Pat Mannion and his wife lived at New Inn. They had 2 sons, one of whom could not walk or speak. On day, Pat and the oldest son went to the bog and Mrs Mannion went to bring the dinner to them there. She met a neighbour who asked about her sons and he mentioned to her that the child at home was not hers but a fairy child. He told her that the next day, on her visit to the bog she should turn back after 5 minutes. When she and Pat returned, they found the child playing the fiddle in the cradle. By the time they opened the door all the fairies had gone. The chid continued to cry and the father threatened to light a fire and kill him.
Collector: Julia Cloonan
Informant: Honoria Cloonan, Clogh, Co. Galway
Place: Newcastle, Co. Galway
Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie