School: Manulla (roll number 14544)

Location:
Manulla, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Seán Mac an Adhastair

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0095, Page 229

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His real name was John Malowney. He used to go around killing priests in the hard times. He got five pounds for the head of every priest. One day a man followed him with a knife and he lay down and pretended he wanted the priest. When the priest came, he attacked him and took of his head and sold it. There was a piece of poetry written over his grave:

Here lies John the unruly man
Who rebelled against rope and friar
Such another man never filled a grave
Or such a notorious liar
No man of the name Malowney could be ordained a priest and so the name was

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Collector
Patrick Masterson
Gender
male
Address
Manulla, Co. Mayo
Informant
Patrick Masterson
Gender
male
Age
40
Address
Manulla, Co. Mayo
Language
English