School: Manulla (roll number 14544)

Location:
Manulla, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Seán Mac an Adhastair

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The Leipreachán

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0095, Page 257

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The leipreachan is a small little man dressed with a red cap a green jacket and small shoes turned up in the top with bright buckles. The Leipreachan is supposed to be a shoe maker for the fairies. Some people say that he lives under the shade of a big tree or under a docket leaf. One night there was a man visiting in a neighbours house and when he was coming home it was very late and he had no one with him. Just when he was turning a corner he saw a crowd of fairies before him. Then he got afraid and returned to go another road when he was turning round another corner he was put on top of his head with a big foot that crossed the road before him. When he went home he was all cut. Sometimes the leipreachan is called the luairdin.

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Collector
Thomas Connor
Gender
male
Address
Rathredmond, Co. Mayo
Informant
John Connor
Gender
male
Age
50
Address
Rathredmond, Co. Mayo
Language
English