School: Beanna (roll number 9524/5)

Banna West, Co. Kerry
Mícheál Ó Cearbhaill
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0414, Page 313

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  1. Famine times
    There was a famine in Ireland in the year 1847. People were dying by the road sides sign of grass in their mouths. There is a story told about a very decent woman who lived here around. She was a farmers wife.
    In the beginning of the year the farmer put a lot of corn into a large chest and locked it saying "I will use that in the end of the year." He gave the key to his wife to mind it. Every time a poor person came to her looking for charity she gave them a can of corn out of the chest until at last it was all gone. She did not know what to say to her husband when he asked her for the key but a thought struck her. She went our and filled the chest with chaff. When the man went to get the corn the finest corn he ever saw was in the chest.
    Written by Peg Lawlor Ballymcquinn, Ardfert and obtained from
    Mrs Mary McCarthy Ballymcquinn, Ardfert
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. time
      1. historical periods by name (~25)
        1. the great famine (~4,013)
    Peg Lawlor
    Ballymacquin Upper, Co. Kerry
    Mrs Mary Mc Carthy
    Ballymacquin Upper, Co. Kerry