School: An Mhainistir, Cloch na Rón

Location:
Roundstone, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Ambrós Ó Conaill

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The Man who Met His Dead Wife

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0007, Page 039

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Once upon a time there lived a man and his wife. His wife died at the age of seventy two years and himself was ninety five then. He got very poor and had to go around begging.

One summer day he went to Galway begging and in the evening when he was coming home, he fell asleep on the side of the road.
He wakened at about three o'clock in the morning and started off for home again.
He was about three miles from his home when a women came out of the wall and stood before him, "in the name of god who are you said the man. " I am your own wife said the women and I have a half pint of whiskey to pay in Mr O'Donnell's public house".
I will pay it said the man. At that very moment the women disappeared and in the morning the man went to the public house and paid for the whiskey.

Collector
Michael O' Toole
Gender
male
Informant
Bridget Green
Gender
female
Age
70
Occupation
domestic worker
Address
Roundstone, Co. Galway
Language
English