School: Scoil na gCeithre Máighistrí, Dún na nGall (roll number 14247)

Location:
Copany, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Cathal Mag Fhionntaigh

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Lough Mara-Boyle

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1035, Page 205

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In Carraig-more mountain is a lough called Mara Boyle.

A long time ago a man called Charlie Boyle was bringing home meal through the old foot-road across the mountain from Castlederg [?] on horseback.
When he came near this Lough in which were water-hoses he heard the neighing of one of them. His horse, which had the breed of a water-horse in it, heard the neighing too and made for the Lough. Boyle did his best to keep him back but it was no use.
Ride, horse, and load were all lost in the Lough.
Ever after the Lough was known as Mara-Boyle.

Collector
Adhamhnan Mag Fhionntaigh
Gender
male
Age
13
Informant
James Curristin
Gender
male
Age
73
Address
Cormullin, Co. Donegal
Language
English
Location
Copany