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Irish Superstitions

List all the Irish Superstitions you know of and what is the meaning and origin i.e. what part of Ireland is it from, who did you hear it from, do you believe it and does it scare you or make you happy etc.

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Superstition in Irish folklore

Started by Anne Mc Loone. Last reply by NIta Oct 27, 2009. 2 Replies

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Comment by NIta on September 22, 2009 at 20:25
If you ever find a comb lying on the ground, do not pick it up as it may belong to a Banshee who left it there to lure her next victime.
My grnadfather said that if you see a bit of cloth or rag hanging on a tree or bush do not touch it for this may be a "Witches cloak" which a witch or fairy has left behind to find it's way back from it's travels.
Comment by Brendan O'Neill on September 19, 2009 at 20:42
Scott: Thank you for your entry. does you Irish friend have any more details about these 'wondering spirits'? Where do they come from, why do they knock instead of just coming in, etc.?
Comment by Scott on September 17, 2009 at 2:04
One of the strangest things that I can relate to this group is this. I was about 12 years old and my room was the last door as you come out of our hall in our house. I had fallen asleep and was awoke by 3 hard loud knocks at out front door, well as my father was a truck driver and not home my mother went to the door from her bedroom and looked out the window only to see no one. Well she went back to bed and about 20 minuites later this God awfull wailing started outside and went around our house 3 times, well I hid my head under my covers and finally it went away. Many years later a frind of mine who gre up in Ireland said it "probably was a wondering spirit who knock 3 times to get into your house. All I know was that was an extremely strange thing that happened that night.
Comment by NIta on August 19, 2009 at 15:28
I was always told that it is unlucky to bring a single flower into the house. If you must give someone a single rose, then bring another flower in with it.
Comment by Brendan O'Neill on August 19, 2009 at 1:59
Welcome Mickey and Andrew. I hope you both will enjoy reading the Irish Superstitions and dig up some good old Irish superstitions for us to read and ponder.
Comment by NIta on August 7, 2009 at 13:43

When the snail crawls over the bare flag-stone;
When the sun to the moon is nigh;
When the spear-grass on the white sea sand
Draws its ring awry;
Hold thou thy breath,
For Death,
Death passeth by.
James H. Cousins b. 1873
Comment by Brendan O'Neill on August 2, 2009 at 6:22
Anomaly; Welcome to the group. I think you will find it very interesting.
Comment by Siusan O'Rourke & Zig Zeitler on August 1, 2009 at 2:18
I will give it a Whirl!
Comment by NIta on August 1, 2009 at 1:49
I created the score in the Finale program. You can download a free 30 trial which would open it, play it and print it. It is the program called Print Finale
Comment by Siusan O'Rourke & Zig Zeitler on July 31, 2009 at 21:04
We received your attachments.. the music attach I have to find a program to open it with but Im certain we will be successful.. the story opened fine.. I have never heard the story told. i'll let you know how we do with the music!

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