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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