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Barry And The Mad Bull
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Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull by Martin Gleeson
One morning Barry, Pat the Wind and Pat the Arms were in the kitchen of their big house getting their breakfasts ready.
Pat the Wind had started the fire and was stoking it by blowing at it gently.
Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull by Martin Gleeson
Pat the Eyes had been outside taking a long walk.
He rushed in and said, "When I was looking towards the South I saw a little village with all the doors smashed, and there were no people on the street!"
"There is something very wrong there" said Barry, "let us go and help them."
The porridge, toast and eggs were hot, but Pat the Wind blew at them and cooled them down.
Barry and his three friends then quickly ate their breakfasts and left the house.
Looking ahead Pat the Eyes led them to the village with the broken doors.
Barry called out for the people to come out and meet him and his three friends, but no one came.
Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull by Martin Gleeson
Pat the Eyes said: "I see a little girl hiding in that hay stack."
Pat the Wind blew at the hay stack, scattering the hay.
A little girl in a torn dress appeared.
Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull by Martin Gleeson
"Don't be afraid, little girl," said Barry, "my three friends will help you. What happened, tell me why all the doors are broken?"
The little girl began to speak:
"Farmer Kelly's bull has gone mad, this morning he came into the village and charged at all the doors!
He attacked the people with his horns, they had to run away and hide. Some are hiding under hedges, some are under beds and some are up on roofs.
They are very afraid of the mad bull!"
Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull by Martin Gleeson
"What happened to your dress?" asked Barry.
"It got caught in the bull's horn when I was running away," said the little girl.
"Don't worry about that," Barry told her, "and what is your name?"
"My name is Sally," she said, "my Daddy used to work for Farmer Kelly but he lost his job last year."
Pat the Eyes spotted hoof prints leading into a shop with its door smashed open.
Barry and his three friends went to the door and immediately the bull rushed out with his head bent down!
Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull by Martin Gleeson
Pat the Arms caught the bull by the horns and wrestled him to the ground, he then punched him hard on the nose, knocking him out! Barry found a piece of rope and tied the bull's legs together.
Barry told Sally to tell the village people to come out of hiding.
Pat the Arms then lifted the bull on to his back.
Pat the Eyes saw the sign for Kelly's Farm and led them there while Pat the Arms carried the bull.
Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull by Martin Gleeson
Farmer Kelly was glad to get his bull back but was very sorry for all the trouble the animal had caused.
"I can't understand why he went mad like that," he told Barry.
Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull by Martin Gleeson
"I know why the bull went mad," said Pat the Eyes, "I can see a sharp needle sticking out from under its hoof!"
Barry removed the needle and saw that the skin under the hoof was red and sore.
Pat the Wind blew gently on the hoof and it began to look better.
Soon the bull woke up and was very friendly to everyone.
"I knew my bull was not mad, only injured," said Farmer Kelly with great joy.
Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull by Martin Gleeson
Farmer Kelly then handed Barry a bag of money.
"This will pay for all the damage done by my bull in the village," he said.
He also told Barry that he would do anything he asked him.
"Please give Sally's father his job back" he said.
Farmer Kelly agreed immediately.
Barry then took the money and with his three friends walked back to
the village.
Back in the village all the people had returned.
"The bull has been taken back to Farmer Kelly" Barry told them.
"The poor bull was not mad, there was a long needle sticking into him and he was in great pain."
Barry went to the hardware shop and bought tools, wood, brushes and paint with the money Farmer Kelly had given him.
Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull by Martin Gleeson
Barry and his three friends helped the villagers to fix up their doors, then they helped with the painting.
When each door was painted, Pat the Wind blew at it so that it dried quickly.
One of the villagers told Barry that the bull had smashed all the furniture in Sally's parents' house.
When Barry saw it, he sent Pat the Arms to the Furniture Shop to bring them back new furniture.
Carrying the furniture was no trouble to him.
Sally and her Mummy and Daddy were very grateful.
Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull by Martin Gleeson
When the village was looking nice and neat, Barry invited all the villagers to the inn.
He paid for a nice meal for everyone.
The Three Pats ate as much as ten other people!
Soon it was time for Barry and his three friends to leave.
There was still some of Farmer Kelly's money left, so Barry took Sally to the Clothes Shop and bought her a lovely new dress.
She was delighted.
Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull by Martin Gleeson
Then Barry and the Three Pats waved goodbye to everyone and set off on their journey home.
Children's Story: Barry And The Mad Bull 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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