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Strange Animals

Abstract: Story collected by Edna Killeen, a student at Cnocán Mhichil Naofa (Clochar) school (Claremorris, Co. Mayo) from informant Michael Killeen.

Original reference: 0098/5/60

Loading...School Cnocán Mhichil Naofa (Clochar) [Vol. 0098, Chapter 0005]

County The Schools' Manuscript Collection : County Mayo Schools

Killeen, Michael
Kilcolman (Civil parish)
Clanmorris (Barony)
Mayo (County)

transcribed at


Strange Animals [duchas:4350685]

There was a water-horse once in Ballinsmalla. There is a story told about it. It is -  One day a man named Prendergast was letting out hisshorse in the field. There was a big pond in the field. when he was letting the horse go, he hit it with his stick. Then the horse ran and ran around the field and at last it ran straight into the pond and disappeared. Every day after that he came to the field and ate the grass. If anybody tried to catch him, he ran into the pond.

Origin information
Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 497
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
Informant location
ClaremorrisClár Chlainne MhuirisClaremorrisKilcolmanClanmorrisMayo
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0098/5/60

Suggested credit
"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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