School: Ballaghameehan (roll number 13908)

Location:
Tullyskeherny, Co. Leitrim
Teacher:
John Eames

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0189, Page 163

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In the time of Sir Fredrick Hamilton there lived an old man named Cormac McGowan in the townland of Townaleck. He was known as Cormac Ravoc.
He was a very strong man. A mill stone would be no weight for him to carry. He has his house opposite a little stream or river. In this there was as stone flag resting on other little stones. It was arranged in such a way that anybody when crossing it would make a very big noise. Cormac Ravac was on the run at this time, and the soldiers were all after him. This night he heard a noise on this stone and he counted twelve different steps. Cormac knew that it must be the soldiers coming. In a few minutes he found the latch a lifting of the door. The soldiers were all covered over with snow as it was snowing heavily. Corman ran and got a sheet and dipped it in a pan of cream. He also got a 'scan fada' and got in the midst of the soldiers and killed every one of them. They did not know him from themselves.
That is how Townaleck got its name.

Collector
John Eames
Gender
male
Occupation
teacher
Address
Tullyskeherny, Co. Leitrim
Language
English