School: Cnoc Aoibhinn (Mount Pleasant) (roll number 13500)

Location:
Mountpleasant, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Peadar Ó Longáin

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Seán na Sagart - The Priest-Hunter

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0090, Page 095

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"Sean na Sagart":- The Priesthunter
"Sean na Sagart" was a priest who lived in Ballyheane during the penal days. His real name was John Mallowney. And tho' born and reared a Catholic he became a terror to the Catholicks and priests of this district. He was employed as a priesthunter by Bingham of Newbrook house. This house is now in ruins. Sean got £5 for every priests head and £2:10 for a teacher's head. He threw all the heads into a small lake called "Locán na gCeann" which is near Killawalla midway between Ballyglass and Westport in the parish of Carnacon.
Sean lived in Ballyheane and his sister Nancy was married to a man named Loftus who lived in Ballintubber. Sean heard that there were two priests hiding in Ballintubber. He went to visit his site Nancy so that he might an opportunity to kill them. A few days after his

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Collector
John Burke
Gender
male
Address
Carrowhall, Co. Mayo
Informant
Michael Looskan
Gender
male
Age
65
Address
Rathnacreeva, Co. Mayo
Language
English