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Our Farm Animals. Folklore from Co. Wexford

This early 20th century Irish folklore account details the animals found on a Co Wexford farm.  It is based on…

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A Cure for a Cow in the Fairies: Folklore from Co. Mayo

This early 20th century Irish folklore account details the belief that cows could be enchanted by the fairies.  It is…

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Marriage Customs: Folklore from Co. Donegal

This folklore account details some of the beliefs surrounding marriage in early 20th century Ireland.  It is based on information…

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Death-Lore. Folklore from Co. Mayo

  This folklore account details some of the superstitions surrounding death in early 20th century Ireland.  It is based on…

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‘A Cure for Warts’. Folklore from Co. Galway

This folklore account suggests various ‘cures’ for the common and often persistent skin condition, warts.  It was told by John Lynksey…

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‘Butter-Making and the Evil One’. Folklore from Co. Wexford

This folklore account details the superstitions surrounding butter churning and the belief that butter could be stolen by supernatural means….

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Buried Horse Skulls: Folklore and Superstition in Early Modern Ireland

During the 1980s, when my grandaunt’s house was being renovated, something unusual was found beneath the floor. As the flagstones…

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New foundation aims to preserve Irish folklore heritage

The National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann), a new UCD company with charitable status, has been set up to preserve, protect…

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Treasure into ashes: A 19th century cist burial discovery

I recently came across an interesting 19th century account describing the discovery of a Bronze Age cist burial at Mullaun,…

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Mayday and the Celtic festival of Bealtaine

In Ireland Mayday is surrounded by a rich folklore tradition, most of which dates from 19th century. These beliefs give…