School: Sruthar (C.)

Location:
Shrule, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Bríd, Bean Uí Éanacháin

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Kille Abbey - The Hidden Chalice

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0102, Page 130

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Long ago when Cromwell was persecuting monks and priests, and burning and plundering Abbeys, very often the priests and monks had to bury sacred vessels in order that they might save them from the hands of the Cromwellian soldiers.
We have heard that the monks of Kille Abbey were warned of their danger beforehand. So they had barely time to get away, and to carry away the sacred Vessels. But there was a beautiful chalice which the last monk was carrying, and he just had time to reach the gate of the Abbey. There he buried it beneath the gate, where it is supposed to be to the present day.

(This story was told by a man named Tom O'Toole who lives near Kille Abbey.)

Collector
Muireann Ní Chonallta
Gender
female
Address
Kill, Co. Mayo
Informant
Tom Nalty
Gender
male
Age
80
Address
Kill, Co. Mayo
Language
English