Folklore

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

Cursing Stones, the mysterious altar for revenge in Ireland

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Cursing stones have been used to exact revenge throughout Ireland for centuries. CHRIS RUSH takes a closer look.

Stoney Middleton’s Dark Past

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Guest writer K.B. GODDARD takes a look at one of England's most spooky villages, Stoney Middleton in the Derbyshire Dales

13 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Jack O’Lantern

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ANN MASSEY reveals 13 strange facts about Jack O'Lantern for Halloween

What is a Selkie or Seal Bride?

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

Meet Bwbachod, the Welsh goblin

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Bwbachod
Bwbachod is known to enjoy a drink, says L.H. Davis, in this guide to the Welsh goblins

David Copperfield and other amazing caulbearers in fiction

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Born with a caul David Copperfield
David Copperfield, Hamlet and Danny from The Shining are all caulbearers in fiction, explains CLAIRE BARRAND

Beware Ireland's Death Coach

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

England’s obsession with Black Dogs and other demon hounds of hell…

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BARRY McCANN looks at England's history of terrifying Black Dogs, from Black Shuck to Baskerville...

Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?

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

Beware of the Evil Changeling Child

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Guest writer POLLYANNA JONES retells the Herefordshire folktale of The Fairy Changeling

The Devil in Derbyshire

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K.B. GODDARD explores Derbyshire's surprising folklore links with the devil...

Fachen, a Strange Giant

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JON KANEKO-JAMES tells us about the half giants known as Fachen, which had one eye, one arm and one leg

Hungry Grass tells horrific tales of the Irish Famine

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Hungry Grass marks the the starving souls of famine victims who still haunt the fields of Ireland today, says ANN MASSEY

Born Behind The Veil: 5 Famous British Caul bearers

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Famous Caul Bearers, born behind the veil
Born behind the veil: RICK HALE looks at five famous Britons who were born en caul, a mystical mark believed to make the caulbearer usually lucky or talented...

Visit to Ireland's National Leprechaun Museum

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Ireland's little people have their own shrine at the National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin

Spring Heeled Jack and other phantom attackers

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Spring Heeled Jack
Guest JON KANEKO-JAMES looks at the legend of Spring-Heeled Jack...

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

Ireland’s Headless Horseman – The Dullahan

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ANN O'REGAN tells us about Ireland’s Headless Devourer of Souls - The Dullahan

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

Interview with Theresa Coyne of DarkLand at the National Leprechaun Museum

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Darkland
ANN MASSEY O'REGAN talks to Theresa Coyne about DarkLand's journey into dark Irish folklore at the National Leprechaun Museum

Morgan Le Fay, the woman who stole Excalibur

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NIA JONES tells us about the legendary wicked Arthurian character Morgan Le Fay for Spooky Isles' Wicked Women Week

Big Cat Sightings of North West England

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Big Cat Sightings of North West England
BECKY KEANE takes a look at mysterious big cat sightings in North West England

A Guide to British Dragon Slayers

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JON KANEKO-JAMES says British Dragon Slayers are the original bad-ass action heroes ...

The Ying and Yang of Scottish Fairy Queens

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AMY VAN DE CASTEELE reveals how stories of fairies differ greatly in different parts of Scotland

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