort in Murray's field in which there is a very big stone and a jiant comes out every night and dances on top of it Also there is a druid's altar in the same field and three men in white walk round it at twelve oclock every night.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 14:50
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should shout, "Fairy, Fairy, where is your gold." Then the fairy will come forth and if he will pick the blue lamp the gold is yours but if not you may go home the way you came.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 14:49
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In Donagoran there was a little gankeen seen and it is said millons of pounds are in it. In Delaney's field also there is a silvermine and in days gone by people took tons of money out of it. In Con Sherdians there is a fort and when the sun sets a gankeen would be seen on top of it, and who ever would be able to catch him would get all the money. There is an enchanted tree in Murray's field and every night a lot of Fairies dance round it. Beside it is a big cave in which a millon pounds are placed. Whoever wants this treasure must bring three lamps, one blue the other red and the other green. When you are near the cave you
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 13:59
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brought it down in her apron. There is a well in Glenon's field it is about thirty or forthy yards from the mill gate on the other side of the road. It is said to be a blessed well and it cures a head-ace. There is a well in Sarastown and people say a poor woman washed her stockings in it and it disapeared. There is also a well on the right hand side of the road as you go out Killua gates and it is called Jacob's well.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 13:57
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There is a well in Clonabrany and people say the English soldiers killed George Plunket they owner of Clonabrany and after killing the owner they took the baby from an old woman where she was in hiding and killed him on the flags of the well. There is another well near the moet of Diamor and girls that were milking saw a black cat with a gold chain on his neck running up to the moet. It is said there was a beautiful city in Kilsyre hundreds of years ago and the houses were covered with led. The Kings daughters road through it one day and somebody displeased them and the King sent out his army that night and burned the city. It is also said there was a large pond of water between the churchyard and the road and people say that the well that is in Cowltown was in Kilsyre and somebody distyed it and St skyre
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 13:49
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In the morning this is said
I offer Thee :-
Every flower that ever grew
Every bird that ever flew
Every wind that ever blew
Good God:
Every thunder rolling
Every Church-bell tolling
Every leaf and sod.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 13:47
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If any evil come to me I pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to come and save me
If any evil come to me I pray to the Blessed Virgin to come and banish it away from me.
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I lay me down to rest
Bless us O Lord, defend, protect, and govern us this night from all sin and danger
Into thy O Lord I commend my Spirit
Lord, Jesus, recieve my soul.
When the old people saw a new moon they would say:-
I
I see the moon and the moon
see's me. God Bless the moon
and God Bless me
II
Grace in the Kitchen
Grace in the Hall and
The Grace of God be among us all.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 13:41
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There is a treasure in Mrs O Reilly's field of Donagoran Co Meath, and it is called the Stuck. There is a fort in the field and there is a big stone on top of the fort. The treasure is hid under the fort. Once a man named Patrick Walsh was going home and it was about twelve o clock. when he was passing the Stuck he could hear horses galloping, and the lashing of whips all around him. He looked, and looked but he could see nothing, but he heard the terrible galloping. His hair stood on his head, and the sweat poured down his face.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 13:26
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Catholics horse for the sum of £5 even tho the animal might be worth ten times that amout. On one occasion a scoundrel priest hunter met Father Barnwall at a place called Greetiagh and noting the nobel animal he rode offered £5 and demanded the horse. The priest was loath to part with so fine an animal but for the sake of peace acccepted the offer. He got down of his horse and immediately the lowly miscreant mounted. Father Barnwall sill held the horse by the bit and told the priest hunter that he must have his bridle and saddle as the evil law applied only to the horse. The other laughed at this suggestion and defied the priest to take them.
Now Father Barnwall was a powerful tall well built man. So without further ado he let the rider, who was bending towards him in a defiant attitude have his closed fist under the jaw. The force of the blow was so great that the rider found himself pitched head foremost to the ground and immedeately
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 13:19
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Protestant gentleman named Waller who often protected and sheltered Catholic priests. Father Barnwall often found refuge with him and there is a room in Allenstown House which is today known as the "hiding room".
Waller was a magistrate and had opportunities of acquiring useful information of which he made use in order to protect this priest. The priest hunters sent out a message on evening to Father Barnwell saying that he was wanted immediately by Mr. Waller. Not suspecting anything ill the priest went without delay to the house but he was kidnapped by the priest hunters just as he was entering the demesne.
He was lodged in Trim gaol. But through the influence of Waller and his friends with the grand jury Father Barnwall eventually got free.
There is another interesting story told in connection with Father Barnwall. After his release from gaol he was presented with a valuable horse by a relative of his. A law at that time enabled a Protestant to possession of a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 13:15
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At that time there lived near the Blackwater at a place called Oldtown near Kilmainham a notarious priest hunter named Sir Richard Barker. He had employed a number of low miscreants whose duty it was to discover the whereabouts of the Catholic clergy and the places the assembled for worship. Many were the plans concocted for the arrst of Father Barnwell. On one occasion they well nigh succeeded in their infamous attempt. They assembled in a house at Martry. From there they sent a messenger to find Father Barnwell in order (as was pretended) to attend a dying person. The family of the house were Protestents and they anticipated great sport on arrival of their victim. The priest was just setting off on his journey when a servant, who had heard the plans being made to trap the priest, managed to meet him and warned him of the intending danger. The priest turned back and the priest hunters were disappointed.
Another more successful attempt was made on the liberty of Father Branwall. At this particular time there lived at Allenstown House a
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2020-04-03 13:08
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in this district. One of these was in Neiltown and the other in the low-lying area beneath the old church of Rathboyne. In the bull of presecution Father Barnwall officiated in these humble churches but when the persecution of Catholics became more severe Mass would be celebrated on the hills in the woods and at the backs of the ditches Father Barnwall used often offer Mass in a field at Phaenistown. The spot where he offered the Holy Sacrifice is still remembered and pointed out. There is a hollow with three grassy steps leading up to a hillock. This little hillock is surmounted by a hawthorn bush. The place is still reverenced by people.
At break of day and often before it the people would assemble at this hallowed spot to assist at the Holy Sacrifice and the most active of the flock would keep watch to protect the sacred ceremonies from being profaned and the holy priest from the minions of the law who were most anxious to arrest their victim
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2020-04-03 12:38
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The magpies nest is made of sticks. She lays about five eggs. The pigeons nest is made of ivy branches and she lays two white eggs.
There is a story told about another bird called the crooked beck. This bird tried to pull the nails out of our Saviours hands and feet when he was dying on the cross. That is how he got the crooked beck.
Another story is told about the robin. When our Lord was dying on the Cross the robin was under it and a drop of blood fell upon his breast. Thats what gave him the red breast.
When the curlew flies over the land crying it is a sign of rain.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 12:34
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There are a lot of wild birds in our district. The names of them are the pheasant, the partridge, the snipe, the magpie, the crow, the jackdaw and the pigeon. The pheasant and the partridge migrate.
Crows build their nests in a tree also the pigeon and the magpie and the jackdaw build their nests in holes in the trees. The pheasant builds in a heap of briars and the partridge in the grass.
Crows nest are made of sticks and moss. They lay five blue eggs and hatch for fourteen days. Jackdaws made their nest of wool and hair and lay four green eggs and hatch for fourteen days. The pheasant make their nest of sticks and lay sixteen eggs and the partridge nest is made of grass and she lays seven eggs.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 12:24
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There were more poets in former then there are now and here and the names of some local poets, Patrick Lenahan, Patrick Keary, Tom Smith.
Patrick Lenahan lived on the New Line. He was a soldier in the English Army. When he was leaving the army he got a pension. He lived to 86 years. At the latter end of his days he was blind.
He made a poem about the bell. He was gifted in making poetry. He was buried in Athlummey. He got a soldiers burial.
Patrick Keary was another poet. He used to send in poems and riddles into the Almanac. He used to win very often. He lived in Dormstown. This man met with an accident when he was young and hurted the spine of his back with the result that he could never work.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 12:11
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best wealth.
(216) From nothing nothing is made.
(217) Eat in measure and defy the doctor.
(218) A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.
(219) A little neglect may breed a great deal of mischief.
(220) Every man is the best judge of his own palate.
(221) Deserve success, and you shall command it.
(222) Seek till you find and you'll not lose your labour.
(223) No one knows what is in a pie till the lid is off.
(224) The servants will not be good when their master is cross.
(225) The longer you live the more you know.
(226) He knocks loudly who brings good news.
(227) Constant application overcomes the greatest mischief.
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2020-04-03 12:07
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may bring but to sit on a red hot poker is the sign of an early spring
(202) Who has enough of spice may season his meat when he likes
(203) A word in time saves money.
(204) God be with you and a bottle of moss
If you don't return it's not great loss.
(205) When there's an "if" there's a want.
(206) Corage is half the battle.
(207) The devil finds work for idle hands to do.
(208) With economy few need be poor.
(209) There's skill in all things even in making porridge.
(201) Knowledge talks lowly, ignorance talks loud.
(211) If a word is worth a shekel silence is worth two.
(212) One cake eaten in peace is worth two in trouble.
(213) Be active for idleness rusts the mind.
(214) Some are wise, some are otherwise.
(215) A good wife and health are man's
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2020-04-03 12:03
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(186) Custom is second nature.
(187) Content is better than riches.
(188) Correct counting keeps good friends.
(189) A bad thing never dies.
(190) Could everything be done twice it would be done better.
(191) Courtesy costs nothing.
(192) Diligent working makes an expert work man.
(193) Disorder makes nothing at all but unmakes everything.
(194) Do as the lassies do: say no and talk it.
(195) Do weel and doubt nae men: do ill and doubt a'men.
(196) Duties are yours: events are Gods.
(197) A willing burden is no burden.
(198) Idle people have the least leisure.
(199) Idleness rusts the mind
(200) A friend is never known till needed.
(201) You may talk of the changes of the weather; the change the seasons
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2020-04-03 11:58
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(170) To err is human to forgive is divine.
(171) Faint heart never won fair lady.
(172) Hearts may agree though heads differ.
(173) Fortune favours the brave.
(174) In idleness alone there is a perpetual dispair.
(175) Better some of a pudding than more of a pie.
(176) Light suppers make long life days.
(177) Hunger is the best sauce.
(178) Silence was never written down.
(179) If you cannot get a loaf don't throw away a cake
(180) No one knows what is in a pie until the lid is off.
(181) If you would have it well done you must do it yourself.
(182) It is only the bashful that lose.
(183) Ill-luck comes by pounds and goes away by ounces.
(184) Cold hands warm heart.
(185) Strive to learn from all things.
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2020-04-03 11:54
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(154) A fat kitchen makes a lean will.
(155) Grudge not another that which you cannot attain yourself.
(156) A good name is a precious ointment.
(157) Jealousy is a proof of self love.
(158) Be always at leisure to do good.
(159) Better are meats many, than one to many.
(160) A good maxim is never out of season
(161) Often little eating makes a man fat.
(162) It is a great pleasure to eat and have nothing to pay.
(163) The chief promotor of mans happiness is woman.
(164) The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
(165) The best is good enough.
(166) The morning hour has gold in its mouth.
(167) He is well paid that is well satisfied.
(168) Knowledge is no burden.
(169) Deeds are fruits: words are but leaves.
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2020-04-03 11:50
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(138) Woman's work is never done.
(139) A little pot is soon hot.
(140) First be just then you may be generous.
(141) Meat badly boiled is a good thing spoiled
(142) Gluttony kills more than the sword.
(142) A good dinner is better than a fine coat.
(144) Handsome is as handsome does.
(145) He fasts enough that has a bad meal.
(146) A penny saved is twice earned.
(147) Diet cures more than the Doctor.
(148) Forethought spares afterthought.
(149) Better is a small fish than an empty dish.
(150) Eating and drinking should not keep men from thinking.
(151) Day and night, air and light, everyone must have.
(152) A good dinner sharpens wit and softens heart.
(153) Eat to live and do not live to eat.
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2020-04-03 11:45
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(123) "Hard lines" said the man when he sat down on the railway track.
(124) "It's short now" said the monkey when the tramp cut his tail
(125) You would guess eggs if you saw the shells.
(126) A little help is better than a lot of pity.
(127) Spare the rod and spoil the child.
(128) Don't let anyone do it if you can do it yourself.
(129) When poverty comes in the door love flies out the window.
(130) More hands the less work.
(131) Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
(132) Observation is the best teacher
(133) They never taste who always drink.
(134) Never fall out with your bread and butter
(135) The best physicians are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet and Doctor Merryman.
(136) Ill got ill spent
(137) Avoid that which you leave on others
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2020-04-03 11:40
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(110) A burnt child dreads the fire.
(111) All that glitters isn't gold.
(112) Never venture; never win.
(113) Children and fools should not edged tools.
(114) Run while the going is good.
(115) Who laughs last laughs best.
(116) A light heart lives long.
(117) While the cat is away the mice may play. When the cat comes home the mice may groan.
(118) A friend in need is a friend indeed.
(119) Never is a long day.
(120) I would know your skin on a dog in the town of Dublin.
(121) Early to bed early to rise make a man healthy wealthy and wise.
(122) She waved in the water so deep deep deep. She climbed up the hill so high high high and dear little sister has a very bright eye.
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2020-04-03 11:36
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(95) 'Tis an ill wind that doesn't blow somebody any good.
(96) Mocking is catching.
(97) Ash green makes a fire for the queen.
(98) It's a long road that has no turning
(99) You can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear.
(100) If the blind lead the blind they'll both fall into the dike.
(101) Whatever you do,
Do with your might,
Things done by half,
Are never done right.
(102) There's seldom smoke without a fire.
(103) Never is a long day.
(104) There's no use crying over spilt milk.
(105) Such is life without a wife and your twice as bad when you have one.
(106) It's what you've in and not what you've one,
That ever will make you a gentleman John.
(107) A fool and his money are soon parted.
(108) Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
(109) It's not the day of the wind is the day of
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2020-04-03 11:31
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(74) Yellow to yellow makes yellow look white.
(78) Hills are green far away.
(76) His bark is worse than his bite.
(77) Two wrongs never made a right
(78) Hunger's good sauce.
(79) A watched pot never boils.
(80) It's out since the year of one.
(81) Eaten bread is soon forgotten.
(82) Never say die.
(83) Too many cooks spoil the broth.
(84) Its as hard as the hob of hell.
(85) The more hurry the less speed.
(86) Experience teaches
(87) Where's there's a will there's a way.
(88) Waste not; want not.
(89) Wilful waste makes woeful want.
(90) The best is good enough.
(91) Money can do a great deal of harm.
(92) Who has enough spice may season his meat when he likes.
(93) A new broom sweeps clean.
(94) Never judge a book by the cover.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 11:26
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friend is God.
(54) As wise as a fox.
(55) An eye like a hawk.
(56) You cant run with the hare and hunt with the hounds
(57) The higher up in the sky the colder.
(58) The brighter the day the nicer the photo.
(59) It will be over with the wink of your eye
(60) A child will be a man before a woman
(61) A man is the best cook.
(62) Patience is a virtue.
(63) Empty purses make least noise.
(64) Very near never does.
(65) A good beginning is half the work.
(66) Half a loaf is better than no bread.
(67) Fair play is good sport.
(68) Silence is golden.
(69) Old songs are sweetest.
(70) Self praise is no praise.
(71) Time and tide will wait for no man.
(72) Honesty is the best policy.
(73) Do it yourself or do without it.
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2020-04-03 11:21
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way home.
(19) He who slings mud is losing ground.
(20) For want of decency is want of sense
(21) Reading it to the mind what exercise is to the body.
(22) After a storm comes a calm.
(23) One man's meat is another man's poison.
(24) Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
(25) As good to be out of the world as out of the fashion.
(26) To err is human to forgive divine.
(27) Too much of one thing is good for nothing.
(28) What is good for you at thirty may become dangerous at sixty.
(29) The higher up the greater the fall.
(30) The nearer the bone the sweeter the meat.
(31) You cannot make a race-horse out of an ass.
(32) Enough's as good as a feast.
(33) Every man for himself and God for us all.
(34) First come - first served.
(35) Forewarned is forewarned
(36) A rolling stone gathers no moss.
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2020-04-02 23:48
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it is the sign of fine weather. If they fly low it is the sign of rain.
It is supposed that the blackbird was white long ago. Once she was stealing gold when the devil appeared and changed her colour to black. He left her beak yellow to show us that she is a thief.
When Our Lord was dying on the Cross, the robin plucked a thorn out of His head. A little drop of blood fell on it's breast. Ever since, the robin has a red breast
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 23:45
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accompained by the tit-lark. In Spring the cuckoo turns traitor to the tit-lark. She lays her egg in the tit-lark's nest which is in the meadow. the tit-lark hatches her own eggs and the cuckoo's egg also. When the birds are hatched out, the old cuckoo comes back and throws the young tit-larks out of the nest. She then minds the young cuckoo.
When the seagull comes inland a storm is approaching. When the crows fly high good weather is at hand. When the swallows fly high
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 23:42
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builds her nest in a stump of a mossy bush. It is made of moss and feathers. The swallow builds her nest under the eaves of houses and barns. It is made of mud and lined with feathers. It looks as if it were stuck to the wall.
The crow build it's nest on a tall bare tree. It is made with rough twigs and lined with mud.
The goldfinch builds it's nest in an elder tree. She makes her nest with moss, clay and wool.
The cuckoo is an unusual kind of bird. When she is in flight she is always
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 23:40
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in a white-thorn bush. She makes her nest of hay and mud. She puts the hay outside and the mud inside to keep the nest together. She carries the mud and hay in her beak. The nest is round and the opening is in the top.
The robin builds her nest in a hole in a bank. She makes her nest of moss, hair and feathers. She puts the moss outside and the hair and feathers inside. The opening is in the top.
the thrush builds the same kind of nest as the blackbird. The wren
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 23:37
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The birds most commonly found in this district are the blackbird, thrush, robin, starling, wren, lark, swallow, yellow-hammer, willy-wag-tail, crow, lapwing, chaffinch, goldfinch, bullfinch, snipe, pheasant, cuckoo and corncrake.
The blackbird builds it's nest
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 23:35
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Wash my soul and make it white,
Pure and pleasing in Your sight.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 23:34
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Father of the Cross,
Jesus be with me,
At my dying hour.
Going to sleep
I must die,
I do not know when,
Or how or where,
But if I die in mortal sin,
I'm lost forever,
My Jesus have mercy.
Going to Communion
Jesus gentle loving mild,
Come to me a little child,
Come to me and make me good,
Come to me and be my food,
In the Host I do believe,
You yourself I shall receive,
Body, Blood and Godhead too,
You have said it; it is true,
Since my sins have caused You pain,
I will never sin again,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 23:31
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1. Going to bed
I lay myself down to sleep,
I give my soul to God to keep,
If any danger comes to me,
Blessed Lady waken me,
Whether I waken now or never,
Lord Jesus Christ keep my soul forever.
2. Going to bed
There are four corners round my bed,
There are four angels overhead,
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John,
God bless the bed that I lie on.
3. Going to bed
Mother of the flower,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 23:28
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the window to cool.
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2020-04-02 23:28
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Boxty bread
Grate raw potatoes and slice boiled ones; mix the two together with milk and flour. Shake a grain of salt on the mixture; then mix all together. Level it with your hands and bake it on the griddle. This bread is still made by my mother.
Oantenmeal bread
Salt is shaken into the oaten-meal, which is wet with water. Then it is made like an ordinary cake with the hands. The hearthstone is then cleaned away. Then the cake is either put standing against a kettle or a pot. When one side is baked, the other side is turned and so on, until the cake is baked through. Thein it is put on a hedge or in
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2020-04-02 23:23
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It is built of cement and is roofed with galvanize. There are openings in the manger through which the cow pulls the hay.
A chain is tied around the cow's neck and is fastened to a stake in the ground.
If a red-haired woman comes into the house while somebody is churning, she is supposed to steal the butter from the milk.
When hens are called "Chuck! chuck!" is said; "Yib! yib!" for turkeys; "Wheatie! wheatie!" for calves; and "Pwish! pwish!" for cats.
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2020-04-02 23:20
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My father's land consists of about sixty acres. He rears seven cows, four suck calves, nineteen six-month calves, eighty-eight sheep and ninety lambs. He also rears three sows, and each sow has a litter of ten or twelve young pigs every year. There are also two horses and two foals.
The "Butt", the "Kerry", the "Butt Ág", the two "Grays", the "Strawberry" the "Red" adn the "Prugeen" are the names of the seven cows.
"Prugeen" got this name because she is always pricking the calves.
We say "How! How!" when driving cows out of the field.
The cow-shed is a distance from the house.
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2020-04-02 23:15
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died.
Easter Saturday
The "cludóg" is collected by the children. This means, that they go from house to house collecting Easter eggs.
Easter Sunday
On this day the children vie with each other as to whom will eat the most eggs.
May Day
On this day a branch of a white thorn bush, which is in bloom is cut by children. Then a hole is made in the ground into which the branch is stuck. It is then decorated with flowers, which the children gather in the fields, and kept decorated for three days.
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2020-04-02 23:13
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St. Patrick's Day
On this feast-day shamrock is worn by everybody, both big and small. Men wear it on their hats and women wear it in their coats. Children wear little green harps, with golden threads through them.
Shrove Tuesday
Pancakes are made in each house on this day. A ring is put in one of the pancakes, and whoever gets it, is supposed to be married before the end of the year.
Ash Wednesday
All Catholics go to Mass and get blessed ashes on their foreheads, on this day.
Good Friday
On this day, the Stations of the Cross are made, between three and twelve o'clock, because it was during these hours that Our Lord
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2020-04-02 23:09
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should help with the churning. If he does not, it is believed that no butter will come on the cream. We have the churn eight years.
During the churning my mother pours boiling water in on the cream in Winter so as to heat the cream and hurry the churning. In Summer she does the opposite. She pours cold water in on the cream so that the cream may be kept cool, otherwise it would not form into butter.
When the churning is done, my mother lifts the butter out with wooden spades called patties. She then makes the butter into rolls ready to be spread on the bread. The butter-milk is used for making soda-bread, and pigs are fed with what is left over, after making the bread.
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2020-04-02 23:05
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We have a churn at home which is about two feet wide, top and bottom. It is a barrel churn, and is four feet in height. It is on a stand, which is about three feet high. The various parts are - the handle, lid, and stand.
My mother does the churning, twice a week in Summer, and once a week in Winter. It takes a quarter of an hour to do it. My father often helps with it. In Summer the milk is plentiful; that is why the churning is done twice a week. In Winter the cream is not plentiful and the churning is done only once a week. When a stranger comes into the house he
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2020-04-02 23:02
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2020-04-02 23:02
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off the feet if they are bathed in water, in which potatoes are boiled.
The cure chilblains on the feet.
Potatoes are split, left in a basin, and salt is sprinkled on them overnight. Next morning rub the potatoes to the effected part.
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2020-04-02 23:00
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Long ago people went bare-footed until they were about twenty years of age.
A certain man named Dick Browne who lived in Clondoogan near Summerhill never wore boots.
Some children go bare-footed in Summer at present.
Boots are repaired locally by John Fulham. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all cobblers.
In former times the old people always wore clogs. Some people still wear them in this locality.
To cure corns
Corns fall
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2020-04-02 22:57
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fires. Then the proverb "It's an ill wind that blows nobody good" is said.
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2020-04-02 22:57
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If a child has acquired some bad habit from it's parents such as cursing, the proverb "It's not off the ground she licked it" is used.
If a person avails of some special opportunity to make more money, people say "Make hay while the sun shines."
The proverb "Live horse and you will get grass" is said when a person is always making promises to return something he has borrowed, but never returns it.
If there is a storm and a tree is knocked across the road, it prevents people from travelling; but the poor people get the tree for their
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2020-04-02 22:53
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Some people dig the potatoes with spades, but my father ploughs them out. Sometimes the plough splits the potatoes but that is the only fault with the plough. The potatoes are picked in buckets. The seed potatoes, the poreens, the potatoes for eating are all put into separate heaps. They are then drawn home in carts and a long hole is dug and lined with straw for the table potatoes. They are covered with straw and clay. The same is done with the poreens, and the seed potatoes. The poreens are boiled for the pigs, and hens. The "Aran Banners" the "Kerr Pinks" the "Aran Chiefs" the "Leinster Wonder" and the "Black Shamrocks" are the names of the different kinds of potatoes.
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2020-04-02 22:49
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That is one day's work. Next thing, he does is drop the potatoes. My fahter ties a sack around him and in the sack he carries the potatoes. As he goes along he drops a potato every foot. When they are dropped, they are closed with the plough.
[Drawing] - spade
The "landing" of the potatoes
During the Summer months the potatoes are "landed". The plough is again drawn along the furrows with the horses and the clay is put up to the potatoes. They are sprayed in September with washing soda and blue-stone. The sprayer is like a big watering can drawn by horses. There is a tube out of the sprayer by which the washing soda and blue-stone comes out. After they are sprayed, the potato plants look very blue.
The digging of the potatoes
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2020-04-02 22:44
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Preparation
My father plants an acre of potatoes every year. He prepares the ground by harrowing it to break the lumps of clay. The horse is then harnessed into the roller to level the ground. The drills are opened by a plough which is drawn by two horses. The plough has a point that runs into the ground, the clay falls back and a drill is made.
Preparation of potatoes for sowing
My mother cuts the potatoes in two. She cuts them where a sprout is growing and when they are planted Many potatoes form from one sprout. The manure from the yard is drawn to the field in carts and it is left in heaps on the furrows ready to be spread along them.
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2020-04-02 22:00
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There is a massrock in Coollanuller
It is in low ground with a high hill west of it There is a flat stone on the ground and another flat stone standing up at the back of it. The stone on the ground is about six feet long and three feet wide and the stone at the back is about six feet high.
There is a castle in Kilcoe. It is in a Caverly mans farm. There are windows and doors in it and there is no roof on it. There is a stone stairs going up to the top of it. There is another castle in Whitehall. There are windows in that also The castle in Kilcoe belonged to the McCarthys
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2020-04-02 21:56
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to the wedding came as "Strawboys" with the strange men. The "Strawboys" wore "false faces" and women's clothes. The word "Strawboy" originated from ancient times, when the boys wore sheafs of straw on their heads, legs and bodies.
When the "Strawboys" entered the house the floor was cleared, leaving it ready for them to dance. The bride had always to dance with their captain. When they were going, the bridegroom had to give them some money. If he was a rich man he would have to give them one or two pounds. If the "Strawboys thought they did not receive enough money they would commence fighting and demanding more money.
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2020-04-02 21:52
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morning of the wedding all the people would yoke their horses into side cars and go to the church. It would be considered very unlucky if the girl went before the boy to the church so the boy went before the time appointed.
The "drag" home
Then the race would be between the side cars to see who would be at the bridegroom's house first. They would have a half barrel of porter and they would drink it all the day. The women would get tea then. At night the old people would go home and the young people would come down to dance.
The "Strawboys"
The "Strawboys" were a number of young men who came from other districts to the wedding. Sometimes the local boys who were not invited to
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2020-04-02 21:49
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"Match making"
Long ago two men met at a fair; one of them had a son and the other had a daughter. The father of the daughter would come to see how much land the son had. The next Sunday the son would come to see how much money and stock the daughter had. If they were all satisfied the wedding would take place.
The marriage
On the
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2020-04-02 21:46
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handle and chain attached to it. He blew this and sent the sparks flying. It made the fire roar.
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2020-04-02 21:46
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The late Larry Dorey had a forge on a hill near the townland of Summerhill, Co. Meath.
He used to make shoeings for drays; ploughs, tongs, harrows and grates.
There was a huge iron anvil in the centre of the floor, a trough of water beside it for cooling the iron. Beside the fire which was on a flag stone hearth there was a bellows with a
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2020-04-02 21:43
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If there is a blue flame in the fire.
When the seagulls come inland.
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2020-04-02 21:43
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Sign of rain:
If the dog eats grass.
Sign of snow:
When the wild geese are to be heard or seen.
Signs of storms:
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2020-04-02 21:42
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On a starry night if one can "pick pins" we are about to have a spell of frost.
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2020-04-02 21:41
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When there is a shadow around the moon.
When the sun goes down pale.
"A rainbow in the morning,
Is the shepherds warning.
A rainbow in the night,
Is the shepperds delight."
Signs of fine weather
If the sun is red when going to rest.
When the swallows fly high.
Sign of storm
If "the old moon sits in the new moon's arms."
Sign of snow
When the starlings sing in Winter
Sign of frost
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2020-04-02 21:38
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Signs of rain
The cat sits with her back to the fire.
The cricket chirps on the hearth.
The ducks "quack" loudly when there is no interference.
The swallows fly low near the ground.
The smoke goes up straight instead of curling from the chimney
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2020-04-02 21:35
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As I looked out in my grandfather's window I saw the dead carrying the live.
What was it?
A ship.
"As green as grass and grass it isn't,
As red as blood and blood it isn't,
As black as ink and ink it isn't?
A blackberry.
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2020-04-02 21:34
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Riddle me riddle me "ranseo"
My father gave me seeds to sow.
The seeds were black and the ground was white.
Riddle me that and I'll give you a pipe?
The newspaper.
Look at your hand,
And you will see,
What never was,
And never will be?
Your five fingers are not the same size.
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2020-04-02 21:31
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graveyard, which was about six miles from Summerhill. Then the people told him to go home and whenever he would be putting on his boots he was to strike his heel against the ground, and he would get a shilling. They told him not to tell anyone.
The sister had him tormented until he told the secret about the source of the money. From that day he never got a shilling any more.
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2020-04-02 21:27
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Once there lived a man named Dick Langan in Summerhill, Co, Meath.
One night when he was coming up the back lane to his house, he met a funeral. There were only three men carrying the coffin, and they were short one man, They asked him to help them. He helped them to carry it as far as Culmullen
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2020-04-02 21:25
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up the wood. They heard the boys saying, "This one for you and that one for me." The old man and woman thought it was God and the devil separating the good souls from the bad. After a while the boys said, "Now we will go out fo the two that are outside the wall." The old people thought they meat themselves. They ran as fast as they could but fainted with fright when they reached the road.
Of course the boys meant the two nuts they had lost when crossing the wall.
N.B. Lord Langford's estate is the Summerhill, Co. Meath
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2020-04-02 21:22
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When my father was young two boys were once gathering nuts in Langford's wood. When they had a bag full, they went into the cemetery to divide them. When crossing the wall they lost two nuts.
While the were counting the nuts and old man and woman came
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2020-04-02 15:43
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be married first.
Hanging the apple out of the ceiling is another trick that is played that night. When the apple is tied out of the ceiling everyone tries to get a bite out of it without putting his hand to it.
People also get two nuts and put a girl's name on one, and a boy's on the other, and they are put into the fire. If they jump away from each other they boy and girl will not be married. But if they stay together they will be married.
The children get a tub of water and put a sixpence into it. The children try to dive for it and take it up with their tongue. Whoever takes up the sixpence out of the water can keep it. Sometimes an apple is put in the tub instead of a sixpence.
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2020-04-02 15:39
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The 31st October is Hallow-Eve. Everyone spends the night playing tricks. Several tricks are played.
The Three Saucers. Someone gets three suacers, and put clay in one, water in another, and a ring in the third one. Then a person is blindfolded and led to the table or wherever the saucers may be. If he puts his hand in the clay it is said that he will die first. If he puts his hand in the water it is said that the will cross the sea first. If he puts his hand in the ring it is said that he will
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2020-04-02 15:34
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So up with the kettle and down with the pan
Give us our answer and let us begone"
They divide the money equally among them and they have a good night with it.
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2020-04-02 15:33
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On St. Stephen's Day all the young men go around with the wren. They dress themselves up in funny clothes, and put on false faces. More of them polish or paint their faces. They gather all the old clothes they can get to wear on St. Stephen's Day. They carry a branch with them all decorated with holly ivy, and ribbons. They go from house to house singing a rhyme and dancing. All the pople of the houses give them money. They have a musician with them, and also a person for gathering the money. This is the rhyme they say,
"The wren, the wren, the king of all birds
St. Stephen's Day, she was caught in the firs
Although she is little or family is great
Rise up now landlady and give us our treat
My brogues are wore, my coat is tore
Following the wren three days and
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2020-04-02 15:28
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Most people in our district keep hens and chickens. There are different breeds of hens, Rhode Island Reds, White Wyandotte, Black Minorcays, Buff Orphingtons, heghorns, White Sussex, Barred-Rocks.
Every year people get hatching eggs, and put them under a hatching hen. There are thirteen eggs given to every sitting. The eggs are hatched for three weeks. When the eggs are a week hatching the people are able to know whether they are birded or not. The hens stay in a shed in which they have many roosts. When dark come the hens fly up to the roosts and stay there until morning.
They eat potatoes, bread, peeled eggs, wheat, oats, and all sorts of dry meal. They drink, milk, and water. People do not wash hatching eggs, as it takes the luck off them. They put salt on hatching eggs as it is said that all the chickens will be pullets. Hens would die if they did not ruffle in clay or in
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2020-04-02 15:23
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Sheep are very useful animals and are kept on a lot of Irish farms. The sheeps coat is soft white wool. In the Summer they are washed and shorn. Then the wool is taken to the wool market and sold. Then it is spun and clothes are made out of it. There are different kinds of sheep such as: Mountanies, Suffolks, Galways, Cherrots, Shrops, and Oxford-Downs.
In the winter when there is snow on the ground the farmer has to put in the sheep and he gives them hay and turnips.
In Spring they have lambs and the people are very busy minding them because a fox night kill them. When there are lambs the sheep are given pulped turnips and cracked oats. In May and June the lambs are taken from the sheep and sold at the fairs and markets nearby.
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2020-04-02 15:19
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Most people keep cows for their own use. Some keep one or two cows and others keep four or five.
We put them into a cow-house and we tie them around the neck with a chain to the manger.
We fodder them with hay in the morning and in the night. Some of their milk we give it to their calves. When we are teaching them how to drink we put our hands in their mouths. We put our hands in the milk and they drink the milk by sucking our hands. When we are calling the cows we say "Pruggy" Pruggy". When we are driving them we say "How-up". If they kick when we are milking them we say "Therish". When we are buying them we clap our hands three or four times. We mark them with a scissors. Some people mark their cows by putting a hole in their ears. When we are buying the cows we give back a luck penny.
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2020-04-02 15:14
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people leave the door open as a sign of welcome to any poor travellers who maybe out that night On that night they think of the way Joseph and Mary were treated in Bethlehem when all the doors were shut on them and they do not want to treat travellers in the same unwelcome manner.
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2020-04-02 15:12
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On Christmas Eve the people are very busy decorating the house. First it is white-washed and painted. Then holly, ivy, and mistletoe are put on the walls and behind the pictures.
The children go to bed early that night. They hang up thier stockings for Santa Clause to put toys in them. In the morning they are overjoyed to see the toys.
The people have a turkey or a goose for the dinner on Christmas Day. They also have a plum-pudding.
All the shop-keepers give a Christmas-Box to all their customers. The children play all day with their toys. People send cards to one another at Christmas.
People buy a very large candle at Christmas. It is lit, and put in the window. Some
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2020-04-02 15:08
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On May-day the children make a may-bush They get a white-thorn bush and put flowers and ribbons on it. They also put candles on it. They stick the tree down in the ground and light the candles. Then they go around the tree singing hymns. The tree is put up in honour of the Blessed Virgin. The tree is taken down that night.
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2020-04-02 15:05
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To cut a lone bush is unlucky.
To hear a hen crowing is unlucky
If you kill a swallow the cows will give red milk. If rats come into the house someone is going to die.
It is unlucky to bring a cat to a new house.
It is unlucky to bring into a house a white thorn blossom.
If you were coming home from a funeral you should not go into anybody's house or someone in that house will die before the year is out.
If a cock crows in the middle of the night it is a sign of bad luck.
If you hatch the first layings of a young goose's eggs you will have bad luck.
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2020-04-02 15:02
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gentleman will visit you, and if a fork a lady will visit you. To meet a crow on the road you will get money. When the fire falls there is someone coming. To get money the day after New Year's day you will be getting it all the year round. If you find a safety pin you will have good luck.
Here is a rhyme about magpies.
One for bad luck
Two for good luck
Three for a wedding
Four for a christening
Unlucky Omens
It is unlucky to spill salt, to burn alder. It is unlucky to see one magpie, to meet a red-haired woman on a Saturday night.
It is unlucky to build an addition to the North side of a house.
It is unlucky to knock down an old house unless one is built in its place.
Guinea-hens are also unlucky.
It is unlucky to break a mirror, it is said you will have seven years bad luck.
It is unlucky to cross a plough unless you cross it back.
It is unlucky to walk under a ladder.
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2020-04-02 14:52
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This is a story which I heard about fairies holding a fair one time. One night when a man named John Kennedy was going home from rambling he met what is called "the good people". They were holding a fair in Mourn's field which is the field with the quarry near this school. There were a lot of men with cattle. There was a charge to get into the fair. They asked who would they have to hold the sack. They said "We will have Kennedy." He held the sack and it got so full of money that he could not hold it. As soon as it got full all the people disappeared and Kennedy was left with an empty bag. John Kennedy never went to ramble any more.
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2020-04-02 14:48
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they are generally driven in flocks. There are two fairs in Kildalkey one in March and one in October and the Ballivor fairs are in April and October. At these fairs all animals are sold. There are no special fairs held for the sale of sheep or pigs or horses in this locality.
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2020-04-02 14:47
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There are two local fairs one in Kildalkey and one in Ballivor. In Kildalkey there are two fairs every year and also there are two in Ballivor. Sometime men come to farmer's houses and buy cattle there. There were big fairs in Kildalkey long ago but as a big wind came before Kildalkey fair and trees were knocked across the road the fair was discontinued. Great efforts are now being made to revive it. The local fairs are now held in streets. The Kildalkey fair was held in a field long ago and there is a field called "The Fair Green". There is no toll paid on cattle There is a luck penny given along with cattle. Sometimes men get it hard to make a bargain. If there is a difference between them they split it. They show that they agree by clapping hands. When a beast is bought they cut some of the hair off its hip as a mark. In this locality it is not customary to lead cattle with a halter
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2020-04-02 14:42
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It is supposed to be unlucky to wash clothes at a well. This is a story I heard about a woman who washed her clothes at well.
Long ago there was an old woman living in the fields. One day she had no soft water to wash her clothes, and she went to the well to wash them. The well was called "Gorkinn". It was in Larry Gaynor's land at that time. When the woman went to the well she washed her clothes. Immediately when she had them washed the well closed in. The well caught her coming through the fields and it drowned her.
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2020-04-02 14:38
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There is only one tailor in my district. His name is Mr. Whitty. He lives in Ballivor. He makes suits of clothes for anyone that leaves their measurement with him. He doe not go around making clothes as the people did long ago. He make clothes of serge and tweed. If a person leaves his measurement with the tailor he will buy the cloth and make the clothes. When a person is getting clothes they have to pay the tailor for making the suit. A tailor has a lot of patterns and when you want a suit you can chose with-ever pattern you like. A tailor's tools are a needle a thimble and somethimes a sewing machine. Long ago some people made their own clothes.
Sometimes people make stockings. When a tailor has a suit made he iorns it with a smoothing iorn. When a person dies his relatives wear black clothes.
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2020-04-02 14:33
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Long ago some of the old houses were thatched and more of them were slated, and more were galvanized. The thatch was got from straw. The slates were got in the slate-quarries. The household used to have a bed in the kitchen and this was called a settle-bed. The fire used to be on the middle of the floor. The chimneys used to be done in wicker-work, and more were made of yellow clay and mud. There used to be two doors on the old houses one facing the North and the other facing the South. When the wind would be blowing from the South they would shut that door, and open the North one. When the wind would be blowing from the North they would close that door and open the South one. Long ago people used to build a long shed and the animals were in one side and the people in another. They had no windows long ago only holes and straw stuffed in them. Half-doors were common long ago and up to the present
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2020-04-02 14:28
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Most people in this district keep pigs. The pig's food is potatoes and milk. There is a ring put in the pig's nose to keep him from rooting. The pigs are put into a stable and left there for awhile. The stable which the pigs are put into is called the pig-sty. After awhile when they are old enough to be sold they are brought to the fair and sold. When we are calling the pig we say "Hush Hush". Most people fatten and then kill a pig for their own use. Some of it is eaten fresh as pork, but the most of it is cured with salt, and hung up in a warm place in the kitchen. This home-cured bacon is very sweet, and is much nicer, and less expensive than bacon bought in the shops. When killing a pig they save the blood and make black-puddings.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 14:24
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The horse is a large stong animal that the farmer has on the farmyard. At night the horse is in a stable called a stall. There is a halter on the horse and there is a rope tied from it to a ring in the manger. They are given hay and oats to eat. In the morning they are given a drink of water and some hay. They are out working in the fields until dinner-time. Then they get turnips and hay and they eat it while the farmer is at his dinner. Then he harnesses them again and they are out working until seven o'clock. Then they get a drink and hay and oats. Before the farmer goes to bed he gives them more hay that will do them for the night. When a horse's shoes are worn he is brought to the blacksmith and he puts a new set on him. A horse is clipped in Spring and if he is working hard in the Summer he will not be sweating. A young house is called a foal. When the Summer comes a horse has not any work to do and he is out in
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 14:15
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Signs of Frost
The sky is bright.
The stars are numerous and bright.
The sun goes down red, and shines all day.
Hailstones during the day.
A robin in the house.
To see your breath
Signs of Snow:-
The weather turns cold.
The wind blows from the East or the North.
Darkness in the East.
The birds come to house for food.
Signs of Storm:-
The crows fly around and make a lot of noise.
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2020-04-02 14:13
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The swallows fly high.
The smoke from the chimney goes up straight.
The sky is clear and blue.
The sun goes down red.
The curlews goes to the bog
When a fog is clearing to see it going into the ground.
To see the clouds up high in the sky.
To see a cat following her tail.
To see the water soaking through the clay.
To see the day not brightening up too soon.
To see the grashopper singing.
To hear a thrush singing on a poplar tree.
To see a fish, with its back turned down in the water.
To hold a match in your hand, and if it burns out to the end.
To see a dog lying on the road.
To see a plover walking on a hill.
To see a rabbit lying out.
To see a crane in a dry ditch.
To see a mare kicking the ground.
To see a hen laying a soft egg.
To see a rat eating turnips.
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2020-04-02 14:08
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The wind murmurs in the trees.
When we hear snipe (summer-goats or sky-goats) cry.
When the sparrows lie in the dust on the road.
When the magpies look for eggs in the evening.
A great silence, and distant noises sound near
When the magpies hop along the road.
When sheep are standing all together.
When a sheep is kneeling on her two knees
When cattle go in shade of a ditch.
When cattle come near a house.
When you see the plover in the meadow.
To see the bats flying around.
When the leaves of the alder tree shake.
When the "willy-wag-tail" builds her nest in an alder tree.
When the robin builds her nest in a poplar tree.
To see blue-blazes in the fire.
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2020-04-02 14:04
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twelve.
The walls and floors of the house sweat.
When the leaves turn on their backs.
When soot falls from the chimney.
People feel their pains worse than usual.
If a person has a corn it generally pains him before rain.
The salt gets damp
The spiders creep from their cobwebs.
Bumble-bees fly about.
Beetles run across the floor.
The midges fly about, and are very troublesome to people.
Crickets creep on the walls.
When the cow licks her hoofs.
The frogs croak.
The ants go under stones.
Feathers fly around
Dust ruses and whirls abouts.
A hen picks her feathers.
When the pigeons eat the cabbage.
When crows alights on a post
When a cow licks snow.
To see a pigeon soaring in the sky.
Wild geese fly around.
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2020-04-02 13:59
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The lightning flashes through the air.
The frog changes colour.
The wind blows from the west or the south.
The distant hills and woods appear near.
Sheep feed in the morning, and sheep and cattle play in the evening.
The seagulls come into the land.
A cat sharpening her nails on a piece of wood.
To hear the crickets singing.
A fog when clearing going up in the sky.
When a horse puts his back to the wind.
When the sky is black, and when the sun goes down yellow.
When the smoke goes down the chimney
When you see snails going up the wall.
When caterpillars crawl around.
The ducks quack loudly.
the peacocks cry.
The flies annoy the cattle.
The fishes rise in the water, and catch flies.
When the curlews begin to cry.
There is a light in Ballivigeen wood, on the west side of it. When it is going to rain, this light shine from nine till
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 13:54
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Signs of Rain:-
When the dog eats grass.
When a cat sits with its back to the fire.
When the swallows are flying low.
When you hear the Hill-of-Down train roaring
When ther is a white frost.
A circle or halo round the moon. The farther away the circle from the moon, the nearer the rain, and the nearer the circle the farther away the rain.
Wild birds flying about, and making a lot of noise.
Little clouds in the sky called "cow-tracks"
White clouds from the sun to the earth. These white clouds are called "Moses' Horns".
When the cat washes her face on the hearth.
The stars fall from the sky.
The sun goes pale to bed.
A rainbow appears in the sky.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 13:49
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I have a churn at home. It is a small one to put on a table when churning. It is eight inches long and eighteen inches broad. We have our churn one year. Butter is made once a week in Winter and twice in Summer. My mother does the churning. Any one who comes in during the churning is asked to give a twist. It is an old custom for fear they might take the butter sometime. The churning takes half an hour in Winter, and it only takes twenty minutes in Summer. The churn is worked by hand. Long ago there were dash churns, and some people have them yet. The dash was like a long stick with the head of it shaped like a wooden wheel. People know when the churning is done as they see little bits of butter on the milk. Then they gather it by rocking it from side to side. In the Winter warm water is put in the churn to rinse it down. Then it is washed and then salted and made into pound rolls. The butter-milk is
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 13:44
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Mr John Conlon, Muchwood.
Thorn
Miss K. Cavanagh, Corballis.
Mrs Anderson, Coolronan.
Wildfire
Mr D. Walsh, Coolronan.
Mrs Kennedy, Porttown.
Ringworm
Mrs Joe Kennedy, Donore.
Mr. Jim Mc Pally, Carnsle
Mr James Martin, Cloneylogan, Kildalkey
Sore Mouth
Miss Collins, Moyrath.
Michael Monaghan, Shanco
Running Worm
Mr Joe Traynor, Trimblestown.
Toothache
Mrs Coakley, Killyon, Hill of Down.
Dirt in the Eye
Mrs Mc Mahon, Portanob.
Stopping of Blood
Mr P. Rooney. Carnisle, Kildalkey.
Mrs. C. Duigenan Rathkeenan.
Burns
Miss D. Moore Kilmurray, Trim
Mtrs Gaynor Pubblestown, Kildalkey.
Scalds
Mr P Gerard, Rathcormick, Kildalkey.
Heartache
Mr B. Dolan, Kildalkey.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 13:35
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There are two holy wells in the parish of Trim. There is one in Drinadaly and another in Dalystown. The one in Drinadaly cures a headache and a vomiting. People drink the water and say prayers. Many people say that it cures them. This well is near the churchyard of Drinadaly. There are no bushes near the well or no fishes in it.
There is a well in Dalystown called the "Krissheen" well. It is near the hill of Dalysstown. It is supposed to cure sore eyes. People wash their eyes with the water from the well.
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2020-04-02 13:32
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There is a well in the parish of Oldcastle know as Patrick's well. People go there on 14th March. Cures have been obtained but there is no special devotion.
There is a well in Clonabraney in the parish of Kilskyre. Cures have been obtained though prayer and the use of the water. People leave a piece of their handkerchief or some part of their clothes on a big tree over the well.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 13:30
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told him the state he was in. The priest gave him a big bottle of holy water. He told the boy to be there at a quarter to twelve. The priest told the boy not to leave a spot where the ghost was but to sprinkle it with the water. When the ghost would came he would have no power. The boy did as the priest had told him.
When the ghost came he got into the ring and he could not get out of it. He had to stay there until the cock crew in the morning. The ghost said to the servant "I am dammed to hell all by you, it was my punishment not to speak to anyone." Then the ghost disappeared.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 13:27
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Once upon a time there was a man who lived in the County houth. He kept a lot of sevants especially men. His house was situated up an avenue, and the avenue let to the public road to Drogheda. Every night at twelve o'clock a ghost used to pass up and down the road on a horse. The ghost used to ride up and down for a long time. This man had a servant boy who used to go out to "ramble" in another man's house. One night when he was coming home he met the ghost on the horse. He said "Good-night" but the ghost did not speak. The servant said "I'll make you speak." the ghost got very vexed and said he would meet the servant the next night at twelve o'clock. If the servant didn't meet him he would go for him. The servant went home then.
When he went home he told the farmer's wife about the ghost. The wife said he would have to go to meet him.
The boy went to the priest and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 13:19
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Cat and Dog can be played by boys or girls. You get a big stone and put it on the ground. Then you get a small stick. It is called the "cat". You put it on top of the stone. Then you get a long stick it is called the "dog". You hit the "cat" with the "dog". This game is played by two. One will be trying to catch the stick. If she catches
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 13:17
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First they count the number of children and put an even number on each side. Then the two rows walk out to meet each other and one side gives the initials of some person. They stand that way until the other side guesses the name. Then the side that has guessed the name runs after the side that called out the name. If they catch any of them they bring them back to their side. Then the other side calls out the initials of somebody and so an.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 13:14
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A lot of girls get into a ring. One girl is put into the ring. All the others keep going around saying,
"See this pretty little girl of mine
She often cries for a bottle of wine
A bottle of wine and a biscuit too
O see what my little girl can do
Down in the carpet she must kneel
The grass grows high and the grass grows low
Stand up, Stand up, upon your feet
And choose the girl that you like best."
Then the girl stands up and chooses some girl. The two kiss each other. Then the one that was in first goes out, and the other one stays in the ring. Then she chooses that she likes best and so on.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 13:02
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As many as like can play this game. All the children form a ring. Some child is put into the ring. All the children keep going aroud saying "Frog in the well and cannot get out." The child tries to get out under the other children's arms. But the children do not let him out. Whatever place the "Frog" gets out the person who is standing there will be the "Frog" the next time.
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2020-04-02 12:49
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Honey-pots is a very nice game. the children get into a row. Two are chosen to be the "Shakers", and one to say a little rhyme.
"Honey-pots, Honey-pots, all in a row.
Twenty-five shillings wherever they go."
Whoever the last word falls on is taken out and shaken. If the person does not fall when the others are
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 12:47
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they hold up their hands and the rest of the children in a line run in under their hands. The last child is asked which of the two things she would rather have. Whichever she chooses she goes on the leaders side that has chosen that thing at first. That continues until all the children have chosen something. Some of the children are behind one leader and others behind the other according to what they have chosen. Then the leader with her followers pull the other side. If one side falls the other side wins the game. The two that are pulling make a mark in the ground. If one of the sides is pulled beyond that mark the other side wins the game.
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2020-04-02 12:42
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Colours is a very nice game. It is played by girls. A lot of them get in a row. One says she will be the devil and another the angel. One will give out a different colour to everyone. Then the angel comes and guesses some colour twice. If she guesses the right colour she will get one of the chlindren. Then the devil comes and guesses twice. If he guesses the right colour he will get one also. This goes on until all the chlindren taken by the devil and the angel. The devil and the put the children they have taken behind them and pull. If the angel's side falls the devil's side will win. If the devil's side falls the angel wins
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 12:38
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My favourite game is Hunt the Hare. This is the way it is played. One boy is selected to hide. He must be a good runner and jumper. He goes off and hides and a lot of other boys follow him over hedges and ditches. Sometimes the "dogs" (as those who are following are called) get tired. They are able to go no further but lie down and rest themselves. The hare gets a lot of odds then. After a while they run after "her" and catch "her". They are very tired after a long time of excitement.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 12:35
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a little dog and he won't bite you, nor you, nor you, nor you," and so on but she throws the handkerchief on one, "but he will bite you." Then all the children hold up their hands and the child with the handkerchief runs after the first child in and out the ring. When she catches the first child she goes into the ring. Then she goes round and says the rhyme again and so on like that.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 12:33
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A lot of girls get into a ring. One child has a handkerchief and she stays outside the ring. She goes around the ring tipping each child with the handkerchief and she says a little rhyme "I have
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 12:32
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My favourite game is Rings. There is a square board hanging on the wall and all the numbers from one to thirteen are on it. Beside every number is a little hook. The person that is throwing the rings stands about ten feet away from the board. Then he throws the rings one after another and tries to hang them on the hooks. When a ring hangs on a hook the person can take the number that is beside it. Whoever gets one hundred first wins the game. When a person is near one hundred they have to get the exact number to make the hundred.
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2020-04-02 12:29
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Blind-Mans-Buff - is my favourite game. It is played by girls out-of-doors. The children is in a row and another child is put in the middle and she is blindfolded. She tries to catch a child and says her name. If she says the right name the person she caught is then blindfolded. Then she tries to catch another child and then she is blindfolded. This continues till every child is picked out.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 12:27
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team get out. Whichever of teams get the most runs wins the game.
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2020-04-02 12:27
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Rounders is a very nice game. It is an outdoor game. You get six sticks with a distant of seven yards between them. One of these sticks is called the home. One child tosses a penny and that settles which side is in first. One of the girls bowls the ball to the first girl. She hits the ball three times and on the third she runs. If she is struck with the ball before she is at one of the sticks that team is out and the other team is in. The first child hits the ball three times on the third time she has to run. They continue this until they are out. If the ball goes behind grounds and the child goes to the stick and it not her last she is out. If the girl that is bowling catches before it falls on the ground the team is out and the other team goes in. Every time a child gets in to the home it is counted as one run until that
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-02 12:21
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2020-04-02 12:21
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Long ago there was a big house in County Louth. It was situated up an avenue. At the entrance of this avenue there was a lodge, and a man and woman lived in it. Every night a lot of people used to gather in this house, and play cards and have a "ceilidhe". At the gate going into the lodge there were two big stone piers. At twelve O'clock at night a ghost was seen there clothed in white. There was a certain fearless man named Tommy Burn and he decided to frighten another man who used to come to "ceilidhe" in the lodge. One night Tommy put a white sheet over his whole body and stood behind the pier. The man came on and when he came to the pier he stopped and kept gazing at it. He said "I never saw two before." Tommy turned round and he saw the ghost standing behind him. He got a fright and ran home.
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2020-04-02 02:04
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Long ago there were a lot of fairies, but there are none now. When they were out they hid all their gold and treasures. They put it in the ground and a tree grew over it. There is a lot of gold hidden in Molloy's fields and there is a turkey-cock minding it. There is an avenue near us and there is a lot of gold in it.
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2020-04-02 02:03
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There are not as many fairies out now as long ago. People do not believe in fairies as much as the people long ago. There is supposed to be a treasure buried on Portarnob hill and fairies guarding it. A life has to be lost to get the money that is buried. You would have to dream about it three nights in succession to go to dig for it. There was one old man and he took stones out of the fairies' pass. They annoyed him in everyway till he left the stones back.
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2020-04-02 02:00
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There is a crock of gold hidden in "Mollloy Hill", it is near where I live. There is a little bush beside it, and there is a black bull minding it. Two neighbours tried to get it but they failed.
There is also another crock of gold hidden in the "Curracks". There is a turkey-cock minding it.
There is another pot of gold hidden in "Baile-veegen-Wood". There is an eel minding it. Two men dug for it, but the eel was twisted around and he started to bite them.
There is another crock of gold in the "Moate of Coolronan". There is a black dog minding it. No attemps were made to lift it.
There is a pot of gold in a field near my house. It is under a bush and it is called the "Thumb Bush". A man tried to dig around it but the turkey-cock came and would not let him lift it up.
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2020-04-02 01:54
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I live in Carnisle and in my house there was a chapel long ago. There is be bellieved to be a chalice buried in the basement of the house. It was put there in Penal days.
There is a treasure hidden in the Mote of Diamov. An attempt was made on two occasions to find it but both times failed. These attempts were made by the antiquarians. While they were searching they lost a crow-bar and when it was falling down the hole it made a noise.
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2020-04-02 01:52
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and hundreds of men lie in it apparently asleep. There is a sword hanging on the wall in a scabbard. When that sword will be taken out of the scabbard Ireland will be free. Then all the soldiers will rise up and march to Ulster and defeat the Orangemen in battle. Until that happens there will not be a United Ireland.
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2020-04-02 01:50
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There is a hill in Shanco and people say that there is fairies in it. People say that there is a spirit minding it. One day an old man found a little man on the hill making boots. The man made to get hold of him. He did not succeed. The little man dropped his hammer. The fairies never gave the old man peace until they got back the hammer again. One day the man saw a fairy in the garden. The little man promised the old man that if he gave back the hammer he would get a lot of blue sheep. The old man said he would not give back the hammer. Then the little man made as if he would stick his finger in the old man's eye. The man shut his eye and the fairy disappeared with the hammer.
There is an underground tunnel from Earl's mill to a ford on the Shanco river. A horseman with golden shoes on his horse goes the tunnel once in seven years. It is said that when the golden shoes will wear Ireland will be free. At the Earl's mill end of the tunnel there is an underground apartment
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2020-04-01 13:38
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As I went up a boreen I met my uncle Dick I cut his throat I licked his blood and left him lying easy?
A bottle of stout.
Why is a nail in the wall like an old and feeble man?
Because it is in firm (infirm)
What is the difference between an angler and a dunce?
One baits his hook and the other hates his book.
What is alike about a fisherman and a beggar?
Both are looking for a bite.
When is a peny like a hermit?
When it is a loan (alone).
Why should Ireland soon be rich?
Because its capital is Dublin (doubling).
What has a neck and body and nothing else?
A bottle.
What has a head and can't get a hat to fit it?
Bray Head.
What is a drawn tooth like something you have forgotten?
Because it's gone out of your head.
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2020-04-01 13:33
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The older it grows and the smaller it gets?
A candle.
What is it walks with it's head down?
A nail in your boot.
What is it that shows light and gives heat?
Gas.
Spell a live mouse trap in three letters?
Cat.
What turns without moving?
Milk.
When is a slow boy quick?
When he runs into a temper.
What runs with no legs?
Water.
What is the difference between a cat and a book?
The cat has his tail outside, the book has it's tale inside.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 13:30
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There is a field and in the field there is a house and in this house there is a table and in the table there is a drawer and in the drawer there is a cup and in the cup there is a sup and every man shall taste it?
Death.
Big-bellied mother and three little children all the same colour?
A pot on three legs.
A jumper of hedges a clipper of thorns a little brown cow with a pair of leather horns?
A hare.
In the corner it lies, fire in its heart, and a cork in its eye?
A bottle of whiskey.
Hink hank on the bank ten drawing four?
A person milking a cow.
I threw it up as white as snow and it came down as yellow as gold?
An egg.
Twenty sheep went out a gap one shepherd and his dog how many feet?
Two.
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2020-04-01 13:25
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What is the wettest letter in the alphabet?
T. Because it is in the middle of water.
What has one leg, one arm and four faces?
A lamp-post
What man has the highest profession?
A steeplejack
What has four fingers and a thumb and yet cannot hold an apple?
A glove
Why does a miller wear a white cap?
To cover his head.
Give it butter it will cry give it water it will die?
A fire.
What flies with four wings?
Two birds.
What time are soldiers tired?
At the end of March.
When is a trunk like two letters of the alphabet?
When it is empty (M. T.)
A little wood, a little wire, a little house without a fire?
A birdcage.
When could you say a cook is angry?
When she is beating eggs and whipping cream.
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2020-04-01 13:20
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Which eats more grass the black sheep or white sheep?
White sheep because there are more of them in it.
What is funnier that Jonah in a whale?
Four men in a fly.
When is a fish like a bird?
When it rises to take a fly.
What is the biggest wonder in the Map of Europe?
That Hungary did not eat Turkey.
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2020-04-01 13:18
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one eye. He went out one night to view the sky. He saw a tree with two apples one, he took one apple off and left one apple on.
What is always behind time?
The back of a watch.
As round as an apple, as flat as a pan, one side a woman, and the other side a man?
A penny
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 13:16
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If a poker and tongs cost 9d what would a load of turf come to?
Ashes.
Long legs, crooked thighs, little head, and no eyes?
A tongs.
All patches, no stiches riddle me that and I give you my breeches?
Head of cabbage.
Black and White went up the hill, Black came back, and White stood still?
A hen after laying an egg.
Why does a chicken cross the road?
To get to the other side.
Why does a donkey eat thistles?
Because he is a perfect ass.
If I (i) was in the sun and you (in) out of it what would it be?
Sin
If you go up on an ass what would you get down on?
A rabbit.
What goes down the chimmney up and won't go up the chimney down?
An Umbrella.
There was a man and he had no eyes, he went out one night to view the skies, he saw a tree with apples on, he took no apples off and he left no apples on?
There was a man and he had
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 13:10
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A name.
What is smaller than a midget's eye?
What goes into it.
Why is a new-born babe like a dog's tail?
Because it was never seen before.
What is the difference between a school-master and an engine-driver?
One trains the mind and the other minds the train.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 13:08
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The king of Morocco built a ship and in that ship his daughter sits and if I'm blamed for telling her name, and that is three times I told it?
Ann.
As I went into the wood I found it. I looked for it but couldn't get it. I left it there and brought it with me?
A thorn in my foot
What is the difference between a dog and a hen?
The dog licks the pot hecause he can't pick it, and the hen picks it because she can't lick it.
Why does a hen go across the road?
Because she can't go under it
What goes out the gap before the cow?
Her breath
If a man lifted ten loads of gravel on a dry day what would he lift on a wet day?
An umbrella
Why is it dangerous to go asleep in a train?
Because the train goes across sleepers.
Why is marriage always a failurre?
Because the bride never marries the best man.
Everything has it and so has an needle
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 13:01
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the Lord Mayor's house?
A thimble.
Spell blackwater in three letters?
Ink.
Everyone hates it and no one likes to lose it.?
Law-suit
Hink-hank on the bank and ten drawing four?
A woman milking a cow.
In Amsterdam it is common and Holland wants it still, 'tis in every mountain it's not in any hill, it's in all kind of timber, it's not in any tree, 'tis in nobody but it is in me.?
I have it and you haven't it and you use it oftener than me that has it?
A name.
Why does a girl always look at the moon.?
Because there's a man in it.
Hicky moor Hacky moor standing at the kitchen door, nothing so red and nothing so round as Hicky moor Hacky moor standing at the door?
The Sun.
why is a jailer like a musician?
He fingers the keys.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 12:56
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Up the road and down the road and I carried the road on my back?
A ladder.
Neither within or without and still it's useful to the house.?
A window.
It's not long enough and cut a piece of it and it's long enough.?
A grave.
Neither flesh or blood and has four fingers and a thumb?
A glove
Three legs cannot walk, two ears cannot hear, a mouth and cannot eat?
A pot.
What is it that is no use to a dray and still it cannot do without it?
The crack of the axle.
What turns without moving?
Milk
Says the child to it's father how does it come you are my father and I'm not your son?
A Daughter.
What's always behind time?
The back of a watch or clock.
The longer it lives the shorter it gets?
A candle.
I have a little house and it would not hold a mouse and it has as many windows as
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 12:49
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12.
One time there was a boy. He lived with his aunt and uncle. One day an old man came to the door. He asked could he stay with them for a while. When he was there for two days a sore came on the boy's nose. Then it went off his nose and came on his uncle's nose. The old man had a bad cold and his aunt took it. The body was very much troubled. He went to an old woman. The old woman told him that the old man would be going away the next day and that he would ask them what they wished for. They were to wish that he would stay longer and that the sore would stay on his uncle's nose. Then he would go away and bring all the things with him.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 12:46
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11.
Once there was a beggar and people called him a fool. One day a man gave him a half crown. The fool said he would bury his coin and see would it grow. He hid it in the town and came every day to look at it. The man that gave it to him was watching him burying it. When the fool was gone home the man put down a crown an took the half-crown and waited to see what the fool would say the next day. When he came he said "Ah this thing is growing." Then he covered it and went home. The man put in a sovereign and when the fool came the next day he brought it home as he said it was sick. Then people thought he was very wise.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 12:43
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sat in the corner by the fire crying for Dick, when all of a sudden Dick came to the door crying. The farmer went out. He asked Dick what was he crying for. He said "poor Biddy is dead." "When did she die" says the farmer. "Yesterday" says Dick "and I have come looking for a little help to bury her." "Come inside." So he led Dick by the arm and put him sitting beside Biddy. "Throw your arms around her neck and have your dinner," said the farmer. "Start off again and plan it a little better so as not to be meeting this way or you will spoil your business." The farmer wished them luck and they hit the road again.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 12:39
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10.
Once upon a time there were two basket makers named Dick and Biddy White, They were man and wife. They had an ass and cart carrying them around, selling their baskets. To their great surprise one morning they discovered their donkey drowned, and to raise funds to buy another ass the thought of a plan.
One was to let on that the other was dead. So they went different roads to beg money. Dick was looking for money to bury Biddy, and Biddy was looking for money to bury Dick. The two set out on a Monday, and they were to meet on Saturday.
All went will until Friday afternoon, when Biddy came into a farmer's yard. She was crying bitterly. The farmer came out saying "What is wrong with you Biddy." "Poor Dick is dead." "I am very sorry to hear that" said the farmer "and when did he die." "Yesterday" said Biddy "and I want a little help." The farmer then said, "come inside and we will see what we can do for you." Biddy went inside and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 12:33
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he came out he found his ass on one side of the gate and the cart on the other with the shafts though the gate and the ass yoked. The way this happened was Jhonny Cole or "Johnny the Trick" as he was called was passing by. He saw Pat's ass and thought of playing some of his tricks. He took the cart off the ass and drove him out in the field. Then he closed the gate and next pushing the shafts of the cart out through the gate he yoked the ass again under the cart. Pat came out and seeing the position his ass was in he cursed the red-headed woman, vowing when he would meet one in the future, he would return home.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 12:30
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9.
There was a certain egg-dealer known by the name of Pat Murphy or better known as "Slobern Pat". On one occasion he was doing his rounds, and after starting out, who should he meet, but a red-haired woman. He believed something unlucky would surely happen. As he was passing by a public-house, he thought he would have a dealer. Pat was never in a hurry, and some of his frineds seeing him go in, thought they would have a joke with him. They took the breeching off the ass and drove some big nails in it. They replaced it on the ass. Next taking Pat's seat they drove some big nails through it. When Pat came out and got into the cart, the ass gave a jump and Pat fell down on his seat. He was stuck there helpless. The ass lept running away until finally he turned up the cart eggs and all. Pat sore and bleeding got on to the ass. He shouted for somebody to give him a stone to kill the ass. He thought the devil was in him. Continiung on his rounds he came to his "half-way house" as he called it. He went in for a chat and a smoke. When
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 12:24
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8.
Once upon a time there was a boy beating a poor ass. There was a man and he saw the boy beating the ass. He asked him what he was beating the ass for. The boy said that it was his own ass and that he could do what he with him. The man had a stick in his hand and he gave the boy a fine beating with it The boy asked him what was he beating him for. The man said that it was his own stick and that he could do what he liked with it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:21
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Long ago a man was coming from Trim on a very dark night and his ass stopped very suddenly on the road beside the lodge in Carnisle. It was in a place that was supposed to be haunted by a black dog and it was said that no ass would pass that place at a certain time of the night. The man started to beat the ass but he would not go. Then he thought of the black dog and he got down off the cart to see if he was about. He could not see him and when he got into the cart again he found that the ass' leg was in the cart. The ass saw the black dog and when he kicked at him the dog put his leg in the cart and he could not go.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:16
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Long ago there was a herd. His name was "Mac Sevenue". He was a herd in Moyrath. He was a Protestant and also an enchanted man. He always wanted to see what the people thought about him. One Sunday when the people were coming from Mass he lay down on the ground. He told his son to go and tell the people his father was dead. He did so and al lthe people came and he was dead.
Pine herds went down to a man named Conor Sheridan who was also an enchanted man to see about "Mac Sevenue's burial. He told them to go back and get nine white horses, nine iron whips and an iron rope to tie him with and for one of the best herds to drive. They did so and brought him across Collin's field and when they came to the avenue they stopped. They pulled and pulled but they could not move. They covered him with clay and put a bush on him for a head stone. The bush took the form of a chair and every night about twelve o'clock he is seen sitting on it. Collin's avenue goes by the name of "Mac's avenue" ever since.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:09
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Once upon a time there was a woman and she was working for another woman. She had to pass a church. One evening she went into the church to pray. While she was praying she fell asleep. She awoke at twelve o'clock in the night. She saw the altar lit up and a priest on the altar. The priest said "is there anyone here to answer the Mass." The woman was afraid to say anything. The next night the woman was afraid to go into the church. Then she told a priest what she saw. The priest and the woman went into the church the next night and they saw what happened. The priest on the altar said "is there anyone here to answer me." The other priest
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:05
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Once upon a time there were two men going along the road. Both of those men had humps on their backs. They heard music and dancing in a field. One of them was was afraid to go over. He went in and sat down. It was fairies that were in it. Then one of the fairies said to the other "take that hump off the man and let him dance with us." After a few minutes the hump disappeared over on a window. Then the man began dancing and had a great night. Then the other man went over and went into the hose and did the sme as the first man did. Then one of the fairies said to the other. "there is a hump over ther on the window get it and put it on that man." Then the man had two humps from that out.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 13:00
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only allowed to stay for a night, some of them stay for weeks. They ask for tea, sugar, flour, eggs, potatoes, turf, hay, clothes, shoes, or boots. The names of the best known are Connors, Reillys, Powers, Hands, Donovans, Matthews. They come about when there is a fair or a races. People do not give them any reception or listen to them telling stories.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:58
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Travelling folk still come around my district. They are called, tinkers, tramps, and travellers. The same crowd come every year. Some of them are poor, but the gipsies are not poor, as they have all the things they want. The poor people sell, tin-cans, laces, pins, combs, needles, buttons and studs. The gipsies sell little tables, paper-flowers, mats, linoelum and lace. The gipsies also tell fortunes. Some people buy from them. They ask a very high price, but if you are inclined to buy from them they will reduce the price. The tinkers make a lot of things out of tin. The gipsies make little tables and many other things. They buy the small articles in big shops. They divide and go in different directions. They send the children every minute for a drop of milk or something else. Some of them have caravans to sleep in. Others have to erect a camp to sleep in. They usually camp on a by-road where there is not much traffic. Although they are
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:41
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Once upon a time there was a fool. One day he got a feather on the road. The fool heard that it was very comfortable to sleep on a feather bed. He went home and he put the feather on the ground and lay on it. When he got up in the morning he was not able to walk after sleeping all night on the ground. He was feeling all sore. "Well" said he, "if I am so sore after sleeping on one feather, I pity those who sleep on a feather bed."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:39
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One time two men were coming home from a town. The two men were after drinking a lot of beer. When they came to a cross-roads they sat down. They sat down beside a mile-stone which was 200 miles from London. They thought they were in a grave-yard. One man lit a match to see what was written on the stone. Then he stold the other man that it was mile from London that was buried there and he
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:36
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A card fell under the table and a gentleman stooped down to pick it up, and he saw the cloven foot of the strange man, He went for the priest unknown to the rest of the party. The priest came and shook holy water on the strange man and uttered some words. The man disappeared through the wall. There is a split in the wall still where the devil (for it was he) went out through it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:34
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One time there lived a man in the County Kildare. He was a great horseman. One day he bought a new horse. The next day he went out riding in the lawn. He was very proud of his new horse, and he said "I'd ride here to-day with the devil if I had him." On that instant a strange man appeared on horse, and rode beside him. They stayed together all day and had dinner together. After tea they were sitting at the fire talking. A lot of gentry came in and all the household sat down to play cards. The strange man was also among the party.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:31
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1.
Long ago there was a man and his name was Nicholas Gaynor. He used to go to town every Saturday. He went into a public-house on the way to the town, and he got drunk. He did not leave it until nine o'clock, and it was pitch dark. A lot of men used to gather round where he tied his ass. They took the cart off the ass and let him out in the field. They took the shafts off the cart, and put them through the gate, and they harnessed the ass under the cart. When Nick came out he could not see as he was drunk. He went into the shop and got a saw, and cut the shafts off the cart. He let out the ass and put him standing in between the two half-shafts and tied them with a cord. He continued on his journey and after awhile the cord broke and the man fell out and he was left on the road until the next morning. Some neighbours passing by early the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 12:03
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Signs of coming storms:-
Sky:- halo round the moon.
Birds:-
Sea-gulls - seen in this neighbourhood portend a coming storm
Swallows flying low sign of rain.
Animals
Dogs
an old local lady has told me that when she sees the dog eating grass it is a sure sign of a heavy rainfall.
Cats
(1) When a cat sits with her back to the fire it is a sign of rain.
(2) When she scratches chairs etc it is a sign of storms.
Insects
When crickets fly out it is a sign of fine weather.
fire
When a blue light is seen in the fire it is a sign of rain.
Soot
When soot falls it is a sign of rain.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 11:56
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Garrett Reilly has lived for some years in Kells. He says the following story is quite true:
The parish priest of Kells and his uncle lived together but did not agree.
The P. P's servant waites on the curate also but left the place after a while and took up a situation in a Dublin hotel.
Meanwhile the curate died. The ex-servant while carrying on his duties in
Dublin met the curate one night face to face. Oh father said he, I was told you were dead. Oh yes I am said the priest, but I want you to do something for me. Go to St John's churchyard, take my body out of its grave there and bury it in the chapel. Go! said the priest and everything will be done for you.
The man went back to Kells got the 3 other men, appointed by the curate went to the churchyard, found the grave opened took the coffin carried it to the church & found the vault there also open.
A man named Murtagh one of the men who helped in the removal told this to Mrs Reilly.
It seems the P.P. wouldnt allow the body to be buried in the church, at first.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 11:43
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There was always a dread of the butter being taken. Suspected persons were not allowed into the house while the churning was going on, and if anybody did come in they had to help otherwise they would be blamed if the butter failed to appear
An asses shoe or ploughshare was placed under the churn, and nobody was allowed to take fire out of the house while the operation was going on, such as a man kindling his pipe with a live coal etc.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 11:39
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Xmas Day to Jany 6th
It was considered unlucky to dig the earth during the 12 days of Xmas and no man here would plough during that time
Holy Week
People never draw blood during Holy Week.
May Day
I have heard it said in this neighbourhood that it is unlucky to give out fire on May Day. matches candles, paraffin oil etc.
First Friday of the month
A slit put in the right ear of calves on the 1st Friday of the month of its birth is supposed to preseve the animal from Blackleg.
Plough
Ploughmen in this neighbourhood never leave a plough facing the north.
Sowing
Seedlings are supposed to make a [?] growth if sown when the moon is full.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 11:27
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Story of Thomas Plunkett and Mary Cruise.The name Rathmore ie the Great Rath, is said be derived from a rath occasionally inhabited by King Naill Glun Dubh (916 - 919). In the early fifteenth century, the Lord of Rathmore was Sir Christopher Cruise. According to tradition, Sir Christopher had lived to a mature age, unmarried, but late in life losing his taste for celibacy married a lady with whose beauty and amicable disposition he had been captivated. The marriage enraged his kinsman, particularly one of his nephews who hoped to succeed him. The Lord of Rathmore and his wife went to spend some days at Cruistown, which along with Moydavagh was also his property. The castle at Cruisetown stood beside an artificial mound, near the now ruined church in which there still exists a sculpture emblazoned tomb of the Cruises. One fine sunny day, Sir Christopher and his lady walked to Moydavagh. On their return an ambush was set for them near the castle of Cruistown. On the way, the Lady of Rathmore had a premonition of tragedy and warned her husband in Irish (then the vernacular). Just then several armed men sprang from a thicket, rushing towards them. The husband with his back against a tree defended himself as well as he could and urged his lady to rush into the castle for help. She made good her escape but Sir Christopher was killed. Realising that her husbands life was not the only sacrifice, she fled to England, taking with her the title deeds and having sunk in a coffer/coffin the family plate in the local lake. To save the plate and property of Rathmore was her next object. She sent a messenger to Rathmore enquiring the attendance of the domestics at the funeral of their late master in Cruistown church. Meanwhile, the castle gates were shut and it was announced that his widow too was dead. On account of family feuds it was alleged she could not be buried with her deceased husband. The men of Rathmore carried a coffin covered with a pall but pierced throughout with hol
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 11:22
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After the wedding they held a dance. During the dance all the boys round about got a rope and tied the latch of the door and got a ladder and went up to the top of the house and stuffed the chimney to keep the smoke down, and when the people in the house saw the house full of smoke they ran to open the door but they couldn't But a man named George Barrlow heard this he ran to open it and to let them and so they got up and and cleared the chimney.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 11:19
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There was marriage in a house near our house know now as Mulligan. The couple's name was -: Bessie Blake and Kit Quin
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 11:17
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Q., As round as an apple, as flat as a pan.
The half of a woman, and whole of a man.
A. A Queen Victoria Penny.
Q. As round as an apple, as sharp as a lance.
If you got up on it, it would carry you to France.
A. The moon.
Q. What is full and holds more?
A. A pot full of potatoes, when water is put in
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 11:16
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Q. In yonder green meadow there is a gisatt.
Four and twenty carpenters working at that.
Some with straw bonnets and more with rush hats.
I'll give you two hours to riddle me that.
A. A bees' nest.
Q. A little wood, a little wire.
A little house without a fire.
A. A bird's cage.
Q. If Luke has it in front, Paul has it behind and Paddy Mulligan has it twice in the one place. What is it?
A. The letter L.
Q. The night man in a hospital met the head-man and said "I was dreaming about you all night." Immediately the head-man went and sacked him. What did he sack him for?
A. For sleeping at his post.
Q. "Over there in the bog it was seen.
In a beautifu suit of green.
Now it's at home in a suit of white.
And serves us for a candle light.
A. A peeled rush dipped in grease, used for a candle in olden days.
Q. Said a child to it's father. "How does it come,
That you are my father and I am not your son.
A. Because the child was his daughter.
Q. What stands, wags it's tail and runs.
A. A Pump
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 11:09
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some thing wrong. He wanted to make his escape but they held him fast until the police came. When the news spread there came such a crowd that the police did not get time to bring him to custody. The people dragged him to the Clegarrow road and nearly beat him to death, and hanged him up on a tree and finished him in spite of the police as the law was not as strict then as it is now. That put a finish to the card-playing in that house but it is there still and also the murdering Hollow. Both belong to Rhainstown farm now.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 11:06
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Long ago when the roads were not as plentiful as they are nowadays and the people used to have to get the best way of going they they coud. But there was a well-know path from Baconstown across Rhainstown which led out to the Clegarrow road. It was a very lonely way of travelling. There was only one house on the pass-way where some young men went card-playing. One night a young girl came in on her way home from her employer's house. As she thought she lost her way, she asked if she was on the right way to Clegarrow. One of the young said he would leave her out at the Clegarrrow road. Just as they were out a bit from the house he inquired of her where she was coming from and she said she was coming from her situation in Kildare. After hearing this information he thought she should have money. He dragged her down to a hollow and killed her but was disappointed. He covered her with grass and then returned to his card-playing, and in every hand of cards he would get the spades would turn red. The rest of his companions knew there was
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:58
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Once there lived a man whose name was Michael Mooney. He was going to a neighbour's house to play cards. When he arrived, they were all waiting for him to bring the cards. They played cards till 12 o'clock in the night. When he was going the woman of the house told him not to bring the pack of cards "Why" said he "Because" said she "if you have a pack of cards after midnight the devil will appear" He laughed and went out.
As he was going home that night he was wondering was there any trugh in what the woman had said he heard a voice saying "Beware". He was frightened. Then he thought it was imagination and went on walking. Just as he was passing the churchyard two white clouds flashed across the road and he was knocked down. When he looked up again he saw a horrible looking figure. It had long horns, black face, two eyes like fire, a hooked nose, pointed chin, long arms, and skinny fingers with long nails. It was the devil. He blessed himself and then there was an unearthly roar and it dissappeared. He ran to the nearest house and told his story. They got the priest and he blessed the place.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:52
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In a field of Patrick Gorrey's Clondoogan there is supposed to be a stray sod. If a person stands on this sod he or she will not get out of the field that night.
Once an old woman named Mrs. Malone, was going home from Patrick Gorrey's one night with a can of milk. She had to cross this field as it was the shortest way. The night was very dark and she could hardly see her way. She thought of the Stray Sod but considered it was a lie. When she was half-way across she found she was not going towards the gap. She turned in the direction of it and walked straight for it but she could not get it. She decided to go all round the hedge so that she could not miss it, but she found that she was on the opposite side of the field so she went back to the other side and tried to get through the hedge when a voice said "Dont come out here." She tried to scream but she could not. When morning came she was in the field still. She went home and never went out in the night any more.
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2020-03-31 10:46
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to dinner that evening.
He came and had dinner. After dinner they played cards. The stranger won the most games. When they were playing a considerable length of time a card fell on the ground. The Doctor stooped to pick it up. Then he noticed on the stranger goats feet and he got a great fright because he knew it was the devil. The Doctor sent for the minster unknown to him. When the minster came he prayed over him but nothing happened. Then they sent for the priest. The priest's name was Fr. Hart and when the devil saw him coming he said, "Here is Bully Hart." The priest came in and prayed over him. He sweated three shirts while he prayed. The the Devil said "I will not go untill you will give me something." They did not know what to give. The priest took up a black-cat and flung it to him. They took up the heartstone and put the Devil under it and closed it up again. The mark of his foot is still to be seen on the door-step where he came in.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:40
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Once a Protestant named Dr. Foster, lived in Bramhall in the place where Joseph Muray resides now. One day he went out hunting on a white horse. During the course of the hunt he jumped across a big fence. He then noticed another horseman on a white horse jumping alongside of him. The two men fell into chat and kept together the whole day. The Doctor invited him
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:38
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girls commenced to return. They reached a hill which often was said to be the home of fairies. They sat on the grassy top of the hill to rest for a while as the day was very sultry. Soon a host of gaily but quaintly-dressed men appeared from a hole in the hill top and opening some deep pockets in the sides of their green knicker-bockers, they took out golden coins from them. They counted and counted them again and again. One of these tiny men asked one of the girls if she had as much money in the can as they had. They wondered and opened the can and found it full of gold. They closed the can over joyed and they started for home. One of the men asked them to look into the can again. They did so and found it full of peels of potatoes. They returned to their homes wearied and disappointed at their hard luck.
To this day Mrs. Peter Reilly tells this story about her own and her dead sister's encounter with the fairies that day so may years ago when but happy thoughts filled her mind.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:32
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Some local men went to get this treasure. They started on the top of the hill, which was very steep and round, to dig with spades and shovels. They were not very long digging till they came to the top of a kind of a pyramid made of stones. They were about to remove some stones when a thin far away voice said "Go no further." Neither did they, they ran away in alarm never waiting to close the the hole which they had made. The hole is still to be seen on the hill. Needless to say they did not get the treasure. Since then a man carries a light from that hill to Kellett's Hill and from that through the bog to Warren's Moat. It can be seen by any person at 10 p.m especially in the month of October. When a person looks at it, it seems to be stopped but when you don't look at it for a few minutes it has got on a good distance.
Once two young men lay in hiding to see what it was. As the light drew near they noticed a man carrying a wisp of lighted grass. When he was about 20 yds from them the light went out. As he was passing by they nearly fainted. The light appeared again when he had passed.
The people who watched to see what would happen saw the light pass as before. The people call it "Willie the Wisp"
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:20
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Travelling folk are very common in this country. The people do not like travelling folk calling to their houses because when they come they are too hard to get rid of. They go round in families and bands. Some go round in caravans, others in ponies and carts. The tinkers sell gallons and saucepans. They buy the tin in the shops and make gallons out of it. Tramps go round with baskets and they sell combs and brushes and pictures, beads and prayer books, pins and needles. Sometimes they camp on the side of the road and stay there for perhaps one night and sometimes for a week. The people do not like them for they do a lot of damage to their fences pulling bushes for firestuff. Some sleep in their caravans during the night. The people that travel this district are the Rooneys and Teelans.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:16
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is also a very useful animal. Some sheep are fed on the mountains and others on pasture.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:14
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The domestic animals on the farm are cows, calves, goats, sheep and horses. All these animals are fed on grass on the farm and in Winter they are housed and fed on hay, the cows get turnips and bruised oats and the horses get carrots and oats. The cows are tied by the neck with a chain. The chain is attached to the manger-stick by a staple and there is a crook on the chain and when the chain is placed around the cow's neck the crook is put into one of the links. In the Winter when they are brought home in the evenings they are put in and fed with hay and later on they are fed again. The shed is covered with galvanized iron and the floor of the shed is cemented and sloping towards one end of the stable. In the morning they are put out and the stable is cleaned out and a fresh bed is put in. The are milked twice every day, in the morning and in the evening. The horses are tied in the stable with a halter. The dog and the cat are the most domestic of all the farm animals. The dog hunts the cattle and brings home the cows in the evening and the cat kills rats and mice. The sheep
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:09
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In my house our domestic animals are the dog and the cat, and we have also five cows two horses and nineteen cattle. We have no names for the cows but one of the horses is called Nora and the other one is called Lily. We have about fifty hens and when we call them we say "tioc, tioc." The cows are driven in from the field to the byre every morning and evening to be milked. The byre is a large shed and there is a loft with a slated roof over it. There are a line of mangers along the wall and each cow knows her own manger and she goes into it where she is tied. They are tied with chains which go round their necks and are attached to an iron bar by means of a ring. The ring runs up and down the bar according as the cow moves her head. Our dog is a brown and white collie and his name is Teddy. He is very useful for driving sheep and cattle. The horse's stable is a big shed and there are two big mangers in it. The horses are tied with a rope which goes through the boards of the manger. There is a wooden block tied to the end of the rope, so that the horse cannot pull the rope out from between the boards.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 10:02
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The gipsy folk are well know in this district. some call them tinkers. They are believed to be descended from the Arabs and indeed the deep bronze of their skin would seem to account for this, but it is more probably caused by the open air life they lead. Those of them who are not lucky enough to possess a caravan sleep in a rudely erected gipsy tent in the open. The caravan is a gipsy house on wheels with a window on the side and a door on the back. The women folk go from house to house with a basket, selling glassware, pictures, mirrors, combs, brushes, laces and other trifling domestic accessories. The men make tin cans and saucepans and sell them. They also make gipsy tables from stout ash sticks and one end of a box and sell them too. They don't come at any special time of the year or at any special feast days. Some of them travel alone and more of them in groups and families.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 09:57
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which they brand them, some with red and some with blue chalk. Others cut them with a scissors.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 09:57
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There are a lot of local fairs in this district. The nearest ones are, Kingcourt, Carrickmacross, Ardee and Nobber. The fairs are not all held on a fair green except in Ardee, the rest are held in the streets. The fair is a very noisy place. The bellowing of the cattle, the squeeling of the pigs and the shouting and bargaining of the men. The horses cattle and sheep are in separate places. If a man is making a bargain with the buyer of the animal they will slap hands together showing that they have agreed on making the bargain and taking the money. The farmer tries to get a good price for his animal and the buyer tries to give him a miserable price. The fair of Kingscout is held on the first Tuesday of the month. The fair of Nobber is held every third Tuesday of the month. Long ago there used to be a fair in Drumconrath but now there is none because no buyers would come to buy the animals. The farmers and buyers swear and curse and talk while they are making the bargain. The cattle are very dear in the month of September. In the fair when there are a lot of cattle and sheep the buyers know them by the different ways in
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 23:50
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There is a holy well a few fields away from my house. It is called Tobair na Fura. The fame of this well went far and wide. The people of long ago came in crowds, to pay rounds there from very long distances. It is supposed to cure all diseases of the head.
There is a rock near it which has to be visited on the last day of the rounds and the prints of The Blessed Virgin's feet and knees are on it. When a cure was to take place the people heard a sound in the well like the croaking of a frog. There is a spring well near and the young children of the farms in this land often bring in the water by mistake from the Blessed well to boil, and it never gets hot: no matter how long it is kept over the fire.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 23:47
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The people used to eat three meals a day breakfast, dinner and supper. They would have stirabout for the breakfast potatoes for the dinner and bread and sweet milk for the supper and when the bread would be scarce they would have potatoes and butter milk for the supper. They would have the potatoes spread on a basket. The basket was put on a pot and the pan was put in the middle of the basket and all sat round the basket and ate as much as they wanted. The vessels that people used before cups were known, were wooden vessels. Some of them had two handles and more of them had only one handle. The bread the people used to eat was oaten bread and rye bread. It was the custom for the people to eat as much eggs as they were able on Easter Sunday. The young people used to go out into a field and bring eggs and tea with them. They would boil the eggs in a saucepan and eat them. The people used to have pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 23:42
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The food eaten now is different from the food eaten long ago. The people used to eat three times a day. The breakfast, dinner and supper. The breakfast consisted of porridge, The dinner consisted mostly of potatoes and butter-milk. The dinner was served on a wide shallow basket sitting on a pot in the centre of the floor. Sometimes they had a pan in the middle of the basket with cabbage and bacon on it. The supper cane next. It consisted of porridge and milk. The milk was drank out of wooden cups called noggins. Some of these cups had two handles. Long ago people often worked in the morning before they at their breakfast, they would get oaten bread and sweet milk. The oaten bread was made with warm water, oaten meal and salt.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 23:38
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No matter when people meet the conversation always turns to the weather. Of all things going it is the most uncertain for one day is sunny and the next wet. There are many signs of weather.
When the sun goes down drowned and if there is a circle round the moon it is a sign of rain.
Another sign of the weather is, when the dogs are sick that is the sign of rain.
When you rise in the morning if the animals are lying it is the sign of good weather and if they are standing with their backs to the ditches it is a sign of rain. When the cats sit with their backs to the fire and wash their faces it is a sign of rain and when the dog will not eat for you it is also a sign of rain.
When the distant hills look near it is a sign of rain and when they look very far away it is a sign of good weather.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 23:33
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There are many signs indicating changes in the weather. When the weather is hot and the sky very dark it is a sign that there will be a change to rain. When the wind blows from the south, south-west or west it is a sign of rain and if the sun goes down drowned it is also a sign of rain. When there is a circle round the moon at night it is a sign of rain. The animals, birds, and insects also indicate changes in the weather. If the sheep are lying early in the morning it is a sign of good weather and if the sun goes down red it is also a sign of good weather. When the swallow flies high in the sky or when the crows go home high in the sky it is a sign of good weather. When the dog eats grass or when the cat sits with his back to the fire it is a sign of rain. When the wind blows from the North or North-East it is a sign of snow or when the stars are twinkling at night it is a sign of frost. When the wind blows from the North in Summer it is a sign of dry weather.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 23:28
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There are many signs indicating the changes in the weather. When the weather is hot and the clouds are dark and the sun goes down drowned the evening before and if there is a circle round the moon and the stars are watery the night before it is a sign that it is going to rain. When the wind blows from the south east it will rain. The animals also indicate the signs of rain. The dog is sick and he eats grass sad and the goats seek shelter in the fields and the cattle and sheep feed early in the morning, the pigs are very restless and don't sleep. The insects also indicate the signs of rain. The spider creeps from the cobweb and the flies disturb the cattle. The soot falls down the chimney and the distant hills look near. In Summer the swallow skips over the grass and the fish jump up over the water and the frog changes from yellow to brown. The robin sings on the top of a high bush and the blackbird's voice is lonely and shrill. All these indicate the signs of rain. When the wind blows from the north is a sign of snow and when the stars are glittering it is a sign of frost. If the sun goes down red it is a sign of good weather.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 23:22
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at your hand and there you will see?
That one finger is longer than the other.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 23:21
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On yonder hill there stands a house and in the house, there is a room and in the room there is a drawer, and in the drawer there is a dish and in the dish there is a cup, and in the cup there is a drop that every man must taste.
Death.
What flower will you find in the Zoo?
Dandylion.
Elizabeth, Betty, and Tess went to the wood to look for nests, they found a nest with three eggs in it, each of them took an egg how many were left.
Two.
What part of your body comes into the house first?
Your Breath.
What is that which you give to others but still have it yourself?
Your Voice.
Middy, noddy, round body three feet and a wooden hat.
A Pot.
What goes out between two woods and comes home between two waters.
A man fetching water in pails.
Headed like a thimble, tailed like a rat, you may guess for ever but couldn't guess that.
A Pipe.
As I looked out on my grand father's window I heard a man calling, his mouth was horn and such a man was never born.
A cock crowing.
What never was, what never will be, look
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 23:13
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tree.
What letter is good for a deaf woman?
The letter 'A' because it makes her hear.
What goes from Dublin to Cork without moving
The road.
A house full a room full and you could not catch a spoonfull.
- Smoke.
What is the difference between an aeroplane and a tree?
- One leaves the shed and the other sheds the leaves.
Whay does a donkey eat thistles?
Because he is an ass.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 23:11
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It is white, it is red, it is parliament green, the king cannot touch it or either the queen.
- A rainbow.
Black and white went up a hill, black came down and white stood still.
- A black hen laying her egg in a nest on the top of a hill.
What bears and never blossoms?
A crook.
How would you get down off an ass.
- There is no down on him it is all hair.
Why does a hen cross the road?
Because the other side of the road would not come over to her.
As round as an apple as plump as a ball goes over the market house, steeple and all.
- The sun.
Long legs, short thighs, a little head and no eyes.
- A tongs.
What is that which is often cut on the table and eaten?
A pack of cards.
Forty sheep went out on a gap, forty more followed that, six, seven, ten, eleven, three and two how many is that.
- Five.
Around the house and around the house and their heads down.
- Nails in your boots.
Around the wood and around the wood and never goes into the wood.
- The bark of a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 23:04
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What is that which is invisible yet never out of sight.
the letter "S".
Why does a chicken cross the road?
Because the road won't cross the chicken.
In a square room there sits four cats, in front of each cat sits three, and on every cat's tail there sits a cat how many cats there be?
Four.
As round as an apple as flat as a pan one side a woman and the other a man.
A penny.
Why is a horse never hungry when he's going a long journey?
Because he always has the bit in his mouth.
How would you make trousers last?
Make the coat and the vest first.
That is a good fire and nobody in it and they in America are in it to night.
They are in America.
What letter is good for a deaf woman. The letter "a" because it makes her hear.
Dublin Derry Cork and Kerry spell me that without a k.
That
What is the strongest day in the week?
Sunday because all the rest are week days.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 22:59
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What has a neck and body but nothing else?
A bottle.
Which ship do we all like to avoid?
Hardship.
What is that which never asks questions yet requires many answers?
The door-bell.
Why should a hen be never untidy?
Because she carries a comb with her.
How can you cure a slow horse?
Tie him to a post and make him fast.
When is a penny like a hermit?
When it is a loan.
Why should Ireland soon be rich?
Because its capital is Dublin.
When should you lose your temper?
When it is a bad one.
What are the most unsociable things in the world?
Milestones, you never see two together.
Why is a miser like a man with a bad memory.
He is always forgetting.
When is a ship sentimental?
When it hugs the shore.
What has a face and no head?
A clock.
What has a head and no face?
A match.
As white as snow, as green as grass, as red as blood, and as black as ink?
A damson.
Why does a cow look over the ditch?
Because she cannot look under it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 22:53
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What is the best thing to make in a hurry?
Haste.
What is the ugliest hood ever worn?
Falsehood.
Name a bridge that has not yet been crossed by a human being?
The bridge of your nose.
When must a man keep his word?
When no one else will keep it.
What goes round the house and round the house and sleeps in the corner at night?
A brush.
What goes up a hill before a horse?
His breath.
Once in a minute, twice in a moment and not once in a hundred years.
The letter M.
If (i) was in the sun and (u) out of it want would the sun become.
Sin.
Black and white and red all over.
A newspaper.
When is a pup not a pup.
When he is a greyhound.
What tree is found in a calendar?
The date.
There is a little house and it would not fit a mouse and it has as many windows as the Lord Mayors house.
A thimble
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 22:46
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There are a lot of indications of the weather in this district. If the clouds are low it is a sign of rain, If the fire burns bright and clear it is a sign of frost. When the stars glitter it is a sign of good weather. When the cat sits with her back to the fire it is a sign of a storm. When there is a circle of light round the moon it is a sign of rain. When the mountains seem near it is a sign of rain. It is a sign of good weather to see the sheep lying down in the morning. When the wind blows from the south-west, west or south-east it is a sign of rain. If the dog is sick and eats grass it is a sign of rain. If the crows fly high going home in the evening it indicates good weather. When the animals stand with their backs to the hedge it is a sign of storm.
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2020-03-30 20:42
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XIV
"Bird!" I cried, ere thou departest, though of birds thou'rt not the smartest,
Tell me, tell me, shall an artist thy spoiled plumage yet restore,
And in magazine or journal shall I write, thou bird nocturnal,
Of the deed this beast infernal has committed at my door?
Shall thy epitaph be written, for I'm skilled in rhyming lore!"
But the owl groaned "I'm no more."
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2020-03-30 20:39
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is a truth derived from lore,
Famed for wisdom ever more.
XII
But my wife, who, nothing fearing, stood behind, amused and leering -
Leering at the awkward figure I had cut before the door;
"Fool!" she said "O fool and coward, by such idle fears o'erpowered!"
And those comforts then were showered which Job's wife would yield of yore;
So the veil of strange delusion from my vision quick she tore -
"'Tis an Owl, and nothing more!"
XIII
So it was - the bird was dying, for within a corner lying,
Was a fierce tom-cat, whose presence I had failed to note before;
Thence a prisoner lately borne, his stong pinions sadly torn,
And of all his prowess shorn, he - Minerva's bird of yore -
Had escaped from Tom's embraces while yet struggling on the floor,
But to flutter never more!
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 20:33
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As then met my startled vision I had never seen before,
Even in dreams not quie Elpian when transported to that shore
Where none came back ever more!
X
In a deep recess 'twas sitting - showed no signs of flight or quitting;
Such a visage - so unearthly - none but demons ever wore;
"Heaven shield me from all danger! - guard me from that fiend-like stranger!"
Thus I cried, while in a manger just behind the crazy door,
Suddenly I heard a rustle - "Bless me, bless me, all is o'er"
"Surely" said I, "here are more!"
XI
Horrified, bewildered, speechless - death himself you'd think could teach less
Than the hook-nosed, round-faced goblin that I shivering stood before -
All my by-past sins and errors came renewed and dressed in terrors,
And I scarcely hoped that mercy - tender mercy - was in store;
For, that "conscience makes us cowards"
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 20:26
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but the brains of one who haply never hatred to me bore;
Might it not be some poor fellow who had tasted of the "mellow",
While assisting at a "Congress" in the neighbouring spirit store,
Now retired to his "lodgings on the cold ground", rather "tore",
There to rest, and nothing more?
VIII
To my room, then, backward turning, every thought of rashness spurning,
By the fire brightly I reclined me as before,
And my fancy free from sadness, flew to former scenes of gladness,
Where true mirth, not maudlin madness, kept "the tables in a roar",
And I said, poor jolly fellow! let him also have a snore
Till I wake him up once more".
IX
Presently the noise grew stronger; I could stand the thing no longer,
So a light within a lantern to the stable quick I bore;
Save me, save me from predition! such a frightful apparition
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2020-03-30 20:20
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V
There I heard a dismal groaning, a bewailing or bemoaning,
Such a weary mortals utter when the heart within is sore,
And I peer'd into that stable, but to fathom was unable
The dark doubts which then beset me of the voice within the door
Of that lone neglected out house, where I had not been before,
For three months, perhaps, and more.
VI
Then I shouted like a Vandal to my wife to fetch a candle,
And I grasped an old spade-handle, that I seldom touched before;
"Wretch!" I cried, or vile intruder, tell me how it is that you dare
Skulk about me house, to rob me?" and I further stoutly swore
I should hand him to the barrack that is opposite my door,
Just ten perches, and no more.
VII
But a sudden thought came flashing,
which constrained me then from dashing
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2020-03-30 20:15
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I myself of real "Virginny" like to keep a goodly store
(Half an ounce per day, or more).
III
Then my thoughts ranged farther - wider, till I gazed upon a spider
That was weaving - weaving cobwebs on the ceiling o'er my door;
For such things in every station will escape the observation
Of the tidiest servant maiden that can get upon your floor,
And our "help" is rather youthful - a small girl; half-a-score.
Is her age, not one day more.
IV
Testily I down my book laid, muttering, grumbling about "Euclid",
On a settle in a nook laid, I resolved to have a snore,
And while thus I went a dozing, on that settle snug reposing,
Both my eys serenely closing - list! a noise at the back door!
Where I've got a sort of out-house, partly stable, partly store,
Holding lumber, nothing more.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 20:10
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Founded on Fact
After "The Ravan" of Edgar Allan Poe.
"Angels and ministers of grace defend us"
Shakespeare
I
By a snug fire sitting, with my wife beside me knitting,
And a little dog and kitten playing tricks upon the floor,
Late I sat engaged in poring, the deep mystery exploring
Of a problem that was boring - boring me that day before,
In my school, where noisy urchins I have got to teach four score,
Yes, indeed, and often more.
II
And the light that from my taper dimly fell on book and paper
Was obscured by the thick vapour from a pipe my visage bore;
For if moodiness attack you, or perplexing thought should rack you,
I advise try tobacco, as a solace for your core;
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2020-03-30 20:05
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When we went side by side.
'Tis sad to think our school boy haunts
Have since been scenes of woe -
The change oft brings a bitter tear,
Since thirteen years ago.
VII
You'll ask me oft of many things
I do not like to tell;
You'll wish to hear of youthful friends,
We both loved long and well;
Next Sunday, James, you'll miss them all -
They're gone, or lying low,
Who cheered us with their honest smiles,
Some thirteen years ago.
VIII
A short time, and you'll bid us all,
Perhaps, a last adieu;
You're summoned back by duty's call
To her whose heart is true;
Yet, when you're far beyond the waves,
Say, will you oft bestow
A heart-found retrospective glance -
[?] thirteen years ago.
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2020-03-30 19:58
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And John will play the flute,
Then, up the river's grassy edge,
Will steer to Ballyhoe,
And be as merry on the Lake
As thirteen years ago.
IV
The Chesapeake, in all its pomp,
Is beautiful to see;
For Independence - bless the name -
Hath caused it so to be.
But, studded (as you've seen it, James),
With all the wealth can show,
You felt not those such pride as here,
Some thirteen years ago.
V
The bearded corn is on the brae,
Where oft we loved to roam,'
Ere wealth had tempted you to stray
From darling childhood's home;
'Twas then our young and artless hearts
Felt love's all-conquering glow,
When life and love were all the same,
Just thirteen years ago.
VI
Yet while our Lake is bright and clear,
And scenes along the Glyde
Have still the charms they used to wear
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2020-03-30 19:53
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A Ballad of the Affections
"Oh! God be with those happy times
Oh! God be with my childhood" - Keegan
I
You're welcome back across the seas,
My boyhood's darling friend!
Long vanished joys will come again,
When one bright hour we spend
In talking o'er the pride we felt,
When time was never slow -
While rambling through our native glens
Some thirteen years ago.
II
Your father's house is in the trees
That shade the infant Glyde;
The key-stone of the ruin'd bridge
Is at the old firesides;
Then let us sit near that old stone -
We oft were seated so -
When songs were sung, and tales were told,
Some thirteen years ago.
III
To-morropw we'll unmoor the boat,
And pull the mellow fruit;
I'll play the fiddlke once again,
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2020-03-30 15:07
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A person's mouth often broke his nose.
The person who does not sow in Spring will not reap in Autumn.
There are long horns on the cows in Connaught
Far away hills are green.
It is like throwing apples into an orchard.
Health is better than wealth.
Half an hour too soon is better that half a minute too late.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
There are good goods in small parcels.
It is a poor house cannot support one lady.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
He got the cold shoulder.
His father was born before him.
He who laughs best laughs last.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Honesty is the best policy.
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2020-03-30 15:03
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A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
The cows in Connaught have long horns.
The far away hills are green.
A penny for your thoughts.
A burned child dreads the fire.
Look before you leap.
Think twice before you speak once.
A penny saved is a penny gained.
Self praise in no recommendation.
Make new friends but keep the old ones, one is silver and the other is gold.
It is never too late to learn.
He who laughs last laughs best.
It is a cure for sore eyes to see you.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
It is a poor house cannot support one lady.
There is no use crying over spilt milk.
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2020-03-30 14:59
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Birds build their nests from year to year,
According to their kind
Some very neat and beautiful
Some easily designed.
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2020-03-30 14:57
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enjoyably spent in watchin the birds building their nests and afterwards, rearing their young.
The skylark's nest among the grass,
In waving corn is found.
The robin's on a shady bank,
With oak leaves strewed around.
The swallows build their nests of clay
In rows beneath the eaves
With silvery lichen moss and hair
The chaffinch interweaves
The wren builds in an ivied thorn,
Or old and ruined wall,
The mossy nest so covered in,
You scarce can see at all,
The sparrow has a nest of hay,
With feathers warmly lined,
The ringdove's careless nest of sticks
In lofty trees we find,
Rooks build together in a wood,
And often disagree.
The owl will build inside a barn
Or in a hollow tree.
The magpies nest is girt with thorns
In leafless tree or hedge.
The wild-duck and the water-hen
Build by the water's edge
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2020-03-30 14:52
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There are many different kinds of birds namely the robin, thrush, blackbird, stone-chat, linnet, crow, hawk, magpie, pigeon, lark, corncrake, wren, shell-duck and a lot of others. Some birds such as the crow, magpie, pigeon and hawk select the tops of tall trees to build their nests while other birds are content with more lowly positions. The robin builds her nest in a mossy bank, the wren in an ivied bush and the thrush and blackbird in a thorny one. Gorse bushes are the favourite place for the nests of the linnet and the stone-chat, while the lark and corncrake build their nests on the ground. Some nests such as those of the crow, magpie, pigeon and hawk are very simple in construction, being just an untidy mass of sticks. Birds get their building from different places, from the cowshed the field and the farmyard. The robin builds her nest of moss hair and feathers and the wren also from the same materials. The blackbird and thrush build their nests from hay and mud and line them comfortably with hair or feathers. The swallows build their nests almost of mud under the eaves of houses. The lark builds a very pretty nest on the ground and lines it with hair. The shell-duck actually burrows underground and makes his nest in sand or in a rabbit burrow. Many an hour can be
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2020-03-30 14:46
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The common birds of this district are the thrush, robin, wren, blackbird, yellow hammer, pigeon crow and the lark. The birds that migrate are, the cuckoo, swallow and the wild geese. The robin builds her nest in a mossy bank. It is made from moss and lined with feathers and hair. The blackbird builds her nest in a bush. It is made from hay and is plastered on the inside and outside with clay. the thrushes nest is the same. The wren builds the neatest nest of all the birds. She makes it from moss and lines it with hair and feathers. It is a round nest like a ball with a little hole in the side. She makes it in a bush or an old house. The pigeon builds her nest on top of a tall tree with a couple of sticks and a little hay. The crow builds her nest with sticks on the top of a high tree. The sparrow builds her nest in the eave of a house. She makes it from mud and hay.
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2020-03-30 14:32
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Then the person who would gather the money would divide it among the other people and they would keep it for themselves. Long ago the people used to go around for fun but nowadays it is for the purpose of gathering money. They go round in crowds some on bicycles, and some walking. The people that have a far journey to come take bicycles with them.
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2020-03-30 14:30
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There are a lot of feast days celebrated in this country but the most important one is the feast of St Peter and St Paul. We have an annual procession fo the Blessed Sacrament on that day that is on the 29th of June. Everbody dresses in their best attire and comes to it. The children are all dressed in white dresses. The band is first, then the children and then the men and women. Last of all is the priest with the Blessed Sacrament and also the mass servers. Then Benediction is given in the Grotto
The next greatest feast is the feast of St. Stephen That day is wren boys day. The wren-boys come round on that day dressed in every kind of old clothes. They have false faces on them to disguise themselves so that nobody will know them and they go from house to house gathering money and also singing the wren-boys song.
The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
St. Stpehen's day she was caught in the furze.
Although she is small her family is great,
Rise up young woman and give us a treat
She dipped her wing in a barrel of beer
I wish you all a happy New Year.