23 episodes

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

Unreal Irish Folklore Ruth A

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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.

    • 29 min
    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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    • 32 min
    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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    SOURCES AND FURTHER READING
    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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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

JessF1991 ,

Perfect Story Telling

This podcast is so well done and is carrying on an important aspect of Irish culture. Her voice and music choices are spot on and the myths themselves are well researched and well presented. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning about Irish folklore through this podcast. Thanks to Ruth for this service.

90kid4ever ,

Happy as a fiddle listening to Unreal

I love this podcast and how it makes me feel like I am in Ireland again. I love the folk tales! It gets me through my day!

Ash26543? ,

My favorite podcast

I adore Irish folklore and have been actively looking for resources for years. This podcast is the first one I’ve found to present tales of Irish folklore in a magically engaging way, weaving in historical context in a way that seriously deepens the significance of many of these stories. You go girl. Keep doing what you’re doing.

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