School: Monaseed (roll number 15937)

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Monaseed, Co. Wexford
Teacher:
Nioclás Ó Diomasaigh

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Short Story - Hannah Johns' Sow

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0889, Page 001

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Hannah "John's" Sow
About three miles from Monaseed, near Carnew, about 100 years ago, lived a woman named Hannah Johns. She kept a tavern there.
She was a Protestant and very loyal to the garrison. At this time the population of Carnew was mainly Protestant and every 12th of July they used to turn out with bands and flags to honour King Billy. The little town was always decorated on these occasions
Near Hannah's house, at Ballyellis, is a mound just inside the ditch of the road. It marks the last resting place of the ancient Britons who fell at the Battle of Ballyellis. The Loyalists used to dress these graves with orange lilies on the eve of the twelvth. On one particular twelvth eve Hannah's sow was missing. They search for her "high up and low down" but could get neither tale nor tidings of her.
At long last she was found at the Britons' graves having a nap, after consuming the last of the plentiful supply of orange lilies used in the decorations. She was driven home scarcely able to walk for she was distended as big as two sows with the unusual feed and

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Collector
Nicholas Dempsey
Gender
male
Occupation
teacher
Informant
Thomas Doyle
Gender
male
Age
56
Address
Knockbrandon Upper, Co. Wexford
Language
English