Strange Animals

Abstract: Story collected by Peggie Charles, a student at Cnocán Mhichil Naofa (Clochar) school (Claremorris, Co. Mayo) from informant Lucy Healy.

Original reference: 0098/5/63

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County The Schools' Manuscript Collection : County Mayo Schools

Healy, Lucy

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Strange Animals [duchas:4350692]

Once upon a time a man owned a brown horse. Every night he used to go visiting and when he would be returning home, he would go down to a field near a lake and bring home his horse. This night however, he stayed very late in the house. He went down towards the river to get his horse. But when he jumped up on the horses back the horse made for the lake. But before he jumped into the river he knocked him off his back. The river is near Mayo Abbey. The people say that there are as many animals in the water as on the land. The Guards said the horse must have been a water horse.

Origin information
Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 504
Volume 0098
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher an tSiúr Síle.
Animals, Mythical   linked data (lcsh)
Water-horses--Eacha uisce
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Supernatural and legendary beings--Neacha neamhshaolta agus osnádúrtha
School location
ClaremorrisClár Chlainne MhuirisClaremorrisKilcolmanClanmorrisMayo
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Original reference: 0098/5/63

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"Strange Animals"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 an tSiúr Síle.
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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