School: Baile Nua an Fhaoitigh (roll number 9040)

Location:
Newtownwhite, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Éilís Ní Mharascáil

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suffering from whooping cough will cure.
(c) Look out for a man passing by on a grey horse, ask him to tell you a cure for the whooping cough. Whatever he says use it.

It is commonly believed in this parish of Ballysokeery that on occasions animals become elf shot, that is in some way stricken by the fairies.
A man in this district named Foster Gardiner has in his possession a set of five smooth round stones called elfstones. These stones are supposed to be dropped by elves or fairies and are rarely found on the land.
The man who possesses these stones places them in a can with some salt water and three coins, one a silver piece and two different copper pieces. He first measures the animal starting from the tail to the head and using as a measure the length from his elbow to the tip of middle finger. This is done three times and each time they get

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Collector
Robert Fair
Gender
male
Address
Derreen, Co. Mayo
Informant
Patrick Walsh
Gender
male
Age
60
Occupation
farm-labourer
Address
Derreen, Co. Mayo
Language
English