Category Archives: Folklore

Keeping the traditions alive – St Brigid’s crosses

The month of February is associated with St Brigid, one of Ireland’s patron saints, and whose feast day is celebrated on 1 February. She was a contemporary of St Patrick, renowned for her holiness and goodness. One of the legends about … Continue reading

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Hawthorn (no, not the AFL team)

The hawthorn, also known as the may, whitethorn, and in Irish sceach gheal, is a significant sacred tree in Irish folklore. Known for its general protective powers, a hawthorn was often planted near houses to keep witches away. It was known … Continue reading

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Newgrange and the fairy teeth

Nothing about Newgrange is relevant to Baker’s Flat or my research. But it is one of my favourite places in Ireland, and I’ve been going there since I was a child. Dating from about 3,200 BC, it’s Ireland’s best known … Continue reading

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