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Riddles Heard Locally

Abstract: Story collected by a student at Ballycanew (2) school (Ballycanew, Co. Wexford) (no informant identified).

Original reference: 0890/1/1

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County The Schools' Manuscript Collection : County Wexford Schools

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Riddles Heard Locally [duchas:5005148]

Riddles heard locally

I washed my face with water
That never rained or run
And I dried it with the towel
That was never wove or spun.

Answer: May dew and the sun

Little white bird featherless
Flew away from Paradise
Lit on castle wall
Little Lady Landless
Picked her up handless
Swallowed her mouthless
And away went all.

Ans: The Snow.

Black Jack leaped over the ditch
Full of bones and none of his own.

Ans: Boot and Man's Foot.

Riddles Heard Locally [duchas:5005149]

My father gave me seed to grow
The seed was black, the ground was white
Riddle me that again tomorrow night.

Ans: Writing with ink on paper.

Origin information
Ballycanew, Co. Wexford
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 002-003
Volume 0890
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Caitlín Maybury.
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
School location
BallycanewBaile Uí ChonnmhaíBallycanewBallycanewGoreyWexford
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0890/1/1

Suggested credit
"Riddles Heard Locally"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 Caitlín Maybury.
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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