School: Scoil na gCeithre Máighistrí, Dún na nGall (roll number 14247)

Location:
Copany, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Cathal Mag Fhionntaigh

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A Fairy-Tale

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1035, Page 213

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One evening the Catholic curate of the Crossroads district (which is about three miles from the town of Stranorlar) was going from the church to the Parochial House on horse-back.

At a bend in the road the horse was held up by a band of fairies. They asked the Priest how they could get back to Heaven. He told them that if each of them had enough blood in his body to write down his name he could get back to Heaven.
Then they all tried to see if they had enough blood in their bodies to write their names but none of them had even this amount.
Then with a cry which could be heard three miles away, in the town of Stranorlar they vanished.
The horse and the rider

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Collector
Adhamhnan Mag Fhionntaigh
Gender
male
Informant
James Curristin
Gender
male
Age
71
Address
Cormullin, Co. Donegal
Language
English