School: Scoil na mBráthar, Portlaoighse

Location:
Port Laoise, Co. Laois
Teacher:
Br. Frampton

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The Mass Pit

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0834, Page 313

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About two miles to South of Portlaoighise there is a place called Ballycarney. In this place years ago Cromewell planted a man named Cassan. This man evicted all small holders out of their homes took to himself their lands making of them the Cassan Estate. On this estate there is a pit known as the Mass pit where all these poor people had to hear mass during the penal days. There is a big tree formerly known as the watch tree. There is a flat surface of wood known as the altar. The Mass path is to be seen yet

Collector
S. Dunne
Address
Meelick, Co. Laois
Informant
Dunne
Relation
parent
Address
Meelick, Co. Laois
Language
English