School: Baile na nGalloglach (Milford) (roll number 15338)

Location:
Millford, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Tadhg Ó Súilleabháin

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The Hawk's Nest

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1087, Page 033

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Midway between Milford and Kerrykeel in the County of Donegal in the parish of Tullyfern and in the barony of Kilmacrennan is a rock about twenty five feet high called "The Hawk's Rest".
This rock overhangs the road. Some people in the locality believe that it will fall if and when three red-haired girls of the same christian name and surname walk together under it in the same direction. Others believe that it will fall on a red-haired girl riding on a white horse.
Evidently a hawk built its nest on top of this rock and hence the name.
About one hundred and fifty years ago this road did not exist. In those

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Collector
Una Mc Cafferty
Gender
female
Age
14
Address
Millford, Co. Donegal
Informant
Eddie Mills
Gender
male
Age
50
Address
Millford, Co. Donegal
Language
English