Líon iontrálacha sa taifead staire: 790 (Taispeántar anseo na 500 ceann is deireanaí.)
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2018-09-27 17:30
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Boots & shoes are made & repaired locally. Most people are "handy" enough to put on a pair of half-soles or a caorbín. Very few of the old "cobblers" had their trade. Leather is not cured or tanned in the district.
Boots with wooden soles may be seen occasionally but the all-wood clog is never seen except on French fishermen who come ashore here. They were never worn here in the past either.
Common shoes on the past were the "Parkies" i.e. soles with a substance called qutta pereha. If the wearer went too near the fire the sole fell off.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-09-27 17:25
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In days gone by shoes were not worn by any youngster. Every person was about 20 years of age before getting any footwear. Some could have them earlier if they could earn the price of them & many people were much older before they wore shoes.
In the year 1886 a man who lived at Cloicín fished a season at Garnish barefoot.
water in which the feet are washed should not be thrown out after nightfall lest it would strike any "good person" who would be passing. If it is thrown out it may have a bad effect on the feet.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-30 16:59
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There was a man going to a forge long ago with a sock of a plough and when he was going near the forge he saw a hare and it was barking like a dog and if the man was kicking the hare still it wouldn't move so he threw the sock at it and his hand is hanging by
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-30 16:57
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A man was travelling one night about forty years ago with Mr Chute in a trap, and when they were coming down Slieve road a sow jumped out across the ditch and followed them. The man sat behind and the sow was snapping at his feet. Mr Chute drove as fast as the horse would go the sow kept with them and when they came to Sean nanGadhars bridge it disappeared.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-30 16:51
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& he started a hare and he let the dog after it. The dog followed the hare as far as the forth & just caught it & took a plunk out of its side. The hare went into the forth & when Connor went in to get it, he saw an old woman & a plunk out of her side, he nearly fell with the fright but he died very soon afterward.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-30 16:48
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There was a man from Curraheen & he was a great huntsman. His name was Connor he had a swift grey hound, so a moonlight night about twelve o'clock he was crossing
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-30 16:46
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north Kerry & it was haunted. Any work man that ever went there would be put up stairs to bed, when going to bed about eleven o'clock at night.
They used to see a tall man walking around the room. By all accounts this mad died a few years before that in the same room, and the bed where the old man died was left in the room after his death.
The workmen say this old man used to come out of the bed & go down stairs to the kitchen & then they would start singing & dancing until cockrow in the morning. This thing was going on so long he had to give up farming so any workers would not stay in the house.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-30 16:41
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them two guns and they went to the house at eleven o'clock. They went to bed and he came, then. They fired at him and he disappeared and they went to bed. He came again and they fired at him but it took no effect on him. They went to the landlord and told him that they could not shoot him.
Other people came to the house after. These people had a cousin a priest and they brought him to the house and he was praying for a long time. The man was never again seen in that house.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-29 13:10
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man." But he did not do so. It is said that during the time, that bad luck followed the family until they died.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-29 13:09
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is said to be a tunnel leading to the Round Tower in the protestant churchyard in Inniskeen village. It has been told that about one hundred ago two men dreamt three times each of a crock of gold buried at a certain place in the mound, and covered with a large stone flag. Both men agreed to go to the mound at a certain time, to get the gold. They went to the spot that both had dreamt of. After digging for some time they came to the stone flag that covered the crock of gold. The stone flag was very large, and hard to remove. One of the men asked the other to go to a house near by and get a crowbar. The man went for the crowbar, and while the man was away the man lifted the stone flag but there was no gold there. The men went to their homes. The man who hid the gold returned and took the gold home. It is said that during the night the man who had the gold heard a voice at the window saying "Leave all the gold back or divide it with the other
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-29 13:01
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The following story was told to me by my father. There is a mound in Candlefort, Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, which was supposed to contain a great amount of money. It
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-29 12:59
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Some years ago and old man called Brian Conlon lived near Knockbride. When he was about to die he called his three sons to his bed side. He told them there was a treasure in the field called "Pairc Beag" on the farm and if they would dig this field from end to end one and a half foot deep they would find the treasure. Soon after this man's death, the three boys began to dig as they were told, and as they finished they found nothing. They were very disappointed. The folling years they reaped good crops an that was the hidden treasure.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-29 12:55
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the father and the twelve sons went to a hunt, riding on thirteen grey horses. The road they went was through Channonsok Co. Louth, and they were not seen together again. It was said that they were "overlooked" by some m. According to the story they were not seen together after that. some time after that a burglar robbed the castle, and took a long top boot of gold. He was pursued across the fields into Lacklum Inniskeen co. Monaghan. Then they lost sight of him. When they saw him again, on the other side of the bog, he had not the boot with him. It was thought he threw it into one of the bogholes when he was passing over them and it is said to be there still.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-29 12:48
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The following story was told to me by my father.
I know of a place nearby where there is a hidden Treasure. About fourtenn years ago my father was qurrying stones. He had been at it for a long time. He was not expecting to find anything in the quarry when suddenly he heard a noise. All surprised he looked around for the coins in the quarry and he has them still at home. He still expects that there is more coins in it.
About 250 years ago there lived a famous family called McMahon. They lived in the townland of Drumnagrella, in the parish of Inniskeen Co.Monaghan. There were twelve sons and the father, living in a castle. One day in the middle of November,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-29 12:45
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The following story was told to me by my father.
I know of a place nearby where there is a hidden Treasure. About fourtenn years ago my father was qurrying stones. He had been at it for a long time. He was not expecting to find anything in the quarry when suddenly he heard a noise. All surprised he looked around for the coins in the quarry and he has them still at home. He still exepects that there is more coins in it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-23 17:04
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I live in the townland of Innishammon (Innis Cámain) which means the crooked island. It is in the parish of Roslea, in the baroney of Bartrey. Innishammon is one mile from Roslea and two from Smithboro. There are five houses in my townland and the population is 31. The land is good but in some places it is boggy.
Three of the houses are slated and two are thatched. All the families are of different names, Guthries, Schlolses, Farrrells, Holdens and my family. The oldest person is William Guthrie who is 73 years
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-23 16:59
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from Monaghan to Clones and from Clones to Roslea. The "Maghery Road" runs from the road joining Roslea and Scotstown to the road from Smithboro to Roslea. The "Gaire Lane" joins the "Back Road" with the New Bridge. It was once a main road but is now a lane.
Ghosts are often seen on these roads. Near to Roslea on the Smothboro road a ghost was seen. Two men were coming home one night at eight o'clock about two months ago. Suddenly a man ran out of the hedge and stood on the road in front of them. They stood and watched him and in a few minutes he disappeared into the hedge again. An old woman was seen in the same place a few nights later.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-23 16:53
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There are many names on the roads of this district. "Back Road" runs from Clough to Stonebridge. "AghagaurLane" joins the road from Roslea to Smithboro to the road from Clough to Leonard's Cross. The "Monaghan Road" runs from Clones to Smithboro and on to Monaghan.
The "Corraghey Road" joins the main roads
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-23 16:37
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Divide themselves evenly. Two stones or sticks are used for goal-posts. Which ever side has the highest score at the end of the tome has won.
Two sticks standing up straight and a stick across the top are used for jumping. Some children jump drains and small hedges. Hide and goes seek is a nice game to play. One person goes out and hides behind a hedge, in long grass or on some other secluded place. Other children go to seek for him and when he is found someone else goes out to hide.
Cards are played at night-time, Only ten can play twenty five or forty-five. Five cards are given out to each person. The five of trump is the best card and beats all others. Other games played on cards are Donkey, old maid, Strip Jack naked and Bridge.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-22 12:49
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Many games are played by the people of this district. Some of them are played in daytime and some at night. The games played in the daytime are foot-ball, jumping, hide and goes seek, tig and camogie. Cards are generally played at night.
Football is a healthy game. A crowd of boys
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-22 12:46
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time came there were no potatoes at the stalks.
The corn crop was very good but it had to be sold to pay the rent. People died of starvation and the only food was Indian meal. The children were always crying for something to eat. A family of seven who lived in Innishammon all died of hunger save one.
Some men got work but they were too weak after fasting for a long time. On every road in this district there were two or three people lying dead. A story was told once about two men who went out to dig a field of potatoes. They started at eight o'clock in the morning. They said they would let a cheer for every potato they would get.
When night came they had only let ten cheers, so that they only got ten potatoes for their day's digging. This story shows the badness of the potato crop during the famine.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-22 12:46
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time came there were no potatoes at the stalks.
The corn crop was very good but it had to be sold to pay the rent. People died of starvation and the only food was Indian meal. The children were always crying for something to eat. A family of seven who lived in Innishammon all died of hunger save one.
Some men got work but they were too weak after fasting for a long time. On every road in this district there were two or three people lying dead. A story was told once about two men who went out to dig a field of potatoes. They started at eight o'clock in the morning. They said they would let a cheer for every potato they would get.
When night came they had only let ten cheers, so that they only got ten potatoes for their day's digging. This story shows the badness of the potato crop during the famine.
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2018-08-22 12:39
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Hugh Mulligan of Scribby had a vivid recollection of the famine years. He died last year at the age of 93 years. He said his father had a field of two acres set in potatoes, before the end of march, 1845. When they sprang up above the ground they were very good looking. The higher they grew the better they appeared. Every-one was saying how good the potatoes would be that year.
By and by a black spot was seen on every leaf of the potatoes. No one knew what it was as it was never seen before. In a week or fortnight the whole leaves and stalks were rottening away. When digging
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-22 12:34
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They had an old table for the purpose. Every person put down a halfpenny. The person that won, got all the halfpennies. They played on till about twelve - oclock. The game they mostly played were twenty five, old maids, and donkey.
Children played Tig and Hiding Go Seek. They played marbles at the cross-roads on aSummer evening.
Long ago a great game was pitching halfpennies.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-22 12:29
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Long ago people played more games than they do now. The games they used to play in olden days were football hurling cards and tug of war.
Long ago there was a team in every townland. Every Sunday two townlands would meet. Which everteam won would go on to meet the next townland.
At night in the summer they would play cards at the cross-roads.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 16:17
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At a bon fire night everybody brings a coal from the bon fire and throws it into the tillage field in order to have a good crop.
People put a coal under the churn and shake salt on it so that the faries would not bring the butter.
If next you went into a house where a churning is going on you should always twist the churn or you would bring the luck of the butter.
You should not throw out water on New Years day or you would throw out the luck of the year.
If ever you were going on a journey you should never turn back or you would be unlucky on your journey.
If ever you saw a lagging funeral it is a sign that another would go that way in a short time.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 16:12
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If you would see a spark on the candle it is a sign you would get a letter.
If you saw one magpie you would have bad luck.
If you were going anywhere and meet a man with a horse first on your way you would have good luck.
If a table falls to the ground there is somebody to come in or if it happens to be a fork it is a woman.
If your nose was itchy it is a sign that you would be fighting.
You should never stitch on a Sunday or you will have to rip it with your nose when you die.
If your ear was hot it is a sign that somebody was talking about you.
If you heard a magpie screeching is a sign of a letter.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 16:04
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If a coal falls from the fire there is somebody to come in.
If you saw two hens fighting it is a sign of strangers.
If there was a whisp after a hen it is a sign of a funeral.
If you saw two knives crossed you should straighten them it is a sign of a row.
If you saw two magpies you would have good luck.
If you were going anywhere and meet a girl with red hair you should turn back or you would have bad luck.
If you put on any of your clothes inside out you should leave them that way or you would have bad luck for the day.
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2018-08-21 15:57
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said "how are you Denny, you did well for us Denny, will you have a drink,
So after a while the gentleman came back again and he gave Denny a bag of gold and told him that he could go home now. So while Denny was away they left another man to resemble Denny with his wife. So the man they left at home was buried on Saturday and Denny came home on Sunday morning. When she saw Denny she fainted, she was sure she buried him the day before. He asked her for a clean shirt he wanted to go to mass. She said "I put a clean shirt on you yesterday going out in the coffin. Don't be joking says Denny give me a shirt. So she gave him the shirt and he went to mass. The people were out before him to mass that were at his funeral the day before. They said to one another thats Denny Farrell and they began to walk fast. Denny started to walk fast too. He thought he would be late for mass. When they saw Denny walking fast they started to run and when he went in to the church there was no one there but the priest and the clerk they all ran when they saw Denny.
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2018-08-21 15:47
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Denny Farrell was a blacksmith. One day a gentleman rode in with a horse with one leg. He said to Denny "shoe the horse for me." "How can I shoe him" says Denny "when he has only one leg to stand on." "Go ahead" said the gentleman "that's alright" So Denny made the shoe and put it on the horse. So the gentleman told Denny to get his mare and come along with him. So the man with the one legged horse jumped the first hedge he met and Denny with his old grey mare jumped after him. Then the gentleman brought Denny off to a well and told him they were going to war, and to mind the well and if the well got white they were losing and to go home. If the well got red they were gaining and to stay there and mind it till he would come back. And when the army would be passing not to take any food or drink from them till he would return to him.
So Denny was not long at the well till it started to get red and then he knew they were winning. The army came along and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 15:38
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Once upon a time there was a great big town with a number of streets in it. One day there was a market in one of the streets. There were a great number of people at the market. They had loads of potatoes and cabbage at the market. A boy lived near that place who used to fish. he had a donkey. He caught a great number of mackerel that day. He got a big box and he put the mackerel into it. He tied it to the donkeys back and got a big stick and went up on the donkey. he went off down the street shouting mackerel, fresh mackerel. Every time he used to shout it he used to hit three blows on the ass. He was passing by a window where a lady was looking out at him beating the ass, and he said. Have you any mercy, and he said , I have nothing only mackerel, fresh mackerel.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 15:32
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asked the man did he know a certain garden, and he said he was told that there was a pot of gold there. The man from Aloon said nothing but went home and began digging for the gold. He wasn't long digging until he found th epot of gold. He brought it into the house and began counting it. There were latin words written on the outside of the pot. The next day a learned man came into the house and he saw the writing on the pot. he asked the other man if he knew what the words meant and the other man said he didn't. The learned man told him that a foot under where the pot was found there were two more pots like it. When the learned man was gone the owner of the house went out and began to dig. After a while he found the other two pots of gold and he was a very rich man ever afterwards.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 15:24
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wife told him to stay at home, and that it was some of his neighbours trying to make a fool of him. So the man didn't go to Ballymacward for the gold and he heard the voice no more. The next night the man that owned the garden where the pot of gold was, in Aloon hearad a voice telling him to got to the bridge of Athlone and that he would get his fortune there. The voice could not tell him about the pot of gold for it told the man in Athlone about it three times and it is said that three times is the most a voice can tell you about anything. the man in Aloon got up next morning and went to Athlone bridge and began to walk up and down. The woman that was living near the bridge was him and told her husband. They watched him for a long time and at last the husband went out and asked the man where he was from. The man said he was from Aloon. Oh said the other man that is where I was told to go the other night for a pot of gold. he
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 15:18
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Once upon a time there lived a man and his wife near the bridge of Athlone. When he was in bed one night he heard a voice at the window. The voice told him to go to the village of Aloon in the parish of Ballymacward, and in a certain garden he would find a pot of gold under a bush. The next night he heard the same voice again and he heard it the third night also. The man told his wife the following morning about the voice and what it said and that he had to go to Ballymacward that night. The
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 15:14
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the tower but a lot of the building is demolished. It is now used as a Cemetry. There are some beautiful tombs to be seen there. The principal tombstones are the O'Kellys of Hymany, O'Donallans of Ballydonnallan, and the O'Daly's of Dunsandle.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 15:11
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The Abbey of Kilconnell was built between the years of 1340 and 1400 by the O'Kelly's and O'Donallans of Hymany. The Abbey was occupied by the Franciasan Friars. There were seven beautiful cut stone altars including a high altar. There was also a tower rising to a height of one hundred and eight feet and there was also a large bell on top of the tower with a silver tongue that could be heard seven miles away. The door frames and window frames were made of cut stone and are still to be seen. The locks and latches of the doors of the Abbey were made of solid gold and the were all taken together including the sacred vessels and were put into a large stone box and hidden in Hillswood. The exact spot is not rightly known. The Abbey was unroofed by Ginkel's soldiers after the battle of Aughrim in the year of 1691. The Friars were then driven out of it and had to take refuge in (Monabrugha) or the Friars bog by which it is known to-day. There is also an old well to be seen there yet where the Friars used to get water. It is called the "Lantern." When the Friars were leaving they blessed it and it never dries any year. The remains of the Abbey are still to be seen including
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 14:57
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he was coming home in the evening the woman's son was there as good as ever and the old fairy was gone.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 14:57
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neighbours. They took up the man out of the drain and next morning the buried him. Next night the man came home from Greenville. The wife heard him and put all in the house to the door. He asked her what was on her. There was a house near and he sat outside till he saw the man up. When the old man saw him he got afraid and said in the name of God don't do me any harm. The man asked him what was on him. The old man went out along with him and told the story to his wife and all he went through. After a long time this allaylough man was going to the fair of Abbey. He went in to see a cousin of his that was delicate. As soon as the man saw him he knew it was not his cousin. It was the fairy that played in Greenville for him. The fairy told him to tell the mother he saw stock in the corn coming down. When the mother was gone, the old fairy took out his pipes from under the pillow and started playing for him. He told the man to look out and see was his mother coming. He said to the fellow in the bed the man in Greenville played a trick on me for three days. if you are not gone before me in the evening I will set fire to you. When
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2018-08-21 14:46
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There was a man from Moylough going to Ballinasloe with a load of barley one time. He met a gentleman at Grennville gate near Mountbellew. He asked the man would he sell the load of Barley. He said he would he brought the load of barley into the yard and paid the man for it. He gave him his breakfast and asked him to stay for the night. They were to have a great night. Next morning he got ready to go home and the gentleman would not let him go. He told him the next night would be the best night of all. So they had a great night singing and dancing till morning. Next morning the man was starting for home. The gentleman told him to wait for that night it would be a great night. He would send a man home with the horse and cart to his wife and he did. When he was going in the street the horse and cart was tumbled into a dike and the man was killed. When the wife got up in the morning she got the horse and the cart and her husband as she thought in the dike. His wife called the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 14:34
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There was once a man living in this district not long ago. There was a lamb born one year with five feet, and this man cut off one of them. After that one day when the man was going down the road passing by a "closh" a carriage came up, and went into the "closh." It was filled up with fairies. They called the man in, and gave him a can, and sent him to a well for water. When he came back with the water, they made tea. They left down lovely cups and saucers and every sort of bread and butter, and eggs and meat. When the tea was ready, they fried the eggs and meat, and gave the man the best food he ever ate in his life. When they had enough ate, they gathered up all, and went off again in their carriage. After they going the man went home, and in a few days after the man got sick, and he never got up again.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 14:28
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well again but he looked back and he saw that the well was on fire and in a bog blaze nearly reaching the sky. He was afraid to go down again. So he took up the can and went home. The can was as heavy as if it was filled with water. So he went home and went to bed. He could not sleep and he could hear nothing all night but the croaking of frogs. When he got up nest morning the can was filled with water and the frog below in the bottom of it. He spilled out the water again and the can was as heavy as if it was filled with water. So the night when he was in bed he could not sleep. He heard a voice at the window saying, Go back and put the water in the well. He gave it no heed till he heard it again. So the morning when he got up he went down with the can of water and spilled it into the well. So from that day to this he never brought a can of water at night.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 14:21
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A man was going to visit down to Ballymacurard one night. He wanted a can of water from the well and he brought a can with him. He went over to the well and filled the can of water. He left it beside the ditch near the path where he would get it coming home. It was about twelve or one o'clock when he was coming home. When he came to the can of water there was a big frog below in the bottom of the can. So he spilled out the can of water and went over to the well for another can of water. When he came up near his house he was coming out a gap the frog jumped in again in the can of water. So he spilled it out again. he was going to go down to the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 13:34
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cast the man into it and threw it into a big river and the man never appeared to his daughters again.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-21 13:33
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Once upon a time a man and his two daughters lived in a cottage. He was very cross with them. After a while the man died and his daughters were not sorry for him. When he was a few months dead he used to come every night to the window where his daughters were sleeping and begin to rattle chains. At length one of the girls told the priest and the priest told her to get six priests more. This night the seven priests came to the house and they put down a big fire and they all began reading together. When they were near finished the man came with the chains rattling. One of the priests saw him and he took off all his clothes and shook his body into the fire and it came out unburned. Now said the priest if ye are not able to do that ye have no power to hunt ghosts. Then the priest asked the man why was he coming to his daughters frightening them. Because I often did them bad deeds and I I was very cross with them said the ghost.
Now said the priest "I'll put you where you will never come again" and he got a barrel and
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2018-08-21 13:23
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There is a forth in the village of Curragh. It occupies about half an acre of land. There is a little house in it and it is roofed and built with large flags and there is a small flag door in it. It is said long ago that the fairies lived there. it is said it was made by the Danes. The last two Danes who lived in Ireland are supposed to have lived there and they were a father and son. The Danes had a method of making wine form heath tops. the Irish tried to get the secret from them and they could not. They caught those two and threatened to kill them if they did not tell them. The father after much threatening and coaxing said he could tell it while there were two of them alive and said if they killed the son that he would tell them. When the son was killed he told them to kill himself now, but they would never get the secret. The two Danes are supposed to be buried in a field near the forth.
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2018-08-21 13:14
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A man was coming from a visit one night and he went astray until he came to a big house in the middle of a field. He went in and there was a big crowd with in and they were all feasting and dancing. They told him to sit down and he did; and they gave him a big supper of all kinds of food. When he had the supper eaten he started dancing and kept dancing all the night. He fell asleep and when he awoke he found he was lying in a big heap of nettles and bushes and he could not see any house or anything.
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2018-08-21 13:10
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Long ago there was a chief and he had many workmen and each of them had a job to do for themselves. There was one workman who had to drive the cows out in the fields in the morning and bring them home in the evening and milk them. One day the chief told him not to put the cows in one special field and he told him where it was. He was driving the cows out this morning and he said to himself that there was no grass in the other fields and it would not be right to have the cows starving and he put them into the field which he was told not to and he put them in. When he was coming home a giant came out before him and asked him why didn't he obey his master. The boy told him the story that there was no grass in the other fields. The giant was going to kill him and he asked him to wrestle him and if he won he would not kill him. They started wrestling and the giant won. The boy asked him to spare his life and he would give him a magic rod. The boy went for the rod and when he came back with it he struck the giant with it and he killed him.
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2018-08-21 13:01
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there she found a gang of sheep-stealers digging Flanagan's potatoes. They knew she had seen them and they followed her with spades threatening to kill her. She threw herself on her knees at the big bush going into Attyregan and begged them to spare her life for her children.
This they promised to do on condition she would not tell she had seen them digging the potatoes. She gave that promise and kept it till years later when the Revenue Officers had cleared the village and the gangs of sheep-stealers as they were always called.
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2018-08-21 12:57
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Before and during the famine the people of Attyregan were terrible sheep-stealers. They made a practice of going out in gangs and stealing a sheep or two or three from anybody who had sheep.
Those who had sheep used to have to stay up all night , drive their sheep into a paddock and guard them with a gun. The only people they were afraid of were the Revenue Officers who had lived in Hampstead House. Jack Raftery's Mother used to tell a story of meeting men one night. her own mother was Mrs Kenny and lived in the house where Mick Kenny now lives. Mrs Raftery went up across the fields one night to see her as she was sick. There were no potatoes in Liscune at this time except those in one big garden that old Mr Flanagan was keeping for seed. As Mrs Raftery was coming home she had to go into Flanagan's garden and
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2018-08-20 17:51
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Twice a year people make a pilgrimage to this well. On the first Sunday of May and August. It was customary a few years ago for the men and women and children to go around bare-footed but this is not done now. There are four corners in the well and the people kneel at each corner and recite suitable prayers. This is repeated for nine times. For the last six times a stone is cast away. The stones are picked out of the stream that drains the well. When the stones are cast away the pilgrim kneel down and recite some prayers. He then takes some water from the well and drinks it.
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2018-08-20 17:46
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and some years ago people came from Dublin & other towns to get this water as it is supposed to cure a bad cold.
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2018-08-20 17:45
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There is a well situated about a mile from my home. It was in the days of Cromwell that this well first won its fame. There was a priest hiding near this well and one of the Irish soldiers gave all the information about the priest to Cromwell's soldiers. So they decided to fill the well with stones. They had three loads of stones thrown into the well. But next morning the well was empty again and the same thing occurred three times. At last however the priest was found and many of Cromwell's men shot at him but he only caught the bullets in his hand and threw them back at the soldiers. At last the priest was shot & his blood is still to be seen on many stones around the well.
The water in this well is very clear
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2018-08-19 15:56
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plentiful long ago because there are ruins of many in the townland in which people were living about sixty or seventy years ago. There is one still to be seen to the west of Lonehort Battery where a man and his sister lived about fifty years ago. There is a fine place and settle still there, but the roof was taken off a year ago. Two others are a little bit further west and now used as cow-houses or hay sheds. Nearly every family had some members who emigrated to America because they had to seek employment and some of them used go away in ships and never return home again.
There are small heights here and there in the townland and a good part of the land is marshy but there are only four or five bogs in it. Ardagh which means High Fort takes its name from a high fort which the English built to keep a watch for any ships which would be coming to help the Irish.
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2018-08-14 17:45
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There is a treasure supposed to be hidden in Mortimer Castle which is situated on the right hand side of lake Derravaragh. It was placed there by Mortimer for fear of it would be taken by Cromwell who was then in Ireland.
The buried treasure consists of a crock of gold and is supposed to be worth one hundred pounds.
There is supposed to be a cock and a black cat always safe-guarding the treasure.
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2018-08-14 17:41
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people in that country.
Note Derranagaragh lies between Milltown Castlepollard and Ballyknock Collinstown.
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2018-08-14 17:39
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Connaught to Derranagaragh. He went into a house telling a story that he was dreaming of a pot of gold under a bush opposite this house. The man of the house said he was dreaming of that too and had often dug and got nothing.
He gave the stranger some food and put him to rest. When the poor tired man was sleeping heavily the people of the house went out and dug and got his luck, a pot of gold.
Some years after they noticed strange writing on the lid of the pot but could not read it. One day a scholar was in the house and he read the writing of the lid "The other side of the bush is as good as this."
They went out and dug at the other side of the and got another pot. It made them the richest
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2018-08-14 17:34
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Mortimer lived in a castle which is an old ruin now and it is called the Old Court. It is situated in Faughalstown in the eastern shore of Lough Derravaragh. There is a lot of hidden treasure in it. The ENglish placed a cannon on the opposite shore and blew the castle to pieces.
Mortimer had one time to save all his treasure. Some of it is supposed to be underneath the ruin.
The treasure consists of gold and silver. The value of it is not known There is a black cat minding the treasure. The cat goes out every seven years for a drink. If anyone should go in while the cat is out they would get the treasure.
A man came from
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2018-08-13 16:15
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out offices. These three farms combined would be about 200 acres. This estimate is at variance with that of the Melleray Brochire (25 acres) and with that of the Melleray Annual ( 150 acres) The monks got 600 acres in Waterford.
(10) When coming up the avenue to the presbytery one meets first a high wall. In the part of it to the right of the avenue there was until recently some traces of an old alms house, where the monks used daily give of their poverty to those poorer than themselves.
(11) The Milleray Brochire says the monks repaired and enlarged the outoffices. The enlargement cannot be traced today. But they built a sheep house and a chapel which still stands. The sheep house is the crumbling ruin beside the "old road." The chapel is the extension northward from the dwelling house and kitchen. A two storey building, the ground floor is used for garage and stall and the upper portion fora granary. There is a single window arching gracefully to a point in the northern gable, two similar windows in the southern gable opening on what was then a corridor and is now a room. These latter windows are now built up as is the top of the window of the northern gable. There are also two nicely arched windows looking east and still open. Inside in the granary a rough stencilling still shows the position of an old gallery.
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2018-08-13 16:01
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as a hostel for them. One would imagine that things were already sufficiently congested at Ráth Mhór - of course an allowance from the secular priests of the diocese was made to the monastery for this purpose.
(5) When some Ráth Mhór people went down to Melleray one or two generations ago the monks enquired was the big tree standing still in the lawn.
(6) Seven brothers died during their short stay of 5 years and 5 months in Ráth Mhór. Their ill treatment in France and the bad accommodation in this new home were responsible for this high mortality. They were buried temporarily at the corner of the back-yard of the presbytery where the piggery now stands. Years after the monks went away a party came back and took away the remains to Melleray with them. Brother Colmcille (Father Culhane) of Melleray tells me the removal took place in 1851 and maintains that the remains were all placed together in one grave which is still pointed out at Melleray.
(7) The names of the deceased have not been preserved in the arch of Melleray. A Dingle tradition exists that one of the brothers was Hore from Ballintaggart in DIngle.
(8) A tradition exists in the Presentation Convent Killarney that their wall of enclosure was built by the monks out of gratitude to the Rev. Mother for getting them Ráth Mhór. They walked in and out from Killarney to Ráth Mhór each day.
(9) The Cistercian farm and buildings have been divided between the presbytery, Timothy Hickie and William Hassett, the presbytery retaining the dwelling house and William Hasset holding most of the
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2018-08-13 14:17
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taineer" states. "The anxious superior could not conceal from himself the almost desperate situation of the community of Ráth Mhór. The impossibility of maintaining so large a body on so burdened and so small a holding was becoming daily more evident; the profits of the farm or rather the balance of those profits that remained over after the claims of the landlord, the rate collector and the tax-gatherer were satisfied could not suffice for their support unless largely supplemented by the charity of the faithful. But mendicity except as a temporary expedient in great extremities was foreign and even opposed to the spirit of the Order. Moreover he was far too high-minded a man to think of adding to the burden of an already impoverished people whilst any other resource remained."
The Items to be had from tradition are very few. The monastic rule of silence is probably the reason why the information is so meagre.
(1) Twenty monks would with the help of local people lift a huge tree and carry it across couple of fields in perfect silence
(2) Mr. William Hasset's big field consisting of about fourteen acres including the cottages since built on it used be tilled by the monks, every sod of it being turned by spade work.
(3) The monks were often over about Cathair Bhearnach (in the parish of Ráth Mhór prospecting and examining the mountain. They were probably thinking of establishing themselves there permanently.
(4) The Sick Priest's Fund in the Kerry diocese is called the Ráth Mhór Fund, because the monks were to use their monastery
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2018-08-13 13:29
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of their abundance refused was granted by the poor out of their indigence; and God only knew at what a sacrifice. The charity of self-forgetting neighbours not only repaired and furnished the house but stocked the farm and provided the implements necessary for cultivation."
Father Vincent Ryan who was now regular superior soon perceived that Ráth Mhór would not be their permanent foundation. He "made every effort to obtain additional land and a tenure which would warrant a permanent establishment. But he could obtain no hope of either and so was obliged to resume his anxious quest for the desired site. For six months he journeyed from one end of Ireland to the other to examine possible sites and in May 1832 A.D. got Mt Melleray in Waterford. The brother farmer of Ráth Mhór condemned the proposed site. Nevertheless Father Vincent Ryan took possession of it on May 30th 1832 A.D. He soon summoned 20 of the bretheren from Ráth Mhór to help him. From July on priests and people from the neighbouring parishes in Waterford and Cork came to the monastery to give a day's work, the contingents numbering from 200 to 2000. Thus the enclosure was finished in Sept 1832 A.D. The Monastery was not completely built till Oct. 1838 A.D. Father Vincent Ryan now regular Abbot did not like to abandon Ráth Mhór before the completion of the Monastery but he had to leave it a year and a half earlier. "In May 1837 he was obliged to arrange for the immediate transfer of the Community to Melleray and to deliver up the Kerry house and farm to the former occupants."
Discussing the reasons why Father Vincent wished to close with Sir RIchard Keane's office of Mount Melleray in Waterford the "moun
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2018-08-13 13:06
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went aboard the vessel. "After mutual greetings the warmer for the sufferings all had endured, he spoke to the monks of his efforts to find a suitable establishment in Ireland and of his indifferent success told them they must be prepared to suffer in Ráth Mhór hardships beyond anything they had yet experienced and concluded by announcing in the name of Abbot Antony that who so felt unequal to the sacrifice was at liberty to return to his relatives. Only one, an Englishman availed himself of this dispensation.
"The accomodation at their new home they found altogether inadequate. Not only was the house too small for monastic purposes but the farm itself was not at all large enough to give employment to so numerous a community or even to promise their support. However they resolved to make the best of a bad situation until something more satisfactory should offer. Meantime regular observance was introduced as far as circumstances permitted. The brethren began to wear once again the religious habit; the various community exercises succeeded each other in due order, and the Divine Office was chanted at the accustomed hours"
"Dom Vincents next step was to petition the landlord Earl Kenmare for an extension of the lease and the reduction of the rent. The noble Earl referred him to a gentleman named Mr Cronyn in whose lands the property then was; Mr. Cronyn referred him to the trustees of the estate and the trustees refused him even the favour of a reply. Justice requires us to acknowledge with gratitude a grant of some trees given by Earl Kenmare for the repairs of the dilapidated building in which the monks were to lodge. This was the sum total of the help contributed by the local gentry. But what the rich out
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2018-08-13 12:43
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citizens or a free passage to Ireland. The British Consul helped the French authorities to save their focus in this change of front. On Nov. 2oth they embarked on board the French ship of ware "Hebe." For eight days they were kept in harbour by contrary winds but arrived at Cove on Dec. 1st 1831. They were feted by priests and people in Cobh and again in Cork. Then says the official account "they turned their faces towards the spot which was to be the cradle of their renewed order in Ireland - Ráth Mhór which shall ever be dear and sacred in the eyes of the Irish Cistercians, because it was a haven of rest to these confessors of the Faith after their many and great sufferings. The site of the provisional monastery is a journey of only two days form Cork. But as the entire body could not travel together and were obliged to proceed in small parties on successive days it was some five days after their arrival in Cobh before they were united in Ráth Mhór on Dec 6th 1831. The day following their assembly there saw the Cistercian observance re-commenced in Ireland just 200 years after it had ceased at Holy Cross the last of the old monasteries."
There was a final proof of the unsatiable malignity of French fanaticism. The Mayor of Cork got a letter from the captain of the "Hebe" full of grave accusations against the Trappists. The Mayor refused to give up the letter to the monks but he said the calumnies were so absurd that they could impose on nobody. The letter from the Prefect of Loire Inférieure was later sent to the Lord Lieutenant and nothing more was heard of it.
The "Mountaineer" gives some more details:-
When the 64 Trappist monks arrived in Cork harbour, Father Vincent
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2018-08-13 11:46
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were placed under virtual arrest. On Oct. 6th 1831 A.D. the French members of the Order were thrust out forcibly. The Irish monks appealed to the British Consul at NAntes a Mr. Mewman for protection. He gave it for a while. From this point it is somewhat difficult to follow the course of events. It would appear that to allay the scruples of this consul a charge of conspiracy and was trumped up against the Irish monks. Then they were literally torn from their cells on the morning of Nov. 8th 1831 and paraded in the monastic grounds. When all were assembled they were seized by the soldiers, led to the public road and put in charge of a military company with fixed bayonets. Thus old and young, strong and weak they were all marched 20 miles to Nantes without having broken their fast. At the neighbouring town of Melleray they had to wait in the middle of the road unrefreshed even by a drink of water whilst the officers were dining with the Mayor and the soldiers were eating their rations. Late in the evening when they arrived at Nantes they were confined in two large rooms in the barracks of St. Jaque's. After their long fast of more than 30 hours and after their arduous journey the only refreshment given them was bread and water. During the night they were paraded every two hours for roll-call. Next day was Sunday. They were confined to their rooms and not allowed to Mass. They went on hunger-strike. This made things awkward for their captors. Sympathy with the prisoners was growing in the town and now or later a relief committee was formed. By Wednesday the monks had won. The close confinement ceased, diet was improved and terms of release were offered - permission to remain in France as ordinary
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2018-08-13 11:26
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furniture. The first night of occupation he passed sitting on an old box that had been abandoned as worthless by the former occupant. Yet in the short space of a few months, with the blessing of providence and the charitable aid of the faithful, he succeeded in creating such an establishment as might be considered the growth of years. The whole place was completely transformed and gave abundant signs of the capable and vigorous hands into which it had fallen. The farm was stocked to some extent, the house and outoffices were repaired and enlarged; in fine nothing was forgotten or overlooked that case and foresight with limited and uncertain resources could provide."
The "Mountaineer" gives the following additional information
The farm at Rathmore consisted of 150 acres not 25 as stated in the Brochire.
Not only was there an exorbitant rent but the term of tenure was only 20 years.
Father Vincent's second visit to Ráth Mhór was in June 8th 1881 when Mr. Mac Donough gave him possession.
The monks were allowed half the crops on the land to pay the rent due in November.
As soon as he had acquired Ráth Mhór, Father Vincent at once sent of to Melleray in France for a few brothers to help him. The holding in question at Ráth Mhór was of course the present presbytery and farm - not the Ráth Mhór Presentation Convent as seems to be believed at Melleray.
On Sept. 28th 1831 A.D. 600 French soldiers entered Melleray Abbey, Brittany and ordered the monks to leave. When they refused they
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2018-08-11 16:24
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places for the foundation.
This property situated at a place called Ráth Mhór about twelve miles from Killarney consisted of a farm of twenty-five acres, a moderately-sized dwelling house and some out-offices. It was subject to an exorbitant rent and was therefore not the most desirable of acquisitions. Nevertheless to resign this holding in favour of the monks was a most generous act on the part of the occupant, Mr Mac Donough and his good deed deserves to be held in eternal remembrance. It saved the monks from even a temporary dispersion and enabled then to make a final settlement elsewhere with less embarrassment than they otherwise would have experienced; while it at the same time ended one great source of anxiety for Dom. Vincent.
With the Ráth Mhór Property in his possession he was enabled to create a provisional monastery, and so as to provide a temporary shelter for his persecuted brethren. Hence it was with great joy that he saw himself put into possession of the holding by his dear, good friend Mr. Mac Donaugh though as he knew fell well, his entering thus into occupation was but entering into a new period of harassing care and ceaseless labour.
On the 23rd June 1831 the transfer took place and the new foundation commenced. No work of the kind was entered on with greater zeal and few such ever began in greater poverty than marked the commencement of this first provisional monastery of Dom Vincent.
When taking possession of the humble holding he had neither money nor material resources of any kind not even a single article of
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sentence of expulsion or extinction.
Accordingly when the Lulworth monks herd that the old Melleray abbey in Brittany was for sale they bought it. Not merely did the French Government not object to their return but it sent a war vessel to convey them from England to France. This in 1817 A.D after twenty three years Lulworth Abbey was abandoned and its members which now amounted to almost sixty monks were transferred to Brittany.
Though postulants came to Melleray in Brittany from France, Italy, Spain and England the Irish element in the abbey held its own and when trouble was again brewing in 1831 A.D. nearly 70 of the 200 members were Irish. Hence when fears of more persecution and of a second expulsion arose, a foundation in Ireland was at once thought of. on Dec. 27th 1830 Father Vincent Ryan of Waterford and another Irish monk Brother Malachy set out for Ireland. When they reached London their purse contained only one shilling and six pence. Some charitable person franked their expenses to Ireland. But for six months they travelled round the country unable to get a site for their new monastery. "At length when nearly worn out with anxiety and fatigue, he received an offer of a small property, which he was obliged to accept as a temporary expedient, since time was pressing and nothing better than promised. To a holy nun, Mrs Kelly, Rev, Mother of the Presentation Convent, Killarney he was indebted for this good fortune. Through her charitable influence, her nephew who rented two small holdings in the County of Kerry became so interested in the projected Monastery as to offer one of his
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2018-08-11 15:42
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A brochiere on Mount Milleray and the Milleray Annual called the "Mountaineer" have been the main siurces of our information. We quote them verbatim frequently and even where it is necessary to condense we retain as far as possible the words of the originals. The few details gleaned from local tradition are briefly summarised at the end.
Melleray Monastery which was established in Brittany in France about the year 1134 A.D. was suppressed by the French revolutionaries in 1791 A.D. and the few religious there were dispersed. Nothing more is heard of them.
The Cistercian Community from the Mother house at La Trappe were also expelled from this monastery but they refused to be disbanded. They settled in Switzerland whence in 1793 A.D. they sent a colony to England intending to take passage to Canada. The Canadian boat had already left and the monks succeeded in getting a new home and building a new monastery at Lulworth in Dorsetshire. They soon got dozens of vocations from amongst the Irish in England and later from the Irish at home. But the success of the abbey roused bigotry and intolerance and at last the British prime minister forbade the monks accept any more Irish or English subjects. As the Catholic religion was now tolerated in France no more French subjects could be expected. Hence the decree was tantamount to a
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to remove it. Old Cronin sat down on the tree grinning at them, but they cut it from under him. It is quite obvious from this That the old man overdid the apparitions and made himself too cheap.
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An old man and his wife lived in our farm about a hundred and sixty years ago. The man's name was Denis Cremin and his wife's name was Nora Lynch.
Their work was making skeehoges." They were very poor so they used make their living by selling them in Killarney every Saturday for sixpence or sometimes fourpence.
First they used get a strong sally rod and out of this they used make a bow. Then they used get middling strong twigs for the sides of it. Then they used weave the twigs across the bottom of it until it would be finished.
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2018-08-10 08:59
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There is a well in the grounds near Dunloe Castle. Tobar Criosc it was called. Rounds used be paid there on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month. When Protestants (Conyers) came to Dunloe Castle, they closed the entrance to the well, and the field turned into a quagmire. When the O'Mahoneys came to Dunloe, the opened the well again and rounds are still paid there on the first Saturday and Sunday and also on Good Friday.
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2018-08-10 08:55
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built in one of the fields. There was no entrance to it save for a small window. A pony grazed in a field nearby. One day he got into the tower, Nobody could understand how he got in as the entrance was very small. The owner had to knock the tower to get him out. The took the stones and built a house with them. The house fell. They built it again and it fell once more. It had fallen three times before it was fit for occupation. The stones of the tower are said to have been enchanted.
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Which he removed. He dug deeper underneath the flag and he came upon another flag. He also removed this flag and dug deeper. There he met a third flag. As he was about to remove this one some dust went into his eye and he heard three strokes of a hammer as if a smith was striking an anvil. He got terrified and ran home, and told his wife what had happened. The man never recovered his sight.
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2018-08-10 08:48
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Knocknahoe is situated about five miles from Killarney. Years ago there was a kind of a tower
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There is a large fort in the townland of Knockeragh. There are two big mounds of earth surrounding it. Once there was Spring water rising near it. One fine Summer came and all the wells went dry. The farmer, who owned the land in which the fort was came to the conclusion that her would sink a well by the side of the fort where the water used to rise. When he had dug about two feet of the surface he met a large flag
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Knockaninane, the land of the Fionán. Fionán is a kind of bedding for cattle.
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Knockaninane, the land of the bedding for cattle.
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out.
Knockeragh, means the airy hill. it got its name from a fort in the neighbourhood.
Knockmanagh, means the middle hill. So called because it is separated by a hill from another townland also called Knockmanagh.
Tiernaboul, means the land of the holes. So called because the land contains many holes.
Knocknaskehy, means the hill of the white thorn. The white thorn grows in abundance there.
Raheen, means a fort. There is a fort in the townland.
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2018-08-09 17:45
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Garrigeen:- about four miles from Killarney there is a townland known as Carrigeen.
Carrigeen means a rock. It got its name from a stone in the vicinity. This stone is about four feet high. Chieftains have been buried underneath it.
Ardaneanig:- It means the fair height. A fair used be held there each year in olden days.
Knocknahoe, which means the hill of the Cozain or tower. There was a magic tower there in olden days. There was no entrance to the tower. One day a pony got into it. the tower was knocked to get him
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2018-08-09 17:39
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The police arrested him and got the letter. A police man was riding with the (letter) information to Caherciveen. The Fenians saw him and shot him at Mountain Stage.
Tom Garde and Joe Noonan two Fenians of Killarney for Queenstown hidden in two barrels. Only three knew of the plan but next day the Military had all information but the two had already escaped. The authorities ordered the Signal Man to be dismissed as he had not given information of the plot but he gained his case for he proved that it was not his duty to report such things.
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2018-08-09 17:32
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Moriarty of Cahirciveen came with orders to the Fenians in Killarney
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2018-08-09 17:31
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An old Fenian who went to America wrote to a friend of his in Glencar. He told his friend of his war experiences in Ireland. When the Fenian rebellion started in Cahirciveen they came through Glencar and there they were told to hide their guns. In a triangular field between two mountains where a stream was they hid the guns at the top of the triangle. He asked his friend to search for the guns in that field so his friend did so with two other men but they could not get them.
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2018-08-09 17:26
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The townland of the Pattern is situated in the parish of Tough. It got its name from the Pattern Fair that used be held there. There is no village or town there, and in the fields and on the road-side the cattle used be bought and sold. That fair is now held in Killorglin. The 11th of February was the day of the Pattern, that was the feast of St. Gobnait.
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2018-08-09 17:22
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Churchtown formerly known as Knockane is situated about two miles to the West of Beaufort. There is a Catholic burying ground and there is also a Protestant Church built in the burying ground. There is a stone wall built around the grounds and an iron gate and an iron gate leads into the preaching Church. The Protestants would not allow the Catholics take their dead in by that gate. They have to go through an old road and take the coffin in over the stone-walk. There was a famous bone setter living in that townland and he used always go to the grave-yard for the old boards of coffins to put to the broken limbs.
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2018-08-09 17:07
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she fell in.This caused terrible trouble and ever since the well has been closed.
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2018-08-09 17:06
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The road Which now leads to Tiernaboul was once the main road to Cork. About a mile and a half from Killarney there is a hill called Spa which means the place of the minerals. It gets its name from a large well which was in the middle of the hill. The water in the well was iron water and was very healthy to - drink. The people of the town used to go out for the water to drink as a tonic. Once a country man was going home from Killarney with a horse and car. When he came to the well he stopped to give the horse a drink. The animal pulled too near the edge of the well and
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2018-08-07 09:52
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The quilts in olden days were made from wool which the old folks them selves prepared. First they carded the wool. Then they spun it. They took it to the weaver. They took it home, and dyed half it red. They lined the quilt with white flannel, and made the top with red. They sewed it together and quilted it with red cotton, and these quilts lasted for years. A lemon coloured one which was made about seventy years ago is still to be seen, and the dye is still good.
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2018-08-07 09:48
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The Killarney rowing Club was established in '78 or '79. It was called the Lough Leane rowing club. Drapers, Grocers, bakers, carpenters and plasterers all had their own crew. The drapers won in the first regatta, although the bakers were considered the best. the R.I.C. then joined. For the next regatta the hotels had boats and crews of their own.
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2018-08-07 09:45
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The first Killarney football club was established in 1872. From the 1st of October to the 1st of March £3.10 was paid for the use of the field. Nothing but a goal counted in those days. The players paid one shilling each as everyone was anxious to play.
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2018-08-07 09:43
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About fifty years ago a dozen daily papers were distributed in Killarney. Up to that the popular weekly papers were "The Weekly News" and "The Nation." the first daily papers were "The Freeman's Journal," "The Cork Examiner" and the "Cork Herald."
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2018-08-07 09:32
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again and washed his eyes with the water, and he was immediately cured. No fish live in the well, and the water can never be boiled. This was proved because one day a woman a woman took home this water and placed it in the kettle to boil. She left it on the fire for an hour, but it was as cold in the end of the hour as it was in the beginning. No story is told of its origin, or of any saint connected with it.
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2018-08-07 09:28
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In the district of Boulia and about one mile from my house, lies a little well which is called Sunday's well. It is situated in the middle of a great big field shaded by a large furze bush. Every Sunday people give rounds to this well which has a cure for sore eyes or any other disease of the head. A little path is trampled down round this well where the people walk doing their rounds while they say a rosary. Money and statues, medals and other little presents, are to be seen strewn on the banks of the well. A man from the district once took the money that was left beside the well and his eyes got sore and swelled. He put it back
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2018-08-06 17:30
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to go to America, as he did not want him to make the like of these beautiful gates for any other man. They are in perfect order at the present day.
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2018-08-06 17:29
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Up to thirty years ago the Healys were Smiths in KIllarney. They were very good smiths. They were called white smiths. They used make all sorts of locks and keys, also fancy railing for shop windows. Jim Healy built a hotel in Henn Street. He was a mechanic and he made a bicycle fro his own use. It was afterwards bought by an English tourist. There was another smith in Killarney named Cronin. He used make knives, springs for cars and rabbit traps. He also made gates for the gentry. The last gates that he made were for Lord Headly of Aghadoe. When he made six pair of gates for the Lord he gave him a big sum of money
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2018-08-06 15:28
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Butter in olden times was made with the Churn. There were certain days for churning. Nobody would churn on a Monday or a Friday. Anybody coming into the house while the churn was making, should catch the staff and strike a few blows. You would not be allowed to light your pipe inside in the house while the churn was going on, or you could not take out any fire for fear you would carry the butter. That was the superstition in those times, and a very few people would lend a churn
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2018-08-06 15:21
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with the impression that it was a deaf lake.
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2018-08-06 15:21
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Locán Bodhar is a lake in the middle of a field in Lackabane and this is how it got its name. There were people staying at the Victoria Hotel and a boat-man told them that if a person stood at each side of the lake and spoke to one another their voices would not sound across the lake. One man came up with the boat-man and stood at each side of the lake. The boat-man opened his mouth and pretended to shout to him but the man said he could not hear him. The boat-man told the other man to speak to him and he would see if he could hear him. So he started to shout and the boat-man said he could not hear him. The tourist went home
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2018-08-06 15:16
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Long ago in the parish of Kilcummin there were two great dancers. Peg Leary and Peg Doody. They were the two best dancers in the parish of Kilcummin. One day they had a contest to see which of them was the better for dancing. They came to a house and there were steps they had to dance. They soaped a table and Peg Doody was the first to dance, she got on the soaped table and danced. Peg Leary was next and she danced also, so they were as good as each other.
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2018-08-06 15:12
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The man saw him looking in the window and said he would not cure the child. The child's father went away from the window and all he could see was sweet-brian and the man saying magic words over the child. After about an hour the man came out of the room and went away. The child was as good as ever next day.
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2018-08-06 15:10
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Long ago a man named Crowley, lived about three miles behind Killorglin. He was famous all over Kerry for bone-setting. At that time, there was a small boy in the townland of Barlymount, and one day he fell from a horse's back and broke his two legs. His parents sent for Crowley to come to the house, and he came in the evening. He took the little boy into a room and closed the door. He would not let anyone see what he was going to do. At last the childs father went to the window to see what the man was doing.
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2018-08-06 14:37
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Slanlus a herb with a long thin leaf, chopped with two stones cured their cut toes.
When a cow calved a blessed candle was lighted and the sign of the cross made over her with it.
It was the custom to put on a little bush near the house something belonging to every member of the family such as a handkerchief, a tie or a cap on St. Bridget's night that she might bless them when she passed.
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2018-08-06 14:34
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When persons got rheumatism they used smear a piece of paper with bird lime and put it over a swarm of bees so that the bees backs would stick to it and the stings would be left on the paper then put it up to the part where they had the rheumatism.
For warts they used to dip their finger into a drop of water that would lodge in a stone and rub it to the wart nine mornings fasting.
Old people had a good cure for burns. Ivy leaf which grew on a certain tree boiled in water and the burn washed in this healed quickly.
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2018-08-06 14:27
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In our farm we have a field which we call Páirc a'Leasa, It is a very large field but there are no signs of any fort or lios there. Close to it is a field which is called Páircin Rahilly. In that field there are two circles made of stones and it looks very much like a fort.
Long ago a man named O'Rahilly who was a shepherd minded sheep there. The remains of an old house is now there at present. It is probably that Páirc a'Leasa and Páircin Rahilly were all one field but they were separated from each other by a cement
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2018-08-06 14:23
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Loc-Lein:- Loc Lein was so called from lane who was a smith and lived there long ago. He was famous for making all the arnour and swords for the soldiers long ago.
Martyrs Hill:- Martyrs Hill is in the east of Killarney and was so called because it was on that spot that Fr. Thaddeus Moriarty who was prior of the Dominicans in Tralee. Pierce Ferriter and Hugh O'Connor were hanged for the Catholic faith in 1853.
Tuirín an Céim is a district in the south of the lakes of Killarney and is situated in the Glenagh mountains. It means the tower of steps.
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2018-08-06 14:09
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Tomies:- Long ago there was a battle fought in Tomies and two great chieftains were shot there. They were buried in tombs near the battle-field and the place was called Tomies since then.
Lahard:- Lahard is a district in the parish of Listry. It means the half hillock because the ground is high there.
Ballyhar:- Ballyhar got its name from the O'Hares a famous family that lived there long ago.
Fossa:- Fossa was so called because the Chapel, the priest's house, the school and a large Gallán there are all combined together.
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2018-08-06 12:47
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It is customary in Ireland that before a corpse is coffined that all fastenings such as pins and knots are removed. If this was not done it might be inconvenient for the person in after life. It happened that a man was buried and his socks were tied together as they forgot to untie them. A week after when his wife looked out the window she saw him jumping outside with his toes tied together. She had to get the assistance of some neighbours to go to the grave with her and they found that the pins in is socks had never been removed.
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2018-08-06 12:39
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men with him he fought a fierce battle but he was defeated. Where the men were killed now stands a place called "Turnin na Muc". The man who was in command of the English named Brown was given the title of Lord Kenmare.
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2018-08-06 12:37
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candle light.
3. When McCarty Mor owned the surroundings of Killarney Queen Elizabeth was reigning in England. McCarty Mor had a quarrel with Queen Elizabeth who sent her soldiers over to subdue McCarty , McCarty heard this and he sent his soldiers to the two passes Mols Gap and Robbers Glen. When the English came they did not come through the passes but they came over the top of Mangerton mountain. McCarty Mor met them at the foot of the mountain and not having many
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2018-08-06 12:33
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2. Killeagy, once a Catholic graveyard now stands as a protestant graveyard. It is situated near Muckross and is about two three quarters miles from Killarney. There is a cement house in a corner of it and it is said that long ago in the days of the Cromwellians the priests from Innisfallen used to say Mass there and under that there is some inscription about a man by the name of Hussey being buried there but this inscription cannot be read without
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2018-08-06 12:28
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1. One day when Mr. Herbert, the owner of Muckross in the eighteenth century, was building the new Muckross House he wanted to get good earth to set his garden as he said that the earth of the grave yard would be the best. One day he went to see the men working and when he was going home he came to the turn of the road. He turned his head round to see if the men were still working. On turning he found he was unable to move his head and it remained that way until every shove of the earth was put back in the graveyard.
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2018-08-06 12:24
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the five others are buried in the "old Chapel" Catholic Cemetery, three miles west of Rathmore.
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2018-08-06 12:23
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About fifteen miles from Killarney there is a place called the moving bog. This bog contains about six hundred acres, and forty years ago it began to shake, and give away. The fatal spot where stood Donnelly's house is to be seen there. There is a lime kiln beside it to mark the spot where the house stood. Cornelius Donnelly was the father of seven children and the surviving little girl had lived with her Aunt in Rathmore. It was the night time of December 28th 1896 that the bog gave away. The bodies of three of the younger victims have not yet been discovered amid the worlds of mire, and water, while those of
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2018-08-05 12:55
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Guard the house with a string of primroses on the first three days of May. The fairies are said not to be able to pass over or under this string.
If you pluck the branch of a rowan tree and put it on the roof with a piece of timber it is said that the roof will be safe from storms for twelve months.
Light a May bush on May eve and let it burn before a house and it will be saved from lightning or thunder for a year.
If there is any food left over on May eve destroy it as they say that the fairies change it during the night.
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2018-08-05 12:51
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You give away luck when you give away fire, butter, or milk on May day.
If a stranger milks the cow on a May-day there will be no milk for the family before the year is out.
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2018-08-05 12:50
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You give away luck when you give away fire, butter, or milk on May day.
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2018-08-05 12:43
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The friars came from Faugh-Bawn and established a college in Killarney and this college gave its name to one of the streets in the new town. The site is now occupied by Mr. Scott's house. This college was burned about 1840.
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2018-08-05 12:41
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Bogbean is used to cure rheumatism
Clover is used to cure cough
Comfrey is used to stoop bleeding
Elder flowers are very nourishing
Marigold is used to cure measles
Dandelion is used to cure measles
Dockroot is used to cure cancer and sores
Yarrow is used as a tonic and will cure coughs and colds.
Thyme is used to cure coughs, colds and indigestion
Self heal if gargled cures sore throat
Poppy heads made into a poultice will cure neuralgia
Burdock is used to cure skin diseases
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2018-08-05 12:38
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was done by scraping new potatoes and squeezing the juice into crocks, blueing the mixture and then leave it in the sun to dry when it would split up in little bits like the starch we use now.
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2018-08-05 12:36
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made in the woollen mills but used to make quilts themselves from red flannel.
There used to be acres of flax sown in this district and they used scutch it before sending it to the mill. They used get back bales of coarse white cloth towels and ticking which were made of the coarsest flax. The women used make sheets of the cloth. These were said to last many years and one was specially made and kept to put round anyone that would die. There used be a quantity of tow left which was used for making cushions and packing harness.
In summer they used bring in the geese and pluck them and make ticks and bolsters of the feathers. They used make clothes brushes and boot brushes out of hair which was clipped off the horses' tails. They used make creels and baskets with sally rods. In summer the women used make starch from new potatoes. This
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2018-08-05 12:27
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In olden times people put the wool to many uses, they used card and spin the fleece and then roll it into big balls. They used send it to a mill and get back frieze cloth and white flannel. Then they would get frieze coats made for the men and the women made bawneens of flannel for them. They used dye some of it red and make petticoats for themselves. There used be coarse wool left over which they cleaned and if they had only a small quantity they would go out and call the sheep and pick loose wool off their backs. This they used spin and knit stockings for themselves. They used bleach these and dye some of them with goat's hair. This dye was made by tying up a quantity if goat's hair in a small calico bag and boiling it for twenty minutes. They used get blankets
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2018-08-05 12:11
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In the river Laune near Beaufort there is a place called "Scarb an cuilinn" or the ford of the holly tree. It has a legend of a hermit who forgot to say "Glory be to God" when he looked out at the storm from his cell. As a penance for his neglect he picked up a holy stick and went into the river and vowed to stay there till the stick should begin to grow. Soon a noted thief came drawing cattle over the ford and he also repenting of his sins determined to follow the hermit's example. The thief's stick sprouted at once while the hermit's sprouted more slowly. While he was waiting for it to sprout a flood came and he was drowned. Since then the place has been called "Scairb an cuilinn."
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2018-08-05 11:56
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When shoes with "Gutta-Percha" soles wanted mending they used melt the soles of an old dis-used pair and they used rub it to the sole of the other boots.
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2018-08-05 11:55
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and they were very large. He could walk on glass and it would not cut his feet.
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2018-08-05 11:54
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In the parish of Gneeveguilla there was a man named Humphrey O'Connor who never wore a boot. He was a poor woman's son and he used go to every fair. My father can still remember seeing him at Knocknagree at a fair with no shoes on him and three feet of snow on the ground. His feet were tanned as leather
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2018-08-05 11:50
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boots in her hand to the Chapel. When she and her companions used to come to this pond in the side of the road they used wash their feet and put on their boots. They went into Mass then and when they came outside the door again the boots were taken off for fear they would wear them.
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2018-08-05 11:48
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About forty years ago boots were very scarce and it was very few people who wore them. When my grandmother used to go to Mass to Kilcummin she had only one pair of boots. Every Sunday she used take her
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2018-08-05 11:47
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Not very far from my home in the Parish of Kilcummin there is a place called "Poll Dearg". It is there the old people got the black colouring for dyeing their white flannel. They used come from all over the parish to this hole for the black colouring. They used take it home with them and boil it with the flannel. It was a very useful dye.
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2018-08-05 11:41
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road was Milestone road.
The Port Road runs along the back of the Deenagh, hence its name.
The Mill Road was the old name of the present Victoria Road because there was at Ballydowney a large mill for grinding corn.
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2018-08-05 11:40
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The Coach Road. Coach road is the road to Tralee. It was called Coach road because the stage Coach used run there. There was many a robbery carried out there by high-way men . A famous high-way man was "Jack the Black." He used ride a black horse and wear a black coat.
The Countess Road. This road was so called because the Countess of Kenmare, who lived in the locality, caused it to be made during the famine days.
The Iveragh Road down New Street and across "Kings Bridge" towards the Voctoria Hotel. The Parish of Fossa in those days extended to Droicwín h-Mailleacain which was about half way up the present New Street.
Cork road The old name for Cork
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2018-08-04 17:51
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knees and forehead are on the rock. They are always filled with water. They never dry even on the hottest day in Summer.
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2018-08-04 17:50
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I heard about Cloc Ma Coda. There was once a monk and he lived in the Abbey in Innisfallen. One day he saw a little robin which he followed. The robin perched on the tree that is now over the well. The monk fell asleep on the rock under the tree and he slept for a hundred years. When he woke he went back to the Abbey he did not know how long he had slept. Everything seemed changed. He did not know the monk who opened the door. The monk asked him his name and he told him. Then the monk remembered the story he had heard about the other monk who was lost a hundred years before. He believed that this monk was the long lost monk. He lived with the young monks and after a while he died.
The prints of his two
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2018-08-04 17:44
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Cloc Mo Coda is about half a mile from the town of Killarny. People go there before sunrise to obtain a request or to be cured. People who go there do rounds around the well and while they are walking they say the Rosary. There is a small tree over the well and if the request is granted or if the person is cured a robin will appear on the tree. My mother and three other women were going to do rounds. On the third morning my mother and two of the women saw the robin but the other woman did not. She had gone there to be cured and a short time after she died. People are supposed to leave something on the tree as a token and they have to leave something on the tree as a token and they have to leave a piece of bread for the robin.
This is the story that
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2018-08-04 17:37
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About 1790 one James Curtin or Curtyane who had figured in the Warren Hastings business brought a bride to Killarney. He was an Indian in the loose sense - i.e. what Province cannot easily be determined. They had a son of rather Asiatic complexion who became in time a Co. Cess Collector as Henry Curtayne. He became known as "Yellow Harry." He got the famine contract for India Maize. The cakes made of that commodity are known in Killarney as "Yalla Buck."
The house on the main road to Cork was originally higher with a tower in typical Indian fashion.
It is as plain as a pike staff.
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2018-08-03 13:17
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A deputation had to go twice to the Assizes in Tralee before their petition was granted, The other streets gradually followed this example.
Bishop's Lane was so called because the entrance to the Bishop's Palace was at the top left hand side of the lane.
Chapel Lane was so called because the entrance to the old Chapel was in that lane.
Madam's Height is called after Madam O'Donoghue who lived in the Bower House. She was a French woman. She selected the site for the house in order that her residence would be higher than that of the Kenmare family.
Rock Road The present Rock Road old section replaces eleven
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2018-08-03 13:12
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who lived in Clover Lane were also engaged in that industry.
(III) A man known as "Jack the Hackler" who lived in the Gas Lane or Botairin na Gaban used to hire out the hackle for hackling the flax.
Brewery Lane was clalled after a big brewery which stood where J. P O Donoghue's and the Electricity Office now stand. Later it was made into an hospital.
O'Leary's Flags. Fortyfive years ago the only street in Killarney which was flagged was a little path from the Market Cross to Bócairin Caol. These were called O Leary's Flags.
The people who lived on the opposite side of the street had to defeat stern opposition before they got their side
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2018-08-03 13:06
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Clover's Lane was so called because there were a number of people living there who used to clove flax. There were also weavers living thee. Most of the people in the neighbourhood of Minish grew their own flax. When the flax was ready to be cloved the women and girls of the district went to one house and cloved the flax grown there. When they had done they had a dance for a few hours. This was done in every house until all the flax was cloved.
(I) Denis Cronin who lived in a thatched cottage in College Street was a weaver.
(II) Daniel Mahony and his son
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2018-08-03 13:05
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Clover's Lane was so called because there were a number of people living there who used to clove flax. There were also weavers living thee. Most of the people in the neighbourhood of Minish grew their own flax. When the flax was ready to be cloved the women and girls of the district went to one house and cloved the flax grown there. When they had done they had a dance for a few hours. This was done in every house until all the flax was cloved.
(I) Denis Cronin who lived in a thatched cottage in College Street was a weaver.
(II) Daniel Mahiny and his son
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2018-08-03 13:00
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Court was then sold to a protestant named Reynolds who is living there still.
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2018-08-03 13:00
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Every thing went wrong. Then the Court was idle for years. There were tenants put to live there. One of them was Allman. He was a good man to the poor but his wife was better. She was better. She was most charitable. On one occasion her husband went to Cork. The servant man was left setting oats. His wife gave the oats to the poor and spread the chaff in her own land and never was there a better crop of oats.
Then a Bernard Marrogh a desendant of the O'Falveys came to live there. He gave employment to everyone that came for it. They lived there 50 years. It was to his home the first coach ever rode. They had a coachman to take them through the country. They were good Catholics. There is a stained glass window in Milltown Church with the date of his death in it. Faha
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2018-08-03 12:53
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My townland is Faha in which there was a big romantic count called "Fahaugh." There lived in it one time the O'Falveys. They occupied it from 1160 - 1730 with as much land as you could see around them. They thrived for centuries one family after the other, kind to their neighbours. There was a large rookery of crows at that time near this mansion. Falvey did not want them. So himself and his two sons kept shooting them all Saturday and Sunday. What was alive of them stayed idle on the trees and Monday they left. A crow never again perched there and form that day the Falveys had no luck.
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2018-08-03 12:49
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the print of five fingers woven into the tree.
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2018-08-03 12:48
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I often heard my grandfather talk of an old fort that is situated at the end of our farm called "Beelromagh." On this particular morning he was up before cockcrow. As he went outside the door he saw a crowd playing football on the field near the fort. All at once they scattered in different directions. All ran into the fort. Amongst the crowd he saw one of his neighbours' who had died a few months before. He went to the fort but could not see anyone as if they all went through the ground. There is a tree growing near the fort. It is always red, it is always said that a man was hung there. Ever since the tree is red even in Spring and Summer. If you went to this tree you could see
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2018-08-03 12:39
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plasters which were used for curing sores, the dandelion was a cure for all diseases. The mullein was used for consumption. The hemlock was used for reducing swellings. The ivy leaf was used for curing and healing sores. The elder leaf was a cure for burns and the dock leaf was a cure for stings of nettles. An old woman lives near Tralee in Kerry who can cure ringworm and all skin diseases. She has been known to cure certain diseases when professional aid has failed.
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2018-08-03 12:35
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In olden times doctors were very scarce and the people had to rely on quack doctors. These doctors were skilled in the use of herbs and performed many cures.. Quinsy, which was a fatal disease in children, they cured by bleeding a vein under the tongue.Cures were had for nearly every disease. The people believed that anybody, who would pull these herbs, would meet with some mishap during the year. Therefore for a device to escape the bad-luck, the people when pulling the herbs took a dog out with them and tied a cord to him and to the herb. Then they called the dog and he pulled the herb by the root with him, and it was said that whatever luck was in the herb followed the dog. These herbs were used as cures by the people. The marsh mallows were used for making
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2018-08-02 13:01
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The rough side of an ivy leaf will draw a wound.
The smooth side of the same leaf will heal a wound.
A cure for broken chilblains was one pint of sweet oil, three ounces of Venice turpentine, half an ounce of lard, three ounces of beeswax. These were placed in a saucepan over a gentle heat. It was stirred with a bone spoon. Then it was applied with a linen cloth.
For a horse's swollen joint hemlock was boiled, root and all, and it blistered the leg and when it dried it had to be taken off and a new lot put on.
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2018-08-02 08:44
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A short distance from the village of Beaufort in the parish of Taugh lies Leaba na Bó Cross. in that district there was an enchanted cow who used to give milk to the poor people of the district in the time of the Famine. If those people went to milk that cow every hour in the day, she would give plenty of milk. One clever man said that he would milk the cow dry, so he got a sieve, and he milked her through it, and from that day onwards, the cow was never seen or heard of.
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2018-08-02 08:44
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A short distance from the village of Beaufort in the parish of Taugh lies leaba na Có Cross. in that district there was an enchanted cow who used to give milk to the poor people of the district in the time of the Famine. If those people went to milk that cow every hour in the day, she would give plenty of milk. One clever man said that he would milk the cow dry, so he got a sieve, and he milked her through it, and from that day onwards, the cow was never seen or heard of.
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2018-08-02 08:39
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The Mac Carthy Mór owned a twin pike gate there and the people who passed had to pay a fee. The hill derived its name from this gate.
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2018-08-02 08:38
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lived at Ross and who had a battle with them. According to the legend they are supposed to have the power of regaining their human shape on every May eve. There is a lake near the fort and it is said that a druid chief built a cránnóg there and lived there until the Danes invaded them.
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2018-08-02 08:35
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The Druid's Circle is a fort in which stand seven stones in a circle and two larger ones a short distance away. These stones are supposed to be a druid, his wife and family who were turned to stone by a king who
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2018-08-02 08:29
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arrested. The Fenians cursed Corydon and his descendants were never liked in the district since.
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2018-08-02 08:27
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John Joseph Corydon was the informer in the Fenians. He was a native of North Kerry. The Fenians in England had planned to attack Chester Castle and they thought it would be a success, but Corydon informed on them. He gave the information about the plan for taking the castle to the chief Constable in Liverpool. Corydon was one of Stephen's soldiers and he was thought to be the most reliable in the conspiracy. The English did not believe him at first but after a while they had a great army gathered. The Feninans noticed this and after a while they heard that the English knew of their plans. One party of the Fenians decided to go back to Ireland but when they arrived at North Wall they were
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2018-08-02 08:21
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Put key on the patient's back.
Corns:-
To walk on the dew in the morning.
Hemorrhage:-
To bathe with water found in a hollow on a stone.
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2018-08-01 09:23
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Sore throat:-
Mix a spoonful of vinegar and a spoonful of honey and take it in sips.
A sore head:-
Apply ivy leaves and sew them together if not big enough to cover affected parts.
Hiccough:-
Hold the breath as long as possible.
A bruise like a black-eye:-
Apply a paste made with oaten meal wet with vinegar and spread thickly over bruise. In the morning the discolouring will be gone.
Measles:-
Boil sheep's milk and plunge a red hot iron into it; give milk to patient.
Bleeding from nose:-
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2018-08-01 09:18
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goose lard.
A Bruise on sole of foot:-
Apply a dock leaf and it draws the matter to the surface.
To stop bleeding from a cut:-
Apply some clean moss or a cobweb or the scraping off an old felt hat.
A Thorn:-
A fox's tongue will draw out any thorn.
Toothache:-
To chew a frog's leg in your mouth with the sore tooth, or to break a dead mouse's leg in your mouth.
Black-eye:-
Apply a cold green stone to the mark until the swelling stops.
Sore eyes:-
Bathe the eyes with cold-tea
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2018-07-31 13:33
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Asthma:-
Burn old leather and soot with a coal of fire in a bucket. Inhale the smoke.
Whooping Cough:-
Give some milk to a ferret in a flat pan. And what milk is left to give it to the sick child.
Thrush:-
Catch a gander and make him hiss by twisting his wings, and, when hissing, the bill must be in the child's mouth.
Warts:-
Rub a spittle for nine consecutive mornings to the warts; the person must be fasting; or, wash the warts with the water in which a smith cools the red hot irons he is working on.
Rheumatism:-
Rub the affected part with
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2018-07-31 13:24
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Headache - Soak some brown wrapping paper in vinegar and a apply paper to the forehead.
A Cold:-
1oz flax seed
1/4 lb raisins
1/4 lb candy
2 lemons
1 pint spring water
1 glass whiskey
Put flax seed, raisins, candy and spring water into a saucepan and allow it to simmer for an hour. Strain through a piece of muslin, and to the syrup add the juice of the lemons and the whiskey. Or drink hot milk to which some pepper is added and stay in bed for two days.
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2018-07-31 13:19
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mornings.
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2018-07-31 13:19
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approach of night and here, either the cart broke down or the bullocks were dead tired. At any rate the slabs fell to the ground and the men went home with their bullocks and left the stones where they fell, with the intention of returning next morning to complete the job. When they arrived in the morning with a fresh relay of bullocks, and carts, the stones had disappeared and a beautiful spring of water was gushing forth, and has never been known to go dry since then. This is the origin of Sunday's Well. It may be on a Sunday morning the thing happened, hence the name. "Rounds" are made at Sunday's Well for the cure of sore eyes. The "Round" has to be made before sunrise on Sunday
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2018-07-31 13:12
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Sunday's Well is situated about 12 miles to the north of Tralee. Bateman who owned Oakpark (then called Killean) ordered his men to remove stones from Wether's Well and bring them to his Demesne. He sent his men with bullocks to bring the stones. The men loaded them on whatever kind of carts were then used, and the bullocks pulled on, up by Doon Height, but probably the load was too heavy and they had to stop at different places up the hill, and whenever they stopped a spring of water gushed up from the ground. After much trouble they reached the spot now known as Sunday's Well just at the
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2018-07-29 10:25
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When St. Brigid came to Killarney her cloak was torn and she needed a pin. She asked a woman in Martyrs' Hill for a pin and she had none. She asked several people in the street and she did not get any. When she came to High Street she asked a blacksmith who had just come to town. She got the pin from him and the blessing she left Killarney was - "That the natives may perish and the strangers may flourish."
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2018-07-29 10:19
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and struck his head against a wall. The horse was killed and the man was never afterwards able to Work. The place got its name from Crocán-na-Rínnce:- the little hill of the dancing because lights used to be seen there moving, as if they were dancing.
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2018-07-29 10:17
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In Knocknagoshel, in John Reidy's farm is an old fort which is said to be haunted. At night fall a fairy woman was often seen sitting on the fort knitting. One time Mr Reidy mowed hay which was growing on the fort, he fell sick and was in bed for six months. Music is still heard there.
There was another fort in the townland of Kncokarinnke but a man named Laurence HIckey dug it up some years ago, so that the remains are all that is to be seen now. He found kettles, pots, saucepans and a great number of other things buried there. He put them into a cart, but as he was leading the horse out of the field, he ran
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2018-07-29 10:12
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In olden times people never used butter because they were not able to make it. The way by which butter making was discovered first is supposed to be this - A certain family were removing from one district to another. They took milk with them, but when they reached their destination they found butter instead of it. On tasting it, they found it to be good to eat. Then they invented churning. A churn was shaped like a tank. It was flat at the bottom and narrow at the top. There was a lid on top in which there was a hole. This churn -staff passed through the hole. The butter was made by working the staff up and down. It was laborious and could not be performed by one person.
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2018-07-29 10:06
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milk. The flour that was made was black and there was a sweet flavour from it. From this mixed bread was made by mixing it with the meal and baking it as above. Children never got tea except at Christmas and on a few more festivals. There is a story told about an old woman, who bought a pound of tea from a traveller. She never before saw it and was ashamed to ask how she would use it. She made it as she made porridge and when her husband came in for supper she said: "Oh! John I bought tea for supper and after paying four shillings for it never thickened. The soot must have fallen into it because it is very black. This story shows that the people lived on porridge and potatoes in olden times.
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2018-07-29 10:00
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Potatoes were the only food used in ancient Ireland for many years. The people ate potatoes and salt three times each day and those who were rich used milk with them. Later on they ground oats from which they made bread and porridge by means of querns. They made that bread by mixing the ground oats with water and placing it before the fore until it became hard because they had no ovens. They made the porridge by boiling the grain in water until it was thick. When the maize meal was brought into Ireland, the people made square bread. They kneaded the meal with milk, placed it on a griddle and over the fire and cut it into squares. This they ate hot with sour milk or butter
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2018-07-28 14:27
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Before they reached the hut, the hound told him that he could not kill the hare but that he would bite it. He also warned him not to tie them with the hairs which she would offer him. Fergus saw the old hag bleeding as he entered. He pretended to tie the animals but he burned the hairs. The old hag, then thinking that she was safe made an attempt to kill him but to her dismay and horror the horse leaped upon her. She handed her magic wand to Fergus and told him about his brother so that he might spare her life, but he touched her with the wand and she fell dead. He also touched his brother and brought him to life again. Two happy brothers marched home together and they never afterwards had an unhappy day.
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2018-07-28 14:22
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hawk picked out the giant's eyes the hound bit him while the horse killed him by striking him with his legs. The following day the second giant came seeking his brother and seeing Shawn upon the tree was about to pull it up when Shawn begged of him to give him a chance of fighting. This request the giant granted knowing that he would kill him with the first blow but the greyhound, horse and hawk again saved Shawn's life. On the third day they killed the biggest of the giants in like manner.
Shawn then owning all the giant's estates went out hunting every day. He married a beautiful girl and one morning while at breakfast he saw a hare passing the window. He at once set off hunting but before he had gone far the hare ran into a little hut. When Shawn went in there was nothing to be found, but an old hag lying in bed who said:- "Take these hairs
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2018-07-28 14:21
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and tie your animals." When he had done so the old hag came out of the bed. She was in reality the giant's mother. She was also a witch and had assumed the form of a hare to trap Shawn. Shawn called to his animals but in vain for they were bound by the hairs. Then the witch turned each of them into dust and placed them outside the door. Meanwhile, Fergus pulled a rush at the ford every day as Shawn told him. One day ad he found a blood-stained rush he set out to find what evil had befallen his brother. His father gave him a greyhound, horse and hawk also, but these were enchanted. He traced Shawn easily, because everyone on the way welcomed him, thinking that it was Shawn who had returned. At length he reached Shawn's wifes house. She was very reluctant in letting him follow the hare a second time, but thinking only of his brother he did so.
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2018-07-28 14:14
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hawk picked out the giant's eyes the hound bit him while the horse killed him by striking him with his legs. The following day the second giant came seeking his brother and seeing Shawn upon the tree was about to pull it up when Shawn begged of him to give him a chance of fighting. This request the giant granted knowing that he would kill him with the first blow but the greyhound, horse and hawk again saved Shawn's life. On the third day they killed the biggest of the giants in like manner.
Shawn then owning all the giant's estates went out hunting every day. He married a beautiful girl and one morning while at breakfast he saw a horse passing the window. He at once set off hunting but before he had gone far the horse ran into a little hut. When Shawn went in there was nothing to be found, but an old hag lying in bed who said:- "Take these hairs
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2018-07-28 14:08
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touch their property. Mickeen feared the giants very much and he said to Shawn:-"A gráo-geal you have done a deed which will be the cause of your death. The giants will miss the pig and Oia linn they'll kill me. The following day one of the giants visited Mickeens hut where he was informed that a gentleman killed a pig and ate it. The giant on seeing Shawn on top of a tree said:- "Fee, faw, fow, fam
I smell the blood of an Irishman
Whether he be dead or alive, his livers and lights for my supper tonight.
And his blood for my morning dram."
He then asked Shawn to fight him but when he came down from the tree the giant knocked him with one blow and was just about to kill him when Shawn cried: Greyhound, horse and hawk help.
At once his friends came to his aid. The
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2018-07-28 14:00
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His father gave him a greyhound, horse and hawk on his departure. Shawn was accompanied by his brother to a nearby ford. His last words to Fergus were - "Farewell brother we may never meet again. I advise you to come to this ford every day and pull a a rush, and the day day on which you will find a blood-stained rush, you may rest assured that my end is nigh. Farewell and may your life be happy dear brother."
Shawn then took his departure and after a few weeks travelling he came upon a swine herder named "Micín-na Muc." They conversed together for some time and the herder confided his troubles to his new friend. Shawn knowing that Mickeen and his family were hungry killed a pig belonging to three giants for whom Mickeen was herding the swine. These giants were most terrific and no one dared to
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2018-07-28 13:51
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When Finn Mac Cumhall dwelt in Ireland, there lived an ancient family of distinction in Knocknagoshel. This family was of the O Reilly clan and it consisted of Mr and Mrs O Reilly and two boys named Shawn and Fergus. Mr O Reilly was married secondly and thus Shawn had a stepmother who treated him most unkindly.
Fergus and Shawn resembled each other so much that Mrs O Reilly consulted a witch as to how she might discern them. The witch gave her a means of knowing her son and she cut Shawn's golden hair so that she might discern the boys asunder. Shawn being twenty one years left home as he was very angry with his stepmother
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2018-07-28 13:38
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heard of him after that, as that night the monks drove him into hell by the power of God.
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2018-07-28 13:37
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He drove off like a flash of fire.
In another occasion three or four men were cutting a tree in his property at Nountinfant. They had the tree cut down when old Cronin drove up in his carriage and put his foot on the tree. When the men saw him they all fell with the fright except one. He said "Take your foot you devil you or I'll cut it off." So he took his foot off and went in to his carriage and drove across the river Blackwater. As he was going across the river, the wheels were so hot that they drove water up in the air.
On another occasion, the order of monks that that are now in Mount Millary were in Rathmore that time and one night when they were lighting the candles he came and quenched them. That was all that was
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2018-07-28 13:30
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not swallow anything except what the doctors out back in him with a tube. He died soon after and he began to appear in several places. In the house he was living in at Rathmore, six or seven men were playing cards one night and he appeared to them. When he came in the midst of them each of them hit the ceiling of the room and down on the floor until he had all of them dead except one. This man was enrolled in the blue scapular. He escaped but he was lame all his life. Then at another time the woman who cursed him was carrying pigs to the market at Knocknagree before day-break. Old Cronin drove up in his carriage and killed her two pigs. The poor widow looked at him and said "Ha! ha you cannot touch myself."
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2018-07-28 13:22
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at Killarney the day the murder was committed and the judge turned to a local landlord by the name of Cronin, who was also at the court. In those days the landlords could bring anyone they liked from the gallows.
The judge said to him "What do you think Mr Cronin this boy appears to be a very honest boy and I think he is honest." Cronin's answer was "Honest men had a hand in this murder too." So the judge put on his black cap and sentenced them all to be hanged near Rathmore where the murder was committed. The boy's mother, the widow cursed old Cronin. She prayed that he may have food and drink before him and that he might not be able to swallow any of it.
Shortly after this he got a disease in the throat and he could
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2018-07-28 13:16
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bless himself and they would let him go. He being so bold would not bless himself. Who should come up all of a sudden, but the parish priest of Rathmore and he asked the White Boys to let him go. So old Brearton looked up at priest and said "Father Cilvay I nkow you anyway." Then they murdered him.
About a year after that there was a number of people digging potatoes near Rathmore and there was an old pedlar passing by the way. For some reason or other they called him ugly names, so he went and swore in thee or four of them that it was they killed old Brearton. When the trial was going on at the assizes one of the boys had three or four witnesses to prove that he was
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2018-07-28 13:09
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In the time of the Land War the White Boys ambushed the Mail Car which went from Killarney to Mallow. They suspected that the driver had some information about the military from the boys in Mallow. They told him to deliver up the mails to them. The driver being an Orange man by the name of Brearton refused to deliver the mails to them. So they cut the leg off one horse a and the driver being so bold, he untackled the other horse and jumped on him with the mails on his back. They then seized him and took the mails from him and started choking him. Then they asked him to
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2018-07-28 09:35
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In the time of the Land War the White Boys ambushed the Mail Car which went from Killarney to Mallow. They suspected that the driver had some information about the military from the boys in Mallow. They told him to deliver up the mails to them. The driver being an Orange man by the name of Brearton refused to deliver the mails to them. So they cut the leg off one horse a and the driver being so bold, he untackled the other horse and jumped on him with the mails on his back. They then seized him and took the mails from him and started chocking him. Then they asked him to
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2018-07-28 09:27
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Once upon a time there was a leprachaun who lived in a glen. One day a girl went for a walk and she met the leprachaun. She took his pot of gold off him and went away singing as she went. When she arrived home she looked at the pot of gold and instead of gold, she had leaves in the pot. She said she would never go to the glen again.
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2018-07-28 09:24
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fairies offered him the choicest food and drink but he refused to partake of any. Then dust was thrown in his eyes, he rubbed them and found himself near a fort not far from his home. It is said if he had taken any food or drink he would never have come back.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-28 09:22
ceadaithe
diúltaithe
ag fanacht le cinneadh
There is a tale of a skilled violinist who played the violin at almost every dance given in Castleisland. One night he was on his way to a dance which was to be held in a house in Crinna. He left the town and travelled for some distance, when he felt himself being lifted from the ground by some unseen hands. He seemed to float through the air and at length arrived in what he thought to be Fairyland. Crowds of tiny people among them a king and queen, were feasting. The king commanded him to play. He played again, and again till it seemed he had played for hours. The
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-28 09:16
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who leaped it. He got all the goats but when he came down all the houses were gone, except his own. He left the house and went travelling from place to place with his goats, looking for his friends. That is how the place got its name - Leip Doudie.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-28 09:14
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diúltaithe
ag fanacht le cinneadh
In the townland of Castleisland there is a place called Leip Doudie. It got its name from a family who lived in the glen. There were five or six families living in the glen and every family had five or six goats. The people began to fight over the goats and in the end they said and men that could jump the glen would have all the goats. They all agreed to this. The climbed to the top of the glen and when they went in their turn to leap they fell down and were never seen again. There was a man named Doudie
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-28 09:08
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
There is a hill about three miles from our house called the "enchanted Hill." It is said that on this hill was a house in which an old woman lived. One night while she was asleep she heard the water tap running. She got up out of her bed and went down. The tap stopped and she saw a beautiful white hand on the tap and nails as red as blood. On the palm of her hand was the design of an old woman with a broom and the broom moved and the hands disappeared. The woman went back to bed and never heard the noise again or saw the hands anymore.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-27 16:50
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diúltaithe
ag fanacht le cinneadh
Long, long ago it is said that there was a lovely forest and in it lived a man, woman and an little girl. The girl went picking flowers and she got a pain in her head and died on the spot. The woman was spinning. She got a realing in her head. She imagined she saw a man with tow heads coming towards her and he had a coffin on his shoulders. He let down the coffin on the floor and the next night her brother died.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-27 16:45
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that every time the skin was struck with a stick a gold sovereign would fall out. Of course he had put the gold pieces there himself. He succeeded in selling the skin for £500. He went away well pleased. That night, as he sat counting his money, his two neighbours were looking the window, wondering where he got all the wealth. They asked him and he told them he got it for the skin of an old cow. He told them about the gold pieces that fell out of the cow's skin and they believed him. So the very next day they killed all their cows and took the skins to sell. They went up on the stand and started to shout that every time the cow's skin was s truck, a gold piece fell out, At the same time they began striking the skins, but no gold pieces fell out. The people who were at the market took up the skins and beat the two farmers all through the town. The farmers were furious and threatened to kill Daniel for fooling them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-27 16:37
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
Once upon a time there lived a small farmer named Daniel O'Leary and near him lived two rich farmers. Daniel had one old cow and she died and Daniel skinned the cow and put a few sovereigns into the skin, this he took to the market again. When he arrived at the market he went up on the stand and he started to sell the cow's skin. He told the people
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-27 16:33
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
young lad and he didn't run from Cowlegs. The latter had a pack of cards and they "cut for deal." Curtin lost. A storm arose and Cowlegs was whipped off the ground. One of the cowlegs struck McCurtin and there was a print of a cowhoof across his forehead until he died.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-27 16:31
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diúltaithe
ag fanacht le cinneadh
Some years ago there lived a man in the parish of Brosna, named McCurtin, who wasgiven to playing cards. At that time it was thought that some card players could colour the cards, i.e to change the colour to match their game in progress.
So one night McCurtin was at a certain house playing "beef a quarter." He thought it an unfair game because he lost his money. So he was disappointed going home. He came to a hedge and there he saw a man with a horrible face and two cows legs.
Now McCurtin was a brave
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-27 16:25
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
the bow and the fairies couldn't touch her. They went home and the old lady vanished and they never saw her again.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-27 16:24
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diúltaithe
ag fanacht le cinneadh
Long ago a man and his wife lived near a fort. One night the wife got ill. When she was asleep she was taken away and an old lady put instead. When the man got up in the morning he went to search for his wife. He met a man. The latter told him to meet her in the fort at midnight on Friday and to make a bow of strings and twigs and to beat when she would come out. He did as he was told. When he went to the fort he saw his wife on the horse with fairies. He Hit her with
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-27 15:30
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
risen again and again. Then the people made a stone wall about her and it is said that she stands there even to this day, looking with an angry eye on all who pass by.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-27 15:29
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
priest replied - "Dear lady the Protestant Religion is the best to live in, the Catholic to die in." On hearing this the lady became so alarmed that she tried to shout to her guards but speech failed her. She then determined to imprison the priest. But her mouth refused to speak, and she became deaf and dumb and died in that horrible state. After that the priest was again received into the Catholic Church.
Sometime afterwards strangers came to Ardfert and heard of this lady and her hatred for Catholics. They opened the tomb in which she was buried and pulled the limbs asunder. After this she is supposed to have
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-27 15:24
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A rich lady inherited the Cathedral in Ardfert. One day she invited a certain priest of the place there, and she persuaded him to turn a Protestant as she was one herself and hated the Catholics. At length he consented and became a Catholic. However, she wished to know if he were a true Protestant so she resolved to test him. From that hour she pretended to be dying. She called in the priest and implored him to tell her which was the best religion to die in. Then the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-26 12:59
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
A nobleman inhabited this castle. This knight had an only daughter who was very beautiful and her father wished that she should marry a nobleyouth named Brown. She insisted that she should marry a young Irish chieftain - MacSheedy, with whom she was in love. One night the girl's father gave a great feast to which he invited his friends. At the banquet the girl showed her preference
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-26 12:59
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torn. He made an angry gesture at Brown, who got such a fright that he never recovered. Then the body vanished, the legs walked out of the door, jumped on the horse and vanished.
Eversince the ghost of the young chieftain is supposed to visit the castle, and any unfortunate person, who sees it return to its grave pays dearly for the experience, for he must follow it over hill and dale, until finally, it sinks to rest in the churchyard, where it was originally buried.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-26 12:55
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castle.
In the morning, on discovering that the chief was missing, the young lady was inconsolable. Years passed by and as she never returned she consented to marry Brown. Whilst the marriage feast was in progress all the guests were aroused by the sound of a bugle. Footsteps were heard outside and a horse drew up at the door. Suddenly the door opened and in came two bodyless legs. They walked up to table and sat between the lady and Brown. Then, a body began to grow on the legs, until finally everybody recognised the noble MacSheedy, bloody and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-26 12:51
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for MacSheedy. and Brown. becoming jealous, decided to kill his rival. He drugged MacSheedy's wine, and the latter became so weak that he had to retire to bed. He threw himself on his couch so carelessly that his legs were where his head should have been. During the night Brown and his companion came to the room and cut off the young man's legs in mistake for his head. Finding their error they killed him, and carried his remains to a distant churchyard. On their return Brown found that they had forgotten his legs and he took them immediately and threw them in a hole in the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-26 12:46
ceadaithe
diúltaithe
ag fanacht le cinneadh
A nobleman inhabited this castle. This knight had an only daughter who was very beautiful and her father wished that she should marry a nobleyouth named Brown. She insisted that she should marry a young Irish chieftan - MacSheedy, with whom she was in love. One night the girl's father gave a great feast to which he invited his friends. At the banquet the girl showed her preference
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-26 12:43
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
People make dandelion wine for cures. Gather two quarts of dandelion petals, boil, stir, and cover with a flannel cloth and leave for three days stirring now and again. Then strain them. Put the water into a pan and boil for half an hour, with the rind of lemon, and a little ginger. Then slice the lemon into it and add one and a half pounds of sugar. When cool put in a bit of bread with a quarter ounce of yeast, and leave for two days; Then put in a jar and leave
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 17:52
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Unto the Blessed Redeemer
To wash our sins away.
Thomas Browne was a person who lived in Drumolton about four miles from Castleisland. He was suspected of having intended to grab the land of Paddy Seán Óg. Thomas Browne's assassins are not known, but Poff and Barrett were charged with the crime and Barrett was from Drumolton.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 17:47
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a folded slip of paper - His dying words - as well
Saying I know I'm going before my God
In scarce five minutes time
And I confess to him and you I never did the crime
VI
Then, like soldiers bold, they soon ran up
The scaffold grim and high,
You'd think that they were anxious
To know who should first die
Their minutes they were numbered But before the trap did fall
They turned round once more
And in those words addressed them all
VII
May God forgive our enemies
That's all we have to say
And we hope each one of you will pray
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 17:41
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III
I am a young man and in my bloom
I'm scarcely twenty-five
I never injured any men as long as I'm alive
In youthful days of manhood
I must yield up my life
Unto the Blessed Virgin's hands
Both mother, maid, and wife.
IV
God help my two young sisters
That witness so much grief
God comfort my poor parents
And grant to them relief
Good-Bye to all my dearest friends
Around my native place
And when my spirit is at rest
Don't throw me in their place
V
Sylvester Poff next handed
To the priest who was in his call
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 17:35
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I
You feeling Christians one and all
Come Listen unto me
It's of an execution that happened in Tralee
How Poff and Barrett met their doom
May heaven be heir bed
In their dying declarations
These are the words they said
II
James Barrett said:- I do declare
Before my God and judge
I never injured Thomas Browne nor owed him any grudge
I was not in the field that day
The fatal shot was fired
Nor ever heard the deed was done
Till after he expired
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 16:55
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him into a bottle and to cork it tight and when he is dying the person is cured.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 16:54
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ago that the seventh son in a family had healing powers if he only touched a sick person. Also the child born after the death of his father was supposed to cure the diseases called craos galaR by breathing over the child.
9. The people also say that if a person got a snail and rubbed it, the wart for nine mornings the wart would be gone.
10. People long ago believed that nettles were great blood purifiers.
11. A cure for a sty is to rub tea-leaves to it.
12. A cure for measles is to catch a hairymollie and put
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 16:50
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into a bottle and this was one of the best cures that could be had for a burn.
3. If a person got a cut he would go out to the ditch and pull a fist of olaunless, chew it in his mouth and put it to the cut and this would stop the blood immediately.
4. If you drank dandelion water it would make you very fat.
5. A cure for asthma is to drink a cup of thyme tea.
6. A cure for a burn is lime water.
7. Unwashed sheeps wool was a cure for corns - the oil in it was supposed to cure them.
8. There was a belief long
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 16:46
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
1. An old Protestant woman had this cure and she would not give it to any one. It was for a burn. The bark of the elder tree, the root if the dog-leaf, mutton suet, bees-wax. Boil them all together and then strain them into a glass jar than and it will make a very good plaster.
2. In the olden days they used to go to the glens and gather little penny-leaves boil them strain them and then add lime-water, the white of an egg and a small piece of unsalted butter, mix them all together and put
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 16:42
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
1. If you drink dandelion water you would never be thin.
2. If you place a withered cabbage leaf near your skin it would cure a pain.
3. Another cure for a pain is to cut a slice of potato and place it where the pain is.
4. A cure for asthma is the leaves of the oak.
5. A cure for a corn is an ivy leaf dipped in vinegar.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 16:40
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
1. The leavings of a ferret for whooping cough.
2. Punch for the measels.
3. To rub your fasting spit to a stye for nine days.
4. The ashes of tobacco for ringworm.
5. For a head-ache dip a cloth in vinegar and tie it round the head.
6. For an earache put a heated onion against it.
7. For a sore throat tie a stocking full of bran around the neck.
8. For a tooth-ache put pepper into the tooth.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 16:35
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
To dip a bit of cotton wool in whiskey and put into your tooth is said to be very good cure for toothache.
A gold ring rubbed to the eyes is said to cure them.
The leaves of the Dandelion boiled and the liquid drunk is supposed to cure Consumption.
A cup of black sweetened tea is a good cure for a head-ache.
Onions boiled in milk is a good cure for a cold.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 16:32
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
To catch a frog and put one of his legs into a persons mouth is supposed to be a cure for a toothache.
A special plant found growing in marshy places is supposed when chewed to cure a toothache, also smoking.
To lick a lizard is the cure for a burn.
The milk left behind by a ferret is the cure for the whooping cough.
To walk in dews would cure corns.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 16:28
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drank the person would drink the leavings of the milk and the chin-cough would be cured. Spring waters if taken first thing in the morning out of a well is a cure for a sore throath. It is also said if the sign of the cross is made with a cap over a sick calf it will be cured.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 16:26
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
In olden times it was believed that if any person who had a toothache bit off the leg of a frog he would be cured. It was also believed that any person who was born after ones father's death had a cure for a disease called "thrush". If a person had a very bad cough it was believed that if he drank horse's milk, he would be cured immediately. A cure for a sore eye was to rub the liver of a cow to it. Ivy water was used for any kind of sore throath. Goose grease was recommended for Pains.
If anyone had the chin-cough he would give a dish of milk to a ferret, and leave it drink all it liked out of it. When it had enough
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 16:18
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
To rub ivy leaves to the head is a cure for ring-worm.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-25 16:17
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he would mention would cure the child.
Ara is a small delicate plant which grows on the ditches on certain times of the year. It is a cure for Rheumatism
Cure for Warts, To rub a raw potatoe to it for nine mornings is said to be a cure for warts or to steal a piece of meat and hide it under a stone.
A cure for a pain in the side is to put a spit and a blade of grass under a stone.
To rub ivy leaves to the head is a cure for bad brains.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-24 09:47
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
In the olden days the people used go to the glens and gather little penny leaves, boil them strain them and then add lime water, white of an egg and a small piece of unsalted butter, mix them all together and put into a bottle and this was one of the best cures that could be had for a burn.
If a person had the whooping cough, and any member of the family out on business and by accident came upon a man with a white horse. He could ask the man what would cure the child and anything
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-24 09:40
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
there lived a priest. In that Parish lived a woman, who had a big family. She was very sick and the priest anointed her. He had pity on her family and he prayed over her and cured her. He then told them to let a cow out in the yard, but they forgot it, and the priest died that night.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-24 09:39
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
there lived a priest. In that Parish lived a woman, who had a big family. She was very sick and the priest anointed her. He had pity on her family and he prayed over her and cured her. He then told them to let a cow out in the yard, but they forgot it, and the priest died that night.d
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-24 09:36
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diúltaithe
ag fanacht le cinneadh
Long ago a newly ordained priest was doubtful as to whether he was rightly ordained or not. One day as he was saying Mass, a little boy was sitting beside his mother to look at the beautiful child on the Altar. The mother thought it was his imagination, but he kept on saying it. After Mass the mother told the priest of it. He knew then he was rightly ordained.
Not far from Knocknagoshel
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-24 09:31
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live in town. Married in green ashamed to be seen. Married in white you are chosen all right. Married in black you will wish yourself back. Married in blue you will always prove true.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-24 09:29
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
Long ago people used to get married in their own houses. But the law is changed and people must get married in Church.
Some people think it is unlucky to get married in the months of December, May and August, and also on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's. Straw boys used to visit the house of the newly married couple, and dance and sing. The people used to give them money and porter. Get married in red and you wish you were dead. Married in brown you will
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-24 09:25
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V It is said that if a person takes a piece of wedding cake and sleep on it, whatever he dreams of for three nights after each other is sure to come true.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-24 09:24
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
The following are some of the old customs which the Irish observed during Shrove Season.
I The bride and bridegroom should not go to the Chapel on the same road if possible but on a different way.
II It is supposed to be unlucky to go to Mass on the first Sunday after getting married.
III It is lucky for the bride to wear "old, new, borrowed, or blue.
IV The mother never goes to her first child's wedding.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-24 09:20
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allowed to meet and they should take different routes on the morning of the wedding.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-24 09:19
ceadaithe
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
The time of the year for marriage is from small Christmas to Shrove Tuesday, The unlucky months for marriage are May, August and December. Long ago when people were getting married they used to give animals but now they give money instead. Long ago they used to get married in houses, but now they get married in churches, and they used to have a feast in the house for a few days. The day before they were married they were not
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-23 16:44
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making. Many dainty dishes were served, and the most popular if these was potato-cake.
4.A fire was made in the middle of a field, stones were put around it and tow or three geese were roasted.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-23 16:43
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
1. In olden times the bride wore a robe with a hoop in it at a wedding.
2. The ladies drove to the wedding in a coach, and the men rode on horse-back. This group of men was called the "drag". On returning from the wedding the drag had a race. the man who won the race was the first to dance with the bride. After a group of men held a rope before the "drag" and would not let him pass until they received enough money to buy a barrel of porter.
3. The night of the wedding was accompanied with much merry-
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-23 16:38
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in the Brides Parish, and on the third Sunday in the Bridegroom's Parish.
4 The bride always goes in the last to the Church.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-23 16:36
ceadaithe
diúltaithe
ag fanacht le cinneadh
1. The bride and bridegroom never go the same road to the Church. They never meet till they are in the Church. Long ago the marriages were celebrated in the houses. When they were matchmaking long ago, cows, sheep, horses and dry cattle were given, whereas, nowadays the girl gets a fortune.
2. The months supposed to be unlucky for marriage are, May July and December, while the unlucky days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
3. On the first Sunday after the wedding, the newly married couple never went to Mass. On the second Sunday they went
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-23 16:30
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
1 The ladies drove to the wedding in a coach and the men drove on horseback. This group of men was called a "drag."
Returning from the wedding, the drag had a race and the man who won was the first to dance with the bride.
2 The night of the wedding was accompanied with much merry-making. Many dainty dishes were served.
3 A fire was made in the middle of a field stones were put around it, and two or three geese were roasted.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:21
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
It was supposed that when the bride and bridegroom are on the road to the Church to be married, If they forgot something and turn back they are said to be unlucky.
Again, those who get married Shrove Tuesday should make it their business to be at home before Lent starts.
Some of the people in the neighbourhood make a list of those who were supposed to get married and those who are of age this is called "Skellig List".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:18
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
future destiny.
The first Sunday of Lent is said to be "Chalk Sunday". The old bachelors and maids are stroked with chalk on their way to Church.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 15:17
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
It is unlucky to meet a funeral on the road to or from the Church.
"Happy is the corpse that the rain falls on.
Happy is the bride that the sun shines on."
If a piece of wedding cake is placed under your head for three consecutive nights, the dream you dream that night is sure to come true.
Again, if a piece of cake is placed in an envelope and written on each corner "Old maid", "Die young", "Marry and "a Nun" and one corner torn off every morning without looking, the corner left on, on the fourth morning is supposed to be your
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 08:52
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
half-líance of porter.
Long ago the big feast which they had at the wedding consisted of a pot of potatoes and sour milk which they appreciated very much.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 08:50
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
On the night they return home what is known ad "strawboys" go to the house and ask to see the bride. Then they dance a few Irish sets and take drink if it is provided for them.
When the Shrove Season is drawing to an end what is known as "Scheligs" list is published. On this list all the boys and girls who were of the age to marry and did not do so were criticized.
In olden times the bride wore a robe with a hoop in it at the wedding
The ladies drove to the wedding in a coach and the men drove on horseback This group of men was called the "drag." On returning from the wedding the drag had a race. The man who won the race should be the first to dance to the bride. Often a group of men held a rope before the drag and would not let them pass until they received enough money to buy a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 08:43
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ag fanacht le cinneadh
The bride and bridegroom should go to the Chapel by a different way if possible. The bridegroom should be first to the Chapel and the bride last
It is supposed to be unlucky to go to Mass the first Sunday after marrying.
It is lucky for the bride to wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue
The mother should never go to her first child's wedding
It is said, if you take a piece of wedding cake, and sleep on it, whatever you dream for three successive nights is sure to be true.
When the bride and bridegroom leave the chapel "confeti" or rice is shaken on them for good luck.
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2018-07-22 08:36
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for a few minutes. The newly made candle was then taken out by means of the nails.
Wooolens:-
The wool was first sheared off the sheep, and well washed. Then it was carded, and rolled into long, thin strips. It was then spun with a spinning wheel and woven into thread. Various articles were made from this thread.
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2018-07-22 08:34
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Candle-making:-
The old people used to pour the melted fat of a cow into long, narrow, moulds. A nail to which a cord was tied, was first placed at the bottom of the mould. This cord passed through the melted fat, and was fastened to another nail on top. This was allowed to stand until set. Then it was placed before the fire
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 08:31
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people for four or five shillings. They were used for bringing potatoes, or apples or eggs to the market.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 08:30
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Long ago there were many industries carried on in Castleisland and around the town:- tannnery and basket making were the chief industries carried on there. There was a tannery in the town, and the hides of animals were turned into leather. Every day there was about one hundred baskets made in Castleisland, and on each market day, all these used to be sold to the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 08:27
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Flax
The flax was harder than the wool to be made into clothes. The flax was set, and it grew in every Irish field. When it was ripe, it was taken from the ground, and put in a hole of water for several days. Immediately, it was taken out and was spread out to bleach. When it was bleached. it was hackled, and after that it was cloved by a cloving tongs. Then it was spun into thread, and it was carried to the weaver to be made into linen. It was then made into several kinds of clothes e.g.shirts, sheets etc. It was, indeed, hard work. but it had to be done, and I think our grandfathers and grandmothers did not think any work too hard.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-22 08:21
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Spinning
In the olden times spinning, indeed, did mean very much to our ancient Irish people. Many would be often without clothes, had not the industry been brought into Ireland. In every house an old grandmother or a mother was to be seen spinning or weaving, while merrily humming a tune to herself. There they sat by an Irish fire-side, after working from the rising to the setting of the sun. This is how the laborious work was done: First the wool was taken to a carding-mill to be carded. Then it was taken home, and it was spun. It was then made into socks.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:57
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This is a description of hedge school given by Mrs Ellen Brosnan who was personally represented there. There was a hedge school held at Portduff. The master was an old disabled man called Denis Murphy and had very many pupils both boys and girls. The furniture consisted of a long table in the middle of the school, and planks raised from the floor by stones. It was almost impossible to get books or slates. The subjects taught were, reading, writing, spelling, and arithmetic - proportion, practice, exchange, profit and loss. There was no grammar or geography.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:46
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oBrien but was locally called "cold morning." The teachers were called "poor scholars at that time and sometimes used to lodge in the houses of the pupils whom they taught.
The Master's used to slap at that time with blackthorn sticks on a snowny morning too.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:43
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"Hedge Schools" existed in Castleisland's surrounding districts at one time. One at Portduff where Murphy was teacher and the children not like now had to bring a half crown a quarter and their own seats.
Another one was held at Garrett Flemings room at Dulague and the name of the teacher was Fleming, no class was higher than third at that time.
Another one was held also in one of "Paddy Cremmins cowhouses at Meenganaire the name of the teacher was
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:37
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English, Irish, Arithmetic, Geography, Reading and Writing were taught in these hedge schools. The pupils never wrote on paper or with pencils as we do, but wrote on slates and with chalk. They had no desks to rest the slates on, but stools served them just as well.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:35
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Long ago in this district were two hedge schools. One was in Portduff and the other in Dulague. Master Murphy who was a cripple taught in Dulague hedge-school. Though his pupils often tried to play on him they seldom succeeded as he had a very long whip which reached to every pupil who was ranged around him. John O'Connor was the teacher in Portduff school at the corner of a field in his own land. Neither of these teachers had a home of his own; but they lodged in twins with their pupils. They were not paid by the Government to teach, but each pupil had to pay 3/- per quarter for his teaching.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:28
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received. He punished the children when necessary with a bamboo rod.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:27
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with chalk for they had not even a desk, but roughly constructed seats to write on.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:27
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Two hedge-schools existed in this district about sixty years ago. One of them was in Dulague in a shed of Tom Flemings and the other was in the house of John O'Connor. Master Murphy was the name of the teacher who was teaching in Dulague and he was a cripple. John O'Connor was the name of the teacher in Portduff and he held his school in his own cow-house. These teachers were not paid by the Government, but each pupil had to pay three shillings a quarter.
The subjects he taught were Writing, Reading, Geography and Arithmetic. The pupils never wrote on copies with pen or pencil, but on a slate
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:21
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The next night the same thing happened and when they found him in the morning he was dead.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:20
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There was once a man who lived in Cordal and he never came in early at night.
It was always twelve o'clock when he returned home. and one night he looked back and he saw a black woman following him. He hurried as quick as he could home, but when he came to the door he knocked and he heard no answer.
So he sat down on the door-step, and fell fast asleep until morning and when he woke up he went home as if nothing happened.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:16
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for the great sporting event of the year.
In later times, in the early seventies, the races used be held in the townlands between the new and old Limerick roads, from the boundaries to the farms of the Kellihers and Tuomeys of Clounack - a regular cross-country steeplechase.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:13
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About seventy or eighty years ago the Castleisland races used to be held at Ballyplymoth, where, regularly every year the people of East Kerry never failed to meet. It used to be a great time for the people of the parishes of Castleisland, Scartaglin, Clogher, Knocknagoshel, and Brosna, for many from Abbeyfeale, and of course hundreds came from Tralee, Killarney, Listowel. They had then three days of racing with stakes as high as twenty pounds. All the business people of Castleisland and even the publichouse owners shut up their shops, and made a bee-line
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-21 14:07
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about the child, and he said if he was there, when he would becoming back, he would put him behind the fire.
When he was coming home, he went in and prepared for action. When he was ready the fairy child had disappeared, and the real child was back again. The parents were very thankful to Mr Walshe for restoring their child.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 17:52
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about the child, and he said if he was there,w hen he would becoming back, he would put him behind the fire.
When he was coming home, he went in and prepared for action. When he was ready the fairy child had disappeared, and the real child was back again. The parents were very thankful to Mr Walshe for restoring their child.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 17:49
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About the 13th century, there lived a man named Breathnach. He had only one child who was to be heir to his inheritance. One day Breathnach and his wife went on a visit to their cousins. They left the servant maid to take care if him (the child) while they were out, and they told her not to leave the chimney corner.After awhile she heard noise up stairs, and curiosity overcame her. She went up stairs to see what caused the noise. While she was absent the child transformed. After that the child was ill for more than a year.
One day a Walshe was crossing the house, he called into see the child. He saw something peculiar
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 17:43
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cart, as it was all common carts in those days. On entering the haggard, the first thing they saw was a terrible, black object. Everywhere they went he followed them. The rick of hay shook fiercely, but the man was determined to take what he wanted. In spite of all, he took the hay and started once more on his journey.
No sooner had he, and the others entered the cart, than the horse began to "lag." They went from the cart and helped the horse, but still it was a terrible struggle. Immediately they went past a stream of water the horse got as lively as ever and finished the rest of his journey without any other mishap.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 17:38
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About fifty years ago, Jim Mahoney accompanied by Ellen Mahoney and Mary Murphy went to a friend's wake, not far from where I live. When they reached their destination, they found the house deserted as the man had gone to his brother's house previous to his death. They entered the yard of the deserted house, but found everything dull and gloomy. To make matters worse the cock started to crow. The night being wet, they went to the hay-haggard for some hay for their
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 17:34
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There was a great weight-thrower named Ned Walsh who lived at Knocknagoshel he used to throw a 56 pound weight twenty feet.
A man by the name of Jack Hussy of Edenburn won on the sports field of Munster as a hundred yards runner. Belter Murphy of Cordal was the champion runner of Ireland.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 17:32
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Many Local Heroes existed in the Castleisland district at one time; their names were "Belter Murphy" of Cordal who was champion runner of Ireland.
One day he met an English soldier in Trallee Sports-field and after running the mile with him the soldier heaved up his heart's blood and died.
Shone Burns of Abbeyfeale was a gifted man, he had no ribs but all one sheet of flesh, he rose a boulder of limestone to his horses and he also pulled a but of limestone and a sulking horse up the side of a hill.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 17:20
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There was a great weight-thrower named Ned Walsh he used to throw fifty-six pound weight twenty feet.
A man named Jack Hussey of Edinburn won his fame on the sport-field if Munster as a hundred yards runner.
One day a man by the name of O Mara of Killarney challenged him for a run. Hussey accepted the challenge and the race was run in Tralee.
The two of them began and they held together but Hussey carried the tape.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 17:16
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from Knocknagree to Tralee and back again in 5 hours. Paddy Nolan, Knockrour, ran 2 miles and a half in 10 minutes.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 17:15
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In the olden times men were stronger than they are now. Don Kearney, Scartaglen, jumped a gate twice as high as himself. What man of his age would do that now.? Denis Horan, Knockeenahone, lifted a donkey in his arms in a deep trench. Then he lifted the cart, and ran half a mile with it. Mick Clifford, Barna, ran from Co.Cork to the West of Kerry along with a horse and he reached Dingle 15 minutes before the horse. Daniel O'Connell, Knockrour, lifted a stone 15 cwts. into a cart. Jim Nolan, Gneeveguilla, walked
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 17:09
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setting it is a sign of a spell of fine weather.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 17:09
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That the next week will be wet.
When the glass is low and the clouds black it is going to rain.
When the curlew is squilling it is a sign of bad weather.
When there is an eclipse around the moon it is for bad weather.
When there is an eclipse around the sun it is for good weather.
If the swallows fly too low it is a sign of rain.
Also if soot falls down the chimney.
If the seagulls fly inwards it is a sign of storm.
If the colour of the sky is scarlet when the sun is
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 17:04
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There are many signs of the weather such as .I. A cat with his back to the fire is a sign of bad weather.
Blue light in the fire is a sign of rain.
A bright and sunny morning brings a dark and cloudy day.
If there is a circle around the moon it is for rain.
If the clouds are dark and are following each other it is for a storm.
If we get a rainbow on a Friday or Saturday morning it is a sign
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2018-07-20 17:01
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Wet soot falling a sign of bad weather.
When the wind is from the South West is is a sign of rain.
When the sun leaves a scarlet path after it sets it is a sign if good weather.
When the swallows fly low it is a bad sign.
A ring around the moon is the sign of a storm and when the sky is very red.
When the distant hills are looking nigh" a sign of rain.
If we get three mornings frost after one another the following day will be fine.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 16:57
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A very cold breeze.
When the ground gets hard.
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2018-07-20 16:56
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Bad Weather
When the wind blows from the west. When the swallows fly low.
When the clouds are very dark.
When the cat sits near the fire.
When the sheep come in off the hill.
Snow
When the weather is very cold.
When the clouds are dark and gloomy.
When the wildgeese come inland.
Fine weather
When the sky is bright and clear.
When the hills look very far away.
When the swallows fly high.
Frost
When the sun goes down red
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-20 16:55
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Bad Weather
When the wind blows from the west. When the swallows fly low. When the clouds are very dark. When the cat sits near the fire. When the sheep come in off the hill.
Snow
When the weather is very cold. When the clouds are dark and gloomy.
When the wildgeese come inland.
Fine weather
When the sky is bright and clear. When the hills look very far away.
When the swallows fly high.
Frost
When the sun goes down red
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 15:19
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And scant is the pink-eyed pimpernel.
Low o'er the grass the swallow wings,
The cricket too, how sharp he sings,
Through the clear stream the fishes rise.
The frog has changed his yellow vest.
And in a russet coat is dressed.
(Signs of fine weat.)
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 15:15
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makes the sailor shake his head."
"The hollow winds begin to blow,
The clouds look black,
The glass is low,
The soot falls down,
The spaniels sleep,
And spiders from their cobwebs creep.
Last night the sun went pale to bed,
The moon in hollows hid her head,
The boding shepherd heaves a sigh to see a rainbow span the sky.
Puss on the hearth with his velvet claws
Sits wiping o'er his whiskered jaws
Loud quack the ducks,
The peacock's cry,
The distant hills are looking nigh,
The walls are damp the ditches smell.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 15:10
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Geese flying against the wind is a sign of rain.
When the cat turns his back to the fire it is a sign of snow.
North wind is a sign of snow.
Crickets singing, and soot falling are signs of rain.
A rainbow in the morning denotes bad weather, but a rainbow in the evening denotes fine weather.
A certain noise in the river is a sign of fine weather.
A fog over a river is a sign of good weather, but a fog over a hill is a sign of rain.
"Evening red, and morning grey, is a sure sign of a fine day
But, evening grey and morning red
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 15:02
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Geese flying against the wind is a sign of rain.
When the cat turns his back to the fire it is a sign of snow.
North wind is a sign of snow.
Crickets singing, and soot falling are signs of rain.
A rainbow in the morning denotes bad weather, but a rainbow in the evening denotes fine weather.
A certain noise in the river is a sign of fine weather.
A fog over a river is a sign of good weather, but a fog over a hill is a sign of rain.
Evening red, and morning grey, is a sure sign of a fine day
But, evening grey and morning red
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 14:55
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do you think she found a purse of gold.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 14:55
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Long ago there lived an old woman in Knockatee she was very poor. She had only one room in her house. The only furniture she had in her room was a large mirror. One day as she was sweeping the room she rose the handle of the brush too high and hit the mirror with it and broke it. She sat down to cry over her broken mirror when she had enough cried over the mirror she rose to gather up the broken pieces, and what
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 14:50
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A man named Redmond Roche once dug up the ground of Tuberminge house and he found a man's head, a horse and gold. He also found some secret passages leading to underground places.
People say that if you follow the rainbow and go to the end of it, you will get a crock of gold.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 14:46
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to make him take it, some of the food fell on his hand. He rubbed his hand to his eye and with that eye he saw all the fairies fighting and striking each other. He found no gold.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 14:45
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In a place called Guineeguilla there was a fort. The old people used to say that there was gold hidden there. One night a man wanted to see if there was gold hidden there so he slept in the fort that night. In the middle of the night when he was fast asleep, he was awakened by dancing and singing. It was the fairies. They had a big feast and lovely food and drink, not to take it on any account. Not long after, one of the fairies came and offered him food. As she was trying
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 14:40
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the Danes in Currow once long ago. The Danes had some large bags of gold, and did not want the English to take it from them, and as there were some great giant among, they dug holes in the ground, hid and covered the gold with great rocks.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 14:37
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It is said there is a foal's skin full of gold in the corner of a field by the side of the River Flesk. It is hidden under a large stone and is covered with rushes. No one ever tried to dig the hidden treasure but it is said there is a light seen there certain times every year.
It is also supposed that there is gold hidden under a lone whitethorn tree on Currow Hill. Many dug for this treasure but all failed to find the right spot.
The English are supposed to have overpowered
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 14:31
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take the gold. The woman told him to go and take the gold that the cat was herself. who had taken the shape of a cat. but the man would not go anymore. The woman gave him a clap across the cheek, and turned hid head to one side, which stayed there for the rest of his life.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 12:37
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take the gold. The woman told him to go and take the gold that the cat was herself. who had taken the shape of a cat. but the man would not go anymore. The woman gave him a clap across the cheek, and turned hid head to one side, Which stayed there for the rest of his life.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-19 12:34
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Long ago a man lived in Knockaneatee. One night he went for a walk. He was not gone very far when a woman came up to him and told him to go over to the bush on the other side of the road, where he would find under it a crock of gold. The man went over to the bush, and sure enough the crock of gold was there. There was also a black cat sitting near it. When the man went to take the gold, the cat would jump up and stop him. The man went to the woman and told her that the cat would not allow him
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-18 15:02
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Once upon a time there were races held at Ballyplymoth. Large crowds attended them. When the races began some of the men went to the castle near by, and climbed it, in order to have a good view of the races.
In the end there were such a crowd in the castle that one of the men slipped into a hole. When he looked around he saw something shining. He lit a match and to his great joy he found a pot of gold. He took it to the Bank, and he was well rewarded for the gold.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-18 14:59
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Three men by the name of Fitzgerald lived in this parish many years ago. The three of them dreamt one night that a hidden treasure was to be found in a vault in Kilmurry castle.
Early next morning they set to work in search of the supposed treasure. Though they spent hours digging in the castle their search was all in vain. As they were digging, something frightened them, and the search was given up. People say that the hole in which they dug was still to be seen.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-18 14:53
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he heard a terrible sound. He looked and there he was a man dressed in white standing before him, he got such a fright that he made his journey out if the lake as quickly as possible.
It was said afterwards that the man dressed in white was the man who stored away the gold.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-18 14:51
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Many years ago it was said gold was hidden in a lake in Killeentie. Three men came from America to look for it.
The first man dived only a couple of yards from the land; but he could see nothing, when he came back he boasted that he saw it far away from him.
The second man dived still further down and he saw it stowed away in the corner of the churchyard: but he could not get near it so he came back to earth and sent down the third man.
This man dived still further down and he saw the treasure in the grave-yard, he moved towards it and just as he was putting his hand on the gold, when
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-18 14:24
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Long ago there lived in Knockatee a very poor woman. She lived in a small bothán at the foot of the mountain. The only furniture she had in her room was a large mirror which belonged to her ancestors. One day as she was sweeping the room, she lifted the brush too high and hit the mirror, and broke it. She sat down crying over her broken mirror. When she had enough cried she rose up to gather the pieces of glass, when what do you think she found? a big purse of gold. She never wanted for anything after that.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-18 14:19
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Long ago there was a man living in Kilcusnin, who had a dream one night that there was a pot of gold hidden in the middle of the "Kilnfield" near his house. Next morning he told his wife of his dream, she only laughed at him and said he was dreaming that time. He had this dream three times in succession. He was not at ease until he measured the "kilnfield" and found the centre of it. He dug up that place and sure enough there was the gold.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-18 14:14
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A farmer, when dying, called his sons to the bedside and told them that there was some gold hidden in the field b=near the house and to plough the land . When the old man had died the sons started to plough the land. The land was ploughed and no gold was found and they thought their father had deceived them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-18 14:11
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There is a legend that a bag of gold is hidden in the Kilquane hills. One moon-light night a man on a white horse made "hell for leather, with the horses belly to the ground" across the hills at some "leaca" in Kilquane the rider dismounted and buried the gold. Though these leacas have been ploughed no trace has ever been found of the hidden treasure.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-18 14:07
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be seen to the present day. After the removal the building of a church was commenced. Some say that angels were engaged in its construction. Whatever may be the truth of this story we know not but it is certain it was discontinued from the time a bold woman threw dirty water over the work that is that the chapel was never completed to this very day.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-18 14:05
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This church is supposed to have been removed from a place called Dromulton some hundreds of years ago. The only proof being that there is a huge rock to be seen in the bed of the river which it passed over. This rock is to be seen to the present day. The rock was, so the saying goes in the graveyard attached to the church. The reason of its removal is still unknown but some say that the man to whom the land belonged to was dissatisfied that it should be used as a graveyard. These stories are believed to be true. On the original situation the marks of the graves are to
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2018-07-18 10:58
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lives would be spared. This promise was never kept and they were all put to death.
Now the castle is in riuns. Castleisland got its name from this castle which was built on an island surrounded by two rivers.
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2018-07-18 10:56
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Geoffrey De Marisco a nephew of Strongbow built the Castleisland castle in 1215. He gave it to his sister Ellenor as a dowry on her marriage to the Earl of Desmond. At that time Ufford was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and he summoned a Parliament in Dublin. The Earl refused to attend it and summoned a rivel parliament in Callan. Ufford said he would conquer the Earl so he marched to Callan with his soldiers but the Earl was not there. Finally they marched to Castleisland and attacked his castle. At the end of a fortnight the castle surrendered on a promise that their
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2018-07-18 10:49
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Philip's home, and when the priest had performed his "Sacred Duties" he went for a walk to the top of the hill near Philip's home. He returned with a splendid appetite to find at Philip's a sumptous breakfast of a roast lamb. However before eating it the priest asked Philip if he was safe in eating it and if it was honest meat, and Philip answered "It is as honest a meat as ever you ate your Reverence." Then the priest partook of it, and when breakfast was over he returned to the Presbytery to find to his great sorrow that his pet lamb had been stolen the night before.
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2018-07-18 10:44
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To the east of Cordal lies a patch of ground, on the slope of a hill called "Foyle Philip." In this patch the can be seen to the present day the ruins of an old house which was occupied in olden times by a man named Philip Fitzgerald or still known as Philip Céad Bó. In those days people got very little religious education. This man employed three or four men whose work it was to go about stealing cattle from other counties as well as his own. Philip's order was not to take any cattle from a poor man.
It happened however that stations were held at
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2018-07-18 10:39
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In the olden times the soldiers used to go through this passage in order to escape the enemy. One day my grandmother told me that she climbed the castle and when she was nearly to the top of it she saw a quaint little room. She forced her way into it and as soon as she entered a stone moved on the wall. She went over to it and found a small box with something rusty inside in it.
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2018-07-18 10:35
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We have in this town the ruins of a very old castle. The ruins are now seven hundred years old. Our house is built from the stones of this castle. One of our neighbours when digging in her garden unearthed some blood stained stones and a part of an altar which was bought by an American.
There are many secret passages in the castle. At the centre of the castle there is a big hole and inside this hole there is a large flag-stone. Underneath this flag-stone there is a path which is leading into the road.
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2018-07-18 10:29
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Neas Knocjrower, Scartaglen there was once built a mill. The owner of this mill was an English Protestant Landlord, whose name was Fitzgerald. The time of the Famine he promised bread and soup t the children of the locality if they would attend the Protestant school. When the priest of Castleisland heard this, it is said he cursed them, and after this, the river by which the mill was worked, ran dry. Soon after Fitzgerald died and it is still believed that his spirit is seen every night near the ruin of the ancient mill.
This story is often told by the old people of the locality who say it is true.
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2018-07-18 10:20
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looking for this place, now that I have found it, I offer you a reward. The priest ate a good meal, then himself and the young fellow went out and put down four corner stones near the house. When the old woman woke up next morning, she saw the church standing where the stones were put down and it only half covered. It was never finished after. it is only a very short time since it was knocked down by the people of that farm.
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2018-07-18 10:16
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Long ago it was said, that if the four corner stones of a church were put down in Parknamollogue at night, a church would be there in the morning.
One very warm evening in May a priest came in to a woman in Parknamollogue, and he asked her for something to eat. She got tea ready for him; but when she went to look for the milk, the cat had it drank. She told her son to go up to Parknamollogue for the goat. "Oh", said the priest, you are the luckiest woman in the world, I am travelling now for four years
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2018-07-18 10:10
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The Danes burnt it in 1080.
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2018-07-18 10:10
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Ardfert which is situated about five miles from Tralee has many historic ruins. First there is the Round Tower. Next comes the Cathedral dedicated to St Brien dan - still a sublime and majestic ruin highly ornamented. The groups of ruins in the Cathedral are said to be the most interesting and beautiful in Ireland. Among them are Lady Dowagar's Tomb, and site of her castle, Teampail na h-ó and Teampail Grúbhthin. There is some solid masonry in the northern wall of the Cathedral. These buildings date from the seventh century. The Round Tower is said to be one of the highest and best built in Eire.
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2018-07-18 10:03
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The church goes by the name of "Cillanaman" Some declare that this means the church of the name, the name being Geraldine, others affirm that it refers to the "Holy Name." However though we can not be certain about the real meaning of the title we know that the last "Desmond" lies in this graveyard in spite of the fact that he was killed in Gleann an Innte and a monument there marks his grave and many are still under the mistaken impression that his remains lie in the lonely Gleann.
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2018-07-18 09:57
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In the townland of Cordal there is a Church where the family of Fitzgeralds or Desmonds are supposed to be
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2018-07-18 09:56
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About three and a half miles from the town of Castleisland is a townland named "Kilcusnin". Many years ago there was a graveyard here. Many generations have owned the field in which it lies. In the olden times monuments were only erected over certain people. There was a man named "Cusnin" who was buried in that Church and, as a result the place was called "Kilcusnin"
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2018-07-18 09:51
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the unfortunate man was unable to resume his human shape. He was then turned into a goose and flew to a lake on Limerick where it is said he remained until his death.
The unhappy woman, the cause of all the misfortune, regretted her thoughtlessness but though she repented sincerely and sent many messages to her lord begging him to return, he was powerless to break the spell cast upon him, and had to pass the rest of his existence in banishment and solitude.
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2018-07-18 09:47
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on the condition that, no matter what occurred, she would show no sign of fear. To this she readily agreed.
Then, as now, the River Maine flowed beneath the castle walls. The Earl leapt out if the window into the river below and much to the delight of his curious wife, changed himself into various creatures. At lenght he took the form of a huge and terrible monster, and opening his wide and fearful jaws, made towards her. This proved too much for the timid woman. forgetting her promise she yelled and screamed for protection. At that fatal moment the spell was broken, and
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2018-07-18 09:42
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Many stories dealing with the old castle in Castleisland are told, and those were handed down by our forefathers from generation to generation.
The most common tale told concerning the castle is that after the death of Sir Maurice Fitzgerald his sister inherited the castle. She married a magician who was noted for his magic powers. She often begged him to display his magic arts for her entertainment. One day, after long pleading on her part, he promised to gratify her
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2018-07-17 15:28
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"Conán maol's" brother was one of the land-league agitators, Mahoney was anxious to show that his tenants were well able to make a living. Some of the tenants raided the castle, took the stewards gun and shot a prize boar that Mohiney had. Dan and Mike Tagney and Conan maol's brother were arrested and tried, but they were acquitted as there was no direct proof.
Mr Mahoney invited all his tenants to come to a dinner at Dromore to show is popularity. Dan Shea (Conán maol's brother) warned the people not to go to the dinner. A man named Tarogín Bón informed on Dan and he had to leave the country - an account of the dinner by Dan Shea-
They paid short-hand writers from Cork to Tralee,
To report their speeches and all that would be,
But I'll tell you what happened, a cuisle mo croide, they had a worthy tenant except two or three"
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2018-07-17 15:14
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O'Sullivan Mór was married to Sheila Donnead McCarthy Reagh. The Castle was built in 1016. The flag was and perhaps is, still there that fell off the wing. It contained a drawing of himself and hsi cú.
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2018-07-17 14:45
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My brother Michael told me that he was visiting Richard Sullivan, who was Clerk of the Union here. He left at one o'clock at night and when he came to the road at Tubrid, he saw a child crawling in the dyke. He looked around as he thought that there may be tinkers camped near but he saw nothing else. When he came in he told old John Gallivan who was a driver of Mrs Ló and he said it was no notice as that child was always seen there. The bones of a child were found there when they were building the side-walls and pillars of the gate.
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2018-07-17 14:39
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that and they died. The others who were born there afterwards lived.
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2018-07-17 14:38
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When my brother lived in Main Street, his wife and sister-in law heard foot-steps at night in the room. His wife woke him one night when she heard the foot-steps. He lit a candle and saw nothing. The following night the same thing occurred but when he lit the candle he saw a girl in black near the door. He followed her down the stairs and to the hall-door, but when he went to catch her he felt nothing. he got mass celebrated by Fr. Michael O'Sullivan - the disturbance ceased but from that out my brother's health failed. There were two children born in that room previous to
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2018-07-17 14:32
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The McCarthy Mores that built and owned Ardtully. They had a boy minding pigs and he did something wrong. He was a widow's son and they hanged him for some trifling cause. The mother cursed the McCarthy's and from thence - forward the fame of the McCarthy Mórs commenced to decline. The tree on which the boy was hanged is still there.
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2018-07-16 16:33
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give much help. The Irish besieged the place and offered very favourable terms for surrender, but the besieged would not accept these terms nut after a while they had to. The garrison were shipped off to England. Orpen had to go to Cork and from that he went to England and they were all kept by Lady Shelbourne.
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2018-07-16 16:30
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managers of the colony. They petitioned Gen, Justin McCarthy and Sir Valentine Browne Governor of Kerry to deal with the Irish, and they were told to bring in the villians and this they could not do. The houses of the petitioners were attacked and they feared for their lives.
Mr Palmer's first wife was a relation of Sir Richard Alworth who lived in Newmarket. He told them to go to Bandon and to bring their provisions and horses with them. They were afraid with only a dozen horses to travel that stretch of savage country. They stayed where they were in the White House - 44ft long, 22 ft wide and 2 1/2 storeys high. Four large rooms and garret stood on rock, the tide flowed almost around it and they enclosed a half acre of ground surrounded by a wall 14 ft. high and 12 ft. thick. All promised to obey Orpen and Palmer and to hold the place for King William. McCarthy and Browne favoured King James and didn't
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2018-07-16 16:18
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About two miles from Kenmare is the townland of Killowen and situated on one of the many headlands jutting out in to the sea is seen a mass of ruins of the White House. Sir William Petty ancestor of Lord Landsdowne, obtained extensive estates for surveying after the Rebellion of 1641. He planted a colony of English Protestants at Killowen. These were attacked in 1688 by the Irish and took refuge in the White House, the residence of Petty's agent and unable to withstand the siege they surrendered.
Mr Richard Orpen, agent for Petty's property, and the Rev. Thomas Palmer were
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2018-07-16 14:31
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In the time of Cormac Mac Avit there lived a Giant in South Kerry named Lin. He owned all the land from Kilgarvan to Blackwater. Anytime he could lay hands on, h e put a "gad" on each one's neck & hanged him off a tree. The people often faced him in battle, but he killed them all.
At last they petitioned to King Cormac to send them help against this wicked tyrant. The King received them kindly, and said he would go down himself, and fight the Giant.
When the Fianna of Erin heard that his King intended to endanger his life, they old him that they would sent their Captain. Finn Mac Coul, instead of the King.
The Fiannna got ready, thirty men came, each sitting on a white horse
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2018-07-15 09:40
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V11.
I now must stop my wandering pen,
As the ship at anchor lies,
To plough the broad Atlantic wave,
To Columbia of the free:
When I think upon my native land,
And none to it can compare.
So adieu to all for evermore,
And to the nun of sweet Kenmare.
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2018-07-15 09:37
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O'er woodland, hill, and dale,
Where the eagles soar and the torrents roar,
On the shores of sweet loc léin!
V
Farewell to sweet Kenmare,
Its church and convent grand,
It has won gread admiration,
In every foreign land;
That pious noble lady, sister Mary Frances Clare,
She is remembered in all nations.
She is The Nun of Sweet Kenmare.
V1
Farewell to sweet Kilgarvan,
Crossroads and back to Sneem,
Up to Glengariff Tunnel,
And along the winding Sheen!
Where lovers do take pleasure,
And there do roam each day,
From Gulliba's romantic hills,
And back to Kenmare Bay!
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2018-07-15 09:31
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That reared such graceful daughters
They are all beyond the wave;
Their Substance is all plundered.
By landlords tyranny;
O! Erin dear, my hearts delight.
I long to see thee free.
III
Farewell to County Kerry, for 'tis there I do reside;
'Tis from it that all Irishmen first raised their heads with pride.
It reared brave Dan that led them on
The British laws he tore.
Ógrád mo croide, I long to see.
Old Ireland free once more!
IV
Farewell to sweet Killarney, its lakes and towering peaks,
Mangerton is lofty, and the MacGillicuddy's Reeks;
Where the deer and doe do skip and go.
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2018-07-15 09:21
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In the Parish of Tuogh it is an old-time custom to make a "Biddy" for St. Bridget's Night.
The BIddy is built on a churn-staff, so that the figure can stand on the table. She is dressed in white, wearing a blue sash.
For a head a large turnip is shaped, carved and painted by a handy-man. Some flax is kept from year to year, and stuck on for hair. A large cross is made & sewn on to her left shoulder. When finished she looks quite real.
On St. Bridget's Night a crowd collects, & one is selected to carry the Biddy, the others march, accompanied by music. They go about from house to house, place the Biddy on the table, she is welcomed by the bean s'age. There is a round of music & dancing in each house.
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2018-07-15 09:13
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Saturday is a lucky day for planting corn. In olden times people would not plant potatoes till the end of April. Some people say it is not right to dye cloth during a bright moon.
The cross-day of the year is known in this district to be 4th of January; & whatever week-day it falls in will be the cross-day for the whole year. It would not be right to get married on that day.
It is said that in the time of Julius Caesar there were three other days in the month of March; but they were put into the month of April. The old cow boasted that she was quite safe, as she had lived through March; but March borrowed three days from April & she died on the last of these days. They are called "Old March."
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2018-07-14 08:46
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The old People say that it is not right to go to see a sick person on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, or never to come from a wake alone at night.
If you redden a grave on Monday, you will redden one on every day of the week. Therefore if there must be a funeral on Monday, the grave should be opened on Sunday.
People never change from one house to another in Lent or Advent, or on a Monday or a Friday. They say a good day to change is 25th March.
Saturday's moon comes twenty years too soon.
Women do not like to "set" eggs for hatching during dark moon. November dark moon is supposed to be the best time to sow wheat. When the two horns of the moon are turned up it is the sign of bad weather. People say it is not right to dye cloth during the bright moon,
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2018-07-14 08:36
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plant. It bears a flower of the same family as the furze. It is used for making brooms. The stems are boiled and the juice is taken for strengthening the blood, and curing boils.
Ivy is used for putting on corns, and boiled-ivy is applied to chilblains.
The Chicken-weed is very destructive to the potato-garden. It soaks the substance of the soil, & its roots spread deep into the earth. Its juice is very bitter, & it is rubbed to sores.
The leaves of the sally were much used for feeding pigs. It was a custom to send the school-children picking sally in the evenings. They used to gather the young leaves into bags, which were then boiled, mixed with bruised potatoes, and given to pigs and fowl.
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2018-07-14 08:13
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is poisonous, and is often rubbed to warts to poison them. Sometimes poachers or poisoners chop up this herb and put into the river to poison the fish.
The Penny-Leaf is a single round leaf growing on one soft stem, found usually on old walls. It is "pounded", mixed with unsalted butter, and applied to sores, and it is said to heal them.
The Water-cress grows in watery places; and people eat it to make the blood strong.
Oilisc na cloc, or white moss, which grows on rocks is used for dying woollen garments, thread, stockings: the dye is of a light brown colour.
Camemile plant bears a daisy with a strong perfume. The leaves are boiled down to make a dye for dying the hair.
Sláncus or rib-leaf is ground very fine, mixed with unsalted butter and put on to sores.
Bisom is a strong hard
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2018-07-14 08:05
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The most harmful weeds growing on our farms are the thistle, dock, nettle, bonikeen, cupóge & priseas buide, méarscán na mban síde or fairy finger.
These cannot be eaten by the animals, they spread rapidly and impoverish the soil. The thistle has numerous seeds in a woolly head; these seeds are blown about by the wind, & many of them take root and spring up again.
In the time of the Famine, the nettle used to be boiled in milk and used as food by the poor starving people. It grows in rank ground, especially in "gardeens" near dwelling-houses. The old people used to use them for poultices.
The bainne cín (milk plant)
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2018-07-14 07:51
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Long ago wheat, rye, barley & oats were ground at home and made into bread. The grounding was done by means of querns. Later on, the wheat was sent to the grinding-mill.
Different kinds of bread were made: such as barley, bread, rye, oatmeal. griddle cakes and potato cakes. Bead-soda, carraway seeds, and skimmed milk were used in making oat-meal bread.
Potato cakes (or stampy) were a great rarity. The potatoes that were blackening were selected, as being the sweetest. They were washed, peeled & grated with a grater. Salt & butter were added., they were then mixed with sweet milk, & baked in an oven, & eaten hot with butter.
Griddle cakes were cooked on a griddle over a clear fire, turned & then put standing against the griddle in front of the fire till baked through.
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2018-07-13 10:24
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on May-night and to stand beside the liss. Then ti stretch out the enchanted rod as far as it would go & to sprinkle the holy water in a ring around him.
The man did this, and in the middle of the night the fairies came out. each riding a horse! His wife was on the seventh horse! They went round the ring of holy water.
When his wife saw him she jumped off her horse, and into the middle of the ring. All the other fairies are they passed round the ring said
"Táinis Sé cun sise O' fagail." The man and his wife went home happily together.
Three races? a hound,
Three hounds a horse.
Three horses a man.
Three men a deer,
Three deer an eagle,
Three eagles a yew tree,
\three yew-trees an old ridge,
Three old ridges from the beginning to the end of the world.
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2018-07-13 10:17
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There was once a woman who "went in the fairies." Her husband was inquiring of everybody how he could get her back. A witch lived in the place, & she had knowledge of the fairies. The man went to her for advice, and she told him that all the fairies would be in the "liss-field" on May-night, and that she would give him certain signs and tokens whereby his wife would return to him.
He did not trust the witch so he went to the parish priest, and told him his story.
The priest gave him a rod and a bottle of holy water. He told the man to go to the liss-field
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2018-07-13 10:11
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One night in Ballyvourney a priest was going on a sick-call. He saw light in a graveyard, but went on his way. When he was returning the light was still there, so he asked his boy to go with him to see who was there.
When they came near the light they saw an old woman lifting the lid of a coffin, cutting off the right hand off a corpse, & putting it into her apron.
The priest asked her what she wanted the had for, & she said she would take it home, & put it under the cream-tub; & when she would "set" the milk, she would dip the fingers of the hand into every "Keeler", & she would have that depth of cream in each "keeler", & would have "ferkins" of butter for Cork market.
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2018-07-13 10:04
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It is said that when the people of Ballyvourney were in trouble, they used to go to St. Gobnet for consolation & for advice.
Once a poor old widow-woman was told that the Sheriff was coming to take her cattle. She went & told her story to the saint, but St. Gobnet told her not to worry, that her cattle could not be taken.
When the men were collecting the cattle, the saint came with a hive of bees, & she shook them amongst the men, who ran in every direction trying to escape, but the more they ran, the more stings they got, & they were glad to beat off without the cattle.
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2018-07-13 09:59
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There lived in a remote part of the parish of Ballyvourney, a Catholic boy who was never instructed in hie religious duties. At last a travelling woman taught him his prayers & how to prepare for the sacraments.
One Sunday he was preparing to go to Mass; a bright ray of sunshine came in at the window, and stretched across the room. The boy, full of faith and innocence, threw his coat across the sunbeam, and it held the coat up, while the boy was getting ready to go to Mass.
The second Sunday, he did the same, and the sun-beam held up the coat.
The third Sunday, the boy had anew coat, and he thought how nice he would look at Mass, dressed up in his new suit. With these thoughts in his head, he threw the new coat across the sun-beam, but the sun-beam had lost all its charm, before pride, & the new coat fell to the ground.
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2018-07-12 16:21
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that night when they were preparing for bed, they heard a loud knock at the door.
"Who is there?" asked Father John. "Policemen in search of one James Grady", said the men outside.
The priest then told Grady to stand his ground, & not to be afraid. Father John took out his book, & read over Grady. Then he opened the door, and the policemen came in. Although Grady was sitting beside the fire, the searchers never saw him and they went away quite satisfied that he was not at the priest's house.
Grady remained there fir a few days and when he was leaving Father John told him that he could walk around the town of Kenmare, and that no policeman would lay a hand on him. He did as he was told no policeman was able to see him.
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2018-07-12 16:15
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When the "soup" was giving out in Kenmare, the OMahony's of Dromore were at the head of it. One day when O'Mahony was giving a speech at the Square, a young man, named James Grady jumped on the platform & caught Mahony by the collar of the coat, and pulled him off the platform, and then fled.
Father John O'Sullivan was then Parish Priest of Kenmare so James Grady went to his house to hide from the police who were in search of him. Father John gave him permission to stay with him as long as he liked.
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2018-07-12 16:04
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I
Farewell to my acquaintances, and to my native land!
Farewell to all my comrade dear, with all my heart and hand.
My mind is like a wand'ring wave,
That shuffles to and fro.
To leave my parents fond behind,
In sorrow, grief and woe.
II
O! Erin, dear, my native soil,
Where is the land so brave,
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2018-07-12 15:53
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A fox living in Dursey Sound saw the boats going in to Dursey Island and he thought in his own mind that perhaps if he could get in there that plenty of fowl would be had for the chasing. But that was the puzzle how to get in.
He was watching the boats every day leaving the shore and going in. So one day he laid down on the shore and let on to be dead when the men came and saw the fox on the shore they were sure he was dead and they put him in the boat and brought him to the island for curiosity on reaching the shore the men threw the fox overboard and "AS go breác" with the fox
This story is well known by all the people of Cork and Kerry
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-12 15:47
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it was. She also told him how she saw the lights in the graveyard and they were more plentiful in one place than the other. He told her he saw no funeral but Richard Lyne of Eskadour was dead. She found out next day that it was round the tomb of the Lyne family the lights were seen so plentifully the night of his death
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-12 15:44
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The late Mrs Murphy of Bunaw was one night in her house alone her husband having gone for a walk and was not returning. It was getting late and she was troubled as he was not returning. She got up and went out to look around her to see if he was returning but he was not. She gave a look over to the grave yard which was just opposite her house and she said she could see lights all over it. She did not get frightened but thought in her own mind that is was some funeral. After a while her husband returned. She asked him was it the funeral that kept him so late and what funeral
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-12 15:39
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form of the person who was in need of the cows milk. Her husband Gorman soon died and the widow married a Shea man whose brother lived in Rosard up in the Glen and whose place this She man husband of Biddy would now get but Pol she would not go their for any thing for the same travelling woman as before called and said "there will never be a days luck over this." So Mr & Mrs O'Shea came down to Coornagillagh and he was a workman their until ten years ago.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-12 15:35
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About fifty years ago when Biddy Gorman was first married to Gorman a cow of theirs died suddenly and being largely dependant on their couple of cows both she and her husband grieved so much at the loss of their cow. A travelling woman came in asking alms at the time and Biddy of our story told her of their loss "Now says the travelling woman may be that cow was wanting by some near friend who has died lately or who will soon die so stop lamenting her. And there is a certain ring by the "good people" and if you could look through it you would see not the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 13:52
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Before he died he gave a blessing to his mother and cursed his father for his mother tried to stop him for murdering the people and his father urged him to do so
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 13:51
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seldom came to his own house but always kept in a hiding place, which nobody knew of and he always kept a dog with him and that dog was said to be able to smell a person coming within so many miles. It was twenty years after the murder the Rabac was caught and the person that caught him was the murdered woman's son who was only a year old when his mother was killed.
He made every effort to catch him, but did not succeed until one Christmas night the Rabac came to his own house and the boy followed him and caught him. He was found guilty of the murder and sentenced to death
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 13:45
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police and people all went in search of her and even the Rabac went for fear anyone would suspect him of being the murderer. The body was found and it could not then be made out who killed her. The man who witnessed the crime told no body but went back to Castletown working in a mine, after being some time in there he fell, and got badly hurt. The Priest was brought to him, and in his confession he told how he saw the Rabac murdering the woman. The Priest told him tell it openly when he'd recover after a while he got better and told all the story. The police and people went again in search of him but did not succeed. He very
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 13:41
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he took up the rope and put it around her neck to choke her but no matter how hard he'd pull the rope he could not choke her. He did not know the reason why but the poor woman knew it well, she wore scapulars and while they were on her neck he could not choke her. At length she got so terrified that she took them off. On the hill that evening also was a man who used cut off the tails of the cows to make brushes and when he saw the Rabac he jumped into the bushes fro fear he would be seen and was watching him killing the woman and would not go to save her for fear of losing his own life. When she was found missing the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 13:35
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afterwards this woman's cattle went into the Rabacs land and he began to scold her about them. When he vexed her so much she said something about the murder of the sailor. He went home and told his parents, his father told him murder her, but his mother tried to stop him and he made up his mind to murder the woman.
At this time people used have cows on the mountain and used go to milk them every evening. This woman prepared to go one evening and took a can and a rope to spancel the cow with her when she began to milk the cow the Rabac came stealing behind her. It was a foggy evening and she never noticed him until he came very close
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 13:29
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Near his house lived a woman who on this night got up to boil potatoes for her husband's breakfast who was to go to Cork in the morning with butter.
On her way to the well she saw the Rabac choking the sailor; she ran back to her house and told her husband but he would not believe her, she told him go out himself, he did and he also saw the murderer. He got an awful fright and became so ill that he could not go to Cork and after two months he died, no one else knew of the murder of the sailor but this woman, and the last words her husband said to her was not to tell any living being about the murderer. Some time
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 13:24
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There lived in Cumin Gádra in Glenmore a murderer they called the Rabac. He murdered men and women for the least word or act they said or did to him, Once a sailor missed his way from Castle-town and came to the Rabac's house where he stayed a couple of days.
The Rabac suspected he had money and started to murder him during the night.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 13:03
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some people remained up until after sunrise May morning when the spell is gone.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 13:02
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tree for the makings of buaircíní as they believed they possessed a charm and they believed that a cow would yield more milk with a buaircíní from this tree tied on a hair spansel than three cows with a buaircín from any other class of tree. So the tree suffered on, which prevented its growth, and this old united tree is to be seen still and the statue in front of it to prove my story true. We need not go back to the early ages for piseoga about spansels. About forty years ago a spansel would not be left in a stake May night lest it should be stolen. If a spansel were stolen May night it was believed the milk of the cow would go with it for that year. So
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 12:55
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with a cargo of butter in a basket strapped over her shoulders with a pair of spansels apparently the buaircíní were strapped at he back. When she saw the Priest coming towards her she pulled in near the ditch. When the priest saw her his anger rose and he became very vexed he turned the old woman into a statue sitting down dressed in a hooded cloak as it was the custom then. The two buaircíní grew into two white thorn trees partly united at the back of the statue of the old woman. Strange to say this old united tree never changed its appearance during the memory of the eldest man. It has been related in the early ages that crowds gathered on May morning to
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 12:48
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said "bad luck to that tree. He pulled it and set it where the two brothers got it and it grew again and it is growing still and ever since that family is thriving.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 12:47
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A certain servant boy lived and worked for a master who didn't treat him as he should to day.
The master killed a pig and when cured he boiled a fine pot of meat and cabbage for the family. The boy's teeth watered for some of what the pot contained but in vain. Instead he got potatoes and sour milk while they feasted on pork. Sgiollán time came and he got a bag of seed with directions where to set them. Off he went and made a hole in the gorc and spilled on his bag of seed in the hole saying:-"all the seed in one hole and all the meat in one pot"
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 12:46
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There are more piseóga about a hair spansel than anything else on the farm. There was a dairy farm near Fiánca at the foot of the Priest's Leap. It was an old woman who was in charge. The owner of the place was a Priest that lived near Bantry. The priest paid occasional visits on foot over the Leap to visit his farm. There was only a beaten track there then which can be tracked to the present day. As the priest suspected the old woman for cheating in the sale of butter he made these surprise visits. On one of these he met the old woman on the track going to market
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 12:40
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Once one of my grandmother's children was very ill and her sister came out from town to see her and as it was a terrible night of storm, rain and lightning, that she could not go home so my grandfather had to drive her home. A little while after they had gone my grandmother saw them coming back and the horse all blood. She kept the vision to herself and near dawn my grandfather came back and told that a lightning frightened the horse and she ran but none of them was hurt but the horse was cut and scraped and was all blood. My grandmother said nothing about the horse and car she saw coming up the gate It was foreshown to her what happened
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 12:35
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said "bad luck to that tree. He pulled it and set it where the two brothers got it and it grew still and ever since that family is thriving.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 12:34
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A certain servant boy lived and worked for a master who didn't treat him as he should to day.
The master killed a pig and when cured he boiled a fine pot of meat and cabbage for the family. The boy's teeth watered for some of what the pot contained but in vain. Instead he got potatoes and sour milk while they feasted on pork. Sziollán time came and he got a bag of seed with directions where to set them. Off he went and made a hole in the Zorc and spilled on his bag of seed in the hole saying:-"all the seed in one hole and all the meat in one pot"
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 12:28
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This story is about a neighbouring man who is now dead. This man started out very early to gather and count his sheep. His dog soon saught out a fox of its den that was under a rock and the great red fox fought the dog. But the man came close behind him and muzzled him tightly and carried him to the first house he met which was occupied by two men. He stole the Fox inside the door and then closed it and waited outside. The Fox made an attempt to go up the chimney and he scattered all the fire around the house. The woman ran up the stairs screaming for help that the devil was up the chimney and they nearly died with the fright. Now the man came in and caught the fox and took to his heels with Rynard as a paize and he never told them till many year afterwards of his trick.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 12:21
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any more noise after that.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-11 12:21
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after they going to bed the noise started as usual. The old woman got up bring very courageous and shook the Holy water three times and then asked "what was the matter" A boy of the family was after dying a short time before and when he answered they new his voice. He said it was time for them to inquire and relieve him of his trouble. He then said when he was coming home one night after walking he got a pair of men socks lost he picked them up and wore and now wished the value if them given in alms and then he would be alright. The woman of the house was delighted to find out what was wrong and to get rid of the noise. She gave alms to the poor and she never heard
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-10 18:00
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Long ago in a house in Kilgarvan after the family going to bed a strange noise was heard in the Kitchen every night. At length they were becoming upset and sent for an old woman in the place who was a cousin of theirs. She remained in the house that night and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-10 17:58
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instead of people.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-10 17:57
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instead of people.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-10 17:56
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The maiden Rock is a rock which lies west of Ormond's island and belongs to my father now.
Long ago a mermaid was supposed to be seen on this rock and combing her long slowing hair, but she was a wicked woman whom a priest banished from the mainland for her bad deeds one was being very cruel to her own mother, and another , the doing away with a child without baptism. She told the priest she was bent on destroying people so when he banished her to the rock (which is called the maiden rock ever since) He told her kill cormorants henceforth.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-10 17:51
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or town as the case may be. At home the women went barefooted and they had a pair of shoes for going to Mass or town . but now the children in the cradle have shoes in their feet.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-10 17:49
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Cow hides were tanned in Lehud wood tannery about four miles from the school there. Patsy Leary who is now a shoe maker here in Lehud John Leary Patsys Father called Sean O Ríain remembered it who was a shoe maker about fifty years ago. He remember when a man used to come over the workmen on horseback and that when the reins fell out of his hands he wouldnt give himself time to get off to get the reins but rode away with the reins pulling after him. He was afraid that the workers would find out about his arrival and that they'd be tanning for themselves as well as for their masters. In my grandmother's days, the men used to wear shoes only seldom. They too walked the mountains bare footed and even the public road until they neared the town when they sat down and put on their shoes either for Mass
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-10 09:45
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and spacious. A story is told of a girl who let on for three months to be going to school but the music she heard in the lios coaxed her in at first and the foxy woman who seemed to be the lios gave her a child to mind every day and warned her for her life never to tell where she was or what she was doing. After a while the master came to the house and asked "why she was not coming to school." The mother then asked her where she was and what she was doing oh! said she. "I could not tell you or the foxy woman would kill me." After a while the girl is said to have pined away and died.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-10 09:40
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Lises are common in Tuosist but no one has an idea of when they were made or for what purpose. it is said that there used to be a ditch around them but the ground sank and the ditch fell in and closed the entrance. An old saying says that every three lisses are insight of each other which is true for there is one in Ardea in Patrick Sullivan's farm has full view of one in west Clonee while another in James O Shea's farm in east Clonee has full view of them both. My father says that there is a Spring well in every liss and though the entrance is small that inside is large
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-10 09:36
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when the puca ran in "pull in said the puca" "pull in" "there is a spirit coming from the west and she is spitting fire." The man and the puca stayed where they were untill the spirit passed. When this poor man went home he went to bed and never left it and died in a short time without Priest or Doctor.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-10 09:33
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Some time long ago as anold man was returning home from Kenmare by the old road for the new road was not made till the famine years.
It was during the Winter time and the weather was very bad as he approached Glaise dub he heard two dogs barking at one another one of them being in each side of the road. This is said to be a very lonesome place he passed on but the dog were still getting more angry he hastened on as quickly as he could.
When he arrived at poll a púca a big shower of rain began to fall, and the man into this hole for shelter. He was not long there
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-10 09:27
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trying for an animal which he lost. By the moonlight he could see the cottage where a young man, his wife and family lived. Two women dressed in black left the house and ran down the green field in front to the road.
He thought they were some neighbouring women and he did not want to be seen out at such a hour so he went inside a fence but the two women stopped outside and whispered to one another for a few minutes and then went their way. Early in the morning the man of this house was dead and from his inquiries he found out that no neighbouring women were out.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-10 09:23
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One night as a man form Glenmore was going home from a Sgoruideaci in a neighbours house. He had to pass a river and as it was a very bright night he was not in a hurry. Soon he heard a great cracking noise of falling trees and all seemed to fall into the great pool near him. A great white ball rose up from the river and struck him in the cheek.
Not long afterwards he got very ill and had to go to Cork to undergo an operation but he recovered and lived many years afterwards. This man was an O'Shea from Glenmore my great grand father now dead for a number of years.
Another night this man was out after midnight
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 14:52
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in the cave. They went off with their wand and riches that was in the old house to live in luxury afterwards
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 14:51
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your hands" said the witch I am afraid of men and then we can rest in peace for the night. So John threw the hair she gave him into the fire so the racket started. The witch tried her old game calling on her hair to tie I will said the hair I will tie the fire rolling it together John called on his hound for help. The hound jumped on the witches throat strangling her John snatched his gun and blew away the side of her head. The old witch called for mercy and the return of his brothers which she slay. "Take down that old wand on the rack and strike those graves in front of my door and your brothers will arise" John did so when up rose his two brothers. They finished the old witch after she had told she was the deer in
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 14:44
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her badly. The deer just kept sprawling before the hound until night came when she got lost in the wood. John seeing the light as his brothers saw went towards it . Just the same hut he went in and helped himself as he was very hungry after some time he heard noise coming towards the house. It was the same old witch very lame and feeble and smeared with blood. She grinned at the sight of the dog. "Oh tie him" she cried. I have nothing to tie him said John. Here is a rib of my hair John thought it was a joke and he trew it in the fire. What is that beside you said the witch? that can't move said John. "Oh tie it" said the witch I saw it spitting fire to day and lead into my side. "Tie
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 14:37
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the hound with an old wand despite the lamentations of poor Tom. Calling for help from the dog and his gun but the old witch called on her hair to tighten and strangle Tom and his dog. The old witch laid them on three graves outside the door. There was great excitement in the home that night of John and Mick. So Mick set out he next morning. He just met the same fate as his brother Tom. So John set out the next morning well prepared with dog and gun. He resolved to find his two brothers at any cost. He went on and on until he heard a whistle. He thought it was his brothers. He went towards a wood when out came a deer John being not such a good sportsman as his brothers let her her have both barrels maimed
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 14:31
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teeth at the sight of the intruder. She had on her back a cow and a sheep on both arms. She threw them on the floor with a crash that shook the old hut and shook the heart out of Tom. She asked what brought him here. Tom tried to explain . "Whats that lying near the fire" my dog said Tom. Oh tie him I have nothing to tie him with said Tom. "Here is a rib of my hair" said the witch." Tom tied the hound. What is that beside you she asked again. My gun said Tom. Oh tie it said the witch with another rib of my hair. Tie yourself said the witch I am so nervous. She gave him another rib of her hair to trust around his hands which poor did. Now the murder started which the old witch decided by killing
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 14:24
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catch up but invain. The deer rushed through the forest with the hound in pursuit all day long. Tom trudged through the dreary forest until night came on when he called his hound off the chase. They both were indeed very exhausted. He sat down to consider what to do when he saw a dim light in the distance. He went towards the light to his surprise an unoccupied little hut where food was prepared. Tom thought at every moment the occupant would turn in but no so he helped himself and his dog to a good supper. He laid himself on the seat his gun beside him. His dog stretched out in the hearth. When suddenly he heard the awful tearing coming towards the door. Now Toms nerves were tested at the awful sight of an old witch showing her
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 14:17
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August Tom prepared his lunch which consisted of wheaten bread and venison which was very endurable food for his journey. He oiled his gun and fed his hound and set off in the best of health and spirits for a good day's hunting. When he got a considerable distance into the valley his attention was drawn to the whistling in a crevice on the border of a great forest. Tom was no coward he marched up boldly with his gun and dog. When to his surprise what should pop out but a ratling deer. As he was a sportsman he lowered his gun and left his hound in good chase which was indeed very exciting. They went round and round. Tom thought at the very turn his hound would
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 11:55
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Once upon a time a old man lived in a secluded glen who was great sportsman and who always kept a gun and a couple of hounds. He never came back from the mountain without something for supper for his three sons. When he got to feeble for travelling he gave the gun to his eldest son Tom who was very fortunate and always brought home a full bag of game. All three were not satisfied until they had guns and hounds of their own. After some time the game in their locality got almost extinct so those huntsmen were compelled to travel father in pursuit. One fine morning in the early
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 11:35
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her power of curing. She was fond of drink and they made her drunk thinking to get the secret but no chance at all.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 11:34
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In Oiléan na Rún inCoornagillagh a woman was very sick long ago and all remedies failed to cure her. A woman in Tahilla opposite the island had a great name for curing people. They went by boat for her and she came with her hands hanging to her. They wondered where were he cures but she said nothing at daybreak she went out through this island and gathered numbers of herbs. She came in mixed her herbs boiled them and gave the drink to the dying woman She soon got better but the Tahilla woman would not tell the names of the herbs to anybody for she would lose
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 11:28
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Two neighbouring women have had a few words with each other as women often have but this story happened over seventy or eighty years ago and during the conversation one said to the other "are you mad are what." The other not being as well off as the other said:-
1) If you had no house but a bocán and no door but a scolpán
2)And if you had no clothes but the piobáin
3) And if you had no food but the creacán
4) And if you had no drink but the srucán
5) And if you had no bed but the siudeacán you would be mad too
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 11:21
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a young boy long ago on his way through an old road used to meet a man of the same place there he knew to be dead. After some time, he got courage and he asked the man what his trouble was. The man answered and told him to go for the Priest. This the boy did but when he told the Priest he would not believe him. The man then second time still the Priest would not believe him. On his return then the man put some marks on the boys arm and told him to go and show the marks to the Priest.
When the Priest saw the marks on the boys arm he believed his story and he came to the man. After that the man was never seen again but the marks remain in the boys arm.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 11:16
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Lóc na péiscí is a serpant lake in Euragh. it looks dark and grim and lonely even int he day time for seldom or never the sun shines on it. It lies almost at the Cummen a Hyland one of the eastern peaks of the Caha mountains and the one man living here is Mike Leary. The story told of the píasc is that he was very wicked and bad and had planned to kill and devour everybody on the surrounding district. So at last Saint Coinán succeded in putting a pot on his head and he was unable to eat or drink, then thus saving the countryside from destruction.
The sign of his trail and even his very shape remains on the mountainside to prove my story true.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 11:09
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out if the car. The lid was knocked off one of the barrels and out came a dead naked man - a corpse.
The carman got frightened and had to get help; they packed the man into the barrel again and made for Cork City. He returned home after a few days and went to bed and died a few days after for he never knew what his cargo contained till then.
This story is well known among the public and is true.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-09 11:04
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In years gone by the people of the surrounding districts were terrified. If anyone died there was great trouble about their burial because four of the nearest friends would have to stay up that night and bring the coffin to some unknown place and bury it for three weeks; the body then would be of no use to the doctors.
The reason this was done was, there were certain gangs of people going to the graves and lifting up the dead bodies and packing them into tall barrels and sending them to doctors in Cork. How this was found out was there was a carman going to Cork with a load of barrels.
As he was going down c,um na neagh the horse got a stumble and the barrels were thrown
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 18:06
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got frightened. The deceased man then haunted the house and never left until the Priest came and put him away. All the people turned Catholics after that.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 18:05
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him that if he would not he would kill him. The priest told him he could and he went into the house and took a prayer book from his pocket and he started to read and after a while he gave a whistle he read on and after a while he gave another loud whistle he read on again and after a while he gave another whistle and at the moment the deceased man entered. The priest questioned the man "saying where were you when I gave the first whistle" the man answered and said "They were untieing the chains off me in hell." " where were you when I gave the second whistle"? I was coming in a hurry? and where were you when I gave the third whistle? I was in the door. The priest then left and the young boy
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 17:57
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One day a priest and his driver were driving in their side-car. They were going past a beautiful big house owned by a very rich Protestant. The man of the house was dead but his son was still living in the place. The driver remarked the house and said it was a warm comfortable place, but the priest answered him back and said "the man who once owned that house is in a warmer place." The deceased man's son was inside the ditch cutting the hedge and he heard the words which the priest had said. He jumped out and stoped the car. He asked the priest if he could prove the words which he had said and threatened
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 17:53
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left it and died in a short time without Priest or Doctor.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 17:52
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Some time long ago as anold man was returning home from Kenmare by the old road for the new road was not made till the famine years. It was during the Winter time and the weather was very bad.
As he approached Glaise dub he heard two dogs barking at one another one of them being in each side of the road. This was said to be a very lonesome place. (However). He passed on and the dogs were still getting more angry he hastened on as quickly as he could. When he arrived at póll a púca a big shower of rain began to fall, and he ran into this hole for shelter.
He was not long there when the púca ran in "pull in" said the púca "pull in" there is a spirit coming from the west and she is spitting out fire. The man and the púca stayed where they were until the spirit passed. When the poor old man arrived home he went to bed and never
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 15:00
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he followed it along the road until they came to the ditch where the second child was buried and a light came out of the ditch and accompanied the other one and they kept going until they reached the wood where the third child was buried. Another light came out with the other two and they kept going until they reached the hut and there they found the woman almost dead on a barth of straw. The woman was anointed and the Priest stayed with her until morning but it was thought that the three lights were her three children who had come to bring her the Priest and to save her soul.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 14:55
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Once upon a time there was a woman who spent all her money on drink. She had three children and they all died with the hunger. One of the children was buried in a grave, another was buries in a ditch and the third was buried in a wood. After a few years the woman was evicted out of her house and she went to live in a hut and nobody knew where she was. She wasn't long living there when she got very sick and was not dying and had no way if getting the Priest;
The Priest of the parish saw before him in his sleep someone telling him that a person was dying what badly needed him. The Priest was so annoyed with his dreams that he got up dressed himself got his horse and went on the road but then he was puzzled where he should go. The graveyard where the first child was buried was near where the Priest lived and the Priest saw coming towards him out of the grave a round ball of light and it came before him on the road. When the Priest saw the ball of light
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 14:47
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of its where abouts and she said "in that old gentleman there" pointing to the cock. Take him out and wash his feet three nights in water and wash the child's feet each night in the same water afterwards. They did as she told them and the child walked and was alright.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 14:44
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Years ago there lived in Bonane an old called Bean Feasa who used to go around with the fairies. In this house a child of four years lived who was unable to walk. It was the custom at that time to keep the hens in a coop in the kitchen. The old woman came to see the child and told them that the curse was in the kitchen. They asked her
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 13:50
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Batt O'sullivan saw it done by his own mother about fifty years ago.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 13:49
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Long ago people used be very careful about the crops and as hens are very destructive birds on no crops were sown near a house. Hens have a great habit of scratching up the earth and that destroy the crop. The old people got a plan for them. They went to the strand and picked buarnacles boiled them and took out the fish. Then they took out the bottom of the shell and put the shell on the hen's feet and every time they used begin to scratch the shells would hurt them and prevent them from doing so. This custom was found valuable but only those near the sea could avail of it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 13:41
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my uncle is Lohart Tuosist from whom I got this story.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 13:40
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A certain woman whose name is Mrs Burn's and a native of Sneem was up one night alone near the fire while her baby was in the cradle. Her husband was in bed and she herself was mending and patching clothes
Bout twelve o'clock she heard a strange noise at the door which seemed to shake the whole house her baby was four months old and was laughing at the time but it is said that small babies can see the angels as they smile She took the child out of the cradle and when the mother came to the stairs she was so frightened that she could not turn and therefore had to back up. Almost fourteen years after that the child died and the mother never forgot the awful noise made as she now thought to call her baby girl away from this world's cares and sorrows.
Mrs Burns's daughter is married to
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 11:42
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in a few days after.
People say that it was this woman's funeral which was passing along although she was then alive but in danger of death on a Dublin hospital.
The woman was Mrs Corkerry, Gleninchiquin, Kenmare, Kerry who lived only a few days after funeral being seen all the neighbours know of this happening & I heard it from my Father. N.B. Mrs Corkerry's funeral would have passed this way had she died at home in her glen.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 11:38
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One Time there lived a man & when he was coming home from town. It was very late and he had to travel a very bad road near a mountain. This was supposed to be haunted.
When he had gone a little way he heard a terrible noise which continued a long time. At last as he went round the bend of the road he heard noises as of saddle horses approaching in numbers & when he came as he thought near them they immediately turned off the road & went up the mountain. He went home very frightened and a neigbouring woman who was then in good health died.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 10:58
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French & ousted him from the Chair which he never sat in after.
French's power was waning but if a tenant to his knowledge cut a twig in his own land or a branch for the fire he would be served with a notice to quit.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 10:56
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French made all kinds of threats against suspected materialists & the spirit of the people was being stirred and with all the landlord's power and threats P.J.Boland was returned by and overwhelming majority & did his best for South Kerry in House of Commons, London.
T French himself was deprived of the chairmanship of Kenmare Board of Guards. D. J. O'Sullivan, Main Street, Kenmare, himself the son of a father Fenian, T. J O'Sullivan Coornagillagh nephew of thr well known school Master Fenian Dan O'Sullivan Ardgroom who taught then in Dromanassy school, Bonane, Kenmare adn John Gaine Kenmare (the three were Poor Law Guardians at the time) voted against
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 10:49
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Lord Lansdowne was the "absolute landlord" of the lands of Tuosist (T.J. Townsend French as agent making use of the rack rents and hanging gates to enrich his own purse. French was a tyrant who persecuted Land Leaguers and any tenant couldn't call his soul his to own.
When Blenherhasset was up for election As M.P. here in South Kerry French sent cover cars around the tenant's doors to convey them to the polling booth as an additional bribe to voter to cast his vote for the landlord's man & against the materialist who then was I think P. J. Boland.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 10:42
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to turn round and a man was about to spring on him.
The Priest made the sign of the cross & the attacker vanished. After a while he reached the house of the dying man in plenty of time to administer the last Sacrament & save the poor soul. It was believed that the strange man of the wood was the devil or one of his agents and had endeavoured to put the Priest out of the way and the messenger who got the Priest for the dying man a messenger of God, the dying man having always prayed for a happy death.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 10:38
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the Priest decided to stay until morning.
The woman asked him how it was that he found his way the Priest then told he how it happened. He said that he had been at home and was preparing to retire when a rap cape to his door & on opening it he saw a strange man standing on the threshold saying there was a man dying & to go and give him the last Sacraments. After following his guide a long distance he came into a thick wood.
The guide than told him to go straight on & that he would find the house quite easily by his directions. The Priest continued his way, But something urged him
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-08 10:33
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A man who lived with his wife and brother in law became ill. This man had not received the sacraments for a long time & according to rumour deep in sin.
The night was very dark and wet and the Priest lived some distance from where the man lived. As the sock man's wife became very anxious and owing to the state of the weather she feared that Priest would be unable to reach the dying man before his soul passed away, Suddenly a rap cap to the door and a strange Priest entered & on being told about the sick man he started to anoint. When the Sacraments had been administered
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 13:19
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Steampai is not made now here but up to forty years ago it was commonly made and used. A piece of tin was got and holes were made in it with a nail. This then was the greater used for greating the potatoes which were first washed clean not peeled though. The substance from the greater was made into dough and if a very little flour was used it made it easier to put together. The water which was extracted from the potatoes when grated was kept in a bowl and was let set. After a time a sediment formed at the bottom which was starch that was used for making up the linen shirts of the man and the frilled caps the old ladies wore which were always wore stiff and as white as snow.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 11:00
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a long time & on this particular night he went gambling he was stupidly drunk too; he gave the night cursing & swearing & losing his money. At the stroke of 12 o' clock a cock flew into the card players & perched on table just opposite the man of the story & it crew three times. All the gamblers ran out except this man who took no notice if the cock. It crowed again & the man heard the chains at his feet & he saw there the devil.
This made a steady man of him; he gave up gambling & drinking stayed in his own house with his wife & family & he led a good life ever afterwards.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 10:55
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Long ago there was a certain man who used go out each night to a neighbouring house gambling and he used stay there till a late hour 12 & 1 o'clock & no matter how wet or cold the night would be off he'd go gambling & drinking & spending all his money. His poor wife pleaded with him but in vain. This went on & on for
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 10:45
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lios.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 10:45
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He searched & searched but in vain; at last he called a neighbour & they both went & tried until at long last one of them thought of the lios and at the same time he wouldn't believe how animal could be lost there for the opening of the lios was now too small for a cat to got through.
To his dismay, however, he found his missing animal stuck in the los & it was dead.
The man made sure that it was the fairies drew in the animal there and after a short time he sold out his farm because he was afraid he might lose all his cattle in the fairy
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 10:41
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A liss is an ancient stone building, some people say that it is a fair cave while others say it belonged to the Danes & that they used to hide there.
A liss is situated in our farm which is quite round in shape & in an open field. I know of a man who owned a farm in which there was "a lios." He kept a large number of cattle and it was his custom each evening to go and count his cattle and put them in a safe place for the night. On this particular evening he went as usual to see his cattle & to his surprise one of his very best cattle was missing.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 10:36
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and Dauros Church and the Glen people often walk through this spot in Summer taking a near way to Dauros Church on their way to Mass. Cist an Afrinn" lies to tehe north if Silvy Downings house there.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 10:36
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There is an Altar probably a Druidic Altar in Euragh in Gleninchaqiun near the famous Loc na Péiste. Here there are 12 stones about 2 or 3 feet high raised off the ground & the same depth underneath it is said.
It is placed in a circle which has about 20 or 30 feet in diameter & there is a large flat stone circular in shape placed in the centre with a small stone on top of it. My informant is Paddy Shea, Cooryeen & he says there is another in Drom Metaize near Dauros "Císc an Aifrinn" is situated on the side of the Caha hills between Gleninchiquin
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 10:35
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and Dauros Church and the Glen people often walk through this spot in Summer taking a near way to Dauros Church on their way to Mass. Cist an Aprinn" lies to tehe north if Silvy Downings house there.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 10:32
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There is an Altar probably a Druidic Altar in Euragh in Gleninchaqiun near the famous Loc na Péiste. Here there are 12 stones about 2 or 3 feet high raised off the ground & the same depth underneath it is said.
It is placed in a circle which has about 20 or 30 feet in diameter & there is a large flat stone circular in shape placed in the centre with a small stone on top of it. My informant is Paddy Shea, Cooryeen & he says there is another in Drom Metaize near Dauros "Císc an Aifsinn" is situated on the side of the Caha hills between Gleninchiquin
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 09:24
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hunting afterwards.
This hare was a witch who used milk the neighbours cows before dawn & at dusk in the fields. Their owners were surprized that their cows lessened so much in their milk. But after that the Priest banished this witch out if our parish of Tuosist & she never troubled them since but as little as did the púca of Carraig an Oizin.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 09:20
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There were two men who lived in Cummers near Laragh Church here and they were hunting and their greyhound had a great chase after a hare this certain day. The hare ran this was and that but going over a fence the hound snapped her by the thigh. \the hare got away into an uninhabited house. The man seeing the hate going in followed on & there sitting in the corner near the fireplace was an old woman & her leg all bleeding & torn. They ran out with the fright f God in their hearts and theses two men never went
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 09:12
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told her story about where the fairies first left her inside in a rock in beal na leapar near Ardgroom for three months and then they took her across to Cahirdaniel.
After a year at home in her own house in Ardgroom as son was born there & this boy became the best oarsman either on the Cork or Kerry shore.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 09:08
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Daniel that she only got stolen away by the fairies & she told him to get six of the best boatmen & to go there on a certain night and to stand at a certain bridge and that his wife would be on third last horse behind a man riding, and to snap her off and bring her to the boat and as hard as they could pull home to pull.
He did as he was told & when they reached the home shore the sea broke hundreds of feet high. He had her home safe & sound and she lived forty years afterwards. She often
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 09:04
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There was a woman long ago who lived in inward Ardgroom, Castlebere Co. Cork but on our Kerry borders. She was a young married woman & had a young family and she died & was buried.
In about 4 months after this a travelling woman came to the house of the poor widower & he was telling her the story how his wife died & left a great many young children after her & that he was sad & lonely & didn't know what to do. This travelling woman told him that his wife was not dead at all, that she was across the bay in Caher
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 08:59
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living Priest answered the dead Priest's Mass when the spirit departed in peace released from all his troubles.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 08:58
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sacristy again. Next day she told the Priest all that she saw so he said he would wait up the following night to see what would happen. And as he did & the same thing occurred again as the woman described, the man asking 3 times "Is there anybody there to answer my mass.
The live Priest asked him what was the reason of this? and he told him that while he was living & had been a Parish Priest he had received some money to say Mass for some certain person, which he forgot to say & that he was coming there 15 years getting no response to his question "Is there anybody there to answer my mass" & he could not go to heaven till he had that Mass said & then the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 08:52
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Long long ago there lived a woman whose habit was each evening to go to the Church, to say some prayers. So this evening she stayed longer than usual and when she got up to go home the Church door was locked. So she could do nothing but stay in fear and trembling. Some time after 12 o'clock she saw this man coming out of the sacristy and lighting the candles on Altar which he then prepared for Mass and he asked three times "is there anybody there to answer my Mass" But the woman was too frightened to answer him. So he quenched the lights & went back into
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 08:38
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"Flummery" was a favourite dish by those who ground their own wheat with the querns; the chaff left was gathered & boiled soft and nice & this was "the flummery" of which Roddy the Rover speaks.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 08:36
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was the devil and the place too was known to be haunted.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 08:34
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he too might be going to the fair. The man sat in but never spoke.
As they were going up a hill the horse's strength gave way, the owner of the horse was surprised as he and his animal often climbed this hill before with a greater load, but all efforts to make the horse moved proved useless & the stranger got out & went to the man & he said only for taking him that distance he *(the man) would be dead before morning.
Then the man lit his pipe & with the light of the match he saw that his companion had hoofs instead of feet & then they knew that the strange man
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 08:29
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A man who was going to the fair one night started from his house at 1 o'c a.m. with his horse and cart. When he was some distance away he saw a man on foot ahead of him & this being a lonely road he was delighted to have company so he asked the traveller to sit in thinking that
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 08:26
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Meal-tea is of a colour between that of wine & whisky & was a common drink for yellow jaundice.
"Whey" is a light drink used still for invalids.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 08:25
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About 40 years ago a Lehud man who was at the time a young teacher ate too many green goose berries as a result of which he was struck down with "yellow jaundice."
His mother who lived then got her querns and ground her oats into oatmeal as fine as castor sugar. She then strained it through a sieve into a white cloth which she tied well with twine.
This bag she plunged into boiling water to rest there & simmer for four hours. She gave her patient meal tea from this to drink nice & warm & though the doctor was sent for the meal-tea continued until he got better.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-07 08:19
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My Father's Uncle Dan Downning Lohart who is still alive and in our house was a great sportsman in his day.
Once upon at time he noticed a fox taking stones on his paw & settling them there well & then throwing up the stones at the fowl which perched on branches of an ash tree which was about 10 feet or so from the ground.
He did his best in this way to force down the fowl & if he failed it was not his fault. On another occasion a fox pretended to be dead.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-06 17:47
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ran the fox out the door saving his life by a clever trick.
My Father's uncle Dan Downing who lives in our house told me that he remembers this incident. The child of the cradle would be sixty years now & lives in America.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-06 17:45
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Foxes are scarce but they sometimes come & steal the poultry. This is a story about one of their clever tricks. A man lived in Doire na mbreac about 70 years ago called "Pat Thade." One day it happened that Pat went out to the well for a pail of spring water & when he came back to the house there was a fox before him & he tried to shut the door to catch the fox. A sheaf of oats lay on the kitchen floor & also a cradle with a baby in it. The fox ran towards the fire dragging the sheaf with him, he lit it and the man thought he was going to burn the child to death. So he ran to save the child & off
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-06 17:39
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Many wild animals live in the bogs and bushes around the district. Of these rabbits are the commonest to be seen and are found mostly in every bush and brake. They are a great pest to the farmer though their flesh is very good to eat because of all the herbs they digest.
The weasel is found here & Lohart my townland is called Weasel Street. Martin Cats are also found here and are sometimes trapped because their skin is very valuable.
The badger is found rather plentifully as the name "Faill na mbRoc" here shows
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-06 17:34
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car he would be out again. So this state of affairs continued until he reached home. The pig died that night and my Father got a fit of sickness which however he got rid of after a while. People said it was "ablast."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-06 17:32
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One night my father was coming home from the fair of Kenmare and he had a pig in the car and as fast as the pig would be put into the car she would be out again and as fast as the chains would be tied to the car they would be ripped. And as fast as the Father himself would be into the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-06 17:29
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who suffered from the "Múcad."
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-06 17:28
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If a person who has warts finding a little stream of water gushing out of the rock washes the affected parts till nine mornings in succession, the warts are said to disappear, but the sufferer must not be searching for this water but come upon it unawares.
Mil Meare:- March Millas is good for fercy in horses.
Cos dub for skin sores as well as for coughs.
Cap dub was pulled of walls & saved in the sun and afterwards boiled and drunk giving great relief to the sufferers especially to those
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-07-06 17:21
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This man of the story was Peter Connel's from Templenoe, Kenmare,
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