School: Ovens (C.) (roll number 5985)

Location:
Ovens, Co. Cork
Teacher:
Maud Mc Guire

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Legend of Mylane Stones

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0345, Page 347

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A tyrant chieftain planned to build an extensive castle with the largest stones obtainable in Mylane & surrounding district. His subjects, strong & weak, old & young alike, were compelled to take part in the gathering of the stones. The work began, & the unfortunate people had to travel miles to distant quarries, as it progressed & the home supply was exhausted.
Suddenly a dreadful illness struck the tyrant. He died during the absence of quite a number of his employees. The news reached them as they were struggling home, laden with their heavy burdens. They instantly dropped the stones on the bald slopes & boglands of Mylane, where they may be seen at the present day.

Informant
Michael O' Sullivan
Gender
male
Age
53
Language
English