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Tim O’Toole and the Wee Fold

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Fold

  • Author: Pattertravelers
  • Date Posted: Apr 28, 2015
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  • Address: Donegal, Ireland

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folkby Gerald McDermot was published in 1992. Set in Donegal, it retells an old European tale of luck and redemption.  “Tim and Kate were so poor they had not a penny or a potato between them…Even the mice were thin from want of food and the cat wouldn’t bother with chasing the creatures.”  Tim set out, traveling the length of the country to see if he could earn some money.  When he could walk no further, he stopped and lay down to rest.  While you may not want to walk the length of Ireland with your children, Glenveagh National Park in Northwest Donegal offers guided nature, history and garden walks.  No sooner had Tim started resting, when he heard music and voices from a little hollow in the side of the hill.  Tim knew that whoever spied the wee folk could demand their treasure.  Tim is given a goose that lays golden eggs and instructed to go home and tell no one.  He of course stops for the night and tells his hosts, the McGoons, about his good fortune.  His hosts swap the goose for another and when Tim gets home he finds that he only has an ordinary goose so he goes back to the wee folk demanding more treausre. In the end, the McGoons gave back what they had stolen and Tim and Kate are beset with folk who have heard of their good fortune.  With the help of the third treasure from the wee folk, they eventually regain their peace and quiet and lived “in a little cottage, on a little hill, at the end of a little lane in Donegal…”

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