School: Baile na hEaglaise (Chapeltown)

Location:
Chapeltown, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Mícheál Ó hAiniféin

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Hidden Treasure

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0438, Page 247

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Sir Henry Donovan of Spa, Tralee got in his time a lot of smuggled goods by boat from abroad, goods such as tobacco & drink which he sold afterwards in Tralee. A small ship arrived one day at Spa Strand and while at anchor in the bay, two of the crew, in the absence of the Captain, who was in Tralee, stole a bag of gold out of the ship and took it ashore. It is said that the two sailors were seen crossing the Rock near Kilfanora - now called "Sammy's Rock" and they buried the gold somewhere on the side of that Rock.
A Travelling woman one day called to John Sullivan's house at Ballygarron Cross and says she "Gold is near you, wishin a stone's throw, if you look for it you will find it, & don't be afraid". She came some time after & she said "You didn't do as I told you". He admitted he didn't. "Carry a bottle of Holy Water with You now" says she, "and you'll heir a lot of things but don't be indread".
He at last plucked up Courage and asked a man named Sheehan of Kilfenora to accompany

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Collector
Míchéal Ó hAinféin
Gender
male
Occupation
múinteoir
Address
Tralee, Co. Kerry
Informant
Mrs Eugene Parker
Gender
female
Age
73
Address
Listrim, Co. Kerry
Language
English