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A Folklore Survey of County Clare by Thomas Johnson Westropp


Introduction by Gearóid Ó Crualaoich, UCC

       Chapter 1: Place Names and Legends of Places

       Chapter 2: Banshees

       Chapter 3: The Death Coach

       Chapter 4: Fairies and Fairy Forts and Mounds

       Chapter 5: Will o the Wisps and Corpse Lights; Underground Folk

       Chapter 6: Water Spirits and Mer-folk

       Chapter 7: Ghosts and Haunted Houses

       Chapter 8: Supernatural Animals

       Chapter 9: Spectral Lands and Cities

       Chapter 10: Charms, Amulets and Magical Sites

       Chapter 11: Lucky and Unlucky Deeds

       Chapter 12: Omens, Dreams & Divination

       Chapter 13: Calendar Customs

       Chapter 14: Wells and Well Customs

       Chapter 15: Patterns and Religious Rites

       Chapter 16: Religious Objects and their Legends

       Chapter 17: Animal and Plant Superstitions

       Chapter 18: Rocks, Caves and Stones

       Chapter 19: Earthworks and Buildings

       Chapter 20: Miscellanea and Addenda



Thomas Johnson Westropp, during the course of his extensive survey of the field monuments of County Clare, became fascinated by the variety and vividness of the innumerable folk tales still being recited by the country people. He gathered these tales, beliefs and customs over many years and published them in a series of articles which appeared in ‘Folk-Lore: Transactions of the Folk-Lore Society’ between 1910 and 1913.

Nine of these articles formed ‘A Folklore Survey of County Clare’, which is presented here, and four others formed County Clare Folk-Tales and Myths’.



Clare County Library wishes to thank Clare Local Studies Project for preparation of raw text for this publication


Folklore of Clare

Chapter 1