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A Famous Scornach Athlete - Skilange the Runner

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0345, Page 362

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Timothy Healy was born in 1893 in Castleinch, not very far from the holy wells. His admirers called him Skillange after a famous race horse. Tim Healy's prowess in running was unequalled in Munster. He won prizes at almost every sporting centre in the province. The following poem extolling his running feats was composed by Mr. Jeremiah Long of Greenfield, Ballincollig, Co. Cork.

By the side of the famed holy wells, boys
Where the pilgrim has oft bent the knee.
Our hero Skillange saw the light, boys
In sweet Castleinch by the Lee.

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Informant
Michael Hegarty
Gender
male
Age
53
Occupation
farmer
Address
Castleinch, Co. Cork
Language
mixed