Lispole is a small community established during the nineteenth century around the bridge over the Owenalondrig River. The village consists mainly of two convenience stores, a gas station, a church, a pub, and a school. Laetitia and her group visited the nearby wildlife and seal sanctuary and some of the beaches. They took pictures of the Tralee and Dingle Railway stone arch viaduct and walked the path called “The Dingle Way” to the ruin of Minard Castle.
When Laetitia brought her group back to the town’s pub in the afternoon, an elderly man was enjoying entertaining anyone who would listen with his stories. He claimed to have had an encounter with a dullahan, a black-robed headless horseman not unlike the one in Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow. He also had a story that wasn’t about the supernatural. It was about a homeless woman in the distant past that lived under the bridge. Being destitute, she turned to prostitution to keep from starving. She claimed to be the descendant one of the Viking raiders who plundered the monasteries and ravished the women on the peninsula from the tenth through twelfth centuries. Because of her claimed Scandinavian ancestry, some of the rowdy young men of the town dubbed her “The Troll.” This story was the source of the limerick of the day.
An old woman who lived in Lispole
And made love ‘neath a bridge for a toll
Was deemed much too tough
For the “Billy Goats Gruff”
And was known around town as “The Troll.”