School: Cuan an Bhainigh (Bannow)

Carrick, Co. Wexford
Tomás Breatnach

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When the Lees got Roseganland near Wellington Bridge...

When the Lees got Rosegarland near Wellington Bridge, they evicted the tenants all around and knocked down their houses and knocked down ditches to make big fields.
They got the nickname "Leveller Lee."
Some of the poor tenants came down Bannow way and when they used be trying to get back they would have to cross the river somewhere beyond Coolbruck. There was no bridge at the time
Lee kept men there with whips to flog them back and from the orders he gave these men he was nicknamed "Whip the Beggar Lee"

John Maddock
Cullenstown, Co. Wexford

I heard it often said that the Boyse family used their influence when the chapel was being built in Carrig.
It seems it was hard to get a site for the Chapel but the Boyse family gave the site on condition that it would be built in the shape of a Protestant Church.
Everyone remarks the square tower on it like the Protestant towers and that is why they say it was built like it is.
(The Boyse family are landlords of the District - their home being Bannow House, and their demesne being formerly farm lands of Grange.)