His secret discovered by his barber. Or he whispers the secret to a reed which repeats it. [IRISH TYPE: An Irish king had horse’s ears and allowed his hair to grow long to cover them. He put those who cut his hair occasionally to death, to preserve his secret. He spared one such boy on condition that he did not reveal what he had seen. The boy, who became ill from worry, was advised to tell the secret to a tree. He did so and regained his health. Later, a fiddle, which was made from the wood of the tree, played only one tune: “Lowry Lynch (Labhraidh Ó Loingsigh) has horse’s ears!” St. Brigid is said to have finally relieved the king of his blemish in return for land for her monastery. NB See Type 775.]

Result count: 28
  1. Scéal

    Bhí rí in Eirinn fad ó shoin ar a dtugtar Labhraigh Luinsigh. Bhí dha chluais capaill ar an rí seo 7 an duine a bhainfeadh an ghruaig dó, chaitfidh an duine sin a chuir chun báis.

    Language
    Irish
    Collector
    Padraig P. Ó Dubhthaigh
    Informant
    Eamonn Ó Dubhthaigh
  2. (no title)

    On the moat of Knockgraffon there used to stand a great castle with square towers.

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nancy Lyons
    Age
    14
    Informant
    Denis Lyons
    Age
    45