School: Cloigeann

Cleggan, Co. Galway
Seán Ó Fathaigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0004, Page 327

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there and returned to Letterfrack the same day. The late Robert King, Cleggan, was a famous athlete, runner, juper, walker and a stone thrower. Thomas Boyne, Clifden was also a good walker and won several prizes in America for it. Charley Freyer former resident of Selerna and now living in Australia was a noted runner. At horse races at Selerna he competed with the best horse and won. The late Joseph McDonagh Bofin Island is still remembered there for a courageous deed. About fifty years ago a terriffic storm raged for seven weeks, the people were in a bad way as all eatables had ran short; McDonagh braving the storm started out in a hooker to Westport and returned in two days with provisions for the starving islanders. Another brave man Patrick Sullivan, Aughris, spent nine months in gaol for saving his own life. He was employed by the Coneyes and one day while working on their farm was attacked by their bull. There being no means of escape Sullivan picked up a stone ran towards the bull and flung it stricking him on the forehead and killing him instantly. The Coneys took court proceedings against him.
Martain Pee, Streamstown, was once arrested and when the police were taking him, handcuffed, by side-car to Clifden he jumped out of the car, at a lake near the town broke the hand-cuffs dived into the lake and escaped. Mrs Bailey, The Farm, Cleggan.

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