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Recordings from the National Folklore Collection

Festus Wickham

Speaker:
Festus Wickham (aged 86) of Derrygimlagh, Co. Galway.
Collector:
Proinnsias de Búrca, Irish Folklore Commission, 5 May 1953.
Duration:
0:01" to 1:13" on.
References:
Ediphone_017, NFC 1322:68 (Cylinder 110(a))

The story of how a Galway storyteller was disinherited, recorded in 1953.

Transcription

The day before he died, I went for my sister to Errislannan. She was married there. And she came back, to see him. And she didn't expect him to die so soon. She turned...she turned about and she was sitting at his bedside. She asked him what would...what would I do, 'what would Festy do?' 'Oh himself and his mother,' he said, 'could agree.'

So she...when she got permission she turned about and she made an heir of herself. She didn't make an 'heir' of herself, but she made it by word of mouth for herself on her own behalf. And I had to 'hook' it, out in an outhouse. And when I went out she thought to bring me back again but she wouldn't let in my missus. At all, at all, she wouldn't let my missus in. And when...there was two girls, that one and another, was the family at the time.

A portable Ediphone recording machine used by folklore collectors until the 1950s.

A portable Ediphone recording machine used by folklore collectors until the 1950s.