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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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 Patcy 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 Patcy. The fairies and Patcy started and of course no one can see the fairies or anyone they bring with them unless they appear to someone. Patcy 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 Patcy. When she sneezed the three no one said "God bless us." Patcy did not like to see

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    A Fairy Tale

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Mr Feeney

    There was a girl who lived a mile outside the town of Longford. Her first name was Mary. Her mother had died when she was young but her father was alive. One day there were no sticks in the house so she went out to a wood near by and at the bottom of a tree she saw two fairies.
    The fairies said to her come in to our palace and have a dance to the music. She saw herself getting smaller. She went in. All the fairies began to gather round her and dance about her When it was time to go home she told the fairies that she was going and promised them to go back again. She gathered her sticks and went out of the wood, and when she came to her fathers house there were strange people in it. The three hours that she spent with the fairies were three hundred years. So she went back to the wood weeping and the fairies saw her and gave her a purse full of gold. She went to and got a house built with the money and lived happily there. The fairies often came to see her afterwards.

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    Na Priompalláin

    Language
    English

    cloud, out of sight. Old Sean Padraig tells the story, that it ws a battle between the fairies of Connaught and the Ulster fairies, that took place that morning. So people the flies who floated away were the Connaught Fairies, who won the fight. Ever since are nervous to pass by that hill after nightfall, as they should be attacked by the strong fairies of Connaught.

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    Fairy Forts

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Joe Hamill
    Informant
    Joe Hamill

    There is a Fairy Fort about five hundred yards from my home. It is called the fairies arch. The arch is situated on the outskirts of Swords. It is made of large stones put on top of one another in the form of an arch. There is a tunnel at the back of the arch which runs under a road and extends for about a mile. It (is) comes out at another arch the same as the Fairies arch which is supposed to be haunted by fairies also. There is a little (fo) pond and there are a lot of tiny stepping stones going from one side to the other. The fairies are believed to walk across. Some people have actually seen them walking across the stones. The lone bush was but down by the farmer, and ever since then the fairies are not so numerous.

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    The Oak Tree

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Philomena Deeny
    Informant
    John Mc Gonigle
    Age
    80

    father talk about an oak-tree that was about here, and the fairies always dance round this tree, every night from twelve o'clock until morning. And fairies multiply in their numbers very quickly and a tree that fairies get into its roots spread and spread every year." "Well" says Micheal, "I wouldn't believe the story." "Well don't" say's John "but if you come with me here tomorrow night "we'll" see if the story's true." But they should "a" went that night because the fairies threw a charm over them and they could not sleep. When John and Micheal had finished their supper the next night it was half past eleven so they went on to see the dance and believe or "believe it not" there "wur" fairies by the score dancing as far out as the roots of the trees reached. "Now," said John "will you believe the story from this on: "No" says Micheal, "but if you are able to catch one and make him repent for what he said this morning to us when we were about to cut the tree

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    The Leipreachan

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Robert Campbell
    Informant
    Robert Campbell
    Age
    82
    Informant
    Mrs Mc Dermott
    Age
    61

    had none but the ones she was going to use shortly. The fairy walked out and when the lady had the meal ready she discovered her spoons were gone and they had to eat the slice of potatoes on the bread and the next day she got the spoons on the place she had left them the day before. Sometimes when people do any harm to the fairies they come into the byres and shoot the cows. Once a man knew a place which the fairies inhabited and he went over and said "Give me a horse" They gave him a horse and then he could ride about the continent for three or four days but he then had to give back the horse to the fairies again. Fairies are never seen after sun-set. Some people in this district used to keep a round stone with a hole in it hanging in the byre so that the fairies would shoot through it and not at the cows.

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    Story

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Francis Clancy
    Age
    62
    Occupation
    farmer

    A little boy had to pass this fort every evening on his way to give hay to the cattle. One evening this little boy, who had a hump on his back, was passing by the fort, when he heard singing. Knowing the song, he sang it himself. He was brought before the king of the fairies. "What will we do with him" said one of the fairies. "We will take the hump off him" said the king. So they took the hump off him and hung it on the wall. There was another boy in the parish who had a hump on his back. He also heard the fairies singing and knowing the song, he sang it but he was a bad singer. He was brought before the king of the fairies "What will we do with him" said one of the fairies. "We will put another hump on him" said the

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    Fairy Forts

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Kathleen Flynn
    Informant
    A.J. Devine
    Age
    73

    There are two or three Fairy Forts in Longford. One is situated in Farnagh Lane and the other one is in one of the near by fields. They are not in view of one another but it is said that the fairies when playing music they are answered by the fairies of the other fort. The fort on Farnagh Lane is square in shape and it is surrounded on three sides by a wall of about three feet high and on top with thick briary bushes. There was a cave which is said to run under the ground to the centre of the fort. Wood pigeons are seen in forts very often and it is said that every November's night they change their forms into fairies. On every November's night the fairies are heard singing and lights are seen in the forts. There is a lone tree near the fort and it is said that who ever would cut a branch from it would be caught by the fairies on November's night.

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    Taken by the Fairies

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Kate Keane

    Some years ago when Fairies or "Good people" as they were then called were numerous in this country a man's wife was taken away by the Fairies and he was in great distress. Some of the older people in the village told him that if he knew where the fairies passed at night he would get her back.
    At last he got to know where the Fairies were to pass one night, and he waited at a certain gap or pass-way and the Fairies all came on horse-back and his wife was on horse-back with them. He jumped up and took her off the horse and brought her home with him and was very glad indeed. He got the best of the fairies this time.

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    Fairies

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Teresa Cunnaghan
    Age
    13

    People say that fairies lived at Patrick Monaghan’s bushes. They were dressed in red. There were people taken away by the fairies. This is a story about the fairies. “Manus and the Meal” is the name of it.
    Manus and the Meal.
    A man asked the fairies “Give me a horse to go and see the wourld.” (sic) They said they would and welcome. They asked him did he want anything else. He said that his wife and family and himself were short of clothes and if they would give him a web of cloth. So they did. They asked him did he want any other thing. He said that he had no money and the fairies gave him plenty of money. They asked him did he want anything else. He said that they had no food. The fairies gave him