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Whats in a Name?
on 14 May 2009 by WebMaster author list
The story of a place or the story of a family can often be gleaned from names. We are familiar with, and justly proud of, our wonderful townland names derived from the original Irish, and the meanings attached to them. They are part of where we belong. But names disappear or get lost very easily and within a few generations [read more]
Local Townlands
on 04 May 2009 by WebMaster author list
When the “Killyfole Remembers” project was finished, we thought about in the future making a more comprehensive survey of the townlands in the immediate neighborhood covering the number and size of the farms in each townland, the surnames of families, the changes in the land use and farm building as far as possible, thus presenting a survey for every 25 [read more]
The first school bus
on 02 Mar 2006 by WebMaster author list
In 1937, a strange vehicle began to travel the roads. It was new to Northern Ireland but was to be the first of many. It looked rather like a gypsy caravan but since it went up and down the road at regular times during five days of the week, it couldn’t be one. It was the very first [read more]
Anything to Declare?
on 01 Mar 2006 by WebMaster author list
The smuggler sat on the train carrying his contraband goods in his pockets. This particular consignment was two 1lb bags of tea to be illegally transported over the Fermanagh/Monaghan border. The man was not a hardened criminal but rather an opportunist earning a little extra at a time when money was difficult to accumulate. He was unfazed [read more]
Farming on a small family farm
on 22 Feb 2006 by WebMaster author list
During the period 1800-1830, farming was relatively prosperous. Regular weekly markets were established in Clones on a Thursday and a fair on the last Thursday of the month. The farm produce on sale consisted of grain, wheat, oats, barley and rye, butter and eggs, and pigs, either live for fattening or fattened pigs for the curers. Because of [read more]
Three to a spade
on 22 Feb 2006 by WebMaster author list
Planted boglands show that time has changed the farmer’s way of life. From the 1930s until oil succeeded turf as the most popular fuel, Tommy Johnston worked on a bog at Coolnasilla. He says, “fifty families cut turf out there and you know there’s not one in that whole area now”. When the weather is good enough, [read more]
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