A man in Hundred Acres, Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon named Pat Greaney had a great number of bonhams. A stranger came one day and admired them and soon after they began to die. A neighbour advised him to find the stranger and bring him back so that he could say “God bless them”. This he did, and no more of them died.
Collector: Eibhlín Ní Ailledéa, Dunmore, Co. Galway
Informant: Edward, Burke, Carrownaseer South, Co. Galway
Place: Dunmore, Co. Galway
Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie