School: Gort na Díogha (roll number 15587)

Location:
Gortnadeeve West, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Séamus Ó Dochartaigh, Bean Uí Dhochartaigh

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William Healy

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0016, Page 034

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(A woman gives him £20 to kill his wife & marry herself)
Young men and maidens
I pray lend an ear
As I am locked up in a dismal cell
The truth I will declare.
Its a false and wicked woman
That fell in love with me
And for the sake of £20
With her I did agree.
To murder my companion
With her I did prepare
And with her blood I owned to God
My hands I did bespear.
With a knife I pierced her heart
As she lay on her bed
And with a bloody weapon
I then cut off her head.
Her infant it kept crying
As it lay on the floor
I threw it on a blazing fire
And soon it was consumed.
A carman then passing by

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Informant
Thomas Brennan
Gender
male
Age
91
Address
Knockmascahill, Co. Galway
Language
English