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wind; and, behold forthwith down falls a woman, weak, faint and feeble, on the earth, with a heavy groan.

Thady started, but, taking courage, having heard the cry in a human voice, he went to her; spoke to her, lifted her up, and brought her in to his mother. They gave mille to her to drink, and other food; but she ate little.

They did not ask her many questions that night; as they knew that she came from the fairy castles ; (13.) and she did not wish to speak, being sick and sorrowful. Next day, they asked an account of her adventures, and she related them, first enjoining secrecy.

Her name was Mary Rourke-born and bred in the county Galway. She was one year married, and had a child, to a young man called John Joyce, near Knock Magha. She had a difficult labour, the child died, after it was born; and Finvàr and his host carried herself away to the fairy castle of Knock Magha. They left some other bulk in her place, in the form of a dead woman, which was waked and buried, without observation, in place of the woman herself. (14.)

Mary was in Knock Magha three quarters of a year, nursing a child, (15.) entertained with mirth and sweet songs; and nothwithstanding, she was certainly in affliction. At length the host of the castle told her that her husband, was now married to another woman: and that she should indulge no longer in sorrow and melancholy; that Finvàr, and all his family, were about to pay å visit to the province of Ulster.

They set out, at cock-crowing, from smooth Knock Magha forth, both Finvàr and his valiant host. And many a fairy castle, rath, and mount they shortly visited, from dawn of day till fall of night, on beautiful, winged coursers.

Around Knock Grein, and Knock na Rae,
Bin Builvin, and Keis Corain,


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Go binn Eaclainne, agus Loc da Eun,
O sin soir tuait go sliab Guilinn.
Do cuartaiġeadar sleibte mora Muġorna,
Fa aird sliab. Donairt, agus Beal at an adraig,
Slos go Dùn-druinne, Dùn-droma, agus Dun-

ard a liat,
Na raon direac go cnocan na Feadalaig.

Deis Maire tuiteam uadfa, niar stuanad leo air b’eigin doib proinn oidċe Shamna caiteam, i Sioġbruğ Sgrabais, ag an tsiog-flaït Mac an Eantoin.

B’ iongnad le Tadg, is le na matair, sgeul na mna; agus gab truaig iad di, agus tug cuiread agus fàilte di, fuireac aca fèin.

D'fan si aca air fostać, fead. an geimrid, gur taitin si go mait leo, ag obair 's a fognad. Ba sean bean breoite matair Thaidg, agus tug Maire aire mait di, le linn a tinnis. D'eug an tsean bean, san earrać; aċd tug si comairle dla mac, air leabaid an bàis, Maire ni Ruairc a posadz agus do pòsad iad, indiaiġ na càsga.

Agcionn bliadna na diaid sin, tarla fear stocaiġ, a bi laim leo, a beit triall go Cuan na mara, a ceannać earraid; agus cuir. Maire comarta leis, agcois. isioll, fa. dein a. cead fir; eadon, fàinne. pòsta tug se di, agus ainm a tSeoiġiġ sgriobta uirri. Nior bfada na diaiġ gur eug an dara bean, o Shean Seoigeac, agus ni dearna se faillig fa teact air cuairt, čum. Maire ni Ruairc.

Trat tainic se asteaė go.tiğ Thaidg ui:Aoid, fuar. se Maire na suide, faoi leanb mait mic, tri raitie, air a ciġ. Ba luat 's ba luaisearąc d'aïtnioġadar, agus d'admuiğeadar ar aon a čèile; agus. dłuaċtaig Maire, gan sgat, gur b'e sin féin a ceadfear; is trat cuala si gur teastaig an bean eile, d'aontaig si dul leis an tSeoigeac.


To Bin Eachlan, and Loch Da ean,
From thence north-east to Sleide Guilin.
They traversed the lofty hills of Mourne,
Round high Sleive Denard, and Balachanèry,
Down to Dundrin, Dundrum, and Dunardatay,

Right forward to Knock na Feadalea. (16.)

After they lost Mary, they never halted; for they were to sup that Halloweve in the fairy castle of Scrabu, with the fairy chief, Macancantan. (17.)

Thady and his mother were astonished at the woman's story; they pitied her, and invited her with a hearty welcome to remain with themselves.

She spent the winter with them, as a hired servant, and pleased them much by her industry and service. The mother of Thady was a sickly old woman, whom Mary attended carefully during her illness. In spring the old woman died; but, on her death-bed, she advised her son to marry Mary Rourke: accordingly they were married, after Easter

In a ycar afterwards, a stocking merchant who lived near them, happened to go to Connamara, to purchase goods, and Mary sent a token by him privately to her first husband; viz, the wedding ring which he had given her, with Joyce's name engraved in it. It was not long afterwards until John Joyce's second wife died, and he did not delay to pay a visit to Mary Rourke.

Then he came into Thady Hughes's house, he found her sitting, with a fine boy, three quarters old, at her breast. Soon and gladly did they know and recognize each other, and Mary acknowledged immediutely that this was her first husband; and having heard that his other wife was dead, she consented to go with Joyce. 2 H 2


Act bi Tadg boćt go dubać fan adbar; agus dubairt go mfearr doib comairle an tsagairt "fagail; agus cuaid triur a latair an atair Briain ui Bhirnn, gur innis a sgeul o tùs go deiread. Ba daine cèillig an tatair Brian, nac dtiobra breit subuid; agus dubairt leis a tSeoigeac naċ bfuiğead bean Thaidg, muna gerutucaid se a ceart, faoi laraib' na sagart hard siar, annsna paraistib a raib siad a raon na

raon na geomnais. B' eigin don tSeoig eac dul air ais, gocondae na gaillibe, a geuinne litreac.; agus do ćuir an tatair Brian litir leis, "fa dein a sagart paraiste. 'Sè freagra cur an sagart sin éuige,

go raib se fein air torram Mhaire ni Ruairc, cead ṁna an firse; agus gur pos se aris è, le mnaoi eile, a d’eug o soin; agus ci be air bit bean a bi ann sin, a dearad gurb' isi fèin bean an tSeoigeac sin, gan. a creidmeal.”

An uair a fuar an tatair Brian an litir sin, tug se comairle air Mhaire i fèin a socrad mar bi si.

Daimdeòin sin cuaid an Seoigeac fa dèin an tsagairt a pos è fein is Maire, san àit a rugad 's a beatugad i. Blii sin deiċ mile titċead on àit a mbiad siad na gcompaig. D'airis se don tsagart sin, gur imtiy Maire ni Ruairc air siubal uad, fa da bliadain o suin; go raib se' 'g a toruiğeact, go bfuar amac i pòsda ag fear eile, a gcondae an Duin; agus nać leigfead sagart na paraiste sin do a fagail, muna bfuiğead se crutuġa faoi na lamsan, gur leis i. Niar airis se an dadam fa bàs Mhaire; agus ni raib fios agan tsagairt sin uime, oir d'eug muintir Mhaire, sul far posad i, agus ni raib moran umrad uirrte, san ait sin.

Chuir an sagart litir leis, fa dèin Easbuic Dhuin,

gur pos sesean cailin, da ngoirti Maire ni Ruairc, a tainic o daoinib cneasda, anna paraiste fèin, le buacaill macanta, da ngoirti Sèan Seoiġeač, a bi na comnaiġ laim le inoc Maga'; agus go nabair se leis gur imtig si uad, 's go bfuil si na

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Poor Thady, however, was in great trouble about
the business; and said that it was best to take the
priest's advice : accordingly all three went to father
Bryan Byrne, and told him the whole story. Fa-
ther Bryan was a sensible man, who would not give
a rash judgment, therefore he told Joyce that he
should not get Thady's wife, unless he proved his
right to her, under the hand of the priest in the
west, in the parish where they had lived together.
Joyce was thus obliged to return to the county
Galway for this letter, and Father Bryan wrote
by him to his parish priest.
he was himself at the funeral of Mary Rourke, the
first wife of this man; that he married him again
to another woman, who was since dead; and what-

soever woman she was, who said that she was
| Joyce's wife, ought not to be believed.

When Father Bryan received this letter, he advised Mary to remain as she was.

Notwithstanding this, Joyce went to the priest who married him to Mary, in the place where she was born and bred. This was thirty miles from the place where they lived. He told this priest that Mary Rourke had left him about two years before ; that he had sought for her until he found her married to another man, in the county Down ; and that the priest of that parish would not allow him to get her, unless he got a testimony, under his hand, that she was his wife. He said not a word of Mary's death, nor did that priest know any thing of it; for Mary's friends were dead before she was married, and she was not much mentioned in that place.

This priest sent a letter by him to the Bishop of Down," that he had married a girl called Mary Rourke, of honest kindred, in his own parish; to a decent young man, called John Joyce, who lived near Knock Magha; that he was informed she had


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