School: Béal Dearg (roll number 11582)

Location:
Belderg More, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Pádraig Mac Conghamhna

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0139, Page 208

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to Rathavesteen and the Rathavesteen portion of it is still called Buifreach.
The bittern could be continually heard “roaring” here in olden times.
About 1936 I shot a bittern at the foot of Thanney Mór , the haunt of the Bulsaire in the past. It was the only specimen ever seen in the district even by those up to eighty years of age. I had it preserved and have it still.
No other bittern has been seen in the district since. The local name for the bird was Bunán Léine.

A Strange Fish
While fishing on the beach one evening about 1935 or 1936 I saw a fish floundering in the water. It was a silver-coloured fish round and flat. I sent it to a fish company in Dublin to find out its name but apparently they didn’t know and it ended up in the Museum.
It was a fish called a Rays-Bream a very rare species I believe for the Irish waters. The fish is now in the Museum I believe.

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