School: Beanntraighe (B.) (roll number 15135)

Location:
Bantry, Co. Cork
Teacher:
Dr. Mac Carrthaigh

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A Ghost Story

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0281, Page 168

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Some years ago there lived an old soldier in Bantry. One night he was coming in the Abbey Rd after being on a journey. It was after midnight when he was nearing the Abbey Gate.
When he was a little distance from the gate, he saw a woman walking up and down. She was dressed in black and wearing a hooded cloak. He went over to her and said, "is this the right road to Bantry." He was only joking because he knew it was the right road. She gave him no answer but took a bunch of quills from under her cloak. She beat him with the quills until he fell on the road.
When morning came the man got off the road and went into town. He told a priest what had happened to him. The priest said he had no right to joke the woman, because she was doing her penance at that gate.

Collector
Patrick White
Gender
male
Address
Bantry, Co. Cork
Informant
Mrs White
Gender
female
Address
Bantry, Co. Cork
Language
English