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Traditional Irish Farming Tools: Drill/Drag Stones

These distinctive holed stones were once an important part of an Irish farmers tool kit.

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Nan O’Toole: A Folk Medicine Practitioner from Galway

Nan O’Toole sold fish in Eglinton Street and was also known to have cures for many ailments….

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Wayside funerary crosses, an ancient tradition from Kilmore, Co. Wexford

In the parish of Kilmore, in the very south of Co. Wexford, persists a peculiar funerary custom that may have…

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False burials and dangerous water: Whit Sunday in Irish Folklore

Whit Sunday (or Whitsun) is an important Christian festival that celebrates the Pentecost. It normally falls on the seventh Sunday…

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Animal ‘Sacrifice’ and Blood Letting, Saint Martin’s Feast in Ireland

Today, the 11th of November, is the feast of St. Martin of Tours. He was a particularly popular saint in…

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St. John’s Eve or Bonfire Night; Irish Folklore

June 23rd, is St. John’s Eve, or as it is known in many parts of Ireland, Bonfire Night. It was…

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Halloween in Irish Folklore

These folklore accounts detail some of superstitions and festivities which once surrounded Halloween in Ireland. They are based on information…

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Signs of the Weather from the Sky, the Sun, the Moon, the Stars and the Rainbow: Folklore from Co. Galway

This folkore account details some of the signs associated with approaching weather systems. It is based on information supplied in…

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Churching the Cow: Folklore from Co. Galway

These two fascinating folklore accounts from Co. Galway detail a practice known as ‘churching the cow’. It was carried out…

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A Fairy Fort: Folklore from Co. Sligo

This Irish folklore account relates to a ringfort in Co. Sligo and is based on information supplied by Mary Brennan…