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The story on this page has been taken from the Dúchas web site, page http://www.duchas.ie/en/cbes/5044790/5038403/5083019and pages following. An image of the original manuscript can be viewed on the Dúchas page as well as more detailed information about the informant and recorder of the story.
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There are many funny stories told about places near the district in which I live. The following story took place in the townland of Dernacrieve about one and a half miles from Swanlinbar in County Cavan. About twenty years ago there was a farmer named John White living in that townland and the fairies had a large fort in one of his fields. He had a great many cows in this field and one evening when he was bringing them home he heard children crying outside the fort. Then he saw a small
woman coming towards him and she asked him to leave her a cow as the children were crying for milk. John left her one and she said she would reward him. In a few years one of the children met him and he said he was one of the family who he gave the cow to and he also told him he would win a great deal of money. There were going to be horse-races in Swanlinbar and he told John to bet on a black horse and so he did. On the day of the races the black horse won and John White got five hundred pounds. Not long after the fairy brought him back the cow and told him he was going to a foreign land and he also gave him a sword. He told John to look at the sword and if there was blood on it he would never return. John saw blood on the sword and the fairy never returned again.
Collector: Edna Gerty
Address: Killyran, Co. Cavan
Informant: Name not given
Location: Killyran, Co. Cavan
Teacher: Mrs Stafford
Thanks to B. McGovern who transcribed this and a great many other pages of the The Schools' Collection, from the National Folklore Collection Archives.
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