School: Baile Dháithí, Dunlavin

Location:
Davidstown, Co. Wicklow
Teacher:
Róisín Bhreathnach

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The Leipreachán or Mermaid

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0915, Page 199

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Some of the fairies are called Leipreacháns and they are supposed to carry a barrel of gold and a cruisgin.
Bridgid Walshe, aged about 40 years, lived in a remote part of Sligo, near Keash. One morning as she was driving out the cows, all in a sudden she saw a Leipreachan walking on the path-way before the cows.
He wore a green tight-fitting jacket, a red little cp on his head and a kilted skirt.
In one hand he held a cruisgin and the other a nicely-painted little barrel, painted green with a handle on it. She was afraid to catch him because

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Collector
Seamus Rogers
Gender
male
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Age
circa 46
Language
English