Unreal Irish Folklore
RE-RELEASE: Giants and Causeways

RE-RELEASE: Giants and Causeways

November 21, 2021

A re-release of the second ever episode of Unreal, while I recover from illness. A new episode will come soon once my voice is back at full strength!

 

Giants sculpted our landscape. They are strong, and fierce, and can be terrifying if you’re unprepared. But anyone can defeat a giant – if you are clever enough to trick them…

 

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SOURCES AND FURTHER READING

The Story of Fionn and the Giant

 

The very rude Scottish poem featuring the giant-sized descendants of Fionn

 

Other Tales Mentioned

 

MUSIC

All by Slainte from The Free Music Archive

The Cry of the Banshee

The Cry of the Banshee

October 31, 2021

The Banshee is one of Ireland’s most famous folkloric figures. A supernatural woman with a cry that foretells of death and devastation to those who hear it, stories about banshees have been terrifying listeners for hundreds of years. But has she always been this way?

 

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Mid Season Break

Mid Season Break

October 17, 2021

Hi everyone, Ruth here, and apologies for the slightly sporadic uploads to Unreal this season – I’ve just been having quite a busy time outside of podcasting. I’m actually going to take mid-season break and come back in two weeks with a special Halloween episode, and finish out the second half of the season then, hopefully with more regular uploads for those last few episodes. I hope that sounds ok, and wishing you a folklore-filled few weeks in the meantime. Go n-éirí an bóthar leat.

The Madness of Sweeney

The Madness of Sweeney

October 3, 2021

What happens when a king goes mad? When he leaves his home, his wife and lands, and goes wandering in the woods and the wild? Such a strange frenzy came on Sweeney, an Irish king long ago. The life he came to live was a harsh and a wild one – but, as the story shows, still one where breathtaking beauty could be found . . . 

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Deirdre of the Sorrows

Deirdre of the Sorrows

September 12, 2021

There once was born a cursed girl. She was beautiful, and strong-willed, and would do anything for the man she loved. But in her name, evil came to Ireland, bringing war and fighting that left hundreds dead in its wake. Her name was Deirdre, and stories told about her live on, as one of Ireland’s most sorrowful legends.

 

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Story Sources

 

Background reading

 

Music

 

The Quest of the Sons of Tuireann

The Quest of the Sons of Tuireann

August 29, 2021

For every death, a price must be paid. Life is precious, and blood is costly, and when you take the life of a man, you do not know how high the penalty will be. This is a story about three brothers, and a life they took, the price they paid, and the devastation that followed them to their deaths.

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Sources and Further Reading

Story Sources

Background reading

 

Music

The Ship from the Sky

The Ship from the Sky

August 8, 2021

As strange as it is imagine, there are infinite worlds out there in the universe, far beyond our sight. But, if the stories are to be believed, a group of early Irish people came closer than most to contact with the world above our world, and the strange people who inhabited it.

 

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Stories of the Snow

Stories of the Snow

December 20, 2020

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 . . .

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Sources

Weather Lore

Derbforgaill

Saints

  • St Molasius (Silva Gaedelica, S. H. O’Grady)
  • St Comghan (Mac Dá Cherda and Cummaine Foda - J. G. O'Keeffe)
  • St Patrick (The Tripartite Life of St Patrick – Whitley Stokes)

Deirdre

Sín and Muirchertach

International Stories of the Snow

Music

Granuaile - The Pirate Queen

Granuaile - The Pirate Queen

November 29, 2020

 

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

November 15, 2020

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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