Li’l Billy

Have yer seen our li’l Billy, Miss Cannan? Aw! I’ll bet the young dirt’s on the shore With his bes’ clo’es an’ shoes an’ all on him! My! My! but I’ll give him what for! There’s me here been watchin’

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The Chilhder

Yis! I was sayin’ to Mrs Crowe theer this mornin’, That things isn’ a bit what they were; For in MY young days all of us childher Had to say “Please” an’ “Thank yer,” an’ “Sir.” But today all them

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A Vision of the King

I heard a voice that called me to the mountains Last night when darkness dropped across the sea, And crimson fire sprayed from the twilight fountains Fell over me. So west I went, and up across the Moanees To where

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Calling of the Name

I was down alone in the Moaney, Nobody else was near, When my name was goin’ a’callin’ Low an’ sof an’ clear. None was I seein’ aroun’ me, Never a face of clay; An’ my name was goin’ a’callin’, Jus’

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The Coming of Saint Patrick

It was the time that Saint Patrick was coming on horseback to Mann, over the sea from Ireland. When he drew near to the land, Manannan Mac y Leirr, that great wizard that was ruler of Mann, put a charm

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Saint Oran of Iona & Mann

Oran (aka Odhrán or Odran) preceded Saint Columba and is a descendant of Conall Gulban a 5th century Irish King who founded the kingdom of Tír Chonaill. His death is recorded in 548 and his grave was greatly revered in

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The Skeab Lome

The curse and ritual of the Skeab Lome (Besom of Destruction) does not appear to have an exact parallel in any other nation’s folklore, though the association of the broom plant with witchcraft has been widespread. In some parts of

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The Oural Losht

The purifying virtue of fire was often used to destroy the malignant power present in a dead or dying animal, and so prevent further misfortune, and to discover the person whose Evil Eye or charm-making was responsible for the loss.

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A Manx Wedding

A Manx wedding is one of the traditional social occasions of which the memory has not been allowed to die on the Island. Life is not now always recognisably Manx, far from it, but from time to time there is

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5th Century Mann

We know that at the time of the Roman invasion the whole of the British Isles was occupied by three distinct races; first, that pre-Aryan race, usually called Iberian, whose presence in our Island for a period of unknown length

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