School: Stackallen (roll number 1309)

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

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The Leipreachan

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0714, Page 092

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Long ago people believed that if you caught a Leipreachan and asked him where gold was hidden he would tell you. There was once a shoe-maker in Barristown named John Burke. He was very fond of money and he was never contented with his trade. One night when he and some neighbours were sitting at the fire, One of the men said that there was a Leipreachan in the rath at the river Boyne. That night when all the neighbours went home the shoe-maker went down to the rath and the Boyne and he saw a little man under a tree. He was dressed in red and he had a big tossel on his cap. The shoe-maker went over to him and caught him and asked him where the gold was hidden and the Leipreachan said that it was hidden under the big tree in the rath. The shoe-maker went home and came back with a spade and he began to dig for the gold. When he was digging for a long time he found a little box full of gold. Then he went home to his wife and she was not satisfied. So she sent him back and told him to keep digging until he would find a crock of

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Collector
Patrick Walsh
Gender
male
Address
Rushwee, Co. Meath
Informant
John Walsh
Gender
male
Age
75
Address
Rushwee, Co. Meath
Language
English