Micheál Flatley
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Micheál Flatley


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Micheál Flatley has a great reputation as a stonemason. His father and grandfather also worked with stone in an age where people had to do a bit of everything because money was scarce. Micheál discusses the craft of the stonemason. He always had a great admiration for stonework because it is so technical and much professional tuition is required to master it. The dry stone wall takes more skill to build than a mortar wall, he says. Micheál recalls some Halloween traditions and the games played in earlier times. A bath of water had coins put into it, which had to be taken out by mouth and an apple hung from a string had to be bitten without use of one’s hands. He also has memories of the travelling folk from the country who exchanged tin cans for a bit of food and hay for their ponies. Micheál discusses the holy wells and the tradition of people leaving three pebbles in a mound which eventually grew into a cairn. We hear of the folklore of monasteries, the Vikings and stories of forts and fairies.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series


160 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

File size(s):

20.10 MB, 17.96 MB, 10.49 MB, 20.73 MB, 16.76 MB

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A Stonemason, Local Historian and Folklorist

Recorded by:

Joe McGowan