School: Bealach (roll number 5811)

Location:
Ballagh, Co. Roscommon
Teacher:
Domhnall Ó Daltúin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0258, Page 152

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St Patrick came to Slieve Bawne and as he passed along the mountain he blessed the wells for the people. When he came to Slieve Bawne he was surprised to find the people around the mountain when to bed so early. As he approached a dwelling to make inquires a women came out to meet him. He asked her why the people around here went to bed so early.
The woman told him they were afraid of seeing the fairy lights as anyone who saw them would be gone in twelve months. The saint told her the lights were harmless and not to be afraid. While they were talking one of the lights appeared in the valley. The Saint did nothing but

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Informant
Very Reverend Canon T. Hurley
Gender
male
Occupation
priest
Address
Kilroosky, Co. Roscommon
Language
English