Category Archives: Legends

Garristown Church & Cemetery

I have a distinctive memory of these ruins which I came across as you do, by complete accident whilst heading from Dublin to Meath in search of another potential ruin. As it happens the reason this site stuck in my … Continue reading

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Bram Stoker Festival Part 4: Dracula’s Fire Garden…

Finally I am back online, So here is the long awaited Grand Finale of my recent encounters at the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin exclusivly for thefairytaletraveller. The courtyard at Dublin Castle set the stage for the evenings Spooktacular ‘Dracula’s Fire … Continue reading

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Bram Stoker Festival Part 2: Countess Dracula

Part 2 of my recent encounters at the Bram Stoker Festival. This time a captivating performance by the ‘Angels of the Odd. Telling an original tale about an imaginary connection between Stoker and the Blood Countess Erzebet Bathory, whom appears to him in … Continue reading

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Dearg-Due….. An Irish Vampire

”Hell Hath no fury, like a woman scorned”. We all know that the Author of the most famous Vampire Dracula, was the Irish writer Bram Stoker. In fact we can also claim Sheridan Le Fanu who wrote the novella, “Carmilla”. … Continue reading

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An Dullahan – The Real Headless Horseman

“The Dullahan serves no master but death.” Now for a more sinister tale from Irish lore. The Dullahan is the original Headless horseman on which the character from the 1820’s tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow may be based. The … Continue reading

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The Wizard Earl

The following tales has been handed down through the ages from Lord Walter Fitzgerald and concerns a Garrett Oge or Gerald (the younger) Fitzgerald whom became the 11th Earl of Kildare and the sole male heir of the Kildare Geraldine’s … Continue reading

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Harbinger of Sorrow – The Bean-Sidhe

In ancient times a race of people arrived on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean which later became known as Ireland. These were the Tuatha Dé Danann or the children of the Goddess Danu. They were a magical people … Continue reading

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The Púca

Today I will share with you the history of one of the most menacing or beneficial creatures to be found in Irish Mythology. The Pooka or in Gaelic Púca translates to Spirit or Ghost. The Púca is best described a … Continue reading

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Tlachtga and the Sacred Flame

As previously mentioned the flame which re lit every fire across the country at Samhain came from Tlachtga. Tlachtga or the Hill of Ward as it is now known named after a former owner from the 17th century was once … Continue reading

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Countdown to Samhain 2013

It only seems like a short while since I was writing some Samhain related stuff for last year. Well this year I hope to expand a bit more with some more Irish related posts. Last year I wrote about Stingy … Continue reading

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