Abstract: Story collected by a student at Bailieboro (Model) school (Bailieborough, Co. Cavan) from informant Mr Jameson.

Original reference: 1011/2/1

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County The Schools' Manuscript Collection : County Cavan Schools

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Riddles [duchas:5067362]

1. A I went through a guthery gap I met my uncle Davy, I pulled him down and sucked his blood and left him lying ''asy''? a haw
2. Long legs, short thighs, wee head and no eyes? Tongs
3. A little house without any doors on windows but plenty of food inside of it? An egg
4. What is full and holds more? A pot of potatoes when you put water on them.
5. What goes from house to house and does not go in? A path
6. Why is a pig in a parlour like a house on fire? Because the quicker they are put out the better.
1. A sheet full of crumbs and a bonnock of bread. What is that? The moon and the stars.
2. My face is black, but much admired, men wrought at me till they were tired, they broke my back, they fried my face, they took me from my little place. 
A turf
3. What has a mouth but never speaks, a bed but never lies in it, and no legs yet it runs?
A river.
4. A man went out to view the skies, He saw a tree with apples on,

Riddles [duchas:5067363]

He took no apples off, and he left no apples on, how many apples were on the tree.
5. I have a little house, and it wouldn't hold a mouse,
and it has as many windows as the Lord Mayor's house. A timble.
6. What grows in the wood, sounds in the town, and earns its master many a pound? A fiddle.
Mr. Jameson, medical Hall, Bailieborough, Co.Cavan.
Down on the carpets.
Down on the carpets, where we meet, 
Where the grass grows round your feet,
Stand up, stand upon your feet
and choose the one you love so sweet.
Now they're married, life and joy.
First the girl and secons the boy,
Seven years after, seven years to come,
O! Georgie, Georgie, kiss and run.
all the players stand in a ring, with a boy in the centre. as they sing the song, he takes out a girl, and at the last big line of the song, he kisses her. The song starts again, but this time the girl takes a boy, and is on.
Sally Sally Water.
Sally Sally water, sitting in the sea,

Origin information
Bailieborough, Co. Cavan
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 047-048
Volume 1011
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher A. Ó Dubhda.
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
Informant location
BailieboroughCoill an ChollaighBailieboroughBailieboroughClankeeCavan
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 1011/2/1

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"Riddles"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 <https://doi.org/10.7925/drs1.duchas_5097877>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher A. Ó Dubhda.
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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