School: Lucan (B.)

Location:
Lucan, Co. Dublin
Teacher:
M. Mac Rois

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Sarsfield's Dog

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0794, Page 263

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Long ago when Patrick was a chap he had a dog and a pony. Every morning, he used to ride from the Castle in Lucan Demensne to the garden. The dog would be in a kennel, at the end of the garden. When he would hear the rattle of the gate he would run down whining and barking to meet Patrick. When Patrick had grown to be a man and left Ireland for ever, the dog died and it is said that the dogs spirit comes every thirty three years and loves going back and forward from the place where the kennel was to the garden gate. He does this for a whole fortnight and always after midnight.

Collector
Desmond Kelly
Gender
male
Age
13
Address
Lucan, Co. Dublin
Informant
Patrick Mc Cormack
Gender
male
Age
over 70
Occupation
road worker
Address
Beaumont, Co. Dublin
Language
English