School: Bun Machan

Location:
Bunmahon, Co. Waterford
Teacher:
Íde, Bean Uí Chobhthaigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0648, Page 311

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it his way lay along a very lonely road. A little way back from the road in its very loneliest part there were the ruins of some old buildings. Though he was a brave man he began to tremble with fear when he neared the ruins. It was said that on a certain night every year strange noises were heard in the ruins, but never was anything ghostly seen there. As the man was passing the ruins he saw something terrible to behold. The 'something' was a great huge horrible creature with huge eyes like great balls of fire. If it was another man was there he would almost certainly faint so horrible was the creature. It began to give ear-splitting noises that made the man stagger with fear. It seemed a year to the man until the cock luckily crew, though in reality it was only a few minutes With lightning speed the man raced home and haltingly and with great difficulty told the story to his brother. The man, his brother and the neighbours never stayed out late at night from that night out.

Collector
Patrick O' Donovan
Gender
male
Address
Ballynarrid, Co. Waterford
Informant
Mrs Donovan
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Age
circa 40
Occupation
plasterer's wife
Address
Ballynarrid, Co. Waterford
Language
English