School: Scoil na mBráthar, Tralee (roll number 16704)

Location:
Tralee, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Mícheál Ó Ruairc, Ss. Ó Ruacháin

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A Hidden Treasure

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0439, Page 035

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It is said that very long ago a rich man lived near the place which is now called Firies. He was that his jewels and his money would be stolen so one day he got a cave made. At the mouth of the cave he got a big heavy stone door and it could only be opened by a secret lever.
The family from generation to generation were the only people that had the lever and knew the way to get into the cave to get the money.
Once an old witch dressed up as a young woman, and she married the only man that was left of the family who knew the way to get the money. He then told her and she killed him.
One day some time afterwards three men came to her and they said they would kill her if she did not tell them how to get the money. She was afraid of being killed, so she led them into the cave. While the men were looking at the money a stone fell on the lever and the four were trapped in the cave.

Informant
Mrs Shanahan
Gender
female
Age
30
Address
Farranfore, Co. Kerry
Language
English