A Tale of the Irish Fairy Folk – Part Two

A Tale of the Irish Fairy Folk – Part TwoIn our last program, we listening to Irish storyteller Eddie Lenihan’s tale of a man who ended up refereeing a Hurling match between two belligerent teams of fairy folk. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Lenihan: It was in the second half, he noticed that one of the teams was, mmm, stronger than the other. And they began to pull ahead.Our man was afraid of alienating the teams who’d just spent the first half of their match trying to annihilate each other. Up to this point, they had mostly ignored his efforts at refereeing.Lenihan: So he said, this is getting out of hand, because he knew, you see, that if one of these teams lost, what were the losers going to do to him? [00:13:26.26] So he had to make this game a draw. Finally in desperation, he blew up for a foul. Penalty! And it wasn’t a penalty at all, but he had to make it a penalty, so hoping that they’d score and equalize. Of course (makes outraged crowd noises) “What penalty?? “Shut up,” he says. “I’m the ref here.” For the first time, they calmed down. He said, “Thank god almighty, why didn’t I talk up for myself before now? Assert my authority… ” But there was quiet. “Take the penalty.” He was hoping that the man would score a goal or else he was in trouble. Your men lined up and picked up the ball, and in it went! Goal. Big cheer, of course! Even though there was four or five minutes still left, a couple of minutes after that, he blew up time, finished the game, before they’d score again. Now that they were equal. And of course they’d gather around, “What in the name of god is wrong with you. There’s time left yet!” He said, “Look, I’m the ref here. If you want somebody else to ref your game, get somebody else.!” And they’re muttering and growling and snarling. But then, one of the captains stepped forward, waved his hand, quieted the crowd. “A great night’s work.” he said. “That was the best game we had in the last 300 years,”Happy St Patrick’s Day. You can hear more of Eddie’s stories on his podcast “Tell Me A Story With Eddie Lenihan”. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

A Tale of the Irish Fairy Folk - Part Two

How would you referee a match between two warring teams of other-worldly beings?
Air Date:03/17/2021
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A Tale of the Irish Fairy Folk - Part TwoIn our last program, we listening to Irish storyteller Eddie Lenihan's tale of a man who ended up refereeing a Hurling match between two belligerent teams of fairy folk. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Lenihan: It was in the second half, he noticed that one of the teams was, mmm, stronger than the other. And they began to pull ahead.Our man was afraid of alienating the teams who'd just spent the first half of their match trying to annihilate each other. Up to this point, they had mostly ignored his efforts at refereeing.Lenihan: So he said, this is getting out of hand, because he knew, you see, that if one of these teams lost, what were the losers going to do to him? [00:13:26.26] So he had to make this game a draw. Finally in desperation, he blew up for a foul. Penalty! And it wasn't a penalty at all, but he had to make it a penalty, so hoping that they'd score and equalize. Of course (makes outraged crowd noises) "What penalty?? "Shut up," he says. "I'm the ref here." For the first time, they calmed down. He said, "Thank god almighty, why didn't I talk up for myself before now? Assert my authority... " But there was quiet. "Take the penalty." He was hoping that the man would score a goal or else he was in trouble. Your men lined up and picked up the ball, and in it went! Goal. Big cheer, of course! Even though there was four or five minutes still left, a couple of minutes after that, he blew up time, finished the game, before they'd score again. Now that they were equal. And of course they'd gather around, "What in the name of god is wrong with you. There's time left yet!" He said, "Look, I'm the ref here. If you want somebody else to ref your game, get somebody else.!" And they're muttering and growling and snarling. But then, one of the captains stepped forward, waved his hand, quieted the crowd. "A great night's work." he said. "That was the best game we had in the last 300 years,"Happy St Patrick's Day. You can hear more of Eddie's stories on his podcast "Tell Me A Story With Eddie Lenihan". I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.