Folklore

Discover the old myths and tall tales handed down over the generations from our ancient lands…

Learn the natural and supernatural powers and benefits of Garlic

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Garlic is not just for vampire hunters, JAMES WILLIS discovers its natural and supernatural powers

13 Irish superstitions you need to know!

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irish superstitions
ANN MASSEY O'REGAN tells us of 13 Irish superstitions we should be aware of - just in case!

Leprechauns: Everything you need to know

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Leprechaun
ANN MASSEY tells us about Ireland’s most recognisable and smallest inhabitant

My Fairy Pilgrimage

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When I was a little girl I believed in fairies, says AMY VAN DE CASTEEL

Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?

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PAUL MOYNIHAN takes a look at the origins of Friday the 13th

How the Welsh bury their dead: Superstitions and death in Wales

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Welsh funeral
CLAIRE BARRAND tells us how to bury your dead in Wales and the superstitions and rituals that remain today.

What is a Selkie or Seal Bride?

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AMY VAN DE CASTEELE reveals that not all Scottish fairiers are landlubbers...

Mari Lwyd: How the Welsh celebrate Christmas with Horse Skull

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The Mari Lwyd Christmas tradition in Wales sees locals carrying a decorated horse skulls, says CLAIRE BARRAND

13 Creepy Welsh Superstitions for Friday the 13th

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Friday the 13th
CLAIRE BARRAND tells us about Friday the 13th superstitions from Wales...

Jim Fitzpatrick on Irish Mythology, Phil Lynott and Che Guevara

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ANN MASSEY speaks to renowned Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick about Irish mythology, Phil Lynott’s love of Irish folklore and dark poets and THAT Che Guevara poster!

Arthur, King of the Dead

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JON KANEKO-JAMES visits King Arthur's adventures in the Underworld

How Finn McCool made the Giant’s Causeway

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This Saint Patrick's Day, JANET QUINLIVAN tells the story behind one of Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway

Black dogs and other terrifying warnings of death

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Guest writer K.B. GODDARD ponders the legends of portents of death around the Spooky Isles

Beware Ireland's Death Coach

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PAUL MOYNIHAN profiles the harbinger of Ireland’s haunted highways and byways

7 Reasons to visit mysterious Beaghmore Stone Circles in Northern Ireland

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Beaghmore Stone Circles
Guest writer DARLA MOORE explains why Beaghmore Stone Circles in County Tyrone is an amazing place to visit

Ireland’s Top 10 dark folk songs based on hauntings and death

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Here’s our top 10 favourite Irish folklore and dark history inspired songs, according to ANN MASSEY!

England’s 6 most terrifying historic vampire cases

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Croglin Grange Vampire
Real-life vampires and other bloodsucking creatures are found throughout English history, says RICK HALE

Ireland’s 7 Darkest Goddesses that inspire revenge and death

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Irish Goddesses are the perfect woman’s guide to revenge, infidelity, intoxication and death, says ANN MASSEY

6 Magical Places to Visit from the life of St Patrick

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SARAH BLAIR-DICKINSON celebrates St Patrick's Day by pointing to the places important in the life of Ireland's patron saint

St Michael’s Mount, Myths and Legends

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St Michael's Mount in Cornwall has many dark myths and legends from centuries past. We look at some of them, including Jack the Giant Killer!

The Dark Side of Magic: Witches and the Sidhe

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AMY VAN DE CASTEELE takes a look back at the time when witches and fairies were anything but the fodder of children's stories

4 Halloween traditions we all love and the creepy reasons behind...

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Mirrors can be spooky on Hallloween night
KERRY GREENAWAY gives a little nod to the spirits around us with a look at Halloween traditions

Spooky Christmas Folklore You Need to Know!

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CLAIRE BARRAND reveals the spooky backgrounds to many of the ancient Christmas folklore and traditions that we still enjoy!

The Undead of Britain and Romania

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JON KANEKO-JAMES returns from the land of Dracula to tell you about Romania's undead!

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Shrewsbury: 5 Haunted Places to Visit

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Shrewsbury is an ancient, medieval town with a spooky, haunted feel. Here are 5 of its most haunted places to visit.