Faires, Changelings, and Sheep?

Glencar Waterfall (2) ???????????????????????????????

One of the lovely places we visited was Glencar Waterfall.  It is located 8 miles north of Sligo town.  The waterfall has a drop of about 50 feet and is famous because it was mentioned by W. B. Yeats in his famous poem called The Stolen Child.

Glencar sheep

The Rockstar tour enjoyed the beautiful scenery around the falls and the misty aura of the falls themselves.  Betty and I made a new friend there as well.  He had escaped his pasture and we tried to coax him back in.  Our new friend evaded us adeptly.  Such is life…

Glencar Glencar 2

Back to the task at hand, in The Stolen Child W. B. wrote about the Irish folklore associated with fairies and changelings.

Here is as small taste:

in which he What follows is ‘Where the wandering water gushes

From the hills above Glen-Car,

In pools among the rushes

That scarce could bathe a star,

We seek for slumbering trout

And whispering in their ears

Give them unquiet dreams;

Leaning softly out

From ferns that drop their tears

Over the young streams.’


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Chair of Social Science, Humanities,
& Foreign Languages

Liberal Arts & University Transfer
Craven Community College

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New Bern, NC 28562
Email: bellaceroc@cravencc.edu
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