School: Aill Bhreac (roll number 12103)

Location:
Aillebrack, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Eilís Bean Mhic Chonghaile

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Cailleach na Luibhe

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0005, Page 175

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Cáilleac na luibhe.
Once upon a time there lived an old woman in the village of Clifden. It is said she was able to tell fortunes. She had three or four children. It is said by some that one day a priest was riding on his horse past her house and the horse dropped dead under him. The priest dismounted and walked up to the old woman and said, "Go down and lift that horse you knocked." "I had nothing to do with her" she said "but let you go away now out of my sight or great trouble will come upon you." Then the priest went away and hid. The old woman came out of the house and the first thing she saw was a seagull and it dropped dead. The horse that was on the road arose and trotted home. It is said that this old woman could work witchcraft.

Collector
Mary Lavery
Gender
female
Informant
Mark Lavery
Relation
grandparent
Gender
male
Age
80
Language
English