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 Story

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1035, Page 236

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Once a woman lived alone. Any dirty water she had in the house she used to throw it down the street.

One day a little woman came into the house and said to her, “Do not throw any more water down the street, for every drop you throw down there flows down upon “us” and wets “us”. The woman of the house said, “I will throw it out in another direction.
Some time after this the woman had a cow that got sick and was going to die. The same “little woman” came back and told her to gather herbs, and give them to the cow. The woman of the house did this so the cow got better.
This woman was able to cure any cow after this by using the herbs that the “little woman” told her about.
The woman’s name was Fanny Stewart. She lived in the townland of Ardnagesson.
The woman who told this story is

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Collector
Adhamhnan Mag Fhionntaigh
Gender
male
Age
13
Informant
Ms Fanny Elliot
Gender
female
Age
88
Address
Skreen, Co. Donegal
Language
English