School: Uachtar Árd (roll number 4786)

Oughterard, Co. Galway
An tSr M. S. Iognáid
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0065, Page 158

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    Magherabeg and walked back through a river until he reached a bog. Soon he went into a bog-hole and afterwards he came to himself and he started screaming for help. The village people heard him and came to his rescue. he was brought home to a neighbour's house and afterwards the people turned his waistcoat inside out and he went home safely then.
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  2. In the Churchyard near Oughterard the people say that every time a corpse was buried a serpent used come at night and eat it. This serpent had a beaten path up from Lough Corrib.
    It happened at this time that a woman died in a village called Glann. She was taken to the grave yard to be buried. After the burial her three sons drew lots to see which of them would watch the mother's grave and keep away the serpent. The lot fell on the married son but the youngest of them would not [let] him go. So he stayed himself. At about midnight he heard the whistling of the serpent coming up from Lough Corrib. It came to
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      1. supernatural and legendary beings (~14,864)
    Nora Joyce
    Oughterard, Co. Galway