Abstract: Story collected by Bridie Ryan, a student at Árd-achadh (C.) school (Ardagh, Co. Limerick) from informant John Ryan.

Original reference: 0487/2/71

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County The Schools' Manuscript Collection : County Limerick Schools

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Riddles [duchas:4913264]

What has a head and body and no more? Ans. A bob
Why should a hen never have untidy feathers? Because she carries a comb with
What ship do we all like to avoid? Hardship
What is it that never asks questions yet requires many answers? The door bell.
Why is the sun like a dough?
Because it is light when it rises.
Why is a bank like music?
Because they are both full of notes.

Riddles [duchas:4913265]

Why is a miser like a man with a bad memory?
He is always forgetting.
When is water fat?
When it is dripping.
What does an envelope say when it is licked?
It shuts up and says nothing about it.
Where can the miserable always find sympathy?
In the dictionary.
Why is a card player always in good company?
Because he plays with Kings and Queens.
Why should hungry go to the Sahara?
Because of the sand (sandwitches) there
When is a penny like a hermit?
When it is a loan.
When it is a bad, should you lose your temper?
When it is a bad one.

Origin information
Ardagh, Co. Limerick
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 128-129
Volume 0487
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Máire Ní Mhadagáin.
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
School location
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0487/2/71

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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_4935373>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Máire Ní Mhadagáin.
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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