School: Gusserane

Gusserane, Co. Wexford
Bríghid, Bean Nic Fheorais
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0871, Page 356

Archival Reference

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0871, Page 356

Image and data © National Folklore Collection, UCD.

See copyright details.


Open data

Available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

  1. XML School: Gusserane
  2. XML Page 356
  3. XML “Michael O'Helton - The Hedge-School Master”

Note: We will soon deprecate our XML Application Programming Interface and a new, comprehensive JSON API will be made available. Keep an eye on our website for further details.

On this page

  1. Michael O'Dalton taught a class of about 20 youths in Dunmain, Gusserane, New Ross. Amongst his pupils was a youth Philip Daly who was a crack shot. The military knew of the existance of this school and sent a man named Goff or Lloyd who was a member of the army to gain the confidence of O'Dalton. This Goff or [?] worked as a horse trainer at Tierney's, Rathimney near where the hedge school was. He attended the night school and gained the confidence of Dalton.
    O'Dalton gave him the command of the band of Youths. Goff now pressed for immediate action he said he was member of society to free Ireland.
    It was arranged to raid Tintern Police barracks, but where to get the guns was the mystery. O'Dalton found out that a shooting party would be visiting Tintern Abbey, so the guns were stolen and also powder. There was now sufficient guns for all hands. A certain night was arranged and Goff said he would have each gun loaded and handed to each man on the night of the raid. They met at Dunmain and each man received a gun from Goff except Daly who had a gun of his own.
    (continues on next page)
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    Martin Walsh
    Gusserane, Co. Wexford