The Besom Man

I was told by a neighbour that he lived over 100 years ago on a small island in the bog at Derrymacar, just on the banks of the Ounamoun river (Bilberry river). The spot where his hut existed still remains, marked by a spindle of trees. He lived alone and probably survived by fishing and may have had a small garden with a goat or two. He made besoms from heather and Birch twigs (old-style brushes) for sweeping and whitewashing, which he sold. He walked along the river until he met the road to Ballymahon fair via Gurteen. He was also known in Newtowncashel. Whatever money he earned from his wares he probably bought clothes, tobacco, tea and other necessities.

Please not that this location is not accessible to the public.

Besom Man's living place

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