School: Baile na nGalloglach (Milford) (roll number 15338)

Location:
Millford, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Tadhg Ó Súilleabháin

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Gentle Bushes or Fairy Trees

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1087, Page 023

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In the farm of Barney Campbell, Cratlagh about a mile west of Milford near Bunlin Bridge on the Carrigart road here is a field having several "Gentle Bushes" or "Fairy Trees".

The owner of the farm tells that on one occasion a storm blew down one of these trees. He went out with a saw and a hatchet to cut down some of the branches of the fallen tree for fire-wood. While he was cutting he noticed that his cows had broken into a field of cows and fixed the broken down part of the fence where the cows went in. On his return he found the tree growing exactly as it was before it had fallen. It had taken root again and all the branches were intact.
Sometime afterwards a neighboring farmers daughter named Annie Haye got permission to cut or pull some branches from the same tree. She did so. Every night after that a bright light was seen

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Collector
Kathleen Conaghan
Gender
female
Address
Millford, Co. Donegal
Informant
Barney Campbell
Gender
male
Age
50
Address
Cratlagh, Co. Donegal
Language
English