School: St Anne's, Easkey (roll number 13968)

Easky, Co. Sligo
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A Funny Story

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0165, Page 117

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A Funny Story
Once upon a time there was a woman who lived in Easkey, she sat on a three legged stool and sold oranges.
All her family had gone to America and they wanted her there as well.
So she packed up her old stool and oranges and paid [payed] her passage. In going across, in the mail boat, a large whale appeared.
The old woman went to one side of the ship for to see the whale, but she slipped and fell over board, and before assistance could arrive the whale swallowed her up.
Then there was no use of her old stool or oranges so they threw them over board and the whale swallowed also.
Then they passed out a large hook to catch the whale. They did so and hoisted him on board the liner. Then they thought they would like to see what was inside him. So they opened him up and to their great dismay they found the old woman

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Annie Morrison
Fortland, Co. Sligo