School: Clochar na Trócaire, Ceann tSáile

Location:
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Teacher:
An tSr. Úna

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Me Own Self

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0319, Page 355

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Long ago there lived a very old woman by the name of Miss Kiely. She had a big farm but was so hard and mean that neither man or boy would stay with her. One day she met a strayway and she asked him to work for her. He consented as he had no home to go to.
She then asked him his name and he said "Me Own Self." She gave him nothing to eat but three halfpenny herings in the week and his bed was one of the hobs by the fire, and his light was a saucer full of train-oil with a piece of rope for a wick. He had to feed cattle

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Collector
Máire Ní Dhonnbháin
Gender
female
Informant
Bean Uí Chochláin
Gender
female
Language
English