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From the Newspaper Archive

April 1930 Irish American Advocate

Whilst crossing a Meld in Drumcunnig, Abbeydorney, a few days ago, Maurice Hayes, a youth, was attacked by five greyhounds and a Kerry Blue. It is stated that though young Hayes sustained injuries to both his legs and arms, still they are not of a serious nature.

( I haven’t heard the word meld used like this before. Is it still in use?)

A Definition

from The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

bait n. a preparation that renders the hook more palatable. The best kind is beauty.

A Fact

In 1698 the British engineer, Thomas Savery, patented the first steam engine.



At a Cost


In Ballybunion and Tralee

1 Comment

  1. Mary, I think a Meld could be a marshy area between arrable fields. I know from my years with the CSO that marshland is quite common in the Abbeydorney area. Meld doesn’t appear in Hiberno-English dictionary.

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