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We hear many people telling funny stories about our district which happened in our district and beside it. My father told me a story one night last week which happened in the townland of Newtowngore, near Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim.
Once upon a time there were there were a number of boys living in little wooden huts or houses and they were not very strong. They would be very easy blown down or tossed. The boys went to bedand it was very windy and stormy. When they go up
in the morning their house had been blown away and nothing but the beds remained.
The boys in the huts were not killed but they were much displeased as they thought it was somebody with guns that had done it. They went to the guards the next morning and told them what happened. The guards came and they found out that it was nobody with guns that had done it, that it was the wind that had done the damage.
The boys were content then fixed up their houses again and they made them better so that the wind would not blow them away.
From that day till this nothing happened the boys or the huts. My father told me that story and he told me it was surely the truth and that was a very funny story also. So we should not say any
thing or do anything till we find out the truth about it.
Informant: Daisy Gault
Address: Killyran, Garadice P.O. Ballynamore, Co. Leitrim
Collector Anna Gault
Location: Killyran, Co. Cavan
Teacher: Mrs Stafford
Thanks to B. McGovern who transcribed this and a great many other pages of the The Schools' Collection, from the National Folklore Collection Archives.
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