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THE GIANT'S CAUSEWAY

THERE WAS AN IRISHMAN NAMED FINN MC COUL--HE WAS A GIANT OF A
MAN--WHO USED TO SHOUT ACROSS THE IRISH SEA TO A SCOTSMAN, DARING
HIM TO FIGHT. ONE DAY HE TOLD THE SCOTSMAN TO COME ACROSS AND
HE'D REALLY GIVE HIM A GOOD FIGHT. THE SCOTSMAN SAID HE WOULD,
BUT HE COULDN'T SWIM. SO FINN MADE A STONE CAUSEWAY ACROSS THE
IRISH SEA AND THE SCOTSMAN CAME OVER. FINN BEAT HIM, OF COURSE.

Submitter comment: THIS CAUSEWAY REALLY EXISTS. THERE IS A PATH OF HUGE STONES
JUTTING OUT INTO THE IRISH SEA, BUT NOT COMPLETELY CROSSING IT
AND IT IS CALLED "GIANT'S CAUSEWAY."
MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS STORY IN BELFAST, IRELAND ABOUT 1915.

Where learned: IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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GIRL STOLEN BY THE FAIRIES

ONE NIGHT THIS MAN WAS WALKING ALONG IN THE FOREST AND HE SAW
THREE MEN COMING CARRYING A COFFIN. (THERE ARE USUALLY FOUR MEN
WHO CARRY A COFFIN ON THEIR SHOULDERS IN IRELAND.) SO HE WENT
UP AND PUT HIS SHOULDER TO THE PLACE WHERE THE FOURTH MAN SHOULD
HAVE BEEN. WELL, THEY STOPPED AND HE SAT DOWN TO REST AND FELL
ASLEEP. WHEN HE WOKE UP THE THREE MEN WERE GONE BUT THE COFFIN
WAS THERE, AND HE OPENED IT AND THERE WAS A BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN
IT. SHE WAS STILL ALIVE SO HE TOOK HER HOME WITH HIM, BUT SHE
COULDN'T TALK. WELL, SOME TIME LATER HE WAS WALKING THROUGH THE
SAME WOODS AND HE HEARD THESE VOICES TALKING. "IT WAS RIGHT HERE.
HE TOOK HER AWAY FROM US," THEY SAID. "IT'S TOO BAD HE DOESN'T
KNOW THAT SHE HAS A PIN IN HER EAR AND IF HE TAKES IT OUT SHE'LL
BE ABLE TO HEAR AND TO TALK." SO HE RAN HOME, AND SURE ENOUGH,
THERE WAS A PIN IN HER EAR AND WHEN HE TOOK IT OUT SHE BEGAN TO
TALK.

Submitter comment: MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS IN BELFAST, IRELAND, ABOUT 1915.

Where learned: IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001915 CA

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TYPOGRAPHICAL DISPLAY

00000()00000
"WAH, WHO BROKE MY BALLON?"

Where learned: BELFAST ; NORTH IRELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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WHEN THE BANSHEE CRY, IT'S A SIGN THAT THERE WILL BE
A DEATH IN FAMILY OR NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RECIPE--(PASSED DOWN VERBALLY)

TEA CAKES OR SUGAR COOKIES, ONCE EATEN WITH HOT TEA:
1 EGG
1 1/2 CUP OF SUGAR
1 TEASPOON OF SODA
1/2 CUP OF FRESH BUTTERMILK
1/2 CUP OF LARD
1 TEASPOON OF VANILLA
2 TEASPOON OF BAKING POWDER
1 PINCH OF SALT

Submitter comment: ALL THE RECIPES RECORDED FROM THIS INFORMANT HAVE BEEN HANDED
DOWN BY HER MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER AND ARE WRITTEN NOW FOR THE
FIRST TIME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BELFAST

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation

Date learned: 06-24-1972

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RECIPE--(PASSED DOWN VERBALLY) : "POLK SALLET"

"POLK IS BEST PICKED AS SOON AS IT COMES THROUGH THE GROUND. WASH
AND PARBOIL IN GOOD AMOUNT OF WATER UNTIL REAL TENDER, THEN PUT
IN SKILLET WITH SMALL AMOUNT OF WATER AND LARD OR BACON DRIPPINGS
AND SALT. COOK SLOWLY UNTIL ALMOST DRY. THEN ADD AS MANY EGGS AS
YOU WANT AND COOK UNTIL THE EGGS ARE DONE. SOME LIKE LOTS OF EGGS,
SOME LIKE A FEW."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BELFAST

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation

Date learned: 06-24-1972

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RECIPE--(PASSED DOWN VERBALLY) : "FRIED PIES"

COOK FRUIT UNTIL TENDER, MASH UP, AND SWEETEN TO TASTE. I MAKE
CRUST WITH SWEET MILK, PLAIN FLOUR, AND A SMALL AMOUNT OF LARD.
ROLL OUT THEN AND CUT OUT IN ROUNDS, THE SIZE YOU PLEASE; SPREAD
FRUITS ON ONE-HALF OF CRUST THEN BRING OTHER HALF OVER TO COVER.
FASTEN EDGES THEN PRICK WITH A FORK ON TOP. FRY IN LARD AT MEDIUM
HEAT. TURN AND FRY ON OTHER SIDE. DRAIN ON PAPER TOWELS TO GET
OFF EXCESS FAT."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BELFAST

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation

Date learned: 06-24-1972

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RECIPE--(PASSED DOWN VERBALLY) :"CORN BREAD"

"I USE SELF-RISING MEAL AND ADD SOME SMALL AMOUNT OF SODA, AN EGG
OR TWO TO MAKE A FAIRLY THEN BATTER WITH BUTTERMILK. IF YOU LIKE
A GOOD BROWN CRUST USE AN IRON OR BLACK SKILLET. MELT A GOOD
AMOUNT OF LARD OR BACON DRIPPINGS, POUR SOME IN THE BATTER AND
MIX. POUR IN HOT SKILLET AND BAKE AT ABOUT 450 TO 500 DEGREES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BELFAST

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation

Date learned: 06-24-1972

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ST. PATRICK LEGEND

ST. PATRICK FASTED FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS AND, WHILE
HE DID, HE ASKED THE LORD FOR CERTAIN FAVORS. ONE OF THE
THINGS HE ASKED FOR WAS THAT ON THE LAST JUDGMENT, HE
BE ALLOWED TO JUDGE THE IRISH NATION AND GOD GRANTED
HIS REQUEST.

Submitter comment: MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS WHEN SHE LIVED IN BELFAST,
IRELAND, ABOUT 1915.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-13-1964 ; 00-00-1915

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ST. PATRICK LEGEND

ONE DAY, ST. PATRICK STUCK HIS STAFF INTO THE GROUND AND
IT GREW INTO A TREE. (PROBABLY A BLACK THORN TREE.)
HE ALSO CHASED ALL THE SNAKES OUT OF IRELAND AND TO THIS
DAY THERE AREN'T ANY SNAKES IN THE WHOLE OF IRELAND.

Submitter comment: MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS WHEN SHE LIVED IN BELFAST,
IRELAND, ABOUT 1910.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Plant Life
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal

Date learned: 01-13-1964 ; 00-00-1910

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THE GIANT'S CAUSEWAY

THERE WAS AN IRISHMAN NAMED FINN MC COUL--HE WAS A GIANT OF A
MAN--WHO USED TO SHOUT ACROSS THE IRISH SEA TO A SCOTSMAN, DARING
HIM TO FIGHT. ONE DAY HE TOLD THE SCOTSMAN TO COME ACROSS AND
HE'D REALLY GIVE HIM A GOOD FIGHT. THE SCOTSMAN SAID HE WOULD,
BUT HE COULDN'T SWIM. SO FINN MADE A STONE CAUSEWAY ACROSS THE
IRISH SEA AND THE SCOTSMAN CAME OVER. FINN BEAT HIM, OF COURSE.

Submitter comment: THIS CAUSEWAY REALLY EXISTS. THERE IS A PATH OF HUGE STONES
JUTTING OUT INTO THE IRISH SEA, BUT NOT COMPLETELY CROSSING IT
AND IT IS CALLED "GIANT'S CAUSEWAY."
MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS STORY IN BELFAST, IRELAND ABOUT 1915.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00001915 CA ; 01-13-1964

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GIRL STOLEN BY THE FAIRIES

ONE NIGHT THIS MAN WAS WALKING ALONG IN THE FOREST AND HE SAW
THREE MEN COMING CARRYING A COFFIN. (THERE ARE USUALLY FOUR MEN
WHO CARRY A COFFIN ON THEIR SHOULDERS IN IRELAND.) SO HE WENT
UP AND PUT HIS SHOULDER TO THE PLACE WHERE THE FOURTH MAN SHOULD
HAVE BEEN. WELL, THEY STOPPED AND HE SAT DOWN TO REST AND FELL
ASLEEP. WHEN HE WOKE UP THE THREE MEN WERE GONE BUT THE COFFIN
WAS THERE, AND HE OPENED IT AND THERE WAS A BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN
IT. SHE WAS STILL ALIVE SO HE TOOK HER HOME WITH HIM, BUT SHE
COULDN'T TALK. WELL, SOME TIME LATER HE WAS WALKING THROUGH THE
SAME WOODS AND HE HEARD THESE VOICES TALKING. "IT WAS RIGHT HERE.
HE TOOK HER AWAY FROM US," THEY SAID. "IT'S TOO BAD HE DOESN'T
KNOW THAT SHE HAS A PIN IN HER EAR AND IF HE TAKES IT OUT SHE'LL
BE ABLE TO HEAR AND TO TALK." SO HE RAN HOME, AND SURE ENOUGH,
THERE WAS A PIN IN HER EAR AND WHEN HE TOOK IT OUT SHE BEGAN TO
TALK.

Submitter comment: MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS IN BELFAST, IRELAND, ABOUT 1915.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001915 CA ; 01-13-1964

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ST. PATRICK LEGEND

ST. PATRICK FASTED FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS AND, WHILE
HE DID, HE ASKED THE LORD FOR CERTAIN FAVORS. ONE OF THE
THINGS HE ASKED FOR WAS THAT ON THE LAST JUDGMENT, HE
BE ALLOWED TO JUDGE THE IRISH NATION AND GOD GRANTED
HIS REQUEST.

Submitter comment: MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS WHEN SHE LIVED IN BELFAST,
IRELAND, ABOUT 1915.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-13-1964 ; 00-00-1915

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ST. PATRICK LEGEND

ONE DAY, ST. PATRICK STUCK HIS STAFF INTO THE GROUND AND
IT GREW INTO A TREE. (PROBABLY A BLACK THORN TREE.)
HE ALSO CHASED ALL THE SNAKES OUT OF IRELAND AND TO THIS
DAY THERE AREN'T ANY SNAKES IN THE WHOLE OF IRELAND.

Submitter comment: MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS WHEN SHE LIVED IN BELFAST,
IRELAND, ABOUT 1910.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Plant Life
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal

Date learned: 01-13-1964 ; 00-00-1910

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THE GIANT'S CAUSEWAY

THERE WAS AN IRISHMAN NAMED FINN MC COUL--HE WAS A GIANT OF A
MAN--WHO USED TO SHOUT ACROSS THE IRISH SEA TO A SCOTSMAN, DARING
HIM TO FIGHT. ONE DAY HE TOLD THE SCOTSMAN TO COME ACROSS AND
HE'D REALLY GIVE HIM A GOOD FIGHT. THE SCOTSMAN SAID HE WOULD,
BUT HE COULDN'T SWIM. SO FINN MADE A STONE CAUSEWAY ACROSS THE
IRISH SEA AND THE SCOTSMAN CAME OVER. FINN BEAT HIM, OF COURSE.

Submitter comment: THIS CAUSEWAY REALLY EXISTS. THERE IS A PATH OF HUGE STONES
JUTTING OUT INTO THE IRISH SEA, BUT NOT COMPLETELY CROSSING IT
AND IT IS CALLED "GIANT'S CAUSEWAY."
MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS STORY IN BELFAST, IRELAND ABOUT 1915.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00001915 CA ; 01-13-1964

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GIRL STOLEN BY THE FAIRIES

ONE NIGHT THIS MAN WAS WALKING ALONG IN THE FOREST AND HE SAW
THREE MEN COMING CARRYING A COFFIN. (THERE ARE USUALLY FOUR MEN
WHO CARRY A COFFIN ON THEIR SHOULDERS IN IRELAND.) SO HE WENT
UP AND PUT HIS SHOULDER TO THE PLACE WHERE THE FOURTH MAN SHOULD
HAVE BEEN. WELL, THEY STOPPED AND HE SAT DOWN TO REST AND FELL
ASLEEP. WHEN HE WOKE UP THE THREE MEN WERE GONE BUT THE COFFIN
WAS THERE, AND HE OPENED IT AND THERE WAS A BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN
IT. SHE WAS STILL ALIVE SO HE TOOK HER HOME WITH HIM, BUT SHE
COULDN'T TALK. WELL, SOME TIME LATER HE WAS WALKING THROUGH THE
SAME WOODS AND HE HEARD THESE VOICES TALKING. "IT WAS RIGHT HERE.
HE TOOK HER AWAY FROM US," THEY SAID. "IT'S TOO BAD HE DOESN'T
KNOW THAT SHE HAS A PIN IN HER EAR AND IF HE TAKES IT OUT SHE'LL
BE ABLE TO HEAR AND TO TALK." SO HE RAN HOME, AND SURE ENOUGH,
THERE WAS A PIN IN HER EAR AND WHEN HE TOOK IT OUT SHE BEGAN TO
TALK.

Submitter comment: MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS IN BELFAST, IRELAND, ABOUT 1915.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001915 CA ; 01-13-1964

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Proverb

Even a fish wouldn't get caught if he kept his mouth closed.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V500] crossed out. Replaced With current classification.

Where learned: IRELAND ; BELFAST

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CATCH ; FISH ; Maxim ; Mouth ; PROVERB ; Trap ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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