Long ago when the Men from Gurtcheen Used to be going Fishing Lobsters

Letterfrack, Co. Galway

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Long ago when the men from Gurtcheen used to be going fishing lobsters, every day they used to hear a pig grunting. One morning they went to the stone but they did not see anything only the stone. The second morning they when to the stone and they saw a big hole in it. The third morning they did not go to the stone but they heard the grunting. The fourth day they went to it and they saw an old woman sitting beside the stone and a pig down in the hole. They asked her why was she sitting beside the stone all day, and she said she was minding the pig, and they asked her who but her minding him. She said she did not know but a man passed this way a few days ago and then I came here and I do not know how did I come. When the man pass hear again I won’t be hear any longer. The men asked her how did she know. She said that the man cursed the stone and when he is passing this way again I’ll know him and he will have to curse the stone again before I leave hear.

Collector: Mary Conneely, Dawros Beg, Co. Galway

Informant: Mrs Conneely, Dawros Beg, Co. Galway

Place: Letterfrack, Co. Galway

Footnote: Duchas, http://www.duchas.ie

This page was added on 16/05/2017.

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