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Sean Corkery driving the milk cart - returning from feeding the calves milk with Rowena and Angie Higgs and Bessie the donkey. My first memory of anything important was my first day at school. The job of keeping an eye on me was given to Sean Murphy, Currahy.

By 10 o clock I decided I had learned enough and planned my escape. Unfortunately, I Stalag and Inmates. Ballingeary Boys National School only got as far as Tigh na Croise where I was apprehended by the priest and frogmarched back to Stalag. I am enclosing a photo of that establishment. It was fairly isolated, not many people passed that way. Some of the people who came scoraichting were Dan Sean [Kelleher] and Tadhg Hugh whom you have mentioned often in your magazine. He kept us entertained with his recitations. It was 4 miles to get to school around the road, cosnochta, but only 3 miles if one was to go across the bog and up with the Kellehers, Aharas for the rest of the way.

Then a bit further on was Poll a'circe, where Donal Cam's mare broke a leg and had to be shot. Finally the Mouth of the Glen where the first blow for freedom was struck. Around we moved to Carrignadoura which was more civilised. There were children in Gurteenakilla, Carrignadoura and Cahir with whom to get into mischief. We used to go ferreting and trapping rabbits which we sold for a shilling a pair at the market on Fridays.

Fishing, if you could call it that was another pastime. Not very sporting but very effective. Another method was to dip a sack full of bainnicin na n-ean into the river. The work was hard. Manning hath put together, let no man tear asunder". However, somebody forgot to close the windows, so when it was time to partake of the meal, most of the food had vanished.

It would appear that some person or persons unknown had procured a long stick to which had been securely fastened a dinner -fork and the contents of the plates removed and consumed with gusto. It was more of an Academy where young ladies were taught to trip the light fantastic. I am enclosing some photos of some of the young ladies. I got a job with Vauxhall Motors in Luton. I might be 12, miles from Ireland, but we have a large Irish community here. I still keep in touch with the "goings on" in Ireland through the "Southern Star", my sister in Glengarriff, back packers from Ballingeary of which we ve had many too numerous to mention and of course your excellent magazine.

P very worthy of registration in Tree Register of Ireland. We have a Champion Tree. It saw the arrival of the O Leary s. He also mentions that there was an abundant population of the migratory European Crane, a large heron like bird.

It is now extinct in Ireland and Britain and endangered in Europe. A later traveller - writer records Yew forest clothing the banks of Lough Allua alongside Oak. Research has shown that in Early Church Grounds, the O. Yew trees predate our earliest Churches and their Burial Grounds. Perhaps unwittingly adopting the practice of our ancestral Druidic Priestly Order themselves preparing oils from burnt Yew branches for face paint our earliest Christian Communities worshipped and buried among the Yew Trees be they solitary or communal.

Being acquainted with this the longest-living specimen within our Parish s Biological Community 3 species of Bat were detected roosting during a of summers , on behalf of Margaret Lucey s senior classes in Inchigeela National School, this truly deserving genetic legend was proposed to the Experts.

Requests have been conveyed to the Heritage Council and Tree Council of Ireland to ensure that Inchigeelagh National School are the acknowledged successful proposers. Their interest ensured success. Situated above the adjacent flood plain of the Lee, as would have been Yews that occupied several islands within the Gearagh before , this solitarytree and likely last of its name in the Upper Lee Catchment offers one last opportunity to preserve the local genetic character of this species. Because it preserves an unbroken genetic link to early post-glacial Uibh Laoghaire, sculpted by the glacier born in Glen Eirce Gougane Barra , between 9 and 11, years ago, this Common Yew has withstood the intervening extremes of Climate Variation and evidently the soil borne and air borne pests and diseases.

Its next challenge remains Climate Change may God forbid mistreatment at our hands. The late Jamesie Kearney of Coleen, Kilbarry, recalled a of years ago that this Tree was the only one of its type to survive in that Burial Ground after a Clearfell of severalyews. On close inspection, this specimen has been cut several times over centuries and represents a repeatedly coppiced and pollarded surviving truck of a once vast Yew and rootplate. Consequently, the height and canopy spread of this relatively inificant evergreen, fails to tell the truth or, like Mother Earth, its shies from revealing her age.

She is incidentally a Female Yew. During the research for magpie Parish History twenty years ago, the author had the privilege of meeting and interviewing numerous contributors to the part series. In early June , Raymond Moore and his wife travelled from Inverness, Scotland and spent some days in Inchigeelagh imparting his story and permitting eventual publication - during correspondence in , Raymond had expressed hesitancy.

Raymond, born in Manchester in was the 11th of 12 children of Michael Moore, last R. Sergeant of Inchigeelagh Barracks, 6 of which were born in Inchigeelagh. A simple Wire Cross a small distance east from the Church Door marks the resting place of Raymond s two sisters and brother - Julia d.

November 2nd, ;Thomas d. January 17th, and Julia Mary d. September 2nd, aged 10 months; 2 months and 1 month respectively. Sergeant Moore ed the R. Joseph s Preparatory and St. Colman s National Schools. It was not to be. A bumper harvest of wheat, barley and oats; an autumn that uniquely necessitated little or no Blue Stone and turf won home by early July.

But such auspiciousness masked the simmering and inevitable drift towards full Civil War. The door opened upon a furnace. Only weeks in Macroom, Raymond s brother Michael was handed a letter for his father. It read - Get out of this Country within two weeks or you will be shot. It came with the Compliments of the I. The family gathered what belongings they could and fled to Manchester - the heartache was too much for Michael Senior - he died still a young man, just weeks before his 12th child was born.

An area of Research yet to be acknowledged and undertaken! The two photographs supporting this contribution were presented to the Author by Raymond Moore during June and belonged to his late father. How and when these insects evolved remains a mystery - like so much else on our little known Planet.

Even less is understood about the evolutionary origins of flight - other than that the first pioneers of the sky were giant dragonflies with 30 inch wingspans. The higher oxygen level allowed for larger bodies. And today s Butterflies are very recent arrivals into evolution s Divine Drama. They first appeared 65 million years ago in tandem with Earth s earliest flowering plants - a process of co-evolution.

As pollinators, Butterflies are keystone species - many plants depend on this insect. Butterflies possess specially adapted eyes - enabling them to see through deep ultra violet spectrum and spot nectar-producers from afar. Uniquely, Butterflies taste with the tips of their feet.

Males have been called in from ranges of several miles by chemical sex attractants pheromones released by ladies. In the animal kingdom, brilliant reds and yellows are associated with poison or venom - we see it in the plant kingdom also - yew s red arils and laburnum s vivid yellow flowers.

Toxic substances within their larval food plants, taken up by the larval caterpillars remain chemically active in the tissue of adult Butterflies. With vivid colouring and fearsome eyespots to deter and scare their enemies mainly birds , Butterflies are well endowed to fight their corner.

Jays may peck and kill the more highly coloured but they rarely taste their prey. An additional plus for Butterflies is their very long memories - they recall with ease the whereabouts of good food sources to lay eggs. Uibh Laoghaire, clothed in the shallow acid soils of its underlying sandstone geology is populated by acid-tolerant vegetation, hosting in mean annual terms, 16 of Ireland s 33 species of Butterfly. Each insect species is associated with specific larval food plants caterpillar stage , none of which, in our Parish, produce chemical plant protection toxins. Our Nightshades Bittersweet and Blacknightshade may be the exceptions.

The Author has kept watch and recorded our Butterflies from late March to early October at a of Parish locations over many years. Originally known as the Butterfly, our Brimstone is rare in the Upper Lee. Its food plant is the Buckthorn, the nearest wild survivors being in the heart of the Gearagh, downstream. Air temperature, air quality and sunlight need to be good for these cold-blooded beauties to emerge - otherwise their wing muscles will fail.

Consequently, Butterflies are environmental indicators of the health, or otherwise, of local, regional and global eco-systems. Their decline tells much of the rest of that story. They measure climate changes.

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