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Tír na nÓg, the Burren

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0047, Page 0159National Folklore Collection, UCD.Gort N.S.In the mountains of Burren in the county Clare, about ten miles from here, there is a place called the Caves of Cill Corney. There are large caves and undermines (sic) there. Something over a hundred years ago, horses and foals used come out of … Continue reading

The Old Mills

The Old MillsKiltartan N.S.The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0047, Page 0111National Folklore Collection, UCD. c.1938The Gort river which goes underground at “Poll Tuaithbheall” in Castletown worked four mills in and around Gort, one at Cannahown (1/2 mile to the South of the town, now derelict, one in Gort (Hynes’s, still working) one at Kinineha 1/2 mile … Continue reading

Christmas in Clare

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0597, Page 505. Collected by Michael Custy from James Custy. (abridged). Meelick N.S.National Folklore Collection, UCDOn Christmas Eve night all the Catholic people light a candle or Christmas candle. The leave the candle lighting all night and they quench it in the morning. On Christmas night some of the people do … Continue reading

The Stone in Clare

Collected by Peggy Moran, Ballinderreen N.S. from Mrs Mannin (aged 67) 1938The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0033B, Page 04_031National Folklore Collection, UCD.There was once a stone in Clare, and every night, there used be a candle lighting on it. If anybody saw that candle lighting after sunset they would be dead next morning. It happened when … Continue reading

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