School: An Chúil Árd (roll number 12587)

Location:
Coolard, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Seán Ó Duilleáin

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An Old Story I Heard

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0401, Page 214

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There was once a lad and he was very delicate and his father put him out on the mountains of Tralee minding sheep. One day he was in Tralee and he saw a crowd of boys joining the soldiers. He joined also. He went off to Dublin to be trained then but one day he and two other boys stole away. They were walking along the shore one day and they saw a boat by the shore. They went into it and they were soon landed at an old castle. They saw three doves inside but when they entered the castle the doves changed into three ladies. They began talking to them. They then told the three boys to wish for whatever they liked and they would get it. One wished for a knife another for a purse and I do not know what the other boy got. The fellow who got the knife said these words "I wish by the edge of this knife that I was landed in Paris" and at that moment he was landed in Paris. One night he was in the king's palace and the princess knew he had the knife and when he fell asleep she stole it. She wished that she was in the loneliest island in the world and she was there at that moment. One day she wished that she was in her father's house and she was there at once. The poor boy had nothing to eat and he had no clothes. One day he ate some fruit and great

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Collector
James Relihan
Gender
male
Address
Coolkeragh, Co. Kerry
Informant
Mrs C. Relihan
Gender
female
Age
55
Address
Coolkeragh, Co. Kerry
Language
English