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.

St Patrick and the Man’s Soul

SCHOOL: Baile Uí Mhurchadha, Borris | ADDRESS: Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow

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Saint Patrick and the dying man

When St Patrick was in Ireland, there was a poor man at the point of death in a lonely place.

He was living alone and he had no one to send for the priest.

Our Lord told St Patrick to go and annoint the poor man. St Patrick went immeaditly and annointed to poor man.

When he died St Patrick saw his soul leaving the body. and it went back three times and kissed the body.

St Patrick didn’t see anything like that before and he asked Our Lord what was the cause of that.

Our Lord said the body had been very good to the soul and it was going back to thank it.


The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0904, Page 136” by Dúchas © National Folklore Collection, UCD is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

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