Clann Lir


Once there lived a man called Lir. He had four children their names were Fionnula, Aodh, Fiachra and Conn. They were very happy till their mother died. Then Lir got married again to Eva. She was now the childrens' stepmother. Eva thought Lir loved Fionnula, Aodh, Fiachra and Conn more than he loved her. So one day Eva called for her chariot.

Eva brought the children for a swim. The children went for a swim and Eva got her wand out. She put a spell on the children and changed them into swans. She said that they would be 300 years in Lough Derravaragh, 300 years on the Sea of Moyle and 300 years in the Western Sea. Eva went home and Lir asked her where were the children. Eva told him what had happened to the children. Eva told Lir that she put a spell on the children so Lir got the wand and changed Eva into a demon of the air and he never saw Eva again. He went out to find the four children. He could not find them. He went home.

When 300 years were up Fionnula said ³it¹s time to go to the Sea of Moyle². It was very cold in the Sea of Moyle. One night a bad storm came. There was thunder and lightning. They were all very sad so Fionnula put them under her wings. They were happy under her wings. 300 years were over so they went to the Western Sea. One day a bell went and the four swans became people again. They were blessed by a holy man. They were really old and died straight away.

Story by 3rd class
Pictures by 3rd class



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