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Fairy Forts

Abstract: Story collected by Alice Coffey, a student at Skryne school (Skreen, Co. Meath) (no informant identified).

Original reference: 0686/4/48

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County The Schools' Manuscript Collection : County Meath Schools

Coffey, Alice

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Fairy Forts [duchas:4966097]

In the townland of Macetown there is a fairy fort on a hill in a field joining Farnans wood. There was a fairy seen on it some years ago but not for some years past. The fort is round in shape and has a hollow in the side of it. Sometimes there are cats around the fort. Lights are often seen at it. About eight or nine years my Father and Brother saw a little dressed in brown wearing a large brown hat, in a field of the laneway and when they went up to him he disappeared. He was seen again by other people called Martins. There is also another fort in Rathfeigh. One time the owners of the land ploughed the fort and all the children and animals died.
Alice Coffey

Origin information
Skreen, Co. Meath
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 359
Volume 0686
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Brian Mac Gabhann.
Ringforts   linked data (lcsh)
Fairy forts--Ráthanna
School location
SkreenAn ScrínSkreenMeath
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Original reference: 0686/4/48

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"Fairy Forts"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 Brian Mac Gabhann.
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.
Record source
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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