School: Kilmore Convent School

Location:
Kilmore, Co. Wexford
Teacher:
Sr. Lorcan Ní Riain

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0877, Page 163

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Tragic Story.

During the Penal times many priests were killed.
In the neighbourhood of Moortown there is a field in which it is said that a lot of priests bodies are buried. In the Penal times priests were in ambush in the large heaps of furze which cover the field but they were nearly always tracked down and killed.
Everywhere in the field are mounds about two feet high in which the bodies of the priests lie.
Inside a gate on the roadside there is buried the body of a priest named Father O'Rourke. This gate was always called by the people from olden times and is to the present day called the "Mooleen Gate". Most people are nervous passing by this gate after dusk.
Above information obtained from -
Mr. James Dunne,
Moortown,
Tomhaggard,
Co. Wexford

Informant
Mr James Dunne
Gender
male
Address
Moortown, Co. Wexford
Language
English