School: Eaglais

Location:
Burren, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
S. Ó Mongaigh

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Eaglais | The Schools’ Collection

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0089, Page 020

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When people first came to Burren about 150 years ago they found it was only a wild marshy bog. First they cut away the turf. At the bottom of the bogs they found hugh trunks and roots of trees which they used to show light in the houses instead of lamps during the long winter nights. After that they drained the land and made ditches. Last of all they tilled it. In that way they made of it the fine land which we see to-day

Collector
Pádhraic Ó Máille
Gender
male
Occupation
pupil
Informant
J. Malley
Relation
unknown
Gender
unknown
Age
75
Address
Burren, Co. Mayo
Language
English

Commauns Bridge was made about seven or eight years ago. My father and Patrick Jennings made it.
There was a wooden bridge before the cement bridge.
It was swept away by a flood.

About the time of the Famine or a little before it, Lord Lucan who lived in Castlebra owned all the land around the town

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