School: Clochar na Trócaire, Carn Domhnaigh (roll number 16821)

Location:
Ballylosky, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
An tSr. M. Beirín Ní Bhaoighill

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1114, Page 158

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About fifty years ago, a crowd of men were out fishing and a storm arose, but all of them were saved but one man.

About fifty years ago, a crowd of men were out fishing and a storm arose, but all of them were saved but one man. The rest of fishermen thought he was drowned, but he was not. His wife and children were at home in the Isle of Dough, and every night he came and took his supper with the rest, then went out again. His wife told the priest, and he told her to ask him the next night he would come, if he was dead or alive.
She did, as she was told and her husband replied that he was alive, but the fairies had cast a spell on him. He told her that he and the fairies would come to the street (that) night and he would be on the last horse, and she was to pull him off by the legs. If she succeeded he would be free from the spell, but if she failed

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Collector
Betty Doherty
Gender
female
Address
Cashel, Co. Donegal
Informant
Mrs Susan Doherty
Gender
female
Age
42
Address
Cashel, Co. Donegal
Language
English