Allenwood, Robertstown

Abstract: A collection of folklore and local history stories from Allenwood, Robertstown (school) (Allenwood, Co. Kildare), collected as part of the Schools' Folklore Scheme, 1937-1938 under the supervision of teacher Seán Ó Clúmháin.

Original reference: 0775/1

In collection The Schools’ Collection : County Kildare schools

  1. A battle is said to have been fought in a field in Mr Thomas Dowling's land. (p. 001)
  2. A churndash dressed up with ribbons was put standing on kitchen floor on 31st of January. (p. 001)
  3. A banshee follows the family of Ó Braonáin... (p. 001)
  4. To cure a sty in the eye... (p. 001)
  5. To cure warts... (p. 002)
  6. To cure ringworm. (p. 002)
  7. Ass shoe or horse shoe over the door is good luck. (p. 002)
  8. Pádraig Mc Cárthaig cures headache by tying cloth around head. (p. 002)
  9. John Gill of Killlina cures baby's sore mouth by blowing breath and saying prayers. (p. 003)
  10. Lighted Candle is put on the window on Xmas Eve. (p. 003)
  11. Finn Mac Cumhaill leaped from Allen Hill to Ballentine. (p. 003)
  12. The house where muintir Wilkinson live was a hospital in famine times. (p. 004)
  13. Ballyteague + Littletown used to play gamess at a place called 'the flash'. (p. 004)
  14. The parish priests of Allen parish as far as living memory goes are... (p. 004)
  15. Anne Saimers evicted O'Connors from Crosspatrick (p. 004)
  16. The six oldest tombstones in Crosspatrick graveyard are. (p. 004)
  17. An old man named Davy Woods used to play the bagpipes here 50 years ago. (p. 005)
  18. A road made of hazel was found in the bog at Allenwood South. (p. 005)
  19. There is a castle in Ballyteague... (p. 005)
  20. There was a well called St Colmans well on Hill of Allen at Carrick. (p. 005)
  21. A man (a shoemaker) named Stephen Colbert lives at Monasterevan and can play 200 reels and 200 jigs on pipes. (p. 005)
  22. They used to dress up a hawthorn bush on May 1st and put it before door. (p. 005)
  23. There was a monastery in Crosspatrick and John Price's house is built on ruins of it. (p. 005-006)
  24. 15th October was Bonfire Night. (p. 007)
  25. There is a well on the Hill of Allen. (p. 007)
  26. There is a place in Mr Chandler's land. (p. 007)
  27. There is a stone at Ticknevin Carbury. (p. 007)
  28. There is a well in Mrs Alicia Blakes land at Allenwood North. (p. 007)
  29. There is a well, now closed... (p. 007)
  30. Any woman who is married to a second husband who has the very same name as her first husband can make bread that cures whooping cough. (p. 007)
  31. To cure warts... (p. 008)
  32. If you threw salt in the fire you'd have bad luck for seven years. (p. 008)
  33. If you break a mirror you'll have 7 years bad luck. (p. 008)
  34. Put horseshoe under hay when a hen is hatching. (p. 008)
  35. A tree called 'Barbary Bark' cures yellow jaundice. (p. 008)
  36. Mrs Maggie Dunne of Back Road Allenwood... (p. 008)
  37. A daughter whose father died before she was born... (p. 008)
  38. If you burn an alder... (p. 008)
  39. If A hits B with an elder twig... (p. 009)
  40. If you walk under a ladder.. (p. 009)
  41. Tea leaves floating on top of a cup of tea denote visitors. (p. 009)
  42. A bright spark on candle pointing towards you... (p. 009)
  43. If you find any iron thing on road... (p. 009)
  44. The road by Lowtown is haunted. (p. 009)
  45. A man in Carbury named Keogh. (p. 009)
  46. When candle is lighting... (p. 009)
  47. There is a field near Joseph Hebert's in Grangeclare West. (p. 010)
  48. There's a lone bush in Mr Edward Logan's farm Allenwood. (p. 010)
  49. A priest saw a ghost in the Back Road. (p. 010)
  50. Allenwood new school is said to be haunted. (p. 010)
  51. A dog with no head is seen in Mr W. Wilkinson's yard. (p. 010)
  52. The dead coach goes over Rathangan bridge every night. (p. 010)
  53. A car with no driver... (p. 011)
  54. A man named Jack Sales was coming from Robertstown. (p. 011)
  55. A little woman is seen at 'the tunnel' in Lowtown. (p. 011)
  56. Jack Wyse saw the fairies on the Allenwood road... (p. 011)
  57. People carry the corpse around the graveyard three times. (p. 011)
  58. A priest was crossing Lullymore in the penal times. (p. 011)
  59. There is a field in Lowtown called friar's park... (p. 012)
  60. Story (p. 012)
  61. Riddle (p. 013)
  62. Story (p. 013-014)
  63. Story (p. 014-015)
  64. Story (p. 015)
  65. Story (p. 016)
  66. Story (p. 016)
  67. Story (p. 017)
  68. There are subterranean passages from the houses in front of the chapel in Rathangan Co. Kildare to the Rath. (p. 018)
  69. Before the 1798 rising there was a monastery in Grangeclare... (p. 018)
  70. The Tinklers from Rathangan and Bill Skally and Bourke from Naas and Jack Young from Naas were Bailiffs. (p. 019)
  71. The names of some birds are... (p. 019)
  72. There were churches in Rathernan... (p. 019)
  73. There was a graveyard in Alenwood North... (p. 019)
  74. There were two races of people called verbs and proverbs. (p. 019)
  75. The names of some old pipers I remember are... (p. 019)
  76. There used to be bonfires everywhere on 29th of June in memory of St. John the Baptist and Herod's Decree. (p. 019)
  77. 1798 (p. 020)
  78. When a young couple would get married... (p. 020)
  79. One night a man was going home with a horse and car. (p. 020-021)
  80. There was a man who had 2 greyhounds and he was very fond of hunting with them. (p. 021-022)
  81. People used to make a 'boxty cake'... (p. 022-023)
  82. There was a woman who had a child. (p. 023-024)
  83. An Irishman couldn't make a living in Ireland so he went to England with about £30. (p. 024-025)
  84. Finn McCool threw a stone from the Hill of Allen... (p. 026)
  85. A woman named Anne James was evicted from a place in Lowtown... (p. 026)
  86. The wooden mugs long ago were called noggins. (p. 026)
  87. There is a small stream in Ballyteague... (p. 026)
  88. The Protestant families were brought to Kilmeague... (p. 026)
  89. The football long ago used to be made of a plaited straw rope... (p. 026)
  90. Some friars had a hut in Friar's Park... (p. 027)
  91. Story (p. 027)
  92. Poem (p. 027)
  93. Prayer (p. 028)
  94. Story (p. 028)
  95. Story (p. 028)
  96. Story (p. 028)
  97. A man one day was cutting down a lone bush for fencing on his farm in Grangeclare West... (p. 029)
  98. Story (p. 029)
  99. The parish priest in Allen during the mission in 1886 was Fr. O'Farrell. (p. 030)
  100. The bonfire in Ballyteague... (p. 030)
  101. A red-haired woman is unlucky... (p. 030)
  102. There was a great faction fight in Littletown between Ballyteague and Allenwood. (p. 030)
  103. There used to be a fair in Kilmeague. (p. 030)
  104. A man named Thomas Farrell kept a hedge-school in Ballyteague. (p. 030)
  105. White spots on the nails... (p. 030-031)
  106. There was a man one time. (p. 032)
  107. There is a house in Newtown and the people used to the be very fond of playing cards. (p. 032-033)
  108. A man named John Moore in Ballyteague... (p. 034)
  109. There is a field in Mrs Nolan's lands... (p. 034)
  110. A woman named Mrs Moran had a school where Kelly's are living now. (p. 034)
  111. There is a place in Everett's at the Ford Bridge where there was a lot of water... (p. 034)
  112. A game called 'Beat the Bull' used to be played at wakes. (p. 035)
  113. There is a well in Mr Thornton's field... (p. 035)
  114. A black pig is supposed to have run across the bog before the '98 rising and nobody could catch it. (p. 035)
  115. To make blast ointment get some grounsel and marsh mallows and a plant called 'the blast herb'. (p. 036)
  116. There used to be a bonfire in Mr Quinn's field on the 29th of July. (p. 036)
  117. Story (p. 037-039)
  118. There is a well near the Hill of Allen called Father Moore's Well. (p. 039-040)
  119. The names of the fields in Mr Dowling's Farm are... (p. 040)
  120. Fionn Mac Cumhaill threw a stone from the Hill of Allen and it landed on the Curragh. (p. 040)
  121. Some people say it is unlucky to open an umbrella in a house. (p. 040-041)
  122. Michael Clenton a native of Boston had a sister and she did not like going for the water after working hours. (p. 042)
  123. Michael Clenton a native of Boston had a sister and she did not like going for water after working hours. (p. 042)
  124. Between Dowling's gate and Bagnell's a dog is seen every night... (p. 042-043)
  125. In one of the chapels in Carbury a priest died and he came back every night. (p. 043-044)
  126. In the corner of one of the Dowling's fields there was a graveyard... (p. 044)
  127. In the dún at Logan's there was a well and a fish was put into it... (p. 044)
  128. Story (p. 045)
  129. One night Phil Doyle went to the bog. (p. 045-046)
  130. Story (p. 047)
  131. One night my uncle, Patrick Regan was coming home from the town of Kildare. (p. 048-049)
  132. Once upon a time, there was a girl working in Lullymore house. (p. 049-050)
  133. In Pluckerstown there was a woman the cloicín dearg. (p. 050-051)
  134. Story (p. 052-053)
  135. Story (p. 054-055)
  136. Story (p. 055-056)
  137. One night at late hours a man from Baliteague was walking along the canal bank. (p. 056)
  138. A man that was crossing a field at night had to jump a small ditch. (p. 056-057)
  139. A man that was very fond of playing cards used to go a long distance to play cards. (p. 058)
  140. Long ago a crowd of old men met together in a public house. (p. 058-059)
  141. In Lowtown there was a house by the name of Dunne's. (p. 060)
  142. Long ago in olden times when people believed in fairies... (p. 061-062)
  143. One summer a bird of a dark colour and with a cross on his bill... (p. 063-065)
  144. Old Trades (p. 066)
  145. Old Trades (p. 066-067)
  146. Old Trades (p. 067-068)
  147. There used to be a fair in Kilmeague long ago. (p. 068)
  148. There was a public house in Ballyteague... (p. 069)
  149. If two people were swopping things and if one of the articles was not as good as the other... (p. 069)
  150. Whit Monday is a bad day for buying... (p. 069)
  151. One of the different kinds of bread made long ago was précás. (p. 069-070)
  152. Story (p. 070-071)
  153. A Verse That the Wren Boys Say Is: (p. 071)
  154. An Old Saying Is: (p. 072)
  155. To cure warts... (p. 072)
  156. Churning (p. 072-073)
  157. There is a rath in Mr Chandlers field in Grangeclare West. (p. 074)
  158. There is another rath in Mr Price's field near Robertstown. (p. 075-076)
  159. Story of the Man with Two Humps (p. 076-077)
  160. The tailors long ago worked in their own houses... (p. 078-079)
  161. There is a large dent in the wall of our house. (p. 080)
  162. If anyone knits or stitches on Sunday... (p. 080)
  163. There is a field in Mr Thornton's in Ballyteague called the 'Fuarnán field'. (p. 080)
  164. The first thing that is cooked in a new saucepan... (p. 080)
  165. There were more people round here before the famine. (p. 081-082)
  166. The 15th of August and the 25th of March are both called 'Lady Day'. (p. 082-083)
  167. The water in which the feet have been washed is never left in the house in the night-time. (p. 083-084)
  168. Before there were any postmen the people would have to go to the post office for their letters. (p. 085)
  169. 'A game called 'handy cum Bandy which hand is it in?' (p. 085)
  170. Story (p. 085-087)
  171. Bread long ago was made from wheat, oats and rye. (p. 087-089)
  172. To cure warts... (p. 089-090)
  173. There were a lot of trades carried on long ago. (p. 090-092)
  174. We have a churn at home. (p. 092-094)
  175. Clothes (p. 095-096)
  176. Fairy Forts (p. 096-097)
  177. There was a grocers shop long ago in James Brennan's in Grangeclare. (p. 097-098)
  178. When potatoes are overcooked... (p. 098-099)
  179. A piece of iron is put in the fire while playing cards to bring luck. (p. 099)
  180. If there is a dead person in the house... (p. 099)
  181. If a dog comes in with a straw fastened to him... (p. 099)
  182. Every morning, the custom was... (p. 099-100)
  183. Famine (p. 100-101)
  184. A game I like is blind man's buff. (p. 101-102)
  185. Farm Animals (p. 102-103)
  186. Boots (p. 103-104)
  187. Food (p. 105-106)
  188. Birds (p. 107-109)
  189. There were many trades round here long ago. A man named Peter Phillips who resided in Robertstown in a house next to the national school was a nailer. (p. 109-111)
  190. Buying and Selling (p. 111-112)
  191. Bread (p. 112)
  192. Story (p. 113-114)
  193. Fairy Forts (p. 114-115)
  194. Fairy Forts (p. 115-117)
  195. Clothes (p. 117-119)
  196. Famine (p. 119-120)
  197. Festivals (p. 121)
  198. Christmas Day (p. 122)
  199. Fairs (p. 122-123)
  200. The names of some of the birds that live here are... (p. 123-125)
  201. Long ago the bread was made from oatmeal. (p. 125-127)
  202. Strange Animals (p. 127-128)
  203. Bread (p. 128-130)
  204. Old Cures (p. 130-131)
  205. Old Trades (p. 131-133)
  206. Long ago people around here had to pay tithes to the protestant minister in Kilmeague. (p. 133-134)
  207. James Carew was a member of Parliament for North Kildare. (p. 134)
  208. Churning (p. 134-135)
  209. Buying and Selling (p. 135-137)
  210. Old Cures (p. 138-139)
  211. Emblems (p. 139-141)
  212. Churning (p. 142-144)
  213. Clothes (p. 144-145)
  214. Lucky Days and Unlucky Days (p. 145-146)
  215. Funny Story (p. 146-148)
  216. Festivals (p. 148-151)
  217. Farm Animals (p. 151-153)
  218. Forge (p. 153-154)
  219. Once every month there are fairs held in Naas, Kildare, Newbridge and Edenderry. (p. 154)
  220. Birds (p. 155-157)
  221. Bread (p. 157-158)
  222. There are a lot of Old Cures and old people think themselves as good as doctors. (p. 158-159)
  223. There used to be a market in Robertstown... (p. 159-160)
  224. Churning (p. 160-162)
Origin information
Allenwood, Co. Kildare
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1 chapter (vol. 775, p. 1a-162)
Folklore--Ireland--Kildare (County)
Traditional medicine   linked data (lcsh)
Banshees   linked data (lcsh)
Hordeolum   linked data (lcsh)
Warts   linked data (lcsh)
Ringworm   linked data (lcsh)
Headache   linked data (lcsh)
Thrushes   linked data (lcsh)
legendary creatures   linked data (afset)
Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852
Land use   linked data (lcsh)
Whooping cough   linked data (lcsh)
Folk beliefs   linked data (afset)
Jaundice   linked data (lcsh)
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
Ringforts   linked data (lcsh)
Ireland--History--Rebellion of 1798
Cemeteries   linked data (lcsh)
Rites and ceremonies   linked data (lcsh)
Folk poetry   linked data (lcsh)
Prayers   linked data (lcsh)
Verbal arts and literature   linked data (afset)
Manners and customs   linked data (lcsh)
Schools   linked data (lcsh)
Dissenters, Religious--Legal status, laws, etc.
Gangs   linked data (lcsh)
Commerce   linked data (lcsh)
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Wake services   linked data (lcsh)
Geographical myths   linked data (lcsh)
Clothing and dress   linked data (lcsh)
Treasure troves--Folklore
Agriculture   linked data (lcsh)
Occupations   linked data (lcsh)
Pentecost Festival   linked data (lcsh)
Saint Stephen's Day   linked data (lcsh)
Butter   linked data (lcsh)
Signs and symbols--Ireland
Recreation   linked data (lcsh)
Animal culture   linked data (lcsh)
Shoes   linked data (lcsh)
Christmas   linked data (lcsh)
local legends   linked data (afset)
Jokes   linked data (lcsh)
Smithing   linked data (afset)
School location
AllenwoodFiodh AlúineAllenwoodKilmeageConnellKildare
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