My story by Cathal Thomas  Sullivan

My  granny  was  the  chef  in  Monatrae hotel  .When  she  finished  work   one  night  ,she  was  walking  home. She passed an old cottage.She saw the banshee and ran the rest of the way home. She would never walk passed that cottage at night after that.

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An Capaill Ban by Jamie Bryan                                     

One night in 1945, my granddad being 15 years of age ,got the fright of his life. It was a Friday in late August,he last mart of the year to be held in Killeagh,granddad usually went with his dad,but on this occasion it was his younger brother John who went as grandad had to walk to Ballymacoda  to do errands for his mother.he struck off at about half past 3 after the chores were done on the farm.While in the village,he met up with some friends and time slips by when you are enjoying yourself.It was getting dusk as granddad left the village , leaving the lights from the windows behind him. Out into the country he trod , with only the cawing of the crows flying home to roost , his only companion. It was dark by the time granddad took the left at the cross roads on the final 300 yards of his journey . There was only a twinkling of light through the trees from the moon and stars up above , that and the rustle as the cool evening breeze ran through the trees. Just then the hair stood up on the back of his neck , above the rustle of the trees he could hear footsteps . He stopped , the footsteps stopped , he walked faster , the footsteps following quickened . The sound seemed to be coming from the field on the other side of the ditch . Peering oover his shoulder he could make out a big white figure “SOMETHING “ was it a ghost . There was no taking your time now , it was full throttle , sprinting down the road , and this large white something giving chase . The glimmer of light from the kitchen window of home never looked so welcoming . Entering the house covered in sweat and out of breath , he slammed the door behind him. James said my great granny , you look like you have seen a ghost . I did I did he said and told her what had happened . Great granny laughed out loud , thats the horse your father bought at the market

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Superstitions by Lennon O’Brien

If you see two white pigeons it brings good luck.

If your ears are burning red someone is talking about you.

If your nose is itchy you will have a fight with someone.

If you see a black cat it’s unlucky but if it crosses your path it will bring you good luck.

If you see one magpie it is for sorrow, two for joy, three is to meet a girl, four is to meet a boy,  five is to receive a piece of silver, six is to receive a piece of gold and seven is to keep a secret never to be told.

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Banshee and superstition by Dave Carlton and Callum Barron

One day, my granddad Billy Harty and his friend were out feeding the cattle and they heard a strange cry. Billy said ‘’let’s go back to bed’’, but his friend said ‘let’s find out what the noise is’’. So they went to see what it was. In the end, it was a dog crying to get inside.-Dave


One Friday the thirteenth, my mam was visiting a friend. When she walked out of the house, there was a ladder in front of her car. She was superstitious seeing the day it was. She decided to go through it. The next day she went to mass. When she was there, her car was robbed.-Callum


The reason the number 13 is unlucky is because Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th to sit down at the last supper.-Dave


If you drop your toothbrush in the toilet once, you have to throw it back in the toilet. - Callum


A wish bone is a bone in a chicken. When a wishbone is found two people have to pull it and the person with the most of the bone gets to make a wish.-Dave


A four leafed clover is a sign of good luck. If you find or see one, you must never tell anyone.-Dave  


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My Grandad’s Lios by Eddie Flavin


One day my grandad was working in the lios field with his friend and they were pulling mangles. They had heard stories about the magic of the lios. That day they were feeling brave enough and decided to test it out. They both dug a sod, waited and nothing happend. My grandad and his friend walked home in different directions. By the time they met in the yard, they were both feeling sick and crippled with a headache. Grandad never tested the magic of the lios again.


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Ghost Story by Jack Kennedy

One time my nana was walking her dogs in a field and she saw a hooded figure walking there. The cows were not noticing the figure. Then when she came home the phone rang and the person on the end of the line said that her aunt was dead!

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Good luck Stories by Billy Twomey, Josh Rix, Jack Kennedy and Wiktor Sanecki

  It is said that if you had a toothache and you put a frog in your mouth and left him there until he screeched three times you would be cured immediately. If you had a wart and if you could find a snail in the dew of the morning, put him on a black thorn bush until he would wither. Then, rub him to the wart and it would die away. There is also a cure in grass if it is gathered on May night and boiled in new milk. People say that if you drank the milk out of the vessel while it was on the ground that there would be no cure from it.

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‘The Goirdrin/Scotland lodge’ by Luke Veale

There is a field beside my granddads house and people believe that they see fairies there at night.

There was a large house on the field owned by Peter Comyn and if beggars or tinkers called to his house he would lock them up and feed them salty bacon. He never gave them water so they would die of the thirst. One night a beggar tried to fight with Peter. Peter murdered the beggar. Peter burnt his house to get rid of the evidence but a local lady spotted him. He tried to blame two local farmers for burning his house to claim the insurance but the lady reported what she saw.

Peter was caught and charged with murder and arson. He was sentenced to hanging on 14 April 1830

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‘Good luck bad luck’ by Luke Veale

If you go in one door always leave through the same door.

If you spend money on New Year’s day it means you will spend lots of money all year.

If you’re walking at night and Jack-o-lantren is coming towards you turn your jacket inside out.

If you hear a lady whistling and a hen crowing at the same time, it’s bad luck.                                                           

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‘Banshee and World War 1’ by Andrew Hourigan.

One night my great granny was cleaning the dishes and she heard the banshee cry. Her son was out at world war 1 and the next day he died. The year he died was 1917.

‘Banshee and the lamb’ by Andrew Hourigan.

One cold evening, my Grandad was about to fall asleep when he heard a very strange noise. He went upto check on the cows and sheep. He saw a very sick lamb and the next morning the lamb was ok.

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Fairy forts in ring by Niamh Morrissey


Wa036-011 is a fairy fort in Ballyreilly Ring and it is called an enclosure. Wao36-010 is a fairy fort in Ballingoul Mór. It is called souterrain. There is another fairy fort in Goulale. This fairy fort was knocked down by SOC sixty years ago. He got bad luck and he had to sell the farm.

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Superstition by Niamh Morrissey

If you drop a knife, a man comes. If you drop a fork, a woman comes. If you drop a spoon, a child comes.

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The Banshee and the Horse by Róisín Kiersey

One night my great granddad was going to bed and he heard the banshee. Back then, there was none of the technology that we have today. So, he just had to listen to her. The next morning at 7 o’clock he got up as normal to bring the horses down. When he got to the fields he saw that from the thigh down, the horse’s leg was cut off. My nana said this was the old way off sabotaging a race horse. In the end, they had to put their best horse down.

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Superstitions by Ryan Walsh

My granddad’s friend drove over part of a fairy fort one time with his tractor. This man owned a really good horse. He used to race this horse and he would do really well for him. The next day, after driving over the fort, the man woke to found that his horse was dead!

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My Great Granddad and Banshee by Róisín Kiersey     

One evening my great granddad was coming home from the pub. He went out the back door and came back as pale as a ghost. The banshee was on the bush brushing her hair. 

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‘The Banshee’ by Hannah Kretschmer

One day I was walking in Killeagh woods with my dad, my sister and my friend. Then, my dad said that the Banshee was hung in Killeagh woods.

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Superstitions by Hannah Kretschmer

The fear of Friday the 13th seems fairly new, dating back to the late 1800’s.

Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck. This little ditty may arise because finding money is lucky in itself. But it might also be a spin off another old rhyme. “See a pin pick it up, and all day you’ll have good luck” or “see a pin, let it lay and all your luck will pass away.

The fairy tree by Conor Power

There is a fairy tree in magic road. It is said if you stop the engine of a car near the fairy tree the car will roll up the hill by itself. It is said if someone burns the fairy tree, they will be cursed with bad luck forever.  But if you put a decoration on the fairy tree, it will give you good luck.

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Lios by Conor Troy


The lios is a protected archlogical site long time ago people used

To live in them they had tunnels dug into the ground and they kept their food in the tunnels

Gates by Conor Troy

My uncle when he was 20 years of age welded the old gate and we bought the new gate.

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