School: Mullach Dubh

Location:
Lisgorman, Co. Leitrim
Teacher:
Pádhraic Ó Blioscáin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0203, Page 172

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Long ago a man and his wife lived at the foot of Benbo mountain and they had one son. It happened that there was a thief in the district called "the black thief of slown." One day the little boy got a beating and he went to the black thief slown to learn thieving. He was only there a few days when he saw a man coming along the road leading a sheep by a rope. The little boy asked the black thief would be be able to steal the sheep. The black thief said that it could not be done. The little boy bet a pound that he would be able to steal the sheep so the black thief agreed to the bet. Then the boy started off on the road which was runing through a wood. He then took off his shoes and put dirt into one of them. Then he went around a bend in the road and left down the other shoe. When the man came along with his sheep he looked at the shoe and said to himself if he a comrade it would fit a little boy of his.

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Collector
Patrick Feeney
Gender
male
Address
Sheskin, Co. Leitrim
Informant
John Feeney
Gender
male
Age
49
Address
Sheskin, Co. Leitrim
Language
English