School: Coill na Leac

Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan
P. Mac Geibheannaigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0976, Page 079

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About one hundred years ago there lived in the townland of Drumany, Belturbet a very holy man. His name was Mr P O'Reilly. He became so religious that a protestant told him he would live a short life. Through this information he began to neglect his religious duties until at length he would not stand in a chapel. For twelve months he never went to mass. One night he was coming home from a fair and he was drunk. He sat down along the roadside and fell asleep. He was awakened by a lady dressed in white. She told him "that if he would not go to mass a lot of misfortunes would happen to him. So he became as holy as before, and it is said he lived to be ninty years of age.

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About eighty years ago there lived a man in Annagh Belturbet...

About eighty years ago there lived a man in Annagh Belturbet, Co Cavan who would not go to mass his name was James Kelly. One night while coming home from Butlersbridge, he met a man dressed in black and he carried a large spear in his hand, and he said if you dont go to mass, I will kill you. Then the man disappeared and ever after Mr Kelly went to mass and was a very holy man.

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Sean O' Hare
Hackelty, Co. Cavan