School: Naomh Bríghid, Blackwater (roll number 7036)

Blackwater, Co. Wexford
Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin

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washed ashore with the morning all except a young boy named John OConnor who went out with the fishermen for diversion.
The survivors were landed at Ballycotton Co. Cork and after having given up as long since dead, word came from Wexford town that they had arrived there. Incidentally they walked the journey from Ballycotton. The whole district turned out to welcome them.
Then there was the inevitable 'ballad'. I could only get two verses and here they are:
(1) To the Church they bore them
Beneath the Black Pall
But young John OConnor
Was ne'er got at all

(2) James and Mog Downey
I grieve to drown them
And Thomas Bolger I ne'er pass by
Mick Brien I mourn with the two Byrnes
That left their friends to lament and cry
These surnames are common in this locality yet.

Mrs O' Byrne