School: Convent Girls' School, Ballymote

Location:
Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Teacher:
Sr. M. Patrick

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Hidden Treasure in Tawnytaskin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0183, Page 192

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About the year 1815 an English
soldier stationed in Bengal dreamed
three nights in succession about a
treasure which was buried on a
round hill near the river Boyle
in a townland called Tawnytaskin
in the Parish of Boyle Co. Roscommon.

In his dream he saw the
exact spot where the treasure lay, the
faces of the three men who were
to assist him to get it and heard
their names. It was made known
to him that the treasure was of gold
buried by the Danes that it was
guarded by an enchanted eel
and that in order to reach it
he would require, a rod to
strike the eel, a coal-black cock
and the Purificator with which
the Priest purifies the Chalice.
The soldier’s regiment was
transferred to England and he

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Collector
Kathleen Barnes
Gender
female
Address
Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Informant
John J. Cole
Gender
male
Address
Tawnytaskin, Co. Roscommon
Language
English
Location
Tawnytaskin