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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

Garryland

Long ago a man from Garryland, Kilmacduagh, Co. Galway went to Scotland. Before he went he cut a stick in Garryland wood brought it with him. One day as he roaming about a big wood in Scotland he saw a little bothán and he went into it. Sitting at the fire he saw an old … Continue reading

Ballinderreen 1913

Collected by Kitty Moran, Ballinderreen N.S from Mrs Thomas Moran BACKGROUND On Mr De Valeras first visit to Galway in the year 1913 the Sinn Féiners engaged all the sidecars in the parishes to go to the meeting. The meeting was held on New Year Day and the Sinn Féiners painted Pat Smyth’s horse because … Continue reading

THE FLAGGY SHORE

THE FLAGGY SHORE There is a special spot in New Quay. It has derived its name from the vast number of enormous rocks which are still to be seen near the shore. The following story is told about this special spot :- Once upon a time the devil came into Clare. He had nearly all … Continue reading

Killeeneen – 1900

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0033, Page 0362 National Folklore Collection, UCD. There was a meeting held in Killeeneen commemorating Raftery’s death about 1900. It was held in a field named “Caol Beag ” near the Killeeneen dance hall. There were two meetings before that near Killeeneen graveyard but they were not as important as the … Continue reading

Lore of olden days – 1937/38

Collected by Kathleen Fallon,Clochar na Trocaire, Kinvara from Patrick Fallon, Carpenter, aged 57 There is not a district in Ireland that has not certain days and dates for different things. On Friday people who wash clothes are supposed to be unlucky for the rest of the day. Friday is cross day round the district of … Continue reading

The Flaggy Shore

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0615, Page 245 Image and data © National Folklore Collection, UCD Ballyvaughan N.S THE FLAGGY SHORE There is a special spot in New Quay. It has derived its name from the vast number of enormous rocks which are still to be seen near the shore. The following story is told about … Continue reading

The Long Black Hand

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0036, Page 0210 National Folklore Collection, UCD. From Ardrahan, Co. Galway Teacher: Tomas S. O Meadhra Collector: Cahal Kelly from Michael Kelly, Ardrahan. There was a certain old witch in Kinvara and she lived under a big tree with five branches out of it. Every night at ten o’clock she used … Continue reading

Galway Election Petition – 1872

GALWAY ELECTION PETITION Nenagh Guardian 24th April, 1872 p.4 At the hearing of the Galway election petition on Saturday, evidence was given as to altar addresses by the Rev.Mr. Forde in Kinvara Chapel. He said those who voted for Trench would be regarded as soupers and renegades. Mr Constantine Sloper, and Mr Tully, Solicitor, deposed … Continue reading

Three Galway Playwrights

Three Galway Playwrights. Irish Travel, Official organ of the Irish Tourist Association Vol. XII. No. 4 January, 1937 p. 85 Galway has given three great figures to the Irish literary revival – Lady Gregory, Seamus O’Kelly and Edward Martyn. Seamus O’Kelly was born in Loughrea in 1881 and educated at St. Brendan’s College there. Later … Continue reading

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