Líon iontrálacha sa taifead staire: 23070 (Taispeántar anseo na 500 ceann is deireanaí.)
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2020-07-07 13:18
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1690 - 2 Wm Smith
1718 Patrick Dunkin
1719 Ed Harris
1752 Wm Batt
1761 - 7 Matt Mc Clean
1791 John Crawford
1791 - 2 W Breaknock Wregge
1793 - 4 Robert Caldwell
1795 - 9 Moore Smith
1800 - 10 Wm Woolsey
1813 Joseph Tilkington
1815 - 31 Richard Woods
1832 Hugh Usher Tighe
1836 - 41 J L. Pindonin
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2020-07-07 13:14
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1821 Rev John Rogers (afterwards P. P. here)
1836 Rev. James Malone
1850 Rev James Byrne
1854 Rev. T Connolly
1855 Rev. H. Mc Ardle
1859 Rev. Thos. Hardman
1859 Rev Patrick Mc Cullough (afterwards P. P. here and Canon)
1867 Rev Thos Matthews
1867 Rev. John Clarke
1870 Rev. Patrick Clarke
1870 Rev. James Quigley
1878 Rev Thos. Murphy
1883 Rev. J Breagy
1883 Rev. L Taaffe
1885 Rev Francis Carolan
1888 Rev C. Short
1888 Rev P. Grant
1894 Rev J Grean
1894 Rev. Thomas Mc Cullough
1896 Rev P. Conlon
1896 Rev A Mc Evoy (now P P. Kilsaran
1907 Rev A Byrne
1908 Rev. Harmon (now Canon in Ardee)
1910 Rev J Blacker
1922 Rev. Thos Shoraghan
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2020-07-07 13:07
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1691 Fr James Mackle Harry
1704 Fr James Carr.
1747 In a return to the House of Lords of this year it is said "Besides the officiating priests returned by His Grace (the Lord Primate) there is an assistant to the priest at Dromiskin, who is a friar.
1766 Rev Eq Boyle (Dromiskin) & Rev Thos Kieran (Darver)
1806 Rev George Dowd
1821 Rev Andrew Leirns
1846 Rev John Rogers
1846 Rev Thomas Callan
1871 Canon Patrick Mc Cullough
1895 Revd Joseph Healy
1907 Rev Patrick Murray
1922 Rev Peter Johnson (Now Canon)
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2020-07-07 13:02
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Heffernan (2)
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Mynes (2)
Pennock
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Halligan
Stones
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Callagher
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Rogan (4)
Conlon
Boylan
Cooney
Aldgrove
Mc Grath
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Kavanagh
Conachey
M Elroy
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Johnson (2)
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Toal
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Heeney
Hoey
Caffrey
Lalor
Landy
Coleman
Quinn
Wynne
Mc Guirk
Lee
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Tansy
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2020-07-07 12:47
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Connor (2)
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Culligan
Cunnigham
Cluskey
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2020-07-07 12:38
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when he was young an old man told him there were three public houses in Lurgangreen at the time of the fair, one in the house that a Mr. Rooney now lives another in a Mr. Forbes's house and a third in Farrelly's present-day public house. A man named Coffey owned Farrelly's public house, another named Wilson owned Forbes's of Lurgangreen and another named Cheshire owned the one in Rooney's. Many people have heard of the Fair of Lurgangreen, but that is all the information to be had about it.
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2020-07-07 12:35
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About two miles from here is a small hamlet called Lurgangreen. There is one public house and a sweet-shop in it. Mr. Farrelly owns the public-house and Mr. Hayes the sweet-shop. There is history attached to Lurgangreen because a fair was held there about ninety years ago. In the year sixteen hundred and ninety leave was given to a Sir Thomas Ridgeway to hold a fair in Lurgangreen. It was a great fair and it lasted into the earlier nineteenth century when it was discontinued because Lurgangreen at that time was in a very inconvenient position.
There were three fairdays in the year namely, the twenty-first of May, the twenty-fifth of July, and the eleventh of November. There is no person living of the present day, in Dromiskin, who has seen the fair or its site because they have long since died, but tradition tells us that it was held on a field belonging to Mr. J. Mac dowell called "the green". This field runs parallel to the main Dublin-Belfast road and sea-shore for about one hundred and fifty yards. My uncle told me that
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2020-07-07 12:29
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In this farming district of Dromiskin there are many farmers, and each farmer has a fairly good stock of animals, but when the money runs low the farmer is forced to sell his best animals at the fair.
There are four fairs within a radius of fifteen miles, namesly Dundalk fair six miles from Dromiskin, Dunleer about seven miles, Ardee nine miles, and Drogheda fifteen.
Farmers in this parish don't usually sende their stock to Drogheda fair as it is the furthest distance away. Of course, in October a great horse fair is held there and a few prominent farmers from Dromiskin travel there for the purpose of buying or selling horses. Dunleer fair is held on the first Wednesday of each month, Ardee on the second Wednesday of each month and Dundalk on the third. One the seventeenth of May a monster fair is held in Dundulk and that fair is recognised as the largest in County Louth. Each of the three town has a railway line running throung it, and therefore there is no trouble in conveying the animals to the fairs.
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2020-07-07 12:20
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V
There was a mail coach going from Cork to Dublin passing by Ballyporeen. It was robbed near Ballyporeen by three men; the two Ryans and a man named Walsh, They hid the gold at the place called the three Doons. Collin's horse men surrounded them
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2020-07-07 12:20
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IV
One day two men were see coming up from Cahair-Gael with a crock of gold, and it is said that they hid it our land ("Patrick Murphy") by the bank of the Sheep River. It was dug for several times at the spot where it is said to be hidden but they always met a big flag and when they came to it they were hunted by something black on the other side of the river, which was about as big as a dog.
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2020-07-07 12:18
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2020-07-07 12:17
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VI
In one of the fileds in Thomas Hickeys farm Lisfuncheon in the parish of {Ballyporeen & Clogheen} there are houses under the ground. There is gold hidden there.
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2020-07-07 12:17
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VII
There was a big house in Brackbawn (parish of Kilbehenny) and it had a big cellar. It was a protestant named Mrs Fitsgibbons house. It is a few fields below John Cleary's house and there is gold hidden there.
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2020-07-07 12:16
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VIII
A few weeks ago. Men were working at Slatterys in Carriganroe in the parish of Ballyporeen. They were taking downs the roof of the house. They found a lump of gold under a big stick. They are digging for more for which they expect.
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2020-07-07 12:15
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and brought them to Ballyporeen as it was the law to bring them back to the place they did the deed. They were Courtmartialed and hanged and it was only a few years ago the crock of gold was found by a young boy of the Cleary's.
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2020-07-07 12:14
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A great grand uncle of mine dreamt that three nights after one another that there was a crock of gold under a white-thorn bush in the Blackroad. On the fourth night he got a bottle of holywater and went to the place where he thought the gold was. He sprenkled the holywater around in a ring and began to dig inside the ring. He dug about five feet down and he struck the pot and he heard a noise and and he thought the Galtees were falling down on him and he looked up and he saw a white horse without any head running around the ring of holywater.
He stopped digging and when morning came the horse vanished and the man went home. When the farmer got
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2020-07-07 12:13
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IX
Gold is hidden in the townland of Loughananna (parish of Kilbehenny) in a gorge beside the lodge at the western entrance to Galtee Castle occupied by Michael Keane.
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2020-07-07 12:12
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A man named John McGrath who lives in the Blackroad dreamt three times of gold being hid in the corner of Pat Murphy's field. Two men named Micky Neill and Pat Gorman dug for it but they were hunted. Whoever hid the gold they put a man minding it. He had to swear an oath that he would mind it dead and alive and it was this man who hunted them for did digging it. They had sgeach bushes for marks growing on the fences of the field.
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2020-07-07 12:11
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up in the morning and saw the hole on the bank he was surprised and he filled in the hole again. Ten years after a big flood came and swept away the bank, and it is said that the crock was taken away by the blood.
The same man was drowned one night going across a field a dark night about a half mile from our house.
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2020-07-05 21:32
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somewhat hard to know when the churning is finished, but it is know by the appearance of small beads of butter on the dash.
when the churning is finished the butter is lifted by means of the clappers. It has been before this gathered into a lump by rocking it over and back. The clappers very much resemble miniature wooden spades. Having been taken out from the churn the butter is put into a wooden dish. this done cold water is thrown on it, and it is mixed about in the dish. This water is thrown out and more put in, and this continues until the butter is perfectly clean. Fine salt is then shaken on it. The amoung of salt put on it may differ according to the taste of the people. The salt is well mixed into the butter and this done the butter is made. Farmers who wish to sell their butter in shops or at the market generally have prints with beautiful diagrams on them, which when pressed on the butter give it a striking appearance.
The big farmers who have more than enought butter for themselves sell it in the shops or perhaps at the market in Dundalk which takes place each Monday.
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2020-07-05 14:26
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help, and if a visitor comes to the house while the churning is being done, he or she has to give a dash to the milk for the sake of luck. It is said that if the visitor does not take a dash, he or she will be able to "steal" the butter; of course, I do not mean that he or she will take the butter from the churn and take it away, but that he or she can wish that the butter were on his or her own churn.
Although the churning of the milk does not take more than half an hour, that is, of course, with the dash churn, with the revolving churn it can be done in twenty minutes.
Water is a necessity in churning. It is applied as often as is necessary. Cold water is used in the Summer becaue of the heat, and warm water in Winter because of the cold. If warm water is applied in Summer it would make the butter pale and without much taste and cold water in Winter makes it difficult to churn. When the churn has been cleaned and scoured well the milk is put into it. Some people shake a small pinch on the lid of the churn for luck. Of course, this is only a superstitious belief. With the dash churn it is
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2020-07-05 14:20
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This is a farming area and therefore the farmers have many cows. For this reason the churn is a necessary implement in order to churn the milk.
There are two kinds of churns in use in this district. They are the dash churn and the barrel churn. However, as it a dash churn which is in use in my house, I will describe it to the best of my ability. there are not many of this kind of churn in the parish now, because many of the people use the revolving barrel curn which is much easier to use. Our churn is of a circular shape, thinner in the middle than at the top or bottom, and somewhat wider at the bottom than the top. It is 16½ inches high, 18½ inches in diameter at the top, 17 inches in the middle and 20 inches at the bottom. The dash when setting on the bottom of the churn porjects about one and a half feet above the top of it.
The parts of the churn are the dash, which when moved up and down churns the milk, the lid with the hole in the centre of it through which the dash is put and the body which is the principal part. Churning in our house is done twice a week.
My mother takes the principal part in the churning of the milk, but, of course, we all
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2020-07-05 14:11
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There was a landlord living in this district about sixty years ago. His name was Langford Rae.
The people had different opinions of him for he used to evict some people, and other people got their land and on account of that some people liked him and others did not.
Sometimes rich people gave him a lot of money and whatever person's land they wished for, he would evict him for no reason at all and he would give his land to the rich people.
Some of these people who were evicted went to foreign countries and others built huts at the foot of the mountain and from time to time they cultivated little bits of the mountain
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2020-07-05 14:11
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When he died he was buried in the Rae's tomb in Keel graveyard. In a year's time when the tomb was opened the coffin was decayed away and the corpse was quite sound. By Rae's orders he was taken out and buried in the field outside the church.
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2020-07-05 14:09
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Fé'n dtuaidh atá comhnaidhe orm, ach nuair a gheibhim laethannta Saoire an tSamhraidh téighim ar cuaird go m'uncail Phádraig atá ina chomhnaidhe sa mbaile Mór. Bhí laethannta Saoire thar bárr agam. Thagadh na comharsanna isteach chugainn chun an oíche a caitheamh agus bhíodh mo chroidhe amach i mo bhéal le teann faithchios mar bhiodh siad
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2020-07-05 14:08
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30 Iúil 1937
Sgriobh sios na haibirtí seo agus déan cibé is gádh orthu.
(a) droch-bhuachaill is iad (ea) Seán mar tá sé ag briseadh na fuinneoige
(b) Dá gcuirfí síol san Earrach bainfidh é sa bhfoghmhar.
Tháinig fear fiadháin isteach agus bhuail sé na m'ná.
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2020-07-04 13:29
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the marble (or blue clay) at the hole from a certain point. A little jerk of the thumb will shoot the marble forward. If the marble rools into the hole the owner gets one point. When a player gets twelve points he or she wins the game.
In the long Winter's evenings many fine games are played indoors such as Drughts, Ludo, Rings, Darts, Arching (Archery), Horse-raching, Blow-football, and Bagatelle. Draughts, Rings, and Darts are the oldest games and perhaps the best. Draughts are played in many houses and people often have competitions to decide which is the best player.
Games played with cards are "old maid", donkey, whist, solo-whist, crazy whist, "pass", "beg-of-my-neighbour, bridge, and fifteen, Bobs your uncle, snap, and lexicon. Whist is a very popular game and whist-drives are held over the parish. Lexicon and Bob's y'r uncle are only modern games
There are many other games played besides but these are some I know.
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2020-07-04 13:23
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A most popular game is ball-in-the-hat. For each player a hat is put against a wall. One of the players tosses a ball at the hats. If the ball lands in one of them the player who owns the had is obliged to run or he or she shall be hit with the ball by the player who tossed it at the hats. If the ball misses the running player, that player remains in the game, but if it hits he or she then the same is out of the game. When the game is over the stones (which are put in the players hats when they escape) are counted and the player who is the ownere of the most stones is obliged to hold out his or hand and each of the players gets three throws of the ball at the hand.
Marbles is a great game for the children not only in this parish but in the majority of the parishes in County Louth. A hole is made in the ground about two inches in circumfernce and each player gets a round piece of hard blue clay between the thumb and forefinger. Each player aims
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2020-07-04 13:19
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camogie players in the country. They reached the all-Ireland Final twice only to be defeated both times. Such was the luck of the game.
A popular game among the children is "four-corner-fool". Four stones are placed at even distances apart in the shape of a square. Four players stand one on each stone whilst another (the fool) stands in the centre. One player changes stones with another and the fool makes an attempt to get on a vacant stone. If he or she succeeds the player whose stone's occupied is the fool.
Yet another game is buttons. A stone is placed on the ground. This is called the "bob". Each player pitches a button at the "bob" and the person from the "bob" tosses the buttons harps (backs) up into the air. If they are heads (tops) up when they reach the ground the tosser keeps them but if they are harps up the next nearest tosses them. The men play with money and big bets are put on the result of the toss.
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2020-07-04 13:13
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There are many fine games played in this parish and all of them are good fun to play. Some games have gone into oblivion whilst others are only in vogue a short time. Perhaps the best game and the one most relished by the children as well as the adults is Gaelic Football. Since Gaelic football was founded we always had a fine team in Dromiskin. We are proud to say that many famous inter-county footballers were born in this parish. Our most famous team were the Unknowns. Darver Young Irelands represent our parish in Louth Gaelic football a the present day. Patrick Cluskey who is a member of the club playes with County Louth.
Camogluideact is a very popular G. A. A. game among the girls. We in the parish of Darver should be very proud of our camogie team. They have the popular distinction of representing Louth in Camogie circles, an honour which any parish in Ireland would be proud to have. Kathleen Hanratty, a local girl plays for the team and she is regarded as one of the best
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2020-07-04 13:06
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There was a song composed about it afterwards which the following is one of its verses.
"On Easter Sunday ninthy five,
Kilscannel church took fire
While the parson he was preaching.
And the rest around the fire.
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2020-07-03 01:15
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of Nic Halligan.
A famous king who proved to be a match for the Danes in this district died here and was buried in on of the graveyards, whether in the village one or in the one in White House it is not known. The rath overlooking the village from the south known as Doyles Rath is thought by some to mark his resting place.
The King referred to is Aedh Finnliath (Hugh of the Yellow Beard). According to the Chronicon Scotorum he "died at Druim inasglainn on the 12th of the Kalends of December on the 6th day of the week (i.e. 21st Dec) 879"
[Photograph] - Dromiskin House (The residence of Mr. H. P. Loftie, J.P. built on or near the Site of the ancient Primates' Palace).
(Photo by Mr. Loftle)
[Photograph] - Celtic Cross, Dromiskin Churchyard.
(Photo by Mr. H. G. Tempest)
Cross now erected over grave of Fr. Lassless P. P. Kilcurry, Dundalk.
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2020-07-03 01:15
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of Nic Halligan.
A famous king who proved to be a match for the Danes in this district died here and was buried in on of the graveyards, whether in the village one or in the one in White House it is not known. The rath overlooking the village from the south known as Doyles Rath is thought by some to mark his resting place.
The King referred to is Aedh Finnliath (Hugh of the Yellow Beard). According to the Chronicon Scotorum he "died at Druim inasglainn on the 12th of the Kalends of December on the 6th day of the week (i.e. 21st Dec) 879"
[Photograph] - Dromiskin House (The residence of Mr. H. P. Loftie, J.P. built on or near the Site of the ancient Primates' Palace).
(Photo by Mr. Loftle)
[Photograph] - Celtic Cross, Dromiskin Churchyard.
(Photo by Mr. H. G. Tempest)
Cross now erected over grave of Fr. Lassless P.O. Kilcurry, Dundalk.
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2020-07-03 00:58
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Lamb - Come Lammie; Come Lammie.
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2020-07-03 00:45
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In this great farming area there are many farmers' houses and around the latter there are many domestic and farm animals.
The owners sometimes have trouble getting the animals to come for food and to avoid confusion they call each variety by a different call. The following is a list of the animals and the calls used by their owners when calling them for food:-
Name - Call
Cow - Chee; Chee; Chee.
Calf - Suckie; Suckie; Suckie.
Cat - Pooish; Pooish; or Pussy; Pussy
Hen - Juckie; Juckie; Juckie.
Turkey - Bee; Bee; Bee (biadh)
Chicken - Butchy; Butchy; Butchy.
Duck - Weech; Weech; Weech.
Goose - Goosey; Goosey; Goosey.
Sow - Huraish; Huraish; Huraish.
Bonham - Gorry; Gorry; Gorry.
Dog - A whistle or Heah; Heah (here) or a sound like "click".
Goat - Kiddie; Kiddie; Kiddie.
Horse - Pshow; Pshow; Pshow.
Donkey - There are few donkeys around but the usual sound is "come".
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2020-07-03 00:31
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and puts them into pits there, but he often puts them in pits in the field. He generally makes a pit in the following manner.-He digs an oblong hole about the depth of nine inches in the place where he intends making the pit. Into this he puts the potatoes, and when it is full he arranges them carefully. On them he puts straw, wheaten straw generally, because it is the strongest and best. He puts clay from around the pit on top of it, coming to a point at the top when this is done his potatoes are safe from frost and snow. If the potatoes fail again. I do not think we need fear another famine,but they are still the staple food of the people especially from the country
[Drawing] - Potato Pit
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2020-07-03 00:28
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ground, so that there will be no lumps whatsoever in it. If there is any scutch grass in it he then gathers it into heaps and taks it away in a cart. Then he harrows the soil, making it very fine. it is then ready for opening the drills. This is done with a double plough, which has a board on each side of the frame, and by these the soil is thrown on either side forming a drill. For early potatoes the drills are made about two feet apart, and for the main crop they are made about twenty-eight inches apart. The distance between the drills is regulated by what is known as a marker, which when projecting from the side of the plough marks the centre of the next drill.
Having opened the drills his next duty is to put out and spread the manure. Sometines the farmer shakes artificial manure on the ground. Some use Gurno others Nitrate of Soda, or perhaps both mixed. Some peole put plenty of this manure on the ground, but others believe that too much may perhaps make the potatoes big, but it also makes them wet. I, myself, believe that there is nothing like plenty of farmyard manure for both soil and crop.
The manure being spread the task of cutting seed comes next. I should mention that the potatoes generally used are - Aran Banners which are big potatoes but not considered bery good for food; Kerr's
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2020-07-03 00:19
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Although there are other crops besides potatoes grown in this parish,this crop is most important for the simple reason that it is the staple food of the people. Every person who has a plot of ground, whatever small grows some potatoes, and of these he takes great care, Knowing that the will be his principal support during the hard winter weather.
The work of potato planting begins in Winter. of course I do not mean to say that the potatoes are planted in Winter. In this time , the farmer having all the crops from the previous year stored, ploughs the ground. It is well indeed for the ground that he does this,because when the frost comes it crumbles the lumps and kills the weeds. This ploughing is done with a single boarded plow,or in the case of a small garden in which there is not room for a pair and plough to work,it is done with a spade or graip.The spade which is generally used here is about four feet high. The drawing underneath will give an idea of the shape of it. -
[Drawing] - Spade
To use this spade the foot is generally put on the shoulder of it and in this way pressed into the ground. Spring arrives. In the begining of this season the farmer again gets to work. He then cross-ploughs the
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2020-07-03 00:15
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[Drawing] - Map - Townland of NewRath
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2020-07-03 00:13
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[Drawing] - Map - Townland of NewRath
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2020-07-02 12:59
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2020-07-02 12:59
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a very handsome gentleman with very nice manners came into the inn. The innkeeper, as soon as she saw him, hurried forward to meet him. She brought him to one of her best tables and seved him the daintiest of meals. The she sat down talking to him for some time. A couple of times during the conversation she alluded to Collier the Robber, and told him if she ever saw him she would die of fright. The gentlema n similingly asked her if she thought he was as bad as all that. "Oh yes, she said, "many people have come into this hotel and have told me he is not a very pleasant person to meet.
Soon after the gentleman had taken his leave, the innkeepers husband came home and she told him her story. "He laughed and said "I thought you were afraid of Collier the Robber". She said "well I am afraid of him." He said "well your visitor was no other than Collier the Robber"
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2020-07-02 12:55
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called Heynestown is a beautiful old ruin covered with ivy. It stands there to this day in the grounds of the Protestant church. In the olden times Heynestown castle was the home of Collier the Robber. He was well liked by the poor people in the district, but no so by the rich. During the day he lay in hiding and as the rich people would pass by in their carriages and coaches he would shout "Halt" and rob them of their money and goods and give them to the poor. As the road on which Heynestown castle is situated was the principal road in olden times, all the goods which passed from Dublin to Dundalk passed the castle.
There was an Inn not very far from the castle and the innkeeper was very much afraid of Collier the Robber lest he should come and rob her. One day
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2020-07-02 12:51
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Once upon a time a leipreachan was making a pair of shoes. A man came along and caught him by the neck. He asked him where was the crock of gold. The leipreachan said "it is down at your feet. But you must get a spade and dig down to it." "Well" said the man "how will I know when I come" "Tie a garter round it" said the leipreachan. So he garter round it. He went home for a spade. When he came back there were garters all round the ragworts and he could not tell what garter was.
The local name for a leipreachan is a lyeanncarach. He is two and a half feet tall. He is dressed in red suit. He has a little cap on his head and a toosel on it. He spends his time making shoes for himself. Some people often caught
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2020-07-02 12:44
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The kinds of bread made in the district in olden times were potato bread,
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2020-07-02 12:43
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There are not many standing crosses in the parish. There is an old cross in Dromiskein graveyard. Father Lawless is buried where this cross is erected. There is carving on this cross, but there is very little of it to be seen now. This cross was erected for Father Lawless. The side of this cross is broken off.
There is no other ancient monuments in Dromiskin parish except the old moanastery in the graveyard. There are a few big head stones lying on some graves and there are peculiar marking on them.
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2020-07-02 12:41
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What must poor Ireland do?
What will poor Ireland do?
What must poor Ireland do?
Our luck, they say, has gone to France
What must poor Ireland do?
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Oh never fear for Ireland, for has [?] still
For Remy's boys are in the wood, and Rory's on the hill
And never had poor Ireland more loyal hearts than these,
May God be kind and good to them, the faithful Rapparees
The fearless Rapparees!
The fearless Rapparees!
The jewel wear ye, Rory, will you Irish Rapparees,
The fearless Rapparees,
The fearless Rapparees,
The jewel wear ye, Rory, with your Irish Rapparees.
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2020-07-02 12:37
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Nowadays the young boys and girls never sit in on an evening to listen to tales from the olden times, but go out to pictures and other amusements, so that the old people have forgotten their tales.
I listened to some of the old songs which they sang but the song I liked best was "The Irish Rapparees".
"Righ Shamus he has gone to France and left his crown behind,
Ill luck be theirs, both day and night, put running in his mind.
Lord Lucan followed after with his slashers brave and true.
And now the doleful keen is raised
"What will poor Ireland do?
"What will poor Ireland do?
"What will poor Ireland do?
Our luck, they say has gone to France,
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2020-07-02 12:32
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Foster and his agent was Mr Mc Mahon.
In front of the chapel there are little clump gates from which three estates branch out. The clump was in Lord Clermonts estates. The ground on which the chapel is built and also the adjoining estate was owned by Sir Vere Foster, and the paddock is on the land of Marlmount House.
Sir Vere Foster and his family have been settled in this district many years, and they were looked upon as good landlords. There are not many landlords nowadays as practically al lthe land is owned by the Government. Sometimes people were not able to pay the rent, evictions took place and they went into the workhouses, which were built for that purpose. If people put windows in their houses or put chimneys on their houses their rent was raised and if they were not able to pay it then they were evicted. If people made any improvements on their
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2020-07-02 12:06
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to take a brash at the churning and when he comes inside the door he had to say "God bless the work". If he does not do this it is said that there will be no butter on the milk.
The churning takes about twenty minutes. Hot water is sometimes poured into the milk to raise its temperature. When the milk is churned it is poured into crocks. The butter is lifted with a wooden cup and then it is washed. After this the water is squeezed out with butter workers.
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2020-07-02 12:06
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We have got an old twist churn at home. It sits on a stand and is worked by a handle. It is about three feet in height and about four and a half feet in width. The sides are round. It is about thirty years old.
The various parts consist of the churn itself, the stand, the lid, and a rubber band to keep the lid on tightly. There is also a valve with a small spring in it which is pressed down to let the gas out during the process of churning. There is a small rond piece of glass set into the churn through which the butter can be seen forming on the milk.
If a stranger comes into the house during the process of churning he has
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2020-07-02 12:02
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to get a sieve for the pancakes, and if he or she does not get away in time she blackens his or her face.
On Ash Wednesday people should go to Mass if they can because on that day ashes are blessed and put on the foreheads of people to show that they were once made out of ashes.
On Holy Thursday children go in to the procession round the church and graveyard to honour the Blessed Sacrament. The children were white dresses and veils, and the also carry flowers in their hands or put them in little baskets.
On Hallowe'en many tricks are played with apples, money, and nuts. If you go out of the house after twelve o'clock you are supposed to see fairies and ghosts. Some of the tricks with the apples are; cut the apple into four parts and put into a dish of clear water; then duck for it. Another is to put a screw on to the ceiling and tie an apple to it put money into it they run backwards
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2020-07-02 11:57
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On St. Stephen's Day many boys go round from house to house requesting money to bury the wren. They carry a bush beautifully decorated with coloured streamers and old pots and pans. The boys recite this little ryhme when going from house to house?
"The Wren, the Wren,
The King of all birds,
St. Stephen's Day she is caugh in the furze,
Although she was little her family was great
Rise up young lady and give us a trate,
All silver no brass were the boys that can carry the cash
A bottle of wine a bottle of beer,
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2020-07-02 11:54
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Pinks, British Queens, and Champions. The potatoes used mostly by farmers and gardeners are Kerr Pinks, and British Queens.
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2020-07-02 11:53
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farms and in practically every garden in the neighbourhood.
Sometimes the amount varies. When the ground is poor the surplus amount of potatoes is raised the next year, and so they vary from year to year. The farmers and men prepare the ground in different ways, and to their own way of liking.
When the ground is overgrown with grass the farmer plants his potatoes in ridges. The plough and the spade are both used for opening drills. When the field is large the plough is used but when a garden is small the spade is mostly used. Long ago wooden ploughs were used in the district but now they have practically all gone out of use. The spades are always bought
There are many different kinds of potatoes such as; Arran Banners, Kerrs
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2020-07-02 11:49
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"It is difficult to put an old head on young shoulders." The lazy mans load." "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
"A rolling stone gathers no moss." "Too far east is west." Spare the rod and spoil the child." Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves."
"Make hay while the sun shines." "He is a good hurler who sits on the fence." "A stitch in time saves nine." "Fine feathers make fine birds." "Penny wise and pound foolish." "Losing the sheep for a halfpenny worth of tar." "A small leak often sinks a great ship." "It's an ill wind that blows nobody good." Still waters run deep." "Better late than never." "Bad news travels fast." "All is not gold that glitters." "Many a ruddy apple is rotten at the core." "Never judge a book by its
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2020-07-02 11:44
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There are short pithy ways of saying wise things in every language. In this country they are mostly in Irish but there are many English proverbs in this district.
"Far away hills are green." This is said when a person leaves work at home and goes away to some other country. It is sometimes said, "Far away cows have long horns" and then when they come home again in a bad way it is said: "Far away cows have long horns but they often come home milies.
Other proverbs used in the district are: "Too many cooks spoil the broth."
"Empty vessels make most noise."
"Where theres a will there's a way."
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2020-07-02 11:41
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vary from year to year. The farmers and men prepare the ground in different ways, and to their own way of liking.
When the ground is overgrown with grass the farmer plants his potatoes in ridges. The plough and the spade are both used for opening drills. When the field is large the plough is used, but when a garden is small the spade is used. Long ago wooden ploughs were used in the district but now they have practically all gone out of use. The spades are always bought.
There are many different kinds of potatoes such as: Arran Banners, Kerrs Pinks, British Queens, and Champions. The potatoes used mostly by farmers and gardeners are Kerrs Pinks, and British Queens. The people help one another by dropping the
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2020-07-02 11:24
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The road now called the Heynestown road was once the principal road. It stretched from Boyle's Corner to Clermont Park. This road which the school is on is called the Chapel Raod, and the Mullaharlin Raod, but many years ago it was called the Mill-bye-road. There is a road called the mee-og road where there was a hedge-school and there was a poet called Peadar Ó Doírníg living on it, but now it is a lane which is sometimes inhabited by gipsy's. There is and old road in Clermont Park which is called Metherses Lane which is now a little road leading into a
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2020-07-02 11:17
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Q. A man had twenty patches on his breeches going over a bridge what time was it?
A. Time to get a new pair.
Q. Why is money made round?
A. To go round.
Q. What fruit is on a penny?
A. The date.
Q. Four stick standers, four diddleyanders, two hookers, two crookers, and a wig-wag?
A. A cow.
Q. What part of a dog is like a tree?
A. The bark.
Q. Why is toffee like a racehorse?
A. Because the quicker you lick it the faster it goes.
Q. Why does a hen pick a pot?
A. Because she can not lick it.
Q. As green as grass and a beard on it like a goat?
A. An onion.
Q. It eats what it gets but will not drink water?
A. A fire.
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2020-07-02 11:14
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Q. Once in a minute, twice in a moment and not in a hundred years?
A. The letter m.
Q. If it took a man an hour to wash himself what would it take to dry him?
A. A towel
Q. What tree grows on your hand?
A. The palm tree.
Q. What is the shiest thing in the world?
A. A clock.
Q. If your uncle's sister is not your aunt what is she to you?
A. Your mother.
Q. What is the biggest ant in the world?
A. An eleph-ant.
Q. What goes up when the rain comes down?
A. An umbrella.
Q. There were two black men and a white man in a car one day, and the two black men ate the white one whaat was the number of the car?
A. 281.
Q. What is black and white and red all over?
A. A newspaper.
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2020-07-01 22:02
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Travelling people, very seldom come now. Some years ago, the people used to look forward to their coming, because they used to bring news from the bigger places they had visited. Often they became a pest and the people had to lock their doors on them.
Until a few years ago, a family called the Mc Dades used to come round. They sold large wicker chairs and tables and also straw mats and baskets. They made all these themselves getting the material whole sale, from some place in Cork. They also made little fancy things from wire such as brackets for holding flowers, grills
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2020-07-01 22:01
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rabbits. The made the tops by knocking one end of a spool and by paring it round so that a point would come on the top of it. When they had that done they would drive a nail through. To make a gun they got an elder branch and scrapped out the soft white pulp and then they put a bit of stick or a pea in at one side and a bight of stick at the other end and with this they shot out the pea.
To make a cradle for catching birds they got some sallow rods and twisted them in and out and made a basket out of them. Then they put a small stick on to the end of it and tied a piece of cord to the stick and pulled the cord in through the door. They raised one end of the cradle and put some corn into it. When the birds went into the cradle
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2020-07-01 21:57
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"What is it that has a hard working father a hard working mother and twelve black children?"
"A Clock"?
"How can you make a slow horse fast?
"Tie him to a post?
"Black and white and read all over?
"A newspaper"
"Black and white went up the hill black came down and white stayed above?
"An Egg"?
"Why is a wet umbrella like fat?
"Because it is dripping?
"Why should a poor man drink coffee?
Because he has no property (tea).
"What lady is it whom nobody wants to know?
"Misfortune."
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2020-07-01 21:54
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"Hardy Bardy, bar the gate without sticks or stones, iron and bones, Hardy Bardy, bar the gate?
"Frost?"
"Why do you go to bed?
Because the bed won't come to you?
"What is it that has more windows that a palace?
A "thimble"?
"When has a boy four hands? When he doubles his fists?
"What is the largest piece of furnature in the world?
"The Multiplication table?"
"What has a tongue and can't talk?
"A Boot"?
What his two eyes and can't see? "A Scissors"?
"Riddle me riddle me what is that over the head and under the hat?
"The hair of the head"?
"What game do the waves play at?
"Pitch and toss"?
How many sides has a bucket?
"Two, the inside and outside?
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2020-07-01 21:47
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Riddle me riddle me ranty, O my father gave me seed to sew, the seeds were black and the ground was white riddle me that and I'll give you a pipe? Ink and white paper?
"What is the shyest thing in a house? A clock because it always has its hands on its face?
"What is the difference between a sigh, a motor-car and the donkey? One is "Oh Dear", the other is "Too Dear" and the last is "You Dear".
"When is a glass an acrobat"?
when it is a tumbler?
"There is a drawer and in that drawer there is a cup and in that cup there is a sup and everyone must taste it? "Death"?
What side of an ass is the most hair
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2020-07-01 21:45
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1. When swallows fly low it is a sign of coming rain.
2. When crows fly high it is a sign of good weather.
3. When you hear the curlew you know there is rain at hand.
4. When hens pick themselves it is the sign of rain.
5. When our Winter visitors comes early we may expect a severe Winter.
6. When seabirds come far inland it is a sign of stormy weather
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2020-07-01 15:56
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In one fort owned by Joe Smith, sounds were heard around it. One night as the people of the house were sitting up with a cow they heard sounds of horses running and the people were shouting "Artie Carron" is dead. The next day it is believed that the man was taken and something left in his place.
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2020-07-01 15:54
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where a lot of fairies were sitting and they asked him what he wanted and he said "I want a pot of gold" he answered. They gave him the gold and he went home well pleased. There is a fort in a field of Mary Cumiskeys in the town land of Loughanmore. This fort has stones all around it and no entrance. This fort is on a very big slope. There is also another fort in a field of Patrick Quinns named the seventeen acre. There are stones all around it. In Castlecarragh there is a field with a fort in it. It used to be owned by James Roddy. There is avery big stone wall around this fort. Last year I was over at it and there were a few notes up on the wall. One was "Mind passing this fort."
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2020-07-01 15:50
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There is a lios midway between the road and the sea in Rampark on Joe Mc Ardles land. It is of a round shape and there are two gaps in it and a path through it. It is said that the fairies used to play "pitch and toss" in it. One day a man found a coin with a very old date on it in the place where the fairies used to play. There is a ditch round the lios and tree in the middle. There is a "rath" on Peter Woods mountain called "Cnoc Róire" and there is suppoed to be an opening in the middle of it. One day a man went down in the opening and found a tunnel, he followed the tunnel until he came to a place
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2020-07-01 15:39
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Licanna Pucanna"
They also had a cure for warts by getting 9 pieces of warts and 9 pieces of potatoes and tie them up in a rag. Then the warts should be bled and the blood should be rubbed to the rag and left at crossroads. The first person to find the rag should get the warts.
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2020-07-01 15:33
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Long ago the old people had their own cures for certain things. If anyone had the toothache they would smoke brown paper in a pipe to cure it. Another old cure for the toothache is÷ To get a red hot penny and put it in a glass of whiskey and then drink the whiskey. Some people chew the roots of the wild Iris to cure the toothache. The cure they had long ago for the mumps was÷ To put a pair of donkey's winkers on you and roll in the pig's bed saying
"Huganna Mucanna
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2020-07-01 15:26
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In Riverstown about eighty years ago there was a man who earned his living by making nails. People called him "the nailer" for a nick-name, his correct name was Kimmons. Owen Mc Dermott of Dundalk used to make candles out of resen and tallow. He resided in the spot where "Carrolls Tobacco Factory" now stands. There was a man, named Ogle who lived in Ballymascanlon who used to go around the country buying sally rods and making baskets with them. There was a cooper who lived on Bellurgan poing and he used to make churns. A woman named Katie Breen who lived in the house where Michael Mc Ardle now lived used to weave cloth with a spinning machine.
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2020-07-01 15:22
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like. There was a place in Rockmarshal called the potters hole. The lost potter who worked there was Brian Hughes. He made a lot of pots crocks and such like. There was a forge in James Woods of Piedmont. He made a like of every sort that is over a half a century or more ago.
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2020-07-01 15:20
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There were two brothers and sisters under Loughanmore bank their names were Deans. Their job was tailoring. They would sit up all night making clothes. They said that many a night they saw the fairies. They were tailors over a half of a century. They were about seventy five when they died. They charged ten shillings for a man's suit, and you would have to purchase the cloth yourself. They even made suits for the R. I. C.
There was a nailer at Riverstown named John Kimmens. He made the nails out of nail-rod. He supplied all the local wants and sent some to town. There was a basket-maker in the village of Ballymascanlon of the name Ogle. He a good trade making baskets, wickar chairs and such
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2020-07-01 15:16
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On Nov. 3rd 1916 a ship left Greenore for Holyhead named the Connemara. There were 55 passengers and a few head of cattle aboard. When she was leaving there was a fierce gale blowing. When she reached the mouth of the lough she came into collision with the Retriever. The Connemara sank in seven minutes and all were drowned. The Retriever sank in fourteen minutes and out of a crew of nine only one man was saved. His name was James Boyle of Warrenpoint. It is believed that he climbed a box he saw floating on the water. The box carried him to a place called Cranfield in the county Down where he was found unconscious.
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2020-07-01 15:11
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the sky is the sign of rain. A rainbow in the morning is the shepherds warning. A rainbow at night is the shepherds delight.
The Birds. When you hear the robin chirping near the door it is the sign of rain. When ducks quack loudly it is the sign of rain.
Insects. The cricket sings louder than ever when there is going to be rain. Swarms of midges fly very low when rain is approaching.
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2020-07-01 15:09
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The Moon. When a halo appears on the moon it is the sign of a storm. The nearer the halo is round the moon the farther away is the storm. The farther the halo the nearer the storm. There is always a gap in the halo and people can tell by this gap, the side from which the storm will come.
The Sun. If the sun goes down in a red ball in the evening it is the sign of east wind. A copper coloured sunset is the sign of rain.
The Sky. A mackerel coloured sky is the sign of good weather. Shooting stars in
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2020-07-01 15:02
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was in heaven. One night his father's ghost appeared to him and asked why he did not get the mass said for him. The son asked him where he was. "I am hanging between heaven and purgatory" said the father. "Well" said the sone "will you hould your hoult till after the harvest.
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2020-07-01 15:01
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Once upon a time there lived a young man and his father on a big farm with a fine house attached. When the father got old he fell sick and died but before he died he called his son to his bedside and told him that when he would sell the hay to get a mass said for him. The son promised faithfully to do so. But when he sold he hay he thought it was not worth his while getting the mass said, as he believed he
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2020-07-01 14:59
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There was an Irishman one time and he heard that if you went to London you would find money lying on the streets. He went over to London and happened by good luck to find a sovereign. He gave it to a blind man who was standing close to him. "Here" he says "you can't see them, and I will get plenty of them further down the street."
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2020-07-01 14:56
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day. He got a white sheet and went down in the hole and waited for the drunkard. It was freezing very hard that night. At length he heard him coming shouting and singing, and began to say "Through drink I perish" The drunkard heard that and went over to the grave and said "Ah my poor fellow they forgot to cover you", and he buried the man alive.
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2020-07-01 14:55
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Once upon there were two brothers who lived together. One was very fond of getting drunk and so set bad example to this neighbours. One night the other brother went to the priest, and asked him could he help him in anyway. The priest said he tried but had failed. So when he went home and was thinking about something to scare him. The drunkard had to pass the graveyard when going home. There was a grave dug in the ground for an interment next
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2020-07-01 14:48
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houses were built in their places.
There are many bogs in my district but are not very large or useful. In one of these bogs which is called the "big bog" many foxes have their dens and the huntsmen have an exciting hunt after them every Sunday.
There are no large rivers near my home and this is strange considering I live close to the sea. The Mourne Mountains lied to the North while a their feet lies Carlingford Lough dividing us from the County Down.
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2020-07-01 14:45
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The name of my home district is Ballagan and it is a very famous old place. It is in the parish of Cooley and the barony of lower Dundalk. It is not known for sure how Ballagan got its name but it is supposed that it was derived from a landlord who one lived in it.
There are thirty six families in it and there are about ten in every family. The most common name in my district is Murphy because there were many of this name in the area in the olden times and these are descended from them
Most of the houses in my home district are small slated ones. The people who live in them over seventy years of age all speak English. None of them are good at telling stories of long ago except one old lady named Mary Murphy
There were many old ruins around this village but recently they were knocked down and large farm
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2020-07-01 14:35
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and spend the night telling old tales of long ago.
There are five houses in ruins in Muchgrange. It is about thirty years since the occupants emigrated to America. After the famine times these people had to leave their homes and go to foreign countries to earn a living. For want of repain their old homes fell in and are in ruins ever since.
The land around my home is very boggy as we live in lowlands. For many years the lands round my dwelling place were not properly drained and when bad winters came the rivers overflowed the surrounding area. The new drainage scheme has now started and in a few years this wet soil will be dry and fertile again.
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2020-07-01 14:32
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My home district is called Muchgrange. It is not known from where this district got its name, but it is supposed that it was from an old Irish family. Muchgrange is in the barony of Lower Dundalk.
The number of families in this district is twenty-five. The population is about one hundred. The females outnumber the males in this district.
Many of the houses of Muchgrange are two storied. A good many small slated houses are to be seen too. The old thatched farm-houses of long ago are very rarely seen now.
There are only about two old men over seventy in my district and this is very few considering the number of people. I do not think these old men speak Irish. They tell English stories for in their young days it was the custom for all the neighbours to gather in one man's house
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2020-07-01 14:28
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Outside the town of Carlingford there stands an old ruined building known as King John's Castle. it is a very historic old fortress and dates back to the time of the Normans. This old castle was so called because at the time it was built John de Coursey was the name of the Anglo-Norman Governor who resided there. Others say it got its name from the English King John who visited Carlingford in 1210 and built a castle there.
From that time till the year 1649 we have been unable to discover any record of this castle. The English power in those day was represented by isolated castles along the coast as Greencastle, Newry, and Carlingford.
The Castle stands on a very detatched position on a great base of rock. The sides of the latter were much cut away when the Railway from Greenore to Newry was opened some sixty years ago. The rock strata gives evidence of the volcanic origin of a large part of this district.
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2020-07-01 14:23
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that the grave-yard gets its name.
There are headstones in it dating back some hundreds of years ago. Some families from the adjoining Parishes of Lordship and Carlingford have burial plots here, too.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-07-01 14:22
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There are two grave-yards in our Parish. Only one of these is in use now. The old grave-yard is situated in a very secluded little spot on the public road about half a mile from the village of Greenore. It is known locally as the Reilg.
Near by is the famous well of St James, and an old stone work foundation marks the spot where a church once stood dedicated to our local patron saint. Some of the old folk around Cooley remember the time when young babies who died without baptism were buried there.
The grave-yard now in use is known as Kilwirra and is situated in Templetown right in the middle of the Parish. It has been used for centuries and some time ago there was talk of its being closed. The old people were indignant as they would not like to be buried anywhere else. The ruins of the old church are still to be seen in the centre of the grounds. It is from these hallowed remains
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2020-07-01 14:00
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the well and the latter is decorated with many flowers and suitable shrubs. It is well cared for by the parishoners who seem pleased that the old devotion of their forefathers has been renewed in their midst.
Although a beautiful spring, the water is not used for cookery purposes. It is said that on one occasion water was taken from the spring and it would not boil, no matter what heat was applied. The old people hold that it is not lucky to take water out of this well for domestic use as it is blessed water and deserving of great respect.
Many great favours have been granted and cures obtained by making the pilgrimage on the 15th August each year. The Cooley people are proud of this spot and of the old graveyard some distance away which bears the significant name of Kilwirra Mary's Church.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-07-01 13:54
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A holy well called by the people around "Ladywell" is situated near the old graveyard of Kilwirra in the parish of Cooley. According to an old story the Blessed Virgin appeared at this spot on several occasions but the present generation do not seem to know much about the origin of the name. Some say it marks the spot where once stood an old church or monastery dedicated to Our Lady.
Devotions were annually held there for years but they gradually fell off and indeed were it not for the zeal and entusiasm of a young priest of this parish they would have disappeared altogether. He did his best to find out something about the holy spot and he must have been satisfied of its sanctity for he encouraged annual pilgrimages there on the 15th August - the feast of Our Ladys Assumption. Many people spend the vigil of the feast in prayer and come long distances to participate in the devotions.
At present a beautiful statue of the Blessed Virgin marks the spot beside
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-07-01 13:48
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to pick five thorns off a gooseberry bush and point each of then to the sty saying "sty, sty, sty, come out of the eye or I will prick you with this thorn."
Another really good cure for a sty was to wash the eye every morning with cold tea. This is not a superstition as it has proved to be a real effective eye lotion
Some kind of sore called the "rose" is supposed to be cured by sending the sufferer out to a bog for mud and getting him to rub it on the spot. This is to be done every day for seven days and by that time the complaint is supposed to be cured.
Cobwebs were considered great healers for cuts on the hands or fingers. They were put over the freshly cut wound and kept on till the bleeding stopped. They were supposed to have great healing properties.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-07-01 13:44
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Long ago the people used many peculiar ways of curing the different diseases which are common to all classes of people. These are very seldom availed of now. The old people were very superstitious and beleved that certain little rites and the use of certain objects produced a complete cure.
A very common cure for the mumps was to tie some insects called "gods horses" in a silk scarf and bind the cloth on the swollen neck and keep it there until the insects died. Another cure for this ailment was to rool in a pigs bed or to go in and out nine times right under an ass.
Another cure for warts was to wash it in forge water each day and this cleared it off in a very short time. Another cure thought to bring good results was to rub a black snail on the part and then tie the same snail on a briar bush. When the snail had rotted away the wart was supposed to die.
A cure practrised for a sty was
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-07-01 13:38
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A good character is better than a good fortune.
Rain before seven fair by eleven.
Your son is your son till he gets a wife but your daughter is your daughter all the days of her life.
Think twice before you leap once.
Never give away all your good advice - keep a little for yourself.
A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.
It was not on one foot that Patrick came to Ireland.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
If, is a small word but it means a lot.
You shouldn't count your chickens before they are hatched.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.
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2020-07-01 13:36
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Judge nothing by appearances alone.
Happy is the bride the sun shines on; happy is the corpse the rain falls on.
After a storm comes calm.
When the cat is out the mouse can play.
The early bird gets the early worm.
The cat has leave to look at the king "I saw you before," says the cat to the boiling water.
It is hard to put a dog off his track.
If you put a silk suit on a goat it is still a goat.
Riding on a goat is better than the best of walking.
If you have only a goat be in the middle of the fair.
Poor are they who have not patience.
Speak correctly if you speak at all
Words of kindness cost us nothing.
They thing little who talk too much.
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2020-07-01 13:32
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have power over him forever.
When the fairies had finished eating, they all began to play on fiddles. One of them asked who is going to dance. The rest shouted all in a chorus Dauby O Connell.
As he was about to dance, the old woman stood on his toe again and quickly he realized what that movement meant. He then said he could not dance. Hearing this they rose from the table and dragged him out on the road. They kicked and beat him all the way home, and he died shortly afterwards. People said it was the vengeance of the wee people.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-07-01 13:29
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Belief in fairies has died out round this district except among a few residents who show by their many curious stories that they are not propared to scorn the existence of the wee people
There is a small hill near where I live called the Liss. Old people say that long ago the fairies were as thick on this mound as the shore sand
There was once a man named Dauby O Connell who lived in Cooley. One one occasion as he was passing by this Liss at two o clock in the morning, the fairies came out and stopped him and took him to the hill on the top. There was a big table full of good thing and laid ready for supper. They seated him on a chair at the table and told him to eat and enjoy himself.
Just as the man was starting to eat an old fairy women who was standing beside him stood on his toes. He took this as a sign for him not to eat. He pretended to be enjoying the meal but he did not eat a morsel. Had he eaten they would probabl
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-30 14:57
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February, she'll creap to the hearth-stone in March.
If March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb.
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2020-06-30 14:56
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Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Evening red, and morning grey set the traveller on his way, but evening grey and morning red set the rain upon his head.
Rain before seven, fair by eleven.
If ifs and ands were pots and pans, there would be no need for tinkers.
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of the shoe the horse was lost.
For want of the horse the rider was lost.
For want of the rider the battle was lost.
For want of the battle the kingdon was lost.
And all for as the want of a horseshoe nail.
If wishes were horses beggars would ride.
If turnips were watches, I'd wear one by my side.
A sunshine shower never lasts half an hour.
If the cat lies in the sun in
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2020-06-30 14:51
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This finishes the labour until they are taken out in September or October.
When the potatoes are taken out they are stored in pits which are made by digging a retangular hole in the ground about a foot deep. The potatoes are put in and covered first with straw and then with mould. The mould is well beaten down with a spade and this good thick covering protects them from the frost of winter.
The most popular varieties grown around the Cooley district are Kerrs pinks, Banners, Consols, Golden Wanderers, Great Scotts and Arran Victors.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-30 14:48
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We grow about two acres of potatoes. My father prepares the land. The ground is manured before the potatoes are set. The seeds are set in drills, which are made by means of a plough. There are no wooden ploughs nowadays, but about fifty years ago they were still in use in this parish.
Before the potatoes are set they are cut but great care is taken that there is an eye or more in each portion, because it is from the eye that the potatoes grow. The potatoes are set in drills about a foot apart. Then they are tipped.
They are left so for about a week, then they are raised which means covering them with extra soil. Next artificial manure is sown on them and they are harrowed. They are left undisturbed for about a month when they are again tipped and covered so as to promote growth. Then they are sprayed
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2020-06-30 14:47
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We grow about two acres of potatoes. My father prepares the land. The ground is manured before the potatoes are set. The seeds are set in drills, which are made by means of a plough. There are no wooden ploughs nowadays, but about fifty years ago they were still in use in this parish.
Before the potatoes are set they are cut but great care is taken that there is an eye or more in each portion, because it is from the eye that the potatoes grow. The potatoes are set in drills about a foot apart. Then they are tipped.
They are left so for about a week, then they are raised which means covering them with extra soil. Next artificial manure is sown on them and they are harrowed. They are left undisturbed for about a month when they are again tipped and covered so as to promote growth. Then they are spray
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-30 14:42
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between both places.
The townland of Mullatee lies about two miles from the historic town of Carlingford, and as the latter was a Danish and Norman settlement in different ages it is not surprising that my district is rich in old forts and caves.
Another old story says that a crock of gold lies hidden somewhere in this old spot, but several attempts have been made to find it without results. A curse is supposed to fall on the diggers if ever the treasure is found.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-30 14:39
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There is an old ruin about 100 yards from where I live. This ruin is in a field which lies along the county road.
In former times a man named Farrell lived in it, and many years after his death the place went into ruins. It is said by the local people around that a cave leads from the spot to Ballagan shore about a mile distant. Whether it was used for smugglers or not in the old days is not quite certain.
Some say it was a hiding place which the local people used during the different wars in Ireland but nothing definite is known. Something interesting will be brought to light some day I hope when this mysterious spot is examined.
My father says that in old times it was opened and that the tunnel as far as could be seen went on in the direction of Ballagan and was probably connected with another old Rath called Cnoc Súgan half way
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-30 14:34
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and brought them to the Govenor who courtmarshalled them and sentenced them to be shot next day.
The governor's daughter who was staying in the Blockhouse stole into the cell late at night and liberated the two prisoners and told them to get into a little boat which she had ready and be off to thier own vessel. The Blockhouse lies as an old ruin to-day, midway in the channel at the mouth of Carlingford Lough.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-30 14:32
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The Blockhouse is an old ruin situated on an island at the entrance to Carlingford Lough quite convenient to the County Down coast and about three miles from Greenore. It was built as a fortess during the Norman Invasion and in the famine years it was used as a hospital. At present it is roofless and only a home for wild sea fowl.
One of the fiercest battles fought during the Norman Invasion was at this old spot. Some old Irish families were besieged here during that Invasion but they escaped by getting through a submarine channel which led to Greencastle on the County Down coast.
The English besieged the place later and got possession and used it as a garrison station placing a govenor and many soldiers there. A strange pirate ship came into the Lough one day and the captain sent two of his men to see if the building was inhabited. The soldiers caught the men
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2020-06-30 14:14
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as princely as a poor man or as open handed as Saint Brigid.
We often hear the old Gaelic proverb "as hardy as a hedgehog". And we were of men who are "as bitter as the taste of truth". A small object is said to be "as tiny as a wrens mouth" or as the difference between right and wrong."
Cut thistles in June they'll come again soon.
Cut them in July they may die
Cut them in August die they must.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-30 14:11
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Here are some proverbs from the Gaelic which are not found in any other language:
It is not every day that Manus kills a bullock,
It is not the big stones alone that build the castle,
Every hound is a pup until it hunts
It is not on one foot that Paterick came to Ireland
The man on the grass is a good rider
Ireland for a penny, but where is the penny
When a man says every day that he will settle down and do a certain task to-morrow and breaks his promise we say,
Thats the hens journey to Scotland
When the Gael wishes to describe whiteness he says:-
As white as the foam on the rock, or as white as the Virgins garment, or as white as the soul of a child.
He skeaks of a generous person as being
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2020-06-30 13:56
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Every time she went out a gap,
She left a piece of her tail in the trap.
(A needle and thread)
A flock of white sheep on a very red hill there they go, there they go, now they stand still.
(Teeth)
I am black, yet much admired, men and horses I have tired, gold and silver I have cost, but here I am in the ashpit lost.
(Coal)
Spell the red rogue of the world in three letters.
(Fox)
There's a houseful and a roomful and you couldn't catch a spoonful.
(Smoke)
I ran and ran till I got it and when I got it I got down to look for it and when I did not it I took it home with me.
(A thorn in your foot)
There men went into a shop to buy 3 caps which man do you think got the biggest cap.
(The man with the biggest head.)
When was Adam born.
(Just a little before Eve)
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2020-06-30 13:50
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A car full of people went over a bridge and not a single one in it
(They were all married)
Two N's two O's an r and a C put that together and spell it for me.
(Connor)
Its damp, its moist its green by the bank, and its fit for a king to lie in.
(A grave)
A big fat mother, a long thin father, three dirty children all like one another.
(A three legged pot)
Why is a greedy boy like a caterpillar.
(They both make the butter-fly.)
Ten men went to China in a teapot - what's that.
(A lie.)
What is it that the more you take out the bigger it gets.
(A hole)
A hard working father a wee lazy mother, and twelve wee children all like one another.
(A clock)
Old mother twitchety had but one eye,
And a long tail which she let fly,
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2020-06-30 13:45
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Another fairy fort called the Lis is situated in the townland of Whitestown, in the parish of Cooley. It is a large round hill with hawthorn bushes and briars growing on top. There is a queer story told in relation to this old fort.
Living in the village at the time was a family called Finegan. A strange man called on them one night and told them to come to the fort where they would get treasure by digging for it. They were to bring with them a black cat, a horse and cart and their little baby boy. While digging an animal would appear through the ground and throw the cat at it. If the hit was missed the fairyman could claim the baby. The parents thought it best to refuse to go because much as they loved money they thought the risk of losing the child was too great.
The name Finegan is still a great family name in Whitestown and the descendants of this particular family live there still.
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2020-06-30 13:41
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In Muchgrange about one hundred yards from where I live there is a field called Cnoc Sugan, but why so called I have never found out. At the head of this field there is an old sandhole. It is a ghostly spot even in daylight and the surrounding banks are deeply wooded. To look in would make one feel dizzy.
Old people around say that long ago this sandhole was supposed to be the home of the faires. At twelve o'clock each night the faires gathered at Cnoc Sugan and danced there until three o'clock in the morning.
This sandhole is surrounded by many different varieties of trees and shrubs. Fairy thorns are the most plentiful During a great coal strike many years ago people cut and burned the fairy bushes and no fairy was seen or heard of since.
The field in which these fairies used to dance belonged to a very old family named Taaffe who lived in the Boher about half a mile from where this rath stands.
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2020-06-30 13:34
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a short period he became a prosperous man by drawing heavy rents from the tenants on his estate.
In time there grew a great state of unrest among the people of the district. They protested against such a money-grabbing land-lord. They continued to harass him by every means in their power and so at length he thought of moving his residence to a more peaceful place. He selected this small lonely island a few hundreds yards from a point in the mainland.
Here he built a strong fortress where his enemies could not reach him. He lived there for many a year, and although hundreds of years dead, local fisher-men say, that they sometimes see the ghostly figure standing among the ruins as they pass through the Lough.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-30 13:30
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There stands on a rocky island in the middle of the Irish sea an old stone fort known locally as the Blockhouse. It is about two miles from Greenore harbour, and about three quarters of a mile from Greencastle a small village in the coast of County Down. It is now in ruins. This old building is near Houlbowline light-house, and ships coming in or out of the Lough have to take a long course to avoid the rocks on which the old ruin stands.
Many opinions are heard regarding these old ruins. Some say they are the remains of an old prison while others state that here at some time was the home of some old Anglo Norman Chieftain.
Another old story says that some centuries ago there lived a wealthy landlord in Mourne. He secured an appointment in England in his early days but when the Plantations of Ulster began he came over and secured a considerable amount of land around Greencastle. In
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2020-06-30 13:24
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the fairy's invitation
Every person of the name of "Finegan" was to get a share and their le relations were to get a smaller portion
The gold still remains there and the "Finegans" are content to leave it untouched till the fairies leave it easier to get. So the old legent runs and it is believed in the district since.
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2020-06-30 13:22
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the man of the house by his name. He told him to go to the Liss at twelve o'clock the next night and bring his wife with him and his son who was then two years old. He was also to bring the horse and cart the horse which he called Fear-not was the one mentioned. A black cat was also to accompany them.
They were told to dig under the stone and here they were to find a pot of gold. While diging an animal would appear and he would have to get something no matter what it might be. They were to throw the cat at him but if it missed him he was supposed to get the child. They were frightened at the thoughts of what might happen to their child and so they did not accept
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2020-06-30 13:19
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A few yards from my residence in Whitestown there is a field called the Liss field. It lies along the main road leading from Whitestown to Dundalk. It is supposed that long ago fairies dwelt here. The old people say that every night about twelve o'clock music and dancing co began in this place, and could be heard afar off.
During the fairies sojourn here they buried a pot of gold under a stone. The stone is still to be seen deeply buried on top of the hill but people do not like to touch it as ill luck is supposed to follow any who pry into the matter.
There was a family in Whitestown named "Finegan", and one night a fairy came to the window and called
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2020-06-30 00:38
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off afflections and diseases of all kinds. Pilgrims perform religious exercises called "The Stations". They traverse this path and kneel down in six different spots where Saint James was supposed to stop and pray and ask God for special favours. The finish off at the well by tying a piece of string on an old tree which is growing over this hallowed spot. They believe that by doing this Saint James will help them in their troubles and trials of life.
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2020-06-30 00:36
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Saint James is the Patron Saint of Cooley parish. His feast day is kept on the 25th July. There is a well in honour of him and great numbers of people assemble from all parts of Cooley on this special day to take part in the prayers recited at the well and afterwards there is a procession to Boher church where benediction is given. The well is situated on the side of the public road about three miles from Carlingford and half a mile from Greenore.
This ancient and holy well is in a most remarkable site. The field in which it is situated is raised comparatifly over the road and the well is just situated at the foot on this little hill. Around this sacred spot it is believed that Saint James prayed for the people of Cooley. Tales told by the old folk say that anyone who has recourse to Saint James and makes a novena in his honour at this well will have his or her request granted.
Pilgrims take holy water and pebbles from the well and keep them in their homes throughout the year to ward
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2020-06-30 00:25
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him not to eat, and he did not. He pretended to be enjoying the meal but he did not eat a morsel. Had he eaten they would probably have power over him forever.
When they had finished eating they all began to pay on fiddles. One of them asked who was going to dance. The rest shouted all in a chorus Dauby O Connell. As he was about to dance, the old woman stood on his toe again and quickly he realized what that movement ___ He then said he could not dance. Hearing this they rose from the table and dragged him out on the road.
They kicked and beat him all the way home, and he died shortly afterwards. People said it was the vengeance of the wee people.
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2020-06-30 00:22
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There is a small hill near where I live called the Lis. Old people say that long ago the fairies were as thick on this mound as the sand on the beach. People were often taken away be them and were never seen again.
There was once a man named Dauby O'Connell who lived in Cooley. On one occasion as he was passing by this Lis at two o'clock in the morning, the fairies came out and stopped him and took him to the hill. On the top there was a big table full of good things and ready for supper. They seated him on a chair at the table and told him to eat and enjoy himself. Just as the man was starting to eat an old fairy woman who was standing beside him stood on his toes. He took this as a sign for
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2020-06-30 00:18
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carried about 100 on board and all were lost.
This was the greatest loss of life that ever happened around this coast for a long number of years. On the night she was lost there was the worst gale since the night of the "big wind". There was only one man saved and he belonged to the cargo boat. The bodies were all washed ashore with the exception of one or two.
The upturned wreck could be seen in the lough for years, but now it has sunk, and is no longer a danger to local shipping. A floating buoy marks the spot where the Connemara lies buried.
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2020-06-30 00:17
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A passenger steamer was lost in Carlingford Lough in the month of November 1916. There were about one hundred passengers on board and none were saved. The Connemara was owned by the L & S Railway company and was on her way to Holyhead. The ship was a twin screw steam carrying cargo and passengers between Greenore and Holyhead.
That night she left Greenore harbour at about eight thirty and although a hurricane was blowing the Captain did not seem to think that it was unwise to sail. She had scarcely reached the open sea when she collided with a coal boat on its way to Newry. The impact must have been terrific for both ships sank with all hands. The Connemara
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2020-06-30 00:15
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her work the same as ever and when night came she went to bed but did not sleep until she saw the star on the wall. When it appeared it shone with great brightness for about 5 mins and then disappeared. She slept contented after this and never saw the vision again.
The old lady who witnessed this remarkable vision died some time ago. She lived in the district called Millgrange and although her house is tenantless now it is still in good repair.
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2020-06-30 00:13
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About 50 years ago there lived in this district a woman named Kathrine Sheelan. This woman had a brother of whom she was very fond. One night however he took sick and died leaving her to mourn his loss.
When he was buried a few days she began to pray that God would send him back to see her and her wish strange to say was fulfilled. One night as she lay in bed she felt a great weight on her feet and thinking it was her brother she asked "Is that you Peter" and the reply came "yes" "What do you want" she asked again "One more Mass is all I need" and then I shall be in heaven." I will appear on the wall tomorrow night like a star when I'm going to join the angles. This shall be a sign for you and with that he vanished.
The sister slept as usual and when morning came she went away and told the priest of her vision and asked him to say the mass that morning and he did so. She came home and did
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2020-06-30 00:09
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If a man was born in Ireland lived his life in England died in France and was buried in Italy what would he be?
Ans. A dead man.
What is it that nobody wants and yet that nobody wants to loose?
Ans. A lawsuit
It is'nt my sister it is n't my brother and yet its a child of my father and mother?
Ans. Yourself.
What is it that is taken off you before you get it?
Ans. Your Photograph.
What is the difference between an Irish sixpence and an English Shilling?
Ans. 6D
If Dublin was where London is and London was where Dublin is and a man commited suicide in Dublin where do you think he would be hanged?
Ans. He would not be hanged when he committed suicide.
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2020-06-30 00:04
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did not throw the cat. When She noticed this she let a scream and disappeared.
The fairies got wise that she told the secret and they killed her. Next morning he went up to see if he could find trace or tidings of her but all he saw was her shattered body lying on a huge stone.
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2020-06-30 00:03
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Once upon a time there was a man and his wife living in Grange a townland in the centre of Cooley parish. The wife got sick one night, and her husband told her he was going out on some business but that he would not be long. When he came home he found her dead and it not the same woman at all. He thought all the while it was his wife and he got every thing ready and had her buried the next day.
Some time afterwards he got married. He was happy with his second wife till one night he went out to feed the cattle and whom should he meet but his first love. She spoke and told him she was not dead but that the fairies took her away. She told him that he could save her if he would come the next night and meet her at the acre road.
She said she would pass there with two fairies and he was to bring a black cat and hit the second person who would pass with the animal and if he did this she was saved. He consented to do this
The following night he went and on the arrival heard them coming, singing. when they came up to him he got frightened and
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2020-06-29 13:57
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1. Long ago the people would only eat three meals every day, namely, breakfast, dinner, and supper. They usually took their breakfast at about 8 o'clock and their dinner at 12 o'clock and their supper @ at 6 o'clock. They never took their supper later than 6 o'clock as they believed that if they did they would not sleep. They generally got up early and worked before their breakfast.
2. Their breakfast consisted of porridge and buttermilk only. For their dinner they would eat potatoes, and there would be porridge again for their supper. Long ago there was no such thing as baker's bread. The people use to make all their own bread which was called Indian meal bread because it was made from Indian meal. The people usually drank butter-milk long ago. When the milk was very scarce they used water for making the bread.
3. They seldom had bacon. When they had it, it was their own bacon and it was alway home-cured.
4. On the fast days in lent they always used to take soup which they called nettle soup, made by them selfves from nettles. They also took dry bread.
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2020-06-29 13:50
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main Dublin, Belfast Road and is beside the A. O. H. dance hall. He is about fifthy years of age and he has his son helping him, in the forge, the roof of which is made of canvass and the door is made of wood, and is two half-doors. His fathers name was John and he was also a blacksmith.
6. John Halligan lives about half a mile from the Dublin-Belfast road and about half a mile from Tenure Cross. The forge is near a bog. The roof is of canvass and the door is of wood. It is a slide door. John Halligan's father was not a blacksmith. He is about thirty years of age.
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2020-06-29 13:47
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1. There are five forges in this parish. The names of the smiths are, Micheal Dillon, James Dillon Pat, Dillon, Patrick Darby, and John Halligan.
2. Patrick Darby's forge is nearly closed and it is the oldest of the five. It is the most important of them all. It is situated at three old lanes, namely "the Rushwee Lane," "The Old Road" and Darby's Lane. There is a pond near it.
3. Patrick Darby is an old man about seventy-five years of age. His father and uncle were blacksmiths before him. Patrick Darby's is married and has one daughter.
4. The roof of Darby's forge is thatched and the door is an ordinary door. He shoes horses and asses. He does't make spades or shovels.
5. Pat Dillon lives at Pipestown and is the son of James Dillon, and Micheal Dillon is his uncle. His forge is near a stream and the roof is slated. The door is a slide door. He has a new electricity well for mending metal. There is also a mound hole outside where he puts bands on wheels. This hole is full of water. Pat Dillon's uncle was a blacksmith before him. Pat Dillon is a young man and is not married Micheal Dillon's forge is situated on the
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2020-06-29 13:41
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If you hear her with your right ear your going to have a lucky year.
The Swallows.
If the swallows are flying low is the sign of rain.
If they fly high it is the sign of good weather.
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2020-06-29 13:38
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caught has to come back to the row and the other child takes her place.
7. They can keep at that as long as they like.
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2020-06-29 13:37
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As well as marbles we play the following games:-
1. 'Hop-scotch'
2. "Clock'
3. 'Jack Jack'
4. 'Hide and Seek'
5. 'Donkey'
6. "Four Corner Fool'
7. 'Cup Clap'
8. 'Fox and chickens'
9. 'Skipping'
10. 'Tops'
11. 'Lazy Mary'
12. 'O'Grady Says?-
Clock
1. Boys and girls play clock in Tenure school. This is the way they play it. A crowd of children can play clock.
2. First they stand in a row along a wall.
3. Two children then go away so that none of the other children will hear them while they get some number from one up to twelve
4. Next one of them comes back to the row of children and askes each one of them in turn what time is it.
5. The one who guesses the hour right first must run after the other child
6. If she catches her the one who is
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2020-06-29 13:32
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7. "Barr Hoistners"
8. "Clearace",
9. "Killing".
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2020-06-29 13:30
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1. Boys and girls play marbles in Tenure school. they are played mostly in the Spring and early Summer outside.
2. The game is played like this:-
The players make three holes four ins. in diameter and about one yd. apart.
3. The person who says "I am first" shots first When beginning he first drops his marble in the first hole. He next takes a span and shots to the middle hole.
4. If he succeeds in getting into the middle hole he can play on until he comes the lying hole.
5. After lying he must take a span behind the hole and if he strikes the other player's marble he wins the game
6. The player must go up and down twice before he is lying. When a boy hits another boys marble he can play on. When a player's marble goes in to the grass he says, "Hoistners", but if another person says "Bar Hoistners", before him he must play from where he is. "Expressions used during the game:-
1. "Bar everything",
2. "Holinsgs",
3. "Lying",
4. "Slips",
5. "Barr Brinks",
6. "Barr Clearance"
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2020-06-29 13:23
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10. If the salt is wet.
Frost:
People say it is the sign of frost.
1. When the wind is blowing from the north.
2. When the jacksnipe is crying.
3. When the sky is blue and clear.
Snow:
People say it is the sign of snow.
1. When the wind is blowing from the north.
2. When the robin comes to the door looking for food.
Storm:
People say it is the sign of a storm.
1. When there is a blue flame in the fire.
2. When the sea-gulls come to the land.
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2020-06-29 13:20
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Fine Weather:
People say it is the sign of fine weather.
1. When the wind is blowing from the west.
2. When the clouds are up high in the sky.
3. If the sun goes down red in the evening.
4. If the moon is clear.
5. If the swallows are flying high up in the sky.
Rain:
People say it is the sign of rain.
1. If the dog eats grass.
2. If the cat sits with his back to the fire.
3. If the swallows fly low.
4. If the crows fly in different directions.
5. If the curlews are heard whistling.
6. If the smoke comes out of the chimney and goes down to the ground.
7. If a person feels his corns sore.
8. If the soot falls out of the chimney.
9. If the midges are uneasy.
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2020-06-29 13:01
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was on they would be married before next November night.
4. There is another custom for big people on November night. They melt a piece of lead then hold it over a key. They put water on a saucer and hold the key over it. They can see what their husband or wife is going to be. If the boy sees a sewing maching on the saucer he says that his wife is going to be a dressmaker. If the girl sees a sewing machine she says that her husband will be a tailor.
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2020-06-29 12:59
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1. This is one of the customs of November night. The young people tie an apple to a line then tie their hands behind their backs to see if they can get a bite of it.
2. This is a custom for big people on November night. The big people put two nuts on the bars of the fire. They say if the big nut hops of the bar the man will throw up the girl before the year is up. If the little nut hops of the bar the girl will throw up the boy before that year is up. If they two nuts hop of together the boy and girl will be married before the year is over.
3. There is an other custom for big people on November night. They put three saucers on a table. They put clay in one saucer water in another. Then they blindfold each other. If the big girl are boy put their hand in the saucer of clay they say they would be dead before next November night. If they put their hand in the saucer of water they will cross the sea. If they put their hand on the saucer that the ring
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2020-06-29 12:52
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9. Fig 1 represents the badge which the Fieldstown girls made to wear on St Patricks day. The big cross was made of eight little crosses with were made out of tinsel paper or green ribbon.
10. Fig 2 represents the badge which the Tenure girls made for St. Patricks day.
[Paper Item] - St Patrick's Cross
(made from newspaper)
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2020-06-29 12:46
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The cows breath.
11. Patches and Patches with out stitches?
A head of Cabage.
12. Whey does a hen pick a pot?
Because she can not lick it.
13. What walks on his head all day.
A nail in a boot.
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2020-06-29 12:45
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1. What is the difference between the bark of a tree, and the bark of a dog?
One is the bark of a bough, the other is a bark of a bow-wow.
2. Why is a dogs tail like the inside of a tree?
Because it is farthest from the bark.
3. Father and mother sister and brother sleeps in the one bed and never touches one another?
The bars of a grate.
4. As round as a apple as did as a cup all the men in Derry would not put it up?
A well
5. Red and green and yellow between the King or the queen could not tip it?
A Rainbow.
6. Black and white and red (read) all over?
A papper.
7. What coat is always wet when it is put on?
A cwt of paint.
8. How many hairs are there in a dogs tail?
None, there are all on the outside.
9. Two eyes and can't see?
A pair of scissors.
10. What part of the cow goes over the wall first
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2020-06-29 12:36
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27 It is lucky to wear something ne on New Year's Day.
28 But it is unlucky to let milk boil into the fire or throw milk into the fire. It is said to take the milk from the cow.
It is unlucky to spill much milk with churning.
29. A whistling women is unlucky,
Also a crowing hen.
30. It is unlucky to light the Christmas candle before Christmas Eve, or to light any object from it.
31. It brings seven years bad luck to hit anyone with an alder stick or take a bit of this tree into the house, or to burn alder stick.
32. It is unlucky to bring in hawbossom for decoation or Ferns.
33. It is lucky to turn money when you see a new moon.
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2020-06-29 12:32
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23. It is considered unlucky to see one magpie and luck to see two or more.
24. It is unlucky to break a looking-glass. It is said your luck is out for seven years.
It is also unlucky to look in one at night.
25. It is unlucky to sweep the floor out or sweep anything out across the threshold.
26. It is lucky to find a horseshoe, and to keep it.
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2020-06-29 12:30
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There is also a verse about Babies.
Monday's child is fair of face.
Tuesday's child is full of grace.
Wednesday's child is loving and giving.
Thursdays child has to work for its living.
Friday's child is full of woe
Saturday's child has far to go
The child born on the Sabbath day.
Is blithe and bonny and good and gay.
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2020-06-29 12:27
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A wedding Superstition refers to the day.
Monday for health
Tuesday " wealth
Wednesdy " best day of all.
Thursday " Crosses
Friday " Losses
Saturday no day at all.
In some places marriages are held on Sunday.
Colours
Married in white, you have chosen alright.
Married in red, you will wish yourself dead.
Married in green, ashamed to be seen.
Married in yellow, ashamed of the fellow.
Married in black, you will wish yourself back.
Married in pink, your spirits will sink.
Married in grey, you will live far away.
Married in brown, you will live out of town.
Married in blue, you will always be true.
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2020-06-29 12:24
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19. Some people begin all farm work on a Friday such as, ploughing, sowing, reaping, putting cattle out on grass the first time or taking them in for the Winter.
20. When sowing corn a sheet is used tied across the Shoulders.
This sheet is first sprinkled with Holy Water and the farmer blessed himself and begins in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
21. There are some people consider it unlucky to make any changes in their houses, even to improve them.
Their belief is
"Where the muck is
There the luck is."
22. It is said to be unlucky to thrown anything out of the house on New Year's Day, such as water etc. or to give away money that day. But it is lucky to receive it.
A dark man coming in, is said to be lucky.
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2020-06-29 12:20
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13. When going on a journey it is unlucky to turn or go back for anything.
14. It is unlucky to see the new moon through glass.
A person should bless himself and turn his money when he sees the new moon.
15. It is unlucky to meet a rat when going on a journey.
16. It is unlucky to meet a red haired person when going to a fair or other place.
It is lucky to meet a piebald horse or a flock of sheep.

17. When a person meets a funeral he should turn back and go a few steps with it.
18. It is lucky to take up a new job on a Friday, or go to a new house.
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2020-06-29 12:17
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8. If a maiden goes out early on May Morning and bathes her face in the dew, it will increase her beauty.
9. If is unlucky to exchange eggs for hatching, or to give them away without being paid for them.
Also eggs are put down for hatching in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
Some people consider 13 an unlucky number so they set 14.
10. It is said to be unlucky to kill a crowing cock.
11. It is said to be unlucky to take your cat with you to a new house. A dog on the other hand is lucky, and it is lucky a dog to come to you.
12. It is unlucky to flit on Saturday
"Saturday's flitting
Is a short sitting.
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2020-06-29 12:13
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4. When a cow calves beestlings are made by boiling the first milkings with some water.
This is given by the beanatige to her customers. when those who receive them fill the vessel full of salt and return it.
If not returned full of salt that person need not go there again for milk as they would not get it.
5. Goats are often kept in a field with cows as they eat herbs which would give disease to the cows.
On account of eating these herbs goat's milk is wholesome.
6. It is considered unlucky to give salt away or to spill salt.
7. It is also considered unlucky to give flour away.
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2020-06-29 12:09
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1. Taking milk from a Cow.
A man pasing on May day saw a woman with a rake at a well. She was raking the well towards her and saying:-
"All to me
All to me"
The man listened and said:-
"The half to me"
On going home he found all his cream flowing out the door.
2. To prevent the fairies milking a cow after the milking is finished the cow is driven on a step or two and with a little froth from the top of the milk, he makes the Sign of the Cross on her side. saying "God bless you."
3. When a cow calves a blessed candles is passed under her udder to burn the long hairs in the name of The Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
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2020-06-29 12:02
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"Cad á clog é"
Children try to guess the time and race.
"Giant's Steps"
Children in a line and one at a distance gives out:-
Take a baby step.
" a pin.
" a cabbage head. - child turns round
" a giant step.
" a scissors.
"Hoist your Sail"
Chn in a line. one stands with his back to them. He says
"hoist your sail" "1 - 2- 3."
They run
He turns and if he catches them running they must go back.
"Hide and Go seek"
This another lively game.
Its name explains it.
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2020-06-29 11:57
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Which do you prefer "Apples or Oranges"
Then they pull to see which wins
"Hunt the Button"
may be played indoors. A button is hidden and the others search for it. The finder becomes the hider.
"Prisoners
Two act as guards, catch the prisoners, then one minds them to prevent them being rescued, while the other takes in others. Meanwhile the Rescurers work hard to get them out.
This is an exciting game.
"Leap-Frog"
Chn follow each other imitating frogs and jump across each other's back.
"Four Corner Fool"
Chn stand at four corners with one in the middle who tries to get a place as the run from corner to corner.
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2020-06-29 11:53
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"Skittles" are also played by throwing at upright sticks which are numbered to count so much.
"Frog in the Well"
"Ring a Ring of Roses."
"Blind man's Buff"
"Ball in the Hat"
"Sack racing"
"Tig"
"Football"
"Townball"
"Handball."
"Three legged race"
Two boys with a leg each tied to the other boy's.
"Thread the Big Needle"
Children form a line. then a child pretends to look for something.
One asks
"What are you looking for."
"For a big needle"
"For what"
"To sew a sack, to carry sand to sharpen knife, to cut the head of your chickens"
She then springs up and tries to catch them while their mother defends them.
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2020-06-29 11:48
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"Nuts and May"
This consists of two opposite parties.
One sings:-
"Here we come gathering nuts and May Nuts and May
Here we come gathering nuts and May
On a cold and frosty morning.
The other group answers.
"What will you have for nuts and may.
Nuts and may
What will you have for nuts and may.
On a cold and frosty morning.
2nd part
We will have Máire ___ for nuts & May
" " " Márie ___ " " " "
On this cold and frosty morning.
3rd
Who will you have to pull her away
Pull her away
" " " " " " " " etc.
In the end the two girls try to pull each other across a line. The girl who loses must go to the opposite side.
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2020-06-29 11:42
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Jack-Stones are still played at school.
There are two parts in the game. In the game they reach "Big Bob" of four then it is won.
The begin at what is called
"Little Bob" of one.
These are the names used in this district.
There is another variety of the game:-
Sweeping the floor
Bringing home the cows.
Tying them.
Milking the cows.
Churning
Making the Butter - at which they clap their hands.
Another game is "Hop Scotch"
"Hunt the Hare"
In this game one hides, the others search and when found they hunt until caught.
This is a very exciting game.
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2020-06-29 11:34
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morning.
People place lighted candles along the route by which the Bride travels to her new home.
A dowry is brought by the Bride to her new home
If ever the husband dies and the Bride loses her claim to his place she has to get her dowry back.
Nowadays marriage settlements are made which prevent such a contingency
A wet day is unlucky but
"Happy the bride the Sun Shines on."
The Bride should return from church in her husband's car.
A Bride should not put on her wedding finery until her wedding day.
She should wear "Something old,
Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue.
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2020-06-29 11:30
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It is the custom for the Bride to go to church by the longest route.
The groom should be already in the church awaiting the Bride.
It is also the custom for the Bridesmaid, and groomsman to stand Sponsor for the first baby.
After the marriage ceremony two or three of the guests run a race to the Bride's house where they procure a bottle of refreshments with which they run back to treat the Bridal party. The bride then throws the bottle on a stone. If it is well broken she will have luck, but if she misses things will not turn out so well.
Unvited guests come disguised to the wedding and share in the good things.
If they are not well received they do some mischief.
The bride goes to her new home about 11 p.m But the dance & song continues until
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2020-06-29 11:26
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On this day young men, and boys and girls dress up and go beating the bushes until they get a wren which they take with them, and go around from house to house singing songs, playing music and dancing.
They say:-
"The wren, the wren the king of birds
On St. Stephen's Day was caught in furze.
Up with kettle and down with pan
And give us money to bury the wren."
They get money etc., at each house.
Long ago they dressed up to represent different characters, and were called "Mummers".
One would dress as a Doctor and would say:- in answer to the question "What can you cure" :-
"I can cure the plague within
The plague without.
The rheumatism or the gout.
Get me a woman four score and ten.
With her toe broken and I'll set it again"
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2020-06-29 11:21
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Long ago at wakes there were pipes, tobacco and snuff at wakes, and people sang songs.
This actually at a wake in Everitts near here about twenty years ago at an old man's wake.
At an earlier date it was the custom to play games at wakes. Each one had a part. One was to say a piece and the others had to repeat it
"The house that Jack built"
repeated backwards was generally used.
This was 40 or 50 years ago and has long fallen into disuse.
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2020-06-29 11:19
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The present custom is to keep a corpse one night in his home and one night inthe R. C. Church, from which the funeral proceeds next day to the graveyard.
Numerous people in traps, motorcars and bicycles attend the funeral, and the local clergyman recites the prayers for the dead.
The remains are taken on a hearse drawn by black horses.
Lately motor hearses are used for long journeys.
The old custom of carrying the remains has died out except the house is near the church and graveyard.
The old custom of singing or playing games at wakes has died out about 40 years ago. Keening is unknown in this district but games existed at a later date.
It is the custom to bring the funeral by the longest route to the graveyard.
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2020-06-29 11:15
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On Hallow Eve people often tie up the door on the outside so that the inmates cannot get out in the morning.
St Brigid's Eve.
Children make St Brigid's Cross from rushes, and hang them up.
St John's Eve is Bon-fire night this custom has died out.
Shrove Tuesday or the Eve of Ash Wednesday is pan-cake day.
Matches also were made and the couple married after Easter.
On Easter Sunday dues are paid t othe clergy, also on Christmas Day.
On Easter morn people rise early to see if they can see the sun dancing.
On Easter Sunday young people take a feast of eggs. But they do not eat as many as formerly.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-29 11:12
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On Hallow Eve also Colcannon is made by peeling potatoes, boiling then, and champing them up with onions or other vegetable and milk, This is dished up and a hole or "well" is made in the middle and filled with butter. People sit round and each takes a spoonful which he or she dips in the well of butter.
This is a very palatable dish.
On Hallow Eve various tricks are played, such as taking off gates and carrying them some distance, or taking a cart off the wheels.
It is said, if a girl goes in the dead of night and pulls a cabbage stalk she will know the kind of her future husband.
Also 3 saucers are got one containing clay, one empty and one a ring.
A maiden blindfolded chooses one.
If the one with clay she will die.
If the ring she will be married.
If the empty one she will be an old maid.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-29 11:08
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May flowers are strewn outside the door on May Eve. Also May Bushes are decorated on May Eve.
Lighted candles are placed in the window on Christmas Eve.
The house is decorated with Holly and Ivy on Christmas Eve.
Children hang up their stockings for Santa Claus to fill.
On Hallow Eve nuts are cracked, and sometimes put on the bars of the grate and named after a certain couple. If they burn cheerfully the pair will be married and live happily.
If they splutter and jump off there will be trouble.
On this night also, apples are put into a tub of water, and people try to catch one with the teeth. Or an apple is suspended from the ceiling and they try to catch it with the teeth.This causes great fun.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-29 11:03
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Belpatrick is an agricultural district. People keep cattle, horses and pigs; and till the ground. The crops are late as it is a late district, the ground being elevated and cold.
There are heavy falls of snow frequently and it remains long on the ground. When it comes in February or March it is very severe and leaves the spring work late.
It is not good land for wheat at it ripens too slowly.
Of late years Beet has been grown here, also Tobacco.
People keep cows and have separators and sell the butter in the Drogheda market.
They also sell fowl and turkeys at the Christmas markets for Drogheda and Ardee.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-29 11:00
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About 50 years ago there was a bleach-green, linen mills etc in Collon which gave employment to 50 men.
The linen mills were owned by Sheckleton and Co., and Corn Mulls were Mc Givney's.
There was a market held in the market square on Mondays, and a Fair on the last Friday of the month. There is neither fair nor market now.
There is a Windmill above the Bleach which used to grind the Meal for the Monks of Mellifont.
The mason work of this Windmill is quite good yet after 400 years.
The Mc Keever family came for the North and had a Hat Factory at Mossycon.
There was nailer too named Green.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-29 10:48
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The leaves disturbed not by the breeze
In Holy Temple Lynne.
VII
The waters clear of Rackavar.
Leaves bright sand in its track.
While your Liffey waters, Mike agradh,
Are muddy, foul and black.
And in the Spring when small birds sing
And young lambs sport and play
No bird you'll hear to delight your ear
Nought but the watchdog's bay.
VIII
Each evening fine as we go out.
We can hear the small birds sing.
While in your city all is foul
With tramcars noisy ring.
I now conclude by telling you.
I must describe its grandeur still.
For I mentioned only very few.
Of the sights of Rathskeagh Hill.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-29 00:50
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Rev Thomas Smyth
Began his career as a Monitor. Teacher in Tallaght. He entered the Dominican Order and about 30 years ago went to Trinidad. He is there yet.
Very Rev Francis Carolan P. P., Tully Allen
Born in Belpatrick, got his early education at Belpatrick N. S. now about 75 years old. Living yet.
Most Rev. Dr Lyons, Bishop of Kilmore
Born in Belpatrick in house attached to the school. Lived and went to Belpatrick school up to the age of 11 years.
Later as P. P., in Ardee he became manager of Belpatrick N. S. Now Bishop of Kilmore, Co., Cavan.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-29 00:39
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A man, named Gallagher, was a careless farmer. He had three fields but no gates, only thorn bushes.
He was going to get married and went with his suit to the Tailor Finegan to get it made for the wedding.
He gave him all instructions how to make the suit telling him he was getting married and asking his advice.
The tailor told him the first thing he should do is "paint all his gates"
He took his suit away and got it made in Ardee.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-29 00:37
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and would deliver it for him.
He gave it to him, and returned to Collon. The "Speaker" saw him on the street the next morning, and called him over and asked him did he deliver the letter. He told him to whom he gave it to deliver it.
He then got his carriage and pair, and drove to Dundalk to release the other poor man from Prison.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-29 00:35
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When Speaker Foster lived in the corner House, Collon, he was annoyed by the appearance of a lazy fellow, who used to stand at the Corner, every day smoking.
He wanted to get rid of him, so he called him one day and gave ten shillings to take a letter to the Governor of Dundalk Gaol.
He wrote in the letter:-
"Detain the bearer of this note for three months."
The Speaker Foster had great power and his word was law.
The man took the letter & and money and went off. when going through Castlebellingham he went in for refreshment. Here he met another mendicant of the road. They got into conversation and he told him where he was going - to Dundalk Gaol with the letter.
The other man said that he was going to Dundalk.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 21:31
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Two men made a bet in a public house to go to the graveyard at dead of night and take back a skull. One took on to go.
Meantime the second man dressed himself in a white sheet and went also and hid himself.
The first man came, and took a skull in his hand when he heard a voice say "Leave that there, it is mine." He saw the figure in white.
Not to be outdone he left it down and took up another. The voice said again "Leave that down it is mine."
"They cannot all be yours" said he, making off with the skull.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 21:28
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On another occasion Ned was going home from the town with a new spade under his arm.
On his way he passed a gate at which he saw a man standing.
"Goodnight" said Ned, but got no answer.
"Goodnight" said he again. But still got no answer.
"Wll take that" said Ned making a blow at him with the spade to find it was not a man but a big, white stone, which broke the spade in bits.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 21:25
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The same Ned Lastly called in to George Emerson, a carpenter, to order a coffin for his wife.
"Ah!" said Emerson "I am very sorry is the poor women dead"?
"She is not" said Ned "But I want to have it ready, as she can't last much longer."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 21:23
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A man named Ned Lastly who lived on Laurel Hill, Collon, was going to the village on a bicycle.
It was dark. On his way he passed a gipsy camp. The man and wife were asleep in the cart.
Lastly heeled up the cart which rested on a box, and threw them out on the road.
He then went on riding, but did not see the ass on the road. He tumbled over the ass, bicycle and all. He carried his bicycle and went out a gate where he left it.
He cut an ash stick and went on a bit the road, but turned back after a while and met the gipsy man who was following him.
The gipsy asked him did he meet a man with a bicycle.
He answered "no" but caught the gipsy and beat him black and blue.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 21:20
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One time a farmer was coming home from a fair. Night overtook him.
He was passing a wall, when three men jumped out, and dragged him from his horse into a wood near by.
Then the horse galloped home and began to stamp his foot.
The farmer's wife went to the neighbours and told them.
Soon a crowd of young men gathered and went to the wood and rescued the farmer from being robbed and from death.
This is a true Story.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 21:17
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a while until he fell asleep.
The graneog kept away from the track of the hare.
The hare wakened after a while and looked about him, he could not see the graneog anywhere.
He said to himself "I will go up to see the pole and have another sleep"
When he went up to the pole he found the graneog waiting for him.
"You won the race" he said.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 21:15
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One day a hare and a graneog met. "I am faster than you" said the hare to the graneog, "I bet you are not" said the graneog. "We will have a trial" said the hare.
"Do you see that pole five fields away."
"I do" said the graneog. "Well said the hare. "Which ever of us is there first will win."
Then the race began.
With a couple of swift bounds the hare was at the end of one of the fields,
He looked back and saw the ganeog far behind.
"I am the fool" he said to himself for running so fast and the ganeog so far behind, I will go out to this field and rest myself until he comes up"
He rested himself for
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 21:11
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Soon after this Michael Reid left that residence and went to live in a house which he made by converting a stable into a house. he now lives beside the school on the farm formerly owned by Dr Lyon's father.
He got this farm from Mr Wynne when his wife was teaching in Belpatrick School. Reid bought it from Mrs Lyons after her husband's death.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 21:10
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Soon after Michael Reid's brother Patrick died as Michael was in the Fair of Ardee a jackdaw lighted on his shoulder.
He could not dislodge it so it came home with him and he could not get it away. It went everywhere with him, on his shoulder. It was with him, inside and outside of the house.
In the end he shot it.
The above is known locally.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 21:07
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A man named Michael Boylan of Blakestown Ardee was in the United Irishmen. They were holding a secret meeting at Mellifont. His mother would not let him go.
Eventually he got out of the room in which she locked him and went.
At the meeting a surprise party of militia arrested them all.
This Boylan was engaged to a relative of Speaker Foster so he thought he would be let off.
All got free except Boylan his life was sworn away by one "Kelly".
He was hanged at the Tholsel, Drogheda.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 21:02
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In this townland are four farmers' holdings.
An old lane connected Belpatrick road with the Ardee road. It was made a county road about forty years ago through the influence of Madame Le Bland who was landlady of this place. She also contributed a grant of £3 to Belpatrick School.
A grant of £6 was given by Capt Mark Singleton to the School also. He was landlord of Belpatrick. He also gave a Christmas Tree every year to the School children.
These grants and other favours were finished when the estates were sold to the Irish Land Commission, about twenty-five years ago.
On the sale of the estate the evicted tenants were restored.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 20:57
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There is an old custom when a cow calves, holy water and a lighted candle is brought out to the stable by which the hair of the cow's udder is singed.
Sometimes when a man goes to sow corn he shakes holy water on the corn before he sows it.
When a cow is milked it is usual to make the Sign of the Cross on her udder with the froth and say "God bless you."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 20:56
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The general food in olden times was stir-a-bout. The stir-a-bout was used in the morning for breakfast. Stir-a-bout is a healthy food. Potatoes also were a general food. On the thirty first of October Colcannon was used. People used to see who would stay eating the longest.
The Colcannon was made from onions, potatoes and newmilk. Oaten bread was alsop used in olden times. The table was places in the floor, and they sat around it and eat a hearty meal.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 20:53
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There is one dressmaker in the district whose name is Mrs; Reilly. She travels from house to house.
She uses all kinds of cloth. She uses the scissors, the needle, the thimble, the machine and the thread.
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2020-06-28 20:52
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There are three forges around, one at White Mts; and in Collon. One forge has a doorway shaped like a big horseshoe. It was made by Lord Mazareene. The smith makes certain farm implements. The shoeing of wheels is done in the open air. Forge water cures warts.
People collect at the local forge and talk about the times. The smith is always a very strong man.
"The muscles of his brawny arms
Are as strong as iron bands."
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2020-06-28 20:49
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The local landlord was named Singleton. He did not live here,
There were evictions in the bad times and planters came to occupy the land.
The landlord got the land on the division of the lands by Cromwell. The landlord had great power and hundreds emigrated.
There were three evictions on Belpatrick estate Carolans were the Rent Warners and they got the lands of the evicted party.
Long ago this land was given to people evected from good land in Drumcar and Rathkenny. Thus the name "Reid" which is the most common, can be traced to Drumcar, and Moonan to Rathkenny.
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2020-06-28 20:45
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Evictions took place on the Singleton estate at the same time as the Masareene evictions on the Collon estate i.e about the year 1887.
The evicted families were:-
Thomas Reid.
James Dunne.
Patrick Nevin.
Nevin returned to his farm immediately.
Dunne was an old man and both he & Reid resisted eviction.
Dunne's case was particularly sad as he died that night on the roadside beside his home. Planters took possession of his holding as also that of Reid.
One of the Planters a man named Stubbs caused great inconvenience in the neighbourhood by raiding and carrying off Sheep and fowl for home consumption. These Stubbs were very fierce looking men and practised physical exercises at an unusually early hour of the morning.
Their actions were the theme of local poets who gave a poetical account of their doings in the local paper the "Drogheda Argus".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 20:39
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Dan Lynch also wrote:-
With hard times and seasons bad
It drained the little means he had;
He was put out ill-fed, ill-clad.
And ere that midnight died.
Are there any now to take the place.
Where poor old Dunne had spent his days?
"But sure" 'twas said "there's none so base.
Or foolish yet beside."
But soon was seen in Collon town.
Staggering up the Street and down.
A planter with forbidden frown.
Who bore the name of "Stubbs".
His worthy sons a mighty crew
Were not too long to come in view;
And at their heels a boyish few
Of Royal Irish Stubbs.
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2020-06-28 15:48
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And Dick and Harry Stubbs will stand
Before a jury of the land;
And neither lawyer nor brand
Will clear this worthy pair.
This Stubbs was the planter who lived in the farm from which Thomas Reid was evicted.
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2020-06-28 15:47
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Long ago there were hucksters, pedlars and dealers in feathers and rags, bottles, bones and rabbit skins, there are still these. In exchange for rabbit skins, rags, feathers, bones and bottles, laces, pins, needles and thread were given.
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2020-06-28 15:44
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Long ago there wer hucksters, pedlars and dealers in feathers and rags, bottles, bones and rabbit skins, there are still these. In exchange for rabbit skins, rags, feathers, bones and bottles, laces, pins, needles and thread were given.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 15:43
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There were as many shops in Collon long ago as there are now. Every Saturday the people went to the market in Drogheda in sidecars and carts and sold butter and eggs and bought provisions there, where they could get them cheaper than in Collon. The people as they do now bought meat, sugar, tea and tobacco after Mass.
Money was not alway given in exchange for goods, sometimes the people gave butter, eggs, fowl and honey in exchange for groceries. In some cases labour was given in exchange for farm produce. "Score", tick" and "change" were the only words known to be used in buying and selling.
It was considered unlucky to transact business on a Sunday. Markets were held in the Market Square in Collon. They are not held now.
A half-penny used to be referred to as a 'make', a penny as a 'copper' or 'wing', a threepenny bit as a "kid's eye" a sixpenny piece as a tanner, a shilling as a 'bob', a crown as a 'horseman', a pound as a 'quid'. A fourpenny piece and a guinea are the coins gone out of use.
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2020-06-28 15:37
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for their dinner, sat round it and ate it.
Before cups were used they used big thick delph mugs and tin pondgers.
A servant boy's breakfast on a Sunday morning was a rasher, an egg, a clean shirt and a shilling.
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2020-06-28 15:35
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In olden times the people had three meals each day, their dinner, breakfast, and supper. They had their breakfast at 7 o'clock their dinner at 12 o'clock and their supper at 6 o'clock.
They had porridge for their breakfast, potatoes, cabbage and bacon for their dinner and porridge for their supper. They used potatoes every day and after their dinner the drank buttermilk. They used no tables but put the potatoes in a pelic in the middle of the floor had salt on a piece of paper and a can of buttermilk. Each had a tin pondger to drink the buttermilk with.
They roasted their meat bacon usually on a spit. Wheaten meal bread and leaven were the kinds of bread mostly used. The bread was mostly made on a griddle. Bacon cured in salt was their chief meat.
The people ate trout when they could get them. They didn't eat late at night because they went to bed very early.
They ate eggs at Easter, pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. On Hallows Eve they made a tub of colcannon put butter in the middle of it
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 15:30
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In olden times Indian meal or Johnny bread, wheaten meal bread, potato cake, boxty bread, leaven bread and slim bread, flour bread and oaten meal bread. All this bread was made fro their own products except the Johnny bread.
The Johnny bread was made from Indian-meal, potato cake was made from potatoes and flour. Wheaten bread was made from wheaten meal. Boxty bread was made from boiled and raw potatoes and flour. Leaven bread was made from wheaten meal. Slim bread was made from flour and wheaten meal.
The leaven and slim bread were wet with water while the others were wet with butter-milk except the potato cake. They just baked their bread whenever they needed it.
A plus sign was made on the top of these cakes to make them rise evenly.
All the bread was baked in a pot-oven except the oaten meal bread which was made on a iron stand before the fire. Griddle bread was made too.
Slim bread was made for Ash Wednesday Good Friday and other black fast days when no milk was used.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 15:25
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There were sports in Collon a few times on 15th August forty years ago. The Sports started about one o'clock and ended at six.
They were held in a place known as the Bleech now. They were started by a police officer Supertendent Loyn.
There was ass-racing, sack-racing, wrestling, tug o'-war, wrestling, old-age pensioner's races, boys' races high jumps, and long jumps.
Each event was started by firing a pistol the prizes were given by Mrs Halpenny.
People came to these sports from Slane, Ardee, Dunleer, and other neighbouring towns.
There were sweet stalls and lemonade stalls stalls for strong drink, There were also stalls wtih apples and other fruit in them.
The stalls were made of carts with their sides taken off covered with a cloth.
The only people that had to pay were the competitors for the games.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 15:20
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one said it was on the 8th. March and the other on said it was on the 9th. So after a time a priest suggested that they would add the two dates together and hold St. Patrick's Day on 17th.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 15:19
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Long ago there used to be a very big fair in Collon on St. Patrick's Day. Many things were sold at it, sheep, pigs, horses, cows, hens, geese, and turkeys. The children enjoyed themselves also at it for there were sweetstalls at it. There were also clothes at it. This fair was stopped about 1900. The men and women who sold things at this fair usually spent their money on strong drink.
The old people of Collon say that long ago the people used to drink from they got up on that morning till they went to bed at night.
An old man in Collon tells a story that on St. Patrick's day an old woman came into Collon from Crosstown to Mass and after Mass she got a little top heavy and when she was going along the road with a few pints in her she used to fall and every time she fell she said, Oh Holy St. Patrick and all that I'm suffering for you.
A person in Collon says that St. Patrick's Day was not originally on the 17th March but that there were two parties and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 15:13
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get it off and this rhyme is supposed to have been made up about it.
The bee, the bat, the butterfly,
The cuckoo, and the swallow,
The corncrake, the water drake,
And all the birds that follow.
Bee's wax, sheep's skin.
Thunder-pitch and plaster.
The more you try to pull it off.
The more it sticks the faster.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 15:12
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There is a joke in Collon about a woman who had a pig and a rhyme was made about it. All that is known of it is:
Mrs Bingham had a pig and she had no one to ring him.
Hes possessed of demon said Mr Freeman.
He has a fine squeak said Mr Freke.
He has got swine fever said Mr Mc Keever.
No, he's only measely said Davy Heasily.
The pig's only annoyed said Mr Lloyd.
Give him some castor oil said Paddy Boyle.
He has a fine skin said Mr Wynne.
He is very hairy said Sam Carey.
He's worth a lot said John Scott.
A good many pounds said Margarate Downs.
About a fiver said Pat Mc Iver.
Knock off a crown said Tom Browne
We'll sell him in Slane said Katey Lane
We'll sell him in Collon said Johnny Mullen
He'll do best in Ardee said Joseph Mc Kee.
Turn him in again said Mrs Finegan.
There is another about a man in Collon who made a plaster for a sick cow and when he put the plaster on he couldn't
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 15:06
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eyes? A tongs.
Patches upon patches and stitches without stitches riddle me that and I'll give you my breeches? Cabbage
Alive in the front, dead in the middle, christened behind come tell me the riddle? A man ploughing.
A hard working father, a lazy old mother and twelve little devils the size of each other. A clock.
Black and white and read all over. A newpaper.
Three-quarters of a cross, a circle complere. Two semi-cirlce, an angle triangle standing on feet, two semicirles and a circle complete? TOBBACCO.
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2020-06-28 15:03
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What is it Adam never had or never saw and still left two? Parents.
The man that made it didn't want it,
The man that bought it didn't use it,
The man that used it couldn't tell whether it fitted him ill or well? A coffin.
Tink-tank on the bank ten drawing four? A woman milking her cow.
What goes over a bone bridge with a brass whip driving it. A needle.
Forty sheep went out a gap forty more followed that, six, seven, ten, eleven, two and three how many is that? Five.
Two black men, and a white man were travelling to Howth in a car if the two blacks ate the white man what was the number of the car? 281.
How many feet have forty sheep, a shepherd and his dog? Two.
As I went up Tara hill Tara hill was shaking as I came down Tara hill Tara hill was lying? A field of corn being cut.
When I was in London I looked in a window and I saw two blind mice sitting on a cinder? Two rashers frying on a pan.
Long legs, short thighs little head and no
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 14:36
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What goes up a ladder with his head down? A nail in a boot.
Why is a blind man heavy? Because he is led.
What is the difference between the North and South Poles? All the difference in the world.
Why do women look up at the moon? Because there is a man in it.
When I was young they cut me, and in a hole they stuck me, with boiling water I was burned, between two irons I was turned when I was stripped and in my skin they soon found a hole to put me in? A potato.
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2020-06-28 14:35
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There is a story that a big black headless dog comes out at twelve and one o'clock at night and disappears into the church.
A good many people in Collon use graveyards which are farther away from them thata Collon. Some of the graveyards are Monasterboice, Malera, Slane, Ballypousta, Killary, Rathkenny, Dysart, Tullyallen, Mosstown.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 14:34
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There is an old story told about a man near Collon who ploughed a mound on his land.
This farmer went out to plough a field of his which had a mound in it which had never been ploughed before.
The man thought it a shame for the land to go to waste and began to plough it. So he ploughed it, and then he cut some blackthorn bushes which were in the field and when he was bringing them home one of his horses put his foot in a hole and had to be killed.
The same evening something else happened to this other horse and had to be killed also.
So the people said his horses were
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 14:31
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spring runs down the side of the Laurel hill. This place is in the Townland of Collon and barony of Ferrard.
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2020-06-28 14:30
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An old story that was told to the children about an imaginary man named Sling the Pan. It is said that he went about in his bare feet with a stick in his hand and a sack on his back.
The people used to tell the children that he would come down from his house in the water table and take them away in his bag if they wouldn't go to bed.
A middle-aged man used to go down to see his father in the kiln in the old mill. He said his father was Sling the Pan but nobody knows whether he was or not.
The water table is a pool with a flat stone in the bottom of it where a
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2020-06-28 14:27
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that he had made the shafts from the lone thorn. So he burnt them and planted another bush in its stead but he never saw the fairies again.
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2020-06-28 14:27
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Long ago a man lived in a house in a field. One day at dusk he heard a little tinkling noise. He looked out his window and saw a fairy cobbler sitting under a lone bush mending shoes. Every time he missed the shoe with is hammer he hit the anvil and it made a noise as sweet as music. There were fairies dancing around him.
The next morning the man got a hatchet and cut down the bush for he wanted to have a better view of the fairies the next time they came.
With the lone bush he tried to make a pair of shafts for his cart but he could not shape them but soon got them to a clumsy shape that was good enough for him.
That evening when he harnessed the horse to the cart, the horse began to rear and jump till he got tired of it. When the horse was unyoked again he quieted down. He got another horse and harnessed it to the caert but he did the same and broke the shafts.
It was only then when the man realized
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2020-06-28 14:22
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There is a story told in this district about a house that is on the Ardee Road.
This house is situated over a mile from Collon. It is an old thatched house with sheds beside it. There is a blacktorn bush growing at the corner of its yard. Nobody is living in this house now.
When people that lived in the house put cattle in one of the shed they wouuld be chased out of it. It is told that this shed is built on the fairy's pass and that they chase the cattle.
Another night the people of the house were sitting round the fire and a lot of stones came down the chimney and knocked out the light and broke the pictures and all the delph that was on the dresser.
Between twelve and one o'clocjk fairies were seen sitting under the blackthorn bush with a candle.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 14:18
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Story telling is very rare nowadays for the people do not gather together and tell stories in Winter nights as they did long ago.
Long ago there was a man who was alwasy wondering how tired his sheep were every morning, so he told the men he had employed to stay up all night and watch what was chasing the sheep at night.
The man watched that night but saw nothing. The next night they stayed up and saw nothing. The farmer told them to stay up no longer. When he looked at the sheep the next morning they were tired again. The farmer himself stayed up the next night and as soon as the moon began to rise he saw a lot of little men dressed in red climbing over the ditch. Then each little man got up on a sheep's back and rode round and round the field but as dawn came they vanished.
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2020-06-28 14:13
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killed because he cut the blackthorn bushes and ploughed the mound.
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2020-06-28 14:11
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One day a man went to sell a horse and on the way to the fair a huntsman stopped him and asked him to sell the horse to him.
Then the huntsman brought him into a mound. There he saw a horn on a table and a lot of horsemen asleep riding around it The huntsman took the horn and blew it. The horsemen wakened. Then he payed the man for the horse and let him go.
The mound is near the Black Road which is situated in the townland of Rosetown in the barony of Ardee.
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2020-06-28 14:09
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tried to plough the mound again.
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2020-06-28 14:08
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One day long ago when an old man was ploughing a field in which there was a mound, he saw a little man dressed in red sitting in the ditch.
The farmer went to see what the little man was doing. He see that the little man was a leprechaun and he was cobbling shoes.
The farmer had heard that if you caught a leprechaun, he would give you a lot of money to let him go.
He just had his hand on the leprechaun when he cried out "Look at your horses they are running away" The farmer looked but his horses were all right and when he looked back he saw the leprechaun vanishing into the mound.
In a great rage the farmer turned to plough the mound which had never been ploughed before in hope of finding the leprechaun. When he was half way up the mound the third time a great swarm of ants came out of the mound settled on the horses and ate their harness.
The man hurried away in a great fright and nobody has ever seen the leprechaun or
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2020-06-28 14:02
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through which it flows.
There is an oak tree growing out of the mound and a blackthorn bush growing at one side of it and an elder growing out of the wall that surrounds the mound.
There is an old story which says that Columcille prophesied that when a black pig ran from somewhere in the west of Ireland to Crock an Alluis Ireland would be free.
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2020-06-28 14:00
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There is an old mound near Collon called Crock an Alluis. It is supposed to be the remains of a fort which the Tuaths De Danann inhabited long ago.
The mound is in a hollow in the corner of a field. It is in the shape of a triangle. It is lower at one of the corners than either of the others.
There is a ring of flat ground about six feet around it and then it slopes up to a point.
It is made of clay and stones and it is supposed to be hollow but this has never been proved.
There is a river flowing beside it and there are two gaps one each side of the mound
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2020-06-28 13:57
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2020-06-28 13:57
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So up with the kettle and down with the pan.
And give us some money to bury the wren.
Then they were given money or food.
When they had all they could collected they went into a public house and spent the money on drink. They then told stories and sang songs till they were put out.
The wren boys are not very good now as they are only school boys and not very many of them.
They do not dress up very well either. They only sing a few songs and do not dance. They will only take money.
Then do no carry a wren and they have not very good musical instruments.
Any money they get they divide it among themselves and spend it any way they like
The wren boys carry a wren because it is supposed that when St. Stephen was hiding from some soldiers who were looking for him the wren began to flutter around the place where he was and the soldiers found him.
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2020-06-28 13:52
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In was the custom in most places and in some places still is for the young men to dress up in fantastic clothes on St Stephen's day and get all the musical instruments they could find and go from door to doo singing songs and dancing in return for money or food.
They would carry a wren on a pole covered with rags. The hunted the wren that morning.
Some time before St Stephen's Day they stole a goat and killed it and made tambourines with the skin.
About five in the eveing they got ready and went from house to house collecting by singing or dancing. Each person had a special or dance to do by himself. When they were about to leave a house the person with the wren held it out and they all sang this song together.
The wren, the wren the king of all birds
On St Stephen's day he was caught in the furze.
Altho' he is little his family is great.
So rise up land lady and give us a treat.
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2020-06-28 13:49
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Brick were made in a field at the back of Oriel Temple demesne. all that is left of that industry is a field named the Brick Field.
A linen mill was in use too. The place where it was is known as the "Bleach".
There were a lot of sawmills too. Two were in the Back Square and three at the Barrick Gate. All we have to of those is sawdust.
Lime was burned in a kiln in the Molly. the kiln is there still but lime is not burned.
Farming machinery is still being mended here. Wheel-making is still being done to a small extent. In Ballypousta lime is still being burned.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 13:48
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Dunleer for brandy
Drogheda is the dirty hole,
And Collon is the "dandy".
A good many people emigrated from Collon to foreign lands. There are not many old people in Collon.
Collon got it's name from the hazel woods near it. Collon is supposed to mean "The village of the hazels.
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2020-06-28 13:48
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In recent times a lot of inductires were carried on at Collon. Some of them are still carried on while the otheres are done away with completely.
Five corn mills were in use on the Mattock river and none of them are in use now.
A fair and a market was held here monthly and the fair held on 24th March was called the "Cold fair of Collon. None are held now.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 13:46
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The name of the village in which I live is Collon. It is in the townland of Collon. The parish is the parish of Collon and the barony is Ferrard.
The most common surnames in Collon is Halpin, Taaffe, Bellew.
In the village of Collon there are between 70 and 80 families. There are about 800 people in the townland.
Most of the houses in Collon are fairly large and there are very few small ones. All the houses are slated.
There were a lot more houses in Collon long ago than there are now and there are not many ruins left.
The land round Collon is not very good it chiefly consists of yellow clay.
There is a river called the Mattock flowing through Collon and some smaller streams and one lake. There ae some woods around Collon
There is a saying about Collon which is "Cold Collon". There is also a poem which says:-
Ardee for buttermilk,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 13:41
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Long ago the farmers' wives used to spin their own wool. It was done till about three years ago around Collon.
They had two pieces of wood with spikes in them called carders. They combed the sheep's wool with these to have al lthe strands running in the same direction.
They kept the wool that was sheared from the sheep in the summer after it had been cleaned
They combed it and then spun it by putting the strands together and twisting them by a wheel that was worked by foot. They then dyed the wool with dyes made by various sorts of berries and plants.
The wool was knit into socks and other kinds of wearables which were worn and sold.
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2020-06-28 13:38
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till the gas in it is exposed.
The lime kiln is a great stone building against a hill. First of all a shelf is built and under that a tunnel with a hole in the roof.
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2020-06-28 13:37
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Lime kilns are usually situated near a quarry so as the stones will be near to build it with. The lime kiln that was worked in Collon is not near a quarry so the stones for building it had to be carried to it.
This lime kiln is not situated in Collon but about a mile outside the town.
The lime kiln is where they make the lime out of limestone. The limestone which is heated
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 13:35
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and brought it to a factory that was on the lane that is know as the "Chapel Lane" now. It was steeped and made into threads there.
They wove the threads into cloth in the houses nort of the Post Office. They are dwelling houses now. Out of the coarse threads sacks were made with double bottoms in them.
the linen was spread out on a field at the factory to bleach it. A man was paid to guard the linen at night.
All that is left of that now is a chimney nad a field called the "Bleach".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 13:32
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There used to be two brickyards in Collon one was run by Lord Massereene.
There was also one up at the big pond. The only remains of that brickyard is a steep cliff of yellow clay with bits of bricks lying at the bottom of it.
The brickyard was stopped because the clay was not good, but this is not the only reason it was stopped. It was also stopped because the men employed to work at it had not the proper method of making or shaping the bricks so they used to sink out of their proper shape.
The other brickyard which was run by Lord Massereene was situated in Oriel Temple Demesne. It was stopped because there wasn't a good demand for bricks.
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2020-06-28 13:22
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I dread disemblation
Ah! here I own I'd ease your moan,
In Collon sweet plantation
VII
My spotless dove my tears are love
My sorrows cant be greater
No crocadile in Eirn dwelles
nor dreadfull alligator
Your Mama she loved man you see
its so in every nation,
They courted two like you and me.
in Collon sweet plantation.
VIII
I must allow you've pleased me now
My Mama's quite mistaken,
I do believe you wont decieve
not leave me yet forsaken,
yet I revuire youd ask my sire
and I'm in expectation
that you'll be tied to Anne Mc Bride,
In Collon sweet plantation.
Composed by Richard Shiels, a wandering poet from Co. Armagh. He composed the song abut two local lovers. I dont know who the some was composed.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 13:16
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this present hurt,
Without equivocation,
to kill or save your dying slave,
in Collon sweet plantation.
IV
Young man I say your minds astray,
and here I tell you serious,
If your sincere I'd almost swear, you really are delirious,
So jest no more I you implore
In Collon sweet plantation
V
My spotless dame I'm not to blame,
observe now how I tremble
My tears its plain they fall like rain
which proves I dont disemble.
Blind Cupid sly at me let fly
I'm here in tormentation
and you can cure what I endure
in Collon sweet plantation.
VI
My mama she often told to me
how crocodiles could moan
and by that means have thousants slain
and eat them in their turn
This makes me fear your not sincere
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2020-06-28 13:11
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Collon sweet plantation
I
Yout lovers fair to draw me near, attend to my narration,
while I relate my dreadfull state, and love-sick situation
I must deplore I'm wounded sore, I'm in disconsolation,
Since I espied young Anne Mc Bride, In Collon sweet plantation.
II
Her sparkling eyes did me entice and tore my heart assunder
Her golden hair beyond compare
Its lustre made me wonder,
Her skin so white, it dimmed my sight.
the with great concideration,
For help I cried to Anne Mc Bride
In Collon sweet plantation.
III
In chanting dame behold a swain
Whom you have captuated,
Your matchless frame, has caused me pain
and has me ruinated
Tis in your power,
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2020-06-28 13:05
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with hair. She lays four speckled white eggs.
If the swallow flys low it will rain. It is the sighn of storm to see the seagull flying inland. There is a legend how the robin got its read brest. When Our Lord was on the cross the robin tried to pull the thorns from Our Lords head. He slipped and a thorn stuck in his brest causing it to bleed the stains remained on his brest.
The cuckoo makes no nest he throws an egg out of another birds nest and lays an egg in its place. When the eggs are hatched the young cuckoo throws the other birds out of the nest. That is why small birds chase the cuckoo.
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2020-06-28 13:02
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The wild birds commonly found in this district are the wren, crow blackbird, thrush, sparrow, pigeon, robin, jackdaw, wag-tail, chalf and gold finch, cuckoo, corn crake, swallow, swift, sparrow, starling, and hawk. Some of them migrate. The ones that migrate are the swallow and the cuckoo.
The wren makes his nest under a thorn bush. The nest is made of moss shaped liked and egg and opened on one side. She lays twentyone eggs, the eggs are mostly white in colour. She hatches seven at a time and lyes on the nest for nine weeks. The crow makes his nest on the top of a tree it is made of sprigs. She lays three eggs the colour of them are blue. The blackbird builds his nest in a thorn bush, lays four eggs the colour of them are blue. He makes his nest of mud and moss.
The swallow makes his nest the eav of a house or shead. It is made of mud and lined
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2020-06-28 12:57
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On St. Brigid's day it is customry to make the St. Brigids Cross. The cross is hung in the house and stables. It is supposed to keep away sickness.
On St., Patricks Day the men and boys wear shamrock the women and girls wear green ribbons.
On Good Friday we eat hot cross.
On Ash Wednesday we make the sign of the cross on our fourhead with holy ashes. To remind us that we will return to ashes.
On Easter Sunday it is a custom to eat as many eggs as we can get. And the children eat chocolate Easter eggs.
On Assumption Day it is a custom to go to Lady Well and to bring home some of the water. The water is supposed to be a cure for sickness.
On Shrove Tuesday we eat pancakes.
On May Day the girls decorate may bush with flours and ribbons. Some people put primroses
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 12:53
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St., Stephens Day falls on the twenty-sixth of December. On that day the boys and grown up men have great fun. Some of the boys and men go round with the wren and every house they go to they knock at the door and when it opend they sing the wren song.
The words of the song are,
The wren, the wren, The king of all birds. St., Stephen's day he was caught in the firze.
Although she was little her family was great.
Rise up your lady and give us a treat,
All silver no brass weer the boy that carry the cash.
I have a little box under my arm,
Five or six shilling would do it no harm
A penny or twopence will bury the wren,
A bottle of wine a bottle of beer,
I wish you all a hapy new year.
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2020-06-28 12:48
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he toutches the one with the ring in it, it is said he will be married before any of his brothers or chums. The old people tell ghost stories while the young crack nuts on the grate. It is an old custome to tidy the house and not to rake out the fire.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 12:47
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Hallow E'en occurs on the last day of October every year. Great is the joy in every home on that night. There are a lot of customs connected with Hallow E'en and hear and some of them. Dipping for money and apples is dishes of water. To tie an apple from the ceiling with a piece of cord and try and catch it with your mouth. Some of the old people leave food on the table and light a good fire before going to bed. For they say that spirits are going about. They put three saucers on the table. Fill one with water, one with clay and put a ring on the other. Blindfold one of your chums and put him a distance away from the table, make him walk to it and touch one of the saucers if he touches the one with the water in it, he will cross the sea. If he touches the one with the clay in it, it is said he will die, and if
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 12:40
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scull on the plate. He dropped dead on the spot from fright.
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2020-06-28 12:40
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There are two graveyards in the parish of Collon, in the barony of Ferrard Co., Louth. One is Catolic and the other a Protestant, they are still in use, There is a church in one of them. The slope is to the south and there are threes growing in it. The Catolic graveyard contains a number of ancient tombstones. The oldest date on the stones are 1670, 1610, 1570 and 1709. The only ornaments on the tombstones are Our Lord on the cross. Crosses are made of wood, iron and stone. Some people still use graveyards in other parishes such as Dromin, Tullyallen, Mosstown, Ballapousta and Monasterboice. There is a legend that how the slope came to be in the graveyard is as follows - A man went into the graveyard and took a couple of loads of clay for top dressing while he was digging he came across a skull which he threw away. He came home to his dinner and his wife gave him his dinner. He could see nothing but the
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2020-06-28 12:34
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The people long ago had three meals a day the breakfast the dinner and the supper. The breakfast was between five and six A.M often, the dinner about twelve noon. Farmers worked in the morning before they got theire breakfast. The food for the breakfast was porridge, for the dinner, potatoes, cabbage and white bacon, and for the supper potatoes and buttermilk. They generally sat arround the table in the table in the centre of the floor. Oaten, soda and wheaten bread was the bread eaten. Soda bread was made with, flour, milk and soda Salted bacon was the meat eaten. It was not eaten often. Tish was not eaten except in fishing centres. Cabbage, turnips, onions and potatoes were the vegetables eaten. Food was not eaten, late at night. On Christmas Day a plum pudding was eaten, on Easter Sunday an egg was eaten. Tea was first used about eighty years ago. Porridngers, mugs and wooden noggans were used
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2020-06-28 12:30
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three fairs in the year in Drogheda for the sale of horses. The date of these fairs are the 12th May the 22th June and the 29th September. There are no special pig fairs neither are there any horse fairs in Ardee or Dunleer.
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2020-06-28 12:29
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There are no fairs held locally, the nearest fairs are the fairs of Drogheda, Ardee and Dunleer. About thirty years ago there was a fair in Collon which is not carried on now. The reason why it is not carried on is, owing to the decrease in the population of Collon and the surrounding district. Cattle is bought at the farmers' houses. The fairs are held on the fair green in Ardee and Drogheda and on the streets in Dunleer. A luck-penny is given when an animal is sold. If a man wanted £10 for an animal and the other man would only give £9-15s he would keep the other 5/= for a luck-penny. When a bargan is made they show there agreement by clapping hands. When a beast is sold a mark is cut on its flanks or a brand is put on its back with raddle. When an animal is sold the halter is generally given with the animal. The big fairs held locally are n Drogheda, Dunleer and Ardee. There are
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2020-06-28 12:23
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The boys and girls in this district do not make many toys. They prefere to buy them at Christmas. I made a few at home now and again such as boats, swords, snares and turnip-men.
The way to make a boat is to get a piece of board three inches by seven. A point is cut with a saw on one side of the board and the inside is chisled out with a chisel. A hole is made with a bit and brace in the middle of the boat. A feather put in the hole to form a sail.
The way I made a turnip-man was with a penknife and a turnip. I cut the top of a turnip and scooped out the inside. I made a hole for the eyes and nose. I cut a slit for the mouth half an inch wide and two and a half inches long. "I put red glass for the light coming from the eyes to be red, and put a candle in his head." I lit the candle and put him in a dark room.
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2020-06-28 12:18
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drawing four? A girl milking a cow.
Black and white and read all over. A newspaper.
My father gave me seeds to sow the seeds were black and the ground was white riddle me that and I'l give you a pipe? Writhing with ink and paper.
Round the house and round the house and sleeps on his head at night? A beesum.
A house full a room full and could not catch a spoon full? Smoke.
I know a little house and it would not hold a mouse and it has as many windows as the lord mayor's house?
A thimble.
The man that made it did not want it, the man the bought it, could not use it, and the man the used it never saw it. A coffin.
From it the more you take the biger it gets? A grave.
As flat as an apple as round as a pan one side a woman and the other side a man.
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2020-06-28 12:11
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There are many riddles and old sayings in this district. Some of the old sayings are, "A rolling stone gathers no moss." "You cannot take britches of a highlander." "A stitch in time saves nine." "People whol live in glass houses should not throw stones." Give a foot and take a mile." "Birds of the feather flock together." "The cattle in Connaught have long horns." Silent waters run deep." "What do yoy expect from a pig but a grunt." "Put an ass to grass and he will come home an ass." Dont say hellow till your out of the wood." "Too many cooks spoil the broth." "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." "Empty vessels make most noise." Spare the rod and spoil the child." "Whats sauve for the goose is sauve for the gander." Sense does not come before age." "Many hands make light worke. "No use crying over spilt milk." Hills look green far away."
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2020-06-28 12:06
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Tink tank under the bank ten
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2020-06-28 12:05
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During the Summer months the farmer is very busy with the potatoes First of all he has to second cover twice before they are six inches high, then he has to hoe and mould them again. He has to spray them them twice in July and once in August. In October they have to be dug before the potatoes are dug they have to bedrilled and harrowed then he gets the potatoe digger and digs out the potatoes. My father and I pick the potatoes from the ground First of all we get a basket and put the potatoes. The way we make a pit is we dig a hole three feet deep and twelve feet long. The local names of potatoes are as follows, Ker's pinks, British Queens, Champions, Aran Banners. Kerr's pinks grow the best in our district. We never use potatoes instead of starch.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 12:00
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The farmer is kept very busy tending the potatoes. As soon as the potatoes are over the ground they are seckond covered, to protect them from the frost. The potatoes are spraved in the month of July to protect them from the frost and blight. In Autumn the potatoes are dug. The plough is run down the middle of the drill and the potatoes are scattered on each side. The farmer hires boys to pick the potatoes. The boys follow the plough picking the potatoes into buckets and baskets. The potatoes are stored in a pit. When the pit is full the potatoes are covered with straw and clay. The names of the various potatoes are british queens, aran banners, epecures, cairs pinks and champions. the potatoes that grow best in this district are british queens.
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2020-06-28 11:56
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covered with clay. The plough will put the right shape on it. Both spade and plough is used. Wooden ploughs were used long ago. There are no wooden ploughs left. The spades are bought in a shop. The potatoes have to be cut so that there is an eye in each seed. People held each other if they are paid for it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 11:55
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We have no farm but we have potatoes growing in our garden. We have about ten perches of land under potatoes each year. The amount never varies. My father prepares the ground. Sometimes he puts manure on it. The potatoes are sown in ridges. To make a ridge you must turn up a straight line of sods three times then put dung on them and them drop the seed and close them in with the clay that is at the side and your ridge is made. To make a drill you must soften the ground with a plough or a spade a plough and a harrow in used for tilling a field. Dung is put in the furrows and the seed is put on the dung and then
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 11:52
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eye in every seed. Some times people help each other by lending each other a horse.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-28 11:51
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We grow potatoes every year on our farm This year we have half an acre. The ploughman prepares the soil. Sometimes lime or artificial manure is shaken over the ground before being ploughed. The potatoes are sown in drills. A spade is used in the garden and a plough is used in the field. First the ground is ploughed then harrowed and drilled. A drill is made by ploughing two furrows two and a half feet apart and the space between them is known as a drill. Then the manure is spread in the furrows and the poatoes are dropped on top of the manujre. The plough is used to cover them in. Long ago wooden ploughs were used but there is none in use now. There are no spades made made locally they are bought in shops. Small potatoes are planted whole the large ones are cut in two. There has to be at least one
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 13:24
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and rake.
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2020-06-27 13:23
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The industries carried on in this district in former times were the corn mills of which there were four in the parish. Another great industry was linen and weaving. The remains of the mills and the bleach-green are still to be seen. This industry kept three hundred people constantly employed. A lot of these weavers were brought to Collon by Speaker Foster to develop this industry. There were over twenty lime kilns on the Masserene Estate. A family named Mc ormack lived in the village and carried on work as coopers making churns, tubs and ect,. There was two industries where nails were made by hand. There were three saw mills in the district. There were three forges in Collon where horses, harrows and fire-cranes were manufactured. There are two forges still in existance but very little work carried on in either The implements used for thatching were the bawkan, fork
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 13:18
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Long ago in Collon there was a linen mill, and two corn mills. On of the corn mills is in use. The man that that works in it is called a miller. The other corn mill is in ruins and the linen mill also. This industry kept a lot Collon people employed. There are three forges in Collon, Hoey's Bellews and Emersons. They mend ploughs make gates, shoes for horses and a lot of other things. They use a lot of tools. Tarm work is the best industry in Collon. In Collon there are a few more industious such as:- burning of lime in kilns, milling, wheel-making and house-building.
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2020-06-27 13:11
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they are now. There are two in ruins. A cuple of people emigrated from Corlis to America long ago. Corlis was never mentioned in any song or saying. The land is both hilly and bad in Corlis. There are three woods in Corlis, Rieds wood, Corlis wood and the Black Hill. The Corlis wood is a small wood, the Black hill stretches from Collon to Corlis, Rieds wood is a big wood. There is one river in Corlis that is White River. At the Temple near Corlis there is a lake. The lake does be frozen with ice in the Winter.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 13:09
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Corlis is my home district in the parish of Tenure in the barony of Ferrard Co., Louth. There are six families in the townland of Corlis. There are twentytwo people in Corlis. Rileys is the most common family in Corlis. Three of the houses are thatched and three are tiled. Corlis was Called after a fairy lios that is in Riellies field. There are three people over seventy in Corlis. They cannot talk Irish. Houses were not as numerous long ago than
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 13:04
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Mount Oriel, Carrick-ma-gough, Clogher, Blackhill, Hungryhall, Hazleys and Conolies. The chief river is the Mattock which is a tributary of the Boyne. There is an artificial lake in the grounds of Oriel Temple. Collon was always known a "cold Collon", because it is on a hill.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 13:02
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My home district is Collon in the barony of Ferrard, Co., Louth. There are about eighty families in Collon and the population about two hundreds. The names most common in this district are Bellew and Emerson. All the houses in the village are slated. The name Collon is derived from Col (a hazel tree) from the number of hazel trees and woods with which it was surrounded. Long ago houses were much more numerous than they are now. It was the chief town in Co., Louth. The old ruins are the remains of corn and flax mills, and a police barracks that was burned during the time of the Black and Tans and two old houses.
Long ago the people emegrated chiefly to England and Scotland. The land is hilly and the woods around it are numerous the names are
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 12:54
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Plenty of people put a cow's horn above the door. It is supposed to bring luck on the stock. After milking the cows people dip their finger in the milk and bless the cow. A horse shoe is put above the horse shed door it is said to bring luck. When you hear a sheep mea-ing you know the Summer is near. When you want the hens to come to the henhouse you say "Huck, Huck, Huck, Huck. It is the custom for the people to put holy water on the eggs before they are hatched.
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2020-06-27 12:50
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manger by chains. Some people hang St. Brigid's cross in the shed for luck.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 12:44
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We have two horses, Paddy and Charlie. The horses are put in sheds in Winter and fed on hay and oats. The cows are put in in winter and fed on hay and turnips. The cows are tied to the
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2020-06-27 12:43
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2020-06-27 12:42
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May, Lily and Betty are the cows' names. Driving cows or calves in or out of fields they say "how-w-up go on". Inside the cowhouse there is a division for each cow and a manger. It has to be cleaned out every morning. The cows are tied by the neck to the manger by a chain. Sometimes a branch is hung in the cowshed for luck. There are no stories connected with milking. When you see young animals you should say "God Bless Them."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 12:39
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We have two horses, Paddy and Charlie. The horses are put in sheds in Winter and fed on hay and oats. The cows are put in in winter and fed on hay and turnips. The cows are tied to the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 12:38
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We have four cows and their names are, Betty, Polly, the grey cow and Pansy. When calling the cows or calves home people say suck, suck, suck. The cowshed is a large stable with two mangers inside. The cows are tied by the neck with a chain. We have two horses at home and they should be clipped twice a year and shod every three months. When we are hatching eggs my mother shakes holy water on them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 12:36
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The names of the domestic animals at home are the horses, cows, calves, pigs, sheep, lambs, goats, dogs, cats, ducks, geese, hens and chickens. When driving cows or calves in or out of the field the drover shouts "how-up, how-up".
The cows are tied to the manger with ropes or chains round their necks. The local names for the tyings are halters and cow ties. The cow shed is divided into sections for each animals. Saint Brigid's cross, the may bush, and a horse-shoe are sometimes hung in the stable for good luck.
The horse requires a larger stable than a cow. He is fed on first crop hay, oats and a mash of bran once or twice a week. The horse has to be shod every two months and clipped twice a year.
A famous horse, that was owned by Mr., Commons, the Nursery, Collon, which was bought for £5. His name was Catafalca he won the cup two years in succession at Mullacurry Races. He was sold for £300 and won several races in England afterwards.
The old custom for setting eggs for hatching was to put a cross with charcoal on the eggs. The calls for the animals are, for the cow "suck, suck", for the pig "gush, gush", for the hen, chuck, chuck, for the duck, quack, quack.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 12:25
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Water is poured in during the churning to keep the milk warm.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 12:25
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Our churn holds about 20 gallons. It is two feet wide and it is round. it is about 18 years old. The various parts of the churn are the crib, the barrel, the lid, and the dash. We all take a turn at the churning. When strangers come in they always take a turn to lighten the work. The people know when the churning is finished when there is no butter on the dash.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 12:23
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A dash churn is about 2 feet wide and about 2½ feet at the bottom. The side are round. It is about 5 years old. There is no mark on the side or bottom of the churn. Strangers who come in always help with the churning for it is said it brings luck to the churning. The churn dash is always moved upwards and downwards and at the end it is given a rolling motion to gather the butter. Water is always used when churning to gather the cream. The butter is lifted out with a strainer and is put on a butter-dish and salted and clapped.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 12:20
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Our churn is about 4 feet tall, 2 feet wide on the top and about 1½ feet wide on the bottom. It is round. It is about 9 years old. When the butter is made the butter is one big lump on the churn
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 12:14
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We have a churn at home. It is about three feet high It is about two feet wide at the bottom and one foot nine inches at the top. The sides are round. It is fifteen years old. The parts are the barrel, lid, dash, and cup.
In Summer the milk is churned about twice a week. In Winter the milk is churned once a week. The churning is done by the woman of the house, assisted by a helper. People who come in during the churning say "God bless the work" and take a hand at the dash, if not no butter would come on the churn. The average time for churning is one hour. At first the dash is moved up and down quickly then they rock the churn to gather the butter. When small pieces of butter gather on the lid of the churn the butter is churned. Water is poured in to quicken the work.
The butter is lifted into a wooden dish (butterdish) then it is washed, salted and made into rolls with butter hands. Buttermilk is used for drinking, making bread and feeding calves and pigs.
The witches long ago used to take the butter from the cows, to stop them a plough-share had to be sharpened at the forge and dipped in the crocks of cream
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 12:08
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The Broomfield road and the Strinagh road are the old roads in our district but there is not much traffic on them now. There is an old Mass path in Strinagh and another in Grangegeeth. Long ago Mass was said on that hill. it is known as the chapel hill.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 12:04
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The Collon road leads to Tenure and ends at Muleva The White river road leads from the White river to Dunleer. The Monasterboice road leads from Castleumbly through Monasterboice and ends at the Nursery cross. The Drogheda road leads from Collon through Monleek and ends at Drogheda. The Glenmore road leads from Ardee to Broomfield cross. All these roads were made very, very, long ago. Some of these are in use still. There are no accounts of when these roads were made. Before bridges were made rivers were crossed by fords.
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2020-06-27 11:58
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paths in our district but they are not in use. The rivers were sometimes crossed by fords long ago. The customs of the cross roads now is the dotted line on the middle of the road. Some-times when a person would be killed there would be a cross put at the place he was killed.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:57
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Many are the roads that are to be found in Collon parish. Namely the Drogheda road, the Kells road, the Collon road, the Slane road, the Belpatrick road, the Dunleer road, the Corlis road and the Strinagh road. Most of these roads were made in the time of the famine. There are old roads in our district and some of them are still in use. Most of the roads are repaired by farmers for thirty pounds a year. There are a few old
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:53
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and his wife were going home after a heavy days rain, and were driving in a spoke-wheel car and they had to pass through this river and the flood swept the woman of the car and she was drowned. There is no monuments or Mass paths in our district.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:53
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The names of the roads in my district are as follows, the Grange road leading from the Leaby to Slane, the Ardee road leading from the Leaby to Ardee, the Kells road leading from Collon to Kells, the Belpatrick road leading from the Leaby to belpatrick. My father "said" the Grange road and the Belpatrick road is very old. The Belpatrick road is not used now. There is one old bye-way in our district called the Belpatrick lane. Long ago there were no bridges and the rivers were crossed by means of fords. There was in Rathbran church a foard, one time a man
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:49
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custom was the country dance at the cross-roads. in the Winter they lit bon-fires to give light to the dancers.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:49
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There are many roads around the village of Collon. The Ardee road leads from Collon to Ardee.
The Drogheda road from Collon to Drogheda. The Slane road from Collon to Slane and the Kells road from Collon to Kells, these are the principal roads in the district. The Drogheda Ardee road is the oldest road in the district and is now a trunk road. The main street in Collon was lowered during the year of the famine, to give employment, and that accounts for steps up to most of the houses. During the year of the famine the labourers had to work from dawn to dusk at the rate of fourpence per day. About twenty yards from the School is a bye-road called Cow-road and formerly known as the Coach-road. It connects the School-lane with the Drogheda road. A local
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:44
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There are many cures in our district. On the top of our hill where three parishes join there is a little stream in which there is a cure for pains. Boiled briar is the cure for the white scour in young calves. The cure for the whooping-cough is to crawl three times under an asses legs, is supposed to cure your.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:42
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draw, and the other side will cure. If you find Gods-horse sew him in a bag, then hang him on you and it will cure the chincough.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:41
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Long ago the old people found remedies for their sickness from herbs that grew wild in the fields. The water of boiled heather is a cure for a cold. The water of boiled broom is a cure for kidney trouble. There is a herb called wildfire it is a cure for a pain in the back. The daisy is the cure for pock in cows.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:39
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The milk that a ferret leaves behind him will cure the chincough. Saint Patricks leaf will cure sores, one side will
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:39
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the person would have to bring a glass of whiskey with him to drink, in order to numb the pain.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:37
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Long ago the doctors were not as plentiful as they are now and people believed in healing by herbs, charms and quacks. There was a woman living in Collon and when any person got a bad bleeding in the nose, a mesenger was sent to this woman. And immediately the bleeding would stop. A cure for a sty on the eye was to get ten thorns from a gooseberry bush and a pereson who had their father and mother living to point nine at the sty and throw the tenth away. A cure for a wart was to go to a forge and dip the wart seven times in the forge-water.
One of the most famous bonesetters in Co., Louth was Mat Fleming, Mount oriel, Collon. People with broken bones came from Louth, Meath and Monaghan to him, to get their bones set and he was never known to fail. As it was a terrible ordeal
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:32
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Many are the cures in our district. The moss that grows on the big cross at Monasterboice is a cure for ringworm. A man or woman born without seeing seeing their father could cure the dirty mouth. It is cured by breathing into the child's mouth three times, while saying a prayer. The mumps could be cured by putting an asses winkers on the head of the child. the child would be drove into the pigsty three times saying "pig in the muck, leg in the muck" The whooping cough could be cured by getting a cut of bread from a woman who was married to a man the same name as herself. A wast could be cured by getting a snale and to rub it on the wart. Put the snale on a thorn bush ans as the snale fades the wart will go.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:27
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If you see the wild geese you are going to have snow but if you hear the robin singing it is a sign of good weather. In Summer when the swallows fly low it is the sign of rain. If the seagulls fly high in the air it is the sign of a storm.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:25
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it is the sign of rain and thunder.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:25
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The south and west wind brings rain to this district. The pig lies in the middle of the field when a storm is coming. Also the black clouds bring storm. When a person sees fog on the hill it brings water to the mill. When you see water-birds flying inland it is the sign of a storm. If the smoke of a chimney goes up straight it is the sign of good weather. If there is a blue flame in the fire it is the sign of rain.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:23
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If you see the swallows flying low and the seagulls flying inland it is a sign of rain. Fog in the valley is the sign of good weather. When the mountains are near and foggy it is the sign of damp warm weather. When the sky is red and purple
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:21
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My father told me it is a bad sign to see red clouds early in the morning. The wind from the south brings rain to our district. It is the sign of rain to see the wagtail hopping about the door. If the rocks seem near us it is the sign of rain, it is the sign of good weather when mountains cannot be seen. It is a good sign to see all the sheep lying together early in the morning.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-27 11:18
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There was once a woman who boiled a pot of stirabout for three workmen. When she had done so she poured it into pigíns to cool. It was very hot and thin. A little while later the men came in. They were very thirsty. The first man took the pigín and went half way in it but was nearly scalded. He shouted "stirabout since last night" in Irish. The second man thinking it was a grand drink raised it to his head. No sooner had he a mouthful drank than he was burned. He also shouted "she had right to warm it". The third man took it and as he did he did he flung it at the woman of the house saying "I am scalded".
In the time of the famine, a woman named Mrs. Burke lived in Kilmaley. She was very charitable and had compassion on the poor whom she never turned away from the door. She had a chest of seed-wheat in the house. She gave a fistful of this to every beggar who came to the door until, when drawing near the time for sowing the seed she found she had only about a stone left in the bottom of the chest. Mr Burke was a very wicked man,
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2020-06-26 15:25
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hearth with her back to the fire bad weather is expected. The best sign of all is the cricket singing sharply.
When the distant hills seen nearer and a blow down in the chimney it is the sign of comming storm.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-26 15:24
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A red sky at sunset is a sign of frosty weather, a pale sunset denotes rain. When the moon is on its back or a halo arround it rain may be expected. On a frost night the stars are bright. Dark clouds travelling quickly through the sky is a sign of rain. "A rainbow in the morning is the shepherd's warning. A rainbow at night is the shepherds delight." The south-easterly wind brings most rain to this district. North and East winds are very dry. When the swallow flys low and the seagulls and wild geese fly inland wet and stormy weather is expected. When sheep rise early in the morning and start feeding, the dog eats grass and the cat sits on the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-26 15:18
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leg of a chair it is the sign of rain.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-26 15:18
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People with rheumatism are always complaining of pains when rain is near hand. It is the sign of rain to see the moon on its back and if you see the stars blinking it is the sign of frost. If rain is near by the curlew would be calling, but if you hear the robin it is the sign of a good day.
An old saying is, if a cats back is facing the fire it is the sign of rain and if you see a dog eating grass it is also the sign of rain. Another sign of rain is to see the smoke of a chimney coming to the ground and if it goes up straight it it the sign of good weather. An old saying is "A rainbow in the marning is the sailors warning a rainbow at night is the sailors delight. If a cat starts clawing the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-26 14:43
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Long ago the groom went to the bride's house on the wedding morning to get the fortune. Then they proceeded to the Church to get married. The wedding feast took place in the bride's house. After the wedding ceremony the bride and groom went home in a carriage. The guests raced each other home on horseback and the first home got a bottle of whiskey which he drank and broke the bottle against the wall.
A loaf of bread was broken over the bridges head and she entered the door of her new home.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-06-26 14:40
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the girl on which the ring would fall would be married to the man for a year and a day.
Sometimes the wife would have a horse of her own, and sometimes she would sit up with her husband on his horse.
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2020-06-26 14:38
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Marriages always take place before Lent and after Easter. During seven weeks of Lent are unlucky weeks for getting married. In years gone by people used to remember marriages taken place in the houses. Dancing and singing and playing tricks are observed on Wedding-days. On a Wedding-night a feast is held and on a month's visit. It is always held in homes or in the Hotels. In olden times gone by the straw-boys used to visit the houses. Some of them were dressed in green, red, and blue rags and all kinds of hats. In some cases a wedding procession is held and in others it is not.
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"Marry in May and you will rue the day." Sometimes when the man gets married he halves his stock with his wife. Some old people remember marriages that took place in their homes. At a wake when all the people would be present. They would put all the girls in one. One man would go up stairs and would drop a ring through a slit in the floor.
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2020-06-26 14:32
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marriage, that is Friday if it falls on the thirteenth day of any month.
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2020-06-26 14:31
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A Story is told how a boy and a girl would be married. When a gathering of people would be at a wake a boy and girl would be picked out of a crowd and a broom would be put on the floor, and the boy would jump over the broom three times and then they would be married.
Weddings take place before Shrove. Only one day is unlucky for
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2020-06-26 14:30
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Marriages usually take place during Summer in Collon district. May is supposed to be an unlucky month for marriages. The old people say "Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best day of all, Thursday for losses Friday for crosses, and Saturday no day at all. Matches are seldom made in Collon district. Harry Callan of "The Square", Collon, Co. Louth remembers a wedding to take place in a hay-barn belongin to Patrick Johnson of Glenmore, Collon, Co. Louth. Money, goods, or stock is often given as dowry, Many Customs are observed on wedding-day. One is to tie a "bróg" on the back of the car of the wedding party for luck.
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2020-06-26 14:25
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No. 8.
A man was ploughing in a field at Drumbo and he saw a little red Faire. At twelve o'clock the man started to run after the Fairy. The man thought that he was only a half an hour running after him. When the man stopped it was six o'clock. The man lost sight of the Fairy going out a gap.
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2020-06-26 14:23
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No. 9.
Another tale is said about Dunmore. A man was going for a priest and doctor for his father and he heard a ball hopping in the field. He stopped to watch the football for half an hour. He was watching the football from nine o'clock that night until seven o'clock in the morning.
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2020-06-26 14:21
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No. 10.
One night my grandfather was coming home from Collon across the fields for a short cut, as he was crossing a field he heard great cheers and shouts. He looked around and he saw thousands of fairies kicking football. He went over to them and started kicking football with them. After kicking football for three hours he got tired and he lay down and he fell asleep. When he awoke he could not see fairies or football in this field.
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2020-06-26 14:02
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year.
A furz bush already in bloom is cut and decorated with primroses on May eve, and children dance and sing around it, primroses are also gathered on this evening and scattered around the doorsteps.
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2020-06-26 14:01
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Holly is hung up in every house on Christmas Eve, and left there until pancake night, when it is taken down and put on the fire while the pancakes are baking.
Crosses are made from rushes on St Brigid's Eve, and hung over the door of every house, and out-house, Crosses were also worn on St Patricks day, made from paper and green ribbon.
On Palm Sunday palm was fastened over the head of every bed in each house, and left so until that day the following
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2020-06-26 13:59
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drank their soup out of noggins. These were made of wood, and shaped much like a mug, but had no handle.
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2020-06-26 13:58
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Long ago people ate their porrige and
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2020-06-26 13:58
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had not even potatoes, had nothing but porridge made on Indian meal, for their dinner.
There were no cups used at this time, mugs, larger vessels used instead, before mugs were introduced a vessel called a "noggin" was used. This was a wooden vessel kept in shape by means of three tin bands fastened round it, and a handle not like that of a cup but one fastened straight up from the side.
The table was placed in the centre of the floor, and at dinner time a basket called a "pellick" was placed on this table full of potatoes, from which the family ate, and when finished with it was cleaned and hung on the wall.
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2020-06-26 13:54
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Long ago, about fifty years, in this district, poor people used go to work before they got their breakfast, then after an hours work they got "a mug full of stirabout".
Some of the very poor people, who
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2020-06-26 13:53
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When the crowd got him released,
They gave a loud cheer,
But they would not allow him a mouthful of beer.
For the contract was made to "Kale", Johnson, and George.
A gallon of beer themselves for to gorge.
The porter was brought in an old rust can,
And they all drank a health to the wheeler poor Dan, "Small Johnson".
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2020-06-26 13:50
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in the Glann,
Was to build up the gullet for poor Katty Han.
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The navvys were scarce, they came there to a man.
And they did agree to make wheeler of Dan.
His barrow was loaded with sods and with muck.
In the side of the road the poor wheeler got stuck.
He gave a big plunge, and he shifted a pole
And down went the barrow with Dan in the hole.
"Hallo!" said "Small" Johnson, "I see his big skull."
Brave navvys get round him and give him a pull.
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2020-06-26 13:46
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There came a big flood in the month of July.
That made poor Katty Hann go sob, and go cry.
By the side of the road the waters did roll.
And here in this spot it made a big hole.
The gullet slipped down with a terrible rattle.
And frightened the life in Mc Guinnes' cattle.
And the greatest contract ever made
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2020-06-26 13:37
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Oh Lord! it its the toothache
Arise Peter and be healed.
And whoever says these few words for my sake
Shall never be troubled with the toothache.
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2020-06-26 13:35
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At the close of day this prayer is heard.
Another day is ended and many more to live
Alas! to many ended may God forgive forgive.
When lighting a lamp this prayer is said.
Light of Heaven on our souls.
when a person has the toothache they say this prayer:-
As Peter sat on a marble stone
Our Lord came to him and he sat alone.
He said, Peter! why dost thou weep and moan?
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2020-06-26 13:33
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I am a sinner, and nothing at all,
And Jesus Christ is all in all.
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For Jesus Christ sake, Amen.
Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for me, that I may never died in mortal sin.
God bless father and mother and dear little sister and dear little brother, uncles and aunts and all my friends, and God bless me and make me a good little girl.
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,
Look upon a little child,
Pity my simplicity
Suffer me to come to thee.
Matthew, Mark, Luck, & John,
Bless the bed that I lie on.
Four corners on my bed,
Four angles round my head,
One to sing and one to pray,
And two to carry my soul away,
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2020-06-26 13:28
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People going to bed at night:-
Through this day they had has led me.
And I thank thee for thy care
Thow hast warmed, clothed, & fed me.
Listen to my evening prayer.
Let my sins be all forgiven.
Bless the friends I love so well.
Take me when I die to Heaven.
Happy there with Thee to dwell.
Create in me a clean heart, Oh God.
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2020-06-26 13:25
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I pray to God my soul to keep.
And if I die before I wake.
I pray to God my soul to take.
There is four corners in my bed
There is four angles over my head.
Mark, Mathew, Luke, and John.
God bless the bed that I lay on."
When entering a house say, "God bless the work."
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2020-06-26 13:24
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When a person hears the cuckoo for the first time he says "that we may be alive this time next year."
When lying in bed before going to sleep say:-
"I lay my body down to sleep
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2020-06-26 13:22
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these travellers are still seen.
Sometimes goods were exchanged for hay or horsehair.
other coins which are not now in use, but which were used then were, the fourpenny and tenpenny bits.
People called "rag-men", bought old rags from the people, and paid fivepence per pound for them, or took them in exchange for bootlaces, spools of thread, or other useful articles, this exhange was called "bartering".
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2020-06-26 13:20
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Long ago people used be paid with goods instead of money, If they worked with a farmer, for a few days, they got a bag of oats, or meal, or perhaps butter, or milk, as payment. If they worked with a shopkeeper they got perhaps tea and sugar.
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2020-06-26 13:19
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In former times people did not go to towns to buy goods, but bought them from travellers, who went around selling or exhanging goods, some of
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2020-06-26 13:17
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Farmers still collect at cross-roads, as they did in former times, to buy or sell cattle, here there came a man known as a "cattle blocker", who helped to make bargains among the buyers and sellers.
Toll was paid at markets, and collected after the market began, by a man who went round to each man on the market.
When goods were given without ready payment, they were known as goods given on "tick" or on "Strap".
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2020-06-26 13:11
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No good in meeting trouble half way.
Everyone trying to draw water to his own mill.
Thinking will not keep the world going.
Have a heart and buy a bonham.
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2020-06-26 00:10
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The Main St of the village of Collon formerly ran along a field north of the present village, which is still known as the town meadow, this road lead from the Main Rd. to Drogheda, to where the present Mt Oriel Rd. branches off Ardee St.
The present Strinagh Rd. once ran through the farm now known as the "Mill Land" and on to the Drogheda Rd. at the Drumgool's Cross.
Church St. ran at the back of the houses on the left hand side of the present St.
The road from Collon to Slane ran straight from the Corner of Collon, up
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2020-06-26 00:07
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the Laurel Hill and without any turns from that on.
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2020-06-26 00:07
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held in June or July. There was dancing on the road, and amusements were carried on in tents. This lasted for a couple of days every year.
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2020-06-26 00:06
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Ginnetys, up the Green Lane at Weldon's, down at the back of Drum's and out at the back of Morgan's. It ran straight from Balrenny Cross down to Devlin's Mill, and then into Slane. The old road can still be easily traced.
At that time a road ran down past the present schools, through the "Bleach" across at a ford there, up over Whyte's Hill, and joined Strinagh Rd. A by-road, branched of that to the left, and ran over what is now called the "Cow-Road" and joined the Drogheda Rd. at Maxwell's. All these old roads were levelled and new roads made as Relief Works, after the Great Famine. On Kells road where the present bridge is, there was a ford on the river, and on Lower St, where the Bridge is there was another.
At Strinagh Cross a pattern was
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2020-06-26 00:02
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road ran straight down at the back of Geraghtys house, up through the "Town Meadow" where the former village of Collon stood, out at the back of Emerson's and joined the Mount Oriel road there.
The Ardee Road ran straight from the Corner, down to Mollyrua, up at the back of Cummins down to Conlons Bridge joined the Old Road there and ran straight into Ardee. The present "high footpath" was the level of the road at that time.
Where "Hollow-house" stands now was the level of Main Street then, and Mc Keever's door was the level there so that there must have been a high hill at the corner.
Slane Rd. then, ran straight from the Corner, up Laurel Hill, straight down to Hungry Hall on down at the back of
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2020-06-25 23:57
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The former roads of Collon ran in altogether a different direction to the present ones. They were all very hilly and ran quite straight with scarcely any turns. The Drogheda
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2020-06-25 23:56
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west sides, and a hill rising to the south leaving a hollow at the gate.
A story is told that when Speaker Foster lived in the "Connor House" he began to put the soil from the graveyard, out for top-dressing for his fields. One night when he sat down to his dinner, his dog brought in a skull and left it at his feet He never went neat the graveyard again.
In the Protestant graveyard there are two vaults one belonging to the Masserene family and the other to the fosters.
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2020-06-25 23:53
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Collon graveyard is situated on Kells Road and is adjoined to the Protestant burial ground. It is a very old graveyard, the oldest headstone there dating back to 1710. There are beech and oak trees growing on the north east and
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2020-06-25 23:52
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There is a graveyard in Michelstown in Co. Meath and underneath the wall of it there as a pagans grave. In the grave was the skeleton of a pagan His head was as big as a pot, and every thoot in his head was as good as the day he died, and as white as snow. His shin bones were three or four feet long, and altogether he would have been nine feet high. But these bones are no longer there, they were taken away some years ago.
People from this village are still buried in that graveyard.
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2020-06-25 23:48
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railed in.
Under the Protestant graveyard there are two vaults, in one of them some of the Masserene family are buried, in the other the fosters.
A pumphole was opened outside the wall of the graveyard some years ago, but no water could be got in it, and it was going to be closed, there was a protestant man standing by, and he said, "don't bother closing that it will do a croppy's grave afterwards." In a short time that man died, and he was buried in the catholic graveyard, just inside the wall, the next morning, the coffin was seen down in the pumphole where it slipped out under the wall, the people could not take it out, as the hole was too deep, so the hole was filled up and he was left there.
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2020-06-25 23:44
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There is one graveyard in this parish, which is divided into two parts, the Catholic, and the Protestant graveyard. In the Catholic yard, the graves, have headstones in the shape of a cross erected over them, others of them have tombstones placed on four legs over them, while others still are
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2020-06-25 23:43
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Kells Rd. When it was half finished, it had to be stopped, as it is said for fact that every meal the speaker sat down to he saw the table covered with bones. Up to forty seven years ago the Protestant bell used ring for Catholic funerals, but this was stopped by a priest called Fr. Mc Cullagh, who afterwards was parish priest of Termonfekin. In the Protestant Churchyard are buried the last of the Louth Yeomen, over 100 years ago.
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2020-06-25 23:40
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There are two graveyards in this parish, one Catholic, and one Protestant. In the Catholic graveyard there are the ruins of an old chapel, with the grave of a priest within it's ruins. this graveyard is next to that of the Protestant, and along the wall on the Catholic side there are still many Protestant graves. This graveyard is not level but slopes north, with rows of beech trees growing on every side, the cause for this sloaping is owing to the time when Speaker Foster ordered that the Protestant church should be seen more clearly from the main Rd.
This work was in progress and the remains of the people, who had being buried there, were taken and thrown at the back of Mullen's house
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2020-06-25 23:36
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A hungry eye sees far.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Too late to lock the stable door when the steed is stolen.
The far off fields are green.
Look before you leap.
The cows in Connaught have long horns.
Never put down your foot without first being sure of the ground.
A little pot is soon hot.
When the cat is away the mice can play.
You can't take wool of a goat.
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2020-06-25 23:33
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them.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
A Rolling stone gathers no moss.
You can't take feathers of a fog.
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2020-06-25 23:33
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Waste not want not.
Never shake hands with the devil 'till you meet him.
It's better fight with the devil you know than the one you don't know.
Fools make feasts but wise men eat
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2020-06-25 23:32
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Waste not want not.
Never shake hands with the devil 'till you meet him.
It's better fight with the devil you know than the one you don't know.
Fools make feasts but wise men eat.
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2020-06-25 23:31
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A hungry eye sees far.
Its an ill wing that blows nobody good.
Willful waste, makes woeful want.
A rolling stone, gathers no moss.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
A half, a loaf is better than no bread.
The far off fields are green.
You can't take wool of a goat.
The longest way round is the shortest way home.
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2020-06-25 23:29
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Monasterboice, in this district has the ruins of a tower and small church. It is about three miles to it and an underground tunnel leads to it in William Bellew's garden this tunnel opens up in Monasterboice Tower. Another tunnel in Andrew Brooks garden. It is thought that it was the monks had it for taking their valuables to the tower in the time of the lanes. It has also a lovely cross.
Mellifont about four miles from here, is a very interesting place with it's various pieces of carved stone.
The hermitage where a monk used live is up in the Oriel Temple.
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2020-06-25 23:25
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The ruins of monasteries which are still seen in this area are at Slane, Mellifont, and Monasterboice.
It is said that in the Slane monastery the monks slept standing, and the stone blocks on which they laid their arms cam still be seen.
It is also said that Monasterboice tower was built by a lady one night and that at early morn a shepherd saw her, and she immediately vanished, and that her footprints can be seen on a nearby stone.
On his way from Dublin, Hugh O'Neill stayed at Mellifont for the night.
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2020-06-25 23:23
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was held in Mellifont, in the open air.
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2020-06-25 23:22
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stopped there on his way home from Dublin after his escape from Dublin Castle, as Sir Garret Moore was a great friend of his. It was in Mellifont also, that O'Donnell made the Treaty with Mountjoy in 1602. after the Battle of Kinsale.
The O'Moores lived there until sometime in the nineteenth century and then they went to Moore Abbey in Kildare, and the Society for the Preservation of Public Monuments bought the Abbey. The Archaeoligist Society own it presently and a few years ago, it was rumored that the Abbey was to be renovated and the Cistercian Monks to return to it, but there is no sign of that now. In June 1929 after the Catholic Emancipation celebrations in Dublin, a similiar ceremony
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2020-06-25 23:19
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An underground channel runs from Monasterboice tower to Mellifont Abbey, about three miles south of Collon. The site of the Abbey was given to St Malachy and a number of Cistercian monks, by O'Carroll prince of Oriel, who lived in Collon, early in the twelfth century. The Chapter House is still standing, with a big heavy iron gate, leading into it. It is the only part of the Abbey in any kind of good condition. The remains of the Chapel and Monks' cells are still there. It was here Devorgilla spent her last days, and her grave can still be seen on the left hand side.
During the Reformation, in the reign of Henry VIII, the Monks were banished from it, and the lands were given to the O'Moores, and so it happened that O'Donnell
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2020-06-25 23:15
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Monasterboice tower and cross situated about three miles from Collon, in the parish of Tenure, were founded by St Buithe in the sixth century. Tradition says that the tower was built by an old woman one night with an apronful of stones. She was almost finished when dawn broke, and she jumped from the top of the tower, and left the mark of her heels in the stone at the bottom, and that's the reason of the broken piece at the top; but probably it was struck by lightning
There are two old Celtic crosses and the ruins of a small church in the graveyard. The crosses, which are still perfect, have the images of the twelve Apostles, Our Lord Crucified, and others carved upon them.
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2020-06-25 14:55
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been migrating to America, from the village, and there is scarcely a family in the parish who have not relations there.
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2020-06-25 14:54
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or Norman's Wood, and on the north east is the Black Hill also with a wood. This wood has huge gap in it known as "Collon Gap". Smaller woods in the district are Grays Wood on Strinagh road, and Hungry Hall on Slane road.
The Mattock, which rises in the Mullogh-dú, is the only river near the village, except a river which divides Louth from Meath, and flows between the two counties as far as Lambert's Bridge, and joins the Mattock on the "Mill Land".
Speaker Foster lived in the Corner House where Mc Keevers live now, and Lord Masserene lived in Oriel Temple, now empty. O'Carroll Prince of Oriel, had his home in the Rectory House, now the property of Miss Freeman, early in the twelfth century.
Since the Famine years, people have
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2020-06-25 14:50
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of Corliss.
Collon derives its name for Coill án the district of the hazels as there were many hazel woods in the district in former times. The place is entirely surrounded by the Ferrard Hills. It is said that Collon is on a hill and in a hollow because no matter what direction one approaches the village hills have to be climbed, and when the village is sighted, it lies in the hollow below them, Mount Oriel, the highest hill in the district, is crowned by a wood, known to many as Collon Grove, and lies to the north west of the village. On the west is Carrick-ma-keogh another wooded hill, and off the Slane road is "Balnagregha" a hill also with a wood. On Strinagh Hill is Bellew's Wood
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2020-06-25 14:48
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0f Corliss.
Collon derives its name for Coill án the district of the hazels as there were many hazel woods in the district in former times. The place is entirely surrounded by the Ferrard Hills. It is said that Collon is on a hill and in a hollow because no matter what direction one approaches the village hills have to be climbed, and when the village is sighted, it lies in the hollow below them, Mount Oriel, the highest hill in the district, is crowned by a wood, known to many as Collon Grove, and lies to the north west of the village. On the west is Carrick-ma-keogh another wooded hill, and off the Slane road is "Balnagregha" a hill also with a wood. On Strinagh Hill is Bellew's Wood
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2020-06-25 14:43
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Collon, my native parish, is situated in the ancient kingdom of Oriel. The village grew early in the twelfth century, when it was owned by the Cistercian Monks of Mellifont. There are about one hundred families in the parish, and a population of about six hundred. The family name most common in the parish is Taaffe. The Parish stretches as far north as Funshog, south as far as Crosstown, west to Meades' of the "Mill", on the Drogheda Rd. as far as Carrick-an-éan, and eastwards as far as Downeys
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2020-06-25 14:41
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There are a few people over seventy in the district namely, John Barry, Patrick Devin, and Mrs Crilly. These two men have been to the United States and many others from the district have gone there but have not returned.
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The lane passing by our house, and leaading out to the Belpatrick road from the west to the sea. It was one of the first roads made.
Crossroad dances were held formerly at the following crossroads in this district Everitts lane, Leaby Cross and Fedigans Cross.
From the Leaby Cross four roads lead in different directions, the one leading south is called the Grange road and leads unto the main road at Slane. The one leading west is called the Bog road, and is the main road into Kells and Navan. The one leading north is called the Ardee road and leads to Ardee and Dundalk, and the one leading
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2020-06-25 14:33
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There are only two tailors in this district presently, who work in their own homes, instead of travelling about to different houses. One of them Finegan, lives on the Ardee Rd., and tailoring has been in his family for two or three generations, the other one named Geraghty lives on the Drogheda Rd. It is not recorded whether tailors travelled round to the houses or not.
Most of the women of the district knit men's and boy's' stockings and jerseys and other articles of wear, but they do not weave their own thread or sell the articles made.
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another still in Molloys but not in use.
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of the people for whome he was making clothes.
He was a very good tailor, but always very poor, and on that account did not supply the people with material, thread or anything else, used in making the garment.
When tailoring for any person this man used remain in that house until finished get his meals, and sleep in it, and sometimes make five or six suits before leaving, for which he got about nine shillings each.
As there were no machines at this time he sewed all by his hand. He used a very large scissors, a thimble without a top, and sat while working on a bench or table
There was a spinning wheel used in this district until some years ago, by a woman named Brady, there is
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2020-06-25 14:25
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About forty years ago there was a tailor in this district called Péik, he did not live in a house of his own, but worked in the houses
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back to the tailor he threw the water round him and his good suit
Another tailor was tailor Watters who lived in the house beside the factory, he made suits and his sisters Brigid, and Jane, made dresses and red flannel petticotes.
Thomas Goodwins mother spun the yarn for the people all round Collon, they then knitted white socks.
The present tailors are Mr Finegan, who lives on the Ardee Road, and Mr Geraghty who lives at the top of the town.
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2020-06-25 14:21
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Once there lived up at the "Stream" a tailor named Peakes commonly called tailor Peakes. One day he was working hard by the window on a Summers evening, so he had the window open. Just then a circus was passing through.
An elephant was loose and he came to the window where the tailor was working, he put in the end of his trunk and the tailor gave him a "prod" of his needle, the elephant turned, and walking over to where the pool of water is, he filled his trunk, then coming
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2020-06-25 14:19
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but not for sale, they are made for home use.
If a person sat with his legs crossed "it is said to him "you are sitting like a tailor."
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2020-06-25 14:18
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Tailors are few now in this district, they make suits for the people in their own homes, but do not come to the houses to make them.
Socks and jumpers are still knitted,
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2020-06-25 14:16
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Another who visits this district is a man named Teelan, this man travels by himself and gathers old rabbit skins, bottles, pieces of iron, and old rags, for which he gives a payment of small articles which he has for sale.
A man who was known about this district at some time past, was a man known as "Armagh" who sold laces, studs, buttons, and other small articles at a cheap rate, he travelled on foot.
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2020-06-25 14:14
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Connors are among the most noted of the travellers around this district.
These live in a fine house in Trim Co. Meath, but come here at various times throughout the year selling tin vessels of every description, often too, the gather old pieces of tin along the roadside, or collect them from the houses. When they come to this district they usually stay for a number of days, during which they sleep at night in an old house in "Mossey Conn" Collon, which is well known along all travellers as "The Skipper".
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2020-06-25 14:10
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who live in Trim, still come here occasionally, and make tin cans and saucepans, which they sell to the villagers. They stay in an old house called "The Skipper" in Mossyconn, Strinagh.
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2020-06-25 14:09
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mens' suits, rugs, bed-clothes - but he had ceased coming this last six or seven years. Another man called Teelan still comes round this district and buys rabbit-skins and bottles.
A man called "The Man of the Woods" frequented this district very often. He got his meals in the houses but always slept in the Woods. He died some years ago in a wood on Ardee Road
A man called "Mad Owen" who was a bit silly, went round to the houses. He never worked, but every house he went into he demanded food, and if he did not get it at once, he took something with him, and left it in the next house he got food in.
A band of tinkers called Connors
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2020-06-25 14:05
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always keep an open house to travellers
On Lower Street, Collon an old woman named Biddy Rourke lived, and she went out through the country every day and sold delph. In Newtown, Monasterboice, a man named O'Neill, more commonly known as "Bits of Ham" lived. He went about and gathered rags and bottles, which he sold and is supposed to have made his fortune in this way. Another man who came around here was called "Thirty-two-Counties" because he had travelled everywhere in Ireland. Nobody knew his name, but he came around now and then and worked for a while in the farmers houses.
Not very long ago a man called "Armagh" came round selilng wares -
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2020-06-25 14:01
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In Glassallen, Collon, there were two houses one owned by Tiernan's, and one by Cooke's that were always kept open to tramps. There they go their supper, a bed on the loft for the night and their breakfat in the morning. If they wished to remain for some to help with the farm work, they might. Tiernans live there still and
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2020-06-25 13:58
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is dead this few years. Callahan from Drogheda is one of the oldest remembered travelling.
Pat Mc Gahon from Mullacrew near the town of Louth was a blacksmyth in the army, from which he was wounded, and so lost his senses. He is at present in Ardee mental home When he was travelling he never took money from anyone, it was always food or clothes.
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2020-06-25 13:56
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The one handed man, a Mr. Fleming travelled about till lately, when he was found dead on the roadside near Ardee. Tom Clarke goes from place to place with a basket selling articles. "God's truth", a travelling merchant with a pony, and cart named Byrne from Drogheda, was always in the habit of saying God's Truth and as the name remained with him. "The dust o' tay" a Mc Kenna from Ardee was in the habit of asking a dust of tea and so he got his name.
Paddy the farmer, was a rich farmer from Stabannon, but lost all his money by drinking. Christie Clinton a small man, has a peculiar characteristic of taking very long strides when walking and always seems to be in a hurry. Vincey Dunne from Clon-Dyke used to go about with his mother but she
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2020-06-25 13:52
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The following are the travellers who generally frequent the district, "Mary bule ribbon", "The One handed man" "Tom Clarke" "God's Truth", "The Dust o' tay" "Paddy the farmer" "Cristie Clinton" "Vincey Dunn", "Callahan", "Sling the Pan", "Hailstone Jack", "The laughing gassoon", "Mc Court", and "the cracked blacksmith".
"Mary blue ribbon", by name, Mary Ann Doolan", was formerly a school teacher in Offaly, but went astray in he mind, and now goes about begging. She never takes a penny from anyone, it must be a silver piece. Even though she met and spoke very friendly to anyone, yet the next person she met she would "read" the other person, as is said locally.
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2020-06-25 13:39
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near to visit Lady Well in Slane. The well is supposed not to spring up until the night before. On "All Souls Eve" concannon is made and left on the hob, becuase the souls are supposd to come and take it.
On Christmas day it was a custom for everyone to remain in his own house. On St Stephen's Day crowds of boys go around, and sing and dance and collect money. When they have a good lot gathered, some of them, have a dance on the money, while others opend it in a public-house.
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2020-06-25 13:36
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gave away butter, milk, or fire or that day.
On Shrove Tuesday, pancakes, are made, and "pancake siv" is given, by blackened faces on that night. Butter would not be made on Good Friday because when salting it, it would have to be tasted, and this was considered a very great sin. On Easter Saturday, holy water is blessed and people take a bottle of it home with them. On Easter Sunday bon-fires are lighted and tea parties are held out in the open. On St John's and St Peter and Paul's eve, bonfires are lighted.
If it rains on St, Swithen's Day it is believed that it will continue raining for forty days and nights.
On the feast of the Assumption the people come from far and
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2020-06-25 13:31
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On St Brigid's eve crosses were made of rushes and hung up over the house and cowshed door. On St. Patrick's Day the shamrock or other emblem is worn, but that night the men drown the shamrock, by drinking whiskey.
On May eve, may bushes are put up outside the door.
A branch is cut off a thorn and decorated with spring flowers. On May day, if whoever went first to the well, threw butter cups into it, the people going to that well would have no butter on the milk for the year. Also you gave away luck if you
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2020-06-25 13:12
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was a usual custom among the old people of the parish to go to the well barefoot, and not to eat anything until they returned.
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2020-06-25 13:11
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Give us some money to bury the wran.
On St. Brigid's Day rush crosses are made, and hung in every room of house, and also in the stables.
On May Eve a May-bush covered with flowers and lighted candles is made in front of the door. On May Day nobody gives away milk before twelve o'clock.
On St John's Day bon-fires are lit in honour of St John.
On Hallow Eve all the ahes are cleaned out of the grates, and no water is kept in the house. The door is not bolted during the whole of the night.
On St. Columkill's Day, people go to Columkill's Wells at Strinagh and say the Rosary round the well, and take home some water from it. It
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2020-06-25 13:06
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On St Stephen's Day, a number of boys disguise themselves with old clothes and false faces and go around from house to house singing and dancing, for which they receive money. This money is divided equally among them. It is not usual in this district to kill a wren, but the old rhyme is used.
The wren, the wren, the king of all birds
St Stephen's Day, was caught in the furze,
Although he was small, his family was great.
So rise up you lady, and give us a treat
Up with the kettle and down with the pan.
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2020-06-25 13:03
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wren.
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2020-06-25 13:01
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take flowers and leave them by the well, while others tie strips of cloth on the well, while others tie stips of cloth on the bush which grows overhead.
On St Stephen's day boys go round from house to have dressed up, and carrying with them a dead wren, whome they say they are gathering money for, and saying,
The wren, the wren,
The king of all birds.
St Stephen's day she lit on the furze
Althought she is little her family is great.
Rise up now people and give us a treat.
Up with the kettle, down with the pan.
Give is some money to bury the
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2020-06-25 12:58
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to go home, the bush is set on fire by some older person.
St Brigids Eve a cross is made in every house from rushes, it is hung up over the front door and left there until the following year, when it is taken down and a new one put up.
On Hallow Eve night the man of every house always makes sure to remain up after everyone has gone to bed, when he sweeps the hearth clean, throws out all the water, leaves seats around the fire which is left burning, and leaves the door open.
From the nineth of June to the nineteenth people of this district go to St Columbcill's Well a few miles outside the village, and take home bottles of the water. Some people
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2020-06-25 12:54
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On May Eve. the children of every house go and gather primroses which they throw on the doorstep, on the roof of the house, and at the entrance of every stable door, in the evening they all gather round in some particular, spot and dance round a May bush decorated with primroses, and when it is time for them
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2020-06-25 12:52
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Peter and Paul bonfires are lighted.
Pancakes are made on Shrove Tuesday and colcannon is made on Hallow Eve.
On Lady Day thousands of people flock to Slane to get water from Lady well.
From the ninth to the nineteenth of June the people of this district visit St Columcille's well, which is about two miles along the Slane Rd. from Collon.
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2020-06-25 12:49
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On St. Stephens Day a number of boys go around from door to door and sing songs, and one principal rhyme heard in this district is:-
The wran the wran the king of all birds.
St. Stephen's Day he was caught in a forge.
Up with the kettle, and down with the pan.
Give me some money to bury the wran.
On St Brigid's Eve. everyone makes a cross of rushes, and on St John's Day and on the eve of the feast of St.
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2020-06-25 12:47
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is said that it will rain every day for forty days after it
The following twelve days after Christmas fortell, what the twelve months of the year will be like.
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2020-06-25 12:46
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May the month of primroses, on May eve. the children cut down, a fir bush, or a nice, green round thorn bush, and puts it up in the flower garden, and then gather primroses, ties them in bunches and hanges them on the bush, and then they scatter some primroses round the doorsteps.
From the ninth of June until the ninth, people go the Columcill's well, and pray there, they drink some of the water, and take a bottle full home with them, and this water will cure anyone of any sickness they may have throughout the year.
On St Brigids Eve, a cross is made of rushes, and hung over the door until the following year.
If it rains on St Swithens day, it
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2020-06-25 12:40
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bright and clear, two Winters in the one year."
On St Brigid's Day a cross in made and hung over every outhouse. Another custom is when the people are gone to bed the man of the house get a number of garments and hides them outside for St Brigid.
After the harvest is over a dance used be held after the pulling of the flax a dance was held. Then there is pancake night or Shrove Tuesday, when every gets plenty of pancakes, but they get no more until Lent was over.
If a person stays up after nine oclock on Hallow Eve it is supposed they will see the souls walking about.
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2020-06-25 12:32
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Halloween was a great time. A big supper was provided which consisted of apple cake and brack in which rings were inserted. Who ever got the ring would be married before twelve months. Tricks were played and the especially tried certain means of seeing their future husbands.
This little rhyme is said about Candlemas Day:-
If Candlemas Day comes
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2020-06-25 12:30
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House, made spinning wheels.
In an old windmill, still standing in sight of the village the Cistersian Monks of Mellifont employed men to grind corn.
Harness-making is still carried on by a man named Callan, who lives about three miles from the village.
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2020-06-25 12:28
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use at Ballybonia was owned by him, also. Further down the river was another mill owned by Mc Givney, which was burned some years ago.
About two miles from Collon in the direction of Drogheda, the most noted nursery in the British Isles, owned by Faulkner, stood.
Gates and railings were made by a blacksmith named Patrick Donegan, who lived in Ardee St.
Two coopers, named Mc. Cormacks who made barrels and churns lived beside the barracks.
Nail-making was carried on by a nailer named Green who lived in Main St.
A clock-maker, Pat Byrne, by name, made and mended clocks in his home on the Factory Hill.
Leonard, who lived at the Factory
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2020-06-25 12:23
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Drogheda road to the river Mattock, and is still know as "the Bleach". The Factory House where the looms were worked is still standing in good condition. The shed where the bobbins were kept stands beside the chimney and the drying shed, part of which is still to be seen, was in a field, now owned by Mrs. Hannatty. The pond, now over-grown with rushes, lies in the same field. The machinery was broken up and scrap-iron was made out of it during the Great War. The offices belonging to the mill have been made into dwelling houses.
There were three corn mills on the Mattock, one of which on the Lower St. is still in use. This was owned by Mr. Sheckleton who lived in the Bleach House and one in
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2020-06-25 12:20
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More than sixty years ago a linen mill, the chimney of which still stands in sight of trhe village, employed a vast number of workes here.
The green on which the linen was bleached extended from the
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2020-06-25 12:18
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all was done by the hand and the last nail maker in Ireland was a man called Greene, It was he got the house built we now live in.
Hard looms for weaving linen were very common in used in the factory house up the Priest's Hill. There is a stretch of land at Collon called the "Bleach", where linen was bleached in years gone by.
There was also a tanyard in Collon in days gone by and a bakery where Mr Sherlock now lives.
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2020-06-25 12:16
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The rush was the general form of light. It was cut and seasoned and the outer bark stripped off except for about an inch at both ends. It was then steeped in resin or lard and gave off a poor light. Up to about ten years ago this form of light was the only kind used by an old man called Crinion who lived at Grange.
Another craft was nail-making. This
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2020-06-25 12:14
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There was and is a Newtown, Grange a thatcher named Peter Drumm. He gets very little work now as most of the houses are slated. Another one is in Tullyallen, Drogheda, named Ned Reilly and he does the thatching in this district still. Lace is made by Mrs. W. Doggett, Grangegeeth and some of the pieces are very much prized.
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2020-06-25 12:12
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Another was a Balrenny Slane, and is now owned by Peter Boyle.
Beyond Mount Fortesque, Grangegeeth Slane, there was a man named Halligan, who used to make baskets of sally-rods. Most of the people made their own candles with grease and rushes. They had a grisset in which to heat the grease. Then the rushes were peeled and dipped in it. The candle-stick was an iron pincers and candlestick combined.
[Drawing] - Local pincers and candlestick
There was a spinning wheel in almost every house and up to a few years ago the wool was spun by Mrs Connolly, now dead and Mrs. Crilly Kellystown Slane who is still living, but unable to work. The corn mill was reopened in Slane a year ago and now employs almost 200 people and 500 looms.
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2020-06-25 12:07
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Devlin's mill on the Devlin river about two miles from Slane, where corn, and wheat were ground up to twenty five years ago, by Frank Mullen. Rossin mill on the Mattock where corn was ground. Another corn mill was on the Boyne in Slane, while yet another was in sight of Mellifont Abbey Drogheda.
Mr Caralon, Chapel Hill, Grange used to weave linen, but he is about seventy years dead. At the Coalpits, Slane, there was a forge, owned by Mr Callahan and and he is said to have been the finest carriage builder in Europe. At Monknewtown Cross, Slane, there was another forge. There is antoher forge in Slane, still in use, owned by Dick Tallan, where horses are shod and plough swings are made. Another
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2020-06-25 12:03
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The following are the industries which were formerly carried on in the district.
At Wood-mill, Townley-Hall Drogheda, there was a mill commonly known as the tuck-mill in which nap and frieze were manufactured. There were two other mills at Woodmill in which corn and wheat were growned. In one of these owned by Smiths of Mellifont flax was formerly woven.
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2020-06-25 12:00
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an old shed, standing beside the big chimney. The drying shed was in Hoey's field and it stands there still. The linen used be bailed in the celar of Halpin's House, and then brought out and pressed. The pressed stood outside Halpins house, it was made of iron, and was ten feet high and five ton weight.
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2020-06-25 11:58
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A man named O Rourke, used sit at the corner on a fair day in Collon, and make calve's baskets, and sell them.
Pat Donegan, who owned the forge on the Ardee Rd. made gates and fire cranes.
Owen and Pat Dorigan made the iron rails, which are still outside the shop windows in the village, and Pat's wife made lace.
Weaving was carried on the old stores near the barrack, and also in the factory. John Mac Cormac, who lived in Hoey's house made churns, and barrels.
Peter Lonard lived above at the factory made wheels.
The linen, came to the "Bleach" first in yarn it was then boiled and cleaned, and sent away again, in then was sent back in bails of linen.
The beetles were in what is now
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2020-06-25 11:53
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At Mountfortesque Grangegeeth Slane, lived a man named Hallligan, who made baskets of sally rods.
A man named Mc Gennis owned a mill at Belpatrick Collon, where Meades now reside and another owned by Mc Givney Collon.
Patrick French Smarmore Ardee made dressers and gates.
A linen mill worked in the "Bleach" Collon, and in olden times the Nursey was know as the most noted nursery in the British Isles
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2020-06-25 11:50
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in the old factory where the looms were.
The hole can still be seen in a yard on Laundry Walk Collon where poteen was made.
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2020-06-25 11:49
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There were looms in an old house now owned by Mc Keiriens on the Priests Hill Collon, and in a house on Main St now occupied by a man named Langran.
Still on Mains St there lived a man called Green who worked for a nailer.
Further along the same street still, in a house now occupied by a man called Hoey there lived a man called Mc Cormack who used mack churns and barrels.
Candles were made in practically every house from peeled ruses and lard melted and the the rushes dipped into it.
Pins were made at some time passed
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2020-06-24 22:03
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fire, then while he went to save the trousers from burning the fox took the hen in it's mouth again and jumped out the window.
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2020-06-24 22:03
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At Mt Oriel within view of Collon there lived a man by himself called Matt the Hatch, this old man used come into the village every evening and one day he told the following story:-
He said that while patching his trousers one evening by the fire a fox came in through the open door and snatched a hen which was picking on the floor, he jumped up to close the door throwing the trousers on the floor, while he was closing the door, the fox grabbed the trousers on the floor and threw them into the
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2020-06-24 21:59
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brought in like the other man and they placed the hump, which they had taken from the first man on the top of his first hump, and so he returned home with two.
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2020-06-24 21:56
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A deaf carpenter who lived on the Drogheda Rd. was in the habit of working on the roadside. On this particular day he was making a pig trough and he said to himself: "The first person who comes along will say to me, "How long is that trough" and I'll say nine feet: Then he'll say 'how much do you want for it' and I'll say twenty two and sixpence. I won't give you that for it he'' say, and I'll say if you dont someone else will.
After about half an hour, a car stopped beside him and a man put out his heasd and asked. How far is it to Drogheda? "Nine feet," came the answer.
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posesson of an acre of lovely whins in well shaped drills.
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2020-06-24 21:52
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an old farmer to get some whin seed and sow it on the ditches, when the whins or furze grew up everything would be all right
Mr Carpenter-farmer set off to Drogheda to get the seed, on his way he met a friend who wanted some turnip seeds. Our hero said he was calling on his seeds man and that he would take in the message and bring back the seeds.
Whether it was the shop assistant or not we dont know, but some how the labels got mixed up and when harvest time came around, Mr Carpenter had the most beautiful crop of turnips growing on the backs of the ditches while his friends surprise can be better imagined than described when he found himself the
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2020-06-24 21:47
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There was once and is still a carpenter in Collon, who was anxious to be also a farmer.
He bought a nice farm of land and immediately set about making new fences, when the cattle got into the field the first thing they started to do was thumping down the new sods.
He tried every plan to stop them but of no avail so he got advice from
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at night and took a pony out of the yard. Theyd brought him home and hid him in an unoccupied house for a few days. Then they took the shoes off him and tied them to his tail. Next they took an old can and tied it round his neck. When this was complete they set him on the road for home.
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2020-06-24 21:44
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In the parish of Grange, Slane, Co Meath, there were two brothers by name of Pat and John. They were living beside other people, who were a lot better off than themselves, Any time they would be in want they would start quarrelling. One would go into his neighbours field and start firing turnips at his brother. This was only a pretense and the other in turn would fire back stones.
This would continue until they had a sufficient supply, then all was peaceful, until they were in need again.
Two boys went to play a trick on some others. They went
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2020-06-24 15:53
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a guard came out and asked him where was his light, and the man said: "Go behind and ask the driver.
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this village, and they never wanted to give anyone anything to eat. On day they hired a man to work for them, when the tea was ready they had no sugar, and they did not want to buy any.
When the man came into his tea one brother said to the other, 'isn't it a terror the way the cats ate the sugar.' and the other brother answered him. Didn't they do it before and what are you wondering at.
A man was coming home from Drogheda one night, with an ass and cart after lighting up time, when he was coming near the barrack, he took the ass out of the cart and tied him behind it and drew it himself.
When he came out to the barrick
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2020-06-24 15:49
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the slops out of his cup, over his shoulder and unto the wallpaper, one day the landlady said to him, wait a moment Paddy until I get you the slop boul, and he said, "Dont bother dirtying your nice china boul for me," "I could throw it twice as far.
One night a number of men were drinking in a bar, and there was one particular man and he was spitting across the floor, the bar maid left down a spitoon, but he spat beside it, she moved it to the other side, and he spat the opposite, she kept moving it about, until at last the man got angry, and he said to her, If you don't take that thing to hell out of that i'll spit in it.
There were two mizers living in
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2020-06-24 15:45
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A certain man was was working in Dublin, and he was stopping in a boarding house.
During the the tea he used throw
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2020-06-24 15:44
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Elliot in Grange, and went to Drogheda with it, and when he was coming home, he donkey got lazy, and Madden drew a lick of a thick stick on the donkeys head, and knocked him kicking in the cart, and when he found out, that he had killed the poor beast he loosed loosed it out of the cart, and threw it into it. He then got into the shafts and never drew rein from Castlefamin, until he landed in Grange.
Paddy Kieran, George Kiernans father carried twenty stone of wheat ip a fifteen foot ladder, to a loft.
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2020-06-24 15:41
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Eddy Madden, from Grange Gate carried three hundred weight of an iron stone, acroos two fields, and went up a ladder with it on his back, and put it in as a corner coin, in Reid's house on the Kells Rd and the same man got the loan of a donkey and cart of a man named
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2020-06-24 15:39
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there he escaped to America.
While he was in Dublin prison he wrote the famous piece entitled "The Old School Clock" which referred to the school clock at Dowth. He died at Boston, and from there his remains were taken home and buried at Dowth.
The Present Bisoph of Kilmore Dr. Lyons, was born in Belpatrick about two miles from the village of Collon, Drogheda, Co Louth.
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2020-06-24 15:36
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John Boyle O'Reilly is the only man in the locality who has won for himself a great name.
Born at Douth Drogheda Co. Meath his father was a hedge school-master and John himself grew up to be a national school-master, as well as being a renowned poet. Later he joined the Fenians for which he was sent to Van Diemen's land, and from
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2020-06-24 15:34
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under each arm, as easy as if they were half stones.
Saint Enda of Arran was born at Ashfield two miles from Collon.
The great Mc Clure who founded the North-West passage his ancestors lived beside the factory in Collon Drogheda Co Louth.
John Boyle O'Reilly the famous poet his father taught in Collon.
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2020-06-24 15:32
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Doctor Patrick Lyons Bisoph of Kilmore first saw the light of day in Belpatrick two miles from Collon, but in Collon parish.
Nicholas Dunne a very big man commonly called big Nick was born in Belpatrick. He lifted very big weights. Once when in a blacksmiths forge he lifted the anvil and brought it out on the road he challenged twelve men to go out in their twin and take it in but none of the men could do it.
Another time when going through Drogheda, the wheel broke off his cart and it filled with bags of oats, he took it on one wheel to the boat where he was going.
Thomas Goodwin of Grangegeeth can take a 14 stone bag of wheat
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2020-06-24 15:29
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2020-06-24 15:28
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In the townland of Ashville about two miles north west of Collon St Enda was born. He afterwards founded a school in the Aran Isles.
In the house when the present Guards Barrack is, John Boyle O'Reillys father lived for some time, and it is said he was born there.
Mc Clure, who founded the North-West Passage in the Pasific Ocean was also born in Collon, and there is a field in the neighbourhood, still called Mc Clure's field.
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2020-06-24 15:26
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from Collon,
Speaker Foster the last speaker in the Irish House of Commons lived at the corner house Collon which is still standing.
O'Carroll prince of Oriel lived in the Vicarage Collon.
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2020-06-24 15:24
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St Enda of Arran, was born a Ashville Collon, Co. Louth, the Mc Clure family lived at the Factory Hill Collon.
Dr. Lyons Bisoph of Kilmore was born at Belpatrick near Collon.
The famous John Boyle O'Reilly was born at Douth Drogheda, County Meath.
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2020-06-24 15:22
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The relatives of Mc Cluaire who discovered the North West Passage were natives of Collon, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
John, Boyle O'Reilly's father lived where the present old barrick ruins stand.
St Enda who founded a school on Arran was born at Ashfield a few miles
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2020-06-24 14:00
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the morning, it's the sign, of a good day, if the robin sits on the top of the bush in the morning and sings, or if the cocks crow early, in the morning both denote a good day.
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2020-06-24 13:58
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when the train can be heard coming into Dunleer, or when Tenure bell can be heard ringing, when the dog eats grass, when the soot falls down the chimney, when the horse stands with it's back to the ditch, when the smoke blows down the hollows, when the smoke puffs back down the chimney, when the will o the wisp comes and blows the hay and corn through the barns, all these fortell the coming of rain.
When there's red in the sky, during Winter it denotes frost and snow, when the fire wont light or when a person's chillblains get itchy, these are the signs of frost
When there's a fog over the river during Summer, its' the sign of very hot weather, if you see the size of a blanket of blue in the sky early in
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2020-06-24 13:54
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When the curlew calls or when the swallow flies low, or when the smoke of the chimney is blown downwards it is a sign of rain. When the sheep eat greedily or if a horse is seen standing with it's back to the fire, or if stars fall these are all signs of bad weather and if the sky is covered over completely with stars it is a sign of frosty weather.
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2020-06-24 13:52
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When the cat sits with it's back to the fire, it's the sign of a storm, when the springs rise, when the wind is south west, when Mt. Oriel is capped, when the hens pick themselves, and stand round under the hedges, when the sky is mackerel, when there's a misty circle round the moon, when the walls and stones get damp,
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2020-06-24 13:48
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When the old people felt their knees getting stiff it was the sign of approaching storm, when the cat washes her face, or sits with it's back to the fire, when the sea-gulls come far inland, a rainbow the sign of small showers, when the river is covered by a fog it is the sign of a hot day following when the sun sinks red in Winter it is the sign of frost, but in Summer is the sign of good weather a circle round the moon is also the sign of approaching rain.
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2020-06-24 13:45
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When a circle appears round the moon it is a sign of a storm; and when the Milky Way is seen in the sky it is a sign of fine weather.
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2020-06-24 13:44
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