School: Muclach

Location:
Mucklagh, Co. Offaly
Teacher:
S. Ó Néill

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A Story About a Fairy

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0805, Page 012

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A story about a fairy
A mother once had her child [unclear] stolen from her by the fairies. They took it out of the cradle and placed in its stead a fairy with a big head. It would do nothing only eat and drink. She went to a woman that lived near her and she asked what would she do. The woman told her to carry the fairy into the kitchen seat it on the hearth. then she said get two egg shells and boil some water in them. This she said would make the fairy laugh, and if he once laughed it would be all over with him. So the fairy spoke and said:
"I am as old as the hills
But from ages or yore
I never saw shells
Used for boiling before."
and with that he began to laugh. after a while a crowd of fairies came in bringing with them

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Collector
Lily Boylan
Gender
female
Age
12
Address
St. O'Hara's Hill, Co. Offaly
Informant
Joseph Boylan
Gender
male
Age
40
Address
St. O'Hara's Hill, Co. Offaly
Language
English