School: Rockfield (roll number 15378)

Rockfield, Co. Sligo
Caoimhín Ó Duibhín

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0174, Page 243

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One night a priest was coming home late, when he saw a light under a tree beside the road. He went towards it, and as he came near he saw a man sitting on a stool, before a small table, on which lay a pack of cards.
The mana sked the priest to have a game of cards with him, and the priest said that he would. He sat down on a small rock beside the table and began playing. The priest won the first two games. During the third game, a card fell to the ground, and the priest stooped to pick it up. He nearly fainted when he saw that the man had cloven feet and a tail. He jumped up and ran for hime. The man with the cloven feet and tail ran after him. When the priest was entering his own door, a dagger stuck in the door over his head. He fell on the floor unconcious. He knew that it was the devil who had tried to kill him.

Hugh Harrington
Knockadoo, Co. Sligo