Ball And Changeling


Take him away with his fairies.


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35 thoughts on “Ball And Changeling

  1. Bertie blenkinsop

    This reminds me, the other Michael Cleary was our old parish priest. What a pox bottle he was.

          1. benblack

            Now that’s unfair, Otis – in any speak.

            I could have made some cheap shots myself over the course of this evening, but, I refrained.

  2. bisted

    …MaryLou is definitely a changeling…FFer to shinner…in fact…when you think of it…the Dail is full of changelings…

  3. Nigel

    There aren’t many true stories about horrific torture and murder that prompt jokes, I wonder why this one?

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      We were serious about women being murdered last week, it’s done now and we’re back to laughing about men killing women and getting ridiculously short sentences for it.

          1. benblack

            The Synge family lodged a formal complaint, I’m sure.

            The man did burn the woman back in 1895 – all his neighbours stood by and watched it.

            It was a public event and a matter of public record, according to court and official records.

            Nick’s editing had nothing to do with the content of the story, just the reaction to it.

            Journalistic integrity.

  4. eoin

    The last changeling murder case in Ireland took place in the 20th century, believe it or not. Look it up.

  5. Janet, chatty mammy

    I always found it interesting that they would disguise little boys as girls to protect them from fairy abduction, leaving a changeling child in his place, apparently the faerie don’t put much stock in baby girls….so little boys in dresses, one theory is that autism is more marked in young boys and the changeling explained this behavior.

  6. benblack

    Original thread title:

    ‘No Changeling There Then’ – denial of the supernatural.

    ‘Ball and Changeling’ – domestic slavery and abuse.

    Make up your minds you populist cowards.

        1. millie bobby brownie

          Is it? Strikes me as a bit dry and pedantic.

          But then again, it will set you free. Or so I hear. Let me know how it goes.

  7. Kingfisher

    Hubert Butler wrote a superb piece about this demented killing, The Eggman and the Fairies.

  8. Fearganainm

    Angela Bourke’s ‘The Burning of Bridget Cleary’ is probably the best book that’s been written about this appalling story.

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