School: Clochar na Trócaire, Béal Átha 'n Fheadha (roll number 5215)

Location:
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
John McGee

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Bóthar na Sop

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0146, Page 199

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There is a street in Ballina called Bothar na sop. Long ago during the penal days the Catholics had to pay tithes to the protestant clergy. They were too poor to pay in coin so they gave some of their crops. In Ballina these crops were collected in a big field on the Killala Road. The people used to bring straw and oats and they had to go by Bothar na Sop. The road was always full of wisps and it was called "the road of the wisps" or "Bothar na Sop"

Informant
Mr Feeney
Gender
male
Age
76
Occupation
smith
Address
Ardnaree or Shanaghy, Co. Mayo
Language
English
Location
Ballina