School: Borris (B.)

Location:
Borris, Co. Carlow
Teacher:
Ss. Ó Loinneáin

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Turning Wood into Gold

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0904, Page 299

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It is said that every Christmas Eve night an old woman goes on a sleigh from one side of the world to the other. The sleigh is pulled by dogs and it goes on the clouds. One Christmas Eve the shaft of the sleigh broke and she fell to the ground. She landed beside a carpenter's shop. The carpenter made a shaft for her sleigh.
He watched and watched until she was out of sight then he looked at the ground and by some magic power all the chips turned into gold.

Collector
James Kelly
Gender
male
Age
12
Address
Ballyteigelea, Co. Carlow
Informant
Margaret Doyle
Relation
relative (other than parent or grandparent)
Gender
female
Age
97
Address
Ballyteigelea, Co. Carlow
Language
English