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Biddy Early

Abstract: Story collected by B. O' Kiely, a student at Lúbán Díge (Bodyke) school (Bodyke, Co. Clare) (no informant identified).

Original reference: 0591/7/66

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Kiely, B. O'

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Biddy Early [duchas:5174018]

My mother if she lived would be 100 years old.
She died at the age of 70.
She was born in the townland of Annaghneal, Bodyke which borders Kilbarron where Biddy lived.
She often spoke to us about her and her supposed power but she did not think she was a very good character.
She told us when a girl of 10 years of age some people from West Clare caller to know where Biddy lived.  She was sent to show them the house.  They had a horse and common car.  They left her on the road and went into the house.  She came out to meet them and said ( they told this afterwards on their return) "It is no use coming now, ye come too late the man will die."  This was said before they had spoken. They returned home and the man died (they knew)

Biddy Early [duchas:5174019]

My mother told me she often saw her as she went passed the house.
This part of our parish is nearer for the Annaghneal people to go to mass on Sunday and they continue doing so still.  They never came to Bodyke except to pay the priest and All Souls Day.
Biddy's appearance was not very attractive.
She said she was ugly and had two small red eyes.
The people used to bring her whiskey as payment for what she did.
I heard she always had a finger tied up in a cloth.  People said she had given a limb of it to the devil.
The old house was made of mud walls and a thatched roof.  I remember to have seen it. When I was young I always felt nervous passing by the old house.
She was repentant before death and is buried in Feakle Churchyard.
People said she had a magic bottle and when she looked at it she saw a coffin.  If the coffin was on end, the person would recover and if across, he would die.

Origin information
Bodyke, Co. Clare
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 404-405
Volume 0591
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Bríd, Bean Uí Chadhla.
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Biddy early--Bidí Ní Mhochóirí
School location
BodykeLúbán DígeBodykeKilnoeTulla UpperClare
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Original reference: 0591/7/66

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"Biddy Early"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 Bríd, Bean Uí Chadhla.
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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