School: Cill Chuana (roll number 12782)

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

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Counting the Souls

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0022, Page 0169

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There were two boys long ago. They made up their minds that they would steal apples. They went to the garden and pulled the bag of apples. When one boy was tired he would give the bag to the other boy. They came to a graveyard and when they going in the gate they lost two apples. There was a man coming home from visiting and he heard these two counting the apples. He thought it was God and the devil counting the souls. He went home and he told his brother that God and the devil were counting the souls. “Is it crazy you are” said the brother. “It is not”, said the man. “Come on till you see.” When they came to the graveyard they heard the boys saying “this one is for me

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