School: Ros na Cathrach (roll number 12685)

Rossnacaheragh, Co. Cork
Dd. Ó Muimhneacháin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0286, Page 080

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  1. Once a man lived with his mother in a small house with his mother. His name was Jack. One night there was a sudden storm and the roof of the house was blown off. In the morning Jack set out to discover who caused this. He came to a well where he saw a frog. He asked the frog who caused the damage; the frog told him that at the next well he'd meet a man who would tell him. At the next well a small man told him to take a further journey to find out his answer. At the next well he met a little man and woman who gave him a table-cloth with magic power, he had only to shake it and food and drink of all descriptions would be set on it. Back he returned with this, & on the way told his first acquaintance of the cloth. This little man on the quiet substituted another table-cloth for the magic one and when Jack got back to his mother he began boasting of his magic cloth. He shook it, expecting wonders to happen; but nothing happened. So Jack set out again and reached the place where he had got the cloth. There he got a black sheep which would, when told to shake herself, shower gold on the ground. This sheep he brought home and made his mother happy for ever after.
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