Many of the stories traditionally passed on verbally in Ireland in Gaelic were loaded with superstition eg. anyone going anywhere with a purpose such as to a fair to sell farmproduce would be advised to turn back immediately should they meet a red-haired female. Their mission was destined for disaster! Now there was a good population with red hair in this neck of the woods (NW Ireland) and indeed throughout the country so it must have been pretty limiting for those who believed in the superstition. However, the Church frowned on such widely-held beliefs and the folklore was decimated by the arrival of electricity. Faeries seemed to disappear altogether as did regular sightings of ghosts/spirits related to previous unhappy events.However, my son had a weird experience about ten years ago that triggered massive palpitations requiring 2 weeks in hospital and he refused to return to the job he loved in a place he had loved since childhood .He woke up early to see a see a woman shedding a tear and shaking her head at the foot of his bed. Described the person as middleaged with "untidy hair" and poor appearance. As he was in a new apartment and I had remembered a row of old townhouses there previously, I asked a reliable person from the village years later if there was any history associated with those townhouses? Yes, apparently a fishing-boat had sank near the pier and a lady who lived there lost her husband and two sons with it. Coincidence?