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The Fate of the Children of Lir „

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Many years ago there was a king in Ireland called Lir. He had four wonderful children: A son , a daughter and two twin brothers, his wife died when his children were very young and they even needed someone who looked after them. It happened that Lir who loved his children more than any other thing , tried his children had another mother. He married with his sister- in-law, Aoife and gave her his children to look after them. .


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When Anoife saw Lir play with his children and spend with them so much time, she felt jealous and tried o have Lir only for herself , she thought about take the children away. On night she agreed with a druid to use his magic stick and made some plans while the children were slept


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When they got up in a wonderful morning Aoife had ready her plans ,she said “come with me I´m going to take you to the lake when the sun shines and you can go into the water and swim” At midday and the sun was up in the sky, Aoife saw as one cloud was coming from the mountains , she thought all her plans would fall down then she said “ hurry, hurry everybody to the water”Then with her magic stick made the children became swans, and said” you´ ll be like that for 900 years” The cloud got very dark and it start a storm, Aoife was taken away by the cloud and nobody saw her again


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It was a lucky the Aoife didn´t take their voices out, She told them that they´ll become children again 900 years later when s. Patric will arrive to Irland and the could hear the first song of the bells in the Christian churches


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So after the 900 years, and after spend 300 years in the lake of Davra, 300 hundred in the sea of Moyle with its storms and 300 years more in the Isle of Glora in the kingdom of Mayo it came the day that they heard the sound of the bells of the Christian churches, They folowed the sound till they arrived to the house of Caomhog and told him what happened a long time ago


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The people of the house looked after them; many people from everywhere came to see the swans who were able to speak and sing. One day a princess ordered her servants to stole the swans, but just when the servants tried to get them it happened it was the 900 year after they had become swans so they became humans and the servants run away, .


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Now the swans were humans again, but hey were very old they died very soon , the same evening Camhog had a dream four children flew over the lake and saw how they went from the lake to the sky , so he realized they were the children of Lir


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