The Second Cabin of a Canal-Boat

Asenath Nicholson
Chapter V

The Second Cabin of a Canal-BoatMuch ado about SixpenceA Blind FiddlerA Jaunting Car JauntArrival at KilkennyCordial HospitalityKilkenny BeggarsJourney to UrlingfordA Rural PhysicianRide in a Turf KishThe Poor Widow's WelcomeA Country DanceDeparture of an EmigrantLamentations thereuponKind Reception in an intelligent Roman Catholic FamilyAn Irish WakeA FactionFair at UrlingfordCostume of the PeasantryVisit to a National School

On the following Thursday I took the fly-boat on my way to Kilkenny. When I went to Tullamore, I took my seat in the first cabin, but being then closely packed with a stiff company, I now preferred to get a comfortable seat, to pay less, and learn more of Irish character by going in the second cabin. The two last objects were realized, and what was lost in honor was made up in amusement, for Irish wit had here full play.

Ireland’s Welome to the Stranger is one of the best accounts of Irish social conditions, customs, quirks and habits that you could wish for. The author, Mrs Asenath Nicholson, was an American widow who travelled extensively in Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine and meticulously observed the Irish peasantry at work and play, as well as noting their living conditions and diet. The book is also available from Kindle.