Abstract: A collection of folklore and local history stories from Adamstown (school) (Adamstown, Co. Wexford), collected as part of the Schools' Folklore Scheme, 1937-1938 under the supervision of teacher Donnchadh Cuirtéis.

Original reference: 0899/5

In collection The Schools’ Collection : County Wexford schools

  1. Ballad - The Ballyshannon Lane (p. 257-259)
  2. Adamstown Races (p. 260-265)
  3. Ballad (p. 265-266)
  4. Stories (p. 267-269)
  5. There was a man coming home from Adamstown (Co Wexford Bantry) one night about a hundred years ago, and he was a bit boosey. (p. 270-271)
  6. A long time ago a man died in Hayestown (Taghmon, Co Wexford, Bantry) sitting up in his bed. (p. 272)
  7. There was an old woman named Mrs Kelly who lived in Adamstown, Bantry, Co Wexford. (p. 273)
  8. There was a certain man one time who lived in Galbally. (p. 274)
  9. There was a man one time and his name was Nolan. (p. 275)
  10. Two young men went to a dance one night. (p. 276)
  11. One day about twenty years ago, I went to my uncle's house, with an ass to get a car. (p. 277)
  12. About thirty years ago a young man was going to the fair, and before he started from home he went to the well. (p. 278)
  13. There was a girl by the name of Catherine Reddy. (p. 279-280)
  14. In olden times there did only two Catholics families live in the town of Old Ross (Ballinaboola Co Wexford). All the rest of the people were called Palentines. (p. 281-282)
  15. In the sixties of the last century there lived a small farmer in Misterin (Adamstown Co Wexford) named Pat Bradey. (p. 283-284)
  16. Some years ago a man by the name of Jones had a tan-yard in New Ross (Co Wexford Barony of Bantry). (p. 285-286)
  17. Long ago an old tinker by the name of Tom Swaine used to go around Adamstown mending things at houses. (p. 287)
  18. I was out rambling and begod it was late and I coming home. (p. 288)
  19. About a century ago, there was a bonfire at Nash, Newbawn, Co Wexford, Barony of Shelbourne. (p. 289)
  20. A crowd of young men went to hunt one day, and it was getting dark when they went to an old castle to dig for a badger. (p. 290)
  21. A man named Micheal Hayes was coming home from a neighbour's house one night. (p. 291)
  22. Once upon a time there was an old rath in which there used to be fairies. (p. 292)
  23. There was a light seen in Mr John O'Gorman's field nearly every night. (p. 293)
  24. About a hundred years ago two fellas used to be in the habit of rambling to a certain house in Newtown (Adamstown, Co Wexford). (p. 294-295)
  25. There was a wake in Hayestown, Taghmon, Co Wexford, Bantry a very long long time ago. (p. 296-297)
  26. One time not very long ago, there lived two ould persons, Dick and Biddy at one side of Taghmon. (p. 298-299)
  27. There is an old graveyard on Mr Byrne's land (Doonooney Adamstown, Co Wexford). (p. 300-303)
  28. There is an ould stone in Mary Foley's ditch on the Coolnagree side of the road. (p. 304)
  29. There was a certain man going home from Adamstown, and he met a girl coming down the Leap road one night. (p. 305)
  30. There were protestants lived in a house in Ballybrennan where Mr Deacon now lives. (p. 306)
  31. There is an ould house in Ballybrennan. (p. 307)
  32. There is a stone standing out of a piece from the ditch in a field in Coolnagree and another stone out on the road. (p. 308)
  33. There was a man by the name of John Furlong who lived in Scullabogue (Newbawn Co Wexford). (p. 309-310)
  34. There was a wake held in an old house one time. (p. 311)
  35. Long ago an ould man be the name of Tom Byrne and his wife Biddy lived in Doonooney. (p. 312)
  36. There was a man be the name of Quirke who lived down in Macmine. (p. 313)
  37. There was often a black dog seen over on a path someplace about Kellystown. (p. 314)
  38. There was often men with tall red hats seen in Roche's rath Assegart Foulksmills. (p. 315)
  39. There was a priest one time who lived near Ballymitty. (p. 316)
  40. There was a man named Pat Chapman of Barmoney coming home late one night. (p. 317)
  41. There were five fellas going to a dance one night. (p. 318)
  42. There was a little house in Byrne's castle meadow near where the chapel was in Doonooney. (p. 319)
  43. An ould fella lived in Taghmon by the name of Jim Keegan the blacksmith. (p. 320-321)
  44. Brooms - Food and Trades (p. 322)
  45. Flails (p. 323)
  46. Pipes (p. 324)
  47. Candles (p. 325)
  48. Long ago in my district the people used different food from what they use at present. (p. 326)
  49. Long ago people made potatoe cakes, barley cakes and oaten cakes, and had them to eat. (p. 327)
  50. Candles (p. 328)
  51. Buried Treasure (p. 329-330)
  52. There is an ould rath near our house, and there is said to be money buried in it. (p. 331)
  53. There is an ould ruined castle situated in Knockreigh, Adamstown. (p. 332-333)
  54. Well you asked me for a story; here is one. (p. 334-335)
  55. I am going to tell you a story about some cowards, who went to dig for money in the castle (Traceystown, Taghmon, Co Wexford). (p. 336-337)
  56. In the ould rath that is on this farm, there is a large mound, on which grows blackthorns. (p. 338-339)
  57. There is a river called the "Boro" which separates the townslands of Wilton (Bree Co Wexford) and Ballinadara (Davidstown Co Wexford). (p. 340-341)
  58. There is an old field situated in Barmoney Bree and it is said that there are two giants buried in this field, and when they were dying they brought their treasures with them. (p. 342-343)
  59. I often dug in the ould rath but I never found anything in it. (p. 344)
  60. There is an ould field in this locality, and there is said to be money buried in it. (p. 345)
  61. In the year 1798 two Irish soldiers were going to France to join the Irish Brigade. (p. 346)
  62. There is an old castle at Knockreigh, Adamstown, Barony of Bantry, Co Wexford. (p. 347)
  63. Long ago a man named Wat Evoy dreamt three nights after one another, that there was a crock of gold buried in a field of my fathers called the gorteen. (p. 348-349)
  64. There were two farmers living in Cloughbawn Enniscorthy one time. (p. 350-351)
  65. Names of Fields (p. 352-366)
  66. Weather-Lore (p. 367-369)
  67. Riddles (p. 370-375)
  68. Stories (p. 376-377)
  69. The worst place in Ireland is at Byrne's of Doonooney. (p. 378)
  70. Do you know where the cottage is at the butt of the Hill of Kellystown? (p. 379)
  71. An ould woman lived near Browner's of Camross, Foulksmills, Co Wexford (Bantry). (p. 380)
  72. Ould Jim Cullen and his wife were goin' to town one day and when they were goin' down the hill of Brownstown... (p. 381)
  73. Jim Colfer always called his wife "The Madam". (p. 382)
  74. There was a poor man with a wife and family. (p. 383)
  75. There was an old woman living in Newbawn and she had a son in Kilbarney and he come home to her one day and says he... (p. 384)
  76. Folklore (p. 385-386)
  77. There was a man wan time and he went to buy a calf from another man. (p. 387)
  78. There was a man wan time and he was mowing down a field of hay. (p. 388)
  79. There was a fella be the name of William Hornick, who lived in Kilgarvan. (p. 389)
  80. There was a man wan time an' he was lookin' for lodgin' and he got it in a farmer's place. (p. 390)
  81. Long ago there was a woman, she was very rich, and she had a lot of jewellery an' when she was dying she brought it all wid her. (p. 391)
  82. Long ago there was a bonfire at Nash an' wan evenin' there were a lot of people dancin' around it. (p. 392)
  83. There was a man by the name of Paul Roche from Barmoney, Bree, an' he was comin' home from ramblin' wan night. (p. 393)
  84. One evening as I was comin' home from town, I saw a lepracaun in a marigold field, and just as I was near him, I took my eye off him, an' he disappeared. (p. 394)
  85. I was pumpin' my bike at the bridge of Scar wan night, an' I heard a big roar, an' I looked around an' I saw a little man about two foot high... (p. 395)
  86. There was a woman by the name of Biddy Murphy (Faree, Foulksmills, Co Wexford). (p. 396-398)
  87. There lived in Rathkyle a very pretty girl named Miss Cox, and there were many who wished to marry her. (p. 399-401)
  88. Two ould people lived in Coolnagree, be the name of Phil and Mary Jackman. (p. 402)
  89. Some time ago there used to be a black dog seen on the Kellystown road, between Ger Gorman's and the Leap. (p. 403-404)
  90. There was a man wan time who was reared as a pet. (p. 405-406)
  91. There wor two men wan time and they stole I think about twelve pounds of mate. (p. 407)
  92. There was an' ould man an he was supposed to be a brother of this other Quirke fella I have mentioned in the other story. (p. 408)
  93. Uncle Bob stopped with his aunt in Ballymurren. (p. 409-410)
  94. Mesef an' yer father was goin' up the lane wan night a past the ould kiln. (p. 411)
  95. Chapel Field (p. 412)
  96. Sir Richard Devereux (formerly of Carrigmannon, Glynn, Co Wexford) is buried in the old mound in the centre of Adamstown Graveyard. (p. 413-414)
  97. I was goin up the lane wan night wid the dog. (p. 415)
  98. '98 Stories (p. 416)
  99. Some time before the Battle of Horetown, in the year of seventeen hundred and ninety eight, there was a young insurgent, who wanted to get a horse. (p. 417)
  100. There was an ould woman and her crippled son living alone in Laegawn, Clongeen, Co Wexford where Mr Roche now lives. (p. 418)
  101. Shortly after the rebellion of 1798, Michael Dwyer, the Wicklow chieftain, met a representative of the Hume family... (p. 419-420)
  102. Michael Dwyer's followers about the time of this incident had dwindled down to about a dozen. (p. 421)
  103. There was an ould woman be the name of Kitty Sheekin who lived in Raheenduff (Adamstown Co Wexford). (p. 422-423)
  104. There was a woman wan time be the name of Mary Evoy who lived in Coonogue (Adamstown, Co Wexford). (p. 424)
  105. One night there was a man be the name of Joseph Doyle comin home from ramblin' from Shelin. (p. 425)
  106. There was a man be the name of James Kehoe comin' home from ramblin' wan night, an' he saw a light comen through the fields in the distance... (p. 426)
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Adamstown, Co. Wexford
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1 chapter (vol. 899, p. 257A-426)
Folklore--Ireland--Wexford (County)
Folk poetry   linked data (lcsh)
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Wake services   linked data (lcsh)
Jokes   linked data (lcsh)
Cemeteries   linked data (lcsh)
Manners and customs   linked data (lcsh)
Schools   linked data (lcsh)
Agriculture   linked data (lcsh)
Land use   linked data (lcsh)
Occupations   linked data (lcsh)
Treasure troves--Folklore
local legends   linked data (afset)
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
Evil eye   linked data (lcsh)
Ringforts   linked data (lcsh)
Leprechauns   linked data (lcsh)
Dissenters, Religious--Legal status, laws, etc.
Ireland--History--Rebellion of 1798
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AdamstownMaigh ArnaíAdamstownAdamstownBantryWexford
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