Líon iontrálacha sa taifead staire: 42
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2020-03-27 01:15
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Blinking the milk 1.4.1938
One bright May morning when James Doherty was going along the road he saw an old woman sitting on a little mound. When he came nearer he heard her say "All ye smoke that I do see and all ye milk and butter coma coma to me Then James said jokingly Share with me". He then went on his way and when he reached home he saw all his milk and butter flowing out of his door. He ran for the priest who came at once and blessed it. It stopped immediately and ever since that day the people put up a Maypole on May eve.
James Mac Callum
Pat Mac Elhiney aged 85
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2019-06-21 01:43
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"Molly Gretan's Rath"
In the middle of a field in Bracklyn is a 'rath'. This rath is surrounded by a ditch on which grows white-thorn and hazel trees.
This old rath takes it name from an old woman named "Molly Gretan" who lived here in former years.
Local people say the place is haunted by Molly Gretan and she can be heard caoining when any person in the neighbourhood dies and also she is to be seen occasionally walking about the rath.
Celine Buzzanno,
Bracklyn,
Killucan
Told by John Buzzanno,
Bracklyn,
Killucan
12/2 1938 WMeath
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2019-06-18 14:10
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A local Story.
About twenty years ago. There was a Lephurmn seen by the school children around Killough N.S. This little elf was seen up at Giggets hill behind the ditch. No one could get near him, when you would think you were near him, he would be far away.
He was seen occasionally for some time and then one morning there was a long stone dug up on the hill at the back of the school and written with red chalk on the stone the amount of money to be found under it. There also seemed to be the impression of a pot at the bottom of the stone. So the little elf was supposed to be minding the money. He never was seen after.
My cousin Mrs Garry told me this story.
Ellen Fleeson,
Williamstown,
Caddagh,
Mullingar.
11/5/1938
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2019-04-24 23:20
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A Story.
About two miles from my house a poor woman was living alone. One day a creature supposed to be a 'fairy' called on the poor woman and asked her for the loan of an oven. The woman refused the request. The fairy remarked - "that the woman would yet be sorry" - and the fairy disappeared.
Next morning when this poor woman went out she found her two cows and her horse dead in the field.
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Peggy Doyle,
Bracklyn,
Killucan.
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2019-04-24 23:14
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The Hang man's Tree
Convenient to this cave (described lastly at Renalagh) is an old tree the boughs of which overhang the road. This tree is known and called locally by the name as "the hang man's tree"
People in the neighbourhood say that the robbers hid in this tree and any poor victim who happened to pass the road with money was robbed, hanged, on this tree and their bodies were thrown into the cave near by.
This story was told by
Paddy McArt,
Dardestown,
Killucan. 28. 3. 38
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2019-04-24 02:17
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carried out by members of the archaelogical society. The bones were i am told removed to Dublin.
Paddy MCart 16.3.38
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2019-04-24 02:17
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carried out by members of the archaelogical society. The bones were i am told removed to Dublin.
Paddy McCart 16.3.38
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2019-04-24 02:15
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A Cave.
On the left hand side of the road leading from Delvin to Mullingar at Renalagh is a cave. This cave was discovered a couple of years ago under the following circumstances. Some men were engaged working for Co Council widening the road. At this particular place as one of the men was driving his spade into the clay the spade disappeared.
On examination it was found the spade fell into some hollow or pit. which when this was further explored proved to be an underground room, about nine feet in diameter having a stone roof. covered on the outside with a sod apparently little higher than the surrounding pasture.
A local workman got in through an entrance which led to the room or cave by descending stone steps. Some bones were discovered within this cave, supposed to have been the remains of poor victims murdered there when returning with money made at Mullingar farms years long ago.
Nothing definite as to how long these bones rested there, or how they came to be there could be arrived at, although investigations were
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2019-04-24 02:14
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A Cave.
On the left hand side of the road leading from Delvin to Mullingar at Renalagh is a cave. This cave was discovered a couple of years ago under the following circumstances. Some men were engaged working for Co Council widening the road. At this particular place as one of the men was driving his spade into the clay the spade disappeared.
On examination it was found the spade fell into some hollow or pit. which when this was further explored proved to be an underground room, about nine feet in diameter having a stone roof. covered on the outside with a sod apparently little higher than the surrounding pasture.
A local workman got in through an entrance which led to the room or cave by descending stone steps. Some bones were discovered within this cave, supposed to have been the remains of poor victims murdered there when returning with money made at Mullingar farms years long ago.
Nothing definite as to how long these bones rested there, or how they came to be there could be arrived at, although investigators were
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2019-04-24 01:28
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A Local Ancient Story
Killough is a very ancient place. There is an ancient grave yard where there is supposed to be a Saint buried, also a moat which has caves inside, also an old castle. There is a short distance from Killough an arch way of an old bridge and from that bridge there is an under ground passage that leads out to the moat on the hill of Rathwire.
There was a fair held at Killough some years ago and one of the rivers were supposed to be a road by which the stage coaches travelled years ago.
A small bit from Killough there was an inn where they changed the stage coach horses. There was also about that inn, a robbers den. A house with a trap door and any person that travelled by coach that they thought wealthy was lured in there and not saw again. The ruins of this place still remains. St. Patrick is supposed to have passed through Killough, the impression of his feet is on a stone. There is also the ruins of a corn mill.
Ellen Fleeson 12/5/1938
Williamstown,
Caddagh,
Mullingar.
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2019-04-23 21:14
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Child taken by mysterious ladies.
About twenty six years ago a little girl aged twelve years was playing with her sisters near a fort outside her own home about a quarter of a mile from my own home in Bracklyn. My mother knew the child and her parents who lived there at that time.
As the little girl did not return home with her companions her parents thought she might have gone to some neighbours house: but she was not in any house, neither did her companions see her leaving their company.
The neighbours assisted the childs parents in searching all the summer's evening and continued during the night.
At about four Oclock on the following morning the missing child was found about half a mile from her own home. She told her parents that two ladies carried her away, but could give no account of how, or what happened or where she was during the evening and night.
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Told by my mother
Celine Buzzano,
Bracklyn,
Killucan.
W. Meath
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2019-04-23 20:52
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A Story
My mother told me a story about which she heard happened near our own house. The wood where the incident is said to have happened is still to be seen.
One day some years ago a poor woman not having any fuel went to gather sticks in this wood: the child fell asleep under a tree, but when the mother returned she could get no trace of her child.
After searching during the night the child was found still asleep next morning, under a tree in the same wood. when the child was awakened, she told her father that her own mother and a white dog had taken care of her during the night. but she could not explain what particular place she had been. The following night the mother of this little child died.
Peggy Doyle,
Bracklyn,
Killucan.
21. 3. 1938
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2019-04-23 20:41
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A Story
In former years there was a school in Bracklyn. Tradition tells us there was a woman killed at this school. On one occasionit was on a girl's journey to pass this school, as she was passing by this school she saw this woman who was killed at the school.
The girl thought it was some of her companions, and she hid in side the gate of the school. She thought she would frighten her companions when they would appear. When the girl saw it was not her companions, and that the person who (was) killed at the school had appeared as a ghost, the girl dropped dead. The local people said it must have been the ghost of the person that was killed at the school, who came back to haunt the place.
Josephine Doyle,
Bracklyn,
Killucan.
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2019-03-26 01:21
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Our Holy Wells.
There is one blessed well in the parish of Lixnaw. It is called Saint Michael's well and it is in the townland of Ballinageragh. It is in Mr. Thomas O'Brien's land and it is about a hundred yards from the public road. The important day for visiting this well is the 29th of September which is Saint Michael's feast day. In years gone by there was a Church near this well but it is no longer there. This old Church was dedicated to Saint Michael. People pay rounds at this well on the 29th September which is Saint Michael's day. They say a number of Rosaries when going around the well and pray for whatever favour they require. They leave some relics after them at the well such as a penny, a piece of cloth or a statue.
There is a beautiful statue of Saint Michael near the well. It was placed there by Mrs. Dan Quilter, Gortinore, Lixnaw, in the year 1923 in return for a favour received by
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2019-03-26 01:21
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time.
Simon Heffernan,
Ballintoher,
Lixnaw,
Co. Kerry.
Material got from :-
John McAuliffe,
Ballintoher,
Lixnaw,
Co. Kerry
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2019-03-26 01:19
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praying a round at the well.
This woman got a bad nervous fit and was unable to do any work. One day she was standing at her own door and she saw a bird of strange shape rise out of a tree. It flew across the fields and alighted near the Holy well. She took this as a sign that she would be cured there so the next day she came and paid a round at the well.
After paying the round she found herself getting well, and after a few weeks she found she was able to do her work as well as ever. In thanksgiving she bought a statue of Saint Michael and put it near the well. It is enclosed in a cement case with a glass front and has the following inscription "Erected on the 29th of September, 1923." It was only there a short time when some bad children broke the glass and broke off the hands of the statue. It was a great shame for them to do so. The statue has not yet been repaired as this poor woman who is now eighty three years of age has been sick in bed for some
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2019-03-26 01:10
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Our Holy Wells.
There is one blessed well in the parish of Lixnaw. It is called Saint Michael's well and it is in the townland of Ballinageragh. It is in Mr. Thomas O'Brien's land and it is about a hundred yards from the public road. The important day for visiting this well is the 29th of September which is Saint Michael's feast day. In years gone by there was a Church near this well but it is no longer there. This old Church was dedicated to Saint Michael. People pay rounds at this well on the 29th September which is Saint Michael's day. They say a number of Rosaries when going around the well and pray for whatever favour they require. They leave some relics after them at the well such as a penny, a piece of cloth or a statue.
There is a beautiful statue of Saint Michael near the well. It was placed there by Mrs. Dan Quilter, Gortinore, Lixnaw, in the year 1923 in return for a favour received by
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2019-02-25 18:41
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of buildings may be seen on this wall. At the end of this wall there stands an old celtic cross. It is at present eight feet high. It was broken but the Antiquarians joined it at the top and bottom with cement. The Antiquarians shifted it up to the road but the people would not leave it there as it was in their way. One Sunday they were coming to the alley to play handball so they brought it back and put it in the middle of the alley. The people again objected because it prevented them from playing ball. So it was put standing at the back of the alley upon a ditch where the spectators used to sit when there was a handball match. So it was brought back to its old place and there it remains to this day.
Written by:
Kathleen Maguire
High Street
Graignamanagh
Told by: -
James O'neil
Clohastia,
Borris,
Co. Carlow.
Collected by Brigid Duggan, Clohastia, Borris.
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2019-02-25 18:31
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A Religious Story
In the old church at Ullana there is a ball alley built (as) as a prop at the east gable. This is the gable which the Danes burned on the two different occasions when they sailed up the River Barrow. The marks of three different kinds
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2019-01-26 01:10
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Collected by - Violet Gamble (14) Druminnick, Shencock
from - Her Parents.
Riddles.
A nice wee horse grey and slim,
A long white flowing tail on him,
And now a man with brassy hood,
Is driving him all through the wood.
Answer. A needle, and thread, a thimble, and a wooden button.
What grows in the wood, and sounds in the town,
And earns for his master many a pound?
Answer. A fiddle.
What touches one, but unites two?
Answer. A wedding ring.
What goes round, and round the house with a harrow after it?
Answer. A Hen with a flock of chickens after her.
What goes round the house, and round the house and sits in the corner at night?
Answer. A Brush.
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2018-10-09 20:42
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a while.
The cure for measles is to get nettle-roots and boil them with milk. Drink the milk then and you will be cured of the measles.
The cure for the whooping cough is when you give a ferret milk to drink and he leaves some after him the person that is sick has to drink the leavings of the ferret. He will be cured then.
The cure for the sting of a nettle is to get a leaf of docken and rub it on the place where the nettle stung you and it will cure it
Christie Middleton,
Carransprawn,
Riverstown,
Co. Sligo
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2018-10-09 20:38
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Local Cures
About half a mile from our house there lives a man named Mr McDonagh. When his father lived he used to cure people of ring-worm. He was the seventh son of the family and that is why he was able to cure the people. He was able to bring a worm in from the field and put it on his hand and to draw a ring round it with his finger and the worm was not able to go across the ring but died inside.
The cure for warts is to get a black snail and rub it to the warts; then hang the snail on a thorn; and when the snail is withered away the warts will be gone.
Another cure for warts is when you meet a stone or a rock with a hole in it and water in it dip the warts in it and when the water is dried out of the hole the warts will be gone.
The cure for a sty on your eye. Get ten gooseberry thorns, and point nine of them to the sty. Then throw away the tenth thorn and the sty will go after
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2018-10-09 20:29
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Local Cures
My father has the cure of the Jaundice. Many people come to him for it. The people that come to him have to bring him three bottles of beer. First he goes out and digs roots of Jaundice and then he gets a cloth and pounds the roots up and makes them smaller.
Then he gets new milk and boils it and when he lifts it, if there are any curds on it he takes them off and he puts in the roots to the milk, then he gets a basin and he gets a cloth and one person holds up the cloth over the basin, and another one spills the contents of the pot into the cloth and strains it, puts it into the can and tells the person to take some each morning fasting, and when they have it all taken they have to take one dose of Senna Tea.
Dorothy Robertson,
Theur,
Riverstown,
Co. Sligo.
Who material was obtained by my father.
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2018-07-19 21:40
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days after.
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2018-07-19 21:40
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houses. Very often these people are not treated kindly because most of them live by stealing, and it is not the people's fault if they do not give them lodging for the night in the house. Now-a-days, travelling folk are not allowed to go around from house to house without having some articles for sale. It is more or less for an excuse than anything else they take their little articles around.
More beggars than what, are welcome are seen any amusements,
More beggars than are seen every day that there are races or any amusements and sometimes for several
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2018-07-19 21:31
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he slept in the shed.
When he came first, he asked for some alms. My mother made tea for him and when he had finished a good meal he sat down by the fire. He was telling all the news of what he heard and saw that day. He was very friendly
Then he said made a bed of straw and hay in the shed and slept there. Very early in the morning he washed himself, had his breakfast, and went away. Not many poor people spend the night with the neighbours now-a-days in this district, because we live not far from two "poor"
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2018-07-19 21:17
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Travelling Folk
There are not so many travelling folk in the country now-a-days as used to be some years ago. I asked my mother did anyone ever call to the house and spend the night here. She said there was, but as she had no accommodation to spair
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2018-07-19 21:13
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wife to sit up behind her husband when coming home from the wedding. He said they were very old customs and he never heard of them.
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2018-07-19 21:12
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something old and something new something borrowed and something blue'. About twenty years ago people were a lot more plentiful than they are now. They invited all the neighbours and they had plenty of eatables even though they could afford it than the people nowadays. Strawboys came in and took the wife for a dance.
When the strawboys were going away they got money and porter. The Master was telling us that he was at a wedding once upon a time where there were two half tierces of porter. I asked my father did he ever hear of ponies race against each other or did he ever hear of the
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2018-07-19 17:05
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English soldiers might not recognise them.
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2018-07-19 17:04
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told it to his son Nely [?] in tird class. He said that when the priest was nearly caught he had nothing to do in order to save the Chalice from sacriligious treatment he threw it into a stream and it is believed that it is there even tot his day. Mr O Brien can show the stream into which the Chalice was thrown to anyone who wishes to see it.
It is believed also that there is a sacred vessel buried in Cnoc An Áird in Moor's land. It is called Cnoc An Áird because there was a terrible battle faught there. When the priests were travelling in the Penal Days they used wear ragged clothes and went around as pedlars in order that those
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2018-07-19 16:42
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The Penal Days
It is common information that priests suffered in trying to escape when the English were crushing the Catholic religion. This is a story told by Mr O Brien of boole. He said that there was a priest celebrating mass somewhere in the hollows in Mr Barry's field. The priest at that time used have scouts watching lest any soldiers might come un aware.
Mr O Brien of boole, farmer,
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2018-07-12 01:49
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authorities are urged to hold a public enquiry before further lives are lost.
I noticed that a pathetic feature of the traged-
y was that Mr. O'Brien, unawa-
re that Julia Shralstern, his tennant, had returned unexpectedly from a visit to her married daughter, informed the firemen that the flat overhead was unoccupied. I heard the doctor say that the old woman was suffocated in her sleep before the arrival of the Brigade.
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2018-07-12 01:44
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A House on Fire 13/1/'37
I was returning from a dance at about 12 o'c. when I noticed smoke pouring from from one of the upper window-
s. I then raised the alarm. I ran to the Fire Station at the Mall and the Brigade under Captains Hornby and Neligan was soon on the scene. However by that time there was no hope for the doomed premises.
I noticed that the efforts of the Brigade were greatly hampered by poor water pressure and at times a mere trickle was coming from the hose. Attention have been called time and again to the need for an adequate water supply and the
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2018-07-12 01:11
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lived long ago and they also tell many stories about ghosts and fairies. We all sit down by the fire and listen to the wonderful tales. We soon get tired of sitting down around the fire as small people always do.
We then play "lurabog larabog". We usually have great fun while playing that game. We all name a bird for ourselves and there is one person left out and when the clock points ten my mother say it is bedtime. We do not like that because we know all the fun is over for one night.
I remain,
Yours Faithfully,
Kathleen McGing
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2018-07-12 01:06
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A Letter
Dereendafderg,
Sragh,
Claremorris,
5/11/37
Dear Sir,
I am writing you a letter about how I spend the Winter nights. When night falls I get my books and learn my lessons for the next day. I then spend some time playing cards. The most games I like are "twenty-five", "donkey", "dominoe" and "queen". If we get tired of playing cards we play hide and go-seek.
Usually some one come in visiting and tells stories of the great men that
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2018-07-12 00:54
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pursued her, but she made good her escape. When she had disappeared I thought of my duty and retraced my steps but when I got back my sheep had all disappeared and I knew not where.
I sat down on the same rock and cried and cried, but I think that if I was crying forever the sheep would not return. At last I decided to go and search for them. I sought high and low for them. I searched the places with the sweetest grass and greatest shade and at last sad and weary I found them in a valley. The grass was so sweet that they did not want to leave it.
They seemed to be very glad to see me again and I promised never again to chase even the most fascinating fairies.
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2018-07-12 00:50
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Little Bo- Peep 22/3/38
I am a sheperdess and I live among the mountains with my sheep. Every morning it is my duty to rise with the sun and go out minding my sheep on the mountains. They recognise me because if a stranger should chance to meet them they would scatter in twenty different directions. I love my sheep and happily wait with them till evening falls.
I lived quite content until one day a dreadful event occurred. It was a fine hot sweltering summer's day and I sat on a rock gazing around me at the surrounding scenery. All of a sudde-
n a little fairy darted by. She had long golden hair and wore a white dress and pink hat, blue shoes with golden buckles. I jumped to my feet and
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2018-07-11 02:27
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Saviour's hands.
Crows build their nests on the first of March and if this day falls on Sunday they will not start until the next day. When a number of crows build their nests together this is called a rookery.
John Philip Hannigan,
Ashfield,
Cootehill,
Co. Cavan.
Material for composition was obtained from the neighbours around us.
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2018-07-11 02:24
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swallows build their nests in eaves of houses and in old sheds. They make their nests of mortar and they lay four spotted eggs. They sit on them about a fortnight. Magpies and chaffinches build their nests in bushes and lay four eggs. Cuckoos build no nests but lay their eggs in other birds nests. If boys rob magpies nests they are told that the magpies will curse them and if they rob any other bird's nest the bird will not come back to the nest. The weather can be judged by some birds. When swallows fly low it is a sign of rain and when seagulls fly inland it is a sign of storm at sea. The robin is supposed to have got its breast stained with blood while picking nails out of our
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2018-07-11 02:19
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eggs and sit on them about a fortnight. Thrushes build their nests of moss and they build them in hedges. They lay four or five blue eggs and sit on them about a fortnight. Wrens build their nests in bushes but different to all other nests. She builds it of moss and makes a hole in the side of it. She lays about a dozen eggs and sits on them about three weeks. Crows build on tops of tall trees. They build their nests of twigs and mud but I don't know how many eggs they lay or how long they sit on them. Robins and wag-
tails build their nests in ditches and they lay four or five brownish eggs each and sit on them three weeks. Sparrows and
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2018-07-11 02:14
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Bird Lore.
The birds most commonly found in this district are - blackbirds, thrushes, wrens, crows, robins, sparrows, chaffinches, toms, tits, wagtails, magpies, cranes, pigeons, halks, jackdaws, and the migratory birds are swallows, cuckoos, and corncrakes.
These three birds migrate to warmer countries when the cold weather comes. The sun swallows rem-
ain with us until October. When they are leaving the gather up in batches and sing a song. The cuckoos leave about the middle of Julyand the corncrake leaves about the end of June.
The blackbirds build their nests in hedges and old stumps of trees and build them of moss. They lay four speckled