School: Tón Ruadh (roll number 12809)

Tonroe, Co. Mayo
Máirtín Ó Giobaláin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0115, Page 157

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In olden times ship-wrecks were more common than they are now. House-burnings were more frequent also.
People of this locality suffered very seriously from ship-wrecks that occured about fifty years ago. When the ship began to sink everybody got a rope. If they held that rope it would bring them to a big rock called "sceiri" rock Every person who hesitated in going into the sea was pitched in. Lots of people reached the rock. Tom Lavin's father of Yunngh was on the ship. An old man of the Owen'ses from Brackloon had two fist-fulls of sand home with him from the bottom of the sea. There was another case when father and son were lost. The father who was on the rock went to meet his son who was on the rock went to meet his son who was coming swimming. Both of them fell into the and were lost. They were from Cloonlumney. The shipwrecked passengers made a big fire on top of the rock. They had lots of fish to roast. Another steamer came for them and bore them safely "to shore"
There was a house-burning in this district over sixty years ago. It was the Rosskey school that was burned. It was

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