In the townland of Knockavalig lived a family of the name of Doody or rather the families of four brothers comprising in all - thirty two men.
These men were courageous and warlike and their aid was eargerly sought at faction fights.
There was one of them in particular who shone out in deeds of strenght he was known as "Shawn Láidir".
The "Pattern day" at Beale Ballybunion was usually marked out for a faction fight between the two great factions then in North Kerry - the Cooleens + the Mulvihills. Shawn Láidir was enlisted on the side of the Mulvihills on one particular fight.
Beale strand was crowded with people as well as the usual tents + apple carts seen
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- John O Connor
- Rathoran, Co. Kerry