School: Presentation Brothers' School, Cóbh

Location:
Cóbh, Co. Cork
Teacher:
An Bráthair Ó Doghair

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A Story about the Great Island

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0385, Page 416

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The Great Island has been named the Isle of Neimeid, because there is a tradition that about the year of the world 2850 a tribe headed by a prince called Neimeid landed on the Great Island.
They are said to be the second colony who landed in Ireland from Europe. Neimeid died of the plague with 3,000 of his followers. about the year 2859 and is said to have been buried in Currabinny Hill. The Great Island was then called Ui Liahain from the Lehane tribe who owned the Great Island and the country around it before the English invaded Cork. At this time it was the custom of the people to live in houses of timber or wicker which were surrounded by mounds of earth called forts of lisses. There is one of them near Ballymore, and another near

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Collector
John O' Donovan
Gender
male
Address
Cóbh, Co. Cork
Informant
K. O' Donovan
Gender
unknown
Address
Cóbh, Co. Cork
Language
English