School: Teach Chaoin (C.) (roll number 6681)

Location:
Tagheen, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Bríd, Bean Uí Áinlighe

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0096, Page 148

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In a place called Ballygower lived two families of the Farley's, and at this time there were only the mother and son in each house, and they were known as the "Big Farleys" and the "Small Farleys". The small Farley mother worked in a rich man's house close by, and kept her little son with part of her earning while the big Farley mother and son were fairly rich in land, cattle, and sheep. One morning when the little man Farley got up, and been surprised when his mother had not called him as usual, went to where she slept and found her dead. He was very grieved for his mother, and he had now nothing except an old cow, which was worth very little.

Though very small, Farley was very cute, so he let nobody know about the death of his mother. He went quietly and dressed the corpse, and brought it to a well which was close to the big house and having it propped up close to the well, went to where he saw the children from the big house playing. He told them, "to run to

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Collector
Nellie Mc Hugh
Gender
female
Address
Knockalegan, Co. Mayo
Informant
Mr Michael Mc Hugh
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Address
Knockalegan, Co. Mayo
Language
English