School: Caológa (2) (roll number 16309)

Location:
Keeloges, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Tadhg Ó Laoghaire

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Story of the Runner

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1073, Page 124

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Mickey the Runner ran so fast he had to tie up one of his legs. But he was poor and had to hire out as a herd.
He went for a job in Glendowan. The farmer to try him out, asked him to bring home some mountain sheep from the far hills.
Micky said he would do that same and welcome.
The farmer waited for Micky and right enough he came back with all the sheep.
The farmer was well please and asked Micky if he had a hard job. Micky assured him that all the sheep were quite eeasy "but there was one wee brown devil among them that took a brave run out of me".
And the farmer when he looked found "the wee brown devil" was a hare.

Informant
James Sweeney
Gender
male
Age
62
Address
Glendowanbeg, Co. Donegal
Language
English