The legend of the Children of Lir (by Jenny McCullough)
Once upon a time there was a king called Lir. He had four children, one daughter Fionnuala and their sons Aodh, Fiachra and Conn. Their mother the queen was dead and the children missed her very much. The king decided to get a new wife. His new bride was called Aoife. She was beautful but not very kind. Aoife grew jealous of the four children. She wanted the king to herself. She planned to get rid of them. She asked a druid to help her and together they thought up a terrible spell. In the castle grounds there was a lovely lake. One day Aoife went with the children to the lakeside. Suddenly she pulled out her magic wand and waved it over them. There was a flash of light and the children vanished. In their places were four beautiful swans. "You will be swans for nine hundred years" said Aoife and ran away. She was never seen again.
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