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

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

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A Swift Runner

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0487, Page 283

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In Newbridge there once lives a swift runner named Thomas Casey. He was the champion of West Limerick and was a small thin man. At the same time there was a man named O'Brien champion of Co Clare so the challenged their year's wages on a three mile run at Foynes.
The ground was provided by Lord Mount Eagle for the contest which took place on the 15th of August 1900 and was witnessed by a large crowd. When the race started there was great excitement. The Clare man took the lead from the start and held leading until the last round then the Co Limerick man passed him out and won by a small margin.
Written by: John J Upton,
Old Mill,
Newcastle West

Collector
John J. Upton
Gender
male
Address
Oldmill, Co. Limerick
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
54
Address
Oldmill, Co. Limerick
Language
English