Seosamh Naomhtha

Abstract: A collection of folklore and local history stories from Seosamh Naomhtha (school) (Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal), collected as part of the Schools' Folklore Scheme, 1937-1938 under the supervision of teacher An Bráthair Naiti.

Original reference: 1028/1

In collection The Schools’ Collection : County Donegal schools

  1. Surnames of Pupils on Rolls in St Joseph's School, Ballyshannon, from Year 1929 (p. 2-3)
  2. Without title (p. 4-6)
  3. How Ballyshannon Got it's Name (p. 7)
  4. Priest of Carricknahorna (p. 7)
  5. Falls of Assaroe (p. 7)
  6. Cairbre Sets Dog on St Patrick (p. 7-8)
  7. Abbey Assaroe (p. 9)
  8. Scéalta (p. 10)
  9. Scéalta (p. 11)
  10. Scéalta (p. 12)
  11. Scéalta (p. 13)
  12. Scéalta (p. 14)
  13. Scéalta (p. 15)
  14. Scéalta (p. 16)
  15. Scéalta (p. 17)
  16. Scéalta (p. 18)
  17. Roads (p. 19)
  18. Ford (p. 20)
  19. Mass Rocks (p. 21)
  20. Priests (p. 21)
  21. Duel (p. 22)
  22. When the road from Ballyshannon to Belleek was first made it was built nearer the river Erne that the present one. (p. 23)
  23. The Townland of Laubin Lee is situated about two miles East of Ballyshannon. (p. 24)
  24. There was a woman named Caitlín who was coming from Belleek direction towards Ballyshannon with two creels of turf on a horse's back. (p. 25)
  25. Many years ago I knew a big house near Belcoo belonging to a local gentleman. (p. 26-27)
  26. Nearly everybody know that in most districts of Ireland the people use peat of turf for heating purposes. (p. 28)
  27. About nintey years ago in a house in Ballymagrorty about a mile from Ballintra a crowd of fifty Protestants were gathered to shoot a priest names Father Dan Kelly. (p. 29)
  28. Near (Ballintra) Ballymagrorty there is a place called Barnaderg. (p. 30)
  29. Once there was a man who had a sick calf and he was afraid it would die. (p. 31)
  30. There is a tree growing on the top of a huge rock about one hundred yards from Caiseal Cross Co Fermanagh. (p. 32)
  31. There is a field about two hundred yards from Ballyshannon. (p. 33)
  32. There is a lake about half a mile outside Ballyshannon called Lough Braghan. (p. 34)
  33. Crock of Gold (p. 35-36)
  34. Why the Wren Flies Low (p. 37)
  35. Boor Tree (p. 38)
  36. Spring Well (p. 39)
  37. Without title (p. 40)
  38. A long time ago there was a blackthorn bush browning in a plantation about one mile from Ballyshannon. (p. 41)
  39. A long time ago a named Andy Green made candles on the Mall in the same place where Mr White has his shop. (p. 42)
  40. Once upon a time there were three old people named Madoles who lived somewhere between Ballintra and Donegal. (p. 43)
  41. In the townland of (Ball) Carrickboy there stands an old blackthorn which is said to be haunted. (p. 44)
  42. Long ago the sort of (brais) brush used was was about twenty pieces of heather tied tightly by a piece of string. (p. 45)
  43. Cure for Mumps (p. 46)
  44. Cure for Itch (p. 46)
  45. Cure for Chincough (p. 46)
  46. Cure for Warts (p. 46)
  47. Cure for Headache (p. 46)
  48. Cure for Sprain (p. 47)
  49. Cure for Zema (p. 47)
  50. About a mile outside Ballyshanon there is a circular hill with a cave in the centre and the people living near it call it the Dún hill. (p. 48)
  51. Outside Ballyshannon there are ruins of a church hidden behind a hill in which unbaptised children are buried. (p. 49)
  52. In a field outside Ballyshannon there is a big mound and a cave under the field leading up to it. (p. 50)
  53. Without title (p. 51)
  54. It is said that during the penal times that a priest while saying Mass in the Chapel at Cashelard about four miles outside Ballyshannon... (p. 51)
  55. It is said that while an officer was fighting with his wife caught her and threw her down three flights of stairs and killed her dead. (p. 52)
  56. There is a tree on the Rock in Mc Clenards field. (p. 53)
  57. It is said that in olden times there was a mound which was surrounded by stones at the bottom. (p. 54)
  58. Split Stone (p. 55)
  59. Kathleen's Falls (p. 56)
  60. In Mc Clellands Field now known as the 'Rock Enclosure, my Father tells me a story when he was a boy thirty years ago. (p. 57)
  61. Long ago up in the "Back Street" near where the soldiers cottages stand there were seven trees. (p. 58)
  62. Gulliver was a great Giant who lived on top of "Slieb Mish" mountain. (p. 59)
  63. In the old barracks now where Mr Cassidy has his public house there was a green lady. (p. 60)
  64. A few years ago now where the minister has his house out the Erin road there were fairies. (p. 61)
  65. There is a fairy rath in the townland of the cross roads near Killygarden in Co Donegal and if you walk over it at night.... (p. 62)
  66. About two miles outside the village of Blacklionon the Sligo road there is a field in which there is a magic sod. (p. 63)
  67. (About a) In the townland of Ballincarrick there is a mass rock which is situate in a little glen in the centre of a hazel wood. (p. 64-65)
  68. House and Things Relative to the House (p. 66)
  69. House and Things Relative to the House (p. 67)
  70. House and Things Relative to the House (p. 67)
  71. House and Things Relative to the House (p. 68)
  72. House and Things Relative to the House (p. 69-70)
  73. House and Things Relative to the House (p. 71)
  74. House and Things Relative to the House (p. 72)
  75. Rush Candle (p. 73)
  76. Rush Candle or Taper (p. 74)
  77. Rush Candle (p. 74)
  78. Tallow Candle (p. 74-75)
  79. Old-Fashioned Oil Lamp (p. 76)
  80. Old-Fashioned Oil Lamp (p. 77)
  81. Long ago the sort of brush used was about twenty pieces of k heather tied tightly with a pieces of string. (p. 78)
  82. The first oil lamps are remembered by many people and they were up to a few years ago in the country houses around Ballyshannon. (p. 79)
  83. House Leek (p. 80)
  84. Resin Candles (p. 80)
  85. Rush Candles (p. 80)
  86. Tallow Candles (p. 80-81)
  87. In olden times the English made a law that each window in your house had to be taxed, and if you were not able to pay the tax for each window.... (p. 82)
  88. Hunting (p. 83-84)
  89. The lights used in this country long ago were known as "Rush Candles". (p. 85-86)
  90. A rainbow in the morning is the Sheperd's warning... (p. 87)
  91. In this district the people have a large amount of folk-lore about the weather. (p. 88)
  92. When black snails appear in great numbers on the roads it is a sign of bad weather. (p. 89)
  93. When the mountains appear near or very blue it is a sign of rain and stormy weather. (p. 90)
  94. Signs of Rain (p. 91)
  95. Weather Signs (p. 92)
  96. Silver Bell of Assaroe (p. 93-94)
  97. There is a field about one hundred yards from Ballyshannon and it is said that there is a pot of gold hidden in the field. (p. 95)
  98. There is a field in which there is a lough and which is supposed to be full of gold. (p. 96)
  99. Once upon a time a man named Pat Connolly had the same dream as his wife for each of three nights after other. (p. 97)
  100. Once there was a man named Melby who lived in Finner. (p. 98-99)
  101. About two miles out the Belleek road there is to be seen a few large stones under which there lies the remains of a giant. (p. 99-100)
  102. When the Knather Lock now lies there is a hidden treasure. (p. 100-101)
  103. Cures (p. 101-102)
  104. Cures - Mumps (p. 103)
  105. Cures (p. 104)
  106. Cures (p. 104)
  107. Cures (p. 104)
  108. Cures (p. 105)
  109. Cures (p. 106-107)
  110. Cures (p. 107-108)
  111. Cures (p. 108)
  112. Cure for Warts (p. 109)
  113. Cure for the Mumps (p. 109)
  114. Cure for the Mumps (p. 110)
  115. Cure for Influenza (p. 110)
  116. Cure for the Whooping-Cough (p. 111)
  117. Cure for Warts (p. 111)
  118. Cure for the Hiccups (p. 111)
  119. Cures (p. 112)
  120. Cures (p. 113)
  121. Cures (p. 114-115)
  122. Cures (p. 115-116)
  123. Games (p. 116-117)
  124. Games (p. 118-120)
  125. Without title (p. 121-122)
  126. Four Corners (p. 123)
  127. Forfeits (p. 124)
  128. Blind Man's Buff (p. 125)
  129. Hide and Go Seek (p. 125)
  130. Hunting (p. 126)
  131. Boys Games (p. 127-128)
  132. Colours (p. 129)
  133. Imitations (p. 129)
  134. Queenie (p. 129-130)
  135. Ring a Ring of Rosy (p. 130-131)
  136. Leapfrog (p. 131-132)
  137. Travelling Folk (p. 133-134)
  138. Travelling Folk (p. 134-135)
  139. Travelling Folk - Weirs and Coons (p. 135-136)
  140. Travelling Folk (p. 137-138)
  141. Travelling Folk (p. 139)
  142. Travelling Folk (p. 140)
  143. Travelling Folk (p. 141-142)
  144. Travelling Folk (p. 143)
  145. Tinkers and Travelling Folk (p. 144-145)
  146. Travelling Folk (p. 146)
  147. Travelling Folk (p. 147)
  148. Heroes (p. 148-149)
  149. Heroes (p. 150-151)
  150. Heroes (p. 152)
  151. Heroes (p. 153)
  152. Heroes (p. 154-155)
  153. Heroes (p. 156)
  154. Heroes (p. 157)
  155. Heroes (p. 158)
  156. Strong Men (p. 159)
  157. There liven in Ballyshannon an old man who was noted for story-telling. (p. 160)
  158. Famine (p. 160-161)
  159. Famine (p. 161-162)
  160. Famine (p. 162-163)
  161. Famine (p. 164)
  162. Famine (p. 164-165)
  163. Famine (p. 166)
  164. Famine (p. 166)
Origin information
Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
1 chapter (vol. 1028, p. 1-166)
Folklore--Ireland--Donegal (County)
local legends   linked data (afset)
belief   linked data (afset)
Patrick, Saint, 373?-463?  
Historic sites   linked data (lcsh)
Religion   linked data (lcsh)
Traditional medicine   linked data (lcsh)
Manners and customs   linked data (lcsh)
Irish Travellers (Nomadic people)   linked data (lcsh)
Roads   linked data (lcsh)
Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852
Rites and ceremonies   linked data (lcsh)
Treasure troves--Folklore
Wrens   linked data (lcsh)
Verbal arts and literature   linked data (afset)
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
Occupations   linked data (lcsh)
Mumps   linked data (lcsh)
Whooping cough   linked data (lcsh)
Warts   linked data (lcsh)
Headache   linked data (lcsh)
Sprains   linked data (lcsh)
Ringforts   linked data (lcsh)
Agriculture   linked data (lcsh)
Folk beliefs   linked data (afset)
Candlemaking   linked data (lcsh)
Land use   linked data (lcsh)
Recreation   linked data (lcsh)
Hiccups   linked data (lcsh)
School location
BallyshannonBéal Átha SeanaidhBallyshannonInishmacsaintTirhughDonegal
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Original reference: 1028/1

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"The Schools' Manuscript Collection: County Donegal schools," held by the National Folklore Collection UCD. © Digital content by University College Dublin, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>
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