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Collection of Riddles

Abstract: Story collected by a student at Árd-achadh (B.) school (Ardagh, Co. Limerick) from informant Mr Tim Scanlan.

Original reference: 0487/1/2

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Scanlan, Mr Tim

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A Collection of Riddles [duchas:4913139]

Information Collected from Mr. Tim Scanlan.
1 Under the fire and over the fire and it never touches the fire
Ans:- A cake in an over.
2 I threw it up a ball of white and it came down a ball of yellow.
Ans:- An egg.
3 Through a ruck,
Through a reel,
Through an old spinning wheel,
Through a horse's shin-bone
Riddle me that and leave me alone.
Ans:- A cannon ball going through the field of battle.
4 The man that made it never wore it and the man that wore it never saw it.
Ans:- A coffin
5 What part of the cow goes over the ditch first?
Ans:- Her breath

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6 As I sat on the stool,
To gather my tools,
"You fool, you fool,
Many is the blackhole you went in.
Ans:- A pen and ink
7 As round as an egg as deep as a cup all the men, in Kanturk couldn't take it up.
Ans:- A well.
8 Twenty six sheep went out a gap twenty white and twenty black, six and  seven twice eleven three and two how much is that.
Ans: Five.
9 On gravel I do travel
I steel I do stand
I rode a mare that never foled
And held a bridle in my hand.
Ans:- An engine
10 It goes with the car
It comes with the car
And it never does any good to the car.
Ans:- The noise of the axle
11 There is a house on top of the hill and in

A Collection of Riddles [duchas:4913141]

that house there is a press and in that press there is a cup and in that cup there is sup which every one must taste.
Ans: Death.

Origin information
Ardagh, Co. Limerick
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 004-006
Volume 0487
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Anraoi Musgrave.
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
School location
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0487/1/2

Suggested credit
"A Collection of 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 <>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Anraoi Musgrave.
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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