The Burren and Beyond

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I’m thinking tonight of Kilcolgan

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0033B, Page 10_051National Folklore Collection, UCD.Greta St. George, Ballinderreen NS No 1I’m thinking tonight of KilcolganThat village far over the seaTo the cottage wherein I was bornMy memory it brings back to meIm thinking tonight of Kilcolgan No 2The stile that I often climbed overThe garden where many flowers grewAnd mother … Continue reading

A warmer cell – 1888

Alabama Enquirer And Morgan County NewsDate: January 26 1888 p2 Wilfred Blunt has been moved to a warmer cell in the Galway prison, and his overcoat has been returned to him. A band tried to serenade him, but was prevented by the police. Mr. Blunt says that while staying at a country hotel in the … Continue reading

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

Home-made Toys

Collected by Patrick Nolan, Kiltartan N.S.The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0047, Page 0090National Folklore Collection, UCD. A Fob Gun Nowadays toy guns, made in Germany or Japan can be bought for a penny. Long ago boys made their own guns. This is how they did it.First they got a piece of an elder tree. Then they … Continue reading

THE LOUGHNANE BROTHERS

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0050, Page 0147Image and data © National Folklore Collection, UCD.Collector: Eileen Kelly, Keanspound, Gort This was composed by a local poet who’s name is unknown.It is about the Loughnane brothers, natives of Shanaglish beyond Gort. They were members of the I.R.A. and they were brutally burned by the English. They were … Continue reading

The Feast of St. Martin

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0620, Page 062National Folklore Collection, UCD.Collected by: Séamus Ó Sealbhaigh, Kilfenora N.S. 10/12/1937The feast of St. Martin falls on the eleventh of November. In parts of Ireland fowl are killed and the blood spilt in different houses, the stable for the horse, in the cowhouse for the cow’s and in the … Continue reading

Matthew Mahon, Poet – Dooras, Kinvara

National Folklore Collection, UCD. The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0615, Page 073 Collected by May Burke, Turlough, Co. Clare from her mother 21st April, 1938My mother tells me the only poet she know personally, was an old man, names Matthew Mahon. He lived near Kinvara in a village called Durras. When she first saw him, he … Continue reading

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