School: Caisleán Gael (roll number 15337)

Location:
Castlegal, Co. Sligo
Teacher:
M. Ó Tiománaidhe

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The Duff and St Patrick

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0156, Page 012

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When the saint and his missioners were on their journey through the west on towards Donegal, he rested here a while. While here he had 2 goats to supply milk to himself and his followers.

One day while preaching next the mountain - Glenade, some local man stole one. Hence the Letirim people have been termed mean miserly and not trustworthy. The Sligo people say
"how could you trust a Leitrim man when one of them stole Saint Patrick's goat"
This is a common saying in Sligo and in Donegal - or in the part of both counties touching Leitrim.

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