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CLARE IN THE OLDEN TIME

Nation 12th March, 1859 p.13 We find the following under the year 1360, in the ‘Annals of the Four Masters’: Brien O’Brien of Thomond gave a very great overthrow to the English of Munster, and took Gerald, Earl of Desmond, and many of the English nobles, prisoners. This battle(?) was so decisive that the clans … Continue reading

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Michael Carbery, 1907

Irish Times, Saturday March 2nd, 1907Amongst the last awards made by the Royal Humane Society are the names of Constable Michael Carbery, Kinvara, Co. Galway, for the bronze medal of the Society, for plunging into 15 feet of water in Kinvara Harbour at the risk of his own life, and saving that of a man … Continue reading

Kinvara Harbour – 1904

The Irish TimesMay 4, 1904Kinvara Harbour and PierAfter 34 years continuous effort on behalf of the inhabitants of Kinvara, a start is at length to be made with the new works. Hitherto the great difficulty has been that the pier was private property, but the trustees of the owner, Miss Sharpe, through Messrs. Kirwan and … Continue reading

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

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