School: Clochar (roll number 13296)

Inishkeel, Co. Donegal
Seán Mac Giolla Bhríghde
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1049, Page 42

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  1. In the time of the Penal Days not more than one priest was allowed to stay in each parish, Kilcar is a very big parish and only the one priest was allowed to remain there. Owing to the parish being so big the priest could only remain a short time each year in each district. In the same parish, is a little town called Carrick. Near this town are many high cliffs and in Winter times when the sea is stormy many lives are lost. One very stormy night in the Winter the priest came to visit Carrick. In those days there were no motor cars with the result that the priest had no other means of travelling rather than horseback. He always took a little boy with him to take care of the horse and to accompany him while journeying during night. When the arrived in Carrick it was fairly late in the night. Both went into a house leaving the horse in the stable.
    They all retired to bed but the priest could not sleep.
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    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    Mr Patrick Mc Hugh
    Clooney, Co. Donegal