Man in the Moon, The

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  • Teideal (Title): Man in the Moon, The.
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 841421.
  • 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): Joan Rabinowitz.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): unavailable.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): University of Washington, United States of America.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): KRAB Radio.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

Joe’s aunt told him this story, when he asked her why he could see the shape of a man in the moon.

A man is coming from the well on Hallowe’en with a pail of water in one hand and a head of cabbage – perhaps to throw at somebody’s door – in the other. It is after midnight. He meets with a witch who tells him that if he’d been caught out before midnight he’d be alright, but since it’s after midnight he will be banished to the moon. This is why it’s possible to see the shape of a man carrying a pail of water and a head of cabbage in the moon.


Although the 19th October 1984 is given in the documentation as the recording date, it is more likely to be the broadcast date, as Joe Heaney died on the 1st May of that year.