Mossie Curtin
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Mossie Curtin


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On a beautiful spring morning, Mossie Curtin was recorded as he conducted a tour of the area, beginning high in the hills in a place called Knockaneir. He pointed out the home of Daniel ‘Saucepan’ Curtin, the famous violador or violin teacher. In a jovial manner, Mossie spoke about Daniel’s mud cabin which now lies derelict, his character, mannerisms and the students who came to learn from him. The next stop was Mossie’s own area, Garravane, in the parish of Mountcollins. He points to a location where once stood a line of botháns, whitewashed and thatched, and identified the families who had lived in each, now long gone. The next stop was the dairy of St. Ita, where Mossie explained the local lore connected with the saint. Moving back to his own ancestral home, he spoke at length of a supernatural event involving his grandfather who experienced the presence of people he had known who were long since dead and gone.

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Local Customs and Beliefs

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Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore

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Location of Recording

Garravane, West Limerick

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