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The estates adjoin in this district-the Beresford Estate from Altamore to Owen Doon near Bawnboy and the Tyrell Estate from Gubra-woolly to County Fermanagh. It included Commas Mountain on which there is 6,600 acres of bog.
The mountain and bog was '' enclosed '' for '' hunting '' and '' gamekeepers '' appointed in the different areas. These game-keeperes were generally disliked as they were often getting neighbours into trouble.
A home called '' Glan Lodge '' along the road to Glan was occupied by a gamekeeper named '' Whiteside ''. This family left this district about twenty years ago and the house and farm sold.
The landlord did not reside in the district at all. Of late years the landlord was fairly just but
in former times they were as bad as elsewhere. Evictions in this area were not very numerous as the country is so wild and mountainous there was little hope of foreigners settling in it.
But around Swanlinbar there were evictions and several battles took place around Commas school. Many of the families residing in this area were residing in good farms in Fermanagh and other parts.
About eighty years ago a family called MacAuley were evicted in Fermanagh and they set out for this district and settled in the town-land of Tullynumoltra.
The farms were sometimes divided on two or three members of a family on marriage. But often the sons moved further up the mountain-sides and cut away the turf and made small farms for each other.
Tithes were collected for the upkeep of the Protestant Clergy and Protestant teachers. One tenth of
crops of various kinds, cattle and a certain sum of money was usually levied on each farm. This payment was always resented and several battles were fought. Cattle were often seized.
After some time the '' Tithes '' were added to the Rent and the '' Tithe Proctor '' died out.
No recorder or informant details given
School: Alt an Chuilinn
Location: Altachullion, Co. Cavan
Teacher: Brigid Martin
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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