National Geographic : 1915 Apr
Photo byA.W.Cutler A GROUP OF SCHOOLBOYS WHO LIVE ON THE ISLAND OF INISHAKRA Inishakra is a little island off the coast in Cou ty Mayo.. They are all wearing homespuns, and red woolen petticoats, sothey arequite safe from the fairies. There is an old legend throughout many arts of the Connemara Coast that certain fairies liked to run away with little boys but would notsteal little girls; therefore, to deceive the fairies, boys dress in skirts up to twelve years of age, or until they are old enough to.protect themselves. Each boy is wearing a pair of pampooties,--slippers made of cwhides.