School: Liatra (roll number 13341)

Location:
Lettera, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Seán Mac Sheoin

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Hidden Treasure

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0013, Page 033

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Hidden Treasure

It is a common belief among the people of this locality that a pot of gold is buried under a chestnut tree in Peter Doherty's garden. Peter Doherty's little cabin is now in ruins. The garden, in which it stands is a complete overgrowth of moss and weeds and the chestnut tree, which is believed to be covering the hidden treasure, spreads high over all. Peter Doherty is many a long year in his grave and the last of his descendants have vanished from Croaghill also, but my grandfather, as a little boy, knew him well and used to listen eagerly as he recounted to him his adventures while in quest of the mysterious treasure.
One night as he lay asleep, a voice from the window awakened him telling him to travel to Athlone and that there he would get a pot of gold. The following night he received the same orders. He heeded neither of those commands but the third night he was awakened again. This time the

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Collector
Annie Morgan
Gender
female
Address
Croaghill, Co. Galway
Informant
John Morgan
Gender
male
Age
68
Occupation
farmer
Address
Croaghill, Co. Galway
Language
English