Abstract: A collection of folklore and local history stories from Lahinch (school) (Lehinch, Co. Clare), collected as part of the Schools' Folklore Scheme, 1937-1938 under the supervision of teacher Dónall Ó Ríordáin.

Original reference: 0621/4

In collection The Schools’ Collection : County Clare schools

  1. Not far from our house on the top of the cliff near the sea there is a little well, called St Senan's. (p. 301a-301)
  2. Rough Sketch of District (p. 302)
  3. About 100 years ago there was a practice among the people who lived by the sea shore at Bartra and Rineen. (p. 303)
  4. About 70 years ago, and not very far from Lahinch there was a man working in a field with a plough and a pair of horses. (p. 304-305)
  5. During the period of the late Anglo-Irish struggle a soldier who was stationed at Ennistymon was shot dead in an ambush near the gate of M. Ross Roses's house on the hill outside Lahinch. (p. 306-307)
  6. About 5 years ago a Miss Mary Davitt was bathing at Cregg near Lahinch. After her bathe she went out along the rocks picking periwinkles. (p. 308-309)
  7. Before O' Briens Bridge was built that is the bridge crossing the Inagh River near its mouth there a ford which the people used to cross when going to Liscannor from Lahinch. (p. 310-311)
  8. When Diarmuid and Grainne were 'on the run' they stayed for time in a farm which is now owned by a farmer named Mr Mac Mahon. (p. 312-313)
  9. There are 2 small lakes in the townland of Dough about a mile from the village of Lahinch. One is shaped like a heat and has a stream running out of it. (p. 314-315)
  10. In days gone by as the old people say Lahinch was not the seaside resort that it is now. (p. 316-317)
  11. Near the mouth of the Inagh river stands the ruin of an old castle. (p. 318-319)
  12. About a mile and a half from Lahinch there is a graveyard called Cillmanaheen. (p. 320-321)
  13. There is a little village about 2 and a half miles from Lahinch (S.E.). (p. 322-323)
  14. There was an old witch going around this locality one time whose name was Biddy Early. (p. 325)
  15. There was a man living in Tullygarvan, Lahinch one time whose name was Tommy Nagle R.I.P. (p. 325)
  16. There was a man one time whose name was Turlough Mac Stairn. (p. 327-331)
  17. There was a highway robber one time whose name was Delaney. (p. 332-333)
  18. Not many years ago there lived between Ennistymon and Lahinch a woman who was supposed to be a very bad living person. (p. 334-335)
  19. Not many years ago during the time of the Anglo-Irish war in Ireland there were lands of Irish military situated here and there. (p. 336)
  20. Up to the year 1831 it was all hedge-schools that were in this country as there was a price laid on teacher's heads, and they were forced to teach by a hedge. (p. 337-338)
  21. There was a man in service in this locality one time whose name was Jack Reynolds (R.I.P.). (p. 338-339)
  22. There was a beautiful hotel situated about 100 yards from Lahinch, and it was burned to the ground on the month of March 1934. (p. 339-340)
  23. About three miles from here there lived a man named Michael Queally (R.I.P.). He was a man that was very well known through the country as being a great weaver. (p. 341)
  24. In the olden times many people were able to cure all diseases, but today herbs or charms are not much used, because the people are not able to do the work. (p. 342)
  25. About thirty years ago there came a great storm which did great damage. (p. 343)
  26. The custom of Marriages in this part of the country has been changed within the past few years. (p. 344-345)
  27. About two miles from Lahinch, there is situated in the Moy district a blessed well called after St Anastatia. (p. 346-347)
  28. About four miles from Lahinch in the townland of Knockpatrick there is a man named Patrick Reynolds who was a noted mower. (p. 348)
  29. There are lots of people that come around the country from time to time called 'tinkers'. (p. 349-350)
  30. Some years ago, ther elived in Ballybeg an old man whose name was John Queally. (p. 351)
  31. Snaidhm na Péiste (p. 352-353)
  32. The Cure for breast bone trouble. When a person is ailing, losing appetite and the Doctors cannot find out what is really wrong, that person goes and has his breast bone raised by a person who knows how to do it. (p. 354-355)
  33. Cures (p. 357)
  34. In the long winter's night when children and sometimes elderly people are sitting around the fire, perhaps one of them suggests to play 'sharing the ring'. (p. 358)
  35. About half a mile from Lahinch there is an old ruin. (p. 359-360)
  36. About two miles from Lahinch there is a townland which is called Tullygarvan. (p. 361-362)
  37. For the past few days I have noticed lots of people mostly ladies picking Dandelion or Caistreabháin which it is sometimes called. (p. 363-364)
  38. Riddles (p. 365-366)
  39. How Súgáns Are Made (p. 367)
  40. Comharthaí na hAimsire agus Seanráite (p. 368)
  41. How Stampy Is Made (p. 369)
  42. Old Customs in Marriage (p. 370)
  43. Names of Places in Locality (p. 371)
  44. About two miles from Lahinch there is a family of Kinnanes, and these are noted for their handiness. (p. 372)
  45. Nearly all the houses in this locality are thatched, and the farmers thatch them themselves. (p. 373)
  46. About 1 1/2 from our school there is a family of Kinnanes. A hundred yards west of this house there was a family of Keane. (p. 374)
  47. There was a man in the village of Lahinch one time whose name was Tom Clancy. (p. 375)
  48. Our Lord and St. Peter were walking along through the country one day and they were admiring the crops. (p. 376-377)
  49. The Fianna Éireann had a vow to go where they were invited: another vow was, that when they saw a deer they should follow it until they caught up to it. (p. 378-381)
  50. Long ago in Holland there was a mighty chieftain named Tailc Mac Train. He was going to be married between himself and a Princess. (p. 382-393)
  51. About half a mile from Lahinch, there is an old road leading down to the sea at Cregg. Down this road people go to get seaweed. (p. 394-397)
  52. Food in Olden Times (p. 398-399)
  53. Customs of Funerals (p. 400-403)
  54. My Home District (p. 404-407)
  55. Festival Customs (p. 408-410)
  56. St Bridget's Day (p. 410-411)
  57. St Patrick's Day (p. 411-412)
  58. Shrove Tuesday (p. 413-414)
  59. Ash Wednesday (p. 415)
  60. Good Friday (p. 415)
  61. Easter Sunday (p. 416)
  62. Whit Sunday (p. 416)
  63. May Day (p. 416-417)
  64. St Martin's Day (p. 418)
  65. Hallowe'en (p. 418-419)
  66. Christmas (p. 419-420)
  67. In this locality one time there lived a woman whose name was Nora O' Brien and this woman had a habit of gathering all kinds of herbs and then putting them into a jam pot. (p. 421)
Origin information
Lehinch, Co. Clare
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1 chapter (vol. 621, p. 300-421)
Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Traditional medicine   linked data (lcsh)
Early, Biddy, 1798-1874   linked data (naf)
Clothing and dress   linked data (lcsh)
Marriage   linked data (lcsh)
Worms   linked data (lcsh)
Recreation   linked data (lcsh)
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
Rope trade   linked data (lcsh)
local legends   linked data (afset)
Magicians   linked data (lcsh)
legendary creatures   linked data (afset)
Manners and customs   linked data (lcsh)
Saint Brigid's Day   linked data (lcsh)
Saint Patrick's Day   linked data (lcsh)
Carnival    linked data (lcsh)
Ash Wednesday   linked data (lcsh)
Good Friday   linked data (lcsh)
Easter   linked data (lcsh)
Pentecost Festival   linked data (lcsh)
May (Month)--Folklore
Saint Martin's Day   linked data (lcsh)
Halloween   linked data (lcsh)
Christmas   linked data (lcsh)
Agriculture   linked data (lcsh)
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LehinchAn LeachtLehinchKilmanaheenCorcomroeClare
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Original reference: 0621/4

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"The Schools' Manuscript Collection: County Clare 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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