School: Eaglais

Location:
Burren, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
S. Ó Mongaigh

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The Fairies and the Coffin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0089, Page 025

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One night a boy was coming home from cardplaying He met a coffin with three fairies under it. They asked him why he was out late. The boy said that he was cardplaying. "We are short of a man and go under this coffin" they said. The boy went under the coffin and they kept going all night. They came to a stream and it was then nearly day-light. They left down the coffin beside the stream. They told the boy to go home.

Collector
Máire Ní Mháille
Gender
female
Address
Burren, Co. Mayo
Informant
Celia Malley
Gender
female
Age
50
Language
English