Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Ireland's Ghost Stories

There seams to be all kinds of dates for Halloween or Samhain.

This year .......

Dark Moon (Lunar) Samhain
when the new moon aligns with the sun at 10 degrees Scorpio
October 22nd

Solar Samhain
when the sun is at 10 degrees Scorpio
November 2nd

Full Moon Samhain
the nearest full moon to October 31st
November 5th

Cross Quarter Samhain
the midpoint between autumn equinox and winter solstice
November 7th (quite late this year)

but most people now prefer the

All Hallows Samhain
calculated from the Roman calendar
October 31st - and that is today!

For many, this is an imagery time of ghosts and ghost stories
rather than a celebration of nature and a new Celtic Year
so lets see what's around in Ireland...



Thirty beguiling stories of sprites, wraiths, and specters appear here, as they were told  in rural 19th-century Ireland. Stories include "Tom Connors and the Dead Girl," "Maurice Griffin and the Fairy Doctor," "The Ghost of Sneem," "Tom Moore and the Seal Woman.

You can read more about
Irish Tales of the Fairies and the Ghost World
here, and order worldwide



Haunted Houses, Banshees, Poltergeists and other Supernatural Phenomena. A compilation of stories based on supernatural phenomena recorded from the memories of ordinary Irish folk scattered throughout Ireland. Classified by geographical area, these simple yet compelling narratives provide amazing descriptions. A comprehensive collection.

You can read more about
True Irish Ghost Stories
here, and order worldwide



Unexplained psychic phenomena fascinate people from all walks of life but most are afraid, ashamed and embarrassed to come forward for fear of not being taken seriously.  This book includes experiences of actor Micheal MacLiammoir, playwright and author Hugh Leonard (Jack Keyes Byrne), Lord of the Dance and Michael Flatley who has acknowledged the presence of Isabella in his Castlehyde home. The author, Padraic O'Farrell, tells lesser-known and previously unpublished ghost tales.

You can read more about
Irish Ghost Stories
here, and order worldwide



The ghosts of Ireland are a part of the country's tradition and atmosphere. This guide contains 47 tales of ghosts through the ages, banshees, headless coachman, phantom dogs and fearsome black cats. The book is should be bought for its hauntingly beautiful photographs of world-renowned photographer Simon Marsden as well as for its stories.

You can read more about
A Ghost Watcher's Guide to Ireland
here, and order worldwide


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