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40 41 aWay WIth the faIrIes storms about heaven Patrick also converted Crom Dubh, who became so poor that he had to collect firewood from the forest. The Hosts of the Air, the fairies, then pulled it off his back and made him promise to ask Patrick after Sunday mass if they could go to heaven too. They had always been friends of men, protecting their households and doing many chores, and would gather Crom Dubhs firewood for ever if he would do them this favour. Patricks response was that priests lovers, unbaptised infants and Airy Demons were excluded from heaven until the Last Judgement at the very least. He told Crom Dubh to go into the wood, dig a grave, lie in it, and then make a cross over himself with his tools. He was then to tell the fairies of their fate. When he did they screamed and stormed, and tore the woods apart with tempests, but Crom Dubh came to no harm. When all was quiet again he went home safely. Ever since then storms occur wherever the fairies go, and they do what mischief they can. Since then too the Sunday on which Patrick answered their question, Domhnach Chrom Dubh, has constant bad weather even though it is in harvesttime.
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