School: Caisleán na hÉille (The Neale)

Location:
Neale, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Máire, Bean Mhic Domhnaill

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0103, Page 230

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“The Result of the Bad Dinner”
There once lived in Ballyglass a man named Patch Heskin who was a thatcher. One day Pat Heskin from Ballyrourke employed him thatching.

At that time they used to stitch the thatch with rope. They used to have a big thatcher’s needle. The thatcher would have to be outside on the roof to put in the needle and another person inside to pull it in and put it out again.
In the morning Pat Heskin was going to the market and he ordered his wife Peggy to give a good dinner of meat, cabbage and potatoes to the thatcher. The wife was a very stingy woman and she herself tended on the thatcher rather than pay somebody else to do it. When dinner time came Patch was called in and to his surprise what had he to get only potatoes and buttermilk. He expected he would get a great dinner as he overhead the conversation Pat had with his wife before he left so

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Collector
Nellie Maye
Gender
female
Informant
John Walshe
Relation
unknown
Gender
male
Age
80
Address
Loughanaganky, Co. Mayo
Language
English