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Welcome to Unreal, a podcast about Irish history, stories and tradition.

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Welcome to Unreal, a podcast about Irish history, stories and tradition.

    Stories of the Snow

    Stories of the Snow

    There is something magical about snow, but it’s also deceptive, and deadly – the perfect ingredient for dark tales on a cold winter’s night . . .

    • 44 min
    Granuaile - The Pirate Queen

    Granuaile - The Pirate Queen

    Granuaile, Ireland’s Pirate Queen , was ahead of her time but remains with us in legend. Escaping the constraints of femininity, Gráinne risked everything she had to live life she wanted, and rule the seas.

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    Oisín's Adventures in the Land of Youth

    Oisín's Adventures in the Land of Youth

    The story of Oisín’s journey to Tír na nÓg with Niamh of the Golden Hair has become one of Ireland’s best-loved legends. But the history of how it came to be told may still surprise you . . .





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    Sources and Further Reading



    Lay of Oisín on the Land of Youth by Michael Comyn

    Sgéalta ó Ṫír Ċonaill by Énrí Ó Muirgheasa (translation at end)

    Sgéal ar Oisín agus na Fiantaibh (translation at end)

    The Colloquy with the Ancients translated by Standish H O'Grady

    Leabhar na Feinne, by J. F. Campbell

    Celtic Mythology by J. A. MacCulloch

    Urashima Tarō

    King Herla





     





    Music



    The Butterfly by Sláinte

    Back to the Shires - Christian Andersen

    Lovely Maria - Aislinn

    For a Lifetime - Yi Nantiro

    The Road Map - Jo Wandrini

    The Burning of the Piper's Hut - Pinniped


     


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    Bridget Cleary: "The Last Witch Burned in Ireland"

    Bridget Cleary: "The Last Witch Burned in Ireland"

    Witch trials came to an end after 1711. But in the decades that followed, hushed into small, catholic communities in the Irish countryside, fear of the supernatural was growing. And 1895 brought the most infamous execution of a suspected fairy ever to take place – the burning of Bridget Cleary in County Tipperary . . .


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    Main Sources


    The “Witch-Burning” at Clonmel – Folklore, Vol. 6, No. 4 Dec., 1895

    Belief in Fairies and Witches, in Five Years in Ireland, Michael J. F. McCarthy


    Newspaper Accounts


    New York Times (1, 2, 3)

    The Pall Mall Gazette

    Bismark Daily Tribune


    Other cases mentioned


    Witchcraft in Tipperary (1, 2), The Times, Sep 18, 1850

    Revelation from a Hamlet near Athlone, New York Times, March 22, 1896

    The Times, Tuesday March 10, 1896


    MUSIC
    The Butterfly – Sláinte

    Capclear – Aislinn

    Evening Bells – Arnaud Coutancier

    Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral (Irish Lullaby) – Chauncey Olcott

    Lunassa – Aislinn

    Dark Alleys – Kai Engel

    Interception – Kai Engel

    Fragile Ice – Sergey Cheremisinov

    She Moved Through the Fair – Sláinte


     


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    • 44 min
    The Witch Panic of Islandmagee

    The Witch Panic of Islandmagee

    The story of the last and largest witch trial ever to take place in Ireland.


     


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    Sources and Further Reading


    Possessed by the Devil: The Real History of the Islandmagee Witch Trial, by Andrew Sneddon

    Witchcraft and Magic in Ireland, by Andrew Sneddon

    Account of the Trial of Eight Reputed Witches by William Tisdall

    Satan’s Invisible World Discovered, by George Sinclair

    Irish Witchcraft and Demonology, by St. John D. Seymour


     


    Music


    The Butterfly – Sláinte

    By the Winds - Sergey Cheremisinov

    Paranoia – Kai Engel

    Dance with Me – Sergey Cheremisinov

    All of This – Ayla Nereo

    • 28 min
    The Cursed Kiss of Florence Newton

    The Cursed Kiss of Florence Newton

    In 1661, rumours swept the town of Youghal about the deadly kiss of a woman named Florence Newton, a kiss that could bring terrible pain, claim lives, and that marked her out for what she truly was – a witch.


     


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    Sources and Further Reading


    Irish Witchcraft and Demonology, by St. John D. Seymour


    ‘Florence Newton’s trial for witchcraft, Cork, 1661: Sir William Aston’s transcript’, Edited by Dr Andrew Sneddon


    ‘Witchcraft belief and trials in early modern Ireland,’ Dr Andrew Sneddon


    Witchfinders, by Malcolm Gaskill


     


    Music


    The Butterflyby Sláinte

    Curtains are Always Drawn – Kai Engel

    Fog – Sergey Cheremisinov

    Run – Kai Engel

    Sea & Night - Sergey Cheremisinov

    Mindship - Sergey Cheremisinov

    Ivory Tongue - Ayla Nereo


     


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