The Woman of the Fort: I often heard my grandmother (R.I.P.) (Mrs. Sarah Moynihan, Dromahane Mallow) who lived to be eighty-four years of age telling the following tale, the truth of which she would swear to. Died on July 21st 26:
At a place called Gurranes near Millstreet there lived the family of the the Twomeys. They were farmers and they had children going to school. On the children’s journey to school lay a fort or lios as it is called in Irish, through which they should pass. One day as the children were passing through the fort a fairy woman met them and spoke to one of them, a girl called Nora whom she took with her into the fort, the other members of the family proceeding on their way to school. Nora, a little girl of about seven years used to be rocking a cradle in which was a baby, inside the fort, while the rest of her brothers and sisters were in school. Just as the latter would be returning the fairy woman would meet them again accompanied by the little girl Nora, whom she would allow go home with them.
This went on for a considerable time. The Twomey boys and girls would attend school, all but one, Nora, who would spend her day rocking the cradle inside the fort. A cow got sick on Nora Twomey’s farm one day and Nora’s mother told her to [read more …] “The Woman of the Fort”