Líon iontrálacha sa taifead staire: 3312 (Taispeántar anseo na 500 ceann is deireanaí.)
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2020-03-27 16:08
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covering their wounded brother. The fisherman drew the knife from the breast of the Spirit. The caoining ceased and the denziens of the deep betook themselves into the waters of the ocean. Oighan O'Dochartaigh arrived safely home and lived happy ever after.
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2020-03-27 16:06
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boat in with the bare mast. Shipping seas over his stern, and on the next billow emptying them over his bows. The sails were unreefed and blown to shreds. At length three great mountainous seas one after the other appeared coming towards his stern. The fisherman foward shouted to Oighan, the skipper "Here comes The Rod-Shee; (three drowning waves) all is over with us."Oighan quickly looked around at the oncoming billows; then hurridly drew from his belt his long black hefted knife and with a "Slig Shot"he drove the blade into the crest of the approaching foamcapped billow and his crew were safe from the Rod-Shee and arrived safely home.
But that night as ighan lay on his pillow a voice to him from the window "Arise, Arise and get dressed and come with me down to Port Lug-a-Ball and draw your black hefted knife from by brother's heart; the same you stuck him with to-day on the high seas." Oighan was piled with fear and dread, but the Spirit at the window spoke again "Arise, I tell you and I promise that no harm shall overtake thee in thy journey thither." Then Oighan arose, dressed and went with the fairy or spirit down to Port Lug-a-Rad. There a wraith lay on the broad of its back with Oighan's knife fast in his heart. Around stood myriads of Spirits, all wailing and
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2020-03-27 15:53
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An Old Story
The Ród-Shee and Oighan O'Dochartaigh
Once upon a time, in the Village of Ballindavo lived Oighan O Docartaiy, a daring and intrepid fisherman. He and his crew put to sea one day, leaving the old port of Lug-a-bad for the fishing Bank of Lugher-na Dircan, which lies to the North west of Malin Head. The morning was sunny and fine but towards evening the day changed, a strange cloud to Shape on the western horizon. The cloud looked like a ship in a storm, torn sails, ragged spars, sailing in the sky. Throng space as it were. This is called Shevsha-Leing or tsips ghost). Oighan and his crew made sail for home but the storm overtook them. The sea rolled into mighty billows. The sea birds screamed and scuddled landwards for shelter. The sea boiled and churned great showers of foam and spray arose from the crests of the ever rising billows. Oighan O Docarty and his crew believed they would never see home or kith or kin again. He was forced to refall his cannons and run his
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2020-03-27 15:33
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Local Forges.
There are two forges in this quarter-land. One is owned by James Toner and Paddy Doherty owns the other. The forge the people around here go to is James Toners. The roof is made from wood. There is a small house beside the forge and an old woman used to live in it. Her name was Gracie Haken and she had a shop. She lived to be a hundred and one years. James Toner was the first in this forge. Barney Doherty of Glasha built it. There is two windows in this forge. The blacksmith has a lot of tools, the anvil, the sledge, nippers, clinch, nails and horse shoes. There is a thing in the forge for sharpening tools. There is only one fire place in the forge and the bellows were not locally made. People go to the forge at night on their ceilidhe. Some people say that forge water is good for heck on your hands. The rust of the
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2020-03-27 15:28
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anvil is also good for hecks. One of the forges has two bellows and the other has one.
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2020-03-27 15:25
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into the potato-house. The pits are lifted in Spring for seed. Some of the potatoes are lifted before Spring (f) and put into boxes for early seed. Aplicues are usually set for early seed. Some of the farmers who have good crops of potatoes sell them in the market In olden times the people used to make starch from potatoes. They first washed them and peeled them Then they grated them and washed them and poured boiling water on them. Then when they were dried they were as white as starch and very fine.
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2020-03-27 15:18
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The Potato Crop.
Potatoes are grown on our farm. We grow about two acres of potatoes every year. It is usually on ground that corn was growing on the previous year that farmers plant the potatoes on. Sometimes my father puts clay on bad ground to help to raid the crops. When my father is going to plant potatoes he ploughs and harrows the ground Then he grubs it and gathers the (ground) pirl. When he has the ground prepared he opens the drills. Then he carts manure out from the "Doiceall" and spreads it in the drills. Then he sows sulphur and dewana on top of the cuts. He then closes the cuts with an iron plough. The names of the potatoes we set are:- banner, aplicues, care's pinks, prides, russians, aran victors and Irish Whites. The banners and aplicues are the best growing crops. When the (stuff) potatoes are dug some of them (are potatoes) are pitted and the rest are put
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2020-03-27 15:13
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and one. It lasted for a whole night. There was a house over in Rashanney and the was two people killed (in) the name of Mc Cole with the lightening. There was a great wind-storm about the year eighteen hundred and eighty five. People were up all night putting roaps on their houses and there was lots of roofs blown of houses, and there lots of (of) corn stacks tumbles. Nearly all the roofs of the thatched houses in the country were blown away.
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2020-03-27 15:10
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Severe Weather
One August fair day in Carndonagh about six or seven years ago. It turned out a very stormy day and it rained so heavy that all the rivers and streams were flooded and also the roads. It got dark very early this day and lots of people had to stop in Carndonagh all that night and lots of people found it very hard to get home. There was a man and his wife from the Illies at this fair. They left Carndonagh about three o'clock with their horse and cart to go home. They made their way home as far as the Illies Riveer. It was awful dark and this (ro) river was overflooded across the whole road. It is said that the horse walked into the river and the man and the woman must have been thrown into the river and they must have been drowned. The horse he went home himself. All the people of the Illies were out looking for the man and his woman that night. The next morning the two peoples bodies were found about two miles or two miles and a half away from the place that they were drowned. There was a great thunder and lightning storm about the year (nin) nineteen hundred
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2020-03-27 15:01
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evening gowns and men dressed in the costumes of the time, and all repaired to the dining hall where they sat down to a sumptuous repast.
A knock came to the door of the minister's study and the master of ceremonies, with a rough, hoarse laugh, shaggy eyebrows with an upward twist, and Mephistophelian features, bade him com into the hall and take his place at the head of the table, but he slammed the door and paid no attention. The knock came the second time and more bolder told him that the guests were waiting and to come at once. Thoroughly frightened he went to the hall and saw a great number of people laughing and making merry, sitting around the huge table and smaller figures also resembling the Prince of the Nether Regions Standing behind their chairs waiting to serve them. The minister was again ordered to take his place at the head of the table by the master of ceremonies and start and eat.
Closing his eyes and bowing his head in reverence, the minister said, "I've always made it a practice never to touch food without first asking God's blessing - and must I now sit down to sup with Devils and Damned Spirits and when he opened his eyes all was in darkness. (Illustrating, of course, the power of Good over Evil). After a sleepless night, he called the van and moved out.
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2020-03-27 14:55
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Around the year 1870 there lived in Lenamore, Carndonagh, Inishowen, an old, well-to-do aristocratic family by the name of Montgomery whose parked estate, "Fairview," overlooked the country for miles, and to this day the six foot thick slated wall-steads are still standing with such perfect inside plastering that you would not find in the most expensive homes to-day. The v-shaped orchard with its outline row of stately old shade trees is still in the same formation.
Miss Montgomery, who was a spinster, of sound mind and body, the youngest daughter and last of her family to pass away, was very highly regarded in the community and did a great deal of philanthropic work quietly among the poor.
The evening that she died she was pronounced "dead" by her nurse and the doctor and minister, who were an hour late in arriving, also pronounced her 'dead' as no sign of life was visible, and were preparing to take their departure from her bedchamber when she opened her eyes and looked around in bewilderment, startled and threw a scare into those present.
Regaining her composure, she told them that she had been to Heaven and left the earth flying
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2020-03-27 14:54
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servant with him who used to frighten the neighbourhood children when he rolled his big white eyeballs. A beautiful woman was supposed to have borne him child (and) there and ugly rumours were afloat when he was seen on one night with a lantern digging a pit.
After his death the trustees of his estate rented the mansion furnished to a minister who had newly got an appointment to a church in the district, and a van delivered the family baggage one Friday morning and the Rev. _ moved in, (his family who were vacationing on the Isle of Man would follow him in a few days).
He spent all Friday afternoon and night in a room on the first floor which he designated as his study, and in the quietness was able to prepare a most appropriate sermon for his premiere.
On the stroke of midnight the mansion lit up and carriages began arriving with beautiful women in
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2020-03-27 14:50
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"The Haunted Mansion." (by David A. Campbell).
An imposing stone mansion with large, beautifully landscaped grounds enclosed by a stone wall topped with a high ornamental spiked fence stood for years in a secluded and lonely spot in a certain part of Ireland. It was built by Major _, who saw long service with the East India Company and nighbours knew him as eccentric, harsh and cruel bachelor, who liked to keep aloof from them. The mansion was a mystery as they would see one room light up and another darken at the most unheard of hour of night and it would take a stout-hearted person to even pass it after day.
Major _ entertained on a lavish scale old army friends who would spend week-ends and longer, and the best wines and liquors were none too good for them. He brought a tall Hindu man
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2020-03-27 14:43
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to the wedding house in a long field. It is the custom to throw rice on a married couple. And any person that has a gun fires a shot after them for luck
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2020-03-27 14:42
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Local Marriage Customs
The people most frequently (always) get married about two weeks before Lent. The Sunday before Lent is called Match-making Sunday (before) because the old man and women are making mathes for their sons + daughters. Monday after that is called Galloping Monday because all girls + boys are rushing to get married. There is an old rhyme about marring. To get married on Monday was for wealth, Tuesday for health Wednesday the best of all, Thursday for loses, Friday for crosses and Saturday no luck at all. Some people around here make matches for their sons and daughters. When there is a wedding taking place the people attending gives presents. Sometimes money is given Sometimes at weddings a "cess" is lifted to buy whiskey. Everybody has to give some money. At weddings the "White Horse" is played. Some two men get on their knees and they are covered over with a white sheet. They hold up their hands for ears. They go around smoking at everyone and everyone gets afraid of it. In olden times John Doherty told me that people would walk to the chapel to get married and later on horseback. There was a side saddle on the horse and the woman sat on it. The people attending the wedding race (at) against each other close
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2020-03-27 14:32
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greatest fair (is the) of the year it is called the "lamis" fair.
The Christmas market is a great fair for horses. All the horses and year-old are in the market that day.
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2020-03-27 14:31
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The Local Fairs.
The local fairs are still held in Carndonagh town. The fairs are held on the streets of the town. When cattle were sold at a fair or market the man who bought the animal would give the money to the owner. Then the owner would give him back about half-crown that was called a luck's-penny. When a couple of men make a bargain they show that they have it made by clapping their hands that shows their agreement.
On a fair day there is a park for all the cattle and sheep and pigs. When all the cattle are coming out of the park the owner has to pay twopence a head for the cattle that was called toll. You pay this toll to a man when you are coming out the gate. The way the people marked the cattle when they bought them was, some people cut a piece of hair out of the cows kidney and others cut the hair out of the cows rump.
When an animal is sold some people give the halter or rope with the animal and let the man keep it others might give the lend of the halter or rope. There are four fairs in the year these are the, Febuary fair the May fair, August fair and the November fair. The August fair is the
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2020-03-27 14:15
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would send them to Mickie Creeddan to be thickened. Mickie thickened the cloth with cows water. He also dyed the blankets with it. There tailors were from Glentogher.
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2020-03-27 14:14
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Clothes Made Locally.
There is no tailors at present in the townland of Cregnahorna. Most of the people in Cregnahorna get their clothes made with a man who lives in the town of Candonagh named William Mc Kinney. The tailor does not stock clothes. There is no cloth been woven or made in the district at present. People spin wool and they knit jerseys socks and gloves. The tailor uses a machine, scissors. tapes, pins and a smoothing iron. Some people buy cloth and make shirts trousers and coats. "Cotton" is th emost common kind of cloth used in the district. There are seven spinning-wheel in our district. Most of the people wear the colour green on St. Patricks Day. When a relative of any person dies they wear black for a year. All the old people made most of their own yarn from wool of sheep. They also would spin flax and they would mix the both. They would send it then to the weaver and he would weave it into cloth. Mickie Cruddan was the name of the weaver. Mickie had a tuck mill and a water-mill. Then the women would make their own clothes and the tailor made the men's. There used to be two tailors going round from house to house making clothes. There two tailors were making clothes in Phil White's when Phil's baby was stolen from the cradle by fairies. When these tailors would have the clothes made they
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2020-03-27 13:57
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An Old Story.
There was a man who lived in Altashane about one hundred years ago. His name was Dick Houtain. he was a farmer and he was stuck on the stomach with a sword by a revenue man. It happened on a now above Altashane called "Arda Cro." The revenue men were out on hunt of stillers. Dick Houtain was not stilling but he followed the revenue men and this revenue man was tired out so he turned round and stuck Dick on the stomach with a sword. Dick pulled out the sword himself and he fell there then he was carried home. He died that night. The sword could be seen about the place about sixty years ago. I heard my father saying that his father saw the sword about sixty years ago.
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2020-03-27 13:53
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good to the Catholic priests. Their lived a priest with Buttenham. Some Irish informers got to know about it and told a English officer. Who went to the castle with a few men to arrest the priest. They got the priest in one of the back rooms of the castle. He was battered against the walls and thrown out the back window and was killed. The marks of blood were to be seen for some years afterwards. Lord Buttenham was punished and lost his job for habouring the priest because it was against the penal laws.
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2020-03-27 13:50
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Local Happenings
About one hundred and fifty years ago a large sailing ship drifted in to Lagg shore about three miles from Malin town. It had provisions in-cluding flour meal and etc. There was a watch for several days protecting the cargo. After several days watch the owners thought there was not any need to watch any longer. A few days later a strong man named Samuel Rankin was seen racing up the cliffs with a large sack of meal on her shoulder. When the owners heard that their cargo was interferred with they but on the watch to the cargo was removed.
There was one local drowning in Strabreaga bay of two men who were out fishing in a bat with nets. They went out to a place called the guild. The boat capsised when they were pulling in the nets and the two men were drowned. One of them was the name of Fulton of Malin town and the other was Reynolds P'Donnell of Carndaogh. After seven days search they found the bodies and were taken home. it caused great pity to the people of the surrounding districts. This happened about the year eighteen-hundred and forty.
In the time of the penal laws their lived in Fairview Castle a land lord called Buttenham. He was very
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2020-03-27 13:41
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Reds. They lay eggs every day in the summer but they do not lay very many in the winter. We feed the hens three times a day. We have thirty ducks at home. They lay eggs every day in the Spring. My mother feeds the ducks twice a day in the morning with corn and at night with potatoes and meal. I put in the ducks every evening when I come home from school. We have a dog at home and his name is Ben. He is brown in colour. He is a good hunter he would go to the park himself and take home the cows. He is fed on potatoes and milk. We have him in the house at night in the winter and he is out every night in the summer. We have two cats at home. One of them is white in colour and the other is white and black in colour. We feed them with milk. They stay out in a we house at night.
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2020-03-27 13:34
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Care of the Farm Animals
We have a horse at home and his name is Bob. He is fed on corn, straw, potatoes and meal. He is brown in colour. when my father yokes the horse in the cart he puts his harness on him. The parts of the harness are the straddle, the breetchen, the neck collar, the harness and the winker. His straw is put into the manger for him. Her is put into the manger for him. He is put into the stable every night and he gets straw to eat. My father ties him to the manger with a rope. He is fifteen years of age. We get him clipped once a year. We have three cows at home. The three of them are red in colour. They are out in the field every day, and we put them into the byre at night. They are tied with a rope to the "reveltree". They get straw to eat every night and morning. My mother milks the cows every night and morning. They are out every night in the summer-time. They do not give much milk in the winter-time. They give a lot of milk in the summer. W have five dozen of hens at home. The names of them are white Leghorns and Rhode Island
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2020-03-27 13:27
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animals to strengthen them.
Many a poor person was found lying on the road-side dying with hunger and no one to help them: The (Ever since) famine lasted a full year and at the end of that time there wasn't many people left in the country. Ever since that the farmers spray their potatoes in case that the blight would come around again.
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2020-03-27 13:24
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John Doherty told me that the crown was the first bird to come down when the birds were flying to see who was going to be king. There was a place in Glenmaskee where a blackbird came and built its nest for five years after one and another in it. It was in a whin bush it was but I don't know the place now.
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2020-03-27 13:20
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Bird Lore
The wild birds commonly found in this district are wild geese, wild ducks, curlews, hawks, crows and pigeons. The other smaller birds are robins, wrens, blackbirds finches (an) linnets, swallows, larks + "Willie-wag-tails" The smaller birds stay about the houses looking for food particulary the robin. Some old people say that the robin rubbed his breast on our Lord's side when out Lord was dying and that is why he hasa red breast on our Lord's side when our Lord was dying and that is why he has a red breast ever since that. Some of the old people also say that it was the robin who (showed) told Herod's soldiers that (that) the Infant Jesus had gone to Egypt. The wren is sometimes called "the king of all birds." Some boys (hund) hunt him on Saint Stephen's Day the 26th of December. When Saint Colmcille put all the birds to fly to see which was going to be king the wren went on the eagles back and when the eagle was the highest of all the birds the wren jumped from his back and only flew the height of a man's knee from the eagle's back and it only flys that height ever since from the ground. One Saint Valentine's day the 14th of February that the birds get married. On this they will go fluttering and chirping about.
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2020-03-27 13:11
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animals to strengthen them.
Many a poor person was found lying on the road-side dying with hunger and no one to help them: The (Ever since) famine lasted a full year and at the end of that time there wasn't many people left in the country. Ever since that the farmers spray their potatoes in case that the blight would come around again.
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2020-03-27 12:40
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Famine Times
There was a terrible famine in Ireland in the year eighteen fourty-six and eighteen fourty-seven It was the worst famine ever was round here for the last century. My (father) father Robert Hartin told me that his grandfather Neal Hartin said:- During the time of the famine there was no potatoes in the country or not much food of any kind. So the people were not long using it up.
Every day two or three people in the district died with hunger (Then) The first reason why the people died with hunger was because there was a great war between Ireland and England and they used up all the food. Another reason is because there was a terrible blight on the potatoe-crop. Every person that was able to get out of the country left and the peple who could not leave had to suffer many hardships and hunger. Many of the people were so hungry that the ate the grass from the ditches and erbs such as dandelions, they made nettle-broth out of nettles.
They also killed their cows, calves, sheep horses and ate them some of the people were so hungry that they ate cats, dogs, rats, mice and airbirds. They also drank the blood of the
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2020-03-27 12:33
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in Meentiagh Lough coming from Buncrana. They were looking for him for a week and at last a herd got him. That happened about sixty years ago.
Diptheria was very common round here one year. Three people in Cregnahorna died in the one week out of this disease.
Neal Doherty from Magherarnet was cutting turf one day about forty years ago. He did not return and he was found dead later at the Altar Rocks.
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2020-03-27 12:30
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Local Happenings.
There was one local burning in Cregnahorna. It was a stable and byre owned by Neal Doherty. He had cows and calves in one house and horses in the other. They were all in bed when this burning started and a man was passing by and he saw it and told Neal. He rose and gathered other men and they got the cows and horses out of the houses. The cows and horses were badly burned and a calf died later. It is unknown how this burning started. This happened about the year eighteen-eighty-five.
There was a plague around here long ago. It was called "pox". It was lumps that came out on their whole body. Many people died when they took this disease. The doctors made a rule that everybody would have to get vaccinated and that is why people don't take the pox now.
There was a "scutch mill" burnt in Magherannet and all the stakes that were round to be scutched were also burnt. A man had a candle at the mill and it lit the straw. Rudden's owned this mill.
There was a man named Neal Doherty (White) drowned in Meentagh Lough. He (was) was drowned
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2020-03-27 12:21
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heard his they considered Pat of unsound men, and decided to leave him safely in his own home, and this they did. In the meantime the stillers escaped and saved all the whiskey.
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2020-03-27 12:20
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Old Story
Once upon a time there was a still in full working order, along the Glenagannon river, when a party of police were coming along. But two of the men who were on guard ran to the stillhouse and made an alarm, that the police were coming a few yards off. Just close bye a man called Pat the tailor was working, and seeing the police, he made up his mind to try some plan to save the men. He made his way towards the police in full haste, with the intention that the police would follow him, and the gave the workers time to escape, and so his plan proved a success. On going in the direction of the guards, he had with him his scissors and a long stripe of brown paper. The police wondered to themselves what on earth was wrong with this man and running up to him they seized Pat by the shoulders, and asked him his cause of business, but Pat thinking on his plan, did not explain his business for four or five minutes, and then made an attempt to get away. The police would not let him go and Pat began to cry out. Let me go for I'm late I'm late while he pointed his scissors to the moon. Saying I am going to Cruckroosky to catch the moon and to take the measure of a pair of breeches. When the police
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2020-03-27 12:13
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Old Story
Once upon a time there lived a man named Donald Bilion at a place called Dunion in Isle of Doagh. He was a supported of Sir Cahir Roe, for been a supporter there was a reward out for his head. Donald's brother in-law took the reward and beheaded Donald. After doing this terrible deed he went off to Dublin. On his way to Dublin he stopped at a wayside Inn for the night, he had taken drink and slept sound that night. The Inn keeper suspected that he had something with him and went up to the room, and found the head of Donald under the pillow. He went of to Dublin with the head. When Donald's brother in-law awoke in the morning and got no head he went to Dublin to tell his case, but his case was useless, and all he got was Rinnacroter head which means the hang-man's portion. The Inn keeper got the reward which was Rashenny quarter land.
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2020-03-27 12:08
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Old Story
Along time ago when Strabreaga was land there lived a man at Knockawara a cousin of Neal Aird's. Neal Aird who owned strabreaga gave a piece of the land to his cousin to build her castle on. Neal Aird's wide was grudged when she saw the lovely castle and told Neal to take the castle from him. When Neal's cousin heard this he told his three son's to get on their horse's and to go to the Barr mouth and I pull three long sallies. When the three son's did this the water came after them went up to Glasha and the other to Carndoagh and the other to Rashenny. The castle was flooded and the Neal Aird and his wife were drowned. Strabreaga promised that it would not drown anyone after the drowning of Neal Aird but it did and since that it is called Strabreaga which means the lying strand.
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2020-03-27 12:02
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They pulled lint (flax) and then they put it into a dam for eight days. Then they would take it out on the eighth day and they spread it on the grass to dry. Then they would gather a sheaf of it for making strings. They would scutch it on a scutching-block. Then they spun it on a spinning wheel like wool. When they would be spinning it they would put water on it.
People in olden times made their own clothes. They first spun their wn yarn then they knitted the jersey's or socks. Then they would take off the crotter (grey moss or lichin that grows on a rock). They boiled it and then it would dye the cloth dark-brown. Another thing for dyinf was the roots of briars. When boiled they dye the cloth grey. The tops of whins and the tops of heather boiled together dye a nice green. The people in olden times had no ropes only staw ropes. They twisted straw round and round with a (s)traw-hook. They also used (to) fur ropes. They would peel the fur into fine stripes and steep it in cold water to soften it. They twisted it into ropes with a traw-hook.
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2020-03-27 11:54
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Old Crafts
In olden times the people made their own blackening. They would burn straw and put a little drop of water through the burnt straw and mix the both together. Another way they made blackening was out of treacle and lam-black. They mixed the both together and then apply to the boots.
The people in olden times made their own candles out of fat and withered rushes. They would boil the fat and put it all round the withered rush.
In olden times the people made their own soap out of cows fat and washing soda. They would boil the fat and washing-soda together. Then let the both cool and cut it into squares.
In olden times the people made their own starch out of raw potatoes. They first washed them and picked them. Then they grated them and washed them again. They poured boiling water on the grated potatoes. Then when they were dried they were white and fine.
The people in olden times made their own strings. They would chop lint nice and fine with a hammer. They then got a spoon and rolled the lint round the spoon. Another way they made strings was
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2020-03-27 11:41
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nuts in May on a cold and frosty morning. The rest answer. "We will have Mary for nuts in May, we will have Mary for nuts in May, on a cold and frosty morning. The rest answer "Who will we have to take her away? Who will we have to take her away on a cold and frosty morning. The rest answer "We will have Cassie to take her away, take her away, we will have Cassie to take her away on a cold an frosty morning. Then they all pull to see which is the strongest. A favourite game here is The Priest of the parish. The people sit around room or kitchen and one is called the Priest. Another is his boy Jack. The others are given names, green cap, red cap, etc.
The Priest speaks first and says:- The Priest of the Parish lost his Hat. Some say this and some say that but I say my boy Jack has found it.
Jack says: That me, Sir.
Priest Aye, you Sir.
Jack You're a liar, Sir Priest: Who then, Sir?
Jack (now names some of the others e.g.) Red cap
Red cap: That me Sir?
Jack Aye, you Sir.
Red cap You're a liar, Sir.
Jack Who then Sir?
Red cap (names someone e.g.) Black cap
Black cap now takes up dialogue with Red cap and so on. If a person when named doesn't answer quickly "That one, Sir" He has his face blackened with soot by the Priest
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2020-03-27 11:33
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It is often played at "wakes" of old people.
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2020-03-27 11:32
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riding here to marry he! hi! ho!" The rest answer "Is it one of us you want, is it one of us you want, is i one of us you want he! hi! ho!" The Gipsy says "You are so dirty, you are so dirty, you are so dirty he! hi! ho!" The rest answer "How do you know you will get her? How do you know you will get her? How do you know you will get her he! hi! ho!" The Gipsy says "I will just come in and take her, I will just come in and take her, I will just come in and take her he! hi! ho!" I play "Open the Gates." This is how it is played. A number of people get together and they catch hands Some two people say "Open the gates as wide as I and let the St. Patrick's men go by. The night is dark (is dark) and I can see. Thread your needle and sew, sew." The two children ask the rest what colour they would rather have, green or gold. The children that say "gold" go behind the person that has gold. The children that say green go behind the person that has green. Then the two sides pull to see which of the sides is the strongest. I play "Here we go gathering nuts in May." Four lines of people get together and the same number must be in each line. One line says "Here we go gathering nuts in May on a cool and frosty morning." The rest answer "Who will we have for nuts in May? Who will will we have for
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-27 11:23
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The Games I Play.
I play a lot of games at home and at school. I play tig at school with the other school-children and this is how it is played. A number of people get together and someone puts out "tig". "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven all good children go to heaven when they die their sins are forgiven one, two, three, four, five, six, seven."The one that seven falls on have to be the tigger. Then all the rest of the children run away and hide and the tigger follows them and the last tug is the tigger. I play Blind Man's Buff. A number of children get together and they get an old cloth and they put it on some person's eyes so that he cannot see. Then the person that has the old cloth on his eyes gropes for the others and the person that is caught puts the cloth on his eyes there, and they play and (they) play until children get together and one of them pretends he is a Gipsy. The gipsy says "There came a Gipsy riding, riding, riding, there came a Gipsy riding he! he! he!" And the rest answers. "What are you riding here for, here for, here for? What are you riding here for he" hi! ho!" The Gipsy says. "I am riding here to marry to marry, to marry. I am
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 14:00
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Food in Olden Times.
In olden times the people eat three meals in the day, breakfast, supper and dinner. They would get their breakfast at ten o'clock, their dinner at one and their supper at eight o'clock at night. To their breakfast they would get potatoes, salt and buttermilk. They would have to work two hours before breakfast. For their dinner they would get potatoes, salt and buttermilk also. To their supper they would get oaten "brochan" and milk. If they had no milk they would take sugar and water on the "brochan". If they had no potatoes "preshure" was boiled in water and eaten. At that time the old people had no tables, so they sat around a basket in the middle of the floor when they would be taking their dinner. The kinds of bread they eat were oaten bread and potatoe bread. The way they made potatoe bread was potatoes peels and mashed through flour and hardened. The flesh they eat was venison and veal. This flesh they eat was from young calves that happened to die. This would be salted and hung up to the roof until time of use. They had no vegetables. Sometimes they had fish. They had no light except a chip of fir in the back-stone. They went to bed very early because they had to be up early in the morning
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2020-03-26 13:53
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It was about fifty years ago since tea was first used. The old people used bowls and pans before cups became common
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2020-03-26 13:52
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Old Houses
There are four ruins of houses in the townland of Altashane, two in Cabadoey and one in Altashane and one in Claggan. About fifty years ago it was all clay floors in the houses. The houses were all built three feet wide. Nearly every house was thatched and it was a very odd one that was slated. Nearly every house had a kitchen bed, they had two "jams" one in every side of the bed. The old houses were "clashed" in the inside with blue clay and lime mixed. In old times the people used to have hens up in the loft. When a cow or a horse would be sick the people used to take them in and tie them in the side of the house. Every house as one story high. About twenty years ago the old women used to have the hens laying in a bed in the kitchen bed. The old people thatched the houses with flax, straw and rushes. When they would be going to thatch the house with flay they always put the flax in a "lint dam" to thicken for a week or so. Then the flax is taken out and made into sheaves. After that the flax is stooked and left to dry. Then it is put on the house and tied down with ropes. In the old houses the room floor was clay and if there were any holes in it they put blue clay and lime mixed in them
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 13:33
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Two thirds of yone valley where the lilies doth grow
One forth of Mount City while sailing the seas
Her name it will tell to the boys of the braes.
VI
Fore ye well Cabadoey that place of renown
Where mirth and diversion was always there found
Where the youngsters each evening together does roam.
I am sorry to leave them and to part from my home
Where the lads and the lassies oftimes sport and play.
All around Cabadoey I would spend all my days.
This song was composed by Robert Scott. He was a native of Cabadoey. he made it on my great aunt Katie Nelson. She was born in Ballybig.
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2020-03-26 13:33
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Two thirds of yone valley where the lilies doth grow
One forth of Mount City while sailing the seas
Her name it will tell to the boys of the braes.
VI
Fore ye well Cabadoey that place of renown
Where mirth and diversion was always there found
Where the youngsters each evening together does roam.
I am sorry to leave them and to part from my home
Where the lads and the lassies oftimes sport and play.
All around Cabadoey I would spend all my days.
This song was composed by RObert Scott. He was a native of Cabadoey. he made it on my great aunt Katie Nelson. She was born in Ballybig.
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2020-03-26 13:30
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Cabadoey Braes.
Come all you true lovers of Erin's green shore
Assist me in praise of the girl I adore
She is comely and handsome polite in her ways
She is the star of the North and the flower of the braes.
II
She is comely and handsome and is very well known
And she lives at the bottom of Sweet Inishowen.
Her skin like the snow on yone mountain so white
Her two sparkling eyes shines tremendous bright.
III
Her neck like the marble that doth polish fine
And her breath is far sweeter than the yew and tauntine.
Her cheeks like two roses in the month of July
When first she beheld her as she passed me by.
IV
But if she would consent with her love to maintain
I never would leave her to cross over the main.
I always would stay with her and on her to gaze
All around Cabadoey I would spend all my days
V
Before I conclude I will explain her name
Because that I loved her that beautiful dame
One half of yone mountain covered over with snow
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2020-03-26 12:53
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St Brigid's Eve (continued)
The man of the house walks around outside with a bunch of rushes and straw. He said "go on your knees and open your eyes and let in St. Bridgid"
The people inside would answer "Se do beara"
The sheaf of rushes and straw was placed under the table while the people ate "Poundies" butter, and oaten bread.
Then they made the crosses and put them in a creel and shook holy water on them Everyone in the house then put something belonging to them in the creel such as socks, waistcoats etc. The mother put in a clew of yarn and anyone sick during that year their socks would be darned with that clew.
Every article put in was called bracog Brigde.
The creel was then hung outside of the kitchen door all night. Then took it in next morning and put up crosses.
Everyone took out their own article in the morning.
In Ballyhig the crosses were made and placed on floor around the pot of "poundies". The people of the house sat around the pot each with a spoon and ate from pot.
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2020-03-26 12:45
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If the track is turning down the floor it is a sign someone is leaving the house.
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2020-03-26 12:42
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Hallow Eve
This feast falls on the last day of October. The people would take no dinner until night. At night the people would have "poundies" and butter for their dinner. When dinner would be finished they would eat apples and nuts. After that tea, oaten bread, fudge, jam and butter are eaten. It is a custom for the children to tie an apple to the ceiling with a cord. Then they would put their hands behind their back and try to catch (it) the apple with their mouth Another trick was to put a three-penny piece in a dish of water and try to catch it with their mouth also. On the night after Hallow Eve is the night of the dead. It usual for the people to have a fire on all night, the floor swept, and a stool at the fire for any poor soul that would be wandering out. Some houses leave a bucket of spring water in the middle of the floor and bread on the table so that if a soul would want a drink he could take a drink out of the bucket and if he would be hungry he could eat the bread. Next morning the people of the house look in the ashes. If there are any tracks of feet in the ashes and if the track is turning next the fire it is a sign someone is coming to the house.
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2020-03-26 12:20
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them has a melodeon or a mouth organ etc.
There was a rich Jew and he lived in jerusale.
He always had his dinner at a quarter to eleven-e-um.
Gloria allelulia old Roger-um.
Then one of the Rhymers gives a step dance or sometimes it is a four-hand reel or sometimes a figure dance. Then they march around floor hand in hand and sing:- We'll all join hands together. And we'll never fight no more
And be the "Royalest" brothers that ever was before With our pockets full of money and your barrels full of beer.
We wish you happy Christmas and a bright new year.
We didn't come to your door to beg nor borrow.
We came to your door to drive away all sorrow
God bless the Master and the Mistress also
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2020-03-26 12:08
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"trate" be of the best. I hope in heaven your soul may rest. But if your "trate" be of the small it won't agree with they boys at all. If you don't like to believe me enter in Jack Straw.
Enter Jack Straw Yes! Yes! Here comes me Jack Straw. My father was straw, my mother was straw. We all lived and died in straw. If you don't like to believe me enter St Patrick.
Enter St. Patrick (with beard and crozier and gold braid on his sleaves) Yes! Yes! Here comes me St. Patrick. With my arms shining bright, I come to settle all disputes in the beginning of the fight. If you don't like to believe me enter in Jack Steeple
Enter Jack Steeple (very tall) Yes! Yes! Here comes Jack Steeple I'm known among the people, although you may think my face is funny I always thank you for my money.
1st Speaker Here's a little box that speaks without a tongue. The desire in itself will do no wrong
All silver and no brass.
If you haven't any coppers.
We cannot take less.
Those ladies and gentlemen who sit by the fire.
Put your head in your pocket and give a desire. (First speaker produces box for money Then the Rhymers sing together usually one of
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2020-03-26 12:00
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I took my little lance and bled him at the root of the tongue, and left him as good as ever again I have a little bottle in the waist band of my trousers (produces a bottle) Some call it this and some call it the rale Oaky-pokey. Elegant Champagne; (Gives dead man some of bottle) Take three cups of this, dead man. Rise and fight again, oh! horrible! horrible! The likes of it never was seen by a man of seventeen senses; Knocked into eleventeen senses by a duck - by a bear by Dicken's own half sister If you don't like to believe me enter in Green Knights.
Enter Green Knight Yes! Yes! Here comes me Green Knight with my rifle for a fight (carrying gun)
My hand is made of iron; my body is made of steel; my fists are made of knuckle-bones. I'm ready for the field. If you don't like to believe me enter in Big Head.
Enter Big Head Yes! Yes! Here comes me that never came yet Big Head and little Wit. My head is big and my body is small. I do my best to please them all.
Enter wren (very small fellow) If you don't like to believe me enter in the wren. Yes! Yes! Here comes me the Wren. (The King of birds. On St. Swithins Days. I was lost in the flood Athough I'm small my family is great. Rise up landlady and give me a "trate" And If your
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-25 15:32
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From England I have sprung,
It;s many of my noble deeds and rights I have begun.
Ireland's right and England's wrong.
And who is the man who dare me me stand.
1st Speaker I'm the man who dare you stand
2nd " Who are you? - Only a stable boy
Who led you horse on oats and hay.
And After that he ran away.
1st " Stand back you black mahogany dog.
Or with my sword I'll make you die.
I'll "paste" your body full of holes
And make your bloody batons fly
[He now stabs Prince who falls to the ground]
Then he shouts:- Five pounds, ten pounds,
Any money at all for a doctor.
Enter Doctor Yes! Yes! Here comes me wee doctor Brown
The best we doctor in the town
1st Speaker What can you cure doctor?
Doctor "But I can cure"
1st Speaker But can you cure?
Doctor I can cure the plague within. The plague without the palsy, The flue, the "que" and the gout.
1st SPeaker How far have you travelled doctor?
Doctor I have travelled America, and new South Wales
And on my journey home I met Tom Fools
With nine and a half yards of his tongue out
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2020-03-25 15:24
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Feasts and Festivals
Christmas is the greatest feast of the year around here. Some weeks before Christmas a number of boys aged sixteen get together and go around the neighbours' houses at night. They do a certain number each night and when they have finished their own they go to the neighbouring ones. These boys are called the Rhymers. They wear (with the exception of one) a white shirt outside their clothing with two red bands down the front and seven large white buttons on each band. A Half-stone paper bag decorated with holly, braid, ribbons and the initials of the wearer in in coloured paper in front is used for a hat Some wear masks or false faces. The exception wears a straw hat and straw coat made from strings and pleated straw. He is called Jack Straw.
First they knock at door and ask permission to enter.
(First speaker (leader) enters) carrying sweord)
Hooray! Hooray! My gallant lays
And give me room to Rhyme.
I'll show you some activity
About this Christmas time
If you don't like to believe me Enter in Prince George.
Speaker Yes! Yes! Here comes me Prince George.
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2020-03-25 15:11
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Superstitions (Continued)
Falling going up the stairs means a row with a friend
If your shoe-lace is loose " a friend is thinking of you.
If your right ear is warm " someone is talking spitefully of you
" " left " " " " " " " good " "
Left (ear) or right (warm) is good at night
If your nose is itchy you are going to quarrel wit someone
" " eyes are " " will soon be crying
It is unlucky to send anything wearable of a clack colour across water
" " " fir sine people to wear green
" " " to give a present (black in colour) to a friend
" " " " " anything religious as a present " "
" £ " to dream about eggs, rats, cats, vermin, drunk people
" " " to dream of people drinking
" " " " " of clergy - means a death
" " " to get your hair cut in heat
" " " to wear anything new on Easter Sunday
It is lucky " " something " " Xmas Day.
" " " to dream about old shoes
" " " " " " a white horse - means money in a letter
Two spoons in your cup is the sign of a christening
Two knives crossed is the sign of a quarrel
If an owl is seen around the house its a sign of a death in the family
If Pigeons come " " " " " " " " " " " "
Its lucky if you (accidentally) burn your clothes when tide is going out
" unlucky " " " " " " " " coming
If the sole of your foot is itchy it's a sign you are going a long journey
" " palm " " hand " " " " " " " " to get money
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2020-03-25 15:02
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Local Superstitions.
Its unlucky to finish the sewing of a wedding dress. Its unlucky to throw out dirt on New Year's day. If you wish anything belonging to the family on New Year's day, they will be dead before that day year. It is lucky to find a four leafed shamrock. Its lucky to find White Leather. Its unlucky to get married with a back going moon. Its an unlucky year when Christmas falls on a Wednesday. Its lucky to have a tooth when you are born. Its lucky to meet a horse and cart when you are going a journey. Its unlucky to see the new moon through glass. Its unlucky to sing before your breakfast. Its unlucky to get married in red. Thirteen is an unlucky number to sit at a table. The seventh son of the family is lucky. Its lucky to have something in your hands when you see the new moon. Its unlucky to look behind you after night. To dream of a funeral is the sign of someone getting married. Its unlucky to have a wake in your home
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2020-03-25 10:14
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stranger is coming into your house, If a pot is on the fire and it cracks it is a sign that a stranger is coming into the house. It is lucky to put on your clothes out side in without knowing. It is unlucky to love your wedding ring. It is unlucky if a water-hen eats with your hens. It is unlucky to wash your face in running water. It is unlucky to stand in the middle of a bridge. It is unlucky to dream about clay. It is unlucky to pull a cow's tail. It is lucky to put silver into the first can of milk after the cow calves. it is lucky to put a burnt coal in a baby's face when the baby is going to be christened. If the palm of your hand is itchy it is a strange shake hands. If the palm of your left hand is itchy it is a (sign) sum of money. It is unlucky to dream about blood, clay or water. Rats are unlucky in the house. It is (un)lucky if swallows come into the kitchen. If cock crows in the middle of the night it is bad luck. Two straws crossed at the fire means a stranger is coming. It is unlucky if a hen crows. It is unlucky to take a cat a long journey. It is unlucky to dream about broken eggs. It is unlucky to give away a clocking hen. It is unlucky for anybody to be born on Whit Sunday. The tongs should be placed across the cradle when you are going out. It is lucky if a strange dog follows you. it is unlucky to take off one shoe without loosing the other.
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2020-03-25 10:07
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because it means crying. It is unlucky to take off one shoe without loosing the other. It is unlucky to hit a cow with a broom. It is lucky to have a horse-shoe hung above the door. It is (un)lucky to have palms hung at the byre door. It is unlucky to dream about soldiers because you will get killed. It is unlucky to wear white clothes to a funeral. It is unlucky to change into a new house on Saturday It is lucky to find tobacco. It is unlucky to sell an animal without getting any luck's money back. It is unlucky to steal shoes from any other person. It is unlucky to steal shoes from any other person. It is unlucky to see one magpie. There is an old saying about magpies: One for sorrow. Two for joy. Three for a wedding. Four for a boy. Five for Heaven. Six for Hell and seven to receive the old devil himself. It is unlucky to drop your glove when you are on your path because something will happen you before you return home. When you are going on a journey and meet a visitor it is unlucky to turn back. It is unlucky to give another person a coal out of the fire. It is unlucky to rob birds nests because the birds will curse you. It is unlucky to eat blackberries or haws after Hallow Eve Night. It is lucky to have a black cat in your house. Twin calves are lucky. It is lucky to meet a man and a woman on your path. It is lucky to dream about a white horse. When a dish-cloth falls it is a sign that a
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2020-03-24 11:49
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Local Superstitions
It is unlucky to dream about losing your front teeth because it means a death in the family. It is unlucky to cut a holly-bush. It is lucky for a dog to follow you when you are going on a journey. It is unlucky to change money on a May morning. It is unlucky to step over a person because they will never grow any bigger. It is unlucky for a girl to whistle. It is lucky for a person to throw a tooth over his shoulder. it is unlucky to put an umbrella over your (shoulder) head in the house because you will not grow any bigger. It is lucky to have money in your hand when you see the new moon. It is lucky to find a horse-shoe on your journey. It is lucky to find a halfpenny. If you find a tip and throw it over your left shoulder it means good luck. It is unlucky to get your hair cut in Lent because it will never grow. It is unlucky to meet a red haired girl on a fair day or on your wedding day. It is lucky to meet a bare-footed red haired girl. It is unlucky to kick cows. It is unlucky to go under a ladder. It is unlucky to carry cards at night. It is unlucky to kill crickets because the other crickets make holes in your stockings that night. It is unlucky to face a knife at a person. it is unlucky to dream about laughing
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2020-03-24 11:34
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are churning for about three-quarters of an hour it is time for the milk to break and my mother rinses it with cold water. When the butter is ready for lifting out my mother gets the wooden spade and dish and scalds them with hot water. She then lifts out the butter with the wooden spade and squeezes the milk out of it and rinses it. Then she takes the hairs out of it with a knife and rinses it again and makes a brick shape of it. What is remaining in the churn is called buttermilk. The top of it is called Pedlar's Cream. We use the buttermilk for baking bread and for feeding calves and pigs. A silver coin is put in the bottom of the can when milking cow first time after calving.
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2020-03-24 11:31
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Churning
We have a churn at home. Its height is two feet five inches. It is one foot three inches wide on top and one foot five inches at the bottom. The sides of it are called staves. The age of the churn is about thirty years. The man who made it was called Pat Doherty (the Cooper). The crib, the lid and the bottom. The staves are bound together with hoops. The colour of the churn and hoops is green. There are no marks on our churn. We churn once a week all through the year. The churning is done by hand. If any strangers are in the house while the churning is going on they help - to show their good will. It takes us an hour to churn. The churnstaff is moved up and down straight. When the churning is going on my mother pours in hot water to heat the milk and get it into butter. When we
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2020-03-24 11:23
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Sign of Snow.
To see the blackbird and the robin coming to the door.
When a hen picks herself in the evening
When the Woodcock is flying about.
When a pig scratches himself against the wall.
Sign of Good Weather:
When a frog comes in from the sea.
To hear the birds singing.
To see the crowd flying high.
When a mist comes in from the sea.
When a cat lies on the tongs.
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2020-03-24 11:21
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To see the smoke going up straight into the air is a sign of rain.
When midges are seen in the evening it is a sign of rain.
Signs of Storm:
When the cat lies with her back to the fire.
When the sea makes a terrible noise.
When the seagulls come from the sea and go to the hills.
When the crows are sitting in the fields.
When the sky is red in the west after the sun-sets.
When two black clouds are together.
it is a sign of storm when the cows shake themselves.
Signs of Frost.
When the sky is very red in the north.
When the sky is clear.
To see the breath of the people.
To see the stars glittering.
To see the air birds scraping themselves in mould.
To hear the cock crowing after five oclock in the evening.
When the hens come in from the fields early in the evening.
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Weatherlore.
When soot falls it is a sign of rain.
When crowds of crows fly low it is a sign of rain also.
When a cat lies along the fire it is a sign of rain.
When the hills look near it is a sign of rain.
The wind that brings the rain mostly is the south-west wind.
When the wild birds go to the hills and rivers is a sign of storm.
It is a sign of rain when people's corns are sore.
When a mist is coming down from hills it is a sign of rain.
It is a sign of rain to see a rainbow between two hills early in the morning.
It is a sign of rain to see a dog eating grass.
When a long-necked Heron goes up to the hills it is a sign of rain.
It is a sign of rain to see a blue-blaze in the fire and to hear the cricket singing.
When there are black clouds in the sky it is a sign of rain.
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2020-03-24 11:12
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Bad Heart:
Boil Filera and drink the juice
Quincy:
Boil Cammomile and allow the steam to get at the throat
Cleaning the Blood: Eat garlic
Breaking a Lump:
Boil the roots of Orange Lilies and apply the juice.
To make a poultice: Fry onions in lard.
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2020-03-24 11:10
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four ozs of taking soda and a pint of water mixed.
Engle Berry:
(1) Tie horse hair on it
(2) Rub Archangel tar on it.
(Poke:
(1) Rub Jeye's Fluid on it.
(2) Cut a piece out of the sheep's ear.
Slip-tail:
(1) Split the cow's tail in the middle put in a mixture of garlic and butter and salt into the heart of the tail and tie it tightly with a cloth.
Other Cures:
Cough: Liquorice Ball + Sugar candy dissolved in water
Cut: Apply salt
Burn: Buttermilk + baking soda mixed
Drink for Sick People: Whey
"Strangles" in Cows: Add sugar to boiled whin blossoms and give juice to cow.
Humlock (a weed) is good for a strain
It is good for swellings also.
For a Hurt:
(1) Crancummer is good.
Chin cough:
Drink mare's milk.
For a Cut: Apply salt.
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2020-03-24 11:03
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(2) Rub methylated spirits on the pain.
Local Cures for disease etc in Animals:-
Bats:
(1) When a horse has the bats give him black tea
(2) If a calf has the bats give methylated spirits
Mural:
(1) Two lbs of treacle, a half pint of saltpetre add some water and give to the animal out of a bottle.
Husk:
(1) Carbolic acid burned under the beast's head for it to inhale.
Ringworm:
(1) Mix equal quantities of soot and salt and apply.
(2) Mix equal quantities of soot, salt and tobacco and apply
Milk Fever:
(1) Pump the cow's udder and tie her teats.
Reels:
(1) Cut the pig's tail off as soon as you see it affected.
Reels on Dogs:
(1) Put a leaf of tobacco down the dog's neck.
(2) A teaspoonful of Iodine in a cup of milk to drink.
Gas: (1) A cow with gas in the stomach give her
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2020-03-24 10:58
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(2) Put hot mustard on a cloth and apply.
Rheumatism:
(1) Take a hot bath with Sloan's Liniment in it.
(2) Rub home-made linement on the part affected.
Influenza:
(1) Drink half a pint of lemonade each day and ly in bed.
(2) Drink lemon juice
Sore Throat:
(1) Drink hot butter-milk and a spoon of sugar melted in going to bed.
(2) Put hot salt in a stocking and tie around the neck.
(2) Gargle with soft water mixed with salt.
Corns:
(1) Mix baking soda in buttermilk and apply
(2) Apply an ivy leaf.
(3) Rub turf-mould and it will take away the soreness.
Sore eyes:
(1) Rub on cold tea going to bed.
(2) Boil ivy and allow the steam to get into the eyes.
(3) Bathe the eyes in soft water going to bed.
A Pain:
(1) For a pain in the side spit on a stone and leave it down on the same place again.
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2020-03-24 10:52
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(2) Boil whin blossoms in a quart of water and drink.
Boils:
(1) Put Venus turpentine on a cloth and apply
(2) A poultice of loaf bread boiled in milk.
(3) A poultice of Indian porridge.
Flatulence:
(1) Melt a teaspoonful of soda and drink it.
(2) Half a cup of milk with half a teaspoonful of soda melted in it and drink.
Headache:
(1) Tie a cloth around the head.
(2) Soak a cloth in vinegar and tie around the head.
(3) Put a cloth on a bush on St. Brigid's night. After that when the head is sore tie the cloth on it.
Toothache:
(1) Put snuff on the tooth.
(2) Hold alum on the tooth, and let it dissolve.
(3) Put salt-petre on a piece of cotton-wool and apply.
(4) Put a drop of iodine on the tooth.
Mumps:
(1) Put winkers on the head and then go to a stream that is running south and take a sip.
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2020-03-24 10:47
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Local Cures
Beeling: (1) Put boiled linseed on beeling
(2) Rub cow's dung on beeling
(3) Mix equal quantities of sugar and soap and apply.
(4) Soak loaf break in hot water and apply.
(5) Poultice of Indian porridge
Burns:
(1) Hold it to the fire and rub on grease.
(2) Mix lime water and linseed oil and apply
(3) Apply buttermilk.
(5) Rub on black tea.
Bronchitis:
(1) Soak wadding in whiskey and apply.
(2) Anacompane (a weed) boiled and the juice mixed with rum is good for Asthma or Bronchitis.
Cuts:
Cuckoo's Harrells fried in butter and apply.
(2) Boil wild clover and apply.
(3) Rub parrafin oil.
Measels:
(1) Take whiskey hot and remain in bed.
Whooping Cough:
Half-pint of honey, a teaspoonful of sugar and a pint of water mixed and then drink it
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2020-03-24 10:32
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owned all the land around Glebe. Later the sold it out in farms. People say that in front of the rectory there is a rock called the rock of Agis all the ministers names that ever was in the rectory is written on it. Long ago there was a night school in Glebe. The man that taught the night school was Thomas Mc Laughlin. Thomas was taught at Glassalts night school. Thomas died about three years ago he lived to be ninety (sp) four years. There is one house in ruins in Glebe belonging to John Kearney. He bought a farm in Lash and went to live in it. Long ago there was one shop in Glebe belonging to the Campbell's.
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2020-03-24 10:29
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Glebe
The name of my townland is Glebe. It is situated in the south-west of the Parish of Donagh Co Donegal Barney of Inishowen. The townland got its name on account of the rectory. They are fifteen families in the townland and they are bout ninety people. Doherty is the most common family name in Glebe. They are fifteen houses in the townland nine of them are slated and six of them are thatched. The last person in the townland is Joseph Dohert aged eighty three George Diver aged eighty one years. There was an old woman who lived in Glebe he name was Gracie Harkin she lived to be over a hundred years. Joseph Doherty was the first to imagrate to Scotland. Brigid Diver was the first to Imagrate to America, sixty nine years ago. Long ago the rectory
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2020-03-24 10:23
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Glasha (Trabreaga)
Trabreaga Bay lies at the foot of Glasha.
Once it was said that a rock in Trabreaga jumped three times on the one night. Some people said (it) that it was the cause of the heavy frost that got in under it and it slided. Other people said it was done by the mermaids. It is called the jumping Rock. It is said that Strabreaga was once a big piece of land and two fairy kings lived on it. Once the two kings had a quarrel and one of them got on a white horse. He pulled three rods and started to gallop at full speed. The water was at his heels and soon the whole piece of land was covered and the other king was drowned He sunk the three rocks somewhere but nobody ever found out the place. After that it was called "The Liars Strand because it was said that it said it would never drown anyone, but it did. Once a ship came in the bar and it was sunk. It had flour and other stuff on it. People say that the captain mistook the bar for Lough Foyle. A priest was sunk over at the Greenhill and he had a horse with him. It is
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2020-03-24 10:17
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stick in the Gortnamara hill and old Rankin told him to leave it back. Old Rankin's son said that it was a pity to take the stick off him after his bother, and old Ranking told him to take the stick with him. Rankin died about sixty years ago. Willie Rankin was called Master Willie. He had about ten people working for him and he gave them ten pence a day. Master Willie Rankin died fifty years ago. The next landlord was Captain J Mc Clintock. He had fifty men making drains in Glasha for draining the water to the river. Every morning Captain Mc Clintock would go down to the drains and every working-man would lift his cap. Captain J Mc Clintock is living yet and he is landlord of Candonagh. Willie Doherty of Glenagannon bought Tiernaleague House but he died three years ago, and his sister is living in it yet.
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2020-03-24 10:11
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Tiernaleague
The name of my townland is Tiernaleague. I do not know how it got that name, but Owen Doherty sold flag stones thirty five years ago for sixpence a piece. Tiernaleague was the seat of the landlords. The first landlord that is remembered well was Carey - he was a Protestant. He stopped the people from taking stones from the altar rock up in the wood. This altar was a relic of the penal days when there was a price on a priests head. For a long time you would not know where the altar was. Eighteen years ago Joe Doherty (Urris) put up a statue on it and every year since the people around put flowers on it. There is a holly tree over the altar and in the penal days the congregation would put their coats over the holly tree to shelter the priest when he would be saying mass. The wood is called croc na cille dara which means the Oak-wood Hill. Samuel Rankin was the next landlord after Carey. My grandfather lifted a fir
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2020-03-23 15:52
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The following was supplied by Robert Campbell of Colin, who obtained them from his brother who emigrated to America upwards of fifty years ago and became a Banker in Wall St. They were related by the father + written by his Son David A. Campbell, David's grandfather was a Methodist preacher + farmer and lived at Collin.
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2020-03-23 15:47
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Robert Campbell's. There are three old people in Collin, Robert Henderson aged seventy-eight years, Maggie Henderson aged seventy-two years and John Gillespie aged seventy-eight years. one of the people can speak Irish. The old people can tell stories about (stories about) fairies. It is said in olden times that the fairies used to dance on top of a little rock on Collin Hill. One Hallow Eve Night the people of the place used to go up to hear them dance and sing. There are two old houses, George Campbell lived in one of houses and Peggie Harton lived in the other. These two old houses are in ruins now The people emigrated to America, Canada, England, Wales, Asia, Japan and Australia. One time there were as many houses in Collin as there were in Carndonagh. The people of the place were going to make Collin a market-town. So (it) they was put it to a vote to see which of them would bee the market-town and Collin was defeated by one vote.
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2020-03-23 15:42
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Collin
The name of my townland is Collin. It is situated in the south-west of the parish of (Donegal) Donagh Baronry of Inishowen, Co. Donegal. There are ten families in Collin and the number of people is about fifty-five. Campbell is the most common family name. All the houses in Collin are slated except one which is thatched. There are four two-story houses in Collin. The townland got its name on account of a hazel glen behind
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2020-03-23 15:40
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In Park Bog and all along Mac Geoghan's Lane. The lane is now a near way to Kate Mc Donald's. There houses are in ruins now. At Glenhouse there was a "skutchmill" belonging to people named O'Donnell and it was driven by water. The(y) people emigrated to England, America and Australia because they couldn't earn enough money at home. In some songs Glenmakee is mentioned.
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2020-03-23 15:37
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Harkin aged seventy-one years. John Harkin (kw) knwos some old Irish words but I never heard him saying any of them. john Doherty told me a story one night that there as once a giant in Glenmakee. John says that his name was Feach, and one day this giant was standing on the top of Slieve Sneaghtand he threw a stone into Mc Donald's Field. This stone rose up a piece of the ground when it fell and this field is now called the Standing Stone field because this stone is standing up straight. Some people say there was a Tuatha De Danaan ruler buried there who was carried in from the sea and that this stone was put up as a memorial John also told me that Mass was said on Glenmakee Hill in Penal Days. He told me that there was a rent-agent living in Fairview and his name was Buttenham. He was pair one pound per cent for lifting the rent. At the time of the Land League he lost his job for keeping some of the rent. This Buttenham man was not a cruel man. In former times there were more houses in Glenmakee. There were houses
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2020-03-23 15:27
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Glenmakee.
The name of my home district is Glenmakee. It is situated in the south-west of the Parish of Donagh, Baronry of Inishowen, Co. Donegal. The number of families in Glenmaker is thirteen and the number of people is about fifty. O Donnell and Mc Donald are the family names most common in Glenmakee. There are six slate-houses in Glenmakee and seven thatched houses. I do not know how the town got its name. There are four old people in our town, John Doherty aged eighty-six years, John Mac Gallion aged eighty-six years, Owen Kelly aged seventy four, John
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2020-03-23 15:24
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people in Cregnahora. John Doherty is the oldest. He is eighty-six years but still can do light work. He has a thatched house and a farm. He has five of a family but his wife is dead. (There) Three are married and the other two are at home.
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2020-03-23 15:22
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My father Neal Doherty (Lynch) says he heard his granny Cassie Doherty saying "About a hundred years ago she remembers when the people in Cregnahorna were grinding their own meal and were spinning their own yarn for sheets." My father says when he was young there was no tea or tobacco or snuff. The people had no carts or iron ploughs. Instead they used wooden ploughs and slipe-ears and later they used whirley-cans. There is a stone in William Doherty's garden about six feet high. Everybody says there is a giant buried there. There (is) are many old
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2020-03-23 15:08
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Across the fields that rustic path still runs;
Still, nutters seek the glen; the golden whins
Are flourished on the brass, where corncrakes call
On Sunday afternoons they still play ball
At the same gable where they used to play;
And carts come down the road each market day.
But, yet there's many a change since day of yore -
The village Gossip makes his rounds no more!
Like his compeers, he's vanished from the scene -
Above his grave the grass has long been green
Swept by the hand of Time, that moves space
Another generation takes their place!
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2020-03-23 15:05
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A straw-thatched cabin stands beside the road
(Beside the road) From whose quaint gable two large stones protrude
This way the favorite fable, sought by all
On Sunday afternoon's for playing ball,
Where gay spectators watched, with many a thrill
The local champions demonstrate their skill
The village Gossip, garted in home-spun grey,
From house to house he made his rounds each day.
With pipe and stick he tarried at each (day) door
To tell the news, then lift in quest of more,
Foreigh or local news, what e'er about,
He always was first it out.
There dawn comes softly o'er the dewy braes,
And, as if loath to leave, sunset delays
The lowing cows troop home at even's fall,
From moors, and dusky holms where corncrakes call.
Across the fields a winding footpath ran,
Through golden whins and snowy ceanalan;
By many a hawthorn hedge, with blossoms graced,
On to the rustic bridge, one more replaced;
For Lammas floods, with corps oft havoc play,
And e'en one swept the rustic bridge away.
O'er this quaint path, for generations, pass
The villagers to market and to Mass.
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2020-03-23 14:59
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The Village on the Brae.
Hill-sheltered, rests the village on the brae,
The river calm, below it wends its ways
Through yonder glen, long deemed a fairy home,
Where crowds to gather nuts, in autumn come,
The winding, dusty roadway rambles down
Through the quaint village, and o'er moorlands brown.
And, down this road, on fair and market days,
Pass market-faring people from the braes.
Oft have I watched their carts, in rows, come down,
With men and women, on them, going to town;
While droves of sheep and cattle the road lined,
With loud-voiced drovers bellowing behind.
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2020-03-23 14:54
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to rake and dig over a field of dug potatoes. He toiled all day Saturday and got half a bucket full about the size of marbles. On Sunday morning he attended early mass and prayed God to send them food that day. After coming from Church he went down to Culduff Bay and from the top of a high rock with a home-made fishing line, he cast off and in an hour to his great delight and surprise, pulled up a good-sized fish. He cast off again and in ten minutes hauled up another, twice as big. Greatly excited and delirious with joy, he shouted. "Hold ye're hand, God I have plenty, and went home. Satisfied that his prayer had been answered he and his family gave thanks as they sat down to a well-deserved Sunday dinner of "poundies" (mashed potatoes) and boiled fish.
Another and more pathetic story of the potatoe famine time that my grandmother used to tell was of a widow and her two schoolboy sons. The eldest, Mark Cain, went out foraging for food after school and brought home a large turnip which his mother cooked, mashed and put away for their Sunday dinner. The pangs of hunger were too much for the boys to overcome so after their mother went to sleep Saturday night they discovered its hiding place and got at
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2020-03-23 12:47
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throughout the country, had my ancestor spin and weave it into blankets, and invented one of the first foot-power mills for thickening them. This mill was made of strong timber where two men sat facing each other, pound, foot about, a pair of blankets with bare legs and feet, and would for two hours until they acquired the proper thickness. The owner of the mill would go around the neighbouring homes with two buckets on a hoop, and collect the contents of slop jars which was regularly saved for him and poured it hot on the blankets while his men did the foot paddling. By this crude process blankets could be made as thick as desired, and when laundered and stretched were very durable and serviceable, a good pair lasting a lifetime with care. When his business increased he designed and built on of the first waterpower mills for this purpose.
A cotter and his family, who lived near my grandmother's girlhood home, almost died of hunger during the potato famine of 1845-46. When their health had been greatly undermined (feeding on turnips cabbage, dulse, wild berries and grass, with an occasional piece of bread) he resolved to provide his wife and six crying. hungry children with a decent meal, so he came to my great-grandfather and asked permission _ which was readily granted -
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2020-03-23 12:37
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blaze the trail.
A great many of the early pioneers raised wool and flax on a small scale and after having enough made it into homespun and linen for their own needs, would market the surplus for their livelihood. A designated sturdy strong man did the marketing for the community for a small fee. He would start off at sun-up on a summer morning in his bare feet with trousers rolled above his knees, and carry 40 to 50 pounds on his head, go over the Culmore Ferry on Lough Foyle, then on to Coleraine; sell the homespun cloth, yarn and hand-scutched flax. This rugged individual would buy and bring back an order, iron pot, frying-pans etc., a load weighing up to 50 pounds (large potato pots he carried inverted on his head) and got home at sundown from the 30 - mile journey each way, and never was heard to complain of feeling tired after his long trip. Whole families, in some cases, from six years old + up, had to take their turn at the flax scutching handle and block. My great grandfather had one of the few hand-weaving looms in those early 1800's and wove the homespun for the community for a small charge in addition to buying wool and selling homespun on his own.
A more enterprising pioneer bought wool
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2020-03-23 12:24
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with spoons, so the three had to fast all day Sunday. Grandmother would often tell this story to her own children, to make them feel ashamed and thankful. when they would "huff" over their food.
Indian corn meal was first introduced into Inishowen from America when my grandmother was a girl, and she related many stories - some comical - of housewives unfamiliar with how to use it in baking or making into mush, and the errors they made in experimenting. An old Scrooge set himself up as a dealer in this commodity and sold it on trust at a fancy price - so it was nick-named "trust-meal" - in addition to keeping it sitting in bags on an earthen floor so it would absorb moisture and weigh more. They soon caught on to him, however, blacklisted him, and he did not die any the richer for his cheating.
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2020-03-23 12:07
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fast, reminded him of the old saying that it took "honestly got, hard earned money to buy sheep," but Mr. Know-it-all pooh-poohed it, and started off for Scotland with a neighbour boy and a collie dog and brought back 150 half grown lambs for which he exchanged seventy-five of the sovereigns, and turned them loose on the free mountain range near his farm. In a few months, through loos by disease, drowning, killed by dogs and predatory animals, he had three left out of his original 150, which he sold, cursed, and quit the business. He died years ago - in a relative's corner - without a penny, his farm being sold meanwhile for debt. Illustrating the homely Irish saying that "what comes over the devil's back, goes away under his belly."
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2020-03-23 12:03
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A "black sheep" son of a fine family got hold of his passage money in some questionable manner and set sail for America to push his fortune. Shortly after he landed at Castle Garden he got on as conductor on one of the horse car lines and started "Knocking down". One night when in a boastful mood, he told a friend, that at the end of every trip he would throw his pocketful of nickles up to the top of the car and whatever let on the straps he would turn over to the company.
With 250 sovereigns sewed in his belt he had to make a hasty exit from the country on account of owing his boarding mistress for ten weeks (a poor widow at that, left with several small children), two suits of clothes and an overcoat obtained from a trusting tailor on credit, and the "loan" of a valuable gold watch which he got from a young widow, belonging to her husband, on the pretext that he was going to marry her.
Landing back in Ireland, he bought a farm with part of his ill-gotten gain and then announced that he was going in for sheep raising on a large scale. One of his godly old relatives seeing and hearing of the threatening letters that were coming thick and
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2020-03-23 11:57
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The Story of a "Black Sheep."
Seven decades ago, there was a saying among some of the righteous oldsters in Inishowen, that it took "honestly hot, hard-earned money to buy sheep, (meaning that sheep are such docile and "innocent" animals that they deserve good treatment, and if everything is not open and above board in your life you will have no luck in trying to raise them)
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2020-03-23 11:50
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"Hardships + Struggles of the early Pioneers."
We, today, who enjoy a high standard of living, and live in an age of modern labour-saving machinery where nearly everything can be done quickly and expertly, little realize the hardships and struggles that our forefathers had to go through to get a living. These true Inishowen incidents will give you an idea of how our ancestors had to
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Consternation reigned and then one of the sons remembered that when the beggar was leaving the land he saw him cast a grudging or covetous look in the porker's direction and heard him mumble something, so the family all jumped at the conclusion that he had "blinkered" the pig, (as you know a "blinked" pig stops growing and withers away.)
After a hasty consultation, one of the older sons started off in his bare feet after the aged mendicant, and caught up with him in the late evening as he was making his way into town to sell his day's gatherings tore a rag from his tattered coat, did a marathon back home and immediately burned the cloth under the pig's nose, and to the astonishment and delight of the family, the "rent-payer" got up, shook himself, started to feed at the trough - apparantly as well as ever - and was marketed the following week.
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2020-03-23 11:38
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Irish Superstition (A true story)
Sixty years ago, in a mountainous section of Inishowen, lived a poor farmer and his wife who raised a large and fine family that afterwards did them great credit when they emigrated to America. This farmer, as was his custom three times a year bought a young barrow (pig) about eight weeks old and raised him until he was ready for the ham and bacon factory, and used the profit to pay his rent and County "Cut."
One morning an old beggar man happened into their homestead with his potato and meal bags on his shoulders and asked for a "charity" (Which consisted in those days of six or ten raw potatoes, a scoop of Indian cornmeal, a duck egg at Easter time and so forth).
Late that afternoon they found the pig lying in the "crawl", refusing to get up and eat.
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2020-03-23 11:06
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An ye're spine is feelin' proud,
Do't fergit to up and fling it
At a soul that's feelin' blue
For the minit that ye sling it,
It's a boomerang to you.
His works breathe of the beauties and scenes of nature and the wide open spaces. When he wrote his poem describing the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, he dismounted at the rim of the Canyon and standing with his sombrero in his hand was so overcome as he gazed at God's masterpiece that he lost control of himself and shouted out the first lines:
O Canyon, grand and wild and free!
You've got a lariat on me.
I am proud to honour this unique and colourful character and distinguished son of Inishowen and feel that his works deserve and should be accorded a place of literature.
From his many Irish poems I have selected "In Donegal" for you here because of it's human appeal, as the thought of one's childhood or first sweetheart always linger in the memory.
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2020-03-23 11:00
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Bill's cowboy sermon; recitations; Indian and Wild West Stories; temperance talks (he promised his mother on her death-bed that he would never let strong drink pass his lips, and kept is); and in his Wild West attire would display has marksmanship, giving Indian war and cowboy whoops, performing lassoing tricks, + so on.
From 1901 he made his headquarters in the Hoffman House, New York City, and with a few friends formed a literary club - the most prominent member being William Sydney Porter better known as O. Henry, the master of the short story.) Captain Crawford among his many friends + contemporaries remembered Eugene Field, author of "If I should die tonight." He paid glowing tribute to King in a poem when he learned of his untimely death in Kentucky in 1894, age 35.
To some he was the sunshine poet, as he often wrote about spreading sunshine and lending a helpful hand to the other fellow going through life, and mailed to his friends on his New Year;s Greeting card this verse:
When a bit of sunshine hits me,
After passing of a cloud,
When a fit of laughter gits ye
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2020-03-23 10:53
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Sitting Bull went on the warpath ending in the Custer Massacre at the Little Big Horn in Montana in 1876. Captain Jack told my father when he entertained him at dinner in New York in 1902 that Sitting Bull was more than a "Heap Big Indian" - he was a resourceful and cunning man who bitterly resented the invasion by the white man into Indian territory. He said that Sitting Bull often joked him about his poetry when he visited his wigwam.
After Sitting Bull was shot to death while resisting arrest in 1890, the Indians quieted down, so Crawford retired on pension and was being self-educated gradually drifted into literary work. The name "Pat-Scout" brought him fame and his verses and stories were readily received by editors of Eastern publications. He published "Camp Fire Sparks" in 1893 "Lariette," in 1904, "The Broncko Book" in 1908, and other works.
After establishing his wife and family and ranch at Fort Craig New Mexico, Presbytarian Jack went on the lecture and entertainment platform catering mostly to men's clubs, Y.M.C.A.'s Churches, social gatherings and Republican political meetings. He had memorized ten hours of entertainment with something to suit every ocasion from Boy Scouts to the "high hats" - such as Pawnell
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2020-03-23 10:42
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and permanent leg lameness. He was taken with other wounded to an improvised hospital in a barn in Delaware where he lay on an earthen floor covered with pin boughs and straw. When convalescing a Catholic Sister of Mercy, who nursed and mothered him, taught him the alphabet and to read and write. President Lincoln, in reviewing a line of the soldier wounded and seeing the youth on a crutch, warmly shook his hand, and thanked him for the sacrifice he had made for the Union. The love of adventure was so imbued in him that after the Civil War he drifted West and secured a job as Pony Rider, carrying the nails to anything posts. He later succeeded William F. Cody (1846-1917), better known as "Buffalo Bill" as chief of Scouts. (Cody was now employed bu the contractors who built the Kansas Pacific Railway to provide buffalo meat for the construction camps, hence his nickname)
Captain Jack, who wore his hair flowing over his shoulders bore a striking resembleance to Colonel Cody. (Indians had great fear of and respect for long-haired white chiefs). He had a great influence over Sitting Bull (1837-1890), the Sioux Indian Chief and medicineman, and helped to keep him in subjection for years, and it was when Jack was shifted to another territory that
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2020-03-23 10:35
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from Montana and whose sudden death ended his designation as U.S. Attorney General in 1933). Tom and Jack, so a verse tells us, were equally happy in adversity or prosperity, and drank from the same black coffee pot, sitting around the campfire in the shadow of the Black Hills. After several readings I seem to have discovered a remarkable gifted Donegal born poet-philosopher, who by sheer ability rose to the height of his calling - Chief of U. S. Army Indian scouts. This sketch of his life was furnished by my older relatives.
John Wallace Crawford, later and better known as Captain Jack Crawford, the Poet Scout, was born in the little town of Carndonagh, Inishowen, in 1847. His father was the village tailor, and Jack who was a wild, reckless, imaginative boy, never would attend school but was always to be found with his dog hunting rabbits, trapping, herding his cows, and netting small fish.
The family emigrated to America when he was ten and the boy went to work at an early age in the Pennsylvania coal mines.
When Lincoln issued his famous call for colunteers to save the Union, Jack immediately enlisted and, daredevil that he was, led a charge against a Rebel position at Spottsylvania and received a severe hip wound, which left him a pronounced
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2020-03-23 10:27
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The Poet Scout of Inishowen
Story of Captain Jack Crawford (The Poet Scout).
"His life was gentle; and the elements
So mixed in him, that Native might stand up
And say to all the world, "This was a man"!
Thirty years agot The Roycrofters published a book of verse by Captain Jack Crawford (a distant relative of this writer) and after a long search my father came upon a handsomely bound copy and surprised me with it as a gift! The volume is dedicated to his dearest pal, Thomas F. Walsh (afterwards U. S. Senator
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2020-03-20 16:46
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day The King went and here the little boy was living with an old man The King inquired about the little boy and the old man told him that two women left this little boy with him since childhood. The King found out that this was his little boy and he decided to burn the two sisters. He went home to his palace, released his wife He got his soldiers to put on a fire and burned the two sisters for their treacherous deed. The King was then satisfied and he lived happy with his two children and wife
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2020-03-20 16:44
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The other two sisters sent one of the King;s children to be reared with an old man who lived alone in the hills. They reared the other child themselves and they thought they were landed. A short time after this the King(s) went to hunt in the hills. He met this nice little boy on the hills. The little boy addressed him and called him "Daddy". He asked the little boy a lot of questions as to where he was living and who with The little boy invited the King to his house for a party the next
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2020-03-20 16:41
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and told the whole story from beginning to end The King said, "Well so as it was said it will be done." "My butler will marry your oldest sister. My horseman will marry your second sister and I will marry you myself. The two sisters were jealous at this. When the first baby was born the two sisters took away the King's baby and put a crow in its place. The King didnt know this and he let it go. The second baby was born they did the same thing. The King thought the wife wasnt human and he locked her in a cellar by herself.
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2020-03-20 16:37
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of them says to the other " I wonder what does the King want with us the day." They were all frightened, thinking it might be something about the light being on the night before The three girls entered the King's Palace. The oldest girl was taken to the King first. The King asked her what they were doing the night before when they hadn't out their light. This girl got all shamed and she would not tell. The second girl was brought to him He asked her the same and she would not tell. So the young girl was brought to him. He asked her and she said "I'll tell you the truth and she stood up very boldly in front of the King
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2020-03-20 16:34
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their supper and began to chat. It was then after nine oclock and they hadnt out their light
The youngest girl says "What would we do now if the King came and our light not out." Ah said the oldest girl "I wish the King's butler would come to marry me." The second girl said "I wish the King's horseman would come to marry me." The youngest girl said then "I wish the King himself would come to marry me." With the result that the King was out listening to the whole lot. He walked away and never let on the light was on at all. Next morning he sent for the three girls. The three girls went on and on
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2020-03-20 16:31
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Story.
Occured in the time of the Penal law.
Once upon a time there lived in a little house three nice girls. The youngest girl was twenty years and she was the nicest of the three. The law was that time that everyone was to keep no light after nine oclock. One day these three handsome girls were washing. They had a terrible big washing to do and on that account it was late at night when they were finished. When they finished the washing the three sat down at the fireside to take
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2020-03-20 16:28
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at the door when a guard came up and asked him why was he knocking at the door that there was no person living in that house.
The man told him that he drove two women from Derry last night and that they gave him coffee and he left his pipe on the table.
The guard let him in and he got his pipe on the table where he left it and he got the cup that he got the coffee in was there too.
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2020-03-20 16:25
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he had left his pipe on the table when he was taking the coffee and he went back next morning for his pipe.
When he went back the door was locked and he could not get in for his pipe.
A man was passing and he saw him standing at the door knocking and he told him that there was no person living in that house. The man told him there was because he drove them from Derry last night and he would not believe the man.
He was not long
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2020-03-20 16:23
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he did.
When they were near their own home they told the man to stop the car because this was their home. The house was all lighted up.
The man did stop and he helped them into the house with the baskets.
When they went into the house the woman made coffee and gave it to him and thanked him for leaving them home.
The man then left the house and went home. When he went home he minded that
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2020-03-20 16:22
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Story
Long ago a neighbour went to Derry and he missed the bus coming home.
It was coming on to night and he did not know how to get home. He walked along the street and he meet two women who were standing at the corner with baskets. The man asked them why they were standing there and they told him that they had missed the bus and they could not get home.
The man hired a car and told them that he would leave them home and so
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2020-03-20 16:19
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and they went on until they came to a rock and there they stopped.
They looked around and then they touched the rock and the rock opened up and the two fairies went in.
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2020-03-20 16:18
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laughing.
The fairies went on a road that only one man could walk on and which was called the one man's path.
They met the man of the house with a bag of turf.
The man told them to go no farther because there was no house along here. The fairies told him to leave the way and let them get past because they knew the road better than he did and they went on. He watched them
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2020-03-20 16:17
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Story.
Long ago two fairies came to a house and asked the woman of the house for potatoes.
The woman went out and took in some potatoes and gave them to the two fairies thinking that they were beggars. When she put the potatoes into the bag all scattered on the floor. The woman went to lift them and the fairies ran out of the house
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2020-03-20 16:13
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invite all she knew so she did. As soon as the crowd assembled he laid down the cloth and said "Be filled with food" and it was filled with all kinds of food.
All went well till the heads of Government heard who sent men to see about it and bring the men to them. The good for nothing lad went and when he came to the bridge he told him to let him go and he would go himself. They let him go and he took out the box and gave it thumps. Then six soldiers jumped out and they killed the six soldiers of the Government and they went away again. The king was so much afraid that he did not go near him again.
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2020-03-20 16:10
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In the morning the man of the castle came and opened the door of the room where the fellow was. He asked him did he see any body. He said he saw his father and mother. The man said he could not have because his father and mother were dead years ago. They argued for a long time but at the end the man of the castle gave him the pound he had promised him and bid him "Good bye." The lad went away full of joy. On the way he met a man who gave him a box telling him that when he would give it so many thumps that number of soldiers would come out. He sold it for the cloth. The lad thought of the cloth he had sold and he went back to the man for it. The man gave it back to him without taking back the box. Some time after the good for nothing lad went home. His wife told him that his brother came yesterday and the people had a feast for him. He told her to make a feast for him and to
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2020-03-20 16:06
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The story they told him was about how they died. They said that their son cut their throats with a razor and he hid it under a stone. He told them where he hid it. They said they were going to appear up at the law with their throats cut. When they were finished they got up and took the lad into every room in the castle. When they were nearly through every room of the castle they came into a room where there was a press. They pulled open three drawers. In the first there was silver. They told him to fill his pockets with it. In the second there was gold and they told him to fill his pockets with it also. In the third there was a cloth. They told him that he would lay it down and say to it "be filled with food" that very moment the cloth would be filled with food and they told him to take it also. They told him to hide the cloth and to give it too nobody and they disappeared at that moment.
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2020-03-20 16:03
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the night and along with that he would give him a pound in the morning. The good for nothing lad said he would stop in it surely. The man gave him the food and drink and he locked him up in a room by himself. He locked all the other rooms as well. In the room where he was there was a firm. All went well until the middle of the night when the fellow heard a terrible noise at the top of the chimney. He thought it was wind. But there came a man and a woman down the chimney and one of them sat on each side of him. One of them would punch him now and the other again the lad said "stop that" they said "you are the first to speak to us because the rest of them all died with fear."
"They said they would tell him a story. The good for nothing fellow said "take your time till I get a drink." He took the drink and left down the bottle and then the couple began to tell the story.
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2020-03-20 15:59
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Story
Once upon a time there lived two brothers. There was one of them a low set man and he was a very hard worker. The other was good for nothing. They both got married and the low set fellow got a low set woman like himself.
One day the low set fellow went to Scotland. When the good for nothing fellow heard that his brother was away to Scotland he said he would go too, and so he went. When he reached Scotland he walked all day long looking for work but he could get none. At night he began to look for somewhere to sleep but he could get none. At last he went to a man who had a castle and a house which he stopped in at night himself.
The good for nothing lad asked him or lodging. The man said that if he would stop in the castle he would give him plenty of food and whiskey to eat and drink during
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2020-03-20 15:45
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They got five hundred pound in solid gold and a knife and a whistle for tolling more robbers. She took the whistle and blew on it and four more robbers came over the hill. The man shot one of them and the lady shot the other three. All the robbers in this part of the country were then shot. The man was able to show the woman the house to which she was going.
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She said to him "To my master I done no wrong. To my master I done no ill for from trembling one moment I can stand still. Then the robber reached for the box she had in her hand but she took out her revolver and shot him
She went on her way and soon she met a noble gentleman and she asked him the short cut to yonder gate for I believe it a tinker I have shot. So the two of them went back to see who it was. They got his box under his head and they opened it.
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2020-03-20 15:40
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Story.
There was a woman one time working for a gentleman and she was leaving him. She got all the tings ready together and she started out. She did not know the way very well and she met a man. This man was a robber and she did not know. She asked him what was the way to yonder gates. The robber said "To your master you done some wrong. To your master you done some ill for one moment from trembling you cannot stand still"
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2020-03-20 14:56
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and she went out.
When she went out she saw the muck all over the rock. She got a bucket of water and washed the rock, and when she came into the house again the girl was walking through the house as well as ever.
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2020-03-20 14:55
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to a rock that was beside the tree. She had an old spade with her and she lifted a spadeful of muck and rubbed it all over the rock When she was coming in the door she fell on the flags. He mother ran down to lift her but when she had her lifted she wasen't able to speak or walk. Then her mother put her into the cradle and when she was sitting at the fire crying for a little (was) while she thought she saw the girl out at the rock
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2020-03-20 14:50
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for the man. When he reached carpenter's house he nearly had the swingle-tree made and the man ran his full might to the house but when he went to look at the cow she wasen't able to stand. Then he thought that he had taken away the stick from the holly bush and he went and fixed it in as good as he could, but it was of no use the cow died.
One day a little girl got out of the same house went out
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2020-03-20 14:47
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Fairy Story.
One time there was a man living in Gortfad named James Doherty. There was a holly bush growing out behind his house and he cut the makings of a swingle tree out of it. Then he went to the carpenter to get it made. When he was about half-way one of his cows fell down a ben and broke her back.
The people went around and got help to take the cow to the house and one of them went away
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2020-03-20 14:42
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Poem.
A soldier and a sailor
went a walking one day
Said the soldier to the sailor
I have a great mind to pray
I have a great mind to
for the sins of old men
And whatever I pray for you
must say. Amen
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The first thing I pray will
be for a good wife
That I may live happy
all the days of my life
And where I have one wife
That we may have ten
May we never want a
good wife said the soldier. Amen
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The next thing we'll pray
for will be for the Queen
That she may live happy
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All the days of her reign
And where she has one man
may she have ten.
May she never want a good man
Say the sailor Amen.
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The next thing we'll pray
for will be for a good beer
That we may live happy and die in good cheer.
And where we have on
glass that we may have two
May we never want a good
Glass said the sailor Amen
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Here's to this landlord and
bailif aslo and likewise the informer
And the sheriff you knew
For the robbing of ban,
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2020-03-20 14:37
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and the bellies of poor men
May the muckle divil dam them
Said the soldier. Amen.
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2020-03-20 14:35
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Story
One Halloween night a man and woman were coming home in a donkey cart from Buncrana.
When they were coming along the road they were lifted in the donkey cart and left in a river near the road.
They were in the river and were not able to get out. It seemed as if they were tied to the river. They were there for about an hour After that they were taken out and left on the road again. it was the fairies who took them and left them in the river.
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2020-03-20 14:32
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Guesses
I am white as an angel as light as a feather and heavy and dark when you squeeze me together?
Answer Snow
On the green gravel I travelled, on the black oak I stand, I rode the mare that never was foaled?
Answer a ship
There is a bush in Bunagee it is covered with Ivy would starve foxed bears and the wild birds of the air?
Answer, Hunger
Red and yellow rose and green the King darent touch it more than the queen. The
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2020-03-20 13:50
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the old villain fell from the saddle broke his neck so the curses of the outraged mother, and sister of the priest fell on father and sons all in the one day.
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the old villain fell from the saddle broke his neck so the curses of the outraged mother, and sister of the priest fell on father and sons all in the one dat.
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2020-03-20 13:49
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sister. The blood of the priest splashed on the rocks where the wild ocean is constantly washing. Many years have elapsed since then so the blood of the priest is to be seen to the present day. The priest's sister in terrible excitement turned be her husband "you done it" she said. Her husband replied "If I would not earn it some one would." She cursed her husband. Afterwards she became a lunatic. She had two sons who got a large estate in the south of Ireland. A year after the occurance her two sons were pursuing a poacher. They fired at him shot him in the legs. The poacher fell amongst ridges of potatoes and as the pursuers approached. The wounded one fired at them and shot the two dead. The father on hearing the news saddled a race horse in Ballineire to go up to bury his sons. As he rode along close to Buncrana the horse being thirsty stooped to drink at a small stream. When
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tell on you." "I wont" said the priest "stop in the one house with him any longer. I don't like his countenance" The priest took shelter in a cave close to his sister. She attended him at night for fear the husband would know of his hiding place. True for the priest, her husband watched, told the Cromwell's utcher who lived in Buncrana so one morning when the priest's sister was giving him his breakfast he refused to eat. He told her to knell down until he would give her his blessing saying "my heart tells me I will be caught." As they were talking, her husband with soldiers were in the bank above them. The priest saw no way of escape so he leaped into the sea. As he was a good swimmer the officer called after him "come back and dont risk your life we wont touch you" "Will you pledge your word of honour. "You wont" "I will" replied the officer. The priest turned as soon and as soon as he landed on the rocks. The officer cut off his head in the presence of his
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2020-03-20 13:41
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neck adding "it will take a good one to overtake you my darling Bess." The priest was a good horseman so there and then the race for life or death began. Twenty horses persued the priest from Straths Bridge to Gaddyduff but most of them were far behind the priest, except the officer galloped side by side until they reached Putal Hall at Straid Clonmany. The officers horse got exhausted when the officer shouted "go to hell with you." Campbells mare galloped to Lennan where she was well looked after. A sign was put up in Lennan for the people of Fanad who immediately put out a boat and took the priest with them. He was not long in Fanad until the soldiers were informed of his whereabouts. So for safety to the good priest the people of Fanad left the priest with his sister in Ballineire. He wasent long there when he told his sister that he did not like the look of her husband "You fools creature" she replied "do you think he would
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2020-03-20 13:37
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Story
During the reign of Cromwell in Ireland it is believed that he took a wild goose chase over Innishowen on the mission of priest murdering. The old people often speak of Father Hegarty. It is believed he was a native of Clonmany born in Mullagh of poor parents. On one occasion he was chased from Rashenny to Stragh's Bridge. He ran into a protestant house named Campbells. Campbell took pity on him but as the enemy was near there was no time to delay. The priest hid in a pig house amongst the pigs so the soldiers searched every where stacks and all except the pig house. He stopped for a few days with Campbell but a price was left on his head and some informers revealed the secret of his where abouts. When the horsemen were seen coming from Carndonagh, Campbell harnessed his fmous blood, just in time before the soldirs were near, told the priest to make for Lennan, patted his brave animal on the
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2020-03-20 13:32
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they can take you away.
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There were two men ploughing in a field not far from here and there was a rock in the field. The men thought that they heard a great noise like some one scolding and looking for a potstick. They left a whip stick on the rock and after a while the whip stick was gone and there was no more scolding. At evening when the men were passing by the rock their whip stick was left back and along with it a noggan of Brohan. They took the whip stick with them and left the noggan of brohan for it has been said that if you ate from the fairies
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2020-03-20 13:30
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One time there came into a house of an old woman a red haired woman. When night came the woman of the house was going to milk the cow. She took a very small pan with her. The red haired woman told her to take a large pan with her so she did, and the cow filled the large pan full of milk. When she came in the woman said "God Bless your work" "Did your cow mend she asked" The red haired woman was a fairy and ever since people never took a small vessel to the byre.
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2020-03-20 13:27
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Story
Long ago there was an old woman who had a stray cow which came to her. She kept looking for the owner for a long time but could not find one. She kept the cow on and it had seven calves. One morning as she was sweeping out the door step with a heather bissim the cow came past and she hit the cow with the bissim. The cow (came) took her seven calves with her and went into a lough. It is since an old saying that no one should hit a cow with a heather bissim.
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2020-03-20 12:43
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the shore and send it away and they would get it made into guano. The people who made churns or tubs would charge for a tub two and six or two shillings and for churns it was seven shillings and seven and six.
There was brown bodoga pulled at the shore and the would send it away to England and Scotland and they would make medicians out of them and it would be sold in Druggists.
There where men and they made wheels for carts and the charge of a new wheel would be fifteen shillings. When ever they get pair they would go to a sheebeen house.
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2020-03-20 12:40
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was a half a crown or two shillings. The name of the men who made them were Paddie Harkin Dinney McGougin Isle of Doagh. EVery man would thatch his own house and they would make their own ropes out of straw. They would thatch them with rushes and straw and sometimes bent
Long ago in olden times there were men who would make churns and tubs. They would make the churns out off would called ash. They would cut barrels in the middle and that would do for tubs. They would gather kelp round
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2020-03-20 12:38
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There was others and their name was Eddie Mc Eleney Minteach. Owen O'Donnell Cleagh and there was another in the Isle of Doagh and he was lame and his name was Dinnes Doherty.
There were a lot of basket markers and they would make creels and baskets and cradles. They would make them with sally rods and black sallies. They would make them on a hoop of a herring barrel. When ever they would be making a hand baskets they would boil the rods and then peel. They would go round selling them and the charge
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2020-03-20 12:34
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thickening mill when it would come back it would be ready for the tailor.
Long ago in olden times you would not have to go to the tailor but the tailor would come to you. Whenever he would come to you he had to be kept until he would be finished. The women would make thread for him out of lint. He would charge five shillings for making a suit of clothes. There was a tailor in Tandergee and his name was John Davy. There was another in Carndonagh and his name was Patrick Doherty.
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2020-03-20 12:32
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weavers would charge according to the kind of cloth. if the cloth was blue they would charge sixpence and if it was grey cloth it would be fourpence, and for blankets it would be threepence a yard. The more yards you got woven the dearer it was.
The cloth they had was called orogad and that was for women. There was another cloth called flannel and there was blue flannel and grey flannel. When the weavers would be finished with it they would send it to a
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2020-03-20 12:26
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Superstitions
If the cock crows between six and twelve o'clock in the morning it is a sign there is somebody going to die If there is a funeral going to the Chapel and a space between the coffin and the followers it is a sign there will soon be another funeral.
There is a custom that on the first of May the people do not rise until near dinner time. Because it is said the first smoke up
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-20 12:24
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*sign that there will some estra person in the house before the next soulsnight
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2020-03-20 12:23
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or wife. A man one time went and on standing at the door of three houses he heard the name of Anne mentioned in each house so it happen to be that when he got married later his wife's name was Anne. Boys would gather into the house of some person who would be living alone and would tell stories and do lots of trick
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2020-03-20 12:21
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Hallow'eve
In olden times the people had some customs during Hallow'eve Grown up boys and girls would get a snail and place it in some place and cover it with a plate and in the morning when they would lift the plate the initials or names of whom they would be married to would be written on the plate.
Others would get three heads of cabbage and go to the door of three houses and stand out side and if they heard (heard) the name of (and) any person mentioned in each house it was to be the name of their husband
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2020-03-20 12:19
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into a tub of water and dip down and try and catch it with their hands behind their backs. At bedtime they would say the rosary. The would always say a prayer to God to save them from all harm and danger from that night until that night twelve months and to give them greatest of pleasure and the least sins. All the members of the family would say one "Our Father on Hail Mary and one Glory for that intention.
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2020-03-20 12:10
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take you home again. Always the people would make a sweet cake and they would put a ring in it. At night they would make tea and they would cut that cake which the ring was in. Whoever got the piece with the ring in it would get married the first.
During the night they would play tricks They would hang an apple to the roof or ceiling and put their hands behind their backs and try and catch it with their mouth. They would put an apple
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2020-03-20 12:10
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take you home again. Always the people would make a sweet cake and they would put a ring in it. At night they would make tea and they would cut that cake which the ring was in. Whoever got the piece with the ring in it would get married the firtst.
During the night they would play tricks They would hang an apple to the roof or ceiling and put their hands behind their backs and try and catch it with their mouth. They would put an apple
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-20 12:07
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Old customs at Halloweve
A few days before Halloweve the people would make sweet cakes and pudding for Halloweve night. The would have mashed potatoes for the evening meal. After they had the evening eaten they would have apples nuts oranges, and sweets. They old people told the children that all benweeds were horses at Halloweve night. If you would say to them "give me a ride give me a ride" and you would be taken any place you wanted to go and the Benweeds would
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2020-03-20 11:44
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enquired of John all about it. He told John that the ghost would never be seen there again, neither he was.
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2020-03-20 11:34
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the cattle off the road and was walking straight towards John. John was frightened but he had the presence of mind to bless himself and hold out the sodality medal to the ghost. The ghost stood and as John advanced towards him with the medal held high in his hand the ghost went back turned himself into a big buck goat, jumped high in the air and made all sorts of wild actions. John seeing that he was afraid of the medal and the sign of the Cross, got courage and said "you are the old nick, back to hell with you for you wont frighten me." The parish Priest on hearing the story
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2020-03-20 11:31
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Story
A true story about a ghost seen at Ard Ban, a lonesome spot near Effishmore, Clonmany, about fifty years ago according t a story told by an old man named John Jackson Effishmore. This man was driving cattle in the middle of the night. As he was in the habit of keeping grazing cattle during the summer months, at this particular spot. John knew he was to meet the ghost so, he blessed himself, took out his sodality medal and drove on the cattle. All of a sudden the cattle stood and in front of them stood a very tall man remarkably tall. He drove
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2020-03-20 11:27
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Story
There were two men going on a journey one night and they heard some one crying They ran home as quickly as they could. Some time after one of them went to Scotland and took a fever and was lying in a barn and no one near him. A woman came in and asked him "how he was" he said he was better than the day before. The woman asked him did he know who was crying that night he said "no." The woman said it was she and she saved his life and got the flesh torn of herself
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2020-03-20 11:24
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and two lights came out and went up to the altar. A priest came out and asked if there was anybody to clerk Mass. There was no answer so he called again. He called a third time and then the boy answered and he went up. They got on with the Mass until the last. He got a good blessing from the sinner to the saint. It was counted back that he had that Mass to say. It was supposed that he was coming there for a hundred years and could get no one to serve.
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2020-03-20 11:22
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Story
There was a lot of Irish boys went over to Scotland some time ago. One morning an old woman came to them where they were working. She was a protestant. She sad that she was in their church on the previous night and that there was a ghost in it. It was a priest. They said that there was not, and she said that there was. One said that he would go and see. He did and went in before the door was closed. There was a very large clock in it and it struck every hour. He waited until it struck eleven o'clock and he began to get afraid. Then it struck twelve and the vestry door opened
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-20 11:20
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up to them when her brother came and scolded the fairies. Then they went away.
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2020-03-20 11:19
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Story
About a hundred years ago a young girl was herding at a glen called Drimhorna.
A crowd of young children with red hats and coats came. They began rolling over the glen to the end of fine sticks. Then they got up again and began rolling and rolling. Then started to laugh and shout to the little girl to come and join the fun. The little girl was going
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2020-03-20 11:17
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told his mother how he got rid of it.
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2020-03-20 11:16
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supper so it would be salty enough for him
When the young man had eaten it she told him to go to the river and to lie beside the river for that night to see if the blood sucker would come out The young man did as he was told and during the night the blood sucker came out for a drink of water becauce the salt had made him dry. As soon as the blood sucker came out the young man got up and went home. He
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-20 11:15
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what cure he could get to kill the blood sucker that was in his body. But they could not tell him. They told him to go to the doctor and that he would be able to cure him.
After some time he went to the doctor and the doctor told him to eat plenty of salt. The young man did as the doctor told him and he told his mother what the doctor told him. That night when his mother was making the supper she put three fistfulls into his
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2020-03-20 11:13
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Story
Long ago there was a man and one night he was sleeping with his mouth opened. At last a blood sucker came round, and went down the young man's throat. He grew very thin although he was eating a great deal of food. The people of the vicinity wandered at him eating so much and that he was getting thinner. The young man was getting afraid that he was going to die and he asked everybody he met
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2020-03-20 11:04
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Story
There was a man one time who had a little boy minding cows. Every day the people would get the best of the meat and the little boy would get the bones.
An old man told him to put the cow down to the rocks when he was not getting a share of the meat.
Next day he put the cows down to the rocks. The man asked him why did he put the cows down to the rocks. The boy answered saying "the nearer the bones the sweeter the flesh, the nearer the rocks the sweeter the grass the little boy got a share of everything then.
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2020-03-20 11:01
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The man did his business and returned home. He never thought of the little boy until he returned hom and when he came home he found the little boy at home.
He hired him and kept him for two years and during this time he was obedient and worked like any ordinary person. When he was there for two years one day the man went out and he saw a goose up on the roof near the chimney. He told the little boy to come out and hunt it but when he saw it he jumped up on the roof and flew away and nothing more was heard of him.
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2020-03-20 10:58
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Story
it was usual for the men long ago to attend all the fairs in Derry and bring anything they had to sell with them. When they would be going they would leave in the middle of the night and they would have meeting places where all the carts would assemble and then they would all drive together.
One night a Cloughfin man that was going was late and he had to go slow. The way they used to go was by a road called Pinch and then into Buncrana. When this man was going along and nearly at the top of Pinch he met a little boy. The man thought it was strange to meet a little boy at this time of the night and he asked him his name and the boy said he did not know his name. He then asked him where he was going and he never answered.
After this the man directed him to his house and told him to tell he sent him there. The little boy went on and the man went to Derry.
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2020-03-20 10:51
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direction of the ben. She began to call them back and they began to laugh They did not come back. The next morning when she rose she got half a crown on the machine. She got the same the next morning. Then a third morning a neighbour woman came in and she told her that she got the half crown the two mornings and she never got any more.
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2020-03-20 10:48
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Story
In olden times there was a woman whose name was Carney. One evening two boy's came to the door. Each one of them had a bag of meal. She rose to give them some meal and took a stool with her to reach to where it was. When she went up on the stool she fell and the stool fell too. The boys began to laugh. Then she got up again and got some meal. When she put it in there was no bottom in the bag and they began to laugh again. Sh got a needle and thread and sewed it The went away in the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-20 10:40
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was not able and he shot him. The girl was terrified and he told her to carry home that stradle. This was the first thing she did in her life to obey anybody. She had nothing to do for a few days and the gentleman told the servants to give her bad food. After a time she inquired why she was getting bad food. He told her because she was not working. She said she would begin to work. He father pair her a visit and invited her and her husband to his house for a party. He
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2020-03-20 10:37
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rose and the man sent the hound after him. He shouted to the hound to come back but he did not. Then he shot him. The girl asked why he done that. He said because he did not obey him. After a while there came a nice bird flying round. He sent the hawk after it. The hawk did not come back when he called it and he shot it. They went on until the horse sank into a muddy dirty place. He told the horse to get out of it. The horse
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2020-03-20 10:34
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happened to be passing and saw him. He told him how to train her and so it succeeded. The two held a conversion and the man told the gentleman about his three daughters. he said that he gave £100 to each of the other girls at their marriage and he would give £200 to her. The gentleman consented to marry this girl. The following day he came for her. She mounted behind him on the horse. He had also a hound and a hawk. They rode on until a hare
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2020-03-19 17:22
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A Cure for Toothache.
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This was quite common amongst the old people about thirty years ago. The tradition is that Our Lord found St Peter weeping and moaning from the pain of toothache and that he cured him of it. Ever after if a person kept the following prayer either in memory or writing he would never suffer from toothache
Prayer
As St Peter sat on a marble stone
Jesus came to him alone
Peter, who do thou weepest?
Oh Jesus, Master, it is the the toothache
Rise up Peter and heeled thou shalt be
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2020-03-19 17:18
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so long as thou keep these words in writing or in memory.
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2020-03-19 17:17
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How to make Boxty Bread.
Potatoes are washed and peeled and are grated into a basin. Flour and bread-soda and salt are mixed up with it. A pan is greased and the dough is put on it and cooked like other bread.
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2020-03-19 17:16
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How to make Oat-meal Bread.
Put oat-meal into a basin and add salt. Then wet it with water and make a stiff paste. Roll it out on a bread-board and cut it into farls. Then place in front of the hot turf sods and keep turned until baked.
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2020-03-19 17:14
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How the robins got their red breasts.
When Our Lord was crucified and was nailed to the Cross the robin was angry when he saw the soldiers treating him so badly. He tried to take the nails out of Our Lords hands. When he was doing this a drop of blood fell
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2020-03-19 17:12
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to another stage where they started to dance again. When they had finished dancing they said "get me a horse" and they started off to another stage. They started dancing again. It was then daylight. He could then see the horse he was riding. To his surprise it was an iron gate and the fairies had disappeared.
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2020-03-19 17:07
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A Story
Once upon a time a man called Patrick Mc Kenna was coming home from his ceilidhe about twelve o'clock at night. On his way home he had to come past Fort-Jhonson where there was supposed to be fairies. As he was coming along past the fort he came to a gate where he heard the fairies dancing and singing. When they were finished he heard them say, "Get me a horse, get me a horse". Then he said also get me a horse. They gave him a horse and they got up on it. Then they rode together
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2020-03-19 17:05
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with it and put it up to the sore tooth.
To rub the tongue of a fox where a thorn goes in very deep is a poultice for it and it brings it out.
The cure for the mumps is to put a donkey's winkers on the person's head and lead him around a pig-house three times. To keep the evil-eye from cattle, is to tie a red string on the cow's tail.
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2020-03-19 17:03
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of water, you have to dip your finger in the water three times and wet each wart every time in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, in this way the warts disappear in about a week.
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A Story
One time there was a man who was very poor. One day he was out in the field and under a mushroom he saw a little man fixing boots. He kept his eyes closely on him. The little man told him to look behind, but the man said he would not. The man said if you dont give me gold I will not let you go away. The little man said he had no gold but that he would give him three wishes, and no matter what he wished for he would get it. It was the fair day and they went to it. Every drove of cattle they brought was not big enough. The first they met was a tinker and she said: oh, I wish I had a teapot. The man said I wish that teapot was stuck down your throat, and they had to give the other wish to get it out.
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2020-03-19 16:59
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Potato Pudding
A potato pudding was always made by the old people for Hallow'een. The potatoes are well boiled and peeled and mashed with a little salt and a small quantity of flour. The dough is left over night and next day it is boiled for about three hours with a little sweetmilk.
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A Cure for Warts
There is supposed to be a cure for warts in Donagh grave-yard. Old people sat that you can get all the warts you have cured. No one can tell how it was first found out. The way to get the warts cured is to go to the graveyard and in the centre of the place there is an old ruin of a church or Chapel, in one of the corners of these old ruins there is a large stone with a hole in it like a little well, this is full
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2020-03-19 16:52
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A Fairy Tale.
One time there was a man and a woman lived beside Killyrane fort. One day the man cut a branch of a lone bush that grew on his farm. That is a bush that grows in the middle of field and there is supposed to be a crock of gold at the root of it. In a few days after this his wife disappeared, and no trace of her could be found anywhere. In a few months when there was no hope of ever seeing her, the man got married again. One day he was out digging, and his first wife came to him and said the fairies took me away. I will be passing the door to night at twelve o'clock on a white horse. I want you to pull me off with the pot-hooks and if you fail I will be killed. The man promised faithfully, but he happened to tell the other woman and she would not let him out. So in the morning his boots were covered with blood.
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2020-03-19 16:48
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Local Place Names
In olden times when the Country was ruled by Landlords a woman named Catchie lived on a small farm in Annaketty. They took it off her and allowed her an acre. When she died the field was still called after her and that is why it is still called "Catchie field"
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2020-03-19 16:46
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There are some fields in in our land which have names. One of them is called Butter-cup hill. There is a hollow near the hedge in this field and in it there is a blackthorn bush. There are supposed to be fairies in this bush and they come out after everyone is asleep.
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2020-03-19 16:43
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What sleeps with its finger in its eye (A crook.)
Chip Chip cherry all the men in Derry, couldn't lift climb up Chip Chip Cherry. (The Smoke).
As I went over London bridge, I met a London scholar. He took off his hat , andrew his gloves and I've told you the name of the scholar = (.Andrew)
What is it I have and you have and you make more use of mine than I do. (My name)
What goes up when the rain comes down. An umbrella.
When is a riddle like a stale loaf (When its crusty)
If a cat and half kills a rat and a half in a day and a half. How long will it take a dozen cats to kill a dozen rats. (18 days)
If your Uncles sister is not your Aunt what relation is she. (Your Mother)
What is everybody doing at the same tome (Growing Older.)
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2020-03-19 16:39
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Riddles
As round as an apple as plump as a ball, can climb the Church over steeple and all (Sun)
What is it always walks with it head down (nail in shoe)
What goes away between two woods + returns between two waters. (man with pails of water)
What goes away above the ground and returns under it. (man with sods)
Middy, Noddy, round body, three feet and a wooden-pat. (a pot)
What's full, and still holds more. (a pot of potatoes)
Headed like a thimble, tailed like a rat, you may guess for ever but you couldnt guess that: A pipe.
Patch upon patch and never a stitch. (a cabbage)
What goes round and round the wood and never gets into it. (The bark of a tree).
What has a bark and yet cannot bark. (A tree)
What has one eye and yet cannot see. (A Needle)
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2020-03-19 13:04
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The man that made it wore it, the man that wore it never saw it. A coffin.
What has two eyes and cannot see (scissors).
What has one eye and can yet sew anything. (a needle).
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2020-03-19 13:02
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Supplied by various people in the school district.
Signs of Bad Weather
1. When the goat comes home it is the sign of the storm.
2. When the cat sits with its back to the fire it is the sign of bad weather.
3. When the crows fly low it is the sign of a storm.
4. When there is a ring around the moon, it is the sign of bad weather.
5. When the sheep come down off the hill it is the sign of bad weather.
7. When the cows gather into a bundle it is the sign of a storm.
8. When the smoke goes up straight there will be good dry weather
9 When the dog eats grass there will be rain
10 When the frog wears its black leather waistcoat there will be plenty of rain
11 When there is a blow-down in the chimney there will be rain soon.
12 When the cat washes her face there will be rain
13 When crows are seen in the grazing fields there will be rain.
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2020-03-19 12:55
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the fairy said to her "what will you give me if I cure you"? The girl told her that she had nothing and money was very scarce, but if I had I would give you. So she said "show me your leg" and she rubbed her hand upon it and took out a great big butcher's knife. She could walk after, and that evening went out to the field to her parents. It was a fairy that put the knife in her leg.
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2020-03-19 12:50
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Fairy Tale
Once upon a time there lived a girl. Her father kept a cow and calf. One night she heard the cow roaring and she got up out of bed and ran to the byre for she thought it was someone stealing the little calf. When she was going through the byre door she found something sticking in her leg ans she started to roar. So her parents heard the pitiful roar and ran out. They carried her in and put her into bed again. She was bad for months and could not walk and the Doctor could do nothing either. So this day her parents were working at the corn and she was lying on the bed crying because she had always to stay in the house and could not get anywhere. Then she heard a tap at the door and a little fairy walked in and asked the girl what was wrong so she told her story, and then
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2020-03-19 12:21
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Fish + Fishing.
1 Fish don't take in hard dry weather, nor after a frosty night. In a thunder storm they lie on the bottom of the river.
2 The oil of eels is good for sore ears.
3 Salmon change fresh water to the sea. In the fresh water a scum gathers on their teeth when they go to the salt water it cuts this off their teeth.
4 After a flood there is alway a good catch of fish.
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2020-03-19 12:17
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Old Cures
1. It is said to cure corns by dipping them into bog water.
2. Donkey's milk is a cure for measles.
3. Another cure for measles is to boil nettles and then strain the water off them. Mix milk and sugar with it. A drink of this is supposed to cure measels.
4. Boiled butter-milk, boiled with butter and sugar, taken at night to cure cold.
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2020-03-19 12:09
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Good Luck + Bad luck in Cattle dealing
Bad
(1) To meet a red haired woman first in the morning on the way to the fair is most unlucky
(2) If you meet a sow pig on the road it is a sure sign of bad luck.
(3) To see two frogs on the road is a sign of bad luck.
(4) Id an old grey goat is lying in the middle of the road as you go to the fair it is a sure sign of bad luck.
(5) Te meet a bare-footed person in the morning it is a sure sign of bad luck.
good
(1) One frog on the road is a sign of good luck
(2) To put the right leg first out of bed in the morning will bring good luck during the day.
(3) To see a white goat lying on the road is a sign of good luck.
(4) To meet a donkey + cart on a Friday is a sure sign of good luck.
(5) To meet a black cat is a sign of good luck
(6) To find a piece of iron on the road is sure to bring good luck if it is taken home
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2020-03-19 11:07
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If a cat tears at wood it is a sign of rain
An abundance of haws in Autumn betoken a snowy winter
Fog up over the Slieve Beagh Mountains is a sign of rain
A Black North and a clear south means heavy rain.
(A clear South (sky) and a dark North)
A clear North sky and a dark South means that rain will soon stop and the evening will be fine
If cockroaches cross the road it will rain shortly.
If the cat washes her face in front of the fire the rain is near.
A rainbow in the morning is a bad sign of the weather
A rainbow at night is a good sign
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2020-03-19 10:54
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Weather Lore
A red sunset is a sign of good weather coming.
A North wind brings the snow.
If animals become dull and heavy, rain is appraoching
When dust whirls along the roadsides, bad weather is at hand.
Cattle grazing on a hilltop betoken good weather, Cattle at the bottom of a hill show that rain and dull bad weather is approaching.
Smoke which ascends straight into the Sky is a sign of good weather, but if it scatters out and goes crooked we may be sure that rain is near
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The whistle of a peweet (snipe) betokens a big storm.
A Foxes bark (brings in) heralds a heavy snowfall.
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A robin high in the bush is the sign of good weather
A robin at the bottom of a bush is a sure sign of bad weather.
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If the moon rises between 12 and half past two o-clock good weather is near. [-]
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2020-03-19 10:45
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Weather Lore
1. Rolling clouds are a sign of rain.
2. Flocks of Crows drifting through the air are a sign of a coming storm
3. A red sunset is a sign of rain.
4. If smoke whirls through the air instead of going up straight it is a sign of rain.
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5. A Halo around the moon is a sign of rain.
6. Coming rain is often foreshadowed by floating clouds.
7. Falling stars also betoken rain.
8. If a willow-wagtail alights on the street it shows that rain is near at hand.
9. Low flying swallows are a sign of rain for sure.
10. Before an approaching storm. The cat sits with her back to the fire.
11. When clocks c.roaches run across the road or if the cricket whistles we may expect a heavy rainfall.
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2020-03-19 10:38
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Story of Loch Mor
Lough Mor is a large lake situated in the North of our County. Many strange tales have been told about it. One fine Summers day, a woman was washing clothes in the waters of the lake.
Suddenly she saw a small pearl button lying on the sand not far from where she stood. She picked it up and put it in her pocket. The water rose up + covered the clothes and swept away her washtub. She threw the button into the lake and instantly the waters calmed down again
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2020-03-19 10:35
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McKennas Treasure
Story of The Treasure of
the McKennas of Truagh Barony
who had their Dun at Glasslough
It happened that there was once a well near the Mckennas dun at Glasslough. It was dug down so deep that it came in level with the river and had a deepth of almost two hundred foot. Now the McKenna chieftans were rich and the British Anketell longed impatiently for their treasure. One day he gathered up a few hundred soldiers and when the McKennas were off their guard he attacked them.
Now the McKennas were determined never to let Anketell touch one ounce of the coveted treasure and in their anger and despair they flung it into the well.
Anketell put his men to dig for it but the waters of the well prevailed and the men wanted more pay. After a very short time the greedy Saxon had to give up the attempt and to this very day the treasure lies buried in the well. Clay has fallen in on every side and filled the hole.
Many atime since then have people tried to delve (with spade and pickaxe and with hoe) for the McKennas gold, but the waters always blocked their way.
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2020-03-19 10:24
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The Castle in Loch Mor.
Lough Mor is a large lake on the extreme north of Monaghan. Part of the lake is in Tyrone.
Long ago a man was out fishing in Lough Nion. When he came to the middle of the lake a big trout came dashing towards him. He flung his knife at it and pinned it but the fish got away.
Next day he came again in his boat. When he came to the place where he saw the trout the day before, the boat turned over. And he went down to the bottom of the lake. There he was taken into a room + here he saw the knife sticking in the arm of a young and beautiful girl. He was told to remove the knife as gently as he could and he did so. When this was done he was put on the lake in his boat again
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2020-03-19 10:19
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Herbal Cures
A plant called "Devil's Nip is used to cure ring-worm
A plant (which grows in the sedge around pools) called "bog bean" is boiled and then the liquid is strained off. This liquid is drunk as a medicine to purify the blood in Springtime. It must be drunk while fasting in the morning
House Leek will cure sore eyes
Wild Caraway boiled is a cure for kidney trouble.
The oil from an ell skin will cure sore ears.
Sel skin will cure a sprained arm
To walk in the snow cures chilblain
Ivy leaves given to eat to cows will cure murrain
If stung with a bee put dandelion stalk in warm water - rub the stalk up and down over the sting part + it will cure the sting
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2020-03-18 17:55
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Hedge schools.
About 120 years ago there were four old hedge schools in my townland: there was one in which was called the cobbles garden, and one at John Hughes who lived beside Minmurray lake. The teacher of that school was Niall Woods.
In former times there was another school at Nancy McKenna's who lived in Killgra who used to teach in these schools. He taught the pupils at night in the farm houses, and often too: he lodged in the farm houses, but he could only stay on night in each house. The pupils who were taught by him had to pay him for the instruction he gave them.
The subjects in these schools were mostly Christian doctrine and prayers in Irish. Mostly Irish was spoken by the master and pupils in these schools.
They used to write on a slate and they thing which they wrote was called a cutter. The pupils were seated on blacks of wood and on stools and forms in the hedge schools. The black board
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2020-03-18 17:50
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carrot and nettle.
On the eve of May Day the old people made their children gather bunches and bunches of May flowers These they placed outside their doors and on their window sills to keep away the fairies and the good people.
The old people had great belief in holy water from certain wells. To these wells were attached the name of some great Saint a few years ago I visited one of these wells in the Derrymoore Parrish. The Saint attached to it was St. Mothna. Around this well are crutches , pins, needles, belts and old rags of every description. There were left by people as tokens of gratitude for being cured there. There are processions to this well. There are also lots of traditions attached to this well.
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2020-03-18 17:47
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Crosses.
The most common home made crosses known around the country are St Brigids. These are made in every household on the eve of the Feast of St Brighed. One member of the family, mostly a girl, and especially if she is named Brighid goes out for the rushes. She comes in and is greeted in Irish. Then they all begin making the crosses. The rushes are worked and weaved in and out and tied at the ends. Then holy water is shaked on them and one is placed in every room in the house and one in every Office-house.
These crosses were supposed to be first mde by St Brighid. In Pagan times she came along an found an old man dying. She instructed him in the true Faith and then he wanted to see image of his Saviour. There being no crucifix at that time St Brighid had to make one of rushes. She showed it to the man and he died a christian and a true Catholic.
Long ago in Ireland the old people were very healthy. There were no famous doctors nor specialists Each one was able to care himself They knew the different herbs and when they used them they were cured of all their diseases. Amongst the most famous, were dandelion, peppermint, alderberry and witch
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2020-03-18 17:39
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they used was an old barn door or an old shutter of a window.
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2020-03-18 17:38
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The hedge school was situated on the side of a hill. The name given to the school was Kelly's mud wall school. The name of the townland was Relaghan. The children that went to that school carried their seats with them every day and it was called a boss. This boss or seat was made out of a hay rope.
The name of the teacher was Mr Pat Kelly. The school was built with turf and mud. The children were taught mostly outdoors. There was no Irish and very little writing. The writing was done with pencil and slates. And the teacher wrote on a table that hung on the wall. In winter each child had to carry a turf with him or her for the fire. They way that the teacher was paid was, every week end the children brought something to him such as a cake of bread. This story was told to me by an old lady whose mother was taught in the hedge school.
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2020-03-18 17:22
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He that by the plough would trive.
Himself must either lead or drive.
When wine is in with is out
You may lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink.
Empty vessels make most sound.
A closed mouth makes a wise head.
Never sell your hen on a rainy day.
It's too late to lock the stable door when the horse is stolen.
What is the use of a good cow when she spills her milk.
Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves.
Kind words don't wear the tongue, and kind words butter no parsnips
A soft answer turneth away wrath.
Its time enough too shake hands with the devil when you meet him.
A new broom sweeps clean.
Its better to wear out shoes than sheets.
Fine feathers make fine birds.
As you live yourself you judge your neighbour
Don't weigh everyone's corn in your own bushel
Suspicion haunts the guilty mind
A man is known by his company
An empty sack does'nt stand.
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2020-03-18 17:16
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Proverbs
Far off fields look green
A short horse is easily curried
Long churning makes bad butter
Good corn grows long. Bad weeds grow fast.
Look before you leap. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Save plenty for scarcity saved itself. The early bird catches the early worm. A stitch in time saves nine It;s a long lane has no turning. Strike the iron while its is hot. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. There is no smoke without some fire. He who slights the mare would buy the foal. Work is better than play. A good driver makes a bad worker.
Acts speak louder than words.
Many hands make light work.
Too many cooks spoil the broth
"Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
"Charity covers a multitude of sins
Dark is the hour before the dawn.
When there's a will there's always a way
Wise minds think alike.
You never miss the water till the well runs dry
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2020-03-18 17:12
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The man with the big head of hair
Once there was a man who lived in Ballynahone whose name was Hugh Hughban. He lived alone. One night he was sitting at the fire and two little boys came in and talked to him. Hugh had a big head of hair. At that time there were potatoes called Corkrids. They asked Hugh whether he would like Corkrids or hair. Hugh said he would rather have Corkrids. Then the two lads went out. Hugh went t bed, as usual, that night. When he awoke in the morning the room was full of Corkrids. He put up his hand and found not a hair on his head.
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2020-03-18 17:10
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with his stick, and called the man who was dead, and he appeared. The priest said to him "If you are good, enter inside this line, if you are bad stay out. The spirit entered and had a talk with the priest. Then the priest overtook the man and said. "Don't you fear that spirit, he will never trouble you again Once upon a time there were confessions in Glennan Church. There was a woman praying up in the front, the sexton came and never saw her and closed the doors. About twelve o'clock that night a priest came out on the altar and said. "Is there anyone here to serve Mass," she never answered. The next day she went to the parish priest and told him the story, so that night the parish priest stayed in the chapel and about the same time, the priest appeared on the altar and said "anyone here to serve mass" and the parish priest said "Yes" and went up and served the Mass. When the mass was over he disappeared. This was a mass that this priest never said.
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2020-03-18 17:06
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Religious Stories
A man in our parish had a fight with a protestant neighbour. The priest tried to settle but the Catholic man became angry with the priest and would not go near the Church or sacraments. He stayed away for 6 years, his friends we annoyed and prayed hard for his return. A dear friend of his returned home from a foreign land and asked him to go to mass he did not refuse and is now as good a Catholic as anyone.
A man in this parish went for the priest for a dying friend late at night some years ago. When on his way, he met a man who had been dead sometime, he got a fright and told the priest. So when they come to the place on the return journey the priest told the man to walk on, the priest stayed alone and drew a line
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2020-03-18 17:03
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words for my sake shall never have the toothache.
When a friend was going away for a holiday the old person of the house would say Remember me when this you see though we be far apart remember me when though you kneel before the Sacred Heart.
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2020-03-18 17:01
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Prayers
Hail Thou! lay me down to sleep.
I give my Soul to God to keep
If I die before I wake
I pray to God my soul to take.
There are four corners on my bed.
These are for Angels overspread
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
God Bless this bed which I lie on.
On Good Friday at Easter noon
The Jews came down with their sharp spears and pierced the Heart of Our Saviour dear. The blood did flow from heart and hand. His blessed mother standing by, with a sighful mourn and pitiful cry. Those who say this little Prayer of mine, three by day, or three by night, will never suffer the flames of Hell or Eternal damnation.
As St Peter sat on a marble stone weeping all alone. Our Lord and Saviour was passing by and said Peter what ails you or what makes you weep. My Lord and Saviour it is the toothache Rise up Peter and be hail, not you alone but all those who say these
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2020-03-18 16:54
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The care of the feet.
Long ago there were many people in the district who never wore shoes. I heard the old people say that there was a girl in the townland of Killyrand named Rose Mc Kenna and she never put a shoe on her foot during life. In former times boots were made and repaired locally. There was a shoemaker in Killyrane named James McKenna and he made shoes for all the people about. In Monaghan there was a man named Pender and he made very strong boots like clogs and every week he had a sale of these boots on the street. Children were not allowed to put on shoes until they could earn the price of them: Old people thought it very unlucky to keep in the house overnight the water in which feet were washed. Football matches were usually played barefooted and the usual two teams were the Parish of Donagh against the Parish of Truagh this usually ended up in a big fight.
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2020-03-18 16:50
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Graveyards
There are not many old graveyards in this district exept Donagh. Tradition tells us that there was a graveyard in the vicinity of Emyvale in the townland of Annagh, and old people say there used to be a man seen at mid-night riding a white horse and he wearing a red coat like the soldiers did then, he rode from the village to where this graveyard was on the top of the hill. Donagh graveyard is also ancient, because there are a lot of old dates on the tombstones. There is a large Celtic cross erected by Mr Shane Lesley, and there is a story about it. Some of Shane's people found it in a bog there was a dispute as to the owner of the Celtic Cross. Different families claimed it so Sir John Leslie said whoever could carry it up the hill could claim it. So it seems people named Callaghan were able to carry it and so they kept it for many years, and long afterwards Mr Shane Leslie recovered it and has it erected in Donagh graveyard, There is another ancient story about the old Church in the middle of the graveyard, only the ruins remain there is a tombstone inside of the
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2020-03-18 16:26
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old walls it is lying on its side we are told that the man buried beneath prayed that he might not get the breadth of his back to (he would) would see Corracrin Chapel a Kennell for his dogs, so he never got his prayer.
There are other Tombstones with Agham letters. There is a very old graveyard near here known as Errigal, it dates very far back and some very old Tombstones many which cannot be made out the writing been so old and the inscriptions not in plain English.
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2020-03-18 16:22
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Story
In the Sixtowns, part of the parish in which my mother was born and reared, a new church was to be built. There was great disputing as to where it should be built. Everyone wanted it to be built in his own townland. Suddenly a bell was heard singing in the Air and it rang for seven days and seven nights. A sheet was spread out for the bell to fall on, and to the great surprise of all, the bell fell on a field owned by a poor, the only field he had. Here the church was built and its ruins are to be seen to the present day. This story was told by my grandfather.
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2020-03-18 16:19
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Story.
Some years ago there was an old man called Barney Woos, who lived in Annaghcramp. One night as he was coming from his "culide" in a house in Co Armagh, he got a great fright just as he came to the wall outside Caledon, which surrounds Lord Caledon's demesne. This man had a great habit of picking out of everything he saw. He noticed a little dog coming towards him and he got a little rod and began picking out of the dog. He hit it several times and every time he hit it, it grew bigger, until it turned into a man. Anyhow he went on home and went to bed. He became very sick. He had to remain in bed for about three weeks. In the meantime he heard that Lord Caledon had died, and being a very cruel Landlord this was supposed to be his ghost.
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2020-03-18 16:13
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The battle of Drumbanagher
fought in the old fort, half a mile from Glasslough, on the 13th March, 1688, is a prominent landmark in local tradition which connects the final over throw of the influence and away of the Mac Kenna clan with it. Glaslough, which had been purchased, May 22nd, 1665, by John Leslie, Protestant Bishop of Clogher, from the trustees of the late Lord Ridgeway, was able to muster a strong fighting force. Lord Blaney, the Governor of Co. Monaghan, ordered this force to proceed to Antrim. On the 13th March, 1688, they set out under the command of Captains Richardson, Boll and Anketell. The Catholics hearing of their arrangements some time
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2020-03-18 16:09
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parted, but no sooner had the victim passed the boundary of the graveyard, then he or she recollected the history of the graveyard spectre, and abandoned all hope of life. Death in all cases supervened, and the victim's remains were carried to the graveyard on the day the fatal tryst was to have been kept.
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2020-03-18 16:07
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The Churchyard Bride
It was commonly believed in the neighbourhood a century ago, that Errigal graveyard was haunted by an amorous spirit which appeared occasionally to young people whose relatives were buried here; and its appearance was always an omen of death to those who had the misfortune to encounter it. When a funeral took place it accosted the young person who remained last in the graveyard, over whom it exercised a fascinating influence If that person was a young man, it appeared as a charming maiden, inspired him with an irresistible affection, and exacted a promise that he should meet her there, on that day month. When, on the contrary, it appeared to a girl, it assumed the appearance of a graceful and attractive young man, and secured a similar promise.
"If I to thy youthful heart am dear, one month from hence thou shalt meet me here:
This promise was also sealed with a kiss, in which the poison of death was communicated to the mortal who received it. The lovers
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2020-03-18 16:00
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Fairy Forts
There is a fairy fort in the parish of Truagh. This fort is situated on an mound there are trees all around it, there are also many stories connected with it, and it was said that fairies dwelt there. Every night they came out and played music and danced. So this night the the man who owned the fort was on his ceilidh and when he was coming home he heard the music. The next day he was digging a trench and he found a lot of little bones, these were said to be fairy bones. There was a fort in the parish of Donagh and the fairies were troubling the people One night there was a bad storm of wind and rain and one of the fairy trees was ready to fall. There was a house beside the fort and the man of the house was afraid that it would fall on his house decided to cut it down he did so and he was never troubled with the fairies any more.
There is one fort in the neighboured and the fairies travelled it to another and every night they left something on their path. One time there was a house
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2020-03-18 15:53
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Hoping That Kind Providence has
Allotted her for my bride
Its him I put my trust
no one will him deceive
Still hoping that he will give to me
the Maid of Knocknasave.
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2020-03-18 15:49
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And if they dare accept you
perhaps I'll be your own
So now Sir there is your answer
and what more can you brave
Til further you become acquaint
with the Maid of Knocknasave
The country is alarmed
with the beauty of this fair
The young men all around here
She has them in despair
Also the married men
their wives and children leave
To gaze on the beauty
of the Maid of Knocknasave
All thanks I will give to him
who rules on High
That caused this beauteous female
My suit not to deny
If she will now marry
My parents I will leave
And spend my days in pleasure
with the Maid of Knocknasave
Now to conclude and finish
I will have it tried
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2020-03-18 15:38
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4) I said my pretty fair maid
if you were but to know
The pain of love all for your sake
I now do undergo
And if my Suit you do deny
I'll go down to my grace
And I'll be laid in Donagh mould
for the maid of Knocknassave
5) She said young man I must away
in case my friends might hear
For keeping company
they'd make me pay full dear.
Besides men are uncertain
least I should meet a knave
I keep no stranger's company
says the maid of Knocknasave
6) I said I am no stranger
for in Emy I do dwell
And the people all around here
the same to you can tell
Its I have money plenty
to keep you from being a slave
I'll support you like a lady
dear Maid of Knockasave
Just go unto my parents
and let the case be known
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2020-03-18 15:29
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What stands on one leg and has a heart?
A head of cabbage.
As black as ink as white as milk,
Ink nor milk it is not,
Hops on the road like a marble
stone and a marble stone it is not?
A Magpie.
Why is smiles the longest word in the world?
Because it has mile between the first and last letter.
What is the difference between a warder and a jeweller?
One watches cells and the other sells watches.
Black and white went up a hill,
Black came down and white lay still.
A black hen lays an egg on the hilltop.
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2020-03-18 15:26
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What is that which goes about the wood and cannot get in?
The bark of a tree.
A roomful, a roomful and you could not get a spoonful?
Smoke.
What is full in the daytime and empty in the night?
A person's shoes.
When are the police needed in the park?
When the grass begins to shoot.
Chip, chip, cherry,
All the men in Derry,
Couldn't climb chip, chip, cherry?
Smoke.
I go up the road and down the road and carry the road on my back?
A ladder.
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As I went up Tara hill,
Tara hill was shaking,
Thirty, forty blackbirds,
Were tearing up a nation?
A Harrow.
What has a tongue and cannot speak?
A boot.
Everything has it and so has a needle?
A Name.
What is full and holds more?
A pot of potatoes.
Middy noddy, round body, three fat and a wooden hat?
A pot
Riddle me, riddle me randy bow,
My father gave me seed to sow,
The seed was black and the ground was white
Riddle me that and I will give you a clay pipe
Ink and paper.
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I went to the wood for Bresna,
And Bresna I took home.
Neither sound sticks nor rotten sticks
But Bresna I took home?
A dog (named Bresna)
As round as an apple as deep as a cup and all the king's horses could not pull it up?
A well
Black I am and much admired,
Men wrought at me till they were tired,
Tired horse and comforted man,
Dear friend my riddle is hard to understand?
Turf.
I have a little house which would not hold a mouse;
There are as many windows on it as are on the Lord Mayor's house?
A Thimble.
The man that made it never wanted it, and the man that used it never saw it
A coffin
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What is full of holes, yet still holds water?
A Sponge
Riddle me, Riddle me what is that
Over the head, and under the hat?
A Person's hair
When does a farmer perform a miracle?
When he turns a cow into a field.
Headed like a thimble and tailed like a rat you can guess forever but you won't guess that?
A Pipe
A little nanny with a little red nose the longer she lives the shorter she crows?
A lit candle
What goes round the house and round the house and stays there always?
A Path.
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As round as an apple, as flat as a pan, One side a woman the other a man?
A Penny
Why does a donkey eat thistles?
Because he is an ass.
What goes round the house and round the house and a harrow after it?
A hen with a flock of chickens.
As I went over yonder hill
I met my uncle Davy
With Iron nose and timber toes
Upon my word he'd scare the crows?
A Gun.
What grows in the wood
Plays in the town
And earns its master
Many a pound?
A Fiddle
A Flock of white sheep, on a red hill.
Here they go there they go
Now they stand still?
Person's teeth.
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and window frames the late John Jebb of Railway Terrace was the most celebrated throughout the entire country
The local thatcher was red Eoin McNally of Dunmawrice.
Rush hats were a feature of Callyboy life some forty years ago, and these were chiefly made by Billie and Jenne Williamson, Albert Street.
Whips were made by Hugh King saddler of Main St. He cut the shafts from hazel trees and wound the strip of leather round them.
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2020-03-18 14:56
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These industries were carried on in nine mills all worked by the Creeve river. The head of this concern was on Hugh Jackson of Cremowine House, who owned the famous mare called "Crazy Jane." This famed mare won a silver cup at Cootehill races in the year 1873, and defeated many noted hunters from Bellamont and Rossmore. This event is commemorated by the song "Jackson and Jane."
A tannery was run by a man named Cunningham, near the site of the waterworks reservoir in Creeve, Ballyboy. There was also a tanney in Mr. Keelaghan's yard, in Main St. this tan-yard was owned by a man, named Ben Brown, who was mayor of the town in his time.
Many inhabitants remember the manufacture of rush candles in Ballyboy, and the candles were made by dipping rushes in tallow.
Cart-wheels were made by James Henry of Corrybrennan.
As a maker of windows
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2020-03-18 14:38
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Kelly and Rutledge families in Albert Street, and by the Gorman and Duffy families in Cornahoe (Ballintra district), the later family were locally known by the Corrie family at Bowelk, the McManus family in Corrybrennan, and the McDonnell family in upper Main Street. In the forge of the later family worked one of the last woman smiths in local memory. This venerable old lady is still alive, and it is said that she could strike better than a man.
In in the townlands of Shane, Greagh, and Drumhowan many families made their living by spinning yarn for the linen mills at Creeve. The "Niece McDonell" family of Drumhown are still in possession of the spinning wheel used by their great-grandmother, and they cherish it very much.
Linen and meal industries were carried on by the Jackson families in Creeve and attached to the linen mills were bleach-greens
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2020-03-18 14:31
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Local Crafts
Amongst the many local crafts were:- nail-making, this was carried on by the McBride family (father and four sons.) in Corrybrennan. Shafts for shovels, picks, brushes, forks etc were made by the Gormley and O Dowd families in Main St. Besoms (made from heather.) and scrubs were made by an old woman named Anne Swift, Meeting Street. Bodelling was done by an exserviceman, named, Henry Hillis in Orange-Entry, and samples of this man's work were exhibited at the Dublin Exhibition of 1906-1907. Rope-making was carried on by Ned Kelly Corrybrennan, locally known as, "Ned the rope." He made his wares from old flax and targed tow, and afterwards walked to all the surrounding fairs and markets to sell them. Basket and creel-making was carried on by John Magennis and Sons, Corrybrennan. Shoemaking was the chief trade carried on by the
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Local Crafts
Amongst the many local crafts were:- nail-making, this was carried on by the McBride family (father and four sons.) in Corrybrennan. Shafts for shovels, picks, brushes, forks etc were made by the Gormley and O Dowd families in Main St. Besoms (made from heather.) and scrubs were made by an old woman named Anne Swift, Meeting Street. Bodelling was done by an exserviceman, named, Henry Hillis in Orange-Entry, and samples of this man's work were exhibited at the Dublin Exhibition of 1906-1907. Rope-making was carried on by Ned Kelly Corrybrennan, locally known as, "Ned the rope." He made his wares from old flax and targed tow, and afterwards walked to all the surrounding fairs and markets to sell them. Basket and creel-making was carried on by John Magennis and Sons, Corrybrennan. SHoemaking was the chief trade carried on by the
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He was young and supple and his machine was good.
There was a man in Brogan called John McKenna who walked from Brogan cross roads to Monaghan Railway Bridge in one hour and a half.
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12. 1. 1938.
In olden times the young men of this country amused themselves very much by leaping, running and throwing stones a great length. There was a man called James McKenna of Cullamore who could leap a distance of 14 yards and could throw a stone from the top of Glenbeg hill to Patrick McKenna's bottom.
There is another man living in Drumfunner called Mick Hackett. One day he took a running race and jumped over a horse and cart.
Owen McKenna of Tydasnet rode a bicycle from Bragaw School to Manoghan market house inside of 20 minutes
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2020-03-18 14:20
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slates and pencils and first and second class reading books. Many boys and girls learned to read and write very well in this school until they got able to go to other schools farther away. This school was taught by James McKenna" known as the "Lame Master.
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2020-03-18 14:17
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"Hedge Schools" 20 -12 - 37
The schools we have now are very different from those in the olden times. They were called "Hedge Schools" and were built under a hedge on the sheltry side of a field or meadow. There was one in this townland of Bregan. It was built in a field beyond where the "National School" is now or the lands which belong to Mck McKenna at present.
The school was of a very poor class, the walls being built with sods and clay with a thatched rood and an earthen-floor. There is a man named Peter McKenna of Glenbeg who got his education at it. He told us that the accommodation inside was very poor. A few forms served for desks, one Black Board, a time table and a little clock. There was no master's desk only a large chair and a board and he pet his Roll Book in a box.
There was always a very good fire in the school. Each scholar who came took two turf under his arm each day. The master stayed one night in every house there were scholars in. There were plenty of
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About 60 years ago there was a hedge school in the townland of Brogan. Seated in the corner of a field belonging to Mick McKenna (Naily) was a thatched little house this being the school.
The master was lame and his name was McKenna. He was 60 years old. Each scholar in the winter would take an arm of turf every morning and so in this way they were well supplied with turf.
When the school wanted to be thatched
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black stockings
She carried in her hand a bag which seemed to be full of something When I made her tea she opened the bag and get out tobacco and a pipe and began to smoke.
When she had the tobacco in it I lighted a match for her and she began to scream that I would burn her face.
She then lay down on the floor and slept to Pat McKenna came in and began to talk to her.
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One night Peter McKenna came into our house and began to tell fairy stories. he said one night he was out covering potato heaps very late. He started a fire of weeds and in the other side of the ditch the fairies started another fire.
They would run around the fire with handfuls of fire in their hands He got afraid and left the field and the fire remained on for a long time.
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2020-03-18 14:00
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26"11-37
I remember one day last Summer, when I was keeping house an old woman named Anne Sheridan came in. She wore a brown shawl across her head and a black dress, brown shoes
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Superstitions
There was a lot of Superstitions in Ireland long ago. Still there is a lot of carried on in Ireland at the present time. Long ago the people had the belief that if you were going any journey and meet a red haired woman in the morning you were going to be unlucky. The 1 st of May is another day that a lot of Superstitions remarks were made about. There was supposed to be witches going about on that day generally in the shape of a hare that could take milk from a farmer's cow that every house this witch might visit.
On the 1st of May country people would not borrow or lend anything. Anybody having a spring well on their own land would like to be first at it on that morning.
There was a man one time going to Monaghan market. So he met two men on the road. So he said to himself these men are unlucky and it would be better to turn back home. So this is what he did.
A lot of these old sayings are bad
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2020-03-18 13:50
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A cure for fallen palate.
The child is put sitting on the ground, with the legs stretched out in front, and hands not touching the ground. Mr. Boylan or his wife, who can do it, rubs the child's throat upwards, with a hand on each side of it, three times in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, then he puts his thumb under the palate and lifts it up three times, in the Name of the Father,
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2020-03-18 13:48
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garment out of the water from the south flowing stream, and wraps it round the child Then he puts it round the bellows three times, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. - this is how it is done - he stands on one side of the bellows and his wife on the other side, he puts the child under the narrow part of the bellows to her, and she hands it back to him over the bellows, this is done three times.
People come with children from long distances to get this cure.
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2020-03-18 13:46
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Local Cures
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James Boylan, the village blacksmith has a cure for rickets. He is the seventh generation of blacksmiths of the same name who have worked at the forge there.
The child who is to be treated, has to be brought to him three times, before sunset, before the cure is completed. He can only do this cure on Mondays and Thursdays. And if the child is brought to him on Monday at first, he must be brought on Thursday the next time, and on Monday again for the third time, the cure must be completed on the corresponding name of the day of the week on which it was begun.
The blacksmith, or his children, get water from a south flowing stream, he undresses the child and leaves it lying naked on the anvil on its face, with the hammer, he touches it lightly on the back of the head, and down the spine three times in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. He then wrings it under
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2020-03-18 13:33
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Old Crafts
Two brothers names William and John Clarke who lived in Drumhill were churn makers.
These churns were made from oak which was imported into Ireland in large logs, and which were split into staves of the required length. The churn was wide at the bottom, narrow in the centre, and wide again at the top
These men made wooden boxes, called Firkins for holding butter, and plain wooden tubs.
They also made Coffins. When a death occurred in the neighbourhood, the bereaved family provided the boards, brown cloth, black neails and breastplate for the coffin, and these men came to the house, and made the required Coffin usually in the barn. McDonald of Crussin was the only man in the neighbourhood who could print the deceased's name on the breastplate, and he came too. They were provided with plenty of food and drink while they worked, and old tales of the country were re-told.
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2020-03-18 13:32
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Old Crafts
Two brothers names William and John Clarke who lived in Drumhill were churn makers.
These churns were made from oak which was imported into Ireland in large logs, and which were split into staves of the required length. The churn was wide at the bottom, narrow in the centre, and wide again at the top
These men made wooden boxes, called Firkins for holding butter, and plain wooden tubs.
They also made Coffins. When a death occured in the neighbourhood, the bereaved family provided the boards, brown cloth, black neails and breastplate for the coffin, and these men came to the house, and made the required Coffin usually in the barn. McDonald of Crussin was the only man in the neighbourhood who could print the deceased's name on the breastplate, and he came too. They were provided with plenty of food and drink while they worked, and old tales of the country were re-told.
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2020-03-16 12:58
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Care of the feet
Boots were not worn in Killurine dstrict be people until they reached 17 or 18 years of age.
I saw Mrs Parsons Mrs Kerwon and Peter Walsh who were very old, working with out and boots on their feet. Children around here do not wear boots in the Summer when they are going to school. When people wash their feet around here they throw out the water. If you wash your feet at night it is not lucky to leave the water inside. Agnes Dunne said in class it would bring in the fairies. A good many farmers and workers can repair their own boots around here bu there is no shoe maker in the locality. A famous shoe maker named Martin Dunne lived in Ballincanty some years ago. Only a few people around here wear clogs which they buy in a shop in Tullamore Clogs, soles, nor leather, were never manufactured her. But my great grandfather used to wear clogs to Mass he used to carry them under his arm till he would come near the Chapel the he would put them on and go in. I could never find out no sayings or remarks about feet only make your head spare your heels. look at your feet and you will plainly see what was nor never will be. You are as
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2020-03-16 12:52
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ignorant as a kish of brogues.
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2020-03-16 12:50
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Churning
I have a churn at home. it is about 4 feet high and 1 1/2 feet wide at the to. It is a good bit wider at the bottom. The sides are round. It is 42 years old. There are three parts on in namely the churn, the dash, and the lid. There are no marks on the side or the bottom of the churn. All in the house who are able help at the churning. Even strangers who come in lend a helping hand. If they did not they would take the butter from the churn. The churn dash is moved up and down but at the ent it is rolled from side to side to collect the butter. In some churns there is a piece of glass through which you could see the butter. In ours you would have to take off the lid to see if the butter was coming. If you were use to churning you would know by the movement of the dash when the butter had come. We churn once a week in winter. In the summer we churn a little oftener. We put hot and cold water int the churn according to the season, to keep the milk at an even temperature. The butter is taken out with two wooden shovels. Mother adds salt to it and squeezes all the water out of it before selling or using it. The butter milk is used for baking and giving to pigs. One day many years ago in my grandfather time a next door
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2020-03-16 12:44
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neighbour named Conroy came in during churning time. For some reason he was not asked to give a hand. No butter would come on the milk no matter how the churned. My grandfather went to Moll Anthony foron the red Hills of Kildare for advice. He told him to churn the same milk again and that a man would come the door looking for a red coal to light his pipe. But on no condition to let him in. He came and banged and banged and shouted and shouted but he was not let in. Soon the churn was full of butter. If Conroy had been let in that night butter would never come in the churn again.
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2020-03-16 12:40
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Clothes made locel 20-5-38
There are no tailers in this district People who want clothes buy the material or get it made in Tullamore. No cloth is made made locally. I never had any old sayings about tailers or about their trade. A tailer only uses a needle scissors and thread. Nearly all the sirts used are bought in Tullamore. Tommy Murray's great grand mother used to make linen from flax. He has still sheets which she made. The are 82 years old and are as good as the first day. Joe Cullen and John Cullen and the Hanafys wore flax suite when the were young.
Stockings are mostly bought. Bridgis Healin brought a white stocking to school to sho us. She got it from Mrs Mathews. It was knitted by Miss Bridid Deering who is now in America. She got the wool from a sheep owned by Mr Mathews. She washed the wool and spun it into thread and knitted the stocking. The stocking is still quite goof. There are still about nine spinning wheels left in this district.
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2020-03-16 12:35
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III People do not lie the "dar daoil." It is said that you would gain an indulgence if you could him before he could cock up his tail to curse you.
IV People do not like the wren but when St Stephens day comes a lot of boys and young men dress up and go after to catch him and kill him. When our Lord was dying on the cross the wren picked at his wounds a hurt him.
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2020-03-16 12:31
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Stories about holy Family
I When the Blessed Virgin was going into Egypt she called at a house to get water to wash her Baby. She got it and washed him. In the house there was a child sick. When the child was washed he immediately was cured.
II On the journey the Blessed Virgin lost a pin. She asked cowherd for a thorn to uses as a pin. He said he was two busy to get one. She then asked another cow herd who gave the same reply. She soon came to a blacksmiths forge. When the blacksmith saw she wanted a pin he pulled out somemoney and made a broch for her. The Blessed Virgin then gave the Blacksmith her blessing. When his days work is over ever since if the Blacksmith washes himself in the water in which he has cooled the red irons during that he will feel refreshed and strengthened after it.
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2020-03-16 12:25
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Old Story 27-6-38
Once upon a time the king of Mocoras was leaving his home and he sacked his servant, Pat, and he told him, that he would hang him at three oclock if he could not answer three questions.
Here they are:-
"How many barrows of sand are in the Slieve Bloom mountains?" "How many hundreds are in the moon?" "And what was he thinking of.
The servants name was Pat. Pat went of to some nearby sandpit, and began to weep. After a while another man came along, named John, and asked him what he was crying for. Pat told him what the was going to do to him, and John told him not to be crying, and he would make him all right. So he told him to take off his clothes and stay there till he would come back. When 3 oclock came John went to the king's Palace, and when the king asked hem, "How many burrows of sand are in the Slieve Bloom mountains?" he said, "One if it were big enough." When he asked him, "how many hundreds are in the moon?" he said, "Four quarters." "When he asked him what he was thinking of?" he said, "you are thinking I am Pat, but I am Jack."
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2020-03-16 12:13
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12-'5-38. Hens and chickens
We keep a good many hens at home. When Mammy is feeding them she says "Chuck, Chuck", and they come running to her. Sometimes she says "Chicky Chicky". We have new chickens every Spring. We put 13 eggs under the hen because odd numbers are lucky We put a cross on the hatching eggs so that if a hen laid in the nest we would know the new-laid egg from the others. We mark the eggs also so that we would know the different breeds of eggs. When mammy wants to know whether the egg will produce a pullet or a cock, she ties her wedding ring to a piece of silk thread and hols the thread in her hands. In the other hand she holds the egg. If there a cock chicken in the egg the ring will move round in a wing, but if it is a pullet the ring will move backwards and forwards, if there is no chicken in the egg it remains steady.
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2020-03-16 11:46
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Farm Animals 12-5-38
Cows and horses and pigs are the commonest animals in Gorteen. Poor people sometimes keep goats, but big farmers keep them to prevent cattle from getting disease. We distinguish our cows by referring the their colour as the black cow, the grey cow, and the white cow.
We call one the "Maol" cow, because it has no horns. When I am bringing the cows home in the evenings I always say "Bale pup" a few times. The is no name on the house where they are kept for the night except the cow house. It is 52 yards and 4 yards broad and can hold 3 cows. The cows are chained to the manger by a chain which is fastened around the neck and firmly fixed to the manger "Bales" are sometimes used.
A cow's horn is sometimes hung over the manger to bring "good luck". Sometimes a bit of Blessed Palm is hung, in the house. When my mother milks the cow she dips her middle finger in the milk and makes the sign of the cross on the "Hip Bone" and then she says "God bless you pet. It is lucky to see swallows building in the cow house, and if you robbed their nest the cows would milk blood.
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2020-03-16 11:38
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The Potatoe Crop
We sow potatoes every year, and always about the same amount, that is about 1 1/2 acres No manure is put on the ground until the drills are opened. We sow the potatoes in drills, but sometimes in gardens I saw them in ridges. The ground is ploughed grubbed, harrowed and rolled first. Weeds are collected and burned. Iron ploughs are now used to open the drills, but there still preserved in the locality 3 wooden ploughs which used to be used years ago. Spades and ploughs are bought in Tullamore. The potatoes are cut first to make seed. Two or three "eyes" are left on each seed. Sometimes lime is put on the seed to dry them. Our neighbours often lend us horses or a man to put out manure The drills are saddle-harrowed to remove rough clay and stones.
When they are a few inches above the ground they are moulded Every year we spray them with bluestone and washing-soda.
When Autumn comes I stay at home to pick them as a man gets them out with a spuddler.
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2020-03-13 16:18
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8 ab Meiceam 1938.
Old Poets
There was a great poet named Tom Hodgins living in a place called Corna Frirish. it is about a mile from Ballycumber on the road to Ferbane. He was born in the year 1808, and he died in the year 1868. He is dead about seventy years. The people liked him very well. He was buried in a graveyard in Castletown called Varna Villa. He was also a peeler. He met a man named Larry Dillon one day and they composed a song about a pig. Larry Dillon was also a poet. He lived at the Pound. Tom Hodgins wrote many lovely poems. The people know some of them yet. He also wrote lovely songs, but the people do not sing them yet. He loved the people very well. He lived in Castlemun for a short time. one day he went to Ballycumber fair. The people used to play a game called Thimbles. Tom was sure he was going to win, he put down a pound on them but he lost it. When he looked round Larry Dillon was looking on so they composed the following poem.
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2020-03-13 16:12
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7 ab Meiceam 1938
Old Forts.
There are old Forts in Mr. Cahill's field that are joined together by an underground tunnel. The same tunnel runs into Mr. Haddock's garden about two hundred yards from the forts. Mr. Cahill cut all the trees, off one of the forts except three, and all the cattle died except three.
There is another Fort in Mr. Daly's field in Clonshanny. All the trees are growing on it yet.
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2020-03-13 16:08
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3 ad Meiceam 1938.
The Famine Period
When the famine visited this parish first all the potatoes began to rot in the ground. They rotted on everybody except one man and he had just one load of potatoes left. His name was Mr. Heaton. He lived in the house that Mr. Minnock of Clonshanny owns now. The people began to die of hunger. This man spread his potatoes flat on the ground the way that the people would not get them. He covered them with clay.
The people used to sow their potatoes in flat pieces of land like ridges and they were called trenches.
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2020-03-13 16:06
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The first day for digging new potatoes is the 29th of June and it is lucky to sow potatoes on Good Friday.
May day is an unlucky day for people to give away meat, or salt or milk to anyone. People thing they would never have it if they give it away on this day.
People say it is unlucky to keep the water which they are after waching their feet in, in at night.
So every one throws it out when they have finished with it.
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2 ad Meiceam 1938.
The Lore of Days.
Monday is counted as an unlucky day for throwing out ashes because if you throw out the ashes on a Monday th you throw out the week's luck.
Tuesday is a lucky day to throw it out.
Wednesday is a lucky day to get married and people like to get married on that day.
Thursday is a lucky day to throw out ashes.
Friday is noted as a lucky day when people are leaving one house to go to another and it is also a lucky day for applying ointment. it is a lucky day to start building a house.
Satuday is a bad day to begin to work because a work begun on a Saturday will never be ended.
The 21st/of December is the best day for sowing onions and the 21st/of June is the best day for pulling them.
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It is situatedin the north of the Bawn in Mrs Boland's field. The people say that the fairies used to play pog-pipes on it.
The Market hill.
There is a hill in Ballybrumcullen called the Market Hill. There used to be a market there every week long ago.
Tomb Hill.
There is hill in Mr. Minnock's field in Clonshanny. It is called the Tomb Hill. It is called that name because an old Landlord lived there He was also buried there and a tomb stone was erected over his grave.
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named Bill's Well. This is how it got it's name. A Man named Bill Flanagan lived beside it and it was there he got his water. It is a long way in from the main road.
The Peer Field.
There is a field in Castletown behind Coffee;s old house. It is called the Peer Field. The men used to play football and hurling in it. That is how it got it's name
Murray's Turn.
There is a lane in Clonshanny leading to the Bog of Allen. It is called Murray's Turn because a family named Murray's lived there Long ago It is in Mr. Minnock's land
The Barn Turn
There is also turn in Clonshanny called the Bawn Turn. It is in Mr. Daly's land. It got that name because there used to be boxing matches there. There is a big rock in the Bawn called the Pipers Rock
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2 ad Meiceam 1938.
Local Place Names.
The money Hill is in Mr Daly's field behind Mr Malone's house. Under it there is supposed to be some money buried. it is situated on the side of the main road in Ballina.
Bill's Well.
In Mr. Cahill's field there is a well
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her nest by the side of the river or in the middle of a weed in the river. It is a sign of more bad weather when two or more swans are seen hovering around.
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them. They build their nests in other countries. They go away at the end of the Winter.
The Wild ducks also come in the Winter and they do not build their nests here. They have all beautiful coloured feathers
There is a lot of other birds that do not migrate is this parish, namely the Black Bird, Thrush, Sparrow, Wren, Crow, Jack Daw, Robin, MagPie, Willie-Wag-Tail, Wild Pigeons, Gold-Finch, Yellow Hammer, Sea Gull, Snipe, Curlew and the Swan. They all build their nests in the bushes and trees except the Wag Tail, Snipe, Jack Daw and Swan. The Wag tail builds her nest in a wall and it is a great sign of rain when she is seen running along the roads or housetops. The Snipe and Curlew build their nests in the bog. It is a sign of rain when the Curlew comes around whistling sharply. The Jack Daw builds her nest in a chimney.
The swan builds
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away out of the nest. They usually stay in the long grass.
The swallow also comes and goes the same time as the cuckoo. She builds her nest in old sheds and walls She catches the flies in the air as she flys. All the people like her very well. She has a tail in the shape of a fork. The cock helps her to build the nest out of mud.
The Corn Crake also migrates. She comes in April and goes away in August. In the long grass she builds her nest. Her colour is brown She is nearly always seen in the meadows.
The Starlings come in Nov. and December. They are like the black bird only they have white spots on them. They are usually in flocks. All of them are good singers and they usually sing in the grass. They eat worms and flies
The Wild Geese also migrate. They also come in the Winter when the rivers are flooded and they swim on
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23 Bealtaine 1938
The Birds that Migrate.
Well! the Cuckoo is one of the birds that migrate in this Parish She comes in April and goes away in August. She is a sort of a blue bird. They cock comes first and he calls the hen when he comes. She builds no nest but lays her eggs in the nest of another poor bird. When the young birds come out they eat all the food the mother bird brings home When the young cuckoo's get big they put the other birds out of the nest so they would get enough food for themselves. The mother bird thinks they are her own birds and after a time they fly
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Crann Padraig.
There is a tree in charles Berminghams field in Hill Patrick called Crann Padraif. It is growing over a well which is called St Patricks well and that is why it is called Crann Padraig. It is there hundreds of years now.
The Brick Park
There is a field near the Graveyard belonging to John Boland, Castletown called the Brick Park. It is called that because bricks were made long ago and it is situated near the road
Piper's Hill.
There is a hill in a field of Henry Rourkes in the Deer Park called Piper's Hill.
It is a tilling field and it is said that a fairy piper used to come out and play on it.
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1 ad Meiceam 1938
Local Place names.
There is a place in the west side of Castletown called Dair na n-sbann. It belongs to William Minnock and Joseph Bracken. Dair na n-sbainn means the Oak of the Rivers. There is a great number of oak trees in it and it is near the Silver River and the River Brosna.
Brocha.
There is another place near Dair na nabainn in the West of Castletown Called Brocha. It belongs to Joseph Hickey and Patrick Higgins. It is called Brocha because at one time a lot of Badgers were in it. It is surrounded by big clumps of brushes.
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18 ad Bealtaine 1938
Old Schools
There was an old situated at Patrick Walshes, Castletown. The teacher was John Daly and he lived at the Pound, Ballycumber in a house called John Garret's house. The children had to bring a penny each, every week to pay him. The children used slates and slate pencils and were not allowed to use pens until they were in Third Class. The teacher used the blackboards there. There was no Irish taught there, only English and the children were taught reading, writing and sums.
The teacher before John Daly was a man named Flanagan and before him was a man named Trisson, who lived in Clonshanny. The people who went to this school are nearly all dead now. There was a night school in Thomas Gray's haggard in Deer Park. John Gray taught in it.
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2020-03-13 11:53
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16 ad Bealtaine 1938.
Riddles
A king met a queen on a narrow, said the (the) king Where have you been "I've been hunting a buck or a doe Pray lend me your little dog until I do so" If my little dog I lend you, you must tell his name twice and twice in the riddle I have told you his name."
Ans Been
The king of a castle a ship, and in this ship his daughter sits and I'll be blamed for telling her name and that three times I told her name.
Ans And.
In a house there's a drawer. In that drawer there's a cup. In that cup there's a sup and everyone must drink it.
Ans Death
Two A's, two R's, two M's and a G put them together and spell them for me?
Ans Grammar.
What is it that goes into the fire and is never burned?
Ans The sun
What is the shortest bridge in the world?
Ans The bridge of your nose
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2020-03-13 11:49
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13 ad Bealtaine 1938.
Riddles
Spell Brandy in three letters?
Ans B R and Y
Spell broken down ditch in three letters?
Ans Gap.
If four men sat down to one pound of mutton, what time would be it be?
Ans A quarter to four.
Twenty white cows standing in a stall. Up comes a red one and licks them all.
Ans Your teeth and your (mouth) tongue.
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13 ab Bealteine 1938.
Riddles
What goes up a ladder with its head down?
Ans A nail in a man's boot.
What is black and white and read all over?
Ans A paper.
Why is a bar of coffee like a race horse?
Ans Because the more you lick them the faster they go.
Why is a donkey like a stamp?
Ans One of them gets licked with a stick and the other sticks with a lick
What is it that eats all it gets and drinks nothing?
Ans A fire
What is it that drinks all it gets and eats nothing?
Ans. A lamp
What is the shiest thing in the house?
Ans A clock because it always holds its hands on it's face.
Jenny in the ditch. Jenny out of the ditch and if you touch Jenny she will bit you.
Ans A nettle
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Ans When it is going on to eight.
Why is it dangerous to sleep in a train?
Ans Because the train runs on sleepers.
Why is a train compared to a flea?
Ans Because they both run on sleepers.
I have a little house and it has as many windows as the Lord Mayor's house.
And A thimble/
Why does a hen pick a pot?
Ans Because she can't lick it.
I looked out in a wonderful window. I saw a wonderful thing I saw the dead carrying the living. What is the wonderful thing?
Ans A train carrying it's passengers.
How many furze in an acre of furze?
Ans One and the rest
If you got up on an ass what would you get down of.
Ans You would get down off a goose.
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2020-03-13 11:30
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12 ad Deaslesine 1938
Riddles
Spell the red rogue of the world in three letters.
Ans Fox.
As round as an apple, as deep as a cup and all the kings horses could not pull it up
Ans A Well.
Red and green and yellow between. The king can't touch it neither can the queen. The Pope of Rome can touch it as soon. Riddle me that by the light of the moon.
Ans A rainbow.
Think tank under a bank, ten drawing four.
Ans A woman milking a cow
What does a horse do when he is caught in a trap?
Ans Run away with it.
How do you get down off an ass.
Ans There is no down on an ass.
When is the clock hungry?
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Why is a police man like a fisher-man?
Ans Because one has his beat and the other has his smack.
What had no soul, got a soul and died without a soul?
Ans A whale had no soul. When one swallowed Jonas had a soul. When he threw him out on the bank in three days he had no soul any more.
As I went out in a gap I met my Uncle Davy. I cut off his head and drank his blood and left him lying easy.
Ans A bottle of Whiskey.
As I was going to the fair of the mines, I met ten tinkers and their wives. Each tinker had a cat and each cat a kitten and each kitten a coin. How many were going to the fair of the mines?
Ans One
Forty sheep, their shepherd and his dog. How many feet is that?
Ans. Two.
Why does a cow look over a wall?
Ans Because she cant look under it.
Ears but cannot hear. Legs but cannot walk Mouth that cannot eat. What is that?
Ans A pot.
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Ans. A Stone
Two legs sitting on three legs looking at one leg. In comes four legs and snatches up one leg. Up jumps two legs, snatches up three, throws it at four legs and gets back one leg.
Ans A butcher sitting on a three legged stool looking at a leg of mutton. In comes a dog and snatches up the leg of mutton. Up jumps the butcher snatches up the stool, throws it at the dog and gets back the leg of mutton.
If a shovel, a tongs, and a fender cost five shillings, what would a cut of coal come to?
Ans Cinders.
Why did the fly fly?
Ans. Because the spider spied her.
What goes round the house in the day, and sleeps in the corner during the night?
Ans A brush
Why did the owl howl.
And Because the wood-pecker would peck her.
A hard working father, a lazy old mother, twelve young children and they all the same colour.
Ans A Clock.
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2020-03-13 10:56
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11 ab Bealtaine 1938.
Riddles.
I am made from steel with a silver handle. Behead me and I am a fruit Behead me again and I am part of the head. Put a letter in front of me and I am an animal. Put a letter behind me and I grow on a man's face.
Ans A spear.
Two twin brothers were born in March and their birthdays were in September. One of them became a priest and married his mother and the other died an old maid. "How could that be"
Ans They were born in a town called March. One of them became a priest and his father died and his mother got married again and it was he who married her. The other became a barber and he dyed an old maid's hair.
When I was going across the fields, I saw a wee thing rolled in hay. It was neither fish, flesh, bleed or bone but in three weeks it walked alone.
Ans. An egg
What word has five letters and if you take away one you have two letters left?
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eyes
Ans. A tongs
Under the fire and over the fire and never touches the fire.
Ans A cake in and oven.
Hitty, Hatty on the wall. Hitty, Hatty got a great fall. All the king's horses and all the kings men couldn't put Hitty Hatty on the wall again?
Ans. An Egg.
What part of a cow goes out the gap first?
Ans. Her breath.
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2020-03-12 18:07
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9 ad Bealtaine 1938.
London, Derry, Cory, and Kerry. Spell me that without a K.?
That
Why do we go to bed?
Because the bed won't come to us.
If Dick's fathers was Tom's son what relation is Dick to Tom?
A Grandson.
Twenty sick sheep went out a gap one died how many were left?
Nineteen.
A man without eyes saw apples on a tree he took no apples off and no apples on left he
The man had only one eye, he saw two apples on a tree, he took one apple off and he left one apple on
Riddle me, Riddle me rooking, how many potatoes would make a brooking?
One if it was big enough
What has two hands and never washes his face?
A clock
Long legs, short thighs, little head and no
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What is standing in the garden with a hundred coats on it?
Ans. A head of cabbage.
What is worse than having a hole in your stocking?
Ans. Having two holes in your stocking
Humpy back and hollow back and three dirty children?
Ans. A pot
What is it the more you take out of it the bigger it gets?
Ans. A hole.
As white as a lily as red as a rose, the longer it lives the shorter it grows?
Ans. A candle.
All patches no stitches, riddle me that an I will give you a breeches?
Ans. A head of cabbage.
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2020-03-12 18:01
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9as Bealcaine 1938
Riddles.
What is it we all often say we will do and nobody has ever done yet?
Stop a minute.
What side of a cup is the handle on?
The outside
What is it that a blind man cannot feel but can see?
A good joke.
Why is a policeman like a rainbow?
Because he appears after the storm is over.
Why is a horse cleverer than a mouse?
Because he can run away when in a trap
Which travel's faster heat or cold?
Heat because we usually catch cold.
Why was Adam a good runner?
Because he was first in the human race.
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Look before you leap.
Smooth runs the water when the river lies deep.
Silence gives consent
A wise son makes a glad father.
A green Christmas makes a fat churchyard.
All taking out of a meal tub and none going in will soon go to the bottom.
When the thrushes sing on a bare thorn sell your cow and buy corn.
As man to man is so unjust that no man knows the man to trust.
You cannot make a silk purse out of a pig's ear.
They that go a borrowing go a sorrowing.
A minute to early is better than half an hour too late.
Speech is silver, but silence is gold.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness
A new broom sweeps clean.
Spare the rod, and spoil the child
God's help is nearer than the door.
The man on the grass is a good rider.
The distant hills are looking nigh.
A shilling in a poor man's pocket is better than a golden guinea in a rich man's purse
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2020-03-12 17:40
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18 ad Fohmair 1938.
The Local Forge.
There is no forge in this locality now and no Blacksmith lives here. There was one forge here long ago. It was situated at the Pound. Ballycumber near the crossroads, but it is not there now as the Blacksmith went and started a forge in Clara. It was situated near the quarry The Blacksmith's name was William Handy The nearest forge to this district is a forge in Rahan belonging to Joseph Rourke. It is situated near the Canal. The roof is made of board and felt. The door has no special shape and there is only one fire place in it.
The bellows is not made locally but is bought far away. Horses and ass are shod there but he does not shoe cattle The bellows is not made of canvas and leather and has an iron pipe going in the fire. It is set between two stakes and it is worked with a stick and a chain.
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well runs dry.
What he won't see won't sicken him.
A friend in need is a friend indeed
One good turn deserves another.
Half a loaf is better than no bread.
Hope defferred maketh the heart sick
See a a pin and let it lie, you will want a pin before you die.
The early bird catches the worm.
Better late than never.
Boots in the cradle and none when able.
The fat pig in the sty does not see the hungry one go by.
The devil tempts the idler.
Never cast a clout until May is out
He that by the plough should thrice himself must either hold or drive.
When the old cock crowed the young one learns.
Silks and satins often put out the kitchen fire
It is better to go to bed supperless than to rise in debt.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Hunger is good sauce.
He that loveth danger shall perish there in.
Education is no load.
A bird in your hand is worth two in a bush
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18 ad Fohair 1938
Care of the Feet.
Long ago the people did not begin to wear boots until they were about fourteen years old. The boots are not made locally but they are repaired. The children go bare-footed in the Summer but not in the Winter. There are no shoemaker's in the district now but there were two in Ballycumber and they left it because they were not getting enough of trade. Long ago the people wore no boots in the Summer. The people would not leave the water that they washed their feet in, in at night because it is said to be unlucky. There were only two shoemakers in this district long ago. They went about from house to house making boots. They did not leave this place but died in it and no one suceeded them. People wore clogs here also. There was no tradition in the family of shoemakers.
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2020-03-12 17:26
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18 ad Fomhair 1938.
Churning
We have a dash churn. It is three feet high The bottom is two feet all round and the top is one foot and a half. The only special part of it is the dash. It has a long handle and a flat head. There are some holes in the head of the dash. When churning we put some cream into the churn. Then we put the dash into it and then we put the lid on it. There is a hole in the lid which the handle of the dash goes threw. Then we begin to churn and after a while we put some water into it. Then we begin to churn again. After a while the butter appears on the top of the milk. Then we get a wooden plate and gather the butter together in one piece We lift it out of the churn and we put it into a wooden dish and wash it carefully. We make it into some shape.
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2020-03-12 17:21
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5ad luil 1938
Animals on our farm
We have two cows, one small calf and four big ones, and two goats and two kids. Two of the calves are bulls and two of them are heifers. We have two ponies We call our cows "Plug" and when we are calling the calves we say "suck,suck." We say to the goats "gin-gin." We call our ponies "Doll and Robin." We have two pigs and we say to "them hoig mucs." We milk our cows night and morning and when we have the cows milked we dip one finger in the milk and we make the sign of the cross on the cows back and say O God bless you." We tie the cows with a chain and we put the chain around the cows neck
Domestic Animals
We keep inside a cat and a dog. We call the cat Tom. When we are calling him we say Pussy Pussy. We call the dog peggy
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thing he does is he sorts the potatoes and the small ones for seed. He then cuts them and spreads them out on the floor of a barn. After a few days he brings them out to the field and some of his neighbours come to help him. We spread the potatoes in the furrow of the drill about a foot apart. Someone comes after them and spreads the manure on the seed. This is continued until all the potatoes are sown. Then my father gets a moulding plough and closes the drills the same way as he had opened them. They seldom use the wooden plough nowa-days but it is used by some people. They are called "Oliver Ploughs"
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2020-03-12 17:13
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28 ab Meiceam 1938
The Potatoe Crop.
Our farm consists of about forty acres and about one acre is sown under potatoes every year My father tills the soil and when it is well tilled he opens the drills. This is done by getting a special plough called a "moulding plough." He yokes two horses to this plough and start at one end of the field. The horses advance slowly through the field and the clay is turned up and maked half a drill. He then comes up along the other and the other half and makes a drill This is continued until all the drills are made. After a few days he brings out manure and throws it in leads in a straight line along the field. When he has enough of manure out he cuts the seed. The first
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27 ab Meiceam 1928
The potato crop
Potatoes are grown on our land every year. We have not much for it only consists of thirty three perches of land and cabbage plants are usually sown on a small portion of that every year. My father digs it first and then my cousin harrows, rolls and ploughs it. We so the potatoes in drills My mother cuts the seed and this is how she does it. First she separates the big seed from the small ones and she leaves the small ones on one side, and then she cuts the big ones in little slits and she leaves an eye in every slit. She does not mix the different kinds of seed. We leave them in lime until the ground is prepared for sowing them. Then we sow them about a foot apart and cover them with manure and we close the drills again The wooden ploughs are still used and they are called "Oliver Ploughs."
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He then draws out the manure and spreads it in the drills. Then the potatoes are spread and the drills are closed. When sowing gardens this kind of a spade is used.
[Below the text is a drawing of a spade]
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2020-03-12 16:45
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nettle. it grows everywhere. it is used for feeding Turkeys. The people cut the nettles and boil them and gave them to the turkeys to eat. People also eat them.
There is another weed called House Leak It grows up along the side of walls and it is used for curing corns. First you get the leaf of the weed and put it in water for a couple of hours. Then you leave the leaf on the corns.
There is another weed called the Seven Sisters. It is not used for curing anything. It only grows in some places. There is another weed called the Fern. It grows in poor land. The rush also grows in poor land. They are not used for curing anything. There is another weed called Charlock. It grows in good land. It has a yellow flower.
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of places. It has a yellow flower on it It grows very rapidly through the land It is used for curing sore throats. Yo have to boil the stem in water and drink the water.
There is another weed called Comfrey. It destroys the crops and the land very much. It is a cure for sprained legs or ankles. It is also given to cattle to eat. When you want to cure sprains you have to take the juice out of it and rub it on the sore part.
There is another weed called Hemlock. It grows a yellow flower. It spreads rapidly though the land and it causes much damage to the land, and to the crops There is another weed called Spunk It grows in a lot of places in the land but mostly in potatoes. I grows very rapidly.
There is another weed called Chicken weed. It is always found growing in a bog. It is used for feeding pigs. It grows mostly in potatoes. It is a green weed.
There is another weed called the
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23 ab Meiceam 1938.
Weeds.
There are numerous weeds in this Parish such as the Dockens. They grow nearly everywhere. They grow very rapidly through the land. They would cure a sting of a nettle only to get a leaf of the weed and rub it on where you were stung.
The Thistle grows in a lot of places. It takes the substance out of land. It kills a lot of other crops. The Dandelion grows in a lot
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Let everybody pass but the very last man."
When it comes to the last child she is asked in a whisper which would she rather have an apple or an orange. If she chooses an apple she has to go behind the girl who first chose the apple. So on until all the girls have chosen. Then the two girls join hands firmly and pull as strongly as the they can. Whoever breaks first is beaten.
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bird the God gave out is an angel A ball and a hurley are needed to play rounders. Two teams are called. One team the ball and the other takes the hurley. A big stone is laid on the ground and one girl places the hurley in front of the stone. A girl from the other team rolls the ball over and tries to hit the stone. The girl with the hurley strikes the ball away. If the ball hits the stone the girl with the hurley is out. But if it does not, the girl strikes it away, as far as possible. She then runs to a certain place while the other team is getting the ball. If she is hit by the ball while she is running she is out. If she gets back to the stone it is counted as one score.
The way we play "My Lord Duke and My Lord John" is as follows.
Two girls choose two things for instance an apple and an orange. The rest of the children form a line and the other two girls form an arch out of their hands and the line passes under it saying as they go by.
"My Lord Duke,
My Lord John
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has to put the handkerchief over her eyes.
Catching-tig is usually played in Winter because it makes the children warm. Two girls join hands and run after all the others According as the children are caught they have to join hands with the first two. So on until everyone is caught.
Birds and colours are played the same way. All the children sit down and a God and a Devil are appointed. The devil goes a distance away so that he cannot hear what the God is saying. The God gives a name of a bird to every child and he calls the devil and says
"All the birds in the air
All the fishes in the sea
Would not get me out a -"
and he mentions some bird. The devil guesses someone and if he guesses the right child is a devil but if he guesses the wrong child the child who has the name of the
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All the children join hands together in a circle and dance round saying.
Ring a Ring a Rosy
A bottle full of posy
Asha, Asha
All fall down.
The way we play "Hold The Button" very fast it: We all sit down and one girl stands up and takes a bit of paper in her hands. She goes on to every girls and she pretends to put it into someone's hand. They all guess who has it and whoever guesses wrong gets a slap.
Outdoor Games
The games we play outside are,
Bling Man's Buff; Catching tig, Birds Colours, Skipping, Rounders, My Lord Duke and My Lord John, High Gates, Bingo, and Casey Says.
When we are playing Blind Man's Buff one girl ties a handkerchief on her eyes. Then the other tease her until she catches someone. Whoever she catches
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21 at Meiceam 1938.
Games we play
The games we play indoors are, Horns, All birds fly, Rocar, Ring a Ring a Rosy, Hold the button Very Fast. The way we play horns is. A number of girls sit down and one stands up and when she mentions something with horns on it the children put up their two thumbs. Anyone who does not put up their thumbs get a slap "All Birds Fly" is played the same way.
When we are playing "Rocar" we stand round in a circle and one stands round in a circle and one stands in the middle and tells some kind of a story and everytime he says Rocar all the children turn round and anyone who turns at the wrong time has to sit down. This game is played in Irish.
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beside the road at the back of Healy's house. There is no sign of the mill there now. It was situated beside the river. The river supplies the village people with plenty of water. Th are a few nice two stories houses in the village also. The road leading through the village is now steamrolled and the road leading from Ballycumber to Clara is being steamrolled now also, Long ago the Black-an-Tans blew up the bridge that is over the river in the village but after that it was built up again.
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90 ad bealcaine 1938.
The History of Ballycumber
It is situated on the north side of the Parish It is a small village. The population consists of about eighty people and about twenty two houses, well slated and in good condition. There is a river flowing through the villag called the Brosna. In Mr. Cantwell's land there is an old Castle. The field it is in is situated beside the river at the back of Mr. Cantwell's house. There is supposed to be a tunnel under the river leading to the old Castle and that tunnel leads to a pot of buried treasure under the Castle Nobody ever got that pot of gold. The Castle is situated on the top of a hill The tunnel starts at the bottom of the bridge that is over the Brosna. The river flows by the side of the village and that river flows into the Shannon. In Hubert Healy's field there was a mill for making starch. The field is situated
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The waters of this lake said to have cured all skin diseases and many people went there for this purpose.
But the cure was unaffectual after the Land lord McPratt brought dogs (ands) there which had the mange to be cured.
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Loc in lea Mountains
These mountains which lie between Bailieborough and Kingscourt are so called because of a little lake that was situated high up on the side of the mountain
Nothing remains of this lake now except a shallow marsh covered with lake reeds.
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Bronze Age Burials - During quarying operations a few years ago in a quarry quite convenient to this school some urns or food-vessels were discovered but they were of poor substance and fell to pieces. None of the pottery or even fragments of it can now be recovered. About the same time a pupil of this School gave me an urn or food-vessel which his father found in a field in his farm in the townland of Killycolman and which was formerly marked by a cairn known locally as "Ard na Sigean". The cairn was cleared completely away. It contained a large number of cists some of which held vessels but only one was preserved, and was taken to me by the pupil Patrick Gallagher. Through the kind assistance of Mr O'Conaire, Inspector of the National Schools, this food-vessel was sent to the National Museum, Dublin, in May 1934.
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Bronze Age Objects - A small spear-head was found a few years ago at a depth of about 8 feet in a bog in the townland of Drumhalla Upper, near this School. The owner of the spear-head, who was also the finder, was Mr Charles Doherty and he sent it to the National Museum some time ago.
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each of the first eight prickles and bury the ninth in the ground. The stye will then disappear in the course of a few days.
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confidence in this cure than in the doctor's cough mixture.
To purify your blood - Bog-bean which grows in bogs and in Loughs was gathered and boiled in water. The juice was drunk every morning before breakfast during the month of March.
Bog-bean is still thus used in this School district.
Cure for a headache - Rub on the forehead of the sufferer the first egg laid by a young chicken.
Cure for a sore ankle - Heat some chick-weed at the fire and apply it to the affected part.
Cure for a Sprain - One man still alive in this district is reputed to be able to cure a Sprain. He makes a thread from flax and gives it to the sufferer. The cure for a Sprian is regarded by the neighbours as being in the possession of this family from time immemorial. The man to whom I am referring is James Friel, Drumatrumman, Kerrykeel. His mother who died about the year 1923 gave the thread to sufferers during her life-time and when dying gave the secret to her son above named.
Cure for a Stye on the Eye Prick gently nine times with the prickles of the gooseberry bush. Throw away
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Cures - Long ago the people had several old cures for whooping cough, mumps, cancer, etc.
For the whooping cough:- The sick child was put under a donkey's body three times (1) In the Name of The Father (II) And of The Son (III) And of The Holy Ghost, and during this time the donkey was given some bread to chew and finally the patient was given some of the bread crumbs which fell from the donkey's mouth. He also drank a small quantity of the donkey's milk.
Another cure for whooping cough:- When a married woman whose maiden name was that of her husband gave, without being asked for it, something (an egg, bread, etc.) that the patient could eat.
For the Mumps:- The patient was led by a halter to a stream between two landlords' estates and then he drank some water out of the stream.
Cure for a Cough - To boil whins to which some liquorice has also been added. The juice was drunk and was regarded as very effective in curing a cough. Old people in the district who are only a few years dead had more
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thickens up to the consistency of gruel. The making of Sowens has gone out of fashion, and the last occasion upon which I have seen this wholesome dish being cooked in this district was in the winter of 1914.
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Shipwrecks in Lough Swilly :-
The Frigate Saldanha was wrecked on Swillly Rock on a tempestuous night in December 1811 and all on board (400 persons) were drowned. One man swam ashore near Portsalon but died next day . Some of the bodies including that of Captain Packenham , were recovered and interred in the precincts of the old monastic ruins in Rathmullan.
The event is commemorated in doggerel which possesses no merit whatever :-
Come all you gallant seamen bold who to the sea belong
Give ear unto my tragedy, I will not keep you long
It is of the Talbot Sloop of War and the Saldanha also
On the first day of December they both to sea did go.
The evening being calm and clear our anchors
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grass never grows. Tradition says this is where he fell- the large hole is where his head touched the ground, and the others mark of drops of blood which fell from it. I have been informed that time and time again these holes have been filled with sods of grass, but that they withered almost immediately and never took root.
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belonging to him was caught in a drain and was unable to extract herself. Thomas himself rescued her from the drain unaided. It is said that he lifted her out of it while some of his neighbours were hastening to his aid.
John Marley Gortlough who lived about two miles from this School on the road to Rathmullen was able to break between his hands a newly-made horse shoe. A fleet-footed man still alive resides in the townland of Gortcally about 1 1/2 mile to the West of this School. His name is Denis Deeney and his age is about sixty-six years. He once ran from Goodwin's Hotel Ramelton to the Police Barrack Rathmullen an exact distance of 6 1/2 miles in 45 minutes and he also wore his shoes during the race. Three other competitors took part in this race but they were completely outdistanced by Deeney notwithstanding the fact that they were barefoot during the race.
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Men of Strength - One man in this district was exceptionally strong and hardy. His name was Thomas Whoriskey and he resided in a little cabin a short distance to the North of this School in the neighbouring townland of Elly. Thomas died in the year 1916. His most remarkable feat of strength was his carrying on his back all the way from Elly to Ranelton a bag of oats which weighed sixteen stones. This was performed when he was in the full vigour of his young manhood and the distance from his home to Ranelton was approximately thirteen miles. In his old age he caried on his back from the house of Michael Friel Oughterlin (Michael Friel is still alive) to his own home in Elly a bag of meal weighing sixteen stones. The distance was approximately 1 1/2 mile and the road rough, steep and uneven. On another occasion a cow
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first Church was built in 1792 and the present Church in 1845 no other Catholic Church was in Killygarvan Parish and the site selected was centrally situated to serve the needs of the Catholics of the entire parish A priest's grave is in the grounds. It is the grave of Father Thomas Sheridan native of the Parish who was born in the townland of Drumhalla, studied in St. patrick's College, Maynooth, and was ordained Priest in 1867. He was Curate in Donegal Town and in Ballyshannon where his health began to fail. He died at his native place in 1877. In Maynooth he was a class-fellow of the late Cardinal Logue. Two of his brothers were also priests. One, Father William Sheridan, was Adm. of Letterkenny Parish where he did much useful work during the years when St. Eunan's Cathedral was being built He died at his post of duty in 1901 at the early age of 49. The other brother, Father John Sheridan died on the American Mission in 1913 at the age of 65. A nephew, Father William J. Sheridan, is now Curate in Glenties.
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St. Catherine's Catholic Church Oughterlin:-
The local Catholic Church is situated about one mile to the East of Lurganboys National School. It was built in the year 1845 at a cost of £2,200 by Father WIlliam Carolan whose pastorate in Killygareen Parish extended from 1822 to 1868. In the forties of last century this district did not possess a single cart and the sand for building the Church was all "backloaded." The Church was erected on the site of an older Church which was built in 1792 by Father McElween P.P. , who was a native of the neighbouring parish of CLondavaddog, Fanad. Father McElwee was in 1798, promoted to his native Brish where he died in 1810. St. Catherine's Church is built in a cruciform shape, is spacious, well ventilated and his unusually high walls. It is built in the most remote and inaccessible spot in the district and visitors to Oughterlin always wonder why the Church was built on such a site. When the
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the rocks below. The robber looked down and saw the shining farthings and he thought they were sovereigns and he went down for them. When Barney saw the robber down among the rocks he galloped his horse and reached his masters house with the money.
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Story
Barney and the Highway man.
Many years ago before there was any such thing as buses, trains, bicycles or motor-cars the people went to do their buisness on horseback. At that time there was no law or order in this country and it was full of highwaymen
One time there was a very rich man who lived between Stranolar and Donegal One day this old sent his servant, Barney to Donegal on horseback for one hundred pounds. The road to Donegal was long and lonely and there were no houses on it
When Barney was going through the Gap he was stopped by a robber. The robber asked Barney where he was going and Barney said he was going to Donegal for money for his master. The robber told Barney to hurry so Barney rode on until he reached Donegal. He asked the cashier for a hundred pounds and he put it in a safe pocket. He then asked him for a hundred new farthings which looked like sovereigns. Barney got on his horse again and set off for home. When he was coming home again he was stopped by the same robber who asked him for his money. He took out the hundred farthings and threw them down into
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it is regarded as a sign of bad weather.
When wild geese come to this district it is a sign of stormy weather, but if they come in early Autumn it is a sign of an early Winter
The cat sitting with her back to the fire is a sign of rain and when the dog eats grass it is also a sign of rain
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Story
The weather.
In almost every district in Ireland we find people, who, by observation can judge the kind of weather we are going to have
In the summer months in this district the north wind brings cold dry weather whereas the south wind brings heat and rain
In the winter months the north wind brings frost and snow whereas the south wind may bring a heavy snow-storm, but it also brings heat to melt the snow
Good or bad weather coming in with new or full moon is expected to last a week. There is always a change expected the neap tides
When smoke out of the chimney goes up straight it is believed to be a sign of good weather. If there is a ring round the moon is is a sign of a storm.
The twinkling of stars in winter is a sign of frost, or if the light across the sky known as the "milky way" runs from north to south it is regarded as a sign of good weather, but if it runs from east to west
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exposed to the frost during the winter
Three men were employed for this part of the work. The clay has to be well mixed and has to be tramped by the bare feet. It is then smoothed out and then it is covered. next morning it is tramped again and then it is ready for the moulder
The moulder is the most important man in the making of brick. It is his duty to see that the clay is fit for making brick. He stands at a table with a mould. He takes a lump of clay in his hand and rolls it into a round ball and throws it into the mould. The moulder must take care that he puts enough of clay in the mould or if not, he will have cracked or broken bricks. While this is going on a boy is levelling off a piece of ground and spreading sand over it. Then a man carried the mould and empties it out on the floor. This man must be well used to his job. He must be very careful in the way he empties the bricks because if he does not empty the bricks straight they will be twisted. The bricks are all spread on the floor and covered and left there
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for a couple of days. Then they are built in fours and if the weather is good the next day they are built in tens and they are covered from the rain
When the bricks are dry they are built in a kiln to be burned. Here again much skill is required both in the building of the kiln and the burning of the bricks, because if there is too big a fire the bricks would burn into a solid mass or if the fire is too little the bricks would be too soft
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Old crafts.
There were many important crafts carried on in this district long years ago such as brick-making, lime burning, basket-making, fishing, shoe-making, thatching, rope-making.
Of all these old crafts brick-making was the most important and it employed more men than all of the old crafts put to-gether.
About fifty years ago there were six brick fields in operation
Great skill was required in the making of brick and men employed in the brick-fields had to go and learn their trade.
The clay from which the bricks are made is commonly called blue clay. The preparations for making brick have to begin early in winter, and a lot of men are employed to clear off the top clay to the winter's frost
Six men and a boy were required to work what was called a table. The work started on 17th March, and this work consisted of laying a bed. The bed was made of blue clay from the bottom and mixed with the top clay which was
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The brides parents gave the wedding breakfast and a party afterwards while the groom supplied the drink.
While the bride was going to her new home all the people came out and she took possession of it by lighting the fire. It was an old custom by the Scotch settlers to carry the bride into her new home.
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couple of cows.
Each of the two parties invited a number of their friends and they all met at the church. The bride is always sure to be late because it is considered unlucky if she is at the church before the groom. While the bride is dressing she always keeps the old poem in her mind
"Something old, something new"
"Something borrowed, something blue"
The poor people walked to the church in pairs while the wealthier people went on hoseback and it was customary for the bride and groom to come back on the one horse.
It was also customary for the wedding party to race home and it was a disgrace if the bride and groom did not come home first
It was also an old custom that when the bride was going to the church her friends followed her and threw rice and old shoes after her, and lit bonfires, and any one who had a gun took it out and fire a shot
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Marriage Customs.
Marriages take place through out, but there is always a rush on before and after Lent. Wednesday is considered the lucky day and after Wednesday comes Sunday. A wedding never takes place on Friday or Saturday
June is supposed to be a lucky month to get married in and May is supposed to be the unlucky month
In by gone days the matches of the wealthy people were made but now there is no such thing. The wealthy bride alway had a fortune in money to get. The amount of money was fixed before the suitor would marry her.
Often, when the suitor though the bride did not get enough money the wedding did not take place until her father gave her more money When the poorer people were getting married the bride's mother always presented her with new feather bed, and her father always gave her a
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The Goldfinch and Bullfinch.
These two birds belong to the same class. They live on seeds of weeds and green plants. They build their nests of moss. The bullfinch is a useless bird, while the Goldfinch is a very good singer and will sing as well in a cage as in the open.
The numbers of eggs in the nests of these two are four, but it is very seldom that four young birds are reared by any of them
There birds are very beautiful. The Bullfinch which is the larger has a red breast and a red head. The Goldfinch has a red head but the feathers of the back and wings are green and white
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The Goldfinch and BUllfinch.
These two birds belong to the same class. They live on seeds of weeds and green plants. They build their nests of moss. The bullfinch is a useless bird, while the Goldfinch is a very good singer and will sing as well in a cage as in the open.
The numbers of eggs in the nests of these two are four, but it is very seldom that four young birds are reared by any of them
There birds are very beautiful. The Bullfinch which is the larger has a red breast and a red head. The Goldfinch has a red head but the feathers of the back and wings are green and white
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The Lark
The lark is a great favourite among our country people, on account of its beautiful singing. It can be heard singing through our whole district. The lark builds its nest in the grass fields where the grass is long. It makes its nest the same colour as the surroundings so that no person can see it. The lark is best at its singing when it is soaring high in the sky. The lark takes care not to fly off its nest when any one is about.
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in and a little hole for the bird to fly out and in. It is lined with feathers. Of all small birds the wren lays the greatest number of eggs, and if the eggs are taken away all but one the wren will keep on laying until it dies.
In by gone days the wren was a hated bird. There a certain day set aside every winter for hunting the wren, but like all other birds, it was left in peace.
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The Cuckoo
This is a very familiar bird. It comes to this country about the middle of April. There i usually a storm about this time of year, and it is called the "cuckoo storm." This is a very lazy bird. It neither makes a nest not rears its young. It lays its nest in some small birds nest and leaves it there for the bird to hatch and rear. You would very often see a small bird rearing a cuckoo ten times as large as itself.
As the young cuckoo grows up all the other little birds are squeezed out of the nest and the cuckoo gets all the care of the foster-mother
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Lore of certain days.
Friday is looked upon as an unlucky day to commence and work. It is said if the thirteenth day of month falls on a Friday, it is counted a very unlucky day. Very few people start new work on a Friday.
Farmers as a rule never start to plough never start to reap, or never start to sow on a Friday.
Friday is considered a very unlucky day to get married on. So no one ever gets married on a Friday.
Friday is also an unlucky day to change from one house to another. A Friday's flit is always looked upon as a short sit.
Some people would not go to a fair or market on Friday. Friday is considered a lucky day to die one.
There is a story in this district of a man who bought a farm on a Friday. When the sale was over he gave a party and there was great eating and drinking. Then one of the guest told the man that he bought the farm on a Friday. His luck turned and in ten years time he was in misery.
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Historic (Cont'd)
18. The earliest name I can trace among the landlords was a man named Stewart. From what I can learn he was a comparatively good landlord There were no evictions in the district during his time as Landlord. Generally I think he is remembered as a 'good' man.
The estate was then taken over by a Captain Leatham I think he was Landlord for only a short time as I can find out nothing about him as a Landlord. This Captain Leatham had a sister who was married to a lawyer named Dorahouse. I have been told that Woodhaven claimed the three twonlands of Carrowheel, Gortcally + Dunmore as a marriage settlement so Woodhouse then became landlord of the greater part of this district.
Woodhouse it appears was very interested in the districts and had hopes of some day seeing it quite an important place. He believed that the district was rich in minerals. He is said have had it surveyed and mapped and was supposed to have discussed a vein of coal in the townland of Gortcally in a district now known as Devlinstown. The exact spot of this vein of coal was said to have been marked on the
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60. marriage Customs. Formerly, when a young man wished to marry, he picked out in his own mind the girl that he thought would suit him. He would confide in a friend. A bottle of whiskey would be purchased and he and his friend would set off for the house of the girl. The bottle was produced and the people of the house were "treated" The friend would then introduce the important question and ask the man of the house for the hand of his daughter for the intended bridegroom. Before the father would consent the important question of marriage dowry had to be settled: This might consist of a cow or two or a piece of land or a sum of money. The discussion on this point might go on until well into the night and the matter of a few pounds or perhaps a cow might upset everything Evidently the person most concerned in the matter (the girl) had little 'say' in it.
There is very little of this method of picking a wife now. The young people please themselves and tell the old people only when practically all arrangements are complete
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of Ireland
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In connection with 47 I should have mentioned that some people here still believe that their friends or relatives who may be in Purgatory return to the old home on All Souls night. The hearth is swept clean, a big peat fire is put "down" and the light is left burning on that night. Some people will tell you that they saw the bracks of peat in the ashes in the next morning:
A new custom here is to place lighted candles on the windows on Christmas Eve night. It is only during the past few years that I have seen this custom adopted and I believe its introduction has been due to the example set by some Civic Guards who are natives of the west
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:50
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a fair in Moville and he changed himself into a horse. This time he was a different colour. The captain of the ship was there again and he was a different shape. He bought the horse this time for a hundred pounds At twelve o clock the same thing happened but this time he forgot the bridle The horse was tied up so tight that he could not move. There was a sheaf of corn on one side of him and a brook of water running behind him. He could not turn to eat or drink. At last a girl came along to milk the cows.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:48
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out. When the man was going into Cam everybody was looking at him The captain of the ship was there also but he was changed too. He came up to the king and asked him how much did he want for the horse. He said that he wanted a hundred pounds. The man would give him fifty and he sold the horse for fifty pounds. That night at twelve o clock there came a knock at the door. He opened the door and in walked his own son. The king had the fifty pounds and his son back again. The next day there was
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:45
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The horse said. "I am very warm and if you would throw a bucket of water on me to cool me." The girl did it and the horse changed himself into a trout and swam down the stream. The captain of the ship was there and he changed himself into eleven water dogs and went into the stream to look for the trout. The last stone the turned up the trout was in under it. He jumped up in the air and flew it away in the shape of a bird. The water -dogs changed into birds and followed it The bird came down the chimney of a house and changed into a diamond in a girls ring
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:43
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Eleven pedlars come in and started to buy the ring. At last the girl sold the ring to them for two hundred pounds. The bird flew up the chimney again. The others followed it and soon they came to a man riddling corn. The bird changed into a grain of corn. The birds all started to eat the corn until the came to the last grain. The grain changed into a wolf and ate all the birds. The king and his son had peace after that.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:43
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Eleven pedlars come in and started to buy the ring. At last the girl sold the ring to them for two hundred pounds. The bird flew up the himney again. The others followed it and soon they came to a man riddling corn. The bird changed into a grain of corn. The birds all started to eat the corn until the came to the last grain. The grain changed into a wolf and ate all the birds. The king and his son had peace after that.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:41
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looking at them his own son put his bigtoe into his mouth and let a whistle. He said to the captain that, that was his son. he took his son away with him and he was glad to have him back again One day the son said to the father "You will be able to make money on me any more." He asked his son how would he His son said "I can change myself into anything. He said There is a fair in Cam to morrow and I will change myself into a horse. You can take me to the fair and sell me but be sure and take home the bridle." In the morning the got ready and set
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:38
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Same cliff. In came the ship and up came the captain again. He had his son with him but he said to him if he would give him his son for seven more years he would be twice as good a worker. He agreed and way went his son again. At the end of the seven years he was waiting for him again. He went up to the top of the same cliff and in came the ship again. He said that he would give him his son if he could pick him out of seven other men. The seven other men were all the same and when he was standing
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:36
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to throw his son out when he saw a strange looking ship coming in. He left down his son and waited until the ship came in under the ben. The captain of the ship came up the ben and he started to question the king. He asked him what was in the bag and he said his son. He told him what he was going to do with him. The captain said, "If you give me your son for seven years he will be a good worker." The king gave him his son and away went his son an the ship. At the end of seven years he went back to the top off the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:33
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12 December 1938 Bealoideas
The King of Urris
There was a king in Urris long ago and he had a son. This son of his was very lazy and he would not work. His father used to tell him that he would kill him if he would not work. One day he said he would throw him out over one of the highest bens on Dunaff. he got a big bag and he put his son in and he put his son on his back. He reached the top of the ben and he was ready
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:27
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agar go mbeid se aur. Then the two joined to laugh and they ssaid they'ed be all to see him to morrow night. It was Greaig-An-achee and (he made) Geasga-Creg-boir that was in it and he made believe that he thought it was the Tullagh fairies that was in it and the began to laugh when they heard him bantering them on the Tullagh fairies, so the two kings of the fairies made home a head of him and his wife. So when they were near home they could hear (home) the land coming to meet them. They had all the fairies and all Althalla was full-of light with the tourches they had showing them light
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:23
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g over to Tullagh they would play on him. They would trip him on the sand and throw sand on hom. Nuair a pos thu do bean tabaur na skaile i no beio n gaidta i" Then the groom went over to take over his wife and he had a horse and a pillion on for her. Then he took on the pillion behind him coming over through the sand banks the two fairies got out before him and (thei) threw sand on him and his wife and they (were) could not make no speed because they were covered with sand and the groom said "Suid sios agus beid muinesd aip. Ma teugumsa abaile agus do Geas-ga-Creg-Cour agus (beid) biod geall
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:18
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9th December, 1938 Bealoideas
A Fairy Story
There was two kings of the fairies one time. One of them lived in the Althall and other in Glebe the name of the one in Althall was Gruaig-iCuilachee and the one on Glebe was Gasga-Creg-Cour So there was a new married couple and the groom lived beside Gruaig C-achee and the bride was from Tallagh. At this wedding the families gathered into the and had a good nights dncing and they had lovely music withe them and they played the fiddles all night for them. At night the groom would be g
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:14
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cows. He soon came on the giants and he looked in their mouths and he saw their tongues out of them and he said that he would give half his land to the man who had the six tongues. Jack went up to him and showed him the tongues. He got the land and married the king's daughter and was happy all his life
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:13
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used the bodies for a path for the cows to cross. This day he saw a little house in the distance and he started out for it When he reached the house he peeped in to see what was going on. He saw an old witch sitting at the fire cooking. This was the woman who was cooking for the three giants. She had two teeth and the would reach down to the door. She caught Jack by the side of the head when he looked in. She was pulling him up the floor when he shouted, Lash, lash, and the belt shall bind The belt cut the head of her also. He got more cows that day too. The next day the king came into the forest to see where Jack was getting the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:10
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fellow. He cut the two tongues out of the heads and put them in his pocket. He went to mind his cows and he fund more of his masters cows. They had not enounch houses to hold them. The next day he went up on the same tree. There came a bigger gust of wind and a giant with three heads on him appeared. Jack said "Lash, Lash, and the belt shall bind." The belt flew at him and cut the three heads of this fellow. Jack came down from the tree and cut the three tongues out of the three heads. He had six tongues in his pocket now. There was an old boggy place where he killed the giants and he
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:07
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he saw a great big giant. This was the giant who was taking away the cows away on the other boys. Jack shouted "lash lash, and the belt shall bind." The belt flew at the giant and it cut his head off. Jack got down from the tree and he cut the tongue out of the head Jack came home in the evening and he had more cows than he had out with him. The next day he went up on the same tree and another gust of wind came and a giant with two heads appeared. Jack saw the same thing and the belt cut the two heads of this
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:02
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it round his own body. He set off then for the king's palace. When he reached the door he knocked on it. One of the servants came to the door and asked him what he wanted I wanted to know if the king wants a herd boy" said Jack. The servant said, he wants a herd-boy but if you lose any of the cows he will cut your head off" "I will be a herdboy for him and I will not lose any of the cows," said Jack. The next day he went away to the forest with the cows. When he reached the forest he went up on a big tree There came a big gust of wind and Jack had a most to be tossed He looked all round him and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 10:00
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bull beat the ten of them and Jack came in and caught him by the tail and took him with him. The journed on for a while and Jack got very hungry. The bull lay down and Jack got out the cloth. When he was finished the bull got up and the went on. They were a long time like this. One time the bull said to Jack "I must go to fight another bull to-morrow. This bull will kill me but you must not be downhearted. When you find me dead you will cut a belt of skin off my body Everything happened as the bull said and Jack cut the belt off his body and he put
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 09:57
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finished eating he put the cloth back in the bull's ear. The stepmother thought of a plan to kill the bull. She went into bed and pretended to be very sick. She said that nothing would cure her but a bowl full of the bull's blood When Jack heard this he was very sad The next day when he went up the hill the bull said to him. "Do not be sad, ten butchers will come to kill me to morrow but I will beat the ten of them and you can come in and catch me by the tail and take me with you." The next day the ten butchers came to kill the bull. The
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 09:51
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every day The stepmother thought she would watch where he was getting the food. The next day she sent him up the hill with his flock and she gave him no breakfast. He was up a while when his stepmother came up and hid in the bushes. She watched the boy what he would do When he was up a while a big black bull came up to him and lay down Jack stooped down and took a big cloth out of his ear. He put the cloth on the ground and it was covered with all kinds of food. When he was
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 09:49
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16 December 1938 Bealoideas
The Lucky Son
There was a boy one time and his parents were dead He was living with his stepmother who (had) was very cross with him She would send him out to heard cows and goats every morning She would give him nothing but a crust of bread for his breakfast When he would come in the evening and put in his flock his stepmother would put him to bed and beat him Instead of getting thin he was getting fatter
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 09:46
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voice at his side "you'd have them all only you took me from a good home.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 09:46
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so my wife and children will be burned to death" and off he went. The woman began to cry seeing what happened the tailor told her what he witnessed the day she was out for the water.
The tailor lived near bruckban and he had a fine stock of cattle, but alas! every day he went out he got one lying at the foot of the bens till he had nothing left but a rickety staggering cow.
One night going to the byre he said "They may as well take you too." "Oh" said a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 09:43
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jumped into the cradle again and looked out. Then the woman came in ans said "God bless me that baby will kill himself crying every time I go out he starts to cry." The woman thought it was crying but it was the bagpipes instead.
"Oh thats not much harm to him" says the tailor _ The tailor went outside and came in letting on he was in a great fright saying "O come here Bruckban is all on fire what ever rascals done it" With that the baby jumped out of the cradle saying "If thats
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 09:40
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tailor came and the first time he was in the house the woman put the child to sleep and went out for water She wasn't at the gable of the house when the child wakened up and said "Is she out" and the tailor said she was He got up in the cradle and said to the tailor "Would you like to hear a tune."
He got out on the floor and began to play bagpipes and kept playing on them till the woman was at the gable coming. Then he hid the bagpipes and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-11 09:38
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9th December 1938 Bealoideas
A Fairy Story
Once upon a time there was a woman and she had one child. This child was mending very well till it was nine months old. Every day after when the woman would go out for water the child would cry and cry even he was sleeping when the woman went out.
The man of the house was to get a suit made and that time the tailors would come to the house. This
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 20:08
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and put him into the chest and locked him there but she told him she was not going to do him any harm but she was going to keep him there untill his father and husband were home safe So she sent word to the King that she had his son locked up and she was not going to let him home untill her husband and father was at home safe. When the King heard this he was very sorry for his son and he knew he had to pay the two men for their work. So the castle was finished and the two men were paid for their work and were let home and when they went home the King's son was let home. So the father was more pleased with his
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 20:06
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son's wife for saving their lives
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 20:05
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how they would be getting on with the building and would they soon be finished One day when it was finished the father told the King that it was finished not all but one article that he had not with him and the name of this article was "Straight against Straight and crooked against crooked and noboy would get it but the King's son. So the King sent his son for the article When to wife heard this she knew there was some harm a doing to her husband a father So the wife told him it was down on the bottom of a big chest and she told him to stoop down for it. When he was stooping down his wife caught hold of his heels
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 20:02
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they were going to build (a) the big castle for to did not want no other King to have a castle like his Then he was entending to kill the father and the son when they would have the castle built So he told this to his wife One way he was going to pay them so she was very sorry for them and she told it to another neighbour woman The neighbour woman was very great to the two men that was building the castle for the King and she told them what the King was going to do with them So the father went on thinking how they would escape The King would come out every day and he would (be) ask them
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:59
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son would he shorten the way for him and the son said he couldn't. So the father told him to go home. When he went home the wife asked him what was wrong and he said the father put him home because he could'nt shorten the way for him So the wife said that was very simple done She told him to go on and over take the father and tell him a very wise story and that he would not find till he would be at the end of his journey So the boy done this and over took the father and told him a big wonderful story. So they never felt till their journey was at an end This was a very bad wicked King that
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:56
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through to fields, The son said this was'nt possible but he done as his father told him. When the girl was coming to the house she came in the twilight when it was neither night or day. So she brought her dog with her and she wasn't alone and she had nobody with her and she was on the fence so she did not come on the road. So the farmer was very pleased with this girl for he thought she was very wise. So he asked her would she marry his son and she said she would after she got married the father and the son had to build a great big castle for a King. So on the road the father asked
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:53
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price of it they only laughed at him. He met a girl and she said that wasn't hard So she got a pair of scissors and cut the wool of the skin and she gave him the price of the wool and the skin back. So the boy went home and the father was very pleased and he asked him did he know where that girl lived The boy said he did and the father sent the boy to the girl's house for her to come to visit the house and for her not to come in the day time, or not to come alone or not have anyone with her or for her not to come on the road, or not to come
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:51
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21th December 1938
Story
Once upon a time there was a very wise man He was a great builder of houses This man had only one son and he wanted him to get married but he wanted the woman he would get to be very wise. So one day he killed a sheep and sent his son to the fair with the skin of the sheep and he told him to bring back the skin and the price of it. Then the boy said this could not be but he done as his father told him. When the people heard that he wanted the skin and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:47
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at the bottom of the lough He said he would get twice as many if he had anybody to help him. They asked him to show them the place and he said he would. The next day the three of them went to the lough. One of them jumped in and when he was going down under the water he began to blubber. The other man said "what is he saying" Jack said, He wants you in to help him" He caught a big stick and jumped in after him. The two of them were drowned and Jack had peace after that.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:45
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in the bag. He asked Jack what was he doing in the bag. He told him to tell the people at home that he was away to heaven. He said that he would give him all the bullocks he had if he would let him in, in his place. The man opened the bag and Jack got out and the man went in, in his place. Jack drove all the bullocks home. The other two men came back and threw the man into the lough. They were more surprised when the saw all the bullocks Jack had the next morning. He told them that he got all the bullocks
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:43
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were going to drown him. One of them held the bag and the other put him in When Jack wakened he did not know where he was. He heard they two men talking and he knew what happened He started to sing away and the two men did not know what was wrong with him. They had to cross a big moor on their way to the lough. When they were half way across one of them tramped on a hare and he dropped the bag. The two of them ran away after the hare and left the bag. Soon a man came and he heard - the man singing
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:41
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girl went over and gave her a punch. The woman fell into the deep well. The girl told the man what happened. He was going to get her summoned. She gave him a couple of hundred pounds to get rid of him. He told his neighbours of the great price for old women. The killed all the old woman they could get and went to the market with them The people hunted them away again because they thought they were mad. They said they would kill Jack since that night and when they got him in bed they went over to the house again. They had a big bag with them because they
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:38
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slept in the room. Three of the neighbours came in and killed the old woman. Jack rose in the morning he saw his old mother dead he was very sorry. he put his old mother on his back and started out for the town again. He propped her up against the pump and he went in for a glass of whiskey. There was a big deep well besides the pump where the water was. He said to the girl "My mother is out there and go out and take her in." She went out and said to the dead woman Your son wants to treat you" She did not move when the girl spoke to her. The
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:35
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whiskey you have" said Jack. He drank the whiskey and the woman started to buy the bird. At last he said that he would sell the bird to her and he sold it to her for two or three hundred pounds. He started for home and when he told his neighbours of his great price for sheep skins they were delighted. They started to kill all their sheep. They asked for a big price for the sheep but the people hunted them home. They said that they would kill Jack that night. The mother always slept in the kitchen and Jack slept slept in the room. This night he slept in the (room) kitchen and the mother
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:33
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her that he was saying, "That is not the best whiskey you have." That is right" said the woman. "Then give me some of the whiskey he is talking about" said the man. She took down another bottle and gave him a glass. He gave the bird another squeese and he let another squeal. "What is he saying now" said the woman. He is saying that that is not the best whiskey you have "That is true" said the woman and she took down another bottle. He gave the bird another squease and he let another squeal. "What is he saying now" said she He says that is the best
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:30
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dry. When he was sitting down a while a bird came and lit on the skin. He grabbed for the bird and he caught it. He put it in his pocket and walked on When he reached the town he sold the skin for half a crown. He asked the woman for a glass of the best whiskey she had He gave the bird a squeese and he let a squeal. The woman asked him what was that. He told her that, that was a bird and he would tell him all that is going to happen. "What is he saying now" said the woman. The man told
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 19:27
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1 December 1938 Beadloideas
Jack and the Bullocks
One time there was a boy and his old mother living in a wee house by themselves. The neighbours were very jealous of him because he was getting on so well. One day he killed a sheep and skinned it to sell the skin. The skin was not right dry the day of the fair but all the same to sell the skin. When he was on his way he sat down to rest. There came a wee blink of sunshine and he spreaded the skin out to
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 18:24
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came out again and the devil was still jumping in the smith's purse. And the devil said If you let me go and the devil went away. A year later the smith died and he went to hell. He knocked at the gates and the devil said whos there and he told him the devil gave him a blajing wisp and he is going about the world from that day to this with the blajing wisp in his hand and that's how he got his name called Willie the Wisp.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 18:21
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along the road the smith saw a public house. The smith said to the devil "That's a public house and I never passed it with out going in to it" and he told the devil to turn himself into a halfcrown.Then the devil turned himself into a halfcrown and the smith put it in his purse and the devil began to jump in his purse. The smith had money of his own but he did not tell the devil about it and he went into the public house and got a drink and
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 18:19
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making a shoe and he told the devil that he would make it before he would go. So he told the devil to blow the bellows and the devil began to blow the bellows. He could not let them go. So the devil said If you will free me this time I will let you go for another year and day and the devil went away. After another year and a day the devil came back to the smith and the smith went with him this time and as they were walking
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 18:17
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smith's forge. The smith was making a set of shoes for a man and he told the devil he would make them before he would go so he told the devil to hold the sledge and as soon as he caught hold of it then he could not let it go and the devil said to the smith if you free me this time I will let you go for another year and a day so the devil went away and after another year and day the devil came back again to smith the smith was this time
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 18:15
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she'd die before she'd loose it and she's marry the man that gave it to her. The young man was then free and he jumped to his former figure and he married the young princecess. He made a wealthy life for himself after making a wealthy life for his father.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 18:14
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wouldn't leave her for she loved him. She took him to the brook for a drink. The king's men followed after him to take him back. The horse told the princecess to pull off his halter and he could drink better.
When he got to the water he turned himself into a little trout. They got their tamed water-clogs to eat up all the trout in the river.
This trout made an engagement ring of himself and slipped up on the princecess's finger. They made to take the ring off her finger and she said
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-10 18:10
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was getting hardly anything to eat and he was dying with thirst. The kings daughter took a delight in him and she was sorry for the way he was treated. One day the king and the wife went away for a drive and the young princecess stole into the stable and she told him she was sorry for the way he was treated and she wished she could set him free, He told her he didn't want to be set free but for her to take him out and give him drink he was thirsty. She said she would if he wouldn't
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town and he changed himself into a finer horse and told the father to ask £200 this time and take the halter off. He went out to a third market and told him to ask £300 this time and take off the halter. It was a kings servant that bought the horse the three times but he forgot to take off the halter the third time so the poor horse was a captive then and he was put into a stable where there was a drop falling. Every time the drop fell it burned his heart. He was in the stable a month and he
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his former shape and went home with his father that night. The next day, a fair day in the town the boy said he would go to the fair with him and he would change himself into a fine horse and for the father to not sell him under £100 and to be sure to take the halter off before he would give him up. He sold him and got £100 for him. He was about a quarter of a mile out of the town when the son overtook him saying "You made a good wage the day."
The next day was a fair day in another
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2020-03-10 18:02
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At the end of seven years the man went to meet the ship. The captain paid him £200 but wasn't willing to give him up. The son whispered to the father to pick the wee clibbing behind the door. The captain changed the crew into horses and told the man to pick his own son out of them. The man said he would take the wee clibbing behind the door. The captain was very angry and said he wouldn't be free to some girl would concent to marry him and if not he could bring him back again.
He was changed into
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seven years that time and the father was glad to get rid of him and he sent him off with the captain. That day seven years the father came to the Strand again to meet the ship.
As the ship was coming in to him he saw his son throw up apples and cap them on the point of fine nectcles. He was doing many other comical tricks, too. The captain paid the man £100 for the boy's service. So he offered him £100 if he would give him the boy for seven more years and he would teach him all his tricks.
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2020-03-10 17:57
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28th November 1938 Bealoideas
The Clever Boy,
There was once a father and he a very unruly son and he could not control him. Once he took him to the Strand to drown him. When he got to the Strand there was a ship coming in and the captain called to the man and said What do you mean to do with the boy, I know you're going to drown him but if you give him to me for seven years I'll learn him some of my tricks." The boy went
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2020-03-10 11:13
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Wrestlers:-
4 Johnny Fitzsimmons Lisnaboy}
Johnny Fitzsimmos locally known as (Jeffries or Jeff.) was the best wrestler in the four parishes. Although a small man no one locally was able to take him off his feet and very many tried but failed. He was also a great Boxer. + on account of his wrestling + boxing bouts was locally called or nick-named (Jeffries or Jeff) He liked to be called "Jeffries" but did not like the term "Jeff" as people made fun of him + extended it "Mutt + Jeff because he was a small man. He is dead about 12 years + was 72 years at death
Story Tellers + Poets:-
5 Peter O'Connell Lisnaboy} Peter O'Connell Lisnaboy was the best story-teller for miles around Teeworker + could coin or make stories. He was a local poet also + composed a song on the principal funny characters in district of Teeworker. He died 7 years ago, and was then 74 years of age
6 Paddy Reilly Edenagorra} A local post boy in Teeworker ws a competent story teller + a great singer. He was made welcome at Wedding Christening or Wake for his humour - even he told some of the tales against his own family circle He was locally known as "Paddy the Poet" and died 9 years ago + was about 58 years at death.
7. John Reilly Ballinamoney} Locally known as John the Gentleman or John the Gardener is a Poet + story teller. He composed many songs the most humerous being Fr. Comey's Baby Car. (A Curate in this parish) He is still alive in Ballinamoney 73 years + got his nick names because he is a Gardener + works in a Demesne in Galway
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2020-03-10 11:02
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Local Heroes
In the Teeworker Section of Moybollogue Parish and in the vicinity of Ballinamoney School Bailieborough
Stonethrowers:-
1 Pat Clarke Blackhills} Pt Clarke Blackhills locally known as big "Pat" or "Pat Brian" was a small farmer and a jobber in fairs It is related he was able to move and even lift a very large round stone in Moybollogue Graveyard. It was considered a great feat - and very many people of his time + since have even failed to move it. Pat is now 14 years dead and was 78 years then.
2 Paddy Farrelly Leitrim} Locally known as PaddyGinre was a local car-man or cart driver and it is said that he never was defeated in throwing a weight or a stone any place he went on his cart, namely Drogheda, Navan, Dundalk. He is now 24 years dead + was 80 years at death
Swift Runners
3 Peter Sheridian Carnins
Peter Sheridian locally known had a small farm of 6 acres in Carnens beside Teeworker Church. He was a shoe-maker by trade and though a small man won many local races across the country in his young days. It is said no one could beat him for swiftness + jumping. Even at present local Sports, you hear it said whoever the winner was that he was nearly as good as Sheridian. He was locally known as "Pevet" Its not known how this nick-name came. He died last October aged 79 years.
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2020-03-10 10:47
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The sad news was told to St Patrick who ran to the Church and told him and St Patrick at once set out for the spot with his Staff in his hand. On coming to the spot at the top of the hill where a little grove of trees now stand he halted. From this hill he raised his Staff over her and divided her into four parts. One part went into the air, another part went into the ground where she stood and a third part went into the Moat of Moybollogue and the fourth part into Teeworker Lake
For many, many years afterwards, this was a dreaded spot by both old and young and it was told that when a funeral, a wedding or a christening went the way, the people always crossed the fence into the fields sooner than pass this terrible spot on the road, as they were afraid and said it was unlucky.
Along the road leading from the present church at Teeworker to Moybollogue Graveyard there is a large rock or stone in the side of the road and it is said this was the spot where the sad story happened. About 50 years ago the children going to Teeworker Church for Catechism said to dance on this stone crying + shouting "Garramhag" "Garramhag" but their people would not be pleased with it.
This story was related by Paddy Glenny who died 15 years ago aged 77 years + was told now by John Rogers who is about 68 Years of age + still living.
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2020-03-10 10:41
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The Garramhag
An ancient story told about Moybollogue
This story happened in the time St Patrick was in Moybollogue about 3 miles from Bailieborough on the south East side.
On a Sunday Morning as St Patrick himself was about to read Mass in his little Church at Moybollogue, the people of the district were going in procession on their way to the Church to hear Mass
In In the number of people was a young girl named Gargan (Garramhag). She came riding on a White Pony in company with her brother. She was fasting as she was to receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament On coming to the foot of the hill on the East side of the Moat of Moybollogue she saw some nice ripe blackberries growing along the road and being tempted with their ripe appearance she said to her brother that she would eat some. He knowing she was fasting tried to prevent her breaking her fast. She did not pay any heed to him and forgetting herself and her fasting she got down from the White Pony and eat some of the Blackberries.
All at once she became quite changed, made like and turned about and devoured both man and pony as well as many of the people who were on the road
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2020-03-10 10:32
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Hence the place came to be called Loc-in-leas - the loch of the cures.
In course of time a landlord named Pratt was possessed of some valuable hounds. Those dogs became affected with the disease in dogs known as mange, so Pratt had his dog man wash or bath the dogs in the waters of loc-in leas. The waters of the lake from that day out lost the power of curing and the people would not touch them or try a cure any more in them.
The people for miles around and also the holy Priests were much sorry and annoyed and the struck a plan to keep throwing large boulders or rocks into the lake. This was done for years + years + everytime any one passed by the place they threw a stone into the lake until in a space of years it was filled and even then they threw stones on it until a large mound or heap of stones could be seen for miles around which is now known as "The Cairn". It is in Kingscourt Parish Co Cavan and many people go to see it. On the first Sunday of August each year locally known around as Bilberry Sunday all the young boys + girls + even the aged go to the Cairn and dance the during the evening on a Play lark beside the Cairn
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2020-03-10 10:26
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The Story of Loughinleagh
The Loughinleagh Mountains are situated about 3 miles from Kingscourt to the North West and about 2 1/2 miles from Bailieborough Co Cavan on the North East of the followinf fabulous story is told about it. The people of long ago said it was a true story and the last man bring to give a real account of wee Paddy Glenny of Copponagh Kingscourt, who is now dead about 15 years. He was 77 years of age at death. The other man was Ned McEntee, Teeworker Parish who is now dead about 13 Years and he was 76 Years at death. It was Owen McEntee (Ned's son) who tells this story having heard it from his father when he was young. Owen McEntee is still living in Teeworker and is now about 63 Years of Age
Story of Loughinleagh as told
The story gives and account of how Loughinleagh got its name. It is said that long ago in the days of persecution when the priests were obliged to say Mass in the mountains and the glens the priests had many hair-breath escapes from death to avoid their enemies.
So it is said that a good priest was offering up the Holy Sacrifice in the mountains of Loughlinleagh he found the enemy or yeomen approaching There was then a small lake on the mountain near by but it has since disappeared. As the enemy came near, the priest cast the Sacred Host into the lake. So from that out the waters of the lake had curing properties for all skin diseases
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2020-03-10 10:16
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Notes on names of persons + places mentioned in Song
Father Comey's Baby Car
1. Brian the Blue: Brian Donnelly of Groghadaragh, Teeworker, who was made fun of by local poets. + Story Tellers
2. Andy Maleady:- Of Copponagh parish of Kingscourt Co Cavan, who got the hives - of Bees from his uncle who had died + could not manage them
3. Fr. Small:- Parish Priest of the parish namely (Knoybollogue) or Teeworker + though he was one of the first priests in diocese of Kilmoe
4. Finnegans:- A Public House + Grocery Store immediately beside Fr. Comey's residence + the Catholic Church Teeworker.
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1 Mountain Road: - Road leading from Bailieboro to Kingscourt + passing by John O'Reillys Cottage
2. Jackneys Cross:- Cross-roads beside Edengully N.S. on the above mountain road. so called from a family named Jackneys near by
3 Moyle Bridge:- Principal Bridge on old road from Jackney's Cross to Kilmainham-Wood Village: 4 Roads meet here
4 Woolley's Shop:- Grocery Store in Townland of Clontarkan and beside Drumbar Hill
5. Copporagh Line. A branch road leading from Trounlawn Road to Wooley's Shop. Clontarkan or Drumbar
6 Rock of Truff:- Rock on Edenagully or Loughlinleagh Mountain famous for great Horse Fair 12th August each year
7. Joshes Brae:- A Steep Hill on main Road from Kilmainham-wood Village to Teewrker Church on their way home beside an old demesne name Josh Williamsons.
8 Breakey Mill: Old Mill at Cross Roads from Drumbar. famous Corn. Flax + Flour Mill in Olden Times
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VI
We landed out at Kilmainham Line, some place
about Breakey Mill
I begged him for to stop awhile and I'd
try and make my will
I made my Will and signed it there
right upon the wall
And all I had within + without I
willed to Fr. Small
For he you know is a grand wee man
Who never went so far
To part then with his horse + trap
to buy a Motor Car.
(VII)
I said you may be off again you may either walk or fly.
For I don't care what happens now I am prepared to die
So we flew along the road again and up by Jokes Brae
But when we got to the Church of Knoyle I wanted to go in + pray.
But no he flew right past the gate + across Teewroker Hill
And landed me down at FInnegans where there I drank my fill
And going home that very night I was heard both near and far
Cheering for Father Comey and his little Baby Car.
[The End}
Given verbally by John O'Reilly Ballinamoney Baillieborough otherwise known locally as "John the Gentleman. John the Gardeniner" or The Ballinamoney Poet.
Still alive + now 73 Years of age
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2020-03-09 17:54
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(IV Verse
At length we got to Maleadys, a fine house
among the trees
And soon we made the bargain for a couple a hive of Bees
I lifted up the top you see, to view the
dear wee things
When in less than a couple of seconds, I was
covered all over with stings
They stung me on the head and ears,
The stung me on the nose
They stung me on the hands and knees, and
some got up my clothes
They stung me on the hands and knees and
Oh! they went so far
That I had to fly for shelter to the little Baby Car.
(V)
We started then for home again, the road was mighty rough
We never knew then where we were till we
struck the Rock of Muff
We bounded off the rock again and back
through old Drumbar.
I'll never forget the terrible fright I got
in his little Baby Car.
(Continued next page)
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2020-03-09 17:49
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