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Knockerra (C.), Killimer

Abstract: A collection of folklore and local history stories from Knockerra (C.), Killimer (school) (Knockerra, Co. Clare), collected as part of the Schools' Folklore Scheme, 1937-1938 under the supervision of teacher Eibhlín Ní Cholgain.

Original reference: 0629/2

In collection The Schools’ Collection : County Clare schools

  1. Old Man's Saying (p. 198-200)
  2. Na Focail atá in Úsáid Fós ag na Daoine (p. 201-204)
  3. If a cow is due to calf when the moon is full she will calf at the full tide. (p. 205-207)
  4. Marriage Customs (p. 207-208)
  5. All the old things I have in my house are, a hook, which is never used, (p. 209)
  6. The Irish people hate magpies for they say they were never seen in Ireland until Cromwell came over from England. (p. 210)
  7. Holy Wells (p. 211-212)
  8. There is a well in James Driscoll's land of Burrane called after St. Imy. (p. 213)
  9. There was a girl in Quilty and she was going on crutches. (p. 214-215)
  10. There lived a man named Cairthinín na Caoirn and he had half of West Clare to himself and there lived an other man named Fuaim na hAirce that had the other half. (p. 216-216a)
  11. Seán de hÓr's Work (p. 217a)
  12. The cairthinín lived behind in Quirn. (p. 217)
  13. Ghost Story (p. 218-219)
  14. Uncanny Experience (p. 220-221)
  15. Knockerra Flag Quarries (p. 222-224)
  16. Historic (p. 225)
  17. Topographic (p. 231-232)
  18. There were evictions in the townland of Shessive near Cranny. (p. 233)
  19. Long ago their lived in the parish of Killimer a man named Driscoll. (p. 234)
  20. There is supposed to be a giant's grave on top of Knockerra Hill, in the farm now occupied by Mr Pat O'Shea. (p. 235)
  21. Stories about Forts (p. 237)
  22. My old nurse Mrs Mary Culligan told me that she lived in a house in Granatooha now occupied by Michael Walshe. (p. 237)
  23. Martie Nolan's sister and another girl in Killimer were in the bog one day. (p. 238)
  24. Hidden Treasure (p. 239)
  25. Biddy Early - Hidden Treasure (p. 241)
  26. There lived a man whose name was James Mac Mahon. (p. 242)
  27. Good christians young and old give ear into my scroll... (p. 243)
  28. Grabber in Granatooha (p. 244)
  29. Story About a Fort (p. 245)
  30. Strong Man (p. 246-247)
  31. Good Walker (p. 248-249)
  32. Stories of the Famine Days (p. 251-252)
  33. On the 15th day of August in the year of '93 ¶ Heart-rending was the news that spread through this locality (p. 253-255)
  34. In the summer of the year of 1893 a crowd of people left Kerry for a day to Kilkee. (p. 256)
  35. Beautiful Town of Kilrush (p. 257)
  36. County Council Election in Clare in June 1911 as Mentioned in the L.G.B. Blue Book (p. 258-260)
  37. Pishogues (p. 261-262)
  38. Riddles (p. 263)
  39. Riddles (p. 263-264)
  40. Riddles (p. 265-266)
  41. Mermaid of the Sea (p. 267-281)
  42. Once upon a time there lived three boys and their three mother. (p. 282-288)
  43. About a hundred years ago a man in Querrin below Kilkee fell sick and was in danger of death. (p. 291)
  44. In the penal days when priests could not say Mass in the churches it was necessary for them to say Mass in the open. (p. 293)
  45. Knockerra N.S. opened on the 1st January 1839. (p. 294-295)
  46. St. Senan was coming out from Scattery Island one day after saying mass and he forgot his mass book, (p. 296)
  47. A man lived in Knockerra named Dan Troy. (p. 297-298)
  48. An old man named Paddy Noonan lived in Coolminga. (p. 299-300)
  49. The first motor cars came to Kilkee on the 15th August 1901. (p. 301)
  50. Changeling Story (p. 303)
  51. Changeling Story (p. 303)
  52. An old man named Tady Clancy lived in this parish about fifty years ago. (p. 304)
  53. There lived in the west of Co Clare a man named Hedderman who had a great stutter. (p. 305)
  54. Improvised Oil Lamp (p. 306)
  55. Mushrooms when gathered and cooked by grilling over red-hot griosach had a lovely taste. (p. 306)
  56. From the school door and looking west, we can see a cattle shed which was originally a public house and afterwards was used as a church before the present church was built in Knockerra. (p. 307)
  57. In years gone by a Schooner was passing on the River Shannon near Killimer having for her cargo gold bars. (p. 309)
  58. Once upon a time there was a women who made a bargain with the devil in order that she could steal butter. (p. 311)
  59. Story about Biddy Early (p. 313-314)
  60. Once their lived in Knockerra a man named Tomín O Brien who was a great athlete and he fought in the Crimian war. (p. 315)
  61. A man named Martin Doyle lived in Dooneil in the parish of Killimer. (p. 316)
  62. Long ago there a man and his wife. (p. 317)
  63. Family Names (p. 318)
  64. The parish of Knockerra and Killimer has no public-house, no bakery, no tailor, no shoe-maker. (p. 319)
  65. Stories about Biddy Early (p. 323)
  66. Biddy Early (p. 324)
  67. Biddy Early (p. 325)
  68. In olden time Knockerra and over as far as (p. 326-327)
  69. Gabha Rua (p. 329)
  70. There is a field back in Carrowfree. (p. 331)
  71. The people of Doonbeg were going on Sundays to the sea picking seaweed and they would not go to Mass. (p. 331-332)
  72. There was a man in Kilcarrol whose name was Hartney. (p. 333-334)
  73. At the time of the famine the white boys used to come out and tell the people to give the potatoes to anyone who would come for them. (p. 335)
  74. Down in Vandeleur's wood there is a well dedicated to St Senan an it is particularly noted for a cure for sore eyes. (p. 336)
  75. There was a rich man called Studdert living in Clonderalaw one time. (p. 337)
  76. In olden times St Martin day 11th November nobody used to work but a family of the Brew's who were Protestant's (p. 338)
  77. We have a field in our farm at Granatooha and for years past in the memory of the eldest inhabitants it used to be ploughed for tillage. (p. 339)
  78. I know where there is a haunted bush and a most remarkable one. (p. 340)
  79. Regular Daghdha Mór (p. 341-342)
  80. Cure for Telling Lies (p. 343)
  81. In the famine days there lived a poor man. (p. 344)
  82. There was a man one time who lived in the parish of Killimer in the townland of Ballymcrinan. (p. 345)
  83. Mrs Martin Walshe lived in Moyadda, near Kilrush. (p. 345)
  84. Iarthar Chontae an Chláir (p. 349-351)
  85. Mantle So Green (p. 352-354)
  86. Young Bessie's Fate (p. 355-359)
  87. Tom Trawly walked 27 miles to Spancil Hill with filly. (p. 363)
  88. Campaigning from Mutton Island for Scully (tenant) Landlord Stacpoole. (p. 364)
Origin information
Knockerra, Co. Clare
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Type of Resource
Physical description
1 chapter (vol. 629, p. 197-364)
English  irish  
Folk beliefs   linked data (afset)
Manners and customs   linked data (lcsh)
Occupations   linked data (lcsh)
Folk poetry   linked data (lcsh)
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Land use   linked data (lcsh)
Treasure troves--Folklore
Historic sites   linked data (lcsh)
Ringforts   linked data (lcsh)
Early, Biddy, 1798-1874   linked data (naf)
Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852
Agriculture   linked data (lcsh)
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
Mermaids   linked data (lcsh)
Dissenters, Religious--Legal status, laws, etc.
Roads   linked data (lcsh)
Traditional medicine   linked data (lcsh)
Names, Personal--Folklore
Rites and ceremonies   linked data (lcsh)
Smithing   linked data (afset)
Secret societies--Ireland
Jokes   linked data (lcsh)
School location
KnockerraCnoc DhoireKilrushMoyartaClare
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Original reference: 0629/2

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"The Schools' Manuscript Collection: County Clare schools," held by the National Folklore Collection UCD. © Digital content by University College Dublin, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>
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Metadata creation date: 2014/2016 — Metadata created by Fiontar, Dublin City University, in collaboration with the National Folklore Collection UCD and UCD Library. Original Fiontar metadata converted into MODS by UCD Library.

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