School: Shelbaggan Convent

Location:
Shelbaggan, Co. Wexford
Teacher:
An tSr M. Breandán

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'98 - A Story

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0874, Page 056

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During the '98 rebellion the English soldiers were marching through a place called Ballygow, which is about three miles from Shielbaggan School. They went into the house of a man named Doyle. When Doyle heard the soldiers coming towards the house, he stepped in behind a door, and the English could not find him.

A baby was sleeping in a cradle in the kitchen. One of the soldiers went over and stuck a spear in through the child, took it on his shoulder and brought it off. When they could not find the father, they had revenge on the child.
The mother fainted and when she recovered, her reason was gone.
She went around the district wailing over the cries of her baby.

Informant
Mrs Roche
Gender
female
Age
75
Address
Balliniry, Co. Wexford
Language
English