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Belief in Fairies

Abstract: Story collected by a student at Blessington (1) school (Blessington, Co. Wicklow) (no informant identified).

Original reference: 0913/5/6

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County The Schools' Manuscript Collection : Wicklow

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Belief in Fairies [duchas:5033375]

There was a man called Mr. Osborne living in Ballyknocken.  He was very poor.  One day he was walking along a quarry when he saw a fairy.  The fairy gave him a crock of gold and he is rich ever since.
If all the girls and boys in a family are healthy except one which is very weak.  That one is called a changeling.  The people say that the father or mother must have vexed the fairies.  Then the fairies took the healthy child and put a weak one in the healthy child's place.
There is a fairy ring in the demesne of Blessington.  It is a great big round circle of earth.

Origin information
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 141
Volume 0913
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Ruby Taylor.
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Supernatural and legendary beings--Neacha neamhshaolta agus osnádúrtha
Treasure troves--Folklore
Treasure legends--Ór i bhfolach
School location
BlessingtonBaile CoimínBlessingtonBlessingtonTalbotstown LowerWicklow
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0913/5/6

Suggested credit
"Belief in Fairies"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 Ruby Taylor.
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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