Líon iontrálacha sa taifead staire: 646 (Taispeántar anseo na 500 ceann is deireanaí.)
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2020-03-31 15:23
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There is a wood near my house and it is called Derrymore Wood. There was a man coming home from his cuairt one night and he had to pass the wood where he heard singing and dancing so he was greatly afraid. After awhile there did a white man come out of the wood and he asked him where he was going. He told him that he was going home but the white man brought him into the wood and made him dance. After a good while he let him off and he was found dead in the morning.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 15:20
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There was a piece of land that was in dispute and a neighbour coveted it and pretended he owned it although he did not own it at all. The landlord was to come a certain day to find out the owner.
The neighbour knew the day so he filed his boots with earth from his own land. Then while he stood on the disputed land, the landlord asked him would be swear he stood on his own land and he swore he stood on it. This place is called Carn Hayling [?].
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 15:16
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Ennis was always famous for being the home of the Franciscans even in the far black olden days when famine and persecution reigned in Ireland. Now it happened that an Ennis Friar was tramping along weary and footsore with a heavy burden on his back of alms. He was carrying them to the monastery andbeing so tired he rested on the roadside and waited for a man that came along who belonged to the town to know if he would carry the load for a little while. The man refused and a stranger came along presently and Holy man said let me have the pleasure of helping you. The friar thanked and blessed the stranger and made use of those words. From this time forth the stranger willl flourish in the town while the natives will perish and to this day everyone can certify that his words came to pass in Ennis.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 15:11
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A very old road can still be traced over Feequin Hill, through Cullenagh and Ballymaclune, to the village of Kilkishen.
On the side of this old road is a heap of stones called leacht na marbh. In olden times when funerals would pass this way, a stone would be thrown each time on the heap,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 15:06
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The man was arrested and tried at The Court in Ennis. Bridgeman came forward, although he was one of The Grand Jury, to testify that the man could not possibly do the deed, so the man was acquitted. Crow in the Court said Bridgeman was telling a lie.
When Crow came out of the Court Bridgeman horsewhipped him.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 15:03
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1. The old name of the townland now called Newgrove was Ballystlattery. This district during the Cromwellian Plantations was given to a soldier called Browne. This family had the privilege of taking a man once a year from the gallows.
2. The rich McNamaras in Clare became Protestants, but still some of them had a warm heart for their countrymen. The Crow family on the other hand were bitter opponents of the poor Irish so the saying went
"Never depend on a crow or a sparrow
but on the real Irish McNamara."
Another honourable family of the Planters were The Bridgemen's who livedin Rathluba and who lived a roving life, always hunting, racing etc.
When Gloster was shot at a well near Rathluba, now called Gloster's well. A certain man who know the act was to be done and that he would be immediately arrested for it, was at the Fair of Tulla, and at the hour the shooting was done went up to Bridgeman and asked him what a clock was it. Bridgemen took out his watch and told him.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-31 14:50
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They then brought the sieve out between them, and turned the contents into the sack. The Friar asked them did they give him his sieve of corn. They replied that they did. The Friar however knew their deceit, so he cursed them and the three misers were changed into three stones and as the dog barked at him, it was changed into a small stone.
The three large stones can be seen on this hill behind the school, together with the small stone which represents the dog.
Knokfearbréagh means the hill of the deceitful men.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 15:34
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My Folklore this week is about certain days. Some people say that it is not lucky to do work on special days such as May Day. The people would not give milk on May Day to any person. The old people long ago on May Day put a cross on the rafters of the house. They also put whitethorn over the door.
When May Day would come again they would therow out that whitethorn and bring in fresh thing. Half those things are not done at all now such as to bring in the whitethorn. The people thought Friday a very lucky day to do certain work such as to cut hay, to remove furniture.
The people say that Monday is unlucky day to start any work. The old women long ago had certain days for spining. The old people used to start their spining on the evening. This is my Bealodeas about Special Days.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 15:15
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"No food to welcome the weary guest,
No couch soft spread to yield him rest.
From Dómhnall no bard looks for gifts nor gold
His faith he forsook, his country sold."
It is said that the satire weighed so much on Dómhnall's mind that he committed suicide.
(N.B. This must have happened before the raid and burning of place by Cromwel's army under Ludlow.)
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 15:10
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This castle was once occupied by Domhnall Ó Briainand on one occasion of a feast he had a number of bards on a visit. One of the bards was put to sleep in a bare dark room with no couch and next morning he was sent in some stale porridge and a canteen of water. The Bard was so disgusted that he made a satire on Dónall of which the following verse is the only one I could get.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 15:05
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There is a spot in Fahalunaghta where gold is believed to be hidden. Long ago three different men dreamt that there was a lot of gold in this spot, and the three agreed secretly, to come together and search the place during Mass hour. They did so, and soon, after digging a few feet, they came to a large stone. Just then, a soldier with sword appeared to them on horseback. Two of the men fainted and the other cried "In ainm Dé ná bac liom".
The spectre then disappeared, and when the men recovered they closed in the hole and ran home. An elder tree was seen growing over the spot afterwards.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-19 13:07
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This is a place on or near the sea shore in [?]. A big Puca haunted the spot one time. Everyone who passed at night, he challenged them and made them draw water for him. There was a very brave and strong man in the locality who was challenged one night by the Pooka and he said he would have satisfaction. He went to the Priest for advice and the latter gave him a black-handle knife and told him to stick it in the Pooka if attacked. This man whose name was
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-19 12:57
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The old people say that this was built by the Danes who raided the old church of Kilfarboy during Mass. They massacred most of those at Mass and buried them round the Church. They then hurriedly, raised this fort, probably in fear of a sudden attack.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-19 12:29
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This is a place on or near the sea shore in [?]. A big Puca haunted the spot one time. Everyone who passed at night, he challenged them and made them draw water for him. There was a very brave and strong man in the locality who was challenged one night by the Pooka and he said he would have satisfaction. He went to the Priest for advice and the latter gave him a black-handle knife and told him to stick it in the Pooka if attacked. This man whose name was
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-19 12:25
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The old people say that this was built by the Danes who raided the old church of Kilfarboy during Mass. They massacred most of those at Mass and buried them round the Church. They then hurriedly raised this fort, probably in fear of a sudden attack.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-06 15:31
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The night of the big wind the people greatly terrified. A great lot of damage was done to the houses around on that night. The roofs were taken off some houses and more were levelled to the ground. There was a house in Kilmaly and all the windows were blown out of it and there was a stack of oats in the haggard and it was blown to Clare Castle.
The old people tell us that the fish of Liscannor were blown over to Kinaboy. The people were for three weeks gathering them and salting them.
There was a woman in Cahersherkin and she went with her coat thrown over her head and it was blown five miles away.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-06 15:20
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This is situated in land now owned by John Curtin, Rinneen. About 150 years ago - according to local tradition - the owner of the place was named Peter O'Gorman. Every night for some time, when his cows were being milked, the cans were overturned by some unseen hand and the milk spilled. One night a baby was heard crying and a strange voice cried - "Hush! Hush! Peter O'Gorman's cows are going to be milked."
Gorman, who lived quite near the fort drove one of his cows into the place at midnight and said - "I'll leave ye this cow if ye promise not to spilling milk anymore".
The cow disappeared on that night and his milk was never interfered with again.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-06 15:12
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This is a large round white stone situated in an elevated position in Cloneybrace, Kilfarboy. Only very short green grass grows near and round it though the surrounding mountain is rough and heathery. It is known locally as "Cloch an Aifrinn".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-06 15:08
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A priest was killed here, during the Penal days, and buried where Cairn now stands. Everytme local people passed by the grave they threw stones on it. There is a hole in the centre of the Carn and attempts were made to close it on several occasions but it was always found opened next morning, in some supernatural way.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-25 13:56
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great night of dancing and feasting. During that night a lot of young men would dress and disguise themselves and come in to the wedding and dance. They are called "Straw Boys" on account of the way they dress with plaited straw all round their waists and heads.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-25 13:54
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The custom of Marriages in this part of the country has been changed within the past few years.
In olden times their matches were make by the friends of both parties. They would appoint a day to go to see the land, after which a night of entertainment was given in the girl's house. This was called "The picking of the gander"
Then the wedding-day would be fixed, and all the friends, and neighbours would be invited also the priests of the parish who would have Mass celebrated in the house. The invited guests would then come in and start the dancing and amusement until about 4 p.m. when they would drive to the church to be married. Sometimes the bride would entertain people in her own home, and often times at her parent's home.
There would be a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-12 15:43
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About thirty years ago there came a great storm which did great damage. A house, the property of an old man of the Carney family, was blown away. The roof was carried off a distance of six miles into the town of Lisdoonvarna by the terrible wind.
When the roof was gone off the house the terrible gale blew the fire round the house, and burned all except the four walls.
This tragedy happened as a result of the big wind in Newtown Ennistymon.
As it was in the Autumn and the people had their corn out in the fields a big lot of corn, the property of James Griffen Ennistymon was blown miles away. Some of it was brought to Inagh, and more to Corofin until it was no good to the owner. These are two awful tragedies of the night of the big wind.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-12 15:43
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About thirty years ago there came a great storm which did great damage. A house, the property of an old man of the Carney family, was blown away. The roof was carried off a distance of six miles into the town of Lisdoonvarna by the terrible wind.
When the roof was gone off the house the terrible gale blew the fire round the house, and burned all except the four walls.
This tragedy happened as a result of the big wind in Newtown Ennistymon.
As it was in the Autumn and the people had their corn out in the fields a big lot of corn, the property of James Griffen Ennistymon was blown miles away. Some of it was brought to Inagh, and more to Corofin until it was no good to the owner. These are two awful tragedies of the night of the big wind.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-12 15:36
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In the olden times many people were able to cure all diseases, but today herbs or charms are not much used, because the people are not able to do the work.
There is a man who lives about three and a half miles from Lahinch and he is noted for curing ring worm. His name is Daniel Griffen.
You must go to him, and let him see the disease. He will tell you to come to him three times, two Mondays and one Wednesday.
If you do what he tells you whatever charm or cure he has the ring worm will surely be gone the third time you go to this man.
He cured several people who came to him from West Clare, and other parts of the country.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-12 15:31
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About three miles from here there lived a man named Michael Queally (R.I.P.). He was a man that was very well known through the country as being a great weaver.
People used to come from all parts of the country with pieces of wool. When they spun the wool into balls of thread they would take it to this man, and he had a loom set up in the kitchen of his own house where he used to weave it into (weave it into) flannel and serge. This used to make beautiful wearable such as, overcoats, costumes, and blankets.
He was a fine, tall, good looking man, and only died two years ago. He made a fine living for himsel and his family out of weaving. His wife still lives, and loom is still to be seen.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-12 15:26
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There was a man in service in this locality one time whose name was Jack Reynolds (R.I.P.). This man was in service at a house called Austin Fitzgerald's and he was noted for his strength.
One year six weeks of frost came, and animals were in danger of falling and breaking their bones. Austin Fitzgerald sent
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-12 15:25
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Up to the year 1831 it was all hedge-schools that were in this country as there was a price laid on teacher's heads, and they were forced to teach by a hedge.
There is a house in this locality, and just outside this house a hedge-school master taught. This house is owned by Pat Doherty, and the master's name was Mr. MacCurtin.
Every morning scholars were seen coming with a few sods of turf under their arms. These sods were used as seats, as there were no stool or chairs. It was not pens like we have now that they had in those days, but they had quill pens. They had no black-boards either.
These hedge-school masters were not paid like the teachers nowadays, but their pay depended on the charity of the pupils' parents. The parents used to invite the master to the house for a few nights, and when
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-12 15:18
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Not many years ago during the time of the Anglo-Irish war in Ireland there were lands of Irish military situated here and there. When the trouble was nearly over, the soldiers were beginning to have easy times.
One day four officers came out to the railway gates which were situated near the barrack.
One of the officers was named General Walshe. He made a bet one day with his companions that he would give any of them a five pound note if they would jump the gates which were about six feet high.
They tried but they failed, so he jumped them himself and after doing that ran to Lahinch, and never stopped running until he came to the gates again and jumped them. This man was a native of Corofin, Ennis, Co. Clare.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-05 14:53
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In the long winter's night when children and sometimes elderly people are sitting around the fire, perhaps one of them suggests to play "sharing the ring". This popular game is well liked by all people especially by young folk.
The woman of the house goves her ring to one of the company. Then the "sharer" goes around, and he is allowed to give the ring to anybody he likes. After sharing the ring the sharer goes around and asks each player to guess who has the ring. The player who guesses wrong has to do some difficult forfeit, such as tumbling the wild cat. Then the player who has got the ring has to go around and do as the first sharer did.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-05 14:48
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Some years ago, there lived in Ballybeg an old man whose bame was John Queally. He was noted to be a famous sew thatcher. The work he used to do as regards thatching was far superior to what our present thatcher can do.
This man used to put up six strokes of thatch in a day, and the house which he would thatch would hold at least twenty years.
This old man used only get a shilling per day for his hard labour, whereas our present thatchers get five shillings per day for their work.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-05 14:40
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During these five or six hours the blaze was seen for miles around, and many people came to see what was burning. Great efforts were made to save furniture, but most of it was burned.
This hotel was sometimes called the Norwegian hotel as it was built by a Norwegian company.
The owner, Mr. Edward O'Dwyer, was compensated for it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-05 14:37
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There was a beautiful hotel situated about 100 yards from Lahinch, and it was burned to the ground on the month of March 1934. During the summer people used to come from all parts of the world to see this beautiful building. This hotel was called The Golf Links Hotel.
This hotel was noted for its view. If a person went to any window there was some lovely sight to be seen. If you looked to the North you could see the beautiful Cliffs of Moher, to the South Mt. Callan, to the West the beatiful Atlantic, and to the East the lovely little town of Ennistymon.
It is not known what caused the burning of this hotel. The fire started at about 6 p.m. and it lasted five or six hours.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-05 14:31
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Jack to town one day for a sack of flour. He was on his journey home, and he had a sack of flour in the car. He was just half-way up O'Brien's hill when suddenly the little ass stopped and poor Jack did not know what to do. But he thought of a plan, and he put up the sack on his back and carried it to Austin's home.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-05 14:28
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There was a man in service in this locality one time whose name was Jack Reynolds (R.I.P.). This man was in service at a house called Austin Fitzgerald's and he was noted for his strength.
One year six weeks of frost came, and animals were in danger of falling and breaking their bones. ustin Fitzgerald sent
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-02-05 14:25
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going they would hand him a fewshilings. That is how Mr. MacCurtin used to be paid for his instruction.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-01-22 14:51
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There are two holy wells in the parish one in Ballycannon and one in Cratloe. People do not make rounds at Saint Sennan's well now. This well is in Ballycannon. It was changed to the other side of the road, because of some one cutting down a tree that grew beside it. People left scapulars and rags there. People get water out of it still. We do not know if people were cured there. There is a tree growing over it still. It is not looked after now and it is difficult to get at. Rounds are still done at Saint John the Baptist's well in Cratloe on 24th June.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-01-22 14:47
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was a very tall man in Coonagh long ago and there is a field called the Giants field ever since.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-01-22 14:46
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Biddy Early, the old hag of the bottle as she is called lived in Clare. She was a witch and lived in a tiny bothan. People went to her to get cures of disease. She was a kind of witch and worked charms. She was able to cure terrible diseases by such things as fasting spits and the clay of the earthen floor. One time the lads of the place who did not fear her, were teasing her. On their way home each of them was stuck to the ground. The neighbours went to Biddy to cure them. She did but not one of those lads laughed again. One time an attempt to steal the bottle was made. The man got into the little hut but his feet fastened to the ground and he could not come out. When Biddy arrived she laughed at him but it was a curse she spoke and he never did a day's good after. There
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-01-22 14:40
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When he was about to cross the stream a strange figure approached him and said to him "Bring back the gold you took and leave it in the same place. From that day on the man was always poor and he never had the price of is supper.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-01-22 14:38
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Gold is not to be found in this parish. It is said that gold was found in a field about three miles from our house. The field is called 'Gort an leabhair' as it was a great place for taking oaths long ago. It is said that a certain soldier stole money and hid it in this field. He was taken to court and found guilty. He took a false oath by saying that he did not take the money. Some time after this a man in the neighbourhood had a dream which he believed would come true. He dreamt that the gold was hidden under a big stone in the field and he made up his mind that he would dig for it. Finally he dug for it and after going down for some distance he came upon a great box ot gold and he was filled with joy. Some time after this he went to visit friends and he remained there until eleven o'clock in the night. On his way home he had to cross a small stream near the field and as the place was supposed to be haunted the man grew nervous.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-01-22 14:32
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Gold isvery scarce now. Long ago it was plentiful. Nine and a half sovereigns were found in Redgate by a man who was digging his garden. A chalice made of gold was found in Sullivan's garden. The priest told the man who found it to put it back. The man buried the chalice again as the priest told him that he would have no luck if he did not do so. The story of the buried chalice got round and several people tried to get the chalice. Though the garden was dug again and again it was never seen though two gold coins were found there. A gold chisel was found in Pass a few years ago by Patrick Kennedy who was then working for Tom O'Brien Kelly.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-01-22 14:24
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were terrified as they listened to the fairy music. They put on their coats and then the fairy music ceased. This music is sometimes heard in the glen on moonlight nights.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-01-22 14:23
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In olden times a lot of people seached for gold in Glenagross. The people knew for certain that there was gold hidden there. One day they went to the fort where the gold was hidden and they blew up with dynamite a tree that was growing in the fort. Then they got shovels and spades and they dug a deep hole in the ground and it is said that according as they were making the hole deeper the gold was sinking more and more into the ground. At length the day became very hot and sweat was pouring out through the pores of the men so they threw off their coats. Immediately a sidhe gaoithe rose and took their coats up into the clouds. At once they became afraid and they knew they had done a wrong act so they went immediately and covered the hole. The tree was growing there exactly as before and their coats were left in the same place but they were drenched with dew. As they drew nearer they heard strange singing. They
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-01-16 15:08
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We set half an acre of potatoes. We set them in drills. Drills are made with a double boarded plough. We put cow manure on the "sciolláin". The "sciolláin" are put on the furrow about a foot apart. The drills are then closed on them. When the potatoes come over the ground earth is put to them. Each year the potatoes are sprayed to prevent blight. The names of the potatoes sown are Kerr's Pinks, Queen's Champions, Golden Wonders and Dates. The early potatoes are usually ready before the end of June. These are dug out day by day as they are required. The main crop is dug out in October. Usually the neighbours help to pick and choose them. A large pit is got ready. Hay is put at the bottom and the good sized potatoes are stored. Before Christmas these are looked over and turned. All shoots are picked off and the potatoes are put back safely. Some of them are marketed and some are used at home. Small potatoes are given as food to the pigs and fowl. Some of the crop is selected and kept as seed for the next year.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-01-16 15:02
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There are many roads in this parish. All of them are very old and were made a long time ago. On this side there is a road to Cratloe. The Camp Road from Woodcock Hill joins this. The Camp Road goes up the mountain and joins the road over Woodcock Hill from Glenagross.
There is Derra Road and Boola Road. Both bring you out on to the old Galway road which was the main road long ago. The old stage coaches used to come down the mountain road and stop at Punchbowl to change horses.
Moneen Road leads to the grave-yard. The bleach Road joins Meelick with the old main Road. These roads were made in the bad times. They are all in bad repair now.
There are several short cuts over the hills to where the old church was. These are rarely used now. The Causeway was used a good deal long ago by the people going over to Parteen Church.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-01-16 14:56
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The principal roads are the Bog Road, the Sweep's Road, Pass Road and Cappanty Road. The Cappanty Road was the main road long ago and was going from Limerick to Galway. This road is still in use.
In the mountain there is a gap caled the Windy gap. On the warmest day there is a strong cool breeze there. A road goes from this Gap over Woodcock Hill into Cratloe where the castles are.
The bleach Road goes from Nix's Bridge long by the Crompaun and joins the Cappantimore Road. A lot of flax was grown here long ago.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-01-08 15:27
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There are several roads in the parish, one leading to Limerick one leading to Cappantimore one leading through Punchpowl on to Lower Meelick. Roads run from Punchbowl to Derra, Moneen and Woodcock Hill. It is said that they were all made in the bad times. There is a bank leading from Castlepark to Parteen and another from Meelick to Coonagh. These are raised banks and are short cuts, one to Parteen church and the other to Meelick. There is a plank across a stream in a field called the Black Garden. This was an old passage to the bog. There is a lot of trees growing near. Creavel boreen was the main road in the old days but Delmege made high walls along it and so narrowed it. It is said that mass used be said in Castlepark long ago. There are big stones there in the shape of stools.
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2020-01-08 15:20
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Coonagh road, the Marsh Road, the Cross Roads, Johnny's Road and Cleemuck Road are the principal roads in the Coonagh district.
Coonagh road leading into the village.
The marsh road the cross roads and Cleemuck all leading down to the river.
The road known as Coonagh Road was a little passage made into Coonagh long ago. Years ago it was made big and wide. It was make along the back of a stream and that is the reason it is so crooked. All the other roads were only passages made down to the river. One of these passages goes from the village along the bank of the Crompaun to the Meelick Church and schools. Another leads from a place called the Stage on to the Circular Road. Here there was a church called Old Church. The ruins are still there.
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2020-01-08 15:15
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My native place is Creavel, near Castle Park. It is in the Parish of St. Munchin. There is a wood near and that is the reason it is called Craobh Coill. There are not many houses here. They are all slated, as most of them are newly built. In Castlepark there is not a sign of the old castle now. It is said that there is an old iron chair there and that a black figure is seen sitting on it night after night. The old fort where the soldiers were buried the time of the siege of Limerick, is still to be seen. There is no one over seventy in the townland. The land is very rich and it beautifully wooded. It all belonged to Delmege, the landlord, until lately.
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2019-12-20 15:16
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"There is no hearth like your own hearth."
It is a bad wind does not blow good for some one.
The windy day is not the day for to thatch.
When the cat is out the mouse can play.
The nearest to the church the farthest from God.
The cows in Connaught wear long horns.
When your neighbour's is on fire take care of your own.
Make hay while the sun shines.
Sense does not come before age.
You cannot put an old head on young shoulders.
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2019-12-20 15:11
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The next festival in this locality is St. Brigid's. Jan. 31st. the eve of St. Brigid's day there is a feast prepared the best that the means of the people will allow. After sunset the man of the house takes a reaping hook and slips away. He cuts a bundle of rushes and conceals them near the house till the feast begins. He leaves the house and walking round it in the direction of the sun, picks up the bundle and completes the circuit. When he reaches the open door all within kneels and listen to his petition.
Téighighidh ar bhur nglúna. Foscluighidh bhur súile and leigigidh id teach Brighid. Those within reply Só beatha na mná riaghalta. A second circuit is made and third, and at the completion of the third the man puts the bundle of rushes under the table, says grace and invites all to partake of the meal. The feast is over the rushes are woven by young and old into a cross of St. Brigid. All the crosses are blessed and hung up in each room and out office.
Another custom is when the family have retired to rest fear a'tighe, takes a garment belonging to each and hides it away outside. This is done so that St. Brigid and her holy women may find warm wraps on their journey during the night to visit all who honoured her. The door is usually left unlocked on that night so that St. Brigid can come and warm herself.
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2019-11-27 15:32
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on the landing of a stairs. The long hair worn at the time by both sexes was very necessary in the operation.
After getting a hair cut you should collect the hair and burn it in the fire so that baldness would not dare disfigure you.
Rainwater got in the fissures of rocks was supposed to remove warts.
The tongue of a fox coaxed out a thorn that a pin or needle had failed to remove.
Bees were got to sting a limb affected with Rheumatism as the old people said "it took poison to kill poison". Stings of nettles were borne for the same purpose.
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2019-11-27 15:29
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Some time ago the people of this country had some very curious remedies of thier own invention. These cures were of cases herbal and superstitious.
When a person got a sudden pain or met with an accident three skips of salt and water were administered in the name of the, Father, Son, and Holy Gost and the remainder of the mixture thrown behind the fire.
If a person got what they termed a colic, or perhaps what we now call appendicitis they cut the worms knot over the patient three times.
For a bad cold they went fasting to the nearest spring well and after drinking a cup of the water they ran home. This was done for nine mornings.
If you touched a frog with your tongue no toothache troubled you.
When a person got very hoarse it was supposed th palate of the throat wa down. You lifted the hair of the head for this, by a person standing
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-11-21 15:08
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In olden times people from here used to walk to the fairs in Limerick which is 33 miles distant from Whitegate.
Martin Wall, Ballinruane, Whitegate used to mow 1¼ acres of hay in a day.
Patrick Burke and John Coffey of Meelick, Whitegate were ale to mow 2½ acres of bog meadow per day.
Foregoing got from different people.
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2019-11-21 14:57
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there was a big tomb erected over him in 1883. There is also another tomb erected in memory of him at Tineranna gate on the right hand side of the road as you go to Killaloe.
His agent was Mr. Hunt in Limerick and he used to come to Killaloe to collect the rent. When any two farmers had a rough they would go before Mr. Purdons green table and he would settle the matter. He used to travel on horseback and in a carriage.
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2019-11-21 14:53
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At one time a landlord owned every parish. The landlord that owned this parish was Mr. Purdon. He owned all the land of the parish and people who bought land from him had to pay very high rent for it.
He lived in a very large house in Tineranne which is owned to day by Mr. Gleeson. He had a school in the house and his daughter Miss Purdon used to teach two hundred children in it. Every day the children used to get soup to drink and on that account it was called the Soup School. No one except protestants used go to it.
He was very severe on the tenants and anyone he did not like he would evict them. He would allow nobody to shoot rabbits or birds or anything like that, he wanted to shoot them himself and on account of that the were called the Landlord's game.
At one time when Mr. Purden owned this Parish there were a lot of protestants living in it and now there is only one family in it there names are Oldfields.
When Mr. Purden died he was buried in the protestant Church which is situated in Tineranna and
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2019-11-13 14:56
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you. He then went in and took the tongs out of the fire and at the same moment his wife could not lift the dash of the churn it was so filled with butter. It is said that people used take butter from one another, on a May morning they would get up early and they would go the their neighbours house and pull a straw out of the tatch saying what is theirs is mine.
This is another story about another woman who was also taking butter from her neighbour. A man had ten cows and he could not make half as much butter as his neighbour, a widow who had only one cow.
One morning he was going to a fair and got up very early and going to the field he saw a hare sucking the cow and he went home for his gun. He came back with the gun and fired it at the hare, he did not kill it, for it ran away.
On going to fair he called to the widows house to light his pipe and he found the widow on the middle of the floor and a pool of blood around her. He then knew it was her he shot and how it was that she could make more butter than he.
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2019-11-13 14:49
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man who was churning every week and could not make much butter. His name was Mickey Malone. He lived in the townland of Ballyhurley. He could make no butter so he went to the famous woman Biddy Early who lived in Feakle. Biddy Early was a woman who could foretell things and could cure people by making the sign of the cross on their forehead. When People would go to her she would look into a bottle and tell them their trouble.
So Mickey Malone went to her and she told hin to put the tongs in the fire the next time he would be churning and he would know the rest when he would do so. Mickey went home very thankful and the next day he said to his wife that they would churn not forgetting to put the tongs in the fire.
So his wife was churning away and Mickey thought he heard a voise like someone crying and he went out in the yard, and what did he see put a woman, a neighbour, who came crying to Mickey to take the hot tongs off her back. Mickey then knew that she was taking his butter and he said he would not take the tongs off her back until she would give him his butter. O said she you can have it, I will give it to
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2019-11-13 14:39
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We have a churn at home, it is a barrel churn. The one we had before that was a dash churn. Mostly all farmers have separators now but long ago they had not heard the name.
When the people long ago milked their cows they strained the milk into earthen basins which they used to call keelers and they would leave them on a bench which they used to call a stillin. The keelers were left on the stillin for a couple of days until the cream which would rise to the top would be sour. Then the woman of the house would skim off the cream with her finger which was put into a vessel caled a stan.
They used churn once a week but they never would churn on a Friday, they believed Friday was an unlucky day. They used churn in a dash churn and some people who would have no churn would make the butter in a tincan or in a bottle.
When they would be going to churn the would put a red coal under the churn in order that the good people could not interfere with it. If anyone came in while churning was going on he could not leave without taking a few turns out of the churn. This is a story which I have heard about a
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2019-11-13 14:24
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A short distance from Mulalls cabin lived another queer fellow Paddy Flannery. Paddy unlike Mulall was a gentleman at heart believed in fine clothes was always in love with some pretty girl in his own mind. He was extremely poor but proud too proud to ask for help. Occasionally hid all on John and accept an invitation to eat a few spuds out of a basket which used to very much amuse John who would say "Paddy and me eat the same class of fire Saith"[?] Paddy met with a serious accident when a boy and his brain was never normal after. He lived in a cabin like John. He was the son of a very respectable who lived near there but was evicted many years before.
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2019-11-13 14:15
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Brian Tighe - taught at the hedge school over at Sheridan's Cross and Oldfield's house - a Cork man (about 1820 - 1830)
Cornelius Shanahan - a local, also taught at the hedge school at Nancy's well till the school was built at Carhucore (now used as a garage)
Thomas Long succeeded Mr. Shanahan as ní[?]. at the old school and later taught in Ballybran New School - the present structure when it was first opened - Feb. 1st. 1915 but retired in July of the same year and died at a ripe old age in January 1929. He was Local Brehon during the troubled times.
Peter Moynahan (a Cork man) succeeded Mr. Long and taught here till his death in December 1921.
Patrick F. Lynch succeeded Mr. Moynihan in Jan. 1922 and is at present employed here.
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2019-11-13 14:02
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of August. If a farmer washes his hands in the well on a May morning before the sun rises he would be able to cure a calf by cutting the worms [?] over him.
If a fisherman washed his hands in it on a May morning he would be able to loosen all the knots in his nets when he would be going fishing.
Once when Saint Caimin was walking out to the Holy Island a well sprung up under his feet every place he walked.
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2019-11-13 13:58
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Tobar Caimín is situated in Ahanish. There is not much history attached to it. The story of the well is that once when St. Caimín was going to baptize a child he had no water anyplace next him. It so happened that a well sprung up under his feet and it was called St. Caimin's well.
There is a well in Belkelly called tobar na bfionn. The well has a cure for sore eyes if you wash them in it. When you go there you must leave something after you such as a pen or pencil. Sometimes when girls forget to bring something they tear a piece of their dress to leave it after them.
The well is situated in the middle of Belkelly wood about a quarter of a mile of the main road between Scarriff and Killaloe on the left hand side. The usual Sunday for the people to go the well is on the first Sunday after the fifteenth
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-11-01 15:45
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I live in Clounty. Clounty is in the parish of Inis Cealtra and the baroney of Upper Tulla. There are seven houses in Clounty and the ruins of three. In these houses which are in ruins there lived families named McNamara's, Markin's, and O'Brien's. These people left their houses and went else-where. There are two bridges in Clounty called Hogan's Bridge and another named Bowriver Bridge. Hogan's Bridge is so called because a family named Hogan's lived there long ago. There are not many old people living in Clounty. Clounty means "The Dale of Straw". It is said that Clounty was a great place for corn long ago. There is about six hundred acres of land in Clounty. There are two forts in Clounty. There is a hill there
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2019-11-01 15:40
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In the year 1845 - 46 the potato crop failed. In the Summer of 1845 the blight fell on the potatoes and then they all failed throughtout the whole country. When the potato crop failed the people had to eat grass and all class of herbs and plants.
Since then the potatoes never failed.
Nowadays people spray their potatoes three and four times to prevent the blight. Long ago you would be called a rich man if you were the owner of a horse and car.
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2019-11-01 15:37
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ago. They used to get strips of bog [?] and clean and dry them. The people used to hang this on a wall and light it. That was the first kind of light the people in this district had. Then the rush candle came. Then the rush candle came. People used to get rushes and dip them in tallow. This was another kind of light the people had. Another kind of light the people had was an ink bottle, with a broken writing pin sticking up in it. Around this pin used be put a piece of "Cordroy". This they used to set fire to.
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2019-11-01 15:33
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There were a lot of old Trades in this district long ago. The people used to make forks, candles, spades, and shovels.
There was a black-smith in Middleline long ago, and he used to make spades. His name was Mike Hannlon. Long ago people used to grow flax. There was a man in Mt. Shannon named Frank Winters and he used to weave this flax, and then sell it to the people. The people used to make a lot of shirts etc. out of the woven flax.
People used to shear their own sheep, and they then had spinning wheels to spin the wool. There are only a few spinning wheels in this parish nowadays. The people used to make frize coats, quilts, socks etc out of the wool.
The people used to make candles long
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2019-11-01 15:28
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steel behind him. If a person caught the Lepracháun, he would have to keep his eyes on him all the time or he would go from you.
There are a lot of people in this parish who heard the Bean-Sidhe crying.
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2019-11-01 15:27
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There are not many stories told in this parish about the Bean-sidhe. The Bean-sidhe is a fairy woman. She has long fair hair, and she nearly always combs her hair at an old kiln. It is said that the Bean-sidhe always cries after the dead person with O. or Mac before their name.
A Lepraucháun is a small thin man with a pointy hat and a green suit. He is nearly always seen in a valley. He is always making or mending shoes. The chair he has is a mushroom. It is said that he has a lot of gold. It is very hard to catch the Lepracháun. You would have to
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2019-10-23 16:14
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There was a story-teller in this parish long ago. His name was Pat Murray. He used to go to wakes and sit in the corner and tell stories. One of his stories was. Before he got married he went out to the field and made seventeen pits of stones and covered them with clay. When he married then. His wife went out to the pit one day for potatoes , but could only get stones.
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2019-10-23 16:11
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There were a lot of old trades in this dictrict long ago. The people used to make forks, spades, Shovels and sugans. There was a blacksmith in Middleline long ago and he usd to make forks, spades, shovels. He used to make these and bring them to all the fairs and sell them for a good price. Long ago the people of this parish used to grow flax. Then there was a man named Mr. Frank Winters who used to weave the flax into cloth.
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2019-10-23 16:09
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There is no help or cure against death. Exchange is no robbery. If you don't sow in spring you won't reap in Autumn. A wise man carries his coat on the fine day. Who ever the cap fits let him wear it. Never put of until to-morrow what you can do to-day. You can never knock an old dog off his trot. A stitch in time saves nine. One swallow never makes a Summer. Every cat after its kind.
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2019-10-23 16:06
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There are a lot of old saying which the people use in certain occasions. Some of which are,
You will never miss the water until the well runs dry. God is always nearer than the door. It is better to go to bed suppeless, than rise in debt. A penny spared after death is waste of money. The devil you know is better than the devil you don't know. A bird in your hand is worth two on the bush. A miser and his money soon parted. The more hurry the less speed. Have it yourself or be without it. A rolling stone gathers no moss. A watched pot never boils. A mans home is his castle. A shut mouth catches no flies. What is worth doing is worth doing well.
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2019-10-23 16:02
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There are a lot of pass-times in this district. Some of which are:- In Summer girls make daisy chains or dolls.
In winter time when the frost or snow is on the ground the boys make cribs. These are made to catch thrushes and blackbirds.
The boys make snares to catch rabbits and hares. These snares were made out of snare wire. They leave a lub on each end of the snare wire, so as to tie a piece of stick in one, and to catch the rabbit or the hare in the other.
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2019-10-18 15:54
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There are not many stories told aout the beansíde in this parish.
The Bean Síde is a fairy woman with long golden hair and white clothes.
It is said that she is always sitting by a river on a stone combing her hair.
It is said that she is cries after the Mac's and the O's. The leprechaun is a very small man about ten inches high. His chair is a mushroom, and it is said that he sits on the mushroom and makes and mends shoes. It is said that he has a lot of gold.
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2019-10-18 15:51
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There are a lot of Omens about the weather. Some of which are:- A red sky at morning is the shepards warning! A red sky in the day is the shepards delay! A red sky in the night is the shepards delight! If the stars are bright at night it is a sign of frost. When the sky is dark at night it is a sign of rain. When you see a dog eating grass it is a sign of rain also. When you see a blue light in the fire it is a sign of frost.
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2019-10-18 15:47
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The School was build in the year 1844. The stone was got for the School in the townland of Sellernane. The Chapel was built a year before the School. A man named Murphy built it. The foundation stone was laid by Philip Reed nintey [?] years ago. A man named James Brady remembered to see it built. He died last year. There is two teachers in this School. There is no rent or rates to be paid out of the School.
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2019-10-18 15:45
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The Chapel was built in the year 1843. The stone was got for the chapel in the townland of Sellernane. The chapel was built by a man named Murphy. It is said that when the people were putting up the cross it fell on Murphy and killed him. There was a lot of men building the chapel, and it was only last year that one of the men who built it died his name was James Brady from Sellernane. The foundation stone was laid by Philip Read ninety five years ago. There is no rent or rates to be paid out of the chapel.
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2019-10-18 15:41
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There are a lot of herbs in this parish.
Some of which are:- Ragweed - A very common plant. Ragweed is sometimes caled "yellow bog" or The Fairies horse. It is said that it used be used as a healing [?] for sore throaths. Bog ashphodel is a pretty little plant, and it is believed that if it is eaten by sheep it would give them a stiffening in their bones. Dandelion and Bog bane is a cure for Kidney Trouble. Colsfoot is a cure for Sore throaths. Butter cups is a cure for heart burns. Water-cress or water-lilly is a cure for animals when sick. Quickbeam is a plant which is stuck on May Eve so as to keep the fairies away.
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2019-10-18 15:36
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The only kind of houses they had long ago were thatched houses. These houses were thatched with heather and scraws. There are very few old houses in this parish nowadays. Long ago they used only have one room in their houses, and this room had to be the kitchen and the bedroom. They used only have timber beds long ago. The houses of long ago were not made of cement but of stone and mud.
These houses were round and respectable. The houses of long ago were only one storey high. They used only have a clay floor in their houses with a fire by the wall. Thye used have no chimneys only a role in the roof to let the smoke out. They used to have lofts in their houses and very small window.
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2019-10-18 15:31
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We have two fairs in Scariff, every month namely-: A pig fair and a cattle fair. There does be no fairs in Mt. Shannon now. There does be a fair in Whitegate every four mts. The best fairs of all are May Day, and November day and the Oct. fair.
Nearly all the people bring cattle to the May fair. Every person that sells cattle at the fair gets a luck penny for them. Long ago there used to be tollars at fairs. There does be a standings in Scariff at every fair nearly. It is called "Séan Saor". Horses and sheep are sold at a cattle fair as well. When people are brinning cattle to a fair they go at four o'clock in the morning.
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2019-10-18 15:27
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There are a lot of signs of good and bad weather.
When the crane (a bird) goes towards the west it is a sign of bad weather.
"It is an old saying" A red sky at morn is a shepards warning, and a red sky at night is a shepards delight. Another old saying is wait till two and you will what the day will do. When a night, the stars are bright it is a sign of rain. A sky of mackall colour is a sign of rain also. When the crows are flying it is a sign of rain too. When it is a very starey night it is a sign of frost. When it is a
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2019-10-16 15:32
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The peopleof this parish have certain day's for doing all their work. Nobody stirs the soil on May day because the say it is unlucky. The believe that if the drove the cattle across Bow-river on May morning that the would be free from disease throughout the year. The people never begin a job on Saturday. When people are leaving a house to go into a new one the usually leave it on a Friday.
The people always leave a crop to be sown on Good Friday because they say it is a lucky day. On New Years Day if you did a thing wrong you would do it wrong every time again.
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2019-10-16 15:27
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There are a lot of old sayings in this parish. Some of which are "Better go to bed supperless than rise in dept.
It is an old saying that it is hard to knock an old dog of his trot.
The divel you know is better than the divel you dont know.
A halfpenny and a timble makes a tailors pocket jingle.
One swallow never make Summer. God is always nearer than the door.
Who ever the cap fits can wear it.
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2019-10-16 15:23
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Head like a timble tail like a rat, you can guess for ever but you will not guess that. = A pipe. The older it gets the shorter it gets. = A candle..
Long legs crooked thighs small head and no eyes. = A tongs.
What goes up a ladder with its head down. = A nail in your boot. What has a tongue and never speaks. = A boot. I have a little cow she sits on the wall, she drinks all I give her, and eat none at all. = A lamp. Hard working father, wee lazy mother, twelve little childre all like one another. = A clock. Middy noddy round body, three feet and a wooden hat. = A pot. Why does
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2019-10-16 15:17
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People kill cocks on that day and spil the blood on the door-step. The 25th Decamber is Christmas Day. The 26th is St. Stephens Day. Children go out after the wren on that day. The 27th December is a bank holiday. The first Monday in Augus and Whit Monday are also bank Holidays.
It is said that Christmas Day falls every seven years on a Sunday.
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2019-10-16 15:15
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moon after the 21st March. Chalk Sunday is the Sunday after Shrove-Tuesday. On that day people chalk al marriagable people who were not married during shrove. The first of April is caled "Fools Day". On that day people fool people. On May Eve people stick quickbeam. On May Day nobody redens the clay. Long ago people used to drive their cattle across Bowriver and in doing this they believed their cattle would be free from all diseases for the rest of that year. The 24th June is St. John's Day. People light fires on that night. The 29th June is St Peters and Pauls Day/ The 15th July is called St. Sweeden's Day. It is said that if it rains on this day it will rain for forty days and forty nights. The 15th August is Our Lady's Day. People don't go out boating or don't save hay. On November Eve people go out after "Jackie he Lantren."
The 11th November is St. Martins Day.
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2019-10-16 15:08
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It is an old saying that "Candlemass Day throw the Candle and Candlestick away. The second of Feburary is also St. Blaze's Day. If people had soar throaths and to get their throath blessed by the priest on that day. They would never have a soar throath again. The 17th March is St. Patricks Day. It is kept a a holiday obligation in Ireland. All the people wear shamrocks on that day in honour of St. Patrick. The 25th March is the day of the Annunciation. It was kept as a holiday long ago but not nowadays. The 25th March is also St. Caimins Day. Shrove Tuesday is on the first of March this year. This date is uncertain. Shrove-Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, and on that night people make pancakes. On Ash Wednesday ashes are blessed and put on the foreheads of the people. On that day people drink black-tea and use no butter or eggs. On Easter Sunday it is customary to eat a lot of eggs. Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full
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2019-10-09 14:15
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Long ago people used to eat two or three meals every day. The only kind of bread eaten by our ancestors were cakes of oaten meal or cakes of wheaten meal. This used to be baked on a griddle. There are a few griddles in this parish yet, but they are not used. The people used only eat meat once a week and that was on Thursday. Long ago they used have no sugar, so they used to make sugar out of honey. They used to eat a lot of eggs on Easter Sunday. This is a custom up to this day. On Ash Wednesday, Spy Wednesday, and Good Friday the people used never take sugar or milk in their tea, or eat eggs or butter. A few of the old people do this yet. People don't ever eat meat on St. Stephen's Day, because they believe that in doing this they will be free from sickness for
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2019-10-09 14:10
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We sow a few acres of potatoes every year. My father prepares the land for them. Sometimes we sow the potatoes in drills, but other times we sow them in ridges. The ridges have then to be stuck with spades. There was a blacksmith living in Middleline namely Mike Hannlon. He used to make spades and sell them at the fairs. Long ago people used to have timber plougs, but they are not used nowadays. Most people spray their potatoes three or four times for fear of blight. In September or October the potatoes are then dug and pitted. Afterwards they are sold in the market for anything from sixpence to one shilling. Some people always start to sow their potatoes on a Friday.
It was an old custom to bury a bottle of holy Water and a red sod at the end of the field. I do not know whether this is done nowadays or not. Long ago people
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2019-10-09 14:00
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There are a lot of farm animals, some of which are Cows, sheep, Goats, Calves and horses. Cows are very useful animals. We have six cows at home. We have nonames on them. The house in which we keep them is called "The Cow's house. We tie our cows with chains and we put litter under them for bed. We have three horses and a pony. The house in which we keep them iscalled the "stable. Goats are very destructive animals. Some people keep goats along with their cattle, because the bel[?] that goats are lucky. When people are looking at any animals they say "God bless them" for fear of giving them "the Bad Eye". Some [?] hang a horse shoe over the door for luck. When a person is milking the cows, and if they spill any milk, they only say "Musha some poor old parson might wanted it. We have a lot of [?] Nobody sets eggs in June, because the say that June birds are weak birds.
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2019-10-09 13:53
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It was an old custom long ago to go to your neighbour's cows on May morning before the sun would rise, and to milk the cows, and they would have no butter until next May Day.
This is not done nowadays in this locality.
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2019-10-09 13:51
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We have an end over end churn at home. My mother make butter every week. Firs she scalds the churn with boiling water. Then she gets the cream and puts it into the churn. The she fastens the lid to the churn and then twists the handle. When it is made she takes out the butter milk and puts in water instead. The she washes the butter. When it is washed, she puts salt on some of it for our own use, and the rest she sell in the market un-salted. We shurn twice a week all the year around.
There are a lot of piseogs in this parish concerning the butter, some of which are:- If a woman was churning and if a man came in and went to take a red sod out of the fire to light his pipe, the woman would not give it to him. Before that man would go out he would have to take a hand of that churn, for fear he would take the butter
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2019-10-07 16:47
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used to be grown and clothes made from it. There was a man in Mt. Shannon named Frank Winters and he used to weave the flax and sell it to the people when he would have linen made out of it. When a person dies in this locality, that persons mother and sisters generally as a custom wear black clothes for a few months. That person's father and brothers wear a black band on their sleeves. There are people in this parish who wear homespun clothes.
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2019-10-07 16:44
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There is only one or two tailors in this parish. The tailors work in their own houses now. In days gone by the tailors used to go from house to house. The tailors generally send away for the cloth, but long ago the cloth used to be spun by the people themselves. This cloth used to be made from the wool of their own sheep. First the sheared their sheep with a shears. Then they had to carve the wool and then spin it with a spinning machine. There are about five spinning wheels in this parish but the people don't bother spinning nowadays. The people shear the sheep now and sell the wool for about one shilling and threepence per lb. Long ago flax
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2019-10-07 16:39
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divided them amongst the people. The landlords evicted a few people for not paying their rent. There was a landlord murdered in this parish and he is buried in Holy Island. His name was O'Callaghan. He owned an estate in the parish of Clonrush. A man named Mr. Rutherford used to come from England twice a year, so as to collect rent.
Some of the tenants used to pay the rent by cutting turf for the landlords. In November Gentlemen used to come to this parish shooting rabbits.
No landlord owns any land in this parish only Mrs. Hibbert and she only owns Holy Island.
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2019-10-07 16:35
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There were landlords in this district up to a few years ago, but there are no landlords in this locality now. This parish was divided into two estates namely the Hibbert esate, and the Wakely estate. Mr. Reed owned the Hibbert estate first, but when he died his daughter took up possession. She married a man named Mr. Hibbert. Mr. Hibbert was an English Soldier. The Wakely estate was owned by a man named Mr. Goerge at first. When he died Mrs Tandy got the estate and after her Mr. Wakely. In the year 1922 Mr. Wakey left Ireland and went to England. The some time Mr. Hibberts house was burned by the people of the Parish. The Irish Land Commission came then and bought the two estates and
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2019-10-07 16:29
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a red iron and run at them with it. In thi way they used to pull the teeth. There was another forge in Middleline long ago. It was owned by Michael Hanlan. He used to make spades and go to fairs and sell them. A blackmith as a rule is very strong.
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2019-10-07 16:27
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There are two forges in this parish which are owned by Patrick Lyons and Denis Mulgannon. The Forge belonging to Patrick Lyons is situated near the Shannon. The roof of it is slated and the door is very high so that any horse can vr brough in, in it. The forge in Middleline is situated near the road. There is an Zyonc roof on it. The forge men makes ploughs Harrows, spades, gates. They shoes horses and asses and shoes wheels. It is said that forge water is a good cure for bruises and cuts. Long ago if a person wanted to get a tooth pulled he would go to the forge and get a blacksmity to tie a string to the tooth and then tie the string to something. Then the blacksmity would get
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2019-09-26 11:39
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and something blue" The man gives the wife gold and silver. This silver must be kept or the bride must buy something that will last forever.
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2019-09-26 11:38
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We have shrove tide now. The people of this locality generally get married in Shrove. People don't marry in Lent, Advent or in Harvest. These months are supposed to be unlucky. It [?] and old saying that "What is [?] in the Harvestwill open in spring. Long ago people used to go to [?] on horse back and also, in cars. This is not did now. Long ago people used to keep a flock of geese until Shrove tide and have them for a wedding. Long ago people used to get married in the evening, but the are all nearly married in the morning now. The bride is generally married in "Something old something new something borrowed
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2019-09-26 11:38
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We have shrove tide now. The people of this locality generally get married in Shrove. People don't marry in Lent, Advent or in Harvest. These months are supposed to be unlucky. It [?] and old saying that "What is [?] in the Harvestwill open in spring. Long ago people used to go to [?] on horse back and also, in cars. This is not did now. Long ago people used to keep a flock of geese until Shrove tide and hav them for a wedding. Long ago people used to get married in the evening, but the are all nearly married in the morning now. The bride is generally married in "Something old something new something borrowed
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2019-09-26 11:30
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are buried there.
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2019-09-26 11:30
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when a person dies and is buried in Holy Island or in Mynoe that the person will have to draw [?] until another person is buried there. When a persn is buried in Holy Island there will two [?] people die soon afterwards. The "Bean Side" cries after certain families when they die. Some people have very stormy days when they are being buried. A few years two coffins were left in the boat [?] owing to the terrible storm. It is said that when you meet a funeral you should walk at least three steps with that funeral.
There are two "Caills" in the parrish. One in Cappaduff and the other in Kill[?]. Babies that are not Baptised
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2019-09-26 11:24
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There are three graveyards in thisparish. One in the village of Mt. Shannon and the other two in Holy Island. The one in the village of Mt. Shannon is a protestant graveyard and the others are Catholic Graveyards. There are the ruins of five Churches in Holy Island and there are people buried in these ruins. There are a lot of people in this parish buried in other graveyards, so as Mynoe and Clonrush. There are a lot of rats in Holy Island but there are not any in Mynoe it is said that, there was alot of rats in Mynoe and a priest cursed them for a number of years. Some people say that this spell is broken now. It is said that
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2019-08-27 14:59
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appeared and claimed the gold. If he was couragous enough to defy that woman he would win it, so he and four other men went to dig the treasure. Just as they were coming to the metal plate the woman appeared and the man's four companions ran away.
Then the man himself lost courage and took to his heels. Next morning he come to where they dug and there was no sign of the hole. No one ever ventured to look for the gold again.
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2019-08-27 14:57
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When the Danes were in Ireland they owned a great mill at a place called Kylefraine, only one mile from Scariff. They also were the owners of great wealth and when Brian Boru came to hunt them they were supposed to have hidden their treasure in Meenross bog.
On the spot where the gold was hidden a house was built for a widow who had a son who was deaf and dumb. For that reason the gold was never looked for. Later on the woman and her son died.
There lived, in the spot where the old mine was, a man who dreamt of the gold and the spot where it was. He went to dig for the treasure and in doing so came to a metal plate in the ground. Just as he was going to lift it a woman dressed in white
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2019-08-27 14:53
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tree fell across the road in front of him. He turned the horses to go back to a house but he was blocked again. He stayed there until the storm abated. Then he took the trees away and went home. A short time afterwards he died and it is said that it was being out in the storm all night that killed him.
The storm lasted for one day and one night and nobody went to bed during that time.
A Cloudburst.
About seven or eight years ago a Cloud burst on the top of Cappabane mountain. A big torrent rushed down the side of the mountain sweeping everything before it. Some bits of land were swept away and when the torrent was gone there was nothing left in its place but desolation.
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2019-08-27 14:49
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In the year 1839 a terrible wind-storm broke through the land. The people of Ireland still remember that year as the year of the "Big Wind".
On the twenty fourth of February 1939 the sky became as red as blood. The people were very much afraid, because they did not know what was going to happen them. About ten o'clock that night the wind started to blow.
It knocked houses, killed people, tore up trees, swept ricks of straw and hay away, and killed cattle, horses and sheep.
On the day before the storm a man named John Cooney went to Limerick with the Morelands, who owned Raheen at that time. He left them in Limerick and started to go home in a carriage drawn by two horses. When he was about half way home a
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2019-08-21 14:26
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This testimonial has been erected by public subscription to Cornelius O'Brien D.S.O.
The representative of this country in Parliament for more than twenty years as a lasting record to his public conducg and provate worth in admiration of the energy, and success that characterized of his many labour's, and happiness and comfort of his people and as a tribute to his warmheartedness and liberality, and forethought in providing for the accomodation of strangers visiting the magnificent, scenery of the neighbourhood.
Signed on behalf of the committee,
Colman M. O'Loughlin
(Barnet.)
Michael Mac Namara
Secretary
11th October 1858
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2019-08-21 14:19
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IV
The ships on the ocean are lovely to see.
Sailing into Liscannor and crossing Mal Bay.
Liscannor is a seaport where fishermen dwell.
And adds to the scenery of St. Brigid's Well.
V
St. Brigid's eve as the night fell.
My mother and I went to St. Brigid's Well.
Many candles did burn great lights they did shine.
Round the graves of the dead and the vault of O'Brien.
VI
The graveyard is beautiful as you walk along.
You'll see a grand vault with a door quite strong.
And right through this door a coffin doth shine:
Wherein lay the remains of Cornelius O'Brien.
VII
Lisdoonvarna's grand scenery is beautiful to see.
The hills lovely rivers flowing on to the sea.
The tourists of Ireland of many can tell.
And the grand sulphur spas and of St. Brigid's Well.
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2019-08-21 14:18
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IV
The ships on the ocean are lovely to see.
Sailing into Liscannor and crossing Mal Bay.
Liscannor is a seaport where fishermen dwell.
And adds to the scenery of St. Brigid's Well.
V
St. Brigid's eve as the night fell.
My mother and I went to St. Brigid's Well.
Many candles did burn great ligts they did shine.
Round the graves of the dead and the vault of O'Brien.
VI
The graveyard is beautiful as you walk along.
You'll see a grand vault with a door quite strong#And right through this door a coffin doth shine:
Wherein lay the remains of Cornelius O'Brien.
VII
Lisdoonvarna's grand scenery is beautiful to see.
The hills lovely rivers flowing on to the sea.
The tourists of Ireland of many can tell.
And the grand sulphur spas and of St. Brigid's Well.
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2019-08-21 14:06
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The storyteller above named said that she remembered her grandfather saying that in this parish there was once a man who promised St. Martin that he would kill one of his pigs and spill its blood in his honour. When St. Martin's day came; the man got ready to go to the market with his pigs: forgetting; of course; his promise to St. Martin. As he was about to remove the pigs into the car a voice at the back door was heard to say:
Mist Máirtín fuireann-fionn a cuireann dúil i ngach feoil; mara mar bhuigheann tuse to mhuc breac: marbhóchaidh mise do mhac tóne
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2019-08-20 15:37
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houses every night. On St. Stephen's Day people go out after the wren. They bring a furze bush with them. On that day people don't eat meat in this district, so as to free them from sickness. The people of this locality don't save hay on "Our Lady's Day".
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2019-08-20 15:35
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the "Pooka" will destroy them. If a pig was sick in this district, the people would cut his ear, and they would then promise to spill the blood for St. Martin when they would kill him. If a beast had a pain the people would cut the worms knot over him and he would be cured.
On Christmas Eve and on New Year's Eve people leave big candles lighting on their windows. On Xmas Eve people don't lock their doors, because they say that if any woman with a baby comes she may go in. It is an old saying that a "green Christmas signifies a fat churchyard" That means that there will a lot of people die. Some people believe that if a red haired woman comes into their house during Christmas, that she will bring bad luck. The people of this district go on "cuaird" to their neighbours
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2019-08-20 15:27
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rheumatish.
Corns. A cure for a corn is to rub the slime of a snail to the part of the foot where the corn is and it would be cured.
Hicough. A cure for hicough is to frighten the person. Stomach. If one had a pain in their stomach, and to heat a plate and put it to it the pain would go.
If one had a Thorn in their finger and to mix sugar and milk together, and to apply it to the thorn, and it would come out.
Heart-burn. A cure for a heart-burn is to drink the juice of Butter-cups.
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2019-08-20 15:23
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and to fill it with salt, and to leave it over night, and then in the morning to apply it to the warths and they would go.
Another cure is, if you find a hole in a stone without been looking for it, and if there is water in the stone, wash your hands in the water and the warths would go.
Convulsions. A cure for convulsions is to burn one of the child inside clothes, or to hold the child over a bucket of water and to spill a small drop of water on the child's head.
When anybody is talking about Convulsions they generally say:- "The Lord have mercy on Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
Cold. If a turnip was half scooped out and some sugar thrown into it, so that it would melt, and then the turnip to be eaten, it would cure a cold.
Rheumatism. A cure for rheumatism is to get a purple flower and to boil it in water, and to drink the juice is a cure for
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2019-08-20 15:17
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an arc Luacra one time. There is a plant growing in Holy Island and if it is boiled in new milk and then applied to the burn it wil cure it.
Toothache. If a person had a toothache and to get a frog and put him into his mouth he would be cured. Another cure is if one got a dead persons teeth in a graveyard and to put the teeth into your mouth, it is said that he would neer have a toothache again.
Whooping Cough. A cure for the whooping cough is the leavings of ferrets milk to drink. Another cure is to ask the first man you would meet with a white horse and what ever he would say to do it, and you would be cured.
Sty. A cure for a sty is to rub a gold ring to the sty and it would go. There is a well in "Corratobar", which is called "Tobar ne Nuile". and if one washed their eyes in this well, they would be cured. People say that sties are lucky. Warths. A cure for warths is to make a hole in a raw potato and to
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2019-08-20 15:12
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Before doctors treament came into use, people used to make up medicines from herbs and plants. These are not used as much nowadays owing to the development of doctors and hospital treatment. There are numerous herbs and plants which grow in our ditches and meadows which were very valuable to our Grandmothers in days of old. Some of thise cures are used yet, and some of them are:- A cure for the Jaundice is to go to a man named Con Halloran who is living in Mt. Shannon, and to get a plant from him. If this plant is boiled in new milk it is a good cure for the Jaundice. Another cure is Jesters, which is to be boiled in new milk also, and the juice drank. Jesters are little cup shaped leaves. Burns. There is a man named James Durack living in this parish and if licked a burn it would be cured it is said that he licked
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2019-08-14 11:58
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There are different signs of bad and good weather. It is said that when Crane goes towards the West it is a sign of bad weather. A red sky at morn is the shepards warning! A red sky in the day is the shepards delay!
A red sky in the night is the shepards delight. If the stars are bright at night it is a sign of frost. When the sky is dark at night it is a sign of rain. A sky with a Mackerel colour is a sure sign of rain.
When the cat is seen sitting with her back to the fire it is a sign of rain. When you see a dog eating grass it is a sign of rain.
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2019-08-09 13:07
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In this parish, long ago the people wore no boots, but in later times they wore shoes called clogs. The clogs were made of sallie wood and they were very light.
The boys in this parish leave off their boots in summer, but other cannot leave them off at all. Some people get chilblains and corns on their feet.
Some people wear sandals made off rubber. These are very light on the feet.
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2019-08-07 14:36
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crosses on cakes.
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2019-08-07 14:36
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Long ago bread used to be made from wheaten four and oaten meal this then used to be baked on a griddle. The people used to grind the corn t home wih hand querns. There are a few querns in this parish yet, but are not used now. People used to make different kinds of bead, such as Scratch, Black Bread, or Boxdi.
Stratch used to be made from potatoes. First of all the potatoes used to be grated then they used to be put into a cloth and squeesed and then mixed with flour. Then they used to be put on a griddle to bake. Griddle bread is often made yet. Some people put
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2019-08-07 14:31
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Irish Hearts and effections until that arive's may the feet of her divine Son she shall obtain for us the crown of immortality.
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2019-08-07 14:30
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of hurting their feet used to hire other people to do it. This was a custom of the Irish people but is not done now. This used to be did once a year, but when the Danes came they plundered and destroyed every valuable thing there. They drowned all books and relics which were valuable.
In the time of St. Caimin they used to feed pigs on Holy Island.
There is a very nice prayer to St. Caimin
O Dear Saint Caimin noble St. of Inishcealra who'se great virtues be-longed preserved amongst the children of Ireland.
May the love of Mary Immaculate whose great virtues thou it's lonely teach my voice and pen grow ever stronger in our
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2019-08-07 14:25
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St. Caimin is the Patron St.of this parish. His feast Day is on the 25th March. The people of this parish don't keep it as a holiday. St. Caimin was buried in Holy Island. There are children in this parish called after him. The parish Priests house and the Rectory are called after him. It is said when "Woodpark house was being built the people who were building it went to Holy Island for stones, but the St. hunted them and in this way they dishonoured him. Long ago people used to come from all parts of Europe to Holy Island. They used to walk around seven time barefooted and they who feared
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2019-08-06 11:06
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was head of the community, became a Christian and started a monastery. During the time of the yellow plague in Ireland St. Mac Creiche and the other monks were fed with the juice of the Sacred Tree. When MacCreiche died, St. Caimin took over the island and became Abbot of the monastery and he died three years later. After the Danes attacked the Island, some of their boats were found in the Shannon. The boat was sent to dublin to the National Musaem. There are slabs and crosses made of stone on the island, which are some of the best specimens in Western Europe.
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washead of the community, became a Christian and started a monastery. During the time of the yellow plague in Ireland St. Mac Creiche and the other monks were fed with the juice of the Sacred Tree. When MacCreiche died, St. Caimin took over the island and became Abbot of the monastery and he died three years later. After the Danes attacked the Island, some of their boats were found in the Shannon. The boat was sent to dublin to the National Musaem. There are slabs and crosses made of stone on the island, which are some of the best specimens in Western Europe.
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2019-08-06 11:02
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if it is examined closely, red hair can be seen on it. When St. Caimin saw what the workmen had done he would not let them finish the tower. There is a holy wel on the island which is called "Our Lady's Well". The shape of this wel is round, and there is a hole in the side of it into which people put offerings when they come to visit the well. When the Danes came to plunder the island they took the bell of St. Caimin's Church. When they were putting the bell into the boat the tongue of the bell fell out and dropped in the water. The water was very deep, so the Danes could not get out the tongue. It is said that the bell rings every seven years on the 25th March. The Danes brought the bell to Killaloe where it is to be seen yet in the Protestant Cathredal in Killaloe. Inniscealtra was a pagan sanctuary before Christianity came to Ireland. MacCreiche who
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2019-08-06 10:57
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is a Protestant church there at the top of the street. It is a Prespiterain Church. There is a hotel in Mt. Shannon, and people come from England to stay in it during the fishing season.
Iniscealtra Island is situated on Lough Derg about one mile from the village of Mt. Shannon. The island has an area of about fifty acres. There are the ruins of five churches, a round tower, a confessional, and a cottage on the island. The churches are namely:- St. Mary's, St. Brigid's, St. Caimin's, St. Michael's, and the church of the wounded men. St. Mary's church is the largest of the five churches. There is no conical cap on the round Tower. It is said that the tower was never finished because when the workmen were up building it, a red haired witch used to come and pass the place without saying "God bless the Work", one day the workmen let a big stone fall from the wall of the Tower, and hit the witch on the head, and killed her. The rock is there to be seen yet, and it is said that
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there which is called "Gleann Sandy". There was a battle fought there during Strongbow's Invasion. The pelets which they used in their bows and arrows were found there. There is also a field there which is called "Rein na Merish". It is said that a Cromwellian Officer was buried there. There are about fifty houses in Sellernane and about two hundred people living there. Most of the houses there are thatched.
Mt. Shannon. There are about twenty eight houses in Mt. Shannon, and four of these are thatched. There are a lot of people living there. There are the ruins of an old court house there in which courts used to be held. Long ago here used to be fairs and markets held there, but they are not held there now. There
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2019-08-06 10:46
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There are fifty people living in Clounty. There are two forts there. One in Patrick Durack's farm and the other in Henry Bugler's. There is a bridge in Clounty called "Hogan's Bridge", because a family named Hogan's lived there long ago.
Woodpark. Long ago there was a great mansion in Woodpark. A landlord named Mr. Hibbert lived there long ago. During the civil war between the years 1921 and 1922 it was burned. Nothing remains now only the ruins of it. When the house was burned the Land Commission bought up the land and it was divided amongst the tenants. The grounds all around the house used to be kept beautifully decorated with flowers and shrubs, but when the place was burned, the people came and took the flowers and shrubs.
Sellernane. Sellernane is an Irish name which means "Small Sallies". There are sandstone quarries in Sellernane. There is a Mountain
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2019-08-06 10:41
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a great scarcity of water in the locality when St. Caimin was journing through the parish. He had monks along with him, and when they got thirsty he just stuck down a reed and this well sprung up. The people of this locality use the water.
Glenvanish. There are three houses in Glenvanish, and only eleven people living there. There is a Mass stone in Glenvanish mountain where the people used to go to hear Mass long ago. It is a square stone with a cross on the top of it. It is said that coal used to be got between Glenvanish and Bohatch long ago. The land in Glenvanish is very marshy.
Clounty. Clounty Weenagh and Clounty Connaught are two townlands situated side by side between Scarriff and Mountshannon. There are eight new houses in Clounty and three old ones.
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2019-07-31 14:27
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flagstone got for the local streams. The pens were made out of quills of geese made by the teacher as there was a trade in making, them. It is supposed the teacher's name was Canny.
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2019-07-31 14:25
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There was some years ago a hedge school in Coolawn midway between the villages of Bodyke and Tuamgraney. It was built in the spot where Patrick Grady (carpenter) now lives. It was a mud cabin but the Grady family rebuilt the walls with stone. The teacher was paid by the parents the fee charged being 2d a week or sometimes less. The subjects taught were reading writing and arithmetic. The books were supplied by the priests of the parish. A book for each class and of course the teacher got some for himself also. The pupils were graded into three classes the beginners, the middling ones and the good ones. When teaching reading the pupils of a certain class woudl circle round the teacher who used to sit on a large stone in the centre of the flor. Then he would call in four or five pupils and point out the words to them with a scallop. The sums taught were very simple. A large smooth flag of stone served as a blackboard and the pencils were made out of bits of
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2019-07-31 14:07
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and when they would coming in to meet them half way with a bucket of water and throw the water at them
Blane - If a cow or calf were suffering from the blane they used to be cured by putting a cut in their ear
A broken leg - A broken leg was mended in a short time by a weed known as the wax weed. When they were bandaging a broken leg they rubbed the juice of the wax weed on the leg first.
A scald in a cow or calfes leg - A scald was cured by the blue-stone and car grease mixed together.
Chillblains - The best cure for chilblains is to wash them in snow water or in pickle water
Cuts - cuts were cured by a cobweb, which should be put on before the bandage.
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2019-07-31 14:01
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Teethaches - The old people say that if you put a frog in your mouth or to go to a grave yeard and to get a tooth out of a skull and to rub it to the out-side of the jaw you would never have any teethaches.
Burns - It is said that anybody who would lick a lizard would have a cure for a burn in their tongue.
Boils - To point nine irons at it.
Rhumatism - To carry a potato in one's pocket.
A pain in the back - To eat egg shells
Sore eyes - To rub spittle to them every morning for three mornings or to put a gold ring to them
Whooping Cough - Eat a fettet's leavings or to drink three cups of spring water every morning
A pain in the back - Eat egg shells
A pain in the stomach - Warm a plate in hot water and leave it on the stomach
Stopping blood - Put the key of the door down the persons back who is bleeding or to put moss to the cut
Worms in cattle. To cut the worm's knot over the animal that is suffering from the worms.
Black Leg. Stick a piece of copper wire under the neck of the animal that has black let.
A running sore - Rub a foxes tongue to it
Pox in pigs.Let the pigs out (?) for three mornings
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2019-07-30 14:15
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a great scarcity of water in the locality when St. Caimin was journing through the parish. He had monks along with him, and when they got thirsty he just stuck down a reed and this well sprund up. The people of this locality use the water.
Glenvanish. There are three houses in Glenvanish, and only eleven people living there. There is a Mass stone in Glenvanish mountain where the people used to go to hear Mass long ago. It is a square stone with a cross on the top of it. It is said that coal used to be got between Glenvanish and Bohatch long ago. The land in Glenvanish is very marshy.
Clounty. Clounty Weenagh and Clounty Connaught are two townlands situated side by side between Scarriff and Mountshannon. There are eight new houses in Clounty and three old ones.
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2019-07-30 14:09
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their hands in the river in doing this they believed that they would be able to open any knot. There are the ruins of an old mill on the bank of this river. Long ago corn used to be ground into the flour but it is not done now.
Corratobar. Corratobar gets its name from the well there. This well is called tobar na nuilc"
It is said that Saint Caimin came out from Holy Island and stuck down a reed and a well sprung up. There is a cure for sore eyes in this well. If a person has sore eyes and to go there before the sun would rise in the morning andto wash their eyes in the well they would be cured. There is a holly tree at the side of the well. It is said that there was
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2019-07-30 14:04
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fort there which is called Lios na Gréi. This fort is surrounded by a low stone fence. The danes Den is there also at the back of a hill called Árd Even. The Danes Den is an underground passage which leads to a lake called Lough a Toirig. This was a hiding place of long ago.
Bowriver. Bowriver gets its name from a river which runs through it. The Irish name for it is Abainn na buaidhe which means the river of the Secret. The Secret about this river is if people drove their cattle across this river on May Day they would be safe from disease for the rest of that year. Long ago people used to go to Bowriver on easter Sunday morning before the sun would rise and wash
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2019-07-24 16:46
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Then in little egg cups decorated with color ribbons and color paper.
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2019-07-24 16:45
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Easter Sunday
On Easter Sunday every body get up very early to see the sun dancing Every body eats more eggs than usual its is a custom there is no reason for it . Children get presents of Easter Eggs which are from chocolates, they generally get
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2019-07-24 16:44
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generous and good to them and who gaved them little or nothing.
Last year St. Stephens day fell on a Sunday and not the usual large number came around which I may say was not regretted by the people.
Rows often occur on the night of that days.
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2019-07-24 16:42
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Hardly any car could travell along that road. Now a motor car can travell that road. The bog road is another road which there are bogs at both sides of it. From the new line to the bog road there is a short cut through the bogs. Half of it is just like a road and the other half is soft and marshy.
The Enagh road also leads from the new line to the bog road. The Pullough road leads to Sixmilebridge. The Aha Clare road and the the high road leads to Broadford.
They were all made in the famine times at two pence half penny per day labour payed. The women used not work in the road making because half the men were not employed. All the people go to Limerick to do their shopping.
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2019-07-24 16:37
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There are several roads in my Parish.
No. 1 The new line
No. 2 Clonbrick old road
No.3 The bog road
No. 4 The Enagh road
No. 5 The Pullaugh road
No. 6 The Sixmilebridge road
No. 7 The Kilmurry road
No. 8 The high road
No. 9 The Broadford road
The new line road was made after the famine times. It is a road which leads to the main road - Tulla to Limerick. It is another old road by which the people used to travel, namely Clonbrick old road, which is still in use and it leads to the main road and in this road there are several houses. Last year this road this road was widned and repaired.
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2019-07-24 16:30
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And still I came home with it.
A thorn in my fot.
As round as an apple as plump as a Ball
It climbs over Church, steeple and all
The Sun.
I went up the hill and down the hill
and I carried the Hill on my back.
A ladder.
What's as deep as hell? A tailors thimble.
Why is the white hen cleverer than the black one?
Because the white hen can lay a white egg but the black hen cannot lay a black egg.
Why does a hen cross the road.
Because she wants to.
What is full and holds more.
A pot full of potatoes - can hold water.
Middy-moddy round-body, three feet and a wooden hat.
A Pot
What is the nearest bird to the fire?
The Crane
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2019-07-24 16:24
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As I was going to the fair of the Mines
I met nine tinkers and their nine wives
Each tinker had a cat, each cat had a kitten
Kittens, cats men and wives
How many were going to the fair of the Mines
One.
The King of Morocco built a ship -
An(d) in that ship his daughter sits
An(d) if I told her name I'd [?]
An(d) that's three times I've told her name
Ann.
A messanger that goes from house to house and never speaks a word.
Path
Which is the white goose or the grey goose the gander
Neither
I went to the wood and got it.
I sat down and looked for it
And the more I looked for it the less I found it.
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2019-07-18 12:57
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Mrs Mulcahy for a couple of spoons and she said that she would return them again. Mrs Mulcahy gave her the spoons and she went away. Then Mrs Mucahy went down to the fire to where her husband was sitting and she told him to follow her out to see who she was. He followed her out and he sw that she went up the field and into the fort.
He then went in home and told his wife. When the wife heard that it was into the fort she went she was firghteded and she told her husband to go to bed. So when they had the Rosary said and were about to quench the light the knock came to the door again. This time Mrs Mulcahy was afraid to open the door and it was her husband that opened it. When he opened it he saw that it was the white woman again and she gave him the spoons said nothing and went away.
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2019-07-18 12:53
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There are buildings of clay which were used by the Danes as dwelings. There are still a lot of forts in the parish and it is said that there is money in some of them, but people have not courage enough to undertake the work of opening one of them.
They are a deep digging in the shape of a circle. Mostly al of them are situated in the middle of big fields and they are surrounded by shrubs and bushes.
The principal forts I know are Sexton's fort Mooney's fort Kiely's fort and Curtin's fort.
This is a story I heard about a fort.
This is the name and address of the person that told me it. Timothy Mulcahy, Ballinaglera, Ogonelloe, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Where Jim Conway is now living, there lived there long ago a man named Dinny Mulcahy and in a field above his house there was a fort.
One night a knock came to the door and his wife went up and opened it. When she opened it she saw standing outside a small woman dressed in white and she had long hair. The white woman asked
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2019-07-11 11:27
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peacefully in the field. The man gave Pat a hazel stick and disappeared. The demesne vanished also and Pat found himself in the field near the lake. On arriving in Tulla he was surrounded by the people who enquired his whereabouts for the past twelvemonths. Pat thought he was only one night under the Lake. He asked if "Mountain Mary" were there and he was informed that she was going to be married to the Englishman that day. Pat clove his way through the crowd with the aid of his stick and on finding Mary asked her is she was going to be married. She replied that her father had forced her to do so and that she, thinking Pat dead, had agreed. Pat and Mary were married that day but not before the former had administered a well deserved beating to the Englishman.
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2019-07-11 11:23
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guide conducted him to a stately mansion which they entered. Pat gazed around him and saw hundreds of the ancient Irish chiefs calking, drinking and making merry. He joined them on request and they "toasted" him and praised him.
Pat was next conducted into a large room where he saw enacted famous Ifish battles such as Clontarf, the siege of Athlone and the siege of Limerick. This las maddened his brain and were it not for the fact that restraining hands were laid upon him he would have gone to the aid of the woman as he himself said. Those scenes disappeared and, looking up, Pat saw fishes swimming. He realised then that he was belw the surface of the lake.
He was then led to a treasure vauld, crammed with gold pieces. On being told to take as much as he could carry he filled his pockets and hat with the precious metal.
When he walkin into the sunlight again he saw his cow grazing
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2019-07-11 11:20
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About fifty years ago a man named Pat O'Leary lived in this locality. He wished to marry a girl named "Mountain Mary". The girl's father, however, desired her to wed a local English gentleman. the girl, though not wishing to displease her father, preferred Pat. She told her trouble to Pat and they agreed that Pat should sell his cow at Tulla fair, which was near-at-hand and that they should then elope together.
As Pat was driving his cow to the fair his way led him past Cullan Lake. The cow jumped over a wall and into a field which borders the lake. Pat, uttering an imprecation, followed her and ere he had gone any distance found himself in a beautiful demesne. His cow had disappeared and he, not knowing what to do, stood gazing around him in a bewildered fashon.
A back clad man approached and bade him "good-morning". Pat returned his salutation and, when the stranger requested that Pat should follow him, he did so without protest. His
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2019-07-11 11:13
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He was not any length inside when a big a tall man came into the haggard and put his back up against the rick just where Tom’s head lay. Tom did not sleep on account of the stranger. A few minutes later the old man’s wife came out and saluted him. They began to chat the man asked her “will we do the deed to night” she answered yes,but there are two men inside and I will go in and order them out into an outhouse” and when Tom heard the conversation he got a knife quietly out of his pocket and cut a small piece off the man’s coat and kept it safe in his pocket.
At the first light he went on his road and lucky enough he happened to get a lift from a Garvey driver who brought him within three miles of his own house.
He continued he journey for foot and reached his own house at midnight.
His wife and child were in bed but there was an old fashioned way for opening the door Tom opened it and got in without calling anyone
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2019-07-11 11:11
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Now Tom that you are finished with me I am very thankful to you. My wife will have a big cake of bread made for you in the morning to take home to your wife and a small one for yourself to eat on your journey.
Next morning he set out on his journey home. The farmer’s wife gave him two cakes of bread in two different parcels and warned him not to open the big cake until the got home to his wife. He walked on quickly unti night overtook him and he sat down on the road to eat a bite of bread. H was only just sitting down when two poor scholars came and sat beside him. Tom gave them a bit of the cake. As they were eating Tom saw a light across the fields and inquired of them if there was a house over there.”There is said one of them” and you would get lodgings over there for the night“. They decided on going in and went across the fields. They were only a short distance in when Tom inquired of them if there was another road leading to the house and of one of the scholars said there
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2019-06-26 16:16
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He was not any length inside when a big a tall man came into the haggard and put his back up against the rick just where Tom’s head lay. Tom did not sleep on account of the stranger. A few minutes later the old man’s wife came out and saluted him. They began to chat the man asked her “will we do the deed to night” she answered yes,but there are two men inside and I will go in and order them out into an outhouse” and when Tom heard the conversation he got a knife quietly out of his pocket and cut a small piece off the man’s coat and kept it safe in his pocket.
At the first light he went on his road and lucky enough he happened to get a lift from a Garvey driver who brought him within three miles of his own house.
He continued he journey for foot and reached his own house at midnight.
His wife and child were in bed but there was an old fashioned for opening the door Tom opened it and got in without calling anyone
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2019-06-26 16:13
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do bhualeadh. Do chuir sé an scian dubh go feirc intí.
D'iompuigh sí in a sgamall agus chuaidh sí isteach i loch an Dún. Gach seacht mbliain tá sí le feiscint ins an loch sin agus an scian dubh in a cliathan.
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2019-06-26 16:11
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Tá bóthar ag dul tré choill in aice Átha Leathain dárb' ainm dó an "bóthar Sopaí". San am fadó tháinig bean go dtí an bóthar seo ins an oidhche tímcheall a dó dheag a clog. Bhí eagla mór ar na daoine mór thímcheall na h-áite roimpí. Dá mbeadh sé dorca nuair a béidís ag teacht ó Luimnigh to raghfaidís bóthar eile.
Bhí fear in an cómharsanacht agus dubhairt sé go gcuirfeadh sé an bhean bhán ón áit sin. Chuaidh sé go bean aosta eile a bhí in a cómhnuidhe ar an gcnoc. Bhí eolas ar na daoine maithe aice. Dubhairt sí leis dul ag marcuigheacht ar chapall mbán agus sgian dubh a bheith aige. Bhí an sgian cun í do sháith ar chliathán na mná báine. Dubhairt sé to mbeadh sé uirthí dul to dtí tón an locha ag deanamh sugán den gainimh.
Fuair sé an capall bán agus an sgial dubh. Nuair a tháinig sé go dtí an áit in a raibh an bheab bhán bhí sí in a seasamh ar an mbóthar agus bata in a láimh aice. Ní fheaca an capall í in aon chor. D'arguigh sí an bata cun e
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2019-06-26 16:02
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Do thuit sé ar dtalamh. Tháinig an Sagart. Duhairt an sagart leis dul to dtí tír iasachta. Chuaidh sé, tá sé in a chómhnuidh ann fós.
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2019-06-26 16:00
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Cúpla bliain ó shoin bhí fear óg ó Cnoc a' Tuirín ag teacht go dtí an tsráid bhaile seo ag imirt cárdaí. D'fanadh sé ann go dtí a do-dhéag a clog san oidhche.
Oidhche amháin bhí sé agteacht abhaile. Ní raibh aoinne leis. Chonnaich sé rud éigin ar an mbóthar. Ní raibh fios aige cad a bhí ann.
Do thosnuigh sé ag siubhal go tabaidh. Chonnaic sé bean amach ar an mhóthar. Bhí éadach bán uirthí. Do shuibhal sí leis ceathramhadh míle slíghe. Do stad sí. Chonnaic sí sruthán ag dul treasna an mhóthair. Ní fheaca sé an bhean bhán riamh roimhe sin.
Tar éis sé sé mhí in a dhiaidh sin bhí sé ag teacht abhaile ar an mbóthar céadhna. Chonnaic sé an bhean céadhna. Chuir sí mór eagla air.
Tháinig sí an tríomhadh uair. Do rith sí tar éis an fear óig
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2019-06-26 15:52
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ar siubhal. Annsan do chuir sé suim ann. Do chuaidh sé fé dhein a comharsan. Dubhairt duine aca gur an bonn a bhí ag déanamh na dioghbhála go léir. Do thug sé an bonn go dtí an áit in a fuair sé é. Ní raibh aon fothrum sa tig a thuileadh.
Ceap na daoine go raibh daoine curtha annsan agus gur mhian leis na daoine an bonn do bheith curtha leo.
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2019-06-26 15:49
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Cúpla bliain ó shoin bhí fear ag tocaile uaige í Cill-Mhuire do dhuine éiginn. Ta sé sin míle go leith siar ón sgoil. An fhaid a bhí sé ag tocailt fuair sé bonn agus chuir sé in a phóca é. Nuair do chuaidh sé abhaile do thug sé d'á mhuinntir é agus annson to chuir sé ar an driosúr é.
An oidhche sin nuair a bhíodar go léir 'na gcodhladh do thosnuigh a lán fothruim sa tigh. Nuair d'éirigheadar ar maidean bhí léar scrios deanta. Bhí na cathaoireacha tímcheall na cisteanach, bhí an bórd síos suas, bhí na cupáin agus na fo-chupáin briste, bhí an tslú briste. Bhí clog sa driosúr ná raibh ag obair ar feadh deich mblian roimhe sin agus do thosnuig sé sin ag obair.
Níor chuir sé morán suime ins na neithibh iongantacha san an chéad oidhche acht go ceann cúpla oidhche. Bhí an rud céadhna
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2019-06-21 15:51
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ag deanamh triblóidhe dó. Thug sé an t-ór di agus níor tháinig an t-athair ó shoin agus do chómhnuig sé ann go compórdúil
'na dhiaidh sin.
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2019-06-21 15:50
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anois agus arís. Ar a dó-dheag a clog do chuala sé glór mór. Annsan chonnaich sé an fear marbh ag doras an t-seomra. Ní raibh eagla ar an d'teinncéir. D'iarr sé air gloinne uisge beatha d'ól ach níor labhair sé. Dó tóg sé cathaoir anúas don sprid cun suidhe innte. Do shuidh sé ann ach níor labhair sé.
Dubhairt an fear a bhí marbh leis, dul don pharlús. Cuaidh sé. Do theasbáin sé cróca óir dó í gcóir a mhic fén céad fhuinneóig. Ar an dara fuinneóg bhí bróg óir don beantreabhaigh chun é do thabhairt ar caoire a cheannuigh sé féin le linn a shaoghail agus nár dhíol asta. Ins an tríomhadh ceann bhí cart óir dó féin.
Tháinig an mac ar maidin. Nuair connaic sé an tinne céir tháinig eagla air mar cheap sé go mbeadh sé marbh cosamhail leis an mbeirt eile. Do ghlaoidh an tinncéir air agus do theasbáin sé na h-áiteanna 'na raibh an t-ór dó. Dúbhairt sé dá tugtaí an t-ór don bheantreabhaig ná beadh an t-athair
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2019-06-21 15:40
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Bhí fear ann fadó agus bhí sé 'na chómhnidhe í Luimnigh. Fuair sé bás agus d'fág sé a raibh aige dá mhac. Níor b'féidir leis an mac fanamhaint sa tig tar-éis bás a athar mar bhí a shamhal ag teacht cuige gach oidhche.
Oidhche amháin bhí beirt fhear ag filleadh abhaile ón a cuid oibre. D'iarrr sé ortha fanamhaint sa tig leis ar feadh na h'oidhche agus to dtabharfadh sé púnt an duine. D'fanadar ann. Ar a dó-dheag a chlog chualadar fothrom mór. Ceapadar go raibh an tig at tuitim. An nóimeat sin connacadar an fear marbh. Tar-éis tamill thuit an beirt fhear marbh.
Cúply bliain 'na diaidh sin bhí tinncéir ag siubhal an bóthar. Cuaid sé isteac san tig agus d'iarr sé lóistín ar an b'fear. Tug sé dó é agus dubhairt sé go d'tabharfad sé airgead dó leis. Dubhairt an tinneéir na glacfadh sé aon airgead ach rud le n-ithe. Tug fear an tighe tae agus arán dó. Bhí buidéal uisge-beatha ag an tinncéir agus d'ól sé gloinne de
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Holy Well
In the field opposite the school and about twenty yards from the road there is a Spring well. The well is just at the foot of a very ancient oak which bends over it and has protected it for over a century. This well was thought very much of in ancient
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Folklore: - Bridgetown
The village of Bridgetown in ancient times was called (Átha-Gile-Ghaill?) meaning the Ford of the Church of Saint Gall.
The present church of Bridgetown was built around ninety years ago. Before that time the Parish Church was built upon the site on which the schools now stand. There is a portion of the walls of the schools which was part of the walls of the church.
It is said that the remains of two priests were interred in the small school-yard between the school and the road. The school was erected in the year 1850.
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Fuaireas an píosa béaloideas mar leanas ó sna sen-daoine a bhí 'na gcomhnuidhe sa cheanntar.
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About a mile from the village of Bridgetown and near the road leading to Killaloe, is the very ancient burial-ground of Kilcredan. The burial-ground is rectangular in shape and is n area about an acre. Part of the walls of the ancient chirch are still to be seen, and the Holy Water Font of the old Church is still there. Two very old tomb-stones are in the Church-yard. They were hewn from a very hard slaty species of rock. They were erected almost one hundred and fifty ears ago, andthe inscriptions on them are still very legible.
There are not so many people butied in ilcredan of recent years, and the Church yard was planted with trees about fifty years ago, and
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these trees give the place a very lonely appearance. An inteligent old man, and a great authority in local tratition, who once lived at Kilcredan, but has long since gone on the way of Truth, told me that a Saint Crédan lived there, at the time that another Saint of the same name lived in West Clare.
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ran and was beaten. Now when the man had the two creels of turf home the master took him and put the silver shoes on him and the man ran him, with his own, master riding him. Now the horse spoke again to the master and said, "put golden shoes on me because I am going to England because there is going to be a very big race there. There was another horse there named Miss Squitcher and she had silver shoes on her. But when the other horse had the golden shoes on him he would be able to beat Miss Squitchers one. Now the master of the horse did so, and the master took him to England and started him to run but he refused to do so, until the other horse ran with him. The horses ran neck to neck until the last jump. Miss Squitcher's horse fell into the trench and broke her neck. As he was coming home with victory the horse heard a noise under the bridge and he jumped in and neither the horse and the man on his back were never seen again.
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Once upon a time there lived a man near Doon Lake who was employed by Major Going. As he was going home from work one evening he met a gipsy. They gave him a mare, that fell tired on them, - to leave it in the field near the lake until they would call for her.
He thought they would call for her from day to day until two years passed away. One morning he saw some other animal with the mare. To his surprise it was a young foal. His skin was spotted with spots about the size of a penny on his skin. Time passed away and the gipseys took the mare and left him the foal. The foal was a year old and he started to ride the foal, to work. And then he went drawing turf with him. The foal spoke to the man and said "your master is running a horse in England and he will not win but tell him put silver shoes on me and I will win the race. The man only laughed at the idea. The master'shorse
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a brass man driving?
A Needle thread and temble.
Old Mrs Twitchet has but one eye and a longtail which she lets fly and every time she goes out a gap she leaves a bit of her tail in a trap.
A needle and thread.
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"A little wood a little wire a little house without a fire?"
A Birdcage
"The flour of England the fruit of Spain met together in a shower of rain, put in a bad tied up with a string riddle me that and I'll buy you a ring?"
A Plumpudding
"What is the biggest bridge in the world?"
The Rainbow
"It grows in the wood with leaves in it
It grows in the field with hair on it
It goes on the road with bone in it"?
A Clog
"Long legged father big bellied mother
three little children and they all the same colour?"
A Pot and hooks and legs.
I have a steel mare with a flaxen tail and
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"A little wood a little wire a little house without a fire?"
A Birdcage
"The flour of England the fruit of Spain met together in a shower of rain, put in a bad tied up with a string riddle me that and I'll buy you a ring?"
A Plumpudding
"What is the biggest bridge in the world?"
The Rainbow
"It grows in the wood with leaves in it
It grows in the field with hair on it
It goes on the road with bone in it"?
A Clog
"Long legged father big bellied mother
three little children and they all the same colour?"
A Pot and hooks and legs.
Ihave a steel mare with a flaxen tail and
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I will give you an abatement. The tenant paid all his rent and when all the rent was paid, the tenant asked for the abatement. "Go home" said the agent "I made a good payer of you and pay your rent anymore". He died in the middle of Corbally road in the year 1889, and no one from this locality would cross the road to his funeral. He was a protestant and he was buried in St. Mary's protestant graveyard. Mr. MacAdams was buried in England. He was a protestant also.
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The Landlord of Cloghera was Captain Philip Bour MacAdams.He lived in Black Water. He was a very good man but he had a very had agent named Mr. Hosphfordand he lived in Corbally. The people did not like Mr. Hosphford but they liked Mr. MacAdams. Mr. Hosphford charged £1 per acre for the land. Many people went to him for their rent of their land to be reduced, and on one occasion one tenant went to him for an abatement. He owed some rent and the agent said to him "when you will have all your rent paid
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"Be d____d", says John "I put my hand in the wrong pocket", there and then putting his handin the other pocket and producing the reduced mount thus letting the agent see that he was not as badly off as he pretended.
This ncident was afterwards referred to in the House of Commons, pointing out that all the tenants were not as badly off as they pretended.
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that he was going to a beter place. "Oh", said Mr. Parker "I doubt it".
on one occasion the tenants of Sallybank went to Mr. Parker's agent looking for a reduction in the rent.
They expected the rent to be reduced. One tenant John B_____ of Sallybank was a simple man. He was not good at making up money, so in order not to make any mistake, he had the full rent in one pocket and the reduced rent which they were expecting in the other. After much arguing they succeeded in getting the rent reduced to what they expected. John B_____ put his hand in his pocket and handed his rent to the agent, but instead of giving the reduced amount, the agent saw that he had given the full amount. "Look at this", said the agent "you jave the full rent here and you are after telling me that you could not afford to pay it."
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Maholl near Bunatty. He evicted tenans there but they were afterwords reinstated and housed built for them or put in better circumstances.
The Land lord of Kilmore was Mr. Singleton Samson. He was a bad landlord. He charged £1 an acre for rocky land. He was so bad that it was said about him that when he died they had to put the coffin down sideways.
The land lords of Sallybank were Mr. Parker and Mr. Bernard.
Mr. Parker lived in Ballyvally near Killaloe. He was a good Landlord. He loved Ballyvally and it is said that when he was dying he said to the minister who attended him.
"O Sweet Ballyvally how will I leave you." The minister said
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The Landlord of Aherina beg and Aherina mor was Lord Leconfield. He lived in England. He had an agent in Ennis named Mr. Scott. The people had no fault to find with him. He never evicted any one. He was also the land lord of
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Wicker ware partitions were common in this locality sixty years ago.
Partitions were made of turf in the houses also.
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to her "begone Satin" and she went.
The priest heard that, that beautiful cow was dead and the priest went to see her while dead, and he told the man what he saw, and the man asked him to pray over her and she lived, because by the prayers he had destroyed the spell.
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During the fine months peple used often go for walks around the country. One day a priest was going around and he was reading his Office near a Church. He was passing a farm, and there was one nice cow in it. When he reached the place he hear music and dancing, and when he looked he could only see a very fair maiden and she was playing a concertena unde this nice cow and no sign of the dancers ut he still could hear them. He could see sparks coming out of the eyes of the maiden. He said to himself that he always heard that when the devil is on earth, sparks always come out of his eyes. He said that the maiden was the devil and that he had changed himself into a maiden. He said
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went over to the window they saw a woman, and she had a reins tied off the ceiling and she sitting on a stool and she had a bucket under the reins and she milking at her best the two men kept watching and then they saw the bucket over flow, she put the milk into the churn and began to churn,
When she had churned and the butter made she disappeared and was never seen again.
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them from getting black leg or black quarter.
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Long ago on May Eve the farmer used to send a member of his family out with a piece of mountain ash to stick it on the potato crop and one on the corn crop and turnips and mangold.
The reason was that it kept people from taking their crops.
Story
When Brian Bory was at war with the Danes, he used to kill alot of them but next day they used to be alive and fight against him again. an old woman told him to stick a scolip of mountain ash on them and they would never rise again.
St John's Eve
Cattle were driven through fire on St John's Eve to prevent
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sileál an t'arna uair agus to raibh sé 'na seasamh ós a cómhair an tríomadh uair.
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Fuair sé féin bás dhá mhí in a dhiaidh sin. Annsan bhí a chlann i seilbh an tighe.
Nior fhéadadar chómhnuidhe ann agus chuadar to Sasana. Do thagad a mach abhaile gach bliain ach cuireadh sé fé i dtig eile. Aon lá amháin do bhuail sé leis an sagart paróiste agus d'fiafruig sé dé (an sagart) arb'é fé ndear bás a atair. Dubairt an sagart go raibh sé cionntach ann mar sgéal i gurbh é fé ddear bás an t-seana-dhuine.
Dubhairt mach an fir mhairbh go raibh sprid a athair ag deanamh buarta dó. Chuaidh an sagart go dtí an thig trathnóna in a dhiaidh sin. Do ghlaoidh sé ar b'fear marbh agus nífhuair sé aon freagra uaidh. Do ghlaoid sé arís air agus ní fuair sé aon freagra agus nuair ghlaoidh sé air an tríomhadh uáir táinig sé. D'fiarfuigh an sagart dé cé'n fá nár tháinig sé an chéad uair.
Dubhairt an fear go raibh an diabhal ag aogailt na slabhraí uaidh, agus to raibh sé ag teacht isteach tríd an
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Bhí duine uasal in a chómhnuidhe i gCo. Luimnighe san ochtmhadh aois deag. Bhí rilg i measg a chuid talmhan. Aon lá amháin d'orduig sé don fear oibre a aige gan a thuileadh corp do cur ins an roilg. Cun é sin do chur in bhfeidm do chur sé na geataí fé glas.
Aon lá amháin thainig an sagart agus an socrad go dtí an áit. Nuair shroiseadar na geataí bhíodar dúnta rómpa. Bhí an fear oibre ran dtaobh istigh díobhagus d'fiafruig an sagart dé an raibh an eocair aige. Dubhairt an fear oibre ná raibh, go guir an maighistir an glas ortha ar maidin.
Annsan do chimil an sagart a lámh leis an nglas agus d'osgain na geataí agus cuaidh an socrad isteach. Ní fheaca an maighisir an socrad ag dul isteach in aon cor mar thóg an sagart radharc na suil uaidh. Nuair fuair sé a radharc arís chonnaic sé na daoine ag dul abhaile taréis and chuirp do cur.
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Bhí duine uasal in a chómhnuidhe i gCo. Luimnighe san ochtmhadh aois deag. Bhí rilg i measg a chuid talmhan. Aon lá amháin d'orduig sé don fear oibre a aige gan a thuileadh corp do cur ins an roilg. Cun é sin do chur in bhfeidm do chur sé na geataí fé glas.
Aon lá amháin thainig an sagart agus an socrad go dtí an áit. Nuair shroiseadar na geataí bhíodar dúnta rómpa. Bhí an fear oibre ran dtaobh istigh díobhagus d'fiafruig an sagart dé an raibh an eocair aige. Dubhairt an fear oibre ná raibh, go guir an maighistir an glas ortha ar maidin.
Annsan do chimil an sagart a lámh leis an nglas agus d'osgain na geataí agus cuaidh an socrad isteach. Ní fheaca an maighisir an socrad ag dul isteach in aon cor mar thóg an sagart radharc na suil uaidh. Nuair fuair sé a radharc arís chonnaic sé na daoine ag dul abhaile taréis and chuirp do cur
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raibh sé. An nóinea céadhna do bhí fhios ag an taoiseach to raibh sé imthighthe amúgha. Níor dhein sé aon rud acht iompódh mór thímceall an mbothar. Do thuit sé marbh ar a charbad. Annsan do rith na capaill abhaile leis an carbad agus é marbh ann. Ní raibh fios ag aoinne beo connus a fuair sé bás.
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Do chomhnuig taoiseach in gCo. Luimnighe san am fadó. Aon lá amháin bhí sé ag taisteal ar a charbad. Bhí sé déidheannach nuair a bhí sé ag teacht abhaile. Ní raibh aoinne leis. Bhí an oidhche ana dorca agus chuaidh sé amúgha. Ní raibh aon solus aige. Nuair bhí sé ag tosnú an turas cheap sé go mbeadh sé abhaile go luath agus níor thug sé lampa leis.
Bhí sé ag taisteal ar feadh cúpla uair agus ní raibh fios aige gur chuaidh sé amúgha. Bhí sé timcheall deich míle o bhaile foimh dul ar strae. Bhí se imthighthe timcheall ocht míle de'n nóthar mí-cheart fan am so.
Tar éis tamaill táinig sé go sean thigh. Cheap sé gur chualadh sé ceól breagh agus chonnaich sé fir bheaga agus lasair ar cheann gach duine aca. Nuair bhí sé ag dul thar an tigh do caitheadh punann arbhair inseach sa charbad. Do chaith sé thar nais airís é in ainm Dé. Do thárla an rud céadhna airís agus dubhairt sé agus do dhein sé mar a dhein sé cheanna. Do thárla an rud ceadhna and tríomhadh uair agus do chaith sé thar nais é in ainm an Diabhail agus d'fan sé mar a
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D'fiafruigheadhar dé cá raibh sé in a chómhnuidhe do shín sé a lámh i dtreó na h-áice in a raibh sé in a chómhnuidhe bhíodar ag féachaint i dtreo na h-áice go ceann tamaill. Nuair d'féachadhar arís ar an áit in a raibh an fear dubh agus an capall bhíodar imthighthe.
Ní fhechadhar an fear dubh agus an capall riamh ó shoin.
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Tá coill bheag timcheall leath-mhíle ón ár dtigne. Deirtear go mbíonn na daoine maithe le fiestint ann gach aon oidhche.
Bhí fear in a chómhnuidhe in aice na h-áite agus ba mhaith leis na daoine maithe d'feiscint. Oidhche amháin cuaidh sé to dtí an coill chun iad d'feiscint. Ní raibh aoinne in aoinfheacht leis. Nuair a bhí sé in aice na coille do cuala sé rud éigin istigh sa choill. Tar éis tamill do chonnaich sé fear dubh as marchidheacht ar chapall bhán. Bhí an capall gléasta go breag aige. Tháinigh eagla air agus do rith sé abhaile.
Nuair a bhí sé ag dul abhaile do bhuail fear eile leis. D'innis sé dó i staoby a ndaoine maithe. Dubhairt sé fur mian leis iad d'feiscint. Chuaidh an bheirt aca to dtí an choill arís. Nuair a bhíodar in aice na coille chonnachadar an fear dubh ag marguidheacht ar an gcapall mbán arís. Nuair a bhí sé in aice leo do stad sé agus thosnuigh sé ag cainnt leo. D'fiafruigh sé díobh cé'r bh'iad agus cá rabhadar in a gcómhnuidhe. Annsan
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Tá coill bheag timcheall leath-mhíle ón ár dtigne. Deirtear go mbíonn na daoine maithe le fiestint ann gach aon oidhche.
Bhí fear in a chómhnuidhe in aice na h-áite agus ba mhaith leis na daoine maithe d'feiscint. Oidhche amháin cuaidh sé to dtí an coill chun iad d'feiscint. Ní raibh aoinne in aoinfheacht leis. Nuair a bhí sé in aice na coille do cuala sé rud éigin istigh sa choill. Tar éis tamill do chonnaich sé fear dubh as marchidheacht ar chapall bhán. Bhí an capall gléasta go breag aige. Tháinigh eagla air agus do rith sé abhaile.
Nuair a bhí sé ag dul abhaile do bhuail fear eile leis. D'innis sé dó i staoby a ndaoine maithe. Dubhairt sé fur mian leis iad d'feiscint. Chuaidh an bheirt aca to dtí an choill arís. Nuair a bhíodar in aice na coille chonnachadar an fear dubh ag marguidheacht ar an gcapall mbán arís. Nuair a bhí sé in aice leo do stad sé agus thosnuigh sé ag cainnt leo. D'fiafruigh sé díobh cé'r bh'iad agus cá rabhadar in a gcómhnuidhe. Annsan
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should return empty-handed to their barracks.
While the soldiers were yet some distance away a cock descended on the Rock and crew. The priest and people hailed this, rightly, as a warning and unobtrusively left the place. When the soldiers arrived they found, to their chagrin, that their quarry had fled.
Were it not for the intervention of Divine providence the priest hunt would have ended in a different and, for priest and people, fatal way.
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Mass Rocks.
There is but one Mass Rock of note in this locality. This lies at the west side of Cullane Lake.
Priest's Jump and Altar Field.
There are no places in this neighbourhood which bear either of those names.
Priest's Hunts in the district.
Jack Cusack, or the infamous priest-hunter of the Penal Times, lived in Kilkishen Castle, situated about three-quarters of a mile from Kilkishen Village. Legend has it that his body lies either i Clonlea churchyard or in a lake of the same name which lies near the churchyard. These are situated about half a mile from the village.
A priest hunt took place near Cullane Mass-Rock. While a certain priest was nelebrating Mass on the rock the soldiers were noiselessly approaching, unsuspected by priest or congregation. Had they captures the priest and people it would have meant death for the holy man and his "flock" but Fate had ordained that the servants of the English Crown
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lake again and buried again. On the tomb stone is written “God is pleased when any sinner ceases to sin”. “The Devil is pleased when any bad man dies.” “Now all are pleased that here Jack Cusack lies”.
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Graveyard :
There is but one graveyard in the parish of Kilkishen. It is situated in the town land of Clonlea from which it derives its name. It is kept in good condition at the present but some time ago there was a lot of stones in it and the priests got the people who had graves there to take away the stones and clean their own grave. They did so. Now there is a man there to cut the grass.
There is an old ruin of a church in the midst of the graveyard. People are still buried in the old ruin. There are a great number of headstones in the grave yard.
There is also an old tomb there. There was a man named Jack Cusack buried under the tomb. This man went around murdering priests. He was buried in Clonlea. It is said that after his burial that the coffin used be raised up every morning convenient to the grave.
Then, it was flung into the lake. It was brought out of the
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Graveyard :
There is but one graveyard in the parish of Kilkishen. It is situated in the town land of Clonlea from which it derives its name. It is kept in good condition at the present but some time ago there was a lot of stones in it and the priests got the people who had graves there to take away the stones and clean their own grave. They did so. Now there is a man there to cut the grass.
There is an old ruin of a church in the midst of the graveyard. People are still buried in the old ruin. There are a great number of headstones in the grave yard.
There is also an old tomb there. There was a man named Jack Cusack buried under the tomb. This man went around murdering priests. He was buried in Clonlea. It is said that after his burial that the coffin used be raised up every morning convenient to the grave.
Then, it was flung into the lake. It was brought out of the
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ach ní thabharfIdís dó iad. Bhí fearg ar Pádraig agus dubhairt sé go mbeadh duine marbh in Adre gach maidin luain. Do labhair Dia leis agus dubhairt go mbeadh éan, in ionad duine, marb in Adare gach maidin luain agus tá ó shoin.
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2019-05-29 14:25
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Ta cloch an-mór suidhtein aice le Mungret i Luimnig. Tugtar Carraig O gConaill.
Bhí Naomh Pádraig ag dul trí Luimnig lá. Bhí séag marcuidheact ar chapall. Do stad sé ag tig beag anus dhiarr sé niadh agus cóir codlata ar mnaoi an tighe. Dubhairt sí go dtabharfaidh sí biadh dó ach ná raiby aon leaba aige le thabhairt dó. Nuair bhí a dhóitin uite aige d'iarr sé speal uirthí chun luachair do bhaint i gcóir a leabchan. Dubhairt an bhea go leigfeadh sí amach é ar eagly go bhfaigheadh sé bás nuair a chíodhfadh sé an lasair a bhí le feisint gach oidhche ar barr Carraig Uí Conaill.
Cuaidh an naomh amach igcoinnibh a cómhairle agus nuair do connaich sé an lasair do choisrigh sé féin. Níl tásc ná tuairisc ar an lasair go dtí an lá atá indiú ann.
Ar breacadh an lae chuaidh Naomh Pádraig go Adare agus tá daoin de creidimh na Palantines in a gcómnuidhe annsan. D'iarr sé biadh agus leaba orta
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2019-05-29 14:14
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tóir ar siúbhal thángadar go h-áit in aice na sgoile. Do chuir sé fé ann ar feadh tamaill. Tugtar leaba Dhiarmuda and Gráinne ar an áit sin ó shoin.
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2019-05-24 16:06
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They used to dye the cloth with rhyme, got from rhyme branches and boiled. This gave a grand dye to flannel.
Thatching
When a new house was buil for thatch the farmer went to the bog and cut boggy scraws the length of roof. They were then dried an let hand down the roof, supported by nibberies[?] nine inshes from each other. This was done to hold scolip and the to keep the house warm. The house was thatched with either sea reed, rushes or heath.
Wheels
The first wheels made in this district were timber wheels. They had no spokes and had timber axils.
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2019-05-24 16:03
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with a bittle on stone. Then it is cloven with a cloven tongs made of timber. It is drawn through the tongs and the hulls fal down and the pure fibre is left. It is then hackled that is it is pulled against a square foot of board with spikes.
The substance which fals off it is called toe[?]. This is also spun into coarse sheets. Then it is wraped and spun with a linen wheel. It is put on wraping bars before going to weaver. The shettle is thrown across the wraping bars, and woven like a piece of darning.
Woolen Goods.
Woolen goods were also made 50 years ago. The wool was first washed and then carded or made into wool. Then it was spun when it came from the weaver it was scoured that is a man jumped on it for two or three hours to take the oil out of it.
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with a bittle on stone. Then it is cloven with a cloven tongs made of timber. It is drawn through the tongs and the hulls fal down and the pure fibre is left. It is then hackled that is it is pulled against a square foot of board with spikes.
The substance which fals off it is called toe[?]. This is also spun into coarse sheets. Then it is wraped and spun with a linen wheel. It is put on wraping bars before going to weaver. The shettle is trown across the wraping bars, and woven like a piece of darning.
Woolen Goods.
Woolen goods were also made 50 years ago. The wool was first washed and then carded or made into wool. Then it was spun when it came from the weaver it was scoured that is a man jumped on it for two or three hours to take the oil out of it.
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2019-05-24 15:57
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made of tone. Two stones twisting rushed the corn.
Umpers.
Umpers were used for carrying out manure. They wee two baskets on either side of animal. The bottoms of the baskets were hinged with a gad to open the baskets so that they need not be taken from the animals back.
Sheets.
Sheets were sown with a god to take their corn to market.
Clocks
They had no clocks long ago.
The cock was kept in the kithen to crow in the morning.
Weaving of Flax.
Flax was grown in this town land 60 years ago. It was grown in cold land. It was pulled and bound in sheaves and taken to the river or bog hole, and left there for six weeks. Then it is spread out in the field to dry.
It is then taken and pounded
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2019-05-24 15:53
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Candles were made in this istrict long ago. They were made from rushes dipped in sheep tallow. The side of rush was pealed so that it would take in the tallow. One rush was ussed at a time. They gave a light like a candle.
Candles were also made in this locality. The people had moulds, a cotton wick was placed in the mould, then the tallow was poured in. The tallow was got from thier own sheep. Light was also got from bog deal chips. They were used up to 1870.
Bone Manure.
Bone manure was also made.
The bones were burned with Vitriol.
They made enough for their own us.
Piggins.
Piggins were made like a barrel for drinking. They were made like a barrel from oak. Timber spons were made for eating eggs.
Querns were kept in every house for grinding their own corn. They were
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2019-05-15 17:17
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to the Catholic church grounds owing to the harnessing of the Shannon.
The little oratory attracts great attention among the towns people and tourists alike.
At the north side of our present day Catholic Church which was build 100 years ago stands the ruins of the old church.
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2019-05-15 17:16
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remains intact by leaves cluster about it and the hue of the stone has been toned by time and wether. The doorway is in the west gable and consists of four highly wrought stone arches with a comon keystone. The fine architecture of this doorway is set in relief by unadorned facade formed by the wall itself and the stone roof tapering to a point. A window in the last gable is ornamented in the style know as Irish Romanesque architecture. The Church is not unlike St Columalles's house at Kells.
The oratory of St. Flannan so full of intrest to the antiquarian is cherished by the people of the diocese of Killaloe as a memento of that Saint and Bishop.
Another Oratory built by Saint Lua which stood on a small Island on the Shannon below Killaloe. It had to be removed
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all night. Everyone waits up to hear the joy bells a twelve o'clock. There is a lot of excitement on St. Stephens day hunting the wren.
Another old custom is May eve. The farmers shake holy water on their crops and on their stock. Primroses are put the door step and on the windows.
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2019-05-15 17:02
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a wake that night, and the people of the house bring clay pipes, snuff, tobacco, stout, whiskey and wine. The neighbours come and bay their respects to the family by staying all night. The men get clay pipes, snuff and stout. They gather around the fire and tell stories. The following day all the relations and neighbours come to the wake again. Next day Mass is said in the house, and funeral takes place afterwards. The coffin is carried by four people of the same name of the deceased person to the briel ground.
Another old custom is a Xmas. The house is decorated with holly. The farmers bring Xmas from the town a fortnight before, so as to have cakes, pies, plum-puddings made. Turkey and geese are killed and everyone prepares for a jolly time. On Xmas eve a candle is lit and decorated and left lighting
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2019-05-15 16:57
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There is a great many old customs that I heard of.
Here is one, when people get married usually they are surrounded by many friends who wish them joy and happiness. They throw bags of rice at them and tie old shoes on the cars and at the back the write just married on the car that they go off on their honeymoon, also many of them cry, and they dance and drink a toast for their happiness.
When they are married a month they come come, and their is a dance in the house. Plenty of whiskey wine and roast turkeys geese cakes and other things are given to the people that are there.
Another is the country wakes. When some one dies there is
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2019-05-10 15:41
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repairers learnt there trade with him. James Minihan also gvae great employment in his boot shop. This was a well paying trade, but alas it is now completely abolished by the great influx of modern machinery and labour saving devices.
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2019-05-10 15:39
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in a little boat shaped pot called a grisset from which they poured it into a candle mould containing a rush or a wick. When the tallo was quite hard and set it was turned out of the mould.
Long ago a family named Gleeson's worked at wool-weaving. The people of the disstrict used to bring there wool to Gleesons house and the inmates carded this woll at a small fee. The people then took home the carded wool and spun it with spinning wheels. They then kept some of the tread for knitting stockings and they took the remander to the local weaver who wove it into cloth.
Another old trade which was carried on extensively in this town was boot and shoe making. All the work was done by hand. Danny Brien employed about twenty hands in his work-shop. Some of the very few local boot
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2019-05-10 15:35
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Patrick Noonan of Killaloe who is now dead was a great nail maker he lived on the Canal Bank where he carried on his trade. It was not by machine he made those nails but by hand which was the old fashioned way.
Tim Maher of Killaloe who is now dead was a great firkin maker. Coopering was a profitable business at that time as butter fetched a high price in the market. There were no creameries at that time and all butter was packed into these wooden firkins and sen to the nearest market town to be sold by the broker to the butter merchant.
Long ago the people used to make there own candels in there own homes. They melted tallo
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2019-05-08 16:57
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Trades
Candles were made in the homes boiled fat served as the candle, and dried rushes ( growing by the river )
were put in the centre while the fat was soft, these were the 'tapers' and provides the light.
Mr. Kelly ( Weir View ) was called the "soapman". He made all the soap for washing the tweed in the mill. He boiled all kinds of fat and mixed it with chemicals.
There were great thatchers in Lucan long ago for all the houses in Ballydowd were thatched then. All the houses in Ballydowd were thatched, but they were blown down nearly fifty years ago with the storm.
Fishing was always carried on in Lucan. In the springtime cars were always seen right down the lower road by the Liffey. Salmon + trout fishing were the most important.
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2019-05-08 16:51
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drive their cattle home. They usually give them two or three pints of porter before they leave the fair.
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2019-05-08 16:51
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to fifty five shillings. A sheep and lamb would cost from two pounds ten shillings to three pounds ten shillings.
Bonhams would cost twenty five shillings to thirtyfive shillings. Sows in young are sold occasionally a fairs.
After a buyer buys a cow a bullock a sheep or a bonham, the man who he buys it off gives him a luck penny. Usually when a buyer buys an animal he puts his own mark on him.
There is a custom gathered at tow or three fairs of the year. Sixpence a head is paid on cattle, threepence a head is paid on sheep and one penny a head is paid on bonhams. Sheep and bonhams are in cars at fairs, bonhams especially.
The people that sell the cattle they generally help the buyers to get the cattle out of the fair. The buyers imploy drovers to
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2019-05-08 16:46
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A fair is a gathering of men who come to sell and buy cattle. There are eleven fairs in Killaloe during the year. The principal ones are 28th February, 12th April, 26th June, 12th August, 20th October and the 17th Novemnber.
Mostly cattle sheep and bonhams are sold and bought at fairs. Men does be selling very usefull things for farmers in the line of harness. Good stock are generally in good demand. Good cows are in demand at all fairs. You would pay twenty to twenty two pounds for a suitable cow. A nice incalf heifer would cost sixteen to eighteen pounds and a good store bullock would cost twelve to fourteen pounds. Good store dry heifers would cost ten to thirteen pounds.
Store sheep would cost thirty shillings to thirty five shillings and fat sheep would cost fifty
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2019-05-08 16:39
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of butter needed. The cream was never left to long, especially in warm weather in case it would get sour.
The cream is then put into the churn (a wooden vessel which is go be spotlessly clean) and the butter is made by twisting the handle attached to the churn until the butter rises. It is then salted and made up in pounds and you have the butter milk left.
The churn is barrell-shaped or a "dash" churn. The amount of cream there is.
Nowadays the milk is not left to set it is immediately turned into the seperator by which the cream is separated from the milk, and the remender is done in the same method.
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2019-05-08 16:36
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Churning is the method of butter-making used by people who live a distance from a creamery. Nowadays this method is not as common as it was in earlier days, creameries now being plentiful over the country.
Churning was the only method of butter-making known to our great-grand-parents, and in those days it was a whole-time job for the farmer's wife. After milking the cows, enough taken for house-hold needs, the remainder was taken to the dairy and left to "set" in spotless enamel pans. Thus it was left until the cream rests on top and could be taken from the milk.
This cream was preserved in a cool until enough was gathered to make the amount
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2019-05-08 16:32
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"A bird in the hand is worth two on the bush".
"People in Glas-houses cannot throw stones,
"You never miss the water till the well goes dry".
"A rooling stone gathers no moss.
The maning of this is if a person is in a job and he is not contented and goes from job to job then he cant gather any money.
"A half a loaf is better than no bread". That means if a person gets a small job he should not refuse it.
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of the people of this district.
When a person does something wrong or displays his ignorance in a fooling fashion another person may remark "You couldn't expect blood out of a turnip" That is you would expect nothing good from the person in question.
"What would you expect from a pig only a grunt.
"By the Tapers of Ireland" - An exclamation of astonishment.
"We should shake green rushes under your feet" If a person pays a visit to another person after a long absence the owner of the house says this.
Few and far between the angels visits.
"It is a long road that hasn't a turn" If a person does a bad turn on you or interferes with you you say this. It means that you will get revenge sometime.
"You cannot check a snipe for wearing a long bill".
"Out of sight out of mind"
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2019-05-08 16:19
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The following are some sayings which ae peculiar to this district:-
As big as Dan Gallerys Pike.
When a person is boasting about the size of anything, another person may say in a sarcastic manner "Oh, it is as big as Dan Gallerys pike"
Dan who is now dead was a noted liar and spent most of his life fishing on Lough Derg. All his incredible yarns delt with his adventure as a fisherman. If by a rare piece of luck he hooked a small miserable pike he who tell everybody whom he met that night that he had landed after a desperat struggle with a monster pike. thus the saying "As big as Dan Gallerys pike has found its way into the every day conversation
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heated and applied to the swelling.
Corns
People walking barefoot through the early morning dew and coming home bathed their feed in water containing a strong solution of washing soda.
Baldness
When butter was half churned a cupful was taken from the churn and rubbed to the head.
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asthma
A juice extracted from the leaves of the horse chestnut mixed with honed and used to give relief.
Bad Cough
A pig's head fresh was boiled with three or four onions and a dozen stems of dandelion.
Consumption
The roe of perch were boiled in water for several hours with water cress. A thick form of soup which resulted was used by the patient.
Rheumatism
Ivy leaves were boiled in a thin form of oatmeal porridge. Poteen was added and the mixture rubbed to the sore part. An herb (name unknown), was sometimes added.
Swelling
Near Killaloe on the shores of the Shannon is found a thick form of mud known as doebe (?) some of this mud was
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2019-05-01 14:40
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Warts
First snail found in morning rub to ward and then stick thorn on snail on first white thorn bush as snail shrivelled wart was supposed to disappear. Another cure as to bath wart in water found in the hollow of a rock.
Headache
Make the sign of the cross on forehead three times with water taken from a local holy well (St. Flannan's)
Toothache
Tie a hair from a mairs tail round the aching tooth.
Earache
The flowers of heather were boiled in a little milk and a few drops of the mixture poured into the ear.
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2019-05-01 14:33
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weaver". The trade seems to have been confined to this family.
A family named Hannan (John) living in Finlea were small farmers living on a poor barren farm. They reared a number of sheep on a hillside and the women made clothes both for themselves and their men-fold. They sheared the sheep, washed the wool, carded it, dyed it and finally produced the finished cloth. The clothes were then made, caps, coats, trousers, etc. The clothes were dark in colour and were remarkable for thier hard-wearing qualities.
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2019-05-01 14:31
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sheep's fat mixed with the roe of perch. (fish) Perch are very plentiful in Lough Derg and at certain periods of the year are full of spawn which exudes a kind of white liquid which undoubtedly has certain cleansing qualities. The writer heard the old man mentioned say "As white as perch paste".
Baskets. Basket-making was once carried on fairly extensively in this area. The industry was confined to a family named Moran who lived in a laneway (Carrig's Lane) in the town. Osier rods which grew plentifully and still grow to some extent along the banks of the river Shannon were used. The osier rods were cut in March just when the sap had begun to flow as the twigs or rods were said to be more pliable than at any other time. The writer saw a basket in his mother's house a basket made by the last member of the Moran family. The basket was large (probably 2'6"X2'X2') and very soundly made. It was used for gathering potatoes in the garden and must have then (1900) over fifty years old. The expression "He's about as sure as an osier" is sometimes said of a man on whom you cannot depend.
Weaving. A family still lives in this town (Bridge Stree) know as "Gleeson the
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2019-05-01 14:23
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There are many records of old trades, most of them now mere memories, in this locality.
Candles. Candles were first made in this locality from rushes which grow profusely along the river bank from Killaloe to Brian Boru's fort. 150 years ago the rushes were merely dried for several weeks, then tied closely together in bundles of six, stood in a hole in the floor, and lightly. Our teacher found that such a bundle dried and tied in such a manner would give a fair light for ten minutes. Later the single reed was steeped in sheep or big fat. A better and more lasting light was thus provided. About eighty years ago the fat was poured into the reed. Some of the reeds grow in the form of bamboo and these were cut into sections and filled with fat. This provided a much impaired light and was in use for a considerable period of years. In a fisherman's house the writer heard the expression, "As weak as a reed light." Soap. Thirty-five years ago the writer heard an old man say that home-made soap was made from
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sitting thereon it it deposited him unhurt on the threshold of the newly built Catholic Church (build 1888) as Johnny was rather careless about his religious duties "perhaps", said my grandfather the storm wished to teach him a lesson".
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2019-04-26 14:31
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The floods swept across Mr. Parkers land at Ballyvalley tore down trees, uprooted the main public road and drowned almost all his live stock. But it was on a small farm at Clonfada owned by Mr. Hurley that the more serious damage was done. Beside the farm runs a stream Killestry river. This stream became a raging torrent, tore away two bridges, rolled rocks weighing several tons along as if they were marbles, and covered the farm mentioned to a depth of two feet with stones.
My grandfather told me thirty-five years ago that he remembered the night of the Big Wind". He told me that the storm played a strange freak in this locality, but otherwise did no material damage. An old man named Johnny Hughts was trying to secure his thatched roof against damage by the storm. He was sitting or gripping the thatch when the full force of the storm caught him. Carrying away a portion of the thatch, with Johnny,
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2019-04-26 14:23
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One of the worst storms in living memory occurred in this area on or about 12th August 1907. The storm was purely local, as there is no record that the storm was felt even seven miles away. I remember the day well, the morning was heavy and sultry, and towards evening the western sky became leaden. It was noted that the birds became strangely silent, the river and lake were like a sheet of glass. About eight o'clock in the evening the storm burst and it continued unabated until midnight. The roar of the thunder was awful and majestic in its intensity, the lightning in its wrath seemed to carry distruction in its every flash. Fortunately the lightning itself did no damage, but the floods which accompanied it did serious damage at two points.
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about three hundred yards (north-north-west) from the school. It is known as Tobar na bhForradh. The girl's three brothers took the law into their own hands and wreaked vengeance on the Soldiers. I believe that the girls name was Bridget Considine; their is no local record of the soldier's name.
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2019-04-26 14:09
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the southern end of the town "Shantrad", the old street.
The only evidence of plague dates back to 1847, the year of the famine. Cholera is said to have broken out among the inhabitants and unfortunate victims were found dead along the road leading from Killaloe to Ballyvalley, their mouths green from trying to eat grass on the roadside, about two hundred yards due south-west from our school (Killaloe) Boy's there is a small field still called the "Hospital" field. Here eighty-six unfortunate victims of the cholera are said to have been thrown uncoffined into the grave. There is record of one murder which dates back to about 1820. A soldier returning home from the Battle of Waterloo thought that his young sweetheart was unfaithfully to him. He stabbed her to death beside a well where she was getting some water. This well is situated
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2019-04-26 14:04
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were drowned. It is possible that Mac Liag had this in mind when he spoke of Murrough as snamhuire na sreabh". Where Murrough made his way to the river's side was known as "Casán". The area mentioned is now covered by the waters of the Shannon. (Electricity Scheme).
With regard to burnings the town of Killaloe is said to have a peculiar history. It is believed to have been completely destroyed by fire on two occasions, in 1267 and 1643. On the first occasion the town it is said to have been destroyed by a rowing band of Norman soldiers. The second fire was accidental in origin. The houses been built of wood the town was easily destroyed. On each occasion the town was supposed to have been built a little farther north until finally it was built where Brian Boru palace stood. Evidence in proof of these burnings may be calle[??] from the name of the townland adjoining
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the four young men was never afterwards heard of. It is believed that the yacht sank in a deep portion[?] of the lake and the large sail enshrouded their bodies.
There is a vague tradition in the locality which dates back to the days of Brian Boru. Some boatloads of Danes are said to have come up the Shannon from Limerick with the intention of killing King Brian Boru. They came by night and at daybreak had reached a point about a mile below the palace at Kincora. Word was brought to Murrough, Brian's son Murrough and a number of Dalcassian soldiers are said to have made a path through the woods to a point where there is a sharp bend in the river and wading swimming into the water to have taken the Danes by surprise. They succeeded in upsetting the boats and many of the Danes
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2019-04-26 13:53
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Living as we do near Lough Derg and the River Shannon there are many records of loss of life by drowning of which the following are records.
In the year 1856 (April) three young Englishmen (names unknown) believed to have been officers of the British army were visiting a young man of the country gentleman class at Dromineer, Co. Tipperary on the shores of Lough Derg, seven miles north of Killaloe. Henry Homles (people of his name still live at Dromineer) owned a fast sailing yacht. One evening the four young men visited Mountshannon on the opposite shore of the lake. It was almost night fall when they set out to return to Dromineer and a strong wind was blowing. Tale or tidings of the yacht or of
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2019-04-18 14:21
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About twenty years ago my Grandfather was travelling from Naas to Sallins, on a hackney car, with another Gentleman. Suddenly the horse stopped and could not be induced to move foreward. The Gentleman, who was driving dismounted to find the cause of the delay, but he immediately fainted and had to be carried into a neighbouring house. When he Recovered he told those who were standing around that he had seen the ugliest creature imaginable. They then started for home, but a Sacred Heart badge had to be tied round the neck of the horse to encourage him to proceed.
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Pat Clancy of Aherina jumped the Railway gates (spiked) at Limerick Railway station when porter would not let him in to see friends who were going to America fifty years ago.
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A woman named Guiltenane of Kilmore carried a 20 stone of oats from Kilmore to Blackwater mill a didstance of three miles to sell it. Thjis was 50 years ago.
A man names O Neill from Kilbane walked from Kilbane to the Fair of Loughera a didstance of 40 miles and back taking a day and a night.
John Boland of Sallybank could cut an English acre of hay in a day.
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2019-04-18 14:00
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it crossed, the mother of the girl left her hand upon the coffin to help to carry the coffin and immediately it got light and the crows flew away.
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2019-04-18 13:58
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Years ago there was a girl churning and as she was doing so she got sick and she ran in to her mother and when she went in she fell on the floor and she said to her mother that she was going to die and that could be brought back if they made the sign of the cross on the top of the coffin with two black handled forgs and two handled knives and when it would come to four cross roads to pick out the strongest men to take the coffin across the road.
So this was carried out until they came to the cross road. The four strongest men were [?] out and when they lad the coffin on their shoulders there was great weight on it and as they crossed, the air over head them was black with crows and all of them were screaming. But as
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2019-04-15 15:10
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Is í Cill-Dá-Lua mo pharróiste féin. Tá sí suidhte in oirthear Conndae an Chlair. Bháisteadh an ain sin ar an pharróiste mar do bhí naomh darbh ainm Lua in a chomhnidhe ann sa t-sean aimsear. Tá trí seipéal san parróiste, I gCill-Dá-Lua, I Garránbuidhe agus I mBaile an Droichid.
Tá mé im chomhniodhe is Finnliath i parróiste Cill-Dá-Lua, I barúntacht Tulach iochtarach. Báisteadh an t-ainm sin ar mo áit chomhnuidthe ón gcuma atá air. “Finnliath” sin an áit áluinn.
Níl a lán sean daoine in Finnliath os chionn 70 blian. Tá fear darbh ainm Sean Ó Bhriain ós cionn 70 blian. Seo daoine eile in pharróiste atá ós cionn 70 blian. Baintreach an Bhreathnaigh, Baile Uí Cóirne, Cill Dá Lua; Baintreach Uí Bhreasail, Cluanfada, Cill Dá Lua; Miceál Ó Loinsigh, Baile Cille Dé, Cill Dá Lua; Séamus Mach Airchinnigh agus a dhrifúir Síle, Gort Mach Gaoithe, Cill Dá Lua. Níl Gaeilge acu. Is féidir leo scéalta a innsint i mBéarla.
Tá cúig tighthe in Árdcluanaigh. Slinn [?] atá ortha. Tá dhá sheana-chabhlach tighe ann. Níor ghnáthach le
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who formerly lived outside Killaloe wrote a beautiful poem while standing on the Aillvaun before he went to America to escape the Black and Tans in the year 1921. He died in America two years after at the age of 53 years.
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2019-04-15 14:42
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his niece to ride a horse along a country road, the animal got frightened and knocked the Priest who hit his head off a stone and this fall caused his death. He was buried in West Clare in his own parish.
A poet of the present day is Mr. Timothy Moloney, Main Street, Killaloe, who writes many poems one of which is "Farewell to Killaloe". He is a great lover of Kincora and writes some beautiful poems about it. He is about twenty four years of age. He got the gift of poetry from his love of Killaloe and from books.
Mr. M. Moloney
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2019-04-15 14:39
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There were not many poets around Killaloe and the few that were there were not noted through the country.
One of those was the Rev. Father O'Dea C.C. Killaloe. He wrote many poems but his favourite is one by the name of "May Evening in Killaloe" which was published in all the local papers and many people learned it off. Father O'Dea was a middle aged man and was living in the Parochial House, Kevin Parade, Killaloe before being changed to the parish of Coolmeen in West Clare. One day while teaching
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big tombs and monuments attached to the church - some dating back to the year 1690. They are the graves of people who thought they would never die out. Yet they are completely dead now though occasionally there is an interment in these graveyards from other parts of the country.
In Fahy outside Bridgetown there is a cross-road where a man was murdered and a heap of stones now marks the place. It was the custom the every person passing by would add a stone to the heap in honour of the man that was murdered.
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2019-04-15 14:32
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There is a cross in the Glen at Clarisford - the residence of the Prod. Bishop of Killaloe. It is all patched up as if it (were) was badly broken. It was supposed to have been brought down in a flood from Clonmacnoise. There is also in the Prod. Church an archway in which is buried the (bog) body of the grandson of King Brian Boru. It was beautifully decorated and very much admired until some ruffian out of hatred for the people and their faith defaced it. The fact was bitterly commented on by the Bishop of Killaloe when a party of people came to visit the archway. There are other
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Major Garside Spaight. Together with being Landlord he was a man of powerful influence. He could reprieve a condemned man and get his pardon.
He was also considered by some as being very harsh. He had a very great love for game if anyone could prove to him that another neighbour killed a hare he was evicted next morning from his home. This went on for a long time and one night without very much cause his beautiful house went on fore, this had a very great effect on his health and one year after his only son died to be followed in one month by his only daughter. It was said of Major Garside Spaight that he died of a broken heart very soon afterwards.
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2019-04-15 14:24
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About thirty five years ago the farms in our locality were owned by a Landlord whose name was Major Garside Spaight. He was looked upon as being a very great person.
He owned all the farmsteads and lands within a distance of ten miles of Derry. He usually had two men to go around the country and collect the rent, if this was not paid the day it was due something equal to the money should be given instead, often a fat pig, other times cattle or perhaps the only cow that the farm contained. Often the land would be taken from one person and would be given to his neighbour, of he were of the same religion as the Landlord.
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2019-04-15 14:18
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to work he gave her money to pay for a house. They had to go away and leave all their crops and their land after them and the Landlord divided the land between his own people. Colonel Twiss was a Landlord in Birdhill who also evicted many people and he gathered them together and made them save the hay for him and he brought soldiers out from Limerick to watch them.
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2019-04-15 14:15
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Colonel Paterson was the Landlord in Ogonelloe who evicted my great-grandmother. She was going out into the garden to dig potatoes for her dinner when Paterson's men arrested her and brought her to court in Killaloe. They threw all her furniture out on the side of the road and told her that she was never to go back to the house again. So she had to go to Bridgetown and stay with her friends until my grandfather was able to work because the rest of the children were very young. When he began
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2019-04-15 14:12
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a few pieces of the pound notes.
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leave him in the house. So he got into bed and when the landlord came for the rent and did not get it he said "I will have to put you out of the house". The brother answered "You cant do that, do you see that poor brother of mine there in bed as he is not able to move. If you put him out you'll have a murder on your hands and I'm sure you would not like that." So the landlord let them stay in the house. When he was gone they opened the face of the clock thinking there plan had succeeded. Out jumped two big rats who had gnawed all the money away. There was nothing left only
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2019-04-15 14:08
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Unknown to his brother he had been left one hundred pounds in a legacy and had opened the face of the clock and taken out some of the machinery and put the money in instead. One day the landlord was due and they had no money to pay the rent. Then he told his brother of the hoard hidden in the clock but he said that whatever he'd do with it that he wouldnt give it to the landlords. This brother thought of a plan and this is it. He would pretend to be ill and not able to move his limbs and then the landlord might have pity on him and
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2019-04-15 14:06
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of furniture and they used to go up to the top of the house and throw buckets of tar down on the landlords sometimes injuring him very seriously. The landlord was mostly cruel to the poor people who could not afford to pay the rent and if they had any stock such as pigs, goats, cows, horses, etc these would be taken from them and given to the invaders and planters. The following funny story is told about the landlords in Ireland - In the time of the landlords there were two brothers living in Killaloe. One of them had a secret hoard of money hidden away in the clock.
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2019-04-15 14:02
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The local landlords long ago were the Arthurs of Bridgetown. The Arthurs were there for generations and it was the earliest generation that was the cruelest. Every month they sent around to every house for the rent and if it was not paid immediately the people of the house would be thrown out on the side of the road to live or die.There were many evictions such as this carried out in this district. The landlords were so cruel that the people had to barricade the doors with heavy pieces
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2019-04-10 15:50
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When this land Lord died his estate was divided up among his tenants and each one got four or five acres. His house is there today roofless and some say it is haunted. There are about ten acres of plantations all around this house.
Plantations were also made here and there where tenants were evicted for nonpayment of rent.
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2019-04-10 15:48
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The land Lord who ruled over the Birdhill area, was "Mr Twiss". A very hard man he was, he made every one pay a very high rent, so high was it that many people had to leave homes and to go out on hire, such people were called "spalpeens".
If a person was seen with a nbew coat or dress in those days, the rent was sure to be raised, one or two pounds. "Mr. Twiss" lived overlooking Birdhill, in a huge mansion; he had four thousand acres of land and he employed two or three hundred servants.
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The people at Minogue's house prayed that the second house would not be knocked down. In Monday morning Mr Spaight was dead. The Minogues were left their house and their great grandchildren are still living in it.
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2019-04-10 15:42
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chains. They tied the chains to the top of the house and pulled the roof off. They threw the widow and her family and furniture out by the side of the road. The widow settled that they would walk to Co. Limerick where they had relations. They wanted to wait until the following morning which was Sunday to get Mass. Mrs. Minogue had pity on them and took them into her house for the night. This was also reported to Mr. Spaight as it was against the law. He said that he himself would knock down their house on Monday morning
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North Tipperary meaning that after a while there would be no houses in North Tipperary.
Mrs Minogue, Killarey aunt of Mrs. Minogue do, and great grandaunt of Mr. John Byrnes Main St Killaloe was a widow with one son. She was living next door to another widow who had twelve sons. One of those sons stole a box of paint while working on a farm. His mother thinking it was given to him painted the door and dresser. The agent saw it while collecting the rent. He reported this to Mr. Spaight. He sent a pair of horses and long
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destroyed corn and crops. If you killed a deer you were penalised by being evicted from your home; paint your home or drain you were penalised by being evicted from your land. The English made wholesale arrest and transportation for trivial offences if there were any was common. Once after one days sitting of the Judge at Nenagh Assizes 35 prisoners were chained together en route for Van Diemens Land. One of the Judges remarks on on this occasion was that he would make a ½d candle make bolts for what doors there were in
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desease and starvation. One case is at least known. A man named O'Brien was eaten on board one of these emigrant ships. It is said that the bones of these poor emigrants are scattered from the Shannon to Sandy Hook. Some families have not got back their land yet and the planters are still in possession. Mr Spaight was field at one day but was not his. The tenants on Mr. Spaights lands were not allowed to keep terrier or hounds. As a result of this the deer and hares and rabbits trampled and
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2019-04-10 15:28
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William Spaight was the landlord who owned the Derry Castle estate Killaloe. He was a bad landlord but his family is now extinct. His ancestors got the land in the time of Cromwell. It is now divided up. This landlord also owned two sailing vessels - "Jessie" and "Jane Black". These boats used to sail from Limerick carrying the evicted people to America. Often they carried very little food and had bad water on board and the unfortunate emigrants under closed hatches died in great numbers from
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carrying out evictions.
He was so much disliked by the people that on one occasion as he was going past Bodyke in a horse and trap, his horse was shot down dead. Also on another occasion when he was near Bridgetown he was being watched by some people who intended to shoot him, but on seeing his driver with him in the car they did not do the deed.
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2019-04-04 15:53
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The local landlord of my district, Ballynevin, O'Brien's Bridge was Mr. Robert L. Brehon. He lived in Clonboy (near Bridgetown). He was looked upon as a very bad landlord by all his tenants. Not many evictions were carried on but one noted one, was the eviction of Mr. Hynes of Bridgetown. He did some improvements in his house and the Landlord raised his rent. He refused to pay it and he was evicted out of his house. The Landlord then harnessed two horses to the house and turned it up-side-down. This was the custom of that Landlord when
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2019-04-04 15:50
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in the English House of Commons it practically ruined the Spaights. There was a tradition that the Spaights would never have an heir. It seemed to have come true. They had one son but he swallowed a fly and it killed him.
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2019-04-04 15:48
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tree in his home and there was another at Clarisford, the residence of the Prod. Bishop of Killaloe. There is a tradition that when those trees were cut down the people tried to use it for firing but they said that it was impossible to burn it.
The Spaights other landlord here bought the land from the Heads. They were rather poor and they had to borrow the money to buy the estate intending to recoup their losses by an increase on the tenant's rent. When a person was not able to pay their rent they simply evicted them and gave them a free passage to America. When the bill giving Fixity of Tenure and compensation to the tenants was passed
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2019-04-04 15:43
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They were not bad landlords. They rented their land highly but they did not increase the rent unduly. they appeared to have died out in the male line. There are two Miss Purdons still living in Wales. About thirty five years ago the house built by the Purdons and the demense land surrounding it was for sale. It was a friend of the Purdons - a man named Loyd who was visiting the place at the time wrote to the Purdons in Wales to know would they join him and buy back at a reasonable price the family (house) home and the land that was going with it.
Another landlord here was a Mr. Henry. There was a hanging
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One of the principal landlords in this area was a man named Head. Arthur Young when conducting his tour of Ireland stated the fact that Mr. Head was one of the best farmers that he met. He lived at Derrycastle - near Ballina. There is a story told that the Heads were very anti-Catholic. There is a rumour that they once hanged a priest. Their only son was drowned outside Derry. He went out in a boat and for some unaccountable reason the boat sank under him. The Heads were Cromwellian settlers and were of a bad kind.
Another settler here was a man named Purdon
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2019-04-02 14:39
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dissappeared she brought the cow home but in a few days it died.
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2019-04-02 14:38
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in the forts and that they used to visit the people living near them. If they were treated kindly and got anything they asked, they were harmless. On the other hand they were supposed to seek terrible vengeance on anyone who did them any injury.
One morning a woman who lived in Ballynevin went out to milk her cow. When she came to the field she saw the cow near the fort and a strange little woman milking her. As she went towards the fort the woman
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2019-04-02 14:36
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In my school district there are four forts within view of each other, Lion Luttan, Crowe's fort, Nancy's hiss and one in Ballynevin. They are surrounded by low mounds of earth and white-thorn trees. They are all circular in shape. Lights were often seen in them so that the fairies could inform each other of their movements and if there was any need of calling the fairies of one for to another. It is believed that there were some good kind people
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2019-04-02 14:32
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and put him sitting on the floor and said "Jack Maher, Jack Maher you came in here in haste and now you will go home with two humps instead of one in the same place and with that Jack got up and had Moy Lusa's hump on top of his own.
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2019-04-02 14:31
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in then to the fort, and took him to a room underground and they say in Irish to him "Moy Lusa sit down on the floor and the hump on your back will be there no more" Moy Lusa did as he was told and lo and behold the moment he lay on the floor the hump disappeared. Moy Lusa got up and went home in great joy. On his way home he met a man named Jack Maher who was also humped. Jack asked Moy Lusa how he got rid of his hump and he told the story about the fairy. Jack Maher rushed on to the fairy fort and without say God save you, asked them to take off his hump. They brought
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2019-04-02 14:27
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There is a fairy fort up in the townland of Creeve Rue and long ago there was a man named Moy Lusa who heard about the fairies and that they were going away. He visited the fort on a certain night to hear what the fairies would be saying on their departure. He saw the fairies and they told him that they would be leaving the fort at daybreak next morning.
Moy Lusa had a hump and he said to them in Irish "Muise" said he "ye may be able to take this hump off my back before ye leave" they brought him
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the man was finished teaching he would have to work on the farm for his keep in the farmhouse.
Where the Boys National school now stands there was an old school where the pupils payed 2d. each weekly to the teacher and brought a sod of turf every morning.
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2019-04-02 14:22
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Long ago when Schools were forbidden by the English Government, there was a hedge-school at Clarkes hill on the Garronboy road. A scholar would come around and stay at a farm-house for about a fortnight. All the children for miles around would come to get educated. The only pay those men got was a penny from each child because the people then were very poor. Then he would go to some district. One of those men were known to stop at Mr. Parker's house in Ballyvalley. When
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2019-04-02 14:19
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school was not carried on every day in one place. Big clogs were worn by the children at that time and it often happened that the schoolmasters were very particular about their rooms and when the boys used to come to be taught it often happened that they were made take off their shoes before going in and leave them at the doorstep.
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used to go to a certain farmer's house to teach that man's children the farmer would keep him free. Otherwise the fee was two schillings per quarter. English, Arithmetic, reading and writing were the only subjects taught. They neither spoke nor taught Irish in the schools. The children were usually arranged in a circle. They also used little stools when they were seated. Those stools were supplied by the children themselves. The teachers used to travel round one part of the district each day. There-fore
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2019-04-02 14:15
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Hedge schools never existed in this part of the country. The teacher taught in his own rooms. Years ago a man named Ward taught the children in his own house. They used to come to the house in they evenings but they did not sleep there. Strange teachers used to come to this place also and settle down here. In the schools the writing was done with a pencil on a slate. They also had a blackboard. The teachers were mostly local. When a teacher
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The forges have been a great centre for storytelling. But nowadays people gather there to listen to the results of the horse races to see are they in luck. The results are read out by one of the batch. Pikes were made there in 1798,1848, 1867, 1916, for the use of the soldiers in the risings.
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tongs and vice. Asses and horses are shod there but no cattle. In the three forges ploughs and harrows are made but no spades, shovels or axes. Usually the harrows are made of timber and the spikes used for scaring the ground are made of iron about a foot long and driven through the harrow about eight inches apart. Sometimes there are four rows other times three. Mostly the shoeing of horses and asses is done in the open air just outside the door. Forge water has often cured people's corns in Ballina and is supposed to be very good for them. The smiths have no special privileges. They are supposed to be very strong.
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2019-03-27 14:30
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In the parish of Balllina there are three forges. The smiths are Bill Maher, Martin Tuohy, and Dan Hickey. Their people have been smiths for over fifty years. Bill Maher's and Dan Hickey's forges are situated near a river and the other is at a cross-road. The forges in Ballina are small buildings about the size of two rooms in an ordinary house. They have an arched door-way and slated roofs. There is only one fireplace in each forge. There are many implements used in the forge but the most important are-: the anvil, sledge
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to her. If anyone did you any injury during this month the person to whom the damage was done was supposed to gather nine Marys and they would go to the nearest hill and start keening and moaning as if the enemy were dead. It was often known that a person died as a result of this.
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habit you give yourself on this day you will be doing it for the year. You should never lend anything on this day.
Hancel Monday:
It is very lucky to get money on this day.
May-day:
You are supposed to shake holy water at the four corners of the field. Quick-beam and primroses are hung on the doors to keep away the fairies.
A certain woman's butter was taken during May month for several evenings in succession by witchcraft. She went to the Parish Priest and he got the butter restored
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in this district are visited.
St. Martin's day:
Fowl are killed and the blood sprinkled on the doorstep.
Halloween:
Snap-apple and such games are played by the children. The dead are supposed to come back and do Penance during this month.
Xmas Eve:
Candles are lighted on all windows as the Blessed Virgin is supposed to go around on this night - she is supposed to go into the houses where the candles are lighting.
New Years Day:
Whatever
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have great fun seeing who will eat the most eggs.
St. John's Eve:
Bonfires are lit on all the neighbouring hills. On this (day) night all the unmarried girls of this district used to leave their houses and go out into the fields gathering herbs and from the moment they left their own door to the morning they were supposed to keep silence. They used to gather a bunch of herbs and put them under their pillow that night and whoever they dream of he was to be their future husband.
Assumption:
All the holy wells
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on the foreheads of the faithful to remind us that we are dust and unto dust we shall return. About twenty years ago the old people said that on that day a child in the cradle should be let cry three times before it should get milk.
Chalk Sunday
Any boy or girl that was not married during Shrove can expect a good chalking on this day.
Easter Saturday
Ashes of the Paschal Fire blessed on this day is supposed to keep away sickness.
Easter Sunday
The children
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worn by the public. This plant was often sent from this district but failed to grow.
St. Brigid's day:
On this day the people get a piece of ribbon and measure it. They leave it on a hedge that night and next morning when it is brought in it is measured again and always proves to be shorter. This is supposed to be a great cure for a headache.
Shrove Tuesday
Pancakes are made in every house. This is the last day to get married before Lent.
Ash Wednesday:
Ashes is put
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St. Stephen's day:
On St. Stephen's day if you abstain from meat it will keep away fever from the house. On this day also men and boys go around gathering money from house to house. They divide this money equally between them. Sometimes they hire a car and go to some seaside resort for the day. Very often too they get up a dance in the neighbourhood which is called "the wren dance".
St. Patricks day:
On this day shamrock is
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team who gained the most goals son the match. At that time not like the present day one goal was better than all the points one could get.
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but in the evening they used to hold friendly matches between the townlands. The best team usually won. There was no referee but some of the local men attending the hurleys were asked to see fair play. The goal-posts were the same as they are at the present day. Handball was usually played here long ago but there was no fixed place for playing until lately. They play only wherever they found a suitable wall. For hurling the two teams lined up in the middle of the field. The ball was thrown in between them and immediately each tried to strike the ball and the goal keepers and their helpers took up their respective posts. The
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out of the side that won the match and they were regarded as the local team. In time gone by twenty-one was the usual number of hurlers in each team. At that time they wore knitted caps with jerseys to match. They wore no shoes not stockings. The hurleys were nearly the same as the ones they have at present made of ash. The ball was somewhat larger than the one they have at present. They were made of corks and thread and covered with leather. The local hurling-field was situated in Cullinagh - a townland next to Ballina and which begins at the railway station. Sometimes the games were between parishes
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In the friendly matches between the young men, of the parish they would all appear on the hurling field. Two men would toss out for a choice and the man who won the toss would pick out the best hurler then the next best and so on. Sometimes it happened that they used to throw the hurley's and one of the hurlers would go to where they were and close his eyes - then throw them to the right and left with both hands. Then the hurlers took up their own hurley's and which ever side it was thrown to, he had to hurl on that side. The best hurlers were picked
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said some words over him which caused the spell to leave him.
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a May morning a certain woman was out by a stream and she was lifting the water from the stream with a bucket and kept crying out "All to me, All to me". There was a man watching the proceeding and he answered her saying "I cry half". The next day when he was making butter he found he had twice as much as he usually had. It appeared that the woman at the stream by saying those words spirited away other people's butter and the man by answering "I cry half" also came under the spell and spirited away half the butter that she had got by pisogery. The man went and told his story to the priest and he
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stranger came into the house while the churning was being carried out they were supposed to say "God bless the work" and then give the churn a stir for fear they would take away the luck. The butter is made in a very short or long time - it depends on the temperature of the churn. The butter is supposed to be made when it gathers into little lumps. Soft water is put into the churn to raise the temperature but only in the Summer. The butter is then lifted out and put into a butter tub.
The following is a story told locally with regard to the churning:-
Very early on
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Hand churns were mostly used in this district long ago. The churn was about four and a half ft. and had hoops all around it. The top was about three ft. wide and the bottom two ft. The sides were usually round. A cap was on the top of it to keep the cream from overflowing. A dash was also part of the churn and was worked up and down at the beginning and then given a rolling motion. This movement made the butter. The butter was made about twice a week in the Summer and every seven days in the Winter. If a
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2019-03-22 14:29
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prefers to lay her eggs in the nest of another bird. Sometimes she chooses the nest of a robin and when the sprawling young cuckoo is hatched it seizes all the food that the parent robin bring home. At last it pushes the rightful heirs out of their own nest altogether, and the perish, half fledged on the ground. Thus the greedy young cuckoo secures more room and more food for itself.
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their nests beneath the eaves of the houses. We may also hear the call of the cuckoo though Springtime has now passed away.
In the freshness of May he sings all day
In the warmth of June he changes his tune
Julu sees him begin to fly
And with the early days of August go he must.
We are fond of the cuckoo but we often wish some of its habits were different. We wish, for instance that the hen cuckoo would build a nest of her own. She
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of a gorse bush or in a tuft of grass is the place to find the nest of the linnet. All the winter he wears a sober suit of gray, but now he has donned his Spring suit of bright reddish brown. The linnets nest is lined with hair and many a journey the little worker takes before the lining is complete. The swallows are our well-known Summer friends in this district, though they do not rank high as songsters. In the still evening we hear them calling shrilly as they swoop to and from
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till it is broken and falls off bit by bit. When the house is destroyed the snail is followed comfortably. It is usually from the ash tree that we hear the first Spring song of the chaffinch. All the Winter he has little to say to us but one day in March or April we may hear his song - a few long sweet notes, followed by a downward ripple of music. It can be noticed that he flies with a slight up and down motion, and that his breast glows reddish in the sunshine. Deep in the prickly shelter
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The male blackbird is black, and his bill is of a bright orange yellow. The female is of a dull brown and her bill is bright only in Spring. The brown of her back differs only in shade from that of the thrush, which has a greenish tinge. But the thrush's breast is light and speckled. We must therefore not be led astray by the name of the blackbird. If you keep your eye on the thrush when he has a snail you will see it carry the snail to a large stone and knock the shell against the stone
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brushwood and dead leaves. The thrush prefers the hedge because it is a timid bird and from its shelter it can see approaching danger without being seen. Another reason is that on a Winters day it is the most likely place in which to find a stray morsel of food - some seed or berry that has been overlooked till then. When the blackbird is frightened it flies away with a loud alarm cry which he repeats several times. The thrush however gives no cry but flits shyly and silently away.
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district relating to the robin redbreast and how he came to have a red breast. One of the most popular is as follows:- It is said that when the soldiers placed the wreath of sharp thorns on the head of our Saviour that the robin went and picked them out one by one with his beak. The blood from our Saviours head was supposed to have fallen on the robin thus giving him a red breast.
The nest of the blackbird is to be found hidden among the
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In this district there is no better time for beginning to learn something about the birds than on a snowy Winter day. A bird is far more easily seen among the leafless hedges and trees than among the thick Summer foliage. During the Summer in this district the songs of the different birds are all joined in one great chorus. On the snowy day only the robin redbreast sits on the hedge. There are numerous stories in this
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then said certain prayers and cured the horse.
A gold wedding ring when rubbed to the eyes was a great cure for sore eyes. Jeyes fluid was noted as being a great cure for a whittle.
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immediately the blood stopped. Dock leaf was looked upon as a great cure for the sting of a nettle.
Long ago there was an old limestone rock in Ballina and it had a little well in the top of it. Anyone that had any kind of sores used to go to the rock and rub the water to the sores. They were known then to disappear.
Pharcey:-
A disease on cattle was very common here long ago. There was a man who had a charm for curing it. The man who pwned the horse took him to a cross and the man with charm should be there on his knees before them. He
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and leave it there until the blood stops. This leaf was supposed to have stopped the blood from the wounds of our Lord.
Salt and water was a great emetic for a child who has eaten poisonous berries. A cold key or a wet cloth placed at the back of the neck often relieved bleeding from the nose.
There was a certain man in this district one time and he had a charm. A certain man cut himself very seriously one time while felling trees in a wood. He went to the man with the charm and asked him to stop the blood. The man with the charm told him to kneel down, then he himself looked to the heaven and said some prayers and
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straight from the cow. Cold tea was another great cure.
Corns:-
An ivy leaf was a great cure. First you wet it and put it up to the corn, then leave it there for some time. When you take it off it is supposed the corn comes with it. Another great cure was to go bare-footed in the dew early in the morning. Washing-soda was another good remedy. You simply dip the washing-soda in the water and rub it into the corn.
There is a special leaf growing that is great for stopping blood. "Soldier leaf" it is called. First you chew it, then put it up the the bleeding part
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bag would take the warts and they would leave the person that had them. Another cure was to get some one to count your warts. They were supposed to leave you then and go to the person that counted them. The white milky stuff in the stem of a dandelion was looked upon as another great cure. The people yet use a red hot iron for the purpose of ridding themselves of the warts and burn them off in that manner. Your fasting spit in the morning was also a great cure.
Styes:-
The old cure for styes was, get a thorn of a gooseberry bush and prick the sty with it. Another cure was to bathe the eye with the hot milk
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The following are some of the old cures which were observed in the district of Ballina long ago:-
Warts:-
If a person had warts long ago they used to get a snail and rub him to each one of the warts then hand him on a hawthorn bush and according as the snail was withering the warts would be withering too. Another cure was to count the warts and get that many small stones, put them in a bag and leave them at a four cross roads. The person who would pick up the
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Unless they were belied
Each man that stood should draw some blood
Down by the Shannon side".
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Down by the Shannon side.
II
The Hurlers of O'Gonnelloe
With Brady at their head
Did cross the Shannon's rapid stream
Quite free from fear or dread
Resolved to die [?] their strength to try
Like heroes filled with pride,
With strength and might and hearts upright
Down by the Shannon side
III
The Connaught men in thousands came
Led by Minor [?] Reed
With Rifle, men well armed and with bloody thoughts indeed
Did swear into each other
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The hurlers of O' Gonnelloe was sung by a man named Rohan a native of O'Gonnelloe over one hundred years ago. It has eight verses three of which are given below
The Hurlers of O'Gonneloe
I
"It being in that season of the year
With natures yield in store
When fields were green and trees were bare
And the harvest almost o'er
A few of Erins gallant sons
Whose courage was often tried
When bands did meet with hearts elite
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under the clay
But lorries and trains they are rushing and speeding
To our last resting place above in Roscrea.
VIII
Good-bye to ye all, my days are near numbered
I have lived a good age I was thirty last May
May bad luck to the farmer who parted my company
May he end up his days above in Roscrea"
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V
Tis the truth you are speaking says an old one from Galway
If you live long enough, you'll find this game won't pay
We will all join the Union, stand shoulder to shoulder
And refuse to be slaughtered above in Roscrea.
VI
Remember the days of the Bodyke evictions,
When we pushed the old Sheriff right out of Roscrea
And the "Peelers" they ran when we charged them in Feakle
And we will charge them again above in Roscrea.
VII
The times they are changed and so are the people
There are no drovers now they are
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She'd be sent to make calf-meal above in Roscrea.
III
As they walked to the station they were sad and dejected
They were told to move on, and make no delay
When up shouts the old Kerry are we downhearted
And they all rose their heads and gave three cheers for Roscrea/
IV
When I was a calf on Flagmount Green Mountains
Where'ever I roamed sure twas I took the sway
But now in my old age I am looked on with scorn
For I'm going to make calf-meal above in Roscrea.
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The following song was composed by Ted Mills and sung agt a local concert by Connie Collins, both natives of Ballina.
"As I stood on the bridge on a cold frosty morning
My mind was at ease and my thoughts far away
When scores of old cows they came strolling from Scariff
They were going to make calf-meal above in Roscrea.
II
They were led by and old "Kerry" whose bones were protruding
Her eyes they were dim but she sure had her day
Little she thought when a calf up in Whitegate
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Shantraud, Kincora, and Crieveroe,
It grieves my heart to leave you.
The Shannon's roar, I'll hear no more,
As from Lough Derg, its waters pour,
Or linger on its wooded shore,
Farewell, for I must leave you".
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From Scariff to Bunratty's tide
Of Thomond's hills you are the pride,
All other mountains scorning.
IV
Farewell, ye woods of Carhugar,
And Ahinish so splendid,
Thounthinna's mighty majesty afar
In Autumn's colours blended.
Oh! woe the day that I must stray,
And leave my home in dear Finlea
For San Francisco far away,
'Ere my sad journey's ended.
V
Oh, fare you well, sweet Killaloe
And the beauties Nature gave you,
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II
Farewell, ye slopes of old Craglea,
By Avil's spirit haunted,
Where wailing still the dread banshee
Her keening dirge is chaunted
With crest reared high into the sky.
Above the lovely waters nigh
Like warrior bold with cap-a-pie.
And spirit still undaunted
III
Farewell, Slieve Bernagh's hills so high,
So lovely in the morning
When shines the sun o'er Garranboy
Their heather slopes adorning
Stretching wide, with noble stride
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"Oh, fare you well, sweet Killaloe
Far-famed in song and story,
Where Brian led his heroes true
To many a field of glory.
His war pipes play at break of day,
As marched his men in grand array
To meet the Danes in bloody fray
On fields all red and gory
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III
Twas in Killaloe my childhood days were spent
And manhood's ripening years
Where oft I have lent a willing year
to the tales of our good old seers
When I heard them say that Ireland yet would be a nation free
My heart it stood responsive to the tales of liberty
Chorus etc.
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They are so chaste so choice in taste
In dear old Killaloe
As for the boys they would lend a hand
to set old Ireland free
To give her peace and nationhood from the centre to the sea.
II
Cast your eye where ere you may
There is beauty everywhere
From Ogonnelloe's sunny slopes to Keeper bold and bare
From the summit of old Cragg to its fiery brothers side
oh, for a lovelier valley you would search the whole world wide
Chorus etc.
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The following was composed by the late Patrick Ward who was teaching in Killaloe.
"I love the dear old place where I was born and bred
I love its valleys, every flowery mead
I love the noble river with its righteous laughing eyes
For thee my love for the old town
Had many sacred ties
Chorus.
For I love the boys and girls likewise
So gracious fond and true
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2019-03-01 15:15
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527 and he was buried in the Diocese of Cashel.
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Saint Ailbe is the patron saint of this district. There is a great school in Emly founded by St. Ailbe in or about the year 470. In the year 1123 the See of Emly was plundered by the Danes and the mitre of St. Ailbe which had been preserved in the Cathedral with great veneration was burned by the robbers.
There are few people in the district called after the saint. St. Ailbe was born in County Tipperary. The saint after a long life the greater of which was spent in preaching the Gospel was called out of this world on the 12th September
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a Strawberry coloured cow would be grazing that he would get back his sight. He left his own people and he set out in search of the well. On his journey he met a man who told him about a well where he would find a Strawberry coloured cow grazing beside it. However he succeeded in finding the well. He washed his eyes in the water and his sight was restored.
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St. Seili is the patron saint of Kilbane which is situated in the parish of Broadford. There is a holy well dedicated to him in the parish of Broadford at Black Hill. It is situated about two miles from Kilbane, St. Seili blessed it long ago. People visit it on the 6th March and on the 15th August. If you say the rosary and drink the water three times you will get any request you ask for.
There is a story told about the well. Long ago there lived a blind man who had a dream that if he washed his eyes in a well beside which
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name in this district is Ryan.
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Ireland and America. When one of the tenants was backward in paying his rent they took the land from him and gave him a free passage to America. Some of the boats were lost - passengers and all. It is said that when one of the boats was wrecked and was sinking, the crew and some of the passengers took to the boats. Running short of provisions they killed a young man from this neighbourhood and used his body for food. Eating human flesh is strictly forbidden by law and is punished by death and no excuse is accepted to justify the crime.
The commonest family
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and the Station. Friars Island is also near at hand and at the time when they re-erected the Church in the grounds of the Catholic Church at Killaloe they found bodies under the well. They were sent to the National Museum. "Labadiah" or "The bed of the Robbers" is near Ballina. A cave was discovered there not long ago with a pair of shoes in it. There was a time when there was no railroads in the country and the people mostly emigrated to America. The Spaights, who were landlords in Derrycastle at that time owned all the lands around about. They had ships plying between
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and apply it to all their wounds. Near the hill is a stream which divides the diocese of Cashel from the diocese of Killaloe. There was a great battle fought there one time between the Leinster man and Brian Boru. The Leinster man were defeated and they buried their leader's body where he died. The grave is to be seen there to the present day. It is surrounded by great rocks which they erected around it. Ballina Castle was another item of interest long ago. It is to be seen on the Ordnance maps. It was situated on the river Shannon at the Ballina side between the bridge
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one man fled to Ireland and a great wave brought him to "Tonn Teine". He slept there during the Deluge and when the waters had abated he woke up and came down safe. On top of this hiss there is a great lake - supposed to be bottomless, known as "The Black Lough". It is about two hundred yards long by fifty yards wide. A certain flower grows around this lake and it is said that at the time of fighting in Ireland that it was this flower that cured the soldiers wounds. The folk that live on the hill have great faith in this flower
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there is a cave in a field there where Sarsfield and Galloping Hogan stayed when they were going to blow up the Seige train at Ballyneety. There are roads in district where Sarsfield is said to have travelled.
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2019-02-28 16:18
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My home district is Ballymalone the town of the Malones. It is a country district situated about two or three miles from Ballina. There are about twenty six houses in the town-land. Some of them are fine two-storeyed slated houses while others are only thatched houses. The residents are comfortable farmers. Some of them own about thirty or forty acres of land.
Ballymalone is an upland district. The land is most suitable for tillage and grass purposes. The most plentiful name in the district is Gough.
Ballymalone is a historical district. It is said that
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2019-02-28 16:14
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therefore, it is by no means a backward village.
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2019-02-28 16:13
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My home district is Birdhill. Birdhill tradition tells us gets its name from an incident that happened in the dim and almost forgotten past. A hermit the story runs - lived in a cave on the side of the hill that overlooks the village.
One day a crowd of wild birds rose from some place near Killaloe, and flew in the direction of the hermit's cave. The hermit took out bow and arrow and killed one of them. Thus Birdhill got its name.
It is a small village of about sixty people and is situated on the main road between Limerick and Dublin and the train passes
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take a walk along the banks of those rivers to see the little trout frisking for their prey, and to hear the little birds singing merrily on the trees.
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or bus-service in the immediate vicinity.
There are approximately a hundred people in the townland. Foley Ryan and Sullivan are the commonest names of people. Thatched and Slated housed are the kind of houses. There is a Roman Catholic Church, a Post-office, and a Public House in the village and in the suburbs a dilapidated dance hall which was once a very flourishing creamery. There are two great rivers flowing near Ballinahinch namelhy -: The Shannon and the Mulcaire, and it is very pleasant to
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2019-02-28 16:05
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It was in Ballinahinch Parish I was born and my ancestors before me. Ballinahinch Parish is situated in the County of Tipperary, and in the baroney of Owney and Ara.
The land is very fertile. Keeper Hill is situated in the parish and from the summit of Keeper Hill a fine view of the surrounding district is obtainable such as -: the town of Killloe, and the ruins of Brian Boru's fort. It is mountainous district and it is a backward place as there is no railway
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2019-02-28 16:02
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tell stories. There are three old forts in this townland. The houses are more numerous nowadays than they were in olden times, because many cottages were built in recent times.
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2019-02-28 16:01
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I live in the Townland of Inchamore in the parish of Ballina.
It is situated about one mile from Ballina. It is the townland where my home is situated. There are eleven houses in it, and the land is level for one square mile. Inchamore means the big meadow. Inch means a meadow and mor means bid. It looks like a level meadow.
On one side of it flows "the big bridge" River and four small bridges span it during its course through Inchamore.
In the townland there lives four old women aged about ninty years. They never read or speak Irish nor can they
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the Shannon got its name. Long ago in the River Shannon there were certain salmon which were very hard to catch. They were called the salmon of knowledge. One day a lady called Sionnan went down to the river to try to catch a salmon. After a while she caught one and was cooking it when a great gush of water came suddenly upon her and she was drowned.
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boggy.
There are many lakes and rivers around here, Lough Derg got its name from a poet who lived in Ulster and the King promised him that anything he asked for, he would give it to him. This king had only one eye so the poet asked him for his eye. He pulled out his eye and gave it to the poet. Then he went to the lake to wash his eye and the blood of it turned red and since that it is called Lough Derg.
This is how
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2019-02-22 14:59
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My home district is Killaloe; it is built on the banks of the Shannon. The name of my townland is Newtown. There are about thirty-three families in Newtown and almost three hundred people in it. Hogan is the commonest nam in Newtown.
The oldest people I know living in Killaloe are Mrs. Connell and Mr. Keogh, the both tell English stories. At the present time there are more houses. The place all round is very hilly and
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America from the place. The land is fairly fertile but hilly. There is a small wood which was replanted recently and only one small river with a little bridge over it called Ellises bridge because a man named Ellis lived near it and built the bridge.
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2019-02-22 14:55
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I live near Bridgetown in the town land of Ballynevin in the Parish of Killaloe. It contains twelve families and about forty five people. The commonest name in it is Skehan. How the townland of Ballynevin got its name is as follows. In the olden days when when young children would die instead of burying them in the Church Yard they used bury them in certain parts of that townland hence it was called "baile an Cnaímhín" the town of the little bones. There are but few old people living there and they often tell stories of happenings in their youthful days and also of all the people who emigrated to
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soak the butter was put into this. It was left to boil and after an hour or so it got thick. They poured it out on to a tin and when it was cool marked it in squares with a knife.
Harness making was very common in this district long ago but of late years it has died out altogether.
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rock. Above that was a layer of what was known as colm then a layer of limestone rockj, next a layer of colm and so on until the kiln was full. It kept on burning away until the stones got soft and became lime. The lime fell down to the bottom of the kiln - was raked out and taken out to where the horses were waiting.
Toffee making:
Some of the women here used to make toffee and sell it around the town. They got a certain amount of butter - put it in a saucepan and let it melt - then the amount of brown sugar which would
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shoemakers waiting patiently outside a nailmaker's door to get sufficient nails to make a shoe.
Lime making:
Lime was made here also in what was known as a kiln. It was a round structure made of stones. Unusually it was built on the side of a hill so that it was entirely surrounded by earth except on the lower side. This lower side was where the lime used to come out and where the horses used to pull in. The lime was made of limestone rock. There was first put down a fire in the limekiln, over that a layer of limestone
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some fifty or sixty years ago. At that time all the shoes and boots worn were handmade consequently a great amount of nails were required. Nails were made from rod-iron, so called owing to their thinness. The iron was put into the fire and when it was red a piece of it about two or three inches was cut off, and immediately before it had time to cool it was taken by a man with a tongs - put into a shape and after a few blows with a hammer it took the form of a nail. It took a very long time to make a pound of nails, and it was nothing unusual to see some dozen
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one another.
Washing:
Wash-day in Ballina was always a very busy day. The people washed their clothes at home at first then took them down to the Shannon and bittled them. The bittle was an instrument something like a mallet. They used to soap the clothes in the water then beat them with the bittle or a white stone. They would then wring them out, put them in a bucket and carry them home on top of their heads. The clothes were left to dry on the hedges.
Nail making:
Nail making was carried out very extensively in Ballina
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the shape.
Soap making:
Soap was made here also in small quantities for household purposes. They simply collected all the fat they could get and boiled it down. then used a kind of caustic potash with it and stirred it well. They then poured it into moulds and when it was hard they used it. This soap was only suitable for washing boards.
Basket making:
Baskets were made from osiers long ago. A long osier was secured and bent a foot from each end. Other osiers were entwined in this like a darn, arranged so that they crossed
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Candle making:
Years ago people used to make candles in the district of Ballina. they were made from the fat of animals. The wick was made out of a rush, the outside of which was peeled off. They had a shape for making the candles and they put the rush into this, then poured in the liquid fat and left it there until the candle took the required shape. They were (not) careful not to leave it there any longer for if they did they would have trouble in taking it out of
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2019-02-20 15:23
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Years ago people used to make candles in the district of Ballina. they were made from the fat of animals. The wick was made out of a rush, the outside of which was peeled off. They had a shape for making the candles and they put the rush into this, then poured in the liquid fat and left it there until the candle took the required shape. They were (not) careful not to leave it there any longer for if they did they would have trouble in taking it out of
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ruins of four walls of the Church and in it a stone altar and two steps leading up to it. On it the front of the altar there are Roman letters engraved and also around the walls. People are brought from Mountshannon to be buried there.
At the entrance to King Briana fort are three steps and on the top of the steps there stands two capped pillars. On the top step there are letters engraved but in the fort there is nothing to be seen.
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There is a field called the people's field on the side of Craig Lea on which is a Mass Rock. Further up the hill is another rock known as the Evil Rock. This had some connection with the Clare Witch.
There is a fort or lios in Lackereagh around which the road is supposed to turn but there is an old superstition which says it is very unlucky to go around a fort, or that some ill-luck will befall the person.
In Holy Island, nine miles from Killaloe by water, there is a Round Tower and the
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passengers up the Shannon through Lough Derg to Portumna Athlone and Banagher and from Banagher by canal boats to Dublin. The company afford employment to a great number of persons in the construction and repair of docks and warehouses.
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of the surrounding country to a great distance.
A mill, with machinery driven by water was erected at the expence of £6000 for cutting and polishing stone and marble, and working them into mantel-pieces, flags, slabs, and other articles in which about 100 men were employed and for whose residence near the works handsome slated cottages were built.
Close to the mills is a yard for boat-building belonging to the Shannon Steam Navigation Company and who have established a regular communication by steam-packets for goods and
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A flourishing trade in stuffs camlets, and serves was formerly carried on, and two well supplied markets were held weekly but both the manufacture and the markets have been discontinued.
Above and below the bridge there are numerous eel weirs, which produce a strong current in the river and there was also a salmon fishery in the district.
In the vicinity are some very extensive slate quarries which on an average about 100,000 tons of slates are annually raised for the supply
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carried on in a place which is now known as the Canal Store.
Jim Gleeson carried on the trade of making gates in Killaloe and then he emigrated to America and got first prize for making horse shoes.
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Padd McMahon who lived a short distance outside Killaloe made his living by basket-making.
John Noonan who lived in the Canal Bank, had a forge there and used to make nails. He used an anvil and brand.
The five brothers of the Ellises who lived in Ballina make their living by fishing.
John Kennedy, The Green, Killaloe used to weave flannels.
Matt Ryan of Garranboy was considered a great thatcher by the people.
About seventy years ago monumental work was
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fetched a high price. It gave great employment during the fishing season. But owing to Shannon scheme and the rise of the water the weirs were submerged and that ended the fisheries.
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Some years ago there was a woollen mill in Killaloe which manufactured tweeds and flannels. The farmers brought the wool got from their sheep to the mill to get it manufactured into tweeds and flannels.
Several hands were employed in the mill. The mill was closed down and afterwards was transformed into a factory for grinding corn. There was another small mill in Shantraud Killaloe for grinding corn.
There were three in Killaloe where tons of eels were caught which were sent across to a fish market Billingsgate London where they
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be sold by the broker to the butter merchant.
Wheels are made at the present day by the local carpenters.
Long ago candles were made by the people in their own homes. They melted tallow in a little boat-shaped pot called a grisset from which they poured it into a candle mould, containing a rush or a wick. When the tallow was quiet hard and set it was turned out of the mould.
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The late Patrick Noonan of Killaloe was a great nailmaker. He lived on the Canal Bank where he carried on his trade. It was not by machine he made those nails but by hand which was the old-fashioned way.
The late Tim Maher of Killaloe was a great firkin maker. Coopering was a profitable business at the time as butter fetched a high price in the market. There were no creameries and all butter was packed into these wooden firkins and sent to the nearest market town to
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wool they sent it to the weaver who would return it to them made into a piece of flannel.
The people also made clothes baskets. The rods were boiled in a pot of boiling water. Then the rods were peeled and baskets were made.
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One of the earliest forms of light was the rush light in this district. The skin was peeled off the rush except one bit at the side to serve as a support. This part inside called the pith was dipped in fat and when allowed to cool was ready for use. Then the tallow candle was introduced which was a great improvement on the rush candle.
At that (day) time the people used to spin the wool themselves. At first the wool was cleaned which was afterwards send to the mill to be carded. When they had sufficient
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there such a snowstorm on the very eve of Summer.
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In the month of july about thirty years ago, there was a very severe cloud burst in the hills above Ballynevin. The rain came down in torrents and destroyed the crops that came in its way. It tore away bridges and invaded houses. It smothered many animals and one farmer was left without a single beast.
On the first of April 1917 we had a very severe snow storm which caused the loss of many lives and animals and it also caused great destruction of crops throughout the country. Many towns and villages were isolated for many weeks. Not since the year 1873 was
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to the bedroom and bring out Mr. Woodroofe who was removed to hospital. Swimming back again he found the baby in the cradle dead and also carried it out. Other men rescued Mrs Woodroofe, and the child which she held in her arms all the time. Everything in the house was destroyed and was rendered unfit for use again. The furniture was floating about and was broken in pieces. The family were left homeless as it was considered unsafe to live again in the house fearing it might collapse.
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became inundated before any of the occupants could escape. Mr. Woodroofe was ill in bed and the water flowed in around his bedroom causing the bed to float around the room. Mrs. Woodroofe kept one of the children in her arms and clung to the door for support leaving a little baby in the cradle by the fireside which also floated about the kitchen.
As a young boy was passing by he noticed the perilous position of Mrs. Woodroofe and ran to the village for aid. Quickly the Garda and men arrived on the scene and found the house flooded. Pluckily Garda Smyth entered and had to swim in
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2019-02-19 14:34
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About nine years ago a severe storm raged which caused extensive damage. There lived a family named Woodroofes in a house near to a stream just outside the village of Ballina which became swollen with the torrential floods that came rushing down from the mountain, bringing with it trees and bushes that were uprooted.
There was a bridge crossing the stream and the trees, bushes and mud were lodged against it blocking the flow of water which arose to several feet in height reaching the house where the Woodroofe family lived. The house quickly
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rather heavier than usual. It snowed hard for some five days, then it reached its zenith and finally spun itself out some days later. The average height was supposed to be five feet. It put a stop to traffic for some days.
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nothing to do but to leave the car there and walk the rest of the way. He had to wade across the torrent and tramp it to Ballina, some few miles away. An hour or so later found him on the pole repairing the damage. Then, all of a sudden the lightening set fire to it, but only for some seconds. No less than six houses were knocked to the ground and cattle and horses were killed outright all over the country. The effects of the storm will never be forgotton by the people of Ballina.
Some years ago snow fell in this district
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the same family met her death in the flood. Some five or six bridges spanned this river but were all swept away. There were landslides in various places. The high tension fuzes in the transformer were blown and the electrical engineer on coming from Limerick to repair the damage found his way blocked some yards from Ballina by a broken bridge. The flood on the river was much too great to even think of making an attempt at crossing. He then had to go by a longer route and here again he found a bridge gone. There was
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very ground and the lightning illumined the heavens. Nature was certainly very disturbed. All the streams and drains in the vicinity of the town became swoolen torrents. Those rivers wrought much havoc. Some 500 yards from the town a river winded its way to the sea, and on the banks of this river was situated a little house. The river overflowed to such an extent that the occupants of the house were sent floating out of it. An invalid resided there and when the guards came to inspect the scene they found the man floating around on his bed. A little girl - also belonging to
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2019-02-14 15:39
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August of the year 1932 a storm of more that usual severity descended upon the village of Ballina. That night's storms will be long remembered. It was what the old people called a dry storm. All night long the earth and skies ached for the relief of rain which the torn and shattered heavens seemed powerless to released to them It began to blow very hard towards morning - then all of a sudden rain, record rain and wind - a cloud had burst on a neighbouring hill. The thunder shook the
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damages were caused in the local district but fortunately no lives were lost.
A few years past we had a very heavy snowstorm, in the month of February 1935. The average depth of the snow fall was about one and a half feet and people had to go cautiously around as there were lots of snow drifts.
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2019-02-08 15:00
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On a July evening in the year 1932 a great storm swept the countryside around Killaloe.
The storm started about half past two and ended about six o'clock. It is surprising that a storm of such short duration could have caused such havoc.
A bridge in the vicinity of the town was badly damaged, and also a little cottage situated near the same bridge was invaded with floods and since it is unfit for occupation. The bridge was very badly damaged and it has just been repaired. A lot of other
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the man was drowned. then they dragged the canal and found the body immediately.
The body was taken to his home in Newtown. Next day an inquest was held. In the evening the remains were brought to the Parish Church. The following day the funeral took place at Killaloe. It was the saddest occurance that happened in Killaloe for many years.
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Some two or three years ago there was a very serious accident. It was a drowning accident. A man named Martin Costelloe who was going for his cows on a very windy day. On the occasion he was riding a bicycle down between the two waters. There was a strong East wind blowing at the time and the poor man and his bicycle were blown into the canal. There was not any one near him at the time but about five minutes afterwords a man came up, notice a cap floating in the water. Then the alarm was raised that
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sluice gates and she was easily found but the other being still swept on was found about a mile and a half down the Shannon by a man who kept her under water because she was putrid.
When the coffin came the body was taken from under the water and buried in the churchyard of Ballina. On July 15th 1932 Annie Noonan of John's Lane Killaloe went out bathing at the Jetty about three hundred yards from the Main Road on the Balllina side of Killaloe and was drowned.
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On a Sunday evening some years ago a sad drowning fatality occurred at Killaloe when two young girls lost their lives. They were daughters of Mr John Riordan who lived at Ryninch about a mile from Ballina on the Tipperary side of Lough Derg. The girls were walking on the shore where a boat was tied to a stake and it is presumed they took it to come as fare as the Lakeside Hotel to where it belonged and to leave it there. They cam alright as far as the Hotel but when they tried to turn the boat to tie it on the other side, they were swept with the terrible onrush of water full force against the sluice gates. One of the girls hair got stuck in the
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shop goods.
It was not until great damage was done that the fire was got under control with the help of the fire-brigade and hoses from Nenagh. Mr McKeogh's premises will soon be rebuilt but the burning was an event which the people of Ballina will never forget.
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2019-02-08 14:43
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The people of Ballina, and Killaloe, witnessed a great disaster when Mr Mc Keogh's premises were destroyed by fire on the twenty fourth of June 1937. It is thought that the fire started in the bakery where a basket caught fire and was not discovered until the Bake-house and business premises adjoining it, were greatly damaged.
The people of the village were in a terrible panic and it was pitiful to hear the cries of the women an children as some brave men risked their lives in an attempt to save some of the furniture and
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2019-02-06 14:31
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the tree which was charged with electricity. The result was that James was electrocuted. His brother seeing the danger made an attempt to save him but failed. He was heard shouting by his sister and she came out but could not touch him. By the time the Priest had arrived he was dead.
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2019-02-06 14:30
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It is well I remember the 15th September 1937 when James Vaughan and his brother Michael went cutting wood in their own farm in Ross near Bridgetown where the electric wires were going over the farm. James went up into the tree and his brother remained under it. It happened that the wires were near the tree which they intended to cut down. When they had the tree cut a branch fell on the electric wires. They did not see the danger at this time and continued to touch
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2019-02-06 14:25
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the edge of the quarry a distance of twenty yards.
He cried for help and was rescued at length by his brother who removed the injured man to hospital where he died shortly afterwards. The news of his death was received in the neighbourhood with deep regret.
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2019-02-06 14:23
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This painful tragedy which occurred in the neighbouring district of Inchamore a few months ago was told to me by my father.
A man named Michael Egan who was a labourer had to continue his work from morning until night to support his wife and family,
One dark night however as he was returning from his work he went astray and went off in a different direction, that he did not know too well. He had to cross a field running by the side of a quarry. He missed his footing and fell down over
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Michael and Thomas Kiely and Patrick Flynn who were all natives of Killaloe.
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canal.
The six of them got on to the gate and were enjoying themselves by swinging to and fro. Suddenly the hinges of the gate gave away and the six fell into the water. One of them being near the bank got a hold of some shrubs and was saved. The other five were unfortunately drowned.
The five boys were buried in a common grave in the Catholic Church grounds and there was a headstone raised over the grave bearing their names which are as follows,
Michael and Patrick Fitzpatrick
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2019-02-06 14:17
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On the 3rd December 1931 we witnessed a great tragedy in Killaloe.
There was an epidemic of "Diphtheria" raging at the time and consequently the schools were closed. The little boys not going to school used to collect together to play and amuse themselves.
A party of six boys met one day went down "Between the Two waters" about two hundred yards away from the public road where there is a gate, usually closed but when open, swings out over the
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boy was passing, pinning him against the wall. The mother did not see the accident happen and looked back to see if the boy was coming, when to her horror she realized he was caught between the car and the wall. The doctor was instantly on the scene and found the boy dead with his brains scattered about on the road.
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2019-02-01 14:23
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One day a very sad accident occurred in the town of Killaloe, resulting in the death of a little boy Michael Cummins, ages four. This little boy was with his mother who was doing some shopping in one of the shops in the town. When they were returning home the little boy was walking along on the footpath a short distance behind his mother, when a motor car came travelling down the hill in the Main Street at a great speed and suddenly mounted the footpath just at the place where the little
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saving him. Canon Boyd was just motoring from Scariff and arrived on the scene and rendered first aid. He got alright after an hour only suffering a little from shock. Were it not for the kindness of those two people my brother would have been lost.
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2019-02-01 14:17
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On the 15th August 1935 my brother aged seven years was playing with other little boys on the bank of the river Shannon. They started pelting stones at fish in the water when one little boy came behind my brother and gave him a push into the Canal just in the spot where the water was very deep. It happened that Mr. Barton a shopkeeper in New Street, Killaloe was standing on the Aile-Bawn and seeing what happened ran to his assistance immediately and in so doing dislocated his shoulder but with great difficulty succeeded in
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2019-02-01 14:11
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continued their journey on horseback. Then the man seeing that the boy was not able to continue his journey took off his coat and wrapped it round him. But they were only gone half-way when hey were smothered with the snow. Next morning a man was looking after his sheep when suddenly he noticed the horse on top of the hill. He knew the horse because he had seen them the evening before on their way to Killaloe. The snow was blown from over them at this time. He went to where the horse was and he found the dead bodies.
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On the first of April ninteen hundred and eighteen a man and a little boy were proceeding on their journey home from Killaloe. They had a horse and cart. It was a very stormy day and the ground was covered over with a white mantle of snow. On their journey they a person who advised them not to go home that they were liable to get lost. But they were not satisfied so they set out on their journey homewards. As they were facing home the snow was getting much heavier. They left the car at Gleesons because they were not able to take it through the snow. They
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2019-02-01 14:03
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having great fun for themselves when the rush of water caught hold of the boat and carried it away. They were heading full force for the Gates when one of the men regained his presence of mind - caught hold of the bars and hauled himself on to the bridge. The second man was drowned and the third was found unconscious opposite the Catholic Church in Ballina. He recovered later. The second was buried in the grounds of the Churchyard at Killaloe.
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2019-02-01 14:00
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At the time of the 1916 Rebellion English soldiers were scattered around the country to put down the rising. When they came as far as Ballina come of them put up at the Lakeside Hotel. Three of them were wandering around one day when they came upon a boat without oars on the shore. The Sluice Gates were near by and for about a quarter of a mile from them the current was very strong and carried away anything that came in its way. The three men got into the boat and were
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2019-02-01 13:57
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treasure and mysterious noises like the hooting of an owl have been heard there. There is also treasure hidden in Creeve Roe Killaloe. Lots of people went to look for it. They had to pass through a tunnel but soon they had to return on account of a very foul smell there.
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2019-01-30 14:11
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years. His descendants still reside here.
Long ago there lived in Killaloe a family named Ellis's and they were always noted oars-men locally.
Doctor McKeogh The Cottage Lua Street Killloe was always noted as a famous walker locally.
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2019-01-30 14:09
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Matt McGrath was born in Boher, three miles from Killaloe abour 59 years ago. As a boy he attended the Killaloe National school. He emigrated to America when about twenty years of age and joined the New York Police Force. During his spare time he took on athletics and became the champion weight thrower of the world.
Johnny Patterson the famous Irish Clown and composer was born in Ennis. He lived in Killaloe for a considerable numnber of
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2019-01-30 14:05
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He was awarded a silver cup.
Thomas Ryan was a powerful weight thrower. He was in a forge one day and he threw a smiths anvil over another which was recorded as a powerful feat.
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2019-01-30 14:04
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A man named Michael O'Neill of Bridgetown ran six miles holding on to a horses-tail. His horse left his field during the night and came through the man's yard. On hearing him Michael O'Neill went out and pursued him. After a short time he caught on to the horses tail and the horse kept running and the man held on to his tail until he arrived in the village of Broadford a distance of six miles from his house.
John Ryan of Ballinamona was a great dancer. He danced jigs, reels, and hornpipes to the music of "the girl I left behind me" and "farewell to whiskey" at Crehora in the county Limerick.
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2019-01-30 13:01
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with his scythe at six o'clock in the morning and mowed until dinner time. He rested for an hour after his dinner and then mowed on at his best until six o'clock when he had his task completed.
Abour fifty years ago in the town-land of Ballynevin a boy named Michael Moloney jumped across the railway track at the terminus in Limerick. A crowd of onlookers accompanying some friends who were leaving America proposed that somebody would jump across the track. Michael Moloney scanned the space once and stood back and jumped across to the amazement of the crowd of onlookers.
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2019-01-30 12:58
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About seventy years ago a small farmer in the townland of Ballynevin named Pat Touhey walked to Dublin to appeal to his land-lord for an extention of time to pay his rent. He had no travelling expenses and he took a piece of dry bread in his pocket. He rested by the way-side when he felt tired and ate his bread.
Years ago when there was no mowing-machine a man named Michael Bourke in the town-land of Ross bargained with a farmer to mow two acres of hay with a scythe for the small wage of four shillings. He started to work
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2019-01-25 14:22
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Killaloe, Mat and Jim were very sgtrong men and it would be no bother to them to mow an acre of hay in one day with a scythe.
The only noted story-teller that I have heard of was the late Jeremiah O'Brien, Garronboy, Killaloe.
One great singer was Alfred Hurly of Killaloe. He took it up as a profession and was very successful. He is now in a large touring company in London. Another noted family of singers were the Mackey family.
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2019-01-25 14:19
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Writing of the men of old in this district of their actions, I have not heard many stories of their deeds.
My father informs me that my grand father Michael Hayes, Killaloe was a very strong man and a noted weight thrower in his day. There was a wager laid in the down that two strong men would be needed to upheave a cask of sugar weighing fourteen cwt. into the business premises of the late Mr. John Haire, Main Street. My grand father was sent for and he performed the feat.
The Reddans of
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2019-01-25 14:15
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when he was a child he saw what was then even a rare custom - A man feeling himself insulted by somebody took his coat off - held it by the collar and dared anyone step on it. In this manner they used to march up and down the street singing "I dare anyone step on the tail of my coat.
Stephen D'Arcy was a great oarsman. His people still have some of the medals that he won.
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2019-01-25 14:12
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practice the running, he used to get down and run by the side of the cart for miles and miles. Another great runner was a man named McNamara. He possessed two fox hounds and if ever the hounds rose a hare is was known of him to chase it over ditches and under hedges. In this manner he often ran as far as Birr - a town some thirty miles from here. J.J. Hayes was another noted runner and the world's champion in his day. He often competed in the 26 mile race held in this district. Many years ago there were many strange doings in this district. An old man told me that
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2019-01-25 14:08
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before they started. As a result of the drink they got thirstier and thirstier but John being cute only took a small drink while poor Tom was drinking it like water. Eventually the gallon of stout was emptied and Tom was so drunk that he was not able to compete. The five shillings was awarded to John. It is a long time since there was a running contest in Ballina. There was a man named Coll who drove the mail car for this district. He was a noted runner. A horse and car attached was the mail car at that time, and it is said that in order to keep fit and in order to
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2019-01-25 14:05
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a great weight thrower and the world's champion was born in this district. Among those who were noted for mowing hay before machines were invented was a certain Tom Quinlan. It was often known of him that he could mow a couple of acres in one day. He challenged John Ryan a neighbour of his for a bet of five shillings and a gallon of stout. All was ready the porter was at the headland and the five shillings was in the hands of the referee. John was very cute and he knew that Tom was a better mower then he. The day was very hot and they thought a drink would'nt do them any harm
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2019-01-25 14:02
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There was a splendid singer in the district of Ballina one time - she was a Mrs Morgan. Another great singer was a Mrs Moloney. She died later in America. Sentimental songs were mostly sung by them. Rebecca Hurley, also of this district was a beautiful step-dancer and won all the championships of the country. John Ryan or Johnny the dancer as he was called lived near Portroe and was a noted step-dancer. Another noted character was "Kenny the Sweep" as he was called and he prided himself on being a gteat boxer. Matt McGrath
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2019-01-24 14:52
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Mr. Patrick Darcy was the poet in our district. He lived in Inchamore but now he is a Solicitor in America. He was born in or about the year 1890. He composed a lot of poems, or was about "Keeper Hill" and he also composed a beautiful verse of poetry about Ballina. All his poetry is written in English. Before he went to America he was working on a farm.
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2019-01-24 14:47
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native of the Curragh who won the Munster Shield some 25 years ago. Jigs, reels and hornpipes were her favourite dances.
Long ago there were people named Ellis in Killaloe who were famous as an oars-man. Miss Ellis is yet living in Ballina and is very old.
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2019-01-24 14:46
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The strongest man in Killaloe to-day is David Haskett who I am glad to say is still hale and hearty today.
His greatest feat is that of hoisting the bell of Ballina R.C. Church on his shoulder and carrying it up the ladder to its present position.
The most powerful swimmer in this district was the late Michel Scanlan, Killaloe who frequently swam from the Clare shore to the Tipperary shore and back again.
The most noted dancer in this district was a Miss Hurley now dead
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2019-01-24 14:42
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weather. Cats scraping is a sign of wind. Hens picking their feathers is a sign of rain.
Sayings:-
The north wind does blow and we shall have snow,
February fills the dyke with black and white.
Wind from the east is neither good for man or beast.
Wild wet and windy May fills the barn with corn and hay.
When the auroraborealis is seen it is the sure sign of a storm. When the moon is turned on its back it is a sign of rain.
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2019-01-24 14:39
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Wind blowing from the south is a sign of rain, the wind blowing from the north is a sign of frost and snow. If wild geese are flying from the north it is a sign of a storm. If robins come into the house looking for food it is a sign of cold weather. If the sky is clear and starry it is a sign of frost, if it is dark and cloudy it is a sign of rain, when streaks are seen in the sky it is a sign of a storm.
If far away hills can be seen plainly it is a sign of fine weather. Dust flying on the roads is a sign of wet
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2019-01-24 14:36
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the morning when there is a fog in the valley if it rises up into the sky it is the sign of rain but if it returns to the south it is the sign of fine weather. If the dust on the roadside is flying or if a cat sits with his back to the fire it is the sign of rain. When the wild geese are coming from the north it is often the sign of snow.
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2019-01-24 14:34
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There are a lot of old sayings regarding the weather. If the sun shines out early in the morning or if a rainbow is seen early in the morning or if there is a cap on Keeper Hill it is the sign of rain. During the night if one sees a ring around the moon it is the sign of rain also if one sees a dog eating grass or if the swallows fly low. A south or a south eastern wind brings rain. during Summer if a frog turns black it is the sign of bad weather but if he remains a golden brown or if the swallows fly high it is the sign of fine weather. In
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2019-01-22 16:40
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sky or a "Macarel" sky as it is called is a sign of bad weather. When the stars are very numerous in the sky at night is a sure sign of frost. When the sky is very red it is a sign of wind. When the cat scratches the leg of the chair it is a sign of wind. When she turns her back to the fire it is a sign of rain. The cat usually only washes her face but when she washes behind her ears it is a sign of fine weather. Birdhill is a small railway station about three miles from Ballina. When the train can be heard in Ballina from Birdhill it is a sure sign of rain.
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2019-01-22 16:35
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coming - they fly from it. Swallows flying low is a sign of rain. Salt bacon in shops start to get damp when it is about to rain. Floors also begin to weep when rain is coming. When the weather is very wet and has not much sign of clearing, and if the bacon in the shops gets dry and starts to glisten, it is a sign that the weather is going to clear. After a lot of rain, springs begin to burst up through the roads - it is a sign of a change to fine weather. Whirlwinds that cause dust to rise off the roads is a sign of wet weather to come. When smoke remains near the ground it shows that the air above is moist and a fog is near. When there are scattered clouds in the
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2019-01-22 16:31
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The following are some of the beliefs regarding the weather in the district of Ballina:-
Hills seem very clear and distinct when rain is near. Blue flame seen in the fire is a sign of bad weather. Midges are always to be seen when rain is at hand. People suffering from Rheumatics and corns get an indication when rain is near as their bones begin to ache. A circle round the moon is a sure sign of rain. The south-west winds the most rain. The Shannon makes a terrible noise when there is going to be rain. It is said that the pigs can see thunder
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2019-01-17 14:55
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both fell out and did not speak for a considerable time.
The following Christmas Eve they wee at the fireside as usual and the old man asked his wife if she remembered when they heard the thrush singing last Christmas Eve. She replied that it was a blackbird and not a thrush and the argument continued as before and lasted for the rest of their lives.
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2019-01-17 14:53
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An old couple who were living alone spent their time during the Winter evenings telling stories of olden times to each other. One Christmas Eve the old man heard a thrush as he though singing outside in the garden and asked his wife if she also heard the bird.
That is not a thrush replied the old woman it is a blackbird. The old man got indignant and said it certainly was a thrush and so the argument continued till they
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2019-01-17 14:50
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elated.
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began they used both go out and wait until it was over. One night one of them became very curious and returned to the window while the Rosary was being recited. He overheard a certain prayer being said and he horridly returned to his companion and told him what he heard. He began thus - "The farmer is after giving us great praise". "How is that"? said his comrade. Well he said "May the divine assistance always remain with us." Of course they both thought the farmer was giving them great praise and they felt greatly
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