Travelling Folk

Abstract: Story collected by Meta McCormack, a student at Tagoat school (Tagoat, Co. Wexford) from informant Mrs Margaret McCormack.

Original reference: 0879/4/18

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"Travelling people" still call to the local houses, and they have been doing it for years.  Mrs. Connors, Mickey Connors and their family are the most common "travelling people" in this district and they were well-off farmers at one time but they had to give up their farms.

They sell small articles such as tea-drawers, quarts, pints, gallons, mirrors and laces.  Sometimes the local people buy from them and they usually charge a few pence more than the shop prices.  They usually make the tea-drawers, quarts, pints, and gallons themselves, and they buy the mirrors in the shops.

The Connors family is in most houses welcome, as it is a decent family, but other parties are very annoying and they often cause such a disturbance that they are seldom given anything.  Sometimes they go from place to place and stay for a few days in each place, but other times they go away the same day as they come.  Sometimes they put canvas over their

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carts and sleep under them.  Other times they sleep under the carts, and they often sleep under canvas, which they put over the shafts of the carts.  Sometimes they bring some food with them and at other times they beg at the houses for some.  At the farmers houses these "travelling people" beg for money, tea, sugar, milk, and bread and butter.  Sometimes they ask for the price of tea, and they often ask for the price of drink.  In some houses they beg for clothes.

Very seldom these people are seen travelling on foot but they drive in pony carts and the poor ones travel in donkey-carts.  They travel in families and bands, each family consisting of about ten people and each band consisting of about fifty people.

The best known "travelling people" in this district are Connors, Cashes, and Berrys.  They mostly visit it at Christmas, in the Summer, at Easter and for the "pattern" and fair days.

Some of the parties bring stories from different places such as those stories about the "banshee" and the

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local people used to go to their camps to hear them but they do not do it at present.

Origin information
Tagoat, Co. Wexford
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 096-098
Volume 0879
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Pádraig Coilféir.
Irish Travellers (Nomadic people)   linked data (lcsh)
Travellers--An lucht taistil
School location
TagoatTeach GótTagoatKilscoranForthWexford
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0879/4/18

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"Travelling Folk"in "The Schools' Manuscript Collection," held by University College Dublin, National Folklore Collection UCD. © University College Dublin. Digital content by: Glenbeigh Records Management, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Pádraig Coilféir.
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.
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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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