School: Mullach Dubh

Location:
Lisgorman, Co. Leitrim
Teacher:
Pádhraic Ó Blioscáin

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A Leprauchan

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0203, Page 282

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Once upon a time a man and his wife lived in a little house at the back of Benbo. The only means of making a living they had was by cutting timber in the wood nearby and selling it in Manorhamilton. One evening when the man was setting out for home he saw a leprauchan running in and out between the trees. He hid behind a big tree and waited till the leprauchan came near and then he caught him. He bought the little fellow home and locked him in a big box. Next morning the man set off for the wood but before leaving the house he warned his wife not to let go the leprauchan till she found out from him where the crock of gold was. The woman was persecuted that day for whenever she went to move about the house she was knocked down. Then the leprauchan would laugh for it was he who was

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Collector
Bridie Mc Manus
Gender
female
Address
Boggaun, Co. Leitrim
Informant
Mrs Mc Manus
Gender
female
Age
50
Address
Boggaun, Co. Leitrim
Language
English