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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0963

The Stray Sod

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This belief is everywhere around here. There are '' stray sods '' When a person is out at night if he stands on such a sod he goes astray and loses all idea of direction so that he wanders hopelessly around generally till morning.
Sometimes in his wanderings he may reach a road or house and then he is all right. It is helpful, if such should happen to you, to take off your coat and turn it inside out and wear it thus. That is the only hope of undoing the charm.
Tom Dolan of Altaturham stood on a ''stray sod one evening when he was searching for his cattle. Next evening he was out wandering around Florence court some 14 miles away. The '' Stray

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sod explanation was generally accepted. It's only for to add that in a very short time afterwards he was taken to Monaghan asylum. This was about then years ago. The '' Stray Sod '' is an old belief about here.

Informant: Frank Maguire
Recorder details not given
School: Tullybrack
Location: Tullybrack, Co. Cavan
Teacher: F. Maguire



Thanks to Bernadette 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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