In the Fenian times in Glin, there lived a famous joker. The Glin people were used to him, and only laughed at all his tricks.
Spies, Englishmen, were sent out to watch the movements of the young men of the district.
These spies went amongst the people and were seemingly very gracious. The people were cautious.
One day, a spy happened to meet our friend. They conversed together for some time in low tones. Thinking that the Glin man was one of his own, the Englishman remarked that he heard drilling was going on every night.
The joker agreed and not only that but promised that if he came that very night he would show him the leader and his little band.
The time and hour were appointed. It was near a lone house in a glen and the time was twelve o'clock.
Near the house was a drake with twelve ducks. Disturbed at this unearthly hour the drake rose quickly and was followed in a straight line by the ducks. The spy turned on his heel. The Glin man's laugh re echoed through the glen.