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 071

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The only poet that they knew of around here was Matt Mahon. ...

Told to me by my father
Thomas McGann
Aughavinane
Bellharbour
Co. Clare
60 years of age

The only poet that they knew of around here was Matt Mahon. He lived in Duras in the parish of Kinvara. He was fairly well educated. He used to come around here with an ass and car. One of his hands and one of his legs were disabled.
When he would come into a house if he was not well received he would make up a bad song about the people of the house and if he was well received he would make up a good song.
He was travelling one Sunday and he went into a lot of houses and he got nothing until he came to Peter McGann's.
He was highly received there and he composed the following verse:-
I been from Connaught and in in Clare
And by my conscience I must declare
That the likes of Peter and his family

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Collector
Margaret Mc Gann
Gender
female
Informant
Thomas Mc Gann
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
60
Address
Aghawinnaun, Co. Clare
Language
English