School: Cill Chuana (roll number 12782)

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

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The Woman and Her Son

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0022, Page 0099

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The Woman and her son
Once upon a time there was an old widow. She had only one son and he was very lazy. She reared him well till he was twenty or twenty one years. One day she sent him cutting turf. She brought him his dinner at twelve o'clock and when she left it down seven hundred flies lay on the butter. When Pádhraig saw them he killed the seven hundred with one blow of his hand.
So he didn't eat any dinner, but he stood up and said to his mother "I am planning an easier way to live". So they both went to a black-smiths shop. He told the smith to make him a sword with these words written on it. "Seven hundred killed with one blow" When he got the sword they went on till they came to a rich man's house that kept "Garsgí Mora".
Pádhraig went in by the haggard

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Informant
William Mc Hugh
Gender
male
Age
40
Occupation
feirmeoir
Address
Ballycasey, Co. Galway
Language
English