A Legend of Knockmany WHAT Irish man, woman, or child has not heard of our renowned Hibernian Hercules, the great and glorious Fin M'Coul? Not one, from Cape Clear to the Giant's Causeway, nor from that back again to Cape Clear. And, by-the-way, speaking of the Giant's Causeway brings me at once to the beginning … Continue reading Celtic Fairy Tales #18
Menophobia- Fear of menstruation.
The Sea-Maiden THERE was once a poor old fisherman, and one year he was not getting much fish. On a day of days, while he was fishing, there rose a sea-maiden at the side of his boat, and she asked him, "Are you getting much fish?" The old man answered and said, "Not I." "What … Continue reading Celtic Fairy Tales #17
Meningitophobia- Fear of brain disease.
The Story-Teller at Fault AT the time when the Tuatha De Dannan held the sovereignty of Ireland, there reigned in Leinster a king, who was remarkably fond of hearing stories. Like the other princes and chieftains of the island, he had a favourite story-teller, who held a large estate from his Majesty, on condition of … Continue reading Celtic Fairy Tales #16
Melophobia- Fear or hatred of music.
The Shee an Gannon and the Gruagach Gaire THE Shee an Gannon was born in the morning, named at noon, and went in the evening to ask his daughter of the king of Erin. "I will give you my daughter in marriage," said the king of Erin; "you won't get her, though, unless you go … Continue reading Celtic Fairy Tales #15
Melanophobia- Fear of the color black.
Jack and His Comrades ONCE there was a poor widow, as often there; has been, and she had one son. A very scarce summer came, and they didn't know how they'd live till the new potatoes would be fit for eating. So Jack said to his mother one evening, "Mother, bake my cake, and kill … Continue reading Celtic Fairy Tales #14
Melissophobia- Fear of bees.