School: Liatra (roll number 13341)

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

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A Local Meeting

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0013, Page 108

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My father attended a great meeting of Michael Davitt's in Williamstown. McDonal, a local landlord, and Fr. Loftus the Parish Priest at the time were presen on the stage and addressed the meeting against Davitt.
McDonal threatened his tenants off the stage and said he knew the people who were hooting him. Some of the Williamstown who were near the stage told Michael Davitt to come off the stage unknown to the others. He did so and when he came down, the props were pulled from under the stage and McDonal and Father Loftus were let fall. So great was the fun made of this incident that a song was composed about the meeting by travelling ballad-singer and was long sung in the parish.

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