School: Cuan an Bhainigh (Bannow)

Carrick, Co. Wexford
Tomás Breatnach

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Raths and Forts

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0876, Page 052

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There are two fairy forts in the district of Bannow. On is Crosby's rath on the top of the Hill of Graigue.
It is round in shape and just inside the gate. The people, who own the field, in which the rath is, never plough that part of the field.

A story is told of a man who ploughed that part of the field
The next morning the horses were all pairs.
There is another rath in Newtown right beside the sea. One night a man was going by this rath when he found a bag of coal
He brought home the bag of coal and burned it. It burned the same as ordinary coal.
Lights are said to be seen in Crosby's rath.
Even as late as the 31st May (1938) three girls named Eveline Maddock, Philomena and Eileen Colfer, John Colfer and Mrs. Colfer were returning from a ninety - eight commemoration

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