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

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

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The Hidden Gold of Scornach

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0345, Page 358

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The gold was originally concealed in "Mullae Ruadh" for an imprisoned native chieftain - (a Barrett of Castleinch, or a McCarthy according to the varying versions of the legend) - by his faithful retainers. But the bailiffs discovered the hiding place & secured the gold.
They were about to depart with the treasure when they were surprised by the natives of Scornac. They were chased through Castleinch. The main body halted near the "Inch" & fired on their pursuers, whilst the remainder of the party succeeded in reaching "Poll an Scornaig" & secreted the treasure in Bealick Rock.
When they returned some time later they failed to locate the "hiding hole" & so

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Informant
Stephen Hegarty
Gender
male
Age
53
Occupation
farmer
Address
Curraghbeg, Co. Cork
Language
mixed