The Barony of Forth and Bargy, right near Sigginstown, is the ancient seat of an archaic language called Yola. It is thought that its origins lie with the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century. As the newcomers established a foothold in Wexford and the south-east they brought their medieval Middle English language with them.
Along with the language there were the Yole people who lived in the area. They seem to have been a marginalized group, but a fascinating one. The radio story below talks about them. There are few to no remaining speakers of Yola although there were until fairly recently.
Yola Zong o Barony Vorth.
Billeen Scalaane an hys yola moan,
Thaay heighed upa Buckeen twi hours avar dawn,
Thaay paaced awi up to tha Cross o Shad
Fan Buckeen hay pooked lik own thing mad.
"Faad thay goul ez upa thee, thou stouk" co Billeen,
If thou dinna gow on chul daf thee yola skien.''
Wi spur upa heel hay gaed him a goad,
Fan Sooney shu tumbled vlat upa road.
Co Sooney, " Billeen dowst thee zee faads lewer,
Aal haar, an wi eyen lik torches o tar?"
Fan the loughraan itzel feight e big bawl,
'Tus a gearded ee freightened Billeen's yola caule.
" What the divil is on you, you fool?" quoth Billy "