School: Stackallen (roll number 1309)

Location:
Stackallan, Co. Meath
Teacher:
P.T. Mac Gabhann

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0714, Page 024

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About fifty years ago there was a travelling woman named Kitty Cooney who used to go from house to house through the country mending bellows. She always went on foot. The people in this district used to call her "Kitty the bellows." Here is a verse which was made by her.
"My name is Kate Cooney I live by my trade,
I know all about leather and how it is made,
I can earn a fine shilling and spend it as fast
And a wind broken bellows I'll bring to its blast.
And here's to the tinkers that cobble the tin,
And here's to the women that's fond of the min,
And here's to myself sure as long as I last
And a wind-broken bellows I'll bring to its blast."

Collector
Philomena Tighe
Gender
female
Address
Rochestown, Co. Meath
Informant
Charles Tighe
Gender
male
Age
65
Address
Stackallan, Co. Meath
Language
English