School: An Mhainistir, Cloch na Rón

Location:
Roundstone, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Ambrós Ó Conaill

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The Fairy Dog

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0007, Page 081

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Once upon a time there was a man living in Elliston and he used to drive the priest on a side-cart to sick calls.
On night as he was out on a call with the priest it was very late when they reached the priest's house.
The priest asked the man would he be afraid and he said he would not.
He gave the man a glass of whiskey to give him courage and a black thorn stick.
He set out for home and he was not gone far when a big red dog jumped out on the road before him. As soon as he saw him he knew it was a fairy dog.
He was so much afraid that his hair stood on his head and the sweat broke out through his face.
He was then just passing [?] an [?] and it was pitch dark. There was not a sinner on the road because it was after one o'clock. The dog then vanished and the fear left the man and also the sweating. Then he made for home as quick

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Collector
Joseph King
Gender
male
Informant
Thomas King
Gender
male
Age
50
Occupation
farmer
Address
Roundstone, Co. Galway
Language
English