A Tale of the Irish Fairy Folk – Part One

A Tale of the Irish Fairy Folk – Part OneSome years ago, my wife and I were lucky enough to spend an afternoon with storyteller Eddie Lenihan at his home in Ireland. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Eddie told us a story about Tom, a man he knew from County Limerick who, late one night, was on his way home from a card game. As he passed by what was known as a fairy fort, he was accosted by a little man!Lenihan: He said he was about as big as a seven year old child. And of course, Tom was completely taken aback. What the hell was this? And the small man says to him, “Any chance you’ll referee our match? Our ref never showed up?” And there was Tom, wondering “Am I seeing things? Am I hearing things?” And of course it came into his mind; there he was near the fort. And he had often heard about if they ask you to do something, you better consider it well. And he said, “what match?” And the little man pointed into the field. And there inside the field under the moonlight, Tom say the two groups of men, all tugged out in their colors, with their hurleys in their hands, one side and the other. Obviously two teams waiting to play, but no referee. And the little man says to him, “Well, will you or won’t you”?So Tom agrees to referee the Hurling match (Gaelic Football).Lenihan: So they took their positions and he threw in the ball and he says, “If I thought that this was going to be some kind of dainty game,” he says, “I couldn’t have been more wrong.” Because, they attacked each other! “That’ll be the only word for it,” he says. “If you held on to that ball for 2 seconds longer than you should, there’d be five or six of them on top of you. They’d stamp you into the ground. Savages! Like a fight! Like a battle! And the worst of it all, he said, “they were taking no notice of me. I’d whistle for a foul.” There was no notice.He was thinking of how am I going to get out of this? We’ll find out how what happened in our next program. You can hear more of Eddie’s stories on his podcast, “Tell Me A Story With Eddie Lenihan”. Here’s wishing a happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

A Tale of the Irish Fairy Folk - Part One

You never know what might happen late at night near a fairy fort.
Air Date:03/16/2021
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A Tale of the Irish Fairy Folk - Part OneSome years ago, my wife and I were lucky enough to spend an afternoon with storyteller Eddie Lenihan at his home in Ireland. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Eddie told us a story about Tom, a man he knew from County Limerick who, late one night, was on his way home from a card game. As he passed by what was known as a fairy fort, he was accosted by a little man!Lenihan: He said he was about as big as a seven year old child. And of course, Tom was completely taken aback. What the hell was this? And the small man says to him, "Any chance you'll referee our match? Our ref never showed up?" And there was Tom, wondering "Am I seeing things? Am I hearing things?" And of course it came into his mind; there he was near the fort. And he had often heard about if they ask you to do something, you better consider it well. And he said, "what match?" And the little man pointed into the field. And there inside the field under the moonlight, Tom say the two groups of men, all tugged out in their colors, with their hurleys in their hands, one side and the other. Obviously two teams waiting to play, but no referee. And the little man says to him, "Well, will you or won't you"?So Tom agrees to referee the Hurling match (Gaelic Football).Lenihan: So they took their positions and he threw in the ball and he says, "If I thought that this was going to be some kind of dainty game," he says, "I couldn't have been more wrong." Because, they attacked each other! "That'll be the only word for it," he says. "If you held on to that ball for 2 seconds longer than you should, there'd be five or six of them on top of you. They'd stamp you into the ground. Savages! Like a fight! Like a battle! And the worst of it all, he said, "they were taking no notice of me. I'd whistle for a foul." There was no notice.He was thinking of how am I going to get out of this? We'll find out how what happened in our next program. You can hear more of Eddie's stories on his podcast, "Tell Me A Story With Eddie Lenihan". Here's wishing a happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.