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Máire Ní Mhurchadha

Abstract: Story collected by Mícheál O Cruadhlaoich, a student at Urhan (B.) school (Urhin, Co. Cork) from informant an unidentified informant.

Original reference: 0275/2/68

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County The Schools' Manuscript Collection : County Cork Schools

Kilcatherine (Civil parish)
Bear (Barony)
Cork (County)

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Máire Ní Mhurchadha [duchas:4801503]

Once there lived in Eyeries a woman called Maire Ni Murcada. She was a wise old woman. She would tell you all about what would happen to you. She used to be always with the fairies.
One night a man was coming from the Mines and it was very late. 
He was taken away by the fairies and they had a fairy hurling match in the Slieve of Allihies and Maire Ni Murcada was with them. She told him if they would be giving him anything to eat not to take it or if he would he should stay with

Máire Ní Mhurchadha [duchas:4801504]

them for ever. The fairies were trying to keep him. But Maire told them not to keep him because his father had no one but him. So they let the man go home and after reaching home he got sick, and they asked him where he was all night but he would not tell them. Then Maire Ni Murcada heard it and she went to the house and them to get a mass said for him that he was in the fairies. Then the father went for the priest and told him to say mass for his son. The mass was said and the sick man got alright. When Maire Ni Murcada would go into the graveyard she would talk to the dead.

Origin information
Urhin, Co. Cork
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 228-229
Volume 0275
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Seán Ó Murchadha.
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Supernatural and legendary beings--Neacha neamhshaolta agus osnádúrtha
Informant location
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0275/2/68

Suggested credit
"Máire Ní Mhurchadha"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 Seán Ó Murchadha.
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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