Tony Locke for your wonderful Irish folklore & mythological
We dare you not to feel a shiver down your spine
when you read some of these stories.
A Druids Ghost.
There is a passage tomb
somewhere in the west of Ireland where druids buried their dead
in stone containers, is it possible that one of their number
protects their sleep?
The Arney Woman.
Here in Ireland we have
an old saying-“A man who dies owing money or a woman who leaves
a newbornbaby will never lie quiet in the grave” Talk about
making people feel guilty when they are at their most
The House of Mystery.
In the year 1975 a
good, gentle man called John Murphy killed his entire family and
then in desperation killed himself. Was it murder-suicide or was
there some other darker force at work?
The Death Coach.
In Irish Folklore the
Death Coach is known as Cóiste Bodhar (Koe-shta-bower), meaning
death or silent coach and if you see or even hear it then either
you or a close relative will die in the very near future. The
belief is that once the coach has come to the land of the living
it cannot return empty. Once death has come to collect there is
nothing on earth you can do to prevent it.
Alexander Colville. The Devil Doctor.
Little is known regarding his actual history but his name has
become a legend in the district and is still a byword for evil
and witchcraft and he was considered to be an extremely cruel
and tyrannical landlord.
The most famous tale, one that is
still repeated today, is that he sold his soul to the devil.
Moll Anthony: The witch of the red hills.
Celtic society had a very strong impression of female power,
indeed, many Celtic deities were female and women played a
central role in Celtic society.
The Sluagh are dead sinners
that return as evil spirits that hunt for souls. They come from
the west, flying in groups like flocks of crows and attempt to
enter the dwelling of someone who is close to death in order to
steal their soul.
The Wild Hunt.
On these cold evenings it
seems an easy thing to sit by the fire with the lights out.
Shapes and shadows flicker in the darkness, and it is within
these shadows that you will find The Sluagh who forms part of
The Wild Hunt
Gaoithe sidhe. Fairy wind.
This is a
sudden gust of wind or a whirlwind that was thought to have been
caused by the faeries.
It appears that fairy
women all over Ireland find birth a difficult experience. Many
fairy children die before birth and those that do survive are
often stunted or deformed creatures.