School: Star of the Sea Convent, Tramore (roll number 12334)

Location:
Tramore, Co. Waterford
Teacher:
Sr. M. Consiglio

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A Story of the Sheevra

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0651, Page 119

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Early in the 18th century a family named Kirwan lived in Ballyrattin, a townland on the outskirts of Tramore. One day the mother when going to work in the fields, brought with her the youngest child, Paddy, who was a mere baby. She wrapped him in a shawl and left him in a corner of the field while she was at work.
Returning after a few hours absence she found a strange child in his place. She called to the other women and asked them if they had seen anyone about the fields who was likely to have taken the child. They had not seen anyone, but one woman said she has seen a white cow breathing on the child and that perhaps it was the good people (fairies) who had changed him. After that the child was called the Sheevra. Although he grew he could not walk nor move about but he knew everything that happened in the town although he had never been beyond his own door. He also

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Collector
Biddy Power
Gender
female
Address
Convent Hill, Co. Waterford
Informant
Kate Foley
Relation
relative (other than parent or grandparent)
Gender
female
Language
English
Location
Ballynattin