Líon iontrálacha sa taifead staire: 103
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2020-04-06 10:20
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wore their hair long.
Young girls in purple mantles listened to Saint Patrick preaching with their gold yellow hair over their garments.
Kathleen Smyth,
Cordownan,
Arva.
Given to me by my mother.
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2020-04-06 10:18
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All buyers keep lack in money for animals sold to them. The usual luck money kept for a pig is a 1. and for cattle 2. a head. It is said that the luck should be in silver if the animal was given a present. The usual money given as luck for a horse is £1 and a halter is usually given with the animals. Some people consider it unlucky when the rope on a cow is not left so when she is sold.
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2020-04-06 10:16
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When an animal is for sale it is usually taken to the fair. Then a buyer comes and asks the owner how much he wants for the animal, but he is never satisfied with the price fixed. He is called a
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2020-04-06 10:14
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During the time of the Black and Tans, fairs were not permitted in the local towns. The people held a fair each month at the foot of Mount Gabriel in a valley near the Gap. The fair usually lasted two days, and cows, calves pigs and horses were bought there. The cattle were then taken in carts to Durrus and from here they were taken to Cork. Fairs are now held on streets but they are never held on the country.
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2020-04-06 10:12
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Limrick and other parts of Ireland to the monthly cattle fairs. Sometimes they come to this district before fairs and buy cattle, but the people say that when this occurs it is a sure sign of an increase in demand.
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2020-04-06 10:10
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There was a well in Cromogue on time. The well was filled in by people. It sprung up in a tree in Cloneenagh and it is there still and people go on visits there yet. They take small stones out of it. It is said that the stones would save you from all harm. When people are going to another country they take some of the stones with them. Once a man tried to bore a hole in the tree to let out the water but he could not it is said that his hand withered. When St. Fintan was finished building his church he turned his house into a
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2020-04-06 10:08
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thing they will not give it to you because they say it is unlucky. It is unlucky to put out the ashes on Friday and Monday.
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2020-04-06 10:07
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across the field in a tree in Clonenagh and it is ever since called St. Fintan's well. There is a great big hole in the tree and it is full up of water. There are bits of rags hanging out of the tree. When people are going on visits to St. Fintans well they bring back pebbles with them. It is said that pebbles will save you from lightning. S Fintan built his church in one day. When he had his church built he changed his horse into a stone. St. Fintan was born in Clonkeen.
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2020-04-06 10:04
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On St Martins night you should kill some king of fowl and bleed it on the cows byre and on the hearth. If you do not do this in honour of St. Martin. If you go to your neighbours house borrowing any
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2020-04-06 10:03
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They put a bundle of stones around it. Then they got inside the ditch until the coach came along. The man was talking and laughing with the girl. All of a sudden he let a big coat out of him. Then there was stone coming from all directions. The man got such a fright that he fell into a laugh water at the side of the road. The girl died with the fright. As soon as the stones were fired the horses galloped off. They were going around a turn on the road when of the horses tripped and fell. The coach turned over in the ditch. Ever since that the coach is supposed to be seen on the road at night.
S. Stack. Togher.
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2020-04-06 10:00
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There is a well in Cromague long ago and the people filled it in with stones and sand. But it burst up
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2020-04-06 09:55
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The water in which Dandelions are boiled is a cure for heart diseases.
Durleasc
Durleasc is dryer in the sun and then eaten.
Potatoes
We set potatoes every year. My father ploughs or digs the land and makes ridges. My mother cut the potatoes into slits, my father sticks them with a spade if he is seting with a Steven. I will do the goggling that is I throw the slits into the hole. Then they are covered with a block.
After a few weeks he put manure on the ridges and then put clay over that. When the young stalks appear he again put clay on the ridges this is called moulding. In June or July before the blight appears they are sprayed with
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2020-04-06 09:51
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English but they know Irish. There are no old ruins in our village. The young people always went to England. The land is hilly mountainous without no trees. There is no lake or river in the district but we can see Lough Coon and Croagh Patrick from the school door.
Herbs
Capog, Feara Ban. they smother up the crops. Chicken weed is used as a cure for mumps or inlarged tonsils. The weed is heated near the fire and then put to the afflicted part. The herb with the seven cures so called because it has seven stripes and is supposed to be able to cure seven diseases stop bleeding it prevents blood poisons.
One side will make a person bleed and the other side will prevent bleeding dandelions.
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2020-04-06 09:45
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The Sell Series
of
Exercise Copy Books
Good Cream Laid Paper
One Penny
Printed, Ruled and Bound in Dublin
Name of Writer : Kathleen Foye
School
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2020-04-06 09:44
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Games
1. High-window, Tick Hide- and- Seek Dallóg, Jackstone- Spinning-tops Thread-the-Needle. Turobog-tarabog. All sit around the fire, one says the ryhme Turobog Tarabog Tí-O Neil Neil-a-Prubán Prubán-tasa suile - sicne. As-Tomán Tomán-tasa Steac I bFlaitis. Trom-Trom ceard atá os do icon. One person puts his head down and another person puts something and the ryhme if he dose not guess correctly and leaves.
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2020-04-06 09:38
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If you sow Oates on the day of a full moon you will have bad oats.
Trí lá na Risbhoige. The three first days of April. These days are so called because long ago March with its cold severe weather had nearly killed an old cow and when she was not dead on the 31st of March she borrowed three days of April to kill her. Ever since the three first days of April are very cold.
Beggars
Forty years ago beggars were more plentiful that nowadays. They went from house to house asking for almost nobody refused them for a nights lodging becaus Our Lady was refused lodgings on the first Christmas Night. They came periodically Tom the Thresher was one of them.
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2020-04-06 09:34
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a weasel nest because his spit is supposed to be poison.
One day a man robbed a weasel's nest. The man was from Bohomore and when he looked out the window he saw a crowd of weasels ready to such his blood.
Cures
1. Whooping Cough, If an ass is milked and the milk is given to the child.
2. If somebody meets a man riding on a white horse whatever he tells them to will cure the whooping cough.
3. Toothache to put a frog into your mouth and let him bite the tooth is a cure for toothache.
Special Days
1. Good Friday is a good day to sour oats.
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2020-04-04 11:23
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small bush they heard a voice singing lovely airs. They looked in at a bush and they saw the head of Donnbo in side in it. They asked the head where the Kings body lay and the head answered "over near that tree" and they said "I promised the King no matter where I would be to night that I would amuse him. " He said " take my head to where my body lies near the King and bury me with the King."
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2020-04-04 11:11
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The lease for the plot was granted by the parish priest Very Revd, John O'Malley to Stephen Heskin, Ballyrourke, Neale; Patrick Burke, Loughnagankey, Neale, and Patrick O'Connor, Neale Village, for a period of 900 yards. The lease is dated 25th July 1883 and was forwarded on the 9th March 1888 to Most Reverend John MacEvilly. Archbishop of Tuam. The present trustees use The Archbishop of Tuam, Right Reverend Dean Dalton and Very Reverend Canon Healy P.P. (Kilmaine).
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2020-04-04 11:06
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and he went out to build them up again. He had to go passed the tree. The wind was so strong that it blew the tree on top of the man and he only lived a couple of hours.
The time of the snow in (1808) there was an old man named John Mulligan who lived in the downland of Cornnaglar, Threemilehouse, Monaghan. Before the snow came in (1808) he went into the town of Monaghan to buy food for his children. It was a very dark night when he was coming home and he had to cross a large bog. He was very heavily (la) loaded and he went astray so that night it began snowing the old man had to lie down. In a day after one of his sons found him dead.
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2020-04-04 11:02
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Severe Weather
The night of the big wind there was a man named John Briens was on his way to America. His mother had given him a token to the priest to say a mass for her son to land safetly. The priest lived in a house at BlackRaw Three Mile House, Monaghan. In the middle of the night the. woman awoke and heard the great wind outside. She got up and went to the priest's house and asked him did he say the mass and he said "mo" and he told her to (in) come in and he would say it now. A couple of days afterwards the woman got a letter from her son and he told her the ship had sunk and all were drowned except myself.
In the time of the big wind in (1839). There was a poor man named James Hanna who lived in the downland of Kiltubret and he cut down a large tree. One morning he saw that his slacks of corn were blown down.
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2020-04-04 10:56
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When the sun rises bright, and the sky high and clear it is the sign of a good day.
When the clouds moon is alone in the sky it will be stormy.
When a dull look is in the clouds, bad weather is to be expected, if a pale and clear appearance it is to be fair weather.
If a Sunday is wet, it is a sign of a good week.
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2020-04-04 10:54
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A night that the sky is red at the setting of the sun there will be a frost that night.
When the stars are twinkling in the sky, it will rain that night.
When the sky is blue and grey that is a sign that there is going to be good weather.
When the wind is blowing from the north we are going to have plenty of rain.
When the moon had a big ring round it is sign of a wet day.
When the clouds are sailing along it is the sign of good weather.
It is said when the clouds are bright that it is a sign of thunder.
It is said when the stars are shining brightly it is a sign of rain.
It is believed when the moon is standing perpendicularly as it appears it is a sign of a dry period.
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2020-04-04 10:49
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Signs of Weather
When the smoke is going up straight it is a sign of good weather.
When the crows flying high it is sign of good weather.
Swallows flying high it is a sign of good weather.
When the cat lies with her back to the fire, it is a sign of a storm.
A rainbow at night is a shepherd's delight, a rainbow in the morning is a shepherd's warning.
When the sun sets red in the summer time, it is a sign that the following day will be good.
Sharp stars are signs of frost.
When the cloud are near us, it is a sign of rain that day.
A morning which is very misty, it is a sign of a good day.
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2020-04-03 11:22
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Our Lady's Well
Told by:- Mrs. Curran
Address : Breaghury, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo.
Occupation : Married
Age : - 80 years
Person from whom she got the story - John McGovern, Breaghury, Co Sligo
How long ago - 50 years
Age of the person then :- 60 years.

At the time of Sir Robert Gore was living in Lissadell there was an old man named Pat Feeney living in a little house on his Roberts property. Pat was generally called Paidín leather Scale because he had lost the sight of one eye. He was very poor and was usually employed herding cows for Sir Robert
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2020-04-03 11:12
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a priest going home on horse back, and she jumped up beside Him. He sprinkled holy water on her, and she vanished and was never seen after.
This story was got from
Mrs. Landy,
Ravel,
Dunleer.
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2020-04-03 11:11
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A Ghost Story
Long ago there was supposed to be a woman named the Cailleach of the Ravel.
Every night she appeared and was seen sitting on a big stone on the hill of the Ravel.
Several people saw her and spoke to her, but she did not answer them.
One night there was
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2020-04-03 11:08
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drove their caravan over to the road, because they were so much afraid.
This story was got from
Patrick Magee,
Cangy,
Dunleer.
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2020-04-03 11:07
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A Ghost Story
Near the village of Dunleer is a place called Charleville.
This place belonged to a wealthy man who had a large house. He died and was buried in Cappogue graveyard.
It is said he used to go back to the house and upset everything.
The legend says that Cappogue church could not be kept closed.
Rev. Fr. Healy P.P. one time visited the spot and prayed over the grave, and people say the ghost was seen after.
When the house was been knocked down, the men who were working there slept in a caravan. One night when they were going to bed they saw the ghost. They
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2020-04-03 11:03
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spot shouting at the man. At last he had to go, and went in flames.
Then a priest was obliged to walk from Balbriggan to banish him.
He walked round the graveyard saying prayers for hours while numbers of men kept walking up and down outside on the road to keep watch. He succeeded and the ghost was never seen afterwards.

This story was got from
Vincent King,
Ardee Road,
Dunleer.
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2020-04-03 11:01
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at home about his experience, and they said he was not the first that saw him.
He went the next day and told the priest, and he said that he must go when he promised, but he told him to get a bucket of holy water and a little brush, and to make a large round hole in the field, and to stand in the middle of it, and when the ghost would appear to keep splashing the holy water.
However, he went the next night, and had everything ready as he was directed.
At twelve o'clock the ghost and the horse came again, and the man started sprinkling the holy water, so then the ghost could not come upon the
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2020-04-03 10:51
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A Ghost Story
This is a true story which happened in Cappoge long ago.
One night, there was a man going home very late. He was obliged to go through a field which is just beside the graveyard. On entering it he saw a big man in red riding a white horse round the field.
The ghost came up to him, and the man said "I thought you were in Heaven long ago". He recognised him because he was his master when he was alive, and then the ghost told him to be there at twelve the following night and that he would see him.
The man promised to the there, and wended his way home. He told his people
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2020-04-03 10:47
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When we got across the wall we rubbed the sweat from our faces and took a pledge that never again would we take any person's apples without permission. I am now 91 and though I was only sixteen when the above happened, I still shudder when I think of the Ghostly Barrow in Rathesker Castle and Garden."
Nuala Faulkner,
Trean,
Dunleer.
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2020-04-03 10:45
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west side of the garden we heard a noise, as if someone was wheeling a hand barrow. As the noise of the barrow came near us we made a grab for the bags to get away but to our horror we were unable to move them. Now we were in a great hobble. My Father's name was on the bags and we dare not leave them because then it would be known next day who were taking the apples. Well, I remember though it is over 10 years ago how my hair stood on an end and the cold sweat came through me. Still the Barrow went flying around the paths. We tried to say our prayers but our lips refused to move. Then suddenly the clock in the Castle struck twelve. The barrow ceased and all was silent We again tried the bags and lifted them quite easily
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2020-04-03 10:41
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died never got any rest. That every night they could be heard going through the rooms of the Castle and the gardens.
I should say that there was one of the Fosters who memory the people revered. He was known as the Speaker Foster from the fact that he was the last Speaker of the old Irish House of Commons and when he stood up in the Irish Parliament to announce the result of the Division in the Union with England he said with the tears in his eyes the "Ayes have it".
Well, now, to come back to my story. Another young lad and I planned one night to take some apples without permission from Rathesker Garden. When arrived at the wall surrounding the garden at 11 o'clock armed with two big home made sacks. We crossed the wall and filled our bags. Suddenly from the
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2020-04-03 10:38
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A Ghost Story
I got the following Ghost Story from my father Thomas Faulkner, who heard it from an old man, Francis McCabe, who lived at the Trean, and died in 1922 aged 92. Francis was 16 years of age when the event occurred. I will tell the story in the old man's words.
"Many long years ago there lived in Rathesker Castle a family by the name of Foster. They were notorious in their time as Priest hunters and many a poor priest in the Penal Days had to run for his life and he in the middle of the holy Mass, when the word would come from people who were in guard that the Priest Hunters were coming. The old people always said that those Fosters when they
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2020-04-03 10:34
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big black dog came out the gate. The man could see the dog's eyes shining in the light of the moon. They were like balls of fire. The man was very much frightened.
The next night at the same time, the man and a companion whom he took with him went to the same gate. They filled their pockets with stones, as they decided to stone the dog if he appeared.
They waited and soon the dog appeared, and the two men started to stone him.
The dog uttered an notorious scream and disappeared into a cloud of dust. He was never seen again.
I got this story from my daddy.
James Strain,
Dunleer. Age 50 yrs.
Lena Strain
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2020-04-03 10:30
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A Ghost Story
There is a hill named Croe Sidhe at Lawlesstown, a small distance away from Dunleer. Croe Sidhe means the hill of the fairies.
One night a man who was labouring with a farmer not far from the hill, was passing by a gate on the hillside when a
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2020-04-03 10:28
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A true fairy tale
In Ireland not very long ago fairies used to be seen and heard at night. This story I am going to write happened in this locality.
There was a man named Geraghty working in Rathesgar castle as a gardener. He had one daughter. The legend says she was very pretty.
One Halloween night she went out to frighten a friend of her's who said she never was afraid of anything. She put on old mens clothes and left her house to go down an old lane, but she never returned home that night, and her mother or father did not know what became of her.
After a long time she came back and she told her father to go to a certain gap in the fields at twelve o'clock on the following night to bring with him the pot hooks, and that all the fairies.
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2020-04-03 10:28
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would pass through that gap and she would be on a big white horse and if he would put the pot hooks round the horses neck he would save her and could take her to her home again.
Her father went to the gap on the following night, and he sae the fairies and all, but he failed to put the hooks round the horses neck and she was never seen again.
This story was told to the late Bartle Landy, my father, by Mr. William Connor who died in 1920 aged 83.
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2020-04-03 10:25
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A true fairy tale
In Ireland not very long ago fairies used to be seen and heard at night. This story I am going to write happened in this locality.
There was a man named Geraghty working in Rathesgar castle as a gardener. He had one daughter. The legend says she was very pretty.
One Halloween night she went out to frighten a friend of her's who said she never was afraid of anything. She put on old mens clothes and left her house to go down an old lane, but she never returned home that night, and her mother or father did not know what became of her.
After a long time she came back and she told her father to go to a certain gap in the fields at twelve o'clock on the following night to bring with him the pot kooks, and that all the fairies.
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2020-04-03 10:20
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List of Successive Managers
1715 - 1722 Fr. P. Lawlor
1722 - 1766 Fr. L. Warren
1766 - 1772 Fr. L.Taaffe
1772 - 1797 Fr. J. Wall
1797 - 1823 Fr. J Healy
1823 - 1831 Fr. Bannan
1832 - 1858 Fr. Magee
1858 - 1864 Fr. Pentony
1865 - 1872 Fr. J. Dooley
1872 - 1897 Canon Magee
1897 - 1937 Fr. J. Byrne
1937 Fr. L. Murray.
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2020-04-03 10:15
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griddle is like a flat pan with a handle to hang it over the fire. The bread made on this iron was called griddle cake.
Boxty bread is made from raw potatoes and flour. This bread is still made in Donegal.
Potato cake is also made from boiled potatoes and flour and is still made up to the present day.
Bread is indeed a great necessity of Life.
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2020-04-03 10:13
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Bread
One of our chief items of food is bread. There are many different kinds of bread, wheaten bread loaf bread, boxty bread, potato cake, pancakes and sweet cake.
Pancakes are only made on Shrove Tuesday, and plum puddings for Christmas. It is usual when a person visits the house at either of these occasions to give them pancakes or a slice of pudding.
Wheaten bread is made in nearly every house. This bread is made from wheaten meal, which is ground at the mill, and is baked in a shape in an oven.
Long ago the people used to grind there own meal with querns or little hand mills, but there machines are all gone out of date.
The people used also bake their bread on griddles. The
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2020-04-02 11:36
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took them to their homes for the same purpose. It is said when the statues were found in the tree they were snow white but that they afterwards turned black when some individual swore falsely on them.
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2020-04-01 11:21
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How to make a Rush hat
To make rush hats nice long straight green rushes are needed.
First you get about ten nice rushes for the band. Then one by one other rushes are woven round at about an inch apart like this.
When the band is finished it is bent round in the shape of a circle. Then the ends of the band are fastened tightly together. Then the ends of the rushes are gathered together at the top to shape the crown and a few long rushes are wound round and round the loose ends for to make a long peak.
Maud Alexander
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2020-04-01 11:15
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stone will go away up into the air and maybe it will go out of sight.
Pearl Alexander
Dromore
Raphoe
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2020-04-01 11:14
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How to make a Catapult
When you are making a catapult you get a strong forked piece of stick about three inches long and about three inches left for a handle. Then you get two pieces of strong rubber and tie one to each end of the forks. Then you make two holes in the ends of piece of leather then put the two ends of the rubber in through the holes and tie the two ends together. Then you have the catapult finished.
When you are shooting with a catapult you put a small stone on the leather and hold it on with you finger. Then pull it as far as you can let it go and the
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2020-04-01 11:10
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Home Made Toys
How to make a whirl
The way to make a whirl out of a turnip is to get a round turnip and get a thin piece of iron. First we heat the iron in the fire and burn a hole through the heart of the turnip. Then we get a thick piece of wire and put it through the hole in the turnip and then tie the two ends of the wire together and then the whirl is made.
George Hepburn
Letterfull
Raphoe
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2020-04-01 11:06
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How to make a water wheel
The first thing you need is a sharp knife and a large turnip. You bore a hole through the turnip and put a stick through the turnip for the axle. Next you take the knife and cut tracks across the turnip like the wooden trows on a real wheel.
Now you fix it across a place where water falls and it can run quote nicely.
J. Galbraith
Dromore
Raphoe
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2020-04-01 10:58
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one in the centre of every lid and pushes the ends of the axle through the holes in the lid and put a tack at each end of the axle to keep the wheels from falling off. Then we nail two sticks one at each side of the box for the shafts.
Sidney McClay
Oakfield
Raphoe
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Toys
When we are making a toy cart we get two lids of a police box for the wheels. When we get a square box for the body of the cart. Next we make an able out of a piece of stick and bore two holes one at each end and put a nail up into the inside of the square box. The two nails that attach the axle to the body of the cart is called the body boults. When the axle is fastened to the body of the make two holes
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2020-04-01 10:53
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How to make a rag doll
How you make a rag doll. First you make a wee bag for the body and stuff it full of rags and sew the top of it. Then you make another bag for the head and make the corners round and stuff it full of rags. Then make two dots for the eyes and one or two for the nose and one long stitch for the mouth. Then sew the head to the body. Then put some clothes on her.
Isobel Long
Drunfad
Raphoe
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How to make a daisy chain
When you are making a daisy chain you get a daisy with a fairly thick stem you make a small split on the stem with your nail and put the stem of another daisy in through the split and pull the stem of the daisy that you put in through the split till it comes to the head then you put a split in the second daisy and so on till you have a big long chain long enough to go round your neck then you join the two ends together.
Pearl Alexander
Dromore
Raphoe
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A Spinning Jenny
Then you are making a spinning Jenny you cut a spool across ways through the middle and get a stick with a sharp point and cut it through the hole in the spool and spin it round on the sharp point.
Another toy you can make is a toy boat. You get a thick piece of wood and hollow it out. Then you get two pieces of sticks for masts and black stiff paper two them for sails and it can sail nicely on a smooth pool.
Arthur Galbraith
Dromore
Raphoe
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turns across over the fire and it is called a crane there was a chair that hung down from the crane and the crook was hung on the chain. Then they put the pothooks or bools into the ears of the pot and hung the pothooks on the crook. The bools are two pieces of iron fastened together and at each end they are curved up, and the curve in the ears of the pot.
The potato pot oven is like an ordinary pot but the bottom was flat and the lid was flat. When they set the pot on the fire they put in the scone and put on the lid. Then they put on more red coals on the top as well as in the fire. When they draw a cross on it to keep the fairies from spoiling the bread.
John Galbraith,
Dromore,
Raphoe
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Bread
Long ago the people baked their bread in the front of the fire. They had a thing made of iron like a little pan and it had an iron bar on and when they wanted it to stand up they put out the bar and set it on the floor and that kept the iron from falling. Then they set on the scone.
When they were grinding the meal they had a large round stone with a round hole in the middle of it. Then they put the meal into it and ground it.
In olden times they made the oaten bread with oat meal and water. When the old people met one an other and asked what they had for Easter they said a scone of soft and a scone of hard. In olden times the people had open hearths and they burned peats in them and when they were going to cook they put on the pot oven. There were large irons from one side of the fire when it was a certain height above the fire it
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2020-04-01 10:17
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met with right angles with the pass now going down to Mr Regans and went along till it came to Tawnytaskin school. It then went to Corrigeenroe Post Office where it afterwards passed by Corrigeenroe Church. It then went on and passed by Mrs Johnsons and by James Carthy's and it then lead to Keadrie and afterwards to Ballyfarnon. So that was the road the people had for going Boyle to Ballyfarnon.
John Tivnan
Doon
Boyle
Told by John Tivnan (aged 86) Doon, Boyle
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2020-04-01 10:09
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The Old Road
There is in this district of Tawnytaskin a road called the Old Road. It just runs beside Tawnytaskin School towards Corrigeenroe.
I heard the following story from my grandfather about the road.
The Old Road was made in the time of the famine. The men employed working were getting four pence and five pence a day as wages. The road started at the town of Boyle. It then went in on the gap at Mr Spelman house at the crossroads.
Spelmans house at the cross roads and it led along to John Gallaghers and went down part of the pass now leading down to Brennans. It then went straight to McKeons and by the back of McHughes and back to Michael Kenehans hay shed. About half way between McHughes and Michael Kenehans hay shed there is a mans head and a gun carved out on the wall of the Old road. It then passed by the back of Mr Gallaghers house and across the river under Michael Kenehans house and it passed along and
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2020-03-28 12:46
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and lays it on the anvil. He beats it out flat and makes it into the shape of a horse shoe. When he has it in the shape of a horse shoe. He makes holes in it with a punch. He puts the holes in it, to put nails in through it to stick it to the horse's hoof. He throws it into water to cool it.
Jasmine Morrow
"Hercon"
Kerrykeel,
Lifford,
Co. Donegal
Information given by Mr Willie Morriw
"Hercon"
Kerrykeel
Lifford
Kerrykeel is a small town between Rossnakill and Milford. Carren is a townland near Lough Swilly. Ballykinard is a townland beside Mulroy Bay.
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2020-03-28 12:36
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him when they want their wheels mended. (They) He has to make the iron red hot before he can get it the right shape for the wheel. When he puts it on the wheel and beats it together, then he throws the wheel into water to prevent the wood from getting burned and also to make the iron stick to the wood and not come off.
People look upon smiths to be very strong (strong) because they are not afraidto shoe flinging horse's or (a) young horse's.
People say that forge water is good for hens. It prevents them from taking any disease.
People get a lot of news and stories at the forge. When a smith goes to make a horse shoe, he gets the iron. He puts it in the fire. When it is red hot, he takes it out
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2020-03-28 12:32
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beside a stream. The forges are low houses, with thatched roofs. The doors are not of any special shape. There is one fire place in each forge.
The tools which the blacksmith has, are sledge, bellows, anvil, chisels, files, punch, and a trough for holding water. He uses the bellows for blowing the fire, the anvile is for beating the iron. The sledge is for beating the iron with. The file is for paring the horse's hoof (with). The punch is for boring the holes in the horse shoe (with). The trough of water is for cooling the horse shoe in, before it is put on the horse's hoof. He shoes horse's and donkeys.
He makes ploughs, harrows, cultivators and axes for the farmer. He makes the iron bands that are round cartwheels in the open air. People take coal and peats as gifts.
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2020-03-28 12:20
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Local Forges
There are not many forges in this district. There are three forges in the district. There is one forge in Kerrykeel, one Carren, and one in Ballykinard.
The names of the smiths who work in the forges are George Kerr, David McGarvey and John Thompson.
George Kerr's forge is situated in Kerrykeel, David McGarvey's forge is situated in Carren, John Thompson's forge is (in) situated in Ballkinard.
David McGarvey's ancestors have been smiths for forty three years. George Kerr's ancestors have been smiths for twenty four years. John Thompson's ancestors have been smiths for twenty nine years.
The three forges are built at the roadside, Thompson's forge is at the crossroads and it is also
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2020-03-26 14:30
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time. The bread-tree was made of two sticks and the cake was placed up against it and left to bake for half an hour or so. When the cake was baked it was put out in the open air to cool and when cool it was eaten.
At that time people had only two meals and these meals usually consisted of bread and potatoes. Potatoes were used a good deal up to the years 1847 and 1848. When the potatoes blackened during those years the people had to depend on the Indian meal. The first quantities of Indian meal that reached this country were not fit for use but later on it improved. People made bread of the Indian meal by itself without any mixtures. This meal had to be wet with boiling water and made into the shape of a cake and then baked on a griddle iron. This meal cake was part of the food for the Irish people in those days because the best of their produce was sent over to England. That was one of the chief reasons why the Irish almost starved.
Seán Ó Mathghamhna,
Leath - Fhearran,
Faithche,
Lios-A-Phuca
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2020-03-26 14:21
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How They Made Bread Long Ago
As machinery was scarce in olden days. The people had to dig the ground with spades. When the ground was prepared they sowed the corn seed and when it was grown up and ripe, they cut it with a reaping hook. It was usually the women's job to bind it into sheaves. It was then made into big stooks and left in the garden for a fortnight or three weeks, to harden to get ripe.
At the end of that time the corn was carted to the haggard and there it was made into big stacks. After a while it was threshed with flails. When treshed, on a windy day, it was taken out to a field near by. There it was winnowed. That is the wind separated the chaff from the grain. It was then brought to the house and put into sacks. These sacks were then placed before the fire to harden. The corn was then ground into meal by means of a . It was afterwards sived and the finer part was used for making bread while the coarser part was given to the animals to eat. When making the bread, the meal was wet with water and made into the shape of a cake. The cake was baked in front of the fire on a bread-tree because there were no ovens at that
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2020-03-26 14:12
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week. Then three or four men used come in by night with four big stones. They used put the flax on the big stones and beat it with "turgin" and clove it with a cloving tongs. Then it used be sent to the weaver to make sheets or whatever they wanted for them. The cloving tongs was a piece of wood about four feet in length and attached to one end of it was a piece of wood about eighteen inches long.
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2020-03-26 14:10
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How People Made Linen Long Ago
Long ago people used make their own linen. They used grow flax and when it was ripe it used be pulled and made into sheaves. It used then be put into a shed and left to dry for three or four days. Then the earth used be shook off it nad it was taken to a pound where the water would be lodged and put under the water. It used be left in the pond for three weeks. Then it used be dried again put into "táitins" and put bleaching. Then the táitins" are ripped and taken to a clean field where there would be no animals and left there for two days bleaching. Then it is brought in and put in two holes which were in the wall over the fireplace. It used be left therefor a
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2020-03-26 14:04
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A Story
Two of the O'Donoghue brothers, Jeffroy and Paud had a fight. Jefferoy had a sledge in his hand and he hit Killaha Castle a blow of the sledge and drove half it over to Tullagha, which is very near Loughquittane Lake.
Another day Paud found a donkey belonging to a widow near the castle gate. He put the donkey into a big pound which was near the castle. The pound was a big prison in which any animals which were found straying were put until the owner would pay trespass. The poor widow came to the castle gate crying and when Jefferoy saw her he told her he would give her the donkey without paying any trespass, so as to annoy his brother. The widow asked Jefferoy did he not agree with his brother, and he told her he hated him so she cursed him and her curse fell upon him. There is an old saying "A widows curse is a true curse.
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2020-03-26 13:58
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Home-made Toys
Every little boy and girl finds great pleasure in making toys. in this district some children have a fancy for making toy aeroplanes and making toy houses out of wood. This is called fret work and it is sometimes done as passtime by grown-up people. In making toys they used wood such as the wood that tea chests are made of. Then they cut out the various parts and put them together with a sticky stuff called sauder.
Boys generally make timber articles such as boats and little horses and carts. Some boys take more care than others and the boats when rigged up float in the water. Boys also make pop-guns from the branches of an elder tree. Tops were made from emty spools with an iron spear or nail made by the local blacksmith. Kites were made from peaper and twine. Bows and arrows and slings were made for casting stones.
The usual toy for the young girl is the pram and dool and they find equally
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2020-03-25 11:57
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remained at home went bathing in Ulawn Lake, which is about two miles on the western side of Spancilhill, and was drowned.
Mrd. Loughrey, of Drum, when returning from Crusheen by night in the month of December, 1913, missed her footing when crossing a flooded river during a snowfall and was drowned. Her body was discovered by Patrick McNamara of Knockreddin, which is about two miles south east of Crusheen.
In 1919, an epidemic called influenza, locally called the 'flu raged about this locality carrying off many men and women who abode here.
In 1907, Toureen House about two and a half miles east of Ennis was maliciously burned, but the occupants managed to escape through a window. In 1922, Roslevin House, about one mile south east of Ennis, was deliberately burned by the IRA during a Civil War, which raged at this time.
James Whelan,
Drumbaniffe,
Durra,
Ennis.
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2020-03-25 11:52
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14th January, 1938
Local Happenings
A good many years ago two men named Nihill and O'Connor were drowned in Castletown near Spancilhill. The years of these occurrences are not known. A boy, named Sullivan, whose brother is now living in Shraheen, was visiting his grandfather in Ballyhogan, which is about five miles north east of Ennis, about fifteen years ago, and he was drowned in Ballyhogan Lake.
Two men who lived in Spancilhill about seventy years ago, were close friends, and they were used to meet at a neighbour's house each night. There happened to be races in Ballycoree, which is about three miles north east of Ennis, and one of the meant asked the other to go with him to the races, but the other refused, so one of them went alone. The man who went to the races stood the railway track and with the excitement and cheering of the crowds, he did not hear an approaching train and he was killed outright. The man who
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Previous information was given by:-
Mrs. Thomas Whelan,
Drumbaniffe,
Durra, Ennis.
Mrs. Greene,
Knocknamucka,
Crusheen, Co. Clare.
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2020-03-25 11:45
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17th January, 1938
Severe Weather
On the twenty third of February, 1903, a great gale blew all night at a rate of one hundred and twenty miles an hour causing serious damage. There were not many signs of the approaching storm.
Cocks of hay or straw were knocked on every farm. Roads were blocked by fallen trees, and roofs were blown off dwelling houses, so that many had to depend on their neighbours for lodging.
About twenty two years ago a black frost continued for six weeks and there was deep ice on every
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2020-03-25 11:43
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The man of the house, who happened to be my deceased grandfather, conveyed him home, and when they came to the supposed devil, it proved to be nothing, but a flash on the roadway, with rivulets flowing in each direction from it. It was these rivulets he mistook for legs and horns.
The flash was caused by somebody spilling a bucket of water there earlier in the evening and if any flash is seen on the road in this locality it is called "Madden's Devil".
James Whelan,
Drumbaniffe,
Durra, Ennis.
Story was got from:-
Mrd. Thomas Whelan,
Drumbaniffe, Durra.
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19th January, 1938
A Funny Story
One very bright moonlight night, a man named John Madden, who lived in this district was visiting a neighbouring house.
At about half past eleven, he started for home whistling merrily. The owners of the house got their rosary beads and prepared to say the Rosary.
Just as they were going on their knees, they heard the light step of a running man, approaching the door which in a moment was thrown open. John Madden stood in the doorway, his face wan and pallid and he was out of breath. "I saw a devil" he gasped.
They let him rest and after a few minutes he described the appearance of a monstrous devil with many legs and horns, which he saw beneath a bush? on the roadway
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Previous information was given by:-
Mr and Mrs Thomas Whelan
Drumbaniffe, Durra
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lake.
In the month of May, 1936, a sudden thunder storm broke out. It lasted about three hours during which some walls were struck by lightning and an electric pole in the neighbourhood of Drumbaniffe School, which is about six miles north east of Ennis, was furrowed from the insulator to the ground by a bolt of lightning.
On February the 23rd, 1933, we had a severe fall of snow, which was blown in drifts about twenty feet high on many roads and fields. In one stretch of nine miles from Ennis north west to Inagh, sixty cars were snow bound.
About thirty years ago a rainstorm, which lasted about three days, caused serious damage and flooding to fields and roads in this district.
Some cattle were drowned in Derrymore about seven and a half miles north east of Ennis.
James Whelan,
Drumbaniffe,
Durra,
Ennis
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17th January, 1938
Severe Weather
On the twenty third of February, 1903, a great gale blew all night at a rate of one hundred and twenty miles an hour causing serious damage. There were not many signs of the approaching storm.
Cocks of hay or straw were knocked on every farm. Roads were blocked by fallen trees, and roofs were blown off dwelling houses, so that many had to depend on their neighbours for lodging.
About twenty two years ago a black frost continued for six weeks and there was deep ice on every
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2020-03-25 11:23
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fire and put on the wheel. Then the smith hammers it on tightly with the sledge. He takes the tyre out of the fire by means of a "dog".

Bernard McInerney
Clouna Lough
Carrahan
Quin
Co. Clare
Information given by:-
Mrd. McInerney
Clouna Lough
Carrahan
Quin
Co. Clare
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2020-03-25 11:20
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28th March, 1938
The Local Forge
In this district there is only one forge, but not many years ago there were a good many forges in it. The smith in this district is Mr John Vaughan. His forge is built on the side of the road, which is about two miles West of Tulla.
This forge is a low building with a slated roof and a very wide door. Inside the forge are the bellows, anvil and all the implements a smith uses at his work. The bellows is made of bazil and timber. The implements that the smith uses are hammers, wrenches, a vice, handbrake, rasps, punches, hand borer and shoeing knife.
The smiths still shoe horses, but they never make ploughs. The smith never gets gifts from the people, as they always pay for their work.
The smith shoes wheels in the open air. He places the tyre on the ground and builds a fire all round it. The tyre is left there until it is red hot and then it is taken out of the
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2020-03-24 11:44
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Weather Lore
Signs of Rain
A mackerel sky,
A halo around the moon.
The stars dim,
The westerly wind,
Crows flying low,
Seagulls in the land,
Swallows skimming the grass,
A robin perched under a tree in the morning,
Cattle go grazing early,
Brooks roaring,
Blue in the fire or knives,
Smoke going in circles around the top of the chimney,
Dogs eating grass,
Insects on the road,
"A rainbow in the morning shepherd's warning, a rainbow at night shepherd's delight."
Signs of Snow
The cat turning his back to the fire,
Wild birds restless.
The robin becoming tame, for example coming in to your dwelling house for food.
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we are to have rain.
When swallows fly high in the air it is a sign of good signs.
When hens pick their feathers it is a sign of good weather.
When the crane flys towards the west it is a sign of wet weather.
When blue is seen in the fire it is a sign of frost.
When a dog eats grass we are going to have rain.
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2020-03-24 11:34
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evening, next day is sure to be stormy.
If a cement floor becomes damp we are sure to have a heavy fall of rain.
When there are two rainbows in the sky it is a sign of broken weather.
A rainbow in the evening predicts a good night.
A rainbow in the morning is the sign of an uncertain day.
A fog in the morning usually brings a fine day.
When the chimney is smoking it is a sign of frost.
If a dog shivers it is a sign of cold weather.
In Summer if the coat of the frog is black it shows
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2020-03-24 11:30
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of rain.
When the sky seems to be very far away. It is a sign of coming fine weather.
When the sky is red to the west, fine weather is expected.
When the sky is red to the east, rainy weather usually follows. When the midgets fly about one or two feet above the ground it is a sign of rain.
When the wild geese fly to the north rain is sure to come.
A new moon brings a change of weather.
If it rains all night it is sure to be fine next day.
If there is a storm all day and it clears away in the
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2020-03-24 11:26
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little stars are seen clustering together it is sure to be frosty next morning.
When the air is very heavy and purplish clouds are seen in the sky it is a great indication for thunder and lightning.
The hills are said to appear very near where it is going to rain and they appear very far away when it is going to be fine.
The curlew gives three whistles before the weather breaks.
When rainy weather is near the wind whistles at the doors and windows.
When crows perch together in large numbers on the road or field it is a sure sign
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2020-03-24 11:07
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land it is a sign of storm and broken weather.
When there is a great red glow around the moon when it is setting it is a sure sign of fine weather.
When the sky is free from clouds and has a very clear colour we enjoy fine weather.
When the lark is seen soaring up into the air it is an indication for fine weather.
When the whistle of a far off train is heard very plainly it is a sure sign of fine weather.
When the stars are seen glittering brightly at night it is a sign of frost.
Also when a large number of
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Weather Lore
When a large circle is seen around the moon at night it is a sign of broken weather. A cat curls up to sleep very close to a fire when it is going to rain.
When swallows are seen flying close to the ground it is also a sign of coming rain.
When old people say their bones are aching with pain it is a sure sign of wet weather.
When insects creep about in places where they are not usually seen it is a sign of dampness. Midges and flying ants are the notable ones. When sea gulls come in the
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2020-03-24 10:59
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As gay and blithe as when you roamed with gladsome step.
Down by McDonnell's glen.
II
Where by the Grianack's placid stream
Down by the "soldiers Pond"
You tracked the wily bald Coote to
it's rushy home beyond
Well of the neighbours, nought I have
But pleasing new to tell.
Despite the ruthless hand of time
They're all quite safe and well.
III
And of the hurlers and the gaels
Whose flag ne'er yet went down.
Whose war - whoop up the "Leary's"
Swell'd in many a Munster town
They're yet as gay as on that day
Ah! could our hopes weigh more?
When we saw them sweep to victory sweet
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The following verse was written by Michael Duane of Leaherhennessy, Ballingarry and forwarded to friends in America who were also natives of Ballingarry and were anxious to get news of their beloved district. He was assistant teacher in Ballingarry Boys National School about fifteen years ago. He is still living and is bookkeeping in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. He had never written verse since. He has great taste for landscape painting. He is often called on to prepare picture screens for local dramas.
Ballingarry Exiled
You've asked me for the latest news.
From the dear old garden town, how fare the neighbours one and all.
Thro' every up and down.
you've asked are your boyhoods chums.
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2020-03-24 10:40
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Emblems and Objects of Value
Straw crosses were made in honour of St Brigid's Day. The crosses were put in the thatch. Wells were cleaned before May Day. Palm was used on Palm Sunday and holly was used on Christmas Day. On May Eve rowan tree was made in a ring and tied to the cow's tie with a red cloth to prevent the milk being taken on May Day. Old people had great belief in holy water and holy wells. People went to the nearest fort and dug elk stones. If a cow was sick they would get some man out of the country who had a charm and he would rub the stones to the cow and when this was over they would say "If you live you will, and if you will die, you will die".
Pupil:- Bernard Smyth, Corrodo, Tunnyduff. P.P., Bailieboro
From:- Phil Lynch
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church in Burrane graveyard. There are no disused graveyards in my parish. Unbaptised children are buried in the same grave as the adults. Local people whose people are buried in distant graveyards go to be buried with them.
Bride O'Dea
Donogrogue
Killimer
My father that told me this.
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2020-03-24 10:25
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The Old Graveyards
There are two graveyards in my parish namely. Molougha and Burrane. All of these are in use. Either of them is not round in shape, but they are square in shape. There is the ruin of an old church in both graveyards. These church yards are level and there are no trees growing in them.
There are many old tombs, crosses and monuments in both graveyards. The graveyard in the townland of Burrane contains an old tomb in which the "Cailín Bin" and Peter O'Connell are buried. The "Cailín Bán" was drowned in the River Shannon and came to shore in Killimer and on that account she was buried in Burrane graveyard. Molougha graveyard is now very old and is nearly full of graves. The crosses, tombs and monuments are beautifully ornamental with flowers.
In these graveyards there are crosses made of timber. These crosses are over the graves of little children. There are people buried within the ruin of the old
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2020-03-24 10:18
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graveyards and this fellow said he would enter a graveyard at any hour of night. He bet with his companions that he would go to Burrane at midnight and enter an open vault where a coffin was laid in a few blocks of wood and he said he would drive a nail in the coffin that was there.
When he arrived at the vault he lost course. With the nail in one hand and the hammer in the other he turned his back to the end of the coffin and drive the nail and in doing so he nailed his coat to the coffin. When leaving he found that he was firmly held back and he was frightened because he though it was the corpse that had a grip of him. When his companions came to look for him they found him unconscious on the floor.
Josie Flanagan
Tullagower
Tullyerine
My father told me the above information.
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2020-03-24 10:05
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The Old Graveyards
I live in the parish of Killimer and there are two churchyards in it namely Burrane and Molougha. They are both in use. There is a ruined church in Burrane called after St Amy and the Colleen Baun is buried there.
There is a small building in Molougha graveyard called St Senan's cradle.
There is a little graveyard in a farmer's place called Hassett's in Tullyerine where unbaptised babies are buried.
People from Knockerra have some of their family buried in Kilmilhil and in Kilrush.
About fifty years ago there was a landlord living near Burrane graveyard. After a time he got very poor and he could not pay his debts, with the result he was evicted out of his place and "keepers" put there instead. Amongst these was a queer fellow who did not believe
in ghosts or in anything "Sacred".
One night they were taking about
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2020-03-24 09:42
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The Old Graveyards
I live in the parish of Killiner and there are two churchyards in it namely Burrane and Molougha. They are both in use. There is a ruined church in Burrane called after St Amy and the Colleen Baun is buried there.
There is a small building in Molougha graveyard called St Senan's cradle.
There is a little graveyard in a farmer's place called Hassett's in Tullyerine where unbaptised babies are buried.
People from Knockerra have some of their family buried in Kilmilhil and in Kilrush.
About fifty years ago there was a landlord living near Burrane graveyard. After a time he got very poor and he could not pay his debts, with the result he was evicted out of his place and "keepers" put there instead. Amongst these was a queer fellow who did not believe
in ghosts or in anything "Sacred".
One night they were taking about
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2020-03-24 09:34
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that has to be sent to Dublin to be stamped and kept for future references. When they go home that night they invite neighbours and friends and the "plucking of the gander". Then fix on a day for the marriage. They start making such preparations as cooking a number of turkeys, geese, and ham, and making cakes. They also buy a few batches of bread, wine, porter, and whiskey and make a supply of jelly. When the appointed time for the marriage comes, all the friends and relatives are invited assemble at the home of the Bride's parents and thence to the Church. The Bridegroom, goes first on horseback and the others follow in cars. The Bride goes in the last car. After the marriage they sign the register and go from the Church to the Bridegroom's house where they have a wedding feast. About 11 o'clock when they are enjoying themselves dancing the buacais arrive and dance with the Bride. Then after a few dances they go away. The invited guests enjoy themselves until morning. Then they go home wishing the Bride and Bridegroom future happiness and success.
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2020-03-24 09:20
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Local Marriage Customs
Long ago and even up to the present time marriages usually take place during Shrove. The man intending to get married would send a "match maker" to the home of his intended wife's parents, carrying a black thorn stick, and smoking a bit of a clay pipe.
He would knock at the door and say "baile ó ora orait" then introduce himself and tell them he had an account from each one. "He told me to find out how much of a marriage portion you are going to give your daughter; he wants to get so much according to his property". If both parties agree the next performance would be to go to the Bridegroom's house and examine the property. If it is a farmer's place the land, cattle, sheep, horses, farm implements and house are inspected, and they decide if he is worth the fortune he is asking. Then both parties arrange to meet in a public house in the nearest town and talk things over; they take a few drinks for luck. Then they go in a body to a solicitor and tell him all about the match and ask him to draw up a deed of assignment
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2020-03-19 11:30
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Game : The Frog in the Well
A ring of girls get together. A girl is put in the middle of the ring and all say "The frog's in the well and cannot get out" and all the girls of around and around and when the girl that is the frog tries to get out all there other girls stoop down and try to not let her out and if she gets out the one that lets her out has to be the "frog".
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2020-03-19 11:28
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a girl. If the two burn together they will be married and if one shoots out they will separate.
Naming the Birds
We go around and tell someone to be a "guesser" - someone to guess the names.
Then we all stand in a circle we go around and tell someone to guess the names. Then someone else would tell each one a name of a bird and when every one has got a name the namer tells the guesser to come. She would come then and the namer would say:-
"of all the birds in the air, all the fish in the sea, all the birds in the air, pick me out the lark or some particular bird".
If she guesses the name of the night bird she stays in the circle and if she does not she goes down.
Someone else then goes down to guess the names.
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2020-03-19 11:24
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Games I Play
The games we play at school are:-
Tigging
Hide and seek
The Farmer in his den
Our winter games we play at home are :-
Snakes and ladders
Ludo
Drafts
Cards
Blind man buff
Table tennis
Table skittles
Tiddley winks
Hiding the thimble
and Hocky
The summer games that grown up people play are:-
tennis
golf
football
badminton
At Halloween we put two hazelnuts in the ashes and give them the names of a boy and
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2020-03-19 11:20
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There were people who were commanded to make a larger boiler of Indian meal porridge every day for the poor. The poor people came with their noggins and each one got has noggin filled twice every day.
Name of Person from whom obtained.
Mrs Eakins. Age 75
Skerrymore
Drumacrib P.O.
Castleblayney
Name of pupil who collected the material
Sadie Martin
Drumacrib P.O.
Castleblayney
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2020-03-19 11:18
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Famine Times
Nobody around our district have stories about the Famine time in 1846 and 47. It affected the district very much during the Famine time.
The district was very thickly populated before the Famine time. There was a terrible blight came on the potato = crop. Some of the potatoes decayed in pits at the side of the field because they would not sell them to any poor person.
There were very few potatoes for the following year. They had to be broadcast like grain through the field.
The people had to gather potatoes and put them into the porridge instead of meal.
The people died in very great numbers. There was a very great sickness followed the hunger such as the cholera and other illnesses.
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2020-03-19 11:09
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Local Poets

No record can be found of any poets of this district long ago.