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To Carry a Hen When Walking

“Is trom Cearc i bhfad.” Translation: “A hen is heavy over a long distance.” Meaning: Something apparently easy may become difficult over …

When the Potatoes Did Not Grow

The dark tale of the Irish famine… republished on the site When the potatoes from the blight they did not grow And …

A Holy Book Proves No Shield

The death of Mahon, the King, who set a little too much faith in the Bible for protection! An old verse of …

Flickering Candles Foretell Death

A tradition of foretelling a death from North Longford… From the Irish Folklore Commission In days gone by a tradition old Of …

When Its Bad Manners to Say Thanks

The story of a ghost miller on Lough Gownas Inch Island From the Irish Folklore Collection On the waters of Gowna there …

Famine Food

What we dismiss as a weed Was once all there was to feed The hungry in a land of plenty Guarded by …

The Famine Cross

At the back of St Josephs Hospital in Longford, there is the local famine graveyard. This poem is dedicated to those interred …

Whats in a Name

By Mac and O the rhyme does go An Irishman can be known Through this rhyme and a little time The truth …

1798 Thinking

“Thats 1798 thinking” ~ Longford phrase meaning its an old fashioned notion and idealist, unlike modern reality To think like we did, …

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