Tag Archives: Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland

Witches and Wizards and Irish Folk-Lore (W.B. Yeats) ~ Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland

Ireland was not separated from general European speculation when much of that was concerned with the supernatural. Dr. Adam Clarke tells in his unfinished autobiography how) when he was at school in Antrim towards the end of the eighteenth century, a schoolfellow told him of Cornelius Agrippa’s book on Magic and that it had to be chained or it would

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Friars and Priest Cures ~ Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland

Lady Gregory’s Work’s: Friars and Priest Cures An old woman begging at the door one day spoke of the cures done in her early days by the Friars at Esker to the north of our county. I asked if she had ever been there, and she burst into this praise of it: “Esker is a grand place; this house and

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Blacksmiths ~ Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland

Lady Gregory’s Work’s Blacksmiths I have been told: Yes, they say blacksmiths have something about them, and if there’s a seventh blacksmith in succession, from generation to generation, he can do many things, and if he gave you his curse you wouldn’t be the better of it. There was one near the cliffs, Pat Doherty, but he did no harm

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Monsters and Sheoguey Beasts ~ Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland

Lady Gregory’s Work’s Monsters and Sheoguey Beasts The Dragon that was the monster of the early world now appears only in the traditional folktales, where the hero, a new Perseus, fights for the life of the Princess who looks on ciyjng at the brink of the sea, bound to a silver chair, while the Dragon is “put in a way

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Sea Stories ~ Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland.

Sea Stories Lady Gregory’s Works: “The Celtic Twilight” was the first book of Mr. Yeats’s that I read, and even before I met him, a little time later, I had begun looking for news of the invisible world; for his stories were of Sligo and I felt jealous for Galway. This beginning of knowledge was a great excitement to me,

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The Fighting of the Friends ~ Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland.

Lady Gregory’s Works: “One time on Hy, one Brito of Columcille’s brotherhood was dying, and Columcille gave him his blessing but would not see him die, and went out into the little court of the house. And he had hardly gone out when the life went from Brito. And Columcille was out in the little court, and one of the

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