School: Cill Chuana (roll number 12782)

Location:
Kilcoona, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Liam Ó Conáin

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The Smith and the Devil

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0022, Page 0065

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One day a smith whose name was Billy Cooper was working in a forge. A man came into him and he said he would give him three wishes. The first wish was that anyone who would take hold of his sledge wouldn’t be able to let it go without Billy’s leave. The second wish was that anyone who would sit in his arm-chair wouldn’t be able to get up out of it without Billy’s leave. The third wish was that any money that would be put into Billy’s purse couldn’t leave it without his leave.
This man, who came to him was our Lord. When he was gone the devil came to Billy and he asked him would he come with him? Billy said he would but he had to get ready. He asked the devil would he strike a few blows of the sledge on a piece of iron and so he did. When Billy told him to stop he was not able to let go the sledge. Billy asked the devil would he leave

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Informant
Martin Dooley
Gender
male
Age
50
Occupation
farmer
Address
Kilcoona, Co. Galway
Language
English