Irish fairy tales

Irish fairy tales

A Chapter You Can Skip

This is a chapter that you can skip, if you want to. And really I should advise you to. Nothing of importance happened in the next eighteen years. Of course I am obliged to write a little something to fill in all that time, but you are not obliged to…

Irish fairy tales

A Year and a Day

When Kathleen did not come home at the time she was expected, her father and her grandmother were not much surprised at first. She was in the habit of going where she pleased and of coming back when she pleased. If she chose to be an hour or two late…

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Ashey Pelt (Irish Version of Cinderella)

Well, my grandmother she told me that in them auld days a ewe might be your mother. It is a very lucky thing to have a black ewe. A man married again, and his daughter, Ashey Pelt, was unhappy. She cried alone, and the black ewe came to her from…

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Billy Duff and the Devil

Billy Duffy was an Irishman, a blacksmith, and a drunkard. He had the Keltic aversion from steady work, and stuck to his forge only long enough to get money for drink; when that was spent, he returned to work. Billy was coming home one day after one of these drinking-bouts,…

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Black, Brown and Gray

In a day Fin MacCumhail was near Tara of the Kings, south of Ballyshannon, hunting with seven companies of the Fenians of Erin. During the day they saw three strange men coming towards them, and Fin said to the Fenians: “Let none of you speak to them, and if they…

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Cuculin

There was a king in a land not far from Greece who had two daughters, and the younger was fairer than the elder daughter. This old king made a match between the king of Greece and his own elder daughter; but he kept the younger one hidden away till after…

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Gilla na Grakin and Fin MacCumhail

There was a blacksmith in Dun Kinealy beyond Killybegs, and he had two young men serving him whose names were Césa MacRi na Tulach and Lun Dubh MacSmola. When their time was up the young men settled with the blacksmith and took their pay of him. After they had eaten…

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Kil Arthur

There was a time long ago, and if we had lived then, we shouldn’t be living now. In that time there was a law in the world that if a young man came to woo a young woman, and her people wouldn’t give her to him, the young woman should…

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Little Kathleen and Little Terrence

The next morning John O’Brien was sitting alone, when there was a knock at the door. Then Peter Sullivan opened it, said “God save all here!” and came in. “God save you kindly!” John answered. “It’s distressed we are,” said Peter, “to hear of the death of poor Kitty. Ellen…

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O’Donoghue

It was in a poor little cabin somewhere in Ireland. It does not matter where. The walls were of rough stone, the roof was of thatch, and the floor was the hard earth. There was very little furniture. Poor as it was, the whole place was clean. It is right…

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Oisin in Tir na n-Og

There was a king in Tir na n-Og (the land of Youth) who held the throne and crown for many a year against all comers; and the law of the kingdom was that every seventh year the champions and best men of the country should run for the office of…

Irish fairy tales

Preface

The author of the tales contained in this volume was one of the brightest and most poetic spirits who have appeared in Ireland in the last half century. It is needless to say that he was also one of the most patriotic Irishmen of his generation––patriotic in the highest and…

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