The stories told on these pages are from  a collection of folklore compiled by schoolchildren in Ireland in the 1930s. 
The children recorded (over&nbsp740,000 handwritten pages) of this material from their parents, grandparents and neighbours.

These are their stories in their own words.

Joke – An Irishman, an Englishman and a Scottsman…

SCHOOL: Naas (Christan Bros.) | ADDRESS: Naas, Co. Kildare

The hanging tree awaits
The hanging tree awaits

In olden days it was the law if any man robbed he was to be hanged.

Paddy the Irishman an Englishman and a Scotchman robbed so they were to be hanged.

They asked the judge would he let them off. He said “no”.

He asked them where they would like to be hanged.

The Scotchman asked to be hanged on the highest tree in Scotland. So he was hanged there.

The Englishman asked to be hanged on the highest tree in England and he was taken and hanged there.

The Irishman asked to be hanged on the tallest gooseberry bush in Ireland. He was taken there but the bush was not able to hold him up and he got free.


The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0776, Page 308” by Dúchas © National Folklore Collection, UCD is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

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