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A weekly look into some of Ireland’s most reported hauntings and even a glimpse of Ireland’s haunted legends!

Halloween Origins

Halloween Origins

Before I get into this post I must inform you that I am well aware that we are currently only 7 months into the year! So why a post about Halloween? Well….WHY NOT! I have always been fascinated with the ‘origins’ of ghostly tales and ‘spooky ‘myths and, living on the island of Ireland, I am no stranger to stories of things that go bump-in-the-night. Another thing that has always grabbed my interest is the similarities of these tales throughout…

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The Pooka

The Pooka

Ok! Before we get into this spooky legend we must take a look at the name….Pooka. There are many different spellings, for example, Puka, Phuca, Plica, Pookha. These are all acceptable. Now, what is it? A Pooka is a shape-shifter that is commonly seen in the form of a dog, goat, rabbit or even an old man. There have been many tales of the Pooka appearing in the form of a dark horse with golden eyes. The Pooka is also…

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The Sí Gaoithe or Fairy Wind

The Sí Gaoithe or Fairy Wind

The story of the Si Gaoithe or ‘Fairy Wind’ (pronounced: She Gwee) is not particularly spooky but it has been told many times and actually witnessed time and time again throughout the Irish landscape. The most famous of the stories tells of a woman, Mrs. Hayes, who was taken by fairies while she was out milking her goat. When the fairies returned her they told her that she only had a few minutes to reveal a warning to her husband, Tom….

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The Dullahan

The Dullahan

This week we will take a look at an all familiar tale. The Dullahan is Ireland’s very own Headless Horseman. The horseman is usually depicted as a male but some stories have been passed down showing the rider as a woman. In true Headless Rider fashion, the head is always carried beneath the arm and it shows a constant grin which stretches from ear to ear. The Dullahan is believed to use the spine of a human corpse for a…

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The Banshee

The Banshee

This week we will talk about one of the most famous (or infamous) Irish legends….The Banshee. A banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology who heralds the death of a family member, usually by wailing, shrieking, or keening. The word banshee comes from the Irish bean sí (pronounced ban-shee) which translates as woman of the fairy mounds. She can appear in a number of guises, as a young beautiful woman, a stately matron or as an ugly frightening hag….

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