School: Na Mullaigh (Smithboro') (roll number 10104)

Smithborough, Co. Monaghan
Mrs Walsh
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0951, Page 322

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0951, Page 322

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  1. Up to the middle of the 19th century the belief was prevalent that wives could be sold if the bargain was made in a fair town on a fair day.
    A transaction of this kind took place in Monaghan about 90 years ago. The parties concerned were Teacy Hanna of Killadonnelly & Pat Lambe of Tattindonagh both townlands about 2 mls from Smithboro. Teacy Hanna was not married but Employed the services of a housekeeper whom he was tired of. He fixed on Pat Lambe's wife (who was a thrifty good-looking woman) as her successor & happening to meet Pat Lambe who was a drunk and in Monaghan fair made a suggestion to Pat that he would buy his wife and assured him that it would be legal
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    John Thomas Rooney
    Smithborough, Co. Monaghan