Irish fairy tales

Irish fairy tales

The Story of the Pig-Trough

In the beginning of the century, Hughes went as military substitute for a farmer’s son. He got £80, a watch, and a suit of clothes. His mother was loath to let him go, and when he joined his regiment, she followed him from Amlych to Pwlheli to try and buy…

Irish fairy tales

The Thirteenth Son of the King of Erin

There was a king in Erin long ago who had thirteen sons, and as they grew up he taught them good learning and every exercise and art befitting their rank. One day the king went hunting, and saw a swan swimming in a lake with thirteen little ones. She kept…

Irish fairy tales

The Three Daughters of King O’Hara

There was a king in Desmond whose name was Coluath O’Hara, and he had three daughters. On a time when the king was away from home, the eldest daughter took a thought that she’d like to be married. So she went up in the castle, put on the cloak of…

Irish fairy tales

The Time for Naggeneen’s Plan

Little happened that needs to be told in the next few months, either to the fairies or to the human people. John O’Brien and Peter Sullivan were not long in finding work to do, and they were paid for it, and the two families got on better than they had…

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