The stories told on these pages are from  a collection of folklore compiled by schoolchildren in Ireland in the 1930s. 
The children recorded (over&nbsp740,000 handwritten pages) of this material from their parents, grandparents and neighbours.

These are their stories in their own words.

St. Brigid – A saint’s footmark

SCHOOL: An Clochán | ADDRESS: Clifden, Co. Galway

Proud Irish Heritage- A story about St. Brigid of Kildare, Ireland.
Saint Brigid and Lamb

Not far from Clifden there is a rock in which there is the track of a saint’s foot.

There is also the track of a lamb’s hoof and all the people who pass that way never pass it without putting something into it no matter what it was even if it was only a button or a bit of wire or anything would do. It is now almost packed with buttons and pieces of wire.

Some people say that it is St. Patrick’s footmark and more say that it is St. Brigid’s footmark with a lamb beside her and nobody knows but I think myself that it is St. Brigid’s footmark because St. Brigid was very fond of lambs and cows.


The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0004, Page 162” by Dúchas © National Folklore Collection, UCD is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0

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