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Myths & Legends

Some say the best of Ireland is in the long memories of her people, repeating stories from the dawn of time. Follow the rainbow into the tales from the Irish mind.

Was Elvis Irish? star
Could Elvis Presley have been Irish? He sang, he danced, and he had those blue eyes with black hair, sure, why couldnīt he have been Irish? He was, and is still loved, in dear, old Ireland.

Holy Wells in Ireland star
The Holy Wells of Ireland are potent reminders that there is more to us than just our bodies and minds. Many people still make pilgrimages to these ancient sites, seeking cures, wisdom, and the fulfillment of special intentions of all stripes.

How to Find a Fairy in Ireland star
Fairies do not always come in the form of leprechauns. These earth elementals can be spotted in places of outstanding natural beauty. But be aware that now you see them, now you don't! They take a dim view of trespassers as well, nor do they lodge deeds of ownership with the Irish Land Registry.

Ireland's Last Witch star
Technically, Biddy Early is not Ireland's last witch. But she is certainly the last person threatened with prosecution under witchcraft laws. Ireland's last witchcraft trial was held in Ennis, Co. Clare in 1865. Local 'cunning woman' Biddy Early was in the dock.

Secrets of the Leprechaun star
Delightful reading from BellaOnlineīs Folklore editor, Susanna Duffy. Get the real deal on the little folk. Up the airy mountain and down the shady glen, I dare not go a hunting for fear of little men...or is it little women?

St. Patrick Banishing Ireland's Snakes star
Natural historians will tell you Ireland never has had any native snakes. So what is the basis of the folk tale of St. Patrick banishing the snakes from Ireland?

The Banshee In Irish Culture star
Some information on the "Banshee," the mythical guest who is a harbinger of an impending death.

The Black Irish star
A brief discussion on the term "Black Irish" and its meaning and derivation.

The Mary of the Gaels star
Ireland has three patron saints and one is a woman, St. Brigit. So strictly speaking she is a matron saint and a motherly concern for so many aspects of life reveals that she watches a lot of backs!

The Story of St Patrick star
A brief history of the life and work of Patrick, Irelandīs Patron Saint.

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