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to cook the supper. A Catholic Scotchman who lived in Urris was passing by on a visit to a countryman of his of the Protestant belief who lived near the Church. Seeing a light in the Church his curiosity prompted him to look in through the window, where he saw a dark, long, lean man with a large knife engaged in operations inside. He did not wait to spy on the strange being, but hurrying on to his friend's house he told in the dialect of their native country his view of what he had just witnessed. He said he had just seen "the Deel in the Kirk." The old lady of the house remonstrated with him, affirming that such a being dare not enter their Kirk and that if she was able to walk - she was a victim of rheumatism -she would go then and there and convict him of falsehood. He proposed to carry her, and with the old woman on his shoulders he proceeded toward the Church. The "black thief," hearing the heavy footsteps approaching and thinking it was his companion returning with his quarry, cried out, "Is she fat?" The man was so overcome with fright that he dropped the old lady and made off towards her house, which, strange to say, she had reached by a short cut before him, the shock having completely cured her of her rheumatism, which never returned.

In the history of the Parish there is recorded a very remarkable and rare coincidence of two brothers, one of whom was the Parish Priest and the other the Parson. Their names were Donald and Peter McLaughlin, natives of Iskaheen. On their way to the Continent to be educated for the priesthood the ship in which they sailed was wrecked off the English coast. A gentleman very kindly received them and offered to have them educated at an English University provided they gave up the Catholic Faith. Donald accepted the proposition, and becoming a member of the Protestant persuasion, found himself in later years Rector of Clonmany. Peter went on to the Continent, was ordained and became Parish Priest of Clonmany at the time his brother was Rector. Both were men of considerable literary talents and writers of poetry, as was also their mother, whose lament in verse for her son Donald is a very touching composition, an extract of which is given in that most readable anonymous little book, " A History of Inishowen," copies of which are very rare at present.

Another man of note among the priests of Clonmany was the Rev. William O'Donnell, known as the "Waterloo Priest," though not in the army at that time. He had served under Wellington in the Peninsula and was present as ensign in the 20th infantry at the famous battle, where he was mentioned in despatches. He became Parish Priest in 1829 and died in 1856. His memory is still green throughout the Parish.

Clonmany ranks high among the Parishes of Ireland in the number of her children she has given to religion, as may be gleaned from the annals of the Church at home and abroad. Many of her sons also have risen to high places in business and in the learned professions, and it is worthy of note that for several years past the constituency of North Donegal has been ably represented in Parliament by a native of Clonmany.

The evils of the Irish land system that prevailed up to the time of Gladstone's Act of 1881, were particularly accentuated in Clonmany, owing to the smallness of the holdings and to the

 


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