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  1. Fairy Bushes

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Tessie Mc Loughlin
    Informant
    Francis Mc Loughlin
    Age
    55
    Occupation
    carpenter

    There are thousands of fairy bushes in Ireland. Two of them are on our farm. I know of twelve fairy bushes which are in this district. Any white thorn bush in the middle of a field, and by it self is said to be a fairy bush. On nearly every farm there is a fairy bush. It is not right to cut a fairy bush.

    One fairy bush is in Lis na nDoras. It is a very remarkable one. The fairies used to dance round it every night. Some people saw them dancing and singing round it.
    One man saw the fairies playing tunes and dancing and singing round it. This old tree is rotten and an old man was cutting it down for wood for the fire. He could not cut it, the handle broke and many other things happened, but he cut the bush to the ground but he could not bring it home, as it was too heavy. Another man was cutting a fairy bush, and a branch hit him in the eyes and blinded his two eyes.

  2. Fairy Lore

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Rose Farren
    Informant
    Harry Diver
    Age
    circa 45

    It was told to me by Harry Diver. he lives in Ballybrack and he is about 45 years of age. This is what he told me. There was an old fairy bush along the road and it belonged to the fairies. One day a man was walking along the road and he had a bill hook in his hand to cut bushes. And he saw this fairy bush on his way and he thought it was no harm to cut the fairy bush. So he cut it. He went to his bed that night and when he awoke in the morning his cow was dead. The next morning his horse was dead and the next morning his wife and daughter were dead. And the next morning he went to the priest about it and he told him all that he had done and he told the priest that he had cut a fairy bush. And the priest said that he would never had a day's rest in his life. So this man went home and he began to pray and the next morning he himself died. One day this was a girl coming along the road and she had to pass the house and when she was passing she saw a ghost.

  3. The Fairy Bush of Thinna

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Thomas Rourke
    Informant
    Mrs O' Rourke

    The fairy bush of Thinna
    There is a bush outside Portalingon called the fairy bush. One night a man was coming home after playing cards at a neighbours house. He took a short cut across a pasture home in which he had to pass a fairy bush. The fairies were dancing and they took him into the dance to dance and they did not let him home untill day-break. When he reached home he did not recover from the shock and in a very short time he died. The bush is still called the fairy bush

  4. The Fairy Bush

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Michael Daley
    Informant
    Mrs Elizabeth Leahy
    Age
    circa 70

    About two miles from Dunmore East there is a spot known as the Fairy Bush. Long ago a pilot named John Glody piloted a ship from Dunmore East to Passage East. On his way back by road he had to pass the Fairy Bush. This night at about twelve o'clock when he was passing it, he saw a priest. Glody said, "Good night Father", but got no answer. The next night he saw the priest again, and again saluted him, but again received no answer. He went and told the Parish Priest of Dunmore, and asked him to go with him on the third night to the Fairy Bush. They went and they saw the(y) priest, and the Parish Priest spoke to him and asked him what his trouble was. He told him that he had left one Mass unsaid while he was on ea()th, and that he could not get anyone to answer it. The Parish Priest then told him that Glody

  5. The Fairy Bush

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Philomena Elliott
    Informant
    William Leahy
    Age
    circa 78

    The Fairy Bush is the name given to a five branch cross road between Passage East and Dunmore.

    Years ago John Glody, a Dunmore pilot came up to Passage in a steamer. When he was going home by the Fairy Bush he saw a priest standing there. It was at the hour of midnight that this Priest was seen. John Glody went to the Parish Priest and told him about it. The Parish Priest said he would go with him and they went. They saw the Priest standing at the Fairy Bush. The Parish Priest went over to him and asked him what was his troubles. He told him that while he was on earth there was one Mass that he did not say and that he was on the altar every night to see if any one would come to serve Mass. He asked John Glody and the Parish Priest to serve Mass. The Parish Priest went with John Glody the next night to serve Mass. When the Priest came out on the altar John Glody went in on the altar and served Mass for him. In a minute the Church was full

  6. Story

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Theresa Daly

    Mr Gray was telling me that his grandfather was telling him that there was a bush in his farm in Shaen, that was called a "fairy bush". About eighty years ago when he was an old man, his wife had gone to town and he was left along, in came a little fairy all dressed up with a shawl over her head, and asked for team sugar and some milk and when she got it she went off. The old man watched her and she disappeared in the "fairy bush". About half-a-hour after his wife came in and he supposing it was a fairy back again said "Be of with you I have given you the last

  7. A Fairy Bush

    Language
    English

    A Fairy Bush :-
    A man named Thomas Moorhead of Killakena went to cut a loan-bush or a fairy-bush, and with the first blow which he gave it with the axe, his nose began to bleed, and he got a pain in his head, and was confined to bed for three weeks afterwards.

  8. The Fairy Bush

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Séamus Mac Giobúin

    there. He was passing by the fairy bush and the fairies were inside the ditch singing Dé luaine is Dá Máirtand the man sang dé tuain de Mairt is dá chéadaon. They jumped out and took the hump off the man's back and when he went home to told a friend who also had a hump. He came by the fairy bush and the fairies were singing the new verse Dá tuam Dé Máirt is dé Chéadaon, the man shouted "is daordaoin" and when it did not rhyme they put the other man's hump on him and he went home with two humps.

  9. Donegal Fairy Bush Mystery

    Language
    English

    DONEGAL FAIRY BUSH MYSTERY
    Mystery surrounding a fairy thornbush on the lands of Mr. Pat McCallig, of Ballysaggart, St. John's Point, brings the problem of the existence or non-existence of the "good people" again into the public eye.
    Crumbled with age, bending as if a gale were constantly sweeping over it the lone thorn tree stands on a bleak hillside, where, tradition says, it was planted by Mr. McCallig's ancestors.
    It is the only tree in the neighbourhood and has become associated with myth, legend and fairy-lore in the district.
    Last week real mystery is said to have hung its mantle about the McCallig fairy-thorn.
    On Tuesday morning, the 4th instant, "the 'fairy bush' was flattened to the ground, being uprooted by the fierce gale of the previous night.
    In the evening, when the storm ceased, Mr. McCallig thought to replace it, with the assistance of some neighbours, but their efforts were of no avail and the task "was abandoned as an absolute impossibility."
    The next morning, when fisher-folk of Ballysaggart drew their blinds they were confronted with the familiar but now somewhat awesome sight of the "fairy bush" standing just as if there had been no storm.
    The mystery deepened when people who visited the tree reported that there was no trace whatever of its ever having been disturbed.
    Mr. William McCreadie, a man whose judgement is respected, declares that when the first grey light of day was breaking on the morning following the abandoned effort to re-plant the tree, he was awakened by a melancholy chant.
    At first, he says, it seemed quite close to the house but it gradually moved away towards the place where the fairy bush had been.
    Ballysoggart people are quite frankly mystified because, while hundreds saw the tree tossed by the gale, none is now able to discover any sign that it has ever been disturbed.
    People who come to inspect the bush just rub their eyes and go away without comment.

  10. Local Folklore - Fairy Forts

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Catherine Folliard
    Informant
    Mrs C. Folliard
    Age
    46

    It is said that a man named John Judge cut a fairy bush in Coolnaha and that all the hair fell off his head.
    It is said that if anyone cut a fairy bush, they would loose the hand which they would cut it with. There is a fort in the townland of Coolnaha. It is said that it is a fairy fort. The people call this fort "the castleen", because there is a high fence of stone around it. There was a white cat seen in this fort and it is said that this cat was minding the fort. There were lights seen in

  11. Local Place Names

    Language
    English
    Informant
    P. Mc Closkey

    the name "The Wee Braes".
    There is a fairy bush out on our hill and it is said that if you would dare break a leaf of it that something bad would happen you.
    In olden times it is said that (in olden times) a lot of fairies lived in under this bush and since that it got the name "The Fairy Bush"

  12. (no title)

    A man named Bernard Ruddy from Kellystown, Glentogher, Co Donegal.

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Kathleen Hirrell
    Informant
    James Diver
    Age
    48

    A man named Bernard Ruddy from Kellystown, Glentogher, Co Donegal, was a poteen smuggler, engaged in the manufacture of illicit distilling between Glentogher and the Illies, near Buncrana, in the same county.

    One evening about seven o'clock, when he was passing a place called, "the fairy bush", he was carrying a cask of poteen on his back, he saw a hare running into the fairy bush and he fired a stone after it and suddenly he heard a great hum coming from the bush, and he found himself going up in the air like an airoplane into the clouds, and the first place he came to earth again was on Bulba, (a mountain off the coast of Urras, near Clonmany, Co. Donegal) and he said until his dying day that it was the fairies who carried him away. When he reached home he told his father that he could hear the fairies' mocking laughter, when he reached the top of Bulba.

  13. Hidden Gold

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Austin Grogan
    Informant
    Tom Tarpey

    There is a fairy bush in Tom Tarpey's land. There is a crock of gold buried under it. There is a fish minding it and every night at 2 o'clock you can see him. It is a hawthorn bush. He is afraid to dig for it or the fairies would be after him.

  14. A Fairy Bush

    Language
    English

    The voice said "Go back to where you came from and before you reach there you will have the fairies curse". Poor William got a great fright and when he arrived there had he not two humps instead of one. The place Paddy and William met the fairies is known as the "Fairy Bush" on the road to Dunmore. There are very few people who will pass that way alone at night up to the present day.

  15. (no title)

    During a storm a fairy bush was knocked down during the night.

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Elizabeth Mc Clure
    Informant
    Elizabeth Mc Clure
    Age
    48

    During a storm a fairy bush was knocked down during the night. The next day the man on whose land it had stood gathered all his friends and neighbours together to try and put it up. All their efforts were of no use. The next morning to the owner’s amazement when he went out he saw the bush standing as firm and straight in the ground as it had ever done.

  16. Fairy Tales

    Language
    English
    Collector
    James Devine

    Once upon a time when a man was cutting a hedge round his field and there was a fairy bush growing in the hedge that he cutting. The hedge was along the road, and the people who were passing

  17. Local Place Names

    There is an old stream in Greashglass.

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Charlie Flanagan
    Informant
    James Gallagher
    Age
    68

    There is an old stream in Greashlass. This stream is called Glosh. This stream runs throuh an old fairy fort. There was an old bush in Aughacashel. There were fairies seem sitting under Mushrooms at night. People used to betle flax near this bush long ago. This bush is called the "fairy bush". There was a small square

  18. Fairy Forts

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Patricia Cryan
    Informant
    Miss J. Cryan

    There are number of fairy forts around Ballymote. Lights are seen on forts at certain times and where lights are see there is supposed to be treasure hidden.
    No one should ever cut a fairy bush because it is said it shelters someone.
    Once upon a time two men were cutting a fairy bush and when they had it cut it would not move and they were chased by a man that was dead six months. The bush disappeared and was never seen again.
    Once upon a time a little girl was going from her own house to another she had to pass a fort and it was very early in the morning.
    When she was passing the fort she heard lovely music and she went over to listen and she saw little red men playing the music.

  19. (no title)

    The fairy bush is a little bush....

    Language
    English

    The Fairy Bush is a little bush in Feeny's field in Tullaghan. It is away from the other bushes. There is a big rock beside it. The rock is shaped like a coffin. There is supposed to be a crock of gold hidden under the rock.

  20. The Fairy Bush

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Séamus Mac Giobúin

    The old fairy bush about one mile from Ballyporeen at Kilcaroon was felled recently by a storm. It is the tradition of the old people that it stood there for centuries and they tell an old story of a hunchback who was cured