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School: Bellanagare (roll number 2968)

Location:
Bellanagare, Co. Roscommon
Teacher:
Seán Mac Dochair

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Composition - Fionn and the Cloch an Tiompáin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0244, Page 139

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There are many tales told of Fionn and his great deeds, and there are many objects which show these great deeds. There is a large stone in the village of Kilcorkey which is a mark of one of Fionn's great deeds. This stone is six feet high and is said to be the same depth underground. It contains limestone and is standing upright in the field.
The story connected with it is as follows. One day, Fionn with two other companions was coming from Loughglynn to be present at a dinner which was to be held in Elphin. He was carrying this huge stone on his shoulder at the time, and as they were passing by this field they heard they heard the dinner bell toll. Fionn in his hurry threw the stone into the field and gave three powerful steps to Elphin and was in time for dinner.
He intended to come back to fetch the stone but he never did so. Ever since that day the stone is call "Cloch an Tiompáin" which means the stone of the gong of a bell. As there are cattle in the field where it now stands it is used by them as a scratching post.

Collector
Mary Geraghty
Gender
female
Informant
Michael Geraghty
Gender
male
Age
65
Address
Bellanagare, Co. Roscommon
Language
mixed
Location
Kilcorkey