Ireland’s earliest witchy wenches or Celtic Wise Women appear in biographies of saints such as the Life of St. Berach. Witchcraft and the ‘evil eye’ were common beliefs and witchcraft trial did take place with the punishment usually being a year’s imprisonment.
The Pooka is a fairy well known for his love of devilment and playing tricks. He is to be found in rocky places and old forts and castles. He scares people by hoisting them onto his back and carrying them off and then abandons them in some distant part of the country.
As the year draws to a close and Samhain approaches, the Ivy moon rolls in at the end of the harvest season. Ivy often lives after its host plant dies which is a reminder that life goes on. The Celts believed this is the time to banish the negative from your life.
By the end of 18th Century there were 2,000 whiskey stills in operation around Ireland.
U.S. tourist visits between June and Aug 2014 rose by 18% over previous year which amounts to 450,000 new tourists.
Horses are considered lucky animals. To let horses trample a little on newly sown fields would cause the seed to sprout well.
The largest Stone Age community was the Ceide Fields in Co Mayo. Over 5,000 people lived there until 3,000 B.C.