School: Na Haodhraí (roll number 11021)

Eyeries, Co. Cork
Proinnsias Ó Hurdail
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0276, Page 309

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  1. During the time of the famine in Ireland, many people used to take cows from each other during the night. A man from Eyeries travelled from place to place and he used to take cattle and sell them at a very low price. One night he was passing a bridge and he saw a person sitting on a stone in the river. He held a large stick in his hand. The man asked him what was he doing in the river. The other answered and said that he was suffering purgatory in that place. He told the man who used to steal the cows that when himself lived in this earth he used to steal the animals also, and when he used to be passing the bridge he often sat in that stone. He also told him that he would have to remain there until white buds would grow on the stick and then he would disappear. That night the men stayed in the river and after a few day's the buds grew on the stick and the ghost disappeared. This man never took cows after that. The bridge where the river is flowing is now called "Droichead na Gadhaidhe".
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. time
      1. historical periods by name (~25)
        1. the great famine (~4,013)
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