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

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

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Many stories are told in the long winter nights. ...

Many stories are told in the long winter nights. It is about a man named Gobán Saor. On one occasion a king wanted to have the finest castle in the world so he got Gobán Saor to build it for him. Gobán went and had it nearly built when he found that he was going to be killed when the castle was finished. He said he couldn't finish the castle unless he had a certain instrument so the king sent his son for it. When he came he said he wanted a Turn against a turn and a turn against a turn. The son's wife said it was below in the bottom of a box. The king's son bent down looking in the box for the instrument and she shoved him into a big long bog and kept him there until the Gobán was let home again. The castle was never finished.

Collector
John P. Kerin
Gender
male
Informant
Tim Kerin
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
53
Address
Gortaclare, Co. Clare
Language
English