School: Ráithín (C.) (roll number 9384)

Raheen, Co. Kerry
Peig, Bean Uí Chróinín

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woman for her husband. Nobody will cry for me but my mother and she'll soon follow. You can make "frost nails" of my bones if you have the power but you have no control over my soul".

Some weeks after this execution two bullocks strayed from Colonel Cronin's land at Shannagh Rái-mór A "paid" informer swore he saw two Healy brothers from Barradur 6 miles east of Killarney and half-way between it and Rathmore. The proved that they were at Killarney market selling potatoes but their proof of innocence was ignored and they were both hanged near Barradur.
A few days after the execution the bullocks were found drowned in a bog-hole at Clounts. When the "Healys' mother was assured of the innocence she went on her knees in Colonel Cronin's presence and said "You'll die by your neck" too but not by a rope but a far more agonising torture." Some time after he developed a "growth" in his throat. This caused him to be unable to take food or drink so he died of hunger and thirst.
For many years after the death of Colonel Cronin Rathmore road was haunted and travelling after dark was often accompanied by fright after fright from something supernatural

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Knocknagree, Co. Cork