School: An Chathair Mhór (roll number 13249)

Knockroe Middle, Co. Cork
Donncha Ó Súilleabháin

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The Fairy Twins

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0274, Page 211

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Long ago, there was a woman living in Ardgroom. She had two baby twins and they gave her more trouble to rear than all the children in the Free State. When they were six years old they were still in the cradle calling their mother for something to eat or drink. One day her husband had a Meitheal cutting turf in his land. His wife prepared the dinner at the house and took to the bog to men and she said to the men "Eat your dinner now as I must go home to mind my children." Ah! "you foolish woman said one of the men, they are two fairy children you have." When you will arrive at the house take off your boots and steal to the door and listen to see how they are getting on. She did as she was told and to her great surprise one of them was dancing a horn pipe, and the other one sitting up in the floor playing a fiddle When the one dancing got tired the other one went dancing a jig. The mother went back from the door and put on her boots and came in her usual walk to

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