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Tales Of The Fairies And Of The Ghost World | by Jeremiah Curtin



Collected from oral tradition in South-West Munster

TitleTales Of The Fairies And Of The Ghost World
AuthorJeremiah Curtin
PublisherDavid Nutt
Year1895
Copyright1895, David Nutt
AmazonIrish Tales of the Fairies and the Ghost World
Tales Of The Irish Fairies

By The Same Author

Myths And Folk-Lore Of Ireland With Etched Frontispiece.

Myths And Folk-Tales Of The Russians, Western Slavs, And Magyars.

Hero Tales Of Ireland

-Preface
Mr. Jeremiah Curtin needs no introduction to the lovers of Gaelic lore and legend. By the publication of his two volumes, Myths and Folk-Lore of Ireland(Boston: Little, Brown & Co.; London: S. Low & C...
-Alfred Nutt. Tales Of The Fairies
DURING my travels in Ireland I made a stay of some time at the house of a farmer at a cross-road west of Dingle. Besides cultivating two farms, this man kept a small country store, near the famous Ven...
-John Connors And The Fairies
There was a man named John Connors, who lived near Killarney, and was the father of seven small children, all daughters and no sons. Connors fell into such rage and anger at having so many daughters, ...
-John Connors And The Fairies. Continued
When the women of the village heard the story of the boys some of them went to the widow and said: 'Tis your fault that your husband's ghost is roaming around in nakedness. You didn't give away his ...
-Fitzgerald And Daniel O'Donohue
When the blind man had finished, my host said: There's many a story about that same Daniel O'Donohue, a fairy chief and King of Lochlein: Lochlein is the old name of the upper lake of Killarney. I us...
-The Fairies Of Rahonain And Elizabeth Shea
When the company came to my room on the following evening the host brought a fourth man, Maurice Lynch, a mason, who knew a good deal about ghosts and fairies. When he bade me good-bye the night befo...
-The Knights Of Kerry - Rahonain Castle
Is there a story about the beginning of Rahonain Castle? asked I. There is, said Maurice Fitzgerald, and though I am not good at stories, I'll do the best I can and tell it to you. Long ago, w...
-The Cattle Jobber Of Awnas-Cawil
Do the fairies ever do harm for the pleasure of hurting people? asked I of Maurice Fitzgerald. Whether they harm single men without reason I can't say, replied he, but they injure a whole countr...
-The Midwife Of Listowel
Why do you call the fairies 'good people?' asked I. I don't call them the good people myself, answered Duvane, but that is what the man called them who told me the story. Some call them the good...
-Daniel Crowley And The Ghosts
On the third evening the mason was absent, but his place was filled by a young farmer of the neighbourhood, named Garvey, who knew two ghost stories. The host was anxious that I should hear them, henc...
-Tom Daly And The Nut-Eating Ghost
The value of the next story (which was told by the blind man), apart from the comic in its form and contents, is the fact that nuts are buried for the godfather to eat after death. This is an interest...
-Tom Connors And The Dead Girl
That is a droll story, and maybe true, said John Malone, though it doesn't stand to reason that the mother could run as fast as her son, and he as much in dread of the man in the graveyard as herse...
-The Farmer Of Tralee And The Fairy Cows
Before any comment was made on Connors' experience of ghosts, Maurice Lynch, the mason, came in. My host asked him at once to tell a story, and the following is his contribution: There was a rich far...
-The Two Gamblers And The Fairies
At our fourth meeting, which was held two nights later, the mason was present again, and told a story which had the same motive as the one which he had given us before, the stealing of a young woman m...
-The Girl And The Robber
The next story, which was told by the blind man, contains an account of one important survival of old times: offering a beast to St. Martin. The method of curing a sick beast is also interesting. The...
-Maurice Griffin The Fairy Doctor
John Malone had promised to give some information about doctors among the people, and tell how they got knowledge and power. When reminded of his promise, he told the following story: There was a man...
-The Three Sisters And Their Husbands' Three Brothers
After an interval of two days we had our fifth and last meeting in the house at the cross-road. As the old man had told all his stories, and the blind quarryman had only one left, my host brought a ti...
-The Three Sisters And Their Husbands' Three Brothers. Continued
She gave him the pipe, but didn't let him smoke long. Then she made him ready, put him on the table, and spread a sheet over him. Now two poles were stretched overhead above the body and sheets hung o...
-John Shea And The Treasure
You have two stories of wise women, said the blind man. Now I'll tell the story of a man who came to the knowledge of what gold was in the kingdom, and lost it all through his own foolishness: Betwee...
-St. Martin's Eve, Told By John Sheehy
In Iveragh, not very far from the town of Cahirciveen, there lived a farmer named James Shea with his wife and three children, two sons and a daughter. The man was peaceable, honest, and very charitab...
-James Murray And Saint Martin, Told By Timothy Sheahy
There was a small farmer named James Murray, who lived between this and Slieve Mish. He had the grass of seven cows, but though he had the land, he hadn't stock to put on it; he had but the one cow. B...
-Fairy Cows, Told By William Keating
In the parish of Drummor lived a farmer, whose name was Tom Connors. He had a nice bit of land and four cows. He was a fine, strong, honest man, and had a wife and five children. Connors had one cow ...
-John Reardon And The Sister Ghosts
Once there was a farmer, a widower, Tom Reardon, who lived near Castlemain. He had an only son, a fine strong boy, who was almost a man, and the boy's name was John. This farmer married a second time,...
-Maggie Doyle And The Dead Man
One day an old woman leaning on a staff and a blind man walked the way to me. After some talk and delay they agreed to tell what they knew about fairies, ghosts, and buried treasures. I had heard of...
-Pat Doyle And The Ghost
There was a young man in the next parish whose name was Pat Doyle, and one night he had to bring the priest to his father, John Doyle. It was late when the young man came to the priest's house. He kno...
-The Ghost Of Sneem
Some time after Pat Doyle was killed by the ghost, my husband, Martin Doyle, was at work on an estate at some distance from Sneem, and one evening the gentle-man who employed Martin told him to go tha...
-The Dead Mother
The next two tales were told by the blind man whom I have mentioned in connection with fairy tales told at Ventry Strand. It is not out of place to refer here to a certain popular error. It is suppos...
-Tim Sheehy Sent Back To This World To Prove His Innocence, Told By William Keating
There was a farmer, fourteen miles from Tralee, named Fitzgerald, who, by sly management and being a spy on his neighbours, became a great friend of the landlord. He carried matters that far that at l...
-Tom Moore And The Seal Woman
Apropos of the following tale, I may say: The intermarriage with and descent of men from beings not human touches upon one of the most interesting and important points in primitive belief. Totemism am...
-The Four-Leafed Shamrock
This tale gives a good instance of the virtue of the four-leafed shamrock against the power which takes people's eyes - i.e., true vision - from them: A good many years ago a showman came to the town...
-John Cokeley And The Fairy
The burial customs of Ireland are very interesting because they throw light on beliefs concerning another life - beliefs that were once universal on the island and are held yet in a certain way by a g...
-John Cokeley And The Fairy. Continued
In a few weeks' time Cokeley was looking well again, but he got downhearted, took to drinking, and spent his means, so that at last he hadn't any cows on his land but what belonged to others. One May-...
-Tom Foley's Ghost
There was a man Tom Foley, a farmer who lived at Castlemain, near the Leann River; he had a brother John, who lived eight miles beyond Tralee, on a farm of his own which he had there. The Leann is a g...
-Tom Foley's Ghost. Part 2
Mary started up against the brother, and wasn't it a shame for him, she said, to be scandalising her with his talk, and wouldn't it be fitter for him to have some respect for his only sister. The othe...
-Tom Foley's Ghost. Part 3
The boy was knocked, but if he was, he rose quickly and away with him like the wind. He didn't get another blow, though he had three or four falls from fright before he reached the priest's house, thi...
-The Blood-Drawing Ghost
There was a young man in the parish of Drimalegue, county Cork, who was courting three girls at one time, and he didn't know which of them would he take; they had equal fortunes, and any of the three ...
-The Blood-Drawing Ghost. Continued
She went against her will. She rolled up the food inside in the handkerchief. There was a deep hole in the wall of the kitchen by the door, where the bar was slipped in when they barred the door; into...
-Murderous Ghosts
The following things happened about sixty years ago. In those times people used to go nine and ten miles to Mass, especially of a Christmas Day. Four men in the parish of Urummond went to Cahirdonnell...
-Mr. David Nutt's Publications
IN Celtic Folk-Lore and Romance. Studies On The Legend Of The Holy Grail By Alfred Nutt. With especial Reference to the Hypothesis of its Celtic Origin. Demy 8vo. xv-281 pages. Cloth, 10s. 6d. nett....









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