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St Mary's, Buncrana

Abstract: A collection of folklore and local history stories from St Mary's, Buncrana (school) (Buncrana, Co. Donegal), collected as part of the Schools' Folklore Scheme, 1937-1938 under the supervision of teacher Máire, Bean Uí Bhraonáin.

Original reference: 1111/4

In collection The Schools’ Collection : County Donegal schools

  1. Weather Signs (p. 363-364)
  2. Marriage Customs (p. 365-366)
  3. One Early Morning (p. 367)
  4. Riddles (p. 368-369)
  5. Riddles (p. 370-371)
  6. Old Cures (p. 372-373)
  7. Led Astray (p. 374-375)
  8. Taken Away by Fairies (p. 376-377)
  9. Meals of the People Long Ago (p. 378-380)
  10. Superstitions (p. 381-382)
  11. Superstitions (p. 383-384)
  12. Grinding of the Corn (p. 385-386)
  13. Flax (p. 387-389)
  14. Story (p. 390-394)
  15. Thatching (p. 395-396)
  16. Holy Wells and Mass Rocks (p. 397-400)
  17. Sloke (p. 401-402)
  18. Old Age Pensioners (p. 403-405)
  19. Proverbs (p. 406-407)
  20. Festival Customs (p. 408-409)
  21. Old Methods of Cooking (p. 410-411)
  22. Conundrums (p. 412-414)
  23. Turas (p. 415)
  24. Gentle Bushes (p. 416-417)
  25. Caves (p. 418-419)
  26. Fair Day Long Ago (p. 420-421)
  27. Landlord Days (p. 422-423)
  28. My First Shoes (p. 424-425)
  29. Famine (p. 426-429)
  30. Churning (p. 430-432)
  31. Long ago there were coats named walecoats and these were worn by the Donegal men when going up to Devy to beat the Orangemen. (p. 433-435)
  32. Grandma's Games (p. 436-437)
  33. Local Forts (p. 438-439)
  34. Story (p. 440-441)
  35. Buncrana and the District (p. 442-443)
  36. My Grandfather's Schooldays (p. 444-445)
  37. Local History (p. 446-448)
  38. Story (p. 449-451)
  39. Folklore (p. 452-453)
  40. Where Bricks Were Made (p. 454-455)
  41. Story (p. 456-459)
  42. Story (p. 460-461)
  43. Story (p. 462-463)
  44. The church at Cockhill is not built on the site where the foundation stone was first laid. (p. 464-465)
  45. The above mentioned lady says she always believed that a source of bogbean in Spring kept sickness and the doctor away for the rest of the year. (p. 466-467)
  46. It was believed in my young days that certain people could take the butter from the neighbours' milk, and put it in their own. (p. 468-469)
  47. She often heard strangers coming to this place talk about the bushes that are growing here and there through the fields. (p. 470-471)
  48. A few evenings ago I paid a visit to the house of the above named lady. She showed me a stone and asked me to observe it carefully. (p. 472-473)
  49. Olden Times (p. 474-475)
  50. Story (p. 476-477)
  51. When my Mother was a young girl she began, she and three neighbour girls were out walking on a Sunday evening. (p. 478-479)
  52. Castle - Buncrana (p. 480-481)
  53. Few Hours with the Old People (p. 482-483)
  54. Old Sayings (p. 484-485)
  55. When my Grandmother got married sixty-five years ago she went to live in a little house about a couple of miles from town. (p. 486)
  56. Story (p. 487)
  57. The old people took great care of their feet and seldom or never had corns. (p. 488-490)
  58. Story (p. 491-492)
  59. About seventy years ago two families lived in Slavery. (p. 493-494)
  60. Rambler from Clare (p. 495-497)
  61. There were two kinds of travellers many years ago. (p. 498-500)
  62. Local Poets (p. 501-503)
  63. Local Ruins (p. 504-505)
  64. Landlord Days in Ireland - Eviction of a Donegal Priest (p. 506-509)
  65. Somewhere in Donegal there is a hill where Fionn Mac Cumail and his best warriors are supposed to be sleeping. (p. 510-511)
  66. When he was a small boy he said he was hired and had to work very hard. (p. 512-514)
  67. Long ago there were many industries in this country. (p. 515-516)
  68. Long ago some people kept game cocks, and these were put to fight in certain places. (p. 517-518)
  69. At the Fireside (p. 519-521)
  70. Local Industries (p. 522)
  71. We often hear people say "Oh there is no fasting now" said an old lady and gave a description of her early time with regard to fast. (p. 523-524)
  72. Some of the names of the places around here are Irish and have some meaning. (p. 525-526)
  73. Long Ago (p. 527-528)
  74. Great Man Remembered (p. 529-530)
Origin information
Buncrana, Co. Donegal
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
1 chapter (vol. 1111, p. 363a-530)
Folklore--Ireland--Donegal (County)
Marriage   linked data (lcsh)
Folk poetry   linked data (lcsh)
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
Traditional medicine   linked data (lcsh)
Geographical myths   linked data (lcsh)
Folk beliefs   linked data (afset)
Occupations   linked data (lcsh)
Thatched roofs   linked data (lcsh)
Manners and customs   linked data (lcsh)
Proverbs   linked data (lcsh)
Commerce   linked data (lcsh)
Land use   linked data (lcsh)
Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852
Butter   linked data (lcsh)
Clothing and dress   linked data (lcsh)
Ringforts   linked data (lcsh)
belief   linked data (afset)
Jokes   linked data (lcsh)
Agriculture   linked data (lcsh)
Irish Travellers (Nomadic people)   linked data (lcsh)
Historic sites   linked data (lcsh)
School location
BuncranaBun CrannchaBuncranaFahan LowerInishowen WestDonegal
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 1111/4

Suggested credit
"The Schools' Manuscript Collection: County Donegal schools," held by the National Folklore Collection UCD. © Digital content by University College Dublin, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>
Supported by funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ireland), University College Dublin, and the National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann), 2014-2016.
Record source
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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