The Rebellion


It was not uncommon for stroytellers to relay their tales over a few sittings, like chapters in a book or episodes on TV. Pat continued;

“That brings us up to 1798. the clergy in Newport were suspected by the authorities of helping the rebellion. Helping to suppress persecution, and one night Fr. Manus got information that he was about to be arrested. He escaped from Newport to the Valley down here (Achill) Ton an tSean Bhaile- He must have travelled on foot all night till he come to a friend’s house there. There people were surprised at his coming at such an hour at night, or early in the morning. he told them what had happened so they prepared a hiding place for him in their old house.

He wasn’t long there till the soldier came, there used to be any amount of spies going them times, and likely one of them told on Fr. Manus. The house was searched upside down, but they couldn’t find any trace of him in the first search. When they were leaving the house, there was an old woman, and she thought they had gone clear away. She shouted from the kitchen below “Athair Manus build tu beo”. One of the soldiers understood, and conveyed what the old woman had said to the officer in charge. They returned to the house and made a second search, and found the priest, arrested him and brought him to Newport.”


Pat Molloy, Keel, Achill;  NFC 1015: 54-9
Special Thanks
Dr. Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh, Interim Director National Folklore Collection / Cnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann University College Dublin / An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath