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Ballynacargy (C.)

Abstract: A collection of folklore and local history stories from Ballynacargy (C.) (school) (Ballynacarrigy, Co. Westmeath), collected as part of the Schools' Folklore Scheme, 1937-1938 under the supervision of teacher Bean Mhic Óda.

Original reference: 0740/3

In collection The Schools’ Collection : County Westmeath schools

  1. John Daly lives in Ballynacorky. (p. 257)
  2. In a place called Irishtown a man named John Lyons was digging in his garden and he found a collar of gold but a little piece was broken off. (p. 258)
  3. In a place near Moyvore there was a pot of gold found nearly 100 years ago by a farmer named John Mulvanny. (p. 259)
  4. In a graveyard called Aughora on border of Westmeath and Longford there is a big building composed of big rocks about three or four tons weight. (p. 260)
  5. There was a man named Matt Mahon who lived in Mearscourt at one time but is now living in Ballymore. (p. 261)
  6. One day about 20 years ago a man named James Grehan was cutting turf in Ballallan bog. (p. 262)
  7. There is a fort in a field owned by Gibney Victualler, Ballinacargy and the fairies are supposed to be there every night. (p. 263-264)
  8. There is a fairy fort in a field belonging to James Heduvan and they call the field 'the hungry grass'. (p. 265)
  9. There was a farmer who lived in Milltown parish Westmeath. (p. 266-267)
  10. Old Crafts (p. 268-270)
  11. Homemade Toys (p. 271-273)
  12. There was a man by the name of James Farrell who lived in Castletown. (p. 274)
  13. This story was told by an old lady Miss Drew in Ballynacargy it is a very true story. (p. 275-276)
  14. Weather Signs (p. 277-280)
  15. Kilmacnevin Graveyard (p. 281-282)
  16. Among the many famous old places of interest there is one around here known as Collierstown. (p. 283-284)
  17. Long, long ago, it is believed, there was a lake near Laragh. (p. 285-286)
  18. About twenty five years ago in the parish of Milltown. (p. 287)
  19. In a place near Milltown in the village of Piercestown there is the ruins of an old Mill and a stream running up a hill and flowing into a pond. (p. 288-289)
  20. One of the strangest things in Fore is a well called St. Fenchen's well. (p. 290)
  21. Thomas Noonan found about four stone weight of silver coins and a few gold coins. (p. 291-292)
  22. The soldier's acre ... (p. 293-296)
  23. There is a field in Ballinacroghy known as the Bull Ring. (p. 297)
  24. There is a field called The Rocks in old Ballynacargy. (p. 298-299)
  25. Cures (p. 300-301)
  26. Cures (p. 302-305)
  27. Cures (p. 306)
  28. Cures (p. 307-308)
  29. Cures (p. 309-310)
  30. Cures (p. 311-313)
  31. Cures (p. 314-315)
  32. Potato Crop (p. 316-321)
  33. Riddles (p. 322-326)
  34. Riddles (p. 327-330)
  35. Riddles (p. 331-333)
  36. Riddles (p. 334-337)
  37. Riddles (p. 338-341)
  38. Flail (p. 342-343)
  39. My Home District (p. 344-345)
  40. My Home District (p. 346-348)
  41. My Home District (p. 349)
  42. My Home District (p. 350-351)
  43. Rush Candles (p. 352-353)
  44. Cures (p. 354-355)
  45. There is a record of two poets who lived in my district between three and four hundred years ago. (p. 356-357)
  46. Irish homesteads like those of the Indians are noted for their collection of domestic animals. (p. 358-361)
  47. One night three men went rambling to a neighbour's house. (p. 362-363)
  48. Story (p. 364-367)
  49. Games I Play (p. 368-374)
  50. Local Forges (p. 375-377)
  51. Local Roads (p. 378-380)
  52. Local Heroes (p. 381-383)
  53. Local Heroes (p. 384-386)
  54. Herbs (p. 387-389)
  55. Weeds and Herbs (p. 390-392)
  56. Local Fairs (p. 393-395)
  57. Food in Olden Times (p. 396-399)
  58. Local Happenings (p. 400-402)
  59. Local Marriages (p. 403-405)
  60. Famine Times (p. 406-409)
  61. Churning (p. 410-412)
  62. Old Houses (p. 413-414)
  63. Severe Weather (p. 415-417)
  64. Old Story (p. 418-420)
Origin information
Ballynacarrigy, Co. Westmeath
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
1 chapter (vol. 740, p. 257A-420)
Dissenters, Religious--Legal status, laws, etc.
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Occupations   linked data (lcsh)
Toys   linked data (lcsh)
Historic sites   linked data (lcsh)
Cemeteries   linked data (lcsh)
Traditional medicine   linked data (lcsh)
Potatoes   linked data (lcsh)
Riddles   linked data (lcsh)
Agriculture   linked data (lcsh)
local legends   linked data (afset)
Candlemaking   linked data (lcsh)
Recreation   linked data (lcsh)
Smithing   linked data (afset)
Roads   linked data (lcsh)
Commerce   linked data (lcsh)
Marriage   linked data (lcsh)
Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852
Butter   linked data (lcsh)
Severe storms   linked data (lcsh)
School location
BallynacarrigyBaile na CarraigeBallynacarrigyMoygoishWestmeath
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0740/3

Suggested credit
"The Schools' Manuscript Collection: County Westmeath 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.
Record source
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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