School: Baile an Chaisil B.

Location:
Ballycastle, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Mícheál de Búrca

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Persecution of the Priests

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0139, Page 591

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Long ago priests were forbidden to read mass or perform any sacred duties. A great many of them were put to death when they were found reading mass. They used to have Mass in caves and away out in the mountains. A great many people would gather and join in the prayers. Always some person would have to watch in case the soldiers came. Glenlossera is supposed to have got its name from that time. It is said a priest was reading Mass on a rock there on a very stormy night and that the candles stayed lighted all the time.

Collector
John Connor
Gender
male
Address
Ballycastle, Co. Mayo
Informant
Cotty Forde
Gender
male
Age
25
Address
Ballycastle, Co. Mayo
Language
English