School: Yellow Furze

Location:
Yellow Furze, Co. Meath
Teacher:
Síle, Bean Uí Leamhain

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0684, Page 195

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When the chapel at Hayes was wrecked in the Penal days it was next built where the horse stables are now.
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There was a family living about here who had a Connaught man working for them, and it is said that when they were in want of money this man would make it for them.
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There is a very remarkable ditch at the back of my house.
From its length it must have been a pass way in days gone by, as it continues on up to Kentstown church and goes down the other side to the banks of the Boyne where a ford crosses the river.
The ditch continues on the side of the Boyne but I do not know for how far.
V. Quinn from Mrs Brennans Stories.
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Folk Lore
Once upon a time Finn Mac Cool threw a stone from Tara Hill to the old "Church Hill" in Brownstown. We can still see it as we pass by on that road, although I do not live far from it. The mark of the five fingers is plain to be seen on the stone, and each finger is about one inch in depth. It was a very heavy stone weighing about 8 cuits. The "Church Hill" is very high, and this stone is seated on the side of the hill. One has a great view from the "Church Hill" to Tara. There is a burial ground here but no trace of ruins of a Church though it is very likely the hill got its name from a Church that stood here in olden times.
Written by Kitty Reilly

Collector
Kitty Reilly
Gender
female
Language
English