School: Naomh Seosamh, Shrule

Shrule, Co. Mayo
Mícheál Ó Reachtaire
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    be a rich man. Next day the (to) two sons went to where they got the feather. They saw the nest on the top of the tree and the bird was in it. Mike climbed the tree and took off his coat and threw it on the nest. There were three eggs in the nest and there was something written on them. Pat or Mike could not read it for they had no education. They brought the three eggs home and showed them to the goldsmith. What was written on the eggs was, whoever would eat the heart and liver of the bird would get a purse of gold under his head every morning. The goldsmith told Moran’s wife to fry the heart and liver for him. While this was going on he went out for a walk. Pat and Mike came in the back door and one eat the heart and the other the liver. When Moran’s wife saw this she got very angry and she went out and killed a hen and fried the heart and liver for the goldsmith. When he came in he ate the heart and liver and went to bed. Next day he searched the bed up-side-down but could not get anything. When Moran’s wife was dressing the beds of Pat and
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    Folktales index
    AT0300: The Dragon‑Slayer
    AT0303: The Twins or Blood‑Brothers
    AT0567: The Magic Bird‑Heart
    Paul Bohan
    John Bohan