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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…

Give Stonehenge Back to the Irish!

One legend states the stones of Stonehenge came from Killare in Westmeath, the Hill of Uisneach. When Merlins army failed to take them by force, he took them by majic, wanting “The Giants Ring” to make a monument to an army of his that died in battle.

Another legend says a Westmeath woman sold them to the devil. Which is true? We explore in rhyme…

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 …

A Holy Book Proves No Shield

The death of Mahon, the King, who set a little too much faith in the Bible for protection! An old verse of …

Flickering Candles Foretell Death

A tradition of foretelling a death from North Longford… From the Irish Folklore Commission In days gone by a tradition old Of …

Defense of a Church Mouse

Some sculptor scoundrel, storytellers and the sort Have slandered by folk, questioned our worth Made our reputation dirt, who in the church …

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 …

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 …

Restless Sídhe of Keeraun Hill

Keeraun Hill is a fairy fort, or ring fort, or Danish fort, call it what you will outside Banagher in County Offaly …

Saintjohnstown – So Beautiful A Name

My mother grew up outside the Longford village of Ballinalee. She always said she preferred the English name on it, St. Johnstown… …

Red Path of the Stag

Set free, running free, blood flowing, fleeing fast in fright Wild eyed, pursued, the stag takes to flight The tribesmen of the …

Flight of Mad Sweeney

He flies over where the Devil could not walk Singing his mournful song of despair The places he has been and all …

Magpies

In times of trial once upon a time When lost for direction myself did find While walking away the woes of life …

Seek the Distant Isle

Of which was spoken the sailed to seek Many ships, families and fighting men, As generations had sailed before, They take  to …

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