Local Roads

Abstract: Story collected by Kathleen Mounsey, a student at Aonach Urmhumhan, Clochar na Trócaire school (Nenagh, Co. Tipperary) from informant Mr J. Mounsey.

Original reference: 0534/2/47

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Mounsey, Mr J.
Clashnevin (Townland)
Ballymackey (Civil parish)
Ormond Upper (Barony)
Tipperary (County)

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The Dublin Road leads from Limerick to Dublin via Nenagh. This was the "Old Coach Road" and there were several toll-houses on the road some of them were removed as they were erected at dangerous corners. One at Islandbanw still remains. A number of roads lead off this road to different places and in former day some of these roads were only what are called "Bridle Paths" which you could only travel with a saddled horse.
The Ballymackey Road leads

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from the Dublin Road to the village of Ballymackey. The Norwood Road leads from the Dublin Road via Norwood to Kilkeary. The Rathurles Road leads from the Dublin Road down by Rathurles and joins the Nenagh to Cloughjordan Road which leads to Moanfin. The Knockalton Road leads from the Dublin Road to the Nenagh - Thurles Road near Knockalton Road. All these are very old roads and I do not know when they were made. There are no mountain passes in this District nor there are no paths that I know of.
There are several by ways. One leads from the Ballymackey Road to Ballinree and is now as the Newtown Road. Another leads from the Ballymackey Road to

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Hermitage and is now a the Hermitage Road. On some of these roads there are bridges across rivers and before the bridges were built there was a shallow crossing places known as Fords. I do not know any local customs connected with the cross roads.
Old people will tell you at all Cross Roads in this locality the people would collect in the evenings and one crowd would be dancing, another crowd playing marbles, another group playing cards and various other games would be going on. This would be when the population was more than twice as much as it is now and the summer evenings a big crowd would collect at the nearest Cross Roads and especially on a Sunday.

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evening. I never heard of any Mass Paths in this district.

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Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
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p. 406-409
Volume 0534
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher An tSr. Celestine.
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"Local Roads"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_4953855>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher An tSr. Celestine.
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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