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Abstract: A collection of folklore and local history stories from Clonyhurk (school) (Clonyhurk, Co. Offaly), collected as part of the Schools' Folklore Scheme, 1937-1938 under the supervision of teacher J. Mason.

Original reference: 0803/1

In collection The Schools’ Collection : County Offaly schools

  1. "Cearc" to a hen. (p. 001)
  2. The name of the ruling Irish family or clan not certain but supposed to be "Dempsey". (p. 002)
  3. It seems that the only person who remembered the Famine was Daniel Dunne father of Mrs McKenna. (p. 003)
  4. The local "estate" was that of "Warburton" Garryhinch. (p. 004-006)
  5. There used to be what was called "The Gooseberry Fair" held every year in Cloneygowan. (p. 007)
  6. There are only three families nick-named in this district. (p. 008)
  7. Without title (p. 009-010)
  8. There are no battlefield sites in this district, and no fords or traditions about them. (p. 011-013)
  9. The above Terence McKenna is a son of Peter McKenna by his first wife. (p. 014-015)
  10. About 500 or 600 yard beyond The O Dempsey Castle of Cloneyhurke but on the other side of the lane is a field belonging to Mr Meredith, a Protestant farmer, whose farmstead is quite close to the ruins of the castle. (p. 016)
  11. Boxty bread used to be commonly used in this locality. (p. 017-018)
  12. The prod of a gooseberry thorn was supposed to cure a sty in the eye. (p. 019-023)
  13. Night Prayer (p. 024-025)
  14. Toothache Prayer (p. 024)
  15. Kate Dunne, wife of Daniel Dunne, had the "Wild Fire". (p. 026-027)
  16. Raths (p. 028-029)
  17. Raths (p. 030-033)
  18. Pishogues (p. 034-037)
  19. Wakes and Funeral Customs (p. 039-040)
  20. The woman who handed the following down was a sister to Daniel Dunne and lived in the same house as he did which is situated by the road only about 80 or 90 yards from this school and about 100 yard from the Teacher's Residence in which I live. (p. 041-045)
  21. Banshee (p. 046)
  22. In this district the number "13" is regarded as being unlucky. (p. 052-053)
  23. The road by this school runs north from Garryhinch Cross to Cloneygowan. (p. 054-058)
  24. Richard Warburton (i.e. the "last" Warburton) was married twice. (p. 059)
  25. At Garryhinch Cross there stands what is called "The Preaching House". (p. 060)
  26. In the old churchyard in Cloneyhurke I could find only two tombstones. (p. 061-062)
  27. The oldest tombstone which I have been able to discover in the old churchyard at Portnahinch is dated 1773. (p. 063-064)
Origin information
Clonyhurk, Co. Offaly
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
1 chapter (vol. 803, p. 1A-64)
Manners and customs   linked data (lcsh)
Rites and ceremonies   linked data (lcsh)
Recreation   linked data (lcsh)
Names, Personal--Folklore
Hordeolum   linked data (lcsh)
Prayers   linked data (lcsh)
Toothache   linked data (lcsh)
Ringforts   linked data (lcsh)
Agriculture   linked data (lcsh)
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Banshees   linked data (lcsh)
Roads   linked data (lcsh)
Historic sites   linked data (lcsh)
Cemeteries   linked data (lcsh)
School location
ClonyhurkCluain Dá ThorcClonyhurkClonyhurkPhilipstown UpperOffaly
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Original reference: 0803/1

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