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There were many men and women put to death and land and houses destroyed in the district in which I live before the Great War. The event I am going to write about was the murder of Dean Finlay which took place after the Great War about eighteen years ago. He attended Templeport Church every Sunday and he lived in the townland of Brackley about three miles from Swanlinbar in County Cavan. He was murdered at night and
his wife and servant put out of the house and the house was burned. It was supposed that Dean was put to death for going to keep military in his house. His wife erected a large headstone in his memory which is still to be seen in Templeport graveyard. There is also a stained glass window in Templeport church to his memory.
Collector: Edna Gerty
Address: Killyran, Co. Cavan
Informant: Name not given
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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