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  1. The Fairies

    Language
    English
    Informant
    M. Murray

    The fairies are the Tuatha De Danaans. Most people believe in fairies. Now those fairies are supposed to live in the old forts. Many people are afraid of the anger of the fairies. There are many old tales told about the fairies. When young children do not do as they are told, their mothers threaten to bring them to the fairies. The fairies are very important

  2. Fairy Raths

    Language
    English
    Collector
    John Synnott

    by fairies It is built with stones and the fairies were heard kicking football

  3. The Fairies

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Peggy Holmes
    Informant
    Mr J. Blair

    It is said that every year the fairies come, and sit beside the burn, and read books. There is a glen up in Argrey hill, and every night the fairies come out to dance about the Glen. The fairies used to play tricks on the people in this district. In winter at night when the moon was shining the fairies liked it best because they could come out to dance. If you were passing a holly bush you would hear the fairies talking, and dancing. The fairies always held a ball at night when all was quiet. All the people were afraid of the fairies because the fairy godmother would use her wand at them and change them into something.

  4. Stories Connected with Fairies

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Owen Doherty
    Age
    70

    says the wee man "if ever you'll see me again". The fairies of Ireland and the fairies of Scotland are going to fight on a certain night and if we win you'll see me again but if the fairies of Scotland win then we will be all killed and you'll never see me again. "And how am I to know who'll win" says the poor man. Come to this well on a certain night says the wee man and if the well is clear we won and if the fairies of Scotland won the well will be muddy". The poor man went to the well on the appointed night and the well was as muddy as if all the ducks in the country were muddling in it. So then the poor man knew that the fairies of Scotland won and killed all the fairies of Ireland and there are no fairies in Ireland now.

  5. Folklore

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Katie Kelly
    Informant
    Mr William Shally

    and dancing. He heard the fairies singing - Monday, Tuesday. The man said Monday Tuesday and Wednesday. The fairies ran up to the man and asked him to teach them that song. The man taught them the song. The fairies asked him that gift die he want he said to take the hump off his back. The man went home without the hump. There was another man in the same village and he had another hump. He asked the man what did h do to the hump and he said the fairies took it off him. He said how did the fairies take the hump off you and he said I went into a fort and I heard the fairies singing Monday Tuesday Monday Tuesday and I said Monday Tuesday Wednesday. All the fairies ran up to me and asked me to teach them the

  6. The Leprechaun

    Language
    English
    Collector
    May O' Dowd
    Age
    13

    They are called fairies or leprechaun. They live mostly in forts. Long ago the people believed that they fairies would have dancers, and some said that they heard them playing music and dancing. Old people used to say that they'd see a door opening in the side of a hill, and the fairies marching out playing music. There is an old story about fairies that were in a fort. One night there was a man with a hump on his back going by the fort, and he heard the fairies playing music, and he began to play the same sweet music. The fairies heard him, and the king asked who was that, some of the fairies said that it was such a man. He told them to bring him in, until they would take the hump of him, and they brought him in, and took the hump of him, and sent him away without any. There was another man in the district that

  7. Say "There are no such things as fairies" then a fairy dies.
    When speaking of fairies if you do not wish them to hear you mention the day of the week thus - "Today is --- I hope the fairies don't hear us."

    An old man at the time of Anglo Irish Treaty when he heard of lunches said "If you eat with the fairies the fairies have you." That is if the fairies ever brought anyone away, that person could return if he did not eat anything the fairies gave him.

  8. Fairies and Humps

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Josie Keville
    Informant
    Annie Brown

    One night a man was going visiting very late. He came to a wall and all the fairies came up to him and took him away to a house. The man had a hump and he asked the fairies to take it off him because he heard they had taken a hump off another man before. The fairies took it off him and hung it up behind the door and sent him home. The man met his neighbour the next morning and he told him the fairies took the hump off him. The other man had also a hump and he also went to the fairies. He went in and he asked the fairies to take the hump off him. The fairies took down the other man's hump

  9. Fairy Legends

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Brigid Harkin
    Informant
    Dan Mc Laughlin
    Age
    75

    ben-weeds for horses. In olden times the children would have to have salt and meal on their hands to keep the fairies from harming them. Fairies were supposed to take people away to their forts and sometimes left "changlings" in place of the child or person taken. People believed that the tongs should be placed over the cradle when the child is sleeping alone as a precaution against fairies harming the child. It is also believed that if the tongs is put over the "irons" by the fire, the fairies cannot enter the house. Red ribbon around the cow's horn keeps the cows safe from fairies. When we bless ourselves with holy water the fairies cannot harm us.
    Also we are told that fairies used to shoot cows, when the cows would "graze on a "gentle" spot. We call a place "gentle" when it is supposed to belong to fairies. A "shot" cow became weak and would not eat. There lived in this district a man named Denis Kelly in Belure, who could cure a "shot cow". He was always sent for when this happened. When Denis came he measured the cow and found where she was "shot". The cure was the "coom" (or black) off nine pots and nine grains of shot from a flask (ammunition holder) for a muzzle loading gun. This shot drove out the fairy shot and the cow became well again.
    There is a fairy fort in Dan Mc Laughlin's land in Glenagivney and very often fairies were heard singing, clapping, drilling and churning un this place. William Mc Laughlin is supposed to have seen the fairies here quite recently. This

  10. A Story about Fairies

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Agnes Mc Mahon
    Informant
    John Mc Mahon

    man of the house opened the door and he saw the fairies passing the house. Some of the fairies were friends of the man that were dead and gone with years. All the fairies went in to Harvey's fort, and they began singing and dancing and inside in the fort. One of the men had a fiddle and he began to play a tune the fairies were playing One of the fairies came out of the fort and told the man that if he played that tune again he would kill him and the man ran home as fast as he could.

  11. A Fairy Tale

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Phil Kelly
    Informant
    Mrs Mary Gavin

    There once lived a crowd of fairies who used to help a noggin maker to make noggins. A lovely girl was getting married. The fairies wanted to get the girl. They made up a plan that the night of the feast they would gather in the rafters of the house. One little fairy was to tickle the girl's nose with a wisp of straw then she would sneeze three times and if no one said "God Bless us", the fairies would have her. The night of the feast all the fairies gathered in the rafters and one little man tickled the girl's nose and sneeze. No one heard her with the laughing. She sneezed again and no one said anything. The last time she sneeze the noggin maker said "God Bless us," and when he did the fairies flung him down on the table and he told all the story of the fairies and he got a reward.

  12. A Story

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Hussey
    Informant
    Patrick Keavney

    It was said that people used to be brought by fairies and those people that were carried away had to bring other people they knew to the fairies. There was once a man that the fairies brought and every night at twelve o'clock he used to hear the sound of a whip and he used to have to go out and join the fairies. One night when he was with fairies they told him to bring them a certain woman who was ill. He had to go or the fairies would whip him. When he reached the house he thought every one was looking at him, but they could not see him at all. When he was trying to hide in the house he spilled a bucket

  13. Fairies

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Rafter
    Informant
    Mrs Johanna Rafter
    Age
    86

    came out and the fairies carried her away. One night the family had nothing to eat. He went to the fairies rath and asked for another and he said where is my only daughter. All the fairies said they saw no sight of her. They gave him another bottle and when he said the words up came his daughter and three men with sticks and they beating the girl. The fairies shouted from outside "Stop stop them bottle," so they stopped The fairies said together 'Sidhe ghaoth". It sweep off the roof. Off fell the roof all was inside turned into fairies. My grand-mother told me that when you would see a "Sidhe Gaot" you should get a fist of dust and pelt it after it and you should say. "God and the road go with you".

  14. Old Fairy Tale

    Language
    English
    Informant
    James Hunt

    Once upon a time there was a band of fairies all met together in a field up at Kilquade. There was a man working in Kilpedder at the same time and the fairies were waiting to catch him. All the fairies had little ponies so they caught the man, they had no pony for him and they gave him a calf to ride. He agreed to ride the calf, so him and the fairies rode off. During the time they were riding along and one of the fairies said to the man, "Don't start a word without finishing it." "Very good," said the man. So they rode on until they got to Mr. Sherlock's raheen, and the ponies failed to do the jump across the ditch but the calf jumped it and when the fairies got the man in the raheen they went back to Kilquade and the poor man (han) had to stay there.

  15. A Fairy Story

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Ruby Gibson
    Informant
    William Thompson

    Jamie Friel and his mother lived in a small cottage beside a ruined castle. In this castle the fairies lived. One Halloween night he went up to the castle and the fairies all welcomed him. When it became very late the fairies asked Jamie would he go with them as they were going to steal a young lady and he said he would. They all got on horses and rode for many miles until they came to the house. They dismounted near a window and the fairies took the lovely lady and left an image instead. They each took their turn in carrying her and as they were passing over Jamie's house he asked to carry her. The fairies gave him the lady and he ran with her into his own house. The fairies were very angry and cast a spell over the lady that she wold be deaf and dumb. She lived with Jamie and his mother for one year. When Halloween came round again Jamie went to the castle. As he listened below the window he heard one of the fairies say that three drops out of her glass she held in her hand would cure the lady. Jamie rushed into the castle and grabbed the glass and ran home to give to the lady. She was now able to speak and she wanted to go home so Jamie took her to

  16. Fairy Legends

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Tom Mooney
    Age
    57

    Long ago there lived a man and a woman in Carrowmena whose names were Charley Brown and his wife Biddy. At the entrance of the byre door there was a flag stone. Under this flag there were fairies. Biddy and Charley were so much annoyed with the fairies that they were going to lift the flag. One morning when Charley was putting out the cows Biddy ran out with a piece of red cloth to tie round the cow's horn. It was believed that the red cloth kept the fairies from touching the cows. Holy water also kept the fairies from touching either man or animal. This morning Biddy forgot to bless herself with holy water. No sooner than she put her foot on the flag than she disappeared. A few nights after this she came back and told Charley that the fairies and she would be riding horses on the Altoragh road on the following night. This road is between Carrowmena and Meenletterbale. She described to him the horse she would be on. She also told him that he was to make an effort to get her from off the horse's back and to hold on no matter what the fairies would do or say and if he missed that chance that he never would see her back because the fairies were going to kill her the next day. He was unable to save her and the next morning Charley found the hair of her head lying on the flag at the byre door. He knew then that she was killed.

  17. Fairy Forts

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Maureen Mullen

    Cnuck-Ma, he met the high king of the fairies. He said "Welcome, John Jones, we want you tonight. My fairies are gong to hurl the Roscommon fairies. You are to stand close to the goal, and when you get the ball, put it out. All my fairies will see you and the Roscommon fairies will not".

    "If we beat the Roscommon fairies, the Roscommon people will have to be buying from the Galway people for seven years, and if the Roscommon fairies beat us, we will have to be buying from them for seven years. We will never win without a living man: Here I go" said John Jones. At twelve o'clock, the match started

  18. Belief about Fairies

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Micheál Mac Gearailt

    People of long ago had great belief in fairies. The old people did not like to offend the fairies because they thought it might bring bad luck on them. I have often heard of old fairy tales. It is said that the fairies lived under the ground in old fort's called "Shees" They played lovely music. Some people coming home from fairs or markets or even from rambling were enchanted by the music and sat down to it. Before long they were asleep and dreaming about the dancing and music that the fairies were playing. In the morning when they awoke they would think that they were hours down under the ground with the fairies. It is said that if you carried a horse shoe in your pocket you would not be enchanted by the music. There is a lot of old customs of May day connected with the fairies. If you went into another house on May day you would not get a coal to put on you pipe for fear the fairies would bring out the fire for the rest of the year. There is a fort up hills called (Lith [?]) "Lish-na-leana." Its name tells us that it is the fort of wee folk. Many people,

  19. Fairy Story

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nellie Henebry
    Informant
    Michael Henebry

    A woman living in Cotterstown had two twin babies. They were about six months old. One night the fairies stole the babies. They put two aulawns of fairies in their stead. The woman was wondering why the babies wern't growing at all
    One day she was outside the windown washing. The fairies thought she wasn't near to them at all. She heard one say to the other, "Do you remember the battle of Banagher?" "I do," said the other, "and many another battle besides." Now, the woman's babies could not talk at all and she knew that the fairies had stolen her children. She reddened a shovel in the fire and went into the fairies and threatened to roast them if they would not give back the children. So the fairies sent to their king and explained the situation to him and he brought back the babies and the woman let the fairies off.

  20. A Fairy Tale

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Michael Connor
    Informant
    Mattie Connor

    Once upon a time there lived in the parish of Cashel, Co. Longford, named Patsy Delaney. This man was supposed to have something to do with the fairies. The fairies used to do all the work for him at night time. One night there was a dance in some house. The fairies wanted to steal a nice girl from the dance. They could not steal her without some live person with them so they brought Patsy. The fairies and Patsy started and of course no one can see the fairies or anyone they bring with them unless they appear to someone. Patsy and the crowd arrived on the collartie just over the table where the girls were eating. Whatever girl the fairies wanted they made her sneeze three times. If no one said "God bless us" the fairies would have that girl. It happened that the girl that sneezed was some relation to Patsy. When she sneezed the three no one said "God bless us." Patsy did not like to see