School: An Clochán (B)

Location:
Clifden, Co. Galway
Teacher:
An Br. Angelo Mac Shámhais

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The Mass Rock

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0004, Page 234

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There is a mass rock in Dooneen about one mile out side Clifden. In the penal days when the English forbade the Irish to say mass or teach school, the priests used to select a rock in the mountains and all the people went there about five or six o' clockin the morning so that the English would not see them. This is the rock what the Clifden people had for saying mass. Beside the rock is a fern growing it tastes like liquorice. A medal was found about one hundred years old. It is belonging to Father Matthew

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Collector
Francis Egan
Gender
male
Informant
Patrick Whelans
Gender
male
Age
80
Address
Clifden, Co. Galway
Language
English