Fairy Whirlwind, The

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  • Teideal (Title): Fairy Whirlwind, The.
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 840110.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): none.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
  • Catagóir (Category): story.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): unavailable.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 07/11/1983.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): University of Washington, United States of America.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): evening class.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

A whirlwind is caused by the fairy host moving from one place to another.
Two brothers are harvesting seaweed on the beach, when a whirlwind comes and scatters the seaweed. One of the men blesses the wind, and the other one curses it.

Unfortunately, you’re supposed to curse the whirlwind – and the fairies who are responsible for it – as the brother who blessed it found out the hard way. That same night, he died; and he got up off the board where they had laid him for his wake, went out the door, and threw himself into the ocean.