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Priest’s Leap 1612.

Thanks to Peter O’Driscoll, San Francisco


Some history about the Priest Leap Poem; Edward O’Connor was the school master in the National School at Dromore in the parish of Caheragh between Bantry and Skibbereen/Drimoleague from 1930s until his retirment in December 1951. He was the teacher of the boys class or grades 5, 6, 7, & 8 until the mid 1940s and then the students were mixed both boys & girls. One of his demands or requirments was that all of his students would learn the poem of the Priest Leap.

The Priest Leap Poem was found written in faded lined paper with an ink pin (from the school desk ink-well). This copy of the poem had been written by a former pupil of Edward O’Connor.
So now you now know the family story on the Priest Leap. Attached is a video…

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