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Shops were very common in this locality long ago. Some people used to go to the nearest town to buy their goods. Buying and selling is never known to have been carried on after mass, and it is not done nowadays
Poor people go about from house to house selling small articles. (Please see '' Travelling Folk '' for further details) Money was always given for goods, but sometimes certain goods were bartered, and also labour was sometimes given
in exchange Markets were held in former times in every town and village, but some of them are now discontinued. Pedlars and dealers gathering feathers and rags often visited this district, and some of them still call.
One man named '' Peter the rag ''

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used to visit this district in former times. The names of the coins in use in this locality now are; a halfpenny, a penny, a threepenny piece, a sixpenny piece, a shilling, a two shilling piece, a half-crown, and a crown. The money made of paper
in use in this locality is; a ten shilling note, a pound note, and a five pound note. Sovereign and half-sovereigns were made of gold in former times. There were three other coins also used commonly long ago, but are not used now.
They were; a fourpenny piece, a fourshilling piece, and a farthing. In some place farthings are still in use. There are some stories of coins returning to their owner. Here is one. A man from this locality had once a florin,

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(a twoshilling piece) and he put a hole in it to know it, if he ever saw it again. Some time afterwards he bought a cow in the fair of Bawnboy. The man whom he bought the cow from, gave him a luckpenny.
(Please see '' The local Fairs '') The luckpenny amounted to a florin. He was surprised to find it was his own florin was back to him.

Collector: Alice K. Devine
Address: Arderry, Co. Cavan
Informant: Mr Pat Devine
Address: Arderry, Co. Cavan



Thanks to Bernadette McGovern who transcribed this and a great many other pages of the The Schools' Collection, from the National Folklore Collection Archives.

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