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 142

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In walking through Galway in the borders of Clare. ...

In walking through Galway in the borders of Clare,
South west of Kinvara where houses are rare,
God who always was had directed my way
And put into my mind to go to those who are gay.
The house that I entered where John Purcell doth dwell
It was there I found kindness from a charming young (belle?)
She is the pride of her parents the truth I doth tell
She is every way decent and always well cared.

These verses were written by an old poet named Matt Mahon, a native of Duras, Kinvara. He was a very poor man and used to go around the country begging. One day he went into Miss Purcell's home. She was very agreeable to him and gave him money and food. Then he wrote these verses in gratitude. An other verse in the poem is as follows
There is an A with an N and an N with an A
Just what I have heard from her own dear Mama
There is an A with an N and an R with an I
And A the last letter
Young Hana Maria.

Collector
Rita Burke
Gender
female
Informant
Mrs Burke
Relation
grandparent
Gender
female
Age
66
Address
Aghawinnaun, Co. Clare
Language
English