School: Sruthar (C.)

Shrule, Co. Mayo
Bríd, Bean Uí Éanacháin

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they are going late at night through Conroys fields in Cahernambruck.

(Carclin Ni Maille) (From her Father, Jamey Malley, Mohollagy, 65 yes)
Long ago fairies were very plentiful. Most of the people of the present time do not believe in fairies. About sixty years ago fairies were very plentiful, and they were very powerful. The people used to do a lot of queer things to keep on good terms with them. For instance, they would not throw dust after sunset in case they would dirty the fairies.
They would not throw out water after the setting of the sun, as they might wet the spirits. Some people would never cut black thorn buses, as they used to say the fairies got shelter under them.
There was a man in Bailecaislean, named Pat Hughes, and he went out to cut a bush with his hatchet and he heard a great shout from under the bush. He struck it again and he heard another shout. So he got frightened and he went home and he was sick in bed for a year, and everyone said it was the fairies that put a spell on him for