School: Scrabagh (roll number 11202)

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Teacher:
Mrs Rose Ffrench

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The Bard of Ardleckna

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0254, Page 056

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Tramp's reply to Poor Law Guardians who refused him a night's lodging at the Workhouse, Carrick-on-Shannon.

"The Bard of Ardleckna"
I
You grave Carrick Guardians, who assemble every Thursday
To pass resolutions upon Eire's woes,
Come listen to the wail of a poor Irish beggar,
A wayworn tramp without money or clothes.
II
I sat on the roadside to read the Observer
And I saw a production from one of your quorum,
It was painful to me, an honest old fellow
Who had worked all day on his own native shore.
III
When the sons of old Erin were flying in thousands

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Collector
Teresa Caslin
Gender
female
Address
Cuiltyshinnoge, Co. Roscommon
Informant
Thomas Caslin
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Address
Cuiltyshinnoge, Co. Roscommon
Language
English