School: Rathkenny (roll number 15483)

Location:
Rathkenny, Co. Meath
Teacher:
Tomás Mac Cárthaigh

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A Strange Animal

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0714, Page 183

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Many years ago there lived in Mullagha in this parish a family named Byrne. Their nephew Patrick Keeley lives in this place at present. They were small farmers. It is said that one of the brothers named Patrick got a crock of gold from the fairies in the "Lios" at the back of their house. He got it on condition that he would share it. This he did not do. He fell off a cock of hay one day and was killed. It is said that his flesh turned black when he died.
Another brother met with a sudden death soon after. One night when he was not feeling well he got out of bed and as soon as he was out of bed he vomited up blood and died immediately.
There now remained but one brother Johnny. He used to go to fairs. He would buy cattle at one fair and

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Collector
Christopher Hickey
Gender
male
Address
Ladyrath, Co. Meath
Informant
Mrs Owens
Gender
female
Age
89
Address
Mullagha, Co. Meath
Language
English