School: Kilbride

Kilbride, Co. Wicklow
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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0913, Page 121

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  1. 1. When a small puff of wind stirs a leaf or a wisp of hay or straw on a sultry day in summer it is called a "fairy blast". It is supposed to be unlucky to be struck by a straw or leaf blown by the "fairy blast" as it means that the fairy king is displeased with you and means to punish you.
    2. When passing by the disused mine, which is about a mile from the school, two persons heard a cry for help. It was late at night and as they stood to listen the cry was repeated. They noticed that it came from the stream just above the mine. Again the cry was repeated, and they looked over the bridge but could see nothing. Their dog stood. in the centre of the road and refused to move until suddenly the silvery notes of a clock striking twelve rang out. Then the dog went on towards home. Later they heard that a young girl had been drowned there years before that.
    This story was told to me by:
    Mrs. M. Meagher, of Manor Kilbride, Via Dubllin.
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
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    Mrs M. Meagher
    Kilbride, Co. Wicklow