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

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

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Local Tales

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0345, Page 393

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Mr Timothy Kiely (71yrs) Ovens Bridge, related the following humourous tale to Annie Cronin (12 ½ yrs) Knockanemore.

"When I was quite a young lad, a funny old character whom we called "Thirsty Joe" lived near Ovens Bridge. Poor Joe earned his nickname from the fact that he could consume more drink - whilst remaining perfectly sober - than any man in the parish.
Joe was left a "windfall" & of course his first call was to the local inn. The village jokers called out "Now Joe lets see you quench your long thirst in fine style". "Sure I will" replied Joe. "Mr - - - if you please, bring out two gorsoons to help you fill up fast - enough for me - I've always dreamt of this day, & sure enough me dream's come true".
So they 'filled up' for thirsty Joe, glass upon glass. Joe's thirst increased, as the crowds plaudits grew louder. "Yerra sir, fill the big measure now - the glass is too small" so they filled a quart, & then a gallon

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Collector
Annie Cronin
Gender
female
Age
13
Address
Knockanemore, Co. Cork
Informant
Mr Timothy Kiely
Gender
male
Age
71
Address
Ovens, Co. Cork
Language
English