Líon iontrálacha sa taifead staire: 126
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2020-03-26 12:44
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Bhí bean ann fadó ag bhí mac amháin aici. Nuair a bhí sé in a stócach tháinig tinneas air. Bhí se seal fada ar a leabhaidh agus ní raibh biseach ag teacht air.
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2019-05-02 15:25
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to get lime and lay it on him to burn him, and say at the same time ''the sins of my life and of my seven ancestors on you.''
When the keerog comes into the house they kill him, saying iné, iné, no harm is done to the prumpolaun on account of him having pity for Jesus when he was flying from the Jews
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2019-05-02 15:21
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before.
As they were talking with the keerogue, the dhardheel put his head out of another hole and said," gér! ger! gér!" "sharp ! sharp, sharp," three times over, to make them feel that if they followed Jesus sharply they would lay hold of Him.
"O vo, vo! boiling and burning and fire on you," said the prumpoluun, for he was afraid that the spies might understand the words that were said to them, and that they might follow Jesus sharply to lay hold of Him.
It is a fashion still amongst the people of Connacht, and of County Clare, and County Kerry, when a dhardheel comes into the house
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-05-02 15:17
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he had sowed the day before ripe and yellow and of the colour of gold, and fit to be reaped.
The farmer called on his Mehill [troop of workmen] to bring sickles with them and cut the wheat. And while they were cutting it it chanced that the spies came through it. They asked the man whose the field was, whether he had seen Jesus out of Nazareth going that way. The farmer answered them and told them what he had been bidden to tell: "He went through this field when we were sowing the wheat that we are reaping to-day''. The keerogue put his head out of a hole and said "iné, iné, yesterday! yesterday!" to let them know that Jesus had gone past the day
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2019-05-02 15:12
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At the time Jesus, was flying from those who were betraying, Him, it chanced that He passed through a field in which was a sower who was sowing wheat-seed. His disciples said to the sower that if any man were to ask him "if Jesus out of Nazareth had passed that way," he was to give them this answer: "He passed through this field, the time we were sowing the seed in it but not since.
The next day the farmer went out to look at his field for fear the birds of the air might be doing any damage to the grain he had sowed the day before. But astonishment seized him when he beheld the wheat
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-05-02 14:20
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thought that He would put such punishments on me, but He put such punishments on me that I went looking for alms. Away I went and proceeded to look for alms and I never met house or sheter. A man came to me before and he said to me. What has brought you here. I told him that the Son of God took three sons on me. Go into yonder house in which you see a light. I went in and what should I see there but a corpse and three lighted candles. I watched the body with plenty of grief and fear on me. At midnight a Slumber of sleeping fell upon me for I was hungry and troubled. When I woke I found food and drink and everything I desired, there before me. I ate and drank enough. After that I fell asleep and I when awoke there was nothing there but the bare field and my bad laid under my head. I arose, stood up and threw the bad on my back and turned back again and the same man met me the second time. Where did you spend the night, said he. I spent in watching a corpse said I. Did you get enough to eat and drink. I did said I. Why did you take up with that misery. Well I did take up with misery. My three sons were taken from me and I went off then and I said I would not do one morsel of God'd rules anymore. Go home now God was so good to you that He did not desire you to find shame or scandle. The first son that you had was to be hanged if he lived for slaying a man. The second son was to be banished away to an Island for stealing cattle, and the third son, a woman was to have sworn against
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-05-02 14:01
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There was once a lady and she was a great almsgiver. When her master used to be at home, she would go upstairs and when she had no other way of giving she used to take off her inside garment and give it to the poor people. She had three sons and of of them died. He was twenty-one years of age when he died. After that she was greatly enraged with the Son of God. It was not long after that until another son died who was twenty two years old and a great misfortune fell upon them after both of their deaths. Two years after that, the third son died and she went out of her mind. She got a bag and went asking alms like any beggar. She spent the day going on her quest until night was coming on, and she never found no house or shelter under which she might lay her head. She heard a voice above her and she wondered. What has sent you her said the voice, methinks you had no cause to take up this misery were in not your own sencelessness. I had not she said but I think I never did anything on the Son of God and He has taken from me a son who was twenty-one years old. A son as nice as there was in the parish. Well, I did not half mind that until a year afterwards He took the second son from me. That day two - years the third son was taken from me and then I took a bag and said that I would never again do another day's service for God. I was always so good to the Son of God and the Glorious Virgin that I never
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-05-02 13:33
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him, that he was the father of her child although he never had anything to do with her good or bad. Go home and mind your own business. God had so much consideration for you that he did not with such pain to come down on you or your children since you were so good to the poor.
Those three sons shall be three candles before you and the three don't know which of them shall arrange your bed under you in the Heaven of God.'' Authors say that no other four who now enjoy greater pleasure and happiness than they
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-05-02 12:31
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river Shannon in Ireland.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-05-02 12:30
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side until they came to a village in the coast. There were three score of fishermen fishing. The Great Worm was very hungry and he swallowed them greedily, both men and boats. Then the sea maiden spoke and said it was a shame. This angered him and he attacked her but she was too clever for him. She drew out a golden comb with venom in it and trow the Worm's eye. Then the sea-maiden drew out scissors ans she put a hole in his stomach and he died. The water was ebbing out and the Worm body was left on the strand at Bantry Bay until the people of the village opened its body and they found the men sleeping in their boats. If my story is not true there is no water in the sea and no
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-05-02 12:23
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beat it with battle-axes and clubs until they thought it was dead and they went away. When the sun went down in the evening it came to life again and it was nearly as strong as when it started battle first. Then it came out on land and went to the castle where the warriors were and knocked the castle on them and killed all of them. Then it went back to its work again and it made the river wider from that to the sea because it was not hindered by anyone. As soon as it went into the sea a great whale attacked it and it was nearly beaten when a sea-maiden came along and helped it and they killed the whale.
The Great Worm and the sea-maiden went along side by
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2019-05-02 12:08
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They fought for a month and no side had victory but at the end of the month the Great Worm won. Then the Great Worm leaped into the air and it came down on the serpents making mash of them. The Great Worm was all cuts and wounds after the battle. Then it ate all the serpents that were killed. The lake was ''dearg'' with blood. Some people say that it is why it was called Lough Derg.
As soon as its wounds were healed ans it had taken a rest it started work again. Nothing wonderful happened it until it came to a place where the city of Limerick is to-day. There was a crowd of enchanted heroes near the Treaty Stone. They threatened it not to come any further but it challenged them to battle. They
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-05-01 18:16
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noise of the pipes was too much for it and it had to throw him up again. Then it had to work hard again and make up for the time he had lost for it was afraid of that good and powerful man that was to come. The great Worm went on well until it came to a place which is now known as Lough Derg. There all the venomous serpents were gathered and they gave it battle. Some of them went in front and others behind it and some of them cut holes in its belly so that they might thrust it though. Such cutting and scalping and tearing was never seen before ans likely never will. They left the dry earth wet and the wet earth dry and rocks and stones were left flying though the air as quick as lightening.
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2019-05-01 18:10
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A druid foretold that a man was to come to Ireland who would banish all dragons or serpents. At this time the great Ollpheist of the Shannon was in a hole in a lake near Arigna. When it heard about this man who was to come it made up its mind that it would leave Ireland and make his way for the sea. It cut a channel out of the hole to try and make its escape to the sea. On its way it committed the most horrible depredations. Near Athlegue the people led by drunken piper attacked it but it swallowed the piper with the gulp. The
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-05-01 16:34
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in the sleet all evening and the cold has got in to my bones, When the kings opened the door a tiny creature came in to the room, he had the figure of a old old man This strange visitor was offered food and drink, He sat there warming himself and making no sound, After a time the tiny man drew a pipe from his pocket and began to play the music was sweet and soft as if the wind had carried it from a far, It was magic music and the three kings as they listened fell asleep one by one, When they awoke in the morning the house was quiet as death the big fire had died down and there was little heat left in the grey ashes, There was nothing under the tub, The three kings had laughed at Bearachán, they knew in their hearts that he would never come back.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-05-01 16:28
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Bearachán a Kerry farmer was told in a dream that he would die when three kings came to his house to pay him a visit. One evening the three kings did come to visit Bearachán and he was not at all pleased to see them. He told them that he would be dead before the morning. The kings laughed at Bearachán and told him that no harm could come to him while they were there. But he was still afraid so they turned a tub upside down and put him under it, they knew he would be safe there, after some time a knock came to the door Who is there asked the three kings together A Poor cow-herd who seeks shelter come the anser I have been out
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-03-25 11:51
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Once upon a time there was a Land lord living in St. Cleran's. The land lords name was Mr. Burke. He lived there over a hundred years ago. One day going in his own
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2019-03-25 11:49
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whom he treated harshly. One day as he was crossing the barrack yard a solider shot him from him dead from an upper window. The rifles were then examined and the man with the empty rifle was executed.
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2019-03-22 16:16
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A man named Daniel O Connel went to visit the Burkes once. The maids prepared a meal for him at once. They made tea for him and they put poison into it for they meant to kill him.
Daniel O Connel was a very clever man and he knew they were about to do him harm, so he put his hand into his pocket and pulled up some silver and threw in on the floor. As soon as the coins fell the maids stooped to get them.
As she reached for the money, he took the cup of tea which she was to drink, and left the cup in which the poison was in its place. Then the man took the tea and drank it, as she thought the poison was in the other one, As soon as she drank it she fell dead.
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2019-03-22 15:13
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During the reign of Landlords in Ireland long ago, many stories are told of their cruelty to their tenants. One true story is told of how they evicted thirty-two familys in one day and knocked their houses to the grounde Those houses were built from Bookeen roade over to Raherneen boreen. When they had the houses knocked they sowed oats in their place.
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2019-03-22 14:43
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About forty six years ago the old people were able to make linen from flax and some of it is still to be seen in many places.
It was a very slow method they had for making the flax fit for manufacture. This is how they did it:- when the flax it was pulled by hand. it was then tied up in sheaves. Then it was steeped in a bog hole for a few days. It was brought back and dried and tied up in sheaves again. It was then left to dry. Then it was thoroughly dried by a hurdle.
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2019-03-22 14:39
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room where they were and he did so and they were unable to continue. When they discovered the holy water they thrust it outside and then they were able to continue.
He also many Bible Readers. The principal ones were Dimon and Guess. They used to assemble in a house in the garden and bring their scholars with them to teach them their prayers.
These people were called soupers.
They used to come along the road before the people would come out from Mass and throw pamplets on the road so that the people would read them and they might turn to their religion. When they entered a house they used to leave a bundle of tracts after them so that the people would read them and if anybody dare insult them they would be evicted.
The people of Barnacurragh were not in the Aughrane and they did not fear him but nevertheless his bible readers tried to convert the people to their religion. They used to come occasionally but one day the men took the wheels from under the carriage and they had to walk home so they never came after that.
There is a round tower in Killeroran cemetery which Dennis built and he is buried in Killeroran. There is a little cabin there in which his body was
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2019-03-22 14:05
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About a century ago Dennis Kelly became the heir to the lands which his forefathers had confiscated. Of course he evicted many of his tenants. On one occasion he evicted a poor widow and he was cursed by the priest (Father Wallace).
He said he would never have an heir to his property and it happened. On another occasion he met his favourite Marcas Acrach and he asked him (him) to compose a piece of poetry for him and the man said:-
The chapel is built and the church may fall
And kill Dennis Kelly and jumpers and all.
and that alas proved true
Dennis was a jumper so then he had knowledge of Catholicity. On one occasion he had freemasons in the house. They were excercising their great power. Dennis had a servant boy who was a catholic. He told him to leave a bottle of holy water in the
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2019-03-21 13:45
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luck. Kelly died and his widow brought her brother, Frank Flaherty, to live with her. They had no luck in it as the house was haunted and at a certain hour of the night carriages were to be heard driving into the yard. They were advised to change the entrance door and that it might bring good luck and this they did a few times without any effect. Frank Flaherty was returning home late one night after he had been to a card party. He saw something like the form of a dog fired on it and their luck was even worse after this with the result that they vacated the house.
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2019-03-20 15:44
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sé cead ó mo shean athair teach a chur in a talamh .Bhí an teach déanta de cré agus móin agus bataí . Uair amháin bhí sé cómh cráidhthe leis an orcas go raibh air asal a mharbhuigeadh agus é ithe.
Bhí tinneóntaidhe ag Henry agus fuair sé focal a bheith imtighte as an talamh nuair a thaghadh sé abhaile ó Shasana acht ní raibh air a imteact mar cáill Henry i sasana . Is iomadh fear agus bean bocht a cuir Henry amach ar an mbóthar.
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2019-03-20 15:39
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Na Tighearna talmhan
Bhí go leor tighearnaí talmhan san áit seo fadó. Bhí an Blácach, Henry, Close agus a lán eile. Bhí go leór tineón taidhe ag gach ceann díobh bhí go leór daoine acú leis an cíos a fhághail. Bhí fear in aice mo theach féin Paitsh Rantis [?] a tughadh air. Cuireadh amach as a talamh é, agus fuair
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-03-20 15:34
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ean bás fuair a mhac an árt. Ní raibh Meldon óg chomh dona lein a athair, ach bhí sé go deas do na -
Nóra Seoige, Tomás Seoige,
Caithrín liath,
baile Áth An Ríog.
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2019-02-18 14:25
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Bhí bean ann fad ó agus bhí mach aici agus lá amháin nuair a bhí sí ag fághail sean dubhairt sí leis an mac dul amach agus compánach d'faghail dí mar bhí sí an-uaigneach leithe féin gach lá. D'imigh an mach agus nuair shroich sé ceann an bhoithrín bhí sé ag fághail dorcha an t-am céadhna agus chonnaic sé go leor fir beaga ag marcuigheacht ar chaiple ag teacht in a treo agus bhí bean álainn ag suidhe taobh thiar de ceann do na fir ar an gcapall deire agus nuair bhí an chapall deire imthighthe rug sé ar an mnaoi agus d'imthigh sé léi. Acht nuair a tháinig sé abaile ní labharfadh an bhean fochal agus bhí fhios acú gur draoidheacht a chuir na sidheóga uirthi agus dubhairt an mac mach stopfhadh sé go bhfághadh sé amach céard a bhí uirthi agus amach leis arís. Ní raibh sé imthighthe ibhfad nuair thoisigh sé a báisdeach agus sheas sé faoi sgeich chun é a leigint thart nuair chúala sé beirt fhear ag chainnt am taobh eile agus dubhairt ceann acú. B' shin deas maith a d'imir orainn aréir. ''Ó dá mbeadh fhios aige an foluigheacht'' arsan
ball sinsearach (stair)
2019-02-12 11:03
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mé in ann aon obair a dhéanamh níos mó agus caithfidh tú féin do bheartha a shaothrú feasta. ''Ceart go leor a mháthair cé an chéird a ghabhfaidh mé leis''. Níl fhios agam arsa a mháthair. Tá a fhios agam a dubhairt Jack gabhfaidh mé le gadaidheacht. Ó ná téirigh arsa a mháthair. Anois arsa Jack téirigh siar go teach an phobail agus iarr ar Dhia cé an chéird a chuirfidh tú do mhac leis. Chuaidh a mháthair siar an bóthar agus chuaidh Jack siar an áitghiorra agus chuaidh sé ar chúl na h-altóra. Thainig a mháthair isteach leis agus d'iarr sí ar Dhia cé an chéird a chuirfeadh sí a mac leis. ''Chuir le gadaidheacht é arsa Jack ó chúl na h-altóra. Chuaidh an mháthair abhaile agus bhí Jack sa luaith rómpaí. Cé an scéal agad a mháthair arsa Jack. An rud a bhí tú ag iarraidh arsa a mháthair tá sé agad gadaidheacht. D'imthigh le Jack annsin agus chuaidh sé ar aimsear ag fear a drugadh siad an Gadaidhe Dubh air ar feadh lá is fiche lá amháin bhí Jack agus an Gadaidhe Dubh ag triomughadh feír agus bhí triúr buachaill an Ghadhaidhe Duibh ag dhul siar an bóthar agus tarbh aca. Dubhairt an Gadaidhe Dubh le Jack buailfidh mé an cloigeann díot mara ngoideadh tú an tarbh agus má goideann tubhradh mé cúig phúnt duit. D'imtigh le Jack agus fuair se trí cinn de coiníní agus chuaidh sé ar cúl an claidhe agus scaoil sé coinín treasna an bóthair agus a cos briste agus lean duine de na buachaillí é. Rinne sé an cleas céadna leis an péire agus lean an beirt eile iad agus d'fhág siad an tarbh in a ndiaidh ar an mbóthar.
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2017-06-12 12:11
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About ninty years ago there was a very big famine in Ireland and a good amount of people died on account of their crops failing. One of the crops that failed mostly was the potatoes and so the people starved for want of food, Oats, Barley Wheat and other crops that did not fail had to be given to the landlord for to pay the rent of their houses. Some people worked on boats to pay their way accross to England and to other countries. Some people died on their way to other countries and more lived to get a living. Most of the people ate grass and weeds for to keep themselfs alive. One man travelling from Dublin to Galway said the people were like rats lying down on the side on the road and more dead eating grass and any thing that could be ate they ate them. They drank water that was not fit for drinking and ate thing that was not fit for eating.
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2017-06-11 18:51
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About ninty years ago there was a very big famine in Ireland and a good amount of people died on account of their crops failing. One of the crops that failed mostly was the potatoes and so the people starved for want of food, Oats, Barley Wheat and other crops that did not fail had to be given to the landlord for to pay the rent of their houses. Some people worked on boats to pay their way accross to England and to other countries. Some people died on their way to other countries and more (?) lived to get a living. Most of the people ate grass ans weeds for to keep themselfs alive. One man travelling from Dublin to Galway said the people were like rats lying down on the side on the road and more dead eating grass and any thing that could be ate they ate them. They drank water that was not fit for drinking and ate thing that was not fit for eating.
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2017-04-07 18:45
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When the fairies had certain amount of mystical control in lonely or mountainous districts, some of our ancestors tried to win their favour by sharing their hospitality with them on certain occasions, e.g. on the occasion of a wedding feast or of a christening feast, a good share of the “Spirit” was left in a vessel outside the house so that the “Wee Folk” could make merry and put “Good Luck” on the subject of the feast.
There is no need to say that the vessel was always empty in the morning and to explain further would only rob this little story of its flavour
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2017-02-13 20:18
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and he mounted the horse again.
They both rode away for a long, long time, until they came to a great big iron gate. The landlord opened the gate and rode in, but the other man could not goin. He rode home again and went to bed in his own house. Next morning the horse was found dead in the stable.
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2017-02-13 20:15
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At one time there lived a certain landlord in Poulacapall. He had one man in his staff whom the loved very well. This man promised to go with him where-ever he would go.
After a short time the landlord died. One night this man was riding on a white horse when suddenly he saw the landlord before him. He was very frightened at this sudden appearance of his master.
"I have come to bring you with me," said his master
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2017-02-13 20:03
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Once a ghost came up the roar riding on a white horse. There was a man out of the village going to the fair of Holymount. He asked if there was any man for Holymount. I am said the man and the ghost told him to jump up behid him on the horse. The man did so. As soon as the ghost got the man on the horse he turned the horse and went down the road again. Neither the ghost nor the man was ever seen since.
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2017-02-13 19:56
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There was once a man coming home from town, riding a white horse ans as he was passing the grave yard he heard the faries shouting "Stop him".
When he came they told him he could pass but not to look behind him, and he looked behind him, but he got away from them.
Next day a woman came to his house. She asked the man's wife whare was the man of the house, and his wife said he was out in the field working. The woman said "You told me a lie", and she said he is in bed sick, she said that the horse would die, but the man would get better, and it was as she said.
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2017-02-08 16:39
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In the time of our grandfathers, meats of all kinds were scarce. The children of the house, never got any meat or fish, but nearly always lived on potatoes. The mother would say, "Dip in the dip, and leave the herring for your father." That meant that the children would dip their potatoes in the gravy, but on no account should they touch the meat. That was to be left for their father.
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2016-07-21 13:11
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A cure for rheumatism:
A cure which is often used and which is believed very effective for rheumatism is to catch snails and tie them in a piece of muslim and a grain of salt sprinkled on them. After a while the snails begin to melt and the fluid should be gathered and rubbed on the affected parts.
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2016-07-21 13:08
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The stone should be met by accident otherwise the wart will not be cured. There is also a more scientific cure which is well known, that is dipping the wart in iodine mixed with luke-warm water.
A sore back:
Garlic boiled in water and rubbed on the sore part is believed to be very effective.
A toothache:
Toothache is a very painful ailment and the smoking of a pipe to kill the nerve is a cure which is believed effective though not ofteh resorted to.
Ringworm:
If the seventh son of a family with no girl intervening touches the sore with his finger he will cure it.
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2016-07-20 17:01
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A Bee sting:
Salt disolved in tepid water used to bathe the affected part will cure the sting.
A Burn:
Limewater mixed with sweet oil used to bathe burn will heal it very quickly.
A Sprain:
A very good cure for a sprain is bran soaked in vinegar and put in a cloth and tied round the affected part. Another cure for a sprain is the leaf of a plant known as Mac-na-Company root placed on the affected part.
A Boil:
There are various cures for this painful ailment. A bottle filled with steam and placed on the boil will burst it and draw out all the matter.
A Wart:
A cure which is believed very effective is to dip the wart in water collected in a hole in a stone.
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"Trálach" or wrist pain:
The cure for the affliction is a strap of cloth tied tightly round the wrist. The skin of an eel soaked in salt water and tied round the wrist is believed to be more efficious but this is not always available.
A sore throat:
A cure which is commonly used is heated salt tied in a cloth or sock and tied round the neck.
A pain in the ear:
A very effective cure for this ailment is cotton wool soaked in castor oil or whisky and heated and put into the ear.
A nettle burn:
This sting is very painful at first but if a dock-leaf is rubbed on it, it will relieve the pain.
A sore chest:
Roasted potatoes tied round the chest while still hot is very effective.
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2016-07-20 14:40
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Tying a red cloth to a cow's tail. This practice is supposed safeguard the cow from any interference by the fairie.
Putting a coal under the churn before churning. By so doing it is believed that more butter will be on the milk when churned.
If a wisp of straw is seen traveling after a hen people say that it is the sign of a forthcoming death.
Two hens fighting are believed to foretell the arrival of a strange visitor.
The meeting of a red haired woman when setting out on a journeyis supposed to foretell ill-luck during the day.
People believe that ill-luck will fall on them if they lend anything on May Day, or if anything is lent it should be given back before that day.
If when putting on their clothes a person puts anything on inside out and does not change it, it is believed that good luck will fall on that person.
If when fixing the fire cinders fly out and around the person who fixes it people say that money will be bestowed on that person.
To let a walking stick fall when setting out on a journey is believed to feretell disappointment.
If a pin of nail seen on the road is picked up it is believed to bring good luck on that person.
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2016-07-19 13:27
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him full instructions about how he could make the cure. She also told him to apply this to the cancer and that he would get better. She instructed him not to tell what the names of these herbs and poisin were to anyone but to one of his own family who would pass on the cure in the same way to their family and so on.
This man made the cure and cured several people of this disease. His son James Gorevan, to whom he gave the cure, cured several people also. This James Gorevan left cure to his daughter Kathleen who now lives at her father's place in Lowerwood, Grange Co. Sligo
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2016-07-19 13:22
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is (Gover) Gorevan.
One of these Gorevans who was grandfather to the present Kathleen Gorevan and father-in-law of Kathleen Gorevan's mother, and who are the only people of this family now living at Lower Wood, had cancer and was going to get a cure for it from a man in Ballyshannon who had a cure.
He set out from his house for Ballyshannon to get the cure one early morning, and when he was going by a place called Tullaghan he was stopped on the road by a woman wearing a shawl.
This woman was his mother who was dead for years before that. SHe asked him where he was going to and he told her.
She told him to go home and to get certain herbs and some kind of poisin and mix them together. She gave
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2016-07-19 13:15
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The cure for cancer can be made only by one family in this district. These people live in a place called Lower Wood near Grange, Co. Sligo, and their name
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2016-07-19 13:12
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Some time ago a man named John Brennan had a cancer on his on his ear. He was in great pain, and he ded not know what to do. At last he was told of a woman named Mrs Bradley of Ballasalla who could cure it. He went to her, and she put a plaster on it, and it cured him. Then he was very glad because he was cured.
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2016-07-13 13:06
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then the sores are gone.
Corns: Get some manure and apply it to a basin full of hot or lukewarm. Then steep your feet in the water for a half-an-hour and dry them. It is then you will see that your corns are gone.
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2016-07-13 13:00
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(1) Gather some ivy leaves and apply them to the toes before you go to bed. Remoe them every six hours for a week and then you will find that the sores are gone.
(2) Get some goose grace and apply it to your toes once every twenty-four hours for about three days and
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2016-07-13 12:57
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remove and the next day the pig will be alright.
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2016-07-13 12:56
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Sore foot: Goose grace put on with a dog leave and to be shifted once a week for a month.
Sore head: Gather some ivy leaves and make a cap of them. Place the cap on your head and remove after a week.
Warts (1): Make a bag like a purse and put a pebble in the bag for every wart you have. The next person to catch that bag will take the warts.
Warts (2): Take about two ounces of fresh bacon and burry it underground. When it is purty near rotten take it and as you do the warts.
Sick pig: Take a lighted candle and put it up in his mouth until you get tired. Then
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2016-07-11 14:56
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Poison. Get dandelion and boil it. Then get the root of it and clean it, eat the root and drink the juice. This is not a nice meal and upsets the insides thus throwing all the poison up.
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2016-07-11 14:50
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An old cure for a corn is to steep it in bread-soda for nine days after which, the corn is supposed to go.
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2016-07-11 14:49
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A drink of cold water at night is supposed to be good for a cold.
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2016-07-11 14:48
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It is said that fresh herring is good for the nerves as it contains a lot of iron.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2016-07-01 14:06
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Long ago the people had cures of their own for different diseases.
When the young nettles first came out they used gather some of them and boil them. They used eat some of them on different days. These would keep their blood pure all the year round and prevent them from getting boils or any skin disease.
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2016-07-01 10:17
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it if he did.
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2016-07-01 10:16
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ran away and she left the comb on the stile. The man took the comb and he ran home with it. The Banshee followed him but she did not catch him. When she came to the door of the man's house she began to cry. The Banshee cry is very mournful. After a while the man got afraid and he put the comb out through the key-hole of the door with the tongs. The Banshee took the comb and she said that he was lucky when he did not put out his hand because she would break
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2016-07-01 10:12
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The Banshee (bean sidhe) is a fairy woman.
It is said in Ireland that the Banshee follows the O's and the Mac's. It is said also that when any of them dies the Banshee cries after them.
Many stories are told about the Banshee. There was once a man who used to visit his neighbour's house every night. On his way home he had to cross a stile. One night when he was coming home there was a woman sitting on the stile and she was combing her hair. When she saw the man coming she
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2016-05-16 13:13
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band around their wrist.
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2016-05-16 13:13
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chicken-weed and put it to the sprains.
For a pain in the in the side old people used to heat some salt, until it it would become brown, and mix it with broken flax or wool, and put it to the side.
They used to use turpentine or lamp oil for rheumatism. For burn they used to use bog moss or sweet oil and lime juice.
When the people used to have a pein in their ear, they used to dip a piece of wool in castor oil and warm it in their ear and if they had a pein in their hand, they used to wear a black, tight, silk,
ball sinsearach (stair)
2016-05-16 13:05
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One of the cures the old people had, for cuts, and bruises was, to break up house leek very fine, that grows on thatched houses, and boil it in water with some oaten meal, and when it used to be cool, they used put it to the wounds.
Another cure they had for warts , was, when one would come across a stone, with a hole in it, full of water, and not to know it was there, until the person, would come across it, and rub the water on the warts they would be cured.
The old cure the people had for sprains and swellings was to heat and bruise
ball sinsearach (stair)
2016-05-16 11:32
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they all ate out of the common dish.
The kinds of bread eaten were oaten and wholemeal, oaten bread was made by mixing oaten meal, water and salt together and baking them on a griddle.
Meat and fish were also eaten, as birds were plentyful they were the meal used most eaten, the people ate salmon which they caught in the rivers. Honey was also a food that the people liked. People did not eat late at night.
On certain days some special kind of food was eaten, on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday tea was drunk and also domestic fowl such as geese and turkeys were also in use. On Easter Sunday a pot of eggs were boiled and the people ate as many as they were able. On Shrove Tuesday the people made pan-cakes and potato-cakes.
The commonest vessels used were noggins and large jugs.
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2016-05-16 11:22
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It has been handed down to us that the people in olden times had but three meals a day. these were breakfast, dinner and supper. Breakfast was eaten about 8 o'clock A.M., dinner was usually at 1 o'clock p.m. and supper was eaten when the people had finished their work which was usually 6 o'clock p.m.
The people had two hours work done in the morning before breakfast, the breakfast consisted of bread and milk and sometimes potatoes, the dinner consisted of potatoes, milk, salt and eggs and meat on Sundays. Porrige and milk were the foods usually eaten for supper. Butter-milk was drunk at very meal.
The people sat around the table which was placed in the center of the floor while they were eating their meals, each one had a noggin of milk and
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2016-05-13 17:16
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"Maireann [?] Pádraig". If they said any word of this prayer wrong the person would not be cured.
The old people also had a cure for a cut. If a person had a cut on their hand they put a cobweb on it. When a person had teethache they put a bit of tobacco into the tooth.
When a person had wart they stole a piece of bacon. They rubbed it on the wart. Then they hid it under a stone. After seven days the wart was gone. The cure for the whooping cough was to give milk to a ferret and all the milk the ferret would not drink to drink it.
The cure they had for a sore throat was to put hot potatoes into a stocking and put it on the throat. If a person sprained their foot the cure for it was to hold it under a water fall.
There were cures at blessed wells. There is a blessed bush in Leitra called "The Blessed Bush". There is a well under this Bush. Anyone who took a drink from this well was supposed to be cured. There is a blessed rock in Baovanagh called the Blessed Rock.
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2016-05-13 17:04
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There are two holes on the top of this rock. It is said that St. Patrick knelt on that rock and that the holes are the tracks of his knees. When there is water in these holes there is a cure in it. It was said that St. Patrick blessed this rock.
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2016-05-13 14:57
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Long ago the people used to have a great many cures for cuts and sores. THey used to get a cobweb for a cut to stop the blood. For a bile they would put a dock-leaf or soap and sugar and bule-stone mixed together and put it on a cloth on the bite. Another cure for a bite is boiled loaf. When the people would have sore eyes they would wash them in a blessed well.
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2016-05-13 14:20
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Long ago the people had cures. There is one of them. When you would cut your hand with a knife. Cobweb would stop the blood. When they used to have sore eyes in olden times. They used cure them by washing them in black tea. They is a blessed well near this school. When they would be cured they used to tie a rag on the bush that is near the well. In olden times they must say mass near the well. When they to have a bile they used to put bacon with it or to put linseed with it. When they used to have a sour tooth they used to put pepper with it. The pepper would not make the tooth sour. When they used to strain their feet they used to go to a water-fall three times.
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2016-05-12 15:27
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1. If you have a stye on your eye it can be cured by putting the Sign of the Cross on it with a gold ring three times for nine mornings.
2. THe rough side of a leaf of cabbage draws a wound and a smooth side heals it.
3. A cure for a headache is to put your head over a teapot of hot tea.
4. If you get a burn rub it with soap, apply bread, soda and wrap it up paper and it will keep it from rising.
5. If you have corns walk through a bog in your bare feet.
6. Any person that never saw their father can cure a desease called the thrush.
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2016-05-12 14:49
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1. If you have corns put bread-soda in hot water and soak your feet in it.
2. If a person was aflicted with rheumatism they drank the water of boiled nettles.
3. Smoke a pipe for a toothache.
4. If you have a swelling in your leg put a red flannel bandage on it.
5. Get an iwy leaf and put the dull side to heal a sore and bright side to draw it.
6. A cure for a wart is to put your fasting spittle on it.
7. If you had the whooping-cough drink the milk of a donkey.
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2016-05-12 14:43
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1. A cure for a sore finger is to pour the first drop of milk on the sore when any person is milking a cow.
2. A cure for a cut is to put a cob-wel on it.
3. A cure for a headache is to drink strong tea without sugar.
4. A cure for a sore eye is to bathe it is cold tea.
5. A cure for a toothache is to mix soot and salt and put it into the tooth.
6. A cure for a sore throat is to heat salt or oats and put it into a stocking and tie it around your neck.
7. A cure for a whooping cough is to eat the food left over by a ferret.
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2016-05-12 14:27
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There is a hill outside the town which is supposed to belong to the fairies. One day a man went to the hill to raise sand. In the evening when he did not return home his people act out to look for him. They found him lying near the hill unconocious. They took him home and when he recovered he told them that the fairies had beaten him. He said that a crowd of a small men attacked him, knocked him, and beat him. He died soon afterwards.
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2016-05-12 11:53
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grease over the cut and next etting a collie dog to lick it. After the second rub of the dogs tongue the sore is cured. If a chip of wood should get into the skin it is said if a fox would be killed and its tongue pulled out and put on to where the sore is that the tongue would suck out the chip, however far it would be stuck into the skin after two days. A person who would be suffering from sore eyes could be cured long ago by getting a jet black cat and rubbing cream on its tail and then rubbing the cats tail three times round the sore and reapeating may I be cured. After the third time the sore is cured.
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2016-05-12 11:42
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Long ago few people visited doctors, but they were cured by animals and by various other things. The seventh son born in succession without an intermission of a female is a called a Doctor and the female is known as a Lady Doctor. It is said if they breathe upon a person who is suffering from ring worms and boils they are cured instantly.
If the whooping cough should break out in the neighbouhood a few men would go about in search of the hedge hog. After getting it they must take its rough thorny coat off while still alive. Next it is cooked and put into bottles. It is left in the bottle for 3 or 4 days then it is given to the person who has the cough and after the second drop taken the cough is banished. Another cure for the whooping cough is the leavings of the ferrets. A basin of milk is given to the ferret and whatever is left in the basin after he has taken his amount is given to the person. After the person has drank the milk they are cured. If a person got a very bad cut they would be cured by first rubbing a piece of
ball sinsearach (stair)
2016-05-11 17:07
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put them on in the shape of a cross. This was supposed to cure the disease.
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2016-05-11 17:06
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Long ago before chemical cures were invented the old Irish folk cured various diseases themselves.
When whoopong cough spread among the children the old people cought a hedgehog, boiled it and gave the soup to the children to drink. If they did not succeed in capturing a hedgehog they gave them milk that a ferret left after him.
Another cure for whooping cough was to walk under a white horse or to ask a cure from a man who owned a white horse.
If a person was aflicted by "thrush" he went to a man who had never seen his father. If the wan breathed into his mouth he was sure to be cured.
There was a very peculiar cure for warts. If the person havin such got a snail and rubed the wart with it, then put a needle through the snail and left it in a wall. By the time the snail was decayed the wart also vanished.
If a person suffering from ring-worm went to the seventh son of the family and asked him to breathe over it he was instantly cured.
Those who had "leiliu" [?] got flagger leaves and
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2016-05-11 15:15
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Mumps:
Long ago when a person would get this disease some leaves of glorium [?] used to be applied to the throat. This herb is supposed to have the effect on lessening the pain and reducing the swelling.
Cuts:
In former times when a person would a cut a cob-web used to be applied to the cut to prevent bleeding.
Salt used to be applied also for the same purpuse.
Sore-eyes:
Buachaillí an tighe, as the herb is called, is capable of curing sore eyes.
The eyes, when bathed with black tea, are supposed to be cured.
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2016-05-11 15:03
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If a person had warts and if he was going any place and to see a stone with water in it and he not to know it was if he washed his hands with the water the warts would go.
If a person has sore eyes if he washed them with the juice of the buachaill tighe which means her they would get better.
Burns
If a person was burned the best cure is to rub gob oil on the burn and it would get better quick. This bog oil used to be got in logholes.
Ringworm
If a person had ringworm people long ago used to say if there was a family of sevens one after another the youngest son would have the cure.
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2016-05-11 14:57
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Headaches:
Long ago when people used to get headaches another person would set a charm fearing their heads would split. This was supposed to be done by prayer. The person afflicted was obliged to have his head measured three times on three different occasions and after this they were supposed to be alright.
Thorns:
A fox's tongue takes out a thorn when left on it.
For every disease:
1) The seventh son or daughter of a family is supposed to have a cure for every disease.
2) A child whose father dies before his or her birth has a cure for every disease.
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2016-05-11 14:31
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Sore-throat
To heat salt and put it into a cloth and tie it round the neck.
To put boiled potatoes into a woollen stocking and tie it round the neck.
Ringworm
The person afflicted rubs a golden article, such as souvereign, on the edge of the ringworm and the gold is supposed to have the effect of preventing it from speading.
Another cureis to apply a mixture of sulpher and unsalted butter to the ringworm.
To cure rash a mixture of soap and sugar is applied to the ringworm.
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2016-05-11 14:24
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Boils
The person afflicted must wash the boils in three waters from three different estates which meet and flow under a bridge together.
Another cure is to put a poultice of loaf and sugar or linseed with the boil.
Swelling.
An eels skinis used in curing swelling of the wrists which is known as "trálac"
To pour hot water on the swelled part proved to be a good cure.
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2016-05-11 14:16
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Burns
To apply the stuff, vomited by a crane beside a river, to the burns.
To get a leaf known as "duilleóigín Pádraig" and heat it beside the fire and leave it on the burn.
Heated chicken-weed is also supposed to be a good cure.
The white of an egg is applied to the burn and is supposed to be able to cure it in three days.
A mixture of sweet oil and lime water is anoter cure.
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2016-05-11 14:06
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Chin cough
A cure for chincough is to ask a man riding on a white horse called Giolla an capaill báin for a cure for the chincough and any remedy he would suggest was a cure such as "cupán deas tae agus é a ól go moch".
Another cure was to drink some milk a ferret would leave after it.
The milk of a white donkey was supposed to be a very good cure for the chincough.
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2016-05-11 13:51
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The person afflicted gets a purse and fill it with sand or little stones and makes the Sign of the Cross over the warts with it. THe purse is then left where someone is likely to find it and whoever finds it will get the warts.
When the new moon is seen for the first time some clay is taken from under the afflicted person's right foot. The Sign of the Cross is made over the warts three times. It is said that the warts will dissappear before the next new moon.
To burry a piece of meat and while the meat is decaying the wart will dissappear.
To write the number of warts on a piece of paper and while the paper will be decaying the warts will be going.
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2016-05-11 13:40
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Warts
The person afflicted gets a wisp of straw and blessed the wart with it nine times. Then the straw is placed under a stone and the wart will decay by degrees.
A person writes his or her name on a piece of cloth with a burnt stick and then bury the rag secretly. It is said thet while this is decaying the wart will the decaying also.
The person who has the wart must find a hollow in a rock and dip the wart in the water three times in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
To apply the juice of chicken-weed to the wart after it bleeds
ball sinsearach (stair)
2015-05-20 11:23
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Once upon a time I heard about a cow that came to Lismulladuff and she gave a quart of milk to every one [sic] who came and milked her every night and morning. The people called her the Glas Gcailín and she stayed at the Tobar Abhog. Some of the people fought about her and they were going to kill her. She walked down the road and all the calves that she had followed her and when she came the length of the Swilly she walked into it and was drowned.
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2015-05-18 20:01
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Philadelphia, and he says that he has been in Kellysville several times, and that there is a great monument erected over his grave there.
Mrs Kane Tievebrack and her grandmother’s story (a) The Famine
Mrs. Partick Kane Tievebrach, tells how her grandmother described the coming of famine stricken people came from Pollyarnon Co Tyrone [?] to eat the skins or peelings of potatoes thrown out on the street. She tells of a man called Kelly, who owned a shop at the crossroads, and sold ratenmeal [?] at 3 ½ d a lb. It seems in his avarice he held over [?] a large amount in stock in expectation of rising prices, but the rats came, and destroyed it. He had to throw the remainder in the Mile burn town Burn (stream)
(b) The Penal Times
Mrs. Kane’s great-grandmother going to Mass had to cross the river below, the present bridge, and go to Mass in a secluded nook somewhere about the “Farmer’s Lane”. Two men had a few planks placed across the river, for the people to cross, on payment of 2d. It seems the lady had no pennies and she too went into the river and walked across. [N.B. There is a scalan or Mass Rock on the present site of the Dromore National School and also in Dan Gallen’s garde at the crossroads].
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2015-04-15 12:54
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door-way so she called out to Sarah for to come in. Sarah went in and the woman made ten for her. After ten she asked her to wash the dishes so she washed them. Then Sarah said that she would have to go home. As a present the woman gave her a purse of gold and she lived happily ever after.
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2015-04-15 12:49
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Once upon a time three sisters named Stewarts went out to bring in clothes from a field. One sister did not return home as the fairies took her away.
The same night she appeared to a company of men and told them that she would pass Druiminin Bridge (which is about four miles from Donegal Town) at twelve o’clock that night on horse-back. She also told them that if any of them were able to pull her off her horse she would return home again.
The men went to the appointed place at twelve o’clock, and as the girl rode past one of them made a grasp at her cloak, but missed.
Next morning, when the men were passing this place they saw the ground all covered with blood.
Then the neighbours said
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2015-04-07 21:55
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Not far from Drimholm Monastery are the ruins of a fort- “Ard Fotadh, the royal residence of the high-king. It is a circular shaped structure measuring 870 feet in circumference. Here it was we are told, that Domhnall son of Aedh Mac Ainmire, king of all Ireland dwelt in the seventh century, and after a reign of 16 years died in 639 A.D.
Rath-Cunga.
In the immediate vicinity of this ancient royal dwelling is the farfamed Rathcunga, in its modern form Raeoo[?]. On an elevated piece of ground we have an ancient grave-yard which once was attached to a very famous Patrician monastery.
St. Patrick erected a small chapel here but apparently it was merely built of wattles for there is no trace of any stone structure. We are told that this cemetery, which is
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2015-04-07 18:24
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One day the landlord's agent his wife and his son were at Mountcharles, bathing The son got into difficulties and before help could reach him he was drowned. [symbol]
Seeing that her son was drowned, the agent's wife was also going to drown herself, but fortunately some people prevented her doing so.
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2015-04-07 18:12
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the wall and he said “what about the one behind the wall”. The old man thinking they were referring to him ran up the grave-yard for all he was worth.
(B) Once upon a time a party of Irish soldiers were kept prisoners in an English camp. One night when the captain was doing his rounds of the prisoners camp he found one of the beds empty, so he shouted “who owns this bed and one of the prisoners answered in Irish “Is liomsa é”. The captain then said “I don't care wheather it is lumps of hay or lumps of straw you'd better get into it quickly”
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2015-04-07 18:11
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(A) One day two boys were coming home from school. They had to pass through a grave-yard on their way home. The two boys had robbed an orchard, and they decided to divide (count) the apples behind the graveyard wall. When one of the boys was crossing the wall he he dropped an apple. The way the boys counted the apples was “one for you one for me” etc. At the same time as the boys were dividing the apples an old man came up the grave-yard and when he heard the voice saying “one for you one for me” he thought it was God and the devil counting the souls in the grave-yard. Just then one of the boys remembered about the apples he dropped when he was crossing.
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2015-04-07 14:40
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the dock and thistle are the most harmful weeds growing on the farm and they both spread rapidly and make the soil poor and bad, and to make matters worse they only grow in good ground. House-leek is used for sore eyes. Bogbean is used for stomach complaints. Thistles and pignuts are supposed to be food for cattle. Pignuts are little things like potatoes only much smaller they grow in dry places.
Some herbs were used as cures for diseases long ago but they are not used now as we have medicinal cures.
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2015-04-02 19:01
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the implement they used to grind the oats was “grind stones” which were called “querns”. Some of these grind stones exist yet. There is one of them at Mr. Mc Nulty’s about a hundred yards from my home. It is made of cement and there is a whole [sic] in the top to put the oats down through. The names of the different kinds of bread made were potato cake, boxty bread, oat meal bread, and rye-bread.
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2015-04-02 17:21
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had to be carried home that night and he did not get his half crown because he told his neighbours to come to see the fairy man.
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2015-04-02 16:58
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The people in Lignanorig [?] are all young now, only one old man whose name is Tom Farrell. This man is over eighty years of age, and he lives alone in a small thatched house. He works very hard and he is never ill except for a cold, and he attends church every Sunday. This man cannot speak Irish, because there was no Irish taught when he was at school.
There is a story told long ago about a bag or pot gold hidden in a field in the Derries. Long ago a man came riding on a horse as far as a certain house a piece away from this field. He tied his horse to a tree and took a bag of gold with him and came down the road, a bit
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2015-04-02 16:24
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woman with the big foot and stood up at the fire. A moment after in came the woman with the big nose and stood up beside the other woman. After that another woman came in with a big hand and stood up beside the other. When the women were in a while the young man asked Nell Beag had she them asked to the (weed) wedding and Nell said that she had.
Then the man asked Nell what has happened to the woman’s foot that had it so big. Nell Beag said that she was spinning all the time and that was why her foot was so big. Then he asked what happened to the other woman’s nose that had it so big, Nell said she was making shirts and all the time she had her head down and that was why her nose was so big. Then he asked Nell what happened to that womans hand. She answered she was sewing all the time and that was why her hand got so big. The young man then (young) began to think that Nells foot nose and hand would grow that way too and he got a servant to do the work. And Nell Beag had nothing to do any more and lived happy from that day to this. Calistus Gallagher of Rathneeny Barr told me this story one night last winter.
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2015-04-02 16:11
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effective cure. Nettle tea made from boiling nettles is given to children suffering from measels to bring out the spots.
Garlic is given to children suffering from hives to also bring out the spots.
brotal is an herb growing on roots and is or was until very recently used for dyeing purposes brotal by itself produced a yellow colour.
Long ago all socks and knit wear were made at home from the wool of the sheep. They were dyed with home made dyes, made from crotal alone. Also from crotal and some other mixtures. Long ago there was a special pot kept in very house for dyeing which was called a blue pot.
Home made medicines from these herbs are largely dying out, whether from the fact of patent medicine being deemed better or from laziness to prepare them.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2015-04-01 17:11
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In this county at one time there was a Travelling tinker called Pat Driver. He Shared the shelter of many a cabin on his rounds. Many a night he stayed in a still house where poteen was made. In good weather he often slept on the bare leather, or on the ditch with no roof over him but the vault of heavens.
After a hard days work mending kettles and saucepans in the Moville district he started for Culdaff. Night overtook him on a lonely road. he knocked at one door after another asking for a night’s lodgings while he jingled the half pences in his pocket, but was everywhere refused. He wondered now where was the boasted hospitality of Innishowen. It was no use to be able to pay when the people seemed so churlish. Thus thinking he made his way towards a light a little further on and knocked at another cabin door. An old man and woman were seated one at each side of the cabin. “Will you be pleased to give me a night’s lodgings sir? asked Pat respectfully. “can you tell a story?” returned the old man. “no then sir. I canna say I’m good at story-telling replied the puzzled tinker. “Then you maun just gang further, for none but them that can tell a story will get in here.” This reply was made in so decided
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2015-04-01 17:02
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latch but could not get in. He then knocks on the door but got (got) no answer. He then went to the window and looked in. There was a woman sitting on a stool at a nice little blazing fire. She didn’t turn her head or move in any way although he shouted several times. She looked like [ould] Biddy. Thady concluded she had fallen asleep and so left and went to the other house.
When Thady saw the fire raked and the house as it was (fef) left and no Biddy, his hair stood on one end with fright. Indeed they were all timid enough to enter.
However about two weeks later news was brought to them about the death of [ould] Biddy down in the parish of Iver [sic]
My grandfather remembered this quite well even though he was but five years old at the time. He often used to tell it and tell about how frightened he was himself.
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2015-04-01 16:54
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When my grandfather was a little boy about five years old this strange thing happened. He remembered it distinctly and often told it.
His father had a work-man employed (man) named Thady Meehan. Thady went to his own home on a certain Saturday evening and hadn’t returned on Sunday at night fall. His mother decided that they all should go and visit her mother who lived in the same townland, so the fire was raked, and the door locked, and his father mother and himself went to ramble, as is said here, to his Grandmothers.
All went well till between eight and nine o’clock who should lift the latch and come in but Thady Meehan. After the usual greetings, Thady was asked, how he knew where to find them. “Oh, says he “ I was down at the house and ould [sic] Biddy wouldn’t let one in”. “Ould Biddy,” they explained “where is she ?” yonder sitting at the fire
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2015-04-01 14:57
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Some years ago there was a man who lived in Gardruin [?] named Andy Mc. blay. He was going to a fair in Ballyshannon one day. It was in the month of May. He was going to see a horse in the fair.
He was riding the horse going up the road. He had to pass through Ballintra. Going past the Drumkolm [?] creamery he heard a voice saying “Come all to me.” “Will you not share with me says Andy” “Oh I will” says the voice. Andy reigned in his horse to the ditch. He saw a woman scraping the door to her.
When he was going up the hill at the creamery the (the) milk was flowing out of his shoes. The woman, (was) of course, was a witch.
So ends the story.
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2015-04-01 14:48
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Here is a story I heard Johnny Martin of Golard [?] telling hundreds of times. It happened to himself at the time the railroad was made from Derry [?] through Barnes Gap. At first the train only came so far as Lough Lake, or more commonly called Demonium [?] This is the story as Johnny used to tell it.
“When the train first came through the Gap to Lough Lake, the Railway Company gave an excursion to Derry. I heard about the excursion and made up my mind to go. The morning of the excursion I got up early, dressed, ate my breakfast and started off. I had about four miles to walk to Demonium [?], but I was there in good time.
I bought a return ticket got into the train along with everyone else who was [were] there and off we went through the Gap. It was the first time I ever went through the Barnes gap, and the first time ever I was in a train and I thought it wonderful indeed, I enjoyed the journey very much, and was sorry to leave the train when at last they said we were at Derry.
Out I got, and went round the City, I saw the gaol, the factories, the walls of Derry with the guns painted out on the streets, I was afeered [?] to more thinking some one would shoot me. I then met some friends we went into a house and had something to eat and drink, it was then drawing up to six o’clock and as the train was to leave at seven, I thought it was getting up to time to go to this station
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2015-03-30 23:41
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Long ago there lived a poor man in Ballinaikillery [?] Mountain named Lennox. He was very poor and [had] but one cow.
The year of the big twelfth of July in 1898 he went to enjoy the day when home he found his cow drownd [sic] in a bog hole.
About a week later he went for turn one night. There stands a big rock behind a ruin near his own house there is also a hawthorn bush on top of the rock. He glanced round and spied a black cow eating the branches from the hawthorn. He knew the cow belonged to none of the neighbours. He drove her home before him until he reached the byre and she remained with him for nine or ten years.
At last he began to think she was getting old and decided to sell her. On the Doneal Fair morning he made ready for the fair. When the cow was taken to the road she turned to the ruin where the rock and bush still are to be seen.
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2015-03-30 21:10
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In a lonely glen at Glen Columcille there was supposed to be a ghost and few people would pass that way at late hours.

One night my uncle said he would watch. So after some time the ghost came along with ragged clothes on her and a creel on her
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2015-03-30 20:50
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This is the story of a man who had only one suit. He lived in Coole.

One day his suit got wet and he had to remain in bed till his suit was dried. His wife put the suit on the back of a chair beside the fire.

One day she had to go a message and while she was away a strange calf wandered in and upset the chair into the fire and the suit was burned into ashes.

When she came home she got a shock.
In the neighbourhood a dear friend lay dead. Her husband would have to go to the funeral. And he had no suit.

On the day of the funeral the suitless man watched out of the window wrapped up in a blanket.

Then a thought struck in his mind. He called on his wife, and in a few minutes he was sewed into the blanket. Off he started barefooted and
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2015-03-30 20:45
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Before the potatoes are set the ground is opened and then “coped.” The manure is then put on the upturned sod and the clay of which the sea is “stripped” is put on top.
A few weeks after the potatoes are set they are “shoveled.” This consists of digging the clay in the “shoughs” firmly with a shovel and throwing the fine clay up on the ridges. It is very important to keep the ridges free from weeds, because these weeds, if allowed to grow, will obstruct the growth of the potatoes. The potato-ridges should be free from weeds when the “tops” age being [?] “sprayed” : otherwise the weeds will get some of the “spray” that is intended for the “potato-tops.” The potato-stalks are sprayed when they are a few inches above the level of the ridges. The spraying material consists of a mixture of sulphide of copper, commonly called “bluestone,” soda and water. Four pounds of “bluestone” and ten pounds of soda are put in each barrel of “spray.” Lime is used by some people instead of soda but lime clogs up the “nozzle” of the spraying machine.
Long ago when a farmer and his helpers were engaged in digging and gathering potatoes a large fire was lighted in the potato-field. Each of the workers would place a few potatoes in the fire and the roasted potatoes would be eaten with salt at
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2015-03-30 20:43
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The Great Famine of eighteen-forty six and forty-seven affected […] district throughout Ireland. Owing to its effect in this district, which had been densely populated before that time the population afterwards decreased […] most of the people dying. Some of these who had some money saved went to America. There are no ruins of houses in the neighbourhood, which were occupied at that time. The potato crop failed owing to the effects of the “blight” which first appeared in the year eighteen-forty-five. The white rot was very prevalent and caused the potatoes to rot in the ground. Potatoes were the chief food of the Irish for more than a century before and the failure of the crop left them without food Oatmeal was used instead of potatoes At last the Government began to establish relief measures. It sent large qualities of oatmeal to the various districts to be distributed among the people Protestant ministers were generally the distributors and gave larger quantities of meal to those of their own denomination than to the Catholics. Very, often, damaged meal full of maggots, was sold at fabulous prices to the people, but in spite of this the poor people were very glad to get it “Stirabout” was often distributed among the people also. The government sent a large boiler to each “workhouse” Each boiler was shaped like a kettle and had a
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2015-03-30 20:38
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There is a crock of gold hidden on a small island in Lough Bellshade situated about seven miles from Donegal among the Townawilly [?] Mountains on the Baronesmore side. Many attempts have been to get it, but they were unsuccessful. A black cat guards the treasure and it ferocity keeps searchers away. It is about a stones throw from the shore to the island. It is said that Francioscan monks hid it after been chased from Donegal by soldiers. When the friars were captured they were hung on a certain tree. Three different trees grew […] that certain tree namely the hazel, blackthorn, and holly. The district beyond the public known as “Biddy’s o Barnes” is called “Friars Bush.” The bush is situated on a small stream below the house of Edward Quigley’s of Barnesmore.
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2015-03-30 20:32
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About twenty-five years ago a man named Myles Tynny a humorous fellow, used to frequent Donegal town, and, indeed, he was well known throughout the country. It happened one day however, a Protestant clergyman and his wife visited the town. A few hours later the minister was ready to return but he could not find his wife, who had gone out to do some shopping. While he was looking for her, he met Myles Tynny. Giving him a sixpence, the minister asked him to be good enough to search his wife. A half-hour later Myles returned. “I’m very sorry, your reverence, he said to the clergyman. “I searched all the public-houses in the town for your wife, but I could not find her.
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2015-03-30 20:24
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Once upon a time a man named Michael McGrath lived in the townland of Finmore about six miles from Donegal town. Anywhere he had to go he usually went on horseback as he was very fond of riding. A few miles from a house was a place that was haunted with fairies. One evening when this man was returning home and when passing by this place he saw a very straight stick, he cut it intending to make a whipstick for his horse.
When he reached home it was late and his supper was ready for him. He started to eat but the bowl jumped out of his hand and jumped round the house and he was not able to get it. He had no peace and he did not know what was causing all the trouble. At last he remembered on the stick and he left it back where he got it. When he came back home the second time all was peaceful again and he was able to take his supper as usual.
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2015-03-30 20:10
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If a father and mother are of the same name their son would put the winkers of a donkey on a person’s head and lead him to a river and back. This is an old cure for the mumps.
Roast chicken-weed on the fire. Put it up to the swelling and leave it on it for twenty hours. That is the foremost cure for a swelling.
If you get a sting of a wasp split an onion and hold it to the sting. That is the foremost cure for a wasp sting.
If a person gets a sting of a nettle rub a docken leaf to it and it will cure it at once.
If you lick an "Airc Sléibhe" that you get in the turf bods you have the cure of a burn.
If a person has a sore lip put the skin that of a docken root to it and it will cure it.
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2015-03-30 19:59
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Ballintra. "Béarna Dearg" is about a mile from the village of Ballintra. It is on the old road leading from Ballintra to Ballyshannon.
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2015-03-30 12:39
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Once upon a time there lived in Cill-Domnaig a very holy man. One day he went down to sea to bathe and when he was taking off his clothes he left his scapulars on a rock beside him. When he was going home he left them behind him and was very much annoyed when he thought of them. But when he was going home the seapulars were left on the road-side for him.
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2015-03-30 12:32
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This funny story was told to me about six months ago by a man named Thomas Patterson aged 84 years.
As we gathered together one night in a neighboring farmhouse, Thomas told us of a man from bashel, “A townland near by” named John McNulty [?] who was supposed to be taken away by the good people on a bicycle.
This man was returning home late one night from his brothers house it was very dark, when all of a sudden he was put sitting ona bicycle as he though and taken off about six miles from his home to a place named Gavangarden [?] and he was left standing at a farmhouse door, and the owner on hearing him outside, took him in and kept him until morning. He did not know where he was and his relation [?] thinking something happened to him went out searching for him.
They searched all night for him but without avail. In the morning they returned to find the wanderer home safe and sound nothing the wors of his adventure.
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2015-03-30 12:29
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case we would not like to belive it but I heard tell of a man nicknamed Mickey the Rover who spent a wheen of days digging at the castle for the money but never got any.
Old Mickey finished his story by telling the young lads who were there to go down some time and dig for the money and he expressed his desire that they would be successful.
The lads thanked old Michael for the entertainment and said that if they go anything for their labour that old Michael would get the first treat. I do not know if they went or not but the locality has lost on of its good old seanachie in the person of old Michael. R I P
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2015-03-30 12:23
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The kind of bread used by the people of long ago was whole meal bread, oat meal bread, boxty and potato cake. Flour was not bought in the shops. the same as nowadays. Bread was generally made every day and the sign of the cross was always put on the top of the cake.
The pe0ple of olden times nearly always grew wheat and in the Winter time they spent most of their time in threshing it. Then they had a little machine for grinding it and this was called a hand mill. there were two round stones placed side by side. The wheat was dropped between them and a handle was turned and then the wheat was ground into whole meal. Oaten bread was always baked on a griddle before the fire. Long ago the people ate very little bread as potatoes was their staple food.
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2015-03-29 13:32
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On Hallo’een night there was a cake of boxty made in every home and there was a ring put into it. Then when the bread was cooked it was cut into slices and each girl that was in the house got a slice, and the girl that got the slice with the ring in it would be the first married.
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2015-03-27 20:34
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Here is a very funny story told by an old neighbor man. It is just a description of himself when he was a boy setting out to look for work; his father and mother being very poor.
He intended to go to Derry and look for work there. When he got the length of Barnes Mountain night was coming on and he saw a glimmer of light in small house on the mountain side. He went in and asked the woman of the house for lodgings for the night. She consented but said that he would have to sleep in the bed with her husband, as the house was small and she had not a spare bed. The stranger went to bed soon after and being very tired was soon in a sound sleep.
Sometime well on in the middle of the night, the two sons of the woman came in with a sheep they had stolen, off the mountain. Not thinking of any stranger being in the house they began speaking to their mother in loud voices and telling her how they managed.
They were greatly alarmed when
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2015-03-27 20:27
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in hand, but to their consternation, the wonderful hound followed close to their heels. Over glens and mountains they went for miles and miles until their strength was almost gone.
Then a thought came into their minds. They turned horses across the road but the "Dobhar-chú" was coming with such a force that he dashed right through the first horse and half way through the second. As he did so the two men cut his body in two with a wonderful blow of their spears. In joy at having succeeded in killing the deadly monster, but in sorrow in the tragic death of Mrs. Mac Loughlin they returned home.
On the headstone over the grave of unfortunate Mrs. Mac Loughlin, the picture of this wonderful hound, the men, and the spears are still to be seen. This inscription is in itself sufficient to kill the wonderful tale.
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2015-03-27 09:08
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1. Old women say that it is unlucky to turn the spout of the kettle facing out from the fire. The origin of this belief is that one day a child was sitting at the fire. The spout of the kettle was facing outwards and the [...] steam scalded the eyes out of the child.
2. When a house was going to be built in olden times the builders used to gather all the ox blood they could get and they mixed the mortar with it. This kept the wall compact and strong.
3. When anybody is going to die by the name of Brown [sic] Grey, Green Black, White, [sic] three knocks come to the door. These are called the dead knocks.
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2015-03-25 19:25
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There was a well down at Abbey about a quarter of a mile from the town. There was a certain man from town who wished to keep this well for the mineral waters, so he built a large wall around it. When he went back in a few days he found that the well had bursted [sic] the walls of the building and flowed out to the sea in a small river.
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2015-03-20 10:28
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In the townland of Dunmuckrim there is an old limestoen quarry. It is very rugged and there are great big holes in the rock. In the time of the Penal Laws a priest said Mass here every day. It is called 'the altar
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2015-03-20 10:25
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About a mile outside Ballyshannon there are the ruins of an old church. It was built about three hundred years ago. It was called Domhnach Mór which means “the big Sunday.” This name was given to it because Mass was said there only one Sunday in the year. There is an old graveyard at the back with a wall all round it. Only a small portion of the old ruin remains. It was built of stone and mortar. It is said that one day as a priest was reading Mass, he was attacked by soldiers and they shot him, and he is buried some place about there.
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2015-03-20 10:19
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About three miles from Ballyshannon beside Wardtown castle, there is a lake called, Loch na mban […] Finn, in which a chest of gold is supposed to be hidden. It is said that there is a large dragon guarding it and no one can succeed in getting near the buried treasure.
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2015-03-18 22:18
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1. A beansidhe is heard before the death of a person, with ‘o’ or ‘mac’ before the name.
2. If a door bursts suddenly open on a calm day it is the warning of a death
3. A death follows if a robin enters the dwelling house
4. A picture falling from a wall foretells a death.

5. If the lamp goes out at Hallow Eve or Xmas without some obvious reason people believe there will be a death in the family.
6. If crickets sing sharply all night with out stopping a death follows soon
7. If a flock of crows light in a field near the house on three days in succession there will be a death in the district.
8. A cock crows three times at midnight for a death in the townland.
9. A dog crying foretells a death.
10. Knocks sometimes come to the door when a person is about to die