One very hot day in summer, two men were walking up the road and they were very hungry. They came across a small farmhouse in the middle of a field and one of them said they would go in and ask for food. He went into the house and saw a fine dinner on the table. He took a plate of food and the other man met him and they started to eat. The man who stole the plate remarked that the woman of the house was very kind to give them the food and told the other man that he could return the plate. He was just about to return the plate when he got a clout of a potstick on the head. The man whose dinner he stole nearly killed him and when he got home his wife nearly gave him another black eye for being so foolish.
Collector: Tom Casey, Mackney, Co. Galway
Informant: Tom Murrary
Place: Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
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