School: Tón Ruadh (roll number 12809)

Tonroe, Co. Mayo
Máirtín Ó Giobaláin

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Fairy Forts

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0115, Page 152

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There are many forts in the parish of barracastle. The one my mother heard of is in burragoola.
There are over ten forts in the school district. Liosaphostha is supposed to be haunted. It is in Yoanroe in James Parson's land. My uncle told my mother that he often saw lighted candles going into Liosaphostha and when the candles were in the middle of it a loud whistle would be heard, not a human whistle either. Mrs Mc Gowan was one night going to a fair between three and four o clock in the morning when when three boys came out from a step about twelve feet below the house. They were talking and laughing for about five minutes and when they started for the fair the boys walked down before them and turned on to the fort.
Forts are always built on high ground in view of one another. There is a story told about a fort on Jack blossick's land. This fort is in burragoola. This mother's grandmother was one night doing her work around the house when three cats walked into the

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Ballintadder, Co. Mayo