School: Cill Cruain (C) (roll number 11187)

Ballyglass South, Co. Galway
Brighid Ní Náradaigh, Cáit Bean Uí Standúin

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Fairy Forts

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0016, Page 311

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There is a fort not far from this school- Kilcroan and Lios na Gow or Knock an Gow it is called. In the centre of it there is a large flag under which there is supposed to be a crock of gold. There is a mound of earth around it and a kind of an entrance way into it where it is supposed there was a lift- up bridge.

Another "Liss" is in John Tobin's field its proprietor being Dan Flanagans at present. This "Lios" is in view of the one aforesaid, but its name is "Lios na Binna". It gets its name from the beautiful music that is heard in it from twelve o' clock at night to about day-break. Sometimes lights are seen in and fairies are supposed to be in it who take away young babies, In this fort there is a cave.
In the next field to ours there was a fort but the ploughed it all up.this very fort was in view of the two I have mentioned. People say it is unlucky to plough a fort but so far no bad luck has come on him.
I heard of a man who went to cut a bush which was growing on the ditch of a fort and

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Mary Joe Nolan
Kilcooley, Co. Galway