School: Clochar na Toirbhirte

Location:
Lismore, Co. Waterford
Teacher:
Sr M. Gráinne

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The Leipreachán

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0635, Page 220

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The leipreachán is called a dwarf locally. His height is supposed to be eighteen inches and he dresses in divers colours. He wears a cap and a pair of shoes to match the colour of his suit. He lives in caves and in lioses and in lonely places.
A story is told about a leipreachán being chased by dogs. It is said he turned into a woman and ran into a house and sat by the fire to escape the dogs. He also escaped in this way of being robbed of his gold.

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Hannah O' Farrell
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Ballyin Lower, Co. Waterford
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