School: Tobar Rua (roll number 15427)

An Tobar Rua Thoir, Co. na Gaillimhe
Eibhlín, Bean Uí Mhuireagáin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0016, Page 224

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0016, Page 224

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  1. Tavelling folk are not so plentiful now as in former times but as they were mostly all old people they must be now dead. Long ago not a day passed without a traveller visiting the village. They always went alone and got a night's lodgings" in every village as they went by. They never stayed more than one night in any village and in what-ever house they slept, they slept on a bed of straw beside the fire. They were all mostly very poor and accepted alms such as flour mostly, and when they would have a few stones they sold making good profit.
    The children were delighted to see a traveller arriving and would gather into whatever house he or she would be in to listen to the thrilling stories he or she would be relating. But there were a few men who they dreaded because they would follow them with sticks. They all travelled on foot, but the travelling folk of nowadays go round in caravans. Hardly any lone (travelling) traveller passed the country now
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