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School: Na Frasa (roll number 16375)

Location:
Frosses, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Seán Mac Robhartaigh

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Púca Chillín

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1036, Page 102

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In the parish of Inver years gone by, there was a strange animal going about from place to place. It was known as "púca chillín". It was in the shape of a young foal, and ran about the ,ran,[?] roads roaring, and frightening people when it was dark.
It came from Binban lough, and down through cillín, and down through Ballymachill. It went back again through Drimlatafinn and on to the top of Cillín where it let three loud roars which could be heard throughout the parish. These roars shook the houses in the district and the delph rattled on the dressers. Every one was afraid to venture out after night.
The old people barred and bolted their doors, and young people were kept in doors after the going down of the sun for fear of having the misfortune of meeting the púca.All people who had business to market town made

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Collector
Máighread Ní Fhrighil
Gender
female
Age
12
Collector
John Harley
Gender
male
Address
Frosses, Co. Donegal
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Address
Drumard, Co. Donegal
Language
English