Histories and Mysteries: Beyond the Hound of the Baskervilles, Pt 2
Mar12

Histories and Mysteries: Beyond the Hound of the Baskervilles, Pt 2

In the last part of this serialised Histories and Mysteries investigation into the legends behind The Hound of the Baskervilles, we noted that people have recorded stories of phantom dogs for many hundreds of years. We also explored some of the history of the physical dog and saw that it has been domesticated since early prehistoric times. It is little wonder that the archetype of the actual dog is such a strong one, and also...

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BEYOND THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, PART ONE

© PAUL ATLAS-SAUNDERS “I sprang to my feet, my inert hand grasping my pistol, my mind paralysed by the dreadful shape which had sprung out upon us from the shadows of the fog. A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen. ‘Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame. Never in the...

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Folkmoor: Christmas Food Traditions
Dec18

Folkmoor: Christmas Food Traditions

There’s no doubt that food plays a big part in our Christmas celebrations. But have you ever stopped to wonder what the origins of some of our popular Christmas foods are? Casting the net wider than our usual local traditions, as a Yuletide treat here is a look at just a few of the items you may find on your table this year. In the run up to Christmas, many people (both the young and the not-so-young) will be enjoying opening the...

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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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