School: Lathaigh (Laghey)

Location:
Laghy, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Proinsias Mac Pháidín

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Priest Hunting in Drumholm Parish

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1032, Page 096

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When the Faith was being crushed out in Ireland under the Panel Laws of Elizabeth Drumholm had one very good faithful priest. He was a father Mc Groarty and he had to fly for his life almost continually while he was here. The Catholic houses were searched. Every little cabin in Mullinasole, Drimanis and Carrick was almost knocked down pocking for him and well the people knew that imprisonment and perhaps death awaited the poor priest. No Catholic dare harbour him so a friendly Protestand farmer named Harron in the Mullindoon gave him a hiding place as long as he needed it. Father Mc Groarty was safe enough till a poor mean Catholic called McPhelim of Rossilly told the authorities where he was hiding the good Harrons got him smuggled safely out of the way. Their descendants are there yet living

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Collector
Monica Connolly
Gender
female
Informant
Mary Ann Likely
Gender
female
Age
88
Language
English