Giants and Witches

Abstract: Story collected by Tom Mc Mahon, a student at Cuinche school (Quin, Co. Clare) from informant Patrick Mc Mahon.

Original reference: 0595/2/155

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Mahon, Tom Mc

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Giants and Witches [duchas:5175539]

Long ago named Biddy Earley lived in East Clare. She was supposed to be a witch on account of all the strange thing she used to do. The old people believed in Biddy and went to her for cures when anything belonging to them was sick.
On one occasion a man from this parish paid a visit to Biddy. His wife was seriously ill and he was advised to see Biddy. As he entered Biddy's house, she told him his trouble, and said "Go home, your wife is cured, but you shall have another great loss." When he went home his wife was cured, but his best cow was dead.

Origin information
Quin, Co. Clare
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 363
Volume 0595
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Ss. Ó Gríobhtha.
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Supernatural and legendary beings--Neacha neamhshaolta agus osnádúrtha
   linked data (naf)
Biddy early--Bidí Ní Mhochóirí
School location
QuinCuincheQuinQuinBunratty UpperClare
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Original reference: 0595/2/155

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"Giants and Witches"in "The Schools' Manuscript Collection," held by University College Dublin, National Folklore Collection UCD. © University College Dublin. Digital content by: Glenbeigh Records Management, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Ss. Ó Gríobhtha.
Supported by funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ireland), University College Dublin, and the National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann), 2014-2016.
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Metadata creation date: 2014/2016 — Metadata created by Fiontar, Dublin City University, in collaboration with the National Folklore Collection UCD and UCD Library. Original Fiontar metadata converted into MODS by UCD Library.

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