The War of the Cats

Galway – On a night in November


Stephen O’Donnell, Connemara;

‘The village of Lisssavohalane* has a great name for such things (unnatural). And it’s certain that once, one night every year, in the month of November, all the cats of the whole country gather round together there and fight. My own two cats were nearly dead for days after it last year, and the neighbours told me the same of theirs.’

Lady Gregory Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland 1920

* I have been unable to discover a village of this name, perhaps it is an imaginative spelling.