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One morning during the winter Barry woke up early.
When he looked out of the bedroom window he saw that the fields around his house were covered in heavy snow.
Barry was delighted and immediately he called the three Pats.
Barry and the three Pats went into the kitchen to prepare their breakfasts.
However, there was no turf for the fire.
Then Barry and his three friends put on their overcoats and went out the front door.
Everything outside was covered with snow.
Pat the Wind went to the stack of turf and blew hard, blowing the snow away.
Then Pat the Arms lifted up a big pile of turf and carried it into the house.
When the fire was lit, the three Pats heated porridge and put it into four bowls on the table.
The porridge was very hot, so Pat the Wind blew on it gently to make it cool enough to eat.
Pat the Eyes was looking out the window when he suddenly said:
"There's a pigeon flying a few miles away and he has a little message tied to one of his legs."
"Can you tell us what the message says?" asked Barry.
"Of course I can," said Pat the Eyes. "It says that a little girl in the village of Littleville is very sick and needs to be brought to the doctor immediately."
"We must go there immediately. I think we will have an exciting day today," said Barry.
He put some money in his coat pocket.
Then the four of them left the house and started walking through the snow.
Pat the Eyes knew how to get to Littleville by looking out for the steeple of the church.
After an hour they reached it and began knocking on the doors of the houses to find out where the sick girl lived.
The little girl lived with her Mammy and Daddy in number nine.
The Daddy said: "Maeve became very sick last night. She needs to be brought immediately to the doctor who lives in the town.
With all the snow on the ground we didn't know what to do, that is why I sent a message with a pigeon."
"Don't worry," said Barry, "my friends will help you."
Barry and his three friends left Maeve's house and went to find the carpenter.
Barry asked him to make a sled for them but he said:
"I don't have enough wood for a sled. There is a wood nearby, but it is now covered in snow.'
"Don't worry" said Barry, "my friends will get the wood for you."
Barry and his three friends walked to the wood.
Pat the Eyes picked out the best tree for a sled and Pat the Wind blew all the snow off it.
Then Pat the Arms pulled it up out of the ground and broke off all the branches.
He then carried it back to the carpenter.
The carpenter went to work straight away and it took him only an hour to make a lovely little sled.
Barry paid the carpenter for his work.
Then he his three friends pulled the sled to Maeve's house.
Maeve's Mammy and Daddy put very warm clothes on her and put her in the sled.
They told Barry that Maeve was getting worse.
"Don't worry," said Barry, "we'll have her with the doctor very soon. Just tell us the way."
Maeve's Daddy warned Barry and his friends that there was a wicked wolf in the wood near the village and to be careful.
Then he told them how to get to the doctor in the town, and they left at once.
Pat the Arms pulled the sled and Maeve lay in it, all wrapped up, snug and warm.
Barry and his three friends walked quickly over the snow, pulling Maeve in the sled behind them.
As they passed the wood a wolf came out and started howling.
Maeve became very frightened.
Pat the Arms made a hard snowball and threw it at the wolf.
It hit him on the nose and he ran away with his tail between his legs!
After an hour Pat the Eyes said:
"I can see the town ahead," and they soon arrived there.
All the houses in the town were covered with snow but Pat the Eyes could see the doctor's sign and he led them there.
The doctor said that Maeve was very sick and gave her a bottle of strong medicine.
After a few minutes Maeve began to feel better and the Doctor said she was fit to be brought back to her Mammy and Daddy.
"But she needs to drink plenty of fresh milk or she will get sick again," he warned.
Barry paid the doctor and with his three friends he left the town with Pat the Arms pulling Maeve behind him in the sled.
It took them an hour to get back to Littleville.
Maeve's Mammy and Daddy were delighted to see her.
When Barry told them that Maeve needed to drink plenty of fresh milk, they said: "but there is no milk here today.
Milkman Michael's horse cannot travel in the snow, anyway, Farmer Fergus cannot get his cows home to milk them!"
"We have more work to do then," said Barry, and he and his three friends went to Milkman Michael's house.
Milkman Michael told them that he was very sorry but that his horse Neddie could not travel around the village in the snow.
"When Neddie trotted in the snow he slipped and became very frightened." he said.
Barry then borrowed the milk cart, leaving Neddie in the stable.
Pat the Arms got between the shafts of the milk cart and pulled it behind him.
The four of them headed towards Farmer Fergus's farm.
When they reached Farmer Fergus's farm, he told them he was very sorry but that he had no milk.
The cows were covered with snow and could not come in from the fields.
"Don't worry," said Barry, "we will help you."
Barry and his three friends went out into the fields looking for the cows.
The field was covered in snow, but Pat the Eyes saw a sign of breathing and led them towards it.
Pat the Arms dug up one cow and carried her on his back to Farmer Fergus's milking parlour!
He then went back for more cows and in an hour he had brought ten of them to Farmer Fergus.
Farmer Fergus began to milk the cows.
Barry and his three friends helped him, and soon they had many bottles of milk.
Barry paid the farmer and they put the bottles of milk in the milk cart.
Pat the Arms pulled it back towards the village.
When they arrived back in the village they stopped outside Maeve's house.
Pat the Arms brought in six bottles of milk and gave them to Maeve's Mammy and Daddy.
They were delighted.
Then Barry and his three friends went around the village giving out free bottles of milk to all the people.
They were all very pleased.
Barry and his three friends returned to Maeve's house.
Her Mammy and Daddy asked them to stay for a while.
They then served a lovely meal of roast chicken and potatoes to the four visitors.
The three Pats ate as much as ten other men!
When the meal was over Maeve told them all that she was feeling much better.
Her Daddy played a tune on his tin whistle and Maeve danced around the floor.
Barry told the others that it was time for him and his friends to go home.
Maeve gave him a big kiss and her Mammy and Daddy told him that they would like to pay him for what he and his friends had done for them.
"No thanks," said Barry, "we have plenty of money."
They then set off in the snow.
While they walked it began to get dark.
They found it hard to see their house, but Pat the Eyes could see it even when it got quite late.
When they finally went in their front door Barry said, "I knew we would have an exciting day today!"
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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.
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
Thanks for your interest and happy reading.