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The story on this page has been taken from the Dúchas web site, page http://www.duchas.ie/en/cbes/5044789/5038322/5082818and pages following. An image of the original manuscript can be viewed on the Dúchas page as well as more detailed information about the informant and recorder of the story.
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Once upon a time there lived four brothers at Lisanover in the county Cavan. the four brothers did not know which of them would become king. One day they concerted to plough a field and whoever would plough the most scores would become king. The four brothers had four horses. They set out to plough the field and when they had the filed ploughed the youngest brother had the most scores done. So the youngest brother was made King. He built a castle to live in. He made the mortar of bullocks
blood and sweet milk. Anyone that would not give him the bullocks or the sweet milk he would take them by force. Then he would take the people in a barrel. He would also drive spikes into the barrel. When the barrel would be closed he would bring them to the top of Toneyhallow hill behind Templeport hall. Then he would hurl the people up and down until he would think they would be dead. When he would open the barrel if the people were not dead, he would take them to a hang, tree. He used to put the people under terrible torture. He used to put them in a big box that there would be a hole for their head to go out in. Then he would strap their hands to the edges of the box and leave their feet hanging down in the box. They would have to hang there. They would be suffering intense pain. About two or three years ago, the people found a golden collar in a sand pit near the castle. They sent it to the Museum in Dublin to be preserved.
INFORMANT Francis Maguire
ADDRESS Clontycarnaghan, Co. Cavan
Location: Munlough North, Co. Cavan
Teacher: D Brady
The above story relates closely to the story 'The Cow of the Widow of Breffny' in Bunda Hunt's Book Folk Tales of Breffny
Thanks to Bernadette 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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