Hallowe’en
Oct28

Hallowe’en

©William Murphy – MACNAS HALLOWEEN PARADE IN DUBLIN A few days ago, I stopped off at a large and well known supermarket to buy a birthday card, only to find that my choices were more restricted than usual as most of the birthday section had been removed to make way for Christmas cards. This can only mean one thing – Hallowe’en is coming! Hallowe’en occurs at what feels like the end of the year, or for some people the beginning...

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Folkmoor: Phantom Black Dogs
May02

Folkmoor: Phantom Black Dogs

Folklore researcher and author Mark Norman profiles the phenomenon of ghostly apparitions of Black Dogs which inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write his most well-loved Sherlock Holmes novel. When asking people about the ‘Black Dog’, the first thing brought to mind is either the metaphor for depression popularised by statesman Sir Winston Churchill, or the Sherlock Holmes story “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. However, apparitions...

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