School: Beale (1) (roll number 7660)

Beal, Co. Kerry
Martin Beasley
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0399, Page 019

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0399, Page 019

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  3. XML “Travelling Folk”

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  1. Since time immemorial travelling folk are to be met with. Though there are not as many looking for alms now-a-days as there were long ago. The old people are getting pensions and this helps to keep them away from other people's doors. Some go around singly, tinkers go in families, and Gipsies go in bands. Long ago they used go around walking but now they have vans which they make themselves. Some stay only for one night and others stay for a week. I have heard that the people in olden days were very interesting. When the news spread that there was one of them in a local house the people of the district used gather to that house to hear them tell the stories. I have heard that the Gipsies used go round with a basket on their arm and sell small articles. If they failed they used look for alms and pretend they could read the palms of the hands and tell your fortune. Many of these are to be met with. TInkers are very fond of attending fairs and they are sure to have a row in the evening. Some of these are very fond of sparing some die in the workhouse but large sums are found after them. There are people called Sheridans who visit fairs in this district very often and they are very fond of dealing with horses.
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    1. agents (~1)
      1. people by social grouping
        1. travellers (~3,023)
    Michael Lynch
    Doon West, Co. Kerry
    Patrick Griffin
    Doon West, Co. Kerry