School: Sgoil na mBuachaillí (1), Ráthdroma

Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow
Pádraig Ó Cuinneáin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1127, Page 029

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  1. The following tales are told by a Mrs Burton who was a relative of the Powerscourts.

    Mervyn Wingfield was promised the estate of Powerscourt if he would destroy the O Toole's Castle in Castle Kevin. He arrived with soldiers and cannon by night. He could get nowhere to plant the cannon, so he set his troops turning clay with their bayonets by torchlight and carrying it in their haversacks. They built the round mound which may yet be found near the Red Bank. On this he put his cannon to blow down the castle. Huge chunks of the wall may yet be seen. One of the Coleman's discovered a chain ball there and up to 1908 remains of a wooden drawbridge existed.

    Wingfield got Powerscourt Estate and was reputed a very bad man. He had a pit in front of his door and in the time of Priest-hunting puts priests kneeling at it, and having cut their throats let them fall into it. A spring of blood welled up at the hall-door
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    Mrs Burton
    Peadar O Dubhghaill
    Lough Dan, Co. Wicklow