School: Derryquay, Tráighlí

Location:
Doire Mhic Aodha, Co. Chiarraí
Teacher:
Ml. Ó Catháin
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    Long ago when there were no asylums the people of Ireland used come to Glenagualt when they would get mad.

    Long ago when there were no asylums the people of Ireland used to come to Glenagault when they would get mad. In Glenagault there is a spring well and the people used to drink that water and go home cured.
    Until about ten years ago this used to happen. One day two young men who got mad came to this well, and when they got cured they took three bottles of water each from the well.
    Ever since that time the well will not cure anybody, because people are not allowed to take the water out of it, in bottles.
    One very dry summer there was a mason building a house in Camp and he sent three of his workmen away to this well for sand. As they had their loads full, their horses dropped dead and the men started cursing and swearing and in the end the three of themselves fell dead.
    The well can be seen yet and it is called "Mad man's well."
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    Topics
    1. gníomhaíochtaí
      1. cleachtas an leighis
        1. leigheas dúchasach (~11,815)
    2. gníomhairí (~1)
      1. neacha neamhshaolta agus osnádúrtha (~14,864)
    3. ócáidí
      1. ócáidí (de réir trátha bliana) (~11,476)
    Language
    English
    Collector
    Andrew Keane
    Gender
    Male
    Address
    An Curraichín, Co. Chiarraí
    Informant
    Mrs James Spillane
    Gender
    Female
    Age
    72
    Address
    An Curraichín, Co. Chiarraí