Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Sidhe in the Cairns


Photograph of a cairn by Tinelot Wittermans

One of my professors in college lead a bi-annual 3-week bicycling trip through Ireland. I would have loved to have gone, but the timing was never right when I plotted out my schedule for the required spring term classes. I enjoyed hearing his stories about the travels, though. He told me that once, he talked with a farmer who carefully mowed around the cairns on his land. The farmer said he mowed around the cairns so as not to disturb the Sidhe who lived within. "Do you believe in the Sidhe?" my professor asked.

"No!" the farmer scoffed. Then, he leaned toward my professor and said quietly, "But that doesn't mean they don't exist."

5 comments:

limpy99 said...

Better safe than sorry.

Lady K said...

Absolutely fascinating! I've always wanted to visit there, not just because of the beautiful landscape, but for the folklore.

HipWriterMama said...

Love it!

Lone Star Ma said...

Smart farmer not to disturb them.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

I can really relate to the farmer.