Dan Brennan's Memoirs

My first memories while standing in our yard in
Glounicomane is of seeing a funeral on its way I
presume to Clonfert cemetery, the hearse was
pulled by two dark coloured horses with two men
on a seat at the front of the hearse, that memory
is still vivid with me. I remember going to the
point to point races in Liscarroll the stand field
was in Broderick's of Rockspring, the old motor
cars were parked on the roadside many of them
had canvas hoods, these events took place in my
preschool days. On my first day at school I went
with my brother Jim, Connie Goulding and Timmy
Twohill waited for us at Walshe's Cross. I
remember very little of my school days, when
preparing for first holy communion Mrs Minnie
Donegan would take us for catechism down at her
home in the village, she used to call me Dan
Kenneally after my mother's family, who at one
time were her neighbours she used to wear her
spectacles on her forehead. We used to have
hurling matches during our playtime in Simon
Browne's field where Tadgh Flynn house is also in
John Broderick's across from the community centre.                                                                                               We use to hurl up and down the village street as there was
very little traffic at that time. Another game
played was Stag lively young fellows would take
off through the fields we would give him odds,
then we would try to catch him Davie Lane from
Knockough was our favourite Stag, we rarely
caught up with him Kenneally always got back to
the school ahead of us. On our way home after
school we would call to the creamery and stand at
the doors watching the cheese and butter being
manufactured by Billy Ryan and William Collins
with John Kenny to help them were the butter
makers. Miss Neilgan was the first Cheese maker,
I can remember she left to become a nun. Kate
McCabe from County Monoghan, End Kitty O
Sullivan came later, Kate McCabe married Billy
The following are lrish Words and Phrases which
were used in days gone by.
Aimiseoir - an untidy person
T'Anam ón diabhail - an expression of surprise
Amadán - not too bright
Cabóg - an ignorant person
Beart - a bundle of anything
Glaise- a little stream
Flaithiúil - generous
Mardhea - pretending
Straoil - an untidy female
Plámás - flattery
Mutamálai - a fumbler
Tuplais - mischief
Trainín - a blade of grass
RiRá - noise and confusion
Raméis - foolish or silly talk
Sígaoithe - fairy mind
Taobhfhód- turning a sod making a ridge
Miádh - doing things badly
Bacán - an old door hinge
Aru - yes aru
Bostún-a loud person
Cabaire - a fellow with too much talk
Buailim sciath - a boastful person
Béalbocht - the poor mouth
Cláiuin - used for edging scythe
Dialinn - god to us or with us
Dúirnín - handle for scythe
Tré na chéile - in a mess
Súlach - puddle
Óinseach - a foolish woman
Meitheal - neighbours helping each other
Maith goleór - drunk or in good form
Hullabuiliú - excitement
Frústar - not taking ones time
Criochán - a small potato
Bun ó chionn - head over heels
Boithín-a little road
Bothán - a cabin
Cadráiling - empty talk or foolish talk
Fástíuách - an over grown boy or awkward boy
Gabhail- a measurement or a bundle
Gligín - not level headed
Gríosach - remains of a fire
Futa Fata - can do nothing right or fusing
Strácáile- an awkward Person
Smithereens - Broke in little pieces
Reidteoir - used for cleaning a pipe stem
Pisheóg - usual superstition
Lúdramán-a idle fellow
Mo léir - woe is me
Olagóning - wailing
Bundún - your backside
Comharing - sharing work with neighbours
Craicháile - light headed
Buachalán - the ragworth weed
Crónáning - grousing and faultfinding
Dúhcas - an inherited trait
Cnabhseáling - grousing
Grá mo Chraoí- flattery
Piasaín - small and miserable
Píucin - a mask or covering your eyes
Faoscáin - of measurement liquid
Stráicaire - a big awkward fellow
Harum Scarum - very active or a mischief
Hopus Pocus - upside down
Cip-od-ríl - excitement
Nudaí nadái - good for nothing
Caoirán- sma ll sod of turf
Carraig - a big stone or a rock
Gamallóg - a stupid person
Gabhairin ruadh - jack snipe
Pelabeen - Curlew