School: Corr-Shaileach (roll number 12208)

Location:
Corsallagh, Co. Sligo
Teacher:
Tomás Ó Ceallaigh

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The Black Bull of the Castle of Blood

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0172, Page 038

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The were once three lovely girls living in a house. They had a lovely garden of flowers. One day looking out they saw a Black Bull hoking up their flowers and the oldest sister went out with a stick to hunt the Bull and the stick stuck to the Bull and she stuck to the stick and the Bull ran off. She had to follow him until they landed at the battle of Blood. As soon as the landed the Bull changed into a beautiful king at once. And he kept the girl housekeeping This day he was going away for three days and he left her minding the Castle, and he gave her a bunch of keys. He told her that she could open every door except this forbidden room and he showed her the key for this forbidden room and that she was not to opened that room. When she had all the rooms opened and veiwed she opened the forbidden room and looking in she saw a lot of girls killed, hanging up by the hair of the head, and she touched the blood with her foot

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Collector
Brendan O' Grady
Gender
male
Address
Cloonacool, Co. Sligo
Informant
Mr M. O' Donnell
Gender
male
Age
45
Address
Cloonacool, Co. Sligo
Language
English