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2020-04-05 22:35
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on a high wall.
The blackbird sings very early every morning, if a blackbird comes near the house it is a sign of snow.
Once upon a time all the birds had dull grey colours, and the great bird told them to look at a rainbow, and told each of them to pick a colour from it, all the birds got each a colour, except the robin, the great bird asked the robin, why did not he get a colour so he called all the birds to gether again, and asked them to give a wee piece of their colour to the robin, the robin has a brown body ever since.
Once when Saint Kevin stood in the glen to pray the blackbird began to build her
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-05 22:30
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If a person saw seven magpies they would be at a wedding. When rain is expected the curlews start whistling, they build their nests in a swampy place. The robin builds her nest on a fence, she usually lays five eggs, it is said that when the robin saw the crown of thorns on Our Lords Face she went to pick one of them out, some of the blood went on the robin's breast, and that is why she has a red breast.
Long ago the robin covered two babes that died in a wood with leaves.
It is said that if a person killed seven wagtails they would go to heaven. There are a lot of linnets in the district, they build their nests
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2020-04-05 21:26
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of February, they are of great annoyance to the farmers because when new potatoes start to grow, they root up the soil in order to get the worms, they are also very fond of hen and duck eggs. Whenever a crow sees a man with a gun if she think he is going to shoot rabbits, she goes at once to where the rabbits are playing, and warns them that they are in danger. If fine weather is coming the crows get to-gether on a wall, if bad weather is coming they gather to-gether in a field.
The magpie builds her nest in the centre of a black-thorn bush, if anybody went to harm her nest, she would bring chickens or young ducks away, and kill them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-05 21:20
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are going to leave the country, they all gather to-gether, on a telephone wire, and hold a meeting. They arrange a day to leave the country, they also arrange a place to meet in the country they are going to.
When they are in Ireland they build their nests in a barn, with a few sticks and clay. If they come to Ireland earlier than usual the year will be good.
The crows are very clever, they build their nests very high on a tree if the year is going to be good, and if the year is going to be bad they build their nests very low on the tree. They always start to build their nests on the second day
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2020-04-05 21:16
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Birdlore.
The birds that are commonly found in the district are, crows, magpies, curlews, robins, wagtails, green-linnets, blackbirds, thrushes, jack-daws and several others.
The cuckoo comes in April and goes away in September, the swallows comes to Ireland in April and when they
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 22:54
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would be crying, if your right hand was itchy you would get money. When you meet a funeral on the road you should turn back and walk a few steps with it.
If a person brought salt out to the field, and if any of it was left it would not be right to bring it into the house again.
If a person falls it is right to put a grain of salt in their mouth. If you took a coal from the fire it is right to put a sod of turf in its place. If you had two spoons in your cup you would be going to a wedding.
K Delaney
80 years Heard from George Hughes. Mayo Abbey.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 22:50
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or anything you would break two more things
If a young bride sneezed without someone saying "God Bless us" the fairies would bring her. If you went under a step-ladder that would be standing up by a wall you would never grow.
When a man would be going out shaking oats, he would bring a bit of soot with him for fear that it would not grow. If a hen came on the door-step with a wisp on her foot someone would die, and if she left it after her someone in the house would die.
The old people would light a wisp of straw and put it into the can of spring water before they would use it.
If your right eye was itchy you
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 22:45
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If a person said they got no puncture on their bicycle, if they did not touch wood the next time they would go on the road with the bicycle they would get a puncture.
If a person did not say "God bless them", to new stock the owner would have to get a piece of their clothes to burn, and give the ashes to the stock or else the stock would die.
The old people used to dress a horse shoe and hang it over the door in their house for good luck. If you struck anybody with an elderberry stick they would never grow. If you were going astray in the darkness and to turn your coat inside out you would get your way. If you broke a cup
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 22:41
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going on the journey, if they saw two they would have good luck. If a person broke a mirror they would have seven years of bad luck.
If a person saw the moon over their left shoulder and bless themselves three time they would never get a toothache.
If anybody stole onions from their neighbour the crop of onions would fail, and they would never be successful again in the same field. If a person put an umbrella over their head in a house, they would not grow any more.
When a woman would be going out, if she had a child she would put the tongs across the cradle for fear that the fairies would bring the child and leave a delicate one instead.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 22:35
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turned they will have good luck, if his back is turned they will have bad luck.
If a person gave a present of got green to anybody, they should give two more presents of green before a year, if not something bad would happen to them. If two hens were fighting outside a house a stranger would come visiting, also if a coal fell from the fire, it was a sign of a stranger to come.
If a person was giving a pin to another person they should stick the top of it in wood first or they would have a fight.
If a person was going on a journey and if one magpie hopped on the road before them they would be sorry for
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 22:31
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If a person went into a house visiting they used to go out the same door they went in or they would bring the luck x of the house away.
If a person was going on a journey they should not turn back even if they forgot anything if they did they would have an unlucky journey, they would also have an unlucky journey if a weasel or a rat went before them on the road. If a person was coming from the shop with groceries and went into a house visiting, they should leave a slice of bacon in the house if they had bacon with them, if they did not do that they would leave their good luck behind them.
When a person sees a young lamb first, if his face is
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 22:27
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came into the house when the woman would be churning he or she should take a hand at the churn or the butter would leave the milk.
When a cow would calf the man that owned her used to tie a red string on her tail and pass a coal of fire around her body three times, they would not give any of the milk away until they would churn first. People used never give milk away on May day for fear they would give away the butter.
If anybody was giving milk to a neighbour they used to put three drops of water in it for fear the butter would go. If anybody gave salt to a neighbour they used not return it again, or they would have bad luck.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 22:22
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woman was the first to come into a house on New Year's day the people of the house would have no luck during the year.
Many people never throw out water on New-Year's day because they would throw away the luck they had in the old year.

If a man came to a house on unexpectely (unexpectedly) with a black cat the people would have luck for ever.
If a child had the woophing cough and took milk that a ferret would leave after him the child would get better, it would also get better with a cure which a man with a white horse would give.
When people used to be churning they used to put a grain of salt into the churn and a coal of fire under it to preserve the luck, if anybody
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 22:16
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Pishouges
Pishouges is the common name for superstition, it is a very silly belief but long ago the people used to practise and take heed of pishouges.

The following are some of the old habits.
If a man was going to the fair with cattle or sheep and if he met a red-haired woman he would turn home again because he would have no luck for the day. If a red-haired
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-03 22:14
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nest on his hand, the Saint did not move, the bird layed her eggs and brought out her little ones, still the Saint did not move until the little birds were able to fly away.
Kathleen Delaney. Mayo Abbey.
40 years. Heard from George Hughes, Mayo Abbey, Claremorris.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-30 15:59
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Old Crafts
Candles were made by a family of Mulroes of Drimadoon about a half-mile from Balla
Basket-making was carried out down to the present time. Also cliabh and pardóg making. Theseare made from sally rods. Strong ones are used as supports about which to weave the thin [?]. The cliabh and pardóg are made by first cutting a scraw larger than the size of object required. Strong rods are stuck into this at intervals to form the supports in this fashion the corners being specially strengthened. When the weaving was done the stakes were pulled up from the sod and cut to the required length.
Spades were made locally also. The type called the brogueen being very common. It is like this [drawing]
hinges of iron
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wood
iron
Spinning of woollen and linen thread carried out in this district. Woollen is still done. Linen is not
Dyeing by means of vegetable dyes I remember being done by my grandmother. Some vegetables she used to pluck from moss grown rocks and heather plac used to be boiled in in a big pot. I saw a brown
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-29 23:44
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Pheasants, hares and rabbits abounded in the demesne and surrounding lands. People remember seeing hares running up and down through the street of Balla. Terms of imprisonment were given to anyone who dared to take a pheasant or a hare.
Until the Land Commission bought the place the landlord took an interest in the school. He gave presents to the children each year. He also kept the place in repair.
Lord Kilmaine. Part of the outlying district belonged to this family. No evictions were carried out in his area.
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2020-03-29 23:38
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12. Long legs, short thighs, small head and no eyes (A tongs)
13. It opens like a barn door: it shuts like a trap. Its many a thing you will think of before you think of that (An umbrella)
14. Headed like a thimble, tailed like a rat. Its many thing you will think of before you think of that (A pipe)
15. If a forest is burned what trees remain (Ashes)
16. What is it that has a tongue but cannot talk. (A shoe)
17. Two hands and a face but it cannot wash itself. A clock
18. It has many eyes but cannot see. a potato.
19. As I went up the street of London I saw four pots boiling and no fire under (Lime)
20. It goes round the wood and round the wood and leaves a lump on every tree and it whitewashes every man - snow
21. As I went up sandy hill, sandy hill was shaking. All the birds in sandy hill were gathered in a heapeen - A sheaf of oats.
22. A crooked legged father, a big bellied mother and three children as black as each other (a pot and pot hook)
23. Under the wall. Drinks nothing but eats anything. (Fire)
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-29 23:25
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the Blessed Well in Balla. This well is near the graveyard. They went to get the treasure. There was a big heavy stone over it. The stone failed the men at first. They tried again and stirred the stone. The third time they tried to move the stone the three men fell dead. Nobody ever looked for that gold since.Told by J. Nally & T. Jennings. Balla
Money was hidden in Loona bog by a woman. She went out one November night to hide it. She stuck down a stick to mark the spot where she had hidden it. That night the fairies were out and every one of them got a stick like the one the woman had and stuck it down in the bog. Next morning the woman came out and saw all the sticks. She did not know her own. So she never got the money.
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2020-03-28 23:42
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mixing. Butter or fat is put on the pan or bastible and the flat cake is put in. When done on one side it is turned and done on the other.
Bread was baked two or three times a week. Friday was one day on which a fair quantity was baked. Enough cakes used to be baked before Christmas to last until after twelveth day. Cakes were often exchanged at this time.
There is no record of querns having been in use in the memory of any one in this parish. But they were in use at some time as part of one picked up locally is now preserved at the school. Others have been found and were broken. The bottom half that is preserved in this school.
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2020-03-28 23:27
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grey frieze claw-hammer coat that was woven for my grandfather and died by her and died by her. It was made by a local man in the village. His name was Thady Conlon. He has been dead now for thirty years.
Churns were made up to twenty years ago by coopers. There is one house called Mike the Nailers. It has been untenanted now for about 50 years. It is a broken down ruin of a thatched house. Mike's father was a nail maker. A man named Mat Flannery showed me old nails in our old school that he said were hand-made. I have also an old type of fork with three tines that was found in Loona bog. It was evidently used for hay or for spreading turf. No such type of fork has been used within living memory in the district. It is kept carefully in this school.
Burning of lime still goes on. The kiln is circular with a "purheen" on draught opening at the bottom on one side. The other sides are usually graded up to the level of the top of the kiln wall. The height of the kiln varies from 8' to 10'. Two layers of turf sticks etc which must be dry and if turf of very good quality are put at the bottom of the kiln. Then a layer of broken lime stones. After this alternate layers of turf and stone a put in, and this is continued for two days during the burning.
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2020-03-28 23:17
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212
Old Crafts
Candles were made by a family of Mulroes of Drimadoon about a half-mile from Balla
Basket-making was carried out down to the present time. Also cliabh and pardóg making. Theseare made from sally rods. Strong ones are used as supports about which to weave the thin [?]. The cliabh and pardóg are made by first cutting a scraw larger than the size of object required. Strong rods are stuck into this at intervals to form the supports in this fashion the corners being specially strengthened. When the weaving was done the stakes were pulled up from the sod and cut to the required length.
Spades were made locally also. The type called the brogueen being very common. It is like this
hinges of iron
wood
wood
iron
Spinning of woollen and linen thread carried out in this district. Woollen is still done. Linen is not
Dyeing by means of vegetable dyes I remember being done by my grandmother. Some vegetables she used to pluck from moss grown rocks and heather plac used to be boiled in in a big pot. I saw a brown
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2020-03-28 22:57
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Prayers 2/4
When going on a journey
Jesus Mary and Joseph we pray
Be ever with us on our way
Jesus Mary and Joseph we pray
Be ever with us night and day
When you go into bed at night fold your arms in the form of a cross and say "I must die, I do not know when nor where nor how but if I die in mortal sin I am
lost forever. O my Jesus have mercy on me
There was a preyer I saw written out and carried about during the Black and Tan regime. I have no opportunity now of getting it. The belief was that by saying it you could pass unseen through the enemy forces It referred to Judas betraying Our Lord.
When starting work: O most crucified Jesus have mercy us our souls and our bodies we restrain to thee Whose five bleeding wounds were nailed to a tree Most Crucified Jesus have mercy on me
On going to sleep: - On four corners of my bed, four Angels are spread - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John God bless the bed that I lie on And if I die before I wake I pray to God my soul to take: And an evil come to me my Angel Guardian waken me
On going to bed: - Jesus king of the Jews preserve me from a sudden and unprovided death.
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2020-03-27 10:23
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In our district there is palm inside the church on palm Sunday. Every person takes a bit of palm and the priest blesses it. The people put some of it in the kitchen and the rest of it in the rooms. When the next palm Sunday comes the old palm in burnt Some people would not like to throw out palm.
I never heard of any herbs or branches to be hung in the out-houses or in any other place. This was told to me by my grandmother. Mrs Stephens,
Rathduff,
Balla,
Co. Mayo.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-27 10:22
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the cow's neck for fear she would lose the milk. This was told to me by,
Miss Flanagan,
The Mill.
Balla,
Co. Mayo.
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2020-03-27 10:21
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If mountains appear near it is a sign of rain and if there is a fog in the evening there will be rain in the morning. When there are a great many flies it is also a sign of rain. When smoke goes up straight from a chimney or from a train it is a sign of fine weather also. If there is a blue light in the fire it is a sign of rain. When a person hears the wild geese it is a sign of snow.
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2020-03-27 10:21
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When the sky is blue the weather will be fine and if the sky is dark or gloomy it is a sign of rain. When the sky is wild and when there are very dark clouds in the sky it is a sign of thunder and lightening. This was told to me by. Mr Stephens.
Rathduff.
Balla.
Co. Mayo.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-27 10:20
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drink water some people say that it is a sign of fine weather. This was told to me by.
Mr Walshe,
Cross-Roads,
Balla,
Co Mayo.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-27 00:15
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(1) About a hundred years ago there was a man coming up the wood at the priest's house. At the same time there were people on the road and the horse frightened and instead of crossing the shallow place he jumped into the river. He never was heard of again. It is said this place is very deep. It is said that this man had a lot of money when he fell into the water. This hole is called Poll a' Gacaxlla. It is near the curate's house. It has no bottom. Other people say that the druids put gold vessels and ornaments down there. I heard my grandfather tell this story. -Sean Wade
2) About two hundred years ago there was a landlord down in Turlough not far from Balla parish. This landlord gathered a large amount of money. Then he got an iron bon and he put the money into it. Then he dug a big hole and he threw the bon into it. Then he turned a stream on it because he thought there would be no use made of it. He wanted no one to find it. That land-lord's grandson heard about the hidden treasure. He made up his mind to search for it. He got a dredger and dredged the stream until he came to a big hole. He sent to Dublin then for a diver. When the diver came he dived into the deep hole. He said some queer animal was down in the hole guarding that gold. I do not believe that gold was ever found. The landlord's name was Fizgerald and he lived near the Round Tower at Turlough.
(3) Once upon a time three men found a hidden treasure at
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2020-03-26 23:59
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When the sky is blue the weather will be fine and if the sky is dark or gloomy it is a sign of rain. When the sky is wild and when there are very dark clouds in the sky it is a sign of thunder and lightening. This was told to me by. Mr Stephens.
Rathduff.
Balla.
Co. Mayo.
If mountains appear near it is a sign of rain and if there is a fog in the evening there will be rain in the morning. When there are a great many flies it is also a sign of rain. When smoke goes up straight from a chimney or from a train it is a sign of fine weather also. If there is a blue light in the fire it is a sign of rain. When a person hears the wild geese it is a sign of snow.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 23:59
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drink water some people say that it is a sign of fine weather. This was told to me by.
Mr Walshe,
Cross-Roads,
Balla,
Co Mayo.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 23:58
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Certain branches are used as decoration such as holly and laurel during Christmas.
On May day there is another branch called, the whin. Branches of the whins are hung on the trains on May day.
On May day some people get up very early. The first thing they do is to go out to the nearest "hery-kery bush. They pick three branches of it when they go home they tie it around
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 23:58
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In almost every part of Ireland certain articles are placed in the house in honour of a Saint or feast.
In this district the people make St. Brigid’s crosses on St. Brigid’s night in honour of her. Any person in the house can make the crosses. They are hung on the wall.
Some people say that any harm will not come to the house if St. Brigids cross is in it. This was told to me by,
Mrs Stephens,
Rathduff,
Balla,
Co. Mayo.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 23:50
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the cow's neck for fear she would lose the milk. This was told to me by,
Miss Flanagan,
The Mill.
Balla,
Co. Mayo.
In our district there is palm inside the church on palm Sunday. Every person takes a bit of palm and the priest blesses it. The people put some of it in the kitchen and the rest of it in the rooms. When the next palm Sunday comes the old palm in burnt Some people would not like to throw out palm.
I never heard of any herbs or branches to be hung in the out-houses or in any other place. This was told to me by my grandmother. Mrs Stephens,
Rathduff,
Balla,
Co. Mayo.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 23:45
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the cow's neck for fear she would lose the milk. This was told to me by,
Miss Flanagan,
The Mill.
Balla,
Co. Mayo.
In our district there is palm inside the church on palm Sunday. Every person takes a bit of palm and the priest blesses it. The people put some of it in the kitchen and the rest of it in the rooms. When the next palm Sunday comes the old palm in burnt Some people would not like to throw out palm.
I never heard of any herbs or branches to be hung in the out-houses or in any other place. This was told to me by my grandmother. Mrs Stephens,
Rathduff,
Balla,
Co. Mayo.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 23:42
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In almost every part of Ireland certain articles are placed in the house in honour of a Saint or feast.
In this district the people make St. Brigid’s crosses on St. Brigid’s night in honour of her. Any person in the house can make the crosses. They are hung on the wall.
Some people say that any harm will not come to the house if St. Brigids cross is in it. This was told to me by,
Mrs Stephens,
Rathduff,
Balla,
Co. Mayo.
Certain branches are used as decoration such as holly and laurel during Christmas.
On May day there is another branch called, the whin. Branches of the whins are hung on the trains on May day.
On May day some people get up very early. The first thing they do is to go out to the nearest "hery-kery bush. They pick three branches of it when they go home they tie it around
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 23:34
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Markets were held in former times. There are markets held in Balla during the season of Spring. Potatoes, oats and cabbage are sold at the markets.
Sometimes people go around in a lorry and they buy eggs. The people in the country buy whatever they need. It saves them a great deal of trouble.
This was told to me by,
Miss Flanagan,
Balla,
Co. Mayo.
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2020-03-26 23:31
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Buying And Selling 5-9-38
Shops were common in olden times. People had to go to the nearest town to the nearest town to buy or sell anything because there wasn't any shop near them long ago.
Buying and selling were carried on after mass long ago. This is still carried on in some towns. The people go into the shops after mass and they buy whatever they need.
Everything wasn't sold on Sunday, but tea, sugar, meat and bread were sold.
A great many goods were bartered in the district namely, potatoes, hay, oats and cabbage.
Long ago some people worked for other people and they got goods in exchange.
I never heard it was unlucky to buy anything on certain days. If a person bought a cow or any other thing on a Sunday and if anything happened it, the person could not get anything for it from the person whom he bought it from . This was told to me by,
Mrs Stephens,
Rathduff,
Balla,
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2020-03-26 23:21
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This was told to me by, Mr McCormack, Rathduff,
Balla,
Co. Mayo.
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2020-03-26 23:20
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drink water some people say that it is a sign of fine weather. This was told to me by.
Mr Walshe,
Cross-Roads,
Balla,
Co Mayo.
When the sky is blue the weather will be fine and if the sky is dark or gloomy it is a sign of rain. When the sky is wild and when there are very dark clouds in the sky it is a sign of thunder and lightening. This was told to me by. Mr Stephens.
Rathduff.
Balla.
Co. Mayo.
If mountains appear near it is a sign of rain and if there is a fog in the evening there will be rain in the morning. When there are a great many flies it is also a sign of rain. When smoke goes up straight from a chimney or from a train it is a sign of fine weather also. If there is a blue light in the fire it is a sign of rain. When a person hears the wild geese it is a sign of snow.
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2020-03-26 23:12
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Weather Lore. 19-9-38
In this district the weather is very bad sometimes. The local beliefs of weather are to see, dark clouds in the sky. If the sky is wild it is a sign of bad weather. When the moon is turned on it's back it is a sign of rain. If the sky is very clear in the night time and if the stars are bright it is a sign of frost.
When some people see a rainbow they say it is a sign of rain. It is a good thing to see a rainbow in the evening and it is a bad thing to see one in the morning.
Rainbow in the morning.
Shepherd's warning.
Rainbow at night.
Shepherd's delight.
The wind that brings most rain to our district is the South. When the birds fly low it is a sign of rain and when they fly high it is a sign of fine weather. In the morning if you see white frost it is a sign of rain. When a cricket begins to sing it is a sign of bad weather.
When cats begin to scrape it is a sign of a storm. When a dog begins to
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2020-03-26 22:58
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"Boys of Mayo" This is the verse.-:
From far east Killala
From Swinford to Balla
Kiltimagh and Claremorris
And old Castlebar
Balla Ballina, Ballinrobe and Bohola
Foxford and Swinford a few miles below
Newport and and Cong old Straide and Munulla
They too count in the County Mayo.
Now boys pull together in all sorts of weather
Don't show the white feather where ever you go
Heave as a brother and help one another
Like true-hearted men of the Co Mayo.
There is a village not far from the town of Balla called Rathduff. Rathduff got it's name from a fort that is in it named Rar-Dub or black fort. There are not many rivers or lakes in Rathduff.
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2020-03-26 22:48
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My Home District
The name of my home town is Balla.
It is in the townland and parish of Balla and it is in the barony of Clanmorris.
The family names most common in this district are, Walsh, Reilly, Durkan, Murphy and McEllin. Nearly all the houses in the district are slated. The thatched houses are very warm, snug, and beautiful. For the past few years the Government has given grants and loans for building and improving houses.
Mrs Valkenburgh is the oldest person in this district her age is 95 years. My Grand-Aunt is 88 years and her brother Tom is 80 years. My Grandmother is 79. Uncle John is 77 years and Aunt Nora is 74 years. Mr Liddane,
Lagaturn.
Balla, he is 92 years.
They can only speak a few words in Irish Houses were not as plentiful in olden days as they are now. There are some houses in ruins. People did emigrate to America and England. The land is boggy and good. There are a great many woods around Balla. There are streams rivers and lakes around Balla.
THe townland is mentioned in the
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2020-03-26 22:39
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On Friday a cure for ringworm is applied. Potatoes should be sown between the 15th of March and the 15th of April.
Another night is hare's and rabbits night, it is said that if you say hares the last thing at night on November 30th and rabbits first thing in the morning the first December and wish you will get your wish. The "cross-day" is not know in this district.
There are three week in Autumn called the harvest of the geese.
The first days of April are very cold and are supposed to be borrowed by March from April to be even with an unreal boastful cow who said when I got over March I'll get over April. March heard this and made the first days of April very cold rainy and windy and so the old cow died. These three days are called the [?] Tá na Risbaid"
There are three weeks in Autumn called the harvest of the geese. There is a rhyme about the magpies-:
One for a letter, Two for a
cheque.
Three for a marriage, Four for a
death,
Five for a parcel, Six for gold,
Seven for silver,
Eight for a secret that can never
be told.
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2020-03-26 22:27
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The Lore of Certain Days 11-7-38
In every district certain days are looked upon as being lucky or unlucky. Tuesday is supposed to be a very unlucky day. There is a station to Lough Caorán every year and people who go there throw pieces of meat out into the Lough, or pieces of butter. They say it will keep away diseases from the cattle.
They do a station which I dont know about. This station is preformed on the day of the Reek and for eight days afterwards.
Some people do not begin work only on Fridays. Long ago the big farmers would not start their work until that day. House-building is also started on that day. There is a rhyme for each day of the week: -
Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth
Wednesday the best day of all,
Thursday for losses, /
Friday for crosses
Saturday no day at all.
The old people say that if it rains on St Swithin's day 15th July it will rain for forty days and nights. Fridays are lucky for changing from one house to another.
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2020-03-26 16:16
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12-10-38
Games I play.
I play a great many games such as, making bird-traps in Winter. The bird traps are made from elder-trees or from sally rods. The other games I play are, hand-ball foot-ball hide-and-go-seek and blind man's buff or dollóg.
The children play a great many games indoors and out of doors. They play tip and hide-and-go-seek out of doors. They play others indoors namely blind man's buff.
The children play games on November's night such as ducking for apples roasting nuts in the fire. Sometimes they hang an apple to the roof and they tie their hands behind their backs then they try to catch it with their mouths. Whoever catches it gets the apple. Then they get another one and do the same thing with it.
Girls play games different from boys. Boys play games that girls never play. Girls seldom play foot-ball.
Girls play cards during the long Winter nights. The names of the games are, Old-Maid, Strip Jack, Twenty-five, Long-Donkey
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2020-03-26 16:07
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The people would put it into the fire it would light up They (put) did not want much light because they went to bed very early. They made the rush lights in the home They made them from rushes and greese. They dipped the rushes into the greese and lit them. On Christmas night they had about twelve Rush lights lighting.Later in years candles were used. They are used at present.
In olden times the people had a bed in a hole in the wall. The oldest person used to sleep in it.
There was a door outside it. When the door was closed you would never know there was a bed in it at all. They were called press-beds.
The beds were made of wood but later in years they were made of iron. In the old houses there were lofts over the kitchens.
I know of a house and there is a room a kitchen and a bed in the wall. There is a galvanised roof on it. There is a box on the top of the chimney. There is a half-door in it,
Thear is an old woman living in it.
This was told to my by -:
Mrs Stephens,
Rathduff,
Balla,
Co Mayo.
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2020-03-26 15:54
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clipped in Spring and he is groomed very often.
It is said that a pig can see the wind and that if a person drank a sows milk he could also see the wind. When calling a pig the word "furish" is used. Goats are very useful animals round a house. It is said that a goat's milk is very nourishing. We get nice mutton from the sheep. The sheep's eyes sparkles like diamonds in the dark and are lovely to see.
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2020-03-26 15:51
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they are cross, which is called a "side-lang".
Sometimes a horse-shoe is hung over the door to bring luck to the cows. A branch off a palm bush is hung in the stable on Palm Sunday to bring luck to the cows also. After milking the cows the sign of the cross in case they would lose the milk.
Continued
Horses have got names such as Girlie, Petie, Bob, Captain, Fanny, Rose and Charlie. Some horses are not tied as there is danger of the horse straining his neck when he is getting up quickly.
When driving the horse out to the field the person says "Gee up, Gee up" and when driving him into the stable he says "Glic, Glic". When Uncle Jim is feeding the horse he has to go on the right hand side as the horse would not let him in on the other side.
The horse's stable is the shape of an oblong. In one corner there is a rack which holds the horse's food. The horse is a very clean and tasty animal and has to get the best of food or he wont eat it. There is a loft in the horse's stable which holds his bedding and his harness.
The horse is shod at the nearest forge. He is
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2020-03-26 15:42
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Care of Our Farm Animals. 12-2-38
The chief and most useful farm animals are cows, horses, pigs and dogs. The cows supply us with milk. Horses are a great help to the farmers particularly in Spring, because they draw the plough through the land and saves the farmer the trouble of digging it. Pigs supply us with bacon. Although the dog is a small animal he is very useful to the farmer because he gathers the cattle and guards the home.
Cows have got names of their own such as 'Betty" Blackie and Polly". When a person is driving the cows to the field the word "hursh", twigie or hour is used. When driving them into the stable the person says "isreach seo". When calling the calves she says "suck suck".
The cow house is the best kept of all the out houses. In our cow house there is a wall about one foot high which separates the cows. The managers of the cattle sometimes make a board partition between them. The mangers are made of cement. Cow houses are also called "byres".
The cows are tied with chains nowadays but long ago they were tied by straw and rush ropes around the neck. They are tied by the horns and legs when
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2020-03-26 15:31
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spullagodan and there is another one about a quarter of a mile from Balla. About three miles from Balla on the Claremorris road there is a large stone marking the place where a man was killed in a motor accident.
There is no account as to when those roads were made.
There was a road across the church grounds long ago. It was the main road from Dublin. The track of it is there yet so it must be a very strong road.
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2020-03-26 15:28
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Local Roads 2-3-38
The trunk road leading from Dublin to Achill passes through Balla. Another principal road branches off from the trunk road and passes through Kiltimagh on it's way to Sligo. Another road branches off from the Castlebar road and passes through Ballyvary and Foxford on its way to Ballina. Those roads are not very old but there are the remains of a road running through Rathduff which is supposed to be the chief road leading from Dublin in olden times.
There is a very old road running through Portach which was made as Relief Works during the Famine and was never finished on account of a row with the gangers. The payment being a shilling or six pence a day for every man. If a man was working with his horse and cart he would get a half a crown. The road is not noticeable only for a small path in it's place. Another old road is Lagaturn which was supposed to have been a path in St Patrick's time.
In olden times the rivers were crossed by fords or a tree stetching from one bank of the river to the other.
There is a pass over Craggagh and Cruckspullagodan. There is also a mass rock on the north side of Cruck.
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2018-05-23 22:43
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iron and wood.
There is an altar in the graveyard and under it. Father Cannon is buried. His grave is supposed to be the oldest in the graveyard. It dates back to 150 years. There are other graves and the dates on them are, 1805, 1815, 1860, 1876 etc.
Grandma says as long as she remembers hearing stories "she never heard of people being buried in the ruins or of disused graves being used in the district.
The old people say that if a person falls in the graveveyard he will be the next to be buried there.
The graveyards in which unbaptized children were buried were called "Cillens" There is a "Cillen" on the Kiltimagh road and it is surrounded be trees. Where the branches divides themselves from the trunk of the tree there is a spring well which is never dry even in the warm summer weather.
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2018-05-23 22:37
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Old Graveyards. 16-5 38
There are four graveyards in this parish and two of them are in Balla, one of them is in Balcara and another in Gweesdaon. The four graveyards are in use but the old graveyard in Balla is seldom used. Mostly the old people are buried in it because they like to be buried with their ancestors. There is an old church beside the graveyard but it is used as a dance hall now. There is also a round tower in the graveyard. The top is now off it and when the old church was in use, the round tower was used as belfry. The graveyard slopes to the blessed well which is on the west side of it. There are trees growing around the graveyard and some in through it.
There is an old cross over John Conlon's grave. he was a station-master's son and he was killed by the train. After his death, his parents went to Dublin and brought a cross which was placed over John's grave. All this happened sixty years ago. The crosses are ornamented. There are the heads of Angles cut out on them. All the crosses in the old graveyard are made of stone but some of the crosses in the new graveyard are made of
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They did so and one day when Sir Robert was driving, his bad agent took him to the village and said to him that he should raise the rent as the people could pay the rent as well as they could white-wash their houses, and so the rent was raised.
This bad agent was sacked from his job and in revenge he hired some men to break down the wall that separated Sir Robert's lands from the road and the cross that was over his dead child. Sir Robert sent to Dublin for guards and each farmer had to pay some money to the guards.
All the bad landlords in Ireland were boycotted. It took its name from a bad landlord in Mayo. All the people refused to talk to him to buy or to sell for him and by this means drove him out of the country. This was done to all bad landlords all over Ireland. Its success was so great that the Government tried to stamp it out but failed.
The heads of the Land League in Balla were Thomas Walsh who was my father's cousin, Thomas Reilly and Funny [?] Brennan.
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2018-05-22 23:18
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The Landlords. 11-3-38
After the confiscation of the lands of the Irish people, the English and Scotch people were planted on them and afterwards got the name of Landlords.The Landlords were by law supposed to own the soil of Ireland where as the true owners were the people who tilled the soil.
The local landlord was Sir Robert Lynch Blosse. He was looked up to as a goog landlord but his agents were very bad.
Evictions were carried out around Balla. Some of the evicted people went to the foreign lands and some of them stayed by the roadside. The children of the evicted people went to the workhouse. A widow who had six children was evicted, all the men of the surrounding villages built a small house for her.
During the Land League a family was evicted and their house was burned to the ground. That night some of the members of the land League gathered together and built a very nice cottage for them which is about a mile and a half from Balla.
One day one of Sir Robert's bad agents visited a village and told the people to white-wash their houses and to clean the grounds around them.
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2018-05-22 23:18
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The Landlords. 11-3-38
After the confiscation of the lands of the Irish people, the English and Scotch people were planted on them and afterwards got the name of Landlords.The Landlords were by law supposed to own the soil of Ireland where as the true owners were the people who tilled the soil.
The local landlord was Sir Robert Lynch Blosse. He was looked up to as a goog landlord but his agents were very bad.
Evictions were carried out around Balla. Some of the evicted people went to the foreign lands and some of them stayed by the roadside. The children of the evicted people went to the workhouse. A widow who had six children was evicted, all the men of the surrounding villages built a small house for her.
During the Land League a family was evicted and their house was burned to the ground. That night some of the members of the land League gathered together and built a very nice cottage for them which is about a mile and a half from Balla.
One day one of Sir Robert's bad agents visited a village and told the people to white-wash their houses and to clean the grounds around them.
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2018-05-22 23:09
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24. Pieces and patches, without any stitches; if you tell me that I'll give you my breeches.
Answer. A head of cabbage.
25. Headed like a thimble.
Tailed like a rat.
You may guess for ever
But you wouldn't guess that.
Answer. A pipe.
26. Who may marry a wife and yet live single all his life?
Answer. A clergyman
27. What relation is that child to its father who is not its mother's own son?
Answer. His daughter
28. What is it that when the whole is taken away some still remains?
Answer. The word wholesome.
29. What is the biggest room in the world?
Answer. The room for improvement.
30. What is the weight of the moon?
Answer. Four quarters.
31. When is the sun like bread?
When it rises its light
32 What is the longest word in the English language
Answer. Smiles. Because there's a mile between the first and last letters.
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16. What is it, that when you take a bit off it, the longer it gets?
Answer. A grave.
17. It's neither inside the house, nor outside the house. and still the house couldn't do without it.
Answer. A window.
18. Why does a donkey prefer thistles to corn?
Answer. Because he's an ass.
19. Humpty, Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty, Dumpty got a great fall
All the king's horses and all men,
Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again.
Answer. An egg.
20. As I went up the garden,
I met my Uncle Davy.
I cut off his head.
And left his body easy. Answer. A head of cabbage.
21. As I went out the garden, I pulled a bunch of rods,
And no one could count them but the two hands of God.
Answer. The hairs of your head.
22. As I went up Shippin hill, Shippin hill was
(3) shaking and all the men in Shippin hill wouldn't cover half an acre.
Answer: Tráveníní[?].
23. What's full and holds more?
Answer. A pot full of potatoes when you pour water in it.
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2018-05-22 22:46
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9. It's in the rock but not in the stone.
It's in the marrow but not in the bone.
It's in the river but not in the flood.
It's in all sorts of timber but not in the wood.
Answer. The letter "R".
10. It opens like a barn door.
It closes like a trap.
And it's many a thing you'd think of
Before you'd thing of that.
Answer. An umbrella.
11. Queen Victoria built a ship.
An' in that ship her daughter lived,
An' I'd be blamed to tell her name,
An' that's three times I've said it.
(12) Answer. "Ann"
12. Why do girls look at the moon?
Answer. Because there's a man in it.
13. As I went up London Bridge,
(2) I met a London scholar.
I took his pen an' drew his name.
What was his name?
Answer. Andrew.
14. Why does a hen pick the pot?
Answer. Because she cannot lick it.
15. What part of he cow goes into the field first?
Answer. Her breath.
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Riddles
1(1) Ink, Ank, under the bank, ten drawing four.
Answer. A person milking a cow.
2. Twenty sick sheep went out a gap. One fell dead.
how many were left?
3. A head, a-foot. and four legs.
Answer. A bed.
4. What breaks and never falls, and what falls and never breaks?
Answer. Day and Night.
5. I have a little house.
And a mouse wouldn't fit in it.
And all the men in Derry
Wouldn't count how many windows in it.
Answer. A thimble.
6. Londonderry, Cork and Kerry.
Spell me that without a "K"
Answer. T-h-a-t.
7. It's as round as a apple.
As deep as a cup.
And all the men in Derry.
Wouldn't lift it up.
Answer. A well.
8. Girls have it. boys haven't it. Luke has a big one in front and Paul has a small one behind.
Answer. The letter "L".
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2018-05-13 23:12
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his rider to the ground.
A boy named Hennelly was killed near the same place. He was playing at a cross-road and followed a ball on to the main road. A car passing quickly along dashed into him and killed him. A woman named Kelly was killed at the same spot.
A man named John Coughlan from Bride, Claremorris was killed by being thrown from his own horse on the main road from Balla to Claremorris. Some soldiers and black and Tans were coming along and frightened the horse. Mr. Coughlan was a huntsmaster and a good rider. But he was thrown off the horse and killed. Some said afterwards that the Tans killed him. This is not true according to the local people who knew best. There is a monument to his memory at the spot where he was killed. Some people say the horse is heard on winter nights prancing near the place. An old man named John Ruane of Brize said he heard the horse. The place is near an old [?] near the castle of Brize.
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Local happenings
There was an accident on the Claremorris Road about the end of October 1938. There were two boys of 19 years of age with a cart. One was guiding the horse and the other was walking behind the cart with a bicycle. They were on the right side of the road. An egg lorry came and passed by without doing any damage. Another lorry came and struck the boy that was at the back of the cart. He was thrown out in front of the horse. The wheels went over him. The boy who was guiding the was knocked on the side of the road. A boy and girl who were on the side of the road further on saw the lorry and told the guards.
There was a man named [?] drowned in a river beside the town of Balla. He was going for a bathe with others. They told him they would go in after him. So the man went in and was drowned. No one could swim. So the poor fellow sank to the bottom of the muddy river. The body was not found for two days afterwards.
There was a Christian brother going to Castlebar riding on a horse. He fell off the horse and was killed. This happened near Manulla. The horse shied at something and threw
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The mad man was put to gail for ever
About a well
There is a well near Summerhill. It is called the Moy well. Long ago the people say that St Bridget was to be seen every night at it. One night when she was standing at it. A man passed by. His name was Fagan. She asked him where he was going he said. He was going to the church.
She appeared to the man. He was walking away and he could not move. She came back again and she said that where ever there is a family called Fagan there will be always a fool.
I got this story from my granny
Elisabeth Heapes aged
85 Years
Tessie Heapes aged 11 years
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on it and it seems it never was buried. There is a small bog whitch is called the moireon and another field called the cricketer.
I got this story from my uncle Patrick Kane, aged 76, and living at Ballinaskea.
Christopher O'Reilly, aged 10 years
Eanair 22 ad 1937
Stories
Once upon a time long long ago there were two men working in a field beside a bog. One man said to the other. "I hear some one crying in the wood". so the other man went into the wood, and he saw a man killing a woman and he told his friend what he saw. The man that killed the woman was mad. One of the men said to the mad man, why did you kill that woman, and the mad man said nothing but caught the man, and killed him too.
The other man got away. The mad man buried the woman and man in a big hole in the wood. A good while after that a man was cutting turf beside the wood and he found their skulls.
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2018-05-13 22:29
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Samhain 17 [?] 1936
There was a road running from the Summerhill road to the hight road before the canal was made. It is now covered with grass. The road was a service to Mr Barrys land where there was a town of houses and the [?] people were evicted and Mr Barry gave them a sum of money for them to get put of the country. There is an old Churchyard in Balearich of which there are no ruins to-day. There is a holy well called St Ultans beside a river. It was tramped in by cattle and is now cleaned up. The English were fighthing on Rynville hill and was shooting at the forts of the hill of the rath. There was a woman that lived on the Rathrone road that is dead years and years ago and after the English had stopped fighting she went and brought home a pot that the soldiers was cooking out of.
There was a rackeen not far away that was a sandpit and the men saw a man's head rolling down from the top of the sandpit and they thought it was a round stone, and there was no hair