School: Turlough, Béal an Chloga (roll number 14872)

Location:
Turlough, Co. Clare
Teacher:
Áine, Bean Uí Éalaidhe

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0615, Page 022

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There was once a young man in this parish. ...

There was once a young man in this parish. His name was Jim Whelan. He was a soldier and dispatch rider of the I.R.A. He got up one morning very early to deliver some despatches to his O.C. When he went out on his bicycle he found the whole place surrounded by Black and Tans.
He turned back again and hid the (?) carefully dressed in an old suit, took a tin can and went in pretence milking the ewes. The tans took no notice of him. When he was a safe distance away he went and informed his officer who immediately sent his men to safe quarters. Next morning Whelan came back a very happy man because he had the lives of a good many saved.

Collector
Fergus Linnane
Gender
male
Informant
Pat Linnane
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
56
Address
Sheshia, Co. Clare
Language
English