School: Gleann Éada (roll number 8537)

Location:
Glenade, Co. Leitrim
Teacher:
Bean Uí Mhaolaith

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A Funny Story

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0189, Page 008

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Once upon a time there lived a man at the seaside. One day as he was picking seashells on the shore he saw a mermaid sitting nearby combing her hair. He followed her as noiselessly as he could and when he reached her he caught hold of her and brought her as far as his house. He took the comb from her and she lived for years with him until their family grew up. The man hid the comb under the thatch of the house. The mermaid who was then a natural woman asked the eldest of the family if he had ever seen a comb with his father and he said that he something hidden up in the roof of the house. She rose from her seat where she was sitting and went uot tore a hole in the roof and got the comb. She then disappeared and was never seen again.

Collector
Bean Uí Mhaolaith
Gender
female
Occupation
teacher
Address
Mourne Beg, Co. Donegal
Informant
John Cullen
Gender
male
Address
Crumpaun, Co. Leitrim
Language
English
Location
Crumpaun