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Camross, Mountrath

Abstract: A collection of folklore and local history stories from Camross, Mountrath (school) (Camross, Co. Laois), collected as part of the Schools' Folklore Scheme, 1937-1938 under the supervision of teacher Pádraig Ó Heifearnáin.

Original reference: 0827/1

In collection The Schools’ Collection : Laois county schools

  1. Anvil (p. 005-007)
  2. Axe (p. 007-008)
  3. Plough (p. 008-009)
  4. A sprong is used mostly around the farmyard... (p. 010)
  5. How to Make a Zigzag Harrow (p. 011-012)
  6. How to Make a Horseshoe (p. 012-014)
  7. Slane (p. 014-016)
  8. Long ago there was a great mill at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains. (p. 016-018)
  9. Swing (p. 018-019)
  10. A Flail (p. 019-020)
  11. Long ago there was a great old Factory in a place called Ballinrally. (p. 021-022)
  12. Long ago there was a shop in a place called Gort na gCloch. (p. 023-026)
  13. Long ago there was a shop called the Butcher shop near a place calles Motans Grove. (p. 026-029)
  14. Years ago the big people has the shooting of the game on the Slieve Bloom Mountains. (p. 029-031)
  15. Long ago, a farmer sent his son John to the fair with a cow. (p. 031-033)
  16. Dresser (p. 034-036)
  17. Long ago there was a little shop or hotel on the top of Glenkit Mountain. (p. 037-039)
  18. Farmer's Life (p. 040-041)
  19. Churn (p. 041-042)
  20. Signs of Rain (p. 043-045)
  21. There was once an old woman and a old man who had one only son John. (p. 045-047)
  22. Long ago there was an old man living in a little hut near Glencondra. (p. 047-050)
  23. Spinning-Wheel (p. 051-052)
  24. There is an old house not very from Glenkitt. (p. 053-056)
  25. Long ago they had a thing for sorting potatoes. (p. 056-057)
  26. Young Wolfe Tone (p. 058-061)
  27. Long ago there was an old woman living in a little house at the foot of a mountain. (p. 062-064)
  28. Long ago there was a little house or shop near a place called Mon na Sup. (p. 064-067)
  29. Once upon a time there was an old hut or house in a valley on the top of Glenall Mountain. (p. 067-068)
  30. St Molua (p. 069)
  31. Story (p. 070-071)
  32. I wish to tell you all the animals that we have on our farm. (p. 071-072)
  33. Dash Churn (p. 073)
  34. The following are the things on our farm... (p. 074-075)
  35. These are the things that are in a forge. (p. 076-077)
  36. Long ago there lived a man in a small house in the mountains. (p. 077-079)
  37. These are the things on our farm: (p. 080-081)
  38. Farmer's Working Year - General Work (p. 082-087)
  39. Turnip Machine (p. 087-089)
  40. Skillet (p. 090)
  41. Crane (p. 091)
  42. Pot (p. 092)
  43. Kettle - A Teapot (p. 093)
  44. Scythe (p. 094-095)
  45. Hedge-Clipper (p. 096)
  46. Shears (p. 097)
  47. Wheelbarrow (p. 098-099)
  48. Baker (p. 100)
  49. Mealtime (p. 100-102)
  50. In June the people starts to cut the turf. (p. 103-104)
  51. Dibbler (p. 105-106)
  52. Pulper (p. 106-107)
  53. We have a hay-rake at home. (p. 107-111)
  54. Fishing Rod (p. 111-112)
  55. One day I thought of a plan and made a fishing bag. (p. 113-115)
  56. Trees, Shrubs and Weeds (p. 115-117)
  57. One Storey Thatched Houses (p. 118-122)
  58. Proverbs (p. 123)
  59. About one hundred yards North West of Clonohill cross there is a rath in the Fields. (p. 124-126)
  60. Cage (p. 127)
  61. Knapsack (p. 128)
  62. Snare (p. 129-130)
  63. Long time ago there lived a very holy man in a little hut on a hill... (p. 130-132)
  64. Story (p. 132-134)
  65. Story (p. 134-135)
  66. Story (p. 136)
  67. Hive of Bees (p. 137-138)
  68. Roller (p. 139)
  69. Hand Rake (p. 140)
  70. Boiler (p. 141-142)
  71. Drill Harbour (p. 142-143)
  72. Vice (p. 144-145)
  73. Turnip Chopper (p. 145-146)
  74. There was once a man coming home from Coolrain. (p. 146)
  75. Hand Digger (p. 147-149)
  76. Reaping Hook (p. 149-150)
  77. Old Turnip Sower (p. 150-151)
  78. Bellows (p. 151-152)
  79. Milk Pan (p. 152-153)
  80. There was once a man who was threshing with a flail. (p. 153-154)
  81. There lived a long ago a very rich man. (p. 154-156)
  82. Long ago there was a man named Mr Conlon... (p. 156-157)
  83. 8 cows 4 horses 24 sheep... (p. 158)
  84. There was once a man coming home from rambling. (p. 158-159)
  85. Long ago it is said that there was a castle on the top of a hill. (p. 159-162)
  86. There was a great road passing at the back of the Slieve Bloom mountains. (p. 162-165)
  87. There is a great story told about an old woman who had an old white ass. (p. 165-167)
  88. Micky Matty had a hen... (p. 168)
  89. There was once a man coming from rambling in the night. (p. 168-169)
  90. Story (p. 170)
  91. Story (p. 170-174)
  92. There was a man one time and he got a job. (p. 174-175)
  93. My name is Pat Ó Donnell from the county Donegal... (p. 175-178)
  94. There was a little house well thatched with straw. (p. 179-180)
  95. There was once a tailor who was very poor, there was a rick man living near the tailor. (p. 180-181)
  96. There was a man one time going from Coolrain to his home with another man. (p. 181-183)
  97. There lived an old man in a small house long ago. (p. 183-184)
  98. Story (p. 185)
  99. One night there was a man coming home from rambling. (p. 186-187)
  100. I wish my heart was made of glass... (p. 188)
  101. Once upon a time and a very good time... (p. 188-189)
  102. There were a crooked man Who went a crooked mile... (p. 189-190)
  103. Without title (p. 190-193)
  104. I come from the haunts of coote and hern... (p. 193-194)
  105. Monday night I lost my wife... (p. 195)
  106. One night there was a man going home from rambling across the fields. (p. 196-197)
  107. There was once a man living in the Pike before motor-cars , or trains, or buses were running. (p. 197-198)
  108. When you are old and ugly... (p. 199)
  109. When I was young, And had no sense... (p. 199-200)
  110. There lived long ago a very old man not very far from Clareen cross. (p. 200-202)
  111. God made man and man made money... (p. 202-205)
  112. One night a man was coming home from Mountrath on his bicycle. (p. 205-206)
  113. Micky Dooley had a cat. (p. 206-208)
  114. All the men and money... (p. 209)
  115. One day I met Mary Ann, Tuesday Mary Jane... (p. 209)
  116. Weeper Weeper Chimney sweeper... (p. 210)
  117. Dear Grandma I hope you are well... (p. 211)
  118. Standing stone is called a Cloch Stadadh in Co. Laois. (p. 211)
  119. Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth... (p. 212)
  120. Marry in blue your wish will come true... (p. 212-213)
  121. There was once a man and his wife who had two children. (p. 214-215)
  122. There was a rath in Tuarthan where the fairies lived long ago. (p. 216-217)
  123. Brightly shines the morning star. (p. 218-219)
  124. Rundy Mundy born on Monday Christened on Tuesday... (p. 219-220)
  125. Diamonds cut diamonds and diamonds... (p. 220)
  126. A Year ago I used to be As good a man as you could see... (p. 220-222)
  127. A whistling woman and a crowing hen wont have luck till dear knows when. (p. 223)
  128. See saw margery Daw... (p. 223)
  129. See saw Margery Daw... (p. 223)
  130. My motto sits in the arm chair... (p. 224)
  131. On Height Sunday the people gather the heather on the height to make "Bosoms". (p. 224)
  132. Times may change in (every) many ways... (p. 225)
  133. Patience is a virtue... (p. 225)
  134. Slieve na mBan Mountains (p. 226-227)
  135. High mass high money... (p. 228)
  136. Work hard and work easy... (p. 228-229)
  137. Roses are red, Violets are blue... (p. 230)
  138. In your journey through life, Should you need an Umbrella... (p. 230-231)
  139. The grand old Duke of York He had so many men... (p. 232-233)
  140. Story (p. 233-234)
  141. When Cock crows in at the open door: sign of bad luck. (p. 234)
  142. Sign of Good Luck to meet an ass early in the morning. (p. 235)
  143. Anything born on a Whit Sunday is unlucky... (p. 235)
  144. Read forward or backward I am spelled just the same. (p. 236)
  145. An Ulster city for foremost find. (p. 236)
  146. The primal is the final No man can deny. (p. 237)
  147. Dear James a well known animal For primal part you'll take. (p. 237)
  148. My pen is now trite and I scarcely can write... (p. 238)
  149. A measure or a number neat... (p. 239)
  150. Wee Willy Winkle never says his prayers... (p. 239)
  151. Bob in a bob in babo Where can the thrushes go through the east through the west... (p. 240)
  152. If a hen crows in the night it means very bad luck. (p. 240)
  153. Bury one, bury two and the third will bury you. (p. 240)
  154. If you are mimicking when the clock strikes you will be mimicking all the days off your life. (p. 240-241)
  155. A priest asked a boy what kind of potatoes he was picking... (p. 241-242)
  156. My father and mother were Irish... (p. 242)
  157. Story (p. 242-243)
  158. Long ago there lived a man on Sl. Bladhma. (p. 244-246)
  159. Wise men think alike... (p. 246-247)
  160. Long ago there lived two men in a big house for themselves. (p. 247-248)
  161. Rhymes on Saint Stephen's Say in Camross (p. 249)
  162. Rhyme about the Magpies in Camross (p. 250)
  163. Goosie, Goosie gander, Where do you wander... (p. 250-251)
  164. Hayseed Barrow (p. 252-253)
  165. Guinesse's stout is good no doubt... (p. 254)
  166. Oh the sadness of a woman when she's sad... (p. 254-255)
  167. Knapsack (p. 255-256)
Origin information
Camross, Co. Laois
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
1 chapter (vol. 827, p. 1-256)
English  irish  
Folklore--Ireland--Laois (Ireland)
Agriculture   linked data (lcsh)
Verbal arts and literature   linked data (afset)
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Folk poetry   linked data (lcsh)
Folk beliefs   linked data (afset)
Jokes   linked data (lcsh)
Schools   linked data (lcsh)
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852
Manners and customs   linked data (lcsh)
School location
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0827/1

Suggested credit
"The Schools' Manuscript Collection: Laois county 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.
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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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