School: Cnuicín na hAbhann

Location:
Knockeennahone, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Máiréad, Bean Uí Chéirín

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The Moving Bog near Gneeveguilla

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0448, Page 141

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I remember about forty years ago when a bog moved about four miles from our house. This bog was called "Portach na mine." It burst up in boiling, black liquid in the early morning of the 28th of December in the year 1897. It ran along for about twelve miles or more, and about a mile wide.

It swept away a whole family named Donnellys except one. It carried their house, their cattle, and everything they had. In this family there were the father and mother and five children. There was one girl saved who was away at her Grandmother's house that night. She used go to her Grandmother's for Christmas always. Her name was Kate Donnelly. When the neighbours got up in the morning they didn't know what was after happening when they saw all the black land.
There was an old woman living near the Donnellys by the name of Mary Buckley (Mrs. Cronin) and when she got up in the morning and looked out she got a terrible

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Collector
Hanna O Connor
Gender
female
Address
Toornanaunagh, Co. Kerry
Informant
Mrs Margaret O Connor
Gender
female
Age
56
Address
Toornanaunagh, Co. Kerry
Language
English