Líon iontrálacha sa taifead staire: 49
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2020-03-29 22:20
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they remain. When they come to the houses begging they expect to get meal or flour, potatoes, eggs or coppers. They usually get eggs at Easter.
Some of them travel on foot, others have vans and carts. They travel singly or in families. They all go to Puck fair on the 11th of August and often they engage in faction fights. The O'Briens, The Coffeys, and the Flynns most frequently visit my house.
Some of them are great company as they tell stories, sing songs and play music and the local people gather round to hear them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-29 22:14
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Travelling folk still call to my home especially at Christmas and Easter. The same people have been coming for many years, namely, the O' Briens, the Coffeys and the Flynns. The greater number of these travelling people have vans and carts. Some of them are very poor and others are fairly well off.
Some of these travelling people sell tarpoleon, others sell tins and others holy pictures and statues. They obtain their supplies in the nearest town.
They are generally made welcome by the majority of people of this locality. Some of them sleep in their own vans and others get lodgings in the houses throughout the country. In the country houses the people put them to sleep in the corner of the kitchen in a bed of straw and they provide them with old blankets. This bed is called "a shake-down". Sometimes they remain for a couple of nights but other times they only remain for a night.
Sometimes they have their own food but other times they get their food in the houses where
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-29 21:56
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After my supper I got ready and went to the pictures. The pictures were very good. When the pictures were over I came home and went to bed, so I enjoyed the "Wren's Day" very much.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-29 21:54
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On the Wren's Day I got up early to go out with the wren. Mick Joe McKenna and myself got ready to go out. I put on a skirt, an old blouse and a hat and I dressed it all over with ribbons. Then I put on an [?] so that the other boys didn't know me.
We started after first mass and travelled away until we came to the first house. Then we started the "Wren Song"
The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
St Stephen's Day was caught in the furze.
Up with the kettle and down with the pan,
Give us our answer and let us begone
And if the money is anyway slack
Give us a cut of your barm-brack.
So we travelled all day long, until night fall. When we were finished we had made six and sixpence.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-29 21:53
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On the Wren's Day I got up early to go out with the wren. Mick Joe Mckenna and myself got ready to go out. I put on a skirt, an old clouse and a hat an I dressed it all over with ribbons. Then I put on an [?] so that the other boys didn't know me.
We started after first mass and travelled away until we came to the first house. Then we started the "Wren Song"
The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
St Stephen's Day was caught in the furze.
Up with the kettle and down with pan,
Give us our answer and let us begone
And if the money is anyway slack
Give us a cut of your barm-brack.
So we travelled all day long, until night fall. When we were finished we had made six and sixpence.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-29 00:20
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pictures, calanders, lacings, camphor, Sacred-Heart lamps, cream jugs, pipes, needles, carpets, nice soap and a lot of other articles.
At night time they sleep in camps at the side of the road or down old "boireens".
Sometimes they sleep in cans and often travel about in them.
Some of them have shooting galleries in sports and make a lot of money. A lot of them sit down in houses and tell old stories such as the town work long ago.
The town and country people give the poor people clothing or money to help them on.
They go to mass every Sunday with old shawls thrown over their heads, and are liked by the people and the priests.
The priests give them a bit to eat any time they go into them and also give them money.
They are not very troublesome in the country but are in the towns because they get drunk and fight and curse the shopkeepers.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-29 00:11
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The travelling folk are mostly known as tinkers.
They visit this district mostly at Christmas. The sell saucepans, cups, saucers, plates, strainers
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-29 00:02
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But the people should not believe in them because it is a sin against the First Commandment. Those people wear a lot of jewellery.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-29 00:00
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plenty wood. They make their camps of canvas and straw or hay for a bed. They also gather twigs on in the wood which they make small tables off.
There are another tribe called Gypsies. Those people go around in families and are to be seen every year at the country fair in Ballinasloe, Athlone and many other towns. They also tell fortunes and get money from the people to get their fortune told and sometimes the fortune might come true.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-28 23:55
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Travelling folk are generally found at markets and fairs. Some of those people are very poor and some of them are very rich. They make cans and sauce-pans. They also make flowers of papers and candles. They carry those round in baskets and carts. They also sell delph and pictures and boot and shoe laces and hair-pins and many other useful articles.
Those also camp up near a wood where they have
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-28 23:47
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They make their camps of canvas and straw or hay for a bed. They gather twigs and make small tables of them. They tell fortunes and get money.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-28 23:46
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Travelling folk are generally to be seen at markets and fairs. Some of those people are very poor and some of them are rich.
They make cans, sauce-pans. They also make artificial flowers with coloured paper and candle greace. They carry those round in baskets and carts. They sell delph, pictures, shoe laces, hair pens and many other useful articles.
Those also camp up near a wood where they have plenty of wood.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-28 23:37
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Paddy O'Brien commonly known as Paddy Mud Fat is one of the Travelling Folk who visits Kilmallock once or twice a year.
When Paddy comes to Kilmallock he dresses up in fancy clothes. He always plays a melodeon. He goes around to the houses gathering pennies. When he goes into a public house he may be fortunate to get a pint of porter for nothing.
In the winter months Paddy goes all around the country begging for food.
When the summer months come he goes to Kilkee and Ballybunion. There he begs a lot of money from the Holidaymakers.
When Paddy comes to Kilmallock he lodges at Mrs. O'Shea Water St., Kilmallock. At this place he pays 9d for his lodgings. He is left the use of the fire to get his meals.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-28 23:33
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Travelling people visit this district very often. Travelling folk come to my house every week. Some of them are coming to this district for a long time. Some of them are very poor. The folk with the vans are not poor. Most of the travelling folk sell small articles such as holy pictures and medals and rosary beads. Some of the men sweep chimneys and mend buckets and churns. they remain in a place for a day. Some of them stay in the same place every time they come. The ones that have not vans sleep on bags on the road side. They get food from the people of the district. The alms they ask for are mostly bread and milk and sugar. The ones that singly have a better chance of getting food than the ones that go together. Some of them have a cart and donkey to take their belongings. When there is a fair in the district the travelling folk gather. They get money on a fair day for telling fortunes and acting. The family of the O' Donoghues visit this district very often. They make their living by making saucepans and cans. They play music with bagpipes. They tell stories of the past.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-28 23:31
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Travelling people visit this district very often. Travelling folk come to my house every week. Some of them are coming to this district for a long time. Some of them are very poor. The folk with the vans are not poor. Most of the travelling folk sell small articles such as holy pictures and medals and rosary beads. Some of the men sweep chimneys and mend buckets and churns. they remain in a place for a day. Some of them stay in the same place every time they come. The ones that have not vans sleep on bags on the road side. they get food from the people of the district. The alms they ask for are mostly bread and milk and sugar. The ones that singly have a better chance of getting food than the ones that go together. Some of them have a cart and donkey to take their belongings. When there is a fair in the district the travelling folk gather. They get money on a fair day for telling fortunes and acting. the family of the O'Donoghues visit this district very often. They make their living by making saucepans and cans. They play music with bagpipes. They tell stories of the past.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 12:48
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Jude, an honest, kind, illiterate old woman who has gone to heaven long before I was born without any offspring, & being a widow had to get up early to superintend her work-men. Paddy one of them loved a sleep in the morning. Jude loved a fine morning to work & one morning he salutes on arrival
"A fine morning Jude"
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 12:46
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"Yes! Paddy it was a fine morning long ago to day" was the reply.
This is repeated locally when an employer wishes his workman to come early.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 12:44
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When stiff linen collars first made their appearance in Kerry there lived in a backward district in the parish of Brosna "Din" and his wife Maggie. Having no family to provide for they always saved something & wished to appear as well in public as the neighbours.
For the first time Maggie purchased a high stiff collar, decorated "Din" with it on a Sunday morning & away he went on foot to mass. A cross quite at right had to be turned on the way. Din feeling him-self still on the straight road called out to his companions.
"Turn me up the cross boys"
When a body is in tight corners in this district he often say "Turn me up the cross boys".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-21 21:08
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Paddy O'Brien commonly known as Paddy Mud Fat is one of the Travelling Folk who visits Kilmallock once or twice a year.
When Paddy comes to Kilmallocl he dresses up in fancy clothes. He always plays a melodeon. He goes around to the houses gathering pennies. When he goes into a public house he may be fortunate to get a pint of porter for nothing.
In the winter months Paddy goes all around the country begging for food.
When the summer months come he goes to Kilkee and Ballybunion. There he begs a lot of money from the Holidaymakers.
When Paddy comes to Kilmallock he lodges at Mrs. O'Shea Water St., Kilmallock. At this place he pays 9d for his lodgings. He is left the use of the fire to get his meals.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-21 18:18
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Height= 3 3/4"
diam of base = 3 1/8"
Length of barrel= 3 3/4"
Internal diam of barrel 1/2"
The frills having been starched, each one was taken between the fingers of both hands and pulled smartly a few times across the pointed end. The starch used was got from potatoes.
(With apologies to the "Tally" Iron)
The above is an attempt to sketch the Tally Iron or as I heard it called in my youth - the Talon Iron. It was used for making the frills or goffering to the white linen caps worn by our grandmothers long ago. I got this from Mrs. James Quirke, Ballybehy. The "heater" could not be found. It was a piece of metal or iron heated in the fire and pushed into the barrel when the ironing was to be done.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-21 18:00
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Not so far away from us about a distance of two miles in *Mina Lian is a stream and on it is a well called Tobairín an leat-pingne. It got its name because it is said that all the people who would go to the well would leave half-pennies at it.
*Mín a lín in the parish of Templeglantine
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2020-03-21 17:56
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There is a place in Kelly's mountain called the Poll a go báidre. It is said that it is bottomless and no one ever goes near it. It is said that a cave is going from it into Ballybunion,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-21 17:55
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Crotaire na Gruaige was a poet and he had fair hair hanging down over his shoulders. He used to go around from place to place looking for lodgings. He used to ride a horse. One night he came to a house in Cratloe. The people of the house were up very late. And Crotaire na Gruaige was sleeping in the corner. And some of those who were inside cut his hair. When he woke in the morning and saw his hair cut he was very vexed and he sent the owner of the house a plague of rats.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-21 14:59
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One night there was a priest going on a sick call. It was about 3 o'clock in the night and it was very dark. When he was crossing a church yard, his horse stood and began to sweat. there was something standing before the horse that frightened him. It was about four when the thing went away. When the priest reached the house the person was dead.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-21 14:56
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There was a blind man in Templeglantain long ago. One night he had a dream. He thought he saw a well. Next morning he went to the well and bathed his eyes. He got back his sight again. The well is now called Tobarín an duine bocht or the poor man's well.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-21 14:21
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One night the man stayed up to see who was milking the cows. About one o'clock he heard a woman coming to the cow-house. When she came in she put a half-crown upon every cow's back and then she started to milk them.
The man was going to go up to her but he got afraid and he stole into the house for the holy water and he shook it on himself. Then he went towards her and caught her and he knew her. She ran away from him then . She never again came there.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-21 14:15
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He bought them home and boiled them and the evil went when they were boiled.
During the months of May and November the people would put a pinch of salt in the milk when they would be giving it to you, fearing that you might have evil intentions, but they would give you no milk MayDay.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-01 01:10
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Shops were not common in this district in olden times. Brosna village was the nearest place where shops existed. The greater part of the shop business was done after mass on Sundays and on fair days. There were no set market days. Eggs and butter were always taken in exchange for goods like tea, sugar, tobacco, parafin oil, and delph.
Swapping or exchanging animal went on a good. If one animal was better than the other there was boot given. This was a small sum of money given with the least valuable
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-01 00:58
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They get potatoes and flour nearly in every house and that is how they make their living. Other people go around from town singing they are called Ballad singers
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-08-01 00:56
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Travelling people call to my home. These people have been doing so for many years. they are not poor because they go around selling small articles from place to place.
They buy these articles in some towns and they sell them again to make profit on them. Some of them make tin cans and mugs, they gather tin and put it together with soder and they go around to the houses and shops selling them.
These travellers are welcome to every house. Sometimes they stay a week in the same place at the time. Some of them have cars and vans and they sleep in them and others get a nights lodgings going from house to house around the country together. They usually travel in bands. They usually come and stay a week before a fair day. Some of tell stories and bring news from other parts of the country.
The names of the best known travellers who visit our district are Sheridans. There are other people called gypsys. They go around telling your fortunes, selling tape, lace and other small articles. These people have cars and they go around the country gathering food.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-07-31 23:44
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There was an old woman there long ago and her name was Nano English. She was quite blind and she used to knit the finest socks you could see. She used to travel from house to house. Someone from one house used to lead her to the next house and in this way she travelled around the parish. She generally stayed with a poor woman called Pegeen Watoo who lived in a small house in Kilmore and used to sell apples and sweets and also crosses for St Patricks Day. There was another old woman and the name she went by was "Biddy the Stick", she was very tall and fierce looking and she always carried a stick with a big round head in it and from that she got her name. She had a big pocket sewn on to her skirt. She used to sell pins called thick pins which old women used to buy to tie the scarves which they used to wear around their shoulders. She kept the pins in this big pocket and if the people did not buy the pins she hit them with the stick.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-07-31 23:24
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The paper man flew off so fast
His tyres scarce touched the ground.
The miles flashed past he never paused
Until his goal was won
and he had his copy printed
At the rising of the Sun.
"Say won't you tell me driver
Why you urge your pony so?"
"I'm going to the creamery,
And it won't do to be slow.
the committee gave orders
And I tell you they are no fun,
Suppliers must be on the road
At the rising of the sun.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-07-31 23:20
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"The Rising of the Sun"
"Tell me, tell me, Limerick reporter,
Why you hurry, scurry so"?
"Oh, I'm going to the meeting
And must ride like fire and tow.
My copy must be written, or
Or myself will get the run,
If the paper is not printed
By the rising of the sun"
"Oh but tell me worthy penman,
Where the meeting is to be"?
"Down there at Devon Road
Just beside the creamery,
Where with tankards brightly shining
And with donkeys on the run,
The toilers all assemble
At the rising of the sun"
A flash of light, the pedals turned,
The wheels went round and round
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-02-03 21:19
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brother, the Leahys of Charleville, J.J. Burke, J.J. Foley, Leane of Knocknagore, Mick Collins of Currans, Hooligan etc.
Dick Kirwan was a native of Waterford but was for years a clerk in the National Bank, Abbeyfeale. His departure from Abbeyfeale was very much regretted.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-02-03 21:15
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Irishmen have ever been famous for athletics and this district was not without men noted for feats of strength.
One of the most remarkable of these was Dick Kirwan, better known as 'Rody' Kirwan. He was a great footballer and starred in those three famous games between Kerry and Kildare in 1903. He retired from football after that owing to an injury to his knee.
He was also a great athlete. He compete in the 100 yards and in the hurdles. He organized a sports meeting in Abbeyfeale about 1911, which was one of the best meetings ever before or since held in the south of Ireland. The following champions competed there- Percy Kirwan his
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-01-26 18:27
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people are very good to her, but they would not give anything to Charlie.
From his own point of view his life has many pleasant features. He lives in a caravan for which he does not pay rent or rates, the rise or fall of the money markets does not worry him as his stock-in-trade consists of half a dozen assess and a chequered game board which he plies at fairs and races.
If Charlie O'Brien can find a meal and a smoke regularly and an occasional pint of porter he is happy as a king.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-01-26 18:20
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The county of Kerry is famous for hospitality and it is also noted for the number of travelling folk who visit it from time to time.
Of those Knights of the Road (as they are called) the most remarkable that I know of is Charlie O'Brien.
Although he belongs to the tinker class he does not make tinware. At one time he served in the British Army and got wounded in one leg. He was in receipt of an army pensions but lost it through his great love for drink.
He is naturally of a sullen, wicked disposition and Civic Guards find him very troublesome. He takes life free and easy and depends for his subsistence on what alms his wife collects from house to house. Mrs. O'Brien is well liked and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-01-24 23:16
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There was a man from Cork and he was very poor. He set out to the fair with his last cow. He had not gone far when he met a dwarf. The dwarf forced him to sell the cow for a magic bottle. After a long time the man took the bottle and gave the dwarf the cow. The dwarf had told him to sweep the floor and to put a clean cloth on the table and say "bottle do your duty". But when he had all things ready, he called in a lot of rich people to show them his magic bottle. When they were all in, he said "bottle do your duty" But two tiny men and a golden dish came out of the bottle, and beat them around the house. The bottle hopped down out of the table and out into a moat in the field.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-01-24 22:41
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A couple of miles below Kifinane there is a townland called Ballingaddy. The following story is told of it.
There is a graveyard in Ballingaddy but formerly it was in Lawrencetown. Tradition tells us that the dead were not content in this place, for one night as four men were returning after card playing they saw a great cloud- as they thought- about half a mile up in the air. They saw four visions accompanying it, they followed it and soon discovered that it was the graveyard. When it was nearing it's journeys end they saw an old woman kneeling on the ground and waving her hands. She pointed to where she was kneeling. The graveyard sank down there and she instantly disappeared. It came to earth at the back of the church and it is there still.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-01-14 19:49
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In the year 1916 a girl was standing on the bank of a river. A shot was fired close by and she fell in and was drowned. In the year 1920 in the district of Tully the members of a family were out visiting. They left the fire lighting. It was a thatched house and the thatch outside took fire. A man living next door tried to save the house. He got badly burnt himself. The man was taken to Hospital and he died four days after. About fourteen years ago a man was coming home from Mitchelstown in a horse and cart. He had a gallon of paraffin oil in the cart. There was not a cork on the gallon and the oil was spattering around the cart. He lighted a cigrette and threw the lighted match on the cart. There was hay in the cart and the hay took fire. The man threw himself out on the dyke of the road. His clothes were on fire. His body was all burned. He was taken home and the doctor was sent for immediately. He gave him something to ease the pains.He got poisoned in the wounds and he died four after.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-01-14 19:32
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There is a well in Dromtrasna called Killeenach. It is a blessed well. Is is said that a woman living near the well, ran short of water for the dinner and she took a bucket of it from the well and put it down to boil the meat but the water would not boil and she thought she had done wrong and she took it up and threw it back into the well and when she got up in the morning the well had removed.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-01-14 18:17
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coaches were coming back they took back the gold.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-01-14 18:16
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At the lower portion of our farm runs the remains of an old road. Tradition says that St. Patrick travelled there and that Bianconi's coaches travelled there. A legend says that when Bianconi's coaches were going to Cork the drivers of one of the coaches went into an old man's house and he asked the old man for something to eat. The old man was very poor and he had only a small grain of meal. He said that he could not give it away. The driver gave him a crock of gold for the meal and he went away. The old man was very fond of the gold and he would not buy anything for it. He died with the hunger and when the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-01-14 14:59
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Once upon a time a little boy was herding cows for his master, and every day he had to take the cows to a mountain farm. An old woman used to live on the mountain and he visited her daily. One day she told him to tell her when the first cow would calve and she would give him some milk for the calf. The cow calved and the little boy taking some cow dung and placing it in the calves mouth, he hurried to the old woman to make her keep her word.
She placed a pot of milk over the fire to boil and when she removed the cover to see if it was boiling, she had nothing in the pot but cow-dung. She made for the little boy with the thongs but he took to his heels shouting and clapping his hands saying, "I will not allow you to do any harm to my master".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-01-14 14:50
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About five years ago in Kerry there was a woman milking a cow, and a man came into the cabin, and he touched the milk with his hand.When the woman went to milk the cow the following morning she found that she had no milk. Another day she was milking her cow again and she saw another man coming towards her. She told him to go away but he said, "If you do not leave me touch the milk it will be all gone in the morning". She let him touch the milk and there were two of her cows dead in the morning. One day a tinker's wife came in and asked for milk. The woman replied, "I have no milk, two of my cows are after dying"The tinker said, "Give me milk and I will stop it".
The woman gave her a bottle of milk and the tinker went out into the cabin and spilled the milk. When she came in the woman gave her money. Since then any cow did not die, nor was her milk ever taken.
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2019-01-14 14:21
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Long ago in Bearna a ball of light used to be seen. A priest was going from Newcastle West to Abbeyfeale and he saw the ball of light. A lady came out of the light and came to the priest. The priest said to the lady "Go and drain a lake in Killarney with a pint jug". She came back again after seven years and he sent her to drain the sea with a bottomless thimble.She will never again return. She was called Sprid na Bearna.
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2019-01-14 14:16
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Not long ago a spirit used to be seen at Barnagh who was called Sprid na Barnagh. She used to knock the cocks of hay belonging to the people of Barnagh as well as frightening the peoples horses when coming from Newcastle West. Not long ago a parish priest of Templeglantine banished her and sent her draining the sea with a bottomless thimble, Sprid na Barnagh's head is cut out on a stone at Barnagh bridge.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-01-14 14:03
ceadaithe
diúltaithe
ag fanacht le cinneadh
It was supposed that an imaginary castle was in Curtin's mountain where all the dead people around the district were inside. They could not be released until some living person opened the door. There did a person open the door for them and he showed her his hands which were all lumps.
Mary Riordan
Ballybehy
This story was told to me by Mrs John Murphy aged 80 years. Mrs Murphy told me that the person who opened the door spoke to her and showed her his hands.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-01-14 12:42
ceadaithe
diúltaithe
ag fanacht le cinneadh
A person was dying and the people of the house sent for the priest. When he was going to the house he heard beautiful singing of the Colleen Dhas Cruite na mbó.
When the song was finished he went to see who was singing and all he saw was a hound. When he went to the house the person was dead and the priest condemned the song.