School: Gráinseach Ailt an Chaistín (St. Johnston)

Saint Johnstown, Co. Donegal
Seán Ó Seanacháin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1106, Page 23

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1106, Page 23

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  1. Poetical version of a story well known in the district. Never printed. The murder occurred in a cottage on the side of the road leading from Lifford to St Johnston. The cottage was in the townland of Craigadoes parish of Taughboyne, barony of Raphoe and Co. Donegal. This murder took place about 1840. The poem was written down by John Moody, Kinnycally, St Johnston, Co. Donegal.
    Stumpy's Brae.
    Heard ye no tell o' stumpy's brae,
    Sit doon, sit doon, young frein,
    I'll make yer flesh ta creep this nicht,
    Yer hair ta stan' oneen.
    I kent it well in my young days,
    The story it was rife,
    There lived within a lonely place,
    A farmer and his wife.
    The boys and girls had a' gang doon,
    Awee ta the Blacksmith's Wake,
    There passed ane by the winda small
    And gead the door a shake.
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    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
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      1. poetry
        1. folk poetry (~9,504)