School: Yellow Furze

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

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0684, Page 331

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John Gillick of Stackallen Co Meath was a local poet, and seldom spoke unless in Rhyme. He generally worked as a thatcher. On one occasion he was working for a man named Brady from Rushwee who also had a gift in the same line. Now Gillick thatching an old house for Brady (who was a big cattle dealer) and was not getting over it as quickly as Brady thought he should, so he spoke to him one day about how little he had done the day before, and Gillick answered him without any delay as follows.

"There were bullocks to Polly and heifers to brand
And they called on the thatcher to give them a hand
From a quarter to one till a quarter to four
The thatcher didn't get back to the house any more
Then Brady answered as follows.

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Collector
Teresa Mullen
Gender
female
Informant
Tom Gillick
Gender
male
Language
English