Excerpt from One Tailteann Week: A Chronicle of the Tames in Ancient Days
Swarthy sailors whose ships swung in the many harbours of the south, and fair giants who had sailed from the cold north lands, and merchants from far shores seeking fair slaves, and sell ing rare stuffs - all were there in a noisy, merry, jostling crowd.
Travelling men from west Ire land, small, and dark, and crafty, were there; and talkative trick throwers, with balls and wheels, from south Ireland were there; and silent men from north Ireland, who would tell strange stories for a fee, were there.
Young boys, come to try their chance in games of skill or war, walked among the crowd abashedly. Old men and women besought to tell them their future by all sorts of tricks and charms.
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