Líon iontrálacha sa taifead staire: 2578 (Taispeántar anseo na 500 ceann is deireanaí.)
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2020-04-01 18:33
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On the Skillig Hills Shrove Tuesday night
I stood to squeeze my breeches o
And see the boys coming in
Bookering with their wenches
There's not much change since 98
With snow the rocks are mantled o
And icicles hang like silver chains
Or fine long sticks of Candy o
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Sweeney Con was the first come on
He stood upright and manly o
His own black jib would quench the light
The brightest night the moon shone o
Just by his side was his hearts delight
She was tall & straight and handsome o
Her honest brow so fair and free
Was fit to wear a crown of gold
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Her hair hung down in auburn brown
Like sunbeams on the mountains
Her Heart was true her dress was blue
Her shoe was no 4 or so
They tripped along like man and wife
So free so gay so jolly o
The smartest pair that came that way
Was Sweeney Con and his nancy o
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 18:28
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he said he would and dit it but when he was returning home he met another robber who demanded the money. Donncadh gave it to him quietly, but asked him to put a few shots through his coat as he could tell his master that he fought very hard for it, he did so and then said to put a few shots through his hat, but the robber said his gun was empty then Donncadh pulled out his own gun and demanded back his money again which he got very quickly -
The police were always hunting Donncadh but couldn't get him, he had a beautiful fast horse to take him anywhere he wanted to go and he always shod the horse with the shoes turned to the front. But the servant gave him away and damped the powder in his gun so he was arrested tried and hanged at Tap Bridge Clonakilty it is said that he cursed his mother before he died as she did not make him return the pen he stole first at school.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 18:24
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Long ago there lived a man called Donncadh Dubh. He lived chiefly by robbery, he started robbing very young, his first bad act was to steal a pen while at school, he showed it to his mother when he returned home from school but she only praised him for stealing it, so he stole a great many things after that when ever he could do so. when he grew to be a man he became the terror of the whole country but he had some good points too. Often what he told from the rich he gave to the poor. He watched the agents who collected the rents for the Landlords and took it all from them at the point of the gun. So one clever landlord asked Donncadh to gather the rent for him
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-04-01 18:21
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Field every evening for some time after his death, dressed in a riding suit and standing in the middle of the field between the hours of 5 and 6 P.M in the month of July. This has been told to me by his gardener who saw him and who told me he'd swear to the fact.
The gardener's name is Pats Mahony who is still working in Castlefreke Gardens.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 17:02
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Saint Adamnan is the patron Saint of this district. There is an old church built by Saint Adamnan in this district. There are no stories or traditions told locally about the Saint. There is a well and a townland called after the Saint. There is no holy well in this district called after him. There are no special prayers said to the Saint, and there are no people in the district called after him. The local Saints day is not observed as a holiday. There are no stories about the punishment of this Saint.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-22 18:22
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The most harmful weeds are dandelions, dockings, thistles, and rag weed, Ferbon, Ferns, and chicken weed.
The chicken weed and docking are the worst two for spreading through the land and impoverishing it. Clover and garlic grows on good land and also the rest grows in good land. The people can make cures out of the Herbs and the way to use them are to boil them and mix them with milk.
Garlic is a good cure for the cough or rheumatism or if a beast was sick it would be good for him.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-22 18:20
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The Landlord of our district was Mr. Crichton. He was Landlord in our district for forty years but the Crichton family is around here yet. He had different townlands such as Ross, Dark and Lisnasawer. The people thought him a nice Landlord and if the people had not the rent paid in time he would not rush them in any way.
If he saw the people shooting game or snairing rabbits he would not allow them. There is an old rhyme said,
"The Landlords cow is a grazing now,
Where the poor mans ought to be,
Oh, have it so, for I must go,
To the lands of America".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-29 19:00
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Muskerry and Duhallow played a match in Cullen long ago and the way they played it was the ball was thrown in and the man that got the ball ran to the goals if not stopped by any of his opponents and whoever got to the post first would get a goal. There was about twenty on each side and the strongest men were picked. It was played between baronies. The ball was kicked from one townland to another. The refereeing was done by a man standing outside and looking in at them. The football was made of a leather cover and the bladder was got from a pig or a cow. The goals were about five miles apart. The other amusements they used to have were bowling, jumping and hurling.
Millstreet and Rathmore were the two rival teams here about forty years ago. There were twenty one players in each side. The matches were played at Denny Sullivans, Shinnagh and at Johnny Dan Murphy's Millstreet. One man was appointed to referee the match to see that no foul was committed.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-26 19:00
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As many girls as wish can play this game. The farmer wants a wife.
A number of girls hold hands and from a ring. One of them stands in the middle. As they go around the one in the middle they chant the following words.
"The farmer wants a wife
E-aye adee
The farmer wants a wife.
The wife wants a child.
The child wants a nurse.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-26 18:58
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"If "Dicks father was Toms son what relation would Dick be to Tom"?
His grandfather.
"Why is a cobbler's house like hell"?
Because its full of bad souls.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-26 18:57
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A stitch in time saves nine.
An empty sack won't stand.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-23 18:54
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poor Mickey to do as probably he would have no money to get his supper and a fairly decent bed in Ardee that night. The bottles would have brought him a couple of shillings.
He sprang to his feet with a fierce growl and started of pell-mell after the gosoon. He scattered the other youngsters in all directions. But he couldn't catch the blackguard and I don't suppose he ever met that scoundrel again.
One day someone asked Mickey if he had any more sisters or brothers and he said "Aye I have a sister way down in Limerick, an a better or handsomer piece of stuff who ye never saw" he replied. "And what's your sisters name? he was asked. "Er, what's that, eh? Oh Mary the Bottle-man". Then taking up his bag he went off.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-23 18:50
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A long time ago there lived an old man who used to go around gathering bottles. Nobody ever called him anything only Mickey-the-Bottle-man. No one ever refused a little help or a nights lodging if they could afford it at all. There was at that time in Kilbeg a priest named Fr Clavin and he was known to have sheltered Mickey on many occasions, so that everywhere Mickey went he was always praising the generous priest.
All the children loved Mickey for he spent many a long evening sitting at the crossroads with a dozen or more children gathered round him listening to his stories of fairies ghosts ect.
One day when Mickey was telling a story a little boy knocked a loose stone off the wall down Mickey's bag of bottles. Of course they were all broken (any poor Mickey's) and what was
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-23 17:23
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Next. Every child throughout the land should be compelled to come to these schools. It may be denounced as coercion, but if so, the Irish must endure it until the joke is easy. They have suffered from the criminal neglect of heroic statesmen; they can well suffer a little more from prosaic legislation, which will in the end bring them contentment, prosperity, and peace.
Let this year of Jubilee record what has been done in the reign of our gracious Queen to teach the poorest work; and let this year witness a preparation of teachers, and the erection of schools for teaching in the best and most efficient manner the untaught and starving millions how to work.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-23 17:20
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muscle that can turn them into gold is paralyzed by indolence, and the mind that should direct is clouded with ignorance, and simply for lack of knowledge, the land is not half cultivated, and the fish of the sea uncaught, because there are no teachers of works, or schools for teaching work, though there are inspectors appointed to look for what is not, and associations formed to promote labour without teaching it.
These work schools must be absolutely free to all. No charge for anything taught in them. Every child must be supplied with lesson and instruction, without fee. He is simply to be taught work, and the best method of doing it from the use of a needle, or any other useful instruction of labour, so that it can earn for itself. That attained, he may pass on to the intermediate school for technical and scientific knowledge, and there pay fees for his own improvement and advancement in life, but he must be put on the first step of the ladder free.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-23 17:16
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Supply them, provide work schools, bring them within reach of all poor children - teach them to work. So soon as they can guide a needle, and as they increase in strength, teach them how to use soap and water and you will infuse into them, thought, intelligence, habits of cleanliness and order. Not only teach them how, but the reason why they should work, and so teach that they will find pleasure and take delight in doing all their hands finds to do well. Into these work schools, bring in the spelling book, arithmetic, pen and ink, so that the work scholar shall be able to read, write and reckon up their own earnings, and when that is done, they will be better able to take care of themselves and be useful to others than the boys and girls who are taught compound fractions and scientific geography, and know not how to do any manner of work well.
It is useless to be talking of the industrial resources of Ireland while the hand, bone and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-23 17:11
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At least one fifth of the population are untaught and two fifths taught too much or too little. One half of the mental and physical energy of the people is lying waste in rags and half fed bodies because noyone ever taught then how to work and earn their own bread. Barracks and police exist to restrain them from doing evil but no work school is among them with teachers qualified to teach them how to do well. There are teachers for intermediate and higher education, but none qualified to teach the poorest child how to make the most and best use of a needle, or how to use a spade properly. The simplest peasant is dependent on gratuitons instruction for any knowledge of work and upon chance for work to do. There parents before them were never taught, and their children can never learn until they are. Teachers of work are the first necessity.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-23 17:06
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By Patrick Keary
Durhamstown
Navan
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-23 17:06
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I must admit there's reason,
In every word you say,
Of course said I, my dear old boy,
There I'll be on next Tuesday.
I always have maintained it,
And it cannot be denied
For folks that are fond of racing
There's no place sweet as Loyd.
Just then my dear old friend, Looney
Shook my hand and said good bye,
T'will be hard to find the winners,
Said OLooney, but we'll try.
And now I will tell each reader
That you should at once decide
And like myself and friend just say
I will surely go to Loyd
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-23 17:03
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What with bookies, bobbies, backers,
And roulette men too tween
With the pipers, fiddlers, dancers,
All assembled on the green.
What with horses wild with jockeys,
Unconcernedly astride,
There's bound to be excitement
And fun, surley, too, at Loyd.
The gentle sea you'll see them too,
In costly dress arrayed,
There the latest Paris fashions
You bet, will be displayed.
Yes, everyone is going,
Racing there must be enjoyed
For reclining on the hillside,
You can view the race at Loyd.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-23 17:00
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On the road o'erhung with beeches,
In my native Dormstown,
Last evening I was straying,
When the sun had just gone down.
When I met my old friend, Looney,
Who was greatly overjoy'd
And most promptly he inquired
Pat, are you going to Loyd.
For there is no course in Erin,
With the Kells one can compare,
The scenes around Loyd's hillside
Are so picturesque and fair.
And at Navan races lately,
We had all our mirth destroyed,
By the rain that fell in torrents,
Paddy, won't you come to Loyd.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-19 19:52
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As I went up a slippery slat I met my Aunty Mary she had an iron nose and silver toes, I tipped her in the middle and away she goes - a gun.
As I went up a rocky hill I met two men hanging, I sucked their blood and left their bones hanging - Blackberries.
Ninny coat and nanny coat she wears a white petticoat the longer she stands the shorter she grows - a candle.
Riddley, raddley, rideo, my father gave me seed to sow the seed was black and the ground was white, you can riddle me that till to-morrow night - Black ink and white paper.
White bird featherless flew from Paradise over high walls landlord landless took it up mouthless rode away horseless - Snow.
It is broad in the bottom and narrow in the top and a stick in the middle playing happedy, hop. - a churn.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-19 19:46
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leather on to the dasher of the churn and put it through the hole on the beams, and by pulling the strap up and down this caused the dasher to churn the cream in to butter. This work could be done sitting down.
Most of the people nowadays have a barrel-churn resting on stands and turned by a handle, this churn twists around and they know when the butter is made by looking through a glass in the side. More churns are done with a beater in the middle and a big stick going through the cover.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-19 19:43
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Ever since the history of Ireland began the Irish women were very proud of their churning and firkins of butter. In the very olden times people churned by means of a plunge-churn. They had a pole going along the beams of the house with a hole in the middle of it. Then they tied a strap of
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-19 19:41
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and the handle was a leather strap made fast to a wooden pole. The pole was put through a hole in the beam of the kitchen ceiling.
The worker would pull the wooden pole down and this would lift the churn staff and that was how the butter was made.
Long ago the people said it was not right to give a coal of fire away when churning as it was a great custom at that time when the men would be working they would come to the house for a coal of fire to light the pipe, and also they said it was not right to give away a churn staff. They used to say it was not right to give milk away on May Eve.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-19 19:39
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We have a barrel churn at home and its height is three feet. The sides of it are round. It is seven years old. The various parts are - the stand, handle, cover and the plug. In the side of the churn there are two arms to fit on the stand. The butter is made three times a week in Summer and twice a week in Winter. The woman of the house does the churning. When churning if a person comes to the house they must give a hand at making the butter as the old saying is if not she will take the butter away with her. A half an hour it takes to do the churning. The churning is done by hand with a rolling motion.
Hot water is put into the churn when the weather is cold. They take the butter out with butter spades and wash the butter with water to take the milk out of it. The butter milk is used for making cakes or for drinking . In Greenane there was one churn different to the others. It was like this. The churn stood on the kitchen floor. The churn staff in it
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-16 18:17
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little dose to burn under the cow's nose". Then she drew from the same old pocket a little lump of crumpled paper. "Here now" says she "burn this under the cow's nose and she will sneeze three times and then and then she will stand up and turn round and look at you and she will cough a time or two, and she will be better".
Go home now" says she "and don't look back or the charm won't work the old man returned home and did not look back and did exactly what the witch told him do and the cow got well again after sneezing three times and coughing twice.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-16 18:15
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witch's cabin up on a hill side near a big wood he saw the witch standing in the doorway her left hand shading her eyes.
Before he could speak the witch said "Ha there is trouble on you". "Truth there is" said the old man. "Your cow is sick" said the witch. "Truth she is then" said the old man, "and I came to you for a cure because I thing she was overlooked".
"Well", said the witch "I will soon tell you if she is, Turn your back to me and don't turn round till I tell you". The witch went back into the cabin and sat on her hunkers and pulled an old well-worn piece of string from an old pocket in her petticoat and measured three fingers lengths three times.
Then she put three knots on the piece of the old string and gave it to the old man. "Hold that in your [?]" says she, till I give you a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-16 18:10
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There was once a witch who lived in a little hut in the middle of a ward on the top of Caslin's Hill which is a mile from Strokestown Co Roscomon. She had cures for diseases in people, by means of herbs. She also cured cattle. There are many stories told about her.
"Storie" Jenny on the hill
An old man and his wife lived in a cabin on a small patch of bad land. They had no stock of any kind only a cow and it happened that the cow fell sick.
Then the old man went to an old witch because he thought the cow was overlooked. When he approached the
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2019-12-16 17:08
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for the feeding of young turkeys. Garlic is useful for the chest and for a cough. The juice of the ash is used an ear ache. Ferrets leavings is useful for the chin cough. The asses milk has a similar effects to the ferrets leavings.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-16 17:07
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The dandeline is good for yellow-jaundice and for the kidneys and for heart disease. Cumphry is good for a sprain. The good leave is good for a sore. It grows to a height of 18" or 19 inches. Onions are good for chillbains and for disinfection. Alder juice is good for rheumatism.
Sour leaf is good for the blood. Celery is good for rheumatism. There was an ash tree growing in Killone near St. Johns well and people say if you take a bit of the bark with you, you will never get a pain while it is in your possession.
A lizzards lick cures a burn. A dock-leaf cures a burn of a nettle. The milky weed is used
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-13 20:16
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of pigs. It is very dangerous to be on the streets on that fair day because the sellers are always exercising their mounts up and down the streets, showing their horses' speed and stamina to prospective buyers.
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2019-12-13 20:15
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Long ago the fairs were held on the Monday after Epiphany, March the 10th, Holy Thursday, August the 24th and Big Market Saturday which was held on the Saturday before Christmas. This was the biggest fair of the year. During the week before the fair people drift into Athlone from all over the Midlands. Tents are erected in the Market Place and trading used go on even before the market itself began. All kinds of ware used be sold including suits of clothes, bed clothes and various other woollen articles. Cattle, sheep and horsesware sold as well as a large quantity of fowl.
This fair was a great asset to the town, because the people spent a lot of money here, and most of them stayed in Athlone during the Christmas.
Nowadays there are no really large fairs because there is one held every month. The Jan fair is the biggest of the year. It lasts for two days. There are no fowl or clothes sold at this fair. The finest horses in the Midlands, cows, stall-fed heifers and bullocks are sold as well as an average amount
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-13 20:10
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The market is held on Tuesday and Saturday, of which the latter is the principal when sheep swine and great quantities of gravel are exposed for sale. It is held in an open space under the wall supporting the Castle mound, but the principal meat market is at the shambles near the river and is abundantly supplied with provisions of all kinds. Fish is procured in the lake and the River Shannon and salt-water fish is brought from Galway.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-13 20:07
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The manufacture of felt hats was formerly carried on in Athlone to a great extent, but only a few are now made for the supply of the immediate neighbourhood.
There were two extensive distilleries each producing from 40 thousand to 50 thousand gallons of whiskey annually, two tanneries, two soap and candle manufactories, two public breweries on a large scale and several corn mills. A communication by steam-boat, between this place and Limerick has been lately established, and passage boats meet the steamers at Shannon Harbour and proceed to Dublin by the Grand Canal.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-13 20:04
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There is an old ruin adjacent to the Woollen Factory which was formally an old Franciscan Abbey. There is an old graveyard situated beside the old Abbey. At the time when the Abbey was built it was customary with the people of that period to bury their dead in the Churchyards. So it is not surprising to learn that the Churchyard of the Abbey was converted into a graveyard. When the disease called the cholera swept over Ireland in the year 1848, all the people in Athlone who died from the disease were buried in that graveyard. The people died so quickly that they were thrown into the graves in cartfuls. Two men went round the town with a cart shouting "bring out your dead" every morning. Great fires lighted in the market-place to purify the air. Hundreds of people died in Athlone, both good and bad. John Brennan the local poet put it thus "The pure and the vile all cut down in the mowing".
The graveyard is filled up for years. But it was extended and is still in use. The one family that is being buried there still is the family of Lysters.
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2019-12-13 19:59
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man at the back. So one of the groups went first and the man followed them. One of the main would fall now and again till the took him far enough away. While he was away the other group was stealing the fir and they carried it all away.
The man did not take the fir to the fire. They left it a good bit away. As soon as the fire was lit the man came up and sat down at the fire. The men would go down now and again and take up a block now and again and he would say "Throw it on when you have plenty of it" and when he went home and looked the whole of his fir was nearly all away. If anybody had a stack of straw outside they would steal it to light the fire.
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2019-12-13 19:56
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Everybody has a fire on the 23 June in honour of St. John. On the evening of the bonfire night all the boys in the town gather and gather a lot of bushes. In a big town all the boys go round and collect money and buy oil for the fire. Just when it is getting dark everybody light the fire. An old custom they had everybody puts out a little fire of their own and as the cows are going in at night they throw a coal over the cows backs and they put a coal into every field belonging to them for St. John to bless them. They would lift sticks no matter where they would get them, if you would have any bushes on a slap to keep in cattle you would need to be up and out very early because all the bushes would be away. There was a man who had a lot of fir and it was coming on to the bonfire night all the people gathered and made themselves in two groups and the man and his wife were out watching the fir. There were two doors on the barn, the woman was at the front and the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-13 19:51
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There is a mass path from Shanna road to the Cavan Line; that is the road out to the chapel. When the people are going to Mass they have to cross the Dam. The people that owned the Dam thought that they could close the mass path but they would not be let. The people must be travelling that road for a long time for we can see the stones.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-13 19:49
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There are a lot of games. Tig, Round the gree gravel the grass grows green many a lady is fit to be seen. Washed in milk dressed in silk whoes the last pup down.
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2019-12-13 19:47
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without any butter. For the supper they had a pot of oaten porridge. They supped porridge with sugar and water or else butter-milk.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-10 21:37
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Once upon a time there lived an old woman called Mary Hogan. About ten years ago she died and was buried in Kilruane Churchyard. One night as Joe Fogarty was passing on his bicycle near the churchyard he saw a woman lying at the side of the road, and he thought it was some old woman lying and not able to walk. He got down to pick her up and when he went near her he put down his hand to pick her up. A light shone around the woman, and he began to sweat like a horse. He got such a fright he was not able to ride the bicycle home. When he went to bed his brother asked him why he was so cold. He said that he was after seeing Mary Hogan.
Written by Michael Grace, Beechwood, Nenagh.
Told by Paddy Collins, Lower Graigue, Nenagh. Age 70
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2019-12-10 21:32
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There is supposed to be a chest of gold in Lough Belshed. There is only one way of getting it out. You must get a red pig and take it to the Lough and put on a fire and roast it. While the pig is being roasted you can't put you hand or finger near it. You must turn it with Shivvers. When the pig is roasted the lough goes clean dry and the cat which is guarding the gold will come out to eat the pig. The cat must be shot with silver bullets or if she isn't shot she will destroy you and every one that is with you.
(Written By) Michael Doherty, Corraine, Welshtown
(Told By) John Reilly, Dorish, Ballybofey.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-12-10 21:29
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There is supposed to be a crock of gold under Cunninghams old walls at the Derg bridge at Barnes between Ballybofey and Donegal. There is a sally bush set at the place. Joe Kelly often looked for it but could not find it. Mary J. Stewart, Cappry, Ballybofey.
(Told By) Thomas Stewart, Cappry, Ballybofey.
There is supposed to be a chest of gold in Cro na muc behind Patrick Kelly's hill. It is supposed to be guarded by a pig. No one ever tried to get it.
(Written By) Mary J. Stewart, Cappry, Ballybofey
(Told By) Thomas Stewart, Cappry, Ballybofey
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2019-12-10 21:26
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There is a small lake near Lough Moran which is three miles to the north of Donegal and there is said to be a horses skin full of gold in it. The first three men that search for it will be drowned but the fourth will get it.
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2019-12-10 21:24
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There is a small lough above lough Moran called lough Carnie and it is said that there is a donkey's skin full of gold in it. There are three men to be lost looking for it. The fourth who is to be a tall yellow faced man is to get it. It is supposed that it was placed there by the fairies or the little folk as the old people called them.
It is said that there is a black cat watching it and if you are able to shoot the cat she will fall on the gold but if you fire at her and miss her you will die.
Charles V. Long Class VII
(Told By) Patrick Mc Philimney,
Cappry,
Ballybofey.
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2019-12-09 17:07
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frightened and quenched the light and went to bed as quickly as he could.
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2019-12-09 17:06
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There was a house in Hollyford and it was haunted. It was said that a woman of the house got money loosing and it belonged to the fairies. One night the boy of the house was sitting at the fire all the people were gone to a party. He was reading a book at the side of the fire when a person came up out of the room and put a shawl about him he was very
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2019-12-09 17:05
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One time there were two brothers. Of one of them it was said fairies were after him. So one day the two of them went to Thurles for timber and when they were coming home it was dark. A woman came out from a gate and caught one of the boys cars and shook it and knocked the boy out of it and the fall killed it.
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2019-12-09 17:01
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half. And ever since that time he had such a lot of milk that he could not get churns enough to take it to the creamery.
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2019-12-09 17:01
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One morning long ago. There was a man going to a fair. He say a man and a woman making pishogues. They were in a field milking cows. The woman said to the man "This is my half and the man who was going to the fair said jokingly, "this is my
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2019-12-09 17:00
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One time there was a man and he went out in the morning to bring in the cows. When he got to the field there was a hare sucking a cow. He went in and got a gun when he came out the hare was still there. He fired a shot at her and wounded her and she ran away bleeding. He followed her on and tracked her by the drops of blood that fell from her until he came to a house. He went in and there he found a woman lying in bed and bleeding.
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2019-12-09 16:56
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it meant and he went to the stone and got as much gold at the other side as he had got before.
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2019-12-09 16:54
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One day a man and his son were working in a field and they met a big stone as they were working and they got gold near the stone. There was a slate with the gold and there was something written on the slate in Irish. The boy took up the slate and he read what was on it. He knew what
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2019-12-09 16:53
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Long ago there was a man and he knew there was gold hidden in a place. He went to get it. When he got to the place he started to dig for the gold. When he was getting near the gold horses and men in fire came about him and he had to go away. After a while he came back again and every thing was in its own place. He was to frightened to dig for the gold any more.
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2019-12-09 16:50
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barrel of whiskey there. He was looking into the barrel and let the loaf of bread fall into it but he soon lifted it out again. The owner came along and told him to go away but he had the bread in his hand and whiskey dripping from it.
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2019-12-07 18:55
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plough". There will be a man leading the horse and holding the reins and another holding the plough. Jack said that it was not hard to do that. He went down to the wood and got three rabbits and broke their legs. He hid behind the ditch. He let out one of the rabbits and the first man followed. He let out the second rabbit and the second man followed it. He let out the third rabbit and the third man followed it. Jack went over then and cut the reins and took the horses out of the plough. He brought them to the king. Then the king said to Jack "You will have to take one of the horses out of the stable to-night there will be a man at the horse's head and a man riding the horse and another at the door. That is not hard said Jack. He went to a public house and got three bottles of whiskey and
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2019-12-07 18:52
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let him out and came running on until he came to an old house. The robbers were there counting the money. When they saw Jack coming one of them said "What is this coming" Jack said "I am Tom the devil and if when I come over you will go out of that". The robbers were afraid and ran away and left all the money behind them. Jack gathered all the money and ran home. His mother was very glad when he came back. The next day the king came again. He asked Jack did he seek his fortune and Jack said that he did. The king said that he would see. He said "To-morrow you will have to come over to my house and I will tell you what to do". The next morning he went to the kings house and the king said to him:- "You will have to go to the field and take two horses out of the
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2019-12-07 18:48
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gathered they would take them up in a bucket. They were to put down a rein for him.
When he had all the things gathered they did not put down a rein for him. They ran away and left Jack in the house. Jack was afraid of his life in the house that the man of the house would come up and get him there.
He went through the house looking for something and he found a cow's hide and turned it inside out. He put it on himself and began to peg the dresser with his horns. He broke all the delph that was on it. He began kicking the tables and broke all in the house. Then the man of the house found him and he rose out of bed. When he saw Jack he began to roar. He said to Jack:- "Who are you" I am the divil and if you don't let me out I'll kill you" says Jack. The man
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2019-12-07 18:44
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Once upon a time there was a widow. She had one son, his name Jack. One day the king came to the house and said:- "If your son does not go away to seek his fortune before twelve oclock tomorrow his head will go under a spear" The mother was very sad when she heard this. The next morning Jack went away before daylight he went on and on until night. Jack did not know where to go. He saw a light and he said to himself that he would go to it and that he might get lodgings there until morning. When he went to the house there was a crowd of robbers there counting gold and silver. They asked Jack to go down the chimney of a house and gather up all the knives and forks and all the things that he could get. When he would have all the things
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2019-12-06 16:38
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These lights were made from rushes. The brown withered top as well as the root of each rush was cut off. This left the piece about 1 1/2 ft. long. The grease was got from the chandler's and was melted in the grisset or oval-shaped kind of frying-pan used for this purpose. This pan had three little legs and a handle. The rushes were pealed and a strip of the green skin left all the way up like the back seam of a stocking to keep the rush strong. Then the white was dipped into the grease and the rush left to dry.
When dry they were made into a sheaf or a bundle and hung under the chimney pieces. A rushlight lasted about an hour.
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2019-12-06 16:36
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Down in Maudlin there were coopers and churn-makers, of the name Kenny. Mr. Kenny, the man who drives the bread-van for Kiernan's is a grandson and a grand-nephew of the people who carried on this industry.
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2019-12-06 16:33
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There was candle-making carried on in Farrell Street Kells, in the house owned now by Mr. Ryan. The owner was a Mr. Smith, grandfather to Mrs. Ward of Altona House Maudlin Street.
Tallow candles were made from, dirty fat of every kind, horse grease, mutton fat etc. The fat was boiled till it became liquid. The wicks of the candles were made from cotton thread. They were cut in certain lengths, and attached by a nail to a stick and made to hang down into a mould. Then the mould was filled with the melted grease and the whole thing allowed to set. Those candles were yellow, and they had a very nasty smell.
Up to the Civic Guard Barracks, called the Bridewell in the old days, there lived a nailer named Smith. He made nails and pig-rings etc. His daughter is Mrs. Waters, mother to Tom Waters, the local postman.
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2019-12-06 16:29
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if you lie on rushes you will never get a cold and they also believe that Our Blessed Lady gave them the power to cure hemorrhage and leakage of the heart.
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2019-12-04 18:45
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Told by David Dalton
Clonmeen
Rathdowney
Laoighis
7.4.38
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2019-12-04 18:45
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strangers come in while churning it is not considered lucky to let them out without helping.
It takes about half an hour to make a churning. The work is done with hand. The churn dash is moved up and down. When the little glass is clear, on the of churn, the churning is made. Warm water is poured into the churn when the milk is too cold, and cold water is poured in when the milk is too warm.
The butter is lifted out of the churn with a wooden saucer. Then it is put into a butter keeler where it is washed and lastly salted. The butter milk is used for baking bread. Long ago people used to take their neighbours butter by witchcraft. The old proverb is "Slow churning makes bad butter".
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2019-12-04 18:42
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We have a churn which is about two feet high. The top of it is square and is ten inches by twelve. The bottom is round and is forty seven inches in circumference. The sides are round.
The churn is only four years old. The various parts of the churn are the body which contains beaters and handle. There is a core on the lid of the churn which is pulled out three or four times while churning to let out the foul air.
There is also a spicket on the side near the bottom which is taken out to let the butter-milk flow when the churning is made.
Cream is churned about once a week in Winter and twice in Summer. The woman of the house usually does the churning. When
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2019-12-04 18:39
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catch him but when they reached the window he was disappeared.
On another day the same two boys were in the castle when they saw a grand hurley in the same place as they had seen the leprechaun. They fired stones at the hurley thinking it would fall but it didn't. When they were turning around to get more stones it was drawn in to a hole in the wall. An elder tree has grown since in the wall where they saw the Hurley going in.
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2019-12-04 18:37
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The Leipreachaun is a little small man about one foot high. He wears a red cap with a tassel out of it a green coat knicker bocker trousers white stockings black shoes with shining buttons. It is not known where he lives but his usual occupations is making boots. If a person catches a leipreachaun he must keep his eyes on him if he doesn't the leipreachaun will disappear.
John Delaney the smith is supposed to have caught a leprechaun. He kept his eyes on the leipreachaun and made him show where the money was. The leipreachaun made a mark on the ground and said the money was there. John went for a spade and when he came back the field was all covered with marks so he didn't know where to dig.
One day John Coleman and Bill Hyland were in the Castle of Clonburn. They saw a leipreachaun in one o the windows. They took their eyes off him and ran up the stairs to
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2019-12-04 18:33
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Martha Dalton
Told by
David Dalton
Clonmeen
Rathdowney
Laoighis
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2019-12-04 18:32
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The local old people used to call the leipreachaun a "Lurigadan". He lives round raths and old castles. He is about two and a half feet or three feet high. He wears a green suit and a red cap. His usual occupation is making shoes for the fairies. In olden times people used to catch the leipreachaun, shake him, and make him tell where he had his gold and when he would point to a rock, they would take their eyes off him and about fifty rocks would appear in place of one.
There are two kinds of leipreachaun, wicked ones and quiet ones. The wicked ones are always causing trouble and the others are peaceful. On all occasions if anyone interfear with them or their habitations they cause some great affliction to them.
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2019-12-04 18:29
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Long ago there was an exciting football match played at Urlingford between Rathdowney and Gortnahoe.
The Rathdowney boys were dressed in colours of green and gold and the Gortnahoe boys were dressed in black and amber.
There were twenty men on each. They were fighting hard on both sides to win and Mr. Campion of the Abbey Clonmeen who is now dead R.I.P. got his leg broken. Then Rathdowney won by a goal and a point.
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2019-12-04 18:27
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every village. There was about sixty per cent more shoemakers in those days than there are now. Clogs were always imported from England. Long ago old people used to skin dogs and make foot coverings out of the skin. Cordivan was a kind of soft brown leather.
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2019-12-04 18:26
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Long ago people didn't wear boots until they were about eighteen or twenty years of age. When they used to be going to Mass they used to walk as far as the chapel door, and then put on their boots.
Biddy Guilfoyle who was usually called "Biddy Fat Meat" never wore boots. Some children in this locality go barefooted in Summer.
Old people believed that if the water used for washing feet was not thrown out it would be the cause of keeping them dreaming all night. If it was not thrown on the manure heap they believed that it would keep the poor should from coming in.
Long ago there were shoe-makers in nearly
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2019-12-04 18:23
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right to lock the forge door at night. It has been always a great centre for story-telling.
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2019-12-04 18:23
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The smith shoes horses, asses, mules and jennets. He makes farm implements such as ploughs, harrows, spades, shovels, axes and slanes. Wheels are usually bound in this locality in the open air. They are bound in the yard or on the side of the road.
In olden times if a child was screeching during the night the child's father would go to the forge, get some forge water and give the child three drops off a spoon. That always acted as a cure.
Some smiths in ninety eight made pikes to fight for Ireland's freedom.
Gifts of fowl, tea, sugar, butter, or eggs were given to the smiths.
They were always looked upon as very strong men. It is not considered
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2019-12-04 18:20
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to get it than I have said Jack. I haven't a fraction on me said the tramp. "Shure you have a good trousers on you" said Jack.
Come on down here and get into a barrell take off the trousers and I'll pawn it and get a middling one cheap and we can have a good drink with the remainder. The tramp got into the barrell and took off the trousers. Hooley pawned the trousers and didn't return.
When night came the man that owned the yard was closing the gates the tramp put his head out of the barrell and called the man. The man went to him and found he had no trousers. He gave him one and let him off. But the tramp didn't see Hooley afterwards.
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2019-12-04 18:17
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to carry him as far as Roscrea. The boy agreed. They went on and when they reached the town they put up in a yard Jack made him go into a house and warm himself because it was a cold day. When he had the boy inside he took the harness off the horse and took him down and sold her to Mr Smallman at the tan yard. He sold her for 10[?] and brought back the boy the winkers and told him to go down quick to the tanyard or the mare would be killed. Mr Smallman knew the boy's father and gave him back the mare. But Jack had the 10[?] for himself.
2.4.38.
One time Jack Hooley met a tramp in Roscrea. The man asked Jack did he know how would they get a drink. You have a better way
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2019-12-04 18:13
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James Campbell a brewery man used to go to Templemore with porter. He met a pal to whom he gave twopence to get some steak. This pal used usually cook it for him. When James had his business done in town he went to the house where he expected to have dinner but the pal told him that he could not get any meat only two lamb's tails with the wool on them.
2.4.38.
One time a man named Jack Hooley was building a house in Errill. There was a chap from Rathdowney going to Roscrea and he had an old mare and car. Hooley asked him
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2019-12-04 18:10
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to Con Finn's forge and there is a sliding door on Paddy Delaney's.
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2019-12-04 18:10
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There are two forges in this locality. One is owned by Patrick Delaney and the other by Con Finn. Those two men are the smiths and are both about twenty eight years at smith work.
There is one fire place and a bellows. Patrick Delaney's forge has a slate roof and the roof of Con Finn's forge is covered with asbestos.
There is an ordinary square door at the entrance
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2019-12-04 18:08
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journey for measuring.
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2019-12-04 18:08
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Paddy Delaney's father was a black smith who served his time to James Carey of Gathabawn. He was about fifty years a black smith. He worked in America before he came to Clonmeen, he then changed from Clonmeen to Templequain. The father taught his son the trade. Paddy is still working at the trade in Templequain. The forge has a slated roof and a sliding door. It is situated about seven yards from the middle of the road.
The furniture of the forge comprises an anvil and block, bellows, vice, and bench, a drilling machine, lathe, tongues, hammers, sledge, pincers, chisel, nails, shoes, princer punch, cutter dogs for lifting the bands of cars out of the fire and a
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2019-12-04 18:04
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Daniel Dowling of Clonmeen was a noted dancer. He was a great step dancer and he usually danced horn pipes and reels. He went by the name of "Dan the dancer".
Thomas Lalor of Bawnaughra was a great story teller. He was very fond of telling ghost stories and fairy tales. Daniel Purcell of Bawnaughra was an other noted singer and his favourite song was The Stars and Stripes of Liberty.
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2019-12-04 18:02
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Dan Dowling and Maurice of Clonmeen were noted step dancers. They won prizes at Agricultural Shows and at the Flower Shows which used to be held in Lord Castletown's Demesne. They were taught by a dancing mistress who lived in Rathdowney.
Joe Finn and Tim Maher were good singers. Frank Ringwood of Graigue and Con Parkinson of Clonmeen were good storytellers.
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2019-12-04 18:00
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by Nora Phelan Kyle
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2019-12-04 18:00
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There were many good step dancers in the Parish of Galmoy in olden times. The most noted of them was a man named John Ryan who lived in Galmoy. There was a class taught in a big barn which is now belonging to John Costigan. The dancing master was Thomas Hanlon of Urlingford.
This class was taught on two nights of the week and it was attended by all the young boys and girls of the district that had a liking for dancing and music. When they would get tired dancing they used to sit round the barn and those that were able to sing songs of olden times. Those songs were far better than the ones now. Others used to tell stories about the great feats that were accomplished in olden times.
The above was obtained
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2019-12-04 17:55
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best man in Laoighis. But he never troubled Kilkenny again.
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2019-12-04 17:54
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for the time being.
Shaun was doing nothing but knotting the corn. His partner whose name was Grace sent him for a drink and a coal as he thought he would be able to get rid of Shaun who he thought was no good. Shaun brought back the drink and the light. They both started to reap again but Shaun was as bad as ever. The other men at this time were at this time were about half ways in the field. "You are no good anyway" said Shaun's partner "What are you saying" said Shaun to him, "you old good for nothing". He stetted for Grace, took him by the back of the neck, and threw him three ridges away from him. "Be off with yourself", said Shaun. He put a leg at each side of the ridge and was finished and had a smoke taken before the others were at the headland. Shaun could get employment anywhere in Kilkenny after and he was the
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2019-12-04 17:51
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morning they went to Mass. They then walked to the Tholsel because it was the custom for men seeking employment to go there. A gentleman farmer named Mr. Butler came and hired the eleven men to cut twenty five acres of wheat with sickles. Shaun travelled contentedly with the ten men to the farmer's house. They got their lodging in the barn that night and set out on Monday morning early to cut the corn. When they went to the headland none of the ten men would work with Shaun.
It was the custom for two men to reap one ridge of wheat. Mr. Butler said to Shaun :you must be a very bad man to say that none of your own men will work with you". "Well", said the farmers confidential man. "If you are anyway middling at all I will work with you". The confidential man started on the same rank as Shaun but neither of them was able to keep up with the others
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2019-12-04 17:47
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John Ivory and William Mac na Meara were Irish dancing masters. They taught dancing mostly in the schools. The most common dance in those days was the Irish clog dance.
About ninety years ago it was the custom for the men of this locality to seek employment in Kilkenny. Ten men from this district made up their minds to go in the harvest time of the year. There was another man who didn't like to go. His name was Shaun Spada. He was a very big husky fellow. After long persuasion he gave in.
The eleven men started for Kilkenny on a Saturday evening. They got lodging in the city and on Sunday
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2019-12-04 17:44
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and Jer Maher were great mowers. They could each mow an acre of new hay or an acre of corn in a day.
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2019-12-04 17:44
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William Curran of Waterland was a very strong man. He would lift a sack of spuds or a stone roller into a car by himself and in the field of sport he was unbeaten at weight throwing. A man named Ryan of Bawnmore often challenged Curran but he never beat him.
Once a man named Tynan of Johnstown went to a neighbour for a stone roller. The neighbour told Tynan to go back for a car and that he would be finished with the roller by the time he'd be back. Tynan didn't go back for the car only waited on the headland until the man was finished. Then he put the roller on his shoulder and carried it home.
Tom Byrd of Rathdowney was a great runner he won several challenge races. Charles Cavanagh of Bawndughra was a great high and distance jumper. He could jump two horses side by side and in distance jumping he could jump twenty one feet. Michael Cleary of Borahan
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2019-12-04 17:39
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One time a heavy weight champion named George Ormsby came over from England to Kilcooley for a contest at heavy weight throwing. His opponent was to be Mr George Healy of Folkscourt. But when the day came for the heavy weight throwing Mr Healy was supposed to have a pain in his back and therefore not fit to throw heavyweights.
He had a second man Mr D Ryan from the rampart near Crosspatrick who he said was as good as himself. The English man threw the weight first and Mr Ryan threw it on the same mark. Ormsby threw the weight a second time. Ryan threw the weight again to the same mark as his opponent. The English man threw the third time and the Irish man asked him was that his best throw and the English man said it was. Then Mr D Ryan threw the weight and defeated him by a yard. Mr G Healy who was Ryans landlord clapped him on the back and he had to pay no more rent after performing such a great deed.
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2019-12-04 17:35
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Running jumping and mowing were often practised long ago. John Finn of Rathdowney is a very strong man. One day in the town he carried on his back a bag of oats and a man. He went up on a loft which was very hard to be reached with this load.
Patrick Butler of Ballyknockin and Charles Cavanagh of Bawnaughra were very swift runners. Charles Cavanagh often jumped over an iron gate which was six feet high.
Mick Tobin of Borohan used to jump at many races. John Fitzpatrick of Borris in Ossory who spent most of his time in this district was supposed to mow an acre of hay in a day. He usually went by the name of "John the Mower".
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2019-12-02 19:40
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fool. After hearing their story he told them to bury her in the first church yard they would meet. They took the fools advice and buried her in Donoughmore in Lisronagh which was half way from both parties.
This story was told to me by my father John Burke Donoughmore Lisronagh who is sixty years of age - who was told the story by his own father.
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2019-12-02 19:39
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husband collected some of his horse-men and followed them. He over took the funeral near Clonmel where they fought a battle. The County Waterford men were beaten and the funeral went on its way.
The County Waterford men met a big force of their men who were coming to help their defeated County men. They turned back and followed the funeral and overtook the Thurles men at Ochardstown hill where they fought again. This time it was drawn battle. After some arguing they decided to the first man who would pass the road to decide the question. The first happened to be a
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2019-12-02 19:36
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A woman from Thurles was married in County Waterford. The woman died after a short time. Her relatives wished to have her buried in her own district but her husband wished to have her buried with his own people in Co. Waterford. The two parties could not agree where the woman should be buried. The Thurles men brought a hearse from their own district with a large body of horse men to take the woman back to Thurles.
The
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2019-12-02 18:55
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them had a gun. They demanded him for the rent but he knew that the master of the house was gone to the fair for the money to pay the rent. He and the woman snapped the guns from them and brought the men in. He put the guns up to their faces and said that he would shoot them if they would not let him tie their hands. He tied them and told the woman to boil water and when the water was hot they washed their faces and found out that it was the Landlord and his son and if they got the money they would come again in the morning after for it.
They were so ashamed of themselves that they said if the woman kept it quiet about their coming they need not pay the rent. She kept it quiet and when the master came home she told him about it and every traveller that came after they always welcomed him.
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2019-12-02 18:51
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At Annsfort in the parish of Lisronagh is a field owned by Mr Croome stands a ruin of a house. There lived in it long ago a man and his wife. They were very poor and were unable to pay the rent to the Landlord. They had two pigs and one day the master went to the fair to sell them for he wanted the money to pay the rent. Before he went he told his wife not to let in any travellers.
He had not gone long when a knock came to the door. The woman went out and a poor man asked her for the night's lodging. The woman had pity for him and gave him a bed of straw near the dresser.
At twelve o'clock that night they heard a knock. The woman told the poor man to go to the door. He went and saw two men with their faces blackened. Each of
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2019-12-02 18:48
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six o clock in the morning the corpse disappeared.
When the woman came back in the morning he told her what had occurred during the night. The woman was very pleased with her visitor and offered him her daughter in marriage for his bravery.
This story was told to me by my father who is now sixty years old. He heard it from his father who lived in Four-Mile-Water, Co. Waterford.
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2019-12-02 18:46
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he did n to mind sleeping in a house like that.
Then she gave him the key of the door. He locked it and sat down to the fire. About 12 o clock that night four men walked into the kitchen carrying a coffin. They laid it on the floor and walked out again. Then he opened the lid of the coffin and took out a dead person from it and spoke to it.
The corpse said "I am very glad you spoke to me as I am troubled. When I was alive I stole six geese from a neighbour. Tell my wife to give him back six of the best cows instead".
At
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2019-12-02 18:44
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There lived in the county of Waterford a woman who had two sons. One of them was more or less simple. One day he asked mother for the part of his fortune. She gave it to him.
Early next morning he started off through the mountain. It was near night when he arrived at a farm house. Here there lived a widow woman and her daughter. He asked the woman for lodging for the night. She told him that they did not sleep in the house at all as it was haunted since her husband died. He said
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2019-11-29 17:51
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This edifice stands in the village of Ballymore and stands on a farm of ninety or a hundred acres. It was rebuilt on an older site by a landlord name Lowry.
At one time the priests resided there before the parochial residence was built and it is said that mass was celebrated there before the creation of the present chapel.
Lowry sold the house and farm to a Mr Russell and it was resold by his widow to Mr Nicholas Cunningham, the present occupier.
Lowry was well liked in Ballymore but he left it when he was fired on by two men one Sunday morning on his way to church. The men were strangers in Ballymore and the reason for their attack was unknown.
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2019-11-29 17:48
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It is said that the bird continued to visit the Seery farm for some time after old Mr Kelly's death but it then disappeared for ever.
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2019-11-29 17:48
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In Lunestown House, which is situated near the village of Loughnavally, a family named Kelly lived. They were aristocrats and lived there for some hundreds of years.
Before the last member of the family died a strange bird of beautiful plumage was said to haunt the woods in the neighbourhood. Every night he flew to Lochardstown, a mile or so distant where he chattered, and frightened the people in the neighbourhood.
An old man named John Cunningham went from Ballymore to see it. His daughter Mrs Seery lived in Lochardstown and the bird used to frequent the trees on his farm at night. John had been in Australia and was a keen student of bird life but he failed to recognise this creature.
Young Seery, his nephew brought forth his gun this night to shoot the bird but when he came to the tree, the bird began to scold him in such an eerie sort of way that he lost courage and went home.
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2019-11-29 17:43
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forth an outlaw. He chid the man who had organised the ambush and told them that he would suffer the loss of forty horses rather than have his name brought into such prominence.
He drove them as hard as he could to Killala, where he took ship for France never again to return to Ireland.
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2019-11-29 17:42
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The Netterville family owned estates in the West of Ireland. They also possessed some property in Ballymore. They were Catholics and in the Penal Times were persecuted for their religion.
Each year Lord Netterville gave a great feast to the tenants and people of Ballymore. He drove his carach and four all the way from the West and the people made merry for one day at his expense. His last visit to Ballymore ended as follows.
The people were making merry and the feast was at full swing when a Protestant in the neighbourhood coveting the fine thoroughfare under the carriage demanded them from him as they were worth more than £5. Netterville acquiesced and all would have been well but for some youths who were naturally incensed at the harsh treatment meted out to the noble Lord. They ambushed the Protestant and brought back the horses.
Netterville fully realised the consequences of this act for he was hence
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2019-11-29 17:32
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The principal teachers in Ballymore Boys' and Girls' Schools were until six or seven years ago paid an annual sum of £5 each under what was known as the Netterville Charity. This amount was sent to the Parish Priest who passed it on to his teachers.
The date of payment was the 22nd, May of each year and the teachers had to sign a receipt for the money on that day. The money was sent from Douth Hall, Drogheda, and the agent was Mr Gradwell. Changes took place in the administration of this estate six or seven years ago and since then, payment of the grant ceased.
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2019-11-29 17:29
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One night a man was dead in Cloncullen and people went to the wake. Some of the old people said the rosary for the dead man. Some of the young men were playing games and they were making noise
A man was giving out the rosary and he was saying the Hail Mary and with the noise the people that were playing games were making, the people that were saying the rosary, did not know what they were saying, and the man that was giving the rosary out said "Hail Mary full of grace shut up and let us say our prayers".
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2019-11-29 17:27
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There lived a man in Rathsheagh about five years ago. His name was "Danger" Murtagh. The reason he was called "Danger" is because he made everyone afraid of him. He had four sons and when he died the four of them carried the coffin the the graveside. A poor scholar was looking on and he said
"Ladies and gentlemen what a wonder"
"One rogue over and four under"
"The body is dead, the should is gone a long journey"
"The devil is at war and he wants an attorney".
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2019-11-29 17:24
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About seventy two years ago a man named Fox was in the October fair of Ballymore and he had a good blackthorn stick. He had a couple of cattle and he was selling them to a man from Ballymore. He was asking a good stiff price for them. It was getting late and Fox was just thinking about going home when he got a belt of a stick. He turned around and he hit another man and it was not that man that hit Fox with the belt that Fox gave him [?] disabled him and he had to be carried home and he never left his bed till his death about twenty years. His name was Joseph MacLoughlin from Killenboy.
The people were preparing the plants on the day before the fair.
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2019-11-29 17:20
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There is a big house in Forgney about five miles to the North of Ballymore. A man by the name of King Harmon lives there. The avenue is a mile long and if you placed a rifle on the lock of the entrance gate and fired a shot you would hit the knocker on the hall door.
The people that built the house when they were finished wrote on the gate "What would not men and money do". One day a poor scholar was passing by, and when he saw this he wrote under it.
"All the men and all the money in Adam's [?]
Would not straighten the nose on Harmon's face".
Harmon had a disfigured nose
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2019-11-29 17:12
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spread out and loosen.
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2019-11-29 17:11
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The feet should be properly taken care of from sores, cuts and scalps. Children do not go barefoot all round the year but they go barefoot in Summer.
The water that washes the feet at night should not be thrown out until the next morning because it might be thrown into wanderer's faces. It is said that if you washed your feet in the dew on May morning you would not have any trouble with them throughout the year.
Boots are made and repaired in this district by an old man named Thomas Collins. This has been a tradition in the family for one hundred and eighty years. Foot coverings were often worn in this district long ago. They were made with sheep skin. The skin was put inside and the wool outside. It is said that if you had an in-grown nail on your toe you should cut the nail in the middle down V to the skin. When this is done the nail will
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2019-11-29 17:07
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Hempenstall the "Walking Gallows" commanded a small party of soldiers in the 1798 rebellion. He had his head-quarters in Ballymore. This is a story told about him when he was there.
A man lived in Shinglass who was very poor. He had two sons. His name was Oates and the remains of his house are still to be seen. One day he was going to Ballymore and he met with Hempenstall. He asked the man where he was going and the man said. I am going about my business. The man started off and Hempenstall started after him. He caught him going up near Streamstown. He took out his cord and tied it around the man's neck and threw him across his shoulder. He carried him home to Shinglass and when there he hanged his sons.
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2019-11-29 17:04
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Sixty years ago my Grandmother had a spinning wheel. My father used to gather lots of wool through the fields and bring it into her. The farmers used to tell him and a number of other boys to pick it up for fear the young lambs would eat it and have woolball in their stomach. She used to make very warm stockings. She would wash the stockings and put them out to bleach. When the stockings were dry they were as white as the wool that would be on the sheep. My father wore a number of them and he told me that they were very warm. The old women used to take the twelve days of Christmas for holidays and during that time they would go about from house to house with their spinning wheels on their shoulders. The used to spin in another house and knit also. The next night they would go to a different house and do the same.
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2019-11-29 17:00
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Eighty years ago an old woman lived in Ballinlig named Kinelty. She walked to Dublin and she was two days away. When she came back her legs began to swell and she lived a very short time.
The old house that she lived in can still be seen. It is an old thatched house. It is in a little bit of a lane about two miles to the South of Ballymore. There is another old house above it named Martins. It is seventy five miles from here to Dublin.
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2019-11-29 16:56
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house can still be seen.
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2019-11-29 16:55
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About twenty years ago a carpenter lived in Halston. He was a big strong man. When he wanted any timber he would go out on a dark night to a little wood and cut a long ladder pole or what ever timber he wanted. He would cut off the little branches and put the pole on his shoulder and go home.
One night there was a big storm. On the top of a hill called Halston hill there was a long row of dale trees and the storm knocked some of them down. That night he went to the hill and brought a few trees on his shoulders. That was the way he earned his living.
Another night two men went to the wood to watch him. He was up on a tree. After a long time the two men said they would go to a house that was near and get something to eat. It was about twelve o clock and while they were away, he cut a tree and went home with it. The men came back and stayed all night in the wood while the carpenter was gone home with the tree. The ruins of the
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2019-11-27 21:23
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catch them with his hands.
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2019-11-27 21:23
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used to mow an acre of land each day.
Anthony Donoghue was a great walker. He used to walk from Castlegregory to Castleisland which is 28 miles back and forth for a lark as he was a great bird fancier.
Once there lived in Kiliney a great story teller was Andre Mc Elligott, and his favourite stories were ghost stories. He was generally called Andy Kit.
Joe Flynn from Maharees swam from Castlegregory to Fenit and back again.
John Goodwin of Leary's Island Maharees is a famous rower. He used to row to Fenit and back again each day in the summer.
Jack Fitzgerald is a famous runner and he used to run after rabbits and
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2019-11-27 21:19
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Once upon upon a time when Lord Ventry was marching to Tralee to vote for Anti Homerulers. Father Irving of Castlegregory saw them coming and he saddled his horse and rode from the Presbytery to the road and when a waggon of voters were passing he put the spurs to his horse and jumped the waggon and rode like the wind to Aughacasla to help the people to turn them back to Dingle. The people filled their stockings with stones and chaced the voters back across Connor pass to Dingle.
My great-Grandfather Michael OShea was a great stone lifter. He used to lift a stone six cwts also he
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2019-11-27 21:14
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half. The churning is done by hand. The churn-staff is always moved upwards and downwards.
People know when butter is made, because the cream thickens first, and then it gets very thin. Then the butter is made. Water is poured in, in the process to wash down the cover, because the cream comes up through the sides of it. When the butter is taken out of the churn, it is washed, then it is salted, and then it is measured into pounds.
Buttermilk is used for drinking; it is also used for sunburn. In olden times people used to sell butter in firkins. Three or four women would join in the filling of the firkins. One woman would collect it one week, another woman would collect it another week, and send it to Cork.
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2019-11-27 21:10
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We have not a churn at home but I have seen one by my auntie. It is four feet. It is about a foot and a half wide on top, and two feet in the bottom. The sides are round. It is about twenty years old. The various parts are called churn-staff, the cover and the churn cup. There is no mark on top or bottom of it.
Butter is made once a week in the winter, and twice a week in the summer.
My auntie that does the churning. Strangers that come in help at the work, because it is said that if you did not give a turn to the churn you would carry the butter with you. The churning takes about an hour and a
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2019-11-27 21:07
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The names of the various kinds of potatoes are:- Americans Pinkens, Late Epicures, Early Epicure, British Queens, Kerr-pinks, Banners: Champions, Aran Banners, Banners and Kerr-pinks grow best in this district. Long ago people used to make starch with potatoes, it is still done by some people. The potatoes were grated, and then you squeeze the starch out of them.
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2019-11-27 21:04
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ploughs were used long ago, but now they are not. Spades are not made locally, they are bought in the shop.
My mother cuts the seed. She to leave an eye in each seed.
Potatoes require much care while growing. We must keep off the weeds of them. They must be sprayed in July to prevent the blight from coming on them. They are sprayed with bluestone and washingsoda mixed.
Some people get the potato-digger, and others get a spade. Potatoes are picked immediately after being dug. Some people put them in a barn, others have a store-house, and others put them in a pit. The pit is made of earth lined with rushes or straw. The potatoes are not put into the pit wet, because they would rot.
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2019-11-27 21:01
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Potatoes are grown on our farm. We set half an acre of potatoes this year. We set more some year, and other years less.
My father prepares the grounds. First the ground is ploughed, then it is cross-ploughed. Then it is harrowed, then the drills are opened with a plough. Then they are manured. Earth is turned down on the manure with a plough. Some people set potatoes in ridges, and others set them in drills. Potatoes are planted in lawn or in tillage.
Some people use a plough if they have a lot of potatoes to set, and people that have not much potatoes to set use a spade. Wooden
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2019-11-27 20:55
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There are a few monuments in this district one in Annagh, one in Ballyseedy and one in Farmersbridge, and those monuments are put over men that were shot during the troubled times in 1922 - 1923.
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2019-11-27 20:54
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Before Moran's, on Blennerville bridge was made there was a ford leading from the windmill right across and all the women passing with their produce to the market used take it across this ford with their goods piled on their heads with the result that one woman got drowned by the incoming tide as she was too ancious to cross and would'nt wait. She was a relative of my Grandmother's.
In olden times it is said that when a funeral was passing the cross roads the coffin was always laid down in the centre of the cross road and the people in the funeral would gather around the coffin and say a few prayers over the corpse, and then go on their way to the graveyard. This is not done now, but I hear it is still done in the neighbourhood of Dingle.
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2019-11-27 20:51
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Tonevane Road.
There are four by-roads namely:-
Annagh.
Curragrague.
Ballyard.
Ballydunlea.
The main roads lead from Tralee to Dingle.
The men long ago used work for a few shillings a week. The men who were building the canal worked for two and sixpence per week, and a man named, Bill Culloty worked there for that pay.
There is a short cut from Tralee to Castlemaine called the short mountain crossing by Foley's wood where Queen Scotia is buried. There is a short cut also leading off the public road from Tralee to Dingle called the Mamshurla road leading into Heel.
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2019-11-27 20:48
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There are two main roads namely:-
The canal Road
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2019-11-27 20:47
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Ryne 1855
Hawkey.
Some people remembers burials taking place in the protestant graveyard, because it is only a few years ago since the last burial took place there.
There are a few families who go far away to be buried named:-
Griffin - Camp.
Duffey - Rath.
Greaney - Ballyseedy.
Tangney - Ballymacelligott.
Hurley - Clogherbrien.
Slattery - Rath.
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2019-11-27 20:45
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graveyard.
There was one family named Hawkey who have a Tomb in the protestant graveyard. Mrs Hawkey was a sister of Lord Ventry, Burnham, Dingle. There are three crosses in the protestant graveyard, one over Mrs. Raymond and another over Mr. Raymond. It is said on the crosses that Mr. Raymond died on the year 1896 and it is said on the other cross that Mrs. Anne Raymond died in the year 1910. There are no wooden or iron crosses in the protestant churchyard; they are all stone crosses.
There are a couple of protestant families buried in the protestant graveyard named:-
Raymond 1896 1910
McLean.
Harty.
Chute.
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2019-11-27 20:41
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There are two graveyards in this parish, one a catholic graveyard and the other a protestant graveyard. Annagh graveyard is the name of the catholic one, but the protestant graveyard was never called anything, but the protestant graveyard in Blenneville. The catholic graveyard is still in use, but the protestant one is not, because the church is in a ruin now, and there are no protestant living in this district.
The catholic and the protestant graveyards are both level. There are a lot of trees growing around the catholic
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2019-11-27 20:39
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sod farming manure for the incoming root crop.
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2019-11-27 17:10
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There once lived in Drishane a man named Wallis he was a Protestant and never liked priests.
One day while he was out walking he saw a little white mouse running before him. When he went home he was eating his dinner and before he had it finished he felt sick.
Then he called for a priest one of his servants went for the priest but he could not come. They went for him a second time but he could not be found and Wallis died without a priest.
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2019-11-27 17:08
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Drishane was supposed to be haunted long ago until the nuns came to live there. A spirit was supposed to be seen at night at some certain stream. Long ago two people were passing that way one said to the other, "Hurry on we might see the spirit". He had scarcely said the word when the spirit was inside in the car with him and remained there until he had passed the stream. This man is only dead a few years.
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2019-11-27 17:07
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In the town-land of Drishane which is situated a mile and a half from Millstreet there is a house on the road side which leads to the graveyard. This house was known to be haunted in years gone by.
A man and his wife lived in this house. Each night they were awakened by strange noises. They heard the sound of voices and of foot-steps. The doors were opened and closed and the bed clothes were pulled from the bed in which they were sleeping in.
They made investigations but could not see anything. For some time this went on and the people were terrified to sleep in the house any longer. They went to a local priest and told him what had happened. He went to the house and blessed it after that nothing was ever heard.
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2019-11-27 17:03
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Long ago the people used to get married during Shrove. There are many unlucky months and days for getting married. May and June are the unlucky months Monday Wednesday and Friday are the unlucky days.
The matches are made. The brides people come and look at the farmer and ask for a fortune according to the number of cows. If they have seven cows two hundred pounds are asked and if they have more than seven three hundred pounds is asked.
Sometimes people do give money or a fortune as it is called but a farm or a cottage or a house in the town. Long ago the feast used to be held in the house. The wedding cake used to be cut over the brides head by the bridegroom.
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2019-11-27 16:57
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They have a timber vessel for taking out the butter. They drink the buttermilk. It is very good. There is a story told about butter making. One day a woman was making butter her neighbour came in and asked her for a seed of fire and she gave it to her. There was a tailor in the house and he threw a seed of fire into a bucket of water. The woman came twice again and the tailor threw two seeds of fire into the bucket.
By that time the woman that was making the butter had finished. She noticed she had only half as much butter as usual. She went to the tailor and the tailor told her to go to the bucket and there was three pounds of butter there.
The neighbour would have taken the butter if he had not put the three seeds into the bucket.
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2019-11-27 16:52
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I have a churn at home. It is a foot and a half in height. It is about a foot wide at the top and bottom. The sides are round. It is about twenty years old. There are many parts in it such as the handle and the cover. Some churns are made of timber and glass.
Some people make butter every day and others make it twice a week. The farmer's wife usually does the churning. When the woman is making the butter if strangers come in they are supposed to help and some of them say God bless the butter and may you have more butter than buttermilk.
It is by hand or by horse most churning is now done. When the people wants to know when the butter is made they take off the cover and look in. They always pour in water when making the butter to keep the butter together.
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2019-11-25 20:35
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Three meals of potatoes and sour milk the people had long ago, and very seldom had meat. These meals were - breakfast
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2019-11-25 20:34
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The breakfast was eaten about 7.30 a.m. the dinner about 11.30 p.m. and supper about 7 p.m. People worked in the morning before having food. Each meal was of a different kind - one of potatoes, thick milk and salt; another was porridge from oat-meal; another meal consisted of butter, potatoes salt and buttermilk.
When the family was large the people eat round the table in the centre of the floor. They ate brown bread made by themselves and the cakes were baked in a griddle. They ground the wheat themselves. Meat was eaten at Christmas and Easter.
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2019-11-25 20:30
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person. Tea was first used about a century ago.
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2019-11-25 20:30
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People used to have three meals a day in former times, namely, breakfast dinner and supper. They worked for about two hours before having any food. Each meal consisted principally of potatoes and skimmed milk. Sometimes, porridge took the place of potatoes at the supper. The table was generally placed in the centre of the floor for meals. After meals it was placed by the wall. Any bread that was used was baked in the bastible as it is to-day. Meat was seldom used, the only kind being bacon, unless when calves were cheap, when some were killed and the veal eaten.
The only time when fish was eaten was at thrashings, and at the saving of the hay when salt ling and salted herrings were used. Cabbage and turnips were the vegetables eaten. They had no particular times for meals. Sometimes the supper would be partaken of before they would retire to bed. At Christmas bacon beef and tea were used. On Easter Sunday for breakfast a large number of eggs was eaten by each
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-11-25 17:52
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There is a thistle called the blessed thistle, and if it is boiled on milk, the cream will cure whooping cough.
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2019-11-25 17:52
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Toothache can be cured by boiling a pot of water and putting some cloths into it. The cloths are then rung out dry, and placed on the affected part.
There is a well in the townland of Shankill, which belongs to Mrs. Hugh Tully. It is said that St. Bridgid founded it. If people suffering from warts wash their hands in the well they will be cured.
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2019-11-25 17:49
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For instance, to keep away toothache the people used to say prayers, when they saw the new moon.
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2019-11-25 17:49
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It is believed that a cure for the whooping cough is for the god-father to tie a red silk ribbon on the child's neck, and it would never go in kinks.
To cure the sting of a nettle, is to rub a docking to it and say, Docking docking in and out, Take the sting of a nettle out.
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2019-11-25 17:47
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the starch caked on the bottom. It was then washed and used.
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2019-11-25 17:47
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Daddy grows a crop of Potatoes every year. He usually sets an acre.
He prepares the ground by spreading a deep coat of manure on top and then makes it into ridges with the plough. Two pairs of sods facing each other are used for the ridge. Wooden ploughs were once used in this district but they have now been replaced by iron ones.
Spades were never used in this district until lately and the potatoes were stuck with a "Steeveen" a wooden pole with a peg in the side near the bottom for putting the foot on.
The people in this district always help each other at plugging time. A man who has only one horse gets the loan of a neighbours to plough his own land and then his neighbour gets his horse to plough his land.
In Summer the stalks are sprayed with washing soda and bluestone. Daddy digs them in October and Joe and I pick them. The big ones first then the small ones and then the "dozers".
"Queens" and "Northern Champions" are the kinds that grow best in this district.
Long ago potatoes were used instead of starch. They were first grated and then strained. The water was then allowed to settle and
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2019-11-23 19:08
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of all birds.
On St. Stephens Day he
was caught in the furze.
Although he is little his family is great,
So open your purse and give us a "treat"
When they have travelled a long distance they all go home. The leader carries the box home with him. Then he sets the bird free. Before doing so he ties a piece of coloured string to its leg. If he saw the bird again he would know him. The crowd comes together the following night. They divide the money evenly. Sometimes they arrange to have a dance. They invite their friends to it and they pass the night pleasantly.
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2019-11-23 19:06
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On St. Stephen's Day there is much fun in this district. The boys and girls dress up in coloured garments. They paint their faces so that they would not be known. Then they got sticks and go through the field hunting the wren. When they catch the bird they put it in a glass box. Afterwards they travel from house to house singing and dancing. The people drop the money into the box in which the bird is. When they are nearing a house they begin to sing the following verse -
The are the wren the king
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-11-23 19:04
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old clothes. They wear false faces. They put the wren on top of a stick. They sing "The wren the wren the king of all birds. They gather some money. They have a fiddle with them. They come from far away. Four boys come together each time. They go round on bicycles.
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2019-11-23 19:03
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The "Wren Boys" go round on St. Stephen's Day. They are dressed in
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-11-23 19:02
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The people of this district go to Mass on Ash Wednesday. When the priest comes on to the altar all the people kneel down. Then the priest blesses the ashes. The people then kneel at the altar rails while the priest makes the sign of the cross on each person's head with the ashes.
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2019-11-23 19:01
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said he "you can drown your shamrock".
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2019-11-23 17:23
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up and swear He is two years old
The side of hell a parallel can not be
found at all.
For this wild imp the divels pimp the ruler
at Grousehall.
IV Thank God the day is not far away
When homerule will be seen, Our native Parliament once more in College Green.
Our police men shall all be then our nations
choice and all
And Balfour's pack shall get the jack
And be banished from Grousehall.
So both young and old cheer up your
lungs and sing this little song
That while I live I'll always give a
prayer for his downfall
And I don't deny, that when I die
I'll haunt him at Grousehall.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-11-23 17:19
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This old song was told to me by John Cooney of Termon.
The Hackler from Grousehall.
I I am a roving hackler that loves the
shamrock shore.
My name is Pat O'Donnell and my
years are eighty four.
Being loved and well respected.
By neighbours one and all.
In sweet Stradone I am well known
around Laragh and Grousehall
II When I was young I danced and sung
and drank good whiskey too.
Each shibing shop that sold a drop
of the real old mountain dew.
With poteen still on every hill the
peelers had no call and on "Patricks day"
I long to stray with pleasure to Grousehall.
But I think it strange how times
are changed so very much of late
Coercion now to all the row and peelers on the beat
The greatest crime of all since Balfour
placed this hungery beast the sergent
at Grousehall
III Ah his rule on dogs is shurly flog
Tis shoking to be hold
A six mounth pup he will pull
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2019-11-23 17:07
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He is good and truthful, he loves the youthful.
To educate them to his cry.
VI
In Lisangirl without peril.
Youthful pupils are trained with care.
Sound education through illustration
He has established in Killinkere.
VII
To set forth his praises in simple phraises
My brain it crazes to do all I can
But as I study my mindy grows muddy
Tis the duty of some better man.
VIII
Tis fair to state Bob Hynes the grate.
He did complete this stricture grand.
His noble art he did impart,
Upon a school in Farnham's land
IX
The passers by oft cast an eye,
As to decry this marvel fair.
And they stand confounded as they view around it
To see it founded in Killinkere
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2019-11-23 17:03
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This song was made by John Reilly Greaghadusan.
I
Ive seen strange plans in foreign lands
Polatial buildings that gleamed like pearls
But none so grand in any land,
As the new school house in Lisnagirl.
II
Its style tho classic is not fantastic.
And is admired by far and near.
It was erected and the site selected.
By Fr. Bernard of Killinkere.
III
He chose the site he fought the fight
For our rights they did dispute.
In the Courts of Dublin they sought to trouble him.
But their wily tactics he did refute.
IV
His fame and glory will record in story.
Till our heads are hoary we'll him revere.
Brave Fr. Bernard of fame so learned
That raised the model in Killinkere.
V
This zealous pastor serve master.
His flock he watches with an anxious eye.
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2019-11-23 16:57
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faithful were few.
To day there are hundreds around us
The burden of battle to share
From Balla lock Ramair to Arva
From Cavan to old Killinkere.
{Chorus} Verse III
Ill sing of the Women of Breffney
who cheers us to day in the strife
That be wage for the honour of Erin. Her liberty language and life
At home or beyond the wide ocean. To Ireland loyal are the true hearted women of Breffney
god guard them for ever & aye.
{Chorus} Verse IV
Ill sing of the young men of
Breffney. The ones who are with us too day. The seed of the true hearted heroes. That fell on the bridge Finea
Oh never be doubtful of Breffney
When Erin is calling for men
To route out the stain of the spoiler and chase them from mountain and glen
{Chorus}
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2019-11-23 16:54
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This song was made by Brian O'Higgins in praise of Breffney years and years ago
Verse I
Iff sing you the praises of Breffney
of mountain and woodland and vale
Of hearts that in spite of of the Saxon
Have clung to the tongue of the Gael
of hearts that cherish and praise it and guard it against every foe
As Bruse of her Proud and defence
Looks Oer the valleys below.
Chorus
Then Hurraugh for the kingdom of breffney
who cares for no sacanach law
But was loyal to god and to know him
Old Breffney Brave Breffney go bragh.
Verse II
Ill sing of the old men of Breffney. The nobel & trusted and true. Who never gave way to the strainger In the days when the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-11-21 20:58
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One night a woman name Brigid Dwyer whose parents lived in our hous up to 13 years ago was going home after visiting her parents and she had to pass between two forts in Ballyhurst Tipperary. As she was passing the forts she heard alot of people grinning and laughing but she could see no one. She got a terrible fright and never travelled that way by night again. The woman that this happened to now lives in Bansha.
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2019-11-21 20:56
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the morning then he went home.
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2019-11-21 20:55
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My Grand uncle William OBrien Corkhill Dundrum was coming hoe after a ramble one night and it was very late. He passed through a field which had always the reputation of being airy, and, as he was passing through it he heard a football match being played but he could see nothing. He listened to it for a while and as fear had overtaken him he set out for home which was about 350 yds ahead but, to his amazment found that he couldnt find the gap which led to the other field and so he was kept out all night till
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2019-11-21 20:50
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cloves in a little white piece and put it on the top. Other people spread them around the cake.
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2019-11-21 20:49
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Some people mix pepper onions and salt in gooses blood and fry it. The people boil the giblets and make dumplings to put with them. Some people mix sugar, onions, bread, potatoes and salt in the stuffing.
People often make an apple pie for tea.
Some people make them like this. First of all they make the dough and halves it. They cut up the apples in small slices and put sugar in with them. Some people put
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-11-21 20:47
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In olden times the people used only eat two meals; those meals consisted of potatoes and sour milk. Before they eat their breakfast they used to go out working. The people were very strong at that time because of the wholesome food they ate.
The people used to kill a fowl on St Martins day and spill the blood at the doorstep. In the winter when the milk was scarce they used to bake with water and cream of tartar. People long ago used to drink beastings.
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2019-11-21 20:43
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she said that she had a long way to go, and then she asked for a few potatoes in her bag. One day a man came in to our house and he was selling cloth he was making a good bargian he wanted us to buy some of him but we did not buy any off him.
Another day an old man came in to the house, he said he wanted bottles. He was going to build a hut on the pound road and he wanted us to help him. So we gave him a few bottles and he went away.
There is not asa many in those days as there used to be long ago.
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2019-11-21 20:41
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There does be a lot of people coming a round from house to house asking for alms and charities. Some of the camp along the roads where the shelter is. When they are leaving one place they take all their belongings with them and take the to the place along with them.
Some of them go a round in carriages. I remember one day a tinker and his wife and three children came in to our house and they were selling tins and putting bottoms in kettles in tin cans in buckets and other things. The woman asked for alms and my mother gave her flour and then she asked for eggs and milk for the baby and when she got it she said "God bless you" and then she went off. Another day a woman and her son came in to the house and she was selling mats and
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2019-11-18 19:50
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the poor inhabitants used to come to hear Mass when they were hunted by the Red Coats. The little dwelling is still in perfect condition.
At one time there was some deed committed. Before this two trout were always seen in the well. The next morning some workmen passing by were surprised to see the well dried up and strange to say nothing remained only brown Rosary beads in the bottom. That same evening the well was full up again but the two trout never returned.
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2019-11-18 19:48
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There is a holy well in Garterbragher about a quarter of a mile from Ballyjamesduff. There is also a slated dwelling house alongside it. It was once occupied by four Friars that lived in the time of the Yeomen.
There is also a Mass Rock at the rear of the small Priory where a few of
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2019-11-18 19:47
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"A stitch in time saves nine"
St. Bernards Words - "Mind your house and your house"
"A small pot is soon hot"
"Little said is easily mended"
"Spare the rod and spoil the child"
"An hour in the morning is worth two at night"
"A wise head keeps a quiet tongue"
"A good name is better than riches"
"Health is better than riches"
"A burnt child dreads the fire"
"A little leak will sink a great ship"
"A well is never missed until it is dry"
"A kind face is a beautiful face"
"By learning to obey we know how to command"
"Extravagance in youth brings want in old age"
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2019-11-18 19:43
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the sky became very bright, and a little red spot appeared in the horizon, this got larger and larger until there was a long strip of red to be seen.
The people who saw this knew there was something going to occur, and they hurried home or went in shelter.
Then just at mid-night there came a gale, which began to get stronger little by little until a fierce hurricane was raging over the country. It knocked and stripped houses and tore up trees by the roots. The hay and corn was knocked in the haggards and blown away.
It was on this night that the roof was blown off Ballyjamesduff Chapel, the building of the chapel was in progress when the storm came.
During the storm the people were in a panic and left their houses to seek shelter outside. When the old age pension act was passed any person who was alive on that night had no delay in getting it, as they were then seventy years old.
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2019-11-18 19:39
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There was a big wind storm in Ireland one hundred years ago, on the 6th January in the year 1836. It commenced at 12 o'clock at night and lasted until morning or break of day.
The day before was clear and calm without the slightest breezes. Then a few hours before mid-night
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2019-11-18 19:38
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of gold, he gold got excited and explained what he had found and at once the gold disappeared and he had to return home without any gold, and the place where he dug is still to be seen near Crosserlough.
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2019-11-18 19:32
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of the lid of a polish box are flattened out with a hammer. The beaten out edge is cut closely with a chisel. Two small holes are made in the centre of the lid with an awl. A cord about a yard long is passed through the holes and knotted at the end. One side of the cord is held in with the other hand you twist round the spinner until it becomes tight and it is pulled in and out like a melodeon.
Skittles
A straight branch of a tree is cut into five pieces a foot long and three pieces about eighteen inches long. The ends of the short ones are made perfectly even so that they will sit on the ground. They are placed on the road in form of a square with one in the middle. The three large sticks are thrown and if the knock the five small ones the person who trows the sticks wins the game.
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2019-11-18 19:29
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Stringing Flowers.
This game is played by girls in the summer when the flowers are plentiful. A bunch of flowers are gathered and a hole is made in the end of the stem of each. Two flowers are taken from the bunch and the stem of one is passed through the hole in the end of the other one. Then the another daisy is passed through the hole of the last one. The game continued in this way until a long string is made.
The Rattler
This game is played mostly by girls. The rattler is made from five rushes woven through each other until only a little piece of the rushes remains. A few small stones are then put into it and the ends of the rushes are tied. When this is shaken it makes a very loud noise.
The Spinner
Usually this game is played by boys in the Winter. The sides
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2019-11-17 21:13
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would get better.
When one got a cold they would boil milk and onions and drink the milk with pepper.
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2019-11-17 21:13
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or feet they would render lard and rub it hard on the spot.
Warts were very common among the people and they usually put a raw potato on it and it would disappear, washing soda would cure warts also.
The way they cured toothache was to put a frog in their mouths and it would go, sometimes they would put a clove in the tooth.
The seventh daughter had a cure for sore eyes, when she would leave her hand on them they
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2019-11-17 21:11
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get better.
Another cure for whooping cough is to get a ferret and give him milk and what ever he would leave after him would be given to the child to drink.
A posthumous child had a cure for a sore mouth, when she would blow into it, it would get better.
Camomile and garlic boiled were a cure for a headache, sometimes they would tie a tape round the forehead to ease the pain.
When they sprained their wrists
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2019-11-17 21:09
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Long ago the people could cure most diseases as doctors were not very plentiful.
The diseases they could cure were; sore mouths, sore eyes, whooping coughs, headaches, toothaches, sore throats, colds and sprains.
The seventh son had a cure for ringworm, when he would leave his hand on it, it would go.
A child with whooping cough would be passed three times under a female donkey and they would
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2019-11-17 21:07
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districts. They have big holes dug into the earth for protection. They live chiefly on grass.
Rats and mice are chiefly to be found where there is provision or some food scattered about.
The Rat is much larger and stronger than the mouse, his food consists of different sorts of food.
The mouse lives on much the same food as the Rat.
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2019-11-17 21:05
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Wild animals are very numerous in this country, especially in forests and in wood districts.
Foxes inhabit woody districts and bogs where they have their dens for protection.
They go about at night and break into hens and duck or any fowl they can get and it is on these principally they live.
Rabbits and Hares are to be found in woods and sandy
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2019-11-17 21:05
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Wild animals are very numerous in this country, especially in forests and in wood districts.
Foxes inhabit woody districts and bogs where they have their dens for protection.
They go about at night and break into hens and duck or any fowl they can get and it is on these principally they live.
Rabbits and Hares are to be found in woods and sandy
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2019-11-17 21:03
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Fairies are small men with red coats and caps who live in forts.
Old people say that they are out from sunset in the evening until cock crow.
Long ago people used to go to fairs and they said that the fairies used to sit at the cross roads mending shoes.
It is said that if one caught a fairy he or she would get a crock of gold.
It is said that if one went into a fort where the fairies live after sunset that they would not get out of it until after cock crow.
It is said that it is unlucky to labour a fort where the fairies live.
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2019-11-17 21:03
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Fairies are small men with red coats and caps who live in forts.
Old people say that they are out from sunset in the evening until cock crow.
Long ago people used to go to fairs and they said that the fairies used to sit at the cross roads mending shoes.
It is said that if one caught a fairy he or she would get a crock of gold.
It is said that if one went into a fort where the fairies live after sunset that they would not get out of it until after cock crow.
It is said that it is unlucky to labour a fort where the fairies live.
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2019-11-15 17:11
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stacking the corn and one of the binders was a woman who had a young baby with her and she laid the infant down to sleep near a stack of corn. One of the men who was reaping the corn saw a woman coming out of the fort who took the baby that was sleeping near the stack and put an old witch baby there instead. The witch baby began to cry and the woman came to feed her baby and the man would not leave the woman feed the baby. He told the woman to place the baby behind the fire and burn it and when the woman was about to do so the old fairy walked out of the fort and gave the woman her own child again.
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2019-11-15 17:08
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In the townland of Rathcahill, in the parish of Monagea, in the Barony of Glenquin, and in the County Limerick there is a fort locally known as "[?]". About ninety years ago Owen King had a garden near this fort and he had corn grown in the garden. He had people binding, cutting and
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2019-11-15 17:07
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In former times people used several remedies for their ailments. If a child had the thrush the gander would be kept in for nine mornings and he would be taken to the child the first thing in the morning for nine successive mornings. The child's mouth would be opened so as to let the gander's breathe into his mouth, and the child would be cured before the ninth day.
When children used to get whooping cough their parents used to watch until they would see a man with a white horse and they would say - Man of the white horse any cure for the whooping cough and whatever he would say was supposed to cure it. If a person sprained his wrist or his leg or any part of his body the skin of a black cat was supposed to cure it.
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2019-11-12 21:39
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rooms were burned. The house was well furnished and it was all destroyed. There were no lives in danger or lost as there was no one in the house at the time, but the owner was seen leaving it about a quarter of an hour before.
Another house which belonged to Mary Maye, Kildalkey, Athboy was burned. There was nobody living in the house at the time, and it is not known what caused it.
A few years ago a great many sheep died with the fluke. It was caused by a wet season and in lowlying land most sheep died.
A terrible plague called the foot-and-mouth-disease came on the cattle in this district a good many years ago. It killed a lot of cattle.
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2019-11-12 21:36
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all out of the house that it took fire and was burned to the ground. This happened about twenty years ago.
About sixteen or seventeen years ago "The Flu" raged over the district and it killed a lot of people.
Some time ago a Jap was engaged by a gentleman in "Clifton House". He was out early in the morning and when his master went for him he found him shot in the yard.
Another important event was the shooting of Jimmy Smyth at Athboy barracks during the civil was he was a native of Kilskeer.
A house which belonged to Andrew McKeon Otterstown Athboy was burned in 1922. It is not known what caused the fire. It started in the room underneath and followed its course until all the upper
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2019-11-12 21:32
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One of the most tragic fires that happened around Athboy was with Benny Reilly when his wife who was a school teacher and their baby were burned to death.
This tragic even took place about twenty years ago near Derrylangan.
There was also a great fire at Clifton with Tom Cumiskey, himself and his house were burned when his daughter was in town, also Pat Carroll from Ballyfallon. It happened when they were
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2019-11-12 21:29
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they sang were "Fair Annie from Athboy" "The Old Bog Hole" and "Eirn go [?]". The stories they told were "The Wild Irishman" and "The Grey Geese in the green field grazing".
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2019-11-12 21:27
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in six hours, to visit a Spring Show.
John Davy, Kildalkey won many trophies in Ireland at high jumping. His popular being "Champion of Ireland" in the Tailtenn Games.
Mr Sheridan, Martinstown, Athboy could mow a three acre field in a day. Another noted man tried to do likewise but failed.
John Kelly from Rathmore, James Sheridan from Sherlockstown and Tom Reilly from Castletown were three noted mowers and could mow one acre in one day.
Among great dancers in this locality the most prominent is Mr Paddie Medler a native of Paulstown Co Kilkenny but he is living outside this town for some years. He has won many medals and cups all over Ireland. One of his pupils Miss Janie Martin from Athboy has made rapid progress and is earning her living teaching dancing in America.
Miss Annie McConnell also from Athboy is a great Irish traditional singer. Songs such as "Maidring [?]" and "[?] a Run" are her favourites. She is often heard broadcasting on the wireless.
Miss McCann and her brother Conn were noted for singing and storytelling. The songs
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2019-11-12 21:21
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So they made a bet of ten shillings. Then Duff carried the bag of wheat up the stairs. On his way up he met his brother coming down, and asked him to sit up on the sack.
He did so, and he carried him up again. Therefore he won the bet.
Long ago there was a man named Jimmy the rocks and he used to run to Dublin with bog berries and come home that night in time for his supper. He beat the mailcoach from Delvin to Athlone and won the race.
Mr Sherlock, Sherlockstown, Athboy is noted for his swiftness in running. He could at any time perform a race of 21/2 mls in ten minutes.
Miss Frances Hopkins, (formerly) of Mitchelstown Athboy, often left at the time the train went out from Athboy Station and she was known to have reached Dublin before it, on a real old fixed wheel bicycle.
Thomas Russel, Main St, Athboy could in former years walk a distance of 15 mls in a little over an hour to a fair in Drogheda.
William Parker, Fraine, Athboy was a noted walker. He walked to a fair in Cavan in eight hours. He made a journey to Dublin
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2019-11-12 21:16
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Jim Miggan, Kildlkey, Athboy is a champion weight thrower also a long jumper, high jumper and all round athlete. He has won fame in Ireland, America and England. His last victory took place in England where he defeated one of her best at weight throwing.
James Connell, Derrylangan, Athboy was known to have been able to lift a horseload of hay along with the cart. No man in Ireland could compete with him.
Pat Cormack, Martinstown, Athboy lifted a bag of oats holding six bushels and carried it about a quarter of a mile for a shilling. There once lived a powerful man in Bridge St., Athboy named Patrick Duff. At this time the mills were owned by people named Cassidys. A man brought a sack containing forty stone of wheat to the mill, and Pat Duff was working there. The man asked for sacks to divide the wheat before bringing it into the mill. But, Cassidy said that he could find a man to bring in the forty stones.
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2019-11-09 19:38
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They do not like to give anything on May day.
On St John's eve the people used to light a "bon-fire". A lot of people used to gather to-gether and they would go to a certain place. They would light a big fire of turf and sticks. They would stay there half the night dancing and singing. Then the old people come a-long. They pray over the fire. Then when they are coming home. They get a stick and stick it in a coal of fire. They bring the coal and throw it out in their own field and they pray to St John to protect them from evil during the year.
On Christmas eve night the people in my district light a candle in every window in the house. The Blessed Virgin goes round from house to house on that night. They leave the candles lit to show her light. On that night the people remain up until twelve o'clock. Then they go out into the stable to watch the ass bending his front knee at twelve o'clock to adore the new
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2019-11-09 19:34
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music with them, such as a mouth organ or a melodeon. One or two of them dance and sing at the door. They always get money at every house or currant bread. One of them carries the money, afraid they might be robbed. Then when they are finished they divide the money between them.
On St Brigids eve the people make crosses from wood, and they hang them on the ceiling over the door. They also put crosses on the stables out-side to protect the houses and stables from evil during the year.
Long ago the people in my district used to make a "[?]" of wood.
They used to carry it from house to house. They would go into the house and dance and sing. On may eve the people in my district put up a "May bush". They put it down in the ground in front of the door. They get a white-thorn bush. They decorate the bush with egg shells, flowers, and ribbons. The people do not like to give out milk on May day because they think they would have no luck.
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2019-11-09 19:29
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On St Stephen's Day two or three boys and girls gather to-gether in my district and go from house to house hunting the wren. They go gathering money. They sing the wren song, and here it is:
"The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
St Stephens day She was caught in the furze
Though she is little and her family great,
Rise up land-lady and give us a treat
I followed the wren this live long day
Through dirty mud and yellow clay
As I was going to Bally na knock I met a
Wren upon a rock
So I up with my stick I gave her a knock
And knocked her into the brandy shop
Up with the kettle and down with the
Pan give us an answer and let us go on".
They dress up. The boys put on girls clothes. The girls put on a trousers and a coat turned in side out. Both boys and girls wear vizards. They bring a holly bush in their hands. They dress up the bush with papers of different colours. They bring
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2019-11-07 20:52
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cattle is putting them to the station, there are two men in every cross he has to give them sixpence for the upkeep of the fair field.
Long ago when people wanted to buy cattle they used to go from to house they don't do that now they wait for the fair.
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2019-11-07 20:51
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There are no fairs held in Glencar. The nearest place to the Glencar people is Killorglin. There are certain fairs for the peoples cattle and sheep. A fair is held there once a month.
The people go with their animals the day before the fair. Those who do not sell on that day put them in some safe place for the night. Then they bring them to the fair again the next day.
Then the buyers come to the fair about eight o'clock. They go around the town looking at the animals. If they see any animals that will suit them they will try to buy them. They will ask the owner of them what price he wants for them. The buyer will not give him what he wants. If the man is not satisfied with what the buyer is offering he will not sell the cattle.
Then the buyer writes out a ticket with the amount of money he offered written on it. If the buyer of the cattle is not pleased he will not take the ticket. The buyer writes out several tickets for seller before he buys the cattle.
When the owner of the
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2019-11-07 20:47
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There are no fairs held in Glencar now. They are held in Killorglin once a month. When the people want to go to a fair they go the day before hand. On the fair morning the buyers come to it about five o'clock.
If a buyer sees a lot of cattle and he like to buy them he will try to do so. After awhile he will succeed in doing so. When the owner of the cattle is putting them to the station there are two men standing in every cross they must get sixpence from the owner of the cattle. This is done for the upkeep of the fair field.
When the buyer pays the man for the cattle. The man gives him luck on them. This consists of about a shilling or sixpence.
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2019-11-05 19:43
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it can be shaped and when it is shaped it is thrown into a big stone trough of water too cool.
There is a clay floor in the forge to keep it cool in Summer as it is very warm working over a fire all day. Long ago the people used to think the Fairies were always about their forges.
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2019-11-05 19:41
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There are two forges near us one belonging to Mr Murphy and the other is Mr Kerly.
Both forges are very near each other and they are situated beside Ardaghey crossroads. A blacksmith shoes horses and makes ploughs and all farm implements that are made of iron. Mr Kerly's forge door is a plain wooden one. There is an anvil sitting in the middle of the floor on a big block, for turning iron into whatever shape it is wanted. The iron has to be hot and red, before
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2019-11-05 19:39
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on. The other half is clay floor: this helps to keep the forge cool in summer. The blacksmiths life is very tedious. He wears an apron over his clothes. A blacksmith is very strong. The fire is blown by bellows. First he puts the iron in the fire and keeps it there till it is red hot; then he takes it out and puts it on the anvil, and beats it into whatever shape he wants it.
He mends ploughs and other implements. He also makes iron gates out of old horse shoes. His name is Paddy Murphy. There are three forges in the Parish.
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2019-11-05 19:37
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About a mile from our house there stands a forge. It is situated beside Ardaghy cross-roads.
The forge is tall and is slated and has a long chimney, it has two doors. One half of the floor is boarded: this is for the horse to stand
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2019-11-05 19:36
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There are two forges near us one belongs to Mr. Murphy and the other belongs to Mr. Kerly. Both forges are very near each other and the are situated near each other and they are situated beside Ardaghey crossroads. A blacksmith shoes horses, makes ploughs, harrows and all farm implements that are made of iron. Mr Kerlys forge door is a plain wooden one.
There is an Anvil sitting in the middle of the floor on a big block, for turning iron into whatever shape it is wanted. The iron has to be hot and red, before it can be shaped and when it is shaped it is thrown into a big stone trough of water too cool. There is a clay floor in the forge to keep it cool in Summer as it is very warm working over a fire all day. Long ago the people used to think the fairies were always about their forges.
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2019-11-03 18:43
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and his head in And a Cloigeann in the northern parish. The place where the giant step is called [?] an Capaill [?].
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2019-11-03 18:42
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Once there lived in Dingle a giant who went to the east for a supply of wine. On his voyage home he landed in Kayrour strand about three miles east of Castletown Bere to take a short cut back to Dingle.
He felt tired and when he came to the top of Maulin he lay down to take a rest, and began to drink the wine through a tube. He fell asleep and while he was asleep another giant came to steal the cask of wine. He tried to pull the tube out of the sleeping man's mouth but failed. By using a stone as a lever between the sleeping giant's teeth he tried to open his mouth and pull out the tube. The sleeping man woke up and caught the stone and threw it from him. It landed on a mountain in Bere Island. On its journey through the air a splinter fell off and landed in a field in Milcove. Both stones are still to be seen. He then caught the giant and flung him from him, the body landed west in Allihies
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2019-11-03 18:36
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these are the Flour Mill at Pouldrew and the Woollen factory at Fairbrook.
These employed a great number of people, and when the Mill, and the Factory were closed, owing to bad times, the people were unemployed, and they had to go to America to seek work there.
The only big industry in this parish now is the Kilmeaden Co-Operative Creamery which is a very flourishing industry at the present time.
The main road from Cork to Waterford runs through the centre of the parish and running parellel with this is the Great Southern, and Western Railway.
Irish was spoken by all the people in this parish long ago, but now there are very few old people in this parish who know it.
The family name most common is [?], and this is a Norman name.
One of the most important ruins in this parish is Kilmeaden Castle which is situated on the Banks of the Suir and which was built by one of the De la Poers in the twelfth century.
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2019-11-03 18:32
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My native parish is Ballyduff or in Irish "Baile ui Duib. It is situated about eight or nine mile west from Waterford City.
At first thought a stranger would think that it meant the Blak townland this is not so, it got its name from a tribe or family called the O'Duff's who lived there long ago.
Slated, and tiled houses are very numerous in this Parish with the exception of few very old houses which are thatched.
Houses were more numerous long ago, and the ruins of some are still to be seen.
The ruins of some very notable houses such as the house in which [?] [?] Mac Namara taught, the famous teacher and poet of Co Waterford taught was to be seen up to a few years ago.
This was situated at the west end of the parish near the railway gates in Ardeenlone, or Carroll's Cross.
Mills, and factories flourished in the parish long ago, the most important of
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2019-11-01 20:02
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There was a forge in Kells in the year 1798. It was built in the shape of a rectangle, and was covered with sheet iron. The door was made in the shape of a horse-shoe. The smith made pikes for the pikemen of 1798. It is said, that the smith who worked in that forge, used to throw a fourteen pounds sledge over the battlements of Castleshen castle. The water that is used in a forge, is said to be a cure for sores.
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2019-11-01 20:00
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The old forges in this district were generally roofed with tatch. They were the centre of story-telling and other gossip.
In them long ago were made swords, spears, and pikes. Even in recent times, (1918 and 1920) pikes were made by Denis Long, a smith of Dromcollogher, for the people that were up against Conscription.
In olden times when there was only one newspaper in the parish it was nearly always read in the forge.
On May Eve night long ago the people used to draw forge water for working pishogues.
Once a man came into Phelan's forge in Tullylease. He had a very sore tooth, and the smith said to him that he had a remedy. He got a strong cord and tied one end of it to the mans tooth, and tied the other end of it to the anvil. Then he ran towards the man with a red hot iron. The man pulled back his head and left his tooth behind.
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2019-11-01 19:53
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It is said there was an old forge in this parish about a mile outside the town in the townland of Knockacraig and it was in that forge the 1417 pikes and speers were made. The smiths name was Lucy Davis. This forge was hidden under neath the ground and there was a long pipe of cement going from the forge to the river. And when ever a flood would come in the river the forge would be also flooded. This pipe was to let out the smoke. One night the enemy was standing on the bank of the river and they saw the smoke and they waited until the smoke was gone nd they went in along the pipe and burned the forge.
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2019-10-25 18:22
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About forty years ago there lived a man named Pat X at Ballyconboy who was a herd. He went to town one market day and met a man who often put grazing cattle on the farm at Rathcroghan and who now had a motor-car.
Both chatted for a while and Pat congratulated his old acquaintance on having such a fine car. The friend said there was a mighty difference in driving and speed as compared with the cart or side-car.
"I would not think so", says Pat, "only that the ass is in the middle of yours, and in front of mine".
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2019-10-14 23:13
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In Ireland long ago people only had three meals a day, breakfast, dinner and supper. Sometimes the men had two or three hours work done before breakfast.
Each meal consisted of potatoes, sour milk and salt. Sometimes meal bread was eaten. It was made with water and salt and meal. A cow was killed sometimes. No other kind of meat was eaten. The vegetables that were eaten were cabbage and turnips. People never ate late at night because they said that they could not sleep if they did.
Certain kinds of food was used on special occasions, such as Easter Sunday, Christmas and feastdays. On Easter Sunday people used to eat a lot of eggs. It was very seldom they got eggs. They never drank tea except at Christmas. It happened one Christmas that the people drank tea every day during the twelve days of Christmas and then they kept on drinking tea during the whole year and the people are drinking tea ever since. Wooden mugs were used instead of cups.
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2019-10-09 20:54
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The old people long ago had many cures. If they had a sore eye they would rub their fasting spit to it in the morning and it would get better.
The best cure they had for a rash in the face was to write their names around it.
If you burned your finger warm it to the fire.
If you got a sting of a nettle put a dock leaf up to it.
If you cut your finger get a cobweb and put it down on it.
The best cure for a sprain is to hold it under a spring water spout.
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2019-10-05 18:16
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The day of the wind is not the day of the [?].
It's no use crying over spilt milk.
The less said is the easiest mended.
Do to another what you would like done to yourself.
Age before youth.
He who will not sow in spring will not reap in autumn.
Don't search for a needle in a bundle of straw.
God never closed one gap that he didn't open another.
Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.
Don't make fish of one and flesh of another.
Every dog is stiff at it's own door.
Blood is thicker than water.
Leave very well alone.
A falling out of friends is a renewment of friendship.
Dance according to your music.
Youth is the spring time of life.
Easy make laugh is easy (cry) made cry
Where there's a will there's a way.
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2019-10-05 18:12
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A man without learning and wearing good clothes is like a gold ring in a guinea pigs nose.
A man with good learning and wearing good clothes is always a gentleman where ever he goes.
The longer you live the more you see.
Age is honourable, youth is preferable.
Patience is a virtue.
He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.
A watched pot never boils.
A whistling woman and a crowing hen wakes the devil in his den.
What ill got is ill gone.
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2019-10-05 18:09
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He's a chip of the old block.
There are good goods in small parcels.
What can you expect from an ass, but a kick.
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.
Time enough to bed the devil good morrow till you meet him.
Never trouble trouble, till trouble trouble's you, you only double trouble, & trouble others too.
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2019-10-01 19:51
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Any number of boys can play this game, but there has to be at least three. Firstly two boys are chosen who taking a flash lamp with them go and hide. Then when the boys shine the light, the others follow until they catch them. When they catch them, the other boys take the lamp and hide.
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2019-10-01 19:50
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the boys make a ring. One of the boys shouts "Go" and all the boys stoop down. The last boy to stoop is to try and catch one of the other boys when he is standing up. This is the way this game is played.
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2019-10-01 19:49
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This game is played by as many boys as are available, nd when all are ready
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2019-10-01 19:49
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Only five persons can play this game. One is chosen as the fool. Then the other four go to the corners, and the fools stands in the middle. The other four try to exchange places. If the fool goes into one of the boy's corners before him, that boy is the new fool.
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2019-10-01 19:48
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and the other boys must follow them.
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2019-10-01 19:48
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This game is played by at least six boys. A number of boys go out taking chalk with them. They make arrows on walls, pointing in the direction they have taken. The other boys must go the same way and when they catch them, they go out
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2019-10-01 19:47
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available but, there must be at least four. Every boy must stand on his toes touching a straight line. At a given signal they run for the iron and the last person to reach it he's the tig. He has to run after the other boys, and if he catches a boy when he is not touching iron that boy will have to have the tig and so the same
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2019-10-01 19:45
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It is played by any number
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2019-10-01 19:45
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Any number of boys can take part in this game. First two lines are drawn parallel across the floor, and then one boy is chosen to become the dragon. Then the rest try to cross the lines without being caught by the dragon. When one boy is caught, he helps the dragon to catch the rest. When the are all caught, the dragon is chosen for another game.
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2019-10-01 19:43
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while the first boys leaps over all the boys.
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2019-09-27 20:19
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The great famine began in 1845. It was caused by the failing of the potato crop. The country was very thickly populated before the famine. The chief food the people of this district had when the potato crop failed was raw turnip and weeds. Thousands of the people died of cholera and yellow fever.
The roads and fields and villages and towns were thronged with dead people and they could not be kept buried. Some of the people had wheat and oats sown in their gardens but they didn't eat it to keep away starvation as they had to sell it in order to pay the rent.
There was a woman named Mrs. Gannon living outside Ballymahon in those days. She was better off than most of her neighbours. She was a very generous and charitable woman. The story is told locally of her that on Xmas eve 1846 she gave out a bin of meal which she had, till the last grain was gone. On Xmas morning when she came down-stairs, her bin was again full of meal.
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2019-09-25 18:06
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Once upon a time there lived a man who was very cruel to his wife. He used beat her continually and he spent every penny of his earnings in the public house. He used come home drunk every night and beat his wife worse than ever.
One night when the man was gone to the town, his poor wife was crying bitterly and a fairy woman walked in and asked why she was so distressed. The woman told her of her husband's cruelty and craving for drink. The fairy tole the woman that the man would stay at home the next night, that he would sneeze three times at the stroke of twelve o clock and not to say "God bless us" at any time.
Next night the man ill-used his wife and began to sneeze at midnight. The first time he sneezed his wife was silent the second time she said nothing, but heedless of the fairy's warning the third time the woman said "God bless us". They went into bed and during the night the fairies came and [?] the woman out of the bed. When the man felt his wife going out, he pulled her into the bed. Her face was cut and bleeding. In the morning she told the man about the fairy woman and how she was afraid that the fairies would kill her husband or take him away to the "liss" if she didn't say "God bless us" when he sneezed. He was very thankful to his wife and never ill-treated her again.
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2019-09-23 16:22
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Before he died at the age of 86 he was quite clear and recollected and walked around his little garden. He really had no illness but yet he told his daughter he would die that week. He made a bundle of "coingeals" for the grate and warned her to put them aside carefully. He sent for all his friends and bade them goodbye quite cheerfully. The day of his death he shaved himself and though he had had the priest on several occasions he asked to see him again. His wishes were granted and without any apparent weakness he passed to his eternal reward after having lived a life of poverty and hard work in the love of God. He was never heard to curse of swear, but he was full of humour and ready wit.
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2019-09-23 16:18
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Mr. Thomas McMahon was a man of low station who lived in Knockerra and died in 1922 aged about 86 years. He was a working man in his early days and was a great hurler and weight thrower. He hurled with the famous Kilmurry McMahon team when they beat Kerry and Limerick about seventy years ago (approx). There was a song made about them, only a few lines of which I can recover.
At Yarbert, Glin, Askeaton, Frynes
No match could we find there
We won the prize that day my boys
And brought it home to Clare.
One day, when still a young man, a number of people were examining an anvil opposite the door of Mrs. Foley's hardware shop, the Square Kilrush. There was a challenge as to which of the crowd could raise the anvil. They all failed. McMahon who had just come into the town on his ass and cart, jumped down and lifted the anvil, and let the light under it as he said
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2019-09-21 15:39
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farmers with seed potatoes the following year which they got over from England. The Government relief meal and the people were gathered outside the market-house in Ballymote.
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2019-09-21 15:38
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The local landlord is Sir Gosylyn Gore Booth. The family had been settled for about 100 years in the district. He was a very good landlord. There was several [?] and planters in the district. The landlords came into the possesion of the land when it was passed down from generation to generation. Long ago there wasn't much food in the line of potatoes or oats. The people had no seed to sow or nothing to eat at all. They used to eat grass and weeds in olden times. The people were dying in large numbers that year. The landlords supplied the
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2019-09-21 15:35
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him while he had the staff. While St. Patrick slept there came a swan up from under the water and went to fly at the man. She could only keep the length of the staff from him. This time she was making a dart at him and he pegged the staff at her. She flew out of the water and killed him. In the meantime St. Patrick woke up and saw the man killed. By some magic power he brought the man to life again. St. Patrick asked why he pegged away the staff. He told him she came so near hand him he thought she would kill him.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-21 15:33
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St Patrick is our Patron Saint. It is said St. Patrick lost his staff at the Own Mor. It is said St. Patrick was sleeping one morning along the side of the Own Mor. There was a man along with him and St Patrick told him to stay along with him until he would waken. He gave him his staff and told him nothing would happen to
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-21 15:31
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or at public houses. There were fairs held every month at Farrel's shop.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-21 15:31
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The fairs are now held in the towns. In former times there were fairs held at cross-roads
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-21 15:31
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a horse to sell, and the men wanted to have a nice time at the threshing, and to earn their money soft, so they told the man that a buyer was coming to Cawleys cross-roads that day. The man prepared at nine o'clock in the morning to go to the cross-roads which was four miles away. When he came to the cross-roads there was no one at them. When he came home he was as vexed as he would not speak to them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-21 15:29
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Buyers used to transact business at cross-roads. Once upon a time a man had five or six men threshing and the man had
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-21 15:28
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People say it is not lucky to give away the halter after selling an animal.
People that have a butcher's shop in towns come out to the country and buy sheep, cows and other animals for killing for there own use.
There were other fairs held at Templehouse beside a public house, but it is discontinued. The halter is given away with a horse when sold.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-20 22:32
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vessels. If they get any money they buy drink with it. Then when they get drunk they start to fight and the guards have to put them out of the town.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-20 22:31
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Long ago German bands were very frequently in this district, but there are none now. It was said the reason why they used to come around was because the Great War was approaching and they were taking maps of this country. They were called "travelling people". There are travelling people now and they are called "Gipsies". The gipsies are a wandering race all over the world. They have no country of their own, and they are of a yellow race, and they are very fond of jewellery. They make their living by selling lace, carpets, tables, chairs, etc, and some of the women gipsies tell peoples fortunes. Crowds of them travel together known in the desert as caravans. Sometimes they ask potatoes and milk and turnips and other eatables, and sometimes they steal them. They live in a house drawn by two horses. There are other travelling people called tinkers. They have this place anoyed. Five or six women come around begging every day and sometimes they steal things too. The men tinkers make cans and other tin
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-20 15:35
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Aodh O Donnell was a son of Earl O Donnell. He was born in Donegal. When he was a young boy he went to his friends house near Swily to be reared there, the [?].
He went out to the shore playing and a ship came along selling wine. They invited the boys to come in, and the boys did go in to the ship. The men turned the ship and brought the children with them. When they were a while gone they let the other children go and they kept O Donnell in prison. Aodh O Donnell tried to escape and the night he was going there was frost and snow
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-18 21:04
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My Townland is called Ballincor. It is in the parish of Shinrone, in the county Offaly.
There are many ancient places around here. Amongst them are the ruins of old houses in which local people lived with large families. Some of them emigrated to America. The remains of the houses are to be seen still. There are also the remains of the walls of the old school house. There is another ruin at the back of the new school house, where an old neighbour lived. This Townland is well populated. Some of houses have large families living in them. A few of them are large farmers. There are eight slated houses, and four thatched ones.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-18 21:01
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My home district is called Shinrone. There are sixty five families in Shinrone. There are three very big families in Shinrone: Landys Hoctors and McLoughlins. The most common name in Shinrone is Hoctor. There are ruins of an old house. Long ago the Egans used to live in it. It is owned by Miss Tierney. There is also an old place in one of Mr Ringwood's field where there were a lot of old kings buried. There are a great many stones and a big tree growing up in the middle of the stones. It is said that if you took a branch of the tree you would be very unlucky. All the houses in Shinrone are slated. There is a river at the end of the village. It flows into the river Brosna. A lot of people in Shinrone emigrated to America.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-18 19:53
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Saint Patrick's well is supposed to be at Shancor. It is situated in a big glen. Long ago, there used to be Mass said in that glen, there was no well there at the time.
There was a well near Kells, and a woman went out to wash clothes in it. In a short time after, the well went dry, and arose at Shancor.
Its pattern is held on the first Sunday in August. Some people go there and pray. Some people rub the water to their eyes, and bring it home in bottles. Others throw medals and money into the well. It is in the townland of Kilfannon and Parish of Lierworker, Cavan. Told by his father to Patrick Gargan, Lossett, parish of Lierworker.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-18 19:49
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God speed them", or they will send you bad luck. When a field is tilled the headlands is supposed to be left for the fairies.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-18 19:48
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If the plough is left facing the North when the work is finished in the evening, it would have a bad effect on the crop.
When the fairies want to kill a calf they strike him with an elf stone, and then he commences to pine and dies. The people have to get twelve elf stones. A person has to stand each side of the calf. The elf stones to be put round the calf twelve times. Then they have to get water out of a stream, between two parishes and two townlands, and they have to give the calf ten drops, and then he is cured.
When you are speaking about the fairies you say, "the good people,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-17 19:11
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said to himself "I mustn't mind that, it is only the fishes biting me".
At last he could not bear it any longer. "I must pull up my tail now, I wonder how many fishes I have caught" said he pulling and pulling but couldn't because his tail was stuck to the ice. "Oh what shall I do" said the bear and he ran off and left his tail behind him and that is why the bear has only a stump of a tail.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-17 19:09
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Once there lived a big brown bear. He had a thick bushy tail of which he was very proud. One day this bear met a fox. The fox was carrying home some fish that he had stolen. The bear felt very hungary.
"Good-day Mr Fox" said he you have lot of nice fish with you. How did you catch them. "I will tell you" said the fox. "You must first walk out on the ice and then you must break a hole in the ice with your paw. Then you must let down your tail in the water that is under the ice and sit still for a while. Do not take notice if your tail hurts you now and then. It will only be the fishes biting you". The bear did as the fox told him. He went out upon the ice and let down his tail. He sat there for a long time waiting until his tail became frozen to the ice. He found several bites but he paid no heed for he
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-17 17:22
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O my dear our meetings at length are all o'er,
If you love me as true as you once used to do,
You'll meet me to-night love on shore.
III
The pale moon had risen,
From under the clouds,
And the waters in heaven,
Seemed to meet,
Saying God guide you safe,
And your fond parents too,
I will cross the wide ocean,
With you.
Chorus.
Saying our ships sail to-night my darling,
Oh! my dear our meetings at length are all o'er,
If you love me as true as you once used to do,
You'll meet me to-night love on shore.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-17 17:19
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A young Cavan maid,
At the age of sixteen,
Though the meadows,
She strayed far and wide,
While beneath an oak tree,
She sat down to rest,
With a young galent youth,
By her side.
Chorus.
Saying our ships sail to-night my darling,
O my dear our meetings at length are all ever o'er,
If you love me as true as you once used to do,
You'll meet me to-night love on shore.
II
When all had retired,
And gone for to rest,
Very quiet she stole out the door,
With her hat in her hand,
As she marched the long strand,
She sat down at a rock,
Near the shore.
Chorus.
Saying our ships sail to-night my darling,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-17 17:12
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That's the time I put it on.
Auntie Judy had a cat,
That was very fond of snails,
Every time she caught a rat,
She caught it by the tail.
No 5.
Mary had a little lamb,
Her skin was white as snow,
Everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go,
He went with Mary one day to school,
It was against the rule,
It made the children laugh and play,
To see a lamb at school.
No 6.
One, two, three, four five, six, seven,
When John Redmond goes to heaven,
When he get there he's sure to smile,
And he fights like a lad for the "erlam isle".
No 7.
God be kind to that mans soul,
And keep it from all troubling,
For he lived to the age of 110,
And his name was miles from Dublin.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-17 17:07
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No 1.
Christmas comes but once a year,
When it comes it brings good cheer,
When it goes it leaves us [?],
What will I do for the rest of the year.
No 2.
God made man,
Man made money,
God made the bee,
The Bee made hone
God made the rabbit,
To run in the grass,
The devil made the hound,
To catch him in the grass.
No 3.
I've a bonnet trimed with blue,
Why don't you wear it? So I do,
Every evening meeting John,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-17 17:05
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I play Tom fool in the middle at school. Sometimes I play polly "pucog" at night. I play tis, cotog, cat and dog and the hen and the flock of chickens at school. I play skittles and pitching halfpence on Sunday.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 23:06
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time, "You didn't do that when my father told you to catch the colt when I had to catch it for you or he would have eating you". The cock picked the hen a third time. "You didn't do that when my father told you to gather the furze". The cock picked the hen a fourth time. "Ah you didn't do that when my father told you to get the eagles when you had to kill me, and now I am at the loss of my little finger". All the thoughts came back to his mind so they were married and put the kettle and made tea if they don't live happy that we may.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 23:04
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blacksmith". She went in and began to fight the blacksmith. He went out for a pail of water. He saw the shadow of a woman in the water and then he saw the lady at the top of the tree and said "Come down out of the cold and come into my house".
The next night the blacksmith held a dance and the king's son was there but he didn't know who she was. Whey they were at table the lady put two eggs on the table and a cock and a hen came out of them. She droped a piece of corn and the cock picked the hen. "You didn't do that when my father told you to clean the stable when I had to clean it for you". The cock picked the hen a second
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 23:01
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and killed him. "Down there is your house you go in and don't let anyone kiss you", said fair lady green leaf. "I won't", he said. He went in with his hand before his mouth. They all were trying to kiss him but he wouldn't let them. Then a little lap-dog jumped up and kissed him. All the thoughts went out of his head. Fair lady green leaf was out side listning. She made a green stone of her horse. She put it on the top of the tree and sat upon it.
There was a blacksmith living near. His wife went out for a pail of water, and she saw the shadow in the water she said, "If I knew I was that good look I wouldn't have married that old
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 22:58
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He lay down again for an hour.
He cried again, "Are you down there".
"No, she is gone off with the king's son", said the the cake. He jumped up and put on the mile-boots. Every step he'd take would be a mile he set off after them.
"Look behind and see is he coming".
"He is", said the king's son.
"Drop that bottle of water and make an ocean", said fair lady green leaf. When old Grahara saw it he went back for his "scub" and cleaned it all.
"Look behind you and see is he coming, he'll catch us if you don't". "He is coming", said the king's son. "Drop that handfull of briks and make a wall. He went back for his ponch and hammer. He as nocking down the wall when a big stone fell upon him
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 22:54
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with the feather She was angry with him. "How will I dine with my father to-night" she said. "When he sees me with no little finger". "We will have to begon again tomorrow morning for he is going to put us to death".
That night fair lady green leaf made three cakes and put them in her bed. When Old Grahara went to bed fair lady green leaf and the king's son went and got ready for to set of for the king's son's house. Old Grahara got very unasy and cried, "Are you down there fair lady green leaf". "I am" said the cake. He lay down for another hour and then he got unasy. "Are you down there fair lady green leaf". "I am", said the cake.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 22:51
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breakfast. The big dog ate it as usual. They went to bed and changed early before old Grahara got up. The next thing he had to do was to climb for two young eagles at the top of a tree. There was no steps on this tree. Fair lady green leaf came breakfast.
"If you want to climb that tree you must kill me", she said. "I will do anything but that", said the king's son. "Here is a bottle and a feather, when you kill me you must take all my bones and make a ladder but be sure and walk on every rung and when you get them you rub me me with the bottle". He got the eagle's and didn't walk on the last rung.
The last rung was her little finger. When he rubed her
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 22:49
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"By my wit and good learning".
"Begob, bad sess to you king's son".
He gave him his breakfast the next morning. The big dog ate it.
The next thing was to be done was to gather furze of a small hall and put them in a four cornered heap and point in the top.
The more furs he took out the more furs went in.
Fair lady green leaf came with his breakfast. She put a sleeping pin in his hair. When he awoke the furs were the way that Old Grahara said them to be. He awoke. Old Grahara came into the yard. "How did you do that", said he. "By my wit and good learning". "Bad sess to you king's son and the divel worse to your cuterers". He brought him in to give him his
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 22:45
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a colt in the field. The king's son brought a bridel to catch him. The colt stripped his teeth and made a rush at the boy. But the boy ran up a tree. Then fair lady green leaf came with his breakfast. When he saw her he went as far as he could from he. She gave a whistle and the colt came to her in full gallop. "Let him get upon your back don't throw him". The colt nodded his head. The king's son sat upon the colt and he rode him around the farm. The farm was as big as any country in Europe.
The colt was dripping sweat. When old Grahara came into the yard he saw the colt, "Muise king's son how did you do that".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 22:41
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finished she drew a sleeping pin into his hair and he fell fast asleep.
When he awoke the stable was as clean as any room in the palace.
"When my father comes he will say, kings son how did you do that; you will say by my wit and good learning". So he fild about for the rest of the day. Old Grahara came in to the yard and he went to see the stable. "Muise kings son how did you do that". "By my wit and good learning". "Bad sess to you kings son and devil worse to your cuters, come in till I give you your supper he gave him his buttermilk and rye bread. The big dog ate it.
They went to bed the same way but they used to change before Old Grahara got up. When the kings son awoke he was told to catch
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 22:38
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the king's son. "But" she said "we must be in the room that he put us". They went to bed and in the morning they were chainged before old Grahara got up. He come into the room where the trap bed was, and there was the kings son cleaning himself. "Muise, kings son how did you get on last night". "The best", said the kings son.
Old Grahard brought him out and showed him a stable. "Now you have that cleand before I return to-night". He began to throw out doung sur it began to lep around him. If he did not run out he would be smothered. Fair lady green leaf came with his breakfast. She gave him his breakfast. When he had
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 22:35
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will be a quarter of rye bread and a naggin of sour buttermilk. But don't eat it, for a big dog will eat it for you". He went out and was in the yard when old Grahara came into the yard. "O Welcome kings son how did you get here", he said. "By my with and good learning". "Come in till I give you your supper". Sur the big dog ate it. "Now", said old Grahard, "Come till I show you your bed". He showed him a bed and told him he could stay up and read a book if he's witheld.
Old Grahara went to bed but his daughter stayed up. "Don't sleep in that bed", she said "it is a trap bed. When you get into that bed you lye on spikes. But I will sleep in it and you can sleep in my bed". "All right", said
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 22:32
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you bring me to your fathers house", said the boy. "I will" she said. "Come over in a half an houre and I will have your breakfast". He field about for the half houre and then he went over and she gave him a breakfast fit for any Lord, Duke, or any Earl to eat. When he had eaten she told him, "My good man" she said, "Old Grahara goes away every day [?] my father, at seven o'clock in the morning and does not return till late at night, When he comes into the yard he will say, "Welcome kings son, how did you get here, you will say, by my wit and good learning, then he will give you your breakfast, the breakfast will give you
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-14 22:28
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There was once a Princess who used to come in the form of a dove and swim in a pond. One day a kings son heard about it, so he said he would catch her and not let her go until she would bring him to her fathers house.
The kings son did as he was told. He went to a clump of briars and hid on them till old Graharas daughter came. She turned into a pigon and began to flutter about in the pond. Then she would pick herself and became a lady again. So the boy caught her and would not let her go.
"Let me go", she said. "Not until
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-13 15:31
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Bogdeal was very useful in the olden times. The old men would cut it up into long splinters and dry the splinters over the fire and have them ready for every night. They would light the splinter in the fire and with the light in their hands read the newspapers in the long Winter's night until 12 o clock and some of these old people were known to read with that light without glasses upto eighty years of age.
I wrote down this story from the mouth of my mother on the 29.3.1938. Mrs Kelliher farmers wife age 60.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-13 15:29
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This is told to me by my mother who learned how to make it from her mother. Mrs Kelliher (farmer wifes) Age 59 years.
Stampy.
One of the old customs among the youngsters both boys and girls was to gather on the long winter nights and make stampy. The boys would make a grater out of a flat piece of tin and hole it with a nail and join it to a board or stick. The girls would wash the potatoes and peel them. The boys would help at the grater. The girls would have a clean cloth and bruise the water out of the grated potatoes. Salt and a little flour were added and then all were kneaded. It was baked on a griddle over a fire. When baked they would enjoy eating it with butter and new milk.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-13 15:25
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There lived here an old man name Miceal Culloty near "Tobar na bcionn. He was also called Shaver because he used always shave the dead men. There are no remains of his house in Lyons field where he lived. He earned his living by working for the farmers and he used make straw hats out of straw in the Winter for to sell them to the young girls.
Two shillings he used charge for the hats. He was married and his wife died at seventy five and himself and the age of eighty two.
This is told to my by my fathers farmer, age 62 years.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-13 15:22
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When should you lose your temper?
When it is a bad one.
When is a penny like a hermit?
When it is alone.
Two legs up two legs down soft in the middle and hard all round?
A bed.
What is half the moon like?
Like the other half.
What stick does not grow in the wood?
A candle stick.
What is it that has a lot of eyes and cannot see?
A potato.
Long legs crooked thighs small head and no eyes?
A tongs.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-13 15:21
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What has a neck and body but nothing else?
A bottle.
Which ship do we all like to avoid?
Hardship.
Why should a hen be never untidy?
Because she carries a comb with her.
How can you cure a slow horse?
Tie him to a post and make him fast.
Why is a miser like a man with a bad memory?
He is always forgetting.
What are the most unsociable things in the world?
Milestones, you never see two together.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-13 15:19
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What has a head but not a face?
A match.
Why is a red herring like a mackintosh?
Because it keeps you dry all day.
Why is the sun cruel?
Because it tans many women.
What is that which is full in the day and empty at night?
A shoe.
What is that which never asks questions yet requires many answers?
The doorbell.
What goes into the water red and comes out black?
A burning coal.
Whitie and Blackie went up a hill
Blackie came down and Whitie stayed still?
A hen laying an egg.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-13 15:16
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There was a man and a woman one time living together and the man got sick. There was a loft over his room and the woman heard great hammering on the loft this night. She went down to the kitchen and looked up on the loft and she saw a great crowd of little men making boxes and coffins. The man couldn't hear anything at all. The next night the same hammering was going on so the next day the woman went to the priest. The priest told her not to mind, and that he's to go to see the man. So he went to see the man and there was no hammering that night. The next day the woman put out a washing of clothes on the bushes, and at nightfall she went out to bring them in, but there were lights under the bushes and she was afraid to go near them. The next morning the clothes were gone and that evening the man died.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-13 15:11
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like lightning. There was a fort at the top of the hill and when the man came as far as it he disappeared off the horse into the fort, and Monaghan the knew it was a fairy man he was carrying.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-12 18:26
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They're were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face, on the throne of England, there were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a fair face, on the throne of France. In both countries it was clearer than crystal to the lords of the state perserves of loaves and fishes, that things in general were settled for ever.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-12 18:24
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O
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-12 18:23
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Old John hates children. He spent all his life after the children to beat the and argue with them. He often said he hates young children. When he works in the field he is scoulding and cursing the children. He has an apple-bush and I suppose that is what caused all the trouble.
He never bought a new stitch of clothes this last twenty years. He has a trouser made of a bran-bag and a shirt made of a flour-bag. He has his two hands out in the top of the bag.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-12 18:16
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Ben is an old miser. He spent all his life scraping money together. It is said he is worth thousands. He never spends anything to help anyone. He barely eats enough to keep his soul and body together. You would think he is a tramp. Such an old coat he wears. He did not get a new suit this last ten years. They say he is starving himself to death & I think they are right because he is gone very thin & worn. If he spent some money he would look much happier.
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2019-09-12 18:13
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6. He believed that he was coming.
7. The Bishop's crozier was studded with gems.
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2019-09-12 18:13
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1. The user lived in a wrecked house.
2. Because of his attention to his work he got promotion in the office.
3. The meeting is held annually in the same place.
4. The citizens came out to greet the returned hero.
5. There was a frightful accident at the junction.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-12 18:09
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Dei".
At the administration of the Sacrament they also sang the "Veni Creator" at intervals to implore the blessing of the Holy Ghost on those who were being confirmed.
Corrections.
Was getting quite old at, at.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-12 18:08
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priest examined the children. On that day there were four old men confirmed. The priest asked them a few questions and the man with the long whiskers answered him sulkily. I went to the Bishop and he asked me: "What is grace"? I went very near to say, what John [?] said when he was asked "How many persons in God" - "Well this is the way it was Father when I was going to school the master was very cross" - said John. "Never mind that now" said the priest. It is gone out of me head Father".
During the Holy Mass the choir sang the "Kyrie Eleison", the "Gloria" the "Sanctus" and the "Agnes"
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-12 18:05
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The Sacrament of Confirmation was administered in our church on Thursday last. This occurs once in three years in the Parish. Only a Bishop can administer this Sacrament and it was administered by the most Rev. Dr. Walsh who was appointed auxiliary Bishop of Tuam a few months ago, as the most Rev. Dr. Gilmartin was getting quite old.
We all arrived at the church at ten o'clock. All the girls had white dresses; white veils; white shoes; and white stockings. All the Children occupied the front benches. Before Mass the Bishop and a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-12 18:02
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Mainland of Europe = The continent of Europe.
Trains of Captives = Crowds of Prisoners.
Civilizers = People who preach the true religion to Pagans.
Fighting Hords = War-like tribes.
Of great ability = Great learning.
Devotion to their work - They loved their work.
Unarmed and defenceless = They had no weapons & they could not guard themselves.
Often Hostile - Often unfriendly.
Save the knowledge = Except all they knew.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-10 18:30
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then place the snare in position. This is an old method and a good one.
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2019-09-10 18:30
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at the top. When the basket was placed in the field a rod called the "bow" kept up one side of the basket two inches from the ground. From this bow a little stick called the "cupin braga" stretched and rested on the "goblog" and bits of bread were placed under the basket, so as to attract the bird. When she stood in the bow, the weight of her body upset the "cupin braga" and this motion caused the basket to come to the ground, with the bird under it. This method of catching birds is a very old one, and in this locality it is still practised.
Snares for rabbits:-
This is a great method of catching rabbits at the present day. They are made of thin wire woven together to form one strong wire. A loop is made at the end of this wire and the other end is passed through it, leaving a circle which is large enough for the rabbits head. A piece of timber is fastened to the single end of the wire and is driven in the ground to keep the snare in place. A person who wishes to catch a rabbit by this method, must first judge the rabbit's hop, and
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2019-09-10 18:25
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Flowers:-
The old habit of stringing daisies, primroses, and butter-cups still remain in this locality. It was a great amusement in former days for little girls to make "miunci" and"[?]" but this habit is now dying out.
Guns from elder branches:-
A great pastime for boys about sixty years ago was the making of guns from elder branches. Their manufacture was simple. An elder branch was first cut the required length and ask iron was driven through the branch to expect the bait. Then the hole was stuffed with sugar papers which were at first damped and a stick was pushed in then, then another sugar paper was put in, and a stick the thickness of the hole was pushed in half-ways. At the other end the finger was placed, and when let go, the paper made a loud charge. The paper was used instead of powder.
Bird Baskets:-
These baskets were made out of spars of "[?]" having four sides and coming to a point
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-10 18:21
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husband went to look for her as not being able to see very well he thought she had probably gone astray. He found her at the well asleep and knowing that she would be cured - as anyone who would be cured would fall asleep at the well while praying - he woke her and next morning when she awoke she was cured.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-10 18:19
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There are many Holy Wells in Kilcrohane and it is from these Holy Wells it derives its name - The Holy Ground.
One of these Holy Wells is in Cahir near where my Grandmother was born. It is called Tobar na Cupoige because of the number of "cupogs" which grow near it and it is supposed to be a great well for curing blasts.
My Grandmother told me that when she was very small some men who were working in a mine were staying at her house. As they had not sufficient beds her mother had to sleep in a couch in the kitchen. When they awoke in the morning her eyes, nose, and mouth were turned back to her ear and she was scarcely able to speak. They sent for the priest who came and anointed her. The priest said that she had got a bad "clout" while asleep and that she would never get better or even if she did her face would remain as it then was. Nevertheless she did not give up hope and when she was able to walk she went to the Holy Well. After about an hour her
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-09 14:25
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XXV
One half dead and one half living, and tail wagging.
A dog with its head in a pot.
XXVI
In comes two legs, sits upon three legs.
With a leg in her lap
In comes four legs,
Lifts up one leg,
Up jumps two legs
Picks up three legs
Knocks down four legs
Takes the leg back
A woman with a leg of mutton. Dog steal it and she lifts the stool and hits the dog.
XXVII
What has and eye and cannot see.
Ans A Needle.
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2019-09-09 14:23
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XV
Guess this riddle now you must
Stone is fire, fire is dust
Black is red, red is white
Come and see the pretty sight
Lime kiln.
XXI
What has feet and cannot walk?
A pot
XXII
As round as an apple.
As flat as a pan.
The whole of a woman.
The head of a man.
A penny.
XXIII
The man that made it never wore it
The man that wore it never saw it
A coffin.
XXIV
Humpy backed, crooked necked,
Mouthed like a frog,
Pokes its nose in every hole
Like a butcher's dog.
A kettle.
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2019-09-09 14:20
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XVI
The land was white, the sea was black.
It will take a good scholar to riddle me that.
Writing.
XVII
Purple, yellow, red and green
The king cannot reach it nor the Queen
The Rainbow.
XVIII
In marble walls as white as milk
Lined with a skin as soft as silk.
Within a fountain crystal clear.
A golden apple doth appear.
No doors there are to this stronghold
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.
An egg.
XXX
What time is it when a man has thirteen patches on his trousers?
Time to get a new pair.
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2019-09-09 14:16
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XIV
What has teeth and cannot eat?
A Comb
XV
As I went through the garden gap
Who should I meed but Dick Red cap.
A stick in his hand a stone in his throat
If you'll tell me this riddle I'll give you a groat.
A Cherry.
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2019-09-09 14:15
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XII
What has a tongue and cannot speak.
Ans. The tongue of your boot
II
What goes round and round the wood and cannot get into the wood.
Ans. The bark of a tree.
VIII
Patch upon patch without any stitches.
If you riddle me that I will buy you a pair of britches. Ans. A cabbage head.
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2019-09-09 14:13
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VVI
What goes through the gap and through the gap and leaves a bit of it's tail behind.
Ans a needle and thread.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-09 14:12
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A tail like a rat.
You may guess for ever.
But you will not guess that.
Ans. A Pipe.
VI
What is full and can hold more!
Ans. A pot when there are potatoes in it you can put more water in it.
VII
What goes round the house and round the house and peeps in every wee hold. Ans. the Sun.
VIII
Long man legless came to my house headless
And said "My good woman keep in your hens, for your dogs I'm not afraid of:
Ans A worm.
VIIII
Little miss Hetty coat in a white petticoat
And a red nose. The longer she stands
The shorter she grows.
Ans A candle.
VV
I have a wee horse with an iron throat.
The harder he goes he swallows the rope.
Ans a sewing machine.
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2019-09-09 14:08
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As I went through the silly slap.
I met a big black bull.
He kicked and I flung.
If you had been there you would see the fun.
Ans. A jag in my foot.
II
One big working Father.
One wee lazy fat Mother.
Twelve wee starving children.
And a white washed floor.
Ans. A Clock.
III
As I went up the lane.
I met my Aunt Mary Jane.
She had iron nose and wooden toes.
And she's the boy can scare the crows.
Ans. A gun.
IV
As I went through a slithery slap.
I met my Uncle Davy.
I cut off his head and sucked his blood.
And left him lying crazy.
Ans. A bottle of whiskey.
V
A head like a thimble.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-07 17:05
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Och Johnny I hardly knew ye.
VI
I'm happy to see you home Huroo Huroo
I'm happy to see you home Huroo Huroo
I'm happy to see you home
All from the island of Sulline
So low in flesh so high in bone
Och Johnny I hardly knew ye.
VII
But sad as it is to see you so Huroo Huroo
But sad as it is to see you so Huroo Huroo
But sad as it is to see you so
And to think of you now as an object of woe
Your Peggy will still keep you on as her bow
Och Johnny I hardly knew ye.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-07 17:02
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It grieved my heart to see you sail
Huroo Huroo
It grieved my heart to see you sail
Though from my heart you took leg tail
Like a cad you doubled up head and tail
Och Johnny I hardly knew ye.
With drums & guns etc.
V
You haven't an arm you haven't a leg
Huroo Huroo
You haven't an arm you haven't a leg
Huroo Huroo
You haven't an arm and you haven't a leg
You're an eyeless, noseless, chicken less egg
You'll have to be put in a bowl to beg
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-07 17:00
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Where are your eyes that looked so mild
Hurro Hurro
Where are your eyes that looked so mild
When my poor heart you first beguiled
Why did you run from me and the child
Och Johnny I hardly knew ye.
With drums & guns etc.
III
Where are the legs with which you run
Huroo Huroo
Where are the legs with which you run
Huroo Huroo
Where are the legs with which you run
When you went to carry a gun
Indeed your dancing days are done
Och Johnny I hardly knew ye
With drums & guns etc.
IV
It grieved my heart to see you sail
Huroo Huroo
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2019-09-07 16:57
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While going the road to sweet Athy
Hurro Hurro
While going the road to sweet Athy
Hurro Hurro
While going the road to sweet Athy
A stick in my hand and a drop in my eye
A doleful damsel I heard cry
Ach Johnny I hardly knew ye
With guns and drums and drums and guns
The enemy nearly slew ye
My darling dear you look so queer
Ach Johnny I hardly knew ye.
II
Where are your eyes that looked so wild
Hurro Hurro
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2019-09-07 16:54
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A Side Gaoize or fairy wind is sometimes seen. Old people say that it is the Holy Should are passing when they hear the wind and see hay straw grass dust and all kinds of things being blown away. Old people say that it is not right for a person to go in the way of a side gaoize if he could help it and also if you are in the way of it always to throw something with it such as a piece of grass or dust of some such thing.
I have heard these in use from time to time. Some I got from Maire ni Feargaill
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-07 16:51
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Old people had the same kind of belief about spilling salt. They said spilling salt was a sign of bad luck and that except a person threw a grain of the salt over his left shoulder he would have no luck.
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2019-09-07 16:50
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When a childs' tooth fell the old people believed in making the child stand with his back to the fire and take the tooth in his right hand - make the sign of the cross and then throw the tooth back over his left shoulder. They believed if this was not done that the tooth would not grow again.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-06 16:56
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The churn used for making butter should never be washed with soap often when the butter won't gather people blame "witch craft" when the real cause is using soap in the scalding.
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2019-09-06 16:55
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horses the man pulls the cover and the oats will come tumbeling into the bucket then he puts on the cover again.
My mother heard an old tale long ago and it runs as follow's, it was said to have happened in West Cork. A poor struggling farmer found his cows milked dry when he tied them in for the morning milking. This happened often he was fairly tormented and he made up his mind to catch the robber.
So he went out early next morning accompanied by his greyhound, who gave chase to a black hare which was in the midst of the cow's the farmer followed the chase and was led to an old cabin in a very secluled spot and there the hare disappeared. This happened twice and the third morning the hound just caught the hare but it again escaped to the man's suprise it went in an open window in the cabin he shoved in the door and saw a witch sitting on a stool near the hearth and she streaming with blood and his cows were never interfered with after.
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2019-09-06 16:51
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The domestic animals I know are as follows. Horses cows calves pigs sheep donkeys geese ducks hens and chickens.
Cows.
Some of the cows names are its followes. Maol, Horney, Brackie, Holly, Poppy and Kerry. When people are calling cows they say "huff huff" and when they are driving cows they say "How how".
The cows house is a long shed that is called the stall there are bails to tie the cows in the stall. The cow puts her head into the bail and the man pulls over the loop that connects the two stakes and the cow can't get her head out.
Fowl
When people are feeding ducks they cry "feen feen" and when people are feeding hens and chickens they say "tuk tuk" and "chick chick". Horses are kept in stables at night a stable is a long house with mangers in it food is put into the manger's for the Horses. A long shoot is down through the ceiling in the stable where oats is kept for the
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2019-09-04 22:19
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The old people have many superstitions. The say
1. that if you have a sty in your you will be cured if you look through a gold ring.
2. If you have a wart, you will be cured, if while walking through a rock you happen to find a black slug, and rub it to the wart.
3. If you get burned with a nettle, and if you rub a dock-leaf to it, it will be all right.
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2019-09-04 20:50
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It is a good horse that is able to draw his own load.
The darkest hour is the hour before dawn.
Every person is a doctor after sickness.
He who goes shearing a pig may expect little wool.
Blessed are they who expect little for they are seldom disappointed.
Hunger is a goo sauce.
There is many a slip between the cup and the lip.
Its a long lane that has no turn.
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2019-09-04 20:48
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1 "Health is better than wealth".
2 You never miss the water until the well runs dry.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Shut the stable door before the steed is stolen.
Make hay while the sun shines.
There is no cure for death.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A relapse is worse than the first sickness.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-04 20:46
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There was once a small boy going down the road and the road was very slippery because there was frost the night before.
His mother was sick and he was going for the doctor. A big dog ran after him. He went to pick up a stone to throw it at the dog but he could not pick it up because it was stuck to the ground.
He ran away from the dog saying "this is an awful road the stones are all tied and dog's are all loose".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-04 20:44
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There was once a man from beside Galway who was very forgetful. He and his wife went to Galway. When he was coming home in the evening he was thinking that he had made some mistake. He looked at his note book and every thing was alright but he was not satisfied with that he knew he had some mistake made but he could not think of it. When he came to the house his daughter came out and said "O Dadie why didn't mama come home".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-04 20:41
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There was once an Irishman working with a lot of English men. They were always trying to fool him in every way they could. One evening when they were going home they were putting on their coats & the Irish man found that there was a sketch of an ass drawn on his coat with chalk. He looked around at every one then he said "which of your dried your face in my coat".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-03 17:49
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Once upon a time there lived a man by the name of John Maher who lifted a stone with his mouth. There lived in Goolds Cross a boy by the name of Paddy Murphy and he would get on the horses back and make him kneel down.
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2019-09-03 17:48
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was very hungry. He had very strong teeth and he knew what they had done but he never minded and eat all the cake. When he was finished he said "that was very nice iron ye had in them cakes".
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2019-09-03 17:47
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There was a man in the bog one day and he was very strong. He went for a creel of turf. On his way home the wheel broke. The man got down and put the broken wheel up on the creel of turf caught the [?] in his hand and went along the same as if nothing happened.
Fionn McCuchal was invited to a party by a crowd of Englishmen and they thought to play a trick upon him by putting lead inside the cakes of bread he was going to eat as you know he used to eat a lot when he came they were caught at the trick they were going to play upon him and they told him have a meal. He sat down and was delighted as he
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-03 17:45
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Cross Country run a distance of nine miles but he did not win. He had no speed but he had great lasting power.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-03 17:44
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A fellow named Gannon cycled from Carrick-on-Suir to Thurles and then took part in a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-03 17:43
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About two miles outside the village of Errill lived a man whose name was Mick Been. He pulled [?]-war with Lisduff and he had an iron hand. One very cold day as he was drinking in Campions one of the young Campions came in and left the door opened. "If you leave that door opened again I will drive this through you", said Mick. The young boy went out leaving the door opened and Mick followed him out and he hit the door a crack of his fist and knocked it off the hinges.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-01 16:00
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I have taken her to the Church on three Sundays".
He took her to the Church door but did not enter. He married the lady & received the pot of gold & lived happily ever after.
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2019-09-01 15:59
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know how he would repay his friend. Next morning he placed a pot of gold before the Rathlee man. He asked what it meant. The father said it was for him as a little token of gratitude for saving his son. The Rathlee Fitzgerald drew a kick on the pot of gold & scattered it about the room. The Protestant Fitzgerald had a daughter & she & the Rathlee man had become very friendly during his stay in the house. He now asked for her hand in marriage. The father consented, if he took her to Church (Protestant Church) on three successive Sundays & then he could have her & the pot of gold would be her dowry. This was very tempting. He thought a little & then consented to the bargain. The suitor lived in his home in Rathlee with a sister. The first Sunday he managed to sneak out of his house unnoticed by his sister & took the lady to Church. On the second Sunday he did the same but on the third Sunday his servant followed him & told him that his sister had all in readiness to shoot him on his return, she having heard about his going to church with the lady. It is all right now", said he, "the bargain is fulfilled
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-09-01 15:53
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entreaties till he extracted a challenge that he himself should take his place since he took such an interest in him.
This was all Fitzgerald wanted. Both got ready for the duel. Each fired & both missed. Fitzgerald then realised that his opponent was wearing a steel jacket. Both fired again. The opponent wounded his man & Fitzgerald's bullet could not pierce the steel jacket. Fitzgerald whispered to his second to hurry as he himself was wounded & if he did not get him this time he would be tried for a breach of the duelling laws (no man was supposed to continue the fight after he was wounded). The opponent did not know that Fitzgerald was wounded. They fired the third time & Fitzgerald shot him through the eye. Fitzgerald & his servant now returned to the father. On the way home they met the father & some neighbours coming to take away the dead body of his son - so sure was he that he would be killed. The Rathlee Fitzgerald told him what had happened & needless to say the man was delighted & did not
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2019-09-01 15:47
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Fitzgerald was a Catholic landowner & lived at Rathlee, Co. Sligo but he was as poor as Job's cat. He was so good at duel fighting that he was forbidden to fight a duel unless he was challenged.
When on his way to Dublin he put up for a night in the house of a man named Fitzgerald who was a Protestant. In the course of a conversation with the Protestant landlord, Fitzgerald, he told him that his only son was obliged to fight a duel on the following morning. The father was very depressed as he said his son was no use at duel fighting & he was sure to be killed.
On the following morning Fitzgerald the Catholic & his servant who accompanied him on the journey to Dublin set off for the place where the duel was to be fought. The challenger was there when they arrived & was calling loudly for his opponent. Fitzgerald the Catholic approached him & tried to persuade him from fighting the boy who was an only son. The challenger scoffed at him but Fitzgerald continued his
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-30 18:40
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There are several ruins of old houses in this district. Some over a hundred years old. The walls were of mud, and sometimes stones. No foundations except in a very wet place. The roof was thatched with heath, and they were supposed to be very warm. The windows were very small, and in the shape of an egg, and very often consisted of only one pane of glass. The floors were made of mud, trampled hard and made smooth,, and level, from continual use. The houses of the poorer people were very small, consisting of only one room, and a kitchen. One chimney with a large open fire-place in the kitchen, when the fire needed blowing, the woman of the house did it with her apron, as the hand-bellows was not known in most places. A flint and steel were used to start the fire, and at night light was provided by thin sticks of bog-deal (called splintons) stuck in sods of turf to keep them upright. Almost every house had a half-door, and a settle bed in the kitchen, which was used as a seat by day, and a bed by night. The drinking cups were large timber vessels with three handles, passed round the table, the extra handles being useful for that purpose.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-30 18:34
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this district, except at Easter or Christmas, when it consisted of home-cured bacon, and boiled or roast goose for Christmas Day. Salt hake, and salt herring were sold in the shops, and it was a common custom for the men folk to poach the small rivers during the Winter season for salmon. Men often travelled as far as from Dingle to Banteer selling "sprat" at a penny a plate. When salmon were got, they were gutted and washed, and plenty of salt rubbed in. A barrel was placed in a hole in the ground in a hidden place. The salmon were put in this with plenty of salt, the barrel covered, and a heavy weight put down on the cover. The fish was taken from the barrel as required. Sometimes the fresh fish was hung in the chimney over the smoke, and this was considered the nicer way for curing it.
On Shrove Tuesday night, where a big family lived in one house, a quarter of a calf would be bought for six of eight pence, roasted, and eaten, in preparation for the fasting season of Lent.
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2019-08-30 18:29
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Three meals per day. Potatoes and sour milk at each. At the time of the year when potatoes were scarce, raw oaten meal and sour milk were given for breakfast and supper, and "Yellow meal" and sour milk for dinner.
At McCarthy's, Fortgrady, Banteer, seventeen men were employed, and the servant girl had to be up each morning at four o'clock to have a large boiler of potatoes ready for the workmen at six. The sour milk was served in a vessel called a "piggin", made out of one piece of wood in a rough way.
In Summer time workmen started at six o'clock, worked for two hours, and had breakfast at eight. The usual time allowed for each meal was about twenty minutes.
Dinner was at one, and supper at seven. Breakfast in Winter was at six, and the ploughman should wait with his horses ready on the head land for the light. The table was usually near the wall, at a window. In some places, one side of the table was hinged to the wall, and when not in use used to close back to the wall leaving more room in the kitchen. Meat was never given to workmen in
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2019-08-30 18:25
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People had three meals per day, at early morning, midday and at night. Raw meal and sour milk, or potatoes and milk in the morning. For dinner boiled potatoes and sour milk. Only in very comfortable houses would meat be used at all. The workmen never got a taste of it. Sometimes fish taken from the river and salted, would be given at dinner and supper. The potatoes were strained from the pot into a low flat home-made basket called a "[?]", which rested on the floor when it had drained a little, from it the people ate; very seldom from a table. Mostly every farmer in Ballymacquirke grew oats. It was cut with hooks and beaten against stones to get the grain. This grain was crushed between two round flat stones to make meal, which was eaten raw with sour milk. This meal was also baked into bread. If the workmen did not arrive early in the morning, they should wait till dinner hour before the got anything to eat. In summer time, they had half a day's work done before breakfast.
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2019-08-30 17:20
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In olden times people had only one principal meal in the day, when Indian Meal (boiled) was eaten. Each person received a half pint of meal. Almost in every house the people ate off the floor, and out of the same vessel. Sometimes people boiled a salted herring in water, and "dipped" their potatoes in the "dip". Few got part of the cooked herring. Bread was made of fine meal, and had to be mixed with stir about to make it cling. This was baked for about half an hour, and should be eaten immediately it was taken up. If allowed to cool, it would get so hard that nobody could eat it. Potatoes were used at each meal, by those who had them. Sometimes turnips and cabbage were boiled, and eaten with the potatoes. Skim milk if available was the principal drink.
Tea was almost unknown, but a substitute for it was prepared by some of the old people. The blossoms of the heather were dried , cleaned, and boiled in spring water. After boiling for some time, milk and sugar were added, before it was served.
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2019-08-30 17:16
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under the table for cups and plates. There were no knives, and forks. This man worked for Daniel Collins, Knockbrack, Banteer. He lived in an out house for three years, and kept his own house locked up, for it was the custom then, that if you ate your breakfast at home, you should go home for the remainder of your meals, and if you hadn't potatoes, you may have to ask your employer (provided he was in good cheer) for them, as money to buy them was scarce. O'Connor asked his employer for potatoes as he had no money, and was refused. He fasted all that day. The fishing season was then in so that night he made for the Blackwater, and speared three salmon. These he brought to his sleeping place in the old out-house. Over a fire of sticks and roots, he cooked one of them. When he had eaten, he brought the remainder to his own (locked-up) home, and left his employer (Collins) for good. Collins came in a few days, to persuade him to return to work, but he refused, as he didn't get the potatoes when hungry.
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2019-08-30 17:12
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The people of "Garrane", Banteer, used to eat only two meals per day. Sour milk and potatoes was the food. Workmen never came in out of the fields for meals like nowadays, but a basket made at home was used, for taking the food out to them. This basket was divided into four parts, and each man's food was in its own place. The breakfast consisted of a quart of sour milk, and thee potatoes each. This was at eight o'clock. Dinner used to be given at two, and that consisted of a quart of sour milk, and five potatoes each. If you were a deserver of more than five potatoes you would get them. Mrs Connors told me that you should pay for what you ate during the week. If you happened to be sick you should send to your employer for potatoes, as that was the only food available for the poor. The husband of Mrs O'Connor used to take salmon from the Blackwater at Garrane, Banteer, put them up the chimney to smoke, and sometimes in a barrel with salt, and have them as food almost the year round. A table was erected near the wall in the kitchen, and was hung on the wall when not in use. There was no dresser, but a board
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2019-08-30 17:06
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At Patrick O'Callaghan's, Crinaloo, Kilarney, Banteer, a bridle and saddle were found in a "liss". A fancy tree grew at the entrance to the fort, and the late Patrick O'Callaghan wanted to remove the tree to his kitchen-garden. Looking around him, he saw all the sheep in his corn-field. He left down his implements, and went to turn them out. When he arrived at the corn-field, there were no sheep in it. He returned again to the tree, and to his surprise, found a white table cloth spread upon it. He carefully turned back the little surface he had dug around the tree, and never again interfered with it. The tree may still be seen.
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2019-08-30 17:03
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The crying held on at that time for about two or three weeks.
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2019-08-28 20:15
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The 17th March is the feast of the National Apostle St Patrick. There are great celebrations in Dublin on that day.
There is great rejoicing all over Ireland and by the Irish in other countries. The shamrock is worn by everyone on that day. The boys wear badges made from green ribbons and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.
Some years ago it was the custom for men to go to the public houses to get drunk to celebrate the feast. That time is past.
The Irish people pick the shamrocks and send some of them to their friends in America and other foreign countries.
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2019-08-28 16:48
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four hours to ripen according to the weather. Even in the olden days they had all the necessaries as good as they have nowadays. They used skim the cream in to a cream tub with a skimmer. The cream tub would have a timber peg called a "stupped" for leaving out the whey from the bottom of the cream. The cream would then be churned into butter after so many days.
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2019-08-28 16:46
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night they would stay at the "Halfway-House". Coming back they used to bring different loading. The carmen of this parish were the two Tom Flynns, John Flynn and Ned Loughlin.
Very often these men used meet Ghosts. They met them at "[?] na [?]" Kilquare and Castleisland. Tom Flynn had the best horse going into Cork. The horse's name was "Captain" so one night Tom was coming from Cork and he met a Ghost that told him to sell the horse that he was going to die. He sold the horse and the horse died a short time after.
Before creameries were invented the farmers used make their own butter.
First they used set their milk in pans and in timber pecks. Every nights and mornings milk would take from twelve to twenty
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2019-08-28 16:43
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until filled. Once more they would turn the butter into the tub. Two woman would stand at each side and draw the butter with the "skimin" from each other untill the salt and the butter would be well mixed. Then they would fill the firkin. The firkin was bought from the cooper for two shillings. A firkin was a small round barrel with timber hoops. There was a brown and a white firkin in use. The quality of the brown was first and second and the quality of the white was "superfine" and fine mild.
One of the old customs of long ago was to make butter and send it to Cork by car. It used take four days to go by road to Cork. They used travel night and day. But the second
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2019-08-28 16:40
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The people of long ago used always sell firkins of butter. Three or four farmers wives would join for a year in filling the firkins. Each one would fill it in her turn. All the wives would bring the butter to one house in order to fill the firkin. Each persons butter would be measured in timber gallons and timber mugs.
Then they would draw a thread across the top of the vessel and take off what they call a "streak". They would then turn all the butter out into the tub and wash it. They would have a penny worth of "saffron" and draw it for a couple of minutes. The saffron and the salt would be then mixed. They would put every second sheet of butter and salt into the firkin
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2019-08-28 16:33
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potatoes and the little slits that were cut off the bad potatoes. The year after the famine the people could hardly pick the potatoes they grew so well. The year after the famine the most of the people emigrated to America and to England.
The people sowed the potatoes in ridges long ago. The food they had during the famine was nettles, cabbage, turnips, salt and they used eat Indian meal, but the English government would not allow the meal to be imported. They wanted the Irish people to die.
Before the famine there were eight million people in Ireland but after the famine there were only three of four hundred in Ireland.
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2019-08-28 16:30
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The bad times affected the people of this district terribly.
The cause of the famine was the failure of the potato crop. The people depended solely on the potato crop at that time. They had to eat nettles, grass and every kind of weed. The people were dying so fast that the people could not bury them. They made trenches and threw the people into them. The people had to walk along the dead people in order to level them. The name of the disease was black [?].
There were a great deal more people living at that time than now a days.
The potatoes rotted in the pits. They all got black. There was a woman in Foot Park, Co. Galway and she shook the holy water on the potatoes before she closed the pit and not one of the potatoes rotted.
The seed the people had for the next year was the peaks of the
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2019-08-25 21:26
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penny or a cinder, and one of us will pass it around and will give it to someone, then the others guess who has it, and the other girl who will guess rightly will pass it around.
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2019-08-25 21:25
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birds, and that dazzles the birds, then they hit them with the stick, and kill them. If they are big or good such as blackbirds or thrushes they are boiled, and broth got from them.
The small children play different games to those who are about twelve years of age such as Niall and the Captain. A number of children form a ring, then one kneels down in the centre, and the others run around her saying, "Niall and the Captain you shall see, stand up straight and catch the girl you like best". Then the girl who is kneeling down will stand up and catch a girl, and then that girl will do in like manner.
When we are sitting around the fire in Winter, we get a half-
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2019-08-25 21:23
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I and my companions play many games such as hide-and-seek, blind-man's-buff, four corner fool, a hunt, black and toppers, the big ship sails, spinning tops, skipping, playing marbles and playing ball.
In Autumn when the blackberries are ripe we go out in the fields gathering them.
Some boys make rabbit-traps or snares with snare-wire and they set it in a field where the rabbits are plentiful. Around our district boys and men go out poaching bird when it is dusk, and they take with them a stick and a flash lamp. Then they steal along by the hedges and they shine the lamp on the
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2019-08-25 21:16
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He wrote some very good verses about the outlaw Donal OKeefe who lived in the Caves near Roskeen.
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2019-08-25 21:16
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our towns fame lurk
Come list to my ditty it
is short and pretty.
And I'll sing monthe
praises of sweet Kanturk.
This Ballad went in the same strain and was set to a very pleasing air.
Another Poet who lived over 100 years ago was Edward Walsh. His poetry was considered very good. He wrote mostly about the famous Irish chieftains who had been driven from their Strongholds and were forced to wander through country in sadness and fear.
Having to live in caves and protect themselves by deeds of daring.
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2019-08-25 21:13
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This district had a few Poets of any great fame. The only local man was called John C. Deady. He lived in this town about 70 years ago. He composed a number of poems about the district.
Amongst the best of his Ballads was The Praises of Kanturk. This was sung by Singers at all the Fames and meetings about the country. It began as follows:-
Men of Duhallow from
Greenane to Mallow:-
In whose bosoms hallow
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-25 19:12
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churning is made the butter tub and butter spades are got and washed and scrubbed with salt. Then they are scalded with boiling water and left out to bleach to prevent the butter from fastening to them. The butter is taken out of the churn with the butter spades. It is then washed a couple of times with cold water and all the buttermilk taken out of it. Then clean salt is got and put in it. It is washed a couple times more and made into a roll. It is left up and it it used according as it is wanted. We use the butter milk to make bread.
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2019-08-25 19:10
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the saucer and put it in another crock. We leave there for a week and then we spil it into the churn. Next we put the dash lid, and [?] on it. We work the dash with our hands. It is worked up and down straight in the milk. It is right to shake Holy Water on it before starting.
Some people shake a grain of salt on it in the sign of the cross. It takes from a half an hour to an hour too churn. Warm water is sometimes put on the milk. When the butter is made a little butter comes up on the dash. Then a mug of cold water is got and the butter is rinsed down off the side of the churn. A few days before the
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2019-08-25 19:07
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scrub the churn up and down straight and then scald it and leave it out for a couple of days to bleach. A churn is generally made of oak. If it is made of any other kind of timber the milk and butter would get bad in it. Before we put milk in a crock we rinse it out. Then we scrub it with salt and pour boiling water on it and leave it out to bleach. We milk the cows twice a day in the morning and at night. We strain the milk while it is warm into a crock to set. We leave it there for a day, then we get a saucer and wash it in boiling water to prevent the cream from fastening to it.
We take of the cream with
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2019-08-25 19:03
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The churn we use at home is called a dash churn. The parts of the churn are the churn, dash, lid and [?] and the top of the churn is called the [?]. The circumference of the bottom is five feet and the top four feet ten inches. It is two feet in height. There are eight hoops on it. It is about thirty six years old. It was bought from Mr. Dowd. He was a cooper and he lived in Ballintubber. When preparing a churn for milk first rinse the butter milk out of it. Then get a kettle of warm water and a scrub which is made from the bottom of heather. Then
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2019-08-25 18:57
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that person has taken the butter.
If on May day people were churning and a person to get the lend of something while they would be churning that person would have taken the butter.
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2019-08-25 18:56
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the top of the milk. We put water into the churn to gather the butter.
When the butter is made my mother takes it up into a dish and salts it. Then she makes it into a roll.
The buttermilk is used for making bread. It takes us about a half an hour too churn.
If a person comes into the house while we are churning he says "God bless the work", and churns for a little while before he leaves the house.
It is said if a person brings a lighted coal out of a house while the people are churning
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2019-08-25 18:54
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We have a machine churn at home. It is one foot six inches in height and its circumference is five feet. There are two hoops on it, one on each side. The sides are round. It is worked by hand.
We churn once every week. When the cows are milked in the morning the milk is strained into a crock, and the following evening my mother skims the milk into another crock.
After a week the cream is churned. We know it is churned when we see a little butter on
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-25 18:50
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relatives generally make a present of linens and often a table lamp is given.
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2019-08-25 18:49
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were no motor-cars at the hauling home. It was on horse back people travelled in those days. They would haste to the bridegroom's house. If a man did not own two horses his wife would sit behind him on one horse. It was a custom for the bride and bridegroom to enter the house together so that they would have and equal term to live.
When the bride would be two days in her new home she would get money, a cow or a heifer as a dowry. Her
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2019-08-25 18:47
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house where a great feast would be prepared. The feast consisted of potatoes, cabbage and bacon and occasionally turnips were used instead of cabbage. The potatoes and vegetables would be cooked the day before the wedding.
At night the Strawboys come dressed like wrenboys. They come in and dance with the bride. Before they go home they get drink and if not the would cause disturbance.
Long ago there
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2019-08-25 18:45
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car and in the toe of the shoe there is silver put. The shoe is tied in such a way that it will be lost before they reach the church. There is a man waiting to see the shoe lost. He takes the silver out and throw the shoe away. When the married couple come to the outside of the church door the people throw rice on them. Then the man that got the lost shoe gives the silver to the bride. The wedding party would come home to the bride's
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2019-08-25 18:44
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There are many customs connected with marriage. Marriages generally take place in Shrove. The days which most people get married are Mondays and Thursdays. These are lucky days. When a man is getting married he sends an older man to the girl's house to ask her parents if they would consent such a marriage to take place. When the people are going out to marriage they tie an old shoe to the back of the
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2019-08-25 18:40
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game they played was "[?]. They played it in the following manner. Ten or twelve men would sit on the floor in a ring with their knees held upwards. One man would stand up in the middle of the ring. Then they would get a belt and pass it from one to the other under their knees. When one of the men would get the chance he would strike the man in the middle with the belt. If he could catch the man's hand that struck him that man would have to go in in the middle of the ring.
I learned the fore going from my grandfather. Lizzie Breslin,
Leitrim,
Frenchpark
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2019-08-25 18:37
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a person dies someone stops the clock. When the funeral is proceeding to the church it generally takes the longest route. They generally played a lot of games at wakes such as, the candle, the old woman and [?]. According to my grandfather "The Candle" was played in the following manner, one man would stand on the floor and another man would cover his eye with his hand and he would hold a lighted candle to the other eye. Then he would hold out his hand and some of the others would strike him. If he could name the person that struck him that person would hold the candle to his eye. Another
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2019-08-25 18:34
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In olden times in Ireland there were several customs connected with death. When a person died it was the custom for three people to put him or her over-board. The same three people would but the corpse in the coffin.
After the person is three days dead three women wash the bed clothes. When they are taking out the coffin four men of the same name would carry the coffin out and the same four carry it into the grave-yard. When the coffin is being taking out the old people turn the seats up side down. When
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2019-08-25 18:32
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and then melt it. Then they would get a bit of string. They would put the string in it and make it into the shape of a candle.
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2019-08-25 18:31
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Long ago, in the olden times there were no lamps, electricity or caller-gas such as we have now. The people made candles from rushes instead.
My grandfather remembers when the candles from rushes were made. According to him this is how they were made. First they would peel the rushes and then steep them in grease. Then they would leave them in a cool place for a while.
They also used talo candles. This is how they were made.
First they would get suet
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2019-08-23 19:13
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the golden treasures in a glass stand and had the story of how they were recovered in letters of gold for the world to see
The boys got well and went back to their shop where they lived happily ever after and prospered well. This happened nearly ninety years ago
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2019-08-23 19:12
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his young brother had the two bags put safely away in the boat. It was nearly daylight when they got back to safety and they were all torn and wet and his little brother fainted many times
When they reached home there were people out looking for them including their father and uncles. With a cry of joy they ran to them and fainted at their feet. It was in broken sentences they told of their successful adventure
One of the men ran to tell the parish priest and was so overjoyed that he wept. He immediately sent for the boy and they were brought to him. He embraced them wet, torn and dirty as they were when he saw the treasures they had found and heard of the danger they had gone through. He ordered them to be put to bed and good care to be taken of them in his own house He placed
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2019-08-23 19:09
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assistant was only eighteen years and his little brother twelve. He was going on this adventure without his people knowing it.
On his second attempt he again failed and both himself and his little brother were tired and hungry when they came home.
His third attempt was successful but he had a very hard struggle with the two rough brothers. He had waited all day and it was night when he saw the two brothers going into supper.
Himself and his brother were a long time getting the place among the mountains and when they found it they had bags ready to carry away the treasures. Before they had finished they heard the brothers coming and the boy told his little brother to run with one bag to the boat and come back again immediately. So while he was misleading the rough brothers among the mountains
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 19:06
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much and told him the story. He asked him if he would promise to try and secure those valuable things saying he would leave all his wealth to him but he must promise also to carry the treasures to his parish priest as soon as he would get them.
The old man had never married and had no heir or anyone related to him living, as this boy promised to carry out the old man's wishes. The old man died and the boy set out on his dangerous adventure. To get to the hidden treasure he had to cross a very large lake. He went by himself at first but failed. One of the brothers the roughest of them was working near the place. The boy came home again after spending six hours waiting to get his chance. He took his little with him on his next trip across. The shop
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2019-08-23 19:02
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There was once an old respectable store keeper in Ballina. He knew a spot on the mountains where there were valuable articles hidden. They belonged to the priests of old when they had to read mass on the mountains. The those priests died only a few people knew the hiding place.
Two brothers of very wild character also knew where they were hidden.
The articles hidden were brooches and rich crosses and a very rich chalice
Those two brothers lived near the hidden place and watched it very carefully
They were hoping to sell those treasures for a lot of money some day.
This store keeper made many attempts to get to the place and carry away, but failed. Now he took very ill and knew he would die. Before he died he called his shop assistant whom he trusted very
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2019-08-23 18:55
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There was an old road in Lenevesta and it was going back to Louisburgh.
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2019-08-23 18:55
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There is an old road going from my village over to [?]
It was my grandfather made it It is still used.
There is a road going from [?] [?] to Drummin and Westport.
There was an old road going from [?] [?] to Lecanvey and Durless
The people used to go that way when they used to go to Mass to Lecanvey and to the sea for sand and when they used to go to Westport
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2019-08-23 18:52
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she says Killock.
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2019-08-23 18:52
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A lot catches hands and makes a ring. Then one goes round and says Killock and hits the others. The one she hits heavest runs after her and catches her and then
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2019-08-23 18:51
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This is the way it is played.
A lot catches hands and goes round in a ring. One goes into the middle and shuts her eyes and trys to catch another.
Then the one she catches goes in the middle and trys to catch some other one.
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2019-08-23 18:50
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These are the games we play "Frog in the middle", "Killock", "Here's the robbers coming", through, "Jennyjore", "[?]", "Four Corners "Good Angel and Bad Angel"
In Autumn we pick blackberries and slows. We do not pick nuts. We pick flowers and make daisy chains.
In winter when we are sitting beside the fire we play chip chop cherry and we play tip
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:47
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buried in [?] [?] [?]
It affected this district very much. The district was thickly populated before the famine.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:47
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The old people have stories about the famine of 1846-47
The people still point out sites of houses. There was an old house near John Hastings where people lived long ago
It is in ruins now. There was an old house in [?] [?] and the ruins of it is to be seen yet. The potatoes did not grow that time
Great numbers of people died.
For food the people used to use yellowmeal. Where the people used to die they used to be buried there. There is a person
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:44
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There was a man living in [?] [?]. His name was Pat Hastings. He used to compose songs. He is dead about thirty years. He is buried in Drummin graveyard.
There was a man living in Derrykillew. He used to compose songs. He is living now in Dublin: He composed a song called the Breezie Mountain Blue. He is about fifty years of age. His name is Patrick Tunney
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:42
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There is a fort near our house. It is a very green hollow. There is a fence and stones around it. There are stones within in it and there are ferns also growing in it.
We called it the fort.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:41
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There is a fort near Oughty it is called Lis [?]
There is a bank of earth around it.
There are forts back in Glenkeen. There are lumps of stone around them.
One dark night there was a man passing by them
He prayed to God to send him a light and there was a candle lighted on his hat and it remained on it till he came to his own street.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:39
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She always comes in summer. She asks wool, butter, eggs, She sells the wool.
She used to stay in a house called McLoughlin's but she don't stay now in it since the old woman died that was in it.
One man called Mooney used to go about long ago. He used to stay at night in my house. He used to sing songs and sell song books
but she does not stay now in it
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:37
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One travelling woman visits my home. Her name is Sarah Fallin. She goes about every year. She is going about twenty five years. First when she started going about, she used to speak all Irish but now she speaks broken English
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:36
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Boys make tops for spinning from thread spools. They make snares for to catch rabbits or hares. Girls make daisy chains or dolls.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:35
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it and them not to be looking for it and to wash the warts in it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:35
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A cure for chincough is to drink asses milk or the ferrets leavings
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:34
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When a person has a headache it is the cure for it to get their head measured by certain people. There is a woman living in Killenacoff and she measures heads
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:34
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It is a cure for ringworm to get salt and soot and dip and mix them and to rub the mixture on the ringworm.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:33
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A cure for wildfire is to get a black cat and cut a bit of his tail and to get blood out of it and to rub it on the Wildfire. Another cure for wildfire is to rub gold on it
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 18:32
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The swallow was all white once. But one day she flew too near the sun and it turned her blue except her breast and that is why the swallow is blue.
because when the thorns were on Our Lord's head the came and went to pull a thorn
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:40
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that have Head-Stones in the grave-yard are James Lenehan Barefield, Patrick Connor, Clooneen, Patrick Conneely Lurgowan. Thomas Comack, Clooneen and Mrs Madden Lurgowan.
This grave-yard is still in use although there are many others convenient to it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:39
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Not very far from my house there is an ancient grave-yard named Kilverdan. It is surrounded by a stone wall and there are clumps of bushes around it. There is a small entrance gate leading into the grave-yard. This grave-yard is situated in one of John Flood's Fields. A man by the name of Joseph Madden that keeps the grave-yard in repair.
There are about twelve or fourteen people that have graves in it, chiefly the people from Ballymartin and Clooneen, and also the people in the surrounding district of the grave-yard.
The names of the people
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:34
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Another bird offered to show her but she would not look. On this account she is said to be a lazy bird. There is always a little bird called a "[?]" following her, in order to tell the other birds that the cuckoo is coming.
The thrush, black-bird and corn-crake build their nest generally in a haw-thorn bush.
The wren builds it in a mossy ditch like the robin.
The crow, pigeon, seale-crow and the mag-pie builds their nest where high trees are.
The jack-dawn build their nest in an empty chimney.
The swallows build their nest in old barns.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:27
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us in the Winter and returns to us again in Spring or early Summer. It is said that if he comes early we will have a fine Summer. He never builds a nest and on this account he lays his eggs in an other bird's nest. There is a story told explaining why the cuckoo does not build a nest. It is said that long ago only one bird which was a crow knew how to build a nest. One day he called together all the birds to show them how to build their nests. Every bird was present except the cuckoo. When the birds were all taught the cuckoo came to Ireland but she was too late so that she could not build a nest
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:24
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There are many birds to be seen in this district such as robin, thrush, wren, blackbird, goldfinch, bullfinch, cuckoo, corn-crake, yellow-hammer, linet, willy wag tail, jack daw, crow, pigeon, scale-crow, mag-pie and swallows.
The robin builds her nest in a nice soft mossy ditch. Her nest is round and small. She builds her nest out of clay and sticks on the outside and she lines it on the inside with hay, hair, or moss.
She generally lays about five eggs.
The cuckoo is one of the birds which migrates from
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:22
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There are about thirteen houses and about sixty people in our village. Three of these are very old and one of them can speak Irish. The other villagers speak English.
From our village can be sen Sliab Bawn, and Ballinamuck, famous in history. A very nice scenery can also be seen.
The bog can be seen and also the "Whinny Hill" which is covered with whins, is lovely to see when in bloom.
It is a very nice village. Though some of the people have a long way to go to Mass they don't grumble.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:17
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My native village is Ballyhubert. It is the village in which I was born and because of that I like it all the better.
It is situated in Co Roscommon, about half from the Catholic Church and about three miles from the nearest town. No person who wishes may walk to town because buses run at different times every day and almost every person in the village has different other ways of carriage as well.
The land in it is good and rich. When tilled, it gives the best of crops. It is also used for grazing and large numbers of cattle are reared.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:14
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varieties of food because they had to sell their milk and butter to pay the rent or otherwise they would be evicted.
The men used to bring their meals to the mill to have it ground into oaten-meal and they had great big bags of meals in the kitchen. This food used to last the people for one year until the other meal would be ground the following year.
The Irish people long ago were healthier and stronger than the Irish nowadays they were able to accomplish greater work owing to the wholesome food they used to eat.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:12
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The food in olden times was far different in comparison with the food that people use now.
Long ago the people used to eat three meals a day in the morning, in the after noon and in the evening. The people used to have half a days work done before they eat their breakfast. The breakfast consisted of porridge and butter-milk, their Dinner of potatoes and butter-milk and their supper of porridge.
The the potatoes failed during the famine, sometimes the people had used porridge for their three meals. They could not afford to buy and other
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:07
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oaten meal baked on a griddle or before the fire. They made gruel of oaten meal and water for a cold or sickness and they also made "brocan" oaten meal boiled in milk and eaten with cabbage for many a meal.
The people of this district were very strong and healthy and had good sound teeth and this was attributed to oaten meal.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-23 15:06
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In olden times people used to take three meals every day breakfast, dinner and supper. Breakfast which consisted of oaten meal porridge and butter-milk was taken at eight o'clock. Dinner at twelve o'clock consisted of potatoes and butter-milk and some times butter while the supper at six o'clock consisted of oaten bread and butter and milk.
When working they used to take drinks of the juice of oaten meal and some-times butter-milk. In the morning they used to rise with the sun and the men used to have three or four hour's work done in the fields before they were called into their breakfast.
All their cakes were made of
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 20:01
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also had tea on those days. On shrove Tuesday the people had pancakes. On Easter Sunday they had eggs and at Hallow'eve they had nuts and boxty dumplings.
They put oaten meal seeds and water mixed together in a crock, when it got sour they called it sowers. They strained it and cooked it and when it was cooked it was called flummery.
When they killed the pigs they saved the blood and put bacon, bread, crumbs and oatenmeal into it and flavoured it with pepper, salt and alspice. They also saved the intestines and filled them with the blood. These were called blood puddings. That night when they had the blood puddings made they put on a big pot of water on the fire. Then they put the puddings into the pot to cook. They cooked them for about a half an hour and then took them off and put them on a big dish to cool. They did not eat them when they
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:57
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The different kinds of bread in olden times were, oatmeal cakes, boxty cakes, potato cakes and buck cakes.
Oaten cakes were made from ground oatmeal, boxty cakes were made from grated potatoes, potato cakes were made from cooked ones and buck bread was made from black wheat which was called buck wheat.
Querns were hand mills for grinding corn in our district. They put water in the oaten bread and milk in wheaten bread when kneading, and the potatoes did not need anything.
The oaten bread would keep for a week or more but the boxty had to be made daily. The bread was made in a wooden basin and cooked it on a gridiron. A gridiron is made of iron, a round ring and bars across it. It has a loose bar hanging at the back of it to support it to stand.
Special cakes were made for feast days.
They were made of flour and raisins. They
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:50
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Too many cooks spoil the broth.
When poverty comes in the door, love flies out the window.
Would you learn you granny to suck eggs.
The cleverest hen lays out.
You put your foot in it.
Beauty never made the pot boil.
She's no kitten.
A straw shows how the wind blows.
He gave it with a heart and a half.
Its too good to be true.
One swallow never made a summer.
The nearer the bone the sweeter the meat.
That cup of tea would warm the cockles of your heart.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:48
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That fellow would build a nest in your ear and rob it again.
All your geese are swans.
Apples will grow again.
When you give away you old breeches don't cut the buttons off.
There's no flies on you.
Every picture tells its story.
There's not green in my eye.
Keep your hair on, wigs are dear.
She's as sweet as sugar.
Too sweet to be wholesome.
His bark is worse than his bite.
That man has one leg in the grave and the other out of it.
A new broom sweeps clean.
Seldom smoke without fire.
Burnt sticks are easily kindled.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:45
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All that glitters is not gold.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
There's many a slip between the cup and the lip.
Once bitten twice shy.
The more rain the more rest, too much fine weather was never the best.
Never take the book by the cover.
That you may live long and die happy.
I was up at cock crow.
That day would take the whiskers of a monkey.
Its a good day for young ducks.
Its raining cats and dogs.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:42
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splits to show them light through the house any where they were going.
The children ate their supper from what they called piggens or noggins. They were little wooden vessels with hoops on them and the spoons they used were bone.
This story was told to me by Mrs McChesney Church St Belturbet - aged 72 years
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:40
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This is how candles were made long ago. People gathered bull rushes peeled and dried the inner parts of them in tallow, the tallow was fat that was preserved from animals. Some made candles from wax but it was very dirty and was always spitting. What they had next for light was a stone bottle with a tin top to put the wick in and then they filled it with fat rendered and hung them on the wall to give light. Many families of children learned their lessons by light of the fire as there was a lamp of bog fur and they had it preserved in
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:36
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see snow on the mountains it is a sign there will be a snow storm.
When midges sting in the evening it is the sign of rain.
When there is a blue colour in the fire it is a sign of a storm.
When a thick mist appears on a bog or lake it is the sign of a good day next day.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:35
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When the setting sun is red it is the sign of good weather. When there are clouds around the sun setting it is the sign of bad weather.
The moon shows the kind of weather. When there is a ring around the moon that is the sign of bad weather. When there are clouds around the moon it is the sign of wet weather.
When the stars are very bright it is the sign of frost. When the stars shoot it is the sign of rain.
When there is a rainbow in the morning it is the sign of a showery day. A rainbow at night is the sign of a good day next day.
When the sky is cloudy it is the sign of rain and when the sky is clear and blue it is the sign of good weather.
When [?] [?] looks near it is a sign of bad weather. When people
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:30
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got the more they used to cry. They used to follow the funeral to the grave and cry after it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:30
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Wakes long ago were different from wakes now.
Long ago the people used to be waked under the table. There used to be games played at wakes. People used to sing songs and when a sorrowful song was sung all the people would cry and when a funny song was sung all the people would laugh.
There used to be marrying at wakes. There used to be a ring of people going round in a ring of people going round in a ring and the boy and girl to be married would be sitting in the middle of the ring.
There used to be caoiners at wakes and they were also called "bean whaties". A plank would be got and preparations would be made for their coming. When the caoiners would come in the would start to cry ad about every half hour they would get a glass of whiskey and the more whiskey they
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:25
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between three townlands to wash his shirt and a woman would come and would take the shirt out of his hands and wash it and the woman that took the shirt out of his hands was to be married to him.
A man used to riddle corn in a barn on Hallow Eve night and the woman he would be married to would come and take the riddle out of his hands.
Long ago on Hallow Eve night the people used to leave a dish of colcannon on the table when they would be going to bed. They would leave spoons in the dish. They used to leave the fire burning and sweep around the fire and leave it clean for the people said all this was fo the dead, who could return to earth on this night.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:18
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The names of games that are played at Hallow Eve are "Ducking", "Hanging and apple on the line", "Burning nuts in the fire", "Hiding things on other people", "The three dishes".
When children are playing "the three dishes" they put clay in one of them and water in another and a ring in another. They will put a blind on one of the children's eyes and this one will go over to the table and if he puts his hand on the with the clay in it he will be buried before twelve months. If he puts his hand on the dish with the water in it he will go across water before twelve months and if he puts his hand on the dish with the ring in it, he will be married before twelve months.
Long ago a man used to go
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:14
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made of bog turf. The tank was full of water and also barley. The steam of the tank went through the worm and into a barrel. The barrel had to be kept cool with cold water and there was a hole under the barrel to let away the hot water. Sometimes the barrel was in some place where the water of a stream could flow into it. There was a woman one time who was making poitin and she was making it near a well and she used to hide the barrel near the well and every night when the people would come for drink she would say that she was going down to the well for water and therfore no one knew where she had the poitin hidden. The police knew that she was making it and they were looking for the [?] but they could not get it. At last they got it and she was transported for life. It is said that the liscenced dealers were giving information about the owners of the sheebeens.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-21 19:09
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Sheebeens were places where drink was sold. They were mostly at crossroads and in old lanes. Every fourth house was a sheebeen in Drumboat.
The price of whiskey was 21/2d. a naggin. The men and women of the house went to the sheebeen for the drink because it was cheap. There was a sheebeen at the Casadh Cam and there was a liscenced public house at Peter Boyland, Patrick Boyland, Peter Waters and Ross McCabes. Nearly every house in Black Staff was a sheebeen. They measured the drink in a tin and then put it round in glasses. Once the sun went down it was a sign to go to the sheebeen and they would stay there drinking untill morning.
They were all selling poitin. They would make the poitin themselves and they would make it near a bog. They had a tank like a milk can with a tube called a worm wound round it. This instrument was made of tin. They had a fire under
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 17:11
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man he met was a man driving a donkey and the boy was saying "hang the brute" and the man told him not to be saying that, and he asked him what would he say and he said to say "nothing at all". When he arrived at the butcher's shop they asked him what did he want and he said "nothing at all, nothing at all".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 17:10
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was saying "that they may never come up". They treated him like the first man and gave him a beating. So he asked them what, he say, would he say, they told him to say one this year, and two next year. As he went on farther he met a funeral and he was saying "one this year and two next year". One of the people at the funeral treated him like the others so he asked them what would he say. They told him say R.I.P. So the next man he met was hunting a fox who was after visiting his fowl house and the boy was saying R.I.P. so he treated him the same way as the others and told him to say "hang the brute". The next
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 17:07
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There was a boy who was sent to a butcher's shop to buy hearts, livers and lights.
As he went along he met a man who was sick and the boy was saying for fear he would forget his message, "hearts, livers, and lights", so the man who was sick thought it was his own "heart liver, and lights he was wishing for. So he went after him and gave him a beating and he told him to say "that they may never come up". As the boy went on further he met people who were planting potatoes and he
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 17:04
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There is a field in the townland of Ballynakilly in which there is a full bag of gold concealed. It is said that a man, being pursued by enemies hid it there.
There is also a crock of gold supposed to be hidden under a cairn of stones in Tullyhullion. It is said that it is to be found by a a red-haired boy, and whoever he may be, won't live long afterwards.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:54
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McFadden's of Breenagh. Several of the women and girls from this part would go and get as much yarn as would make two or three dozen pairs of socks.
They would knit them at home. Then they would leave them up when they were finished.
They would get tea and sugar, and other things, for knitting, but no money. They would take out more yarn and do the same.
The last industry was "sprigging".
The girls sprigged several linen cloths, which were sent to foreign countries.
A shawl which was sprigged in this parish was worn at the Coronation of the Ex-King Edward VIII of England by his mother Queen Mary. This industry stopped two years ago.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:51
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I There was a shirt-factory at Temple-Douglas in Mrs. McGinley's. Nearly all the women and girls of this district were occupied making shirts.
Some sewed with the hand and others used machines. They would get half a crown for a dozen of finished shirts.
II Another Shirt Factory was at Daniel McConells of the Blown rock. There are no factories in this parish for the last thirty years.
III There was a knitting factory in Manus
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:48
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are called "beastings".
When the "beastings" are cooked they are put out on plates too cool. Then they are used as "kitchen" with potatoes for dinner.
Some people send a share of the beastings to their nearest neighbour. It is a good old custom.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:47
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It is an old custom to make "beastings" which is boiling the second milk which is taken from the cow after she is newly calved. The first milk is given to the calf.
This is how my mother prepares it. First she takes a clean pandy out to the byre. Then she gets a small stool and sits down beside the cow. She cleans the cow's udder and teats. Then she milks the milk into the pandy.
When she is finished milking she takes it into the house and strains the milk with a strainer into another clean pandy.
When the milk is strained she gets a pot which she cleans well. Then she puts the milk into it. After that she puts a little salt into the milk and puts the pots on the fire to boil.
Then she takes the pot-stick and stirs very gently while it boils slowly.
Then it becomes all curds. These curds
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:43
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The potatoes are washed in cold water first. Then they are peeled. Then they are put into a pot of boiling water.
When they are boiled the water is poured off them.
Then a little salt is added and a sliced onion. My mother gets a "bettle" and "pounds" them. Then she gets some milk and puts it on them. When they are ready for eating she puts them out on a plate and they are eaten with butter.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:41
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and is heated. The cake is divided into four parts. Then there is plenty of butter put on the pan, when the butter is melted the cake is put on, the pan and cooked for about ten minutes on one side. Then the other side is turned an cooked for ten minutes. Then it is taken off and put on a plate. It is always eaten when it is hot. This bread is also called "Fadge".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:40
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This is a custom come down to us from our forefathers. Long ago the people in Ireland did not use very much flour as they do now. They always used Potato Bread.
The Potato Bread is usually made when the new potatoes are dug. There is no soda put in Potato Bread. Potato Bread is very healthy, but the people now do not like it as well as the people did long ago. "This is how it is made".
The potatoes are well washed and peeled. Then they are put in the pot and boiled. When they are boiled the water is teemed off them. Then some of them are lifted out on a bakeboard and bruised. When they are properly bruised, they are mixed with a little flour and a pinch of salt. During this time the pan is put on
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:37
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If we see a star falling we should say "Heaven, heaven, heaven". Then we should make a wish for whatever we like, and we will get it.
Before we start to churn we should put a pinch of salt and blessed water in it. To keep away witchcraft.
We should not sweep the flags after sun-set.
If you sweep the floor out by the door you are sweeping the luck out of the house.
It is not right to put out the ashes on May morning.
It is not right to clean the byre
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:32
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under a stone as the gizzard decays the warts decay also.
Sweet milk is a cure for heart-burn.
A dog's lick is a cure for a sore.
If you find a star that fell it is a cure for a burn.
If some person gives you something that you don't ask for, it is a cure for the hiccough.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:31
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There is a man named Willie Kennedy he lives in Castlereagh. He has a cure for a sore throat. This is a secret which is handed down from one member of a family to another.
There is a man in Fahykeen his name is Charley Doherty he has a cure for the mumps and whooping - cough. This is also a secret.
There is a cure for warts to take the gizzard of a hen and put it
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:29
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1) If there is a black smoke out of the train it betokens rain
2) If there is a ring round the moon, a storm is at hand.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:28
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The cure for warts is:- Find a stone with a hole in it, in which water lies. The person washes his hands in it, they are cured.
Mrs Kane of Killymasney has a cure for a sprain.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-19 16:27
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There was a man who drank a lot of whiskey. His family would give any amount of money to any person who would put him from drinking. One man tried a plan, he went into a graveyard. He dug a hole and lay down in it.
The drunk man was passing when the man in the grave started to say, "I'm cold Oh! but I'm cold". The drunk man went up to the grave, he said. Poor fellow they went away and forgot to cover you.
He picked up the spade and shovel and covered the living man, and the man in the grave was completely smothered.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-16 20:53
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One time a man went to the fort to cut a tree. A little man appeared and said "Why are you cutting the shelter over my house" and the little man showed him where they used to make the "stations". The little man disappeared and the cut in the tree closed.
The man got such a fright that he died the next day and in the place where he is buried the little man used to appear every night and they danced and sang to show they were glad.
This fort is close to the school at Crossreagh.
It is called a fort but it is really a very ancient graveyard perhaps surrounding the cell of a hermit as the site of a holy well is still pointed out.
Many ancient tomb stones still stand here.
Some say it is a pagan burial place and has not a good reputation.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-16 20:50
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There is a fort about forty yards away from my house. It is called Caldhra. People say it was a grave yard and there are big rough head stones in it.
There are many stories about it and I will tell you two of them:-
One time long ago, there was a rich girl out in Caldhra and she had a man bringing her hounds there for exercise.
There was a holy well in the Caldhra. The rich girl ordered one of the hounds to be put into the well. The man said it was a holy well and that he would not put the hounds in it.
The lady said she would get the man killed if he would not wash the hounds in the well.
The man put in the hounds but the well dried up and the place is there still where the holy well was under a round berry tree.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-16 20:47
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One evening a man was walking in a field in Corfad where I live. He saw a wee man sitting under a tree in the field. He caught the wee man and asked him to tell him where there was a crock of gold. The little man said there was a crock of gold buried under a thistle that was growing in the field. The man put a piece of cloth on the thistle that the gold was under, so that he would know the one the gold was under and went home for a spade but when he came back there was a piece of cloth on every thistle in the field and he could hear the good people laughing around him.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-16 20:44
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Many years ago there was an old fort in Palymyra and the man who owned it dug it out and scattered the clay over his field. That night lights were seen all over the field and a banshee cried all night long.
It is told that the man's right arm and leg got paralized and remained so until he died years after. His wife went to all the neighbours and begged them to put the fort back, which was impossible for he had dug out all the trees.
Many people come to see the ruins which are still to be seen. There is another fort near it.
N.B. The old name for Palymyra was Corsalac. The Italian name was given to it by a clergyman who came to live there about 150 yrs. ago.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-16 20:38
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Long ago there was a girl living near the Caldhra and every morning when she went out to a big stone in the tidy acer she found a piece of gold. Her mother said
"Do not tell anybody or you will not get the gold any more".
But one morning when she was going to the Caldra she met a witch.
The witch said
"Tell me where you get the gold or I will turn you into a frog.
The girl became afraid and she told the witch where she got the gold and she never got it any more.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-16 20:35
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One summer evening in the month of June a man was coming home from a fair in Bailieborough with an ass an cart and two pigs. The ass was failing and was not able to pull the cart and the po