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- Long ago there was a man in Coolavota whom the priest cursed from the Altar during Mass. The altar candles were then taken off the altar and thrown away. The dogs would not go near the candles. Long ago the Fitzgerald O Keeffe's were Catholics but owing to some dispute with the parish priest Mr O Keeffe left the chapel and became a Protestant. After that, when any of the O Keeffe's were dying, dogs would be heard barking in the sky. In the time of the priest hunters the yeomen and magistrates were having a dinner at Bolster's near Kanturk. They were hunting a priest and news was brought to them that the priest was hiding in the vicinity. Mr George Bolster left the dinner table with the excuse of a headache(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
- Áine Ní Mhurchada