School: Baile Treasna, Caisleán Mumhan (Ballytarsney) (roll number 15970)

Ballytarsna (Hackett), Co. Tipperary
Seán Ó Freathaile

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The farmer brought him into the house, and gave him a good meal. Sometime after they had returned to the garden to work, the farmer looked behind him, and saw the man standing idle. "Why are you not working now" said he. "Ah my dear man" said he "a full bag cant bend".

About forty years ago a man named Matt Costigan was working with a local gentleman named Major Philips. Matt lived with his aged mother in a small house in the estate.
She always kept some fowl. One day the major found them damaging a field of corn. He approached Matt, and told him that he had a serious row with mother, who would not keep her hens off his garden. "Begor" says Matt, "what can I do with her, sure she is too ould to bate her".

John Bryant
Ballinree, Co. Tipperary