School: Corr Odhar (roll number 14701)

Location:
Corrower, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Aibhistín Ó Coinnigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0126, Page 544

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About seventy years ago there lived a woman in Carton, a village in Killasser. She had been a Catholic, but had become a Protestant during the penal times. Catholics hated her because she had forsaken her religion, but Protestants loved her and called her "St.Mary," - her name was Mary.
She died like any human, and all was well until the day of her funeral. Who the coffin was taken from the house, the sky was suddenly darkened and millions of black crows flew down so around the coffin and almost knocked it off the shoulders of the bearers. People believe that all the crows in Ireland were there trying to punish her for her wickedness.

Collector
Rita Cunney
Gender
female
Address
Corrower, Co. Mayo
Informant
Mr Cunney
Gender
male
Age
49
Address
Corrower, Co. Mayo
Language
English