School: Druim Mór

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

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The Origin of the Tuirne Mháire

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0167, Page 210

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In the neighbourhood of Bonniconlon ( 5 miles from Ballina ) there lived a woman called Máire.
Máire was what they call a bit "soft" and she attended all the spinning camps for miles around Bonniconlon. The camp was held during the day & that night there was always a big spree to which all the youth of the neighbourhood gathered. The young boys always tried to have fun out of Máire by teasing her & playing tricks on her. One night they interfered with Máire's wheel & the next camp she attended poor Máire could not spin. Whenever she tried the wheel would cast the band.
Of course the boys heard of it & at night when they gathered in they told Máire there was only one way to get her wheel to spin as it did before & it was this - They told her to take her wheel to the church on the following Sunday & place it on the Altar

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Collector
Seosamh Ó Catháin
Gender
male
Occupation
múinteoir
Address
Dromore West, Co. Sligo
Informant
Miss B. Flynn
Gender
female
Age
over 80
Address
Lecarrow, Co. Sligo
Language
English