School: Aill Bhreac (roll number 12103)

Aillebrack, Co. Galway
Eilís Bean Mhic Chonghaile
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0005, Page 166

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  1. Long ago a ship went down beyond Slyne Head. Her name was the Catherine Jane. She went down about a distance of three miles after a while she turned towards the north again to Slyne Head. She had a crew of sailors, the captain, his wife, a child and a mate and no passengers.
    When she was within half a mile of the land east of Slyne Head the crew abandoned her in a life boat. She was drifting with the wind until she was tossed and broke against the rocks.
    The crew themselves were nearly drowned when a shallow rock broke on the boat and the water was put up to their knees in the boat.
    She had a cargo of coal.
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  2. In November 1852 there was a boat wrecked going into Slyne Head. There were six men lost including a lightkeeper. The crew consisted of Tom King, Mr O'Conner the light keeper, Martin Conroy, Edward King, Mark Welsh, Philip Stanton. The light-keepers on the island were watching the boat and when they were drowned they saw Mr O Conner come and go to his post. In the night Martin Conroys brother saw Martin come in to the room and get money for playing cards.
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