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Children's Story: Barry And The Pirates by Martin Gleeson
 

Barry lived with his friends, the Three Pats, on a big farm.
They kept cattle, horses, sheep and hens.
 
Pat the Eyes had great big eyes.
He kept watch on the sheep while they grazed at the top of the mountain.
 
Pat the Wind had great big cheeks.
Every summer, when the turf was cut in the bog, he blew it dry.
 
Pat the Arms had great big arms.
When the turf in the bog had dried, he carried it all back to the house.
 
One day Pat the Eyes was up a mountain watching the eggs laid by a butterfly turn into caterpillars a long distance away.
As he looked around he saw a little girl crying, many miles off.
 
He ran back to the others and said to them,
"There's a little girl from a fisherman's cottage near the sea in trouble. I see a broken boat beside her!"
"Let us go to help her!" said Barry and they set off immediately.
 
Pat the Eyes showed them the way to the cottage where the little girl lived. They reached her after an hour.
"What happened to you?" Barry asked the little girl.
 
Children's Story: Barry And The Pirates by Martin Gleeson
 
"Pirates came this morning and took away my Mammy and Daddy," she cried. "They broke up my father's boat and took everything from our house.
I hid under a bush until they went away."
 
Children's Story: Barry And The Pirates by Martin Gleeson
 
"We will help you," said Barry, giving her a big hug.
"These are my friends, Pat the Eyes, Pat the Wind and Pat the Arms.
My name is Barry."
"My name is Katie," said the little girl.
 
Barry led the three others to the top of the nearby cliff.
Looking out to sea, Pat the Eyes said, "I can see the pirates' ship. Katie's mother and father are on it, working as slaves!"
 
"We must rescue them," said Barry, "but first we need a boat or raft."
They walked to a nearby wood.
 
Children's Story: Barry And The Pirates by Martin Gleeson
 
Pat the Arms pulled four tall trees out of the ground!
He broke off the branches and quickly made a raft.
 
Pat the Arms carried the raft to the sea. The three men and the boy jumped on to it. Using his big arms as oars, Pat the Arms drove them quickly over the waves.
 
Soon they were beside the pirates' ship.
Barry shouted to the pirates' captain, "Release those two good people immediately."
 
The captain laughed and told his pirates, "Go to the raft and capture those three men and the boy. We will then have four more slaves!"
 
When the pirates got on the raft, Pat the Wind took in a big
breath of air and then blew them into the water.
He then started blowing at the sails of the pirate ship, ripping them to pieces.
 
This frightened the pirates' captain.
He allowed Katie's mother and father to leave his ship.
 
Pat the Arms rowed them back to the shore using his big arms.
Katie was waiting for them.
She threw her arms around her mother and father and their hearts were filled with joy.
 
Children's Story: Barry And The Pirates by Martin Gleeson
 
After they had a nice meal in the house, Katie told Barry that she expected the pirates to come back again.
"We'll wait here for a few days then" said Barry.
 
Every day Pat the Eyes kept a look-out for the pirates from the cliff.
Three days later he ran back to the others and said,
"The pirates are on their way here. Their sails are repaired and they have a big cannon on the ship!"
"We'll be ready for them" said Barry.
 
Children's Story: Barry And The Pirates by Martin Gleeson
 
Everyone stood behind Pat the Arms outside the cottage.
Suddenly there was a big bang and a cannon-ball came flying
towards them!
 
Reaching out his big right hand, Pat the Arms caught the
cannon-ball and threw it back at the pirates' ship.
It smashed the sails to pieces!
 
Then Pat the Wind began to blow furiously.
He blew the pirates' ship to smithereens!
The pirates tried to swim away but all of them were drowned.
 
Pat the Eyes said to the the others,
"I saw a big chest fall from the ship, I can see it under the waves."
 
Barry and his three friends went to the rocks.
Pat the Eyes pointed to where the chest lay under the water.
 
Pat the Wind began to blow again.
He pushed the water back out to sea.
 
Pat the Arms lifted up the chest and carried it back to Katie and her parents. There was a great big lock on it. He was able to break it with his hand and open the chest.
 
Children's Story: Barry And The Pirates by Martin Gleeson
 
The chest was full of gold coins!
"This will help you to buy another boat and whatever else you want," Barry told Katie's parents.
 
"But you must keep these coins," they said.
"No, thank you" said Barry, "we have plenty of money."
 
Katie and her parents were delighted.
Now they were rich for the rest of their lives.
They thanked Barry and the three Pats over and over again.
 
Then Barry and the three Pats waved them goodbye and started walking home.
 
Children's Story: Barry And The Pirates by Martin Gleeson
 
 
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About Martin
 
Martin is now a retired College Lecturer who enjoys writing and foreign travel with his wife, he occasionally writes for magazines.
 
While Martin's five children were growing up, he and his wife Carmel loved to tell the children stories.
 
Two of these special stories were Smut Fada (means long snout) and The Three Pats.
 
When Martin's grandchild Katie wanted to hear some stories, Martin sat down to write the spin-off stories.
 
Credit is due to Martin's eldest son Rory who provides story illustrations (Smut Fada).
 
Martin's youngest son Barry, was the original inspiration for boy called Barry in The Three Pats story, Barry now gives Martin technical help with his computer.
 
Martin's Stories
 
Here's a list of just some of Martin's stories which are rotated on this page one at a time and available to registered readers. The entire collection is available immediately to those registered for Unlimited Children's Stories (see Free Story Access above).
 
Major Feathers And Silver
Smut Fada Book 1 Tales From Ireland
Smut Fada finds a home
Madam Elly learns a lesson
Major Feathers and Silver
Norah and Snowy
Owen Catches a Thief
The Three Pats
Barry and the Pirates
Barry and the Wicked Dogs
Barry helps a Farmer
Barry helps a sick girl
Barry saves the village girls

 
 
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