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Folklore and Legend

Old Crone of Cairn Hill

Old Crone of Beara is said to have dropped stones that make up cairns on Cairn Hill in Longford. As with many legends, the stories vary, with some saying she was another personification of the Goddess Bridget… #Irishlegend #folklore

What Loss to Gain a King!

The foundation story of the Clan Eoghanachta, with the tragic death of Eoghan, and the craftiness of Díl the Druid…

No Library Like the Spoken Word

Books and knowledge gathered together But arrived Invaders and a tyrants yoke All then to then was ever known It all went …

The Cock and the Crock of Gold

The legend of the Cock and the Crock of Gold in Kilcormac, in the times of the Wars of the Molloys… The …

When Its Bad Manners to Say Thanks

The story of a ghost miller on Lough Gownas Inch Island From the Irish Folklore Collection On the waters of Gowna there …

Lovers of Loftus Hall

She was a fine maiden of thirty years At the table playing cards He, the dark stranger who had come A gentleman …

The Web of Linen

Based on a folk take of the Carty (as Carthy should be spelled!!!) family, told to the Irish Folklore Commission, Eileen’s great …

Salmon of Knowledge

Tobar Segais by hazel trees nine Shed each a nut to the waters still And a salmon hungry there was swimming And …

Hens Plan a Holiday in Scotland

“Thats a hens journey to Scotland” ~ North Longford saying (proverb) Irish Folklore Commission The hens had heard by fluttering word To …

Gurteen Lake in Ballinalee

Gurteen Lake and the Curse of the McCarthys

Verse from another legend from Longford recorded by the Irish Folklore Commission From Clonbroney the priest was travelling Was making his weary …

Lady of Lough Gowna

An eerie cry echos the evening air The mermaids plaintive song The saying among the folk that know Is there will be …

Stalking the White Deer

Bright Moon, she for her lover waits From the Hunt to her to return But he has not come with the skin …

Lovers of Bazdara

A Pashtun (Afghan) love story, of a couple who fell for each other at first sight, but were destined not to be …

Saint Fechin was no Feckin Saint

Saint Fechin was a feckin fecker That bigger feckers made a saint Prayed for a plague to plague the poor: The fecker: …

Awaiting the Eclipse

I wont be at Tara as planned for the eclipse later on this morning, but in Renmore due to a typical case …

Where the Sídhe Dance

The grass grows green where the Sídhe dance Unseen by men in the fog The mushroom circle is kissed by the dew …

In the Shadow of Cairn Hill

Are they true the old tales, that he who slay Queen Maeve, Neath one of these cairns in death enjoys sleep? That …

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