School: Druim Mór

Location:
Dromore, Co. Sligo
Teacher:
Seosamh Ó Catháin

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The Ship that Would Sail without Air or Water

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0167, Page 0454

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Long ago a king had one daughter &he promised her in marriage to the man who would make for him a ship that would sail without air or water - Several tried but failed. Near the King's palace lived a farmer who had three sons. Their father told them them they might as well try to make the ship & so win the princess. The eldest said he would try his luck -
The mother made two oat cakes - one large and the other small for him - She asked him which he would with him, the large one with her curse or the small one with her blessing. The son said "Your blessing was never much good - so what ever about your curse I'll have the big one." Then he set off

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Collector
Seosamh Ó Catháin
Gender
male
Address
Dromore West, Co. Sligo
Informant
Tom Gallagher
Gender
male
Address
Farranmacfarrell, Co. Sligo
Language
English