School: Ballyloghane, Caisleán Nua Thiar (roll number 8783)

Location:
Ballinloughane, Co. Limerick
Teacher:
S. Condún, Úna Nic Ádhaimh

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Sprid na Bearna

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0487, Page 214

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Sprid na Barna. 2-11-'37

Once upon a time there was a woman living in Ireland. Her name was Mary O'Shaughnessy. She was a very wicked woman and she did some very wicked deeds. When she died it is said that her ghost was seen every night at Barna, between Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale, therefore she was called Sprid na Barna.
All the people in the district were afraid of her and she followed many of them. It is said she was banished by a priest and sent to take all the water out of the sea with a bottomless thimble.
Written by:- Mary Healy,
Ballyine,
Newcastle West,
Told by:- my father. Aged 63yrs.

Collector
Mary Healy
Gender
female
Address
Ballyine, Co. Limerick
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
63
Address
Ballyine, Co. Limerick
Language
English