Abstract: A collection of folklore and local history stories from Stamullen (school) (Stamullen, Co. Meath), collected as part of the Schools' Folklore Scheme, 1937-1938 under the supervision of teacher Áine, Bean Uí Ghamhna.

Original reference: 0685/6

In collection The Schools’ Collection : County Meath schools

  1. Names of Fields (p. 303-306)
  2. Stamullen (p. 307)
  3. Stamullen (p. 307)
  4. Tubberstool Well (p. 308)
  5. It is stated that there was a charity boiler that used boil porridge for the people at the time of the famine... (p. 308)
  6. How Picket Hill Got its Name on the Farm of Mr T. McCourt Stamullen (p. 309)
  7. It is stated that Cromwell brought his cannon to Picket Hill and blew the roof of the old Church in Stamullen grave-yard. (p. 309)
  8. How the Rebel's Field Got its Name (p. 310)
  9. At one time Mr Purfield's and Mrs Filgate's land was all under flax. (p. 310)
  10. There was a big flour mill and a furze mill where the mill yard in Stamullen is now. (p. 310)
  11. There are three holes in the fields belonging to Mrs Filgate where they used to steep the flax grown, in Kilbrickstown and Stedalt. (p. 311)
  12. Gormanstown (p. 311-313)
  13. In the Castle grounds there are very ancient Cloisters situated. (p. 314)
  14. There is a great underground passage about two miles long in Headland Way (a field in the Gormanstown Demesne... (p. 314)
  15. There is a wood called Hopyard in the Gormanstown Demesne where Hops were grown years ago. (p. 314-315)
  16. There has always been a legend about the Gormanstown family that foxes leave their neighbouring coverts and... (p. 315-316)
  17. During Cromwells invasion of Ireland when advanceing to take possession of Gormanstown Castle his soldiers... (p. 316-318)
  18. The time of the priest hunting in Ireland it is said that Lord Gormanstown used to hide a priest. (p. 318-319)
  19. Near Ardcath, there is a place called Whiteparks In one of the fields there is a lios coverd with furze. (p. 319)
  20. There were two men named Lamb and Duff hanged on Mullaghteeling for stealing 5s.9d. (p. 320)
  21. In Claremount, owned by Colemans, situated in the townsland of Ratholland there used to be a graveyard... (p. 320)
  22. On Mr Curtis's farm in Gormanstown there is a big stone in one of the fields and there is supposed to be money buried under it. (p. 321)
  23. In the time of Cromwell there was a battle fought in a field at Dardistown which ended in the taking of Dardistown Castle... (p. 321-322)
  24. There are three very large stones in the village of Greenanstown called Jack Stones. (p. 323)
  25. In the year 1933 there was a Chalice found in Tullock wood. (p. 323)
  26. There used to be a village from Tullock to Giblockstown long ago. (p. 324)
  27. Years ago there were two men named Lamb and Duff hanged on Mullaghtelling for not being able to pay 5s.9d. (p. 325)
  28. There are two turn pike gates on the Stamullen Gormanstown road where long ago everyone had to pay to get past. (p. 325)
  29. It is said that when Cromwell was going to take Gormanstown Castle he rested at the "Cock Inn", (a public house owned Mr. Michael Mc Cabe)... (p. 326)
  30. When Cromwell was marching to Wexford after taking Drogheda he stopped at Gormanston Castle for one night... (p. 327)
  31. At Gormanstown the mail coach was robbed by Collier the robber. (p. 327)
  32. From underneath Mosney house a cave runs to Chapel Castle an ancient burial ground about a mile from Julianstown. (p. 328)
  33. Some of the Danes are supposed to have landed in Ireland at Gormanston. (p. 329)
  34. It is said that when the Danes came to Ireland they built caves in a field called Headland Way in the Gormanston Demesne to hide in. (p. 330)
  35. It is said that Cromwell's soldiars stopped in a field in the Gormanston Demesne called the Avenue. (p. 331)
  36. In Gormanstown Castle there are shoulder straps with a brass buckle and printed on them is "The Gormanstown Infantry... (p. 332)
  37. It is said that Matties Wood (a wood on the Gormanstown Estate) is called after the man who built Gormanstown Castle. (p. 333)
  38. In Gormanstown there is a Granny stone, (opposite the Castle gates). (p. 334)
  39. When St Patrick came to Ireland on his first Mission he is supposed to have built his first church in the valley... (p. 335)
  40. Years ago there were two men hanged on Mullaghteeling for not being able to pay 5s.9d. (p. 336)
  41. Lamb and Duff were hanged on Mullaghteeling on the shaft of a truck for stealing 8 1/2d. (p. 337)
  42. There is a tree in Picket Hill and it is called the Mass tree, because in the Penal Days the Priests used to say Mass under that tree. (p. 338)
  43. There is a cave in Matties Wood and it is said that the Priests used to hide in it at the time of the Priest hunting in Ireland. (p. 339)
  44. There is a well called St. Patrick's Well below Benhead. (p. 340)
  45. The old road to Dublin was through the village of Gormanstown and the Mail Coaches used to go that way and get... (p. 341)
  46. There were three families evicted by the Gormanstown Estate namely, Flynns of Cockhill (Stamullen) Fulhams... (p. 342)
  47. When Fulhams lived in Stamullen they kept a bakery. (p. 343)
  48. There is a river at the back of the Castle called the Dairymaids river, because the Dairymaids used to wash their cans in it. (p. 344)
  49. There is a tree in Gormanston ground and it is supposed to be some what like the tree Judas hanged himself on and it is called the Judas tree. (p. 345)
  50. There was a basket maker in Ashbourne. (p. 346)
  51. Michael Collier was born the Spot in Lisdornan. (p. 347-348)
  52. There is the remains of an old inn in Balscaddan. (p. 349)
  53. There is a wood in Gormanston Demesne called the Drummonds wood. (p. 350)
  54. In the year 1798 there was a hang man called Hempenstall. (p. 351)
  55. The Cloisters in the Gormanston Demesne are made of yew trees. (p. 352)
  56. There was flax grown in Stedall some years ago. (p. 353)
  57. There used to be a school in Gormanstown village and the teacher's name was Caffrey. (p. 354)
  58. In olden days the road leading through Gormanstown Village was the main road from Dublin to Belfast... (p. 355-356)
  59. Collier the robber used to live in the vicinity of Lisdornan at a place called the Spot. (p. 357-359)
  60. On another occasion when the police were prsuing Collier, he saw a man working in a field. (p. 360)
  61. Local Cures (p. 361-369)
  62. Local Cures for Cattle (p. 370-371)
  63. Weather Signs (p. 372-377)
  64. Local Beliefs (p. 378-381)
  65. Riddles (p. 382-393)
  66. Local Shipwrecks (p. 394-395)
  67. Mrs. Laura Dunphy, Stamullen, was told by her Grandfather that on the night of the Big Wind the door of their house... (p. 396)
  68. It was customary to give a night's lodging to "travellers" on the road... (p. 397-400)
  69. The unoccupied house in front of Stamullen school belonged to a family named Long. (p. 401-402)
  70. On olden times fairies used to frequent the fields, I often heard the old people say, that there was a circus one night... (p. 403-405)
  71. Once upon a time, there was a man who had a family. (p. 406-408)
  72. Old Prayers (p. 409-410)
  73. Games - Pussy Four Corners (p. 411-412)
  74. Games - Ghost in the Garden (p. 412-415)
  75. Games - Buttons (p. 415-416)
  76. Games - Rookem Rawkem (p. 417-418)
  77. Games - Tip and Tig (p. 418-419)
  78. Games (p. 419)
  79. Games - Hide and Seek (p. 419-420)
  80. Games - Hell, Heaven and Purgatory (p. 420-421)
  81. Games - Skittles (p. 421-422)
  82. There are two graveyards in this parish Stamullen and Moorchurch. (p. 423)
  83. Hidden Treasure (p. 424)
Origin information
Stamullen, Co. Meath
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Type of Resource
Physical description
1 chapter (vol. 685, p. 302-424)
Schools   linked data (lcsh)
Manners and customs   linked data (lcsh)
Dissenters, Religious--Legal status, laws, etc.
Cromwell, Oliver, 1599-1658   linked data (viaf)
narratives   linked data (afset)
Treasure troves--Folklore
Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852
Historic sites   linked data (lcsh)
Signs and symbols--Ireland
legendary creatures   linked data (afset)
Roads   linked data (lcsh)
Brigands and robbers   linked data (lcsh)
Patrick, Saint, 373?-463?  
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Traditional medicine   linked data (lcsh)
Veterinary therapeutics   linked data (lcsh)
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
Shipwrecks   linked data (lcsh)
Prayers   linked data (lcsh)
Recreation   linked data (lcsh)
Cemeteries   linked data (lcsh)
School location
StamullenSteach MaoilínStamullenStamullinDuleek UpperMeath
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