John McCullagh October 15, 2013

If you happen to see a strip of hawthorn bush draped with May flowers and eggshells before a cottage door, you will know that this simple custom is a pardonable – and permissable – factor in the queer rites and customs that once characterized the first day of May, in olden times. You may have […]

John McCullagh March 26, 2012

Since man first turned the soil with his crude spade, revolutionary changes have merged into a progress which has created new worlds above the soil.  But it is still the same soil, and generally speaking producing the same foodstuffs for generally the same purpose. As each scrape rises, turns and is folded over by the […]

John McCullagh June 24, 2011

  Some kindly women of The Meadow would store unwanted clothes in great bags for the Travelling Woman on her calls. Was she grateful? Well, selectively.

John McCullagh June 23, 2011

We had regular begging calls at home in The Meadow from the Tinkers – or gypsies or Travelling People – back in the 1950s.  

John McCullagh May 21, 2011

Jack told the lady of how he had rescued the baby from the fairies and taken it home to his wife for safekeeping from them.  

John McCullagh May 20, 2011

  Jack Murphy lived in the townland of Leod, near Hilltown. You can see Fitzpatricks’ Quarry buildings rise up about a mile away to your left after you pass the Seven Sisters. That’s Leod.