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

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

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The Soupers and the Monks of Kilcrea

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0345, Page 395

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A "Soupers Kitchen" was established at Kilcrea in the Penal Days, when Prosletysing was attempted upon the starving people of the district. One day a wealthy Protestant "souper" sent large supplies of flour & biscuits to Kilcrea Soup Kitchen.
The drivers were ordered to display the stores in lavish fashion on their open drays, & to drive slowly past the monastery gates of Kilcrea, where hundreds of starving people were accustomed to assemble to obtain alms from the charitable monks.
On this particular day, supplies had run short in the Abbey, & the disappointed starving people beheld the great wagon load of food, drawing slowly up the hill. The temptation to visit the

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Collector
Mary O' Leary
Gender
female
Age
12
Address
Killumney, Co. Cork
Informant
Mr T. Kiely
Gender
male
Address
Ovens, Co. Cork
Language
English