School: Bennekerry, Carlow

Bennekerry, Co. Carlow
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Many years ago it was a custom for people to put a stone in a box for every mass they heard. When a year would be up, they would count the stones. Any Sunday they would miss Mass, they would put a large stone beside the box, so that no mistake would be made, at the counting of the stones.
There is a story told of a man who went to Mass in the old graveyard in Benekerry. It is said that when he died, the box of stones was buried in the grave with him.

In Ballyhale, in the Penal times, Masses were said. A priest by the name of Father Byrne used to come and say Mass. One morning during Mass a lot of soldiers rushed up and cut off the priest's head. This priest was

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May Lennon
Burton Hall, Co. Carlow