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Brief encounter with a strange sea creature in the waters off Inis Meáin




"My father was out fishing one night and something came beside the boat, that had eyes shining like candles. And then a wave came in, and a storm rose of a moment, and whatever was in the wave, the weight of it had like to sink the boat. And then they saw that it was a woman in the sea that had the shining eyes. So my father went to the priest, and he bid him always to take a drop of holy water and a pinch of salt out in the boat with him, and nothing would harm him." From 'Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland' by Lady Gregory. 1920 Art by Paul Swan (1883-1972)